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Crime spike
suspect: economy
by Jen Bondeson
With the help of saturation patrols,
criminal investigations and arrests,
the recent storm of SanTan Sun area
burglaries and thefts is beginning to
calm.
Sgt. Joe Favazzo of the Chandler
Police Department says stronger
law enforcement and increased
safety awareness efforts are helping
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apprehensive residents to speak out as REDUCING CRIME: Gated communities may help
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well as deterring criminals.
deter criminals, but police say caution should
still be taken to keep doors and garages locked.
ALL THINGS BBQ: If it’s too hot in the kitchen, evenings are still a great time to barbecue. The police department took action
To keep those grills going, Brooksie’s Propane on Arizona Avenue in Southern Chandler is
celebrating their 10 year anniversary by continuing to dispense propane and fi rewood. Now
last month, after recording a 7.8 percent
Brooksie’s offers a great selection of grills and accessories, too, including sauces, marinades, increase in burglaries January through April of this year compared to January
hard-to-fi nd utensils and spare grill parts. Brooksie’s Propane is located at 19039 S. Arizona
through April of last year.
Ave., south of the Santan Loop 202 Freeway and Germann. Call 480-782-6848 or visit
www.BrooksiesPropane.com for details.
See Crime spike Page 8
Bartering back in business
Leading by example,
by Jen Bondeson with barter “the sky’s the limit.”
city goes green
As the value of the dollar continues In the last year, two barter exchange
to fl uctuate, another kind of dollar is groups serving the SanTan Sun area,
by Natalie Morris
picking up pace locally – the barter Arizona Trade Exchange and Value
The City of Chandler is becoming an
dollar. The age-old tradition of barter Card Alliance, have witnessed an
environmental leader, showing local
is quickly making a comeback in the incredible increase in demand as their
businesses and residents by example
area, providing a safe haven for small registered numbers and employees
that environmental awareness isn’t
businesses searching for a way to spend grew exponentially.
just a hot trend, but a wise method
less cash and gain exposure. Arizona Trade Exchange has seen 20
for conserving natural and fi nancial
But trading and bartering are no percent growth in business from last
reserves.
longer just a niche for farmers and year to now. Every month, an average
“Becoming a more sustainable city
ranchers. With sophisticated new of 20 new companies register for the Submitted image
is critical as the City’s resources have
tracking methods and almost every type exchange, and in the last 90 days the
GREEN WISE: From building construction to
become more limited,” says Jennifer
of business on board, Arizona Trade
internal sustainability policies, the City of
Exchange President Rob Miller says,
See Bartering Page 12
Chandler is encouraging employees to go as
“green” as possible.
See Green Page 20
Resident chooses theatre over hospital
by Sharon Schnakenburg University. But it was about that time that he and his
D. Scott Withers’ life would have been safe, practical father had a heart-to-heart.
and even predictable – until some fatherly advice “My dad just said to me, ‘You really want to be an
spun his career path into a 180-degree turn. Now the actor, don’t you?’”
Childsplay actor and director lives his passion while Withers, who had started taking drama classes in
exploring sides of the human mind that often remain junior high, admitted he’d been thinking about it.
untapped. “I’ve worked all my life at things that don’t make
“It’s funny, all the way through the middle of my me happy, and all I can tell you is you need to do what
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senior year of high school, I was going to be a doctor,” makes you happy,” Withers recalls his dad saying. “And
LEFT: In a performance of “Tale of Two Cities” last spring, D.
recalls Withers, a Brenna Park resident. He had even
Scott Withers played the role of “Sidney Carton,” here with
Joseph Kremer as “Charles Darnay.” RIGHT: As “Wilbur” in
secured a pre-med position at Nebraska’s Creighton See Actor Page 22
Childsplay’s 2007 production of “Charlotte’s Web.”
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CChandler Rechandler Rec Business . . . . . . . . . 23-28
Get big bang at July
Things to do . . . . . . . . . 29
FFrugal chicrugal chic
School
4 events
Opinion . . . . . . . . . 30-31
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FAMILY FUN
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Neighbors . . . . . . . .39-44
Young jazz players
SSquarequare
Youth . . . . . . . . . .45-50
Just4Kids
at 98 South
OOasis inasis in
AZ Arts . . . . . . . . . 51-54
SanTan DDesertesert Spirituality . . . . . . . 59-61
Directory . . . . . . . .62-64
Community Business SanTan Family Fun
Neighbors
Youth AZ Arts
Classifieds . . . . . . . .65-66
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Where to eat . . . . . . 67-71
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