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Health care biz
booms amid
commercial bust
Readers sound off on health care reform
by Natalie Morris
If every cloud has a silver lining, then health care
may just be the SanTan Sun area’s shining light in
the midst of a dark economy. As local companies
such as Linens ‘N Things, Bashas’ and Mervyn’s close
stores and residential real estate struggles, a plethora
of health care providers continue to move into the
area, and Chandler Regional Medical Center moves
forward with plans for growth.
Convenient total care
Dr. Mary Peters and Dr. Robert Evans, co-owners
of Ocotillo Foot and Ankle, moved their practice to
Southern Chandler in June 2009. Having a Chandler
STSN fi le photos
address has allowed them to attract patients from all
O TUMBLEWEED, O TUMBLEWEED: From humble beginnings as scrub brush in the desert to the body of a 35-foot Christmas tree
in historic downtown Chandler, this is the story of the Russian thistle, also known as the tumbleweed. Since the mid-1950s,
parts of the southeast Valley, where prior Sun Lakes
Chandler’s holiday tree has been made from the locally grown, pesky critters which are hand woven into a wire mesh, sprayed
and Ahwatukee locations seemed limiting.
with fi re retardant and silver paint, sprinkled with glitter, and strung with large lights and a star on the top. See the fruits of
Chandler’s labor unveiled and lit up on Sat., Dec. 5 after the parade, which starts at 7 p.m.
For more information, see Page 43 or visit www.chandleraz.gov.
See Health care Page 6
Calm before the storm: Mother, son bond as
3rd H1N1 wave coming Mrs. Cratchit, Tiny Tim
by Miriam Van Scott
by K. M. Lang
The H1N1 virus appears to be
Squeezing holiday shopping, decorating and social
declining in the SanTan Sun area, but
activities into already packed schedules can be diffi cult,
health offi cials warn the danger is not
but for the eighth straight year, Stephanie Likes is taking on
over yet. In fact, experts predict another
even more, adding her role as Mrs. Cratchit in the musical
signifi cant outbreak is on the way and
presentation of “A Christmas Carol” to her everyday roles
community reaction will determine its
of mother and Chandler High English teacher. For the third
severity.
year, Likes’ 7-year-old son, Casey, will join her onstage at
“It’s defi nitely not over,” says Julie
the Herberger Theater Center as the endearing Tiny Tim.
Frasco of Maricopa County Public
“It gets very busy,” admits Likes, who also has a 17-month-
Health. “We’re in the second of three
old daughter, Claire. “I’m not super organized. I just utilize
anticipated waves of this pandemic. We
every moment I can when I’m not sleeping, working or
aren’t seeing the high rate of infection
rehearsing. It’s a juggle, but it’s only once a year that we get
to do a production like this together.”
and hospitalization we did a few weeks
Likes and her son currently rehearse after school four days
ago, but with seasonal fl u season about
STSN photo by Gordon Murray
Submitted photo
a week, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. Between
to start, we’ll soon be seeing both
H1N1 PART III: Haley Elementary student Grace
LIKE MOTHER, LIKE SON:
Dec. 12 and Christmas Eve, the Ironwood Vistas residents
viruses simultaneously. This is still a
Rzonca prepares for her fl u shot, given recently
S. Chandler residents
very serious situation.”
at the school.
will take part in 15 shows, including two performances a day Stephanie Likes and son
on weekends.
Casey, 7, perform as
Frasco cautions against believing the danger from H1N1 is waning. Due to
Mrs. Cratchit and Tiny
“It pretty much turns our lives upside-down for a few
Tim in “A Christmas
exorbitant costs, doctors stopped formally testing for the virus in May unless
weeks,” says Likes. “Fortunately, I have an amazing family
Carol” at the Herberger
a patient required hospitalization, so there are no hard numbers on rates of
that helps us get through everything.”
Theater Center in
infection.
Phoenix.
See H1N1 Page 10
See Actors Page 12
Ho, Ho, Ho-liday
Calendar of
INSIDE
happenings
events

Business . . . . . . . . . 18-27
V’s shaves prices
AZ Arts . . . . . . . . . 28-33
Hands on for the holidays Things to do . . . . . . . . . 34

FAMILY FUN
holiday fun
Opinion . . . . . . . . . 36-37
EEC offers green
Neighbors . . . . . . . . 43-56
Just4Kids
seasonal fun
Youth . . . . . . . . . . 57-66
SanTan
Spirituality . . . . . . . 67-69
Directory . . . . . . . . 70-72
SanTan Family Fun
Neighbors
Classifieds . . . . . . . . 73-74
Center spread
Page 43
Where to eat . . . . . . 76-79
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