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Community Volunteers sought for heart study

affect their risk of developing heart disease or high blood pressure is in need of volunteers.

The study, led by Dr. Nabil Dib, director of Cardiovascular Research at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers, will involve 2,000 participants, who will each provide a single sample of blood. Participants will answer questions about their medical history and current health and lifestyle, but their identities and personal information will remain confi dential.

“Recent advances in science allow doctors to learn more about which variations in DNA affect the risk of heart disease or high blood pressure from occurring,” explains Dib. “The information we gather may help us develop tailored treatments to prevent health problems before they begin.”

Volunteers must be 18 or older, and both healthy participants and those who have been diagnosed with heart disease or high blood pressure are being sought. One 30- to 60-minute study visit will be required, and no compensation will be provided.

For more information, call 480-728-9979, or visit ClinicalResearch or, and select “Heart Disease.”

SanTan Sun Chronicles

The City of Chandler closed on the sale of $9.9 million in general obligation bonds for capital projects recently approved by voters. More than 80 percent of the borrowed monies are dedicated to acquisition of the Sunset Library and upgrade of the Police Radio System. The City will pay a true interest cost of just over 3.2 percent over the life of the bonds. Prior to the sale, the three major credit rating agencies reaffirmed Chandler’s ratings on excise tax bonds, with Fitch giving a AAA rating, Standard and Poor’s AAA and Moody’s giving its second highest rating, Aa.

Chandler Unified School District Superintendent Camille Casteel was named a 2011 eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award winner. Along with nine other winners nationwide, Casteel was given the award based on her leadership and vision in using technology to advance her district’s educational goals. Info:

Nicole Amber Renio, a Chandler resident, was among the 201 graduates who earned their degrees from University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY. Renio graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching.

Feb. 19 - March 4, 2011

Basha Elem. student organizes A new research study to determine which variations in an individual’s DNA benefit golf events

Chandler resident and Basha Elementary student Baily Strauss is organizing a benefi t golf outing and benefi t Golf Ball Drop to raise money for an upcoming People to People Ambassador program, which provides educational and goodwill opportunities around the globe. The program was founded in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Baily has also been named an Arizona Student Ambassador, and she and 39 other ambassadors will travel to Australia this June. During their trip, the Ambassadors will be working with a marine biologist while experiencing the Great Barrier Reef, learning ancient traditions of the Aboriginal people, visiting world heritage sites and working on other group service projects. “People to People Student Ambassadors are carefully interviewed and evaluated before their acceptance, and I am honored to have been selected to represent Arizona,” says Baily. “Personally, I am looking forward to


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FUNDRAISER: People to People Ambassador Baily Strauss of Basha Elementary.

broadening my perspectives and gaining a better understanding of the world. Upon my return, I plan to share my experience with schools and civic clubs in our community as well as on my travel blog.”

To offset tuition, a People to People Ambassador golf outing will be held at 3 p.m. April 3 at Longbow Golf Club with two divisions: a Parent-Junior Scramble and Two Person Scramble. The cost of $70 per two-person team or $35 per person includes green fees and a cart for nine holes; practice balls prior to play; post golf outing reception with appetizers and $1 domestic drafts; silent auction with a ride in a helicopter as one of the items; mulligans, raffl es and more. In addition, a Benefi t Golf Ball Drop contest is open now through April 3. Numbered golf balls will be dropped from a helicopter and the golf ball that ends up in the hole or closest to the pin will win $500 in cash. The ball drop will be held at 6 p.m. Sun., April 3 at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, but participants need not be present to win. The cost to enter the ball drop is $10 per golf ball, and may be purchased online at HYPERLINK “” Longbow Golf Club is located at 5601 E. Longbow Pkwy. off the Higley exit of the Red Mountain Freeway Loop 202 in Mesa.

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