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coming to S. Chandler Water fun for extreme sports fans, families by Ann N. Videan, APR


Extreme sports fans and local families alike will enjoy surface water sports by next summer when Chandler becomes home to one of only 11 wakeboarding parks in the United States. The state- of-the-art facility created by 1440 Cable Factory will be built at the southwest corner of Tumbleweed Park at Germann and McQueen roads. Construction on the 26-acre facility, using all in-state contractors, should


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New city manager longtime Chandler employee, resident


by Miriam Van Scott


Almost a year after being named Chandler’s interim city manager, long-time resident Rich Dlugas was given the job on a permanent basis. His title became offi cial May 12, when the city council voted unanimously to offer Dlugas a contract for this vital administrative role overseeing operational functions.


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EXTREME FUN: A new wakeboarding park with its closed- course cable towing system, similar to this one in Turkey, will bring both professional and family surface water sports to Chandler.


begin within weeks. The park opening is slated for summer 2012. Wakeboarding is one of the top 10 extreme sports in the world, developed from waterskiing, snowboarding and surfi ng techniques. It involves standing on a board while being pulled by a boat or, in the case of the new park, eight riders at a time towed by a closed-course cable system 30 feet above a 10-acre triangular lake. The park includes a 6-acre, straightaway lake allowing park staff to train guests in wakeboarding, kneeboarding and wakeskating.


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Chandler BBQ dishes hometown slow cooking


by Joan Westlake


The fresh ingredients, tender meat and homegrown recipes at Chandler BBQ are delicious evidence that owner John Benson takes the business of barbecuing very seriously. When he moved to Chandler a few years ago, Benson was surprised there was not a locally owned barbecue café.


“After 23 years of being a general manager for


successful restaurants around the Valley, I decided it was time to apply those skills to my own place,” he says. “Opening a restaurant in this economy might seem risky but I wasn’t scared. I know what it takes in customer service and quality food to succeed.”


He chose the location on Alma School south of Germann because “real barbecue is a passion food that Chandler residents don’t want to have to drive to distant malls to fi nd a chain version.”


Open since the end of July 2010, the chef owner says the response has been so excellent that his only business regret might be not opening in a larger space next to where he is now. Inside there are a handful of tables for four.


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ICAN breaking ground Community Page 7


Yo Love Yogurt


Business Page 12


Arizona Olympian Gymnastics


Neighbors Page 45


Vacation Bible Schools


Spirituality Pages 66-68


SanTan Family Fun Center spread


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BIG GOALS: Amanda McCloud, 11, of Southern Chandler, saved her money to take a trip to Alaska to learn about dog sledding.


Cool summer fun Calendar of events Chandler Aquatics Just4Kids


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“The mayor and members of the city council are elected by the voters and they set policy,” explains Dlugas. “It’s the job of the city manager to put the administrative pieces together to see that their vision is enacted.” Dlugas fi rst came to Chandler in 1994 to take the position as Chandler’s community services manager and eventually rose to the level of assistant city manager in 2002. Educated in Illinois and having begun his career in Texas, the move to the Valley was a major change for Dlugas and his family, but one that he happily embraced.


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FROM WITHIN: A 17-year employee of the City of Chandler, Rich Dlugas, is hired from within to be the new city manager.


See City manager Page 10 Fifth-grader chills on spring break by Alison Stanton


Some 11-year-old girls, when challenged by their parents to save money for something other than toys, might decide to earn money for a new video game system, some fancy new clothes or tickets to a Justin Bieber concert – not Amanda McCloud.


About four months ago, Amanda’s father, Tom McCloud, suggested she set a goal for herself that did not involve new toys and work hard to achieve whatever she wanted to do. Amanda, a fi fth-grader at Jacobson Elementary School in Chandler, thought about it for a while, then announced to her parents that she wanted to earn enough money to go dog sledding in Alaska. And, she intended to do it before she turned 12.


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