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Fireworks sales boom; use could spark trouble


by Ann N. Videan, APR


Fireworks are for sale all around the SanTan Sun area, including several local grocers and big-box retailers, on the heels of a new state law effective last December. But don’t get caught using those fireworks in Chandler.


Although Arizona now allows the sale and use of non-aerial fireworks, City Ordinance 4074 prohibits the possession, storage or use of any fireworks, including ground fountains, within Chandler city limits. Permissible fireworks in Chandler include only novelty items like sparklers, smoke devices, toy pistol caps, snakes and poppers with less than 0.25 grains of explosive material. These are not considered fireworks, according to the state statute.


Buyer beware


The availability of fireworks not permissible within city limits is creating a confusing and tempting


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TEMPTING ACCESS: Fireworks stands like this one at Albertsons on Alma School and Queen Creek roads may sell fireworks residents cannot legally set off in Chandler.


situation, as officials readily admit.


“The fire department is being very active about informing everyone about this situation,” says Chandler Fire Department Battalion Chief Brad Miller.


See Fireworks Page 6


Kimble brings experience, optimism to Chamber


by Alison Stanton


When Terri Kimble officially starts her new job July 5 as president and CEO of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, she brings with her two decades of experience in Chamber-related work, lots of ideas and plenty of enthusiasm.


Kimble, an Ahwatukee resident, spent the last two years working in the same position for the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that, she ran Chambers in northern Michigan.


Kimble says although she was not actively looking for a job change, when she heard about the opening in Chandler, she felt she was “ready to take the step to a larger city.”


“Chandler mimics Ahwatukee in many ways; they are nice complementary communities,” she says. “Chandler also has such a great synergy going on.”


See Chamber CEO Page 8 Uncork mystery, enjoy wine with ease by K. M. Lang


Wine has been on humankind’s menu since around 8,000 B.C., and a growing body of evidence suggests a moderate daily dose can benefit the heart and may even prevent some cancers. Despite its history and health attributes, a litany of rules on how to choose, drink and store wine, and pair it with foods can lead would-be connoisseurs to quit before uncorking their first bottle. That’s a shame, says Tom Kaufman, owner of The Living Room Wine Café & Lounge in Downtown Ocotillo.


“That whole ‘someday I’ll learn about wine so I


can enjoy it’ mentality is frustrating to me,” admits the Southern Chandler wine lover and restaurateur. “Look at beer, for instance. Sure, there are a lot of microbreweries, but nobody feels like, golly, I don’t know anything about beer. They just order a beer.” Choosing a wine is subjective, says Kaufman, “like movies or clothes or anything.” Kaufman looks for a distinct characteristic in his wine.


“I’d call it ‘mouth feel,’ meaning it has this velvety, smooth, seductive texture. But wines serve many


See Living Room Page 14


ICAN’s McClendon steps down


Community Page 4


Trimmers & Skimmers Business Page 13


Filmmakers use Kickstarter


AZ Arts Page 24 Coach & Willie’s Neighbors Page 43


SanTan Family Fun Center spread


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VINO: The Living Room’s head server, Julie Veres, who has worked at the Downtown Ocotillo shopping center’s restaurant since it opened, checks out a wine selection for a customer.


Children and chores


Calendar of events Reading readiness Just4Kids


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Business . . . . . . . . .13-22 AZ Arts . . . . . . . . .24-30 Things to do . . . . . . . 30-31 Opinion . . . . . . . . .32-33 Neighbors . . . . . . . .43-52 Youth . . . . . . . . . .53-62 Spirituality . . . . . . . 63-65 Directory . . . . . . . .66-68 Classifieds . . . . . . . .69-70 Where to eat . . . . . .71-74


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JAZZED: Sisters Renata, 12, left, and Tissiana, 10, write and perform jazz.


by Alison Stanton


When asked to name accomplished jazz musicians, people will often list famous players like the late Miles Davis and John Coltrane.


Two young sisters from Peterson Farms in Chandler hope that one day music fans will also mention their names when talking about noted jazz musicians. Based on what the talented duo has accomplished so far, this dream could materialize sooner rather than later.


At 10 and 12 years old respectively, Tissiana and Renata Vallecillo have already composed several of their own jazz pieces, performed in numerous shows and received accolades for their work.


See Jazz sisters Page 12


All that jazz: Sisters reach high notes


FAMILY FUN


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