This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
December 3 - 16, 2011 www.SanTanSun.com


Relentlessly local coverage of Southern Chandler and our neighboring communities Price Corridor poised to lead economic recovery by Miriam Van Scott


Tough economic conditions continue to prevail throughout the East Valley, but recent developments along the Price Road Corridor could indicate better times are on the horizon.


With two large-scale new builds and sizable expansions to existing space now in the works, city offi cials anticipate the corridor is on target to bring a host of new jobs and economic opportunities to the SanTan Sun area in the months and years ahead. “Price Corridor has always been one of the city’s most


Submitted image


FUTURE GROWTH: Artist renderings show what the north end of the Price Corridor will look like with eight to 10-story office towers, restaurants, retail and a parking structure on the southeast corner of Chandler Boulevard and the Price Road Loop 101 Freeway.


signifi cant employment corridors and continues to attract signifi cant attention,” says Chandler Economic Development Director Christine Mackay. “Currently, there are approximately 25,000 jobs in the Price


Corridor, and we will more than double this amount at build out.”


Leading the way toward expanded employment and increased commercial activity are the extensive new complexes Continuum and Chandler 101, both of which are already drawing attention from corporate clients around the country, according to Mackay. “These are major projects, not only for Chandler, but for the region as well,” Mackay says. “They position us incredibly well for the recovery and for new companies looking for space in our market. We are fortunate to have two such incredible projects ready to go.”


See Price Corridor Page 6 by Miriam Van Scott


SanTan Sun area charitable organizations are facing a two-front challenge this year as they simultaneously promote gift and holiday meal drives while trying to meet increased demand for everyday necessities like food, clothing and shelter. The sour economic climate is making both tasks more diffi cult and straining resources all around. In past years, toys and treats often topped the seasonal wish lists of nonprofi t groups, but now many are struggling just to provide the basics to the area’s needy.


“Items that are often overlooked at this time of turkeys and presents are blankets, white socks and jackets,” says Chandler City Councilmember Kevin Hartke. “With most nonprofi ts and charities that serve our most vulnerable, there is always more need than


Cancer can’t defeat Christmas cheer


by K. M. Lang


Christmas is a time for joy, but a child’s life-threatening illness can wring the cheer from any holiday.


Holly and Aaron McRae of Gilbert experienced that reality in 2009 after their 5-year-old daughter, Kate, was diagnosed with brain cancer. Since then, the McRaes have turned their misfortune into an annual tradition that both honors Kate’s ongoing struggle and assists others in the same circumstances.


Kate’s Crazy Cool Christmas began when, several months after Kate’s diagnosis, her family learned she would remain in the oncology ward of Phoenix Children’s Hospital through both Christmas and her birthday, Dec. 26. And because it was fl u season, her older sister, Olivia, and younger brother, Will, would be unable to visit her.


See Cancer Page 12 Submitted photo courtesy Hollye Schumacher Photography


LAST XMAS: Little Kate McRae spent last Christmas in Phoenix Children’s Hospital, but will be home this holiday. Her family continues a toy drive for hospitalized children called Kate’s Crazy Cool Christmas.


Feed firefighting fascination


Feed firefighting fascination


Community Page 4


Advanced Back gets patients on feet


Advanced Back gets patients on feet


Dining • Spirits • Ales & Breakfast!


Buy one Breakfast and get the second HALF OFF Sat. & Sun. 8am-12pm Expires 1/2/12


Business Page 13


Bears shoot for state goal


Bears shoot for state goal


Youth Page 21 Holiday cheer Holiday cheer Neighbors Page 54


Area charities struggle to meet needs Amicable divorces up in down economy


provision.”


Hartke works closely with For Our City – Chandler, an umbrella organization that matches local needs with resources of faith-based communities, employers, business groups and others in the Chandler area. The goal is to maximize effi ciency by streamlining bureaucracy and avoiding duplication to deliver as much aid as possible to those in greatest need. “For Our City - Chandler is providing a platform where agencies can share their outreaches with other organizations,” notes Hartke. “For the fi rst time, a dozen or so nonprofi ts and churches that provide food, meals and toys during the holidays are coordinating their efforts together.”


See Charities Page 8 by Ann N. Videan, APR


The Great Recession has changed what people value and caused them to reevaluate what is important in their lives. This extends even to spouses as, despite uncertain fi nancial futures, more couples decide to split up. But, they are managing it more amicably, according to a local attorney. “Divorce is a solution for


Christy Thompson


people since, fundamentally, the need for divorce hasn’t changed,” says Chandler attorney Christy Thompson. “What has changed are people’s fi nancial futures. Unemployment of one or both spouses, increased debt and other fi nancial stresses can certainly take a toll on a marriage.”


She and Cheryl Faas, her law partner at Thompson Law Firm, have seen an uptick in divorce cases in their downtown Chandler practice. But the way couples approach divorce has changed.


“Divorce has become more civil. People are less interested in going to trial and have fewer things to fi ght about,” Thompson says.


Before the foreclosure crisis, a husband and wife might have bickered over the value of their house and how they would split it up. But now there’s no equity to quibble over, according to Thompson.


events Shared custody Just4Kids


new pet Calendar of


Calendar of events


Shared custody Just4Kids


SanTan Family Fun Center spread


Preparing for a


Preparing for a new pet


See Divorce Page 10 INSIDE


Business . . . . . . . . .13-20 Youth . . . . . . . . . . 21-31 Things to do . . . . . . . 32-35 Opinion . . . . . . . . . 36-37 Neighbors . . . . . . . .47-53 AZ Arts . . . . . . . . .59-68 Spirituality


. . . . . . .69-73


Directory . . . . . . . .74-76 Classifieds . . . . . . . .77-78 Where to eat . . . . . .79-82


FAMILY FUN


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84