2020 March Archive - SanTan Sun News

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Couple bringing Floridian dessert shop to Chandler
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Couple bringing Floridian dessert shop to Chandler

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By PAUL MARYNIAK Executive Editor Florida’s most popular frozen dessert shop is making its way to the Valley though the coronavirus crisis may be making it difficult to say when. Abbie and John Mirata hope to open the...
South Mt. Park improvements moving along
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South Mt. Park improvements moving along

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By Andy Lenartz Guest Writer The City of Phoenix is in the midst of a five-year, $23 million redesign of South Mountain Park and Preserve that will improve the facilities and trails to a level of world-class park that is...
AIA suspends spring sports until further notice
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AIA suspends spring sports until further notice

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By Zach Alvira Sports Editor The Arizona Interscholastic Association announced it was postponing all spring high school sports until further notice as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The decision came after Arizona...
Chandler orchid growers lose a chance to shine at show
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Chandler orchid growers lose a chance to shine at show

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SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF One of the many event casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic hit orchid growers across Chandler and the rest of the Valley. The Desert Valley Orchid Society Show slated to next weekend was cancelled, depriving...
Chandler drug firm now bracing for the virus fight
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Chandler drug firm now bracing for the virus fight

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By Kevin Reagan Staff Writer Viraj Gandhi thinks the completion of his drug manufacturing facility in Chandler comes at a perfect time as Arizona braces for a potential health care crisis. His company, Medivant Health Care, plans...
Chandler nonprofits facing soaring needs, less revenue
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Chandler nonprofits facing soaring needs, less revenue

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By Kevin Reagan, Staff Writer The numbers at AZCEND’s food bank slowly started to rise as the COVID-19 pandemic worsened. The Chandler nonprofit typically gets 15 visitors on the third Saturday each month to pick up an...
Seton Catholic steamrolls to 4A girls basketball title
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Seton Catholic steamrolls to 4A girls basketball title

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BY BRITTANY BOWYER, Contributor The Seton Catholic Sentinels girls basketball team has a long-standing history of dominance. On Saturday, Feb. 29, it showed once again why it is one of the best teams in Arizona. The top-ranked...
New Waymo vehicles hitting the road with tech upgrades
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New Waymo vehicles hitting the road with tech upgrades

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SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF People who are accustomed to seeing Waymo’s autonomous vans rolling around Chandler and the East Valley are due for a surprise. The company is rolling out a new fleet of sportier-looking vehicles. And...
Armed guards deployed at Chandler, other synagogues
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Armed guards deployed at Chandler, other synagogues

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BY KEVIN REAGAN, Staff Writer After a series of attacks at synagogues across the country, Jewish communities in Chandler and neighboring communities are beefing up their security to prevent similar offenses. Armed guards can...
Sun Lakes Jewish Vets Post helps MANA House
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Sun Lakes Jewish Vets Post helps MANA House

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BY GEORGE STAHL, Guest Writer Last month, a group of volunteers from the Jewish War Veterans Post 619 of Sun Lakes served pizza and soda to 72 vets at Catholic Charities MANA House, Phoenix. Program Director Horace “Ace”...