MAY 11 ROUNDUP: Recent news from Gilbert and Chandler

Sibley's West in downtown Chandler opened May 4 on a limited basis and opened further May 8. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Sibley's West in downtown Chandler opened May 4 on a limited basis and opened further May 8. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Sibley's West in downtown Chandler opened May 4 on a limited basis and opened further May 8. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

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'Most importantly our team got back together': Sibley's West owner talks about reopening the downtown Chandler gift shop

John Wolfe, who owns Sibley's West in downtown Chandler with his wife, Michelle, said the gift shop had been doing OK during the coronavirus closure with online sales. It gave the owners a chance to bolster their online store and inventory. But Wolfe said he was more than happy to open the storefront for the first time in weeks May 4 for shopping by appointment, then open up further May 8.

Gilbert Public Schools considering adding in-person June graduation

Gilbert Public Schools will have a high-tech virtual graduation with graduates receiving their diploma on a sound stage from a hologram, but that might not be the end of it.



Superintendent Shane McCord said the district is open to having an optional in-person ceremony for graduates in June if coronavirus-related guidelines on group gatherings are relaxed.

Waymo to resume driving service in Phoenix area May 11

Waymo announced in a blog post May 7 that driving services would resume May 11 in the Phoenix area after having been shut down since March due to the coronavirus.

Alexa D’Angelo and Tom Blodgett contributed to this report.

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Curfew stays, reopening the economy stays course, Ducey says

Gov. Doug Ducey said June 4 he will be keeping his emergency curfew in place through the weekend and will stay the course on the economy reopening from the shutdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

Chandler USD Superintendent Camille Casteel wrote a letter to students and families June 4 regarding the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chandler USD superintendent says district 'will continue to stand against racism and advocate for equity of all people'

Chandler USD Superintendent Camille Casteel wrote a letter to students and families June 4 regarding the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The city of Chandler headquarters is located in downtown Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
City of Chandler asks residents for feedback on parks master plan, city's five-year consolidated plan and annual action plan

As the city works to develop its parks master plan that will be used to guide elected officials and city staff, the city is looking for feedback from residents.

Part of Loop 202 in Chandler will be closed June 4 overnight into June 5. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Work postponed on section of Loop 202 in Chandler, previously scheduled to be closed June 4-5

Part of Loop 202 in Chandler will be closed June 4 overnight into June 5.

Mayor Jenn Daniels called for Gilbert to show empathy during the current unrest. (Courtesy town of Gilbert)
Gilbert mayor urges listening during unrest and more area news

Read the latest Community Impact Newspaper coverage of the Phoenix area.

Jeremiah's Italian Ice opened this week in Chandler. (Courtesy Jeremiah's Italian Ice)
Jeremiah's Italian Ice opens location in Chandler

Jeremiah's Italian Ice opened this week in Chandler.

Brittney Sounart owns Desert Sage Herbs in Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact staff)
Desert Sage Herbs offers holistic approach to wellness

The mother-daughter duo opened the first iteration of the store in May 1999, the business has grown from there.

Chandler hit its highest unemployment rate in recent history in April 2020, according to data from the Arizona Commerce Authority. (Community Impact staff)
Unemployment in Chandler reaches record high, according to recent data

Chandler hit its highest unemployment rate in recent history in April 2020, according to data from the Arizona Commerce Authority.

Chandler will host a virtual job fair later this month. (Community Impact staff)
Chandler Chamber of Commerce, city of Chandler to host virtual job fairs in June

Chandler will host a virtual job fair later this month.

Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke; Chandler Police Chief Sean Duggan; and Rev. Victor Hardy, the president and co-founder of Chandler Men of Action, sat down for a Facebook Live event June 1 to discuss the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the importance of unity in the city of Chandler. (Screenshot courtesy city of Chandler)
Leaders discuss protests and more: News from Chandler, Gilbert

Read the latest news from the Phoenix area.

The Chandler Fashion Center announced it would close Sunday, May 31 and remained closed June 1. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chandler Fashion Center closed 'until further notice,' Chandler Recreation announces hours adjustment due to statewide curfew

The Chandler Fashion Center announced on its Facebook page May 31 that the mall would close "in an abundance of caution" for the day, and as of June 1 the mall was still closed. A recording reached when calling the mall stated the mall was closed "until further notice."

Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke, Chandler Police Chief Sean Duggan and Rev. Victor Hardy, the president and co-founder of Chandler Men of Action, sat down for a Facebook Live event June 1 to discuss the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the importance of unity in the city of Chandler. (Screenshot courtesy city of Chandler)
Chandler mayor, police chief, Chandler Men of Action leader discuss protests, importance of unity in Facebook Live event

Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke, Chandler Police Chief Sean Duggan and Rev. Victor Hardy, the president and co-founder of Chandler Men of Action, sat down for a Facebook Live event June 1 to discuss the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the importance of unity in the city of Chandler.