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)

Read the latest news from Gilbert and Chandler here.

'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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Three businesses in Chandler have one-year anniversaries this year. (Community Impact staff)
Three Chandler-area businesses celebrate one-year anniversaries

Here are three businesses in Chandler with one-year anniversaries this year.

Almost 3 million COVID-19 doses have been administered to Maricopa County residents as of May 4, according to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Nearly 3M vaccine doses have been given to Maricopa County residents

Almost 3 million COVID-19 doses have been administered to Maricopa County residents as of May 4, according to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

See daily COVID-19 data updates. (Community Impact staff)
COVID-19: See Chandler COVID-19 cases, vaccinations by ZIP code

Here is what you need to know about COVID-19 case counts in Chandler and the state.

Here are the coronavirus hospitalization data updates to know across Arizona. (Community Impact staff)
ADHS: Hospitalization for COVID-19 increases slightly from May 2

Here is what you need to know about hospitalization numbers in Arizona because of COVID-19 cases.

99 Ranch Market will anchor the shopping center located at the northeast corner of Chandler Boulevard and Dobson Road. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
99 Ranch Market to anchor Chandler shopping center

99 Ranch Market will anchor the shopping center located at the northeast corner of Chandler Boulevard and Dobson Road.

Jinya Ramen Bar opened its downtown Chandler location April 29. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Jinya Ramen Bar opens downtown Chandler location

Jinya Ramen Bar opened its downtown Chandler location April 29

Chandler USD Superintendent Camille Casteel announced she will be canceling an event planned to honor her years of service to the district ahead of her retirement at the end of the school year. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chandler USD cancels event for outgoing superintendent; new businesses at The Post at Cooley Station and more top area news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Chandler and Gilbert areas.

More than 2.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Maricopa County residents. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Almost 1.3 million Maricopa County residents have received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine

In the last week, an average of about 30,000 doses of vaccine per day were administered.

Sasha's Kitchen & Cocktails finds groove with new menu, drinks

A new scratch Italian menu was implemented last summer as well as an array of new cocktails.

Mechanical Keyboards recently acquired a 74,000-square-foot flex industrial building in west Chandler, according to an April 26 news release. (Courtesy city of Chandler)
Mechanical Keyboards announces expansion with new facility in Chandler

Mechanical Keyboards recently acquired a 74,000 square-foot flex industrial building in west Chandler, according to an April 26 news release.

The Arizona Department of Health Services announced April 27 that appointments are no longer required at the state's COVID-19 vaccination sites.  (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
ADHS: Appointments no longer required at state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites

The Arizona Department of Health Services announced April 27 that appointments are no longer required at the state's COVID-19 vaccination sites.