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.



MOST RECENT

Maricopa County’s election equipment and software passed all tests performed by two independent firms hired to conduct the forensic audit, according to reports by two federally certified Voting System Testing Laboratories. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Maricopa County forensic audit of November election finds no issues with equipment, software

Maricopa County’s election equipment and software passed all tests performed by two independent firms hired to conduct the forensic audit.

Downtown Chandler to add businesses, multifamily in the next year

New businesses, new developments and redevelopment projects continue to take root in the city’s oldest and most historic area, creating an ever-changing and dynamic downtown, according to city officials.

The city of Chandler has released its annual report for 2020, which highlights what the city accomplished over the last year despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chandler annual report: City projects will create more than 2,500 jobs in next three years

The city of Chandler has released its annual report for 2020, which highlights what the city accomplished over the last year despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Arizona Department of Transportation announced Feb. 22 that eastbound I-10 will be restricted March 1-5 south of Chandler. (Courtesy Fotolia)
ADOT: Eastbound I-10 restricted March 1-5 south of Chandler for repair work

The Arizona Department of Transportation announced Feb. 22 that eastbound I-10 will be restricted March 1-5 south of Chandler.

See daily COVID-19 data updates. (Community Impact staff)
COVID-19: Chandler cases up 96 in two days Feb. 24

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)
Number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Arizona falls below 1,600

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

Chandler-Gilbert Community College will serve as a state-run vaccination site beginning March 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Chandler-Gilbert Community College to transition to state-run vaccination site

Chandler-Gilbert Community College will serve as a state-run vaccination site beginning March 3.

In the course of a little more than a year, guests at Gila River Hotels & Casinos—including Wild Horse Pass in Chandler—had the opportunity to make a difference to four Valley nonprofits. (Courtesy Gila River Hotels & Casinos)
Gila River Hotels & Casinos donates funds to Foundation for Blind Children in Chandler

Gila River Hotels & Casinos makes charitable donation to Chandler's Foundation for Blind Children.

The Arizona Department of Health Services is coordinating with local health departments to immediately allocate an initial $100 million in federal funding intended for staffing, laboratory testing, informatics, disease surveillance and other activities critical to combating COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
State provides millions to counties to support more COVID-19 testing

The Arizona Department of Health Services is coordinating with local health departments to immediately allocate an initial $100 million in federal funding intended for COVID-19 testing.

As of Feb. 16, 711,675 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have gone into the arms of Maricopa County residents, according to Maricopa County Department of Public Health. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
More than 50% of Maricopa County adults over 75 have received COVID-19 vaccine

As of Feb. 16, 711,675 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have gone into the arms of Maricopa County residents, according to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

Fraudulent unemployment claims have been on the rise in Arizona, and East Valley small-business owners said they have experienced it firsthand. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Fraudulent unemployment claims increase as Arizona Department of Economic Security claims no data breach

Fraudulent unemployment claims have been on the rise in Arizona, and East Valley small-business owners said they have experienced it firsthand.

The new Cracker Barrel Old Country Store location in Gilbert had standing waits outside when it opened its doors Feb. 15. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
Cracker Barrel opens in Gilbert; Harbor Freight Tools coming to Chandler and more popular area news

Read popular news from the Chandler and Gilbert areas from the past week.