MAY 16 ROUNDUP: Popular stories from this week in Gilbert and Chandler

Superintendent Camille Casteel answered questions about how the school district is planning for its upcoming year. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Superintendent Camille Casteel answered questions about how the school district is planning for its upcoming year. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Superintendent Camille Casteel answered questions about how the school district is planning for its upcoming year. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Here are some of the most read articles from the past week on Community Impact Newspaper’s website.

Q&A: Chandler USD superintendent says school districts are 'navigating unchartered territory'

Chandler USD Superintendent Camille Casteel answered questions about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the district’s plans for the summer and next school year.

Mayor addresses reopening Gilbert's pools

In a video message, Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels answered questions about reopening the town’s aquatic facilities and coronavirus case counts in the area.



Chandler facilities and amenities: What's open, coming soon or still closed

City recreation centers, pools, libraries and other facilities in Chandler are beginning to reopen.

DATA: About 71% of COVID-19 deaths in Maricopa County tied to long-term care facilities

Data from the Maricopa County Department of Health shows the majority of coronavirus-related deaths have occurred in skilled nursing facilities, assisted-living facilities, rehabilitation facilities and hospice facilities.

Gov. Doug Ducey says gyms, pools may reopen May 13; stay-at-home order to expire May 15

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said May 12 that gyms and pools can reopen beginning May 13 and issued a new "Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger” order to replace the state’s stay-at-home order.

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

Community Impact staff



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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.

The city of Chandler headquarters is located downtown. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chandler launches new initiative to support local businesses

Chandler's economic development division received approval May 28 to launch a multifaceted I Choose Chandler marketing initiative to support local businesses.

The Arizona Department of Education released guidance for reopening schools. (Community Impact staff)
Arizona Department of Education releases roadmap for reopening schools for 2020-21 school year

The Arizona Department of Education released guidance for reopening schools.

Gov. Doug Ducey issued an emergency declaration and imposed a statewide curfew May 31. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Emergency curfew and more: Latest news from Chandler, Gilbert

Read the latest coverage of the Phoenix area from Community Impact Newspaper's website.

Gov. Doug Ducey issued an emergency declaration and imposed a statewide curfew May 31. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issues statewide declaration of emergency, curfew

Gov. Doug Ducey issued an emergency declaration and imposed a statewide curfew May 31.