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.



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The Kyrene School District is getting a new superintendent. (Courtesy Kyrene School District)
Kyrene School District names new superintendent

Kyrene School District is gettinng a new superintendent.

The Brickyard in downtown Chandler has been approved to extend its premises to its parking area. (Courtesy city of Chandler)
Chandler launches program allowing businesses to expand into on-street parking

The program, dubbed On the Street, was created to help businesses that have been faced with capacity restrictions due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

BlackBerry Cafe offers homestyle cooking and a family feel

BlackBerry Cafe owners say they aspire to make the restaurant feel like family to all its customers.

City of Chandler headquarters in downtown Chandler  (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
City launches new way to engage with Chandler services

Chandler has a new way to experience civic engagement.

The county has adjusted the COVID-19 risk levels for local school districts. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Maricopa County updates COVID-19 school dashboard; Chandler, Gilbert, Higley all considered 'substantial risk'

The county has adjusted the COVID-19 risk levels for local school districts.

Sibley’s West offers one-stop-shop for all things Arizona

Sibley's West has been a staple in downtown Chandler since it opened.

The Chandler USD governing board met Nov. 18 to discuss virtual learning and COVID-19. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chandler USD responds to rising COVID-19 cases and more top local news

Read the most popular stories from Chandler and Gilbert from the past week.

More than 1,800 students have had to quarantine after coming in contact with a COVID-19-positive person in Chandler USD. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
'We really need parents' help': Chandler USD grapples with how to handle statewide COVID-19 surge

Chandler USD discussed how to handle the increasing number of COVID-19 cases across the district and throughout the state and county at a meeting Nov. 18.

Chandler increases funding to prevent homelessness, help those in need

Chandler is investing more in services for people in need this fiscal year than normal—in part to curb an influx of people suddenly at risk of losing their homes due to the financial hardships inflicted by the pandemic.

Doug Ducey
Gov. Doug Ducey adds measures to mitigate coronavirus transmission

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey did not issue a statewide mask mandate Nov. 18 but noted that 90% of the state is under some local mask mandate.