Road closures and more: Top stories from this week in Gilbert, Chandler

The Arizona Department of Transportation has announced closures and restrictions for Loop 101 this week. (Damien Hernandez/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Arizona Department of Transportation has announced closures and restrictions for Loop 101 this week. (Damien Hernandez/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Arizona Department of Transportation has announced closures and restrictions for Loop 101 this week. (Damien Hernandez/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the most popular stories covering Gilbert and Chandler from this week on Community Impact Newspaper’s website.

ADOT announces upcoming closures, restrictions on Loop 101 through Chandler

The Arizona Department of Transportation announced upcoming closures and restrictions on a stretch of Loop 101 through Chandler.

Pedal Haus introduces new position to ensure restaurant remains clean during COVID-19

The owner of the downtown Chandler eatery has adapted his operations during the pandemic by creating a “chief sanitizing officer” position.



Chandler USD superintendent says district is looking into flexible options for next school year

Chandler USD Superintendent Camille Casteel said the district has convened a task force to develop options for returning to school in line with directives from state officials as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated guidelines for reopening schools.

Enjoy wine, beer in the park in downtown Chandler beginning Friday, May 22

Through the city’s “Dine in the Park” initiative, visitors to downtown Chandler can purchase drinks to go from restaurants and enjoy them at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park West.

Gilbert’s population pushes past 250,000 in Census Bureau estimate

The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the town of Gilbert’s population grew 21.9% from 2010-19.

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



MOST RECENT

According to the report, 380,174 total COVID-19 cases have been reported in children nationwide as of Aug. 6, which accounts for approximately 9.1% of all confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
REPORT: COVID-19 cases in children increase by 90% nationwide in 1 month

As school district officials across the U.S. prepare for the start of the 2020-21 school year, 179,990 new COVID-19 cases were reported in children nationwide between July 9 and Aug. 6—an increase of 90%, according to a report compiled by The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association.

Desert Smash AZ to close its doors Aug. 16

The business announced it will close Aug. 16

The property owner of Civic Market and neighboring QuartHaus told Community Impact Aug. 11 he intends to fully reopen the Civic Market concept after the former operators chose to move on. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Civic Market LLC owners in downtown Chandler leave building, property owner plans to reopen concept in the building

The property owner of Civic Market and neighboring QuartHaus told Community Impact Aug. 11 he intends to fully reopen the Civic Market concept after the former operators chose to move on.

See results from the Chandler City Council election. (Community Impact staff)
Final results: Three poised to take seats on Chandler City Council in January

Here are the election results for the Aug. 4 Chandler City Council race.

Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels resigned at the Aug. 11 town council meeting. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels resigns and more Chandler, Gilbert news

Read the latest news from Gilbert and Chandler.

The Arizona Department of Health Services released benchmarks on COVID-19 metrics that local schools can use to judge when to reopen schools either fully in-person or in a hybrid model. (Community Impact staff)
Data: See where Maricopa County stands in the metrics for reopening schools

Here is where Maricopa County stands in the metrics for reopening Arizona schools.

Tacos Tijuana Taqueria
Tacos Tijuana Taqueria coming to Gilbert in late August

The restaurant serves street tacos on homemade tortillas.

The city of Chandler headquarters is located in downtown Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chandler opens coronavirus relief grants to businesses beginning Aug. 17

The city of Chandler is offering grants to Chandler businesses that are keeping employees on payroll while adjusting to the revenue losses and disruptions caused by the coronavirus.

COVID-19, business
State's new benchmarks will keep some county businesses closed for now

The Arizona Department of Health Services unveiled public health recommendations Aug. 10 for reopening the state’s paused businesses on a county-by-county basis.