See the top 5 non-coronavirus-related stories from 2020 in the Phoenix area

Beginning in the new year, Arizona drivers will be subject to a new law prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Beginning in the new year, Arizona drivers will be subject to a new law prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Beginning in the new year, Arizona drivers will be subject to a new law prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Though many stories Community Impact Newspaper reported on this year involved the coronavirus pandemic, other news was happening, too. Here are the top five non-COVID-19-related stories from 2020 in Chandler and Gilbert.

Statewide

Jan. 1 marks first day Arizonans can get pulled over for phone use while driving

Beginning in the new year, Arizona drivers will be subject to a new law prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving.

Chandler



Arizona Department of Transportation announces restrictions, closures on Loop 101

The Arizona Department of Transportation has announced closures and restrictions on Loop 101 through Chandler as construction crews work to add a travel lane in each direction on a stretch of the freeway.

4 recently closed Chandler businesses

Here are four businesses that have recently closed in Chandler.

Gilbert

5 businesses that have closed in Gilbert

Here are five businesses that have recently closed in Gilbert

3 restaurants opening and 1 closing in Gilbert

Two restaurants have opened in the past week in Gilbert. This weekend, one more stands to open, and another is set to close.

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



MOST RECENT

Chandler City Council appoints acting city manager, launches search for new city manager

The Chandler City Council named Josh Wright acting city manager March 4, according to a news release from the city. Wright succeeds Marsha Reed, whose retirement is effective March 4.

An effort is underway to improve Frye Road for bicycle use to connect the area to the larger trail system within Chandler. (Courtesy city of Chandler)
Project planned for bike lanes on Frye Road

An effort is underway to improve Frye Road for bicycle use to connect the area to the larger trail system within Chandler.

Stone & Vine fuses family atmosphere with Italian favorites

Learn more about Chandler's Stone & Vine.

People age 55 and up will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine appointments beginning at noon March 2. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Arizonans 55 and older will be eligible for vaccine appointments beginning March 2

People age 55 and up will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine appointments beginning at noon March 2.

Chandler-Gilbert Community College will serve as a state-run vaccination site beginning March 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
More than 70% of eligible people in Chandler have received their first COVID-19 vaccination

According to data from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, 71.1% of the eligible population in Chandler has received at least their first COVID-19 vaccination.

See daily COVID-19 data updates. (Community Impact staff)
COVID-19: Chandler cases up 69 in two days March 2

See a breakdown of COVID-19 cases, vaccinations and more local data.

March 1 marks COVID-19 Memorial Day in Chandler after the city issued a proclamation last week. (Courtesy city of Chandler)
Chandler mayor declares March 1 COVID-19 Memorial Day

March 1 now marks COVID-19 Memorial Day in Chandler after the city issued a proclamation last week.

Hans Van Dan Elzen, owner of YoYo Factory in Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
YoYo Factory makes both yo-yos and champions

Learn more about Chandler's YoYo Factory

COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
COVID-19 vaccination appointments available beginning March 1 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College

COVID-19 vaccination appointments will be available beginning at 9 a.m. March 1 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College—the latest state-run vaccination site.

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 open in Gilbert; Harbor Freight to open March 6 in Chandler and more February news

Read the latest business and community news from February in Gilbert and Chandler.

Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board Member Lori Wood expresses her concerns about parts of the proposed school calendars for 2022-23 and 2023-24. (Screen shot from YouTube)
Gilbert Public Schools adjusts calendar; downtown Chandler adding business, multifamily and more top area news

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