Businesses opening in Gilbert; Chandler USD to offer virtual learning option post-holiday break and more top news

Ivy & Sage Market brings together more than 50 artisans in one store. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
Ivy & Sage Market brings together more than 50 artisans in one store. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Ivy & Sage Market brings together more than 50 artisans in one store. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the top news from the past week in Gilbert and Chandler.

Gilbert

2 businesses now open, 1 coming to Gilbert Gateway Towne Center

Here are three businesses now open or coming soon to the Gilbert Gateway Towne Center.

Gilbert seeking to fill transportation task force openings



The town of Gilbert is seeking applicants for three positions on its Citizens Transportation Task Force.

Gilbert Town Council rejects reallocation of CARES Act money through Community Development Block Grant program

Gilbert Town Council rejected a reallocation of federal CARES Act dollars Dec. 15 through the town’s Community Development Block Grant program.

Chandler

Chandler USD votes to offer temporary virtual option for students post-holiday break

The Chandler USD governing board voted Dec. 9 to develop a plan to temporarily expand students' virtual learning option through Google Meet for students in grades 7-12 beginning Jan. 5 through Jan. 15.

Chandler-Gilbert Community College to serve as COVID-19 vaccine distribution site

Dignity Health ran a dry run Dec. 11 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College of its plan for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The community college will serve as a distribution site when the vaccine arrives in Maricopa County—which is expected to occur this week.

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



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Denise Lopez
Denise Lopez appointed HD South chief

Denise Lopez replaces Kayla Kolar, who left in 2020 to become the executive director of House of Refuge, as HD South's president and CEO.

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.

Western Canal
Gilbert officials wanted to avoid land acquisitions along Western Canal, staff tells residents

When Gilbert staff first addressed the problem of a deteriorating sewer along the Western Canal, they hoped to avoid using eminent domain to acquire land to fix the problem, staff told residents Feb. 25.

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.

Arizona tourism statistics
State’s tourism struggle greater than Gilbert’s

The tourism industry has been hit hard by COVID-19 statewide, including locally in Gilbert.

Gilbert Public Safety Training Facility
Gilbert opens $85M training facility for growing police, fire forces

Gilbert is ready to open its Public Safety Training Facility under budget and ahead of schedule, officials said, allowing public safety forces to conduct expanded training in town.

Kirk Nelson, Nelson backyard
Residents hoping to save yards prepare to meet with Gilbert Town Council

Neighbors along the Western Canal path between Gilbert and Lindsey roads are hoping a meeting with Gilbert Town Council members can save them from losing their backyards to the town

Higley USD district office
Higley USD high school graduations will head back to campuses

Higley USD is planning for live high school graduations in May, but they will not be held at Arizona State University’s Wells Fargo Arena as they were pre-COVID-19.

The Meeple's Board Game Cafe
The Meeple's Cafe selling its games ahead of closing

The establishment combined food with board game play.

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.

Lori Wood
Gilbert Public Schools to start earlier, extend breaks beginning in 2022-23 school year

Final calendars await some modifications before approval, but Gilbert Public Schools will start its school year in July when the calendars take effect.

Farmer Boys
Farmer Boys set to open March 1 at Gilbert's City Gate

The 40-year-old California-based chain purchases its ingredients from local farms and purveyors when possible.