2 restaurants open or coming to Gilbert; many in Chandler receive first doses and more top area news

The opening date for Cafe Rio Mexican Grill on Power Road has yet to have been announced. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
The opening date for Cafe Rio Mexican Grill on Power Road has yet to have been announced. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

The opening date for Cafe Rio Mexican Grill on Power Road has yet to have been announced. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the most popular news from the past week from the Chandler and Gilbert area.

Gilbert

One restaurant now open, one coming in Gilbert

Here are two restaurants open or coming to Gilbert.

Gilbert Public Schools considers closing Houston Elementary, moving Neely Traditional Academy



The Gilbert Public Schools governing board studied at its March 2 meeting the effects of school changes for the fall that would close one school and move another into its campus.

Under the proposal, intended to help the district manage enrollment in the western portion of the district, Houston Elementary School would close, and Neely Traditional Academy, which has no school boundaries, would move onto the Houston campus.

Chandler

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.

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.

Statewide

Arizonans 55 and older will be eligible for vaccine appointments beginning March 2

Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services announced March 1 a new hybrid approach that provides Arizonans age 55 and older eligibility along with frontline essential workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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