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.






MOST RECENT

Gov. Doug Ducey announced a series of tweets April 19 that K-12 schools will no longer require masks. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Chandler USD board moves to continue requiring masks in classrooms with exception for outdoor activities

The Chandler USD governing board voted April 21 to continue to require masks in classrooms but will allow for students to remove their masks while outdoors for physical education activities.

Gilbert Public Schools district office
Gilbert Public Schools board to meet about mask policy

The Gilbert Public Schools governing board will meet April 22 to consider modifying or ending its mask policy.

As part of President Joe Biden’s plan to reopen schools safely nationwide, the department’s National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option is being expanded beyond the summertime. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
USDA extends free school meals provision through 2021-22 school year

Schools nationwide will be able to serve nutritious meals to all students free of charge regardless of eligibility through June 30, 2022, officials announced.

Higley USD district office
Higley USD mask policy awaits governing board review

Higley USD will keep its mask policy in place at least until the governing board has a chance to review it, district officials said.

Gilbert Municipal Building I
Gilbert approves plan for use of federal grant money

Gilbert Town Council approved submission of the town’s annual action plan for its Community Development Block Grant money to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Apricot Lane Boutique
Three businesses coming soon to Gilbert

Here are three businesses that are coming soon to Gilbert.

The Chandler USD governing board will hold a special meeting April 21 to address the current mask mandate in schools, according to an email from the district. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chandler USD governing board to meet April 21 to discuss masks in schools

The Chandler USD governing board will hold a special meeting April 21 to address the current mask mandate in schools, according to an email from the district.

Gov. Doug Ducey announced a series of tweets April 19 that K-12 schools will no longer require masks. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Governor rescinds order requiring masks in K-12 schools

Gov. Doug Ducey announced a series of tweets April 19 that K-12 schools will no longer require masks.

Doug Ducey
Ducey bans government entities from requiring 'vaccine passport'

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey banned "vaccine passports" in an executive order issued April 19 that prevents state and local governments from requiring Arizonans to provide their COVID-19 vaccination status.

See a breakdown of COVID-19 cases, vaccinations and more local data. (Community Impact staff)
COVID-19: See cases, vaccinations by ZIP code in Gilbert

Here is what you need to know about COVID-19 case counts in Gilbert and the state.

Here are the coronavirus hospitalization data updates to know across Arizona. (Community Impact staff)
ADHS: ICU beds in use down to 145 April 18

Here are the coronavirus hospitalization data updates to know across Arizona.

road construction
Town looking to resume work on Recker Road

The town anticipates work to resume in late spring and last four months.