Gilbert may form committee to address racial issues and more popular area news

Gilbert Town Council will consider forming a community relations committee. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gilbert Town Council will consider forming a community relations committee. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gilbert Town Council will consider forming a community relations committee. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Gilbert

Gilbert Town Council considers community relations committee as protests continue

Gilbert Town Council is considering forming a community relations committee that could address racial and other issues in town.

USS Arizona survivor's granddaughter asks Gilbert to sponsor namesake submarine



The sponsor of the planned USS Arizona submarine invited Gilbert on Sept. 15 to be the submarine’s municipal sponsor.

Chandler

Arches Climbing + Fitness to come to Chandler


At a Chandler City Council meeting Sept. 14, the council approved the final adoption of an ordinance rezoning the an area of Chandler for Arches Climbing + Fitness, an indoor climbing gym. According to the gym website, the space will include rope climbing, a bouldering area, auto belays, a speed wall, a kids area and climbing training. It is not yet known when the business will open.

Loop 202 closures, restrictions planned between I-10 and Loop 101 through this weekend

The Arizona Department of Transportation announced Sept. 15 that Chandler drivers should expect closures on Loop 202 between I-10 and Loop 101 for pavement maintenance this weekend, according to a news release.

Chandler USD students will return to campuses next week. Here are the health and safety precautions the district is taking.

Chandler USD has been open to students receiving on-site support since August, but on Sept. 14, hundreds of students in kindergarten and first and second grades will take their places at their desks and in their brick-and-mortar schools for the first time since March.

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



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