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More than 50,000 Chandler households are receiving a postcard in the mail this week from the U. S. Census Bureau asking them to participate in a Census Test. The postcards are asking residents to complete an online survey by April 1, 2015.
 
The Census Bureau is testing new procedures and methods in advance of the nationwide 2020 Census. The goal is to use the results to develop operations for the national Census that will save money while maintaining accuracy and data quality.

For each household member, the online survey will ask how many people live in the house, and for each person, their name, sex, age, relationship to the respondent, Hispanic origin, and race. The information provided is confidential and is not shared with any other government agency or organization. The survey will also ask for a telephone number and whether the housing unit is owned or rented.

The survey will be available in English and Spanish and those having questions or difficulty can obtain assistance over the phone in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, German, Tagalog, French, and Arabic.

The focus of the Census Test is to study new ideas for possible use in 2020, not updating population counts within the test areas, so data collected will not affect Chandler’s official population count.

However, the City is working with the Maricopa Association of Governments and the U. S. Census Bureau to administer a 2015 Mid-Decade Census in Chandler later this fall that will provide updated population numbers.

Households not completing the online Census Test prior to April 1 will receive follow up postcards requesting their participation.  As a last resort, Census workers will personally visit each non-responding household in an attempt to gather the information.
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Arizona's premier traditional Celtic Band, the Knockabouts, will perform from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 19, under the stars at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler.
 
The free Sonoran Sunset Series lakeside concert venue will provide the backdrop for The Knockabouts blend of rowdy energy with traditional Celtic music, authentic pub tunes, and smooth harmonies that capture the spirit and soul of the Celtic lands.
 
Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets, folding chairs and food while enjoying great music alongside the park’s beautiful 5-acre lake.
 
Made up of seasoned musicians with a combined 120 years of professional music making, the Knockabouts appeal to all ages and have gained international recognition by sharing the stage with such artists as Gaelic Storm, Old Blind Dogs, Munnelly and Slide Ireland.
In cases of inclement weather, the performances will be held indoors at the park’s Environmental Education Center. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
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Chandler is implementing a new “over-the-counter” plan review service that promises to reduce review times associated with small remodeling and construction projects.
 
“This new service allows small projects to be reviewed and possibly permitted with one trip to our department and avoid being placed in the work queue along with larger projects,” said Ron Boose, the City’s Building Official.  “A former conference room in the lobby area has been repurposed for this service so applicants can sit and discuss items with a Plan Reviewer in a more private setting.” 
 
The expedited over-the-counter service is available each morning of every business day from 8 to 10 a.m. and is limited to very small projects that will take 15 to 20 minutes to review and do not require planning site development or civil engineering review.
 
Examples of projects likely to benefit from the new service include most interior home remodels, carport to garage conversions, patio covers, fire sprinkler head relocations, small alterations to fire alarm systems, and installations of backyard grills, ramadas, and solar photovoltaic systems.
 
Along with the new service comes new department business hours  Beginning March 30, doors to the Transportation & Development offices at 215 E. Buffalo Street will open at 8 a.m. instead of 7 a.m.; closing time will remain at 5 p.m.
 
“We had difficulty providing adequate staffing at the end of the business day when demand is much higher than during the 7 to 8 a.m. time period,” Boose said. “As always we will continually monitor service demands and make the changes we can to provide the best service for our customers. “ 
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Public encouraged to comment on I-10/I-17 “Spine” Study:
The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), is asking the public for input on the development of a Corridor Master Plan for the Interstate 10 and Interstate 17 corridor. This corridor is referred to as the “Spine,” because it serves as the backbone of the freeway system in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
 
The 35-mile Spine corridor begins at the I-17/Loop 101 North Stack interchange in the north Valley and travels south and east to the interchange with I-10/Loop 202 Pecos Stack. The study also will look at traffic operations on the street and transit network around the freeway. Additionally, the study will integrate information gathered during two previous environmental studies conducted in the corridor.
 
The public is encouraged to submit comments by March 18, 2015. Members of the public can engage in a variety of ways. The easiest is to take a short online survey to identify their priorities and preferred improvement strategies for the corridor at spine.azmag.gov. Public meetings also are planned at the following times and locations:
 
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 6-8 p.m.
Academia Del Pueblo Elementary School Gymnasium
201 E. Durango St., Phoenix
 
Thursday, Feb. 26, 6-8 p.m.
Deer Valley Community Center Multipurpose Room
2001 W. Wahalla Ln., Phoenix
 
Wednesday, March 4, 6-8 p.m.
Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix South, Grand Ballroom
10831 S. 51st St., Phoenix
 
Members of the public can provide direct input to the study at spine.azmag.gov or email at spine@azmag.gov, calling 602-759-1916, or writing Spine Study Team, 302 N. 1st Ave, Suite #200, Phoenix, AZ 85003.
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New #Chandler City Council members were sworn in at the Thursday Jan. 8 Council meeting and, as a first order of business, elected Councilmember Kevin Hartke as Vice Mayor.
 
Officials sworn in include Mayor Jay Tibshraeny (re-elected to a four-year term), Councilmember Kevin Hartke (re-elected to a four-year term) and newly elected Councilmembers René Lopez and Terry Roe, (both elected to four-year terms). They join seated councilmembers Nora Ellen, Rick Heumann and Jack Sellers. 
 
Leaving the Council are Trinity Donovan, and Jeff Weninger both of whom were termed out after serving eight years on Council. Weninger has been newly elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in District 17.
 
The regular Council meeting included an Honor Guard posting colors and a special musical presentation of the Fire Department Pipe & Drum Corps. 
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Families unable to take advantage of Chandler’s popular recreation and aquatics programs due to limited finances may qualify for financial assistance through one of the City’s fee assistance programs.
 
The City received a $2,000 grant from the American Red Cross (ARC) to help economically disadvantaged families pay for registration and instructor fees for Learn-to-Swim classes, Lifeguarding, Water Safety Instructor, Guard Start and Junior Lifeguarding programs.
 
In addition, the City’s Goodwill Scholarship Program offers families up to $150 to help pay registration fees for activities such as summer camps, karate classes and swim lessons.
 
Assistance is provided based on income guidelines established by Maricopa County. Applications are available online at www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics. Click on the words “financial assistance” found under the “Swim Lessons” heading.
 
Completed applications can be mailed to Chandler Aquatics, P. O. Box 4008, Mail Stop 906, Chandler, AZ  85244-4008. Forms also can be dropped off at Chandler’s Parks, Facilities and Aquatics Administration Building, 650 E. Ryan Road.
 
For more information, contact the Chandler Aquatics Division at 480-782-2749 or 480-782-2750, visit www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics.
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Residents are being encouraged to contact the City’s Neighborhood Programs Division with addresses and contact information of elderly and disabled residents or others in the community struggling to keep their properties free of weeds.
 
City staff and volunteers will work with the owners to obtain authorization to clean the properties during Chandler’s annual Let’s Pull Together weed pulling campaign organized in conjunction with For Our City - Chandler.
 
Additionally, individuals and organizations interested in joining this annual community-wide event are encouraged to participate.  Let’s Pull Together will run Saturdays during the month of April (April 4, 11, 18 and 25).
 
Chandler residents needing help with weeds or if residents know of vacant homes with excessive weeds in the front yards are encouraged to call 480-782-4348 or e-mail judy.ramos@chandleraz.gov.
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Residents of traditional (non-HOA) neighborhoods can learn to create partnerships, work with city government and become community leaders through interactive workshops known as Chandler’s Traditional Neighborhood Academy.
 
The free Academy helps Chandler residents determine the characteristics that define their neighborhoods, survey the community and develop and Action Plan from that survey. Additionally, participants brainstorm concepts for logos and neighborhood identification signs that promote a sense of community.
 
The Traditional Neighborhood Academy consists for four workshops meeting weekly on Wednesdays from April 8 through April 29. Classes are held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Chandler City Hall, second floor, Training Room A, located at 175 S. Arizona Avenue.
 
Register by April 1 by downloading an application at www.chandleraz.gov/neighborhoods.  
For more information contact the Neighborhood Programs office at 480-782-4354 or email cristabel.dykstra@chandleraz.gov. Those who complete all four classes will receive a Certificate of Completion and will be recognized at a future Chandler City Council meeting. 
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{Special Savings}: {Special Savings!!}: #Chandler residents can receive a 15 percent discount on a Family Season Pass to the City’s six aquatic centers if they purchase a pass between March 7 and March 21, 2015. 
 
A Family Season Pass holder may swim at any of the City’s aquatic centers between March and November during published or posted public swim hours with the purchase of a $95 family pass. Up to four family members can use the pass. Additional family members can be added for $13 each.
 
The discounted passes can be purchased at the Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Avenue and at the Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Drive.
 
A new online registration system implemented last fall included technology that replaced paper passes with plastic key fobs that can be scanned at City pools for quick entry. The new fobs will be issued to each family member with the purchase of a family pass. A driver’s license photo ID must be presented showing a verifiable Chandler address and all family members listed on the pass should be present so photos can be taken when the key fob is issued.
 
For more information, call Chandler Aquatics at 480-782-2749.
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{Traffic Note}: Sewer line work on Alma School Road at Balboa Way will restrict traffic to a single lane in each direction beginning Tuesday, Feb. 17 through  Friday, Feb. 27. Balboa Way is located a quarter-mile south of Ocotillo Road, across from Snedigar Sportsplex.

All traffic will be shifted into the southbound lanes of Alma School Road to avoid the construction occurring in the northbound lanes. Access to Balboa Lane will be maintained, but northbound left turns from Alma School on Balboa will be prohibited.

Alma School is a four-lane road and the restriction is necessary to tie in a sewer line from an adjacent development into a City sewer main located approximately 30 feet below the roadway.
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The #Chandler Main Post Office, located at 101 N Colorado St., will be open special Sunday Holiday Hours. The Main Office will be open to mail packages, get stamps and other postal needs. In addition to its regular hours, the Main post office will be open from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 14, and Sunday, December 21. This is the only location in Chandler to have the special hours. Regular hours resume on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014.
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#Chandler area senior adults age 50 and older who can sing, dance or perform any talent to entertain a crowd are invited to audition this month for the 22nd Annual "Spice of Life" Senior Variety Show that will be held in March at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Auditions will be held between 2 to 5 p.m. on January 6 and January 12 at the Chandler Senior Center, 202 E. Boston Street. Anyone interested in auditioning is asked to contact Eliza Haws at 480-782-2741 for more information.
 
The annual show is an opportunity for local performers to step onto the main stage and into the spotlight for two shows at the Chandler Center for the Arts; March 18 at 2 p.m. and March 19 at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend and general admission tickets are $6 at the door. The Center for the Arts is located at 250 N. Arizona Ave.
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