Marcus Berkshire appointed to statewide education committee

Marcus Berkshire — coordinator of curriculum, instruction and assessment at J.O. Combs Unified School District — has been appointed to the Arizona Department of Education’s Title I Committee of Practitioners. The Committee of Practitioners — composed of administrators, teachers, and representatives — is responsible for the review of all major proposed or final rules or […]

Above-ground water features at Queen Creek splash pad

The Queen Creek splash pad in Founders’ Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road, is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. May-August. It is also open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. September-October and March-April, and closed November-February. The 4,000-square-foot water attraction features various above-ground water features.  Splash pad rules Splash pad rules, according to, include: Keep all animals outside the […]

Volunteers needed to bake, deliver birthday cakes to foster children

A new nonprofit in Arizona has a mission to bake and deliver birthday cakes to foster children and at-risk youth for their special day, and volunteers are needed in Queen Creek. The birthday cake allows these children to have at least one special moment that is all about them, according to a release. “No baking […]

Marcus & Millichap arranges sale of Gilbert Dutch Bros.

Marcus & Millichap, a commercial real estate investment services firm with offices throughout the U.S. and Canada, has announced the sale of Dutch Bros. Coffee ground lease, a 804-square foot, net-leased property in Gilbert. The asset sold for $1.36 million, according to Ryan Sarbinoff, regional manager of the firm’s Phoenix office. The business is at […]

Lindsey Newman wins gold medals at Mint Valley Summer Pickoff Pickleball Tournament

Team Selkirk’s Lindsey Newman, of Queen Creek, captured multiple gold medals at the 2019 Mint Valley Summer Pickoff Pickleball Tournament. It was at Mint Valley Racquet & Fitness Club in Longview, Washington, June 7-9. She took home the Women’s Singles Open title; and, alongside partner and Team Selkirk athlete Tonja Major, captured gold in the […]

USAF Airman 1st Class Chance L. Hammonds graduates from basic military training

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chance L. Hammonds — the son of Gary Hammonds of Gilbert and Stacy Smith of Queen Creek and the husband of Camry Hammonds of Queen Creek — graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training […]

Queen Creek resident Adaline Bates on America’s Got Talent

Queen Creek resident Adaline Bates was a contestant on “America’s Got Talent” on Tuesday, June 4, on NBC, and the official YouTube video of her singing “Unforgettable” has had more than 619,000 views. The video, above, is titled “Adaline Bates performs male and female parts of an unforgettable duet – America’s Got Talent 2019,” and […]

U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Ty W. Smith completes 10-week infantry training course at Camp Pendleton

U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Ty W. Smith — a lifelong resident of Queen Creek and the son of William and Jenny Smith, longtime Queen Creek residents — graduated boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego in February. He completed the School of Infantry’s 10-week infantry training course at Camp Pendleton, California, in […]

Queen Creek child a finalist in Bashas’ donut flavor contest

A Queen Creek child is a finalist in the Bashas’ Supermarkets Donut Flavor Craze Contest. Judges awarded six Arizona residents – from Queen Creek, Maricopa, Mesa, Vail, Clifton and Chandler – the finalist title for their donut creations that celebrate the wonders and beauty of the 48th state, according to a release. Bryssa, 11, of […]

Summer reading program starts June 1

Registration has begun for the annual summer reading program at the Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road, which runs through June and July. This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories.” Register at “Everyone can earn great prizes, including a free book,” Cindy Kolaczynski, director of the Maricopa County Library District, said […]