‘Donut Gang’ in parking lot meets around cars and coffee on Saturdays

At 77 years old, Larry Maiorano is still part of a gang doing donuts with cars in a Queen Creek parking lot. He’s not spinning his car wheels, riding around in circles, leaving tire marks, though. He and other car enthusiasts, known as the “Donut Gang,” regularly meet Saturday mornings in the Dunkin’ Donuts parking […]

San Tan Valley native serves at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam

A 2017 Mission Heights Preparatory graduate and San Tan Valley native is serving with the U.S. Navy at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam. “I really enjoy working with patients,” Hospitalman Apprentice Andee Medellin said. “I work in the OBGYN, and I like it.” Ms. Medellin credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned during her […]

San Tan Valley native lives in Europe, supports NATO mission

A 2013 Poston Butte High School graduate and San Tan Valley native in the Navy lives on the coast of Spain while supporting NATO mission. According to a press release, Petty Officer 3rd Class Jessica Dennis, participates in a critical NATO ballistic missile defense mission while assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross. She is […]

Meet the Pastor: Trey VanCamp leads Passion Creek Church in a movie theatre

Church at the movies is something fit for the big screen at Passion Creek Church officiated by Pastor Trey VanCamp. If the name sounds familiar that’s because this is the second part to a Meet the Pastor series in which his father, Billy VanCamp was recently featured for his pastoral leadership with Heart Cry Church […]

YWCA’s Annual Women and Girl’s in STEM empowerment breakfast is Sept. 26

YWCA’s Annual Women and Girl’s in STEM empowerment breakfast is designed to inspire young girls and women to pursue the stem field. The annual Women and Girl’s in STEM breakfast, Sept. 26, will be held at the Arizona Science Center, according to a press release on the YWCA’s STEM leadership efforts. YWCA will present the […]

Meet the Coach: Wayne Pirmann has Mighty Kicks of all ages

Following a summer of televised world cup soccer coverage, enthusiasm continues for the sport in the Mighty Kicks program. Offered through the Town of Queen Creek’s Parks and Recreation, Mighty Kicks Soccer classes focus on technical development with one ball for every camper whose time is spent on small-group tactics, games and tournaments. Sessions are […]

San Tan Valley, Mesa families receive A/C units from Chas Roberts

Chas Roberts A/C & Plumbing has announced two recipients of its annual Cool Play Giveaway are from Mesa and San Tan Valley. Each winner submitted entries detailing why they needed a new air conditioner to the program, which has been featured this season during Arizona Diamondbacks games. The Cool Play giveaway is in its 11th […]

Pet therapy nonprofit seeks volunteers to expand programs

Gabriel’s Angels, a nonprofit that delivers pet therapy to children, is expanding and is looking for more volunteers. Founded in 2000 by Pam Gaber and her dog Gabriel, the organization plans to increase its base of 225 volunteers to serve more young people. Volunteers with and without registered pet therapy dogs are needed. The pet therapy […]

Meet the Teacher: Dana Hansen orbits Honeywell Educators at Space Academy

Payne Junior High School teacher Dana Hansen was selected by Honeywell to be among more than 220 science and math teachers for a space camp. She attended the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy, hosted by the United States Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, June 14–25, according to a press release. The program showcases […]

Meet Your Neighbor: Healing Hearts Pediatrics Dr. Nilam Khurana

Dr. Nilam Khurana works at Healing Hearts Pediatrics, 21805 S. Ellsworth Road Suite No. 111 in Queen Creek. The website is healingheartspeds.com. The Independent reached out to Dr. Khurana to learn more about her. Read below: Name: Nilam Khurana Town/Neighborhood: Villages of Queen Creek What I’m excited about & why:  Township growth. Opportunity for residents […]