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 […]

Meet the Pastor: Billy VanCamp leads Heart Cry Cowboy Church

Bring your horse and Bible to celebrate the sixth anniversary for Heart Cry Cowboy Church at 20464 E. Riggs Road, Queen Creek. A horse or mule can accompany you and your family to Cowboy Church’s Chuck Wagon at 5 p.m., followed by service at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12 at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian […]

QC Parks & Recreation’s husband, wife Lim’s Karate classes are a kick

Lim’s Karate classes are a kick for participants of all ages in the Queen Creek Parks and Recreation program. Many classes, taking place this summer and returning this fall, are just as popular as its instructors like husband and wife, “Papa” George and Patrice “Aunty” Lim who teach martial arts in the Queen Creek Library Annex […]

First Things First honors Karen Bradley as champion for children

First Things First has recognized Karen Bradley as the 2018 First Things First Champion for Young Children. The award is given to local champions who volunteer their time with First Things First and raise public awareness of the importance of early childhood development and health, according to a press release. Champions such as Ms. Bradley, […]

Q-and-A with Queen Creek mayor candidate Gail Barney

One Queen Creek resident is running for mayor and three for three seats on the council in the Aug. 28 primary election. All are presently on the council. The Queen Creek Independent e-mailed questionnaires to the candidates. They will be posted online in the order they were received. Name: Gail Barney Age: 70 Education: Associate […]

Queen Creek firefighters save newborn puppy stuck in shower drain

Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department officials were successful in extricating a newborn puppy that was stuck in a shower drain. Engine 413 was dispatched at 9:15 a.m. June 30 to an “assist citizen” incident in the 18000 block of east Canary Way and arrived on scene at 9:16 a.m., Constance Halonen-Wilson, public information officer for […]

Q-and-A with Queen Creek council candidate Emilena Turley

One Queen Creek resident is running for mayor and three for three seats on the council in the Aug. 28 primary election. All are presently on the council. The Queen Creek Independent e-mailed questionnaires to the candidates. They will be posted online in the order they were received. Name: Emilena Turley Age: 46 Present or […]