Meet Your Neighbor: Ethos Martial Arts owner Tyler Larsen

A new mixed martial arts academy is opening in the Town of Queen Creek with a grand opening date of May 12. Ethos Martial Arts, 18540 E. San Tan Blvd., focuses on teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Viking Striking and mixed martial arts, according to owner Tyler Larsen. “With a wealth of knowledge to share, our instructors […]

Meet Your Neighbor: Life is full for Rogers thanks to exchange students

  Name: Angel Rogers Age: I’ve cleverly disguised myself as a responsible adult. Town/Neighborhood: Queen Creek When & why I moved here: Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve lived in Arizona, Kentucky, Texas and Wisconsin. My family: We are a family of seven with five children ages 8-19. My husband, Daron, and I have been married for […]

San Tan Valley’s Schmidt finishing master’s studies in conservation leadership

Annette Schmidt of San Tan Valley has been applying the tools of science, education and conservation to become a leader in the conservation community. Ms. Schmidt is expected to complete her master’s course of study in December with a master of arts in teaching degree in the biological sciences field from Miami University through Project […]

Queen Creek rodeo queens represent in Payson

  Members of the 2017 Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek rodeo queen court travel the state to represent the town at rodeos and other equestrian-related events. Above, from left, are Hailie George, Roots N’ Boots Pro Rodeo teen queen; Isabella Jenkins, Roots N’ Boots Pro Rodeo junior teen queen; and Codi Ross, Roots N’ Boots […]

Meet Your Neighbor: Chris Zimmer

Name: Chris Zimmer Age: 22 Schooling: I am a senior at the University of Arizona studying urban and regional development with a minor in sustainably built environments and will be graduating in December 2017. Town/Neighborhood: Cave Creek/ Palos Verde. What I do: I work in the planning department as an intern. What I like most […]

Meet the Teacher: Monet May

Meet Your Neighbor is a feature of the Independent that introduces readers to a community member. To receive a profile form or to nominate a neighbor, send an e-mail to Monet May is a math teacher at Eduprize Queen Creek. Name: Monet May Age: 24 Town/Neighborhood: San Tan Valley/Johnson Ranch When & why I […]

Meet your neighbor: Marianne Fulton

Name:  Marianne Fulton Age: 51 Town/Neighborhood:  Meridian subdivision in Queen Creek. When & why I moved here: My husband and I moved our family to Queen Creek in 2001. We wanted to return to the east Valley and liked the remote location of the town yet the ability to still be near creature comforts and […]

Queen Creek’s Streich graduated military training

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Robert S. Streich graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Airman Streich graduated in 2011 from Queen Creek High School. He is the son of Daphne O’Dell of Tucson and grandson of Virginia Kambeitz of San Tan Valley. He is the husband of […]

Meet Your Neighbor: Patrick Meehan

  Name: Patrick Meehan Age: 45 Town/Neighborhood: Queen Creek/ Langley Gateway II When & why I moved here: We moved from Phoenix to the area in 2001. We were interested in the area because of its rural setting and to be closer to my wife’s family. What I like most about living here: The great […]

Meet Your Neighbor — Jacque Zoccoli

Name: Jaclyn “Jacque” Zoccoli

Age: 71

Town/Neighborhood: Queen Creek

When and why I moved here: In 2012. Two of our four boys live here with nine of the 11 grandchildren.

What I like most about living here: The surroundings and the people. Queen Creek is a small town environment that is easy to become a part of. I came from Tracy, California, of 81,000 people, and though small town too, it was not as organized or community-oriented. After being on the Queen Creek Community Leadership committee, I realized how dedicated the employees of the town are and how they truly are there to make living here worthwhile. I love the spirit here and the unity. My own neighborhood is mostly green and filled with mostly young families.