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Chandler Names Tom Dwiggins 
as Fire Chief

Tom Dwiggins has been selected as the City’s new Fire Chief, replacing Jeff Clark who retired in January.

“Tom offers the expertise and relationships to effectively lead our Fire,  Health & Medical Department,” says Chandler City Manager Marsha Reed. “He brings unique knowledge of fire and emergency medical services and will ensure the department continues to deliver outstanding service for Chandler residents and businesses.”

Since January, Dwiggins has been the Interim Fire Chief, responsible for all operational and administrative aspects of the department. 
Dwiggins is a graduate of Grand Canyon University and holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in public safety administration. He has earned the Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Sibley’s West to Double Space in Downtown Chandler

Sibley’s West, the 5-year-old gift shop that features unique Arizona items, has announced plans to double the size of its store in Downtown Chandler.

Sibley’s West, the creation of Michelle and John Wolfe, will be taking over the space to its south, at 80 S. San Marcos Place, that has been home to One Wing Boutique the last five years. The move will expand the store to 5,000 square feet.

“We are very excited to have this opportunity to broaden the number of Arizona products we can offer, plus add some room for visiting artists and authors,” says Michelle Wolfe. “We want to thank our landlord, Saba’s, and Lisa Miller from One Wing for working with us to make this happen.”

Renovation of the space is expected to be completed in September.

Fall Break Time Registration Begins Aug. 6

The fall issue of Break Time will be available for class registration on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. for Chandler residents and on Friday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. for non-residents. The Break Time recreation guide is produced by the City of Chandler Community and Neighborhood Services Department. A variety of preschool, youth, teen and adult and senior classes are offered each session for a minimal fee and include sports, aquatics, exercise, cooking and other educational activities. Learn more at

Peixoto Coffee Named Business of the Year by Downtown Chandler Community Partnership

During the June 16 Annual Meeting for Downtown Chandler Community Partnership,  Peixoto Coffee was named Downtown Chandler Business of the Year.

The award, which is voted on by community members, was given to Sibley’s West, the Chandler and Arizona Gift Shop last year. During this year’s Annual Meeting, John and Michelle Sibley of Sibley’s West presented Julia Peixoto-Peters of Peixoto Coffee with the Downtown Chandler Business of the Year banner. In addition, Ed Hines, board president of Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, presented Peters-Peixoto with the award.

Since its opening in January of 2015, Peixoto Coffee, at the southwest corner of Boston St. and Arizona Ave., has quickly become a community favorite in the historic downtown. Husband and wife team, Julia Peixoto-Peters and Jeff Peters operate a unique coffee shop; from crop to cup, the beans never leave the Peixoto family.

The beans are grown at Peters-Peixoto’s parents’ farm, Peixoto Coffee Farm, in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The Brazilian beans arrive at the Downtown Chandler coffee shop, to be roasted by Peters and, finally, made into a work of art by one of the friendly Peixoto Coffee baristas for you to enjoy.

In addition to offering customers a unique cup of joe, the coffee shop owners have quickly become involved with the local community.

“We are very thankful,” Peixoto-Peters says. “We chose Downtown Chandler to be the home for Peixoto Coffee and we cannot think of a more caring, diverse and encouraging community to be a part of.”

5th Annual Back to School Teacher’s Event

Desert Car Care of Chandler celebrates the upcoming 2016-2017 school year with the 5th annual Back to School Teachers Event, taking place on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 8 a.m. to noon at 95 N. Dobson Rd. in Chandler. Teachers work hard to get their classrooms ready for the new school year and on average, they spend up to $500 of their own money each year on supplies. In appreciation of their efforts, Desert Car Care Center of Chandler wants to provide them with some auto service TLC. Their vehicle reliability is important and an oil change and check-up can help.

All teachers with a school I.D. will receive two complimentary services: an oil change which includes 5w20 semi-synthetic oil and filter and a 15 point safety evaluation test.

The event is being offered on a first come, first serve basis. Vouchers will be given for rescheduling if necessary. Teachers will also have the opportunity to win great prizes and car service certificates while enjoying food from The Hungry Monk food truck, refreshments, music and more. Learn more at

Basha High School Graduate Recognized for Community Giving

Dustyn Phillips, a Basha High School graduate, was recently presented the Prudential Spirit of Community Award in Washington D.C. for outstanding acts of volunteerism. During his time at Basha High School, Dustyn formed “Dustyn’s Kids Helping Kids,” a group of students who gathered school supplies, collected items for families in need during the holidays and supported other community initiatives.

While Dustyn is heading off to college this fall, the chapter will still be active at Basha High School.

Congratulations, Dustyn and thank you for giving back to the community!

Earnhardt Auto Group Opens its First Chevrolet Dealership

Earnhardt Chevrolet opened for business at 2121 N. Arizona Avenue in Chandler on June 27. It is the first time in the Earnhardt Auto Group’s 65 year history that they have owned a Chevrolet franchise.

According to the auto group’s founder, Tex Earnhardt, “We’ve been trying to buy a Chevrolet store for many years and with the addition of this new store we now offer the most well rounded group of brands that any company can possibly offer to the citizens of Arizona.”

The Earnhardt’s purchased Thorobred Chevrolet, Arizona’s largest Chevrolet location, which was established in 1978. It is a full service dealership that sits on 24 acres centrally located in Chandler, less than five minutes from three major freeways. The dealership offers among the largest selection of Chevrolets in the Valley, plus GM Certified Pre-Owned trucks, SUVs and cars, as well as other used cars.  Chevrolets have historically received top vehicle of the year awards including 2016 Motor Trend Car of the Year for its Camaro and Truck of the Year for its Colorado.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Ranked in all 10 Specialties by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals

Phoenix Children’s Hospital once again has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, the only Arizona hospital to make the prestigious list. Phoenix Children’s is one of only 25 children’s hospitals in the United States to make the list in all ten specialties in 2016-17.

“This acknowledgement by U.S. News & World Report recognizes Phoenix Children’s as one of the best pediatric health care organizations in the country,” says Robert L. Meyer, President and CEO of Phoenix Children’s. “I offer sincere congratulations to our entire staff and physicians for their role in achieving this milestone. We’re delighted U.S. News & World Report has recognized our outstanding team again this year in 10 out of 10 specialties.”

U.S. News & World Report’s national publication ranks children’s hospitals annually for their clinical expertise and patient outcomes in 10 medical specialties. For the first time, Phoenix Children’s is now ranked in all 10 categories. The rankings help guide families to make the best medical care decisions for their children. Families can look up the new rankings and detailed information about each hospital for free at

The Casual Pint – Ocotillo Set To Open Aug. 12

The Casual Pint is coming to Chandler! The Casual Pint is a craft beer market, with a bar in it offering a relaxed, casual environment similar to a coffee shop, with great craft beer instead of coffee. The Casual Pint is a fun spot with an upscale, yet casual atmosphere. Here you will find not only an abundance of American craft beers and unmatched variety from around the world, but also the expert staff you want to help craft your beautiful beer experience. Local owners Chad and Amy Eby are thrilled to be bringing the Casual Pint to Chandler, located at 1095 W. Queen Creek Rd. Ste. 8 . Learn more at

Raising Cane’s – Now Open

Raising Cane’s newest establishment, located at 4075 S. Arizona Ave., opened on July 8. Known for its quality chicken fingers, the fast-food chain handed out t-shirts to guests and donated 100 percent of its proceeds to Phoenix Children’s Hospital at the grand opening celebration.