11 Ways You Know You're From Chandler, Arizona.

11 Ways You Know You're From Chandler, Arizona.

The suburban life isn't too shabby.
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For the past ten years, I have had the pleasure to grow up in Chandler, Arizona. Although it may seem like the cliche "suburban hell" that everyone loathes, it has truly treated me well this past decade. Here are some of the most iconic places/events I've had seen or been a part of since moving to this amazing city.

1. San Tan Soccer Club

If you've never had a child that has played for this league, then you'll at least know someone who does. Growing up, it was never strange to run around town and see kids everywhere with Legacy and San Tan Soccer shirts.

2. In-N-Out on Friday nights

Avoid at all costs during the Fall on Friday nights (or any night really). After football games, the high school crowds love to all head here and enjoy a victory meal.

3. Starbucks vs. Dutch Bros

The never ending fight: whose coffee is truly better? Starbucks has been around Chandler for a while, so it is both reliable and popular. But now, Dutch Bros has entered the scene and is giving Starbucks a run for their money with their superior customer service and a different selection of coffee drinks.

4. Hamilton vs. Chandler

A rivalry that will truly never. Every year, this game is hyped up and it's honestly quite difficult to walk around town without hearing people murmur "who runs Arizona avenue" during rivalry week.

5. Road Construction

The question is, when will it end? Just as they are finishing up a project, it seems as though new begins right away. What makes it worse is that they always choose to work on streets that were perfectly fine in the first place.

6. Ostrich Festival

Everyone's favorite part of March! Every year, Tumbleweed Park hosts a festival/carnival that is fun enough for the whole family. From Ostrich burgers to funnel cake, this event will leave you in a food coma.

7. The Village

The hot spot "stay-cation" of Chandler, Arizona. If you're not in the mood to hop in a car and travel a long distance, this small get-a-way will surely suffice.

8. Paseo Vista Park

Also known as the "dump park" (because it was built on top of a landfill). This is a great place to be after a long day, enjoying the playground and some fresh air. There is also a mile long path that is perfect for running, a disc golf area, and a park to entertain the little ones with.

9. Chandler Fashion Center

As a local, we all know not to be here during the holidays (especially on Black Friday); however, sometimes it is nice to have a place to blow your paycheck with some close friends. From Macy's to Barnes N' Noble, this mall has a large variety of stores that will please the entire family. Then once you're done shopping, there is a Harkins theater right next door where you can catch the latest flick.

10. Ocotillo Friends

For those of you who aren't tech-savvy, this is an online group where people are able to sell and buy items. Along with business, it's also a page where locals talk about the city. Conversation can vary from traffic to crime, to food reviews, to where to find the latest and greatest items. This group is located on Facebook titled, "Ocotillo Friends".

11. Close-knit community

No matter how big you think Chandler is, somehow everybody knows everybody. It's great because this town is full of friendly people who are always willing to help each other out.

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7 Signs You're From the 732

Only the best part of New Jersey.
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If you're from New Jersey, you know how badly the state's looked down upon by outsiders (thanks a lot, Jersey Shore). But you know that all of those false accusations aren't true- the Garden State is your home and only you're allowed to make fun of it. Although Jersey's small, there are different regions and everyone thinks that their's is the best. Here are seven signs you're from the 732, AKA the best part of Jersey:

1. You know that Central Jersey is a place.

One of the biggest arguments is whether or not Central Jersey exists. I live in the middle of New Jersey, so it's pretty funny when people say it's not a real place. I'm not from South Jersey, and definitely not from North Jersey. Also, it's close to both Philadelphia and New York, not just one or the other. Perfect location.

2. Everywhere you go, you see a Wawa.

Legit everywhere, and you go there 24/7. All hail the holy grail.

3. Surf Taco means a lot to you.

Every time I come home from being away at school the first place I go to eat with my friends is Surf Taco. Even when I am home, Surf Taco's always on my mind. Who doesn't love a good taco with chips? P.S. I highly recommend their Teriyaki Chicken Taco, you won't regret it.

4. You go to all the summer concerts.

There's really nothing more fun than summer shows outside, and you already know that PNC Bank Arts Center and Stone Pony Summer Stage are the hot-spots. 'Tis the season of tailgating and enjoying a good show with your friends.

5. Two words: Pork. Roll.

I don't care what Chris Christie has to say, it's pork roll. Quite honestly, Taylor Ham just doesn't sound right. And what's better than a pork roll egg n' cheese on your favorite bagel? Nothing.

6. You live close to the beach...

Spring Lake, Manasquan, Asbury, you name it. You know these areas and where all of the good food spots are in each of them. Living so close to the beach makes for the perfect summers, but with summer comes the bennies.

7. ...So you can easily spot a benny.

If you're from Jersey and you don't know what a benny is, you most likely are one. Bennies usually come in packs; they bring lawn chairs and tents to the beach, wear socks and sandals, and have the "Jersey accent" because they're either from New York or close to.


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Tempe City Council Makes An Effort To Hear The Public's Concerns

The rising number of homeless in Tempe is concerning for many residents and here's why.

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Many concerned Tempe residents voiced that it is not the homeless people trying to get back on their feet that concern them. It is the rising group of homeless drug addicts causing havoc and endangering their neighborhoods does.

Randy Keating and Robin Arredondo-Savage, two members of the Tempe City Council, met with concerned residents on Tuesday at the Multigenerational Center to discuss the rise of homelessness in the area.

Tempe police chief Sylvia Moir assured the public that the police department is doing all it can to make sure their opinions are heard.

"We have to recognize that sleeping is a basic human right, even when it comes to our parks. If the shelters don't have space, the person still needs to sleep somewhere. With that being said, the homeless will have a curfew enforced and will be held accountable for their actions," Moir said.

Suzanne Orarke, a Tempe resident and mother voiced her opinion on why the rising number of drug addicted and mentally unstable homeless people concerns her.

"I have an 8-year-old son and he rides his bike to school every day. I don't want to be a helicopter parent, but at the same time, I also don't want to lose my child to something stupid," Orarke said.

Keating and Arredondo-Savage assured the public that the City Council works with the police department and the Homeless Outreach Prevention Effort team, also known as the HOPE team to find solutions to the homelessness in Tempe. The Councilmembers informed the audience that Tempe spends the most money of any Arizona city on human services.

The Councilmembers reminded the public that homelessness is not a crime and that they are doing their best to accommodate to the rising number of homeless people, which has gone up 60 percent in Maricopa County the last two years.

Another homeless related issue that many residents have noticed is the dangerous use of Lime scooters in their neighborhoods. Lime is a California-based company known for its easily accessible scooters.

The scooters, which run for 15 cents per minute, have increasingly made their way into the East Valley. The scooters have made it easier for the homeless to travel with little to no cost. Many residents believe this is attracting them to their neighborhoods.

When asked about scooter regulations, Keating said, "There is not much regulation for these scooters yet, but there is a working group striving to regulate those as we recognize this is an issue. We are looking over the list of recommendations next Thursday. As of right now, the only regulation is that the scooters cannot be on sidewalks."

The last major issue the public spoke on is the lack of helpful and respectful assistance from the police department and their non-emergency hotline. Many residents recalled their experiences when calling the non-emergency hotline and each resident had a negative outcome.

Steve Geiogamah, a concerned Tempe resident, relived his experience with the non-emergency hotline as he explained what took place a few nights ago.

"I've started to see a rise in drug activity among the homeless in Tempe. One night, I saw a transient in the neighborhood, who looked like they were up to no good. I called the non-emergency line and asked them to send an officer," Geiogamah said. "The next morning, I saw nothing had been done. I called dispatch again and they said that they could not send an officer even though I was concerned about the issue taking place."

Moir took responsibility for the hotlines wrongdoings and ended the meeting by saying, "If there are behaviors that you observe among the homeless, that rise to the level where you need a police officer, call the non-emergency number. Or, if it's immediate or a real serious issue, call 911. Describe the person and request an officer. The expectation is that we trace the call and that an officer responds."

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