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🏛 Student Government Day, Asian Culture Festival, Councilman's 'Pig' Remark Sparks Outrage, Heritage District Gem, and more!

Issue #22 - October 17, 2023

In this Gilbert Thrive Issue…

🏛 Calling All Gilbert High Schoolers: Apply Now for Student Government Day!

🎉 Chandler Gilbert Asian Festival: Fostering a Year-Round Celebration of Asian Culture

😡 Gilbert Councilman Faces Controversy After 'Pig' Remark to Citizen

💈 The Heritage District's Gem: Downtown Gilbert Barbershop, Where Stories and Style Collide

🎈 Discover Local Events Coming Soon

And more…

Calling All Gilbert High Schoolers: Apply Now for Student Government Day!

Gilbert's Student Government Day on Feb. 13 allows 55 high school students to experience local government. They'll shadow Gilbert employees, participate in a mock council meeting, and share their opinions on youth-related issues in the community.

Applications are open until Nov. 19 for Gilbert high school students. Even homeschooled students in Gilbert can apply. All participants receive a school excuse from Mayor Brigette Peterson.

Find more details and apply at https://gilbertaz.gov/sgd

Chandler Gilbert Asian Festival: Fostering a Year-Round Celebration of Asian Culture

The Chandler Gilbert Asian Festival aims to promote Asian culture and businesses. While it includes an annual festival, it's more than just a single event.

The group has adorned Gilbert's Water Tower Plaza, made a promotional video for Asian ice cream flavors, and launched a podcast called "ConversAsians." Their goal is to unite Asian communities in Chandler and Gilbert, foster cultural activities, and strengthen bonds within these diverse communities.

With Chandler having a significant Asian population, there's a need for a year-round organization focused on Asian culture. The festival will connect Asian communities and highlight local businesses.

Gilbert Councilman Faces Controversy After 'Pig' Remark to Citizen

Gilbert citizen demands apology from councilman over alleged insult. Councilman Jim Torgeson denies calling her a pig.

The incident occurred during a discussion about ethics violation complaints. Torgeson used a saying, "Don't wrestle with pigs," claiming he didn't mean it towards her. The citizen, Maureen Hoppe, worked on Torgeson's council campaign but later accused him of bullying and damage to her reputation.

She requested an apology, a meeting with Buchli and Torgeson, and wants the council to reconsider their votes on her complaints. If not supported, she plans to file another ethics violation complaint under the town's new ethics handbook, which involves an independent mediator.

The Heritage District's Gem: Downtown Gilbert Barbershop, Where Stories and Style Collide

Little Henry got cleaned up and ended the day with a sucker!

Nestled in the heart of Gilbert's Heritage District is a time-honored establishment that stands as both a testament to history and a living hub of the community. Since its opening in 1947, the Downtown Gilbert Barbershop has been more than just a place for haircuts; it's a cherished gathering spot where stories are swapped, friendships flourish, and style finds its timeless home.

A Legacy That Endures

As the longest consistently running business in the Heritage District, this barbershop has witnessed the evolution of Gilbert over the decades. In 1951, a young and enterprising Jose "Joe" Gonzales took the reins, adding his own chapter to the barbershop's rich history. At that time, Gilbert was a close-knit community with fewer than 2,000 residents. Joe Gonzales, a husband, father, and proud World War II veteran, stepped into the role of barber and quickly became a beloved figure in the town.

What sets Joe Gonzales apart is his unparalleled dedication to his craft. Rarely missing a day of work, his commitment to serving the community through his barber's chair remained steadfast until he reached the remarkable age of 80. In March 2013, Gilbert bid farewell to Joe Gonzales as he passed away at the age of 85.

A Family Tradition Continues

Today, the legacy of Joe Gonzales lives on through his children, Raul Gonzales and Amelia Pace. With equal parts reverence for their father's dream and a commitment to the community, they continue the traditions of the Downtown Gilbert Barbershop, ensuring that its role in the town remains as vital as ever.

A Place of Community and Connection

The Downtown Gilbert Barbershop is not just a place to get a haircut; it's a hub for the community. Each day, it welcomes clients who come seeking more than just a trim; they come for the experience, for the sense of belonging, and to connect with the heritage of Gilbert. The roster of patrons tells a story of its own, with esteemed members of the community, including police chiefs, educators, and well-known families like the Neelys and Morrisons, finding a second home within the shop's four walls.

This dedicated business has weathered the years, witnessed the town's transformation, and stood as a constant in a changing world. It embodies the spirit of community, connection, and enduring style that is Gilbert's heritage. In the heart of the Heritage District, it remains a cherished gathering spot for residents of all ages to come together, share their stories, and get a haircut. The Downtown Gilbert Barbershop is a living tribute to the past, a vibrant part of the present, and an institution that stands the test of time.

Location: 221 N Gilbert Rd Gilbert, AZ 85234

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We ❤️ Local Businesses!
We know our community is brimming with businesses that have fascinating stories and big hearts. If you're a local business owner making waves, crafting unique experiences, or simply putting a smile on our faces, we want to chat with you! Gilbert Thrive is eager to shine a light on the unsung heroes of our town. Let's collaborate and let the community know what makes your business special. Send us a message, and let's celebrate the spirit of Gilbert together!

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👻 You can find this stationed at the Clarkdale Depot until October 31. Who wants to go? (only 2 hours from Phoenix)

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