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👮‍♂️ Recruit Expelled for Cheating at Gilbert Police Academy Gets Opportunity for Redemption

Issue #56 - December 4, 2023

👮‍♂️ Recruit Expelled for Cheating at Gilbert Police Academy Gets Opportunity for Redemption

🎄 Gilbert's Glittering Delight: Explore Festive Light Displays with the 2023 Holiday Lights Map

💦 Arizona Senate President Challenges 100-Year Water Supply Mandate for New Developments

❄ Winterfest at Gilbert Classical Academy: Music, Carnival, and Support for School Programs

🌟 Healing Paws and Happy Tails: East Valley Urgent Pet Care's Anniversary Celebration

🎈 Discover Local Events Coming Soon

And more…

Recruit Expelled for Cheating at Gilbert Police Academy Gets Opportunity for Redemption

The Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board has decided to provide a second chance to Colton Bussen, a recruit dismissed from the Gilbert Police academy just days before graduating due to cheating on a first aid test.

Bussen, acknowledging his wrongdoing, explained that he opened a second window on his department-issued laptop out of curiosity but did not change any answers. The board, historically inclined towards permanent denial for cheating cases, opted for a 12-month denial of police officer certification for Bussen, allowing him to reapply afterward.

Bussen, expressing deep regret and emphasizing his commitment to serving the community, pleaded for understanding and a chance at redemption.

Should Colton be given a 2nd chance at being a police officer after cheating on a first aid test?

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Gilbert's Glittering Delight: Explore Festive Light Displays with the 2023 Holiday Lights Map

Explore the festive spirit of Gilbert this holiday season with family and friends as the town illuminates with vibrant light displays. Utilize the 2023 Holiday Lights Map for a planned and delightful evening outing.

Arizona Senate President Challenges 100-Year Water Supply Mandate for New Developments

Senate President Warren Petersen criticizes the 1980 law mandating a 100-year water supply for new developments. While not seeking legislative changes, Petersen questions the arbitrary nature of the requirement, pointing out that California only requires a 25-year supply.

He emphasizes the focus on residential development and suggests attention should be directed toward the larger water usage sector—agriculture. Petersen acknowledges the need for conservation but believes the emphasis should extend beyond residential areas.

Winterfest at Gilbert Classical Academy: Music, Carnival, and Support for School Programs

Gilbert Classical Academy is gearing up for its annual Winterfest event at 1016 N. Burk St., taking place on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The community-oriented event showcases live performances by the school's musical ensembles, accompanied by carnival games, food vendors, and a significant silent auction featuring various items. All funds generated from Winterfest contribute to supporting Gilbert Classical Academy's diverse music programs, including choir, orchestra, and band.

The school, part of Gilbert Public Schools, follows a classical curriculum with an emphasis on grammar, logic, and rhetoric. The unique 'legion' system fosters collaboration among students from different grades, focusing on essential soft skills. Winterfest plays a vital role in sustaining the curriculum and programs that define Gilbert Classical Academy's commitment to quality education.

Peacock Wine & Book Bar

Schnepf Farms

Archer’s Bikes

Pixie Sticks Boutique

Romeo’s Euro Café

Sip & Shop

Healing Paws and Happy Tails: East Valley Urgent Pet Care's Anniversary Celebration

In the heart of the East Valley, where families extend beyond human members, there's a place that has become a beacon of hope and healing for furry friends. East Valley Urgent Pet Care, nestled on S. Sossaman Rd, has been providing a crucial bridge between routine veterinary care and emergency situations since its opening in January 2023.

A Year of Paws and Compassion

As East Valley Urgent Pet Care approaches its one-year anniversary, the team led by Dr. Usiak reflects on a year filled with growth, community engagement, and countless tails wagging in gratitude. Dr. Usiak, with her background in emergency veterinary medicine and a passion for being a voice for the voiceless, envisioned a space where immediate, yet non-critical, care is readily available for pets.

Beyond Urgent Care: A Commitment to Compassion

More than just a clinic, this is a haven for pet owners who face the worry and concern that comes with a sick companion. Dr. Usiak, who is not just the owner but also a pet owner herself, emphasizes empathy and understanding. She states, "I want to be an advocate for those who don't have a voice and be a source of security and help when a family and their pet need it."

Services Tailored to All Companions

From dogs and cats to rabbits, ferrets, and other small mammals, East Valley Urgent Pet Care is equipped to provide urgent care for a variety of pets. The team understands that each pet is unique, and their approach is tailored to address the concerns of pet owners, leaving no one wondering what to do next.

Growing Roots in the Community

In just a short time, this clinic has become an integral part of the community. Actively involved in local events, pet clubs, and co-sponsoring holiday events, the clinic is not just about providing veterinary care but also building connections within the East Valley.

Paws in the Future

As East Valley Urgent Pet Care looks to the future, plans for further community involvement and support are underway. The clinic is now open seven days a week throughout the winter season, ensuring that pet owners have access to care when they need it. The upcoming New Year's celebration, doubling as their one-year anniversary, promises exciting surprises for the community.

In the words of Dr. Usiak, "Our goal is to put you at ease by caring for your pets with the same respect we give our own; by being a source of security and helping when you and your pet need it most."

What Others Have to Say

Pet owners have praised East Valley Urgent Pet Care for its compassion and expertise. One client expressed, "They don't just treat pets; they treat family members. The care and understanding here are unmatched."

Another local resident shared, "East Valley Urgent Pet Care has been a game-changer for our community. Having a place that offers urgent care without the stress of emergency rooms has been a relief for many pet owners."

As East Valley Urgent Pet Care prepares to celebrate its one-year milestone, the community eagerly looks forward to many more years of compassionate care for their beloved furry companions.

2853 S Sossaman Rd Suite A112, Mesa, AZ 85212
(480) 482-7989

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