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🏊‍♂️ Dive Into Scholarships, Election Ripples in Gilbert, and Get to Know Local Businesses!

Issue #150 - April 19, 2024

🏊‍♂️ Swim Season Scholarships Available to Gilbert Youth, Application Details Inside

⚖ Political Shake-Up in Gilbert: Legal Challenges Cast Doubt on Election Candidacies

🗺 Get to Know Us: AZ Active Recovery & East Valley Urgent Pet Care

🎈 Discover Local Events Coming Soon

And more…

Swim Season Scholarships Available to Gilbert Youth, Application Details Inside

Gilbert's youth and those participating in adaptive recreation are invited to apply for the 2024 SRP Aquatics Scholarship, aimed at facilitating access to various aquatic programs. This scholarship opportunity, available to residents aged 17 and under, provides a substantial reduction in the cost of enrolling in aquatic activities offered by Gilbert Parks and Recreation.

Starting May 25, the Greenfield, Mesquite, Perry, and Williams Field pools will open for the season, hosting a range of programs that cater to all ages and abilities. Offerings include swimming lessons, aquatic exercise classes, and diving, among others. Interested parties can view a complete list of available programs and register online at gilbertrecreation.com.

Those selected for the scholarship will receive a 90% discount on program registration fees for the duration of the aquatic season. Scholarship recipients are required to cover the remaining 10% of the registration cost.

Application Process:

Applicants are urged to complete the 2024 SRP Aquatics Scholarship application available online at https://glbrt.is/AquaticsScholarship. Additionally, they must provide documentation demonstrating eligibility such as a current Eligibility Notification Letter from either Gilbert Public Schools or Higley Unified Schools Food Service Department for participants in the Free Lunch Program, or verification of government assistance such as unemployment, nutrition assistance, or WIC benefits.

All personal information submitted will be treated with confidentiality. Applications, along with the required documentation, can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to:

Gilbert Parks and Recreation
Aquatics Scholarship Application
90 E Civic Center Drive
Gilbert, AZ 85296

The approval process is swift, with eligibility confirmations sent via email within five business days. Upon acceptance, payment of the discounted fee is required at the time of registration.

Political Shake-Up in Gilbert: Legal Challenges Cast Doubt on Election Candidacies

In the town of Gilbert, Arizona, the political landscape is undergoing scrutiny as a local resident has filed legal challenges against the candidacy qualifications of three potential municipal leaders.

Michael Webb, a retired consultant, has brought into question the validity of signatures collected by mayoral candidate Natalie DiBernardo and council member candidates Kenny Buckland and Noah Mundt.

These challenges are rooted in discrepancies such as unregistered voters, mismatched addresses, and signatures that do not match voter registrations.

The challenges were filed just before the state-mandated deadline, reflecting a contentious election cycle in Gilbert, which anticipates the introduction of a new mayor and two new council members following this year’s elections.

The shake-up comes at a time when the current Mayor Brigette Peterson has decided not to seek reelection amid the controversial handling of a local youth gang issue.

The ongoing political drama unfolds as the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office begins its review of the challenged signatures, a process that typically spans one to three days but can extend due to the volume and clarity of the submissions.

The outcomes of these legal challenges, expected to be decided by a Maricopa County Superior Court judge within ten days of the filings, may significantly alter the ballot for Gilbert’s upcoming elections.

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East Valley Urgent Pet Care

Semper Fi Heating & Cooling

Peacock Wine & Book Bar

Odin Energy

Pixie Sticks Boutique

Sip & Shop

Romeo’s Euro Café

Archer’s Bikes

Spotlight Your Business!

Would you like us to spotlight your local business in front of thousands of Gilbert area residents in an upcoming issue of Gilbert Thrive?

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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Go have fun this spring with Pogo Pass!

Annual membership provides free admission to some of the best attractions in the valley…

🌊 Sunsplash - 1 visit
🐘 Phoenix Zoo - 1 visit
🙃 The Rush Fun Park - 1 visit
🎤 Mic Drop Comedy Club - 1 visit
⛸ AZ ICE - 1 visit per month
🧗‍♀️ Phoenix Rock Gym - 2 visits
🏌🏼‍♀️🎳 Fat Cats - 1 game bowling AND golf per week at each location
👣 Uptown Jungle - 2 visits
⛳️ Golf ‘n Stuff - 3 visits
⚾️ Diamondbacks - 2 home games
🏈 Rattlers - 3 home games
🏀 Phoenix Mercury - 4 home games
🙃 Rush Extreme - 1 visit
🛹 KTR - 1 visit at each location
🏒 Tucson Roadrunners - 2 home games
😈 ASU sporting events - multiple sports
🎳 810 Billiards & Bowling - 1 visit per month
🐱 U of A sporting events - multiple events
❤️ Luv 2 Play - 1 visit
🎨 Bubbly Brush - 1 visit

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