November 2008 Student Citizens of the Month

Posted November 20, 2008 by mayorberman
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In 1987 I created the Student Citizen of the Month Award. As a former high school teacher I thought it was time we recognize not just the athletes and scholars, but the regular just good kids.  The criteria for selection for this award is behavior based, period.  I don’t care if a kid is Captain of the Foot Ball Team and a straight A student, the only thing that counts on this award is how they treat others.  If your child wins this award, you really have something to be proud of.

Steve

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Shop Gilbert

Posted November 19, 2008 by mayorberman
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Shop Gilbert, Earn Frequent Flyer Miles

 

For nearly a year the Town of Gilbert, The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and The Gilbert Republic have been encouraging you to “Shop Gilbert”.  You have read articles from community leaders giving you great reasons to Shop Gilbert and Keep your tax dollars in town, working for you.  I would like to list The Mayors Top Ten Reason to Shop Gilbert:

 

10.   Local Businesses are, well local, and closer to your home, save time and gas.

       9.  The people who work there are probably your neighbors.

8.       Local business sponsors many of our town events.

7.    If you kid is looking for a part time job, this is probably where they area going to apply.

6.  If you need a job, this may be where you apply.

5.  We need to encourage more business to open in Gilbert, and nothing says come to Gilbert like other successful businesses.

4.  There is a good chance you may be talking to the owner of the business when you shop in Gilbert.

3.  Our sales tax is among the lowest in Arizona so you save money buying in Gilbert

2.      When you shop in Gilbert it is like getting frequent flyer miles. A  percentage of what you spend goes to pay for your police, fire, parks, etc.

1.  People who opened their business in Gilbert have made huge personal investments in our town.  In some cases their life savings.  We need strong healthy businesses in our town and they need us to shop with them to stay strong and healthy.  Shopping in Gilbert is just the right thing to do for everyone

Old World Pizza Kitchen

Posted November 18, 2008 by mayorberman
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On November 6th Old World Pizza Kitchen had their ribbon cutting ceremony and I was honored to be invited. It was a great celebration and we were able to take some great pictures. The restaurant was packed full of customers and everyone was raving about how wonderful the food was. Old world Pizza Kitchen is family owned, run by Jim and Gina Donnelly. All the pizza’s are made in their old world style brick oven, giving them a great taste. They have a great menu from Appetizers, salads and pizzas to desserts and wine. I have never seen so many unique pizzas. You can order by your pick of toppings or pick from their specialty pizzas like Veal Marsala, Shrimp Pesto, Broccoli Bianco, and more. I had the Shrimp Scampi Pizza (succulent shrimp in flavorful lemon and white wine scampi sauce) which was excellent.  The atmosphere is a high-end yet comfortable feel without it being expensive.

They are a great addition to Gilbert . I had a wonderful time and I really recommend trying Old World Pizza Kitchen. They are located at 323 S. Gilbert Road, Suite 111. You can reach them at (480) 633-6975 or www.oldworldpizzakitchen.com and see their menu.

Steve

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Udder Delights

Posted November 17, 2008 by mayorberman
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Udder Delights began as a dream between two best friends; owners Casey Stechnij and Sherene Robinson.  They wanted to bring homemade ice cream and creative desserts to Gilbert, utilizing as many locally-made ingredients as they could.  Stechnij’s family-owned dairy farm in Mesa, Superstition Farm, provides the milk and cream that go in to the ice cream and butter that are used at the store.  What makes their ice cream and dessert bar great is that there are always unique culinary surprises in store for their customers.  Whether it is the fresh homemade ice cream, brownies and cookies, ice cream pies and cakes, pastries, panna cotta or fresh fruit mousse, there is always something new and delectable to be found at Udder Delights.  Udder Delights have been named the winner of the Taste of Gilbert event for 2008 and we plan on continuing to be one of Gilbert’s flagship locally-owned businesses.

 

This holiday season, Udder Delights will be offering our seasonal and holiday cakes and pies, made with our without our award-winning homemade ice cream.  A few of the pie varieties will be pumpkin, apple and cherry.  Or, if customers don’t see exactly what they want, they can place a custom order and their pastry chefs will make holiday dessert magic happen for our customer’s next party or event. 

 

Udder Delights is a  productive member of Gilbert’s unique business community.  They are not a franchise or run by a large corporate entity and we whole-heartily believe in maintaining important, one-on-one relationships with our customers.  They want to get to know the families, the schools and the other businesses in Gilbert and form strategic alliances that will benefit the entire community.  One way that they do this is by holding fundraisers for local schools and civic and non-profit organizations.  They recently did a fundraiser for the 100 Club which benefits the families of law enforcement officers and firefighters in the event of tragedy and look forward to further showing our support to them in the future.  The health of our local economy is vitally important right now, so they plan to do their part to support Gilbert, its schools and our fellow businesses.  Udder Delights is located at 1385 E. Warner Rd. #103 on the southwest corner of Val Vista and Warner.  Contact them at 480-507-3859 or visit them on-line at www.udderdelightsaz.com

 

Steve

Gilbert High School Band and Booster Group

Posted November 17, 2008 by mayorberman
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One of the Quality of Life opportunities we have in Gilbert is our Sister City Program.  We don’t spend much money on this program, but it is a great opportunity to learn about another country.  The cultural exchange has been exciting for all of us that have had the opportunity to participate.  The town stopped paying for trips in 2001, so all the trips are paid for by the travelers but it is still exciting and a great value.  We have had many exchanges and one of the more recent ones was made by the Gilbert High School Marching Band, and Band Boosters.  The group raised all the necessary money and had a great time visiting our sister city Newtownabbey as well as cities in Ireland.  This week Brian  Meyers, the band director, Linda Richards the Booster President, Kim Cahalan Booster Secretary, Robin Norcutt Booster Volunteer Chairman and several of the kids : Carly Gieszl, Megan and Lauren Norcutt and Caleb Richards came by my office and brought me a framed picture of the band in Ireland.  The picture is proudly displayed in my office, drop by and see a picture of a great looking group of young people.

Steve

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Pony Express

Posted November 17, 2008 by mayorberman
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Every year  we kick of Gilbert Days with a symbolic reenactment of the Pony Express Ride.  This year we had special guests from our sister city in Northern Ireland.  Many of the Gilbert Days events are spectator sports, but the Pony Express is a real participation activity.  The kick off at the Gilbert Post Office on Elliot was featured on Channel 3.  The kick off is symbolic with a brief history of the Pony Express and includes everyone taking the Pony Express Riders Pledge.  Later we have a real 100 mile ride which includes actually carrying mail and having a special postage cancellation mark which identifies the letter as having been carried by the Pony Express.  If you would like to participate in next years pony express the entrance fee includes the ride, bring your own horse) a lunch, a shirt and a great time, contact me at MayorBerman.com and I’ll help you contact the even organizers.

Steve

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Gilberts Veterans Day 2008

Posted November 17, 2008 by mayorberman
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One of Gilbert’s newest traditions in our own celebration of Veterans Day. Much like the question “Why did it take so long for someone to decide to put wheels on luggage”, I have no idea why it took so long to have our own Veterans Day.  Veterans Day has always been special to me.  I was in the Army during the War in Viet Nam, my dad was a disabled Vet from World War II, my grandfather was a disabled Vet from WWI and my moms grandfather was in the Union Cavalry during the civil war.  My family has a tradition of war time military service, many families do.  I think it is wonderful the way we honor our current veterans, it hasn’t always been that way.  It has been said before: all who served gives some, some who served give all.

This year our special guest speaker was Capt. Frank Schmuck.  Frank is an Air Force Academy Graduate and a member of Arizona’s Veterans Hall of Fame. He is a riveting speaker.  The event was a great mixture of patriotism, martial music, recognition of our veterans and a community picnic.  If you attended I know you enjoyed yourself, if you didn’t, try to attend next year.  Our veterans, as young men and women, traded their “today’s” for our “tomorrows”.  It is absolutely no exaggeration to say without our veterans we wouldn’t have our country and everything that means to each of us.  One of the great ironies of life is that our soldiers risk their life every day for our right to be disrespectful and ungrateful for their sacrifices.  If you meet a vet, thank him, you owe him more than you will ever be able to repay.

Steve

 

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