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Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2009 2:44 pm | Updated: 12:58 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Linda Abbott: The trees, lights and ornaments on display in our retail stores throughout Gilbert are ringing in more than just the season: They're also a reminder of a great opportunity to boost our town's economy. 

The trees, lights and ornaments on display in our retail stores throughout Gilbert are ringing in more than just the season: They're also a reminder of a great opportunity to boost our town's economy.

As you plan your holiday events and shop for gifts, decorations and even your annual holiday cards, remember that every dollar you spend supports a municipality somewhere: Why not support your own town programs? We can do a lot of good for our community by spending our money right here within our boundaries.

 

Every dollar we spend in Gilbert supports programs we hold dear: Our parks and recreation, our police and fire services and all the other services that make our community special.

And it won't be hard. During the past few years our retail options have really boomed. This year, for instance, we have a new Macy's at the SanTan Village mall, which also features a Dillard's and dozens of other shopping opportunities.

Gilbert Gateway Towne Center at Ray and Power roads, and Crossroads Towne Center on the northeast corner of Germann and Gilbert roads also provide endless shopping options within our boundaries. Both are also located conveniently off the Santan Freeway portion of Loop 202.

And let's not forget about our downtown Heritage District, which will be festive this year with lights adorning trees at the Water Tower Plaza, providing a unique ambience as you walk and shop new and unique stores along Gilbert Road.

We recently saw our community pull together to support the Gilbert Days Parade - and make it happen. This cause should also draw our community together as one of the most important acts of community service you can do this year. Every time you pull out your wallet this holiday season, plan ahead, and make sure the stop is within Gilbert. You will experience the reward of your actions the next time you enjoy a town service.

Linda Abbott is vice mayor of Gilbert.  

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