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Briefs for 4/24/2016

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/24 17:16:15 (2384 reads)

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Lewisville joins North Central Texas PWERT to help during disasters
The City of Lewisville is joining the North Central Texas Public Works Emergency Response Team (PWERT) in an effort to help neighboring municipalities during disasters and receive help in return if ever needed. Lewisville joins 40 other member cities in providing access to its public works manpower and equipment during an emergency.

“We are excited to welcome the City of Lewisville as the newest member city to help this region continue to improve its effectiveness in providing service to the citizens who live in this great region,” said Mistie Gardner, North Central Texas PWERT co-chair.

North Central Texas PWERT first deployed following the April 2012 tornado outbreak in Lancaster and has since grown to a more robust capacity better able to meet regional needs. Following last December’s tornado outbreak, the North Central Texas PWERT mutual aid mechanism provided more than 500 personnel shifts and more than 800 equipment shifts in support of impacted cities.

“Disasters, by definition, overwhelm local resources,” said Lewisville Emergency Management Coordinator Joshua Roberts. “Signing this mutual aid agreement helps us to leverage the good will and resources of our neighboring jurisdictions, and it also streamlines our help to them in their time of need.”

This mutual public service aid agreement is comparable to traditional mutual aid agreements used by fire departments. Once a city joins, when public works resources are requested by a participating city, it will only take one call to get those needed resources identified, located and sent to a site. Those resources can include barricades, heavy equipment, trucks, trailers, generators, pumps, light stands, and personnel.

“During disaster response it's all about teamwork,” said Roberts. “Together we are stronger than any one of us alone."

Tax-free weekend for emergency supplies
Texans can purchase certain supplies tax-free during the Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday, April 23-25.

There’s no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase, including batteries, fuel containers, and flashlights priced at less than $75;

Also included are hurricane shutters and emergency ladders priced at less than $300, andportable generators priced less than $3,000.
Non-qualifying purchases include batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles; camping stoves and camping supplies; and chainsaws.

A list of emergency preparation supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Texas Comptroller’s website: http://comptroller.texas.gov/

Speed limit and parking changes coming to some Lewisville streets
Lewisville City Council has approved a plan to lower the speed limit on certain sections of north Mill Street, Church Street and Charles Street. The Council also approved a plan to prohibit parking on a section of east Purnell Street. These changes are being made to improve safety in the affected areas, and will go into effect on May 2.

Approved changes:
The section of Mill Street from Tennie Drive to Oakridge Boulevard is in a residential area in the northern portion of the city by Lewisville Lake. The speed limit on this two-lane roadway is currently 40 miles per hour. It will be reduced to 25 miles per hour.

Church Street is a two-lane, one-way street that passes in front of City Hall. The current speed limit of 30 miles per hour was set when the roadway was reconstructed in 1999-2000. The new speed limit will be 25 miles per hour.

All of Charles Street currently is posted at 35 miles per hour with the exception of one section in a residential neighborhood. The speed limit on this two-way street will change to 25 miles per hour for the entire length north of Main Street. That is the portion of road in front of the MCL Grand Theater and adjacent to City Hall. The section of Charles Street south of Main Street to I-35E will remain 35 miles per hour.

Parking on Purnell Street is already prohibited in three sections. Based on resident and business concerns and a City survey, parking will be prohibited on Purnell Street from Kealy Avenue to 230 feet east of Kealy on the north side of Purnell; and from Kealy Avenue to 220 feet east of Hembry Street on the south side of Purnell.

City accepting applications for next Poet Laureate
The City of Lewisville is accepting applications for its next Poet Laureate. The two-year term of the current Poet Laureate, J. Paul Holcomb, ends Sept. 1. The person selected for this position will serve as the City’s literary ambassador for a two-year term commencing in September. Selectee will receive a $500 annual stipend. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25.

Duties of the Lewisville Poet Laureate include representing the City of Lewisville and the poetic arts through participation in poetry events such as readings, seminars and interviews.

The Poet Laureate will create and present original poetry at as many as four public events per year. These events may vary from year-to-year, but could include readings at scheduled City events and in local schools. Duties also include accepting invitations to present his/her poetry at community events or with community groups, conducting interviews with the media, and submitting works for publication on the City website and other outlets.

The Poet Laureate will act as an advocate and resource for poetry and literary events in Lewisville.

To qualify, the selected poet must live or work in Lewisville and be at least 18 years of age. They must demonstrate a commitment to poetry through prior publication and submission of a body of work of no less than 20 poems, and/or a performance record such as spoken word, poetry slams, film, video, new media or other performance-related venues.

The poet must embrace a willingness to engage the community in a discourse about poetry, to present his or her work to the public and Lewisville K-12 students, and allow selected poems to be published on the City website, to be duplicated as posters for distribution at events or in the schools, to be framed for installation in City Hall, and for use in visual art installations.

Applications can be mailed or delivered to Jim Wear at the MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles Street, Lewisville, TX 75057, by 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 25.

For application info, contact Jim Wear: 972-219-8444

DCTA to hold public meeting in Lewisville on April 23
The Denton County Transportation Authority will hold a public meeting on Saturday, April 23, at 1 p.m. at Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W. Main Street.

The agency will share its annual program of projects, provide updates on the Highland Village bus service, and get resident feedback on the Denton and Lewisville Comprehensive Operational Analysis. That COA identifies changes to existing bus services intended to maintain the strongest areas of existing service, strengthen the weaker areas, fill existing service gaps, and ensure all significant transit markets are well served.

The public is encouraged to comment on the proposed transit projects funded by the Federal Transit Administration through the Urbanized Area Formula Program. This opportunity for comment meets the federal requirement for public participation.

Everyone is welcome to attend the open house meetings. Persons with hearing or sight interpretive service needs are asked to contact DCTA at least two business days in advance of the meeting at 972-221-4600 or dctainfo@dcta.net.

Community Meeting for 35Express Project set for April 28
AGL Constructors will hold a community meeting on Thursday, April 28, starting at 6:30 p.m., in the Lecture Hall of Lewisville High School, 1098 W. Main Street.

The 35Express project hosts a series of community meetings to provide an update on the $1.4 billion expansion of I-35E. The meetings, held twice a year, are an opportunity for the public to get up-to-speed on the work that has been completed on the project and learn about upcoming construction. This meeting will focus on the middle segment of the 30-mile construction corridor, which covers Lewisville, Highland Village, Lake Dallas and Hickory Creek.

Interested persons who cannot make the meeting in person, can do so virtually by visiting 35express.org/upcoming_meetings.php

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Police department promotions, changes due to expected growth

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/4/23 14:02:18 (2287 reads)

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Members of the Lewisville Police Department who were promoted earlier this month include, from left, Capt. Michael Moore, Capt. Kendall Lynn, Capt. Michael Lane, Sgt. Craig Barnhart, Capt. Chris Butterworth, Capt. Casey Carter, Capt. Scott Haynes and Assistant Chief Kevin Deaver. (Photo courtesy Lewisville Police Department) (Photo courtesy Lewisville PD)


By DAN EAKIN
dan@LewisvilleTexan.com

The city of Lewisville has been growing rapidly during the past several years, and may be growing even more rapidly within the next three to five years, according to Lewisville Police Chief Russ Kerbow.

He said the population of Lewisville may grow by as many as 40,000 to 50,000 people during that time, partly because Castle Hills is expected to be annexed into the city and there are major housing developments now under way in the old Hebron community next to Castle Hills.

It was in anticipation of that growth that Kerbow recently promoted a captain to assistant police chief, six police lieutenants to the rank of captain and made other changes in the department.

Kevin Deaver, who has been with the Lewisville Police Department for the past 18 years and had nine years of police experience before that, was promoted from the rank of captain to assistant police chief. He had been a captain since 2007.

He will head a new administration bureau that will oversee the warrant officers, jail SWAT team, training coordinator, fleet management, professional standards and budget.

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Pets of the week

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/4/23 13:55:55 (956 reads)

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Humane Society of Lewisville

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Lake Park won't be open for Memorial Day weekend

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/23 13:16:41 (2374 reads)

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A pickup truck plows through the water which is still over Sandy Beach Road on the west side of Lewisville Lake. (Photo by Dan Eakin)

By DAN EAKIN

Memorial Day Weekend is just over a month away.

Over the past many years, it has been one of the biggest weekends at Lake Park at Lewisville Lake.

Not last year, and not again this year.

Bob Monaghan, Lewisville Parks and Leisure Services director, said Friday there is no way Lake Park can be open and in full swing by the end of next month.

He said some flooding still exists at the park, and that the construction of Sandy Beach Road and Turtle Trail was delayed because of the flooding.

“Our grand plan was to have most of the construction done during the winter months, but the flooding kept that from happening,” Monaghan said.

He declined to estimate when Lake Park might reopen, but did say efforts are being made to open at least one boat ramp at Lake Park by the first of June.

As of now, the only open boat ramp operated by the Lewisville Parks and Leisure Services is at Tower Bay where Monaghan said “There is limited parking and high demand.”

There has been very little activity at Lake Park for almost a year now, other than that of construction workers rebuilding Sandy Beach Road and Turtle Trail, and constructing a hike and bike trail along Sandy Beach Road.

“The hike and bike trail will be a very important addition to Lake Park,” Monaghan said, “because they will provide safety to those who are hiking and biking.”

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Calendar of Events: April 23-30

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Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/4/22 19:00:00 (2519 reads)

There are many arts, leisure events, and educational opportunities coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Listed below are selected events.

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SATURDAY
WHOFEST
— 8 a.m. at Westin DFW Airport Hotel, 4545 W. John Carpenter Freeway in Irving. WhoFest, a festival for fans of Doctor Who, returns for a third year with celebrity guests and experiences from the world of Doctor Who. Scheduled to appear are Eve Myles (Gwyneth, and star of the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood), Richard Franklin (Capt. Mike Yates), Wendy Padbury (Zoe Heriot), emcee Peter Pixie and more. Activities include panels, photo op sessions, Who Cares charity auction, costume and cosplay, video room and WhoKids programming. Tickets start at $35. Children 6 and younger are free with paying adult. The event also runs April 24, starting at 8 a.m. Tickets start at $30. For more information, visit whofestdfw.org.

SCHOOL OF ROCK — 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Oh Look Theatre, 1631 W. Northwest Highway in Grapevine. School of Rock is a new musical based on the film that starred Jack Black. Andrew Lloyd Webber has composed 14 new songs to create a score, which also features all of the original songs from the movie. Tickets are $15. The show also runs at 2:30 p.m. on April 24, 30 and May 1, and at 7:30 p.m. April 29-30. For more information, visit ohlookperform.com or call 817-421-2825.

DATE NIGHT IN THE PARK — 5:30 p.m. at Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. Explore the park before a night of live music, food trucks and a movie under the stars. For more information, visit bit.ly/23vJmeX.

2016 PAWS IN THE PARK — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park, 1301 S Railroad St. Join Lewisville Animal Services for a springtime adoption event. Vendors will include animal rescue groups, pet related vendors, a kissing booth, demonstrations from the Lewisville K-9 unit, Weenie/Wannabe Races, a professional photographer and a "ruffle" for great prizes. There will also be a bounce house and face painting. For more information, call 972-219-3478.

AUDITIONS — 10 a.m. at Studio B Performing Arts, 2400 Justin Road in Highland Village. Studio B will hold auditions for Southern Hospitality. The show follows the Futrelle Sisters – Frankie, Twink, Honey Raye and Rhonda Lynn whose hometown, Favro, Texas, is in danger of disappearing and it’s up to the sisters to save it from extinction. Bring a resume and head shot. For more information, visit studiobtheater.com.

DRIVING MISS DAISY
— 8 p.m. at Theater Coppell, 157 S. Moore Road in Coppell. Theater Coppell will perform the 1988 Pulitzer Prize winning play through April 24. Show times are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. The theater’s ticket policy does not permit children under 6 years of age. For more info, call 972-745-7719 or visit theatrecoppell.com.

COBRA BREWING TOURS
— noon to 5 p.m. at Cobra Brewing Co., 146 Whatley Ave. in Lewisville. Cobra Brewing is pet friendly. The brewery also has corn hole, ladder golf, cards, darts, ping-pong, pool, arcade games and life-size Jenga. For more info, visit cobrabrewingco.com.

WITHERSPOON DISTILLERY TOURS — 11 a.m. and 1, 3 and 5 p.m. at Witherspoon Distillery, 225 S. Charles St. in Lewisville. Public tours of the distillery are held Fridays at 4 p.m. and on Saturdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5.p.m. (excluding major holidays). Make reservations by calling 214-814-0545 or at witherspoondistillery.com.

WINE TASTINGS — 4 to 9 p.m. at LaRue Vineyard, 1491 N. Kealy Ave., No. 55, in Lewisville. The family owned business holds free wine tastings Friday Nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. LaRue is closed Sundays. The vineyard also offers a painting class on Saturdays at 6 p.m. Free. For more info, visit laruevineyards.com or call 214-215-7758.

GATEWAY GHOST TOURS — 6:45 p.m. starting at Tierney's Café, 208 E. Main St. in Lewisville. Tickets are $20 for adults when purchased in advance or $25 at the door, and $10 for children 12-6 years of age. Purchase tickets by visiting gatewayghosttours.com or calling 972-922-4675.

WILLIE WONKA — 7 p.m. at the MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles St. Acting Studio Productions also presents the show at 7 p.m. April 29-30 and at 2 p.m. April 30 and May 1. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children and are available at actingstudiotx.com.

MOON OVER BUFFALO — 8 p.m. at Lakeside Community Theater, 6303 Main Street in The Colony. In the comedy tradition of Lend Me a Tenor, the play centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s who are playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in Buffalo, New York. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. The show also runs at 8 p.m. on April 29-30 and May 6, and at 3 p.m. May 7. For more information, visit lctthecolony.com.

JUNIE B. JONES — 7 p.m. at the Actors Conservatory Theater, 359 Lake Park Road, Ste. 118, in Lewisville. Awaken a young person's desire to read with the sassy little diva, Junie B. Jones, and her adventures in first grade in this comical, not strictly-for-kids musical. The show runs at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May 1. For tickets, visit getintotheact.org.

ART IN THE SQUARE — 4 to 10:30 p.m. at the Southlake Town Square, 1256 Main Street in Southlake. The Southlake Women’s Club presents a family festival with fun for all ages. The event also runs from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Artist booths close at 9 p.m. For more information, visit artinthesquare.com.

JUST BURY IT — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville. The “Just Bury It,” M.F.A. exhibit by Melody Vaughan will be on display Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during performances at the MCL Grand through April 30. Vaughan is an artist and printmaker from Nashville currently a Teaching Fellow and Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of North Texas in Denton. As an artist, she explores the impact of urban sprawl upon pristine nature. Free. For more information, visit MCLGrand.com or call 972-219-8446.

FOOD TRUCK FRENZY — 5 to 9 p.m. at The Square at Old Town Coppell, 768 W. Main St. in Coppell. Head over to Old Town Coppell for the second annual Food Truck Frenzy. Grab a couple of chairs and relax on the lawn. Enjoy eats and treats from favorite local trucks. Popular Old Town restaurants and shops will be there, too. For more information, visit bit.ly/CoppellFTF.

SPECIAL NEEDS MOVIE SCREENING — 11 a.m. at all Studio Movie Grill locations, except the Epicenter. Studio Movie Grill offers a private screening of a family friendly movie every month. Special needs children and their siblings are free. All other tickets are just $6. This month’s showing is The Jungle Book. For more information, visit studiomoviegrill.com.

SCHOLARLY LECTURE
— 2 to 3 p.m. at the Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W. Main St. in Lewisville. Dr. Debbie Liles, University of North Texas lecturer, will present “The Livestock Industry, Slavery & Denton Co, 1846-1864”. The lecture explores Denton County's early years of settlement before the Civil War, the impact its cattle industry had on the local economy, and the role of slavery in a county that did not depend on plantation agriculture. This event coincides with the library's presentation of Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy, a traveling exhibit on loan.

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