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2014/12/13 - Lewisville Blames Contractor for Ferguson Plaza Delays
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LISD Board Names Dr. Kevin Rogers as Interim Superintendent

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/12/18 7:21:20 (177 reads)
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Open in new windowLEWISVILLE - At its Dec. 16 Special Board Meeting, the Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) Board of Trustees unanimously named Dr. Kevin Rogers as Interim Superintendent as the Board searches for its new Superintendent of Schools. Rogers has served as the district’s Chief Operations Officer (COO) for the past four years.

Rogers thanked the Board and stated it will be an honor to serve as Interim Superintendent while the Board continues its search. As COO, he is responsible for supporting the daily functions of LISD’s 69 campuses and student activities including working with the Central, East and West Zone leaders. Additionally, he oversees the following departments: Athletics, Campus Support Services, Career and Technology, Fine Arts, Guidance and Counseling, Health Services, Safety and Security and Student Services.

Rogers joined LISD in 1986 as a middle school science teacher and moved through the ranks as Assistant Principal and Principal prior to serving the district in a Central Office position. Rogers was an Assistant Principal at Marcus High School and then Principal at Arbor Creek Middle School prior to becoming the Marcus High School Principal, where he served for 15 years.

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Islamic Flag at Lewisville Home Raises Eyebrows

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/12/17 10:10:00 (6492 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowBy Steve Southwell

Note: There are aspects of this story we are still researching, and may update to provide additional background and clarity, but due to the semi-viral nature of speculation on social media, we preferred to get this article out sooner rather than later. Please check back for updates later in the week.

LEWISVILLE - A Muslim family in Lewisville didn’t realize their religious flag was causing a stir - not until people started coming by to take pictures, and a journalist from a local TV station came to their house. To many Americans, the sight of a black flag with Arabic writing on it invokes an association with some very visible (but different) symbols in use by violent Islamist extremist groups, such as ISIS. Last weekend, one Lewisville woman’s post on a Flower Mound Facebook group resulted in a raging debate, complete with anti-Muslim rhetoric, first amendment arguments, and even a threat from a local man to burn the house down before the thread was deleted.

The truth of the flag, as we learned from several independent sources, and a conversation with a resident from the home is much more mundane: It’s a symbol of the Shia sect of the Islamic faith. The writing on the flag, in Arabic is phonetically “Ya Abbas Alamdar”, meaning “Oh Abbas, standard-bearer”. Abbas (Al Abbas ibn Ali) is believed to be the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, and is revered by Shia Muslims as a martyr in the battle of Karbala in the late 7th century in what is present-day Iraq. In that battle, Abbas carried the standard (or flag) and was killed while trying to bring water back for the children in their camp. Shia Muslims often refer to Abbas using the honorific title Hazrat.

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The sword is said to symbolize Zulfiqar, the name of the sword carried by Ali, who was Abbas’ father and Mohammed’s son-in-law. Shia Muslims regard Ali as the first imam. The color black is said to be a symbol of mourning, but was also a color representing the Abbasid line of caliphs.

Nisa, an 18-year-old college student who lives in the residence with her family, spoke to us Tuesday about the flag, and explained that it was just a visible symbol of their family’s Shia faith. Nisa's family is originally from Pakistan, and moved to Texas in December of 2000. They have been in Lewisville since 2003, where they moved for job-related and school-related reasons.

She explained that Muharram, the first month of the Muslim calendar is when Shias typically commemorate Abbas' brother, Imam Hussain, but that for her family, they have the flag year-round. Muharram began October 24th, and ended November 23rd. "Prior to the Facebook incident we have not had any dangerous threats, just people asking questions about the flag in a completely harmless manner," said Nisa. "Several weeks ago a news reporter from WFAA Channel 8 News came to ask about the flag and what it represented because she saw threatening posts on Twitter," she added. "We have had this flag on top of our house for about 8 years and nobody has ever complained about it."

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Online Fundraiser for Lewisville Firefighter Electrocuted on Duty

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/12/15 8:20:51 (1842 reads)

Open in new windowWe received a link last week to an online fundraiser for Lewisville firefighter Andy Allison, who was electrocuted a couple of years ago while fighting a fire. We would have posted this earlier, but with this type of fundraiser, we always want to verify it first - which we have.

Allison was fighting a fire, and had directed his hose stream into a laundry room, where it contacted a 220v electrical line, shocking him for several seconds. He survived the incident, but was seriously injured and unable to work.

Lewisville Assistant City Manager Melinda Galler provided some background:

[Allison] was victim of an electrocution that occurred on the job while fighting a fire. He has bravely suffered through numerous procedures and surgeries, but has reached a point where the doctors have said that he can never again work as a firefighter. It is a terrible tragedy for one so young. His father is a retired fire captain from Lewisville; therefore, it was very special that Andy came to work for us. He has handled this unfortunate situation with grace and dignity and the City will honor him as a retiree for his service. My hope is that someday he can return to the City in another capacity, because he embodies the attitude that we desire in all employees.


Lewisville Fire Chief Tim Tittle said that the fundraiser was doing very well, and that he was pleased with the response not just locally, but from the Fire Service nationwide.

Here's a letter from Assistant Chief Terry McGrath, giving even more detail about the terrible ordeal that Allison has had to go through:

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Lewisville Blames Contractor for Ferguson Plaza Delays

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 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/12/13 15:50:00 (974 reads)

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LEWISVILLE - It was originally scheduled to be complete on April 30th of this year, but Lewisville’s Old Town Park Plaza project, now officially named “Ferguson Plaza”, has experienced numerous delays, and months later is still not complete. The City of Lewisville recently notified J.C. Commercial, the general contractor on the project, that it is now in default on the project, and could end up being dismissed and paying damages.

The November 17th letter from the City, which The Lewisville Texan Journal obtained through open records, puts JCC on notice that although the city believes it has the right to terminate the contractor, it prefers them to properly staff the project, and complete the work. Lewisville City Attorney Liz Plaster demanded in the letter that JCC respond within five working days with a recovery plan to get the project completed in a timely manner. The letter was also sent to JCC’s surety company, Traveler’s Casualty & Surety Company of America, which could be held liable for delay penalties and the costs the city would incur for delays and to cure the default.

The project was originally scheduled for completion on April 30th of this year, but change orders resulting from some unexpected conditions on the ground resulted in the City granting an additional 92 calendar days to complete the project, which would have put the deadline at July 31st. The City had hoped to have the project complete in time for Western Days this year. Right before the city’s largest annual festival, workers scrambled to get sod laid, and open up part of the park for Western Days visitors. But during the festival, the majority of the park was cordoned off with chain link fences to keep people away from the open trenches, dirt piles, and construction debris. The city’s annual Old Town Holiday Stroll - formerly known as “Holiday at the Hall” last weekend was another annual event that passed while the project was still under way.

For their part, JCC denies the delay is their fault. A letter from JCC President Larry Wagnor in response to the city laid the blame on Design Workshop, the firm that created the plan for the park, and the City of Lewisville, for denying JCC the number of additional days it requested in response to change orders. Wagnor said in his letter that his firm had sent requests for information on 34 different items that were not responded to within the contractually-allowed 30 days, with at least one of the RFIs still pending. Wagnor said 987 days were above and beyond the time allowed. Submittals were another problem cited by JCC: Wagnor said a dozen submittals were held longer than 30 days before approval, and that it was impossible to order material without them being approved.

Change orders for the project resulted in Lewisville granting 92 additional days, out of 236 days requested by JCC. The firm says that 144 days remain unaccounted for. However, if one adds the 144 days to the July 31st amended deadline that Lewisville approved, that puts the completion date at December 22nd, 2014. Although it is apparent that work is accelerated on the site now, it does not appear that JCC could meet even that deadline.

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GLCT Performing Two Shows in December

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/12/13 10:50:00 (137 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowGreater Lewisville Community Theatre is currently presenting a doubleheader of productions for December: Calendar Girls by Tim Firth, and David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries. Calendar Girls runs now through Dec. 21, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. The Santaland Diaries runs now through Dec. 20, Fridays and Saturdays at 11 p.m.

Calendar Girls is a play based on the true story of a group of middle-aged British women who came upon a unique and empowering idea for raising money for leukemia research after the husband of one of their members dies.

In The Santaland Diaries, prepare to meet Crumpet, the anti-elf. Out of work and desperate, this irreverent little man takes a job at Macy’s ushering children and their parents through the Santaland maze to meet an ever-changing array of Santas. Satiric, subversive and laugh-out-loud funny, this is the antidote to manufactured Yuletide joy.

Tickets for Calendar Girls are $17 for adults and $15 for ages 65 and over or 18 and under. All seats for The Santaland Diaries are $12. Call for reservations at 972.221.7469. Discounted season tickets are available for the remainder of the season, which includes Calendar Girls, the musical Grey Gardens, the comedy The Understudy and the blockbuster summer musical The Producers.

GLCT is located at 160 W. Main St. in Old Town Lewisville. The entrance and parking are in the rear off Elm Street. Additional information is available at GLCT.org. Greater Lewisville Community Theater is one of seven local groups receiving funding from the City of Lewisville through a grant program designed to foster cultural and fine arts in the community.

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MCL Grand to Host 3 Redneck Tenors - Dec. 31st, Jan 2nd, 3rd

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/12/13 10:42:47 (132 reads)

Open in new window3 Redneck Tenors set three shows at MCL Grand

In addition to performing a New Year’s Eve concert on Wednesday, Dec. 31, the 3 Redneck Tenors have added performances Jan. 2-3, at 8 p.m. each night, at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Tickets are on sale now, $30 for adults, $25 for children, at mclgrand.tix.com.

Singing all styles of music from pop to, of course, opera, the 3 Rednecks have performed in houses worldwide including the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Tokyo Opera House and Theater Neue Flora. In concert, they throw in stand-up comedy and improv along with glorious breathtaking voices.

The group will perform a New Year’s Eve concert benefitting OhLook Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 8:15 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and dancing at the post-show party for VIP ticket holders will go until 1 a.m.

Show tickets for the benefit are $45 and include the show, all pre-show and intermission entertainment, cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. VIP tickets are $75, which adds access to the post-show New Year’s Eve party with live entertainment, specialty showcase performances, food, dancing and a midnight toast with the 3 Redneck Tenors. Tickets are available at ohlookperform.com.

Come early and enjoy fabulous live entertainment in the lobby provided by viola player Mark Landson's Open Classical Experience: Bach, Beethoven, and Tap Dancing! Intermission and VIP entertainment featuring Dallas-based pianist Thiago Nascimento, whose fast and furious playing is often described as "piano gymnastics."

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Upcoming Events Around Lewisville and the Surrounding Area

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/12/13 10:40:00 (187 reads)

Open in new windowAs always, there are a ton of events coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Here are some selected events that you may find interesting.

Art Exhibit: VAL’s “Toyland” runs through Dec. 27
Members of the Visual Art League of Lewisville will display their works during their “Toyland” exhibit, running through Dec. 27 at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Admission is free. The exhibit, available for viewing Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and during public performance at MCL Grand, will donate pieces to the Ronald McDonald House at the end of the run.

Open in new windowSaturday, December 13th: The Procrastinator's Fair
This Saturday, from 9-2pm, over 60 vendors will be at the Procrastinators Fair at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lewisville! For a sneak preview of vendors and the items being sold, visit the event page and see the pictures the vendors are posting.

Open in new windowWeekends through December 20th: GLCT Shows: Calendar Girls and The Santaland Diaries
Greater Lewisville Community Theatre is currently presenting a doubleheader of productions for December: Calendar Girls by Tim Firth, and David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries. Calendar Girls runs now through Dec. 21, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. The Santaland Diaries runs now through Dec. 20, Fridays and Saturdays at 11 p.m.

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Weekends through Dec. 23 - Holiday Activities at The Shops of Highland Village
The Living Christmas Card Quartet - Complete with custom-tailored Victorian costumes, The Living Christmas Card quartet offers a selection of classic and jazz-flavored custom holiday arrangements for your listening pleasure. They will perform Fridays 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays 3 to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. The Quartet will also perform on Dec. 22 and 23 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Strolling Holiday Entertainment - Jingles, toy soldiers, Jack Frost, Santa and Mrs. Claus are just a few of the interactive characters strolling the festive streets of The Shops at Highland Village. They will be on site Fridays 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays 2 to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. Before they head back to the North Pole, their final appearance is December 22 – 23 from 2 to 8 p.m.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides - Grab your favorite hot beverage from Nestle Toll House Café and then sit back and enjoy a free Horse Drawn Carriage ride through the festive streets of The Shops at Highland Village. Carriage rides are complimentary and available first come, first served; Carriage will not run during inclement weather. Fridays and Saturdays 5 to 8 p.m. and Sundays 3 to 6 p.m. Carriage rides will also be available Dec. 22 and 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.

All events are located at 1701 Shoal Creek on the corner of FM 2499 and FM 407 in Highland Village, Texas.

December 15th - January 17th: Free Christmas Tree Recycling
Bring your Christmas trees to Lake Park at N. Mill Street and Lake Park Road, following the signs to the drop off area. It's that easy!. This reduces landfill waste, and the trees are mulched to provide compost. Between December 30th and January 17th, residents can bring a bag and shovel and get free mulch. Sponsored by Keep Lewisville Beautiful, and the City of Lewisville.

Open in new windowWednesday, December 17th: LHS Farmerettes Holiday Extravaganza
The Farmerettes and Diamond dance teams put on their holiday show at the Leo Stuver Auditorium at Lewisville High Schoool. Silent auction starts at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8, and can be purchased at the door. Refreshments served at intermission.

Thursday, December 18th: What’s ahead for Equality in Texas - A Legislative Preview
The Texas Legislative session will begin about one month from now on January 13. Learn about upcoming bills for and against equality in the Texas Legislature from legislative specialist and field organizer for Equality Texas, Daniel Williams.

6:30 p.m. at Landmark Grill - 1297 FM 407, Lewisville - Free and open to the public. Arrive early to purchase dinner and enjoy social time before the meeting. Sponsored by Stonewall Democrats of Denton County. For more information, email info@stonewalldemocratsofdentoncounty.org, or visit their website or Facebook.

Friday, December 19th: Grinch Scramble in Flower Mound
Families are invited to Gerault Park, 1200 Gerault Rd., for the Grinch Scramble flashlight candy cane hunt on December 19th. This free event challenges residents to search through thousands of candy canes in hopes of spotting the Grinch, and bringing home the grand prize. Holiday music, crafts and games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Scramble kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Don’t forget a flashlight as well as a bag to collect candy canes. For more information, please call 972.874.7275.

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Updated: Police Identify, Arrest Additional Suspects in Home Invasions

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/12/10 14:10:00 (974 reads)

Open in new windowCarrollton Police released mugshots of the two suspects captured Sunday night and Monday morning after a home invasion in Flower Mound and a carjacking in Lewisville.

The suspects, shown at right, are Juan Fernando Olaya, 34, and Rodney Ray Granger, 19.

Olaya is held on an immigration detainer, two charges of aggravated robbery from Flower Mound and Collin County, robbery from Lewisville, and failure to identify from Carrollton PD.

Granger is charged with two counts of evading arrest, and resisting arrest in Carrollton, aggravated robbery from Collin County, and Robbery from Lewisville PD.

According to the Cross Timbers Gazette, Allen Police arrested Chaka Castro, 39 on Tuesday after executing a search warrant on a house in Carrollton that had been under surveillance since Saturday. That surveillance was shortly after a home invasion that occurred in Allen.

Open in new windowCoppell police are searching for another suspect: Octavius Dejon Scott, 22, who they believe was involved in a home invasion there. Carrollton PD believes he is the suspect who eluded police Sunday night and is still on the run. He is described as 5 feet 9 inches and 150 pounds.

Update 12/11/2014 - 10:40 a.m.:
Flower Mound Police report that Octavius Scott has been arrested:

FLOWER MOUND, TX- The Flower Mound Police Department has confirmed the arrest of a fourth suspect who was wanted in connection with the aggravated robbery that occurred on December 7 in Flower Mound. The suspect, identified as Octavius Dejon Scott, 22, was located in the Houston area by the U.S. Marshals East Texas Fugitive Task Force and, in the early hours of December 11, was taken into custody without incident by members of the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Task Force.

Octavius Scott is currently being held in Houston on a charge of Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon but faces multiple charges for his involvement in several additional aggravated robberies in the North Texas area.

The Flower Mound Police Department would like to thank the Allen, Carrollton, Coppell, and the Lewisville Police Departments as well as members of the East Texas Fugitive Task Force and the Gulf Coast Task Force of the U.S. Marshals Office for their work in identifying, locating, and bringing this suspect into custody.


The Cross Timbers Gazette has a thorough article on what is known so far, so we're recommending our readers go there to learn more.

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Updated: Flower Mound Robbery, Lewisville Carjacking - Three Caught, One At Large

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/12/8 0:50:00 (5008 reads)

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LEWISVILLE - Sunday night just after 9 p.m., Flower Mound police responded to an armed robbery at a home in the 5600 block of Suncrest Drive in Flower Mound.

A family of six was in the home at the time, when four suspects armed with handguns forced their way into the home, and ordered everyone into the living room. Police say one of the family members was assaulted, but there were no serious injuries reported.

A person who knows the victim posted on Facebook last night that the robbery started with a woman knocking on the door alone, and when someone answered the door, men with ski masks forced their way in, looking for money and valuables.

Flower Mound Police arrested the driver of the group's getaway car. At this point, the suspects ran to a nearby neighborhood in Lewisville in the 1500 block of Sunswept Terrace, where they stole a blue Nissan Versa.

Despite having DPS officers searching by helicopter, and numerous Flower Mound and Lewisville police combing the area, the suspects were able to make their way to Carrollton, in the vicinity of Castle Hills.

Carrollton Police have not yet released much information, but do say that they have two* (see update) suspects in custody, and have recovered the stolen vehicle. They worked with DPS until the early morning hours, spotting possible hiding locations by air, with officers on the ground checking them out, and going house-to-house in the vicinity of Arbor Creek Middle School.

Police finally called off the search early in the morning when the DPS helicopter ran low on fuel, and needed to return to base.



At this time, Flower Mound police are not releasing any more information. We will update the story when we know more. Follow us on Facebook for updates.

Update 12/8 - 8:21:
Because of police activity near Arbor Creek Middle School, LISD has delayed opening until 10 a.m. this morning. LTJ recalls scanner traffic last night where police had been looking for possibly-ditched firearms. It's a good time to talk to your kids about what to do if they find a gun.

Captain Dan Rochelle with Lewisville PD says the robbers assaulted the car's owner, but did not display guns. However, he says they presume the robbers still had guns at that point. They are listing it as a robbery.

Carrollton reportedly has 2 suspects in custody now, with a third still on the loose.

Update 12/8 - 11:55 a.m.:
The Carrollton Police department has provided a few more details - confirming they have two in custody and are still at this hour searching for a third. The suspect is a black male, about 5 foot 9 inches tall, 155 pounds, last seen wearing a white or gray shirt. He is considered to be armed. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call 911 immediately.

Carrollton confirms they did recover two firearms from the vehicle when the three suspects jumped out and ran last night.

Please visit the Cross Timbers Gazette's story for more up-to-the-minute details.

Open in new windowUpdate 12/8 - 4:50 p.m.:
The Flower Mound police department has released the name of the woman arrested for Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon. The suspect is Johnisha Ann-Marie Williams, 19 (Right). She is currently held in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Flower Mound detectives believe the offence is connected to the recent home invasion robberies in Allen. Carrollton police have two suspects in custody there, but we do not yet have their identities.

LTJ was able to find a home address for Williams in Fort Worth, but no criminal history.

Update 12/8 - 6:02 p.m.: (Via Cross Timbers Gazette)
Juan Fernando Olaya, 34, has been charged with aggravated robbery and failure to identify. He is also under a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer, according to the Carrollton Police Department. Rodney Ray Granger, 19, is charged with two counts of evading arrest or detention and resisting arrest, search or transportation. Additional charges are pending, police said.

Update 12/8 - 7:13 p.m.:
Carrollton Police note that mugshots are not being released yet for the two men in custody, at the request of other police agencies.

They continue to search for the third man, described as a black male, 5 foot, 9 inches tall, approximately 150 pounds, last seen wearing a white or gray t-shirt and baggy black pants. Anyone with information about the suspect's whereabouts, and anyone noticing anything suspicious should dial 911.

More updates as we can.


Dawn Cobb of The Cross Timbers Gazette contributed to this story, and has more about the Flower Mound robbery, and how it may be related to other recent home invasions.

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Santa to Begin Annual Tour of Lewisville with Firefighters

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/12/7 13:20:00 (2141 reads)

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LEWISVILLE - In keeping with tradition, Lewisville Fire Department will begin touring the city Monday night with Santa Claus. Each year, Santa parks his sleigh safely at a Lewisville fire station, and hops onto a fire engine touring each and every residential neighborhood, apartment complex, and mobile home park. Santa throws candy to the boys and girls of all ages who eagerly await his arrival each year. Seeing Santa in their own neighborhood reminds kids to be on their best behavior so that Santa can bring them good treats on Christmas morning.

Starting Monday night, Santa will join firefighters from 6 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m. each night, running for about two weeks, until each neighborhood is covered. The Lewisville Fire Department will post the schedule each day on their Twitter feed - @LewisvilleFire. The department also has a live-updating map that will show where Santa is.

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Santa visited Lewisville Saturday for the holiday parade. Lewisville is lucky to get so much attention from Santa, who is normally pretty busy this time of year. (LTJ Photo)

Typically, Santa travels on the top of a fire engine, and an ambulance follows behind. The emergency lights are on, and the vehicles will “bump” their sirens and horns, so that you can hear them coming. All of the firefighters have all of their gear with them during the trip, and can break away for a call immediately if there is an emergency. Lewisville has seven fire stations, each mostly covering their own district for the Santa mission, but possibly helping out in other districts if needed.

The program, started over 10 years ago under former chief Rick Lasky’s command, not only delights children and their parents, but serves a practical purpose as well. Fire Chief Tim Tittle explained that having the fire engines go through each neighborhood is good training. “Anytime you get out and drive through neighborhoods, it helps familiarize the guys with those neighborhoods,” said Tittle. “Especially at that time of night when it’s dark, and everyone is home from work, so their cars are parked - we can see what our accessibility is, and how to maneuver around,” he added. Tittle explained that when firefighters do familiarization runs, they are looking for things like vertical clearance, maneuverability, and locations of fire hydrants or risers. “You’d be surprised what our guys notice when they are out,” noted Tittle. Most fire engines are 10 to 11 feet tall, so occasionally tree branches can droop down into the street and cause a hazard for the apparatus. Tight turning radii and parked cars in streets and parking lots can affect maneuverability. It is best to find these things out during a training run, rather than on an actual emergency call.

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