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2016/4/30 - Team effort required for emergency management during severe storms
2016/4/30 - Art Review - "Just Bury It"
2016/4/29 - TEA Responds to Lewisville ISD on STAAR test issue
2016/4/29 - Lewisville police ask residents to report non-working street lights
2016/4/28 - Ozone Season Brings Heightened Air Quality Awareness
2016/4/28 - North Texas Blvd bridge demolition this weekend
2016/4/28 - DCTA to conduct mock disaster drill with Lewisville
2016/4/28 - Visual Art League update
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2016/4/25 - Students to compete in Rotary speech contest
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2016/4/24 - Briefs for 4/24/2016
2016/4/23 - STAAR: All for the love of testing
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2016/4/22 - Early voting begins Monday in LISD, city elections
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Team effort required for emergency management during severe storms

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/4/30 4:47:49 (489 reads)

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Emergency management personnel monitor various resources including online, cell phones, and broadcast television. Right to left: Josh Roberts, Prit Patel, and Eric Hutmacher. (Photo by Steve Southwell)
By STEVE SOUTHWELL
steve@LewisvilleTexan.com

When severe weather threatens our city, a team comprised of professionals and volunteers steps up to help ensure that our citizens are informed and safe. And if storms should be severe enough to cause widespread damage or injuries, the team is ready to start bringing resources to bear.

This past Tuesday, the forecasts called for a “Particularly Dangerous Situation” with thunderstorms developing along a dryline that was moving across the state. Our area was in a tornado watch, and it was forecasted that there would be high winds, possible tornadoes, and large hail.

In the early afternoon, local governments began to take action. The City of Lewisville shut down its parks and athletic fields, and Lewisville ISD cancelled all of the night’s sporting events and extracurricular activities, anticipating the need for people to take shelter.

Lewisville Emergency Management Coordinator Josh Roberts decided that for this storm, he would monitor it from the city’s primary Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the training room at Central Fire Station, 188 N. Valley Pkwy.

Roberts was kind enough to allow me to join them for the evening and observe. When I arrived at 7 p.m., Roberts and his team were getting settled in for the night’s excitement. He was joined by Eric Hutmacher, emergency management specialist, and Prit Patel, who is an economic development coordinator for Lewisville. Patel has a background in emergency management and was drafted to the team for the night.

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Art Review - "Just Bury It"

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/30 4:14:10 (151 reads)

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By Melody Vaughan
By DAVID BEARDEN
makemarks@gmail.com

You rarely hear anyone exclaim their love for construction projects. Especially highway projects. Especially in their community. We tend to focus on the negative symptoms: increases in travel time, familiar commuter routes in constant flux, and heightened stress of those already short on time. Some remain selfish in their view of community improvement and expansion.

While many construction projects run far past proposed deadlines, and it seems the benefits will never come, it is not completely impossible to see through the present mess. That is the task of those with vision, challenged with allocating funds for expansion and beautification.

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Lithograph by Melody Vaughan
The collaborative action of planning, debating, changing, and approving ideas and plans requires a spectrum of input, a wide swath of opinion and expertise. The public is left to judge the manifestation of citywide projects with cultural concerns, personal squabble, neighborhood image, and a laundry list of filters by which to judge success.

Artists, on the other hand, as both a varied and specific demographic of the population, see the process differently. Not to say they don’t also share similar concerns, but with an added sensitivity for aesthetic context.

This is the case with Melody Vaughan, artist and printmaker from Nashville, TN. Melody is currently a Teaching Fellow and Masters of Fine Arts candidate at The University of North Texas in Denton. Her MFA exhibit, “Just Bury It,” is currently on display at the MCL Grand Theater Art Gallery through April 30.

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Print Edition - 04/30/2016

Print Editions of LTJ
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/29 23:00:00 (144 reads)

Here is the April 30, 2016 print edition of The Lewisville Texan Journal:



You can find free copies at any of these locations.

Want home delivery of The Lewisville Texan Journal every Saturday? You can get it for just $5 per month!

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TEA Responds to Lewisville ISD on STAAR test issue

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/4/29 17:10:00 (2225 reads)

Open in new windowBy Steve Southwell

As reported in The Lewisville Texan Journal last week
, Lewisville ISD's board of trustees recently approved an expense of up to $48,250 to re-score STAAR exam short-answers. The district had discovered a disproportionate number of student STAAR EOC results came back with zero scores even though the same students had scored well on other written portions of the test.

When the district sent a sample of 162 student exams back for rescoring, 13 percent of them came back with improved scores.

Lewisville ISD Superintendent Dr. Kevin Rogers sent a strongly-worded letter to the Texas Education Agency requesting that TEA allow districts to view student answers and the questions they were given. The district also requested that TEA pay for the rescoring.

Late Friday afternoon, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath responded to Lewisville ISD and other concerned districts with the following letter, which does not address TEA paying for any rescoring, and denies the district's request to be provided with the student answers and questions:

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SUBJECT: Response to District Inquiries Regarding the 2015 STAAR EOC English I and English II Tests

The purpose of this email is to provide districts with a response to inquiries regarding the scoring of students’ short-answer written responses on the December 2015 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) end-of-course (EOC) English I and English II tests.

The December 2015 STAAR Constructed Response Scoring document at this link, provides districts with answers to some recently asked questions including information on the rescoring process and the training of constructed response scorers.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will not be able to provide districts with electronic images of students’ short-answer written responses. A contractual agreement with an author for one of the passages and plans to reuse at least one of the passages on a future test form will not permit a statewide release. However, TEA is providing an opportunity for the superintendent or the superintendent’s designee(s) to view students’ English I and/or English II short-answer written responses. Images of students’ short-answer responses, associated scoring guides, and rubrics, along with copies of the passages used by students when completing the test(s), will be made available for viewing, per the procedures below.

District personnel who wish to view students’ responses should call TEA’s Student Assessment Division to schedule an appointment in Austin. Appointments may be scheduled between Monday, May 2, 2016, and Thursday, May 26, 2016. For information about appointments, as well as security protocols, contact the Student Assessment Division at 512-463-9536.

Rescore requests that are received by May 10, 2016, for students who are planning to graduate in spring 2016, and who did not pass the December 2015 English I or English II assessments, will be prioritized. ETS will report the results of December 2015 rescore requests for these students by May 20, 2016. All other rescore requests will be reported in July.

Contact Information

For questions concerning information in this email, please contact the Student Assessment Division at 512-463-9536 or by email at student.assessment@tea.texas.gov.

Sincerely,

Mike Morath
Commissioner of Education


The letter does give LISD and other districts some small hope, in that they can send a person to Austin to view student answers and the reading passage in question, which could allow some reduction in expense by helping the district more accurately choose which students' answers to rescore.

We have reached out to Lewisville ISD for comment, but were unable to reach them prior to press time.

We will update this post as we learn more about what this response means for the district.

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Lewisville police ask residents to report non-working street lights

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/29 11:06:39 (72 reads)

Staff Reports

The Lewisville Police department is requesting that citizens help them out by identifying and reporting any street lights that are not in working condition.

Police view street lighting as a possible crime prevention tool, which may deter potential offenders by increasing their risk of being seen while committing crimes.

The City of Lewisville says that lighting can encourage residents to spend more time on their porches or in their yards in the evenings, increasing informal surveillance.

Lighting also encourages people to walk at night, increasing informal surveillance.

To report a street light outage or malfunction to Lewisville's street lighting provider, visit TNMP.com, and select the "Report Street Light Issue" link.

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Ozone Season Brings Heightened Air Quality Awareness

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/28 18:27:54 (123 reads)

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ARLINGTON— Ozone season, like warmer weather, is upon us. As the temperature rises, air quality generally worsens, so it is important for residents to do their part to lessen emissions in the spring and summer.

Beginning May 2, more attention will be brought to the issue of clean air with the celebration of Air Quality Awareness Week. While the week will spotlight the importance of clean air nationwide, in Dallas-Fort Worth, where ten counties are in violation of federal ozone standards, air quality is a focal point every day. And improving it requires assistance from everyone.

North Central Texas Council of Governments operates several programs to give residents the tools to contribute. One is Air North Texas, a regional partnership and campaign encouraging individuals, businesses and governments in North Texas to make clean air choices by promoting behavioral and lifestyle changes that impact their health and the environment.

Participation in Air North Texas is just one way people who call the Dallas-Fort Worth area home can help their neighbors breathe easier during ozone season, which lasts through October. By committing to at least one action to improve the air quality and health in North Texas, anyone – young or old – can help bring the region toward attainment. Residents can also join in on the change by participating in events such as Clean Air Action Day, designated to encourage people to make environmentally friendly choices that could lead to a healthier North Texas. On the first Friday of summer, June 24, commit to clean air actions and share how you will lend a hand with our community.

The following are a few ways residents and employers can participate:
· Use mass transit like Dallas Area Rapid Transit, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority or Denton County Transportation Authority.
· Carpool or vanpool.
· Limit or avoid idling.
· Bicycle or walk instead of driving.
· Report smoking vehicles.
· Take lunch to work instead of going out to eat.

For more ways to help, visit AirNorthTexas.org.

Signing up for Ozone Action Day alerts is another way to get involved and be a part of the solution. These alerts provide information about when the region's air quality may be unhealthy. When unhealthy air quality is forecast, an email will be sent in advance with tips to improve air quality and limit time spent outdoors. Residents can sign up through AirNorthTexas.org.

Other programs that promote air quality are listed below:

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North Texas Blvd bridge demolition this weekend

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/28 17:56:53 (748 reads)

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DENTON— The North Texas Boulevard bridge across Interstate 35E is set to be demolished this weekend. Traffic across the bridge will be permanently severed at 8 p.m. Friday, April 29. Crews will demolish the bridge between 10 p.m. Friday, April 29 and 6 a.m. Monday, May 2. The bridge will be reopened with one lane in each direction and one turn lane this summer.

The following closures will be in place during the demolition:

Entrance and exit ramps:
The northbound entrance ramp from Fort Worth Drive
The northbound exit ramp to McCormick Street
The northbound entrance ramp from McCormick Street
The southbound exit ramp to McCormick Street

Local streets:
The southbound I-35E frontage road at Bonnie Brae Street
North Texas Boulevard at Eagle Drive
North Texas Boulevard at Highland Park Road
Kendolph Drive at Underwood Street
Avenue C at the northbound frontage road
Kendolph Street, Avenue C and Collier Street will be closed to through at Eagle Drive and closed at the northbound frontage road

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DCTA to conduct mock disaster drill with Lewisville

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/4/28 14:40:00 (340 reads)

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The Denton County Transportation Authority is collaborating with city partners to conduct a full-scale, mock disaster drill on Sunday, May 1 at 9 a.m. at Railroad Street and Bennett Lane. The exercise will simulate a DCTA A-train incident occurring in Lewisville with corresponding responses by city, medical, police, fire and DCTA contractors, resources and personnel. All organizations participating in the mock disaster drill include: DCTA, City of Lewisville, Medical Center of Lewisville, Lewisville Fire and Police departments, and the Flower Mound Fire department.

DCTA is required to conduct a full-scale mock disaster drill once every two years to meet Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulations since the agency operates a commuter rail line. This exercise is designed to establish a learning environment for all participating organizations to practice emergency response plans, policies and procedures. Key objectives that will be evaluated during the mock disaster drill include:

· Operational Communications
· Operational Coordination
· Environmental Control
· Public Health and Medical Services
· On-scene Security and Protection

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Visual Art League update

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/4/28 13:30:42 (138 reads)

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The following items are from Visual Art League of Lewisville:

On Tuesday, May 3rd, the Visual Art League of Lewisville will hold a fund raiser at the Fish City Grill in Flower Mound. Serving hours are from 11 am to 10 p.m.

Opening reception for “Strictly Texas” will take place at the MCL Grand Theater art gallery on Saturday, May 7th from 7-9. This is a juried show and will run through June 11th.

Fresh Ideas 2015 Winner’s Show and the Black/White members show will take place from June 18th through July 23rd. Opening reception will be on Saturday, June 25th from 7-9 at the MCL Grand.

"Recycled Into Art" is in the North Wing of the MCL Grand from May 5-July 2.

“ATC” in showcase from May 5-July 2.

Art Talk May 10th 7-9 p.m. at MCL Grand in classroom #3.

Exhibiting their artwork at Tierney’s Café & Tavern during May are Louise Flanagan, Alfredo Santiesteban and Nick Weaver

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Updated: Police investigate McGoys Marine for theft, announce town hall meeting for victims

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Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/4/28 5:00:00 (6552 reads)

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Interim Editor


The Lewisville Police Department is currently conducting an investigation with other law enforcement agencies involving McGoys Marine, 1696 Business 121 in Lewisville, regarding theft.

Because of the high number of victims or potential victims, LPD has announced that it will hold a town hall meeting Saturday, May 14 to better communicate with and assist victims. The meeting is at City Hall, 151 W. Church St., at 10 a.m.

LPD's property crimes team is working with officials from Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the District Attorney's office to conduct a question and answer session with all parties involved in any transactions at McGoy's - whether the person is a buyer or a seller.

Open in new windowThe owner of McGoy's, Jesse Ray Keene, has been booked into Denton County Jail nine times on unrelated charges. He was last booked in the Denton County Jail on drunk driving charges on March 24. He remains in jail without bond.

Police said Keene was legally selling boats consigned to him but not compensating the sellers.

“Let’s say I went up there to consign the boat to Jesse. The boat for sale catches your eye and you go in. Jesse says, ‘Fantastic, Adam. Hey, I’m glad you’re here. Let me sell you the boat.’ You pay him $5,000 and Jesse gives you the proper documentation and the boat and the bill of sale. You’re off and running thinking you did everything by the book,” LPD Captain Michael Moore said. “By law, you’ve not done anything illegal. We’re not looking to press charges against you because you acted in good faith.”

Police don’t think anyone who consigned or bought a boat didn’t do so in good faith, Moore said. But, consigners were not told what happened to their boats, or if they had been sold or stolen.

“Jesse hasn’t been taking that $5,000 to the consigner and saying ‘Congratulations, we’ve sold the boat and here’s your money and I’ll take my consignment fee.’” Moore said. “One day, several months later, I decide to go check on my boat and it’s gone.”

There are other players than just the consignor, the buyer and Keene, Moore said.

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