Daily Closures on North- and Southbound Harry Hines Boulevard Between Interstate 35E and Interstate 635 in Dallas As work continues on the expansion of I-35E, various lanes of north- and southbound Harry Hines Boulevard between I-35E and I-635 will be closed daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, July 13 through Monday, August 31.
Work Begins on Dickerson Parkway in Carrollton Carrollton, Texas - As work begins on the expansion of Dickerson Parkway, two right lanes of southbound I-35E between the President George Bush Turnpike and Jackson Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday, July 16 through Monday, July 20. Law enforcement will be on site for traffic control in the closure area.
Once construction is complete, the new bridge will have two traffic lanes in each direction, dedicated turn lanes in each direction and provide an additional east-west connection in the area. Motorists will be able to access the PGBT and I-35E from Dickerson Parkway.
Nightly Flagging Operations on East- and Westbound Oak Drive in Hickory Creek As utility work continues, a flagging operation will be in place on east- and westbound Oak Drive at the southbound I-35E frontage road nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, July 13 through Monday, August 10.
This work is related to the 35Express project, an expansion of I-35E between U.S. Highway 380 in Denton County and I-635 in Dallas County. All closures are subject to weather conditions and may be postponed, if necessary.
For more information on the 35Express project or to sign up to receive traffic alerts, please visit www.35Express.org or call 214-483-7777.
Additional Workers Needed to Complete Highway Expansion
LEWISVILLE, TEXAS– Increased construction activity means new jobs for Dallas and Denton County operators, laborers and carpenters. AGL Constructors is now recruiting for these and other positions and will hire for 100 new jobs for the 35Express project. There are currently 680 people employed by AGL Constructors. Between design, construction and other services, upon completion, more than 900 workers will have contributed to the 35Express project.
“We are excited to bring more jobs into the area,” says Mark Smith with AGL. “This is a great opportunity. We’re working on one of the largest highway expansion projects under construction in the North Texas region. At the end the project, not only will we have improved infrastructure, but hopefully, we will have added value to the local economy.”
The 35Express project is approximately 30 miles long and extends from U.S. Highway 380 in Denton County to I-635 in Dallas County. Improvements to I-35E will include additional general purpose lanes, an 18-mile reversible TEXpress managed lane system and a new southbound bridge across Lewisville Lake. The project will also rehabilitate, reconstruct or expand more than 75 bridges. The project is scheduled for completion in mid-2017.
AGL Constructors, a joint venture between Archer Western Contractors L.L.C., Granite Construction Incorporated and the Lane Construction Corporation in partnership with the design team of Parsons and HDR Inc., manages construction of the 35Express Project for the Texas Department of Transportation. The North Texas-based team that has a vested interest in providing the community with improved mobility while minimizing disruption during construction.
On July 14th, join Keep Lewisville Beautiful for a free class on learning how to control and eliminate those annoying plants that always seem to be popping up in your lawn and garden. The "Wicked Plants" Garden Secrets Class is taught by the Dallas County Master Gardener Kevin Burns and will be held 6:00-7:30pm at the Lewisville Annex Room (1198 W Main Street, Lewisville, TX 75067).
The class is free to the public and brought to you by the partnership of Keep Lewisville Beautiful and the City of Lewisville. KLB does ask that you RSVP before hand by either email with firstname.lastname@example.org or phone with (972) 538-5949. If you have any questions about the location or details of the class please contact the KLB office. Classes are open to all communities, Lewisville residency not required. Walk-ups welcome, but RSVP is high encouraged to save your seat.
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ARLINGTON - Federal Transit Administration funding and development of the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) will be discussed during public meetings on July 13 in Carrollton, July 15 in Arlington and July 16 in Fort Worth.
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) recently issued a call for projects to competitively award Federal Transit Administration funding from two programs that support transportation services for seniors, persons with disabilities, and low-income individuals. Approximately $4.9 million in funding was available to award in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington and Denton-Lewisville urbanized areas. Staff will present recommendations to award five projects the available federal funding.
Efforts related to development of the 2017-2020 TIP, a near-term list of funded transportation projects, will also be presented. A determination will be made regarding which of the Regional Transportation Council’s (RTC) ongoing air quality and management/operations projects should be continued, which ones can be discontinued and which new programs/projects of this nature should be considered for inclusion in the new TIP. Staff will introduce efforts to extend both new and existing RTC air quality and management/operations projects and programs. Additional intersection improvement projects are being proposed for funding as well.
A two-alarm fire that happened just before noon today damaged several units at the Basswood Manor apartments near the southwest corner of Edmonds Lane and Fox Avenue.
Assistant Fire Chief Terry McGrath said that there were injuries from the fire, but that one elderly resident of an adjoining building had to be transported to the hospital due to other health problems. Several buildings had to have power cut off due to the fire.
McGrath said the fire appeared to be electrical in nature, and started near the building's main breaker panel. A resident was at home at the time and got everyone evacuated. The fire started downstairs, where it caused extensive damage to a unit there, and spread upstairs where it damaged another unit. There were six units in the affected building, and it is expected that all of them had some sort of fire, smoke, or water damage. Six families are displaced at this point.
The American Red Cross was assisting the victims with basic necessities, according to McGrath.
As McGrath left, the power company was working on a way to restore power to the three other building in the quad that that contained the affected building. Due to the way the units are wired, it is unlikely that power would be restored quickly to other units in the burned building.
A sophomore honors student at Flower Mound High School who posted online some of the photos he took as part of his yearbook class, has been forced by school administrators to take down the photos. Anthony Mazur, 16, is on his school’s yearbook staff, and over the past year has been learning about photography- focusing mostly on sports photography. Mazur posted his best photos on Flickr, and had even been successful at selling a few of them to the parents of his subjects, until school administrators threatened him with in-school suspension or loss of privileges unless he removed them all.
Mazur said he and his yearbook class had gone to a journalism convention in San Antonio back in October, and at that convention, one of the speakers was a teacher from Argyle High School, who told them of a student who was selling their work. Inspired by the possibility, Mazur asked the speaker about the copyright issues, and the teacher explained to him that as the photographer, he owned the pictures he took, and was entitled to the rights. Lewisville ISD’s own policy (CY Local) states explicitly that “A student shall retain all rights to work created as part of instruction or using District technology resources.”
So, Mazur went about his business, taking photos at various district events, all of which were open to the general public. He took many impressive photos using his school-issued school-issued digital camera, and began posting them on his Flickr account. Mazur says the students on the teams he photographed were enthusiastic about his work, and shared the link to his site with one another.
Back in March, Mazur says he was called into FMHS Assistant Principal Jeffrey Brown’s office, where he saw that Brown had his website pulled up on a computer there. He said that Brown was angry at him, and told him that posting the pictures online was illegal, and violated copyright. According to Mazur, Brown also worked the angle (contrary to the policy listed above) that the camera belonged to the district. When Mazur argued that the copyright belonged to him, he says that Brown changed his tune and said that it violated student privacy. Brown allegedly told Mazur at the time that a parent had complained.
Mazur alleged that Brown told him in a coercive tone “I’m just asking you to take the website down, I’m not asking you to return any money.” Mazur said he assumed Brown meant the school, with regards to returning money. Mazur said Brown told him that he “wouldn’t report [Mazur] to the IRS” over the money he earned from selling the photos. Brown told Mazur that he was issuing an “administrative directive” to take the photos down. At this point, Mazur said he requested that his parent be brought into the discussion.
Mazur’s parents, Len and Mary Jo Mazur went to the school the next day, and met with FMHS Principal Sonya Lail, who they said told them that it was a student who complained about the photos, and that they supposedly violated the federal privacy rights of the students, as outlined in FERPA, the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act. That law restricts the information that schools and school employees can disclose, but is not targeted at students.
After the meeting, the Mazurs said they received a written administrative directive ordering him to take the pictures down. Len Mazur said the reasoning listed on the directive was not related to privacy concerns, but “because he posted with the intention to profit”. The Mazur’s would not say how much money, even in general terms, that Anthony had earned from selling his photos. But Anthony said that his customers were all parents of the students in the photos, buying the digital photo for their own use. “It doesn’t matter whether he sold one or a million pictures,” said Len Mazur, who insisted that it was the principle of applying the law correctly that was important.
Joe Avezzano's Hat Tricks 101 E Corporate Dr #300, Lewisville, TX 750677
The Dallas area has become the epicenter for trendy culinary institutions in the past 5 years. The Bishop Arts District alone has earned a national spotlight in the growing scene of eclectic fast casual dining. As is the nature of all suburbs, the glitz and glamour of the neighboring big city always seems to overshadow the outlying areas. Here in Lewisville, Joe Avezzano’s Hat Tricks is a diamond hiding in the suburban rough.
Once inside the spacious and elegant wood adorned dining area, a selection of unique tables ranging from marble to felt covered surfaces specially designed to play dominos, are available for patrons to sit at. As I sat at a large rectangular marble table to indulge on their Taco Tuesday Special, I was greeted by an incredibly professional and multi-talented waitress. This young lady was also tending bar to my left. After very brief introduction she took our drink orders and quickly returned with chips and queso.
From the first taste of the queso, I was immediately impressed with what the kitchen was doing at this local gem. Unlike most Velveeta-type consistency quesos found in Tex-Mex cuisine, this particular dip found an excellent balance of fluidity and solidity. A very tame pepper profile was present. It was not award winning by any means and I have had far worse at “dedicated” Mexican restaurants.
Lewisville City Councilman Greg Tierney was held in Lewisville Jail Sunday morning after an arrest for driving while intoxicated. He was arrested at 1:47 a.m., and released Sunday afternoon around 4 p.m. on $5,000 bond.
Tierney had a previous arrest in 2011 for DWI. He was serving on the City Council at that time, and resigned from his post. Tierney had served his probation, and run for the office again, getting elected in 2013. His term expires in May of 2016.
A second offense for DWI in Texas is usually a Class A Misdemeanor, which could carry a jail term of 30 days to 1 year and a $4,000 fine. He could face a drivers license suspension of up to 2 years, and an annual license surcharge of $2,000 for up to 3 years.
Update - 6/29/15 - 11:55 a.m.: According to the complaint, Tierney was reported by an off-duty Gun Barrel City police officer who was working security for the I-35 construction project. At about 12:37 a.m., Tierney allegedly drove around a barricade and the officer's vehicle near the intersection of Northbound I-35 and Garden Ridge. After a flagger stopped Tierney's vehicle, the officer made contact with him, and smelled alcohol, and believed him to be intoxicated. Lewisville police were contacted, and attempted to conduct a sobriety check. The complaint states that Tierney told them he would not cooperate with the tests, so they took him into custody. The complaint also states that he had red glassy eyes at the time, and that Tierney told them he had an eye infection that he was taking medication for. Tierney told them that he had been on his boat at Eagle Point Marina just prior, and had three drinks.
Tierney was working on a statement for the press, as of this morning.
Update - 7/1/2015: Greg Tierney sent the following statement:
Regarding the events of this past weekend, I just want to say that I am humiliated and embarrassed. I am disappointed in myself. I want to apologize to the citizens of Lewisville for allowing my personal problems to detract from the good progress that is being made in our city.
I have been in communication with the Mayor and other key leaders within the city of Lewisville and will continue to stay in touch with them to determine the course of action that best serves the interests of our city.
This is an ongoing legal case so I cannot comment to any specifics regarding the case.
I am thankful for the many people who have reached out to me and offered their encouragement and support. I have graciously accepted personal support from both friends and professionals. In the near future I will focus on improving myself personally and professionally and seek the assistance that I need.
By Steve Southwell Update: 7/6/2015 Monday morning, Denton County's software vendor was able to update the computer system, and Judge Becky Kerbow's office was able to issue the first same-sex marriage license this morning to Jose Jimenez and Austin Avery. Kerbow notified them this morning that the system was ready for their license, and offered them the first opportunity since they had waited in her office last week. They were at her office in minutes.
The pair have been together since 2007, became engaged in 2008, and have lived together since that year. The two had long ago adopted a daughter who is now seven years old, but state law only allowed Jose to be on the adoption, since state law would not recognize two fathers. The two own a local business in Lewisville.
Kerbow said that she had taken some heat for her efforts to comply with the ruling. She said that despite her own opinions and beliefs, she felt it would be hypocritical not to comply with the law.
Congratulations to Jose and Austin, who will marry soon, but have not yet announced specific plans.
Update - 7/2/2014 - 9:05 a.m.: Judge Kerbow says her office is not currently issuing any marriage licenses (same-sex or otherwise) because the software her office uses has still not been updated by the county's vendor. Her office is referring people to the Denton office of County Clerk Juli Luke. Kerbow said that Luke's office had not provided any updated ETA after the software failed to be updated on Wednesday. Due to the upcoming extended holiday weekend, Kerbow thought it was unlikely that the update would happen before next week. She said she would personally call Luke today to discuss the issue.
The Lewisville Texan Journal was at Kerbow's office when it opened Wednesday morning to photograph what one couple hopes will be the first same-sex marriage license issued in Lewisville, but the system was not ready at that time. Kerbow said she would reach out to the couple and make sure they had the first shot at getting their license just as soon as her office is able to do it.
Original Story: Denton County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Becky Kerbow said Monday that her Lewisville office would start issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples as early as Wednesday - as soon as the software that her clerks use is updated to handle it. A Supreme Court decision handed down Friday legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Kerbow said that Denton County Clerk Juli Luke’s office in Denton began issuing the licenses Monday, and that her office had been referring people there until they could be issued in Lewisville. “The anticipation is that they’re done [installing the software] around Wednesday, is what they’re saying,” explained Kerbow.
Although issuing marriage licenses is normally the purview of the County Clerk, Kerbow’s employees in her Lewisville office have been deputized by Luke for that purpose so that local residents can obtain them without driving to Denton. Kerbow explained that the marriage licenses are issued under Luke’s authority. Once the new Denton County building is completed in Lewisville, there will be a County Clerk satellite office in it, and that office will begin issuing them instead. As a Justice of the Peace, Kerbow performs weddings for those who prefer not to marry with clergy officiating.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion stating that county clerks and their deputies who object to issuing same-sex licenses on the basis of their religious beliefs could have another employee perform the duties instead. Kerbow was currently out of town, but said that when she returned, she would talk with each of her six clerks individually about the opinion. Kerbow said that she didn’t anticipate any issues, and that she would continue to officiate weddings. “I will continue to do marriage ceremonies with anybody with a legal license to get married. Some won’t, but if there is a legal license, I have no reason to not do that ceremony," she said.
June 1 2015, Pomegranate Underground opened their doors in Lewisville. A unique art gallery focusing primarily on alternative art styles ranging from paintings to necklaces, Pomegranate Underground provides Lewisville with a facility that promotes and provides non-traditional art. Located at 418 N Stemmons Fwy, Lewisville, TX 75067, Pomegranate Underground sits in an ideal location close to Medical Center of Lewisville making Old Town Lewisville’s unofficial Arts District.
After opening that door and stepping into the bright yellow structure, patrons enter into a graffiti covered lounge area that is unlike any establishment in the area. Nathan Davis, a local graffiti artist who has previously had work displayed in the MCL Grand Theater in Old Town, has painted an impressive 9ft tall robot piece that extends from the right corner of the lounge to the ceiling above. The lounge area is a multi-purpose room serving as an entry way, a staging area for various events, and a concession stand.