Editor's note: The author of this article is a member of North Texas Roller Derby.
Lewisville now boasts a women’s roller derby league, Texas Derby Divas. The league practices at InterSkate Roller Rink, 1408 State Highway 121 Business.
Jane “Scrapity Anne” Flores, Wilma “Nikki Styx” Barnes and Carrie “Baroness von Booty” Dopona formed the league in late 2015 when, as recently retired skaters from Denton-based North Texas Roller Derby, they decided they missed the workouts, the competitiveness and the companionship that roller derby provides.
“Derby also came at a time for me that helped me deal with my grief from losing my sister and mom within three weeks of each other. I had something to focus on besides sadness,” Barnes said. “I think roller derby can be many different things for everyone. I feel like it also saves lives.”
Most leagues require monthly practice credit for competion. The trio didn't miss that. But, they knew they had a need for a recreation league for their small group and thought that other area women that would like the same fun.
“We all missed derby and competing. We missed the camaraderie of being part of a league,” Barnes said. “We wanted to offer other women, like us, who wanted to be involved in roller derby but couldn't commit to a set number of practice requirements each month. We wanted a recreation league.”
A recreation league is one that the players come together to play for fun with few requirements, or none beyond a membership fee. Non-recreation-level roller derby leagues also require team participation and fundraising efforts.
Currently, the Derby Divas' membership is around 25 women that range in skill level from recently retired competitive skaters to fledgling participants purchasing their first set of skates and required gear. The league has held “Meet-and-Greet” events at InterSkate, which have had good turnout.
Roller derby is a physically and mentally demanding sport. Betsy "$2 Pistol" Rooney, a player not of the Texas Derby Divas, likens it to playing speed chess on skates while people throw bricks at you. A player engages in both offense and defense sometimes simultaneously and has to quickly maneuver using great agility among a group of nine other players, she said.
Creekside mobile home park residents say they have an unreliable water supply with frequent outages that require residents to boil the water before use. But, they say a lack of communication over the issue has more than just the water boiling.
The park has its own community water system serving its 553 homes. Creekside bills residents for the water it sells them.
Resident Denice Crafton, who likes living at Creekside, says water has always been a hot topic but recently worsened. She says the park averages an outage per month, but that they recently had several outages within nine days.
Another resident preferred to remain anonymous in fear of retribution from management. They provided a list of outages on Jan. 4, 9, 11, 13 and 19, which they said lasted between two to nine hours each. The outages have become more frequent in the past year, they said.
Crafton said the park’s owners do not return phone calls or reply to certified letters.
“I'm not trying to bash the owners,” she said. “I just want things to improve in the community and with their communications with us about what is going on.”
Residents say the owners give no explanations when the water goes out. They provide no information on expected restoration times. Crafton says the park doesn’t pay residents any restitution for the water they have to buy to drink or to flush toilets. It gets even more expensive though, she said, as she ends up having to dine out because she cannot wash dishes and produce properly.
“A sponge bath just won't cut it in August,” said Crafton. “I keep refilled bottles of water just for my toilets because this happens so often.”
The anonymous source says the outages made it difficult to mix up baby formula.
The Creekside water system is not connected to the city’s public water supply. It draws groundwater, up to 300 gallons of water per minute, from two wells.
When that system’s pumps fail or water lines break, they lose pressure. When the lines lose pressure, contaminants could flow into the pipes, and the water could lose chlorination and harbor bacteria.
In these cases, residents must boil the water for a minute before they use it for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes.
Water well at Creekside mobile home park(LTJ Photo)
State law requires that operators of water systems like Creekside provide notice to their customers when water must be boiled due to contamination or loss of pressure. That notice must be provided to each resident within 24 hours, and a copy must be sent to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which regulates water systems in the state.
Crafton says that the park management puts a small sign up near the entrance to the park saying “boil water until further notice”. But that sign, she says, is often obscured by cars parked in front of it. Another problem, she says, is that many of the park’s residents speak Spanish, but the notices are in English. And not all residents travel past the entrance each day. Crafton says some residents are homebound.
Creekside has a spotty compliance history with TCEQ. Their record shows a series of 11 violations from 2005 to 2015 mostly relating to a failure to properly handle consumer confidence reporting, but sometimes relating to the boil water notices.
On July 13 of last year, TCEQ issued a notice of two violations based on a May 2 outage. Creekside failed to submit copies of its boil water notices to TCEQ. On Oct. 21, TCEQ issued a notice of enforcement against Creekside for a Sept. 2 outage where they again failed to submit copies of their boil water notices to the agency.
In 2014, Creekside was hit with a violation relating to chlorine monitoring.
As of Friday afternoon, Crafton was still boiling water because of the previous outage.
TCEQ water investigator Ariel Yeh said that boil water notice would likely be lifted soon since lab results had come back. Yeh, who had visited Creekside on Thursday to investigate the problems, said that Creekside did not have the boil water sign displayed as they should have and she instructed them to redisplay the sign. When The LTJ visited the park on Friday afternoon, we did not see any sign.
Staring at a second consecutive defeat and a trip further down the District 6-6A standings, the Lewisville boys basketball team rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat area-ranked Allen 47-46 in a thrilling game at LHS Arena Friday night. After managing only two third-quarter points— a fast-break layup by post Trenton Sandifer— Farmers coach Gary Collier altered his strategy, employing a suffocating full-court press and half-court trap which rattled the Eagles into turnovers and limited them to four fourth-quarter points.
It came down to simple math. The press caused turnovers and created more Farmer scoring opportunities, while limiting Allen’s ability to trade baskets and coast to a win.
“We wanted as many possessions as possible,” Collier said after the game. “We had a lot of late steals and we finally made some open shots.”
The biggest shots during the decisive run came from the usual suspects— Sandifer and guard Jeremiah Taylor. Sandifer scored six points in the fourth quarter, and Taylor’s baseline three-pointer with 45 seconds left was the game-winner.
Sandifer, who led the Farmers with 12 points, was called for a questionable foul on what appeared to be a clean block of Allen guard Dylan Ditzenberger’s shot with four seconds left. But Ditzenberger missed both free throws and Taylor grabbed the rebound to clinch the Farmer win.
Angie Cox, 45, of Flower Mound, filed her paperwork Wednesday to run for a second term for Place 3 on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees. She was first elected in a special election in November of 2013 to serve the remainder of the term of a board member who resigned.
Cox says she draws on 20 years experience as a parent, volunteer, business owner, and leader in the community. “It has been an honor to serve on the LISD Board of Trustees,” she said. “I have met some incredible teachers, parents, and administrators who are very passionate about education and the future of the students of LISD.” she said.
“As a parent, business owner as well as district and community volunteer, service to LISD is in my heart,” said Cox. “And the opportunity to serve, in the role of trustee, is a commitment I take very seriously,” she said.
Cox is involved in mentoring students with Communities in Schools. She also works with The Lewisville ISD Education Foundation and Journey to Dream. Cox is a member of The Women of Flower Mound, Friends of the Flower Mound Library, Lewisville Noon Rotary, Keep Flower Mound Beautiful, Lewisville and Flower Mound Chambers of Commerce, PTAs and The Flower Mound High School Baseball and Basketball Booster Clubs.