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Friends of the Library Book Sale This Weekend

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/7 19:50:47 (345 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new window Friends of the Lewisville Public Library will be hosting a book sale this weekend - April 10th, 11th, and 12th at the Community Room of the Lewisville Public Library - 1197 W. Main Street.

Friday, April 10th, Pre-sale is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For the special pre-sale event, there is a $5 admission fee per person, if you are not a member of the Friends group.

Saturday, April 11th hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday, April 12th hours are 1 pm. - 5 p.m.

The group has over 10,000 new and gently used books for adults, children, and teens in all categories. There are even movies, music, and audiobooks. Prices have not been posted for this sale, but in the past they have ranged from $0.50 - $2 for most books.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Lewisville Public Library.

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Lewisville Lake Symphony Series Concert to Feature World-Class Pianist

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/6 7:19:57 (378 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowPavel Gintov, winner of the 1st Takamatsu International Piano Competition, will perform with the Lewisville Lake Symphony on Friday, April 17, at 7:30 pm, in the final concert of the 2014-15 Symphony Series. He will play Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings, a performance that also features Bert Truax on trumpet.

Mr. Gintov has been described as “a poet of the keyboard” by Marty Lash of the Illinois Enter-tainer, “a musical storyteller” by the Japanese publication Shikoku News, and a “world-class pianist, phenomenal in his own right” by the Savannah Morning News.

Following his debut at the Kiev Philharmonic Hall at the age of 12, Mr. Gintov toured throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and the United States, appearing on such stages as Carnegie Hall in New York, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, and Teatro Verdi Nationale in Milan. Mr. Gintov graduated with honors from Moscow State Conservatory and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

A native of Ukraine, Mr. Gintov is also an avid chamber music performer, regularly performing with his sister, violinist Iryna Gintova, as well as with other artists. He was awarded the prize for the best collaborative pianist in the International Paganini Violin competition in Moscow.

The concert will also include Shostakovich’s Spanish Dance and Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge, considered to be one of Beethoven’s greatest achievements. He composed it later in his life when he was almost entirely deaf, and it is known to be notoriously difficult to play.

The concert takes place at the MCL Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street, in Old Town Lewisville. Tickets can be booked online at and are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $10 for students. More information is available at 972.874.9087.

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Lewisville Animal Shelter changes adoption process, will host Paws in the Park adoption event

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/4 15:30:00 (966 reads)
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Open in new windowThe City of Lewisville Animal Shelter has recently changed both the fee it charges for adoptions and the services that are part of the deal.

Previously, when you adopted an animal from the shelter, you would pay $50 for the adoption fee, then separately pay for sterilization of the animal. The process meant that you couldn't take an animal home immediately, or you could be delayed for days waiting for it to be spayed or neutered.

Thanks to a vote by the Lewisville City Council on March 2nd, the shelter will be increasing its fee to $90, but animals available for adoption will already be spayed or neutered, have all of their vaccines, have their city registration, and be microchipped, in case they become lost after you adopt them.

In addition to microchipping pets for adoption, the shelter will accept walk-ins to microchip for $15. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice, and is injected under the pet's skin. It can be read at most animal shelters and veterinarians' offices, and is used to reunite lost pets with their owners. The microchips do not carry an annual cost, according to personnel we talked to at the shelter, who said that anyone finding the pet would be able to get it scanned, and the veterinarian or animal shelter would know how to contact the owner. The chips are registered through, which does offer additional services to proactively help locate a lost pet. The company also offers pet insurance.

Lewisville Animal Adoption Center’s annual Paws in the Park adoption event will be held Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Lewisville Animal Adoption Center in Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park, 995 E. Valley Ridge Blvd.

Paws in the Park will include K-9 demonstrations, low-cost pet vaccinations, food trucks, bounce house, petting zoo, youth safety classes, local rescue groups, vendors, and representatives of non-profit organizations and municipal shelters.

The event also will feature the Wiener Dog & Wanna-Be Wiener Dog Race starting at 9:30 a.m. A weenie dog applicant must have the appearance of a dachshund. A wannabe dog applicant must be a small dog (under 15 lbs.) of any breed or mix that wishes it were a dachshund and wants to race. The winners from each category will race in a final. Trophies will be awarded to the overall champion. Current rabies vaccinations are required for all racing applicants, and friendly dogs only. Applications for the race can be given over the phone at 972.219.3478 or at

You can read more about the animal adoption process here. The shelter is open for viewing from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, and from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturdays. You can see a list of adoptable animals here.

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Various Nightly Closures on Southbound Interstate 35E for an Upcoming Traffic Shift in Lewisville

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/4 14:49:02 (425 reads)

Open in new windowLEWISVILLE - As crews begin to shift traffic east, the following closures will be in place nightly from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m., Monday, April 6 through Wednesday, April 22:

  • Various lanes of southbound I-35E between Valley Ridge Boulevard and Fox Avenue will be closed.

  • The southbound I-35E entrance and exit ramps at FM 1171/Main Street will be closed. Motorists wishing to access FM 1171/Main Street from southbound I-35E will exit at Valley Ridge Boulevard. Motorists wishing to access southbound I-35E from FM 1171/Main Street will use the entrance ramp at Fox Avenue.

  • The southbound I-35E entrance ramp at Valley Ridge Boulevard will be closed. Motorists will continue south on the frontage road and enter southbound I-35E at FM 1171 Main Street.

Please note, the FM 1171/Main Street ramps and the Valley Ridge Boulevard ramp will not be closed at the same time. Law enforcement will be present to assist with traffic control.

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 and to sign up to receive text alerts, please visit or call 214-483-7777.

- 35Express

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This is my procrastination post

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/4/4 10:50:00 (311 reads)

Open in new windowBy Steve Southwell

So, I just got back from a week of business travel, and I don’t know if you heard, but we had a bit of an issue to deal with Wednesday, which I had not anticipated. Laundry is piled up on the floor, the yard needs to be mowed, and this beautiful sunshine has me dying to go hop in the kayak and paddle the river.

But my inbox is full of email, and many of them are about stories I need to post here as soon as I can. I have stories I’ve started to work on - even interviewed or photographed people for, and have yet to post. It’s a great source of stress to me when I can’t get it done. I’ll get to it - I hope. I’m always disappointed when I don’t.

This is my procrastination post. Ever had so much to do that you barely know where to start?

What I’ve been meaning to do since the beginning of this year is to sort of catch up our long-time readers with where things are, and where we’re trying to go with The Lewisville Texan Journal. For new readers, I’d like to briefly explain how LTJ works, and what we do. It became clear to me in reading some of the responses to Wednesday’s debacle that the nature of LTJ is not clear to many.

My name is Steve. I’m 43 years old, and I’m a full-time computer programmer who writes and maintains business applications for clients in all sorts of industries. I have an awesome wife, and two sons who are growing up to be good young men. A lifetime ago, I served in the Marine Corps, and I came back and got myself a business degree. Around 2004, I started a blog called WhosPlayin, and then around 2007, I started getting interested in local issues, and writing posts about things of interest to Lewisville. I used to post a lot of partisan stuff, but gradually have phased most of that out, and focus almost exclusively on topics of interest in our city. In 2011, we changed the name of the site to The Lewisville Texan Journal to reflect the change in focus.

I do about 95% of the work here in my spare time, and I probably spend 10-25 hours a week writing, researching, and maintaining the site. It’s a lot of work, but I do it because I believe in community engagement, and I think a city where citizens are informed is a city that excels.

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What I learned today - a series of unfortunate events

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/4/1 19:36:21 (2579 reads)

Open in new windowBy Steve Southwell

Today, I learned that I have more to learn about sensitivity when dealing with issues of importance to transgendered people.

Each year, on April 1st, we have a little tradition of posting an April Fools article to pull the legs of our readers. It’s one of the things I usually look forward to, because those fake stories are fun to write, and we usually end up with a few people writing in to tell us they had us going for a minute, or that we fooled them for a brief time. April 1st isn’t the only time we’ve written satire, but there is usually a little bit of difference between the infrequent satire we do here, and the nonsense we run on April Fools.

Regular satire sort of starts and ends with absurdity, and unless one is extremely gullible, it’s pretty clear it’s satire from start to finish. This bit of tomfoolery by “Josh N. Yoo” about color-changing garbage cans is a good example of that.

With the April Fools jokes, the idea is to see if we can fool you for a paragraph or two, have you questioning by a couple more, and have you laughing well before the end and whatever we’re lampooning. Throughout the year, I jot down ideas and anxiously await the chance each April 1st to see who I can fool.

This past year, I went to a tour of a new Lewisville ISD facility where staff were taking visitors around and showing them the new building’s amenities, including the ample restroom and locker facilities for both men and women. A somewhat awkward part of that tour was when the group all went into the women’s locker room - a place that as a young teen, I might have loved to visit, but was just a little weird to me as a cis-gendered adult male to visit. At one point, we we were shown one of the women’s rooms there, and having my camera out to cover the tour, I snapped a photo of our now-retired and also male superintendent walking into the women’s room. I never posted that photo at the time, but sort of had in the back of my mind that it might make good fodder for some sort of April Fools day silliness.

Now, I recently have read about the plight of our transgendered brothers and sisters, who find themselves unwelcome in public restrooms by people who for reasons I can’t understand, resort to all sorts of bullying and shaming tactics on them. I guess there is an assumption there, that a human being who needs to use the toilet might be there instead as some way to satisfy some type of sexual fetish. I personally think that is preposterous, and believe that using the toilet is a personal, private human function that just doesn’t or shouldn’t lend itself to that. But taking into account people’s regressive attitudes toward transgendered individuals, it should be a no-brainer for large public buildings to provide gender-neutral bathrooms. And this is not just to accommodate the transgendered, but basically anyone who might need extra privacy, or perhaps some help using the toilet due to a disability. Throw in the fact that parents or other adult caregivers often need to deal with children who need to use the toilet, and must either bring the child into a restroom opposite to the child’s gender, or send the child in alone.

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A Salute to the Greatest Generation

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/3/28 18:10:44 (282 reads)

Open in new windowA community wide social is coming up on April 17th organized by the Seniors Standing Tall Coalition. This year the theme is “A Salute to the Greatest Generation” with USO style decorations, dinner, and dancing at the Cross Timbers YMCA. The YMCA was one of the four original founders of the United Service Organizations (USO) designed to support troops in 1941 at the onset of World War II.

The Lewisville High School Naval Jr. ROTC is providing the color guard and will stay to volunteer. The Rotary Club’s InterAct students and local businesses will also volunteer with decorating, serving, and dancing with guests throughout the evening. Dallas Acme Swing Dance Company performs each year and will give dance lessons to willing participants. The Texas Photo Booth Company is providing a photo booth for instant fun. Local photographer Colleen Drew will take professional photographs for lasting memories available for take home at 9pm the same evening.

Doors open at 5:30 with dinner served from 6pm to 7pm. The cost is $5 per person and the proceeds go to the local YMCA. Tickets are available at local senior centers, area senior communities, or by calling Home Helpers at 972-318-5054. Cross Timbers YMCA is located at 2021 Cross Timbers Road in Flower Mound.

For more information, readers can visit the Second Time Around Community Senior Prom website.

From a submitted report

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Volunteers Plant Trees at Soon-to-open Copperas Branch Park East

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/3/28 17:10:00 (368 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowVolunteers Saturday converged on Copperas Branch Park East to plant hundreds of trees in anticipation of its opening this Spring. The park, which is not yet open to the public, was funded by the I-35E expansion project as mitigation for taking out park land on the West side of the highway.

Volunteers from local environmental and civic organizations including Keep Lewisville Beautiful, Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and the University of North Texas gathered at the park where they were welcomed by AGL representative Kimberly Sims, and Denton County Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell.

The park includes nearly a mile and a half of brand new walking and bicycling trails. A 20-space parking lot has been added near Tower Bay park at the trailhead. A 12 foot wide section of trail over 2,300 feet long runs from the trailhead along a newly constructed embankment just east of the DCTA tracks to the Copperas Point peninsula. There, a one-mile 10-foot-wide hike and bike trail loops around a considerable portion of the peninsula. The trees were planted on either side of the trail, and will provide shade for walkers and bicyclists once mature.

AGL’s environmental compliance manager Eric Huff explained that crews have been working on the park, removing invasive and non-native vegetation. In addition to the 250 trees planted Saturday, crews were preserving various native and established plants and shrubs, and will install more than 1,500 native or adapted plants including oak and pecan trees, native grasses, and wildflowers such as bluebonnets and black-eyed susans.

The area of the park that will open had previously been accessible to the public, but In 1988 after the completion of Ray Roberts Lake, the Corps of Engineers increased the conservation pool level of Lewisville Lake from 515 feet to 522 feet above sea level. This submerged the road leading to the peninsula, making the area basically inaccessible.

The entire park, including permanent restroom facilities, is fully accessible to the disabled. While it is not designed to be accessed by vehicles, the trails will allow park maintenance vehicles and first responders to access it by vehicle. The park will be managed by City of Lewisville Parks and Leisure Services.

We will provide an update when we learn when the park will open to the public.

For more photos, see our Facebook album...

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TCEQ Announces Preliminary Approval of Camelot Landfill Expansion

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 Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/3/28 14:50:00 (425 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowThe Texas Commission on Environmental Quality sent a letter today to interested persons noting that the application for expansion of the Camelot Landfill has completed technical review, and a draft permit has been issued. The executive director of TCEQ has made a preliminary decision granting approval.

The City of Farmers Branch, which owns the landfill within the Lewisville city limits, wants to expand the landfill's footprint, and add 200 feet of height.

A public meeting was held in 2012 where hundreds of Carrollton and Lewisville residents showed up to protest the landfill's expansion. The City of Lewisville even sent mailers to residents to ask for their help in the fight against the expansion, which would tower over eastern Lewisville.

The City of Lewisville sued Farmers Branch and Camelot over contamination at the site, and just recently reached an agreement to settle that lawsuit. But that settlement did not include any agreement to go along with the expansion plans. The City of Lewisville still contests the expansion plans, and insists that landfills, even if permitted by TCEQ, must abide by special use permitting required under the city's zoning ordinance. Mayor Pro Tem TJ Gilmore said Saturday that the city had sent another letter to TCEQ and is requesting a contested case hearing with TCEQ.

You can read the TCEQ letter here.

Weaver Boos website has more documents on the expansion and permit applications. The permit application and draft permit are available for viewing in the Lewisville Public Library.

The City of Lewisville is supporting bills currently in the Texas Legislature that would grant more explicit authority to cities over landfills within or close to their boundaries.

We will provide updates to this if we get more information.

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Keep Lewisville Beautiful Spring Cleanup Set for April 25th, 2015

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/3/27 21:10:00 (417 reads)

Those of you who have followed The Lewisville Texan Journal for a year or two know that keeping Lewisville clean and beautiful is one of our pet issues. For years now, we have fielded cleanup teams for Spring Cleanup. We hope you'll join us this year. Read on for the details on the cleanup, then join us again at the bottom to see how you can be on the LTJ cleanup team.

Open in new windowOpen in new windowKeep Lewisville Beautiful is partnering with the City of Lewisville to host its 29th annual citywide cleanup on Saturday April 25th, 2015. An environmental expo will also be held onsite. This FREE Earth Day event will be held in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful Great America Clean Up activities. Volunteers are needed for cleanup teams and on site help. Sign in and registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Residential Convenience Center parking lot (330 Jones Street). Clean Up is from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Clean up supplies, free lunch, KLB t-shirts, door prizes and FUN will be provided. Last year, 686 volunteers showed community spirit by working hard and picking up 9.8 tons of litter off of Lewisville streets, parks, and creeks. With your help, we can pick up even more and help beautify our great city. All ages are welcome! Register online today at the Keep Lewisville Beautiful website.

Current event donors and sponsors include: City of Lewisville, Waste Management, Republic Waste Services, Dale Downing CPA, DATCU, Texas New Mexico Power Company, Lone Star Storage, Bahama Bucks, Dallas Zoo, LLELA, Blue Bell, Hyena Comedy Club, Lewisville Lake Symphony, Texas Rangers Ball Club, La Hacienda Ranch, Spaghetti Warehouse, Joe’s Crab Shack, Market Street, UTRWD, Lewisville Lions Club, Lewisville Police Department, Army Corps of Engineers, LISDOLA, Keep America Beautiful, and Keep Texas Beautiful. If your business would like to donate a door prize or help sponsor this event, please contact the KLB office.

For more information, to sign up or to donate funds to Keep Lewisville Beautiful email, call 972-538-5949 or fax information to 866-727-8526. Please include number of people anticipated in your group. T-shirts are on a first come, first served basis.

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