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Prize-Winning Cellist Sai Sai Ding to Solo with Symphony on February 20

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/7 22:40:00 (277 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowVernell Gregg, former teacher and LISD School Board Trustee, was looking for a way to highlight young classical talent in 1999 when she founded the prestigious Young Artists Competition for grades 6-12 as part of the Lewisville Lake Symphony’s outreach to young musicians. The competition was renamed The Vernell Gregg Young Artists Competition in 2008 to honor her passion for inspiring youth.

Cellist Sai Sai Ding, 2015 Grand Prize Winner of this competition, will perform February 20 as soloist with the Lewisville Lake Symphony. Sai Sai will play Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. In addition to performing with the Symphony, Sai Sai receives the $1,000 Bill and Grace Lawrence Scholarship.

Winning competitions is a habit for the talented 13-year-old cellist. Since 2010 he has placed first in no less than 8 competitions in Beijing, Prague, Ukraine, Moscow, and the Dallas area. Born in Shanghai, China, Sai Sai excelled early on both the piano and the cello, but chose to fo-cus on the cello in order to realize his ambition to play in and conduct a major orchestra some day. Although offered a place at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, he chose to come to Dallas in 2012 and currently studies with renowned cellist Ko Iwasaki.

The Lewisville Lake Symphony, recognized by the Dallas Morning News as one of the most re-spected regional orchestras in Texas, will also perform two works by Beethoven under the baton of musical director Adron Ming. Symphony No. 7 in A Major was cited by Beethoven himself as “one of his best works,” and Overture to Creatures of Prometheus was his first work for the ballet.

The concert takes place at the MCL Grand in Old Town Lewisville at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be booked online at www.lewisvillesymphony.org and are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $10 for students.

From a submitted report

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DCTA's Lewisville Hike and Bike Trail Construction Begins

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/7 13:02:07 (586 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowBack in October, we wrote about how Lewisville will soon have more trails for walking and bicycling, and how DCTA will be responsible for a big portion of that, stretching from the Highland Village/Lewisville Lake station to Hebron Station.

Now, Denton County Transportation Authority reports they have begun construction on the Lewisville Hike and Bike Trail, which is the second phase of the agency’s rail trail project. DCTA is working with the City of Lewisville on its Lewisville Vision 2025 plan, which incorporates the DCTA Rail Trail that will help provide access to recreational opportunities and other municipally owned trails, and provide a safe, affordable transportation alternative for local travel. This week marks the first time DCTA is breaking ground on Phase Two of its rail trail.

In October 2012, DCTA was awarded funding through the Statewide Transportation Enhancement Program sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation for Phase Two – the Lewisville portion of the DCTA Rail Trail. The agency is currently working on the first 3.3-mile portion of the Lewisville Hike and Bike Trail, which runs from Hebron Station to Mill Street in Old Town Lewisville.

DCTA is seeking alternative funding to finish the remaining 3.2 miles of Phase Two, which will run from College Street to the Highland Village/Lewisville Lake Station. Phase Two of the DCTA Rail Trail project (Lewisville Hike and Bike Trail) is estimated at $6.3 million and will consist of 6.5 miles of trail in total.

“Our work to complete the trail from the Hebron Station to Downtown Denton demonstrates DCTA’s commitment to all modes of travel and a truly comprehensive system,” said Jim Cline, DCTA president. “We are committed to serving Denton County and improving both the environment and overall quality of life, and look forward to the project’s completion.”

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LISD Board Announces Preferred Qualities of New Superintendent

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/2/7 12:18:37 (317 reads)

Open in new windowLewisville ISD’s Board of Trustees announced the list of attributes that resulted from public input sessions, focus group sessions and an online survey. Executive search firm Ray and Associates engaged LISD’s staff and community in discussions of important characteristics for potential candidates, as well as suggestions for screening and interview questions. The outreach process concluded on Jan. 29.

“We’ve worked with districts across the country, and the turnout for LISD was impressive,” Ray and Associates said. “You obviously have a lot of teachers, parents and community members that care about this.”

The search firm and LISD Board Members are now analyzing and reviewing the input. There were more than 2,400 responses to the survey, 33 meetings with community stakeholders, four staff forums and five community forums, including one in Spanish. The ideas and issues discussed will help the Board determine which applicants to interview and what questions to ask of candidates.

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Lewisville Animal Shelter Reports Year Without Space-Related Euthanizations

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/7 11:02:00 (526 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowThe City of Lewisville reports that the animal shelter has reached a significant milestone.

Through aggressive adoption efforts, cooperation with rescue groups, and strong public response to its new facility, the Lewisville Animal Shelter and Adoption Center announced this week that it had reached a milestone by completing 12 consecutive months without a single animal being euthanized due to space.

This is believed to be the first time Lewisville has successfully completed a full year with no space-driven euthanizations (when the shelter is too full to accept new animals and some dogs or cats are put to sleep in order to create vacancies).

Unlike some “no kill” shelters, Lewisville’s shelter is obligated to accept all animals brought in by the public or picked up by animal control officers around the city. As a result, some animals at the shelter are too sick to be rescued or are otherwise not suitable for adoption by individuals or rescue groups. Efforts are made to minimize that number, but being able to find suitable placement for all adoptable animals remains a top priority.

The adoption center is located at 995 E. Valley Ridge, across from the north entrance to Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. They can be reached at 972.219.3478.

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Timber Creek Cleanup Ongoing near Central Park

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/5 22:40:00 (403 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowBy Steve Southwell

In recent days, motorists on Edmonds Lane have probably noticed heavy equipment in the area, and a change in the landscape around Timber Creek as it passes under the bridge. City crews are working on cleaning up around Timber Creek in the area where it passes under Edmonds Lane and into Central Park. The difference so far is stark. Public Services Director Carole Bassinger said that crews are removing dense underbrush, dead trees, and a few willow trees. In addition to enhancing the aesthetics, Bassinger said the work keeps the vegetation from encroaching the trails, addresses safety issues, and improves drainage.

Workers are primarily targeting dead trees and branches, along with small-diameter “underling trees” that crowd the larger trees, competing for resources, according to James Kunke, Lewisville’s Community Relations and Tourism Director. “This is the same technique used when needed by federal forestry workers to encourage healthy growth in national parks and forests,” said Kunke.. “In a creek bed, it also improves drainage and reduces the risk of upstream flooding.”

In addition to the tree-trimming, workers are cleaning up trash and hauling off debris, according to Bassinger. Crews are also cleaning the banks of the creek and reseeding grass where needed. “A lot of the work is done by hand to avoid disturbing wildlife and to preserve vegetative growth that doesn't need to be removed,” said Bassinger. “There should be no adverse effect on wildlife and in fact it may positively impact wildlife and fish as there will be less obstruction and reduced stagnation in pools formed by debris.”

The work is part of the City of Lewisville’s new creek and drainage cleanup program approved by the City Council as part of the 2014/15 budget. The work was called for in the Vision 2025 Plan, which lists “Extending the Green” as a “Big Move”. Extending the Green focuses on connecting residential and business areas to green areas and open space, and revolves around improving and extending trails and parks. One of the main action priorities for that big move is to clean up and manicure the city’s trails and greenbelts. This year’s budget added $158,843 for two new full-time positions, plus temporary workers and supplies for the program.

“This area looked pretty rugged when we first began working and will require another 2-3 weeks to finish,” said Bassinger, who invited us to come back and see the results of the month long project when crews are finished. “The crew has told us that a lot of folks have stopped them and asked questions and are very interested in seeing the area cleaned up,” she said..​”We let them know that our objective is to clean and clear the area while minimizing disruption to both vegetative and wildlife habitat.”

Photos by LTJ Photographer Nick Weaver

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Abuelos on I-35 in Lewisville to Close February 15th

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/5 19:51:00 (2870 reads)

Open in new windowAbuelo’s Mexican Restaurant announced this week that on February 15th, it’s location on 2520 S. I-35E in Lewisville will close its doors. The property has been purchased through eminent domain by the Texas Department of Transportation for use in the Interstate 35 expansion project. The state’s purchase price was not listed as of Thursday, but the property was on the tax rolls at $2.6 million. The restaurant had been in business at the location since 1999.

Food Concepts International, the Lubbock based parent company of Abuelos, said they were in the process of finalizing plans for a new location in The Colony, near the new Nebraska Furniture Mart on SH 121. They hope to open the restaurant there by September of this year.

“With regret, we are closing our location in Lewisville,” said Robert Lin, president of Food Concepts International. “We are very thankful to our guests and employees for their loyal patronage and service over the past 15 years in Lewisville. We invite everyone to visit us at any of our other DFW locations, and we are looking forward to a new opening in the Colony area soon.”

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Duke Files for Re-Election to LISD Board

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/4 12:26:11 (328 reads)

Open in new windowLewisville ISD Trustee Kathy Duke, 47, of Highland Village announced this morning that she had filed for re-election to her Place 1 seat on the school board. Duke served two three-year terms from 2004-2010, and then was elected to a third non-consecutive term in 2012. She currently serves as the board's vice president.

We will post more about Kathy's campaign later. Her
Facebook page is here.

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Police Warn of Phone Scam

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/4 9:40:00 (309 reads)

Open in new windowLewisville Police are warning citizens that a caller identifying himself as “Lieutenant Reid” or “Collins” of the Flower Mound Police Department is dialing people and telling them that they have outstanding traffic warrants that must be paid immediately to avoid being arrested. He then instructs the victims to load funds onto a Reloadit card, and call him back with the card numbers. These types of cards are reloadable debit cards and providing card information allows the scammer to withdraw the pre-loaded funds.

This is an all too common type of scam these days, with callers impersonating law enforcement, IRS, Immigration services, and utility companies, threatening a dire consequence if payment is not made immediately.

Please be aware that legitimate businesses will not demand payment in this fashion and police warrants are typically paid directly to the local Municipal Court. Never give credit or debit card information to someone over the phone. If in doubt, call the agency or company in question, using a number from a reliable source and not one supplied by the caller, and ask a few questions. A few moments of skepticism could save a lot of money and stress.


If you believe there is a warrant out for you, please check with the law enforcement agency directly by calling them or contacting them online.

- Denton County Sheriff's Office Warrants Info or call (940)349-1700
- City of Lewisville Warrants or call (972) 219-3436
- Flower Mound Municipal Court - 972.874.3370
(Note that Flower Mound for some reason does not list warrants online, or answer questions about warrants by phone)

This post contains material from a submitted report

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Lewisville Poet Laureate Celebrates Lewisville's 90th Anniversary

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/2 22:45:11 (259 reads)

Open in new windowLewisville's Poet Laureate J. Paul Holcomb shared this poem with the Lewisville City Council Monday night to celebrate Lewisville's 90th anniversary since its incorporation in 1925:

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Celebrating Lewisville’s 90th Anniversary

As folks return to the homes of their youth,
they often say that “It’s not the same,”
and anyone who grew up in Lewisville
could easily make that claim. If you left home
in 1970 you left a sleepy town of 9,000,
and if you returned in 2014, you came back
to a city of 100,000 busy residents. Indeed, it’s not
the same. And if you were Basdeal Lewis,
the man who founded and named the area
after himself once he purchased Holford’s
Prairie in 1853, how would you regard
2015 Lewisville? You would most likely
smile with pride when you learned the city
incorporated in 1925, 44 years after railroad
tracks gave Lewisville a big town aura
although its population reached just 500
in 1888. In 1930, five years after incorporation,
Lewisville’s numbers increased to 853
and began to show the promise of becoming
a city. The next year, Lewisville
celebrated the U.S. Route 77 paving
with a “Coming Out of the Mud” ceremony,
thus closing the “Lewisville Gap” and allowing
the road from Dallas to Denton to be completely paved.

Now Lewisville has IH-35,an updated 77.

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Crenshaw Files for LISD Board - Place 1

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/2 18:43:22 (630 reads)

Open in new windowFormer Lewisville ISD Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, Dr. Harry Crenshaw has filed to run for school board. Crenshaw, 68, of Flower Mound retired from the district in 2011, shortly after Superintendent Dr. Steve Waddell was hired.

Crenshaw said he was an educator for 42 years, and had already been planning the retirement. "I have no axe to grind," said Crenshaw, who thinks his abilities and experience can help LISD continue to improve. Crenshaw worked for LISD for about 16 years, ending up leading the district's west-side secondary schools.

Still in contact with a lot of teachers and principals, Crenshaw says he hears that many of them are frustrated and overwhelmed. With Dr. Waddell's recent retirement, and the impending hiring of a new superintendent, Crenshaw thinks his experience could help with stability, and that he would add a voice to the board to advocate for teachers and principals.

The election is May 9th. So far only one other candidate has filed for the same seat: Kronda Thimesch

We only spoke with Crenshaw briefly this afternoon, and will post more when he sends LTJ a press release.

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