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.
Keep 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
(We are still working on updating the calendar for this week. Bear with us...)
As always, there are many arts and leisure events and educational opportunities coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Here are some selected events that you may find interesting.
March 26th - 29th: "Ordinary Days" at MCL Grand Theater Our Productions Theatre Co. presents “Ordinary Days” for four shows, March 26-29, at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.
Performances in the MCL Grand black box will be held March 26, 8 p.m.; March 27, 8 p.m.; March 28, 8 p.m.; and March 29, 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $25 and are available by visiting ourproductions.org or calling 972.724.2147.
“Ordinary Days” tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love and cabs. Through a score of vibrant and memorable songs, their experiences ring startlingly true to life. “Ordinary Days” is an original musical for anyone who has ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in a complex place. With equal doses of humor and poignancy, it celebrates how 8.3 million individual stories combine in unexpected ways to make any city a unique and extraordinary home.
Saturday, March 28th: Creekside Elementary Spring Community Garage Sale 7am-1pm - To rent a space visit the website. You can set up as early as 6am.
Creekside Elementary; 901 Valley View Dr.; Lewisville
Saturday, March 28: Kayaking Tour on McWhorter Creek 2-4 p.m. at LLELA. All skill levels are welcome; paddlers receive an introduction to kayaking on dry land before pushing off into the water. All equipment is provided. Don’t delay in registering; these trips fill up quickly. $20/paddler. Ages 7 years and up. Registration is required at 972.219.3930 or email@example.com
Thursday, April 2nd: LISD Student Holiday LISD Student Holiday
Friday, April 3rd: Good Friday LISD Student Holiday
Also, we mentioned this briefly in another article, but Roger Myers all but withdrew from the LISD board race against Trisha Sheffield, leaving just one race in play.
It's a bit dated by now, but earlier this month, Denton Record Chronicle's Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe had a great article about the region's drought, and reservoir levels. As of 5 a.m., Lewisville Lake sat at 517.92 feet, or just a little more than 4 feet below conservation pool. We're doing much better than we were last month. Lewisville Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Neil Ferguson shared this letter this morning:
"Attached for your information and use is copy of a memorandum from Mr. Mark McDaniel, Assistant City Manager, City of Dallas, to the Mayor and the Dallas City Council regarding Drought Update.
Dallas will not implement Stage 1 of its Drought Plan on April 1, 2015 as we’d originally anticipated in January 2015. Since January 2015, we have seen a significant improvement (>10% increase) in total water supplies to 76.34% remaining as of March 18, 2015. Our models now project that Dallas may enter Stage 1 of the Drought Management Plan as early as late summer 2015 if drought conditions persist. Dallas will continue to monitor the ongoing drought conditions and provide you with periodic updates on the status of our water supply.
We are thankful for the water management efforts of all of the wholesale customers and appreciate your continued support.
Please let me know if you have any questions or need additional information.
Best Regards, Jacqueline (Jackie) Culton, P.E., Program Manager Wholesale Services Division City of Dallas/Water Utilities Department"
Lewisville purchases all of its water from Dallas, so this is good news.
The talk of the town, with a record-breaking 566 comments on the City of Lewisville Facebook group has been that Vista Ridge Mall appears headed for foreclosure. Most folks saw the DMN blog about it, but The Dallas Business Journal has a pretty informative article about it. The long and short of it is that the mall doesn't earn enough from rents to cover its debt service payments.
Ex-pastor Jeffrey Dale Williams, formerly of The Church of Corinth was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to "injury to a child". He spent two hours trying to persuade a young girl to take off her clothes in 2013, and the whole thing ended up being audiotaped. Be sure to read the comments for some additional background.
The time is right for residents in much of Texas to keep an eye on the sky.
Texas-New Mexico Power, which operates power lines serving 236,000 homes and businesses across Texas, would like to recommend to customers that they also prepare for the possibility of power outages that can result from spring thunderstorms.
Lightning and wind often accompany the much-needed rain that spring can bring, and they can affect our equipment and disrupt power. The spring months typically are the busiest outage-restoration time of the year for our techs, with long afternoons and evenings spent making repairs and restoring power.
“We watch weather forecasts closely when storms are expected so that we can be prepared to respond and restore power,” TNMP President Neal Walker said. “Our customers can be ready for that time until power is restored by having a plan for their families or businesses.”
Steps Customers Can Take - Put the power company’s phone number in a convenient location. For TNMP customers, call 888-866-7456 to report an outage or get an update. (Ed note: Oncor: 888.313.4747, CoServ: 800-274-4014)
- Check flashlights or electric lanterns in advance.
- Ensure they have fresh batteries for flashlights and hand-held radios.
- Charge phones, tablets, rechargeable lanterns and hand-held video games in the hours before a storm is expected to arrive.
- Have snacks and drinks ready to go – but not in the refrigerator, which should stay closed while the power is out.
- Prepare a backup plan if someone in the home depends on powered medical equipment.
Customers also may wish to discuss with children, in advance, what a power outage means, particularly after dark.
How Customers Can Stay Safe
- Avoid using landline phones if there is lightning in the area. Cordless and mobile phones are OK.
- Teach everyone in the home to stay far away from any downed power lines, regardless of whether power is on in the area.
- Run portable generators outside and well away from any buildings.
- Portable generator owners also should know why they should only power specific appliances – not an entire home or business.
This post is a work-in-progress, as it takes time to produce, upload, and post each video. We have a lot of work to do, so this will take several days.
The Lewisville City Council held its annual retreat this year at The Worthington Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. The annual retreats are typically three days for the council to spend an extended amount of time reflecting on the progress towards the city's existing goals, and discussing future goals for the coming year. Many of the items discussed each year at retreat will come back later in the year for official votes and action.
The Lewisville Texan Journal was there to capture video of the meetings. We'll be posting video as soon as we can get them processed and uploaded.
Community members and commuters to receive update on I-35E Expansion
Commuters, residents and business owners are invited to learn more about the 35Express Project, an expansion of Interstate 35E between U.S. Highway 380 in Denton County and I-635 in Dallas County, by attending one of three community meetings. All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and will highlight a different segment of the 30-mile corridor.
North Segment (Cities of Corinth and Denton) Tuesday, March 24 - 6:30 p.m. Glory of Zion Ministries, Global Spheres Center 7801 I-35E South Corinth, Texas 76210
South Segment Meeting (Cities of Farmers Branch and Carrollton) – NEW LOCATION Tuesday, March 31 - 6:30 p.m. City of Carrollton Senior Center 1720 Keller Springs Carrollton, Texas 75006
Middle Segment (Cities of Lewisville, Highland Village, Hickory Creek, and Lake Dallas) Thursday, April 2 - 6:30 p.m. MCL Grand Theater 100 North Charles Street Lewisville, Texas 75057
Those not able to attend the meeting in person can follow along on Twitter, @35Express, use #35ExpressChat to ask questions or join in on the conversation. For more information about the 35Express Project visit www.35Express.org, or call 214-483-7777.
The Denton County Democratic Party will host its first annual LBJ-Obama Dinner – honoring former President Lyndon Baines Johnson and current President Barack Obama – on March 25 (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lewisville.
The featured speaker at the special DCDP commemorative fund raiser will be Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, a distinguished Democrat, who provided compassionate leadership when he offered temporary housing and care for immigrant children and then guided Dallas County through the first Ebola crisis in our nation – in 2014.
Several legislative bills have been proposed that are designed to undermine local control and independence, and residents of municipalities across the state need to quickly rally to defeat these Orwellian bills.
SB 343 would prohibit a city from passing a regulation or ordinance that is “more strict” than “state statutes” (essentially eliminating home rule); it would terminate our local authority to ban texting while driving, protect our trees, regulate the gas industry, and regulate indoor smoking, etc.
HB 540 would require cities to get the attorney general’s approval before putting a citizens’ initiative on a local ballot; it seems designed to usurp the courts’ authority.
SB 720 would prohibit cities from banning hydraulic fracturing. If this legislation were to pass, Texas would no longer be a home rule state, which would not benefit the residents of the DFW metroplex. But powerful, special interest groups such as the oil, gas, and tobacco industries…would profit.
Therefore, I hope we will all work to defeat these Big Brother bills by letting Austin know that we do not want our right to local control and self-determination stripped from us.
We have had some beautiful sunny days recently, but it looks like an upper-level low will bring rain into the region Tuesday night through Wednesday, and more rain is expected Thursday through the weekend.
Here's the latest National Weather Service update: "An upper level low that is over Mexican state of Chihuahua (southwest of the Big Bend) will move northeast across West Texas tonight and into eastern Oklahoma by Wednesday Night. This system will bring a good chance of rain to the region overnight tonight through Wednesday. Another upper level low that is currently off the coast of Baja California will move slowly east bringing rain chances to Texas Thursday through the weekend."
For Tuesday night, it's a 60 percent chance of rain, with isolated thunderstorms. Wednesday there is a 20% chance of showers, with highs in the lower 70s. Thursday night, showers are likely with rain chances at 60%. Rain chances remain in the forecast through Saturday.
Nightly Full Closures of North- and Southbound Interstate 35E mainlanes and Frontage Roads at Fox Avenue This story has been updated. New closure listed in red below.
As we reported last month, the south side of the Fox Avenue bridge, including the pedestrian crossing bridge will soon be demolished to make room for the new bridge, which will accommodate wider main lanes beneath it on I-35E. As the bridge is rebuilt, first on the south, then on the north, at least one lane in each direction will be maintained. As can be seen in the picture, crews have installed a protected pedestrian crossing.
As work begins to demolish the south side of the Fox Avenue bridge, the following closures will be in place:
Frontage Road Closures: · 7 p.m. Friday, March 20 through 8 a.m. the morning of Saturday, March 21: The southbound I-35E frontage road will be reduced to one lane and shifted west.
· 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21 through 8 a.m. the morning of Sunday, March 22: The northbound I-35E frontage road will be reduced to one lane and shifted east.
Mainlane closures: · 8 p.m. Friday, March 20 through 8 a.m. the morning of Saturday, March 21: The left lane of southbound I-35E will close to traffic.
· 10 p.m. Friday, March 20 through 8 a.m. the morning of Saturday March 21: All lanes of southbound I-35E and the two left lanes of northbound I-35E approaching Fox Avenue will close to traffic.
Detour: Traffic will be diverted along the frontage road and will enter southbound I-35E at the ramp south of Fox Avenue.
· 11 p.m. Friday, March 20 through 3 a.m. the morning of Saturday, March 21: All lanes of northbound I-35E approaching Fox Avenue will be closed to traffic.
· 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21 through 8 a.m. the morning of Sunday, March 22: The left lane of northbound I-35E will close to traffic.
· 10 p.m. Saturday, March 21 until 8 a.m. the morning of Sunday, March 22: All lanes of northbound I-35E and the two left lanes of southbound I-35E approaching Fox Avenue will close to traffic.
Detour: Motorists will be diverted off of the interstate at Fox Avenue, continue down the frontage road and enter northbound I-35E north of Fox Avenue.
Entrance and Exit Ramps - 7 p.m. Friday, March 20 until 8 a.m. the morning of Saturday, March 21: The southbound I-35E entrance ramp just south of Main Street will be closed. Traffic will continue down the frontage road to access southbound I-35E.
- 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21 until 8 a.m. the morning of Sunday, March 22: The northbound I-35E entrance ramp north of SH 121 Business will be closed to traffic. Traffic will continue down the frontage and enter northbound I-35E north of Fox Avenue.
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 www.35Express.org or call 214-483-7777.