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Philip finds Fred's Philly fair

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Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2016/2/13 10:25:56 (127 reads)

Open in new windowBy PHILIP MOULARD
philip@LewisvilleTexan.com


Lewisville finally has an establishment for cheesesteak purists, offering authentic Phillys with a multitude of options.

Fred’s Downtown Philly has been serving sandwiches in North Texas since opening its doors in Plano more than 20 years ago.

The lauded local chain recreates Philadelphia's iconic steak sandwich with authentic spices and Amoroso rolls. The sandwich shop opened its ninth location at 724 W. Main St. in Lewisville on Feb. 8.

I made my visit Thursday afternoon, eager to find out if Fred’s buzz-generating sandwiches live up to the hype.

Fred’s Lewisville runs with an industrial look. Unfinished picnic tables and corrugated steel countertops adorn the casual dining restaurant.

I waited in line 23 minutes to place my order, though only three people stood before me. The lack of a debit card system required the cashier to run to the next-door Cicis and use their machine.

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Opinion: Here’s how you should write your protest letter to BLM

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/2/13 10:10:07 (116 reads)

Open in new windowBy R. Neil Ferguson

Monday, the Lewisville City Council votes to approve issuing a letter of protest to the Bureau of Land Management regarding a possible 10-year gas capture lease near the western side across from Hickory Creek’s juncture with Lewisville Lake.

The item will be part of the consent agenda. This is a grouping of items that, in general, are felt to need no further discussion beyond any inquiries and comments that might occur in the open workshop prior to the formal meeting. I sincerely expect this action will occur. It is an issue I have been actively looking at since Jan. 25.

If any citizen wants a greater role in protest, the most effective way would be sending an individual letter of protest to the BLM.

In a quote I gave The Lewisville Texan Journal when it broke the story, I said, “...making arguments that are irrelevant, poorly stated or false not only waste an important opportunity, but can also create the impression we have a poor grasp of the protest process, possibly leaving some valid points potentially in the shadows.”

With that in mind, I would offer you the following advice in writing your letter. Hopefully it will guide you in presenting a case that BLM will respect and consider.

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/2/13 9:52:29 (105 reads)

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Sankalp Mohanty won second place in Highland Village's photo contest in the City Events category. (Photo courtesy Highland Village)
HIGHLAND VILLAGE
City announces photo contest winners
Highland Village Parks and Recreation department has announced the winners of its Give Us Your Best Shot! A 2015 Photo Contest, who received cash prizes.

According to a press release, 99 entries were received in four different categories. Photos were to be taken in Highland Village.

Molly Andries won the Best Overall award. In the Architecture category, first and second place went to Jim Ward. Third place went to Molly Andries. In the Family Fun category, first and third places went to Cory Wrenn. Second place went to Jim Robertson. Scott Jack won first in the City Events category. Sankalp Mohanty took second and Richard Todd placed third. Molly Andries, again, won for Nature/Pets/Wildlife—taking first place in the category. Linda Armstrong placed second and Stacey Campbell took third.

See the winning photos...
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Ferson files for LISD Place 5

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/2/13 9:36:12 (124 reads)

Open in new windowBy ADAM SCHRADER
adam@LewisvilleTexan.com


Will Ferson has filed to run for Place 5 on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees during the May 7 election. He said he made the decision to run for one reason: to get the Lewisville ISD to change its policy on public use of outdoor recreational facilities, such as the track, playgrounds and tennis courts.

“They do have a written policy that permits such use when the facilities are unlocked or are not in use by the district or for a scheduled non-school purpose,” Ferson said. “The district high school athletic stadium is an exception and is not available.”

But the facilities are always locked, Ferson said. So, he attended September and December board meetings to present a request to change the policy.

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Lewisville teams with Yelp to post restaurant health scores

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/2/13 9:10:00 (137 reads)

Open in new windowBy ADAM SCHRADER
adam@LewisvilleTexan.com


Lewisville staff started posting restaurant health inspection scores on Yelp, a crowd-sourced business review website and app, on Friday, Feb. 5.

Consumers can see health scores for more than 400 restaurants in Lewisville, posted on their Yelp pages alongside customer reviews and photos. Scores of 70 and above are passing. When viewing on a desktop, users can click on the score to see a history of inspection scores for the restaurant.

Yelp launched its Local Inspector Value-Entry Specification program in 2012. The program provides data on 12 cities and counties in North America. An inspector from the city’s Health Department enters scores into the city’s computer program. Yelp gathers the data at the end of each day and posts it.

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Allison Lassahn to seek election for LISD, Place 5

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Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/2/13 8:50:50 (140 reads)

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By ADAM SCHRADER
adam@LewisvilleTexan.com


Highland Village resident Allison Lassahn filed to run for Place 5 on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees during the upcoming May 7 election.

Lassahn works as the hospitality and events coordinator for Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church. She serves as a committee chair on the Heritage Elementary PTA board and on Highland Village’s Board of Ethics. She is partaking in the LISD Inside program.

Lassahn previously worked as geographic information manager and coordinator in Flower and Coppell respectively. She served as the president and vice president of membership of the Greater Lewisville Early Childhood PTA and as a committee chair on the Flower Mound Elementary PTA board.

Lassahn grew up and attended public school in Tyler. She received her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. With her husband, Lloyd, she has lived within LISD for 17 years. They have two sons attending Heritage Elementary School.

- Lassahn's Facebook page

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Last beams being set on I-35E lake bridge

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/2/13 8:40:36 (457 reads)


By STEVE SOUTHWELL
Last weekend, AGL crews set the last land-accessible beam on the south end of the new I-35 Lewisville Lake bridge.

The main spans across the lake have all the beams set. Crews were preparing to move the large crane that had been on a barge in the lake to the smaller pond on the south side. They will set the remaining beams from there.

Once completed, Interstate 35E traffic will be moved to the new bridge while the existing bridge is rehabilitated. The existing bridge will have an 8-foot-wide pedestrian walkway, two northbound frontage lanes, and four northbound main lanes.

The new 7,798-foot bridge become the new southbound lanes of I-35E, and will have two managed toll lanes, four southbound main lanes, two frontage lanes, and an 8-foot-wide pedestrian walkway.

Together the two bridges will accommodate 14 lanes of traffic.
Completion of the new bridge is expected this summer.

Project officials said there were 310 total drilled shafts, and 263 columns. There will be 887 total beams, and 650,000 square feet of precast panels. The bridge will have 1.1 million square feet of bridge deck.

The project will use 67,670 cubic yards of concrete and 14 million pounds of steel rebar.

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Lewisville HS cheerleaders claim national championship

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/2/13 7:30:00 (503 reads)

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Lewisville High School cheerleaders pose with their first place trophy at the National High School Cheerleading Championship on Feb. 7. (Photo by Carol Piers)

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The Lewisville High School cheerleaders are national champions.

The Farmers hoisted the title trophy for the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA)’s Large Varsity Coed division at the National High School Cheerleading Championship held Feb. 6-7 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.

“Words simply cannot express how proud I am to be a part of this program,” said Joi Cartmill, LHS cheerleading head coach. “The cheerleaders work tirelessly and relentlessly to be successful. The dedication of these athletes has made it possible for us to be successful. It is truly an honor to bring home a national championship.”

LHS cheerleading captain and senior Harmoni Hampton said that, in the program, cheerleaders are taught that every achievement is earned.

“So as one team – one family – we came together and made it our mission to give it everything we had,” she said. “The moment the judges called out our name as first place, every tear, sweat, bruise, injury and late-night practice all became worth it.”

The cheerleading season begins in March and ends in February with no breaks. LHS is one of the only Large Coed programs in the nation that cheers at all games, pep rallies and other school activities.

LHS, while already highly regarded and rich in tradition, had been in pursuit of a national cheerleading crown since first competing nationally in 1987. That made the experience even sweeter.

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Recent LHS grad runs for LISD school board

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Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/2/13 7:20:05 (631 reads)

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adam@LewisvilleTexan.com


Fairooz Adams, 20, graduated from Lewisville High School in 2014 but is already looking to give back to Lewisville ISD by running for Place 4 on the school board, a three-year commitment.

“The fact that I went through LISD recently makes me uniquely qualified for this position,” he said. “A challenge for many policymakers is that they can never know firsthand how their policies affect learning and the classroom. I know what works and what doesn’t.”

While in office, Adams would like to accomplish three things.

First, Adams said he’d like to fix the “continued problems” brought about by the LHS’ three-campus system.

“The teachers are wasting 10 minutes at the start and end of classes while waiting for students who are transferring between the schools,” he said.

It’s a tricky problem, Adams said, because the three-school system adds transportation costs to the district— but adding an hour to the school day to account for transportation time also would cost the district.

“And it doesn’t really make sense to make most kids stay in school for another hour just because some have to get bussed back and forth,” he said.

Adams’ passion for changing the LHS system started when he was a freshman in high school.

“When I was 15 years old, I led a student effort against the planned division of my class across two campuses,” he said. “I petitioned and spoke in front of the school board, and mobilized other students.”

Adams said the Class of 2014 was originally to be split up across the LHS Harmon and Killough campuses.

“There were rumors that Harmon would later transition to its own high school,” he said. “We were also opposed to that because having that permanent division would give us a situation to Marcus and Flower Mound which caused intense rivalries between the students.”

His campaign was successful and the Class of 2014 ended up staying together at the main campus. The experience launched his interest in politics.

“Seeing that we could actually make a change was very rewarding,” he said. “For young folk, there’s a great deal of pessimism about what politics can do for you, but that was exhilarating.”

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