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DCTA to Hold Public Forums to Improve Highland Village, Lewisville Bus Services

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Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2015/8/7 10:54:24 (928 reads)

By Philip Moulard

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The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) announced Wednesday that they will conduct a complete review of their Connect and Connect RSVP bus services in Highland Village and Lewisville. The agency will host open house meetings to introduce its Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA) and to discuss strategic planning, research and key findings from the analysis in an open forum.

The forum will provide the public with a short presentation about the COA and give the communities involved the opportunity to discuss and provide feedback to the DCTA staff.

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35Express: Short Term Closure of the Southbound Interstate 35E Exit Ramp to Corporate Drive in Lewisville

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Posted by Runfellow on 2015/8/7 10:10:21 (979 reads)

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Lewisville, Texas - As crews continue work in the Lewisville area, the southbound I-35E exit ramp to Corporate Drive will be continuously closed to traffic beginning at 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9 through 6 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. During this closure, crews will reconstruct the ramp and continue widening the mainlanes.

While the ramp is closed, traffic will exit I-35E at State Highway 121 Business and continue south along the frontage road to access Corporate Drive.

Also on Sunday, Aug. 9, various lanes of southbound I-35E approaching the Corporate Drive exit ramp will be closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. At least one lane of traffic will remain open. A flagging operation along the southbound I-35E frontage road will be in effect from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 9. Law enforcement will be on site to assist with traffic control during the nightly closures.

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.

For a detailed PDF map, see below:

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Upcoming Events Around Lewisville and the Surrounding Area

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Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2015/8/7 0:40:00 (847 reads)

Open in new windowAs per usual, here are many arts, leisure events, and educational opportunities coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Listed below are selected events.


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Friday August 7 - Lewisville Senior Activity Center’s First Friday Dance
Lewisville Senior Activity Center’s First Friday Dance will be held August 7, 7:00PM-9:30PM., at the center, 1950 S. Valley Parkway. Free dance lessons start at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. Refreshments are provided. Music guest for May will be award winning percussionist Doc Gibbs.


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Friday, August 7 - Sunday, August 9 - Advanced Youth Soccer Education System Presents: Texas Summer Classic.
The AYSES is holding their 10th annual Texas Summer Classic. It is a stay to play tournament held at the Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park and Lake Park. Times will be posted on August 6th after 6:00PM when registration ends. For more information visit the showcase website at ayses.com or call Alice Ger at 214.454.5953.

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Thursday, August 13 - Price of Honor Screening
The Price of Honor is local made documentary covering the tragic murder of Amina and Sarah Said, two teenage Lewisville residents who were murdered by their father in 2008. The documentary includes never-before seen case updates and footage relevant to the events. Please support the film by RSVPing ASAP here at https://www.tugg.com/events/30627 , the screening will not happen if the RSVP goals are not met.
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Friday, August 14 - LHS Hey! Day
LHS is having their 4th annual Hey! Day at Max Goldsmith Stadium 1098 W. Main Street Lewisville, Texas 75067. So come for free from 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.and meet the 2015 teams where they will be having food, fun, a pep rally, and band music. Don't forget to use the hashtag #HeyDay15.





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Saturday, August 15 - 'Clear The Shelters' Adoption Event
All Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Animal Shelters have been asked to participate in the “Clear the Shelters” adoption event scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15, in an effort to save the lives of many animals due to overcrowding in shelters.
On the day of the event, from 10:00AM to 5:00PM, Lewisville Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will waive all pets adoption fees. Adoption includes sterilization, microchip, viral vaccines, Rabies vaccine, Heartworm testing (if applicable), city registration (if Lewisville resident) and 30 days of free pet insurance.
The center is located at 995 E. Valley Ridge Blvd., across from Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park. For more information, visit cleartheshelters.org.



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Sunday, August 16 - Premier Gun Show
The Premier Gun Show is going to be held at the Premier Event Center - Lakeland Plaza located at 1165 S. Stemmons Freeway. Show times are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call 817.732.1194 or visit PremierGunShows.com.



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Tuesday, August 18 - Wednesday, August 19 - DCTA Open House
The DCTA invites all citizens for an open house from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. to participate in conversations on how the bus services in Lewisville and Highland Village may be improved. The Lewisville open house will be held at 1955 Lakeway Dr Ste 260, and the following night Highland Village will be holding theirs at 1000 Highland Village Rd.




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Thursday, August 20- 'Maintaining Your Property' Meeting
A meeting on "Maintaining Your Property - Code Enforcement Division and Building Inspection Division," will be presented by the city’s Neighborhood Services Department on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frederick P. Herring Recreation Center, 191 Civic Circle Drive.
This goal of this meeting is to educate residents about the top five code violations and the importance of building inspections. Speakers will include Jackie Davis, Code Enforcement; and Jimmy Estep, Building Inspections.
Refreshments will be served. RSVP by Aug. 18 by visiting cityoflewisville.com.


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Tuesday, August 25 - HealthyU "Healthy Hour" Program
In effort to support a healthy lifestyle, the Medical Center of Lewisville has launched this monthly program; with this month's topic being "pediatrics/back to school." Each event will begin at 6 p.m. at MCL Grand 100 N. Charles Lewisville, Texas 75057 and will last an hour with snacks provided and a door prizes will be given at the end of the night. Registration is required, you may register at http://www.lewisvillemedical.com/healthyu and bring up to five guests.



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Saturday, September 5 - Sunday, September 6 - Labor Day Rodeo
The City of Lewisville and The Saddle Club have joined forces yet again to bring the annual Labor Day Rodeo including bare back bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, a women's breakaway roping, tie down calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and women's barrel racing. The rodeo will be held nightly at the Lewisville Rodeo Grounds, 101 Parkway Drive Lewisville, Texas 75057, from 8 p.m.-10 p.m., with tickets for admission being $10 per adult and $5 per child, and is free for active military, and concessions will be available for purchase.

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Northbound A-Train Involved In Fatal Accident.

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Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2015/8/6 19:10:17 (1844 reads)

By Philip Moulard
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Update - 8/7/2015-
DCTA’s rail operations contractor has conducted thorough investigation to determine the cause of the collision. The investigation included an on-site assessment,a review of the forward-facing camera located on the A-train, and an in-depth analysis of the event recorder that electronically tracks every aspect of the train’s movement and the operator’s actions.

The official report cited the following findings:
· The truck was traveling at an estimated speed of 15 MPH at the time of the collision.

· The A-train was traveling at 52 mph at the time of the collision, which is eight miles slower than the authorized speed in this area.

· At the time of the collision, all crossing notifications were operable and in full effect, including crossing gates, flashing-signal lights, audible warnings, and crossbucks to indicate a railway crossing.

· The driver of the pickup truck drove through the west side crossing gate while in the down position, causing the collision.

LAKE DALLAS - At approximately 9 a.m. on Thursday morning, a northbound DCTA A-Train collided with a pickup truck at the intersection of Lake Dallas Drive and Hundley Drive, causing the train to derail. The 23 passengers on board were uninjured; however, the driver of truck was transported to a local area hospital at approximately 10:30 a.m. Around 1:30 p.m., NBC 5 reported that the unidentified driver had been pronounced dead.

“I was sitting right behind the conductor's booth when it happened,” said Claire Ferguson, a passenger on the train at the time.

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City to Assume LLELA Gate Duties August 17th, If Council Approves

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/8/1 8:25:56 (1343 reads)

Open in new windowWe reported last year that the City of Lewisville had reached an agreement to provide funding for the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area - the 1,903 acre nature preserve just south of Lewisville dam. On Monday night, the Lewisville City Council will vote on a fee ordinance that would enable the City to take over operations of the LLELA gate as of August 17th.

LLELA is currently open only three days per week: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Under the City's management, LLELA would be open seven days per week.

The current gate fee at LLELA is $5 per person, but under the proposed fee schedule, that would move to $5 per vehicle - a hefty savings for families using the area for recreation.

The city will also make an annual pass available, but its terms will differ from those of the current LLELA annual passes. LLELA stopped selling or renewing its annual passes earlier this year, in anticipation of the new fees from the city, but was allowing current passholders to continue entering until their passes expired.

The city's new annual pass will be sold on a per-vehicle basis. The $60 annual "season pass" will be good from January 1 - December 31 each year, and will be placed on the vehicle windshield. This season pass would also be valid for entry into Lake Park, but the Lake Park passes would not enable LLELA entry. Plans would be to at some point in the future create a single pass for both parks.

Members of the Friends of LLELA organization would be entitled to 50% off of the cost of the annual pass, if they are members of that organization at a certain minimum membership level.

City staff estimate that the annual revenue from LLELA entrance and pass fees will rise from $30,000 per year to $40,000 per year, with an annual staffing cost of $32,400 to run the gatehouse.

Campsite fees would remain the same. The City Council votes on the fee schedule Monday night at 7 p.m. at City Hall.


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Updated: City Council to Vote on LED Light Strip Ordinance on Monday Night

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/7/31 19:00:00 (2222 reads)

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The City Council rejected this on a 2-3 vote, even after a grandfather clause was added by Councilman Brent Daniels as a compromise. Daniels and Ferguson voted in favor, with Tierney, Gilmore, and Vaughn voting against. City staff assures the Council that there will be an opportunity in January to consider something that might be more based on an objective measurement of the output of light from these. We'll have more later.

Update - 8/1/2015:
The Lewisville City Council will consider an ordinance at its regular meeting on Monday, August 3rd. The proposed ordinance makes it an offense to use LED or other continuous or connected series of lights in order to outline individual windows, outline an individual occupancy in a multi-tenant building, or outline any vertical features of the building separate from the roof line. It would also be an offense to outline any accessory structures; except outside patios, trees, light poles and other similar appurtenances.

Update 7/7/2015:
The City Council did determine in workshop that there was enough consensus to ask staff to draw up an ordinance and come back at a later date. The ordinance would be modeled after Carrollton's ordinance, but would contain exceptions for things like outdoor seating areas of restaurants, and other types of string lighting that are acceptable. It was also clarified that any ordinance of this type would not apply to holiday lighting or neon, which is covered elsewhere in the city ordinances.

Mayor Rudy Durham was opposed to the measure, and Councilman Leroy Vaughn thought it didn't go far enough, and would like to have seen additional verbiage regarding the timing of lighting use after hours for energy efficiency.


Original Story - 7/6/2015
Monday night at 5:45 p.m., the Lewisville City Council will hear a presentation regarding the popular LED strip and rope lighting that is seeing increasing use in local storefronts. The presentation by staff is at Deputy Mayor Neil Ferguson's request.

Ferguson thinks the strip lights that can often be seen outlining the windows of businesses look bad, and are not in keeping with the spirit of the city's overhaul of outdoor signage regulations three years ago.

Aesthetics are not the only reasoning though. The lights create a glare around windows that Ferguson says can make it hard for police to see through the windows and see whether anyone is in the business. The excess and non-directed light source at night can also contribute to light pollution or light trespass, according to the presentation included in the agenda backup packet.

The City of Carrollton outlawed the strips or ropes of LED and other lights for usage in outlining windows, or outlining individual occupancies in strip centers, accessory structures, signs, light poles and appurtenances, and vertical features. Carrollton does allow lights that outline only the roof line of any building.

Lewisville City staff have identified 31 businesses that utilize the strips locally. If the council were to ban the use of these lights, businesses would likely be given a period of time to comply. In Carrollton, businesses were given 90 days to remove the lights when their ordinance passed.

No action is scheduled for this item Monday night, other than a workshop to discuss options and get a consensus from the council. If the council agreed that action was necessary, then city staff would draw up a proposed ordinance that could be voted on in a future meeting. The workshop begins at 5:45 p.m. and is open to the public.

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Upcoming Events Around Lewisville and the Surrounding Area

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Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2015/7/31 7:23:12 (920 reads)

Open in new windowAs per usual, here are many arts, leisure events, and educational opportunities coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Listed below are selected events.

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Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2 - Greater Lewisville Community Theater Presents: The Producers
The Greater Lewisville Community Theatre production of The Producers, will run for its final weekend. The Producers is a classic musical within a musical written by film legend Mel Brooks. The PG-13 rated production, is about a washed up Broadway producer intentionally making a controversial flop to pocket all the investments. Show times are 8:00PM Friday and Saturday night, with a final 3:00PM showing on Sunday. GLCT is located at 160 W. Main St. in Lewisville. The entrance and parking are in the rear off of Elm Street. Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for 65 & over or 18 & under. Call for reservations (recommended) at 972.221.SHOW (7469). Additional information is available at GLCT.org.Play

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Thursday, August 4 - Keeping Lewisville Beautiful Vegetable Gardening for Fall Class
This free class provides willing participants to learn valuable fall gardening tips, will be taught by the Texas AgriLife Extension Office. RSVP required. Lewisville residency is not required. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 972.538.5949 or email info@keeplewisvillebeautiful.org.


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Friday August 7 - Lewisville Senior Activity Center’s First Friday Dance
Lewisville Senior Activity Center’s First Friday Dance will be held August 7, 7:00PM-9:30PM., at the center, 1950 S. Valley Parkway. Free dance lessons start at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. Refreshments are provided. Music guest for May will be award winning percussionist Doc Gibbs.


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Friday, August 7 - Sunday, August 9 - Advanced Youth Soccer Education System Presents: Texas Summer Classic.
The AYSES is holding their 10th annual Texas Summer Classic. It is a stay to play tournament held at the Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park and Lake Park. Times will be posted on August 6th after 6:00PM when registration ends. For more information visit the showcase website at ayses.com or call Alice Ger at 214.454.5953.

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Thursday, August 13 - Price of Honor Screening
The Price of Honor is local made documentary covering the tragic murder of Amina and Sarah Said, two teenage Lewisville residents who were murdered by their father in 2008. The documentary includes never-before seen case updates and footage relevant to the events. Please support the film by RSVPing ASAP here at https://www.tugg.com/events/30627 , the screening will not happen if the RSVP goals are not met.

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Saturday, August 15 - 'Clear The Shelters' Adoption Event
All Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Animal Shelters have been asked to participate in the “Clear the Shelters” adoption event scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15, in an effort to save the lives of many animals due to overcrowding in shelters.
On the day of the event, from 10:00AM to 5:00PM, Lewisville Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will waive all pets adoption fees. Adoption includes sterilization, microchip, viral vaccines, Rabies vaccine, Heartworm testing (if applicable), city registration (if Lewisville resident) and 30 days of free pet insurance.
The center is located at 995 E. Valley Ridge Blvd., across from Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park. For more information, visit cleartheshelters.org.


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Thursday, August 20- 'Maintaining Your Property' Meeting
A meeting on "Maintaining Your Property - Code Enforcement Division and Building Inspection Division," will be presented by the city’s Neighborhood Services Department on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frederick P. Herring Recreation Center, 191 Civic Circle Drive.
This goal of this meeting is to educate residents about the top five code violations and the importance of building inspections. Speakers will include Jackie Davis, Code Enforcement; and Jimmy Estep, Building Inspections.
Refreshments will be served. RSVP by Aug. 18 by visiting cityoflewisville.com.

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Texas Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 7 to 9

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/7/30 21:31:15 (873 reads)

Open in new windowThis year, Texas' annual Sales Tax Holiday is Friday August 7th through Sunday, August 9th. On those days, state law exempts most clothing, footwear, backpacks, and school supplies from state and local sales tax. Lewisville residents will save $8.25 for every $100 spent. On top of that, some retailers will have additional discounts over the weekend.

In order to qualify, the items purchased must be priced under $100 each. Athletic gear like cleats or football pads are not included.

Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller's website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar says that shoppers will save an estimated $87 million in state and local sales taxes during the sales tax holiday.

The tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999.

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Food Reviews: VertsKebap

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Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2015/7/30 18:28:22 (1332 reads)

By Philip Moulard

VertsKebap
859 TX-121, Lewisville, TX 75067
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Growing up in the United States, it is easy to forget that many of the food dishes we have eaten regularly throughout our lives originated in a different part of the world. Many staple American fast-food items are a Frankenstein’s monster of different culinary dishes unique to the many countries our ancestors came from. Though many do not realize it, Germany stands as the biggest contributor to our fast-food staples, including hot dogs and hamburgers.

Enter VertsKebap, a fast-food establishment started in Austin, Texas and providing the United-States with it’s first chain to serve Germany’s much loved street food item, the döner kebap. Originating from Turkey and utilizing the stacked meat design commonly seen in gyro sandwiches, döners, as they are commonly called, have become one of Germany’s most widely eaten fast-food items in recent years.

Walking into a VertsKebap, one is immediately hit with unique sense of European flare. Traditional fast-casual industrial designs are met with very subtle warm European lodge-style decor. The splashes of red and white decorate the interior, making the environment pop. Walking further in, my eyes were drawn to the large poster on my right: A large and informative banner explained the proper way to hold this strange, new type of food. Before I could react, a very helpful young gentleman asked what I would like to eat. Without hesitation, I ordered my Original Beef Kebap with the house Falafel.

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July demand records continue, ERCOT requests conservation during today’s peak

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/7/30 14:36:45 (949 reads)

Open in new windowAUSTIN, TX, July 30 – The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), grid operator for most of Texas, is asking electric consumers to limit or reduce electric use where possible during the 3-7 p.m. peak demand hours today.

Electric demand this week has reached three consecutive July records, breaking 67,000 megawatts (MW) for the first time since 2011 on Wednesday, July 29, when demand stayed above 67,000 MW for three consecutive hours, peaking at 67,590 MW during the hour ending at 5 p.m.

“Although we have been able to keep up with these July records this week, we currently project somewhat higher demand during today’s peak hours,” said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations. ““Some additional plants have experienced unplanned outages, and we are expecting less wind generation during today’s peak.”

Consumers can help ensure the system is able to continue serving current power needs by taking the following steps to reduce demand on the system during the 3-7 p.m. peak demand hours:
- Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances and electronic equipment.
- When at home, close blinds and drapes that get direct sun, set air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, and use fans to cool the air.
- When away from home, set air conditioning thermostats to 85 degrees and turn all fans off before you leave. Block the sun by closing blinds or drapes on windows that will get direct sun.
- Do not use your dishwasher, laundry equipment, hair dryers, coffeemakers, or other home appliances during the peak hours of 3 to 7 p.m.
- Avoid opening refrigerators or freezers more than necessary.
- Use microwaves for cooking instead of an electric range or oven.
- Set your pool pump to run in the early morning or late evening, not during peak demand hours.

“This is a precautionary measure to help ensure we can maintain overall reliability during this high-demand period,” said Woodfin. “Voluntary conservation, especially during the late afternoon and early evening hours, can help us ensure reliability throughout the ERCOT grid.”

From a submitted report

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