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Child dies at day care

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/2/7 11:00:00 (1006 reads)

By STEVE SOUTHWELL
steve@LewisvilleTexan.com


Friday afternoon around 4:50 p.m., Lewisville Fire Department medics were dispatched to a residential day care in the 1600 block of Niagara Boulevard on a deceased person call. The deceased was 10-month-old Kayden Bolden.

Medics attempted CPR on the child, but were not able to revive him. They transported him to Medical Center of Lewisville where he was later pronounced dead.

His body has been taken to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office for autopsy.

The child’s mother, Latoya King told WFAA News 8 that the child had no prior medical conditions, and that he had been to the doctor the previous day. According to News 8’s story, he tested negative for flu and strep throat. She told News 8 that she had checked in on her son at 1:30 p.m. Friday, and was told that he was napping.

Lewisville PD Lieutenant Chris Butterworth said that the watch commander on duty mentioned no visible signs of foul play.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, which licenses day care facilities in the state, showed no license for the facility in their public web search. The Lewisville Texan Journal is not certain whether a license is required for the type of operation that was taking place in the home. Butterworth said that he believed the provider was required to be licensed.

An investigation has been launched into the death, according to Butterworth. He said that Child Protective Services had been notified.

The Lewisville Texan Journal has reached out to TDFPS for comment, but has not yet heard back from them. We will provide updates as we learn more.

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Lewisville releases Resident Satisfaction Survey results

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 Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/2/6 9:00:00 (585 reads)

Open in new windowEditor's note: This column was compiled from the text in the 2015 Resident Satisfaction Survey by Adam Schrader and attributed to James Kunke with permission.

By JAMES KUNKE

Lewisville conducted an online Resident Satisfaction Survey from July 1 to Aug. 15 to measure public perception of city services and quality of life in Lewisville. Nearly 1,500 responses were received, an increase of about 25 percent from 2014. Results showed that 89 percent of residents are satisfied or very satisfied with quality of life in Lewisville, and 82 percent would recommend Lewisville to a friend or family member seeking a place to live in North Texas.

Overall results were positive, but city staff also has used the results to identify areas where improvement can be made.

CITY SERVICES
One question sought to determine whether residents see value for their property taxes. The result showed 75 percent described themselves as “satisfied” and 25 percent as “dissatisfied.”

The ratings for specific city services were topped by Fire Services (97 percent), Ambulance Services (95 percent) and Library Services (93 percent). Water Service, Police Services and Curbside Recycling received satisfaction ratings above 80 percent. Trash Collection showed the most improvement from 2014. The lower rating in 2014 came during the transition to weekly residential collection, when residents made a large number of complaints. The improved rating in 2015 appears to show residents have become accustomed to and accepting of the new collection frequency, or that Waste Management has improved at completing its collection schedule since the rocky transition period.

SAFETY
Overall, respondents feel safe in all areas of Lewisville. They feel safest in their own neighborhoods, with an 85 percent positive rating. Results showed that people feel much safer in their own neighborhood than in other residential areas, but also feel safer in commercial districts than in unfamiliar residential neighborhoods. One potential cause of this result is that several high-profile violent crimes took place just as the survey was starting.

LIBRARY
Awareness and use of the library is high, with 61 percent of respondents indicating that they had visited Lewisville Public Library within the previous year and nearly one-fourth visiting 7-10 times or more. Results showed the library’s strong appeal to families with young children. Boosting visitation by households with older children or no children at home is a ripe opportunity. All eight library program groups received a satisfaction ranking of higher than 84 percent, with five landing in the 90s.

PARKS AND RECREATION
More than three-fourths of respondents had visited a Lewisville park or recreation facility within the previous 12 months and more than one-third had visited 7-10 times or more. This result adds credence to the very strong support for additional park and recreation facilities seen in the Lewisville 2025 input survey, and could have been a factor in the bond election results in November 2015. Boosting visitation by childless households would have the most immediate impact on overall visitation of the city’s parks and recreation facilities.

All 10 elements of city park and recreation facilities received satisfaction ratings above 73 percent, with two in the 90s and five more in the 80s. A more detailed survey could be used to identify specific areas of satisfaction or desired improvement, and such a survey will be conducted prior to final planning and design of the new Multi-Generational Recreation Center.

The 74 percent satisfaction rating for “hike and bike trails” should improve significantly in the next two years as new trails come on line that already are in construction or design, including the DCTA trail, trails at Lake Park and Copperas Branch Park East, and the regional connector trail along Garden Ridge and Valley Parkway.

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The man behind Hat Tricks joins Lava Cantina

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Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/2/4 8:50:00 (1297 reads)

By ADAM SCHRADER
Interim Editor


In the early 2000s, Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Joe Avezzano bought a mom-and-pop dart bar to turn into the concert venue of his dreams. Coach Joe’s Hat Tricks, a 300-person bar and restaurant, officially opened its doors Dec. 3, 2003.

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Tony Avezanno (Photo submitted by Tony Avezanno)


Over the 12 years Tony Avezzano, his son, owned and operated the venue, Hat Tricks booked musical acts that rivaled Dallas County clubs like Bomb Factory, Trees and the Verizon Theater. Hat Tricks was featured in an article in Rolling Stone magazine, made multiple Dallas-centric “best of” lists, and won awards for its food.

Last year, Avezzano sold his obsession to local entrepreneur Jason McDermott. He said he has mixed emotions about leaving Hat Tricks behind.

“We worked really hard to establish it as a live music venue and a credible place to eat good food,” he said. “I’m proud of what we did. But I’m just as excited to move on to a new chapter and a different direction.”

Avezzano said he did everything from managing the bar and staff to bar-tending and cooking himself.

“It was a full-time, 7 days a week and 365 days a year obsession,” he said. “My mom and I even had our Thanksgiving dinner there with customers who had no other place to go.”

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Anglers successfully press city for pass sales

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/2/3 9:30:00 (447 reads)

By STEVE SOUTHWELL
steve@LewisvilleTexan.com

A group of fishermen sought answers for why the city was not yet selling Lake Park and Tower Bay annual passes at the city council meeting Monday. By Tuesday afternoon, they had the answer they wanted to hear.

The two parks are Lewisville’s public access points to launch boats into Lewisville Lake. Flooding and a construction project had both parks closed until this past Friday when Tower Bay was reopened.

It costs $10 to launch a boat at Tower Bay, but many residents normally pay for a discounted annual pass that allows unlimited launches at Lake Park and Tower Bay. The city normally sells the annual passes at Lake Park, where employees affix the non-transferrable pass to a motorist’s windshield upon purchase. The passes cost $50 for non-residents and $25 for residents. Senior citizens get half price.

However, Lake Park remains fully closed until at least mid-March for a construction project, and the city was not selling the passes anywhere else, according to parks director Bob Monaghan.

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Briefs

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/1/31 21:30:00 (444 reads)

LEWISVILLE
Local Ham Radio club to give free lessons
Lewisville Ham Radio Association is offering a five-week course to Lewisville residents who want to learn about Ham radio and prepare for the technician’s license.
Bob Burkett will teach the first class at 7 p.m., Feb1 at the Central Fire Station, 188 N. Valley Parkway. Classes will be held each Monday night until the test on March 5. The classes are free but the exam costs $15. The text book The AARL Ham Radio License Manual, Technician level is optional. Bring a laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Students who pass the exam will be licensed as technicians and will receive a one-year membership in the Lewisville Ham Radio Association.
Sign up for the class by visiting w5lvc.org, calling 972-839-9652 or emailing
mathisfun.bob@gmail.com.
Adam Schrader

GLCT announces winter production opening
The Greater Lewisville Community Theatre recently announced Master Class, its winter production, will run at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays from Feb. 12-28 at 160 W. Main St. in Old Town Lewisville.
GLCT veteran M. Shane Hurst will direct the play.
Tickets for Master Class are $18 for adults, and $16 for seniors ages 65 and older or children 18 and younger. Call 972-221-7469 for reservations. For more information, visit glct.org.
Adam Schrader

AARP offers income tax assistance at the library
Trained AARP volunteers will provide free income tax assistance at the Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W. Main Street, starting Monday, Feb. 1. Assistance will be available from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through April 13 in the library’s computer lab.
This program is offered to people age 50 and older. AARP is unable to assist in returns containing rental properties and farming or business expenses. To make an appointment, call the Lewisville Senior Center at 972-219-5050. Appointments can be made one week in advance. Walk-ins are welcome, but might be required to wait for an open slot.
For more information, visit library.cityoflewisville.com.
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LISD
Kristi Hassett named to TAMSA Board of Directors
Lewisville ISD Board Trustee Kristi Hassett was recently voted to the Board of Directors of Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment.

Hassett has been a member of TAMSA since the 2013 legislative session. Hassett, a graduate of Marcus High School, is passionate about the Speak Up for Texas Public Schools initiative. She has testified on the topic in front of the Texas Senate Education Committee and House of Representatives Public Education Committee.

According to a news release, “TAMSA started in 2011 as a statewide, grass roots organization of concerned parents that supports a more reasoned approach to student testing. Its mission is to improve public education in Texas through the use of meaningful and effective student assessments that allow for more productive classroom instruction and more efficient use of public funds.”
Adam Schrader

Latham to retire, Proznik has filed for her seat
Frisco resident Jenny Proznik announced Monday that she filed to run for Place 5 on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees. Brenda Latham announced she will not seek re-election for the seat last Friday.

“I do want to thank all those who have not only supported me in past campaigns, but those who have prayed for, encouraged and mentored me as a Trustee,” Latham said in a press release.

Latham said that her successor should address the cost, loss of class time and logistics of Lewisville High School’s three campuses and push for establishing a college, career readiness campus in LISD.

“Dual language for non-English speaking students is just not acceptable,” she said. “These students deserve better.”

Proznik serves as the Legislative Liaison on the LISD Council of PTAs and LISD Parent Liaison to the Frisco Mayor’s Youth Council. She was on the Arbor Creek Middle School board from 2009-2015 and president of the Hebron PTSA from 2013-2015. Proznik holds a Journalism and Public Relations degree from The University of Oklahoma. She is a 2014 PTA Lifetime Award winner.

Todd DeDecker, of Highland Village, will serve as the treasure for the campaign. For more information about Proznik’s campaign, visit facebook/com/ProznikForLISD or twitter.com/proznikforlisd.
Adam Schrader

LISD students compete in district meet
Over half of the Lewisville High School swimmers that competed in last weekend’s district meet at the Westside Aquatic Center qualified for next weekend’s regional competition.

Ethan McGee shared boys swimmer of the meet honors with Steven Cheng and Connor Owens of Flower Mound. McGee finished first in both freestyle sprint events and anchored the Farmers second-place 200-meter freestyle relay.

Meanwhile, Kara Eisenmann finished first in the 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly. She shared girls swimmer of the meet honors with Marcus’ Lauren Savoy and Hebron’s MacKenzie Garcia-Hynds.

Brian Fisher (2nd-diving), John Moore (6th-100 backstroke), Sydney Boyer (5th-100 backstroke; 6th-200 freestyle), Ellis Ko (2nd-100 breaststroke), Kayla Wofford (1st-diving) and Allison Oropeza (4th-diving) qualified for the Feb. 5-6 regional meet, which will also take place in Lewisville.
Mike Ibanez

FLOWER MOUND
Town Council approves measures to keep Fortune 500 company
Last Thursday, Flower Mound town council members approved measures to allow Stryker Communications to expand from approximately 115,000 square-feet to a new location with more than 200,000 square-feet.

Had the council not approved the measures, Stryker would have looked to relocate to another community, according to a press release. The company plans to consolidate offices in Charleston, S.C. and Coppell with the new site.

Stryker Communications is a division of Fortune 500 company Stryker Corporation. The medical supply company uses its Flower Mound location for sales and marketing, research and development. The company opened in the Lakeside Business District in 2005 with more than 200 employees. The expansion would allow the company to employ more than 400 local employees, according to the release.
Adam Schrader

FMHS to present 'Guys and Dolls'
Flower Mound High School students will present Guys and Dolls at 7 p.m. Feb 4-6 and at 2:30 p.m. Feb 7 in the school’s Jack and Donna Clark Auditorium, 411 Peters Colony Road.
The Broadway musical celebrates the glory days of 1940's Times Square New York City.
For tickets, visit bit.ly/1ZW1LKF.
Adam Schrader

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City council filing begins

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/1/30 8:10:00 (744 reads)

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Brandon Jones (left) is running for council Place 4, and Brent Daniels (right) is running for re-election in Place 5. (Submitted photos)
By Steve Southwell
steve@LewisvilleTexan.com


As of Friday night, two candidates had filed for spots on the ballot in the May 7 Lewisville City Council election.

Brandon Jones, 41, filed for Place 4, the seat currently held by Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Greg Tierney, who has not yet filed for re-election. Jones is a senior internal auditor for the Dallas ISD, and has 18 years of experience in the accounting field. Jones married his wife Sherrelle last year.

Jones has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Dillard University in New Orleans. He has lived in Lewisville for a little over five years. During that time he has taken an interest in civic activities.

“I started by attending City Council meetings and workshops,” he said. “This activity led to appointments to serve on a number of advisory boards to the Council.”

Jones currently is serving his second term on the Planning and Zoning Commission, Capital Improvements Advisory Board, Brownfields Advisory Board, Transportation Board, and the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 2.

Jones completed the Lewisville Citizens’ Police Academy last fall. He is currently a member of the inaugural class of Lewisville Citizens University, a program that teaches the structure and functions of city government.

“I believe that Vision 2025 plan is a crucial element to managing our growth and ensuring that the city has great attractions to bring in visitors to shop, play and spend their dollars in our city,” said Jones.

Brent Daniels, 54, has filed for re-election to Place 5. He was voted in last year in a special election to fill the seat given up by Rudy Durham when he successfully ran for Mayor. Durham only had one year remaining in his council term, so Daniels must run again for a regular three-year term.

Daniels owns the Bahama Bucks franchise in Lewisville. Before that, he worked in the hotel business for Harvey and Bristol hotels. He was a food and beverage director, human resources director and a general manager of several hotels.

Daniels was born and raised in Amarillo, and has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Texas Tech University. He has been married to his wife Tracy for 31 years, and has lived in Lewisville for 27 years.

Prior to his time on Council, Daniels served on the Planning and Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment, Traffic Board, and Brownfields Advisory Committee for three years. He is a board member for Keep Lewisville Beautiful. Daniels graduated from Leadership Lewisville in 2013. He served as Growth Committee Chairman on the Vision 2025 Committee from 2013-2014.

“It is important that [the Vision 2025 plan] continues to be a living document,” he said. “This plan is so vital is because it is based on our residents’ wishes. Thousands of ideas, people and man hours made this plan a reality.

"It is now the responsibility of the city council and staff to implement and follow through with it.”

The filing period is open until Feb. 19. Candidates must be qualified voters living in the City of Lewisville for at least one year prior to the election date. Anyone owing back taxes or employed by the city is ineligible to run.

Citizens interested in running for a seat can find more information on the city’s website at cityoflewisville.com.

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BLM to lease drilling rights under Lewisville Lake

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/1/29 23:20:00 (20017 reads)

Editor’s Note: The author of this story serves as Chairman of the City of Lewisville Oil and Gas Advisory Board. That body has no regulatory authority over specific gas well permits. No portion of the property shown in the article is within the city limits of Lewisville.

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Section in red is being opened up for natural gas development. (Map via the Center for Biological Diversity)
By STEVE SOUTHWELL
steve@LewisvilleTexan.com


The Bureau of Land Management will sell a 10-year mineral rights lease for a section of Lake Lewisville at a live auction in Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 20.

The winner will get the rights to extract natural gas locked in the Barnett Shale beneath a 258.9-acre collection of parcels underlying the western arm of Lewisville Lake in the Hickory Creek branch.

The minimum bid is $2 per acre, and BLM charges an annual rental rate of $1.50 per acre for the first five years of the lease, and $2 per acre after that. The lease will remain in effect as long as there is at least one producing well. If gas is produced, the operator would pay a 12.5 percent royalty to be split between the federal government and the State of Texas.

Bidders must be qualified oil and gas operators who have the intent and ability to develop the natural gas resources that the government owns there. An environmental group may not place a bid just to keep the property from being developed.

The auction process began in June 2014 when Fort Worth-based Norwood Land Services contacted the New Mexico office of BLM. That office is responsible for mineral rights on federal lands in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Norwood nominated the tracts at the time, hoping for a sale last April. BLM spokesperson Donna Hummel told The Lewisville Texan Journal that the bureau first worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which administers the surface use of the tracts. Hummel said the Corps gave approval for the leasing, subject to certain conditions.

The Corps does not allow any surface occupancy on its property for drilling, and requires that any drill pads be at least 1,000 feet from the water’s edge when the lake is at its full 522-foot conservation pool. A drill site may not be located below the 532-foot spillway elevation. The operator must also comply with stipulations meant to protect wetlands and riparian areas, threatened and endangered species, and cultural resources. The Corps has a standing rule that does not allow any surface occupancy within 3,000 feet of critical facilities such as the dam and spillway. The tract for sale is not affected since it is approximately three to four miles northwest of the dam.

BLM held a two-week public comment period in early September. Officials generally use those comments when crafting environmental assessments. The next step was a 30-day public review of the environmental assessment. That process ended in November. Lease notice was issued Jan. 20, kicking off a 30-day protest period that ends Feb. 19. The public has until then to protest the sale by submitting written comments to BLM.

Hummel said that when the 30-day period is over, the bureau will begin reading the protests and preparing a response. That response could be to either resolve the problem by adding stipulations to the lease, to defer the sale until after the bureau can further analyze it, or to delete the parcel from the sale based on a problem that cannot be resolved satisfactorily.

That process is not always straightforward.

Wendy Park, staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, said a section of the sale notice provides those instructions.

“The process is arcane and obscure,” she said, "You can only file a protest by U.S. Mail or fax."

According to the Finding of No Significant Impact, there were no public comments submitted during the two-week period for any of the 44 parcels for auction across four states. During the 30-day review of the environmental assessment, only one comment letter was received. The Center for Biological Diversity submitted comments generally opposing further lease sales.

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Hound Mound opens to people, dogs

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Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/1/29 4:30:00 (544 reads)

By ADAM SCHRADER
INTERIM EDITOR


About 100 people and pooches headed to Heritage Park East, 1202 Garden Ridge Blvd., on Friday for the ribbon cutting of Flower Mound’s first dog park: The Hound Mound.

“It’s been on residents’ lists of wants for 10 years or more,” said Town Council Member Bryan Webb. “Town council worked hard for three and a half years to select a location for it and everything else.”

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Suspect used cab to travel between Flower Mound robberies

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Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/1/28 17:30:00 (827 reads)

By ADAM SCHRADER
Interim Editor


Andy Dean Yarbrough, 32, used a cab service to travel between two Flower Mound stores he is suspected of robbing: Walgreen’s, 4201 Cross Timbers Road and Caps Gas Station, 2801 Justin Road.

The two robberies occurred at 1:30 and 2:15 p.m. on Jan. 16.

Yarbrough did not display a weapon, but gestured under his jacket as if he had a weapon concealed at Caps Gas Station. Nobody was injured.

Flower Mound police arrested Yarbrough and charged him with two counts of robbery. He is currently in the Denton County Jail. He was also charged with unrelated charges because of a Lewisville incident.

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Coyote Drive In breaks ground

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Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/1/28 15:30:00 (12352 reads)

By ADAM SCHRADER
Interim Editor


Coyote Drive In, the beloved Fort Worth theater, recently broke ground on a new location in Lewisville after the city approved its engineering site plan earlier this month.

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