Principals put through their paces by runout



                                                                        Rambler              “Irving’s weekly community newspaper”                                                                August 29, 2009
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                                                                                      Page 10                      Lack of funds affects
                                                                  Police & Fire
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                                                                                      Page 2                          transportation
                                                                  Puzzles             Page 11
                                                                  Worship             Page 3                             Pages 4

Commissioner’s Court begins to
investigate Constable Precincts
By Jess Paniszczyn                                    “We are here today because           as well as this court are entitled to   authority to conduct an investiga-               qualified, but well experienced in
     Dallas County’s Commis-                     this court believes that it is time for   know what is going on in Constable      tion unless the local District Attor-            conducting these types of investi-
sioner’s Court recently announced                the citizens of this county to un-        Precincts 1 and 5.                      ney agrees.                                      gations.
their intention to open an investi-              derstand this court wants nothing              “I have visited with both the           “So therefore today we have                     “There have been questions,
gation into the Constable Precincts              less than transparency in our             District Attorney and with the State    decided to hire an outside, inde-                and there have been doubts. We
1 and 5. Irving’s constable office               county government,” said Jim Fos-         Attorney General’s Office. I was        pendent investigator. We will be se-
under the direction of Constable                 ter, Dallas County Judge, during a        told the Attorney General has no        lecting someone who is not only                    See COMMISSIONERS, Page 5
R.L. Skinner has not been named                  press conference. “At this point we
as a focus of the investigation.                 feel the taxpayers of Dallas County
                                                                                             Principals put through their paces
Texas Stadium items
auction benefits City
By Jess Paniszczyn                               grossed $147,390.
    The City of Irving recently                        “The auction was through
held its final auction of items from             Lone Star Auctioneers, our stan-
Texas Stadium. Featuring equip-                  dard, City vendor for auctioneers,”
ment, office furnishings and limited             said Doug Janeway, an Assistant
memorabilia, the auction of 120 lots             Director with the City of Irving.
                                                 “What we had left over was mostly
                                                 kitchen equipment, tables, chairs
                             PERMIT #024981

                                                 and office furniture. In the kitchen,
                                                 there were large commercial pop-
                                                 corn makers, which were not the
                                                 kind you would see at the movie
                                                 theater. They were for making huge
                                                 amounts of popcorn.
                                                       “Of particular note in the auc-
                                                 tion, were approximately 25,000 sta-
                                                 dium chairs. They did sell. Also of
                                                 note were the two video boards that
                                                 were hanging in the stadium. Those
                                                 both sold. The two video boards
                                                 together went for about the same            Nimitz High School Vika Dance Team officers (from left) Heather Black, Katy Peterson, and Ashley
                                                 price as the seats about $40,000.           DuShane help Nimitz adminstrators pose for their “official” photo. Pictured are (Back row, from left)
                                                 One of the scoreboards sold. The            Principal Rick Nolly, Vice Principal Carla Garrett, Assistant Principal Michael Campbell, and (front row,
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                                                 other one did not.                          from left) vice principals David Molina, Laurie Chamblee, and Annissa Macon.
 Irving, TX 75017
 P.O. Box 177731

                                                       “The folks who buy these
                                                 things have to remove them. So
                                                 there is some cost associated with
                                                                                           Domestic violence shelter
                                                                                           at risk of closing its doors
                                                       “Of course, there are always
                                                 going to be people who decide not
                                                 to pick up their item. They may de-
                                                 cide for whatever reason not to pay
                                                                                   Provided by Neystal Howard-                     providing a large percentage of the              western region of Dallas County.
                                                 for the items they bid on. I guessJones                                           available beds for domestic vio-                      As an agency, Brighter Tomor-
      Irving Rambler $0.25

                                                 they go to the second bidder in that   Brighter Tomorrows, a domes-               lence victims in of Dallas County;               rows is in a dire financial crisis.
                                                 instance.                         tic violence advocacy agency, op-               the agency reaches out and pro-                  Brighter Tomorrows is in need of
                                                       “The Dallas Cowboys get     erates the second largest domestic              vides services to all members of                 immediate individual, community
                                                 nothing from this sale. Our deal  violence program in Dallas County.              society who are affected by domes-               and corporate support. As of Aug.
                                                 with them is over with as far as that
                                                                                   The agency has been at the fore-                tic and sexual violence regardless               18, the staff was instructed by the
                                                 goes.                             front in working to champion the                of gender, race, age, religion or in-            Board of Directors to temporarily
                                                       “This was not a memorabilia rights of those disenfranchised by              come. Brighter Tomorrows pro-                    close the DeSoto Shelter location
                                                                 See FINAL, Page 3 abuse for almost 20 years. Besides              vides these services in the south                         See BRIGHTER, Page 9

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Celebrating 89 years of a stronger democracy
     August 26 marked the 89th an-            achievement, and looking forward               we’ve made over the last 89 years                communities, engaging elected of-                   “The League of Women Vot-
niversary of the constitutional               to greater civic participation and             in expanding and protecting vot-                 ficials as we work together to find            ers of Irving has worked for 45 years
amendment that granted women                  healthy debate on the issues that              ing rights,” said national League                viable solutions.”                             to safeguard democracy through
the right to vote. The nonpartisan            matter most to our communities.                president Mary G. Wilson. “Genera-                    “The League of Women Vot-                 expanded civic engagement.” Little
League of Women Voters founded                    “On this Women’s Equality                  tion after generation, the work of               ers of Irving believes that the                said. “As an League member, you
the same year women achieved this             Day, we take time to recognize not             League of Women Voter members                    hands-on work of an engaged citi-              have the opportunity to have a pro-
right celebrates Women’s Equality             only the historic 19th Amendment,              across the country is a testament                zenry can and does lead to civic               found, direct and positive impact
Day by remembering this historic              but the tremendous progress                    to the incredible legacy of the 19th             improvement at all levels of gov-              on the issues that matter most to

Post holds essay contests                                                                    Amendment.
                                                                                                  “But our work is not done,”
                                                                                             Wilson said. “As we face new and
                                                                                                                                              ernment,” said Carol Huntley Little,
                                                                                                                                              Irving League president. “Women’s
                                                                                                                                              Equality Day is a celebration of
                                                                                                                                                                                             our community, and what better
                                                                                                                                                                                             day than the anniversary of the 19th
                                                                                                                                                                                             Amendment to get involved?”
VFW Post 2494 and the Ladies                  in grades 6, 7 and 8 the opportu-              even greater challenges as a nation,             such a basic part of our democratic                 For information on Women’s
Auxiliary are sponsoring two es-              nity to write essays expressing their          the League will continue to sup-                 process—the right to vote—and                  Equality Day and other upcoming
say contests for students.                    views on democracy. Students                   port smart, active, local leaders who            the opportunities to channel that              events, visit
     The Voice of Democracy Au-               write a 300-400 word essay on the              are dedicated to safeguarding de-                power into real, lasting change,               irving.
dio/Essay contest is open to stu-             theme of: “When Is The Right Time              mocracy. These leaders are in your               starting at the grassroots level.
dents in grades 9-12. Record a 3 to           to Honor Our Military Veterans?”
5 minute essay on a standard cas-
sette tape or CD on this year’s
                                                   Students should be enrolled in
                                              school or home study program.                                                   POLICE & FIRE
                                                                                             Survey shows top Texas fines
theme: “Does America Still Have               Deadline is Nov. 1. Scholarships
Heroes?” Send the cassette/CD, a              are available on the local, District,
typed essay, your name and sub-               State and National level. Entry
mit with an entry form .                      forms and information are available
     Patriot’s Pen is a youth-essay
writing contest that gives students
                                              from VFW Post 2494, 3375 Belt Line
                                              Road, or call 972-790-1611.                    for school zone speeders
                                             CHAMPION                                        Provided by Lisa A. Sturgeon                     - Laredo $250                                       Allstate recommends the fol-
                                              Bookkeeping Services                                The average cost of a speed-                - Texarkana $248                               lowing road rules in school zones:
                                                              1311 Colby Ct.                 ing ticket in a Texas school zone is             - Seguin $247                                  -- Drive slowly and carefully in
   E.P. Champion
                                                             Irving TX 75060                 $209, for drivers topping the speed              - Houston $245                                 school zones. Watch for children
     Bookkeeper/owner                                                                        limit by 10 miles per hour. This is              - Brownsville $240-$250                        walking in streets.
                                                           Ofc. 972-790-9379
   Ramona                                                  Fax 972-790-9997                  according to Allstate Insurance                  - Dallas $239                                  -- Hang up the phone and focus on
      Bookkeeper                                              Company’s back to school safety                       On the other end of the spec-             the road.
                                                                                             survey of 60 police departments                  trum, school zone speeders in                  -- Be alert and patient around
                               Since 1964                                                    and municipal courts across the                  Lufkin and Texas City face fines               school buses and bus stops.
                                                                                             Lone Star State.                                 around $125.                                   -- Use caution around crosswalks
  Bookkeeping, Notary, Payroll and Tax Returns
                                                                                                  The Allstate survey found the                    Police are looking for more               and obey crossing guards and traf-
                                                 10 Texas cities docking disobedi-                than just speeders in school zones             fic signals.
                                                                                             ent drivers the most are:                        as kids head back to the classroom.            -- Even if you don’t have kids, learn

  Put a Paw print in your heart
        Pa                heart                                                              City: Average fine for speeding 10
                                                                                             mph over limit in school zone:
                                                                                             - College Station $305
                                                                                                                                              Other common infractions include
                                                                                                                                              children and adults that aren’t buck-
                                                                                                                                              led in, drivers passing school
                                                                                                                                                                                             the school zones on your daily
                                                                                                                                                                                                  A total of 60 Texas police de-

    and a best friend at home!                                                               - Lewisville $266
                                                                                             - Katy $250
                                                                                             - Killeen $250
                                                                                                                                              buses and drivers disregarding
                                                                                                                                              crossing guards or traffic signals.
                                                                                                                                                                                             partments and/or municipal courts
                                                                                                                                                                                             responded to the survey via phone
                                                                                                                                                                                             or e-mail between Aug. 3 - 14.

                    The precious pets
                    at the DFW Hu-
                                                                                             Americans recognize risk of
                    mane Society
                    would like to bring
                                                                                             fire, but don’t worry about it
                                                                                             Provided by Chris Jelenewicz                          Americans are more likely to              tems to control fires, alert people
                                                                                                  A nationwide survey con-                    be harmed by fire when compared                to danger, and provide means for
                    a lifetime of love                                                       ducted by Bethesda, MD-based                     to natural disasters. For example,             escape. Fire protection engineers
                                                                                             Society for Fire Protection Engi-                although natural disasters such as             also work closely with other pro-
   and happiness into your home!!                                                            neers (SFPE) revealed that more                  hurricanes and earthquakes are                 fessionals, including engineers of
                                                                                             Americans believe fire is the event              covered widely in the national news            other disciplines, architects, state
   1611 W. Irving Blvd.                                                                      that will most likely cause harm to
                                                                                             them or their family when compared
                                                                                                                                              media, many more people die each
                                                                                                                                              year as a result of fire.
                                                                                                                                                                                             and local building officials, and lo-
                                                                                                                                                                                             cal fire departments to build fire
                                                                                             to lighting strikes, hurricanes,                      Each year in the United States            safe communities.
   Irving, Texas 75061                                                                       earthquakes and floods. Forty-five               there are over 1.5 million fires, many              “Although fire protection en-
                                                                                             percent of the survey respondents                of which could be prevented. As a              gineers play an important role in
   972-253-3333                                                                              selected fire.
                                                                                                  At the same time, only 18 per-
                                                                                                                                              result, more than 3,000 people die
                                                                                                                                              and more than 17,000 are injured.
                                                                                                                                                                                             protecting society, they are still
                                                                                                                                                                                             high demand,” Jelenewicz said.
                            Hours of operation:
                                                                                             cent of the respondents said they                Direct property loss due to fires is           “The number of available jobs far
           Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11-6                                               worry about the dangers of fire                  estimated to be over $10 billion.              exceeds the supply.”
                                 Saturday 11-5                                               more than once a year.                           Additionally, more than 100                         The survey commissioned by
                                                                                                  “As a nation, we face wide-                 firefighters die in the line of duty.          the Society for Fire Protection En-
                                  Sunday 12-5                                                spread misconceptions about fire                      Fire protection engineers de-             gineers and conducted in Febru-

  Come adopt a new                                                                           safety, and that’s worrisome,” said
                                                                                             Chris Jelenewicz, Engineering Pro-
                                                                                             gram Manager at SFPE. “Everyone
                                                                                                                                              vote their careers to protecting
                                                                                                                                              people, property and the environ-
                                                                                                                                              ment from fire. They analyze how
                                                                                                                                                                                             ary 2009 by Synovate, polled more
                                                                                                                                                                                             than one thousand American
                                                                                                                                                                                             adults. The findings have a margin

  family member today!                                                                       should recognize that thousands
                                                                                             of people die each year in fires, and
                                                                                                                                              buildings are used, how fires start
                                                                                                                                              and grow, and how fires affect
                                                                                                                                                                                             of error of plus (+) or minus (-) three
                                                                                                                                                                                             percent. More information about
                                                                                             be aware that fire safety features in            people and property. They use the              this survey can be found at
    If you can’t adopt, please donate!                                                       a building play a critical in protect-           latest technologies to design sys-   
                                                                                             ing people, property and the envi-

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“Unbridled Spirit,” a new masterpiece for south Irving
Provided by Doug Haper                         “The inspiration of the piece,”      face of the final piece. The mold        reation Department. Future park lights and street lights are new as
     The new gateway enhance-            Martha said, “came from a much             took about three weeks, and the          plans call for the addition of 14 new well. Admiring the sculpture, archi-
ment and pocket park at MacArthur        smaller piece she did years back of        casting, welding and finish work at      properties.                           tecture, ornamental grasses, crepe
and Shady Grove is now complete          a horse in a half-rearing position,        the foundry, took about five                  The new and well landscaped myrtles and flowers at this inter-
with the addition of a masterpiece,      titled “Unbridled” after the famous        months. From the time of concep-         North Lake College South Campus section can be enjoyed from one
cast in bronze, of a horse called        racehorse My husband and I have            tion, to the finished sculpture, it      is complete and open to serve your of four park benches behind the
“Unbridled Spirit” by sculptor           bred and raced horses, and I have          took almost a year to complete.”         education needs. It occupies the gateway arch.
Martha Pettigrew of Kearny, NE.          found them to be a great source of              The sculpture was commis-           entire northeast corner
     The gateway’s archway was           inspiration. This also helps in get-       sioned by Mr. Paul Gooch, Man-           of this Gateway intersec-
created through a team effort by         ting the anatomy correct. You re-          aging Director for the City of Irv-      tion. It is hard to believe
the Parks and Planning Group a few       ally can’t get all the nuances of a        ing. Paul, as you may remember, was      that this intersection is
years ago. It is a striking architec-    horse with photos alone. You have          responsible for selecting the “Joy       the same, only the names
tural structure that is as elegant and   to know the animal. I stayed with          of Life” sculpture, a mare and her       of the streets remain.
marks the area as both a gateway         the horse in a half-rearing position,      colt by Chris Navarro at the Gate-            All the pole signs
in south Irving and an entryway to       so he would be down close to the           way Enhancement and pocket park          have been removed and
North Lake College South Campus.         ground, that way, when people              North of SH 183 at Weathered             they have been replaced
     The sculptor of the horse,          stand near him they see the whole          Street and MacArthur Blvd. By the        by aesthetically pleas-
Martha Pettigrew, earned a Bach-         horse, not just the underside. And,        way, Paul tells me that the next area    ing, electronic, monu-
elor of Fine Arts from the Univer-       I chose to do a heavier type of            of focus is going to be at W. 6th        ment signs. The electri-
sity of Nebraska, ’72 and worked         horse, more like a European warm-          Street and MacArthur Blvd. in            cal utilities have been
as a scientific illustrator for the U    blood than a fine-boned Thor-              about a year.                            buried underground, and
of N State Museum. The sculptor          oughbred or Quarter horse. I think              Irving is home to more than 43      the pavement leading up
bred, trained and raced thorough-        it makes him look more powerful.           parks, with more than 2,000 acres        to the intersection is new.
bred horses. In 1978 Martha and                “On the technical level, it took     of land and lots of public art that is   The crosswalks feature “Unbridled Spirit,” by sculptor Martha
Delmar Pettigrew married and             about a month to do a mid-size             maintained by the Parks and Rec-         inlaid brick, the signal Pettigrew stands at gateway entrance.
worked as partners in their busi-        model for the enlargement, then,
ness, Pettigrew’s Fur Company for
over ten years.
                                         about three months went into
                                         building the armature, application               COMMUNITY CALENDAR
                                         of the clay and detailing of the sur-
                                                                                    August 29 from 2 to 6pm                  September 3                                    Couchette is an original one-

Final items from                                                                    Kid’s Day - VFW Post 2494 & Aux-
                                                                                    iliaries will hold a Kid’s Day from 2
                                                                                    to 6 PM at the Post. There will be
                                                                                                                             Cub Scouts - Parents wishing to
                                                                                                                             enroll their first thru fifth grade
                                                                                                                             boys in Cub Scouts are encouraged
                                                                                                                                                                      act play based in a six-seat
                                                                                                                                                                      couchette on a train in Italy. While
                                                                                                                                                                      rushing from Naples to Rome, two

Texas Stadium sold
                                                                                    free games & prizes: a 3-legged race,    to watch for the “Join Scouting”         young American women encoun-
                                                                                    bean bag toss, horse races, turkey       signs at local elementary schools.       ter a stranger who inadvertently
                                                                                    shoot, balloon darts, a bounce           For additional information: contact      changes the course of their lives.
Continued from page 1                    things were loose items that were          house, cake walk and even                Boy Scouts of America District Ex-             ICT Studio is at 2333 W. Roch-
sale. This is a surplus equipment,       marketable.                                more. The Irving Police Depart-          ecutive Norberto Diaz at                 elle Irving, 75062 (Corner of Story
surplus furniture type sale. There            “The idea of the auction was          ment’s “MCGruff” will be        or 214-902-           Rd.) Call 972-594-6104 for reserva-
will be no further auctions of items     not to sell salvage items. There is        there. The Irving Fire Department        6742.                                    tions. Tickets $8 cash at the door.
from Texas Stadium by the City.          not very much left out there that          will have their “Smoke House”
     “We tried to go out there when      would not require contractor re-           there from 3 to 4:30 to show the         September 3 – 6                          September 4 from 6 to 8pm
we set up the auction to take a pic-     moval. They are part of the build-         kids how to escape a house full of       One-Act Plays - A Kind of Alaska         Hamburger Night - VFW Post
ture of anything that might be able      ing or part of some fixture. We are        smoke. The Grand Prairie Fire De-        written by Harold Pinter- A middle       2494 will serve hamburgers with all
to be removed mostly without a           not selling fixtures or parts of the       partment will have their trucks there    aged woman has awakened from a           the trimmings, French Fries and
contractor doing it. Most of the         building,” he said.                        for the kids to explore and learn        long comatose state spanning three       Onion Rings – all cooked to order.
                                                                                    about. There will be free Kool-Aid,      decades as a result of contracting       Dinner is served from 6 to 8
                                                                                    hot dogs and chips for the kids.         sleeping sickness. She awakes with       PM. The public is invited to attend
                                                                                    Everything for the kids is free;         her mind still in a sixteen year old      VFW 2494 is located at 3375 Belt
                                                                                    adults will pay a nominal fee for        state, but her body has aged dras-       Line Road, just south of Shady
                                                                                    food and to play games. There will       tically without her knowledge.           Grove.
                                                                                    also be a Kids Dance to follow at 6
                                                                                    PM. The public is invited and en-
                                                                                    couraged to attend this event. Chil-
                                                                                    dren should be accompanied by an
                                                                                    Adult. VFW Post 2494 is located
                                                                                    at 3375 Belt Line road, just south
                                                                                    of Shady Grove. For directions and
                                                                                    further information contact the
                                                                                    Post at 972-790-1611.

                                                                                    August 31 at 8am or 2pm
                                                                                    Celebrity Golf Classic - The 2009
                                                                                    Celebrity Golf Classic pairs sports
                                                                                    celebrities with participants for 18-
                                                                                    holes of golf at Cowboys Golf Club.
                                                                                    All proceeds from the event will
                                                                                    benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.
       The Irving Rambler has started a sub-section of                              Golfers unite for an 8 a.m. or 2 p.m.
   the Community Calendar specifically for clubs and                                shotgun. For more information, go
   organizations. We will be limiting the listings to the                           to or con-                                                       United Methodist
                                                                                                                                    Christian Science
   Organization’s name, meeting location and time.                                  tact Skyler Harper at 817-905-GOLF.
       We will require organizations to re-submit their                                                                                                                 First United Methodist Church
                                                                                                                                First Church of Christ, Scientist
                                                                                    August 31 at 7pm                                                                       211 W. Third St., Irving 75060
   information on a monthly basis to insure that the Irv-                                                                       2250 W. Pioneer Dr, Irving, 75061
                                                                                    Town Hall Meeting - Commissioner                                                               972.253.3531
   ing Rambler will have accurate information.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                    Kenneth A. Mayfield invites you           Sun & Sun school: 10am, Wed 7:30pm
       If an organization wishes to have more informa-                                                                                                                    Sundays 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary
                                                                                    to participate in the upcoming Town          Religious programs 214-447-9678
                                                                                                                                                                             6:30 p.m. Fellowship Hall
   tion than the free listing offers, we will continue to                           Hall Meeting at 7 p.m. at the Irving       Reading Room Mon-Sat 10 am-1 pm
   offer other advertising opportunities.                                           City Hall, City Council Chambers,
                                                                                    825 W. Irving Blvd. to hear an up-             Presbyterian USA                              Oak Haven
                                 LISTINGS                                           date on important issues affecting                                                    United Methodist Church
                                                                                                                               St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church           1600 N. Irving Heights 75061
           Irving AMBUCS                     Yellow Rose AMBUCS                     Dallas County taxpayers and their
                                                                                                                              1621 W. Grauwyler Road, Irving, 75061               972.438.1431
           Thursday at 11:30am                 Wednesday’s at 6:00pm                communities.                                                                    
            New Panda Cafe                   IHOP Restuarant- Beltine Rd.                                                     email:            Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
         West Hwy 183 service rd.                                                   September 1 from 6:30 to 8pm
                                                                                                                                website:           Sunday Worship 10:45 a.m.
                                            VFW Post 2494 IRVING                    Irving Girl Scouts - The Irving Girl            Sunday Worship 10:50 a.m.
       Irving Sunrise Rotary               Post Meeting – 1st Thursday at 7pm       Scouts SU 123 is holding a Recruit-              Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
         Las Colinas Country Club        Ladies’ Auxiliary -1st & 3rd Wed. at 7pm   ment event at the Central Library                                                       Plymouth Park United
             Thursday at 7 am              Men’s Auxiliary – 4th Wed. at 7pm        auditorium, 6:30-8pm. If you would                                                        Methodist Church
                                          Junior Girls – 2nd Sunday at 12:30pm                                                                                           1615 W Airport Frwy, Irving 75062
                                                                                    like to join Girl Scouts and cannot
         Saturday Singles                           3375 Belt Line Rd                                                                                                     (North side of Hwy 183 between
                                              Just South of Shady Grove
                                                                                    attend, contact Sonya Diaz-Bannis-
          Lunch Bunch                                                                                                                                                           MacArthur & Story)
                                                                                    ter at IWannaBeAGirlScout@                                                                      972.255.4185
           1st & 3rd Saturdays
                                                                                                                                                                           Sundays 8:30, 9:15 & 11:00am
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Lack of funding threatens transportation and economies
By Jess Paniszczyn                          North Texas region, but through-                   As a ‘donor state,’ a portionhave the problem of overweight           cannot.
     Each year at the Annual                out the state and really through-             of the tax money collected for thetrucks, but because of our good                “Federal funding is going
Transportation and Infrastructure           out the country if you look at our            Highway Trust Fund does not re-   fortune in having the Barnett Shale,     down. State funding is going down.
Summit held in Irving, the state of         infrastructure problems on a na-                                                we have all the drilling rigs and all
                                                                                          turn to Texas. It is diverted to other                                     The NTTA is strapped. Our county
the nation’s roads is a topic of on         tional basis. You saw some amount             states.                           the stuff associated with the drill-     stepped up, and said we want to
going discussion and debate. In             of money spent for that in our                     “The Highway Account re-     ing of those wells that are also tear-   keep this moving, so we are going
2009, the Highway Trust Fund was            stimulus package, in my opinion,              ceives $155 billion from state anding up our highways.                     to take the first step to form a
bankrupt. Congress stepped in and           not near enough.                              federal fuel taxes and registration     “We have got to move our           county toll road authority.
added money to the fund, but the                 “We are very frustrated from             fees. We are still short. We need major projects forward. But we can-            “On the parts contracts and
question of how the Highway Trust           the stand point that we do not                                                  not remain in a wait and see atti-
                                                                                          $487 billion we are only projecting                                        the future contracts over just the
Fund will operate in the future and         seem to be getting any solutions              to get $155. If we double our ve- tude if we really want to see the        next 18 months the county has
where the money to repair the               offered from either our federal or                                              economy dissipate and continue to
                                                                                          hicle registration fee, index gas tax,                                     committed over $44 million to the
nation’s aging infrastructure will          state leaders. Since 1998, two per-           end DPS diversion, raise our stategrow in this region and in other re-     outer route. Some of that is RPR
come from continues.                        cent has been the annual revenue              gas tax by five cents, and put allgions in the state.                      money, a little bit of it is bond
     “This 16 county area we call           rise; four percent has been the an-           that together, it raises $77 billion.   “I think we have to look at it     money. It comes from different
the North Central Texas region is           nual rise in spending. We are head-                                             from a regional nexus. We need to
                                                                                          We are still a long way from filling                                       pots. Once we finish with the con-
the number one growing metro area           ing towards a train wreck.                    in that hole.                     let the planning organizations have      tracts that are under negotiation
in the country,” said Glenn Whit-                “Whenever we talk about us-                   “We have a problem,” Judge   some flexibility as to how they use      now, we will have spent almost $10
ley, a Tarrant County Judge. “Our           ing highway funds or you start tak-           Whitley said. “If we are going to those dollars. Historically where we     million just in right of way for one
area is the fourth largest metro area       ing about using rail in any shape,            continue economic growth, we      have only been able to use high-         segment of the outer loop that was
in the U.S. and the 12 th largest           way or form, everybody says high-             have got to do something about it.way funds for highway, we need to        being built and developed too fast.
economy within the world. Thirty            ways always pay for themselves,               Construction costs are going up   put them in a pot and we have to               “We are probably also going
four percent of Texas’ economy is           transit doesn’t. Let me tell you              and we have an aging infrastruc-  divide that pot someway between          to consider ourselves to be under
situated in this 16 county region.          folks, highways are not paying for                                              transit and other modes of trans-
                                                                                          ture. Many of us are seeing the de-                                        fire in the next legislative session,
     “I think we have some tremen-          themselves right now. We have got                                               portation.
                                                                                          terioration of state highways, fed-                                        because it seems the state’s legis-
dous challenges not only in our             to find some solutions.”                      eral highways and bridges. In           “We can’t build enough con-        lature looks at monopolies often,
                                                                                          Tarrant County, not only do we    crete. DART right now represents         and they look at transportation or-

New office for House District 105 opens
                                                                                                                            50,000 to 60,000 equivalent cars on      ganizations. We don’t believe there
                                                                                                                            a morning up and down Central Ex-        ought to be a monopoly over an
                                                                                                                            pressway. We can’t absorb                authority in the Metroplex. We are
                                                                                                                            enough. The costs would be way           going to do everything we can to
                                                                                                                            out of line if we were to try to build   make sure we have a vital organi-
                                                                                                                            enough concrete for that to hap-         zation in our county toll road au-
                                                                                                                            pen,” he said.                           thority before January of 2011.”
                                                                                                                                  Collin County Judge Keith Self           Moving people to and from
                                                                                                                            believes there will be less money        their workplaces is vital to main-
                                                                                                                            available in the future for road and     taining economic stability and
                                                                                                                            highway projects.                        growth.
                                                                                                                                  The state budget did well this           “We believe Colin County will
                                                                                                                            time. Next time, it is going to be       continue to be a dynamic county if
                                                                                                                            much tougher. We are concerned           we do a couple of things. We keep
                                                                                                                            about getting this money on the          our tax rate low. We attract capital.
                                                                                                                            ground or under contract before          Capital goes and stays where it is
                                                                                                                            the legislature meets again, be-         welcome both financial capital and
                                                                                                                            cause they are going to be looking       human capital.
                                                                                                                            for ways to fill the hole they are             “It costs $900 to hire a U-Haul
                                                                                                                            going to see next time,” Judge Self      trailer between DFW and San Fran-
                                                                                                                            said.                                    cisco. If you want to use that same
                                                                                                                                  “We have 56 road projects.         trailer from San Francisco to DFW,
                                                                                                                            We have barely started to use this       it will cost you $3,000. Nobody
Community members and the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce join Representative money. We are working with                                              wants to move to California. Every-
Linda Harper-Brown in a ribbon cutting for her new offices.                                                                 TxDOT and the NTTA (North Texas          body wants to move to Texas. If
                                                                                                                            Tollway Authority) to figure out         we can keep our taxes low and con-
                        CLASSIFIED                                                                                          how to move these projects faster.
                                                                                                                            The projects are identified. We just
                                                                                                                                                                     tinue to attract that capital both
                                                                                                                                                                     human and financial, we will be
                                                                                                                            have to get them on the ground           doing well.
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                                                                                                                                                                           “I hear people say we can’t
                                                                                                                                                                     continue to build enough roads for
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DCCCD colleges set new record for fall enrollment
 Provided by Ann Hatch                  ulty and staff members have even        of 71,928 students. That record-set-     able until the 12th class day when     occurring for two major reasons:
     The fall 2009 semester for the     been asked to volunteer to park on      ting total is a duplicated enrollment    DCCCD reports “official” numbers       economic conditions are sending
Dallas County Community College         the outer areas at one college so       figure; in other words, it counts        to the Texas Higher Education Co-      students back to school to up-
District (DCCCD) began with a           that students will have better ac-      some students more than once be-         ordinating Board. Dual credit num-     grade skills or pursue new career
bang on Aug. 24. All DCCCD col-         cess to spaces on campus.               cause they may take classes at more      bers and students who take courses     fields; and DCCCD recently opened
leges: Brookhaven, Cedar Valley,             Overall preliminary enrollment     than one campus. The percentage          which begin after that date are not    five new community education
Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View,    figures indicate that DCCCD is          increase translates into more than       included in 12th day class figures.    campuses across Dallas County (in
North Lake and Richland colleges        tracking a 9.6 percent increase over    6,300 additional students, accord-            DCCCD administrators believe      Coppell, Irving, west Dallas, Pleas-
are seeing enrollment increases.        fall 2008 (which also saw a 4 per-      ing to preliminary figures.              the increase, which other commu-       ant Grove and Garland), which is
Parking is at a premium, and fac-       cent increase last year) for a total         Final numbers will not be avail-    nity colleges are experiencing is      also contributing to enrollment.

Stimulus funds to connect households
Provided by Kasey McCrary               able populations overcome top           Adoption as part of the American         “Our work allows us to see first       those who cite price as a barrier to
     Connected Nation, a national       barriers to adoption: broadband         Recovery and Reinvestment Act            hand the value of connected com-       broadband adoption are African
nonprofit, is joining with technol-     awareness and training, computer        (ARRA) of 2009.                          puters in homes. Broadband opens       Americans, 27 percent are age 65
ogy stalwarts Intel, Fujitsu, Veloc-    ownership, and broadband afford-             “Connected Nation is honored        a world of opportunities related to    and older, and 27 percent live in rural
ity Micro, and ZT Systems to es-        ability. In order to impact the most    and excited to partner with tech-        jobs, education, health care, and      areas. Based on similar surveys
tablish Every Citizen OnlineSM, a       Americans, the partnership submit-      nology leaders to directly impact        government services.”                  conducted by Connected Nation,
public-private partnership program      ted an application for Every Citi-      the lives of Americans who previ-             Every Citizen Online will pro-    if the barriers of computer owner-
to enable computer ownership and        zen Online to take advantage of         ously could not afford a broad-          vide digital literacy and enable un-   ship and broadband subscription
broadband use in low-income and         Broadband Technology Opportu-           band-connected computer in their         connected Americans to purchase        affordability were removed, an ad-
unconnected homes.                      nities Program (BTOP) funding set       homes,” said Brian Mefford, Con-         a new broadband-enabled com-           ditional seven million households
     The program will help vulner-      aside for Sustainable Broadband         nected Nation’s chairman and CEO.        puter using an instant rebate,         could begin subscribing to home
                                                                                                                         bundled with discounted broad-         broadband service.

Commissioners ask questions                                                                                              band service for a minimum of
                                                                                                                         twelve months. The program will
                                                                                                                         target low-income households who
                                                                                                                                                                     Currently, more than $7 billion
                                                                                                                                                                is available through the ARRA for
                                                                                                                                                                broadband projects nationwide. In

about Constables’ practices
                                                                                                                         otherwise could not afford a home      the ARRA, $4.7 billion goes to
                                                                                                                         computer and broadband subscrip-       BTOP to fund grants to support the
                                                                                                                         tion, as well as other vulnerable      deployment of broadband infra-
                                                                                                                         populations.                           structure in unserved and
Continued from page 1                        “And also what about the tem-
                                                                                                                              The program specifically ad-      underserved areas, enhance broad-
want to bring everything out into       porary license plates? Are these
                                                                                                                         dresses the top barriers that pre-     band capacity at public computer
the open.                               constables who drive cars that have
                                                                                                                         vent many Americans from access-       centers, and encourage sustainable
      “I personally have had some       monthly, renewed, temporary li-
                                                                                                                         ing broadband service, including       adoption of broadband service.
concerns about (the towing pro-         cense plates, are they using our toll
                                                                                                                         lack of awareness of the benefits           Every Citizen Online initially
cess), and I think we are going to      roads for free? Where do these cars
                                                                                                                         of broadband technology, monthly       will be launched in states with ac-
find out. Not only is that company      come from? Do these cars have
                                                                                                                         subscription price, and lack of a      tive Connected Nation affiliates.
under investigation by a city up        owners? And if so, where are the
                                                                                                                         computer (2009 Pew Internet &          For more information about the pro-
north, but I think you are going to     ownership papers for these cars?
                                                                                                                         American Life Project). According      gram, visit www.connect
find out they are going to have their   These are all questions that need
                                                                                                                         to Pew research, 21 percent of
license revoked. At least that is the   to be answered,” Commissioner
intent of that other city up north.     Dickey said.
      “I am very frustrated. When            “This has been going on for
this first came to light, it should     months. It seems like every day
have been resolved at that point,       there is a new story out there. I       Judge Foster speaks about the up
and it wasn’t. There is no reason       would rather err on the side of pro-    coming investigation.
to continue in that relationship        tecting the public and public safety,   insurance or no driver’s license,”
when you know the operator of that      than err by playing it so safe that     Deputy Constable Forester said.
company is violating the state code     nothing is done. I think it is time          “I think the questions that
and regulations.                        we assure the public that we aren’t     have been raised with precincts 1
      “Number one, I think this is a    going to stand for nothing being        and 5 have to do with the number
pathetic situation. You are talking     done, for behavior that is not ac-      of vehicles they are towing and the
about all these people with their       ceptable to the public. Everyone is     towing company they are using.
cars stolen. It is my understanding     wondering what has happened. We         We don’t use that towing company.
that there could be somewhere in        can’t keep our head in the sand.             “The Commissioner’s Court
the neighborhood of 2,000 to 3,000           “I sincerely hope our District     does not have direct oversight over
vehicles that have not been dis-        Attorney will become involved in        the Constables, because the Con-
posed of properly. It is a disgrace     this. I called for him to do that.      stables are elected officials in their
and it is completely unacceptable.      That’s his job. I certainly hope he     own right. But the Commissioner’s
      “I am not aware of any con-       pursues this job. I would hope that     Court manages the county budget
cerns anywhere other than these         some of the budget disagreements        and the departmental budgets.
two precincts,” Judge Foster said.      that have gone on with the court        They are concerned about prob-
      Maurine Dickey, Dallas            would not have anything to do           lems or complaints or costs arising
County Commissioner District 1,         with him pursuing the performance       to the county through the actions
expressed several concerns about        of his job.                             of any of the departments and
the practices of certain Constables.         “We are going to see that this     agencies of the county even
      “We are not on a witch hunt,”     is investigated. We would like for      though they may be separate
Commissioner Dickey said. “We           the D.A. to do it, but it is going to   elected officials.
are just trying to dispel any public    be done. We want the public to be            “If there is a complaint about
doubt about the offices of our          assured that this is going to be        one of our officers (in Precinct 4),
county government. We want to let       done.                                   the complainant can call this office,
the public know we are not going             “We must have integrity. We        and they will be asked to come in
to go to sleep on this. If there is     must have Dallas County to have a       and file a written complaint. We
some wrong doing, we need to find       clean record as a county that sees      take those complaints seriously, in-
it. If there is no wrong doing, we      that wrong doing will not be toler-     vestigate each complaint, and deal
need to ensure the public that this     ated.”                                  with them accordingly.
doesn’t exist. I assure you that we          Deputy Constable Gene For-              “People with complaints could
will get to the bottom of this.         ester spoke about Constable Pre-        take several different avenues.
      “Now, when you do get quite       cinct 4, which includes Irving,         They could talk with the media, their
a few complaints that are all of the    Grand Prairie, Coppell, and Cedar       locally elected officials. My con-
same nature, then it does make you      Hill among other cities in west Dal-    stable, Constable R.L. Skinner, is
think that perhaps there is some        las County. Precinct 4 established      very serious about responding to
credibility,” she said.                 its own guidelines for towing ve-       complaints and issues.
      “I have had a lot of complaints   hicles, which may differ from the            “What we are seeing right
about the towing issue. This is         guidelines of other Constable Pre-      now, may be the result of people
very troublesome to me. People          cincts as well as other law enforce-    going to the Commissioner’s Court.
whose cars are towed and don’t          ment agencies.                               “I recognize that the Commis-
know where the towing location is,           “We tow for no insurance and       sioners have a right to be con-
and feel they were overcharged.         no drivers license. Unless alcohol      cerned about what is going on in
People who feel their car has not       is involved, in which case we will      their county. I respect the fact that
been there when they have gone          tow for either one by itself. But       they want to be sure things are
up. We will find out about the truth.   most of the precincts tow for no        being done right,” he said.
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                                            MOTORCYCLE SAFETY FOUNDA-                            EXXONMOBIL NAMED FORBES’                                FLUOR LEADS JOINT VENTURE
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                                        tween the world’s largest software firm and the
           NCH Corporation                                                                  Austin, and a former Texas Railroad Commis-                        Chamber at
          Northop Grumman               largest cell phone maker means the latest online
                                                                                            sioner and founder of the Texas Business Coun-
                                        versions of Microsoft’s Office suite of applica-                                                                    214.217.8484 if we
  Omega Environmental Technologies                                                          cil. She will present “Success in Selling to the
                                        tions, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint,
            Sam’s Club                                                                      Trillion Dollar Government Marketplace.” Fol-                     can assist you.
                                        will be available on a range of Nokia handheld
      Signal Metal Industries                                                               lowing breakfast there will be a series of nine
       The Buxton Company               devices. The two companies expect to offer
                                                                                            breakout sessions to educate businesses on vari-                        Main Office
           WaveTwo, LLC                 Nokia phones running Office sometime next
                                                                                            ous topics including the importance of your credit           5221 N. O’Connor Blvd., Ste. 100
                                                                                            score to obtaining loans for small businesses and                    Irving, TX 75039
                                                                                            how to improve it, using social networking for
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                                                                                                                                                            Heritage District Office
                                                                                            business, marketing your business for success and
    To see a list of all of our                        “GREEN” AWARD                        resources available for business through educa-                      135 S. Jefferson St.
  investors or to share in the          Glory House Catering has been awarded the tional entities. Registration is $45 for Chamber                                Irving TX 75060
   benefits enjoyed by these            R.M. Hudson Business and Industry Award by members. Go to to re-                            Biz Briefs is provided by the Greater
                                        Keep Irving Beautiful. This award recognizes serve your seat. Presenting sponsors are Walmart                    Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Com-
         entities go to                 Glory House Catering’s exemplary effort in pro- and Sam’s Club; media sponsor is the Dallas Busi-                 merce which is solely responsible for                viding “green” products and services, recycling ness Journal.                                                                   its content.
                                        and community involvement.
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The sign says it all: “Where
Irving Meets and Greets”
      Joe’s Coffee Shop is not just a       tomers like family. “We know them,
place to eat. The popular restau-           we know their kids. We’ve served
rant is a gathering place for the           several generations,” she said.
movers and shakers of Irving as                   All of Carol’s five children
well as longtime residents. They            worked at the restaurant. Her sons
come to Joe’s to share stories, ex-         followed her into the restaurant
change gossip and keep up with              business. Eddie Lavender opened
local news. Almost all of them call         a Joe’s Coffee Shop in Watauga and
Joe’s an Irving institution.                Bobby Lavender opened one in
      “Joe’s Coffee Shop is one of          Mansfield. Jennifer Tullis and
those things that just happen in a          Lacey Humelsine now work in dif-
small town,” said Sharon Barbosa-           ferent fields, but daughter Tammy
Crain, former Irving council mem-           Cain works at Joe’s beside her
ber. “We are the better as long as          mother. Carol’s 10 grandchildren

                                                                                      September Coupon Savings
we have such places as Joe’s.”              also helped out at the restaurant
      This year, Joe’s celebrates 40        and she has seven grandchildren
years of serving Irving under               who also may pitch in.
owner Carol Wood’s exceptional                    Many of Carol’s staffers seem
care. The soft-spoken owner                 to never leave. Paula Earley, Joe’s

                                                                                                        C                                                                            C
started working for the restaurant          chef, has been there for almost 20
                                                                                                                            September 1 - 4
when it was on Sixth Street.
      “I liked it so well, that I thought
it would be a great place to own,”
Carol said. She asked Joe Thomp-
son if he would sell it. When he
said yes, she borrowed the down
                                                  “I feel at home,” said Earley
                                            about why she stays. Her daugh-
                                            ter Diedre Earley is a waitress there.
                                            Paula comes in around 4 a.m. to
                                            start making the restaurant’s fa-
                                                                                      40                        Coffee & Tea
                                                                                                      NO COUPON NECESSARY -Only good for listed 2009 dates
payment on her furniture.                   mous pies.
      “You could do that back then,”              Carol said she was lucky to get
she said. She became the owner in           wonderful pie recipes from Joe                                                  September 6 - 7
1969.                                       Wood, no relation, a retiree who

                                                                                       CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY
      The Sixth Street location was         worked for her and started making
small with only 46 seats. She had           pies. At Thanksgiving, the restau-
to keep expanding it to keep up with        rant fills orders for more than 300
demand. Then, the property on Irv-          pies.

                                                                                                   %                                                                                %
ing Boulevard became available in                 The restaurant offers a huge

                                                                                      40                               40
1993. She moved Joe’s and now               variety of pies and a pretty exten-                                             September 8 - 11
has space for 165 patrons.                  sive menu. Pie and chicken-fried

      Although its surroundings             steak are top sellers. On Sundays,
have changed, Joe’s continues to            customers line up for Joe’s turkey                      OFF
offer a down-home friendliness that
is hard to find in most restaurants
                                            dinner. Joe’s also offers daily spe-
                                            cials and pretty good size portions.
                                                                                                  Available until 3pm - One coupon per customer - Only good for listed 2009 dates
nowadays. The restaurant sits in a                Carol feels she has about 3,000                      Not good with any other offer or savings including senior discounts
great location on Irving Boulevard.         regular customers. “I give out 3,000

                                                                                                   %                                                                                %
It’s just west of the TRE station and       calendars each Christmas and al-

                                                                                      40                                        40
a block east of City Hall. City staff-      ways run out,” she said.                                                       September 14 - 18
ers visit often. So do former may-                Another reason for the
ors as well as the current mayor,           restaurant’s success is Carol’s in-
city manager and council members.           volvement in the community.                             OFF                                                                             OFF
      Former council member John
Danish said Joe’s offers great feed-
                                            People know her and want to stop
                                            by to say hi.
                                                                                                                   Joes Special
                                                                                                           One coupon per customer - Only good for listed 2009 dates
back about politics. “On any given                Carol served on city boards
                                                                                                       Not good with any other offer or savings including senior discounts
issue, you will hear everything,” he        and         commissions.          Her

                                                                                                   %                                                                                %
said.                                       volunteerism earned her Irving’s

                                                                                      40                                      40
      One council member who used           High-Spirited Citizen award. For her
                                                                                                                           September 21 - 25
to come every day was Lewis                 commitment to education, she won
Patrick, who worked for the city for        the Golden Apple Award from the
36 years.                                   Irving Schools Foundation. Carol                        OFF                                                                             OFF
      “We still come about two to
three times a week,” admitted
Lewis, who’s often accompanied by
                                            and her family have also endowed
                                            two scholarships for the Founda-
                                            tion. She participates in the city’s
                                                                                                                 Dinner Entre
                                                                                                           One coupon per customer - Only good for listed 2009 dates
                                                                                                       Not good with any other offer or savings including senior discounts
wife Nita, an Irving school board           Independence Day Parade and her
trustee.                                    float often wins best of show.

                                                                                                        C                                                                            C
      “We come because of the                     The photos that line the walls
                                                                                                                           September 28 - 30

                                                                                      40                                                                           40
friends you see, the reasonable             of the restaurant and the photo al-
prices and the good food,” Lewis            bums that sit on a front cabinet at-
added. “The staff treats you very           test to the family atmosphere. Carol
well and they call you by your first
      Longtime Joe’s fan Teri Hurst
                                            even allows patrons to display their
                                            business cards in the entryway.
                                                  “I believe we’re here to help
                                                                                                                Coffee & Tea
                                                                                                     NO COUPON NECESSARY - Only good for listed 2009 dates
said the staff remembers what you           people out,” Carol said. “Even if
drink and will bring it to you right        it’s just a smile or pat on the back.”
away. “They really seem to love                   So, why did she never change                                              Weekends Only
their jobs,” Teri said. “The morn-          the restaurant sign to Carol’s? Well,
ing crew is lots of fun.”
      That camaraderie is a result of
Carol’s commitment to treat cus-
                                            when she bought the original Joe’s,
                                            she didn’t have money to get a new
                                            sign. So Joe’s has stuck ever since.
                                                                                                                 FREE GIFT
                                                                                             Bring in or wear Joes Memorabilia and receive one free gift.
                                              David Patterson                               Only good for September 2009 weekends - Only one gift per customer per day
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Workforce Development Center awarded green certification
Provided by Ali Adams                   ficient and high performing build-     drives us in our commitment to              ter to achieve LEED certification     Quality) management plan.
     North Lake College recently        ings.                                  sustainability, to preserve our re-         for energy use, lighting, water and   Providing lighting controls en-
announced the new Workforce                  “North Lake College makes an      sources for future generations and          material use as well as incorporat-   abling at least 90 percent of occu-
Development Center is LEED Cer-         investment everyday in the edu-        serve as a model for our commu-             ing a variety of other sustainable    pants to make adjustments to suit
tified by the U.S. Green Building       cational future of each student        nity. We are so honored to receive          strategies. LEED verifies environ-    individual task needs and prefer-
Council (USGBC). LEED is the            who walks through our door,” said      this recognition.”                          mental performance, occupant          ences.
USGBC’s leading rating system for       Dr. Herlinda M. Glasscock, presi-           NELSON, an international de-           health and financial return.               The Workforce Development
designing and constructing the          dent of North Lake College. “It is     sign and consulting firm, designed                “North Lake College’s LEED      Center, which opened in February
world’s greenest, most energy ef-       this investment in the future that     the Workforce Development Cen-              certification demonstrates tremen-    of this year, is located in the lower
                                                                                                                           dous green building leadership,”      level of the library on the Central

Parents: Want to avoid a                                                                                                   said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO
                                                                                                                           & founding chair, U.S. Green Build-
                                                                                                                           ing Council. “The urgency of
                                                                                                                                                                 Campus in Irving. The 10,000-
                                                                                                                                                                 square-foot facility features six
                                                                                                                                                                 state-of-the-art classrooms, two

“boomerang” college kid?                                                                                                   USGBC’s mission has challenged
                                                                                                                           the industry to move faster and
                                                                                                                           reach further than ever before, and
                                                                                                                                                                 computer labs and a multi-purpose
                                                                                                                                                                 conference room. The center also
                                                                                                                                                                 houses offices and registration
                                                                                                                           North Lake College serves as a        services for the college’s Continu-
      Your son or daughter leaves       activities where they can make         that tell them it really is time to         prime example of just how much        ing Education department.
home and enters college for the         friends. Parents should reassure       bring them home.                            we can accomplish.”                        North Lake College partici-
first time after months of gushing      their kids that they love them, and          “Parents should be con-                    LEED certification of the        pates in many campus-wide sus-
about the fun experiences they          that things at home are the same       cerned if phone calls from their son        Workforce Development Center          tainable efforts and recently fin-
anticipate on campus and the new        as they’ve always been.”               or daughter are not decreasing              was based on a number of green        ished first in the Waste Minimiza-
friends they will meet.                      McIntosh says using elec-         over time, or if they are not seeing        design and construction features      tion category of the national
      A week later, they call to say    tronic media is the best way to stay   signs that their kids are forming           that positively impact the project    RecycleMania competition for the
they are homesick. They’re com-         in touch with college students and     friendships through coursework,             itself and the broader community.     second consecutive year. To read
ing home.                               help alleviate the fears of living     clubs or activities,” she said.             Some features include:                more about North Lake College’s
      “One of the biggest mistakes      many miles away from home.             “They should also look for signs                 Reducing water use by at least   green efforts, visit www.north
parents make is to rush to campus            “Open up Facebook ac-             of social isolation, depression,            45 percent.                 
and bring them back home for the        counts, send e-mails, or text mes-     consistent alcohol abuse, and sig-          22.11 percent of total building ma-
weekend,” said Dr. Gwen McIn-           sages,” she said. “Using those         nificant mood changes. Those are            terials content was manufactured
tosh, a pediatrician at American        tools will provide assurance to the    the emotional red flags that should         using recycled materials.                 Advertise in the
Family Children’s Hospital. “That       student, but not exacerbate the        tell parents the campus isn’t the
can set up a pattern of more fre-       homesickness.”                         right place for their son or daugh-
                                                                                                                           43.85 percent of the total building
                                                                                                                           materials are comprised of prod-
                                                                                                                                                                     Irving Rambler
quent weekend visits home, and
the student not getting fully inte-
                                             This is not to say every kid is
                                        cut out for campus life. McIntosh
                                                                               ter, or it isn’t the right time for them
                                                                               to be away at school.”
                                                                                                                           ucts manufactured locally.                 214-675-6493
                                                                                                                           Developing and implementing a
grated into college life and social     says parents should look for signs                                                 construction IAQ (Indoor Air
                                                    OBITUARIES         “The Newspaper Irving Reads”                                                                       August 22, 2009
                                                                                                                                       CHESTER                   Heart recipient. He had been a resi-
                                    AUSTIN E. RANEY                                                                               OLAN KITCHENS
                                                                                                                                            Chester Olan
                                                                                                                                                                 dent of Irving since 1967 where he
                                                                                                                                                                 had been a deacon at South
                                        cipient of two purple hearts. Aus-     Amy Dee Raney, Arin Blackwell                                Kitchens, 82,        MacArthur Church of Christ. He
                                        tin had been a funeral director        and husband, Rodney all of Irv-                              passed away on       was a realtor for Nita Miller Red
                                        for 35 years in the Irving com-        ing, one sister, Devada Raney of                             August 14, 2009      Carpet Real Estate for many years
                                        munity where he currently was          Tyler, TX, two brothers, Andy                                in his Grand Prai-   and had served as President of the
                                        working for Chapel of Roses Fu-        Raney and wife, Karen of The                                 rie       home.      Irving Board of Realtors. Chester
                                        neral Home since January 2008.         Colony, TX. and Mike Raney                                   Chester was          is a former member of Irving
                                        He was Past President of the Irv-      and wife, Threasa of Irving, TX.                             born on August       AMBUCS. He is preceded in death
                                        ing Kiwianis Club, was a mem-          Funeral services will be held on            20, 1926 in Bardwell, TX. to Olan     by his wives, Theresa Lou Kitch-
                                        ber of the Irving Sunrise Rotary       Saturday, August 22, 2009 at                Anson & Clara Myrtle (Slocum)         ens and Anita Miller Kitchens. He
                                        Club, had served for many years        Oak View Baptist Church, 1004               Kitchens. He was a veteran of the     is survived by his two sons, Bruce
                                        on the Irving ISD School Foun-         S. Story Rd., Irving, TX. 75060.            US Marine Corp serving in World       Kitchens and wife, Debra of Irving,
                                        dation, Texas Funeral Directors        A committal service with military           War II. He was a survivor of the      J. Lynn Kitchens and wife, JoEllen
                                        Association Board of Directors         honors was held on Monday,                  Battle of Iwo Jima, and a Purple      of Athens, TX., two grandson,
  Austin E. Raney, Jr., 63, passed      and was Past President of the          August 24, 2009 at 1:30PM at D/
  away on August 19, 2009 in Dal-       North Texas Funeral Directors          FW National Cemetery. In leiu
  las, TX. He was born on August        Association. He was the recipi-        of flowers the family requests
  17, 1946 in Wichita Falls, TX. to     ent of the Funeral Director of the     memorials be made to the Irving
  Austin E., Sr. & Billie Jean (Beau-   Year Awards for the North Texas        Schools Foundation, 2621 W.
  mont) Raney. Austin had been          Funeral Directors Association in       Airport Frwy, Irving, TX. 75062.
  living in Irving since 1958 where     1996-97 and Dallas Co. Funeral         Funeral arrangements con-
  he was a member of Oak View           Directors Association in 2008. He      ducted under the direction of
  Baptist Church. He was a vet-         is survived by his Wife, Sherry        Chapel of Roses Funeral Home.
  eran of the US Navy serving in        (Julian) Raney, two daughters,
  the Vietnam War and was the re-

      Chapel of Roses Funeral Home                                                                                             606 West Airport Freeway
                                                          Owned & Operated by the                                                 Irving, Texas 75062
                                                          Chism & Crouch Families

                                                              972-554-1031                                                            (972) 579-1313
                                                     1225 E. Irving Blvd. 75060
  Directors:                                                Offering:
      Charlotte Chism Waldrum
      Harrell Chism
                                                                 Traditional Funeral Services
                                                                                                                                  Serving Irving families
                                                                 Military Services
                                                                                                                                        since 1963
                          ACCEPTING ALL Pre-Need Funerals
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Teen Court helps offenders take responsibility
Provided by Martha Tucker          about the legal system, but it is also        members of Teen Court in various          group of people, and are empow-          972-721-3601, or you may go online
     Irving Teen Court is not only a vehicle for positive peer pres-             capacities, whether it be as a juror,     ered with the responsibility of sen-     at
a “hands-on” opportunity for of- sure.                                           attorney, clerk, or bailiff. Volunteer-   tencing teens who have committed         courts/teen-court.html.
fenders and volunteers to learn        Teenagers brought before                  ing can be a rewarding experience,        crimes.                                       Adult volunteers are also
                                                Teen Court as offend-            and unlike many other types of                 The court’s next training ses-      needed to supervise the teen ju-
                                                ers learn to accept re-          community service, Teen Court is          sion for teen volunteers will be Sep.    ries, check in jurors and assign
                                                sponsibility for their           unique in that its participants gain      26. Teens must be between the            them to juries, and check out de-
                                                actions. They pay                valuable information about the le-        ages of 14 and 17; if you’re older,      fendants after their cases are heard.
                                                back the community               gal system, develop critical think-       you must still be enrolled in high       Attorneys are invited to observe
                                                through community                ing skills, develop public speaking       school. Applications are available       the program and serve as Teen
                                                service, Teen Court              skills (for attorneys), meet a diverse    by calling the Teen Court office at      Court judges.
                                                jury terms, and other
                                                possible sanctions.
                                                The whole process
                                                empowers youth to
                                                                                 Brighter Tomorrows struggles
                                                                                 to aid abused women, children
                                                take responsibility for
                                                problems of crime and
                                                violence in their own
                                                                                 Continued from page 1
                                                schools and commu-
                                                                                 for one year. The shelter has been        the agency. Individual and corpo-        would not have custody of their
                                                                                 a place of refuge and hope for those      rate donations are down 50% over         children, and even worse, many
                                                     Volunteers are
                                                                                 in need of assistance since 2002.         last year. State and federal grants      would not be alive today.
                                                what make any Teen
                                                                                 The DeSoto Shelter is the only do-        are distributed on a reimbursement            Therefore, Brighter Tomor-
                                                Court run. Teen volun-
                                                                                 mestic violence program in the Best       basis. The agency must have the          rows Board and Staff are standing
Prosecutor Kelly Benjamin tries to persuade teers are currently
                                                                                 Southwest area, which includes            money to pay obligations up front        together on behalf of the clients
the teen jury to return a maximum sentence. needed to serve as
                                                                                 Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville,          and is then reimbursed between 30-       Brighter Tomorrows serves to raise

GED Testing Center                                                               Glenn Heights and Lancaster. Cur-
                                                                                 rently, the DeSoto Shelter does not
                                                                                 receive any financial support from
                                                                                                                           45 days later.
                                                                                                                                The Board would like it to be
                                                                                                                           known that the agency has
                                                                                                                                                                    the awareness and funding neces-
                                                                                                                                                                    sary to keep the agency open. The
                                                                                                                                                                    thought of closing the doors is a

receives excellent rating                                                        city government. The current cost
                                                                                 to operate this shelter location is
                                                                                 $140,000 annually. The shelter has
                                                                                                                           strength. The Board and staff alike
                                                                                                                           are willing to fight to keep the shel-
                                                                                                                           ters open and operating. Everyone
                                                                                                                                                                    frightening proposal. As a commu-
                                                                                                                                                                    nity, we cannot afford to lose an
                                                                                                                                                                    agency that provides the scope of
Provided by Ali Adams                   ful passing score and are eligible       been run strictly from agency un-         involved is dedicated to the work        services that Brighter Tomorrows
     The North Lake College South       for a GED diploma, and 100 stu-          restricted funds and Health and           being done.                              has to offer. Furthermore, we can-
Campus GED Testing Center re-           dents will continue to take prepa-       Human Service Funding for a sat-               Every night that a woman and        not turn our back on victims of
ceived an overall rating of “Excel-     ration courses.                          ellite shelter which was only             her children stay in one of the shel-    domestic and sexual violence.
lent” from the Texas Education               North Lake College is a mem-        $40,000. As a result, the Best South-     ters, they do not have to witness             The mission of Brighter To-
Agency. This is the highest rank-       ber of the Dallas County Commu-          west area police departments will         or experience abuse. They can            morrows is to empower survivors
ing given to a GED testing center.      nity College District. Educational       have to travel to one of Brighter         sleep soundly because they know          of domestic and sexual violence.
     Since February 2009, 500 stu-      opportunities are offered by the         Tomorrows’ other shelter locations,       they are safe. Without the services      The agency operates three safe
dents have been tested through the      Dallas County Community College          to assist victims who are in need of      of Brighter Tomorrows, many              shelters, a transitional housing pro-
center at the North Lake College        District without regard to race,         emergency residential services.           women would be unable to get Or-         gram, a non-resident advocacy and
South Campus. Approximately 300         color, age, national origin, religion,        The current economic down-           ders of Protection, access to jobs       outreach center, 24 hr. crisis hotline
students have achieved a success-       sex or sexual orientation.               turn has taken an enormous toll on        or educational opportunities; many       and two thrift stores.

Brent Michael Kitchens and wife,                     GLENDA                      Pete Baker of Midlothian, TX. He          time business manager for Gaston etery in Carrollton at 11:00 a.m. For
Emery of The Woodlands, TX., and              LUCILLE WINDSOR                    is survived by wife, Olevia Pratt,        Oaks Baptist Church. Graveside a full obituary please go to
Blake Evan Kitchens and wife,           Glenda Lucille Windsor, of               daughters, Earline Baker, Ellen Pratt,    services will be held on Saturday,
Holly of Abilene, TX., two great        Greenville, passed away on August        son-in-law, Bobby Sheats, three           August 29, 2009 at Furneaux Cem-
grandchildren, Adley Kitchens and       22, 2009. She was born June 19,          granddaughters, Misti Tankavich,
Grant Kitchens of The Woodlands,        1953 in Garland TX. She is survived      and husband Mark, of Irving,
TX. and one brother, Harvey Kitch-      by her sister, Laura Windsor             Valencia and Tiffany Pratt, ten
ens of Cross Bend, TX. A memorial       Knowles. Funeral service was Au-         great-grandchildren, brother
service was held Monday, August         gust 26, 2009 at Quinlan Funeral         Charles Pratt and sister Ruth Anne
17, 2009 at 11:00AM in the Chapel       Home Chapel. Burial was at Laurel        Scarbrough.                                    Irving’s oldest funeral home
at South MacArthur Church Christ,       Land Memorial Park in Dallas, TX.
1401 S. MacArthur Blvd., Irving,                                                        PETE M. FARINA
TX. 75060. Memorials can be sent                    R. G. PRATT                  Pete M. Farina, of Irving, passed
                                                                                                                                   We Provide The Personal Touch
to AMBUCS for Amtrykes; P.O.            R.G. Pratt, Jr. died August 18, 2009.    away Friday, August 21, 2009. He                        David & Carla Davis,
Box 154536, Irving, TX. 75015-4536.     He was born in Estelline, TX on          was born September 29, 1918 in                   Owners & Licenced Funeral Directors
Funeral arrangements conducted          May 20, 1929. He was a Sergeant in       Woodside, Louisiana. A Rosary
under the direction of Chapel of        the Air Force during the Korean          was held August 23, 2009 at
                                                                                                                              129 S. O’Connor
Roses Funeral Home.                     War. On June 3, 1956, he and Olevia
                                        Reynolds-Gunn were married in
                                                                                 Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Mass of
                                                                                 Christian Burial was celebrated              Irving, TX 75060                  972-259-7644
                LINDA                   Childress, TX. He worked for             August 24, 2009 at Calvary Hill
          MARIE TAYLOR                  Burlington Northern Railroad in          North Chapel. Interment followed
Linda Marie Taylor, of Euless,
passed away August 21, 2009.
She was born September 5, 1959
                                        Childress for 20 years, and relo-
                                        cated to Dallas, TX, where he
                                        worked for the Merchants Fast
                                                                                 at Calvary Hill Memorial Park.
in Ft. Worth, TX. She is survived
by husband Charles Winfield Tay-
                                        Motor Lines for 30 years. During
                                        retirement he worked for the City
                                                                                         ROSCOE SMITH
                                                                                 George Roscoe Smith, Jr., 91,
                                                                                                                                                      The Tradition
lor III and three children. Graveside   of Irving as a school crossing           passed away on August 23, 2009                                              “The Right Choice
service was August 25, 2009 at Oak      guard. He was preceded in death          in Irving, TX. He was born on Feb-                                          for Over 50 Years.”
Grove Memorial Gardens. Arrange-        by his parents, Glenn and Ruth           ruary 24, 1918 in Beaver, Iowa. He           Ben F. Brown
ments by Brown’s Memorial Fu-           Pratt of Amarillo, TX, son, Joe Eddie    was veteran of World War II serv-
neral Home.                             Pratt, of Irving, TX, and son-in-law,    ing in the Marine Corp and long-                      BROWN’S MEMORIAL
  IRVING’S ONLY PERPETUAL CARE CEMETERY                                                                                                  FUNERAL HOME
                                                                                                                                                 Church & Chapel Services
                                                                                                                                            Local, Out of Town Services & Burials
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                                                                                                                                                     Director in Charge
                1413 E. Irving Blvd.                                                                                                                 Gary Westerman
                 Irving, TX. 75060
            (972) 579-1844                                                   Garden of the Gospels                                       
         “Proudly Serving Irving And Surrounding Communities Since 1933”                                                          Brown Family Owned and Operated.
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Seniors hold summer luau at Summerville Saints march in to
                                                                                                                             edge AirHogs 3-2
                                                                                                                             Provided by Cassie Cullins            walk was issued to Jeff Eure,
                                                                                                                                  The pitching duel between        James Morrison was sent in to
                                                                                                                             the Grand Prairie AirHogs and         pitch for the ‘Hogs with runners
                                                                                                                             St. Paul Saints continued into        at 1st and 2nd and no outs. After
                                                                                                                             Tuesday night’s game with a           striking        out     Andrew
                                                                                                                             combined 9-hits-allowed ap-           Schmiesing, Morrison faced
                                                                                                                             pearance by starters Cody             Anthony Norman who was sent
                                                                                                                             Crowell (GP) and Tom Buske            in to pinch-hit for the Saints.
                                                                                                                             (STP) and a 1-0 lead for St. Paul     Norman grounded in to a
                                                                                                                             until the eighth inning.              fielder’s choice for the 2nd out
                                                                                                                                  In the top of the fourth in-     of the inning, leaving runners
                                                                                                                             ning, Steve Mays led off with a       on the corners with two outs.
                                                                                                                             double to right center off of         Steve Butler singled up the
                                                                                                                             Crowell and advanced to 3rd           middle to score Jacob Butler
                                                                                                                             when catcher JB Tucker made a         while Norman advanced to 3rd
                                                                                                                             pick-off attempt that sailed into     on the hit. Alex Fonseca singled
                                                                                                                             centerfield. After starter Crowell    to left scoring Norman to bump
                                                                                                                             retired two consecutive batters,      the lead to 3-1 before Josh Al-
Colorful leis, Hawaiian music and dancing set the tone for the Irving Senior Arts Program’s luau on Aug.
                                                                                                                             Josh Alley singled to center scor-    ley struck out to end the inning.
7 at Summerville. The Precious Pearls, a Hawaiian dance troupe from the Heritage Senior Center
                                                                                                                             ing Mays to take the 1-0 lead               Despite a two-walk, two-
entertains guests while Rick and Shauna Stevens sing during the festive event.                                               before Brent Krause struck out        hit-by-pitch allowance to add

                                          Vampire love sucks
                                                                                                                             to retire the side.                   another run in the bottom half

  Mungles                                                                                                                         The score would remain
                                                                                                                             locked at 1-0 until the bottom of
                                                                                                                                                                   of the ninth for the AirHogs,
                                                                                                                                                                   Grand Prairie’s offense was not
                                                                                                                             the eighth inning when Chad           able to come up with a hit, leav-

 on Movies                                goes an experimental medical pro-
                                          cedure, it unleashes an insatiable
                                          taste for blood and awakens dark
                                                                                  Thirst never bogs down with
                                                                                  wordy dialogue, and the wit and
                                                                                  humor survive the translation. The
                                                                                                                             Gabriel reached first base on a
                                                                                                                             throwing error by 3rd baseman
                                                                                                                                                                   ing the bases loaded when the
                                                                                                                                                                   game expired at a final score of
By Matt Mungle                                                                                                               Steve Butler. JB Tucker sacri-        3-2.
                                          desires that he can’t control. His      filming alone is enough to carry
Title: Bakjwi (Thirst)                                                                                                       ficed Gabriel to 2nd with a bunt            Cody Crowell threw 117
                                          consuming lust for a young mar-         you through. Park moves his char-
Rated: R                                                                                                                     before Drew Holder grounded           pitches over 7.1 innings and
                                          ried girl, Tae-joo, (Ok-vin Kim) cre-   acters in an erotic, seductive dance,
      Vampire films have been                                                                                                out to short, advancing Gabriel       gave up only one run on five
                                          ates an inner turmoil that rocks the    and you soon find yourself lost in
around since the days of silent pic-                                                                                         to 3rd. Joseph Spiers followed        hits, and struck out six on the
                                          foundation of his faith and future.     the world he has created.
tures, yet every now and then a film-                                                                                        with a well-placed single to right,   night. Tom Buske lasted 7.1 in-
                                               Sang-hyeon’s trespass into               This love story, as twisted as
maker will come up with a new and                                                                                            scoring Gabriel and tying the         nings and gave up zero runs on
                                          sin does not come lightly, and you      it is, is also full of wit and tongue
twisted version that stands out as                                                                                           game at 1-1.                          four hits and struck out two.
                                          feel his reluctance with each deci-     in cheek humor. The camera angles
gloriously original.                                                                                                              The difference would be          The only multi-games belonged
                                          sion. His love for Tae-joo is sin-      and use of body motion has that
      Such is the case of writer/di-                                                                                         made in the top of the ninth in-      to Javier Brito (2-4), Alex
                                          cere, and if not for the fact that he   classic Asian feel. The dialogue is
rector Chan-wook Park and his                                                                                                ning when the Saints’ Jacob           Fonseca (2-5, 1 RBI), and Josh
                                          is now part of the living dead, you     quick and sharp. I laughed a lot in
dark, dramatic, humor laced horror                                                                                           Butler led off with a base-hit off    Alley (2-5, 1 RBI).
                                          think he might have a shot at re-       this movie, and they are well crafted
flick, Bakjwi (Thirst). A film so beau-                                                                                      of reliever Greg Krause. After a
                                          demption. He makes some very            and deserving laughs. Park is
tifully shot that if not for its sub-     strong arguments considering his        unique in his ability to bring hu-
ject matter, you could almost con-
sider it a stylish love story for ro-
mantics everywhere. But this one
                                          situation. It was in fact not his do-
                                          ing that made him what he is, so
                                          should he be loved any less? As
                                                                                  mor into a narrative such as this.
                                                                                  And he does so without selling out
                                                                                  the story or the moment.
                                                                                                                           First day enrollment
                                                                                                                            tops previous year
is certainly not for the squeamish        he says, do you look upon the man             Bakjwi (Thirst) is rated R for
or faint of heart. Edward and Bella       with cancer as if he is somehow to      graphic bloody violence, disturb-
would wet themselves if faced with        blame?                                  ing images, strong sexual content,
the likes of these two blood thirsty           Thirst is a Korean film with       nudity and language. This is a lust-
lovers.                                   English subtitles. This fact alone      ful, seductive vampire flick at its          IISD first day enrollment totaled 31,695, which
      Sang-hyeon (Kang-ho Song)           will cause many, even those with        core, and I would suggest eating
is a priest who is sincere in his faith   the stomach to view it, to wave it      light before viewing. Even if you
                                                                                                                           is 776 more students than the first day last year.
and will go to extremes to save the       away. Granted you have to catch         close your eyes you can not es-              Elementary first day totals were 429 more than
lost and dying. When he under-            the rhythm of any foreign film, but     cape the sounds that echo and re-
                                                                                  verberate through the auditorium.
                                                                                                                           in 2008, middle school was 91 more, and high
                                                                                  The sucking noises, both carnally        school enrollment was 263 more students. The
                                                                                  and carnivorously, are an element
                                                                                  all their own.
                                                                                                                           projected peak enrollment for 2009-2010 is
                                                                                        The sex scenes though beau-        33,317.
                                                                                  tifully shot and framed are power-
                                                                                  fully graphic and seductive. This

           Don’t just go to the movies GO HOLLYWOOD
                                                                                  is not one for mixed family com-
                                                                                  pany. I will say that if you and your
                                                                                  date are up for a little romantic hor-
                                                                                                                              Weekly SUDOKU
                                                                                  ror, you may find this a good out-
                                                                                  ing. But you have to be comfort-
                                                                                  able with the extreme of both. So
     TAKING WOODSTOCK      R                      INGLOURIOUS                     really think about what you are
      12:30 4:25 7:25 10:15                        BASTERDS R                     going in to. No question that par-
                                          12:00   1:00 3:15 4:15       6:30
          HALLOWEEN 2         R                      7:30 9:45                    ents should steer their older teens
       12:20 2:50 5:20        7:50                                                away from this one. I give it 4 out
               10:30                      TIME TRAVELERS WIFE PG13                of 5 Mahjong tiles. Wonderfully
                                             1:50 5:00 7:35 10:10                 shot and well written. Not a film for
              * FINAL
       DESTINATION 4 (2D) R               500 DAYS OF SUMMER    PG13              everyone but those with a flair for
       12:55 3:00 5:05 7:40                  12:10 2:30 4:50 7:20                 beautifully made horror and a
                10:05                                10:00                        blood lust for love. So says Matt
                                                 THE GOODS R
               * SHORTS    PG                12:25 2:45 5:15 7:55                  Matt is a member of the North
   12:05       2:20 4:45   7:00   9:15                10:20                        Texas Film Critics Association
                                                                                   (NTFCA) and hosts the weekly syn-
           POST GRAD       PG13                  G.I. JOE     PG13                 dicated Indie Rock Radio Show Spin
   12:15     2:35 4:55     7:15 9:35         12:30 3:30      6:40 9:25
                                                                                   180. Plus with his wife Cindy they
           * DISTRICT 9      R                JULIE & JULIA PG13                   do a weekly radio feature, The
       1:45 4:30 7:45        10:25           12:15 3:25 6:55 9:30                  Mungles on Movies. For additional
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School Board interviews
superintendent search firms
      During a special called meet-         ProAct Search: headquartered         federal, state and local govern-
ing Aug. 12, the Irving ISD Board      in Illinois, ProAct has placed su-        ments, health care providers, tran-
of Trustees received presentations     perintendents nationally, including       sit authorities, utilities and private-
from three prospective superinten-     Newark, New Jersey public schools         sector clients.
dent search firms.                     Portland, Oregan public schools,               During the Aug. 12 meeting,
      The three firms responding to    and in Austin.                            Trustees did not select the firm to
a recent request for proposals are:         Mercer Group, Inc.: Georgia-         conduct a search for the next IISD
      Texas Association of School      based, Mercer Group specializes in        superintendent.

                                       Bruce pays tribute
Boards (TASB) Executive Search
Services: based in Austin, TASB
has placed superintendents in dis-
tricts including Carrollton/Farmers
Branch and Laredo.
                                       to Neil Diamond
UD included                             Bobby Bruce has spent fourteen
                                        years astounding thousands of
                                                                                 tion following the concert.
                                                                                      Bobby, as Nearly Neil, has

on Forbes’ best                         fans throughout North America,
                                        Australia, New Zealand and South
                                                                                 played for corporate giants as well
                                                                                 as 30,000 people in Calgary. He has

colleges list
                                        East Asia with his tribute to Neil       entertained at Toronto’s Rogers
                                        Diamond.                                 Centre, onboard several luxury lin-
                                             He will be welcomed on his first    ers at sea in the South Pacific, and
                                        visit to Texas with a Proclamation       is a regular fixture at elite casinos
Provided by Mary Parker                 presented by Mayor Herbert Gears.        across the country. The Pacific
      The University of Dallas (UD) The DFW Canadian-American                    National Exhibition honoured
is ranked 114 out of 600 private and Chamber of Commerce will honour             Bobby with their Entertainer of the
public colleges and universities Bobby and his band with a recep-                Year Award in 2006.
around the nation according to
“America’s Best Colleges 2009”
released on on Aug. 5.
      Of the 23 Texas schools that
made the list, UD earned the sec-
ond highest spot, with only Rice
University (#43) receiving a higher
      According to the
article, the rankings are based on
data gathered from a variety of
sources including student evalua-
tions, post-graduate success and
average debt, graduation rates, and
faculty and student achievement of
nationally competitive awards
such as Rhodes Scholarships or
Nobel Prizes.
      “With more than 4,000 col-
leges in the U.S., it is an amazing
feat for a small, Catholic Liberal Arts
school like University of Dallas to
make the list,” said John Plotts,
Ph.D., Associate Provost and Dean
of Enrollment Management. “We
are proud of this distinction and
honored to be on the “America’s
Best Colleges 2009” list with some
of the most well-known schools in
the world.”
      For more information on the
“America’s Best Colleges 2009,”

                                                                          Reception following the Concert sponsored by
                                                                        DFW Canadian-American Chamber of Commerce
                                                                   Call 972-252-ARTS or 972-253-1383
                                                                                All performances are at Carpenter Hall
                                                                                        at the Irving Arts Center
                                                                                       3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.
                                                                                            Irving, TX 75062
                                                                  This project is funded in part by the City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board

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