http://www.FriscoCommunit y.com f you wish to be removed from The Frisco Community Newsletter list, please send us an email or visit the ite above. Established 2001 * Your Key To Community & now with 41,000 readers! VEMBER 14, 2010 – VOLUME 9, ISSUE 27 CONTACT US Dear Friends, Welcome to another exciting, informative issue of The Frisco Community Newsletter, now in our 9 th year with 41,000 weekly readers. I started the newsletter when I was a member of the Frisco City Council as a comprehensive grass - @FriscoCommunity roots initiative to let people know what was going on in the city and for me to be able @ErikaLafata to communicate my thoughts about various issues. After being termed out after 6 years @MattLafata on council in May 2008, my wife Erika and I decided to still continue the weekly newsletter. We invite you to visit our website to find out how to submit your FREE community listing. Our readers are the key to The Frisco Community Newsletter. This newsletter couldn‘t happen without your eyes and ears letting us know what‘s going on with your respective schools and organizations. Matt Lafata We also want to make sure that we connect with you on as many levels as possible to Erika Lafata keep you informed of what‘s going on in Frisco. We have LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as blogs. Click here to see how to find us. Both Erika and I have had Twitter accounts for some time (@ErikaLafata and @MattLafata) but we have added one specifically for our The Frisco Community Newsletter. If you want the latest about happenings in and around Frisco via Twitter, be sure to follow @FriscoCommunity. Matt Lafata Erika Lafata As I‘m sure you all know school started in Frisco this past week. For some kids, it‘s the first time going to school. For others, it‘s the first time going to a new school. Whatever OTHER LINKS it might be, some kids may be excited, and others nervous about being back in school. The Lafata Family's Website This naturally results in kids paying less attention to cars, and more attention to getting to school. With all the new schools and school zones, ple ase be extra careful when Erika’s Blog driving around schools when dropping off and picking up your kids as well as driving Matt’s Blog around Frisco neighborhoods because as I‘ve pointed out, kids are not necessarily The Puzzling World of HR Technology watching out for you. It only takes a second for something terrible to happen which Blog – could change the life of not only a child and their family but yours as well. Please be careful and more alert at all times as everybody adjusts to being back in school. In addition, with school back in session, there seems to be so many things happening in and around Frisco. You may notice this issue is longer than some of the recent issues, which is a great indicator of the dynamics of our community. We strive to bring you more happenings and news than anywhere else so we hope you en joy this issue. Speaking of going back to school, if your kids have left a mess for you to clean up after this summer, don‘t stress! Call DeBonair Custom Cleaning for help. They are offering $100 off initial deep clean if you schedule your cleaning in September. More about them below. Also, we invite you ―giddy up and get‖ to Tioga Mercantile, our Newsletter Sponsor. If you like unique western memorabilia and antiquing, then it‘s a great daytrip for you! Plus, you can enjoy the world-famous Clark‘s Outpost BBQ Restaurant, just across the street. This Saturday, August 28 th, is Tioga‘s 4 th Saturday trade days starting at 8am. More about that below as well. t‘s almost hockey season and our Also, check out our Newsletter Spotlight on Adventure Bookshop which recently amily is once again excited to be a billet opened up next to the iconic Randy‘s Steakhouse. The owners have a true passion for host) family for Frisco‘s NAHL Texas books and their shop fits like a glove in downtown Frisco! Young and seasoned readers Tornado! These young men, 16-20 years alike will appreciate the charm of the historical building and the knowledge and old, are trying to secure college friendliness of the store‘s owners. They also have a Mystery Readers Meetup Group. cholarships to continue their education Read our interview with owner Carol Puckett below. and hockey career. They‘re recruited rom all over the world to play for the Don‘t forget, we encourage you to visit our website to submit your community listing, Tornado and live w ith families who‘ve inquire about advertising your business, check out the archives, and subscribe or offered their homes for the season. unsubscribe to the newsletter. These players are our next NHL stars and the Tornado have players that have Have a blessed weekend! gone on to play for such teams at St ouis Blues and Anaheim Ducks. We attended the Meet the Players event last weekend at aLoft Frisco with some of our kids and Taylor Herndon, the Tornado forward from Oklahoma City ving with us for the season. Pictured eft to right: Matt and Erika Lafata, Taylor Herndon, and our daughter Kaleigh Lafata and son Carl Heinrich. This Frisco Community Newsletter is Erika and Matt Lafata designed to bring us all a little The Frisco Community Newsletter closer together each week by Your Key To Community Since 2001 providing coverage of different happenings in our community. There are so many amazing things n this newsletter, as there are every week. Please SHARE this newsletter with all your friends and neighbors and encourage them to sign up to receive it themselves. NEWSLETTER SPONSOR – Tioga Merca ntile: They’ll greatly appreciate you for it, as no citizen should be without this mportant information at their ingertips. f there are non-profit community events, people or groups you want to ecognize, fundraising events, or any newsworthy items you would like to see added and shared with more than forty housand residents and businesses in risco and the surrounding areas, please end us an email and we‘ll consider ncluding it. Located just a relaxing, short 40 minute drive from Frisco, on the North shores of beautiful Lake Ray Roberts, Tioga is the birthplace of America‘s Favorite Singing f you received this from somebody Cowboy, Gene Autry. There, you will step back in time and enjoy the many antiques else and would like to be added to and collectibles that can be found in Tioga Mercantile. With quite a unique he list, just send me an email. Your atmosphere they are very proud of their 100+ year old building, formerly ―Sam email address will never be sold, Anderson‘s Barber Shop‖ in the early 1900‘s, and the very place where the legendary ented, or given to anybody else for Gene Autry shined shoes as a youngster. Much of the building is still in its original any reason, as your privacy is of the state, including the front door and brick façade. utmost importance to us. All newsletters can also be found on For store owner Judy Hollomon, seeing her passion materialize with her new business our newsletter web site. is a dream come true. ―The Mercantile is something that I have dreamed of for a very long time, having a life-long love for antiques and western memorabilia. My store is much more than an antique shop, however. Shoppers will find a variety of lovely Quotes of the Week: crystal pieces, florals, Circle E Candles, jewelry, and last but not least, delicious gourmet cakes, cheesecakes and bakery items from the original Yahoo Baking Co.,‖ she If the ladder is not leaning against the says. ight wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.‖ – Bob Every 4 th Saturday is Tioga Trade Days, and this Saturday August 28 th enjoy the Proctor vocal sounds of Stephen Pride (younger brother of legendary Charley Pride) performing at Tioga Mercantile from 11am-2pm. Whatever is to make us better and happy, God has placed either openly While visiting charming Tioga enjoy world-famous Clark‘s BBQ just across the street before us or close to us.‖ – Bob Proctor from Tioga Mercantile . Remember to bring your camera and check out their beautiful old Chuck Wagon and 1890‘s Doctor‘s Buggy sitting out front of the store makes If you really want to do something, memorable family photo settings. you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse.‖ – Bob Proctor Mention The Frisco Community Newsletter and save 10% off your entire purchase. Tioga Mercantile is located at 207 Gene Autry Drive, just 2 blocks east of Hwy. 377 NEWSLETTER SPONSOR – Tioga and is open Thursday-Saturday. For more information call (903) 821-1501. Mercantile: 3 NEWSLETTER SPOTLIGHT – Carol Puckett, Adventure Bookshop in Frisco: 4 NEW - DeBonair Custom Cleaning Back to School Special - $100 off initial deep cleaning! 5 NEW – FISD Superintendent's NEWSLETTER SPOTLIGHT – Carol Puc kett, Adventure Bookshop in Letter: Back to School 2010-2011: 6 Frisco: NEW - American Cancer Society Silver Dollar Ball Organizers to Host Breakfast With Tiffany Launch Event This Saturday: 7 NEW – Texas Tornado Hockey Announces Dancer Auditions This Sunday: 7 This week’s SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW is with Carol Puckett who recently opened NEW - Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler Adventure Bookshop in Frisco. We had a chance to sit down with her to find out more about her new business. Rehab with the Frisco RoughRiders: 8 THE FRISCO COMMUNITY NEW SLETTER: Carol, it’s exciting to hear that you’ve Frisco Humane Society's opened a new bookshop in downtown Frisco – congratulations! Now, this isn’t Barktoberfest 2010: 8 your first bookshop venture – tell our readers why you chose Frisco to open Adventure Bookshop. NEW - Hunting in Frisco: CAROL PUCKETT: James and I owned and operated Book Traders in Conway, AR for six years while helping our elderly relatives. The store was successful and we were able to Regulations on Safe Distances from sell. Our daughter, Kirby Davis, lives in Frisco. Our second daughter, Jamie Cleven, Urban Areas 9 lives in Dixon, CA outside Sacramento. Making Frisco our home allows us to see our daughter more frequently and fly less expensively to Sacramento. Living in CA is not NEW - Town Hall Meeting: 9 an option since our son-in-law is a USAF tech sergeant and is temporarily stationed at Travis AFB. NEW - Lone Star Storytelling Festival: 9 We stayed out of the book business for one year. We had books in storage and decided retirement is not for us. We love Frisco and want to help the community. We need a NEW – Crimes Against Kids purpose in life. We love readers and the social aspect of owning a store. We are Eliminated 5K Coming Up Soon: 10 blessed to have a new baby granddaughter to be born December 16. We love our new church home, Stonebriar Community Church. We are very happy here in Frisco. NEW - Party in Pink - Zumbathon to benefit Susan G. Komen Foundation TFCN: The shop is absolutely charming inside your beautiful historical 10 building! The custom built bookcases really add so much to the feel of the store and we can tell you really have a passion for books. Please tell us about NEW - Pumpkin Patch Splash: 10 the types of books you have in your store. CP: We carry paperback and hardback fiction. Our inventory contains mystery, Frisco Elementary Strings romance, western, science fiction, thriller, general fiction, Christian fiction, literature, Announces Registration for 3-5th and children. We do not have space to support large sections of nonfiction books. We brought the excess inventory from our previous store out of storage and shelved it. As grades: 11 time goes on, we will listen to our customers and add/delete sections as appropriate to Frisco Aquatics Swim Team Monthly support the needs and desires of the community. As our customer base expands, new inventory will be added. Quite honestly, the key is whether the community will support Tryouts: 11 an independent used bookstore. We are prepared to listen, change, and grow as the community desires. NEW – Upcoming Meeting for the Frisco Area Republicans: 12 We are an FISD business partner and approved vendor. We have stocked all the summer reading list materials. We are making a concerted effort in the children‘s NEW - Frisco Square Announces section to have FISD reading list materials. We have made children selections to meet FISD Poster Contest: 12 the needs of homeschoolers. NEW – DBU Offers Free Click Here and scroll down for the rest of our Spotlight Interview with Adventure Bookshop! Information Session: 12 NEW - The Real Estate Investor Tip of the Week: 13 UPDATED - Vendors Wanted for Holiday Bazaar: 14 NEW - DeBonair C ustom C leaning Bac k to School Specia l - $100 off Ninth Annual Mother Son Dance: initial deep c leaning! an “All Star Evening”: 14 Frisco High School STARS Dance Team Holiday Bazaar: 15 DFW Pug Rescue Club Indoor Garage Sale: 15 NEW - Auditions for "Forever Plaid" (30's-40's Welcome to $100 off Initial Deep Clean! Audition, Too): 15 If your kids have left a mess for you to clean up after this summer, don‘t stress! Call NEW – Star Children’s Charity Star DeBonair Custom Cleaning for help. They are offering $100 off initial deep clean if you Winter Ball: 16 schedule your cleaning in September. NEW - Thering Named Regional Upon receiving a call or an email from you, DeBonair will schedule a meeting with you in your home and listen to your individual needs and concerns regarding a cleaning Assistant Principal of the Year: 17 service. NEW – FISD School Dedication We will take a tour of your home with you while you point out areas of concern that are Ceremonies Scheduled: 17 especially important to you. After the tour, the DeBonair Checklist will be reviewed with you, our cleaning products discussed, cleaning methods and answer any questions you NEW – FISD Season Tickets on Sale may have. A specific day will then be determined with you to have your home cleaned at Athletic Office: 18 within 1 - 2 weeks. Most homes do require an initial deep clean which will be discussed prior scheduling. DeBonair does not clean monthly clients, one -time or move in/move NEW - FISD Largest Exemplary out cleanings. District in State: 18 NEW - Free Child Safety Seat Checks: 18 NEW - 90th Anniversary Celebration of the 19th Amendment: 18 NEW – Landscape Design/Detail (Late August): 19 NEW – 2010 USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships: 22 ADDITIONAL SPECIAL OFFER: DeBonair is now offering partial home cleanings. We NEW - 9/11 Gala to raise money for understand you may not need your entire home cleaned, so we have a solution. We new Collin County animal shelter: are now offering a partial cleaning rate that includes Kitchen, Bathrooms and Floors. 22 DeBonair Custom Cleaning is also an official Partner of the Cleaning for a Reason Foundation, the non-profit providing free, professional house cleaning services for NEW – High School Students have women undergoing treatment for cancer. To learn more about how we can help you or until September 17 to apply for someone you know, please visit www.cleaningforareason.org Congressional Youth Advisory Council: 23 To learn more about DeBonair Custom Cleaning and view our checklist, please visit the website or email owner Debbie Viverito She can also be reached at 214-886-2588. NEW - GENBAND to Move Corp HQ to Hall Office Park: 23 NEW - Plano Family Finalists in Pop-Tarts $25,000 Contest: 24 NEW - Pottery Barn Kids at Stonebriar Centre presents story time every Tuesday in September: 25 NEW – F ISD Supe rintendent's Letter: Bac k to School 2010-2011: NEW – Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau Launces iPhone App: 25 Whether you are a newcomer or a returning citizen and student of FISD, we welcome you to the 2010-2011 school year. NEW - Smithsonian Institution Growth continues to be a part of FISD and this year we are ope ning six new schools Donates Rare Locomotive to Texas bringing our total number of campuses to 52 – 30 elementary schools, 12 middle Musuem: 26 schools, six high schools and four special program schools. We are opening Lone Star High School; Hunt, Maus and Cobb middle schools; and Sonntag and Purefo y NEW - Connemara to celebrate elementary schools. reopening of Meadow Preserve with As we look forward to greeting approximately 37,271 students this coming school year, dinner under the stars: 27 we anticipate this as being a great year in FISD history. We have hired some outstanding employees who will join our ranks, and we will be more tha n 5,000 NEW - Traffic Patterns Change in employees strong in 2010-2011. Our team is excited about the privilege of working Collin County to Accommodate SRT with your children, and we have been busy this summer in preparations for the coming Interchange Construction: 28 year. Teams have worked on improving and expanding curriculum resources and instructional strategies; educators have participated in training and workshops to NEW - Construction Moving Full continue their own learning as part of our ongoing commitment to provide your children Speed Ahead on the President with the best educational experience possible. George Bush Turnpike Western While we move forward in this new decade, FISD will be focusing even more on 21st Extension (SH 161): 28 Century skills for our learners. We will continue to leverage technology and work at opening the world to our students who need to be prepared for whatever path they NEW - Senator Nelson Announces choose upon graduation. Many of the jobs of tomorrow do not even exist today and we Doubling of Air Quality Monitors in must expand the walls of the classroom and meet the unique needs of today‘s students Barnett Shale: 29 as they develop skills to be competitive and compassionate in a global society. NEW - Capitol Steps – Submitted by You are probably aware that FISD recently achieved exemplary status in the state‘s accountability rating system. We believe these ratings are just one of many indicators State Representative Ken Paxton: 29 of a school system‘s success, but it is a significant accomplishment and a testimony to the hard work of our students, the dedication of our staff and the support of our parents. That work must continue and our vision for students includes a commitment to look at each learner as an individual, to make their curriculum and the assessment of For advertising opportunities for their learning meaningful, and to clearly communicate the progress of students in their your business, please contact Erika learning. Lafata. While I continue to handle he content of the newsletter (the One of the biggest factors in the overall success of our students and our district will bulk of the newsletter that is non- always be our ability to work in partnership with our parents and the community. We paid announcements/non-profit hope that you feel welcome in our schools and that you will become involved in the events), Erika handles the business many things that are taking place. We hope we made your back-to-school experience a commercial opportunities, including little easier this year with the implementation of online registration and reenrollment he Sponsorship and Spotlight and we hope you will attend some of the many workshops and programs planned for eatures as well as other marketing this year just for parents. A calendar of these events will be posted at equests. www.friscoisd.org as school begins. We pride ourselves in not being a The clock is ticking to the exciting first day of school. As you prepare, please browse “business directory” but rather a the website to learn more about the successes of last year that we hope to build on this place where YOUR business can be year and to find key information about your school and your district. If you cannot find showcased and not dwarfed with an what you are looking for, let us know through the feedback section on our website. overflow of advertising from your competitors. Your business will Again, welcome and welcome back! SHINE in this newsletter! Warm regards, You can find an overview and media Rick Reedy kit of the newsletter here Superintendent of Schools The Frisco Community Newsletter Staff and Contributors NEW - Ame rican Cance r Society Silver Dolla r Ba ll Orga nize rs to Host Breakfast With Tiffa ny La unc h Event This Saturday: Matt Lafata – Founder – 214-336-3355 Erika Lafata – Sales and Marketing Organizers of the American Cancer Society Silver Dollar Ball are partnering with Tiffany Director–214-636-6614 & Co. to host Breakfast With Tiffany, a stylish launch event for next year‘s annual gala. The event will begin at 10 a.m. on August 28, 2010 at Gleneagles Country Club in Kaleigh Lafata – Junior Reporter for the Plano. Only 100 tickets are available for this exclusive e vent. Tickets are $100 each. Texas Tornado Hockey Team In addition to enjoying a champagne breakfast, guests will be treated to a drawing and Glenn Kopanski – Landscape Design special fashion show featuring Tiffany & Co. jewelry. Frisco resident Kimberly Alexander of the Tackle Cancer Foundation will also speak at the event. Her husband, former NFL star and American Cancer Society supporter Elijah Alexander, lost a valiant This Day in History – August 26, battle with myeloma earlier this year. 1939: First Televised Major League Baseball Game ―We are so excited to partner with Tiffany & Co. to host this exclusive launch party for the 2011 gala,‖ said Amy Wagner, last year‘s Silver Dollar Ball chairperson. ―The rom the History Channel… launch is such a fun and stylish way to promote the event and the needed research, programs and services the American Cancer Society offers. We would certainly like to On this day in 1939, the first televised thank Tiffany & Co. for their support.‖ Major League baseball game is broadcast on station W2XBS, the station The event is underwritten by Chubb Group of Insurance Companies and Swingle Collins hat was to become WNBC-TV. & Associates. Announcer Red Barber called the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the This event is expected to sell out and guests are encouraged to reserve their tickets Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in early. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit silverdollarball.org or contact Brooklyn, New York. Meredith Schuchard at the American Cancer Society at 214.819.1225. At the time, television was still in its The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of nfancy. Regular programming did not experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of yet exist, and very few people owned more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every elevision sets--there were only about cancer in every community. As the nation‘s largest non-governmental investor in 400 in the New York area. Not until cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about 1946 did regular network broadcasting cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have atch on in the United States, and only had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this n the mid-1950s did television sets year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800- become more common in the American 227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org. household. n 1939, the World's Fair--which was being held in New York--became the atalyst for the historic broadcast. The elevision was one of fair‘s prize exhibits, and organizers believed that he Dodgers-Reds doubleheader on NEW – Texas Tornado Hoc key Announces Dancer Auditions This August 26 was the perfect event to howcase America's grasp on the new Sunday: echnology. Tryouts for the Texas Tornado Siren Dancers will be Sunday, August 29th from 2:30- By today's standards, the video 6:00pm at Power House of Dance in Frisco. All applicants must be 18 years of age overage was somewhat crude. There before the tryout date. Selected performer must reside in the DFW area and have were only two stationary camera angles: reliable transportation. Must be willing and able to attend all practices, games, and all The first was placed down the third base other related activities. For additional information, click here or please contact Matt at ne to pick up infield throws to first, and firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-335-9800. he second was placed high above home plate to get an extensive view of the ield. It was also difficult to capture fast- moving plays: Swinging bats looked like paper fans, and the ball was all but nvisible during pitches and hits. Nevertheless, the experiment was a uccess, driving interest in the NEW - Ne lson Cruz a nd Ian Kinsler Reha b with the Frisco RoughRiders: development of television technology, particularly for sporting events. Though baseball owners were initially concerned Texas Rangers‘ outfielder Nelson Cruz will make a rehab start with the RoughRiders at hat televising baseball would sap actual Dr Pepper Ballpark beginning Thursday, August 26th. attendance, they soon warmed to the dea, and the possibilities for revenue Cruz was most recently placed on the disabled list on August 16th with a strained left generation that came with increased hamstring – an injury that has already sidelined him twice this season. A 2009 All- exposure of the game, including the sale Star, Cruz is hitting .320 with 16 home runs and 64 RBI in 77 games with Rangers. of rights to air certain teams or games and television advertising. Ian Kinsler is also headed to Frisco this weekend. Today, televised sports is a multi-billion The Rangers second baseman will go out on a rehab assignment either Saturday or dollar industry, with technology that Sunday, and will not join the Rangers when they play a three -game series in Kansas gives viewers an astounding amount of City beginning Monday. He's expected to join the club in Minnesota Sept. 3 when the visual and audio detail. Cameras are Rangers and Twins start a three -game series. now so precise that they can capture the way a ball changes shape when struck Tickets are available for this weekend‘s Frisco RoughRiders games by calling (800) 745 - by a bat, and athletes are wired to pick 9277 or by visiting www.ridersbaseball.com. up field-level and sideline conversation. For advertising opportunities, please contact Erika at Erika@FullCircleDFW.com or visit www.FullCircleDFW.com All the opinions, endorsements or Frisco Huma ne Society's Barktoberfest 2010: ecommendations in this newsletter are mine and Erika‘s alone and they do not necessarily reflect the opinions or Save The Date - October 23rd - for our 6th Annual Barktoberfest at Frisco Commons views of any organization or group with Park from noon to 4:00 p.m. We know many of you attended previous years and we whom I am affiliated, or the individuals hope you will join us again this year. This year's Barktoberfest will be just as much fun who are a part of such organizations - for the entire family and your dogs. Tell all your friends and family about how much and groups. You should not rely on any fun you had last year as well as helping us raise funds to rescue more dogs and cats! tatement made in this newsletter as evidenced of how I may act as a Don't miss any of the following events: member of any organization or group. nclusion of news, events and Walk of Honor for the Frisco Humane adopted dogs - we love our adopted dogs and hope to see many of them at Barktoberfest so we can introduce them as other information in this newsletter does they walk across the stage not imply an endorsement; it merely erves as my effort to be of service to Dog walk around the lake – it‘s such a beautiful area to walk, both dogs and he readers. people love this activity Low cost microchip clinic - thanks to Dr. Shelton and his staff from 380 West Animal Hospital Dog competitions (including the ever-popular Best Costume - it will be really close to Halloween) All About Frisco All your favorite vendors - vendors - vendors, as well as new ones selling their animal-related products and services. We all love retail therapy! Can your dog pass the Canine Good Citizen test? You can find out thanks to Clubs, Groups and Organizations in our friend and volunteer James Johnson of K9DenSolutions and around Frisco: Canine demonstrations - DAWG will be demonstrating their amazing agility dogs for us again this year risco is home to a very diverse and Catnip Corral - fabulous fun feline festivities. numerous set of clubs, groups and Great food at The DogFather Grill - there will be even more selections to organizat ions. If your group or tantalize your tastebuds this year organizat ion is missing, and you would Bow Wow Buy It Now - our FHS sales table - we have great bargains including ke to get it listed, please send us an those popular dog beds email so we can list it and continue to Duck for a Buck - vintage t-shirts and surprises for prizes maintain the most comprehensive list available. New for 2010 Barktoberfest t-shirts Take home a framed photograph of you and your dog Rescue groups - purebreed and mixed breeds AARP – 972-335-2478 We still have Sponsor and Vendor opportunities available - please email email@example.com if you would like further information on being a Adopt A Pet – 972-668-4311 sponsor and/or vendor. Or visit our website for further information and photographs from all previous Barktoberfests, thanks to our great photographer AJ. Al-Anon Family Groups For Friends and amilies of Alcoholics – 214-363-0461 Alcoholics Anonymous -- Frisco Chapter – 214-394-0130 Alcoholics Anonymous Frisco Group – NEW - Hunting in Frisco: Regulations on Safe Dista nces from Urban 972.708.5086 Areas Allen-Frisco-Plano Autism Spectrum Parent Group The opening day of dove season for 2010 is September 1st. Hunters who are planning on obtaining property owners‘ permission to use their land for hunting purposes must American Cancer Society of Collin ensure that the tract of land is a minimum of 10 acres, that they are at least 1,000 feet County – 214-819-1221 from schools, hospitals, and day care facilities, as well as at least 600 feet from residential housing and multi-family residential complexes. Additionally, hunters should ensure—as always—that they fire their weapons in a manner not reasonably expected American Legion Post 178 to cause a projectile to cross the boundary of property tracts. American Red Cross of North Texas – The Frisco Police Department will continue to work with hunters and landowners to 972-542-5642 ensure that safe hunting practices are followed. Residents are urged to contact police if they feel that safe and reasonable distances are not being followed by hunters. Frisco Angel Food Ministries – 214-282-5576 police officers are confident that voluntary compliance can be achieved through education of the state law and identification of those areas within the city that may be affected by the new boundaries. For more information on this law, please visit the AroundTown Kids Frisco Police Department‘s web site at www.FriscoTexas.gov/Police and click on the ―Hunting in Frisco‖ link. Our website will provide the details of the law as listed in the Arts of Collin County Texas Local Government Code, Section 229.003, as well as a map that will graphically illustrate areas in the city that fall within the boundaries of the law. Association of Frisco Retired School Personnel – 972-335-3040 Boy Scouts of America – 214-902-6754 Boys and Girls Club NEW - Town Hall Meeting: C.A.K.E. – Crimes Against Kids Monday, August 30 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Eliminated! Inc. – 972-955-1629 Location: City Council Chambers inside the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center (6101 Frisco Square Blvd.) CASA of Collin County – 972-529-2272 Get the latest information about city programs, services and projects. For attending the Celebrate Recovery – 214-282-5576 meeting, you can take home a Frisco logo item to help you celebrate your city pride. ... read more about Town Hall Meetings. Centennial Touchdown Club (Centennial High School Football) Chamber of Commerce Christian Community Action – 972-436- NEW - Lone Sta r Storytelling Festival: 4357 Chronic Hugs: Chronic Pain Support Friday, October 8 & Saturday, October 9 Group – 214-726-9060 Time: various times Location: Simpson Plaza at the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center 6101 Frisco Square Blvd City of Frisco – 972-292-5000 The City of Frisco‘s 7th Annual Lone Star Storytelling Festival elevates the art of the Collin County – 972-424-1460 story with performances from some of the nation‘s best-loved professional storytellers. More details about the Festival may be found at LoneStarStories.org. Tickets may be purchased online at the festival website, by mail Collin County Association of Realtors – using the order form on the website and in festival brochure, or in person at Frisco 214-618-3800 Public Library‘s borrow and return desk. Tickets can also be purchased at the festival. Collin County Central Appraisal District Collin County Community College Collin County Community College Education Foundation NEW – Crimes Aga inst Kids Eliminated 5K Coming Up Soon: Collin County Connection – 214-544- Crimes Against Kids Eliminated (C.A.K.E!) is hosting the C.A.K.E! Walk, ―Making Strides 0666 4 Kids 5K‖ on Saturday, September 11, 2010, at Frisco Commons Park, Frisco, Texas. This fun family event has something for everyone with music, entertainment, children‘s activities and on-going vendor displays. Collin County Early Childhood PTA – 972-712-3634 Proceeds from the event will be shared with C.A.K.E! and the United Services Organization of Dallas/Fort Worth (USO DFW), United Through Reading Room. The Collin County Event Professionals – 214- room is a library of children‘s books from which soon-to-be deployed parents select a 542-1317 book for each of their children. USO Volunteers record the troops reading the books and when they are finished, the DVD and book are shipped home to the children. Collin County Gay and Lesbian Alliance – 214-521-5342 C.A.K.E! is a nonprofit 501(3)(c) with a mission to educate, motivate and inspire children, families and communities to take proactive action focused on eliminating child Collin County Genealogy Association – sexual abuse across the United States. This organization strives to create communities 972-231-4190 where every child is valued and able to live up to their full brilliance, free from sexual abuse and its aftermath. To learn more about C.A.K.E!, register for the walk, or find Collin County Republican Party out about other volunteer opportunities, visit www.cake4life.org or call 1.888.955.1629. Collin County Songwriters Association Dallas Athletic Rugby Club NEW - Party in Pink - Zumbathon to benefit Susan G. Kome n Daughters of the American Revolution – Foundation 972-307-5906 Democratic Party of Collin County WHEN: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 7 pm Denton County WHAT: We will have a Zumbathon at the Frisco Powerhouse of Dance on September 17, 2010 at 7pm. Tickets are $15, and ALL proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Denton County Central Appraisal District Foundation. Reserve your tickets by e-mailing Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org Downtown Advisory Board – 972-292- 5108 Downtown Merchants Association – 972- NEW - Pumpkin Patch Splash: 292-5108 amilyWatchdog.com Saturday, October 16 from 10 a.m. - noon Location: Frisco Athletic Center Indoor Pool C Dallas Tickets: $12 (resident); $15 (non-resident) Put on your swimsuit and join the quest for your perfect Halloween pumpkin. Each risco A&M Club – 972-897-7765 participant will get the opportunity to pick one pumpkin from the pool and to decorate it. Admission includes: a pumpkin of your choice, swim pass for the day and a spe cial risco American Business Women‘s Trick-or-Treat goodie bag. Please arrive at 10 a.m. for check-in. Association (ABWA) Advanced registration only - see the current Frisco Fun Guide - page 24, for complete registration information. Registration ends October 14. risco Al-Anon Family Group – 972-978- 8757 Ages 7-8 are required to wear a life jacket that is provided. Life jackets are optional for ages 9-10. risco-Allen Texas Area Alumnae Panhellenic risco Aquatics Swim Team Frisco Elementa ry Strings Announces Re gistration for 3-5th grades: risco Area Children‘s Theater – 972- 377-2675 The purpose of this program is to provide beginning string instrument instruction for elementary age students in Frisco. It will strengthen the quality of the strings programs risco Area Republican Women in the Frisco Middle and High Schools. Traditionally, string students begin at a much younger age than do other risco Association For the Arts instrumentalists. The Frisco Elementary Strings Program is open to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students residing within the Frisco ISD. Beginning string instruction at this age risco Athletic Network will allow this "Strings Program" to be competitive in quality with other schools in the Dallas metroplex. The program will be held once a week on Mondays 4:30 to 5:30 at risco Bar Association Lone Star High School. risco Baseball/Softball Organization – There will be a parent meeting on Monday, September 13th at 7:00-8:00 PM. The "Instrument Drive" and "Registration" will also take place on September 13. Instruction 972-712-2288 will begin on Monday, September 20. risco Business and Professional Women An annual registration fee of $275 per a student. This will be paid at the time of – 972-377-0335 registration. Students will need to provide an instrument - violin, viola or cello. Contact Mrs. Christina Wagner at 469-633-5333, or by email. You can also visit the risco Cares – 214-705-8200 website. risco Chamber of Commerce risco Chorale – 972-335-4380 x104 risco Citizens on Patrol (C.O.P.s) Frisco Aquatics Swim Team Monthly Tryouts: risco Community Band – 972-668-5315 Frisco Aquatics Swim Team monthly tryouts are held the 1st Wednesday of each month risco Community Theatre – 972-370- beginning in October. 2266 We will be holding monthly tryouts the first Wednesday of each month starting October 2009 for anyone interested in joining the team. This trial will be held at the Frisco ISD risco Convention and Visitors Bureau Natatorium. riscoCoupon.com Tryouts start at 7:00pm for all interested swimmers. Please arrive at 6:45pm to sign in and receive a number. Minimum requirement is the ability to complete 25 yards risco Cycling Club unassisted freestyle or backstroke. risco Democratic Party A copy of your child‘s birth certificate will be required for registration. We will have extra copies of the registration forms available when you arrive if you forget to bring one. risco Dog Park Your child should bring a swim suit, goggles and a swim cap if they have longer hair. risco Ducks Unlimited – 972-712-5049 To learn more about Frisco Aquatics go to: www.FriscoAquatics.com. risco Early Childhood PTA If you have any more questions or concerns contact Head Coach Dan McDonough at email@example.com or call 843-469-9715. risco Economic Development Corporation – 972-292-5150 risco Education Foundation – 469-633- 6860 risco Family Services Center – 972- 335-9495 NEW – Upcoming Meeting for the Frisco Area Republicans: risco Family YMCA – 972-335-3222 The next meeting of the Frisco Area Republicans will be held on September 2nd 2010 at risco Fire Department – 972-335-5525 6:30 pm at the Texas Land and Cattle Company Restaurant on Preston Road in Frisco. risco Football League – 972-712-0558 Our speaker is Denton County Commissioners Court Judge, The Honorable Mary Horn. Judge Horn will be speaking on the cost of illegal immigration to Denton County. This risco Garden Club – 972-335-3812 will be a very timely and interesting presentation. All interested pe rsons are invited to attend. risco Gymnastics Center – 972-377- For additional information, please email, firstname.lastname@example.org. 3137 risco Housing Authority risco Humane Society – 972-498-8980 NEW - Frisco Square Announces F ISD Poste r Contest: risco Independent School District – 469-633-6000 Frisco Square announced a poster contest for Frisco ISD students to p romote the upcoming Arts in the Square event on March 5 & 6, 2011. risco Kiwanis Club FISD teachers will have an Entry Application for interested students in grades K-12. A jury of Fine Artists and art teachers will select the winner from the best 80 entries risco Lacrosse Association received from the students. Grades are grouped into four groups and the winner of each group will receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond and that entry will be featured in the risco Lion‘s Club – 972-335-2487 poster for the 2011 Arts in the Square festival. Selected entries will be exhibited in Frisco Square on January 15 and published in a "AITS Winners Circle" book. One copy risco Music Teachers Association of the book will be donated to the Frisco Public Library. Additional copies of the book will be sold to benefit the Frisco Education Foundation. All entries must be delivered to the offices of Frisco Square Development, 8874 Coleman Blvd., Frisco, TX 75034 risco Neighborhood Watch between the hours of 3 and 5PM before December 1, 2010. Entry questions should be directed to email@example.com. Visit www.friscosquare.com/AITS for risco Pack 142 updates and information about Arts in the Square 2011. risco Parents of Multiples Arts in the Square is an annual juried show where artists compete in fifteen categories. Both visual and performing arts, along with Texas -style fun, activities for children of all ages and live, local entertainment are included in the two-day event. Admission is free. risco Police Department – 972-292- 6000 Frisco Square is a pedestrian-friendly, urban experience that blends shopping, dining, office space, apartment living, town homes, park space and Frisco's city Hall and risco Police Officers‘ Wives Association Library. Located in the heart of Frisco at the southeast corner of the Dallas North Tollway and Main Street, Frisco Square is directly across from Pizza Hut Park. Additional risco Post Office – 972-335-7453 information about Frisco Square and Arts in the Square is available at www.friscosquare.com or through the Frisco Square information center at 469-633- risco Pride 1721. Frisco Square is on Facebook and there's a Frisco Square iPhone app, too. Receive Tweets about Frisco Square at Twitter.com/FriscoSquare. risco Public Library risco Quilt Guild risco Republican Men‘s Club NEW – DBU Offe rs F ree Information Session: risco Republicans – 972-335-9176 risco Residents of Color On Tuesday, September 28, at 5:45 p.m. Dallas Baptist University will host a free Information Session at DBU Frisco. The Information Session will involve a discussion on DBU's masters and bachelors degrees. You can earn an entire bachelors degree in Communication, Psychology, Business Administration, and Management, as well as, a risco Rotary Club – 972-701-2801 Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Management, Master of Education, Master of Education in School Counseling, Master of Arts in Counseling, and risco RoughRiders Master of Arts in Christian Education at DBU Frisco. The information session will be held at DBU Frisco at the corner of Warren and Internet in Hall Office Park (3211 Internet Blvd, Suite 100, Frisco, TX 75034). If you have any questions or would like to reserve a risco Soccer Association – 972-712- seat please contact DBU Frisco at (214) 333-5777 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also 4625 go to the following link: http://www3.dbu.edu/frisco/infosessions.asp. risco Square risco Sunrise Rotary risco Swim Team risco Thunder Professional Football NEW - The Rea l Estate Investor Tip of the Wee k: risco Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8273 – 972-712-5611 risco Women‘s League – 972-712-8890 risco/Plano Christian Women‘s Club – 972-668-4464 risco Youth Volleyball Leagues Hall Office Park Heritage Association of Frisco – 972- 292-5657 Heroes for Children – 214-256-5824 The Real Estate Investor Tip of the Week Submitted by: Zeke Zucaro nside Collin County Business “Buy When There’s Blood In The Streets” Baron Rothschild “Even When It’s Your Own” A really smart guy KittiCo Cat Rescue – 214-826-6903 Yahoo Headline: August 24, 2010 abrador Retriever Rescue of North Texas Low prices and rates can't slow fall in home sales Low mortgage rates and prices fail to stop home sales from s inking to weakest in 15 egacy Christian Academy years "The housing market is undermining the already faltering wider economic recovery," ewisville Independent School District said Paul Dales, U.S. economist with Capital Economics. "With the increasingly inevitable double-dip in prices yet to come, things could yet get a lot worse." Meals on Wheels – 972-562-6996 Elphinstone reported from New York. Miracle League of Frisco MOMS Club of Frisco – East Central Economy Caught in Depression, Not Recession: Rosenberg Chapter – 972-712-1789 Published: Tuesday, 24 Aug 2010 | 11:23 AM ET By: Jeff Cox CNBC.com Staff Writer MOMS Club of Frisco – South Chapter – 214-336-8001 Rosenberg calls current economic conditions "a depression, and not just some garden- variety recession." MOMS Club of Frisco – SE Chapter – 214-227-2418 The dour outlooks come on the same day that the National Association of Realtors said home sales reached a 15-year low in June, dousing hopes that the industry had MOMS Club of Frisco – SW Chapter – reached a bottoming point. 469-384-8002 Wall Street Journal Online: AUGUST 24, 2010 MOMS Club of Frisco – West Central Plunge in Home Sales Stokes Economy Fears Chapter By SUDEEP REDDY And NICK TIMIRAOS U.S. home sales plummeted in July to a level not seen in more than a decade, spurring MOMS Club of Frisco – West Chapter – fears of renewed weakness in housing prices and the broader economy. 214-504-9223 The number of unsold homes on the market grew by 2.5% to nearly four million in MomsOutLoud.com July. At the current sales pace, it would take 12.5 months to clear that inventory, the highest level in more than a decade. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) – 972- 668-7458 "Most Men Live Lives Of Quiet Desperation" Henry David Thoreau "Let The World Hear You Scream!" Zeke Zucaro National Alliance on Mental Illness of Collin County – 214-509-0085 The signs are clear. The blood is flowing. More than likely some of that blood is your own. I can tell you some of that blood is Megan‘s and mine. I can also tell you that we Newcomer Friends of Greater Plano have never stopped buying houses. Even when we were brought to our knees in a slaughter that was no fault of our own, still we kept buying. North Collin County Habitat for Humanity ReStore – 972-548-9112 There is one way out of this me ss and it is forward. Now is the time to buy and help yourself, and help your neighbor. Count yourself lucky if you escaped the bloodletting, North Dallas Newcomers and Friends but do not miss your opportunity, neigh your obligation. Now: Get off the Couch and Buy A HOUSE! North Texas Tollway Authority – 214- 461-2000 Zeke Zucaro is Full Time Real Estate Entrepreneur and National Speaker an d Trainer on Real Estate Investing. You can see more of Zeke at www.megazee.com OU Club of Collin County – 972-797- 9708 Overeaters Anonymous – 972-832-5263 Play Pals – 972-839-0312 UPDATED - Vendors Wanted for Holiday Bazaa r: Prosper Independent School District Now accepting vendor registrations for the 9 th Annual Ladies Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at St. Francis of Assisi, Frisco TX. Additional Radio Free Frisco information and vendor registration forms are available on our website at www.laxholidaybazaar.com. Senior Center at Frisco Square – 972- 292-6550 SPCA of Texas – 972-562-7387 Speak Up – Frisco Toastmasters Group – Ninth Annua l Mother Son Dance: an “All Sta r Evening”: 972-881-9989 Stonewall Democrats of Collin County Put on your dancing shoes! It‘s time for the 9th Annual Mother Son Dance which will be held Saturday, October 9. The location has not been set at this time, but it will be an Texas Democratic Women of Collin ―All Star Evening‖ of great music, dancing and light refreshments. Participants are County encouraged to come dressed formal or in their favorite sports attire. Texas Tornado Hockey Tickets for this memorable evening go on sale Sa turday, August 27 at 8 a.m. Tickets are $12 per person (both mother and son need a ticket) and may be purchased online at www.FriscoFun.org or in person at the Frisco Athletic Center located at 5828 Nancy TheParentHive.com Jane Ln. at the following times: Toastmasters Club of Frisco – 972-712- Monday through Friday 5 a.m. – 9 p.m. 4611 Saturday, 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. All tickets purchased online must be picked up at the Frisco Athletic Center by 7 p.m. Visual Arts Guild of Frisco on Friday, October 8. Tickets may be purchased fo r either of the two dance times; however, you must attend the dance time for which you purchase tickets. Volunteer Center of North Texas 5:30 – 7 p.m. (ages four to seven) 7:30 – 9 p.m. (ages eight to 12) Voter Registration Information – Collin County In order to purchase tickets online, you must have an account with a Login ID and Password set-up in advance. If you already have an account, but have forgotten your Voter Registration Information – Denton Login ID and Password or if you need to create an account, log on to County www.FriscoFun.org, choose the ‗Classes and Athletics‘ tab and click on the eFun registration link. Scroll down and follow the instructions on how to get started. It may Women Encouraging Business – 972- take up to 48 hours to receive a Login ID and Password once a new account has been 335-9522 requested. Please call 972-292-6600 if you have any questions regarding your account. Photo packages to capture the memories of the evening for you and your son will be Word of Mouth Productions available at the event for $22 (payable at the event, cash or check only). The packages include two 5x7 prints and eight wallet-size photos presented in a customized folder. WOVI-Frisco: Women of Visionary Participants are encouraged to arrive early for these portraits. nfluence – 469-252-4528 For more information about this event, visit our website at www.FriscoFun.org or email Young Life Frisco – 972-424-6339 KFitzPatrick@FriscoTexas.gov. Churches and other Places of Worship in and around Frisco Frisco High School STARS Da nce Team Holiday Bazaar: One of the wonderful things about Frisco s the many diverse religions you can The FHS STARS Booster Club is now accepting applications from vendors for its annual ind. If your Church is not listed, please STAR Bazaar scheduled at Frisco High School on November 6th. Vendors, please ontact us so we can list it and continue contact Terri Haarala at email@example.com for an application and further o maintain the most comprehensive list information. available. Apostolic Temple – 972-712-5673 Alter Church of Frisco – 214-733-3069 DF W Pug Rescue Club Indoor Garage Sa le: Assembly of God Cornerstone Community Church – 972-335-4704 Saturday Aug 28 from 8-3 at Funtime Bingo Hall at 628 W. Pipeline Rd in Hurst. All proceeds benefit the pugs and help to pay our vet bills. We will have toys, clothes, C3 TrueNORTH Church – 469-287-5063 furniture, tvs, books, and much more!!! Celebration Covenant – 214-387-9833 Central Christian Church – 972-377- 2608 NEW - Auditions for "Forever Plaid" (30's-40's Welcome to Audition, Church of God in Christ – 972-377-3649 Too): Church of Living Stones – 972-335-3499 Directed by Stephanie Wulfe Epstein; Music Director Mary Medrick; Produced by Community Christian Fellowship – 469- Howard Korn 252-0583 Auditions are Sunday, August 29, 2010, 4:00PM - 7:00PM in the JO Performance Hall Compass Christian Church – 972-335- on the campus of the University of Texas – Dallas (between Waterview Parkway and N. Floyd Road, north of W. Campbell Road) 7546 Map and directions: http://www.utdallas.edu/ah/events/venues.html Cornerstone Baptist Church – 972-335- 1974 Seeking four male singers portraying characters in their 20‘s; One tenor, two baritones and one bass singer. Experience singing written harmony parts essential; Cornerstone Christian Reformed Church Quartets welcome. – 469-362-7844 Requirements: Bring headshots and resumes, if available. Cornerstone Community Assembly – Bring sheet music in your key--one ballad and one upbeat showing lots of personality. 972-335-4704 Be prepared to move. Be prepared to sing 16 bars of ‗50s type songs. Cornerstone Community Church – 972- Accompanist will be provided. There will also be cold readings from the script. 335-4704 Call 972-370-2266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment time. Crossroads Community Church – 972- 712-0582 Performance Dates: October 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 8:00PM; October 17 and 24 at 2:00PM. Venue: Frisco Black Box Theatre (a brand new facility, this will be our opening show) Crosswalk Community Church Rehearsals begin Tuesday, 9/7/10, and will generally be Monday through Thursday evenings. Destiny‘s Place Ministries – 972-712- Load in to the theater will be 10/11; tech. 10/12 and 10/13; dress rehearsal 10/14. 1130 Stipends will be paid to the performers. aithbridge Presbyterian – 972-377- Synopsis: In the ‗50s, close harmony groups such as The Ames Brothers, The Four 9560 Aces, The Four Lads and others were very popular. Many singers wanted to emulate them. This show is about one such fictitious group. In 1964, the up-and-coming male ellowship of Frisco – 972-335-1700 harmony group called The Plaids were killed in a car accident. Now, 46 years later, they are allowed to come back from the other side to do the one big con cert they never got to do in life. ―Forever Plaid‖ is that concert. They sing the songs they knew then, irst Baptist Church of Frisco – 972-335- of course, a couple of dozen pop hits from the ‗50s and early‘60s that have been 9830 delighting audiences for years. irst Pentecostal Church – 972-292- 3174 irst United Methodist – 972-335-4380 our Corners Church – 972-867-3000 NEW – Star Children’s Cha rity Sta r Winter Ball: risco Bible Church – 972-335-8150 Celebrity Studded Auction and Glamorous Evening Benefiting the Children Of Collin County risco Church of Christ – 972-335-2118 Star Children‘s Charity kicks-off its third annual Star Winter Ball ―The Magic of the risco Community Bible Church – 469- ORIENT EXPRESS 2010 Star Winter Ball‖ to be held on Saturday, No vember 13, 2010 362-5588 at the Embassy Suites Hotel Frisco. The fall social season culminates with The Star Winter Ball offering a year-end opportunity to support the nonprofit agencies that risco Community Fellowship – 972- contribute to the critical needs of children in the areas of health, safety, shelter and 668-3696 violence within our communities. Not to be disappointed this year, Star Winter Ball returns with an international flair and risco Masjid – 972-898-8691 inspiration from the ORIENT EXPRESS journey which brings decades of sophistication and exclusive access to legendary destinations such as Vienna, Istanbul, London, Hong risco Trails Fellowship Bible Church – Kong, Venice, Paris and Monte Carlo. The evening will full of illusions with the 972-731-5999 entertainment of Magicians of the Year, ―Kalin & Jinger‖ The Greatest Magic Shows on Earth with riveting surprises to amaze the audience. Guests will travel through Genesis Metro – 469-450-6277 destination vignettes to experience the world within the Star Winter Ball including a chef-inspired dinner, open bar, silent and live auction and end of evening, memorable Grace Avenue United Methodist – 972- casino and dancing Monte Carlo style. 335-2882 The annual Star tickets are completely chic with a His & Hers Vespa Scooters presented by Vespa. Tickets are only $50 each or 3 for $100. Star tickets are available online . Grace Church – 469-633-9104 QUICK LINKS: Grace Pointe – 972-292-3174 Purpose of Star Children‘s Charity 2010 Star Winter Ball Digital Overview Hamilton Chapel Baptist Church – 972- 2010 Star Winter Ball Sponsors (listed below) 377-3348 Live Auction Highlights Once in a lifetime trip for 2 to Sienna and Florence, Italy hosted by chef Ante Harvest Church International – 214- Hajduk of Isabella‘s 632-4581 2 Superbowl XV Tickets and Game Day Events 2010 Masters Golf Tournament Package Trip on the Orient Express Higher Dimensions – 214-551-3078 Authentic Breitling Experience with an aerobatic plane ride and a Breitling watch Hope Fellowship – 972-377-8855 glesia Buenas Nuevas – 972-712-0946 Collin County community leaders gathered to organize this significant benefit. The Star Winter Ball chair is Ronelle Ianace supported by committee members: Doug Bartek, Mellie Baggett & Tracy Cavender, Jean Callison, David Downs, Pam Hatchard, Marlene Kingdom Life Christian Center – 214- Kamholz, Amanda Rogers, Cindy Sutley, Justine Sweeney, Stacy Urtso accompanied by 618-1500 the advisory committee of co-founders, Michelle Brennan Hall and Linda S. Paulk. ebanon Baptist Church – 972-377-3348 SPONSORS: Emerald ($25,000) First Private Bank and Gleneagles Country Club Ruby ($10,000) Doug and Jodi Bartek, Brennan Financial Services, Haynes and Boone, LLP, egacy Presbyterian Church – 972-464- Neiman Marcus Willow Bend and Southwest Airlines. Additional sponsors include: 8765 Bachendorf‘s, Capital Title & Willow Bend Mortgage – Bill Shaddock Companies, Nora and Joey Carter, Collin Bank, Granite Properties, Michelle and Jeff Hall, IBB Design Fine iberty Baptist Church – 972-625-3546 Furnishings, Isabella‘s Italian Restaurant, JCPenney, Marian and Jim Lockey, Newman Village, Peckham Custom Builders, Sunjack Counsulting, LP, Challenger Freight Systems, Crozier and Henderson Productions, Gittings Photography, Grand Luxe ife-Changing Faith Christian Fellowship Magazine, The Jan Richey Team, Keller Williams, Sambuca 360 and Sweeney Media – 214-387-8040 Group ife Fellowship of Frisco – 214-886-7810 About Star Children’s Charity: Star Children’s Charity is a philanthropic leadership organization dedicated to advancing iving Waters Family Worship Center – the well being of children in Collin County Star members, donors and sponsors raise 214-387-9602 significant funds annually to support the beneficiary nonprofits that serve the needs of children in Collin County: Children’s Medical Center, City Hous e, Boys & Girls Club of iving Word Baptist Church – 469-362- Collin County, Plano Children’s Medical Clinic, Crossroads Family Services, Texas Health 9010 Presbyterian Hospital SANE program, and The Samaritan Inn. Sponsorships and tickets are available now at www.Starchildrens.com one Star Baptist Church – 469-358- 7089 Newstart Church of the Nazarene – 214- 282-5576 NEW - Thering Name d Re gional Assistant Princ ipal of the Yea r: Northstar Church – 972-712-8282 Parkway Hills Baptist Church – 972-403- Staley Middle School Assistant Principal Karie Thering has been named the Assistant 1010 Principal of the Year for Region 10 by the Texas Association of Secondary Sch ool Principals. She will be recognized at the 2011 TASSP Summer Workshop. Praise Fellowship Worship Center – 214- Thering is a graduate of the University of Houston-Victoria. She began her education 387-9397 career in 2000 and has been with Frisco Independent School District since 2005. She is now eligible to apply for the state Assistant Principal of the Year award. Preston Ridge Baptist Church – 972- 712-7007 Preston Trail Community Church – 972- 668-1244 NEW – F ISD School De dication Ceremonies Sche duled: Primera Iglesia Bautista De Frisco – 214-872-3788 FISD opened six new schools this month and the dedications are scheduled for Sundays through the fall. The dates are: Providence Church – 469-362-1240 September 12--Sonntag, 2 p.m. and Hunt, 4 p.m. Rejoice Lutheran Church – 972-540- September 19--Purefoy, 2 p.m. and Maus 4 p.m. October 3--Cobb, 2 p.m. and Lone Star, 4 p.m. 6167 Revolution Ministries – 214-649-0623 Rock Hill Church of Christ – 972-346- 2710 NEW – F ISD Season Tic kets on Sa le at Athletic Office: Shawnee Trail Church of Christ – 972- 377-9106 Varsity Football fans are urged to consider purchasing season tickets from th e FISD Athletic Office located at 6950 Stadium Lane. **All Season Pass** Adult-$75.00 St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church – Student-$50.00 are also available and are good for all High school and Middle school 972-712-2645 athletic events EXCEPT Varsity Football. In addition, senior citizens may obtain a go ld card admission pass to FISD events from the Communications Office at 6942 Maple St. Philips Episcopal Church – 214-387- Street. 4700 Stonebriar Church of Christ – 972-712- 9264 Stonebriar Community Church – 469- NEW - F ISD Largest Exemplary District in State: 252-5000 Stonebridge United Methodist Church – The Frisco School District received the highest rating of Exemplary from the Texas 972-335-2882 Accountability rating system this summer. FISD is the largest of the 72 districts in the state to receive this rating using the absolute standard. This FISD‘s first time to be Stonebrook Church of Christ – 214-705- rated exemplary as a district, though many FISD campuses have achieved this rating. 9968 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – 972-377-4724 The Journey – 214-529-8873 NEW - Free Child Sa fety Seat Chec ks: The Shawnee Trail Church of Christ – 972-377-9106 Motor vehicle crashes in the United States are the leading cause of death for children ages three and older. One of the most important precautions parents and caregivers Turning Point CMA Church – 469-733- can take to protect their children while they are in a car is by properly installing and 3196 using child safety seats. For effectiveness, seats must be appropriate for the child‘s size and age. United Pentecostal Church – 972-712- Complicated installation instructions and variations in method of installation between 5673 safety seat manufacturers can make proper installa tion confusing and difficult. Fortunately, experts who are trained to inspect the installation of child safety seats are Water‘s Edge Lutheran Church – 972- available to help. 712-7377 As part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration‘s Child Passenger Safety Frisco Neighborhoods and Week, organizations and some police departments across the region are offering free Homeow ner Associations: child safety seat inspections. Many of the locations require appointments. For a list of area safety seat check locations, visit www.nhtsa.gov or call your city police department. f your HOA or neighborhood is not sted, please contact us so we can list t and continue to maintain the most omprehensive list available. For a map of where each HOA is located, along with contact information for each HOA, NEW - 90th Anniversa ry Celebration of the 19th Ame ndme nt: visit the City of Frisco HOA Directory Join us to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the 19th amendment giving women the Autumn Park right to vote. This momentous event occurred on August 26, 1920, after 70 years of struggle by the suffragists. Bella Casa Saturday August 28, 2010 10 a.m. – noon at Haggard Park 901 East 15th Street - Chapel Creek downtown Plano. Andrea White, wife of Mayor Bill White, candidate for Texas Governor, will speak on the Cheyenne Crossing importance of the women‘s vote this November. Country Club Ridge This is a family event – free and open to the public. Coventry Oaks Frozen snacks, drinks, face painting for the kids, a ladies Barbershop Quartet and more. Creekside at Preston Co-sponsored with the North Dallas Texas Democratic Women Creekside at Stonebriar Crestview Crown Ridge NEW – Landscape Design/Deta il (Late August): Custer Creek Farms Submitted By: Glenn Everett Kopanski, United States Navy (Ret) Cypress Creek Dominion at Panther Creek Eldorado Fairways Estates on Legacy airfield Estates risco Fairways Glenn Kopanski risco Heights First of all I wanted to touch on our lawns as this is a great time to look at the lawn overall and look for any erosion. Right now with the intense heat and humidity our risco Square lawns will begin to pull away from foundations, sidewalks and driveways. Pay particular attention to this because if this is ignored all concrete sources will begin to crack and Golden Gate Village become a costly situation for you. It is best to be proactive and write down any issues like this. What I recommend are soaker hoses around the foundation particularly but Grayhawk for driveways and sidewalks I suggest keeping it as moist as you can and honestly sprinkler systems w ill not do much good as each of your stations are set for a 10min Griffin Parc cycle. Instead buy a real sprinkler and attach it to the hose and on your water days set the sprinkler down where it will reach your concrete surfaces, this will at least push some soil back in place and now allow anymore to escape underneath the concrete, Heather Ridge Estates same goes with brick fences. This has become a critical situation for homeowners and businesses as well. As far as your wood fences are concerned keep a close eye out on Heritage Green soil that is pulling away from your posts. If noted fill soil from another location and water it by hose. Sprinkler systems will not help this out at all. Lawns have already Heritage Lakes begun their dormancy which is natural seeing as we have not had substantial rainfall in 4-6 weeks and temperatures have been over 100 30 or so days this summer. We are setting ourselves in a drought let's hope it breaks this Fall/Winter if not next Spring we Heritage Village will be in a serious situation. You can water your lawn all day long and it will not make a difference. What you can do is pull back on mowing to 7-10 day periods and/or raise Hickory Springs mower blades to a higher position. Doing otherwise your lawn is at risk of dying. I have to say what I see around my home and that is some are setting their sprinkler systems Hickory Street Village on auto for mid afternoon. I can honestly say that lawn is at a high risk of permanent damage and the likelihood of disease is very high. Use water systems at 5-6am in the Hillcrest Estates mornings. Watering at night can spread mold and disease especially with this extremely high humidity we have had to endure this year. The key for now is to monitor the yard and keep that record for later use or info. If you have a lawn service tell them to pull back to 7-10 days and to raise the mower blades for now. One last thing so many tell Hillcrest Highlands me and that is lawn companies and neighbors that are blowing debris into the streets or to their own neighbors lawns. I see this is becoming an issue and rightfully so. I Hillcrest Lebanon/Cecile Place have many neighbors that are having companies mowing their yards and I can honestly say I have myself confronted them about blowing the debris into another neighbor‘s home or into the street. What I recommend is to bring this up to your mowing Co's Hillcrest Lebanon/Hillcrest Meadows attention and address the owners not people mowing and tell them they are doing this even if it is happening to another‘s yard because if we stop this from the top down we Hillcrest Lebanon/Smith Estates can live as a community watching out for each other. Plus- blowing debris into the street will end up in sewers that can easily clog over time plus it makes our homes look Hunters Creek bad. I hesitated to bring this up but the amount of callers plus my own experiences concerning this I feel it is time to address this and sadly while you‘re working they are doing this without you even knowing it, so if we all bring this to the companies Kings Garden attention maybe they will change their ways and begin sweeping this debris up and taking it with them. Looking out for each other is what makes our communities strong Kings Ridge and on a friendly basis. akes on Legacy - Lakehill If you note your Trees are dropping leaves or wilting do not pan ic this is normal. Did you know Oaks and Maple Trees need to be planted at least 15 feet from your Home, akes on Legacy – The Lakes Driveway and Sidewalks. It is true as these large Trees are Top-Root happy and can crack any concrete surface in little time after reaching to age 3-4. Choose smaller Trees for the backyard so they can be planted closer to your Patio. You know what I mean if akes on Legacy – The Villas your backyard faces to the west like mine. If you are in doubt on which Tree to select you can reach me at my home's email address given below at my signoff. I have many akes of Preston Vineyard selections that are Texas friendly. onestar Ranch We are so late in the year I would not recommend spraying for pest. Most pests like Whiteflies, Beetles, armyworms etc have already lived past their life expectancies so do Meadow Hill Estates not worry about this. Since our Trees are stressed and there is no rain in the forecast instead of depending on the sprinkler system to water your Trees consider laying a hose 1ft from the base and let it drip for one full hour. Dripping e nsures all water is Northridge going to its source and not running off. If you have established Trees I do not recommend you have a drip system installed around Trees that size instead consider Oakbrook Park what I recommended with the hose. Watering each Tree like this you are saving a fortune on water bills and saving our Lake levels which are beginning to drop Panther Creek Estates substantially now and saves you your hard earned money. Most Perennial flowers have peaked their lifespan so if they are also very stressed I Parkside Estates recommend pruning them to the ground anytime you want to and that will keep the garden looking clean and presentable however there is a possibility it could enhance Pearson Farms new growth. Fall plants will be out in September. Mums and Pansies are favorites for planters and hanging basket. If you choose Mums I have a secret some I am sure Plantation Estates already know but when you plant the Mum and the vivid color plays itself out prune the plant right to the ground leaving any new growth alone and you will get repeat blooms Plantation Resort that can last into mid-late November and even later depending on Freeze periods. It is the killing frost that will kill them off however if you then prune it to the ground it is very likely you will see new plants growing next spring and while Mums are considered Plantation Resort 2 Annuals in Texas I tend to disagree. Plantation Springs Last time I mentioned pulling out all old Mulch from your gardens raking the entire amount of mulch inside the bed. By doing this you will allow the ground underneath it Prestmont to dry properly. Once it is dry you can scoop it right back into the bed and replace it all next spring or you can replace it when you decide to do that. I do highly recommend anyone who prefers mulch to do this because Shrubs and Tree bases tend to grow mold Preston Estates and it is more likely to die. When you decide to replace your Mulch try and keep in mind to pull all Mulch from around the bases from all Trees/Shrubs and your Perennials Preston Gables if you can, this ensures proper drying where air and sun can reach it. Also keep in mind too to prune all Shrubs and debris away from your home's foundation. The reason I say Preston Glen that is you can begin to see what I call "Foundation and Brick Rot" where any sunshine we get cannot get to the foundation and brick under large Trees and Shrubs. I have Preston Highlands assisted many residents by showing them what I mean by this. I do home visits if needed and can show the person how this can happen and in all cases it is because there are a lot of Bushes and Trees closer to the homes foundation and when I show Preston Lakes/Lakes of Hillcrest them what I mean by ROT they are amazed to see the Foundation and Brick crumble when I run my fingers on them. One thing we do not mess with in Texas are Foundations!!! You can reach me at my email address below if you need assistance. Preston Manor Okay lastly before I give you my selections of the week I wanted to continue on each Preston Oaks week with my imaginary garden. By giving you recommendations for a garden you can get ideas on how to prepare a garden that is very Texas friendly can take longer periods of drought and excessive heat waves and this garden is almost maintenance Preston Ridge free which all like these days. So, I will lay it out for you and you can apply it from there. As I say a lot of get the kid's involved with this imaginary garden too. Teaching Preston Trace Estates our next generation on how to respect our ecology and nature itself will ensure their children will have a world to live on just as we did. I push recycle of all trash inside the Preston Vineyards North home but all debris from outside can be placed in manila recycle bags that can be purchased at all Lowe's - Home Depot stores and grocery stores, I buy Home Depot bags because they are larger, fill them and place them out on your trash day and they Preston Vineyards IV turn it all into fresh mulch residents can go get anytime they want to. We need to teach children this because landfills are at their max these days. Quail Meadow Village Okay here is this week's imaginary garden. Creating an island which you can design as Queen‘s Gate a circle or my favorite digging out the soil and shaping it like a peanut. You can have concrete curbing placed which is inexpensive or you can place railroad ties. Another Red Bud Estates idea is to buy some small rocks the size of basketballs in whatever shape you pick out. All these listed can be bought up on 380 heading towards McKinney. There are numerous places up there that sell all types of materials for your garden edges. Placing Russwood Acres any of these 3in below the ground will keep creeping grass from the lawn fro m slipping underneath your edgers. Dig the garden down 3-4 inches get all grass roots and place Saddlebrook Village bags of play sand then put your top soil in and then comes the fun part picking plants. With a figure 8 garden or peanut shaped I would then plant 2 Trees one in the middle Shaddock Creek of each side of the garden. My suggestion is to plant small Trees like an Australian Pine Tree which is slow growing forming itself into a pyramidal shape at full age is 40ft on Shenandoah Village/Villages of the other end place a Purple leaf Plum which is striking in the spring showing off its Stonebriar Park clusters of Pink flowers and at full age is 20ft. Next place a few larger boulders in various parts of the garden. Place a few Indian Hawthorne's where you feel is a good location each get to 10in high and bursts with its pink flowers in Spring. You then want Shepherds Hill a good red colored plant to mix in and gives a varied color throughout the garden and that would be a few Burning bushes which is striking in the Spring and Fall with Red Starwood flower heads. Place a few Dward Japanese garde Juniper which is a groundcover placing a few close to those boulders it will be striking in a year or so with deep green colors Sterling Ranch and spreading out some 2-3ft. Placing a few Loriape Grasses ensures a deep green type foliage with deep purple flowers as well. Lastly let's think perennial‘s and my recommendations to finish this garden would be Blanket flowers, whirling butterflies Stewart Creek Estates and or wall flowers. Once this has all been done then place mulch or rock into your new garden. Stonebriar I hope that imaginary garden sounds as easy as I could put it for you. I want us all to Stonebriar Country Club Estates know adding in your own attitude to your Landscape can be self-rewarding and something to be proud of and brings attention to your neighborhood a great breaker to Stonebriar Creek Estates meeting neighbors and for all to know this type of gardening increases the value of your home. If anyone is ever interested in seeing my islands and gardens please feel free to call on me and I would be happy to show you how an imaginary garden can look Stonebriar Village like. Now for my selections of the Week: Stonelake Estates Tree of the Week: Aristocrat Flowering Pear - This pick is a Pyramidal deciduous Tree that grows dark green shimmering leaves that makes its distinct from others like it. Fall Stonelake Estates West color brings you a bright yellow to red. Massives of white flowers in early spring will turn heads making it an ornamental type Tree. Height:30ft Spread: 15ft. Stonebrook Estates Shrub of the Week: Old-Fashioned Lilac - This Shrub is best known for its striking purple bluish lavender flowers that bring a fragrant smell to the garden. Height: 15ft The Chase at Stonebriar Spread: 10ft. The Creeks on Coit Perennial of the Week: Blazing Star Gayfeather - Tall Rose lavender-purple or white flower spikes will attract many of my favorite Hummingbirds. It's upright position adds The Enclave at Stonebriar Creek Estates vertical effect in your garden. No Height/Spread noted. All of the plants and trees I gave you in this column are very drought and heat tolerant. The Trails of West Frisco We must begin to think on these terms as frequent drought and intense heat over the last 10 years has forced us to think this way anything else is costly and can truly be a The Village at Frisco Lakes test to us all. Most Landscape plants have gotten expensive over the years and I hate to see anyone spend that kind of money not knowing what will happen once it is The Villas/Lakes on Legacy planted. We are located in "ZONE 7" so look for that when you are shopping for plants. If I can be of any assistance please email me at my home: email@example.com. Watch the hours you are watering and adjust to the 5- The Vintage/Lakes on Legacy 7am timeframe. 10min per station is enough to sustain what is alive and remembering the less your lawn is watered the healthier it is so once a week one inch per station will Townhomes of Tuscany Square sustain your lawn. I recommend watering Tree-Shrubs and Flowers by hose is recommended because sprinkler systems are just not enough for them. Keeping our Turnbridge Manor City Trash Free is appreciated by all. We have a very active and growing City we can all be proud of. Treating each person with dignity and respect is what we need to do, saying hello to anyone is honorable and assisting a Disabled Person/Veteran is always a Tuscany Meadows great thing to do for each of them. From the horse's mouth here it is appreciated. Being in two wars we as Americans need to learn how to love ourselves again, doing so Villages of Hillcrest means we are still a strong country and we care for each other. I cannot help myself to add in comments like these because I love America and I love the people we have in it, Villages of Lake Brook Farms I fought for that in combat myself so let's try to show each other we truly do care, we are unique and the world should take note and maybe one day we can all live in Peace Villages of Stonebriar Park amongst each other. Take Care All & God Bless each of you, My Best, Glenn Villages of Willow Bay Waterford Falls Westfalls Village NEW – 2010 USA Cycling Maste rs Track Nationa l Championships: Willow Pond The 2010 USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships at the Superdrome Windsor Place Velodrome in Frisco, Texas, September 1-5. Approximately 400 riders and their families are expected to attend. The Superdrome is an Olympic-style track cycling venue and Woodstream Hills one of only three 250 meter wood surfaced velodromes in the United States. The track is built upon a specially designed steel frame structure with banking of 44 degrees at the steepest points and has a technologically advanced non-skid surface for safety and ease of use. The Superdrome was completely resurfaced in spring 2009. About Matt Lafata: Visit www.superdrome.com for more information. Matt Lafata and his wife Erika share six hildren between the two of them. In anuary 1999, Mr. Lafata moved to risco from Gloucester, MA. Matt has helped build several successful businesses for more than 20 years. A NEW - 9/11 Gala to ra ise money for new Collin County animal she lter: ong-time business consultant, entrepreneur and human resources professional, he is the Vice-President of "Give A Dog A Home", presented by Collin County Humane Society takes place 9/11 Sales & Marketing w ith the Frisco-based from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the 46th floor Atrium at City Place. Cocktail hour starts at 7 HR strategy and technology consulting p.m. with yummy vegetarian appetizers, drinks and live music by International Country irm HRchitect. Previously, Matt was an Music Star Jolie Holliday. A silent auction opens at 7 p.m. as well, and features vacation Executive Vice-President of a computer packages (Africa!), shark cage diving, tickets to the Oprah Winfrey show, tickets to the oftware company where he was 2011 Music Awards in LA, elaborate gift baskets, salon packages, restaurant gift esponsible for corporate development, certificates, a suite for a Cowboy's game, a suite for a Maverick's game, signed sports marketing, sales, product development memorabilia, jewelry, and more. Featured speakers Fred Sanderson and Arthur and more. He studied finance and Benjamin and a delicious, three-course, vegetarian dinner round out the evening. business management at Salem State College in Salem, Massachusetts. 100% of the proceeds will go towards building a new animal shelter in Collin County. CCHS hopes to raise more than 2 million dollars over the next few years and begin construction on the new shelter in 2012 - 2014. Preliminary plans include a glass- Matt Lafata has been involved in walled, cage-free cat room and an adoption suite to showcase adoptable dogs as well numerous organizations throughout as a grooming suite, dog park and boarding facility designed to provide on -going risco in the last 11 years. As a former revenue. While plans are for Collin County Humane Society to remain primarily foster- wo-term Frisco City Council Member, he based, the shelter will provide much-needed exposure for dogs and cats in their s or has been involved in the following… adoption program. CCHS already does around 50 adoptions each month and with the new facility that number is expected to double. Former Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Tickets are $100 and include two drink tickets, appetizers, three course meal with wine on the Frisco City Council service, validated parking, and a parting gift. Seating is limited. Tickets must be Former Planning & Zoning purchased in advance and are available online. Sponsorship opportunities are still Commissioner available. Graduate of Leadership Frisco 2005 recipient of the ―21 For more information, email Tressa at firstname.lastname@example.org. Leaders of the 21 st Century‖ by Inside Collin County Business Journal Graduate of the Frisco Citizen‘s Police Academy Youth sports coach NEW – High School Students have until Se ptembe r 17 to a pply for Past board member for the Congressiona l Youth Advisory Council: Frisco Family Services Center St. Francis of Assisi Knights of Columbus Member Recently, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (3rd Dist.-Texas) officially launched the Member of the Frisco Heritage 2010-2011 Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC) when he invited students in Association the Third District to apply for the distinguished group. The CYAC is open to high school Member of the Frisco Area freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors who are enrolled in public, private and Children‘s Theatre home schools. Applications for the CYAC can be found in the student section on Member of the Frisco Association www.samjohnson.house.gov. Students have until Friday, September 17th to apply. for the Arts Member of the Frisco ―As a former Prisoner of War in Vietnam for nearly seven years, more than half of that Community Theatre time in solitary confinement, I take the bounty of America and service to this country Community Advisory Board very seriously. America‘s democracy and liberty – and the many blessings that come member for the Frisco Women‘s with them – like freedom of speech and the freedom to vote – were bought with a League price. People all over the world do not enjoy these same blessings. I encourage young Friends of the Frisco Public people to cherish them and thrive by loving and serving America and your community Library Member with all of your heart. Making your voice heard on the CYAC is one way to do that,‖ said Board member for the Frisco Johnson. Johnson created the Council in 2004 to gain insight from students in his Square Municipal Management district and to inspire civic-minded young adults to achieve their full potential. District City of Frisco Technology The Council meets approximately twice each school semester in the Third District. Committee member During the CYAC activities, high-achieving students explore the role citizens, City of Frisco Budget and Audit lawmakers, experts, and institutions play in a democracy. To apply for the CYAC, subcommittee member students must submit the completed application form, a letter of parental permission, a Tax Increment Finance board current photo for identification purposes only, a short personal essay and two letters of member recommendation. Selections are based on leadership ability, academic performance, Co-Director of the Mrs. Texas extra-curricular activities and community service. Students must apply (and re -apply) United States Pageant for the CYAC each year and may only serve on the Council two o f four years between Honorary Chair for World AIDS grades 9-12 to ensure as many students may participate as possible. To be considered, Day 2007 in Collin County the completed application must be submitted to Johnson‘s office no later than PR Committee for the 2008 Boys September 17th. and Girls Club of Collin County Gala Since 2001, Matt has produced this very popular e-newsletter that goes out every week to over 41,000 people and NEW - GENBAND to Move Corp HQ to Hall Office Park: businesses and keeps the Frisco ommunity in touch with local events and businesses. There has never been Mark Depker, president of Hall Financial Groups management division, announced nor will ever be a fee charged to today that GENBAND, a leading developer of IP solutions and services, has signed a schools or non-profit groups to run new lease for 52,074 square feet at 2801 Network Boulevard at Hall Office Park in n the newsletter. As of July 2008, the Frisco, Texas for its corporate headquarters location. GENBAND will occupy the third newsletter‘s limited commercial and fourth floors of the eight-story, 200,000-square-foot, Class A office building. opportunities for local businesses Sponsorship, Spotlight and Advertorial) Recognized as one of the nation‘s fastest growing private companies, GENBAND is a are handled by Full Circle Marketing. global leader of IP applications, switching and services solutions, helping fixed, mobile and cable service providers around the world evolve communications networks through IP innovation. The company offers the industry‘s most comprehensive, standards -based switching portfolio, with products deployed in many of the world‘s largest service provider networks spanning more than 80 countries. GENBAND has legal entities in nearly 50 countries and operates Centers of Excellence around the globe. The company How to “Whitelist” this Frisco recently purchased Nortel‘s Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions (CVAS) business, Community Newsletter in Your adding some 1,800 employees to its global workforce. Spam Filter: We are pleased to have another significant corporate headquarters relocation to Hall With the advent of outrageous volumes Office Park, said Depker. GENBANDs move validates our long range goals for the park of unwanted email these days, of which and we look forward to their successes and our ability to accommodate future growth we get a ton, it‘s unfortunate that and expansion. egitimate email publications like this are not being seen by some of the Hall Office Park in Frisco combines several factors that make it an ideal setting for our eaders who enjoy those publications. corporate headquarters, said Jan Gaulding, Chief Administration Officer of GENBAND. There is much fear today that the email Most importantly, it is well situated in the Dallas Metroplex telecom corridor, which publishing/marketing industry is in attracts some of the best and brightest engineering and IT talent. We also appreciated erious trouble, due to mistakes in that Hall Office Park enjoys proximity to our existing Global Design Center in Plano, as iltering when legitimate email is well as the DFW airport. This area is one of the most business -friendly communities in erroneously tagged as unwanted email. the country and we are pleased to have secured a prominent building that portrays our brand well and positions us for long-term growth. While we applaud the anti-spam ndustry for removing the plethora of Hall Office Park and the building that was selected exceeded GENBANDs needs in every unwanted email from many of our way, providing an optimal location, Class A building quality, an ideal corporate business mailboxes, from time to time, some park setting, flexibility for future growth, and high visibility with top of building signage, egitimate email publications are says Baron Aldrine, senior vice president at CB Richard Ellis. Jim Gandy and Nancy mistaken as unwanted. Windham with the Frisco Economic Development Corporation and the City of Frisco also played a huge role in attracting GENBAND to Frisco. 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The afelist, or list of privileged senders. company offers the industry‘s most comprehensive, open, standards -based switching This is commonly known as whitelisting portfolio, with products deployed in over 600 customer networks and two -thirds of the a publication. Simply add the email worlds marquee service provider networks spanning more than 80 countries. GENBAND addresses of Matt@MattLafata.com, is headquartered in Plano, Texas, has legal entities in nearly 50 countries and operates Matt@MattandErika.net, and product, sales and service Centers of Excellence globally. To learn more, visit GENBAND Erika@FullCircleDFW.com. on the web at www.genband.com. If you wish to be removed from this ne wsletter, please send an email or visit www.fullcircledfw.com NEW - Pla no Family Fina lists in Pop-Ta rts $25,000 Contest: The Morris Family will attend the Live Winner Announcement at Pop-Tarts World in Times Square on 9/1 as 1 of 4 finalists who have a chance to win $25,000. Sarah Morris and her family entered the Kellogg's Pop-Tarts "$25,000 FUNd Contest" and were notified on Friday that they are one of the contest's four finalists. The Pop-Tarts FUNd Contest asked for video submissions (via Facebook) that depict a family's idea for bringing FUN to families in their community. Sarah entered her video where she and her family described This Side Up! Family FUN Center, a non -profit place for moving families from surviving to thriving, that she is hoping to open in Plano, Texas in early 2011. If they win, they will use the $25,000 prize to help start the center, which will serve the community by providing parenting education and FUN values-focused ENTERTAINMENT for the whole family! Pop-Tarts has awarded the Morris Family a trip to New York City that includes tickets, hotel and transportation money. They will travel from 8/31-9/2 to attend the Live Winner Announcement event at the new Kellogg's Pop-Tarts World Store in Times Square on Wednesday, 9/1. Pop-Tarts has been bringing fun to families for a very long time and through this contest they hope to help families across America see the need for more fun in their lives. This Side Up! Family FUN Center has also recognized that same need in our loca l area. So, with these common focuses of providing FUN for FAMILIES perhaps a $25,000 "pop" in the right direction is just the right mix! NEW - Potte ry Ba rn Kids at Stonebria r Centre presents story time every Tuesday in September: Special Batman™ story time with stories, activities Tuesdays, August 31 and September 7 With the bigger kids back in school, little ones and their parents/caregivers are invited to join story time every Tuesday in September at Pottery Barn Kids at Stonebriar Centre. The free fun starts at 11:00 a.m. with 30 minutes of reading favorite children‘s books. On Tuesdays, August 31 and September 7, Pottery Barn Kids at Stonebriar Centre celebrates the Caped Crusader™ with a special Batman™ story time that includes giveaways, activities and stories. September story times are schedules for four Tuesday in the month, including September 7, 14, 21 and 28. Story Time is free and reservations are not necessary. Parents/caregivers must remain with children during Story Time. Children will receive an official Book Club Card at their first Story Time, and the Card is stamped for each attendance. When the Card has five stamps, Pottery Barn Kids will issue the cardholder a $10 coupon that can be used in the store. Pottery Barn Kids is located on the upper level near the main entrance of Stonebriar Centre. NEW – Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau Launces iPhone App: Quick, Scannable Content Is Perfect for a Traveler’s On-the-Go Lifestyle The ultimate source to discover what‘s next and new in Frisco has arrived! The VisitFrisco iPhone App provides a solution for enhancing a visitor‘s experiences with a free download at the iPhone App Store. The enticing, slide your way through VisitFrisco iPhone App instantly connects to events, hotels, restaurants and shopping information for those who are looking for something to do, a place to stay, shop or eat. It‘s like a go-to guide at your fingertips, and it‘s also handy for Frisco residents looking for things to do in town. CVB Executive Director, Marla Roe, says, ―We continue to look to technology to help increase awareness of the great attributes Frisco has, and the VisitFrisco iPhone App is a great tool to do just that!‖ Compatible with any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with operating system version 3.1.3 or higher, the application was designed by Single Serving Media of Frisco. ABOUT THE FRISCO CVB: Founded in 2003, the Frisco, Texas, CVB has grown in tandem with the extensive growth of leisure travel, sports, and meeting facilities in the area. It‘s our mission to generate a positive awareness of Frisco as a premiere destination for meetings, sporting events, conventions, trade shows, and leisure travel and to positively impact the economic base of the City of Frisco. For more information, visit our website visitfrisco.com or call 877-GO-FRISCO. NEW - Smithsonian Institution Donates Ra re Locomotive to Texas Musuem: The Museum of the American Railroad has added a rare diesel locomotive fromthe Smithsonian Institution to its permanent collection. The model PA-1 locomotive will join the museum's Historic Santa Fe Railway Collection, which comprises several other prized pieces from the line. Built by the American Locomotive Company (ALC O) of Schenectady, NY, the locomotive is one of a handful of its type still in existence. The Smithsonian unit is a rare survivor of the PA-1 design. It was delivered to the Santa Fe Railway in 1948 as part of a subsequent order placed with ALCO to provide new engines for the line's premiere passenger trains. This locomotive had a long and varied career spanning nearly 35 years before a derailment forced its retirement in 1981. The PA-1 represents a zenith in styling during the post-war streamliner era. With its exterior design by General Electric's Ray Patten - known for his progressive styling of modern household appliances - ALCO's PA-1 combined the graceful lines of contemporary industrial design with the famous red and silver Santa Fe paint scheme. Santa Fe blended Southwest Native American art & color with modern art deco styling to create its famous "Warbonnet" paint scheme - a trademark emulated on countless model trains and toys. The Smithsonian locomotive is one of four that remained in service on the Santa Fe until 1967 when they were sold to the Delaware and Hudson Railway and later the Mexican National Railways. Two of the units were damaged in a derailment and subsequently retired. The other two survive at the National Museum of Mexican Railroads in Puebla. Seeing their historical significance, the two damaged units were repatriated through the efforts of the Smithsonian Institution in 2000. One unit was restored privately by well-known railroad preservationist and President of the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation, Doyle McCormack, while the other (ex-Santa Fe 59-L) awaited disposition. Plans call for the historic locomotive to be shipped on railroad flatcars from its current location in Albany, Oregon to Frisco, Texas - the Museum's new permanent home. The move will take place this fall. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway, has graciously agreed to assist in the project by providing transportation of the unit to Texas. The locomotive represents a significant chapter in BNSF's history and its acquisition by the Museum has generated excitement at the railroad. The locomotive will need extensive repairs to damage it sustained in the 1981 derailment; however, the basic superstructure remains sound. "This is not unlike raising an ancient vessel from the bottom and embarking on a major reconstruction. Once work is complete, we will have a truly one -of-a-kind piece that will be celebrated nationwide," said the Museum's CEO, Bob LaPrelle. The Museum will seek funds for its restoration through a national campaign, citing the locomotive's appeal to fans and supporters across the country. "This is a project that has broad appeal - something to which everyone can make a contribution and share in its rebirth," said LaPrelle. The locomotive will be restored in stages, the first of which is to stabilize the unit and prevent any further deterioration from exposure to the elements. Consistent with the Smithsonian's original plans, and once funding is in place, the museum will restore the locomotive to its original 1948 Santa Fe Railway appearance - the only one of the four survivors to wear the famous "Warbonnet" paint scheme again. The scope of work will include extensive repairs to the locomotive's exterior, including truss -work repairs and new stainless steel sides. While mostly cosmetic in nature, the work will not preclude a mechanical restoration at a later date. The Museum completed a similar project on its General Motors F-7A diesel locomotive back in 2007. The F-7A is now fully operational and one of the signature pieces in the Museum's permanent collection. The Museum of the American Railroad is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit Texas Corporation chartered in 1962. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the nation's railroad heritage through entertaining and educational programs. Acquisition of the PA-1 locomotive is consistent with the Museum's plans for expansion and relocation to Frisco, Texas. For more information about the Museum of the American Railroad and periodic updates regarding the ALCO PA-1 project, visit our website at www.dallasrailwaymuseum.com NEW - Connemara to celebrate reopening of Meadow Preserve with dinner unde r the sta rs: The Connemara Conservancy Foundation will celebrate the reopening of its 72-acre Meadow Preserve with ―Into The Meadow,‖ a fundraising dinner on Sept. 25. The event, including a white tablecloth dinner under the stars, will be held in the Meadow on the border of Allen and Plano. Proceeds will benefit the Connemara Conservancy, which currently protects more than 3,400 acres of open space throughout North Texas. "This is definitely not going to be the typical fundraiser,‖ said Scott White, president of the board of Connemara Conservancy Foundation. ―It's an opportunity for old friends of the Meadow, as well those who are new to Connemara to come together for an evening of fun and food under the stars to show their support for our mission of preserving an d protecting important pieces of open space throughout North Texas.‖ The event will be catered by Pecan Lodge Catering. From their location in the Dallas Farmer‘s Market, Pecan Lodge focuses on using produce fro m local farmers, which is in keeping with Connemara‘s mission of preserving these farms and ranches. "The great thing about this event is that it celebrates the land of North Texas as well as local farmers who depend on the land for their livelihood and p rovide the food we eat every day,‖ said White. ―It's a great way to remind everyone why it‘s important to help landowners protect their land whenever we can." The Meadow was closed to the public in 2006 for rest and rejuvenation after more than two decades of use that included hosting sculpture exhibitions and string concerts as well as providing area residents a place to enjoy the beauty of nature and open space. In 2008 Connemara began hosting nature walks and guided tours for families and local educational programs on a limited basis. Now, the Meadow will once again be open on a daily basis for Connemara members to come enjoy Texas‘ natural beauty a in its original form. Connemara will also continue to hold frequent nature walks, open houses and specia l events for non-members. More details, including ticket information, about ―Into the Meadow‖ is available online or by calling 214-351-0990. About Connemara The Connemara Conservancy is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of natural landscapes in North Texas. Connemara works with local landowners and communities to preserve and protect land to its natural state for the benefit of current and future generations. The more than 3,400 acres of land currently protected by Connemara are used in educational and recreational programs and are home to hundreds of native species of birds, animals and plant life. NEW - Traffic Patterns Cha nge in Collin County to Accommodate SRT Interc hange Construction: Several traffic pattern changes along the Sam Rayburn Tollway (SRT) and Dallas North Tollway (DNT) will occur over the next 60 to 90 days to allow crews to continue their progress on both major interchanges at U.S. 75 and the DNT, now under construction along the SRT corridor. In the coming weeks at the SRT/DNT interchange, an exit ramp off the northbound DNT will be closed in Frisco: On Saturday, Aug. 21, the northbound DNT exit ramp to Gaylord Parkway/Warren Parkway in Frisco will be closed for 100 consecutive days (through November 30) so the contractor can remove the old tolling structure, re-grade and reconstruct the ramp, and construct a new all-electronic toll gantry. At the new SRT/U.S. 75 (Central Expressway) in Allen, Fairview and McKinney, traffic within the interchange work zone will be shifted onto new pavement in stages, making the drive through that area more enjoyable for motorists. Two major changes in traffic patterns near the SRT/U.S. 75 interchange are listed below along with their anticipated time frames: In late August or early September 2010, all traffic on U.S. 75 within the project limits will be shifted onto the northbound side of the highway. Although the lanes will be shifted, vehicles still will have two lanes of travel in both directions on U.S. 75. This traffic shift will continue until the end of 2010, when traffic on U.S. 75 is expected to be routed into its final, regular configuration. By late October 2010, two major bridges – one connecting southbound U.S. 75 to southwest-bound SRT and another connecting northeast-bound SRT to northbound U.S. 75 – are expected to be complete and open to traffic. A link to the list of scheduled lane and ramp closures is also available on the front page of the NTTA‘s website, www.ntta.org. NEW - Construction Moving Full Speed Ahead on the President George Bush Turnpike Western Exte nsion (SH 161): Project crews continue to make progress toward the 2012 construction completion date on Phase 4 of the President George Bush Turnpike Western Extension (PGBT WE (SH 161)). The final segment of the project extends from Interstate 30 to Interstate 20, providing continual main lanes and two major interchanges. This new corridor will provide another critical roadway to area destinations including the Rangers Ballpark, Six Flags and Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie and also offers an alternative route to SH 360. In August, crews set up the cement batch plant and the project field office sites. In addition, crews concentrated much of their work around I-30, including excavation operations, drilling direct-connector shafts and demolishing a gas station. Workers also installed a construction barrier along I-30, conducted survey work and installed advance warning signs. Crews are also expanding their excavation activities toward the south and beginning installation of the temporary tracks, or ―shoo fly‖ work (the installation of temporary tracks to go around an area of construction), at the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR). As a result, the West 14th Street UPRR crossing in Grand Prairie will close permanently beginning Aug. 23. The purpose of the closure is to facilitate the construction of the new crossings at the north- and southbound SH 161 frontage roads as well as the new Main, Jefferson and UPRR bridges that extend over the President George Bush Turnpike Western Extension main lanes. A list of scheduled lane and ramp closures is also available in a link on the fron t page of the NTTA‘s website. NEW - Se nator Ne lson Announces Doubling of Air Quality Monitors in Barnett Shale: Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, joined Senator Troy Fraser, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources, on Monday to announce a doubling of air quality monitors in the Barnett Shale region. "Our economy -- especially in Texas -- cannot flourish without energy. But none of us can flourish without our health, and that has to be our top priority moving forward," she said. Senator Nelson, together with other lawmakers and local officials, welcomed the addition of eight automated gas chromatograph (AutoGC) monitors. They will bring the total operated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to 15. The monitors will collect emissions data around the clock to measure levels of 45 volatile organic compounds. Members of the Texas Legislature also directed the state environmental agency to contract with a third-party to assist in the evaluation of the data. Senator Nelson, who represents portions of Tarrant and Denton counties, said 42 percent of Barnett Shale drilling sites are located in those counties. "I know that these new monitoring sites are going to be welcome news to our community," she said. As Chairman of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee, Senator Nelson has been working closely with the Department of State Health Services, which conducted a series of biological tests on residents in Denton County to determine if there are any elevated levels of the by-products associated with natural gas drilling. She also asked the state health department to look into whether any cancer clusters existed. "So far, the Department has found that our area's testing is in line with what you would find in similarly populated regions. But we have to remain vigilant," said Senator Nelson. NEW - Capitol Ste ps – Submitted by State Representative Ken Paxton: More Federal Stimulus Money is Not the Solution Last week, President Obama signed into law the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act (H.R. 1586), a $26 billion aid package for states. Yet, after the passage of several other economic stimulus bills, including the failed Cash for Clunkers program, I, along with many others, are concerned that this latest measure will not stimulate the economy, but rather add to our continuously growing national debt. Rather than throwing even more money at the problem, the federal government could better achieve its goal of stimulating our economy by lowering the tax burden on individuals, families and businesses and eliminating the heavy regulations on businesses operating in our country. According to a recent paper by economists Alan S. Blinder of Princeton University and Mark Zandi of Moody‘s Analytics, the federal government‘s actions since the passage of Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) will cost taxpayers over $1.6 trillion. TARP carried a $700 billion price tag, and President Obama quickly passed a $1 trillion economic stimulus package shortly after becoming president. Yet, our economy continues to suffer. The nation‘s unemployment rate has hovered near 10 percent for many months. Detroit, the home of General Motors and Chrysler, companies that received billions of dollars from the passage of TARP, currently has one of the highest unemployment rates (14 percent) in the country. Government is the least productive institution in any economy, and throwing taxpayer money at our nation‘s economic problem is demonstratively not the solution. Rather than picking winners and losers by targeting particular businesses and industry sectors with stimulus dollars, the federal government (as well as state governments) should focus on allowing all consumers, investors and employers to keep more of their money in order to stimulate the economy. In particular, a better use of federal dollars would be to extend the Bush tax cuts. Currently, the taxpayers pay anywhere from 10 percent to 35 percent in federal income taxes (this excludes the nearly 50% of Americans who do not pay any federal taxes). If the federal government allows the tax cuts to expire, then the federal income tax rates will return to their levels in 2000, which ranged from 15 percent to 39.6 percent. Additionally, President Bush raised the standard deduction in 2001 for married couples filing jointly. If Congress does not extend the Bush tax cuts, a married couple earning $80,000 a year may pay approximately $2,200 a year more in income taxes, and a married couple earning $160,000 a year could pay approximately $5,500 extra. Couples with children may pay even more, as the per-child tax credit is scheduled to revert back to $500 from $1,000. Investors will also be affected. Under President Bush, long-term capital gains and qualified dividends were reduced to 15 percent, and some lower income filers, such as retired seniors, actually owed zero percent. If President Bush‘s tax cuts expire, the capital gains rate will return to a maximum of 20 percent, and qualified dividends would resume being taxed at the rate of the filer, which, as mentioned above, could be as high as 39.6 percent. The effects of the increased taxes will affect consumers, which also affect businesses (employers). Furthermore, businesses, particularly small businesses, will have reduced access to capital, which will undoubtedly have an effect on their ability to grow or even maintain their workforce. With the passage of H.R. 1586, the federal government is once again ta king taxpayer dollars and doling them out to specific entities with failing economic policies; this time to certain states. Texas has a constitutional requirement that prohibits us from operating with a deficit, a constitutional prohibition against a state income tax, and a business-friendly climate, all of which have contributed to our State‘s success. While Texans are certainly feeling the effects of the recession, our unemployment rates are still well below the national average and existing businesses are staying in Texas and other companies are re-locating here providing new opportunities for workers in our State. The federal government should look to Texas for examples on policies that stimulate our nation‘s economy, rather than dig deeper into the pockets of taxpayers by allowing President Bush‘s tax cuts to expire to fund failing institutions.
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