Friday, April 8, 2011
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news IN MEMORIAM Alfred Neely, 1st homeowner, face of N. Collin Habitat 3
business HOMEWOOD SUITES Frisco hotel wins 4 awards at national conference 6
community ASHLEY HONOR Kindergarten student lauded for emergency call 9
HUMANE SOCIETY Rescued Daschund provides comfort in time of loss 10
Diamond in the Rough Announcer’s historic memories add character to ballpark 12
LANDSCAPING GUIDE Neil Sperry tips on creating attractive entryways 11
sports TEXAS LEGENDS D-League team clinches final spot in playoffs 13
PETS & THEIR PEOPLE
Homer comforts Frisco resident after loss
April 08, 2011
neighborsgo | Frisco | Little Elm |
omer, a 2-year-old, grey standard Daschund has gone from needing love to providing comfort. He was found last June in a dumpster in Tyler, Texas. But thanks to Frisco Humane Society fosters Anissa and Ron Wilson of Garland, Homer soon had a cozy bed at their home. Homer had mange, heartworms and was extremely malnourished. For several months, Anissa nursed Homer back to health. In January, Homer was fully recovered and ready to find a family of his own. During this same time, cello teacher Nina Smith of Frisco began searching online for a canine companion for their family, especially for her husband, Dennis. Dennis, a trombone teacher, was was having health problems and was often home. When they came across Homer on the FHS website and read his bio, they knew he would be a perfect match. Homer was exactly what the Smiths were looking for in a pet — a happy and friendly lap dog who enjoyed watching TV,
KATHRYN HORNER Contributor
greeting their music students at the door and playing with their grandchildren. Sadly, Dennis was only able to enjoy Homer’s companionship for a few weeks before he passed away, but Nina and Homer have been inseparable since. “Homer goes everywhere with me and loves going on car rides,” Nina said. “Everyone loves him, and he loves everyone. I am so thankful to the Frisco Humane Society that I have Homer. He’s been such a comfort to me and just exactly what I needed during these times — someone to snuggle and [go through] life with.” Kathryn Horner contributes to neighborsgo on behalf of the Frisco Humane Society.
Photo by LOUIS DELUCA/DMN
Shoppers spend a Saturday afternoon browsing stores at Stonebriar Centre.
Spring in Frisco brings opportunities, activities
here’s this innate sense that wakes up inside of women in spring and makes them desperate to become shoppers after lying low all winter. Spring also is the time when manicured baseball diamonds and soccer fields are unveiled and families look forward to nights under the lights with the RoughRiders at the Dr Pepper Ballpark and FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park. Let this be your guide to spring fever spending and sports action in Frisco. The most obvious haunts to begin with when it comes to shopping are the big three: Stonebriar Centre, Sam Moon and IKEA. In case you didn’t know, the Convention & Visitors Bureau offers a Shop Frisco coupon book that is chock full of savings and discounts. They’re free at the mall’s customer service center, any one of the hotels in town or at our office, 7601 Gaylord Parkway, Suite 100, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you prefer doing things the old fashioned way, send your name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll put one in the mail for you. Unique boutiques are scattered throughout the city on Main Street, Frisco Square, Preston Road and the Shops at Starwood. Getting around to all of them in a day will certainly keep
DENISE STOKES Contributor
you busy because there are a total of 14 different boutiques around town. Something else worth checking out is Friday Night Lights on April 8 and 15 on Main Street. Downtown Frisco merchants will stay open later and provide discounts. Also, the reigning 2010 MLS Western Conference Champions, FC Dallas, are excited about their upcoming season. New for fans this year is the March to the Match, which will take place before every game this season. Fans will march from the Londoner to Pizza Hut Park. The first batter up for the RoughRiders hit the field yesterday. Look for the team to introduce a new iPhone App this season. Spring fun and excitement is in the air. We’ll see you ‘round town. Denise Stokes contributes to neighborsgo on behalf of the Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau.