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Table of Contents Overview Welcome!.. ..Inside Front Cover

Education Unique & Upgraded.......... 6

Demographics Notes & Numbers............. 1

Health Care Treating Red Oak Right...... 8

Economic Development Poised for Prosperity.......... 3

Recreation Out & About.................. 10

Real Estate Urban Convenience, Small-Town Style............... 4

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hether you are presently a resident or business, or you are considering Red Oak as your new home, I am confident that you will find our community friendly and

supportive. As you will see in the following pages, Red Oak is a unique community built upon its great heritage. It has all the benefits of the big city, but the laid-back and comfortable atmosphere

Fun Facts About Red Oak • Red Oak was originally called Possum Trot due to the abundance of possums in the area. Today the city’s Possum Trot Trail System honors the historic and colorful name.

of a small hometown. The Red Oak Area Chamber of Commerce works to unite businesses, civic organizations, and educational leaders in order to form a more perfect community. Since 1973 this unique partnership within the community has allowed for growth and development that have deemed Red Oak the perfect place to live. Located in northern Ellis County, Red Oak is only 20 miles south of Dallas. Red Oak and its neighboring communities add to the unique qualities and charm of Ellis County. The county

• County music legend Boxcar Willie, known f or his hobo songs and fondness for the railroad, grew up in Red Oak and died in 1999. The city designated the overpass at I-35 and FM Road 664 as Boxcar Willie Memorial Overpass in his honor.

seat, established in 1850, is located only 9 miles away in Waxahachie. Every April, the state of

• In 1950 the population of Red Oak was 350. The North Central Texas Council of Governments projects the population will grow to 63,329 by the year 2030.

Shelly Oglesby, President

• The movie Bonnie and Clyde was filmed in Red Oak for three days in 1967. Local resident Mabel Cavitt was picked out of a crowd to play Bonnie Parker’s mother, and the North Ellis County Outreach building was used in a bank robbery scene. • Reindeer Manor was named one of the “25 Must-See Haunted Attractions in the World” by Haunted Attraction magazine.

Texas flower, the Bluebonnet, is enjoyed in bloom in nearby Ennis (only 20 miles south). You can check out our website at www.redoakareachamber.org to keep posted on upcoming events, new businesses, and the overall growth of Red Oak.

Red Oak Area Chamber of Commerce

OUR MISSION

The Red Oak Area Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to help in our business members’ success. The mission of the Red Oak Area Chamber of Commerce is to support good business practices and to promote new business opportunities in order to build our community of tomorrow.


Notes & Numbers

Source: Oncor Economic Development Department, 2010 Community Profile

Major Employers

Red Oak ISD (Education).............................................. 800 Red Oak Health & Rehabilitation (Health Care)................ 150 Brookshire’s (Grocery Store).......................................... 120 City of Red Oak (Local Government)................................ 98 Perfect Technology Center (Glass Cutting Equipment).......... 49 Whataburger (Restaurant)............................................... 47 McDonald’s (Restaurant)................................................. 45 Knapheide Truck Equipment Southwest (Truck & Trailer)...... 35 Foxworth Galbriath (Building Supplies)............................. 32 CVS (Drug Store).......................................................... 27

Utilities

Electricity Electric Energy Delivery............................................... Oncor Reliability..............................................................99.95% Transmission Voltage.........................69 KV, 138 KV, 345 KV Service Voltage...120/208, 120/240, 240/480, 277/480 Natural Gas Provider......................................................... Atmos Energy BTU Content Per Cubic Foot........................................ 1,050 Water Supplier.......................................................City of Red Oak Source................................................ Wells/Surface Water Maximum Daily System Capacity............... 1.4 million gallons Maximum Daily Use to Date.........................600,000 gallons

Pressure on Mains..................................................... 55 psi Storage Capacity.....................................1,400,000 gallons Size of Mains.................................................. 6–14 inches System Looped..............................................................Yes Projects under Construction: Studies being evaluated to switch to surface water; surface water available for large user

Sewer Treatment Plan Types......Trinity River Authority-Activated Sludge Max Capacity............................................. 7 million gallons Max Daily Use to Date................................. 4 million gallons Telephone Provider.......................................................................SBC Digital Available.............................................................Yes Analog Available............................................................ No Electromechanical.......................................................... No Make and Model.........................Northern Telecom - DMS 10 Software Level......................................400 Series - Generic Fiber Optics...................................................................Yes Switched 56 Kbps..........................................................Yes High Capacity Digital (T-1)..............................................Yes Digital Data Service........................................................Yes 911 Available...............................................................Yes Other Network Services..............................AT&T, Air Canopy, . ...................................................Texas Air Net, Zyterra

Transportation Nearest Airport Airport Name............................................... Lancaster (LNC) Longest Runway Length.......................................5,000 feet Runway Surface........................................ Concrete/Asphalt Fuel for Purchase...........................................................Yes Instrument Landing System.............................................Yes Lighted.........................................................................Yes Airports Within One Hour International Airports.....Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) Regional Airports............ Mid-Way Regional - Midlothian (JWY) Municipal Airports........................................ Lancaster (LNC) Rail Service Providers BNSF; Union Pacific Railroad Freight Carriers ABF Freight Systems; Central Freight Lines; National Freight; Texas Overnight Express, United Parcel Service

Population . ......... 2010 (est.).........2000........... 1990 City....................9,513................. 4,301................. 3,124 County..............150,025............. 111,360............. 85,167

Climate

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The major employers in Red Oak include Red Oak ISD, Red Oak Health & Rehabilitation, and Brookshire’s.


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Annual Average Precipitation........................................36.8” Annual Average Snowfall...............................................3.0” Elevation................................................................... 500’

Education Area Colleges and Universities Cedar Valley College, Lancaster; Navarro College, Waxahachie; Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Waxahachie; University of North Texas at DeSoto; University of Texas at Arlington Available Training Vocational Program Available...........................................Yes State Industrial Job Training Available...............................Yes Private Schools................................................................ 4

Media

Weekly Papers................................................................ 3 Local TV.......................................................................Yes Cable TV Available.........................................................Yes

Recreation

Parks............................................................................. 2 Area Lakes...................................................................... 1 Health Centers................................................................. 1 Public Golf Courses........................................................... 1 Hotel & Motel Rooms................................................... 125 Libraries......................................................................... 1

Worship

Assembly of God, Baptist BMA, Baptist Independent, Baptist Southern, Church of Christ, Methodist, Nazarene, Lutheran

Finance

Citizens National Bank, Jefferson Bank, Prosperity Bank, Wachovia

City Government

Type................................................................. Home Rule Number on Council........................................................... 6 Municipal Police............................................................. 45 Paid Firefighters............................................................. 33 Volunteer Firefighters...................................................... 15 City Zoning Body...........................................................Yes Master Plan..................................................................Yes

City Incentives

Tax Abatement..............................................................Yes Enterprise Zone.............................................................. No Industrial Foundation......................................................Yes Foreign Trade Zone......................................... Yes; Available Reinvestment Zone........................................................Yes Freeport Exemption...................................Yes; City & School Other Incentives............................................................Yes Infrastructure Land Price Incentives; Cash Incentives

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Poised for Prosperity

By Jay Nehrkorn

he story of Red Oak is one of amazing growth, and while the nation’s struggles with the residential housing market in recent years have slowed the city’s rate of expansion, progress is still being made. Red Oak’s population has more than tripled since 1990, and City Manager Tim Kelty says that the community has remained actively engaged in preparing for the next wave of explosive growth. “We’re seeing an uptick now,” Kelty explained. “That’s the good news, and the city has put all of the infrastructure in place to support that residential growth. At the same time, commercial retail development really did continue at its same pace, and there has been a lot of retail ‘strip-type’ development that has been very good for the city. Right now we are poised to get that accelerated retail growth like we saw with the residential development that we had a few years ago, and we’re working aggressively toward that.” An important preparation that city leaders have made for the future is an update to Red Oak’s comprehensive plan, which includes a development strategy for one of their most valuable assets — the I-35 corridor. Development and redevelopment plans for this section of town include medium-density residential neighborhoods in the outlying areas, as well as provisions for a lifestyle center near the interstate. The overall plan is now a great marketing tool for the city as they aggressively approach bigbox stores and other potential investors. Meanwhile, with the construction of the new high school acting as a major catalyst, the execution of the city’s existing downtown redevelopment plan has led to a number of new mixed-use properties, making this area a vital part of Red Oak’s present and future.

“The city has had good leadership in that they have stuck to the downtown vision plan that was developed, and a lot of the development that has happened down there has been reflective of that plan,” Kelty said. “It’s good, solid development that’s attractive and has the theme and consistency that make it a very attractive place to come and do business.” Continued retail and residential growth patterns aren’t the only opportunities Red Oak is ready to take hold of. The I-35 corridor plan includes an area adjacent to the interstate that will be dedicated to highway-related commercial trade, and city leaders are working to form coalitions that will accomplish the expansion of Ovilla Road as a major east–west corridor, which will put Red Oak in an even better position to take advantage of the Dallas Logistics Hub’s huge potential. The industrial park in Red Oak currently has an option agreement with a real estate agency that is marketing 75 shovel-ready acres with rail frontage for over a million square feet of industrial space, making it an attractive option for manufacturing or logistics as well. Along with being prepared for growth, the city also adds to the attraction for developers through creative incentives. These incentives are targeted for specific areas and types of businesses and can include tax abatements, employee training programs, infrastructure and redevelopment incentives, and more. “Growth is still here in Red Oak,” Kelty concluded. “It’s still a desirable place to be, and when the housing market does come back fully, things will start rocking and rolling again — both residentially and commercially — and we’re right on the cusp of that happening. I’ve been to a number of conferences and seen where the economy is nationally, from a state basis, and from a regional basis, and I know that we are positioned extremely well.”

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Red Oak’s population has more than tripled since 1990.


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Urban Convenience, Small-Town Style

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ust 20 minutes from downtown Dallas and enjoying close proximity to interstates 35 and 20, Red Oak is ideally suited for those seeking suburban living without lengthy commutes to reach their jobs. The area has experienced a housing boom in recent years, and first-time buyers or those looking to trade up will find a wide variety of houses from which to choose. Whether you are seeking to build your dream home from the ground up or move into an older home, there are many affordable neighborhoods. Those seeking a larger expanse of land will also find acreage with a rural touch. Leslie Linscheid, a sales associate with Keller Williams Realty, said Red Oak is more than holding its own in potentially turbulent economic times with steady sales volumes and prices. Although the city’s population is growing, residents go out of their way to make newcomers feel welcome. “People often comment that Red Oak doesn’t feel like other towns they’ve lived in,” said Mayor Alan Hugley. “It’s quickly evolving from rural to suburban, but even with all of the growth we have experienced in the last few years, it still has a friendly, small-town feel, and there is a sense of community here that is rare.” 4

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Red Oak is ideally suited for those seeking suburban living without lengthy commutes to reach their jobs.

According to the Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas, the Dallas Metroplex is ranked in the top half of the most affordable housing markets in the United States. “Our close proximity to Dallas and the availability of land is unique in this area,” Mayor Hugley noted. “While areas to the north of us now have become so urban they have suburbs of other suburbs, Red Oak still has a lot of open, undeveloped land that can be used for both residential and business development.” Buyers considering relocating to the Dallas-Fort Worth area will discover Red Oak offers a wide choice of affordable homes in several price ranges.

New Communities

• Harmony is a 166-acre master-planned community with houses built by J Houston Homes. Located just 20 minutes from downtown Dallas and close to I-35E, it provides convenient access to the city while offering residents a scenic environment of parks, wooded trails, and close proximity to Red Oak schools. Amenities include a playground, swimming pool, and cabana, plus wooded trails and greenbelts. “We have a strong referral base of customers who recommend us to their friends,” said sales representative Rob Poole. “The Harmony subdivision fills a need for homes


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with quality construction and modern amenities in an affordable price range.” Homes in the Harmony complex start at $150,000. • Magnolia Farms, from David Weekley Homes, features houses from 1,921 to 2,277 square feet in the $172,000–$192,000 price range. Amenities include a pool, playground, parks, trails, pond, and clubhouse. • Quail Run is a subdivision from Wall Homes, with houses in the $136,000–$185,000 price range. Homes range from 1,607 to 2,525 square feet, with numerous floor plans and customization options to choose from. • Fox Hollow Estates, by Coleman Homes, combines small-town ambience with the convenience of close proximity to the Metroplex and the recreational facilities at Joe Pool Lake. One of the city’s elementary schools borders the neighborhood, and I-35 is close by for those who commute to jobs in Dallas or Waxahachie. Homes range from $127,000 to $192,000.

Apartment Living

• For   those not yet ready to make a commitment to home ownership, Red Oak Town Village is a gated apartment complex offering one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments in several floor plans. Amenities include contemporary décor, modern appliances, a resort-style pool, a fitness center, and covered parking. Prices range from $699 to $1,299. Manager Michelle Jones noted, “We have apartments perfect for singles and larger units suitable for families. Leases are available for six or 12 months.” • Living Oaks Apartments offers tenants amenities that include a free health club membership and a video library. • South Meadows Apartments’ upscale features include vaulted ceilings, fireplaces, and a fenced patio and playscape, available in one-, two-, and three-bedroom designs.

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Unique & Upgraded

New facilities have opened up a whole new toolbox for teachers to engage students.

New & Noteworthy Construction at Red Oak ISD

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By Mark Allen

ed Oak Independent School District is the rare educational enterprise that proffers two new, splendid facilities that positively impact every aspect of the community. The new Red Oak High School presents a fresh benefit — all students in one building — compared to the nearly dozen buildings on the old campus. D.T. Shields Elementary replaced a structure that was straining to accommodate the area’s rapid growth. The new schools have definitely generated a spark. “The staff, the students, and the community are excited about the new schools. Words can’t describe it,” ROHS Principal Kevin Freels said. “I applaud the community of Red Oak for their support in making this happen.”

Red Oak High School In August 2010, Red Oak ISD held a dedication ceremony for the new Red Oak High School. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the front of the school, and the dedication program was held in the New Performing Arts Center. The entire community was invited to attend and tour the new facility.

And an impressive facility it is. The new Red Oak High School sits on 121 acres, has 340,000 square feet, and can house 2,400 students. The campus includes 16 science labs, 15 computer labs, a 120-seat lecture hall, 2,000-seat competition gyms, and a 1,200-seat performing arts center. The campus also has an athletic complex featuring baseball and softball fields, eight lighted tennis courts, and three practice fields. In addition to consolidating students in one building, the high school is multi-level, something the students have not experienced before. “You never know with a new building how students will adjust,” Freels said. “We’ve been very fortunate, the students have been great!” Among the building’s highlights: • The library doubles its predecessor’s size and offers an array of multimedia, including laptops students can use while in the library. It also offers study rooms and a cosy, top-end bookstore atmosphere. • The performing arts center seats 1,200 and has state-of-the-art acoustics, lighting, and technology. Students in the fine arts departments shared a “cafetorium” in the previous building.

Red Oak ISD Quick Facts • Four elementary schools (D.T. Shields, Eastridge, Wooden, Red Oak) • One intermediate school (Red Oak Intermediate School) • One junior high (Red Oak Junior High School) • One high school (Red Oak High School) • Total Enrollment: 5,522 • Red Oak ISD is a Texas Education Agency Recognized District.

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Red Oak Independent School District 156 Louise Ritter Blvd. P.O. Box 9000 Red Oak, TX 75154 972-617-2941

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• The large, dedicated lecture hall is another benefit, seating 120. “It has almost become a community center because so many people are using our facility,” Freels said. “The facility is beautiful on the inside and out. Students take pride in their school and are enjoying all the benefits,” Freels concluded.

D.T. Shields Elementary The city of Red Oak made great strides in growth as the 21st century rolled in. While the city welcomed the expansion, the growth also shined a light on some of the aging educational infrastructure, which was struggling to keep up — particularly, D.T. Shields Elementary. “It finally just couldn’t accommodate the amount of students who lived on this side of I-35,” said Shields Principal Tina North. The planning for D.T. Shields was careful and comprehensive, both before and after its August 2009 opening. “It was actually a very smooth transition for such a large job,” North noted. “We had a hand in the design and furnishings of the building, so we knew exactly what we were in for. And since the new Shields was built practically in the backyard of the old one, we were able to watch the day-by-day construction. “The district helped as we sorted and packed the materials that moved with us throughout the summer previous to the school opening,” North continued. “We then hosted an open house for the families and the community to take a look at their new school.” The new building has managed to keep the best of the school’s traditional warm atmosphere in new, state-of-the-art surroundings. “The sense of unity and family traveled with us from the old to the new Shields, but the new Shields has provided us with the resources to better serve our students,” North said. “Our students and staff are proud to learn and teach in this beautiful building, and I feel that it definitely played a part in our reaching the ‘Exemplary’ rating status this past year.” New facilities have opened up a whole new toolbox for teachers to engage students. “The new Shields has allowed us to upgrade the technology available to our teachers and students,” North noted. “We have projectors and document cameras in all the classrooms. The teachers have embraced the use of technology because they know it’s an invaluable tool to teach the students in this day and age. We also now have a science lab available to enhance our lessons, a beautiful library that can hold the resources and materials for our growing enrollment, and a cafetorium that enables us to comfortably show off the talents of our students in the fine arts area.” North undoubtedly speaks for her entire staff and student body when she says, “We absolutely love our school! It’s spacious, inviting, and kid-friendly, and we feel a real sense of pride as we walk the hallways.”

Civil Air Patrol Cadet Airman Ashleigh Cain is up to the challenge on the swings at the confidence course.

Red Oak’s Civil Air Patrol (CAP), one of only three such programs within a school system in Texas, focuses on leadership, character development, aerospace education, and physical training. The class fosters students’ self discipline and their sense of team and teaches them the important concept of “Servant Leadership.” Participants receive instruction in aerospace education, from the flight dynamics of paper airplanes to the physics of a space flight. Cadets attend Encampment, a week-long boot camp; Ground Search and Rescue, which teaches them to work as a team to find downed aircraft and save survivors; and communications school, where they get instruction on the CAP radio system and train for disaster missions. “Red Oak cadets are encouraged to go to as many activities as they can,” said Maj. Jane Smalley, commander of the Red Oak Cadet Squadron. “The more they go to, the more they grow as an individual, a team member, and as a member of society.” Recently, 11 cadets of the Red Oak Cadet Squadron attended the Wing, or State, Encampment to learn more about Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the Air Force, and themselves. “They train in CAP knowledge, drill, and customs and courtesies,” said Smalley of the Encampment experience. “The cadets come away with more pride and confidence in themselves and more respect for their peers and superiors. They learn a sense of teamwork at the Encampment that is carried with them into their daily lives.” As cadets in the program promote and gain grade, they are given more responsibility in their staff positions. “The program is designed to grow with the cadet as they mature,” explained Smalley. “The higher they get, the more responsibility they receive.” The Red Oak Squadron has recently seen one of its cadets, Lt. Col. Sarah Heitzmann, reach the top of the program, being named Cadet of the Year for Texas Wing and a Cadet Commander for the 2011 Summer Encampment. Heitzmann began the program as an eighth grader and is now just one test away from completing the CAP Cadet Program. “She is an inspiration to those below her,” Smalley said. Cadets who make it at least halfway through the program or to the Mitchell Award (Cadet Second Lieutenant) are eligible for many scholarships for school and flying. Cadets who make it to the highest award, the Spaatz Award (Cadet Colonel), have a slot at the Air Force Academy if they choose to take it. About 10 percent of all cadets at all the academies are made up of Civil Air Patrol cadets.

Red Oak Education Foundation Founded in 2002 to provide the funds for innovative and creative teaching programs. the Red Oak Education Foundation has awarded 114 grants totaling $267,439.96 since its inception. The Foundation is supported through private donations, a fundraising campaign, and gifts from the community. Funds from the Red Oak ISD Education Foundation allow teachers additional opportunities to take their students to a higher level of excellence. Innovative and creative approaches to learning stimulate young minds and prepare our students for a lifetime of success. The Foundation benefits teachers and students by enlarging the possibilities for enhanced, creative instruction and the community at large by providing educational programs that are not reliant on tax dollars. The Red Oak ISD Education Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation directed by a volunteer board of directors. For more information on Foundation programs or to learn how to support Foundation efforts, visit www.redoakisdfoundation.org.

The Red Oak Municipal Center The Red Oak Municipal Center is the perfect wedding venue that you can have the wedding of your dreams without making you go over your budget. The facility’s lovely pond and green space is the magnificent place to have your romantic outdoor wedding with your reception right inside the banquet rooms. For more information please visit www.redoaktx.org/event-room-rentals. You may also call 469-218-1202 or email lfindley@redoaktx.org to tour the facility located at 200 Lakeview Parkway in Red Oak.

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H ealth Care

Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie was recognized in 2009 and 2010 with a Texas Award for Performance Excellence – Achievement level from the Texas Quality Foundation.

Treating Red Oak Right

Nearby Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie Brings Peace of Mind

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atching Ellis County’s growing population, Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie continues to expand its services in Red Oak and other local Ellis County communities. The Baylor Imaging and Diagnostics Center at Red Oak, located at 305 East Ovilla Road, opened in 2006 and provides advanced imaging technology without traveling outside Red Oak. The convenient site offers diagnostic radiology services such as bone density scans, digital mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and ultrasound, along with laboratory and EKG services. Ellis County residents can schedule appointments by calling 972-617-7731. High-tech, high-touch resources continue to expand at Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie with the introduction of the electronic medical record, a seamless way to communicate vital health information within Baylor Health Care System among health professionals directly involved in a patient’s care. B.E.S.S.Y., Baylor Waxahachie’s medical robot, now gives potential stroke patients access to neurological specialists without the patient’s having to leave the Baylor Waxahachie emergency department. Baylor’s Extra Specialist Seeing You (B.E.S.S.Y.) allows neurologists on the medical staff at Baylor Dallas to remotely observe, interact with, examine, and make recommendations for patients who may have experienced a stroke. The physicians on the Baylor Dallas medical staff work in tandem with physicians on the medical staff at Baylor Waxahachie to quickly restore blood flow to the brain by administering a clot-busting drug, TPA, which must be administered during the first three hours of the onset of symptoms. Previously, the patient would be transported by ambulance to Baylor Dallas before the drug could be given. The renovated emergency department at Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie, which opened in 2010, offers qualified care whether the 8

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emergency is a potential stroke or a sprain. Minor emergencies, such as sprains, small cuts, or coughs, can be treated in the six-bed emergency department clinic, while more serious emergencies can be treated in the department’s 15 other beds. All emergency patients are benefiting from the new clinic, and typically, patients are in and out of the emergency department clinic within 75 minutes. Patient satisfaction scores are high too, hovering around 99 percent. “By adding the emergency department clinic’s six additional beds, we’re facilitating faster treatment for all emergencies,” said Dr. D’etienne, medical director of emergency department, Baylor Waxahachie. Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie was recognized in 2009 and 2010 with a Texas Award for Performance Excellence – Achievement level from the Texas Quality Foundation. These awards acknowledge the hospital for its well-deployed, effective, systematic approaches to organizational management, with good performance levels and trends evaluated against industry standards. The Midas Platinum Award for Excellence in Clinic Performance was earned in 2008 and 2009 by Baylor Waxahachie for its achievement in quality outcomes, care efficiency, and consistent delivery of evidence-based best practices. Out of 600 hospitals across the country, Baylor Waxahachie was the only hospital in its category in Texas to receive this honor in 2009. With more than 230 physicians in 33 specialties on its medical staff, Baylor Waxahachie provides a full range of care, including specialized cancer services such as diagnostic imaging, biopsy, and surgical removal of cancers. A full list of services offered by Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie can be found at www.BaylorHealth.com/Waxahachie. Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System’s subsidiary community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie, or Baylor Health Care System.


Other Medical Services Red Oak Health & Rehabilitation Center

Red Oak Chiropractic & Therapy

Red Oak Health and Rehabilitation Center has offered skilled nursing care as well as rehabilitation services since 2002.

Located at 307 East Ovilla Road, Red Oak Chiropractic & Therapy empowers patients of all ages to maximize the natural healing capabilities of their bodies and achieve their highest potential for health.

The rehabilitation department offers physical, occupational, and speech therapies for patients who need short-term treatment. For those who need ongoing care, the Center offers beautifully landscaped grounds with a courtyard and cabana, spacious rooms with windows, a dining room, a beauty shop, and a community area with a fireplace. The specially designed Alzheimer’s unit provides a secure and caring environment for memoryimpaired patients. Hospice care needs can also be met in an atmosphere of love and care for the patient and family. “Our skilled and caring staff members are trained to provide personalized care and treat residents with dignity and respect,” says Director John Dugan. Through rehabilitative therapy some patients are able to return home, where they can lead more independent lives; but for those who need longterm care, the Center offers a homelike environment that provides opportunities for residents to participate in activities and socialize with others.

Utilizing what is known as the “wellness approach,” Dr. Curtis Begin, D.C., and his friendly staff provide relief from back pain, carpal tunnel, allergies, headaches, asthma, personal injuries, and a variety of other medical disorders by searching out their underlying causes and helping patients remove the barriers to their body’s normal function. The practice utilizes the latest in techniques and technology, providing services that include chiropractic care, corrective exercises, nutritional counseling, lifestyle advice, and massage therapy — all of which are provided in a comfortable and caring environment. They also provide spinal and postural screenings for area employers and at local events.

“We have a full-time activities director, and many volunteers from the community commit their time to helping out with activities and special events throughout the year,” Dugan says. “Some of our volunteers come in weekly and bring books and magazines or fruit. Their visits really give the residents’ spirits a lift. We also invite caregivers in the community to attend free educational seminars in an effort to provide support and build partnerships with others who have become caregivers for their loved ones.”

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BY Jay Nehrkorn


Rec reati on

Red Oak boasts a growing variety of shops at Main Street Plaza, Red Oak Square, and Red Oak Corners.

Out & About City Planners Make Parks and Trails a Priority

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ed Oak city leaders are working aggressively to expand the Possum Trot Trail System so that residents and visitors will have more opportunities to enjoy hiking and biking. A survey of residents convinced city officials that walking trails topped the list of recreational amenities desired for the rapidly growing city. While the Red Oak Master Plan designates a variety of future recreational projects, including equestrian trails, exercise areas, and wheelchair-friendly paths, walking trails were deemed the first priority, with the long-term goal of establishing connecting trails through and around Red Oak Creek, Cherry Creek, and Red Oak Road. Parks and Recreation Department Director Charles Brewer explained that the department’s goal is to make the trails an enjoyable destination for residents by using trees, creeks, and existing terrain where possible. When completed, in conjunction with road improvements, the system will connect the east and west sides of the city, allowing residents and visitors to easily walk from City Hall to the historic downtown district. The city is also working to add more sidewalks and bike paths to make it safer for students to walk or bike to school. The Possum Trot Trail System is only one part of the plan to expand recreational facilities. Mayor Alan Hugley emphasized that developing more parks for residents is a major concern. A few years ago the city purchased a 70-acre tract with the goal of developing a new signature park around the existing creek and surrounding it with trails and recreational areas. Hickory Creek Park, currently in development, will include soccer

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fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, a playground area, covered shelters, restroom and concession facilities, and a detention pond. Other future park improvements include the addition of walking trails around the lake at Pearson Park and the addition of nature or concrete trails from Old Town Park to the Cherry Creek Nature Preserve. Old Town Park currently offers a gazebo, small and large pavilions, and a performance stage/seating area used frequently for city events and available for rent for private functions. A Community Gardens program was introduced at Cherry Creek Nature Preserve in 2010. Located at the end of Pecan Creek Street just south of Waller, the gardens give Red Oak citizens a chance to socialize and beautify the park while learning gardening tips from one another. Plots are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on Parks and Recreation programs, visit www.redoaktx.org/category/departments/parks-recreation.

Shopping

Red Oak boasts a growing variety of shops at Main Street Plaza, Red Oak Square, and Red Oak Corners. Uptown Village, a short drive from Red Oak off Highway 67, features more than 75 chain and specialty stores plus a tempting selection of casual eateries. Pleasant Run Towne Crossing, in nearby Cedar Hill, offers a Super Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Downtown Waxahachie, nine miles south, is a favorite shopping destination for its boutiques, specialty stores, and antique dealers.


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Area Attractions

Cedar Hill State Park, 20 minutes from Red Oak, has 10 lanes of boat ramps with access to 7,500-acre Joe Pool Reservoir. More than 300 campsites are available and there are more than 15 miles of biking trails. Self-guided tours take visitors through restored Penn Farm buildings. www.tpwd.state.tx.us

The Ellis County Museum offers a variety of exhibits, including photos, furniture, artifacts, and toys highlighting the area’s fascinating history. www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txecm/

Lake Bardwell, one mile south of Ennis on Highway 34, covers 3,500 surface acres and offers fishing, skiing, boating, and camping. Paddleboats are for rent at Highview Marina, which also offers fishing from a covered pavilion. www.tpwd.state.tx.us Lake Waxahachie, located six miles south of Red Oak off FM 577, is a favorite spot for boating, fishing, and water-skiing. www.tpwd.state.tx.us Mesquite Championship Rodeo at Resistol Arena is located at 1818 Rodeo Drive in Mesquite. The indoor climate-controlled facility is open Friday and Saturday nights and features post-rodeo concerts and special events throughout the year. www.mesquiterodeo.com Events hosted by local and regional organizations are frequently held at the Municipal Center. This conveniently located modern venue accommodates 300 people and may be rented for business functions, wedding receptions, family reunions, and other events. www.redoaktx.org/event-room-rentals/ More than 150 Christian artists bring the beloved stories of the Bible to the stage at The Promise at Glen Rose Amphitheater. The awardwinning production runs from September–October with a special “Promise of Christmas” in December. The 3,200-seat amphitheater is the largest in the state and features a moat, rain curtain, and other special effects. www.thepromiseglenrose.com

Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers, features a Center Field Sports Park with games, activities, and special events for the whole family. http://texas.rangers.mlb.com

Red Oak Valley Golf Club, located near I-35, is a locally owned golf course offering affordable memberships and reasonable greens fees. Amenities include a pro shop, driving range, and snack bar. www.redoakvalleygolfclub.com

Six Flags Over Texas is a 220-acre theme park featuring more than 100 rides and family-friendly attractions. Located on I-30 in Arlington, it’s open on weekends in spring and fall and daily during summer and the winter holiday season. www.sixflags.com/overtexas The Texas Motorplex, located at U.S. 287 between Waxahachie and Ennis, is an NHRA venue featuring drag racing, concerts, and special events. Built in 1986, the track boasts a number of racing milestones and record-breaking performances. www.texasmotorplex.com Waxahachie Creek Hike and Bike Trail offers visitors a chance to walk or bike on a scenic path through the woods alongside Waxahachie Creek. The eight-mile trail extends from Getzendaner Park to Lion’s Park.

Sports

High school football games are highly anticipated events in the fall, and the Red Oak Hawks delight their fans with exciting games and frequent trips to the regional playoffs. The Lady Hawks basketball squad and the volleyball team also enjoy enthusiastic community-wide support. Team spirit runs high around town, with local businesses posting storefront signs and residents turning out in droves for pep rallies, car washes, and bake sales to raise funds for equipment and training camps. More than 400 children participate in the youth soccer program run by volunteers who spend countless hours coaching and organizing activities for 35 teams. Softball and baseball leagues for children and adults are also offered.

Community Festivals and Events

Spring • Children rush to Old Town Park to see the police and fire departments escort the Easter bunny into town for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. www.redoakareachamber.org | 1 1


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Over 5,000 eggs were hidden last year, with prizes awarded in several age categories. • The Bluebonnet Trails attract thousands of visitors to Ennis each April to view more than 40 miles of well-marked trails boasting spectacular wildflower views. www.visitennis.org/Festivals/Bluebonnet_Trails.html • At Food Fest, held in May, participants enjoy live music, art exhibits, and a silent auction while sampling food from more than a dozen area restaurants. • National Arbor Day is celebrated in the parks in April with the planting of special trees and a 5K run to benefit the Education Foundation. • The Red Oak Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament, held at Country View Golf Club in May, attracts golfers of all skill levels for a day of fun that includes breakfast, lunch, prizes, and an awards ceremony. Proceeds help fund the Chamber’s operating budget.

Summer • July 4th is celebrated at the Annual Red Oak White and Blue event, held at Old Town Park. Festivities include fireworks, entertainment, and activities for the whole family. • Fashion shows, bridal seminars, vendor displays, and a wedding-themed bazaar bring brides-to-be to the Red Oak Bridal Show in August. The event is held at the Municipal Center. • National Night Out, sponsored by the Red Oak Police Department in August, is part of a nationwide event to help educate the public on crime and drug prevention. Fall • Founders Day is an annual two-day September celebration sponsored by the Chamber, the city of Red Oak, and Red Oak ISD. Festivities begin with the Homecoming Game and Alumni Night at Red Oak High School on Friday night, followed by Saturday events that include a 5K run, a parade, musical entertainment, and booths featuring food or arts and crafts. • The Red Oak Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Auction, held at the Municipal Center in October, is the largest fundraiser of the year. More than 200 items valued at $45,000 were donated in 2010, including

everything from diamond and pearl earrings, to outdoor furniture, to a dove hunt, to a ride to school on a fire truck. Funds raised help support the Chamber, local charities, and other city events. • Fall Festival, held at Red Oak City Park in October and co-sponsored by local organizations and merchants, is a family-focused Halloween celebration featuring carnival games, entertainment, and a trick-ortreat area.

Winter • At the annual Festival of Trees in November/December, businesses, churches, schools, and city organizations donate decorated trees and wreaths that are sold to the highest bidders at a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Red Oak Independent School District. Fun activities for children include photos with Santa and a special area for making holiday crafts. Themed entertainment is featured throughout the event, held at a local school or church. • Christmas Downtown Red Oak is a delight for all ages, as the city welcomes Santa back to town in December. Sponsored by the Chamber, downtown merchants, and the Red Oak Parks and Recreation Department, the annual event also features live entertainment from local groups and holiday food and drinks. • Bethlehem Revisited is an annual event in December that recreates the streets of old Bethlehem to tell the Christmas Story. Located behind the Central Presbyterian Church at 401 N. College Street in Waxahachie, performances take place from 6 p.m.–9 p.m. the first two weekends in December. http://waxahachiechamber.com/play/attractions/default.php

Destination Dallas

Residents of Red Oak enjoy the big-city attractions of Dallas, just a 20-minute drive away. A day trip to the Big D offers such attractions as the world-famous Dallas Zoo, Dallas Museum of Art, unique shopping and dining in the Deep Ellum District, and much, much more. For more information visit www.dallascvb.com.

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Chiropractors

Education

Golf Course

Red Oak Chiropractic & Therapy Page 5

Red Oak Independent School District Page 2

Red Oak Valley Golf Club Page 5

At our Red Oak chiropractic office you will receive quality care through the use of modern chiropractic techniques and technology. Dr. Curtis Begin and the staff have a genuine concern for your well-being and health!

Training Academy 4U, LLC Page 2

Hotels/Motels/Bed & Breakfast

307 E. Ovilla Rd., Ste. 100 Red Oak, TX 75154 972-576-5501 fax 972-576-5654 pam@redoakchiro.com www.redoakchiro.com

Churches

First United Methodist Church Red Oak Page 6 600 Daubitz Drive P.O. Box 25 Red Oak, TX 75154 972-617-9100 manager@fumcro.org www.fumcro.org

Worship 8:30 and 10:50 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Youth meets Wednesday and Sunday evenings Children’s groups - Sunday and Wednesday Bible Studies, Scouts, Support Groups

156 Louise Ritter Blvd. P.O. Box 9000 Red Oak, TX 75154 972-617-2941 fax 972-617-4333 www.redoakisd.org

213 West 6th St. Ferris, TX 75125 972-842-2999 michele@ta4u.org www.ta4u.org

Family owned and operated school striving to give one-on-one education to our students. All programs are designed to get the student into the workforce quickly. Affordable tuition. Financial Institutions

Citizens National Bank of Texas Page 9 200 N. Elm Waxahachie, TX 75165 972-938-4300 fax 972-938-4364 cford@cnbwax.com www.cnboftexas.com

800 S. I-35 Service Road Red Oak, TX 75154 972-617-3249 connierov@att.net www.redoakvalleygolfclub.com

Comfort Suites - Waxahachie TX Page 2 131 RVG Plaza Waxahachie, TX 75165 469-517-1600 fax 469-517-1605 www.comfortsuites.com

• 100% Smoke-Free Hotel • Banquet/Meeting Rooms • Bus Parking • Business Center • Exercise Room • Free High-Speed Internet • Free Local Calls • Seasonal Outdoor Pool • Pet Friendly • Cable/Satellite TV • In-Room Coffee Maker/Microwave/Hair Dryer Insurance

State Farm - Andrea Walton Page 5 302 E. Ovilla Road Glenn Heights, TX 75154 972-617-7770 myagent@andreawalton.com www.andreawalton.com

Meeting Venue

Red Oak Municipal Center Page 7 P.O. Box 393 Red Oak, TX 75154 469-218-1202 fax 469-218-1239 lfindley@redoaktx.org www.redoaktx.org

The Red Oak Municipal Center is the perfect wedding venue where you can have the wedding of your dreams without making you go over your budget! Retail

Hilltop Travel Trailers Page 5 700 W. Red Oak Rd. Red Oak, TX 75154 972-617-8311 fax 972-617-7065 hilltoptt@sbcglobal.net www.hilltoptraveltrailers.com

Hilltop Travel Trailers offers a full line of new and used Fifth Wheels and Travel Trailers as well as customer on site service, parts store, and propane.

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Red Oak Area Chamber of Commerce 500 N. I-35 Service Road Red Oak, TX 75154 phone 972-617-0906 :: fax 972-576-3737

www.redoakareachamber.org

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