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A Word From The Editor All We Want for Christmas is a Cure for Cancer Cancer is the six letter word which touches all of our lives through our own walk or those we love. Why is there still no cure? We’ve walked on the moon, split the atom and created world–wide communication via the internet. The medical field says we’ve made great strides, but tell this to the family who just buried a loved one or the dad who only has six months to live. The experts say nutrition and lifestyle blended with a positive outlook are essential. Endless theories abound. So this issue is dedicated to a different kind of Home Town Hero, those who’ve been affected by the evils of cancer. May your faith be strong as you face this journey. We encourage you to surround yourself with your loved ones and positive people as we remember that each healthy day is a gift. Blessings, JaLynn West Lori Fickling is a former interior decorator and now works for Communities In Schools of North Texas as its Director of Community Relations. She has a passion for our community.
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There’s an old cliché that was once popular around the academia circles many years ago which went something like this: “Learning is Light”. While I never knew what that cliché meant back then, I certainly would have never imagined that it would be such a profound ideology that I would come to highly regard one day as one of the key secrets to humanity. Like many people, I am an avid reader. There isn’t a day that passes where I do not have some sort of book or media source which helps me broaden my perspective on life. As such, one of my favorite hobbies is browsing the local bookstore looking for goodies to take home to my bedside. During one visit, I couldn’t help but take notice of one of the movies that was placed on display. The movie was “Do the Right Thing” by director Spike Lee. For those readers who haven’t seen the movie, it is a brilliant piece of filmmaking that takes a raw and relentless look at the dynamics of race relations during the late 80’s in the neighborhoods of New York City. Although the movie was very controversial at the time, it was a prime example of educating the public about what really goes on in society contrary to what the status quo may dictate. While revisiting the movie in my mind, I couldn’t help but parallel the film’s main theme to the state of things occurring today, and from a more narrow perspective, what is occurring in our very own backyards. Certainly Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village are becoming more culturally diverse as these cities grow, at least from the standard that we have already set concerning multiculturalism in an affluent society. But are we really diverse in our thinking from the broader scheme of things ? Certainly we think of race, gender, ethnicity etc. when opening the multicultural umbrella, but do segments such as socioeconomic division, the affluent view of destitution, stereotypes and status-based opportunity fit into the standard of how our communities should be populated ? Read her complete story at www.ourcommunitymagazine.com.
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Marsha Thomas President and Owner of T N T Promotions, LLC. Marsha has over 25 years of experience working in goal oriented environments developing and managing programs in the Human Resources sector. She has managed both client and employee facing initiatives and has a strong focus on brand awareness.
Abby Dupuis My husband and I are both proud to have been born and raised in South Louisiana. We have lived in Lewisville the last 7 years where we are now raising our amazing 2 year old son. If we are not here in Texas, then it usually means we are traveling the country in an RV!
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By JaLynn West Not long ago I was forced to face my mortality. It wasn’t nostalgic and sentimental. Rather, it was a rare moment of reality and raw emotion. I have a lump in my breast. I haven’t worried about it but it’s been there too long and now I’m concerned. So I had my first mammogram, except it was a bit more thorough due to the intrusion in my breast. You know the saying, “All we have to fear is fear itself ”? I understand this in the deeper sense but sometimes fear can be tangible. I faced my fears and the mammogram process wasn’t horrific, just uncomfortable. Several women were in the waiting room with me. We waited together, knowing each other’s secret. We have a lump in our breast and our doctor wants to take a closer look. What I experienced as we waited was a friendly atmosphere and a quiet bravery, camaraderie, if you will. We chatted. As women we always do. It’s our nature. A new friend and I spoke openly of our experience, the odds, the solutions and alternatives. The exam was a bit uncomfortable but so are my feet when I wear five inch heels all day. Fortunately, I was given my results before I left and the report was good. In relief, I wept all the way to my car. As I walked away from the building, with a sense of renewed gratitude, I also wondered about my new friends. Were their reports as good as mine? I hope so. This is a special request to our friends and readers; please get your mammograms. Don’t put it off because early detection is the key.
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ow many of us would clean a stranger’s home for free? Although it sounds a bit odd, this is exactly what Cleaning for a Reason’s founder, Debbie Sardone, and the members of her national organization do for women undergoing cancer treatment. In essence, Cleaning for a Reason is a non-profit which partners with maid services to offer free professional house cleaning to improve the lives of women undergoing cancer treatment. Debbie’s reasoning is simple. Fighting cancer is difficult enough, but living with the daily challenges of it is even tougher. Yes, this wonderful organization reaches out to a very significant sector of our society in such a practical way. They may not have the cure for cancer, but will help those who are battling this disease in something as practical as cleaning their homes. The concept is touching and their goodwill is spreading as they service throughout North America. 1002 cleaning partners have helped more than 11,000 patients with more than $3,025,652 cleanings donated. Endorsed by Oprah, they have big name sponsorships such as Swiffer, Mr. Clean and WalMart. Our remarkable Debbie Sardone leads by example in teaching us how to pay it forward. To learn more about Cleaning for a Reason or to make a donation visit their website: cleaningforareason.org. Find them on facebook, Youtube or call 1.877.337.3348. Photos of Debbie and husband Steve, and their team of supporters.
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Kathy Beahm shares from the heart
27 years ago today I lost my mother. She set a wonderful example of how to put one foot in front of the other and do the right thing. She had no extended family closer than Oregon, my dad had died in 1965 and Social Security told her no on assistance back then for three kids. She did not realize that was a standard answer and so she never re-applied. She dropped out of school after her own mom died when she was thirteen and became the mom for younger siblings for a couple years until my grandfather remarried. She paid her way through college and got her bachelor of science degree in nursing. She was forty when she had me and by the time I was five my dad left her with three kids... Alone! I was nine when he died. She made sure we had the things we needed. She also made sure we learned a work ethic of doing what ever it takes to get it done! We went to church every Sunday unless we were dead. I respect her tremendously and thank her for hanging tough when her basic nature was anything but tough!! I hope to leave a legacy that my kids can be proud of. Thank you Lord for Godly parents and examples!!! Until I see you again mom... I love you!!
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our first impression of Abby Dupuis, Our Community Cajun Fashionista, is her strong sense of style. Move past this layer and you discover an unfaltering commitment to her husband and very active young son. Yet Abby’s found a way to keep her life in balance and still make a healthy income working from home. She combined her passion for great jewelry and style with her desire to help others and does this by selling Premier Jewelry. If you’ve ever attended one of her parties, you not only find out about the earning potential of the Premier line, but that Abby truly enjoys helping women. She teaches us how to empower ourselves with our own sense of style and shares how selling Premier jewelry has given her the freedom to do what she loves on her own terms. Giving back is part of her core philosophy and she works with non-profits by creating fundraisers. Abby also caters to the needs of those who want to host a party by providing catalog shows and the You in Two program. For the men who don’t know what to buy their wives and the women who love them, Abby suggests “Do your gift and holiday shopping with me.” She makes it easy and fun. We are glad this caring Cajun Fashionista settled in our area and is becoming an active part of our community. Find out about the latest fashion trends on her facebook Event Board: facebook.com/the cajunfashionista or email: email@example.com
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Our Community Business Corner Women in Business: Lucy Llamas
by JaLynn West “It’s not just a piece of clothing; it’s a customer’s image”
his is Lucy’s key philosophy and how she built her dry cleaning business, Lucy’s Grand Cleaners. If you’ve ever met Lucy Llamas then you know she is passionate about cleaning clothes and keeping loyal customers. Her story is touching and you feel an instant kinship upon meeting her. At the young age of 18, she moved from her home in Chihuahua, Mexico, with little more than a suitcase. She found employment and a mentor in Carmine Reino, a man who also loved the dry cleaning business. She learned from one of the best and launched her own cleaners ten years ago. In a metroplex where we find a dry cleaner at almost every major intersection, it’s to her credit that many of her customers literally drive from the Dallas and Ft. Worth areas simply to use her service as I’ve witnessed on several occasions. These loyal customers always mention that Lucy’s quality and service are well worth the drive. When taking a tour of the cleaners, Lucy speaks knowledgeably of the cleaning processes and the personal inspection of each garment prior to giving it back to her customer. Lucy’s Grand Cleaners also specializes in wedding gowns and offers alterations. It’s easy to see her passion for quality cleaning and customer service in everything Lucy does. Lucy’s Grand Cleaners is conveniently located at Garden Ridge Rd., near FM 3040, and even has clothing drop off and delivery service to cater to our busy lifestyles. As Lucy celebrates her ten year anniversary, she cordially invites us to her Open House and chamber ribbon cutting October 11. Come meet another amazing lady in our community and give Lucy’s Grand Cleaners a try. You’ll be glad you did.
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new survey, War and Sacrifice in the Post-9/11 Era, from the Pew Research Center found that a majority of Afghanistan and Iraq War veterans believe other Americans do not understand the diverse challenges that soldiers and their families face. These challenges include long separations, physical and psychological injuries, and stress. Most American civilians who participated in the survey are proud of and grateful for those who serve; however, most agree that they do not understand the realities of military life. This Veterans Day, civilian families can gain a better understanding of war and the sacrifices of our military families by talking with a veteran or a soldier’s family, or by visiting the Veterans History Project (www.loc.gov/vets/about.html), which is part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The Veterans History Project has collected stories of veterans who participated in wars from World War I through Afghanistan and Iraq, so that current and future generations will better understand war. Military families may also contribute their stories to the project to promote better understanding.This Veterans Day, take a moment to thank a veteran for his or her service to our country – we know they deserve it. If you have served America during war time or peace time, we honor your service. The above material was prepared by Peak Advisor Alliance. Sources: http://www.loc.gov/vets/about.html; http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2011/10/05/war-and-sacrifice-in-the-post-911-era/6/#chapter-5-the-public-and-the- military?src=prc-headline
Does Surveillance Equal Security?
By Al DeMarzo
I’m asked many questions about video surveillance systems. There are plenty on the market from the ridiculously inexpensive all the way to broadcast video with searchable facial recognition. Anyone can now afford to own a basic camera system installed anywhere (covert or not) and view it on your computer, iPad or smart phone. Great tool for verification, even better for management, documentation and recall. As with any electronic device, the number of choices are only limited to your budget. When choosing, the more desirable recorders (DVR’s) use a “dynamic” IP address as opposed to a more expensive static IP address, and have a hard drive of 500 gigabytes or more. Rule 1: the more cameras, the more memory you will utilize. The larger the hard drive the more memory you will have. Rule 2: the better the camera and lens, the better the picture. Of course there are more variables all attached to costs. There’s an interesting twist to this trend. The opportunities accompanying the increased demand of video are bringing new people and companies into the business, one that is regulated by the Texas Department of Public Safety. As an example I’ve seen many computer technology firms advertising the installation of a camera system in your home or business that will interface with a computer network, which is logically, a natural addition to their business. But of those that I inquired, none were licensed, some disagreed with the requirement and most resented the fact that I asked. For people who like to research these articles let me list the actual statute numbers. The Texas Security Laws Occupational Code Chapter 1702.002(1) (C) specifically defines camera systems as security devices. In the Private Security Administrative Rules Chapter 35, (35.1(17) )video cameras are further defined as security devices (which also lists exceptions for certain specific uses of video). So in a nutshell, those to whom the public have charged with regulating the companies we consumers use, state that surveillance systems are defined as security devices and the sales, service and installation can only be performed by a company licensed by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Private Security Board. When considering a security contractor, check to see if they have the proper credentials at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/RSD/PSB/ Reports/searchOptions.htm. This is especially important with video because theoretically the installer may have access to your images, recorded memory and the use thereof.
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By Debbie Sardone, Buckets & Bows Maid Service
Before you know it, the holidays will be here, and friends and family will be ringing your doorbell. While the holidays are very exciting, they can also be stressful. I know when my house is nice and clean, I feel like I can tackle anything. Stay stress-free this holiday season by following these easy tips. Don’t procrastinate - Leave yourself plenty of time to get the job done. When you feel rushed, you feel stressed and don’t do a great job. Have a plan. Make a list of everything you want to have done and by when. Do you really need to hand wash the inside of your kitchen cabinets before company comes? No, but it might be a good idea to dust the baseboards and wash around the doorknobs. Don’t drag it out. Do all the big jobs in one day, and save cleaning up the every-day messes throughout the week as they occur. When your home is full of company, you can enjoy them because you have (or at least started with) a sparkling clean home that’s relaxing and inviting--Enjoy!
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Flower Mound is Open for Business Flower Mound has a new mayor in Tom Hayden. His message is loud and clear, “Flower Mound is open for business.” He and his town council are reaching out to our local chamber and community businesses to help make Flower Mound a strong shopping and service destination. Mayor Hayden and his team encourage business development and desire to work with those who want to open a business in our community. “We have great schools and neighborhoods. Now let’s build our business community.” Tenacious Tom Hayden wants to bring people together and help make Flower Mound a thriving community with diversity of business and services needed to sustain our growth.
Lewisville Chamber Member Awarded Matt McCormick, President of the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce, was one of 12 chamber executives in the nation who earned the CCE (Certified Chamber Executive) designation this year. The CCE program is designed to assess and test the applicant’s knowledge of the core chamber management areas: management, planning and development, membership and communication, and operations. Since the program was initiated more than 40 years ago, only about 520 individuals have earned this highest designation in the profession. The Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce and Board of Directors are proud to recognize Matt for his outstanding accomplishment and the wealth of knowledge and experience continues to brings to the chamber. Way to go, Matt!
Mark your calendar for the Women of Flower Mound Wine Tasting event and fundraiser Nov. 3rd. Our monthly meetings, including our holiday market extravaganza are held the second Tuesday at Bridlewood Club House, 6:30 p.m. You don’t have to be a Flower Mound resident to join us. Come mix and mingle with other fun ladies in ou community. Find us on facebook for more details.
Glass Cactus Joint Mixer-Tickets Available Join us at the Glass Cactus on October 9, from 5-7pm. This a joint area wide chamber mixer and includes the Chambers from Flower Mound, Southlake, Northeast Tarrant County, Grapevine, Lewisville, Keller, Colleyville, Northwest Metroport, Hurst-Euless-Bedford. We have a limited number of tickets available at the Chamber office. Please stop by and pick yours up, first come-first served. To ensure that everyone can participate, we will limit the number of tickets to two per person. An evening of great wine, food and friends is set for Friday, January 25th, and community members are invited to partake at the seventh annual Vine and Dine: a Toast to Flower Mound Rotary Charities. The festivities will begin at 7 p.m. at Celebrations, 2380 Justin Rd., Highland Village.
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aving grown up in Dallas, when I moved to this area 30+ years ago I felt like I had come to a really “small” town. We had one small grocery store, a couple of banks, and not much else. I often found myself leaving the area to shop for goods and services, as well as for entertainment, shopping, etc., most of the time. But over the course of the years, as you know all too well, our communities have exploded with development. I have seen my little circle grow increasingly smaller lately, and that makes me happy! It may sound like I prefer to live a sheltered, secluded existence, but that’s not the case. While I love adventure and travel as much as anyone, what I really love is that I can get almost anything I need by driving only a mile or two from home. I am within minutes of my doctor’s office, the pharmacy, my bank, my dry cleaners, and the grocery store. But I am also equally as close to the movie theater, my favorite restaurants, great shopping, and my favorite car wash and bakery. In addition, if I am in need of a big box store, I can find one right down the street. Obviously there are times when venturing outside this community is fun – even necessary. But mostly you can find everything here when it comes to shopping, dining and entertainment. Take advantage of the many opportunities offered in your own community. You will discover the conveniences of the area, and as a bonus, when you shop the stores that are close to home, you are supporting your community by keeping tax dollars at work locally, which is good for all of us.
Book Review By Mike Fickling
Slash and Burn By Matt Hilton
love to discover unknown authors; especially those who produce novels in my favorite fiction genre of action/adventure. You know the type – the one that features an army of really good bad guys and one really bad good guy, leading to an enormous body count. You can imagine the pure joy I felt when one such unknown, a new paperback Slash and Burn by Matt Hilton, mysteriously floated to the top of my stack. The back cover promised a violent tale of suspense with a mind-bending plot, and a furious pace, and so on, and blah blah blah. It was when I examined the front cover that I made the decision to start reading. A statement by a national book review organization at the top of the cover proclaimed “Jack Reacher could have some worthy competition,” in reference to the popular Lee Child character. This bold claim provoked me into having a look for myself. Joe Hunter is the ex-Special Ops/CIA who was just sitting on the beach minding his own business when approached by a beautiful lady, Kate, wanting help finding her missing sister in Kentucky. Happens all the time, right? His first stop was the home of the sister, where two professional bad guys immediately start shooting big guns at the pair of would-be heroes, indicating that sister had made someone angry before disappearing. Joe and Kate barely escape with their lives, but draw the ire of seemingly every hit man in the Northern Hemisphere in the process. Kate is eventually kidnapped and transported to, of all places - Pilot Point, Texas, just a few miles North of Lewisville, Texas, and the DFW Airport. I know! I immediately read the author’s bio inside the back cover, thinking I must surely have met this Matt Hilton fella, only to find out he is an ex-cop from England. But he is writing a story that happened less than one mile from where I once lived. Go figure. I found Hilton to be quite acceptable as a writer, with a brisk pace and interesting and unpredictable action. He painted a good picture of the final scene, and the story line and ending were plausible and satisfying. He is years away from replacing Lee Child as one of the best writers in the U.S., however. And to be clear, Joe Hunter is certainly no Jack Reacher. Overall, I would give Slash and Burn a 7 out of 10. Easy to read but not so addictive that you miss an entire weekend of college and pro football games. The local reference is fun, but the Lee Child reference on the front cover that led me to pick this book up ensured I would be disappointed eventually.
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1 1/2 cups cubed whole wheat bread 3 3/4 cups cubed white bread 1 pound ground Spicy Breakfast sausage 1 cup chopped onion 3/4 cup chopped celery 2 1/2 teaspoons dried sage 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1 Golden Delicious apple, cored and copped 3/4 cup dried Apricots chopped ¼ Cup Calvados – Apple Jack or cider 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley 1 cup turkey stock 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
from Chef Rick Garrison DIRECTIONS:
Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 25 Minutes Ready In: 1 Hour 40 Minutes Servings: 10
1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Spread the white and whole wheat bread cubes in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, or until evenly toasted. Transfer toasted bread cubes to a large bowl. 2. Warm Calvados and Apricots – Let stand to reconstitute 3. In a large skillet, cook the sausage and onions over medium heat, stirring and breaking up the lumps until evenly browned. Add the celery, sage, rosemary, and thyme; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes to blend flavors. 4. Pour sausage mixture over bread in bowl. Mix in chopped apples, apricots, parsley,. Drizzle with turkey stock and melted butter, and mix lightly. Enjoy!
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