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Madee Our Denton County 2014 Model Winner

Getting Ready for Spring and Summer Albert “Big Al” Haddad Forever a Hero

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merica has lost thousands of brave young men in the name of war, and our great State of Texas has buried more than our fair share it seems. But when a small town like Lewisville loses one of its finest and most popular young men, the raw emotion and sense of loss can be devastating. The entire community mourns as a single family and honors their local hero in the best way it can. The awards and ceremonies are emotional and touching and can continue for well over a year as the caring citizens do the best they can to express their grief and their sense of loss. Such are the impressions of anyone taking a look back at the headlines from the year 1991; a different time - a time when headlines, pictures, and news were found primarily in the form of printed newspapers. In the February 6 edition of every local paper that year, the story of Marine Corporal Albert “Big Al” Haddad dominated the headlines, as he became the only Denton County casualty of the Persian Gulf War. Al was one of four members of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing squadron killed during Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia. Al served as crew chief in a light helicopter squadron. He was acting as door gunner flying an escort mission when the UH1N Huey crashed in the desert sand due to mechanical failure. Big Al died an honorable but tragic death, halfway around the world, apart from his beautiful young bride and the family who loved him with no conditions. And while this is where the story of the life of Al Haddad ends, frozen in time years ago, it is the story of the people and events of his life that occurred before February 3, 1991, that puts it all in perspective. From humble beginnings…

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An Update on Kristen the 2013 Model Winner of Our Community Magazine After entering the contest Kristen has had numerous Modeling assignments and contacts within the Modeling industry. Splurge in Highland Village had a contest and Kristen was called to be one of there Models. The photographer for several successful Models did the shoots for Splurge. The photos were sent out to several agencies. A New York agency called and is interested in Kristen doing more Modeling assignments. Thanks go out to Jalynn and Our Community Magazine for a fun contest that has led to many opportunities. Best of Wishes to all the new contestants who are entering this years Model search.

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Albert G. Haddad, Jr. was born April 20, 1968, at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware. Founded in 1683, Dover is one of the oldest and smallest state capitals in the United States, with a true small-town feel of less than 16,000 residents at the time of his birth. It was established primarily as a military facility, with access to the Delaware Bay and a location that was vital to the defense of the Eastern Seaboard. As the state capital, Dover had two major employers – the state government and the military base. Growing up in this and similar military bases, as his father’s career took him from one place to another, Al was raised with a natural sense of discipline and respect of both the structure of the military and the personnel he knew as a child. As the time came for Al to start high school, the family settled in Lewisville, Texas, in an effort to provide him the opportunity to receive a good education and allow him to pursue his love for the game of football. It was on the football field that Al Haddad, despite being only five foot ten inches tall, became known as Big Al. He was a natural leader among his peers and he was proud to be a part of a team – in

particular, a member of the offensive line. It was his extreme competitive spirit and dedication to give his all on every play that forever earned Big Al the respect and admiration of his teammates and coaches. He led his team by example, never giving less than his best effort and never accepting defeat. His teammates were quick to describe him as dedicated, committed, driven, determined and willing to sacrifice all he had for the success of his coaches and his team. Players told of how Big Al could really hurt you in practice if you weren’t careful, because he had only one speed. Regardless whether it was a playoff game or a routine practice in the heat of August, Big Al played to win on every play. In this way, he earned a reputation as a champion. He made everyone a better player, and was one reason the 1985 Lewisville Fighting Farmer football team was one of the best in the history of the school. to a young man of character Despite his tough-guy reputation on the football field, Big Al was known as a funny guy in the classroom. He was selfless and outgoing, always seeming to have a good day, lifting the spirits of those around him that he hardly knew. He was, according to his teachers, a model student who was as dedicated to his studies as he was to sports, and willing to put in as much time and effort as needed to make the best grades he could. Al was also known for his exceptional sense of right and wrong and his genuine compassion for those he barely knew. He would tell his family that he wanted to give himself the chance to play football in college before he considered a career in the military. He was certainly not going to allow his academic performance to interfere with his love of the game of football. Despite garnering honors as an all-district and all-region offensive guard, Big Al found there was little interest from the Division 1 colleges for an undersized player, especially when the trend was for offensive linemen to be at least six foot four inches tall and weigh north of 300 pounds. Texas is known for such massive players, and to say the competition was tough would be a gross understatement. Big Al, true to form, would not be deterred or accept rejection, and he took his tenacity and determination to Marion Military Institute in Marion, Georgia, on an athletic scholarship that allowed him to play only a single season in a two-year curriculum. As much as he loved playing the game, it proved to be difficult to recapture the championship feeling he had with his friends and teammates back at Lewisville. The college experience did, however, refocus his vision on a career in the military.

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Voted Best of Denton County 20% off excluding alterations and household items “Lucy’s Grand Cleaners” has been taking care of my clothes since she was located in Grand Prairie, TX in 1988. Ten years ago this year she moved to Flower Mound, TX and I moved to Colleyville, TX - I continue to drive to Flower Mound to Lucy’s Grand Cleaners because she does an exceptional job in taking special care of regular every-day and expensive garments, she also has an exceptional alterations department, and she has never lost or ruined any garment that I have trusted her with. I never go to Lucy’s Grand Cleaners that she herself, her family, or employees don’t greet me with a smile on their face. I can honestly tell you that I highly recommend Lucy’s Grand Cleaners after doing business with her for the past 24-years.” Mary Kay Langford, Colleyville, TX 76034

Imagine what it must be like to be a child, alone and afraid in the scary reality of child sexual abuse. Imagine also what it must be like as a parent to find out that someone you and your child trusted hurt them in such a heinous fashion. And imagine being extraordinarily frightened about what the future might have in store for that child. This was the scary reality of Argyle resident, Ellen Malone. One fateful day in December 2006, she received a phone call from a family friend, who informed her that her oldest niece – age 12 at the time – made an outcry of sexual abuse and identified her mother’s live-in boyfriend as the perpetrator. She feared that her other nieces, ages 10 and 11, may have also been sexually abused. Malone decided to fight for emergency guardianship of the girls. Receiving word of this horrific news was scary enough, but she had no idea of the long, arduous road ahead of her and her young nieces. By the time the case went to trial, these little girls had been asked to recount their personal nightmare at least seven times to an assortment of strangers. Ellen couldn’t believe the amount of school missed, hours spent driving, and time spent in general to make their case. “A good defense attorney could sift through the numerous interviews and use any discrepancies to support the perpetrators’ case. “Needless to say, the investigation and prosecution procedure was time-consuming and overwhelming, with little control and much room for error,” explained

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Malone. Because Ellen and her husband lived in Denton County, the girls were referred to the Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County (CACDC) for group counseling. Over the course of many months, with the help of their therapists, they learned the difference between safe and unsafe behaviors and how to establish healthy boundaries. And, they developed a righteous indignation about what had happened to them. Concurrently, Ellen joined a support group, which provided a wealth of information to equip her to help her nieces through the prosecution and healing processes. Had the abuse been reported in Denton County, the Children’s Advocacy Center would have been involved from the first outcry, Child Protective Services (CPS) would have been notified immediately, and the police and CPS would have met the girls at the Center, a childfriendly and welcoming place. The girls would have been able to explain the circumstances and details one time to a trained Forensic Interviewer in an interview room equipped with state of the art video equipment and 2-way glass allowing law enforcement to view the interview and contact the interviewer, should they have additional questions. They would’ve been examined in the onsite SANE examination room that has a warm, non-clinical feel.

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Should My Child be Tutored During the Summer? YES!


he summer is a great time for your child to receive tutoring. If your child is behind in reading, writing, or math, receiving tutoring during the summer provides students the opportunity to catch up without the pressure of classroom homework or tests. For those students who are doing well in school, summer tutoring can give them the opportunity to keep those skills sharp or to get ahead before the next year starts. If you have a student that will be taking higher levels of math such as Trigonometry or Advanced Placement Calculus next year, having the opportunity to receive one-to-one direct instruction during the summer will help them to excel when they get into their classes next year. The Tutoring Center, Flower Mound is the perfect place to receive one-to-one direct instruction during the summer. Last summer Madelyn, a 6th grader at McKamy Middle School, attended The Tutoring Center for math. Here is what she has to say:

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“I feel that I know a lot more about math this year compared to last year. Because I now understand more about what my teacher is explaining, other kids in my class ask me to help them on their math.”


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years ago and had his first book published in 1999. He went on to write and publish a total of seven novels. His books are available on and other online booksellers. He’s also a former newspaper editor and a syndicated columnist under the title “Weir Only Human.”

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.

Mike Fickling is a retired firefighter/paramedic and a long-time writer, editor and publisher. He and his wife, Lori, are the owners of Keepsake Biographers, specializing in preserving family histories and writing custom biographies.

Eren Turner is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Executive Director of Youth and Family Counseling in Lewisville, a non-profit mental health agency serving Denton County.

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The Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Division is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Denton County Women Leading Business Conference & Expo. As women we constantly find ourselves juggling multiple tasks both personally and professionally every day, and magically it all seems to get done. It was only fitting that this year’s theme for the conference be, “What’s Your Super Power?” We encourage all women to join us on Friday, June 13, 2014 at the MCL Grand Theater to learn from dynamic women who use their super powers for good. Libby Spears, of Bravo Communications, will be our keynote and emcee for the event. We will also have a panel discussion entitled “The Arrogance of Youth” that you won’t want to miss. More details on speakers and registration will be released soon. Contact the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce at 972-436-9571 or for more details.

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Dennis Song is the only integrative pharmacist practitioner in the southern Denton County area. He has served his community for over 30 years and was named “Innovative Pharmacist by the Texas Pharmacy Association in 2003.

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fundraising tradition each spring. “As a parent of a CF adult I thank you all for what you are doing,” says James Lancaster, Sachse resident and friend of the North Texas Wine Opener. “You are awesome!” The Lemonade Pals are children of volunteers with the North Texas Wine Opener, which to date has raised $2.2 million for the CFF. The 10th year gala event will feature a seated dinner prepared by acclaimed chef Morris Salerno of The Grotto; a selection of fine wine generously supplied by Newton Vineyard; and a silent and live auction led by GDP Auctioneer Services. The ‘Red Carpet Reverie’ theme will spotlight moments from the decade of fundraising, progress made and lives lost. For more information, call the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northeast Texas at 214-871-2222, visit or find us on Facebook at www.facebook. com/cfwineopener.

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It is that time a year the trees sprout, the flowers bloom and the days get warmer. It is also that time of year when pollen count along with allergies blossom, the mosquitos along with the threat of West Nile virus heats up and the sun’s radiation gets higher along the increased risk of skin cancer. The traditional routes to combat spring allergies are antihistamines (such as Claritin, Zyrtec or Benadryl) but they only treat the symptoms of itchy eyes, sneezing and runny nose and they can be sedating. Natural options, such as D-Hist that contain herbs and vitamins that help build the immune system up against allergies. They contain supplements like quercetin, stinging nettles and bromelain that are derived from natural plant sources and treat the underlying causes of allergies. The traditional choices to prevent mosquito, flea and tick bites are in-

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sect repellents that may harm the environment and that contain chemicals like DEET. Natural options such as Cedarcide are derived from cedar oil and occur naturally. They are not only effective, but safe to use without the worry of introducing harmful chemicals on your body. Traditional choices for protection from the sun are chemical sunscreens like Coppertone that are harmful to the environment and introduce unwanted chemical exposure to your body. Physical blocking sunscreens like Banxblock contain ingredients like zinc oxide that dermatologists and other doctors recommend and are safe. At Flower Mound Pharmacy, we can provide you with safe and natural alternatives to help you protect you and your family from the dangers of summer sun, mosquitos and allergies. Dennis Song RPh,CHC is a registered pharmacist who is certified in herbal and natural medicines. He has been in the Lewisville/Flower Mound community for over 30 years and is the only integrative pharmacist in the area. Directions: In a food processor or blender, puree blueberries until smooth. Set aside. Add mint leaves and sugar to a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler (or the end of a wooden spoon) to muddle the mint and sugar. Add the lime juice, rum and pureed blueberries: shake vigorously. Pour ice and club soda into two tall glasses and then pour in rum mixture. Gently stir. Garnish with a lime wedge, extra blueberries and a sprig of mint. Serve immediately.



Ray Hernandez, President, Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce Bringing Relevance to the Business Community Spring has sprung and is off to a “groovy” start, as our Chair of the Women’s Division for your Lewisville Area Chamber would say. As the weather heats up so do our deliberate actions to gain more relevance in the life of your business and the business community as a whole in North Texas. The President of the University of North Texas recently spoke to a full house during our monthly Partners luncheon. This event is mostly held the fourth Tuesday of the month at the MCL Grand Theater off Main Street. Here are some highlights of what else is going on at Your Chamber in the coming months: Women Leading Business Conference Friday, June 13, 2014 MCL Grand Theater The Women Leading Business Conference & Expo will provide women in business applicable knowledge

and tools to be successful in the business world. The conference also incorporates an expo, which features more than 20 area businesses. This event has been sold out the last two years. Sponsorship, advertising, and expo opportunities are now available. Leadership Lewisville Seeking the Class of 2014-15 Takes place from August to May (Graduation May 2015) Leadership Lewisville is a unique program that provides leadership and professional development to individuals who live and/or work in Lewisville Area with the intention of preparing those individuals to provide additional leadership to their community and business. The program is designed to help individuals hone their leadership skills and style in order to take a more active role in their company, as board member/ volunteer for a nonprofit, or to run for elected office. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Tuition and applications are available. 3.5” x 2”

Our Community Buzz Southern Denton County Business & Community Expo, featuring the Taste of Lewisville Thursday, October 30, 2014 MCL Grand Theater Description: “Discover Local” is the theme driving this event. The Southern Denton County Business & Community Expo provides an opportunity for area businesses to showcase their products and services to the residents and businesses they serve. The event will also promote community by hosting area cheerleading, martial arts, and musical performances. Sponsorship and expo booths are available. Please contact Cristina Rodriguez at 972-436-9571 or with questions or additional information on these and our other programs. (972) 436-9571

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Community business leaders can access the knowl• Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP edge and experience of world-renowned leaders by • Laura Schroff, Former ad sale executive and best-selling author of attending Leadercast® at Trietsch United Methodist An Invisible Thread Church in Flower Mound on May 9, 2014. This event • Dr. Henry Cloud, Clinical psychologist and leadership consultant is made possible by a partnership agreement with • Simon Sinek, Best-selling author of Start with Why and leadership the Town of Flower Mound and the Flower Mound expert Chamber of Commerce to bring a quality Leadership • Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States (2001-2009) via exclutraining seminar to our area. sive video interview The Leadercast event is broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds Last year, over 100,000 leaders from 14 countries attended Leadercast. of sites around the world, including Flower Mound. This year’s speaker Now, in its 15th year, this full day, experiential conference is on track to lineup includes: reach it’s largest audience to date. • Andy Stanley, Leadership author and communicator For more information about Leadercast, visit • Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel laureate & human rights activist For local ticketing information, call 972-539-0500 live from Cape Town, South Africa or visit • Malcolm Gladwell, Journalist and best-selling author of The Tip700 Parker Square #100 ping Point and Outliers • Randall Wallace, Screenwriter, director, producer & songwriter Flower Mound, TX 75028 17 (Braveheart, Secretariat) 972.539.0500


TNT Promotions: Branded for Success

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Thomas explains. And indeed they do, as there is no comparison between shopping online with an unknown company and hiring TNT to purchase your promotional products. TNT helps you with the big picture of branding your business. They help you think of products which you may not have even considered before and their range of products and services are extensive. Do you need help with tradeshows, golf tournaments, gifts, awards? TNT Promotions has you covered. Of course they have a tremendous variety of logo wear, pens and mugs; but they also offer unique items for the kitchen and home, sports and outdoor, eco-friendly items, food and beverage, healthcare, tools, executive gifts, watches and computer accessories. The list goes on. You can conveniently shop online with the ability to call and ask questions, or meet a member of the TNT team to help you create your product branding strategy. Your business branding can be as unique as you wish and they offer products for every budget.

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Banana Blondies with Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache Ingredients: • • • • • • • •

1 cup loosely packed brown sugar 2 large egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted 2 ripe bananas, mashed 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt

chocolate peanut butter ganache 6 ounces milk, dark or semi-sweet (your choice) chocolate, chopped 1/3 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup heavy cream

Yield: makes 9 to 12 bars Directions:

Total Time: 45 minutes Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8x8-inch with non-

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Add the chocolate and peanut butter to a large bowl. Heat the heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat until it is hot but not boiling - just until bubbles form on the sides of the pan. Remove it from the heat and pour it over the chocolate and peanut butter. Allow it to sit for 1 to 2 minutes, then stir continuously until a ganache forms - this may take a full 5 minutes but keep stirring! Allow the ganache to cool for a few minutes before pouring it over the bars or serving it with a spoon.

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spray. In a bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and egg yolks until smooth. Slowly stream in the butter while whisking until combined. Stir in the mashed bananas. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring until a thicker batter comes together. Pour the batter into the greased pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the bars seem set in the center and are golden in color. Remove and let cool slightly.

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1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp baking soda 3/4 cup fine cornmeal 1/2 cup unsalted butter (or vegan margarine if you want to be healthier) 1/2 cup honey 2 eggs 1 cup fage 0% fat yogurt 1/4 + 1/8 cup soymilk 2 cups fresh cranberries 1/4 cup brown sugar (optional) 2 tablespoons brown sugar for sprinkling

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350. 2. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, brown sugar (optional), and cornmeal in a bowl. 3. Melt butter in iron skillet (I used a 12” but a 10” works the same!) and swirl to coat the bottom and sides of the skillet. 4. Pour melted butter into a bowl and whisk in honey, eggs, yogurt, and soy milk. 5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until just combined. Add half the cranberries to the batter. 6. Pour the batter into the skillet and spread evenly. Distribute the remaining cranberries Friday, April 18, 2014 over the top and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. 7:00 - 10:00PM 7. Place the skillet in the middle of the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs attached. Make sure the edges are 17 Artists | Food by Chef Morris Salerno-Bistecca not burnt. Wine from The Naked Grape hosted by

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Happiness is a goal for which many people strive, and while it means different things to different people, but can often be summed up as a feeling of well-being and contentment. A continual state of happiness is unrealistic, but for many people, it is possible to increase the overall level of joy by making simple changes in their everyday routine. 1. Exercise -One of the most well-documented ways to increase positive feelings is through exercise. Physical activity releases endorphins and affects serotonin levels –the same neurotransmitter targeted by many antidepressants. Researcher Gretchen Reynolds found that the most mood benefit comes from the first twenty minutes of a workout, so your activity need not be long to increase your feeling of wellbeing. 2. Sleep –Studies show that most people need about 7 hours of sleep per night. Without this amount, people’s brains have difficulty focusing, and they are more susceptible to negative emotions. People who are overtired tend to combat the issue with caffeine, which can cause irritability and anxiety. Being well-rested can help people be attentive and feel better emotionally. 3. Interaction – The relationships people have with others play a pivotal role in their level of well-being. It is important to take the time to form strong connections, which provides a place to talk about difficulties you may be having. By discussing with a close friend, loved one, or even a professional counselor, you can work through negative circumstances. By exercising, increasing sleep, and building relationships, a person can usually improve their overall level of happiness. If you or someone you know needs additional help, please contact Youth and Family Counseling at (972)724-2005.

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hat a wonderful greeting Springtime is this year. We’ve survived one of the coldest winters I can recall and are much more fortunate than our neighbors who live in more northern climes. With the welcome of the sun’s kiss of warmth, we see a wealth of change in our community. It seems as if the opportunities and great lifestyle of Denton county and surrounding metroplex are no longer a secret. We welcome the new neighbors and businesses while simultaneously bracing ourselves for the building and road construction which go hand in hand with growth and prosperity. Another aspect of community development is keeping up with our social services and non-profits which tirelessly serve us. Here in

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Denton County, we take great pride in caring for our own. With our newfound abundance, I have a special request of our Denton County residents. Please find a local non-profit which touches your heart and support it. Is it helping the homeless? Providing medical services? Feeding the elderly? Counseling? Drug awareness and rehab? Child or spousal abuse? These are just a few of the community services Denton County non-profits provide. I encourage you to find your niche in giving back locally. It makes us a stronger community.

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he world of social media is an ever-changing one. Seems every day a new platform rises from the ashes. Facebook is still King, but Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and others are major players and not to be ignored. No matter how you feel about Facebook, or about social media in general, it IS the way to market your business. It’s where everyone is hanging out (with the exception of your way-too-cool teenager whose goal is always to be about 10 steps ahead of you,) and you should be there. You probably already have a personal page, right? So if Facebook is the place to be, how can you make it work for your business? While Facebook has new criteria on what it shows your audience, here are 3 simple tips to get started and start the process of effectively marketing your business on Facebook: 1. Build your Facebook “personality.” Decide what you want your online personality to be, and get started with posts that reflect that. You’ve most likely heard of the importance of good con-

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Women of Flower Mound The Women of Flower Mound’s Spring Fashion show was fabulously successful and we are all looking forward to next year’s show. And now it’s time to turn our thoughts to two exciting upcoming events. First is the Easter Sunrise service on The Mound which is April 20th and then our May meeting in which scholarships are awarded to four deserving seniors. 41 years ago, the first Easter Sunrise service was held on the Flower Mound. The Easter Service became a yearly tradition that has been carried on by The Women of Flower Mound, The Summit Club, & The Mound Foundation. This year Rockpointe Church pastor Ron Holton will be leading the service at 6:15 am.

Light refreshments and coffee are being provided by local merchants and we invite everyone to enjoy this uplifting service! Be sure to mark your calendars for May 13th at 6:30pm for a rewarding evening of seeing our philanthropic efforts come to fruition. We will be awarding four deserving high school seniors scholarships to help them with their pursuit of higher education. It’s such an inspiring evening to listen to these young recipients sharing with us their plans and dreams. In the words of Franklin Roosevelt - “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. “ WOFM is a wonderful organization of women with fun, loving and philanthropic hearts in Flower Mound and surrounding communities. Join us the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm at Bridlewood Country club! See you then! 25


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had been working radio motor patrol in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant area for about a year and had come across what I thought was every conceivable challenge a cop could imagine. Homicides, rapes, robberies, burglaries and an assortment of other acts of human malevolence were a daily occurrence in the high-crime section of the New York City borough. In addition, I had handled myriad family disputes that culminated in violence, and vehicle accidents that left body parts strewn across highways. It doesn’t take long to become a veteran when faced with a workload of that magnitude. Add to that the fact that I had several good arrests under my belt and it’s easy to see that at the ripe old age of 22, I felt like I could do anything. Well, Superman was about to be put to the test. One summer evening, while my partner and I were chowing down on a greasy burger or some other fast food that could be gobbled quickly while sitting in the car and waiting for another assignment, a call came over the radio that would add another dimension to my experience. The dispatcher said there were “calls for help” at an apartment in our sector, so, we shoved the remainder of our meal into a bag and headed toward the address. When we climbed the 4 flights of stairs, we were met by a few people standing outside the apartment door. “She’s in there and she needs a doctor,” one of them yelled excitedly. Thinking an assault had occurred, I headed toward the door while asking the obviously agitated woman who did it and was the person inside. She looked at me quizzically and said: “Well, I guess her boyfriend did it, but he left a long time ago.” Feeling a bit confused by that response, I nevertheless pushed open the slightly ajar portal and my partner and I entered a narrow passageway that led to a bedroom about 10 feet away. We could hear moaning sounds from the room, so we took a quick

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peek before entering. “Is that the police?” the bedridden woman said. “Please help me; I need an ambulance!” What I saw when I turned the corner was more frightening than facing a man with a gun. The supine figure was nude from the waist down and her legs were spread wide apart. Her lower abdomen was distended and I could see movement just below it. I suppose I said something like, “Oh my God” as I realized I was about to view the miracle of birth. A female neighbor was kneeling beside the distraught woman, trying to console her. Evidently, the dispatcher hadn’t obtained the proper info on this call, so my partner ran downstairs to the car radio to summon an ambulance. He wasn’t gone 30 seconds before the woman began to exhibit some of those excruciating pains that accompany labor. “Just hold on ma’am,” I said through trembling lips, “we’ll get you to a hospital right away.” No, noooo, there’s no time,” she growled, her teeth clenched to ward off the agony. “She’s coming! You… have to… help me,” she said between gasps of air. Now it really got scary. I remember thinking that they had taught me a lot of things in the Police Academy, but, if this was one of the lessons, I must have missed it. After looking around the room like a helpless dolt, I took a deep breath and decided it was time to grow up. Suddenly, I recalled the doctor shows on television and I took my cues from them. “Get some towels and hot water!” I said to the neighbor, trying to sound like I knew what I was doing. “Okay, Ma’am, just be calm and push slowly,” I muttered, putting the towels next to her body as I began to talk her through it. A moment later, I encountered something that would change me forever, because I saw what can only be described as a gift from God; a natural phenomenon, divinely inspired. The sight of that tiny human being, coming into the world from its mother’s womb, with the umbilical feeding cord attached, is as close to a miracle as anything I’ve ever imagined. Yes, I know there are countless births every day in this world, but to see it happen up close is to know there is a God. First, the head emerged and some of her pain subsided. Then, after a few more contractions, a child was born. I don’t know how she knew it was a girl, but she was right. By the way, I take no credit for the delivery; only the woman, with special assistance from her maker, can do that.

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