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CELINA Celina’s Community Magazine Since 2014


June 2019

The History | The Tradition | The Vision | We Are Celina

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It seems like kids never stop growing. At Cook Children’s, we can relate. From everyday concerns to complex conditions, we’re proud to build on our commitment to North Texas children, with a growing presence in Prosper and surrounding areas. Take a look at our journey: •

October 2018: We broke ground for Cook Children’s north campus at Highway 380 and Windsong Parkway in Prosper.

February 2019: We opened our new primary care office in Prosper making it our eighth office in Denton County and surrounding areas.

Fall 2019: Primary and urgent care services opening at the north campus.

Spring 2020: Outpatient surgery and specialty care center with imaging and lab services opening at the north campus.

2022: We’ll open our inpatient pediatric medical center with intensive care units, emergency department, operating rooms and medical/ surgery unit at the north campus.

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Cook Children’s story began more than 100 years ago with the opening of a small children’s hospital in Fort Worth. Today, it’s one of the largest and most recognized pediatric health care systems in the Southwest.

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CISD News Celina’s Splash & Blast 2019 Summer Movie Nights on the Square

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Downtown Celina Has Gone Virtual

A Place Where Nature And Peaceful Living Meet


Prosper’s Pride in the Sky 2019


Sweet, Refreshing Summer Snacks


10 Tips for Attracting Hummingbirds

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June 2019 | Issue #63 Published By Cedarbrook Media Group, LLC Editorial/Marketing Director Heather Reynolds Creative Director Jason Reynolds

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From the desk of Rick DeMasters Just a few weeks ago, I congratulated the Celina High School Class of 2019 during their Commencement ceremony and looked into those faces one last time. Faces that displayed excitement and hope for the future. As I looked out into the audience, those same expressions were exhibited on the faces of their teachers, administrators, and last but not least their parents, who proudly watched them take their first steps towards their future. A short time later, our campuses are empty, and you will find my team and I in the midst of preparing for yet another school year. We too, find it hard to believe that we are getting ready to welcome students back to school in a few months, but we are excited about what the future holds for our district and that can be contributed to YOU! For the past several years, we have researched and collected data from a number of organizations and companies to project the future growth of our district. We elicited help from business owners, teachers, administrators, parents, city officials and community members to determine the path and the plan that the district would take over the next several years. That plan included calling for a bond in the amount of $600 million. On election day, over 85% of our community voted in favor of this bond. That victory reflects that our community believes that our students should be provided with top-notch facilities in which to prepare them for what lays ahead. One of the first projects to start will be the wing construction and renovations to Celina Elementary School. Work is scheduled to begin in October with a completion date set for the fall of 2020. We have also been meeting with area developers to address sites for our future elementary and middle school campuses. With 4 new elementary campuses, 2 middle school campuses, renovations to Celina High School, maintenance and bus barn facilities, the district will be “under construction� for many years to come. Also, during the month of June, the district will again be cohosting OpportUNITY2019 with Region 10. This two-day educational workshop for teachers and administrators will feature over ninety presentations, giving those in attendance the ability to design their own professional development that caters to their specific goals. It is also a great way to connect with educators across not only the DFW area, but the entire State of Texas. Again, without the support of our Celina ISD faculty, parents and community members our summer plans would have greatly been altered, but your votes reflect not only your commitment to our district, but the value that you place upon our students and their education. You have entrusted these funds to us and we will continue to be good stewards of your tax dollars. We are excited about the future of our district and how this will impact our students. Thank you for believing in our students and giving us the ability to make their dreams come true! GO BOBCATS!

Rick DeMasters Superintendent of Schools Celina ISD

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My husband and I are first-time homeowners, and we couldn’t imagine going through the process without our favorite “Debbie from Ebby!” Debbie took what was supposed to be a stressful experience, and filled it with laughter, joy and beautiful memories. Debbie made sure to take on all of the “nitty-gritty” parts, and left us to enjoy the special moments of purchasing a home. She guided us with a gentle hand, but most importantly stood strong to assure we didn’t get taken advantage of. Debbie did what no amount of customer service can -- she genuinely made us feel like family! At the time, my husband and I were working full-time jobs and trying to pack in-between. Debbie understood our tight schedule, and went above and beyond to handle everything herself. From multiple visits to the home to check on progress, to visiting with builders and management to make sure our home was in perfect shape. Debbie’s expertise was clear and her professionalism was top-notch. My favorite part about Debbie is that her service doesn’t stop once the sale goes through. Debbie came to check on us multiple times afterward and came bearing heart-filled gifts to make our move easier. She even swung by on moving day to bring our family a beautiful lunch and treats so we didn’t have to worry about cooking. This woman is a saint when it comes to the real estate world, and we plan on using her for any future purchases and recommending her to ALL of our family and friends. Even though we’re all settled into our new home, Debbie will always be a close friend to us!

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FUSE Workspace’s Growth in Prosper Means Help in Uganda Mike & Tamara Daugherty are all about hospitality. Their company has developed and operates hotels throughout Texas and at their core they are about service. A few years ago, Mike began to think about the convenience of having an office for his company in Prosper, a short commute from his Celina home. That led him to explore the world of coworking. Coworking encompasses a variety of workspaces, including café environments, dedicated desk zones, and private offices, with the number of coworking facilities like WeWork and FUSE having multiplied rapidly the last few years. Coworking has many names, like “flex office” and “shared workspace,” but the term Mike prefers most is “serviced office.” He will tell you at the heart of what they do at FUSE is hospitality and to the FUSE team that means service. Mike believed his companies’ hospitality expertise would fit well with a cowork business venture. After extensive research, he decided Prosper was the place to launch his new cowork brand, FUSE Dynamic Workspace. FUSE opened in June of 2018 in Prosper Town Center, adjacent to Prosper’s well-known restaurants Palio’s, Ernesto’s, and Sonic. The first phase included two floors designed for coworking, dedicated desks, private offices, and conference rooms.

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Mike described the development of his first office building and FUSE as a lot of fun. “In all my hotels we franchised with brands like Hilton & Marriott, each having a specific brand program. Creating the FUSE brand from scratch has been a lot of fun.” To help open the first FUSE, Mike recruited his friend Bridgette Bise as the General Manager. “Bridgette and I worked with several consultants and studied a lot of operators. In the end, we built a really unique business model – one driven by hospitality and community – flavored with a fun and collaborative work environment.” FUSE is a place where members can secure a private office or a great place to cowork without signing a multi-year lease with all the commitments that entails. “Our offices are move-in ready. Members can walk in the door in the morning and have their office set up and ready to go in a matter of minutes”, said Bridgette. The building’s interior, designed by Mike’s wife Tamara, is a case in point. Colorful art, interesting furniture and fixtures, vibrant paint colors, and floor to ceiling windows create a light, bright, and friendly feel. Every office is equipped with a versatile sit-stand desk. Members from a variety of industries often collaborate in the Honeylu’s-operated café area, or at a lunch and learn in the large conference room, or in an exercise class provided by building tenant NexGen Fitness. The company’s philosophy drives everything, noted Daugherty. “Our mission is to help our members ‘Do More.’ Not only in their businesses – but also as individuals: becoming more healthy, serving others, making our community and world a better place – that’s how ‘Do More’ is played out at FUSE.” An example of the ‘Do More’ philosophy is FUSE’s partnership with local ministries like Grace Bridge and MasterCares. Grace Bridge serves families in Celina and the region, and MasterCares built and operates a Christian school and hospital in Uganda. FUSE & NexGen Fitness provided funding to dig a water well in Uganda with MasterCares, and FUSE has committed to build a new well for each new FUSE location. FUSE also gives a portion of funds on behalf of FUSE members to support children in Uganda and locally to families through Grace Bridge. FUSE Brand Manager John Herring believes FUSE’s mission to serve others is critical. “Life is about more than succeeding in business, as important as that is. We believe we’ve been blessed to be a blessing to others. At FUSE, our goal is to provide opportunities outside of work for our members to serve, to support, and to help others in need.” Since its beginning, FUSE has been an active supporter of local ministries and non-profits by providing financial support, as well as office and meeting space. Mark and Cathy Speed, who recently launched the Parents-R-Partners support and education group, hosted their inaugural meeting at FUSE. Mark commented, “FUSE served as the perfect venue for our first event and would be a great venue for other community gatherings.” The Prosper FUSE location is now a bustling community where companies, community organizations, and members share workspace, ideas, and knowledge. The recently opened third floor provided an additional 57 private offices and three conference rooms, including a professionally-equipped podcasting studio. The team at FUSE is now busy on their second location, currently under construction in the vibrant CityCentre development in west Houston. They have plans to open more FUSE locations in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Austin. With so many other players in the coworking market, FUSE is carving out a unique niche. Brand Manager John Herring noted, “We’re providing space for people to excel in their businesses and organizations. We’re providing opportunities to do more for people in the community and the world. That’s a worthy investment of time and energy. It’s our passion.” To learn more about FUSE Dynamic Workspace, visit their website at

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Summer Movie Nights on the Square Celina Main Street Presents Summer Movie Nights on the Square! Two family-friendly features will be shown for free on the lawn this summer at dark. Movie Night on the Square’s June 22nd feature film is “The Karate Kid” (PG). Then to kick off the school year and football season, "We are Marshall" (PG) will be shown on August 17th. Both films will begin at dark. Rebecca Barton, Downtown Development Manager says, “Movie Nights are a fun way for the community to enjoy being downtown once the sun goes down during the hot summer. You get to enjoy your downtown and the best part is, it is free entertainment for the whole family!” Bring your folding chairs or blankets to enjoy a free movie on the Square lawn and pack a picnic or stop by your favorite downtown restaurant before the show begins! Celina Main Street is seeking sponsorships to help put on these events. For more information contact or 972-382-2682 ext.7002 or follow @CelinaMainStreetSquare on Facebook. June 2019 | 17

Downtown Celina has Gone Virtual!

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The Celina Main Street Program launched to bring Celina’s Historic Downtown Square and its businesses into the virtual world on-line. Originally released in August 2018, the platform has grown to include over 30 tours of individual restaurants, shops, and businesses. Exciting changes and additions to the Downtown Square will be reflected in the virtual tour. Rachel Baty, Downtown Square business owner of Annie Jack says, “Celina 360 is a fun way for viewers to discover what’s in Celina. By clicking on the Annie Jack tour, customers can literally get a picture of what all we have to offer from clothing and home goods to our espresso bar and lunch cafe.”  This is also a unique platform for businesses, realtors, and developers to showcase the Downtown Celina that we all love,” says Rebecca Barton, the City’s Downtown Development Manager. is available to explore on any device to find city information, downtown businesses and areas of local interest. The tour can be accessed from or through the Celina Main Street Website: www. Check it out now on your phone! For more information please contact the Celina Main Street office at 972-382-2682 ext.7002.

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A Place Where Nature and Peaceful Living Meet By Heather Reynolds

There’s a brand new, exclusive, gated community in our area that very well could be the most beautiful piece of property in Collin County. Surrounded by trees and nestled between two white rock creeks, this is where nature and easy living meet! Hidden Creek Pointe offers 17 tree-lined, 1+ acre lots. Although located in the peace and quiet of the country, it is only minutes away from Celina, Prosper and McKinney. Dave R. Williams Homes is the exclusive builder at Hidden Creeks Pointe, and this is truly a one-of-a-kind community that you will want to call home! Hidden Creeks Pointe just celebrated their grand opening and has already begun selling lots for new homeowners! Dave R. Williams Homes has been building in the immediate area since 1997 and has been named 2016 – 2019 Best Builder in the DFW area by D Magazine. They have developed several communities in Prosper and are now expanding north into the Celina area. Their specialty is building one-story truly custom homes on 1+ acre lots, and although Hidden Creeks Pointe is their newest development, it certainly will not be their last. There will be other developments forthcoming soon. With its unique beauty, homeowners at Hidden Creeks Pointe receive the best of both worlds…country living that is only a short drive from shopping and schools. Each home is exclusively designed, and the result is a luxurious, one-of-a-kind, true custom home. Dave R. Williams Homes prides themselves on taking their clients’ dreams and turning them into a reality. Their motto is that they are small enough to be personable, but big enough to get the job done! They prefer to keep their build jobs to only 25 homes per year, so the relationship they have with their homeowners is one of their strongest attributes…clients can feel their commitment, and it is unlike any other home building experience.

If you are looking for an area to build your next custom home, you owe it to yourself to take a look at Hidden Creeks Pointe. From the moment you enter the gates, you will feel yourself begin to relax and a peace will surround you. To learn more about Dave R. Williams Homes, please go visit them at their brand-new showcase model in Mustang Lakes, 4300 American Pharoah Way in Celina. Their entire staff understands the effort that goes into each project and making DRW the Gold Standard of Custom Builders. For more information, you can also visit their website at, their Facebook page at or call Mark Sena at 214-906-8361.

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In Good Taste



here’s no time like a hot summer picnic to let your patriotic spirit show. These all-American snacks featuring a classic favorite fruit – watermelon – are the perfect solution for nearly any summertime celebration. Watermelon is a patriotic picnic staple for countless reasons, not the least of which is that it’s a beloved treat that many people associate with memories from childhood. However, nostalgia isn’t the only reason adults are just as likely to gravitate toward watermelon at a summer event. Its sweet, cool and refreshing flavor also makes it a favorite for all ages. From a practical standpoint, watermelon is also quite portable, versatile and easy to serve, and with a composition of 92% water, it’s a simple way to sneak in some extra hydration on a hot day. Another benefit is its value; watermelon is one of the best values in the produce section among fruit, and just one watermelon can feed up to three dozen people. Serving watermelon at a party can be as simple as slicing wedges, or you can prepare a dish such as: n




A fruit basket, with the rind serving as a colorful bowl to hold the watermelon and other fresh fruits. A charcuterie board with a selection of fruit, cheese and protein for simple snacking. Creamy parfaits, perfect for a summery brunch or alternative to more traditional desserts. A creatively colorful and patriotic “cake” that makes for a tasty centerpiece on the dessert table.

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Red, White and Blue Watermelon Parfait

Sweet, Refreshing Summer Snacks Easy Summer Thirst Quencher A simple fruit-infused water can give your summer event an instant upgrade in no time at all. Add extra dimension and complexity to the flavor by adding some of your favorite herbs like basil and mint.

Watermelon-Infused Water 2 cups watermelon balls or cubes 1 cup other fruit, such as berries herbs, such as basil or mint Place watermelon, fruit and herbs in pitcher and cover with water. For best flavor, allow to chill in refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving.

Red, White and Blue Watermelon Parfait 1 cup blueberries 1 container (6 ounces) Greek yogurt (vanilla, lemon or coconut) 1 cup watermelon, plus three pieces diced watermelon whipped cream, for serving In pint canning jar, layer blueberries, yogurt and 1 cup watermelon. Top with whipped cream and garnish with three diced watermelon pieces. Note: To make ahead or make thicker, drain Greek yogurt on paper towels to absorb some liquid.

Patriotic Fruit Salad 1 watermelon honeydew blueberries Slice 1/4 inch off bottom of watermelon, lengthwise, to create stable base. Use pencil to draw zig-zag lines for basket opening. Using paring knife, make cuts through rind. Carefully remove top section, pull out large chunks of flesh and cut them into 3-by-3-inch squares. Trim 3/4-inch thick slices off squares to use for cutting out stars with 1 1/2-3-inch, star-shaped cookie cutters. Use ice cream scoop to remove flesh from inside basket and cut scoops into quarters for fruit salad. Place in bottom of basket. Add honeydew and blueberries; stir to combine. Cut out white stripes from honeydew. Garnish top of fruit salad with watermelon stars, honeydew stripes and blueberries.

Patriotic Fruit Salad

Patriotic Charcuterie Board

Patriotic Charcuterie Board

1/2 medium seedless watermelon, cut into wedges 1/2 cup fresh raspberries 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries 10 strawberries (dipped in white chocolate, if desired) 5 ounces fresh goat cheese 1/2 cup toasted, salted cashews 2 ounces cured meats like prosciutto, pancetta, coppa, salami, soppressata, sausage or pepperoni 1 Honeycrisp apple, cored and sliced lemon juice fresh basil leaves On large board or platter, arrange watermelon, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cheese, cashews, meat and apples. Drizzle fruit with lemon juice. Garnish with basil leaves before serving.

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pint fresh, washed blackberries wooden skewers seedless watermelon, flesh cut into 1-inch cubes angel food cake, cut into 1-inch cubes (white part only) dips, such as yogurt, chocolate, caramel or marshmallow (optional) Thread five blackberries on each of five skewers, followed by alternating watermelon and cake cubes. On remaining skewers, alternate watermelon and cake so first and last cubes are watermelon. Place skewers on platter; fruit and cake will create stars and stripes when lined properly. Serve with dips, if desired.

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Growing Celina

10 Tips For Attracting Hummingbirds


The soaring aerial acrobats of Cirque de Soleil look like flightless dodo birds compared to the flight of Hummingbirds. Their incredible feats of motion, zipping along at super speed, then stopping to hover and fly backwards, amaze all viewers, especially aviation engineers.

Keep your feeder clean and your sugar solution fresh. Wash the feeder with vinegar and hot water (no detergents) and scrub with a bottlebrush at every refill. Replace the sugar water every two or three days.

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are the most common type seen in Texas. The males start scouting for food sources a few weeks ahead of the migration of the females and can be seen as early as April. The highest populations congregate around gardens and feeders in July.

Keep ants out of the feeder by using an ant guard on the feeder hanger. You can purchase them or make one by drilling a hole in a plastic film canister, sliding the hanger through the hole and filling the canister with water. Ants will not survive the water obstacle and be unable to march down into the feeder, as long as you keep the water level up.

Watching aerial antics of hummers is quite entertaining and I offer these following tips to help you entice these colorful little birds to your yard for your mutual enjoyment.

Hang your feeder in a shady spot or provide shade with an umbrella (a red one would be the best). This keeps the nectar cooler in the heat of the summer.

Plant masses of flowers that hummers love to sip. They particularly like the colors red, pink, and orange. The list below shows some of their favorite flowers that grow well in our area.

Make your own hummingbird nectar. Boil four cups of water and one cup of white sugar for one minute. Do not use honey or red coloring. You may store this solution for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

Provide perches for the birds using dead branches or planted shrubs that are not too dense. Hummers spend about 80 percent of their time sitting on twigs, branches or clotheslines surveying the area and protecting their food source.


Install water feature that drips or mists water. Hummers enjoy bathing and flying through mist, and the sounds of these water features attract their notice. Observing them flying through water vapor is as amusing as watching children play in a sprinkler.

Vines: Crossvine, Honeysuckle, Morning Glory, Trumpet Vines, Jasmine vines

Avoid the use of pesticides in your gardens and yard, both inorganic and organic. Killing garden pests eliminates the small insects hummingbirds eat for their protein source. Hummers are very sensitive to toxic materials, which might be retained on the flowers. Put nectar feeders out in mid-April when the scouts start their migration north, looking for routes that have nearby food sources. They will tell their buddies about your roadside diner for their trip later in the spring. Decorate your feeder with red ribbon or bright orange surveying tape. This would be the equivalent of the neon “Eat Here” sign on the hummer

Shrubs: Abelia, Azaleas, Butterfly Bushes, Firebush, Turk’s Cap, Vitex, and Wiegela

Flowers: Bee balm, Cardinal flower, Columbine, Coral Belles, Impatiens, Pentas, Salvia Question: Jimmie, I have Vinca groundcover in my garden and every summer it seems to die back for some reason. Any thoughts on what’s going on? Thank you, Daphne T. in Celina Answer: Hi Daphne! Your problem sounds like leafrollers. Use a systemic insecticide to treat it. Spray 3 to 4 weeks prior to the time you usually

begin having problems. Since the leafrollers get themselves sequestered within the leaves, only a systemic product can reach them and be effective. Question: Jimmie, is there anything available at all (Pandas, poison, ANYTHING !!!) we can use to stop the spreading of Bamboo adjacent to a water garden? Thanks in advance for your time! Mark E. in Celina Answer: Dear Mark, glyphosate herbicides do some good in controlling bamboo, but they are certainly not the perfect answer. The more top growth that is coated with the spray, the better the control will be. However, these herbicides also kill other foliage on which they are sprayed, so you would have to be very selective. Honestly, the best plan is to just dig it out and keep digging new sprouts until it no longer offers to regrow. If you would like to keep it permanently, you should install a root barrier dug 25 to 30 inches into the ground as a means of keeping it in bounds. Question: Jimmie, what is the best remedy for grasshoppers? Thanks for all your articles, I really enjoy them!

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Stephanie S. in Celina Answer: Hi Stephanie! Many general-purpose organic and inorganic insecticides are labeled for use on grasshoppers. One of the most important factors is in your means of applying them. It’s usually best to spray down over the tops of your plants so that the spray will coat the grasshoppers as they try to fly away. Of course, cutting all the tall weeds and grass in proximity to your landscape and garden will also help! Until next time…….Happy gardening!!

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