Lake Cities Living Magazine September 2020

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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 Women’s Wellness

Community To Democratic Candidate Parker-Mims,


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Contents ASK THE EXPERT 21 Fitness with Outlaw Fitcamp BUSINESS SPOTLIGHTS 19 Angelina’s Don Louis: Coming, Coming, Here! 25 Connections Wellness Group: Champions of Radical Change ARTICLES 08 What To Look Out For Over 40 10 Inside Community & Education 13 Foodie Friday DFW: Froyo Joe’s 14 Better Together 15 Back to School Fair Successful 18 Boss Babes 22 What Is Broadband? 24 A Community & Their Hero 27 Relief Efforts in Progress 28 Local Soccer Stars 30 Sheriff’s Corner with

Sheriff Tracy Murphree



To Democratic Candidate Parker-Mims,


IS HER TOP PRIORITY Cover Image Delia Parker-Mims


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or the September issue, we are talking about Women’s Wellness and overall health, a timely topic considering the many roles women play on a daily basis.

The past few months have taught me a thing or two about my wellness when I assumed I already knew it all. I get enough sleep, I work out multiple times a week, I am conscious about what I put into my body, and I make sure to spend quality time with family and friends. But, with the impact of COVID-19 and riots and the overall unrest in our country, I am noticing the decline in mental and physical stamina in the communities around us. I wear a small burden for the people I read stories about or hear about on the news, and I am sure many other people feel the same way. It can take a toll, and I believe true wellness is more than just medical but also mental and emotional. We need to look for the signs of mental distress and be available to those around us for support. With the effects of the pandemic, this is a time for us to focus on women’s wellness instead of facing the world with, “I’m fine.” Let’s be each other’s advocates. In this issue, we touch on different kinds of women’s wellness, and I hope you find something that encourages you to make a change. For me, that looks like lending a helping hand where I can, putting down my cell phone and being present, and focusing on the small moments. What does wellness look like for you? I’d love to hear from you.

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Women’s Wellness Article


by Contributing Writer

s a woman, your health risks change with the passing of time. What was a concern at 20 may not necessarily be a concern at 40. That’s okay as long as you know what to look out for. Here are the top 10 health risks facing women over 40. With knowledge comes power, so read on and become more powerful!


HEART DISEASE Did you know that heart disease is the

leading cause of death in women over the age of 40? This is a serious issue, ladies!

We need to know the signs and causes of

heart conditions to be able to prevent this from being a major risk. Factors such as

poor eating habits and smoking can cause heart disease and greatly increase the

risk of heart attacks! To learn more about

women’s heart health and preventive care,

your chances of developing breast cancer, and can aid in early treatment if it does develop. ACCIDENTAL PREGNANCY Yes, ladies! You can still get pregnant over 40! Many women believe that once 40 hits, birth control is not necessary anymore. Not true! Every woman’s body is different, and there is no set age when a woman can’t get pregnant.

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Again, blood clots can be an issue at any age. Women over 40 have a greater risk of developing them, and many of us don’t recognize the signs until it is too late. If you have swelling or pain in your calf, you should get it checked out as soon as possible. Especially if there is redness and

Vitamin deficiencies can be an issue at any age, particularly with the common

American diet. However, as women age, vitamin deficiencies become even more common and can be the cause of many symptoms and conditions. Vitamin D

and osteoporosis can all develop in

conjunction with menopause. So pay close attention to your body, and talk to your

doctor regularly to ensure that you do not have any serious medical concerns. OSTEOPOROSIS Osteoporosis is by and large a woman’s issue. Of all osteoporosis cases in the

United States, 80 percent are in women. Bone loss is a part of getting older for women and immediately following

menopause can be at its peak (up to 20

percent bone loss in less than a decade). The key is to take good care of yourself going into menopause, make sure you

get your vitamin D, exercise and eat right,

and if you have risk factors, get your bone density tested.


to women naturally but a deficiency in

warmth to the touch as well. If this is the case, get to the E.R. or the doctor as soon as possible just to make sure. Better safe than sorry! If you wait and it is a blood clot, it can be life-threatening!

osteoporosis. Low vitamin D has also


menopause) can contribute to the onset of

deficiency is particularly prevalent and

can contribute to increased bone-mass loss (over the age of 40, this happens

vitamin D accelerates the problem) and been linked to depression and seasonal affective disorder. Other potential

deficiencies include iron, riboflavin, and vitamin B.

BREAST CANCER The risk of a woman developing breast cancer increases dramatically between

the ages of 30 and 40. Many factors such as diet, overall health, and environment can contribute to the likelihood of

developing breast cancer, but age is also

a factor. At age 30, the chance of a woman developing breast cancer is significantly

lower than at 40. In only 10 years, your risk grows by leaps and bounds. This means regular breast exams either that you

perform yourself or that are performed

by a doctor are very important. Beginning annual mammograms can also reduce

The risk of developing diabetes has increased exponentially in all age groups in recent years. However, women at 40 or older have an increased risk. Weight and diet also play a role. Diabetes is the number six killer in women 45 to 54, so get tested! And get active! A healthy diet and regular exercise can help reverse the effects of pre-diabetes. Getting tested is easy, so don’t wait too long. MENOPAUSE This one is pretty well-known. At some point over 40, all women go through menopause, and we also go through perimenopause (pre-menopause). Perimenopause can affect your body in many ways and it is important to know what you can do to help with symptoms. Also, heart disease, diabetes,

Most people think if you have asthma, it

developed during childhood. This is not

the case! Hormonal fluctuations (like those occurring during perimenopause and

asthma. If you have a nagging persistent

cough, get winded, and cannot catch your breath for a long period of time after or are wheezing, seek medical attention.

Asthma is treatable, and once diagnosed,

that cough and shortness of breath will be manageable or gone entirely. STROKE Women have more strokes than men. And most women are not too worried about

having a stroke. Sad but true. Women over 40 are at a greater risk, especially if they

have HRT (hormone replacement therapy such as taking estrogen) during and following menopause.

There is a “golden hour” in stroke

treatment and treatment within that first

hour of symptom onset is most effective for survival and recovery!

These are top 10 of the biggest health risks women face over the age of 40. Keep in mind, they are not the only risks. Remember to take care of yourself and to consult a medical professional if you notice anything out of the ordinary. It is always better to be safe than sorry!




DENTON COUNTY FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY Denton County Friends of the Family is dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive services to those impacted by abuse and violence. With several programs and shelters in place, the agency also accepts support from the community. Currently, shelter clients are in need of maternity clothes and pull-ups in sizes 2T, 3T, and 4T. If you are able to donate, please email or call 940.387.5131 x110.

The incredible residents part of the Lake Cities Area Buzz Facebook group have done it again, but this time even bigger. Group Admin, Kristy Bleau and several volunteers dropped off 3,000 water bottles, 15 cases of Gatorade, 8 cases of Girl Scout cookies, other snacks, and cloth face masks to the Lake Dallas PD, Hickory Creek PD, Corinth PD, and the Lake Cities FD, all because of you who donated. photo courtesy of Kristy Bleau

INSIDE EDUCATION OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES We want to wrap our arms around the Dorrell family who lost their son Dylan on August 13. After completing a morning Cross Country workout, Dylan was found unresponsive at South Lakes Park. The community has graciously come together to help and support the family during this tragic time, if you would like to donate, visit and search Dylan Dorrell. photo courtesy of The Dorrell Family

EVERY CHILD. ONE VOICE. Oct. 12-17 | VIRTUALLY The 2020 Texas PTA Launch is going virtual. Register by September 21 to get your official LAUNCH Swag delivered to your door. Supply is limited. During these four days there will be learning opportunities and community building activities to help your PTA succeed. Registration is $50. That is half the price! To learn more, see the four-day schedule, and to register, visit


DENTON COMMUNITY MARKET Every Sat., Apr.- Nov. | 9am-12pm | Denton County Historic Park 317 W. Mulberry St. • Denton, TX 76201 First forming in April 2010 with 15 vendors meeting once a month, the Denton Community Market has exploded because of the support from the community. Today, the market offers between 80-100 vendors attending on Market Days. Due to COVID, about 40 vendors rotate each week to maintain social distancing. There is something for everyone here: tamales, local honey, local beef, fresh produce, artisan crafts, handmade items, and much more. Face coverings are required. To see a map of the vendors for your next visit, go to photo courtesy of Denton Community Market

BULK TRASH PICK UP The Town of Hickory Creek has bulk trash pick up on the third Thursday of each month at no additional charge. Examples of bulky items accepted on these days include: appliances, bicycles, furniture, large toys, fencing, mattresses, carpeting bundles, Do-It-Yourself project waste, and bundled brush. Not accepted includes rocks and concrete, appliances with Freon, tires, and automotive parts.


LDHS FOCUS FRIDAYS To meet the needs of both in-person and virtual learners during the school year, Lake Dallas High School will offer several options to students on Fridays through a unique hybrid schedule. Students will receive regular instruction until 12:25 p.m., then they will have the opportunity to receive tutorial and educational support until 3:45 p.m. Teachers will also have time to meet with both in-person and virtual learners during the afternoon.

Lake Dallas ISD voters approved a $105 million bond package in May 2019 to update several campuses across the district. Recently, Corinth Elementary received beautiful renovations of existing corridors and restrooms. Further progress will include a four-classroom addition, renovation of main corridor and administration spaces, front entry addition, and enlargements to the cafeteria and fine arts stage. How exciting! SEPTEMBER 2020 | LAKE CITIES LIVING | 11


Froyo Joe’s: Foodie Friday DFW

FROYO Joe’s by Jay Marks | photo courtesy of Foodie Friday of DFW


e always love visiting Joe, Tiffany, and their family at Froyo Joe’s in Highland Village. It truly is a family affair for them and we love that! They opened in May 2018 and have been highly involved in the community ever since, hosting School Spirit Nights, fundraisers, and participating in community events. And they’re in the perfect location to grab a treat after a baseball game with their location just across the street from Unity Park. In fact, that’s how Froyo Joe’s got started! After looking tirelessly for their own post-game treats, and realizing there weren’t many options in the immediate area, Joe and his family decided to open their own frozen yogurt shop! But they offer so much more than your traditional self-serve frozen yogurt. They also have shaved ice, smoothies, fresh fruit bouquets, frozen custard, gelato, and more!

And during COVID, Froyo Joe’s is taking large measures to make sure they are keeping their customers safe. For your self-serve frozen yogurt, an employee will top your yogurt with whatever toppings you choose for you. And they keep all of the toppings covered when not in use. They’ve also contracted with Disingerm, a cleaning and disinfecting service, to make sure all their surfaces are as clean as possible. Their tables are perfectly spaced out to allow for social distancing, or they have tables outside you can enjoy your frozen treats at. They’re also currently offering delivery and, of course, you always have the option to take it home with you as well. As you all know by now, this year has been tough on our restaurant owners as it has been for all of us. So, when you’re craving a frozen sweet treat, please visit Froyo Joe’s in Highland Village to support this local business and family!

972.724.2540 | 1013 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 102 | Flower Mound, TX 75022


BETTER Together by Brooke Ezzo | photo courtesy of Corporal Tank Douglas


“Always treat people the way you want people to treat your mom.”

hese are the words Corporal Tank Douglas lives and serves by — words his father told him when he entered the police force 20 years ago. These are the words Corporal Tank Douglas lives and serves by — words his father told him when he entered the police force 20 years ago. From a young age, he watched his father wear the police uniform with pride. His shoes were always shined, uniform clean and pressed, and people respected him. Douglas knew he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps. The badge and uniform mean something to Cpl. Douglas. To serve and protect isn’t just a saying but a duty, and as an officer of the law, his goal is to inspire and engage with the community around him. A little over a year ago while on patrol doing traffic, Cpl. Douglas noticed a

car racing down Corinth Parkway. So he proceeded to pull the car over to see what was going on. “When I pulled her over, you could immediately tell she was upset,” Cpl. Douglas said. “I went through the motions and tried to be extra nice, but I could tell something was wrong.” The driver was resident Barb Osborne. Cpl. Douglas asked if he could pray for her. Barb informed him that she had just lost her son to cancer. They spoke for a while about losing those you love and grieving. Cpl. Douglas opened up to her about his struggles over losing fellow police officers in the 2016 Dallas shooting. “We just kind of connected,” Cpl. Douglas said. “It was nothing different than what I would do for someone else, but for her, it


was something special. And that made it worth it.” Since that traffic stop, Barb and Cpl. Douglas have become great friends. She frequently stops by the department to bring homemade cookies and treats for him. “She immediately made me cookies, which is the key to my heart. They were the best,” Cpl. Douglas said. “It was totally unexpected of her to do that. It took everything in me not to cry. She’s a sweetheart.” They stay in touch frequently through texts, and Barb still stops by on a regular basis to bring him delicious treats and homemade gifts. This friendship formed out of unlikely circumstances and should serve as a reminder that we are all human, we share in similar struggles, and we have the same hurts. After 15 years with the Dallas Police Department, Cpl. Douglas made his way to Corinth. With almost three years under his belt, he loves the slower pace and the opportunities to connect with residents. “It’s like night and day moving from Dallas to Corinth,” Corporal Douglas said. “I love the city, but in Corinth, it’s a smaller community, and it’s like we are part of a family.” Family. Like the words of his father, he will continue to treat those around him as if they were his mother. Cpl. Douglas, his wife, and two daughters live and serve in Corinth. They are dedicated to being active in the community.

Back to School Fair

SUCCESSFUL by Steve Gamel


t’s no secret that the annual Lake Dallas Back 2 School Fair has taken on a personality of its own in recent years. Just last year, eager parents and students showed up at Lake Dallas Elementary School in droves to receive free backpacks, school supplies, and other essentials that they typically struggle to afford on their own.

locations. Plenty of children still got their

Hundreds of smiling volunteers met them

run a non-profit called There Has To Be More Ministries, which helps organize charitable events in the community throughout the year. “You miss things that you were able to do in previous years; it was stuff people really enjoyed. But it was still a success.”

The trick now becomes replicating that

Questions have lingered for months over whether an event of this size could be pulled off during a pandemic. Not only will school look different this year, but the typical donations and contributions suffered as so many businesses and individuals continue to struggle due to closures, job loss, etc.

Barnhart said dates for these events are

But when it mattered most, this community stepped up.

do certain things in person when we can.

at the door, and in many ways, it was like a party atmosphere.

Generous donations from the community kept everything running smoothly, and no one was turned away — no matter

how long the lines got. This year wasn’t any different, despite concerns over COVID-19.

Though students weren’t allowed to come inside to pick out their favorite backpack, the event still served 155 families and

roughly 350 children this year. Families

who signed up in advance lined up in the school’s carpool line and were handed

pre-stuffed backpacks for their grade level and specific school.

No one was turned away, and that’s all that mattered.

“We were so happy that we didn’t have to turn anyone away. And if you don’t turn

anyone away, then you have to count that as a success,” Lake Dallas Mayor Michael Barnhart said. He and his wife, Suzanne,

Barnhart said they pulled together enough supplies, and volunteers stayed after-hours to ensure even the last few

cars in line at the cutoff were served. First Refuge Ministries in Denton and America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses took on the responsibility of scheduling free immunizations and eye tests at their

free haircuts, too. Burgess Chiropractic and the Lake Cities Rotary were two of

many integral pieces to this year’s event. success as the second half of 2020 rolls

on. There Has To Be More Ministries needs help supporting several of its charities and events, including the Lake Cities Spirit of

Christmas, its annual fun run, coat drives, and so much more.

still up in the air. But he expects them to run just as smoothly — with your help.

“We’re starting to make phone calls now to get these important events set up,”

Barnhart said. “We do have a few new

vendors who have said they will help us

out, and we will continue to find ways to I’m not going to call this a new normal. I

do believe things will go back to what we are used to seeing.”

To learn how you can help with all of these events and charities, visit The Barnharts

also regularly post community updates on their community Facebook page, What’s Happening Lake Cities.


Community To Democratic Candidate Parker-Mims,

IS HER TOP PRIORITY by Dru Murray | photography by What’s That Guy’s Name? PHOTOGRAPHY BY GUY T (


elia Parker-Mims learned about helping others from her parents. Her father was a Vietnam veteran who received a medal for returning to the jungle to rescue other soldiers. Her mother was a dedicated waitress who clocked in long hours serving her customers.


“Each night, no matter how tired she was, she would kneel on the side of the bed and pray before going to sleep. I often stood in the doorway watching her,” Parker-Mims says.

She adds, “My parents taught me that

life is not about me — it’s about others in the community. That viewpoint is

why I decided to become a Democratic candidate for Denton County

Commissioner 3. Their selflessness

inspired me to become a family and juvenile lawyer. After earning an

undergraduate degree in economics,

I attended Southern Methodist University’s law school and began working as an attorney and have

practiced in Denton County since 1995.” Parker-Mims notes, “Parker Legal’s

mission is to provide service to citizens in

the spirit of excellence, because family law is about families.”

But the practice of Parker Legal is not just about the clients’ legal matters. “I always

together one piece at a time.” Parker-Mims states.

The professionalism of Parker-Mims has not gone unnoticed. In 2016 and 2019, the American Institute of Family Law

Attorneys selected Parker-Mims as a Top 10 Texas attorney.

Before starting Parker Legal, Parker-Mims worked as an attorney for Legal Aid of Northwest Texas. She has also been a community volunteer throughout her

entire career. Parker-Mims is a member of the State Bar of Texas, where she served on the Crime Victims Committee and a

member of the Denton Bar Association.

She was also an administrative law judge for the state of Texas and has been an active member of the Denton Black,

Lewisville, Flower Mound, and Lake Cities Chambers of Commerce.

Delia’s concern for children prompted her to volunteer for Communities in

School, LISD’s Diversity Community, and Concerned Citizens of African American Students and Parents (CCAAP) and

become a board member for Child

Protective Services and Denton County Friends of the Family.

say that any lawyer can help you with

“I love working with juveniles. Parker Legal

purposed to help you put your life back

levels,” notes Parker-Mims. “Frequently,

your legal matter, but not every lawyer is

provides juveniles representation in all

children with disabilities end up in the criminal justice system for behaviors at school. Consequently, our county detention center has become the largest provider of mental-health services for juveniles.” Denton County’s juvenile law system seeks to reform delinquent children, but Parker-Mims feels the system ends up criminalizing disabilities. Parker-Mims’ concern about the treatment of juveniles was one of the reasons she announced her candidacy for Denton County Commissioner District 3. “Transitioning to county commissioner is simply an extenuation of my calling to empower and impact people,” she said. If elected, Parker-Mims will fight to secure more mental health resources for both juveniles and adults in the county. Other solutions Parker-Mims would like to spearhead include: •

EXPANDING HEALTH CARE – “We have to prepare for how Covid-19 will impact the community. Covid-19 will impact the community in a comprehensive way from lasting health conditions to creating a longterm economic crisis for families. What indigence looks like is going to change, and we must be prepared for that.”

REFORMING CRIMINAL JUSTICE – “As county commissioner, I intend to establish a task force to examine how we can reduce the number of children with mental disabilities from being sent to the criminal justice system.”

MAKING VOTING EASIER AND MORE ACCESSIBLE – “All those wanting to vote should be able to do so easily without standing in long lines only to discover they are at the wrong voting precinct.”

Parker-Mims became a candidate for Denton County Commissioner 3, because “it’s time for real leadership for a change.”

469.464.9427 | 1709 W. Round Grove, Ste. 300, 214 Lewisville, TX 75067





by Brooke Ezzo | photos courtesy of Miranda Longoria

hat was once a male dominated industry is quickly turning into a melting pot of women-run professions. The wedding industry is starting to see a larger variety of women entrepreneurs, and the need for a structured networking group in the area was a void two local business owners decided to fill. After working a stressful wedding together a few years ago, wedding photographer Miranda Longoria and wedding planner Venetta Petties sat down with daiquiris and tacos and discussed how they could come together to create a space for women to interact, learn, and empower each other. In 2018, Boss Babes of Denton was born with the mission to create friendships, not just relationships, and to interact on a deeper level than standard networking events. “Our goal for this group is to be more of a fellowship of women, more of a place to get to know one another and share in

the trials and tribulations of working in

the wedding industry and being women

entrepreneurs,” Miranda said. “We are not competitors. We can all sit at the same

table. We strongly believe in community over competition.”

The group started out with 13 women at

their first happy hour event, and two years later, the group puts on events for over

300 women. Included are florists, deejays, wedding planners, photographers, caterers, videographers, and venue owners.

“The attraction to the group, and one

thing I truly love about Boss Babes, is that new entrepreneurs feel very comfortable asking questions,” Venetta said. “There is

no judgment. Our group is about rallying around each other and supporting one another.”

Boss Babes hosts many events, giving the women ample opportunities to

market themselves, learn from other

professionals, make new friends, and meet resources to help build their business in this industry.

Between the monthly happy hours and venue tours, luncheons, a yearly retreat, and holiday and birthday parties, it is important to Miranda and Venetta that these get togethers are also educational. “During our events, we try to have an educational angle,” Miranda said. “We have had lawyers come and talk about contracts. An accountant talked about managing our books. Someone spoke on organization, and we’ve had someone speak to us about social media.” The group focuses on growing and supporting their businesses but also on having a good work-life balance. Women’s wellness is an important aspect of Boss Babes, and they want to help each other through the trials of balancing being a wife, having a career, having outside interests, and raising children. “Having a good balance is a struggle for all women,” Miranda said. “Boss Babes is space for us to support each other and to know it’s okay to have ambition and a dream.” Venetta believes the group has grown quickly because of her and Miranda’s complementary leadership styles. “It starts at the top. What we exude is what is going to flow down to the Boss Babes community,” Venetta said. “It’s only going to get bigger and better.”

You can find Boss Babes on Facebook or on their website 18 | LAKE CITIES LIVING | SEPTEMBER 2020

Business Spotlight



sabel Velez and husband, Louis, are members of a family that oozes at the seams with entrepreneurial success.

Their story began nearly 40 years ago

when namesake Angelina, Louis’ mother, took the initial step toward fulfilling her

dream of a quality restaurant chain with a menu of her personal recipes. Her

delicious Mexican dishes were first offered in The Colony, shifting her dream almost

ago. Then, in the summer of 2019, a fairytale began unfolding for them at 101 Baize Blvd. in Hickory Creek. They visited with Hickory Creek city officials as well as the Small Business Development Center in Corinth. The result was a $200,000 land credit used with a $3.4-million project loan for a new, two-story, 8,500-square foot restaurant with beautiful amenities and plenty of

immediately to fast- forward.

client-pleasing extras.

She expanded, buying two acres for a

A spacious, upstairs patio overlooks Hickory Creek’s expanding vistas. An elevator makes it easy to skip the stairs. An expanded menu caters to a broad variety of taste bud preferences, including spinach quesadillas and more for non-meat eaters. And, of course, Angelina’s award-winning margaritas are readily available wherever you are in the restaurant! The Corinth location, far from being abandoned, is already changing to a comfort food venue named Pop’s Kitchen, still owned by Louis and Isabel.

310-seat capacity location. While that was happening, she opened restaurants in

Flower Mound and Lewisville. Incredibly, all the restaurants flourished.

Angelina gave the Flower Mound site to her daughter and son-in-law, Tina

and Arturo Vargas. They changed the

name to Cristina’s, though they still

serve classic Mexican food and now have 14 current locations.

The Lewisville (Main Street) location was

given to Angelina’s eldest son Louis Jr. He

and wife Isabel, a dynamic entrepreneurial spirit who fit smoothly into the family, kept the parking lot filled while simultaneously opening a location in Corinth 13 years

Heavy rains last winter and COVID-19 delayed completion of Angelina’s Hickory Creek debut, but it’s now safe to say the mouth-watering can begin within the next 90 days.

ANGELINA’S DON LOUIS | | 101 Baize Blvd. • Hickory Creek, TX



Fitness: Ask The Expert


SWEAT IT OUT by Jesse J. Leyva, Owner of Jesse James Fit & Outlaw Fitcamp


eeling stressed? You’re not alone Stress is an inevitable part of our modern existence. Whether you’re the CEO of a large company, a Kindergarten teacher or a construction worker, you have stress to deal with. We all have bills to pay, relationships to maintain and challenges to get through.

But you don’t have to let it get the best of you. How can you turn your stress-filled life on its head? With one of the best weapons against stress: exercise. When stress is getting you down, you need something to kick you out of your funk. You need something that makes you feel good. Every time you exercise, you increase your body’s production of endorphins.

So whether you enjoy jogging, lifting

weights, playing basketball, practicing

ballet, swimming, yoga, rowing, or boxing, simply getting involved in your exercise of choice is sure to help reduce your stress.

Through the Brick Wall: If you are working


In case you have forgotten, endorphins are responsible for those good moods you get in after a race or the euphoria you feel while chomping down on a piece of chocolate. However, before you grab a piece of chocolate and skip the gym, remember the end result of each and choose which one will help you battle stress in the long run. (Hint: It’s not the chocolate.) Any and all exercise you perform helps you fend off the effects of stress.

you’re not making progress may give you the confidence you need to put stress in its place and move on. Jesse James Fit and Outlaw FitCamp’s mission is to get each and every one of our clients the body that they desire and along with that a low stress lifestyle. Take the stress out of planning your own workouts by joining one of our highenergy, fat-blasting exercise programs.

out every day and not

getting the stress relief you want then it’s time to do things a little

different. If all you do is lift weights five days a

week, you should add

in tennis or racquetball a couple days a week.

And if you’re all cardio

all the time, it may be time to get off the treadmill and grab a dumbbell or two. Still not working? Keep a diary of your

progression. Write down how long and hard you exercise, the various weights

you lift, and the steps you make toward

whatever health goal you set for yourself. Take pictures along the way as well. Then look back over your journal on occasion. Seeing the progression when you feel

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WHAT IS Broadband? by Diane Ciarloni | photos courtesy of Provided by City Managers


e live in a world of ultra-high technology. We use it every day. We use it at work. We use it at home. We use it to clean and to eat and to play and to travel. Empires such as Amazon are built on technology. Some of us aren’t tuned in to just how much we do use it, while others of us are amazed that we can use it since we define ourselves as technologically illiterate.

Anyone doubting our legitimate, deepseated need for all this technology became a believer when COVID-19 rolled across us. Computers. Cell phones. Zoom meetings. Wi-Fi. Everything combined allowed us to function. Our children learned online. We shopped online. We met with our medical doctors online. Technology kept us breathing. Computers were around decades before the advent of the mind-boggling information highway known as the World


Wide Web (www). Billions of people wanted to drive on it, to have knowledge with no more effort than tapping words on a keyboard. We all became instant geniuses as soon as we hooked up to the wizard known as Google. Something known as “dial-up” became available to businesses and homes. Computers hooked to phone lines. We dialed a number and waited for a few (or several) minutes for a connection. Sometimes, though, the connection was destroyed by an incoming or outgoing phone call. Fixing the problem meant installing a separate telephone line, dedicated exclusively to use of the Internet.

blessing of social media emerged. Then, one morning, we woke up to something called Broadband.

Broadband literally made the Internet

what it is today. No more dial-up. No more

waiting. No more extra phone line. Use the telephone and Internet simultaneously, if you want. A new world opened.

Wendy Withers

Our desks became cluttered with computers, monitors, modems and routers. Some of us didn’t know what those things did, but we knew we needed them if we intended to stay in touch with Google.

Basically, broadband is a high-speed link

People such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg were driven to make things better and better. The mixed

telephone or cable companies, cell

from an office, school, home or wherever directly to the Internet. It’s always on.

It’s fast and millions of “messages” can

be sent to it, and through it, at the same time. Broadband can be provided by

phone companies or satellite. Generally,

telephone and cable are the most reliable.

Bandwidth is another term associated with broadband, but it has nothing to do with Internet speed. Instead, it refers to the maximum amount of data that can travel over an Internet connection in a given amount of time. Available access to all this critical technology is not always equal, which concerns the leaders of the four Lake Cities – Corinth, Lake Dallas, Hickory Creek and Shady Shores. Currently, it’s not that uncommon for areas within the boundaries of those cities to have no broadband access. The best they can do is dial-up, which is especially unacceptable for businesses. The city managers/administrators came together and formed the Lake Cities Broadband Commission: Bob Hart of Corinth, John Cabrales, Jr. of Lake Dallas, John Smith of Hickory Creek and Wendy Withers of Shady Shores. They discussed and they investigated paths to make reliable broadband available to the entire population at competitive pricing.

John Smith

Research led them to Connected Nation Texas’ “Connected Community” program. The company’s references include working with the Texas Department of Agriculture. The first step for Connected Nation was to assess the present status of broadband in the area and formulate a plan to satisfy present and future needs. There are two primary factors at stake. “We’re concerned with availability and speed,” noted Smith. “We also want more than one provider, which would give us the option to choose.” Many small businesses in the Lake Cities were hit hard by pandemic closures. Some cut their losses significantly by taking full advantage of the Internet. “Having widespread broadband is critical for our cities’ forward progress. Many businesses won’t consider locating where there is no reliable broadband. Because of COVID-19, the number of home offices has increased tremendously. Broadband is equally important to them,” commented Cabrales. As a matter of fact, there are no exceptions; if you’re bringing the Internet into your business, home or school, available broadband through a selection of reputable providers is a must. “Connected Nation has completed several steps,” commented Hart. “We already have many areas with broadband but it’s through older equipment, with a single provider. The plan calls for those areas to be updated for maximum speed. All infrastructure has been evaluated.”

All the paperwork, studies, surveys, discussions and endless meetings will be close to completion by February. “There should be a workable plan in place by then,” said Withers. “At that point, it’s time to get the money.” Oh. Yes. Money. “There are federal dollars out there for these kinds of projects. It’s a matter of showing the worthiness of our plan in a grant application,” explained Cabrales. All four cities have past successes in obtaining grant money. There’s no reason to think that same success wouldn’t apply to the quest for broadband. Also, the joining forces of the four makes them even more attractive. It won’t be too long before we know and, hopefully, those still suffering through the inconvenience of dial-up will enjoy the smooth, rapid transmission of unlimited data from the World Wide Web via broadband. It’s time for an uninterrupted drive on that information highway.

John Cabrales, Jr.


firefighters dropped off Whataburger to his room, and when Hammons looked out the window, he was surprised to find roughly 75 people outside. Two by two, Hammons’ friends were raised up to his fifth-floor window by way of a bucket truck from the Frisco Fire Department. They visited with him through the window. Firefighters from several different agencies were there to show their support. “It was overwhelming,” Hammons’ wife, Raychel, told WFAA. “He immediately started crying. He was overcome with emotion. Then, of course, I was, too.” Ross agreed.

A COMMUNITY & Their Hero

“It was hard because we really wanted to be there with him. But we couldn’t,” he said.


by Steve Gamel

apt. Troy Hammons still has a long road to recovery. But it’s clear now more than ever that he’s not alone. Hammons, a 23-year veteran of the Lake Cities Fire Department, was a surprise guest on August 15 at a fund-raising event by the Lake Cities Firefighters Association Local 4231. The motorcycle and car wash benefit was held at American Eagle Harley Davidson in Corinth and raised nearly $4,900 to help Hammons and his family offset medical costs and other needs from what ultimately was a two-month stay in the hospital.

to keep the fleet running, and he’s even

Hammons returned home July 30 after seven surgeries, the last of which was an above-the-knee amputation of his left leg. An MRI in June showed he had a torn calf muscle. That tear led to a severe infection that nearly cost him his life.

hospital, a big group

In his darkest hours, his friends and the community as a whole were there for him. “I don’t know how to say it; he’s that go-to person who has always had a servant’s heart,” Lake Cities Fire Chief Michael Ross said. “He has done so much over the years 24 | LAKE CITIES LIVING | SEPTEMBER 2020

volunteered during his days off at another fire department — and it’s not even near

his home. He’s that type of person — he’d do anything for anyone. Ross added, “When he got out of the

of us were there to welcome him.”

Ross was putting that part mildly. Since

Hammons entered

A GoFundMe account was opened in Hammons’ name and had raised nearly $30,000 as of the writing of this piece. The Lake Cities Firefighters Association, Lake Cities Fire Department, families, and non-local fire department members helped coordinate and pull off a four-day remodeling effort to make Hammons’ house more accessible. The changes included everything from fixing the transition from the road to the driveway to making his bathroom ADA compliant, changing out the bathtub, and more. Adam Scott, president of the firefighters association, told the Denton RecordChronicle that he hopes the outpouring of support continues for Troy and his family.

“He’s that go-to person who has always had a servant’s heart.”

the hospital, he has

been the focus of community-wide well

wishes, donations, fund-raising efforts, and

other forms of support that even managed to overcome COVID-19 restrictions at

his hospital. WFAA reported in July that

“Working in the industry we’re in, we see the difficulties people go through with mobility, so we’re trying to make this as easy as possible for him when he comes home,” Scott told the DRC. “We’d like to see him back as soon as possible, back home to spend time with him.”

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Of Radical CHANGE by Steve Gamel


e’ve all had that family member or friend who struggled with mental health problems growing up. We were always there for them to offer support, but we couldn’t help but notice other people looking at them differently. They categorized them as weird, shamed them for asking for help, showed a lack of patience, and perhaps even told them to “just get over it.”

behavior, SMART recovery, and many

other services depending on the need. “I was seeing adults and looking into their history to find that a lot of their issues

started when they were children,” Nizami

said. “Those issues were never addressed,

The team at Connections Wellness Group knows there is a stigma surrounding mental health, from depression and anxiety to thoughts of suicide, etc. — and it’s preventing more children and adults from getting the help they need.

adolescent psychologist and the medical

“Mental health impacts people of all ages, whether they be 6 years old or 70 years old,” said Amber Gould, the Chair for the Champions of Radical Change Committee. “With school starting and dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to be able to help everyone in the community at any stage in their life.”

to simply not fitting in and difficulties

She added, “We want to make it easier for people to ask for help and 100% know it is okay to do so.”

old. Connections also offers 4-hour

Gould agreed.

programs per day for teens and adults in

“I had family, friends, and even myself

No one does that better than Connections Wellness Group. While they consistently deliver a full wellness model for their patients, their bread and butter is being champions for radical change when it comes to kicking the stigma on mental health. Dr. Syed Nizami, a child and

director for the PHP and IOP programs, said the first key is getting to individuals at an earlier age. We live in a comparison culture, and children as young as 4 and 5 years old face everything from bullying at home. As they get older, eating disorders, social media, school, and other issues make managing their issues more challenging. Connections Wellness has services that assist patients as young as 3 years

a packaged approach: Process groups, psycho-educational groups, experiential groups, psychiatric evaluations, nursing evaluations, and medication education. Their therapies include cognitivebehavioral, solution-focused, dialectical behavior, motivational interviewing, cognitive processing, rational emotive

and you wonder, ‘Why didn’t they get help sooner?’ If we can work with someone

sooner, we can change the trajectory of their life.”

Tiffany Godwin, the team’s dietician, also stressed the importance of nutrition.

“There are people I talk to who only eat once a day because that’s all they can

handle,” Godwin said. “They are dealing with body image issues and eating

disorders. You don’t have to be scared to come to talk to us about those things.”

who grew up dealing with various

issues, and it’s interesting how you’re

automatically thrown into situations where you’re told to just get over it,” Gould said. “That’s not something you just get over. It’s something you must keep working

on and get help for. We want to help as many people as we can.”

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Supporting our local non-profits with more than $2.5 million in grants to 43 non-profits, which includes an estimated $1.4 million for food, food trucks to feed the homeless, and refrigeration to preserve food and for transport.

Launching a fresh produce initiative at an estimated $2 million to ensure our hungry have plentiful fruits and vegetables. We delivered 785 boxes in the first week.

Providing 36 of our communities with an estimated $40 million to help pay for their COVID-19-related expenses

Spending just over $2 million on keeping people in their homes through an eviction prevention program.

Providing more than 419,300 masks, 628,300 gloves, 1,780 gowns, 5,535 hand sanitizers, 594 face shields, and 30 goggles to first responders in communities across the county, long-term care facilities, and our local non-profits providing services to our residents.

by Denton County Commissioner Precinct 3 Bobbie Mitchell photo courtesy by Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell


enton County gives $35.1 million in small business grants to help support local economy.

Denton County Commissioners Court has granted a total of $35.1 million for both Phase I and Phase II of the Denton County OPEN business grants. The funds are from a portion of the stimulus money Denton County received from the U.S. Department of the Treasury under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act also known as the “CARES Act.” Through the two phases, Denton County will have re-invested an average grant of $25,357 into 1,385 businesses that support an estimated 10,401 jobs. In Denton County, around 95.6 percent of all businesses employ fewer than 50 employees In comparison, Tarrant County earmarked $30 million for business grants, Collin County is expected to provide $15 million for businesses and Dallas County

earmarked $5 million. Travis County

set aside $9 million for business grants while Bexar County awarded $11.75 million for businesses.

Helping residents is important to Denton County

Recognizing that people across Denton County have suffered during the

COVID-19 pandemic, Denton County

employees have been busy behind the

scenes working to provide services that help keep people in their homes, assist economic recovery through business grants, help keep our police, fire and EMTs safe with personal protection

equipment, providing free testing for COVID-19, and much more.

Since the pandemic began in March, Denton County has been busy: •

Shoring up our local economy

with $35.1 million in 1,385 small business grants

Denton County Public Health has offered thousands of free COVID-19 tests, not once but twice weekly for several months at locations around Denton County to ensure residents have access to the accurate PCR nasal swab tests. Our health department has worked countless hours since this pandemic began reviewing and reaching out to each positive case as well as investigating each COVID-19-related death to ensure accuracy in our reporting to you – the public. They also operated a hotline to help the public with questions and worked with state and federal officials while also keeping in close communication with the public through news releases, social media, websites, graphics, and more.

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Stars by Steve Gamel


he Dallas-Fort Worth area has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to top-

tier soccer talent. This past high

school season was no different, and despite having everything cut

short because of

COVID-19, several Denton County players earned

A total of 18 athletes representing Guyer, Hebron, Marcus, Flower Mound, and Lake Dallas were recognized in Top Drawer Soccer’s “PLAYERS EARNED postseason awards. SOME MUCH-DESERVED And several of those RECOGNITION FROM players were honored more than once.


Hebron’s Briley Weatherford, a Texas Tech signee, was named to the girls’

Winter All-America team. She was also named All-Region and as a member of the All-Star squad. Meanwhile, teammate Olivia Hasler was named All-Region and All-Star. Flower Mound’s Abby Smith and Madison Schott were both All-Region and All-Star selections.

On the boys side, Marcus’ Sam Coad and Harvey Castro were All-Region and All-Star selections, as was Lake Dallas Falcons star

some much-

deserved recognition from perhaps the

most respected youth soccer website in the nation.


Top Drawer Soccer’s Postseason Awards TDS Winter All-America Team

Piper Hemperly, Marcus

Briley Weatherford, Hebron

Leah Roulston, Marcus

TDS Winter All-Region Team

Kelly Van Gundy, Marcus

Briley Weatherford, Hebron

Harvey Castro, Marcus

Olivia Hasler, Hebron

Sam Coad, Marcus

Abby Smith, Flower Mound

Tomas Pondeca, Marcus

Madison Schott, Flower Mound

Owen Passmore, Hebron

Sam Coad, Marcus

Briley Weatherford, Hebron

Harvey Castro, Marcus

Olivia Hasler, Hebron

Brock Pope, Lake Dallas

Peyton Whipple, Flower Mound

TDS Winter All-Stars

Caitlyn Matthews, Flower Mound

Olivia Ramirez, Guyer

Madison Schott, Flower Mound

Hailey Lander, Guyer

Abby Smith, Flower Mound

Rachel Bump, Marcus

Landon Leach, Flower Mound

“AND SEVERAL OF THOSE PLAYERS WERE HONORED MORE THAN ONCE.” Brock Pope. Pope was the lone Lake Dallas athlete to make any of the lists. Overall, Marcus had the most representation among Denton County teams with seven total athletes. Flower Mound was close behind with five, and Hebron was in third with three. Marcus had two. Lake Dallas had one. We have provided above the complete list of Denton County athletes who were recognized.











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s our children head back to school, we would like to share some transportation safety tips from the National Safety Council. Whether children walk, ride their bicycle, or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they take proper safety precautions. Here are some tips to make sure your child safely travels to school: Walkers: Review your family’s walking safety rules, and practice walking to

school with your child. •

Walk on the sidewalk, if one is

available; when on a street with no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic.

Before you cross the street, stop and

Make eye contact with drivers before crossing and always cross streets at crosswalks or intersections.

Bus Riders: Teach your children school

bus safety rules, and practice with them. •

Teach your children to stand 6 feet (or

If your child must cross the street in

child and the bus driver should always

crossing the street; walk bikes across the street.

Stay alert and avoid distracted riding.

Make eye contact with children who are crossing the street.

Never pass a bus loading or unloading children.

The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them to safely enter and exit the bus.

Teen Drivers: Car crashes are the No. 1 cause of death for teens. Fortunately, there is something we can do. •

Teens crash because they are inexperienced; practice with new drivers every week, before and after they get their license.

Driving Your Child to School:

Set a good example; drive the way you want your teen to drive.

Sign the New Driver Deal, an agreement that helps define expectations for parents and teens.

be able to see each other. •

Ride on the right side of the road, Come to a complete stop before

front of the bus, teach him or her to are 10 feet ahead of the bus; your

of the road, and practice riding the bike

three giant steps) away from the curb.

walk on the side of the road until they

distracted walking.

with traffic, and in a single file.

teach them the proper way to get on

Bike Riders: Teach your child the rules

Go to the bus stop with your child to and off the bus.

Stay alert and avoid

route to school with your child.

wears a properly fitted helmet and bright clothing.

look left, right, and left again to see if cars are coming. careers/dentoncounty

Make sure your child always

Get the facts on bus safety from Injury Facts.

Stay alert, and avoid distracted driving. Obey school zone speed

limits, and follow your school’s drop-off procedure.