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Butcher Shop Still Makes the Cut By Lyn Rejahl Pry, Editor

This past May, the iconic Old Town Market in Lewisville celebrated its 42nd anniversary. On Saturday, July 13, it will close its doors for the last time. No need to panic. Two weeks later, the doors of the new Old Town Market location on Chinn Chapel in Double Oak will open. “It’ll take two weeks to move the refrigeration units, our 26-foot cases and all the other features our customers have been familiar with for 42 years,� said coowner Sharon Knowles. “The majority of our customers live out that way and everyone at the town-- we spoke with Mayor Donnelly and all-- and the church [the neighboring Crossroads Bible Church]-made our decision to move easier.� Sharon and her husband, Shawn

Knowles, have owned the market at 301 S. Mill Street in Old Town Lewisville, since October 2009. Old Town Market was started by Shawn’s father, Bob Knowles, and fellow businessman Dickie Grant in 1977. Knowles and his family originally moved to Lewisville in 1967. Bob Knowles worked with Grant at Bill’s Meat Market. Grant said the two decided that if they could run a meat market for someone else, they could run their own business. Shawn and Sharon both attended Lewisville schools. Shawn was raised in the Old Town Market. “I learned the business when I was a kid, working alongside Dickie and my See BUTCHER on Page A15

Shawn and Sharon Knowles will bring their popular butcher shop to Double Oak this summer. (Photo by Helen’s Photography)

Train, Play and Compete Like a Ninja By Lyn Rejahl Pry, Editor


Ninja training classes at Win Kids in Flower Mound are designed to develop strength, determination and endurance for all ages‌ not to mention generate lots of fun.

The popularity of American Ninja Warriors can be traced back to several television programs based on amateur athletic competitions. The popular “American Gladiators� debut in 1989 was followed by a Japanese sports entertainment competition called “Sasuke,� which was launched in 1997 and re-branded in the US as the “American Ninja Challenge� in 2006. In 2009, NBC Television and G4 launched “American Ninja Warriors.� Today it has millions of followers. The objective of ninja warrior competitions is simple: maneuver through an obstacle-laden course faster than your opponent. As a result of the show’s popularity,

backyard obstacle courses and “Ninja gyms� are springing up across the nation as fans of the show get up off their couches and start to explore Ninja training. Now, area residents of all ages can tap into their inner ninja warrior right here in southern Denton County. Win Kids Sports and Learning Center in Flower Mound has been inspired to See NINJA on Page A20

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Here is a roundup of some of the most popular articles posted the past month at CrossTimbersGazette. com: ARGYLE COUNCIL SUSPENDS MAYOR PRO TEM The Argyle Town Council voted to sanction Mayor Pro Tem Ronald Schmidt during a special meeting on June 19. He may not participate in any council meetings until Sept. 25; he must issue a public apology to be read at the June 25 council meeting; and, he will no longer serve as the town’s mayor pro tem. At press time, the town had not communicated publicly about what led to its action. Schmidt and Council Member Marla Hawkesworth did not participate in the vote. FLOWER MOUND COUNCIL APPROVES ROAD EXTENSION At its June 17 meeting, the Flower Mound Town Council voted 4-1 to approve connecting Windsor Drive to the Windsor Roundabout near Bridlewood. The most significant reason given to approve the 200-foot extension was faster response time for first responders in the Westchester neighborhood. PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY VEHICLE IN BARTONVILLE A female pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in Bartonville the morning of June 10 and air-lifted to the hospital. Police responded to the vehicle/ pedestrian accident in the 1400 block of East Jeter Road at approximately 6:45 a.m. The road was closed for more than three hours while police worked at the scene. LISD SAVES OVER $1 MILLION WITH BOND REFUNDING At its regular meeting on June 10, the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees approved just over $2 million in campus improvements; and, approved adopting a new debt services schedule, which involves selling a portion of the district’s 2011 unlimited tax refunding bonds prior to maturity. The full debt service schedule will save the district a little more than $1.2 million in interest payments by 2027. PLANS APPROVED FOR PEABODY HOTEL IN ROANOKE Plans for The Peabody Roanoke Hotel were approved at the Roanoke City Council meeting

in late May, marking a significant step forward for the project first announced in June 2017. Plans for the hotel call for 300 rooms and more than 25,000-square-feet of event space. Other amenities are to include two restaurants, two bars, a high-end spa and athletic club, plus an open rooftop with a swimming pool and a Duck Palace for the famous Peabody Ducks. ARGYLE HIGH SCHOOL WINS UIL LONE STAR CUP The UIL Lone Star Cup recognizes six high schools-- one in each of the six UIL conferences-based on their overall team achievement in a variety of sanctioned academic, athletic and music championships. Argyle earned 124 points, 14 points more than 4A’s second place school, Canyon. This is Argyle’s eighth straight Lone Star Cup and 10th total, which is second-most of all-time. In 6A, Flower Mound High School earned third place.

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THRIFT WORLD BURNS DOWN The Thrift World store on FM 1171 in Lewisville is a “total loss” after a huge fire engulfed the building on the morning of June 12. The roof collapsed and there was instability in the exterior walls, forcing firefighters to stay outside the structure and use defensive tactics. They were able to contain the fire from reaching into the adjacent businesses on either side. The cause of the fire is under investigation. LAMAR MIDDLE SCHOOL GETS NEW PRINCIPAL In June, the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees approved naming Kristy Casal the new principal of Lamar Middle School, replacing Chad Russell, who was approved in May to be the principal at Flower Mound High School. Casal has been serving as an assistant principal at FMHS for the last three years. She joined LISD in 2005, serving as a Spanish teacher for seven years at FMHS, before spending four years as an assistant principal at Lamar Middle School. POLICE SEARCH FOR SUSPECT THROWING OBJECTS AT CARS Police are looking for a culprit after several cars were damaged by thrown objects on the night of June 22 near Lantana. According to the Denton County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 9:27 p.m. deputies were dispatched to the 1800 block of Hickory Hill See ICYMI Page A18

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July 2019

From the Desk of Andy Eads Denton County Judge

Key Legislation Passed for Denton County The 86th Legislative Session of the Texas state government recently came to a close. I am happy to report that the Denton County Commissioners Court suggested five bills, and all of them passed. Our priorities for the 86th Legislative Session were transparency, good governance, life safety improvements and providing access to the judicial system. We are appreciative of our local legislative delegates for sharing our values. The following is a summary of the Denton County-specific bills filed: Senate Bill 239 – Special District Transparency – Precinct 1 Commissioner Hugh Coleman worked with Senator Jane Nelson to provide better access to open meetings for residents who live in special districts, including Municipal Utility Districts, Fresh Water Supply Districts or Water Control and Improvement Districts. This bill requires special districts to hold board meetings within the districts’ boundaries at the request of residents and improves the appeals process at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality when a suitable location is not chosen. Additionally, it requires a special district to make an audio recording of a public hearing to consider the adoption of a tax rate if given advance written request from a resident. Senate Bill 1066 – DCTA Board Re-


structure – The original bill creating the Denton County Transportation Authority included the creation of an interim executive committee to serve as the governing board and represent the county as a whole. Denton County Commissioners Court, along with the three member cities (Denton, Lewisville, and Highland Village), worked together to create a newly structured DCTA board of directors. Previously, the board held 14 voting members. The new board has five voting members, one from each member city and two county appointees. This new structure will better serve member cities and the county as a whole as DCTA looks for ways to grow ridership and expand the agency beyond the traditional train and bus routes. House Bill 3714 – County Road Streetlights -- The County Commissioners Court requested this bill after the January incident involving the loss of two young lives on the “S” curve of Hickory Creek Road in Denton - the most recent accident along a stretch of unincorporated Denton County roads. While we have worked to keep this road and all county roads safe, one tool we need to have in our toolbox is the ability to illuminate county roads for the safety and security of the public. This bill, which passed, will allow our Commissioners to illuminate county roads to improve visibility and assist drivers in navigating complex roads with “S” curves and other configurations in the dark. House Bill 3716 – Medical Examiner Office – Currently under the state statute for county government, counties with 1 million population are required to create an individual medical examiner’s of-


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fice. The Denton County Commissioners Court asked for an increase from 1 million to 2 million in population. Our county population is estimated to be close to 900,000 and expected to reach 1 million within the next 2-3 years. As a result, we would need to invest more than $4 million to create a medical examiner’s office (plus millions of dollars to build a state-of-the-art facility) in our county. We currently have a partnership with the Tarrant County Medical Examiner, which delivers quality service. As good stewards of taxpayer dollars, we feel it would be extremely challenging to replicate a medical examiner’s office at this time. Senate Bill 891 – Creation of a new District Court – In 2016, Denton County hired HDR Architects to determine the future judicial and courthouse space needs of the county. The study concluded with a finding that, at that time, Denton County needed more District Courts to handle all of the cases coming before the courts in a timely, efficient and fair manner. The population of Denton County continues to increase, and case filings related to the population continue to increase. The need for additional district courts also continues to exist. The creation of the court is set for January 1, 2021, to ensure the dispensation of justice without delay and ensure that the rights of all citizens are protected. Historical Marker Honors Longtime Educator I was honored to join Precinct 3 Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell and Denton Mayor Chris Watts in speaking at the unveiling of a Denton County Historical Commission marker in recognition of

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Frederick Douglas Moore. This marker for Frederick Douglas Moore that we unveiled on June 15 is the 11th Denton County Historical Commission marker and the first to recognize an individual. We were honored to do this near Juneteenth to commemorate a man who was very instrumental in the education of many African American students. Fred, who was named after a famous African American leader by his mother, would grow up to earn his own place in history as a leader and educator in our county. In 1915, he became principal of the school for African Americans in Denton, beginning a career that would span 40 years. Through his years as a teacher, principal, Sunday School official and leader in his church, Fred influenced generations of young adults. His legacy of self-reliance, self-respect, self-control and fairness lives on in the lives he touched. Moore’s granddaughter Zelinda Pegram also spoke at the dedication about her family’s commitment to give back to the community. I’d also like to recognize Denton High School senior Elise Clements, a Girl Scout working to complete her Gold Award. She began submitting an application for the marker two years ago. Another marker honoring Fred Moore from the Texas Historical Commission will be placed at Fred Moore High School in the near future. Connect With Us If you have any questions or comments, please let me hear from you. My email is, and my office number is 940-349-2820.

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Couple Recognized for Many Contributions We recognized Charles and Elaine Emery for their many contributions and exemplary public service to Denton County during a recent Commissioners Court meeting. Charles Emery played a crucial role in drafting House Bill 3323 in 2001, which created the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA). Since then, he has served on the board of directors, worked with cities to approve half-cent sales tax to fund public transportation, and continued to serve 16 years with DCTA, which now carries more than three million passengers per year on its bus and commuter rail systems. Emery, whose roots in Denton County go back four generations, has also served on the Regional Transportation Council, the Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition and the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition. Elaine Emery has likewise contributed much to the county, serving on numerous boards including the Lewisville ISD Education Foundation, Denton County Public Health Department Advisory Board, Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County and Christian Community Action where she served two six-year terms. Elaine also served as board chair for four years for Medical City Lewisville. Thank you both for your many years of service. Flower Mound Updates County on Town Initiatives During a recent Denton County Com-


missioners Court meeting, we learned the latest on Flower Mound’s River Walk and Lakeside Village. Restaurant row is under construction on the River Walk, which is anchored by a Courtyard by Marriott, and future Home2Suites and will feature a splash pad, amphitheater and a new retail/office building. Lakeside Village is the latest development in the works, which will bring additional $1.5 billion in value to the town along with seven restaurants lining Lake Grapevine on the south side. Andrea Roy, Director of Economic Development in Flower Mound, also touted the accolades Flower Mound has received, including “Happiest Small Town in America” by Top Counseling Schools, the “Most Livable Small City” by SmartAsset and the “Safest City in Texas” by SafeHome and The Home Security Advisor. The town has continued to diversify its tax base with additional commercial, retail and industrial business. In 20172018, the town collected $12.2 million in sales tax. In the first six months of the 2018-2019 budget year, sales tax revenue had increased 8.2 percent. The town also began developing themed parks, recently opening Thrush Park, which is dinosaur-themed. Stone Creek Park with its tree-themed park sports a new shade structure. The community update is part of a weekly series of updates during our Commissioners Court meetings from each of the 44 communities across Denton County. We look forward to these updates and hope to return the favor in the near future. County Growth Rate Impressive As you’ve likely heard, Denton County continues to grow at a quick rate adding See MITCHELL on Page A24


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From the Desk of Dianne Edmondson Denton County Commissioner, Pct. 4

Service for Veterans Important in Denton County With our county’s birthday, Independence Day on July 4, fast approaching, our thoughts turn not only to those patriots who founded America and fought for our independence, but also to those more contemporary patriots who have served throughout modern history to preserve our liberties. The veterans who served all of us are owed a great debt of gratitude by a grateful nation, and here in Denton County, we are especially conscious of our obligation to theses heroic men and women which is why our county created a veterans services department years ago. With 45,000 military veterans, the need is strong and the Denton County Veterans Service Office continues to see a growing number of veterans needing assistance. Of 5,376 total client visits in 2018, 25 percent were new veterans. Veteran Community Navigators assist veterans with emergency financial assistance, a place to stay if they are homeless or refer them for mental health care. In 2018, the navigators assisted 280 veterans who received $43,721 in emergency financial assistance. So far this year, Veteran Community Navigators handled 214 referrals with 166 receiving consultation and referrals. About 99 of the veteran households were at risk of becoming homeless, 33 had their utilities turned off or were at risk of a disconnection, 35 were homeless and 50 needed transportation assistance rang-

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ing from vehicle repairs to gas vouchers or bus tickets. An estimated 118 veterans were in need of emergency medical assistance so far this year, 54 needed food, 52 needed mental health resources, eight needed substance abuse treatment and eight were victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. Another 77 veterans needed assistance in accessing veterans benefits whether for pension or medical needs or other assistance. Seventeen sought tax assistance, 11 needed furniture and 14 sought education resources for their children or for enrolling in college. The Veterans Service Office is committed to assisting veterans in getting the resources and benefits they need to help them and their families lead full, productive lives. The staff, under Veterans Service Officer Paul Bastaich, works diligently to answer a growing number of calls for assistance. In addition, the Veterans Service Office has expanded the number of locations it can serve veterans. Five locations in Denton, Lewisville, Carrollton, Frisco and Flower Mound take scheduled appointments. Veterans or their family members can schedule appointments by calling 940349-2950. Among the many programs veterans can seek assistance with are: compensation, pension, disability retirement, death indemnity compensation, appeals to the Board of Veterans, hospital and outpatient programs, Texas Veterans Land Board programs, educational and vocational benefits, debt waivers, obtaining lost military records, SPAN transportation to DVA medical facilities, review of See EDMONDSON on Page A25

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Around Argyle By Argyle Mayor Don Moser

Summer is in full swing and the heat is settling in as we come upon the July 4th holiday. I hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday. Several locations will be selling fireworks near town but remember the use of fireworks within the Town Limits is prohibited. The use of fireworks in the county is subject to county fire regulations. See the Denton County Fire Marshal website for further information: Departments/Emergency-Services. Summertime also brings vacations. Be sure to register with the Argyle Police Department for vacation checks on your home while you are out of town. The council will be on vacation as there will be no meeting in the month of July. Morning with the Mayor will resume on the first Saturday in August. August is budget season for the council. We will be looking at our annual budget as well as any special capital improvement projects. One of my goals is to review the town’s property tax cap for seniors. As the state has capped school taxes statewide and several larger neighbors have already moved forward on the matter, I feel it is time Argyle does the same. Our road improvement program is moving right along and we have received very good feedback from the public. Please continue to let us know your


thoughts. Further improvement will continue throughout the summer. Hopefully the inconvenience will be as painless as possible. We are reviewing our storm water drainage maintenance. Many areas of town are long overdue for maintenance and this will need to be considered in the upcoming budget. As I start my second term as the Mayor of Argyle, I want to convey my resolve to the office that I have been elected by the citizens. The greatest privilege a man could have is the opportunity to serve his fellow man. I enjoy every challenge and opportunity the position affords me. As always, we are committed to serving the citizens of Argyle with the utmost Integrity and Transparency. My philosophy is to serve for the Common Good with a Common Goal with Common Sense. Seniors Update The Argyle Seniors Organization meet to exercise and play games on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week at 10 a.m. We have a monthly luncheon on the third Friday of each month with the Argyle Police Department furnishing the meat and all attendees either bring a side dish or contribute $5 to the seniors’ fund. Our next luncheon will be Friday, July 19, at 12 noon. We’ll have donuts and coffee at 11 for those who would like to come early and get acquainted with new and old friends. For more information you may contact Stella McDaniel at 940-464-7438 or Karen Kiel at 940-464-0506. -Submitted by Stella McDaniel


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Bartonville Town Update

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By Bartonville Mayor Bill Scherer

On June 11th, we dedicated the Bartonville memorial wall in the atrium of our town hall honoring members of our community who died while on active duty of the US armed forces. We strive to remember the sacrifices of our residents and their families. We are excited to announce that the “new” Bartonville store opens its doors this month. The iconic Bartonville Store has been invigorated as a farm-to-table retail market and restaurant featuring a deli, full bar, wholemeal replacement carry-out, and Jeter’s Meat Market (a grass-fed, grain-finish Prime meat butcher shop featuring Texas-raised Wagyu Beef from the Rosewood Ranches along with other high-quality meats such as pork and chicken from other local ranches). One hundred and eighty pounds of pills were collected at the Bartonville Police Department on Saturday, May 4th during National Drug Take Back Day and turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA, for disposal by incineration. Yearround, there is permanent collection box that the public can use to dispose of medications at the Bartonville Police Department. A great opportunity to dispose of old or unused medicines to protect yourself and our drinking water. The Town held its annual Spring Clean Up Event on June 1st. Residents were able to safely dispose of trash, metal and tires, shred documents, and donate goods. Thank you to Council members and to all of the volunteers that made this great event possible. A special thank you to the Lantana Community Church for allowing us to host the event in their parking lot and to Waste Connections for donating the food and beverages provided to the volunteers!

Bartonville Mayor Bill Scherer unveils a plaque and photos to be displayed on the town’s new memorial wall to honor Bartonville’s fallen veterans. The Town’s new free curbside hazardous waste program begins this month with a pick up date of July 23rd. To schedule a pickup complete the online form at or call 972-440-2040. For more information regarding this service, go to or call Town Hall at 817-693-5280. On April 21st, the Town Council approved a 5-year tax note in the amount of $1,440,000 to fund the 2019 Residential Street Program and awarded the bid for construction. This large-scale project is a part of a 20-year plan that the Council crafted last year with input and guidance from the Town Engineer. Over the next 20 years, the Town will be investing over $8,000,000 into our roads. After serving the Town for several years, Brian the Animal Guy has accepted full time employment with another agency. For his replacement, the Town Council has approved a service contract with All American Dogs. They will continue to provide the same great service. For wildlife and animal service calls, they can be contacted at 972-382-3647. Lastly, going on a vacation? Don’t forget the Bartonville Police Department House/Vacation Watch Program. Simply fill out a form and request a close patrol while you are away. The BPD is pleased to provide this service to all Bartonville residents. Have a great summer. Stay hydrated.

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Just the Facts About Copper Canyon By Mayor Ron Robertson

In the last meeting dated June 10th, the council voted to replace the town attorney and the town engineer, as part of a fresh start the town needed. The council reappointed Valerie Pearson Cannady, as Deputy Mayor Pro-Tem and Bill Castleman as Mayor Pro-Tem. I want to thank them both for agreeing to serve in that capacity. We also created a true DRC “Development Review Committee” and just in time as on June 19th, that committee reviewed its first new development request. The council approved the makeup of the Master Plan Committee, and will interview town planners soon. This group should be


up and running full force by mid-July. I have asked Council Member Ted Stranczek to spearhead the road maintenance/storm water drainage committee, and as expected, Ted took this project on with full force. He has already formed a group and will start to review the town’s problem areas and prioritize the project. Mayor Pro-Tem Bill Castleman will soon be meeting with the county on renegotiating with the Sheriff’s Department for patrol services. This one area is costing the town over $150,000 year, and that money could be allocated to repairing roads and drainage problems, along with other services for the town. Council Member Steve Hill will continue to work with me and the Town Manager on the budget and keep me advised on the overall financial climate of Copper Canyon. If you want to stay informed on your town and what is happening, please attend the next council meeting July 8th. Our team stands ready to have citizens involved in deciding what is best for Copper Canyon.


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rate. All have agreed there will not be any consideration to increase our low .23000 cent By Mayor Mike Donnelly property tax rate. - 972-539-9464 Most residents are aware that during the @DoubleOakTx recent legislative session, our state leaders approved a 3.5 percent property tax cap which goes into effect the following year. Some of you may not be aware that there was action which affects revenue franchise fees municipalities collect. Our town is estimating this action will negatively reduce fiscal year revenue in the first year alone by a minimum of 25 thousand dollars. That’s a significant loss to our genGreetings from Town Hall, eral fund in a small town like DOVFD July 4 Parade and ours. Picnic Employees want raises and Our Double Oak Volunbenefits, residents want low teer Fire Department memproperty taxes and the town bers are busy planning for needs to pave streets, work this year’s event. The parade on drainage projects, provide and picnic are always a fun public safety (Police, Fire, day in our town. Get your EMS) and administrative duparade floats ready and come ties. to the picnic to enjoy great During this fiscal year food, cold drinks, music, alone, the town had to pay out win auction items and visit 50 thousand dollars for pubwith your town neighbors. lic infrastructure repairs that All funds raised benefit our were unexpected. Thankfully Double Oak Volunteer Fire Double Oak Volunteer our town is debt free, has a reDepartment. Fire Department serve fund and we work each year to reduce expenses. Cedarcrest Lane Paving Project The town will discuss the next fiscal year The town council has approved to go out budget during meetings and will hold public for bids to repave Cedarcrest Lane this fiscal hearings and adopt the budget and tax rate in year. Stayed tuned for further information. September. Waketon Road Project The town is still waiting for some property owners to sign documents for easements and right-of-way agreements. Billie Garrett Appointed Town Treasurer Congratulations to Billie Garrett on her appointment to the position of town treasurer. 2019-2020 Fiscal Year Budget and Tax Rate Town Council and staff have begun preparing the next fiscal year budget and tax | 817.438.1772

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Summer News Remember, our Double Oak Police Department offers a House Watch Program while residents are traveling. Please check your septic tank lids to ensure they are securely fastened. The summer heat means lots of swimming pool activity and parties. Please ensure your swimming pool area is secure and that a responsible person is watching everyone in the pool, especially small children, at all times. Happy July 4th from the Town of Double Oak!

July 2019

Flower Mound Mayor Message

By Steve Dixon Flower Mound Mayor

It’s a pleasure to serve Flower Mound as Mayor and part of that job is to answer questions from friends and neighbors. Here are a few common questions I receive, so I thought it would be helpful to provide this information for everyone: When is the Dam Road opening again? The Dam Road, also known as Fairway Drive, is closed for the foreseeable future. The Town’s Executive Director of Public Works Tiffany Bruce told the Council in May that there is no set timeline for the necessary repairs to occur. We’re coming up on a year since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers initially closed it (August 2018) due to safety concerns after a routine inspection. However, we hope to have more information in the coming weeks that will provide some additional clarity. The Town will continue to


publish updates on its website and social media accounts, when they are available. How much money does the Town get from tickets? As with any other municipality, there’s a common misconception that police have a ticket quota to fill or that the money collected from tickets is a major source of a city’s revenue. There are actually two parts to a ticket’s total cost, the actual fine and court costs. The fine portion is what the Town collects and that money goes into the Town’s general fund. The majority of the second portion, the court costs, goes to the State. Using rounded numbers, the Town keeps about 60 percent and the State receives 40 percent of the total bill. Each year, the Town collects about $1.09 million on average (using 2017 and 2018 data) in revenue from tickets, accounting for only about one percent of the Town’s total funding resources. Ticket fines include traffic and penal code violations, such as assault, theft, disorderly conduct, etc. It also includes fines from health and safety, code, and animal conSee FM MAYOR on Page A19

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Highland Village Update By Phil Lozano Director of Parks and Recreation

I have been your parks director for nearly two years now and I absolutely love working in Highland Village. The parks and trail system here is beautiful. It is very satisfying to see and interact with you as you and your families use our parks system. The staff in the parks department is committed to providing world class customer service, recreation and play opportunities. I enjoy meeting you, hearing your thoughts on the parks and recreations opportunities available here, and sharing information. I am very excited to share information with you on the upcoming Kids Kastle community build project. A little history, the Kids Kastle play area was designed and built by the community in 1994. Since that time many families have enjoyed playing at Kids Kastle. The structure has reached the end of its useful life and is need of replacement. We are going to include the community again to help us design and build the new play structure. In November 2017 voters approved bond propositions for several parks projects. The approved funding, along with sponsorships from the community, will help us build a new Kids Kastle that will last another 15-20 years. Here is an update on the progress made so far on the items included in the parks bond projects, what you can look forward to in the near future, and opportunities for you to be involved in the process. Unity Park – Pond Improvements, Kids Kastle and Softball Field Expansion Earlier this year the city received a financial gift in the amount of $125,000 from the Highland Village Parks Foundation for entry improvements at Unity Park, specifically the area around the pavilion and in front of Kids Kastle. The addition of the

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entry improvement project required additional civil engineering to develop a mass grading plan that would include the civil engineering for the pond project to ensure proper drainage of the site. The entry improvements scope includes reconfiguring circulation paths, and the addition of a food truck slip, a storyboard that will provide historical information of the park, and a deck plaza area with seating. The design portion for the pond renovation, drainage improvements, and entry improvements is complete, and the project is currently out to bid. We are anticipating that construction for the project will start sometime later this summer, after the Highland Village Lions Club Balloon Festival. Given all the work that will take place around the pond and pavilion staff saw an opportunity to add the Kids Kastle playground rebuild project into the mix. Adding the Kids Kastle playground rebuild will provide several benefits which include, shorter construction timeline for one big project verses three individual projects, potential opportunities for project cost savings, and one big grand opening for the community. In the fall, we will start the community engagement process for the Kids Kastle playground rebuild. This will involve a design day kick-off meeting for the community build project. The kick-off meeting will provide the opportunity for children and parents to be involved in the new design. The location of the kick-off meeting will be determined later this summer and shared with the community. We will be contacting LISD in the hopes of using one of the LISD campuses in Highland Village for a meeting place. In the kick-off meeting, the consultant will provide information about their company and details of the community build process, including timeline, recruitment of volunteers and the formation of committee coordinators for construction, food, and tools. Kids Kastle is home to tiles and fence pickets with the names of Highland Village families. If your name, or your family’s name is on one of these and you’d See HV UPDATE on Page A22 • College Prep • Regionally Accredited • Nationally Accredited • Affordable Tuition Best of ty Denton Coun Winner for 9 years

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Foundation Oversight Changing Oversite of the Lantana Education/ Charitable Foundation will soon be solely in the hands of Lantana residents. The Foundation was created in 2001 by Republic Property Group, the original lead developer for the community. Austin-based Forestar Group Inc. acquired the remaining partnership interest in Lantana in 2014 and currently oversees the Foundation. As development winds down, Forestar has engaged the resident-run Lantana Cares 501(3c) nonprofit organization to accept and manage the Foundation. Lantana Cares, founded in 2016, is “dedicated to resident-empowered beautification, education and recreation.� The organization is made up of nine board members, who recruit other volunteers to help out with local service projects. “The details are being worked out now,� said Christy Wong, president of Lantana Cares. “If everyone agrees-with the legal language and accounting issues being mitigated by the accounting firm-- we hope to appoint five committee members sometime in July.� The newly-formed committee will oversee the distribution of funds to Lantana schools and other Lantana-based 501(3c) nonprofits. The grant requests will also have to satisfy the guidelines set forth in the Foundation’s Articles of Incorporation; “for charitable, education, religious, scientific or literary purposes only.� Funding for the Foundation comes from one-half of one percent of the sale price of all real estate within Lantana. The fee is tax-deductible when you sell your home.



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Lantana Ladies League Gives Back: Pictured (from left to right): Amber Hirsch, LLL sponsorship chair, Tami Schmidt, LLL Casino Night chair, Paige Wittenhagen, Denton County Friends of the Family, Lisa Jackson, LLL president.

Lantana Community Association Manager Mark Norton recently earned the Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) credential from the Community Associations Institute. To earn the highest level of professional recognition in the community association field, managers must have five years of community association management experience and complete more than 100 hours of coursework. In addition, credentialed PCAMs must fulfill continuing education and service requirements, as well as adhere to a code of ethics. Norton came to Lantana in May 2008 and served as deed restriction coordinator before being named community manager in January 2014.

In 2001, the Foundation committed $1 million to the Denton ISD, enabling E.P. Rayzor, Lantana’s first elementary school, to open in August 2002. Subsequent similar donations helped the school district build Blanton and Adkins elementary schools, as well as Harpool Middle School, all in Lantana. The Foundation reported $1,489,130 in donations and a fund balance of $859,437 for calendaryear 2017, according to the latest available public tax filing. All three board members listed were employees of Forestar Group. “There’s enough in the [education] fund to make a difference, but it’s not as much as some people

Lantana Ladies League Believes in Giving The Lantana Ladies League ended another successful season of fellowship, giving, and volunteering. The non-profit organization has supported many charities in the community by giving over $35,000 in donations or by members volunteering their time. The league hosted various events to raise funds to donate monetary gifts to the following: Apollo Rescue: $250; Kids Kupboard: $500; Denton County Friends of the Family: $8800; Living for Zachary: $1250; Denton Young Lives: $500; Ranch Hand Rescue: $5500; Guyer High School Graduation Night: $1000; Sadie Keller Foundation: $500; Guyer High School Scholarship $1000; What’s Your Plan B?: $500; Humane Tomorrow: $500; Young Lives: $500; Journey to Dream – Kyle’s Place: $5400; 444 Angel: $2000. In addition, the league donated new car seats for young mothers supported by Denton Young Lives. When an organization is in need, members stepped up in various ways. Members provided food on several occasions for events for Denton Young Lives. Members donated supplies for backpacks to serve the Communities in Schools organization. Through Socks for Seniors, many senior citizens received comfy socks in the winter to keep their feet warm Members also donated food to organizations committed to feed needy school children while they were away from See LANTANA LINKS on Page A13







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In the FIELD: Since taking office, I’ve shadowed many of our town’s staff transitioning into the mayor’s role. Thank you to our police officers for showing me the way they handle community safety, public works for maintaining our roads, sewers, and water facilities, and town staff for keeping up with our administrative functions. My time in the field was educational so that I can advocate for the right staff, equipment, and facilities. FINANCE: School property tax reform passed. Generally the legislature is unkind to local government so we are happy to see some tax relief for residents! Welcome to John Zagurski, our accomplished new finance director from a neighboring jurisdiction, who is already contributing great in-

FAITH & FUN: Seven pastors from our town have been invited to join a pastor’s council with the mayor. We discussed the need for space and volunteers for events such as a Christmas tree lighting, July 4th fireworks, Easter egg hunts, parades and more as well as sports facilities for softball, soccer and youth leagues. Partnering with other organizations will allow us to build a community that has access to a full spectrum of events and facilities at a cost that we can afford. The FOURTH: We’ve been blessed by plentiful rain of late, which is turning our community green and beautiful. Remember that personal fireworks are only allowed on July 4th until midnight if the Denton County Fire Marshal has not issued a burn ban. Check the website the day of! If you choose to celebrate with fireworks, please make sure to take precautions, be safe, and cleanup afterwards. Happy Independence Day!

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Robson Ranch Rambler By Larry Varnes Resident Director, Robson Ranch HOA

Wildhorse Golf Club Course Record Broken Steady and consistent golf by David Harrison, Byron Nelson High School senior, fashioned a new golf course record with six under par for 18 holes. The new record came In the May 2019 High School District 5 6A Golf Tournament played at Robson Ranch’s Wildhorse Golf Club. That outstanding score, shot from the challenging black tees, broke the old Byron Nelson High School senior David Harrison course record held by 15+ year Robson broke Robson Ranch resident Lawry Cohen’s golf course record. resident Lawry Cohen. Lawry broke the previous record held by two local high golfing cronies. Lawry went on to say that school players on July 14, 2012. On hear- the strongest part of his game was putting, ing of his course scoring record had been and that he used a Scotty Cameron putter broken, Lawry’s response was a humble when he set the just broken course record. “It’s about time… that record should have Not surprisingly, that too was what David been broken long ago!” That simple state- said when asked the strongest part of his ment is the preface to the personalities of game… “putting with my Scotty Cameron two excellent golfers. One slowing down, putter.” A coincidence? We don’t think if only slightly, and one just getting started so. Both profess to playing 4 or 5 rounds in a very big way. of golf weekly. Those rounds, along with The first, Lawry Cohen, has shot his focused practice and serious hard work age now four years straight… 67, 68, 69 are regular components of Lawry’s and and now 70. He scored a hole-in-one (his David’s golf regimen. Sound familiar? sixth) during his most recent round of 70. Yep. And obviously the prescription for Then there’s up-and-coming young Da- golf success of the highest level. vid Harrison of Fort Worth who’s looking We here at Robson Ranch Wildhorse forward to playing golf for the University Golf Club, and especially Lawry Cohen, of Texas San Antonio. He clearly has an will keep a close eye on David Harrison eye out for a golf scholarship. David’s lon- as he continues his golf development and ger-term ambition is a career on the PGA achievements in college beginning August circuit. 26, 2019. We look forward to David reAsked what advice he had for David, turning here for a practice round or two Lawry, after just a moment’s thought said, and wish him all the best in his pursuit of “the best ball striking can never make up golf greatness! for poor putting.” Per Lawry, that’s his favorite golf adage compliments of RR’s Ted Dunson, one of Lawry’s long-time See ROBSON on Page A23

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school. For almost every event, members brought food for Kids Kupboard. They also provided food for Loves Pacs organization for children in Denton. Members of the league enjoy giving back to the community by volunteering their time. Perhaps you saw some of our members volunteering at one of the following events: Denton Young Lives,


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dies League, go to or visit the Lantana Ladies League Facebook page. -Submitted by Eileen Weidman Development Watch Lantana had 3810 occupied homes as of May 31 with an estimated population of 12,383. There were 2,115 single-family building permits issued in Fresh Water Supply District #6 and 1,821 permits issued in

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Fresh Water Supply District #7 for single-family homes through the month of May, for a total of 3,936 permits. Total build-out is estimated to be approximately 4,000 homes. F45 Training Lantana will occupy 2,100 square-feet In Lantana Town Center and is shooting for an August opening. Honey Dental will occupy 2,120 squarefeet in Lantana Town Center Phase II this fall.

CAN A REALTOR GIVE LEGAL ADVICE The answer is no. REALTORS are not attorneys and under Texas law they cannot give any legal advice but instead should suggest to their client that they seek advice when needed. In order to assist real estate licensees in working with buyers and sellers in selling Amanda Pruett homes, the TEXAS REAL ESTATE COMMISSION known as TREC established a committee to design contract forms and addendums for use by the licensees. This committee is made up of lawyers, real estate brokers and representatives from the general public. Once the contract is drafted and all applicable addendums are completed and approved, the forms then become promulgated by TREC. Once promulgated the real estate licensee is required to use them without changes unless the buyer or seller requires a change. Under the licensARGYLE BARTONVILLE CANYON OAKS


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walking through a journey with two of our moms—Emily Birtwistle and Nkechi Green. These women met on our neighborhood Facebook group and they became fast friends. They were both pregnant and due three weeks of each other. They started to walk each day so they could stay active. They had no idea just how much their friendship would mean

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to each other. A few weeks after they met, Emily was put on bed rest. Three days later, Nkechi was put on bed rest. Putting active people on bed rest is always hard but they had their amazing husbands and most importantly they had each other. While it wasn’t anywhere close to their due dates, both of their babies made an early appearance. Nkechi’s son, Julian, was born at 28 weeks at 2lbs; 10 days later Emliy’s son, Duke, was born at 27 weeks at 2lbs 15oz. Both families spent weeks and months in the NICU loving and praying for their new baby. It’s scary not knowing what was going to happen or what the outcome was going to be. They all had so many questions about the life and health of their babies. Through everything they had hope. It was a long road, but they got through it together. That’s what it’s all about, neighbors helping neighbors. Emily said “I am in shock that we live in such an amazing community. So many neighbors opened

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father, Bob,” Shawn said, “I would come here after school and clean the place. My vision for the business is to continue on the way Dickie and my dad opened it.” That vision is why the couple is taking everything from the Lewisville store with them to Double Oak. The Old Town Market offers a family tradition of experienced butchers and friendly customer service. “The only difference people will notice is that the cutting will be done in a cold room,” said Sharon. “But, people can still watch through a big window. Our customers get to come into the market and see the same employees over and over.” That ability to watch Shawn and the other butchers perform their cutting art is a big draw. In 2017, Shawn placed second in the Texas Beef Council’s “Best Butcher in Texas Competition,” sponsored by Beef Loving Texans. “In 2018, we cut 50,900 filets,” said Sharon. “And, 2,000 of those were on back-orders. So far this year, it’s at 29,000 already.” The Market offers not only freshly-cut beef, but also pork, poultry and shopmade sausages and jerky. Customers can choose from three freezer packs (15-, 20-, and 30-pounds) that include pork chicks, split chicken breast, hamburger, beef cutlets, smoked sausage, chopped sirloin, plus more. Old


Town also offers East Texas Style Hot Links, Italian Sausage, Boudin, Bratwurst, among others. The Old Town Market’s famous BBQ has been featured on the Food Network with Bobby Flay. It also has a wide selection of seasonings to go with each order. A customer can select a seasoning individually to have meats seasoned at the time of sale. One of the most popular seasonings is the Famous Rub, an all-purpose choice that blends black pepper, garlic, kosher salt, a roast beef base and other ingredients. Other rub flavors include the aloha, bourbon, cherry, jalapeno, plus many more. Sharon said she and Shawn expect the new location will definitely increase their business. “We will be hiring new employees, probably up to three butchers,” said Sharon. “We plan to concentrate on our fresh meat, which means we’ll no longer be serving lunch. But, we’ll still have meals-to-go that people can take home to warm-up.” Catering is available (with ample notice), with selections of ribs, brisket, sausage, ham, turkey breast, chicken, then pair them with cowboy beans, potato salad, cole slaw, cobblers or banana pudding. In addition to opening its new Double Oak location, the Old Town Market plans to offer new items as well. “It’ll be trial and error,” said Sharon.


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Tentative hours at the new location on Chinn Chapel, next to the Rapid Med at the intersection with Justin Road (FM 407) will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday; and, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The Old Town Market is closed on Sunday and Monday.

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trol violations. Interestingly, the Town has collected about 30 percent less in trafficrelated fines through the first quarter of this year, compared to the previous year. What’s the latest River Walk news? Construction continues on restaurant row, which is three separate buildings connected with covered walkways. Nate Champion’s Prime Steak & Chop House, Cuvée Wine Bar, Pizzeria Ascoli, Los Caminos, and Flo Mo’s Burgers were named as future tenants.


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The state-of-the-art center is youthcentered and fully padded for safety with several levels and thicknesses of the best safety padding available anywhere. It features two 80-foot-long ninja lanes with: ziplines; floating bridges; salmon ladder; cargo net swing; spider wall; cliff hanger; and launch trampolines. The Ninja Training Center also includes a full-size safety landing pit, hotbed trampoline, triple height warped wall and a custom-built rock wall to bring the challenge to all ages. “I’m truly a coach at heart and myself and all of the Win Kids coaches are very proud and excited to bring this unique program to Flower Mound,” said Winburn. The new Ninja Center will open midAugust for: Lil Ninjas, ages 3-5; Grade School Ninjas, ages 6-12; and, teens to adults, ages 13-19. Win Kids Sports and Learning Center was founded in March 1998 by Winburn. The 27,000-square-foot children’s sports and activity complex sits off FM 2499 on six-acres and offers classes, camps and children’s birthday parties. Win Kids generates more than $2 million in annual revenue, serving approximately 1,900 students per week. A schedule, full information and registration information for summer programs and camps is now available at www. or call 972-355-9988.

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jor concrete work has been completed, the fence and backstop post are in the ground and light poles are up. We are hopeful that the softball field will be open sometime in September of this year. Highland Village Road Sidewalk The alignment of the new sidewalk has been approved by staff and is currently being engineered. The new sidewalk will connect to the existing sidewalk at the Municipal Complex and head east along Highland Village Road to connect to the Copperas Trail adjacent to Wichita Forest Park. The sidewalk will provide critical connectivity to the City Trail for residents that live in the neighborhoods along Highland Village Road between the Municipal Complex and Wichita Forest Park. Engineering for the sidewalk is expected to be completed later this summer. Victoria Park Walking Path The Victoria Park walking path alignment has been approved by staff and ONCOR and is currently being engineered. Engineering of the walking path is expected to be completed later this summer. Brazos Park Parking Lot We have completed the additional parking lot at Brazos Park. Sunset Point Park The Sunset Point Park project is currently in the permitting process with the US Army Corps of Engineers. We are hopeful that construction will start later this summer. The project will take approximately three months (90 days) to complete. Copperas Branch Park Master Plan – funded in the 2018-2019 Budget Copperas Branch Park was opened last summer for use after being closed for four years due to the I-35E expansion. Leading up to the park opening and after it was opened city staff has received several requests from residents for a refresh of the

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park. The city hired and is working with la terra studio landscape architecture firm to master plan the park. The Master Planning process is in full swing, and we have just completed the information gathering process, which consisted of two public input meetings, and online community engagement through We have had great engagement from the community both in the public meetings and with SpeakUpHV and to date have gathered over 40 ideas for the park, which we will share with the community soon. The next step in the master planning process is to create a priority list for staff review. The review process will include extensive collaboration in conjunction with the financial feasibility analysis to ensure realistic and implementable program items. Doubletree Ranch Park We have just completed the installation of 13 shade structures around the splash pad area at Doubletree Ranch Park. We are installing an inclusive playground just south of the splash pad and will soon have teen/young adult swing set added as well. These amenities will round out the recreation opportunities for the entire family at the park. We do have a lot happening in the parks and recreation department. Kids Kamp is in full swing, we have Concerts in the Park scheduled for this summer, and many other programs and classes to entertain and educate you and your kids during the summer break. The recreation opportunities, our beautiful parks and trails, and the opportunities to accommodate active lifestyles are one of the reasons people move to Highland Village. If you have questions about these projects or suggestions on how we can improve our parks and trails, please do not hesitate to contact me at 972-317-7430 or We are here to serve. • #RideDCT

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City Council Update By Jesse Davis, Denton City Council, District 3

For many folks, summer is a time to slow down and relax. But for the Denton City Council, the work heats up along with the weather. As you dive into your summer book list, we’ll be diving into a sea of reports and spreadsheets. That’s because summer is when your City Council considers the City budget and tax rates for the coming fiscal year. My most important duty as your Council Member is stewardship of your tax dollars. For me, good stewardship means providing the highest quality of service at the lowest possible tax rate. With home values and tax appraisals on the rise, your City government owes homeowners the lowest property tax rate we can responsibly assess. Thankfully, many Denton homeowners benefit from certain tax exemptions and freezes. However, many more either don’t qualify for exemptions yet or will buy a new home this year and thus “reset” their tax basis. So a low property tax rate benefits our neighbors most in need of relief. A low rate also attracts folks to Denton to start a business or invest in a new home. And of course, the less we spend on taxes the more we have in our family budgets to save for a rainy day, support charities, or add to the local economy. You will be glad to know that the Den-


ton budget process is built around the effective tax rate—the lowest rate necessary to collect the same revenue as last year. When our City economy is growing, like it is now, using the effective rate means lowering the tax rate below last year’s. And, in a growing economy your City Council can fund more necessities—like police and fire—without raising your tax bill. An effective tax rate also adds transparency in the budget process. Because we start from a flat budget and the effective rate, if your City Council chooses to fund more than what the effective rate will cover, the additional spending is front and center. Clearly, my goal is to assess only the effective rate. But, in any given year it may be that we need additional funds to maintain high quality, critical services. You deserve to know, and your Council Member should be able to tell you, what you get in exchange for your tax dollars. Even more so for taxes that exceed the effective rate. I applaud the City Manager and his staff for this year organizing their budget requests into priority tiers, with each tier representing a need for one cent over the effective tax rate. Between the City staff’s thriftiness and our growing economy, we expect to fund some top tier priorities at just the effective tax rate. But, if the City Council chooses to exceed the effective rate, we can tell you exactly why. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me on these issues and any others before the Denton City Council. You can reach me on my cell at 940-2087439, or by email at I look forward to hearing from you, and I’ll see you around town.


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more than 25,000 people last year alone. Among North Central Texas counties, Denton County has the second highest growth rate behind Collin County. Each of our 44 communities has experienced growth. What you may not know is that Ponder has the highest growth rate at 30.9 percent, followed by Northlake with 20.6 percent and Hickory Creek with 14.5 percent. These numbers paint a picture of the challenges we all face in grappling with fast growth – from providing services and planning transportation needs to expanding housing availability and diversifying employment opportunities. At the county level, these issues are taken into consideration as we plan services for the coming year. In 2009, Denton County employed 1,481 people. Today, we have an estimated 1,700 employees who provide necessary services – whether that includes more deputies and detention officers for public safety, additional employees to handle in excess of $6 million collected daily for an estimated 125 entities through the tax assessor/collector division or opening additional courts with judges and staff to handle increasing caseloads. Highland Village Firefighters Plan Event to Help Co-Worker Highland Village firefighters banded together to plan a fundraising event for Vince Jones, a longtime Navy veteran and firefighter who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October 2018. In June, he began the next leg of treatment to undergo five consecutive weeks of radiation therapy at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston. To help support his family, fellow firefighters organized Vince’s Band of

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Independence Fest in Flower Mound on July 4 Bret Michaels’ Unbroken World Tour stops in Flower Mound on July 4 for the annual Independence Fest. A full day of activities include a children’s parade, vendors, food, Time MaCharles and Elaine Emery of Lewisville were recognized for their many contributions to Denton County chine Car Shows, a kid zone and other during the Denton County Commissioners Court meeting on June 18. entertainment including Le Freak, Breaking Southwest and more. Brothers at Marty B’s in Bartonville on Lewisville for what would become one The festivities end with a full display June 30th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets of the largest music events in Texas. of fireworks. are $30 at the door. Tickets for children For three days at the former Dallas InFind out more information at www. are $15 each. The tickets include access ternational Motor Speedway and a small- to a taco bar and one adult beverage or er stage on the Lewisville Lake shores, soda/tea/water for a child. the Texas International Pop Festival fea- Parade, Food, Music Part of Lake tured such performers as Led Zeppelin, Cities 4th of July Sounds of Lewisville Continue in July Janis Joplin, Santana and more. A patriotic parade kicks off the annual The Sounds of Lewisville continue in Fifty years later, the Texas Pop Turns Lake Cities 4th of July festivities. July on Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 50 celebration is slated for Saturday, Each year, the four communities of 9:30 p.m. at the Wayne Ferguson Plaza at Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, at the Lake Lake Dallas, Corinth, Shady Shores and 150 W. Church St. Park Golf Course from 2 p.m. to 11:30 Hickory Creek unite for a day filled with The free concert series will feature a p.m. each day. fun for the whole families. smorgasbord of musicians ranging from ZZ Top will be the headliner on SaturThe parade, which begins at 9 a.m., Bidi Bidi Banda (All-Star Selena Tribute) day with Chicago headlining on Sunday. starts a day filled with food, contests, with Silentt Echo on July 9 to Blaze of Both performances are at 10 p.m. Other vendors, music and fireworks. Glory with Back to Rock Student Show- performers include: Sarah Jaffee, BomAdmission is free to the event at Lake case on July 16, Even It Up: Ultimate basta, The Box Tops, Animotion, Glen Dallas City Park, 101 E. Hundley Drive. Heart Tribute with Ashmore on July 23, Clark Band, and Jonathan Tyler & The and Shameless A Tribute to Garth Brooks Northern Lights – to name a few. Connect With Us:  Be sure and conwith Be the Next Performer on July 30. For ticket, parking and other informa- nect with Denton County on Facebook Bring blankets and lawn chairs and tion, visit at pets, if well behaved and on a leash. tyTX and on Twitter @DentonCounFood and other refreshments are sold on- Sounds of Red, White & Lewisville tyTX. site. Set for July 3 Bring the family to the Wayne Fergu- If you have any questions or comments, Lewisville to Celebrate 50th son Plaza in Lewisville from 6 p.m. to 10 please let me hear from you. My email is Anniversary of Texas International p.m. for a free concert and fireworks to and Pop Festival celebrate Independence Day. my office number is 972-434-4780. On Labor Day weekend in 1969, more This year’s event will feature “Satisthan 100,000 music fans converged on faction” by The International Rolling

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Amateur sailors, learn about boat owners insurance and what the coverage entails. By Matt Tobben, Retirement Income Certified Professional

Did you know that boat insurance is one of the earliest known forms of insurance? Ancient sailors knew firsthand about the risks of a life at sea and sought to insure their vessels against unpredictable waters.

And it still applies today. Boat insurance policies can vary widely in what they do and do not cover based on a number of considerations, including the type of boat, the waters it will traffic, and how many months of the year the boat will be used. Still, there are a few basic kinds of coverage you can expect to receive, as well as some potential discounts for safe boaters. Physical damage This coverage insures your boat against damage and loss caused by common risks, such as sinking, fire, storms, theft, and collision. The property covered can vary, but the policy will usually cover the hull and other permanent components, such as: • Motors • Extra fuel tanks, batteries, etc. • Anchors

Are You the “Family Bank”? By Jeffery Price

If you are the person your family turns to for financial support, these insights from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management could help you figure out how to say yes—or no. Almost every family has one: the person everyone calls when money is tight and they need a helping hand. The more financially responsible you are, the more likely you may be considered “the family bank,” according to a 2016 study conducted by Merrill Lynch in partnership with Age Wave. The study, called Finances in Retirement: New Challenges, New Solutions, found that 62% of people over age 50 provide financial support to family members, with the overwhelming majority (80%) doing so because “it’s the right thing to do.” Still, if you’re that person, you have probably wished sometimes that you could just say no. Maybe you have your own financial issues to deal with, or you doubt the money will be used wisely. Or you are convinced your kids will learn more by saving on their own for a house, a car, a vacation or another big purchase. Naturally, you will want to be there for your family members when they really need you. But there are times when it makes sense to politely say no, even to those closest to you. If you’re considered “the family bank,” here are four useful tips. Four Rules of the Family Bank 1. Start talking about money with your children when they are young. “Set up regular family meetings to discuss the role that money plays in your family’s life and how your financial decisions reflect your family’s values,” says Stacy Allred, head of the Center for Family Wealth Dynamics and Governance® at Merrill Lynch “From an early age, allow children to ask questions about your decisions so that they can begin to understand the reasoning behind them and develop sound money management habits of their own.” With that grounding, they may have more realistic expectations if they find themselves in a financial bind and consider asking you for help.



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LOCAL EXPERTS • Onboard safety equipment, such as flotation devices and fire extinguishers A trailer may or may not be covered, depending on the policy. When choosing your policy, be sure to ask whether you will be insured for the boat’s replacement cost or its actual cash value. A replacement cost policy will reimburse you the cost of repairing the boat to its original condition or replacing the boat with the same or a similar model. A policy based on actual cash value will reimburse you for the current market value of the repair or replacement (the original price minus depreciation). Liability coverage This coverage applies if your boat causes injury to others or damage to other boats, docks, or structures. Keep in mind that the injury or damage can be due to direct contact with your vessel or situations caused by your vessel, such as large wakes. Good liability coverage may provide protection against lawsuits, including the payment of settlements and legal fees. Other coverage Your insurer may offer additional kinds of coverage to go with your basic boat insurance. If you have other needs, ask your insurance agent what coverage is available. Discounts The best way to lower your boat insurance premiums is to become a safer boater. For example, many insurers offer discounts to boaters who have completed an approved boating safety course. Call Matt Tobben State Farm Agency for more information at 972-724-7033. 2. Create a budget for giving. Even if you pass on your own sound money management habits, there are bound to be times when relatives will need your help. Yet the Finances in Retirement survey found that few respondents had budgeted to be able to help famly members financially, despite giving an average of $6,500 annually to family. “We create budgets for such things as travel or shopping, so why not for family giving?” asks Bill Hunter, director of Retirement Client Experience, Strategies and Solutions for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Hunter advises that you determine how much you can commit to this purpose without disrupting your retirement planning and current living needs. When you have that figure, consider your other priorities. Are there any lifestyle changes you may need to make to keep giving to family members when times get tough? Most important, be sure you have an emergency fund to ensure that you will have a comfortable cushion in retirement. 3. Set firm guidelines for saying yes. Decide in advance under what circumstances you would feel comfortable giving or lending money. “If you are going to make a gift of the money, think about using the occasion as a teaching moment,” Hunter suggests. Without sounding preachy or judgmental, try to explain to your relative how you’ve put yourself in a position to provide this assistance. Have you kept your debt under control, for instance, or lived within your means or avoided high-interest credit cards? “For young adults in the family, this could be a valuable lesson,” he says. “If you expect to be paid back, create a loan document,” recommends Joseph C. Schmieder, principal consultant of the Family Business Consulting Group, Inc. This may include details on how frequently repayments will be made, and whether you will charge interest. If a family member has asked you to invest in a business, request a business plan or other formal details on how the money will be used. “It is important for the recipient to understand your terms,” Hunter says. 4. When you must say no, avoid making it personal. Instead of blaming family members for their financial troubles or questioning their plans, develop a core philosophy that applies to everyone. Explain that this philosophy helped your family build its wealth and that any loan or gift decisions will be made based on your core values, such as a strong work ethic or self-sufficiency. If you dread refusing a request, prepare your reasons beforehand so that you can explain them unemotionally. If you cannot

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Tip #3: Encourage healthy eating. With summertime comes many delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables such as raspberries, watermelons, and cucumbers. It is recommended that children have one to two cups of both fruits and vegetables a day. Teach your kids more about healthy eating by visiting the local farmers market or planting a fruit and vegetable garden in your backyard. These firsthand experiences can teach your children how they can take charge of their diet by choosing healthy snacks.

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afford to give, outline the reasons for your decision. When a family business is involved, Schmieder notes, it’s possible that your relatives may not understand the company’s financial limits. “Not everyone may be aware, for instance, that company owners have an obligation to reinvest profits into their businesses to maintain growth,” he says. Use this opportunity to explain that the company’s profits cannot be a ready source for gifts or loans. As you consider each request, it’s always impor-

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Legal Talk Texas New Ways to Avoid Probate By Robert Morris

Wills have been at the center of estate planning for many years. However, wills don’t take legal effect until the person who made the will dies and the Will is admitted to probate. In short, wills don’t have legal effect until you go to court. Frequently, clients will want to avoid having to go to court, whether for reasons of expense, privacy, or just discomfort with being in court. The standard estate planning tool to avoid probate has been a revocable living trust. However, trusts can be expensive, hard to understand and to fund. A frequent problem is that not all assets are owned by the trust and therefore the trust doesn’t apply. Many people can avoid probate through the use of a transfer on death deed for the home, a transfer on death motor vehicle title,



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LOCAL EXPERTS and payable on death designations on bank accounts as well as beneficiary designations on retirement accounts and life insurance policies. Other ways to pass ownership on death without a probate are ownership as joint tenants with right of survivorship and community property survivorship agreements. Even if you believe that everything you own has a beneficiary or otherwise passes outside of probate, it is prudent to have a will that can be probated if necessary to pass or receive assets. It is sometimes necessary to be able to probate a will in order to collect assets or to pass assets that don’t have a beneficiary designation. No one estate plan is best for everyone. Discuss your wishes with your lawyer. Discuss the best way for you and your family to pass ownership of assets on death. Robert is an Elder Law, Estate Planning, Guardianship and Medicaid Attorney at Hammerle Finley Law Firm. Hammerle Finley Law Firm…Give us a call. We can help. The information contained in this article is general information only and does not constitute legal advice. ©2019

The Profile of a Mass Shooter: Warning Signs

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I travel all over the United States speaking at conferences, training staff at schools and working with local law enforcement agencies. I also meet with politicians in hopes of changing policy to keep our schools safer and help ensure our educators, counselors and first responders know how to recognize the signs of a mass shooter before it happens. How we define a mass shooting is: • Incidents occurring in relatively public places • Involving four or more deaths—not including the shooter(s) • Gunmen who select victims somewhat indiscriminately • The violence is not a means to an end—the gunmen do not pursue criminal profit or kill in the name of terrorist ideologies Although profiling them can be a lengthy process, here are some warning signs to look out for: • Consumed with rage/envy • Past violent tendencies (people or animals) • Over controlling or absent parents • Self-centered/lack of compassion/apathetic • Intelligent/quietly manipulative • 50% have IEP/504 plan • 90% male • Obsessed with violent movies or video games Escalated WARNING sings include: • Obsession with weapons—posting on social media • Warrior mentality • Change in appearance (black clothing,

So you know a friend, classmate, student or family member who may be displaying some of these warning signs and behaviors, but you don’t want to cause any alarm—what do you do? Document what you see and how you feel when they are around (remember—trust your instincts!!). Be willing to contact the parent to see if anything is going on at home. You can also confidentially call CPS or your local nonemergency law enforcement and let them know what you have observed. Just do something! If you are an educator, tell the principal or school counselor. If you are a concerned citizen feel free to call us at TLS anytime. This is what we do and we are happy to come out and train, assess or help in any way. If you are a parent and your child is newly on an SSRI (anti-depressant) and they are acting more violent, have suicidal or homicidal thoughts, or are more depressed or violent on the new medication, then your child may be COMT positive and need a blood test and a new prescription. Ask your doctor to have him/her tested and do not ignore these symptoms. Whatever you encounter or feel instinctually, do not ignore it. The parents and educators I talk to that have been involved in mass shooting scenarios all say these individuals showed signs, but they did not know what to do or who to call. In the least, call me. I can direct you to the right place and get that student or individual the help they need and possibly save lives. It only takes one person to be the difference. If you are interested in us coming to your group, school, church or organization to present our full 90-minute presentation on “The Profile of a Mass Shooter,” do not hesitate to call or email. It truly takes a community and we are here to serve. Keep fighting the good fight! If you have any questions or teen and parenting counseling needs, visit me at or call 940-489-3050.

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“Citizen” Stone Keeps Eye on Town Government

Mayfield Is King of the Mound

By Noelle M. Hood, Contributing Writer

By John English, Contributing Writer

Longtime Flower Mound resident Paul “Citizen” Stone and Shasta soak in the environs of The River Walk at Central Park. (Photo by Helen’s Photography)

The Flower Mound Town Secretary takes many meeting minutes; and, describes participants as Mayor or Councilman or Citizen So-And-So. That’s how Paul P. Stone-- now a resident of Flower Mound’s new River Walk neighborhood-- became “Citizen Stone.” “I’m an activist for good local

governance,” said Stone. “Flower Mound is in great financial shape with a Triple-A bond rating, a steady tax rate and a good master plan.” What could be better than that? The Answer, according to Stone, is citizens who participate in local government. See CITIZEN Page B15

Division I athletes are considered the crème de la crème, reaching the second to last stop on the road to a professional career in sports potentially and doing so at the highest possible level. While it is true that DII, DIII and even junior college students do go on to play professionally, Division I generally has the most promising and often times most talented players. So what is it that differentiates a good baseball player from a great baseball player? An alldistrict or all-region selection from a DI recruit who will not have to pay for college because of his or her ability in sport? “It’s a couple of factors,” Marcus High School baseball

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coach Jeff Sherman said. “Obviously, nothing is more important that natural ability, but dimensions are important as well.” Blake Mayfield (6’-2”, 175) seems to be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to a prototypical pitcher’s physique, with a 92 mile an hour fast ball and a hard-breaking slider that Sherman said “makes Blake who he is” on the mound. “If he can do what he does with a fairly slender physique, imagine the possibilities if he puts on 15 or 20 pounds of muscle and has college coaches working with him,” Sherman said. “The sky is the limit.” The former Marcus starting pitcher helped lead his team on deep playoff runs his sophomore and junior seasons and is headed to Texas A&M on a baseball scholarship. Mayfield, 18, said he believes a number of factors contribute to becoming an elite level athlete, but that one basic idea trumps anything else.

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YOUR 2 CENTS Editorials, Opinion, Letters to the Editor, Forum Posts Honoring Our Hometown Heroes as We Celebrate Our Freedom in America By State Representative Tan Parker

With July comes the anticipation of celebrating the birth of our nation and reflecting on the freedoms we are so blessed to enjoy as Americans. On July 4th, families, friends, and neighbors will come together to share in parades, festivals, backyard gatherings and fly our nation’s magnificent flag. This day brings not only a wonderful celebration of freedom but a time to reflect just how remarkable it is to call the United States of America home.   With the approaching patriotic holiday, my mind begins to fill with the wonderful wisdom of U.S. President Ronald Reagan who said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” While the message has circulated for years, the impact is just as meaningful today as it was when President Reagan first spoke those words. So many incredible patriots have paid the ultimate price so that we have the opportunity as Americans to cherish our rights as a free nation - life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is certainly evident in the Town of Bartonville where the community has recently unveiled a memorial wall honor-

ing two brave young men who fought for every single one of us and whose actions allow freedom to prevail. Captain Mark Weber (USAF) and Sergeant Michael Jimenez Medlock (USMC) both served with bravery, honor, integrity and upheld the highest ideals of the United States Armed Forces. These two heroes were exceptional people with an impeccable dedication to service and duty who have been ultimately engrained in the very fabric of our nation. They were embraced by their wonderful familes, well known within their communities, graduated from local high schools and went forth to serve our nation without hesitation. While I regretfully did not have the privilege of meeting Captain Weber or Sergeant Medlock, their families continue to serve as a constant source of light and hope and resiliency. I am most grateful they allowed me to share the stories of their sons in a resolution from the House of Representatives so that the State of Texas will always remember their service. Please stop by Town Hall in Bartonville to see the new memorial and pay tribute to these patriots. The greatest heroes in our society aren’t those who seek notoriety, fortune or fame, instead they are the brave who quietly answer the call to serve every day.  During this Fourth of July holiday, lets come together to express gratitude for the many blessings given to us by our Founding Fathers and the brave soldiers who have sacrificed for our nation. America’s strength and prosperity are proof of the long lasting effects of our country’s founding principles, and we must never take this for granted. I fully believe

American ideals have remained powerful for 243 years because they represent the universal freedom of all mankind. As you take part in the many local celebrations, I hope our paths will cross. Here are just a few local events to celebrate America’s independence while also honoring those who serve and protect our freedom today and for generations to come! Town of Double Oak Parade kicks off their annual hometown parade at 9:30 a.m. with the line-up at Simmons and Oak Trail (North). Parking is provided north and south of Downing Middle School. Stay around for the community picnic starting at 10 a.m. with live music, refreshments and activities at the John B. Wright Memorial Park.  The Town of Flower Mound’s full day of activities begins with the annual Children’s Parade beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Eaton and Timber Creek Road. The Town’s annual Independence Fest features Bret Michaels’ Unbroken World Tour as the headline act and an incredible fireworks finale around 9:50 p.m. Gates open at Bakersfield Park at 5 p.m. with a vintage car show, vendor booths, refreshments, and free activities for children.   The City of Roanoke’s annual Independence Day celebration is Wednesday, July 3rd starting at 6 p.m.  The community invites you to join a memorable night of fun with bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, fantastic fireworks, food, music and more at Roanoke Community Park.   The Town of Trophy Club starts with their annual Patriot 5K and Fun Run at 7:15 a.m. at Byron Nelson High School followed by the Parade of Patriots at 9:30

a.m. Lastly, the Celebration and Fireworks event takes place at Independence Park and features live entertainment, activities for kids, refreshments, and beautiful fireworks around 9:30 p.m. As always, it is an honor to serve you in the Texas House of Representatives, and I always welcome your feedback. Please feel free to contact me at 512.463.0688, email, or follow me on Facebook and Twitter (tparker63). 

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Medical Career Attracts Ranked ninth in his graduating class, Marcus Grad Has Passion Menckhoff, 17, was also a member of for Performing Arts Menckhoff the Spanish Club and said many of his By John English, Contributing Writer

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Connor Menckhoff is the proverbial “chip off the old block.” The Liberty Christian graduate played varsity soccer, was in the band and the spike ball club at LCS. He said when he grows up, he hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps. “I’d like to be an ER physician, like my dad,” Connor said. “I can help friends and family and, hopefully, work in other countries.” It should come as no surprise, then, that Menckhoff was a member of the Pre-Med club at Liberty Christian School and has a real passion for doing international mission work as well. “I like to challenge myself and enjoy the sense of teamwork and community,” Menckhoff said.

experiences at Liberty Christian School have affected him deeply. “Growing close to friends and teachers and-- more important, a mission trip to Panama earlier this year was transformational,” Menckhoff said. Menckhoff said that the most challenging thing he believes he faces in life, is being taken seriously by older generations of people. “I am able to do physically difficult things,” Menckhoff said. “I climbed a mountain in Colorado for the past two days. But I am not always treated with as much respect by adults as I feel like I deserve.” The Lakewood Village teen is traveling to Guatemala this summer to participate in a medical mission trip and said he enjoys wakeboarding, snowboarding and riding ATV’s in his free time. He carries a 4.25 grade point average at Liberty Christian School and is currently planning to attend Trinity University in San Antonio and major in Biomedical Engineering. Menckhoff’s Favorites Favorite Subject: Physics Person who most inspires me: Mr. Hartzler Favorite Food: Zaxby’s Chicken Favorite Movie: Now You See Me Favorite TV Show: The Office Last Book Read: Ivanhoe Favorite Musical Group or Performer: John Mayer

By John English, Contributing Writer

Peyton Mowl Music truly is the language of the soul for Marcus High graduate Peyton Mowl. Mowl, 18, has a passion for the performing arts, including dance and theater that she said has been nourished at MHS. A member of the Marquettes (the Marcus High School drill team) and numerous other organizations, Mowl has participated in the Marcus musicals her sophomore, junior and senior years. “This year, I served as the Dance Captain for ‘The Sound of Music,’ and my assistant dance captain and I are finalists for Best Choreography for the Casa Mañana Betty Buckley Awards,” Mowl said. “I’m also in our school’s all female a capella group, Fusion. I’m a three-year member and had the privilege of singing lead vocals on Cam’s ‘Diane’ during this year’s set.” Last year, Fusion competed in the Varsity Vocal’s International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) and reached the finals. “We got to travel to New York and perform at the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center,” Mowl said. “Fusion took third place in the nation and we were the only all-female group. Also with

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Fusion, I have had the privilege of professionally recording two EPs. It was a great experience.” Mowl’s access to the arts is one of the things she loves the most about attending Marcus High School. “On top of having some really caring teachers and amazing coaches, I have had the opportunity to sing, dance and act,” Mowl said. “I had no idea how much I would enjoy the performing arts. The memories and friendships that I’ve made along the way while participating in choir, drill team, Fusion and theater are very precious to me. These experiences have helped shape me into who I am today and I will carry them as I continue to pursue a career in the arts.” The Flower Mound teen said that outside of school, she is involved with her youth group at Valley Creek Church. She said her faith is very important to her and last year it helped her and her family get through the worst day of their lives. Mowl lost her younger brother, Jacob, last summer, shortly after he received a heart transplant. Jacob was born with a condition called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, or HLHS, which means that only half of his heart was fully formed and functioning properly. “During his lifetime, Jacob had five open-heart surgeries and spent over 600 days in the hospital,” Mowl said. “He lived an incredibly full life in just 15 years. He was my best friend and a true light to everyone he met. My mom likes to say that he never knew a stranger and that could not be more true. I am who I am today because my family chose to come out of that tragedy stronger; and I am more firmly rooted in my faith. I know that’s exactly what Jacob would’ve wanted us to do.” Mowl carries a 3.8 grade point average at Marcus High School and is headed to Lipscomb University in the fall, where she plans to study Music Industry, with a minor in Commercial Music Production. Mowl’s Favorites Favorite Subject: English Person Who Most Inspires You: My brother Jacob Favorite Food: Chicken Nuggets Favorite Movie: Safe Haven Favorite TV Show: Gilmore Girls Book Currently Reading or Last Book Read: Scythe by Neal Shusterman Favorite Musical Group or Performer: Adele

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Flower Mound Family Builds Dreams Together By Mark Miller, Contributing Writer

Friends thought Reginald Rembert, Sr. was crazy, when he took the money from the 401K account he accumulated during 15 years with Texas Instruments and invested it in five-acres of land across from Flower Mound’s Parker Square. When the four lots-- at what was named the Rembert Addition-- turned into three sales and the first custom-built home, they quickly changed their minds. That was more than two-decades ago. Since then, Reginald, Sr. and his wife, Ida, have developed and built custom single family homes for residents in eight other communities in Flower Mound, two in Corinth, two in Lewisville and one in Frisco. After the success of the Rembert Addition, the company’s next residential development was Brittian Estates in Lewisville, which featured 16-lots and the first big 7.500 square-foot custom home. Developments include Diamond Belle Estates, across from Flower Mound High School, plus Flower Mound Woods, near Bridlewood, followed; the latter of which was sold to Toll Brothers. “That’s when we started forming developer relationships,” Reginald, Sr. said. “We saw the custom home building market was starting to thin out, because some of the big-volume builders were moving up on price, so we started focusing more on development, rather than custom homes. Our primary focus was continuing to build developerrelationships with national builders like Toll Brothers, Darling Homes, First Texas Homes and Gehan Homes.”



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homes.’ That’s what prompted us to build the homes in our newest development ourselves.” “I can take some stress off of them,” said Reggie. “And, now that I’m here we can take on a lot more.” Reggie graduated from Flower Mound High School in 2006 and was an All-American cornerback for the Air Force Academy football team. After participating in a rookie minicamp with the Chicago Bears, his military obligations took him away from football, though he served as a graduate assistant A family that builds together: Reggie Jr., Ida, and Reginald Rembert, Sr. at the Academy his first year. When the couple’s only child, Reggie, He then served joined them last year, this created a true three years as an officer at Hanscom Air family-centered business and a dream Force Base, near Boston, then two years come true for the Remberts. at Los Angeles Air Force Base. Reggie’s training and education-- as a After switching from the regular Air 2011 United States Air Force Academy Force, to the reserves as a Captain last graduate with eight years of active duty year, Reggie came home to join the as a program/project manager-- made it family business fulltime. Hopefully, his easy for him to transition to the family presence will allow his parents to dialbusiness, both in residential development back a bit. and custom home building. “I’ve always had a desire to work with “We were pretty satisfied with my Dad and Mom doing what they do,” developing and passing lots off to national he said. “So I came back and I’m loving builders,” Ida said. “We were talking to it.” Reggie, who said, ‘you are leaving too It was a natural fit for Reggie, though-much money on the table. I’m coming rather than working on $1 billion home. I’m going to help, so let’s keep satellites-- he’s working on $700,000 and developing and return to building custom above custom homes and multi-million

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dollar developments with his parents. Rembert’s newest development, Hillside Flower Mound, is located across FM 1171 from Cristina’s on the town’s west side. It is being developed in partnership with 4T8 Investment Group, owned by former Major League Baseball player Torii Hunter and wife Katrina. Hillside Flower Mound features Rembert Custom Builders’ first model home. All homes constructed previously were pre-sold. “Flower Mound is one of the hottest community’s going,” said Reginald, who has lived there since moving from Alabama in 1982. “Of the 27 lots, we’ve sold five and are currently designing architectural plans to start building homes. We hope to be completely done within 30-months.” The Remberts also are currently working on a new Flower Mound community called Tinley Park, named after their first granddaughter (Hope Tinley) and Reggie’s first child with wife, Danita. The couple recently welcomed second daughter, Grace Pearl, in midJune. Reginald, Sr. has been honored as a life director of the Dallas Builders Association and served as president of the organization’s Denton chapter. Rembert Custom Builders also has been listed as D-Home Magazine’s Best Homebuilders in 2011 and 2012 and have received several Star, Vesta and ARC Awards, most recently receiving four out of five ARC Awards in 2018. No matter the honors or success, devotion to building quality homes and developing luxury communities in Flower Mound will always be their first priority. “We love working here and living here,” Reginald said.

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5.01, Art. 5.04 and Art. 5.045. Art. 5.01. Legislative Statement. “(a) Family violence is a serious danger and threat to society and its members. Victims of family violence are entitled to the maximum protection from harm or abuse or the threat of harm or abuse as is permitted by law.” “(b) In any law enforcement, prosecutorial, or judicial response to allegations of family violence, the responding law enforcement or judicial officers shall protect the victim, without regard to the relationship between the alleged offender and victim.” Bottom line officers are going to try to take action to protect the victim of family or dating violence. Art. 5.04. Duties of Peace Officers. “The primary duties of a peace officer who investigates a family violence allegation or who responds to a disturbance call that may involve family violence are to protect any potential victim of family violence, enforce the law of this state, enforce a protective order from another jurisdiction as provided by Chapter 88, Family Code, and make lawful arrests of violators.” Most departments have proactive policies regarding family violence. At the very least officers are obligated to investigate and document allegations of family violence. Oftentimes an arrest will result from the allegation. Law enforcement can also provide information about protective orders, shelters and family counseling. Denton County has a social services tab on their website. “NOTICE TO ADULT VICTIMS OF FAMILY VIOLENCE.” “It is a crime for any person to cause you any physical injury or harm EVEN IF THAT PERSON IS A MEMBER OR FORMER MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY OR HOUSEHOLD.” “Please tell the investigating peace officer: If you, your child, or any other household resident has been injured; or If you feel you are going to be in danger when the officer leaves or later. Your have the right to: ASK the local prosecutor to file a criminal complaint against the person committing family violence (law enforcement will be glad to help you with filing the complaint); and APPLY to a court for an order to protect you (you should consult a legal aid office, a prosecuting attorney, or a private attorney). If a family or household member assaults you and is arrested, you may request that a magistrate’s order for emergency protection be issued.” Simply put protective orders give responding officers the ability to arrest offenders who attempt to commit further acts of violence, threaten, harass, or contact victims at home and often directs them to leave the household and can even establish temporary custody of children and directs the abuse not to interfere with children or property. Living with an abuser is miserable. Law enforcement is on your side. Please take the opportunity to use our resources and change your environment.

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Recent Police Calls 05-24-19 – Fraud – Double Oak – Complainant reported an unknown caller claiming to be a representative for a local power company was demanding payment of a utility bill. The unknown caller had the victim go to multiple “Bitcoin” kiosks and deposit funds exceeding $1,000 dollars. Complainant later realized that they had been the victim of a fraud and reported the offense to law enforcement. 05-26-19 – Assist Agency – Bartonville – Vehicle rollover with two occupants. Assisted with traffic control while the TX Department of Public Safety conducted the investigation. 05-26-19 – Medical Call – Double Oak – Assisted medical staff with distraught person. 05-28-19 – Assault Family Violence – Double Oak – A resident alleged that their spouse assaulted them with a blunt object, destroyed jointly held property and threatened serious bodily injury towards the complainant. Upon completion of a criminal investigation an arrest warrant was obtained and served resulting in a female, 49 years of age, being arrested for causing assault (bodily injury/family violence) and transported to Denton County jail. 05-30-19 – Civil Dispute – Double Oak – Residents disputed credit card charges made by a pool cleaning vendor. Vendor was referred to civil court to resolve differences as to whether services were provided. 06-05-19 – Animal Bite – Double Oak – A resident reported having been bitten in the shoulder by a neighbor’s dog. A report was taken by a Double Oak investigator and referred to animal control. 06-06-19 – Burglar Alarm – Double Oak - At approximately 12:46 p.m. Double Oak Officers responded to an alarm call. At the request of the homeowner a building search was conducted and no criminal activity was detected. 06-07-19 – Criminal Trespass – Double Oak – A resident reported that a neighbor’s contractor trespassed on their yard/property causing damage to sprinkler heads and a concrete driveway. Upon investigation it was determined that the contractor’s workers had used another person’s property to stage their vehicles resulting in damage. The responsible company was contacted and they agreed to repair their mistake. 06-10-19 – Accident – Bartonville – Double Oak Officer assisted with traffic control at the scene of a vehicle vs. pedestrian accident. 06-10-19- Identity Theft/Fraud – Double Oak – See DO POLICE Page B16

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“I believe that the most important quality that someone can have to succeed in a sport is to believe in themselves no matter what anyone else has to say about them,” Mayfield said. An All-State selection his junior year, Mayfield helped lead the Marauders to regional semifinals and regional finals appearances in 2017 and 2018 respectively, with nine wins each season. Mayfield said another factor that he feels led to him to pitch for a Division I baseball powerhouse like the Aggies was to create a clear and precise vision of what he wanted to accomplish in the sport. “My passion for baseball has always been very strong,” Mayfield said. “Ever since I started playing ball when I was four, I’ve wanted to play in the big leagues. I still have passion for the game because I’m not there yet and that is still my goal.” With regard to how he approaches training, Mayfield said that practice makes perfect. “Throughout the year, I throw almost every day besides the day after I pitch,” Mayfield said. “I do lots of long toss and running to help stay in shape and make sure I will be ready for my next start.” The Texas A&M commitment also has some advice on what not to do, which he said is equally if not more important than how to train. “One thing I would encourage is to not throw too much at a young age and make sure to take time off so that you still have juice in the tank when you are older,”


Mayfield said. “Too many people these days overuse their kid’s arms. Just work on your mechanics and always take time off.” In 2019, Mayfield went 6-5 with a 1.85 ERA, but lost three games by a combined total of one earned run, while striking out 130 batters along the way. The 130 strikeout mark established a new school record for Marcus High School. Sherman said Mayfield’s contributions to the Marauders baseball program cannot be overstated and that one of the things he believes helped the most for the former Marcus pitcher was that, throughout his career, Mayfield has always challenged himself. “He’s one of the best pitcher’s to ever come through Marcus High School,” Sherman said. “And from a young age, he always competed on an elite baseball team where he was never the best player or biggest or oldest. Competing like that gave him the confidence he needed as he continued to improve his game to become an elite pitcher.” Mayfield said that was actually more difficult than one might imagine for him. “The most challenging thing that I have had overcome in baseball would definitely have to be always being the small one at a young age,” Mayfield said. “I was never a big kid, and I always had trust in myself that one day I would grow and the velocity would eventually come.” It certainly did come, as he has now moved down to College Station and is about to embark upon a college career that could eventually lead to his ultimate goal of becoming a professional baseball


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On May 28 at 5:54 a.m., a woman reported that her convertible had been stolen. It was later determined that she had forgotten she left it at her husband’s business the night before.

The following is a summary of incident reports from the Argyle Police Department:

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ger in the air, using his lights to pass other vehicles. On June 10 at 8:38 p.m., officers relocated a venomous copperhead snake from inside a coach’s office at Argyle High School. Though the snake was “carefully relocated,” it died during the process. On June 12 at 8:49 a.m., a female citizen reported that her Snapchat account was hacked by an unknown male who is harassing her, trying to use personal photos against her to get her to send more photos.

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The following was compiled from Flower Mound Police Department incident and arrest reports: On May 28, officers responded to the 2500 block of Blue Ridge Trail regarding a domestic disturbance. The investigation found than an 18-year-old woman displayed a knife during an argument with a family member. No injuries were reported. The woman was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. On May 29, officers responded to Market Street on FM 2499 regarding a reported theft. The suspects had left the location, but were later located by police. After an investigation, multiple suspects were arrested on several different drug charges and arrest warrants. Theft charges were ultimately not pursued because Market Street could not determine which person stole the items. On June 17 at 6:12 a.m., the Flower Mound Police Department responded to a call about a hostage situation in a home in the 3900 block of Willow Run Drive. Patrol officers and the FMPD SWAT team responded, blocked off roadways and asked residents to stay in their homes until the

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On June 18 at 6:46 p.m., a driver reported that a tractor-trailer was driving through Argyle on I-35W, trying to run other vehicles off the road. On June 18 at 9:45 p.m., a red sedan was seen suspiciously driving around neighborhoods and checking out vehicles. On June 19 at 8:52 a.m., Cross Timbers Community Church reported that someone dumped lots of empty boxes in and around their dumpster overnight. The officer wrote later that the responsible party is going to do community service for the church “to help make up for the mess they made.” situation was resolved. Police soon determined that no one was inside the residence. Police began investigating it as a “Swatting” call, a false report of a serious emergency at someone else’s house so that the caller can watch the emergency response. On June 19 about 5 a.m., police responded to a reported armed robbery at the 7-Eleven convenience store at 2101 Long Prairie Road. Three black male suspects wearing clothing to cover their faces had assaulted the clerk with a pistol and stole money from the cash registers. Police were unable to locate the suspects. Earlier that night, similar robberies were reported in Lewisville and Richardson. Police received a call on June 20 about 5 p.m. of a residential burglary in progress in the 2900 block of Windsor Drive. When officers arrived on scene, they saw two suspects get into a vehicle and quickly leave the area. FMPD quickly located the vehicle, shortly before it crashed at the intersection at Windsor Drive and Long Prairie Road. The passenger in the vehicle, 17-yearold Ryan Rosales, was immediately  taken into custody. The driver, 18-year-old Nikolai Hannemann of Highland Village, led officers on a foot chase before being taken into custody in a nearby field. Hannemann and Rosales were charged with burglary of habitation and evading arrest, and were taken to a local hospital for minor injuries from the crash. The driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident was not injured.

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Lantana Crime Watch By Tracy Murphree, Denton County Sheriff

Lantana had 127 calls for service for the month of June. The Deputies responded to 27 alarm calls, 21 traffic related calls and 42 self-initiated calls for service. The Justice Management Division is a newly created division within the Denton County Sheriff’s Office that will come into effect this summer. The new division will be commanded by Captain Doug Lee and will be composed of three units including Protective Detail, Bailiffs and Crisis Intervention Unit. Protective Detail – These deputies will replace the current security guards at county buildings throughout the county. Protective Detail Deputies will be in charge of the safety and security of county employees as well as the public using these facilities. Sheriff Murphree and the Commissioners Court understand the threats to the public in government facilities and believe having trained police officers with specific training in place will make these county facilities more safe and secure. Bailiffs – The Bailiffs are deputies responsible for the safety and security of the judges and courtroom. The Bailiffs work hand-inhand with the judges during court proceedings and will coordinate with the protective detail to ensure the safety of the judge as well as the general public.


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Constable’s Corner

By Constable Tim Burch, Denton County, Precinct 4


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Precinct 4, and has truly been a dream come true which has enabled me to serve with love, care, compassion, desire, and relentless resolve throughout the precinct and Denton County. 2019 marks a personal celebration for me of 15 years with Denton County, and the majority of that time serving as the chief of staff and your Elected Constable of Precinct 4. Since my last update, there have been numerous occasions held throughout the Precinct, and I want to congratulate those that were successful in our recent elections, and encourage those that were not, to never give up on a dream, because then it will only become a mere thought. Denton County is one of the fastest growing counties in the U.S., and with the influx of new residents from states that may not have Constables, I will briefly let you know a little about my department responsibilities and other involved activities. Through the Texas Constitution, legislation mandates Constables to serve civil process, execute felonies and misdemeanor warrants, and bailiff Justice of the Peace courts. My deputies perform their duties from early morning to late evening hours, to maintain efficiency and to allow the office time to assist local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies as needed. It allows a time for providing assistance within our local municipalities, to assist our veterans of foreign wars, provide aid to senior citizens, disadvantaged families, victims of assault family violence, child abuse and neglect, school districts, and our homeless population just to name a few. Although traditionally most Constables offices are available during normal busi-

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ness hours, I have always strived to make an exception to my department’s access and operations during people hours versus office hours. Providing this service has affectionately tabbed me as the ‘Constable amongst the people.’ A Constable’s office is its own law enforcement agency and through the generosity of the tax paying citizens of Denton County, thus enables us to maintain an effective level of staffing to perform the tasks. It is through the dedicated efforts of my staff or should I say, our family at Precinct 4, that we are successful in serving the people. I will always with no exceptions operate my office under the rule of law, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and due process. If there are ever any concerns or questions feel free to contact us at the below listed contact information, as that provides residents in Denton County a direct line to law enforcement. Last but not least, I want to send a personal thank you to the amazing staff at The Cross Timbers Gazette for keeping the readers of our community well-informed and connected. My motto has always been: Legislatively mandated, spiritually motivated. Thank you and God Bless. You can contact Constable Burch directly if you need assistance or have feedback you would like to share. His office is located at: Denton County Southwest Courthouse, 6200 Canyon Falls, Flower Mound, 76226. Email: timothy.burch@ Phone: 972-4343980. Cell: 817-999-8124.You can also visit his political website: www.timburch. com or email

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“Our daily lives are most meaningfully affected by what goes on in local government and that’s the easiest place for everyone to be part of the action,” said Stone. He definitely qualifies as an energetic and enthusiastic town cheerleader, even if he doesn’t speak with a Texas twang. If you listen to him, then guess somewhere in New York, you’re right. Glen Cove, Long Island is where he was born and grew up. He learned the meaning of active citizenship from his father who, for many years, owned a Long Island, New York, weekly newspaper called The Spotlight. “By the time I was eight, he had me deliver papers” he said. “Dad also gave me a shoeshine kit to use when I hung out at city hall. Most of the people there polished their own shoes, but in the late 1950s, I was a quaint reminder of changing times.” By the age of 16, Stone discovered he was a gifted number cruncher. As luck would have it, he bumped into a copy of the proposed city budget. Intrigued, he noticed an arithmetic error and decided to point it out at the upcoming public hearing. “That was my personal introduction to citizen input for local governance,” and he says it was a thrill to be taken seriously by grownups in positions of power. American’s cultural landscape changed a lot during Stone’s teen years-- the 1960s decade. “I waged war to be on my high school’s Student Council and I made a good faith effort to look like a with-it rock’n’roller,” Stone remembers. Woodstock might be THE iconic youth event of the 1960s, but do you know


anybody who actually attended the one and only mud and music fest? Paul Stone was there in person: “I can’t remember much about it,” he said with a wry laugh. Then, to demonstrate life’s about-face possibilities, in 1972 he accompanied Dad Stone to the Republican National Convention that re-nominated Richard Nixon in Miami, Florida. “My Dad was a consultant to the RNC that year,” he said. “At the convention, I actually met Gerald Ford and Bob Dole in person,” he said. However, the most important person Stone met in Miami was a speechwriter, who later helped him land a temporary job running the Press Room at the new Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. “I actually worked for Bill Simon the Energy Czar,” he said. “I was 23 at the time I got the job, and my father had just enquired about when I planned to leave home. The truth is, I’d been wondering the same thing.” He left New York for the new job in the nation’s capital with high expectations-and big plans for a triumphant return to Long Island to impress the folks by being elected Mayor of Glen Cove, his hometown. Instead, he proved the saying that life is what happens while you’re making other plans. He passed the Civil Service Exam and started a 33-year career as a Federal employee. Meanwhile, his father had relocated to North Texas and eventually opened an office supply company in Addison. “This was back before the big-box office supply stores,” said Stone. He joined the family venture and lived in Dallas’ northern suburbs. After the company was sold, he went


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should be ethical and accessible, as opposed to self-serving; and, should be a guardian of transparent local government. “To make things happen ideally, the Mayor leads, presides and empowers,” he said. “And, citizens are willing to participate. These are the basics of local government.” Stone walked the walk; he was not an attack-dog politician. “I am opposed to negative campaigning,” he said. “My opponent was a good man.” Eventually, another person entered the race; and, after the ballots were counted, he came in third. He was satisfied. He had helped make local government work. Besides being a Flower Mound Rotary Citizen of the Year, in 2011 he won the Society of American Military Engineers’ Small Business Advocate Award for his work steering pieces of large U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects to capable, local, small enterprises. Three years ago, he received a Summit Service Recognition Award for his work as a Liaison Officer with the DFW Small Business Council. “For years, my personal hero was comedian Jerry Lewis,” confided Stone. “Not only was he hysterically funny, the man was generous.” Currently, he is an active follower of Trophy Club resident Chris Bailey, father of the “Everybody Love Everybody” movement. “That’s the solution to all the world’s problem, don’t you think?” He’s serious and, to that end, has a large red-whiteand-blue “Everybody Love Everybody” magnetic poster on the tailgate of his truck. If you see him in traffic, honk! Contact the writer at

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06-13-19 – False Report/Alarm – Double Oak – Unknown suspect contacted a crisis center resulting in an emergency services response to a Double Oak address. All persons at the Double Oak address were in good health. An investigation into the incident, commonly referred to as “swatting,” is ongoing.


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06-14-19 – Terroristic Threat – Double Oak – Unknown person threatened serious bodily injury to the complainant.

06-18-19 – Accident/Motorist Assist – Double Oak – At approximately 10:35 p.m. a Double Oak Officer responded to a one-vehicle accident where a motorist drove off the road and became stuck in a ditch. Officer stayed on scene until a wrecker could recover the motorist’s vehicle.

06-17-19 – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Double Oak – During the conduct of a traffic stop

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responded to Cross Roads Church in response to a black Ford Pickup truck intentionally driving through soccer fields and causing damage. If you have any information regarding this offense please contact DOPD at 972-355-5995. 06-19-19 – Arrest – Double Oak – At approximately 5:47 p.m. a Double Oak Officer conducted a traffic stop and determined that the motorist was wanted for felony evading arrest (in a vehicle) and theft >$750 dollars and < $2,500 dollars. A female, 69 years of age, was taken into custody and transported to Denton County Jail.

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Pack a plan for students heading to college By Jennifer Balmos

With college just around the corner, many students are focused on roommate assignments, picking out essentials for their dorm room or hunting for their first apartment. Arguably, in the excitement of preparation, many families overlook one of the most critical pieces of the plan – which is the answer to the question: what if something happens to my child while he or she is away at school? Even though a college or graduate student will forever be someone’s child, in the eyes of the law in Texas, he or she is now an adult. And adulthood means it’s time to plan ahead to protect both student and family. A common misconception about estate planning is that it only serves to protect property. Instead, comprehensive planning goes beyond mere asset protection and also protects people. People are best protected when they can choose who will make decisions for them if they are unable to do so themselves. People are also protected when they have a back-up plan for legal or financial decisions in the event of an emergency. Finally, after making these decisions, people are protected when they talk to their loved ones about their wishes. If a college student experiences a health emergency and does not have a plan in place, a number of things will happen. First, the person giving consent for non-emergent treatment will be determined by Texas statute. The only way for the student to choose his or her decisionmaker is to execute a valid Medical


Power of Attorney. Texas, unfortunately, is one of five states that does not recognize a simple form such as Five Wishes. Instead, Medical Powers of Attorney in this state must comply with a number of statutory requirements. Second, without a plan in place, the student’s health information will remain confidential – even to his or her parents. This translates into parents calling a hospital, and not being able to receive information over the phone about their child’s status. That’s scary to think about, but it’s also completely avoidable. Additionally, in most circumstances, parents can no longer swoop in and take over their student’s legal or financial decisions. Because the student is an adult, his financial information is protected, even against a parent who seeks to help. Think about a student studying abroad, who needs to sign a lease, and pay first and last month’s rent for next semester’s apartment. With a Durable Power of Attorney, his agent can assist with both. It is important to note that documents such as Powers of Attorneys and Directives to Physicians are governed by state law, and vary from state to state. Some states will recognize properly-drafted documents from other jurisdictions, but such recognition is not guaranteed. Comprehensive planning may start sooner than you think. Consider using these last few weeks of summer to help your college-aged student put a plan in place. More information about Jennifer’s practice may be found at www.balmoslaw. com. This content is intended to be educational in nature only, and does not constitute legal advice for a specific situation. Sponsored content


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New Businesses in Flower Mound One Stop Nutrition 3501 Long Prairie Road, Suite 106 Offers nutritional shakes, vitamins and herbs, supplements and espressos.

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Morning Edition Cafe 308 Parker Square Breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant. New Businesses in Highland Village Lambeau’s America Kitchen and Taps opened June 18 in Patrizio’s old spot in The Shops at Highland Village. Lambeau’s is the third original concept eatery by local restaurateur Jim Verfuth, who owns Shoal Creek Tavern in The Shops and Verf’s Grill and Tavern in Flower Mound. Lambeau’s is “inspired by the American heritage, ethics and hard work that helped build our country,” and has a melting pot of ethnic dishes from host NFL team cities around the country. It’s “a celebration of America and those who worked hard to make this the greatest nation on earth, with food that has been influenced by so many cultures that now are living the American dream,” Verfuth said. Menu items include chili cheese dogs

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from Michigan, Tennessee hot fried chicken, Arizona chimichangas, salmon from Washington, Asian salads from California, and chicken fried steak to represent Texas. Also new to The Shops at Highland Village is The Brass Tap, a full-service craft beer bar, restaurant and entertainment venue, which opened May 27. A Tiff’s Treats bakery that offers warm cookie delivery will hold a grand opening event on July 6 in space right next to Lambeau’s. Academy Mortgage, one of the country’s largest independent mortgage lenders, opened its new second floor office space on May 29. Teaholic Teahouse and Restaurant opened in early June at 2940 Justin Road in Highland Village, bringing an Asian fusion restaurant and teahouse from California to southern Denton County. The new eatery offers a variety of boba teas, milk teas, smoothies, coffees and other drinks, and it also has plenty of Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese meals on the menu, such as pho, Pad Thai, Kung Pao Chicken and more. Let Us Serve You! Please call 972-539-0500 or visit us at to learn more about your chamber!

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added, plus hours have been expanded, including: Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays until 6 p.m. The store offers Lantana residents a 15-percent discount on accessories; military and first responders receive

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25-percent off rate plans. Visit AT&T Bartonville at 3012 FM 407 E, Suite 100, Bartonville, TX 76226 or call 940-241-1515.

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AT&T Bartonville’s Karlo Huerta, Brianna Polk and Lane Scheile take pride in customer service. (Photo by Helen’s Photography)

Step into the AT&T store in the Lantana Town Center today and you immediately notice something different. Although it has been open since 2016, under new management, there’s an energetic vibe coming from manager Lane Scheile; and, sales specialists Karlo Huerta and Brianna Polk. Most likely it’s because Scheile and Huerta are only 24-years-old, while Polk is just 21. Scheile took over in late April and Huerta-- who is fluent in Spanish-- came on-board in May, while Polk has helped customers since the doors opened. People may be familiar with Scheile, since he previously worked in Flower Mound and his parents live in Argyle. He and his team do their best to educate and help customers with the entire suite

of AT&T products, including: cellular phones; AT&T Internet and U-Verse and DIRECTV; pre-paid services; and, accessories. They can also set up phones and transfer contacts. They also have live models of the devices on-site, so customers can touch it, feel it and have it in their hands. “It’s easy to talk to people and I pride myself on having the best customer service,” Scheile said. “I try to bring a competitive attitude. “Everyone is here to enjoy their job, make it playful and fun. As long as everybody is happy at the end of the day and people leave the store happy, I’m a happy guy.” Since new management took over, more in-store inventory has been


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DFW Oral Surgeons Restores Smiles

Dr. John Shillingburg of Flower Mound treats patients like family at DFW Oral Surgeons.

John Shillingburg is proud to be a native Texan. After graduating from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science and from the University of Texas Dental School in San Antonio with a doctorate degree in dental science, Dr. Shillingburg completed a general dentistry residency at Fort Carson in Colorado. He earned his advanced degree in oral surgery from Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, then received certification from, and is a diplomate of, the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 2007. He is trained and credentialed in dentoalveolar surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, dental implant surgery, orthognathic surgery, facial reconstructive oral surgery, and dental anesthesiology. Dr. Shillingburg also holds membership with the American Dental Association and is a Diplomate of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Additionally, he has been nominated by his peers for several awards including ‘Texas Super Dentist’ See SHILLINGBURG Page C5

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Pelvic Health Center Making Lives Better

Medical Director Marie-Blanche Tchetgen, MD (center) and her team focus on restoring quality of life to patients with pelvic floor disorders. (Photo by Helen’s Photography)

Before last year, people needing surgery or other treatments related to the pelvic floor in Flower Mound or the surrounding areas had to travel to Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano or Arlington.

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Preserve Your Hearing and Improve Your Quality of Life “Sitting alone-- drinking coffee, watching the birds fly from branch to branch in the backyard tree-- I was struck by all the things, both big and small, that I have to be thankful for. Certainly, my faith and, of course, my family and friends. There are also the people in our lives who aren’t in our inner circle, but have also blessed our lives. People we see and greet everyday who make our lives a little easier, a little better, more fulfilling. I’d like to share one example. It starts with my husband and his courage to confront me finally with my hearing loss. I knew it was getting worse, bur didn’t want to admit it. One, it would drive home the fact that I was getting old; and, two, the cost of doing something was too scary on a fixed income. So, I was ignoring the pain it caused me to miss out on so much life around me. Family gatherings: couldn’t hear half of what was said; restaurants with friends, most of the conversation was lost; same in church. I began just to nod my head to pretend I could hear. But, looking back, people thought I was either being rude or didn’t care what they were saying. I realized after talking with my husband that my friends and family were, at times, frustrated and even angry with me. Well, why was I doing this to myself and others when there was a solution? I made the decision to get a hearing check at Family Hearing Practice. Believe me when I say the difference since getting my hearing aids from them is wonderful. It’s opened the world again to people and conversation and the enjoyment of music that I’ve missed. Family Hearing Practice gave that all back to me in a very kind, gentle and helpful way that enabled me to afford the help I needed. I’m grateful for them and blessed” – Kathryn P. Living with hearing loss can be difficult. Finding the right care for your hearing loss can be even more challenging. Less than 25-percent of those who need hearing aids have them; robbing them of meaningful social interactions they once took for granted and adversely affecting their quality of life. Family Hearing Practice, led by Dr. Allison Liberio, values providing the best hearing healthcare possible. With proper care, better hearing can improve relationships, restore enjoyment of favorite activities and bring feelings of belonging and human connection back to those who feel isolated. Helping patients achieve these results is why Family Hearing Practice is so committed to caring for each patient like the individuals they are. Many options are available for the treatment of hearing loss and the best place to have your unique needs addressed is at Family Hearing Practice. Over the past four years, Family Hearing Practice has served the Flower

Dr. Allison Liberio and Sherri-Lynn Wiedermann are highly recommended for their knowledge and understanding of the difficulties encountered with hearing loss and the use of hearing aids.

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Mound community by providing highend products and exceptional service. Last year, they added another audiologist to their staff. Sherri-Lynn Wiedermann received her Master’s Degree in Audiology from the University of Texas at Dallas’ Callier Center for Communication Disorders. She brings more than 25 years of hearing healthcare experience to her patients. Her extensive knowledge of audiology and hearing technologies, combined with her similar values regarding customer care, are valuable additions to both Family Hearing Practice and the Flower Mound community. “My desire is to treat each of my patients the way I would want my family members to be treated,” said Mrs. Wiedermann. “Hearing loss can be hard to accept and cope with, but I want to make that process as easy as possible for my patients and their families.” Because of its popularity, Family Hearing Practice has relocated to a larger facility across the street from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound. “Our new space allows us to grow by seeing more patients without compromising our dedication to customer service,” said Dr. Liberio. “By adding rooms and staff, we can get patients in quicker-with shorter wait times-- and ensure they have enough time blocked to have all their questions answered.” Dr. Liberio and Mrs. Wiedermann come highly recommended by their patients for their knowledge and understanding of the difficulties encountered with hearing loss and the use of hearing aids. Here are what some of their current patients are saying: “My first experience with Family Hearing was this week and I can’t say enough good things about them. Dr. Liberio was very thorough, professional and caring. She made my 86-year-old dad feel very special and that she genuinely cared about improving his life.” - Jim “Ms. Wiedermann was extremely helpful, explanatory, patient and you can tell she loves what she does. She truly cares about her patients. I’d recommend her to anyone.” - Katie “This office is absolutely committed to their patients. Dr. Liberio is one of the best doctors I have had the pleasure of

seeing for my hearing problems. Due to her care and suggestions, she has made it much more comfortable for me to get used to wearing hearing aids. The office staff are very pleasant and accommodating.” - Allan “I was reluctant on getting hearing aids, only because there are so many out there that don’t work right. At Family Hearing Practice, I was taught all the different types of hearing aids, the advantages and disadvantages and was explained that with my hearing which models would be the best for me. I felt very comfortable on making this large purchase. It’s been over a year now and I still am extremely satisfied with Dr. Liberio and my hearing aids.” – Marty

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To ensure the best treatment for their patients, Dr. Liberio and Mrs. Wiedermann work with patients’ primary care physicians and ENT surgeons in the Flower Mound/Denton area to coordinate hearing loss treatment. This kind of deliberate collaboration assures their patients are receiving a well-rounded team approach to their hearing challenges. “Our patients receive the best hearing healthcare possible, because we provide them with a comprehensive approach that may include collaboration from their other medical providers,” said Dr. Liberio. Family Hearing Practice is committed to assisting community members with hearing problems. It has joined the Think-Pink initiative sponsored by Oticon. Proceeds from the event were distributed to the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Hear for the Holidays is another community event when a deserving member of the community is gifted with a pair of high-end hearing aids. Dr. Liberio urges those with hearing problems to discard any fears or shame they may feel about them. She said: “No matter what your hearing difficulty may be, my staff and I will work with you to solve the problem and set you on the road to a new and more fulfilling life.” Family Hearing Practice is located at 4491 Long Prairie Rd. Ste. 400, Flower Mound. Call them at 817-997-4084 or visit www.flowermoundfamilyhearing. com.

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and ‘D Magazine Best Dentist.’ “It’s a blessing to help restore someone’s oral health,” said Shillingburg. DFW Oral Surgeons in Flower Mound has a variety of dental implant-supported options that can increase people’s quality of a life; from giving back the ability to eat and speak normally to giving back the confidence needed to smile again. Here’s what some of DFW Oral Surgeons’ patients have to say: My wife’s dentist Dr. Terry Test recommended we contract Dr. John Shillingburg at DFW Oral Surgeons in regards to possible implants for my 86 year old Mom’s bottom jaw. From the first visit through the surgery, the TEAM at DFW Oral Surgeons has been awesome! - S.L. Dr. Shillingburg made my wisdom teeth extraction very comfortable and not intimidating. His office staff is all so friendly and the girls at the desk are more than willing to answer any extra questions you have and work out payment plans for services. - A.R. DFW Oral Surgeons is a top-notch business offering the highest level of professionalism coupled with complete bedside manner. It is the BEST! - C.S. If you have a problem or just want dental implants I would highly recommend DFW Oral Surgeons and Dr. Shillingburg. He is also one of the friendliest surgeons I have



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ever met and his manner definitely puts you at ease, especially when facing several difficult procedures. - C.W. I wish I could give Dr. Shillingburg more than 5 stars! This guy is the greatest, and I’m so happy to have been his patient. Without hesitation, I would see him again if needed and recommend him to my friends and family. Additionally, his office staff members are very professional and helpful. The whole place is first class. - T.S. Dr. Shillingburg is the Director of the DFW Study Club, an affiliate chapter of the Seattle Study Club. Established in 2013 by Dr. Shillingburg, its goal was to create a peer-based continuing education group for dentists and specialists in the community. “As dentistry continues to evolve, it is critical to provide a forum where members meet on a monthly basis and discuss a variety of topics such as interdisciplinary treatment planning, case studies and practice management,” said Shillingburg. In January of 2015 at the annual Study Club’s Symposium, Dr. Shillingburg and the DFW Study Club received ‘Rookie Club of the Year’ award. Dr. John and his wife, Carrie, live in Flower Mound and have four children: twins, Caleb and Jacob; son, Joseph; and daughter, Karis. The family enjoys church activities, spending time outdoors, and water sports. DFW Oral Surgeons is located at 4421 Long Prairie Rd #100 in Flower Mound. For more information on DFW Oral Surgeons, call 972-539-1491 or visit:













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Mound community are able to obtain these services close to home. The center is now ready to complete its first year under Medical Director Marie-Blanche Tchetgen, MD, who was recruited from USMD where she started a similar program several years ago. “The hospital had a mission to bring this kind of care to the area,” she said. “We have a great team of caregivers and I’m glad to have a chance to spearhead the effort.” Tchetgen is the quarterback of a multi-disciplinary team of specialists in urology; female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery; gynecology; colorectal health and physical medicine; and, rehabilitation. This teamapproach facilitates the comprehensive management of disorders affecting pelvic function. “The Center brings all those doctors under the same umbrella, allowing us to address all aspects of disorders of the pelvic floor in a coordinated effort,” Tchetgen said. Less than a decade in existence, the subspecialty is a relatively new formalized niche in the medicine world. It operates at the intersection between urology and gynecology to address dysfunctions of bladder control and pelvic organ support, that primarily affect women who are menopausal or past their child-bearing years. Tchetgen said most men and women above age 65 will experience some



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bladder control issues. Despite its emphasis on caring for women with issues of pelvic support related to childbirth, the services offered by the center may also benefit men with bladder control issues. “It’s a sub-specialty that’s always been around, but about six-years-ago, a subspecialty certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) was established to promote this field; enhance its quality and facilitate the access of this type of care to patients,” Tchetgen said. “The whole idea is to focus specifically on disorders of pelvic function and pelvic anatomy in men and women.” Patients come to the Center with any number of problems including urinary or fecal incontinence, bladder or vaginal prolapse, difficult urination and pelvic pain. Remedies include non-invasive, minimally-invasive and traditional inhospital surgeries, in-office procedures plus physical therapy. The robotic, minimally-invasive surgeries-- that take the laparoscopic approach-- often reduce the time patients spend in the hospital and speeds up the time it takes to recover from the procedure. “The most challenging aspect of treating conditions of the pelvic floor is that people have difficulty discussing the related symptoms with their providers,” Tchetgen said. “These are not easy topics. By creating the Center, we hope to demonstrate to the community that these are very common disorders that are experienced by many; and, certainly nothing about which a person should feel ashamed or embarrassed.

“While most of these conditions are not life-threatening, they can have a significant negative impact on a person’s day-to-day activities and enjoyment of life. It’s very rewarding to be able to restore some quality of life. We try to offer solutions in a very compassionate environment, very matter-of-fact and, in many ways, make it easier for patients.” Tchetgen said the Center allows patients with multiple, yet related, issues to be treated in one setting. “For example, a patient may come to the Center with bladder issues and I might notice the uterus is prolapsed,” she said. “To fix that, we must address the anatomical issue of the prolapse and then I would get a hold of a gynecologist and say, ‘hey I have a patient whose uterus is pretty much out of her body, but it’s obstructing her bladder,’ causing her to have difficulty voiding so we need to address that. “In this situation we would typically recommend a hysterectomy and correct other issues at the same time. We do a lot of combined surgeries.” Surgeries address reconstructive, incontinence and bladder control issues, including trans-vaginal repairs of vaginal prolapse, fistulas and diverticulum. If a hysterectomy is required, a gynecologist would perform it. In-office procedures include Botox injections to relax the bladder muscles and/or bulking injections to help block leakage. Though surgeries can put things back where they belong, patients still need to work on regaining full function through specialized physical therapy. Tchetgen

equates it to the same restoring of muscle and joint function for people who have their hips replaced. Those with pelvic pain caused by muscle dysfunction can likely be helped through therapy and without surgery, including guided Kegel exercises to strengthen their pelvic floors. Tchetgen said the advantage of having such a center in a hospital-setting is having the often expensive diagnostic equipment at their fingertips. It also allows the team to conduct urodynamic lab studies, which allows the physician to characterize pelvic floor issues better. After just a year on the job, Tchetgen and her team already are seeing a big increase of people taking advantage of the center’s services. “There’s a great need and it’s been a matter of letting referring doctors know we are here; and, it has picked up pretty quickly,” she said. “We’re already running at 75-to 80-percent of capacity as we come to our first anniversary. It’s been exciting to bring these services to Flower Mound, where our patients can be treated close to home.” To schedule an appointment, call 469322-7096. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound is a joint venture owned by Texas Health Resources and physicians dedicated to the community and meets the definition under federal law of a physician-owned hospital. Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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Boost Your Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SelfEsteem and Confidence One of NextGen Counselingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest counselors will co-host a SelfEsteem Intensive in August to help local kids prepare for Alyssa Evans the school year. Alyssa Evans brings a wealth of experience to the Flower Mound counseling center, with a specialization in therapeutic art.


She applies a variety of therapeutic techniques and art processes to best fit the needs of her clients. She has worked with a wide range of clients, including those struggling with addiction, grief, self-harm, behavioral issues, anxiety, self-esteem and new family dynamics. The Self-Esteem Intensive will focus on team-building, self-worth, confidence-building, body image and more, and is meant for students between the ages of 12 and 16. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 3 at the NextGen office, 4325 Windsor Centre Trail, Suite 200, in Flower Mound.


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The Aug. 3 Intensive is a launching point for monthly group counseling for two hours on Saturdays throughout the school year with a continued emphasis on self-esteem. Evans earned her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University before earning a Master of Education in Counseling from Texas Christian University. She has worked with clients of all different backgrounds in private practice, nonprofit, addiction rehabs and hospitals. For more information, call 940-228-2127 or visit

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What You Can Learn from Aretha Franklin’s Estate Planning Disaster By Adam Burrows

Legendary singer Aretha Franklin, who died in August 2018 from pancreatic cancer at age 76, had no official will or trust at the time of her passing. Like Prince and many other late music superstars, Franklin sang her heart out but unfortunately failed to protect her fortune and estate to pass them safely on to her heirs. It has been reported that three handwritten wills were found at her estate, but by neglecting to draw up an official last will and testament, it could cost her heirs a severe amount of time and money in legal fees. Despite the family having these handwritten wills, the court can rule against Franklin’s wishes and bring about tremendous stress. So, what can we take away from Aretha Franklin’s estate planning fiasco? Well, first and foremost, it’s time to formalize a will. It’s essential to decide how your estate will be distributed. If you die without a will, there is no guarantee that your desires will be carried out the way you see fit. Having a will allows you to decide which person or people you would like to raise your children or receive your assets, or better yet, determine who you don’t want to have your children, money and/or property. Of course, estate laws vary by location, so you will need to make sure the decisions you make in your will reflect



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the vines of “indeterminate” tomatoes can hog a 10-foot space. Stake up or cage your bush tomatoes, so they do not topple under their own weight. Southern Denton County gardeners rave about Roma and Celebrity tomatoes, but other popular “determinate” varieties include Rutgers and Marglobe. One rule-of-thumb says bush tomato fruits ripen en masse over a two-week period, then the plant dies. My North Texas experience whispers, if “determinate” plants are in flower by April 15-- and they get regular food and water (as opposed to this season’s epic rain storm deluges)-- they produce all summer and into the autumn. Bush tomatoes also do fine in patio containers. Mix slow-release fertilizer into the potting medium when you plant. Temptation strikes when we see tomato plants with muscle-bound names like Beef Master or Big Boy. Whose head doesn’t turn at the sight of Early Girls? Do you crave cute cherry tomatoes? Do heirlooms catch your eye, then crook their pretty finger to come hither? These are all vine types, so if you are not inclined

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June Weather Not Short on Drama By Meteorologist Brad Barton

“We can probably expect severe weather episodes to continue deep into June.” Since people remember forecast “misses” rather than “hits,” I couldn’t resist quoting myself from last month’s climate summary in the The Cross Timbers Gazette. Unfortunately, I was right, which was no great accomplishment, because I bet on a “persistence” forecast in the absence of any other significant signals. In the record book, June looks pretty boring. Our average high was 89; our average low 68, giving us a day-night average monthly temperature of 78.5 which was a fraction of a degree cooler than normal. Our warmest temperatures of 96 and 97 were recorded on the 19th and 20th. Our coolest morning was on the 13th when we reached a low of 58. Rainfall, measured at Denton Enterprise Airport, was actually an inch below normal at 2.5 inches (through June 23). Rainfall of .60” was recorded on June 1st, half an inch fell on the 9th, 1.07” fell on the 16th, .07” fell on the 19th and another .21” was recorded on June 23rd. Our running total of 2019 stands at 19.67, still well ahead of normal


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UT & AB UT Foodie Friday: The Brass Tap in Highland Village

of coleslaw. Other menu items include nachos, wings, pretzels, flatbreads, salads, burgers and tacos. In addition to being a craft beer bar, The Brass Tap also offers wine and handcrafted cocktails, including their Tiki Man perfect for summer and made with Bacardi, coconut rum, fruit juices, and a house made brown sugar and pineapple syrup. And they also offer Happy Hours, Pint Nights on Wednesdays, and a discount for military and first responders every Monday. If you’ve driven by any night the last couple of weeks, you’ll have seen this is the new place to be! Enjoy a drink out on their beautiful patio, bring a bunch of friends for pint night, or just stop in for lunch. We love what Dale, Anna and their team are doing here! The Brass Tap is open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight (1 a.m. on Saturdays) and is located at 4151 Waller Creek; Suite 130, Highland Village. Visit www. or call 972-317-3227.

By Jay Marks

At this point, there’s just about every kind of restaurant you could need located in The Shops at Highland Village, including one of the newest - The Brass Tap - a craft beer bar and restaurant that’s home to 60 beers on tap and an additional 80 beers. Yes, that’s nearly 150 beers available at all times! The Highland Village location opened right around Memorial Day and is owned by Lantana residents Dale and Anna Volley. After spending several years working in the oil and gas industry, Dale decided to fulfill his lifelong dream of opening and owning a restaurant and pursued an opportunity with The Brass Tap franchise. All of their food is meant to pair perfectly with their beers, but even if you’re not a drinker like I am, you’ll still love the food! You must try their best-selling Boom Boom Shrimp, beer-battered and tossed in their Boom Boom sauce; as well as their Fish ‘n Chips made with beer-battered cod and served with fries and a side

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UT & AB UT You Gotta Chalk the Walk! By Krissi Oden

On Saturday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Flower Mound will have its inaugural chalk art contest at Heritage Park. This is a free event; however, registration is recommended. The first 75 to register will receive their own set of chalk. The remaining participants will also receive chalk, but only while supplies last. The registration link will be located on the CAC website ( in July. Although this is a first for our area, this type of competition occurs all over the world, and the amazing art that comes from these events is a must-see. Creating art with chalk has likely been a part of many of our childhoods. It is sold in dollar stores everywhere and is a favorite among young artists looking to add some color to the nearest sidewalk or wall. The use of this medium, however, dates back through the centuries and was the favorite choice of many famous artists such as Edward Degas, Leonardo DaVinci, and Mary Cassatt. It was particularly famous during the era of Impressionism which was prominent during the late 19th

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century. Chalk’s ability to create an array of tones, light effects, and large ranges of easily blended color quickly was attractive to those artists desiring to recreate an exact moment in time. Though many mediums come and go in popularity, chalk has retained its stature in the art world, and is utilized by artists of all types – from those who create pieces that hang in museums and galleries to those who create their favorite shapes on the sidewalk as they soak up some summer sun. Celebrations featuring chalk art originated in Italy around the 16th century and are still a favorite among artists and festival goers alike. The early chalk art-


ists became known as “madonnari” or “street painters” in Italy, and artists today are still carrying on the tradition of turning everyday asphalt into a colorful playground of visual wonder. In some areas, these festivals span multiple days and attract thousands of artists and spectators, whereas in other areas they might last for only an afternoon. No matter the length, however, this familiar

form of creativity is enjoyed by all ages. For this reason, this seems like the ideal way to entice local Flower Moundians to come out and enjoy some art making, art gazing, and perhaps a snow cone or two to top it off. All ages and all levels are encouraged to come and enjoy creating art with one another. The only expectation is that everyone has a good time and allows their creativity to lead the way. This will be a come and go event beginning at 9 a.m. with the judging of the pieces occurring at 12:30 p.m. So, please, channel your inner madonnari and come out to Heritage Park and fill the sidewalks with creative color. Even if you don’t walk away with a prize, you will leave your mark on a giant community asphalt canvas. And, who knows, you may discover your new calling as a future madonnari. The Town of Flower Mound Cultural Arts Commission is thrilled to be working with Krissi Oden, the new Community and Cultural Events Programs Coordinator for the Town of Flower Mound. The Town welcomed Krissi to the staff earlier this year and we’re all looking forward to her contributions to the arts.    

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The Pastor’s Place Party At My Church By Doug Walker, Senior Pastor, Fellowship of the Parks

Growing up, my experience was that church was an event where you sat and listened while a distant speaker addressed a gathering of silent and well-dressed spectators. More priority was given to manners, titles, and unwritten rules of engagement than to connect with Jesus!   I thought to myself, “Should church be a formal and boring event for a select few ‘good’ or ‘appropriate’ people?” After all, if the gospel means “good news,” shouldn’t there be a celebration? After reading the story of Levi the tax collector (Luke 5), I had what I would call a biblical vision for what church should be: A PARTY! Levi the Tax Collector was a religious and

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social outcast. Despised by his fellow Jews because of his greedy career, Levi probably longed for a connection with this famous teacher and prophet known as Jesus. When Jesus approached him and told him “Follow me,” Levi immediately responded by abandoning his sin and changing his career. What Levi did next is key: He reached out to his friends, fellow tax collectors, and those around him by inviting them to a party. A party where Jesus would be the guest of honor! The story of Levi gave me a whole new perspective.  It became apparent to me that this was a picture of what the church should be:  A place where disconnected people can feel connected and worthy. A place where everyone is part of the family.  A place where people can meet and get to know the guest of honor, Jesus. I believe that Jesus never meant his church to be that dull, quiet, rigid event from my upbringing. Based on Luke 5, I believe Jesus meant for church to be a celebration – a party that connects people to Jesus, honors Him, and forever changes lives! The Pastor’s Place features articles written by a different area church leader each month. Call 940-728-8284 for more information.

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Finding joy in the journey means allowing what is to be. We’re always going to be in between things and if we’re constantly looking ahead or reflecting back we miss the present moment and the potential for the joy; that is the journey.

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I’m calling this the summer of “in between.” My daughter is in between middle school and high school, this is the summer in between my son taking Drivers Ed at Vista Ridge Driving School and my daughter starting it. My husband is in between running one travel center and opening a second one in a nearby town. I spend a lot of time driving in between Flower Mound and Fort Worth for my job at Cook Children’s Medical Center. When we set sail on our first cruise with our two youngest kids this summer we’ll be cruising in between Seward, Alaska and Vancouver, BC. I could go on and on. And I’ll bet if you began to think about it you’re “in between” a lot of people, situations, and events in your life as well. Which is why it’s important to find joy in the journey. For example, my commute to Fort Worth is 35 miles. When I leave home in the late morning it usually takes about 50 minutes door to door. Traffic flows, I turn on one of my favorite podcasts, and while I’m tooling along I learn something new about an interesting person, an exotic place, or some new aspect of parenting. I arrive in Fort Worth feeling as if, though I wish I didn’t have the commute, I am a more enlightened human being for having spent the time listening to something that inspires and educates me. Now, the return trip home is a definitely a little tougher because I’m typically leaving Fort Worth at 5 o’clock and most of the time traffic does anything but flow. Which means my 50 minute commute can very easily become 90 minutes. And I’m hungry, and I’m tired, and I just want to sit down with my family for dinner…nothing gourmet, but something that involves the four basic food groups nonetheless. And I’m moving at a snail’s pace…the guy in front of me is taking advantage of the stillness and responding to a text message or calling his spouse to say he’s going to be late again for dinner, so that when the pace does pick up he’s more invested in his phone than he is in moving along. Ho hum…finding joy in the journey, right? But you know what makes the commute worse? When I stew about it. When my negative thoughts become the words [not so nice] out of my mouth which then become actions that fester all the way home, sometimes even carrying into my kitchen when I’m sarcastically asking the kids why no one thought about starting dinner yet. When I catch the negativity, I make a conscious decision to change my thought so I don’t go down that road. I then switch on my favorite Sirius XM station and sing along at the top of my lungs, smiling and waving to the person stuck beside me on 121 North. I intentionally choose to make the best of a situation since I cannot wave a magic wand and leave it behind.

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There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. —Thomas Aquinas Several years ago, a friend had some property that held years’ worth of treasures in an old shed prior to the purge of putting the property on the market. Now, I use this term “treasure” very loosely for as they say “what is one man’s treasure is another man’s trash” - or something like that. My friend was quite the junk collector himself and had an affinity for items such as monkey statues, old lanterns and other “valuables” that might eventually be of use. So, it was a laugh when this array of treasure was presented to me as well as



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the offer of first dibs. I plainly recall the item that was a most resounding NO Beethoven’s Bust. Yes, there he sat—Beethoven on a shelf of a dusty shed as if he was in search of rescue from this less-than-adequate environment. My snub of this incredible offer resulted, undoubtedly, in the joke being on me when just a few short days later I opened up a text to see a photo of my son clutching Beethoven with a grin bigger than the Cheshire cat. Beethoven was coming home to Mama. There he sat, first in my son’s room, then to my office, and eventually the place of honor when he was the centerpiece of a symphony afterglow I held following the performance of Beethoven’s 5th. Socialites guzzled wine and popped one tuna tartare bite after another whilst the joke was now on them. Beethoven was home. He is back in my office now where he and I have been scheming about his next gig this fall. It’s gonna be big! I generally

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have to report in to my hoarder friend as to how Beethoven is doing and this has always inspired a good belly laugh and a lifetime camaraderie. Reminiscent of my writer colleague Cindy Stroup’s “Klackerman” column in which her family played jokes with the whereabouts of one tiny statue for years, I began to think about the power of recycling the magic of old trinkets between friends. Another friend of mine had a literal red bull, a little figurine that had been regifted between two friends for years and later brought joy through tears when it happened to be the only surviving artifact of a house fire. At a recent girls’ night out, one friend told the story of a gift bag that she and a friend had re-exchanged each Christmas, so much so that the gift inside was superfluous since the sentiment had become more about the years of friendship represented by the bag. Yet another said the same of an old birthday card that she and a friend had passed back and forth for years, simply adding a date to it with the new year and a few new words until it was the others’ turn to celebrate! All of these old items, Beethoven, the Klackerman, the red bull, an old gift bag, and a recycled birthday card reminded

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me that there is so much truth behind the notion that it is not the gift that counts, yet the sentiments behind the gift, friendship itself. A heart cannot be bought and neither can a relationship be manufactured. It takes years of cultivating the fertile ground of listening, telling, being, doing, and reliving life’s memories together. On a recent girls’ trip to the coast, my lifelong friends rented an old house and packed rubber boots, buckets, strings, old chicken necks for crabbing, and more ice chests than I care to count. We survived a blow out by flagging down two fellas who were changing the WRONG tire before we noticed and had our schoolteacher friend read the truck manual to them of how to do it. As expected, we also survived the trumped up pranks since the last excursion when the laugh was on me as the girls’ had placed a lizard in my hair and I walked around with it for quite a while. Two weeks later, I found him in my purse as he had been to work with me, met with my clients’, signed contracts, and helped me buy groceries. This time, it was an old fish head I lovingly placed back in the suitcase of the ringleader only to be found once she arrived at home. As I said, it takes years to develop THIS kind of friendship. So it was, that at the end of the girls’ trip I preemptively redeemed myself by leaving a little gift box with a glass ornament inside on each “sister’s” pillow. Girls’ Trip 2019 I wrote on the bottom of each one and then we parted ways until next year. Back at home, I checked my purse for lizards then found my usual grind at the office. When I peered over my cup of coffee there was Beethoven staring right back at me. He and I have come a long way together and boy is our plan for the fall a doozy, but until then it will have to be our little secret. Contact Brandi Chambless at


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With all the awesome music on the radio, TV, Pandora, Sirius, just to name a few, where in the world do all these companies get their phone recordings? They must send someone out who is tone deaf to seek and find the worst of the worst. Just talking about this has a myriad of distasteful soundtracks rolling around in my head. And when that recorded voice cuts in again and thanks me for my patience, well I find it presumptive that they think I have any. And as if the wax in my ears has not been jarred loose by now I can choose to endure more abuse by staying on the line…or I can always leave my name and number and someone will call me back shortly. Shortly has a different definition for me than the recording. I mean when was the last time you experienced a “shortly returned phone call from a company?” At least when they do call back, you get a person and no raucous refrains. As distasteful as I find the phone music, I hum along with the “while you wait” jingles from “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune.” I find these to be happy little ditties. Kudos to Merv Griffin and Alan Thicke, pioneers of the Wheel’s theme song starting over 40 years ago. And more accolades to Merv for “Jeopardy.” But I digress. The fact remains the “wait on hold music” is unwanted music to my ears and a far cry from the old fashioned euphonic elevator melodies (and oh how I miss them)!

By C. Stroup.

Hear me out on this…I’m thinking about posting a contest online to see who can come up with the absolute worst music people are subjected to while on hold. I’ve had the music blare into my ear (if you can call it music) loud enough to make me drop my iPhone. Being able to turn the volume down on the iPhone is a blessing. And the cacophony that follows is nothing more than an annoying dissonance. (I’d rather listen to opera and believe me I’m not a fan.) Then a recorded voice comes on and says your wait time will be 20 minutes, but don’t hang up. Those words strike fear into my heart because I realize I’m at the mercy of their auditory stimulus and the only dog I have in this fight is being able to turn the volume down on the iPhone. We all know what comes next…your call is very blah, blah, blah. I’m embarrassed to tell you that I have waited on the line, but just one time, for one hour. That was basically due to the urgency of my call and the soothing music that accompanied the wait. But that’s the only time I can recall the notes being pleasing.



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Cindy Stroup is a Double Oak resident and has been contributing to The Cross Timbers Gazette for over 30 years.

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