Three Dragon Musicians Named to TMEA All-State

Dragon Jazz Orchestra members Chase Adams and Tori Thomas were named to the elite TMEA All-State Jazz Ensembles, and junior violinist Grace Xu was named an All-State member in the TMEA Sinfonietta Orchestra. In all, five Dragons in the Carroll Jazz program placed in the top 15 in the State on their instruments.

For Chase and Tori, the audition process began with thousands of students auditioning at the Region level around the State in September and culminated in the selection of two 20-member jazz ensembles this week. Chase will be playing trumpet in Jazz Ensemble 1, and Tori will be playing tenor saxophone in Jazz Ensemble 2. The ensembles will rehearse and perform at the annual Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio February 12-15.

“Making All-State is a major goal for any motivated band student in the State, and Tori and Chase worked so hard all throughout the Summer and Fall to achieve it,” said David Lown, CISD Director of Jazz Bands. “It’s awesome to see them reap the rewards of their hard work. They have a really great opportunity in store for them now as they head to their bands with the other top musicians in Texas.”

Grace will also be attending the TMEA Convention in San Antonio in February, attending rehearsals throughout the week and performing a convert with the all-state orchestra Sunday afternoon. “We are super excited for Grace and this accomplishment,” said Dragon Band Director Ken Johnson. “We cannot wait to see her excel at the convention and look forward to seeing her represent Carroll ISD in the all state-orchestra.”

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Theater Scenes Member Exclusive Home Concert

Apex Arts League and Opus Nova announce “Theater Scenes” a members-only chamber music concert. This private home concert will take place on Sunday, December 8 at 4 p.m. Food and wine will be served, holiday attire is requested, valet parking will be provided.

As part of Apex’s Chamber Music Project, this special event is limited to 50 people. Current Apex members are FREE and need only RSVP at Become a member reserve and spot by purchasing tickets at


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Carroll ISD Campuses Hosting Holiday Performances

Many Carroll campuses are holding holiday concerts and performances before school is out for Winter Break! Take a look at the list below of upcoming events.

Monday, December 2

  • DMS Jazz Band Winter Concert , 6 p.m. @ CSHS
  • Carroll Choir Winter Concert, 6:30-7:30 p.m. @ White’s Chapel United Methodist Church
    (Participating Choirs: DIS, EIS, CMS, DMS, Carroll Choir)

Tuesday, December 3

  • DMS Theatre “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” 6:30 p.m. @ DMS

Wednesday, December 4

  • DMS Theatre “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” 6:30 p.m. @ DMS

Thursday, December 5

  • Carroll Dragon Band Winter Jazz Concert, December 5, 6:30-8:30 @ CSHS Student Activity Center

Saturday, December 7

  • DMS Theatre “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. @ DMS

Tuesday,  December 10

  • DIS Winter Band Concert, 6:30 p.m. @ DIS
  • DMS Band-Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m. @ CSHS

Thursday, December 12

  • Carroll Dragon Band Winter Concert, December 12, 7 – 9 p.m. @ CSHS Auditorium

Thursday, December 19

  • OUES Holiday Sing-a-Long, 9 a.m. @ OUES

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Twenty-Nine Dragons Sign Letters of Intent at Fall 2019 Signing Day Event

Carroll Senior High School and the Carroll Athletic Department hosted an event on Wednesday morning to recognize an outstanding group of student-athletes who signed their National Letter of Intent to study and play at the collegiate level after graduation.

In total, twenty-nine athletes from sports ranging from soccer to beach volleyball signed to play college athletics.

Athletic Director Steve Keasler is excited about the bright futures of these Dragons.

“We appreciate the hard work that these student-athletes have put in both in the classroom and in competition and are very excited to watch them continue to excel at the next level,” Keasler said.

Click here to view a photo album of the celebration.

This year’s signees include:

Abigail Brown – Volleyball, Dallas Baptist University

Annabelle Smith – Volleyball, Stanford University

Madelyn Grunza – Volleyball, Old Dominion University

Paul Bonzagni – Baseball, St. Edwards University

Brandon Howell – Baseball, Tulane University

Cade Manning – Baseball, Texas State University

Grant Golomb –  Baseball, Baylor University

Homer Bush Jr. –  Baseball, Grand Canyon University

Justin Grech –  Baseball, Lafayette College

Kaden Calkins – Baseball, McLennan Community College

Kyler Boulware –  Baseball, Arizona Christian University

Yanluis Ortiz – Baseball, University of Miami

Tatum Foreman – Cross Country and Track, Samford University

Evan Paquette – Golf, University of Rhode Island

Stephanie Lee – Golf, United States Naval Academy

Alli Mills – Soccer, University of Wyoming

Laney Kimble – Soccer, Stephen F. Austin State University

Sarah Hornyak – Soccer, Baylor University

Kaitlyn Gee – Softball, University of Kansas

Ashley Zettle – Swimming, Florida State University

Katherine Zenick – Swimming, The Ohio State University

Lana Jeter – Swimming, University of Wyoming

Ryan Perham – Swimming, University of Arizona

Allison Ward – Diving, University of Southern California

Bridget O’Neil – Diving, The University of Texas at Austin

Isabelle LeBlanc – Diving, University of Notre Dame

Phillip Kleiman – Diving, Indiana Univ. Purdue Univ. Indianapolis

Harper Cozzens – Beach Volleyball, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Elise Anderson – Club Soccer, Texas Tech University

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Carroll Theatre Presents Winter Production Amelie

Carroll Theatre is proud to announce their winter production of the award-winning musical Amelie, running from Thursday, November 14 – Sunday, November 17  in the Carroll Senior High School Auditorium.  Tickets are available online here and are $20 for adults if bought in advance, $25 at the door, and $10 for students. Carroll Theatre’s production of Amelie will run Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m., Friday, November 15 at 7 p.m., Saturday November 16 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 17 at 2 p.m.

This 2017 Broadway musical is based on the award-winning 2001 film of the same name! While times may be hard for dreamers, dreaming is all Amélie Poulain does. After surviving a tragic and isolated childhood, Amélie heads out on her own, joyfully finding her way through Paris and making friends from all walks of life: Suzanne, a trapeze artist-turned-cafe owner; Georgette, a hypochondriac tobacconist; Julian Dufayel, an artist with brittle bone disease; and many more. Through a chance discovery, Amélie finds a child’s box of treasures in the floor of her apartment, and sets out to return it. After her success, and the joy it brings to Bretodeau, the owner, Amélie resolves to anonymously do good for those around her. Most importantly, Amélie finds love in the form of Nino, a mysterious young man, and his photo album. Living in her imaginary world of make-believe and whimsy has been safe, but Amélie knows it is time to step out of her dreams and find joy for herself. With a romantic score, colorful characters, and a world of fantastical fun, Amélie is a beautiful tale for the dreamers in everyone.

Carroll Theatre is offering all CISD faculty and staff a complimentary ticket to the performance of your choice, as well as 50% off all other tickets you purchase at the door.  Due to construction on the CSHS campus, please use the Peytonville entrance and park in the lot in front of the Auditorium/Gym.

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Apex Presents Theater Scenes Member Concert

Apex Arts League and Opus Nova announce “Theater Scenes,” a members only chamber music concert. This private home concert will take place on Sunday, December 8 at 4 p.m. Food and wine will be served, holiday attire is requested, valet parking will be provided.

As part of Apex’s Chamber Music Project, this special event is limited to 50 people. Current Apex members are FREE and need only RSVP at Become a member reserve and spot by purchasing tickets at

Attendance is $50 per person and as stated, includes an Annual Patron APEX Membership. With Apex Membership, you will receive discounts to all Apex programming, invitations to Members only events including meet-the-musicians and pre-concert lectures and importantly you will be directly cultivating a vibrant home of the arts in Northeast Tarrant County.

“With the advent of cinematography came vivid film music and compositional styles that aimed to depict colorful musical landscapes or scenes. From breathtaking melodies of John Williams to playful, jazzy vignettes of George Gershwin to the irresistible tangos of Astor Piazzolla, this highly accessible program is a prismatic journey through some of the 20th century’s most viscerally attractive sonic narratives.”

Opus Nova is a new concert series in Fort Worth, founded by local clarinet pedagogue Dr. Ann Hung and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Principal Clarinet Stas Chernyshev. They perform Chamber music from all different time periods, including today.

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November 2019: Southlake Business Spotlight – Whimsy Cookie Company

Whimsy Cookie Company began in 2007, by Founder & Co-Owner, Laurie Suriff. Laurie grew up baking alongside her mother, and her secret sugar cookie recipe was always Laurie’s favorite. This helped shape Laurie’s love of baking. Laurie’s husband needed a creative Christmas gift for his clients one year, and Laurie mentioned she could make them all custom cookies. The response from these was so overwhelming that she began getting requests from friends and family. From this success, Laurie decided to start Whimsy Cookie Company out of her kitchen.

Over the next three years the Suriff Family saw a lot of cookies. Laurie sold to everyone imaginable, including cookies for family, and friends, for baby showers, weddings, birthdays, tailgating, etc. Laurie’s incredibly yummy sugar cookie recipe along with her talented “Whimsical” decorating style quickly began spreading throughout the Memphis, TN area. Whimsy grew quickly by word of mouth and over the next few years Laurie accumulated several hundred clients.

In the Fall of 2011, Laurie received an email from Leigh Anne Tuohy to place an order for Baltimore Raven’s themed cookies for their tailgate event for their son, Michael Oher. Leigh Anne and Collins Tuohy had tasted Laurie’s cookies at a school event of SJ (Collins little brother) and fell in love with Whimsy! Soon after that, Collins also began ordering cookies for her events and friends.

Collins approached Laurie in winter 2012 with the idea of joining talents to make Whimsy Cookie Company even better. She and Laurie became equal business partners in Whimsy Cookie Company! About a year later Whimsy Cookie moved to the “Whimsy House” in Memphis, TN. This is a dream location in a hundred-year-old house on the main street that runs through Memphis. This allowed them to give the retail experience their clients were really looking for. The words used to describe the experience in the Whimsy House are magical, fun, happy, welcoming, sparkly, pink, precious, and a whole lot of WHIMSY! Now.Whimsy Cookie has opened a location in Southlake for a WHIMSY experience in Texas.

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Annual Leaf Recycling Program 2019

The City of Southlake and Republic Services are pleased to offer curbside leaf recycling for Southlake residents. It’s a great opportunity to place your bagged leaves on the curb and have them picked up for recycling rather than ending up in the landfill. To contribute to this recycling effort, please place your bagged leaves at the curb no later than 7 a.m. This year’s leaf recycling dates are as follows:

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

For more information, please contact Republic Services.

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Serving Southlake: Navy Veteran Finds Success in Southlake Public Works

Honor. Courage. Commitment.

Before becoming the director of Public Works for the City of Southlake in 2016, Robert Cohen dedicated 20 years of service to the United States Navy – and brought its core values with him to serve Southlake.

Cohen has delivered services across the globe and continues to foster a culture of superior performance, customer service, accountability, and integrity with the 69 employees under his direction in Public Works.

“Having a career in Southlake means that I get to work alongside passionate professionals who have dedicated their lives to serving Southlake. I am truly honored and humbled to have the opportunity and privilege to work with, for and alongside dedicated teams of true professionals who bring their best to Southlake every day; at every event, for every reason and in any season,” stated Cohen.

Patriotism has laid the foundation for Cohen’s path to military service. Having grown up in a community near several major military installations and a military family, Cohen knew he wanted to become part of what he believed was a very elite organization comprised of disciplined individuals protecting freedom and democracy.

Cohen was commissioned in the Navy upon his college graduation and went on to hold roles in public works, program, asset and facilities management, and capital improvements within the Navy while achieving the rank of commander. He also obtained his professional engineer’s license, became a trained financial specialist, and was a member of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Acquisition Corps and a Certified DoD Level II Facility Engineer.

With military experiences as diverse as the positions he has held, a few notable examples include his accountability for a multi-million dollar global energy program, a sweeping shore installation reorganization that integrated 130+ full-time employees from three separate organizations, and resolution of an overseas drinking water treatment issue that ended up saving the Navy $4 million. Cohen also received a Letter of Commendation from the Navy’s senior legal service admiral for saving $200,000 associated with a courtroom renovation project.

Looking for more continuity and less change in his career, Cohen decided to step away from the military.

“I saw many commonalities between serving in the Navy and pursuing a municipal career. I felt that the transition would be somewhat easier if my new career would be similar to what I gravitated toward while in the military, such as public works, said Cohen. “I am a servant leader and wanted to serve a population in the many facets of public works, but on a much smaller scale. I enjoy serving people and if at all possible, working alongside others for a common cause.”

Now, as the director of Public Works for the City of Southlake, Cohen continues to use his extensive military experiences to deliver municipal services. He leads a department that provides public services through planning, engineering, constructing, inspecting, operating, and maintaining Southlake’s public infrastructure. At the helm of a department that manages a $40 million capital improvement program, he guides the oversight of numerous contracts for services as well as inter-local agreements and ensures the department’s responsibility for the environmental protection of the City’s creeks and streams.

“Leading a department responsible for mobility, construction, water, and sewer in the City can be stressful at times, but I imagine Rob’s rigorous military training is the reason why he has been able to stay calm and set priorities to accomplish big results,” said Assistant City Manager Ben Thatcher.

Cohen is one of 35 military veterans employed by the City of Southlake. Veterans Day serves as a humble reminder to recognize and celebrate the brave men and women who have served our country.

“With more than 30 military veterans on our team, we fully appreciate the value they bring to Southlake,” stated City Manager Shana Yelverton. One of the best things about working with Rob and all of our veterans is their willingness to adapt to changing circumstances.”

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Expanding Mobility on Southlake Boulevard/FM 1709 near Southridge Lakes and Byron Nelson Parkway

Mobility improvements are steadily moving forward along Southlake Boulevard! City Council recently approved an Engineering Services Agreement with Kimley-Horn and Associates to provide engineering design services for the right turn lane and traffic sign improvements along Southlake Boulevard at the Southridge Lakes and Byron Nelson Parkway intersections at the November 5 City Council meeting.

In its current configuration, traffic flow on Southlake Boulevard is delayed due to motorists slowing down to make right turns onto Southridge Lakes and Byron Nelson Parkway. By constructing right turn deceleration lanes at both locations, it will improve safety, convenience and allow mobility to be more efficient on Southlake Boulevard. These enhancements will also require the relocation of the existing traffic signal facilities and upgrades to pedestrian facilities.

Kimley Horn and Associates will provide design surveys, preliminary and final design plans, bidding phase services and construction phase services.

Stay updated with the latest project news by following Southlake Mobility on Facebook.

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