Southlake Cares: Metroport Meals on Wheels

Neighbors Helping Neighbors to alleviate hunger, isolation and loneliness in our communities, and to foster the independence, worth and dignity of each individual they serve.

For 21 years, the City of Southlake and Metroport Meals on Wheels have joined forces to support area seniors by providing hot lunches and a friendly face to those in need.

Now, with many senior-related resources closed due to COVID-19 concerns, MMOW needs our help.

How You Can Help

Currently, in addition to their ongoing home delivery mail program, MMOW is providing a Weekly Curbside Meal program on Mondays at the Southlake Senior Activity Center. There is a $4 charge for meals, but MMOW never turns away a person in need because of an inability to pay.

“We are serving about 100 seniors each week in Southlake with this program,” Southlake Senior Services Coordinator Soheila Phelps said.

To keep going, MMOW needs monetary donations and items on their ongoing Amazon Wish List, which are critical to their operation. MMOW also needs volunteers to help prepare and distribute meals. You can learn more about volunteering for MMOW on their website.

Double Your Donation

The Carl C. Anderson Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation has provided a $20,000 Challenge Grant to assist with MMOW’s home-delivered meals that are urgently needed. Every dollar you give now will be DOUBLED (up to $20,000 total), providing TWICE as many lifesaving meals for the hungry seniors and medically fragile neighbors we serve together. Thank you for your support! Click here to DOUBLE YOUR DONATION.

If you decide to make a financial contribution, please make sure to list Southlake Cares in the “How did you hear about us?” section. If you need more information about donating, visit Metroportmow.org or call MMOW at 817-491-8534.

Southlake Cares

Metroport Meals on Wheels is one of the organizations involved in the Southlake Six-Month Challenge. Visit the Southlake Cares webpage to see where you might fill a need and then click on the button that says “Learn More.” On that page, there are links to take you to our partners’ websites. From there, you can choose how you want to make a difference. If you do decide to give, please be sure to indicate Southlake Cares as your honoree.

From now until December, we will feature each one of our partners and tell you how they are helping the city. We will also track the Challenge’s progress to let you know how things are going and if our organizations are encountering a specific need.

We need your help to show we’re Southlake Strong and that Southlake Cares. Thanks for caring!

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Southlake New Biz List August 2020

This list of new Southlake businesses is provided by the Southlake Department of Economic Development and Tourism to help you see what’s new and what’s coming into the Southlake market! Contact us by Email if are a new business coming into town or if you have any questions about our listings. You may also visit www.SelectSouthlake.com for other business information or follow us on Facebook for the latest business news.

Now Open

  • McIlvain & Associates, LLC – Whether you’re starting a new business venture or own a well-established organization, their talented CPAs and financial experts can help you leverage the right accounting and tax strategies to keep as much of your hard-earned profits as the law allows. Their team members have extensive backgrounds in the fields of taxes and accounting. They’re also proud, active members within the community. McIlvain & Associates recently opened at 1110 N. Kimball Avenue, Suite 100. McIlvain.net 817-545-1277
  • The Foundry Gym – The Foundry Gym, owned and established by Joseph Lea, is intended to offer members programming outside the box and allow them to explore functional fitness that serves them best, including programming from SOFlete, Spartan, and HYROX. All three programs are focused on enhancing the athlete’s fitness so that he or she can live the rest of their life even better. The Foundry Gym recently opened at 2120 E. Southlake Boulevard. TheFoundryGym.com 817-421-3539
  • Havertys – Shopping for stylish, high-quality furniture in Southlake? Havertys Furniture has everything you need from entire furniture sets to finishing accents and home décor. Tell the story of your home with the extensive selection of styles in our showroom including traditional, rustic, farmhouse, contemporary, mid-century modern and more. Havertys opens on August 21st in Southlake Corners at 250 N. Kimball Avenue, Suite 250. Havertys.com 817-722-3030
  • One Stop Nutrition – At One Stop Nutrition, they have always prided themselves on offering the highest quality products and knowledge to their health-conscious customers. From day one, they have rigorously stayed on the cutting edge of nutritional science and continually listened to their customer’s needs to become today’s premier spot for one stop shopping. One Stop Nutrition recently opened in Wyndham Plaza at 2704 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 101. OneStopNutrition.com 817-912-1107
  • Dalpha Capital Management – Dalpha Capital Management is an investment firm specializing in digital asset strategies. They recently opened their newly formed business at 620 N. Carroll Avenue, Suite 150. Dalpha.Capital
  • Graduate Coffee – We’re going to graduate! This is Graduate Coffee, a coffee shop that feels like a summer vacation but works as if it`s finals week. They’re elevating. It`s the start of a new class. Graduate Coffee recently opened at 1901 W. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 100. GraduateCoffee.com 817-912-1403
  • Soul Sweat Yoga – Owned by Melinda & Jayson Nag, Soul Sweat Hot Yoga opened its doors in 2016. Formerly known as Sumits Hot Yoga, the Nags created Soul Sweat as a great opportunity to restore and bring D/FW a fresh, upbeat HOT YOGA studio. Since opening in 2016, SSHY has won multiple awards, including Star-Telegram’s “Best Yoga Studio 2018” and FWTX “Best Yoga Studio” in 2020. Most recently, Soul Sweat Yoga opened at 1431 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 519. SoulSweatYoga.com 817- 410-3737
  • Top Fitness Store – Top Fitness Store is your trusted source for fitness equipment. When you buy exercise equipment from them, you will be investing in the best equipment from industry-leading brands. No matter your fitness level or goals, Top Fitness Store provides the tools needed to elevate your fitness lifestyle from the convenience of your home.Top Fitness recently opened in The Shops of Southlake at 1431 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 501. TopFitness.com 817-251-2569

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City of Southlake Receives Positive Notice on Two WNV Mosquito Traps

The City of Southlake has received notice from Tarrant County Public Health that two mosquito traps in Southlake have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The positive samples are located near the 100 Block of River Oaks Drive and the 800 Block of Shady Lane. Fire Chief Mike Starr says, “We will continue to implement our aggressive mosquito testing plan to help control the mosquito population. Southlake residents are our partners in this effort and we encourage the public’s continued help in the fight to reduce West Nile Virus.”

The City will respond with targeted spraying for three consecutive nights within a half-mile radius of the positive trap location.  Spraying dates are set Saturday August 8th, Sunday August 9th and Monday August 10th, during the evening hours, weather permitting.  Emergency Manager Meneses asks residents to remember to continue taking personal protective measures including:

  • Drain standing water in artificial containers; this is the primary source of mosquitoes
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants when out during dusk and dawn and;
  • Wear insect repellent containing DEET

As a reminder, Tarrant County issued a press release on July 30th stating “Positive West Nile Virus mosquito activity is now at record high levels, prompting Tarrant County Public Health to issue a public health warning to the general public. In light of the elevated risk, Tarrant County Public Health is reminding residents to take the proper protective measures to protect themselves against the West Nile Virus.”

For more information about the West Nile Virus, personal protective measures, or response actions, please visit CityofSouthlake.com or MySouthlakeNews.com. And as always, if you have any mosquito concerns, please reach out to our Emergency Manager Amanda Meneses at ameneses@ci.southlake.tx.us

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Improvements Coming to S. Carroll Avenue

Earlier this week, Public Works Streets and Drainage crews dug test pits to prepare for construction at the intersection of the southbound lanes at Zena Rucker Road and S. Carroll Avenue.

With the extension of Zena Rucker Road approaching completion, traffic is expected to increase in the area as shoppers and pedestrians travel to the Shops of Southlake. The S. Carroll Avenue CIP project will turn the asphalt lane into a concrete lane so the entire roadway will be comprised of the same material for a more long-term use and future expansion.

The project is estimated to start within two weeks and completed in six weeks, weather permitting.

The improvements are a part of the 2030 Master Mobility Plan.

For more information about mobility projects in Southlake and updates on mobility news, follow our Southlake Mobility Facebook page.

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CISD Elementary Teacher of the Year Wins Region XI Essay Contest

Monday evening, Region XI Education Service Center announced its regional teaching awards for the 2019-2020 school year. Carroll ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year, Komal Panjabi was recognized for her essay on mental health awareness in education.

After earning campus teacher of the year honors, these educators are asked to answer questions and submit essays for this District Teacher of the Year nomination. Those essays are the same that are required for the Regional Teacher of the Year application. Panjabi wrote her educational issue essay on the subject of mental wellness in our students and shared ways that she tries to assist her student as they work through the challenging times of growing up.

“Mental health is an issue that I think we have struggled with in our public education system, underestimating the role it plays in success at school,” Panjabi wrote. “However, I do believe we are working towards greater awareness and more training for all adults who interact with students.”

Panjabi went on to describe how she takes experiences in her life into every interaction in her classroom. She begins her class every week with “Family Circle’, an activity that allows students to share the good, bad, and sometimes tough parts of their weekend.

“I understand the power of my words, and I teach my students the same,” Panjabi wrote in her essay. “Family Circle makes my students invested in the classroom community and teaches morals and relationship building”

Panjabi currently teaches Math at Durham Intermediate School and has been a member of the District Diversity Council and works with the Friends of Rachel and Rachel’s Challenge teams at DIS.

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Carroll ISD School Board Requests Workshop To Learn More About CCAP

The Carroll ISD Board of Trustees asked the Administration to call a workshop soon so the District Diversity Council can answer questions and engage the public in more dialogue about the proposed Cultural Competence Action Plan, which was presented at the Board Meeting on Monday, August 3.

School and DDC leaders presented the comprehensive plan that the 63-person council has been working on for the past 20 months. During the presentation, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Dr. Janet McDade, Executive Director of Special Programs Tyisha Nelson, and DDC Citizen Co-chairs Pam Francis and Eric Ransom presented the goals of the Cultural Competence Action Plan (CCAP).

“Carroll ISD is committed to implementing a cultural competence action plan that provides ongoing training and skills for staff and continuous open dialogue opportunities for students,” Nelson said during the presentation to the Board.

Board Vice President Todd Carlton acknowledged the importance of the plan and the work that this council has done over the past 20 months. Trustees thanked members of the DDC for their commitment to the equity and inclusion plan.

“The work that has been done by the District Diversity Council is really amazing,” Carlton said. “This is absolutely one of the most important things we are going to do this year.”

Several Trustees were concerned about the timing of the plan’s release and expressed the desire to give the Administration time to focus on opening schools safely this fall during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also discussed wanting an opportunity to ask more questions before making decisions about funding the components of the plan.

Trustees ultimately voted 5-2 to receive the plan from the DDC and authorized the Administration to hold a public workshop to further discuss and bring more clarity to the plan.

Click here to view the DRAFT Cultural Competence Action Plan.

The CCAP makes numerous recommendations. Regarding Carroll teachers and staff, the plan proposes:

  • Requiring regular professional development by teachers and staff related to diversity and inclusion including in-district after school training, small-group opportunities, departmental field trips and individual training.
  • Adopting an appraisal indicator that measures employees’ commitment to equity and inclusion.
  • Selecting designated mentors (called “Campus Culture Coaches” in the plan) to model culturally responsive teaching practices and monitor the implementation of those practices at each campus.
  • Recruiting, rewarding, and retaining quality underrepresented professional, paraprofessional, and auxiliary employees through specific efforts to ensure that our teachers and staff mirror the composition of our community.

Regarding Carroll curriculum and instruction, the plan recommends:

  • Conducting an independent, third-party equity audit of CISD curriculum, policies, programs and practices.
  • Reviewing the scope and sequence of classes to focus on diverse cultures and increasing the expectations for content delivery of diverse cultures.
  • Expanding and increasing opportunities for students to express their cultures through art, literature, and celebrations within the CISD curriculum.

In addition, to ensure that all our Dragons are treated properly, the plan proposes:

  • Establishing a grievance process to specifically report instances of discrimination,
  • Creating a process for campus administrators to record these offenses (whether micro-aggressions, discriminatory behaviors, or other disciplinary matters) which would be tracked to Student Services and reported monthly to the School Board.
  • Hire a Director of Equity and Inclusion to oversee implementation and compliance of the district’s Equity Policy and Cultural Competence Action Plan.

About the District Diversity Council (DDC)

In January of 2019, Carroll Independent School District appointed 63 parents, students and staff members to serve on a District Diversity Council (DDC) with another 120 individuals invited to participate on individual Campus Diversity Councils (CDC). The DDC is a culturally-informed advisory committee that is representative of the students, staff, and parents in Carroll ISD when it comes to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.

The DDC formed six subcommittees that began working on various aspects of the CCAP. In December 2018, Trustees approved the Council framework, ensuring that more than half of the DDC would be appointed by campus principals and represent families in each of the district’s 11 attendance zones. In addition, each School Board member appointed someone to serve on the Council, with additional at-large appointments by the Superintendent’s Cabinet.

The DDC’s charge was to:

  • Promote the goal of cultural competence within CISD.
  • Facilitate communication and understanding among different constituencies, and serve as a community resource.
  • Advocate for and support culturally competent and responsive programs and policies.
  • Engage students, staff, and faculty to collect feedback on cultural competence in CISD.
  • Propose strategies for reaching cultural competence.

Last December, the District Diversity Council and CISD Administration conducted a Culture Survey to learn about the experiences of CISD families and staff and used those findings to inform a proposed and comprehensive five-year Cultural Competence Action Plan that could cost $1.4 million.

This plan draws on the work of six subcommittees made up of parents, students and staff:

  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Professional Development
  • Teacher/Staff Recruitment
  • Student-Led Education & Policy
  • Celebration of Culture, Bias Reduction & Awareness
  • Communications & Outreach

Meeting summaries and information about DDC activities can be found on the DDC’s website at https://www.southlakecarroll.edu/Page/2883

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Southlake Police Department Works Together to Protect Team During COVID-19

There are two aspects of the law enforcement profession that are constant: the call to act in an individual’s time of need and having to rely on others in your own time of need. Both aspects of a law enforcement career carry their own situational rules, all of which are aimed and geared towards providing a level of service to meet any identified need, regardless of the severity or quantity of people effected.

Many times officers are called upon by members of the community in times of duress, which can range from being stranded alongside the roadway in need of a tire change to other more serious instances involving a family crisis or in extreme cases, the need for protection against a family member or strangers. Without initially having all the specific facts for these types of emergencies, officers are expected to arrive prepared in their response while still acting within the confines of the law. However, what about the times when officers themselves need help, who can they call on for support?

In situations such as these, officers may turn towards their own and the assistance comes from within the agency or sometimes by other outreach groups within the community. Realizing that none of us have ever lived through the COVID-19 pandemic before, it has become a fast and accelerating learning curve for all. However, during this time, three individuals within the Southlake Police Department have worked behind the scenes and without recognition to keep all members of the agency, as well as other work groups within the City, protected when called upon to protect and meet the needs of the community.

Officer David Aldridge, Community Initiatives Coordinator Valerie Snyder and Administrative Secretary Diana Green have relentlessly searched for, coordinated and gathered needed supplies to keep officers of the Southlake Police Department in business since the beginning of the pandemic.

From the start of the COVID pandemic, Aldridge stepped up and assisted the Police Department in gathering Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other sanitation equipment. As the pandemic continued, Aldridge helped in creating a PPE and sanitation inventory to keep track of all PPE equipment for the department. During that time, he also became the main contact for Purchasing Manager Tim Slifka on receiving all PPE orders from the City and distributing them accordingly.

Aldridge worked closely with Snyder and Green to make sure items were ordered and distributed accordingly.

“Aldridge went out of his way on numerous occasions to be available for anyone who needed the PPE equipment and sort out all the shipments to make sure it got to the right department,” Patrol Captain Jose Luna said. “On top of it all, Aldridge is in charge of the patrol units for the department. During this pandemic, he also took a shipment of three new patrol vehicles and has worked hard to get them ready to hit the road. Officer Aldridge has always been a team player and makes himself available for anyone who needs assistance.”

Through coordinated efforts, Snyder and Green have reached out to numerous companies, supply chains, independent contractors and even generous citizens, in order to obtain basic needed supplies such as: hand sanitizer, gloves, masks, face shields, Tyvek suits and other sanitary products. Through their assistance, they have obtained enough supplies to build Aldridge’s inventory to allow officers to still function within the confines of the law and to respond to emergencies when called upon in time of need.

“I have directly witnessed Valerie’s assistance and the impact she has on the agency. Her ability to think outside of the box coupled with her intuitive nature, allowed her to navigate unknown systems where numerous individuals or corporations were applying and competing for the same resources,” Professional Standards Division Captain Jason Henninger said. “In many instances, it came down to the relationships she had previously built that allowed our agency to receive what was needed, which is immeasurable. Due to her ability to build these types of professional working relationships the agency recognizes her as a true and exceptional asset.”

The work of these three individuals has not been overlooked or forgotten, and will forever stand as examples of Innovation, Commitment to Excellence and Teamwork!

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Wind and Weather Forecast to Affect DFW Airport Traffic Through Aug. 4

DFW Aiport has notified the City of Southlake that northerly winds and the weather forecast could affect airport traffic through August 4.

With north flow winds, use of Runway 31L could increase, especially during the day during departure hours. Cities west of DFW Airport may experience an increase in air traffic in the coming days, per the current weather forecast.

As a reminder, aircraft take off and land into the wind. Therefore, the direction of operations is primarily based on winds. Keep in mind that surface winds don’t always dictate flow as winds above the surface and/or operational needs can affect the direction for which aircraft take off and land. 

Citizens with inquiries or comments should contact DFW Airport by email at dfwnoise@dfwairport.com, or on the Noise Complaint Hotline at 972-973-3192 (staffed 24/7). Follow-up response calls or emails will be provided when requested. DFW launched a website, NoiseLab, that allows the public to view near-live flight operations, historical operations, news and statistics. 

We appreciate your patience during this time. DFW staff are always happy to discuss Airport operations and impacts to your city in greater detail if you desire. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Airport for more information. 

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Take a Virtual Tour of the Bob & Almeady Chisum Jones Exhibit

You know Bob Jones as the name on a Southlake park, road, and the nature center. But who was he?

Bob Jones (1850-1936) and his wife, Almeady Chisum Jones (1857-1949), were born into slavery. They overcame the challenges of inequality to build a prosperous farm and ranch along the Denton-Tarrant county line. They made sure their ten children received an education and took pride in who they were. Their story is drawn from census and other records and the remembrances of generations of family and friends.

Take a moment and watch this virtual tour of the Southlake Historical Society’s exhibit: Bob and Almeady Chisum Jones, A True Story of Resilience Courage and Success.

To see the exhibit in person, you can visit Southlake Town Hall and the Southlake Library , now through September 4. To learn more about the Jones family and to read the exhibit panels in their entirety, visit www.SouthlakeHistory.org.

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City of Southlake Receives Positive Notice on Three WNV Mosquito Traps

The City of Southlake has received notice from Tarrant County Public Health that three mosquito traps in Southlake have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The positive samples are located near the 3200 Block of Woodland Drive, the 2200 Block of Shady Oaks Drive, and the 100 Block of Meadowlark lane. Fire Chief Mike Starr says, “We have an aggressive mosquito testing plan in place to help control the mosquito population. Southlake residents are our partners in this effort and we encourage the public’s continued help in the fight to reduce West Nile Virus.”

The City will respond with targeted spraying for three consecutive nights within a half-mile radius of the positive trap location.  Spraying dates are set for Saturday August 1st, Sunday August 2nd, and Monday August 3rd, during the evening hours, weather permitting.  Chief Starr asks residents to remember to continue taking personal protective measures including:

  • Drain standing water in artificial containers; this is the primary source of mosquitoes
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants
  • Wear insect repellent containing DEET

Tarrant County issued a press release on July 30th stating “Positive West Nile Virus mosquito activity is now at record high levels, prompting Tarrant County Public Health to issue a public health warning to the general public. In light of the elevated risk, Tarrant County Public Health is reminding residents to take the proper protective measures to protect themselves against the West Nile Virus.”

For more information about the West Nile Virus, personal protective measures, or response actions, please visit CityofSouthlake.com or MySouthlakeNews.com. And as always, if you have any mosquito concerns, please reach out to our Emergency Manager Amanda Meneses at ameneses@ci.southlake.tx.us

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