Celebrate Carroll Dragon Day

Grab your Dragon gear and join Mayor Laura Hill, Southlake City Council and Dragon Nation as we celebrate the Carroll Dragon varsity baseball team’s State Championship, with Carroll Dragon Day on Wednesday, June 20.

Everyone is invited to join the Carroll Athletic BoosterClub, Dragon Youth Baseball, Southlake Style Magazine and the City of Southlake for a communitywide celebration of the 2018 Texas Class 6A State Championship season of the Carroll Dragon varsity baseball team. The celebrations starts at 7 p.m. at Rustin Pavilion in Family Park located in Town Square.

Mayor Hill and Council will help commemorate Carroll Dragon Day in the City of Southlake and the entire team will be on hand to be recognized. The players will then be available after the event to sign autographs and photos.

“So much goes into earning a state championship,” said Mayor Hill. “We are very proud of the Dragons and everyone involved in Dragon baseball and we look forward to joining the community in honoring the entire team in Southlake Town Square.”

The Dragons, under the direction of head coach Larry Vucan, finished the 2018 season with a 35-6 record and ranked first in the state of Texas and fourth nationally. They breezed through the playoffs without losing a game. Carroll reached the state tournament last year but fell in the state semi-finals before returning to win it all this year. The 2018 championship, capped off at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, is the third in the program’s history.

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July Is Park and Recreation Month!

Southlake Parks and Recreation is inviting the entire community to celebrate “A Lifetime of Discovery” with free family events throughout the month of July.

July is Park and Recreation Month, a national campaign sponsored by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The purpose of this campaign is to inspire everyone to visit their city parks, embrace active lifestyles and improve their overall health. Summer offers the perfect opportunity to create healthy habits for yourself and your children by getting out to a park, trail, playground, swimming pool, natural area or other public space. The City of Southlake offers numerous recreational opportunities to explore, including over 1,200 acres of parkland, the newly renovated Southlake Tennis Center and the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve. These park and recreation opportunities enrich the lives of Southlake residents and provide natural spaces to play and exercise.

This year’s theme is “A Lifetime of Discovery,” encouraging everyone to get out and explore all of the wonderful opportunities their parks and community have to offer! To help celebrate Park and Recreation Month, Southlake Community Services has put together a special calendar of events that you can print or view online. Every day in July, there is a highlighted activity for Southlake residents and visitors to do with their friends and family. Some of these free events include:

Walk with the Mayor
Saturday, July 14
North Park
9 a.m.
Kickstart your weekend with a walk around North Park with Mayor Hill followed by a light breakfast provided by the Bill Tait State Farm Agency.

National Ice Cream Day
Sunday, July 15
Bicentennial Park Playground
1 – 3 p.m.
Stop by Bicentennial Park Playground and celebrate America’s favorite summer treat with free Italian ice from Rita’s!

Parks Mini Rodeo
Tuesday, July 17
Bicentennial Park Playground
10 a.m.
Kids will have a blast playing interactive games, learning about plants and discovering all of the cool things our Parks team does every day.

National Hot Dog Day
Wednesday, July 18
Bicentennial Park Playground
5 – 7 p.m.
We’ll be giving out free hot dogs, so swing by for a tasty snack while supplies last!

MasterWorks Presents: Escape
Saturday, July 21
Aria Amphitheater
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Join the City of Southlake and Arts Council Northeast for a free outdoor concert by Escape, DFW’s favorite Journey cover band! Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome at all MasterWorks concerts; no tarps, tents, alcohol or glass, please.

Discover Champions Club
Saturday, July 28
The Marq Southlake
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Want to learn more about Champions Club before it opens later this year? Drop by The Marq for free class and equipment demos, awesome Champions Club giveaways and more!

Pups in the Park
Tuesday, July 31
Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park
Bob Jones Park
5 – 8 p.m.
Bring your furry friend to Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park for all kinds of fun dog activities, including paw prints and a puppy photo booth. We’ll also be accepting donations of the following items to benefit the Keller Regional Adoption Center: Purina One Dog and Puppy Food (dry), Purina One Cat and Kitten Food (dry), cat litter, bleach, towels, Pine-Sol and fleece blankets. Bring a donation for the chance to win raffle prizes!

Check our calendar for more events and information, and celebrate this month of discovery by sharing your experiences on social media using the hashtag #DiscoverJulySLK. However you decide to celebrate, Southlake Community Services encourages everyone to start talking about the positive impact parks and recreation has on their lives!

If you have any questions, please contact (817) 748-8019 or visit our website at ExperienceSouthlakeTexas.com/DiscoverJuly.

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Beat the Heat with Southlake’s July Youth Camps

North Texas will be feeling the heat this July, but Southlake Parks and Recreation is keeping things cool with summer camps for kids of all ages.

Whether you have a little artist who wants to paint a masterpiece or a future programmer who wants to build a one-of-a-kind video game, we’ve got you covered. Check out all of the awesome camps we’re offering this July!

Athletics & Recreation

Beginner Basketball Camp
Date: July 9 – 12  Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In this all-skills camp, players ages 5–7 will master dribbling, passing and other basketball basics through various drills and scrimmages. Cost: $98. Click here to register.

TGA Premier Jr. Golf Camp
Date: July 16 – 20  Time: 9 – 11 a.m.
This all-skills camp helps golfers ages 6–16 build confidence while improving their game. All equipment is provided. Cost: $225. Click here to register.

Volleyball Camp
Date: July 16 – 20  Time: 9 – 11 a.m.
In this all-skills camp, players ages 8–16 will hone their volleyball skills in fun games, drills and scrimmages. Cost: $99. Click here to register.

Basketball Tech Camp
Date: July 23 – 26  Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
All levels and abilities are welcome in this more advanced and competitive basketball camp for ages 6–12. Cost: $98. Click here to register.

Tennis Camps
The Southlake Tennis Center offers a variety of camps throughout the summer.
Click here to learn more and register.

Arts & Education

Glamour Girls
Date: July 9 – 13  Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Instructors will teach kids ages 5–12 how to make their very own beauty products, from shimmery lip balm to fizzy bath bombs. Cost: $150. Click here to register.

Lego Brixology Engineers
Date: July 9 – 13  Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Future engineers ages 6–10 will build Lego projects inspired by a variety of engineering fields: mechanical, aerospace, bioengineering and more! Cost: $165. Click here to register.

Digital Game Development
Date: July 16 – 20  Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Campers ages 7–10 will create their own video game complete with animated characters, custom backgrounds and cool sound effects. Cost: $185. Click here to register.

Chess Wizards Summer Camp
Date: July 16 – 20  Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Chess Wizards is a premier chess education camp that teaches players ages 5–14 strategy as well as sportsmanship. Cost: $200. Click here to register.

Wild About Weather
Date: July 23 – 26  Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fox 4’s Chief Meteorologist Dan Henry will lead campers ages 7–11 as they perform experiments and deliver their own weather reports. Cost: $175. Click here to register.

Designing Dolls
Date: July 23 – 27  Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In this camp, kids ages 5–12 will learn how to make a one-of-a-kind doll. Campers will design the hair, paint the face and even sew the clothing! Cost: $150. Click here to register.

Fusion Gaming
Date: July 23 – 27  Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
In this in-depth coding class, kids ages 8–14 will design and code a complex 3-level game with unique characters, sound effects and more. Cost: $175. Click here to register.

Fusion Gaming Junior
Date: July 23 – 27  Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In this introductory course, campers ages 5–7 will strengthen their computer skills by coding their very own game using basic game design. Cost: $175. Click here to register.

Lego Animation
Date: July 30 – August 3  Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This camp teaches kids ages 8–14 how to build sets, record voiceovers and edit stills for their own stop-motion animation movie. Cost: $175. Click here to register.

Adventures in Art Camp
Date: July 30 – August 2  Time: 2 – 4:45 p.m.
Artists ages 6–13 will create masterpieces in multiple mediums while learning fine art principles. All supplies are provided. Cost: $150. Click here to register.

You can register for all of these camps online or in person at Southlake Town Hall (1400 Main Street, Suite 210). Popular camps fill quickly, so be sure to register early! Camps that do not meet minimum registration requirements two business days prior to their scheduled start date will be canceled.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Southlake Community Services at 817-748-8019.

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Use of Force Reports from 2018 Comparable to 2017

With the calendar year more than halfway through, the Southlake Police Department continues to monitor all proofs required by CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) to maintain our Gold Standard Accreditation.  Earlier this year, on March 24th, 2018 Southlake received our 6th reaccreditation, extending our streak to 21 years in a row.

One topic continually brought up in the profession is the Use of Force.  Use of Force in the police world is defined as the “amount of effort required by police to compel compliance by an unwilling subject.”  These efforts can be documented as soft hand control, use of a Taser or OC Spray, or use of a firearm.

Each police department has their designated “Use of Force continuum,” which shows policy and procedure for what type of force an officer is allowed to use based on the combatant’s actions.

In 2017, there were a total of 33 Use of Force incidents from January 1st to December 31st.  These incidents ranged from a use of OC spray, to a K-9 bite, to going “hands on” with a resisting subject.  In October of 2017, CALEA changed one of their standards to now document “unholstering a firearm” as a documentation of force.

In 2018 so far, there have been 15 Use of Force incidents from January 1st to June 11th, putting us on pace to match last year’s totals.  Of these uses of force, 11 came from displaying a firearm or Taser, whereas the other 4 were officers having to go “hands on” with a resisting suspect.  All 15 incidents resulted in an arrest.

Southlake Police continue to work on their de-escalation techniques and appropriate use of force to maintain the highest of standards and work in the safest way possible for officers and the public.

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Dragon Baseball Wins Third State Championship

The 2018 Dragon Baseball team has officially added their team to the Carroll history books joining the 1982 and the 2002 baseball state champion teams. The Dragons defeated the Rattlers from San Antonio Reagan on Saturday to clinch the school’s third state championship in baseball and it’s first in 16 years.

From the first at-bat on Saturday, it was obvious that the Dragons were here to finish the job that they fell just short of last season. An errant throw on a routine groundball pulled the Rattlers first baseman off the bag causing a hard collision with Dragon leadoff hitter Cade Bell. Later in the first, Will Quillen drove in two runs on a bases-clearing triple that started the offensive explosion. The Dragons went on to score five more runs through the first five innings.

Kyle Warden took the mound in the championship game after Nicco Cole threw a gem the night before to get the Dragons to the trophy match. Warden was spectacular throughout the entire game. He worked out of two potential jams in the middle of the game, and his only blemish came late in the game once the game was all but finished. Adam Stephenson came in to close the game out for the Dragons. His lone strikeout of the game clinched the game and the championship for the Dragons.

Kyle Warden was awarded the tournament’s Most Valuable Player Award. The one-two punch of Nicco Cole and Kyle Warden proved deadly all season long for Dragon opponents. The two combined for a 21-1 record overall and a spotless undefeated record in the playoffs.

Nicco Cole, Kyle Warden, Cade Bell, Jorge Figueroa, and Nik Millsap were all named to the All-Tournament team.

(Photo Credit: Devon Messinger, KDGN)

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Lane Closures on Brumlow Avenue Starting Week of June 11

TEXRail has announced lane closures on Brumlow Avenue starting the week of June 11, 2018 in preparation for the installation of the rail crossing, utility and paving improvements near the intersection of SH 26.

These Phase 1 lane closures include the northbound left land and southbound double left lane closures on Brumlow, as well as a single left turn lane closure on SH 26. See the map below for more details.

Brumlow Map for MSN

Two-way traffic will be maintained during Phase 1, which is expected to last through June 25, 2018. More information about Phase 2 will be shared as it nears. Phase 2 will require a complete closure of Blumlow Ave. for approximately three weeks.

Visit the TEXRail Construction website for any updates: http://www.texrail.com/status/construction-updates/

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Carroll ISD Announces Two New Hires at June 4 Meeting

The Carroll ISD Board of Trustees and CISD Administration team welcomed two new hires to the June 4 Board Meeting. Mrs. Reigan O’Quinn will be joining the administration team at Old Union Elementary School as their new Assistant Principal and Mrs. Susan Willson will be coming to CISD from Highland Park ISD to serve as the new Director of Child Nutrition.

Reigan O’Quinn, Assistant Principal at Old Union Elementary

Reigan O’Quinn, Old Union Elementary’s new Assistant Principal, has thirteen years of experience in education.  She began her educational career as a 2nd-grade teacher at Monday Primary School in Kaufman, TX. The last nine years Mrs. O’Quinn has served at Carroll Elementary as the Science Lab teacher, 2nd-grade teacher, Special Education teacher and the Counselor.  She has been the Counselor at Carroll Elementary for the past four years.

Mrs. O’Quinn earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of North Texas and her Masters of Education degree in Counseling and Human Development from Hardin-Simmons University.  Mrs. O’Quinn’s leadership experiences include serving as Co-Coordinator for the K-6 Counseling Department, Team Leader of Special Programs at CES, and many others.

Susan Wilson, Carroll ISD Director of Child Nutrition

Mrs. Susan Wilson, Carroll ISD’ new Director of Child Nutrition, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Dietetics from UT Southwestern Medical Center. She also has dual Master Degrees from Texas Women’s University with a Master of Business Administration and a Master in Food Systems Administration. She is a Registered Dietitian and is the former President of the Child Nutrition Directors of North Central Texas.

She has a broad range of experience that includes over 12 years in the food service field. Mrs. Wilson has been the Director of Food Services with Highland Park ISD for the past 2 years. She oversees the operations of six campuses, including the selection, supervision, and training of managerial staff. She has developed policy and procedures to maximize efficiency and maintain compliance with state laws. She is familiar with the challenges and opportunities of operating a child nutrition program that is not on the National School Lunch Program.

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Resurfacing on Continental Blvd. Set to Start Monday, June 11

Continental Blvd. is about to drive a lot smoother. Motorists can expect slower traffic and some delays on E. & W. Continental Blvd., between Davis Blvd. and Byron Nelson Parkway, as resurfacing construction is set to start on Monday.

Construction work will take place between the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and is expected to last until July 6. While work is being completed there will be temporary lane closures affecting both east and westbound motorist. Traffic control personnel will be on site to help direct traffic.

Southlake Public Works Streets Division is partnering with Tarrant County, a cost-saving measure, to complete this project, which will be done in three phases. Weather permitting, here is the expected schedule for the project:

Phase I: Milling work will begin Monday, June 11 and continue through Friday, June 15.

Phase II: Asphalt resurfacing will begin Monday, June 18 and continue through Friday, June 29

Phase III: Striping and pavement marking will run simultaneously with paving and is expected to be completed by July 6.

As a reminder, motorists should anticipate slow moving traffic, and plan accordingly for additional travel times.

Please contact Public Works Operations (817) 748-8082 with any questions.

Continental Resurfacing Map

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Dragons Punch Ticket to State Tournament

In the first-ever high school playoff series at Globe Life Park, the Carroll Dragons flexed some offensive muscle and swept Flower Mound Marcus to earn their invite to the UIL State Tournament in Round Rock beginning this Friday.

The Dragon bats liked playing on the big stage. Over the two games, the Dragons outscored Marcus 20-3, lead by Matty Warner who had five RBIs over the weekend. The Carroll pitching staff continued their impressive playoff run as well. Friday night, Kyle Warden took the mound and held the Marauders to one hit over 7 innings. Warden struck out eight batters on 86 total pitches. Nicco Cole picked up on Saturday where Warden left off, holding the Marcus offense to three runs over 6 complete innings before the run rule kicked in.

For the second straight year, the Carroll Dragon Baseball team will head to Round Rock, Texas for the UIL State Tournament. The Dragons will face The Woodlands in the state semi-final on Friday, June 8 at 4 pm.

For those traveling, you may purchase tickets by clicking here. Tickets are $12.00 for Adults and $7.00 for Students.  Tickets for the entire weekend are available for $35.00

Dell Diamond will serve as host site for the 6A state tournament. Address is 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd. Round Rock, Texas 78665.

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Southlake Police Offer House Watch Program When You’re Away

With the inevitable blazing summer heat comes pool parties, get togethers, and family vacations.  One benefit of living in a community like Southlake, is our House Watch program.  If you plan on leaving for a weekend or a week, fill out a quick online form notifying the Southlake Police Department when you will be gone and when you will return.

After your quick registration, officers each shift and our citizens on patrol will be notified you are out of town.  When they aren’t answering calls or conducting traffic stops, they will come by your home, check the doors and verify the information you provided us.  If there’s a strange car in your driveway, then you’ll be getting a call asking about it.

There’s a few other questions we ask you to fill out as well, to make sure we are aware of all of the surroundings.  For instance, have you left pets in your yard that might surprise and attack one of our officers?  Have you scheduled a pool cleaner or a lawn mowing service that might be at the house?  Is your alarm set?  Should lights be on inside and are they on a schedule?  The more information your give us, the better we can protect your home.

The House Watch program is an invaluable tool and is available every day of the year.  So whether you take a week off to see grandma in New York or leave for a weekend staycation in Fort Worth, you can have the peace of mind knowing your home is being watch by Southlake’s finest.

Please also remember to update us if your travel plans change—if you get home early, if one of your kids “drop by” from college, or if all of the sudden there’s a Doberman in the back yard.  Just log into the House Watch account or contact our dispatch at 817-743-4524.

Creating a House Watch account is quick and easy.  Head over to https://www.cityofsouthlake.com/FormCenter/Police-Vacation-House-Watch-9/Vacation-House-Watch-96

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