Two Runway Closures Expected at DFW Airport

The City of Southlake has received the following information from DFW Airport Noise Office concerning two runway closures.

The first closure is a weekend closure of Runway 18R/36L, which is scheduled to be closed for maintenance from 10 p.m. Friday, September 18th through 4:00 p.m. Sunday, September 20th.  This closure is to accommodate work on Runway 36L’s Instrument Landing System (ILS) components and inspections requiring access to the runway environment.

The second is a six week closure of Runway 17R/35L which is scheduled to be closed from 10:00 p.m. on Sunday September 20th until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31st.  This closure is to support complete replacement and expansion of runway blast pads and other activities within the runway environment.

The forecast for weather during these periods is not yet available from the National Weather Service.  However, as with all such maintenance closures, the flights that would have used the closed runway will be dispersed among the remaining, operational runways. This can result in additional flights on runways that already receive flights, extension of hours of use of these runway as well as distribution of flights to runways that are not typically used for jet departures.  For example, any north flow winds during this period could require the use of Runway 31L to accommodate jet departures.

More information about the Airport’s planned runway work as well as a graphic depicting the location of the closed runway is available on DFW’s website at  http://www.dfwairport.com/inthecommunity/aircraft_noise.php.

We encourage citizens with inquiries or complaints to contact us.  The telephone Hotline, 972-973-3192, is manned 24/7.  The web address for the Noise Office is dfwnoise@dfwairport.com.  Follow-up response calls and emails will be provided when requested.

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So much to do at the Southlake Senior Activity Center this September!

On top of celebrating National Senior Center Month throughout the month of September, there are several special events and activities for those who are ages 55 and better to participate in!  Here are some of the event highlights:

Thursday, September 3: 6:30 – 10:00 PM – The Secret Garden at Artisan Center Theater (Preview Night)

Thursday, September 17: 12:30 – 5:30 PM – Spectacular Senior Follies at Eisemann Center

Monday, September 12: 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Potluck Bingo Night

Thursday, September 24: 1:00 PM – Movie Night, Woman in Gold

Friday, September 25: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM – NE Tarrant County Jamboree

Wednesday, September 30: 4:30 – 8:00 PM – JT’s See Breeze Party Boat Cruise

There are plenty more activities and classes to participate in at the Southlake Senior Activity Center, click here for the full calendar of events and for more information visit: www.SouthlakeSeniorCenter.com or call 817.748.8315.

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Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve will celebrate new Bluebird Trail Educational Signage

The Southlake Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2013 and the Bob Jones Nature Center Organization (BJNCO) and have partnered with the City of Southlake through the SPDC matching funds program to design and install educational signage along the Bluebird Trail at the Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve.

On Friday, September 25 at 8:00 AM, BJNC will hold a Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting to commemorate the completion of the signage installation. Light refreshments will be served. After the ceremony, there will be guided trail hikes available during the day.

Throughout the weekend, BJNC will celebrate with other events and activities to celebrate the debut of the signs. Please visit www.BJNC.com for additional information or call 817.491.6333.

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Message from the Chief of Police

As part of a larger police family, all of us feel an impact when a police officer loses his or her life in the

James Brandon  Chief of Police

James Brandon
Chief of Police

line of duty, even when that event occurs in another part of the country. Recent police deaths have affected us even more deeply, and our officers are now facing challenges and a public sentiment that I have not seen in my career.
Police officers can only work effectively when we have a partnership with our community, and this partnership is something that we cherish in Southlake. Although we mourn for the loss of our brothers and sisters, we have seen an outpouring of support from our community and the citizens that we strive to protect. As we work to make sense of tragedy, this kind of support is a ray of light that we cling to. Thank you to the Southlake residents and businesses that stepped forward last week to remind us that our cause is noble and that our service is valued. The men and women of the Southlake Police Department will continue to work tirelessly to keep our citizens safe, and we will do so in the most professional manner possible. Thank you.
James Brandon
Chief of Police

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Orange Barrel Alert – Franchise Utility Relocation to begin along North White Chapel Boulevard

Utility Relocation along N. White Chapel Boulevard

Utility Relocation along N. White Chapel Boulevard

Atmos Energy will begin utility relocation along North White Chapel Boulevard the week of September 7, 2015.

Beginning the week of September 7, 2015, Atmos will begin utility relocation along North White Chapel from Highland Street to SH 114. This work is in preparation for the eventual widening of North White Chapel Boulevard, which is scheduled to begin in early 2016.

Motorists should be aware of the traffic impact due to this work and exercise patience when traveling in the area. Traffic impacts related to the utility relocation will be communicated regularly via the City’s mysouthlakenews.com and social media channels.

For questions about this project, please contact Steven Anderson, P.E., C.F.M at 817-748-8101.

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SLPD Participates in “No Refusal” Campaign for Labor Day Weekend

 

The Southlake Police Department will again be participating in the state’s Labor Day Weekend Holiday – ‘No Refusal’ traffic enforcement campaign. The goal is to help keep travelers safe and take dangerous drivers off the road.

Beginning Friday, September 4, 2015 at 9:30 p.m. through Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 5:30 a.m., SLPD will begin increasing patrols.  Police officers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent. Individuals arrested for DWI, who refuse to take a breath or blood test, face having their blood drawn once officers seek a search warrant from a judge.

According to TxDOT, in 2014 more than 1,000 people in Texas were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving a driver who was under the influence of alcohol, accounting for 29 percent of the year’s total traffic fatalities.

In Texas, a person is legally intoxicated and may be arrested and charged with DWI with a 0.08 BAC (blood or breath alcohol concentration). However, a person is also intoxicated if impaired due to alcohol or other drugs regardless of BAC. Whether you’re the driver or the passenger, you can be fined up to $500 for having an open alcohol container in a vehicle.

The penalties increase if you are arrested for DWI with a child passenger, cause bodily injury or death to another person.  Besides an arrest for driving while intoxicated, you can also face charges for child endangerment, intoxication assault, or intoxication manslaughter.

The consequences of drinking and driving are severe. The loss of life is tragic for everyone involved. In addition to jail time, drivers who are arrested for driving while intoxicated can face fines, fees, and associated costs of up to $17,000.

The Southlake Police Department is urging everyone to be safe during the Labor Day Weekend Holiday; and If you plan to drink, please plan ahead by arranging to have a designated driver bring you home or arrange for a taxi to pick you up.

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New Traffic Signal at Kimball and Continental

New Traffic Signal at the Kimball/Continental Intersection

New Traffic Signal at the Kimball/Continental Intersection

There’s a new signal at Kimball Avenue and Continental Boulevard.

Motorists may have noticed work being done at the South Kimball Avenue and East Continental Boulevard intersection.

For the last few months, City contractors have been hard installing a brand new traffic signal at this location. Recently, the light poles have gone up and the signal has entered flashing mode. The signal is expected to be fully activated by Wednesday, September 2, 2015.

The new signal will provide increased safety at this intersection and will help accommodate the increase in traffic in the area due to new development.

For questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 817-748-8098.

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How “Unplugging” Can Help Save Teen Lives

Did you know that teenagers are now at greatest risk for injury or death caused by inattention while walking? Teens have a death rate twice that of younger children and account for half of all child pedestrian deaths. That’s why it’s vitally important to share the ‘Moment of Silence’ message. Meaning unplug from iPods and cell phones when crossing the street. Learn more in this safety message from Kids Safe World Wide.

Pedestrian Safety
Whether your kids are walking to school, the park or a friend’s house, here are a few simple tips to make sure they get there safely.

The Hard Facts
Unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death in the United States for children ages 5 to 19. Teenagers are now at greatest risk. Teens have a death rate twice that of younger children and account for half of all child pedestrian deaths.

Top Tips
*Teach kids at an early age to look left, right and left again before crossing the street. Then remind them to continue looking until safely across.

*Teach kids to put phones, headphones and devices down when crossing the street. It is particularly important to reinforce this message with teenagers.

*It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.

*Children under 10 need to cross the street with an adult. Every child is different, but developmentally, most kids are unable to judge the speed and distance of oncoming cars until age 10.

*Be a good role model. Set a good example by putting your phone, headphones and devices down when walking around cars.

Learn more valuable safety tips at www.safekids.org

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Bicentennial Park & Playground Grand Opening scheduled for September 12, 2015

Bicentennial Park & PlaygroundThe City of Southlake is excited to announce that the Grand Opening of Bicentennial Park & Playground will be Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to join Southlake Mayor, Laura Hill as the City opens the new  playground at Bicentennial Park! Attendees can enjoy all the features of the new playground which include zip lines, slides, a rope pyramid, sand castle building, water play and more! Plus, Kona Ice will be at the event offering snow cones from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM!

SinMiracle League Fieldce December 2013, the City has been working with Schrickel, Rollins & Associates, Inc. and Dean Construction to give the Southlake community a state-of-the-art park for kids of all ages to enjoy. Improvements to the park include a new playground, a Texas Rangers Miracle League Field, a 60/90 baseball field, new concession/restroom facilities, enhancements to the original baseball 4-plex, a new Park Division Office, and new trails.

OneBicentennial Park of the most unique features of Bicentennial Park is the new playground! At approximately 1.3 acres, it will offer an abundance of natural play opportunities for kids of all ages. It features two play areas — one designed specifically for toddlers and the other for older children. The playground will also include three pavilions and a large open picnic space.

Bicentennial Park and Playground

Park goers will notice a mommy dragon and baby dragon around the outskirts of the playground that house natural play elements for children to climb and explore on.  The City welcomes everyone to come out to the Grand Opening on September 12, and the park and playground will resume normal play hours (Sunday – Monday from 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM) after that date.

Bicentennial Park is located at 450 W. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, TX 76092. For more information about Bicentennial Park, please contact the Community Services Department at 817.748.8019.

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BuyBuy Baby and Cost Plus World Market Coming to Gateway Plaza

The following information was provided to the City of Southlake by Retail Properties of America, Inc. The picture above shows the retailers which are also in Gateway Plaza.

Retail Properties of America, Inc. (RPAI) announced today that it has signed two new leases, buybuy BABY and Cost Plus World Market, at Gateway Plaza located in Southlake, Texas. buybuy BABY and Cost Plus World Market are both expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2015.  Cost Plus and buybuy BABY are both part of the Bed Bath & Beyond family of brands.

buybuy BABY has more than 100 locations across the US with an amazing selection of the best baby gear along with everybody’s favorite brands – all at everyday low prices. Cost Plus World Market has over 250 locations nationwide and features high-quality, original items at a great value including trend-setting home accents and an array of international foods and wines.

Gateway Plaza is located in the retail corridor of Southlake, Texas. The 365,200 square foot power center is anchored by Kohl’s, T.J. Maxx, Old Navy, Ulta Beauty and Bed Bath & Beyond, as well as many other prominent national retailers and restaurants.

“buybuy BABY and Cost Plus World Market are perfect co-tenants for the center,” said Jason Kasal, RPAI’s vice president of leasing, western division. “These leases represent another example of RPAI’s ability to remerchandise its big-box inventory, and we believe the addition of buybuy BABY and Cost Plus World Market will position Gateway Plaza for long-term growth and market relevancy.”

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