Partial Intersection Closure Coming for N. White Chapel and Highland April 22

There’s been a lot of activity in the area of N. White Chapel and Highland, and it’s about to get even more active. In order for the new roundabout to really start taking shape, crews will be closing the east leg of the Highland Street and N. White Chapel intersection.

Weather permitting; the closure will start after the morning rush on Monday, April 22 and will include approximately 500 feet of E. Highland leading up to N. White Chapel. Much like the closure there in February, vehicles will not be able to turn east onto Highland from N. White Chapel or cross the intersection as they drive west. Vehicles coming from the west (from Peytonville or Shady Oaks) will be diverted north or south on N. White Chapel. Vehicles will still be able to turn west onto Highland from N. White Chapel or continue north and south on N. White Chapel.

This closure is expected to last about a month and a half. Once completed, this leg will then be reopened to northbound traffic only. One significant difference with this closure is that access to New Day Church will be impacted. A new entrance for the church is being constructed on N. White Chapel.

“We’d like to encourage drivers to seek alternate routes and try and avoid the intersection while the work is being completed,” notes City Engineer and Deputy Director of Public Works Kyle Hogue. “We are expecting significant delays during the morning and afternoon rush periods, so finding an alternate route might add distance to your trip, but could end up saving you time in the end. Safety is our number one priority, and the extra congestion in construction zones always calls for you to be more aware of your surroundings. If you do have to drive through the intersection, take your time and follow the posted speed limit. We want everyone to get to where they need to be, that includes our crews making it home at the end of the day.”

As with the February closure, City staff will work with contractors to monitor traffic through this intersection during construction. Feedback from residents and motorists can be helpful in making traffic adjustments. If there are problems or concerns we’d like to hear from you. There are several ways to reach out to us. The Southlake Mobility Facebook page is a great and easy-to-access resource, or you can contact us through the Connect Southlake website.

In anticipation of this closure, crews have been busy working on the new roadway surrounding the intersection. They have been making great progress on the southbound lanes with subgrade preparation (creating a level surface for the new roadway) and hope to start paving soon.

Interested in more progress updates? Visit www.ConnectSouthlake.com, sign up for the mobility e-newsletter and the Southlake Mobility Facebook page.

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It’s National Gardening Day in Southlake!

 

National Gardening Day is on Sunday, April 14 which is a great time for you to get out in the yard, plant seeds and allow Mother Nature to work!

The City of Southlake has partnered with the North Central Texas Council of Governments and various cities across the DFW Metroplex to create the Texas SmartScape campaign. Texas SmartScape involves plant sales, landscape design tools, inspiration photos and more.

Not sure what to plant? Texas SmartScape has an online plant database that can you help you find plants that are beneficial for this type of environment.

The great thing about planting native to the region is that the plants are suited to the climate, soil and precipitation. It also improves water quality by reducing runoff. Another plus to planting plants native or adapted to Texas is that they require less water, pesticides and fertilizers.

“With the native plants using much less water than other types of plants, water bills tend to go down as this water is conserved,” said Environmental Coordinator Ashley Carlisle, “These plants also help filter out any pollutants that might be in stormwater, so it’s a two for one win for Southlake residents.”

Join the celebration with other gardeners across Texas on April 14 and plant something new in your garden to bring out the natural beauty of your landscape.

To learn more about Texas SmartScape and the City’s water conservation programs click here.

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SKIL Students Engage with Area Businesses During Annual Day of Internship

Students from Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership (SKIL), the community’s youth leadership program, experienced a day on the job with area business owners and managers during the program’s Annual Day of Internship March 22.

With the participation of 14 area businesses, including AT&T Corporate Offices, Educational Employees Credit Union (EEUC) and Highland Landscaping, SKIL students got an insider’s perspective in several industries and businesses had an opportunity to showcase their companies while mentoring the next generation of potential employees and business leaders.

“The SKIL program provides real-life shadowing opportunities for our students. Students learn theory in the classroom, and the SKIL program provides them a chance to translate the classroom to a real-world job environment,” stated EECU Director Barbara Walker.

This is the fourth year of SKIL, a program created in partnership between the City of Southlake, the Carroll Independent School District and the Southlake Chamber of Commerce. The program provides opportunities to develop leadership qualities in young citizens and create better decision makers by engaging students in their community.

SKIL does more than simply educate students about opportunities, it creates experiences for the students to participate and engage in leadership activities. Students learn about and actively contribute to projects within the City of Southlake’s various departments, as well as work with the Carroll Independent School District and the Southlake Chamber of Commerce. Through the program’s Annual Day of Internship, students also expand their entrepreneurial experiences as well. Carroll Senior High School students interested in participating in the program apply at the beginning of each academic year, and then 20 high school juniors are selected and begin program activities each October.

“SKIL offers current Southlake community leaders, business owners and residents a valuable opportunity for cultivating the next generation of leaders, which ultimately strengthens our community. The real-world insight youth leaders gain during the experience fosters an interest in government and business, which gives students a better understanding about leadership paths they may want to pursue in the future,” stated Mayor Laura Hill.

For more information about SKIL, contact Daniel Cortez in the City’s Economic Development Department at 817-748-8039.

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Champions Challenge Kicked-off at the Grand Opening of Champions Club on April 6, 2019

Champions Club kicked-off the inaugural Champions Challenge at the Grand Opening on April 6, 2019. Champions Challenge will be an annual tradition that is held each anniversary of the facility. Members will be able to compete in various athletic challenges to try and beat the previous year’s winner. The new Champions of each event will be featured at the facility and will hold their title until the following year.

During the Grand Opening, celebrity Champions came to show attendees their skills and help orchestrate some of the challenges. We appreciate each of the celebrities for their efforts in making the first Champions Challenge a success. Follow Champions Club on Facebook to learn more about our Champions and the events included in the Challenge. The 2020 Champions Challenge date will be announced later this year.

Congratulations to the below winners of the challenges!

Athletic Challenges
3 Point featuring Karen Young, former Dragon & TCU Player
10 & Under: Danny Kunz
12 & Under: Taevin Kunz
13 & Under: Luke Hallenback
Adult: Danny Wood

Bunting featuring Mike Adams, former Texas Ranger Player
6 & Under: Jackson Hartzler
8 & Under: Braden Bormaster
10 & Under: Zak Pryce
12 & Under: Carter Williams
Teens: Will Bloumt

Free Throw featuring Coach Eric McDade
6 & Under: Owen Armstrong
8 & Under: Ethan Meche
10 & Under: Bennett Bormaster
12 & Under: Jackson Meche
Teens: Nick Ryniak
Adults: Taylor Perkins & Brandon Meche

Field Goals
Teens: Kyle Lemmermann and Jackson Fuller

Shuttle Run featuring Willie Pile
6 & Under: Philip Derry
10 & Under: Lindy Meacham
12 & Under: Ben Blount
Teens: Ryan Schmuhl
Adults: Adam Derry

QB Accuracy featuring Coach Riley Dodge
8 & Under: Ronan Muokere
10 & Under: Brody Knowles
12 & Under: Gavin Strange
Teens: Jake Jimenes, Robby Hanson and Eric Garza
Adult: Chris Tribble

Soccer Accuracy
6 & Under: Jackson Copeland
8 & Under: Presley Knowles
10 & Under: Allison Copeland
12& Under: Gavin Strange
Teens: Hamza Khawaja

Fitness Challenges
Track Race featuring Councilmember Chad Patton
8 & Under: Vimey Bai
10 & Under: Andrew Huffman
Adults: Todd Jorgenson

Rower featuring Councilmember John Huffman
Adults: Steve Schlitsky

Pull-ups
Adults: Paul Phillips

Bench Press
Adults: Christian Espirit

Aquatics Challenges
Green Water Slide Race featuring Shawn McCaskill
Adults: Shawn McCaskill

Blue Water Slide Race
6 & Under: Vincent Snayor
8 & Under: Thomas Reekers
10 & Under: Harper Yates
12 & Under: Ollie Veil

To learn more about Champions Club’s membership opportunities and amenities, please check out our website or give us a call at (817) 748-8955.

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New and Notable Business Openings in Southlake

Spring has sprung and new businesses are popping up in Southlake. Hop your heart out at the newest trampoline park in town, stock up on natural cosmetics, savor Latin American flavors with a Texas twist and join a cult classic burger following. All of these exciting options are now available, so put a spring in your step and head to Southlake.

Kids of all ages and fitness levels will find no shortage of activities at Urban Air Adventure Park. More than a trampoline park, the indoor amusement park also features indoor go-karts, bumper cars, virtual reality, climbing walls, ropes course, Sky Rider Coaster (similar to a zip line) and much more. Show off your jumping skills on the ProZone Performance Trampoline (jump from an elevated platform), DropZone (giant inflatable airbag), Slam Dunk Zone (basketball + trampoline), Runway Tumble Track (trampoline lane) or Apex Trampolines (segmented trampolines on the floor and walls). There is even a designated trampoline area for kids seven and under, and a café for refueling on pizza and drinks. With weekly activities, birthday and special event bookings, and various membership levels and endless adventures for defying gravity, Urban Air Adventure Park is the go-to place. It is located at 2201 W. Southlake Boulevard.

Spring cleaning your cosmetics cabinet? Pay a visit to Lush and stock up on beauty and bath products made from preservative-free and organic ingredients. All Lush products are made by hand, include natural, fair-trade ingredients and are never tested on animals. From bath and shower to hair, face and body products, find them all at Lush, located in Southlake Town Square at 1431 Main Street.

Herencia brings new meaning to spring fever with its south-of-the-border spices and flavors. Meaning “heritage” in Spanish, Herencia pays homage to Latin recipes passed down from generations. Savor popular South and Central America dishes with a Texas twist—appetizers, salads, Texican entrées, “back yard Texas” grilled meats, tacos and enchiladas, and desserts. Herencia is located at 1431 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 551.

Shack fans, rejoice. Shake Shack is now in Southlake. The New York-based burger joint started as a hot dog cart stand and has now grown into a burger brand with a cult-like following, offering burgers, chicken, flat-top dogs, fries, frozen custard, drinks (including beer and wine), breakfast and even items for dogs. Shake Shack is located in Southlake Town Square at 125 Central Avenue.

Now with even more options for playing, eating and shopping, spring is a great time to get out, explore and find new favorites in Southlake. For a complete list of new and coming businesses, take a look at the New Biz List, published monthly by the City of Southlake Economic Development & Tourism Department.

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Dress in Your Royal Best: Your Presence Is Requested at the Princess Tea Party!

All VIPs—Very Important Princesses—are cordially invited to attend this special preschool program on Friday, April 26. Ages 3–5.

Southlake Parks and Recreation is hosting a Princess Tea Party for all of our pint-sized princesses! Wear your best princess attire and come enjoy tea, snacks, crafts, games and royal pampering. Registration is required.

Princess Tea Party

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Champions Club at The Marq Southlake
Resident Fee: $14
Non-Resident Fee: $18
Register Online

If you have any questions, please contact Southlake Parks and Recreation at (817) 748-8019.

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Health & Wellness Master Plan Committee Hosts Open House

Join us on Wednesday, April 17 at 5 p.m. in Southlake Town Hall for a public open house hosted by the 2035 Southlake Health & Wellness Master Plan Committee! City staff will present information on the proposed recommendations of the Health & Wellness Master Plan, which focuses on topics such as built and natural environment, aging population, mental and physical health and community resiliency. The open house will allow citizens the opportunity to attend and provide valuable comments on the plan

The 2035 Health & Wellness Master Plan Committee was appointed by Southlake City Council in June 2018. The committee held their kick-off meeting in August 2018 and has since met numerous times to develop recommendations for the plan.

Health & Wellness Open House

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – Third Floor Conference Rooms, Southlake Town Hall – 1400 Main St.
  • 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Open House Portion
  • 6:30 p.m. Health & Wellness Master Plan Presentation with Q&A

“Community health and wellness continues to grow as a popular topic in future planning efforts”, said Senior Planning and Development Services Director Ken Baker. “Recommendations included within the 2035 Health & Wellness Master Plan allow us to stay proactive in addressing strategies that promote health and wellness. We encourage residents to attend the Health & Wellness Open House, as this provides a great opportunity for our stakeholders to give us highly valued input and feedback”.

A draft version of the Health & Wellness Master Plan is available on the City’s website. There is also a feedback form on the Health & Wellness web page for residents to submit questions or comments directly to planning staff regarding this plan. For more information about the upcoming open house or the Southlake Comprehensive Plan, feel free to call the Planning and Development Services Department at (817) 748-8621.

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It’s National Library Week 2019

It’s National Library Week and this year we celebrate Libraries = Strong Communities.

Celebrate libraries with us this week!  April 7-13 is National Library Week and that gives us a chance to celebrate all the wonderful ways libraries support the community. This year, Melinda Gates is the Honorary Chair and she is stepping forward to advocate for libraries. On April 23, she will debut her book, “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World.” This candid and inspiring book demonstrates the link between women’s empowerment and the health of societies and includes conversations she’s had with women all over the world.

Don’t let National Library Week be the only reason you stop by to see us, we want you to check out our offerings all year! The Southlake Library offers interactive story times for kids and educational programs for both youth and adults. The library also has a wide selection of books and audio books and helps support the needs of the community through educational, business and personal growth. Whether you want to find a book, movie, program, notary or even a toll tag, the Southlake Library is here to help.

To find Melinda’s book or for more information, please contact the Southlake Library at 817-748-8243.

Join #MyLibraryMyStory

The American Library Association has launched a social media initiative called #MyLibraryMyStory. Share your videos, stories, photos or text sharing your library story and #MyLibraryMyStory to join the conversation. One person will be randomly selected to win a $100 Visa gift card for sharing their story. Post your story to Instagram or Twitter by April 13 at noon CT for your chance to win.

 

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2019 Early Voting Parking

As spring weather approaches and foot traffic in Town Square increases, the City is preparing for Early Voters. For voter convenience, the City is reserving parking spaces to avoid the hassle of finding a spot.

Signs will be placed throughout Town Square to assist voters during Early Voting from April 22 – April 30, and to assist voters during the Art in the Square event from April 26 – 28. See schedule and parking locations below:

Voter parking- Main Street- facing Town Hall:
April 22, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April 23, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April 24, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April 25, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Voter parking – Art in the Square – 20-minute limit on Main Street, facing  Ann Taylor:
April 26, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April 27, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
April 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Voter Parking, Main Street – facing Town Hall
April 29, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
April 30, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Final day, Early Voting Polls Close

For more information on voting in Southlake, please contact the City’s Secretary’s office at 817-748-8183 or visit us online.

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Carroll Odyssey of the Mind Teams are World Championship Bound

Last weekend, 18 Dragon Odyssey of the Mind teams competed in the State Tournament at Waller high School, outside of Houston. Out of all of the outstanding performances, 10 Dragon teams earned a spot at the 40th Odyssey of the Mind World Championships in late May at Michigan State University.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an environment that builds self-confidence, encourages teamwork and fosters development of life skills. Odyssey of the Mind proves that students can excel and have fun through creative and innovative learning.

Congratulations to all of the Dragon OM students and volunteer parent coaches who put in hundreds of hours of practice throughout the year! Below are the teams advancing to the World Finals:

Campus/Coach Problem/Results Team Members
CSHS: Kathy Marshall -Theatrical Problem – Div 3

1st PLACE

-Structure Problem – Div 3

2ND PLACE

 

RANATRA FUSCA award for outstanding creativity.

Zack Marshall

Jake Marshall

Chloe Moore

Elizabeth Hamel

Sarah Chapin

Olivia Hooper

Logan Mikolasik (CHS)

JES: Mark Hall -Vehicular Problem – Div 1

1st PLACE

 

RANATRA FUSCA award for outstanding creativity.

Abhijay Nalajala

Cooper Heiple

Django Hollingsworth

Evan Hall

Kai Buescher

Adam Forst (EIS)

Chelsea Grace Unaja (DIS)

CSHS: Keith Buckley/Michelle Moore

 

-Classics Problem – Div 3

1ST PLACE

 

Reilly Buckley

Katie Moore (CHS)

Kayla Grosskopf

Catie Pratt

Kayin Jones

Cole Ragsdale

CSHS: Inna Dietrich -Technical Problem – Div 3

2ND PLACE

 

Miranda King

Akshaya Hemanth

Marissa Vazhappilly

Aryana Mithwani

Ethan Connelly

Sophie Dietrich (CHS)

CHS: Hilary Hale -Vehicular Problem – Div 3

2nd PLACE

 

Alfred Hale

Clark Hindman

Drew Francis

Justin Sasek

Manan Singh

DIS: Diane Pierce Ogle -Vehicular Problem – Div 2

1ST PLACE

Grant Ogle

Pierce Ogle

Vanessa Vazhappilly Andrew Balson

Julia Dietrich (DMS)

Cody Williams (DMS)

Trey King (DMS)

EIS: Jenny Ferrara -Classics Problem – Div 2

2nd PLACE

 

Carolyn Jiang

Grayson Davidson

Kaylee Brabham

Nick Ferrara

Owen Hindman

Guentin Gourdon

Victoria He

EIS: Tom Kelly -Vehicular Problem – Div 2

1st PLACE

 

Sophia Kelly

Camden Fike

Ella O’Neil

Lincoln Daniels

Nick Price

Nikhil Copling

Aditya Shetty

DIS: Shilpa Karra -Structure Problem – Div 2

2nd PLACE

 

Anshika Solleti

Harrison Whipkey

John Fahoum

Lexie Burtea

Liisa Hambazaza

Madeline Louros

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