UPDATE: W. Highland to get resurfaced in early July

While the intersection of W. Highland and N. White Chapel is being converted into the second half of a new dual-lane roundabout, the rest of W. Highland will also get some attention.

Southlake Public Works Streets & Drainage will begin the asphalt replacement on W. Highland Street from Shady Oaks Dr. to N. White Chapel Blvd. on Monday, July 15, 2019, through Friday, July 26, weather permitting of course.

Construction work will occur between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. One lane of traffic will remain open during the resurfacing project with flaggers directing traffic during construction. Access to driveways and Rothschild Boulevard and Linnea Lane will be maintained during the work as well.

Thanks for your cooperation during this time. Please contact Public Works Operations at (817) 748-8082 with any questions.

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July 2019: New Biz List

Would you like to know about the new businesses in town? If so, you are going to want to subscribe to the Economic Development New Biz List. The list not only gives you an update about recently opened businesses, but it will also tell you what’s coming to Southlake in the next few months.

  • Code Ninjas: Code Ninjas opened at 220 Randol Mill Avenue, Suite 100. At this new business, kids learn to code through their engaging game-based curriculum that teaches teamwork, logic, math and problem-solving. They gain vital skills while having a blast. 469-293-9300 CodeNinjas.com
  • Radius Security USA: Radius Security opened at 2211 E. Continental Boulevard, Suite 160. Their signature service is remote guarding, a revolutionary solution based on video analytics software. Sophisticated security cameras can detect and track human movement and vehicles, while ignoring wildlife and other false triggers. It works in all weather conditions, environments and lighting conditions. 817-632-2407 USA.RadiusSecurity.com
  • iCode: iCode opened at 2750 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 210 in Wyndham Plaza. The future will demand innovators to solve ever-changing needs and crises. As a leader in computer science education, iCode’s goal is to meet that demand by enriching the educational experience and capability of tomorrow’s workforce. Through our approach, today’s students gain the technical expertise, cognitive flexibility and real-world skills to be tomorrow’s exceptional talent.. 817-527-5270 iCodeSchool.com
  • Advanced Psychiatry, P.L.L.C.: Advanced Psychiatry opened at 1100 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 300. The care providers at Advanced Psychiatry are highly trained and experienced specialists who have strong backgrounds in the successful treatment of a broad range of psychiatric disorders. 817-873-0590 AdvancedPsychiatryDFW.com
  • StretchLab: StretchLab opened at 2600 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 160. Tight shoulders, sore hamstrings, neck tension. No two bodies are the same and no two stretches at StretchLab are the same. One on one stretching is about identifying tightness and imbalances in your body and customizing a stretch routine that is just for you.  817-953-8500 StretchLab.com
  • Huntington Learning Center: Huntington Learning Center opened at 480 W. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 115. For almost 40 years, They’ve treated students as individuals and tailored their tutoring programs to fit their unique needs, academic goals and schedules. The best part? Their tutoring centers are proven to accelerate academic results, so you can trust them to help your child succeed. 817-618-5300 HuntingtonHelps.com

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Stars and Stripes, Past, Present and Future

It seems like yesterday when the City of Southlake kicked off the first Stars and Stripes event over 20 years ago. The year was 1999, the first phase of Town Square just opened and the Shops of Southlake had yet to be developed.

Frank Bliss, President of US Real Estate at Cooper & Company is one of the developers who worked on the plan to develop Town Square.

He recalled that 20 years ago, there were only six buildings up in the area; three on each side to be exact.

He explained that the inspiration behind the design of Town Square was to build a downtown area in Southlake designed for community events.

Bliss even highlighted that the design of the pavilion was so that the Lake Cities Band could perform.

Bliss said that he wanted Town Square to create a regional draw and bring more people to Southlake.

When the Stars and Stripes event made its first debut on July 3 in 1999, streets were filled with residents and visitors to witness the first patriotic fireworks show.  Bliss described the first show as the “best fireworks show” he ever saw.

Since that day, Stars and Stripes became the first traditional event in Southlake, followed by Octoberfest, Home for the Holidays and Art in the Square. “People love to gather here,” said Bliss.

As it stands today, some Stars and Stripes traditions put into practice 20 years ago are still in place. The patriotic ceremony and live performances along with kid’s activities have truly evolved to attract more vendors and of course more patrons. Let’s not forget the fireworks show has continued to become the highlight of the family-friendly celebration. Stars and Stripes T-shirts are also a cherished tradition for visitors and families to have as keepsake from attending the event.

Bliss explained that the event has exceeded his expectations. He recalled walking from 114 and seeing families and friends coming together, walking, blocking off spaces and even cleaning up after the event is over.

The family-friendly event was to celebrate the nation’s independence and what better way to celebrate than in Southlake’s very own downtown area.

Join us for the 20th Anniversary of Stars and Stripes on Wednesday, July 3 from 6 to 11 p.m. The fireworks show kicks off at 9:30 p.m. weather permitting, hope to see you there! For event notifications during the event, text STARSNSTRIPE to 888777 and download the VisitSouthlake! App on Android or Apple App Store. For more information, click here.

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Stars and Stripes 2019 – Parking and Safety Tips

Stars and Stripes is one of the most popular events in Southlake. With this year being the 20th Anniversary of Stars and Stripes we are expecting a bit more foot traffic. This year’s event will kick off on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. with fireworks show starting at 9: 30 p.m. in Town Square.

Holiday traffic can be very frustrating at times and we want to make things as easy as possible by sharing a few parking and safety tips.

Access to Town Square before the event:

Barricades will go up early in the morning on July 3rd. The interior roads of Town Square will not be accessible by vehicle. There will be barricades for the duration of the event preventing traffic from traveling north on Central Avenue past Main Street.

Parking

Although parking is limited in Town Square, like any event, its best to arrive early and take advantage of the FREE parking on day of event. Internal parking in will be closed on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at 7 a.m. and all surface lots and the East Garage will close when full or no later than 7: 30 p.m. Parking will also be available at the Granite Building Garage after 6 p.m. located at the intersection State St. and SH 114.

Please WATCH FOR PEDESTRIANS! Citizens on Patrol (COPs) volunteers will also be on hand to assist pedestrians at major crosswalks and to help ensure the safety of all attendees.

Shuttle Services

Lone Star Coaches will be onsite to provide attendees a cool ride in an air-conditioned bus to and from the event. The shuttles are located at White’s Chapel Methodist Church and Gateway Church.  Shuttles will drop patrons off at McPherson Park located right behind the Hilton Hotel. The shuttles will run from 3:30 p.m. – 11: 55 p.m.

Use the family drop off area: 

There will be a family drop off area at DPS Headquarters located at 600 State St. near the shuttle drop off. Please have your passengers ready to exit the vehicle when it comes to a stop to help alleviate traffic congestion. Drivers who are planning to use Southlake Blvd. to get home need to be aware that they will not be allowed to access Carroll Avenue towards SH 114.

Ride Share Drop Off Area:

If you are taking a ride share service, please tell your driver to drop you off at DPS Headquarters.

Handicapped Parking in Town Square 

Drivers can enter from either Prospect Street/Carroll Avenue or Central Avenue /Southlake Blvd (FM 1709) to access the handicapped parking along Main Street. Handicapped parking will be available on Main Street by Starbucks and Mi Cocina. Please be aware that the entrance at Carroll Avenue /Main Street will be designated for exit only.

Additional handicapped parking spaces will be provided this year on Federal Way between Harkins Theatres and the East Garage. Attendees can access this lot from Grand Avenue or Central Avenue via the SH 114 frontage road. Golf carts will be available to transport guests from this parking area to the event.

Not parking in Town Square?  

Lighted crosswalks will be available and manned by Southlake officers at the following locations:

  • Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709) and Central Avenue
  • Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709) and Carroll Avenue
  • North Carroll Avenue and Prospect Street
  • North Carroll Avenue and Federal Way

If parking on the side streets off of Carroll Avenue, please remember to follow these important rules.

  • To ensure everyone makes it home safely, it’s imperative that everyone uses the designated crosswalks. Crossing Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709) on foot from the Central Market while not in a crosswalk is very dangerous and PROHIBITED!  Bike officers will be patrolling the area and will take appropriate enforcement action for your safety.
  • Park facing the correct way and no more than 18” from the curb.
  • Do not block driveways or park in someone’s yard.
  • Make sure your vehicle is not in the intersection; it will be towed.
  • Be courteous to the neighborhood.

For more information about Stars and Stripes Southlake parking please visit us online at www.StarsandStripesSouthlake.com.

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Ready, Set, Grill: Shop Southlake for Summer Barbecue Essentials

Summer is officially underway, as is grilling season. With a new name in town offering grills and accessories, and longstanding favorite retailers fully stocked for the season, Southlake has everything you need to be well equipped to tackle a summer filled with backyard barbecues.

Hot off the grill and new to Southlake, Premier Grilling is now open and offers everything grilling-related. One of four locations found only in Texas, stop by and shop popular brands and various grill types (BBQ smokers, built-in grills, freestanding grills, flat-top grills and griddles, pizza ovens and portable grills). Find all the tools and gadgets, grill accessories, and seasonings, sauces and rubs you need. Specializing in more than grills, Premier Grilling also sells beverage coolers, compact refrigerators, ice makers and machines, kegerators and wine coolers to help you keep cold items perfectly chilled during hot weather entertaining. Looking to expand your al fresco cooking from a grill to an entire outdoor kitchen? Premier Grilling offers free patio consultations and patio construction, as well as service and maintenance for existing outdoor cooking areas and equipment in need of cleaning or repair. Turn up the heat on your grilling skills and learn a few new techniques at Premier Grilling’s classes and events. Premier Grilling is located at 3020 E. Southlake Boulevard.

A Southlake staple for outdoor living needs since 2006, family-owned BBQ Outfitters has over 50 years combined experience in the industry to assist customers with everything from grilling to refrigeration and heating to illumination. The showroom inside BBQ Outfitters hosts a collection of completed kitchen venues to offer clients a vision of possible outdoor retreats. Whether you are looking for the ultimate in gas grills, gas logs, smokers, spices and everything in between, BBQ Outfitters offers a wide selection. With the philosophy that a grilling area is not only a space for cooking, but also a space for living and relaxing, BBQ Outfitters offers everything to complete an outdoor kitchen, including storage cabinets, refrigerators, heaters, lights, ventilation, fireplaces and more. Specializing in turning simple outdoor cooking into exceptional outdoor entertaining, visit BBQ Outfitters at 2366 E. State Highway 114.

Complete your grilling grocery list at Southlake’s longstanding gourmet grocer, Central Market. The supermarket chain offers specialty, organic and craft food and beverages, with a wide selection of everything needed for a backyard barbecue. Shop the expansive fresh meat market with options ranging from grass-fed beef and bison to pork, lamb, chicken, turkey, sausages and game meats. Save a little time and effort by choosing seasoned, marinated or prepped meats. Central Market also offers a large variety of fresh seafood, with options like salmon, sea bass, shrimp, tilapia, tuna, crab, lobster and more. Also find an array of locally grown and imported produce, as well as locally brewed and imported beers, cold cases filled with prepared salads sold by the pound, grocery staples, unique condiments and everything else needed for summer cooking, grilling and smoking. Central Market is located at 425 E. Southlake Boulevard.

If you can’t handle the heat, stay away from the kitchen (or patio) and let Feedstore BBQ do the cooking for you. Satisfy your Texas-sized appetite for smoked meats and more, including traditional barbeque favorites like brisket, pork, chicken, turkey, ham and sausage, as well as catfish, salads and homemade desserts. With as many awards and accolades as menu items, it’s no wonder that Feedstore BBQ has become a Southlake dining staple since opening as a restaurant in 2001. Feedstore BBQ is the oldest retail establishment in town, having previously operated as a feed store in the 1950s. Dine in, take out or order catering for your next summer party. Feedstore BBQ is located at 530 S. White Chapel Boulevard.

 

With so many sizzling options to make your backyard barbecue a smoking success, head to Southlake and get fired up about grilling and summer entertaining.

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Southlake Police Department Welcomes Two Lateral Transfers

The Southlake Police Department welcomed two new lateral transfers over the past few months.  Both officers came from other agencies, so they completed an abbreviated training process and are now on the streets protecting our community.

Officer Ivy Busby came to Southlake from the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Police Department, where she served for two and a half years.  She had grown up in a close knit community in northern New Jersey and lived across the street from the police department, where she had amazing officers as role models.

Most of her calls for DART revolved around transit calls, so it’s been a challenging but successful learning process here for her to apply the same basic police skills and instincts to a completely new world.

Officer Busby said she loves Southlake because of the powerful support system the community gives the police department through the citizens, business owners, politicians and educators.  “This allows me as an officer and Southlake as a community to be an example of teamwork and innovation to communities around the world.”

Officer Taylor Mueller was a two-year veteran of the Arlington Police Department and joined Southlake in March of 2019 after stumbling across Southlake’s social media pages.  Those caused him to look more into the department and see if it would be a good fit.

“I was shocked at how fast I connected with my co-workers,”  Officer Mueller said.  “I began to develop incredible friendships during the first week of training.”

Officer Mueller said his favorite part about being a police officer is engaging with the community and being there for people when they are truly in need.

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City of Southlake is Game On for Park and Recreation Month

Get ready to get in the game this July with the City of Southlake and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by NRPA, Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local parks and recreation play in conservation, health and wellness and social equity efforts in communities all across the country.

This year, it’s all about highlighting the fun, games and exciting offerings at your local parks and recreation centers. From providing special events to exciting sports leagues and everything in between, the City of Southlake has a wide variety of programs that are not only fun, they also bring the community together. NRPA and the City of Southlake are encouraging everyone to get out there and get in the game in their own way at their local parks and rec centers.

In Southlake, you can celebrate Park and Recreation Month by experience many of our FUN activities below or get involved all month long with our Parks and Rec Month Calendar.

Southlake’s Stars and Stripes
Wednesday, July 3
Southlake Town Square
6 – 11:00 p.m.
Come celebrate 20 years of history at our 2019 Stars and Stripes event. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

Storybook Time
Tuesday, July 9
Bicentennial Park
10:00 a.m.
Come and enjoy a story read by one of our own Southlake librarians at Bicentennial Park followed by some fun storybook activities.

Family Fun Day
Saturday, July 13th
Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve
9 – 11:00 a.m.
Bring the entire family out to Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve for fun and exciting hikes, arts and crafts, special group activities, scavenger hunts, snacks and more! Learn about the Cross Timbers ecosystem while spending time with your family in the beautiful outdoors.

Hot Dogs and Ice Cream Day
Wednesday, July 17
Bicentennial Park Playground
5 – 7:00 p.m.
Swing by and enjoy some hot dogs, ice cream, and water games at Bicentennial Park Playground.

Yoga in the Park
Thursday, July 25
North Park
9 – 10:00 a.m.
Grab your mats and head out to North Park for a Sunrise Yoga session led by one of our Champions Club instructors!

Board Game Day
Saturday, July 29
Champions Club
4 – 6 p.m.

Come enjoy some board games for the whole family from 4- 6 p.m. at Champions Club.

Pups in the Park
Saturday, July 27
Bob Jones Dog Park
5 – 8:00 p.m.
Join us at Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park at Bob Jones for some pup fun off the leash!

Can’t make it out to an event? No problem. Join us for a “Game On’ Scavenger Hunt for a chance to be featured on our Experience Southlake websites!

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Fire Department Takes Steps to Minimize Health and Wellness Risks to Firefighters

It’s the job of a firefighter to run to the direction of danger to keep you safe. But to do that, they put their own life at risk every time they run towards that danger. The Southlake Fire Department has recently taken proactive steps to minimize the overall risk placed unto firefighters due to frequent exposure to carcinogens and address the importance of the emotional health of its members.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, for many years cardiac arrest has been the number one cause of in line of duty deaths of firefighters. However, cancer-related deaths among firefighters have increased significantly over the last few decades. The Firefighter Cancer Support Network says that compared to the general population, firefighters are 68% more likely to acquire some form of cancer throughout their life.

“These findings can be contributed to the number of toxins that are encountered throughout a career, including those found at HazMat incidents, emergency medical calls, structure fires, and other life-threatening situations that may impact a firefighter’s health,” notes Deputy Chief Kurt Hall. “We took this information and took some proactive steps to put cancer reduction policies in place to ensure the health and safety of our personnel. We’ve implemented new standard operating procedures to limit exposure to cancer-causing agents.”

Fire Safety Pic 1The new policies require firefighters to connect to an exhaust port before entering the fire bays to minimize exposure to a known carcinogen, diesel fumes. In addition, firefighters are now required to go through a decontamination process on the scene of any fire. This includes the cleaning of all gear immediately after exiting the fire while taking precautions to limit unnecessary contact of contaminated equipment.

Once the gear has been decontaminated, the emergency scene is mitigated, and all fire units have cleared the scene, all personal protective gear used in firefighting activities is stored in sealed bags to prevent contact with the firefighter’s bare skin. Once back at the fire station, the used gear is thoroughly cleaned to rid the gear of harmful materials.

A second set of personal protective gear is available for all personnel to use after their front-line gear has been contaminated. Using multiple sets of personal protective gear will ensure that firefighters are not exposed to harmful carcinogens for excessive amounts of time. Reducing the threat of contaminated personal protective gear will play a major factor in the fight on cancer in the fire service.

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The Fire Department also offers pre-cancer screening blood tests that have been shown to provide early detection of breast, colon, liver and lung cancer. While this a voluntary test, it has had tremendous success during its tenure.

In addition to proactive cancer reducing measures, the Fire Department has also addressed and implemented several policies that encourage individuals to seek help for behavioral or mental health issues that could adversely affect their lives.

“The stressors that can affect emergency response personnel throughout their career can place a heavy burden on the person’s psyche,” notes Hall. “A 2017 study by the Ruderman Family Foundation found that more firefighters died from suicide than in the line of duty. Mental health is a critical area that the fire service must improve on. As a department, we recognize the importance of mental health and are committed to ensuring our personnel have access to receive treatment whenever needed.  It’s crucial for us to consider mental health when creating and implementing improvements to an organization’s health and wellness policies. We’re proud of the fact that the Southlake Fire Department has continued to be a leader in the fire service industry when providing mental health and wellness initiatives to our personnel.”

All Southlake Fire Department personnel have 24-hour access to the Employee Assistance Program, which has numerous benefits including behavioral health counseling, legal service provided by a lawyer in the area of concern, financial services provided by a financial professional, as well as access to the EAP website that offers resources, skill-building tools online assessments, and referrals for everyday needs.

In addition, the department has implemented a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing program used to ease the acute stress responses of the fire department and other emergency personnel following an event or incident that might elicit strong emotional reactions that could adversely affect one’s ability to safely perform their duties, and/or day-to-day functions.

“We all share the responsibility for identifying significant incidents that qualify for debriefing and recognizing the signs and symptoms of their peers to call for the debriefing team,” says Hall. “Being dedicated to an organization’s member’s overall health and wellness is a lofty, yet important endeavor. As a department, we’ve been steadfast in ensuring we are fit for duty, both physically and mentally, from day one of their careers until long after their retirement.”

With the implementation of these new health and wellness policies, the City of Southlake and the Southlake Fire Department will continue to be leaders in the industry and show that their commitment to their employee’s health is a significant priority.

To learn more about the Southlake Fire Department visit their website at www.cityofsouthlake.com/firedepartment.

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Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture Requests Community Feedback

The Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture would like your feedback! The committee is launching a city-wide pulse survey to engage everyone who lives, works and attend schools in Southlake about their experiences and feelings of being welcomed, accepted and the openness of the community to all people.

The anonymous survey is estimated to take about five to seven minutes to complete and allows for several opportunities to share personal experiences. The survey is open to all residents, business owners and employees, and students in Southlake, and may be taken by more than one member of a household.

“The great aspect about the Community Survey is that it allows for all members of our community a space where they can provide open and honest feedback without fear of judgement,” said Lauren LaNeave, Assistant to the City Manager.

The survey and information gathered is a key form of citizen input that will help the Alliance in developing recommendations for the Community Action Plan. This plan will provide a roadmap for the Alliance’s work to build unity in Southlake.

The survey will remain open until Monday, August, 5 2019. Take the survey today!

Learn more about the Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture here.

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Celebration for Emerald Belles Set for July 14

After the Emerald Belles put on an amazing show for the judges on NBC’s America’s Got Talent judges and audience, earning them a spot in the second round of the competition, it’s time to celebrate these amazing student performers.

The community is encouraged to come out to Southlake Town Square on July 14. There will be a parade, similar to what is done for Carroll Homecoming (only a slightly shorter parade route) featuring the Emerald Belles, Jr. Emerald Belles, Dragon Band, Dragon Football and more. The parade will conclude at the gazebo where there will be a pep rally style presentation including performances from the Dragon Band and Emerald Belles.

If you plan on attending wear your Dragon green and be ready to show the Belles how awesome they are! If you missed their performance on AGT, check the video included below.

 

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