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Southlake Officers and Firefighters Sworn In and Promoted During DPS Promotional Ceremony

New Southlake Police Officers and Firefighters were sworn in Thursday night at the annual Promotional Ceremony at the DPS North Training facility.

After the swearing in of new officers and firefighters, others were recognized for recent promotions and several were honored with the Meritorious Conduct and Lifesaving Awards for their heroic efforts. Southlake Police Chief James Brandon and Fire Chief Mike Starr spoke at the event along with Mayor Laura Hill.  “I’m so honored to be a part of this celebration of commitment, hard work, and dedication. It makes me so proud to be your mayor,” said Mayor Hill.

“Becoming a police officer is a calling,” said Chief Brandon. Like all Southlake first responders, these men and women never shy away from danger. They instinctively run towards it and that’s why their work has life-changing effects that ripple throughout the community. “It is a desire to protect the innocent and serve the community,” added Brandon.

Each officer and firefighter chose a loved one to pin their new badge on them; either their spouse, one of their children or a parent to do the honors. It’s always a very special and emotional ceremony. “We recognize that it’s not just the officer or firefighter who makes a sacrifice. It’s also the employees’ spouse and family who make great sacrifices simply by having a loved one that is a dedicated first responder,” said Chief Starr.

The Meritorious Conduct Award went to Officer Brad Uptmore. On January 22, 2017, Officer Uptmore Officer Uptmore selflessly worked to remove the driver from a burning vehicle by trying to pry the driver’s door free. Realizing that the door was wedged shut due to the damage from the collision, Officer Uptmore then made an attempt to cut the seatbelt in order to free the driver. With the fire encroaching into the interior of the vehicle and beginning to burn the driver, Officer Uptmore used a jacket in an attempt to keep the flames away from the trapped driver.  He continued working until Southlake Fire Department personnel arrived on scene and extinguished the fire.  Officer Uptmore was subsequently treated for injuries he received in his attempt to save the driver’s life.

Fire personnel Cody Brazelton, Chase Sanderson, J. Moloney, and Jason Wise received the Lifesaving Award. On April 8, 2016, these first responders responded to a motor vehicle collision on State Highway 114 service road near the intersection of Dove and White Chapel. Personnel arrived at the scene quickly and found several vehicles involved, some with major exterior and interior damage. Crews rapidly assessed numerous patients and found one to be in dire need of immediate care. The patient was a 1 month old female found unresponsive and not breathing, still secured inside her car safety seat. Fire personnel performed a swift but focused medical and trauma assessment then promptly transported the child to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. The expeditious and advanced emergency care provided by fire personnel helped stabilize the patient which ultimately led to a positive outcome for the patient and her family.

These first responders exemplify the dedication and professionalism of being a Southlake Police Officer and Firefighter.

Congratulations to all of our new staff promoted staff and recipients of the Meritorious Conduct and Lifesaving awards.


New Police Officers           Promoted Officers                                         

Brad Uptmore                               Lt. Jose Luna

Jamie Hannah                              Sgt. Jason Henniger

Kyle Meeks                                   Sgt. Jonathan Macheca

Ricky Holder                                 Cpl. Preston Logan

Raymon Cannon                          Cpl. Chris Milton

Tony Pate                                     Cpl. Robert Briggs

Bobby Cure

Diedre Spears

Stephanie Warren


New Firefighters                  Promoted Firefighters                 


Chris Horne                                   Jimmy Elliott, Engineer

Nicolas Miles                                 Wes Adams, Engineer

Daniel Miller                                  Ricky Davis, Lieutenant

Cody Pierson

Joshua Borsky

Alfredo Del Valle

Kaleb Gilliam

Lester Gomez

Jared Higgins

David Hill

Kurt Hill, Deputy Chief


Lifesaving Award            

Joshua Brady

Cody Brazelton

Chase Sanderson

J. Moloney

Jason Wise


Meritorious Conduct Award

Officer Brad Uptmore



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Houston SPCA coordinating animal rescue efforts during hurricane aftermath

The City of Fort Worth Animal Care & Control is supporting the efforts of the City of Houston SPCA, the lead agency for animal-related disaster rescue, relief and resources in the Houston region.

All animal rescue organizations and volunteers that want to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts should call the Houston SPCA disaster hotline at 713-861-3010 to find out how they can best help.

People can help by donating to the Houston SPCA and then, in the coming weeks, by donating time and money to local organizations that help find homes for those pets that do not get reunited with their owners.

Fort Worth is one of a few locations where owners and their pets can co-locate at an emergency shelter. Pets will be kept just outside the building entrance in air conditioned tents where they will receive free care, food and veterinary services.

Visit the Houston SPCA website for more information on their efforts.

For more information on Fort Worth and Tarrant County’s work to assist with Hurricane Harvey, please visit FWHelpForHarvey.com for the latest.

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FREE LiveFit & LiveWell Classes During Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The City of Southlake Parks and Recreation is joining in the national effort to bring attention to the dangers and health risks of children who are overweight.

Did you know one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese? Childhood obesity puts more kids at risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, but many of these conditions are preventable through lifestyle changes. In some communities the childhood obesity rate is as high as 40 percent. And the U.S. childhood obesity rates are 3X greater than they were in 1980 according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The good news is there’s hope. Families can help an overweight child get healthy by making changes in their daily food intake and joining a program to help shed the pounds and develop an active lifestyle. Mayor Laura Hill says, “Getting healthy is so much easier when the whole family does it together. I would like to encourage everyone to look over the FREE LiveFit and LiveWell classes that are being offered and find one or two that’s right for your family.”

Want to sign up your kids for Zumba? How about Family Yoga or Boot Camp? Take a look at some of the FREE classes that are offered below, register and get your whole family moving.

LiveFit Classes

Zumba for Kids is every Tuesday in September from 4:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

Classes feature kid-friendly, easy routines with dance steps, games, and activities that will leave your child excited for the next class. This class is for kids ages 7 – 11 years,

Family Jiu-Jitsu is on Thursday, September 14, from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

This class is a great one for the whole family. Kids ages 3 and up will learn some of the finer techniques of the Martial Arts.

Family Yoga is another great class for the whole family. The session is Thursday, September 16 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tell your friends and neighbors about the class and bring the family for an hour of Yoga. Remember it’s FREE and fun.

Family Boot Camp Class will be held on Thursday, September 21, from 4:30 – 5:20 p.m.

You will learn a boot camp style workout that you and your kids can do at home together. It’s a great class for ages 3 and up.

Youth Mindfulness is a class for mind and body on Thursday, September 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

This is a great class for children. Kids will learn how to use breathing, yoga, art and music, to calm their bodies and minds. Children will be encouraged to explore their emotions and how to “respond vs. react” to difficult emotions.

Top 10 Tips for a Healthier Family is a Live Well Lecture Series presented by Executive Medicine of Texas. The class will be held on Thursday, September 14, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Healthy adults start as healthy children. Children will learn what they need to do today to live a healthier tomorrow. The first 10 participants will receive a FREE signed copy of the award winning book, “Stay Young: 10 proven steps to Ultimate Health.” **No registration required for this class.

Remember, the family that plays together stays healthy together.

*All classes will be held at the Southlake Activity Center, 307 Parkwood Drive, except for the LiveWell Lecture Series which will be held at the Marq Southlake, 285 Shady Oaks Drive.

For more information on the classes offered please visit www.SouthlakeParksandRec.com or call (817) 748-8019.

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Shop Southlake During Tax-Free Weekend, August 11 – 13

Send the kids back to school in style and stock up on certain items without paying sales tax during the Texas Sales Tax Holiday, August 11-13. With nearly 260 retailers in Southlake, shoppers will find the perfect mix of options and discounts this weekend to complete their school shopping list.

As in previous years, most clothing, footwear and school supplies priced less than $100 are exempt from sales tax during the holiday. Specific eligible items include:

  • Shirts, sweaters and jackets
  • Pants, jeans and shorts
  • Most shoes
  • Basic school supplies
  • Backpacks

It is important for shoppers to note that most clothing and footwear will be exempt from sales tax, but there are exceptions. Items primarily designed for athletic activity or protection, such as golf cleats and football pads, do not qualify for the exemption. However, tennis shoes, basic workout apparel and swimsuits may be purchased tax-free.

Additionally, although most backpacks will be exempt from sales tax, items traditionally not used by elementary and secondary students will still be taxed, such as luggage, briefcases, computer bags and purses.

Shoppers can score additional discounts on top of the sales tax holiday at several Southlake retail locations, including Southlake Town Square, Gateway Plaza and Park Village. Learn more about the various shopping options in Southlake on the Shopping page of VisitSouthlakeTexas.com, including a complete listing of retail businesses.


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Satisfy Your Appetite at Three Southlake Restaurants During DFW Restaurant Week

Feeling hungry to help worthy causes? Satisfy your appetite for giving back while treating yourself during the 20th Annual DFW Restaurant Week, a charity-dining event benefitting the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home.

The delicious experience kicks off in August with more than 130 participating restaurants, including three Southlake restaurants: Del Frisco’s Grille, il Calabrese Restaurant and Bar, and Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse.

During DFW Restaurant Week, participating restaurants offer special three-course dinners (or two-course lunches) at a set price. For each meal purchased, 20 percent goes back to the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas, a hunger relief organization, or Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth, which offers counseling and education to children and families. Since beginning 20 years ago, DFW Restaurant Week has raised more than $8 million dollars to support the beneficial work of these non-profit organizations.

From August 4 to August 20, Del Frisco’s Grille in Southlake will offer both lunch and dinner specials. With a focus on elevated American bar and grill cuisine, there are several delicious combinations on Del Frisco’s special lunch menu and special dinner menu for the event. Guests can enjoy a two-course lunch for $20.00, including unique dishes like cheesesteak eggrolls or sweet corn bisque as starters, and a shaved prime steak sandwich or seared salmon fillet as lunch entrees. With even more selections at dinner, diners can enjoy a three-course meal for $39.00, including the same starters as lunch, in addition to entrees like prime beef short rib stroganoff or filet mignon, and desserts such as salted caramel pudding jar or Nutella bread pudding, to name a few delicious options.

il Calabrese Restaurant and Bar in Southlake is the place to enjoy Italian fare centered around the best ingredients sourced from all over Italy. With both fixed-price lunch and dinner options on the menu from August 7 through August 13, diners can enjoy a two-course lunch for $20.00 or a three-course dinner for $39.00. Diners can start simply with a first course of tomato mozzarella salad at lunch or Tavola di Formaggi (a selection of aged cheeses) at dinner, among other options, before transitioning to various pasta dishes, entrée salads or pizzas at lunch. More elaborate dishes are available on the dinner menu, including Malloreddus al Ragu di Cinghiale (homemade tear drop pasta with wild boar bolognese sauce) and Branzino con Spinaci e Polpa di Granchio (grilled Mediterranean sea bass, white wine, lemon capers, jumbo crab meat sauce, sautéed spinach, and cherry tomatoes). With almond praline semisoft ice cream, chocolate chip and raisin bread pudding, and flourless chocolate cake, guests will want to save room for dessert.

From August 10 through August 30, diners will find delicious seafood and steak specials at Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse in Southlake, a sister restaurant to the historic Dallas location. Recognized as offering the Best Steak by the Dallas Observer and the #1 Traditional American Restaurant in the DFW Metroplex by the Zagat Survey, Kirby’s also offers a trendy atmosphere, boasting a jazz lounge that features live music on the weekends. On Kirby’s special dinner menu, diners will find a varied selection of three-course dinner options for $35.00 per person. For example, guests may begin their meal with an optional course of chorizo stuffed quail, or jump straight into bacon-wrapped diver sea scallops or fried artichokes, followed by Australian braised lamb shank or caramelized salmon with candied pecans, before ending with butterscotch chocoflan or a strawberry mojito sundae.

During DFW Restaurant Week, dine out to give back. This tasty opportunity only comes once a year!

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Stock Up on Emergency Preparation Supplies during Texas Sales Tax Holiday April 22-24

Spring in Texas brings bluebonnets, rain showers and oftentimes, thunderstorms and tornadoes. This is why it’s important to be prepared for severe weather before it arrives. Certain supplies for emergency situations will be sold tax-free in Texas during the 2017 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday, April 22-24.

“The state of Texas has taken on this initiative to ensure Texans can prepare themselves for disaster. This demonstrates the state’s commitment to disaster preparedness and mitigation for residents, and offers an opportunity for residents to set themselves up for success if confronted with an emergency situation,” stated Eric Hutmacher, emergency management coordinator for the City of Southlake.

There is no limit to the number of qualifying items that can be purchased. Specific items include:

  • Portable generators (less than $3,000)
  • Emergency ladders, hurricane shutters (less than $300)
  • Batteries, coolers, fire extinguishers, fuel containers, light sources (candles, flashlights, lanterns), radios, smoke detectors, tarps, etc. (less than $75)

Certain items that do not qualify include:

  • Batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles
  • Camping stoves, camping supplies
  • Chainsaws
  • Plywood
  • Extension ladders, stepladders
  • Tents

For additional details about the Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday, including a complete list of items that qualify for tax exemption, visit the Texas Comptroller’s website.

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“Color Your World” During 18th Art in the Square April 28-30

 Art, music, food, and fun return to Southlake Town Square during the 18th annual Art in the Square, Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30.

“Color Your World” with the sights and sounds of the juried fine arts festival, which will showcase the artwork of over 150 internationally renowned artists, local emerging artists, and aspiring high school artists. Hosted by the Southlake Women’s Club, the community fundraiser will benefit women, children and families in Northeast Tarrant County. The family-friendly event will offer free admission and free parking.

Ranked 11 in the top 25 art festivals for 2017 by the renowned Art Fair SourceBook, the event has evolved into one of the most popular art festivals in the country. With hundreds of art pieces on display and for purchase, the event celebrates all artists, from recognized professionals to up-and-comers. Even area high school students will participate in a juried “Youth Art in the Square.”

In addition to offering the best in visual arts, Art in the Square will also feature a continuous lineup of musicians and performing artists on two stages throughout the weekend. The Main Stage will offer performances from some of the hottest acts, including popular country rockers, The Marshall Tucker Band, who will headline this year’s entertainment on Saturday, April 29 at 8:30 p.m. The Gazebo Stage will feature local talent and family entertainment.

Art in the Square is a family festival with plenty of fun for children of all ages. Kids Korner will offer young children face painting and various crafts, while The Zone will offer a variety of thrills for teens and ‘tweens, including a bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, zip lining, and a bungee trampoline.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase in the Le Bistro area, including 12 booths by local eateries, options from four food trucks, and five beverage locations, with a new spot specializing in craft beers.

Although parking lots and garage structures in Southlake Town Square will offer free parking for event guests, Art in the Square has partnered with Uber Dallas to offer new users a $20 discount off their first ride with promo code: ARTSQUARE17.

For additional information, including event hours, map and an entertainment schedule, visit www.artinthesquare.com.





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TCC to Focus on Aerospace Industry, Veterans during Second Annual Converge Conference & Expo

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 9, 2017) – On March 24, Tarrant County College will host its second annual Converge Conference & Expo, a regional meeting exploring cutting-edge research in tissue engineering and bioprinting. This year’s event, held at the Trinity River Campus, also will focus on innovations in the aerospace industry and provide career support for veterans and students in STEM careers.


The daylong conference will offer several sessions focusing on innovations in the aerospace industry, advances in tissue engineering, as well as STEM opportunities and achievements at TCC.


Keynote speaker Mathew Varkey, Ph.D., research fellow with the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine, will discuss career pathways in regenerative medicine and how the discipline is being used to create living, functional tissues for repairing, even replacing, tissues or organs that no longer function, due to age, disease, damage or other problems.


During the morning session, Varkey will discuss specialized careers in tissue engineering and medicine with students from TCC Trinity River’s Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences, TCC Northeast, as well as the Collegiate Academy at TCC Northeast. Lockheed Martin Vice President of Missiles and Fire Control Randy O’Neal will highlight the company’s products as well as insights into the future of manufacturing. TCC Chancellor Eugene V. Giovannini opens this year’s conference by greeting area veterans.


Additionally, one person will receive a travel scholarship to attend a summer course at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and four other students will receive awards from the TCC Foundation.


Attendees will have an opportunity to visit with STEM recruiters during the conference, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Action Suites on the fourth floor of the Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity River Circle.



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Local Law Enforcement Receive Thank You For Help During Bomb Threat

Trophy Club Police have arrested a suspect involved in the bomb threat that occurred on Monday, January 30 at Byron Nelson High School. Trophy Club authorities say the suspect is a student and a minor. He is facing felony changes of making a false report. A second suspect, not connected to Northwest ISD, is also being sought and will face similar charges.

Trophy Club’s Police Chief Patrick Arata, held a press conference on Monday to thank all of the police chiefs and their agencies that assisted during last Monday’s bomb threat. Chief Arata explained that the caller stated he had placed several bombs in multiple locations throughout the school. The caller also said he was currently in an undisclosed location inside the building with a firearm. Chief Arata says the investigation later revealed that the caller was in fact not near the school but rather communicating with the minor student who was in a classroom on the NWISD campus.

The school was placed on immediate lockdown while police and SWAT teams from multiple law enforcement agencies converged on the building, including Southlake P.D. and its K9 Team.

Students were evacuated about 6:30 p.m. They were taken to Trophy Club’s Medlin Middle School where they were released to parents or loaded on school buses.

Once students were safely out of the building the North Tarrant Regional SWAT (NTR SWAT) and the Town of Flower Mound SWAT entered the school and conducted a systematic search floor by floor. Ultimately nothing was found and the campus was designated as “all clear.”

Trophy Club’s Police Chief Arata expressed his gratitude to every agency for their quick response. Police Chief James Brandon said, “Situations like this are why we continually train with our local and regional partners. Being able to respond quickly to incidents such as this stress why it’s vitally important that our agency is always prepared.”

Trophy Club Police Chief Arata said Crimestoppers was critical in helping to solve this case.


Trophy Club News Conf. 2.17


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