Mayor Pro Tem Randy Williamson Honored for His Service

City of Southlake honored Mayor Pro Tem Randy Williamson for his service and dedication for serving on City Council at last night’s City Council meeting on May 21.

Williamson stepped down due to the Council term limit provision of the City Charter. Ronell Smith took his place in Place 4. Councilmembers John Huffman, Place 5 and Chad Patton, Place 3 were also sworn in to serve a second term at last night’s meeting.

Councilmember Williamson was first elected to City Council Place 4 in 2013 and was selected to serve as Mayor Pro Tem from 2015 to 2019.  During his terms, he managed quality development, addressed infrastructure needs, protected the strong financial position of the City and supported public safety.

He also played an early and active role in the development of a high-quality recreation center, now known as Champions Club.

Prior to his time on City Council, Mayor Pro Tem Williamson served on several boards and committees, including the Southlake Program for the Involvement of Neighborhoods Standing Committee, the Parks and Recreation Board and the Planning and Zoning Commission. During his time on the City Council, he provided leadership and guidance on key policy issues such as financial management, mobility and park development by serving as a member of the Audit Committee, participating in of the Southlake 2030 Committee during the development of the Mobility Master Plan and also acting as President of the Southlake Parks and Development Corporation for four years.

No stranger to community service, Mayor Pro Tem Williamson also spent his time volunteering as a coach for the Southlake Baseball Association, Dragon Youth Football and Southlake Parks Flag Football.

“Randy Williamson has been a great asset to Southlake,” stated Mayor Laura Hill, “He has helped us so much over the years to accomplish our goals, and we will miss him.”


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Southlake Volunteers Awarded for Their Service

At the April 16 City Council meeting, the City of Southlake presented service awards to 40 volunteers from Volunteer Southlake for their outstanding service.  Their contributions include working in the library, teen court and at the senior activity center. Volunteers exemplify why Southlake is such an outstanding community.

“Volunteers play a vital role in the City’s success,” stated Volunteer Coordinator Lindy Calzada. “Their presence is felt throughout Southlake.  Many volunteers serving our Department of Public Safety have contributed their time to this important work for many years.  Additionally, the City’s special events such as Stars and Stripes and Home for the Holidays would not be possible without the help of volunteers.”

The City’s Boards and Commissions also rely on the work and support of our volunteers.  The volunteers provide feedback and serve as focus groups to help the City engage with citizens.  The volunteers’ time and effort help make this process a cost-savings solution for the City.

From April 1, 2018, to March of 2019, more than 2,000 volunteers provided 26,157 hours of service to the City which is valued at $665,172. This is equivalent to almost 13 full-time employees.

The awards were presented in three categories: The Junior and Adult Service Awards, the Milestone Service Awards and the Presidential Service Awards.

The Junior Service Award and the Adult Service Award were presented to the junior and adult volunteers who have served the most hours in the last 12 months.

The Milestone Service Award is presented in 500-hour increments to our dedicated volunteers who have contributed so much of their time in service to Southlake.  The Presidential Service Awards are awarded to qualified volunteers who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period. These awards are broken down in three categories: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

“Our volunteers work very hard to make Southlake great,” said Calzada, “They are dedicated and committed individuals offering their diverse skills and knowledge to help the City be successful.”

Want to volunteer with the City? Find out how by visiting the Volunteer Southlake or contact Volunteer Coordinator, Lindy Calzada at 817-748-8035 or


Award Recipients 

Junior Service Award Adult Service Award
Sophia Polisetty Ken Stewart

                                                                                                                                                 Milestone Service Awards

Marge Kyle – 1,000 Hours of Service
Gary Davidson – 1,500 Hours of service
Tom Moore – 1,500 Hours of Service
Ken Stewart – 1,500 Hours of Service
Wayne Berryman – 2,000 Hours of Service
Pamela Muller – 2,000 Hours of Service
Presidential Awards Bronze Level
Wayne Berryman
Patricia Brayton
Alaina Dang
Gary Davidson
Marie Doran
Eric Eaton
Ed Grondahl
Hunter Haack
Lauren Olivia Hall
Joan Houle
Marge Kyle
Jamie Lim
Karen Mertz
Tom Moore
Anh Nguyen
Sophia Polisetty
Iris Schmeder
James Shirey
Ken Stone
Nikoletta Shockley
Presidential Awards  Silver Level
Medha Mageswaran
Paityn Main
Amita Manjunath
Leroy McCall
Pamela Muller
Jeffrey Ng
Sophie Pacheco
Reza Saffarian
Likhitha Veerapalli
Presidential Awards Gold Level 
Helen Keller
Andrew Price
Ken Stewart
Caleb Yeager

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New Trinity Metro ZIPZONE service promotes commuting to work

As an innovative way to help North Texans reach their destinations, Trinity Metro is providing ZIPZONE, a first mile/last mile transportation solution, in select service areas.

The first area Trinity Metro is offering the new ZIPZONE service is in the Alliance corridor. Alliance ZIPZONE is the result of a regional partnership with the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA), allowing riders to connect with the North Texas Xpress that operates between downtown Fort Worth and Alliance and Denton. Alliance ZIPZONE replaces the Alliance Link, a first mile/last mile pilot started by Toyota. That pilot ended in January.

“When we started North Texas Xpress with DCTA in fall 2016, we knew the bus route would be a good choice for employees in the Alliance area,” said Trinity Metro President/CEO Paul Ballard. “Now we’re taking it one step further to help Alliance employees arrive at work without having to drive.”

AllianceTexas, a Hillwood development that is celebrating 30 years, is home to more than 500 companies and more than 61,000 jobs. The economic impact of AllianceTexas is estimated to exceed $7 billion.

“Providing connectivity for passengers is essential,” Ballard said. “The addition of our Alliance ZIPZONE is another incentive for employees who work in this area to leave their cars at home.”

Alliance ZIPZONE service is provided through Lyft, an on-demand transportation company. Trinity Metro passengers can conveniently use the Lyft app, entering a specific code to gain access to the first mile/last mile rides. Hours of operation are 4:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. On weekends, hours are from 5:30-7:30 a.m. and 4-7:30 p.m.

Trinity Metro is considering implementing ZIPZONE in other parts of its service areas. “It’s an attractive solution for helping riders get to their final destination,” Ballard said.

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Funding is available to public service agencies

Is your nonprofit seeking funding for a program that benefits Fort Worth residents?

The City of Fort Worth Neighborhood Services Department invites nonprofit and social service agencies to respond to a request for proposals for public service and architectural barrier removal programs that will provide benefits to eligible households.

Proposals must be submitted by March 15 through ZoomGrants.

Learn more on the Neighborhood Services grant page.

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TCC expands Fire Service Training Center

Tarrant County College Northwest is growing its Fire Service Training Center to expand opportunities for the next generation of first responders. On Friday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m., the Fire Service Training Center will officially open the campus’s Fire Station 2. The event will include a ribbon cutting, remarks by TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini and TCC Northwest President Zarina Blankenbaker and opportunities to tour the new space.

With the addition of Fire Station 2, a two-bay structure, the College has adequate space to house all its fire trucks. The 50’x60’ station has dedicated

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TEXRail to begin service with free rides (UPDATED)

Updated 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4

Trinity Metro TEXRail commuter rail service will not begin passenger service as planned on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019.

Clearance has not been granted from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for TEXRail to operate along the entire 27-mile corridor.

Once full clearance has been granted, this article will be updated with the start date for passenger service and pricing information.

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New X-Team to provide faster plan review service

Starting in January 2019, Fort Worth will offer an expedited plan review service for building permit review.

The service will allow developers and others seeking a building permit to schedule a meeting with a plan review team and their design professionals within two weeks of submitting a complete set of plans, address any issues identified on the spot and potentially issue a building permit in one sitting.

It will be the responsibility of the applicant to have all design professionals in attendance to make any necessary corrections. Expedited plan review will be available for projects of all sizes, commercial and residential.

The multidisciplinary staff team providing expedited plan review service — called the X-Team — will consist of four senior plans examiners (building, electrical, mechanical/plumbing and zoning), an engineering tech II, a coordinator and a senior customer service representative. When necessary, departments such as Code Compliance-Consumer Health, Water, Fire, TPW-Stormwater and TPW-Traffic will review the plans during the two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting.

X-Team reviews can be performed on projects with final plats recorded, all engineering and infrastructure approved, appropriate zoning in place and any necessary variances or certificates of appropriateness obtained.

Applicants requesting an X-Team review will pay all associated building permit fees plus an additional fee of $1,000 per hour for the duration of the meeting, with a two-hour meeting minimum.

Applications for X-Team plan review appointments will be available beginning Jan 2, 2019.

To learn more, contact Assistant Planning and Development Director Allison Gray.

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Legends Hall Celebrates Three Years of Big Moments and World-Class Service

December 11, 2018, marks three years since Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake first opened its doors in Bicentennial Park.

To celebrate this milestone, we’d like to take a moment to share how Legends Hall has grown over the years and all the ways—both big and small—our team embodies world-class service each and every day.

Since 2015, Legends Hall has hosted over 3,000 events, including over 50 weddings and countless birthdays, graduations, banquets and more. The beautiful Traditions Ballrooms have also been home to 10 community art events and performances by local institutions such as the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Opera and Southlake Swing Band.

With the help of social media, our online presence has grown exponentially since we first opened—just this year we hit 2,000 likes and achieved a 4.9 rating on Facebook! We love getting online feedback from our clients and guests, but even more exciting is seeing all of the beautiful and ingenious ways our venue can be utilized.

We are especially thankful for the clients who are willing to share their experiences at Legends Hall, whether it’s in words, photos or both. Here’s what some of our clients have said about their big days:

“The Marq Southlake was the perfect reception venue for our August wedding!! The details of the building itself make for an absolutely beautiful reception setting. Every staff member we worked with at The Marq was professional and accommodating. They went above and beyond through the planning process, the set-up of our event and their availability to help with anything that was needed during the reception. I would highly recommend The Marq as a wedding venue!!”
— Bethany K.

“The Marq was such a fabulous place to host my daughter’s wedding reception. Not only is the space awesome and spacious but the staff is great too. We can’t say enough things about Crystal! She was more than accommodating and helpful! Crystal is on top of her game and a great asset to The Marq! The Marq is a great location and highly recommend using it for a wedding venue!”
— Taylor K.

“Incredible experience from start to finish of our event. Amity showed us so many possibilities for our event and helped us find the best fit for us. Then Crystal helped us perfect our layout and all the details prior to the event. Both were so friendly and quick to respond! On the day of our event, Stephanie and the young man (sorry, I forgot your name!) helped us at every turn. They went above and beyond to help us and it did not go unnoticed. Super impressed with everyone at the venue and we will definitely be using them in the future! Thank you all.”
— Tanya L.

We couldn’t agree more about our staff. We train banquet staff to provide exceptional customer service through Ritz Carlton training, ongoing guest speaker trainings, and monthly scenario trainings. That being said, they’re also a standout group of individuals who take ownership of what they bring to the team. Their passion for providing the best service and amenities to our clients far exceeds training.

We’re committed to being Southlake’s premier event venue, but we can’t do it alone. The key relationships we’ve created with local businesses enable us to provide a wide variety of high-quality services and amenities to our clients and guests. These businesses include but are not limited to: Braxdale Travel, Chamber of Commerce, Southlake Style, Keller Williams, American Airlines, The Distilled, Garabedian Properties, Rotary Wine Discovery and American Specialty Health.

The Southlake Senior Activity Center

With over 1,000 members, the Senior Activity Center is one of the most popular hangouts at Legends Hall. Our 10 complimentary fitness classes average about 200 attendees each week, likely thanks to our stellar instructors and wide range of classes—we offer Zumba, chair yoga, tai chi and so many more! Other Senior Activity Center programs include a variety of card and social games, art class, bingo, dances, knitting clubs and poker clubs. Can’t resist a game of Bridge? You’re in good company: the popular Monday and Wednesday Bridge programs host over 100 participants a week! The Senior Activity Center also partners with Metroport Meals on Wheels every Monday to provide approximately 100 meals to our senior community.

Here’s how the Senior Activity Center helped Veena and her husband feel at home when they first relocated to Texas:

“[At the] end of 2015, my husband and I moved to Southlake from Washington state to be close to family. Being seniors, we enrolled at the Senior Activity Center. It’s the best thing we have done. This place has eased us in; after living in WA for 30 years, The Marq has become an extended family. We like and take all the scheduled classes as per our health. We’ve liked every class we have taken. I want to say about Soheila, the Center’s coordinator: She is a pleasure. Always with a smile, helpful, informative and more. In reception, Brandon is also very nice and helpful and always has a welcome smile. Marie, who is a volunteer, is so nice as well. My husband and I are very grateful and appreciate the City’s service.”

Legends Hall has had an amazing first three years, and we owe it all to our world-class clients, guests and staff. We look forward to being the perfect place for life’s biggest moments for years to come.

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Citywide service to remember Tree of Life victims

Join your neighbors for a Jewish Communal and Citywide Night of Prayer, Remembrance and Unity at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at Congregation Ahavath Sholom, 4050 S. Hulen St.

The event will allow Fort Worth to unite as a single community to mourn the loss and pray for the injured at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and together say, “Never again” to violence in our communities.

District 3 Councilmember Brian Byrd will participate in the event and will read a letter from Mayor Betsy Price.

“I believe that this is a time to show our unity, and I hope that many will come out and show support,” said Rabbi Andrew Bloom, a co-chair of the city’s Task Force on Race and Culture.

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Berkeys – Air Conditioning, Plumbing, Electrical and Compassionate Service

When you think of Berkeys, you probably think Dragon Stadium or their trucks on the road with pictures of kids on them. You might even think about the fact you need to call them for some air conditioning, heating or electrical work you’ve been putting off.

And while they’re okay with you thinking that, like most successful businesses, there’s a whole lot more to Berkeys than you might know.

When you sit down and ask Jamie Wooldridge, president of Berkeys, what makes his business so successful, he’s quick to use terms like “service, community and being a good steward of what he has.”

“We are a service-based business and our employees know that and live that,” Wooldridge says. It’s just who we are.”

Hearing the leader of a successful company talk about being a good corporate citizen isn’t earth-shattering, lots of companies say things like that. However, Berkeys backs up their words with action.

The list of beneficiaries from the kindness of Berkeys is impressive: G.R.A.C.E. (2016 Angel of G.R.A.C.E. recipient), the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Stepping Stones Foundation, Assist The Officer (ATO) for the Dallas Police Department, Christmas toy drives, Hurricane Harvey Relief, and the list goes on.

But it goes deeper. Consider this: Berkeys employees are paid to volunteer for their community. When an employee of a competitor lost their home due to an east Texas tornado last year, Berkeys employees helped rebuild the house.

Southlake is home to Berkeys but on a personal level, Southlake is also home to Wooldridge and his family. Son John, a 2013 Carroll graduate, just graduated from the University of North Texas and daughter Julia, a 2016 Carroll graduate, just began her junior year at Baylor University. They are a tight-knit family built on faith – a faith that has been ultimately tested in ways no family deserves. When Jolene, Jamie’s wife, found out she had cancer, the first question she asked was, “How can we use this for good?”

The Wooldridges’ story is one of encouragement – one of hope. Even in the last days of Jolene’s life, their faith never waned. Jolene’s sickness played out on social media, for all to see. “The outpouring of love and support we got from social media was overwhelming,” Jamie Wooldridge said. “What we didn’t expect was the number of people that told us they were encouraged by our story. Some we’d never met. Social media gave us a chance to show the world who Jolene was and what we believe. And even now, those beliefs are stronger than ever.”

When asked how Jolene’s battle changed his life both personally and professionally, Wooldridge said, “I guess I’m more aware of the time I have and want to spend it wisely. I often remind our employees we all have 1,440 minutes in a day. And then I ask them how will they use their minutes? Personally, I think I’m more aware of others and their struggles… how God has asked us to help those less fortunate like rehabbing homes or cleaning up after a disaster. I like that.”

And if you want to know if all this personal struggle and professional good will has impacted business, the answer is yes. Berkeys’ new home, in the shadows of Dragon Stadium, is double the size of their old facility; which was double the size of the previous facility. At 52 employees a few years ago, the company now has 155 employees.

“If there’s a need, we try to fill it,” Wooldridge said. “We don’t really plan what we’re going to give.”

Berkeys’ commitment to compassionate service continues this Friday night, at the 10th Annual Carroll ISD Pink Out Game against Denton Guyer. Berkeys’ will be matching the contributions raised through the Pass the Bucket campaign. Because of this, Carroll ISD salutes Berkeys as a proud anchor partner of Dragon Nation!

Visit to learn more about the other services that Berkeys provides.

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