Participate in Southlake Candidates’ Open House: Aug. 30, 2017

The Community Engagement Committee (CEC) will host a SPIN (Southlake Program for the Involvement of Neighborhoods) Candidates’ Open House for City Council Candidates on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Legends Hall at The Marq, 285 Shady Oaks Drive.

The session will begin with a fifteen minute open house style meet and greet, then candidates will be given an opportunity to introduce themselves and speak about their platform. Next, all candidates will be given the opportunity to respond to questions from the moderator. Finally, all candidates will be asked to provide a closing statement.

The moderator, a member of the CEC, will select questions submitted by candidates and residents. Residents have the opportunity to submit questions to be considered by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29, click here to submit a question.

In order to vote in the September 9, 2017 Special Election, a citizen must have registered to vote no later than August 10, 2017. Voters are required to present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote in all Texas elections. Click here for acceptable forms of identification.

Important Voting Deadlines
August 23, 2017, First day of early voting
August 29, 2017, Application for Ballot by Mail Form Due for both Tarrant and Denton Counties
September 5, 2017, Last day of early voting
September 9, 2017, Election Day (Saturday)

Additional election information can be found on the City’s website www.CityofSouthlake.com. If you have questions about the election processes please call the City Secretary’s office at (817) 748-8016.

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Satisfy Your Appetite Where Flavor Meets Fitness: Protein Fit Kitchen Now Open in Southlake

Hungry for healthy? With a unique concept that caters to active lifestyles, the newly opened Protein Fit Kitchen is serving chef-prepared, nutritionally-balanced meals and snacks with various dine-in and carry-out options. Located at 1151 E. Southlake Blvd., #390, in the Park Village Shopping Center, the protein-focused foodies’ dream is now open for business seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Recognized by food reality television fans, Chef Kalen Jane, a former contestant on “Hell’s Kitchen” with Gordon Ramsay, serves as the executive chef and general manager at Protein Fit Kitchen. In addition to her previous restaurant experiences and awards, Chef Jane will bring her own passion for nutrition to the table.

“The trend for food is changing and we want to be able to offer a concept that caters to various dietary needs. For example, our entire menu is gluten-free, with a huge array of vegan and vegetarian options. Why? Because we can. Excellent food doesn’t have to have a ton of calories or be unhealthy,” stated Chef Jane, adding that she personally follows a ketogenic diet.

As the name implies, Protein Fit Kitchen will offer various protein-packed meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with snacks, mylkshakes (made with nut milk) and tonics. Fit Morning options include savory dishes with eggs, house-made turkey sausage and vegetables, and sweet options like house-made granola and banana pancakes. For lunch, Fit Greens (salads) and Fit Soups are great additions to Fit Buns (sandwiches/wraps/tacos), which include elevated takes on turkey, chicken, shrimp and vegetarian options. For heartier lunch options or for dinner, Fit Kitchen Specials include Chipotle Lime Chicken, Teriyaki Sirloin and Italian Turkey Meatballs, with sides ranging from succotash to apple cabbage slaw. Fit Snacks, including Protein Snack Packs, Greek Yogurt Parfaits, and Salt and Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas, as well as refreshing tonics and nourishing mylkshakes complete the menu.

“There is a new restaurant standard that people expect, including flexibility in both food choices and ordering options. We offer just that—delicious and healthy options for people who don’t have time to prepare their own meals.”

With various channels for obtaining food at Protein Fit Kitchen, customers will find convenient options to complement their busy schedules. Guests will be able to dine inside the restaurant (or outside on the patio), or simply pick up a to-go order. Cold cases filled with prepared, made-fresh-daily meal and snack options will also be available for grab-and-go diners. Additionally, customers can even choose the option of customized weekly meal prep, which provides a week’s worth of healthy, pre-ordered meals.

“We are trying to keep the menu seasonal, with locally-sourced produce, and responsibly-raised meats and wild-caught fish. We want to be responsible for what we serve and why we serve it. We think Southlake is the perfect location filled with a community of people who are hungry for what we have to offer.”

For more information, visit ProteinFitKitchen.com.

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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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Southlake Firefighters Train to Hone Skills

Southlake Firefighters never slow down. Whether it’s responding to a medical emergency, a fire call, a major traffic accident, or attending a public education event for the community, the men and women who make up the department are always on the go.

Even with this busy schedule, crews make time to hone their skills through ongoing training. Recently, firefighters received hands-on training for Street Level Airway Management (SLAM). “It’s important for every firefighter to be able to care for a patient in various difficult scenarios,” said EMS Battalion Chief Ryan Arthur.

In most situations, firefighters are going to be able to place a patient on a level surface like the floor or ground, but in some cases it’s just not possible. For example, what if firefighters respond to a patient who suffers a medical condition while working underground beneath a manhole? It’s a cramped space with low visibility. Firefighters are trained to lower personnel crew into the manhole, stabilize a patient; including making sure their airway is open, before securing them to the stretcher and bringing them to the surface for transport to a hospital.

Firefighters from A, B, and C shift spent several hours over three days perfecting techniques and learning from the best in their field. The classes are taught by the department’s experienced Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Field Training Officers (FTOs). “The FTOs are experts in their field and do an amazing job. Training in this type of environment is so important and helps firefighters think outside the box,” said Fire Chief Mike Starr.

The SLAM course uses hands-on training aids to help firefighters get the most accurate experience before utilizing their skills on patients. “It’s more realistic than working with only plastic tubes that are made to mimic a human’s trachea or lungs,” said Arthur.

The SLAM training also includes use of a special camera that’s inserted into a mannequin’s trachea. During training, obstructions are put in place to allow firefighters to problem solve. It allows them to see what they normally can’t see in a real situation. The camera can also be used in treating a real patient with an airway obstruction. “Time is critical when you are trying to clear an airway and restore breathing in a patient,” said Arthur.

Ongoing training is an important part of the mission of the Southlake Fire Department and why it has a #1 rating with the Insurance Service Office (ISO) and the State Fire Marshal’s office. The highest rating a Fire Department can receive.

Southlake residents can breathe easy knowing firefighters and the Southlake Fire Department are dedicated to the safety and protection of your community and are always working to serve you better.

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

 

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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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Bring Your Kids & Saddle Up at the Southlake Library

Get your hat and spurs – we’re going Old West at the Southlake Library.

Cowboy Storyteller Bert Schultz will don authentic cowboy duds and regale kids and parents with “The Origin of the Cowboy and the Texas Cattle Drive Trails.” Bert’s interest in the Old West Frontier began as a kid while he was growing up on a Nebraska farm near the Oregon and Pony Express Trails. He spent time traveling and studying the Oregon trail, the Pony Express, and historical sites from Santa Fe and the Chisholm Trail.

Following Bert’s tales, fourteen year old Trick Roper Riley Webb, will share his favorite tricks with the kids.  Riley has been the opening act at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas for three years.  He started learning tricks  when he was three years old. He just grabbed  rope and begin watching the experts.

Riley currently enjoys competing in calf roping contests at rodeos.  He will share his rope tricks and talk with the audience about the names of the tricks he uses, how trick roping became a competitive art, and may ask for some audience participation. 

You don’t want to miss this fun-filled event that will be held in Southlake Town Hall on Thursday, August 17 at 11:00 a.m.  This program, provided in partnership with the Southlake Historical Society, is free and open to the public.

 

 

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Orange Barrel Alert FM1938 & Southlake Blvd.

TxDOT crews to begin construction work in the intersection of FM 1938 and Southlake Boulevard next week.

Beginning Monday, August 7, from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., TxDOT crews plan to activate the permanent traffic signal at this intersection. This will require complete deactivation and removal of the temporary signal leaving the intersection as an all-way stop and manually operated by licensed peace officers secured by TxDOT’s contractor.

The permanent signal should be fully operational prior to 5:00 a.m. This scheduled work issubject to favorable weather conditions.

 

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Southlake Names New City Secretary

Congratulations to the City of Southlake’s new City Secretary, Carol Borges.

City Council appointed Ms. Borges to the position at their August 1, 2017 council meeting.

She is currently serving as interim City Secretary and previously worked as the Deputy City Secretary for Southlake. “I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to serve the Mayor, City Council, and the citizens of Southlake,” said Ms. Borges.

Ms. Borges has been with the City of Southlake for eleven months. She has spent 21 years in public service, previously serving as the City Secretary for the City of Westworth Village for seven years. During her tenure, Ms. Borges was responsible for municipal elections, records management, code of ordinances, budget management, and contract negotiations. She was also directly involved with the City of Westworth’s Planning and Zoning Commission and the City’s Economic Development Corporation in the development of residential and commercial properties. In addition to traditional municipal duties, she also acted as liaison to other Cities, county and state officials.

Ms. Borges works closely with other City Secretaries across Texas. She is a certified Texas Registered Municipal Clerk and President of the North Texas Municipal Clerks Association (NTMCA). “It has been my privilege to serve my fellow City Secretaries across the chapter and state.

Ms. Borges has lived in Texas 22 years, is married, and has two grown children.

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Charged and Ready: Southlake Town Square to Welcome Tesla and Other New Brands

Southlake Town Square will soon welcome a Tesla gallery, a type of show room for the luxury electric car manufacturer. With an anticipated opening in Fall 2017, Tesla will occupy the 4,565-square-foot space across from the Apple Store, which was previously occupied by the now-relocated Buckle.

The California-based automaker already has seven gallery sites in Texas and more than one hundred gallery and store locations across the country. Because Texas law prohibits car manufacturers from selling through independent dealerships, the Southlake Tesla location will simply be a gallery, not an auto sales dealership. Local drivers will be able to visit with gallery staff about owning an electric vehicle and learn about specific product features, but gallery employees will not be able to discuss sales details. However, individuals interested in purchasing a car will be able to use the in-store iPads to order their vehicle while communicating with off-site Tesla employees.

In addition to Tesla, Southlake Town Square will also add three other brands to its collection of retail experiences: Madewell, Evereve and Pandora. All four brands are expected to open by the end of the year.

With a new location next to Tesla, Madewell will offer jeans and items that complement denim, including timeless leather jackets, keep-forever bags, slouchy tees and shoes. Popular e-commerce retailer, Evereve, will open a brick and mortar store between the Sundance Store and Elaine Turner, and will offer jeans, tops, pants, dresses, skirts, shoes and accessories targeted to moms. With a location next to Evereve, Pandora will also make a debut and will offer its trademark keepsake jewelry pieces.

“We are committed to creating a retail experience that delivers sought-after, top-flight brands that keep the guests of Southlake Town Square excited and returning often,” said RPAI’s Jason Kasal, Vice President, Senior Leasing Director, Western Division. “Our shoppers demand the kind of high-quality variety that will keep them engaged and we’ve been able to stay ahead of that curve by delivering the latest retailers and experiences at our center.”

 

 

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Improving Mobility in Southlake

Mobility is a top concern in Southlake and as a result, a top priority to the City Council and leadership. The City uses a number of tools to both maintain current roads as well as effectively plan and implement roadway system improvements.  For example, completing annual paving and maintenance projects, funding and planning projects through the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and looking to the future via comprehensive planning (Southlake 2030 & 2035 Plan) are just a few of the ways that the City works to ease mobility frustrations in Southlake.

Additionally, City leaders are continually working to stay on top of any new business developments or growth that may impact travel. When new developments are approved by City Council, the leadership team proactively begins assessing mobility concerns and how to use available tools to improve travel.

Upcoming improvement projects along North White Chapel Boulevard are a prime example of how all of these tools are being put to use to address travel on an important north / south corridor.

N. White Chapel: North of State Highway (SH) 114 to Dove Road

The Southlake 2030 Mobility Plan recommends that when development warrants, the City should widen N. White Chapel Boulevard to four divided lanes between SH 114 and Dove Road.  The City has already proactively saved a portion of the funding for this improvement in the CIP, and if the planned Carillon commercial development moves forward, the City will work with the developer to widen the road.  Additionally, in June, City Council adopted another set of recommendations in the 2035 State Highway 114 Corridor Plan that address mobility improvements at the Dove / N. White Chapel roundabout and the future extension of Kirkwood Boulevard to make a connection with N. White Chapel.  When development warrants, the City’s planning efforts will be put into effect as CIP projects.

In the meantime, because this segment of the roadway is beginning to show signs of wear and tear, the Public Works Department will propose a pavement rehabilitation project to City Council in the near future for consideration to resurface and improve the ridability of this portion of the road.

N. White Chapel Boulevard : South of SH 114 to Emerald Boulevard

In September of this year, crews will also begin widening a section of N. White Chapel Boulevard  just south of SH 114 from two lanes to four lanes with a divided median.  With this CIP project, work will begin on the segment between SH 114 and Highland first, with the construction of a roundabout at Highland occurring sometime next summer (2018).  Also around that time, crews will begin to widen the remaining segment from Highland Street to Emerald.  Current plans anticipate construction to be completed near the end of 2020.

We will be providing more information about this important construction project in the weeks to come. You can stay plugged into construction news by checking back here on My Southlake News and following the City on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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