Written by Phil Cerroni
By Jess Paniszczyn
For almost 250 years chambers of commerce have been promoting and supporting businesses in their local communities. New markets and ideas of what a chamber of commerce should be have given rise to relatively new varieties of chambers. One of the most popular types of specialty chambers is the Hispanic chamber.
“There are a lot of misconceptions about the Hispanic chambers,” said Gene Jeffries, President Hispanic Chambers: Carrollton-Farmers Branch and Coppell. “Some people think Hispanic chambers only have Hispanic members or that all our members speak Spanish. When the fact is that our chambers reach out to everybody.
“We have Latino members who want to expand their markets beyond their Latino market. We have a lot of non-Latino business people who recognize that Latino populations are growing and there is a great potential in that market. They see our chamber as an excellent opportunity to grow their businesses within that market.
“More and more people are realizing that the Latino population represents an important economic force. Working with the Latino population to meet their needs while expanding a company’s market represents a benefit to everyone. Our chamber offers good opportunities not only to Latino members, but also to non-Latino members.”
The future is bright for the Coppell and Carrollton-Farmers Branch Hispanic Champers, according to Jeffries.
“Both of these chambers are under the umbrella of the tri-county Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which has 13 chambers throughout the North Dallas area,” Jeffries said.
“I see our chambers growing and becoming more popular. When I first joined the Hispanic chamber, there was moderate interest in the business community, but a lot of misconceptions about the chamber. But the Hispanic chambers are growing in importance. During every meeting, we see large companies expressing an interest in becoming involved with the chamber.
“I would encourage anyone who is curious about how the Hispanic Chamber can help their business to join us at one of our regular meetings. Our next meeting of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in on Feb. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Victoria Restaurant, 13435 Bee Street in Farmers Branch.
“Our next meeting of the Coppell Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be on Feb. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ole’s Tex-Mex Restaurant, 600 E. Sandy Lake Road in Coppell.”
Last Updated on Sunday, 10 February 2013 22:01
Written by Phil Cerroni
Keep Irving Beautiful Coordinator Rick Hose and staff member Julie Schmitt recently attended the annual Keep America Beautiful (KAB) National Conference in Washington, D.C. Approximately 500 attendees from affiliates across the country were there to help KAB celebrate its 60th anniversary.
Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) was honored with a 2nd place Affiliate Award in the largest population category of 200,000+. The award acknowledges KIB’s outstanding efforts in community greening programs, including the focus areas of Litter Prevention, Waste Reduction/Recycling and Beautification, during the 12-month period from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012.
“It is my privilege to honor Keep Irving Beautiful and celebrate its dedication in engaging volunteers to make its community flourish,” said Matthew McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Award-winning affiliates, such as Keep Irving Beautiful, serve as a great inspiration in our national effort to keep America beautiful.”
Board President Scott Wilson had this to say about the award. “I am proud to be associated with an organization like Keep Irving Beautiful that educates and encourages individuals to make simple daily choices and to participate in volunteer activities that improve their local environment. We were competing against award-winning affiliates from the largest cities in the country for this honor, and it acknowledges the year-round efforts of our volunteers, partners and staff.”
Source: Keep Irving Beautiful
Last Updated on Sunday, 10 February 2013 21:56
Written by Phil Cerroni
The City of Irving has returned to its standard water management plan with the adoption of voluntary Stage 1 irrigation restrictions. Effective immediately, Irving water customers are encouraged to conserve water by adhering to the following Stage 1 watering restrictions:
Irrigate landscaped areas no more than twice-weekly and not between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Addresses with even numbers are asked to water on Tuesdays and Saturdays only.
Addresses with odd numbers are asked to water on Wednesdays and Sundays only.
A hand-held garden hose with a positive shutoff nozzle, soaker hose, bucket or drip irrigation system can be used at any time.
Water customers are encouraged to practice water conservation and to minimize or discontinue water use for non-essential purposes.
“It is especially important that residents and businesses remain water-conscious even in the winter months, and heed the advice of experts who suggest that watering only once every two or three weeks is enough to maintain healthy and vibrant lawns,” said Water Utilities Director Todd Reck. “More frequent watering is not necessary until a lawn moves out of its dormant stage. Adoption of the Stage 1 watering restrictions continues Irving’s ongoing efforts to collaborate with residents and businesses to conserve water.”
All automated irrigation systems are required to have a properly functioning rain/freeze sensor installed. In addition to misdirected spray heads and runoff that is allowed to pool, watering during any form of precipitation or freezing temperatures is against city ordinance. City staff will be on the lookout for malfunctioning irrigation systems that violate the city’s irrigation ordinance. Violators will receive citations and are subject to fines of up to $2,000 per offense. For more information, visit cityofirving.org, locate the “Departments” tab and select “Water Utilities;” or call (972) 721-2281.
Source: City of Irving
Last Updated on Sunday, 10 February 2013 21:54
Written by Phil Cerroni
February 2 at 7 p.m.
“Guys and Dolls”
The IISD presents “Guys and Dolls” at the MacArthur High School Auditorium, 3700 North MacArthur Blvd.
February 4 at 7 p.m.
The Heritage Singers choir at Heritage Senior Center is open for new members. This mixed choral group for singers aged 50 and older rehearses twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Mondays. The focus is on show tunes and popular music. An audition and membership in Heritage Senior Center are required, contact 972-721-2496 for information.
February 5 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Gateway Planning Group
The City of Irving along with the Heritage District Neighborhood Association and the Heritage Crossing Merchants Alliance invite all downtown business/property owners, area residents and other interested parties to visit with the Gateway Planning Group in the foyer area surrounding the City Council Chambers at the Irving City Hall located at 825 W. Irving Boulevard. The city has retained the services of this firm to assist in the refinement of the vision and implementation strategy for the Heritage Crossing District. Over the past sixty days, Gateway Planning has been meeting with individuals and small focus groups to receive their input on this initiative focused on short and long term revitalization of the historic downtown and surrounding area. This will be the second large-scale meeting held and will feature a come-and-go workshop format with individually staffed stations featuring topics such as housing opportunities, downtown parking strategies, Irving Boulevard/Second Street enhancements and general comments/feedback. Please join us! For additional information, please contact Kevin Kass at 972-721-2251.
February 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Know Your Numbers: Myths Vs. Reality
Enjoy a sit down dinner and learn about the important numbers you should know to stay heart healthy and facts to help bring awareness to heart related conditions. This free seminar and dinner will be held in the auditorium at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, 1100 Allied Dr., Plano, TX. To register, please contact 1-800-4BAYLOR
February 8 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
“Do Lord Remember Me”
The Heritage Senior Center will offer a special February trip in honor of Black History Month. The Black Academy of Arts and Letters will present “Do Lord Remember Me” by James de Jongh. This play is a dramatization of the WPA’s 1930′s era collection of former slave interviews. Actors lead the audience through the tears and laughter of true stories to find a way forward through the struggles of the past. The cost is $8 per person. Call 972-721-2496 for information.
Last Updated on Sunday, 03 February 2013 15:45
Written by Phil Cerroni
January 19 at 10 a.m.
PowerPoint for kids
Children, grades 3 through 8, are invited to learn introductory computer and software skills at 10 a.m. at the Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Please arrive ten minutes prior to class time. For more information, call 972-721-2458.
January 19 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Soil Love Class
Keep Coppell Beautiful will be hosting classes on healthy soil and composting for your garden at the Fire Station Training Room, 133 Parkway Blvd. Soil Love will be taught and Composting Basics will immediately follow. Soil Love will cover the features of ideal soil, how to organically develop and maintain those features, best time to upgrade your soil, as well as many other details vital to creating healthy soil. This is the time of year to test and make amendments to your soil in order to ensure successful spring blooms. Classes are free to the public and registration is not required. For more information call Jen at 972-462-5191.
January 19 at 2:30 p.m.
Kids Only Book Club
Children in grades 3 through 6 can enjoy fun activities and discussion based on the “Junie B. Jones” series by Barbara Parks. The Kids Only Book Club meets on the third Saturday of the month. Located at the Irving Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd
January 21 at 2:30 p.m.
My Weird School Party
Celebrate the “My Weird School” book series with fun, hands-on science, language arts games, crafts, prizes and a chocolate party station. Located at the Irving East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road. Call 972-721-3722 for more information.
January 22 at 11 a.m.
Reach Up! with Lynn Moon
Enjoy a dance-based movement program, for children ages 5 through 12, led by Lynn Moon, a certified dance therapist. Using music and brightly colored sensorimotor props including scarves, stretch bands, wands and body sacks; Moon will guide children through a story-based series of movement exercises, dance and children’s yoga. Space is limited and registration is encouraged. Offered as part of Irving Public Library’s Reach Out initiative. Programs are designed for individuals with special needs and their peers. Located at the East Branch Library, 401 S. Nursery Road.
January 23 from 10 a.m. to Noon
“Good Grief” workshop
The Visiting Nurse Association is offering a free grief recovery workshop called “Good Grief” for adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Workshop topics will include myths about grief, common grief reactions, and ways to cope. The workshop will be held at VNA’s Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Center, located on 1440 W. Mockingbird Lane in Dallas. There is no cost to attend the “Good Grief” workshop, but reservations are requested and can be made by contacting Sue Rafferty, bereavement coordinator with the Visiting Nurse Association, at 214-689-2922.
January 25 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Hike on Campion Trail
Explore the nighttime worlds of animals of Campion Trail with native species experts and learn more about the sights, smells and sounds of nature. Hikers are invited to challenge their skills in spotting signs of animal life and sharpening other senses. Registration is required for each participant. Call 972-742-2296 for more information.
Registration required for Leadership Coppell
Leadership Coppell is accepting applications. The program design brings civic-minded individuals together in a forum that encourages learning, questioning and planning. Six, full day sessions are scheduled to begin Feb. 7.This training program includes information about the backbone of how Coppell operates.
Class size is limited to 20 participants and applications are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Tuition for the program is $150 per person. Applications are available at Town Center, 255 Parkway Blvd., and may also be downloaded from the City’s website at http://coppelltx.gov.
Last Updated on Sunday, 20 January 2013 22:52