Written by Staff
By Jess Paniszczyn
December 5, 2003 should have been a day like any other for Waco resident Carolyn Thomas, but it was not. In the spirit of cordial friendship, she gave her ex-boyfriend, recently paroled after four years in prison, a ride to Ft. Worth to see his parole officer. That ride would forever change her life as she explained during Chocolate and Chic, a luncheon benefiting Brighter Tomorrows, which was held in the Irving Convention Center on March 27.
“Once we got back to Waco, he asked if he could come over to the apartment,” Thomas said. “By me not having a safety plan, not knowing what I was going to do when he got out, my idea was just to be cordial to him: to keep him at bay. Because over the course of those eight years, he would always tell me, ‘if you leave me, I will kill you.’
“He and I began to tussle back and forth for the pistol. He gained control of it and shot my mother in the stomach,” she said. “He then dragged me into the living room and shot me in the face at pointblank range. At that time, I didn’t know what my injuries were or how bad my face was. I remember touching my face and it felt something like a sponge.”
“Brighter Tomorrows received 4,769 hot-line calls, provided shelter, food, clothing, resources and comfort to 501 adult victims and 598 children in our Irving and Grand Prairie emergency safe shelters,” said Tina Strand, vice-president of the board of directors. “We had clients in shelter for a total of 14,221 nights. We assisted most clients in creating a safety plan for themselves and their children, and served 39,880 meals.”
Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 12:00
Written by Staff
By Phil Cerroni
According to ExxonMobil’s National Science and Math Initiative, the United States ranks 25th in math scores behind countries like Estonia and The Republic of Korea. DeVry University is working to change those numbers.
The college hosted its 16th HerWorld conference at the Irving Convention Center on March 27. HerWorld connects young women who participate in high school STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs with female role models who have left their mark on the science and technology industry through their work with companies like Google and Microsoft. Through speakers and hands-on workshops, the seminar encourages girls to take a more active role in what have been traditionally male dominated careers.
“Engineering is a more male dominated field, so events like this help spark the interest in our female students. It gets them more involved in these careers where there are low numbers of female participation,” said KennethParker, a robotics teacher at Jack E. Singley Academy in Irving.
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Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 12:40
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Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 11:49
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Apr. 6 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Coppell Farmer’s Market
The Coppell Farmers Market is making its mark in Old Town Coppell for the 11th year. The opening day will kick-off the season of weekly Saturday markets, featuring over 30 vendors, some new organic farmers, along with the favorite familiar faces.
Apr. 6 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tudor Lane Block Party:
The City of Irving Housing and Human Services Department will host a block at the corner of Crandall Road and Tudor Lane (across from Lamar Middle School) to celebrate the Tudor Lane redevelopment. There will be door prizes, music, games, food and fun for all ages. Also, mortgage professionals will be available for interested homebuyers.
Apr. 6 7 p.m.
Honoring Women of Irving’s History
Apr. 6 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Learn to “be green” by participating in the Keep Coppell Beautiful and City of Coppell’s annual Earthfest at Coppell’s Town Center Plaza! Stop by the educational booths to hear about different types of energy sources, as well as numerous other ideas to reduce our impact on the environment. Face painting, balloon artist and a live band featuring Def!nitely, Maybe!
Apr. 6 10 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Discover Islam Course
Come and learn about the most asked and talked about topics in Islam, including Understanding Islam, Prophet Muhammad, Jesus and Mary in Islam, Women in Islam, The Qur'an, & Shariah Law, just to name a few. Please call 972-972-812-2230, ext. 1005 to RSVP.
Apr. 6 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Bring your electronics recycling, your paper shredding, and any blankets, sheets or towels you want to get rid of (to be given to the Irving Animal Care Campus) to Googly Eyes & Craft Supplies. All families who recycle get a gift certificate to Googly Eyes, and bring an old T-shirt and we'll make a bag out of it!
Apr. 8 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m.
Belt Line Corridor Plan Workshops
Join City of Irving staff, at the Irving Mall on the second floor above the Food Court, for a discussion of the Belt Line Corridor Improvement Plan. Public input is needed.
Apr. 8 7:30 p.m.
Jason Coleman Honors Floyd Cramer
Come to the Irving Arts Center to see Jason Coleman’s talent and personal stories of growing up with his grandfather, the infamous Floyd Cramer whose distinctive sound is still alive. Call the box office at 972-252-ARTS for tickets.
Apr. 8, 9, 11, 12 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Women Only Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Class
This four day class is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. For more information, contact Officer Jill Smith at 972-721-2544.
Apr. 10 7 p.m.
Come to the Islamic Center of Irving for a learned Interfaith Dialogue on the Mechanics, Mode, Method and Meaning of Prayer, including, "Can and Should Jews, Christians and Muslims Ever Pray Together?" Free and Open to the public. All people of all faith backgrounds welcome to attend.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 11:40
Written by Irving Weekly Staff
Ms. Kiyoka Iida,19, and Ms. Mayo Sakai, 18, of Irving, TX returned from their 21 days of overseas service work in the South American country of Argentina. Ms. Iida and Ms. Sakai were volunteers with Generation Peace Academy, which is a program of the Unification Church. In Argentina, Generation Peace Academy worked with the local Unification Church community in Buenos Aires and the Rotary Club. Iida and Sakai helped to renovate a monastery and repaint a pool for the Argentine church youth. In Ciudad Evita, with the Rotary Club, they assisted in cleaning a park and participated in the education of sustainable environmental gardening. Iida and Sakai also painted the building and worked with the children of Lobos at “Por una Sonrisa”, a small center that provided free meals for the children in the neighborhood. Later in Santa Fe, where the indigenous Mocovi tribe resides, Generation Peace Academy helped construct wooden dome structures for shelter and played with the kids there. The final project was centered in Tigre, at an Evangelical church, where they helped paint rafters for the ceiling and connected with the local youth.
Kiyoka Iida and Mayo Sakai graduated from MacArthur High School in 2012. Ms. Iida was involved in varsity Orchestra and Peer Assistant Leadership for two years, and in National Honor Society during her senior year. Iida was preparing to attend the University of Arlington, but decided she needed to create a solid foundation in her values and beliefs before attending college. She delayed her plans and joined Generation Peace Academy because she felt she needed to strengthen her character through service and the opportunities GPA provides. Ultimately, Iida wanted to improve her life of faith, to truly have ownership, and to become more confident in what she believes in.
In high school, Sakai was involved in Academic UIL activities, art competitions, and held the position of secretary for National Honors Society during her senior year. Ms. Sakai was preparing to attend the University of Texas at Arlington, but, like Iida, decided she needed to solidify her core beliefs and values before attending college. Having served through her church youth group and other organizations, Sakai felt the desire to expand her horizons and serve on an international level. By changing her college plans and joining Generation Peace Academy, Sakai hopes to improve her character to positively impact and give back to the world.
Iida and Sakai are first year participants of the program and through all the experiences until present, they have discovered more about themselves and have become inspired to continuously improve and give back. After returning home, Ms. Iida hopes to attend North Lake College to start basic courses, then transfer to University. Ms. Sakai hopes to attend University of Texas at Austin to explore and find the best means to make a lasting contribution to the community and world.
Iida felt so inspired after her experience overseas, saying, “This trip has shown me that, despite language barriers, we can still reach out and create loving relationships. Our value does not come from our environment or situation; we all have the unique value as children of God.” Sakai adds, “Suddenly the world seems smaller, because we have created relationships, and I care for their well being, as if we were a family.”
Sakai and Iida felt extremely grateful for the support of theirs parents and siblings, friends, and past teachers. Sakai goes on to say, “I can never thank God enough for everything that I have been blessed with, a loving family, an accepting church community, and all the friends and mentors that have encouraged me through life, that all I can do is offer that love to those that I meet and to the world, to help create one global family.”
Information provided by Irving Weekly.
Last Updated on Monday, 01 April 2013 11:34
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