Written by Nick Kamm
Dozens of motivated ADT Security Systems employees gathered at Mountain Creek Preserve in Irving on Saturday morning to celebrate their company’s 139th birthday.
However, instead of celebrating with a giant birthday cake or a live musical performance, the employees put on their gardening gloves and partnered with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) and the Parks Department to help plant trees in the popular South Irving park.
The three entities along with the Volunteer Service of North Texas coordinated the event that aimed to give back to the community.
“The result is what gets me fired up,” KIB coordinator, Rick Hose, said. “You have people coming out here on their day off at seven o’clock on a Saturday morning to make a difference in our community. After today we’re going to see a tree farm that was just a field two weeks ago.”
The beautification project consisted of planting a variety of 200 native trees in one of Mountain Creek Preserve’s large open fields. The Parks Department provided the trees.
City of Irving gardening experts were on hand to assist the excited ADT employees and KIB affiliates. The enthusiastic city employees briefed the volunteers on safety procedures and planting instructions.
In addition to the tree farm, ADT provided the City of Irving with new benches and picnic tables, which were assembled by the hard working volunteers. They also worked together to pick up trash around the beautiful Mountain Creek Preserve.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 00:20
Written by Matt Mungle
Title: The Butler
Other than war, few events "timeline" our country so methodically as the advancement in race relations. From the plantations in the south to the election of our nation’s first black president; we can pinpoint the decade simply by where we are in these relationships. In the biographical drama, Lee Daniels' The Butler, (yes that is the actually title as odd as it seems), we get an eye witness account of the growth of our country through the eyes of one White House servant.
Forest Whitaker gives an award winning performance as Cecil Gaines. We follow him from childhood through his retirement age, primary focusing on the years he was a butler at the White House. He worked there over 20 years and had a table side in to all of the news worthy moments. But the story is also told through his family and how they dealt with the divisions of the 60s and 70s.
You can start ticking off on your fingers all of the award worthy performances found in this film. Oprah Winfrey portrays Cecil's wife Gloria. Though she stays in her comfort zone and dips into the Color Purple well, she still is fantastic. The story takes place over many years and we see several presidents come and go. Eisenhower (Robin Williams), Nixon (John Cusack), Kennedy (James Marsden), and Johnson (Liev Schreiber) all make an appearance.
It is powerful and emotional in its adaptation of the civil rights movement. You really get a sense of what these brave young people endured for the future of their race. But it gives equal time to the negative activists that hurt the cause more than helping. Though full of humor and heartwarming moments it is the struggle for justice that truly will give your soul a turn.
Lee Daniels' The Butler is rated PG-13 for some violence and disturbing images, language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking. Some of the dialogue and visual elements may be more suited for those 16 and over. At the same time it is good for young people to see what really took place in our country. So use your best judgment. Nothing is sensationalized or gratuitous.
If you like to shelter your young ones then maybe this isn't the film. For everyone else it is a must see. I give it 4.5 out of 5 plates of cookies. I was moved on many levels and walked out of there hoping for a better future.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 00:10
Written by Jan Brick
COPPELL, TX – Summer is officially over for some 360 members of the Coppell High School Band. Students traded swimsuits for white t-shirts, shorts and sneakers with the opening of Summer Band Camp and the yearly quest to reign once again as one of the finest marching bands in Texas.
Added into the mix this year is practice for the award-winning band’s first annual March-A-Thon. From 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Aug. 17, the band is “taking it to the streets”of Coppell in what is sure to become one of the city’s favorite traditions. Starting at New Tech High School, the band will parade through parts of Andy Brown Park and several neighborhoods, culminating at the Tom Thumb store on Denton Tap Road where patrons will be entertained with music as the band marches through the store. In addition, lawn and personal concerts can be arranged by request.
“Coppell is so supportive of our band. We want to show our appreciation and hopefully help the kids raise money for the Spring Trip and other band fees by getting out and entertaining the community in a unique and fun way,” said Scott Mason, CISD Director of Instrumental Music. “This is our largest band ever, so it promises to be an exciting event.”
A parade route and more information can be found at the CHS Band Booster website at www.chsbandboosters.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 00:10
Written by Staff
As Irving’s population continues to grow, City leaders continuously look for ways to enhance Irving’s appeal as an ever-more mobile city.
Driving toward that goal, the City applied for and was chosen to receive a federal Transportation Enhancement Grant totaling $2,070,000 from the Texas Transportation Commission. The City will contribute an additional $690,000 to the grant with existing park bond funds bringing the project total to $2,760,000.
The City will apply the funding to a new hike and bike trail that will measure 12,500 linear feet of pedestrian and cycling pathway and run along Rock Island Road from Gilbert Road to Irby Lane. It will serve as an east-west link through South Irving and will provide residents a pedestrian connection from West Irving to the Centennial Park Trail system which will eventually link to Campión Trails at Mountain Creek Preserve.
“This is a real win for Irving because we competed nationally for this funding,” said Irving City Manager Tommy Gonzalez. “The project will provide an aesthetically pleasing and safe route connecting multiple modes of transportation.”
The 10-foot-wide trail also will include intermittent seating and will serve as a pedestrian link from the West Irving TRE rail station to Centennial Park and Heritage Crossing.
The City will create landscape beds at major intersections and include pedestrian lighting. Construction is anticipated to begin by December 2014 and should be completed by spring 2016.
Source: City of Irving
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 00:09
Written by Staff
Irving Community Television Network hit the airwaves Oct. 12, 1981, and has evolved to an award-winning network offering viewers around the globe an opportunity to stay informed of city happenings. Recently, ICTN’s Cathy Whiteman celebrated her 300th episode as anchor and producer of the award-winning “Profiles” program.
“Profiles” is a monthly TV program that highlights the achievements of Irving residents and their contributions to the community. Each program is an in-depth conversation about the background, career and accomplishments of the interviewee revealing how he or she achieved success in his or her field.
As one of the network’s original employees, the “Profiles” personality has had the opportunity to chat with many Irving icons. In fact, two of Whiteman's earliest “Profiles” shows featured Charles Brown and Charles Schulze — two direct descendants of Irving’s founders, Otis Brown and J.O. Schulze.
“In the nearly 20 years I have produced “Profiles” for ICTN, I’ve had the privilege of capturing Irving’s history as told by its history-makers,” Whiteman said. “If I have any insight from those 300 interviews, it’s that every story has a value; each person played an important role in creating and sustaining the community. I’m really humbled by the fact people have shared their stories so generously over the years.”
In celebration of her 300th episode, viewers can join Whiteman for a virtual stroll down memory lane in a special retrospective edition of the show. “Profiles 300: Retrospective” is available for viewing via ICTN on Demand. To view award-winning ICTN programming, visit the network's new-and-improved website at ictn.tv.
Source: City of Irving
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 00:08