Written by Nick Kammerer
Extreme summer temperatures did not stop dozens of young, aspiring athletes from showing off their football abilities at the NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick event at Sam Houston MS on Aug. 3.
The interactive event, hosted by the Irving Police Athletic League (PAL), welcomed children and teen's ages six to fifteen to compete against other participants in their designated age group.
“We came up with a few ideas for the kids in the community throughout the summer months,” explained Officer Bazley, the event’s coordinator. “It’s great; the kids come out; they’re enjoying themselves and that’s what we strive to achieve. We want to have everyone come out here, work together, and get along as a community.”
The NFL Punt, Pass and Kick, now in its 52nd season, is coordinated with the Dallas Cowboys Franchise. Two winners from each age group will advance from the local competition and move on to the sectionals in October. If they place first in the sectionals round, the young athletes will advance to the team championship event and the nationals' competition and will receive the opportunity to be recognized at a Cowboy’s playoff game.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:24
Written by Amanda Casanova
Less than two weeks after the Irving City Council voted to partner with ARK Group and restart plans to build an entertainment center, the pending lawsuit filed by the former developer, the Las Colinas Group (LCG) has been dismissed.
The dismissal was part of the City’s agreement with ARK Group. Under that agreement, ARK Group would have to pay $3 million to former developer LCG to drop the lawsuit against the city.
On Aug. 5, Dallas County District JudgeCarl Ginsberg signed an order to dismiss the August 2012 lawsuit, saying that all “matters in dispute in the case had been settled,” according to court documents filed in the 193rd Judicial District Court.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:23
Written by Phil Cerroni
Seven employees and former employees filed a class action lawsuit against Jack in the Box franchise owner Bassam Odeh on July 3, claiming he and his company created had a system to defraud both employees and the government. They say the franchise circumvented overtime procedures by means of straw men employees.
“Plaintiffs allege that they did not receive all overtime compensation because Bassam Odeh, Inc. (“Bassam”), and Mr. Bassam Mohammed Odeh (“Odeh”) (collectively “Defendants”) engaged in a scheme whereby Plaintiffs were not credited with any overtime hours worked. Instead, Defendants credited those hours worked over 40 per workweek to fictitious employees in order to avoid payment of time and one-half overtime compensation to the Plaintiffs,” reads the plaintiffs’ filing with the district court.
“The fictitious employee checks were then cashed by Defendants, and after deduction for a check processing free, the Plaintiffs were then paid cash for hours worked over 40 in each and every workweek,” continued the filing.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:22
Written by Amanda Casanova
The Irving Independent School Board could appoint someone to the vacant seat left by former trustee Norma Gonzales, who resigned this week from the board after being arrested.
The school board could also call for a special election to fill the seat, according to board policy.
Gonzales, 42, stepped down Monday, Aug. 5, just less than three months after being elected. She was arrested Aug. 3 after trying to steal $184 worth of merchandise from Walmart at 1635 Market Place, according to an Irving Police Department report.
Gonzales left the store at about 6 a.m. on Aug. 3 and activated the store's anti-theft alarm. Walmart loss prevention officers tried to stop her, but she drove away in a Dodge Neon. She was later stopped by police in the 7800 block of North MacArthur Drive where police recovered the items from her purse.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:14
Written by Stacey Starkey
On August 6, 2003, the first edition of the Irving Rambler was printed. And it seems so long ago.
The earliest editions were compiled, written, edited, photographed and designed by only John and myself. In addition, John sold all the advertising, and we distributed the paper with the help of friends. The free bi-weekly publication was distributed by friendly store owners and through several city owned properties.
Created in a converted garage, sometimes the quality suffered; and when the difficulties of publishing a newspaper proved too much for the two of us, we would skip a week here and there.
But people responded to what we had begun, and that made all the difference. Folks would come up to us on the street and in restaurants with fully edited copies of the paper, and handwritten suggestions for improvements. One of my first encounters with Ms. Barbara Cardwell, a formidable woman for whom an IISD school is now named, entailed a very stern lecture on the need for editing and accuracy in newspapers.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:12