Written by Jess Paniszczyn
The young and the young at heart flooded into Coppell’s William T. Cozby Public Library to experience the Festival of Nations: Russia. Throughout the afternoon, the event offered a glimpse into Russia’s food, costumes, art and culture.
“This is our third year doing the Festival of Nations,” Librarian Jennifer Franz said. “We started off doing one festival and trying to have many nations, and we really didn’t serve anybody well. So we decided to focus on a country. Each summer we try to have a wide range of nations.
“The crowd today is phenomenal. We’ve had quite a turnout, and a lot of it is from the Eurasian Association. They helped with a lot of the tables. It’s been awesome.
“There is something for everybody here. It is a great program to bring kids to, but the adults get a lot out of it as well. It is a good all-ages program.”
A unique aspect of the program was that a number of former Russian citizens attended the event, filling the room with the sounds of the language and offering their perspective on life as Americans by choice.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 July 2013 22:14
Written by Phil Cerroni
Although Ramadan is seen as a time for self induced privations, the mood at the Iftar Dinner was a distinctly festive one.
Members of the community and civic and religious leaders gathered at the Islamic Center of Irving (ISI) on July 23 to share an Iftar Dinner. Iftar is the tradition of breaking the fast during the month of Ramadan, a month-long observance when Muslims do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset.
The group assembled an hour before sunset, and whiled away the last 60 minutes of discomfort listening to speakers including Mayor Beth Van Duyne, ISI's Imam Zia ul Haque Sheikh, and Methodist pastor Rev. Dr. Wesley Magruder, who surprised Christians last Ramadan when he decided to participate in the fast.
The speakers stayed away from doom and gloom and decided to focus, instead, on the joyful aspects of fasting.
“We purposefully lose these things [food and drink], so we become appreciative of these things much more. And when we become appreciative of these things we become, in turn, more grateful to God, and we, therefore, thank him. And that increases our awareness of God and the blessings that he gives us day in, day out that we generally take for granted,” Imam Sheikh said.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 July 2013 22:13
Written by Nick Kammerer
Local moviegoers will soon be able to enjoy a luxurious cinematic experience at Irving Mall AMC Movie Theater.
AMC is teaming up with Simon Property group to renovate the aging mall location. Plans for the theater include many exiting new amenities.
Irving AMC moviegoers will be able to relax during movies while sitting in a power reclining chair equipped with footrests. Also included are bathroom renovations and a new concession area that will house a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine, providing movie enthusiasts with over 120 drink options. The theater also plans to expand the concession menu.
"We're thrilled AMC is adding its upgraded seating options to its existing theater at Irving Mall. Their renovation will redefine movie going at Irving Mall and will enhance the entertainment offerings for our customers,” Greg Zimmerman, Senior Vice President at Simon Property Group, explained.
The movie giant has approximately 344 theaters across the United States, and has recently renovated a few North Texas locations including Grapevine Mills AMC, which is now equipped with a “fork and screen” dine-in experience and a full-service McGuffin’s Bar and Lounge. This allows customers to order full entrees and alcoholic beverages during a movie.
The Irving Mall AMC renovation will be similar to the theater in Grapevine Mills.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 July 2013 22:11
Written by Amanda Casanova
In a lengthy and sometimes divisive discussion on the future of an entertainment center in Irving, the City Council voted to approve a partnership with ARK Group and revive a plan to build the $165 million center.
The City Council voted 5-4 in a series of votes at the July 25 meeting after spending hours discussing the partnership and listening to public input. The marathon meeting wrapped up at about 12:30 a.m., more than five hours after it had started.
Councilmembers John C. Danish, Allan Meagher, Dennis Webb, Rose Cannaday and Joe Putnam voted to approve the partnership. Mayor Beth Van Duyne and council members Brad LaMorgese, Gerald Farris and Thomas Spink voted against.
“I think there is a good bit of evidence that this is something that’s needed,” Spink said, citing hoteliers who had decried the City’s lack of entertainment. “There is clearly a significant market here for this project.”
Last Updated on Monday, 29 July 2013 22:10
Written by Jess Paniszczyn
Perhaps it is the oversized, glistening pieces of equipment, the lure of sliding down a pole as alarms sound or the promise of a life less ordinary, but at some point almost everyone has wondered what it would be like to be a firefighter. Members of the community were invited to have lunch with Irving Fire Department’s Interim Chief Victor Conley at Glory House Bistro on July 19 to find out more about what the fire department and its staff does.
A 28 year veteran of the department, Conley began fighting fires out of Fire Station 4 located at 3303 N. MacArthur. As a young fireman, he was required to ride on the outside of the fire truck, standing on a tailboard and hanging onto the back.
“Nowadays it is safety, safety, safety, and I support it 100 percent; because I’ve seen the other side,” Conley said. “The challenge was, the driver was trying to throw you off of the tailboard. Nowadays we have to be inside a cab, sitting in a seat with our seatbelt on. We’ve come a long way for the good.
“Right now our current save rate based on the Dallas County Appraisal District; we save 91.59 percent of the property, which is outstanding. Our response times are also under the national standard."
Last Updated on Monday, 29 July 2013 22:07