Written by Staff
The City of Coppell has been recognized by the Quality Texas Foundation (QTF) for completing the Engagement Level of the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE) for demonstrating the development of systematic approaches to organizational management.
The Engagement Level is for those organizations that have made a commitment to use performance improvement principles and serves as the first in a series of steps that make up the application process to receive the TAPE. Recipients of the award embody exceptional organizational efficiency and are leaders in their field with regard to organizational productivity. The City of Coppell has undertaken this award process to refine and enhance a higher level of organizational performance fulfilling its commitment to building community through public service.
“This is a beneficial process for the City and staff, because it identifies what we are doing right and where we have room for improvement,” said Deputy City Manager, Mike Land. “We are excited to have received this recognition and will continue pursuit of excellent customer care.”
This achievement uses the Malcolm Baldrige award criteria which can then be used to apply and receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
Quality Texas is an incorporated 501c(3) not-for-profit organization that delivers varied services through an annual evaluation process. In recognition that organizations may seek feedback and guidance along their journey to implementing and refining a management system, they have developed four criteria levels designed to assess the degree to which an organization has developed and deployed sound, balanced approaches resulting in improved performance levels and trends. The criteria levels include the Engagement Level, Commitment Level, Progress Level, and finally the Award Level.
Source: City of Coppell
Last Updated on Friday, 12 July 2013 01:13
Written by Staff
On July 3, 2013 at 3:20 a.m., the Coppell Police Department received reports of a single vehicle major accident on Eastbound IH 635 at the Freeport Parkway off-ramp. Coppell Police and Fire Departments were dispatched and located the accident scene on the south shoulder of the road in a small stand of trees.
Preliminary investigation indicated a Ford F-250 was traveling Eastbound on IH 635 attempting to take the Freeport Parkway off-ramp. It appears the truck left the off-ramp and struck a sign pole before coming to rest upside down on the south shoulder of IH 635. The driver and only occupant of the vehicle was pinned inside and determined to be deceased.
The driver was tentatively identified as a35 year old male. Complete identification of the driver is being established, but will be withheld pending notifications to family.
The Coppell Police Traffic Division and Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office are investigating the accident. It is undetermined whether alcohol was involved with this crash, but speed may have been a contributing factor.
Source: City of Coppell
Last Updated on Friday, 12 July 2013 01:12
Written by John Michaelson
AUSTIN, TX - As Texans celebrate the Fourth of July, the "Stars and Stripes" will fly across the state - but for some of those flags, it may be time for a replacement. Perry Jefferies, manager, TexVet initiative, said if your flag is tattered, torn, faded or frayed, you should take it to a local veterans group for the proper disposal.
"Because it's not convenient for a lot of people, generally you can take it to a local VFW and they work with Boy Scout troops to dispose of flags properly," Jefferies said.
Under the U.S. Flag Code, the flags are disposed of in a ceremony through burning. For flags that are dirty or have small tears, washing is appropriate, and it is also acceptable to make minor repairs.
Jefferies said for himself and other veterans who deployed to fight for our country, he knows how important the flag is as a symbol for our nation.
"When you look at the flag, you don't just see the freedoms that we defend every day, but you also see your comrades that may have sacrificed all for that flag," Jefferies explained. "And I see a positive national spirit that is one we want to encourage, that says 'There's a positive day ahead for the country.'"
More information is available at www.vfw.org/Community/Flag-Education/.
Last Updated on Friday, 12 July 2013 01:10
Written by Staff
As temperatures continue to rise this summer, the Coppell Fire Department is reminding everyone with children to “Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat.”
“One of the biggest weather related risks during the summer months is the possibility of a child dying in a vehicle from heat stroke,” said Coppell Fire Chief Kevin Richardson.
The temperature inside a vehicle can rise 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes, and 50 degrees in an hour- even when outside air temperatures are in the 70's. The inside of a car acts like a greenhouse, where actual temperatures inside the vehicle can reach 120°F in minutes and approach 150°F in as little as an hour. This can cause hyperthermia (heat stroke) in only minutes, particularly in children, whose body temperatures warm at a rate three to five times faster than an adult. Studies have shown that "cracking the windows" provides little (if any) relief.
From 1998 through 2012, 86 children died in Texas from heat stroke suffered while in a vehicle (at least 560 children have died nationwide). Through June 7, 2013, three children had already died in Texas, including one in Dallas. Nationally, over half of these (52%) were children that were forgotten by a parent or other caregiver, and 18 percent died when parents knowingly left their child in a vehicle. The rest died playing in an unattended vehicle.
Did you know . . . according to Texas Penal Code, Title 5, Chapter 22, Sec. 22.10. LEAVING A CHILD IN A VEHICLE. (a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly leaves a child in a motor vehicle for longer than five minutes, knowing that the child is: (1) younger than seven years of age; and (2) not attended by an individual in the vehicle who is 14 years of age or older. (b) An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.
All of these tragic deaths are preventable! To help bring awareness to this issue, the Coppell Fire Department is using the slogan "Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat" to remind people to remember to check for small children in a car seat and to never leave children unattended in a vehicle- even for a few moments. Remember that pets should also never be left in a vehicle during the summer months.
The following are basic safety recommendations:
Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle. Not even for a minute!
If you see a child unattended in a hot vehicle, call 9-1-1 immediately!
If a child is missing, always check the pool first, and then the car, including the trunk.
Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don't overlook sleeping babies.
Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices.
Teach your children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When the child is put in the seat, place the animal in the front with the driver.
Or, place your purse or briefcase in the back seat as a reminder that you have your child in the car.
Make "look before you leave" a routine whenever you get out of the car.
Ensure your child's school and/or child care provider will call you if your child does not show up for school.
Source: City of Coppell
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 21:52
Written by Bill Jones
The first time I ever picked up a tennis racquet was when I was about ten years old. My mother had bought me a Spalding "Pancho Gonzales Signature Model" wooden tennis racquet and signed me up for a summer tennis camp at Lively Park, across the street from Irving High School.
I enjoyed the camp, but tennis wasn't exactly the sport of choice in our North Irving neighborhood. If you're the only kid on the block who owns a Spalding "Pancho Gonzales Signature Model" wooden tennis racquet, what good is it anyway? After all, you can only hit a tennis ball up against the side of the house for so long. So, front yard pick up football games it was.
It’s months like this one when I realize Mother knew what she was doing when she signed me up for that Lively Park tennis camp four decades ago.
There's a new game in town. It's called team tennis. There's a new team in town. It's called the Texas Wild. And I get to put my Spalding "Pancho Gonzales Signature Model" wooden tennis racquet knowledge to the test this month when I'm part of the TXA 21 broadcast team for live coverage of Mylan World TeamTennis action from the Four Seasons Resort in Las Colinas.
Our first televised match on TXA 21 is at 7:30 next Wednesday night, July 10, which is the Texas Wild's home opener against the Washington Kastles. The Kastles' marquee player is 5-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, who is making her return to competitive tennis after missing Wimbledon due to an injury.
TXA 21 will also broadcast live the match against the Sacramento Capitals at 7:30 on Wednesday, July 24. Sacramento has the #1 ranked American on the ATP World Tour in big 6-6 Sam Querrey, who has a powerful serve that has reached 141 miles per hour.
Other home matches for the Texas Wild will feature appearances by the best doubles team in the world. The Bryan Brothers (Bob and Mike), winners of 14 Grand Slam men's doubles titles, will play for our local team when the Wild host the Orange County Breakers on Saturday, July 20.
But the Texas Wild player I'm most looking forward to watching is 19-year old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, who is one of the up and coming stars on the women's tour. Bouchard, who won the Junior Wimbledon singles and doubles titles last year, knocked off 12th seeded Ana Ivanovic last week, advancing to the 3rd round in her first foray into the main draw at Wimbledon. Martina Navratilova says Bouchard can be a "potential Grand Slam champion" some day.
World TeamTennis should be a great way to spend a summer evening and it's long overdue for our area. Rising stars like 20-year old Sloane Stephens (Philadelphia Freedoms) and 17-year old Taylor Townsend (Sacramento Capitals), and fan favorites like John McEnroe (New York Sportimes), Andy Roddick (Springfield Lasers), and Jim Courier (Texas Wild) are all part of a league that was the brainchild of the great Billie Jean King 39 years ago.
Come to think of it, that was about the same time I picked up my Spalding "Pancho Gonzales Signature Model" wooden tennis racquet for the first time.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 21:51