Written by Staff
On Sept. 30 the Irving Police sought the public’s help in locating 76-year-old Ignacio Espinoza.
The previous day, at approximately 5 p.m., Espinoza walked away from his residence in the 1500 block of N. O’Connor Rd. Espinoza was diagnosed with dementia and, according to family members, his ability to communicate has decreased significantly and he only speaks Spanish. He is in good physical condition and frequently goes on supervised walks with family members.
Espinoza had walked away in the past but was located walking in the area. Due to his illness, age and the length of time that he has been missing, investigators sought the public’s assistance.
Happily, Espinoza was located just after 1 p.m. on Sept. 30, and was safely returned to his home uninjured. It appears as if he walked away from his residence on his own, but he was unable to find his way back. At some point, he became tired and decided to sit inside a parked car. When the owners walked out to the vehicle, they noticed Mr. Espinoza and called the police.
Source: Irving Police Department
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 13:44
Written by Matt Mungle
There is no doubt that Sandra Bullock and George Clooney can act at an award worthy caliber. The issue with the new Sci-Fi thriller Gravity is that it needs more than great acting; it needs a solid story line, incredible special effects, and an ability to rivet audiences in their seats for ninety minutes. Sure it is the name draw that will get tickets sold, but it is raising the bar of the genre that will make them worth the price.
Ryan Stone (Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (Clooney) are two astronauts left adrift in space after a routine space walk runs afoul. Kowalski the seasoned veteran and Stone a medical engineer on her first mission work together to try and survive. As they encounter obstacle after obstacle, it is clear that this is may not end well no matter how famous the actors are.
This is an intense thrill ride heightened by the understanding of how vast and dark space is. It is easy to find yourself short of breath or feeling a bit claustrophobic as you watch these characters struggle in the journey. The mental concept of floating with no control and nothing to hold on to will inch you closer and closer to the edge of your seat. Add to that the stunning graphics and visual landscape that director Alfonso Cuarón creates, and at times you will forget you aren't out there on your own.
That is the good news. Luckily it outweighs the bad. This film may leave some feeling a bit bored and starving for the multi-character interaction and comic relief that Sci-Fi often brings. Many might hope that an alien pops up simply to add a new dimension to the story line. Others will long for the more NASA driven movies of the past where you get both sides working to bring the stranded bodies home. The film often takes itself too serious, and you end up with overly dramatic angles and a stylized art piece.
Gravity has a bit of action, and it comes in bursts that are real and stomach churning. Those moments, especially in 3D theaters, will have you gripping your armrest and holding on for dear life. But most of the film is a lot of dramatic situations and reflection as death seems inevitable. You may find yourself questioning the validity of it all. Sandra Bullock does a fine job with the role, but at times it feels like she is out of her element. Maybe that was the point. Also having someone as well known in the role keeps the idea in your mind that this is just a movie. Having an unfamiliar face would have made the tension even greater. As far as Clooney, even in space he is witty and charming.
Gravity is rated PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images, and brief strong language. The only thing keeping this from PG is the peril and serious situations. Certainly an adult movie, but one all can enjoy; if you love the genre. You have to truly embrace Sci-Fi and not simply like movies that take place in space.
I give it 4 out of 5 Marvin the Martians. If you go into it with the right frame of mind, you will get your money’s worth for sure.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 13:43
Written by Jan Killen
I don't say "no" to NNO! Here are some reasons why I helped organize our Tuesday, October 1st, event at the Rec Center in our Towne Lake area. National Night Out has been held for over 10 years in Irving, with a goal of encouraging community partnerships among Irving Police, City Corporate Communications, and neighborhoods.
Beginning with Texas small-town roots and being a Girl Scout, I was active with people and organizations. After going out of state for college and work, we settled in Irving in 1965 and raised our family. I became involved and gratified as I made a difference. Neighborhoods are an important part of the community. Many in our family have been or are in the military. I respect their service, and I also support our local law enforcement.
There are many reasons why neighbors may say "no" to National Night Out. Demanding schedules of work and family, don't want to get involved, privacy concerns, and letting someone else do it. All understandable, but will it make a safer, stronger neighborhood? Fewer people have land lines, and there are no white pages to inform us of neighbors' phone numbers.
Our Towne Lake and broader area meeting on October 1 drew a modest crowd, surprising in light of the hundreds of flyers distributed and the announcements on our social media site, www.NextDoor.com. We had three Irving Police officers to visit, bring us information on a new initiative in our area starting soon.
We invite you to take a look at what is happening in our neighborhoods, get involved at least a little, and feel good about the difference it is making!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 13:43
Written by Staff
At its recent annual meeting, the Irving Healthcare Foundation (IHF) Board of Directors elected Irving civic and business leaders John Mazon, Sr., Lourdes Spinola., John Paul West and Cathleen Whitelow to membership. The Board also elected its new officers.
John Mazon, Sr., is President of Mazon Associates Inc. His community involvement includes the Dallas Life Foundation, Irving Rotary Club and Deacon PPBC.
Lourdes Spinola is the Corporate Secretary for Azteca Omega Group and the past Chair of the Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Lourdes volunteers her time to the Irving Interfaith Clinic as a translator.
John Paul West is President at West Commercial Realty. John Paul volunteers his time as a church high school volunteer leader and serves on the board of the Dallas Marathon.
Cathleen Whitelow is a Communications Specialist at TXU Energy. Cathleen volunteers her time as a mentor for military veterans with American Corporate Partners, and in the Singles and TV Ministries at her church.
The Board of Directors also elected four new officers for the positions of Chair-Elect, Secretary and Nominating and Development Committee Chair and Audit Committee Chair. Matthew Boyle, Partner at Law Office Boyle and Lowry L.L.P., has agreed to serve as Chair Elect. Boyle will replace Brian Smith, Owner of Big State Drug at the end of his term in 2014. Directors Thom Davis, retired owner of Omega Environmental Technologies, Joy Goodrum, Director of Education and Workforce Development for the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, and Scott Adkins, V.P. of Sales at MicroEdge, LLC were elected to the Secretary, Nominating and Development Committee Chair and Audit Chair positions, respectively.
Source: Irving Healthcare Foundation
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 13:10
Written by Staff
The Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recently announced the hiring of Mary Ann Kellam as President. Mary Ann Kellam has been in the financial industry for 13 years in the Dallas area. She has been active in leadership positions in the Dallas and Coppell, TX communities. She is Immediate State Past-Chair of the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas (HWNT), as well as past chair of the Dallas chapter. She is currently a mentor at the Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School in Dallas and was selected as a member of Hispanic 100.
Kellam is past-Chairman of the Board of the Coppell Chamber of Commerce; a committee member of the Coppell Independent School District and a member of the City of Coppell Economic Development board.
She has provided seminars to the victims of domestic violence at Dallas Women’s shelters. She has also been involved with Girls, Inc.; The Dallas County Children’s Advocacy Center; Assistance League of Dallas; Wednesday’s Child Benefit Corporation and volunteered at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
In 1999, Kellam created the Coppell youth leadership (CYL) program for high school juniors, which she facilitated for 10 years. This program was created to help young teens develop or enhance their leadership skills. The program sessions focused on Cultural Diversity; Career Development; Social Services; Business; Government; Arts; Health/Wellness/Lifestyle; as well as community involvement and volunteerism.
Kellam has extensive experience in sales and management. She has owned and operated several businesses and is also certified as a Professional Image Consultant; Insurance benefits Consultant and a Self-Improvement/Development consultant. In her spare time, she is a jewelry designer. She also conducts team building workshops, personality assessments and etiquette training for corporations, as well as for organizations and schools. She is bilingual (English/Spanish).
Source: Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 13:09