Written by Phil Cerroni
By Clyde and Beca DeLoach
Greg McCarthy, a regular runner at the Lively Park Jogging Trail, has enjoyed the one mile cinder trail for over thirty years. McCarthy likes to pick up litter along the trail as he runs. It makes the park look more attractive, and he finds that in bending down to pick up the litter he adds variety to his run as he stops, stoops, and scoops.
When asked why he breaks stride to grab a bit of trash, he said, "I like to make a place a little nicer for my having been there."
McCarthy is often seen picking up commonly found items such as non-recyclable packaging, as well as recyclable water bottles and aluminum cans, and biodegradable matter such as a branch from an oak tree. Although the Irving Parks and Recreation Department is very good at maintaining the park, trash does often clutter the trail and the adjacent park land. But with Greg cleaning up the park on his daily runs, the City workers spend less time maintaining this popular park. The Lively Park Jogging Trail, a real jewel in the City's park system, is nestled among oak trees along the western bank of the Delaware Creek and the northern property line of De Zavala Middle School. Entrance to the park's parking lot is from Blaylock Street off MacArthur between Pioneer and Grauwyler. The park is across the creek from Lively Pointe Recreation Center, and it is close enough that the track team from Irving High can sprint over from their school campus.
This peaceful park has long been a favorite destination spot for residents of south Irving because of the soft surface and the absence of traffic. The lighted trail attracts runners and walkers all day long--even before sunrise and after sunset. For those who want to do some calisthenics, the park has a large workout station. Many of the runners/walkers are regulars who know each other by sight if not by name. Everybody who frequents the Lively Park Jogging Trail around 7 a.m. recognizes Greg and appreciates the work he does.
Last Updated on Sunday, 28 October 2012 22:01
Written by Phil Cerroni
By Leann Callaway
First Baptist Church in Irving and Plymouth Park Baptist Church are teaming up for another exciting season of Upward Basketball and Cheerleading.
This partnership began four years ago, and was designed to create a safe, fun and family-friendly environment where 1st - 6th graders could learn fundamental skills, build character and also hear the gospel.
“I was really excited when Plymouth Park Baptist and First Baptist Irving partnered together to expand this program,” said John Durham, pastor of First Baptist Church in Irving. “I think children gathering in the safe environment of a church gymnasium is so great. And more than that, it is an environment where the children have a positive coach that encourages our kids, gives them some great wisdom and insight from God’s Word, and points our children to God’s love that is expressed in Jesus Christ.”
In Upward Basketball, every child is given the opportunity to participate equally. Before the season begins, each child goes through a simple skills evaluation which enables leaders to form balanced teams.
The cheerleading program teaches cheers, routines and fundamental skills while also adding to the excitement on game day.
“Upward is such an amazing program, from the game that is played to the way the kids are encouraged to play,” said Jennifer Mosty, children’s minister at First Baptist Church in Irving. “Whether it be cheerleading or basketball, the kids are encouraged to be wise in both how to play the game using their learned skills and how to display attitudes that are edifying to both the Lord and to each other while playing or participating.”
Jason Curry, children’s minister at Plymouth Park Baptist Church, agreed.
“Upward simply put gives kids a chance,” Curry said. “They have a chance to develop their skills and physical abilities, a chance to be a part of a team, and a chance to be in a place that teaches not just the sport but sportsmanship. The best and most important thing this program offers is a chance for kids to hear about the free gift of salvation -- a chance to place their faith in Christ. Upward is a chance and one worth taking.”
Many parents are turning to Upward to help their children learn the fundamentals of sports, while also helping them gain confidence and a positive sports experience without the pressures often found in a traditional sports league.
Basketball evaluations and cheerleading orientation will be held Nov. 5, 6 and 8 at First Baptist Irving, and at Plymouth Park Baptist Church on Nov. 12, 13 and 15 from 6 – 8 p.m. The early registration cost per child for basketball/cheerleading is $65; after Nov. 2, the cost is $70. The deadline for registration is Nov. 17.
Last Updated on Sunday, 28 October 2012 22:06
Written by Phil Cerroni
The Irving Fire Department reminds everyone they offer a Vial of L.I.F.E. (Life-saving Information for Emergencies) program free of charge to Irving residents age 60 or older or for residents who have disabilities or medical conditions.
The Vial of L.I.F.E. program is designed to assist paramedics when they enter a residence and the patient is unable to communicate for any reason. The dispatch office marks the address as having a Vial of L.I.F.E., making paramedics aware when they enter the residence to look for the magnet on the refrigerator and the vial will be on the top shelf of the refrigerator. In the vial will be a medical form with all medical information pertaining to the person living there.
To apply for a kit, complete an application which can be obtained by calling 972.721.2651, or by visiting the Fire Department Web site at www.cityofirving.org/fire, Click on “Vial of L.I.F.E.” then “Vial of L.I.F.E.-Brochure” print and drop it off at Fire Administration or any Fire Station. Once the application is turned in, the resident will receive a kit which contains a vial, a medical form and a magnet.
Source: City of Irving Fire Department
Last Updated on Sunday, 28 October 2012 21:22
Written by Phil Cerroni
The Future Leaders of Irving, a group of about 40 high school seniors, recently visited the
Universal Technical Institute (UTI) campus in Irving to learn more about potential school and
career choices. At UTI, the students learned how they could train to become automotive or diesel
technicians in just 51 to 75 weeks, depending on which program they choose.
Last Updated on Sunday, 28 October 2012 22:05
Written by Phil Cerroni
By Jess Paniszczyn
If you love music and guitars in particular, the Texas Music Expo presented at the Irving Convention Center was the place to be Oct. 12-14.
“We are marketing the Texas Music Expo as the ultimate music market place, which it is with guitars, records, memorabilia and live music,” said Thomas Kreason ‘TK,’ the event organizer. “Heritage Auctions is also here doing an appraisal fair. We have great marketplace items as well as celebrities signing autographs.
“Attendance has been a little sparse, because of the weather with 60 mile an hour winds, and the predicted hail storm. A lot of people are saying they will come tomorrow. We’ve had visitors all day, we just haven’t had a huge crowd at one time. This is the first time we’ve done this event, so next year word will get around.”
Unlike the majority of the expos and events held at the convention center which are here today and gone tomorrow, the expo and the organization it supports, the Texas Musicians Museum, hope to become long standing Irving institutions.
“This is one of many events that are being put on to help the Texas Musicians Museum, which is currently working on a deal to relocate to downtown Irving,” TK said. “We are working with the City, and hopefully we will be able to open sometime in the beginning of the year or by early spring. The City and most of the people with the City are real excited to have us. We are planning to do a lot of live music events at the museum.”
Formerly located in Waxahachie, the museum has been homeless since a fire last July. The museum boasts the world’s largest collection of Texas music history on display anywhere in the world. Its archives contain almost $1 million in stage outfits, record awards, recordings and other music related items.
Irving resident and blues artist, Leo Hull was one of the expo’s exhibiters.
“We’ve had a very nice day,” Hull said. “I’ve seen a lot of friends here at the show. We are just down here promoting our band and having a good time.”
Hull summed up his favorite part of the expo in a few words, “guitars, guitars, guitars and guitars. I wish more people would have known about the expo. This is the first year it has been held in Irving, and it will be held here again next year. Hopefully, we will have a bigger show next year.
“It would be an awesome thing if the Texas Musicians Museum were to come to Irving.”
Kim Pakula and her husband paused as they shopped for memorabilia.
“I love the expo,” Pakula said. “I am having a great time. I bought a poster of the Texas Jam 1979, because I was there the year this picture was taken.”
Last Updated on Monday, 22 October 2012 10:39
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