Written by Phil Cerroni
The owner of three clubs in Irving, ClubCorp hosted its annual “Savor the View - for a Good Cause” dinner and silent auction at the La Cima Club on Sep. 13.
Perched 26 stories above Williams Square, the La Cima Club offered a vantage point from which ClubCorp members could look out upon Irving’s financial might as they wandered between stations, set up by local restaurants, that paired one of the restaurant’s signature dishes with wine provided by the club - Rodizio Grill, the Ranch and La Madeline all made appearances.
It would be a disservice, however, to focus only on the outward trappings at the expense of the spirit of the evening. This year, the local ClubCorp subsidiaries put their chips on three charities: one local, one internal and one national.
Last year, in hopes of attracting more decision-makers to move their personal and business lives to Irving, the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce assembled an elite team of business and community leaders to deduce the most effective way to impress perspective residents.
The result was One Irving. Its mission: to improve Irving’s schools and better market the city to the business community.
“We decided the business leaders of Irving wanted to put together something to support the city. They wanted to support education; they wanted to support the children and students of the city,” said Joy Goodrum, the Chamber’s Director of Education and Workforce Development.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 03:48
Written by Colleen Ahern
The Irving Symphony Orchestra has undergone a whole host of changes during its 50-year history. Readers may recall the re-haul of the organization in 2011, spearheaded by ISO president, Tracy Boyd. The president gained Metroplex-wide attention after changing the organization’s name to ENVISO, and building a season exclusively of multimedia events that paired music with visual and performing arts. Boyd’s rebranding efforts attempted to make the ISO “one of the most progressive symphony orchestras in America,” as he said in a 2011 press release.
Two years later, the Irving Symphony Orchestra looks much the same as it did before Boyd took charge. Former ISO president Marguerite Korkmas returned to her position as president last season in order to help the symphony recover from serious financial setbacks and to bring ISO back to its roots. With the exception of the annual children’s concert, the 2013-2014 Season will not include any multi-media events.
“[Multimedia] will not be extended in our programming this year,” Korkmas said. “We really wanted to focus on great music and the performers. But that doesn’t mean we won’t be infusing some multimedia in future concerts.”
ISO conductor Hector Guzman is a big supporter of Korkmas’s redirection of the symphony. According to Guzman, abandoning Boyd’s multidisciplinary programming benefits the Irving Symphony Orchestra both financially and artistically.
“If we had kept doing that, it would have been a tremendous strain on the orchestra’s finances,” said Guzman. “In fact, ENVISO was never supposed to substitute (for) the ISO. The Irving Symphony Orchestra was always supposed to remain the Irving Symphony Orchestra. We’ve discovered that that is the name that remains with the people.”
Korkmas stressed the importance of retaining a traditional approach to performance.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 03:47
Written by Nick Kammerer
Irving citizens did not have to drive very far to find quality entertainment last weekend. Hundreds of Irving residents and families gathered on Friday and Saturday, Sep. 13 and 14, for the annual Irving Main Street Event, a multi-day celebration coordinated by the City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department.
The Event has snowballed into a popular, exciting attraction for the City of Irving, and this year's festival included some large attractions not present in earlier celebrations.
“This year we expanded the Irving Main Street Event to a second day, introducing an evening of live music on Friday before launching into the full festival that the community has come to know and love,” Special Events Coordinator for the City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department, Jasmine Lee, said.
The Main Street Event was held in the Irving Heritage District that included parts of Irving Blvd, Main Street and Second Street. The annual festival featured activities for all ages to enjoy, including the newly added Wagner's Carnival where participants enjoyed challenging shooting games, fun houses, opportunities to win prizes, a Ferris wheel and other traditional carnival games.
Two stages at this year's festival–the Main stage and Car Show stage - promoted a number of well-known bands and featured performances by Fingerprints, Carabali, All Funk Radio Show, Vocal Trash, LC Rocks, The Texas Bopcats, The Sol Witness and Texas Slim. Each of the bands represented a variety of musical genres including R&B, Rock, Pop, Salsa and Funk.
In addition to bands, a number of young, talented musicians showcased their musical abilities at this year's Battle of the Bands that was held on Friday.
Younger children enjoyed a variety of free activities, rides, and displays at the Family Fun Zone, which featured a Children's stage with music, magic and dance.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 03:46
Written by Amanda Casanova
The Irving City Council snuffed out plans for what could have been a highly contentious meeting and agreed to postpone discussing a possible smoking ordinance.
The proposed ordinance, which hasn’t been finalized, would prohibit smoking in certain places.
The Council did spend time during the Sep. 19 meeting listening to public input about the proposal. Although the initial plan coming into the Thursday meeting was to appoint an ad-hoc committee of council members (John Danish, Rose Cannaday, Brad LaMorgese, Gerald Farris) to discuss the issue, Councilman Allan Meagher instead proposed killing the proposal at the Thursday meeting.
In another twist, however, the Council voted to bring the ban back to Council in two months.
After two public meetings this summer, the Health Board had recommended that the City take on the ordinance, but Van Duyne said at the Sep. 19 council meeting that between the two meetings, only about 30 people showed up to discuss the proposal.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 03:46
Written by Amanda Casanova
Former Irving City Manager Steve McCullough has been named Interim City Manager as City Manager Tommy Gonzalez’ stretch as the top city official comes to an end.
The City Council voted unanimously for the appointment on Sep. 19 at their regular meeting.
McCullough will start Oct. 2 and $138,049 has been allocated for his payment.The contract ends April 2, 2014 or when the Council finds a permanent City Manager.
In April, after months of public debate, the Irving City Council voted to extend Gonzalez’ contract through Oct. 1. After Oct. 1, Gonzalez may stay on and serve as a transitional consultant to the City until Dec. 31. Under the extension agreement, Gonzalez will be paid for accrued vacation, his $60,000 retention pay for this year and a 2009 housing loan will be forgiven. If he resigns before the contract ends, the contract will terminate.
As Irving’s City Manager, Gonzalez has served a city of about 216,000 residents and has earned about $430,000 annually.
McCullough retired from the City Manager post in 2005 after about 30 years with the City.
An executive search firm has been hired to find a permanent City Manager. That search could take about four to five months, according to Mayor Beth Van Duyne.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 03:43