Archive for January 2009

Super Bowl XLIII

by Joy Donovan on January 30, 2009

Date: 2009-02-01

Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Description: Pick your favorite team…Cardinals or Steelers…or your favorite commercial.

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Trevino Announced Leadership Honoree

by Joy Donovan on

Mayor Oscar Trevino

Mayor Oscar Trevino

North Richland Hills Mayor Oscar Trevino was named winner of the Northeast Leadership Forum’s Distinguished Leadership Award at the group’s 18th annual meeting at the Marriott Solana in Westlake.

Trevino, elected mayor in 2002, also has served on the city council. He has overseen area transportation developments,  including serving as the chair of the Regional Transportation Council and vice chair of the National League of Cities Transportation Committee Infrastructure and Services Policy Committee. Other  affiliations include serving on the boards of North Hills Hospital, Birdville school district’s education foundation and Texas Transportation Institute.

Trevino joins a roster of other Northeast Tarrant County leaders who have previously been honored, including Colleyville’s Ginny Tigue, a former city councilwoman and community volunteer, and Larry Darlage, Tarrant County College Northeast campus president. 

“I am humbled by this,” the mayor said after the announcement. “The folks who are responsible for all we have going on in Northeast Tarrant County are sitting in this room.”

Keynote speaker was Hope Andrade, Texas’ 107th secretary of state.

“I am convinced that it is your spirit of cooperation that has allowed this area to be so successful,” she told the group comprised of elected officials, business leaders, community volunteers and non-profit employees.

Outgoing forum chairman Charles Powell turned over the chairmanship to Scott Bradley, former Westlake mayor. In light of the economic downturn, Bradley urged attendees to “re-double your efforts.”

“Do everything you can to advance this region,” he said.

Also recognized at Friday’s luncheon was Ret Stansberger, recently retired chief of the Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce, and former state Rep. Kim Brimer.

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Extra Extra…Carroll ISD makes mistake but corrects it!!

by Larre Green on

Ok, so that may be a bit of a stretch but it is the truth.  Apparently the date of the make-up day for the recent school closing due to bad weather was posted on the district’s website as April 15th, which was incorrect.  The correct make-up day will be Monday, April 13th.  See, the headline was true!

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Drinking Java in Colleywood

by Joy Donovan on January 29, 2009

Overheard drinking coffee at Market Street in Colleywood…by a married mom with grown daughters. You know…of a certain age…

“We’re not cougars. We’re sabre-tooths! We’re extinct.”

I can tell you this blonde dynamo is far, far, far from dead.

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All You Need is Love Gala

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2009-02-14

Location: WaterTower Theatre, Addison Theatre Center, 15650 Addison Road, Addison

Start Time: 7:00 pm
Description: WaterTower Theatre\’s annual fundraising gala, this year honoring Terry Martin\’s 10th anniversary with the theater. Celebrating with music of The Beatles, cuisine and auctions. Individual tickets are $150 per person, and underwriting for tables begins at $1,750. Contact Greg Patterson at 972-450-6227.

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An Evening With Danny Wright

by Larre Green on

Date: 2009-02-12

Location: Mason & Hamilton Performance Center located in the Piano Gallery, 13520 Inwood Rd., Dallas

Start Time: 6:30 pm
Description: Cocktail Reception to begin at 6:30pm
Private Concert Begins at 7:00 pm
RSVP 972-490-5397
$20 in advance
$25 at the door
All major credit cards accepted

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what did you do on you ICE day?

by Larre Green on

I was awakened on Wednesday by the blaring sound of morning news anchors going on about how the previous evenings freeze had cancelled school, as well as, most of the community’s ability to get to their place of employment. 

Ok, so I don’t know about all of you, but I am not exactly the biggest fan of the “kids are out of school today” memo.  Not that I don’t love having my daughter at home but if you are like me, and have several irons in the fire, getting off schedule extinguishes the fire!  Again, like everyone, I do love a day off for play but because the holidays were just a blink ago, the list of things that needed to be done was getting a bit long. 

I had visions of my busy schedule turning into a day of the family grazing (food that I would cook and clean up after) while multiple televisions broadcasted all things Disney and continued updates of the “not so bright” who decided to venture on the icy roads and either got stuck or ran into each other like a bad carnival bumper car ride.  That of course was enough to get me up, out of bed and ready to come up with a better plan.   Hey if we are all going to be home, then it is project time! 

I can hear the groaning from readers at this statement but it wasn’t like I was cracking a whip, just the opposite, I took the Mary Poppins approach…”just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.”  Let’s make this fun.  We can have the televisions running and food breaks (Hey, at my house we do like our food breaks!) but if we work together, we can spend time with each other and get something accomplished as well. 

So readers, I don’t know what you were doing on your ice day but at my house, we organized closets and put away boxes left in the “need to get this put away when we get a chance” pile.  I know this still sounds a bit boring and a waste of a good “day off” but we actually had a good time working together.  And, at the end of the day, when all was done, even though were all were exhausted, we were a bit invigorated by the pride from the results of our hard work.  Weekends tend to be so hectic now; filled with birthday parties and running from here to there that having a solid day, where actually leaving wasn’t an option, really was kind of nice.  So here is a toast to you “Arctic Freeze,” you gave us a great family day!

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Garden of Roses Fashion Show

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2009-03-28

Location: The Speedway Club, Texas Motor Speedway

Start Time: 10:30 am
Description: Greater Keller Women\’s Club offers its annual fashion show with Ginger Allen serving as mistress of ceremonies and fashions from Dillard\’s. Tickets $60 per person. Contact June Aurelio at 817-741-2578 or

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Red Carpet Rolled Out, Grapevine Style

by Joy Donovan on January 28, 2009

“Grapevine Glitz” describes the requested attire for the Fifth Annual Grapevine Heritage Jubilee, to be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Palace Arts Center, 300 S. Main, Grapevine.

Organizers say that translates to “snappy casual,” which probably rules out beer-slogan t-shirts and holey jeans. What doesn’t need translation is the Newlywed Game, the etched-in-the-’70s TV game show. Out of the time machine will step Bob Eubanks, the legendary host of the game show that made “makin’ whoopee” daytime TV’s favorite phrase for a while.

Playing the Newlywed Game with Eubanks in his customary role is just a part of the evening’s excitement. Promises of red-carpet treatment and rubbing shoulders with John Wayne and Elizabeth Taylor lookalikes are being made, too.

The evening will serve as a fundraiser for restoration of Grapevine’s historic areas. The $75 ticket price includes a red-carpet welcome, a photo taken in front of Hollywood backdrops, two complimentary cocktails, musical entertainment, a cigar lounge and hors d’oeuvres catered by Main Street Bakery.

The Grapevine Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Grapevine’s cultural heritage, is sponsoring the event. For reservations or more information, contact 817-410-3185.

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A Night at the Copa

by Joy Donovan on January 27, 2009

Date: 2009-02-14

Location: The Fairmont, Dallas

URL: Click here
Description: The Junior League of Dallas gala. 214-357-8822.

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