Grapevine to Become ‘Rockefeller of the Southwest’ with New Ice Skating Rink

Photo courtesy of Grapevine CVB

Main Street will have a 9,000-gallon ice skating rink during the holiday season this year as part of Grapevine’s Christmas Capital of Texas festivities.

Grapevine City Council unanimously approved an agreement at its July 5 meeting to construct and operate an ice skating rink for the next three holiday seasons at Grapevine Main Station. Construction of the rink will be done by ICE Challenge Enterprises, which has previously built outdoor rinks in Prosper and Frisco.

“If Prosper can do it [and] Frisco can do it, then we need to do it, [or] we can give away ‘The Christmas Capital’ to someone else,” Mayor William D. Tate said during the meeting.

Construction of the rink is to begin on Nov. 11. The rink must be operational by Nov. 18, per the city’s agreement. The rink will stay open for 52 days until Jan. 8.

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Fireworks canceled mid-show due to safety concerns

On Monday, Fort Worth’s Fourth fireworks display was halted after several grass fires developed along the banks of the Trinity River, the Fort Worth Fire Department reported.

After consultation with the pyrotechnic company, a decision was made to suspend the fireworks show, out of an abundance of caution, due to concerns about damage to additional tubes used to shoot off the fireworks display.

Tarrant Regional Water District, the organizers of the fireworks show at Panther Island, issued this statement: “The fireworks show at Fort Worth’s Fourth was cut short tonight. We apologize that the show wasn’t able to be completed. Necessary preparations were taken leading up to the event, and as safety is our No. 1 priority, the decision was made to cut the show short at the direction of the Fort Worth Fire Marshal.”

Once the crowds departed the Trinity River area, the pyrotechnic technicians and the Fort Worth Fire Department’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit completed a review of the tubes. A decision was made to eliminate the remaining fireworks by discharging them in a controlled environment.

At about midnight, parts of the fireworks display were discharged to make the area safe. There was no threat to public safety while carrying out this disposal.

On Tuesday morning, the FWFD Bomb & Arson Unit in collaboration with the pyrotechnics company began eliminating the remaining fireworks at Panther Island Pavilion. This was done in a controlled environment under controlled circumstances by professionals. There was no timetable given for how long this process would take.

By midnight on July 4, FWFD had been dispatched to 203 grass fires across the city, which is 126 more than in 2021.

Original Source: Texas Police News

July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza 

Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. on July 4th

Celebrate America’s birthday at this year’s July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza complete with spectacular fireworks set to patriotic music. Viewing locations listed below include some of Grapevine’s lakeside parks and are subject to change. Parking or entry fees may apply.

Lake Parks Viewing Areas
Suggested Viewing Areas

(Click on each location name for more information)

Boater/Trailer Parking at Boat Ramps is $10 per.

Due to capacity limitations, cars will not be allowed to leave and re-enter the park without paying an additional fee.
 

Distant/Obstructed Viewing Areas

Viewing Areas with Restricted Acces
  • The Vineyards Campground & Cabins (Accessible to guests only with pre-scheduled reservations for that Sunday night. Gates are closed to the general public. Click here to make your reservation)
Fireworks Music Track

You can’t have a fireworks show without a rocking music track! We have made it easy by giving you the option to stream the show here from the page.

Follow the steps below to enjoy the show to the fullest!

Play Via Soundcloud
  • OPTION 1: If you don’t have the Soundcloud app installed, click on the black “Listen In Browser” button. Please allow up to 15 seconds for the song to buffer.
  • OPTION 2: If you have the Soundcloud app, click on the orange “Play on Soundcloud” button. The app should automatically open. Please allow up to 15 seconds for the song to buffer.
    • The Soundcloud app is free to download for the Apple and Android stores. It is free to register for an account but is not required to activate the app.
    • If you have the app but have not registered an account, the song should still play. You may see a screen that says “create an account” while the song is playing. Click on the button, and then on the next screen click on “cancel” in the corner. This should display the standard playback controls.

Please note that some viewing areas have less cell phone signals than others. It is suggested you check how many bars of service you have and even practice starting the music to see how long it takes to begin playing in the case that buffer times are 30 seconds or longer due to lower cell service signal. We suggest hitting “play” at 9:29 p.m. and then pausing the track to be prepared to hit play once the first shell goes into the air so that the song has appropriate time to buffer.

When you see the first firework go into the air, hit play!

Irving is decorated for the 30th year by The Great Flag Caper

The Great Flag Caper, which is a nonprofit organization in Irving that is made up of over 300 volunteers, decorated the entire 10.5 miles of MacArthur Blvd with over 40,000 American flags. This is their 30th year to do so, and it has basically become an Irving tradition.

Irving resident Nell Anne Hunt founded The Caper 30 years ago.

Nell Anne Hunt

“I moved into a new neighborhood, and everybody was so nice, and I thought I’d like to do something nice for them. So, for the Fourth of July, I bought 100 flags and went in a concentric circle around my house and put flags in everyone’s yards. Well, everybody liked it so much. The next year, I did 200 flags and spread out a little further. And then after that, a neighbor said that they wanted to do the whole neighborhood and that they would help. We did the whole neighborhood and then other neighborhoods expressed interest in doing the same thing. It just all started like that, and it just got bigger from there,” Hunt said.

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Is America becoming less patriotic?

Photo: Gallup

The 38% of U.S. adults who say they are “extremely proud” to be American is the lowest in Gallup’s trend, which began in 2001. Still, together with the 27% who are “very proud,” 65% of U.S. adults express pride in the nation. Another 22% say they are “moderately proud,” while 9% are “only a little” and 4% are “not at all” proud.

This record-low level of extreme national pride comes at a challenging time in the U.S. as a pandemic-weary public is struggling with the highest U.S. inflation rate in more than four decades. These data are from a June 1-20 poll that was conducted after mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, claimed 31 lives, including 19 children.

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July 4th Holiday Affected by Soaring Grocery and Gas Prices

Holy cookout, Batman! The cost to host an Independence Day party has gone up 17% since last year, according to a news release from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). This “market basket” survey of consumers monitored the most popular items purchased and then compared the cost of those items today to the prices in 2021.

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Save the Date! Peace Officers’ Angels Foundation Holding Fundraiser on July 31

For more information, visit POAF.org

Grapevine Police offering a $10,000 hiring bonus for certified officers

The hiring incentive takes effect July 1, 2022, as an effort to attract qualified, full-time police officers. The program only applies to Texas (TCOLE) licensed peace officers with two years of experience at another Texas law enforcement agency.

Candidates may be allowed to enter the City’s STEP pay schedule at a level of up to six years of experience, putting the salary range between $67,828-$78,519, in addition to the $10,000 bonus and extra incentive pay for higher-level TCOLE certificates. 

The $10,000 hiring bonus is aimed to recruit the most qualified candidates. Grapevine Police also boasts one of the best benefits packages in north Texas, with low-cost health insurance, family and peer support, and wellness programs for employees and their families.

The new Police Officer hiring process is open. The Department website includes a list of qualifications for hire and more on City benefits. Anyone wanting to apply can go to GrapevinePD.org and click on “Apply for a Job” for additional details.

DART Names Elizabeth Reich as New Chief Financial Officer

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Reich has joined the agency as the new chief financial officer (CFO). A proven and distinguished finance leader, Reich will assume her new role and responsibilities on July 18.

A key member of the executive team, reporting to DART president & chief executive officer Nadine Lee, Reich will lead the agency’s accounting, financial reporting, budget, treasury, fare collections, and fare payment systems, debt management, investment management, and risk management functions.

“We are thrilled to welcome Elizabeth to our leadership team at DART,” said Nadine S. Lee, DART president & CEO. “She brings a diverse skill set to the agency, including deep financial experience, strong analytics, and a track record of achievement. She is the right leader to helm our talented finance organization and deliver a comprehensive strategic financial plan that will help drive our rider-focused vision for the future.”

Reich comes to DART with more than 20 years of financial leadership experience. She joins the agency from the City of Dallas, where she served as the chief financial officer. This included leadership of Budget and Management Services, Procurement Services, Information & Technology Services, the City Controller’s Office, and the Office of Data Analytics & Business Intelligence. The Bond Buyer honored Elizabeth as a Trailblazing Woman in Public Finance in December 2021.

“These are exciting times for the North Texas region, and DART has developed an unparalleled vision and mission that I feel will make a real difference in the lives of our residents,” said Reich. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to leverage all of my years of finance and business experience to play a role in helping deliver on this vision. I’m excited to work with the team to further strengthen the agency’s financial growth to ensure that we can expand and develop greater mobility opportunities for our riders.”

Prior to joining the City of Dallas, Reich spent 16 years with the Social Security Administration, taking on greater challenges and responsibilities including serving as the deputy regional commissioner of the Dallas Region and also serving as its chief financial officer.

Reich received her Master of Public Administration degree from The American University in Washington, D.C. in 2000. She is also a member of the Dallas Regional Chamber Executive Women’s Roundtable, Women in Public Finance, and serves on the board of Broadway Dallas, previously Dallas Summer Musicals.

Buses Replace DART Light Rail between Pearl/Arts District and Deep Ellum Stations on July 9

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will operate shuttle buses instead of light rail vehicles on the Green Line between Pearl/Arts District Station and Deep Ellum Station on Saturday, July 9, from 6:00 p.m. until the end of service. Regularly scheduled light rail service will resume on Sunday, July 10.

During this time the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will perform necessary inspections on the I-345 bridge in downtown Dallas.

Shuttle buses will be operated by a third-party charter bus company and will not be DART branded. Passengers should look for charter buses at the red “Rail Disruption” bus stop signs located near each station to board a shuttle bus.

Route and schedule information is available at DART.org or by calling the Customer Information Center at 214-979-1111.