FCC Votes Down Obama-Era ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules

By TALI ARBEL, BARBARA ORTUTAY / AP 

(NEW YORK) — The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era “net neutrality” rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like VerizonComcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit or charge more for faster speeds.

In a straight party-line vote of 3-2, the Republican-controlled FCC junked the long-time principle that said all web traffic must be treated equally. The move represents a radical departure from a decade of federal oversight.

The push toward eliminating the rules has touched off protests and stirred fears among consumer advocates and ordinary Americans that cable and phone companies will be able to control what people see and do online.

Read more from Time…

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Grapevine PD watches over Christmas events to keep citizens and visitors safe

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Officer Chad Hale

Our Officers work overtime to ensure families can safely park and cross the street to enjoy the North Pole Express on Main Street.

Earlier this month, Ofc. Chad Hale was serving as a Crossing Guard. On Saturday evening, he saw a 5-year-old boy running towards him crying. The child stopped by the curb along Main street, so Ofc. Hale immediately went over to check on him. The boy explained that he got separated from his parents near the carousel, and was unable to find them.

Ofc. Hale called for backup to monitor the road, then lifted up the child in search of his parents. About five minutes later, the two spotted his parents, who had been frantically looking for their son, and had just alerted staff. Ofc. Hale did not get the family’s name, but says it was rewarding just being able to see their panicked expression be replaced with relief and love.

We know holiday events and activities can be crowded, and that this can happen, but we want you to know that here, in the Christmas Capital of Texas, we are there for you in times of need, and you can always call us for help.

To learn more about Grapevine PD, click HERE.

‘The Nutcracker’ with a striptease and other festive ways to celebrate the season in D-FW

Hanukkah began on Dec. 12 and this weekend, several venues and communities are lighting menorahs in honor of the holiday. Every evening through Dec. 19, the Galleria Dallas lights its large-scale menorah. Crews say they’ll light it at sunset, but if you’re there by 5:45 or 6 p.m., you’ll be in good shape. Then afterward, consider going skating at the mall’s ice rink. 

Read more from Guide Live…

Crime Prevention Tips

In Your Home or Apartment

  • Have lights at all entrances.
  • Have a wide-angle door viewer on all exterior doors.
  • Have good locks on all doors and windows – and use them!
  • Do not use your full name on your mailbox, in the telephone directory or on your answering machine.
  • Do not leave a schedule of your times away from home on your answering machine.
  • Know which of your neighbors you can depend upon in an emergency.
  • Do not hide extra keys in easily accessible places. Criminals will find them.
  • Ask for photo identification of all repair persons. If you are suspicious, call to verify employment.
  • Never give personal information to telephone solicitors.
  • Do not let strangers into your home or apartment to use the telephone. Offer to make the call for them.

On the Street

  • Never hitchhike! It’s never worth the risk!
  • Be very careful using outside ATM’s at night or in unfamiliar surroundings.
  • Try not to overload yourself with packages or other items. Keep your hands as free as possible.
  • Do not wear music headphones while walking or jogging.
  • Do not read while walking or standing on a sidewalk.
  • A good suggestion for men is to carry a second wallet containing a few dollar bills and old expired credit cards, which are normally discarded or destroyed. If confronted at knife or gunpoint, give the suspect the second wallet and concentrate on a good physical description to help the police in making the arrest.

In a Car

  • Keep your car in good working order and the gas tank at least half full.
  • When you approach your parked vehicle, visually check the area around the vehicle for any suspicious persons or activity. If you observe anything suspicious, walk to where there are other people and call the police.
  • Always park in visible, well-lighted areas.
  • Have your keys ready when approaching your vehicle to reduce the time needed to enter.
  • When operating your vehicle, keep the doors locked and the windows rolled up.
  • Any valuables left in your car should be left in the trunk or otherwise kept out of sight.
  • Many people consider a cellular phone a good investment in safety.

Thanks to the Texas Chisholm Trail Crime Prevention Association for these tips!

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Why does Ikea have people lining up before its Grand Prairie opening? 7 things to know

By Maria Halkias, Retail Writer

facebook-logo-v2Ikea opens its second North Texas store on Wednesday in Grand Prairie on State Highway 161 and Mayfield Road, just north of Interstate 20. Here are a few things to note:

  1. It hopes to attract urban shoppers.  While the store is in southwest Dallas County, it’s also going after urban dwellers in and around downtown Dallas. Last weekend, Ikea brought its virtual reality experience in a shipping container to Klyde Warren Park.

Read more from The Dallas News…

Grapevine Parks & Rec Honors Employees

On December 13, the Grapevine Parks & Recreation Department honored employees at its annual Christmas luncheon.

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Pictured L to R: 

  • Heart of Service AwardMegan Varner, Recreation Coordinator. Megan is the friendly face that works with our Active Adults at The REC.
  • The Bravo AwardMorgan Davidson, Programs Coordinator. Morgan works with Lake Parks & loves all things dinosaurs & Fossil Fest. 
  • Another Bravo Award – Phuong Le, Crew Worker. “Little Tony” loves working outside & spends most of his time helping around Grapevine Lake.
  • Employee of the YearJeremiah Obert. “J.O.” is known as the Irrigation & Holiday Foreman is responsible for all irrigation in the City of Grapevine & all of the Christmas lights around town. 

Thank you for all of the heart you put into your work, we appreciate you!

To learn more about Grapevine Parks and Rec, visit GoGrapevine.com!

Grapevine PD Police Blotter 12/8 – 12/11/17

December 8, 2017:

  • DWI/Possession of Controlled Substance: 300 Block of E. Dallas Road
  • Hit and Run, Non-Fatal: 200 Block of N. Scribner Street

December 10, 2017:

  • Possession of Marijuana < 2 oz./Public Intoxication: 1900 Block of Rose Court

December 11, 2017:

  • Burglary of Vehicle: 1800 block of Enchanted Way
  • Theft Report ($100 – $750): 300 block of S. Park Blvd.
  • Theft Report ($100  $750): 2500 Block of Fairway Drive
  • Theft of Merchandise ($100 – $750): 3000 Block of Grapevine Mills Parkway
  • Credit/Debit Card Abuse: 500 Block of Turner Road

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Contact the Grapevine Police Department HERE.