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Carroll ISD develops plan in response to controversial video of students using racial slur

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The Carroll ISD school board announced on Nov. 5 that they are taking actions to address a controversial video posted recently on social media in which CISD students can be seen and heard using a racial slur.

The video was posted Oct. 26, board Vice President Michelle Moore said. The school district held a special meeting Friday during which community members shared their experiences and thoughts regarding the issue with a packed boardroom.

CISD leaders have developed a cultural competence action plan to provide education and promote tolerance.

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Carroll Theatre presents ‘Side Show’ December 6 – 9

side-show-featured-img-newBased on the true story of conjoined twins and famed entertainers Violet and Daisy Hilton, Side Show is a remarkable musical about acceptance, love, and embracing one’s uniqueness. As stars on the Orpheum Circuit, it seems that Violet and Daisy have everything they ever wanted. The one thing they lack, however, is the fulfillment of their hearts’ desires. Different as they are, when it comes to matters of the heart, Daisy and Violet have the same burning questions: “Who could proudly stand beside me? Who will love me as I am?”  A stunning reminder of the importance of accepting and celebrating what makes us unique, Side Show is a true story that will touch audience’s hearts.

WHERE: Carroll Senior High School

WHEN: December 6 – 8 at 7pm and December 9 at 2pm

TICKETS: Golden Circle – $25; Emerald Level – $20; Ruby Level – $15

Purchase tickets HERE

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Grapevine’s short-term rental issue to go to trial in April; plaintiffs granted temporary relief

 

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated at 4:51 p.m., Nov. 8, to include a statement from the city.

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Judge Mike Wallach of the 348th Tarrant County District Court granted Grapevine property owners’ request for a temporary injunction Nov. 7, preventing the city of Grapevine from enforcing a ban on short-term rentals.

A trial to determine whether the city was within its rights to prohibit Grapevine residents renting out their properties as short-term rentals on websites such as Airbnb and HomeAway is set for April 15, according to court documents. The injunction applies specifically to the plaintiffs.

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Editor’s Corner: School is useless

By Stacey Doud

Young handsome male student sitting frustrated between study booTeens: Believe me, I get it. Sometimes it seems like school is a waste of a day (or a few hours if you’re homeschooled). I’m almost 50 years old and still have never needed to use calculus or had to know the date that Ben Franklin’s mom’s third cousin twice-removed got married (though that “useless knowledge” is awesome for trivia games).

Looking back, it seems like when the holidays came around, we all started to get antsy. Maybe it was looking forward to the upcoming vacation from the drudgery of school or just that we had been going pretty much every day since August, but November and December seemed like the months where my enthusiasm for school tanked.

But the important things about school are not as obvious as a certain subject or teacher or assignment. It’s showing that you can finish something (whether it be grade school, an assignment or college), and that you did it with a little pride. It’s about perseverance and learning how to deal with other people. It’s about finding some kind of path for your life.

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Piaget. He wasn’t always this old. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Psychologist Jean Piaget broke the adolescent years into stages…and some of it actually makes sense.

“Adolescence, these years from puberty to adulthood, may be roughly divided into three stages: early adolescence, generally ages eleven to fourteen; middle adolescence, ages fifteen to seventeen; and late adolescence, ages eighteen to twenty-one. In addition to physiological growth, seven key intellectual, psychological and social developmental tasks are squeezed into these years. The fundamental purpose of these tasks is to form one’s own identity and to prepare for adulthood.” [Source: HealthyChildren.org]

Adults: Who didn’t try different “looks” or personality traits as a teen? Hopefully you didn’t dye your hair black (before there were ways to re-color) and walk around with half-black and half-brown hair in high school like I did or steal a golf cart for 30 minutes just because you could. But I’m sure there was something you’re not entirely proud of that showed you that the behavior wasn’t you. And hopefully you found some stuff that was you. That was your job at the time. And all the while you thought school was dumb.

4611a8dc193f5418a638b05423e231dfGoing to school is the job of the typical adolescent. Sure, you may be super-intelligent or be able to recite Pi to the 2,000th number, but school is still your job (along with all the social BS, etc.). And just you wait…when you grow up (as so many of us were in such a hurry to do), you’re most likely going to have to go to some kind of job every day. If you’re blessed, you’ll enjoy your job and it won’t feel like “work” per se.

But in the meantime, just do your current job, even if you don’t completely understand why you have to do it. It will all become clear some day, and if it doesn’t, please don’t forget to drop me a line and tell me I’m full of crap.

You’ll get through these years. The extreme emotions will die down. Look to the people who love you for help, whether it be with an assignment, a feeling or anything else that’s troubling you. I know you think adults are stupid, but most of us have been where you are and can at least listen and empathize.

happy-thanksgiving-2017-aOn that note, enjoy your Thanksgiving break (if you’re a ‘Murrican) and always remember that there’s more to the story than you think. And PLEASE think a lot and think often.

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Stacey Doud is the Editor-In-Chief of The Grapevine Source. She is a former overachiever with three college degrees and hopes that no one stresses as much as she did. Please direct all hate mail to staceydoud33@gmail.com.

Editor’s Corner – Movie Review: “The Meg”

Review by Stacey Doud

MV5BMjg0MzA4MDE0N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzk3MzAwNjM@._V1_Jaws fans beware! The Meg was touted to be a bigger and badder Jaws, but I couldn’t help but miss the John Williams score from the original, though the elaborate use of CGI (which obviously wasn’t available in 1975) was a visual treat, sort of making up for my auditory disappointments.

There are some scenes that almost replicate Jaws to a tee, which shows a lack of originality, but The Meg uses not only higher tech cinematography, but also more modern ways to die in the ocean – like in a big human hamster ball or an underwater state-of-the-art laboratory.

I’ve always been attracted to movies set under water or that contain interesting under water scenes. I recently saw Deep Blue Sea (1999) and prefer it to The Meg only because it has a modicum of scientific interest. The Meg is just bada$$ CGI sharks. It’s like Jurassic Park set under water, with only a few, though impressive, species of dinosaurs. 

Lead actor Jason Statham wasted his time in this movie. He’s a talented action actor, but The Meg could have used a trained monkey in the lead role and would have been as effective as Statham. That was disappointing to me, as I generally enjoy Statham’s performances.

Don’t get me wrong – if you are a fan of the genre, it is a fun ride. But don’t expect Jaws – or a real plot. But the bada$$ sharks are worth the rental fee as long as you’re not expecting anything poignant.

★★★ (3/5 Stars)

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Private Fireworks Display Oct. 27

DqNGSNjUcAIy67TThere will be a three-minute fireworks display for a wedding taking place at Paradise Cove on Grapevine Lake this Sat, 10/27 at 9:30pm.

EARLY VOTING – NOW OPEN

DqH7_3_VYAAV3UkDuring early voting, Grapevine residents may vote at The REC, 1175 Municipal Way, or at any polling location in Tarrant County.

 

Schedule:

  • 10/22-26,Mon-Fri, 8a-5p
  • 10/27, Sat, 7a-7p
  • 10/28, Sun, 11a-4p
  • 10/29-11/2, Mon-Fri, 7a-7p

For more information, click HERE.

Go Grapevine: Snapshot

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Check out this week’s NEW bi-weekly newsletter, Go Grapevine Snapshot. This is a “snapshot” of updates and news on everything Parks and Rec related including closures, events, and upcoming programs!

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Updates:

Due to the heavy rainfall, some parks, boat ramps, and parking lots and fields have been closed. The current closures are Minnow Loop at Oak Grove, all boat ramps (except Katie’s Woods, high water), and ALL athletic fields are CLOSED until further notice. With the predicted rainfall in the forecast, we anticipate needing to close Meadowmere and Lakeview on Monday. Check the alert button on GoGrapevine.com to stay updated! For athletic fields, call the rainout hotline at 817.410.3475.

Sunset Concert Series:

Our final Sunset Concert is this Saturday, October 20 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm with Mad Men Swing Band! So bring your blankets and chairs to enjoy a relaxing fall evening of various music styles at The REC of Grapevine. This FREE outdoor concert will have food trucks onsite to purchase from or you may bring your own food (no glass is allowed).

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

BAMOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and The REC is offering FREE admission into the facility on any Thursday when you wear PINK!Guest needs to be with a current member. Help us increase awareness of the disease, raise funds for research into causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. Visit The REC front desk for more information about our PINK initiatives.

Puppy and Kitty Cat Yoga:

YogaIf you’ve been thinking about adding a special fur baby to the family, then this is the purrrrfect opportunity to adopt. The REC of Grapevine and Grapevine Animal Shelter and Adoption Center have partnered to offer some fun-filled yoga classes! We’ve had three successful Puppy and Kitty Cat Yoga sessions so far and our last session is next Saturday, October 27 (10:00 – 10:45 am). You can register by visiting GoGrapevine.com or by calling 817.410.3450.RockWall

After Hours:

Join us for November’s Game Nights as part of After Hours, a NEW Active Adults themed program that encourages seniors to try a new and exciting activity each month. Bring a friend, test your mettle, and have fun hangin’ around! Each Tuesday in November, come play some fun and challenging games with us! To find out more information, contact the Active Adults desk at 817.410.3465.

Matter of Balance:

BalanceThis award-winning program is taught by Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine staff, and consists of 8, two-hour classes. The program is FREE and is designed to help adults 60+ years of age reduce their fear of falling through group discussion, problem solving strategies and increasing levels of physical activity. The Matter of Balance class meets October 1 through October 24 on Mondays and Wednesday (9:30 – 11:30 am). For more information, contact the Active Adults desk at 817.410.3465.

Carroll ISD school board discusses a voluntary drug-testing pilot program

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The Carroll ISD board trustees directed district staff to explore the potential implementation of a voluntary, non-punitive random drug-testing program for middle and high school students during a preliminary discussion during Monday’s school board meeting.

The purpose of this proposed pilot program is to enforce a drug-free educational environment, educate students and prevent harmful consequences caused by illegal drug and alcohol use, according to a staff presentation.

Parents may sign their children up, and 10 percent of participating students would be tested each testing date.

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