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Grapevine residents bring smiles to their neighborhood with a chalk mural

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Jackson (L) and Jonathon (R) Schwartz stand by their mural

Jackson Schwartz, age 8, and his brother Jonathon, age 13, along with their mom, Heather, have created a beautiful mural in chalk on their fence in a neighborhood near Main Street in Grapevine.

The trio got the idea from looking around on the Internet.

“We went on social media and saw that other people were doing it, and a lot of schools [including GCISD] had posted their students’ doing it, so we jumped on board,” Heather said.

The mural is in the style of a quilt, with several squares made into a larger whole. Each boy, along with Mom, provided a square or two.

“I got the idea for my part of the mural from things I like, so I made the baseball one because of all these things happening right now and I’m missing baseball. I made the Texas flag just to represent our state,” said Jonathon.

Jackson explained that, “I made the USA one because I like USA stuff, and I made the fade one because I like fade art.”

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Close-up of the mural

“I did the peace sign at the bottom,” Heather said. “I did the rainbow one too. I wanted something bright. We put ‘This too shall pass’ because I’ve been saying it over and over. I haven’t been working for a week, and we’re home. We’re fine, so we are trying to find the positives now, and this WILL pass. I don’t doubt that.”

Let’s take a note from the Schwartz’s’ lovely gesture and remember that we are all here to help each other, whether it be with an encouraging mural, volunteering to help others or just plain, simple daily kindness. We can all get through this strange time knowing that our community cares.

Where do construction workers factor into COVID-19 restrictions?

[We know we said no more virus posts, but this is an angle we hadn’t considered, and thought that you, or your friends and family, may be interested. – S]

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downloadAUSTIN (KXAN) — KXAN continues to field questions about construction workers at job sites, especially in light of Tuesday’s stay-at-home orders in the city of Austin and Williamson County. [Many counties in DFW are facing the same restrictions]

First, the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulation does not regulate construction workers, but noted that whether construction is allowed is up to the local agency and its order.

Emily Tuttle, a spokeswoman with the city of Austin, told KXAN commercial construction is not allowed with Tuesday’s order, with some exceptions.

“Under the Order signed this morning, there will be no commercial construction, except in the limited exception where it’s constructing essential and critical assets. (See Ex B, 2p). Construction will be allowed for public works and residential purposes if it meets the other criteria, like affordable housing, etc.  Several City of Austin capital improvement projects are categorized as critical infrastructure under the public works clause and will continue construction. Crews are continuing to use best practices for sanitizing, distancing, etc.”

Read more from KXAN…

Police allowed to issue tickets, make arrests for ‘shelter in place’ violations across North Texas

Author: Rebecca Lopez

ARLINGTON, Texas — They are being asked to protect and serve in ways they never imagined.

Law enforcement is tasked with making people comply with the shelter in place orders across the North Texas.

“We have to do what we have to do to make sacrifices in order to stop the spread of this virus,” said Sgt. Sheldon Smith, National Black Police Officers’ Association President.

Officers have the authority to stop people to make sure they are essential workers and not people just out and about. Dallas County was the first to issue a “shelter in place” order that began at midnight Tuesday.

Read more from WFAA…

Shannon Brewery and POAF have fun and raise money for our injured peace officers

SBC-Logo-e1479981872994Shannon Brewery‘s annual Back the Blue Event to benefit Peace Officers’ Angels Foundation was held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 12pm – 4pm. Many people came out to support POAF’s mission, which is assisting our critically injured men and women of law enforcement.

The event featured a BBQ truck, a menu of great beer from Shannon Brewery, a relaxed indoor and outdoor atmosphere, a 50/50 contest, in which lucky winners received prizes, good music and plenty of parking. POAF was able to get the crowd to come together to make a Public Service Announcement about the “Move Over” law, which protects officers and public workers from falling victim to being hit while on the side of the road.

ABOUT POAF:

POAF was founded in memory of Corporal Rick Barreda, son of founder Maria Barreda-Alvarado, who was killed in the line of duty on February 14, 1997.

CorporalRickBarredaSticker-295x300POAF is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.  All donations are tax deductible. Every dollar that is donated goes to assist or benefit our injured officers. POAF does not have any employees, nor pays a salary to our board members. We operate solely with volunteers.

I’m never going to pass up an opportunity no matter what time of day or night to let injured officers know that we are here for them and apply every ounce of the letter and the spirit of our mission to assist them and their families.” – Maria Barreda-Alvarado

StarOfTexasSliderIf you missed this event, and want to help the brave men and women behind the badge who keep us safe every day, you can always make a donation at poaf.org and/or let us know if you can volunteer to help! If you made a donation and need a receipt for tax purposes, please let us know at poaf.org.

We know that times are tough and some of us have decreased or temporarily suspended income because of COVID-19, but every dollar helps! Please stay safe and follow the mandates of your city, county, state and country. We pray for you all to stay safe – and remember that together, we can get through this! God bless. 

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HOLD ONTO THOSE HANDLEBARS!

By Chris Daigle

Even at my age, I was a kid once, with a bicycle, and learned that bicycles and gravity don’t mix sometimes. That teaches you real quickly that the outcome of your actions is up to you, and with a few exceptions, like a tree falling on you, you did it to yourself, so don’t do it again.

Here I am at 62 and that still applies to me.I’m still holding to the concept that I’m bullet proof. I walked around with high blood pressure for years, but never had a problem with it, even when the doctor told me it would be a problem. I pretty much thought I’d deal with it when something happened. That was a really bad decision. Now, my left side is out in left field somewhere, and is not coming to home base real soon because of a stroke.

It’s easy to do Monday morning quarterbacking now. I should’ve listened and should’ve acted sooner. This makes me wish someone had taken me into the future (sort of like Jimmy Stewart in “It’s a Wonderful Life”), but that unfortunately can’t happen. So, it’s important to keep your eye on the ball, because it’s coming, and nobody watch it for you.

Our current pandemic (COVID-19) situation puts a fine point on that. This is a situation we’ve never had before, but had plenty of warning about. Just watch the National Enquirer: It’s all there. People are saying the death rate is low, some places have no problem, so what’s the big deal?

Other events have been much worse. We are about a month into this, right? How do we know what’s coming in two weeks or in two months? People in 1939 and 1940 thought some skirmish in Europe was none of our business, which is a far different tune we sung in 1946 when all the results were in. Now, tell me it was no big deal!

“Oh, why do we have to stay home?” people cry. “Oh, these new rules are illegal!” Maybe we are actually taking a page from history and doing something preemptive ahead of time. If we told people on September 10, 2001 what would happen on September 11, maybe there would be 10 deaths instead of over 3,000. Maybe someone should’ve grabbed me and taken me to a hospital a day before my stroke, and I’d have a new outlook on life now. My parents told me long ago that the two saddest words in the English language are, “If Only.”

Okay, so here we are, in a new time that may be the new normal – we just don’t know. With all this run on toilet paper going on, the Martians will land and report, “We don’t know what killed them, but they’ve got the cleanest asses we’ve ever seen!”

We have new circumstances, but it’s not a prison sentence. Many of us are out of work, but you weren’t fired from your job. You, and everyone else, are on temporary hold. Use the time constructively. Teach yourself or a kid how to change a tire or how to sew a button. Call me and I’ll show them what it’s like to have a stroke, and how to avoid it, well, like a Coronavirus. Get the old photos out and find out who, what, when, how, and why they are, and write it down. It might be of interest to someone some day. My first picture editor, Paul Gittings, said, “You are here to leave a trail.”

Repair that door that needs work, Improve your finances. Find cheaper ways of doing things, and re-evaluate what you NEED. Do you REALLY need cable TV? Teach a kid the dangers of  credit cards, and what happens when they are abused. Yes, you want that cool bicycle, but don’t break the glass doors of your available money to have it. Learn how and why to listen, and when to keep your mouth shut. These are things I wish I had learned oh so long ago, and is certainly not taught in schools. 

We will come out of this better than before, and with a whole lot cleaner hands and backsides. While we’re at it, there’s no real use for the term “work feverishly,” and something that “goes viral” can’t be good vernacular either, so refrain. Our healthcare system might just improve from all this, too.

We’re on a wobbly bicycle right now, and it’s a muddy slick hill, but the only way to go is up right now, because down really sucks. Just get up, wipe away the pebbles, and push ourselves back up the hill.  There’s a lot of us riding, too.

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DaigleCHRIS DAIGLE is a native Houstonian and a contributing editor to The Grapevine Source. All articles and photos are copyright Chris Daigle.

DFW International Airport surprisingly empty after COVID-19 developments

If you’ve been to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), you are probably used to long security lines and crowded terminals.

I visited terminals A and C, which are supposed to be the busiest during this time, mainly due to Spring Break. Imagine my surprise when barely a traveler was there to be seen.

I was able to speak to a few passengers, both coming home to DFW and those leaving to visit other cities. As you can imagine, these were the folks who dared to travel during this COVID-19 pandemic.

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Traveler Tony Manning, from Detroit, Michigan

Tony Manning, from Detroit, MI, said:

I own a public relations/marketing business for a legal consulting firm, so I am here to do some consulting for a couple of clients. I have not had any problems due to Coronavirus. I flew from Detroit on American, and the flight attendants were so awesome. They tried to go out of their way to make sure we were all comfortable. The planes were pretty empty. My flight from Detroit had maybe 20 people on board [a 737 jet]. I literally had the whole row to myself to stretch out. It was peaceful. It was quiet, and we got here safe. Everybody was wiping down the seats and stuff. No one was coughing. I had been worried about that, so I brought my mask, but I felt like this is probably the cleanest flight I’ve ever been on.

So, instead of hysteria and panic, it seems that people are just staying home, making air travel more pleasant for those that utilize it.

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Three travelers taking precautions on their flight home

Ken Hoffman on the surreal ‘ghost flight’ from the U.K. to Houston

By Ken Hoffman

270075_originalThe best part of flying over to England a few weeks ago … was the flight back home to Houston. A whole row — the big one, seats E-F-G-H in the middle — to myself. And nobody within five rows of me. That’s social distancing.

When was the last time you flew on a plane like that? Every flight I take lately is oversold with people bought off to stay behind. But this time, the flight attendant held out a basket of single-serving packs of pretzels and said, “Take all you want.” Now, that’s luxury.

Read more from CultureMapHouston…

Brief guide of what’s been cancelled, postponed and what’s still going on

According to The Rambler Newspapers, here’s what’s cancelled, what’s been rescheduled and what’s still going on:

Transformer fire causes power outages in Grapevine

From the City of Grapevine:

5ce5b1b77fde4We are aware of a transformer fire that has caused power outages in the area, and it may impact ability to get through the phones in our city buildings. Updates coming soon.

 

 

 

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