Category Archives: Awards

The Winning Sand Sculpture of the 2019 Texas Sand Sculpture Festival

liberty-crumbling-by-damon-langlois-1Damon Langlois has been awarded 1st Place for his incredible sand sculpture, “Liberty Crumbling”, at the 2019 Texas SandFest. The 23rd annual Texas SandFest drew 35,000 people to Port Aransas, Texas and is recognized as the largest native-sand sculpture competition in the United States.

Texas SandFest’s mission is to give back to the community by raising funds for local charities and scholarships for high school students. This year they raised $355,000 and have raised $1,261,750 for charities in the last 8 years.

To see all of the winners from this year’s competition click here.

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Grapevine Police Detective earns award from US Attorney’s office

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Detective Joseph Moeller (L) and Chief of Police Mike Hamlin

One of Grapevine Police Department’s detective’s perseverance through his pursuit of justice has earned him high honors by the United States Attorney’s Office – Northern District of Texas.

On May 10 2019, U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox and Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Dana presented Detective Joseph Moeller with the U.S. Attorney’s Award of Excellence.

Detective Moeller and Special Agent T.J. Banks earned the award for their work in the case against Glenn Eugene Halfin, who ultimately pleaded guilty to Interference with Housing Rights, a hate crime statute created to protect people trying to live in peace from racial harassment.

Detective Moeller dedicated months to investigating harassment against a Grapevine family that included vandalism to their car and nooses around dolls, left for the family to find. Detective Moeller spent countless hours conducting surveillance and going through evidence to identify the suspect. Once Moeller had his case, he reached out to the U.S. Attorney’s office, believing the case could be federally prosecuted. He was right, and Halfin got the maximum penalty of 12 months.

Please join us in congratulating Detective Moeller on this prestigious award, as we thank him for his service, today and every day, in Grapevine.

Grapevine Dispatcher honored as Tarrant County’s Telecommunicator of the Year

header_npstw2019Every year during the second week of April, the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community are honored during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. This event is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving their communities. [Source: NPSTW.org]

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Elizabeth Wheeler (Photo: Grapevine PD)

This year (as well as last year), a Grapevine Police Department employee has been chosen as the Tarrant County Telecommunicator of the Year by the Tarrant County 9-1-1 District. This year’s honor goes to Elizabeth Wheeler!

The following is a description of the incident that Wheeler was most recognized for, though she takes pride in providing excellent public service for all calls during all of her shifts, including recently keeping a calm demeanor during a high-speed chase:

On January 6 2019, Wheeler received a 9-1-1 call from a young man on Grapevine Lake whose kayak had tipped over and blown away. Elizabeth worked quickly to input a call for service and ascertain his location to send first responders.  

When the man stated that his legs were becoming numb, Elizabeth encouraged him to continue moving, and assured him that help was on the way. Wind gusts were up to 25 mph, and Elizabeth continuously monitored the caller’s latitude and longitude for any location updates. Once the fireboat spotted him and pulled him into the boat, the man was in a hypothermic state from the cold – his body temperature had dropped to 80 degrees. 

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(L-R): Captain Mark Bills; Dispatcher Elizabeth Wheeler; Rotarian Brad Schnautz, Deputy Superintendent for GCISD; and Fire Chief Darrell Brown

Elizabeth stayed on the line with the victim for 25 minutes until his rescue, providing the utmost care, concern and empathy. Her handling of this call and the calm nature that she provided is the perfect example of the positive impact Dispatchers can make.

Elizabeth was honored with a Vocational Service Award and monetary gift from Grapevine Rotary for her actions in this case. [Source: GrapevineTX.gov]

Elizabeth has worked as a Telecommunicator for 13 years, and has been at Grapevine Police Department for a year-and-a-half. She says that she often gets asked if she feels numb after taking so many calls. “I am a point of hope for the people who call me,” she said. “Even if something doesn’t seem like an emergency to me, I have to remember that the caller considers the issue as one. So, I never get ‘numb.’  I have to be present with the caller. I do this because I have a passion to help people.”

Elizabeth has had some humorous calls in her lengthy career. “Parents need to educate their kids about 9-1-1 being only for when someone is hurt or if there’s a fire – things like that. I’ve had kids call me and say they needed help with their homework. That was an emergency to them!

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Saving the Pig

“My weirdest call was in reference to someone’s pet pig getting out. We thought it was a micro or mini pig. Nope! It was a huge pot belly! Her owner was on vacation and it was the first time that the pig was without her ‘person.’ So we had officers respond and save the pig!” Elizabeth added.

As Tarrant County’s Telecommunicator of the Year, Wheeler had the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at the very first Telecommunicator Appreciation Night, at the Rangers vs. the Oakland A’s game at Globe Life Park on April 13! Unfortunately, the game was rained out, but she’ll have another opportunity on June 8, when the Rangers make up the game with the A’s in a double header.

Fortunately, Elizabeth and her family were able to enjoy the evening, despite the weather. 

CONGRATULATIONS ELIZABETH!

 

 

[Editor’s Note: If you’d like to thank your community dispatchers, please DO NOT call 9-1-1 to do so. Call the non-emergency number for your police department or stop by the Public Safety Building to express your thanks.]

Fourth-grader wins school science fair by proving Tom Brady is a cheater

Author: Adrianna Rodríguez

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A 10-year-old boy in Kentucky set out to discover through hard science one of history’s most debated questions: Is Tom Brady a cheater?

Christopher Davis was looking for ways to get his son, Ace, excited about his school’s science fair at Millcreek Elementary.

Davis knew his son was a big football buck and thought this was a good way for him and the family to get through “the tedious project.” And it looks like Ace had a good time with it.

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Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport receives recognition for service and excellence

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planeTrade publication Air Transport World named Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport the 2019 Airport of the Year for its customer service experience, leadership in sustainability, efficiency and collaborative efforts with other agencies, according to a Thursday news release.

The recognition is the result of DFW Airport staff’s commitment to service, airport CEO Sean Donohue said in the news release.

“DFW is experiencing the fastest growth in more than a decade, and we see it as an opportunity to welcome the world to the Dallas Fort Worth region and advance the innovation and collaboration that deliver for our customers and make our communities stronger,” he said in a statement.

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North Texas restaurant ranks No. 2 on Yelp’s Best Places to Eat

By: FOX4News.com Staff

 – A North Texas barbecue restaurant was named the second best place to eat in the country, thanks to Yelp users.

295 5p tz2-celina tender smokehouse_00.00.00.29_1547079501152.png_6608035_ver1.0_640_360Tender Smokehouse opened in Celina, just north of Frisco, less than two years ago. It’s now listed as No. 2 on the review website’s 2019 Best Places to Eat. The list is based on restaurant ratings on Yelp and the number of reviews.

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By Steven Devadanam

282627_originalThe already much-heralded University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has just scored global bragging rights. Jim Allison, a scientist at the revered health institute in Houston, has been awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, it was announced on October 1.

Allison, who is the chair of Immunology and executive director of the Immunotherapy Platform, is the first MD Anderson scientist to receive the world’s most coveted award for discoveries in the fields of life sciences and medicine.

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Frisco ISD’s Karthik Nemmani plans to use Spelling Bee prize money towards Ivy League college

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The 14-year-old McKinney resident who won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May said he plans to use the prize money to pursue an Ivy League education.

Karthik Nemmani took home more than $42,000 worth of prizes after winning the premier spelling competition, which culminated in a championship on May 31 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The prize haul included a $40,000 cash award from Scripps and another $2,500 cash prize from Merriam-Webster. The dictionary publisher and Encyclopedia Britannica also provided Karthik with a series of reference materials.

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Capital Bank wins Business Beautification Award

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Representatives of Capital Bank East Pearland (L-R): Julie Garza, Mary Teutsch, Cindy Partida, Sherry Cooley and Dianna Watson recently accepted KPB Award

The April 2016 Keep Pearland Beautiful Business Beautification Award was recently awarded to Capital Bank East Pearland on Broadway.

Capital bank has a history of maintaining a colorful landscaping.  They have recently changed out their flowering plants to sun loving begonias.

A committee made up of board members, volunteers and staff members nominates establishments with good landscaping practices that improve the appearance of our community.

KPB runs this program with the support of businesses like ADDI Printing & Promotions LLC.  If you wish to help sponsor this program and have your logo put on our sign please call our office at 281-652-1659.  Learn more about KPB programs on our website: www.mykpb.org.

The Law Office of Mark Smith receives Business of the Month Award from Pearland Chamber

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Mark SmithThe Law Office of Mark Smith, PLLC was awarded the February 2016 Business of the Month Award by the Pearland Chamber of Commerce. The business was founded in 2003 with the primary goal of helping people. Licensed attorneys provide high-quality legal services and business advice to small-businesses, entrepreneurs and non-profits. Offices are located at 1920 Country Place Parkway, Suite 350.

“I am honored to be selected as business of the month,” Mark Smith, founder of the firm, said. “The chamber has so many great businesses as members. I’m really overwhelmed that we were selected.”

Smith has been a licensed attorney in Texas since 1999. He has worked on both sides of the bar – representing plaintiffs in cases involving employment law, contract disputes, personal injury claims and other legal matters and businesses as general counsel.

Since 2004, Mark has represented Harris County Emergency Corps (“HCEC”, formerly Harris County Emergency Services District No. 1), a premier EMS agency in Southeast Texas. During that time, he served as Vice President of Administration and General Counsel for the organization of 200+ employees and volunteers and serving more than 400,000 residents of Harris County. Since returning to private practice, Mark has added a number of small businesses to his growing practice, including Manvel EMS, Angleton Area Emergency Medical Services, Inc., Art & Kustom Kreations, the Wellness Integration Center, Deep South Builders, LLC and more.

Smith is a native of Pearland, graduating from Pearland High School in 1990. As part of his commitment to Pearland, he provides a service through many of the area’s non-profit organizations including Pearland Rotary, the Pearland Foundation for the Performing and Visual Arts, Aggies Helping Others, the Outdoor Association for Texas Heroes (OATH), The 100 Club of Pearland and others.

“I feel like it’s very important to give back a little of my time to Pearland,” Smith said. “I really believe that to whom much is given, much is expected.”

The Law Office of Mark Smith styles themselves as old-fashioned lawyers for the 21st century. That means they have old-fashioned values and 21st century skills. Learn how The Law Office of Mark Smith, PLLC can help at www.jmsmithlaw.com.