Category Archives: Grapevine

Four Glass Clocks to be Installed in Grapevine Main Station’s Observation Tower

Grapevine Main Station’s Observation Tower will soon be complete with the installation of four glass clocks.

According to officials with the City of Grapevine, the tower was designed to project an authentic historic appearance of clock towers commonly found in 19th century train stations.

The clock design was manufactured to replicate a popular style during that period, and it will include Roman Numerals as well as complementary dial markings and hands.

The clock movements will be controlled electronically, and the 10-foot clock face will be a closed translucent acrylic in order to withstand Texas weather.

The four glass clocks were designed by Electric Time Company, which practiced the art of handcrafted clock manufacturing for more than 100 years.

Located at 891 South Main Street, the Observation Tower sits across from the Hotel Vin, which just opened.

The tower rises 150 feet above the public plaza and features Italianate Architecture from the late 1800’s. The new clocks will be enclosed on the level below an open-air observation deck, which gives visitors a 360-degree view of Grapevine and the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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Grapevine Police arrests two robbery suspects after a foot chase and search Thursday evening

NEWS RELEASE
downloadOn Monday, August 17, a Lyft driver was robbed at gunpoint. In a separate incident on Wednesday, a man’s car was stolen, and the suspects attempted to take his wallet. Surveillance video captured images of the suspects. 

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, a Grapevine Police employee spotted the suspects walking near Ira E. Woods and Mustang Drive. The employee called for officers, who responded in marked patrol vehicles. 

As officers approached, the three suspects ran away, and officers began searching the area. One suspect was caught a short time later and taken to jail. 

Officers requested canine assistance from surrounding law enforcement agencies to help find the other suspects. However, the search was called off about an hour later. 

While a patrol officer was canvassing the area for evidence and speaking with neighbors, the officer discovered one of the suspects hiding under a shed. He was arrested without incident. 

One 17-year-old faces charges for Evading Arrest Detention and Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon. He is additionally held on a felony warrant out of Fort Worth for Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon. 

Another 17-year-old faces charges for Evading Arrest Detention and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. 

A third suspect has been identified as a resident of another city, and detectives are working on a warrant for his arrest. 

Grapevine Police want to thank all of the neighbors, businesses, and witnesses who helped during the investigation and search, as well as our law enforcement colleagues from Trophy Club, Watauga, and North Richland Hills for their assistance.

Suspect names cannot be released until after arraignment. Both suspects have been transported to Tarrant County Jail, and should be arraigned soon.

GRAPEVINE’S 34th ANNUAL GRAPEFEST® FESTIVAL CANCELED

107998385_10157129025206968_5506700586486693291_oGRAPEVINE, TEXAS – (July 13, 2020) – In support of State of Texas and the City of Grapevine’s guidelines and procedures to stem the spread of COVID-19, the 34th Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience has been canceled. “We made the difficult decision to cancel the festival,” said Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director, Paul W. McCallum. “Citing concerns for the safety of attendees, volunteers, staff, sponsors and vendors.”

The greatly anticipated annual festival is the largest wine festival in the Southwest and was to be held on Grapevine’s Historic Main Street District September 17, 18, 19 and 20, 2020. This annual four day festival attracts more than 260,000 visitors.

“GrapeFest is one of Grapevine’s marquee festivals that we take great pride in showcasing not only for the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, but to visitors from around the world,” said Steve and Maggie Haley, 34th Annual GrapeFest Co-Chairpersons. They further added “We want to thank our volunteers, 38 civic and service charitable organizations, sponsors and vendors. We now must look forward to GrapeFest 2021.”

This year would have marked the 34th Annual GrapeFest-A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West. Each year the city bands together to plan four days of family-friendly festival fun where residents and visitors sip and sample premium Texas wines and champagne while enjoying live entertainment, festival food and so much more. Throughout the event, guests would participate in the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic the largest, consumer-judged wine competition in the United States that showcased 45 Texas wineries pouring 162 wines. In addition, 240 wines are featured from around the country and world.

For more information on Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau and for business and event updates relating to COVID-19, please visit grapevinetexasusa.com or call the Convention and visitors Bureau at  (800) 457-6338.

A Message from Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate

Dear Friends,

108950414_10164233766805268_8008274536047627185_nThese times are trying the souls of all humankind. We are dealing with an unknown enemy that is threatening our health, our economy, and our way of life. Our knowledge of ways to defeat this virus is limited. Short of a cure or a vaccine, which now is beyond our reach, we must come together. Many projections have been incorrect and the data has been inconsistent. People are not sure what to do and do not know what to believe. However, it is clear that we are all in this together and we need every citizen to join our army to defeat it. The medical community nor public officials cannot defeat it alone. You are the best weapon that we now have.

Efforts across Texas must be unified, so we depend on County and State orders to ensure all Texans are working together in combatting this disease. We have been ordered by the Governor and the Tarrant County Judge to practice social distancing, to wear a mask when out in public, to use good hygiene, and stay at home as much as possible. I realize people are tired of staying home and many do not want to wear a mask, especially in this Texas summer heat.

I have heard the arguments made by those against wearing a mask and I believe they all pale compared to the devastating consequences we will all suffer if we do not comply. Additionally, I have seen much of the scientific evidence, which has convinced me that masks do effectively reduce the community spread of COVID-19. The requirement to wear a mask is only temporary, so to comply does not give up any civil rights in my opinion.

It remains unknown which of us will get the disease and which of us will die from it. Therefore, we need to protect ourselves and those we love. If you feel invincible to the virus and feel you do not need to wear a mask, then I ask you to do so for the following reasons:

  • Do it for the elderly and those who have underlying health conditions whose lives are most at risk.
  • Do it for the medical personnel that have treated the sick until they are exhausted.
  • Do it for the teachers who soon will be at risk and have to work twice as hard to teach in the classroom and online.
  • Do it for the schoolchildren so they will have a chance to get back in the classroom this fall.
  • Do it for those who have lost their jobs and are unemployed, to give them a chance to get back to work and support their families.
  • Do it for the millions of Americans in danger of their homes being foreclosed on in the next few months.
  • Do it so you can look back when this period is behind us and feel proud that you did your part in defeating COVID-19.
  • Do it to set a good example.

If for no other reason, do it because it is the polite thing to do.

Not wearing a face-covering could result in civil penalties. However, even more harmful would be for our economy to be shut down again. We cannot afford this alternative, so I ask that everyone voluntarily comply.

I appreciate the majority of our citizens who have already joined the fight and are doing everything they can to conquer this virus. Please encourage others to do the same.

Be blessed and stay encouraged, Grapevine.

Mayor William D. Tate

GPD Warns Against Leaving Vehicles Unlocked

1D6lwT_S_00C7RLyQ00The Grapevine Police Department is still taking burglary reports involving UNLOCKED cars. Many are happening in apartment complexes and parking lots. Items taken included wallets, credit cards, and in one case a firearm.

These types of burglaries often lead to credit/debit card abuse and identity theft. The best thing you can do to protect yourself is to limit a criminal’s ability and opportunity to commit crime.

While it only takes a few seconds to secure your valuables and lock the doors, it also only takes a few seconds for thieves to check the handle and steal from unlocked cars.

Remember, the appearance of something valuable is enough to lure a thief. You may know your backpack is empty, but a thief could think it’s holding a laptop. One reason SUVs and pickups are common targets is because they don’t have a trunk to hold valuables. Owners generally just hide their valuables out of sight. Thieves know this, and can check glove compartments, behind seats, and under seats in mere seconds.

38th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza

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NOTE: If attending the 38th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza in person, face masks are required and must be worn at all times. Parking permitted in designated lots only.

On Saturday, July 4, celebrate the red, white and blue at Grapevine’s 38th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. This is Grapevine’s biggest fireworks display to date, shooting the largest shells ever fired. This free 24-minute fireworks spectacular over Lake Grapevine begins at 9:30 p.m. and is set to patriotic music, The fireworks display is the perfect way to celebrate America’s birthday and this will be Grapevine’s biggest display to date!

Go to special soundtrack to accompany the show!

For more information about Grapevine’s Fourth of July activities, call 817-410-3185.

Lake Parks Viewing Areas

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  • Oak Grove Park
    o    Oak Grove Baseball Field ($10 per car entry fee)
    o    Minnow Loop (Drop-off Only) 
    o    Trawick Pavilion ($10 per car entry fee)
    o    Oak Grove Soccer Complex ($10 per car entry fee)
    o    McPherson Slough (No fee)
    o    Oak Grove Softball Complex (Boat traffic only)
  • Rockledge Park ($20 per car entry fee, card only, no cash)
  • Scott’s Landing Marina  (Private parking & cash only)
  • Silver Lake Park by Silver Lake Marina (Private parking & cash only)

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

Viewing Areas/Parking

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VIEWING AREAS WITH RESTRICTED ACCESS:

  • The Vineyards Campground & Cabins (Accessible to guests only with pre-scheduled reservations for that Friday night. Gates are closed to general public. Click here to make your reservation)

LAKE PARKS WITH LIMITED VIEWING:

  • Lakeview Park ($10 per car entry fee, card only, no cash)
  • Meadowmere Park ($10 per car entry fee, card only, no cash)

OTHER LOCATIONS:

  • Hotel Vin / Grapevine Main Parking Garage – 255 E. Dallas Rd. (No fee)

Read more HERE.

Good Samaritan finds toddler alone on side of highway, works with police

NEWS RELEASE

GRAPEVINE, TX-Grapevine Police are working with Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) after finding a toddler alone on the side of a highway.  

At approximately 4:30 a.m. a Grapevine Officer was dispatched to the 2500 block of South SH-121 near Hall-Johnson Road. A driver noticed a child, approximately two years old, walking along the shoulder. He stopped to help and called 911. 

Officers made sure the child was not hurt, but the child was not able to give a name or address. Police checked the surrounding neighborhood and found no signs of the child’s parents. No child was reported missing at the time, so the child was taken into custody by CPS.  

Approximately three hours later, Grapevine Police were able to locate the child’s parents. The family is now working with CPS to determine the next steps. Grapevine Police remain in contact with CPS, and the case is still under investigation.

Grapevine Police applaud the good Samaritan who saw the toddler along the highway and stayed with the child until officers arrived.

Grapevine Walgreens goes back to normal business hours

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Hey Grapevine! As of yesterday (4/28), Walgreens has gone back to their pre-COVID hours. They are open from 6am – Midnight again.

Location: 912 W Northwest Hwy, Grapevine Texas 76051

Phone: (817) 310-3072

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They have paper products in stock and all employees are requited to wear masks and gloves. Social distancing markers are still in place.

Grapevine shops are opening in a limited way; Support our local businesses

Screen Shot 2020-04-26 at 6.47.33 PMPursuant to Executive Order GA-16, issued on Friday, April 17, 2020, by Governor Greg Abbott and effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020, some retail businesses classified as non-essential in the original “Stay-at-Home” order will be able to provide “To-Go” services with some restrictions.

Any non-essential business that chooses to reopen to utilize the “Retail-to-Go” system must follow the guidelines outlined by the Texas Department of State Health Services for the safety of employees and customers:

  • Customers will not be allowed inside any store/establishment.
  • Customers may purchase items from a participating retail store for pick-up, delivery by mail, or delivery to doorstep.
  • All payments must be conducted over the phone or the internet (if not possible, contact must be minimized).
  • Purchased items should be delivered/placed inside the customer’s trunk or backseat to minimize contact.
    • Items delivered to a home should be delivered to the front doorstep. Delivery personnel is not allowed to enter a residence.

Retail delivery by mail:

  • All payments must be done over the phone or the internet.
  • Purchased items should be delivered by mail without customer contact.
  • All customers should wash or sanitize their hands after any transaction.

View Governor Abbott’s Executive Order number GA-16. View the COVID-19 Guidance for employers, employees, and customers of reopened retails services provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services. View our Shop Local map.

With a high emphasis on social distancing and avoiding large crowds, the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau has put together a list of Retail Stores and their respective hours of operation, online shopping availability and ability to purchase gift cards or gift certificates so you can pay it forward!

GUIDE: Know when and where to grocery shop in Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake during the pandemic

By Gavin Pugh 

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Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake grocery stores are finding ways to offer food to everyone while also attempting to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Innovations include online ordering, curbside pickup, direct delivery and senior hours.

Here is an interactive map with updated hours and other details on local grocery stores. This list is not comprehensive, but it will be updated regularly.

To alert our news staff about potential updates, email gcsnews@communityimpact.com.

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