47-year-old Spaghetti Warehouse in Dallas’ West End is closing for good

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The 47-year-old Spaghetti Warehouse in Dallas’ West End — the original — is closing Oct. 20.

The restaurant, founded in 1972, has been in business through the highs and the lows in the West End over its nearly 50 years.

The restaurant, at 1815 N. Market St., is in a nook of the West End with easy access to Victory Park, Uptown Dallas and parts of downtown Dallas.

Read more from the Dallas Morning News…

Vetro Glassblowing offers visitors several treats

There are many things to do in Grapevine, but some interesting activities and shops lie “off the beaten path” from Main Street.

One such shop is the Vetro Glassblowing and Fine Art Gallery, which is located at 701 South Main Street, across from the historic railroad depot.

Their website describes the gallery: “Vetro (Italian for ‘glass’) is a nationally-recognized, active glassblowing studio and Fine Art Gallery. Vetro offers an extensive variety of professionally crafted glass art, ranging from hand-made sculptures to small glass art gifts.”

They offer classes, team building exercises and party packages year-round and visitors can sit in a small set of bleachers to watch the artists work. They also make custom orders. 

If you’ve never seen the amazing art of glassblowing, make sure that Vetro is on your list of places to visit when you’re in Grapevine!

Vetro Glassblowing and Fine Art Gallery, 701 S. Main Street, Suite 103; 817-251-1668

  • Summer hours: May 19 – August 31st, Tuesday though Saturday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Winter hours: September 1st – April 30th, Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

Improper Photograph Arrest – Grapevine PD News Release

GRAPEVINE, Texas    Grapevine Police arrested a man accused of recording cell phone video under a woman’s dress while she was shopping.

On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at approximately 5:30 p.m., a woman was shopping at the Walmart in the 1600 block of W. SH-114 when she took a step backwards and bumped into a man. She noticed he was bent over with his cell phone under her dress. The man walked away, and the victim called 911 while following the man to the front of the store. Her description to dispatchers helped police identify the man in the parking lot. The victim additionally took a photo of the suspect with her phone, and shared it with officers.  

Officers arrested 57-year-old Leroy Grove for Improper Photography or Visual Recording.  He was transported to the Tarrant County Jail on Thursday, October 10, 2019. Bond is set at $1,500.

Detectives discovered recordings of multiple victims on Grove’s phone that appear to have been taken in different locations. Anyone who believes they have had contact with Grove and feel like they could have been a victim are encouraged to call Grapevine Police on the non-emergency line at: 817.410.8127.

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Apple’s new Mac Pro will be made in Austin, not China

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The newest generation of Apple’s Mac Pro computer will be made in Austin, the company announced Monday.

The company didn’t specify when the new computers would start to roll out, but said in a release it will “begin production soon at the same Austin facility where Mac Pro has been made since 2013.” As recently as June this year, the Wall Street Journal and others had reported Apple planned to manufacture it in China, as it does many of its other products.

The company unveiled the redesigned Mac Pro at its Worldwide Developer Conference in June with a price tag of $5,999. The computer includes components from more than a dozen American companies.

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Popeye the Sailor Man really existed

60356775_1251963668294665_149174994557992960_nHis real name was Frank “Rocky” Fiegel. He was born in 1868 in Poland. He was a retired sailor contracted by Wiebusch’s tavern in the city of Chester, Illinois, to clean and maintain order. He had a reputation to be always involved in fighting, so he had a deformed eye (“Pop-eye”). He always smoked his pipe, so he spoke only with one side of his mouth. He loved to be around children.

There is no accounting of his imaginary adventures which boasts about the exploits of his physical strength, ensuring he never lost a fight. The author of Popeye, Elzie Crisler Segar, born in Chester, met Frank when where the young man was to listen to their stories and years later honored him with the character Popeye the Sailor Man. Olive Oyl also existed, she was Dora Paskel, owner of a grocery store in Chester. She is also described to dress just like Olive Oyl. Segar kept in touch with Frank and had always helped him with money. Frank and Popeye also carried some inherent features like courage, chivalry and virility. 

Texas cheerleader, 17, jumps off her homecoming parade float to save a choking toddler in the crowd

By JAMES GORDON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

A high school cheerleader from Texas ended up springing into action at her homecoming parade in Rockwall after she spotted a toddler choking to death. 

Tyra Winters, a 17-year-old student from Rockwall High School, near Dallas, explained how she was on the school’s float with her cheerleading squad and the football team when she heard murmurs that a child was choking in the crowd.

She scanned the spectators and manage to pick out a little boy whose face was turning ‘super, super red’, she told ABC News.

Within an instant, Tyra jumped off the float and ran towards the boy, who was with his mother, and performed the Heimlich maneuver. 

Read more from the Daily Mail…

Special Weekend Service for the 2019 State Fair of Texas

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TRE will operate special weekend schedules during the 2019 State Fair of Texas (see schedules here). The State Fair of Texas is open from Friday, September 27 through Sunday, October 20.

TRE passengers can easily transfer to the Green Line at Victory Station. The fairgrounds are connected to two DART Rail Green Line stations — Fair Park, located on Parry Avenue at the entrance to the fairgrounds, and MLK, Jr., located south of R.B. Cullum Blvd. and convenient to the Gate 6 entrance and the Cotton Bowl Stadium.

Departure times of the last TRE train to Fort Worth:

  • Monday-Thursday: 10:24 p.m. from Union Station and 10:33 p.m. from Victory Station (Last Green Line train to connect to the last TRE train from Victory Station Monday through Thursday is 9:48 p.m. from MLK, Jr. Station and 9:51 p.m. from Fair Park Station.)
  • Friday: 12 midnight from Union Station and 12:05 a.m. from Victory Station (Last Green Line train to connect to the last TRE train from Victory Station Fridays is 11:18 p.m. from MLK, Jr. Station and 11:21 p.m. from Fair Park Station.)
  • Saturdays and Sundays during the fair: 11:30 p.m. from Union Station and 11:35 p.m. from Victory Station. (Last Green Line train to connect to the last TRE train from Victory Station weekends is 11:08 p.m. from MLK, Jr. Station and 11:11 p.m. from Fair Park Station).

View the DART Rail System Map

View more information about DART State Fair service

Save money, hassle: Buy your 2019 State Fair of Texas tickets on the GoPass app
In addition to buying your transit passes, you can also use the GoPass app for Android and iOS smartphones to buy your State Fair of Texas general admission tickets. Show your purchased fair ticket on GoPass at the gates to get in. To make the deal even sweeter, you’ll save two dollars on every fair ticket by using GoPass!

  • Remember: Buy your tickets ahead of time but wait until the day of your visit to the State Fair of Texas to activate your tickets.
  • When approaching the gate, please have your State Fair of Texas GoPass general admission ticket(s) activated and ready to be scanned.

Starting pitching makes Astros the World Series favorites, but Dodgers are close

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Justin Verlander (Photo by Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

October starts Tuesday, and so does the postseason. We could just tell you which teams are in, or we could tell you which team is going to win.

The Houston Astros, right?

We would like to tell you the Dodgers will win, and the grainy Kirk Gibson videos finally can be retired, and 30-year-olds all over the Southland can say they have seen the Dodgers win the World Series within their lifetime. It could happen, and it is long past time.

But pitching wins in October, and the Astros start with Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke. Verlander or Cole will win the American League Cy Young Award; the other will finish second.

Read more from the LA Times…

New Uber-like service drives into Dallas with safe rides for kids

By Holly Beretto

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School drop-off, pickup, and all of the activities in between can be a challenge for busy families to navigate.

Enter HopSkipDrive. Part Uber, part carpool, the service launched in Dallas on September 30, billing itself as a safe and innovative transportation solution for both families and schools. It’s already working with more than 170 schools and districts nationwide in cities in Arizona; California; Colorado; Virginia; and Washington, D.C., and made its Texas debut in Houston last month.

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Police/Fire Public Safety Open House Oct. 5

71179915_10162665857215268_1408155218981421056_nMeet your first responders and take part in the Police/Fire Public Safety Open House scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 5 from 11 am – 2 pm in the back parking lot of the Public Safety Building (PSB), 1007 Ira E. Woods Avenue (the front parking lot of the PSB will be reserved for the public).

The Open House event will feature static vehicle displays and demonstrations by fire and police personnel: Patrol, Traffic, CVE, SWAT, K-9, Command Bus, SkyWatch and ATV. This year, the event will feature bounce houses, face painters, a drunk driving simulator, fire extinguisher simulator, a clown show, and vehicle extrication.

Complimentary hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, and refreshments will be served. This year’s first combined Police/Fire Open House will be bigger and better than in the years past. Invite your neighbors and friends to join you!