Grapevine’s parking garage delayed by weather, not to be ready for TEXRail’s premiere Jan. 10

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Although passengers may experience TEXRail’s commuter rail service for the first time beginning Thursday, Jan. 10, they will not find parking available at the unfinished parking garage adjacent to the train platform, according to a Jan. 4 news release from the city of Grapevine. Construction work was delayed due to weather.

TEXRail will service a 27-mile route between downtown Fort Worth and the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, and Grapevine plans to provide free parking for train commuters in the garage.

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A $100,000 teacher salary, an extended school year incentive program: 5 education items to watch in the Texas Legislature

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When the Texas Legislature convenes Jan. 8, the state’s school finance system will be one of the major items lawmakers will have to tackle.

The Legislature was tasked in 2017 with making recommendations for improvements to the existing school finance system through the newly created Texas Commission on Public School Finance, according to the Texas Education Agency.

A report released by the commission Dec. 31 provides a slew of recommendations for the Legislature to consider this year, ranging from a $100,000 teacher salary to providing additional instructional days for disadvantaged learners.

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Flower Mound’s River Walk takes shape: Restaurant row, wedding chapel opening in 2019

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Graphic: Brian Pardue/Community Impact Newspaper

The developer of Flower Mound’s 158-acre River Walk at Central Park is closer than ever to delivering the retail, restaurants and public amenities promised more than a decade ago.

Sarah Dodd, a spokesperson for developer Centurion American Development Group, said the development’s wedding chapel and reception hall are expected to be complete in the spring with the restaurants opening in the summer or early fall. The farmers market and amphitheater will follow in 2020, she said.

“The variety of restaurant concepts that will overlook the scenic river walk along with the chapel inside the development will be a unique addition to Flower Mound that we’ve designed with the residents in mind,” CADG President and CEO Mehrdad Moayedi said. “We are excited to see these projects come to fruition in 2019.”

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Boutique retail and more: What’s in store for Plano’s Collin Creek Mall if a developer’s plan is approved

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A developer’s plans to revamp Plano’s struggling Collin Creek Mall would fill out the property with a broad base of housing units, tear down the existing anchor stores and remake the main body of the mall into a boutique retail destination, according to documents filed with the city and an interview with the developer.

The concept plan, submitted to the city on Dec. 27, offers the public its first look at what Farmers Branch-based developer Centurion American plans to do with the properties it purchased last month. Parking lots surrounding the mall’s main structure would be filled in with two 15-story office buildings, a movie theater, a hotel and music venue and a mix of housing units and city park space, plans show.

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Perot Spring Discovery Camp March 11 – 15

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Pre-K: Storybook Science

Have a young scientist at home who also loves books? This is the perfect camp to let their inner scientist or engineer shine. We will use science from some of their favorite storybook characters like Rapunzel and the 3 Billy Goats Gruff to pull inspiration and build a boat to travel across the sea or engineer towers and bridges! We’ll explore topics from “things that go” to weather to the stars!

Click HERE to Register

K-4th Grade: Medieval Adventures

Enter the world of the Middle Ages and become a member of the Royal Court! Embark on a quest full of medieval chemistry, castles and catapults! Join fellow alchemists, masons and knights in concocting “magic” elixirs, building and defending bridges and uncovering how people from the Middle Ages used art, science, and engineering to improve their lives. 

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Perot Summer Discovery Camp June 3 – August 16

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Camps combine hands-on exploration and activity with stimulating scientific concepts to keep young minds sharp over summer vacation. Campers will incorporate skills using science, technology, engineering, and math. We will have camps at both the Museum and The Hockaday School, with before and after care available for campers in kindergarten and up.

Registration Dates:

  • Patron: January 10
  • Premium: January 14
  • Basic: January 16
  • Public: January 18

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For more information, click HERE

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Thanks to all of our law enforcement officers for all that they do!

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Pickle Fans: You Need These Pickle-Flavored Foods!

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productroundupimage-template-pickles-1542139644If you’re here, you are a pickle person—and you’re in good company. We are, too. Pickles are salty, crunchy, and all things good, but beyond that, there’s a whole world of pickle-flavored goodies to try. To celebrate National Pickle Day (and for any day beyond that, to be honest), we’ve got a list of foods that any pickle fan will find dill-icious!

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Proposal would rename portion of US 75 after Richardson police officer killed in the line of duty

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State Rep. Jeff Leach introduced legislation Dec. 20 that would rename a segment of the road as the Officer David Sherrard Memorial Highway. Sherrard, 37, was fatally shot on Feb. 7, 2018, while responding to a disturbance at an apartment complex.

“I am proud to file this important legislation honoring Richardson Police Officer David Sherrard, a true public servant who was tragically killed in the line of duty in House District 67,” Leach stated in a news release. “My hope is that this memorial will bring a sense of joy to his family and honor and pride to his fellow officers who continue to serve us faithfully and courageously every day.”

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New multifamily, hotel development coming to Grapevine

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Courtesy City of Grapevine

A five-story hotel with dual branding from Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites and four apartment buildings will be coming to 20 acres at 2103 Anderson-Gibson Road, Grapevine

Grapevine City Council approved a master site plan Dec. 18 for the hotels and apartment buildings.

The hotels will offer more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space and more than 300 hotel rooms of which 155 rooms will be for the Holiday Inn and 148 rooms for Staybridge Suites. The hotel development will include a restaurant and both developments will have their own swimming pool.

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