National Night Out October 2

38670908_2075574949120654_1529393538633039872_oOn Tuesday, October 2, we invite all Grapevine communities to join forces for the “35th Annual National Night Out.” Dozens of neighborhoods will host block parties, cookouts and other community events in an effort to bring neighbors together for crime prevention awareness. Police and Fire Department personnel will attempt to stop by each participating neighborhood to say “hi” and answer any questions people may have.

Should your neighborhood wish to participate, please fill out a registration form using the link below. 
http://www.grapevinetexas.gov/1161/National-Night-Out

The Grapeyard Creeps into Town October 26-27

39190021_10156655167212328_7194770360598790144_oStep right up, the creepiest carnival has come to town! Join the freak show as you try your hand at old school carnival games and test your daredevil spirit as you step on to the haunted trail.

Always family-friendly, the thrills and chills won’t stop until the curtain falls. Immerse yourself in scream-worthy games you’ll have to see to believe. Don’t forget those three lovable faces of the famous singing pumpkins! Indulge in sweet treats and eats available for purchase all night! All ages are encouraged to come dressed in their best costumes, but please no face masks or hand props. This one-of-a-kind experience will run Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 from 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, so join us if you dare for a Halloween scare!

Tickets will go on sale September 16 for residents for $2/per resident USING COUPON CODE GPVRES (limit 6 per household). 

Non-Resident tickets will go on sale September 23 for $5/per non-resident (limit 6 per household). You will get emailed your tickets and you must show your tickets at the door either printed or on your phone. Kids under the age of 2 do not need tickets. If you have any issues with your ticket sales please contact us at tickets@grapevinetexas.gov.

Your tickets will pay for ALL ACTIVITIES, no coupons will be required for ANY ACTIVITY. Food vendors will be onsite and will take cash or credit.

We are excited to announce this year’s food vendors will be:

  • Fajita Freaks
  • King Street Grill
  • Hoang’s Noodle House
  • Ambucs
  • Kidwell BBQ
  • Yummy Pizza
  • Beignet Bus
  • Doughboy Donuts
  • Busbee Kettlecorn
  • Felix Mobile Coffee

For more information and tickets, visit https://gograpevine.com/event/grapeyard-grapevine-texas/.

North Texas Giving Day September 20

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Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day is an 18-hour online giving event on Thursday, September 20 (all day) designed to empower every person to give back to their community by supporting local nonprofits and causes they care about in one easy-to-use platform. The event helps build awareness and support for nonprofits like nothing else.

By donating to Keep Grapevine Beautiful, you’re helping us preserve and enhance the local and natural environment by strengthening citizen’s levels of commitment through educational programs and engaging volunteer- based projects.

Help us reach our goal of $2,000. Every dollar donated to us by North Texas Giving Day, goes directly back into Keeping Grapevine Beautiful! 

Schedule to donate starting September 10 at: www.KGVB.org

Rescue Pets and a Glamorous Crowd: A Princess and the Twins Speak Up for Homeless Pups

By Chris Daigle

Two very special animals, and those who worked to save them, came together on September 7 for the 14th Annual Fierce and Fabulous Soiree at the new Post Oak Hotel in Houston’s Galleria area.

Hosted by Houston Petset, an umbrella organization that provides grants to other animal non-profits in the greater Houston area, it was two rescue dogs from K-9 Angels Rescue that garnered most of the attention at the glam-filled event.

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Kourtney Kadrich with K-9 Angels Rescue poses with Esperanza, a black and white pit bull hoping for a forever home (Photo: Chris Daigle)

The goal of Houston Petset is to help those who are “in the trenches” on a daily basis, rescuing, spaying, neutering, fostering, adopting and protecting Houston’s animals. Houston Petset believes that the animal homelessness problem in our community has a solution.

There to greet the 400 party goers was Kourtney Kadrich and Esperanza, a young black and white pit bull, adoptable through K-9 Angels in Houston. “She was found on the streets, and K-9 Angels took over her care,’ said Kadrich. “We rescue about 1,000 a year. She was brought back to health, and she needs a forever home. She loves to cuddle and loves to be the center of attention.”

Sherry Sara with K-9 Angels Rescue in the Heights came with a cute fluffball named Einstein, who is about one year old, and available for adoption. Einstein adored all the attention and became friends with every guest in the room.

The program was emceed by KHOU Channel 11 Morning Show host Deborah Duncan. Faces in the crowd included Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and wife Gwen, former Astro Jeff Bagwell and wife Rachel, Sue and Lester Smith, Courtney Hopson, Neal Hamill of Carnan Properties, Joanne King Herring, Courtney and Bill Toomey, Frances Moody, Vivian Wise, and KPRC weathercaster Frank Billingsley.

Idential twins Tama Lindquist and Tena Lindquist Faust

Identical twins Tama Lindquist and Tena Lindquist Faust discuss the mission and accomplishments of Houston Petset (Photo: Chris Daigle)

The high energy gala chairs this year were identical twins Tama Lindquist, and Tena Lindquist Faust. Co-Chairing this year was Princess Tatiana Sierra, whose father, Prince Piotr Galitzine, is from Russian aristocracy, and her mother, Princess Maria-Anna Habsburg, is the Belgian-born granddaughter of Emperor Karl and Empress Zita, the Austrian royal family deposed at the end of World War I.

Few are more dedicated to the welfare of animals that Susan and Dan Boggio, the event’s honorees. Susan is the current Board Chair for UNICEF-USA, and with Dan, were honored for their dedication to alleviate the homelessness and suffering of our community’s animals. They foster many animals at once, and Susan personally goes out on the streets to rescue animals she has seen or heard are in danger. They financially support animal welfare organizations as well. In accepting the award, Susan repeated her heartfelt motto, “There’s nothing more important in the world one can ever do than improve the quality of life and relieve the suffering of others, whether human or animal.”

Tama Lindquist, Tena Lindquist Faust, Susan and Dan Boggio, Princess Tatiana Sierra

The gala’s honorees, Susan and Dan Boggio (center) are congratulated by (L-R): Tena Lindquist Faust, Tama Lindquist, and Princess Tatiana Sierra (Photo: Chris Daigle)

The evening capped off with a live auction, where auctioneer Jeff Smith raised big bucks for the pups, with bids on a winter catamaran trip, a New York City Broadway Experience, a Palmetto Bluff, SC four-night getaway and a Pawve dogtag necklace curated by Itouch Diamonds Jewelers, to raise a total of $500,000 to help even more animals in danger.

Esperanza and Einstein gave the event 8 paws up!

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Chris Daigle is a Houston historian, photojournalist and a regular contributor to The Grapevine Source. To read more of his articles, click HERE.

THE ASTRODOME SCOREBOARD: MEMORIES OF A MARVEL

By Chris Daigle

If you were born before 1988, it’s fair to say you spent part of your life in the Astrodome if you lived in Houston. It was like our collective living room that could hold 60,000 people at one time, sometimes even more than that. It was our memory factory.

Every sport, except perhaps curling or bobsled racing, was played at the “Dome.” Watching from high above, far removed from the action in its outfield perch above the action, whether it was football, baseball, tennis, boxing, basketball, auto racing or jumping over cars with a motorcycle, was the scoreboard.

This was not just any scoreboard. That never suited Roy Hofheinz as he planned the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” It was to be as grand as the building itself!

The “Home Run Spectacular,” as it was named, lasted 24 seasons in the Astrodome, and like its home, was never duplicated. It was the crowning jewel in a fantasy land; it has been witness to over 1,500 baseball victories; it has made us laugh and probably made some cry, but it always has been part of the lure of what makes the place so entertaining.

An event just wasn’t complete without the pictures and the lights that came on for an Oilers touchdown or an Astros home run. It was the one thing that could make an audience, from peanut vendors to players, stop and stare. It was as big as Texas, befitting a city, a stadium and an organization set on innovation and the future.

On September 5 1988, 40,000 lights shone for the last time at an Astros vs. Reds game to a sellout crowd. Gone, but not forgotten, the 474-foot scoreboard was silenced to make room for 10,000 more seats and boxes for a future that never came.

Okay, okay, no sniveling now. Logic tells us that there is no point in getting all sentimental over a scoreboard. It was nothing but half a mile of wiring, fuses, circuits, bulbs and transistors. Never mind that at 474 feet, it was longer that the football field it presided over. It was just a machine. Of course, millions of us did have a relationship with the Great wall of Houston during the 23-and-a-half years it entertained us.

When the Astrodome opened in April, 1965, the scoreboard was the wildest wonder of them all in the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” It carried the art form of scoring a game to the next level, when we didn’t know there could be another level.

Bill Veeck had introduced the concept of adding fireworks with the ball scores in Chicago, 10 years before. But the Astrodome gave us that much, and more: Electronic cheerleading, cartoons, and a Wild West show. When we referred to the scoreboard, we really meant the Home Run Spectacular. Whenever a member of the home team parked a ball into the seats, bulls snorted, six shooters went off, a cowboy whirled a lariat, stars danced across the cosmos and the Texas flag was raised in tribute.

To compensate for those stretches when the Astros suffered a power shortage, they touched off the board after every home victory. It was the surest way to keep the fans in their seats until the end of the game.

Opposing pitchers hated the animated scoreboard with a passion, as though the antics shown were a personal commentary on their skills. One year, the New York Mets struck back: After a Mets home run, teammates all jumped out of the dugout, each waving a sparkler. Chicago Cubs manager Leo Durocher engaged in a kind of “Tom and Jerry” cartoon with Bill Giles, the original keeper of the switches for the scoreboard. Giles programmed the computer that fed information to the scoreboard. He said, “Every time Leo went to the mound to change pitchers, I’d put a comment on the board about it. Once, Leo got furious and called me every name in the book, then ripped out the dugout phone.”

Later, in one of those ironies so dear to sports, Leo became the manager of the Houston Astros, and suddenly the scoreboard was great.

Another critic of the scoreboard, and its alter ego, was Dick Young, the gray eminence of the New York tabloids, traveling with the Mets in a 24-inning game at the Dome. The game lasted till well past midnight, violating the curfew of many in the crowd. Unfortunately, it was Boy Scout night at the Astrodome. Bill Giles said, “I put on the board the line, ‘Sex Will Never Replace Night Baseball.’”

Giles defended himself for that, saying, “Well, it was around 2 in the morning. But Dick Young wrote that I ought to be barred from baseball, that it was a disgrace, putting up that message in front of those Boy Scouts.”

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Bill Giles, Director of Public Relations for the Houston Astros, sits at the control board of the Astrodome scoreboard in 1969, tapping out messages that delighted fans and angered opposing teams.

Other adventures with the scoreboard involved upsetting umpires who charged that the Astros were using the scoreboard to intimidate umpires after the message, “Kibler did it again” was shown. This was in reference to umpire John Kibler, who had just ejected a Houston player for the second game in a row. When an aging Willie Mays hit his 550th career home run, the message was, “This is your captain speaking, we are passing through some turbulence, fasten your seat belts.” In a 1967 game, when Giants pitcher Ray Sadecki threw to first base nine straight times, the message was, “This is ridiculous!”

And now, in the name of progress, it’s been 30 years since the bull roared and the ball flew, and the stars sparkled, and we all applauded. History was replaced with 10,000 seats to appease Oilers owner Bud Adams, who took the Oilers to Tennessee anyway and named them the Titans. The seats are still there; only we are not. For now, scoreboard watching will be a little less fun for the Boy Scout in each of us.

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Chris Daigle is a Houston historian, photojournalist and a regular contributor to The Grapevine Source. To read more of his articles, click HERE.

Grapevine Police Officer Throws First Pitch for Rangers Game on Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

NEWS RELEASE

On Saturday, September 1, 2018, the Grapevine Police motorcycle officer critically injured in an on-duty crash last year will throw the first pitch at the Texas Rangers game in Globe Life Park. Senior Officer RJ Hudson will be available for media interviews prior to the event.

WHAT: Media Availability with Senior Officer RJ Hudson

WHEN: 6:00 p.m., Saturday, September 1, 2018

WHERE: On the field at Globe Life Park

Senior Officer RJ Hudson spent more than a month in the hospital following his crash on October 19, 2017. Since his hospital release on November 22, 2017, Senior Officer Hudson has shown incredible strength, courage and perseverance. Officer Hudson has completed multiple surgeries and is working his way back to serving full duty.

The Peace Officers’ Angels Foundation arranged the opportunity for Senior Officer Hudson to throw the pitch as part of their presentation to honor all law enforcement officers injured in the line of duty.

Commercial center to bring restaurant, retail, fuel stations, car wash to Northwest Highway and Texan Trail in Grapevine

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(Courtesy Grapevine City Council)

The east side of Grapevine could have some more produce and grocery options in the near future.

On Aug. 21 the Grapevine City Council together with the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a conditional-use permit for a planned commercial center that would include a gas station, a car wash, dining with outdoor seating called Texas Best Smokehouse, and a section for produce and groceries.

The project will be developed by Victron Energy. Its vice president, Mohammad Sharaf, said in a letter to the council that no two Victron stores are alike, and the family business model allows each facility to be customized to the market.

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Transit agency board of directors votes to remove Coit, Preston Road rail stations from future Cotton Belt line

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DSC02136-1-2The DART board of directors voted Tuesday to amend the Cotton Belt service plan to delete two stations, one which was planned to be constructed on Coit Road and another on Preston Road.

Dallas City Council members have pushed in recent months for the removal of the stations, which would have fallen within Dallas city limits.

“Dallas does not want a station [at Coit],” Dallas City Council Member Sandy Greyson said at a March 27 DART board meeting. “So why is it on your plan? Apparently because Plano and Richardson want a station on Coit. But Dallas doesn’t tell Plano or Richardson where to put stations in their cities, and we would expect the same courtesy in return.”

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DPS Increases Traffic Enforcement for Labor Day Holiday

NEWS RELEASE

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will be joining law enforcement efforts from across the state to increase traffic enforcement during the Labor Day holiday weekend. From Friday, Aug. 31, through Monday, Sept. 3, DPS Troopers will be looking for drivers who violate traffic laws, including impaired drivers, speeders and safety belt violators.

“DPS is committed to protecting travelers on our roadways, and Troopers will be working around-the-clock this Labor Day weekend to keep impaired and dangerous drivers off the road,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “We are urging all drivers to do their part to keep our roads safe by simply obeying Texas traffic laws and driving courteously.”

DPS offers drivers the following tips for enhancing safety on our roads during the Labor Day holiday:

  • Do not drink and drive. Make alternate travel plans if you are consuming alcohol.
  • Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas.
  • Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices. Texas law prohibits using a portable wireless device to read, write or send an electronic message unless the vehicle is stopped.
  • Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.
  • Slow down or move over for police, fire, EMS and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – it’s the law. Also, show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped along the road.
  • Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
  • Don’t drive fatigued – allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • If you see a road hazard or if you observe anything suspicious, report it to the nearest law enforcement agency.
  • Before your trip begins, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and always double check to make sure all cargo is secure.
  • Monitor weather and road conditions wherever you are traveling. For road conditions/closings in Texas, visit https://drivetexas.org.

As part of Operation CARE (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort), police agencies across the country will also increase enforcement efforts over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Monroe County Sheriff shares a funny

From Monroe County, NY:

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