With the final segment of the Orange Line to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport scheduled to open in 2014, DART and KSWRP – the contractor responsible for the design and construction of the entire Orange Line – will present a project update and construction overview of the five-mile segment from Belt Line Station to DFW Airport Station next to Terminal A. DART and KSWRP staff will provide the latest details on the design and construction, along with information about the grand opening timeline and updates on the next major service change for 2014.
Make plans to join DART and KSWRP at the next Orange Line project update public meeting to be held at the North Lake College West Campus, just north of DFW Airport.
Wednesday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m.
North Lake College West Campus
1401 Royal Lane West
DFW Airport, TX 75261
South of DART Bus Route 509
General parking will be located on 14th Street across from the building, follow the DART signs.
The Orange Line and DFW Airport Station will impact the entire region, as the station will provide a direct connection to one of the largest airports in the world and one of the largest employment centers in the area!
For more information click here or visit DART.org.
Bureau Honored with 16 Adrian Awards in Last Four Years
The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) has recognized the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau with two additional Silver Adrian Awards for compelling advertising, public relations and marketing campaigns in the 57th annual Adrian Awards Competition, the largest and most prestigious travel marketing competition globally.
The ICVB was recognized for its work on a digital marketing campaign for bridal events held at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas and key public relations placement in the national market for the ICC consumer event Zestfest.
These awards bring the total number of Adrian Awards the bureau has received in the last four years to 16.
HSMAI will present the awards on Feb. 24, 2014, during the annual HSMAI Adrian Awards Gala at the New York Marriott Marquis, a black-tie affair attended by more than 1,000 hospitality, travel and tourism marketing executives.
“The fact that these awards recognize the comprehensive expertise of our staff, as well as the actual results derived from creative efforts, is important,” said Maura Allen Gast, executive director of the ICVB. “The Adrian Awards stage represents the pinnacle of a very large and competitive industry. These awards are validation that what we do, we do well, and it delivers results.”
This year’s contest attracted over 1,200 entries from around the world, with entries judged by top executives from all sectors of the industry. All winning entries will be accessible following the gala in February 2014 in the Adrian Awards Winners Gallery online at www.adrianawards.com. For more information about the Irving CVB, visit www.irvingtexas.com.
Tracy Martie was struggling to keep a roof over her family’s head in 2012 when she learned about LifeLine Shelter for Families, a nonprofit that provides emergency shelter assistance. LifeLine Shelter for Families works in Grand Prairie ISD to identify homeless students or students in families who are about to be homeless. The nonprofit was founded in 2003 and has helped more than 1,000 families to stay in their homes or find a place to live. LifeLine Shelter for Families is one of 25 agencies receiving funds from The Dallas Morning News Charities this year.
“We’re doing it for the children of the school district because that’s where our passion is,” executive director Kathy Severance said. “We don’t want to see homeless students. If they fall further and further and further behind, by the time they get up to be young people, maybe they are in such shape academically that they quit trying and they drop out of school.”
About 88 percent of LifeLine’s clients are women and many are single mothers, Severance said. The organization does not work with the chronically homeless.
Texas remains a national leader in job creation, adding 43,800 new jobs in two months according to data released by the Texas Workforce Commission last week. The unemployment rate in October fell to 6.2 percent, declining for the third consecutive month and well below the national rate of 7.3 percent. From October 2012 to October 2013, the state added a total of 267,400 new jobs. “Texas’ strong track record of job creation continues to set a national example,” Gov. Perry said. “Our simple combination of low taxes, smart regulations and a fair legal system has made Texas the best state in the nation to live, raise a family and grow a business.”
St. Louis-based Graybar Electric Co. has expanded its North Texas operations with a large new distribution center.
The electrical products and supply firm has rented 202,500 square feet of industrial space at 2700 Regent Blvd in Irving for a new location. The building is the DFW Trade Center I near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
Mark Miller with NAI Robert Lynn Co. negotiated the new lease with Steve Trese with CBRE Group.
Graybar’s current location is at 4601 Cambridge Dr. in Ft. Worth.
Antique restorer and cabinet maker Jeff Gaston was presented with a gift of appreciation for his services to the Irving Heritage Society by President Elect Patty Landers Caperton during the November board meeting. One of the most recent projects which Mr. Gaston has been working on includes restoration of items for the Mary’s Playhouse project currently underway just behind the Irving Heritage House. Mary’s Playhouse is expected to be completed and open for visitors by spring.
For more information on Irving Heritage Society activities, visit www.irvingheritage.com or call 972-252-3838.
Irving Police and Fire departments are again hosting the Blue Christmas Toy Drive. Donations of new, unwrapped toys for children ages 1-16 (gifts for teens are most needed), as well as non-perishable food items, can be dropped off at any Irving fire station now through Dec. 20. The map shows the locations of the city’s 11 fire stations. For more information, call 972-721-2746.
Hundreds of homeless dogs and cats are in need of a loving family this holiday season. The Irving Animal Care Campus, 4140 Valley View Lane, is offering residents a special opportunity to open their hearts and homes to animals by becoming foster parents for pets from Dec. 21–Jan. 2.
Fostering allows residents to see if a pet is a good fit for their home and lifestyle before they choose to adopt. In addition, the fostering program gives homeless pets an opportunity to spend the holiday season in a home environment instead of a shelter.
“The biggest success in fostering an animal is what we refer to as ‘foster failure,’” said DFW Humane Society Executive Director Sarah Kammerer. “You take them home, you bond with them, you fall in love and realize you can’t live without them. Then, you come in and adopt. That’s what we’re hoping happens to these animals. But, if not, at least they get a home for the holidays.”
Following the fostering period, families have the option of adopting a pet for the normal fee. For more information, call (972) 721-7788 or (972) 721-2256.
Beginning Dec. 1, Irving officials will enforce Stage 3 water restrictions as part of the city’s drought contingency plan. The new restrictions permit Irving water customers to irrigate once per week on designated days according to the street number address.
- Residential watering
- Even-numbered addresses (those ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) may water on Saturday only.
- Odd-numbered addresses (those ending in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) may water on Sunday only.
- Industrial, commercial and multifamily watering
- Even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday only.
- Odd-numbered addresses may water on Wednesday only.
- No irrigation may occur Monday, Thursday or Friday.
- No watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on any day.
While Stage 3 restrictions are in effect, residents may wash their cars at home on designated watering days and restaurants are being asked to provide water to patrons only by request. Residents or businesses observed violating the Stage 3 irrigation restrictions are subject to a citation from Code Enforcement or Water Utilities staff. Cooperation with the restrictions will help ensure water is available for domestic use, sanitation and fire protection.
Violators of Irving’s Stage 3 Water Restrictions are subject to fines of up to $2,000.
For more information, please visit the City of Irving’s Stage 3 page or call (972) 721-2281.