Thursday, October 22, 2020

Help Rebuild a Life This October

This month, Southlake Cares is turning its attention to a really important issue – domestic violence. For the rest of October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Southlake Cares asks you to support SafeHaven and their efforts to help those who need it most.

SafeHaven is the largest and most comprehensive agency in Tarrant County providing services at no cost to domestic violence families.  This organization provides 24-hour care at two emergency shelters and transitional housing to families seeking their first taste of independence.  The highest priority is to meet the needs of the women and children residing in SafeHaven shelters, including clothes, toiletries, and baby care items.  Please consider donating any of these items, as well as those listed on the Immediate Needs List.

For in-person donations, please label as “Immediate Needs” and drop off items Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at either of their Resource Centers: 1010 N. Center St., Arlington, or 1100 Hemphill Street, Suite 101, Fort Worth. SafeHaven also has an Amazon Wish List if you prefer donate online.

SafeHaven is Tarrant County’s only domestic violence service provider, offering safety now and support for the future.  Your support saves lives.

For more information, call 817-535-6462.

City of Southlake Wins Procurement Award

The City of Southlake is proud to be the recipient of the 2020 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) Award from the National Procurement Institute (NPI).

Southlake is one of just 69 cities in the United States to receive the award in 2020.

“This is the ninth time that we have won this award from the National Procurement Institute,” said Chief Financial Officer Sharen Jackson. “City staff, led by Purchasing Manager Tim Slifka and Accounting Assistant Denise Artho, work daily to maximize the purchasing power of taxpayer dollars. We are very pleased to be recognized.”

According to NPI, the AEP Award is earned by public and non-profit agencies that demonstrate a commitment to procurement excellence. This annual program recognizes organizations that embrace Innovation, Professionalism, Productivity, Leadership, and e-Procurement. The award program is in its 25th year.

City Makes Modifications to COVID-19 Regulations for Business

City Council approved new and existing temporary regulations and activities for Southlake businesses during the October 6 City Council meeting.

The City understands that businesses have been severely impacted by COVID-19 and has suspended enforcement of sign codes, parking, landscaping and outdoor and patio activity regulations to help businesses succeed and continue to provide a safe environment for the public.

With social distancing guidelines still in place, the City allowed businesses to post tents, trailers and trucks outside to sell merchandise and offer food pickup. Regulations to provide vaccination or testing related services by medical and health professionals outside of the normal office or clinic settings were also approved.

Ratifications of new regulations to Institutions such as schools, churches and government facilities will also go into effect to allow organizations to set up temporary structures or tents in order to conduct business or activities outdoors as long as they meet all zoning, building and fire regulations.

Gyms, fitness studios or any facility that is associated with instructional classes will also be allowed to conduct sessions outside the building as long it is on the same property as the facility.

Any tenant utilizing temporary signage regulations will need approval by the owner or property management company.

All changes will be in place until January 5, 2021.

To view the lists temporary regulations click here. For questions please contact the City of Southlake Planning and Development Services Department.

Meet World Class Employee Alphonse Wilson

Throughout the year, the City of Southlake highlights staff members who have shown dedication and provided exceptional service to our customers.

Meet Alphonse Wilson. He is a recreation attendant at the Community Services Parks and Recreation Department.

He has been working for the City since 2013 in Athletics and Programs sector of Champions Club specializing in camps and sporting events. When asked what he loves about working for the City, Wilson points out the opportunities to grow as a person and learning about business and programming.

He is currently attending school to become a music therapist and writes and performs music with his band Panoramic Duo.

If you happen to see Alphonse anytime soon, tell him thanks for being a World Class Employee!

 

Meet Alphonse

Meet Alphonse. He's a member of our amazing Community Services team and one of the people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to help make our awesome events and programs happen!

Posted by Experience Southlake on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

City Council Appoints New Members to City Boards and Commissions

City of Southlake Mayor Laura Hill and the City Council announced the appointment of new board and commission members during the October 6 City Council meeting.

These volunteers assist with serving the Southlake community by working alongside City staff, Council and the Mayor to help the City strategize to implement policies, review programs and meet goals.

Members were appointed to serve a term period of two years on the following boards: Community Engagement Committee, Community Enhancement Development Corporation, Crime Control & Prevention District Board, Library Board, Metroport Teen Court, Senior Advisory Commission and the Southlake Arts Council.

If you are interested in becoming a part of one our boards or commissions, please visit our Boards and Commissions webpage.

Explore “Animalia” and learn more about the lives of some of the most precious animals

Once again, the City of Southlake is partnering with APEX Arts League to present a fall art exhibit in Town Hall. This year we are pleased to present “Animalia,” an exhibit portraying beautiful animal works of art by Charice Cooper. The exhibit will run through Friday, November 6 in Town Hall or virtually on the Public Art webpage.

“Animalia” features unique works of art highlighting animals considered vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered such as the Western Lowland Gorilla and a Polar Bear.

For those not yet comfortable to visit Town Hall or those who would like to know more about Ms. Cooper they are encouraged to view the virtual tour that was created and posted on the Public Art website.

“This year’s exhibit will look a little bit different than in years past,” noted Southlake Arts Council Chair Miriam Murray. “But it was important to us to create the opportunity for everyone to be able to view the beautiful pieced Charice created in a way that was safe and from the comfort of home. These really are exquisite pieces and I hope everyone is able to enjoy them.”

About the artist

Charice Cooper was born and raised in the DFW area. Raised in a very musical and artistic family where creativity was encouraged and well nurtured. While she enjoyed music and dance, animals and art were her deepest passion. Tightly and beautifully intertwined, one passion continuously fueled the other through countless hours devoted to both.

Despite her upbringing, she found herself in the corporate world for many year, her paint brushed sitting untouched. Turning to art for as a stress relief, in 2000, she left the corporate world to become a full-time artist.

At first, murals were the staple of her business and as the diversity of her clients’ requests expanded, so did her repertoire. As time has passed, she has transitioned her time to paint behind an easel more.

“Left to my own devices, I return to what is near and dear to my heart, animals,” said Cooper. “It is my deepest hope to motivate others to action by bringing awareness to the immense challenges animals face, as well as provide a renewed appreciation of their existence by capturing their essence through the instruments of my craft.”

To learn more about Charice Cooper and view more of her art pieces, visit her website, www.charicecooper.com.

Butterflies released at Monarch Butterfly Festival join the great migration

The Bob Jones Nature Center hosted the City of Southlake’s 2nd annual Monarch Butterfly Festival on the morning of Saturday, September 26. 280 guests of all ages joined in the release of 400 monarch butterflies to celebrate the monarch migration.

The Perennial Garden Society (PGS) sponsored the butterfly purchase with a $1,500 donation. Master Gardeners from the Tarrant and Denton County chapters spent the entire summer working hard to prepare the garden beds around the Nature Center for butterfly and human visitors alike. Their hard work paid off, too, because the grounds are absolutely stunning.

With help from PGS, all 400 butterflies were “tagged” with a small sticker on their outer wing printed with a unique identification number. All butterflies released are registered with Monarch Watch, a University of Kansas research project focusing on the migration and well-being of the monarch population. Any citizen who finds a tagged butterfly can contact Monarch Watch, report the identification number, and assist researchers in tracking this year’s migration.

The monarch migration continues to be one of the most intriguing events in natural history that inspires and amazes scientists, naturalists, and onlookers alike. “Being able to partner with the Perennial Garden Society to be a part of this research project is so important for us,” said Nature Programs Coordinator Hannah Nyquist. “Southlake’s position along the migration path gives residents the opportunity to observe and aid monarchs as they make their journey. Having a combination of nectar plants and milkweed (a host plant for caterpillars) available is incredibly important for the success of the monarch population.”

This year, the COVID-19 outbreak posed a unique challenge for the event’s organizers considering the event has seen hundreds of attendees in years past. However, the Southlake Community Services team was able to successfully recreate the structure of the event in order to keep attendants safe while still hosting a beautiful and educational celebration of the amazing monarch butterfly. “At first we weren’t sure we were going to be able to have the event,” says Special Events Coordinator, Sarah Binion. “But this event is important for the community and we were determined to find a way to make the festival happen. It brings so much joy to the people who come and we didn’t want our residents to miss out. Especially in a year when so much has already been taken away, we wanted to be able to give the community this special day.”

Instead of one large gathering and a scheduled release of all butterflies at once as is typical for the festival, the event was divided into pre-registered sessions to maintain smaller numbers. Each family group was escorted to a private station where they were instructed about how to release their butterflies. This new setup inadvertently created a much more intimate and personalized setting for each group to move at their own pace, making this year’s event a truly unique experience.

For more information on how to help monarchs year-round, please visit monarchwatch.org.

 

How to Shelter in Place During Severe Weather

The phrase, “Shelter in Place” translates to staying inside. Although staying in place is a broad command, having a plan in place is a convenient way for you and your family to be safe during severe weather situations.

 

If a tornado warning is issued, everyone needs to be aware of what to do and where to go.  A great place to start is to list all the places in your home where you can seek shelter. A cellar, storm shelter, safe room or basement are all considered safe places to stay during a storm. Other available options are bathrooms, closets, hallways or any room that is located at the lower level of your home. The designated area should be away from windows.

Once you have confirmed your designated location, make sure you have an emergency supply kit stored in that area. Remember to stay away from windows and get under a sturdy piece of furniture and use a blanket to protect your neck and head. For more resources and tools on emergency preparedness, visit: www.CityofSouthlake.com/BePrepared

Traffic Conditions – Know Before You Go

Over the last few weeks, traffic has significantly increased on the roadways. People are slowly returning to work and school, and businesses are working towards increasing capacity.

If you would like to know the status of traffic conditions before you hit the road, visit the ConnectSouthlake.com website. The home page features a Waze map that displays traffic conditions in real time to help you prepare for your trip. The map features an array of conditions from major and minor accidents to road hazards, construction and lane closures. Weather conditions such as flooding, ice on the roadway, fog and freezing rain are also listed.

The map serves as a resource for those who would like to know traffic conditions ahead of time so they can plan their routes accordingly and prepare for a safe trip.

Taking proactive measures not only helps you reach your destination in a timely manner, it also helps to decrease anxiety and possible collisions when operating in high traffic areas.

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