Former City of Southlake Public Works employee Bill Hollings was named a Star of Texas recipient by Governor Greg Abbott.
Mr. Hollings, a traffic supervisor, passed away in August of 2020 due to his injuries from a July 2020 traffic accident believed to be caused by a drunk driver. At the time of the accident, he was aiding the Southlake Police Department in keeping an intersection safe after the traffic signals lost power.
The Star of Texas Awards honor all Texas peace officers, firefighters, emergency medical first responders, and federal law enforcement officers who are seriously injured or lost in the line of duty. Private citizens who were seriously injured or passed away while aiding or attempting to aid a peace officer, firefighter, or emergency first responder in the performance of their duties are also eligible to receive a Star of Texas Award. Southlake Police Chief James Brandon nominated Mr. Hollings in the private citizen category.
“The City of Southlake is pleased that Bill could be honored in this way. He was devoted to his beautiful family and his faith. We are lucky to call him one of our own,” said Southlake City Manager Shana Yelverton.
Forty-six Texans were honored this year. Governor Abbott started the ceremony with remarks telling the families and audience: “We pray with gratitude for you and your families. The service of your loved ones will never be forgotten.”
The entire ceremony can be viewed here- https://control.resi.io/webplayer/video.html?id=a030e9e1-8d02-484b-ab74-56b50f7a3e50. Mr. Hollings’ family is seen accepting his Star of Texas Medal at 2:32:36.
With dew on the ground, the sun peeking through the horizon, shadows begin to scatter around the front of Town Square, as members and leaders of Boy Scout Troop 168 begin placing American flags around the perimeter of the front lawn one by one, paying homage to the United States of America.
This scene has occurred since 2010 as the Troop sets out and takes down the American flags at Town Square on seven holidays each year.
Scoutmaster Simon McLean said Troop 168 takes pride in honoring America and these special holidays with the placement of the flags.
“We’re proud to do so,” Scoutmaster McLean said. “And participating scouts receive service hours when they fulfill this responsibility.”
The Troop places the flags in Town Square each President’s Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Patriot’s Day, Veteran’s Day and Pearl Harbor Day. So, if you ever wondered who ensured a symbol of our City’s pride in the USA was displayed on these holidays, you now know it was an act of service from the Southlake Boy Scout Troop 168.
Honoring a founder of the Carroll school and his family’s exceptional contributions to the community, the City has named the new open-space park in the Metairie subdivision the John R. (J.R.) and Ora Graham Shivers Park.
The Metairie development is set on 29 acres of land located at the southwest corner of the White Chapel Blvd/Dove Road intersection. The 2.75-acre parkland was dedicated to the City, offering a vast open space for park-goers to enjoy. The pet-friendly park will maintain natural vegetation with a granite path through the undergrowth and include amenities such as large stone benches, drinking fountains and pet waste-pickup stations.
J.R. Shivers was one of the first three Carroll School trustees and was instrumental in the building of the 1919 Carroll School.
“The developer proposed the name at the request of the Shivers’ family,” said Chris Tribble, City of Southlake’s director of community services. J.R. Shivers is the grandfather of Rebecca Utley, the previous landowner.
According to data collected by the Southlake Historical Society, J.R. Shivers married Ora Grace Graham in 1902. The couple lived in a log house and farmed 100 acres that straddled White Chapel Boulevard to Shady Oaks, north of Hwy. 114. In 1919, J.R. Shivers helped spearhead the building of the 1919 Carroll School, a three-room brick building on N. Carroll and Highland.
The new year was off to a fantastic start as The Marq at Southlake received three nominations for the Southlake Style Readers’ Choice 2021 awards.
Champions Club at The Marq is competing for best Full-Service Gym as well as best Kid’s Birthday Party Venue. On the other side of The Marq, Legends Hall was nominated for best Event/ Wedding Venue, solidifying its place as a premier wedding destination in North Texas.
Residents nominated businesses in over 100 categories on Southlake Style’s website. Nominations were open from January 11 to January 31. The top five nominees moved on to the voting round which began on February 4 and ended on February 18. The winners will be revealed in the Southlake Style April print issue and online.
The Marq is honored to be nominated in so many categories by its members and the Southlake community. Our goal is to create world-class experiences and foster lifelong memories, and we are grateful for the support we have received. Thank you so much for voting for us in the Health and Wellness and Entertainment categories! Don’t forget to follow us on social media @LegendsHallSLK and @ChampionsClubSLK!
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but denim is a love that never fades!
Valentine’s Day arrived early in Southlake as families celebrated love and friendship at the annual Sweetheart Dance on Saturday, February 13 at Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake. Crafts, cookie decorating, and dancing ensured that a dazzling time was had by all as Southlake’s finest arrived decked out in denim and diamonds!
While the beloved annual event looked a little different this year, Southlake Community Services employees were determined to put on a fun and safe celebration.
Masks were worn, tables were reserved for individual households, and guests rotated between fun craft activities and dancing to ensure safe social distancing. Two identical dance sessions were held during the night to allow more families to celebrate love responsibly.
“The Sweetheart Dance went very well this year!” said Programs Coordinator, Gretchen Morgan. “We had some very positive reviews from our attendees this year including loving our creative layout and appreciating that food was brought to them. While we were concerned about the weather, we had a large turnout, and it was rewarding to see the event come to fruition. I want to give special thanks to our sponsors: Chick-fil-A, Ethan Allen, and CommunityMed Family Urgent Care! I am also proud of the team that made this event possible. From setting up the decorations, taking guests to their tables, to managing volunteers and getting the party started on the dancefloor, this event would not have been possible without the hard work and support of our incredible staff and volunteers.”
Safe and memorable family programming like the Sweetheart Dance is just one example of how the Southlake Community Services department enriches the quality of life for Southlake residents. Delivering remarkable experiences to our residents is simply the Southlake Way!
Marianne Burton, membership services coordinator at Champions Club at The Marq Southlake was featured in Southlake Style magazine as part of their Faces of 2021 campaign.
Marianne was named The Face of Community Recreation, and her work ensuring that all Champions Club members feel like they are part of the family was highlighted.
Indeed, Champions Club strives to be the premier destination for Southlake families looking for a way to have fun and stay active together. When asked about her main drivers for going to work each morning, Marianne stated that “Our members are a part of our family. Creating a positive experience for them is what drives me.”
If you are looking for a world-class wellness experience, look no further than Champions Club. If you happen to see Marianne walking by, make sure to stop and say hello!
Congratulations on your hard work being recognized by the community, Marianne! We are glad to have you on our Community Services team!
Champions Club members kicked off 2021 with a friendly competition of Bingo!
Focused on helping members reach their fitness and wellness goals, Champions Club staff members creatively put together this competition, promising incredible raffle prizes such as Apple Air Pods, Galaxy Buds, and an Apple Watch grand prize.
To compete, members were encouraged to fill out a row of Bingo for some Champions Club swag or go all-out by competing in Black Out Bingo. To achieve black out, members had to complete 24 health and wellness goals. Activities on the bingo card included using your Champions Club Guest Pass, taking a selfie with a Champions Club staff member, and attending a group fitness class.
The competition lasted throughout the month of January, and winners were announced on Monday, February 1st. Nineteen members completed the blackout challenge. The top six winners are listed below:
After a month of challenging workouts and breaking out of their comfort zone, Champions Club members are ready to continue crushing their goals in 2021. A huge congratulations to the winners for taking on this challenge, and to Champions Club staff for leveling-up the start of the year with this amazing program!
Don’t miss out on the fun, become a Champions Club member, and start working on your wellness goals at https://www.experiencesouthlaketexas.com/444/Memberships.
Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake is making a name for itself as the premier North Texas wedding destination. True to its world-class promise, Legends Hall recently received several top honors.
In January, Society Life magazine selected Legends Hall as the Number One Wedding and Events Venue in North East Tarrant County. This is a monumental accomplishment for Legends Hall as it vied against numerous local private and non-profit competitors. This recognition would not have been possible without the support of residents who nominated and voted for Legends Hall in a web-based survey hosted by Society Life Magazine.
When asked why she chose Legends Hall, one local bride raved:
“We chose Legends Hall for a few reasons. One HUGE benefit was the option to choose our caterer and alcohol services. This allowed us to save money and have our favorite restaurants cater our wedding. We also loved the versatility of the space, such as the option to do an outdoor or indoor ceremony, cocktail hour either in the hallway or outdoors, a bar area to keep the drink lines short, and a huge space for the actual hall. We were able to have a large wedding with a large dance floor without going above our budget!”
– Alyza Sunny, Legends Hall Bride
The honors don’t stop there! Brides of North Texas magazine recently revealed their new Spring/Summer Edition which featured an October Legends Hall Wedding. Long-time Southlake residents, the Bond family chose Legends Hall because they knew it was the perfect destination to celebrate this joyous occasion.
“The Marq was extremely helpful and communicative during the uncertain months of the pandemic leading up to our wedding. They walked us through several options and accommodations, allowing us to have our wedding the way we always envisioned, and in a safe way for our guests. Their kindness and professionalism contributed to a stress-free and fun planning process, as well as an incredible wedding weekend!”
– Jessica Bond, Southlake Resident and Legends Hall Bride
Their beautiful wedding is highlighted in this season’s magazine through the end of May.
If you’re engaged and looking for a world-class venue, tour Legends Hall during their Sip & See event on Sunday, March 7th. Enjoy light bites and drinks as you get all your planning questions answered by Legends Hall Event Specialists. Take advantage of 10% off all 2021 packages if you book now through March 31st!
Be a part of something great. Experience how grand your wedding can be at Legends Hall!
There’s a new face in the Community Services Department, and his name is David Miller.
David recently joined the City of Southlake as the new Deputy Director of Community Services last month and has several years in the recreation industry. Having previously worked for the YMCA, he refined his skills in team development, strategic planning, and membership engagement.
When asked what is the best part about working in the Parks and Recreation industry, David asserted that his favorite aspect of the recreation industry is “seeing the positive impact we can have on the families and individuals in a community. Considering what we have been through as a country, we have seen families and individuals take to the outdoors like never before. Being able to provide state of the art facilities, safe parks, and opportunities for people to come together safely is very rewarding. Additionally, knowing that the work you do can truly enrich the lives of the citizens you work for is an extremely satisfying result of the hard work we do daily.”
We are excited to have such a passionate recreation professional join our team as we continue in our mission to create world-class experiences!