Spotlight – Carrollton!

Welcome to our Spotlight Series where we will be sharing something FAB about cities in our great D.FW…starting from A-Z.

Sixth Stop: Carrollton!

Located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the City of Carrollton is a vibrant corporate and residential community. The City’s location and business cost advantages attract and support a diverse local economy with over 9,000 businesses calling Carrollton home. Residents are drawn to the City for its high quality of life, abundant parks, schools and safe neighborhoods.

Connection

Carrollton is connected not only by transit options such as rail and highways; it is also connected in that family and friends feel rooted here. The City is connected to its past and history; it is connected to the Dallas- Fort Worth Metroplex

Convenience

Located 20 minutes from everything, including shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to major U.S. cities. In addition, it is convenient and easy to do business with the City, whether a resident or developer.

Community

A big City that feels like a small town, a place where neighbors know and care about each other, where family, community and church still come first and where people continue to look out for each other.

Seven Great Reasons why someone would want to live in Carrolton:

  1. Many leading industries are headquartered nearby
  2. Top-Rated Schools
  3. Affordable cost of living
  4. Carrolton neighbors D/FW
  5. Mild weather
  6. Public Transportation is available
  7. Plenty to do!

Festival at the Switchyard

Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex

Mary Heads Carter Park

Indian Creek Golf Club

For more information about Carrollton and other Communities within our exciting Dallas Metro, contact us at 214.769.2142.

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Spotlight – Benbrook!

Welcome to our Spotlight Series where we will be sharing something FAB about cities in our great D.FW…starting from A-Z.

Fifth Stop: Benbrook!

Benbrook is located in the southwestern corner of Tarrant County and is a suburb of Fort Worth. Benbrook retains its small-town appeal, while located only minutes from regional attractions such as Fort Worth’s cultural and historic districts, and Granbury’s shopping opportunities.

Embracing the northern shoreline of Benbrook Lake, Benbrook affords outstanding leisure and recreational amenities, acres of lush parkland, and family-friendly festivals & events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Established by settlers from Tennessee and other southern states about 1857 and originally called Miranda. In 1876 the Texas and Pacific Railway extended its tracks through the area. The community was renamed for James M. Benbrook, a native of Indiana, who had come to Tarrant County about 1874 and played an important part in persuading the Texas and Pacific officials to build their line through the site. Benbrook opened a post office in 1880. The local school registered sixty-four students and employed one teacher during the 1905–06 term. By the middle 1920s, when its first population statistics were reported, only twenty persons lived in Benbrook, a number that remained constant through the following decade. The onset of the World War II brought an increase in the population, which was 100 in the late 1940s and 617 a decade later. By 1957 the town had twenty businesses. The completion of Benbrook Reservoir in the early 1950s contributed to the community’s development. Benbrook grew along with the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

For more information about our exciting Dallas Metro, contact us at 214.769.2142.

Spotlight – Burleson!

Welcome to our Spotlight Series where we will be sharing something FAB about cities in our great D.FW…starting from A-Z.

Fourth Stop: Burleson!

Burleson is appealing to many because of its easy proximity to the Metroplex; a family-oriented environment; an outstanding school system; plentiful affordable land; more than 28 square miles of rolling hills, lakes and parks; and, it’s one of the fastest growing and desirable communities in the Metroplex. Burleson currently has more than 290,000 residents within a 10-mile radius.

The community is within 30 minutes of at least 6 hospitals, including a pediatric hospital and a trauma center. The school district consistently brings in SAT and ACT scores that are higher than the state and national averages. Burleson also boasts a branch campus of Hill College. The city is home to over a dozen parks on approximately 300 acres. And, Burleson has its own municipal golf course, Hidden Creek Golf Course, which is renowned in the Metroplex. The city is also home to more than 30 churches of all denominations.

Burleson provides housing for everyone from a CEO to a retired couple or a student just starting out on their own. You’re never at a loss for a great place to eat and shop with everything from the big-name chain retail outlets and restaurants to the small business operations that thrive on local support. The icing on the cake is a low crime rate, highly trained public safety employees, and a dedicated municipal staff that responds to the citizens’ needs.

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History – The Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, known as “the Katy”, extended its service from Denison to Waco. In 1881 the segment from Fort Worth to Alvarado was being laid out, and a midway depot was needed. Grenville M. Dodge, representing the railroad, purchased land for the depot and a town surrounding it from Rev. Henry C. Renfro at the site of what is now called “Old Town” Burleson. As part of the agreement, Renfro named the town Burleson, in honor of his teacher Rufus Columbus Burleson, the president of Baylor University. The first lot was sold on October 10, 1881, the date now considered to be the “founding day” of the city!

For more information about our exciting Dallas Metro, contact us at 214.769.2142.

 

Attention – U.S. MILITARY ON THE MOVE

We Value your Service and we’d like to offer you a Special Benefit to Thank You! 

For more information, contact your Certified Military Specialist: Diego Lopez at 214.769.3099.

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Hurricane Harvey is bringing us all together! How Can You Help?

Friends from “everywhere” have been contacting us to see What They Can Do To Help.

There are so many ways to do that! Here are just a few:

DONATE MONEY

American Red Cross To donate, visit redcross.org, call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The Salvation Army is accepting financial donations. To donate, visit helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-725-2769.

The Dallas Foundation has started a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Donate at dallasfoundation.org.

DONATE CLOTHING, SUPPLIES

For people interested in helping set up the mega shelter at the Dallas Convention Center, Dallas County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster member Trusted World is accepting new underwear, new socks, new warmups for men, women, children and infants, toiletries/hygiene products, baby formula and baby wipes, bottles, diapers and the Graco Pac n’ Plays for babies to sleep in. Drop off is at 15660 N. Dallas Parkway, just north of Arapaho on the north side of the Parkway. The donations center will open daily from 3 to 8 p.m. daily. TrustedWorld.org

DONATE BLOOD

Carter BloodCare will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey. 1-877-571-1000. Text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999

HELP PETS

SPCA of Texas is expecting 300 cats and dogs to come to North Texas. The agency is asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper. Donations can be dropped off at SPCA of Texas Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the SPCA of Texas at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. Monetary donations can be made online at SPCA.org/gift.

PROVIDE SHELTER

Volunteer your rental home or room at through rental site Airbnb.com, which is connecting evacuees in the path of the storm with free, short-term lodging. Airbnb hosts are able to volunteer their rentals through a sign-up program at Airbnb.com/disaster.

VOLUNTEER

The Red Cross and Salvation Army will be involved with disaster relief efforts, providing shelter, fresh drinking water, food, toiletries, clothes, bedding and other necessities. They also are involved with rebuilding efforts once the storm has passed and will send trained volunteers to help with the recovery. The Red Cross and Salvation Army also need volunteers to help at the shelters set up to house people who fled the coast.

Red Cross redcross.org/volunteer

Salvation Army salvationarmyusa.org/usn/volunteer

ADDITIONAL WAYS YOU CAN HELP NOW

Catholic Charities USA Visit catholiccharitiesusa.org to donate.

GlobalGiving Visit globalgiving.org/harvey. Donors can also text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10 to GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Save the Children Visit savethechildren.org. Save the Children’s emergency response team is on the ground in San Antonio working to meet children and families’ immediate needs.

Apple The multimedia giant has set up a donation link directly on iTunes and App Store. Visit apple.com for more information. Donations will go directly to the American Red Cross.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established this fund administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation to accept tax-deductible flood-relief donations. Donations can be made at ghcf.org.

These are just a few of the ways you can help our fellow Texans. Please act now to help our neighbors in need!

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It’s ALL About the Schools…Highlighting GARLAND ISD!

Want to know more about GISD?  Read on or call me….let’s chat – 214.769.2142

Garland Independent School District
Exceptional Education
Transforming Teaching and Learning
Diverse Community
Shared Vision

About GISD: Educating 57,000 students across 71 campuses, Garland ISD ranks as the second-largest district in Dallas County, fourth-largest in Dallas-Fort Worth, 13th-largest in Texas, and is among the 70-largest in America. The district spans the cities of Garland, Rowlett and Sachse, yet maintains a small town, family feel. With a rich tradition of excellence, GISD boasts a diverse population that speaks more than 100 languages, as well as technology-driven campuses, magnet programs and approximately 200 Career and Technical Education courses.

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Link to District Map: http://www.garlandisd.net/about/gisdmap

Choice of School: In most districts attendance zones determine where students will attend school. GISD employs a “Choice of School” program, allowing parents to select the campus they want their children to attend for the next school year.

AVID: AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The goal of AVID is to prepare students for college and success in a global society. We use AVID to bring out the best in students and close the achievement gap. For more information about the program visit www.avid.org. In middle and high schools, AVID is offered as an elective class, although students will experience AVID strategies in other classrooms. In elementary schools, AVID is not offered as an elective. Students in an AVID elementary school will automatically use different AVID strategies to help them learn and prepare for college and career. AVID elementary schools use AVID strategies in a way that affects the entire school.

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School Meals: Choose 3-5 options for a full lunch meal: an entrée, one selections of fruit, two selections of fruit in high school, two selections of vegetables, a grain/bread which may be part of the entrée or separate, milk. Choose 3-4 options for a full breakfast meal: two entrées which is a combination of grain/breads and meat, two selections of a fruit or juice, milk.

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Parent Workshops: GISD offers workshops throughout the year with effective parenting strategies, ideas on how to get more involved and information to help your child be successful in school and in life. Past workshops have included topics such as:
• bullying
• guide to STAAR
• parent involvement
• motiving children
• cybersafety
• teen dating violence
• substance abuse
• anger management

Safety and Security: We ensure the safety of students, staff, visitors and property 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Security cameras, controlled building access and a visitor registry system help ensure our students have a safe place to learn. Police officers are assigned to our schools to provide security, counseling and education. Emergency training and response plans are in place to make sure that students and staff know what to do in a crisis and that situations are communicated properly to the community in a timely manner.

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For more information about GISD or anything related to Real Estate, feel free to contact me!

No Time to Work-Out? Try this….D-I-Y Home Gym

Everyone is so busy…I know it is so hard to get to the gym! Why not make a gym in your own home? This is definitely more convenient and comfortable. Also, this will save you time and money in the long run.

Not enough space for a home gym?  Call me, I can help with this too!  214.769.2142.

Tips:

  1. Pick a good space. You want to feel relaxed in this space with minimal distractions. Have a garage, basement or guest room available?
  2. Buy some wireless speakers so you can get your groove on! They also can block out other noise and keep you from getting distracted. speakers
  3. Install mirrors and good lighting. Not only do you want to see your hard work but it helps to prevent injuries by watching your technique.
  4. Flooring is key. One reason is you want to protect the floor you have from scratches and wear/tear, but also a good gym floor will help your joints when jumping and also more comfortable when on the floor stretching.full
  5. Equipment, of course. Think dumbbells? Treadmill? Stationary Bike? The options are limitless. Just decide what works for you and what can motivate you!dumbells
  6. Optional – if you are trying to lose weight you could put a scale in the room as well.scale

Don’t forget to clean your equipment regularly and remember “the best workout for you is the one that motivates you to be healthy and happy.”

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