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A Lax Lacrosse Program: What’s Up with That?

Today, I happened upon a girls’ Lacrosse game as I drove by the Middle School near my house. The school has a football field and a track, so I am used to seeing kids out there during the school week, folks of all kinds walking the track when the kids aren’t using it and people using the field for sporting events. I wrote about my experience with Flag Football last month, and as of the publishing of this article, “Dem Boyz” are first in their league!
Tarrant County, TXPosted by
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COVID Shot Number Two: My Experience

My mom and I went two days ago to get our second COVID vaccines (Moderna) at the same place we had our first shot, the Hurst Coference Center. The line was a little longer this time, but not by much. We had an 11:00am appointment. We were in and out in about 90 minutes, compared to the 60 minutes that we spent at the Conference Center the first time.
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Social Security Beneficiaries Still Looking for Stimulus Checks

I got my stimulus check last week. Yay! But my mother, of whom I am the caretaker for, still hasn't received hers. Right now, she has maybe $5 in her account as she waits for 4/3 when her Social Security check will be directly deposited in her bank account. In the meantime, her essential expenses are being paid for by me - and I am far from being rich or even in the "black" with my own debts (thanks, COVID!).
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A Peek Behind the Scenes of Police Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)

Up here in N. Texas, and around the country, society seems to constantly be attacked these days. From COVID to mass shootings to rampant racism to the police vs. black citizens issue, I feel like my head is spinning. I’m a critical thinker, and I try to understand both (or more) sides of an issue. But some of these events just have me scratching my head.
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Why Does My Kid Want to Be Someone Else? Thoughts from a Parent/Therapist

It seems like gender-bending and “pronouns” have taken a point position in society today with American teenagers. I have a stepson (who was born with female anatomy) who now goes by a different name and is called “he” or “they” as his preferred pronouns. Of course, it’s been a long road trying to remember to call him “he” or “him” instead of “she or her” since I’ve known him so long as a female. So, yeah, I slip up sometimes. His mom (with whom he lives) even slips once in a while. But we correct ourselves and apologize for the faux pas. Let’s call him “Bentley” for this article.
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Got Robot Calls? FCC Fines $225 Million to Two Texas Companies

When my phone rings these days, many of the callers come up as “Spam Risk” or “Telemarketer,” thanks to my cell provider. Other providers are also following suit. But, I’ve always wondered how those automatic phone calls that drive me nuts ever make any money. But apparently, they do – and a lot of it is based on fraudulent sales schemes. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) statistics indicate that just two of these companies in Texas were making billions of calls just in 2019.
Grapevine, TXPosted by
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Grapevine REC's flag football leagues bring Dem Boyz and non-local teams to the field

For those of you that live in the Grapevine area, you may have noticed the teams of flag football players that are out at Grapevine Middle School’s football field and track every Sunday morning, come rain or shine. If it is not flag football “season,” then the guys that come out are just playing for fun and bragging rights. But when the leagues start up, the guys you see are in serious competition. These leagues are sponsored in Grapevine by the Parks and Recreation Department.
Tarrant County, TXPosted by
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My Experience with COVID Shot #1

I had registered for myself and my mother to get our first COVID shots a couple of months ago on the Tarrant County website. Our turn came up for Wednesday March 3 at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, TX. I had never been there before, but if it was like other conference centers in the area, I knew it was going to be BIG. My mom is 75 and can't get around too well, so I was a little nervous about how much walking would be required.
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The COVID Mandates are Being Lifted...Now What?

I must admit, I was a bit aghast when I heard that Texas Governor Greg Abbott was putting an end to the mandate he put in place about 8 months ago to wear masks, and he plans to re-open 100% of the state, come March 10.
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Bye Bye Fry's

If you have ever needed electronics or electronic advice, chances are that you have visited one of the Fry's Electronics stores in the Metroplex. From AAA batteries to whole home theaters, Fry's had it all. Unfortunately, the chain is working on permanently closing its online and brick-and-mortar stores, which is partially due to the COVID pandemic.
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American Airlines Offers Some Passengers a Menu of Discounts

For those of you, like me, had gotten really disappointed with most airlines' baggage costs, American Airlines has adopted a new policy. Started on Feb. 26, the airline changed its baggage allowance policies so that customers to have a more consistent and transparent booking experience. No more showing up at the airport and being surprised by fees that were not advertised!
Carrollton, TXPosted by
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DART Silver Line Construction Continues with Josey Lane Bridge in Carrollton

Work continues on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Silver Line Regional Rail project with the start of construction on the Josey Lane bridge in Carrollton. For the initial bridge construction, large diameter holes are drilled into the ground and filled with steel rebar and concrete for each bridge pier. With depths ranging from 42’ to 49’, each hole is drilled into the bedrock for strength and stability. With a diameter of 54”, each pier footer is filled with up to 30 cubic yards of concrete, which is over 6,000 gallons.