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September 2010
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Landscaping Work Begins on Morriss/Gerault Road to Improve Safety, Visibility, and Aesthetics
Flower Mound National Night Out 2010
CAC Waterpark Labor Day Splashtacular
Sport N' Splash Youth Program
Keep Flower Mound Beautiful Trash Bash
Allied Waste Trash Service Rate Increase
Sit! Stay!! READ!!! at the Flower Mound Library
Library Thanks 2010 Summer Reading Program Sponsors
Greater Tuna Makes For A Howlingly Funny Night at the Theatre
Town of Flower Mound Construction Updates
What's Normal and What's Not Normal Seminar
Why Grow Native Plants?
Working With the Press Workshop
Rockin' Readers

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Landscaping Work Begins on Morriss/Gerault Road to Improve Safety, Visibility, and Aesthetics
Morriss/Gerault MedianCrews began work this week on median grading and landscaping improvements along the Morriss/Gerault Road designed to improve safety, visibility, and aesthetics for all motorists and pedestrians.
The Morriss/Gerault Road Phase I improvement project consists of the addition of two lanes of traffic along Gerault from FM 2499 to FM 3040, intersection and sidewalk improvements, and signal and signage upgrades. In addition, the design engineers conducted a visibility audit involving the medians and landscaping throughout the entire corridor and recommended modifications that will improve safety along the thoroughfare, while enhancing the natural beauty of the area.
As the elevation of several medians along the corridor currently obstructs visibility for motorists, grading work is underway to ensure their height is reduced to an acceptable level. While retaining the natural beauty of the corridor remains a priority, the Town was also forced to remove several trees from the median in order to achieve the highest safety level possible. To mitigate the loss, approximately 600 new trees and 400 new bushes will be planted in strategic locations along the roadway that will not interfere with motorist visibility.
All small width medians will be planted with groundcover or paved, all medium-width medians will be planted with groundcover and ornamental trees, and all large-width medians will contain grove shade trees accented with ornamental trees. All trees will be trimmed for visibility. In addition, all new trees planted within in the medians during the past two years will be saved and transplanted. The project also includes irrigation throughout the corridor to ensure all new landscaping features remain healthy.
The entire Morriss Road/Gerault Road Phase I project is funded through external revenue sources, including State Highway 121 Toll revenue, Denton County Roadway Bond revenue, and developer contributions. No Flower Mound ad valorem or sales tax funding is being utilized to make these improvements. The Morriss/Gerault Phase I project is scheduled to be complete in October 2011.
In addition, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently began installing landscaping along the entire FM 2499 corridor, the Town's primary north-south transportation route. Utilizing $570,000 in state Green Ribbon Funding, TxDOT will be installing shade and ornamental trees and irrigation. The project is scheduled to be complete in late 2010.
Flower Mound National Night Out 2010
Tuesday, October 5 / 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

National Night Out is a nationwide initiative encouraging residents to turn their porch lights on and organize block parties sending a message to criminals that our neighborhoods are fighting back. By strengthening neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and heightening crime and drug prevention awareness, National Night Out unites residents to "Give Neighborhood Crime and Drugs a Going Away Party." Neighborhoods that organize National Night Out Block Parties on October 5 will be eligible to compete for the annual Flower Mound Neighborhood of the Year award. The winning neighborhood will receive a street sign proclaiming the neighborhood as the 2010 National Night Out Neighborhood of the Year. Registered block parties could receive visits from members of the Town Council, the Flower Mound Police Department, Fire Trucks, the Fire Department Clowns, and McGruff the Crime Dog. Street barricades will also be provided upon request. To register a block party, go to www.flower-mound.com and register on-line. The deadline to register block party is September 28. Visit www.natw.org for more information and block party ideas. For more information, please e-mail kim.hale@flower-mound.com or call 972.874.3339.
Bagworms vs. Fall Webworms
WebwormsWith the long hot days of summer upon us, many residents in the Town of Flower Mound are beginning to notice bagworms and fall webworms afflicting trees through out town. Even though both insects have the word worm as part of their common name, they are actually caterpillars. Bagworms can be seen hanging from the twigs of a variety of trees and shrubs. They are recognized by the distinctive 1.5 to 2 inch long spindle-shaped cocoons that they make. The cocoons are made from a combination of silk that they spin, along with leaf, twig and bark material from the host tree that they are feeding on. Fall webworms are most readily found in pecan trees throughout the town. They also have been observed in elm, cottonwood, mulberry, and redbud trees. The female moth will lay a cluster of a few hundred eggs on the underside of the leaves of a host plant in the spring. After hatching, the larvae immediately begin spinning silken webs that start at the tip of branches and can eventually extend all the way down to the trunk of a tree. There are multiple methods of treatments, but the Town of Flower Mound advocates those that are the least harmful to the environment. Please visit www.flower-mound.com or consult with a certified arborist for a list of treatment options. For additional information, please contact the Environmental Services Division at 972.874.6352.
CAC Waterpark Labor Day Splashtacular
September 6 / 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

CAC SplashtacularCelebrate Labor Day and the last day of the outdoor waterpark season at the Flower Mound Community Activity Center. Activities will include a water balloon toss, card board boat races, biggest splash contest, greased watermelon races, and sidewalk chalk drawing contest. All activities are free with paid admission or membership to the Community Activity Center. For more information, please call 972.874.7275.

Sport N' Splash Youth Program at the CAC
Sport N' Splash is a new program at the Flower Mound Community Activity Center that emphasizes development through gym time, music, art, and swimming for youth who are three to five years of age. Activities include creative movement, music, tumbling, story time, and swim instruction. Students are requested to wear their swimsuit underneath gym clothes and tennis shoes, bring a snack, and be potty trained. Session one begins September 17, session two begins October 15, and session three begins November 19. Classes are scheduled for Fridays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and the fee is $68 for CAC members and $75 for non-CAC members. For more information, email aquatics@flower-mound.com or call 972.874.7275.
Keep Flower Mound Beautiful Trash Bash
September 18 / 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Gerault Park - 1200 Gerault Road

Join your friends and neighbors in volunteering to help keep Flower Mound beautiful. Litter abatement supplies, lunch, and door prizes will be available. Pre-registration is requested. Please call 469.828.9074, email info@kfbm.org, or visit www.kfmb.org for more information.
Allied Waste Trash Service Rate Increase
Allied Waste's rates for trash collection services in Flower Mound will increase 3.64 percent, effective October 1. The amount includes a .33 percent increase in the disposal fee and a 3.31 percent fuel cost recovery increase. The trash rate increase will be the first in Flower Mound since 2008. For more information, please call 800.333.7301 and choose option number seven in the menu.
Sit! Stay!! READ!!! at the Flower Mound Library
Sit, Stay ReadDo you have a child who is entering second or third grade, and has a reading disability? The Flower Mound Public Library offers a program to help students who meet these two criteria increase their willingness to read. Sit! Stay!! READ!!! matches qualifying students with volunteer dog owners who, along with their dogs, have been certified to participate in animal-assisted activities. Students meet once a week at the library to read aloud to their dog partner. Participation in this program helps students learn to enjoy reading and school. Due to the one-on-one nature of this program and the limited availability of certified volunteers, placements are limited to 12-15 students per school year. To find out if your student qualifies, please contact Sue Ridnour at 972.874.6153, or sue.ridnour@flower-mound.com.
Library Thanks 2010 Summer Reading Program Sponsors
The Flower Mound Public Library would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous contributions to the 2010 Summer Reading Program:
  • Adventure Kids Playcare
  • Baskin Robbins at 407
  • CiCi's Pizza of Flower Mound
  • El Chico of Flower Mound
  • Fish City Grill
  • Girl Scout Troop 973
  • IHOP
  • Jason's Deli
  • Lunar Mini Golf at Grapevine Mills
  • Polar Ice House
  • Rosa's Café
  • Studio Movie Grill
  • Sylvan Learning Center
  • Texas Rangers Baseball
  • What-a-Burger
Greater Tuna Makes For A Howlingly Funny Night at the Theatre
September 23 - October 10
Flower Mound Performing Arts Theatre's (FMPAT) hilarious, award-winning production of GREATER TUNA is back! Chris Robinson and Ryan Roach reprise their Tuna, Texas roles in this audience favorite. What do Arles Struvie, Thurston Wheelis, Aunt Pearl, Petey Fisk, Phineas Blye and Rev. Spikes have in common? In this hilarious send-up of small town morals and mores, they are all among the upstanding citizens of Tuna, Texas' third smallest town, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. GREATER TUNA by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, is the long-running Off Broadway hit featuring two actors (Chris creating the entire population of Tuna in a tour de farce of quick change artistry, changing costumes and characterizations faster than a jack rabbit runs from a coyote. Two actors, twenty characters and a barrel of laughs, ya'll. Tickets are $25 - $33 and can be purchased at www.fmpat.org. The FMPAT is located at 830 Parker Square.
Town of Flower Mound Construction Updates

The Town of Flower Mound produces monthly construction reports that provide updated information regarding a variety of road, intersection, utility, facility, and park projects. The updates include project descriptions, status reports, projected completion dates. Please visit www.flower-mound.com and click the Road Construction tab at the top of the front page to review the latest update.

Town Programs
What's Normal and What's Not Normal Seminar
September 8 / 7 p.m.
Flower Mound Public Library
3030 Broadmoor Lane


Parents frequently wonder "Is this behavior normal?" This program will provide parents with guidelines to determine what is normal behavior for their children in terms of a child's developing body, mind, communication, and sense of self. Parents will learn what they can do to nurture their child through the stages of development. Presented by Margaret Jover, Denton County Extension Agent in Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Registration is requested. Please call 972.874.6165 for more information or to register.
Why Grow Native Plants?
Wednesday, September 22 / 7 p.m.
Flower Mound Public Library - 3030 Broadmoor

Gardening and landscape design choices are critical to your yard, our town, and the planet. Cynthia Maguire, Native Plant Society of Texas President-Elect, will provide an overview of how gardening and landscape choices made by homeowners, homeowner associations, and business owners profoundly impact the natural resources and ecosystems of Texas. Presentation reveals how simple, yet informed choices, yield big results in terms of water conservation, beauty, biodiversity and ultimately the survivability of our landscapes. Join us to learn how you can make a vital difference from the comfort of your own backyard. To register, please call 972.874.6165.
Working With the Press Workshop
The Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane, is hosting a "Working with the Press Workshop" at 7 p.m. on September 27. Representatives from area newspapers will present information on how nonprofit organizations can effectively publicize their organizations events. To register for this free event, please call the library's information desk at 972.874.6152.
Rockin' Readers
Join the Rockin' Readers as we share surprising, spectacular, or just plain silly stories at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. The program meets the second Wednesday of each month September-March from 4 to 4:45 p.m. and attendance is limited to children in Kindergarten through Grade 5.
Schedule
September 8 - The Name Game
October 13 - Rattle Your Bones
November 10 - Texas Tales
December 8 - Better Not Pout!
January 12 - Sounds Like ....
February 9 - Shake, Rattle and Roll
March 9 - Blow Wind Blow!