What do UFO’s, Navy SEALS and Neil DeGrasse Have in Common?

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Just like they say in the X-files, the truth is out there.

Apparently at the end of June, the truth showed up in our very own Plano, Texas when a Twitter user @whoisjawsh caught a UFO on camera from a local rooftop. A Frisco resident, Hunter J. Gombac uploaded the video to Twitter.

Here’s a pic of what was captured on the rooftop.

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This sighting even got the attention of famed physicist Neil DeGrasse, who’s response on twitter was, ‘the universe is full of mysteries”.  (Thanks Neil, that really helped us figure it out.)

Lucky for us the real answer came from Dr. Pepper Ballpark where fans were watching the last of the Texas League All-Star Game.

The lights in question where actually from a pyrotechnic show put on by the Patriot Parachute team as they jumped into the stadium.

The group says that they have been mistaken for UFO’s plenty of times.  Made up of professional parachutists who formerly served as active duty Navy SEALS, these brave folks are used to parachuting into challenging environments.  Using the discipline from their training they turn parachuting into shows that some people called ‘once in a lifetime experiences’.

These performers have a close relationship with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) so what seemed out of the ordinary, was an ordinary day for these extraordinary performers.

The style of parachuting the Patriot Team uses is called canopy relative work (CRW), which consists of two or more jumpers building canopy formations by bringing their chutes in close proximity, even touching each other.

In the daytime, that means strapping a United States flag between two members of the team, who then descend with the flag oriented so the crowd on the ground can see it flying down toward them.  The nighttime shows can include lights and sparklers, so this is what our UFO spotters actually saw.

Patriot Parachute Team jumpers can get up to 100 mph as they descend. The incredible feats the team pulls off are possible thanks to the training many of them got as parachute jumpers in the Navy SEALs (sea, air, and land.) Not every member of the team is a current or former SEAL, but they are all patriots and have an incredible respect for the country many of them served.

The team uses the word patriot instead of one more directly related to the SEALs or other branches of service because of their desire to not profit from the SEAL name or reputation, but rather to create something new that honors their country.

Well they certainly put on a show and we McCoys would like to thank all the members of our brave military for their service.


Articles cited: 

https://www.eaa.org/en/airventure /eaa-airventure-news-and-multimedia/eaa-airventure-news/eaa-airventure-oshkosh/07-05-2017-patriot-parachute-team-jumps-to-honor-america

 

Toyota Headquarters Aims for Sustainability and Fun

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Do you think of fun and eco-friendliness when you think of corporate offices?  Yeah, neither do we..usually.  Toyota’s new headquarters is aiming to change all that.

The company, which recently opened a one billion dollar, 100 acres campus in Legacy West is gearing up to achieve the LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council by offering:

  • Exterior landscaping reflects the native habitat, with drought resistant plants
  • A Texas-sized 8.79-megawatt array of more than 20,000 solar panels
  • A commitment to use only renewable energy, purchasing all electricity not generated by the solar panels from wind generated by Texas farms
  • A rainwater harvesting system, up to 400,000 gallons, to use in irrigation

“Our new campus has fun, unexpected, and even playful features that reflect our commitment to be a world-class leader in innovation with state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technologies,” said Doug Beebe, general manager of real estate and facilities for Toyota Motor North America. “It also is a great example of Toyota’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Because of its architecture, its central location, and the lively, flourishing community around it, we can share ideas and make great things happen here. We are proud of this campus because we have designed it to allow team members to get out of their office space and come together. And, that’s really the spirit of One Toyota.”  solar-panels-1149611_640

LEED Certification

LEED Certification is the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings, with around 1.85 million square feet being certified each and every day.  Certified buildings are resource efficient as they use less water, energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and saves building owners cash with lower utility and long term maintenance costs

LEED works for all buildings during all phases of development. Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across numerous disciplines address sustainability issues. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then receives one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and the highest rating, Platinum.

Toyota’s Plano headquarters will be powered by a 7.75 megawatts (MW) Solar/Photovoltaic (PV) system which is expected to provide approximately 25 percent of the power needed to run the entire campus. This installation is expected to help the new state of the art HQ achieve U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Platinum LEED Certification.

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The new campus supports the company’s One Toyota vision with spaces that intentionally create and foster a transparent environment, encourage the fun of discovery, and make Toyota a place where people want to come to collaborate and innovate. Among the seven buildings is a large central courtyard that serves as the literal and symbolic heart of all social and business functions – including dining, fitness, and conferencing facilities.

The solar panels are said to be one of the largest group of panels in Texas (and for Texas, that’s saying something!)  The system is going to be installed in two phases.  The first phase consists of two 2.45 megawatt systems to be installed on top of the two parking garages by August of this year and a 2.8 megawatt system will be added to the top of the third parking garage in December.

The array of solar panel are said to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 7,122 metric tons – the equivalent of what 1,000 homes use for electricity every year.  Solar panels are also used in the company’s parts centers in California and at assembly plants in Mississippi and Alabama.

“We are dedicated to making sure our new headquarters campus supports – even redefines – Toyota’s commitment to the environment,” said Kevin Butt, regional director of the company’s North American Environmental Division.

Butt said the system – which will be installed in two phases – will help Toyota move closer to its goal of eliminating all carbon emissions in operations by 2050.

Wow!  Carbon emissions eliminated in 2050!  Considering the size of the headquarters and all that Toyota Motors produces in parts – that’s an ambitious goal, but one we McCoys have faith that they’ll reach.  Toyota even received a letter from the Whitehouse congratulating them on their accomplishments.  You can see it here.

The future is bright (and energy efficient) here in Plano!

 

 

Never Take a Good Foundation for ‘Granite’

REal McCoys Villas at Legacy West Foundation Photo

It’s an amazing  thing- the great work of art

It takes to build a good and solid start

The plumbing, water barrier even rods of tension

 make it sound, waterproof and do we dare mention

What we take really for ‘granite’

A part of a home , most essential

Where cutting corners would be most consequential

A foundation  when poured must be non-permeable and strong

Right from the beginning,  or it for sure, won’t last long

One can’t begin to build the framework and expect it to last

So, we have great faith in the architects and builders we asked

We chose Britton Homes because we know of their expertise

They understand the checks and balances – to them it’s a breeze

It takes a team of 10 professionals to ensure that all checkpoints are

Checked, and double checked- before concrete is poured and they’ve gone to far

We believe we are finally there and know

that the 20 tons of concrete soon will flow

from 8 cement trucks, they’ll lay out concrete,

with confidence and precision – oh what a feat!

We McCoys will rest easy – yet still anxious in our quest

to finally hold the keys to our dream home being built in the Villas at Legacy West.

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Colorful Expansions at Willowbend, Plano

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Things are getting colorful in Plano!  A seven story Class A office building, the luxury fitness center Equinox and the fourth Crayola Experience in the U.S. are the latest additions to the $125 million reinvention of The Shops at Willow Bend.  The new addition will be a multi-use commercial district, announced owner and manager Starwood Retail Partners.

Shoppers at Willowbend will notice the difference when they pull up to the main entrance as there is a whole new design in the works to greet you as you shop.  Currently at the shops there are two levels of interior space featuring more than 125 stores and restaurants. Stores include Neiman Marcus, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, LUSH, Crate&Barrel, Apple, Forever 21, Vineyard Vines, H&M, Bose, Anthropologie, J.Crew, and Bailey Banks & Biddle

Crayola Experience

Opening in spring 2018, the 60,000-square-foot Crayola Experience will include The Crayola Store, a 5,000-square-foot store featuring the world’s largest selection of Crayola products and unique souvenirs, such as plush toys and apparel. At Crayola Experience Plano, guests will enjoy classics such as naming and wrapping their own Crayola crayon (Wrap It Up!), starring in their own coloring page (Be a Star), using their touch to bring art to 4-D life (Color Magic), creating melted wax spin-art (Drip Art) and learning how crayons are made in a live Factory Show, as well as some new experiences that will debut in Texas.

Although best known for its crayons and markers, the 114-year-old company now has more than 1,500 proprietary products and technologies, which serve as the inspiration for Crayola Experience’s 22 hands-on activities and live entertainment.

The Crayola Experience is also equipped to host private events, field trips corporate meetings and birthday parties. (We McCoys can’t wait to see what the corporate meetings will look like at the Crayola Experience but we bet they’re going to be fun and creative).

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Located between the food court and Forever 21, there is an office project underway.  This seven-story, 200,000-square-foot Class A office tower designed and constructed by Dallas-based commercial real estate investment company Encore Enterprises, is expected to house up to 800 employees.

“As The Shops at Willow Bend continues its $125 million-dollar expansion, we’re delighted with our addition of a much-needed Class A office tower,” Barry Smith, general manager of The Shops at Willow Bend, said in a news release. “This is a terrific addition to Willow Bend, which is the region’s most exciting shopping, restaurant and family destination, and it provides Plano with premier office space. Moreover, this demonstrates that The Shops at Willow Bend is growing with the Plano area.

Equinox Health Club

To round out the trifecta of additions is the Equinox Health Club, which will be located in the mall next to Crate & Barrel, Restoration Hardware, and Neiman Marcus.

Equinox, expected to open in the fall of 2018, will offer a comprehensive selection of luxury programs, services and products, including strength and cardio-training, innovative group fitness classes, personal training, spa services and products, apparel and food and juice bars.   The club is expect to have interior space of around 35,000 square feet with members also enjoying a spacious roof deck and programming for special events.

“Equinox is a natural addition to Willow Bend’s expanding mix of lifestyle, retail, restaurant, office and entertainment options,” said Barry Smith, general manager of The Shops at Willow Bend.

The Shops at Willowbend will also have new restaurants such as Knife, Mexican Bar Company, and Terra Mediterranean.  The North Texas Performing Arts (NTPA) is opening Plano Children’s Theatre at the Willow Bend Center for the Arts this summer.

 

 


Thanks to Plano Profile and Dallas News for the great info!

 

 

Why Toyota’s New Headquarters Is so Important for Texas

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It all started three years ago when Toyota announced its ‘One Toyota’ initiative to unify its operations in North America and would move its headquarters from California to Plano and into a new  location at Plano Legacy West.  Engineering, sales, financial services, corporate functions and marketing would be located all in one building.

That building, which Toyota has invested $1 Billion into, is located in the Legacy West development near the Dallas North Tollway and Sam Rayburn Tollway.  The campus is made up of about a half-dozen buildings, has over 100 acres and covers 2 million square feet has be called  a ‘game changer’ by Plano leaders.

“The opening of our new headquarters in Plano is an extraordinary next step in Toyota’s 60-year journey in the United States,” said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota in North America. “With team members from four different companies together in one campus location, we believe this will inspire greater collaboration, innovation, and faster decision making as we turn to and lead the future of mobility, all with an eye on our customers.”

In addition, earlier this year, Toyota said it will spend $10 billion in U.S. capital investments over the next five years, an outlay that includes the construction of its Plano headquarters and improvements to its existing manufacturing facilities.  Toyota Legacy West Plano Texas

What’s important for Plano specifically and North Texas overall is the job growth that will occur here now and for years to come.  Toyota will have jobs for up to 4,000 Toyota team members in Plano. In addition to the employees who chose to relocate, Toyota previously announced that it would hire more than 1,000 new team members from the rich mix of local talent and elsewhere. More than 90 percent of the company’s new hires from the past year for positions in Plano have come from the North Texas market. Toyota has already filled more than 75 percent of its open positions.

“The greatest resource we have here in the Lone Star State is our highly-skilled workforce that draws global businesses like Toyota to Texas every day,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “The 4,000 jobs added and Toyota’s impressive new facility are proof of the remarkable momentum of Texas’ continuing economic expansion. I am proud that Toyota is expanding here, and I thank them for their commitment to being an important part of our Texas community.”

Thinking of applying for jobs at Toyota?  We McCoys have just the link for you!  You can explore what openings are available at https://www.toyota.com/usa/careers#!/Career-Opportunities.

 

Great Weekend Events in Plano

Our friends at visitplano.com are keeping the calendar full of great ideas for weekend fun!

Checkout what’s cool and happening:

FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Dog Days of Summer

DARK HOUR HAUNTED HOUSE

Dark Hour Haunted House presents Dog Days of Summer, July 14-15. One of the oldest witches, Baba Lupina, possesses a powerful talent for transforming herself into a werewolf. When she was called to lead the Dark Hour Coven, loyal Gypsies followed despite the long, treacherous voyage. Making their camp in the swamps near the manor, these Gypsies spread the werewolf’s curse throughout the surrounding land. Soon the pack will be strong enough to bring about the Dark Hour! Travelers in…

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FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017 @ 8:30 PM

The Wizard of Oz

ART CENTRE THEATRE

The Art Centre Theatre retells the classic Frank L. Baum tale with musical flair! When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow that needs a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. Dorothy simply wants to get back…

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SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

Plano Children’s Theatre presents: FOOLS

PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATRE

FOOLS is a hilarious comedy direct from Broadway about Leon Tolchinsky. Leon is ecstatic. He’s landed a terrific teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet. When he arrives he finds people sweeping dust from the stoops back into their houses and people milking upside down to get more cream. The town has been cursed with Chronic Stupidity for 200 years and Leon’s job is to break the curse. No one tells him that if he stays over 24 hours and…

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SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

Bugsy Malone, Jr.

PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATRE

Plano Children’s Theatre presents “Bugsy Malone, Jr.” Two gangs in a fictitious city populated only by children are in a rivalry of Capone-ian standards. Dandy Dan’s gang has gotten the upper hand since acquiring the “splurge” gun (a weapon that shoots whip cream). Bugsy Malone, a one-time boxer, is thrust into the limelight when he becomes the last chance that Fat Sam’s gang has of surviving. All Bugsy really wants to do is spend time with his new love, Blousey……

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SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017 @ 2:30 PM

Nobody’s Perfect

COX BUILDING PLAYHOUSE

Shy and staid statistician Leonard is anxious to break into print and sends book after book to Love Is All Around, a publisher dedicated to writing ‘for women by women’. His efforts are rejected until he submits a novel, based on his experiences as a single parent, under the pseudonym Myrtle Banbury. When his novel is accepted, Leonard has no choice but to assume Myrtle’s identity! Rated: PG13  Three weekends only, June 23 – July 16, at the Cox Building…

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SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

High School Musical 2, Jr.

COURTYARD THEATER

SHINE Plano presents Disney’s “High School Musical 2, Jr.” The gang is back for an action-packed summer extravaganza as Troy, Gabriella, and the rest of the Wildcats finish junior year and blast onto the summer scene in “High School Musical 2 Jr”.  At the Lava Springs Country Club, popular girl, Sharpay, reigns supreme while the Wildcats get to work – literally! Featuring every ounce of the light-hearted fun that made “High School Musical” a household name, this buoyant sequel follows…

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SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Plano Children’s Theatre presents: FOOLS

PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATRE

FOOLS is a hilarious comedy direct from Broadway about Leon Tolchinsky. Leon is ecstatic. He’s landed a terrific teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet. When he arrives he finds people sweeping dust from the stoops back into their houses and people milking upside down to get more cream. The town has been cursed with Chronic Stupidity for 200 years and Leon’s job is to break the curse. No one tells him that if he stays over 24 hours and…

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SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

The Waffle House Diaries

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Check out this multimedia art experience in the Downtown Plano Arts District. Waffle House Diaries will showcase 8 original paintings by Daragh Gallagher, each with their own story for a closer understanding of the paintings meaning. These paintings and an additional 20 paintings outside of her Waffle House series will be available for purchase. The show promises to be raw and riveting. Be prepared to step into the shoes of these original and unforgettable characters. Let yourself feel what they feel,…

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SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Bugsy Malone, Jr.

PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATRE

Plano Children’s Theatre presents “Bugsy Malone, Jr.” Two gangs in a fictitious city populated only by children are in a rivalry of Capone-ian standards. Dandy Dan’s gang has gotten the upper hand since acquiring the “splurge” gun (a weapon that shoots whip cream). Bugsy Malone, a one-time boxer, is thrust into the limelight when he becomes the last chance that Fat Sam’s gang has of surviving. All Bugsy really wants to do is spend time with his new love, Blousey……

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SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017 @ 7:30 PM

High School Musical 2, Jr.

COURTYARD THEATER

SHINE Plano presents Disney’s “High School Musical 2, Jr.” The gang is back for an action-packed summer extravaganza as Troy, Gabriella, and the rest of the Wildcats finish junior year and blast onto the summer scene in “High School Musical 2 Jr”.  At the Lava Springs Country Club, popular girl, Sharpay, reigns supreme while the Wildcats get to work – literally! Featuring every ounce of the light-hearted fun that made “High School Musical” a household name, this buoyant sequel follows…

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Here’s What’s Happening This Week in Plano

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We McCoys just can’t get over all there is to do in our lovely City Of Plano. Here ‘s a list of what you can do around town, thanks to our good friends over at www.visitplano.com.

THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Summer Fun Thursday: The Amazing Bubble Man

THE SHOPS AT WILLOW BEND

Get ready for heart-pounding, bubble-popping, mind-stretching, floor-stomping and clown-laughing fun. We’re celebrating 11 years of Summer Fun Thursdays! Beginning June 8, The Shops at Willow Bend is back with indoor activities (out of the hot Texas sun!) for families. All events take place in Grand Court between Neiman Marcus and the Food Court. Arrive early because entertainment will start each Thursday at noon, one hour before the featured performance.  Select children will be invited on stage and may win prizes.…

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THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

Downtown Plano Art and Wine Walk

DOWNTOWN PLANO ARTS DISTRICT

Art & Wine Walk is the perfect way to unwind in Plano’s favorite historic neighborhood. Get an early start to the weekend by sipping selected wines at your favorite shops throughout the Downtown Plano Arts District while enjoying live music, curated art exhibits and shopping discounts just for Wine Walkers. Participants who visit six or more stops can win gift certificates to local shops and restaurants at the end of the evening.  Every participant receives a collectible glass, passport and wine tasting guide.…

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THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

Red, White and Blues: Walk In Art Night

PIPE AND PALETTE

Stop into Pipe & Palette during the July Art and Wine Walk and create your own “Red, White & Blues” wooden art board!  There is no set time, you can come and go as you please during the wine walk.  All materials will be provided and you can take home your art piece as soon as you finish.  Tickets $12 online in advance.  For more information check out their website or call 214-501-2314 or just stop by. Media:  Wooden Art Board

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THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Plano Children’s Theatre presents: FOOLS

PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATRE

FOOLS is a hilarious comedy direct from Broadway about Leon Tolchinsky. Leon is ecstatic. He’s landed a terrific teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet. When he arrives he finds people sweeping dust from the stoops back into their houses and people milking upside down to get more cream. The town has been cursed with Chronic Stupidity for 200 years and Leon’s job is to break the curse. No one tells him that if he stays over 24 hours and…

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THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Bare Bones Shakespeare presents Richard III

ROVER DRAMAWERKS

Rover Dramawerks is pleased to welcome Bare Bones Shakespeare and their production of Richard III.   Into a kingdom of turmoil, a kingdom where the rich are constantly enhancing themselves and the rest languish in poverty, a kingdom that has never been as politically divided between two sides as it is now, comes Richard of Gloucester. To some he is the one honest politician on the hill, the only man in the royal family willing to drain the swamp and…

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FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Plano Children’s Theatre presents: FOOLS

PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATRE

FOOLS is a hilarious comedy direct from Broadway about Leon Tolchinsky. Leon is ecstatic. He’s landed a terrific teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet. When he arrives he finds people sweeping dust from the stoops back into their houses and people milking upside down to get more cream. The town has been cursed with Chronic Stupidity for 200 years and Leon’s job is to break the curse. No one tells him that if he stays over 24 hours and…

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FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Bugsy Malone, Jr.

PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATRE

Plano Children’s Theatre presents “Bugsy Malone, Jr.” Two gangs in a fictitious city populated only by children are in a rivalry of Capone-ian standards. Dandy Dan’s gang has gotten the upper hand since acquiring the “splurge” gun (a weapon that shoots whip cream). Bugsy Malone, a one-time boxer, is thrust into the limelight when he becomes the last chance that Fat Sam’s gang has of surviving. All Bugsy really wants to do is spend time with his new love, Blousey……

view more info

FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017 @ 7:30 PM

High School Musical 2, Jr.

COURTYARD THEATER

SHINE Plano presents Disney’s “High School Musical 2, Jr.” The gang is back for an action-packed summer extravaganza as Troy, Gabriella, and the rest of the Wildcats finish junior year and blast onto the summer scene in “High School Musical 2 Jr”.  At the Lava Springs Country Club, popular girl, Sharpay, reigns supreme while the Wildcats get to work – literally! Featuring every ounce of the light-hearted fun that made “High School Musical” a household name, this buoyant sequel follows…

view more info

FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Nobody’s Perfect

COX BUILDING PLAYHOUSE

Shy and staid statistician Leonard is anxious to break into print and sends book after book to Love Is All Around, a publisher dedicated to writing ‘for women by women’. His efforts are rejected until he submits a novel, based on his experiences as a single parent, under the pseudonym Myrtle Banbury. When his novel is accepted, Leonard has no choice but to assume Myrtle’s identity! Rated: PG13  Three weekends only, June 23 – July 16, at the Cox Building…

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FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Bare Bones Shakespeare presents Richard III

ROVER DRAMAWERKS

Rover Dramawerks is pleased to welcome Bare Bones Shakespeare and their production of Richard III.   Into a kingdom of turmoil, a kingdom where the rich are constantly enhancing themselves and the rest languish in poverty, a kingdom that has never been as politically divided between two sides as it is now, comes Richard of Gloucester. To some he is the one honest politician on the hill, the only man in the royal family willing to drain the swamp and…

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Mayor Harry A. LaRosiliere and the Center of the Universe

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Last month there was a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the official grand opening of Legacy West’s Urban Village.  We McCoys had a great time during all the festivities.  We ate at True Kitchen, enjoyed cupcakes from Sprinkles and enjoyed visiting all the stores and businesses that were celebrating the beginning of what is going to change Plano for the better, forever.

It’s exciting to be a part of history in the making.  Mayor Harry A. LaRosiliere calls Legacy West, the  “Center of the Universe’ and during a recent speech he elaborated on why he feels that way.

Here it is in full:

I call Legacy West the “Center of the Universe” because it forms the core of an area of dynamic development. Just think: at one intersection in Legacy West you will find the U.S. Headquarters of Toyota, JC Penney, and Frito-Lay, as well as the regional headquarters of FedEx Office. Within a mile radius of that intersection, you will find the homes of NTT Data, JP Morgan Chase, Liberty Mutual, Ericsson, Pizza Hut, Bank of America, Hilti, and Boeing. All told, you will find over 35,000 people working for iconic global companies. And all of this is happening in Plano, recently chosen by various media outlets, I am proud to say, as the best place to live in Texas, a top city in the U.S. to find a job and raise a family, and one of the ten safest cities in America. What more could you ask from the Center of the Universe?

What I most look forward to is the total experience of being at Legacy West. Each step and turn brings something new to enjoy; strolling through is a special experience of its own. If I head down Windrose Avenue, I will be tempted by the aromas of fine dining venues like Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak HouseSprinklesShake Shack, True Food Kitchen, and Mesero. But I will be sure not to miss the sights and sounds: the beautiful water fountain, the gorgeous landscaping, and the liveliness of the people at the gathering places. If I am in a buying mood (or just want to window shop), I will be able to visit such varied retail sites as Pockets MenswearFrontgateWest ElmWarby Parker, Barnes & Noble, and many more. If I am in the mood for a unique eating experience, I will make my way to European-inspired Food Hall. I am truly looking forward to the overall experience of being there.

 

 

I am often asked about what my favorite place to eat lunch at Legacy West is going to be. This is like asking me to pick my favorite child. With so many options, I fully expect to have a new favorite every day. I know I will not be able to resist trying out all the different sit-down dining venues, and the chef-prepared entrees being prepared in the food hall sound too good to pass up.

I am most excited about all the special memories that will be created in Legacy West. Couples will get engaged there, our kids will celebrate prom there, and old married folks like me will celebrate wedding anniversaries there. These are just a few of the community events that happen every day in Plano, but now there will be an exciting new place for them to happen. Even better, because of the open space created in the project design, many of the special memories can be based, year-round, on outdoor activities that will enhance the quality of life of our citizens.

What makes Legacy West special and unique is the attention to detail by the Legacy West team in creating and executing plans for the development. The team gave this 240-acre park the same devotion and care they would have given if building their own homes. They have created a stunning home for all Plano citizens that will be a dynamic part of our thriving community.

Legacy West is not just about dining and shopping. It is about quality of life for our community. It is about comfort and enjoyment. It is about bringing people together for a shared experience. When you consider that experience in light of all the companies and people that will participate in it, you have a shopping center different from any other.

“Legacy West is not just about dining and shopping. It is about quality of life for our community”

The reality is that anyone can build a shopping center. Only Fehmi Karahan can develop a Legacy West. He is the secret sauce. When you combine his magic touch with the vibrancy of Plano—the City of Excellence—Legacy West is a one-of-a-kind destination location.

 


Editor’s Note: Harry  A. LaRosiliere is Mayor of the City of Plano

Speech featured in Legacy West's blog at:  https://legacywest.com/2017/05/14/legacy-west-is-center-of-universe/

 

Plano Heroes Wage Battle of the Badges 2017

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Battle_of_the_Badges_Blood_Drive_2017This year marks the 14th Battle of the Badges between the Plano Police Department and Plano Fire Rescue in connection with Carter BloodCare. Between July 4 and July 9, both safety agencies will invite the community in donate blood for local trauma centers, cancer units and hospitals. Each donor can either vote police or fire, and the agency with the most votes wins a trophy and bragging rights until next year’s competition.

Plano public servants are often seen as heroes around the community. But during the annual Battle of the Badge competition, officers and firefighters give residents a chance to be heroes too, just by donating some blood.

“It’s a friendly competition,” said Plano PD spokesman David Tilley. “We have a fun time working with Plano Fire Rescue. It’s just a really good opportunity for the police and the fire to go head to head.”

 Plano PD is the reigning champ, with 12 wins to the fire department’s one. Last year, Plano police and Plano fire didn’t crown a winner in solidarity of the five Dallas police officers who died in a Downtown Dallas shooting.

“At that point, everybody agreed from the top down, we’re going to be blue from this point forward,” said Plano Fire Chief Sam Greif.

But even in the face of tragedy, they set record highs in blood donations by collecting over 700 units.

“You hate tragedies like that occurring,” Greif said, “but I try to find the bright spot, and for me the bright spot was the overwhelming response from the citizens of Plano who came out, rolled up their shirt sleeves and donated blood. They felt like they wanted to do something, and they responded in droves.”

This year, they’re starting fresh with new strategies, new incentives, but the same desire to donate. According to Tilley, Chief Greif is pulling out all the stops this year to win. If Plano Fire Rescue wins, Greif agreed to shave his head on the steps of City Hall, “just as a little incentive,” he said laughing.

For Plano PD, Tilley said this competition allows officers to engage in their mission statement and work “in partnership with the community,” he said. “It’s our opportunity to engage our citizens, to bring them out and let’s all pull together for one main goal of trying to donate blood, and hopefully save lives.”

Greif said some firefighters can work a 30-year career, and possibly have two or three times where they can truly say, “My actions and my actions alone is what saved a life. You get a chance to do that every time you donate blood. You’re contributing to a life-saving effort. And that’s just a powerful feeling, that you alone can have that type of an impact on people.”

Linda Goelzer, regional public relations director of Carter BloodCare mentioned blood donations tend to slow down in the summer months from June to August, and on summer holidays like July 4th, donations can stop all together.

“Believe it or not, one day without large collections can hurt us,” she said. “This is an absolute daily need. We can’t go one single day without collecting blood in order to keep the supply up.”

And community involvement plays an integral role in blood donations.

Goelzer said 25 percent of the annual blood donations come from high school blood drives. And alongside Plano’s rotary clubs and local organizations promoting the cause, Battle of the Badge helps residents show their support for police, firefighters and community members in need.

“Community involvement is absolutely necessary for us because there is no substitute for human blood,” she said. “When you have public figures, like the police and fire department, it creates a fun competition and yet another layer of a reason why someone would want to [donate],” she said.

Where to donate

There are multiple locations where residents can donate blood from July 4 to July 9.

July 4

Firestone Complete Auto Care/Park Mall, 2480 Avenue K, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

July 5

J’s Pancake House & Grill, 1405 Jupiter Road, 9 a.m. – noon

Parr Library, 6200 Windhaven Parkway, 4 – 8 p.m.

Plano Police Department, 909 14th Street, Toler Room, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

July 6

Huffines Chevrolet, 1001 Coit Road, Noon – 5 p.m.

Huffines Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, 4500 W. Plano Parkway, Noon – 5 p.m.

Plano City Hall, 1520 K Avenue, Conference Room, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Schimelpfenig Library, 5024 Custer Road, Noon – 4 p.m.

July 7

Harrington Library, 1501 18th Street, Noon – 4 p.m.

Plano Fire-Rescue, 1901 K Avenue, Training Room A, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Third Coast Bank, 1201 West 15th Street, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Tino’s Too Mexican Restaurant, 2205 K Avenue, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

July 8

Collin Creek Mall, 811 N. Central Expressway, 12 – 5 p.m.

Davis Library, 7501-B Independence Parkway, 12 – 4 p.m.

Elliott’s Hardware, 2300 Coit Road, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Firestone Complete Auto Care/Park Mall, 2480 Avenue K, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tony’s Café, 909 W. Spring Creek Parkway, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

July 9

Chase Oaks Church, 281 Legacy Drive, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Collin Creek Church, 1905 E. Parker Road, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Haggard Library, 2501 Coit Road, 1 – 5 p.m.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 2700 W. Spring Creek Parkway, Parish Hall, 7:45 am – 2 p.m.

Feeling Fit and Fantastic at Fabletics, Legacy West Plano

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Yoga pants are not just for yoga anymore.  Actually, were they really ever?  It’s hard to go anywhere without seeing someone sporting theirs and they’ve become pretty fashionable in the last few years.  The choices have gone from black or more black to a virtual smorgasbord of designs and colors.  One thing is certain – we love how they prove that being comfortable, doesn’t mean looking slouchy.  The right yoga pants can help you flash your personal style while you run errands, hang with friends, do some yoga or you’re into more challenging activities such as triathlons or becoming the next America’s Ninja Warrior .

One store seems to stand out among the crowds for durability and style and has been the mecca of activewear lovers all over; Fabletics,  This trendy activewear store was co-founded by Kate Hudson in 2013.  Not only has Fabletics made it’s name for style-wear when you workout, but the clothes can work just as well when your bopping around town taking care of the many items on your to-do list.

It’s no wonder then that faithful Fabletics fans are ecstatic that the company has moved in to Plano’s Legacy West!  We McCoys even checked out the store during the grand opening of Legacy West’s Urban Village in early June and we were not disappointed in all it has to offer!

The mission statement on Fabletic’s website (fabletics.com) states:

At Fabletics, we create clothing that inspires you to stay active, whether that means competing in an iron(wo)man competition, sweating in the studio, or chasing after your kids. Our on-trend designs are high in quality at prices you’ll feel good about. This is where the inspiration starts. Beyond the clothing, we foster a community of people who embrace our mantra – “Live Your Passion” – every day.

We really saw those ideals brought to life in the store.  The choices were vast and all well-made!  We had a fun time shopping there and the staff was just amazing.  Check out our video of our visit:

Please feel free to check out the Urban Village and specifically, Fabletics while you’re there.  Who knows, we may even see you there!