January 2018 Around Town 4

Cross Timbers YMCA Gets 
December Refresher

During December, Cross Timbers YMCA, 2021 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound, received some improvements.

The women’s locker room saw a complete remodel with new floors, showers and stalls. The fitness area received a new rubber floor, and the front lobby, hallway and locker rooms were painted.

The facility also received some new equipment, including new spin bikes and free weights. 

Liberty Elementary Second-
Graders Making a Difference

The entire second grade at Liberty Elementary wanted to make a difference in their community, especially as the holiday season was nearing.

The students did just that by bonding together to collect a record 4,639 servings of food for Lovepacs, an organization that works closely with local public schools to provide meals for children in need when they are not at school.

A nine-week social studies project on good citizenship began in September and the students were all in. After compiling donations of their own with the help of their families, students wrote letters—some recited them by memory—for neighbors, friends and extended family members explaining the importance of the project and encouraging them to donate. They would even leave those letters on doorsteps with a promise they would return, along with their parents, at a certain time to collect any donations.

Among the items collected were cereal, chicken, fruit, granola bars, jelly, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, oatmeal, pretzels, soup, tuna fish and vegetables.

It was the second consecutive year Liberty Elementary donated to Lovepacs for its food drive. 

Painted Tree Marketplace Coming to Highland Village Town Center

The Highland Village Town Center will soon house a community of home décor and fashion shops in the vintage market known as Painted Tree Marketplace. The new tenant will take up residence in 38,230 square feet of the space recently vacated by Kroger.

“We are excited to bring Painted Tree Marketplace, a collection of unique home décor and apparel from local boutiques, decorators and artisans, to Highland Village Town Center,” Matt Ryan, Brixmor vice president of leasing, says. “This award-winning retail concept will bring a fresh product offering to the community, and add vitality to this well-located shopping center at the corner of Justin Road and Highland Village Road.”

Painted Tree Marketplace is currently located in North Richland Hills and has two locations in Arkansas. The marketplace provides the space for local shop owners, boutiques, artisans, decorators and craftsmen to sell their products. It is anticipated the Highland Village Painted Tree Marketplace will open in the spring of 2018.

Board and Brush, a do-it-yourself wood sign workshop retailer featuring hands-on workshops for parties, corporate events and fundraisers, also recently opened in the Highland Village Town Center.

Gronberg Orthodontics 
Welcomes Dr. Charlene Sugay

Gronberg Orthodontics is excited to announce that Dr. Charlene Sugay has joined their existing team to better serve patients and families. Sugay grew up in Coppell, Texas, and attended Coppell High School where she was a member of the tennis team. She received her bachelor’s from The University of Texas at Austin and completed her dental training at Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry. She was president of the Odontological Honor Society and Asian-American Dental Society. She was also a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Honor Society and a representative for the Texas Association of Women Dentists. After completing dental school, she continued at Baylor College of Dentistry where she earned her master’s in oral biology and certificate in orthodontics during her three-year residency.

Sugay is committed to lifelong learning. She continually attends orthodontic conferences and continuing education courses to further her knowledge in the most up-to-date techniques in the orthodontic world.

Sugay is married to her high school sweetheart, John, and they have a Yorkie-poodle named Bowzer. Outside of the office, she is an active member of the Junior League of Dallas and volunteers for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas. She attends Watermark Community Church and enjoys tennis, Pilates and reading.

Food Pantry Receives Nearly 2,000 Pounds of Food and $1,500 from Liberty’s Canned Food Drive

Liberty Christian’s National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society host a canned food drive on campus every Thanksgiving that brings in donations from preschoolers to seniors.

Some grade levels compete to bring in the most, from cans to monetary donations. Along with the canned food, the $1,500 given to the Denton Community Food Center will purchase $12,000 of food it can now stock on their shelves for families in need.

Tons of food is distributed from the center every year. Founded in 1974, the center provides food from a central community storehouse to individuals and families in emergency situations.

One Act Play Takes Second at District, Wins Individual Awards at State

beckoned audience members back in time with “Brave Navigator” as they performed a fictionalized account of the 1932 Lindbergh kidnapping, once called the “Crime of the Century.”

In addition to students winning second at district, Sierra Cothes was named to All-Star Crew, Sophie Steffey and Sammie Wuensche earned Honorable Mention, and Peyton Jolley and Lindsey Meath were awarded to All-Star Cast.

The top two schools in each district traveled to the state competition in November in Kerrville, Texas, and Ariana Naeimi was named to the All-star Crew, and Peyton Jolley and Lindsey Meath earned All-Star Cast.

The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools added this One Act Play competition in recent years that challenges students to perform an abbreviated play with one or more scenes in one act that lasts only 40 minutes.

Congratulations to the additional students who played important roles in the play: Mattie Goff, Kendall Jones, Trevor Jones, Barrett Kelton, Peyton Necaise and Will Pearson.

Chili Cook-off Festivity Raises Funds for Veterans and Promotes Fellowship for Families

14th annual Chili Cook-off brought the school community together for good eating and a good cause, raising more than $4,500 for Spirit of a Hero, an organization that provides financial and moral support for veterans of the United States armed forces.

On November 10, the last home football game of the year, Liberty fans perused booths sponsored by student clubs, athletic teams and parent-owned businesses. On this special night, veterans were also honored on the field prior to the game.

As with any cook-off, booths competed for bragging rights. Congratulations to the following winners: Aeroprise, best chili; golf team, best cornbread; Liberty’s Leadership Academy, best dessert; cheerleaders, best sides; and dance team, spirit award. In addition, the Leadership Academy won best overall booth.