Mitsuwa Marketplace opening in April

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What you need to know about Mitsuwa Marketplace Plano

Grand opening: The Plano, Texas, Mitsuwa Marketplace is pushing forward toward its grand opening just west of U.S. 75 on Friday, April 14, 2017.

Mitsuwa Marketplace announced special sales featuring delicious Wagyu beef, premium Japanese rice, and snacks. Mitsuwa Marketplace says it will prepare some special gifts for kids.

“At Mitsuwa Marketplace, you’ll be transported to the heart of Japan. The restaurants serve authentic Japanese food and the shops offer the same items you’ll find today in Japan.”

Grand-opening week schedule:
* Tuesday, April 11 Pre-opening 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
* Friday, April 14 Grand-opening 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
* Saturday, April 15 Regular store hours 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

100 Legacy Dr, Plano, TX 75023
Mitsuwa phone: 972-517-1715

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Store Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Restaurants 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Shake Shack opening in Plano’s Legacy West

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Work under way earlier in March on the new Shake Shack location, opening March 29 in Plano TX – north of Legacy Drive between Communications Parkway and Dallas North Tollway

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Frisco Wakeland students pick up inside knowledge on sports as business from Frisco Mayor Maher Maso

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Frisco Mayor Maher Maso said, “Sports is a business. Sports is creating jobs here in Frisco. Athletes are a very small percentage of the jobs included with sports organizations. What you are learning in this class will help you be able to come back here after college and find a job.”

Maso’s remarks came in a Frisco ISD Wakeland High School sports marketing class on Guest Speakers Day recently.

Guest speakers also included attorney John R. Sigety of Hiersche, Hayward, Drakely and Urbach, P.C., Rush Olson of Rush Olson Creative and Sports and Gina Miller, vice president of media and communications for FC Dallas.

Maso spoke to students about the importance of partnerships between private companies and public entities such as the City of Frisco and Frisco ISD. Maso explained how the community of Frisco has become one of the best places in the nation to raise an athlete. There are more opportunities than ever for kids to get involved in sports in Frisco, and these private/public partnerships have become the cornerstone for all these opportunities.

Maso specifically pointed out how the partnership between Frisco ISD and FC Dallas has become a model for others to follow.

“The partnership between the Hunt family, Frisco ISD and the City of Frisco became the model and really put us on the map for public/private partnerships,” said Maso. “Others come here to talk to us about our model and learn from all that we have established here.”

Maso explained that the subsequent partnership between Frisco ISD, the City of Frisco and the Dallas Cowboys has brought more opportunities than ever for students in Frisco with the building of the Ford Center.

“The Ford Center to me is more an education facility than a sports facility,” Maso said. “There is audio/video production, sports rehabilitation, hospitality, marketing, all for use by FISD students.”

Maso told the class about some of the sports technology and innovation that is finding a home in Frisco.

“Frisco will soon become the number one sports innovation and technology destination in the country,” Maso said. “There is already a huge sports medicine research presence here in Frisco with all the Baylor, Scott and White facilities, Scottish Rite and even NFL concussion research.”

Power out across North Texas for more than 200,000

Straight-line winds, some reaching 83 miles an hour in Tarrant County, have knocked down trees and power lines and spread debris across North Texas this morning. Power is out for about 200,000 North Texans, according to the power company.

Tarrant County was under a pair of tornado warnings, and Collin, Denton, Dallas and Hunt counties are under a severe thunderstorm warning before sunrise this morning.

In Collin County at 3:30 a.m., the storm is blowing through McKinney before passing on to the northeast.

Updated, 4 a.m., expect delays in driving to work and school across the area this morning.

Frisco ISD school superintendent search update; Jeremy Lyons’ last day will be June 30 before joining Cooper

Current Frisco ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Lyon announced his retirement on March 17 after 31 years in public education, four in Frisco schools. His last day with the Frisco school district is June 30. The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees met Monday morning in special session to discuss the process for selecting a new superintendent of schools.

Trustees formally accepted a letter of retirement and resignation from Lyon at the Board meeting on March 20.

Dr. Lyon, who joined FISD in 2013, has been named the first president of Cooper Youth, a division of The Cooper Institute, and will lead a national effort to advance preventive health practices for children.

“I can’t say enough great things about your leadership, your vision and the steps that you have taken to help keep Frisco ISD a destination district,” said school board president Anne McCausland. “We keep striving for the academic success, but more importantly, something that you have highlighted and brought to this Board is the focus on the whole child.”

Dr. Lyon briefly reflected on his tenure as superintendent, noting rapid change and growing pains in the District.

“We’ve got to work together,” Lyon said. “As we move forward as a community and a school district, I sincerely know working with these seven individuals that they only have one interest and that is to protect and grow the greatest school district in this nation, Frisco ISD.

“I just have the greatest, utmost respect for Frisco ISD and will continue to support and cheerlead on this new venture, because this is something worth fighting for, Frisco ISD, it is amazing.”

Frisco ISD Trustees called the special Board workshop Monday to assist with planning for the superintendent search. Trustees participated in a Reform Governance® in Action training led by Cathy Mincberg, president and CEO of the Center for Reform of School Systems (CRSS), which focused on tips and best practices for hiring a new leader.

Mincberg led a School Board member discussion regarding qualities desired in the next superintendent, as well opportunities and challenges facing the District.

She provided information regarding the role an executive search consulting firm could play in the selection process, and addressed issues Board members should consider when choosing a group to facilitate the search. These included the scope of a firm’s experience, recruiting strategies, reputation, references and more.

Mincberg also made suggestions about what questions trustees should ask search firms, as well as superintendent candidates during the interview process.

She also addressed missteps School Boards can make during the superintendent hiring process, and offered tips to ensure a smooth and successful search, “onboarding” process and transition.

The Frisco ISD School Board announced it is committed to staff and citizen involvement in the search for a new leader, and expressed its desire to host community meetings and/or distribute a survey to gather input regarding characteristics desired in the next superintendent.

Trustees are receiving proposals from several executive search consulting firms and plan to meet again in special session on Tuesday, April 4 to review the proposals and narrow down their choices. 

Interviews of the top search firms are tentatively scheduled for April 10.

 

XO Coffee hosting David Hasselhoff Tuesday

“Come see me at the XO Coffee Company in downtown Plano, Texas, from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday March 28.” – David Hasselhoff

Line up no earlier than 3 p.m. if you want to meet The Hoff.

Need coffee: Put this address in your phone for XO Coffee Company
Address: 1023 East 15th Street, Plano TX 75074
Near DART line to downtown Plano
Phone: 972-212-4318

Why is The Hoff inviting you to come out to XO Coffee Company on Tuesday, March 28th? We did a little investigating and found out that David Hasselfoff, yes, the guy listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as “the Most Watched TV Star in the World” is the uncle of XO Coffee Company owner David Martin.

That’s why the star of Knight Rider and Baywatch will be at his nephew’s downtown Plano coffee shop.

What is XO Coffee Company?

XO Coffee Company, started by David Martin and his wife Linda in February 2017,  wants to be your “home away from home” in downtown Plano, providing an unmatched customer experience in the delivery of superior craft coffee and featured breakfast, brunch, and lunch items made only with the finest all-natural ingredients.

What should we know about XO Coffee?

“XO Coffee Company is all about love – love of family, love of friends, and love of coffee. By delivering an outstanding product and customer experience, our goal and our drive is to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. Our customers will be our number one priority – our promise to them is that they will leave XO Coffee Company feeling better than when they walked in!”

According to imdb.com, the 6-foot-4-and-a-half-inch tall David Hasselhoff is one of the most recognizable faces on television and throughout the world. He is known for starring in Knight Rider (1982) and Baywatch (1989).

David Michael Hasselhoff was born on July 17, 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland, to Dolores Therese (Mullinex) and Joseph Vincent Hasselhoff, a business executive. He is of German (from his paternal grandfather), English, and Irish descent.

How did The Hoff get into acting? IMDB.com says the acting bug first hit when David was seven and so he took acting, singing and dancing lessons. He was shy off stage in front of girls because he was tall and thin, but when he was on stage he was in his element. Because of his father’s occupation, his family (he has four sisters) moved around frequently. He initially thought his career was going to go in the direction of musicals and Broadway.

Where did he get his acting break? IMDB.com says American audiences first came to know Hasselhoff when he portrayed the popular “Dr. Snapper Foster” for six seasons on CBS’s soap opera, The Young and the Restless (1973). Lured by NBC’s Brandon Tartikoff to move from daytime to prime time, Hasselhoff went on to star as “Michael Knight” in NBC’s hit series Knight Rider (1982). The role garnered him a “People’s Choice Award” for most popular actor and the show became a huge success overseas. The success of Knight Rider (1982) resulted in Hasselhoff’s first major international following.

When the show ended, Hasselhoff launched a successful recording career in Europe. In 1989, “Looking for Freedom” remained in the number one spot on the German charts for eight consecutive weeks. He has continued to perform regularly in concert and has released nine albums.

What about Baywatch? Hasselhoff returned to episodic television, according to imdb.com as Mitch Buchannon on Baywatch (1989) when the show debuted on NBC in 1989. Though it enjoyed good ratings, the network canceled the series after one season.

Undeterred, Hasselhoff and his partners acquired the rights to the show and, based on Hasselhoff’s popularity overseas, they were able to secure financing and revive “Baywatch” in 1991. Now a piece of American pop culture and an international television phenomenon, Baywatch (1989) was at its peak seen in 140 countries by over one billion viewers each week.

The Hoff spends many hours visiting children’s hospitals throughout the world. His charity, “Race For Life,” works with the terminally ill and handicapped children in America.

Hasselhoff enjoys scuba diving, hiking, white water rafting, tennis, and jogging.

The Hoff has parachuted with the US Army Parachute Demonstration Team, The Golden Knights, and flown with the US Navy’s Blue Angels.

Need Coffee? Punch this address into your phone: XO Coffee Company, 1023 East 15rh Street in downtown Plano 75074.

Hail strikes Frisco, McKinney on Sunday night

On Sunday night,  Mayor Maher Maso sent out a message on social media saying Frisco sirens were warning about hail hitting the local area. Golf ball size hail was reported in Frisco, Texas, at 8:50 p.m. The Wal-Mart suffered hits to a sky light.

Sirens came on in McKinney as radar indicated a severe thunderstorm was over McKinney, moving east at 30 mph. Hazards included golf and  tennis ball size hail and 65 mph wind gusts. In Adriatica off Virginia Parkway and Stonebridge, drivers made use of the parking garage, although some residents reported they could not get a spot themselves.

Reports have come in about hail damage to roofs, siding, trees, windows and vehicles.

UPDATED: The storm moved on to Blue Ridge, Farmersville and Princeton by 9:15 p.m.

A tornado watch remained in effect until 11 p.m. Sunday. Pete Delkus reported a thunderstorm watch extended until midnight for Collin County and was extended until 1 a.m. past Collin County into East Texas.

Acording to Stormersite.com, Frisco had four hail reports within 10 miles of the city center on Sunday, March 26. The largest report of hail was 2.00 inches in 75034.

If you have any questions about repair companies or contractors, ask Brian Reagan in McKinney at the DallasBBB at http://www.bbb.org/north-central-texas

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John Keating wins seat on Frisco City Council with 55 percent of the vote in local run-off election Saturday

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“Thank you to everyone who came out and stood by me,” John Keating.

On Saturday, Frisco voters elected John Keating to serve as City Councilman for Place 1.

Keating won with 55.09 percent of the total vote over Brandon Burden. The seat became open when Bob Allen decided to run for mayor.

Keating said: “Friends, we’re excited to report that the numbers are final. The Dallas Morning News and Community Impact Frisco are both reporting a 55 percent win for me in today’s run-off election. Once again, over 2,000 Frisco residents voted to #KeepKeating, and I’m looking forward to bringing my consistent, Conservative leadership back to City of Frisco TX – City Hall at a time of significant transition. I’m proud of my team and the race we ran, focusing on my record and proven policies. I was pleased to hear from Brandon Burden a few minutes ago; it was a nice call, and I look forward to seeing what he does next for the city. Onward to serving Frisco!”

CollinCountyMagazine fun fact: Brandon Burden received 795 votes on Saturday. Keating scored 785 votes on Saturday.

Early voting in Frisco TX gave Keating the win. Keating picked up 1,153 early votes and finished with 2,338 total votes.

Burden said: “I really enjoyed meeting everyone on the campaign trail.”

Burden trailed by 442 votes after early voting with 1,111 of his 1,906 coming before Saturday.

For math fans, Burden finished with 44.91 percent of the total vote. – Brian Bearden

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