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Karina Ramírez: DATCU, Northstar make list of best places to work

For the fifth year, DATCU and Northstar Bank of Texas made the coveted 2013 Best Companies to Work for in Texas list.

The program identifies, recognizes and honors the 100 best places of employment in the state.

Created in 2006, the list is a project of Texas Monthly magazine, the Texas Association of Business, the Texas State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management and Best Companies Group.

To be part of the list, companies had to enter two-part survey process — with one survey looking at the company’s workplace policies, systems, philosophies, practices and demographics, and an employee survey to measure employee experience, according to a news release.

DATCU, a member-owned financial institution, has location in Denton, Cooke, Wise, Montague and Clay counties.

Northstar Bank has 10 locations throughout Denton County and North­east Tarrant County and five additional locations in the Austin and Marble Falls areas.

The full list of rankings will be revealed at the Best Companies to Work for in Texas gala on March 19 in Austin. The listing will appear in the April issue of Texas Monthly.

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The staff at Classic Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Mazda started their ninth annual Christmas Drive.

Employees, their partners and vendors will be accepting donations of food, unwrapped toys and clothes for deserving families during the next couple of weeks. They can also adopt a family by picking a name from Christmas trees located throughout the dealership. 

Dealership owner Richard Allen started the tradition of adopting families during the holidays in 1995, said Rick Wick, general sales manager. Staff members have been known to dress up and get into the festive spirit.

On Dec. 21, dealership staff will deliver the gifts to about 50 families, Wick said.

For more information, e-mail Wick at or Lisa Duchene at

Last month, Palm Beach Tan salons nationwide participated in St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s annual “Pin Up a Pumpkin” fundraiser. The 286 participating salons raised a total of $86,000, which will be donated to St. Jude in January.

Lauren Harlow, a public relations representative, said the two Denton tanning salons raised an average of $251. Coppell-based Palm Beach Tan has two locations in Denton, at 1719 S. Loop 288, Suite 100, and 409 W. University Drive.

According to a news release, the company has raised more than $250,000 in the past four years for St. Jude, a pediatric cancer research center in Memphis, Tenn.

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During their annual fall festivals, Children’s Lighthouse locations raised nearly $6,000 for the Navy SEAL Foundation, a nonprofit that helps provide support and assistance to SEALs and their families.

Established in Fort Worth, the Chil­dren’s Lighthouse is an early childhood learning and exploration center with 14 locations in North Texas, including one in Denton at 5025 Teasley Lane. The Denton location had its festival at the end of October.

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Physician assistant Laurie Mottl of Flower Mound joined the team at Health Services of North Texas on Nov. 1.

Mottl earned her master’s in medical science at Mid­west­ern Uni­ver­­sity in Illi­nois in 2004.

Health Ser­vices of North Texas provides affordable primary care for all Denton County residents including well-child checkups, immunizations, health and sports physicals, well-woman exams, chronic disease care, behavioral health and more. It is a member agency of the United Way of Denton County.

The Denton office is located at 4310 Mesa Drive. For more information, call 940-387-5788 or visit


Coming up

Advocare, When Pigs Fly Estate Sales, Aveda and Delena Ra Boutique will be some of the vendors taking part in Fusion Hair Design’s “A Very Fusion Christmas” from 1 to 5 p.m. today at 1400 N. Corinth St., Suite 105, in Corinth. The business is also accepting donations of unwrapped toys for the Denton County Toy Store.

For more information, call 940-497-6677 or visit

Learn about how to reduce your taxes and prepare for 2013 at the next quarterly breakfast hosted by the Pilot Point Chamber of Commerce, at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Point­Bank Community Center, 739 E. Liberty St. behind the bank.

The breakfast is open to the public, and the cost is $1. Reservations are required by calling 940-686-5385 or e-mailing For more information, visit

The Denton Chamber of Commerce will host its Holiday Open House, titled “Chrisma­vidad,” from 5 to 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3110 Colorado Blvd. Door prizes, Tex-Mex cuisine and margaritas will be available. For more information, visit

Sante Center for Healing, an adult diagnosis and treatment center, will host an open house with food, fun and giveaways from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at 914 Country Club Road in Argyle.

The center specializes in substance use disorders, process/behavioral addictions, compulsive behaviors, and other types of addictions and mental issues.

For more information, call 1-800-258-4250 or visit

KARINA RAMíREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is