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Karina Ramírez: Lewisville ISD awards construction contract

Officials with Dallas-based Satterfield & Pontikes Construction announced March 19 that the company was awarded a $93 million contract to build two new campuses for the Lewisville school district.

The company will build ninth-grade centers of approximately 110,000 square feet each at Marcus and Flower Mound high schools, a press release stated.

The ninth-grade environmentally friendly campuses will feature regular classrooms, a library, a 2,200-seat basketball arena, science labs, a cafeteria, a 7,000-square-foot black box theater and administration areas.

Work at Flower Mound High School will also include renovations to the fine arts area, replacement of the football stadium sound system and renovations of lockers in the old field house and existing school. In addition, the school will receive new sports facilities, including a baseball field, multi-court tennis complex and indoor practice facility.

Each two-story ninth-grade facility will be constructed with a steel frame and brick veneer exterior. Project work also includes parking, covered walkways, utilities and demolition. Designed by PBK Architects in Dallas, the project is expected to be completed by Aug. 1, 2014, in advance of the fall semester. Both campuses will be occupied and active during the project’s duration, a press release said.

It will still serve margaritas, but it will become a pizza shop.

Bosses Brickoven Pizza & Sandwiches will be opening a Denton restaurant at the old Miguelito’s Authentic Mexican Cuisine location at the corner of Bell and McKinney. The restaurant will be the sixth location of the franchise.

“We have been working on the renovations since December,” business owner Mike Fisher said.

The restaurant, which will be called The Best Darn Pizza in Texas, is known to offer $10 Tuesday specials as well as salads, wings and specialty sandwiches.

“We will also sell beer and margaritas,” Fisher said.

The restaurant’s franchisor is Laura Lambert, who also owns a Bosses’ location in New Braunfels as well as five other locations in North Texas, Fisher said.

The restaurant will be located at 420 E. McKinney St.

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Earlier this month, Cheryl A. Williamson, owner and general manager of Denton’s Title Boxing Club, announced that her club had donated $500 to the American Heart Association.

The donation was based on a portion of members’ February enrollment fees.

Title Boxing Club opened at 725 Interstate 35E, Suite 152 in January.

For more information, call 940-293-5060.


John Meredith, a case manager supervisor with Denton County MHMR Center, ran the Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth and raised $843 on behalf of the center.

Meredith, 42, ran 31.1 miles on Feb. 24.

“I have raised funds for other charities, and I wanted as an employee to support the work of our staff and wanted to do this on behalf of the center,” he said.

A Denton resident, Meredith has been an employee of the Denton County MHMR for the past seven years.

Meredith said he has run four times on behalf of the center. He participated in the two Cowtown marathons, as well as two El Scorcho competitions in Fort Worth. In total, Meredith has raised $2,130 for Denton County MHMR.

Denton County MHMR treats approximately 1,000 patients monthly who suffer from schizophrenia, bipolar disorders or major depression.

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Earlier this month, Amanda Luna joined the Hammerle Finley Law Firm as a family law and litigation lawyer.

Luna won an award from Victim-Witness Assistance Program for assisting family violence victims in a number of prosecutions. She also has extensive experience with cases involving children’s rights, a press release said.

Prior to joining the Hammerle Finley Law Firm, Luna served as a deputy district attorney in Los Angeles County from 2007-12. She completed jury submission for 28 felony trials while there. She has experience handling cases including a third-strike life sentence carjacking and robbery of United States Postal Service employee, earning her a Certificate of Special Appreciation from the USPS. During her tenure, she completed more than 500 preliminary hearings and 10 misdemeanor trials to jury submission.

Luna also worked as an associate at Vanderford & Ruiz, LLP, a construction insurance defense firm in Pasadena, Calif., from 2006-07. She served as a staff attorney in the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeals from 2004-06, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Luna earned her bachelor of science degree from Mississippi University for Women in 1998 and her law degree from University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law in 2003.

Licensed to practice law in Texas, California, Arizona and Louisiana, Luna will focus her efforts in the areas of family law, litigation and criminal law, according to the press release.

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Coming up

The Denton Community Market will continue its annual season by opening each Saturday until Nov. 30 at the Denton County Historic Park at the corners of Carroll Boulevard and Sycamore Street. The market begins its new season Saturday, and hours will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The mission of the Denton Community market is to strengthen the Denton community by providing economic opportunities for local artists, businesses, food vendors and food producers to contribute to the vitality and livability of Denton, according to its website.

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To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Opening Doors International Services Inc. will conduct a Lighting the Way Benefit and Celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1700 Riney Road.

The celebration will feature dinner catered by Metzler’s Barbeque Restaurant, a silent auction, music by the University of North Texas Mariachi Band and a DJ, as well as dancing.

Tickets are $25 and can be requested by calling 940-382-0096.

Since 2003, ODIS Inc., has assisted more than 1,000 clients, representing 87 countries with an unprecedented 100 percent success rate, a press release stated. In 2012, ODIS served a total of 63 survivors of violent crimes from Denton and surrounding counties and helped them come out from the shadows of our community.

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The Latina Style Business Series will come to Dallas on April 18. The series has empowered Latina professionals and small-business owners by connecting them with the proper management tools and resources they need for growth.

The series is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, 300 Reunion Blvd.

Registration at the door is $100. There is no cost for military personnel and their spouses if they RSVP by Monday.

For more information, contact Tania G. Einhorn, senior events manager at LATINA Style, at .

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878 and via Twitter @KarinaFRamirez.