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Here is a Lantana monthly news roundup from The Cross Timbers Gazette:

 

Sisters Act Up In Kitchen
Local sisters Barbara Apt and Lisa Sheehan recently appeared on a new Food Network show where aspiring restaurateurs battle to prove they have what it takes to open their own restaurant.

Apt, a food services sales account manager from Lantana, and Sheehan, an Argyle restaurant equipment sales representative, combined their culinary backgrounds on ’24 Hour Restaurant Battle’, which features dueling two-person teams of aspiring restaurateurs who have 24 hours to conceive, plan and open their own restaurants for one night.

Apt said that she and her sister had a great time on the show, despite the stress of competing on camera.

“I loved the experience. I will admit, it was quite a challenge to complete the task of opening a restaurant in 24 hours,” said Apt. “We experienced so many emotions during the taping: we laughed and we cried. But ultimately, being able to experience the show with my sister Lisa was really special.”

The pair won $10,000 in seed money on the show to help them actualize their dream. But Apt said that they have no immediate plans to open a restaurant.

“I am a Mom first and my day job in sales suits that lifestyle just fine for now. Someday, maybe,” said Apt. 

The show is scheduled be rebroadcast on the Food Network on August 7 at 8:00 p.m. and August 8 at 11:00 p.m.

Taste of Lantana to Kick off Memorial Golf Tournament
The 2010 Lantana Golf Club Memorial Tournament committee has created a tasty new event to kick off this year’s tournament.

Taste of Lantana is open to the public and will feature cuisine from area restaurants, live music, dancing, raffle and silent auction at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14 at the Lantana Golf Club.

Participants can sample menu items from Café Italia, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant, Fish City Grill, The Grotto, Lantana Grill, Palermo’s Italian Café, Ricky Que’s Barbeque, Rouge Moderne Bistro and Wine Cat Bistro while enjoying live music from the Mighty Real Band. The Lantana Grill will offer a full cash bar throughout the evening.
 
All proceeds from Taste of Lantana will benefit the Mark Austry Family Memorial Fund and the Lantana Golf Club Student Scholarship.

Admission is $25 per person. North Star Academy will provide child care for $5 per hour, per child from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. at their location in Lantana. RSVP to Abbey Knight at 940-728-4653 ext. 307 for the event and child care.

The Mark Austry Family Memorial Fund was established following the untimely death of Lantana resident Mark Austry on March 14 after he finished the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon.

Austry, a 32-year-old husband and father of two young daughters, died unexpectedly from the rare disease viral myocarditis, an inflammation of the myocardium caused by a low-lying infection of the heart.

The Lantana Golf Club Student Scholarship was established in 2009 by the Lantana Golf Club members to provide an annual scholarship to a college-bound Guyer High School Senior. This year’s recipient was Karen Pidlaoan.
 
A few tee times still remain for the 2010 Lantana Golf Club Memorial Tournament on Sunday, Aug. 15. The four-person scramble tournament will feature a double shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The tournament registration fee of $125 per player includes green fees, cart, range balls, lunch, goody bag, prizes and hole-in-one contests. To register for the tournament, call 940-728-4653, ext. 1.

Resident Arrested on Child Indecency Charge
Kevin Walton, 32, of Lantana’s Magnolia neighborhood, spent most of July behind bars after he was arrested on a charge of Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact on July 8th.

Police believe that Walton exposed himself to a 5-year-old girl in the children’s book section of Half Price Books in Lewisville on July 3rd.

The entire incident was caught on the store’s security camera.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant after interviewing Walton a few days later and conducted a search of his home on Granger Circle to obtain DNA evidence left at the scene.

Walton bonded out of Denton County Jail on July 29th on $75,000 bail.

Ladies League to Kick Off New Season
The Lantana Ladies League will launch their 2010-11 season with a Membership Drive on Tuesday, August 17th, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Andrew’s restaurant in Bartonville Town Center.  

Interested residents can meet the club’s leaders and learn more about the organization at the event.

The league has several events planned for this year, including the return of the Amazing Race in September, a Hair Expo in October, Vendor Fair in November and a Holiday Dinner/Dance.

For more information, contact Rhonda Williams, Membership Director, at worywort54@verizon.net or 940-455-2742 or visit the LLL website at www.lantanaladies.org.

Man Dies of Injuries Sustained In 2009 Accident
A Lantana man who was seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle last year has passed away.

Eddie Little, 67, succumbed July 16th to complications of a traumatic brain injury and stroke which occurred after he was struck by a vehicle on the morning of Feb. 27, 2009, at Bonham Parkway and Lantana Trail while walking his dog.

Little, a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather, was born in Houston, TX on February 17, 1943, and grew up on Galveston Bay in San Leon. He retired from a career in public education in 2002 and moved to Lantana to be close to his two granddaughters.

The family requests that donations be made to www.DonorsChoose.org or St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 818 E. Main Street, Kilgore, TX 75662.

Lantana Elementary Schools Set Registration Dates
Registration for Blanton and E.P. Rayzor elementary schools in Lantana will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5, and Friday, Aug.6.

School officials said students who finished the past year at a Denton ISD school must still register at the elementary school’s designated times and bring a proof of residency.

New students should bring birth certificates, social security cards, updated immunization records, proof of residency, such as a utility bill, and three emergency contacts. If parents or guardians cannot register during this time, they should contact the children’s school to reschedule.

Both schools will have a special open house for students to meet the teachers and drop off school supplies on Thursday, Aug. 19. Blanton Elementary’s Meet the Teacher Night is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:00pm and E.P. Rayzor will hold their open house from 6:30 to 7:30pm.

School begins on Monday, Aug. 23.  Blanton Elementary Kindergarten parents can take a moment after dropping off their child to celebrate the milestone with other parents at the annual Cheers & Tears Breakfast in the cafeteria. A continental breakfast will be served.

Campus hours for the upcoming school year have changed. The new schedule is:

Elementary Schools – 7:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Middle Schools – 8:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.
High Schools – 8:50 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.

Swim Team Completes Successful Season
By John English, Contributing Writer
The Lantana Lightning swim team recently wrapped up its sixth season, and head coach Chris Cullen said it was the best summer yet.

The recreational swim club took part in five competitions this past season, and Cullen said that several swimmers broke team records and earned a number of medals at various meets.

“I think the kids did great,” Cullen
said. “I think we had 168 athletes on the team, which is the largest number ever. The kids learned and progressed quite a bit. We had more than 40 in the five to six year old age group, more than 40 in the seven and eight, and I think it was 50 in the nine and 10 group.”

The Lantana Lightning also has 11 & 12, 13 & 14 and 15-17 age groups, and Cullen said his major objective for next season revolves around some of those athletes.

“I would like to see more kids participate in the older age groups,” Cullen said. “We only had about 20 kids in those older groups, so we would like to see more participation there. I obviously also want us to have our kids develop their skills and improve, as well.”

Cullen said he anticipates having more than 180 swimmers next season, and said team membership has grown steadily since the club’s inception.

Visit www.thelantanalightning.com for more information on the swim team.

Development Watch
Lantana had 2,273 occu¬pied homes as of July 31st, with an estimated population of 7,387.

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