Trash and recycling collection shifts one-day next week
What Time is it? It’s Wine Thirty!
Reschedule in effect week of Dec. 9-14 only
MURPHY (December 7, 2013) The cancellation of trash and recycling pickup on Friday, Dec. 6 has caused a shift in the pickup schedule for the week of Dec. 9-14, according to City Manager James Fisher.
"In cooperation with Progressive Waste Solutions, we have come up with a revised schedule for next week that will make up for the ice day," he said.
Basically, the pickup schedule will shift over by one day for the affected week only.
Friday (Dec. 6) pickup will occur on Monday, Dec. 9
Monday pickup will occur on Tuesday, Dec. 10
Tuesday pickup will occur on Wednesday, Dec. 11
Wednesday pickup will occur on Thursday, Dec. 12
Thursday pickup will occur on Friday, Dec. 13
Friday (Dec. 13) pickup will occur on Saturday, Dec. 14
"This shifted schedule is only in effect for next week, unless another weather event requires us to make further changes. Once we get to Monday, Dec. 16, we should be back on our regular schedule," he said.
Progressive will begin picking up tree limbs and other debris on Monday, Dec. 16. Limbs and other organic debris should be cut into four-foot lengths where possible and bundled with twine or light rope.
Questions can be directed to Murphy’s Customer Service at
Pirates Take Gold from Golden Bears
Chris and Claudia Morrow, Murphy residents since 2007, decided this was the perfect time to make one of their dreams a reality. Having the privilege of travelling extensively and sampling many wines along the way the Morrows always felt they wanted to open a business that would allow them to share their love and knowledge of wine with Murphy.
“Our goal is to share some of those experiences through our wine selections and events. We have directly visited the producers or vineyards for about 65% of our offerings that will primarily be from Monterey County California, Napa Valley, the Cote' de Rhone region of southern France, with a handful of offerings from WA, Australia (former home to Claudia), and even Texas. We want to bring those intimate and exciting experiences to Wine Thirty by having a wine selection that is defined, unique, affordable, but of high quality. If it's at the corner store - it's probably notat Wine Thirty!” (murphywinethirty.com) Wine Thirty offers 80 selections of highly rated and affordable premium wines.
Describing the type of experience guests will have at Wine Thirty the Morrow’s say, “It will be whatever you want it to be. Everyone comes in with different desires. We have created an environment that caters to diversity.” They can picture groups of friends gathering as well as persons working on their laptops. Whether you are a wine aficionado or not so much you will feel at home here.
At Wine Thirty they have heavily invested in a wine preservation system which places immense importance on their product. This system allows them to offer thirty plus wines at any given time in single glass service and tasting flights which gives their guests the freedom to taste upper priced wines without buying the entire bottle. At Wine Thirty you will find a range from some of the best producers such as Joseph Phelps, Caymus, Opus, Kosta Browne and local Texas wineries.
The Morrow’s one year business goal is to create a solid and outstanding reputation. Their long term goal is to expand to more locations or sell the business.
Noticing Claudia’s girls night outs were often spent outside Murphy, Chris feels Wine Thirty will become the destination of many female pilgrimages. “Wine Thirty fills a void. As Murphy residents we love our town, neighborhood, schools. We’ve been frustrated that we have had to travel out of Murphy for this type of experience.” Claudia sees Wine Thirty as a wonderful date location. Wine Thirty is designed with an invitation to enjoy, sit back and stay awhile.
Wine Thirty is available for reservations, either for groups or the entire location (64 person occupancy). From their calendar: May 23rd-26th Wine Thirty trip and tour of Carmel, Pebble Beach and Monterey County, CA wineries (cost and details TBA). (murphywinethirty.com).Wine producers have said they will do forums as well as classes.
In addition to wine; breads, quality cheeses and Charcuterie (dried and cured meats from brands the Morrows enjoy) will be served with matching wines. The Morrows are also working with Annie’s Bakery to create baked goods using Wine Thirty’s wine selection as part of their recipe.
Wine Thirty is located at 104 Murphy Road, Ste. 214. Their hours will be Wednesday – Friday 5 – 11, Saturday noon – 11 and Sunday noon - 6pm. They are hiring, please go to murphywinethrity.com to apply.
Wine Thirty is still waiting to receive their final TABC permit before they can verify their grand opening date. Please check their website murphywinethirty.com or find them on facebook for grand opening updates.Wine Thirty applied for their permits through the treasury department in July, just like fine wine; it will be worth the wait!
Murphy Residents Perform in the Longest Running Production of The Nutcracker in the Area
South Oak Cliff Golden Bears were the predicted golden boys of this game. Yes, the Golden Bears scored the first TD in the second play, in the first minute of the game. Yes, they scored a clearly questionable and much booed call TD somewhere in the third quarter. Yes, they scored the last TD in a buzzer beater to an almost empty Golden Bears den. But the AHMO-some action that surrounded those TDs is what swabbed the deck with Pirate domination!
A few game highlights: Wylie’s QB #9 Carson Cook made a first down then followed that up with a dive into the end zone putting the first clink of gold into the Pirates chest. OLB, #42 Israel Acuay, held the ball close to our end zone with a great tackle. QB/DB #2 Kameron Kelly shone golden as he caught a great pass allowing the Pirates a sweet position at their own three yard line. QB Cook runs the ball in for another touchdown. DB/WR #11 Elijah Harris made a veryheroic tackle. RB/OLB #28 T’Kevian Rockwell tucked the ball in tight and ran an incredible forty five yards back towards the Pirates end zone. QB Cook swiftly runs a thirty five yard touchdown made possible by the team doing what each and every one of them do best; their jobs!
Half-time score was close; 34 Wylie Pirates, 33 South Oak Cliff. Wylie dominated the second half and prevailed; final Score Wylie 64, South Oak Cliff 46!
Wylie Pirates are now Region Champions and have the Golden Trophy to prove it. Come out for the Quarter Finals at Allen Eagles Stadium Dec. 9
th at 7:00 pm where the Pirates will be teaching the Highland Park Scots the meaning of AHMO! (This game was originally scheduled for Dec. 6th but was reschedule because of weather conditions.)
Santa Tours Murphy Neighborhoods
Stepping across the threshold of Tuzer Ballet one will absorb the richness of this ballet school’s illustrious history as the oldest in the Dallas area. Delight in the fact that the founders, Artistic Directors Tanju and Patricia Tuzer have taught dancers for over thirty six years. Tanju is seventy one years old and continues to hold his students to very high standards which he has done from the beginning of his ballet career.
Patricia Tuzer opens their figurative history book to tell how Tuzer Ballet at 310 Glenville in Richardson began: Tanju and Patricia met while performing for Harkness Ballet (a New York ballet company). They married and travelled the world performing together, Patricia smiling reflectively muses, “It was amazing!” In 1977 the young Tuzers were ready to pack away their well-used suitcases to settle down and start a family. They traded in travelling nine months out of a year for a career as founders of the Tuzer Dancecenter. The Tuzer Dancecenter began in a strip center. In 1984 they changed their name to Tuzer Ballet, purchased land and built their own dance studio where they have been ever since. “They formed the Richardson Ballet and staged their first performance of The Nutcracker in 1982. In 1984, they created their own troupe, the Tuzer Ballet Company.” (tuzerdance.com)
Patricia recalls when they first came to Richardson in 1977 the city was booming with many young families teeming with ballet minded children, she says this demographic has changed considerably. However, Tuzer Ballet thrives as a destination not just a neighborhood convenience. “I looked all over Dallas and was willing to drive great distances to find the best ballet school for my daughter. I feel that Tuzer Ballet has the best balance of personalized instruction and world class ballet instruction.” (Maria Abraham, Parent and Tuzer Ballet Board Member)
Murphy residents share what separates Tuzer Ballet from other local ballet schools. Malini Srikanth says, “We feel we receive personalized instruction from the teachers. Every student says they want to be like Mrs. Pat or Mr. Tanju.” Joanna Reynolds remarks, “You earn everything you get here. The Tuzers are very challenging. You are given the opportunity to step up, to show you can do it.” Paulette Bell shares, “We enjoy Tuzer Ballet because of the family community. The Nutcracker and Spring Show take a lot of work, this teaches my children to prioritize, fulfill their commitment and sacrifice. This experience has built discipline at a young age.” Every student signed up for the Nutcracker or Spring Show will have a performing part, a chance to shine under the spotlight.
Murphy dancers Cassandra, Tiffany and Sumi discuss their ballet goals and experiences at Tuzer Ballet: Cassandra - “I have been a Fairy Mouse and Ginger Child. Now I am a soldier. I began dancing at the age of 5. I hope to teach ballet one day. I find balancing the most challenging thing about ballet and enjoy the social aspect of ballet most.” Tiffany – “I have been a mouse in past Nutcracker performances and am a soldier now. I began ballet when I was 2 1/2 years old. My favorite aspect of ballet is pirouettes and jumps.” Sumi – “I have been a dancer since kindergarten. My favorite part of ballet is the elegance of dance. I would like to become a ballet dancing cardiothoracic surgeon.”
Regarding Tuzer Ballet’s Nutcracker performance, Patricia states, “This is the longest running production in the Dallas area. No one is close to our longevity. This is not a glorified recital; we have professional costumes, sets and designs. This is a beautiful production. Tuzer has the right recipe.”
th annual Nutcracker presented by Tuzer Ballet will be held Saturday, December 21 at 2pm and 7pm and Sunday, December 22 at 2pm. Performances will be at the Eisemann Center.Tickets are $15 - $50, purchase at www.EisemannCenter.com.
If you’re interested in learning more about Tuzer Ballet please visit Tuzerdance.com or call (972)783-1735.
Call from chilly North Pole arrives at Murphy Dispatch
Around the World in One Night, Inc. makes a request
Recently, Murphy dispatchers received a call from the Transportation and Logistics Dept. of Around the World in One Night, Inc. asking for assistance from Murphy Fire Rescue on a not-so-secret request from one Kris Kringle, according to Fire Chief Mark Lee.
“It was a call we were actually expecting. Seems like every year, that company calls from the North Pole and wants to see if we can accommodate a check ride for Santa Claus, who often goes by several aliases. He wants to familiarize himself with the places he’s not visited before in Murphy, and call to mind those places that he’s already aware of. We, of course, agreed to provide the vehicle,” he said.
Starting on Dec. 9 and continuing for about 10 days, Santa will ride atop a Murphy fire engine with lights ablaze, the bell ringing and accompanied by an occasional blast from the siren. The rides will cover every street in Murphy with the exception of short cul-de-sacs, and start promptly at 6:30 p.m. each evening, continuing until 8:30 p.m.
“We’ll take the jolly old elf around every evening, except Sunday. He’ll be safely strapped to the engine, so he won’t be able to disembark and interact with anyone. In fact, in order to complete the entire City within the 10 days, the engine will not be able to stop for any length of time,” said the Chief.
Each neighborhood and subdivision will be included in the schedule. However, should there be rain or a real-life emergency, the schedule for a particular neighborhood or subdivision may be altered.
A map of the route will be posted on www.murphytx.org.
“Because Santa can’t get off the engine, firefighters, members of their families, and perhaps even some Council members will be distributing wrapped candy by tossing it from the back of the fire engine. Because of that, we ask that parents accompany small children and keep an eye on them as Santa makes his way through the neighborhood,” added the Chief.
“The entire department is very excited about the visitor from the North Pole and are very anxious to take him around the City, making sure that he does not miss any streets on Christmas Eve,” concluded the Chief.
Southern Karate Championship Held at Murphy PSA
Winners in the two KMB recycling art contests named
PSA Murphy was the site of the thirty-third Southern Karate Championship on November 16
th hosted by Texas Karate Institute. David Mason and Barry Guimbellot, owners of Texas Karate Institute both agree on the fact that they are very pleased they held this event at the recently opened PSA Murphy location. Guimbellot informed that they had requested a reservation at PSA Plano for the annual event, but that location was already booked. PSA contacted them when PSA Murphy opened suggesting this location as a venue. Guimbellot says this has been such a good experience they have already booked the next two Southern Karate Championships here. This event is always held in November.
Approximately 500 competitors, ages three years old and older, attended this one day event. This is an open martial arts contest incorporating Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, Kenpo, Katas and sparring competitions. Mason reports that competitors were mostly from the north Texas area but they had some travel from Laredo and West, Texas.
The Southern Karate Championship is a statewide competition and the last qualifying tournament before the state tournament. Texas Karate Institute is located at 1974 Nantucket Dr.in Richardson. It was established in 1962 and is the oldest karate school in Texas.
Annual Toy Drive at Fire Deparment Adds a Pancake Perk
MURPHY (November 22, 2013) Winners in the Keep Murphy Beautiful (KMB) recycling poster and digital mascot contests were announced by Mayor Eric Barna at the City Council meeting of Nov. 19, according to Candy McQuiston, Customer Service Manager and member of the Murphy Green Team.
"We were elated to get 30 entries in the poster and digital mascot contests. Contest rules limited the poster contest entrants to Murphy students in Kindergarten through fifth grades, and the digital mascot contest to Murphy students in sixth through tenth grades. All in all, we were very pleased with the number of entrants in the two contests. And we will definitely bring it back next year," she said.
The poster contest revolved around students demonstrating what recycling meant to them, while the digital mascot contest challenged students to come up with a type of superhero or eye-catching mascot that would champion the message of recycling for the year.
"Both the winning poster and the winning mascot will be converted to vehicle wraps and placed on the sides of the CNG recycling truck that Progressive Waste Solutions has put into service in Murphy. It will be a daily reminder to recycle, but also a testament to the creativity of our young people," said McQuiston.
Progressive Waste Solutions, the City’s trash and recycling contractor, sponsored the competition and underwrote the cost of the prizes. The company introduced two CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) powered trucks into their fleet recently, decreasing both the use of fossil fuels and the generation of carbon monoxide.
Winning second place in the poster contest was Murphy resident Daphne Durr, 8, a third-grader at Whitt Elementary School. Daphne was awarded a certificate signed by the Mayor. And, the second place winner in the digital mascot competition was Hamza Muhammad, 12, a seventh grader at Murphy Middle School. He was also awarded a certificate signed by the Mayor.
The first place winner in the poster contest was Murphy resident Dawson Durr, 9, a fourth-grader from Whitt Elementary School. Dawson was awarded a $100 gift card along with a certificate signed by the Mayor. Winning the digital mascot contest was Cedric Zhou, 11, a sixth-grader from Murphy Middle School. Cedric won a mini IPad as well as a certificate signed by the Mayor.
An independent panel of judges made the final decisions on the winners, and each entrant was awarded a T-shirt for their participation.
"We’re extremely proud of the winners as well as those who entered but were not chosen. We want to make this an annual activity so that the wraps on the CNG truck reflect the annual winning entries. Our thanks go to Progressive Waste Solutions and to the teachers, principals and parents who helped bring our contest to life," added McQuiston.
City Council Nov. 19th Meeting Summary
Donors on Saturday, Dec. 7 get flapjacks by donating a toy
MURPHY (November 22, 2013) While it’s universally accepted that giving is its own reward, the Murphy Fire Dept. will sweeten the deal this year with a flapjack or two to donors at their annual toy drive, according to Fire Chief Mark Lee.
"Our annual toy drive benefits the kids at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, and every year we count on the generosity of Murphy residents to bring us toys out of the goodness of their hearts. And, every year, they get our sincerest thanks along with the knowledge that they’re brightening up a child’s Christmas. This year, we’re going to show our appreciation by providing a pancake breakfast to these generous donors," he said.
Donors who bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Murphy Fire Station, 206 North Murphy Road, on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. are invited to enjoy a pancake breakfast in the station’s south bay. Firefighters and paramedics will be preparing and serving the pancakes and expressing their appreciation for the donation. Cash donations of any amount dedicated to the toy drive will also be accepted and monetary donors are similarly invited to share in the breakfast.
"We’ve been thinking about how we can show these people our appreciation for helping us bring a little cheer to kids at the center, and we figured we would do something we know how to do and are comfortable doing. So far, no one has ever complained about our pancakes, so we figured this would be a good way to show how much we appreciate their participation," he said.
Coffee and juice will also be served during the breakfast.
The annual toy drive continues until Monday, Dec. 9 and donors may drop off a toy at the station anytime until that day. Presentation and delivery of the toys to the center will occur later that week.
"And, we’re fairly certain that a certain jolly gift-giver in a red suit and white beard will also show up at the breakfast to greet our guests," added the Chief.
Blockbuster to Close
Regular Meeting of the Murphy City Council
City of Murphy Municipal Building
206 N. Murphy Rd., Murphy, Texas
6 p.m. Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Eric Barna. Members present included Mayor Pro Tem Owais Siddiqui, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Ben St. Clair, Council members Betty Nichols Spraggins, Bernard Grant and Rob Thomas. Council member Scott Bradley was not present.
Mayor Barna led the prayer and Pledge of Allegiance.
Resident Dennis Koleber addressed Council and expressed his displeasure with the height of the pampas grass growing in the median along South Murphy Road.
Resident and Chairman of the Exchange Club Marv Williams thanked the Council for their service and announced that the Exchange Club would be gathering signatures and notes on Christmas cards to send to the area Veterans Hospital during the Christmas in the Park event.
Resident Ruth Murphy asked Council to consider either rebuilding or reinforcing the retaining wall constructed between her property and the neighborhood park in her area. Erosion of the wall has caused rainwater to pool in her property.
Resident Ryan Sullentrup spoke to Council regarding the zoning request change within the Timbers neighborhood scheduled for later in the meeting, asking that Council members take the wishes of the residents into consideration before allowing what he termed radical changes to the character of that community.
Mayor Barna and Customer Service Manager and Chair of the Murphy Green Team Candy McQuiston co-presented the awards to the winners of the Keep Murphy Beautiful Recycling Poster and Digital Mascot contests. Many of the school-aged children who entered the contest were present at the meeting and were asked to stand for a photo with the Mayor. Following the photo, Mayor Barna revealed the winners as:
Recycling poster second place -- Daphne Durr, winner of a certificate signed by the Mayor
Recycling poster first place -- Dawson Durr, winner of a $100 gift card and a certificate signed by the Mayor
Digital Mascot second place -- Hamza Muhammad, winner of a certificate signed by the Mayor
Digital Mascot first place -- Cedric Zhou, winner of a mini-iPad and a certificate signed by the Mayor
The poster and digital mascot will be converted to vehicle wraps and placed on the sides of the new CNG recycling truck to be unveiled by Progressive Waste Solutions. As the 25 or so contest entrants who attended the meeting departed, they were presented with a T-shirt for their participation.
The following items on the consent agenda were passed unanimously:
Minutes from the November 5, 2013 Regular City Council meeting.
Item: Hold a public hearing and consider and/or act on the application of Elevate Church to re‐plat 701 E. FM 544.
Action: Director of Community and Economic Development Kristen Roberts presented this item and briefed Council on the rationale behind the staff recommendation. The public hearing was opened, but there were no speakers on this item. Following the closure of the public hearing, the Council approved this application unanimously.
Item: Consider and/or act on the application of Elevate Church to revise the site plan of 701 E. FM 544.
Action: Ms. Roberts presented this item. After brief Council consideration, the item was passed unanimously.
Item: Hold a public hearing and consider and/or act on the application of Ann B Pierce, Gabriel Kiros and Tiruwork Abraha requesting to approve a change in zoning from SF‐20 (Single Family 20 Residential) Development to PD (Planned Development) District for a SF‐9 (Single Family 9 Residential) Development and PD requirements on approximately 14 acres of property located southwest of FM 544 and east of and adjacent to south Maxwell Creek Road.
Action: Ms. Roberts presented this item and briefed Council on the application’s details. A representative of the applicant also spoke to Council and made an extensive presentation on the application. Following that presentation, the Mayor opened the public hearing. Several residents of the areas adjoining the applicant's tract approached Council and expressed their opposition to the application, citing the size of the proposed lots, the height of the homes planned for the development and traffic concerns. After some discussion with Council, the representative for the applicant withdrew the application. Council accepted the withdrawal and took no further action on the item. Mayor Barna offered to meet with the developer and the residents to facilitate the search for a compromise.
Item: Hold a public hearing and consider and/or act on amending Murphy Code of Ordinances: Chapter 28 Development Standards, Article II Fencing, Walls and Screening; and Chapter 70 Subdivisions, Article II Procedures, Section 70 ‐ 35 to amend the requirements for final plat approval.
Action: This item had been discussed by Council extensively at a previous work session. As a result, the item passed unanimously with minimal comment.
Item: Consider and/or act on amending Chapter 30, Code of Ordinances, to regulate the sale and possession of e‐cigarette products.
Action: City Manager James Fisher presented this item, and assured Council that the amendment to the ordinance was written very specifically to address the sale of these products to minors. Council members expressed an interest in discussing the broader issue of smoking in public places at a separate meeting next Spring. Council approved the amendment unanimously.
Item: Consider and/or act upon a resolution casting votes for the position of Board of Director for the Central Appraisal District of Collin County.
Action: Mr. Fisher presented this item. Council members expressed an interest in learning more about the candidates, bio, reason to serve, and/or qualifications. Mr. Fisher pledged to research the description of duties and report back to Council at a later meeting. Council deferred action on this item pending more information.
Item: Discuss and provide an update on traffic control devices used in the closure of Grant Road at the Murphy city limit.
Action: Mr. Fisher and Fire Chief Mark Lee presented this item to Council and answered several questions regarding the reliability of an electronic system, the ease of using a manual override of an electronic gate, and several other options for ensuring safe and quick passage of emergency vehicles between Murphy and Sachse. After some additional discussion, Council asked staff to look into options regarding the planting of a permanent landscape barrier or possibly installing a gate. Staff was further directed to have this back before City Council on the Jan. 21 agenda for consideration. No action was required of Council.
Item: Consider and/or act on an exception to the Alcohol Policy for the Murphy Community Center for the Board and Commission Appreciation Dinner scheduled for Thursday, December 12, 2013.
Action: Mr. Fisher presented this item. He explained that alcohol was not allowed on the premises of the MCC on weekdays and Sundays, and an exception was necessary for the Thursday evening reception honoring volunteer members of Boards and Commissions. Council asked for some background on the rationale, and asked former City Council member John Daugherty (who was in attendance at the meeting) for some history. Some Council members expressed an interest in revisiting the rule. Council passed the exception with Deputy Mayor Pro Tem St. Clair voting in opposition.
Item: Consider and take action, if any, on a request for the institution of an Over 65 Tax Freeze.
Action: Mr. Fisher briefed Council on this item. Following brief comments, no action was taken by Council.
City Manager Report
The City Manager briefed Council on the following topics:
North Murphy Road Construction Update
Thanksgiving Holiday – City Hall Closed ‐ November 28 & 29
Christmas in the Park – December 5
Board and Commission Celebration Dinner – December 12
Employee Luncheon – December 18
The Council adjourned the meeting at 8:28 p.m.
NOTE: This is an unofficial summary of the regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Murphy held on November 18, 2013. This summary is not intended to replace or substitute for the official minutes of the meeting. The City of Murphy makes no legal claim to the accuracy or legality of this summary. This summary is for informational purposes only. A packet containing the agenda along with details on the items listed on the agenda can
be obtained by contacting the City Secretary's office.
By Karen Chaney
Blockbuster, located at 170 E. FM 544, Suite 112, is one of the four oldest businesses in Murphy. Fantastic Sams, Subway, O Donuts and Blockbuster all opened for business in 2000.
Unfortunately Blockbuster is in the process of closing their store. November 14
th they opened their doors for the going out of business sale. Quite a few customers were on hand on this date purchasing discounted DVDs and blue rays, some purchased store fixtures.
“Blockbuster, which had more than 9,000 retail stores across America just nine years ago, is closing the few hundred video-rental stores that it still has, the company’s owner, Dish Network, said on Wednesday in a bittersweet but long-expected announcement. Dish, which acquired Blockbuster through a bankruptcy auction in 2011, after the retailer had already been crushed by digital video distributors like Netflix, said it still saw value in the brand name and would use it in limited ways. But it will close all Blockbuster locations — it says there are about 300 left — and the distribution centers that support its DVD-by-mail service, which is also being dismantled.” (NYTimes.com Nov. 6 2013)