Plano Profile July 2011 : Page 22

panorama A day of remembrance A gentle breeze lessened the impact of an unseasonably warm May afternoon as more than 300 people, many former service members and many more with family or friends in the military, came to Plano’s Memorial Park to remember fallen heroes and mark another Memorial Day . It was the second year for the Sunset at Memorial Park Among the speakers taking part in this year’s service were: (above from left) retired Army Lt. Col. and Assistant Police Chief Ed Drain, former Air Force pilot and POW U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson, former city councilman and retired Navy Capt. Shep Stahel, and Plano Mayor Phil Dyer. Blue Star Mother Linda Vincze took part in the roll call ceremonies remembering each of the Plano servicemen honored at Memorial Park. 22 Plano Profile. COM July 2011

Around Town

Cindy Boykin

A day of remembrance<br /> <br /> A gentle breeze lessened the impact of an unseasonably warm May afternoon as more than 300 people, many former service members and many more with family or friends in the military, came to Plano’s Memorial Park to remember fallen heroes and mark another Memorial Day.<br /> <br /> It was the second year for the Sunset at Memorial Park Observance sponsored jointly by the Blue Star Mothers, Lone Star Chapter 6; the Casey Joyce All-America VFW Post 4380; and American Legion Harding- Blaine Post 321. The ceremonies opened with the traditional bagpiper and, as the sun set, concluded with taps and a rifle salute. In between, area residents remembered fallen loved ones like Planoite Casey Joyce killed at the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993 and so many others gone but not forgotten.<br /> <br /> A big step for Children’s...In its inaugural year, the Women’s Auxiliary serving Children’s Medical Center at Legacy has made huge strides. Auxiliary president Lisa Raskin is thrilled—and more than a little surprised—that their group of 200 women exceeded their fundraising goal by twice the targeted amount.<br /> <br /> They raised $50,000 to furnish and stock kitchenettes, named Nourishment Rooms, on the inpatient floors. These rooms will contain a refrigerator stocked with snacks such as Popsicles, Jell-O cups, and graham crackers. The rooms will also contain a microwave, ice machine, hot beverage dispenser, and other food preparation items. Many patients have extended stays in the hospital and the Nourishment Rooms allow family members to remain close to their child.<br /> <br /> The Women’s Auxiliary works closely with hospital administration to identify projects that will best serve the hospital’s needs.<br /> <br /> Raskin, who is a former president of the Junior League of Plano, Plano ISD Education Foundation member, and many other volunteer roles, said, “I am so honored to serve our community. I feel that each of us can make a difference, making our community stronger and better with each and every effort.”<br /> <br /> Asked why she decided to take on this new challenge, she answered, “Much of my work in the community has focused on children and women, and now that this tremendous hospital has opened in Plano, it was apparent that a direct link between the women of our community and the needs of ill children was all that was missing.<br /> <br /> “The Dallas Chapter of the Women’s Auxiliary has served Children’s for almost 50 years and provided a tremendous model for the Legacy Chapter’s inaugural year.”<br /> <br /> Building on success...Congratulations to Elite Remodeling for being named one of Remodeling magazine’s Big50 Class of 2011. The Big50 is considered by many as the remodeling industry’s Hall of Fame.<br /> <br /> Every May, Remodeling inducts 50 new companies who have set the standard for professionalism and integrity through customer satisfaction, smart marketing, exemplary business practices, unique design, and extraordinary impact on their community or the industry at large.<br /> <br /> “I am extremely humbled and proud that our company has been selected to the Big50 Class of 2011 and our industry’s Hall of Fame,” said John Todd, owner of Elite Remodeling. “I credit our team, our business partners, and, of course, our customers for their support as they are responsible for this high honor. It is a 100 percent team effort.”<br /> <br /> Elite Remodeling has a showroom and design center in Frisco.<br /> <br /> IPad winner... For signing up for our enewsletter, Dave Webers won a brand-new Apple iPad. Thanks to all of you who entered our drawing! Although the contest is over, our e-newsletter is just getting started, so sign up today at planoprofile.com.<br /> <br /> Gleeful...Hebron High School is one of only 10 schools in the nation selected to perform at the annual Thespian Festival, one of the highest honors a school can receive. June 20- 25, students from Hebron High School performed in front of thousands of their peers at the Lied Center of the Performing Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska. This was the first time HHS has been selected for this honor.<br /> <br /> The Educational Theater Association’s Thespian Festival 2011 is the largest of its kind in the world. Hebron High School staged a production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. “and the Most Entertaining Movie eater award goes to...” The newly revamped iPic theaters located in the Village at Fairview creates movie magic.<br /> <br /> Formerly Gold Class Cinemas, iPic theaters now offers even more conveniences and luxuries. Among them are online, reserved seat selection with two levels of seating to choose from; comfortable seating and personal service; a fully-stocked bar at Salt Lounge with billiards; and a complete menu of easy-to-eat, fresh food...like blackened mahi mahi with jalapeno pepper jelly and cantaloupe on sweet bread.<br /> <br /> Now you can watch those summer blockbusters in style! For more information, visit iPictheaters.com.<br /> <br /> Sweet dreams...New parents take home a special gift from the nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano—a wearable infant blanket designed to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).<br /> <br /> The wearable blankets, complete with instructions and Velcro tabs, are specifically designed to help take the guesswork out of swaddling and keep all fabrics away from the baby’s face and mouth. Having fabrics or any soft items near a baby’s mouth during sleep time can cause the baby to begin breathing in his or her own carbon dioxide. e blankets also have an embroidered “Back is Best” message, further encouraging placement of babies on their backs to sleep.<br /> <br /> Nursery supervisor Teri Rutherford, BSN, RNC, LRN, said, “We’ve always done SIDS education, but we wanted to take the next step and model the behavior for new parents. We think that if we show them how to do it in the hospital, there is more of a chance they will do it at home.”<br /> <br /> SIDS remains the leading cause of death among infants aged one to 12 months in the U.S. While the exact cause of SIDS remains unknown, cases dropped 53 percent from 1992 to 2001—during which time the government led a widespread public awareness campaign called “Back to Sleep.”<br /> <br /> Visit the American Academy of Pediatrics website for more information about infant safe sleep. For more information about Texas Health Plano, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.Org/Plano.<br /> <br /> Beyond the limit...As part of their grand opening celebration, the Limited in Stonebriar Town Centre donated a portion of their sales June 17- 19 to Dress for Success, a local charity that helps disadvantaged women find employment by providing work-appropriate clothing. the storefront charity, located in Valley View Mall, was also given a store makeover by The Limited personnel. —CINDY BOYKIN

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