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West Plano People (Newspaper) - July 29, 2005, Dallas, Texas NEIGHBORS Algerian travels back to Piano circa 1880 3A REAL ESTATE West Piano home prices on the rise 9A 5 GnTtvtwSKfrt 00 J V ADC 752 11 BV12120 SOUTHWEST MICROPUBLISHING 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 FRIDAY JULY 29 20O5 PAPERSCOM VOL 2 ISSUE 3O ONE QUARTER H Whats in a Street Name Developers take poetic license to create West Piano identity ji ui tin sxi n SIXSHOOTER LANE One of the more interesting groupings of names is near Custer Road and Spring Creek Parkway where each street is namedafter a pistol or rifle such as a Ruger handgun or Sako a German sniper rifle By Allen Houston Staff Writer St Andrews Court Walden and Royal Palm are street names that resonate at the core of West Pianos identity and all of them were the invention of Piano resident Bill Shaddock Mr Shaddock was the devel oper for many West Piano neighborhoods such as The Creeks of Willow Bend Willow Bend Polo Estates Willow Bend North Willow Bend Estates Willow Bend Place Kings Court and Castle Myer I spend a lot of time think ing about street names because they are so important Mr Shaddock said A good street name can create a mental image for the homebuyer Developers are the ones responsible for coming up with street names that build identity and add zest to a neighborhood He or she sub mits a list of proposed names to the city of Piano engineer ing department After that the list goes to the fire department where it is vetted to make sure that none of the streets sound too similar to existing streets Its a publicsafety issue in case there is a fire said Charles Alexander mapping and information technology specialist for the city There are a few exceptions such as when Armstrong Street was changed to Independence Parkway for the US Bicentennial or when See NAME Page 7A Artist Creates 1 Doubles Piano woman decorates shells of human form By April Myane Special Contributor West Piano resident Carolina Robinson isnt your ordinary artist Bom and raised in Bogota Columbia she moved to the United Slates shortly after her daughter was born 10 years ago and she didnt pick up a paintbrush until two years ago I really enjoy the body cast ings They are an appreciation for the female form Carolina Robinson West Piano artist I was surprised to find out that I was good at art she said And surprised that peo ple would pay money for my work Mrs Robinsons makeshift studio in her dining room is full of bright colorful paint ings sketchbooks and her most recent project body castings Body castings are taken from the mold of a persons body after theyve been cov ered in Vaseline and Plaster of Paris The castings on the table in her study are of female bodies from neck to mid thighs Ms Robinson has the model lay down arms above her See BODY Pnge 7A IllOTO IONMK KlilCKSOX TURNING THE CORNER Parker Norris of the Wild Dawgs cuts upfield during recent sixthgrade Piano Sports Authority football action The Wild Dawgs beat the HP Scots 470 PSA Offers Indoor War Arena football latest offering from sports organization By Scott Farreli Sports Editor Its a midsummers night at the Piano Sports Authority StarCenter and the place is jumping And shooting And spiking And skating And hitting and tackling Tucked into a corner of the giant indoor warehouselike StarCenter behind the Plexiglass walls that sur round the field theres an indoor war going on Its a scaleddown version of arena football that hybrid sport that planted roots in the area five years ago Arena football for second through seventhgraders Have youth sports gone too far Not in the eyes of the more than 300 players who dash up arid down the 50 yard field three nights a week The league is an extension of the PSAs outdoor leagues that will start anew this fall Its the only youthdivision arena football league in the country said PSA sports director Mike Kramer A sponsorship by the Dallas Desperados of the professional Arena Football League helped start theleague one of 17 sports PSA offers We talked to them when we built the PSA StarCenter MrlKramersaid They loan us the pads the equip ment and the dasherboard pads we use in the games They put on clinics for the kids and the players make appearances to help out The league is capped at28 teams in See FOOTBALL Page 7A Wet Cats Driven in the Water Team has 23 nationally ranked swimmers By Tramese Andrews Special Contributor The splash of the water and bang of a pistol are familiar sounds to the Piano Wet Cats a masters swim team made up of about 160 adults ages 19 to 70 that practices at Oak Point I Center Coached by Bob Solovv this diverse group ol men and women come together to com pete in national and world events and just to stay in shape Sometimes its frustrating as a coach when theyre not train ing for anything and just want to stay in shape They are all here for different reasons and you have to respect that Mr Solovv said during a recent afternoon practice The Wet Cats have three chances to practice each day at am am or noon Their practices usually last an hour swimming 3500 yards a session 1 swim to stay in ihnjv It1 just so much fun and 1 love the water said Patricia Huesca originally from Mexico and a former college swimmer The Wet Cats have been around for 20 years They have Sec WET CATS Imc 10A Yoga in the Young House FINDING YOUR ZEN Dr Jayne DiqbyNew teaches a Hatha Yoga class on Saturday mornings in the Young House at the Heritage Farmstead Museum READER POLL Last weeks question Do you prefer watching movies on DVD at home rather than going to a theater This weeks question Do you approve of President Bushs nominee to the Supreme Court Judge John Roberts Vote online peoplenewspaperscom WEATHER Partly Cloudy II94F L074F Partly Cloudy HI98F L079F Clear HI97F L075F
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