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McAllen Monitor (Newspaper) - July 27, 2015, McAllen, TexasThe 1VÍ0NITOR MONDAY, JULY 27, 2015 About athletes Artist's realistic spiirts portraits come to life in latest exhibit. Page 1C 1 vMa L Easing the jath for restaurant start-ups McAllen offering free building inspections prior to lease BY KRISTEN MOSBRUCKER STAFF WRITER McAI.l.l-,N — Mfirr than a dozen eager entrefireneiirs (■rammed in a confereiKC ro(»m inside th.e ttis|)aiiic (diaml)er of Oimnierce Rio (irande Valley on a week day morning while eiiy stall outlined (lie easiest roa.d for potential restaurant owners whether they build a custoin suite, move into an existing sp'aee or lira rich out into the mobile food truck scene, "It's very important that your grease trap is the right siz.e for your reslaurant,’' cautioned Aaron Sala/ar, environmental health specialist with the city ol McAllen. A grease tra¡) is teelinit ally called a grease interceptor, and it blocks particles like oils and food hits from being dumped into the wastewater system: at once so water treat ■ ment plants don’t overflow. lor example, a small food stand may need only 100 gallon grease trap, l)ut a full-service Mexican restaurant may need ujiwards of 1,000 gallons to slay within the ordinance. Restaurant owners may request tem|>orarily relief because buying a larger grease trap can carry a liefty price tag, but penalties on water hills may range around $!,(M)0 per month. (Jty if>-spectors may send water samples to a laboratory for testing from any restaurant, hut fees may apply if too many particles are found in its wastewater, Some restaurants have been grandfatfiered in depending on the building history, so if a new owner wants SERVING THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY SINCE 1909 Bobbi Kristina dies f)aughicr of Whitnc*y I iousKííi imú Hobby Brown dies at 22. after seven months in a coma Page 7A | Nation Theater nonprofit opens second stage ^ monitor Lcom M^cAlten Development Review Guide. O See RESTAURANT | 7A Pharr group’s alternate venue to offer more personal experience BY EMILY SIDES STAFF WRITER Karma West by is set to play alongside her mother in "Lend Me A lenor," which Pharr Ojmimmiiy I heater leaders expect to 1m* perlornwd at their new, smaller stage, “Its a hilarious comt*tly," the IB-year-old girl said, with, w'hite paint splattered on her clothes as she look a break Ihursday. Westby alongside other volunteers helped remodel the theater at 213 W. Nevvcomhe Ave., behind Pharr (jty Hall. fhe nonprolit’s leaders expect their 33rd play will be performed on the'ir new. smaller stage — a 47-by*23-foot space that can accotnmodale alrout 40 people, tlown from the BO to 100 once seated! it its loniier theater at the old Carnahan Llemen- P! ■■mofiltof h«w«.oom Keep up to date with the Ftian Community Theater. Photos by Nathan Lainbrecht | nl8mbr«cht#themonitor.com Above, Pedro Garcia, artistic director for the Pharr Community Theater, draws up a floor plan for the new location Thursday in Pharr, At top, Karma Westby, 16, left, Gilbert Sepulveda and Hunter Poulton, 16, remodel the walls Thursday at the new location of the Pharr Community Theater in downtown Pharr. tary School, said Isidro U*rma, the theaters artistic director and non- profit’s director. "They’re a!most in tin.* audience’s lap so it’s a more intimate space for the ac tors and audience to engage in," 1 A*rina said. "It'll be ve:ry different than most theaters in the Valley.” City olhcials are leasing the space to the theater group lor $ I a year, hoping they will draw an audience and improve uccessihii-ity to the .irts tor local residents. '•'We’re h()f)ing with this second stage it’ll open doorways for See THEATER | 8A 75 CENTS DAILY Ram recall Lial ( hrysler to buy b;ick pickups after steering problems prompt ret all. Page 7AI Natton McAllen TEDx lineup 17 speakers picked for inaugural event BY DANIEL A. FLORES STAFF WRITER ILDxMcAHen. the October assemblage of speakers addressing the topic of "Breaking Borders,” have set its inaugural lineuj) alter fielding opt'ti submissions. IT'Dx is a global comnuinity of independenlly-assembledi events adhering to the strict blueprint imposed by it* par ent organization, I Id), ”wht*re ■fechnology', LnlerlainmenI and 1 )esigit ■ onverge,” accord ing to its website. rid) is also known for concise, IB-minute-or-Jess talks at invite-only conferences cost ing tens of thousands of dollars to alteiuf But it posts videos of the talks online, free for anyone to watch.. fhe organiziition was ere af(‘d more than three decades .ig(j and attiaits some -oí the wtjrld’s most influential minds. ilie literal border can be touchtsl in talks, hut fhe i (»m mittee hopes conversations will “address a greater metaphoric trorder that we are crossing as our region is expanding commer-< ially, technologically and culturally,,'' a.ccording to the ITd )xMcAJlen website, Sc*t to speak at Ih(* event are; » Sergio (diapa, a San Antonio based journalist who previously spent -even years at K(.Bl-lV as interactive editor. » Sam (jarcia, a local chitect ed in Mc.Ailen.    Tapi,a- » Nydia Gonzales lapia-iionzales, publisher of an online magazine about arr,liite(lii,re in the Chapa a local ar-ct interest- 1 urbanizing ^ See TEDx | 7AEdinburg seeks grant for police, fire communications upgradeFun(jing wouI(J provide nearly $23K for upgrade of responder’s radiosBY LORENZO ZAZUETA-CASTRO STAFF WRITER 1:1)1 NBtJRd — (jty lenders hope grant money will provide an extra layer of security tor police and fire radio coniniuriications. (aty council iiieiiilrers ap'- proved the grant application through the U.S. Department of justice and the L.dward Byrne M(*-tnorial justice Assistance (ñant Brog,rani, which, allocates funds to state and local jurisdictions for law enforcement programs, education and other resources. The gra,nt wiHitd provide city officials $22,829 to purchase software that would allow for the police department and some fire officials the ,at)i!ity to enc,rypl lhe,ir rad,ios. Hdinborg Dre Chief Shawn Snider, w'ho along with outgoing Police (Jiiel .Rolando Castaneda, have been looking to update their depart___ merits’ radio system Snider for .several years. Radios in use by the tire and police defiarimenis are now more than 10 years old, Snider said. .Edinburg, police already com- iiiunicaies its radios on digital channels, but adding encryption is a set iiniy stop helps officers from havmg the public, taw-abid-in,g or otherwise, listen to their tactical strategies. " I here was a point 10 years ago that re.illy nobody had the abitiry to scan W)0 meg.iliertz .radio frequencies ai It really wasn’t an issue — now along the border it has heroine more apparent that it is iniporla.nl for laivenfofcenie,rit to Life is •Online Bill Pay •P2P Transfers •Popnxjncy •Transfer Funds PWCwwe*»monttomews.com Millions tn federal emergency communications funding lost, diverted have radio Communications that does noi allow tlie ability for people to listen in.” Snider said. "The importance is that tlie strategy See' ED'INBUiRG | 7A TODAY’S WEATHER | 2A Mostly sunny, breezy HIGH 101 LOW 80 091 000 Mwt tw U4 btnfc    WW An AIM Media Texas Newspaper Vol. 106, No. 365 26 Pages. 3 Sections

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