Celebrity dance concert fundraiser set
Monitor Staff Reports
TOOL-Alternative rock and roll is coming to Tool with a live
concert from an up and coming band out of Fort Worth. An
added feature is autograph signing with the “Dina Garcia”
character from Disney’s Shake It Up hit television dance
series, played by Plano resident Ainsley Bailey.
The SWAGS, a group gaining notoriety at fundraisers and
special events performing obscure music from popular music
groups, like The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob
Dylan, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Bruce Springsteen and Tom
Petty, are joining with the Log Cabin Swingers to revitalize
interest in dance. Part of their popularity with audiences
is the way the band engages the audience by inviting
audience members to join them in a number of their songs
with singing and dancing.
A dance concert fundraiser is set for 2-5 p.m., Sunday, Jan.
22 at Promenade Hall in Tool. The featured performers are
related to a Log Cabin Swingers member and will perform in
an effort to build the dance club’s membership in the Cedar
Creek Lake area.
“We’ve chosen songs with a retro sound and a positive
message you can dance to,” vocalist Pete Gargiulo told The
Monitor. The SWAGS also perform some of their original
music, as well as songs from a newer generation, such as
“Good To Be Is…” by Backyard Fire Tire.
Though playing as a group for only a little more than a
year, The Swags were recently listed as 46 on the rock chart
for Fort Worth.
Made up of an active group of professionals ages 40-50, the
five-member band offers a combination of alternative country
and rock-n-roll that’s been dubbed “rock-try.”
When he’s not playing guitar and songwriting, Gargiulo is an
executive with JHP Pharmaceuticals, joining him as
songwriters in the group are rhythm guitar player and lead
vocalist Warren Cook, who is a creative director with
Jamison Advertising Group and lead guitarist/background
vocals Mike Terry, a Lockheed-Martin executive. Keeping the
band tight are drummer Steve Pierce, an executive with BNSF
railroad, and bass player/background vocals Curt Rode is an
English professor with Texas Christian University.
Video clips of their performances may be viewed at
Actress Ainsley Bailey has appeared in six episodes of the
popular dance show Shake It Up, and comes from the Disney
film set to support the fundraiser. Bailey was recognized
while attending a Malakoff Football game this past season,
and saw the Jan. 22, dance concert as an opportunity to meet
with fans of the show and pass out signed photographs.
Concert organizer Cedar Creek Lake resident Clifton Peach
hopes her attendance will attract young people and their
families to an afternoon of music, dance and fun.
“We’re also going to have a few numbers or “tips” that will
introduce people to the fun of square dancing,” Peach said.
“There will be something for everyone.”
Tickets are on sale at the door for $5. Ample parking is
also available at Promenade Hall, located on State Highway
274 in Tool. As always, Promenade Hall is a smoke-free
environment and non-alcoholic refreshments and snacks will
program receives $7,500
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Mabank High School’s Career & Technical Automotive
Program was recently awarded a $7,500 grant from the
The funds will assist in the purchase of a paint booth to
not only expand the restoration program but also assist in
providing engaging, hands-on instruction allowing students
the opportunity to learn restorative skill sets that will
assist them in their chosen careers and promote their
participation in local area car shows.
Collectors Foundation is an educational grant-making
organization funded by collector vehicle and classic boat
enthusiasts to serve youth development and the long-term
interests of the collector vehicle and classic boat
For more information about the Foundation, go to
For more information about MHS’s Automotive Program, contact
Leonard Eason, Automotive Instructor, or Shela Koskelin,
Career & Technical Coordinator, at (903) 880-1600.
Taxes due January 31 without incurring
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–Kaufman County Tax Assessor-Collector Dick Murphy
wants to make sure everyone’s tax season is as merry as it
can be. And that means avoiding penalties.
Murphy stresses that county residents should be sure they
receive their annual tax statements, as missed statements
are the number one reason people get penalized for late
“People need to know if they don’t get a tax statement, they
need to call us and find out why,” Murphy said.
“If you don’t get a tax statement, it doesn’t mean you don’t
have to pay.”
Even if the taxpayer did not get a notice, a 7 percent late
penalty as of Feb. 1, remains.
According to Murphy, there are several reasons why a
statement may not have been delivered.
Some statements are returned by the post office because of
bad addresses. In other cases, a county resident’s property
taxes may have been paid by a mortgage company for years.
When the mortgage is paid off, the tax office may not have
the property owner’s mailing address.
“Sometimes it can be the silliest of things that causes
problems,” Murphy said. For instance, several years ago one
statement went out to an address in San Diego, Texas, near
Corpus Christi but the zip code was for San Diego, Calif.
It was returned to the tax office, the zip code changed and
mailed again. In another case, a street in the Heartland
subdivision in the western portion of the county had the
same name as a street in Forney. The developers changed the
street name but the tax office didn’t find out about it. If
the taxes aren’t paid, then the statements go to the
county’s law firm for collection.
Notices were mailed out Oct. 6, 2011, and should have been
If a county resident has not received a tax statement, they
should call the tax office at (972) 932-0288 or go to
to find the amount of the tax bill.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
in Seven Points
in dire need of a good home.
Please call or stop by the Humane Society today
and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
is located on
10220 County Road 2403 in Seven Points.
For more information, please call
(903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
information visit our website at