NFL Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson Spearheads Giving Thanks Effort to Reward Student Leaders and Families in the Eastern Hills H.S. Pyramid

by Charles Hodges
FWISD Eastside Alliance Community Partnership

TCU Trustee and NFL Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson’s Team America partnered with Fort Worth ISD’s Eastern Hills High School and Albertsons/Tom Thumb to reward hundreds of EHHS pyramid families and student leaders with Thanksgiving meal kits. This annual Giving Thanks program moved to the EHHS campus this year in recognition of the school’s new year-round LT Leadership Program designed to form student leaders at the high school and middle school levels.

More than 100 volunteers, including Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, FWISD Superintendent Dr. Kent Scribner, school board trustees Tobi Jackson and Daphne Brookins, EHHS pyramid principals and staff, student volunteers, partners with

Tomlinson’s foundation, and LT himself worked throughout the morning and afternoon distributing meal packages to deserving students and their families.

The Giving Thanks with LT program is part of his signature social platform Team America. This community service initiative has delivered more than 30,000 turkeys and sides every year to the most deserving families in Southern California, where Tomlinson played football with the San Diego Chargers, and Tarrant County, where he played for Texas Christian University, since 2004.

Thank you to GreaterMeadowbrookNews photographer Lloyd Jones, who was the ONLY news outlet attending this event!

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Cooking for the holidays?
Defend your drains!

Posted Nov. 25, 2019

To avoid household and environmental damage as well as a costly plumbing bill, never put fats, oils and grease down the drain.

Fats, oils and grease come from meats, butters and margarine, lard, food scraps, sauces, salad dressings, dairy products and cooking oil. When these items go down the drain, it hardens and causes sewer pipes to clog. This can lead to a sanitary sewer overflow where raw sewage backs up into your home, lawn, neighborhood and streets.

Not only does this nasty mess cause health issues, it also can run into a nearby stream or river, which affects drinking water. If pipes become clogged from putting fats, oils and grease down the drain, it can be a very expensive problem to fix.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments provided tips for handling fats, oils and grease during the busy holiday cooking time:

  • Reuse fry oil by filtering and freezing it after it has cooled.
  • Small amounts of grease, such as meat drippings, can be soaked up with a paper towel and thrown into the trash. If you have a larger amount of grease, let it cool, then pour or scrape the solidifying grease into a sturdy closed-lid container, like a coffee can, and dispose of it in the trash.
  • Put oil and grease in covered collection containers.
  • Scrape food scraps from dishes into trash cans and garbage bags and dispose of the properly. Avoid using the garbage disposal.
  • Remove oil and grease from dishes, pans, fryers and griddles. Cool first before you skim, scrape or wipe off excess grease.
  • Don’t pour oil and grease down the drain. Don’t put food scraps down the drain.
  • Don’t rinse off oil and grease with hot water.


If you experience a sewer backup in your home, call the Fort Worth Water Department at 817-392-4477 before calling a plumber.

Visit the Defend your Drains North Texas website.

There will be no garbage service on Thanksgiving Day.

 Our normal garbage pickup day is on Thursday, our pickup will be shifted to Friday; Friday service slides to Saturday.

Normal pickup schedules resume the following Monday. All residents are allowed two extra bags of garbage next to the cart on their first pickup day following Thanksgiving.

The city’s four drop-off stations and the Environmental Collection Center will be closed Nov. 28-29 and reopen Saturday, Nov. 30.

Animal services

The Fort Worth Animal Shelter, 4900 Martin St., will be closed Nov. 28-29. PetSmart Adoption Centers will be closed Nov. 28 and reopen on Nov. 29.


All libraries will be closed Nov. 28-29. Regular hours resume Nov. 30.

GMN getting New Look for 2020

Dear Readers,

The GreaterMeadowbrookNews website will be undergoing a complete redesign for 2020, in order to provide you a more mobile-responsive website. It is a huge task, as the software used to create this site has become outdated/non-compliant and we need to use another coding method to build the pages that meets the new internet standards.

The site Analytics show that some pages have great readership, and a few pages have had only a few looks the entire year. Those low performing pages will be discontinued.

The EVENTS page will continue to be FREE to announce any community event you are hosting, and we will continue to post on Facebook. Email me the info!

Thank you for your continued support. The Editor, Kat Kroll

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