ELECTIONS & Your Elected Officials

In this highly emotional pre-election season, let us remember that it is WE THE PEOPLE who are in charge. Our Vote is our Voice. Elected representatives are only as good as the citizen input they receive from us to help craft legislation, or influence other state agencies into action that produces good results for the citizens.

I have friends in other parts of the metro area, and other parts of Texas that complain they NEVER have an opportunity to meet in person with the elected official that is supposed to be representing them. This side of Fort Worth has some very active citizens groups, neighborhood  and business associations, and social organizations that regularly host our elected officals at their meetings. They get asked tough questions. These groups hold representatives accountable.

Here are two events hosted by 2 elected representatives to provide factual information on city and state plans that will most definately affect your life.

ATTEND a meeting. Voice your concerns and provide a suggestion for improvement.


Gyna Bivens, District 5: Saturday, September 15, 9:00am
at Handley United Methodist Church.

Nicole Collier, State District 95: Thursday, September 20, 6:00pm
at the Bradley Center.


Visit this link for more information on how to register to vote in the November elections.

“Feed The Heroes Day”  Saturday Sept.15

The Handley Masonic Lodge #1140 at 2501 Pollard St. is proudly hosting a “Feed The Heroes Day”, this Saturday 9/15/18 from 08:00 am to 11:00 pm. We would be honored to have all First Responders (Police, Fire, Ambulance, Homeland Security, etc..) who would like to come enjoy a free meal to stop by anytime during the hours listed for the meals.

Breakfast will be: Breakfast Burritos, Biscuits and Gravy from 08:00 am to 10:30 am.

Lunch will be: Hamburgers, French Fries and Dessert from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Supper will be: Tacos, Rice, Beans, Mexican Salad, Salsa and Desserts from 4:30 pm to 11:00 pm.


If you are a First Responder and hungry please stop by and have some food on us. It doesn’t matter if you are on duty or off duty. Feel free to stop by and join us!

Handley Lodge will also have an open house for anyone who would like to visit our Lodge and learn more about what Masons are on Saturday 9/15/18 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

We will be having popcorn and drinks for anyone who wants to stop by and visit! Maybe some desserts too!



Public invited to provide input on transportation

Residents can learn about a proposal to improve bicycle-pedestrian access through the heart of Dallas-Fort Worth and other transportation-focused efforts during a public meeting on Sept. 19.

North Central Texas Council of Governments staff will present information about the progress of a Fort Worth-to-Dallas regional bicycle-pedestrian trail network and the Cotton Belt trail; discuss transit projects regarding the Urbanized Area Formula, enhanced mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities, and bus and bus facilities that have been funded by the Federal Transit Administration; report on initiatives related to automated vehicles and transportation and air quality planning; present an update on the new Public Participation Plan, which will incorporate new legislative requirements and the increasing role of video in public input opportunities; and highlight information related to modifications to the list of funded projects, electric vehicle incentives, the Regional Smoking Vehicle Program and AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine.

The public meeting will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at North Richland Hills Library, 9015 Grand Ave, North Richland Hills.

FWISD one of top 2 Texas urban districts in year-to-year positive gains

Posted Aug. 23, 2018 – Mayor Betsy Price joined Superintendent Kent Scribner and board member Anael Luebanos at the I.M. Terrell Academy as the new school year began.

The Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) leads most major urban school districts in accountability gains, according to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). In fact, FWISD is touted by TEA as one of two top districts in Texas in year-to-year positive growth.

“Four years ago, we had 24 IR or ‘improvement required’ campuses. On Wednesday, we learned we have 11. We’ve reduced the number of IR campuses by more than half,” said Superintendent Kent Scribner. “What we’re doing is working and we must stay the course.”

Forty-two percent of Fort Worth ISD schools received letter grades of A or B under the new A-F accountability system that will be fully implemented next year. And, 75 percent of FWISD campuses earned a letter grade of A, B or C.

Five struggling campuses that were reconstituted as “leadership academies” — Mitchell Boulevard Elementary, John T. White Elementary, Como Elementary, Logan Elementary and Forest Oak Middle School — were rated Improvement Required at the beginning of the last school year. Two of those schools — Logan and White — faced closure. However, all five leadership academies will be rated “met standard,” many seeing double-digit gains in reading and math.

Fort Worth ISD has seen positive growth among its highest-achieving campuses, as well.

“We have 10 campuses that will have Met Standard at the A level,” Scribner said.

Additionally, FWISD saw an increase of 8 percentage points in students passing grade 3 reading.

“Having more students passing is the first step in moving all students to reading at grade level,” Scribner said, referencing the district’s goal of 100X25FWTX, an initiative that aspires to have all third-grade students reading at or above grade level by 2025. This is part of the Read Fort Worth collective impact movement, led by Mayor Betsy Price, BNSF Chairman Matt Rose and Scribner.


Higher water bills attributable to higher temperatures

Posted Sept. 12, 2018 – Fort Worth water utility customers used more water during this summer’s intense heat in an effort to keep their lawns looking nice.

The long stretch of 100-degree-plus days without rain in July and August has meant increased water use that is now being reflected on customers’ latest bills. Those bills have the water utility fielding a higher number of calls than usual for this time of year.

But after checking, the bills are accurate. Customers likely used more water attempting to maintain their lawns and landscapes during the intense heat.

Water use this summer has rivaled the record-setting amount used in 2011, the last time North Texas experienced several consecutive days of extreme high heat. That year still holds the record, but 2018 has come close, despite Fort Worth’s population increase of about 125,000 people.

The utility credits conservation efforts by Fort Worth residents for the lower water use.

“The reason the 2011 historical water usage record was not exceeded this summer is primarily due to water efficiency improvements and conservation initiatives implemented by our customers,” said Water Director Chris Harder.

Of the top 30 water-use days this year, 27 were in July and August and three were in June.

Residents used the most water ever on Aug. 3, 2011, when the utility provided 367.98 million gallons of water, nearly 12 million gallons more than the top day this year. Fort Worth also supplies water to 30 other cities and entities.

Here are the top 10 days of water use in 2018:

July 25. 356.16 million gallons.

July 21. 355.54 million gallons.

July 19. 352.78 million gallons.

July 26. 352.50 million gallons.

July 22. 349.50 million gallons.

Aug. 4. 343.49 million gallons.

July 18. 341.71 million gallons.

July 28. 339.29 million gallons.

Aug. 1. 339.10 million gallons.

Aug. 5. 337.17 million gallons.

Learn more about saving water in the landscape and in your home.

$25 million in free health care services offered to Fort Worth residents


Free mobile multi-specialty clinics will offer medical, surgical, dental, eye care and other critical services.

About 2,000 health care professionals and volunteers will operate a no-cost medical and dental mobile hospital in Fort Worth Sept. 19-21. An estimated $25 million in free health-related services will be offered to noninsured and underinsured residents at Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave.

The free clinic runs from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 19-20 and from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 21.

The event is organized by Your Best Pathway to Health, a humanitarian service of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, in cooperation other sponsoring entities.

Free onsite services include minor surgical procedures under IV sedation, such as small hernia repair, small mass excisions, cystoscopy, hysteroscopy and others. Major surgeries such as hysterectomies, gall bladder removal, larger hernia repairs and others will be performed at Texas Health Huguley Hospital. Cataract services are also planned.

Other free onsite services include primary care visits; women’s health services, including pap smears and mammography; consultation by medical specialists, including heart evaluation, gastroenterology, neurology, pulmonology, rheumatology, infectious disease, general and orthopedic surgery, and pediatrics; podiatry services; immunizations; root canals, crowns, fillings, extractions and dental cleaning; pharmacy; eyeglass fittings and examinations; STD screenings; medical massage and physical therapy; x-rays; laboratory services; attorney services; financial counseling; chaplaincy services; and a free meal.

Services will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. No insurance and no identification are required. No appointment is necessary, other than for major surgical procedures, which require pre-surgery visits. To schedule surgical procedures, call 423-641-6830 as soon as possible.

For general information, call-682-250-0058.

View draft recommendations prepared by Race and Culture Task Force

Over the next several weeks, residents can learn about proposed recommendations related to race and culture in Fort Worth at a series of open houses:

  • Sept. 24, University Christian Church,
    2720 S. University Drive.
  • Sept. 27, Police Department Sixth Division Headquarters, 8755 N. Riverside Drive.
  • Oct. 1, Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods,
    818 Missouri Ave.
  • Oct. 4, Southwest Regional Library,
    4001 Library Lane.
  • Oct. 8, Diamond Hill Community Center,
    1701 N.E. 36th St.
  • Oct. 11, University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. South.


Each meeting will last from 6-8 p.m. There will be s short video and presentation about the task force’s work so far. Each of seven committees will have a table so that residents can learn about the recommendations and ask questions. Committee members and city staff members will be stationed at each table.

Residents may also submit comments and questions via email.

The subcommittees have been meeting to study racial equity and bias in several areas: criminal justice, economic development, education, health, housing, municipal governance and transportation. Committees have formulated 23 recommendations for possible presentation to the City Council later this year.

About the task force

In 2017, the City Council appointed a task force to advise on issues related to race and culture in Fort Worth. Co-chairs are Rosa Navejar (presiding co-chair), Lillie Biggins, Rabbi Andrew Bloom and Bob Ray Sanders.

The task force was asked to engage Fort Worth residents in a series of healthy conversations about race and culture, draw conclusions from these conversations and make recommendations to the City Council. The task force will also review findings of a study on disparities in how municipal services are provided, then advise councilmembers on a strategy to promote racial and cultural equity.

You are invited to
Wednesday Night Summer Series

 7 P.M., June – August

Theme: "Important Questions of our Time"

 August 1 "Does the Bible have any credible
answer to evolution?"

 August 8 "What does it mean to be 'saved'?"

 August 15 "What's wrong with wanting religion
to satisfy individual taste?"

 August 22 "Do Christians want to legislate morality?"

 August 29 "Does it matter when life begins?"

No contributions taken on Wednesday evenings

A staffed nursery is provided


Renee Higginbotham-Brooks

5601 Bridge Street, Suite 300, Fort Worth, TX 76112

(817) 334-0106 office


email: brooks99@sbcglobal.net

Over 30 years experience in:

• Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death

• Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney

• Probate Administration


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