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Trinity Habitat Blitz Build

XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation, in partnership with Trinity Habitat for Humanity, kicked off a week-long blitz build in downtown Fort Worth’s Sundance Square. The build  began Tuesday, March 3 and runs through Monday, March 9. This is the sixth year XTO employees will build a Habitat home in Sundance Square Plaza.

In keeping with the tradition of Habitat for Humanity, the family who will soon be the proud owners of this very special home will join the XTO volunteers in the blitz build. Mary Myers is raising her four granddaughters. She currently lives in the Fort Worth area.

“Three years ago I gained custody of my four granddaughters and my family size went from one to five almost overnight,” said Myers. “We look forward to partnering with Trinity Habitat. The end result will provide the girls with a yard to play in and stability. My older two granddaughters had never attended school before I gained custody, because they had moved around so much. I want to give all my granddaughters a place to call home.”

When finished, the house will be moved from Sundance Square, over to Greenlee street in East Fort Worth, near the other homes Habitiat built while President Jimmy Carter was here in October 2014. The development has nice new homes, and these houses made a huge difference on what was once a run-down block of old homes.

Proposed Scottish Inn Hotel Site:
City Council Votes March 3

ZC-14-171 goes before the City Council on March 3. Council Member Bivens will move to follow the Zoning Commission decision to deny the zoning request with prejudice for the Scottish Inn - however, to be on the safe side it is best if we can have the Red Shirts in the City Council meeting prepared & ready to voice opposition if needed.

If not attending, suggest you send in a comment card in opposition - see link.   http://www.fortworthgov.org/council_packet/create_council_agenda.asp

At the Zoning hearing we had 8 speakers & 20+ supporters in Red Shirts opposing this request. The Zoning Commission also received an abundance of opposition emails & denied this request for rezoning 9-0. This was a loud & clear opposition message to deny this request & we trust the City Council will abide by the Zoning Commission’s decision to deny with prejudice.  Suggest you arrive early to sign up to speak in opposition.

For more information, read the previous story on the archive page.

Breakfast Optimist Club
support Eastside Youth by hosting

Annual Spaghetti Supper, Tues. Mar. 3

FEBRUARY 25, 2015– Since 1963, the Breakfast Optimist Club of East Fort Worth has been bringing out the best in the youth of the Eastside through various projects aimed at helping them be the best that they can be, and by promoting Optimism as a way of life for people of all ages. Whether it is through their partnership with Lowrey Road Elementary School as part of the Fort Worth ISD’s Adopt-a-School program… or the Junior Optimist Clubs sponsored at Oakridge and Eastern Hills High Schools… or honoring outstanding high school students for their scholarship and community involvement through the Young Texan/Texanne program, East Fort Worth Optimists are working to build up our youth, and our Eastside community.

One of the signature events in East Fort Worth every year is the Annual Spaghetti Supper sponsored by the Breakfast Optimist Club of East Fort Worth. This years’ event will be held Tuesday, March 3rd from 5:00-7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall at Meadowbrook United Methodist Church, 3900 Meadowbrook Drive.

Although the Spaghetti Supper raises much-needed funds for the Optimist Club’s youth work, the event has evolved over its 45 years into an “East Fort Worth Homecoming”, where hundreds of residents, former residents, and their families gather once again on the Eastside to share a meal, memories, and renew bonds of love and friendship that grew and were nurtured in our Eastside neighborhoods, schools, churches, and athletic fields.

Mark your calendar for March 3rd  to join your friends and neighbors in this great Eastside tradition of good food and great fellowship.  Complimentary meal vouchers may be obtained from any Breakfast East Optimist member, 
or call
Bill Schwennsen at 817-457-8883.

 Politics 2015

Local politics 2015 update

It seems that questions raised by Greater Meadowbrook News have reverberated. Thanks to our readers the Tarrant Appraisal District information on Candidate for Fort Worth Independent School Board, District 2, has been published on social media and clearly shows that Joel Aguilar has his homestead exemption listed for his house in 76140. The rule for a homestead exemption is that it be the primary residence. Most of us who ask for the tax break live in the homes given the exemption. If not, we violate the intent of the law. The 76140 address is also not in District 2.

After the February 27th deadline for filing, we had two other candidates file for our local elections. Christene Moss drew an opponent for her District 3 School Board post. When Dennis Dunkins, who had filed, learned that in the redistricting he was no longer in the district, he withdrew, so Moss does not have an opponent.

We have been told that there is an effort to field a write in opponent for this spot. If that occurs we’ll let you know.

Gyna Bivens also wound up with a late filing opponent for her District 5 place on the Fort Worth City Council. His name is Bob Willoughby. To date I have not researched Mr. Willoughby, but will share information as I learn more.

It was a surprise to the community that Joel Boyd withdrew his name from consideration as the next superintendent of the Fort Worth Independent School District, but perhaps that is the best thing which could have happened. As we learned more and more about his performance in Santa Fe, he began to lose his luster as the head of our district. The board has ample time to do another search to fill the top spot. Our children, and those of us without children who still pay a stiff tax to educate the youngsters, want the best we can offer. An educated and secure work force is one major criterion attracting new business to any area.

We had sent a few of our concerns in email form to the members of the school board. It was a pleasant surprise for us to hear back from a majority of the members, but disappointing that the one who represents us was not one of them. In the redistricting, our precinct was placed in District 9, so we are not able to vote on the representatives for our East Fort Worth schools. We expected the courtesy of a reply from the one we supported.

In summary our local politicos and their races line up this way: District 4 has incumbent Danny Scarth facing Cary Moon. District 5 has two, Gyna Bivens the incumbent faces Bob Willoughby. The school board race has Tobi Jackson the incumbent, and Joel Aguilar and Reverend Sultan Cole as contestants. District 8 with Kelly Allen Gray as the incumbent, has an opponent in Sharon Masson-Brown.

Feb 24, 2015 –On a morning with a frozen landscape, and trying to be of some use, I took the time to check the election 2015 candidate filings. As of Monday morning February 23, we have one additional candidate who has filed for the District 2 school board race. He threw his hat in the ring on the 19th. This puts three contenders for this Eastside position.

Tobi Jackson is the incumbent with five years of experience to her credit. Reverend Sultan Cole was the second filer. We heard his views at a forum at Brentwood Oak Hills Neighborhood Association. He focuses on community involvement to make the schools look better and spoke of his reading program which is funded by the Fort Worth Independent School District.

The question is, if Cole should become a school board trustee can those funds still come to that program? This is a valid concern, and not a negative about Reverend Cole. We have learned that his wife is an employee of Fort Worth ISD.

The other candidate is Joel Aguilar. His occupation is listed as Principal. Principal of what? Is he a Principal of a corporation or of a school? On more investigating we find that he is a High School Principal. If he is the Principal of a school will he be able to keep his job?

 The position of school board trustee pays nothing so our board members are truly hard-working volunteers. One other point of confusion was his residency. The rule is a six month residency in the district for eligibility. October 2014 shows an address in zip code 76140, which is too far south for District 2. His application shows an address in an apartment complex in Woodhaven.

In response to the paragraph above, we received this communication dated Feb. 28  from Joel Aguilar's office:

 

QUESTIONS ARISE REGARDING CANDIDATE RESIDENCY AND EMPLOYMENT

Fort Worth, Texas — The Greater Meadowbrook News, in its online edition, published the candidates vying for the Fort Worth ISD Board of Trustees in District 2 and had questions regarding our candidate Joel Aguilar. In the article dated February 24, 2015 Ms. Wanda Colin questioned the residency and employment of our candidate.

Joel Aguilar is currently a High School Principal at the School of Health Professions at Townview Center in the Dallas ISD.  This information is public and can be found at www.joelaguilar.org Mr. Aguilar’s employment with the Dallas ISD does not preclude him from serving on the Fort Worth ISD board and he is committed to fulfilling his duties should the voters select him as their representative in District 2.

Mr. Aguilar has been a resident of District 2 since 2013 and he does own a home in the 76140 zip code, which can be verified in TAD.

For more information please feel free to contact the Joel Aguilar Campaign at 1-(830) 660-7948 or by email at joel4fwisd2@gmail.com  •  JOELAGUILAR.ORG

Joel is passionate about education and wants to be on the board to help make teaching and learning a priority. #

 

Woodhaven Homeowners Association will hold the next candidate forum at their meeting in March.

 

In response to a previous article, we received this response from Pastor Cole:

"I was asked the question, are you ready for politics? I admit I'm not a politician but a herald-er of the Gospel of which I am not ashamed (Romans 1:16). It is the power of God that has it's basis in the Love of God in Jesus Christ that redeems man from the penalty of sin. This Gospel brings us into a right relationship with the Heavenly Father. However, the  article that attempted to paint me in a negative light.

The words that were spoken were directly from Romans 1st chapter that is in question. However, the lesson that night covered "Our New Life In Christ" that equips us to show the love of Christ to all. Somehow the writer conveniently forgot to highlight that concluding point. If you're interested in the study just type Pastor Sultan Cole in the search bar on YouTube and you'll find that study as well as 5 sermons that were preached. Are my held beliefs Biblically-based? Sure. Do I condemn others for their strong beliefs that differ from my own? No. Can I serve all of mankind (through speaking truth in love, praying, and ministering to their needs? I'm compelled to do so because of Christ.

In closing, if it appears that my closely held views are "strong" then allow me to conclude with God's word found in 2 Corinthians 5:13-18 "If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. Either way, Christ's love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him."

Blessings, Pastor Sultan Cole #

 

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