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Handley Neighborhood Association hosts Candidate Forum to meet the District 5 City Council Candidates

Handley Neighborhood Association provided an opportunity for voters interested in the City Council District 5 Race to meet the candidates on Monday, April 13 at 6:30pm.

In a forum moderated by Wanda Conlin, Candidates Gyna Bivens and  opponent Bob Willoughby discussed their viewpoints and answered questions from residents.

The forum was held in the new Celebrity Healthcare Clinic Community Room at 5651 E. Lancaster Ave., in the Bank of America basement.

Dr. Shirvani and Dr. Siroosian of Celebrity Healthcare Clinic gave tours of the clinic after the Forum.

If you have not been in to see this new medical facility, Celebrity is a modern beautifully designed full-service Dental and Medical Clinic for children and adults, all under one roof.

New Bulk Waste Pick-up Schedule

New bulk waste pick-up routes will begin the first week of May 2015.

Please review the attachment to see the calendar and map of when your new pick up will be for bulk waste. If you have any questions, please call: 817-392-1234. Be sure to share this information with your neighbors. Click the image below to download a printable PDF to keep.

Matt Moody Named Manager of
ABC Supply in East Fort Worth

FORT WORTH, Texas – Matt Moody has been named manager of building products distributor ABC Supply Co., Inc.’s branch at 5328 E Lancaster Ave. in Fort Worth.

An experienced manager, Moody had led the ABC Supply store in Garland since 2011. Prior to that, he ran the Longview location. His new role brings him back to the branch where he began his career with ABC Supply in 2008 as an inside sales associate.

He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington.

About ABC Supply

ABC Supply is the largest wholesale distributor of roofing in the United States and one of the nation’s largest distributors of siding, windows and other select exterior building products. Since its founding by Ken and Diane Hendricks in 1982, ABC Supply’s sole focus has been serving professional contractors – taking care of them better than any other distributor and offering the products, services and support they need to build their businesses. It accomplishes this by being an “employee-first” company that treats its associates with respect and gives them the tools they need to succeed.

Headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin, ABC Supply has more than 490 branches nationwide. It is an eight-time winner of the Gallup Great Workplace Award. More information is available at abcsupply.com.

Alarm Company Scam in our area

I was recently contacted by a resident who stated that he was approached by a young attractive articulate black female who parked in front of his house and sat inside the vehicle for a few moments. The female was driving a newer white Cadillac Escalade with dark tinted windows and large chrome wheels. She identified herself by first name (the resident could not remember) and stated she worked for a company “Capital Connect”.

She went on to explain that she was there to inspect the resident’s security equipment and explained that her company had been contracted by the alarm company that the resident had an account with. The woman knew the resident’s name, address, and the fact that he did have an alarm through this particular company. The resident advised me that she was persuasive and kept insisting that she be allowed inside the residence to inspect the security equipment.

She was denied access to the residence; after she calmly walked away and left, the resident called his alarm company and was told that this was not related to their company and sounded like a scam. In hindsight the resident realized his address and the alarm company sign are easily visible from the street, he also felt that by looking in the mailbox on an earlier date or looking up public information online, anyone could figure out his name based on his address.

Obviously she was up to something suspicious being that she falsely stated she was contracted by this alarm company and kept insisting to be allowed inside the residence.

Keep in mind these scam artists make their money by fooling honest hard working people like us. They are smooth talkers and sound like they know what they are talking about by picking up on the little things.

The female was described as early 20’s, short and thin, medium complexion, very smooth talker, driving a newer clean white Cadillac Escalade with dark tinted windows and large chrome wheels. It is unknown if there was anyone else inside the vehicle due to the dark tinted windows.

If you see this vehicle / suspect or hear of anything like this, do not let these people into or around your home. Verify their validity with the companies you do business for (could be anything from alarms to utilities etc).

If you think you were the near miss of one of these scams contact the police department. This information was provided to me by Officer John John Ornelas. Stay Safe!

 

East Fort Worth Business Association hears advice on  Improving EFW

 

After being snowed out in March the East Fort Worth Business Association was ready to get back to normal on April 2. Winter being so prolonged has put a dent in much profitable commerce, and sunshine is long overdue.

The April speaker was the CEO of Woodmont Corporation, a developer of retail shopping centers. We had invited him to speak to us in regard to what it is that hinders economic development in the East Lancaster Avenue corridor. Stephen Coslik is an interesting and fun speaker. He is the founder of his company and believes that we should always be looking for young talent to replace us with new eyes and new ideas. He brought with him a young man from his organization, Peter Jacobsen, who is one of the Vice Presidents of Woodmont.

An estimated 35 of us gathered to hear Coslik’s message. It was uncomfortable for some, but we had asked him on a prior drive down the Avenue to be blunt and truthful with what he observed and what his conclusions were. Early in his career he had lived in East Fort Worth, on Kenwood Court first and then in White Lake Hills. This gives him background in what East Lancaster Avenue once was.

Three things floated to the top in his presentation. Most of us had already met those three obstacles head on. To jump start progress we must have some public money spent here. Coslik recounted all the help with public money which has gone to Berry Street, Rosedale Avenue and Magnolia Street just in East Fort Worth.

The second thing is our school system. New businesses need to know that there are good public schools for children of their workers to attend. Even though our schools have improved over the last four years this is not well known by the public. School trustee Tobi Jackson asked how we could overcome this and Coslik was frank with his answer that there should be better PR.

(Editor's note: we have a SchoolNews page dedicated to our EFW schools and the great things going on with our students & alumni.)

Housing was one of the most critical features lacking in the area. A mix of better apartments, townhomes, and single family is absolutely mandatory before we can bring retail back into the community. Density of rooftops is necessary to attract establishments who depend on high volume to make their businesses successful. He stressed housing attractive to young people with money to spend. The idea of multi-family didn’t sit well with many in the audience, but those of us who have been dealing with trying to revitalize East Lancaster Avenue realize that we must change our thinking.

There was some heated debate, but through all of it Coslik was gracious and even tempered. He did what we had asked him to do, and how we use his advice is up to us.

Our speaker in May is David Berzina from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. Our goal is to invite  possible advocates to come to visit with us. We want them to know us and realize the issues we face so that they will have us on their radar screen as an area of Fort Worth which has fallen behind and could use help if we are to realize our full potential.

 

Truth about Texas Public Schools

Guest Viewpoint / Editorial Content

April 9, 2015 – Recently at the Texas Capitol, Texas public schools were seriously disparaged by some elected officials. Many of the negative comments about public schools were incorrect.

Here is what is true about Texas public schools: Leading the states in graduation rates ― For years our stated goal has been to keep our students in school and to increase our graduation rates. In the past few years our schools and our students have delivered on that goal, and now the national statistics show a pretty amazing picture.

    When compared with their peers in other states regarding graduation rate, African-American students in Texas rank #1. The national average is 70.7%, but in Texas the rate is 84.1%

    The same is true for Texas Hispanic students who rank #1 in the nation when compared with their peers in other states. The national average is 75.2% for Hispanic students, but in Texas the rate is 85.1%.

    American Indian/Alaska Natives are tied for #1. Nationally, the graduation rate is 69.7%, but in Texas their rate is 86%.

    White students in Texas are ranked #2 in the nation when compared to their peers in other states. The national average graduation rate is 86.6%. In Texas, the graduation rate for white students is 93%.

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