Celebrate Fort Worth's night out against crime on Tues. Oct. 6––TONIGHT!

Texans will celebrate the 32nd annual National Night Out on Oct. 6.

The Fort Worth Police Department invites all residents to participate in the celebration. Residents are asked to turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with their neighbors, police officers and other city personnel.

Last year, National Night Out involved 37.8 million people in 16,124 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. National Night Out 2015 is expected to be the largest ever.

National Night Out is designed to:

Heighten awareness of crime prevention.

Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts.

 Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime.


Eastside Nite Out Events

The Woodhaven Code Blue National Night Out event will be on Tuesday, October 6th at the police storefront on Woodhaven Blvd. from 6:30-8 PM. Contact Bobbi Galvin for more info.  There will be friends, food and door prizes!

Eastern Hills and Brentwood-Oak Hills will meet jointly at Saintsville Cathedral's back patio for food, drinks and some entertaiment. We have tradition of homemade ice cream/desserts, and also cooking hot dogs again. Cary Moon is coming! From 6:30-8 PM.

Handley Code Blue will host National Night Out at 3116 Handley Dr., which is Dr. Reeves' parking lot to celebrate National Night Out.  Everyone is welcome to join us from 6 to 9pm.  There will be hot dogs, drinks, & snacks.


Neighborhood Associations! Our staff photographer Lloyd Jones will be out taking photos, but he can't get to every event.
I am BOHN President, and co-host at the joint party with EHHA tonight.

 Please email me your NNO event photos, so we can publish them here.

email me at editor@greatermeadowbrooknews.com



Historic Handley Urban Village Train Totem to be installed Oct. 3

“Train,” by artist John Christensen, is a painted steel sculpture, 21 feet high, that visually represents Handley’s history and early development.

Then on  Wednesday, October 7, 10am, be part of the Historic Dedication Event at the southeast corner of East Lancaster Avenue and Handley Drive, at the Caboose car Train Museum, property owned by the Historic Handley Development Corp.

 The artist John Christenson and many special guest will be present for this event.

The sculpture vertically stacks a locomotive, tender and mail car atop a section of railway beam. “Train” borrows and combines details from real steam-era trains and metal toy trains. The artist included an oversized rail section as an iconic and muscular support. At night the graphic panel on the sculpture will be illuminated by exterior LED lights.

The Historic Handley Urban Village, east of Loop 820 along East Lancaster Avenue in Council District 5, is part of Fort Worth’s growing initiative to invest in its urban centers.

The Handley area, a local historic district on the National Register of Historic Places, retains its early-20th century charm through surviving storefronts and houses, and today is filled with antique stores, dining establishments, professional offices, neighborhood retail and small-scale civic facilities.

 Handley Street Festival on Saturday, October 10, starts at 10am .

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Convoy Rolls through Fort Worth

Eastsiders greeted them as they entered City.

Chesapeake Sued for
Royalty Rip-offs


On Jan. 21, 2015, business attorney Don Ray of Ray and Wilson in Fort Worth filed a class action lawsuit against Chesapeake suing for underpaid royalties from mineral rights leases that prohibited Chesapeake from deducting any post-production costs.

These costs are incurred after the natural gas is extracted (produced) from the ground at the wellhead.

The costs may involve transportation through smaller-diameter gathering pipelines from the source to a processing facility, like a compressor station; the treatment of the gas at that facility; then the transportation through larger-diameter transmission pipelines to get the gas to market. Some of these stages are handled by subsidiary companies.

Don Ray spoke on Sept. 28, 2015, at the quarterly general meeting of the Fort Worth League of Neighborhood Associations to describe the class action.  A League’s officer, Larry Patterson, is one of two named plaintiffs in the case.  The other plaintiff is Theresa Flanagan.

The class includes all Fort Worth residents who entered into 2008 leases with Chesapeake that specified no deductions from royalties.  All such residents are automatically covered by the class action, and no action is required of them at this point.

In Colorado and Oklahoma post-productions costs cannot legally be deducted from royalty payments.  It is the oil or gas company’s responsibility to get the gas into marketable condition.  But in Texas the companies are supposed to go by the specific language of each lease.

Don Ray stated that “XTO Energy and other companies did things okay,” but Chesapeake is a “textbook case of how not to run an oil company.”

Successes of some prominent individual cases against Chesapeake have been in the news, such as the Hyder family, the Bass family, the D/FW Airport, Tarrant Regional Water District, and the City of Arlington.

There is hope for recourse for small property owners from this class action by Don Ray and from individual cases being handled by Dan McDonald, George Parker Young and other attorneys of McDonald Law Firm, also of Fort Worth.

During the question and answer session, Ray answered the question about how a person decides which route to go.  Ray said that his case and McDonald’s cases are not going after the same people.

Ray’s class action is for people whose leases exclude all deductions from the royalties. McDonald is seeking to get the court to determine that royalty deductions made by Chesapeake were more than what was allowed by the leases.

The McDonald cases have been widely publicized during the past 2 years because the individual property owner has to sign up with his firm to be represented.  He has done mass mailings, has advertised on billboards and in newspapers, and has conducted meetings and teleconferences.

In April 2014 Fort Worth Weekly’s Peter Gorman wrote a cover story titled “Royalty Rip-Off,” styled after McDonald’s website: ROYALTYRIPOFF. com.  In a Sept. 14, 2014, Star-Telegram article by Max B. Baker, McDonald is quoted from a meeting where he stated “The dishonesty is breathtaking” at Chesapeake.  McDonald is pursuing similar legal actions in Pennsylvania and Louisiana.

Texas oil and gas disputes date back to Spindletop, more than 100 years ago, and they are still going on today, here in the heart of the Barnett Shale.

Satellite center for municipal court payments opens Oct. 6

Posted Oct. 2, 2015–Fort Worth Municipal Court is making it easier for residents to conduct business at its new satellite customer service center, which opens Oct. 6.

The satellite will be inside the Fiesta Food Store, 4245 E. Berry St. A customer service representative will be available 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday to accept Municipal Court payments. (Red-light camera violation payments will not be accepted at this location.)

To learn more, call 817-392-6700.

New park to be constructed in historic Mosier Valley

Plans are underway to build a park to commemorate the Mosier Valley community where the first freed Texans settled after news of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Residents are urged to give feedback on park amenities being considered. These include a playground, trails, shelter, benches, picnic tables, multiuse court and security lighting. The park will be accessible to the neighborhood and have an interpretive commemoration or historical designation area.

The Master Plan is expected to be complete in late 2015 and construction finished late 2016. Park dedication fees and private donations will fund the project.

According to the State Historical Association, Mosier Valley was established in the 1870s on the north bank of the Trinity River just south of Hurst, Euless and Bedford. Robert and Dilsie Johnson and 10 other emancipated slave families were given and sold Trinity River bottomland by the Mosier and Lee plantation families. There, the families established a close-knit community.

From about 1910 through the 1930s, population in the area reached its peak at perhaps 300. The area was annexed by Fort Worth in 1963.

In 2014, the city council approved acquiring about four acres of land on the south side of Mosier Valley Road and west of Vine Street and Knapp Street from the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District and Tarrant County to build Mosier Valley Park. The city paid $260,000 plus closing costs.

To learn more about the project, contact Project Manager Cornell Gordon at 817-392-5764.


Texas Wesleyan named a top regional university for 6th consecutive year


For the sixth straight year, Texas Wesleyan University has been ranked in the No. 1 tier of universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report.

"Once again, this recognition validates the great work being done on campus by our faculty and staff, and it indicates the caliber of students we have," said President Frederick G. Slabach. "In our 125th year, Texas Wesleyan continues to thrive because we put our students first and we are committed to excellence."

Other universities in the 2016 West rankings included Trinity University (San Antonio), Loyola Marymount (California), Gonzaga (Washington State) and St. Edward's (Austin).

 "Smaller" stands out

The University's commitment to the "Smaller. Smarter." philosophy and to achieving the goals outlined in the 2020 Vision strategic plan played a critical role in the rankings, which were based on factors such as peer assessment and class size.

Texas Wesleyan was one of only three universities in the West that reported at least 75 percent of classes being fewer than 20 students and 100 percent of classes being fewer than 50 students. It also boasted a 15:1 student to faculty ratio.

"Our intentionally small class sizes and engaging faculty allow us to offer students an education and experience focused on critical thinking, analytical reasoning and creative problem solving," said Slabach. "It prepares them to succeed in their collegiate careers and beyond."

For more information on the rankings, visit the U.S. News "Best Colleges" website.