Weigh-in on public art projects for 2018 bond program projects

The Fort Worth Art Commission will conduct two public hearings on the Draft Public Art Plan for the 2018 Bond Program.

The first meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. June 11 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St. The second public hearing will be in early July at an Art Commission meeting.

The draft plan proposes locations and budgets for public art projects associated with streets, parks and new library, fire, animal and police facilities. Residents can weigh in on public art projects that will be commissioned over the next five years using 2018 bond funds.

After the hearings, the Fort Worth Art Commission will make a final recommendation to the City Council. A copy of the draft plan is available.

Fort Worth residents are invited to review the plan and comment at a public hearing or submit written comments via email or mail to Fort Worth Public Art, Attn: Sam Brown, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth, TX, 76107.

The Art Commission will review written comments that are received by 5 p.m. July 9 before making a final recommendation.

Handley Meadowbrook Lions Club mourns the loss of 96 year old Samuel Lewis Frankenfield, Jr.

RHOME, TX – Samuel Lewis "Sam" Frankenfield, Jr., 96, went home to be with the Lord on May 25, 2018.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the:
Handley-Meadowbrook Lions Club
PO Box 8582
Fort Worth, TX 76124.

The donations will help fund the Lions Camp in Kerrville for children with disabilities, in memory of Sam Frankenfield.

Full obituary on the Archives page.

Eastern Hills Senior Walk

Eastern Hills High School senior walked at all nine elementary schools located within the EHHS pyramid attendance zone.

 EHHS senior, dressed in caps and gowns, walked through hallways full of cheering primary school students on the afternoon of May 31.

Trustee Christene Moss, and School Board President Tobi Jackson joined in on the event.

Photos on the neighboorhood news page.

June 2018 .

You are invited to
Wednesday Night Summer Series

 7 P.M., June – August

Theme: "Important Questions of our Time"

June 6
"Does the Bible have a realistic message
to a divided society?"

June 13
"Truth: Absolute or Relative?"

June 20
"Undenominational" or "Nondenominational" Does it matter?

June 27
"What does it matter if the Bible is, 'Inspired by God'?"

 

No contributions taken on Wednesday evenings

A staffed nursery is provided

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Freeway lighting repairs continue

Motorists may have noticed crews working on freeway lights. That’s because needed lighting repairs are underway on several freeways in Fort Worth.

Freeway lighting repairs on Southeast Loop 820 between I-30 and Rosedale Street are complete. Now crews will move to Southeast Loop 820 from Rosedale Street to U.S. 287 to continue lighting repairs. This section of highway is expected to be finished by mid-July.

Various lane closures are necessary when crews work. Closures occur 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Once repairs are finished along Southeast Loop 820, crews are scheduled to begin lighting repairs along I-30 from Las Vegas Trail to Cooks Lane.

The Texas Department of Transportation approved lighting repairs along State Highway 121 from I-35 to Maxine Street. Construction begins June 11 and ends mid-July.

Motorists should watch for lane closures and observe all posted signage.

To learn more, contact Customer Service Liaison Francisco Garcia at 817-392-8050.

IRL races at TMS bring heavy traffic surrounding speedway

Texas Motor Speedway has a total seating capacity of 181,655. That means a lot of extra vehicles on the roadways leading to the speedway during race weekend.

Residents and visitors should expect traffic delays as Indy Racing League events at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) rev up. Upcoming events:

June 8, PPG 400 Nascar Camping World Truck Series Race.

June 9, DXC Technology 600 Verizon Indycar Series Race.

The average Indy race brings in about 40,000 fans. This means that roads surrounding TMS will be extremely congested. Due to continued construction on Highway 114, traffic patterns may vary from those in previous years.

Areas around I-35W and its intersection with Highway 114, and at FM 156 and Highway 114 will be especially congested all weekend.

Neighborhoods that are west of I-35W, such as Fairway of Champions, Harriet Creek and River’s Edge, should follow the “West is best” mantra. Avoid TMS congestion by traveling to the west of the speedway. For example, use Highway 114 west of Northwest High School and take either John Day Road to travel south to Haslett or use South County Line Road to the north and F.M. 407. The best way to approach the Fairway of Champions neighborhood is from the west.

Neighborhoods that are east of I-35W, such as Chadwick Farms, Seventeen Lakes and Bluffview Estates, should use Letsy Road to either I-35W and Eagle Parkway or Business 114 via Fairway Drive.

Fans traveling to the speedway are asked to follow directions from police officers and traffic control attendants. All lanes and gates will permit entry, so the Fort Worth Police Department asks patrons to stay in their designated lanes once in the cone pattern.

North Tarrant Express officials said there will be no new short-term closures on I-35W, excluding emergency closures, between 3 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday.

Traffic leaving the speedway after each race will be placed into different traffic lanes from the exit gates. Each lane will go to a specific major roadway. Watch for signs.

Officer W.T. Watkins with the Fort Worth Police Department said designated officers will work a special detail to provide extra patrols and security to neighborhoods surrounding the speedway.

View a map showing routes to the track.

 

 

Trees Destroyed by DR Horton

Eastside residents are still furious with DR Hornton developers for deliberately destroying mature trees for thier new development, going against the plans they submitted, and against the city tree ordinance.

Judy Taylor sent this to us
from Gyna Bivens, District 5.

Dear Judy,

This is the information I have for now I am hoping for more, who knows. Build us a great presentation to the community, council votes in August for the Bond money that would provide for persons to protect our TREES. Get people excited to join us to speak for the trees that provide the oxygen we must have for life.

It is your love of this city that keeps you rolling.

I believe it is important that desires of the citizens be heard in a timely fashion.

This is the precise time that city staffers are building the budget that will be voted on in August.   Some of the things we want to have in place to protect trees will cost money.  That is why I hope people will actually drive to City Hall and share their ideas about how we can prevent what happened to the trees never happens again. Please feel free to share these points that are gaining traction:

1.   We want no more closed door deals made with violators.  We respect the right that staff should be allowed to negotiate talks should be published so that the public can attend if they so choose.   City staff members are intelligent, but it is amazing what can happen if the people are allowed to weigh in on these discussions.  The time for citizens to have their say is DURING the discussions---not  afterwards.

2. All applications for development must be put on the city’s website.  That at least gives citizens a heads up that development is coming.

3. The 2-person inspection team must be increased because it is imperative that in-person tree inventory must be done by staff or city trained volunteers.   Some cities and counties are using   drones to help in inspection related tasks.    We want to see STAFF handing this visual inspections---not the developers.  Telling citizens to help report suspected violations is not good enough.  The DR Horton problem had been reported, but the trees are still gone.   There are no rapid response teams to go after tree clearing violators.    That’s why increasing the 2 person inspection team is important.

 4.  Let us consider offering incentives to developers who are good stewards of preserving our trees with creative innovative plans.

  Gyna M. Bivens, President & Executive Director

North Texas Leaders & Executives Advocating Diversity www.northtexaslead.org .  817.352.1675

SAVE THE TREES!

Our Trees need you to stand and speak for them.

There has been a rash of clear cutting of trees by developers throughout the city, especiallly in the eastern portion.

If you can, or know someone who can speak at City Council, or possibly pass a petition throughout your community, start a letterwrighting campaign, be creative think of ways  to encourage the city and council to employ 2 new persons in the new budget being considered, to check for trees on properties going  before the Planning & Development Pepartment.

It just is not good business to have the contractor deciding to cut down trees so they can get more building on a lot where there are expanses of trees, the species and number of trees on a property can make a difference.

We do NOT want to end up like some developments in North Dallas where the homes do not have any trees on the property. One Dallas developer said "residents in this area do not want to do yard maintenance, and having trees is a lot of work. No one wants to rake leaves all fall, so we do not plant trees."

(That neighborhood has no trees and BLACK rooftops. And they are 'all-electric' homes.)

Please consider the need to protect the old trees that make this side of town the green belt. If you need information or possibly a ride to town for council I will be pleased to work with you.

Please spread the word to all you know.

 

Judy Taylor

HNA Pres

NEFWA VP

817-996-5015

Plastic Bag Pollution

Texas has more marine plastic pollution than any other state, with our beaches home to ten times as much debris as those on the eastern Gulf Coast.

As one means of attacking this serious environmental threat, at least 11 Texas cities have restricted single-use plastic bags, including Laredo. In 2015 Laredo retailers sued the city over their single-use bag ordinance, with state district court declaring the law legal, and a 2-1 appeals court decision declaring it illegal.

The Supreme Court of Texas heard arguments on the matter in January, and more than a dozen individuals and interest groups filed amicus briefs urging them to respect local rights to limit this pollution. These groups included:

Black Bass Unlimited, a fishing tour company whose business is threatened by bag pollution

 Texas Cotton Ginners Association, a major Texas industry threatened by bag pollution

Natural Grocers and Bicycle Sport Shop, retailers that have benefited from single-use bag ordinances

Jose Aliseda (R), Bee County District Attorney, former State Representative and rancher whose livestock is threatened by bag pollution

Texas Campaign for the Environment

Environment Texas

Rio Grande International Study Center

Texans for Clean Water, Inc

Turtle Island Restoration Network, a nonprofit engaged in conserving sea turtles threatened by bag pollution

Senator Judith Zaffirini

City of Galveston

City of Houston

Texas Municipal League and Texas City Attorneys Association

These and other advocates hope for a decision allowing local governments to address a problem that impacts their bottom line and the environment. In the wake of the ordinances already passed communities noted significant reductions in litter, improved recycling processing, and saved money for retailers.

 

Texas Supreme Court Expected to Rule on Local Bag Bans in June, Advocates Prepare to Respond

AUSTIN--Single-use bag pollution opponents anticipate a decision from the Supreme Court of Texas upholding or striking down local bag ordinances before the end of June. Supreme Court decisions are handed down on Friday mornings, meaning that the decision is likely to come on the morning of  June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22 or June 29. Activists will alert media outlets shortly after the decision is released at 9 AM local time.

When the decision comes down advocates will have press availability the same day at 11:30 PM on the east side of the Supreme Court (the north mall of the Texas Capitol). Out of town media can contact Texas Campaign for the Environment (TCE) for comment via phone or email.

“Communities around the world have seen cleaner streets and healthier environments when they eliminate these, cheap, unnecessary products,” Robin Schneider, Texas Campaign for the Environment Executive Director, said. “We are hopeful that the Supreme Court of Texas will respect the law and protect both business and the environment by preserving these effective local ordinances.”

New anti-panhandling program provides a better way to offer change

Folks in Fort Worth have big hearts, and whenever someone asks for a helping hand, we’re likely to give it to them. But when it comes to panhandling on city streets, handing over spare change is a bad idea.

Panhandling violates a Fort Worth city ordinance, encourages a transient way of life and negatively affects public safety and quality of life. In 2017, Fort Worth Police issued 691 citations for soliciting contributions in the street, 210 citations for aggressive panhandling in a prohibited area and 47 citations for soliciting donations.

A coalition of community partners — representing government, the business community and social service agencies — has a new solution. While many panhandling programs go after the panhandlers, this new program is about educating the people who give money. This will allow them to donate to a fund that will help those in need.

Residents who are willing to help can text FWCHANGE to 41444 and their donations will benefit the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition. The donated funds will help provide housing-related services such as application fees and security deposits; bus tickets; motel vouchers for families; and mattresses.

Community partners will work with businesses and organizations to help educate residents and visitors about the program. The city is asking residents and organizations to help spread the word about the new program. Information is free to download on the city’s website.

A community conference on homelessness is planned for
9 a.m.-noon June 30
at University Christian Church,
2720 S. University Drive.

Workshops will cover effective giving, how to get involved and housing opportunities. The goal is to educate the public and to redirect charitable efforts to be more effective.

Register for the conference.

To learn more, contact Tara Perez at 817-392-2235.

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