Visions for the new
Eastside Children's Library

Fort Worth is building a new public library at 3851 E. Lancaster Ave. This location will feature services, programs, books, movies and music that meet the needs of children, teenagers and their families.

Your input is still needed on design features of this new public space.

Take the city survey now. Please take a few minutes to take the City's 7 question, multiple choice survey. The more input they have, the better this Library will be for children and their families for years to come. Get involved!

 This Eastside children's library has been on the drawing board for well over ten years, as a priority project for East Fort Worth Business Association, lead by Wanda Conlin, West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Association, and Meadowbrook United Methodist Church.

Meadowbrook United Methodist Church sold a parcel of land they owned to the city to move this project forward. MUMC also hosted the first meeting for the public to provide input on Monday, Feb. 5.

The ideas for this Library were submitted long before the regional library was built on Bridge Street. This new library is part of the Bond package.

Carol Peters, communications for West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Association reports "Fort Worth Library previews first design concepts for new children’s library on East Lancaster. Designers KAI Express envision a light, airy, open space incorporating thoughts from surveys and community input. Survey responses from 900 people overwhelmingly supported a space that encourages children to learn and read, as well as be exposed to the sciences. Construction should take 12 to 18 months."

Mayor Price's State of the City address is on Feb. 20

Mayor Price standing in front of City Hall

Mayor Betsy Price will detail her outlook for 2018 and report on the past year’s advancements at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s annual Mayor’s State of the City Address and Luncheon Feb. 20 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St.

“The annual State of the City luncheon hosted by the Fort Worth Chamber is a great opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments from the past year and share our goals for the year to come,” Price said. “I’m excited to discuss some of the exciting changes that the City of Fort Worth is experiencing as we strive to provide excellent services to our growing community.”

Registration begins at 11:15 a.m., lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. and the program begins at 12:30 p.m. Purchase tickets through the Chamber website.

In addition, 12 top Tarrant County businesses have been selected as finalists in competition for the Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Small Business of the Year Award. Winners will be announced at a reception before the State of the City address. The prestigious annual Small Business of the Year Award salutes those that operate with exemplary best practices.

To learn more, contact Jennifer Vuduris at 817-338-3335.

Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods President Gene Bibb presents
 Rita Vinson of BOHN with her Neighbor of the Year award.

Ben Ann Tomayko Neighbor of the Year Award goes to Rita Vinson of Brentwood-Oak Hills Neighborhood Associaton

For the second year in a row, an Eastside neighborhood leader was chosen as the Ben Ann Tomayko Neighbor of the Year, the most prestigious award given by the Fort Worth League of Neighborhood Associations, Inc.  This year’s winner is Rita Vinson.  She was nominated by Kathryn Kroll President and the board of the Brentwood-Oak Hills Neighborhood (BOHN) Association.  Last year’s award was given posthumously to Alyce Boyd of Ryanwood Neighborhood Association.

Gene Bibb, current president of the League, presented the award to Vinson at an awards luncheon Saturday, Jan. 20, at The Riley Center at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  About 350 people attended the luncheon.  This event was part of the 2017 Mayor’s Community Engagement Workshops and Awards program.

For many years the League partnered with the City in putting on this annual event.  A few years ago the City assumed responsibility for the event but has invited the League to present its award at that venue.  Below is the presentation from the League president, Gene Bibb.

“The Fort Worth League of Neighborhood Associations is pleased to present the 2017 Ben Ann Tomayko Neighbor of the Year Award to Rita M. Vinson.

“Rita has been a particularly active volunteer since she retired from her career in US government service.

“Rita lives in the Brentwood – Oak Hills neighborhood where she has been an active volunteer for more than two decades. She was involved with the formation of the Brentwood – Oak Hills Neighborhood Association and served as its first president. She held that office for 12 years and has remained active in association leadership. She is currently the Vice President of Communications. She has been the co-editor of the newsletter for more than 20 years.

“Because of her position as association president, she met other neighborhood leaders at meetings of their Neighborhood Police District Community Advisory Committee. Rita was one of the five leaders that met to organize an alliance of neighborhoods. In 1999, they founded the Neighborhoods of East Fort Worth which has now grown to 19 neighborhoods along interstate 30 from Riverside to Eastchase.

“Rita was elected to the Board of Directors of the FWLNA in 2015 and was elected President of the league in 2016.

“Rita has been appointed to serve the City of Fort Worth on several occasions.  She served on the Community Development Council from 2002 to 2004 and on the Mayor’s Planning and Advisory Committee on Homelessness in 2004 and 2005.

“She has been recognized in many ways over the years for her dedication and service to the community including being named as an Outstanding Woman of Fort Worth in 1998 by Mayor Barr and the Fort Worth Commission on the Status of Women.

“Rita has served Fort Worth and her neighborhood with sustained dedication and distinction.

“I am proud to name her the Ben Ann Tomayko Neighbor of the Year.”

Gene Bibb, President, FWLNA, 2017 and 2018

Three other neighborhood associations of the Neighborhoods of East Fort Worth received recognition in the awards presented by the City of Fort Worth:

Garden of Eden NA was the winner of the Mayor’s Health and Wellness award for its 5k Fun Run and health screenings.

Eastern Hills NA was recognized

 --for its Newsletter and Communications

--as a finalist for the Spirit of Fort Worth award for its July 4 picnic and other events

 --as a finalist for the Mayor’s Health and Wellness award for its support of Blue Zone initiatives.

West Meadowbrook NA was recognized for its Newsletter and Communications.

Breakfast Optimist Club of East Fort Worth Sponsors Essay & Oratorical Scholarship Contests for Students

The Breakfast Optimist club of East Fort Worth is encouraging area students participate in the upcoming Essay & Oratorical Contests.

“Our club has been participating in the Optimist Essay & Oratorical Contests for decades and has been active in the community for 53 years.  Young students today have so many fresh ideas about the world and their future,” Club President Stewart McKenzie said. “As Optimists, it is our goal to encourage them and do what we can to bring out the best in each of them. This gives them a wonderful opportunity to tap into their creativity and pursue possible scholarships at the same time.”

The Optimist Club will provide judges for both contests to determine the top winners. Top 3 Winners will receive a local club award, read essays & speeches at a future club meeting.


The phrase for the 2017-2018 school year is:  “Can Society Function Without Respect?”

Contest is for Youth under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017.

Club deadline for entry is February 13th, 2018.

  The top essay will be sent to the district level where college scholarships are available for top winners.

For an Essay application with contest rules, please click here.

Students wishing to participate in the essay contest can find out more about the contest by contacting:

Lois Bogusch (   (817) 451-2353



The topic for the 2017-2018 school year is:  "Where are my Roots of Optimism"

Contest is for Youth under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017.

Date of contest:  February 10, 2018 – 10:00am – Noon
(sign-in time 9:30am at Eastern Hills High School (Library)
5701 Shelton Street, Fort Worth, TX.


The deadline to enter is February 4, 2018

The top 2 speeches will be participate at the regional level in April.  If winning – they will advance to the District level in May where college scholarships are available for top winners.   The top District winner will move to the International level where an individual will have the potential to win $22,500 in college scholarships.


For an Oratorical application with contest rules, click here.

Students wishing to participate in the essay contest can find out more about the contest by contacting:

Patsy Garner (   817-999-3241

Mexican Inn gives $1,000 toward the EFWBA Scholarship Fund

Twice a year, the East Fort Worth Business Association hosts an Eastside Spirit Night to have the community gather for a meal at one of our favorite anchor restaurants, Mexican Inn on East Lancaster. The big check was presented at the January meeting with Mayor Betsy Price as the guest speaker.

Mexican Inn generously donates a portion of the evening's proceeds to the club, which is used to provide Scholarship funds to deserving high school students. Last November, EFWBA was able to provide $500 stipends to six students.

The organization also purchased books for the nine elementary schools in the Eastern Hills pyramid.


How Does The Gospel Affect You?

Having seen the heading of this short article, many no doubt read no further.  In so doing, sadly revealing a cold disinterest regarding the gospel – the good news of Jesus Christ.  Individuals who reject God’s “good news” must face another reality, that is that they are, “without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12).

A simple illustration: Place butter and clay in the sun and watch what happens.  The butter becomes soft and the clay becomes hard.  Same sun was shining, but what made the difference were the properties in the butter and the clay.

So it is with the gospel, the good news that God “so loved the world” that He sent the Son “to be the Savior of the world” (John 3:16; I John 4:14), produces different effects in different people.  Hearing the message of forgiveness and grace, some eagerly receive or welcome it (Acts 2:41), while others will reject it and sneer (John 12:48; Acts 17:32).

So, how does the gospel affect you?  Be sure this is not a question of no consequence, for those who “do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus ... will pay the penalty of eternal destruction” (I Thessalonians 1:8-9).  Come visit with us and learn what God requires.


Renee Higginbotham-Brooks

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

(817) 334-0106 office


Over 30 years experience in:

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