Fort Worth Public Art Seeks Community Input on Future Public Art Projects @ Handley Rec Center

WHO:  Fort Worth Public Art on behalf of the Fort Worth Art Commission.

WHAT: Public hearings seeking community input on the Fort Worth Art Commission’s Endorsed Draft 2016 Annual Work Plan.


Monday, August 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Handley-Meadowbrook Community Center

6201 Beaty Street, Fort Worth, TX 76112

and again on

Monday, September 14 at 5:30 p.m.

Chisholm Trail Community Center

4680 McPherson Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76123


WHY:  The Fort Worth Art Commission is asking citizens for input on proposed public art projects and allocations to be included on the Fort Worth Public Art Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Work Plan. The Art Commission’s endorsed draft plan includes some 15 new projects on Montgomery Street, as well as various libraries, parks and community centers.

The Fort Worth Art Commission is inviting citizens to contribute opinions and ideas at the public hearings listed above, or online through the interactive platform Mysidewalk.

The Fort Worth Art Commission will finalize the Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Work Plan on Monday Sept. 14, after which it will be presented to City Council. Once the plan is approved and the 2016 fiscal year begins on October 1, 2015, public art projects will be implemented in accordance with the city’s capital improvement projects schedule.

To download a list of all proposed new projects and allocations, please visit

Public meeting  Aug. 12  to discuss proposed changes to residential zoning definitions

An upcoming public meeting will provide residents a chance to comment on proposed zoning definitions related to residential uses, including options for a new “single housekeeping unit” definition.

The public meeting is scheduled for Aug. 12 at University Christian Church, 2720 S. University Drive, Room 207.

The meeting will start with an open house at 6 p.m. for one-on-one questions and comments with city staff, followed by a presentation on proposed changes to certain definitions, including:

  • Restaurant.
  • Community home.
  • Transient or short-term resident (new).
  • Boarding house or lodging house.
  • Family.
  • Single housekeeping unit (new).


After the public meeting, the Zoning Commission will conduct a public hearing and vote on the definitions at 1 p.m. Sept. 9 at City Hall. On Oct. 13, the City Council will conduct a public hearing and vote on the definitions at its 7 p.m. meeting at City Hall.

To learn more, view a presentation online.
(or Scroll to Item 11 to view the presentation.

Church of Christ Building rezoned for use as Community Center

On July 28, City Council voted in favor of the zone change and the vacant Church of Christ buildings will become a community center that will soon be bringing people and business to Handley.

Handley Neighborhood Association is pleased to welcome the Historic Handley Event Center to Handley.

If you know of someone looking for a Wedding Chapel, a room for a reception, Birthday Day party, small business needing a place to meet with employees or others,  this will be a great addition for us.

Watch for a concert to attend, or other venue of interest.  What can we suggest to Jim Austin that will be of interest to us? Someone  said they want a Country Western Concert, and I would enjoy a Gospel night.

Let's get behind all of the businesses, new and old alike, and watch growth come.  We have recently added Celebrity Clinic, Farmers Market, and Event Center, what we want to see next is, another restaurant, car wash, shoe shop, coffee shop, sandwich/ ice cream parlor. We can dream big and look for good things to come.

Thanks to Mayor  Price, all City Council persons, and the zoning Commission that voted for this newest Handley development.

Previous story now on Archives page. click here.


Editor's note: I have read concerns and complaints posted on the various social media channels. If you have a constructive suggestion on how to control what you foresee to be a problem, bring them to the leadership team of Handley Neighborhood Association. That is what they are there for! Don't just gripe, get involved and do something!

When one new business opens, it creates opportunities for the entrepreneurial person to create a support business.

For example, to the complaint of 'not enough parking spaces in the lot.'  What did you do when the church had a big event? What would it take to do what all the businesses around the Ballpark do: charge to park in your business parking lot. Make it available for Valet parking, for a set price. What about creating a shuttle service from 'overflow' parking to the venue? Long golf carts (battery operated = no noise or pollution) or bicycle rickshaw type, like used near Cowboy stadium, would help control traffic, and generate income for someone else.

For every 'problem' I read about,  there is a creative solution for the person willing to put forth just a bit of effort. ~Kat

Every home should have a pet
Clear the Shelters Day is Aug. 15

Clear the Shelters!

Come find your perfect pet match on Clear the Shelters Day at the Chuck Silcox Animal Care and Control Center, 4900 Martin St.

For the second year, more than 40 shelters, along with NBC 5 and Telemundo 39, are planning a summer regional adoption event.

During Clear the Shelters Day, free adoptions will be available from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 15 in an effort to find homes for hundreds of pets. This is the largest adoption effort ever held in North Texas.

Last year’s campaign, called Empty the Shelter, resulted in record-breaking adoptions and helped educate the public on the benefits of adopting shelter animals. By the end of the day last year, 38 shelters in North Texas had participated and 2,273 animals found homes.

The event was the first time cities, counties and nonprofit organizations joined forces to offer a unified campaign.

This year is stacking up to be an even bigger success. The event has a new name: Clear the Shelters. During the adoption event, all spayed and neutered animals will be available to the public at no cost, although other fees may apply.

View a list of participating shelters.

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Ladies Bible Study is on summer break. 
Join us this Fall when we start
a new study series.

New Eastern Hills Alumni Group formed to help current students

A new Eastern Hills Alumni group, put together by Michael Stewart, has been formed to support the current students.

 Info is on Facebook here:

 The focus of the group is to lift up struggling EHHS students:

 We are former Eastern Hills students, who recognize that we are blessed, but unfortunately our school and the surrounding area has fallen on difficult economic times. We want to help.

Currently there are EHHS students who are dealing with struggles as basic as not having proper clothes or shoes to wear to school. There are similar problems spread throughout extracurricular activities and sports. Kids don't have money to get a cheerleading or band uniforms. Most baseball and football players do not have cleats of their own, with the coaches working with years-old hand-me-down shoes. Specifically the school budget is so thin that the athletic department does not have money to pay for any of these things on a regular basis.

Sadly sometimes also, the best meal of the day for these kids is the one they have in the school cafeteria. That means that on game day, many haven't even eaten before, or don't eat after their athletic participation.

All of these things are examples of how if kids participate at all, they often must go without, food, cleats, uniforms, etc.…which t means sometimes they choose to simply not participate at all. That's just wrong. Not having the right apparel or equipment is the kind of thing that makes it easier for kids to drop out of school and even possibly get on the wrong path. But we can help.

We may not be able to save the world, but we can make a difference in the lives of one deserving young person at a time. We will do so by identifying areas where we can have an immediate impact, which in turn we believe will also have an impact on the individual students.

We will come together to raise funds, seek donations, find equipment, provide food, transportation, and other essential student services. We want them to know that someone cares. We want them to feel a sense of community and support. We want them to be responsible participants also, as we work together to benefit their education and growth toward a productive and happy life.

We are BLIND to everything else. There is no race, nor religion, nor any other method of discrimination within our efforts to assist a student in need.

Will you join us for this important cause?

A GoFundMe account has been set up for donations to help the mission and can be found here:


 In under 24 hours just under $5,300.00 of the $40,000.00 goal has been received! (which shows the true heart of the Highlander Alumni and other Eastsiders.)

Back to School Roundup kicked off with pre-registration drive at
Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price urged families to pre-register to receive free school supplies and services at Roundup, coming up on August 20

The annual Back to School Roundup presented by Walmart and Sam’s Club is scheduled for 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 20 at Will Rogers Memorial Center. But families need to be aware that they must register by Aug. 17.

The Roundup is an impressive collaborative effort between local and state government entities, the county’s 20 school districts, public health departments, nonprofit organizations, corporations and volunteers.

Free school supplies will be given to about 10,000 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade who live in Tarrant County and meet specific income requirements. Preregistered school kids can get free immunizations, haircuts, dental and vision screenings and more.

How to apply

Because the need is so great in Tarrant County, families must preregister by Aug. 17 and meet eligibility requirements to be admitted. Families will not be admitted to the Roundup unless they have preregistered.

To register you must have a valid photo ID, proof of Tarrant County residency and proof of income showing the family falls below the poverty level. Learn about Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines for 2015.

Print out a registration form .

To learn more, visit the Roundup website .

Before the announcement, students from the Eastside branch of the Boys & Girls Club received haircuts and vision screenings, created piggy banks provided by Capital One, and made thank-you posters while neighborhood families pre-registered for Roundup. At the end of the event, leaders  presented backpacks filled with school supplies to children from the Boys & Girls Club.



To attend Roundup,
families are required
to pre-register.


 Pre-registration is taking place now through Aug. 15 at 29  locations across Tarrant County. (see schedule to on Events page) Eastside locations are in blue.

WHY:  With 23.8 percent of youth in Tarrant County living in poverty (SOURCE: 2011 Census), organizers expect another large crowd this year. Approximately 25,000 students and parents are expected to attend Roundup, and 10,000 school packets will be given away. (7,000 school packets and backpacks will be given to elementary-aged schoolchildren.)

Focusing on helping students with many of their school-related needs, the Tarrant County Back To School Roundup is a collaborative effort between Tarrant County and its 20 school districts, its municipalities, public health department, state agencies, nonprofits, corporate sponsors and volunteers.

INFO:  Learn more at or call 2-1-1.

New Law Establishes Definition, Rules for Auto-cycles

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is informing Texans about a new motor vehicle designation created by the 84th Texas Legislature through SB 449, which defines an autocycle and establishes requirements for titling, registration and operation. The law went into effect May 22, 2015.

An autocycle constitutes a motor vehicle, other than a tractor, that is:

• designed to have, when propelled, not more than three wheels on the ground;

• equipped with a steering wheel;

• equipped with seating that does not require the operator to straddle or sit astride the seat; and

• manufactured and certified to comply with federal safety requirements for a motorcycle.

The bill also specifies an autocycle is required to be titled and registered as a motorcycle. Additionally, an autocycle can be operated under a Class C driver license (the standard license for operating a motor vehicle).

Autocycle Requirements

Headgear: Yes. (helmet requirements and exceptions for autocycles are the same as those for motorcycles)

Safety inspection: Yes

Title required: Yes

Insurance required: Yes

Motorcycle training:  No

For a more detailed chart related to autocycle rules along with title, registration, licensing and headgear requirements, see and

Additional information is also available on the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles website at

Citizens on Patrol
Training Class

Saturday, August 15, 2015

9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex

505 W. Felix St. Fort Worth


Judy Bell, Code Blue

Fort Worth Police Department

350 W. Belknap, Fort Worth, TX  76102

Handley Railroad Museum Opens

The Historic Handley Development Corporation is pleased to announce the opening of the Handley Railroad Museum on July 4, 2015. The museum is housed in the yellow Union Pacific caboose car at 1001 S. Handley Drive at E. Lancaster Ave.

 The museum features a rotating exhibit of railroad memorabilia on display inside the caboose. Museum hours are Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Mayor Betsy Price Supports Passage of Land & Water Conservation Fund

Co-sponsored by the Mayors for Parks Coalition, the bipartisan resolution urges Congress to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund set to expire this September.

Fort Worth —June 22, 2015—  Mayor Price joined 22 fellow mayors from across the country in supporting a resolution calling for the reauthorization and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The resolution passed unanimously today at the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in San Francisco, Calif.

Mayor Price is a member of the Mayors for Parks coalition, a bipartisan project of the City Parks Alliance that seeks to increase the amount of federal funding for public parks, trails and green spaces in urban areas.

Click here to read the full press release and resolution.

News from the State and Agencies

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These articles are published on the  "Archives"   page (in a blog format), and all articles published on that page are searchable by the month published.

As local news published on the main pages of our website gets replaced by current news, those older stories are moved to the Archive page, to be permanently stored and easily accessible to the reader.  So even if a few months have passed since a story was published, and it is not on the main pages any more, it will always be on the Archives page.