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.

July 4 Holiday DWI Patrols by DPS

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will increase DWI patrols for a 12-day period that includes the July 4th holiday. From June 26 – July 7, DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.

“As Texans make their plans for the Fourth of July, DPS is urging everyone to enjoy the holiday responsibly,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Driving while impaired can have deadly consequences, so Texans who plan to drink alcohol should always designate a sober driver or choose alternate forms of transportation. During the holiday, DPS troopers will be increasing patrols to help keep travelers safe and take dangerous drivers off the road.”

During the 2014 July 4th enforcement period, DPS troopers made more than 1,050 DWI arrests during the enforcement period. Of those arrests, 219 were the direct result of a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) grant, which allowed increased patrols in high-risk locations during times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent. During the same period, DPS enforcement also resulted in more than 15,000 speeding citations and more than 2,500 seat belt/child safety seat citations.

According to TxDOT, in 2014 more than 1,000 people in Texas were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving a driver who was under the influence of alcohol, accounting for 29 percent of the year’s total traffic fatalities.

DON'T DRINK & DRIVE!!

 

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Vision East Lancaster
Business Owner Meeting

A large group of East Lancaster businessmen and women gathered on May 21st at the Federacion de Zacatecas building on East Lancaster for  an informative meeting with city staff dealing with various issues. The agenda included  speakers from Development and Planning, Economic Development, Code Compliance, Transportation and Public Works, and Public Art. Business owners  learned about different programs the City has that will help beautify and improve their business, at low or no cost to the owner.

Wyndie Turpen, RS, Supervisor, Code Compliance/Consumer Health and her team of  Fort Worth Code Compliance officers were out last week personally delivering the invitation letter to each Lancaster Avenue business owner in an effort to get more participation at the meeting.

Updates on the improvements being made to lighting and signalizing on the Avenue were reviewed by Alonzo Linan from TPW and the upcoming art projects were presented by Anne Allen, Project Manager for Arts Council.

The Vision East Lancaster group is a task force sponsored by East Fort Worth Business Association, headed by Wanda Conlin as the Chairwoman and with Professor Sean Crotty as the Advisor. Professor Crotty is in the Urban Geography Department at TCU.

 The business owners and City representatives attending expressed keen interest  in having these meetings on a quarterly basis. The next meeting will be announced here and on the Vision East Lancaster websites when it is scheduled, and will be focused on one special issue. This next meeting will be a conversation with the business owners as to what their views are about improving the Avenue, and what the objectives are for achieving the long range viability of the economic base.

Three neighborhood associations represent the Avenue and all three presidents were in attendance. West Meadowbrook was represented by Darin Hoppe, Central Meadowbrook by Janet Kennedy, and Historic Handley by Judy Taylor. Judy is hard at work most days trying to sell beautiful Handley as a great place to live and work. She has recently seen success in bringing a Farmer’s Market to a Handley location.

For information about the Vision East Lancaster project, call 817-536-6993 or email donandwanda@charter.net.

Visit them online at VisionEastLancaster.org

 

June 9 Spring Jazz Concert directed by Kathy Bernal

East Fort Worth Community Jazz Band Spring Concert on June 9th at 7:30 pm in the Jean McClung MS Auditorium was another great event for residents on the Eastside.

Visit our VIDEO page to see and hear a 3 minute video clip from the performance.

Mayor Price and Austin Jourde:  Central Market general manager Austin Jourde (left) and  Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price participated in a lively celebration as Blue Zones Project recognized Central Market as Blue Zones Project Approved™.

Blue Zones Project Honors Central Market for Becoming Blue Zones Project Approved

Fort Worth Celebration held Saturday, May 30

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 27, 2015) – Blue Zones Project® joins Central Market in hosting a community celebration as Central Market becomes Blue Zones Project Approved™. Blue Zones Project is a community-led well-being improvement initiative aimed at making healthier choices easier for people who live, work and play in Fort Worth.

Central Market will host a celebration for the public beginning at noon Saturday, May 30, at the Fort Worth store, 4651 West Freeway. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay Berdan and Fort Worth Council Member Ann Zadeh (District 9) will participate in the event.

Central Market, the destination fresh market, operates nine stores throughout Texas, and is a division of HEB, the food retailer based in San Antonio. The store offers a variety of high-quality produce and a collection of imported and home-grown products across a full-view, European-style layout. Central Market limits floor space allocated to packaged products, allowing more space for fresh produce, meat and seafood, bulk products and chef-prepared items.

Central Market achieved Blue Zones Project Approved status by completing the Blue Zones Project Grocery Store® Pledge and adopting or supporting a selection of best practices from a menu of 35 options.

Grocery stores can choose from a menu of pledge actions to become Blue Zones Project Approved, many of which Central Market already had in place. Those included offering half sandwiches in the deli, adding signage to highlight locally grown produce, selling healthy grab-and-go lunches, distributing healthy recipes, and holding food demonstrations in the store that meet the Blue Zones Guidelines for Healthy Foods and Beverages.

The Fort Worth store is implementing several significant changes such as creating Blue Zones Project parking spaces at the furthest distance from the store, using shelf talkers to call out Blue Zones-inspired foods and installing two Blue Zones Project checkout lanes that offer healthy grab-and-go snacks and beverages rather than candy and soft drinks.

“We are committed to providing our customers with a variety of delicious, healthy food options and creating an atmosphere that celebrates community, innovation and well-being,” said Austin Jourde, general manager of Central Market Fort Worth. “Blue Zones Project is an excellent resource to further our mission and we are proud to partner with this organization to make Fort Worth a healthier place to live and work.”

The Central Market celebration will feature samples of Blue Zones-inspired foods, recipes and educational materials on the Blue Zones concepts for healthy living. Music will be provided on the outdoor patio.

“We applaud Central Market for the innovation and creativity it has demonstrated to help make the healthy choice the easy choice for its customers,” said Suzanne Duda, vice president of Blue Zones Project Fort Worth. “The leadership of Central Market is a milestone in Fort Worth’s Blue Zones Project experience.”

Fort Worth is currently a Blue Zones Project Demonstration Site. Over the next four years, the city will be implementing environmental changes in six key areas, including worksites, schools, grocery stores, restaurants, individuals and community policy. Once city-specific goals are met, Fort Worth will be certified as a Blue Zones Community®.

 

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.

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RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR HISTORIC PROPERTIES IMPACTED BY FLOODING

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Historical Commission (THC) can assist property owners, local officials, and government agencies in communities impacted by the recent weather events in Texas.

In Texas, both disaster preparedness and disaster relief are coordinated by the Division of Emergency Management. With a federal disaster declaration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will become involved. The use of federal funds to assist communities after a disaster is subject to review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act when the clean-up and repair work impacts historic properties. In these situations, federal agencies will consult with the THC to ensure that the historic resources are protected.

The THC can advise property owners of historic properties on the proper clean-up, rehabilitation techniques, and technical preservation issues in the aftermath of a disaster. THC staff can make site visits as needed to assist property owners as they plan for disaster recovery.

In addition to preserving historic properties, the THC website contains resources for the treatment of damaged museum collections and information from the Texas Department of Transportation addressing flood damage to truss bridges. For more information, contact the THC Division of Architecture at 512.463.6094 or visit www.thc.state.tx.us/disaster.