East Fort Worth Business Association

Honoring the Outstanding People
at Fall Banquet

Gilma Avalos was Keynote Speaker at EFWBA Banquet

Gilma Avalos was the Keynote Speaker for theEast Fort Worth Business Association's annual Outstanding Awards & Scholarships Banquet, held on Thursday November 9, 2017 at the Woodhaven Country Club.

This year's banquet focused on Education. Gilma holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and Spanish from Columbia University. Born in El Salvador and raised in South Florida, Gilma learned English as a second language. She credits her teachers with helping her discover her love of academics. It is why she is passionate about speaking to school children about the value of education.

Congratulations to:

Outstanding Youth of 2017 – Scholarship Winners

Carrington Baxter, Polytechnic High School

Jacob Crockett, Young Men’s Leadership Academy

Chloe Dickens, Eastern Hills High School

Emma Lopez, Fort Worth Can Academy

Divine Webber, Nolan Catholic High School

Ja’Kayla Womack, Dunbar High School

Outstanding Project of the Year

Fort Worth Public Art - Signal Box Wrapers

Outstanding Organization of the Year

Eastside Blossoms

Outstanding Educator of the Year

Lindsay Laster

Outstanding Man of the Year

Tom Cook

Outstanding Woman of the Year

Debra Williamson

What Really Counts?

Another year is zipping on by, and here we are in November already!  Some call it the “festive season” but for many it is more like the “frenzied season.”  Things to be done, events to attend, and of course, presents to buy.  The end results of all the activity and spending can be a lot of remorse, especially when all the bills become due.


Which brings us back to the question, “What really counts?”  Dee Hock, one-time chief of the Visa Bank Card Corporation, made this statement, “It’s not that people value money, but they value everything so much less – not that they are more greedy, but that they have no other values to keep greed in check.  They don’t know what else to value.”


The accumulation of “things” and the building of status have become all-important for all too many.  Dr. Charles Garfield put it this way, “Not everything that counts can be counted.  Not everything that can be counted counts.”  Jesus Christ formed this in a penetrating question, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?  Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).


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EFWBA names Eastside Blossoms Outstanding Organization 2017

Volunteers from Compass Bank recently installed flowering trees at the southeast and southwest corners of Oakland Boulevard and Randol Mill Road. The trees include Texas mountain laurel, desert willow, purple smoke tree, Eve's necklace, redbud and Mexican plum.

Eastside Blossoms, an effort to beautify east Fort Worth by planting flowering trees along roadways, parkways and in parks, was named Outstanding Organization of the Year by the East Fort Worth Business Association.

Eastside Blossoms is a project of East Fort Worth Inc., a nonprofit economic development corporation committed to improving and marketing the quality of life in east Fort Worth.

Eastside Blossoms has planted more than 600 blooming trees toward its original goal of 2,000. The group has added a landscaped East First Street entry into Gateway Park to its original plan and expects to complete $40,000 worth of improvements to the entry before the end of the year.

We have known about this for a long time, and it feels like we have been waiting forever…

New eastside library to be a children's library

Posted Nov. 13, 2017 | Last updated Nov. 15, 2017

A visit to the local library is one of the best ways to get a child interested in learning. That is why the city’s newest library will be dedicated to serving children from birth to 18.

The first of its kind in North Texas, the children’s library will be at 3851 E. Lancaster Ave. and will provide educational programs that complement a child’s formal education and be an environment that encourages curiosity, reading, creativity and critical thinking.

Architects have been selected to design the 8,000-square-foot facility. Design will get underway in the next few weeks, and it is scheduled to be finished in the fall of 2018. Construction is tentatively slated to begin January 2019 and be completed by fall 2019.

Community meetings to receive residents’ input will be scheduled for early 2018.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Alfonso Meza in the Property Management Department at 817-392-8274.

East Fort Worth Business Association donated $5,400 to purchase school library books

Diverse Books Donated to Spark Student Interest in Reading

Diverse and culturally-relevant books will soon be in the hands of
Fort Worth ISD students attending elementary schools

within the Eastern Hills Pyramid.


On Tuesday, Nov. 14, nine librarians from the Eastern Hills High School Pyramid, elementary feeder campuses to the high school, met to sort and label books purchased with a $5,400 donation from the East Fort Worth Business Association.

Librarians at each school received $600 to purchase books culturally-and-racially relevant for their student populations in an effort of sparking an interest in reading among students at an early age.

Recipients of the books are Sagamore Hill, Meadowbrook, Eastern Hills, West Handley, East Handley, Atwood McDonald, John T. White Leadership Academy, Lowery Road and Bill J. Elliott Elementary Schools.

 “We hope our donation serves as an example that other civic, social, professional, community and neighborhood groups choose to follow,” said Wanda Conlin, East Fort Worth Business Association president. “Just think of the positive difference we can make if we all band together to support our schools either through books, volunteerism or other forms of activism.”

The book donation falls in line with the community-wide 100X25FWTX initiative, an effort to have all third-graders reading on grade level or above by 2025. Superintendent Kent P. Scribner is partnering with Mayor Betsy Price and Matt Rose, BNSF executive chairman on the collective effort to engage families, caregivers, businesses, colleges and universities, non-profit organizations and the faith-based community in accomplishing the goal.

Additional photos are on EFWBA.org at bpttom of page.

Eight donated horses join PD’s Mounted Patrol

Officer Daniel Segura gets to know one of the new horses joining the Mounted Patrol.

Eight horses have been donated to the Fort Worth Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit by the Citizens Support Group.

The horses range in value from $3,500 to $6,500, with a total donated value of $39,000. Since 1987, the support group has worked with the city to provide horses, trailers and various other items.

The Mounted Patrol Unit is tasked with patroling the Stockyards area, parking lots, mall areas, downtown and is especially useful in searching rugged terrain for missing persons.

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