Handley-Meadowbrook Lions Club is thrilled to announce that Rear Admiral Rebecca McCormick-Boyle, Commander, Navy Medicine Education and Training Command will be visiting the HMLC on Wednesday, October 25 as their special guest speaker.

RSVP NOW to attend this meeting!!

Call the Lions club house at 817.457.1323 or email president John Smith, at

Lunch Tickets $15 each for this special event.

You can also buy a ticket from any HMLC member at their eye screening exam event during HandleyFest Oct. 14.

 See the Events page for more details.

Navy Blue Angels to soar above Alliance Airport Oct. 28-29

As Blue Angels jets take to the skies and fly only a few feet from wingtip to wingtip, the crowd gets a glimpse of the skills and capabilities that all fighter pilots must possess.

The Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Alliance Air Show will feature the world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels Oct. 28-29 at Fort Worth Alliance Airport.

Gates are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. General admission remains free, and parking ranges from $15-$30. Premium seating options are available for purchase.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels is one of America’s premier flight demonstration squadrons. Blue Angels performances draw more than 11 million spectators over a typical air show season. Based at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, the Blue Angels fly six powerful Boeing F/A-18 Hornets during their tightly choreographed, high-energy demonstration — sometimes flying as little as 18 inches apart.

In addition to the Blue Angels, performers include the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demonstration Team, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, Patriot Parachute Team, Trojan Phlyers and stunt pilot Gene Soucy with wing walker Teresa Stokes. Static displays include warbirds, military and general aircraft and helicopters.

Additional attractions include a Kid Zone, simulators, interactive exhibits, helicopter rides, food, Honor Guard Memorial and more.

Since 2006, more than $620,000 has been distributed to more than 60 nonprofit organizations.

This year’s proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations and local school STEM programs.

Fort Worth wins 2017
WaterSense Excellence Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the City of Fort Worth with a 2017 WaterSense Excellence Award as a leader in water conservation efforts. Fort Worth was honored at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference last week. It was one of six cities nationwide to receive an Excellence Award in promoting the WaterSense Program, which helps residents use water more efficiently.

More than 1,700 utilities, manufacturers, retailers, builders and organizations partner with WaterSense. Only a select few, however, are recognized each year for their significant program contributions. This is the second Excellence Award received by the Fort Worth Water Department.

Fort Worth has engaged residents in a variety of programs to save water, such as the SmartFlush toilet program, which distributed more than 2,400 high-efficiency toilets in 2016, saving more than 15,241,708 gallons. In addition, Fort Worth offered more than 233 WaterSense-labeled showerheads at community events free to residents.

Since 2006, Fort Worth and other WaterSense partners have helped consumers save 1.5 trillion gallons of water, more than the amount of water used by all households in California for a year. In addition to water savings, WaterSense-labeled products and homes have helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump and treat water by 212 billion kilowatt hours since the program began in 2006 — enough energy to supply a year’s worth of power to more than 19.4 million homes.

Fort Worth Water Conservation Team members and Acting Water Director Kara Shuror accepted the
EPA 2017 WaterSense Excellence Award.
Pictured are Conservation Specialist Jillian North, Conservation Specialist Hillary Roberts, EPA's Acting Associate Director for the Office of Water Management Infrastructure Division Leo Gueriguian, Water Conservation Manager Micah Reed, Acting Water Director Kara Shuror and Water Conservation Specialist Michele Birmingham.

Gilma Avalos is Keynote Speaker at EFWBA Awards Banquet

President of the East Fort Worth Business Association, Wanda Conlin, is pleased to announce that Gilma Avalos is the Keynote Speaker for their annual Outstanding Awards & Scholarships Banquet, to be held on Thursday November 9, 2017 at the Woodhaven Country Club.

This year's banquet focuses 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.

Gilma began her broadcasting career at the age of 12, as the host of Paleokids, a Spanish Language show for Discovery Kids Latin America. Gilma Avalos joined CBS 11 in October 2014 from WTVJ-TV in her hometown of Miami. Gilma previously served as an anchor and reporter for News 12 The Bronx in New York City, where she received a regional EMMY nomination for Hurricane Isaac coverage.


Neighborhood awards applications accepted through Nov. 9

Posted Oct. 4, 2017 — Has your neighborhood association done something really cool this year? Then you deserve a pat on the back and a chance to share your achievements with the whole city.

Applications for the City of Fort Worth’s 2017 Neighborhood Awards will be accepted through Nov. 9. The awards are presented annually to recognize community efforts to revitalize, socialize, engage, collaborate, get healthy and communicate with neighbors. Neighborhoods are recognized for beautification and revitalization efforts, social and cultural events, collaborative projects, health and wellness efforts, and excellent communications efforts.

Award recipients will be announced at the Mayor’s Community Engagement Workshops and 2017 Neighborhood Awards Luncheon on Jan. 20, 2018. The event will be held 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Riley Center at Southwestern Seminary, 1701 W. Boyce Ave.

Before the awards luncheon ceremony, neighbors will attend up to three workshops with topics including crime prevention strategies, neighborhood revitalization, the war on litter, social media tools and more.

Get award applications and workshop registration information.

To learn more, call the Community Engagement Office at 817-392-6201.

Polytechnic Homecoming Parade was Saturday, Sept 30

High School Football Homecoming is a tradition that unites generations of Polytechnic students. The Polytechnic Alumni  made this year's parade even larger than before.  The parade featured children in the schools that feed Poly, as well as graduates who still stay active in the school. The parade started at 11am sharp, Saturday, Sept 30th from Poly High School, and  wound through east Fort Worth.


Photos are published on the Neighborhood News page!

What Lies Ahead?

These are troubling times for sure.  Battered by natural disasters, the slaughter of innocents at home and oversees, on top of which we have a nuclear threat hovering on the horizon.  Feel you are contending with forces over which you have no control?

 However, we are not helpless, for each of us possesses a precious ability; the ability to choose.  Dr. Viktor Frankl, describing his three years in Nazi concentration camps stated, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the freedom to choose his attitude in any given set of circumstances.”  As the strength to choose a right attitude sustained him in awful circumstances, so exercising the same choice will sustain us too.

The key, of course, is finding the source of strength to choose the right attitude. Many options may come to mind, but one has proven to be solid, true and reliable; humble obedient faith in Jesus Christ!  Even when in prison Paul the apostles could declare, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).  Why not take time to join us and learn more?


Renee Higginbotham-Brooks

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

(817) 334-0106 office


Over 30 years experience in:

• Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death

• Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney

• Probate Administration

Water and sewer lines to be installed, streets repaved in Diamond Hill and East Fort Worth

Water and sewer lines will be replaced on six streets, then the streets will be repaved. Make plans to attend to learn about the construction schedule and impacts to residents.

Diamond Hill area

    Urban Drive from Northeast Parkway to the I-35W frontage road.

    Northeast Parkway from Rondo Drive to Great Southwest Parkway.

The city’s Transportation & Public Works Department will meet with residents at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 N.E. 36th St.

East Fort Worth

Another meeting is planned for residents of Handley who live on the following streets:

    McGee Street from the north dead end to Craig Street.

    Routt Street from Forest Avenue to Mims Street.

    Routt Street from Hunter Street to Milam Street.

    Routt Street from Milam Street to Mims Street.

    Hunter Street from Church Street to East Lancaster Avenue.

    Lumber Street from Church Street to East Lancaster Avenue.

This meeting will occur at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Handley United Methodist Church, 2929 Forest Ave.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Mary Hanna at 817-392-5565.

Stop Six Informational meeting, Thursday Sept. 14

District 5 Councilwoman Gyna Bivens Stop Six press conference at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church

City Council recently set aside $2.56 million in funding to implement capital projects aimed specifically at improving neighborhoods. This funding may be designated for targeted neighborhoods on an annual basis. The revitalization has a dual purpose: increase public safety and improve the looks of the neighborhood.

Depending on results, similar revitalization programs will be rolled out in a different neighborhood in the coming years. Councilwoman Bivens said "The entire council was surprised when City Manager David Cooke announced this innovative approach to improving neighborhoods.

I was especially pleased when he announced the pilot for this new project would take place in District 5.

 I didn't lobby for the $2.5M that funds the project and council members are not lobbying to be next. There are specific criteria that validate the awarding of this allocation. Cooke looked at high poverty, high crime, scholastic achievement challenges and other areas of concern."

Stop Six Neighborhood Improvement Strategy

Stop Six has been selected as the first Neighborhood Improvement Strategy target area. A first-of-its-kind project, the pilot program will use funds set aside by City Council to improve neighborhood vitality and give residents paths to self-sufficiency.

Why was Stop Six selected? With an unemployment rate two-and-a-half times the city average, 78 percent of the population categorized as low-to-moderate income and a crime rate where 65 per 1,000 people are victims of crime, the area needs an aggressive effort to improve neighborhood vitality.

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