Goodnight, Alyce

 Alyce oyd passed away peacefully at Arlington Memorial Hospital on Wednesday July 20, 2016.

Visitation will be at Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery on Wednesday, July 27th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Her service will be Thursday, July 28 at Shannon Rose Hill Chapel at 10:00am.

 Alyce joined the COP team of Ryanwood in June of 1997. Alyce Boyd was long-time president of Ryanwood NA, was charter member and co-sponsor of the Neighborhoods of East Fort Worth, alliance, and served as an officer on the Fort Worth League of Neighborhood Associations.  We'll all miss her bright smile.

East Lancaster:
Complete Streets Project

East Fort Worth Business Association recently hosted Michael Morris and Kevin Feldt, with the Transportation branch of North Texas Council of Governments. They unveiled the proposal sent to the Department of Transportation in Washington for a TIGER grant to rebuild East Lancaster Avenue.

If that grant is approved it jump starts a total project investment of more than a hundred million dollars in improvements and upgrades for this long neglected street in East Fort Worth.

Morris is an engaging speaker. He became our friend several years ago, when we invited him to speak to West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Association after one of our members, Mary Dellis, had her car float away during another rainy season.

Morris has been trying to find ways to revitalize our major thoroughfare ever since. He told us yesterday it was “good to be home.” We accept him gladly as one of us. He is a big voice in all transportation issues in North Texas.

To see the full presentation go to It’s exciting to contemplate that we could finally see money that we pay in taxes coming back to our community.

Additional information provided by Kevin Feldt:

Texas is one of the Federal Highway Administration’s designated Pedestrian Safety Focus States, and Fort Worth is one of its Focus Cities due to the high number of pedestrian crashes and fatalities.

Previous studies and transportation plans incorporating the study area have not moved forward due in part to limited funding. These works include Oakland Corners Neighborhood Empowerment Zone Strategic Plan, 2008; and Oakland Corners Urban Village Master Plan, 2007.

In addition, the Southeast Fort Worth Passenger Rail Feasibility Study, 2011, conducted by the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), recommended passenger rail service in the East Lancaster Avenue corridor. Currently the Spur BRT service on the East Lancaster Avenue corridor serves as a surrogate for a passenger rail system.

The proposed East Lancaster project will implement an integrated system of multimodal transportation and safety measures to improve safety and accessibility. Safety enhancements will be addressed throughout the corridor through the installation of buffered bike lanes, new and wider sidewalks with protective buffers, and traffic safety improvements through a separated, dedicated bus-only lane for the Spur BRT route. The project will implement bicycle access to the Spur stations and help complete gaps in the pedestrian “walk-shed.” These first and last mile connections to the Spur stations are critical for walking and bicycling access to residences and jobs in the area. Because connections to most locations are difficult and feel unsafe for many, improving the ease in accessibility is vital to increasing safety for East Lancaster residents.

TIGER Project Overview

Building on the recommendations of the city of Fort Worth Complete Street Initiatives, the East Lancaster Avenue Complete Streets project includes features that will:

• Implement proven safety measures throughout the neighborhood.

• Reduce crashes, improve operations, and enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety.

• Improve access to bus facilities.

• Connect disadvantaged residents to employment, retail, health, and educational destinations.

• Serve as a complete street demonstration project for the rest of Fort Worth.

Tarrant County 12th Annual Back To School Roundup

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 30, 2016) – In its 12th year, the Tarrant County Back To School Roundup, presented by Walmart and Sam’s Club, will take place Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Will Rogers Memorial Center’s Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall (3401 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76107).

Families who meet eligibility guidelines must pre-register by Aug. 3 to attend the event. Registration events are being held throughout Tarrant County.

(See full schedule on our Events page .)

Fort Worth ropes another premier equestrian event

Fort Worth will host the 2017 Snaffle Bit Futurity, one of the largest and most prestigious events in the Western performance horse industry, at the historic Will Rogers Equestrian Center beginning in 2017. Organizers have committed to hold the event in Fort Worth for the next three years, through 2019.

In addition to the 2017-19 events, Fort Worth has an option on events in 2020 and 2021.

A signing ceremony to solidify the multi-year agreement will be held at 10 a.m. July 12 at the Will Rogers Suite in the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall. Mayor Betsy Price and Jay Winborn, executive director of the National Reined Cow Horse Association, will attend the ceremony.

“It is a huge honor for Fort Worth and the Will Rogers Memorial Center to be the new home for the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity,” said Kirk Slaughter, director of public events for Fort Worth. “The Snaffle Bit Futurity will attract visitors domestically and internationally to Fort Worth. This prestigious event will be a great addition to the many incredible equestrian championship shows that occur at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.”

The Futurity is projected to bring in at least $250,000 in revenue to Will Rogers Memorial Complex each year and carry an overall economic impact to Fort Worth of $4 million annually.

In December 2015, the NRCHA announced it was seeking a community partner to host the Snaffle Bit Futurity in 2017 and beyond. More than a dozen facilities made initial contact after the public request for proposal. Four facilities —in Fort Worth; Denver; Reno, Nev.; and Scottsdale, Ariz. — submitted bids detailing suitability and interest.

“The board took its time with this decision. All the proposals we received were attractive, with Fort Worth providing the most appealing package overall,” said NRCHA President Todd Bergen of Eagle Point, Ore. “The Will Rogers facility was much more affordable than the other locations, as far as what it is charging the NRCHA to hold the Futurity there. The amenities, cattle supply and the central location in a great city like Fort Worth convinced the board that it would be the ideal home for the Snaffle Bit Futurity.”

Further adding to Fort Worth’s appeal was a substantial offer from a group of reined cow horse owners, breeders, exhibitors and professionals, representing all regions of the country. This coalition supported the Fort Worth location by pledging a large bonus to the payout for three years if the Futurity moved there. The added money currently stands at six figures and growing, as more supporters join the effort, according to the NRCHA.

The Futurity has been held in Reno, Nev., since its inception in 1970.

Fort Worth has hosted other NRCHA premier events, including the Celebration of Champions, since 2014.

The 2017 Snaffle Bit Futurity is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 1-14.

Public comment on 2016-2017 Action Plan, Citizen Participation Plan accepted July 1-Aug. 1

Posted June 29, 2016 – The City of Fort Worth will accept public comment about draft plans for use of federal funding from July 1 through Aug. 1.

The plans – the 2016-2017 Annual Action Plan and amendments to the Citizen Participation Plan – outline city’s planned use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds, and how the public is included in the process for allocation of these funds.

Public hearings on the draft plans will be conducted at the Community Development Council meeting, scheduled for 6:15 p.m. July 13, and at the Aug. 2 City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Both meetings will be held at City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

The plans will be submitted to the Department of Housing and Urban Development no later than Aug. 15, 2016.

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Public Comments

Mail. Submit your comment in writing to:

City of Fort Worth

Neighborhood Services

1000 Throckmorton St.

Fort Worth, TX 76102

Fax. Faxed comments should be sent to 817-392-7328.

Email. Email comments also are accepted through

For more information about the draft plans, contact Barbara Asbury, 817-392-7331, or Sylvia Flores, 817-392-8550.

City Council recommends removal of historic designation from Stop Six: Sunrise Edition neighborhood


Posted July 7, 2016 – The City Council has begun the process to remove the historic district designation for Stop Six.

District 5 Councilmember Gyna Bivens believes removing the designation will lead to increased development in this southeast Fort Worth community.

The Stop Six: Sunrise Edition area was established as a historic district by the City Council in May 2007. The neighborhood includes a collection of early-20th century subdivisions along the Fort Worth-to-Dallas interurban train line that was developed about 1924.

Today, however, more than two-thirds of the properties in the designated area are vacant or have structures that do not contribute to sustaining the current district designation. Many of the remaining structures are in poor condition or have been inappropriately modified.

The City Council voted 8-0 to adopt a resolution initiating the removal of the historic district designation. The Historic and Cultural Landmarks Commission and the Zoning Commission will hold public hearings and will make recommendations on removing the historic district before it returns to the City Council for a final vote.

View a district map.

Learn more about Fort Worth’s historic districts.


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Max Brennan is pastor of

St. Matthew United Methodist Church

 2414 Hitson Lane, Fort Worth 76112.    817.451.6980

Sundays at 11:00 am

Giving you a “head’s up”—

I will be leading a revival at St. Paul UMC in Hurst where Keith Murray is pastor.

That’s Sept. 21-24.

The last revival I led was in 1991.

I try to work one in every 25 years or so.

My next one will be in 2041.

So if you don’t catch this one, you’ll have to wait awhile.

Now this word of warning to the good people of St. Paul UMC: I will also be singing on a couple of the revival evenings.

 I have not been invited to sing, but I love to sing. And I have not been invited not to sing.

 So I will sing.

 I will also be singing at Eastside Gospel Night at Meadowbrook UMC on Saturday, July 16—5:00 p.m.

 Now, I have not been invited to sing at that event either. I was invited to MC.

But, again, I have not been invited not to sing.

 So I will sing.

 Tickets--$7 at the door—including supper.

 Many others will sing on Gospel Night—people actually invited to sing.

That’s Saturday—July 16.

5:00 p.m.

Meadowbrook UMC

Proceeds go to Eastside Ministries.


 My book, God, Grace and Gooseberry, will be available at St. Paul UMC this Sunday.

 I have a concern. When folks there read my book, they may decide they have made a terrible mistake in asking me to be their revival preacher.

 I hope they will still let me sing!

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