EARLY Voting opens Oct 24 and runs through Nov. 4

Election Day is Tues., Nov. 8

Here are links to sites with all current Tarrant County voting information. This election, and the direction it takes our country, is too important to stay on the sidelines and not vote.

For most of our readers, the Handley-Meadowbrook Community Center is the closest location for Early Voting.

Here is a bilingual listing of all Tarrant County Early Voting locations.

If you are a procrastinator, or like waiting in lines on Election Day, here are ALL the Election Day voting locations in the County. Check your voter registration card for the location you are supposed to vote at.

If you cant find your Voter Registration Card, use this site to look up your information. It will contain all the same information as on your registration card. If your information does not show up, you may not be correctly registered, and may not be able to vote. Now is a good time to check your status.

This site also has a sample ballot you can download to use to review candidates and where they appear on the ballot. There are  names and positions I have not heard much about.

Did you know your voter information is in a PUBLIC database? You have to register to OPT-OUT of the public listings. This is the same database the telemarketers use to call you.

VOTER ID: On August 10, 2016, a federal district court entered an order changing the voter identification requirements for all elections held in Texas after August 10, 2016, until further notice.  As a result, voters who have obtained an acceptable form of photo identification for voting are still required to present it in order to vote in person in all Texas elections.  The acceptable form of photo identification may be expired up to four years.  Voters who have not been able to obtain one of the forms of acceptable photo identification listed in the "Required Identification for Voting in Person (blue shaded section to the left), and have a reasonable impediment or difficulty to obtaining such identification, may present a supporting form of identification and execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration, noting the voter’s reasonable impediment to obtaining an acceptable form of photo identification and stating that the voter is the same person on the presented supporting form of identification.  This requirement is effective immediately.

For all other voter & election  information, check out this site:

And now, GO VOTE!

Eastsiders turn out for early voting. GO VOTE!

East Fort Worth Business Association hosts Eastside Spirit Night at Mexican Inn Restaurant

Money raised for new Library projects.

Members of EFWBA greeted friends and guests a the E. Lancaster Mexican Inn Restaurant on Tuesday, October 18 for the East Fort Worth Fall Spirit Night. The restaurant donates 25% of the evening's proceeds to the organization for community improvements on the Eastside. This year, funds are going toward a larger project, one that will be built at the new children's Library on Lancaster.

Community meetings regarding the design and focus of the library are posted further down on this page.

Here are the friends and families that attended Spirit Night.

Central and West Meadowbrook Associations host First Public Meeting for new Library

Members of District 8 have begun the input process starting with West Meadowbrook and Central Meadowbrook Neighborhood Associations at their monthly meetings.

The Fort Worth Library staff, led by Director Gleniece Robinson, congratulated the WMNA and the Eastside for supporting the library in the last bond issue and she credited Wanda Conlin and Don Boren for their persistence in pursuing the library.

She also announced that Wanda and Don had donated $10,000 to the new project, as a memorial tribute to Wanda's son Jim Conlin, who died suddenly in 2013.

 The library is in the planning stages and is expected to be complete in 2019. The 8,000-square-foot facility will serve students from pre-K through middle school. Public input is being sought to determine types of services and name of the library and maker space.

Wanda Conlin is also the President of East Fort Worth Business Association, a group that is heavily committed to improving the Eastside. Conlin said "The meeting was wonderful. I am appreciative for all who attended and who care. The concept that it be a library for children is exciting. This makes our library a component piece to our performing schools and adds to our vision of East Fort Worth as the “Destination for Education”. We’d love to see children from all over town lining up to be enrolled in our schools."

My only other suggestions are that our building not look “institutional” and that the art piece be there when we open the doors. I’d like the art to be something universal, not ethnic and not historic, just something we can all enjoy and related to children as Gary suggested.

Gary Cumbie had some great suggestions:

  • Library name:  Meadowbrook Library
  • 2nd choice: East Lancaster Library
  • Public Art: Because the focus is children, I suggest statues of children reading.
  • Maker’s Room – In honor of benefactors of the library, who “make” things happen, I suggest “The Wanda Conlin and Don Boren Maker’s Room.”
  • Security – In response to a good question that came up at the end, I support the idea of limiting adult access to the Library.   However, to allow neighbors to request and pick up materials from other libraries, I suggest that the library be designed with a small lobby, having no seating or rest rooms, where adults can check materials in and out with a librarian without entering a secured area with children.
  •  Adults should not be admitted to the secured children's area unless accompanied by a child.


Central Meadowbrook NA thanks to Councilwoman Kelly Allen Gray for being a strong advocate and much appreciation to Gleniece for steering us in the right direction.

The next meeting is Thursday, October 27, 6:30pm -8:00pm at the Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave.  Ms. Robinson will give the same presentation and engage in conversation with the audience.

Gleniece Robinson, director Fort Worth Library System, and
Cynthia Triche, D5 District Director.

The Tin Can Sailors are a group of Vets that meet once a month at Smokey's BBQ on Lancaster. They have a project in the works, and we will be getting more information on it soon.

Here are the handsome guys of the Tin Can Sailors, whom we thank for their service to our country.

BOHN, Handley and Eastern Hills  take Code Compliance complaints about business to City Hall

Update Oct. 21 —  On Wednesday, October 19,  Mike Phipps, Eddie S. Carol Eicher, and LaWayne Hauser attended  the Planning/Development meeting at City Hall to protest the 6101 Meadowbrook's request for Variance on the metal fence that is on property where metal fences are not allowed. The request for continuance was denied.

Quite interestingly, a lady who is in charge of making property repairs on all the owners' businesses, etc. had never seen the  physical property. When she saw the photos, she seemed shocked and even embarrassed and agreed that the condition was despicable. She said that no way would her construction company be making repairs to something that looked like that. She agreed that the owner should be financial able to make necessary improvements.

We have also just been informed that the building known as "Good Girls Variety store" on the corner of Meadowbrook at Oak Hill, has been leased to someone who plans to open a used car lot. Hopefully we will be able to prevent a zoning change that would allow a car lot.

If no one shows up at the hearings it can get approved. Appearing when these cases are on the agenda is so important.  If we weren't there  (October 19th)  the variance would have been granted for 6101 Meadowbrook.

BOA is 3rd Wednesday of each month. Go to fortworthtexas.gov to get the agendas also zoning and building standards agendas.


For years 6101 Meadowbrook Drive (northeast corner of Meadowbrook and Oakhill) has been in violation of many sorts.  We first reported this property back in 2007 for the illegal fencing, since then it has only gotten worse with additional violations.

Several months ago they added corrugated tin to the top of what was already an unsightly fence.  Finally they are going to have to answer to the violation.  They are not going before the Board of Adjustment Commission for a variance to install something in place of what is there, they actually filed a application to continue the use of the fence that is already there.

I included several photos that I took Aug 1st when I last reported the property. They are going before the commission for the fence violation only although there are several other issues with the property.

The snow cone stand is a violation of illegal land use, even when not operating. I've never seen it open but it appears that they have at some point since there's electrical wires crossing the parking lot to gain electricity.

To legally operate they have to go before BOA for a variance, restrooms / plumbing must be available, the condition of the structure, stairs, handrail and decking also has many safety issues.

Trash and debris is plenty, the outside storage of 100's of tires is a great concern with all the issues with mosquitos and standing water and they are usually in violation of tall grass and weeds.

PLEASE take a moment to share this information with your contacts who you know have concerns regarding this location and then send a letter asking for the BOA commission to deny this request.

This property has become one extreme eyesore and the time has finally come for the public to express their desire for the owner and operator to bring their property into compliance.


Renee Higginbotham-Brooks

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

(817) 334-0106 office


email: brooks99@sbcglobal.net


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What’s going on in your mind?

We live in a busy noise filled world.  Even when isolated in our own little world with earbuds inserted there is still noise; it’s just noise of our choosing.

Yes, you say, but there is a quiet, private place – in my mind, where I am alone with my thoughts.  No one can censor what’s goes on in the mind, and government can’t regulate your thoughts; it’s private and doesn’t affect anyone else.

All that is true, up to a point.  Scripture reminds us however, “For as he thinks within himself, so he is” (Proverbs 23:7).  Your thoughts shape your life, and therefore your destiny.  Jesus Christ made that clear, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders”  (Matthew 15:19).

Good thoughts don’t produce bad actions, and bad thoughts can’t produce good actions.  The first step to healthy living and peace with God is, “Set your mind on the things above ...” (Colossians 3:2).  Why not take the first step and join with us at 10 AM on Sunday mornings.


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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