Neighborhood News

If you are looking for a local story or photo that was published on GMN, and it's not on the main page any more, check in the ARCHIVES section. Get there with the link, in the top right of the navigation bar, to find previously published stories & photos. ~the Editor

Breakfast Optimist Awards Banquet

The Breakfast Optimist Club of East Fort Worth held an awards banquet on Tuesday night to honor all of the youth winners from contests held during the year.

Outstanding youth named Young Texan and Young Texanne for the year were Caleb Eden, Sana Kohl, Mia Peterson, Grant Miranda, Xander Gullinese, and Yumma Zaidi.

Winners of the Essay Contest were Jasmine Price, Arlo DeCardenas, and Houston DeCardenas—all are members of East Fort Worth 4-H Club.

Oratorical winners were Sam Cavanna, Mary Lou Cavanna, and Ava Terrell. Sam also won the district contest, and will compete at the next level later this month. He was awarded the district plaque by Optimist Governor Jim Sanders.

Pictured with the winners are Master of Ceremonies Judge Danny Rodgers and club president Carolyn Riddell.


Young Texan, Young Texanne students from Oakridge School: Caleb Eden, Sana Kohli, Mia Petersen, Grant Miranda, Xander Gullinese, Yumma Zaidi


Oratorical Winners: Mary Lou Cavanna, Ava Terrell, Sam Cavanna


1st Place Oratorical winner also won 1st in District. Sam Cavanna receiving District-winning plaque from Governor Jim Sanders


1st place Essay winner Jasmine Price with Master of Ceremonies Judge Danny Rodgers

arlo and houston

2nd and 3rd Place Essay Winners Arlo Decardenas and Houston DeCardenas


Judge Danny Rodgers, Ava Terrell, Jasmine Price, Houston DeCardenas, Mary Lou Cavanna, Sam Cavanna, Mia Petersen, Caleb Eden, Sana Kohli, Grant Miranda, Yumma Zaidi, Xander Gullinese, Optimist Club President Carolyn Riddell

Blue Angels Announce Fort Worth native to Executive Officer

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Air Training Rear Adm. Robert Westendorff named Cmdr. Jonathan Fay as the incoming executive officer of the 2022 Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels.

 Cmdr. Jonathan Fay

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Fay attended the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in economics and received his commission, May 2000.


“It is an incredible honor to join Cmdr. Kesselring in guiding this extraordinary organization through its 76th season,” Fay said. “The seriousness of this job is not one to be taken lightly. I am humbled by the legacy I will follow and excited to learn from this highly skilled group of Sailors and Marines.”

With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

FTC to Host Virtual Advertising and Data Security Workshop for Small Businesses

May 25, 2021

The Federal Trade Commission and its regional partners in Dallas will host a free, virtual workshop on June 24, 2021, to discuss advertising and data security basics for small businesses, advertising professionals, and attorneys who advise them.

The Green Lights & Red Flags: FTC Rules of the Road for Business workshop will bring together Texas business owners, marketing executives, and attorneys with national and state legal experts to provide practical insights about how established consumer protection principles apply in today’s fast-paced marketplace.

Acting FTC Chairwoman Rebecca Kelly Slaughter will open the workshop, followed by discussions on truth-in-advertising law, social media marketing, consumer reviews, children’s online privacy, email marketing, data security basics, how to avoid business-to-business scams, and ethics issues for attorneys. The full agenda is available on the event page.

The free workshop will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time and will include a discussion of legal ethics from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Space is limited so those interested in attending the virtual event should register(link is external) on the event page. A request for four hours of Continuing Legal Education credit for Texas attorneys is pending.

Green Lights & Red Flags is sponsored by the FTC, the American Advertising Federation of Dallas, the Better Business Bureau Serving North Central Texas, the Dallas Bar Association Antitrust & Trade Regulation Section, and Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

Neighborhood leaders take tour of new library

A group of neighborhood leaders were given a private tour of the new Reby Cary Youth Library at 3851 E. Lancaster Ave. This new facility is the city's first library specifically designed to serve children, teens and their caregivers. The 8,000 square foot library is named after Fort Worth native Reby Cary, who was a leader in local education and a civil rights pioneeer.

Wanda Conlin, Carol Peters and Tonya Furgerson


Reby Cary Youth Library to Open by Summer

Fort Worth Library director Manya Shorr acknowledged that she was a little nervous about this week’s preview tour for a small group of neighborhood and civic supporters of the Reby Cary Youth Library catty-cornered from Meadowbrook-Poly UMC in east Fort Worth.

The March 21 “soft opening” of the city’s first and only library for children and their families came exactly one year after the planned groundbreaking for the new library at 3815 E. Lancaster Avenue was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Shorr said.

Construction continued during COVID and was actually ahead of schedule when a February 18 preview tour was cancelled after frigid, icy weather knocked out power and damaged water pipes throughout North Texas, she noted.

To ensure the rescheduled tour was not rained out, a short outside ceremony moved inside, where Shorr and District 8 Councilwoman Kelly Allen Gray welcomed about a dozen guests representing several groups they considered integral to the new library’s successful launch.

“Third time’s a charm,” Gray said before recognizing the Cary family, former library director Gleniece Robinson, West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Association leaders, and representatives of the public art and library boards for their roles in the new library creation.

Gray said the city was looking at other sites for the new library when WMNA leaders Don Boren and Wanda Conlin showed them the site then owned by Meadowbrook UMC.

After that site was chosen, critics asked officials during a public meeting why they would put a library on East Lancaster.

“Why wouldn’t we put a library here,” Gray quoted the project architect as replying. “When you dare to dream big, great things happen,” she said.

Shorr and Gray asked the guests to envision what the unfurnished library would look like with stacks of books interspersed with chairs and curious children. Shorr said the library is expected to open by mid-summer after it is furnished and a branch manager and staff are hired.

Meadowbrook-Poly Pastor Ginger Watson was as pleased with that positive attitude as she was with the design and offerings for young people inside and outside the library. “I love it that the city officials said, ‘Why not Lancaster?,’ and I love the creative space,’’ said Rev. Watson as she snapped photos of the glass art design overhead that children can activate to change colors and the makerspace area where they can explore and create things.

Tanya Ferguson, a former WMNA president with a 10-year-old son, agreed. “This is better than I ever thought it would be,” she said.


City News

While we wait to vote in the special run off elections, here is a list of District 8 projects, compiled by District 8 resident Mike Phipps. Current District 8 councilwoman Kelly Allen Gray will be in a run-off against Chris Nettles.

District 8 Projects

As the city continues to focus on equitably delivering services using data as the basis point, I would like to use this opportunity to share a few projects that we have delivered as the Councilwoman for District 8 working with West and Central Meadowbrook Neighborhood Associations and other community partners in the area.

With the assistance of Vision East Lancaster (VEL), the investment into East Fort Worth more specifically West and Central Meadowbrook has seen a dramatic increase. The public improvements of infrastructure along East Lancaster Ave from Riverside Drive to Tierney Avenue includes improved LED Street Lighting, intersection enhancements and sidewalk improvements. This also includes the installation of public art at the FWPD Crime Lab, Trinity Metro Transit Station and the Traffic Control Boxes along the corridor using designs from the Jack Mackie Art Plan and local artists. The area will continue to see improved street lighting with the installation of LED lighting throughout the neighborhoods.

Oakland Park and Fosdic Lake Dam improvements are underway with the sidewalk installation completed along Ederville Road and Lake Shore with completion slated for early 2022.

The Reby Cary Youth Library, located on East Lancaster, is an $8 million dollar project consisting of funds from several sources including the 2014 Bond Program is slated to open in Summer 2021.

The $610,000.00 purchase of Broadcast Hill from Total in June is a great addition to Tandy Hills Parks which saves and protects endangered Prairie Land. The Friends of Tandy Hills Park raised almost $65,000.00 towards the purchase, as well.

The development of Fash Place, an almost $14 million-dollar 65-unit senior complex on Oakland Avenue, is the newest housing development in the area. Community members from both West and Central Meadowbrook neighborhoods worked with the developer to create a project everyone would be proud of, embrace, and advocate on its behalf. It opened in January 2021 ahead of schedule, with reserves and a waiting list.

Meadowbrook Golf Course has seen numerous course improvements with the closure of Sycamore Golf Course with more extensive improvements to be included in the 2022 Bond Program.

Increased Alleyway Mowing funding into each Fiscal Year Budget since 2013…increased number of alleyways being mowed by CFW

City Run-off Elections are on Saturday, June 5th. Go vote.


Greetings Friends and Neighbors,

Every eligible American wants – and should – have a say in deciding which people and policies will determine the future for our families, community, and country. At a time when far too many eligible voters are wrongly turned away from the polls – or simply don’t have access to them – we must rededicate ourselves to increasing participation among eligible voters.

Generations of Americans fought and died for our right to vote, the freedom to choose our leaders, and the right to speak up for our beliefs. But today, those rights still are under attack. In 2013, the Supreme Court gutted key portions of the Voting Rights Act, which protected eligible voters from discriminatory voting laws. The court claimed those protections were no longer necessary. Since then, at least 20 states have passed new voting restrictions – from cuts to early voting, to strict voter ID requirements, to rolling back strong reforms.

In America, voting is a right of all citizens – not a privilege granted to a chosen few. The integrity of our elections requires that all citizens have equal access to vote. When someone tells you the only way to protect our elections is to:

that person is NOT trying to protect our democracy.

We must “modernize” the Voting Rights Act and restore the requirement that certain states and localities with a history of voting discrimination get prior “preclearance” of any changes to their voting rules and practices to make sure that they are not discriminatory. It would also require all jurisdictions in the country to submit for preclearance any “covered practices” - those practices such as strict voter ID laws and polling place closures in communities of color that have typically been implemented for a discriminatory purpose or have had discriminatory effects.

Thank you for your continued support of our activities in Tarrant County Precinct One. If you are interested in submitting an article in our newsletter, please email

We would love to share your event or news with our readers.

Roy Charles Brooks

“The time is always right
to do what is right.”

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Texts to 911 now available!

If you're unable to call 911 in an emergency, text your emergency and address or location to 911 immediately.

The Tarrant County 9-1-1 District has launched text to 911. Tarrant County residents can use the service to request first-responder assistance. The 911 service cannot receive photos, videos or audio clips. Language translation services are not available when texting.

To learn more, contact the Tarrant County 9-1-1 District at 817-334-0911.

Support our Eastside Businesses

Look for this sign around the Eastside!
Displayed by East Fort Worth Business Association member businesses.

Kwik Kopy

Lloyd Jones

camp gladiator

Plumbing Force

TK Barbershop

Right Click on the ad, to get to mini menus, "View Image" to enlarge for easy reading.
FW Daiquiri Factory

Tomie Bell Caring Hands

Clean Touch




mimi tran


club ritzy

Club Ritzy's Concert Schedule

May 28th and 29th The Cooper Jazz Project

June 4th and 5th Natural Change

June 11th and 12th Fingerprints

May 18th and 19th 3 Hearts of Soul

June 25th and 26th 4 ya soul

July Band Schedule:

1 Don Diego


3 Rob Holbert

8 Don Diego

9-10 Natural Change

15 Don Diego

16 Muddy Groove

17 TBA

22 Don Diego

23 Nu Power Productions

24 Hard Drive Band

29 Don Diego

30 Rob Holbert

31 4 Ya Soul