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Bobbie Wygant to Share Her Memorable TV Career

Broadcast legend Bobbie Wygant has released her memoir, “Talking to the Stars: Bobbie Wygant’s 70 Years in Television.” The Meadowbrook United Methodist Women had the privilege of hosting her at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in MUMC’s Fellowship Hall. During her seven-decade career, Wygant interviewed thousands of the most notable entertainers and celebrities from Bob Hope and Jane Fonda to Denzel Washington and Matt Damon. She was live on her midday program “Dateline” on Nov. 22, 1963, when news broke of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

A few months later, she interviewed the Beatles during their debut U.S. tour. Her publisher, TCU Press, has shared her speaking date with its regular subscribers so we may have a big turnout besides our own members.

Bobbie will sign books at the reception following the program. Refreshments will be served by Myra-Margaret Circle members.

 

A memorable night with Bobbie Wygant

 Broadcast legend Bobbie Wygant came to Meadowbrook UMC Tuesday night to share stories from her memoir, "Talking to the Stars: Bobbie Wygant's 70 Years in Television."  But the order of the program quickly switched when Mrs. Wygant graciously began signing her books for United Methodist Women who surrounded her as soon as she arrived in the Fellowship Hall.  She then spent 45 minutes regaling us with tales of her adventures as the first woman broadcaster hired by Amon Carter two weeks before the Channel 5 went on the air in Fort Worth in 1948 as the first television station between the Mississippi River and California. From her childhood favorite, Bob Hope, who nearly tossed her from a golf cart during one free-wheeling interview, to Bette Davis, who passed on her "no nostril shot" admonition to photographers,  Mrs. Wygant was an award-winning entertainment reporter. But she rose to the occasion when word of President John Kennedy's 1963 assassination was called into the station during her live interview show. She calmly continued her interview, breaking in from time to time to relay news updates from news reporters in Dallas. She's scheduled to relate more about that experience during an appearance at the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas next week.

 

Download the Trinity Trails app

Posted April 4, 2019

The Trinity Trails app covers 70 miles of trails, from Marine Creek to Cobb Park to Oakmont and more.

Now you can explore the Trinity Trails with the help of an interactive tour guide from the Tarrant Regional Water District.

The Trinity Trails app offers up-to-date information on amenities, events and other happenings along the 70-plus-mile trail network. The app provides information on trailhead locations, a complete trail map, amenity information and more.

Download the app on iTunes or Google Play.

It’s time for parents to enroll children in FWISD Early Learning Programs

Early learning teachers focus on literacy, math, social interactions and other skills to help children successfully navigate the academic path that lies ahead.

The Fort Worth ISD is making it easier for parents to enroll children for pre-K and kindergarten. Backing up its belief that “Your Child Belongs Here,” the district is providing streamlined online registration and requiring fewer documents during enrollment.

Pre-K and kindergarten registration is underway.

Additionally, the Fort Worth ISD Bookmobile is visiting local neighborhoods to help parents register their children. Children will receive free books to get them excited about learning as they prepare to begin school in the fall.

The district’s pre-K program is free, and there’s enough room for every child. Children attend school from 7:50 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. each day in classrooms that are nurturing, safe spaces that inspire discovery and learning.

Research shows young children who have positive early learning experiences are better equipped to develop the cognitive, social, physical and emotional skills they will need throughout elementary and secondary school.

New online certificate of appropriateness application available for historic properties and districts

Property owners in historic districts of Fort Worth are required to obtain a certificate of appropriateness for any exterior work on a property located in a historic district or an individually designated structure. To make the application process easier, residents and contractors can now use a new online application tool for both residential and commercial projects. And, it’s mobile-friendly.

“This is a positive benefit for everyone in Fort Worth’s preservation community because it will enhance application submittal, project tracking and communication between the city and the preservation community,” said Justin Newhart, senior planner for historic preservation and urban design.

Historic districts in Fort Worth are areas or neighborhoods with a common theme based on architectural style, historical development patterns, cultural identity or social and economic historical patterns.

Changes to historic properties, including exterior alterations, new construction and demolition, require review by the Preservation and Design Section to ensure that changes comply with the Historic District Guidelines and the Historic Preservation Ordinance. Any work undertaken on the exterior of a property requires a certificate of appropriateness before beginning the work. The work must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and local district guidelines, where applicable.

Design standards address alterations, additions, demolition and new construction that affects a historic property or historic district. Most work undertaken on a historic property or within a historic district is eligible for the Historic Site Tax Exemption program, provided the work meets design guidelines. Residents should contact staff for more information on the program, which offers a 10-year tax abatement for rehabilitation projects.

Changes to historic properties

A certificate of appropriateness is an approval from the Historic and Cultural Landmarks Commission or historic preservation officer. A COA must be obtained before any changes to the exterior of the property, including changes to any of the following:

    Walls.

    Roofs.

    Siding.

    Windows.

    Exterior doors.

    Fences.

    Porch or porch columns.

    Driveways or walkways.

    Decks.

    Painting masonry.

    Foundations.

 

In addition to the COA, property owners are responsible for obtaining all other required permits for the work that they propose to carry out on the property.

New eastside library design taking shape – Public Meeting

The City of Fort Worth is hosted a community meeting to unveil the final design of the new eastside family library. The presentation included an update from Fort Worth Public Art representatives and the city’s Park and Recreation Department.

The meeting was held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 11, at Meadowbrook United Methodist Church.

The new public library at 3851 E. Lancaster Ave. will feature services, programs, books, movies and music that meet the needs of children, teenagers and their families.

Construction will not begin until next year.

Bomb Squad shows tech & K9 officers
at Handley Neighborhood Association

4th Annual Big Band Jazz Dance & Dinner at HM Lions Club

Edward Jones Ranks No. 1 (again!) on 2019 Best Companies to Work for in Texas List

Texas Monthly magazine teamed up with the Best Companies Group of Harrisburg, Pa. to rank the state's top 80 employers. Companies named Best Companies to Work for in Texas for 2019 were divided into 50 large and 30 medium/small companies by the number of people they employ in Texas.

The ranking was based on an employer inventory of practices and an anonymous survey of associates, who were asked to agree or disagree with dozens of statements about the firm, teamwork and their individual experience at the firm. For 15 consecutive years, Edward Jones has ranked in the top 10 Best Companies to Work for in Texas.

Edward Jones has 1,401 branch offices all over Texas. The firm is growing, adding branches and seeking new financial advisors who are interested in operating an entrepreneurial office with the support and benefits of one of the oldest and largest firms in the industry.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the investments its financial advisors offer to the location of its branch offices, caters to individual investors. The firm's 17,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients and care for $1 trillion in assets under management. Visit our website at edwardjones.com and recruiting website at careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

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East Fort Worth Business Association's hosted developer of new Senior Apartments project on Oakland Blvd.

Megan Lasch is the owner of  O-SDA Industries and project manager for Saigebrook Development Ventures, both firms that specializes in the development and construction of affordable housing. She presented the plans for the new project on Oalkland Blvd to the East Fort Worth Business Association's March meeting on March 7.

Through O-SDA’s partnerships, Megan has developed and/or owns over 1,900 affordable housing units and has secured and closed in excess of $400 million in housing developments.

The communities they have built throughout Texas include Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco, Tyler, Georgetown, and Longview to name a few.

Megan is an advocate for affordable housing throughout central Texas and is a member of the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers.

Her firm is proposing a Senior Living apartment complex on the now vacant land where the Fash mansion once stood, before arsonists burned it down. Lasch is working closely with the West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Association to make this development of new Senior apartments blend in with the current housing and neighborhood.

Highlight of her presentation:

O-SDA Industries– Developer and Owner Saigebrook Development

• 15+ years  experience in multi-family development

• Developer of approx. 5,000 units, more than 1,200 units in Texas

• Innovative, neighborhood appropriate development

• She will have Ownership for 15 years +

• Art in Public Places

• Green Development Practices

Proposed Development

• Senior Development- reserved for residents 55 and older

• Consist of  66 units

• Approx 50 of the units will be 1 bedroom units

• Approx 16  will be 2  bedroom/ 2 bath

• Buildings would be at least 30% brick or stone and reflect craftsman style design of the neighborhood with elements of the Fash mansion included

• Onsite management and maintenance

• Onsite amenities and social services

• Mixed income for seniors on a restricted income

Existing Zoning vs Proposed Zoning

The property has split zoning. The west portion is zoned “A-10” One-family and the east portion is zoned “CF” Community Facility.

• A -10 district includes one family detached dwellings with min lot size of 10,000 square feet.

• Community Facilities - Public facilities including churches, govt. offices, health services, community and  group homes, and recreation facilities.

• Planned  Development - Special district permitting specific commercial, residential/commercial mixed use and is site plan specific.

Proposed Site Plan

• 1 story building facing Sargent, All other buildings are 2 story and will have elevator service

• Single entrance off Oakland Blvd

• 32% percent open space

• 82 parking spaces (1 per bedroom)

• 3 outdoor courtyard/amenity areas

• Onsite clubhouse and amenity center

• Property will be fenced on all sides; but not gated

• Will include security cameras at key locations

Clubhouse Amenities

• Business center

• 24  hr. Fitn ess  Center

• Multi-purpose room with kitchen

• Indoor/Outd oor  entertainment options

• BBQ grills and picnic tables

 Caroline Seyer, Alfredo Ornales and Elena Venegas

Breakfast Optimist Club of East Fort Worth

Essay, Oratorical Winners

Congratulations to all the winners of the recent competitions in East Fort Worth as contestants vied for top prizes! Recently the winners recited their winning oral and written compositions to an enthusiastic audience at two Optimist Club meetings.

Winning FIRST place in the essay contest was Caroline Seyer of Nolan High School.

Second place was awarded to Elena Venegas of St. Rita’s School, and in third place was Alfredo Ornales of Nolan High School. The topic was “When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?”

In the Oratorical contest, Carolyn Seyer again was the lst place winner, and this time Alfredo Ornales was the second place winner. Third place winner was Sydney Wellborn, who attends Oakridge High School. “Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality?” was the topic for the oratorical contest.

Carolyn advanced to the District Level Oratorical Contest, where she is competing on May 4th in Stephenville TX.  Alfredo is the alternate.

Winners will continue to compete at each next level, with the possibility of winning a $5,000 scholarship.

Master of Ceremonies was Dr. Robert Ashley, News Director at KHVN 97.0 AM radio station.
Robert's smooth voice and diligent time keeping kept all the candidate remarks to the allowed time limit, so everyone had an opportunty to speak to the audience.

Photos by Lloyd Jones

District 5 Forum
Meet the Candidates

On Friday, March 1st, neighborhood leaders hosted a Meet the Cadidate Forum, held at the Tarrant County  Opportunity center, to introduce the candidates to the District 5 community and allow them to ask questions.

District 5 has the most candidates running for the City Council position currently held by Gyna Bivens.

Running for City Council District 5 are:

  • Gyna Bivens (incumbent)
  • Thomas B. Brown of Handley
  • Waymond Brown, Sr, (no relation!)
  • Tammy Pierce
  • Bob Willoughby

 

There are 4 candidates running for Fort Worth Mayor:

  • Betsy Price (incumbent)
  • Mike Haynes
  • James H. McBride
  • Deborah Peoples

 

Running for School Board District 2 are:

  • Tobi Jackson (incumbent)
  • Chad E. McCarty (former Eastern Hills HighSchool principal.

Additional Meet the Candidate Forums are scheduled throughout town leading up to the elections. Know who you vote for! These are the ones currently scheduled:

Candidate Mixer, Thursday March 21, from 7:00 to 8:30pm at the Dock Bookshop, 6637 Meadowbrook Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76112

Meet Thomas B. Brown, District 5, Saturday, March 23, from 1:00 to 4:00pm, Mary Moss home, 3001 Halbert Street, Fort Worth,TX 76112

Candidate Forum, April 6, 10:00am to 12:30pm, Horizon at Sunridge Clubhouse, 9001 Meadowbrook,  Fort Worth, TX 76120

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