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Census Bureau launches first major field operation for 2020 count

Census Bureau employees have started walking through neighborhoods across the country checking addresses in advance of the 2020 Census.

The U.S. Census Bureau will soon launch address canvassing, the first major field operation of the 2020 Census.

Address canvassing improves and refines the Census Bureau’s address list of households nationwide, which is necessary to deliver invitations to respond to the census. The address list plays a vital role in ensuring a complete and accurate count of everyone living in the United States.

“The Census Bureau is dedicated to ensuring that we are on track and ready to accomplish the mission of the 2020 Census,” said Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham. “We have made many improvements and innovations over the past decade, including better technologies for canvassing neighborhoods and developing complete and updated address listings and maps.”

The Census Bureau created new software called the Block Assessment, Research and Classification Application (BARCA). It compares satellite images of the United States over time, allowing Census Bureau employees to spot new housing developments, changes in existing homes and other housing units that did not previously exist. Reviewers also use BARCA to compare the number of housing units in current imagery with the number of addresses on file for each block.

“We were able to verify 65% of addresses using satellite imagery — a massive accomplishment for us,” said Census Bureau Geography Division Chief Deirdre Bishop. “In 2010 we had to hire 150,000 people to verify 100% of the addresses in the field; this decade we will only have to hire about 40,000 employees around the nation to verify the remaining 35% of addresses.”

Census Bureau employees, called listers, have started walking through neighborhoods across the country checking addresses not verified using BARCA software. In-field address canvassing will continue through mid-October.

Employees will have badges and briefcases indicating their affiliation with the Census Bureau. They will knock on doors and ask a few simple questions to verify the address and any additional living quarters on the property for inclusion in the census.

This operation is one of several activities the Census Bureau conducts for an accurate and complete count. The Census Bureau also partners with the U.S. Postal Service and tribal, state and local officials to update the address list.

The 2020 Census officially starts counting people in January 2020 in remote Toksook Bay, Alaska. Following the count of people in remote Alaska, most households in the country will start receiving invitations to respond online, by phone or by mail in March 2020.

First responders handled more than 2,800 calls for service related to illegal fireworks use during a five-day period in July.

The Fire Department operated fireworks patrols July 3-6. The patrol was a collaborative enforcement effort that included the Fire Department Arson & Bomb Unit, Emergency Management Office, Fire Communications Office, Community Risk Reduction and the Bureau of Fire Prevention.

The enforcement objective of the fireworks detail was to support the Police Department in confiscating fireworks and issuing citations for violations of the city ordinance that prohibits the sale, use and possession of fireworks in city limits.

Fire crews handled 2,836 calls for service this year compared to 2,798 in 2018.

The fireworks detail issued one citation during the detail and confiscated five pounds of fireworks. Officer safety concerns limited the number of citations issued and the amount of fireworks confiscated.

The Arson Unit assisted with multiple fire investigation, injuries, assaults and resident complaints.

Cost to deploy Fire Department personnel during the fireworks sweep is estimated at more than $44,000.

Deborah Tate-Lewis,

Deborah Tate-Lewis, Dunbar HS class of ’72, has a passion for developing and managing programs and events designed to uplift the hearts and spirits of people. She holds a BBA in Accounting from Texas Wesleyan University and a MBA in Management from Dallas Baptist University.

The Annual Tarrant County Harambee Festival is the brainchild of Deborah Tate-Lewis, conceived in 2008 and brought into fruition in 2010. Harambee means “All Come Together” in Swahili, and each year the festival brings the Tarrant County community together to  promote love and harmony for people of all colors.

The festival offers two fun-filled days of art, entertainment, food and activities; as well as culture, health and community awareness.

SAVE THE DATES for October 4 and 5 for the Tenth Annual Harambee Festival, 1050 Evans Avenue, Fort Worth.

With the help of board members of the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society and community volunteers, Ms. Lewis has made great strides in increasing participation in the festival each year. Last year, a Friday night “Seafood, Chicken and Blues” event was added to the festival.  There was such an overwhelming response from the festival attendees that the decision was made to keep the Bluesfest as a permanent event of the festival.

Through sponsorship, the festival is free to the public, and serves as the major fundraiser for the day-to-day operations of the Lenora Rolla Heritage Center Museum.

Deborah gradeuated from Dunbar High School in 1972. She is a recent retiree from Lockheed Martin, after 35+ years in Accounting and Finance. She serves and receives her spiritual guidance at The Potter’s House of Fort Worth. Ms. Lewis is the proud mother of Carl Lewis, Jr. and Jock Jamaal Lewis, the mother-in-law of Chastity Lewis and the grandmother of Gabriel Jamal Lewis.

Wait, those names rings a bell? Carl L. Lewis, Jr., is a FWISD School Counselor and is the proprietor of Positive Principles and Precepts.

Youngest son, Jock, is the Gospel Jazz Saxophonist – known as the one man band – and Minister of Music at Harvest United Methodist Church.

Daughter-in-Law Chastity is a CPA and a Corporate Manager at Lockheed-Martin. Grandson Gabriel just graduated in 2019 as Valedictorian at TCC Marine Creek Collegiate High School with an Associates of Arts Degree, as a dual credit scholar.


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Neighbor needed help– Eastsiders responded!

In less than 48 hours after a bad situation 'hit the air', on  Saturday, July 13, at 7am there were 30 people from Handley, West Meadowbrook, Central Meadowbrook and Eastern Hills with gloves, picker sticks, shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, trucks, trailers and bags ready to move the trash/junk/debris whatever one might call it form the vacant lot just north east of Golden Chick on Craig.

By 9:30am the land owner was pleased with the results and plans to make a donation to the Homeless Coalition since he will not be charged by the City for the clean up  – that was going to be  astronomical priced.

Some that were unable to work brought food and water and bug spray.

What a good feeling to see neighbor helping neighbor, people can trash talk EFW all they want, but I know they are the best friends one could possibly have.

Special thanks to Mike Phipps, who is a community watchdog activist, and he started the emails asking for help. Mike led the cleanup efforts and  got the City to assist volunteers by picking up the piles placed at the curb.

Eastsiders Volunteer to help neighbor evict homeless camp from his yard.

Photos by Lloyd Jones.

WHAT A MESS!! Volunteers spent 1.5 hours cleaning up a vagrant camp on Craig Street on Saturday after Mike Phipps put out out a call for assistance. The owner, Mike Tansey, expressed his gratitude. He was facing fees to remove the debris left behind by vagrants in his yard after they were evicted from his property.

Due to vagrants criminal trespassing onto private property and setting up camp, the photos show what they have left behind for property owners to clean up. In situations like this the city will come in and clean the property, but will place a lien against the property owner.

MIke Phipps spoke with Keep Fort Worth Beautiful, all volunteers had to do is drag all the debris out to Craig Street and put it in a pile. Mike made arrangements that once everything was hauled to the curb, KFWB will send the boom truck out and pick the pile up.

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