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Fort Worth Fire Department promotes safe infant sleep practices

Posted March 12, 2019

baby sleeping on stomach - this is unsafe,
babies should always sleep on their backs

The Fort Worth Fire Departments responds to 118,000 calls each year, which allows personnel to educate many young families on safe sleep practices for infants.

All 925 firefighters in the department are being trained to spot warning signs of infants in hazardous sleep situations.

The fire department is working with Cook Children’s to create the training. Firefighters will have access to resources for families who are not able to provide a safe sleep environment.

The department’s infant mortality initiative is similar to its efforts to inform residents about the value of smoke detectors. When conducted in the family’s environment, these interactions are very effective and can actually save lives.

Why is this important?

  • Unintentional suffocation is the leading cause of injury-related death among children less than one year old.
  • Unsafe sleeping environments for infants are the primary cause of infant suffocation.
  • Nationally, accidental suffocation deaths have more than doubled from 2007 to 2010.
  • The infant mortality rate for Tarrant County is consistently one of the highest in Texas and higher than national averages!

 

What you can do

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends these safe infant sleep practices to help prevent death by suffocation:

  • The safest place for your baby to sleep is in a crib.
  • Swaddling is no longer recommended. Use a sleep sack or long-sleeve footed pajamas to keep your baby warm.
  • Babies should sleep on their back, in a crib all the time. Even during naps.
  • No toys, blankets, pillows or bumper pads in the crib.
  • Use a firm mattress with a tight, fitted sheet.

Sewer improvements planned for Stop Six and Rosedale area

Posted March 11, 2019

The city will update residents about the construction schedule for sewer improvements on several street segments and easements at a meeting scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, March 25, at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 1901 Amanda Ave.

Street segments impacted by the construction include:

  • Burke Road from Quails Lane to 120 feet south.
  • Anglin Drive from Eastland Road to Virgil Street.
  • East Berry Street from Candace Drive to Carey Street.
  • Hilldale Road from Garden Lane to 350 feet north.
  • Rosedale Street/Tension Drive from Stalcup Road to the Union Pacific Railroad right of way.
  • Village Creek Road from 100 feet north of the Pinson Street/Village Creek Road intersection to 900 feet north.
  • Tierney Road from 250 feet north of the Meadowbrook Drive/Tierney Road intersection to 650 feet north.
  • Clotell Court from East Berry Street to the dead end.
  • Easement from Dillard Street to 90 feet east.
  • Easement between MacArthur Drive and Wainwright Drive from 100 feet east of Stalcup Road to Carverly Drive.
  • Easement between Wainwright Drive and Eisenhower Drive from 100 feet east of Stalcup Road to Carverly Drive.
  • Easement from Victoria Place to Carverly Drive.
  • Easement from Village Creek Road to 1,120 feet west.
  • Easement from Tierney Road to 930 feet east.
  • Easement between Hughes Avenue and Tahoe Drive from Hardeman Street to 400 feet south.
  • Easement between Tahoe Drive and Carmel Avenue from Hardeman Street to 440 feet south.
  • Easement between Carmel Avenue and Burke Road from Hardeman Street to 400 feet south.
  • Easement between Burke Road and Wilhelm Street from 400 feet south of Hardeman Street to 700 feet north.
  • Easement from Burke Road to 200 feet east.

Make plans to attend the meeting to hear the construction schedule and find out how it will impact residents.

To learn more, contact project manager Liam Conlon at 817-392-6824.

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.

Go green and breathe clean with
Air North Texas

Posted March 1, 2019

Arlo the Airmadillo

Arlo is the mascot of Air North Texas. He's not a typical armadillo; he's an airmadillo. His shell changes color based on the Air Quality Index.

Air pollution season officially begins in March in North Texas and runs through November.

This year, take action by checking out Air North Texas, a regional public awareness campaign that educates and encourages residents to make clean air choices. Follow real-time air quality monitoring data, sign up for air pollution action day alerts, investigate commuting alternatives and learn clean air strategies for home, school or work.

A 10-county region in North Texas is in nonattainment for ozone levels. Ozone can reach unhealthy levels on hot sunny days in urban environments. Motor vehicle exhaust, gasoline vapors, emissions from industrial facilities and electric utilities, and chemical solvents contribute to ozone pollution. Even relatively low levels of ozone can have negative health effects.

On June 21, celebrate Clean Air Action Day by doing at least one thing to help improve air quality. View a list of actions you can take on June 21.

Make the most of yard waste by becoming a Master Composter

Posted March 11, 2019

Class participants use pitchforks to turn over compost.

Hands-on experience is part of the Master Composter class.

 

Learn to recycle food scraps and yard trimmings at your home, build healthy soils and reduce water use.

Keep Fort Worth Beautiful and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden are hosting a Master Composter course March 21-23 at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 4220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

Cost is $40 for Fort Worth residents, $55 for nonresidents. Scholarships are available to certified elementary, intermediate and high school teachers who are teaching Fort Worth students at an educational institution.

The Master Composter class is part of a statewide program to decrease dependence on synthetic fertilizers in favor of organic recycling. It empowers participants to teach others about composting.

Register online, space is limited.

Learn more by emailing or calling 817-392-7220.

Opening near TCC-South Campus: Affordable housing for the workforce

Posted March 8, 2019

front of building

Fort Worth Housing Solutions will open Campus Apartments, its newest affordable housing community, near Tarrant County College-South Campus in late March.

The 224-unit community features 10 market-rate units and 214 units for households earning less than 60 percent of the area’s median income. Fifteen of the affordable units will be new homes for families relocating from Butler Place Apartments under HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program.

The property has already leased all of the one- and three-bedroom units due to the high demand for affordable housing as well as the convenient location at 4366 Campus Drive.

“Campus Apartments will help meet our city’s pressing need for housing that is reasonably priced for the workforce,” said Mary-Margaret Lemons, FWHS president. “We’re especially proud of the property’s modern finishes, amenities and proximity to public transportation, schools and TCC.”

Campus Apartments sits across the street from a Trinity Metro bus stop and within walking distance to the Tarrant County Resource Connection and O.D. Wyatt High School. The community features an elegant clubhouse with business and fitness centers and an activity room; swimming pool, playground and dog park.

Eastside Celebrates Mardi Gras with Food, Music, Friends!

St. Luke in the Meadows featuring East Fort Worth Community
Jazz Band
performance

Breakfast Optimist Club's
49th Annual Spaghetti Supper

@ Meadowbrook United Methodist

4-H Club Talent Show

East Fort Worth 4-H Club
celebrated its 19th birthday!

The East Fort Worth 4-H Club celebrated its 19th birthday March 5 after serving at the Optimist Spaghetti Supper. Members also shared their winnings at the Tarrant County Jr. Livestock Show including Grand Championships in art, ceramics, goats, leather and sewing and a People's Choice award for furniture making. Members also won prizes for baked goods, candies, woodworking, horticulture, sculpture, rabbits, chickens and photography, Clover Kid trophies.

Pictured are some of our current members. Kudos to them, their families, MUMC and the community that supports their achievements. If your child would like to join 4H, meetings are Tuesday night at Meadowbrook United Methodist Church.

 

City of Fort Worth Efforts on Behalf of Early Literacy Will Be Known as 100X25 FWTX

The City of Fort Worth, in collaboration with Read Fort Worth and the Fort Worth ISD, has announced that the City’s programming to further the mission of improving third-grade literacy will be known as “100x25.”

The name was announced at the March 5 City Council meeting and refers to a citywide effort that mobilizes educators, funders, government, businesses, parents and community organizations to support the goal that 100 percent of Fort Worth ISD third-graders are reading on grade level by 2025.

"Read Fort Worth is proud to work alongside our partners at the City and Fort Worth ISD on 100X25FWTX,” Read Fort Worth Executive Director Anel Mercado said. “Aligning our joint efforts as we continue on the journey to 100X25 is vital for the future of our children and Fort Worth.”

The City of Fort Worth’s 100X25 programming falls within Read Fort Worth’s Expanded Learning Collaborative Action Network, which includes many great summer programs focused on helping children increase their reading skills by providing intentional and measurable reading instruction.

The ability to read on level by third grade is critical to lifelong learning. Third grade is the time when schooling transitions from learning to read to reading to learn. Children not reading on level in third grade are four times more likely to not graduate high school, with starker disparities for minority students not reading on grade level.

“We are excited that our collective impact efforts continue to gain support from all members of our community, including City of Fort Worth employees,” said Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner. “We are pleased that the City of Fort Worth and Fort Worth ISD are joining forces in support of 100X25FWTX.”

 Read Fort Worth and Fort Worth ISD are honored to collaborate with the City on 100X25FWTX. The motto for this collective movement is “Ready to Read, Ready to Lead,” or in Spanish, “Listos para leer, Listos para avanzar.”+

New flood warning website helps protect lives, property

 

 Fort Worth’s new flood warning information web page is designed to provide real-time flood warning risk levels to protect people from hazardous flood conditions.

The flood warning information is generated from monitored low-water road crossing flashers at 52 locations throughout the city, which warns drivers in the immediate area of a flood hazard by flashing warning lights. At the same time, text and email alerts to emergency responders are issued when water-level sensors of each flasher system are triggered by rising water.

The new website shows drivers in real time whether the road crossing near their home, workplace, school or any location on their commute, is a flood risk before they even arriving at the location.

The real-time conditions will indicate either:

 

  •  No known threat (“NONE”), in green.
  •  Potential conditions for flooding (“CAUTION”), in yellow.
  •  Or that the road crossing has overtopped with water (“AVOID”), in red.

 

A grant from the Texas Water Development Board provided development support for system improvements, and stormwater utility fees funded the project. too.

One of the benefits of the flood warning system is that weather data (mainly rainfall) is collected at 39 existing and 20 new dedicated weather stations, along with stations belonging to regional partners. This real-time weather data helps to better predict the movement and intensity of rainfall coming into Fort Worth, which allows for advance warning as storms head our direction.

To learn more, contact Jennifer Dyke at 817-392-2714.

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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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