Neighborhood News

Big Band Jazz Dance at Lion's Club

East Fort Worth Business Association and the East Fort Worth Community Jazz Band hold the annual Big Band Dinner and Dance at the Handley Meadowbrook Lion's Club each spring, to give eastsiders a date night out to enjoy a great dinner and live music to dance to. This year's event featured several vocalists to accompany the band. Even those folks not dancing were singing along to the old songs. The next opportunity to hear the Eastside Community Jazz Band is on April 28 at the HMLion's Chili supper and auction. Details are on the Event page, and extra tickets are available at Handley Kwik Kopy.

Yard Trimmings

Yard trimmings and brush are collected separately from garbage so that they can be taken to a facility where they’re turned into mulch – instead of depositing them at a landfill and wasting valuable natural resources.

Click the image to link to the city video:

Get rid of yard trimmings and brush weekly:

Bag it

There is a 40-pound limit for yard waste bags.

Place leaves, grass clippings and other small trimmings in Paper Yard Bags purchased at grocery stores, hardware and garden stores. Roll the paper yard bag top closed; don’t staple or tape to close. There is no limit on the number of paper bags you may set out.

Bundle it

Use string or twine to bundle shrub and tree trimmings. Bundles should be no more than four feet in length and weigh no more than 40 pounds. People, not machines pick these up by hand. There is no limit on the number of tied bundles you may set out.

Stack it

Individual tree and shrub limbs up to eight feet long and four inches in diameter can be stacked at the curb on your weekly pickup day. No plastic bags, garbage, bulk items, stumps or root balls are accepted in brush piles. Root balls and stumps (maximum 18” diameter) may be placed in the bulk items pile. To avoid collection charges, make sure piles do not exceed 10 cubic yards.

Cart it

Use the optional 96-gallon green yard cart, available for $75 by calling the city’s customer service center (817-392-1234). The one-time fee is charged on your water bill, but there is no additional monthly charge for the cart.

Drop it off

You may also take brush to a city drop-off station to avoid extra pickup fees.

Compost it

Learn more about backyard composting go to the following link for the Compost Outpost.

Homelessness increasing slightly in Fort Worth area, count shows

Posted March 30, 2018

On the night of Jan. 25, hundreds of volunteers and members of law enforcement canvassed Tarrant and Parker counties to count the homeless population.

Their results showed there are 2,015 people experiencing homelessness, an increase of 91 people, or 5 percent, from 2017. The homeless population continues to shrink as a percentage of the overall population and remains below 1 percent of the total Tarrant County population.

Homelessness on the western side of the Metroplex continues to be concentrated in Fort Worth, with smaller totals counted in surrounding suburbs and rural areas. Totals for 2018:

    Fort Worth, 1,787, up from 1,594.

    Arlington, 207, down from 252.

    Parker County, 8, down from 12.

    Northeast Tarrant, 13, down from 66.

Other facts about the homeless population counted in January:

    56 percent were male.

    44 percent were white.

    14 percent were children.

    20 percent were families.

    8 percent were military veterans.

    14 percent suffer from chronic homelessness.

    18 percent suffer from mental illness and substance abuse.

    5 percent were the victims of domestic violence.

 

Learn more online.

North Main Street Bridge update

Concrete pours continue along Main Street north of downtown as the new bridge takes shape.

Driving up North Main Street from downtown, regular progress can be seen on the new signature V-pier bridges that are part of the Panther Island project.

The new bridge will serve as a connector across a new bypass channel and over the Trinity River to the historic Stockyards and northside neighborhoods. The bridge will join its bigger partners at White Settlement Road and Henderson Street as one of Fort Worth’s three bold, iconic structures, signature V-pier bridges.

Check out the most recent progress on the North Main Street Bridge:

  • Construction of abutment No. 1 has been completed to support the ends of the bridge. This area has also been backfilled and compacted.
  • The contractor has begun installing “falsework,” or temporary structure to support the steel reinforcement of pier bent No. 2.
  • The contractor poured the first two pier columns to support the V-pier structures on March 7. Approximately 120 cubic yards of concrete was used.
  • The final two pier columns will be poured mid to late April at pier bent No. 3, bringing a total of four pier columns to the bridge. The bridges at White Settlement and Henderson Streets will each have eight pier columns.
  • Abutment No. 4’s pier cap was poured on March 26 and used approximately 65 cubic yards of concrete.
  • The mechanically stabilized earth walls for abutment No. 4 on the south end of the bridge are under construction.
  • Concrete has been poured for the historic sidewalk in front of Texas Refinery Corp. Look for special Panther Island Red brick pavers manufactured by Acme Brick to be installed on top of the sidewalk.

Free nature event scheduled at Chisholm Trail Community Park

Spend a spring afternoon learning about wild plant and animal species in a city park that preserves a portion of the historic Fort Worth Prairie. Participate in a Bioblitz and record the wildlife you see in the park.

 

Chisholm Trail Community Park, 4936 McPherson Blvd., will host “Talk to a Naturalist” and BioBlitz activities from 2-5 p.m. April 29. This family-friendly event is free, and no registration is required.

Visit with naturalists at various talk stations to learn about the natural and human history of the park, and to better understand the wild species that live there. These talk stations will be available: Prairie Community, Riparian/Wooded Habitat, Connections in Nature, Aquatic (Pond) Habitat and Citizen Science/iNaturalist.

You can also choose to join the BioBlitz, an effort to observe and record as many wild plant and animal species in the park as possible in a designated timeframe. To take part in the Bioblitz, wear hike-quality clothes and shoes and bring your iPhone or Android phone to listen to the Citizen Science/iNaturalist talk station. Learn how to use iNaturalist — a free mobile app — to gather quality data. Your observations may be used by researchers, land managers and policymakers, and could help Dallas-Fort Worth win the 2018 City Nature Challenge.

 Participate in a pilot program to save Fort Worth water

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that as much as 50 percent of household water is wasted due to overwatering caused by inefficiencies in irrigation.

Help Fort Worth become more water efficient by participating in a pilot research study, called Fort Worth Friendly Landscapes, to test weather-based irrigation controller technology for residences. If selected for the pilot, you will receive a free irrigation controller after you attend a workshop at Water Works Learning Center, 1801 Circle Drive.

Participants must install the controller within 30 days of receiving it; assistance with installation is available. City representatives will assess water use to gauge the water savings potential of this type of controller technology. So-called “smart controllers” can significantly reduce overwatering by applying water only when plants need it, resulting in savings of up to 8,800 gallons per year.

Fort Worth Friendly Landscapes participants must have:

  •  An active Fort Worth water account.
  •  A sprinkler system with no more than 12 zones.
  •  An irrigation controller that does not already have Wi-Fi capability.

Participants must agree to participate in two surveys and allow a review of their water consumption history. Participation is limited to 140 households.

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Teach for America works at Meadowbrook Elementary on
Read Across America Day

Meadowbrook E.S. hosted 45 Teach For America volunteers today who helped out as guest readers in classrooms, library volunteers and campus beautification workers for the historic east side campus. Their visit coincided with the Read Across America holiday, which celebrates the birthday of beloved children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss. Crazy hats in homage of Dr. Seuss added a special touch for the day as teachers and students were allowed to donate $1 to the school’s Junior Optimist Club “Hats off to Cancer” community service project in return for being allowed to wear their crazy hats to school. Teach for America is a diverse network of leaders who confront educational inequity through teaching, and work with unwavering commitment from every sector of society to create a nation free from injustice.

 

Claim your free mosquito dunks

Posted April 6, 2018

Water gardens and koi ponds are among numerous outdoor locations where mosquito dunks are effective.

The Code Compliance Department is providing free mosquito dunks to Fort Worth residents to help control mosquito populations around the home and to fight mosquito-borne viruses.

Each household may pick up a free package of two dunks at the Consumer Health Office, 818 Missouri Ave. Residents must show proof of residency, such as a utility bill or driver’s license. Pick up your mosquito dunks 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday while supplies last.

The dunks are small tablets comprised of an environmentally safe larvicide that targets and eliminates mosquito larvae when placed in standing water. Place the dunks anywhere standing water can collect, such as in flower pots, air-conditioning units, stagnant ponds, empty containers and even gutters. The product is not for resale, and residents should follow the instructions on the label. Dunks are also available for purchase at any local hardware store.

The most effective way to control mosquitos is to reduce their population:

  • Remove standing water in empty flower pots, pet bowls, outdoor toys, gutters, etc.
  • Properly maintain your swimming pool.
  • When outdoors, remember to wear repellent that contains DEET.
  • Wear clothing with long sleeves and pants when applicable.

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