Neighborhood News

Eastern Hills junior Layla Marie Harris wants to create Relay team

Eastern Hills junior Layla Marie Harris was interviewed today by NBC Channel 5 reporter Evan Anderson (an EHHS alum) for a story that is expected to air on Monday, Dec. 10.

Evan heard about Layla’s exceptional swimming ability and determination and wanted to do a Motivational Monday story about her situation.

EHHS is one of several Fort Worth ISD high schools that does not currently field a swimming team, but that didn’t deter Layla’s resolve to compete. In an arrangement between Fort Worth ISD Athletics, the Paschal H.S. swim team coach, EHHS girls’ Athletic Director Sonia Vangilder and Principal Katrina Smith, Layla works out with Paschal at the FWISD Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center aquatic facility and travels with them to compete in meets as a Highlander.

This arrangement is not uncommon under UIL rules for schools that have individual students who wish to compete in specific sports not offered by their home schools.

Layla not only competes for the Highlanders, she excels in other school activities and academically. When she isn’t swimming, she is in JROTC, AP/pre-AP classes, Girls Inc., works at the YMCA and does Camp Gladiator before school.

Her goal is to recruit three other swimmers from EHHS to form a girls’ relay team next year.

‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ and Brighten Local Seniors’ Holiday Season

Dec. 6, 2018 – Did you know that 28 percent of people 65 or older live alone, according to AARP? Each year, these seniors have fewer family members and friends to provide company and care to them, which often can lead to social isolation. The holidays can be especially hard for those who are living independently and may feel lonely.

That’s why the Home Instead Senior Care® Office serving Tarrant County is inviting the community to come together to provide gifts and holiday cheer to seniors who may be isolated from friends or family this holiday season through its Be a Santa to a Senior® program.  This year, the program plans to serve over 600 local seniors.

“Be a Santa to a Senior helps bring comfort and joy to many seniors. It shows them that people care about them and see them as an important part of our community,” said Tiffany Plott of the Keller Home Instead Senior Care office. “Social isolation is a concern among seniors and the holidays often intensify feelings of distance and loneliness. Believe it or not, we have found that the most appreciated gift is the time spent listening to stories, having conversation and sharing the love and fellowship of the season.  When we deliver the gifts and spend quality time with them, it makes all the difference in the world.”

Be a Santa to a Senior is a true community program, getting generous support from area businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community. The local Home Instead Senior Care office has partnered with Keller ISD at Park Glen Elementary who ran a pajama drive and created Christmas cards with their own artwork for the seniors.  Other local partners include All State Insurance, Skychef, Dr. Dix Dentistry, College of Emergency Physician and several local churches, to help with gift collection and distribution.

It’s easy to help out.  Stop by Home Instead Senior Care located at 424 Keller Parkway from now until December 15th.  Chose an ornament featuring seniors’ first names and their desired gifts, after purchasing the requested gift just return it to the office with the ornament attached or bring in any item that you feel a senior would appreciate.  There’s no need to worry about wrapping — community volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver the gifts to local seniors in time for the holidays.

“We’re always excited to see how much Be a Santa to a Senior boosts seniors’ spirits during the holiday season,” said Plott.  “And we are so blessed to be a part of a community that comes together to make this happen.”

For more information about the program, visit or call 817-427-5555.

For more information about how you can help seniors in isolation in your community, visit

Fort Worth Animal Shelter, Humane Society of North Texas join for Mega Adoption Event

For the first time ever, the Fort Worth Animal Shelter is partnering with the Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT) to host the largest shelter pet adoption event in Fort Worth. The Mega Adoption Event is made possible by a $25,000 grant from the Petco Foundation.

More than 500 amazing pets — dogs, cats, rabbits and a few other soft and fuzzy pets — will be under one roof at the Will Rogers Coliseum, Cattle Barn 2, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 8-9. Admission is free.

Come find the pet of your dreams. You’ll be saving a life and expanding your four-legged family, just in time for the holidays. The adoption fee for all pets is $10. All the adoptable pets have been spayed/neutered, received rabies and core vaccinations (age appropriate), microchipping, a free initial vet visit (with a participating local vet) and 30-day pet insurance.

"This special adoption event is for the entire family. Can you imagine having hundreds and hundreds of dogs and cats in one single location? It’s a pet lover’s dream," said Cassie Lackey, HSNT communications manager. "Our goal is to have these pets in their new homes for the holidays. They certainly deserve a second chance."


Shred Day is every day!

The City of Fort Worth is now offering paper shredding to Fort Worth residents every day.

Secure shred carts have been installed at all four of the city’s drop-off stations, providing a location to bring items for free shredding. Residents of Fort Worth can bring up to three boxes per visit and up to six boxes every 30 days of personal, sensitive documents to be securely shredded. Boxes should weigh no more than 40 pounds each.



Sensitive papers that carry your Social Security number, birth date, signature, account numbers, passwords or PIN numbers. These include: old tax information, old bills, dated bank statements, credit card statements, old checks, file folders, medical records, identification, contracts and other business documents. Please note you do not need to remove staples or paperclips.



Metal clips, binders, CDs, DVDs, floppy disks, photos, credit cards, plastic of any kind. No documents with name and address only; these should be recycled.


Yes. Residents are limited to three boxes per visit and up to six boxes every 30 days.


Just show a recent Fort Worth water bill or current driver’s license with a Fort Worth address and have an active sanitation account.


All paper collected at the drop-off stations is being transferred to the Tarrant County Secure Document Destruction facility for shredding and recycling by Tarrant County. Unfortunately due to logistics, witnessing is not allowed. If document destruction witnessing is required, please contact a company that allows for witnessing of document destruction.

Drop-Off Stations

  • Brennan Drop-Off Station,
    2400 Brennan Ave
  • Southeast Drop-Off Station,
    5150 Martin Luther King Freeway
  • Old Hemphill Road Drop-Off Station,
    6260 Old Hemphill Road
  • Hillshire Drop-Off Station (Northside Collection Center), 301 Hillshire Drive.

TOBI JACKSON's FWISD School Board District 2 re-election campaign at Capital Grille

Eastsiders can be very proud of the dedication and hard work that Eastern Hills alumn Tobi Jackson has done for the students and teachers in District 2, and as President of the school board, the work she has done for the entire district.

The event was filled with Fort Worth's biggest names in education and Mayor Betsy Price was there to offer her support for Tobi's reelection.

Since her first election to the position in 2010, Tobi has added these accomplishments to her resumé.

Recipient of the

2018 Amiga Award
The United Hispanic Council of Tarrant County

2018 Good Samaritan Award
Southside Youth Association

2018 The 400 Most Influential

People in Fort Worth
Fort Worth Inc.

2018 Healthcare Hero Award
Fort Worth Business Press

Appointed to The 2018
Center for Public Policy Priorities State Board

FWISD Board Awarded the
Urban School Board of Excellence 2018
Council of Urban Boards of Education


School Board elections are next year. We Support Tobi Jackson for District 2 FWISD School Board.

Entrepeneur Start Up Crawl showcase of Eastside Businesses & Colleges

Entrepeneur Start Up Crawl

The Entrepeneur Start Up Crawl was held Thursday, 15 November.  Lloyd and I stopped at each location for informative sessions on what each venue had to offer the community

4:30 - 5;00:  Texas Wesleyan University - Start at Baker Building.  At 4:45, CM Moon and Gray stopped by for photos, accompanied by Robert Sturns. TWU had activities at the Baker Building, at the library, and the Business Accelerator across the street.

5:10 - 5:40:  TCC Opportunity Center - Eli has organized an engaging tour of all of their capabilities at the place, including some kind of giant game room.

5:50 - 6:20:  Handley Wedding District - the shops  looked really charming.

6:30 - 7:00:  UTARI -- they had their drone lab in action,and several interactive Virtual Reality therapy "games as well as several futuristic medical devices.

7:00 - 9:00:  After party at 4 Color Press, 3300 Lawnwood. The shipping containers they use for office spaces make for a very interesting photo backdrop.  River Bend Café is catering, and their food should also be very interesting, as will be the gigantic Heidelberg net zero printer.

(Kat was quite impressed with the printing equipment.)


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