Sidewalk construction scheduled for John T. White, meeting March 24

Posted March 16, 2018 – Sidewalks provide a safe avenue for students walking to school, allow residents a place to run and walk, foster a healthy environment and connect neighborhoods.

The city’s Transportation & Public Works Department will host a project meeting to inform residents about sidewalk construction scheduled along John T. White Road.

The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 24 at Bridgewood Church of Christ, 6516 Brentwood Stair Road. Make plans to attend the meeting to find out about the schedule and impacts to residents.

To learn more, contact project manager Maged Zaki at 817-392-5448.

Stay safe with natural gas!

The recent gas explosion in Dallas that ripped a house apart, and resulted in the death of a 12-year-old girl, has everyone with older gas lines concerned for their safety. Caution is a very good thing when it comes to natural gas. Gas leaks in older lines, like the ones in our area, often occur underground, and the leak is a slow gradual one, and often goes undected for days, as was the case in Dallas.

The questions circulating on the NextDoor site dealt with the age of our lines and how to detect a gas leak. When in doubt, you think it might be gas, but you are not sure, make the call!  Leave the area and then call 911 and Atmos Energy at 866-322-8667.

Atmos Energy teams inspect pipelines often and use
advanced equipment for detecting leaks.


Posted March 8, 2018 – To protect yourself and others, be aware of what to do if you ever smell natural gas and how to prevent incidents involving natural gas pipelines.

Federal and state regulations require utilities to odorize natural gas so that the gas is readily detectable by a person with a normal sense of smell. Technicians routinely monitor the odorant concentration with instruments throughout the pipeline system.

If you ever smell leaking natural gas, do not wait. Leave the premises immediately. Do not rely on your sense of smell alone to detect the presence of natural gas. Use your other senses — smell, listen or look — to check for telltale signs of a leak.

If you think there’s a leak

  • Leave the area immediately and tell other to leave, too.
  • Leave any doors or windows open.
  • Don’t turn on or off any electric switch;
    this could cause a spark, igniting the gas.
  • Don’t use a cellphone, telephone, garage door opener,
    doorbell or even a flashlight.
  • Don’t smoke, use a lighter or strike a match.
  • Don’t start or stop a nearby vehicle or machinery.
  • Don’t try to shut off a natural gas valve.

    Once you are safely out of the area, call 911 and Atmos Energy at 866-322-8667. Do not assume someone else will report the leak.

    Atmos Energy will send a trained technician immediately to investigate at no cost. If a leak is detected, they will then advise you what you need to do next.

Emergency Management Office provides warnings for those who cannot hear sirens

Posted March 15, 2018 – Accessible Hazard Alert System

Fort Worth’s Office of Emergency Management provides advance warning of potential disasters such as severe weather events, a manmade hazard or even an act of terrorism.

Emergency Management duty officers recommend all Fort Worth residents have access to a NOAA all-hazards weather radio, but there are other methods used to communicate alerts, such as activating the outdoor warning sirens, sending emergency text alerts, social media and the Accessible Hazard Alert System, known as AHAS.

AHAS is designed for Fort Worth residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or deaf/blind. Deaflink, a communications company specializing in American Sign Language, receives alerts directly from the National Weather Service and the Office of Emergency Management, then creates and retransmits a visual alert using American Sign Language, English and Spanish captioning, English voice and refreshable Braille.

These special alerts warn members of the community who cannot hear sirens or read alerts streaming across the bottom of a television screen.

AHAS alerts are free to Fort Worth residents and those with functional needs who are employed in the Fort Worth city limits. Alerts are transmitted using Fort Worth ZIP codes and are not available outside the city limits.

Participants need a portable visual-capable device such as a smart phone or iPad to receive the alerts. Alerts are also available through internet email services. Blind residents will need a refreshable Braille reader to receive the alerts using Braille.

To register, visit Fort Worth AHAS online or call the Office of Emergency Management at 817-392-7440.

Congresswoman Kay Granger visits Meadowbrook Elementary School

photos by Charles Hodges and Tobi Jackson

Rep. Kay Granger Visits Meadowbrook E.S.

U.S. Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX) today returned to Meadowbrook E.S. where she attended school to connect with students and staff and share some of her life’s experiences. The visit by the former teacher, business owner, first female Mayor of Fort Worth, and now 11th term Congresswoman, coincided with two important holidays: the start of Women’s History Month; and Read Across America, which celebrates the birthday of beloved children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss. While on the historically significant east side campus, Rep. Granger visited several classrooms with Principal Terri McGuire and School Board President Tobi Jackson before ending up with curious students in the fourth grade classroom of Fort Worth ISD 2017 elementary teacher of the year Ms. Lindsay Newby Laster.

Rep. Granger talked to the students about her experiences growing up and attending Meadowbrook E.S., Meadowbrook M.S., Eastern Hills H.S. and Texas Wesleyan University, as well as how she went from being a classroom teacher to a business owner and finally a successful career in politics. Recognized as one of the 25 most influential women in Congress by CQ’s Roll Call for her role as Chairwoman of the powerful Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. Granger was peppered with thoughtful questions from students. They patiently and politely took turns asking her about her world travels, what leaders she has met, what bills she has introduced that are law today, her hobbies, and even if she would like to run for President (to which she quickly responded, “No.”)

Visions for the new
Eastside Children's Library


Let Your Voice Be Heard...For more information about capital projects, visit FortWorthTexas.Gov

The City of Fort Worth is hosting a community meeting to receive public input on the design of the new eastside library.

6:30 p.m. Monday, April 2

Ella Mae Shamblee Branch Library

see the ad on the events page


Fort Worth is building a new public library at 3851 E. Lancaster Ave. This location will feature services, programs, books, movies and music that meet the needs of children, teenagers and their families.

Your input is still needed on design features of this new public space.

Take the city survey now. Please take a few minutes to take the City's 7 question, multiple choice survey. The more input they have, the better this Library will be for children and their families for years to come. Get involved!

 This Eastside children's library has been on the drawing board for well over ten years, as a priority project for East Fort Worth Business Association, lead by Wanda Conlin, West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Association, and Meadowbrook United Methodist Church.

Meadowbrook United Methodist Church sold a parcel of land they owned to the city to move this project forward. MUMC also hosted the first meeting for the public to provide input on Monday, Feb. 5.

The ideas for this Library were submitted long before the regional library was built on Bridge Street. This new library is part of the Bond package.

Carol Peters, communications for West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Association reports "Fort Worth Library previews first design concepts for new children’s library on East Lancaster. Designers KAI Express envision a light, airy, open space incorporating thoughts from surveys and community input. Survey responses from 900 people overwhelmingly supported a space that encourages children to learn and read, as well as be exposed to the sciences.

TCC Marks Women’s History Month

Events in March at campuses across Tarrant County

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 5, 2018) – Tarrant County College is celebrating Women’s History Month with a variety of events for students, employees and the community.

Events include presentations by two North Texas mayors, Mayor Betsy Price of Fort Worth and Mayor Curtisene McCowan of DeSoto. McCowan will discuss her experiences in leadership March 11 at TCC Trinity River, while Price will speak March 21 at TCC Connect.

TCC will put the focus on women in technology with a panel discussion featuring local women in STEM fields. Speakers, including professionals from Bell Helicopter and Texas A&M AgriLife, will share their experiences and provide advice for students interested in STEM career pathways. The event will be held March 20 at TCC Trinity River.

Women’s History Month activities also include a tour of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, a visit to The University of Texas at Arlington for a presentation by news anchor Gretchen Carlson, a discussion of the representation of women in pop culture  and more. For the complete list of events, check out the Collegewide calendar.

Go green and breathe clean with
Air North Texas

boy looking at the sky with a telescope

Posted March 8, 2018 – 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.

Watch for these upcoming activities:

    For the first time, university partners are coordinating on Campus Clean Air Action Days, which will take place at participating universities in March and April.

    Air North Texas staff will attend the Fort Worth Earth Party on March 24 to distribute materials and discuss what residents can do to help clear the air.

    Air Quality Awareness Week is scheduled for April 30-May 4. Watch social media for more information.

Clean Air Action Day is June 22.

Join the City of Fort Worth by supporting the campaign today and making a positive impact on air quality tomorrow.


What Billy Graham Forgot

Billy Graham was a much-loved preacher mourned by millions.  There is no questioning his earnestness and sincerity as he proclaimed the love of God and Christ as our Savior.  However, there were some things he either forgot or conveniently overlooked.

1) “Go to the church of your choice” is not the message of Scripture.  When Dr. Graham spoke at his well-attended crusades, he spoke with passion of the hope found in Christ and the need to change and turn to be His followers.  As crowds surged forward, they were then directed to one of many denominations waiting to receive them.  However, did Dr. Graham forget that Christ built but one church, and condemned religious division? (Matthew 16:18; I Corinthians 1:10).  To promote denominational division in the name of Christ is therefore nothing short of blasphemy!

2) “Receive Christ in your heart as personal Savior,” no matter how eloquently stated, is contrary to the gospel message. When sinners asked, “What shall we do?” they were told to repent and be baptized “in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins ...” (Acts 2:38).  Dr. Graham therefore left earnest seekers still lost in their sins!


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Edward Jones Maintains Traditional Values

In an age of voice mail and email, mobile phones and computerized banking, things change so fast that tradition is being lost in the jet wash of a jet-set society. However, traditional values literally define Edward Jones, a nontraditional company that embraces new technology while still making house calls.

This full-services brokerage firm has one priority that has never changed since the firm began more than 90 years ago: service to individual investors when and where it is convenient for them. To accomplish this, Edward Jones has focused on building a network of one-broker branches that are conveniently located for individuals. It doesn't matter whether those individuals live in the rural heartland or in the suburb of a sprawling metropolis, Edward Jones is there.

In fact, Edward Jones has more branch-office locations than any other brokerage in North America. Its branch-office concept was conceived by Edward D. "Ted" Jones Jr., son of the firm's founder.

Despite its rapid growth from 304 branch offices in 1980 to more than 12,000 throughout the United States and Canada today, Edward Jones remains committed to its traditional values.

"Ted Jones thought investors should be served by someone who lives and works in their community," said Jim Weddle, the firm's managing partner. "He believed, and we still believe, that personal service means being available for clients, even if it means going to their homes or businesses."

That's why Micehlle Willingham, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Fort Worth, maintains an office on Parkview Dr.

That's also why Michelle Willingham will stress long-term and diversified investments. "I meet with clients face to face and emphasize the importance of choosing quality investments that have the potential to perform well over time. At Edward Jones, we prefer a long-term approach to investing," she said.

"The decisions clients make when they meet with me will affect their financial futures. They are big decisions that deserve undivided, personal attention," she added.

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