Zero to 60: Six Decades of Growth for Edward Jones’ Branch Offices

Zero to 60: Six Decades of Growth for Edward Jones’ Branch Offices
In 1957, the Ford Fairlane was the country’s best-selling car, gas cost about 25 cents per gallon – and Zeke McIntyre opened Edward Jones’ first branch office in Mexico, MO. Today, the Fairlane is just a memory, 25 cents might buy a tenth of a gallon of gas – and Edward Jones’ 43,000 associates include 15,000 financial advisors serving more than 7 million clients from more than 13,000 branch offices across North America. But 60 years ago, in May 1957, Zeke Mcintrye was the first, and the firm is celebrating this milestone.
Edward Jones actually was founded in 1922, but up until 1957, all its financial advisors were housed in one office in St. Louis. The opening of Zeke McIntyre’s office launched a new phase for the firm, permanently transforming the way in which investors receive financial advice from Edward Jones.
“Since we opened our first branch office 60 years ago, establishing trusted relationships with our clients has been critical to our success,” said Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle. “Providing tailored solutions and a high level of service has enabled us to grow to more than 13,000 locations and we are excited to offer our services to a new generation of clients as we enter the next 60 years.”
The firm has come a long way since Ted Jones, son of the firm’s founder, met McIntyre and encouraged him to open the first branch office, located in a coat closet of an accounting firm situated above Scott’s Five & Dime Store.
“I remember my dad telling us about trying this ‘experiment.’ It seemed like a good opportunity,” said Bill McIntyre, Zeke McIntyre’s son. “It really was the American Dream and a good example of somebody with a good idea who acted on it and it became successful. Zeke and Ted Jones had very similar personalities and were down-to-earth people. I think he liked Ted and thought it would be a great working relationship. I’m sure neither of them envisioned there would be this many other offices today.”
The firm has not forgotten its humble beginnings, but continues to look toward the future – with no signs of taking its foot off the gas. As has been the case for the last six decades, Edward Jones’ success will be fueled by its growing numbers of financial advisors, growth in clients being deeply served and continued focus on ensuring clients’ interests always come first.
McIntyre’s pioneering spirit led Edward Jones to name one of its most coveted awards the Zeke McIntyre Pioneer Award, which recognizes financial advisors who achieve high levels of success early in their careers. The award is given annually to a select group of financial advisors during regional meetings with their peers and families.
McIntyre was an inaugural member of the Edward Jones Hall of Fame, which honors special individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the firm. In its inaugural year, the Hall of Fame recognized those who have helped shape the firm and who have been most responsible for its success with bronze sculptures placed in the firm’s St. Louis-based headquarters.
Recipients embody the firm’s values, culture and spirit of caring by routinely making a difference in the lives of others. In a way, these are individuals whose fingerprints can be found all over the firm because they have fundamentally helped to create it.
Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 15,000-plus financial advisors work directly with more than 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 5 on Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2017, is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones website is located at, and its recruiting website is Member SIPC.

Obituary: Eugene “Gene” Kuhler

Brentwood-Oak Hills NA Past President, Gene Kuhler, passes

It is with great sadness that I report the news that Gene Kuhler died about 3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 11. He had been at a rehab facility for a few weeks, (for strength and balance exercises) came home last week, took a rapid downturn, and hospice services were engaged Friday evening. He died at home, surrounded by his wife and family.
Gene was President of the Brentwood-Oak Hills Neighborhood (BOHN) Association for 4 years from July 2009 through June 2013, and he volunteered as a BOHN COP from 2003-2015, attended the Code Blue meetings and CAC meetings held at the HM Rec Center.
Gene also served faithfully on the Fort Worth League of Neighborhood Associations during some of those years when he was BOHN president, never missing a monthly board or quarterly general meeting of the League.
Gene was the BOHN team leader for the Cowtown Cleanup, and in his daily walks with his dog, picked up trash on his street.
Tobi Jackson sent in this picture of Gene from a recent Eastern Hills High School game. The five Kuhler children attended EHHS, & Gene loved Football.
Gene will be dearly missed by his neighbors and many friends.
Truman and Patsy Marshall were close friends and kept in touch with Gene and Gene’s wife Patricia. Services will be at Shannon Rose Hill. (Where two of their sons are buried.)
Funeral Services for Gene Kuhler have been set for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel and Cemetery, 7301 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76112. 817-451-3333

Eugene (Gene) F. Kuhler, 86, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at home in his beloved neighborhood in Fort Worth, Texas.
Celebration of life for Gene is at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 24th at the Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel Fort Worth, Texas.
Gene was born in Rhineland, Texas on January 31, 1931 to Lawrence Joseph and Minnie (Bruggeman) Kuhler. Gene was a graduate of St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas and was a veteran of the Korean War. Throughout his professional career, he was a salesman with various companies. His greatest passions were the news, politics, gardening, bird watching, golfing, traveling around the country, NASCAR racing and fishing. He loved his neighbors and neighborhood. He served as President of his neighborhood association from 2009 to 2013 as well as participated in many other community efforts. He loved getting to know people, taking care of friends and family, making people laugh and helping everyone he knew. He was a great husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be incredibly missed by all of us. He had a huge impact on all our lives and left us with many great memories.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years Patricia (Thompson); sisters Anita Thresher (husband Colby), Corine Gieb (husband Hal) and brother Tim (wife Darlene); four children David (wife Dawn), Amy Groff (husband Jerry), Michael (wife Toi), Richard (wife Peaun); 3 grandchildren Ryan Groff (wife Katie), Emily Groff and Nicole Kuhler; and great-granddaughter Skylar Groff. He is preceded in death by his three sons Robert, Steven and James; and sister Dolores Watson and husband Mort.

May is Elder Abuse Prevention Month

May is Elder Abuse Prevention Month
Adult Protective Services urges Texans to get involved to stop self-neglect
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) works to protect the unprotected, and that includes the elderly members of our communities. May is Elder Abuse Prevention Month in Texas, and it’s the perfect time to check on elderly friends and neighbors.
Do you have an elderly neighbor who can no longer keep up their home, isn’t taking care of his or herself, or needs medical care? You may be the only person who knows or cares.
“Abuse may get the headlines, but one of the most common situations we encounter is self-neglect,” said Kez Wold, DFPS associate commissioner for Adult Protective Services (APS). “Sometimes when people become ill or depressed, they quit trying or simply can’t care for themselves without some help. That’s when someone needs to make a call to the Texas Abuse Hotline.”
State law requires anyone who suspects adult abuse, neglect or financial exploitation to report it to the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400 or online at Callers can remain anonymous. Learn how to recognize adult abuse, neglect and exploitation at
In May, APS is joining with community, civic and professional groups to raise awareness and understanding about abuse, neglect and exploitation through conferences, presentations and other events. Learn about events in your area at and please share them with your friends, neighbors and colleagues.
Last year, APS investigated the situations of 83,534 people who were living at home and found that 51,608 of them suffered one or more forms of abuse, neglect or exploitation. Self-neglect was at least one factor for most of those people. APS’ job is to investigate these situations and connect people with the services in their communities they need.
Adult Protective Services Facts and Figures
APS is a program of DFPS and a part of the Texas Health and Human Services system. The mission of APS is to protect adults, who are elderly or have disabilities, from abuse, neglect and exploitation. APS does this by investigating allegations and by providing or arranging for services to alleviate or prevent further mistreatment.
APS serves Texas residents who are 65 years or older or who are 18 to 64 and have a disability. There are 3.3 million Texas residents who are 65 or older and more than 1.7 million people with a disability who are ages 18-64.
More information is available in the Department of Family and Protective Services Annual Report and Data Book on the DFPS website (

Convention center arena, Trader’s Oak among Fort Worth’s endangered places

Convention center arena, Trader’s Oak among Fort Worth’s endangered places
Posted May 9, 2017 – The ‘spaceship-style’ Convention Center Arena deserves to be repurposed for a different use, according to Historic Fort Worth.
As part of National Preservation Month, Historic Fort Worth Inc. annually releases a most endangered places list. The program recognizes the changes that impact those places that comprise the unique, historic identity of Fort Worth.
The 2017 list includes:
Fort Worth Convention Center Arena, 1201 Houston St. Designed in the 1960s as an urban renewal project, it is destined to be torn down to make way for new space that fits the needs of today’s meeting planners.
Ellis Pecan Building, 1012 N. Main St. The building, constructed in 1920, is in need of repairs, including a new roof, and is threatened by neglect.
Grand High Court of Heroines of Jericho, 3016 E. Fourth St. The social and benevolent organization for African-American women built this distinctive structure in 1952.
Texas & Pacific Warehouse Building, 401 W. Lancaster Ave. This enormous eight-story building was the outgrowth of a 1920s Chamber of Commerce effort to building $100 million of civic and business improvements. A developer has been working to restore the building as part of the Lancaster Corridor project.
Trader’s Oak, 1200 Samuels Ave. Under the magnificent live oak three, one of the first trading posts in North Texas was established in 1849. With development planned for this area, the tree is vulnerable.
Access to the newly restored Van Zandt Cottage, 2900 Crestline Road. This house is thought to be the oldest in the city on its original site. Eliminating vehicle access to the cottage would limit the success of this important historic resource.
Wedgwood’s California modern houses, 5716 Winifred Drive and 5320 Wooten Drive. Wedgwood is threatened by a lack of enlightenment about the design value of mid-century modern buildings and the perception that Wedgwood is not a desirable place to live.
To learn more, contact Historic Fort Worth Inc. at 817-336-2344.

West Handley Elementary Cleans up at Cowtown Cleanup

West Handley Elementary School students and parents showed up early on Saturday morning to participate in the annual Cowtown Cleanup. They worked the school grounds and the 4 blocks surrounding the school. Over 65 volunteers signed in, and by 11am, had collected over 100 bags of trash to take to the city dropoff centers.
After the cleanup, everyone was treated to hot dogs and sides for lunch. Principal Moynihans announced to the students that they could wear their bright orange Cowtown Cleanup shirts to school on Monday, which was met with cheers and applause.
Joining the West Handley OWLS were members of the Brentwood-Oak Hills Neighborhood Association who joined in cleanup duties. BOHN President Kat Kroll was the designated driver to take the trash to the Bulk Trash drop-off center. She hauled 2 full truck-loads to the center, and a second BOHN member took another 15 bags.
If you have photos from your Cowtown Cleanup event, please email them to Kat so we can publish them online.

CCPD seeking nonprofit proposals for reducing crime, violence

CCPD seeking nonprofit proposals for reducing crime, violence
Posted April 7, 2017 – Would you like to help Fort Worth become the nation’s safest major city? Fort Worth, in partnership with the Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD), is seeking community-based organizations interested in applying for the Community-Based Funding Program.
Programs should meet one or more of these goals:
Support efforts to reduce violent crime and gang-related activities through enhanced enforcement activities and crime prevention programs.
Support efforts to increase the safety of residents and decrease crime throughout Fort Worth neighborhoods.
Support efforts to increase the safety of youth and reduce juvenile crime through crime prevention and intervention programs.
Additionally, programs must include a literacy component.

Nonprofit agencies that can address one or more of these goals are invited to apply for funding. Application forms and instructions are available.
Pre-proposal conferences will be at 6 p.m. April 19 and 6 p.m. April 26 at the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex, 505 W. Felix St. The conference will help ensure applicants understand the program requirements.
Deadline to submit proposals is June 1.
To learn more, contact Darian Gavin at 817-392-2057.

State Representative 
Nicole Collier hosts Community Forum with Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton

State Representative 
Nicole Collier hosts Community Forum with Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton
Injection Disposal Well approval process
The Handley-Meadowbrook Community center gym was filled with over 150  citizens from Arlington and Fort Worth who are concerned about the Bluestone Natural Resources proposed injection disposal well on the west side of Lake Arlington, in Fort Worth.
State Representative Nicole Collier hosted the community forum. She brought Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton and his staff to educate the public on the process the Railroad Commission uses in the approving sites for gas or disposal injection wells.
Commissioner Sitton  gave us insight on what an acceptable application looks like, and the types of concerns that the Commission takes into account when they hear from the public. He stated ‘Public objection alone is not enough to prevent a permit from being issued. SAFETY issues are a reason to not permit a site.’
Collier reiterated that the Texas legislature passed HB 40 during the last session, (she voted against it) which removed local control to regulate gas and oil industry drilling sites. This is the reason the Fort Worth City Council cannot just prohibit the well from being built.
In addition to Nicole Collier, representing State District 95, and City Council member Gyna Bivens, representing FW District 5, Historic Handley Neighborhood Association; other groups oppose this well site and are actively writing letters to the Commission.
Councilwoman Gyna Bivens said “It is the goal of every member on the Fort Worth City Council to continue making our opposition to the Bluestone application very clear and very focused.  We believe the right to govern land use is in the hands of our local government.   Councilman Dennis Shingleton and I first met with Bluestone leaders in mid-January.    We made the city’s position quite clear:  We will oppose the construction of any salt water injection well on Fort Worth property.  Most may not be aware, but there is other property owned by Bluestone in Fort Worth and Tarrant County.    Arlington Councilwoman Kathryn Wilemon and I work very closely together and we have been on one accord since Day 1 of this matter.
What is troubling is The Railroad Commission tends to be energy friendly and I hope we are able to make the TECHNICAL case that Lake Arlington is unsuitable as a location for such a well.  We want the City of Fort Worth’s ban on  injection wells to be respected by any and all governmental entities.”
Audience members asked the Commissioner a variety of questions, and Collier’s office  recorded the questions to type up and submit to the Commissioner’s office for response. (As soon as she sends us their reply, we will publish it here.)
Some in the audience were less than polite in their questions/comments, and the Commissioner got a bit defensive in his responses. The Railroad Commissioner strongly rejected the idea that his agency is only concerned about ‘rubber stamping’ approvals for the gas and oil industry. Sitton stressed that his number one concern is public safety. He repeated that if a well site is not safe, his agency will shut it down and plug it.
Judy Taylor, President of Handley Neighborhood Association, felt there were just as many informed people as there were frustrated people in attendance. She was hoping the Commissioner would be able to tell us the language we need to use in letters to the commission objecting to this type well site. She said ” Commissioner Sitton did a wonderful job controlling the audience, staying on topic, giving us insightful information into how the commission functions, but after 2 hours, we walked out just as helpless as before. Hopefully, Nicolle Collier will be able to host another meeting where we can obtain helpful information on how to address the commission.” She added “We thank Commissioner Sitton for coming to speak to us in person.”
After the meeting, many of the people who had asked pointed questions (and were perceived as hostile or yelling) went up to the Commissioner and shook his hand and thanked him for coming to Fort Worth to speak to us directly. He stayed to pose for photos before heading out to a radio interview. The commissioner said he will be in Fort Worth to participate in Earth Day activities.
As additional information becomes available, we will publish it.
Collier stated that she will plan another public forum meeting with Bluestone and other experts in this field.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Nicole Collier’s office at (817) 332-1180 – Fort Worth or (512) 463-0716 – Austin.
The Railroad Commisssion has added GMN to their mailing list. Long press releases will be published on FB and here on the website.

Neighborhoods of East Fort Worth holds INJECTION WELL meeting Tuesday, April 25 at TCC

Neighborhoods of East Fort Worth holds INJECTION WELL meeting Tuesday, April 25 at TCC
by Judy Taylor, Handley Neighborhood Association, 
VP Neighborhoods of East Fort Worth Alliance
We have just learned of another meeting with the Company on the proposed Salt Water Injection Well on the East shore of Lake Arlington.  The meeting will be Tuesday, April 25 at 6pm TCC off 820
TCC Opportunity Center
5901 Fitzhugh Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76119
These meetings are informative and show the company and state WE are out to protect our Community, Lake, Water and surroundings if at all possible if we do not try we will not get results.
PLEASE Inform others that have an interest. We need all the facts we can get to properly object to the construction of this well on Lake Arlington.

Three East Fort Worth Restaurants Now Serving Up Blue Zones -Inspired Choices!

Three East Fort Worth Restaurants Now Serving Up Blue Zones -Inspired Choices!
FORT WORTH, Texas – Three restaurants on Fort Worth’s east side began showcasing Blue Zones-inspired menu items this month as they begin their efforts to become Blue Zones Project Approved™. Blue Zones Project, Fort Worth is a community-led well-being improvement initiative that partners with restaurants and other organization throughout the community to make healthier choices easier.
Blue Zones-inspired dishes offer healthier alternatives and plant-based ingredients, in keeping with diets in the world’s Blue Zones areas, where people live longer with less chronic disease. Each restaurant also is taking part in a 10-week pilot program designed to drive more traffic to the restaurant by offering three to four new plant-based options and implementing best practices to make healthy choices easier for customers. They are:
 Lady and the Pit, a local barbeque and home-style cooking favorite at 2220 Handley Dr., is adding four new side options—sautéed spinach, baked sweet potato, fruit salad, and sautéed zucchini and squash, served individually or as plates.
Italy Pasta & Pizza, which has been serving the east side since 1990, now offers baked eggplant rollatini, a veggie pasta, a Mediterranean salad, and gluten-free goat cheese alfredo. The restaurant is located at 800 E. Loop 820.
The Library Café, at 1280 Woodhaven Blvd., is adding three new options—six-bean and veggie soup, roasted veggie wraps with creamy hummus, and veggie burgers on whole wheat buns served with tomato, lettuce, and pickle. Both sandwiches come with fresh fruit on the side.
The restaurants also are training staff and offering incentives for servers, said Clay Sexauer, retail foods coordinator for Blue Zones Project, Fort Worth. “We have seen promotions of Blue Zones-inspired items drive up orders as well as revenue, so it’s a win for everyone.”
Blue Zones Project, Fort Worth was honored with the Best Practice in Innovative Promotion Award at the national Blue Zones Project Summit last fall for creativity in supporting healthy dining options. Blue Zones Project, Fort Worth conducted a server incentive program, in which restaurants discovered a marked increase in Blue Zones-inspired orders and food sales.
To find a list of Blue Zones Project Approved restaurants, visit

West Meadowbrook NA City Affairs gets RESULTS on Trashy Retailer

West Meadowbrook NA City Affairs gets RESULTS on Trashy Retailer

Mike Phipps is one of those people you WANT to have as a neighbor. He is always looking out for the City and residents, his neighbors, when it comes to keeping property clean and attractive, and your pets safe & well cared for. As the Chair for the West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Association City Affairs committee,  Mike  has been on a letter writing campaign since last August to get the Fallas grocery store on Lancaster  to clean up its commercial property.
Mike said “One trashy property makes the whole area look bad. We have to keep our houses & yards neat and clean. Businesses should too.”
The first two letters resulted in NO clean up of the store property. Not willing to continue looking at the trash accumulating daily, he followed up with more letters, and calls to Code Compliance. Mike wrote the store managers first, and when they did not resolve the problem, he wrote to the Corporate offices. He finally received a response from the Chief Operations Officer.
Mike told GMN “It’s only taken about a year of letter writing and complaining, but I think we’ll finally get some action on cleaning up this mess.  I guess that’s what it takes – go to the owner of the corporation.  The funny thing is, the “landlord” of that property is the parent company!”  TAD records show the property is owned by National Stores Inc.

A quick search reveals this information on Wikipedia:
“National Stores Inc. does business as: Fallas, Fallas Paredes, Fallas Discount Stores, Factory 2-U, Conway, CW Price, Falas (spelled with single “l” in Puerto Rico) and Anna’s Linen’s by Fallas,[1][2] and offer brand name and private label clothing for men, ladies, boys, girls, juniors, infants and toddlers along with lingerie, shoes and household items.[3] Fallas Paredes caters to the Hispanic American community.[4]”
The corporate website is:

Mike first wrote to the Fallas store manager in August 2016:
Good afternoon Mr. Vecchio,
First let me say thank you for taking my call today. I appreciate your time.  Also I would like to say, do not feel singled out.  Fort Worth District 5 representative Gyna Bivens just held a very well attended meeting for the residents of the eastside who are joining together to address the horrible condition of commercial businesses throughout our neighborhood and the eastside as a whole.
Your property, 4616 E. Lancaster is located in Ms Bivens District, D5.  As I suggested when speaking with you, we want and need good examples so others will follow suit. Will you please be a business that can be used as an example of how to upkeep and maintain your property?  As you can tell in the pictures this is a long term accumulation of trash and debris, not something someone just recently dumped. There are tall grass, weeds and brush growing in the back alley way and along the sides of the building as well as out in the right of way.  Please keep in mind, this is our neighborhood. Lancaster is an older commercial corridor that has fallen against tough situations and it is time it be turned around.  It needs tender care, responsible property owners and business owners / managers.  Can we please get a commitment from you and the company you represent to put your best foot forward and treat this property as if it were in your backyard? Keep in mind, your paycheck is at least partially funded off by residents of our neighborhood. I would expect to receive better care and maintenance of your store in return.
Thank you very much.
Mike Phipps, West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Assoc., City Affairs Chair

Not getting a satisfactory response, Mike wrote to the next store manager at Fallas in March 7, 2017:
Good evening Ms. Wiegref,
My name is Mike Phipps, I have addressed concerns pertaining to this store since it has opened.  I presented the previous manager, Mr. Vecchio back in August 2016.  The first seven pictures that are attached to this email are of the trash that was present back then, the last five are of recent.  I have many more.  We were glad when we heard that Fallas was moving into the old Carnival property after they had moved out.  The excitement was short lived.  It was almost immediate that we begun seeing the decline in property management.  Trash cans always full and overflowing, the parking lot and sidewalks in front of the store never cleaned up of the litter.  The property for over a year has not ever been clean of trash and debris.  There are trees beginning to grow up all along the sides of the building that also hold all the trash that blows around.  I am asking, can you please see that this property is cleaned up and cleaned up on a daily basis.
Thanks you for your time,
Mike Phipps, West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Assoc., City Affairs Chair

After waiting a week, Mike sent the 2 letters above to the Corporate offices. On March 19, Mike received a response from the Corporate Offices of Fallas:
Good evening Mr. Phipps,
My name is Craig Levra, I work for Mr. Fallas and National Stores, Inc., as the COO.  I just left you a voice mail apologizing for the condition of this store.  It is unacceptable, and clearly not how we do business.  Our Facilities team is on it, we will not wait for the landlord but correct it ourselves immediately.   Please feel free to reach out to me any time you have a concern.
Thank you for letting us know about the situation.  We want your business and we will work hard to earn it.
Craig Levra, National Stores, Inc. / Fallas

West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Association is one of the largest Associations on the Eastside, and remains a leader for citizen activism to improve the quality of life for East Fort Worth residents.

Homelessness decreasing slightly in Fort Worth area

Homelessness decreasing slightly in Fort Worth area
Posted March 24, 2017 – On the night of Jan. 26, more than 500 volunteers and about 100 members of law enforcement canvassed Tarrant and Parker counties to count the homeless population.
Their results showed there are 1,924 people experiencing homelessness, a decrease of 14 people, or 0.7 percent, from 2016. The homeless population continues to shrink as a percentage of the overall population, and remains below 1 percent.
“It was a small decrease, but it was a decrease nonetheless,” said Otis Thornton, executive director of the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition. “For those 14 people whose homelessness ended over the last year, it’s a great accomplishment.”
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 2017
Fort Worth: 1,594 (Up from 1,484).
Arlington: 252 (Down from 333).
Parker County: 12 (Up from six).
Northeast Tarrant: 66 (Down from 115).

The homeless population counted in January was evenly split between African-Americans and whites. Sixty-two percent were men, 38 percent women. There were 186 homeless vets counted, a 9 percent decrease.
There were 190 families counted, a 4 percent increase.
During the point-in-time count, 319 people were sleeping in places not intended for human habitation, down from the 2016 count.
The Tarrant County Homeless Coalition’s full report is available online.

FWPD Blends Empathy, Enforcement to Remove Vagrants / Homeless

FWPD Blends Empathy, Enforcement to Remove Vagrants
by West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Association
At the February 20 WMNA meeting, Captain Michael Shedd, Fort Worth Police Department Eastside Division, told members and guests at the meeting that letters, emails and calls to the City of Fort Worth regarding vagrancy and illegal camping in the area had been heard.
“We’re blending empathy and enforcement to address the  problems of vagrancy, illegal camping and littering on the East Side,” he said. “It’s not illegal to be homeless, but some behaviors associated with homelessness are illegal.
Shedd and a team of Neighorhood Police Officers are working closely with non-profits serving the homeless to match those living on the streets and in parks with services. He announced that in the next week the FWPD would visit 19 camps to notify the residents they were criminal trespassing on private property.
Ten camps are in East Division; nine are in Central Division. Campers will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor and removed if they do not leave private property or parks.
Many of the camps were found and documented by Tom Hamilton, WMNA board member. Media reports in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Channel 5 and Channel 8 kept the public’s focus on the issue. “Following the removal of the campers, code compliance will send in teams to remove debris and brush from the site,” he added.
Shedd also said he was assigning an NPO, Travis Ward, to the East Lancaster Avenue business corridor, as well as creating a bicycle patrol to circulate through the area. His job will be to get to know the business owners and the homeless sleeping on private property. “He will be encouraged to explain to businesses that they must request that vagrants be removed.”
“As a community, you will have to decide what you will tolerate,” he said, when asked if the campers and vagrants will just move to another area.  Shedd added that he was combining a shift to put more officers on the street during busy periods.
In other announcements, District 8 City Council Representative Kelly Allen Gray announced that the City of Fort Worth and the Task Force on Ending Homelessness will hold a joint meeting at 6:30 p.m., March 27 at the First Presbyterian Church, 
1000 Penn Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas. Don Boren is the chair.
Follow-up: In the week following the Feb.20 meeting, police details visited 19 camps and removed many of them after 48 hours. Code compliance followed up to clear up trash and bio-hazards littering the sites.
On March 6, Capt. Shedd reported to area residents that he had executed on his plan and encouraged residents to continue to let him know about new camps that are established. A detail was scheduled to walk Tandy Park in conjunction with Parks and Recreation.

International Leadership of Texas builds new East Fort Worth Campus

A new School has started construction
East Fort Worth is the new home of the International Leadership of Texas campus. The school is located at 5901 Boca Raton and will encompass 14 acres.
The school is a unique category of education: it is charter public school. It will be a tri-lingual school, and students will learn English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese to be highly competitive adults in the future workforce.
The school website states:
“At ILTexas, leadership and culture is incorporated in the classroom for all students. Students are given leadership roles teaching the concept of others before self. Each year, students put their dedication into action in a community service project and spend time learning about 12 important character traits that foster a good leader. These traits empower students to overcome challenges and create a better, and more productive society in which to live and work.”
Texas is a strong economic force in the world and its top three countries of export are Mexico, Canada, and China. China has become the second largest economy, and now, more than ever, it is critical that future generations are prepared for today’s internationally connected world.  At ILTexas, education is taught from a global perspective, where all students will graduate with the necessary language and tools needed for future leadership and success.
The curriculum at ILTexas, as steered by our mission, prepares students for exceptional leadership roles in the international community by emphasizing servant leadership, mastering the English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese languages, and strengthening the body, mind and character.
Further, ILTexas has a college preparatory program whereby we not only provide our students with the instruction needed to be successful in college, but with the expectation that they will attend and be successful in college and beyond.
As part of our curriculum, we teach the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) and ELPS (English Language Proficiency Standards) as curriculum standards. Moreover, we’ve adopted the both vertically and horizontally aligned Kilgo scope and sequence and supplemental resources, as guided by the research and life work of Dr. Margaret Kilgo. All state assessments are administered as required by the State of Texas.
Learn more about this new educational opportunity for your children at

Fort Worth Get Real, It’s Time for a New Deal.

Fort Worth Get Real, It’s Time for a New Deal.

By Rev. Kyev P. Tatum, Sr., President & CEO
Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Fort Worth, Texas
Tarrant County Courthouse in Downtown Fort Worth, Texas

February 18, 2017

Our Beloved Malcolm X once told us “that of all our studies, history is best positioned to rewards our research.”

It was 168 years ago in 1849, General William Jenkins Worth envisioned several forts built on the American frontier, including a fort right here on the banks of the Trinity River which is his namesake.

The intention was to attack our Native American brothers and sisters and seize their land and water through government-sanctioned manifest destiny, eminent domain and excessive use of deadly force.

Today we gather here on this hallowed ground near the bluff of the Trinity River with the intention of protecting our community from attacks of city-sanctioned racism and injustice. We declare and we demand that the old “Fort Worth Way” has seen its last day. It is time for a “New Way,” in the city where the west begins and racism ends.

It’s time for Fort Worth to get real, it’s time for a new deal.

Several years ago four African-American clergymen came together to begin the process of creating equity and equality for everyone.

Not just for some but for everyone.

Not just for the upper class but for every class.

Not just for the haves but the have nots.

Not just for most but for everyone.

At the request of Mayor Betsy Price, Dr. Michael Bell, Bishop Billy George, Bishop Robert Sample, and yours truly Rev. Kyev Tatum gathered together with the former chief of police of the city of Fort Worth to hammer out the historic Fort Worth 3E Plan of Action that was eventually approved by the city manager, the mayor, and city council. It was created to help Fort Worth to begin the journey towards racial reconciliation, to put an end to police brutality within the disenfranchised African-American and Hispanic communities.

Yet on December 21, 2016, the nation and the world witnessed Officer William Martin violating the civil and human rights of Ms. Jacqueline Craig and several of her young children.

To add insult to injury, the system failed to properly charge the neighbor or Officer Martin with felony assault, and failed to terminate Officer Martin.

In a real sense, our city leadership felt confident that history would repeat itself and that the good people of Fort Worth would remain mistreated but silent, violated but hushed-up with regard to yet another example of gross mistreatment and injustice.

Let me be clear, we will not remain silent, we will not hush-up. We will turn our unhappiness and mistreatment into action as we seek to frack the Fort Worth facade.

No longer will we allow folks who do not have our families, our children’s, or our communities’ best interests at heart speak for us or represent us.

We are tired of being the least, last, lost and left out. Frederick Douglas said it best when he said,

“If there is no struggle there is no progress.

Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning.

They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.

This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle.

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both.

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.

In the light of these ideas, Negroes will be hunted at the North and held and flogged at the South so long as they submit to those devilish outrages and make no resistance, either moral or physical.

Men may not get all they pay for in this world, but they must certainly pay for all they get.

If we ever get free from the oppressions and wrongs heaped upon us, we must pay for their removal.

We must do this by labor, by suffering, by sacrifice, and if needs be, by our lives and the lives of others.”

We cannot buy courage, yet our freedom is never free.

We must learn how to value each other and to value our voice.

God has blessed us with a voice to speak truth to power.

God has blessed us with a voice to speak victory in battle.

God has given us a voice for the voiceless.

Most importantly, God has given us a voice to declare and demand, as did the Prophet Amos to, “let justice roll down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

We must have the courage to overcome our faults, flaws, and failures with faith in our heavenly father and we will find favor if we faint not.

We must not allow our hurts, habits, or hangouts to hinder us from standing up for our son and defending our mothers and our daughters.

We must have the resolve to resist the harmful, hateful, and hurtful hearts of these heathens.

We must sustain our strength through our stresses, strains, and struggles.

We cannot and will not allow our pressures, pain, and problems to keep us from remaining fit to plow forward.

As I leave you today, I want to encourage you, in the spirit of our elders who came long before us, to:

Dream like Dr. King – Lead like Harriet

Fight like Malcolm – Think like Garvey

Write like Maya – Preach like Peter

Reach like Booker T. – Teach like W.E.B.

Speak like Frederick – Debate like Thurgood

Build like Nehemiah – Bank like Bill McDonald

Do Business like Madame CJ Walker

Sit like Rosa

Run like Jesse

Win like Obama

Pray like Paul

And Rise Up Like Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Fort Worth Get Real, It’s Time for a New Deal! Fort Worth Get Real, It’s Time for a New Deal! Fort Worth Get Real, It’s Time for a New Deal! Fort Worth Get Real, It’s Time for a New Deal!

Because our history demands it, our times require it, our children deserve it, and God is still watching.

May God bless you and keep you is our Prayer.

Rev. Kyev P. Tatum, Sr.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Fort Worth, Texas

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Alyce Boyd Named Neighbor of the Year

Alyce Boyd Named Neighbor of the Year
by Rita Vinson, past president, Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods
﷯The Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods gave its most prestigious award posthumously to Alyce Boyd of Ryanwood Neighborhood Association on Jan. 7, 2017, at the City’s annual Neighborhood Awards luncheon.  Alyce’s long-time friend and neighbor, Charlene Lawrence, accepted a certificate in her behalf and a check for $100 to the Ryanwood Neighborhood Association.
The League’s award is called the 2016 Ben Ann Tomayko Neighbor of the Year award.  It recognizes an individual who demonstrates a high level of support to an individual neighborhood, a group of neighborhoods, or neighbors throughout Fort Worth.  Their spirit of volunteerism may be recognized for work on a single, significant project, a single year, or long-term service to neighborhood(s).  The award is given in memory of the late Ben Ann Tomayko, a co-founder of the League in 1986 and longtime Fort Worth neighborhood advocate.
Alyce Boyd met all—not just one—of those criteria of community engagement.  She devoted the last 22 years of her life to neighborhood advocacy, never slowing down until her health became an issue in the last 2 years.  She and her husband, Obie, moved to Ryanwood neighborhood in 1961. They had been married 54 years at the time of his death in 2008.  She died July 20, 2016.
Neighborhood Support
In 1994 Alyce became very involved in Ryanwood Neighborhood Association and served as President for 16 years from 1996 to 2012.  In 1998 it received the “Organization of the Year” award from the East Fort Worth Business Association.
In 1997 Alyce joined Ryanwood’s Citizens on Patrol (COPs) team patrolled for many years.  She was a graduate of the Fort Worth Citizens Police Academy.
Eastside Advocacy
In 1998 and 1999 Alyce served on the Steering Committee/Nominating Committee of the Community Advisory Committee of the Neighborhood Patrol District No. 5 (CAC NPD5.)
In 1999 Alyce and four other presidents of CAC NPD5 met to form a neighborhood alliance they named the Neighborhoods of East Fort Worth.  Soon, they expanded it to include the neighborhood associations north of I-30 in CAC NPD4.  Alyce was a co-sponsor of this group and worked to keep it going for the next 15 years.
Councilmember Danny Scarth appointed Alyce to represent his Eastside District 4 on the City’s Sustainability Committee and on the Parks Board.
Alyce served for 9 years as Executive Secretary of East Fort Worth Business Association, advocating quality business development.
Alyce served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.
Citywide Engagement
In addition to serving on the City’s Sustainability and on the Parks Board, Alyce also served on the board of the Fort Worth League of Neighborhood Associations, completing several terms as Secretary in the early 2000’s.
First and foremost, Alyce was a long-term, dedicated leader and tireless advocate for neighborhood issues at all levels. She fostered a sense of community and belonging with events like National Night Out and with preparation of newsletters and conducting the regular meetings and business of the Ryanwood Neighborhood Association.  She fought for a neighborhood post office and for demolition of substandard apartments. She galvanized support for passage of crucial Multifamily Dwelling and Landscape Ordinances.  For the past 22 years she influenced the direction of residential development, quality business development, stronger zoning and code enforcement, landscaping and beautification, crime prevention and safety.
The Fort Worth League of Neighborhood Associations is proud to recognize Alyce Boyd’s achievements with its Ben Ann Tomayko Neighbor of the Year Award.

Here’s the link for city news that has the award winners and names of the awards.

Why Women Protested & Marched

Why We March
attributed to Rabbi Toba Schaller.

(Originally published on Facebook and shared over a million times so far since that Saturday.)
“To those who are confused or surprised about why millions of people showed up to protest yesterday. . .
“Women are marching because our children deserve a secretary of education that cares about education.
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