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

White House Ally for the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative:



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.
Women are marching because our family and friends deserve healthcare. Continue reading “Why Women Protested & Marched”

Women’s March Fort Worth

Over 6 thousand Fort Worth activists in attendance!
by Kathryn Kroll
On Saturday, January 21, 2017 marches were held throughout the US and internationally, to exercise the first amendment right to gather and protest the policies put forth by the new administration.
The march in Fort Worth was organized in under a week, by a handful of women who wanted to express their voices on a variety of women’s issues. The march was a great success.

In Fort Worth, six thousand people showed up. There were no arrests, no violence, no littering. (A lady in the march saw a to-go container that a bystander tossed in the street. She scooped up the styrofoam box and the nachos and bean dip off the street and walked with it untill she passed a trash can.)
The Fort Worth Police who stopped traffic downtown were all greeted by the marchers, and after the event, the women gathered on the courthouse steps to chant “THANK YOU POLICE.”
The ages ranged from very young girls all the way up to 90+ year old women. White, black, brown, Asian, Muslim, disabled, young, old, single or married, and everyone in between was represented.
But it was not just women. There were men. Single men, gay men, married men, married men with children, who had  their kiddos strapped on their backs. There were young men with their moms and sisters. There were even a few canines in the group, with their own signs.

After the march, these women organized Action Activities to remain connected to each other and to get more involved in the political process to express concerns to elected officials (if they will listen).
Congresswoman Kay Granger was out on the sidewalks, watching with one of her granddaughters. I truly hope the number of women and men in this march made an impression on her, and her granddaughter. A lack of Equal Pay will affect this granddaughter her entire adult life.
There is a group that has started on Facebook to keep lines of communication open with all the participants and to schedule events, like the upcoming post card writing party.

Welcome 2017

A new chapter begins
Some of you are elated that Donald Trump is our  President, some of you are genuinely scared for what the future holds for you. Some of you are avoiding the whole situation to maintain your zen.
Elected representatives for our area are on both sides of the issues we face as a city, county, state and Nation. I predict this year will have some highly emotional events that could cause divisions – if we get upset and do not use critical thinking skills, and mediation and compromise of any differences of opinion.
Here on the Eastside, our neighbors represent EVERY walk of life, ethnicity, culture, age group, and religion. To me, multi-cultural is like a good stew, with a variety of ingredients and spices. I enjoy the international customers that visit the shop! These families  have moved here to East Fort Worth, because we offer them an opportunity to live the American dream: family, love, home and meaningful employment. They come here because we are GOOD neighbors. Let us remember to keep it that way!
Invite any new families to attend your Neighborhood Association meetings or civic groups you belong to. I know every church, group and club in the area would welcome a new member or two.

We NEED a place for Tiny Homes in Fort Worth.

Fort Worth Needs a Tiny Home Village! One for Millenials & Retirees who want to live tiny, another to help end Homelessness!
Dear Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and City Council Members, Homeless Commission & Zoning Commission Members
by Kathryn Kroll, President of Brentwood-Oak Hills Neighborhood Association
Why can’t we find a place here in the city (but NOT on the Eastside) to build a tiny home village like this?
Here is a story about a group in Missouri who have found a way to solve homelessness for Veterans. There is a similar community just down the road in Austin that you can use as your “feasibility case study.”
My suggestion is to start the first community for homeless in an industrial area with a structure that could be converted to a community resources center/ kitchen and showers. It would put these houses in a job-central location, away from traditional residential locations.
Another Tiny Home Village area should be created for all the retirees who want to downsize but do not want to live in an apartment or retirement home, and for millenials who cannot afford traditional housing, but want to settle down and establish roots in a community of smaller, more affordable homes.
Both age groups are looking for a legal, zoned just for them location to park their tiny homes. Zoning needs to consider this housing trend in housing and get on it while the housing market has little competition for tiny villages.
Fort Worth could be the national leader in Tiny Home Villages, and infill the city with tax paying citizens! Over 60 THOUSAND people attended the Tiny Home Jamboree, a 3-day weekend event this summer in Colorado Springs, showcasing small cottage size homes, many on trailer frames to be mobile. Commercial tiny home builders and DIY kit manufacturers were there. Sixty thousand attendees is a small sampling of just how many people are interested in living in a tiny home!!
I have been promoting this idea for a Tiny Home Village since I discovered tiny homes a few years ago. (I plan to have one built to my specifications when I retire.)
Even allowing 4 tiny homes to share one traditional lot would help with urban infill and provide a low cost housing option. Four tiny homes on one lot would use as much water as a family of 5 in a single traditional home.

Here is another article about a tiny home community for veterans that’s completely finished in St. Petersburg.
“But wait, there’s more!”
Texas Monthly (magazine & website) reported on this tiny home village near Amarillo:
“The benefits of housing the homeless in tiny homes are manifold: they’re cheap and quick to construct, aesthetically quaint, environmentally friendly, and save cities tens of thousands of dollars with each person who gets to live in one. Thanks to donations and volunteers, Denning’s home in Amarillo will cost just $2,000 for Yellow City Community Outreach, the non-profit organization building his tiny abode. According to the Globe-News, this is the first of many tiny homes Yellow City hopes to build in Amarillo.”

The tiny village for the homeless in Austin is called Community First Village. Here is their website:

I think several smaller versions of this could be located in each quadrant of Fort Worth without disrupting existing housing values. The villages could be futuristic, implementing solar power and LED lighting, organic gardening, upcycling craft center & retail store.
ONCE people have a real roof over their head, and a door they can shut and lock (something they never get in a shelter situation) then they are no longer HOMELESS.
Now they are just poor, in need of many medical and social services, but not out roaming the streets, resorting to crime to survive.
We should treat our fellow human better than we do pets and livestock.
Please implement this idea! Let me know how I can help. –KEK

Obit: Finis Smith

Pianist Finis Smith
 Killed by Drunk Driver
by Cory Sessions
Mr. Finis Smith was taken from us by a drunk driver.
He was one of the Greatest Musicians, Pianist and Soloist there ever was. A Nationally known maestro in Gospel Music. He always dawned a smile with all of his Greetings and salutations. Phonetically symbolic of his name he was one of the Finest people I have ever known. You were a great friend and neighbor who will be missed. I know your melodious voice is booming simultaneously as your fingers grace the keyboard in your final concert hall of Heaven.
Take a bow, “Well done faithful servant.”

Obit: John William Roach

John William Roach Obituary
John William “Big John” Roach passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, surrounded by family.
Big John was a proud Fort Worth native, but spent some childhood years in Longview, where his father was a railroad man. Exceptionally bright, he entered school at age 5 and moved quickly, heading to his beloved TCU on a music scholarship at age 15.
Leaving the pre-med program early, he found a job at the first business he came to, Binswanger Glass Co. “Johnny” began sweeping floors and ended as Vice-President 44 years later, having traveled the world. After retiring, he dedicated countless hours to the Code Blue COPs Program, patrolling his neighborhood, and staying involved in local school academic programs.
He loved family gatherings, never forgot a birthday, and was especially generous each Christmas. You couldn’t beat him at crosswords or trivia, as his knowledge level was phenomenal, and he never, ever wanted to stop learning. He loved politics and stirred it up at every opportunity.
John always had a story to tell and could keep your attention for hours, whether you liked it or not. He was truly one of a kind and will be sorely missed, more than he could ever know.
John was very active in his Eastern Hills Homeowners Association, patroled as part of Code Blue and was the car tossing the most candy at the EHHA 4th of July parade with his dog riding shotgun.
Survivors: Loving wife, Nita; children, Mike Reynolds (Mary), Steve Reynolds (Marcia), Kathleen Norris (Robert), Kris Reynolds (Aili) and Cynthia Robinson (Bill); grandchildren, Robert, Molly, Heather, Spencer, Valerie and Lexie; 13 great-grandchildren; he also counted Judi, Bevan, and Quianna as family.
Published in Star-Telegram on Sept. 29, 2016

Obit: BOHN Charter President, former FWISD Teacher Barbara Naish

BOHN Charter President, former FWISD Teacher Barbara Naish
Brentwood Oak Hills Neighborhood Association Charter President Barbara Jean Naish, 77, passed away in the very early morning hours Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. Barbara was born on Oct. 12, 1938, in Bremerton, Wash., to Wendell and Beatrice Lorraine Henderson Naish.
Since her father was a Navy dentist, her parents, younger sister, Patricia Carol, and she moved frequently. She graduated from Crawford High School in San Diego and later from Texas Christian University where she double-majored in English and French.
From 1961-1977, Barbara began her 28-year teaching career with a 16-year stint at Eastern Hills High School where she served as head of the foreign language department for two years. Prior to her retirement in 1989, Barbara taught at Polytechnic High School for two years, Daggett Middle School for one year, and Trimble Tech High School for nine years.
Her legacy was seeing her students overcome difficulties in life and become positive contributors to their communities. Barbara made an impact in her community through her various volunteer efforts, including All Saints Hospital where she was a candy striper. She was involved with The Mental Health and Retardation Anchorage Club advocating for adults with mental disabilities, the Fort Worth Independent School District Growth Center Project assisting at risk students, and Meals on Wheels delivering hot meals to home-bound citizens.
Even at home, Barbara was committed to developing relationships among her neighbors through her initiation and leadership of Citizens On Patrol and BOHN Association Inc., local neighborhood watch associations. A woman of Christian faith, Barbara was active in her Disciples of Christ Church, University Christian, and later, an Eastside fellowship.
Survivors: She is survived by her “children-in-love,” Ervin Farris (Joy) and Monica LaGrand (Alvin); her nephews, David Johnson and Steve Johnson; her niece, Kathy Johnson; and her cousins, Gwen Burson, Gary Henderson of Walla Walla, Wash., Steve Henderson, Lyle Naish of Firestone, Colo., Denice Lee of Lebanon, Ore., and Judy, Donna and Darleen Grindle.
UPDATE from Rita Vinson:  The dog and two of the three cats have been placed in homes.  One cat remains to be placed–Matilda.  She is grown but not old.  She is black with white feet, spayed, and claws removed front and back.  So she is definitely an indoor cat.  She was Barbara’s favorite cat, and she is the favorite of the person who has been caring for the pets while Barbara was in rehab and since.  Matilda’s vet records are on file with Dr. Kendrick of Country Club Hospital in Mansfield.  She is accustomed to being around the other cats.  I don’t know how she would do being around dogs because Barbara’s dog stayed outside.  She needs a new home before the executor starts dealing with the house with people coming and going. If/when I get a photo of her, I’ll pass it on.
Remember, the service for Barbara Naish is today, Thursday, at 3:30 p.m. at Greenwood Chapel on White Settlement Road at University Drive.
(There will be a notice on the Events page when the family is ready to have an estate sale. –Kat)

Gateway Park Ribbon Cutting Aug. 27

Gateway Park East now has upgraded pavement trails, eight new pedestrian bridges, a scenic Trinity River Overlook and a trailhead.
This Saturday! Eastsiders need to show up & show appreciation for the largest city park in the prettiest part of town.

Gateway Park Ribbon Cutting Aug. 27
Gateway Park East now has upgraded pavement trails, eight new pedestrian bridges, a scenic river overlook and a trailhead. An exciting component of the Central City portion of the Trinity River Vision is the revitalization of Gateway Park. Improvements include a major restoration of the park’s ecosystem, numerous and diverse recreational amenities, and the necessary flood storage to ensure the viability of the Central City flood control project.
At Gateway Park West, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is removing 1.4 million cubic yards of soil. The work is expected to be complete by early 2017 and will achieve two important goals: providing additional flood protection for the entire area and making way for future recreational enhancements such as soccer fields and trailhead amenities.
At Gateway Park East, two new scenic overlooks, a paved trail, five pedestrian bridges and a trailhead with picnic tables, benches and a restroom are now open in Gateway Park East. The final piece of the project connects the new trail and amenities directly to East First Street.
The ribbon cutting at Gateway Park was at 8 a.m. Aug. 27. To celebrate the opening, the Trinity River Vision Authority also hosted a 5K run, just after the ribbon cutting.