Celebrate reading at end-of-summer bash

Summer reading programs are going strong at all 16 branches of the Fort Worth Library, and patrons (adults and children alike) who complete Worth Reading activity cards will be entered to win prizes at their local branches and at the end-of-summer celebration at Forest Park Pool, 2850 Park Place, from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 11.

The library will host up to 700 patrons for free at the pool and celebrate a summer full of great programs and reading accomplishments. Family-friendly activities and swimming will be available, with the grand prize presentation at 3:15 p.m.

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Public meeting to discuss reconstruction of I-20/I-820/U.S. 287 interchanges

The Texas Department of Transportation is proposing to reconstruct the I-20, I-820 and U.S 287 interchanges in southeast Tarrant County. The project is being referred to as the Southeast Connector.

A public meeting will be held 6-8 p.m. July 19 at the Dunbar High School Cafeteria, 5700 Ramey Ave. The purpose of the public meeting is to present the recommended improvements and to receive public comments on the proposed project. The meeting will be an open-house format so the public may come and go at their convenience, and staff will be available to answer questions.

The proposed project would include:

  • I-20 from Forest Hill Drive to Park Springs Boulevard.
  • I-820 from I-20 to Brentwood Stair Road.
  • U.S. 287 from Bishop Street to Sublett Road.
    Total length is about 16 miles.

Along I-20 between I-820 and U.S. 287, planners recommend reconstructing existing interchanges and adding general-purpose lanes and collector-distributor roads to separate traffic movements and eliminate weaving. Along I-820 from I-20 to U.S. 287, I-820 and U.S. 287 run concurrently; planners recommend widening and reconstructing the general lanes to reduce major weaving movements.

Throughout the project boundaries, TxDOT is evaluating and recommending improvements promoting safety, including reconstructing interchanges, widening or reconstructing general-purpose lanes, modifying ramp locations to minimize weaving movements and eliminate left-hand exit ramps, reconstructing or providing additional frontage roads to incorporate shared-use lanes that would accommodate vehicles and bicycles and adding sidewalks to accommodate pedestrians.

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NEW Outdoor Warning Siren Increases Warning Coverage Across Southlake

The Southlake Office of Emergency Management recently installed a new Outdoor Warning Siren (OWS) at Southlake DPS North Training Center at 100 East Dove Road to increase emergency warning coverage across Southlake. With a vital location near North Park, one of Southlake’s most frequented community parks, the newly added siren benefits both park visitors and area residents.

As explained in an NBC5 news story, Outdoor Warning Sirens in North Texas alert the public to take shelter indoors and seek additional information about the cause of the warning. In Southlake, sirens are only activated in the following conditions:

  1. A tornado warning has been issued by the National Weather Service
  2. Tornado or funnel cloud has been reported by trained SKYWARN storm spotters
  3. Sustained winds are in excess of 70 miles per hour
  4. Reports have been given of hail larger than 1.25 inches
  5. Other life-threatening conditions

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The newly installed Outdoor Warning Siren at DPS North Training Center increases Southlake’s total sirens to six integral locations across the city, including Bob Jones Park, DPS West Facility, Bicentennial Park, DPS Headquarters Facility, and Public Works Facility. The City of Southlake tests all of its Outdoor Warning Sirens on the first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. If conditions are favorable for severe weather on a test day, the tests are not conducted.

“Having six sirens for coverage of the Southlake area is important, however, the real key is the educational piece. Residents and visitors need to know what to do if they hear the sirens sounding, and that is to immediately go inside and seek more information from a reputable source,” stated Amanda Meneses, the emergency management specialist at the City of Southlake.

If you have questions or concerns, contact the Southlake Office of Emergency Management at OEM@ci.southlake.tx.us or call 817-748-8903.

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N. White Chapel Widening Project Staying on Schedule

Contractors working on the N. White Chapel widening project, between Highland Ave. and SH 114, are continuing to work on schedule.

“So far Mother Nature has cooperated with us, and the work is moving along smoothly and on or a little ahead of schedule,” said Deputy City Engineer Steven Anderson. “If the weather doesn’t interfere too much we’ll be able to make some great progress this summer.”

The current traffic pattern, with the temporary lane shift, will remain in place while the contractor continues to install utility infrastructure. The 12-inch water line and sanitary sewer installation are about 90% complete. Up next is the storm drain installation, set to begin in the next couple of weeks.

Drivers are reminded to use caution when traveling through the work zone.

Stay up-to-date with this project by following the new Southlake Mobility page on Facebook, sign up for the mobility email list, look for stories on My Southlake News and check out the project webpage on the City website.

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Day camp kids to challenge for mayoral recognition

Children enrolled in day camps at Fort Worth community centers will participate in the Mayor’s Summer Challenge again this year.

Mayor Betsy Price is encouraging kids to practice healthy habits by tracking their daily physical activity minutes, servings of fruits and vegetables, servings of water and minutes spent reading.

Price will drop by community centers throughout the challenge, which runs through July 24. Winning centers will receive prize funds to be used for new physical education equipment to promote an active community.

The challenge is organized by FitWorth, whose mission is to empower children and families to make healthier choices through educating, connecting and moving together.

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TCC Board of Trustees to Meet July 19

Supporting materials for the Board meeting will be provided on the Board Meetings Web page. Once the meeting has begun, streaming video of the proceedings will also be available.

Take notice that a Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Tarrant County College District will be held in the District Offices, 1500 Houston Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 76102, commencing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, 2018, to consider and act on the following Agenda:

Agenda

Call to Order
Public Comment/Special Presentation (No presentation shall exceed three minutes.)
Board Action Items and

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Save the Date -2018 Dragon Football Community Pep Rally

Mark your calendars now for the 2018 Dragon Football Community Pep Rally, presented by Mark Jameson’s Allstate Insurance, on August 25. The event will kick off at 6 p.m. at Dragon Stadium

The award-winning Emerald Belles, Dragon Band, Dragon Cheer, and Carroll Crew will be on hand to perform and meet fans in attendance.

There will be activities for the entire family including specialty food trucks, a Kid’s Zone area, Dragon Football autograph tents and a silent auction.

The Pep Rally will begin at 8:00. Be sure to be in your seat to cheer on Dragon Football as the team is announced to the community.

Be sure to purchase the official 2018 Community Pep Rally shirt. For more information, or  email 2018DragonTeamMoms@gmail.com

 

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Don’t lose money on your water bill. Download “Eye on Water” and take charge of your water consumption.

Summer is officially here and in Texas, that means lots of hot, dry days.  We’re spending more and more time at the pool, playing in the sprinkler and running our irrigation systems to keep the yards in top shape. This also means higher water bills are on their way.  If you want to get ahead of the higher bills, the City of Southlake’s “Eye on Water” tool is just what you need to manage your household’s water consumption by offering you instant access to your real-time water usage.

Not sure how “Eye on Water” can help?  Think about it as a leak detection tool that you can use to monitor your water consumption for anomalies or spikes in usage when there should be none, identifying potential leaks both inside and outside of your home.

Irrigation systems get a big work out during the hot summer months.  Using “Eye on Water” can help you be sure the irrigation system is working correctly.  If you’ve noticed your consumption has gone up a lot more you expected, that could mean a leak in the irrigation. Just a tiny leak can waste a lot of water.

“Eye on Water” can also help you spot leaks inside your home. Just like a leak in the irrigation system, a leak inside can have a large impact on your water consumption. If you notice the numbers look off, contact us to get a free leak detection kit.

Understanding and taking control of your water usage is just a finger touch away.  Start by registering online at https://southlaketx.eyeonwater.com/signup and activating your account. Then download the app and you’re on your way!

Eye on Water Sign Up Fan

We’re here to help. If you have any questions about “Eye on Water” and managing your water usage, check out our website, give us a call at (817) 748-8051, or come and see us in person, at the Southlake Water Utilities Customer Service office in suite 200 on the second floor of Town Hall.

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PD helps residents ‘blow away the box’ at hiring fair

At the Fort Worth Police Department’s first Blow Away the Box job fair, held at Como First Baptist Church last month, officers and volunteers helped more than 100 attendees apply for jobs. So far, more than half of the applicants who were unemployed are working, and many others have strong job leads.

The job fair was organized by community leaders in the FWPD’s West Division in conjunction with Tammy Maguire of People Ready, an employment agency that has helped more than 150 Fort Worth residents, most with felony violations or less-than-perfect backgrounds.

“Blow Away the Box” refers to the box on job applications that asks whether a candidate has a criminal history.

“We proved that we were able to meet an important, generational community need,” said Officer Tracy Carter, one of the event organizers. “This police/community effort gave members of the community hope that manifested in the form of exciting new opportunities to legally earn wages by blowing away the box and improving the quality of their lives, as well as their family members’ lives.”

Financial counselors were available to mentor and educate participants, who learned important fiscal management skills to increase the benefits of their new employment.

“Our mission in this endeavor was simple,” Carter said. “We strive to provide employment opportunities for all who need them, and through education and employment, break the box and change the lives and future for all involved.”

Other event organizers include Tammy Maguire, People Ready; Glen Strongberg Investment Group; Abdul Chappell, Build a Better Hood Partners of Tarrant County; the Rev. Kenneth Jones, Como First Baptist Church; the Rev. Kyev Tatum; and Nathan Carter.

A larger job fair is scheduled for Sept. 28 at New Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church, 2864 Mississippi Ave. There are also plans to branch out to the north and east areas of Fort Worth.

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