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Fort Worth designated first Age-Friendly Community in Texas

Fort Worth is the first Age-Friendly Community in Texas.

The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities helps participating communities become great places for all ages by adopting such features as safe, walkable streets; better housing and transportation options; access to key services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities.

“This is really a communitywide effort,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “Once again we are leading the charge to improve the quality of life and quality of place so everyone can enjoy their life here in Fort Worth.”

The City Council voted unanimously in favor of the action plan that led toward the city becoming an Age-Friendly Community. The plan will be implemented with existing staff and budgets and will be incorporated into the city’s Comprehensive Plan.

In the U.S., more than three dozen communities representing more than a dozen states are enrolled in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.

View a survey summary of age-friendly living in Fort Worth.

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Robotics Team Competes at Vex Robotics Tournament

Eight Carroll Robotics teams competed at the Greenville VEX In the Zone High School Tournament in Greenville, TX, on Saturday, December 9.

Six Carroll teams competed in the elimination matches with the alliance of 7110A, 7110Z and 7110S reaching the semi-finals. Team 7110A received the Design Award, which is a state-qualifying award. Students on Team 7110A include Ben Dao, Austin Lehrmann, Cody Vu, Daniel Harslem, Coleman Bond, Harrison Platt, Jake Zenick and JJ Reed.

The VEX Robotics State Championship Tournament will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018, in Greenville, TX.

Carroll Senior High will be hosting the next VEX Robotics Tournament on Saturday, January 13.

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Construction continues on Hemphill-Lamar connector

Construction of a new roadway that connects Hemphill Street to Lamar Street on the south end of the central business district is in full swing.

Excavation is underway just south of the Lamar Street and Lancaster Avenue intersection, and it is expected to continue on both the north and south ends of the project until early next year.

Construction of temporary railroad tracks has also started. After utilities have been relocated, the railroad tracks can be completed.

Residents should start to see tunnel walls placed by late January 2018.

The two-phase construction process is slated to be finished in early 2020.

Total cost of the project is $53 million with the city contributing $26.6 million. The remaining funding will come from the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the Texas Department of Transportation and Tarrant County.

To learn more about the project, contact Project Manager Michael Weiss at 817-392-8485.

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Dragon Football Well Represented In All-District Honors

The Carroll Dragons finished with a 10-4 season in the Class 6A Division II state quarterfinals after falling last Saturday vs. Waco Midway. The Dragons also earned several top honors on this year’s 5-6A All-District list.

First-team Dragon selections on offense included quarterback Will Bowers, running back TJ McDaniel, receivers Cade Bell and Hudson Shrum, offensive linemen Jackson Kimble, Henry Mossberg, and Matthew Leehan and tight end Jacob Doddridge.

Safety R.J. Mickens, linebackers Michael Parrish and Ryan Thompson, and defensive end Jacob Doddridge were first-team selections on defense.

The following are all of the Dragon selections.

5-6A All-District Honors

1st Team Offense
#72 Jackson Kimble – OT
#76 Henry Mossberg – OT
#48 Jacob Doddridge TE
#55 Matthew Leehan – C
#6 Cade Bell – WR
#7 Hudson Shrum – WR
#4 TJ McDaniel – RB
#14 Will Bowers – QB

1st Team All-District Defense
#41 Michael Parrish – LB
#32 Ryan Thompson – LB
#48 Jacob Doddridge – DE
#10 RJ Mickens – S

2nd Team All-District
#65 Cameron Hataway – OL
#68 Andrej Karic – OL
#39 Matty Werner – LB
#34 Graham Faloona – LB
#13 Jake Fex – S

All-District Honorable Mention
#21 Hayden Hayes CB
#5 Wills Meyer – WR
#93 Alex Kingston – DE
#43 Preston Forney – TE
#11 Darryl Crockett – WR
#23 Joe DeVincenzo – CB
#9 Carson White – WR

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Featured Local Business Report for December 2017

When Tiffany Taylor and Leon Chen were college sophomores at the University of Texas, she stood him up for a date and delivered hot-from-the-oven cookies to apologize.

Leon convinced Tiff to turn her cookies into a business, and Tiff’s Treats was born.

The company started as small as you can get, with the two of them taking orders on a cell phone and baking cookies in the oven at Leon’s apartment.  In 2000, Tiff’s Treats expanded into a real kitchen on the Drag across from UT, sharing a space with Spudnik, a potato restaurant. In 2003, they moved into their own stand-alone location—a converted 1940’s bungalow at MLK & Nueces that still serves as their Central Austin location servicing UT and downtown.

They’ve always tried to keep their menu small, to keep their dough fresh and ensure they never run out of your favorite flavors. Of course, they’ve got ice cream and brownies, as well as a few other delicious delights. Please stop by and try one of their delicious treats (MENU)!

To see the City Council presentation click here.

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City forester receives honor for service

Fort Worth city forester Melinda Adams received the John South Spirit of Extension Award from Texas AgriLife Extension.

The award is in honor of retired county extension agent for agriculture and Texas A&M Regents Fellow John South and recognizes an individual who provides exemplary support and service of educational programs that enhance the quality of life for the people of Tarrant County.

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School Board Approves District of Innovation Plan

The District of Innovation (DOI) plan was officially approved on second reading by the Carroll ISD School Board on Monday, December 4. Following Board approval, the Commissioner was notified that CISD met all the requirements to become a DOI. School officials said the commissioner’s approval is not needed to make DOI official.

The DOI process began when the Carroll ISD Board of Trustees passed a resolution May 1, initiating the process of exploring and considering DOI designation for CISD. Over the summer months, District administrators began to assemble a committee composed of teachers, parents, local business and community members, and CISD Trustees. This committee gathered to help process the focus areas of the committee and help form the Local Innovation Plan.

One of the main components of becoming a DOI is the district’s ability to have more flexibility with the school calendar for the upcoming year. . In consultation with staff and community stakeholders, A CISD Calendar Committee will develop its annual calendar recommendation for approval by the Board of Trustees. Through the exemption, the first day of instruction can begin prior to the fourth Monday in August. Preference will be given to starting instruction around the third week in August with assurances to the community the school year will not begin prior to the second week in August.

Current law restricts CISD from having the flexibility to design its calendar to best meet the needs of its students, staff and community. Because the community expects the fall semester to end with final exams before the winter break, the restricted start date creates a significant imbalance in the number of instructional days in each semester. By starting earlier, not only will there be greater balance, which is particularly important in semester long courses, but it will also allow more instructional days prior to state testing dates.

The DOI exemption could result in an earlier end date, closer to the Memorial Day holiday, which is also an expressed preference of the community. Finishing school closer to the Memorial Day holiday will better allow students to enroll in summer school classes within CISD as well as institutions of higher learning.

A calendar sub-committee of the District Advisory Committee met on December 6, and will meet again on December 12, to develop draft calendar options to be presented to the Board at the December 18 meeting. Following Trustee discussion, CISD will seek input from the Carroll community, parents, students, and staff, through the two-way communication tool, Let’s Talk.

Janet McDade, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, said other DOI areas of interest for Carroll ISD are flexibility when it comes to teacher certification and teacher appraisal processes.

“I am very excited that we have completed the Local Plan for District of Innovation in Carroll ISD,” said McDade. “Having this Local Plan in place will allow for more local control and flexibility which will benefit our students, staff, and parents. The goal while writing our Local Plan was to ensure it was aligned with the District’s Strategic Plan, and I am happy to say we accomplished our goal.”

Carroll ISD remains committed to hiring highly qualified professionals with appropriate certifications, and will continue to seek certified teachers to best serve its students. The district will establish its own exemption criteria regarding hiring, training, and support of locally certified teachers to best serve CISD students.

According to McDade, the exemption process will allow CISD to issue a local teaching certificate for qualified individuals to teach CTE courses, unique electives, and other innovative classes related to technology, engineering, and the arts, as many people who have qualifications in these fields do not hold a traditional teaching certification. With this exemption process, CISD would be able to hire community college instructors, college professors, lawyers, judges, and individuals from trades, industries, and vocations with professional experience and industry knowledge.

McDade said CISD is also seeking flexibility within the recommended Texas appraisal process for teachers and staff evaluated using the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS). CISD seeks to continue utilizing portions of the T-TESS model as the teacher evaluation appraisal instrument, while desiring exemption from the Student Growth Measure. Data provided from district and campus local assessments will continue to be utilized to determine overall student growth and performance.

For more information on DOI, visit the District of Innovation page on the Carroll ISD website.

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TCC Students, Employees Make Holidays Brighter for North Texans in Need

As part of its commitment to serving the community, Tarrant County College is celebrating the holiday season with charitable-giving projects across the District.

TCC Northwest is collecting items for 6 Stones’ New Hope Center, which provides emergency assistance of food, clothing and other resources to local families. Student Development Services is coordinating the project, with collection boxes located in Advising & Counseling, Student Accessibility Resources, Testing and other campus offices. Organizers will deliver donated items in mid-December and again in the spring

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Orange Barrel Alert: Traffic Lanes Opening on Kirkwood Blvd.

On Monday, December 18, traffic lanes on Kirkwood Blvd. in front of the Sabre facility will be open. The lanes had been closed due to the construction of the TD Ameritrade facility.

The three-way stop at the southern Sabre driveway will be removed and traffic will return to normal operation. Due to ongoing construction further south on Kirkwood Blvd. a new three-way sign will be moved to the southern driveway at the new TD Ameritrade facility.

Signage will be in place to help motorists. Please contact Public Works with any questions at (817) 748-8098.

Kirkwood Blvd. Map

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