Learn about window repair and appropriate replacement windows on historical properties at upcoming workshops

The city, in partnership with Hull Historical, is offering a window repair workshop for homeowners in historic districts. These workshops detail the importance of retaining sound early or original windows in designated historic properties.

Workshops are scheduled for:

  • 9-11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 11.
  • 6-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 14.
  • 9-11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 25.
  • 6-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 28.
    Workshops will be held at the Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave. Registration is not required.

Historic districts in Fort Worth are significant for their distinctive overall character and association with important people or events that represent the cultural, economic, social, ethnic or historical heritage of the city.

Each historic district has a set of guidelines that ensure that the historic character of the district is maintained. Among other architectural elements, the guidelines include specific rules about windows. Retaining sound early or original windows is important because they’re often a key character-defining feature of a property. Plus, historic windows are often made with much higher-quality material than what is available today.

Well-maintained historic windows actually can last much longer than newer replacement windows and are often easier to repair.

To learn more about the workshops, contact the Planning and Development Department’s Preservation and Design Section at 817-392-8000.

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Don’t risk your life when you come upon a flooded roadway

This week’s weather forecast brings potential for heavy rains and flooding, and Fort Worth’s Stormwater Management Division is working to help residents protect themselves from this hazard.

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm-related hazard because people underestimate the force and power of water. It is hard to tell the depth of water or the condition of a road when submerged, but it is easy for automobiles to be swept downstream by fast-moving flood waters.

Whether you are driving or walking, if you come to a flooded road, Turn Around Don’t Drown.

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Celebrate mom at your local community center

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and several Fort Worth community centers are offering a variety of luncheons, teas and other ways for kids of all ages to celebrate their moms.

Contact a center for specific information and event prices.

Upcoming events:

Mother’s Day Luncheon at Hillside Community Center: 11 a.m. May 4, 2019; Hillside Community Center, 1201 E. Maddox Ave.

Mother’s Day Celebration at Southside Community Center: 10:30 a.m. May 7, 2019; Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale St.

Mother’s Day Celebration at Andrew Doc Session Community Center: 10:30 a.m. May 8, 2019; Andrew Doc Session Community Center, 201 S. Sylvania.

Mothers and Tea at Riverside Community Center: 9:30 a.m. May 9, 2019; Riverside Community Center, 3700 E. Belknap.

Dia de la Madre – Mother’s Day Celebration at Victory Forest Community Center: 6 p.m. May 9, 2019; Victory Forest Community Center, 3427 Hemphill St.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Diamond Hill Community Center: 10 a.m. May 11, 2019; Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 NE 36th St.

Mother’s Day Celebration at Como Community Center: noon May 11, 2019; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

Mom and Son Night of Fun at Greenbriar Community Center: 6 p.m. May 11, 2019; Greenbriar Community Center, 5200 Hemphill St.

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Sgt. Manny Ramirez named to 40 Under 40

The Fort Worth Business Press named Manny Ramirez, a Fort Worth Police sergeant and Police Officers Association president, among the 2019 honorees of its 40 Under 40 Awards.

Ramirez, 31, was born and raised in Fort Worth. He has worked as a patrol officer, gang enforcement officer, hostage negotiator, robbery detective and sergeant. He has received multiple awards for lifesaving efforts and dedicated service. Most recently, he was awarded the Combined Law Enforcement Agencies of Texas 2018 Officer of the Year Award.

Ramirez is an alumni of W.E. Boswell High School, Tarleton State University and Texas Christian University. He is an Advisory Council member for the Salvation Army DFW.

The 40 Under 40 Awards honor young Fort Worth residents who are part of the next generation that will make Tarrant County a great place to live and work.

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Spring into some good, clean fun at Trash Bash

After heavy rainfalls like we’ve seen this spring, tons of trash and debris from urban areas and roadsides wind up in the river. Help clean up our river during the Trinity River Spring Trash Bash, 9-11 a.m. May 18.

Groups, families and individuals can volunteer to clean trash along the Trinity River. Just choose an assignment location and register, then come ready to work on May 18.

When the trash is all bashed, volunteers are treated to an after-party with free food, door prizes and entertainment at Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St. The party will last until 1 p.m.

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Stock up on emergency supplies during tax-free weekend

You can purchase certain emergency preparation supplies tax-free during the 2019 emergency preparation supplies sales tax holiday. There is no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase.

This year’s holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. April 27 and ends at midnight April 29.

These emergency preparedness supplies qualify for tax exemption:

Less than $3,000

  • Portable generators

Less than $300

  • Hurricane shutters
  • Emergency ladders

Less than $75

  • Batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6-volt or 9-volt)
  • First aid kits
  • Fuel containers
  • Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
  • Hatchets and axes
  • Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers
  • Portable self-powered radios, including two-way and weather band radios
  • Smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Tarps and other plastic sheeting

These supplies do not qualify for tax exemption:

  • Batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles
  • Camping stoves
  • Camping supplies
  • Chainsaws
  • Plywood
  • Extension ladders
  • Stepladders
  • Tents
  • Repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies
  • Services performed on, or related to, emergency preparation supplies

To learn more, call 1-800-252-5555.

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Dads ‘drafted’ to help kids’ summer reading skills

Mayor Betsy Price joined NFL Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy for Mayor’s Draft Day, an opportunity to draw attention to All Pro Dad programs at local schools and community centers.

The first-of-its-kind program encourages fathers and their children to read together this summer as part of the 100×25 initiative. The program is a partnership with the City of Fort Worth and All Pro Dad, the fatherhood program of national nonprofit Family First.

Family First plans to establish All Pro Dad chapters at 21 Fort Worth community centers, adding to the existing 73 All Pro Dad chapters in Fort Worth-area schools. These chapters will work to offset the “summer slide” in reading that has detrimental impacts to children’s educational progress.

“Community involvement, year-round, is critical to moving the needle on childhood literacy in Fort Worth,” Price said. “That is why we are thrilled to partner with All Pro Dad, a program that encourages reading as part of its curriculum, that will be available in all of Fort Worth’s community centers starting this summer.”

Before the mayor’s Draft Day event, Dungy addressed superintendents, principals and school leaders about launching more of the monthly All Pro Dad chapters across the area. All Pro Dad chapters provide an opportunity for dads to spend quality time with their children that will strengthen their relationship, as well as benefit the child’s school and the entire community.

“Establishing All Pro Dad chapters in Fort Worth at the community centers will allow us to engage and encourage reading outside the classroom and school setting so that when the new school year starts, students are ready for the next year,” Dungy said. “At All Pro Dad, we believe fathers should be present in their children’s lives, and reading with them is a way to be active and present in their lives throughout the year.”

Tuesday’s event concluded with a “draft” of fathers who will volunteer to lead the All Pro Dad programs at community centers.

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National Wildlife Federation names Fort Worth monarch champion city

Fort Worth is being honored as a Monarch Butterfly Champion City by the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge program, becoming the fourth city in North America to be recognized with this title for its commitment to monarch conservation.

In the past year, Fort Worth has created 97 acres of monarch habitat, and it has reached more than 100,000 residents through the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge.

This achievement is the product of years of hard work and commitment, beginning in 2015, when Fort Worth joined the program. Since then, hundreds of cities across the country have signed the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, with 460 signers today.

Mayor Betsy Price, the Park and Recreation Department and the city’s monarch conservation network have been instrumental in achieving this honor and promoting the conservation of monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

“Fort Worth lies in the middle of the Central Monarch Flyway, the critical migratory pathway for the monarch butterfly. Despite its mostly urban environment, Fort Worth is currently providing habitat for monarchs at city parks, schools, backyards and throughout the city to ensure monarch butterflies have enough native habitat to survive,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “We applaud and thank Mayor Price for taking the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge as a Champion City today, and increasing the actions the city will take to help monarch butterflies.”

Price said: “In Fort Worth, we appreciate the beauty that comes with monarchs migrating through our community. As a city that encourages an active and engaged lifestyle for all citizens, we recognize the important role conservation, education and nature plays in overall quality of life. Fort Worth is fortunate to have a community that embraces monarchs and works to preserve our wildlife.”

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City of Fort Worth Neighborhood Services Director Aubrey Thagard dies

City of Fort Worth Neighborhood Services Director Aubrey Thagard passed away at 9:38 a.m. April 20 at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He is survived by his wife, Danielle, who was at his bedside when he died.

“We ask that the Fort Worth community please keep Danielle and Aubrey’s family in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” said a statement from the Fort Worth City Manager’s Office.

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