Mural painters to help beautify Jennings-May-St. Louis neighborhood

Keep Fort Worth Beautiful is restoring the Jennings-May-St. Louis neighborhood’s Aztec mural, which has been the victim of graffiti recently. Volunteer painters are needed to help bring the mural back to its previous beauty.

The mural is at 3041 S. Jennings Ave.

Volunteers don’t have to be artists — they just need to be able to paint within the lines. Register online.

Painting is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 10, but crews will stay as long as needed to finish the task. Painting supplies and drinking water will be provided to volunteers.

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Ribbon cutting opens Tarleton’s Fort Worth campus

After more than 40 years in Fort Worth, Tarleton State University opened the first building of its planned campus along Chisholm Trail Parkway with a ribbon cutting, tours and remarks from community leaders, legislators and Texas A&M University System officials.

The three-story, 76,000-square-foot building — crowning 80 acres donated by Walton Development — will enable Tarleton to work with business and industry leaders to expand current degree programs and add new ones, furthering continued economic growth and development in North Texas.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price called education the key to the city’s future.

“As Fort Worth continues to see economic growth and attract new residents and businesses, we must provide greater educational opportunities,” she said. “Tarleton’s Fort Worth campus is a significant step in offering accessible and affordable higher education opportunities that will lead our community toward a better-educated workforce. Together, we will make Fort Worth the best place to live, work and learn.”

Tarleton State University came to Fort Worth in 1978 with eight students on West Myrtle Street, moved to the Richard C. Schaffer Building on Enderly Place in the 90s and expanded to the Hickman Building on Camp Bowie Boulevard in 2006.

Tarleton-Fort Worth now offers more than 50 graduate, undergraduate and certificate programs to working adults, community college graduates and returning students. Classes for the university’s first Ph.D. — a doctorate in criminal justice — begin this fall at the new campus.

Plans are for the campus to serve 9,000 students by 2030.

Councilmember Jungus Jordan (District 6) said Tarleton is helping Fort Worth sustain its reputation as one of the most livable large cities in America. “The strategic location of Tarleton’s new campus is a catalyst for continued development in southwest Fort Worth and a tremendous benchmark for the future success of higher education in North Texas.”

For more information on Tarleton in Fort Worth, including a copy of the campus master plan, visit the Tarleton website.

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Grant will help library expand hotspot program

Since a pilot program providing Wi-Fi hotspots in economically-challenged neighborhoods launched last year, the devices have been the most checked out item in the Fort Worth Public Library system.

With a daily average of 300 library patrons on the waitlist, there’s no question of the great need to expand the program by adding more devices.

Now, thanks to support from the William E. Scott Foundation, the library is one step closer to adding 100 more mobile devices into circulation this year, which would significantly reduce the waitlist.

Mobile hotspots can be checked out from the library to provide free internet access. Many of the users are families with school-aged children needing access to Wi-Fi to complete homework and adults conducting job searches.

The service is available to adults and youth in good standing with a Fort Worth resident library card. Each check-out lasts three weeks. Library staff members are trained to help patrons learn how to use the devices.

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Water providers collaborate on campaign

The Tarrant Regional Water District, Dallas Water Utilities and the North Texas Municipal Water District have joined together for the Water is Awesome public outreach campaign. For the first time, all North Texans are hearing a unified message this summer to “Keep Texas Water on Tap.”

The population of the North Texas region has increased by 1 million since 2010 and it is expected to almost double over the next 50 years. Water conservation and learning how to reduce water waste is the least expensive long-term water supply strategy for future generations.

A significant investment has been made in water supply and infrastructure. Without water, life in North Texas would be very different. Taking a shower, brushing teeth, washing dishes and clothes, growing backyard vegetables, jumping in the pool and maintaining lawns are just a few things we would miss without an adequate water supply. Knowing the value water provides and using water efficiently are essential.

“Water is a finite resource,” said Dustan Compton, conservation manager for Tarrant Regional Water District. “And learning how to use water more efficiently will help ensure we have a strong water supply in the future. We believe water is awesome. We want people to use and enjoy water. We just ask everyone to be mindful of that use and to never waste it.”

Learn ways you can help Keep Texas Water on Tap.

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Committee shows how to make the disability vote count

The Fort Worth Mayor’s Committee on Persons with Disabilities encourages everyone to help the nonpartisan REV UP campaign increase the voting power of the disability community.

Share this video with friends and family so they can see how new voting equipment and services make it easier to cast a ballot in Tarrant County.

The Fort Worth Mayor’s Committee on Persons with Disabilities is joining the National REV UP campaign to “make the disability vote count.” The REV UP campaign, organized by the American Association of People with Disabilities, is a nonpartisan initiative to increase the political power of the disability community. There were 35.4 million eligible voters with disabilities in 2016 — and when family members in the same household are included, that number jumps to 62.7 million eligible voters or about 25% of the total electorate.

A politically-engaged disability community can raise awareness with local elected officials about the rights, needs and desires of people with disabilities who live in their community.

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TripAdvisor recognizes Nature Center for customer service excellence

The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge has been recognized with the 2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on consistently excellent reviews. The Nature Center has received the Certificate of Excellence every year since 2015, earning a place in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame for 2019.

Here is how TripAdvisor describes the Nature Center: “Peaceful nature reserve located just 10 miles away from downtown Fort Worth; amenities and attractions include 20 miles of hiking trails, a resident bison herd and prairie dog colony, a marsh boardwalk and the Hardwicke Interpretive Center. Professional naturalists offer a wide variety of programs, classes and guided hikes each week.”

The Nature Center is at 9601 Fossil Ridge Road. To learn more, call 817-392-7410.

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Fort Worth M.D. school seats inaugural class

Sixty students made history when they arrived this summer at the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, the nation’s newest M.D. school.

Adding to the academic offerings of both universities, this collaborative new medical school represents an expansion of health professions training in Fort Worth. With a curriculum designed to transform medical education, the medical school will focus on creating physicians who are compassionate leaders prepared for the future.

Sixty percent of the inaugural class of the new TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine are women and 58% self-identifies with one or more of the school-defined diversity domains. With an impending national shortage of more than 120,000 clinicians by 2030 and an educational environment that hasn’t changed in more than 100 years, the Fort Worth medical school is training physicians as “empathetic scholars” who are compassionate, excel in new technology and can communicate effectively with patients.

The 60 students come to the School of Medicine from across the United States, representing 34 undergraduate colleges and universities, as well as eight graduate institutions. Here’s more about the Class of 2023:

  • 60% women; 40% men.
  • Average age is 24.
  • Students have bachelor’s degrees from 34 institutions. (Two students graduated from UNT and 12 from TCU.)
  • 52% of the class comes from Texas.
  • One student is a triple major, several have double majors and nearly 30 undergraduate areas of study are represented ranging from sciences, social sciences and humanities, including a music performance major.

By 2030, the annual economic impact of the medical school is estimated at $4 billion and the school is expected to generate about 31,000 jobs for North Texas, according to a Tripp Umbach study.

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Fort Worth Sister Cities wins innovation award

Fort Worth won the Sister Cities International 2019 Innovation Award for Business and Trade for a city with a population greater than 100,000.

The awards competition, which is open to more than 500 sister city programs nationwide, recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding individuals and community sister city programs that are promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation.

In the fall of 2018, Fort Worth Sister Cities International and Wild Acre Brewing Co. collaborated with Trier, Germany, to introduce the first-ever collaborative beer at the fifth annual Oktoberfest in Fort Worth. The brew master from German-based Kraft Bräu brewery in Trier attended and tapped the keg of the collaborative beer called Wild Acre Kraft Haus Lager.

Similarly, Fort Worth companies Best Maid Pickles and Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. both found a natural partner in Nagaoka, Japan. Both companies brought samples of their products to Japan and a tasting was arranged with members of Nagaoka’s Chamber of Commerce small-business group.

Sister Cities International Annual Awards recognize excellence in overall programming and highlight key innovations in arts and culture; business and trade; humanitarian assistance; youth and education; and professional and technical exchange categories.

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Trinity Metro TEXRail starts 30-minute frequency

Trinity Metro TEXRail commuter rail line between Fort Worth and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport will soon be operating more trains.

Beginning July 28, TEXRail will offer 10 hours of 30-minute frequency during peak hours, seven days a week. This increases the number of daily trips from 48 to 73.

Bob Baulsir, president and chief executive officer of Trinity Metro, said the increased frequency will enhance the already popular service. “We always intended to increase frequency after six months of service to provide more options for commuters, travelers and other passengers,” he said. “Riders love our service, and we often hear that they are eager for more trains to run.”

Additional schedule changes include time adjustments to accommodate the increased volume of service. For example, a train that currently leaves at 25 minutes past the hour will now leave at 43 minutes past the hour. Visitors to downtown Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Stockyards will enjoy later service eastbound to DFW Airport, with the last train leaving Fort Worth Central Station at 12:47 a.m. (currently 11:30 p.m.) and leaving North Side Station at 12:55 a.m. (currently 11:38 p.m.). TEXRail’s first departure from DFW Airport to Fort Worth will be at 4:40 a.m. (currently 4:55 a.m.).

Passengers should consult the schedule before departure.

TEXRail is a 27-mile commuter rail line that runs from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B.

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Rabid bat found at Fort Worth Water Gardens

On July 15, a bat was found in the water at the Fort Worth Water Gardens, 1502 Commerce St. The bat later tested positive for rabies.

Anyone who may have come in physical contact with this bat is asked to call Fort Worth Animal Control at 817-392-1234.

Tarrant County Public Health reminds residents that rabies exposure occurs only when a person is bitten or scratched by a potentially rabid animal, or when abrasions, open wounds or mucous membranes are contaminated with saliva, brain or nervous system tissue of a potentially rabid animal. Touching such an animal or contact with its urine or feces does not constitute exposure.

Additional information about what to do if you encounter a bat:

  • Bats will generally leave a building on their own, given the chance. If you find a bat in a room, do not try to catch it (unless testing is necessary because a person or pet has been sleeping in the room while the bat was present).
  • To encourage a bat to leave on its own, open windows, turn the lights on and leave the room, closing the door behind you and keeping children and pets out of the area.
  • Check the area every few hours to see if the bat has departed — it may take up to 18 hours for a bat to leave a resting place.
  • If you must remove a resting bat from a room immediately (because there is no way to avoid contact with people or pets), put on thick leather gloves and carefully place a wide-mouthed cup, jar or coffee can over the resting bat, slip a piece of cardboard between the opening and the resting surface, then take the container outdoors to release the bat.
  • Never handle a bat, alive or dead, with your bare hands.
  • Keep people and pets away from a sick or injured bat and call Animal Control.
  • Dead bats no longer pose a threat of rabies if they are not handled.
  • If the bat is in an area where it may have come in contact with a person or pet, call Animal Control.

If your pet catches or kills a bat, confine the bat and call Animal Control for further instructions. Confine the pet, preventing contact with people or animals outside the family until test results are received.

If bats are roosting in an attic or similar area, a one-way exit can be constructed which allows them to leave in search of food, but will prevent their re-entry. Many pest control professionals can help with this problem, and Bat Conservation International can provide information on how to evict bats yourself. Do not use one-way exits during June and July or flightless young may be trapped inside.

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