Honor city’s aviation innovation at First Flight Day

Aviation and history enthusiasts will gather Jan. 13 to celebrate First Flight Day in Fort Worth.

Activities begin at 10 a.m. at 2700 Mercedes Ave. and will include aviation-themed displays, paper airplane and helium balloon activities for all ages. A full-sized replica of a Bleriot XI measuring nearly 9 feet long with a wingspan of more than 25 feet will be dedicated.

Construction of First Flight Park began in 2016. Greystar, developers of an apartment village surrounding the park, paid for most of the park’s construction.

The City Council dedicated property in the Linwood Addition as public parkland and authorized naming the plot First Flight Park. The park honors the January day in 1911 when a Frenchman named Roland G. Garros lifted off in his Bleriot monoplane, marking the first powered flight from Fort Worth soil. Garros took off from the Fort Worth Driving Park, a racetrack situated near the current-day Montgomery Plaza off West Seventh Street.

A Texas historic marker was dedicated at the site in 2014.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day closing schedule

Most city offices, including City Hall, will be closed Monday, Jan. 15 for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Emergency services will be available as usual.

There will be no changes in garbage, recycle, yard waste or bulk collection schedules. Drop-off stations will be closed. If you have questions or need assistance, call 817-392-1234.

All Fort Worth Library locations and their book drops will be closed Jan. 15.

Community centers, the Haws Athletic Center, the FW@6 program and the Log Cabin Village will be closed Jan. 15. The exception to this will be Chisholm Trail Community Center, which will be open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Fort Worth Animal Shelter’s main campus at 4300 Martin St. will be closed, but PetSmart locations at Alliance and Hulen will be open.

To access the Water Department’s automated system for payments and account inquiries or to report an emergency, call the 24-hour call center at 817-392-4477 or visit H2Online.

The Jan. 16 City Council meeting has been canceled. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 23.

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High water use bill adjustment requirements posted online

In order to be transparent with customers on how adjustments related to high bill complaints are managed, Fort Worth is now posting the formalized requirements on its website. The Water Department has been working with District 3 Councilmember Brian Byrd to formalize the process and information communicated.

“The Water Department has been working with customers on these unexplained high bill occurrences for many years. I encouraged them to be transparent with the process. Transparency helps build trust. Transparency will make our ratepayers aware of the process for having the instance reported and investigated,” Byrd said.

For decades, the Water Department has worked with customers on high bill complaints and provided courtesy adjustments for having leaks repaired or when a single bill increases and is inconsistent with historical usage data for the account.

The water leak repair adjustment rewards customers for fixing leaks and is limited to one in a rolling 12-month period. The undefined high water use adjustment addresses a single bill that is more than twice as high as a customer’s previous usage for similar billing periods when there is no leak to fix. It is limited to one in a rolling 24-month period.

“Occasionally, we have residential customers who experience a one-month bill that significantly exceeds the normal usage for that account. We work with the customer to investigate the issue and at times are unable to determine why it occurred,” said Kara Shuror, assistant director of the Water Department.

To be eligible to submit an application for an undefined high water use bill adjustment, it must be a single-family residential account holder. The application must be submitted within 60 days of the end of the service period for the bill in question. There must be at least 13 consecutive months of water use for the accountholder at that address, and water use must be greater than two times the average use for similar billing periods in the previous three years. In addition, the customer cannot have received an undefined high bill adjustment during the previous 24 months.

Read information on the requirements for receiving either adjustment.

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Kick off 2018 with Stock Show, MLK Day parades

Two upcoming parades celebrate the rich heritage and traditions of Fort Worth. You won’t want to miss these events:

Fort Worth Stock Show Parade

The Fort Worth Stock Show’s All Western Parade is scheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 13 in downtown Fort Worth. Nearly 100,000 spectators line the streets of downtown Cowtown to watch this spectacular annual event. Plenty of horses and other livestock can be seen — but no motorized vehicles are allowed.

The parade starts at the corner of Weatherford and Main streets and ends at Houston and Bluff streets.

To reserve parade seating, contact the ticket office at 817-877-2420 and keep your seat ticket because it also serves as general admission to the Stock Show grounds any day during the 23-day run (rodeo performances are not included).

Learn about all the western activities coming up at the Stock Show, Jan. 12-Feb. 3.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

Fort Worth’s annual tribute to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. steps off at 11 a.m. Jan. 15.

The parade begins at Ninth and Commerce streets, heads west on Ninth Street, north on Houston Street, east on Weatherford Street, south on Main Street before ending with a rally at Sundance Square Plaza. Learn more.

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Fort Worth Bike Sharing racks up strong numbers in 2017

Fort Worth Bike Sharing continues to roll up impressive numbers as it moves into its fifth year.

Some 2017 statistics for the program:

  • 59,280 trips, up from 55,841 in 2016.
  • 266,648 miles, down from 286,149 in 2016.
  • 252,153 carbon offsets. (A carbon offset is a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide or greenhouse gases made to compensate for or to offset an emission made elsewhere.)
  • 10.6 million calories burned.

Currently there are 46 stations in the system, and 350 bicycles.

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Clinic provides legal advice for would-be entrepreneurs

Are you a budding entrepreneur? Get help with sticky legal issues from Texas A&M School of Law students as you get your business off the ground.

The Entrepreneurship Law Clinic at Texas A&M University School of Law helps clients who have limited financial resources start, organize and develop their business. In this clinic, student attorneys help determine what kind of legal entity is right for each client’s situation. The student attorneys then assist with the paperwork and transactions required to establish or develop a business, whether that business is for-profit or nonprofit. The clinic also provides assistance in strategizing, negotiating and drafting organizational and operational agreements.

Law students assist clients in establishing and organizing business entities under these legal structures:

  • Corporations (S and C).
  • Limited liability companies.
  • Partnerships.
  • Joint ventures.
  • Sole proprietorships.
  • Nonprofit corporations.

All work performed by student attorneys is under the direction of experienced faculty, who are leading practitioners in the community.

Anyone with limited financial resources in need of legal counsel related to forming organizing or developing a business is encouraged to apply. The clinic generally represents individuals and businesses with incomes no greater than 300 percent of the federal poverty level. Clients are selected based on a variety of factors, including financial need, educational value to the law students, potential impact on society or communities, and timing.

Although services are provided free by the student attorneys and their supervisors, clients are responsible for certain fees and other costs that may be necessary. For example, clients are responsible for the fees to register a company in Texas or another state. All fees will be paid directly to the particular state or other governing body by the client.

Request assistance from the clinic.

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Special Needs Assistance Program aids the entire community

A man-made accident, terrorist act or severe weather disaster can strike quickly and without warning. All Fort Worth residents should know what to do and quickly move to shelter in these situations, but residents with a disability can find it especially difficult to get out of harm’s way.

According to the July 2016 U.S. Census Quick Facts Report, 7.8 percent of Fort Worth residents under the age of 65 were reported to have some type of disability. That is more than 66,000 Fort Worth residents, and that number grows substantially when you add in residents 65 and older.

That is why the City of Fort Worth hosts the Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP).

This SNAP program is not federal food stamps, but a local database that contains information about residents with disabilities who may not be able to evacuate their homes, or simply want to provide advance information on their disability to emergency first responders.

SNAP registration is available in English and Spanish, does not define or limit what a disability would be, is free to all Fort Worth residents and should be reviewed annually to keep information current.

Register online, call the Office of Emergency Management at 817-392-6170 or mail a registration request including name and contact information to: Office of Emergency Management, 200 Texas St., Fort Worth, TX 76102.

Emergency management personnel will assist residents with phone and mail registration.

Information provided in the SNAP program helps emergency management personnel plan for future disasters and provides advance knowledge of the resident’s specific disability to emergency first responders after a disaster or 911 call.

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Construction coming to northside neighborhoods

Water, sewer and street improvements are scheduled for 10 street segments in the northside area of Fort Worth. Existing water and sewer lines are being replaced and the streets rehabilitated. Affected streets and alleyways include:

  • Northwest 23rd Street from Lincoln Avenue to Columbus Avenue.
  • Northwest 24th Street from Ephriham Avenue to Grayson Avenue.
  • Northwest 24th Street from Lydon Avenue to Robinson Street.
  • Northwest Eighth Street from Rock Island Street to McCandless Street.
  • Northwest 30th Street from Angle Avenue to Chestnut Avenue.
  • Northwest 31st Street from Rock Island Street to McCandless Street.
  • Chestnut Avenue from Loraine Street to Northwest 30th Street.
  • Market Avenue from Northwest 28th Street to Northwest Loraine Street.
  • McKinley Avenue from Northwest 23rd Street to Azle Avenue.
  • McKinley Avenue from Northwest 29th Street to Northwest 30th Street.

To find out more about the project, make plans to attend the community meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at the North Tri-Ethnic Community Center, 2950 Roosevelt Ave.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Mary Hanna at 817-392-5565.

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How to dispose of live Christmas trees

Live Christmas trees may have added warmth and vitality to your home during the holiday season, but now they’re kicked to the curb…and that’s where the city’s Solid Waste Services comes in.

Live Christmas trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch. These trees can be disposed of as part of the normal weekly yard waste pickup following the holidays, or residents can take the trees to any of the city’s four drop-off stations between 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. (Stations will be closed on New Year’s Day.)

  • 2400 Brennan Ave.
  • 5150 Martin Luther King Freeway.
  • 6260 Old Hemphill Road.
  • 301 Hillshire Drive.

Note: Drop-off stations will be closed on New Year’s Day.

Trees must be less than eight feet long, and should be cut into two pieces if necessary. Be sure to take all your decorations, lights and tree stands off of the tree before you place it on the curb.

Do not put the tree in a plastic bag.

Flocked trees are accepted, but artificial trees are not accepted for yard waste collection.

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