Cyclists can provide feedback about experiences at city facilities

Fort Worth is applying for recertification in the Bicycle-Friendly Business program, and residents can help by answering a survey. The survey responses will provide valuable insight into the experiences of existing and potential cyclists who work at or visit city facilities.

The survey will be available through Nov. 10.

In 2013, the League of American Bicyclists recognized the City of Fort Worth with a bronze-level Bicycle-Friendly Business award for leading America toward a greener future.

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Sound the alarm about fire safety

The Fort Worth Fire Department and the American Red Cross will conduct a citywide smoke alarm drive from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 14. Firefighters and volunteers will canvass neighborhoods and install or replace smoke alarms in homes that need them.

The smoke alarms are provided free by First Alert Inc. and the American Red Cross.

Although most people will agree that smoke alarms are a necessity, many people take them for granted. While sleeping, 80-85 percent of people lose their sense of smell and will not detect the smoke in time to escape. Smoke alarms buy extra precious seconds needed to evacuate during a house fire.

During prior smoke alarm drives in Fort Worth, a significant percentage of homes either needed new batteries for their smoke alarms or lacked smoke alarms altogether.

To request a free smoke alarm installation, call 817-928-1384.

If you miss the drive…

Fort Worth Fire will install or replace smoke alarms year-round for Fort Worth residents who are also homeowners. Call 817-392-6862 for assistance.

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Two citywide meetings provide opportunities to learn about upcoming bond election

Over the past few months, public meetings were held in each of the eight council districts to allow residents to learn about the proposed bond projects and provide feedback. Now, two citywide meetings are planned:

  • Oct. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Heritage Church of Christ, 4201 Heritage Trace Parkway.
  • Oct. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Fort Worth Botanic Garden Lecture Hall, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

City staff is recommending that the City Council call for a bond election in May 2018. If approved by voters, the bond package would provide funding to build new roads and repair existing ones, new park amenities and community centers, and public safety facility improvements.

Once all of the community meetings are completed, city staff will revise the proposed project list based on public input and will present the list to the City Council.

Learn more about the proposed projects.

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Sounding the Alarm About Kids and Screen Time

Southlake parents and teenagers will not want to miss a special screening of the film Screenagers hosted by S.P.A.R.K (Students and Parents Against Risks to Our Kids), the Southlake Police Department and Carroll ISD on Monday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Marq, Southlake. It’s FREE to the public.

The film focuses on the amount of time kids spend looking at screens on devices like iPhones, computers, laptops, television and digital games. Did you know the average time kids spend looking at screens amounts to 6.5 hours a day? Mental health experts and educators are sounding the alarm along with some local police departments. Southlake Police Chief James Brandon says, “The effects of screen time can have an ever greater negative impact on teens and tweens. It can also lead to troubling behavior including bullying, sexting, and other harmful conduct.”

The film Screenagers offers an inside look at how tech time is impacting kids’ development as well as solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. The film has been featured in major newspapers like the New York Times and the Washington Post and on top rated TV shows such as Good Morning America and the Today Show.

In today’s busy world it’s difficult to monitor the amount of time teens and tweens spend looking at various screens. The viewing of the film, and subsequent discussion at the October S.P.A.R.K. meeting, will provide tips and solutions to help parents balance the amount of time children spend on computers, iPhones, and gaming screens.

Screenagers is being shown in communities all across the country in hopes of inspiring communities to work together to address this growing problem. Again, the screening of the film will be Monday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Marq, Southlake. It’s FREE to the public.

If you would like more information about the film and its director please click here.


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Curious about the 2018 bond program? New video has details

To address Fort Worth’s unprecedented growth and the challenges that come along with it, the City Council will call for a bond election in May 2018. If approved by voters, the bond package would provide funding to build new roads and repair existing ones; add new park amenities, community centers and public safety facility improvements; and replace an aging library.

A new video provides an introduction to the bond process and mentions some of the priorities for the proposed bond election.

Visit the bond program page to see a schedule of upcoming public meetings or to suggest a project.

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Increasing Awareness About Deadly Game

Protecting teenagers from societal dangers can be a difficult task for parents and educators. There are already many challenges to overcome such as bullying, eating disorders, alcohol and drugs, just to name a few, but now there’s a new danger in the form of an online game called the Blue Whale Challenge. The term “Blue Whale” comes from the phenomenon of beached whales, which is linked to suicide.

No one knows for sure where the game originated but some believe it may have gotten its start in Russia and now exists in several countries. The Blue Whale Challenge is an Internet game that goads vulnerable teenagers into role playing with deadly consequences. To play the game, teenagers are given a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators during a 50-day period, with the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide.

The participants are told to record all of their tasks, which include waking up at odd hours, inflicting harm on one’s body, listening to psychedelic rock music etc. The Blue Whale Challenge also involves carving out shapes on one’s skin and other forms of self-mutilation. The game reportedly can be played with an app or other social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram etc.

Police Chief James Brandon says, “Parents should educate themselves about this latest threat to our children and talk to them about the dangers of playing this deadly game. Children who are vulnerable to peer pressure should be reassured that it’s okay to refuse to take part in any activity like this and if they hear the game being talked about they should immediately report it to an adult.”

If you, or a friend, or a family member are having serious thoughts of suicide, unrelated to the Blue Whale Challenge, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. A skilled, trained crisis worker will answer the call and will be able to help. Suicide is not the answer. Talk to someone.


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TCC Southeast’s Judith J. Carrier Library Hosts Traveling Exhibition about Native Concepts of Health and Illness

Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Powwow, Mashpee, Massachusetts, July 2010 Courtesy National Library of Medicine/Bryant Pegram

Courtesy National Library of Medicine/Bryant Pegram

ARLINGTON, Texas (July 18, 2017)– After a competitive application process, Tarrant County College Southeast Judith J. Carrier Library, 2100 Southeast Parkway, has been selected by the American Library Association (ALA) to host Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries.
As one of 104 grant recipients selected from across the country, the library will host the traveling exhibition from Aug. 21 to Sept. 27. Special programming has been planned in conjunction with the exhibit.
Native Voices explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for Native People is tied to community, the land and spirit. Through interviews, Native People describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today.
“We are honored to bring Native Voices to TCC and our community,” said Carrier Library Director JoTisha Klemm. “We hope all visitors will gain greater awareness of the powerful themes of the exhibit and programs.”
Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness was displayed at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in Bethesda, Md., from 2011 to 2015. The ALA Public Programs Office, in partnership with NLM, tours the exhibition to America’s libraries. To learn more and view content from the Southeast exhibition, visit
A schedule of the exhibition-related events at the Judith J. Carrier Library follow:
Event Name: Raptors of North Texas (A Native Voices program)
Date: Sept. 5
Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Room: Library Classroom, ESED 1212
Description: The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center will provide a presentation with their education birds about raptors’ adaptations to hunt and exist in woodlands, wetlands and prairies. Their mission is to rehabilitate birds of prey and to educate the public about the importance of these birds and their place in the environment.
Event Name:  Peyote and the Politics of Identity: Race and Religion in the Formation of the Native American Church (A Native Voices program)
Date: Sept. 19
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
Room: Library Classroom, ESED 1212
Description:  Lisa Barnett, Ph.D., Texas Christian University, will discuss issues surrounding the controversial use of peyote as a part of American Indian religious ceremonies during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Event Name: Film Discussion of Reclaiming Our Children: A Story of the Indian Child Welfare Act (A Native Voices program)
Date: Sept. 20
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
Room: Library Classroom, ESED 1212
Description: Prior to the passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978, Native children were placed in foster care at a much higher rate than any other group in the U.S.  A discussion will follow the viewing of Reclaiming Our Children, a documentary that examines the impact of the Indian Child Welfare Act, the child welfare system, and the laws, policies, and attitudes that affect Native families. Ruthann Geer, TCC instructor of Government, and Sharon Wettengel, TCC assistant professor of Sociology, will moderate the discussion of the film.
About Tarrant County College
Serving more than 100,000 students each year, Tarrant County College is one of the 20 largest higher education institutions in the United States. The two-year college offers a wide range of opportunities for learners of all ages and backgrounds, including traditional programs, such as Associate of Arts degrees, Community & Industry Education courses, workshops and customized training programs. The College has six campuses throughout Tarrant County, including TCC Connect that provides flexibility with e-Learning and Weekend College. TCC also assists employers in training their workforces with its TCC Opportunity Center. TCC earned the distinction as an Achieving the Dream Leader College during its first year of eligibility and was recertified in 2016.
About the American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 55,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.
About the National Library of Medicine
The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, has been a center of information innovation since its founding in 1836. The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology. In addition, the Library coordinates a 6,000-member National Network of Libraries of Medicine that promotes and provides access to health information in communities across the United States.
Tracey Minzenmayer


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5 Myths About Workforce Training

Jennifer Hawkins, Director of Corporate Solutions & Economic Development



As corporate executives spend the month reviewing financial goals and developing metrics for the upcoming quarter, cutting costs and increasing profits are always paramount.


Budget line items like continuing education are most susceptible to cuts, fueled by four common myths about low return on investment. These misconceptions are shortsighted and negatively impact profit.


Myth 1: Once employees complete training, they’ll quit before the ink dries on their diploma.

Research shows the opposite to be true. In the mid-1990s, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed employers and found increased training and education raised productivity more than increased hours worked or capital equipment purchased.


Continuing education plays a role in recruitment too. A 2012 University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School white paper highlighted a case study on Mutual of Omaha. According to the document, company employees who participated in the tuition reimbursement program were twice as likely as non-participants to stay employed with the organization. Educate your employees and they will increase your profits; you also will recruit stronger candidates.


Myth 2: Continuing education curriculum does not fit my employees’ workday.

Colleges and universities are requiring more hours for certifications and degrees, and when considering continuing education, many leaders recall that their time at a four-year institution included electives and other areas of study that were outside their core focus. Many don’t realize customized training is available.


My team has worked with more than 50 companies to develop specialized curricula used to educate and train nearly 2,000 students a year. For example, General Electric Manufacturing Solutions needed to train nearly 300 new employees at the company’s Fort Worth-based manufacturing facility in 2012. In less than a month, TCC developed classes for entry-level machine operators and welders, new and advanced.


Myth 3: The classes are too expensive.

TCC offers customized classes for $200 or less per hour, and works directly with businesses to ensure training meets the company’s needs. Additionally, Tarrant County businesses of any size could be eligible to partner with TCC for one of two grants provided by the Texas Workforce Commission. The Skills for Small Business grant is designed to provide tuition reimbursement for companies with 100 or less employees, and the Skills Development Fund grant provides funding for TCC CSED to deliver customized training for incumbent and newly hired employees. Both of these programs are designed to enable businesses to partner with TCC to increase the skill levels and wages of employees, while adding direct value to the business through increased productivity and quality.


Myth 4: Class times are inconvenient.

TCC CSED works with local businesses to develop training that is affordable, accessible and appropriate for a company’s specific needs. Classes are provided at times convenient for businesses and their employees. Additionally, TCC’s six campuses offer day, evening and weekend credit and noncredit classes and programs available to those who want to further increase their skills for employment.


Myth 5: Our organization’s training needs are too complex and specific for a community college to fulfill.

The team at CSED works directly with companies to identify the specific training gaps and develops customized programs to meet those needs.  The department’s trainers are subject matter experts in their respective fields who come from a wide variety of business, technical, manufacturing and management backgrounds.  Many hold nationally recognized certifications in their industries and in curriculum development.  Examples of past training contracts range from training 400 employees how to refurbish the iPhone before it was released in the United States to training security contractors before being deployed to assignments in Afghanistan.  TCC CSED has partnered with major corporations including Lockheed Martin, Halliburton and General Motors to develop and deliver highly specialized training.


Greater productivity, employee retention and enhanced recruitment are only a few of the benefits continuing education provides. And don’t dismiss strengthening a company’s competitive position, the positive impact on a company’s culture and narrowing the gap between entry-level and experienced employees.


C-suite executives should consider TCC before decisions are made to trim or increase budget dollars for continuing education. Leaders may want to overthink the components of continuing education.


Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar sums it up in two sentences.


“What’s worse than training your workers and losing them?” he asks. “Not training and keeping them.”


As director of corporate solutions and economic development at Tarrant County College, Jennifer Hawkins, JD, helps local businesses identify and meet their short-term training and education needs. Her department has developed curriculum for employees at General Electric, Bell Helicopter, and General Motors, among others.


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Learn about community events through the Non-Profit Events Calendar

The City of Colleyville is proud to sponsor events from local non-profits that benefit the community.

Learn more about upcoming community events through the citys . The City promotes sponsored events through its communication channels including the website.

Those with a non-profit organization and interested in having an event sponsored by the City of Colleyville can submit the official Non-Profit Event Sponsorship form. To receive sponsorship, the non-profit group must be a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) organization that is either based in Colleyville, demonstrates it directly serves Colleyville residents, or receives funding from the City agency agreements.

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TCC Freshman Helps Area Youth Learn About Police Roles

Tarrant County College freshman Jacob Mueller spent his winter break teaching some young Explorers from Mansfield Police Department Post 1601 about police roles and careers. During the week-long camp, participants covered active shooter scenarios, hand-to-hand-combat, traffic stops, and more.

Read about Mueller’s passion for helping others in this Star-Telegram story.

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