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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Get Smart About Money. Southlake Library hosts a Financial Education Series.

Anthony D’Amico, Southlake resident and financial services professional, will teach a series of financial education seminars to help attendees get a better understanding of the complex issues regarding family finance. Learn how to manage debt, grow your savings and safeguard against unexpected events. Participants will receive a free workbook and guidance to develop a personal financial plan. This is an educational program offered to the community and is geared toward advancing participants knowledge of financial decision making.

Blueprint for Financial Success – Do you have a plan for your financial life? Learn the basics of building financial security. Manage debt, grow savings, and safeguard against unexpected events. Southlake Town Hall | December 6 | 6 PM

Risk Management – How do you plan for the unknown? Assess the greatest risks to your financial future and develop a plan to protect your assets. Southlake Town Hall | January 10 | 6 PM

College Funding – What’s the best way to plan for your child’s education? Explore options for college planning and find the best option for you. Southlake Town Hall | January 26 | 6 PM

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We Care About Your Air

With the days getting hotter, the City of Southlake is partnering with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to bring to its residents the most up-to-date information regarding safety concerns in the air quality.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) is a scale that has numerical values and corresponding colors, and it is based on the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Each NAAQS pollutant has a separate AQI scale. We can use this scale to measure ozone levels in the air.

The scale specifically measures ground-level ozone and is found at ground-level. It is created by a chemical reaction between oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) when sunlight is present. When the days get hotter, ground-level ozone levels become a concern because inhaling too high of an amount of ground-level ozone for several hours is toxic and can cause acute respiratory health effects. The months from March through November are considered the ozone forecast season in the state of Texas.  The day when the ozone level is favorable for high, is considered an “Ozone Action Day”.

By partnering with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the City of Southlake is ensuring that their residents receive the most updated information regarding Ozone Action Days. To receive these update upon arrival, follow the City of Southlake on Twitter or “like” the City of Southlake page on Facebook.

For more information regarding the Air Quality Index and ozone levels, please visit the TCEQ website.

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Council hears about DFW Airport Aircraft Noise and Future Plans

Jim Crites, the Executive Vice President for Operations at DFW Airport, attended the April 5, 2016 City Council meeting to discuss aircraft noise mitigation initiatives, community projects of interest, and NextGen.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) website, “NextGen is a wide ranging transformation of the entire national air transportation system — not just certain pieces of it — to meet future demands and avoid gridlock in the sky and in the airports.”

Much of the discussion focused on the impact of Runway 31L, the diagonal runway that is used, to receive aircraft arrivals and when necessary, departures.  The runway’s trajectory takes air traffic over parts of Southlake.

Below is the presentation in its entirety.

MD-80 Update

The City is often asked about the status of the MD-80 phase out by American Airlines.  Staff reached out to American and learned that they are accelerating MD-80 replacement with the much quieter Boeing 737-800 aircraft.  Currently, the company says they have about 100 MD-80s left in their fleet. They expect to have less than 40 by the end of 2016 and to have them completely replaced by the middle of 2017.

For more information about the DFW Airport Noise Office please visit their website page:

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Three things to know about the FM 1938 Project

1709 Message Board - Eastbound Southlake Blvd

1709 Message Board – Eastbound Southlake Blvd

What should you know about the FM 1938 Project?

The FM 1938 Phase 2 project is currently underway and is expected to be complete in about two years. For drivers in and around the area there are three things to keep in mind.

  1. It’s a $20.6 million TxDOT roadway project to widen 1.6 miles of FM 1938 northbound to four lanes (two northbound and two southbound)
  2. The intersection of FM 1938 and Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709) will be reworked to include dual-left turn lanes at all intersections
  3. It’s estimated to be complete in 2017


Since the project’s start in April 2015, TxDOT contractors have been working along northbound FM 1938 and, more recently, at the intersection of FM 1938/Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709) prepping the roadway for widening, installing drainage and installing temporary signals. That work represents significant progress on this project that will, once it’s complete, serve the needs of the driving public.

“For all of us, lane closures and traffic switches, coupled with the normal heavy traffic, have escalated an already complicated traffic issue that can make traveling along Southlake Boulevard tiresome,” said Southlake Public Works Director Bob Price. “With school starting next week, it’s likely the traffic situation will only become more frustrating during peak am and pm times,” he added.

Price has the following suggestions for getting through the 1938 construction:

  • Plan ahead and give yourself enough time to get where you need to go
  • Use a traffic application if possible
  • Be patient. The construction won’t be complete until 2017.
  • Seek alternate routes if possible.  To help with this, the City has recently placed billboards near Pearson Lane heading east on FM 1709 advising some alternate routes (see image on the right).
  • Stay informed.

The last point is crucial in getting through these growing pains. The City is doing what we can to make residents aware of the progress of the project via, Facebook and Twitter. TxDOT also provides periodic updates via the email list – sign up to keep up to date on the latest in the FM 1938 construction project.




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Top Ten Things to Know About Your Southlake Fire Department


The citizens of the City of Southlake can be proud to know they live in a great City that looks to the future through strategic planning and adhering to the core values of: Integrity, Innovation, Teamwork, Accountability and Excellence. Each department strives to exceed citizen’s expectations and achieve the highest standards possible in everything they do.

The Southlake Fire Department has set high expectations in how it serves its customers each and every day. Part of our strategy as a transparent agency is to ensure that all citizens and visitors to the City of Southlake are not only confident in the level of safety within our City limits, but are assured that we are good stewards of the finances you provide and the responsibility that you have bestowed upon us. The men and women of the department work hard each day to reach the goals you have set forth through the Citizen’s Survey, council direction and everyday interaction with the public.

Top Ten Things To Know About Your Southlake Fire Department

Rating exceptional


1)    In 1999 the Southlake Fire Department became the first nationally accredited department in the State of Texas. It is currently one of only six accredited municipal Fire Departments in the State. This means your Fire Department provides you with the highest level of service possible.






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2)    The Southlake Fire Department has worked to lower your insurance rates. The Insurance Service Organization (ISO) re-evaluated the City’s Personal Protection Classification (PPC) and was reclassified with score of 97.53, which is the highest grade ever given by ISO in the history of the program. This can lower insurance rates by as much as 13% for businesses and 11% for homeowners. Contact your insurance provider for further details.





storm ready


3)    The Southlake Fire Department also maintains the StormReady certification from the National Weather Service. This affirms that the City of Southlake is ready to support you and keep you informed during severe weather events through the City’s Office of Emergency Management.










4)    The Southlake Fire Department has three fire stations strategically located throughout the City in order to maintain the shortest response time possible in the event of an emergency.






Pub Ed


5)    Public Education and Community Outreach is a mainstay of the Southlake Fire Department. We conduct station tours and public education events over a variety of life-safety topics including: CPR, fire safety, personal preparedness, basic first aid and how to protect yourself against the West Nile Virus.








6)    The Office of Emergency (OEM) serves to keep the City at the Advanced Level of Preparedness, which is the highest level achievable in the State of Texas. As a resident or business owner in the City of Southlake, you can be assured that the City is best prepared to respond to and recover from any disaster situation that might impact you.






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7)    The Southlake Fire Department has three Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians that have installed nearly 300 child safety seats every year. Proper child safety seat installation is critical because nationally, three out of four child safety seats are installed incorrectly.






Another function of the Fire Department is handling fire investigations and home and business inspections.

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8)    There are over 1,500 businesses in the City of Southlake and each year they are all inspected to ensure compliance with fire and life safety regulations. This level of professionalism ensures your safety while enjoying the many amenities that Southlake has to offer.






9)    Southlake has a life-saving rate that is more than twice the national average. Residents have access to the highest level of pre-hospital care available in the State of Texas. This is achieved by staffing mobile intensive care units and fire engines that are equipped to provide advanced life support.



Silver Mission Award



10)    In, 2015 the Southlake Fire Department was awarded the Silver Mission Life Award from the American Heart Association for the level of treatment and the cooperation with local hospitals to ensure fast and effective treatment of heart attack and stroke patients.







We are here to assist you in any way that we can. If you have any questions, comments or would like to discuss any of the information presented here, please don’t hesitate to contact Fire Chief Michael Starr or Deputy Fire Chief Wade Carroll at (817) 748-8106. And as always, thank you for your continued support. The Southlake Fire Department is here to serve you.

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