American Sign Language provides alerts to deaf and functional-needs residents

Fort Worth residents and visitors can rest easy knowing that their personal safety is important to those whose job it is to provide warning and protection. During severe weather events or large man-made incidents, most residents will receive warning through a NOAA All Hazard Weather radio, the city’s outdoor warning sirens, Nixle emergency texts or television and radio announcements.

Fort Worth residents with functional needs — hard of hearing, deaf or blind — can also rest easy as they can receive an alert through the Accessible Hazard Alert System.

The Fort Worth Fire Department Office of Emergency Management is part of a small group of municipalities nationwide that offer the Accessible Hazard Alert System, also known as AHAS, to residents with functional needs. The AHAS alerts are transmitted in a visual format displayed in American Sign Language, captioned English and Spanish text, spoken word and electronic Braille.

Participants must have a video-capable device such as an iPhone, Android, tablet, iPad or email to receive the alerts, and must live within Fort Worth city limits.

There is no cost to participate, and registration is easy. Simply visit Fort Worth AHAS website and provide your contact information.

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American Institute of Architects honor Ann Zadeh

District 9 Councilmember Ann Zadeh received a certificate of appreciation from the American Institute of Architects-Fort Worth for “a spirit of cooperation with, and outstanding contribution to, the organization.”

Awards were presented to students and professionals this month, a celebration of those who make possible distinctive works of architecture in our community.

“It is my honor to be recognized in this way for the collaborative spirit by which I try to encourage professionals in our city to work together in our ongoing efforts to make Fort Worth the best place to live, work and play for all our residents,” Zadeh said.

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Apex Arts League to Present In Memoriam: A Memorial Day Dedication by The New American Quartet

APEX Arts League, a volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to actively advancing the arts, artists and arts education in the apex of the Dallas /Fort Worth Metroplex, is proud to present its forthcoming chamber music concert titled ‘In Memoriam: A Memorial Day Dedication’, featuring The New American Quartet.

Comprising principal musicians of the Dallas Symphony and friends, The New American Quartet will engage the audience with an inspiring program of works by Dvorak, Barber, Gershwin and Porter, honoring those who died defending our freedom and democracy as well as celebrating the grandeur and optimism of the American life.

This dedicative concert continues APEX’s successful Chamber Series, providing patrons with the opportunity to experience the detailed color and vibrancy of music in more intimate venues. The concert will take place on Sunday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m. in Grace Chapel at White’s Chapel UMC in Southlake. Refreshments will follow the concert.

Tickets may be purchased at the door. Adults – $20; Seniors, Students & Apex Members – $15.

Southlake-based Apex Arts League sponsors a variety of performing and visual arts programs in the local area. For more information, visit

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TCC South Invites Community to 2018 African American Health Expo

The TCC South community invites the general public to this one-day event to learn more about the many issues impacting African American community, serving as a bridge between knowledge and access barriers.

What: 2018 18th Annual African American Health Expo

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Where: Tarrant County College –South Campus l 5301 Campus Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76119

Summary: The 2018 (18thAnnual) African American Health Expo will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Tarrant County College – South Campus. The Expo will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The

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Five Carroll Choir Members Participate in American Choral Directors Association Honor Choir

Several students from the Carroll Choral Department participated in the Southwest Division of the American Choral Directors Association Honor Choir March 7-11 in Oklahoma City.

Emma Cave (Treble Choir 8-10), Hunter Wasson (Men’s Choir 7-10), Bella Tran, Garrett Walsh and Sebastian Poorman (Mixed 11-12) were selected from hundreds of auditions in the Southwest Region, which included singers from Colorado, Arizona, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Texas. They participated in rehearsals for 3 ½ days to prepare for the convention ending concert, which was held at the Oklahoma City Civic Center. The singers had to master up to nine difference pieces of music prior to the convention to be prepared for the intensive rehearsals. Each choir was led by a nationally known choral conductor, providing an invaluable learning experience for these students.

ACDA, the American Choral Directors Association is a nonprofit music-education organization devoted to choral music.

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City of Fort Worth named a Bicycle-Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists

The League of American Bicyclists recognized the City of Fort Worth’s downtown campus with a Bronze Bicycle-Friendly Business award, joining more than 1,000 visionary organizations across the country that have received the award.

Fort Worth joins 1,118 current Bicycle-Friendly Businesses, made up of local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., that are transforming the American workplace.

“The League of American Bicyclists is excited to recognize this latest group of new and renewing Bicycle-Friendly Businesses for making their workplaces and their communities safer, happier, healthier and more sustainable through bicycling,” said Amelia Neptune, director of the Bicycle-Friendly America program. “We applaud these organizations, including Fort Worth, for leading the charge in creating a more bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”

The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle-Friendly America for everyone. The league defines standards and shares best practices to engage diverse communities and builds a powerful, unified voice for change.

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Apex Arts League and The Dallas Symphony Orchestra Present: American Suite

Apex Arts League and The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announce a performance in Southlake in October as part of the DSO on the GO concert series. DSO on the GO is generously supported by Ebby Halliday, Realtors.

Assistant Conductor Ruth Reinhardt and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will return to Southlake on October 15, 2017, at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church. DSO Principal Second Violin Angela Fuller Heyde will perform Edgar Meyer’s Violin Concerto, a traditional solo work colored with Meyer’s bluegrass roots.

“I am so excited to share the stage with my colleagues for this beautiful work,” said Fuller Heyde. “I love the colors and energy of the Meyer Violin Concerto, especially its complex rhythms and gorgeous melodies.”

Other works on the program also explore folk music through an unexpected lens. Aaron Copland’s Three Latin American Sketches represent the iconic American composer’s musical reaction to his visits and studies in Mexico.  Dvořák’s American Suite was written after the composer’s famed trip to the “New World” and mixes American themes and Czech folk music.

DSO on the GO was launched in 2012 with a classical concert in Allen. In the 2017/18 season, the series will feature the full Dallas Symphony Orchestra playing classical and pops concerts in cities and neighborhoods across North Texas. DSO on the GO concerts include familiar classical pieces and popular light classics, with concerto soloists who are principal musicians from the DSO.

Single tickets are $19 for general admission, $15 for Apex members and $9 for Students. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 214.TIX.4DSO.

This information was provided by Apex Arts League. The Apex Arts League is a 501c3 organization that was established to enhance community awareness, participation and appreciation of the arts in the apex, which is the north-central region of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

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DFW Airport Runway Status Light Installation Update: Extension of Partial Closure and American Airlines Flex Schedule

This is an update on DFW’s Runway Status Light Installation Program.  In short, the weekend closure of Runway 18L/36R was cancelled due to the construction being ahead of schedule.  However, due to issues with the concrete installation at the south end of Runway 18L/36R, the scheduled partial closure will be extended through Thursday, June 29.  Additionally, American Airlines will be flying its Flex Schedule on select days during the summer, including this Sunday, June 25.   More information on each of these topics is noted below.

Schedule Partial South Closure (RWSL Installation:

As DFW Airport continues with the runway closures necessary for FAA’s ongoing installation of the Runway Status Lights (RWSL), for your awareness, the weekend full closure initially scheduled for this weekend will be cancelled due to construction being ahead of schedule.  However, due to issues with the concrete installation at south end of Runway 18L/36R, the scheduled partial closure, which was scheduled to be completed on June 25, will be extended through Thursday, June 29 to continue ongoing work of FAA’s installation of Runway Status Lights (RWSL).

What to Expect:  During the remainder of the partial closure, Friday weather forecasts show winds coming from the south at 5 – 10 mph, with potential thunderstorms Friday night/Saturdaymorning and gusts as high as 20 mph.  Winds will shift to the north on Saturday and remain from the northerly and easterly, with winds at 5 – 10 mph.  Light easterly winds will persist through Thursday.  In general, because aircraft take off and land into the wind, when winds are southerly aircraft take off to the south and land from north to south.  When winds are northerly, aircraft take off to the north (or northwest in the case of the use of Runway 31L) and land from south to north.  When surface winds are light and variable, takeoff and landing flow may be affected by winds above the surface and/or other operational needs.

The shifts in aircraft operations to other runways during the closure may affect the cities of Southlake, Grapevine, Trophy Club, Westlake, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Coppell, Irving, Euless and Arlington, which could experience some additional aircraft traffic, including:

  • Jet departures on Runway 31L during north winds;
  • Increased arrivals Runway 31R and 35R during north winds;
  • Increased arrivals to Runway 17L and 13R during south winds;
  • Outboard runways will be needed later at night or early in the morning;
  • During the partial south closures of Runway 18L/36R, the runway will be available for day time only limited takeoffs and landings, as determined by the wind flow.

June 12 – June 29 [Partial South Closure of Runway 18L/36R]

  • During the partial south closures of Runway 18L/36R, the runway will be available for day time only limited takeoffs and landings, as determined by the wind flow.
  • The runway will be closed after sunset and before sunriseas well as during any poor weather or low clouds (due to limited visibility of construction zone).
  • If the winds are out of the north, jet aircraft may need to depart Runway 31L.
  • The use of the outboard runways (diagonal runways and Runway 17L/35R) may be extended at night to 11pm.
  • For more information on the Runway Status Lights Program, refer to DFW’s website.
Map of DFW Operations During 18L/36R Partial South Closure

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Summer Flex Schedule:

Additionally, American Airlines flight schedule will include scheduled flex days in order to keep up with upcoming schedules.  The 7 days that are scheduled for Flex Flying are as follows:

  • Sunday, June 25,
  • Friday, June 30,
  • Sunday, July 9,
  • Sunday, July 16,
  • Sunday, July 23,
  • Sunday, July 30,
  • Sunday, August 6

What to Expect:  During the Flex Days, additional flights are scheduled late at night to accommodate greater numbers of the traveling public.  These additional operations will entail extended use of DFW’s runway, including the outboard runways.  Operations on the outboard runways are expected to extend later than normal and could be as late as 1:00 AM Monday morning.

The DFW Airport encourage citizens with inquiries or complaints to contact them.  You may contact them by email at, or on the Noise Complaint Hotline, at 972-973-3192 (manned 24/7).  Follow-up response calls or emails will be provided, when requested.

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TCC Student Earns Top North American Score in Networking Competition

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 15, 2017) – Tarrant County College Northeast  students excelled in this year’s Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders competitions—interactive information technology exams and networking simulations open to students throughout the United States and Canada.


In the final round of the CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) contest, Jonathan McMillan earned the highest score of the 287 U.S. and Canadian finalists.


Wayne Morgan placed second out of 202 North American finalists in the IT Essentials portion of the competition. Morgan also placed 15th in the CCENT competition.


Andrew Twist placed 31st in CCENT, while Michael Dutton came in at 67th place. In the CCNA (Cisco Certified Networking Associate) contest, James Richardson placed sixth out of 116 round-two qualifiers. He will now move on to the CCNA North American finals.


“These competitions give students an opportunity to demonstrate their IT skill set and gain valuable industry-recognized experience,” said Ken Moak, department chair for information technology and computer science at TCC Northeast. “We are extremely proud of our students. Their performance is a direct reflection of their dedication to the field and the outstanding preparation they receive from our faculty and staff.”


TCC’s Computer Science & Information Technology program offers certificates of completion and associate degrees in areas including network support, programming, security, web/internet services, convergence technologies (only at TCC Northeast) and game programming (only at TCC South). The departments also offer special topics courses to upgrade the skills of information technology professionals.


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