Take care of outstanding warrants at Dec. 12 event

The Fort Worth Municipal Court will conduct a Safe Harbor initiative, meaning residents may visit without fear of arrest for outstanding warrants issued by the court.

Court in the Community will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 12 at Eugene McCray Community Center, 4932 Wilbarger St.

Residents who plan to request alternatives to payment should bring all supporting documents for their request, including time payment plan; time served (bring booked-in and booked-out paperwork), community service/indigence (bring paperwork that shows you do not have the financial means to pay a fine); and two forms of identification.

To learn more, call 817-392-6700.

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Carroll ISD and District Diversity Council Launch Dragon Cultural Survey on Dec. 4

Carroll ISD, in conjunction with the District Diversity Council, has authorized K12 Insight to conduct a Culture Survey December 4-18. The survey is voluntary and anonymous with K12 Insight collecting all survey results. Overall findings will be shared with CISD and the public on January 13, 2020.

For the past year, a 63-member District Diversity Council (DDC) has been studying the changing demographics and researching ways other school districts have addressed bias reduction and cultural competence. The DDC already made recommendations to the School Board to revise the Student Code of Conduct to better align discipline consequences for inappropriate acts that target an individual or group of individuals for their race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age.

Now, Carroll ISD would like to hear more from Dragon families about their experiences in Carroll ISD. As part of this work, the district, in conjunction with the DDC, is asking all parents and guardians to take part in a voluntary, confidential survey.

CISD has partnered with an independent research and communications firm, K12 Insight, to administer the survey and compile the results. All responses are strictly confidential. No one in Carroll ISD will know who participates or be able to connect a participant to their answers. K12 Insight’s final reports will share only the overall findings and themes, not individual responses.

Several questions in the survey address overall parent perceptions about diversity in CISD, as well as culture and climate, safety and behavior, access and opportunities, policies and procedures, curriculum and instruction, family support and inclusion, and demographic questions.

There will be three separate surveys that will be used to collect data. The first version that will be accessible is the parent survey which will launch on December 4, 2019. This survey is releasing first to give parents ample time to answer all questions before the December 18, 2019 deadline. Families will receive one unique link to the survey from K12 Insight through the first listed email in Carroll ISD’s Skyward Family Access Portal.

On December 11, a unique link to the staff version of the survey will be sent to all CISD employees.

For those CISD employees who currently have students enrolled in the district, they will have the opportunity to complete two separate surveys. They will complete the parent survey based on their experiences and their child’s experience. The employee survey will be answered based on their experiences as an employee.

During the two week window, students in grades 7-12 will be given the opportunity to take this voluntary and anonymous survey during their English class. The teacher will be sent instructions on the survey and will assist the students in accessing the survey online.

The data K12 Insight collects in this culture survey will assist CISD and DDC with key components of the Cultural Competence Action Plan, including the:

• integration of culturally competent lessons across PK-12 curriculum & instruction;
• alignment of culturally responsive policies and procedures;
• planning of guest speakers, diversity celebrations and programming;
• implementation of staff training;
• recruitment and retention of quality staff reflective of our student population; and
• communications and cultural outreach.

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming survey, visit this website to learn more, or can also email west@k12insight.com.

 

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Hear the latest on planned Hulen and Granbury intersection improvements Dec. 5

Make plans to attend the Hulen Street and Granbury Road intersection improvements project meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at Fort Worth Presbyterian Church, 6251 Oakmont Trail, to hear the latest on the intersection design.

Improvements include construction of a right-turn lane to westbound Granbury Road and northbound Hulen Street. Existing left-turn lanes on Granbury Road will be extended to improve intersection capacity. In addition, the existing median on Hulen Street will be extended to the railroad crossing.

These improvements are being funded by the City of Fort Worth 2018 Bond Program.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Raul Lopez at 817-392-2457.

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Friends Bookstore closing for good on Dec. 9

The Friends Bookstore at 5332 Trail Lake Drive will close permanently on Dec. 9. During the final sale, all books and materials are half price.

Although the Friends of the Library will no longer operate a bookstore, nearly all the inventory — including new acquisitions — will be available online. A revamped website will launch in January that will include an online bookstore.

Beginning Dec. 1, five library locations will accept donations from individuals during normal operating hours. These libraries will accept no more than two boxes of donations per customer each month:

  • Central Library, 500 W. Third St.
  • East Regional Library, 6301 Bridge St.
  • Northside Branch Library, 601 Park St.
  • Northwest Branch Library, 6228 Crystal Lake Drive.
  • Southwest Regional Library, 4001 Library Lane.

Read about the types of donations accepted.

To learn more, call 817-346-2255.

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Cowboy Santas scramble Dec. 2 at three municipal golf courses

Help provide a meaningful Christmas for underprivileged kids by playing in the Cowboy Santas Scramble at either Pecan Valley, Meadowbrook or Rockwood Park golf courses on Dec. 2.

Form your own four-person team or the staff will place you on a team. There will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is $50 per player plus an unwrapped toy valued at least $10. Lunch will be provided after the rounds.

Entry deadline is Nov. 30. Register online or call the course of your choice: Meadowbrook, 817-457-4616; Pecan Valley, 817-249-1845; Rockwood Park, 817-624-1771. Registration is limited to 25 teams per course.

The Cowboy Santas program is a charitable organization that provides toys to children, 12 and under, from low-income Tarrant County families during the holiday season.

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Glade Road water main repair night of Dec. 15

City crews will close a portion of Glade Road starting at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, in order to repair a water main leak at the Glade Road and Gary Lynn Drive intersection.

The construction activity to repair the leak will encroach on Glade Road travel lanes making it necessary to limit the traffic for the duration of the work. Starting at 8 p.m. Glade Road will be closed to westbound traffic from Riverwalk Drive to Oak Timbers Court. Westbound traffic will be detoured on Riverwalk Drive, and drivers can utilize Church Street to get to SH26 to continue westbound. Eastbound traffic will be accommodated throughout the construction of the repair. This can be seen on map below. Message boards will be used in the vicinity of the work alerting drivers of the upcoming road closure prior to the date and time of the closure. City staff anticipates the repair to be completed overnight.

To minimize the impact to the properties that will experience a water service interruption, the City is coordinating the repair during non-business hours. Water will be shut off, no earlier than 9 p.m. The businesses that could be affected by this work will be closed by that time therefore limiting the disruption experienced by the business properties. Single family homes in the area will experience an interruption in service beginning no sooner than 9 p.m. City staff contacted the affected properties to advise them of the upcoming work and the expected service interruption. The repairs are expected to be completed by midnight allowing for full service to be available by morning.

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Colleyville’s first hotel open to guests Dec. 2

The first hotel in Colleyville opens its doors on Dec. 2.

The Hampton Inn Suites, located at 5300 State Highway 121, features 91 rooms, meeting space for up to 80 guests, a 10-guests boardroom, indoor pool, and fitness center. A modern design is carried throughout the hotel from the open-space lobby area, where complementary hot breakfast is served daily, and into the details of every room.

A hotel is a huge milestone for Colleyville, Economic Development Director Mark Wood said. Before this hotel people visiting Colleyville would stay in neighboring cities, but now they can shop, dine, play, and stay here.

Guests can visit Hampton.com or call 817.318.5000 to make a reservation.

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Colleyville, local orgs celebrate holidays Dec. 2 weekend

It will begin to look a lot like Christmas in Colleyville starting Friday, Dec. 2, when the community gathers for a weekend filled with holiday events.

The Citys annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration kicks off the weekend from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, in front of City Hall, 100 Main Street. Join Santa and his friends as the community lights the city Christmas tree and several trees decorated by local organizations in front of City Hall.

There are also plenty of activities for the whole family including crafts and games, photos with Santa, choral performances, carriage rides in the Village, and holiday fare and beverages.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, The Colleyville Lions Club hosts Breakfast with Santa from 7:00-11:00 a.m. at the Colleyville Center, 5301 Riverwalk Dr. Families can enjoy a pancake breakfast, take photos with Santa, listen to performances from local school choirs, and enjoy balloons face painting. Proceeds benefit the Colleyville Lions Club scholarships and other charities.

The Club asks attendees to bring one canned food, or an old pair of eyeglasses for donation.

Tickets are available from the club in advance for 8 or 10 at the door. Advanced tickets are available from any Club member or contact the club on its website, . One ticket covers the whole family.

The weekend comes to a close with the Colleyville Womans Clubs Holiday Home Tour from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4.
Participants will tour five homes beautifully decorated and made unique and magical by the homeowners. One home features a handmade front door from a 100-year-old Cyprus tree, another houses more than 40 paintings, one has a panoramic view from one of the highest points in Colleyville, one home features garlands of pearls and crystals, and one house takes on a modern, functional, and luxurious approach.

Ticketholders can make a pit stop to Santas Sweet Stop to enjoy free snacks, comfort facilities and light holiday shopping.
Advance tickets are available for 25 at Albertsons, Bear Creek Wine Spirits, Market Street and Vineyards Antique Mall in Colleyville. To buy tickets online or find other purchase locations visit . Day-of tickets will cost 30.

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Pleasant Run Pothole Repairs Begin Dec. 7

On Monday, Dec. 7, the city of Colleyville will begin repairing potholes on Pleasant Run Road, from John McCain Road to Tinker Road.

Once work begins, it should take about three weeks to complete the repairs. There are no road closures associated with this project; however, as construction warrants, there may be periods when one side of the road is closed. At those times, flagmen will be present to direct traffic. All construction activity will be scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to minimize disruption to rush hour traffic. As with all road construction, the schedule is dependent on weather conditions.

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