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Convoy of Hope rolls into Fort Worth

The Convoy of Hope event is part of a movement aimed at transforming people’s lives, inspiring compassion and service, and bringing people and organizations together.

Make plans to attend the Convoy of Hope on Oct. 28 at Southwest High School, 4100 Altamesa Blvd. Doors open at 10 a.m.

Attendees can receive free groceries, a hot lunch, health screenings, job services, family portraits, haircuts, activities for children and more.

To learn more, call 817-263-5336.

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Fort Worth to Relocate Water Supply Lines

After months of planning and coordination with the City of Fort Worth, the City of Southlake is ready for Fort Worth plans to relocate water supply lines.

As part of the Park Vista road extension construction project, Fort Worth has temporarily taken out of service a water supply line that feeds both Southlake and Keller. The City of Southlake is prepared and will be monitoring the water system for any adverse impacts to Southlake’s water customers.

“Southlake Water Utilities has been proactively working with the City of Fort Worth as they developed plans to relocate water lines for their development project. The City requested the work be completed now when demand for water is at its lowest,” said Public Works Director Rob Cohen.

A shutdown test conducted earlier in the month provided ample water for this time of year and duration of the project. “Fort Worth is working to complete the construction as quickly as possible with little to no impact to our customers and we appreciate their efforts,” Cohen added.

If you have any questions for Southlake Water Utilities go here. For more information on the Fort Worth project click here.


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Fort Worth wins 2017 WaterSense Excellence Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the City of Fort Worth with a 2017 WaterSense Excellence Award as a leader in water conservation efforts. Fort Worth was honored at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference last week. It was one of six cities nationwide to receive an Excellence Award in promoting the WaterSense Program, which helps residents use water more efficiently.

More than 1,700 utilities, manufacturers, retailers, builders and organizations partner with WaterSense. Only a select few, however, are recognized each year for their significant program contributions. This is the second Excellence Award received by the Fort Worth Water Department.

Fort Worth has engaged residents in a variety of programs to save water, such as the SmartFlush toilet program, which distributed more than 2,400 high-efficiency toilets in 2016, saving more than 15,241,708 gallons. In addition, Fort Worth offered more than 233 WaterSense-labeled showerheads at community events free to residents.

Since 2006, Fort Worth and other WaterSense partners have helped consumers save 1.5 trillion gallons of water, more than the amount of water used by all households in California for a year. In addition to water savings, WaterSense-labeled products and homes have helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump and treat water by 212 billion kilowatt hours since the program began in 2006 — enough energy to supply a year’s worth of power to more than 19.4 million homes.

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Inaugural Fort Worth BookFest Has Something for the Entire Family

Designed to raise the awareness of “the transformative power of literacy,” the inaugural Fort Worth BookFest debuts next weekend with programs and activities for all ages, all interests, and all cultures.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, at Tarrant County College Trinity River, and features authors from across Texas and the country writing in all genres.

This free event will feature activities for the entire family, including author panels, workshops, and special interactions for children and youth.  Here are some of the topics on the agenda:


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Turn up the volume! Fort Worth is the first Music Friendly Community

Fort Worth has another feather in its Stetson.

“We’re proud to announce that Fort Worth has been designated the first Music Friendly Community in Texas by the Texas Music Office,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “We love seeing our music scene thrive and our local artists in the national spotlight.”

Participation in the Music Friendly Community program provides Texas communities with a network for fostering music industry development and sends a message to industry professionals that certified communities are serious about attracting and developing music industry growth.

In July, Texas Music Office Director Brendon Anthony presented the first Music Friendly Community workshop in Fort Worth with the assistance of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau. More than 50 music business professionals turned out to learn about the new program.

The Fort Worth CVB helped start the initiative Hear Fort Worth to promote the Fort Worth music scene around the world.

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Fort Worth Literacy Partnership is now Read Fort Worth

The Fort Worth Literacy Partnership unveiled a new name — Read Fort Worth —and a graphic identity that reflects the city’s independent, Western spirit and its commitment to seeing that 100 percent of Fort Worth ISD children are reading on grade level by third grade.

“Fort Worth is known as a destination city for business and culture and as a place where people love to live and work,” said Kristin N. Sullivan, Read Fort Worth executive director. “Our leadership chose a graphic identity that conveys the loyalty, bravery and determination it will take to ensure that all Fort Worth children have the early literacy skills they need to succeed and to make our city even stronger.”

Read Fort Worth was launched in September 2016 as the Fort Worth Literacy Partnership by Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner, and leaders from the business and philanthropic communities. Matthew K. Rose, executive chairman of Fort Worth-based BNSF Railway, serves as chairman of Read Fort Worth’s 12-member executive council.

The privately-funded, locally controlled backbone organization exists to provide the community unique, actionable data to advance kindergarten readiness and third-grade reading achievement; to organize and align partners under shared outcomes; to develop strategies for significant improvement; and to communicate best practices and drive results.

The Data Dashboard allows users to view five years of third-grade reading achievement for each of the 84 Fort Worth ISD elementary campuses as well as public charter schools, in addition to views of data comparing school district performance across Tarrant County. The dashboard will be updated with 2017 Texas STAAR Reading results later this fall.

Read Fort Worth is finalizing a strategic plan to help drive significant improvement in early childhood literacy through existing and forming action networks focused on high-impact areas including school readiness, child health and well-being, expanded learning opportunities and reading resources.

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A visual emergency alert for Fort Worth residents now available

When outdoor warning sirens are activated for severe weather events, an act of terrorism or a manmade disaster, many people with a sensory disability living or working in Fort Worth will not receive the alert.

To help provide emergency alerts to the entire community, the Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management has contracted with DeafLink, a national leader in sensory disability services, to provide the Accessible Hazard Alert Program, or AHAS. It’s a free visual alert service to any resident, worker or visitor who is deaf, hard of hearing, blind or deaf/blind.

How it works

DeafLink receives the alerts from the National Weather Service or the Office of Emergency Management and creates a visual message in American Sign Language, English voice, English text and refreshable Braille. The program was recently expanded to include a Spanish-language text in addition to the English version. The visual alert is sent to Fort Worth AHAS participants using ZIP code locations.

AHAS participants must have a video device capable of receiving video signals, such as a smart phone, iPad or email or a refreshable Braille reader in order to get the alert.

Register online

Residents can receive this free service by registering for AHAS online. Because the program uses Fort Worth ZIP codes as location markers, the AHAS program is only available within the city limits of Fort Worth.

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Fort Worth, Vaqueros collaborating on improved soccer facility at Sycamore Park

The City Council voted this week to work with the Fort Worth Vaqueros, an amateur American soccer team in the National Premier Soccer League, to repurpose tennis courts at Sycamore Park and renovate them into a youth-sized synthetic surface soccer field.

The tennis courts at Sycamore Park were installed in 1915, had fallen into disrepair and were seldom used.

The renovation project calls for removing the existing tennis nets and posts, installing a drainage pad system, synthetic turf, new posts, chain link fence, access gate, player benches and a scoreboard.

The city’s Park and Recreation Department will share maintenance costs with the Vaqueros. The city will be responsible for all costs associated with repurposing and renovating the tennis courts, up to $183,700. Any cost above that will be covered by the Vaqueros.

The fields will eventually be used as part of a youth soccer academy operated by the Vaqueros for children aged 7-12.

To learn about programming at the facility or how to get involved, contact Mark Snell, Fort Worth Vaqueros academy director, at 214-642-3447.

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Fort Worth’s historic preservation ordinance to be updated

The city is updating the Historic Preservation Ordinance in an effort to streamline the approval process.

A meeting to discuss updates and receive resident comments is planned for 6 p.m. Sept. 25 at Thistle Hill, 1509 Pennsylvania Ave.

Work on ordinance revisions began in 2016. Updates for consideration include:

  • Elimination of redundant text.
  • Clarification of text that is confusing.
  • Streamlining the project review process.

Make plans to attend the meeting to hear all the updates and give feedback.

Learn more about historic preservation in Fort Worth.

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Water and sewer improvements to begin in north Fort Worth

North Fort Worth is seeing its share of construction. As the area continues to grow, so does the need for water and sewer services

That’s why the city is replacing a 24-inch water line along Bowman Roberts Road from Santa Gertrudis Street to West Bailey Boswell.

The city’s Water Department will meet with residents at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Eagle Mountain Water Treatment Plant, 6801 Bowman-Roberts Road, to discuss the construction schedule and impact to residents.

Another meeting is planned for the same evening at 7 p.m. at the Eagle Mountain Water Treatment Plant to talk with residents about construction on sewer interceptor lines along:

  • Huffines Boulevard from Westgate Drive to Cromwell-Marine Creek Road.
  • Bowman Rovers Road from Cromwell-Marine Creek Road to WJ Boaz Road.

These Marine Creek-area interceptor lines are large sewer lines that control the flow of sewage to the treatment plant.

Construction for both projects is expected to begin in September 2017 and be finished by late August 2018.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Robert Sauceda at 817-392-2387.

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