Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine Featured in Fort Worth Weekly

If you’re looking for a new pizza experience in Southlake, be sure to check out Delucca Gaucha Pizza & Wine.

Recently featured in Fort Worth Weekly, Delucca’s gives their own spin on the traditional Brazilian steakhouse. Instead of roasted meats circling the room, patrons can choose from 20 varieties of pizzas making their way around.

Check out the feature article to learn more about Delucca’s.


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PD hoops it up with Fort Worth youth

Fort Worth police officers, alongside a faithful crew of dedicated volunteers, continue to find ways to create experiences that promote positive educational outcomes, cultural diversity and personal growth for local youth.

For the third consecutive year, the Code Blue After Dark-Basketball League has allowed officers to reach out to communities through basketball. On Saturday evenings from June through August, neighbors gather at O.D. Wyatt High School’s gym to watch members of the community showcase their talents on the hardwood. Code Blue After Dark and the officers who facilitate the program provide a family-friendly and safe environment that serves as an alternative for kids who might otherwise be hanging out on the streets.

Officers encourage community involvement through positive interactions with the members of the police department. And the officers assigned to Code Blue After Dark can hang in there when they hit the court!

Although basketball is the primary tool used to reach people, Sgt. Chris Britt said this program serves as more than a summer evening basketball league. It is a major step in the process of enhancing the sense of procedural justice in communities of color, and it helps the police department develop opportunities like connecting felons to job opportunities or educating them about programs critical to destroying the pipeline to poverty, like warrant forgiveness.

The program also partners with the Fort Worth Police Athletic League (FWPAL) to add a youth mentoring element, basketball skills clinics and camps for kids.

Earlier this year, the FWPAL and the Code Blue After Dark Basketball League hosted 30 young people at a Dallas Mavericks game at American Airlines Center. The experience was as impactful to the adults as it was for the kids — it highlighted the need for mentoring and community involvement and motivated more adults to play active roles in the future of Fort Worth’s children.

Fort Worth officers plan to offer future college visits, job fairs, trips to museums and sporting events. These activities will be available to young people who otherwise might not be able to afford them.

In August, the Code Blue After Dark Basketball League will sponsor the 2018 Mayor’s Back to School Basketball Showcase. This event features the extraordinary talents of youth from across the city and FWISD schools. And there’s an added value: ensuring students have all the school supplies they need to start the upcoming school year.

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Small businesses move closer to victory as top 25 announced for Fort Worth Business Plan Competition

Registration for the fifth annual Small Business Plan Competition closed June 15, and the top 25 applicants have been selected to move on to the next round.

The Top 25 for the 2018 Business Plan Competition:

  • Aspen Tyke Traveler (by RDY4IT Inc.).
  • Belzoni’s Catfish Restaurant(s).
  • Block System Inc.
  • Cache.
  • Clearview Speech and Consulting Services PLLC.
  • Culture Consultants.
  • DroneAlytic LLC.
  • Envy Designz LLC.
  • FlyFix Inc.
  • Funky Picnic Brewery & Café.
  • Infant Swim DFW LLC.
  • Journal Junkie.
  • Kristen Soble LLC.
  • Locavore.
  • Mercy Care Pharmacy.
  • myBlueCar.
  • Panther Ballistic.
  • RMS Movers.
  • RxAnytime LLC.
  • Sarge’s Manufacturing.
  • Signature Cuffs LLC.
  • The Bar-Gym For Women.
  • Tremmedics Medical Devices LLC.
  • Worth Media LLC.

The owners of these small businesses will begin five weeks of group training provided by the Business Assistance Center and their local partners. This group training includes one-on-one counseling, professional development workshops and coaching from industry experts.

Final business plans will be due Sept. 10, and 10 businesses will be selected to compete in front of judges during a Pitch Night on Oct. 11.

The top three finalists will compete Oct. 25 for the prize packages, which include $10,000 cash for first place, $5,000 for second place and $3,000 for third place. Additionally, numerous businesses have donated in-kind services for the three finalists.

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Share you input on the future of the Fort Worth Library

The Fort Worth Library is working to develop a strategic plan that will guide future service for its patrons. Staff is gathering input and insights from organizations and individuals throughout the community through surveys, focus groups, meetings and events.

Attend one of two meetings this summer to provide input about the future of the Fort Worth Library:

  • July 16, 6:30-8 p.m., Southwest Regional Library, 4001 Library Lane.
  • Aug. 27, 6:30-8 p.m., Summerglen Branch, 4205 Basswood Blvd.

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Fort Worth, London sign partnership to strengthen business ties

Dallas-Fort Worth and London, England, signed a city-to-city partnership to strengthen trade and investment ties between the two regions.

The agreement links the two economies more closely together and helps high-growth companies looking to expand from one region to another.

Following a meeting in London between London’s Deputy Mayor for Business Rajesh Agrawal and the mayors of Fort Worth and Dallas, the two regions agreed to work together to provide greater assistance to companies looking to build operations in each market. Through the partnership, companies will receive support in finding office space, introductions to advisers, funding sources, accelerator programs and other contacts.

The two cities will also connect through trade missions, signature events and other opportunities over the next several years.

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to expand our business connections and talent pool through this partnership,” Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said. “In today’s rapidly changing economy, there’s great strength in sharing opportunities and resources between our cities on an international stage within the technology, innovation, entrepreneurship and startup spaces.”

Dallas-Fort Worth is the fourth largest region in the U.S. and is adding more jobs than any other metro area. DFW has one of the fastest growing population centers and offers a dynamic, growth-oriented business climate.

London is Europe’s largest technology hub and a leading global financial center. The UK capital’s thriving tech sector is home to 47,000 enterprises, contributing 242,000 jobs across the city. The United States is the largest overseas market for foreign direct investment into London over the past 10 years.

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Two final candidates remain for Fort Worth fire chief

The pool of candidates for the Fort Worth fire chief position has been narrowed to two: Columbus, Ohio, Fire Assistant Chief Jim Davis and District of Columbia Deputy Chief John Donnelly.

Both candidates will return to Fort Worth in early July for final interviews. City Manager David Cooke will make the final hiring decision.

Fire Chief Patrick Vasquez and Assistant City Manager Valerie R. Washington traveled to Columbus and Washington, D.C., to visit onsite with both candidates and to learn see their leadership styles in action. IAFF Local 440 President Michael Glynn also made the trip.

Here are some quotes from the two finalists:

Columbus, Ohio, Fire Assistant Chief Jim Davis

“As the fire chief in Fort Worth, I want to make a strong effort to build off the foundation that exists within the Fort Worth Fire Department. I want to be an ambassador and cheerleader to the great work these firefighters do every day in this community. I hope to create a future within the fire department that respects the past yet embraces the future. That future involves becoming a learning organization that develops staff through education and training, executes at the highest level to serve the residents and guests of Fort Worth and conducts itself with professionalism and positive labor-management relationships.”

“In my short experiences, Fort Worth has a small-town feel within a large, rapidly growing community. The growth offers challenges that can turn into great opportunities for a fire chief to lead the organization into the future by developing strong community partnerships and seeking new opportunities to serve the community.”

District of Columbia Deputy Chief John Donnelly

“As the fire chief, I hope to be a leader and manager who earns the respect of the community, city managers and rank-and-file members of the Fort Worth Fire Department. I will work hard to be a visible leader who emphasizes communications within the Fire Department and community. As the chief, I want to educate the community about the needs of the fire department and to provide feedback to the department from the community. Through this engagement process, I will lead the Fire Department in a strategic planning process to be sure the department is prepared to meet the present and future needs of the Fort Worth community.”

“There are many fire chief jobs open throughout the country. In my opinion, the Fort Worth fire chief’s job is a unique opportunity. The new Fort Worth fire chief will inherit a large and successful fire department that is growing and is well-positioned to be successful in the future. I would like to have the opportunity to take the department to the next level. I believe the history and traditions of the department and the commitment of the members I have had the opportunity to meet and talk with will allow us to accomplish that together.”

Six candidates for the position visited Fort Worth in late April. The position became available when Chief Rudy Jackson retired earlier this year after more than 10 years in the position.

“Fort Worth is a great city that deserves great leadership to join the ranks and guide our Fire Department,” Washington said. “We want to thank all of the residents, employees and stakeholders who were engaged and shared their thoughts and visions during this hiring process.”

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Gear up for Mayor Price’s Tour de Fort Worth

Join FitWorth and Mayor Betsy Price to kick off the 2018 Tour de Fort Worth on July 1.

The Tour de Fort Worth is Price’s celebration of the Tour de France that gives cyclists a chance to ride 21 miles or more each day for 21 consecutive days. FitWorth will host numerous organized rides, including walkable and kid-friendly routes.

Last year’s event engaged more than 400 cyclists over 21 days.

The series rolls out at 8 a.m. July 1 at Joe T. Garcia’s, 2201 N. Commerce St. Following a 20-mile ride, breakfast tacos will be served at Joe T’s patio.

The rides will run through July 22, ending with a final ride celebration at Central Market, 4651 West Freeway. View a list of ride dates and locations.

In line with the mission of FitWorth, every organized ride will be accessible to cyclists of all levels and the program will include walkable routes to engage walkers and runners. Some of the organized rides will feature family-friendly routes. On free days, participants can ride on their own or join a group at a designated meeting spot for trail rides.

Helmets are required; lights are necessary for evening rides. Make sure your bicycle is in working order before the ride, and bring your own tools for flat repair.

To learn more, contact FitWorth at 817-735-2947.

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Fort Worth, Dallas mayors leading mission to London, Paris and Brussels

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will lead a trade mission June 17-22 to London, Paris and Brussels to promote economic development, business opportunities and tourism throughout the DFW region.

The mission’s delegates will meet with government officials, business executives and local leaders to showcase the benefits of operating in DFW and the growing economic and commercial ties among the United Kingdom, Europe and the North Texas cities.

North Texas is an international business and tourism hub, and a top U.S. metropolitan area for business expansions, relocations and growth. The U.K. and France combined are the largest foreign investors in Texas, with $6.7 billion in capital expenditures from 2011-2016, according to the latest figures from the governor’s office.

“These trips are vital when it comes to building our business markets and fostering professional relationships,” Price said. “With a positive, pro-business climate, talented workforce, strong economy and a great location, the DFW region is a great place to do business or visit.”

About 200 British-owned companies operate U.S. or North American headquarters and other facilities in the Dallas and Fort Worth region, including Barclays, BT Global Services and Smith & Nephew. About 120 French companies operate in North Texas, as well. Those include Airbus Helicopters, Nestlé Waters and Schneider Electric.

In the last 18 months, seven U.K.-based firms and three French-based companies have established new U.S. or North American headquarters, manufacturing, office or other facilities in the DFW region. Those companies include BAE Systems, Smith & Nephew and Zinwave from the U.K., and Airbus Helicopters, L’Oreal and Louis Vuitton from France.

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Fort Worth makes an impression during diplomatic mission to Russia

Fourteen delegates just returned from a 12-day diplomatic mission to Russia where they met with officials and local citizens to promote Fort Worth.

The delegation consisted of representatives from business, education and financial sectors, as well as representatives from the national Sister Cities International office in Washington, D.C. The delegation visited Moscow, Kolomna, St. Petersburg, Pushkin and Maryino.

Meetings were held with U.S. Embassy representatives in Moscow, Russian media experts and local entrepreneurs and students. The highlight of the trip was a meeting with former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev where delegates discussed the need for U.S. and Russian citizens to connect on a personal level.

The meeting with Gorbachev came on the 30th anniversary of the symbolic end to the Cold War when President Ronald Reagan and Gorbachev walked across Red Square and shook hands.

“President Gorbachev stated that the voice of the civil society must be heard in order to bring about understanding between our two countries,” said Mae Ferguson, president and CEO of Fort Worth Sister Cities.

Other missions to connect Fort Worth internationally are planned this year to Hungary and to the Czech Republic. To learn more, contact Danielle McCown at 817-632-7100.

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Skunk tests positive for rabies in far north Fort Worth

The Texas Department of State Health Services informed the City of Fort Worth on Tuesday afternoon that a wild skunk, located in a residential area near Westheimer Road and Gessner Drive in far north Fort Worth, tested positive for the rabies virus.

The skunk was killed by a family-owned dog in the backyard. Fortunately, the dog is current on rabies vaccinations and was provided additional medical care.

Fort Worth Animal Care and Control Officers are canvassing the residential areas and leaving informational fliers.

Rabies is a dangerous virus that is transmitted through the saliva of mammals. Anyone can become infected if they handle bats or get bitten by an animal that has the disease. Coming in contact with the smell of the exposed skunk will not cause humans to contract rabies.

Animal control officers urge residents to avoid approaching or handling any free-roaming, unfamiliar animals behaving in an unusual manner.

With the weather becoming warmer, hibernating wildlife start to roam and look for food. The city reminds residents to keep vaccinations up-to-date for all dogs, cats and other domestic pets. This requirement is important not only to keep pets from getting rabies, but also to provide a barrier of protection to humans if an animal is bitten by a rabid animal. Residents should consider picking up any dog or cat food and birdseed left outside before nightfall.

To report incidents, contact the city’s customer care call center at 817-392-1234.

Low-cost pet vaccinations

Rabies and other pet vaccinations are available 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday at the Chuck Silcox Animal Shelter, 4900 Martin St. Vaccination fees range from $5 for rabies to $25 for all vaccinations.

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