Martinez earns statewide honor for public works officials

Richard Martinez, assistant director in the Transportation & Public Works Department, was named Top Public Works Leaders of the Year during the recent convention of the American Public Works Association-Texas Chapter.

The Top Public Works Leaders of the Year program seeks to inspire excellence and dedication in public service by recognizing the outstanding career service achievements of individual public works professionals and officials, from both the public and private sectors. The primary focus of the award is on career service to the public works profession rather than on any one single event or project.

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Southlake Police Honor Good Samaritans

Last week, the Southlake Police Department honored civilian Keith Haney for his courageous and selfless actions on the morning of March 14th, 2019, in Southlake, Texas.

On that morning, Sergeant Sewell was traveling westbound on Highway 114 on his police motorcycle, attempting to catch up to a speeder.  He lost control of the bike and was thrown into the road, sliding across the pavement.

Mr. Haney, in his street sweeper, witnessed the accident and immediately turned on his sweeper’s overhead lights, while trying to block oncoming traffic from Sergeant Sewell.  His co-worker, Damien Washer, called 911 as Mr. Haney ran to Sergeant Sewell with a flashlight.  Mr. Haney used the flashlight to shy oncoming vehicles away from the accident.

Mr. Haney and Mr. Washer’s swift actions saved Sergeant Sewell from further harm and ensured he received the medical care he needed without unnecessary delay.

Sergeant Sewell is still recovering from the accident but attended the ceremony to say “thank you” to Mr. Haney.  “I have no doubt I would not be here if not for the actions of Mr. Haney,” Sergeant Sewell said.

Assistant Chief Casey presented both heroes with a certificate and a shadow box with a Southlake Police Department patch and challenge coin.

Please join us in thanking Mr. Haney and Mr. Washer as we offer them our deepest gratitude.

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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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Carroll ISD Earns Seventh AP Honor Roll Distinction

Carroll ISD is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada that was named to the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll. Out of the nine years that the AP District Honor Roll has been in place, Carroll has received the designation seven times, more than any other district in Texas.

“CISD is once again delighted that our students are being acknowledged by the College Board for the commitment, hard work, time, and energy invested into achieving being named to the 9th annual AP Honor Roll,” said Janet McDade, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services. “Our outstanding AP teachers should also be congratulated for their outstanding work in preparing our students for these exams.”

To receive this honor, school districts in the U.S. and Canada must simultaneously increase the access to Advanced Placement courses for a broader number of students and also maintain or improve the rate at which their AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam.

National data from 2018 show that among American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half are participating. The first step to getting more of these students to participate is to give them access. Courses must be made available, gatekeeping must stop, and doors must be equitably opened. Carroll ISD is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

“We are thrilled to receive this award again this year.  This award epitomizes the hard work of both our staff and our students,” said Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Gina Peddy. “Not only have our students continued to increase their participation in the AP program, but they have continued to improve their scores, as well.  We are honored to receive this award and we are proud of our students and staff who made this award possible.”

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Honor veterans at downtown parade Nov. 10

The Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade will roll through downtown Fort Worth on Nov. 10. This year’s parade will honor the centennial of World War I and the establishment of Armistice Day.

The parade will feature more than 5,000 participants, including veterans, active military, Junior ROTC groups, school bands and civic and patriotic organizations. Grand marshal is Jim Hodgson, a Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration director.

Parade entries will begin staging at 8 a.m. at Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., and step off at 10:30 a.m. The parade will proceed south on Main Street to Sundance Square for an 11 a.m. opening ceremony.

After the ceremony, the parade will continue south on Main Street to West Fifth Street, west to Houston Street, then north on Houston Street to return to the staging area.

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Carroll Choir Earns Top Spots in Region Honor Choirs

The Carroll Choir had a record-setting day on Saturday, October 20, when 38 members of the Carroll Choral Department competed in the Texas Music Educators Association Region 31 Region Round of All-State Auditions and the 9th/10th Grade Honor Choir Auditions at Colleyville Heritage High School. Carroll had 28 students earn top spots in one of the Region Honor Choirs, and nine students qualified for the third round of All-State auditions. Students who qualified for Pre-Area will audition on Thursday, November 15, at Carroll Senior High School, which will be the next to last round of auditions before All-State in February.

All singers listed will participate in the Region Clinic and Concert at First United Methodist Church of Grapevine on Saturday, November 10.

Pre-Area Candidates – Region Mixed Honor Choir

Student Name, Rank, Advance, Organization

  • Amber Meagher, 1, PRE-AREA, Region Mixed Choir
  • Emma Cave, 3, PRE-AREA, Region Mixed Choir
  • James Wade, 3, PRE-AREA, Region Mixed Choir
  • Reilly Buckley, 4, PRE-AREA, Region Mixed Choir
  • Devan DeLugo, 5, PRE-AREA, Region Mixed Choir
  • Bill Kahn, 6, PRE-AREA, Region Mixed Choir
  • Joy Choo, 8, PRE-AREA, Region Mixed Choir
  • Harrison Moore, 11, PRE-AREA, Region Mixed Choir
  • Sebastian Poorman, 14, PRE-AREA, Region Mixed Choir

Region Mixed Honor Choir

Student Name, Rank, Organization

  • Debopreeta Bhattacharya, 17, Region Mixed Choir
  • Aidan Mondress, 17, Region Mixed Choir
  • Michelle D’Amico, 18, Region Mixed Choir
  • Liam Timberlake, 18, Region Mixed Choir

Region Treble Choir

Student Name, Rank, Organization

  • Aubrey Parr, 19, Region Treble Choir
  • Sarah Breeding, 19, Region Treble Choir
  • Caitlin Davidson, 20, Region Treble Choir
  • Aubrey Anderson, 23, Region Treble Choir
  • Kelley Anne Richards, 27, Region Treble Choir
  • Addison Meek, 29, Region Treble Choir
  • Miranda King, 30, Region Treble Choir
  • Madeleine Hartman, 31, Region Treble Choir
  • Madeleine Nelson, 32, Region Treble Choir
  • Alyssa Zahalsky, 36, Region Treble Choir

9th/10th Grade Honor Choir

Student Name, Rank, Advance, Organization

  • Erin Pitcher, 4, Region 31 Honor Choir
  • Abigail Balson, 7, Region 31 Honor Choir
  • Ramitha Mallavarapu, 12, Region 31 Honor Choir
  • Sage Copling, 15, Region 31 Honor Choir
  • Sean Kelson, 17, Region 31 Honor Choir

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Candlelight vigil planned to honor Officer Garrett Hull

Fort Worth Police Officer Garrett Hull was shot while on duty early the morning of Sept. 14. Hull would tragically succumb to his injuries and pass away later in the evening.

There will be a candlelight vigil to honor his life and service on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex, 505 W. Felix St. The public is invited to attend. The vigil begins at 7:30 p.m., attendees may want allow ample time beforehand for arrival.

Hull will have a private funeral and graveside service later in the week.

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TCC events honor veterans, help with transition to civilian life

In keeping with its commitment to being a student-ready institution, Tarrant County College is hosting a variety of activities designed to help veterans transition to higher education and the civilian workforce as well as honor their service.

Events kick off Aug. 31 at TCC Northeast (828 W. Harwood Rd., Hurst) with a veterans’ information session. Veterans will connect with other veterans and meet representatives from campus offices such as Career Services and Counseling. TCC Northeast will host a veterans’ mental health resource event Oct. 19. On Nov. 9, the campus will hold a moment

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Southlake Historical Society to Honor Local WWI Heroes with Exhibit and Reception

The Historical Society’s upcoming Town Hall exhibit tells the stories of farmers, cowboys, tradesmen and other small-town Texans who fought in one of the most significant wars in modern history.

During World War I, nearly 200,000 Texans served in the armed forces. “The Yanks Are Coming: How Texans Helped Win the Great War” will take you to the battlefields and into the hearts of the families left behind. The free exhibit can be seen July 7 through August 30 in the Town Hall lobby and the Southlake Library (1400 Main Street). Exhibit hours are as follows:

Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

The public is invited to join the Southlake Historical Society for a free exhibit reception with music and refreshments on Sunday, July 15, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall lobby.

WWI Texas Soldier

Image courtesy of the Texas Historical Commission

“When the U.S. entered the war in 1917,” said Anita Robeson, historian and archivist of the Southlake Historical Society, “nearly 1 million Texans registered for the draft. More than 5,000 died in battle or of disease. Like all Americans, Texans back home made sacrifices. They bought Liberty Bonds, supported the Red Cross, conserved food and, if a loved one fell, mourned.”

World War I was a windfall for Texas business. The Fort Worth Stockyards became the largest equine market in the world. More than half of the U.S. military’s mobilization and training facilities for the war were in Texas. “Texas became a place on the map,” Robeson said.

Accompanying the exhibit will be authentic WWI items collected by Southlake Carroll grad Paul Porter, who became intrigued with WWI at age 11 after reading a book he found in study hall. On display in the Library will be the uniform and personal belongings of a combat infantryman, gas masks, helmets, hats, assorted medals, a U.S. field radio and “trench art.” Soldiers and prisoners of war frequently recycled shell casings, spent bullets and other refuse to create personal art, jewelry and decorative items such as ornately-carved artillery shells and painted helmets.

“We have partnered with the Southlake Library for several years now during our exhibits,” said Connie Cooley, president of the Southlake Historical Society. “The Library opens their doors to us so we can extend our exhibit area and showcase more memorabilia, books and art.” Visit the Southlake Library’s website to learn more about their programs, events and collaborations.

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