Carroll ISD Launches New Volunteer Program

Carroll ISD has launched the Dragon EZVolunteer program, a new, robust system for individuals to apply to be a volunteer for Carroll ISD schools. Everyone interested in volunteering during the 2017-2018 school year must set up a new account and agree to a criminal background check annually.

If you are interested in applying to be a volunteer at any Carroll ISD campus for the 2017-2018 school year, please click here to create a Dragon EZVolunteer account and begin the process. To learn more about volunteering in Carroll ISD, please read the Volunteer Handbook and the Volunteer Acceptable Use Policy.

Only approved volunteers through the Dragon EZVolunteer program will be able to volunteer at special campus events, including field trips. You do not have to be an approved Dragon EZVolunteer to visit a campus, however, as the Raptor visitor security system will still be in pl;ace at every Carroll ISD campus.

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Do due diligence before signing on with a service line warranty program

The Fort Worth Water Department is aware of at least four companies — Home Services USA, American Water Resources of Texas, Dominion and Utility Service Partners — that offer service line warranty programs. Some are contacting Water Department customers to offer their warranty program for a fee.

The warranty program is much like insurance. For a monthly fee, the company will cover certain qualified repairs for service lines. Service lines are only a portion of the private plumbing line. They are neither owned nor maintained by the city. The homeowner is responsible for any damage or failure in the service line. For water lines, customer responsibility begins at the customer side of the meter. For sewer lines, the customer’s responsibility begins at the property line.

The Water Department is not endorsing any of these companies because the service line is private plumbing. Like with any insurance or warranty program, individuals should do their due diligence to learn what is and is not covered and what exceptions apply in order to make the best decision for their situation.

To learn more, contact the Water Department at 817-392-4477.

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Rotary Offers Texas Flag Program

How are events like providing basic needs and supplies to less fortunate people in Africa and Texas flags in Duncanville linked? The answer is when the Rotary Club of Duncanville thinks globally and acts locally in Duncanville. Over the past few years, the Rotary Club of Duncanville displays throughout Duncanville over 1,200 U.S Flags five times a year. Now, the club is also offering Texas flags in addition to U.S. flags. The added funds from the Texas flags will expand the clubs impact. Through the club’s fundraising activities, the club is acting locally. This year, the club will support ten $1,000 Freshman College Scholarships, will continue to partner with local Boy Scout troops, will continue to support literacy projects by donating books to the Duncanville Public Library’s book mobile and funded support for Little Free Libraries throughout the city. The club is also supporting young children in the Duncanville schools with the Early Act First Knight leadership and character building program. The Coats for Folks program has been a tremendous help for people in need by gathering gently used coats and dry cleaning them so they may be available for the winter months. The club also acts internationally by supporting activities like the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Rotary International. The club has also been involved in other programs which provide shoes for people in India and recycle books for students in Africa. According to Buddy Sheppard, Lead Flag Coordinator, “The U.S. flags make an impressive presentation throughout the City of Duncanville and to add the Texas flag will show an even deeper patriotic spirit in Duncanville.” Buddy adds, “By residents and businesses supporting our flag program, we are making an impact both here and around the world. All this with two flags posted right here in the City of Duncanville.” For more information about the Duncanville Rotary Club, visit the club’s webpage at:

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Mobile Rec program brings swimming lessons to Fort Worth children

More than 500 Fort Worth children are learning to swim this summer thanks to a partnership between the city’s Mobile Recreation Summer Day Camp program and the Fort Worth ISD.

The Rainwater Charitable Foundation provided funding to make the partnership possible, providing lessons to 280 children each day at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.

By the end of July, more than 560 kids will participate in the lessons. The program ends July 27.

“It is amazing to see the kids’ excitement at learning to swim,” said program director Richard Sybesma, head swimming and diving coach at TCU.

The city’s Mobile Recreation Summer Day Camp program is a collaboration between the Fort Worth Park & Recreation Department and the Fort Worth Independent School District. The program provides daily enrichment, recreational and cultural activities to students throughout the summer months, and is held at George C. Clark Elementary, Seminary Hills Park Elementary, Daggett Middle School and Paschal High School.

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Veteran Services Office Program at NARFE

13Jun2017JamesPatakNimchieAlceEnnis-13Jun2017ENNIS, TX – The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 1191 held its monthly meeting at the Grand Ennis Buffet in Ennis on Tues., 13 June 2017. The guest speakers were Nimchie Alce, Veterans Service Officer in Ennis, accompanied by Ellsworth Huling IV, Veterans Service Officer in Waxahachie. This program was very appropriate for the NARFE group which has a significant number of prior military service members. Programs such as Veteran’s Pensions, Disability Compensation, Survivors Pension Benefits, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Burial Benefits, general information on Texas state benefits for disabled veterans and eligible survivors, Aid and Attendance and Housebound, and assistance with records and dealing with the VA were discussed with a question and answer session following the presentation.
Each program has eligibility requirements including disability and health status, military service history, age, income, net worth, and dependency status. The importance of providing proper records was emphasized, such as appropriate medical records, discharge or separation papers such as the DD 214, or equivalent, marriage records and birth certificates and information on income and net worth.
The Ennis office is located at 207 S. Sonoma Trail, Ennis, TX 75119, ph. 972-825-5328.
The Waxahachie office is in the Basement of the Historic Courthouse, 101 W. Main St., Waxahachie, TX 75165, ph. 972-825-5099.
The Ellis County Veterans Service office website is: and the Facebook page is at:
NARFE Chap. 1191 covers Ellis, Navarro and adjacent parts of the surrounding counties. Membership in NARFE is open to all active and retired federal employees and their spouses, former federal employees, and former spouses who are entitled to a federal survivor annuity. For more information, please call Midlothian at 972-268-5793 or 972-775-2463, Waxahachie – 469-939-8102, Ennis – 214-949-6197, Red Oak – 412-722-6307, or Corsicana – 903-874-3092. You may also go to or or see NARFE Chapter 1191 on Facebook.

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TCC Nursing Program Celebrates 50 Years of Success

Some 115 graduates of the Tarrant County College Nursing Program received their pins and other honors on May 9 during an honorary pinning ceremony held before a large crowd of family and friends at Mansfield ISD’s Center for the Performing Arts. The program featured a candle lighting ceremony that is a rite of passage in honor Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

The TCC Nursing Program also is celebrating another milestone: 50 years of providing quality nursing education to the region. In 1967, TCC’s nursing program began with approximately 25 students on the South Campus of what was then Tarrant County Junior College. Once the Trinity River Campus East opened in 2011, trhe program relocated there.  During his opening remarks, TCC Trinity River President Sean Madison discussed plans to establish a TCC Alumni Nursing Association as part of the 50th anniversary celebration. The association will support the mission of Tarrant County College through professional development, networking and scholarship opportunities for alumni.

The graduating class heard words of wisdom from keynote speaker Phyllis Norman, former vice president of patient services for Texas Health Resources Harris Methodist; Vicki Brockman, chief nursing officer at Texas Health Resources Cleburne; and TCC Board of Trustees President Louise Appleman, a 1962 graduate of the nursing program at Texas Women’s University.  Each spoke about nursing opportunities in the region and the need for lifelong learning.

To learn more about TCC’s nursing program, visit or call 817-515-2472.


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Toyota Partners with Tarrant County College to Launch Industry-Leading T-TEN Training Program

Partnership helps address critical skills gap in the automotive industry


FORT WORTH, Texas (May, 8, 2017) – With total new vehicle sales in the U.S. topping $995 billion, dealerships with more than 300 million repair orders, and with service and parts sales of nearly $110 billion, the demand for talented and qualified automotive technicians continues to increase. To address this growing need, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) announced today at an event that they are partnering with Tarrant County College (TCC) to bring state-of-the-art automotive training through the Toyota Technician Training and Education Network (T-TEN) to Fort Worth. The program will start with a cohort of 22 students and is scheduled to start in the fall of 2018.


“This partnership is a huge win for Tarrant County College and all of North Texas,” said Dr. Peter Jordan, president of Tarrant County College South Campus. “It means TCC faculty are in a position to offer another dimension to the automotive technology curriculum we deliver. Students will have the opportunity to acquire additional skills and national certification in a burgeoning industry; increasing their employability and earning potential. For Toyota and Lexus, this partnership creates a ready pool of highly skilled potential employees to meet growing workforce demands.”


T-TEN was launched in 1986 to provide a strong pipeline of talented, career-minded, highly trained service technicians for Toyota and Lexus dealerships. The program typically offers a class size of 20 to 25 students per year and leverages Toyota’s industry-leading training with both a classroom and hands-on laboratory setting over a period of 24 months. In order to enter the program, students must demonstrate a passion for the career and an aptitude to learn the skills necessary to perform as a service bay technician.  The training also includes a paid internship experience for students at a local dealership as they pursue certifications for Toyota and Lexus vehicles. T-TEN has placed thousands of certified technicians in the service departments of nearly 1,500 dealerships around the country.


“T-TEN was conceived more than 30 years ago to ensure our dealers have a source of highly-trained, entry-level technicians and to support America’s Career and Technical education system,” said Chris Nielsen, executive vice president of product support, and chief quality officer of Toyota Motor North America. “Over 11,000 graduates have started their career through T-TEN, and, today, TCC joins a community of 37 schools providing industry-leading and occupationally-aligned automotive training.”


The event held on Monday to announce the new program was attended by executives from TMNA, GST, TCC, and other state and local dignitaries, including U.S. Representative Marc Veasey. At the event, it was announced that Toyota has already provided 12 training vehicles and plans to provide an additional 12 vehicles over the next 18 months for the program, allowing students access to modern vehicle technology. The TCC program is the fifth school in the region and its graduates are destined to be placed where GST and Lexus Southern dealers are located in a five state region that includes Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.


“Our mission, in partnership with Toyota dealers, is to support programs that create tomorrow’s Toyota technician, acknowledging that a skills gap truly exists and it’s a challenge we have to overcome,” said Jeff Parent, the president of Gulf States Toyota. “Partnering with TCC to bring this curriculum to Fort Worth is one way to overcome that challenge, and we want to help interested, qualified students pursue a career in the technical field by providing them with the resources and skillset that Toyota believes are essential for success.”


About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 46,000 people (more than 36,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.  

Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit


About Tarrant County College

Tarrant County College is a public two-year college with campuses in Fort Worth and surrounding communities. TCC is one of the 20 largest higher education institutions in the United States based on annual enrollment, with more than 100,000 students in academic, career training and noncredit Community & lndustry Education programs. The College offers both on-campus and online learning, through six campuses throughout Tarrant County. Visit for more information.


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Break Out the Bookmarks for Camp Big Read: June 3 Kick-Off Event for Southlake Summer Reading Program

This summer, grab your library card and take a hike to Camp Big Read, the 2017 Southlake Public Library Summer Reading Program. The library will host a camp-inspired kick-off event on Saturday, June 3 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Family Park in Southlake Town Square. With free admission, the entire family can enjoy an evening of live entertainment, a giant tipi, photos ops, games, activities, refreshments and more.

During the kick-off event, kid-friendly Big Bang Boom will perform educational pop music as part of the MasterWorks Music Series. Composed of musicians who are also dads, the popular entertainers will play a mix of covers and original songs that are both fun and informative.

In keeping with the camping-theme, the Tipi Storytellers will bring a 28 foot-high tipi, and will share stories and understanding of Native American culture. The giant tipi and ancient tales will offer guests a fascinating perspective on part of our nation’s history.

Camping would not be complete without snacks. Rita’s Italian Ice will be on-site to provide 1,000 free Italian ice treats and the Southlake Library will offer an activity for children to help build a traditional campfire favorite—s’mores.

With camp-themed photo ops, crafts, make-your-own-bubbles, hula hoops, corn hole, and other activities for children, everyone will be a happy camper at the kick-off of Camp Big Read. With the Southlake Public Library as a partner in education, kids can keep their reading skills sharp as an arrow all summer long.

The Southlake Public Library Summer Reading Program will span from June 3 to August 11. Appropriate for children ages 5-12 years old, the program rewards readers for logging their reading hours and offers engaging and educational activities for kids almost every day during the 10-week program.

A few Camp Big Read program highlights include:

  • Storytelling Workshop—June 12-14 from 10:00-11:30 a.m., with a storytelling performance on June 14 at 6:30 p.m. Ages 6-12 years old.
  • Coding Camp—June 19-22 from 8:00-10:15 a.m. Instructors will lead the group on music and sound programming using Google CS First. Some coding experience suggested. Limited space, registration required. Ages 10+ years old.
  • Friday Flicks—every Friday June 19-August 11 at 2:00 p.m. in the library. Snacks provided. See the library website for titles. All ages.
  • Fort Worth Science & History Museum “Discovery Labs”—June 7, July 19 & July 26 at 2:00 p.m. Registration required. Additional hands-on science program on June 28 at 2:00 p.m. Ages 8+ years old.
  • Camp Art with ARThouse of Southlake—June 5, June 19, July 17, July 31 & August 7 at 11:00 a.m. Ages 5+ years old.
  • Circle Up for the End of Camp Big Read—August 11 at 11:00 a.m. Camp treats, camp stories, and a campy good time.

Any little campers who want to join Camp Big Read this summer must first register in the library or online at For additional details and information about these and other programs and activities designed for preschoolers, teens and adults, visit the library’s Summer Program Schedule page.

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New Sanitary Sewer Lines Being Installed as Part of Southlake Capital Improvements Program

On May 1, 2017 Wilson Contractor Services will begin installing new eight inch sanitary sewer lines as part of the City of Southlake’s Capital Improvements Program. The work will be performed roughly 7 AM to 6 PM each day of the week, except Sundays and municipal holidays.

This project will include three locations throughout the City:

  • Commerce Street & Market Loop
  • N. Carroll Avenue & E. Highland Street
  • Summerplace Lane.

Weather permitting, the project is anticipated to be completed by fall 2017. Little to no interruption of City’s services and minimal traffic impacts are anticipated during construction.

Thanks to various reports of maintenance issues along these lines by the Southlake Public Works Wastewater Divisions, the lines are being replaces to help maintain an efficient Sewer system. The new lines will be larger than current lines and will be compliant with City standards.

“The replacement and maintenance of wastewater lines is vital to our City’s infrastructure, which is why we continually assess and evaluate our wastewater system so we can provide our residents with the highest quality of service,” remarked Public Works Director Rob Cohen.

Please contact Public Works at 817.748.8098 with any questions or concerns.

Commerce & Market Loop CIP Work
Carroll & Highland CIP Work
Summerplace Lane CIP Work

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Southlake Joins WAZE CCP Program

The City of Southlake recently hosted a regional training workshop focused on WAZE Connected Citizen Program (CCP).   The CCP program is a free, two-way data exchange empowering cities to help give drivers a heads up to important information such as road closures, big events and crisis centers.

The training, which was held at Southlake’s DPS North Training Facility, allowed more than 80 participants from at least 40 different government and public safety agencies, transportation and engineering firms, from across the DFW Metroplex to learn about the program.  It also gave participants insight to the mapping and editing tools found within the WAZE mobile application.

“The City of Southlake is pleased to be part of this program,” said Assistant City Manager Ben Thatcher.  “Through our partnership with WAZE and other DFW cities, we intend to get important traffic information to drivers so they can make informed decisions about their daily commute.”

Current City uses for WAZE CCP include communicating planned road construction and road closures within the city, as well as providing daily update on targeted traffic enforcement areas.  Look for more information about WAZE CCP and how the City intends to use the tool in the coming weeks.

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