North/EastARLINGTON SCHOOLSTrustees appoint new chief academic officerLongtime educator Evan Smith has been appointed as the chief academic officer for the Arlington school district. Smith previously worked as the district’s executive director of secondary instruction. Before that she served as the Pampa school district’s assistant choral director, curriculum coordinator, principal and deputy superintendent for 14 years. Smith has a bachelor’s degree from West Texas State University and a master’s degree from West Texas A&M University. The chief academic officer oversees all curriculum and instruction departments, including working with the superintendent to make sure all students receive quality education, district spokeswoman Leslie Johnston said. — Monica S. NagyNew school will have dedication SaturdayA dedication will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday for the new James and Barbara Adams Elementary School, at 2220 Sherry St.Adams, the first two-story elementary school in the district, is named after the couple in honor of their service to Arlington schools.The dedication and open house will include Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos, Principal Lesley Rhodes and school board President Bowie Hogg.The Adamses will attend, and state Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, will present a resolution honoring the couple. — Monica S. NagyARLINGTONPart of Legends Way to be renamed AT&T WayThe City Council on Tuesday approved renaming Legends Way between Copeland Road and Division Street in the entertainment district to AT&T Way. The Dallas Cowboys requested the name change, which will go into effect in October, after Cowboys Stadium was renamed AT&T Stadium last month as part of a multimillion-dollar naming-rights deal. As part of its stadium lease, the Cowboys must reimburse the city for the estimated $100,000 in sign costs related to renaming the street. Homeowners along this section of Legends Way have been notified of the upcoming change, city officials said. — Susan SchrockChick-fil-A reopens on South Cooper StreetThe Chick-fil-A restaurant at the intersection of South Cooper Street and West Bardin Road reopened Thursday after being closed for four months. The old restaurant, which opened in 1993, was demolished and rebuilt with features including an indoor play area, seating for 130 people, free Wi-Fi and two drive-thru lanes. The Arlington location at 4700 S. Cooper St. is one of 114 restaurants the chain plans to open across the country and is one of only five locations the company spent millions of dollars to rebuild, officials said. — Susan SchrockTraffic lights installed on North Collins StreetDrivers who use North Collins Street to get to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington or AT&T Stadium — or commuters who use the north-south road as an alternative to Texas 360 — should be mindful of two traffic lights that went into service this week.The lights, between Trinity Boulevard to the north and Green Oaks Boulevard to the south, are located at the two entrances to the Viridian master-planned community.They had been blinking yellow for a few days to let motorists gain awareness, and they went fully operational Wednesday.Viridian, a 2,700-acre community that could have as many as 3,100 homes, is in the early stages of development, with more than 200 houses built and dozens more under construction.An elementary school, which is in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford district, is also under construction.The traffic signals are a three-way project among Viridian, which purchased the lights, Arlington, and because Collins is also Farm Road 157, the Texas Department of Transportation, officials said. — Lee WilliamsCowboys luncheon will help Happy Hill FarmThe Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon is set for Wednesday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.As always, the event benefits Happy Hill Farm in Granbury.Events begin with a silent auction at 10 a.m. and the luncheon at 11:30.Tickets are $175 each. Call 254-897-4822, or go to www.happyhillfarm.org. — Shirley JinkinsBEDFORDDispose of hazardous materials on Crud DayDispose of stuff you wouldn’t feed a landfill as the city hosts Crud Day for residents from 8 to 11 a.m. Sept. 21 at Meadow Park, 3101 Meadow Park Drive.Professionals will collect and properly dispose of household hazardous waste. — Terry EvansGroup collecting items to help support libraryDonate books, VHS tapes, music cassettes, records, CDs, DVDs, board games, puzzles and magazines to the Bedford Public Library.The Bedford Library Friends takes all these things, sells them in the Lobby Bookstore and uses the funds to buy things the library needs and to provide community programs.Don’t use the book drop for donations but leave them at the library’s information desk, 2424 Forest Ridge Drive, or contact Roland Rangel, 817-571-1368 or firstname.lastname@example.org. — Terry EvansGRAPEVINEMeeting professionals slate teddy bear driveMeeting Professionals International Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter is sponsoring a teddy bear drive for its members and the community during the group’s educational retreat Tuesday and Wednesday at Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine. The drive, called “Make Life Bear-able,” will commemorate Teddy Bear Day on Sept. 9 by donating bears to the Grapevine police and fire departments to use in working with children in traumatic situations. The D/FW chapter has over 800 members who are meeting planners from businesses and trade groups and health, educational and governmental agencies, as well as independent planners. — Shirley JinkinsKENNEDALESoftball pitching expert opens academySherry Werner, an expert on softball pitching and biomechanics, is celebrating the grand opening of her training facility.The Sherry Werner Fastpitch Academy, at 5860 East Interstate 20 in Kennedale, focuses on maximizing performance while avoiding injury and is based on 20 years of study and experience with pitchers at all levels. Werner and her six-member staff offer pitching instruction to about 150 girls, teens and young women from Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Werner’s instructional techniques include high-speed frame-by-frame video analysis of an athlete’s pitching motion. She also teaches pitching clinics and camps, provides coaches education and offers sport-specific strength, speed and agility training.Werner, an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, has a doctorate in biomechanics from Penn State. Information: 682-561-8619 or email@example.com.NORTH RICHLAND HILLSCity has Tarrant County Heart Walk teamsThe city invites residents to join in the 2013 Tarrant County Heart Walk.The three-mile noncompetitive walk will be held Sept. 7 starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Fort Worth Stockyards. Visit www.TarrantCountyHeartWalk.org and search for “City of North Richland Hills” under “Find a Company” to join an NRH team or to make a donation.Talk Like a Pirate Day is Sept. 19 at libraryAvast there, matey! Are you looking for a pirate adventure? The North Richland Hills Public Library will celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day on Sept. 19. From 7 to 8 p.m., watch David Slick and Amanda Hood mesmerize the crowd with their juggling abilities. The audience might even see them walk the plank.The pair will make balloon pirate swords at the end of the performance.The library is at 9015 Grand Ave. Call 817-427-6800 or visit www.library.nrhtx.com/2013FallPrograms for more details.RegionCareity Foundation fundraiser SaturdaySupporters of the Careity Children’s Cancer Fund can enjoy themselves and help terminally ill children and their families at Branded, a Western production to be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at Cendera Center, 3600 Benbrook Highway in Fort Worth.Attendees will enjoy a filet dinner catered by Reata and dancing to the music of Sonny Burgess as live entertainment. An upscale Western-style show will feature the work of top designers at Justin, Resistol, Lucchese and newer brands.Tickets are $200 each, and reservations can be made by calling 817-882-4100. Deadline for ordering is today. — Shirley JinkinsParks, Hulen malls plan Labor Day blood drivesThe Parks at Arlington mall and the Hulen Mall in Fort Worth will both be hosting Carter BloodCare from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Donors will receive a pair of movie tickets and be registered to win additional gifts.Appointments are not necessary but can be scheduled at 800-366-2834 or carterbloodcare.org. — Shirley Jinkins DFW air quality efforts to be discussed Sept. 5To address ongoing efforts for the Dallas-Fort Worth area to comply with federal ozone rules, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will hold a public meeting next month in Arlington.The meeting, which will take place at 10 a.m. Sept. 5 at the North Texas Council of Governments, will provide updates on revisions to the state’s plan to meet the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard. The meeting will be held in the Transportation Council Room, at 616 Six Flags Drive in Arlington.Tarrant, Parker, Wise, Johnson, Dallas, Denton, Collin, Ellis, Kaufman and Rockwall counties comprise the nonattainment area. — Bill HannaTarrant County College trustees OK budgetTarrant County College trustees approved a $361.8 million budget for the next fiscal year that includes a 3.5 percent salary-and-benefits increase for all employees.“We are pleased that, without increasing taxes or tuition, we are able to better compensate all faculty and staff and to provide improved programs and facilities promoting student success,” said TCC board President Louise Appleman.The budget takes effect Sept. 1. There were no increases to tuition or the total tax rate, Appleman said.The budget includes a $1.50-per-hour pay increase for adjunct credit faculty members and full-time instructors who are teaching extra classes. — Diane SmithRural advocacy group earns distinction againThe Cleburne-based Bluebonnet Resource Conservation and Development Council has had its membership renewed in the select Circle of Diamonds.Resource conservation and development councils are nonprofit organizations that work to protect natural resources and develop rural economies. They are grassroots organizations made up of community and local government representatives.Bluebonnet serves Hill, Johnson, Parker, Navarro, Ellis, Rockwall, Hunt, Dallas, Kaufman, and Tarrant counties.