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Superintendent will tweet during first day of school

Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos will visit nine campuses and one job site during his second annual tweet-along for the first day of school Monday. This year’s theme is “Tomorrow’s workforce is in today’s classrooms.”

University of Texas at Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari and Tarrant County College Southeast President Bill Coppola will join Cavazos for stops throughout the day.

Classroom visits will include the district’s new career, technical and higher education investigations course for eighth-grade students, biomedical engineering and a psychology dual-credit course. Follow @ArlingtonISD, @AISDsuper, #firstday and #DrC to see photos from the visits. The Star-Telegram will use #firstbell for its Twitter coverage of the first day, and readers are invited to use the hashtag on their tweets.


Second food truck festival slated for Rangers Ballpark

Experience Arlington and Rangers Enterprises have scheduled a second Texas Food Truckin’ Fest for 2013.

The event will run from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 25 and from noon until 10 p.m. Oct. 26 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Parking is free. An adult pass costs $10 on Friday and $12 on Saturday, or $15 for the weekend. A child’s pass is $6 each day.

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— Sandra Baker

City sprays for mosquitoes to prevent West Nile virus

The city has detected a second positive mosquito sample for West Nile virus, in a trap near South Cooper Street and West Lovers Lane. The city has scheduled targeted ground spraying in an approximately half-mile radius around the site.

Contractors will spray from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Sunday and Monday, weather permitting.

Employees and contractors have conducted routine trapping at 21 locations and larviciding at 88 locations throughout the city since the beginning of the season. To date, the city has addressed about 90 complaints regarding West Nile virus at pools and known vacant homes. For months, crews have also surveyed low-lying areas for standing water.

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Artsfest set for first Saturday in October

The Cultural Commission is hosting a Bedford Artsfest on the first Saturday in October at the Bedford Boys Ranch.

Works will be on sale from a variety of artists, including national award-winners Ken Porter, Ann Hardy and Mahto. Booths will feature local artisans, and food trucks will be on hand for hungry participants.

— Yamil Berard

Church launches yearlong series on social justice

Cathedral of Hope Mid-Cities, a congregation of the United Church of Christ, is sponsoring a yearlong town hall series called “Journey Toward Justice.” Monthly sessions will examine such issues as healthcare access, religious and cultural freedom, human trafficking, childhood poverty, climate change, disability rights, reproductive freedom and racial, gender and sexual orientation equality.

Guest speakers will offer insight into chosen topics and then open the conversation for a question-and-answer session.

The town hall series begins Sept. 11 and will feature school district officials discussing bullying in schools in advance of October’s National Bullying Awareness Month. The presentation will also include excerpts from the documentary Bully.

The series will be presented at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Old Bedford School, at 2400 School Lane. The events are open to the public and are free of charge.

— Shirley Jinkins


First-ever ‘Run With Heart’ races scheduled for Sept. 14

Methodist Mansfield Medical Center will host the inaugural “Run With Heart,” a chip-timed half-marathon and 5K and a noncompetitive one-mile walk, Sept. 14.

The event is a celebration of those living a heart-healthy lifestyle, survivors of heart disease and honor those who have lost their battle with heart disease.

It will include a heart-healthy warmup provided by Methodist Mansfield’s physical medicine department. After the race, participants can enjoy food, music and health tips.

Volunteers are also needed. Register at


D/FW Airport will open entry plazas Monday

Drivers heading into Dallas/Fort Worth Airport will have a new entry plaza starting Monday.

The airport is activating its new parking system and entry plazas that include fully automated kiosks at the north and south entrances to the airport. Drivers with North Texas Tollway Authority TollTags will be to enter without taking a ticket; drivers without the tags will take a ticket from a machine.

“It’s important for D/FW guests to have access to the fastest possible parking plaza transaction while at the airport,” airport Chief Executive Jeff Fegan said.

Upon exiting the airport, TollTag users will be able to leave through an unmanned lane. Drivers paying with a credit card will use an automated system to exit. The airport plans to have a few staffed lanes for drivers paying with cash.

— Andrea Ahles

Agency urges caution during high-risk wildfire holiday

Texas A&M Forest Service is urging residents to celebrate Labor Day carefully because summer wildfire risk is typically at its highest over the holiday weekend.

It was during Labor Day weekend in 2011 that the most destructive wildfire in state history was recorded. The Bastrop County Complex fire — one of 516 wildfires that firefighters responded to that weekend — burned for 37 days, scorching more than 32,000 acres and destroying 1,660 homes.


— Domingo Ramirez Jr.

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