ARLINGTONFormer NICU patients to reunite, share storiesTexas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital will hold a celebration honoring patients who were treated in its neonatal intensive care unit.The reunion, which follows a Dr. Seuss theme, will let parents and children gather and share stories of their lives.“It’s an opportunity for nurses and physicians to see how these precious children have grown,” said Dr. Scott Tisdell, neonatologist on the hospital’s medical staff. “Some of these children start out weighing 1 pound — and to see them happy, healthy and smiling reinforces the importance of the hospital’s NICU. It’s no wonder we tend to establish strong bonds with these children and their families.”The reunion is the 29th annual celebration at the hospital. It will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the hospital, 800 W. Randol Mill Road. — Taylor PraterCARROLL SCHOOLSSpecial education advisory committee being formedThe school district is creating a special education advisory committee for the 2013-14 school year.The committee will serve as a resource network between parents and professionals, help build upon special programs and plan collaborative events.Parent representatives will be chosen for committee participation through a random drawing of volunteers.The committee will also include at least three district representatives, including the executive director for special programs, administrators, and special education staff. The membership year runs from Sept. 1 to June 30.Anyone interested in becoming a parent representative should email the executive director, Mary Johnston, at firstname.lastname@example.org by today. — Taylor PraterHURSTKids invited to celebrate 75th anniversary of ‘Oz’North East Mall is commemorating the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz with a children’s celebration Saturday in the center court.Participants will receive a map for various stations around the court that will feature coloring activities, craftmaking, film clips and more related to the classic movie.Cut-out characters will be scattered throughout the area for family photos, and movie-related items will be given away. The event was planned in coordination with the IMAX 3-D re-release of the film Friday. North East Mall is at 1101 Melbourne Road. The event runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and is hosted by the Simon Kidgits Club. — Taylor PraterCity Council receives statewide honorThe City Council was recognized this week as the state’s best by the Texas City Management Association.“Hurst is so impressive with a very documented and articulated plan to serve their citizens,” said Richardson City Manager Dan Johnson, who presented the 2013 City Council of the Year Award at Tuesday’s council meeting. “There’s a great blend of legislative body and city administrator to effectively do that.”Citing such qualities as commitment to ethics, dedication to residents’ welfare and harmonious relationships between council members, Johnson, the association’s president, said Hurst is an example of municipal excellence.Mayor Richard Ward was delighted to accept the award. “I believe we are a great City Council with a long history of working together for the betterment of the city,” he said. “We are honored to be recognized for that tradition this evening.”With more than 130 years’ combined service to the city, the City Council is recognized as one of the Tarrant County area’s most stable councils, Johnson said.The nomination lauded council members as being more concerned about making solid decisions for the good of the community than about their next elections. — Terry Evans NORTH RICHLAND HILLSLow-cost pet vaccination clinic scheduled for Sept. 28The North Richland Hills Animal Adoption and Rescue Center and the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection will host a low-cost pet vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 28 at Linda Spurlock Park, 6400 Glenview Drive.The clinic will offer rabies vaccinations for $5, canine and feline boosters for $10 and heartworm testing for an additional fee. All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier. City pet license tags will be available for $9. Cash or credit cards accepted.For more information, call 817-427-6570. RegionGoodwill launches recycling program Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth has launched a recycling initiative for unsellable donations.Items that do not sell in its 20 area stores are now separated into commodities including metals, cardboard, paper and other items that can be recycled.“We have always promoted green practices and strive to maximize the value of donations we receive from the community,” said David Cox, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries.The organization receives 21 million pounds of donations annually that might otherwise end up in landfills.“We were green before green was cool,” said Beth Reneau, director of donated goods. “Now we’re taking it to the next level with the new recycling initiative.”For more information, visit www.goodwillfortworth.org/donate/find-a-donation-center. — Steve Campbell
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