City by City: Arlington, Mansfield, Northeast Tarrant

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Trustees appoint assistant principal for Arlington High

Natalie Baker was appointed as an assistant principal to Arlington High School last week.

Trustees appointed the former AVID site coordinator during their regular board meeting Thursday.

Baker enthusiastically thanked the board and her family, including her husband to-be in the crowd, whom she is to wed Saturaday.

Baker received her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and her master’s from the Unviersity of Texas at Arlington.

— Monica S. Nagy


Remodeled Cheddar’s opens on Little Road

Cheddar’s in Arlington celebrated its rebranding Tuesday.

Remodeling is complete, and executive chef Robert Pesch was on hand to explain the new offerings under the “Lighter Side” menu, which features five dining options less than 575 calories.

Cheddar’s new look will roll out at its 140 restaurants nationwide. The Arlington restaurant is at 4830 N. Little Road.

— Monica S. Nagy


HalloweenFest slated for Oct. 26 at Boys Ranch Activity Center

Halloween is safe and stuffed with fun at the 6 p.m. Oct. 26 HalloweenFest in Boys Ranch Activity Center, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive.

Open to the whole family — but designed for 10 and younger — the festival includes face painting, bounce houses, carnival games, slime making and other crafts, trick-or-treat candy stations, as well as concession stands.

Admission is one canned food — or a donation to the Tarrant Area Food Bank — per person.

— Terry Evans

Boo-tacular at library especially for little ones

Even less intense than HalloweenFest is the 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 Boo-tacular Halloween Tales at the Bedford Public Library, 2424 Forest Ridge Drive.

Tiny terrors will find this story time perfect as Ms. Carrie reads some not-so-scary tales. Go to for information.

— Terry Evans

Students help food bank with fall carnival fundraiser

Bedford Heights Elementary School students will be raising money for the Tarrant Area Food Bank at the school’s fall carnival from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at the campus.

The students will be selling unique bowls they made in art class, and five meals can be served for every dollar raised.

Contact Carri Chatfield at

— Shirley Jinkins


High school to host district-wide flu shot clinic

Carroll Senior High School will hold its fifth annual flu shot clinic Oct. 29 from 3:30 to 6 p.m.

The event is open to everyone in the community.

No reservations are needed unless insurance coverage is used for the appointment.

To sign up for a time, visit

— Taylor Prater


Family Life Center will be site of safe Halloween event

Trick or treating as safe as it can be is at the Halloween Trunk or Treat, hosted from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at Euless Family Life Center, 300 W. Midway Dr.

It’s sponsored by local businesses, Euless Police and Fire Department. From parking spaces outside the Aquatic Center, they’ll hand out candy and other goodies. Everywhere kids turn there will be fun with bounce houses, face painters, arts and crafts, and concessions.

— Terry Evans


Public library expands digital collection

The Grand Prairie Public Library System now offers a collection of digital books free for library card holders.

The eBranch collection allows patrons to access free titles on their smartphone, tablet, e-reader or computer, including mininovelas not available in print.

Up to three books can be checked out for a two-week period on 3M Cloud and Overdrive Read, app-driven tools added to eBranch. After the two-week period, the book erases from the device.

Holds are available for up to five books if they are unavailable at the time of checkout.

The eBranch collection is available at Grand Prairie’s Main Library, Betty Warmack Library and Tony Shotwell Branch Library.

For more information, visit or call 972-237-5701.

— Taylor Prater


Garden club will host plant sale

The Grapevine Garden Club is partnering with Grapevine Parks and Recreation for a plant sale Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The sale will be held at the Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park, 411 Ball St.

The sale will focus on nectar and host plants for butterflies and feature native and adapted trees, shrubs and perennials.

The event will be part of the Butterfly Flutterby festivities at the gardens. Proceeds will benefit the building of a greenhouse at the gardens.

Donations will also be accepted toward the proposed $150,000 greenhouse.

For more information, visit

— Taylor Prater


Library to host family movie night

Haltom City Public Library will host a family movie night at 6:30 Tuesday.

The featured movie, Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame, is family-friendly, and all residents are invited to attend.

For more information on the free event, contact the library at 817-222-7787.

— Taylor Prater


High school swim team to host spaghetti dinner, silent auction

The L.D. Bell Blue Raider swim team will host a spaghetti dinner and silent auction at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

The event will be held in the school cafeteria and is an opportunity for the community to meet the team as it kicks off the season.

The dinner is $8 a person, and the deadline to purchase meal tickets is today. Tickets may be purchased from any swim team member or parent or by contacting the coach.

For more information, contact coach Jesse Barton at

— Taylor Prater


Hazardous waste drop-off for residents Oct. 19

Mansfield residents with old cans of paints, pesticides and other harmful leftovers gathering dust in their garages can leave them at City Hall on Oct. 19.

The Fall Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off, sponsored by the city and Keep Mansfield Beautiful, will accept waste from 9 a.m. to noon, or whenever the collection trailers fill up.

Officials want motorists to enter the parking lot, 1200 E. Broad St., via the Wisteria Street entrance next to the library.

Household hazardous wastes can include auto fluids, household cleaners, unused fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, thinners and other chemicals that could be harmful. Also in that category are paints, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, and photo and pool chemicals.

This kind of waste should not be placed with garbage, poured down a sink, poured out in the street or dumped off the side of the road, city Environmental Manager Howard Redfearn said in a press release. These actions can cause harm to people and wildlife who come come in contact with those materials, he said.

An electronic recycler also will be on hand to accept used computer equipment. And city crews will be collecting cooking, which is provided to a private company that processes it into biodiesel.

Users of the drop-off services must show proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill.

For a full list of harmful items that will be accepted, go to or

— Robert Cadwallader


Prescription drug collection event offered at no charge for residents

The North Richland Hills Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration in the national “Take Back” initiative Oct. 26.

North Richland Hills residents may safely discard their prescription medication at the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The program is free and anonymous. Any unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs may be disposed, but inhalers, syringes and liquid medication will not be accepted.

The event will be held in the front driveway of the North Richland Hills Fire Department Administration building, 7202 Dick Fisher Drive.

For more information, contact 817-427-7000.

— Taylor Prater

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