CROWLEYSenior center fundraiser honors first respondersThe Crowley Senior Center will be having a barbecue fundraiser on Friday at 6 p.m. at the center, located in Bicentennial Park, 900 E. Glendale St.Cost will be $6 per person at the door for barbecue sandwiches, slaw, beans and cobbler.The theme will be “Honoring Our Local Heroes in the Fire and Police Departments.” Members of both departments attend. There will be games and door prizes in addition to the meal.FORT WORTH SCHOOLSFort Worth district to host weeklong teacher job fairThe Fort Worth school district will hold its first ever Teacher Hiring Week from May 26 to 30.District personnel officials will ensure that principals are supported in filling teacher vacancies quickly with top candidates. The fair will bring together pre-identified applicants and principals. Potential employees will receive details of the event soon.It’s not too late for qualified people to apply. Visit www.teachfortworth.org for details and directions.“Ultimately, we know that early hiring leads to better hiring — a much better chance to get top candidates for our schools,” Superintendent Walter Dansby said in a statement. “In the past, most of our hiring hasn’t happened until August. There are many great candidates ready for our principals to hire now, and we’re going to do everything to support them as they do that.” The district has a pool of more than 600 eligible vetted teacher candidates. The district will make staffing its top priority during this week and will help principals interview and select teacher candidates before June 1.RENOFire Department receives special flags from DARThe Reno Volunteer Fire Department will be flying new flags from its flag pole in front of its fire station in downtown Reno, courtesy of the Eagle Mountain chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.DAR members donated a new American flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol and a new Texas flag that had flown over the state Capitol.Reno Fire Chief Darrell Brummett received the flags from the chapter at its May meeting, along with the official plaques to hang at the fire station. The chapter also had a water drive for the Fire Department, providing the Reno firefighters with several cases of water for the start of the summer fire season.WEATHERFORDHope Chest charity resale shop becomes realityAfter more than a decade, the Hope Chest upscale retail store is planned for a tentative opening during the first week of June.The shop was one of several long-range goals of the newly formed Parker County Center of Hope more than 10 years ago. That organization offers a variety of opportunities and services to help residents in need to break the cycle of poverty.Funds from the Hope Chest retail shop will provide paid internships to students who have participated in the Center of Hope’s education and career development program Jobs for Life. Needy families will get to purchase upscale clothing and other goods for a modest price.“Qualifying students will gain valuable work experience while continuing to work closely with their job coach at the center,” said Paula Robinson, the center’s chief executive officer. “After six months, our interns will be ready to move into regular employment and begin a new career with hope for a better tomorrow.”Michelle Rivera, an experienced retail manager, will oversee the Hope Chest, a 5,000-square-foot store at 1020 Fort Worth Highway that will offer gently used clothing for men, women and children, as well as home decor items and furniture.The Hope Chest is open to everyone to shop and to donate. Store hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information or to donate, visit www.thehopechestresale.com. — Lance WinterWHITE SETTLEMENTRetired educators to install new officers on May 28The White Settlement Retired School Employees Association will install new officers and hear a presentation on benefits during the last meeting of the school year May 28 at Spring Creek Barbeque, 8628 W. Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth.The meeting will start at 12:30 p.m., but those who wish to eat may do so before the meeting.New officers will include Marellen Patterson, president; Mary Sue Shipman, first vice president; Paula Ponder, second vice president; Sandra Dear, secretary; and Gloria Long, treasurer.