Longtime Arlington city leader Kathryn Wilemon has been named the 48th president of the North Central Texas Council of Governments.Wilemon, who is Arlington’s Mayor Pro Tem and the District 4 council representative, will lead the NCTCOG’s executive board for the next year. Collaboration and communication are key to creating sound policies and efficiently using money and resources to address the variety of issues, ranging from transportation projects to air pollution concerns, that stretch across the north Texas region, Wilemon said.“Things don’t stop at the city limits. Our roads, our water, our air — it’s all interconnected,” Wilemon said. “If we don’t have some mechanism to coordinate, every city is trying to do everything on its own. Working together to enhance services makes it better for everybody.”Wilemon, who previously served as board secretary/treasurer, replaces Allen Mayor Steve Terrell, who served as board president for the 2013-14 term. The late Arlington Mayor Tom Vandergriff was the first president of the North Central Texas Council of Governments in 1966. Former Arlington Mayor Elzie Odom also served as a past president.Animal Services efforts earn a ‘Livability’ awardInnovative programs launched by Arlington Animal Services, such as an anti-bullying campaign for schoolchildren and a trap-neuter-return policy to control the feral cat population, helped the city win national recognition this year.The U.S. Conference of Mayors, recently held in Dallas, honored Arlington with a City Livability Award. The competitive award recognizes cities for innovative programs that help improve the quality of life in their communities.Projects that Arlington Animal Services was recognized for include the Responsible Pet Ownership Program, mobile adoption and vaccination units, pet therapy for students and senior citizens and an anti-bullying campaign where children can see life through the eyes of a severely abused pit bull.“It is my belief that we have been very aggressive in taking care of the animals in our city and teaching residents to become responsible pet owners. It’s the only humane thing to do. It is nice to get recognized for that,” Cluck said in a news release. “Nearly every City Council member is a pet owner and we are big supporters of animals.”Rangers plan fan sleepover on ThursdayThe 2014 Texas Rangers Sleepover and Fireworks Show will take place on Thursday at Globe Life Park in Arlington.Fans can stay overnight on the playing field or just attend the pre-Independence Day fireworks show.The Globe Life gates will open at 5 p.m. with the Fox Sports Southwest Rangers Live broadcast beginning at 5:30 p.m. Fans with tickets for the sleepover will be allowed on the field at about 8 p.m. with the fireworks show set to patriotic music to follow after dark.Tickets for the sleepover are $40 for adults and $30 for children 13 and under, with a limit of 2,000 fans. Tickets for just the game activities and fireworks show are $10 for adults and $5 for children 13 and under. All tickets are available at texasrangers.com/sleepover.The sleepover concludes at 7 a.m. Friday. The rules for bringing foods and beverages into Globe Life Park are the same as those for a Rangers home games.Fox Sports’ live broadcast of its pre- and postgame shows for the Rangers game in Baltimore can be seen that night. Other special features will involve on-field promotions, including the popular dot race. Concession stands will be open, selling food and beverage.Farmer’s Market now selling plantsTexas native plants are now among the homegrown squash, okra and tomatoes on sale at the Downtown Arlington Farmer’s Market, 215 E. Front St.Urban gardening specialists David and Cara Burk will be on hand from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday and Saturday at the market with a wide variety of ornamental, heirloom, annuals and perennials for sale.The market is child- and dog-friendly and has free parking.