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02/17/2014 3:26 PM
02/17/2014 3:26 PM
Former Star-Telegram photographer Jim Domke is having a hard time drumming up interest in one of his e-books.
Domke’s Amazon Kindle book Game Day — Arlington, Texas hasn’t had the best sales, even though it includes photos and directions of how to get to AT&T Stadium and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Wait, we mean “
Our Facebook cover contest is what caused him to share several photos with us. Although the deadline was last month, we thought we’d share one of them here.
Another space step for a man named Armstrong
University of Texas at Arlington professor Dan Armstrong developed technology that will be used in a European Space Agency mission to orbit and land on a comet in the fall.
Armstrong, who is Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, is now the recipient of his second national award from the American Chemical Society.
Armstrong’s prestigious title comes from The Welch Foundation, which selects Texas universities and gives them $1 million in support of research. The university chose Armstrong as the chair in 2006 and matched the million dollars.
According to university news release, Armstrong is often called the “father of pseudophase separations.” If you don’t understand that, then don’t worry about it.
Armstrong will receive his ACS Award in Separation Science and Technology at a conference in March. The professor has more than 550 scientific works to his credit.
Arlington Life Shelter luncheon set for March 6
Arlington Life Shelter’s inaugural You Are the Key fundraising luncheon will be held March 6 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Arlington Sheraton, 1500 Convention Center Drive.
Former residents will share how shelter services have improved their lives, and the shelter’s plans for future growth will be presented.
“The generosity of our neighbors this winter has been overwhelming. At times, as young families and individuals kept arriving, there was concern that financial resources might not be available to serve everyone,” said Becky Orander, executive director. “Sustainable, long-term funds must be raised to ensure that the shelter can better prepare for extended periods of bad weather and the increased need for care.”
There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Call 817-548-9885, ext. 2004, for reservations.
Euthanization of stray cats on the decline
Friends of Arlington Animal Services members are celebrating a dramatic reduction in the number of stray cats being euthanized since the launch of the city’s trap-neuter-return policy last fall.
Since August, hundreds of outdoor cats in the city have been neutered, vaccinated and ear-tipped before being returned to their neighborhoods, which FAAS co-director Kelli Eaves says is a cost-effective and humane way to control the feral cat population.
“Many people do not understand that every street in the city has outdoor cats. If these cats are neutered and vaccinated for rabies, the colonies will become stable and eventually the numbers start to decline instead of continually multiplying,” Eaves said.
Eaves said January was a record month, with only 24 of the 270 cats brought in the shelter being euthanized. Before the trap-neuter-return policy, less than half of the cats brought to the shelter left alive, live-release statistics show.
Nearly all of the thousands of feral cats that are trapped and brought into the animal shelter were euthanized before the policy. Now the city allows nonprofit animal rescue groups such as FAAS to sterilize and vaccinate trapped feral cats and then release them back into their neighborhoods with the promise of long-term care.
FAAS, a nonprofit group, also expects to be able to neuter 100 feral cats a week at its new Snip and Tip spay and neuter clinic, Eaves said. To learn more, visit the Friends of Arlington Animal Services Facebook page.
Arlington residents who need assistance with feral cats in their neighborhood or who would like to volunteer can contact FAAS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fun run to honor veterans, benefit cancer research
Two sisters are honoring their late father, Army veteran Erron Papillion, with the first annual Run With Our Vets & Beat RCC 5K on March 29 at the University of Texas at Arlington.
“Our dad was a decorated Army veteran who served our country in the Vietnam War. Among his many medals of honor were four Purple Hearts, the Silver Star and the Distinguished Service Cross,” said race organizer Trishonna Papillion-Winston. “This is our way of keeping his legacy alive while at the same time helping those that have served our country just as he had.”
Her sister is Nikesha Papillion-Hall. They both live in Arlington. Papillion died in March 2011 from a rare form of renal cancer.
Run With Our Vets & Beat RCC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial, moral and community support to disabled veterans and to help raise awareness for renal cell carcinoma. The event will feature a 1-mile walk/run and 5K race beginning at the Maverick Activities Center and continuing through nearby neighborhoods.
A medals and awards ceremony will follow the races, which are open to both children and adults.
For more information, go to www.runwithourvetsandbeatrcc.com.
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