City by City: Arlington, Mansfield, Northeast Tarrant

02/04/2014 3:07 PM

02/04/2014 3:07 PM


Police will host healthcare info session in Spanish

The Arlington Police Department is hosting a public meeting for Spanish-speaking residents this week regarding affordable healthcare.

The department holds quarterly Unidos meetings to help Spanish-speaking residents learn more about programs and resources and so residents can address community needs.

The meeting, hosted by the city and Police Department, will feature the United Way health insurance marketplace and is scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Sam Houston High School, 2000 Sam Houston Drive.

— Susan Schrock

Dixie’s charm shop heads south to a new location

Dixie’s Charms & More has tweaked its name and moved south of Interstate 20. It is now located inside the Shops of Gracie Lane, 4720 S. Cooper St.

The business, which sells charms, silver jewelry, Tyler candles, gift items and more, was previously known as Dixie’s Fashion Accessories and was located in a shopping center north of the interstate.

— Susan Schrock

UT Arlington sets healthcare information event Thursday

Affordable Care Act insurance exchange navigators will be at the University of Texas at Arlington on Thursday for an information and enrollment event.

The public session is a project of the local office of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Navigators, including speakers of Spanish and Vietnamese, will be available from noon to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 7p.m. on the second floor, Rio Grande Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St.

Complimentary parking for attendees will be available at the garage at 500 S. Center St.

— Shirley Jinkins


City plans to clean up its Code Red alert system

The city of Colleyville will be calling residents starting Monday.

The city is in the process of deleting out-of-date numbers from its Code Red database. During an emergency, the city uses the system to send out alerts to signed-up citizens.

The cleaning will allow for faster notification to residents.

The call will be from the number 800-791-3749 and will play a recorded message.

In addition to the cleaning, the city asks residents to update Code Red information online.

— Dustin L. Dangli

Colleyville chamber hosts 38th Sterling Awards

It was a stellar night in Colleyville, as the Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce recognized individuals and businesses during the Sterling Awards.

Several businesses and community leaders were recognized at the black-tie affair on Jan. 25 in the Colleyville Center.

• Wes Harrison accepted the Director of the Year and Business of the Year on behalf of Allen Samuels Dodge/Hyundai.
• Cecilia Monacelli of Monacelli Heirs Trust took home Outstanding Individual Service.
• Nancy Reid with 91 Design was crowned Citizen of the Year.
• Don Perfect with Oncor Electric Delivery won Member of the Year.
• Lynn Stillman accepted Outstanding Business Service with All About Recognition.
• The chamber awarded Scott Suiter with Volunteer of the Year.
• Sherry David from Colleyville Middle School was recognized as Grapevine-Colleyville school district Employee of the Year.
• Kate Pollack, a Colleyville Heritage High School student, won Youth of the Year.
• Weldon Roberts took Ambassador of the Year.
• Velma Walker was awarded the Leadership Award and Community Spirit.

The chamber also awarded several chairman and president awards.

— Dustin L. Dangli


Gardeners will take up a thorny topic Tuesday

Things might be a little touchy at the Haltom City Garden Club’s Tuesday meeting.

John Chmielewski of the Fort Worth Cactus and Succulent Society will present a program on the sun-loving plants for cactus garden fans.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Haltom City Public Library, 4809 Haltom Road.

For more information call 817-876-0820 or email

— Shirley Jinkins


Free concert by Texas favorite coming up

Arts Council Northeast and the City of Hurst will present a free public concert by Texas music artist Brian Burns.

The show, part of the MasterWorks Concert Series, will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Hurst Public Library, 901 Precinct Line Road.

Brian Burns is regarded as one of Texas’ top performing songwriters. But in recent years, Burns has emerged as one of the state’s most powerful and engaging performers. His songs explore both the poignant and the humorous sides of humanity.

— Shirley Jinkins


Methodist Mansfield Medical Center grows

The Methodist Health System has announced an $118 million expansion at the Methodist Mansfield Medical Center to accommodate more patients.

The 110,000-square-foot patient tower, scheduled to open in fall 2015, will have an eventual capacity of 118 beds and will also feature operating rooms, cardiology and gastroenterology services, labs and other support services, hospital officials said.

Methodist Mansfield has nearly doubled its capacity since it opened in 2007.

— Susan Schrock


Construction begins on Texas 114 bridge

Construction crews have begun work in Southlake on Texas 114 and Carroll Avenue. The Texas Department of Transportation project will install a turnaround bridge on the east side of Carroll Avenue.

The bridge aims to relieve traffic, especially with commuters heading to and around Gateway Church. The state plans to close left lanes on the frontage road daily and may have to close Texas 114 at night. The state plans to complete the $1.66 million project in the fall.

— Dustin L. Dangli


Homeless Count results to be released

The Tarrant County Homeless Coalition will present findings from the 2014 Homeless Count at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 26.

The report will be given at the J.E. & L.E. Mabee Center at 1855 E. Lancaster Ave. Call 817-332-2495 for more information.

Meanwhile, a celebrity bartending fundraising event called Cheers for Volunteers will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Restaurant, 777 Main St.

Celebrity bartender Cindy Crain, executive director of the homeless coalition, will honor the count volunteers during a happy hour that includes a raffle, silent auction and, of course, drinks.

Proceeds will benefit efforts to end homelessness.

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