May 12, 2014

City by City: Arlington, Mansfield, Northeast Tarrant

Playing for Change, a band featuring 10 artists from around the world, has scheduled a free outdoor concert June 21 at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington.


Playing for Change sets free outdoor concert June 21

Playing for Change, a band featuring 10 artists from around the world, has scheduled a free outdoor concert June 21 at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington.

Arlington is among six cities where the band is performing free concerts as part of its upcoming nationwide summer tour, Peace Through Music. The band, co-founded in 2005 by Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke, unites musicians from different cultures and countries to perform songs, including covers of Stand By Me and Maroon 5’s Daylight.

The concert is set to start at 8 p.m. at the pavilion, located at 100 W. Abram St. across from Arlington City Hall. A pre-concert drum circle for all ages is also planned.

Playing for Change’s latest album, Sounds Around the World, is available starting June 17.

For more info, visit

— Susan Schrock

Three kinesiology faculty members are honored

Three University of Texas at Arlington kinesiology faculty members will be honored with national awards for their work in the field of athletic training at the June meeting of the National Athletic Trainers Association in Las Vegas.

Cynthia Trowbridge, an associate professor, will receive the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award for service and leadership activities at the national and district level.

Paul Krawietz, clinical assistant professor, will receive the Athletic Trainer Service Award recognizing volunteer efforts at the local and state level.

Louise Fincher, chair of the kinesiology department, will receive the Gail Weldon Award of Excellence.

The award is given to one person each year who has shown “an exceptional commitment to mentoring, professional development and life balancing for women athletic trainers or significant contributions to improve the health care of females provided by athletic trainers,” according to the association.


Preservation Advocacy Award winners announced

In honor of National Historic Preservation Month, Grapevine recently announced the 2014 Grapevine Heritage Foundation Preservation Advocacy Award winners.

Nominations were accepted in March, winners were selected in April, and the awards were presented May 6 to five preservation advocates.

Since 2005, the foundation has recognized individuals who have dedicated time and effort into preserving pieces of Grapevine’s history.

The winners are:

• Advocacy Award: Mary Cal Yates Johnson for her foresight and dedication in conserving Grapevine’s artifacts and sharing with her community the value of historic preservation. A number of Yates family artifacts are on display at Nash Farm and more will soon be placed on display there in the second floor bedrooms.
• Preservation/Conservation Award: Eric F. Legge for sustaining the existing form, integrity and materials of the circa 1898 historic H.H. Yancy Farmhouse, 1331 W. Wall St. Wood windows, doors, siding and porch columns were replaced to match the original house design.
• Restoration Project Award: Aaron and Rachel Lucht for maintaining a restoration accurate to the period of significance of the circa 1915 historic W. D. Deacon House, 204 S. Dooley St. This historic house was moved into Grapevine’s Historic Township in 2002 from Euless.
• Infill Construction Award: Jay Balding for new construction for the new mid-century modern Balding House, designed by Fort Worth architect Joe Self, 840 E. Worth St., formerly the site of the circa 1953 Willingham House.
• Rehabilitation Project Award: Howard and Nancy Walfield for the compatible use of a property through repair, alterations and additions to the circa 1939 historic Lucas-Deacon-Walfield House, 512 W. College St. The original lumber for the house was from the circa 1869 Grapevine College dormitory building. When the dormitory was no longer needed, lumber from the dormitory was used to build the J. T. Lucas house on East College Street. In 1939, following a fire in the house, the undamaged wood was used to construct a replacement house. In 1950, this house was moved to its current location on West College Street at Scribner.

— Marty Sabota


Farmers market set

to kick off 11th year

The 11th annual Mansfield Farmers Market kicks off its five-month season downtown on Saturday.

The market, founded in 2004, will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 11 at the intersection of Oak and Smith streets.

The selection detailed in its city permit application included fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, clothes, honey and candles.

Organizers are expecting 250 to 350 patrons on Saturday.

For information, including about renting space for vending, call 817-506-6027 or 817-473-8733.

— Robert Cadwallader


Familiar face returning to City Hall

Paulette Hartman is returning to her old job as assistant city manager for North Richland Hills, leaving the Joshua city manager’s post after six years in that office.

Hartman was the first town administrator in Copper Canyon from 2004 to 2006, served in North Richland Hills from 1999 to 2004, and worked for Fort Worth from 1995 to 1999.

When she returns to North Richland Hills, she’ll fill a position left vacant when Jared Miller moved to San Marcos this year to be city manager.

Hartman’s experience in small, medium and large communities combines with leadership, communication skills and problem solving abilities to make her a valuable asset, said North Richland Hills City Manager Mark Hindman.

“Paulette has been very involved in regional issues and has a good history and understanding of our community,” Hindman said in a statement. “This will enable her to fit right in and hit the ground running.”

Hartman has a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington School of Urban and Public Affairs.

She earned the Linda Keithley award for women in public management by the North Central Texas Council of Governments in 2013, and also received the Joy Sansom Mentoring Award from the Urban Management Assistants of North Texas.

Hartman serves on the Texas City Management Association board of directors, is a member of the International City/County Management Association, the North Texas City Management Association, and Urban Management Assistants of North Texas, and also serves on the board of directors of the Joshua Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Johnson County.

She and her husband of 16 years, Michael, have three children. They are members of St. Matthew Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

— Terry Evans


Registration deadline for fire academy

Students who will be entering fifth grade in the fall can now apply for a spot in the Burleson Fire Department’s Junior Fire Academy.

The academy, free but limited to 12 participants, will run from 8 a.m. to noon June 23-26.

Those selected to participate will received their own bunker gear, tour the fire stations and learn about topics including disaster safety, extrication, and search and rescue.

Applications are available at Fire Station 1, 828 SW Alsbury Blvd., or at www.burle

Applications must be submitted by June 1.

Contact Firefighter Jon Wheat or secretary Kristie Menchaca at 817-426-9176 for more information.

— Deanna Boyd


Learn how to

prevent drownings

As summer and the long-awaited swimming season quickly approaches North Texas, the Fort Worth Fire Department is offering a free water safety class to prevent drowning deaths.

Texas leads the nation in pool drowning deaths, and Tarrant County ranks second in the state for total and per capita pediatric drowning deaths, according to the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition.

Water Safety Day, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Forest Park Pool, will include free food, drinks and prizes, according to a city news release.

Fire Safety Clowns will teach and entertain, but the program is not a swimming event.

The Fire Department’s dive team will demonstrate how to be safe around pools, rivers and lakes and how to prevent drowning.

They will also teach hands-only CPR lessons and fire safety.

With the exception of birth defects, drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4 in the United States and it is the fifth-leading cause of death for adults, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Registration for swimming lessons with the city starts June 7 for the first set of classes.

The classes are held Tuesday through Friday at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and are $30. Financial assistance is available. Class start dates are June 17, July 8 and 22 and Aug. 5.

More information is available at

— Caty Hirst

FitWorth program has new management

The city’s FitWorth Healthy City Initiative created by the Fort Worth City Council and Mayor Betsy Price will now be managed by a nonprofit agency, Foundation for Wellness, Texas.

The entity is chaired by former FitWorth program director Leslie Casey and housed in partnership with University of North Texas Health Science Center, according to a city news release.

FitWorth, which was previously under the city’s promotion and development fund, will continue to to promote physical activity and aims to improve nutrition.

“FitWorth is a crucial part of improving the health and well-being of Fort Worth children and adults,” said Price in a statement. “We want Fort Worth to be recognized around the country as an active and fit city, and the changes announced [Wednesday] will ensure FitWorth’s long-term success. I look forward to watching FitWorth grow and extend its reach into our neighborhoods and schools.”

The program, started in September 2012, has included Fit15 walks sponsored by local companies, an online journal and a 10-week challenges against Des Moines, Iowa.

Kate Blackburn, former public relations and public affairs coordinator for Catholic Charities Fort Worth, has been named program director.

— Caty Hirst

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