May 14, 2014

City by City: Arlington, Mansfield, Northeast Tarrant

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce has announced four recipients for the 2014 Arlington Small Businesses of the Year Awards.


Small Businesses of the

Year to be honored June 12

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce has announced four recipients for the 2014 Arlington Small Businesses of the Year Awards.

They include Galactic Performance Solutions, established in 1992 and already a leading group travel incentives and loyalty program provider.

Family-owned Southern Flair Photography was established in 1976 and has become a community favorite.

Dental Health Arlington, a nonprofit, provides low-cost dental care to low-income families, serving more than 9,000 children a year. The clinic operates five days a week with volunteer dentists and clinicians.

Randy Hamilton, a dentist, opened the growing “kid-friendly” practice called IKids Pediatric Dentistry in 2011 after serving in the Air Force. After graduating at the top of his class, he was stationed at McConnell Air Force Base, after residency at Sheppard Air Force Base.

The recipients will be honored at the Spirit of America: 2014 Salute to Small Business luncheon on June 12 hosted by the chamber, the Small Business Administration and the North Texas Small Business Development Center.

The luncheon will be held at the Sheraton Arlington Hotel at 11:30 a.m. John Avila, owner of the Thos. S. Byrne construction company and a retired Army brigadier general, will be keynote speaker. Avila managed The Ballpark in Arlington construction project.

Outstanding public and private small businesses in 72 North Texas counties and the individuals who own and operate them will be recognized by the Small Business Administration during the luncheon.

Those interested in attending can get more details by clicking the “Salute to Business” banner at or calling the chamber at 817-275-2613.

— Shirley Jinkins

Community keyhole garden workshop set for Saturday

Arlington Classics Academy will host a free community keyhole garden workshop starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Keyhole gardens were created in developing countries to aid families in drought-stricken environments. They are becoming a trend in Texas and other hot, dry areas because they hold moisture and nutrients using a compost pile placed in the center of a round bed.

Although most effective in hot and dry locations, keyhole gardens are said to improve growing conditions in any climate. Expert sustainability gardener Deb Tolman will conduct the three-hour workshop and demonstration.

The workshop will take place in the academy’s Griffin Gardens Outdoor Learning Center at 5206 S. Bowen Road.

Parents and faculty members have spent the past year developing the outdoor learning center. The keyhole gardens will be the first educational stations installed in the learning center. These gardens will allow students to germinate and grow fruits and vegetables in a sustainable environment.

Future educational stations are planned, including a soil-testing station, an insectarium and an aquaponics life system. For additional information, contact Mia Russo at 817-987-1819, ext. 3014, or

New seniors group kicks

off in central Arlington

Boomers and Beyond is a growing opportunity for seniors to enjoy fellowship, wellness, education and fun at the family life center at Northwest Christian Church, 1001 Davis Drive.

There are no fees involved, and anyone is welcome to join. Activities include a potluck lunch and special program at 11:30 a.m. on the third Thursday each month. An Arlington Art Museum docent will give a presentation on Thursday, and the June 19 program will be “Taps ‘n Tunes.”

Pickleball is played every Monday from 10 a.m. to noon, equipment provided. Group exercise sessions are every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Group walking is held indoors every Thursday at 5:15 p.m.

Activities planned for the future include special speakers; day trips to museums, gardens and musical events; book reviews; and table games.

For questions or suggestions, contact Teresa Pool at 817-269-0065 or


Put the bite on West Nile virus after free seminar

Jerry Laverty, the city of Bedford’s environmental specialist, and the Public Works stormwater crew will present a close look at the 4D’s: dress, Deet, dust and dawn to help in the prevention of West Nile virus.

Participants will learn steps to take to interrupt the mosquito’s life cycle, crucial to preventing the spread of West Nile.

The event is expected to take place at 10 a.m. June 9 at the Bedford Senior Center, 2819 R.D. Hurt Parkway in Bedford.

— Yamil Berard

Monthly pet adoptions planned at Petco

The Bedford Animal Shelter is expected to provide animals for adoption on the second Saturday of each month at the Petco at Central Drive and Harwood Road.

For more information about the adoption process, call the animal shelter at 817-952-2191. The shelter is at 1809 Reliance Parkway.

— Yamil Berard


Memorial service honors fallen police

The city’s annual police memorial service will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. Thursday on the front steps of the Public Safety Building, 1525 Arkansas Lane, near the memorial wall.

The service will honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, the city’s website says.

For more information, call 972-237-8790.


TCC Northeast unveils Alumni Wall of Fame

Tarrant County College Northeast Campus unveiled an Alumni Wall of Fame last week that honors its 96 distinguished alumni, such as state Sen. Wendy Davis and Becky Renfro Borbolla of Renfro Foods in Fort Worth.

One panel honors the distinguished alumni, another lists the names of honor students recognized in three divisions — humanities, science and technology, and business and social science.

The two panels are divided by a scrolling monitor that showcases the alumni.

TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley, Davis, TCC Northeast President Larry Darlage and TCC Foundation Executive Director Joe McIntosh unveiled the memorial, which is at the J. Ardis Bell Library.

“The whole idea is that students can look at this and say, ‘Wow, I can do that.’ It is to let them know they can be successful, too,” Darlage said in a statement. “Honoring alumni was one of my goals when I came here 18 years ago.”

— Monica S. Nagy


Tarrant tax offices close for training today

All Tarrant County tax offices will close for the second annual staff development today.

Offices will reopen on Thursday at 8 a.m.

The staff will hear presentations from Tarrant County departments and undergo customer service training.

“Closing the offices for Staff Development Day is a great way to get out important information to all of our employees,” Tax Assessor-Collector Ron Wright said in a statement. “Please complete a Customer Comment Card any time you are in our offices and let us know how we are doing.”

— Bill Hanna

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