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05/27/2014 11:20 AM

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Drive Smart program

aims to save teens’ lives

Bridgestone’s 2014 Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience instructional program will visit Globe Life Park in Arlington on Saturday and Sunday, giving young drivers a hands-on tutorial for free.

Each day has two sessions, from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Sessions are led by highly trained instructors, many with motorsports, stunt driving and test track experience.

Each session combines classroom instruction with hands-on driving exercises, including a skid pad, to teach defensive driving skills and reinforce smart decision-making on the road. Parents are encouraged to attend.

Participants must be between 15 and 21 and have a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit. Attendees with at least 30 hours of driving experience have been found to benefit most from Drive Smart.

Advance registration is required. Visit to register.

Inventors can get help for their patents soon at center

Thanks to a state grant, the Center for Innovation in Arlington will soon begin helping eligible inventors connect with free legal services needed for the patent application process.

The Texas Bar Foundation awarded the nonprofit center a grant to establish an inventor assistance pro bono satellite office for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The new office will provide economically disadvantaged independent inventors with access to legal service during the preparation and prosecution of patent applications.

The center was established by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Foundation in 2001 to help spur technology-led economic development.

“The funds will further the invention-based economic development initiatives of CFI and create jobs throughout North Texas by providing patent assistance to economically disadvantaged inventors as they launch their inventions into the marketplace,” Wes Jurey, president and chief executive officer of both the center and the Arlington Chamber Foundation said in a statement.

For more info, visit

— Susan Schrock

Former NASA engineer takes role at UT Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington has hired Paul Componation as the new chairman of the industrial and manufacturing systems engineering department.

“The university is growing very quickly,” Componation said in a press release. “It’s exciting to be on a campus where that is happening.”

Componation, who has worked to improve launch system development for NASA, will start on July 7.

Componation has also worked on the application of decision analysis tools to support Defense Department aviation and missile systems.

Industrial and manufacturing systems engineering is a discipline that makes complex processes, systems or jobs efficient and profitable, according to UTA. Industrial engineers work to eliminate waste of time, money, materials and energy.

Componation is currently a professor and director of graduate education for engineering management at Iowa State University.

— Diane Smith

UT Arlington honors war dead with new website

UT Arlington has deep military roots dating from 1902 and the establishment of Carlisle Military Academy, a forerunner of the school. To honor that continuing tradition, UT Arlington Libraries and the College of Liberal Arts launched Maverick Veterans’ Voices to preserve the memories of Mavericks who have served in the military.

In commemoration of Memorial Day a new page, In Memoriam, has been added to the site. The page lists all known UT Arlington faculty, staff members and students who have died for their country.

One such casualty was art professor Delmar Pachl. A promising printmaker and sculptor, Pachl started teaching at what was then North Texas Agricultural College in the late 1930s.

He joined the Army in 1942 and, when not busy with military duties, drew cartoons for the Army magazine Yank. Pachl died on Leyte, the Philippines, in 1944. Pachl was the only faculty member to die in the war.

The university dedicated a new dormitory in his name in 1949, but Pachl Hall was demolished in 2001.

The libraries invite the public to submit information for the In Memoriam page to Jeff Downing at


Get some tech help from city librarians on June 4

Tech help is painless at Grand Prairie libraries, and even enjoyable at the once-a-month Tech Cafe, which comes complete with coffee and cookies.

Next session is 10 a.m. to noon on June 4, at all library locations, and it will be the last Tech Cafe of the year.

Tech Cafe will help library users access digital content such as books, magazines and audiobooks.

Sessions will take place at the Grand Prairie Main Library, 901 Conover Drive; Betty Warmack Library, 760 Bardin Road; and Tony Shotwell Library, 2750 Graham St.

Tech help is available any time from library staff members, who can answer questions about wireless devices such as e-readers, tablets, laptops or smartphones and help them access the libraries’ apps and electronic services.

Readers can also get information at home by visiting and clicking on “Everything Electronic!” They will need their library card number and PIN, the last 4 digits of their phone number.

For more information, call 972-237-5700 or visit


Sister cities both win in weight loss competition

Grapevine is seeing a lot less these days of Paul W. McCallum, executive director of the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Fifty-four pounds less, to be exact.

His loss is the gain of Parras de la Fuente, Mexico — one of Grapevine’s three sister cities.

The Rotary Club of Parras will be getting about 45 wheelchairs thanks to a friendly weight loss competition held by the two cities.

The Rotary Club continually sponsors events to purchase medical supplies and support educational programs to help children, the elderly and the infirm, specifically in the rural areas.

The goal of the Team Parras vs. Team Grapevine weight loss challenge was to replace used and broken pediatric wheelchairs and to provide new ones.

“What could be more fun than losing 50-plus pounds and gaining 45 wheelchairs?” McCallum said.

Community members were invited to pledge money toward the purchase of the new wheelchairs in support of the project. The goal was to raise enough money for 30 new wheelchairs.

The challenge went from Oct. 1 to May 17, and winners were determined based on the percentage of body weight lost.

This month, during the 30th annual Main Street Days, the two teams met in a “boxing match,” which was highlighted by the weigh-in.

“I was the promoter — I was Don King,” said Mayor William D. Tate.

— Marty Sabota


June event to show off city’s artistic side

Appreciate art? Have an adventurous spirit? Then you’re invited to visit Haltom City on June 5.

The city’s community art committee, Art in the City, has organized a springtime event called Art Ramble, which pairs local artists with Haltom City businesses. The Ramble will run from 5 to 8 p.m. at most locations. Each location will host one to three artists, including potters, painters, sculptors, wood-turners and photographers.

“This is the fourth Art Ramble,” said committee Chairwoman Mary Haltom. “We’re learning as we go by holding one event in the spring and one in the fall.”

Organizers want to give artists a forum to meet visitors and exhibit their work while promoting Haltom City businesses.

Admission is free, and most locations will offer refreshments. The 10 locations range from a feed store, scuba outfitter, flower shop and chicken restaurant to an auto sales lot and mechanic’s garage. Seventeen artists will be featured.

For more information and locations of artists and businesses, visit or call 817-222-7767.


Education foundation gala raises thousands

The second annual Keller ISD Education Foundation Inspiration Gala raised more than $100,000 to benefit teachers and students in the Keller school district.

The gala, held in April at the Texas Motor Speedway Club, featured celebrations of Keller school district achievements, dinner, live entertainment and auctions.

“We are only successful in this event because of the generosity of the people in attendance and the donors that make this event what it is,” gala chair Kim Burge said in a statement. “The overall plan for the Keller ISD Education Foundation is to make the Inspiration Gala the event to attend because of the fine cuisine, the quality and unique items for bid and the importance of offering funding to benefit the teachers and students of the Keller ISD.”

Every year, the foundation gives out thousands of dollars in classroom grants to assist teachers in enhancing their lessons and in scholarships to graduating Keller district seniors.

— Sandra Engelland

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