June 6, 2014

City by City: Arlington, Mansfield, Northeast Tarrant

The Arlington school district will provide free summer meals to children ages 1 through 18 at various schools.


District to offer summer food programs

The Arlington school district will provide free summer meals to children ages 1 through 18 at various schools.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided weekdays Tuesday through July 2 at various elementaries. Junior high sites will serve meals Monday through June 25. High school sites will serve meals June 17 through Aug. 6.

Meals will not be served July Fourth. No registration is needed.

For more information, call 682-867-7880. A list of the locations, days of operation and hours for meal service for each site is available online at


Abram Street rebuild about to begin

More than five years after Arlington voters approved funding, construction crews are ready to begin rebuilding Abram Street.

The City Council approved a nearly $8.5 million contract this month with RKM Utility Services of Dallas to rebuild Abram Street between Texas 360 and the Grand Prairie city limits. Work includes expanding this section of Abram Street from a four-lane divided roadway to a six-lane divided roadway, as well as making drainage and water and wastewater improvements.

Construction is set to start sometime in June and wrap up in May 2016. Tarrant County is expected to reimburse Arlington $1.7 million for construction costs, according to a city staff report.

Arlington voters approved nearly $22 million total in the 2008 bond election to rebuild Abram Street between Cooper Street and the Grand Prairie city limits. Construction contracts for the downtown section and the section between Collins Street and Texas 360 have not been awarded.

— Susan Schrock

Research compares online, in-person nursing courses

A UT Arlington nursing professor is researching the experiences master’s degree students have when taking online courses versus face to face.

Ronda Mintz-Binder received two grants from education company Academic Partnerships to start the multiyear study.

She presented her first round of results at a conference at Harvard Medical School on Thursday.

Thirty-eight students in online courses and 21 enrolled in face-to-face courses took an online survey for Mintz-Binder. Preliminary findings show that both groups felt a sense of belonging and similar levels of stress. However, online students scored slightly higher both categories.

Mintz-Binder will start the second phase of her study in the summer.

“With their classes condensed from the traditional 15-week schedule to a five-week schedule, online students have very intense expectations to meet and there isn’t really a lot of research data out there that measures their experience over time. We’re trying to understand what we can do to help them stay in the program once they have committed,” Mintz-Binder said in a statement.

Mintz-Binder is teaching the University of Texas at Arlington’s first online master’s degree course in nursing. She has a master’s degree in psychiatric/mental health nursing and a doctorate in nursing education leadership.

— Monica S. Nagy


Learn to fix your irrigation system

Homeowners with irrigation systems may learn to make minor repairs and adjustments that improve efficiency up to 50 percent. Many minor problems are easy to fix, and knowing how to do an annual checkup to find them can save water and therefore money.

The free step-by-step class at Bedford Public Library, 2424 Forest Ridge Drive, is open to Bedford residents from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday and includes how to choose a licensed irrigation professional for bigger jobs.

Register at

— Terry Evans


District honors its teachers of the year

The school district recognized its teachers at the annual end-of-year celebration on May 28.

An awards committee of district staff, parents and the school board chose Dawson Middle School teacher Jared Sutton as secondary teacher of the year and Durham Intermediate School’s Melissa Bailey as the K-6 teacher of the year.

The two will represent the district in the Region XI Teacher of the Year contest.

The awards committee selected the two from among each school’s teacher of the year, who were selected by their co-workers.

Those include David Lown, Carroll Senior High; Jennifer Wunderlich, Carroll High; Rebecca Colvin, Carroll Middle and Jared Sutton, Dawson Middle; Melissa Bailey, Durham Intermediate; Colleen Aldridge, Eubanks Intermediate; Reigan O’Quinn, Carroll Elementary; Meredith Schneider, Johnson Elementary; Josie Smith, Rockenbaugh Elementary; Shelley Alonzo, Old Union Elementary; and Kelli Anne Connell, Walnut Grove Elementary.

— Dustin L. Dangli


City leaders to discuss Glade Road project

The City Council will continue its discussion of plans for Glade Road on June 17.

The project will reconstruct a stretch of the road from Precinct Line Road in Hurst to Heritage Avenue. Changes to intersections are also possible during the project.

The public work session will be held at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. While

City leaders last reviewed the plans in mid-April and asked the design team to return with some adjustments.

The plan will expand the road in some areas, and some residents have expressed concerns about the project encroaching on their property and necessitating the removal of trees.

— Dustin L. Dangli


Sign up to model in a fashion showcase

The Warmack Branch Library presents a summer fashion show of tips and trends, presented by Chico’s of Lincoln Square in Arlington.

The show will be held July 12 at 2 p.m., but before that, interested women can take a chance to become one of the models for the show.

During June, visit the Warmack Branch Library to enter the drawing for one of five gift certificates of $50 each and a chance to model in the show. The drawing is open to women 18 and over.

Winners will be announced June 26. The winning models will go to Chico’s before the show to be fitted. For more information, call 972-237-5797.

A $50 gift certificate to Chico’s will be given to the winner of a fashion trivia contest at the show. Coupons and catalogs for Chico’s will also be given away.

The fashion show is part of Literary Elements, an adult summer reading program. Participants earn the chance to win a Kindle Fire. A grand prize winner will be drawn for each of the three Grand Prairie library locations at the end of the summer.

For more information call 972-237-5797 or visit


Summer food program needs workers

Feed the Kids for Summer Program is seeking volunteers to help unload and bag food on Wednesdays through Aug. 13, except for June 25.

Volunteers would work from 10 to 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church’s west parking lot, 1800 E. Broad St., carrying food boxes into the building, opening the boxes and setting out food on the tables for bagging.

Volunteers also can chose a later shift, performing the same duties from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Help also is needed from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to staff an assembly line to put food items into bags and to keep the line replenished with food, and load food bags to delivery to a variety of food pantries.

For more information, email Bob Woodland at or Phil Stover at

— Robert Cadwallader

Camp out in Mansfield

Pitch a tent at the Mansfield Sports Complex during Campout in the City starting at 6 p.m. June 20. Cost is $10 per person.

Scavenger hunt, s’mores and The Nut Job on the big screen are planned. Dinner and a light breakfast will be provided.

Bring a tent, sleeping bag and flashlight but no pets. Contact the Mansfield Activities Center for more information at 817-453-5420.

— Amanda Rogers

Juneteenth celebration is for all

Everyone is invited to the Juneteenth Community Celebration from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 21 at McClendon Park, 799 W. Broad St.

The annual event marks the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when Union Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and informed Texas slaves that they were free.

Food, games, prizes, a raffle and more are planned. Admission is free. Bring a covered dish or dessert to share.

— Amanda Rogers


Free legal advice from attorneys

Attorneys will be available for free consultations over the legal line from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and June 26. The public can call 817-335-1239 for general legal advice.

For those who need to hire an attorney, the Tarrant County Bar Association has a referral service that can help. These are private attorneys who have agreed to a 30-minute consultation for $20.

Call 817-336-4101 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for a referral.

— Mitch Mitchell

Awards available for Mayborn conference

Students and nonstudents can apply for several awards to a nonfiction conference for writers, readers, students, journalists, educators and others interested in writing.

The awards cover registration to the 2014 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, set for July 18-20 in Grapevine. Applications to cover the $425 registration fee are being accepted through June 20 at

The conference is hosted by the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas. The conference, in its 10th year, attracts about 300 participants a year.

This year’s theme is “Narratives on the Cutting Edge: Writing about Science, Technology, Medicine and Innovation.”

Keynote speakers include a contributing writer for National Geographic, a staff writer for The New Yorker/Pulitzer prize winner and a New York Times bestseller/Pulitzer prize winner.

Awards are open to college students and nonstudents. Some will cover accommodations at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center, where the event is at, and entry fees for contests.

The top three winners will receive $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 toward the event. Call marketing specialist Kelly Briggs at 940-565-4778 or send an email to for more information.

— Monica S. Nagy

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