City by City: Arlington, Northeast Tarrant

06/08/2014 10:06 PM

06/08/2014 10:07 PM


Three roadways slated for construction soon

Construction crews will soon begin a two-year public works project to improve three roadways in south Arlington.

The City Council approved a nearly $16 million construction contract last month with Jackson Construction Ltd. of Fort Worth for the Tri-Schools Street Improvements Project. That bond-funded project will result in street, drainage, water and sanitary sewer improvements on Ledbetter Road between Curry and Russell roads, Russell Road between Ledbetter and Calender roads and Calender Road between Monthaven Road to just north of West Harris Road, the city said.

The project aims to reduce heavy morning and afternoon traffic congestion along the streets, which serve Carol Holt Elementary, Cross Timbers Intermediate and T.A. Howard Middle School, and also make it safer for school buses making turns at intersections, the city has said.

Two traffic roundabouts are planned at the intersections of Calender and Russell roads and Calender and West Harris roads. Crews will also work to improve a limited-sight-distance issue at Curry Road between Winthrop and Blake drives.

The project is expected to start this month and wrap up by August 2016, according to the city report.

Because construction bids came in higher than expected, the city plans to use about $4.6 million in street bond fund reserves to supplement bond funding approved by voters for the project. To learn more, visit

— Susan Schrock

Researchers want to test well water

A private firm that works with UT Arlington to examine water quality is looking for landowners with private wells to volunteer for water testing.

The North Texas Groundwater Conservation District, which includes Denton, Collin and Cooke counties, is teaming up with UT Arlington researchers to test at least 100 samples from private wells.

Groundwater conservation districts address efficiency issues, drought conditions, conservation and future aquifer conditions.

“Groundwater is becoming a big issue in Texas, and there is a lack of data out there about water quality outside public water utilities,” Drew Satterwhit, general manager of the district, said in a statement.

The firm Inform Environmental Llc. is looking for landowners with private wells in Denton, Collin and Cooke counties to partake in free testing.

The new tests will be conducted on state-of-the-art instrumentation that is part of the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies at UT Arlington.

Kevin Schug, Shimadzu Distinguished Professor, and Zacariah Hildenbrand, a research associate who owns Inform Environmental, were co-authors on a 2013 study published by the journal Environmental Science & Technology on water quality in private drinking wells near natural gas extraction sites in the Barnett Shale.

Contact Hildenbrand at or 915-694-7132 to participate.

— Monica S. Nagy

‘Girls Gone Composing’ next Timeless Concert

“Girls Gone Composing,” the June 21 performance in the Timeless Concerts series, will feature the music of French composer Melanie Bonis.

Bonis (1860-1937) wrote as “Mel” because the musical compositions of women were not encouraged or accepted during the period in which she wrote, said series producer LeeAnne Chenoweth.

“Her music is reminiscent of Claude Debussy,” said Chenoweth, who will provide an historical perspective of Bonis during the one-hour concert that will include a surprise performance by a local female composer.

The concert will be at the Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St.

A dessert/fruit/cheese buffet is included in the ticket price, as is wine, but guests may bring their own wine or soft drinks.

Professional musicians performing with violinist Chenoweth are pianist Heejung Kang and cellist Karen Maddox Smith.

Doors open at 7:30 and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Pianist Steve Stroud will play for post-concert dancing.

Tickets are $29 per person, $25 for seniors and $15 for college students ages 18-22. Tickets can be purchased at or They are also available by calling 817-303-4189. Groups of eight receive a discount.

A new student rate allows youths ages 11 to 18 to attend free if accompanied by two paying adults.

The Timeless Concerts series includes classical, contemporary and international music is produced by Chenoweth, of Arlington, a former violinist with the Fort Worth Symphony, who established the series.


Ballet, classic movies set at Palace Theatre

June is jam-packed full of family-friendly fun at Grapevine’s Palace Theatre

Be at the Palace Theatre on June 20 for the Early Spring Arts Conservatory of Dance’s presentation of The Wizard of Oz — A Modern Ballet.

The all-dance version of the classic tale will feature ballet, modern dance and a few hip-hop surprises.

See the show at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under.

The theater offers classic movies in June. Tickets are $5. Grab dinner at a Grapevine restaurant before the show and receive a free small popcorn with your receipt.

The Palace Theatre is at 300 S. Main St.

To buy tickets, call 817-410-3100 or visit www.Palace-

— Marty Sabota


Household chemical collection set for July

Residents with waste so noxious that regular garbage pickup isn’t appropriate may dispose of it from 7 a.m. to noon July 26 at the Hurst Service Center, 2001 Precinct Line Road. Document shredding (remove from binders and folders first) also will be provided.

No commercial waste will be accepted, but residents can be rid of motor oil, chemicals, paint, medicines, pesticides/herbicides, flammables, batteries and light bulbs.

It’s free to Hurst residents, who need only show photo IDs and proof of residency. Call 817-788-7217 for information.

— Terry Evans


GW Boutique holding sale June 20-22

The GW Boutique, a retail store from Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, is hosting its semiannual sale June 20-22.

The high-end women’s boutique features gently used clothing and accessories at low prices.

Labels include Gap, Banana Republic and Ann Taylor.

The store is at 750 Main St., Suite 125. For more information, visit

— Sandra Baker

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