June 16, 2014

City by City: Arlington, Mansfield, Northeast Tarrant

District 3 City Councilman Robert Rivera wants to hear residents’ ideas on how to make Arlington a better place to work and live.


Councilman to host town hall Monday

District 3 City Councilman Robert Rivera wants to hear residents’ ideas on how to make Arlington a better place to work and live.

Rivera is hosting the third in a series of town hall meetings to gather public input at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Art Room of the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center St.

— Susan Schrock

Public meeting on library plan Thursday

Want to learn more about the proposed downtown Arlington library?

District 2 Councilwoman Sheri Capehart is hosting a town hall to inform residents about the $24.9 million library project, which will replace the George W. Hawkes Library, as well as plans for a privately built $29 million mixed-use development that would be located on the current library site.

The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the South Police Service Center, 1030 SW Green Oaks Blvd. Library Services Director Cary Siegfried will present information about the new downtown library, and Jim Parajon, community development and planning director, will present information about the mixed-use development.

— Susan Schrock

Famed pianist to perform in Arlington

Pianist Alexey Chernov, prizewinner in more than 20 international piano competitions, including a dozen first-place awards, will perform a concert in the intimate setting of the Arlington Woman’s Club, 1515 W. Abram St., at 7 p.m. Sept. 13.

Chernov, who stayed in the Arlington home of John and Peggy Pokrifcsak during the last Van Cliburn competition, began studying piano at age 4. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 2008 and the Royal College of Music in London in 2011.

He lives with his wife, musician Elena Chernova, and two children in Moscow.

Tickets are $60 to $135, and all seating is reserved. Platinum Plus tickets ($135) are on the front row and in special side seating. Platinum tickets ($125) are on rows two through five.

Platinum tickets include a Black and White reception in the home of Gayle and Sharon Mullanax on Friday evening.

Tickets are available at the women’s club from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and June 24 and from 1 to 3 p.m. June 25.

To check availability email or call 817-277-7666.


Trinity Arts Guild plans reception for exhibit

Trinity Arts Guild members will host their summer exhibition and reception on June 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Bedford Boys Ranch Park, 2819 R.D. Hurt Parkway.

Admission is free.

Featured artists will be Arlene Taylor, Benny Johnson Wood, Doris Mobley and Judith Wolf.

The exhibit runs through Aug. 14. Works are also available for viewing or purchasing during open gallery hours.

Check the website at for the time schedule.


Carroll student raises 400 books for West

Sophia Dera collected about 400 books for West school district.

The seventh-grader at Dawson Middle School set up collection boxes around her school to donate books for the West ISD Book Drive.

— Dustin L. Dangli


Neighborhoods seen as the city’s best feature

The city has released feedback from the comprehensive plan work session. Residents and business owners were invited to take part in the early stages of the plan’s creation this year.

Of those attending the two-day work session, 57 percent said that neighborhoods are Colleyville’s best feature. More than half also said that the greatest development concerns were the loss of the city’s rural character, burden on services and traffic.

Ron Ruthven, Colleyville development director, said the city plans on having more public involvement through the summer before presenting a plan to city leaders later this year.

— Dustin L. Dangli


Trinity High basketball camps begin this week

Last-minute registrations are being taken for Trojan Hoops summer basketball camps, which will begin Monday and run through Thursday.

Cost is $85 per student.

The camps are conducted by Trinity High School coaches Sue Cannon and Mark Villines and are for students who will be in second through ninth grades.

The boys camp is from 9 a.m to noon; the girls camp is from 1 to 4 p.m. The camps are being held at Harwood Junior High School because of renovations at Trinity High.

Pre-register online at Boys-bball-Camp and Girls-BBall-Camp.

Harwood is at 3000 Martin Drive in Bedford.


GameStop raises over $300,000 for wishes

During May, customers at more than 4,200 U.S. GameStop and Spring Mobile stores had the opportunity to help Make-A-Wish grant wishes.

According to Grapevine-based GameStop, customers surpassed the company’s $100,000 goal by more than 200 percent.

GameStop and its new technology retail brand, Spring Mobile, raised more than $300,000 to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

GameStop and Make-A-Wish have a long-standing relationship, which has enabled the world’s leading video game retailer and more than 40,000 of its associates to support more than 1,000 video gaming and shopping spree wishes. Each week, four to five wish kids specifically request to shop at GameStop as part of their wish.

— Marty Sabota


Reserve a spot for

spaghetti supper

If the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, it’s not amore. It’s the Widowed Persons Service’s authentic spaghetti dinner.

The feast will be held Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1218 E. Debbie Lane. Cost is $10 per person, and reservations are required. Call 817-551-2922 for reservations.


Free flashers available for bikers, walkers

Tarrant County residents can sign up to receive a free flashing safety light designed to be clipped to their bikes, wagons or clothing to help motorists see them at night.

The Medical Center of Alliance, which is opening in north Fort Worth in early 2015, is giving away the lights to help raise awareness about its new facility.

The hospital’s emergency room at 3101 North Tarrant Parkway in Fort Worth is already open.

To request a light, visit Light. Supplies are limited.

— Susan Schrock

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