July 6, 2014

City by City: Arlington, Northeast Tarrant

Two UT Arlington student engineering teams took home first-place honors at a flagship academic conference for robotics in Hong Kong.


Robots in Hong Kong, winners in Arlington

Two UT Arlington student engineering teams took home first-place honors at a flagship academic conference for robotics in Hong Kong.

The 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation drew 2,000 attendees from all over the world.

Three electrical engineering students competed in the Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge where they located more land mines through their mine detection code than any other team.

The team, composed of doctoral student Isura Ranatunga and master’s students Sandesh Gowda and Shweta Hardas, won $1,000 for disarming “land mines” in Portugal in a simulation environment. Their robot then detected the faux land mines made of metallic objects.

This was the team’s first year in existence.

The other winning team, the UT Arlington Microrobotics Team, moved triangles representing kidney stones from one millimetric-size field to the next. The team had to assemble the triangles in precise patterns, according to a news release.

The team included electrical engineering undergraduates Jiwan Ghimire, Greg Martin, Surya B. Pachabhaiya, Devendra Kashudhan and Sudip Rimal; master’s student Sumit Das; UT Arlington Research Institute scientists; and Joshua Baptist, a Next Gen Systems tech assistant.

— Monica S. Nagy


Mosquito trap tests positive for West Nile

Tarrant County Public Health found a mosquito trap positive for West Nile virus last week.

The city has treated the site in southeast Colleyville near Sparger Park with larvicide. The city plans to continue treatment and testing.

The city has three stagnant traps in Big Bear Creek, Little Bear Creek and the Colleyville Nature Center. It also has two traps that it rotates around the city.

— Dustin L. Dangli

Texas 26 work moves to Pool/Brumlow

The Texas Department of Transportation began the second phase of Texas 26 construction at the Pool/Brumlow intersection.

The project will install a left-turn lane on south Texas 26, an additional through-lane to Brumlow and a right-turn lane on north Texas 26.

The intersection is a gateway between Colleyville, Grapevine and Southlake.

The highway department plans to make traffic changes to accommodate the construction, including reducing parts of the roadway to one lane at various times.

Work on the intersection is expected to last until late summer.

— Dustin L. Dangli


Women’s group hosts patriotic lunch

The Mid-Cities Christian Club will host a Red, White and Blue Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Diamond Oaks Country Club, 5821 Diamond Oaks Drive.

The special program will include a presentation by Carla Jutson, president and CEO of Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County. Debbi Brown, professional vocalist and speaker, will offer patriotic music and a talk on “Finding Harmony for an Out-of-Tune Life.”

All women in the Mid-Cities and surrounding areas are welcome to attend the group’s monthly luncheons.

Lunch is $16. Free child care is provided ages 3 months to 5 years. For reservations, call Wanda Harper at 817-284-3756 or Sally Smith at 817-722-8254.


Vocal Trash makes Earth-friendly music

Using recycled instruments from junkyards, Vocal Trash presents an urban, Broadway-style show with singing, drumming, comedy antics and break dancing.

Steve Linder and Kelsey Rae bring their green-minded ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ message to children and adults alike with music that spans several genres.

They will be performing for a free Masterworks concert from 7 to 8 p.m. July 23 at Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Pkwy. Arts Council Northeast and the city of Keller are combining to present the concert.


Zack King band will perform free concert

Southlake Town Square will be the place to find a rock band of many influences for a free concert Aug. 9.

Louisiana native Zack King, Rob Fenton from upstate New York, and Kevin Strong from Philadelphia have been performing their brand of Texas rock in the Metroplex and around the country for a decade. They have played with such well-known and wide-ranging artists as Leon Russell, Alabama, Chris Cagle, Bret Michaels, Randy Travis, Kevin Fowler and Stone Temple Pilots.

Hours for the MasterWorks concert are 7:30 to 9 p.m. Arts Council Northeast and the city are sponsors of the show.


Beatles tribute band

to sing at library

Beatles tribute band Me & My Monkey will perform a free concert at 6:30 p.m. on July 24 at the Watauga Public Library, 7109 Whitley Road.

The two original members, George Jara as George Harrison (vocals, guitar) and Rod Bollinger as John Lennon (vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica) have been with the group since its inception, adding Michael Daniel as Ringo Starr (vocals, drums) and Paul Sacco as Paul McCartney (vocals, bass, keyboards) shortly thereafter to complete the lineup. Since then, the band has traveled extensively (including the United Kindom,) perfecting its world-class tribute to The Beatles along the way.

The hourlong concert is part of the Arts Council Northeast’s MasterWorks series, sponsored in cooperation with the city.

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