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01/21/2014 9:07 AM

01/21/2014 9:08 AM


Fire Department offers free CPR classes every month

The Burleson Fire Department is offering free basic CPR classes once a month through the year.

The classes will be held on the following Saturdays: Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 22, April 26, May 31, June 14, July 12, Aug. 30, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 29 and Dec. 13.

Classes will be held from 9 a.m. until noon at Fire Station 1, 828 SW Alsbury Blvd.

Participants must be at least 15. The course covers basic and easy hands on CPR, basic first aid and instruction on an automated external defibrillator.

Classes are open to the first 30 people who sign up. Call the station at 817-426-9176 if interested.

— Deanna Boyd


Superintendent asks for staff raises, service training

Fort Worth schools Superintendent Walter Dansby is recommending a 3 percent raise for all district employees in the upcoming budget year.

The recommendation came during early discussions of the 2014-15 budget cycle.

In an online message to the the staff and the community, Dansby said he intends to recommend a 3 percent raise.

That budgetary move would likely cost about $16.5 million, according to a presentation made to trustees during a recent meeting.

“I am pursuing this raise because our students deserve the best and so do you,” Dansby said.

Dansby also announced stepped-up efforts to improve customer service so the district has a workforce “that is student and customer-center.”

District employees will be watching videos and participating in discussions aimed at improving customer service.

— Diane Smith

School supplies donated by Latino police officer group

Students and teachers at four Fort Worth schools have new supplies thanks to the Latino Peace Officers Association.

Officer Eddy Perez, treasurer of the group, said members decided a school supply drive would be a good way to help teachers. The group wanted to fill a teachers wish list, he said.

The group, with the help of, collected tissues, pencils, paper, spiral notebooks, composition notebooks and hand wipes.

The donations will help students at Clarke, McRae, Western Hills and Helbing elementary schools.

“When the teachers walked in and saw the supplies, they went crazy about the tissues and hand wipes,” Perez said.

Perez said members wanted to help teachers, who often have to use their own money to keep their classes supplied.

“We like to serve the community,” Perez said. “Teachers dip in their pockets so much for supplies.”

—Diane Smith


Frisco Heights neighbors to meet, discuss construction

The Frisco Heights Neighborhood Association will meet Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2700 McPherson Ave.

Main topic of discussion will be construction concerns due to the increase in building activity in the neighborhood.

Several speakers are scheduled.

Frisco Heights is located on the east edge of Texas Christian University, bounded by the west side of Forest Park Boulevard, the north side of Berry Street, both sides of Lubbock Avenue and the south side of Park Hill Drive.

The association welcomes Facebook followers at

— Shirley Jinkins

Fraternity’s Mardi Gras party is for charity

The Fort Worth Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity will host its seventh annual Mardi Gras event to benefit their Guide Right Program of sponsoring Boy Scout troops and summer camps, its scholarship foundation and the Community Food Bank.

Tickets are on sale for the March 8 celebration, slated for 8 p.m. to midnight at the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum in Fort Worth.

There will be complimentary cuisine by Buttons Restaurant and drinks. A disc jockey and a live New Orleans-style second-line band will be providing the entertainment.

Representatives of the Community Food Bank will be in attendance collecting canned and dried foods.

Donors will be entered in a raffle to win a new LCD TV and other prizes.

Tickets can be purchased at or from a chapter member for $25. After Feb. 22, the cost is $35 online or at the door. — Shirley Jinkins

Standard Transmission & Gear marks 30 years

Standard Transmission & Gear, a Fort Worth-based standard transmission, transfer case and differential parts wholesaler, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2014.

The company’s 30,000 square-foot facility at 1000 NE 29th St. includes a stocking warehouse, two remanufacturing areas and a service area.

The business focuses on specialty transmission repairs along with wholesale distribution. It offers more than 10,000 part numbers in inventory including transmissions, differentials, an extensive clutch line, transfer cases, and new and used parts.

A secondary shop location opened in Tucson, Ariz., in 2012, and the company plans to continue expansion in the coming years. Three new product lines are being added in 2014.

Standard will celebrate its anniversary throughout 2014, including a special customer appreciation day, special pricing, and deals and offers.

— Shirley Jinkins

Open houses, tours set at two Catholic schools

• Campus tours for prospective students are scheduled for later this month at Our Lady of Victory Catholic School at 3320 Hemphill St.

Founded in 1910, it is the oldest Catholic school in Fort Worth.

The school serves students attending PK-3 through eighth grade.

Tours will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 27-30.

Open house for parents and students is 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 28.

One-day “Come and See" sessions may be scheduled so students can try out the campus before enrolling.

Call the school at 817-924-5123 to arrange one.

For more information, visit, or email Kathy Shaw at


St. Andrew Catholic School will have its Prospective Family Open House on from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at 3304 Dryden Road.

There will be continuous tours of the campus for PK-3 through eighth grade, refreshments, plus a band concert in the cafeteria, and eighth-grade boys and girls basketball games in the gym.

National Junior Honor Society induction will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 30 in the church. Grandparent/Grandfriends Day will be Jan. 31 from 8 a.m. to noon in the gym, with a book fair, bingo, prayer service, musical and PE demonstrations and refreshments.

For more information, call Development Director Rose Hall at 817-292-4355. — Shirley Jinkins


Granbury High sets college, career fair

Granbury High School will host a College and Career Fair on Jan. 30 from 6 until 8 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

Both four-year and two-year colleges will be represented. There will also be information from technical and vocational schools as well as various branches of the military.

For more information, contact the Granbury High counseling office at 817-408-4619 or go to

— Bill Hanna


Residents can apply for seat on city boards

Justin residents who are interested in a seat on the Planning and Zoning Commission, Economic Development Corp., Community Development Corp., or Parks and Recreation board may complete the city application and return it to City Secretary Kim Strange by Feb. 5.

The application is online at

—Shirley Jinkins

City implements

Code Red notifications

Justin has implemented the Code Red emergency warning notification system, an ultra-high-speed telephone communication service.

The system allows officials to telephone all or parts of the Justin area in case of an emergency or severe weather situation. The system delivers customized prerecorded messages directly to homes and businesses, to a person or to an answering machine.

In order to be notified via the system, residents’ home phone number must be included in the telephone database.

To sign up, go to Forms are also available at the Justin Police Department, 415 N. College Ave.


Vision screenings for low-income children

Kids Vision Fest 2014 will offer vision screenings on Feb. 7 to Tarrant County children, plus eye exams and glasses at no cost to children ages 5 through 12 who qualify based on the 2013 federal poverty guidelines.

The event is open to the public and will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle in Fort Worth.

Organizers expect to give vision screenings to 1,200 children and eye exams and glasses to 900 students.

Feb. 7 is a school holiday for Fort Worth school district students.

For more information, go to

— Shirley Jinkins

Chapman University singers in concert

Chapman University’s top choir, the University Singers, has included two Tarrant County dates on their current Texas tour.

The choir, based at Chapman’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music in Orange, Calif., has toured throughout the world in its more than 50 years of existence.

All concerts are free and open to the public.

The choir’s tour selections include vocal works by Brahms, Britten, Whitacre, Victoria and others. The 34-voice mixed choir will also perform international folk songs and opera selections from the bel canto era.

Fort Worth/Arlington performances are Wednesday at 7 p.m. at University Christian Church, Fort Worth ( and Saturday at 7 p.m. at First Christian Church of Arlington (

— Shirley Jinkins

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