New emergency alerts reach residents via technology
Don’t be caught off guard if there is a tornado or severe thunderstorm warning.
Burleson is now using the Everbridge system to alert residents in case of an emergency, or in situations such as a boil-water notice or a water main break.
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If you are listed in the White Pages, or if you previously signed up to receive emergency alerts from Burleson, you will be transferred to the new system.
New users can sign up by visiting www.burlesontx.com and clicking on the “emergency alert” tab. Users can designate their preferred form of contact, including email, text message and cellphone. There is also a place to list special needs, which will help first responders in an emergency.
People will be asked if they want to volunteer during a disaster. The city is looking for medical professionals, foreign-language speakers and people who can operate heavy equipment.
For more information, call Fire Station 1 at 817-426-9170.
— Elizabeth Campbell
Parents, public can preview textbook options at event
Cleburne school officials will host a textbook preview event for parents and the community from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Smith Middle School Cafeteria, 1710 Country Club Road.
The math and science textbooks and instructional resources are being considered for adoption by the district beginning in the 2014-15 school year.
“We will be following a come-and-browse format and invite parents and the community to view these materials, then provide us with their feedback,” said Chris Jackson, director of secondary curriculum. Members of the district’s curriculum and instruction department and representatives from the publishing companies will be available to answer questions.
A survey will be given to those in attendance, the results of which will be used in making the decision.
For more information, call 817-202-1128.
— Shirley Jinkins
Council votes on divisive zoning in Arlington Heights
The Fort Worth City Council voted unanimously on a zoning change Tuesday that would keep new duplexes out of Arlington Heights.
The resident-initiated zoning application for the 1900-2300 blocks of Carleton and Western avenues drew heated opposition from other property owners, who said zoning down is a violation of property rights.
Councilman Dennis Shingleton, who represents the area, said that restricting the area to 5,000-square-foot single-family lots in the future will not affect the current duplexes, so long as they are not vacant for more than 24 months and do not remodel more than 75 percent of the building at a time.
“I don’t see that as a detriment to the duplexes, but what I do see as a detriment is if we allow this continue as [two-family] zoning,” Shingleton said.
Proponents of the zoning change said eliminating the multifamily option would lead to less density, more stable occupancy and better neighborhood preservation.
Opponents said limiting the land use in the area is not a good investment for the future.
— Caty Hirst
Applications accepted to become a citizen forester
The Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council is accepting applications for the 2014 citizen forester training.
Participants in the class will become skilled at planting, pruning and maintaining trees, tree risk assessment and learning how to manage trees in urban environments, according to a city news release.
The classes will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays starting Feb. 19. The locations will vary but will all be in Fort Worth.
There is a $50 fee for the class, which is limited to 25 participants.
Citizen foresters provide a minimum of 20 volunteer hours to their local town, city or county toward projects that involve trees on public property.
Call 817-392-5738 to learn more or access the application at fortworthtexas.gov/citynews/default.aspx?id=124704.
— Caty Hirst
Student entries wanted in app challenge
North Texas high school students are invited to participate in a congressional competition focused on science, technology, engineering and math.
U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, has invited students to participate in the competition, called the House Student App Challenge, a nationwide event that showcases students’ work in various congressional districts.
Through this, students create apps for smartphones, tablets or computers.
“I am proud to announce the STEM Student App Challenge that encourages our youth to demonstrate their tech prowess, re-establishes that jobs in the STEM fields are fun, and inspires our youth to thrive in today’s global market,” Veasey said.
The challenge is open to students who live in the 33rd Congressional District, which stretches from the Fort Worth Stockyards to Dallas’ Oak Cliff neighborhood, as well as those in other districts.
Participating students must submit a YouTube or Vimeo video demo.
For more information, visit studentappchallenge.house.gov.
The entries are due April 30.
— Anna M. Tinsley
Fort Worth Colorectal Support Group to meet
Fort Worth Colorectal Support Group will hold its meeting on the third Tuesday of each month. Meeting time is 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location is the Moncrief Cancer Institute, 400 W. Magnolia, and parking is behind building.
For more information contact Jodi Jeffords at 817-820-4835.
— Shirley Jinkins
Events to mark Texas Independence Day
A Texas Independence Day celebration is scheduled for March 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and March 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Most events will be held on Granbury’s Historic Downtown Square.
Visitors can stroll the square and visit historic-themed vendors, live entertainment, historical re-enactments and a recitation of the famous letter written during the siege by Alamo defender William Barrett Travis.
A new event has been added this year; the Chute 2 Productions Live Bull Riding Show will join the Chuckwagon Cook-Off at Granbury City Beach.
The Texas Independence Day parade, led by the Six White Horses from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, will begin at 11 a.m. on March 2.
— Shirley Jinkins