City by City: Fort Worth area
06/22/2014 10:52 PM
06/22/2014 10:54 PM
North Texans can work to clean up the air
Air North Texas’ Clean Air Action Day is on the first Friday of summer, June 27, with a goal of doing more for clean air by reducing congestion and ozone-causing pollution.
Individuals can pledge to implement at least one clean-air action, such as carpool, use mass transit, bike or walk, avoid idling and report smoking, polling vehicles, according to a Fort Worth news release.
— Caty Hirst
Fourth of July coming to Trinity River
Fort Worth’s Fourth is coming back to the Trinity River at Panther Island for a free family event and fireworks show.
“We’ve built up quite a reputation over the past two years for having the best fireworks show in North Texas,” said Trinity River Vision Authority Executive Director J.D. Granger in a statement. “We’re dedicated to upholding the reputation. We have quite a few tricks up our sleeve this year and can guarantee the crowds will not be disappointed. And, of course, we will have our signature firebombs that always shock and awe the crowd.”
The gates will open at 2 p.m. to several free events, including live music, flyboard and jet ski shows, tubing, pony rides, miniature golf, a levee slide, train rides, bounce houses, a water slide and face-painting. New this year, the water boarders will perform tricks on water-fueled jet packs.
The cover band Party Machine will hit the stage at 6 p.m. and Larry g(EE) will follow at 8. Fireworks will start about 10.
— Caty Hirst
Public meeting planned for Stockyards zoning
The city is hosting public meetings on the zoning changes proposed for the Fort Worth Stockyards area after a controversial proposed development in the area raised concerns about the area’s history.
City staff will review with residents the existing zoning, historic designations, the proposed zoning and site plan requirements for the area, after a $175 million redevelopment project was proposed by the Hickman family and Majestic Realty out of California.
The public meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, at 128 E. Exchange Ave.
The project, which would be completed in three phases, includes property on the north and south sides of Exchange Avenue between Northeast 23rd and Northeast 28th streets, and the former Swift-Armour packing plant area east of Packers Avenue.
The zoning changes are expected to go before the Fort Worth Zoning Commission on July 9 and the City Council on July 15.
— Caty Hirst
Hispanic GOP group to hear Bill Zedler
State Rep. Bill Zedler will be the speaker at the monthly meeting of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly, to be held at Ol’ South Pancake House, 1509 University Drive, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Come early at 6:30 to eat.
The group describes itself as an educational and activist organization focused on good government at all levels. Interested individuals are invited to come and participate in the group.
City plans open house on homelessness
Fort Worth’s Homelessness Task Force, which has been studying issues related to homelessness in Tarrant County at the directive of the City Council, is having an open house to hear from residents.
The open house and public hearing will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Wesley Hall of the First United Methodist Church, 800 W. Fifth St.
The purpose is to receive comments about opportunities to streamline the funding and delivery of services to the homeless, according to a city news release.
The interim report of the task force is available online at fortworthtexas.gov/boards/homelessness/taskforce/interim-report.pdf.
After the open house, which will end at 7 p.m., the task force will conduct a formal public hearing.
— Caty Hirst
Luncheon to honor Korean War veterans
The Korean Society of Dallas has invited Fort Worth Chapter 215 of the Korean War Veterans Association to a luncheon to show its appreciation to men and women who served in the military during the Korean War.
The luncheon is Wednesday June 25, 1950, was the start of the three-year Korean War, sometimes still referred to as the Forgotten War.
parade gears up
An annual Independence Day parade sponsored by the Westcliff West Association in the TCU area will be held at 10 a.m. July 4.
The parade, which has been going on for more than two decades, begins at Trail Lake and Manderly and winds through the neighborhood.
Among attractions will be a Fort Worth Fire Department truck, vintage firetrucks and entries from Corvette and Volkswagen clubs. Also featured will be classic cars, military vehicles, tractors, decorated bikes and neighborhood floats.
Participants are asked to be at the staging area at the First Congregational Church at the corner of 4201 Trail Lake and Manderly by 9:30 a.m. Nonmotorized vehicles are asked to join the parade at the corner of Bellaire Circle and Encanto.
Road closure set for Monday, Tuesday
East McLeroy Boulevard in Saginaw will be closed at the railroad crossing near Burlington Road beginning Monday at 6 a.m. and will remain closed until Tuesday at 6 p.m.
BNSF Railway will be replacing the road crossing panels and repairing the track.
Holiday schedule allows for a swim
All city facilities will be closed all day on July Fourth to observe the holiday.
However, the Saginaw Aquatic Center will be open from noon until 7 p.m. Garbage and recycling schedules will not be affected.
Homes to get needed repairs for free
Two homes on Rickee Drive and one each on Rosalyn Drive and Echo Hill Drive will be repaired at no expense to the owners through the Watauga Improving Neighborhoods Program this week. Working with volunteers from the nonprofit World Changers organization, the city is helping families make improvements.
The program — designed for residents who are unable to make needed repairs to their homes because of circumstances beyond their control — kicks off Tuesday, with an expected completion on Friday.
Call 817-514-5806 or contact Watauga Public Works, 7800 Virgil Anthony Blvd., for information.
— Terry Evans
a family’s home
The last day to cast a vote is Monday to help the Condron family of Arlington get a new roof for their burned-out home on Land Rush Drive.
The Condrons are one of four North Texas families (from 50 nominations) who are finalists in the No Roof Left Behind program.
The house burned on June 2, 2013, taking the life of homeowner Joe Condron’s 2-year-old granddaughter. Friends, neighbors and charitable groups have helped clean out the debris and prepare for the rebuilding job. The Condrons had no insurance.
To vote, go to noroofleftbehind.com/program/tx/1060.
— Shirley Jinkins
Home buyer workshop offers how-to info
A home buyers’ workshop titled, “A Home for Everyone,” will be held on Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at 3929 Canton Jade Way in Arlington. The site is a model home in the Viridian master-planned development north of Collins Street and Northeast Green Oaks Boulevard.
The event is open to the public and will be an opportunity to learn from experts about the real estate market and how to use a systematic approach to buying a home. Attendees will receive a free copy of the book The Ten Commandments of Buying a House and have an opportunity to meet with professionals in real estate, mortgage lending, insurance and title closers.
For reservations, call 817-680-0720. Seating is limited. The workshop is presented by Judy Williams and Jan Pestinger, Realtors with Ebby Halliday.
Learn yoga basics
A free primer on the basics of yoga will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Arlington Meditation Center.
Participation in this introductory course is free and open to the public.
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