Citywide cleanup, recycling coming up
Azle residents can begin now to gather brush, furniture, appliances, bulky items, recyclable metals and household construction materials for the free Clean It Up-Green It Up citywide cleanup and recycling event planned on Sept. 20.
Community Waste Disposal will be on-site to collect household hazardous waste including paint, chemicals, cleaners, used motor oil and batteries, used tires, computers, printers, electronic devices and old TVs.
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Document shredding will also be available.
The event is free with proof of residency, and the city is asking residents to pre-sort items as much as possible beforehand to make drop-off faster.
Change in recycling collectors is coming
Burleson City Council members voted this month to change recycling collectors.
They ended the recycling agreement with Community Waste Disposal and purchased Community’s existing bins and approved a one-year recycling collection deal with Progressive Waste Solutions.
Progressive is also Burleson’s contractor for residential trash and solid waste collection.
Residents won’t see much of a difference in recycling service, since they will be using the same bins they have now, and Progressive’s collection rate is the same as Community’s.
Community’s final week of collection begins Aug. 18. Progressive will take over the recycling collection the week of Aug. 25.
Residents’ collection days will not change, and recyclables will continue to be picked up after 7 a.m. Recycling and garbage will be collected using two separate trucks.
Library gets new computers, faster Internet
The Everman Public Library, 100 N. Race St., recently installed six new computers — four for community use and two for staff — courtesy of a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Friends of the Everman Public Library provided new desks for the computers, and the Internet connections were upgraded by the city to enable the new computers to operate faster.
TCU student named intern of the year
A Texas Christian University student has been named intern of the year for her work with a nonprofit group that helps formerly trafficked girls and sexually exploited women and their children.
Jasmine Tucker, a Fort Worth resident, was given the honor at the Exxon Mobil Community Summer Jobs program ceremony, held at the Dallas Zoo last month.
Tucker, a psychology major, interned as a children and youth assistant coordinator for New Friends New Life. She was nominated for the award by her supervisor.
The agency provides access to education, job training, financial assistance and mental health and spiritual support to help women and their children overcome abuse, addiction and poverty, according to its website.
During her internship, Tucker developed and implemented an enrichment curriculum and coordinated an evening program for at-risk children, according to a news release. She also organized the group’s first back-to-school event.
Tucker was among 30 college students chosen to participate in the 2014 Exxon Mobil Community Summer Jobs Program. The program provides eight-week paid internships to local nonprofit agencies.
— Deanna Boyd
Parts of Lancaster to close for railroad work
Both the eastbound and westbound lanes of Lancaster Avenue near Interstate 35W will be closed Aug. 20-24 as part of the Tower 55 rail improvements by Union Pacific Railroad, according to a city news release.
The expansion of the rail bridge runs above Lancaster Avenue near I-35 and construction will take place above the roadway.
Pedestrian traffic will continue to be allowed, but officials urge the public to exercise caution in that area.
• Westbound traffic will be directed south on the I-35 access road to Hattie Street. Follow the detour signs and turn right (west) on Hattie Street. Follow Hattie Street as it turns into Pennsylvania Avenue and turn right (north) onto Henderson Street. The detour will end as Henderson reaches Lancaster Avenue.
• Eastbound traffic will detour off of Lancaster Avenue at Henderson Street heading south. Turn left (east) at Pennsylvania Avenue and continue eastward as Pennsylvania becomes Hattie Street. Cross over I-35 and turn left (north) onto the I-35 frontage road. The detour will end as the I-35 frontage road reaches East Lancaster Avenue.
— Caty Hirst
New artwork to be unveiled on Trinity Trails
A cyclist-themed artwork donated to the Tarrant Regional Water District by a local artist will be unveiled for the public on Saturday along the Trinity Trails.
The Peloton, a 30-foot-long stainless steel sculpture made of ovals representing a line of racing bicycles created by Jim Beckman, will be just south of the river near the Clearfork Main Street Bridge, according to a city news release.
The unveiling will start at 10 a.m., with several local officials, including Mayor Betsy Price and water district board President Victor Henderson planning to attend.
The sculpture was donated in recognition of the district’s support of the Trinity Trails System.
— Caty Hirst
‘Little Rascals’ on a big, big screen
The Big Hoss TV Ultimate Drive-In Summer Series will conclude Saturday evening with a showing of The Little Rascals movie on Big Hoss, the world’s largest high-definition LED video board at Texas Motor Speedway.
Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat and the other characters made famous in the Our Gang shorts of the 1920s and ’30s are brought back to life in this 1994 children’s comedy.
Big Hoss is positioned in the middle of the speedway’s backstretch, with moviegoers parking in the infield. Big Hoss holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest HD LED video board.
Admission is $20 per carload with all proceeds from the drive-in movie night benefiting Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter.
The Little Rascals will begin at 8:30 p.m. with the South Tunnel opening at 7 p.m. to allow moviegoers access to the infield drive-in parking area. They can access the South Tunnel directly by turning onto Allison Way off Texas 114 that runs directly in front of the facility.
Moviegoers can bring their own lawn chairs, food and beverages, and concession stands will be open on-site. No pets are permitted.
Fort Worth looks for eco-friendly yards
It is not too late for Fort Worth residents and other area water customers to compete for having the best “Eco Scape,” with registration in the contest open through Saturday.
“The Fort Worth Water Department is looking for homes that take their landscaping to the next level without sinking a lot of water into the project,” according to the city website.
The contest is open to homes with 1,000-square-foot front yards or larger, and participants must agree to have their landscapes photographed.
The yards will be judged on design such as aesthetic appeal, composition, use of color and plant variety, water conservation and efficiency, use of nonvegetative materials, use of native or adaptive plants, reduced turf area and use of mulches, and appropriate maintenance such as tidiness of the landscape, proper pruning and health of plants.
Fort Worth water customers in surrounding towns including Haltom City, Haslet, Keller, Lake Worth and Southlake are also eligible to enter the contest. For a complete list of eligible cities, rules and to register, visit fortworthtexas.gov/ecoscape.
— Caty Hirst
Attorneys roll up their sleeves for blood drive
The Tarrant County Bar Association will be conducting a mini-blood drive at the group’s offices on Aug. 18.
Carter BloodCare will park a bus in the back parking lot of the bar association’s headquarters at 1315 Calhoun St. from noon until 5 p.m.
— Max B. Baker