Fort Worth has opened an emergency shelter for the homeless and others who need a place to stay, at the Bertha Collins Community Center, 1501 N. Martin Luther King Freeway, officials said Saturday.
The three main shelters in the homeless district — Presbyterian Night Shelter, Union Gospel Mission and the Salvation Army — are at capacity, prompting the need for the emergency shelter.
The community center added 50 cots to the city’s capacity, which Cindy Crain, spokeswoman for Tarrant County Homeless Coalition, said brought the total to 917 beds.
“We never got above 910 people,” Crain said. “We got close to the capacity, but we would have been able to take more.”
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On Saturday evening, the 46 guests in the Collins center not only watched Inocente — the Academy Award-winner for best short documentary shown as part of Fort Worth’s Directions Home program — but also met the subject of the film about a 15-year-old homeless girl from California. — Caty Hirst and Terry Evans
The T suspends bus service
The Fort Worth Transportation Authority was forced to suspend bus service at 5 p.m. Saturday after its buses kept getting stuck.
“Buses are getting stuck on nearly impassable roads and this will only grow worse after dark,” T spokeswoman Joan Hunter said.
For regular T Bus and TRE schedules, customers may go to www.the-t.com or call the T’s customer service number, 817-215-8600, for weather-related updates and detours. — Bill Hanna
Injuries increased Saturday
By Friday evening, the only ice-related injuries at John Peter Smith Hospital’s emergency room were people hit by falling ice, hospital spokeswoman J.R. Labbe said.
But on Saturday, about six people per hour were arriving with slip-and-fall injuries, JPS spokeswoman Diana Carroll said.
“There were broken bones and sprains, that kind of thing,” Carroll said.
Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital saw five slip-and-fall patients Saturday, spokeswoman Megan Brooks said. — Terry Evans
Newhart goes on as scheduled
One of the few performing arts events to go on as scheduled Saturday night was comedian Bob Newhart at Bass Hall.
Because of the difficulty of getting to the show, Performing Arts Fort Worth posted on its website and Facebook page that people who have already bought tickets but could not attend may receive a refund or exchange their Newhart tickets for seats at an upcoming event.
And the post added that ticket buyers do not need to contact the Bass Hall box office.
“If you’re unable to attend [Saturday’s] show, there is no action required on your part at this time,” the post read in part. “Our Box Office is working with a limited staff and is unable to take incoming calls at this time.You will be contacted early next week to discuss which of these ticketing options you would like to take advantage of.”
For information, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Bass-Performance-Hall/23903209930, or the Bass Hall website, www.basshall.com.
UNT to remain closed
The University of North Texas will remain closed Sunday because of icy roads. For details and updates, visit www.unt.edu or www.facebook.com/northtexas or follow @UNTEagleAlert on Twitter. — Bill Hanna
Fort Worth church will meet online
At least one Fort Worth church is telling its congregation to stay home and have a virtual worship experience Sunday morning.
“Many of our members travel a long way to be here each week,” said Mindy Audlin, pastor of the Spirituality Today chuch, which usually meets at The Flying Carpet Turkish Cafe at Washington and Magnolia streets in Fort Worth’s historic Southside District. “We want them to be safe and warm on Sunday morning. At the same time, it’s the Christmas season. This is a terrible time to cancel church services. So we decided to gather this week through our Google+ Page.”
At 11 a.m., Audlin will give the message from her home in Fort Worth, and music will be streamed live from the Frisco home of the church music director, Robin Hackett, according to a news release.
“Our format is nontraditional,” Audlin said. “... Our Google+ congregants participate each week by engaging in online comments. We always have people who join us virtually. With the weather this week, it just made sense to take the whole congregation online.”
Interested? Go to spiritualitytoday.tv — Lee Williams
Church services canceled
Churches that notified the Star-Telegram of cancellations include Broadway Baptist, which canceled all Sunday services including the Messiah Sing.
University Christian, First United Methodist, First Presbyterian and BARA Church in Trophy Club also canceled Sunday services and activities. — Terry Evans
Library, recycling center closures
Fort Worth libraries and all garbage and recycling drop-off centers are closed today. The Keller Pointe and Keller Public Library expect to reopen at noon today. — Caty Hirst and Terry Evans
‘A Tuna Christmas’ canceled
Theatre Arlington canceled all its performances of the beloved Texas holiday comedy A Tuna Christmas this weekend. Executive Director Norman Ussery said in an email to patrons that the theater is considering adding “a couple of performances on Wednesdays” to help make up for those missed.