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City by City: Fort Worth area


Benbrook will host recycling event for residents Feb. 8

The city will recycle electronic and appliance items from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 8. It is for Benbrook residents only.

Resident can bring gaming systems, including Xbox and PlayStation; televisions; computers, monitors and printers (Innovative Electronics will destroy the hard drive); fax machines and copiers; microwave ovens; dishwashers, washers, dryers, refrigerators and vacuum cleaners; and VCRs, radios, telephones and smoke detectors.

Batteries will be accepted but not any lightbulbs.

Document-shedding will also be provided from 8 to 11 a.m.

The items will be collected at Dutch Branch Park in the rear parking lot behind Par 3 Golf Course. Contact Benbrook City Hall for more information at 817-249-3000.

— Bill Hanna


Leaders exploring whether e-cigarette policy is needed

As e-cigarettes are being marketed, local ordinances by cities and school districts have been drafted.

The Fort Worth school district is taking a closer look at e-cigarettes.

Clint Bond, spokesman for Fort Worth schools, said the district is exploring the issue of e-cigarettes to see if a policy is needed.

“We are in a discussion phase,” Bond said, explaining that they are reviewing if any potential policy would include students and employees.

Bond said they are looking at every aspect of the issue. The issue could turn up in upcoming school board meetings.

— Diane Smith


Fort Worth library film club set to begin season Feb. 2

The First Sunday Film Club at the Fort Worth Central Library begins its season on Feb. 2 with Lilies of the Field.

The series is a showcase of the library’s extensive film collection. The movies range from drama, action, comedy and science fiction to documentaries.

Film critic Michael H. Price hosts the event. His “Forgotten Horrors” series of movie encyclopedias has been continuously in print since 1979. Price is also at work on “The Movie Beat,” an anthology of his syndicated newspaper columns; and a survey of B-movie Westerns from the 1930s and 1940s.

All films begin at 2 p.m.

Lilies of the Field is a film adaptation of William Edmund Barrett’s novel and stars Sidney Poitier as a handyman who, stopping to get water for his car, meets a group of nuns living in the Arizona desert. After learning about the nuns’ hardships while emigrating from eastern Europe, he decides to help them build a chapel for the poor townsfolk.

The film will be shown at the David L. Tandy Lecture Hall in the Central Library.

The Fort Worth Central Library is at 500 W. Third St. Parking is available in the Third Street Garage and is free on weekends.

— Domingo Ramirez Jr.

National Archives program to explore Wild West havoc

Murder and mayhem were everyday occurrences in the Indian Territory and western Arkansas from 1870 through the early 1900s, and you can get a glimpse of all the havoc in a program on the Fort Smith criminal cases at the National Archives-Fort Worth.

“These records aren’t for the faint of heart. I’d say they are R-rated. They sound benign, but it’s the Wild West,” said Meg Hacker, director of archives, who has been working to organize the vast Fort Smith files since the early 1990s.

Most of the records are now online, and they are full of colorful and frequently violent cases overseen by federal Judge Isaac C. Parker in his Fort Smith, Ark., courtroom.

From 1875 to 1896, Parker heard more than 13,000 cases, of which more than 12,000 were criminal.

Of these, 344 involved the capital offenses of rape and murder, for which U.S. law demanded the death penalty upon conviction, and 160 were sentenced to hang.

Hacker’s program will be held at noon on Feb. 7 at the archive’s Montgomery Plaza research center at 2600 W. Seventh Street.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot by emailing or by calling 817-831-5620.

— Steve Campbell

Democrats’ senate district convention ball coming up

The Tarrant County Democratic Party senate district convention ball will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Masonic Center, 1100 Henderson St.

The 2014 honorary chairwoman will be state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, who is running for governor.

The ball is the kickoff event to the local Democratic Party’s 2014 campaign season.

All four senate districts in Tarrant County are welcome to participate in the senate district convention, which will be held in Fort Worth on March 22.

Music will be provided by The Inspiration band.

Individual tickets for the ball are $125; tickets for sustaining members are $100.

Tickets may be bought online at

For more information call 817-335-8683 or email

— Anna M. Tinsley

Hospitality for hospice patients, their families

The volunteers at Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South are delivering hospitality, one bag at a time.

Volunteers will deliver around 30 hospitality bags each month during the first half of 2014 to the patients and their families at Emery J. Lilge Hospice House.

“We understand having a loved one in hospice can be a sad and tough time,” says Texas Health Huguley Volunteer Coordinator Caryl Bean. “Hospitality in a Bag is designed to provide additional comfort and entertainment to the patients.”

The bags consist of donated items to create a homelike environment and include puzzle books, a deck of cards, candy, lotion, hand sanitizer, lip balm, tissues, a writing tablet, a pen and pencils.

More than 160 volunteers serve in 39 departments of Texas Health Huguley Hospital. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Texas Health Huguley, call 817-551-2707.

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