City by City: Arlington, Mansfield, Northeast Tarrant


Arlington Black Chamber of Commerce meets Thursday

The Arlington Black Chamber of Commerce will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Jamaica Gates Caribbean Cuisine, 1020 W. Arkansas Lane.

The new chamber is looking for members to help shape it from the ground floor.

Information: Charles Jackson,, or

— Patrick M. Walker

Easy craft class served up with coffee on Feb. 6

Caffeine and creativity combine for   a  fun   midwinter   morning.

A coffee crafting class will be held from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Feb. 6 at Dottie Lynn Recreation Center, 1917 New York Ave.

The  class  will  be in  Room  2.

Crafts are guaranteed by staff to be fun and easy Pinterest picks.

Best of all, the supplies will already be on hand, so everyone can take home a completed craft project.

A similar class will be offered on March 6 .

Cost is $17 per class.

— Shirley Jinkins

Join Arlington library to celebrate Chinese New Year

Celebrate the “Year of the Horse” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday with stories, displays and crafts.

The Chinese New Year is Jan. 31, marking it the Year of the Horse for the sign that represents “clever and confident” folk.

The Arlington Southeast Branch Library will host the program, where families cam share their Vietnamese and Chinese customs and learn about new cultural celebrations.

The library is at 900 SE Green Oaks Blvd.

— Monica S. Nagy

UTA Research Institute scientists help study drones

Four University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute faculty members are helping a Texas team develop safety systems for drones as a part of research for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The UTARI faculty members will focus their work on decision and control systems, dynamic remodeling, collision avoidance, positioning and other high-performance issues for civilian, law enforcement and military drone usage.

UTARI researchers are being led by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, one of six major test sites picked by the FAA.

The team includes Frank Lewis, Moncrief-O’Donnell chairman at the UT Arlington Research Institute; mechanical and aerospace engineering associate professors Kamesh Subbarao and Atilla Dogan; and Brian Huff, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering.

The topic of unmanned aircraft will be discussed during a consortium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. The conference is co-sponsored by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Innovation.

— Monica S. Nagy


Birdville plans basketball clinic for elementary girls

Birdville High School is hosting its first-ever Lady Hawk Basketball Clinic for girls from kindergarten through sixth grade.

The free one-hour clinic will run from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday in the main gym.

Register by phone or email to coach Amy Ingram, 817-547-8346 or

Include the participant’s name and grade level in the message. Girls should bring gym shoes and dress ready to be active.


Chamber, city set economic partnership meeting

The Grapevine Chamber of Commerce and the city manager’s  office  will  hold  an  economic  development  partnership meeting from 8 to 9 a.m. today. The meeting will be in a conference room on the second floor of City Hall, 200 S. Main St. Information:  817-481-1522.

— Patrick M. Walker


District is nation’s top fundraiser for diabetes walk

Keller schools rank first in the nation for fundraising for the School Walk for Diabetes event.

Last year the district raised more than $44,000 to support the American Diabetes Association through the walk.

More than 600 walkers from the community came out to support the event in April.

The district was also tops in North Texas in 2012 and in the nation’s top five.

— Shirley Jinkins


Library wins statewide award for fourth year

Keller Public Library has won the Achievement of Library Excellence Award for the fourth year in a row.

The award recognizes the library for commitment to service in the community and educational programming.

The state honors 28 out of 565 libraries in Texas each year.

The library broke new service records last year by helping more than 237,000 patrons and circulating more than 561,000 books.

More than 26,300 Keller residents have a library card.

For more information, visit or call 817-743-4800.

— Taylor Prater


School district will host Realtor Breakfast

The Mansfield school district is hosting a complimentary Realtor Breakfast at 8 a.m. Feb. 6 at Ben Barber Career Tech Academy, 1120 W. Debbie Lane.

The purpose is to inform real estate agents whose clients are shopping for homes of the wide range of programs and activities offered by the Mansfield school district.

RSVP soon because space is limited. Contact Abby Cloud at

— Shirley Jinkins


Residents could see insurance savings

Pantego homeowners could find their homeowners insurance costs have gone down, said officials in a recent newsletter posting.

Residents were advised to contact their insurance providers to let them know that Pantego’s ISO rating went from 4 to 2, with the lower number representing a lesser risk of property damage or loss.

The ISO rating has improved because of policies and procedures set in place by the Fire Department, its level of training and improvements in the town’s infrastructure, the note said.

— Shirley Jinkins


Fraternity’s Mardi Gras party is for charity

The Fort Worth Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity will host its seventh annual Mardi Gras event to benefit their Guide Right Program of sponsoring Boy Scout troops and summer camps, its scholarship foundation and the Community Food Bank.

Tickets are on sale for the March 8 celebration, slated for 8 p.m. to midnight at the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum in Fort Worth.

There will be complimentary cuisine by Buttons Restaurant and drinks. A disc jockey and a live New Orleans-style second-line band will be providing the entertainment.

Representatives of the Community Food Bank will be in attendance collecting canned and dried foods.

Donors will be entered in a raffle to win a new LCD TV and other prizes.

Tickets can be purchased at or from a chapter member for $25. After Feb. 22, the cost is $35 online or at the door.

— Shirley Jinkins

Standard Transmission & Gear marks 30 years

Standard Transmission & Gear, a Fort Worth-based standard transmission, transfer case and differential parts wholesaler, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2014.

The company’s 30,000 square-foot facility at 1000 NE 29th St. includes a stocking warehouse, two remanufacturing areas and a service area.

The business focuses on specialty transmission repairs along with wholesale distribution. It offers more than 10,000 part numbers in inventory including transmissions, differentials, an extensive clutch line, transfer cases, and new and used parts.

A secondary shop location opened in Tucson, Ariz., in 2012, and the company plans to continue expansion in the coming years. Three new product lines are being added in 2014.

Standard will celebrate its anniversary throughout 2014, including a special customer appreciation day, special pricing, and deals and offers.

— Shirley Jinkins

Open houses, tours set at two Catholic schools

Founded in 1910, it is the oldest Catholic school in Fort Worth.

The school serves students attending PK-3 through eighth grade.

Tours will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 27-30.

Open house for parents and students is 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 28.

One-day “Come and See” sessions may be scheduled so students can try out the campus before enrolling.

Call the school at 817-924-5123 to arrange one.

For more information, visit, or email Kathy Shaw at

There will be continuous tours of the campus for PK-3 through eighth grade, refreshments, plus a band concert in the cafeteria, and eighth-grade boys and girls basketball games in the gym.

National Junior Honor Society induction will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 30 in the church. Grandparent/Grandfriends Day will be Jan. 31 from 8 a.m. to noon in the gym, with a book fair, bingo, prayer service, musical and PE demonstrations and refreshments.

For more information, call Development Director Rose Hall at 817-292-4355.

— Shirley Jinkins

Vision screenings for low-income children

Kids Vision Fest 2014 will offer vision screenings on Feb. 7 to Tarrant County children, plus eye exams and glasses at no cost to children ages 5 through 12 who qualify based on the 2013 federal poverty guidelines.

The event is open to the public and will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle in Fort Worth.

For more information, go to

— Shirley Jinkins