City by City: Arlington, Mansfield, Northeast Tarrant


Join Commissioner Andy Nguyen for social hour

County Commissioner Andy Nguyen would like to kick off the New Year by keeping in contact with his Precinct 2 constituents.

Southeast Tarrant County residents and business leaders can join him on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Alley Cats, 2008 W. Pleasant Ridge Road, for one of his quarterly Insider Social Hours.

Attendees will get the chance to network with other area community and business associates, meet new contacts and find out more about what’s in store for Tarrant County in 2014.

Alley Cats will be offering food and drink specials.

For more information, contact 817-548-3900 or

RSVP is not required but is requested.

— Shirley Jinkins


St. Vincent’s School schedules open enrollment

St. Vincent’s School open enrollment for students 2 years old through 12th grade begins Feb. 3.

The school, at 1300 Forest Ridge Drive, celebrated its 50th year in 2013.

Contact school officials at 817-354-7979 or visit for enrollment information.

— Shirley Jinkins


Texas Woman’s University awards scholarships

Four graduate students representing Texas Woman’s University’s colleges of occupational therapy, nursing, professional education, and arts and sciences will receive Virginia Chandler Dykes endowed scholarships at a luncheon Feb. 20 in Dallas.

TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart will present the awards luncheon, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Belo Mansion and Pavilion, 2101 Ross Ave.

Scholarship winners include Bedford resident Angela Boisselle, College of Health Sciences; Amy Johnson of Hurst, College of Professional Education; Sheila Bustillos-Reynolds of Denton, College of Arts and Sciences; and Laura Thomas of Lubbock, College of Nursing.

Boisselle, a native of Euless, is the occupational therapy lead at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas. Johnson is an adjunct instructor at Tarrant County College in Hurst.

Dykes completed the university’s graduate occupational therapy program in 1954 and is known internationally for her work. In 2002 she established the endowed scholarship fund that bears her name, and in 2005 she was appointed to the university’s board of regents.

Tickets for the luncheon are $175 for silver patron and $250 for gold patron.

For more information, call 940-898-3851 or visit

— Shirley Jinkins


Writers’ workshop offers community

A free writers’ workshop will be held Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Warmack Branch Library, 760 Bardin Road.

The monthly adult program is aimed at writers struggling to find their voice and looking for a like-minded community with whom to share their work in a nurturing, nonjudgmental environment.

Participants will share their written efforts, offer each other suggestions for improvement and gain greater insight into the writing process. The goal is to support local writers from first draft through the publication process.

For more information, visit

— Shirley Jinkins


Get started write away on this contest

Haltom City Public Library’s 14th annual writing contest for fifth-graders through adults is underway. Short story and poetry entries are due May 31.

The contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Haltom City Public Library.

The theme is “Write Up Your Alley,” though writers don’t have to follow the suggested theme. Haltom City residency is not required, and there is no limit to the number of submissions.

Winners will be named in four age divisions: students in fifth and sixth grades, seventh through ninth grades, high school sophomores through seniors, and adults.

Entries should be typed, double-spaced, and not exceed 2,500 words. No handwritten submissions will be accepted.

Include on a separate cover letter your name, address, e-mail (if applicable), telephone number, category (short story or poem) and age/grade Do not include this personal information directly on the entry. Clip cover letter to entry, do not staple.

Entries may be submitted in print, on disk, flash drive, CD, fax, email or online submission at

Prizes include a $20 gift certificate from Barnes & Noble for first place winners and publication of winners’ names on the library’s website. All entries will receive a certificate of participation.

Winning entries will be retained at the library.

For more information contact Lesly M. Smith at 817-222-7786 by phone or 817-834-1446 fax. Email is

— Shirley Jinkins


Students celebrate School Choice Week

Texas Virtual Academy will encourage students, teachers and families to “make some noise for school choice” at an event at Mountasia Family Fun Center, on Tuesday.

The event will be one of an estimated 5,500 independently-planned events taking place during National School Choice Week 2014, Jan. 27-31.

Families and teachers from Texas Virtual Academy will shake homemade noisemakers at 1 p.m. and enjoy bowling at the Mountasia complex, 8851 Blvd. 26.

For more information, visit


Big Brothers Big Sisters picks ‘Bigs of the Year’

Big Brothers Big Sisters has announced that Candy Conway and Tennessee Walker have been named Big Sister of the Year and Big Brother of the Year, respectively. The “Big of the Year” award recognizes outstanding volunteers who provide exceptional and life-changing impact to the children they mentor in their geographic region.

“The relationship Candy and Tennessee have with their ‘Littles’ is the epitome of what we hope to achieve for all of our matches,” Robert Roby, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters, said in a news release. “Their commitment to our program is truly inspiring. We are honored to have them on our team.”

Conway was selected as Tarrant County’s Big Sister of the Year because of the tremendous long-term impact she has made in her little sister’s life. In the eight years Conway has been matched with Charity, the youth has transformed from a shy loner who struggled to read into an award-winning poet and writer.

Walker was chosen as Tarrant County’s Big Brother of the Year not only for the difference he has made in his little brother’s life but also for his desire to educate and recruit others in his professional industry. In the 2 1/2 years Walker has been a Big Brother, he has worked tirelessly to recruit new Bigs and cultivate donors throughout Tarrant County’s legal community.

Regional winners from across the 60-county service areas are automatically nominated for Lone Star awards. The Lone Star service area includes all of North Texas, west-central Texas and the greater Houston area.

Winners of that selection process move on to statewide Big Brothers Big Sisters award recognition held in the spring. Texas winners will be eligible for national awards selected by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

— Patrick M. Walker