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You’re Invited to a Spooky Bike & Ball!

At 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30, don your favorite costume and come join me for an eight-mile ride from the Fort Worth Water Gardens to the Oakwood Cemetery.

Riverside Drive bridge opens Oct. 20

The Riverside bridge is the last major component to be completed as part of the newly opened 13.3-mile North Tarrant Express corridor.

Fort Worth Flashback: 1910 Jennings Avenue hosted bustling scene

This 1910 view shows Jennings Avenue looking north from 13th Street. Workmen can be seen looking up from their chores on the streetcar rails.

Thunderbirds to soar above Alliance Airport Oct. 25-26

Gates are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. General admission remains free, and parking ranges from $15-$30. Premium seating options are available.

Japanese culture on display during Fall Festival

Enjoy the beautiful weather at the Fall Festival in the Japanese Garden Oct. 25-26.

Learn about greener lawn equipment options

View alternative fuel lawn equipment presentations and test-drive alternative fuel commercial lawnmowers Oct. 24.

Run, walk, stroll. Then party, party, party

Party on the Plaza will be 6-9 p.m. Oct. 23 at Montgomery Plaza. Rock out to live music and sample food, beer and wine from some of the best restaurants in town. Fido and friends will find their own place to party on the Paw Pad.

Update on Ebola situation

Information is changing frequently as the Ebola situation continues, so be sure to sign up with Nixle to get regular updates from Fort Worth and Tarrant County via text. You can also stay informed by visiting the Tarrant County Public Health Department website.

Sales tax collections up 2 percent for August

Fort Worth’s net sales tax collections in August totaled $9,784,218, up from August 2013 by $199,703, or 2.1 percent.

Direct-connector opens at Chisholm Trail Parkway and I-20

The North Texas Tollway Authority has opened a direct-connector ramp from southbound Chisholm Trail Parkway to westbound Interstate 20, providing convenient access to southwest Fort Worth.

Tower 55 reconstruction on track for October completion

Improvements to Tower 55, the busiest at-grade railroad intersection in the country, are in the final stages. Once complete, the project will relieve freight rail congestion south of the juncture of I-35W and I-30, where five major freight and passenger rail routes converge.

Trinity River Vision signature bridges no longer just a vision

Construction is underway on new Trinity River Vision bridges being built on Henderson Street, North Main Street and White Settlement Road. Construction is expected to end by early 2018.

Managed lanes introduce North Texas to a new way of traveling

Dallas-Fort Worth is consistently one of the most congested regions in the country, but changes are coming online that will help commuters.

Driving North Texas blog shares transit information

Driving North Texas offers the latest promotions and sweepstakes, safe driving tips and construction and development updates.  Recent posts include a glimpse into the Dallas North Tollway’s past and future, findings in NTTA’s latest financial audit, and the authority’s move to webcasting monthly board meetings.

Three finalists named, tickets available for Oct. 30 Fort Worth Business Plan Competition

Finalists for the 2014 Fort Worth Business Plan Competition — with cash and prizes valued at more than $75,000 — are Boyd Construction, Janz Hair & Fashion Jewelry Gallery and Rich Aviation Services. Their presentations before judges, which account for 30 percent of the final score, are scheduled Oct. 30 at Texas Christian University.

Fort Worth Flashback: Can you recognize downtown, circa 1904?

This bird’s-eye view shows downtown Fort Worth in 1904, when the city’s population was estimated at 28,000 people.

Multipurpose arena propositions on Nov. 4 ballot

Three ballot propositions related to the proposed arena will be on the Nov. 4 ballot. Early voting is available Oct. 20-31.

Transportation-focused newsletter debuts Oct. 15

Improving mobility and air quality are key strategic goals for the City of Fort Worth, and a new electronic publication will help keep residents, business owners and other stakeholders up to date on the latest transportation projects.

New Medal of Honor Memorial to be dedicated Oct. 18

Join the National Leadership Foundation to honor Fort Worth’s three Medal of Honor recipients who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

Relive autumn on the prairie at Log Cabin Village(2)

Grab your pumpkin and shuck your corn. It’s time for an old-fashioned Frontier Fall Fest 1-4 p.m. Oct. 18 at Log Cabin Village.

The T awarded $1.1 million for new vehicles assisting needy

A $1.1 million grant to The T by the Federal Transit Administration will enhance transportation services provided in Tarrant County by Catholic Charities Fort Worth.

Building bridges for a more compassionate Fort Worth

As children, many of us were taught to remember the Golden Rule—to treat others as you wish to be treated. As an adult, I feel strongly that the Golden Rule is one to live by at home, work and in our community.

Medical treatment ward opens at Fort Worth animal shelter

The new facility at the animal shelter expands capacity and provides much-needed medical services.

Fort Worth Flashback: Oktoberfest provided funds for Symphony’s outreach

The Busch Garden’s Festhause Band appeared at the 1987 Oktoberfest at the Tarrant County Convention Center.

I need you to support positive change!

If you’re looking for a great volunteer opportunity or have a passion for improving your city, please join SteerFW at our Civic Project “Speed Dating” event Oct. 7 at IDEA Works, 600 E. Rosedale St.

Extra yard waste accepted following storm

The city is making collection of tree and yard debris a priority following the damage caused by an Oct. 2 storm.

City of Fort Worth statement on Ebola virus situation

The City of Fort Worth’s Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the situation that has recently been reported concerning the first human case of Ebola virus disease in Dallas County.

Aviation offices moving to make way for Meacham terminal renovation

On Oct. 9, Aviation Administration and Meacham Operations offices are moving to a temporary location at 3951 Lincoln Ave. The mailing address and phone numbers for both groups will remain the same.

TEX Rail receives federal OK to proceed toward construction

The Fort Worth Transportation Authority’s TEX Rail project has received approvals from the Federal Transit Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration that could lead to the start of construction in 2016.

Events revolve around new public art piece

A series of upcoming events will allow you to get up close and personal with Fort Worths newest public artwork, Tabachin Ribbon.

Show your love to homeless pets during Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month

There are many ways to get involved this October — and every month, for that matter — ranging from adopting a pet from a shelter or helping spread the word about responsible pet ownership.

Read all about it! Library exhibit covers biggest events of 20th century

From the attack on Pearl Harbor to landing on the moon, a new exhibit at the Fort Worth Central Library features original newspapers and breaking news stories from throughout the United States during the 1900s.

Fort Worth Flashback: Lake Worth provided recreation option in 20s and 30s

The City of Fort Worth built Lake Worth in 1914 as a destination for recreation and entertainment. By the end of the first summer season, nearly 75,000 people — equal to the total population of the city at the time — had visited the newest resort in the country, Fort Worth historian Quentin McGown wrote.

North Tarrant Express to open nine months early

The first two segments of the North Tarrant Express will be completed in early October, nearly nine months ahead of schedule.

Carter Work Project to build homes, hope in Fort Worth

On Oct. 1, former President Jimmy Carter will celebrate his 90th birthday. Four days later, he will put on his familiar work clothes — blue jeans, denim shirt, probably a red bandana — and get to work building an affordable home in Dallas-Fort Worth as part of Habitat for Humanity International’s annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

First Spanish-language Twitter Q&A a great success

I had the privledge to join my colleague, District 2 Councilmember Sal Espino, and a handful of employees and volunteers took to Twitter during lunch for a Spanish-language Q&A about city issues.

City Council approves responsible budget with added services for 2015

Thanks to the hard work by city departments to hold the line and find efficiencies, we met our goal of adopting a 2015 budget without a significant funding gap. It’s not a perfect budget. It doesn’t include everything you or I might like to see—but is a responsible fiscal plan.

Fort Worth Flashback: Lake Worth created to supplement water for expanding city

Between 1911 and 1913, Fort Worth spent $1.5 million to acquire land and build a dam on the West Fork of the Trinity River, six miles northwest of downtown Fort Worth. Lake Worth was created to help supplement the city’s artesian wells, which to that point had provided water for the growing city.

$1.5 billion budget approved for 2015

The City Council approved a $1.5 billion operating budget last week that focuses on sustainable solutions to current challenges with no increase to the property tax rate.

The T earns grant for safety education campaign

The Fort Worth Transportation Authority is among 11 transit agencies nationwide to receive a public awareness grant to help promote an Operation Lifesaver safety campaign, “See Tracks? Think Train.”

Information about Fort Worth’s Adopted Tax Rate

The actual tax rate adopted this year by the Fort Worth City Council is $0.0855 per $100.00 in value, which is the same as the previous year’s adopted tax rate. However, the total amount of tax revenue to fund maintenance and operations will be greater than last year, and the adopted tax rate will be greater than the City’s effective maintenance and operations rate.

Local delegation to carry the Fort Worth banner to China and Japan

I’m proud to announce that I will be joining Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, DFW Airport and a local business delegation to the Far East as we continue to spark excitement around the globe about opportunities in North Texas. We fly out on Friday, Sept 19 and return on Sept 29.

Sales tax collections up 8 percent for July

Fort Worth’s net sales tax collections in July totaled $9,997,584, up from July 2013 by $745,054, or 8.1 percent.

With a plan to address concerns within the Police Department, the time now is for action

Whether inside or outside the Police Department, everyone deserves to be treated with the same level of respect and dignity. And, citizens deserve to have nothing less than 100 percent trust in those sworn to protect our communities.

Fort Worth Flashback: Frozen Lake Worth gave residents a feel for the North

In January 1930, Lake Worth was frozen over. This photo shows a man standing far from the shore. The Jacksboro Highway Bridge is in the background.

Study: Barnett Shale endures as major economic engine

new economic impact study of the Barnett Shale finds that oil and gas exploration adds $11.8 billion in gross product per year and more than 107,650 permanent jobs.

Dallas Stars announce Fort Worth training camp schedule

The Dallas Stars skate into Cowtown Sept. 19-21 for training camp at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

City Manager: We have confidence in police chief, action plan

Every employee in the Police Department should see in his actions that diversity is valued, that any disparate treatment not related to merit will not be tolerated, and that any incidents of a “hostile work environment” will be handled quickly and appropriately. We believe the chief is both capable and committed to addressing these issues.

Fort Worth Flashback: Built to supply water, Lake Worth became recreation haven

When Lake Worth was first filled in 1914, city officials tried to keep boaters and swimmers off of it, saying they would harm the quality of the water. But by 1917, a bathing pavilion and public beach opened at Casino Beach, and Lake Worth was called "the largest municipal park in the world" by the Fort Worth Parks Commission.

Recycle on the Go succeeds in reducing waste downtown

The Recycle on the Go program, implemented in June 2013 by Fort Worth’s Solid Waste Services Division and Downtown Fort Worth Inc., has made significant contributions to reducing waste in the central city.

Will Rogers complex nominated for historic recognition

Three structures that form the backbone of the Fort Worth Cultural District have been nominated for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

Live Spanish Twitter Q&A with Mayor Betsy Price and Councilmember Espino

¡Hola Fort Worth! Monday, Sept. 15, will mark the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Cowtown has been blessed with so many remarkable Hispanic leaders and citizens who continue to enrich our city with their cultural diversity, and we want to celebrate that diversity in a completely new way.

Henderson detour in place; Main Street detour planned late this year

Construction is underway on the three new bridges in conjunction with the Trinity River Vision project. Construction of the three bridges will impact traffic flow on Henderson Street, White Settlement Road and North Main Street.

Fort Worth Flashback: Steamer brought luxury to Lake Worth

Sitting at dock is an excursion paddle boat, The Alvez. The steamer was launched on Lake Worth in 1925 and was destroyed by an engine room fire in 1928. It seated 600 passengers and had a restaurant, bar, an orchestra and dance floors.

IDEA Works making waves in the small business and startup community

In February of this year, we launched IDEA Works Fort Worth, a mixed-industry incubator that is going to do wonders for small businesses and startups in Cowtown. IDEA Works is the result of a public/private partnership between the City of Fort Worth and the BAC Education Foundation.

Growing number of mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

No human cases have been reported in Fort Worth for the 2014 mosquito season, but seven mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile Virus in 76177, 76244, 76118, 76104, 76115, 76111 and the central area of Arcadia Trail Park.

Tourism officials from Indonesia visiting Fort Worth

As part of a reciprocal exchange between Fort Worth and its sister city, Bandung, Indonesia, 17 Indonesian tourism officials and performers are visiting Fort Worth through Aug. 27.

SPARC’s ready to start the new school year

Fort Worth SPARC is back and ready for the new school year. SPARC’s mission is to help Fort Worth families find quality afterschool programs for their children. Studies show kids in afterschool programs are more engaged and interested in education, and that’s why I support SPARC.

Water, wastewater rate changes proposed for 2015

Typical Fort Worth water customers could see the water and sewer portions of their city services bill increase by $3.31 per month based on proposed rates presented to the City Council on Tuesday.

College GameDay to begin season from Sundance Square

The weekly three-hour, Emmy Award-winning show, which airs locally 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays, will open on Aug. 30 in advance of the Cowboys Classic. The annual neutral-site matchup from AT&T Stadium in Arlington will pit defending national champion Florida State against Oklahoma State later that evening.

Idling in school zones threatens kids health, wastes money and fuel

As the school year begins, there are millions of reasons — namely, our students — to eliminate idling in school zones.

Fort Worth Flashback: Pantherette printed all the news at Central High

In 1923, the magazine was published weekly by the schools Press Club. Clyde Gene Cox was managing editor.

Response to investigation into discrimination complaints

Today the City Manager released an executive summary that outlined several findings from an outside investigation into discrimination complaints filed against the Fort Worth Police Department.

Community workshop to discuss tolled managed lanes

Join representatives from local transportation agencies for a discussion and workshop about expanding transportation choices and improving mobility. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 26 at Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector Drive in Euless.

Learn how to make healthier choices at Blue Zones Project roundups

Attend one of more than 15 different events to learn how families, employers, schools, restaurants, grocery stores and neighborhoods are coming together to make healthy choices easier in Fort Worth.

Tower 55 improvements close roads around Nash Elementary

Tower 55 improvements close roads around Nash Elementary Posted Aug. 20, 2014 As part of the Tower 55 rail improvement project, a street leading to Nash Elementary School north of downtown Fort Worth will be closed for the first day

5k run/walk to provide funds for Snowball Express families’ visits

The inaugural Snowball Express 5k steps off in Fort Worth on Sept. 27. Proceeds benefit children of fallen military heroes at the organization’s annual gathering in December.

Protect rivers, lakes from polluted stormwater

Even though it doesn’t rain very often during summer months, chances for stormwater pollution remain high.

Fort Worth Flashback: FWHS predated today’s Paschal High

In 1891, the first Fort Worth High School was built and considered to be the finest school building in Texas. The building, seen here, was designed by Sanguinet and Haggart and was located in the current block bounded by Hemphill and Jennings, West Daggett and Jarvis.

‘Go Purple Friday’ kicks off again Aug. 29

College football season starts soon, and that means it’s time to put your purple pride on display.

Sales tax collections down slightly for June

Fort Worth’s net sales tax collections in June totaled $11,107,369, down from June 2013 by $39,035, or 0.4 percent. The drop is due to a one-time audit adjustment of about $1 million.

First #AskBetsy Twitter Q&A was a delightful #success

Miss the mayor's Twitter Q&A? Catch a recap and the mayor's thoughts on the event in this week's Mayor's Message.

2015 budget proposed, opportunities for public feedback unveiled

The city manager proposed a $1.5 billion budget on Tuesday that focuses on sustainable solutions to current challenges with no increase to the property tax rate.

New search tool makes access to official documents easier

The City Secretary’s Office last week opened up a public search site with direct access to many City Council documents they track. Known as Laserfiche, the tools allows all documents to be searched at once and specialized advanced searches for each document type.

Speak out on future plans for public art

Fort Worth residents have two opportunities to learn about the future of public art in their city.

Fort Worth Flashback: Business colleges prepared students to work in bustling city

At the turn of the 20th century, Fort Worth was on the verge of becoming a major city in the South and “business workers” were in great demand. About a half-dozen business colleges sprang up to fill the demand, offering shorthand, typewriting, bookkeeping, commercial law, penmanship, business ventures and other courses.

Cyclist-themed sculpture to be unveiled on Trinity Trails

Join Mayor Betsy Price, TRWD Board President Victor Henderson, local cycling aficionados and others at the unveiling of a new cyclist-inspired art installment on the Trinity Trails just south of the river near the Clearfork Main Street Bridge.

Site work underway for new public art piece

The 13-foot Tabachin Ribbon will be installed on the Public Safety Building Plaza north of City Hall.

Chisholm Trail main lane ramp to I-30 now open

The North Texas Tollway Authority opened additional ramps from northbound Chisholm Trail Parkway to eastbound Interstate-30, Summit Avenue, Cherry Street and Lancaster Avenue.

Take just 20 minutes to learn how to save a life

In an effort to save lives, the Fort Worth Emergency Services Collaborative has partnered with MedStar, the Fort Worth Fire Department and CBS 11/TXA21 to provide quick and easy training of “hands-only” CPR and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Fort Worth Flashback: Alexander Hogg School honored first superintendent

The Alexander Hogg School — named for the first Fort Worth school superintendent — was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002 and is known today as part of The Homes of Parker Commons.

Small changes in how cities operate could equal the next big thing

It's easy to take for granted what happens when you pull up an app on your phone. A few swipes of your finger and you can see when the next bus is coming or how much traffic is on your route, and it all started when government began opening its data to the public.

 

Stormwater project at Butler-McClure recognized for public safety improvements

Fort Worth’s stormwater utility undertook a $1.75 million improvement project in the neighborhood, which was completed in January 2014.

Keller Hicks Road closed through Dec. 11

Keller Hicks Road will be closed in both directions from North Riverside Drive to Ridgeview Circle through Dec. 11 to allow for the installation of a new water pipeline for the rapidly growing North Fort Worth area.

Fort Worth launches data portal, calls for community involvement in innovation

As part of the launch, the city is looking for local software developers and designers who want to help guide the Open Data initiative. Those interested in participating can sign up online to receive more information.

Timely capital improvement projects set to deliver a better Fort Worth

In May of this year, citizens approved the city $292 million bond program to that will bring needed improvements to all corners of Fort Worth. Your voice was heard loud and clear in the most publicly vetted bond proposal in the city’s history.

Fort Worth Flashback: Downtown parade celebrated Casa’s curtain going up

After Dallas was selected to be the site of the official Texas Centennial Celebration in 1936, Amon G. Carter began making plans for a celebration in Fort Worth.

Direct-connector ramp to Chisholm Trail Parkway now open

The North Texas Tollway Authority opened a direct-connector ramp from westbound Interstate 20 to southbound Chisholm Trail Parkway, the latest phase of the project.

Fort Worth Flashback: Take a westward view of downtown, circa 1937

This 1937 view shows Fort Worth’s western skyline from atop the Fort Worth National Bank Building.

Five regional innovations that changed how transportation was approached

Dallas-Fort Worth looks vastly different today than 40 years ago, and one example can be seen in its infrastructure. The North Central Texas Council of Governments named five projects that helped the region accommodate growth and changed the way transportation was approached.

Sales tax collections up 2.4 percent, marking best May ever

Fort Worth’s net sales tax collections in May totaled $9,837,257, up from May 2013 by $231,979, or 2.4 percent. These collections are the best on record for May.

Dallas Stars returning to Fort Worth for 2014 training camp

Dallas Stars President and CEO Jim Lites and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price announced the return of Dallas Stars Training Camp to the Fort Worth Convention Center Sept. 19- 21.

Council approves election seeking funding for multipurpose arena at Will Rogers

The City Council on Tuesday evening took the first step in seeking voter approval for a new Multipurpose Arena adjacent to the Will Rogers Memorial Center. A resolution that would allow them to call an election at a future date was passed unanimously.   

Council welcomes Ann Zadeh aboard

On Tuesday, July 15, Fort Worth gained its newest councilmember, Ann Zadeh. Ann is poised and ready to carry the District 9 torch, and we’re excited to have her!

Fort Worth Flashback: Downtown view, 1936

In this 1936 snapshot from downtown Fort Worth, a meter attendant collects money from parking meters at Sixth and Main streets near what was then the Blackstone Hotel. The hotel today is a Courtyard by Marriot and the coffee shop is a Corner Bakery.

Fort Worth leading the fight for city parks

This week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell traveled to Fort Worth to announce more than $43 million in new funding for parks and outdoor recreation through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Secretary Jewell’s visit to Fort Worth kicked off a weeklong trip to cities across the country to celebrate parks and green spaces created with LWCF funding.

Learn something new at Neighborhood University

Remember to sign up for Neighborhood University Summer Session, a half-day of mini-classes, exhibit tables and problem-solving sessions that will help strengthen and grow your neighborhood association.

Run to protect abused, neglected children

The Fort Worth Police Department has been involved with the Communities Against Crime 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run for many years. This year’s event — the 25th annual — will be Aug. 30, rain or shine.

New American Airlines Operations Center expected to be completed in 2015

The new facility will be near American’s headquarters and Flight Academy south of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Fort Worth’s Council District 5.

Interior secretary announces $43 million to states for parks, outdoor recreation

The secretary’s visit to Fort Worth’s Gateway Park is part of a weeklong series of events to highlight the fund’s successes on its 50th anniversary. President Obama has called for full, permanent funding in his proposed budget.

Fort Worth Flashback: Do you recognize downtown, circa 1900?

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

Longtime Water Director Frank Crumb to retire

Crumb joined the Water Department in 1983 and has been responsible for overseeing capital projects planning for various water and wastewater expansions and the expansion of the distribution and collection systems.

Briefing to the U.S. Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee

Briefing to the U.S. Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee regarding the importance of mayors being involved in developing an education system that responds to the academic and job skills needs of the 21st century.

Dive in to a summer movie at Forest Park Pool

Celebrate National Parks & Recreation month with an evening of swimming and movie-watching at Forest Park Pool.

Help your pets enjoy the Fourth, too

Take a few extra steps to ensure your pets are well protected during this long holiday weekend.

Another ramp opens on Chisholm Trail Parkway

The Parkway’s northbound entrance ramp from Edwards Ranch Road has opened to traffic.

Beat the heat: Avoid heat exhaustion, heatstroke

Heatstroke is a life-threatening problem that occurs when the body suffers from long, intense exposure to heat and loses its ability to cool itself.

Jungus Jordan speaks to Legislature about transportation

District 6 Councilmember focused on the need for cities to partner with state government to meet the needs of a growing population.

Make plans now and avoid traffic snarls for Fort Worth's Fourth celebration

With an anticipated crowd of more than 100,000 for the events downtown, the Fort Worth Police Department has put together a traffic plan to make it easier, quicker and safer to get to the events planned for July 4.

Celebrate your city and country this July Fourth weekend

During the upcoming July Fourth weekend, we’ll have the opportunity to celebrate both our city and country with Fort Worth’s Fourth and the Tour de Fort Worth! Here’s a helpful guide to how you should spend your weekend.

Fort Worth Flashback: Bank employees enjoyed the great outdoors

This 1954 snapshot shows attendees enjoying barbecue at a picnic for the employees of First National Bank of Fort Worth.

Doo the right thing — clean up after your pet

There are an estimated 1.5 million dogs in the North Central Texas area. If the average dog deposits nearly a pound of waste a day, more than a million pounds of waste is being produced each day in North Texas!

Making headway on improving customer service

The city’s Performance Office is hard at work putting systems into place to improve the efficiency of our employees and our business processes. These systems will increase our employees’ output and allow them to think about bigger issues their departments might be facing. More importantly, these systems will allow for the city to provide better services to you.

Fort Worth Flashback: City Park Dam supplied water to treatment plant

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

Fort Worth’s largest Fourth of July celebration returning to Panther Island Pavilion

The celebration takes place all afternoon with family actives, live music and more, and when the sun goes down, a spectacular fireworks show will start.

It's Your Fort Worth: Building a Healthy City

Guests Julie Wilson from the Fort Worth Blue Zones Project and FitWorth’s Leslie Casey join Mayor Betsy Price in an action-packed episode of “It’s Your Fort Worth.” In the first segment, the three fitness gurus jog on ellipticals while they discuss healthy activity in Fort Worth. After working up a strong appetite, they move over to the cutting board to prepare deliciously nutritious drinks and talk about the future of healthy eating in Cowtown. Be sure to keep your eye out for Mayor Price on the blender bike!

City plants natives to slow stormwater erosion

Less erosion means less dirt blocking channels and pipes, as well as the added benefit of improved water quality.

Opening of Knights of Pythias Lofts marks new era for structure as affordable housing

The 87-year-old building Knights of Pythias building in downtown Fort Worth will become an 18-unit rental housing structure known as Knights of Pythias Lofts.

Fort Worth Flashback: Relive 1983 Juneteenth Parade

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

New development coming to Stockyards, but not without protecting our western heritage

Over the last several days, we heard a lot of comments—both for and against—about the redevelopment plans of a major property owner in the Stockyards.

Changes in parking, single-family occupancy proposed

Changes would create a new overlay district that would affect occupancy of single-family homes near TCU.

Fort Worth Fire Department to provide fire service to Westworth Village beginning in July

Services will include fire suppression and response to motor vehicle accidents provided through the nearest one-alarm assignment.

Council approves economic development plan for American Airlines

The deal provides an incentive of up to 85 percent of the incremental value of real and personal property taxes at American’s new Integrated Operations Center, near its existing headquarters building.

Council approves economic incentives package for Stockyards redevelopment project

The developers will be required to work with the council and the city staff to establish design guidelines that preserve the historic nature of the Stockyards.

FWPD names two deputy chiefs

New deputy chiefs Capt. Martin Salinas and Capt. Kenneth Dean will be promoted in a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. June 12 at the FWPD Academy, 1000 Calvert St.

Additional Chisholm Trail Parkway ramps open

The North Texas Tollway Authority has opened ramps for Sycamore School Road.

Health and Safety Fair set for this weekend

Andrew “Doc” Session Community Center hosts the event 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 14 at 201 S. Sylvania Ave.

Mayor’s Triathlon is almost here!

The Mayor’s Triathlon kicks off at 7 a.m. Sunday, July 13, at Downtown YMCA, 512 Lamar Street. Online registration closes July 3.

Fort Worth neighborhood associations earn national recognition

Two Fort Worth neighborhoods were honored at the Neighborhoods, USA conference in Eugene, Oregon.

Fort Worth Flashback: Cowtown had its own Lake Erie

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

Panther Island bridge contract awarded

The bridges will be built on Henderson Street, North Main Street and White Settlement Road beginning this summer.

Videoconferencing expands Fire Department’s reach

Videoconferencing allows users in different locations to conduct face-to-face meetings, offer professional development, provide continued education and increase efficiency.

Fort Worth Flashback: Carnegie Library anchored downtown for many years

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

Triathletes to converge on Fort Worth for July 13 event

Online registration closes July 3 for the second annual Mayor’s Triathlon.

Congestion Management provides lower-cost mobility improvements

The Regional Transportation Council approved a revamped Congestion Management Process in 2013 that focused on the three major components of the system: freeways and toll roads, regional arterials and transit.

Drinking water quality reports available

The 20-page report shows the utility was completely compliant with state and federal drinking water standards.

Welcomed rains mean flooding is possible

Whether you are driving or walking, if you come to a flooded road, Turn Around Don't Drown.

On Memorial Day, remember those who gave their all for us

The 85th annual Memorial Day Services ceremony will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 26.

Work continues on portions of Chisholm Trail Parkway

All main lanes of the Chisholm Trail Parkway are open and traffic is moving between Fort Worth and Cleburne, but additional construction tasks will continue through the end of the year.

$5 million sponsorship boosts Blue Zones effort in Fort Worth

A Charter Sponsorship from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will encourage community participation by matching donations dollar for dollar.

Council approves Cooke as next city manager

With extensive experience in high-growth urban areas, David Cooke, 54, was selected from a group of candidates produced by a nationwide search.

Fort Worth Flashback: 1949 flood ravaged LaGrave Field

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

Voters approved the 2014 bond program…Now the real work begins

The city’s 2014 bond propositions were approved. Fortunately, the city has a good plan, and your City Council will be on the heels of city management to ensure these bond funds are spent in a timely and responsible manner.

City manager search moves into final steps

City Council has instructed its consultant to begin negotiations with David Cooke in the next step to fill the position of City Manager for the City of Fort Worth.

Pools set to open May 24

Forest Park Pool and Marine Park Aquatic Center are ready to go, and a spray ground at Sycamore Community Center also is available.

Memorial Day closing schedule May 26

Most city offices, including City Hall, will be closed; emergency services will be available as usual.

Sales tax collections up 5.6 percent, marking best March ever

The city is projecting to collect 1.7 percent more than the adopted fiscal year 2014 adopted budget.

Report confirms growth, economic vitality of downtown Fort Worth

Downtown Fort Worth Inc.'s 2013 State of Downtown report offers in-depth analysis of downtown’s leading performance indicators, including economic, social and education segments.

Report: DFW ranks 8th for high ozone days

The American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report finds half of Americans still live in counties where ozone or particle pollutions levels make the air unhealthy to breathe.

Fort Worth Flashback: 1949 flood called worst in city’s history

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

Chisholm Trail Parkway open to drivers, although construction continues

All main lanes of the 27- mile roadway are open and will provide a continuous route for motorists traveling from the downtown Fort Worth business district south to Cleburne.

Phone scam targets Spanish-speaking water customers

Residents are advised to be suspicious of unsolicited calls from individuals claiming to be Water Department employees.

Open data website means a more accountable, transparent government

A key part of our effort to improve transparency is our vision for using “open data.” Open data means exactly that—information that’s open and readily available to you and me.

Words for Wheels rolls out another successful contest (Video)

The third annual Words for Wheels contest was a wonderful success. I had a great time celebrating with all of the winners at Frank Kent Honda on Wednesday, April 30. Congrats to Safa Khawaja on winning the contest, and thanks to everyone who participated!

Commuters gain alternative to driving north I-35W in rush hour

The new Express Route 63 service will provide three morning and three late-afternoon non-stop trips Monday through Friday to and from downtown Fort Worth.

Vickery Boulevard permanently one way westbound when toll road opens

The section of Vickery Boulevard from University Drive to Lovell Street will become a permanent, one-way, westbound road beginning May 11 when Chisholm Trail Parkway opens to traffic.

Fort Worth Flashback: Flower Carnival Parade rolled through downtown streets

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

West Nile virus season is here — take care of yourself out there

Reduce the risk of exposure by taking some simple, common-sense precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Only rain down the storm drain

The storm water system is meant to drain only rain and keeps large amounts of water from flooding homes and property during storms.

Flashing lights mean drivers must make all the ‘right’ moves

State law requires drivers to yield the right of way when an emergency vehicle is displaying its emergency lights or using its siren.

Firefighters to check, install smoke detectors across Fort Worth

Each crew will identify an area to canvass in their local response territory and go door to door offering to check and/or install smoke detectors for Fort Worth residents.

New TollTag store serves Fort Worth, surrounding cities

Stop by Fort Worth’s new TollTag store in the Hulen Shopping Center May 16-17 for food, fun and a chance to win prizes during the grand opening events.

City manager finalists named

Roderick L. Bremby, David Cooke and Penny Postoak Ferguson have been selected from candidates identified in a national search.

What to do in Fort Worth on May 10

On Saturday, May 10, everyone’s calendar is going to look a little crazy. So, I’ve put together a short list for how you can spend your Saturday. Enjoy!

Meet artist at Chisholm Trail Parkway Run & Ride event

Artist Norie Sato was commissioned by Fort Worth Public Art and produced large-scale handmade glass and stone mosaics to be installed on a section of the Chisolm Trail Parkway.

I-35W expansion will double capacity

The I-35W project will reconstruct more than 10 miles of freeway and add managed lanes, which give drivers the option of paying a toll to use them.

Fort Worth Flashback: Mayfest increases awareness of parks, river

Mayfest began in 1973 as the Trinity River Festival, a celebration of hard work and success in improving the unsightliness that was left after the devastating flood of 1949.

What you need to know about the new Chisholm Trail Parkway

The new toll road is expected to open to traffic on May 11 and extends 27.6 miles from west of Fort Worth’s business district south to U.S. 67 in Cleburne.

Wild skunk tests positive for rabies in far north Fort Worth

Animal Care and Control Officers urge residents to not approach or attempt to handle any free-roaming, unfamiliar animals behaving in an unusual manner.

Panther Island bridge construction begins this summer

Bridge construction will change transportation patterns along White Settlement, Henderson and North Main.

Plans sought for restoration of Heritage Park Plaza

Reopening the plaza is part of Plan 2023, the Downtown Strategic Action Plan approved by the City Council in 2003.

Cromwell Marine Creek Road section to close for storm water drainage improvement

Cromwell Marine Creek Road will be closed west of the intersection of Bob Hanger Street for construction from Saturday, May 3, to Wednesday, May 7.

Exercise your right to vote!

We have an important election coming up on May 10 regarding the city’s $219 million bond proposal and our Crime Control and Prevention District. Early voting runs from Monday, April 28 to Tuesday, May 6.

New partnership aims to improve healthcare, access for city workers

Fort Worth CareToday offers active and retired City of Fort Worth employees access to a clinic at 909 Ninth Ave. beginning May 1.

Fort Worth Flashback: Shouts of ‘Play ball!’ have rung out at LaGrave Field since 1926

The original LaGrave Field was built in 1926 and replaced Panther Park, which had been opened in 1900.

Walk-in court downtown to begin closing during noon hour

New hours will be 8 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Fairmount family wins Green-Off Contest for sustainable efforts

Two families were selected from more than 30 Fort Worth families to compete in the five-month contest to make their lives at home, work and play greener and more sustainable.

Fort Worth named Destination of the Year by meeting planners

Fort Worth was chosen from among 120 destinations.

Fire Trainee Academy begins with 51 recruits

The total represent the largest number of recruits to start training at one time in the 120-year history of the department.

29th Cowtown Cleanup breaks records

A record 5,728 volunteers participated and 2,948 bags of litter and debris — approximately 105,000 pounds — was collected from neighborhoods, waterways, streets and parks in Fort Worth.

Waving the Fort Worth flag in the Land Down Under

Relationships are everything. And, when you’re working to build personal connections with civic and business leaders on the other side of the world, it’s often best to take the road show to them. That’s just what we did earlier this month as we traveled to Australia, courtesy of DFW Airport.

Two grants to fund major improvements at Central Library

Two capital improvement projects in the Central Library supported by the Sid W. Richardson Foundation and Speedway Children’s Charities begin this summer and promise increased fun for Fort Worth’s children and families in fall 2014.

Ad Hoc Task Force set to review plans and policies to fight homelessness

After a recent spirited conversation with citizens and local service providers, the City is set to form an Ad Hoc Task Force to advise the City on opportunities to streamline the funding and delivery of services to homeless.

This Earth Day, support organizations that support our parks

Since 1970, Earth Day has been a worldwide celebration aimed at protecting the environment. It’s an annual reminder for us to recognize the importance of healthy air, land and water across the country. One of the most important sources of funding for America’s local, state and national parks is the incredibly successful, but little known Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Fort Worth Flashback: Take a trip down Jennings Avenue

This south-looking view of Jennings Avenue in downtown Fort Worth was snapped from atop the Fort Worth National Bank building.

Sales tax collections up 5.6 percent, marking best February ever

The string of record-setting numbers continues as collections outpace projections for FY2014.

Victims of ‘Terminex imposter’ asked to file reports with police

Residents who may have been victims of this crime are asked to complete an offense report by calling 817-335-4222.

IDEA Works, Radio Shack partner to improve offerings

The two-year agreement gives the Fort Worth-based electronics retailer naming rights of the co-working space.

SteerFW Civic Projects will drive change in Fort Worth (Video)

The SteerFW Civic Summit kicked off the 2014 cycle for SteerFW Civic Project proposals, a leadership development model that gives interested members the opportunity to take the lead on submitting ideas that creatively address local challenges. Watch the video to learn more.

Watch for upcoming entrance, exit changes along I-30

As early as April 17, Chisholm Trail Parkway construction crews will open the westbound Interstate 30 frontage road from Summit Avenue/Eighth Street to University Drive.

Housing Authority, Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives partner to buy Hillside Apartments

The new entity has pledged to maintain the affordability mix for the next 24 years and to use all net revenues from the venture to encourage the development of additional mixed-income housing downtown.

Fort Worth Flashback: Scrappy Bulldogs represented Fort Worth National on the diamond

In 1873, Thomas A. Tidball and John B. Wilson established one of the first private banks in Fort Worth.

Funding approved for Renaissance Square apartments

The Fort Worth Housing Finance Corp. approved a $1.3 million, five-year, 1 percent loan to foster the development of a 140-unit apartment community development in southeast Fort Worth.

Howdy from the beautiful and exciting land of the Aussies!

We’re off to the land down under again to wave the Fort Worth flag and expand awareness about DFW Airport—the gateway to America.

Construction starting on new police heliport

The $5.2 million facility will house the Fort Worth Police Department’s two helicopters and will have a third hangar bay for future growth.

Fort Worth Flashback: Trinity Park expanded due to levee controversy

Trinity Park became Fort Worth’s second park when the city purchased 50 acres straddling the Clear Fork of the Trinity River in 1892.

Where to find local aviation landmark sites

The Fort Worth Aviation Museum will publish an annual list of North Texas Aviation Landmarks and Sites.

Water conservation is a decision for our future

On Tuesday, April 1, the city council will consider making our current water conservation efforts permanent.

Fort Worth approves economic development agreements

The City Council approved four economic development deals this week that will ensure Fort Worth’s economy remains one of the most robust in Texas.

Fort Worth, Houston, Dallas mayors throw weight behind high-speed rail

The announcement marks the first time the three cities have united behind a project benefiting each city.

New census numbers reflect Tarrant County’s rapid growth

Tarrant County’s population grew by 30,000 people, the eighth largest increase in the nation.

Mayors of Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth announce their support of high-speed rail between Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth

Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price announced their support for a high-speed rail route between Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, promoted by Texas Central High-Speed Railways.

Fort Worth Flashback: YWCA an early advocate for Fort Worth women

In honor of Women’s History Month, each week in March Fort Worth Flashback will take a look at the role of women leaders in our city’s history.

Change in billboard ordinance could speed I-35W expansion

The City Council has approved an exception to its 20-year-old sign ordinance prohibiting billboards and the relocation of billboards.

Plaque honors nature center supporters on 50th anniversary

The plaque recognizes the significant people and entities that supported the establishment of the nature center in 1964.

MedStar memberships offer peace of mind

A StarSaver membership is an affordable way to take the worry out of calling 911.

Flood insurance is available, no matter where you live in Fort Worth

Flood damage to your home is not covered by your regular house insurance, but a separate flood policy is available to all Fort Worth residents.

Mark your calendars for the May 10 bond election

On Saturday, May 10, you’ll have the opportunity to vote on $292 million in bonds to finance a five-year construction program.

Avoid door-to-door dangers

The Fort Worth Police Department offers tips to help prevent door-to-door scams.

2014 Comprehensive Plan gains approval

The Planning and Development Department updates the full text of the plan every three years, while continuing to annually update the trends chapters and the appendices.

Fort Worth Flashback: Edna Deckler Perry edited statewide genealogical journal

In honor of Women’s History Month, each week in March Fort Worth Flashback will take a look at the role of women leaders in our city’s history.

Sales tax collections up 2.9 percent, marking best January ever

Fort Worth’s net sales tax collections in January totaled more than $9 million.

Hulen Street Bridge now open to pedestrians

A sidewalk on the north side of the new bridge in south Fort Worth recently opened after crews completed their work installing safety railings.

In Fort Worth, ‘Salute to the Warrior’ honors military heroes, supports Snowball Express

On Saturday, March 22, The Airpower Foundation will present Salute to the Warrior, a celebrity softball double header and concert that will benefit the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team and Snowball Express.

‘Words for Wheels’ is back to give one FWISD senior a brand new Honda Civic

This month, one Fort Worth ISD high school senior will have the chance to win a brand new Honda Civic—talk about a first car! The price they’ll have to pay for it? A thousand compelling words about how they plan to benefit the Fort Worth community.

I-30 traffic switch to occur overnight Friday

Eastbound I-30 traffic between University Drive and Summit Avenue will be moved onto new pavement beginning March 14.

AirCheckTexas helps repair or replace polluting vehicles

Residents of Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall and Tarrant counties with vehicles that have failed the emissions portion of the state inspection in the past 30 days or are more than 10 years old are encouraged to apply for replacement assistance.

Fort Worth Flashback: Betty Randels was child advocate

In honor of Women’s History Month, each week in March Fort Worth Flashback will take a look at the role of women leaders in our city’s history.

Fort Worth Flashback: Hazel Harvey Peace was educator, activist

In honor of Women’s History Month, each week in March Fort Worth Flashback will take a look at the role of women leaders in our city’s history.

Mayors for Parks co-chairs praise LWCF funding in federal budget

Mayors Betsy Price and Michael B. Hancock praised the inclusion of federal funding for urban parks, trails and green spaces through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which was in the president’s budget for fiscal year 2015, released today.

Take Care of Texas in your yard

Statewide campaign offers everything from general information about environmental programs to specific, step-by-step instructions that address common environmental situations in all parts of your life.

Construction begins on 1.6 million square-foot industrial project in far north Fort Worth

Located at the northwest corner of I-35W and Eagle Parkway, a 1.6 million square-foot speculative industrial project will include more than 4.2 million square feet of office, retail and industrial space.

Chisholm Trail Parkway: The road goes on forever, and the party’s about to begin

After more than 40 years of planning and construction, the Chisholm Trail Parkway will finally open in May. This 28-mile toll road in Tarrant and Johnson counties is a huge milestone for North Texas, and we’re going to kick off this Texas-sized celebration with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Fort Worth Flashback: Lorraine Withington, active in social circles

In honor of Women’s History Month, each week in March Fort Worth Flashback will take a look at the role of women leaders in our city’s history.

Council to seek more candidates for city manager

Council has asked a search firm to seek more candidates for the city's top executive position.

City council to continue search for next city manager

Mayor Price released the following statement on behalf of the city council regarding the search for Fort Worth’s new city manager.

Urban art unveiled at Sierra Vista Transit Plaza

The artwork reflects the neighborhoods and community surrounding the transit plaza while visually and thematically connecting with the adjacent Berry-Riverside Urban Village streetscape.

Go green, breathe clean with Air North Texas

Join the City of Fort Worth, Air North Texas Partner of the Year, by supporting the campaign today and making a positive impact on air quality tomorrow.

SteerFW dives into 2014 with a passion for change

In Fort Worth, you’re never too young (or too young-at-heart) to get involved with the city. The SteerFW emerging leaders are ready to make a difference in 2014, and they’re looking for new members.

Chisholm Trail Community Center opening March 1

The multipurpose fitness and activity center in southwest Fort Worth hosts a celebration beginning at 10 a.m.

Fire Department to receive $3.3 million grant

A Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) federal grant can be used to increase or maintain the number of trained frontline firefighters available in local communities.

Fort Worth Flashback: Urban League leader attended local graduation ceremony

In honor of Black History Month, each week in February Fort Worth Flashback will take a look at the role of African-American leaders in our city’s history.

Budding artists’ work could be featured in Emergency Preparedness calendar

Any third-, fourth- or fifth- grade student attending a public school in the Fort Worth city limits can participate.

Wild skunk tests positive for rabies in east Fort Worth

Animal Care and Control officers urge residents not to approach or attempt to handle any free-roaming, unfamiliar animals behaving in an unusual manner.

Council calls special election to fill District 9 seat

Deadline for candidates to file for office is 5 p.m. March 10 in the City Secretary’s Office at City Hall.

T Board approves express bus service far north Fort Worth

New non-stop express bus service on Fort Worth’s North I-35W corridor to and from downtown is expected to begin this summer.

Sales tax collections up 7 percent, marking best December ever

The city is projecting to collect $1,019,326, or 0.8 percent, more than the adopted fiscal year 2014 adopted budget.

Top soccer players take to the pitch in Fort Worth this weekend

Games kick off at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday and continue through 3 p.m. at Fort Worth’s Rolling Hills Soccer Complex, 2525 Joe B. Rushing Road. Sunday games begin at 7:30 a.m. and continue to 1:30 p.m. A schedule is available on the ECNL website.

Fort Worth, Tarrant County co-winners in City vs. County Challenge

City employees contributed $149,980.83. County employees donated $91,342.41; a combined total of $241,323.24.

Sign up to get a reminder for monthly bulk collection

Fort Worth residents can now sign up electronically to receive reminder notices for monthly bulk collection.

City manager finalists announced

The finalists will be brought in for another round of in-person interviews with the City Council Feb. 25.

‘Czar’ named to focus on regional transportation initiatives

Bryan Beck has been named regional transportation coordinator for the city, a position that will serve as the high-level point of contact on legacy projects.

The T Board names new president

Paul J. Ballard takes over as president and CEO effective April 14.

State of the City 2014

Fort Worth had quite the year in 2013. At our annual State of the City Address this past Thursday, I had the opportunity to highlight some of the year’s greatest accomplishments and announce some of our plans for the future.

Municipal channels moving to new locations for Charter customers

Public, educational and government (PEG) channels will continue to be available on the basic tier of service but will be grouped on channels 190-194.

Fort Worth Flashback: Guinn School educated black children for 63 years

In honor of Black History Month, each week in February Fort Worth Flashback will take a look at the role of African-American leaders in our city’s history.

District 9 Councilmember Burns announces resignation

He will continue to serve as the District 9 representative as a holdover member until a special election is held.

Let’s step it up in the challenge against Des Moines

It’s go time, Fort Worth! It’s time to kick it into the highest of gears. It’s time to go to the fullest of throttles. It’s time to beat Des Moines in our 10-Week Wellness Challenge!

Protect your home — get rid of stored chemicals

Get ready for the spring storm season by getting rid of those chemicals you don’t need or use.

Fort Worth Flashback: Weekly kept Como community in the know

In honor of Black History Month, each week in February Fort Worth Flashback will take a look at the role of African-American leaders in our city’s history.

Chisholm Trail Parkway due to open in May

The North Texas Tollway Authority will announce an exact date for the opening in the coming weeks.

Smoke detector drive shows many homes in need

Out of 197 homes visited by Fort Worth firefighters, 64 smoke alarms were installed and 45 batteries were replaced.

Next city manager will shape the future of Fort Worth

We began our conversation about Fort Worth’s next city manager this week. It’s one of the most important decisions we will make as a city council—a decision that will shape the very future of our city. Read about the process and what we’re looking for in a city manager.

Development activity increased in 2013

The 10,576 building permits in 2013 for a combined value of $2.3 billion, the largest value amount in the history of the city, represents 7.9 percent more permits than in the prior year.

Construction of Will Rogers improvements approved

The Multi-Purpose Pavilion will be a 145-foot-by-300-foot covered structure on the north side of the Richardson-Bass Building.

IDEA Works FW, new incubator, to nurture emerging businesses

The City of Fort Worth is launching a mixed-use industry incubator for emerging businesses.

The T names TRE chief, grants administrator

The T named Tom Tulley chief operating officer of the Trinity Railway Express and William Johnson as The T’s grants and disadvantaged business enterprise administrator.

Fort Worth Flashback: Dr. Murchison served city’s families in early 1900s

In honor of Black History Month, each week in February Fort Worth Flashback will take a look at the role of African-American leaders in our city’s history.

It's Your Fort Worth: Keep Fort Worth Funky

Southside Pirate John Rody and James Zametz of Keep Fort Worth Funky join Mayor Betsy Price to talk about some of the great things that give Fort Worth a unique flavor.

District 6 Community Coffee will give residents first look at new Chisholm Trail Community Center

Mayor Betsy Price and Councilmember Jungus Jordan will host a JavaFW Caffeinated Town Hall meeting on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 9 a.m. at the Chisholm Trail Community Center, 4680 McPherson Blvd.

New animal shelter medical treatment ward is a game-changer for Fort Worth animals

Whether you’re a Dog Person or a Cat Person (or both), there’s something in Fort Worth we can all agree to get excited about—our animal shelter’s new medical treatment ward.

Fort Worth Flashback: Guilty pleasures most common form of Stock Show grub

This photo shows a time when food and beverage offerings were not as abundant: the 1947 cafeteria and bar located along the midway.

Water taste, odor issues persist as geosmin counts rise

The Water Department assures customers the water is safe for drinking, cooking, bathing and all other purposes, even though it has an earthy smell and taste.

Celebrate 100 years of fun at Lake Worth in 2014

City Council has proclaimed 2014 as Lake Worth Centennial Year, and the highlighting event will be the Grand Celebration at Casino Beach Park on Sept. 20.

Transit surveys to help planners forecast, meet needs

DART and TRE passengers will be asked to participate in two types of ridership surveys beginning next month.

Outstanding neighborhoods recognized for their service

More than 30 organizations nominated 60 groups and individuals for the 11th annual Fort Worth Neighborhood Awards.

Animal shelter breaks ground on new medical treatment ward

The treatment ward will provide a healthier shelter environment and help identify health concerns earlier.

Fort Worth Flashback: Generations have sought thrills on Stock Show’s midway

Whether you’re 5 or 65, you’re sure to enjoy the Fort Worth Stock Show’s carnival midway.

Public meeting to discuss District 6 water, sewer line work

The meeting is at 6 p.m. Jan. 23 at Southwest Community Center, 6300 Welch Ave.

Fort Worth’s newest park celebrates local aviation achievement

A little over a century after Fort Worth Star-Telegram founder Amon G. Carter and other local business men brought a traveling flying troupe to wow Cowtown, aviation enthusiasts and community leaders gathered in the city’s new First Flight Park to dedicate a historical marker — the first piece of a new Fort Worth destination.

Councilmember Jordan recognized for education support

District 6 Councilmember Jungus Jordan was named a 2014 Friend of STEM Education for his strong support of education in Fort Worth.

Fort Worth takes on Des Moines, Iowa in 10-Week Wellness Challenge

After a healthy 2013, Mayor Price plans to keep Fort Worth’s health initiatives rolling. With the 10-Week Wellness Challenge against the Greater Des Moines area on the horizon, 2014 is off to a great start.

Sales tax collections up 11 percent, best ever for November

The city is projecting to collect 0.9 percent more than the adopted fiscal year 2014 adopted budget.

Fire Department requesting residents’ help in finding reckless drivers

The city’s Office of Emergency Management is asking for information from the public about two vehicle accidents that resulted in the loss of two outdoor warning sirens.

Fort Worth Flashback: Review Stock Show’s growth during the 1940s

The decade of the Forties witnessed some of the greatest growth and innovation of what was then known as the Fort Worth Fat Stock Show.

Remembering Mayor Bolen

A Fort Worth hero passed away today. Bob Bolen’s lifelong motto was, “Always leave a place better than you found it,” and that’s exactly what he did wherever he went.

Former Mayor Bob Bolen, 87, dies

Serving as mayor for more than nine years, Mr. Bolen's efforts helped make Fort Worth one of the fastest-growing and most successful cities in this country.

Climb aboard as we sail into 2014

Mayor Betsy Price is planning Fort Worth’s voyage into 2014. She’s asking citizens to send in their ideas for the State of the City address.

Fort Worth Flashback: All-Western Stock Show Parade rolls through downtown

The first year a parade was added to the Stock Show event lineup was 1896. In 1909, the parade featured almost 40 Comanche and Kiowa braves led by Chief Quanah Parker.

Microsite features Fort Worth’s coolest assets

The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s efforts to help attract young professionals to Cowtown has new cyber muscle — FWhat.

Help keep our sewer pipes fat-free

Just as fat, oil and grease can cause blockages in your arteries, they can do the same to Fort Worths sewer pipes.

Fort Worth Flashback: FWNB collection captures our city’s past

A collection of memorabilia, scrapbooks and photos were donated to the Fort Worth Library in 1994 by the National Bank/Texas American Bank Retired Employees Association under the leadership of Joe Baldridge, a former general manager. The collection consists of 25 boxes of materials and 291 mounted photographs divided into 12 series.

Here’s to the good citizens of Fort Worth who made 2013 a year to remember

Mayor Price Looks back on 2013 and shares vision for 2014.

Fort Worth Flashback: Admin building anchors TWU campus

The Oneal-Sells Administration Building on the campus of Texas Wesleyan University (formerly Texas Wesleyan College) is a Texas Historic Landmark.

Dickerson named city’s new Director of Human Resources

A successful Human Resources professional in both small and large scale public sector organizations for more than 20 years.

Need to entertain the kids as you go ‘over the river and through the woods’?

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s website Take Care of Texas offers fun, environmental educational activities.

Sales tax collections up 2.9 percent in October

The city is projecting to collect 0.6 percent more than the adopted fiscal year 2014 adopted budget.

Bicycle-pedestrian trail could stretch 64 miles, connect region

The mayors of Fort Worth, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Irving and Dallas will work to coordinate efforts between the cities, the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Regional Transportation Council to identify funding and plan for completing critical trail connections.

Bovos named city’s new Chief Financial Officer

Aaron J. Bovos, the Deputy County Administrator and Chief Financial Officer for Gwinnett County, Ga., will join the city in mid-January.

Mayors for Parks aims to encourage Congress, White House to support our parks

The Mayors for Parks coalition is a project of City Parks Alliance aimed to make the case to Congress and the White House about why parks are so vital to our cities. It’s our goal to see that the Land and Water Conservation Fund is reauthorized and fully funded.

Fort Worth Flashback: Tandy Center introduced ice skating to Cowtown

Many Fort Worth residents laced up their first— and possibly only— pair of ice skates at the old Tandy Center, which housed an ice rink surrounded by shops and restaurants.

Ensure security of child safety seats at local fire stations

The Fort Worth Fire Department is partnering with Safe Kids Tarrant County and Fort Worth Fire Fighter Charities to offer free car seat inspections and installations to Fort Worth residents.

AllianceTexas surpasses $50 billion in economic impact

The economic impact for this year is projected to be $3.7 billion, bringing the total for the development in far north Fort Worth to $50.6 billion.

Code Compliance recognized for outreach efforts

Department received two awards for educational outreach campaigns aimed at residents.

Public comment accepted on draft Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice through Jan. 10

The city's Housing & Economic Development Department is accepting public comment on the draft Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, a research study and planning document prepared to comply with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requirements. The comment period ends at 5 p.m. Jan. 10.

TCEQ announces new grants for alternative fuel and/or natural gas fueling stations

TCEQ has scheduled a grant application workshops to review the grant requirements and the application process, 1:30-3 p.m. Dec. 13, at the North Central Texas Council of Governments offices in Arlington.

Icemageddon threw surprises at first responders, will improve emergency preparedness

I think Mother Nature threw just about everything she could at us, especially in the northwestern portion of the Metroplex. I’m glad we’re almost at the end of this icy storm, but let’s all continue to exercise caution and patience out there on the roads.

In the city of ‘Cowboys and Culture,’ art remains vital to growth

Fort Worth’s arts scene is nationally renown, and it continues growing every single day. From incredible museums to stunning public sculptures, our arts brighten the city and spark creativity in residents both young and old.

Fort Worth Flashback: Downtown shops’ window displays were a staple of holiday season

Elaborate window displays drew shoppers downtown to Fort Worth’s major department stores and specialty shops each Christmas season.

Big recycling event nets big results

Nearly 1,000 Fort Worth residents cleaned out their garages and sheds for the annual America Recycles Day event.

A chance to ‘Express’ our gratitude to the family of fallen military heroes

On Dec. 14, Fort Worth has the opportunity to honor our fallen military heroes and their families through the Snowball Express program. We’ll welcome nearly 2,000 children and spouses whose family members were killed in action.

TollTags go purple

A limited-edition TCU TollTag will be available starting in winter 2014.

Connect With The Community brings different faiths together for a common cause

The Mayor’s Faith Leaders Cabinet is hosting Connect With The Community, a citywide celebration of Fort Worth’s various religious cultures coming together to collaborate on making a difference in the community.

Fort Worth Flashback: Cowtown enthusiastically welcomed JFK

This photo shows the president entering the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored breakfast in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom on the morning of Nov. 22, 1963.

Fort Worth continues to score high for LGBT inclusiveness on national scorecard

The 2013 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) is a rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal law.

Fort Worth Aviation Museum adds to aircraft collection

The Fort Worth Aviation Museum will add the large helicopter to its growing collection of display aircraft.

Take Back Meds partnership increases collection results

Residents of Fort Worth emptied their medicine cabinets of 1,600 pounds of over-the-counter and prescription drugs as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 26.

Hit the road with me to help fight hunger

The Tarrant Area Food Bank ‘Ride For Kids' bike ride on Nov. 23 is aiming to raise awareness — and funding — to make sure children everywhere have something healthy to eat!

American Airlines merger statement

We’re very pleased to hear the news today that a settlement has been reached to allow the monumental merger between American Airlines and US Airways to proceed. This has been a long process; but brighter days are ahead for American Airlines, and we’re delighted that Fort Worth will be home base for the world’s largest airline in the world. It’s a good day for North Texas, it’s a good day for the employees of the new American Airlines, and it’s a good day for the traveling public.

Sales tax collections up 5.3 percent in September

The city has collected $9,847,990 above budget year-to-date and projects to end the year 9.1 percent higher than the adopted budget.

I-20 eastbound River Ranch exit opens today

This new exit will provide motorists with enhanced access between Bryant Irvin Road and South Hulen Street in time for the holiday season.

Meet the Parkers and the Watsons: Families 'dueling' to be the greenest in Fort Worth

Green-Off Contest is part of Fort Worth’s commitment to making our city more sustainable and greener.

Enhance your child’s education with FWISD’s Programs of Choice

Fort Worth ISD is getting rid of the old “one size fits all” method of learning and welcoming new opportunities that will engage every student at every skill level and possibly save parents and students thousands of dollars in college expenses.

Fort Worth Flashback: Cowtown enthusiastically welcomed first couple in 1963

A reproduction of the Nov. 22, 1963 Star-Telegram front page shows JFK and the first lady disembarking an Air Force jet at Carswell Air Base the night before.

Local lakes provide water, but they aren’t an endless supply

Lake Bridgeport was more than 17 feet below conservation pool in May.

What to do with what powers your home

Millions and millions of batteries and light bulbs are used up and discarded from American homes each year.

Fort Worth Flashback: Lee Harvey Oswald bounced around Fort Worth schools

Lee Harvey Oswald was a student at Ridglea West Elementary School during the 1949-1950 school year.

Nine new Heritage Trees announced

For 2013, 14 trees were nominated for Heritage Tree status, as recognized by the City of Fort Worth. Nine of the nominated trees were approved by an independent panel for this special recognition.

Fort Worth Bike Sharing celebrates half a year of success

Fort Worth Bike Sharing has accomplished so much in only six months time. It’s been a blast to watch!

Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder

Mayor Price, along with the mayors of Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Chicago, Miami-Dade County and Dallas, have sent a joint letter to Attorney General Eric Holder in support of the American Airlines/U.S. Airways merge in hopes of ending the lawsuit aimed at blocking the deal.

Bike-share program is off to a fast start(2)

The local bike-share program began when the The T received a $1 million grant to purchase equipment for 30 stations.

Experience Sundance Square Plaza opening Nov. 1-3

The 55,000-square-foot space will also feature a multipurpose pavilion, bicycle racks, light and sound, seating and gorgeous landscaping.

The T’s board elects 2014 officers

The board of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) re-elected Scott Mahaffey, president and CEO of Cohn & Gregory Inc. as chair of The T’s board of directors for fiscal year 2014.

Local aviation museum rebrands

Last month the museum’s board approved rebranding the Veterans Memorial Air Park to the Fort Worth Aviation Museum.

Second annual Report to the Community shows SteerFW's continuing impact

SteerFW is the city’s initiative to energize and empower young people to make a difference in our city. And, this past week, the SteerFW leaders gave annual reports on the three main projects for the year covering the issues of health, homelessness and the arts.

City Manager announces his retirement

After nearly three decades of service, Tom Higgins announced his plans to retire today.

Higgins' leadership helped Fort Worth grow

City Manager Tom Higgins announced his retirement today, after nearly 27 years with the city, and his time and effort here played a key role in helping Fort Worth grow.

Golf with an ‘Edge’ comes to Rockwood course Oct. 19

The vision of The River’s Edge is to provide a place for new golfers to learn to play without the intimidation factor, for experienced golfers to hone their skills, and for all golfers who are faced with “not enough time to play” a facility that only takes 45 minutes to one hour to complete.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Fort Worth cares enough to wear pink

Take time this month to remember, celebrate and support women in the fight against breast cancer. At our city council meeting this Tuesday, Fort Worth will declare Friday, Oct.18 as “Cares Enough to Wear Pink Day.” Citizens are encouraged to wear pink in support of these courageous women.

District 6’s Jordan will focus on transportation issues, partnerships as president of TML

An eight-year member of the organization that represents more than 1,100 Texas cities and towns, Jordan was named president-elect in 2012, and becomes the sixth Fort Worth official to lead the group since its creation 100 years ago.

West Seventh Street Bridge project opens ahead of schedule

After months of re-routing around the construction on the new West 7th Street Bridge, the project opened to regular motor vehicle traffic Wednesday afternoon.

Fort Worth Flashback: TCU-A&M games drew enthusiastic crowds

Crowds came to see the two college football rivalries compete.

Get set for the Mayor’s Spooky Bike Ride II

Something’s lurking around the corner…it’s the Spooky Bike Ride! This will be the last bike ride of the year, so let’s make it a good one! Sign up today.

Survey seeks to define barriers to fair housing choice

The goal is to determine whether any local barriers or adverse policies exist to fair housing choice.

Colorful banners brighten Near East Side Urban Village

Fort Worth artist Michael Pavlovsky created 24 unique metal banners designs, installed onto select pedestrian and roadway light poles along the north and south sides of East Lancaster Avenue.

New online options can help with ticket resolution

Residents now can handle a variety of issues without having to go to court locations.

Old Granbury Road to close at Chisholm Trail Parkway intersection Oct. 7

The permanent closure location is about one mile north of FM 1187 in southern Tarrant County.

Hazard Mitigation Action Plan to be discussed at Oct. 3 meeting

The meeting – scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Regional Forum Room, 616 Six Flags Drive – will include discussion of natural and man-made disasters and possible solutions.

MedStar named Provider of the Year

The National Awards of Excellence program recognizes providers who have exemplified excellence and leadership in the emergency medical services profession.

Reconstruction of important stretch of I-35W to begin soon

Any mention of I-35 these days will almost always be followed by a quick quip about the biggest parking lot in Texas. Fortunately, help is on the way.

Fort Worth Flashback: North Side Branch has been serving residents since 1967

The Fort Worth Library’s North Side Branch was one of five neighborhood branches to open in 1967.

Three area homeowners commended for water conservation

To raise awareness of wasteful water usage, the Fort Worth Water Department and the Botanic Research Institute of Texas partnered to challenge area homeowners to create the perfect water-efficient landscape and compete in the EcoScape, residential landscape contest.

Post-egret cleanup begins this week at Sylvania Park

The city’s Parks and Community Services Department estimates it could take up to two weeks to clean sidewalks, picnic areas, playground equipment, benches and other park amenities.

Airport Overlay Districts, Runway Protection Zones being created for three city airports

The purpose is to minimize airport hazards or land uses that are not compatible with airport operations.

Fort Worth Fire Department accepting applications

Applications are available online for fire trainee starting Oct. 7.

Sales tax collections up 2.2 percent in July

The city has collected $8,315,547 above budget to end the year 7.6 percent higher than the 2013 adopted budget.

Fort Report: Artes de la Rosa's 'Romeo and Juliet'

This week, Fort Report talks to a local director who is putting a Cuban spin on an Italian tale immortalized by William Shakespeare.

City Council approves FY14 budget

The City Council approved a $1.4 billion budget last week that focuses on sustainable solutions to current challenges with no increase in the property tax rate.

Fort Worth Flashback: North Side High is one of architect Clarkson’s signature works

In September 1937, North Side High School moved to a new building on McKinley Avenue that was built on the site of the Stripling Dairy.

Let your voice be heard on Fort Worth TV

The mayor wants to know, “How can the city increase public interest in local issues?” Submit your ideas in question form (example: "Has the city tried...") and it may be read on an upcoming show featuring the mayor.

Mayor's Message: Stay healthy and active with FitWorth’s fall challenges

The fall is here, and you know what that means: time to get pumped up for more FitWorth activities!

Feds announce $531 million loan for North Tarrant Expressway

The project will reconstruct more than 12 miles of freeway and add managed lanes.

Sweepstakes seek to award recyclers, find greenest Fort Worth families

All Fort Worth residents are invited to enter two sweepstakes.

Get a rain barrel or compost bin at a great price

Order and pay for your barrels and/or bins online before Oct. 27, then pick up your items from 9-11 a.m. Nov. 2 at Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods

Officer John Bell receives Star of Texas Award

Bell, who was wounded in January in a shootout involving a fleeing suspect, was honored when Gov. Rick Perry presented the awards on Sept. 12.

Fort Worth Flashback: Library’s lily pond no longer part of TCU landscape

Unless you’ve been around Fort Worth for a long, long time, you likely won’t recognize or remember this former feature of the TCU campus.

A SteerFW block party is my kind of party

Bluebonnet Circle is about to get an upgrade. Come celebrate Better Block with us on Saturday, Sept. 21. It’s going to be a blast!

Paper bus passes are so yesterday — there’s an app for that today

Buy DART, The T and DCTA tickets through the GoPass app, available for Android phones and iPhones.

Compromise reached in ordinance change for gas compressors

The amendment also requires noise standards regulation in all zoning districts.

Fire finds a way to avoid company deactivations

Proposed adjustment would eliminate need for rolling fire company deactivations at the start of the new fiscal year.

Groups, businesses can ‘adopt’ creeks, earn break on stormwater fee

The program is ideal for an organization or business with a brick-and-mortar location near a creek.

Tollmate upgrades feature real-time traffic conditions, map

The North Texas Tollway Authority’s free mobile app now features a map with real-time traffic updates and a link to call free roadside assistance on NTTA toll roads.

Reduce nutrient pollution from your yard this fall

Your yard can be a source of nutrient pollution, which can make pets or people sick if they drink, swim or fish in polluted water.

Fort Worth Flashback: Carter-Riverside High School honors community, business leader

A community school system known as Trinity Bend existed as early as 1876 in what is now the Riverside neighborhood of Fort Worth. Classes were held in a one-room schoolhouse built by Dr. Eagle, a retired physician.

An open letter to the Texas Transportation Commission chairman

Fort Worth has serious concerns about an involuntary program to force responsibility and maintenance of state-owned roadways onto urban cities.

Care Closet at Eastern Hills to provide necessities for homeless students

The Highlander Care Closet grand opening celebration is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 9 at 5701 Shelton St.

I-20 area closures start this month for Chisholm Trail construction

Construction crews working on the Chisholm Trail Parkway will periodically close I-20 between Bryant Irvin Road and Hulen Street overnight from Sept. 19 through spring 2014.

H-E-B Community Challenge inspires a Texas-sized health competition

Fort Worth is entering the statewide H-E-B Community Challenge, and we need your help to win the whole shebang! Read more to find out what you, your organization, your business or your school can do to help out.

Fort Worth Flashback: Unions on parade in 1936 Fox photo

Sheet metal workers from Fort Worth, Dallas and Waco make their way through downtown Fort Worth in the 1936 Labor Day Parade.

Mayor Price addresses Justice Department challenge to airline merger

I’m extremely disappointed in the U.S. Justice Department’s challenge to the proposed American Airlines merger with US Airways. Last minute road blocks only add uncertainty to an uncertain process. Moreover, these delays threaten thousands of jobs in Dallas/Fort Worth and other cities across the nation.

 

Police accept donation of 26 patrol bicycles

The bikes will be used for neighborhood police officer patrol and to establish a bicycle patrol unit in the West Seventh Street area.

Paying parking citations just got easier

Among changes to the parking ordinance are an increase in the time allowed to contest a parking citation and a new ability to contest citations online or by mail.

Clean up the Trinity on Sept. 21

Help clean up our river during the 22nd annual Trinity River Trash Bash, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 21. Register online by Sept. 8 and receive a free T-shirt.

Improved bridge over Harriet Creek provides safer passage to school

Safety improvements to a neighborhood bridge in far north Fort Worth have were opened for the start of the new year at Clara Love Elementary School in the Northwest ISD.

Mural at Marine Park Pool dedicated

Fort Worth native Kenneth O’Toole designed the large, colorful mural comprised of hand-cut stained glass tiles.

Public safety concerns addressed in adjustments to proposed FY2014 budget

Proposed adjustments would reinstate 12 fire fighter positions for the Fort Worth Fire Department.

Protect your home by cleaning out chemicals

Household hazardous waste are accepted at no charge for Fort Worth residents at the Environmental Collection Center, 6400 Bridge St., and at Crud Cruiser mobile collection events.

First Flight Park will honor city’s aviation innovation

City Council last week dedicated property at 2700 Mercedes Avenue in the Linwood Addition as public parkland.

Mayor's Message: ‘Go Purple Friday’ starts again soon!

Fort Worth city staff will again sport purple each Friday before TCU home games in support of the mighty Horned Frogs.

Fort Worth Flashback: Can you place this street scene?

In August, we’ll be testing your knowledge of old-time Fort Worth geography. Can you identify where this 1910 photo was taken?

Make city services work for you with YourFortWorth.org

From making it easier to get city services online to building a new library or court annexes in your part of town, more than 2,000 residents have shared their thoughts on potential projects suggested by city staff and those posted by fellow Fort Worthians—and more ideas are coming in every day.

Mayor's Message: Volunteers make all the difference in Fort Worth

The Fort Worth Mountain Bikers’ Association logged a total of more than 10,000 hours of service in April constructing roughly 20 miles worth of trail in Gateway and Marion Sansom parks.

Bike Sharing offers discounted passes to hotel guests

Thanks to a grant from the Fort Worth Promotion and Development Fund, Fort Worth Bike Sharing will offer half-price $4 day passes for $4 apiece.

Help is at hand for garbage and recycling issues

The city’s Solid Waste Division reminds residents about an easy online tool that can help you find dates for garbage and bulk collection, or simply to report an issue.

Mayors Message: City Manager outlines a responsible balanced budget

The City Manager’s proposal kicks off several weeks of budget deliberations, and I encourage you to get involved.

City Manager presents $1.4 billion budget proposal for FY2014

Fort Worth City Manager Tom Higgins has presented the City Council with a proposed budget that focuses on sustainable solutions to current challenges with no increase to the property tax rate.

Photo ID now required for Texas voters

With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented at the polling place.

Motorists required to move over or slow down as they approach work crews

Effective Sept. 1, drivers must move over or slow down when approaching TxDOT workers and vehicles that are stopped with overhead flashing blue or amber lights.

RTC approves updated Congestion Management Process

The process seeks to identify strategies that can be implemented quickly, distribute congestion more evenly across the region and ensure there are options for travelers to relieve congestion.

Fort Report:Business Assistance Center

Fort Report visit the Business Assistance Center to learn about the services Fort Worth offers to residents looking to start a business.

Orient Fort Worth’s parks for the future on YourFortWorth.org

While many bond-funded projects focus on moving people around the city through better streets, other projects focus on improving quality of life closer to home.

Fort Worth Flashback: Remember this street scene?

Among the businesses operating on Weatherford Street were the Grand Hotel, Texas Cab Co., the Senate Club and Wide-A-Wake Cleaners.

Mayor's Message: In Fort Worth, graffiti abatement cleans up past, brightens future

One neighborhood association, one government program and a handful of volunteers set out to change the face of a park. Find out how.

Gas line compressor amendments to be discussed at Aug. 29 open house

Proposed gas line compressor amendments have been delayed until Sept. 10.

Two lanes of Dirks Road open Aug. 19

Two lanes will be open to motorists, one in each direction; the bridge’s full capacity — three lanes in each direction — will be available in future months.

Salvation Army sites help residents keep cool when the heat is on the rise

The stations provide a cool place to stay during hot daytime hours, water to help people stay hydrated, and survival tips for hot temperatures.

Highland Hills, Daggett Elementary earn top awards for staying active

Challenge was part of the FitWorth Healthy City Initiative, which addresses childhood obesity and encourages the health of Fort Worth families.

City fleet recognized as one of most efficient

Fort Worth was named the eighth best fleet operation in North America.

City receives $2.1 million for additions to Trinity Trails

Funds will go to the Trinity Trail Clear Fork-East Bank Extension project, which provides a connection from downtown to the Trinity Trails.

Caffeinated town hall coming to District 9

Mayor Betsy Price and District 9 Councilmember Joel Burns will be at Avoca Coffee, 1311 Magnolia Ave. at 6 p.m. Aug. 15.

Downtown-to-DFW likely to be first phase of TEX Rail project

If approved, the TEX Rail project would arrive at DFW Airport as soon as possible while maintaining The T’s ability to get $380 million in federal New Starts funding.

Fort Worth Flashback: Can you locate this street scene?

In August, we’ll be testing your knowledge of old-time Fort Worth geography. Visit the Flashback page and see if you recognize this 1896 scene.

Help draw the roadmap for street construction on YourFortWorth.org

City Council plans to call for a bond election in May 2014, but residents help decide what projects will be up for voter consideration. Meetings are being held in each council district, but you can join the conversation at any time of day or night at YourFortWorth.org.

Mayor's Message: Blue Zones is on the horizon for Fort Worth

Blue Zones is a community-wide well-being initiative to help us live better, longer and healthier lives.

Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program accepting participating dealer proposals

Qualifying entities may submit proposals for Participating Dealer eligibility under the TNGVGP.

TxDOT awards The T more than $500,000 to expand Fort Worth Bike Share program

Transportation Enhancement grant to fund 10-station, 100-bike expansion.

Cyclosporiasis cases under investigation by county, area public health authorities

Tarrant County Public Health and other local health authorities are investigating an increase in reported Cyclosporiasis cases in north central Texas.

Downtown building renovated for Young Women's Leadership Academy

Enrollment is expected to expand to about 250 students this year and 375 students in 2013-14, and reach an eventual capacity of 525.

Chisholm Trail Parkway construction updates

Construction activities will increase in the upcoming weeks on the westbound I-30 frontage road between Summit Avenue and Forest Park Boulevard.

FitWorth launches new personal fitness journal

FitWorth365.org gives citizens a chance to sign up, set health and fitness goals, track activities and watch the progress.

Fort Worth Flashback: Palace entertained generations of downtown movie-goers

The Palace Theater was opened in 1920 at the corner of Seventh and Main streets.

Provide feedback on fair housing

Fort Worth is conducting a study on impediments to fair housing choice.

Enhanced enforcement reducing commercial vehicle crashes

The FWPD’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit is conducting its summer-long high visibility traffic enforcement program to reduce major crashes involving large commercial vehicles.

Groundbreaking to begin restoration of Rock Springs Woods at Botanic Garden

On the National Register of Historic Places, this part of the garden was first developed in the early 1930s and is now being restored to its original splendor thanks to a private donation.

Street clock installed on Lancaster

The 30-inch-wide 'Trout Lily Street Clock' has faces on both sides and is internally lit.

Fort Worth Flashback: Knights of Pythias Castle Hall stands guard over Sundance Square

This replica of a medieval civic building is one of the architectural jewels of Sundance Square. The first permanent lodge in Fort Worth, it was designed by Sanguinet and Staats and built by William Bryce, a mayor of Fort Worth.

YourFortWorth.org gives power to the people

Ok, it’s time the city got serious about grassroots government! If you can’t go to city hall to express your opinions and concerns, at least city hall can come to you.

Johnson named chief performance officer

This position in the City Manager’s Office will focus on the city’s efforts to create a citywide culture of performance excellence.

Recent rains equal standing water for mosquito breeding

The city is reminding residents to take steps to reduce their risk of exposure to West Nile virus — prevention is the key.

Welcomed rains mean flash flooding is possible

Whether you are driving or walking, if you come to a flooded road, Turn Around Don't Drown.

Keep Fort Worth Beautiful recognized by state association

Keep Fort Worth Beautiful was recognized after it successfully implemented programs to prevent litter, reduce waste and increase the recycling movement in Fort Worth.

Fort Report: Adopt a Creek

Save money on your utility bill by adopting a creek.

Fort Worth Flashback: Pianist Peter Nero recorded album with Fort Worth Symphony

Two-time Grammy Award-winning pianist Peter Nero leads his Pops orchestra, blending classical, swing, Broadway, blues and jazz. In 1992, the Fort Worth Symphony Pops recorded Digital Classics with Peter Nero.

Bond program meetings under way

Community meetings are being held in each council district, and three citywide meetings are scheduled to discuss proposals that would fund capital investments through a bond election in May 2014.

Recycling pays Fort Worth resident $1,000

Anita Katz Real of Fort Worth won the grand prize in the Reverse Litter Art Contest for "Cowtown GarbageBoy."

New public art installed at Police Crime Lab

Three stainless steel panels adorn the Police Crime Lab building on East Lancaster Avenue.

RTC approves updated transportation plan

The new long-range transportation plan for the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area includes a number of updated projects.

Downtown Fort Worth has healthiest office market in Texas

The high office occupancy level generates a private payroll of more than $2.8 billion per year, according to the recently released 'State of Downtown 2012' report.

Sales tax collections up 8.3 percent in April

The city has collected5 percent more in sales tax than the adopted fiscal year 2013 adopted budget.

Difficult but necessary decisions ahead for 2014 Budget

After years of battling budget shortfalls, it’s time Fort Worth took a different approach: Reasonable and sustainable budget reductions.

How to dispose of fireworks, ammunition

To protect your community, home and family, don't keep fireworks in your home, and make sure legal ammunition and supplies are stored properly.

Help wise watering take root during July 8 digital meeting

The focus of the virtual meeting is to solicit customer input on the Water Conservation Plan and Drought Plan. The Water Department will share the feedback with the City Council in upcoming discussions about Fort Worth’s water management plan.

Fort Worth Flashback: 1853 map depicts short-lived military post

The historic Fort Worth, sited across the street from the current-day Tarrant County Courthouse, provided the foundation for modern-day Fort Worth.

Celebrating our international city with a bang!

Fort Worth is a growing international city, and Sister Cities continues to be a strong link as we build meaningful bridges around the globe. Through Sister Cities, Fort Worth is partnered with eight other fantastic cities.

Weigh in on potential projects to be funded by 2014 bond program

Learn about projects under consideration for the 2014 bond program and give feedback during a public meeting series kicking off July 13.

Clearfork Main Street Bridge artwork celebrates Edwards Ranch, Trinity

Two colorful large-scale murals comprised of automotive paint on aluminum panels are being installed in the pedestrian plazas beneath the Clearfork Main Street Bridge.

Bike the Base: Join Mayor Price for a ride through the Joint Reserve Base

July 13 may be an off day for the Tour de Fort Worth, but Mayor Betsy Price and local cyclists will be picking up the bikes anyway for a tour of a different kind.

‘LID’ practices help improve the environment

Low-Impact Development techniques are sustainable practices that residents can simply and affordably implement at homes and businesses.

‘Doo’ the right thing — clean up after your pet

Protect your family and our water resources by taking the North Central Texas Council of Government’s online pledge to pick up after your dog.

Fort Report: Can your yard compete on efficiency?

The Ecoscape contest is looking for the most water-efficient Fort Worth yard. Fort Report looks into how you can get your lawn into the competition.

Fort Worth Flashback: Army’s Camp Bowie was precursor to Arlington Heights neighborhoods

Construction of Camp Bowie began July 18, 1917. The camp, in the Arlington Heights neighborhood about three miles west of downtown Fort Worth, was established by the U.S. War Department to train the Thirty-sixth Infantry Division.

Bringing 'Hope' to pet owners in need

'The Hope Mobile' will travel into the highest risk areas in Fort Worth and provide free spay, neuter, vaccination and registration services to families in need of this assistance.

Fort Worth B-Cycle adds three stations

The bike sharing system  now has 30 stations and will add more later this summer.

Managed lanes will help you get there

New permanent managed lanes will begin opening in fall 2013 on State Highway 114/SH 121 (DFW Connector) and a portion of I-635 (LBJ Express).

Vist the River’s Edge at Rockwood Golf Course

The practice course at Rockwood Golf Course offers golfers the opportunity to tee it up on a three-hole course on odd-numbered days or a six-hole course on even-numbered days.

Independence Day closing schedule

Most city offices, including City Hall, will be closed Thursday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday. Emergency services will be available as usual.

Sister Cities honored for health center project in Swaziland

Fort Worth Sister Cities was awarded a grant by Sister Cities International to construct a community health center in Mbabane as part of the Africa Urban Poverty Alleviation Program.

Staying Cool about Water Conservation

It's summertime, and you know what that means: school’s out for the kids, fun by the pool, barbeque cook outs, and plenty of sunshine! Unfortunately, the summer is also when droughts hit North Texas the hardest, so we must address this serious issue of the season head-on.

Fort Worth Flashback: Turnpike stimulated growth between Fort Worth, Dallas

The Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike was a 30-mile toll highway that operated between 1957 and 1977, following the route of modern-day Interstate-30.

Say ‘oui’ to Tour de Fort Worth with Mayor Price

The series rolls out at 8 a.m. June 29 at the Police and Fire Memorial in Trinity Park.

MedStar donates first aid kits for four-legged officers

MedStar is donating 11 first aid kits, one for every K9 officer in the FWPD.

FitWorth Healthy City Initiative announces summer activities

The program, launched last September, addresses childhood obesity and encourages the health of Fort Worth families.

Arlington bus pilot project will strengthen link to Fort Worth, Dallas

The two-year pilot project will operate an express bus service between the TRE CentrePort Station and a stop in Arlington that will serve the University of Texas at Arlington and downtown Arlington.

CAPS spreads joy to children affected by West explosion

A team of Fort Worth employees and Community Action Partners volunteers provided 108 children with toys, books and games donated by Cowboy Santas.

FitWorthKids challenges Camp Fort Worth children to be healthy

Aimed at kids ages 5-13, the program has children track their sleep, fruit/vegetable consumption, screen time, physical activity and sugary drink intake—building awareness of healthy behaviors to inspire change.

Big things are coming to SteerFW!

In Fort Worth, you’re never too young (or too young-at-heart) to get involved with the city. I had a blast visiting with some of the youngest and brightest members in our community at the SteerFW Big Reveal luncheon this past Friday. Here's a look at what they're cooking up.

Fort Worth Flashback: Visitors waltzed across Texas at Spring Palace galas

The Texas Spring Palace, a regional agricultural fair in Fort Worth, opened May 29, 1889. The fair was inspired by Robert A. Cameron, immigration agent for the Fort Worth and Denver Railway, and designed to attract settlers and investors to Texas.

Fort Worth addresses first case of West Nile Virus for 2013

Tarrant County Public Health officials announced the first human-positive case of West Nile Virus in Fort Worth today.

John Day Road to be closed for Alliance Airport project

John Day Road south of Navidad Way to Keller Haslet Road at Second Street and Main Street will be closed beginning June 18 for about four months.

West Seventh Urban Village awarded for innovative development

The Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence Award recognizes innovative development projects and practices.

Celebrate clean air this summer

Two clean air promotions focus on how you can use public transit to help with air quality this summer.

Bike-share program is off to a fast start

Fort Worth B-Cycle has logged some impressive statistics through six weeks of operation.

Fort Worth Flashback: Concerts in the Garden have been relieving summer heat since 1990

Described as “Fort Worth’s best seasonal outing” by the Star-Telegram, the Concerts in the Garden summer music festival was established at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden in 1990.

We’re committed to take the stairs, now we need some colorful motivation

So, here’s the deal: We’re asking local kids, ages 5 to 13, to help us create motivational posters to be placed in or near stairwells and around elevators at area businesses reminding everyone to use the stairs.

Find your way with Tollway Authority’s mobile app

Tollmate offers a variety of services and is available for both iPhone and Android devices.

Register for the 10th annual Housing Summit

Learn the importance of housing counseling and foreclosure prevention at the Fort Worth Housing Summit June 11.

Fort Woof named top dog among dog parks nationwide

San Francisco Chronicle article says that when it comes to off-the-leash fun for our four-legged friends, city facility is off the hook.

Fort Report: Dive into Fort Worth Pools

Summer is here for kids throughout Fort Worth, and this year, there are more places to jump in the pool to cool off. Fort Report dives into the new Marine Park Pool and newly renovated Forest Park Pool.

Fort Worth Flashback: Van Cliburn Competition awards a new generation of classical masters

Winning the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War in 1958 brought Fort Worth pianist Van Cliburn unprecedented celebrity.

Flying south for the summer

Mayor Price is among a group of region leaders hopping a plane this week to show our South American friends everything there is to like about North Texas.

UPDATE: Seventh Street Bridge full closure now begins June 7

The bridge closes at 8 p.m. Friday to begin the 150-day period needed to set the remaining arches and then begin bridge demolition.

Stage 1 outdoor watering restrictions take effect Monday

Stage 1 outdoor watering restrictions take effect June 3, which means limits on outdoor watering with an irrigation system or hose-end sprinkler to a maximum of two assigned days per week for all customers.

Statement regarding the death of Jerry Wayne Waller

The following is Mayor Price's comments on the death of Jerry Wayne Waller, which was given to local media Tuesday afternoon.

Early voting in June 15 runoff election begins Monday

All registered voters in City Council District 5 are eligible to cast ballots in person during early voting.

Fort Worth among fastest-growing cities, retains No. 16 spot

Fort Worth added 16,328 people between July 2011 and July 2012, according to new population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau, making the total population 777,992.

The ‘to-do’ list to keep Fort Worth moving forward

Here are a few of the things on our to-do-list over the next two years.

Insurance requirements lessened for volunteer workers

Volunteer work can range from simple tasks like litter collection and light landscaping to more demanding work involving power equipment and significant irrigation projects.

‘Take Care of Texas’ campaign urges care for the outdoors

A new statewide campaign launches June 3 to urge everyone to get outdoors and enjoy the clean air, rivers, lakes and bays of Texas.

Take 20, and spend a few minutes learning to save a life

The Fort Worth Emergency Services Collaborative, MedStar, the Fort Worth Fire Department and CBS 11/TXA21 have partnered to provide quick and easy training of 'hands-only' CPR and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

New signs show the way along Trinity Trails

Designed to help trail users identify their location and find amenities like restrooms, water fountains, canoe launches and fishing piers.

Field of dreams now open in south Fort Worth

The new YMCA Sports Complex includes $2 million in renovations for youth baseball, soccer and football fields.

Drought requirements take effect Monday

Fort Worth is implementing Stage 1 water restrictions effective June 3 because of low water supply levels.

Be prepared for severe weather

While the city does not have public shelters available, there still is plenty residents can do to make sure they are prepared when severe weather turns dangerous and the need to find safe shelter becomes immediate.

New online tool helps you achieve health goals

FitWorth is Mayor Betsy Price’s initiative designed to inspire a communitywide culture shift to improve health in Fort Worth.

Storm-damaged Meacham Airport rebuilds, earns state recognition

Damaged in 2012 by a major storm, the city airport rebounded to receive one of the state’s highest aviation recognitions — the 2013 Reliever Airport of the Year Award — at the 31st annual Texas Aviation Convention.

Hey Fort Worth, it’s Bike Month!

May is National Bike Month, and it’s a great time to celebrate all that bicycling offers to us as individuals and a community.

Fort Worth Flashback: Cats hosted many big-league players

In the early to mid-1920s, the Cats hosted various major league clubs who were making their transition from spring training into the regular season.

We need your input on the future of fighting crime in Fort Worth

Fort Worth remains one of the safest large cities in the nation thanks to our outstanding police force, citizen volunteers and our Crime Control and Prevention District.

Sales tax collections up 6.4 percent in March

Fort Worth’s net sales tax collections are up  6.4 percent from March 2012 and year-to-date collections are up 6.3 percent.

Take the library with you with new mobile app

Search the catalog, manage your account and download e-books with the Fort Worth Library’s new mobile app.

Two pools set to open on May 25

The refurbished Forest Park Pool and the brand-new Marine Park Aquatic Center will be open for business this summer.

Fire Department chaplain named firefighter of the year

Cameron Brown, an operations firefighter and technical rescue specialist who also serves as the department’s chaplain, was honored Tuesday by the Fort Worth South Rotary Club and the Vincent Genovese Foundation.

This lawn season, remember: Only rain down the storm drain

Stormwater isn’t cleaned or treated, so when drains are used as dumping grounds, the results can be disastrous — and smelly.

Fort Worth Flashback: Symphony celebrating a century of making beautiful music

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra celebrates its Centennial Season this year, with several special events and programs.

Helping our homeless neighbors find 'The Shortest Way Home'

The Fort Worth Advisory Commission on Ending Homelessness has launched a 12-month community engagement campaign called “The Shortest Way Home.” The campaign challenges residents to get involved in our on-going efforts to end homelessness.

Local students get a feel for prairie life

Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area and its partners offer field investigation trips at one of the few remaining native prairie habitats in Fort Worth.

Fort Report: West Nile Virus

On this week's Fort Report, learn how you can prevent West Nile Virus by taking simple steps around your home. Also, learn what to do with those hazardous household chemicals.

Take Back Meds events a big success

Residents of Fort Worth emptied their medicine cabinets of 1,219 pounds of over-the-counter and prescription medicines as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 27.

Fort Worth Flashback: Swartz brothers chronicled early life in Fort Worth

The Swartz brothers — David, John and Charles — were three Virginia farm boys who ventured west, arriving in Fort Worth in the mid-1880s. Over the next 30 years, they observed the city through the lens of a camera, snapping photos of people, events and architecture and leaving a priceless legacy. They collectively created thousands of photos.

Get in the race — it helps make a difference!

The kids from Daggett Junior High School are training for a triathlon, but what they are learning will take them a lot farther in the race of life.

Chapa steps in to lead Financial Management Services

The director of the Housing and Economic Development Department has been named the acting director of Financial Management Services while the city begins its search for a new chief financial officer.

Eastbound I-30 exit ramp to Forest Park closes permanently May 6

Plans call for the construction of an eastbound I-30 exit ramp to northbound Forest Park Boulevard only, which is scheduled to open in 2014.

What’s the state of our air? American Lung Association releases the report

The ALA analyzes data from air quality monitors for the last 14 years to compile each annual report.

Fort Worth Library director receives lifetime achievement award

Fort Worth Library Director Gleniece A. Robinson was recognized by the Texas Library Association for her exemplary career, leadership and contributions to librarianship.

Fort Worth Flashback: Spring Palace showcased Texas wares, ended tragically

The Texas Spring Palace, a regional agricultural fair in Fort Worth, opened May 29, 1889. The fair was inspired by Robert A. Cameron, immigration agent for the Fort Worth and Denver Railway, and designed to attract settlers and investors to Texas.

You can help us ‘swat’ down mosquitoes and the WNV threat

The City of Fort Worth and the Tarrant County Public Health Department have a comprehensive plan to monitor and test for WNV threats, and also have an extensive outreach plan to help raise awareness on how minimize the threat and protect yourself. That’s where our most important weapon comes in — you!

 

Fire Department, Drowning Prevention Coalition offer water safety program

This initiative targets at-risk neighborhoods and develops partnerships with local pools in order to offer the nationally recognized Safe Swim program.

Service in motion: Atmos Energy, Fort Worth launch resource bus

The 11-passenger bus will provide services like utility and rental assistance to residents in need.

City Council releases meeting schedule for summer

While a number of pre-council and city council meetings will be canceled, all city services will be available, and all meetings for boards, commissions and committees will be held as scheduled, unless otherwise noted.

Mayor co-authors national article on municipalities’ role in quality afterschool programs

The article touches on the growing role of municipalities in supporting afterschool programs, and the wide range of benefits of quality afterschool programs to public safety, economic development, academic achievement and quality of life.

Library, partners launch reading initiative May 1

Worth Reading is intended to boost literacy rates, decrease school dropout rates and improve academic achievement by encouraging people to read every day.

Look for new flashing yellow arrows for left turns

A Federal Highway Administration 10-year national study concluded that flashing yellow left-turn arrows prevent crashes and move more traffic through intersections.

Cycling for a Healthy Community

It’s spring time in Cowtown which means it’s time to hit the trails once again! We are back in full force with our Rolling Town Halls and this week we are meeting at Central Market for a great ride and an evening of fun.

Texas Emissions Reduction Plan rebate program accepting applications

This program is non-competitive and funding is issued on a first-come basis to eligible applicants in Denton, Collin, Tarrant, Dallas, Rockwall, Kaufman, Ellis, Johnson, Hood, Wise and Parker counties.

Tilley Bridge honored for its design

Bridge was honored by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas with the Eminent Conceptor, the organization’s highest honor for engineering excellence.

Dirks Road closing May 4 for parkway construction

Dirks Road between Harris Parkway and Granbury Road will be closed to traffic through summer 2013 as part of the Chisholm Trail Parkway construction project.

Fort Report: Spring festival season continues

This week, get a preview of two outdoor festivals coming up soon: Prairiefest and Mayfest.

Fort Worth Flashback: Fox photo collection is now digitized

George D. Fox and his wife traveled extensively around the country and photographed the places they visited. A recently digitized collection represents a small percentage of photos that Fox artfully arranged and preserved in 53 albums.

Southeast urban village rolls forward with transit center opening April 24

The Sierra Vista Transit Plaza features a wide bus lane, four large bus shelters with colorful glass panels and roofs, benches, landscaping and a security fence.

Fort Worth named a Bicycle-Friendly Business

The League of American Bicyclists recognized the City of Fort Worth with a bronze-level Bicycle-Friendly Business award for leading America toward a greener future.

It’s time to get engaged, get informed and cast that ballot

When it comes to the many levels of government, none of them touch our daily lives more than local government. Unfortunately, local government elections suffer from some of the worst voter turnout rates. I think we can do better in Fort Worth—and its starts with you!

West Nile Virus pre-season updates available online

For residents who weren’t able to attend last week’s community meeting regarding West Nile Virus pre-season updates, view the presentation online, and visit the West Nile Virus web page for important information on how to protect yourself against West Nile Virus.

Sales tax collections off slightly in February

The city has collected $3,975,042, or 3.7 percent, more than the adopted fiscal year 2013 adopted budget.

Donations for West relief should be made to non-profits

Relief and recovery organizers say the best way to help is to make a monetary donation to a recognized non-profit organization.

Clearfork Main Street Bridge opens this week

The project consists of a four-lane vehicular bridge with a pedestrian bridge hanging below. The vehicular bridge opens April 26 with a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m. The pedestrian bridge is still under construction; anticipated opening is June 3.

Gro 1,000 breathes life into children's garden

Mayor Price unveils the new and improved children's garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, part of the Scotts MiracleGro 1000 effort to establish 1,000 gardens in  urban areas nationwide.

Plant native with Texas SmartScape

Be a part of a program to promote the environmental, economic and aesthetic benefits of using landscaping plants, shrubs, grasses and trees that are native or adapted to our regional climate and local conditions in Texas.

Central resource center for homeless coming by 2014

One of the major recommendations from the Directions Home plan was to build and operate a Central Resource Center to provide health and other social services to our homeless. Thanks to The Fort Worth Foundation, and our partners at JPS Health Network, I’m excited to announce that the vision for this greatly needed Center will soon be a reality.

Westbound I-20 exit ramp at Bryant Irvin Road closes April 15

The westbound I-20 exit ramp to Bryant Irvin Road will be closed 10 p.m. April 15 through 5 p.m. April 24.

Bike-share program rolls out on Earth Day

Fort Worth will celebrate Earth Day by launching the first bike-sharing system in North Texas. Bike sharing is a new, environmentally friendly mode of transportation based on shared use of public bicycles.

Learn how to fight the bite at West Nile virus meeting

City officials are getting an early start on the 2013 mosquito season in hopes of limiting residents’ exposure to West Nile virus.

RTC to address mobility, air quality concerns

A public meeting will be at 2:30 p.m. April 18 at NCTCOG offices, 616 Six Flags Drive in Arlington.

Japanese culture goes on display during Spring Festival(2)

Activities include traditional Japanese dance and music, martial arts, swordsmanship, bonsai, ikebana, a tea ceremony, children’s activities, art show and sale, pottery demonstration and sale, sushi bar and a vendors’ court.

Fort Worth Flashback: Crowds swarmed to greet Roosevelt in 1905

President Theodore Roosevelt visited Fort Worth on April 8, 1905, where a huge crowd gathered outside the Texas & Pacific Railroad Co. building to hear him speak.

Homeless resource center to become a reality in Fort Worth

The resource center will include a community clinic that will provide a medical home to those on the street as they work toward self-sufficiency.

New roundabout at McPherson and Summer Creek to open

Driving in circles can be a good thing, if it means you get where you want to go more quickly and safely. That’s why the City of Fort Worth is adding roundabouts to its road network.

Plug into recycling electronics

Texans can now find increased recycling opportunities for their old televisions and electronics by going to TexasRecyclesTVs.org and TexasRecyclesComputers.org.

MedStar honored for innovations in emergency medicine

MedStar has been recognized for outstanding innovations by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services.

Fort Worth Flashback: Al Brancato played for Cats after major league career

Al “Bronk” Brancato played shortstop with the Texas League Fort Worth Cats during two different seasons: first in 1947 at age 28 and again in 1952 at age 33. This photo is from his 1947 season.

Gearing up for bike share

Bike sharing comes to Fort Worth in just a couple weeks, and I got to have some fun this morning as the City Hall bike station was installed.

City names communications and public engagement director

City Manager Tom Higgins announced Thursday the appointment of Michelle L. Gutt as the City of Fort Worth’s new director of communications and public engagement.

Congress doesn't want a water war

You may not know it when you turn on the tap to get a drink, brush your teeth or shower, but water has been and remains a big political issue in western states.

Storm drain markers remind: ‘Only Rain Down the Storm Drain’

Stormwater inlets are not to be used for dumping trash, grass clippings, leaves, motor oil or any other debris.

Fort Worth Flashback: Take a look at early city records

The Library Archives will feature an exhibit beginning April 2 showcasing records of the City of Fort Worth. The exhibit will be in the East Wing of Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. Third St.

Mayor’s Message: Time to hit those Trinity Trails!

Our friends at the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) and the Trinity River Vision (TRV) have been hard at work, and our trail system has never been more fun!

The Crud Cruiser is coming to help conquer your crud

Beginning April 6, the Crud Cruiser, the Environmental Collection Center’s mobile-collection trailer, will travel to neighborhoods to collect all your chemical crud.

Second lane opens on Hulen Street bridge

The entire bridge is expected to open by late summer, providing motorists with three lanes in each direction and a 10-foot pedestrian walkway.

Council approves contract for PD through 2016

The new agreement includes raises in each of the next four years.

Fort Worth’s CIO named among top change agents

Pete Anderson has been named one of Government Technology Magazine’s 2013 'Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.'

Tower 55 construction to begin in earnest

Once complete, the Tower 55 Multi-Modal Project will relieve freight rail congestion south of the juncture of I-35W and I-30, where five major freight and passenger rail routes converge and up to 100 trains pass every day.

Fort Report: Spring Plant Sale

As the spring plants begin to bloom at the Botanic Garden, the spring plant sale gives you a chance to bring a little bit of the garden home with you.

Fort Worth Flashback: Belle Burchill tried to tame Hell’s Half Acre

Belle Burchill (1847-1937) served as postmistress in the 1880s and is credited with starting home mail delivery in Fort Worth.

Mayor's Message: Citizens should have a single point of contact

A single customer service call center for city services will improve the ability of residents to request routine services and report problems and help us increase the number of city services available online.

Be a bike-share early bird and save on memberships

Pre-launch memberships for Fort Worth B-Cycle are now on sale.

Air Park is home to retired Blue Angels aircraft

An F/A-18 Hornet that flew over North Texas as part of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels is scheduled to be on display for the public to see in the next month at the Veterans Memorial Air Park at Fort Worth’s Meacham Airport.

Fort Worth Public Art looking for wildlife images

The Fort Worth Public Art Commission selected artist Norie Sato to develop public artwork for the Chisholm Trail Parkway and are looking for images that will inspire her final designs.

Sales tax collections continue to increase

Fort Worth’s sales tax collections in January were up over January 2012 by 8.3 percent and year-to-date collections are up 7.8 percent.

Protect the water while you clean up your yard for spring

Consider these tips to protect water while working to get a green lawn this spring.

New bridge will connect Riverside Drive in Fossil Creek area

Cost of the new bridge connector will be approximately $16 million and will allow the city to continue improvements and economic development in that part of the corridor.

Fort Worth police officer named to national advisory committee

Fort Worth Police Officer Robert Mills has been named to a federal panel charged with providing information, advice and recommendations on safety programs and regulations for large trucks and commercial buses.

Fort Worth Flashback: Electra Carlin operated one of first private art galleries

Electra Carlin was one of the only gallery owners in the Southwest to exhibit and sell Inuit art.

Mayor's Message: Earth Hour one of many small steps that help make a big difference

We don’t have to wait a whole year to Keep Fort Worth Beautiful. Small actions we take every day — like choosing to pick up a piece of litter on the sidewalk instead of ignoring it — improve our great city and our commitment to it and to each other.

$25,000 grant will help Nature Center open new areas to visitors

Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge received a $25,000 grant from Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities that will help build a bridge to Todd Island and restore the levee, improving access for hikers and those who want to study the flora and fauna of North Central Texas.

Forest Park Boulevard to close Monday

Closure will run for 10 days so crews can dig shafts for the West Seventh Street bridge’s new columns.

CCPD accepting nonprofit proposals for reducing crime, violence(2)

Fort Worth, in partnership with the Crime Control and Prevention District, is seeking community-based agencies interested in applying for the Community-Based Funding Program.

Movies That Matter recognized for spreading cultural awareness

The film series intended to create awareness and acceptance of diversity received a City Cultural Diversity Award on Monday at the National League of Cities’ annual convention in Washington, D.C.

Fort Worth Flashback: Alpha Kappa Alpha uplifts the community it serves

The Fort Worth chapter, Beta Mu Omega, was the dream of 13 women who chartered the chapter on May 2, 1936, at the home of Ethel Brackeen Long.

Fort Report 100

It's a flood of hosts on this week's Fort Report as former co-host Chris returns to talk about Fix a Leak Week and staying safe when flash flooding strikes.

Mayor's Message: Time to get your employer signed up for a healthier workplace with Fit15

Last Thursday, more than 500 people gathered in downtown to help kick off Fort Worth’s new business fitness initiative called Fit15!

Register for electronic warnings to help keep your family safe

Fort Worth residents can sign up to receive Nixle electronic emergency alert texts on their mobile devices or home/office Internet email.

2013 Comprehensive Plan gains approval

The 2013 Comprehensive Plan is an abbreviated update that reflects revisions to the 2012 version.

Mayor’s Message: Graduating Fort Worth ISD seniors can win a car in Words for Wheels contest

The prize for the 2013 Frank Kent Honda Words for Wheels Challenge essay contest is a 2013 Honda Civic LX.

Filing for May 11 City Council election closes

April 11 is the last day to register to vote in the May 11 election.

City Council honor Outstanding Women

The Fort Worth Commission for Women's Outstanding Women selections were recognized during the regular City Council meeting Tuesday night.

Buildings topped out in Sundance Square’s new plaza development

Exterior walls will begin to go up in the next month as the project nears an October completion date.

I-35W reconstruction moving forward

The 10-mile reconstruction project spans from downtown Fort Worth north to the juncture with US 287 and will nearly double road capacity by rebuilding existing lanes and adding tolled express lanes.

Fort Worth Flashback: Pat Chadwell Jackson helped strengthen local library’s archives

Pat Chadwell Jackson worked for the Fort Worth Library from 1962 through 1989. She was the head of the Genealogy and Local History Unit for most of those years.

Successful first year for Fort Worth parking pay stations

Parking revenue increased 11 percent between fiscal years 2011 and 2012, while citation revenue dropped 15 percent.

‘Be Air Aware’ during ozone season

In North Texas, air pollution season runs March 1-Oct. 31.

Be garden smart in March: use native landscape plants

Texas SmartScape is an award-winning gardening program that educates homeowners about the benefits of using plants native to our region and climate.

Gain a working knowledge of the Fort Worth Fire Department

The next Citizen’s Fire Academy begins April 2. Any Fort Worth resident over age 19 who is a high school graduate can apply.

Ride with Mayor Price as Rolling Town Halls resume March 6

Throughout her first term, Mayor Price has staged a series of neighborhood rides that provide a fun and healthful way for residents to get to know their neighbors and to talk about what’s going on in the city and in their neighborhoods.

Original Interurban car celebrates 100th anniversary

Car 25 was built in 1913 and served as the “traction” car in a two-car, high-speed interurban train that traveled between Fort Worth and Dallas known as the Crimson Limited.

Keep weeds and grass mown, or prepare to pay up

The city’s Code Compliance officials encourage everyone to avoid tall grass and weeds by mowing regularly.

The T’s new board elects officers

Scott Mahaffey, president/CEO of Cohn & Gregory Inc., was elected chair of the board of directors of The T at its monthly board meeting Monday.

Fort Report: Funky Finds

This week's Fort Report looks at some funky items available for sale, and some funky trash that we need your help picking up.

Mayor’s Message: Transportation about to change in Fort Worth

Bike sharing is a new, environmentally friendly mode of transportation based on shared use of public bicycles.

Fort Worth Flashback: Dr. Ransom safeguarded health of black residents

Ransom moved the Booker T. Washington Sanitarium to Fort Worth in 1918. It was one of only three black-owned hospitals in the U.S. accredited by the American Medical Association at the time.

Rain is falling, so beware flash flooding

Whether you are driving or walking, if you come to a flooded road — Turn Around Don't Drown!

Fit 15 encourages employers to make time for exercise

The mayor’s initiative encourages area employers to offer 15-minute activity breaks during regular business hours to all employees. All Fort Worth residents are encouraged to attend the Fit 15 kickoff rally at 1 p.m. March 7 at Burnett Park.

Family gardening classes sprout soon

Tarrant County Master Gardener classes for families will be conducted in the Children’s Vegetable Garden at the Botanic Garden starting March 2.

Fort Worth Flashback: Miz Rolla’ secured a place for local black history

Rolla — known in the community as “Miz Rolla” — and a few of her friends organized the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society, which began to collect personal papers, scrapbooks, clippings, photographic collections, artwork and other relevant material.

Mayor's Message: Merger agreement good news for Fort Worth

Mayor Price's statement on news of a merger between American Airlines and US Airways

New alert system gives early warning to people with functional needs

Fort Worth residents who are deaf, hard of hearing or blind now can receive Deaf Link Accessible Hazard Alert System (AHAS) emergency alerts through video-capable mobile devices like iPads and smart phones and via home or office Internet connections.

Portion of South Main Street to get a facelift

The project will include a fully reconstructed roadway, wider sidewalks, pedestrian lighting and street furniture, street trees, on-street parking with bulb-outs and upgraded water, sewer and storm infrastructure.

Improved Golden Triangle Boulevard is open

The project has resulted in a new 3.4-mile, four-lane divided roadway that can be expanded to six lanes by adding two lanes in the median area without acquiring additional right-of-way.

Fire Department teams with coalition to offer water safety program

The program is a 30- to 45-minute class designed to educate and equip communities with the tools necessary to be safe in and around water.

Groundbreaking celebrates start of construction on new Public Safety Training Center

Construction on the $97.5 million project will begin soon on the future home for the new headquarters and training center for both Fort Worth Fire and Police departments.

Fort Worth is hiring aquatics staff for summer

A lifeguard certification course will be offered beginning in March at the Texas Wesleyan University indoor pool, 1201 Wesleyan St.

Sales tax collections hit record for December

Fiscal-year-to-date results are up 7.6 percent over fiscal year 2012.

Council approves funding for improvements and expansion at Will Rogers Memorial Center complex

The supplemental appropriation from the Culture and Tourism Fund will back a number of improvement projects to help provide additional exhibit and meeting space.

This Week at City Hall (Feb. 11-17)

Events from Feb. 11 through 17.

Henry's Blog: Top Pet Names for 2012

Last year in a survey conducted by Banfield Pet Hospital, a veterinary network in Portland, Oregon, 2.5 million dog and CAT names were collected. Did your pet's name make the list?

Decision could bring farmers’ markets closer to neighborhoods

Public health initiatives have endorsed expanding farmers’ markets, particularly in urban environments, to allow convenient access to healthy foods.

Fort Report: Cowtown Marathon

You don't need Punxsutawney Phil to tell you spring is around the corner. This week, the Fort Report discusses the two things that signal spring in Fort Worth: The Cowtown Marathon and, of course, preparing yourself for severe weather.

Fort Worth Flashback: Guinn School was center of education for blacks

After Fort Worth public schools were organized in the fall of 1882, black students continued to be taught in black churches for more than a year. The city completed a schoolhouse for blacks on East Ninth Street at Elm in December 1883.

Mayor’s Message: Optimistic as City Council makes changes to ‘The T’ Board

We have come to a significant decision point for our city: “Do we make commuter rail happen, or do we let this go?” The unanimous move by my City Council colleagues to replace The T Board sent a strong message that a commuter rail system is worth fighting for. We will not let this go.

New trailhead at Airfield Falls to reflect military background

The Airfield Falls Trailhead is adjacent to the Pumphrey Drive entrance to the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base.

With gardening season coming, rain barrels offered again

Order yours by April 26; pick-up set May 4 at Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods.

Developer fees increase to pay for more transportation infrastructure

Nearly six miles of new arterial roads are needed each year to serve developing neighborhoods.

Consolidated Plan objectives, feedback to be presented at Feb. 13 Community Development Council meeting

The Community Development Council will hear a presentation on the city's 2013-2018 Consolidated Plan and feedback collected at recent public meetings during its Feb. 13 meeting.

Walking Town Hall steps off Saturday in District 3

The next in Mayor Betsy Price’s series of family-friendly Walking Town Hall events is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Saturday at Oakmont Park.

Tarrant County mails replacement voter registration certificates to voters affected by redistricting

The Tarrant County Elections Office has sent replacement voter registration certificates to approximately 104,000 registered voters in the City of Fort Worth who are in new city council districts or new voting precincts due to the city’s redistricting plan adopted last year.

Fort Worth designated 300th International Safe Community

Safe Communities is an international program developed more than 20 years ago as a proven approach to community injury reduction.

Bunton awarded for efforts in developing local golf

The director of golf for Fort Worth’s Parks and Community Services Department received the First Tee Leadership Award.

EastGate Neighbors harvest top award for Fort Worth neighborhoods

The Neighborhood of the Year Award and several others were presented on Jan. 31.

Fort Worth Flashback: Lives of black cowboys tell story of skill, grit

African-American cowhands regularly worked side by side with Mexican vaqueros and Anglo cowboys. But black cowboys often had to survive discrimination, bigotry and prejudice.

Mayor’s Message: So much more than a Walmart

A brand new Walmart that will be the anchor for expansive retail development on the former property of the old Masonic Home just off of State Highway 287.

Free spay/neuter and low-cost pet vaccination clinics scheduled

Upcoming clinics are targeting residents in zip codes 76105 and 76119.

Shannon Wynne to open Bird Café in Sundance Square’s new plaza

A patio will extend from the Commerce Building to the Land Title Building, creating a sizeable outdoor dining area.

Texas vehicle replacement program restarts for limited time

AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine has begun accepting applications for replacement assistance in the North Texas area.

Get up to speed on the bonding process

A series of eight workshops will educate small businesses specializing in transportation-related construction and construction-related goods and services about the bonding process.

Learn more about regional transportation plans

February’s public meetings include discussion of fiscal year 2013 modifications to Mobility 2035, the long-term plan for road, rail, bicycle/pedestrian and other transportation improvements in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

MedStar breaks ground on new headquarters

MedStar has purchased the former Fort Worth Nissan auto dealership at 2900 Alta Mere Drive and on Feb. 1 will begin renovations to the 60,000-square-foot, 10-acre facility.

Bike-share stations rolling forward

Bike-sharing stations are planned in downtown, the Cultural District, the Near Southside and at TCU.

Ranch Sorting bringing national events to Will Rogers Memorial Center

Ranch Sorting National Championships will bring two premier events to the Fort Worth facility this year, including its national finals.

Porter named CFO; Budget and Finance offices merge

Horatio Porter, who has served as budget officer for the City of Fort Worth since 2009, has been named the city’s Chief Financial Officer and will oversee both the Budget Office and the Financial Management Services department.

Grant will help kids turn over a new leaf

An expansion to the existing Children’s Vegetable Garden will feature raised and in-ground beds, a greenhouse, educational pavilion and playhouse.

Fort Report: Black History Month, Election Filing

February is Black History Month across our nation. It’s a time to celebrate our diversity and its growth, and recognize the contributions of leaders and every-day heroes in the African-American community.

Fort Worth Flashback: Cowtown boasts longest running stock show

The Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show, the oldest continuously running livestock show, began in 1896, when a fat stock show was organized under shade trees on Marine Creek in North Fort Worth.

Mayor's Message: Be a part of the annual State of the City Address

Send us your questions for this year’s State of the City Address. which will take place at the Fort Worth Convention Center at 12:30 p.m. on March 5.

Get rewarded for recycling

Over the past year, nearly 30,000 residents have signed up for Recyclebank, a program that helps Fort Worth divert recycling materials from the landfill and into the recycling stream.

May 11 council election will be first with new district boundaries

Voters and potential candidates should be aware that all districts have new boundaries and can view a map of these online.

Preview the 2013 Movies That Matter lineup

The Fort Worth Human Relations Commission has created a YouTube channel to promote the new season.

Mayor discusses public engagement at U.S. Conference of Mayors

Mayor Betsy Price sat down with Comcast News during the U.S. Conference of Mayors to discuss efforts to engage Fort Worth residents in their community.

Roadwork on West Berry shifts to south side

Traffic traveling both eastbound and westbound will share the newly created roadway on the north side of Berry Street.

I-35W listed among biggest mobility headaches in Texas

Interstate 35W, from State Highway 183 to U.S. Highway 81 — called the North Freeway by locals — is listed as the No. 4 challenge statewide.

Police STEP up traffic enforcement efforts

The STEP grants, funded by the Texas Department of Transportation, provide for additional traffic enforcement efforts, with emphasis on speed violations, seat-belt use and driving while intoxicated.

Mayor's Message: Change isn’t inevitable

As many spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day enjoying time with their families, it was also a time to honor the many African Americans who shaped our great city.

Fort Worth Flashback: King Kids helped keep the dream alive

Original King Kids of America was a Fort Worth-based youth group that sang hymns and spirituals and recited Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speeches.

Henry's Blog: Keep your pets safe at home

Being a great pet parent can be challenging at times, especially when you have a puppy or kitten. Here are few hazards that can be found in every room of your home.

New meets old at under-renovation downtown building

Façade improvements are under way at the Hogan-Shelton Building.

New traffic pattern coming soon at Forest Park Boulevard, I-30

The eastbound I-30 frontage road will connect Forest Park Boulevard to Summit Avenue and will serve as the new entrance ramp from Forest Park Boulevard to eastbound I-30.

Weekend $1 shuttles blaze a trail to Stock Show

Bus shuttles will run 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays between the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo at Will Rogers Memorial Center and two remote park-and-ride lots.

Sales tax collections down for November; outlook for year favorable

Full-year projections call for the city to be 1.6 percent above the adopted budget.

Mayor's Message: Important decisions ahead for a street near you!

We need make some important decisions, and we’ll ensure you have a chance to participate every step of the way leading up to a possible election in May 2014.

Road projects funded for far north Fort Worth

City Council has approved two soon-to-be-under way road projects to reconstruct North Beach Street from Vista Meadows Drive to south of Shiver Road and work on Keller-Hicks Road from just east of Alta Vista Road to Park Vista Boulevard.

Nominate your favorites for Outstanding Women awards

The Fort Worth Commission for Women will select this year’s Outstanding Women and honor them at an awards reception.

Mayor's Message: Get up, get out, experience your river today

If her series of bike rides and walks didn't clue you in, Mayor Price loves the Trinity Trails. The Trinity River Vision wants you to experience the trail system, so to help promote the Get Up Get Out campaign, they turned to her to share some of her thoughts and hopes for the future of the system.

Fort Report: Iron Horses

Fort Worth sees its fair share of horses every January with the Stock Show and Rodeo, but down the road, a different kind of horses is rolling through town.

Potential 2014 bond projects considered at capital planning workshop

City Council met Monday, June 17, to discuss potential 2014 bond program projects in preparation for an upcoming bond election.

Railroad using modern equipment to replace ties and rail in one pass

Union Pacific’s Track Renewal Train, known as the TRT 909, is a tie- and rail-laying machine that removes existing wooden ties and rail and installs new concrete, composite or wood ties and rail while simultaneously cleaning and replacing the ballast located below the track structure.

Mayor's Message: Ready for the next Walking Town Hall? It’s that time again!

We’re going walking again, but this time in west Fort Worth. You need to come join me and Councilmember Dennis Shingleton!

With rain in forecast, beware flash flooding

Whether you are driving or walking, if you come to a flooded road, "Turn Around Don't Drown."

Mayor's Message: Big Brainstorm now free for any interested attendee

Do you have something to say about issues affecting Fort Worth? If so, you don't want to miss the The Big Brainstorm!

Managed lanes to offer initial ‘two-plus’ discount

Managed lanes will begin opening in the Dallas-Fort Worth region starting in December 2013 on North Tarrant Express, DFW Connector, LBJ Express and I-30.

Fort Worth Flashback: Edna Gardner White was pioneer aviatrix

Edna Gardner Whyte of Roanoke was an aviation pioneer. She became a licensed pilot in 1928 when few people were flying.

Mayor's Message: It’s a new year, and it’s still your Fort Worth

As a citizen, you have a role in civic engagement too. It’s a two way relationship—and it’s a partnership that can be very powerful.

Shrink your waist, not your budget with a community center membership

A membership includes access to fitness and weight centers, programs and sports leagues for youth, adults and seniors.

Resolve to help reduce air pollution in 2013

Working for cleaner air requires a year-round effort and changes in behavior. Start now, and by the time ozone season starts again on March 1, each small change can help achieve big results.

Library digital content? Check it out

Explore the library’s wide selection of digital books, music and movies that are free to library cardholders and can be downloaded directly to a computer, tablet PC, e-reader or smartphone — anytime, anywhere.

Fort Worth Flashback: Greenwall Opera House entertained Cowtown before its untimely demise

The Fort Worth Opera House was built in 1883 by a syndicate headed by Walter Huffman. The 1,200-seat theater was located at Third and Rusk (now Commerce) streets.

Fort Report: Time for the tree to go

What do you do with your Christmas Tree now that the holiday is over? Fort Worth's curbside yard waste collection can take care of live trees. Find out more on this week's Fort Report.

Fort Worth, PetSmart Charities to host mega pet adoption event

The two-day, two-location adoption event is 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 19-20 at the Fort Worth PetSmart stores at 4800 S.W. Loop 820 and 2901 Texas Sage Trail.

Mayor’s Message: Come be a part of the Big Brainstorm

SteerFW will unveil its plans for 2013 at the Big Brainstorm, 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the Cendera Center. 

New park will honor Fort Worth founder Ripley Arnold

John V. McMillan Plaza will host a statue directly behind Tarrant County College’s Trinity River Campus at the confluence of the Clear Fork and the West Fork of the Trinity River.

Fort Worth Convention Center attains LEED status

LEED is a voluntary program that demonstrates the city’s continued commitment to environmental stewardship, economic vitality and social responsibility.

Recycling the holiday cooking oil

Dispose of your used cooking oil in an environmentally friendly way at the City of Fort Worth Environmental Collection Center.

Mayor's Message: Fort Worth — A City of Giving

As we come together to celebrate the season of giving, it’s fitting to say “thanks” to those who gave so much to our city in 2012 to ensure it remains one of the best places to live and raise a family.

Fort Worth Flashback: Amber bulbs shone through the holidays for many years

Insurance executive Hubert Foster convinced downtown businessmen and building owners in 1959 to outline their buildings in gold and white bulbs during the holiday season.

Fort Report: Holiday Recyclables

Being green over the holiday will keep you from seeing red when you get to the big cleanup, so we’re running down the items you might not think of to help you waste less and recycle more.

City Calendar for Dec. 24-30, 2012

City events for Dec. 24-30, 2012

Give flu the boot for the holidays

Besides getting a flu shot, consider other prevention measures help protect people against other viruses.

Recycling Christmas — what to do with live trees

Live Christmas trees can be disposed of as part of the normal weekly yard waste pickup following the holidays.

Council approves amendments to city’s Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics serves as a guide for official conduct for City Council members, city employees and city board and commission members, and is a supplement to state statutes.

Crime is down for third quarter, 2012 so far

A report presented to City Council showed overall crime decreased by 8.2 percent.

The T board approves new type of TEX Rail vehicle

TEX Rail will carry passengers from southwest Fort Worth, through downtown, on to Grapevine and into the north end of DFW Airport.

Henry's Blog: Keep your pets safe during the holidays

While holidays bring good times and cheer, they also bring a unique set of circumstances for animals like me.

Log Cabin Village closing for maintenance(2)

Log Cabin Village will be closed Dec. 25 through Jan. 1.

Disposal of fireworks, ammunition takes special care

Storing explosive items increases risk to occupants of a building and firefighters during a structure fire.

Railroad crossing improvements will require temporary street closures

As part of the track renewal project, Union Pacific removes, repairs and replaces all public street crossings in the project area.

New name for North Texas managed lanes: TEXpress

'TEXpress' is the winner chosen from among 3,200 entries in the “Name the Lanes” contest.

Fort Worth Flashback: FWNB collection captures our city’s history

In 1873, Thomas A. Tidball and John B. Wilson established one of the first private banks in Fort Worth. The following year, Major K. M. Van Zandt, Major J. J. Jarvis and John Peter Smith purchased controlling interest. In 1884, the bank received a charter as Fort Worth National Bank.

Mayor's Message: Speak up about the future of Fort Worth

The Comprehensive Plan is the city’s official guide for how we make decisions about growth and development.

Share your thoughts to help strengthen NAS JRB

With residents’ participation, the Planning for Livable Military Communities project will shape strategies to build better communities.

Fort Worth ranks high for use of technology

For the third year in a row, the city ranks in the Top 10 in The Center for Digital Government's 12th annual Digital Cities survey.

Pick up your free bags for excess garbage

Pay bags are a handy way to dispose of extra garbage that can’t be recycled in your blue cart or is considered yard waste or bulk trash.

Forest Park Pool to reopen thanks to public-private partnership

City Council accepted a $500,000 grant from The Radler Foundation for refurbishing Forest Park pool. The city will match the grant with $330,000 from reserve funds.

Navigating the Trinity Trails? There’s an app for that

The Tarrant Regional Water District’s interactive app guides users to the trail system from their home or hotel. Identify specific amenities, events and points of interest along the trail.

Fats, oils and grease don’t go down the drains

With all the rich foods we’ll be serving during the holidays, backups and overflows caused by fats, oils and grease placed into the sewer become more frequent.

Fort Report: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Kids Who Care are putting on The Best Christmas Pageant Ever this holiday season, and Fort Report viewers may recognize someone making an appearance in the show.

Fort Worth Flashback: First local hospital was built for railroaders

St. Joseph Hospital, the first hospital in Fort Worth, was founded on May 29, 1883, by J.M. Eddy of the Gould railroad system. The hospital, then called the Missouri Pacific Hospital, was built for railroad workers.

Mayor's Message: Cowtown should take the lead in preventing the looming energy crisis

Nothing impacts our daily lives more than energy, with water a close second. Electricity is the spark that ignites our local economic engine. Without it, everything comes to a halt.

Observe Victorian style holidays at Fort Worth Library

The day of festivities captures the spirit of the Victorian Era and features a live reindeer for holiday photos.

AllianceTexas surpasses $1 billion in taxes paid over project’s lifetime

Fort Worth received $22 million in tax payments in 2011, up from $9 million in 2000.

Fort Worth Library, FWISD partner on new literacy initiative

The Year-Round Reading Program is intended to boost literacy rates, decrease school dropout rates and improve academic achievement by encouraging people to read every day.

Celebrate the holidays Log Cabin Village style

Cost is regular Village admission plus a $2 fee to make a punched-tin ornament to take home.

Meacham Airport opens 1.8-mile perimeter road

Since the road is inside the airport fence, it is open only to vehicles authorized by Meacham Airport.

The T hosts bus tours of decorated homes Dec. 8-9

The Holiday Lights tour price of $5 per person covers the 1½-hour round-trip bus tour and all pre-tour festivities.

Get involved with regional transportation decision making

Topics to be discussed include changes to high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes and managed toll lane policies, an update on the congestion management process, and proposed modifications to the Transportation Improvement Program.

Check the health of waterways anywhere in the U.S.

How’s My Waterway uses GPS technology or a user-entered ZIP code or city name to provide information about the quality of local water bodies.

Hulen Bridge work leads to intermittent closures of Trinity Trail

Users of the Trinity Trails should expect intermittent closures on the south side of the river, just east of Bryant Irvin Road, beginning Dec. 5

Fort Worth scores high for LGBT inclusiveness on new scorecard

The Municipal Equality Index (MEI) is the first ever rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal law.

Fort Report: Support Cowboy Santas, Silver Stars

Fort Worthians love to help each other during the holiday season, and sometimes those efforts take on a life of their own.

Mayor's Message: Come take a walk with us with “Walk! Fort Worth”

Now that this year’s Rolling Town Halls have come to an end, we need something else to fill the gap and continue those important conversations about making our great city even better.

Fort Worth Flashback: Daring young man in his flying machine visited a century ago

At the Fort Worth Driving Park, a race track situated roughly between today’s Office Depot and a Ross Dress for Less store off West Seventh Street, a Frenchman named Roland G. Garros lifted off in his Bleriot monoplane on Jan. 12, 1911.

City Calendar for Monday, Dec. 3-Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012

City events for Monday, Dec. 3-Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012

Mayor's Message: Fort Worth ISD giving parents and kids choices for school

The Fort Worth ISD Choices Expo offers a chance to learn all about Fort Worth ISD’s Gold Seal Programs of Choice and Schools of Choice.

Now is the right time to trim the trees in your landscape

Five important reasons to trim your trees between fall and early spring

Trim down before the New Year: reduce, reuse, recycle

There are many opportunities to trim down by reducing, reusing and recycling the remnants of holiday cheer.

Renovated Ridglea Library reopens Dec. 8

A celebration is set for 1-3 p.m.  at 3628 Bernie Anderson Ave.

Mayor Price’s monthly Walking Town Halls step off this month

The family-friendly Walking Town Hall events are scheduled the first Saturday of every month and will be held in every council district.

PD campaign catches kids doing the right thing

Traffic Division officers will monitor school zones this month to look for children properly using a crosswalk, wearing a bike helmet when riding a bicycle or being buckled up correctly in their parent’s vehicle.

Share the Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway

Families and visitors can drive the 1.7-mile route and experience sparkling displays made with more than 2 million energy-efficient LED lights.

Sundance Square Plaza designs unveiled

Additional artist renderings and plans recently were unveiled from The Sundance Square Plaza project, revealing a little more about the effort to finally put the "square" in Sundance Square.

1.4 million minutes of physical activity earns elementary school new equipment

Sagamore Hill Elementary School wins the eight-week FitWorthKids Challenge.

Observe Human Rights Day with four films that prompt reflection

'A Day of Films and Reflection' on Dec. 8 at Rose Marine Theater commemorates International Human Rights Day.

Test drive an electric vehicle and help re-tree Texas

Test drive an electric vehicle (EV) before Dec. 1 at participating EVs for Trees dealerships and the dealer will donate $25 to the Texas Trees Foundation.

Pet adoption certificates a loving holiday gift option

Through Dec. 31, pet adoption gift certificates are available for half-price.

Derek Holland to serve as honorary spokesperson for Cowboy Santas

Through Dec. 13, residents can drop off new, unwrapped toys or books at any of the Texas Rangers Grand Slam Gift Shops between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Celebrate the holidays in north Fort Worth

Public Improvement District 7 will hold its fourth annual holiday festival from noon to 4 p.m. at the Heritage Clubhouse, 9536 Courtright Drive

Fort Worth Flashback: I.M. Terrell music program produced jazz greats

Jazz greats Ornette Coleman, John Carter, King Curtis, Prince Lasha, Dewey Redman, Julius Hemphill, Ronald Shannon Jackson and Cornell Dupree all emerged from the same important Fort Worth location: I.M. Terrell High School.

Fort Report: Don't put that holiday grease down the drain

Just because you put the grease down the drain doesn’t mean it is going very far. In fact, as we learned from Mary Gugliuzza in the Water Department, food particles and grease sticks around in pipes like that party guest that just won’t leave.

Henry's Blog: Adopting a new pet during the holidays

I always want my friends to find loving homes, but it’s also important they are forever homes. No one wants to see dogs and cats returned in January like an unwanted sweater.

Fort Worth, area partners hope to ‘Reverse Litter’

The “Reverse Litter” campaign hopes to raise public awareness about how roadside litter can pollute the area’s water supplies.

Police cracking down on DWI for long Thanksgiving weekend

A registered nurse will perform blood draws 8 p.m.-4 a.m. at the Fire and Police Training Center during the campaign. A magistrate will be available to approve search warrants.

Mayor’s Message: Buy a jersey, support BikeFW

Our cycling town hall season may be over, but the effort to educate riders and encourage cycling of all kinds is still going strong.

Mayor’s Message: Come show the families of our fallen military heroes how much we care!

The ‘Snowball Express’ rolls into Fort Worth on Dec. 2.

Avoid costly repairs by winterizing your irrigation system

Shut down your irrigation system for the winter and bleed the lines to remove water from the system to prevent breaks in freezing weather.

Donate to Silver Stars and make the holidays brighter for seniors

Over the past 11 years, the Silver Stars Holiday Program, an extension of the Cowboy Santas Program, has served more than than 3,000 homebound and isolated seniors.

Fare changes for bus rides, TRE take effect Dec. 2

Local Bus fares will increase 25 cents for a single ride and 50 cents for a Day Pass.

Christmas is for the birds

Children of all ages are encouraged to make biodegradable bird treats ahead of time and bring them to the event to hang in the garden’s Grove.

Fort Report: Holiday Roundup

Once Thanksgiving’s goose … sorry … TURKEY is cooked, Fort Worth is kicking into full holiday mode with  time-honored events and a few new favorites.

Council to consider changes to ethics code Dec. 18; public hearing set Dec. 11

The amendment was developed following an Aug. 19 request from city council for the city attorney and the Ethics Review Committee to recommend changes to the code, including provisions related to advisory task forces.

Jordan named TML president-elect

District 6 councilmember's selection announced during the 100th annual TML conference in Grapevine.

Mayor’s Message: Today I’m thankful for ...

As we pause for the Thanksgiving holiday, remember all the gifts in your life — big and small!

City Calendar for Nov. 19-25, 2012

City events for Nov. 19-25, 2012

City garners two awards for promoting better air quality

Innovation is helping Fort Worth get rolling into the future — and in an environmentally conscious fashion.

Industrial emissions inventory workshop scheduled for January

This workshop is designed for engineers, facility environmental managers, business owners and consultants.

USS Fort Worth leader to be grand marshal of Parade of Lights

With more than 100 highly illuminated entries, 500,000 lights and the brilliant Sundance Square Christmas tree, the Parade of Lights on Nov. 23 will kick off the holiday season in style.

‘Vaquero’ statue dedication set Nov. 17

A bronze statue commemorating the vaquero's contribution to the history and development of Fort Worth will be dedicated at 11 a.m.

Prepare household pipes for freezing temperatures

Now that we’ve had our first feel of chilly weather, take steps to keep your water pipes from freezing and possibly bursting this winter.

Meeting to discuss Northwest Community Park

Provide your input to a master plan for the proposed Northwest Community Park at a public meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 27, in the Lecture Hall (Room B115) at Saginaw High School, 800 N. Blue Mound Road.

Thanksgiving closing schedule

City offices and some city amenities will be closed Nov. 22 and 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday. All emergency services will be available as usual.

Businesses recognized for environmental compliance, water conservation

Five companies received the Water Conservation Award, which is in its second year.

Fort Worth Flashback: Reby Cary’s life one of patriotism, service, achievement

After graduating from I. M. Terrell High School, Reby Cary earned a degree in history and political science at Prairie View A&M. He started the path to a higher degree, but would first answer the call to duty.

Fort Report: America Recycles Day

Ehleshea has what you need to know about Fort Worth's biggest recycling event of the year.

Mayor’s Message: Waving our Fort Worth flag in the land down under!

This trip is an opportunity to sell North Texas as the starting point for Australian travelers visiting America for business or for fun.

City Calendar for Nov 12-18, 2012

City events for Nov. 12-18, 2012

Learn about Race Street restriping Nov. 15

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 at Riverside Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall, 3101 Race St.

Where do dead batteries go?

Batteries should not be placed in the trash or in curbside recycling bins; they should all be recycled as hazardous waste.

Take a look at five trees that have witnessed Fort Worth’s heritage

The Heritage Tree Program helps foster an appreciation of trees and promotes public awareness that trees are a living and distinct resource for the Fort Worth community.

Henry’s Blog: How do you measure a (dog) year?

What's this about one year for a dog equally seven for humans? This week, Henry investigates the truth behind how quickly your pet ages.

Where is the heaviest D-FW congestion?

Take a short survey to help identify where the heaviest traffic congestion exists across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Local businesses to be awarded for business plans

Business owners are competing for cash, donated business products and in-kind services.

Speak out on ozone season, transportation priorities

The NCTCOG Regional Transportation Council will host public meetings to discuss the recently concluded ozone season and transportation enhancement projects such as bicycle-pedestrian facilities.

Pet adoption certificates provide a loving home for the holidays

Adopting a pet is a serious and lifelong commitment, so if the holiday spirit is moving you to adopt a pet for yourself or your family, carefully consider whether the timing is right.

Meet your favorite aviation author at Saturday book fair

The book fair will be at Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. Third St., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sundance Square Christmas tree arrives

The Sundance Square Christmas tree be illuminated after the Parade of Lights Nov. 23 and will remain through Jan. 1.

Extension of Summer Creek Road progressing

The project includes the extension of McPherson Boulevard from Summer Creek Road to the Chisholm Trail Parkway.

Fire Department honors three Community Heroes for lifesaving work

Jason Torres, Joe Towne and Hector Ramos took immediate action when a co-worker collapsed—action that Fire Department officials say saved the man's life. 

Fort Worth Flashback: Downtown parade showcased Texas’ military strength

This photo shows a Marine Corps recruiting detachment marching in one of Fort Worth’s several military parades held downtown.

Mayor's Message: Touch the lives of local children in need

If you haven’t ever been involved with Fort Worth’s Cowboy Santas—you’re missing out! Ask anyone who’s been a part of it, and you’ll find out just how much your life can be touched by reaching out to someone less fortunate in our big city.

Salute vets of Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom in Nov. 10 parade

Grand marshal will be Brigadier Gen. Samuel L. Henry, 36th Infantry Division assistant commander of the Texas Army National Guard.

City Calendar for Nov. 5-11, 2012

City events for Nov. 5-11, 2012

Henry’s Blog: Are you ready to adopt this weekend?

Some adoptions at Fort Worth shelters end with the pet being returned to the shelter because the new owners weren’t ready for the commitment. Find out if you are ready by asking yourself these questions.

Special screening of film festival entry set Nov. 8

The 6:30 p.m. screening at the AMC Palace Theater, 220 E. Third Street, is free to the public, but seating is limited.

Shred it, recycle it at America Recycles Day event Nov. 17

Resident can drop-off documents to be shredded, and can bring in items like tires, batteries, light bulbs and more to be recycled.

Learn to protect your property at egret workshop

The free workshop is 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 10 in the Oak Room at Christ Chapel Bible Church, and open to all Fort Worth residents.

Changes made to next two Council meeting times

The times for the Nov. 6 and Nov. 12 meetings have changed.

Downtown tribute commemorating JFK visit to be dedicated Nov. 8

A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony is scheduled at 9 a.m. at the corner of Main and Eighth streets.

Low-impact design projects to be highlighted Nov. 7

Low-Impact Development Design Competition is designed to underscore the economic, environmental and quality-of-life gains that are possible with low impact development.

Public meetings share information on livable military communities

The main goal of the Planning for Livable Military Communities project is to support the success of Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base

Free T bus service on Election Day with voter registration card

The free rides will be valid from start to close of The T’s operations on all regular bus routes and express bus routes in Fort Worth and Richland Hills.

Faith Cabinet introduced to the community charity drive, music

Whether they were from churches, synagogues or mosques, Fort Worth residents and faith leaders descended on Casa Mañana for the “Connect With Your Community” event, and they did not come empty handed.

Meetings seek input on TEX Rail environmental impact

The T is updating environmental documents and gathering public input as part of the National Environmental Policy Act re-evaluation for TEX Rail.

Three locations gain permanent boxes for collecting unused medications

Drop off your unused and expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications at one of the recently installed “Take Back Drugs” boxes at Fort Worth Police Department substations.

Mayor's Message: Bike FW Wrap Up and 2013 Preview

As the 2012 cycling season draws to a close, Mayor Price looks ahead to what's coming in 2013.

Fort Report: Mayor Price's Spooky Bike Ride

The Mayor's weekly bike ride series ended Oct. 26 with a Halloween-themed ride through downtown Fort Worth, and Fort Worth Television was there to talk to the riders.

Fort Worth Flashback: Polio was one of the most feared diseases

From the 1930s to the 1950s, in response to the rising epidemic of paralytic poliomyelitis (polio), Texas children were routinely vaccinated.

Learn the latest on alternative energy

The Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition is hosting the fourth annual Alternative Energy and Transportation Conference and Expo at the Plano Events Centre Nov. 2-3.

HEB’s Feast of Sharing to make first Tarrant County appearance

With the help of partners like Central Market and HEB, The Feast of Sharing serves holiday meals to more than 250,000 people throughout Texas and Mexico.

Going trick-or-treating? Make sure the night is fun and safe

Some tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

City Calendar for Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2012

City Events for Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2012

Shedding light on light bulb disposal

Because some light bulbs contain mercury, they should be treated as hazardous waste and should not be placed in the trash or curbside recycling bins.

New community initiative ‘SPARC’s the fun of learning after school

New community initiative ‘SPARC’s the fun of learning after school Posted Oct. 24, 2012 The City of Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Independent School District are collaborating on a new initiative that will provide a strong voice for the

Workshop to discuss projects along Hemphill corridor Oct. 27

The community workshop starts at 9 a.m. at Southside Church of Christ, 2101 Hemphill St.

City Council approves adjustments to help save city’s pension plan and taxpayer dollars

The changes adopted today were proposed by City Manager Tom Higgins earlier this year to keep the current defined benefit pension plan while also working to make it affordable, transparent and fair for employee groups.

Fort Worth honored for attracting GE Manufacturing

Fort Worth is among five Texas cities honored with a 2012 Community Economic Development Award from the Texas Economic Development Council.

Share your thoughts on HOV, toll lane policies

Come to a public meeting at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at North Central Texas Council of Governments headquarters, 616 Six Flags Drive in Arlington.

Contest seeks name for new express toll lanes

Residents who submit names will be eligible to win a gas card worth $2,500, $1,000, $500 or $100 just for entering.

Mayor Price to host Iron Chef benefiting Community Food Bank

Students from the TCC Culinary Arts program and the Culinary School of Fort Worth will prepare three-course meals that will be judged by celebrity executive chefs.

Citizen parking lot at City Hall is now paid

Parking in the lot is $1.25 per hour with a $6 maximum each day, and payment will be required Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (excluding reserved spaces in the lot).

Fort Worth Flashback: A rare look at a part of TCU campus no longer in existence

This garden was at the front entrance to the Mary Couts Burnett Library (the main entrance was moved to the southeast corner of the building in a 1982 renovation).

Mayor's Message: Quality after school programs important investment in our future

Education is not just about what happens in the classroom, it’s about family support. It’s about community support. It’s about opportunities for kids to learn while outside of school (which accounts for about 80 percent of their time).

Public safety fair scheduled Oct. 25

Check out the latest police, fire and emergency medical services available at the fair, 7-9 p.m., Oct. 25, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 201 Thornhill Drive.

Japanese culture on display during Fall Festival

Enjoy the beautiful weather at Fall Festival in the Japanese Garden Oct. 27-28.

Learn about tree planting, landscape design

The Fort Worth Water Department, in partnership with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, is hosting two free seminars highlighting water-saving landscapes.

Field of dreams taking shape in south Fort Worth

The new YMCA Sports Complex includes $2 million in renovations for youth baseball, soccer and football fields.

City Calendar for Oct. 22-28, 2012

City Events for Oct. 22-28, 2012

West Seventh Street bridge pieces coming together offsite

Many residents were curious when a giant blue crane appeared in a vacant lot on West Fifth Street. They wondered what was being built there. Now they realize that it’s actually parts of a new West Seventh Street bridge.

Operation Safe Driver targets unsafe, aggressive motorists

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is calling on all drivers to reduce aggressive and distracted driving and save lives.

Henry's Blog: What to do when the new pup comes home

Meet Foxy and Desiree, Animal Care & Control's pets of the week, and get more pet owner tips from Fort Worth furriest staff member.

Early voting in Nov. 6 election begins Monday

All registered voters are eligible to cast ballots in person during early voting.

Vote for Botanic Garden, Log Cabin Village as ‘Best of the Metroplex’

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Log Cabin Village received nominations Metroplex Baby & Kids’ Best of the Metroplex Award, but it’s up to residents and visitors to help put the attractions over the top.

Celebrate Arbor Day in Cowtown Nov. 2

This year marks the 33rd year that Fort Worth has achieved the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA status—the longest running and oldest Tree City in Texas—but the city’s roots in urban forestry date back to 1873.

Fort Report: Composting in your backyard

Fall is a great time to start composting, and the City of Fort Worth has several ways you can learn how.

Fort Worth Flashback: Stag Saloon brought ‘luxurious surroundings’ to Cowtown

The Stag Saloon opened on. Oct. 28, 1899; at 702 Main St., stocking “the best wines, liquors and cigars, and Martin’s Best Whiskey made right here in Fort Worth by Martin Casey,” according to the book Legendary Watering Holes, compiled and edited by Richard Selcer.

Mayor's Message: Help be part of the solution to fighting addiction in Fort Worth

October is Red Ribbon Month. It’s a month to recognize the importance of tobacco, alcohol and drug prevention awareness programs.

Connect With Your Community at citywide faith celebration

Experience several of the many religious cultures in Fort Worth during Connect With Your Community, a citywide event presented by Mayor Betsy Price’s Faith Cabinet.

Ribbon sculpture to be installed downtown

Tabbachin Ribbon is a colorful, 13-foot-diameter sculpture by internationally recognized Mexican artist Yvonne Domenge. The artwork is one of several sculptures commissioned for a temporary exhibition program at Chicago’s Millennium Park in 2010.

Renovation of historic park shelter nets preservation award

The shelter structure is on the Tarrant County Historical Resources Survey. Before the renovation, it was listed on Historic Fort Worth’s Most Endangered Places List.

Test drive an electric vehicle to re-tree Texas

Test drive an electric vehicle (EV) before Dec. 1 at participating EVs for Trees dealerships and the dealer will donate $25 to the Texas Trees Foundation.

White Cane Day Walk scheduled Monday

Representatives from the Tarrant County blind community will come together Oct. 15 in downtown Fort Worth for the annual Tarrant County White Cane Day Walk. Mayor Pro Tem W.B. “Zim” Zimmerman will participate in the walk this year.

Construction agreement sets I-35W expansion in motion

The agreement sets in motion a $1.6 billion expansion of Texas’ most-congested highway. The project will add two managed lanes each way on I-35W, or the North Tarrant Express, and rebuild the existing highway.

Quebec delegation talks trade with Fort Worth, Tarrant County officials

Quebec delegation talks trade with Fort Worth, Tarrant County officials Posted Oct. 10, 2012 Mayor Betsy Price pins a "Molly" lapel pin on Bonnet Huor, deputy director of Innovation and Export Trade (Montreal) with the Quebec Ministry of Economic Development.

Pets of the Week (Oct. 8, 2012)

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and Henry — the Fort Worth’s “chief educator, cheerleader and promoter” of all shelter pets — would like to share a few tips for pet owners.

Cowboy Santas seeks donations, sponsorships, volunteers

As the autumn leaves begin to fall, Cowboy Santas looks to grow its reach to more families this year with donations, sponsorships and volunteers.

Mayor's Message: Drive carefully in construction zones

We are all very saddened today to hear that one of our water department employees was struck by a car in a work zone this morning.

Relive autumn on the prairie at Log Cabin Village

Grind grain by hand, shell corn, thresh wheat, bob for apples, press tortillas and more.

Green thumbs, get ready for Fall Plant Sale

An added feature of this year’s sale is a pre-sale, preview class at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 in the classroom of the Conservation Greenhouse.

Mayor’s Message: Meet the ‘challenge’ to be North Texas’ most fit city

Here in Fort Worth, we’ve made promoting a healthy, active lifestyle a priority — it’s why we partnered with Fort Worth ISD and so many other great community/corporate citizens to launch “FitWorth: A Healthy City Initiative!”

Fort Report: ArtsGoggle

It's time for another ArtsGoggle on the southside. This week's Fort Report has a preview.

Fort Worth Flashback: Quanah Parker was no stranger to Cowtown

The last chief of the Comanche Nation, Quanah Parker was a statesman, warrior and frequent visitor to Fort Worth.

Act now to get your rain barrel

Nov. 2 is the last day to order rain barrels for the Nov. 10 distribution day

City Calendar Oct. 8-14, 2012

City Events for Oct. 8-14, 2012

FWFD to honor fallen firefighters

Every October, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to firefighters who died in the line of duty the previous year.

Weatherization program cuts utility bills, increases safety

Families whose homes have been weatherized through Fort Worth’s program have seen savings up to 35 percent of previous energy consumption.

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and Henry — the Fort Worth’s “chief educator, cheerleader and promoter” of all shelter pets — would like to share a few tips for pet owners.

City employees collect food, cash to fight hunger

City employees collected 49,350 pounds of food and raised $47,082 in cash and check donations.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors in the heart of the city

The event will offer a wide range of activities — those that usually take you well outside city limits — as well as live music and entertainment, food trucks and a kid zone.

East Third Street to be restriped Saturday

The city recently installed an all-way stop at the East Third and Grove streets intersection in the central business district because of intersection sight-distance safety concerns.

Justice Department approves Fort Worth redistricting plan

The city will hold its first election using the new council districts in May 2013.

Stomp out litter in your neighborhood Oct. 20

Groups that sign up by Oct. 3 will get trash bags, gloves and a limited supply of T-shirts.

Work on Rosedale-Lovell bridge under way

As part of the construction of the Chisholm Trail Parkway, several lane reductions and closures will be in place

Fort Report: Músicarte

Learn more about the Músicarte, running from noon to 1 a.m. Oct. 6.

Fort Worth Flashback: Many street names honor early statesmen, others

A list of well-known Fort Worth streets and how they got their names.

Mayor’s Message: Faith Leaders Cabinet winter coat and school supply drive

All donations will go directly to those children most in need at Seminary Hills and Richards Wilson elementary schools.

Pets of the Week (Sept. 28, 2012)

Meet Sweetie and Raina, Animal Care and Control's Pets of the Week

Fort Report: Fort Worth Music Fest

The two-day Fort Worth Music Fest features 23 bands, including Hayes Carll, Reverend Horton Heat, Kevin Eubanks and Dr. Dog. For more information, visit fwfest.com.

Fort Worth Flashback: Test your knowledge of late-50s Fort Worth geography

How many landmark buildings can you identify in this 1958 photo? The aerial photo was taken looking east along I-30 from approximately the Forest Park Boulevard exit.

Mayor's Message: What the 2013 budget includes for you, and why we need to focus on 2014

Closing that $49 million funding gap was not easy. But, the budget shouldn’t be about what’s easy—it should be about what’s best for the greater good of our community.

Mayor's Message: FitWorth - A movement to build healthy families and healthy communities

Being active is not only fun, it’s energizing! It keeps you alert! It keeps you healthy and strong! It can also save your life.

Fort Worth Flashback: From meager beginnings, zoo grew into nationally ranked attraction

The oldest zoo in Texas, the Fort Worth Zoo was founded in 1909 with one lion, two bear cubs, an alligator, a coyote, a peacock and a few rabbits.

Explore Fort Worth’s museums on the house Sept. 22

The seventh annual Day in the District is 10 a.m.-5 p.m; free transportation within the Cultural District will be provided by The T.

Fort Worth Flashback: Cook began caring for Tarrant County in 1929

The roots of the former Cook Children’s Hospital go back to Jan. 29, 1929, when W.I. Cook Memorial Hospital opened at 1212 W. Lancaster St. The original hospital, designed in Italian Renaissance architecture, had 55 beds.

Fort Report: Trinity River Trash Bash

Where does all that litter go if it isn't picked up? The Trinity River. Help clear the waters at the Trinity Trash Bash.

Mayor's Message: Building streets faster

Fort Worth has struggled to stay ahead of its aging infrastructure needs—namely streets. In fact, there are still outstanding projects from the 2004 Bond Program. That’s unacceptable.

Fort Worth Flashback: Paschal’s history extends to early days as Fort Worth High

Paschal High School was founded in 1885 as Fort Worth High School. In 1891, the first Fort Worth High School was built and considered to be the finest school building in Texas.

Pets of the Week (Sept. 3, 2012)

Meet Mojo and Hula, Animal Care & Control's pets of the week.

Mayor's Message: Show your colors to kick off football season

It’s time to don your university duds for another season of fantastic collegiate sports.

Mayor's Message: Investing in the future

The new Police and Fire Training Center is a major step to invest in our future and protect the sanctity of our neighborhoods for generations to come. The City Council’s decision will help Fort Worth’s relatively low crime rates remain that way.

Fort Report: The Lost Village

Central Library and Movies That Matter are featuring the work of photographer Don Normark this month. Learn more on this week's Fort Report.

Fort Worth Flashback: Rare photo shows early Tarrant settlers

How many of these old-timers can you name?

Mayor's Message: Thoughts on taking action to curb the spread of West Nile Virus

Although I’m a firm believer in the power of prevention, considering the current WNV outbreak is four times larger than historical trends, I support the city’s response to heed the advice of the health experts and strategically kill adult mosquitoes.

Fort Worth Flashback: FWU dispensed college degrees before moving to Oklahoma City

Fort Worth University was chartered as Texas Wesleyan College by the Northern Methodist Church on June 6, 1881.

Mayor's Message: Fighting a Killer…One Heart at a Time

Fighting a Killer…One Heart at a Time Posted Aug. 20, 2012 Here in Fort Worth, we are working to develop a healthy, vibrant, and diverse community. We support one another and understand the relationship between healthy individuals and a healthy

Russian films to screen at Modern

The film festival is arranged under the auspices of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission.

Pets of the Week (Aug. 20, 2012)

Meet Daffy and Bruno, Animal Care & Control's pets of the week.

Fort Report: New Recyclables

Ehleshea learns about some changes to the city's recycling program from the guy that knows recycling best, Code Compliance Assistant Director Kim Mote (head of Solid Waste Services).

Fort Worth Flashback: Early aviator Vernon Castle memorialized in Benbrook

Vernon and Irene Castle were a husband-and-wife dance team and the first pop superstars of the 20th century. They were young, rich and famous, and they authored books, starred in early Broadway musicals and movies and sold their names and faces to everything from record players to shoes to cigars.

Mayor's Message: Budget Kickoff Remarks

Read the mayor's remarks from the budget work session kickoff Aug. 9.

Pets of the Week (Aug. 5, 2012)

Meet Cutter and Precious, Animal Care & Control's Pets of the Week.

Fort Worth Flashback: Camp Bowie preceded Arlington Heights neighborhood

Construction of Camp Bowie began July 18, 1917. The camp, in the Arlington Heights neighborhood about three miles west of downtown Fort Worth, was established by the War Department to train the 36th Infantry Division.

Mayor's Message: For the love of Fort Worth

Vibrant communities that draw tourists and new business developments have fun activities, sights and sounds to offer.

Fort Worth Flashback: County seat was swiped from Birdville

Ambitious Fort Worth residents called a courthouse election, sparking a bitter campaign.

Fort Report: Summer Reading Challenge

The Fort Report visits Mayor Betsy Price to talk about the Mayor's Summer Reading Challenge at the Fort Worth Library.

Mayor's Message: City Council appoints high level working group to tackle rail transit

You’ve heard me say it many times—Fort Worth has got to get moving!

Mayor's Message: Power of partnerships to benefit local school children

A solid education system is a major factor in the success or failure of any city. That’s why I’m passionate about lifting up our public schools and the students they serve.

Fort Report: National Day of the American Cowboy

National Day of the American Cowboy is coming up July 28, and Fort Report takes a look at what kinds of activities are scheduled.

Fort Worth Flashback: Water Gardens are an architectural and engineering marvel

The Fort Worth Water Gardens, between Houston and Commerce streets at West Lancaster Avenue, were built in 1974.

Pets of the Week (July 23, 2012)

Meet Kandace and Dizzy, Animal Care & Control's pets of the week.

Pets of the Week (July 16, 2012)

Meet Polly and Gina, Animal Care & Control's pets of the week.
Note: Half-price adoptions continue through July 

Fort Report: Irrigation 101

Learn how Smart Irrigation can keep your lawn healthier while using less water.

Fort Worth Flashback: City’s elite partied at Lake Como resort

Lake Como, about five miles west of Fort Worth’s Central Business District, provided a refreshing break from summer temperatures for many Fort Worth families in the latter part of the 1800s.

Mayor's Message: Excitement in Fort Worth adds up

Seeing “hot” numbers in July is nothing new in Fort Worth, but with the population boom showing no signs of slowing and impressive numbers from local businesses, things are really cookin’ in Cowtown.

Fort Report visits BRIT

Ehleshea pays a visit to the Botanical Research Institute of Texas to learn more about their programs.

Mayor's Message: Healthy Moms – Healthy Babies – Healthy Community

It may be surprising to hear that one of the top health issues facing Fort Worth today is our infant mortality rate. Fortunately, there is something we can do.

Fort Worth Flashback: Pioneer family’s homestead became Cultural District

The Van Zandt cottage at 2900 Crestline Road has played an important role in Fort Worth’s history.

Animal shelter overcrowded again following holiday

Following last week’s Independence Day holiday, approximately 150 animals came into the Fort Worth animal shelter, pushing the shelter over capacity.

Mayor's Message: Happy Fourth, Happy Fort

"Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…" Is there a more meaningful phrase in American history? Not in my opinion.

Fort Worth Flashback: Street markers progressed through the ages

The approximate age of a Fort Worth street often can be determined by the type of marker used.

Fort Report: Will Rogers' new equestrian center

Ehleshea takes a look inside the new equestrian center at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.

Mayor's Message: Launching of Tour De Fort Worth-France Series

As the summer closes in, RadioShack, Central Market and Neuro and I have teamed up for the Tour De Fort Worth—France Series, a 21-ride celebration of the Tour de France and its impact on cycling around the world and right here in Cowtown. 

Mayor's Message: Going green not just about doing what’s right, it’s about saving taxpayer dollars

With the summer heating up, it is a great time to think about ways to save energy.

Fort Report goes to Cow Camp

Ehleshea stops by the Stockyards to learn more about a summer activity for the whole family: Cow Camp.

Fort Worth Flashback: Elks Lodge started out downtown

An early location for Elks Lodge No. 124 was at Lamar and West Seventh streets in downtown Fort Worth.

Pets of the Week (June 18, 2012)

This week, we're staying with our "Adopt a Shelter Cat Month" theme with three felines from our Hulen PetSmart Charities Adoption Center.

Fort Report: Third Thursday Jazz

Ehleshea visits the Fort Worth Library to learn more about the Third Thursday Jazz Series.

Mayor's Message: Don’t take shortcuts when it comes to bike safety

If anything good can come from my recent bike accident, I hope our citizens who love to ride as much as I do see just how important it is to take safety seriously and never ride without a helmet.

Fort Worth Flashback: Ready availability of ice changed home life

The White Elephant Saloon’s boast that it sold “ice cold' beer” became possible only after Fort Worth’s Crystal Ice Co. began manufacturing the stuff year-round in March 1887.

Fort Report: Rockin' the River

Fort Report takes a look at some of the events you can expect this summer at Panther Island Pavilion.

Fort Worth Flashback: Lake Worth was built to provide drinking water, recreation

The City of Fort Worth constructed Lake Worth in 1914 as a municipal water supply reservoir and for recreation. Lake Worth, comprised of more than 3,700 acres, was the first manmade reservoir in Texas.

Mayor's Message: Want to fix I-35? Then stand up and speak out!

Are you fed up with the traffic on I-35? Have you had enough, and want more options to get around our cities? Do you believe that the day of convenient commuter rail service in Fort Worth has come? If so, you need to pay close attention and speak out at some very important meetings next week.

Time's running out to see 'Freedom Riders'

"Freedom Riders" at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History closes June 15, but this is the weekend to catch it. Showings PBS' "Freedom Riders" documentary are scheduled for Thursday and Saturday.

Pets of the Week (June 4, 2012)

June is Shelter Cat Adoption Month. Help raise awareness and get a new friend by bringing home one of these kitties.

Fort Report: Log Cabin Village

Ehleshea visits Log Cabin Village to see what's going on this summer inside Fort Worth's favorite time machine.

Fort Worth Flashback: May 1949 flood called worst in city history

The flood many consider to be the worst in Fort Worth’s history sent water from the Clear Fork of the Trinity River into homes and businesses in north and west portions of the city.

Mayor's Message: Start reading for a chance at great prizes

Most kids are out of school for the summer now, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. In fact, it’s crucial that parents, families and communities help our school children maintain and build on the skills they learned during the school year.

Fort Report: Concerts in the Garden

The Fort Worth Symphony and touring acts from many genres are set to play the Fort Worth Botanic Garden for Concerts in the Garden.

Mayor's Message: Are you a cheerleader for local students?

You’ve heard me talk a lot about the importance of quality public schools, and I feel strongly that it’s the duty of any local elected leader to serve as a cheerleader for our young people. That’s what I’m committed to do in support of all public schools in Fort Worth.

Fort Worth Flashback: Symphony has been making beautiful music since 1912

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra celebrates its Centennial Season this year, with several special events and programming.

Mayor Price's Memorial Day Speech

Mayor Betsy Price's remarks from May 28, 2012, at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Mayor's Message: Fort Worth Business Plan Competition

The competition, an opportunity for small businesses operating in Tarrant County to receive training and coaching on strengthening their business, allows participants the chance to compete for awards, cash prizes and business services from sponsors valued at more than $25,000!

Mayor's Message: Building a lean and responsive government

Budget gap shrinking, but tough decisions lay ahead

Half-price adoptions through end of June to ease overcrowding

Half-price adoptions will be available through the end of June to help ease overcrowding at the shelter caused by an influx of more than 500 animals during the week of May 14.

Fort Report: Camp Fort Worth

What are the kids going to do this summer? Check out Camp Fort Worth.

Fort Worth Flashback: Cats have winning history

The club won Texas League championships in 1895, 1905 and 1906, but from 1920 to 1925, the Panthers won every Texas League pennant and defeated the Southern Association champion in the Dixie Series in all but one year.

Mayor’s Message: Two schedule changes, special events for weekly bike riders

Get information on the next two rides, which will be at LaGrave Field and the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel & Spa.

Mayor’s Message: Sharing stories of a job well done

One of the best things about being the mayor of the great City of Fort Worth is working with the fantastic city employees and seeing them in action every day.

Pets of the Week (May 14, 2012)

Meet Cotton and Lindsey, Animal Care & Control's pets of the week.

Fort Worth Flashback: John Peter Smith was early Fort Worth promoter

John Peter Smith (1831-1901) arrived in Fort Worth in 1853 and decided to make it his home.

Fort Worth Flashback: Native Americans used virtually every portion of the bison

Bison played a part in practically every aspect of the lives of Native Americans who lived in Texas.

Pets of the Week (May 7, 2012)

Meet Orion and Mitchell, Animal Care & Control's pets of the week.

Mayor's Message: Visit Fort Worth—Even if You Live Here!

May 5–13, we join with the nation and the White House in celebrating National Tourism and Travel Week.

Fort Worth Flashback: Display recounts early African-American doctors’ contributions

The exhibit, Hidden in History: African American Doctors in Fort Worth, shares the stories of Dr. Riley Ransom, Dr. C. W. Flint, Dr. George Munchus, Dr. Elisha P. Murchinson and many others who paved the way for other African-American doctors.

Cycling for Healthy Babies in Fort Worth

The May 9 community bike ride will be a special one thanks to our partners at Central Market who’ve agreed to help us raise money for a very special local charity called Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies, Healthy Communities.

Pets of the Week (April 30, 2012)

Meet Nato and Violet, Animal Care & Control's pets of the week

Pets of the Week (April 23, 2012)

Meet Timmy and Israel, Animal Care & Control's pets of the week.

Fort Report: Prairiefest

Ehleshea goes back to the future for a taste of this weekend's Prairiefest.

Mayor's Message: Young leaders standing up to shape future of Fort Worth

You’ve heard me say it many times: It’s Your Fort Worth. Vision Fort Worth and SteerFW represent an energetic, passionate and engaged group of young people who understand what that means.

Fort Worth Flashback: Confederate Grays organized to honor fellow soldiers

We've all seen veterans groups working in the community and performing grave dedications but, at the turn of the 20th century, you would have seen some Confederate gray in place of U.S. military uniforms.

Statement regarding possible takeover bids for American Airlines

American Airlines is in the midst of a very delicate bankruptcy, and it’s crucial that this process is allowed to continue in a timely manner without unnecessary distractions from those who want to talk of mergers or takeovers.

Fort Worth Flashback: Bookmobile hit the road in 1948

For more than 100 years, U.S. bookmobiles have delivered information, technology and resources for life-long learning to people of all walks of life.

Pets of the Week (April 16, 2012)

Meet Shasta and Nikki, Animal Care & Control's pets of the week.

Mayor's Message: Fair housing is good business

April — Fair Housing Month — provides an opportunity to remind ourselves why we uphold the principles of fair housing.

Op/Ed: American Airlines Restructuring

Making the tough structural decisions now will make American Airlines stronger, create jobs and grow our regional economy as one of the strongest aviation centers in the world

Pets of the Week (April 9, 2012)

Meet Penelope-Michelle and Wallie, Animal Care & Control's pets of the week.

Mayor's Message: Put your green pride on display this month

April is Earth Month in Fort Worth, and it’s the perfect time to showcase all the efforts our residents make to help keep our city clean, beautiful and sustainable.

Video: Recyclebank rewards you for recycling right

In Fort Worth, we’re proud of our commitment to being green, but it’s time to take it to a whole new level. The City of Fort Worth and its recycling partner, Waste Management, are offering recycling rewards to residents through a new program called Recyclebank.

Fort Worth Flashback: Early downtown dwellers worshiped at Broadway Presbyterian

The Broadway Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth dates from 1884. Its first brick building at Broadway and St. Louis Avenue burned during the great southside fire on April 3, 1909.

Pets of the Week (April 2, 2012)

Meet Tabitha and Darcy, Animal Care & Control's pets of the week.

Mayor addresses Fort Worth Transportation Authority Board

Mayor Betsy Price calls for regionalism and action to bring commuter rail services to Fort Worth.

Mayor's Message: Essay contest offers wheels for words

The Words for Wheels contest—starting Monday and running through April 30—asks eligible students to think about their future impact on Fort Worth.

Mayor's Message: Let's be respectful of all trail users

With the arrival of nice weather, countless citizens will be hitting the trails—myself included. As we ride, walk or run, let’s keep in mind a few pointers.

Pets of the Week (March 26, 2012)

Meet Mason and Reyna, Animal Care & Control's pets of the week.

Fort Worth Flashback: Downtown, circa 1910

How many historic structures from this 1910 photo of downtown Fort Worth can you identify?

Tour de Fort Worth Kickoff

Mayor Price discusses the Tour de Fort Worth weekly ride series before hitting the trails.

Fort Worth Flashback: Westland produced a good nickel cigar

The Westland Cigar Manufacturing Co., located at 209½ W. 11th St., sold Blue Bell cigars for five cents each and Westland’s Bests at 15 cents, both made by hand in Fort Worth.

Fort Report: Bring your household hazardous waste to the ECC

Chris visits the Environmental Collection Center to see how the city how the city disposes of hazardous household waste.

Fort Worth Flashback: Cruise down Automobile Row

The western fringes of downtown Fort Worth once housed Automobile Row, a collection of automobile sales and service centers representing practically every make known at the time.

Pets of the Week (March 12, 2012)

Meet Marley and Midnight, Animal Care & Control's pets of the week.

Fort Report: Flood Safety Awareness Week

Chris pays a visit to Eastern Hills Elementary to see one of the many storm water projects aimed at making Fort Worth safer when flash flooding strikes.

Pets of the Week (March 5, 2012)

Meet Lady Jane and Gracie, Animal Care & Control's pets of the week.

Fort Worth Flashback: E.M. Daggett settled Diamond Hill

Ephraim M. Daggett (1810-1883), known as the Father of Fort Worth, built this Diamond Hill home.

Pets of the Week (Feb. 27, 2012)

Meet Frazzle and Tahiti, Animal Care & Control's pets of the week.

Fort Worth Flashback: North Side grew up around packing plants

Development of the North Side of Fort Worth began about 1888, when A.T. Byers bought a large tract of land north of the Trinity River where he hoped to establish a city.

Mayor Price calls on residents, businesses to get involved to help city succeed

Mayor Betsy Price called on all residents to ask themselves what they’re doing to make Fort Worth a better place to live and work during her first State of the City Address Thursday afternoon.

Mayor Price’s first State of the City Address available live on city cable, online streaming

If you don’t have your tickets to Mayor Betsy Price’s first State of the City Address on Feb. 23, you can watch live on Fort Worth TV.

Fort Worth Flashback: Trinity Park expanded as result of levee controversy

Trinity Park became Fort Worth’s second park when the city purchased 50 acres straddling the Clear Fork of the Trinity River in 1892.

Meet Henry

Meet Henry, a black lab who got a new lease on life after being adopted from the Fort Worth Animal Care & Control Center.

Fort Worth Flashback: James Farmer pioneered cattle sales in Fort Worth

Born in 1858, Farmer entered the cattle business in Tarrant County when he established the Hoxie Packing House, a forerunner of the giant Swift and Armour packing houses in the Stockyards.

Fort Worth Flashback: Streetcars began scooting around Cowtown in 1876

The first streetcar in Fort Worth rolled down Main Street on Christmas Day 1876, delivering passengers from the courthouse to the T&P Depot about a mile away.

Pets of the Week (Feb. 6, 2012)

Meet Tank and Callie, Animal Care & Control pets of the week.

Mayor's Message: Shale gas is clean, plentiful and right under our feet—Let’s use it!

Fort Worth has led the national effort to safely and responsibly produce clean burning shale gas—and I believe Fort Worth should also take the lead in shaping an America that doesn’t rely on foreign oil to keep those economic gears turning.

Fort Worth Flashback: Bell has been manufacturing Kiowa copters here for nearly 50 years

In the 46 years since Bell Helicopter Textron’s OH-58 Kiowa helicopter took its first flight, the Fort Worth-manufactured aircraft has flown more combat missions than any other, with more than 600,000 missions.

Pets of the Week (Jan. 30, 2012)

Meet Henry and Marley, Animal Care & Control's pets of the week.

Fort Worth Flashback: 36th Division shipped out of Camp Bowie for World War I action

The 36th Infantry Division was organized at Camp Bowie in Fort Worth on July 18, 1917, from units of the Texas and Oklahoma National Guard during World War I.

Pets of the Week (Jan. 23, 2012)

Meet Peaches and Beatrice, Animal Care & Control's pets of the week.

Pets of the Week (Jan. 17, 2012)

Meet Jackson and Anastasha, Animal Care & Control's Pets of the Week.

Fort Worth Flashback: Red Men promoted freedom, friendship, charity

The Improved Order of Red Men traces its origins to secret patriotic societies founded before the American Revolution. They were established to promote liberty and to defy the tyranny of the English crown. Among the early groups were the Sons of Liberty, the Sons of St. Tammany and, later, the Society of Red Men.

Fort Worth Flashback: 1949 flood led to creation of levee system

On May 17, 1949, the Clear Fork of the Trinity River in Fort Worth broke through its levees and spilled floodwaters into the city's commercial, industrial and residential districts.

Pets of the Week (Jan. 9, 2012)

Meet August and Scooter, Animal Care & Control's pets of the week.

Fort Worth Flashback: Panoramic map shows 1876 Cowtown

In April 1876, when artist D.D. Morse drew this bird’s-eye view from the northwest, Fort Worth was struggling for its very existence.

Fort Worth Flashback: Depression era spawned 1938 City Hall

The 1938 City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St., is a Classical Moderne building designed by Wyatt C. Hedrick and built as part of the Works Progress Administration. Total construction cost was $500,000.

Pets of the Week (Dec. 18, 2011)

Meet Logan and Edward, Animal Care & Control's pets of the week.

Fort Worth Flashback: Early power brokers flocked to Elizabeth Boulevard

Elizabeth Boulevard on Fort Worth’s near south side was the first restricted residential development in Fort Worth. Today, the neighborhood is intact and free from demolition or commercial development.

Fort Worth Flashback: American Airlines grew its wings at Meacham

After the City of Fort Worth established Fort Worth Municipal Airport on May 23, 1925, the first airmail flight was flown in 1926 by National Air Transport Co., now known as American Airlines.

Pets of the Week (Dec. 5, 2011)

Meet Mandy and Stryker, Animal Care & Control's pets of the week.

Fort Worth Flashback: Paschal High got its start as Fort Worth High

When FWHS was built in 1891, it was considered to be the finest school building in Texas. It was a three-story building surrounded by dirt roads, which were muddy on rainy days and led to a decline in attendance.

Mayor's Message: Global partnerships lead to energy innovation and business opportunity

Fort Worth was specifically selected and invited to meet with Chinese ministry officials, mayors and businesses leaders to discuss clean energy innovation and sustainable urban planning

Fort Worth Flashback: Lewis Fox captured Cowtown scenes in 1930s, 40s

Photographer Lewis D. Fox was known for shooting street scenes around Fort Worth, including this skyline captured from Clarke Avenue in Arlington Heights, circa 1945.

Fort Worth Flashback: Money’s Glo was first Futurity champion

The first National Cutting Horse Association Futurity was held over two days in 1962. Money’s Glo, ridden by Buster Welch for C.E. Boyd III, scored a 224 to earn the winner’s check for $3,828. Thirty-six riders competed in the event.

Fort Worth Flashback: Carnegie provided gift for city’s first library

When Mrs. D.B. Keeler took a chance and sent a letter to Andrew Carnegie, the industrialist and philanthropist responded with a $50,000 gift to build Fort Worth’s first library.

Mayor helps recognize Armour plant’s history, backs plans to move forward

Mayor Betsy Price remembered the past but celebrated the move forward during a ceremony Nov. 10 recognizing the Armour & Co. Meatpacking Plant.

Fort Worth Flashback: Main Street underpass provided north-south thoroughfare

The Main Street underpass created an east-west route for railroad cars overhead and a way for automobiles to travel beneath the rail lines from north to south.

Mayor responds to state's audit of gas pipelines

Mayor responds to state's audit of gas pipelines

Fort Worth Flashback: TCU campus had humble beginnings

Construction of a new home for Texas Christian University transformed an open prairie southwest of downtown into one of the most desirable parts of town in the early part of the 20th century.

Fort Worth Flashback: More than century-old pump station valve removed

Placed in service in 1892, this valve was installed during construction of the Holly Pump Station, now the site of the North Holly Water Treatment Plant.

Fort Worth Flashback: Hotel, saloon provided cowboy comforts

In 1904, Col. T.M. Thannisch, one of North Fort Worth’s early developers and entrepreneurs, purchased property at the corner of North Main Street and East Exchange Avenue.

Mayor's Message: Join me Oct. 26 for Fort Worth's first digital town hall

Join Mayor Price and the Star-Telegram's J.R. Labbe at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 for Fort Worth's first digital town hall.

Fort Worth Flashback: Shenandoah one of four Navy airships

Sure, we see a blimp in the Fort Worth skies during major sporting events, but those blimps are shrimps compared to the USS Shenandoah, which made its way through our city in the 1920s.

Fort Worth Flashback: Stag Saloon brought ‘palatial magnificence’ to Cowtown

The Stag’s dining room offered a lavish menu of fresh fish, oysters, game and pastry dishes and was “a gathering place for the city’s young bulls.”

Fort Worth Flashback: Restored monument honored for preservation excellence

The restored Al Hayne Monument at 700 Main St. was awarded a Preservation Award by Historic Fort Worth Inc. Fort Worth Public Art oversaw the restoration of the City-owned memorial.

Fort Worth Flashback: Priceless art finds home at the Carter

In the early 1960s, the small, Philip Johnson-designed Amon Carter Museum overlooked a landscaped terrace that framed a view of the Fort Worth skyline.

Fort Worth Flashback: Sam Garcia

The Fort Worth Library’s Samuel Garcia Collection is a treasure trove of information about Fort Worth’s Hispanic community. Garcia donated his collection to the library archives for preservation purposes and to educate the public about Hispanic heritage in the Fort Worth area. Included in the collection are manuscript materials relating to various organizations, pamphlets, journals, newspapers and clippings, memorabilia, photographs and awards.

Fort Worth Flashback: Yale Lary anchored Detroit’s feared defense of the 50s

Lary made all-conference at Texas A&M University as a halfback in 1951 before being drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round of the spring 1952 draft.

Fort Worth Flashback: Early grocery store was predecessor to O.B. Macaroni

Italian immigrant Louis Bicocchi was a prominent grocer and businessman in pre-1900 Fort Worth. This store, downtown at the corner of Seventh and Burnett streets, was an early location of Bicocchi’s grocery business.

Fort Worth Flashback: Bookmobile rolls out

In 1948, Fort Worth's new library director, Joseph S. Ibbotson, was instrumental in starting bookmobile service. The bookmobile made 28 stops in the city limits, bringing library services out of downtown and into neighborhoods long before branch libraries were built.

Fort Worth Flashback: Boaz & Battle Cotton Yard

In the 1880s, the Boaz & Battle Cotton yard was located on Main Street between 13th and 14th streets.

Fort Worth Flashback: Central Fire Station

A modern Central Fire Station was constructed in 1899 at the corner of Throckmorton and Eighth streets. It had three wagon bays, sleeping quarters upstairs, a bell tower and a 40-foot lookout tower allowing firefighters to watch for smoke anywhere in town.

Fort Worth Flashback: E.M. Daggett

Ephraim M. Daggett (1810-1883) was a merchant, legislator and early promoter of Fort Worth. Born in Upper Canada, he settled in Tarrant County in 1854.

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