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                          A HEIGHTS                                                                                           NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2008

   A.H.N.A.                  N E I G H B O R H O O D                                                    N E W S                       &         V I E W S
N E W S L E T T E R O F T H E A R L I N G T O N H E I G H T S N E I G H B O R H O O D A S S O C I AT I O N       •       W W W. A R L I N G T O N H E I G H T S N A . C O M

The Fort Worth Symphony performed its first concert in 1912, but disbanded during World War I because of a shortage of musicians. It officially re-launched in 1925 under the
baton of beloved violinist Brooks Morris. War brought the symphony to a halt again in 1943. (Photo courtesy of The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra)

by Christina Patoski

Great cities have great symphony orchestras, and Fort Worth is no                       First Baptist Church, where 300 people were turned away. The pro-
exception. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra received rave nation-                      gram opened with Saint Saens’ “Bacchanale from ‘Sampson and
al reviews this January at its Carnegie Hall debut with the exciting                    Delilah’” and closed with Tschaikowsky’s [sic] “Marche Slave.”
Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducting. The New York Times hailed the
concert as “first rate...a milestone for the orchestra.” While the                      Integral to the successful re-launching of the Fort Worth Symphony
Peruvian-born Harth-Bedoya is recognized as a fast-rising star, one                     Orchestra was business manager, publicity director, chief fundraiser
cannot overlook the talent among the 65 full-time musicians under                       and chairman of the board, Mrs. John Logan (Lela) Rogers. Mrs.
him who come from Russia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland,                           Rogers had two years of writing scripts in Hollywood under her belt
China, Japan, Argentina, Taiwan and the United States.                                  and spent countless nights in the wings of Fort Worth’s Majestic Theater
                                                                                        as the society and amusement editor of the daily newspaper, the Fort
A number of these musicians call Arlington Heights home, so we                          Worth Record. Her biggest claim to fame, however, came several years
decided it was time to acknowledge the talent living among us. A                        later when her young daughter, Ginger, won a Fort Worth Charleston
group of symphony musicians have agreed to share their gifts                            dance contest, launching a 50-year career in show business.
with their neighbors at the AHNA Thanksgiving Pot Luck Dinner                           According to a letter Mrs. Rogers wrote to Brooks Morris, it was her
on Monday November 17 at 6 p.m. at Arlington Heights United                             symphony salary that made it possible to buy the costumes for Ginger.
Methodist Church. They will present a selection of chamber music,
featuring Kathryn Perry and Nancy Weger on violins, Dave                                In 1937, the orchestra moved its concerts to the new Municipal
Herman on viola, Stephen Weger on trumpet, Jennifer Corning on                          Auditorium, now known as Will Rogers Auditorium. Another high-
oboe, with Brian Perry and William Clay on bass. The sympho-                            light of 1937 season was the November 3 concert featuring big band
ny’s Matthew Spivey, Vice President of Artistic Administration, will                    leader Paul Whiteman as conductor with the Paul Whiteman
provide a brief background on the orchestra.                                            Orchestra augmenting the Fort Worth Symphony. The program
                                                                                        opened with Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and ended with
The Fort Worth Symphony performed its first concert in 1912, but dis-                   “Rhapsody in Blue.”
banded during World War I because of a shortage of musicians. It
reorganized in 1919, but officially took off in December 1925 under                     War brought the symphony to a halt again in 1943. There was no per-
the baton of beloved violinist Brooks Morris, who conducted his pre-                    manent orchestra again until 1957 when Morris reclaimed the baton
mier concert to a capacity crowd of 4,000 in the auditorium of the                                                                                    (continued on Page 11)
                                                     Letter from the President
                                                     by Christina Patoski

                                                     Looking back over the past three years that I’ve served as the AHNA President, I have to say
                                                     that it’s been one of the most rewarding endeavors I’ve ever undertaken. Not that there haven’t
                              A.H.N.A.               been hurdles, but what I’ll remember the most fondly are the incredible people whose paths
                                                     I’ve crossed and the enduring friendships I’ve made.
                                   President         Being recognized as Fort Worth’s “2007 Neighborhood of the Year” was a crowning achieve-
                           Christina Patoski
             ment for Arlington Heights. I want to thank all the Executive Committee members who helped
                                  817.738.0330       to guide our association in the right direction, and all the committees and their chairs who
                              Vice President         donated their time and expertise to make our neighborhood a better place.
                            Deborah Roszek
                                  817.737.7520       There has been no greater challenge than the natural gas land rush we’ve experienced over
                                    Secretary        the last year and a half. I never dreamed that I would end up knowing as much as I do about
                             Loretta Rochelle        royalties, pipelines, and compressor stations. Same for zoning which is the most important tool
                                 817.377.3001        available to us to protect the integrity of our neighborhood. Pressures to change the charac-
                                                     ter of Arlington Heights through densification and commercial encroachment into the residen-
                               Renee Tidwell         tial blocks have been hot button issues for more than thirty years and will always require our
                       constant vigilance and advocacy.

                            Parliamentarian          Among my most satisfying experiences has been assisting almost 600 property owners in our
                             Fred Burckhart
                                                     neighborhood to re-zone their homes to A-5/Single Family zoning. Now, they will have a say
                                  817.738.4674       in any new construction on their block that is not a single family home. And their property val-
                         Directors at Large:
                                                     ues are much less likely to be negatively impacted by teardowns and the speculative develop-
                             Mike Beaupre            ers who build a product that’s designed to make maximum profit for flipping rather than a
                      quality home for a specific client.

                       Makenzie Carpenter            I have had the pleasure to serve on committees that are working on strategies to protect and
                                                     enhance Camp Bowie Blvd. and Montgomery St. While the going has been slow, there has
                                                     been sustained consensus-building nonetheless, with master plans recommended for both of
                                  Fred Collins
                                                     these important neighborhood commercial corridors.
                                                     I wouldn’t trade the life’s lessons I’ve learned through my work on behalf on AHNA despite the
                             Beth Kaufmann
                     long hours and bad pay. It takes a whole lot of us working together to push that big rock along.
                               817.377.4006          Tenacity and resilience are paramount to our efforts. Even though I will no longer be your
                                    Dana King        President as of the first of the year, be assured that I will always be there to share the load.
                                                                 Fort Worth Police                                City Councilman Carter Burdette:
              AHNA COMMITTEES                                 non-emergency number:                                         817.392.8807
                               Mike Beaupre
                            Neighborhood Patrol Officer                                   Code Compliance
                                817.732.3655                       David Miller:                                       Officer Gina Cubbage:
              Zoning/Board of Adjustment                       817.996.5506 (cell)                                      817.709.7439 (cell)
                          Dave Marshall                              
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2             ARLINGTON HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS & VIEWS                                   NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2008              
The November meeting of AHNA on Monday, November 17, starts
early at 6 p.m. because it’s the annual AHNA Thanksgiving Pot Luck
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Dinner. It will be our last meeting of the year and is a great way to                               J Household $15 J Business $25
launch into the holiday season.
Central Market is donating the turkeys, AHNA is providing the stuff-
ing and gravy, and the AHNA Citizens on Patrol are bringing the
drinks. We encourage you to bring a dish, but you don’t have to bring     Phone______________________________________________
anything except your favorite family members (including the kids) and
your neighbors, even if they aren’t AHNA members. Door prizes
include gift certificates to Lucile’s and Jason’s Deli and gifts from     What are your concerns/interests?________________________
Vending Nut and Kay’s Hallmark.
                                                                          Would you like to join a committee?_______________________
This year’s party is a tribute to the Fort Worth Symphony. Members of
the symphony who live in our neighborhood will play chamber music         Please mail annual dues ($15 for household, $25 for business):
during the evening and we’ll hear remarks from the symphony’s             AHNA, PO Box 470692, Fort Worth, TX 76147-0692
Matthew Spivey, Vice President of Artistic Administration.
                                                                          NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2008 Membership Form

We’ll also have a short business meeting with a crime report from
Neighborhood Patrol Officer David Miller after dinner.                                    AHNA Meeting Schedule
                                                                                                     Monday, November 17, 2008
                                                                          A.H.N.A.                     No Meeting in December

DECEMBER DOINGS                                                                                       Monday, January 19, 2009
                                                                                                              Every Third Monday
AHNA will not hold a December membership meeting, but if you’re
looking for a unique way to celebrate the holidays in the neighbor-            Arlington Heights United Methodist Church
                                                                                        4200 Camp Bowie Blvd. (enter on Hillcrest)
hood, gather up the kids and take part in La Posada, a Mexican
Christmas custom based on Mary looking for a place to spend the
night. The free event begins at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, December                               AHNA FINANCIAL REPORT
15, at Grace United Methodist Church on the corner of Clover Lane          BALANCE AS OF 1/1/2008                 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,819.38
and Interstate 30.                                                         ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE
                                                                           Advertising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,750.00
                                                                           Business memberships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$125.00
Whole families, some in ancient costumes, walk together with
                                                                           Individual memberships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,900.00
Mary and her donkey along Clover Lane to Arlington Heights                 League of Neighborhoods Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$200.00
United Methodist Church on the corner of Camp Bowie and                    Interest Income . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$11.02
                                                                           Donation/Raul Gutierrez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$253.00
Thomas Place. Scriptures are read in Spanish and English next to           Donation/Feral Cat Fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$50.00
the live nativity scene, complete with camels, donkey and sheep.           Donation/Texans Against Crime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$925.00
                                                                           Donation/Western Ave. Light Poles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,000.00
Tamales, fruits, nuts and candy are served, along with hot choco-          TOTAL ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$12,214.02
late and apple cider.                                                      ACCOUNTS PAYABLE
                                                                           Bank charge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$128.60
                                                                           Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$165.80
                                                                           Postage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$163.81
                                                                           Newsletter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,264.61
                                                                           Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$455.77
     The boundaries of the Arlington                                       Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$597.00
     Heights Neighborhood Association are                                  Oil/Gas Expenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$184.57
                                                                           Western Blvd. Trees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$876.25
     the triangle of Camp Bowie Boulevard                                  Meeting Expenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$852.32
                                                                           Zoning Cases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$175.11
     on the north, Montgomery Street on                                    Yard of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$30.15
                                                                           Miscellaneous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$180.50
     the east, and Interstate Highway 30 on                                Donation to Raul Gutierrez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$450.00
                                                                           Texans Against Crime Expenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$925.00
     the south and the west.                                               TOTAL ACCOUNTS PAYABLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,449.49
                                                                           BALANCE AS OF 10/31/2008 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$12,583.91       NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2008                 ARLINGTON HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS & VIEWS                                                               3
The dominoes began to fall in early September soon after                Things have changed at City Hall, too. The City Council voted in
Chesapeake Energy notified AHNA that they would not acquire any         early October to reject Chesapeake’s request for a proposed
more gas leases in our neighborhood for the time being. In a matter     drilling site at Eighth Avenue that was less than 600 feet from
of weeks, Chesapeake closed down negotiations of lease agree-           almost 50 homes. It was the first time the city denied a high-
ments in Westover Hills, Crestline, North Hi Mount, Ridglea North,      impact variance request.
Ridglea Hills, Crestwood and TCU neighborhoods, to name a few.
                                                                        The city’s Gas Drilling Task Force has given the City Council its final
The Vantage-Caffey Group also stopped paying bonuses on lease           recommendations for changes to the city’s gas well ordinance. The
agreements with the Southwest Fort Worth Alliance, which had suc-       Council will likely vote in December on the changes.
cessfully negotiated a neighborhood gas lease for 25 neighborhood
groups in south Fort Worth. The announcement was made October           Meanwhile, AHNA is working on a plan of action for negotiating
14 at a signing event at Southcliff Baptist Church, where more than     a neighborhood gas lease based on residents’ feedback from our
1,000 stunned residents came to get their bonus checks. About half      Web survey. If you haven’t filled out a survey yet, please do it at
of the neighborhoods in the alliance had already signed contracts It takes less than a minute and is com-
and will still get their bonus checks.                                  pletely confidential.

We asked you to give us your opinion by completing a gas survey on      upfront bonus money, regulatory oversight, long-term royalty pay-
our Web site at One hundred and thirty resi-    ment, and finally, mortgage subordination.
dents completed the survey between September 17 and October 23.
                                                                        Some respondents told us in the Comments Section of the survey
The results show that 96% of respondents have not signed a gas lease.   that they are upset that Chesapeake pulled out of Arlington Heights
However, 82% of the respondents intend to sign a lease, and 90%         and they are upset about missing out on a neighborhood lease that
are waiting for AHNA to endorse the gas lease before they sign.         might have promised a large signing bonus and royalty payments.
                                                                        Some were also concerned about the time it took for AHNA to get
More than 70% of residents said they would not sign a lease if the      an answer from Chesapeake or from another operator.
location of pipelines and drill sites became an issue. Approximately
60% of respondents stated that they would not sign a lease if con-      Most respondents commended the association for educating resi-
cerns about eminent domain surfaced.                                    dents about the potential risks of urban gas drilling. Several respon-
                                                                        dents were against drilling altogether in our neighborhood regard-
When asked if they were worried about the long-term impacts of          less of financial incentives, and many stated that they were in no
urban gas drilling, 30% were very worried, 36% answered that            hurry to sign a gas lease. Residents also expressed grave concerns
they were somewhat worried, 18% were not sure, and 16% were             about the environment and the safety and health of Fort Worth resi-
not at all worried.                                                     dents as well as the accountability of gas drilling throughout the city.

The top issues of concern were, in order of importance: pipeline        If you haven’t completed a gas survey yet, please go to arlington-
safety, location of wells, environmental and noise pollution, emi- and fill one out. It will help AHNA make decisions
nent domain, truck traffic, property values, wastewater disposal,       about how move forward in the coming months.

4              ARLINGTON HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS & VIEWS                      NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2008        

  Construction for the seven-story Western Heritage Garage is set to begin in February and be completed by December 2009. Designed to look like an office building
  rather than a parking garage, the structure, viewed here from Montgomery St., will resemble the nearby Will Rogers Pioneer Tower.

A great big thank you to the anonymous patron who has been mak-                     1,100 cars. Studies show that 90% of the visitors to the Cultural
ing significant financial contributions to AHNA for improving the                   District are from out of town. Funding for the project will be paid
park-like median on Western Ave. between Calmont Ave. and                           through parking fees which are set to be implemented in the area in
Pershing Ave. This October, AHNA received a $3,000 gift that is                     the coming months. Nearby neighbors have been promised a park-
earmarked for street lighting, with the caveat to consider “green”                  ing plan to alleviate street parking on neighborhood streets...Fort
alternatives, such as solar-powered street lighting. Previous gifts total-          Worth Shred Day is set for Saturday November 15 from 9 a.m.
ing $5,000 have gone to the purchase, planting and watering of the                  until 1 p.m. at Greenstar Recycling Services at 1100 NE 23rd St.,
eleven oak trees on the medians...Our neighborhood Starbucks at                     76164. You can bring up to 10 boxes or 500 pounds of your person-
Hulen and Camp Bowie is on the corporate list of locations to be                    al documents to be shredded at no charge. No business waste, plas-
closed, according to local management. There is no confirmed clos-                  tic or metal items will be accepted, but staples or paper clips are per-
ing date, but it is not expected to be sooner than February. Even                   mitted. Bring your documents in a paper sack or box. Call 817/392-
though the Camp Bowie location is very busy in the mornings, busi-                  3279 for more information...Complaints about mail delivery
ness is slow at night. Other factors are no drive-through and high                  in our neighborhood are on the rise again. Some parts of the neigh-
rent. Next door, Washington Mutual Bank says they expect to                         borhood are back to being on an auxiliary route which means we
stay put even though they’ve been bought by JPMorgan                                don’t always have the same mail carrier and sometimes our mail isn’t
Chase...Christ Chapel Bible Church will open their new two-                         delivered until after 6 p.m. There is also an increasing number of mis-
story parking garage for business in December. The off-white cast                   delivered pieces of mail, which is unsettling because you never know
concrete structure will include three levels of parking for a total of 500          if some of your mail is among the mis-delivered and not reported.
cars...Plans for another parking garage have been unveiled on                       Register a complaint by calling (800) 275-8777, then press #5 and
Montgomery St., just north of the Omni Theater. The $35 million,                    #5 again to get to a live person. If more of us do it, maybe we will
seven-story Western Heritage Parking Garage will be built                           see some results...The City of Fort Worth’s Web site now allows
to service Cultural District visitors. Capacity for the garage will be                                                                         (continued on Page 11)             NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2008                     ARLINGTON HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS & VIEWS                                        5
AHNA HERO                                                                   CRIME ALERT
Every school morning, Mariela Cardona                                       We are seeing an increase in criminal activity in our neighbor-
walks her three children, Julian, Felicity                                  hood, a likely consequence of the economic downturn. A home
and Giovanna, to South Hi Mount                                             invasion occurred in our neighborhood for the first time in many
Elementary School. On the morning of                                        years on Saturday October 25 about 9:40 a.m. near Clover
September 9, as they waited to cross the                                    Lane and Dexter.
street, a car heading north on Clover
Lane struck Robert Newsome, a veteran                                       When the homeowner answered a knock at her door, a tall
crossing guard. According to Mrs.                                           African American male told her he was working for the roofing
Cardona, Newsome was holding up a                                           company that was replacing the next door neighbor’s roof and
stop sign in the crosswalk, but the driver                                  wanted permission to park the company truck in her driveway.
didn’t even slow down. Newsome was hit Robert Newsome                       Before she could answer, he forced his way into her house,
after stepping in front of a group of chil-                                 knocked her to the floor, punched her in the face, stole her purse
dren who were getting ready to cross the street. Mrs. Cardona               and fled through the front door.
observed that the driver of the car was talking on the telephone.
                                                                            The victim is lucky to be alive. There were no witnesses, but the man
Newsome sustained multiple fractures to his ankle and is still in a         had knocked on other doors in the neighborhood before the inci-
rehabilitation facility, but is expected to go home soon. A retired         dent. Neighborhood Patrol Officer David Miller recommends that
Lockheed assemblyman, he has worked as a crossing guard for the             you do not open your door if you don’t recognize the person or are
last seven years, but isn’t sure when or if he’ll go back to work. He       not expecting a visitor. “It’s okay to talk to them through the closed
says he misses his kids, “I really like helping those kids get across the   door so they know that someone is home,” explains Officer Miller.
street.” Mrs. Cardona praised Newsome, saying he’s a very caring            If they refuse to leave, he recommends calling 911.
and friendly man who always greeted them with “good morning”,
“how are you?”, and “thank you.”                                            There have also been a number of burglaries of cars throughout the
                                                                            neighborhood and car thefts as well. Remember, Officer Miller
Mr. Newsome, you wear the AHNA crown for a job well done and                advises that you not leave anything inside your car.
for your quick actions which averted an even greater disaster. We
hope for a speedy recovery for you.                                         Call Officer Miller at 817-996-5506 if you see anything suspicious.

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                                                                                        In and Around the Arlington Heights Area         NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2008                   ARLINGTON HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS & VIEWS                         7
by Meda Kessler

Joel McElhaney’s a trained landscape architect but has had to adapt
to all things Texas (bad soil, broiling summer heat) after living in
Minneapolis. The Iowa native and his wife Anna, who grew up in
Temple, have created a yard at 1917 Hillcrest Avenue with year-
round interest.

The textural and drought-tolerant mix includes a spectacular agave
and wispy Mexican feather grass mixed with blooming perennials
such as the massing of purple-hued Texas asters in front of the
McElhaneys’ front porch. “Most of the plants in our front yard such
as the aster, cherry sage, purple coneflower and yarrow came from
the yards of Anna’s grandmothers, Jo and Evelyn, who live in
Hamilton, Texas,” says Joel. “The agave was a gift from Anna’s sister
and brother-in-law who recently moved from Austin to Fort Worth.        A spectacular agave and wispy Mexican feather grass mixed with a massing of purple-
                                                                        hued Texas asters make a winning combination at 1917 Hillcrest Avenue.
Even though Joel is a Senior Landscape Architect for the City of Fort
Worth’s Parks and Community Services Department, he admits Anna         researching more summer-blooming perennials. “There will be many
is the primary caretaker for their garden. The couple is still making   more experiments which I’m sure will yield as many failures as suc-
adjustments and learning what works and what doesn’t. Phlox was a       cesses,” says Joel, ever the patient gardener.
low-water favorite of Joel’s up north but it didn’t survive the Texas
summer. Look for yarrow instead come the spring planting season.        Joel and Anna McElhaney’s hard work has been recognized by
                                                                        AHNA as the October Yard of the Month. They will receive a $25 gift
The McElhaneys have future plans to expand the beds and eventual-       certificate from Calloway’s in appreciation for their contribution to
ly line them with stone from Anna’s family farm. They’re also           making Arlington Heights a beautiful neighborhood.

8                 ARLINGTON HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS & VIEWS                     NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2008              
by Meda Kessler

The house at 4836 Birchman Avenue is vibrant, painted a “margari-
ta” green with stained wood trim. A red metal chimney from a wood-
burning stove punctuates the shingled roof. Add to that a glorious riot
of seasonal color (thanks to this fall’s warm temperatures) from bas-
kets of bougainvillea, hibiscus and Texas asters and you have a visu-
al treat for passers-by.

Gene Binnion, who grew up in Fort Worth, has lived on the lot-and-
a-half for eight years and has carefully cultivated the gardens — front
and back — on his own. He credits his wife, who passed away a few
years ago, for making sure everything got watered on schedule.

The low rock walls that create a terraced effect in the front and side
                                                                           A glorious riot of seasonal color from baskets of bougainvillea, hibiscus and Texas
are original to the home, and Binnion has added layers of color and
                                                                           asters at 4836 Birchman Avenue provides a visual treat for passers-by.
texture with azaleas, lilies, asters, pampas grass, irises, salvia and
nandina. A vitex tree and well-tended fruitless mulberry anchor the
front while large pots of begonias and camellias hold court on the         “My job cuts into my gardening time,” he says, but don’t be surprised
shaded front porch.                                                        to see him on the weekends preparing for winter and making new
                                                                           plans for spring.
Binnion admits it’s a lot of work and money to keep it all up includ-
ing the back yard which features raised veggie beds, elephant ears         Congratulations to Gene Binnion, who will receive a $25 gift certifi-
and more potted plants. He keeps the beds mulched with lots of             cate from Calloway’s for being named AHNA’s November Yard of
cedar and even invested in non-stinging wasps to keep the bag-             the Month. Your originality and vision is an inspiration to all. Keep
worms at bay this season.                                                  up the good work!

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FYI: NEIGHBORHOOD BRIEFS                   (continued from Page 5)

citizens to watch online and anytime the proceedings of all the city’s
councils and commissions, including City Council (watch pre-Council
meetings to get an insider’s look at how this city is run), Zoning
Commission, Board of Adjustment, Building Standards Commission
and many more. Go to where you can also
fast forward directly to a specific case...A great big salute to our
amazing Neighborhood Patrol Officer David Miller, the AHNA
Citizens on Patrol and the following businesses that donated to anoth-
er fantastic Texans Against Crime neighborhood party:
Cash America, Dr. William Purifoy, Judy Samuel/State Farm
Insurance, Angel's Tailor Shop, The Architects-Barnes/Associates Inc.,
Dalton Photography, Fast Frame of Texas, K. Flories Antiques, Brenda
Roberts/Embellishments, Steinway Hall, Jan Simus Events, Dolores
Landeros/Salon One, Harper's Bluebonnet Bakery, Lucile's, Vending
Nut, Bella Italia West, Tokyo Cafe, Cupcake Cottage, Pappa John's              Meda Kessler and her three-legged friend Mason enjoy tacos with Gloria Thompson
Pizza, Cookie Bouquet and Curley's Custard.                                    at this year’s Texans Against Crime party. (Photo credit: Kelly Jo Nial)

SALUTE TO THE SYMPHONY                   (continued from Page 1)

until 1962. Rudolph Kruger, Dr. Ralph Guenther, Ezra Rachlin and Dr.           Today, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has a $12.7 million
Robert Hull followed as conductors of the symphony until saxophonist           budget and performs more than 200 concerts a year. In addition to
John Giordano settled into the job in 1972 through 1999. The Giordano          its symphonic and pops concerts series at Bass Hall, the Orchestra
years brought stability and incredible growth to the symphony and were         provides orchestral support for the Van Cliburn Piano Competition,
pivotal in solidifying the significance of the orchestra in Fort Worth cul-    Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera and Southwestern Seminary
tural life. In 2000, Miguel Harth-Bedoya was hired as Music Director to        Master Chorale. The annual five-week Concerts in the Garden at the
conduct the symphony. Under his leadership “the orchestra has made             Botanic Gardens has grown into one of the largest and most popular
significant artistic strides,” according to The New York Times.                outdoor summer festivals of its kind.

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