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                                      Dear Friends,

                                      The past two months have been incredibly busy for all of us, both in the office and for all of
                                      you as well. It is hard to believe that summer and the end of the school year will be right
                                      around the corner.

                                      In April, tornadoes ravaged our precinct and affected so many of you in our community. Our
                                      office worked tirelessly to assist cities and other entities in the effort to help our residents who
 Commissioner Andy Nguyen
 Tarrant County, Precinct 2           lost so much in minutes. During this time, we worked closely in support of our city partners in
                                      Arlington and Kennedale. Our maintenance crew worked with our community partners to as-
                                      sist in clearing streets. I would like to thank Constables McGinty and Burgess for generously
  IN THIS ISSUE…..                    coordinating with the Arlington Police Department to fill shifts to ensure safety. In this time of
Commissioner’s Corner            1    the disaster of the tornadoes, we found a precinct that truly pulled together and worked to help
Flag Etiquette                   2    our neighbors.
TarrantCares Milestone           2
Department Spotlight - Tarrant   3    With the end of another school year, we are already busy putting together our event for Tarrant
   County Veterans Services           County’s Annual Back to School Kick Off, a program that assists the most economically chal-
2-1-1 Veterans Services Expand 4      lenged families in our community to get the supplies and resources necessary to send their chil-
YWCA                             5    dren to school. We will bring you additional details in the coming months.
Kennedale’s Celebrates Texas     5
Methodist Mansfield’s New        6    May is a month filled with celebration whether it is Mother’s Day, school graduation, or Asian-
   Walking Trail                      Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United
Hometown Heroes                  7    States. I hope you make the most of each moment and take time to reflect upon what is most
Partnering for the Greater       8    important to you. For me, May is also important because of the celebration of my marriage of
   Good                               fifteen years. Without the foundation of my wife and children nothing else could be possible in
United Way’s Youth Priorities    8    my life.
Maintenance News                 9    I wish for all of you a wonderful start to summer and please, don’t forget to vote! To some,
Calendar of Events               10   voting is a nuisance and a burden, but to me, voting in the United States of America, as an
                                      American, is an honor and privilege. Please, no matter who you support, vote -- your choice
                                      was paid for by many over the past two hundred years.
 Arlington Sub-Courthouse             Again, thank you for allowing me to serve as your County Commissioner.
 700 E. Abram, Suite 304
 Arlington, TX 76010
 (817) 548-3900                       Thank you and God bless,
 Mansfield Sub-Courthouse
 1100 E. Broad St., Suite 101
                                      Andy Nguyen
 Mansfield, TX 76063
 (817) 473-5130
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                      Flag Etiquette - STANDARDS of RESPECT

   The Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also
contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. They are:

- The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
- The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any deco-
ration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the
bunting should be on the top.
- The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as
cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the
staff or halyard.
- The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel,
fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
- The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
- The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
- When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store
the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
- The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
- When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.

Note: Most American Legion Posts regularly conduct a dignified flag burning ceremony, often on Flag Day, June 14th. Many Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout
Troops, and Girl Scout Troops retire flags regularly as well. Contact your local American Legion Hall or Scout Troop to inquire about the availability of this

For more information about The United States Flag visit:

Follow this link for a CRS Report for Congress on the topic of The United States Flag: Federal Law Relating to Display and Associated Questions:

                                                             Tarrant Cares Reaches Milestone
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                                                             tion about medications and medical tests? Then is the place for you.
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                                                             resources they needed. At any time, day or night, you can find information on topics
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                                               Tarrant County Veterans Services
   The Tarrant County Veteran Services Office is an advocate agency established to assist veterans and/or their survivors
obtain entitled benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the State of Texas. The office is a part of and
is funded by Tarrant County and is not a part of the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, more commonly known as
the "VA". They work for Tarrant County veterans and their survivors.
    Although they cannot adjudicate claims, they can provide advice about various programs and eligibility requirements
and assist in completing the forms and other correspondence necessary to file a claim or an appeal. They will also assist
in resolving problems and getting answers to questions about the laws and regulations that govern veterans' benefits.
    The office is located on the grounds of the Resource Connection of Tarrant County at 1200 Circle Drive, Suite 300,
Ft Worth, TX, 76119. The telephone number is (817) 531-5645.
    Hours of operation are Mon - Fri, 8:00 am to 4:30pm (closed from 12:00pm to 1:00pm). They will assist customers
who walk-in, but prefer that an appointment is made so that everyone can be given the proper time and attention

Some of the programs & services that they can provide assistance with include:

       Disability Compensation Claims                            Home Loan Benefits Info
       Non-Service Connected Pension Claims                      Veterans Homes Info
       Dependency & Indemnity Compensation Claims                Discharge Upgrades Info
       Death /Widow's Pension Claims                             Obtaining discharge documents, military medical records,
       Aid and Attendance Benefits Claims                            and medals/decorations
       Housebound Benefits Claims                                Claims Disagreements/Appeals Assistance
       Healthcare Benefits Info                                  Debt Waivers Assistance
       Burial Benefits Claims                                    Texas State Benefits Info for Disabled Vets
       Educational Benefits Info                                 Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Vet
       Insurance Benefits Info

For more information, please visit the website here.

Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen’s faith strengthened him and
inspired him to give back through public service
By Jerry Circelli, Correspondent
North Texas Catholic, 4/24/12

                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Jerry Circelli
A devout Catholic, Andy Nguyen became the first Asian-American elected to the Tarrant County Commissioners
Court, the general governing body of Tarrant County. He was elected from Precinct 2, in Southeast Tarrant County,
and serves with a county judge and three other commissioners. Few elected officials in the United States appreciate
living in one nation under God in quite the same way as Andy Nguyen. Born in South Vietnam in 1966, Nguyen saw
his country overrun by communist forces that abruptly put an end to all basic freedoms. Only a near-death struggle
for survival, a fight against all odds, and unshakable Catholic faith eventually led the way to newfound liberty.
Now an American citizen living in Arlington, Nguyen’s experiences as a refugee taught him that anything is possible through perseverance. It was
that conviction that gave Nguyen the confidence to throw his hat in the ring in an election for Tarrant County Commissioner a few years ago. An
unlikely political contender, Nguyen was not given much of a chance to win a race against a 20-year incumbent. But he proved the experts wrong.
Early last year, Nguyen was sworn in as the first Asian-American elected to the Tarrant County Commissioners Court. It was the latest destination
in a journey that began more than 30 years ago in the South China Sea.
After the April 30, 1975, fall of South Vietnam to communists from the north, events unfolded rapidly at Nguyen’s home in Vung Tau, about 40
miles from Saigon. The 8-year-old lived there with his parents and seven siblings. It was the middle of the night when communist soldiers stormed
into their home and dragged Nguyen’s father off to prison at gunpoint. The father of eight was held there for three years and his family faced
enormous challenges in his absence. In 1978, Nguyen’s father was released, only to be arrested again after trying to leave the country with his
family. He was then imprisoned for another three years.
In 1981, after six years of imprisonment, Nguyen’s father secretly boarded an overcrowded fishing boat with five of his children, while his wife
and youngest son remained behind to distract the communists. By now, Nguyen was 14 years old and about to embark on a voyage he would
never forget.

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(Continued from page 3) - Commissioner’s             faith strengthened and inspired him to give back…
A banker by trade, Nguyen’s father studied navigation in preparation for this escape from oppression. Now it was his goal to get 80 desperate
boat passengers to a refugee camp in Malaysia, several hundred miles across the South China Sea. No one aboard expected it to be easy, and the
wise navigator knew he must take the boat on a circuitous route away from the Gulf of Thailand. The longer course would help them avoid pi-
rates, but it would create additional hardships for passengers short on water and food.
After several days of severe hunger and thirst, relief came in the form of an offshore oil rig. When the refugees neared the structure, friendly rig
hands greeted them. Upon learning that the refugees in the boat below their platform were dehydrated, the rig workers showered fresh water
down on them from a thick hose.
The respite would not last long for the refugees. Their next experience at sea came in the form of a treacherous storm. Nguyen’s father had pre-
pared passengers well for this latest challenge. He led daily prayer services on the boat and taught his countrymen to always put their faith in God.
Miraculously, the ship and its passengers weathered the storm. After more than a week at sea, they made it to the refugee camp in Malaysia.
Young Nguyen had seen his father save lives through exceptional perseverance, keen navigation skills, and a steadfast Catholic faith.
The experience taught all the survivors a lesson in spirituality, Nguyen said. "Around you is a lot of water but you are dying of thirst. You are in
an ocean with tons of fish, but you are dying of hunger. A storm comes and you cannot do anything about it. You are like a tiny little leaf floating
in the giant Pacific Ocean. You are totally helpless. "When you are in that situation, even a non-believer has to believe. Who else can save you,
except God?"
After several months at the refugee camp, the Nguyens were reunited with the two older brothers who had escaped earlier and were living in Cov-
ington, Kentucky. They also succeeded in bringing their mother and the family’s youngest child to America in 1992, and the entire family now
lives in this country.
A devout Catholic, Nguyen attends St. Vincent de Paul Church in Arlington and St. Joseph Vietnamese Catholic Church in Grand Prairie. Married
and a father of three, Nguyen is committed to his family.
"Through it all, we always supported each other," Nguyen said. "I always remember where we came from," said Nguyen, "and the prices we had
to pay to get here. And I remember the sacrifices that our parents and my older brothers made. In hard times, the only thing we could do was
count on each other. Family, I learned, is very important. And I believe it’s the fundamental bedrock for our society."
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      Grant Expands Services for Area Veterans and Families
The Texas Veterans Commission awarded $250,000 from the Fund for Veterans’
Assistance to United Way of Tarrant County to provide services to veterans in
2012. The funds are being used to expand the veteran services currently provided
by United Way’s Area Agency on Aging and its 2-1-1 information and referral
2-1-1 has hired a Veteran Specialist, Mr. Edward Caldwell, to assess the needs of
people who inquire about veteran services and provide information about local
programs, including those provided by the Area Agency on Aging. He will also
help them enroll in other assistance programs for which they qualify and will con-
tinue helping those who have complex needs. It’s anticipated that 250 veterans
and an additional 200 dependents and 60 surviving spouses will benefit.
Part of the $250,000 grant is being used to help veterans of all ages and their
households with assistance for food, rent, utilities, transportation, home and car
repairs, and child care. The new consultant will manage the pool of funds and
will work with veterans, dependents and surviving spouses to determine their
eligibility for services purchased with money from the pool.
Since 2010, United Way’s Area Agency on Agency has had a staff person as-
signed to work directly with veterans who are at risk of nursing home placement.
Such veterans are eligible for financial assistance through the Veterans Admini-
stration to help them get the help they need to live well at home.
Click here for the Veterans Assistance Program Application Form
For full story, click here or visit:
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                                                      This was especially true in 2010 when the strategic planning process resulted in a
                                                      completely new vision statement, revamped strategy maps, fresh plans of work, and
                                                      an even more dedicated focus from staff, clients and volunteers. Like the cycle of
                                                      a garden, the YWCA in 2010/11 built new beds in the form of a framework for the
                    A GARDEN IS A WONDERFUL
                    METAPHOR FOR CHANGE.              mission, amended soil for successful growing by creating an environment of en-
                                                      hanced opportunity for learning, and is currently planting the seeds of hope and
self-sufficiency for women and their families experiencing poverty, homelessness or racial disparities.
Nationally, YWCA associations are united by one mission: eliminating racism and empowering women. Locally their Board of Directors
decided to focus on cultivating a vision of increased opportunity and self-sufficiency. The new vision is: YWCA gives hope by increas-
ing opportunity and self-sufficiency for women and their families experiencing poverty, homelessness or racial disparities.
How was the opportunity increased?
         More than 1000 women and their families were served in 2010
         912 children were given quality education through YWCA supported centers
         More than 1300 individuals were educated on actions to reduce acts of dis-
         crimination and racism
The actual YWCA garden, n o w known in the community as the Willa Lister Memo-
rial Garden, wa s built in recognition of a great volunteer, gardener, mentor and
teacher. After Willa passed away in September, the YWCA Board and staff honored
her with the first fruit and vegetable producing garden in downtown Fort Worth. In
collaboration with Tarrant Area Food Bank, the garden will be used to give YWCA
Rosie K. Mauk Child Development Center preschoolers a sense of the wonder of na-
ture. It will also provide produce and herbs to YWCA residents, women who are tran-
sitionally homeless and are working to regain their independence. The residents com-
pleted nutrition classes last year and plan to supplement garden fare with cooking classes in the future. All the while, residents have
been involved in building, planting and maintaining the garden every step of the way.
YWCA Fort Worth & Tarrant County is a place of learning, r e d e m p t i o n , healing and growing. YWCA residents, p r e s c h o o l e r s , staff
and volunteers continue to cultivate a n d share the fruits of their labor with the community. It is our hope you will join with the YWCA
in providing t h e necessary sunshine, appropriate nourishment and tender loving care that will allow hope, opportunity and self-
sufficiency to bloom in Tarrant County
YWCA Fort Worth & Tarrant County is a place of learning, r e d e m p t i o n , healing and growing. YWCA residents, p r e s c h o o l e r s , staff
and volunteers continue to cultivate a n d share the fruits of their labor with the community. It is our hope you will join with the YWCA
in providing t h e necessary sunshine, appropriate nourishment and tender loving care that will allow hope, opportunity and self-
sufficiency to bloom in Tarrant County.
To learn more, visit the website at

City of Kennedale’s Celebrates Texas Independence Day with Annual Parade
On March 2, 1836, a free and independent Republic of Texas was officially declared
when the 54 delegates -- each representing one of the settlements in Texas, approved the
Texas Declaration of Independence.
Texas Independence Day, March 2, is an official state holiday and is observed by Texans
as a way to honor the memory of the pioneers of the state's independence and to cele-
brate the freedom that was won.
On March 3, 2012, the City of Kennedale commemo-
rated the anniversary of this important day in our
state’s history with their Annual Texas Independence
Day Parade. The commissioner, along with other
community leaders, businesses, schools and residents
took part in the parade and enjoyed the celebration.
For video highlights of the festivities click here or
For more about Texas Declaration of Independence, click here.
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To fully understand many of today’s going green concepts you must first understand the
guiding principles of the Three R’s. The three key principals of Reduce, Reuse and Recy-
cle are very famous term used to describe three ways one can help produce less waste.
The Three R’s are also important ways to go green and live green. Going green and liv-
ing green means changing our lifestyles to protect the environment in ways that also
protect our health. Going green demonstrates that the Three R’s are equally linked to
pollution reduction efforts, global climate change and healthier communities.

Reduce the amount of waste you produce. It simply means throwing away less. Limiting
consumption of products and reducing or preventing waste lowers the amount of green-
house gases emitted to the environment during resource extraction, manufacturing, trash
burning, and decomposition of trash in landfills. This involves the purchasing of long-
lasting goods that come in minimal packaging. Since reduction prevents the production
of waste in the first place, it is the most preferable method of waste management in the
long term. Reduce can also mean limiting unhealthful exposures to harmful chemicals by
using environmental friendly alternatives.

Reuse old items; donate to the unfortunate, repair if broken. Waste can also be reduced
by reusing old items. This includes repairing them, donating them to charity groups or
using them in a different way. For example, most electrical products can be repaired by
replacing the necessary parts and old bottles can be used as homemade plant pots.

Recycle as much as possible; buy recycled products to support recycling. Recycling can
be considered a breakthrough in waste reduction strategy. It turns materials, which
would otherwise become waste, into valuable materials. By recycling, we can conserve
resources for our children's future and reduce the need for new landfills and incinera-
tors. The recycling process also involves energy conservation through the collection of
recyclable materials, sorting and processing them into raw materials and manufacturing
them into new products.

This webpage will include living green articles that promote healthier environments in
these categories: Healthy Home Environments , Healthy Work Environments, and
Healthy Travel Environments.

For more information from Tarrant County Public Health, including links to helpful
tips, visit the website here.

                                     Methodist Mansfield Community Walking Trail
                                                    Walk for fun, fitness, and health!
Walking can help you stay fit and improve your
health. Walking improves your body's ability to use oxygen,
helps strengthen your heart, decreases body fat, and relieves
According to the American Heart Association, 39 percent
of Americans think they are in ideal cardiovascular health,
less than one percent actually meets the American Heart
Associate's criteria. Research has proven walking is the sin-
gle most effective form of exercise to achieve heart health.
Walking improves circulation; reduces stress and anxiety,
increases optimism, improves muscle tone and strength;
lowers cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure; and
helps with weight loss when combined with energy balance.

Methodist Mansfield's 1-mile Community Walking Trail was
dedicated on April 3, 2012.
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When fast-moving tornadoes touched down in Arlington on April 3, damaging hundreds of homes in the process, none of the hard hit
areas were in the neighborhood surrounding Bowie High School.
That didn’t keep dozens of Bowie football players from sidelining practice and jumping on a pair of
school buses to make their way to Little Elementary. Once there, the players loaded their arms with
boxes of food and basic necessities and ventured into the adjacent neighborhood to help displaced
With AISD students, teachers and staff touched directly or indirectly by the tornado, it didn’t take
long for schools to mobilize and help those in need.
Students at Little Elementary put together more than 200 snack bags and weekend support packs,
led in part by Boy Scout Pack 399.
“We have families that lost their homes and others that have significant damage,” said Pack Leader     Little Elementary students pack food and other necessi-
and AISD Music Therapist Shannon Kowalski. “So what can we do? We can make some mean pea-              ties in bags to be handed out to families hit hard by the
nut butter and jelly sandwiches, and we can pass them out.”
Hill Elementary collected gift cards from Wal-Mart, Target and an assortment of grocery stores to present to families at Little and Dunn
elementary schools.
“After seeing the devastation we just knew we wanted to help,” said Katie Newman, a Student Council sponsor at Hill.
Martin Student Council Officer Drew Chasak was in one of the damaged neighborhoods shortly after the storms even though he doesn’t
live there. “He was in my neighborhood within about 30 minutes of the end of the storms, helping the fire department by using his brand
new jeep and a chain to pull trees out of the road so that the fire trucks could get through to the neighborhood,” said Carolyn Powers,
Martin Student Council sponsor and leadership teacher. “He was there for several hours working with firefighters to get access just out of
the goodness of his little (big) heart. He is my superhero.”
Bailey Junior High organized a one-day super drive for donations for kids at the church pre-school damaged by the storm. “With one sin-
gle announcement, we were able to collect candy, plastic eggs and baskets,” said Bailey Student Council sponsor Charlie Granberry. “We
will be delivering them to St. Barnabas.”
Rob McClelland, a senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church, who worked with the Bowie group and is father to a Little third and second
grader, called the entire effort tremendous. “We have to help one another as a school and as a community.”

Arlington Firefighters call Mansfield sixth-grader a hero
Steven Tarver is only 12, but he has already proved that he can handle a trial by fire.

                                                                                                                                                            Photo from:
On the stormy evening of March 19, he and his stepmother, Deana Tarver, were
watching TV when -- although they didn't realize it at the time -- a bolt of lightning
struck their home. It sent a deafening crash of thunder through the walls.
After the pair collected their senses, they resumed their show. A few minutes later,
the TV started acting up. Steven, a sixth-grader at Cross Timbers Intermediate
School in Arlington, went to another part of the house to check the TV there.
That's when he noticed black smoke coming from the garage.
He quickly informed Tarver, who called 911. Then he took charge. "I was in a panic," Tarver said.
Firefighters contained almost all the damage to the garage that night. But perhaps more important, a couple of years ago
their fire safety message had gotten through to Steven, then a fourth-grader in the Arlington school district.
Firefighters presented Steven with a certificate, honoring him as a hero.
Read more from the Star Telegram blog here.
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Partnering for the Greater Good
One of the most important challenges when working in government is the ability for us to
collaborate and create positive solutions in our community. Many of the issues we face to-
day cannot be successfully tackled alone.
With the effects of the ongoing recession and its impact on tax revenues, all levels of govern-
ment must seek creative solutions for meeting the needs of our constituents.
Transportation services for school and the critical needs of senior’s is a primary concern in
our community. In our March newsletter, we announced some of the partnerships that were
being developed to address some of these needs and following are some of the successful
initiatives that have been finalized recently. The list highlights the specific legislative effort
and the court order number and approval date by the County Commissioners Court.
Senior Citizens Services – Court order # 112353 – Approved 3-13-2012 - To help provide
expanded transportation for our aging community to bring them to Senior Centers and allow
for shopping trips so they can pick up necessary groceries and prescriptions in a safe group
                                                                                                     Commissioner Nguyen presenting check to Amanda
City of Arlington Ride2Work Program – Court order # 112476 – Approved 3-27-2012 –                    Cowart of Catholic Charities to aid in their trans-
Assistance with this program to provide transportation to and from work for our population           portation efforts for getting children to and from
in the most impoverished circumstances                                                               after school programs in our community.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America – Court order # 112511 – Approved 3-27-2012 – To increase the ability to transport low income
children from school to Clubs for after school care.
Catholic Charities – Court order #112512 – Approved 3-3-2012 - To increase the ability to transport low income children from
school to Clubs for after school care.
These types of actions, with the government working hand in hand with private organizations to find economical, yet sensible solu-
tions for our communities is the future of government.

Priorities Study Sheds Light on Youth Issues
During the 2010 – 2011 school year 2,720 Arlington ISD youth were homeless; 491 Arlington ISD youth were pregnant and parenting boys
and girls served by the district’s Pregnancy, Education and Parenting Program and 3,051 children in Region 3 were in some type of foster
care in 2010, including 1,310 who were ages 10 – 17.
These are among the eye-opening statistics included in the “Youth Priority Issues” report prepared by United Way-Arlington at the request of
the City of Arlington. The report debuted at the annual United Way-Arlington “Report to the Community” luncheon April 18.
The report assesses varied data and perspectives on issues affecting Arlington youth ages 12 – 18. High-risk youth in Arlington ISD pro-
grams were among the people contacted to gain their viewpoints. By identifying the main issues and prioritizing their severity, United Way
and the City of Arlington hope to bridge gaps among service providers and make life better for vulnerable young people in the community.
A Youth Priority Issues Committee of knowledgeable professionals who work with vulnerable youth conducted the study along with United
Way-Arlington’s staff and Steering Committee of community leaders. The highest priority human service issues related to youth in Arlington
are 1) Teens in Crisis, 2) Pregnant and Parenting Teens, 3) Teen Homelessness, and 4) Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Foster Care. Sub-
stance abuse and youth gangs were additional issues rated very high by the youth surveyed.
Key recommendations made in the “Youth Priority Issues” report are, in priority order:
• Establish a one-stop youth service center in Arlington to coordinate existing services and attract youth. (The Arlington ISD is planning to
establish such a center that will offer multiple services for students who have dropped out of school, are pregnant and parenting, or are home-
• Encourage youth-serving agencies in Tarrant or surrounding counties to establish a branch or mobile office in Arlington.
• Designate or initiate a work group of professionals who work with youth, community leaders and funders to collect more data and design a
comprehensive “continuum of care” for Arlington youth in crisis.
Click Here to Download Report
For full story and for more information from the United Way of Tarrant County, visit their website here.
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                        Maintenance News                                                           Looking for a good team-
                                                                                                   building event? Want to be
Completed County Projects                                                                          healthy and fit? Want to have
    Newt Patterson Road – 2.5” hot mix overlay with geosynthetic
                                                                                                   fun? Then join us for the
                                                                                                   Mansfield Memorial 5K Run/
    Shelby Road Bridge – Repair                                                                    Walk.

                                       In Process Interlocal Projects          The City of Mansfield and Mansfield Area Cham-
                                                                               ber of Commerce invite you and your family to
                                           City of Kennedale, Storm
                                           Water/Drainage Program              join us in taking steps toward better health at
                                                                               the Mansfield Memorial 5K Run/Walk.
                                           Kennedale ISD, High School
                                           Parking Lot                         This is a sanctioned and chip-timed race that be-
                                                                               gins at 8:00 AM on Saturday, May 26th, at
                                           City of Mansfield, Heritage         Katherine Rose Memorial Park, 409 N. Walnut
                                           Parkway Parking Lot                 Creek Drive in Mansfield, TX.

Pending Interlocal Projects                                                    Register online at:
    City of Kennedale, Little Road Extension – new construction      

                                                                               Or by mail or walk-in to the Mansfield Area
    City of Kennedale, Alma Road – new construction
                                                                               Chamber of Commerce:
    City of Kennedale, Bloxom Park Road – reconstruct
                                                                               114 N. Main Street, Mansfield, TX 76063.
    City of Mansfield, Philip Thompson Soccer Complex Parking Lot
                                                                                            Senior Center Activities
                                                                               Arlington Central Senior Center
                                                                               (817) 269-5322
                                                                               Open Mon-Fri, 9 AM -2 PM - Lunch Noon
2 cups dry elbow macaroni, cooked, rinsed, and drained                         401 W Sanford, Suite 1100, Arlington 76011
1/3 cup diced celery                                                           Hugh Smith Rec. Center
1/4 cup minced red onion, soaked in cold water for 5 minutes, drained          (817) 460-5009
1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley                                          Open Mon-Fri, 8 AM-1PM - Lunch 11:30 AM
3 tablespoons sour cream                                                       1815 New York Ave., Arlington 76010
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon dry mustard                                                       Roosevelt Center (Vietnamese)
1/2 cup prepared mayonnaise                                                    (817) 795-8066
1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar                                                Open Mon, Wed & Fri, 10 AM-2 PM - Lunch Noon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste                                   2117 Roosevelt Dr, Suite #F, Pantego 76013
Freshly ground black pepper
                                                                               (817) 985-2131
                                                                               Open Mon-Fri, 8 AM -2 PM - Lunch Noon
In a large bowl combine the macaroni, celery, onion, and parsley. In a         420 Cory A. Edwards Dr., Kennedale 76060
small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, sugar, mustard, mayonnaise,                         Mansfield
vinegar and salt. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir to combine.                        (817) 453-5420 ext 2227
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve. Store covered in the refrigera-
                                                                                               Open Mon-Fri, 9 AM -2 PM - Lunch Noon
tor, for up to 3 days.
                                                                                               106 S. Wisteria, Mansfield 76063

                   Happy Memorial Day!
Southeast Newsletter                  “Where Community Empowerment Begins with YOU!”                      Volume 2, Issue 3 Page 10

                    Tarrant County Commissioner’s Court                                 Tarrant County - Precinct 2
                    meets every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.                                   Andy Nguyen, Commissioner
                    (unless otherwise stated)
                    100 E. Weatherford St., Fort Worth, TX                                            Staff
                                                                                     Jeni McGarry, Precinct Administrator
              Southeast Tarrant County Contacts                                 

Tax Office:           Arlington (817) 548-3936    Mansfield (817) 473-5127      Karen Kayser, Assistant Precinct Administrator
Constable’s Office    Precinct 2 (817) 548-3910   Precinct 7 (817) 473-5110    
County Clerk          Arlington (817) 548-3928    Mansfield (817) 473-5135
                                                                               Kelly Rodriguez, Assistant Precinct Administrator
Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 (817) 548-3925    Precinct 7 (817) 473-5101
Juvenile Services            ——                   Mansfield (817) 473-5118
                                                                                       Amanda Au, Executive Secretary
District Clerk        Arlington (817) 548-3963             ——
              Community Services & Corrections Department
         724B Border Street Arlington, TX 76010 - (817) 548-3905
                                                                                     Bailey Batts, Administrative Assistant
         651 Justice Center Mansfield, TX 76063 - (817) 473-5920
                     Calendar of Events…                                      Precinct 2 Southeast Maintenance Center Contacts:
National Kids to Parks Day – FREE
May 19, 2012, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sonora Park                                                                         Bridgett Burciaga, Office Administrator
263 S. New Hope Road, Kennedale, Texas 76060                                   
MarchFourth Marching Band - FREE                                                      Jen Boland, Administrative Support
May 31, 2012, 8:00 PM
Levitt Pavilion Arlington                                                         
Front and Center Streets, Arlington, Texas 76010

Light Up Arlington - FREE                                                                     Constituent Services
July 3, 2012, 6:00 PM                                                                             817-473-5151
Downtown Arlington, Texas 76001
S. Pecan Street and W. Mitchell, Arlington, Texas 76010                         

Rockin 4th of July – FREE                                                                  Arlington Sub-Courthouse
July 3, 2012, 9:30 PM
                                                                                            700 E. Abram, Suite 304
Big League Dreams Sports Park
500 Heritage Parkway South, Mansfield, TX 76063                                                Arlington, TX 76010
Arlington July 4th Parade - FREE
July 4, 2012, 9:00 AM
Downtown Arlington, Texas 76001                                                            Mansfield Sub-Courthouse
                                                                                           1100 E. Broad St., Suite 101
July 4TH Celebration - FREE
July 4, 2012, 7:00 PM                                                                         Mansfield, TX 76063
Arlington Highlands                                                                              817-473-5130
4000 Retail Connection Way, Arlington, TX 76108
                                                                                         Southeast Maintenance Center
Grand Prairie: Lone Stars & Stripes - $5/adult & $3/children
ages 4-12                                                                                   1203 E. Kennedale Pkwy.
July 4, 2012, 5:00 PM                                                                         Kennedale, TX 76060
Lone Star Park
1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75050                                                  817-483-6920

Downtown Arlington’s Farmer’s Market - FREE
Every Friday and Saturday 8:00 AM- 1:00 PM                                    To join our newsletter distribution list, please email
215 Front Street, Downtown Arlington
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