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					                                                                                                                                        Volume 3 No. 26 December 17, 2008
                                                                                                                      Grizzly                                                                                     Holidays

The Detail
                                                                                                                                                                                                               from the staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                               of The Grizzly

                    Serving West Fort Worth, White Settlement and the Entire WSISD
New officer joins WSPD
By Ben Posey

      The White Settlement
Police Department is excited
                                                                                             Shuttling the Shuttle
to welcome a new officer to
the force. On Tuesday Dec. 9,
Police Officer Recruit Austin
Kidd was sworn into office
by Police Chief Jack Ely.
   Austin graduated from the
130th Basic Police Officer
Academy at Tarrant County
College on Dec. 10. He is a
Fort Worth native and has
lived in Texas his entire life.
Austin loves spending time             camping. Austin is excited to be
with his wife and son. In his free     the newest member of the White
time he enjoys outdoor activities      Settlement Police Department
including hunting, fishing, and         family and looks forward to
                                       serving our Community.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          With the Fort Worth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          skyline shining in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the background on

NASJRB committee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a perfectly clear day,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the Shuttle Endeavor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          is piggy-backed onto
discusses new legislation                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the runway of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Naval Air Station
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Joint Reserve Base last
By A.C. Hall                           was brought to the committee’s                                                                                                                                                                     Wednesday.
                                       attention as it may have an
     Made up of members from           impact on the area. Amanda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo by Keith Robinson
White Settlement, Fort Worth,          Wilson of NCTCOG presented
Benbrook, Lake Worth, River            this item as she gave details of
Oaks, Westworth Village,               the state legislation that could be                 Endeavor makes historic stop at NASJRB on cross country trip
Tarrant County, the North              voted on as early as the coming
Central Texas Council for              spring. Currently worded so                        By Ben Posey                                                     in 2012 making this trip through Cowtown             along Loop 820 over Lake Worth. The flight
Governments and others, the            that it would only apply to San                                                                                     possibly its last and one for the books.             plan led the two-tiered giant just over Azle
NASJRB Regional Coordination           Antonio and the base there,                           The space shuttle Endeavor is home now,                         Its flight started earlier that morning from        where students and teachers were also able to
Committee held their regularly         the bill would protect that                        but not after giving sightseers and space buffs a                Edwards Air Force Base in California and then        catch a glimpse of the shuttle.
scheduled meeting on Monday            base from encroachment and                         chance to soak in her awesome glory. The shuttle                 made a mid-day stop at Biggs Army Airfield               Endeavor then took an unusual route to the
to further discuss issues              would introduce enforcement                        arrived on a mild, sunny afternoon in Fort                       in El Paso. After about two hours of refueling,      south giving residence of Clear Lake and the
pertaining to the joint reserve        penalties. The bill would give                     Worth around 3:15 p.m. this past Wednesday,                      the SCA-space shuttle ferry flight continued          Johnson Space Center near Houston a low
base, the surrounding land, and        commissioners in the area the                      atop its jumbo 747 carrier. Hundreds of people                   on its journey and landed at the Naval Air           level fly-by on its way to a stop for the night
how it impacts the communities         power to regulate development                      lined up along Spur 341 to see this history-                     Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth at          at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. The
in the area.                           around the bases.                                  making landing and some even stopped their                       mid-afternoon.                                       shuttle finally arrived home at Cape Canaveral
        Before getting to work             It was an idea that didn’t sit                 cars in the middle of the road as the massive                      After spending the night in Fort Worth, the        in Florida on Friday afternoon.
on the agenda, a moment of             well with some on the committee                    flying machine approached the runway from                         space shuttle took off just before noon to the          The cross-country ferry is expected to cost
silence was observed for two of        as they voiced their preference of                 the South. Endeavor is slated for retirement                     North creating another traffic stopping scene         more than $1.8 million.
the committee members, Fort            leaving such regulating actions
Worth Council member Chuck             in the hands of the local base
Silcox and John Leigh of the           and surrounding municipalities
Department of Defense, who             and not in the hands of the                        WS City Council : Monday, December 15

                                                                                          Swimming pool dominates discussion at final meeting of year
both recently passed away.             government. While the bill as
    Silcox had been the chairman       currently written wouldn’t apply
of the committee and that              to the local base some felt that
position fell to the vice chair Paul   it would introduce a precedent
Paine from Fort Worth South            that could be adopted either
                                                                                          By A.C. Hall                                     expansion, shared utilities with                    Mayor
Inc. The committee voted Ron           state or even country wide.
                                                                                                                                           the animal control facility, shared           Jerry Burns
Sauma, a council member from           Committee members requested
                                                                                                Before moving into their                   parking with animal control                   presents his
the City of Benbrook to take           that more research be done on
                                                                                          agenda for the evening, the                      facility, a location out of the flood         “Extra Mile
over as the new vice chair. This       the bill and that information
                                                                                          White Settlement City Council                    plain, multiple points of access,                 Award”
vacated the secretary position         will be presented to them at
                                                                                          held a joint work session with the               and a chance for connectivity to                  to Parks
that Sauma had previously              their next meeting.
                                                                                          Economic Development Board                       Veterans Park via a pedestrian                    Director
held and Randy Skinner, the                 Eric Fladager of the City
                                                                                          and members of the Parks Board                   bridge and trails.                           Rich Tharp
Planning Manager for Tarrant           of Fort Worth took the floor
                                                                                          at their final meeting of 2008 this                      The first concept was a                       for his
County, was voted to take over         next as he took the committee
                                                                                          past Monday at City Hall. The                    swimming pool focused aquatic                   continued
as secretary.                          through a presentation that laid
                                                                                          focus of this work session was                   center. The pool would be 6150                   excellent
    With the board positions filled     forth the results of the recent
                                                                                          the status of the aquatic center/                square feet and would include                 work in the
once more the next item on the         Lake Worth Visioning Work
                                                                                          swimming pool that has been in                   a water slide, a small spray                          city.
agenda was presented regarding         Shop. A panel of consultants
                                                                                          discussion over the course of the                playground, lap lanes, a sand
committee            representation    of varying specializations had
                                                                                          year.                                            volleyball court, two pavilions,
by the current commanding              gone through the work shop and
                                                                                                 Dennis Sims, a member                     and shade structures. There
officer of the NASJRB, T.D.             individuals from the base, Fort
                                                                                          of the engineering firm that is                   would also be a main building                Park, albeit                              The meeting was opened for
Smyers. Paine felt that the            Worth, various neighborhood
                                                                                          creating the pool design, gave a                 that would house concessions                 on a much larger scale. Sims          discussion and one of the first
presence of Smyers would be            associations, cities surrounding
                                                                                          presentation that outlined two                   and restrooms. This proposal is              listed several positive facts about   concerns voiced was regarding the
a benefit as the Commander              the lake, nearby school districts
                                                                                          possible facilities. Each of these               currently estimated at a cost of             this concept, which included          sand volleyball court. Sand from
would be able to advise the            and even some lake specific
                                                                                          are currently being shown adjacent               3.4 million dollars.                         its ability to recycle water,         these courts could get into the
committee and participate in           groups were involved in the
                                                                                          to the new animal control facility                   The second concept was one of            no standing water, simpler            pool and cause filtration issues.
discussions. Smyers was not            vision process.
                                                                                          that is being built next to the post             a large spray park. The only real            construction, uniqueness, and         Sims stated that this would be
able to attend this meeting but             In an effort to make Fort
                                                                                          office near Veterans Park. Sims                   difference was the absence of a              longer facility life span. The        combated with the inclusion of
did indicate that he would join        Worth, and by association all the
                                                                                          spoke of the many benefits of                     swimming pool. Instead the area              estimated cost for this concept       outdoor showers.
the committee as a non-voting          surrounding cities, a more livable
                                                                                          using this location for the aquatic              would be a large spray park that             was 2.6 million dollars.
member. As such it was an item         community, the workshop was
                                                                                          center. These benefits included,                  would include features similar                    “These are ballpark numbers.
that didn’t require a vote.                                                                                                                                                                                                         See Council page 2
                                                                                          sufficient acreage, room for                      to those found in the Raymond                These will change,” Sims stated.
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Page 2 Wednesday, December 17, 2008                                                                  West Side News                                                                                  The              Detail

NASJRB committee discusses future                                         Christmas Village on Display at White Settlement Public Library
continued from front cover
                                                                             Back by popular demand! Stop by the                      buildings include: a church, bookshop, barn,            holiday season.
                                                                          White Settlement Public Library and view                    carriage house, boat house, theater, market,            If anyone is interested in lending items
   held to figure out a future        followed if one such situation
                                                                          the latest Christmas display. The Christmas                 ice house, toy shop, station house and little           for future displays, an application form
land use plan for the lake and       happened.           Networking,
                                                                          village depicts a scene reminiscent of Charles              red schoolhouse. A generous patron has lent             is available at the Library. The Library is
to look at development patterns      communicating,          planning,
                                                                          Dickens’ England. Some of the numerous                      these items for temporary display through the           located at 8215 White Settlement Road.
and other recreational uses and      training, equipping, exercising,
facilities. Goals were to protect    and evaluating were all steps
and enhance the lake’s beauty,       listed to be taken in the process
create a linear regional park
around the lake, to develop
                                     of emergency preparedness.
                                     Discussion turned to an
                                                                          Council discusses pool possibilities at                                                                                             The Grizzly Detail
sustainable communities in
the lake area and to connect
communities, resources, and
                                     upcoming disaster response class
                                     for officials and the committee
                                     members will be querying
                                                                          regular council meeting this week                                                                                                      Newspaper
                                                                                                                                                                                                            8430 White Settlement Rd.
amenities      with      parkways,   their individual city councils       continued from front cover                                                                                                             P.O. Box 151342
greenways, and trails.               regarding participation in this                                                                                                                                        White Settlement, TX 76108
      One of the specific things      free course.
discussed was Silver Creek road.           A number of committee
                                                                                  The overall tone of the                then being forced to shut it down         the matter, a motion was made               817.246.NEWS
                                                                          discussion seemed to indicate a                do to an inability to financially          to change the wording in the      
Upgrading it to act as a loop from   administrative matters were          desire to go with the first concept             support it in the coming years.           ordinance that would no longer
820 to 199 around the west side      quickly discussed in the closing     instead that would include a                      The possibility of raising taxes       make the signs a requirement and
of the lake was discussed as was     minutes of the meeting including     swimming pool in the design.                   was also briefly discussed as an           that motion passed unanimously.          Published and distributed
using it as a parkway that would     local cost sharing that would            City Manager Jimmy Burnett                 alternative way to cope with the              The many months of mixed use          weekly to the West Side
travel through large stretches of    need to be done by participating     gave some information regarding                costs of a swimming pool.                 zoning discussion came to fruition       of Fort Worth and White
parks around the lake.               cities in the coming year. The       the funding needed to build                       “It’s going to take courage            as the council unanimously                   Settlement area.
     While the written report of     total amount that would need         this facility to those gathered.               either way,” Mayor Jerry Burns            passed a motion to amend the
the workshop findings isn’t yet       to be put in by the participating    Due to the city’s large financial               said regarding the decision to            comprehensive land use plan to
finalized, the next steps in the      groups is $37,500 and is split                                                                                                                                            Telephone Numbers:
                                                                          commitment on the upcoming                     either build the pool or to not           add a mixed use overlay district.
process were discussed. These        between them depending upon                                                         build it.                                 Existing along the southern and
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included the formation of the        population and land mass             Farmer’s Branch Flood Control                        The money for the design            western borders of the city, this               817.690.6929
Lake Worth Vision Authority,         within the zones near the base.      projects, which will total well                process has already been budgeted         change will now begin to allow    
an entity that would enable the      Fort Worth is responsible for        over 12 million dollars, the EDC               and will continue to move                 the city to utilize a less restrictive
implementation of the shared         the majority of the money with       board was discussed as the means               forward with a completion date            set of zoning rules in an effort            News Tips & Photos:
vision of the area.                  a total of $25,000 and White         to fund the swimming facility.                 estimated to be coming in four or         to bring more businesses to the  
    Emergency Preparedness was       Settlement will have a share of      That would mean a 250 thousand                 five months. The issue of funding          city. No one spoke at a public                817.246.NEWS
also discussed at the meeting by     $5,800.                              dollar annual debt payment that                stood far from settled as the work        hearing on the matter earlier in
Molly McFadden of NCTCOG.                 With that the meeting was       the EDC board would have to                    session came to an end.                   the evening.
She gave a brief presentation        adjourned and the NASJRB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Letters to the Editor
                                                                          make for twenty years to cover the                The city Public Works Director                 Another Tarrant County
about emergency and disaster         RCC will next be meeting on                                                                                                                                               and other submissions:
                                                                          cost. This would be over twenty                Randy Brown presented the next            project was discussed as Randy
procedures that would be             Feb. 23 of 2009.                                                                    order of business to the council as       Brown presented the proposal
                                                                          percent of their annual budget.
                                                                              The cost that sparked the most             he spoke                                  for the 2008/2009 Street Overlay           Email:
                                                                          discussion wasn’t construction                 about the upcoming 35th year              Program. This road improvement                   Regular Mail:

Albertson’s and the Dallas Cowboys
                                                                          costs, but the cost to maintain                Community            Development          project has been a project withing            The Grizzly Detail
                                                                          and staff the facility. These costs            Block Grant, better known as              the city for several years and there          P.O. Box 151342
                                                                          could top well over 300 thousand               the CDBG Project.           Tarrant       were nine streets being proposed            Fort Worth, TX 76108
                                                                          dollars annually when including                County contributes funding to             for the upcoming project with an
                                                                          staff and utilities together. While            this project, and after holding a         estimated cost of 315,213 dollars.         The Grizzly Detail Staff
                                                                          there was some discussion about                public hearing the council made a         The roads included are Farmer,
                                                                          possible pool revenues covering                motion to choose Comal Avenue             Longfield, Tacoma, Colton,                 Marketing and Distribution
                                                                          those costs, most seemed to feel               from Quebec to Easley as the focus        Hanon, Marrett, Parkside, Max,
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Director and Sports Editor:
                                                                          that the facility would likely                 of this CDBG. This would be for           and Crosby. A motion was made
                                                                                                                         water main replacement only at an         to approve this project and it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ben Posey
                                                                          not operate at a profit. These
                                                                          large annual numbers had some                  estimated cost of 315,000 dollars         passed unanimously. It will now
                                                                          members of EDC wondering how                   with almost 77,000 coming from            move on to Tarrant County before            Editor and Publisher:
                                                                          much money their board would                   Tarrant County. The motion                it is sent back to White Settlement             Cheryl Posey
                                                                          be left to work with to do other               passed unanimously.                       for final approval.
                                                                          projects each year.                                An amendment to the zoning                 In their final business of 2008            Photographers:
                                                                                  Council member Garry                   ordinance was next discussed as           the council made a small change                 Ronda Gage
                                                                          Wilson was one of the most vocal               it pertains to notifying property         to the city purchasing manual.                  Hayden Posey
                                                                          supporters of the swimming pool.               owners of upcoming zoning                 Recent legislature has allowed a               Keith Robinson
                                                                          “This is for everybody in White                changes. The current ordinance            change to be made which will raise
                                                                          Settlement,” he said at one point.             requires the city to post signs on        the price at which the city must
                                                                                                                         the property that will be changing,       seek sealed bids on a project or
                                                                          He also told those gathered that
 Radio Disney and Rowdy from The Dallas Cowboys were on hand this         “The people of White Settlement                but with major changes that               purchase from 25,000 to 50,000.                    AC Hall
 past week as Troy Smith, manager of Albertson’s on Clifford, gave out    have asked four different times for            could include hundreds of pieces          The council voted unanimously
 Dallas Cowboy game tickets during a drawing held at the store. Kids      a pool” and went on to indicate                of property. While there are other        to approve the increase within                  Sports Writers:
 of all ages were on hand for the event and a few left the store giving   that it was time to give them one.             methods used to notify these and          the wording of their purchasing                    AC Hall
 their parents high-fives after winning some game tickets. Shoppers can        Council member Freta Powell                surrounding landowners, the               manual.
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Page 3 Wednesday, December 17, 2008                                                              OPINIONS                                                                                The              Detail

A.C. at the movies!                                                     Punisher War Zone:                                                                                                 STAR VILLAGE 8
                                        By A.C. Hall
                                                                        True to the bloody source material                                                                                 LOOP 820 & JACKSBORO HWY.

The Day the Earth Stood Still:
                                                                         In 2004 actor Thomas Jane
                                                                     did an admirable job of bringing
                                                                                                            that it never feels real,
                                                                                                            but that doesn’t mean
                                                                                                                                                                                                *STADIUM SEATING*DIGITAL
                                                                     little known Marvel Comics             it’s not incredibly gory.                                                         SOUND*WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE

Like getting kicked in the neck with morals                          anti-hero The Punisher to the big      Rarely do five minutes                                                              *ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES

                                                                     screen. Scoring a little over 50       go by before someone
                                                                     million dollars at the box office       is getting their head
    I see a lot of bad movies, but it’s rare when one is so bad that and garnering lukewarm reactions       exploded and, while it’s                                                        Fri & Sat Night Curfews * Call for Info
it makes me wish I could get up and leave. If it hadn’t been for     from critics, the movie did well       obviously ridiculous,                                                                      $5 Tuesdays **
my professional duty to stay and see this entire film I would’ve     enough to get a sequel. Four years     it’s also what made                                                            $4 Senior Wed. matinees **some restrictions apply
left halfway through. This is a big budget excuse to shove           later we’ve now seen the release
environmental morals down your throat and little more than that. of Punisher War Zone, which isn’t
                                                                                                            this movie work. By
                                                                                                            staying true to the over
                                                                                                                                                                                             12/19 - 12/24
The film doesn’t even have the decency to wrap that moral within really much of a sequel at all.            the top hyper violence                                                            The Day the Earth Stood Still (PG-13)
a passable story. Instead it is a meandering two hours that passes       With a new actor, Ray              of the comic book,                                                               (12:00* 2:30 5:00) 7:45 10:10
at a snail’s pace as you’re forced to watch the same conversation    Stevenson, in the lead role, this      this somewhat stunted                                                                        Twilight (PG-13)
take place for 90 percent of the film before the disappointing       new film focused less on big            film still manages to                                                             (11:30* 2:00 4:30) 7:30 10:00
final sequence that had multiple moviegoers around me laughing blockbuster style storytelling and           be a successful shoot                                                                            Bolt (PG)
in disgust.                                                          instead brought the essence of the     ‘em up.                                                                           (12:15* 2:15 4:20) 7:10 9:15
    Jennifer Connelly plays a micro-biologist who is brought to a comic book straight from the page              To be a great action                                                            Four Christmases NP (PG-13)
secret government base in the middle of the night. An object is      to the screen. In case you were        film you need a great                                                              (12:30* 2:45 4:45) 7:00 9:45
about to land on Earth and she and the world soon learn that it’s wondering, that essence is extreme        villain and I can think                                                                      Australia (PG-13)
an alien being that arrives in the form of several glowing spheres. violence, vengeance, and mayhem.        of no bigger way in                  find a lot to enjoy here. Past that,                    (1:45 5:15) 8:45
Keanu Reeves, as the alien emissary known as Klaatu, emerges              His wife and child brutally       which Punisher War Zone fails.       there’s really no one out there that              Seven Pounds ND (PG-13)
and makes contact with the humans. He becomes convinced that murdered in front of him by the                After getting mangled, the main      would find much to love in the               (11:30* 2:00 4:45) 7:20 10:00
they need to be wiped out, but Connelly and her step son try         mafia, one time good guy Frank          villain becomes known as Jigsaw,     film. It’s a perfect representation                  Tale of Despereaux (G)
desperately to change his mind before it’s too late.                 Castle turns himself into the          a reference to the scars that run    of the character and as a fan of that        (11:45* 2:15 4:30) 7:00 9:30
    Ugh, I even wanted to walk out while writing that plot           Punisher. As big criminals get         all over his face. The filmmakers     character I certainly enjoyed the                       Yes Man (PG-13)
synopsis. Let me break this movie down for you. You’ve got           off, thanks to legal loopholes and     obviously wanted to imitate Heath    movie up until the final gunshot.            (12:45* 3:00 5:30) 8:00 10:20
the fifteen-minute opening as they prepare for the alien arrival.    corrupt cops, Castle decides to        Ledger’s brilliant performance       Once I put my critics hat back
They do this by first stating that it will eradicate New York and    take justice into his own angry        as the Joker in The Dark Knight,     on (oh yes, there is a hat) though,              *=Time for Sat & Sun Only
then, in a move that makes zero sense, they all go to New York       hands. With no superpowers to          but in attempting it they turned     it’s hard to give too many high
and hover there in helicopters waiting for impact. After Keanu       speak of, Castle relies on good old-   Jigsaw into a joke. Ledger’s         marks to the film. It just doesn’t
arrives, the majority of the film is made up of Connelly and her     fashioned firepower and violence        menacing madman was a once           succeed in ways that we expect             NO CHILDREN UNDER 6 IN (R) RATED FILMS
step son (played by Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith) annoyingly         as he brutally wipes out mobsters      in a generation performance and      good films to succeed. If you fall                      NP = NO PASSES
pleading with him to spare humankind. Connelly has the ability and criminals wherever he can                watching actor Dominic West try      into the above categories then             ND = NO PASSES/N0 $5 TUESDAY PRICING
to act but that ability is nowhere to be seen in this film. Add      find them. But when one of his          to mimic it was beyond sad, it was   you’ll definitely want to “RENT              ( ) = MATINEE PRICING: $6.50 ‘TIL 6 PM
onto that the absolute emotionless acting of Jaden Smith all         recent victims survives, Castle        insulting.                                                                              AFTER 6 PM ADULTS: $8.50
                                                                                                                                                 IT” but for most of you out
                                                                                                                                                                                                 STUDENTS: $7.25 MILITARY: $6.75
directed towards a robotic Keanu Reeves and you’ve got the recipe finds his world under attack by the             THE VERDICT: This movie         there “DON’T BOTHER” with                          SENIORS/CHILDREN: $6.50
for two of the most boring hours of your life.                       disfigured madman.                      has an extremely limited appeal      Punisher War Zone.
    THE VERDICT: I struggle to find anything at all positive              I can’t even begin to stress it   but it does have appeal. Namely,
to say about this film. I couldn’t be sicker of filmmakers trying    enough here, this movie is insanely    comic book fans who love the             Punisher War Zone is Rated R
to shove their ideas about environmental morals down my throat brutal. It’s over the top enough
by way of movies. The truly great films get morals
                                                                                                            Punisher comic book. Also, fans
                                                                                                            of hardcore shoot ‘em ups would
                                                                                                                                                 for pervasive strong brutal violence,
                                                                                                                                                 language and some drug use.
across via an amazing story. Films like The Day the
Earth Stood Still, on the other hand, have no story at
all. They simply exist in an effort to push some moral

stance onto you. It’s annoying, insulting, and a total


waste of time.


    Actor Kyle Chandler does a good job in his small
role in the film, but that’s just about the only positive
that comes to mind for this movie. It’s a pointless
film that goes nowhere, has no compelling drama,
no decent performances from the stars, and even falls
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short in the special effects department that should’ve
been its one saving grace. This movie is simply                                                                     We’ve finally got some choices                        his earlier comedic form.
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opinion of the filmmakers involved. It was a cheap                                                              weekend. First up is Seven Pounds,                       interesting to you, head on over to
attempt to get an environmental stance across and it
failed miserably. Maybe next time they want to try                                                              the new drama starring Will Smith              
and influence how we interact with our environment                                                              as a mysterious benefactor trying to                     to see the theatrical trailers. While
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that is halfway watchable. Definitely “DON’T
BOTHER” when it comes to this movie.
                                                                                                                Next up is The Tale of Despereaux.                       from recent releases and even drop us
    The Day the Earth Stood Still is Rated PG-13 for                                                            This computer generated children’s                       a comment on any movies you’ve seen
some sci-fi disaster images and violence.                                                                       film about a mouse going on                               lately.
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A DENTAL ENCOUNTER OF THE TWENTIES!                                                           The More We Change
                                                                                                                                      Dr. Newbury is a speaker             to “drink it slowly.” We are to        “J.” As the comedian used to
                                                                                                                                    and writer in the Metroplex.           trust him, reminded that he “is a      say on television in his role as
                                                   Norris Chambers and his wife Ella                                                                                       doctor.”…                              “Raymond J. Johnson, Jr.: “Ya
                                                                                                                                    He welcomes inquiries and
                                                   have lived in White Settlement over                                                                                          His linkage with soft drinks      can call me Ray, or ya can call
                                                                                                                                    comments. Email: newbury@
                                                   60 years. They have raised a family                                                                                     rang a bell whose clang was first       me J. But ya doesn’t hafta call me
                                                                                                                           Phone: 817-
                                                   here and have been active in school,                                                                                    heard a couple of decades ago          Johnson.”…
                                                                                                                                    447-3872. Website: www.
                                                   city and community activities and                                                                                       when he retired from the game.             New-found wealth is an
                                                   organizations and still enjoy being                                                                                     The corporate world’s biggest          almost-certain status changer.
                                                   among the world’s best people.                                                    shirt. Mom ordered me to “leave       players salivated at the prospect      Back in the day, I knew a hard-
                                                   he clamped the aching tooth and                                                   it in place” for the entire school    of linkage with the super star.        scrabble couple who worked
                                                                                                                                     day, sometimes for week-long               Coca-Cola made the                hard to hack out a living on
                                                   started shaking it back and forth.               THE IDLE                         stretches.                            strongest pitch for one of only        their acreage of rocky soil.
    Another Tale                                   I heard what sounded like bones
                                                   snapping and crackling and the pain              AMERICAN                              Fellow students, however,        three players ever to eclipse the          Things changed the day oil
 from an Old Timer                                 was terrific. Before I could shout or                Commentary                    didn’t get the memo. The smell
                                                                                                                                     of the treatment cleared sinuses
                                                                                                                                                                           scoring milestone of 30,000            was discovered. Previously known
                                                   scream he brought the plier-like tool           by Dr. Don Newbury                                                      points. Erving became a                as “Billy Goat Hill,” it became
             By Norris Chambers
                                                   out with my tooth held between                                                    of all three dozen students on the    majority owner of Coca-Cola in         “Angora Knoll.” As I recall, the
    This is a an unpleasant subject                the jaws.                                                                         school bus. Catcalls erupted, and     Philadelphia, the sixth-largest        couple’s drink tastes changed,
for an Old Timer’s Tale, but it                        “That wasn’t so bad, was it?”        When my mother held strong               the driver muttered about finding      franchise in the USA.                  too….
probably should be told so that                    he asked. Before I could think of        beliefs, she did so with the             another line of work. At school,           He followed the money then,           During growing up years,
modern youngsters (anyone                          the proper words to give him an          tenacity of a bulldog determined         fun-pokers joked about the            and he’s doing so now, with Dr         fountain drinks replete with
below the age of 70 is a youngster                 answer he was stuffing cotton in my       to remain in custody of a bone           “smelly Vicks rag,” and at recess,    Pepper. In our culture, changes in     crushed ice were unheard of.
according to the Old Timer) will                   mouth.                                   until the final growl.                    creative tormentors took over.        taste, of minds and of allegiances     When they were introduced at
know how much more fun it is now                       As bad as that was, it was           Her approach was better suited           It was yanked from my shirt,          are okay….                             our drug store soda fountain,
than it was then. The subject is the               nothing compared to the filling           to the 20th century, when her            wadded up and used as a football.          His nickname reminds that         they were the talk of the town.
dreaded trip to a dentist.                         operation that he had mentioned.         reversals of opinion--however            The “bad colds” would have been       doctoral degrees occasionally          A friend, upon hearing of the
    Now most people go to the                      He rolled a tall stand with a tube       few--were accompanied by “wall-          preferable to Mom’s treatment….       cause recipients to lose their way.    new treat, raced down to the
dentist at regular intervals for teeth             hanging from the top and a foot          eyed fits”--the kind Wall-Eyes                 I mention this only to call      After all, big heads can become        drugstore, only to find every stool
cleaning and checkups. Many                        pedal at the bottom over to the          throw when snared on the losing          attention to present-day whims,       exceedingly wobbly. Not Erving,        taken. “I’d love to have me one
youngsters go for cosmetic reasons                 chair and instructed me to open my       end of a rod and reel.                   hunches or whatever causes us         though. His “title” was conferred      of them ice cold drinks whenever
such as teeth straightening, etc.                  mouth.                                   Today, such bedrock allegiances          to change allegiances on a dime,      by adoring fans early on. He           you have a glass of ice that ain’t
Modern equipment, methods and                          The thing on the end of the tube     are rare. In but a few decades, we       and before inflation, on a nickel.     got it the old-fashioned way--he       busy,” he said….
procedures have made the visit                     was a drill and it was being turned      have moved from “Get used to it”         Sometimes they switch with the        earned it.                                 With the approaching season,
almost painless and much less                      by the foot pedal at the end of the      and/or “Get over it” to “Change          changing of wind direction.                Now, of course, anyone            I’m looking forward to a cup of
frightening.                                       stand. When he applied it to a tooth     is inevitable” and/or “Get a                  In these days of flipping and     with a desire to be called “Dr.”       hot Dr Pepper, peppered with a
    In the old days most country                   it was very noisy and loud and soon      grip.”…                                  flopping, we move quickly from         can order bogus degrees on             handful of Red Hots.
folks didn’t visit a dentist unless                it was generating enough heat to be          Anyway, Mom had a sure-fire           “putting our money where our          the Internet. With just a few          I will relish these rare seasonal
there was strong evidence that the                 painful. Eventually the ordeal was       treatment for what she labeled           mouth is” to “putting our mouth       strokes on the keyboard and            moments when I ingest anything
visit was necessary. A toothache was               finished and a fear of dental offices      “bad colds”--as opposed, I               where the money is.”                  commitment of a few bucks,             without “diet, low cal or fat free”
considered a necessary reason.                     was initiated.                           guess, to “good colds.” It called             And that’s exactly what “Dr.     doctoral diplomas are “in the          on the label.
    I was about eight years old                        But things gradually improved        for a gooey slathering of Vicks          J.” (former NBA star Julius           mail.”                                     I recommend the same treat
when a toothache took me to a                      during the ensuing years. The            VapoRub on a baby diaper.                Erving) is doing with his TV               I suspect that when Erving        to you, with the reminder to
dentist for the first time. The visit is            drills were faster and eventually an     A rattle in my chest or any sign         commercials for Dr Pepper. As         is not making TV commercials,          “drink it slowly.” Remember, you
something that I will never forget.                anesthetic was used for filling and       of congestion meant that the             his slow-motion three-pointer ice     he could care less about the           can trust me. “I’m a “doctor,”
The big chair that he had me sit in                tooth pulling. The water cooled          poultice would be slapped on             cube hits a drinking glass from       designation. “Dr. J” would just        albeit not the kind that can do
was rather frightening. All of the                 high speed drills were the best thing    my chest, easily visible under my        long range, he admonishes us          as soon be “Mr. J,” or even just       you any good….
strange tools in the area added to                 that could have happened to make
the apprehension. I guessed that
they might be used on my teeth
                                                   the dentist visit more bearable.
                                                       With the modern methods and             Thumbs up                                                                                                         THUMBS UP to Tony Passini,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 a Brewer High senior, who

                                                                                                                       Thumbs down
and that didn’t impress me as being                procedures that dentists use now                                                                                       and contributed to making the          while working at the Clifford
much fun.                                          there is really no reason to dread a                                                                                   evening an outstanding event           St. Albertson’s, found a wallet
    After he was informed that I had               visit to the dental office. Cosmetic                                                                                    for the students. We appreciate        containing a sizable amount
a toothache he asked politely which                dentistry is preventing many people                                                                                    your generosity!!                      of cash and turned it into the
one it was. I stuck my finger in my                 from spending a lifetime with                 THUMBS UP to the                   THUMBS UP to Victor Jones
                                                                                               members of the Brewer                with the WSISD Operations                                                    manager. The owner of the lost
mouth and pinpointed the culprit.                  ugly teeth. Regular cleanings and                                                                                      Pam Turner                             wallet was most grateful for
He took something like a knitting                  checkups are allowing the natural           High School Jazz Legacy              Department for donating
                                                                                               Choir who performed a                funds to purchase the lovely          Principal, Brewer Alternative          Tony’s honesty.
needle and punched around a bit                    teeth to last longer and give better                                                                                   Campus &
on the tooth and on other teeth                    service.                                    wonderful evening of musical         shrubs and trees that decorated
                                                                                               entertainment at Wesley              the auditorium for Mesa               Mesa Family                            Linda E. Covington
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there are three more with cavities                 compared to dentistry when I was a          was enjoyed by all. Also,
that should have fillings.”                         kid, it is FUN today.                       thanks to Mr. Kelly Sprowls
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                                                         Less prime, less time                                                                       THE MOMMY DIARIES                                      By Kathryn Garrett
                                      A.C. Hall graduated from Brewer High School in 1999 and has been writing ever since. His work
                                      has been featured in several anthologies and comic books over the past few years. A.C. has written and
                                      published his own books as well which can be bought at                                                         complete double standard that makes
                                                                                                                                                                                        it normal for a woman to stay at home
      Pop Culture                                                                                                                                                                       with the baby, and a man to be out,
           With A.C. Hall             year, but it’s that third hour of they apparently can’t afford to hours as these shows are some of                                                but never the other way around. That
                                      nightly programming, 9 to 10 keep their companies afloat, NBC’s best but that means that                                                           is insulting not only to women, but to
      Jay Leno to leave Tonight      pm, that is going to see a big you’re going to see their ads slip something else will have to be                                                   men as well. My husband is certainly
Show in 2009. When it showed change. Known primarily as the in a big bad way. Without car pushed out of the line up.
                                                                                                                                                                                        capable and willing to take care of our
up as headlines earlier this year, time slot of some of the weightiest companies paying the advertising       Ultimately I don’t like this for                                           daughter on his own for a night, and
long time fans couldn’t believe television dramas, NBC is bills, networks like NBC are a lot of reasons. NBC is getting
                                                                                                                                                Kathryn Garrett is a graduate of         I certainly deserve to have a night out
it. Late night standby Jay Leno, getting rid of all primetime 9 to having to shell out more of their rid of real television for yet
leaving? What had even more 10 p.m. programming. Instead, own money to put on an hour of another hour of late night talk                        Boswell High School and is pursuing with the girls on why
people unsettled was the fact Leno will have a new show that programming.                                                                       a degree in Journalism. She is a full the guilt? Why do I feel guilty when I
                                                                                                          show. I don’t hate late night talk    time mom and wife, and welcomes          leave, while I’m out, and even when I
that Conan O’Brien, the quirky will play in that time slot every          The solution? If it were up shows, but when compared with             any emails or comments. You can          get home later? I would never expect
host who has a late night talk weeknight.                               to me I’d just say to make better some of the best television shows     reach her at                             my husband to feel guilty for being
show that comes on directly after     Why do this? Money, mostly. television shows. It’s incredibly there’s simply no match. Leno                    out while I’m at home because that is
Leno, would be stepping up and If allowed to fully retire from the hard for a television show to at his best can’t hold a candle
                                                                                                                                                                                         part of a partnership, and we all need
taking over The Tonight Show.       network, it was almost guaranteed become profitable, with only the to a well-scripted, well acted
   While O’Brien is well liked by that another channel would’ve big breakout hits that can last TV program. Some experts                          I lay my head down on my pillow time for why the guilt?
                                                                                                                                               to begin some much needed sleep. I           Now, I personally believe women
his fans, his off the wall humor is picked Leno up and given him over 100 episodes (getting to that are predicting the downfall of
vastly different from the humor a massive contract. Going up level allows a show to become television programming as we                        attempt to drift off with whispered are more prone to the burden of self-
of Leno and his Tonight Show. against NBC, Leno would’ve syndicated, which is where boat know it, and while I don’t at all                     prayers expressing gratitude and imposed guilt than men anyway, and
Tack on one time Saturday Night easily beaten out O’Brien in the loads of money are made) doing ever see that happening, there is              requesting protection for my husband the responsibility of motherhood can
Live goofball and several time late night ratings. Losing ratings much in the way of profit. In my some cause for concern. This                 and baby girl, but then an unwelcome kick this burden into overdrive. I am
box office loser Jimmy Fallon as means losing advertisers which mind the answer is to just make will mean that fewer shows                      nemesis enters my brain. This by nature a people pleaser, and often
the incoming host to take over means losing money and that’s more great shows, thus making will be made, and with NBC                          uninvited enemy seems to go hand in completely ruled and overtaken by
O’Brien’s show and you had a something that NBC and all them successful and ultimately already running with several cost                       hand with not only motherhood, but my emotions. Growing up, a wise
                                                                                                                                               womanhood...guilt.                       man once told me that guilt is not a
2009 NBC late night plan that major networks are doing well profitable. NBC’s answer? Stop effective reality programs, I think
looked pretty shaky. Then, the already. Therefore NBC wasn’t making five hours of shows per it’s going to be much less often                       Yes, guilt. The dreaded, all- feeling. Guilt cannot be felt because
recession hit, and now things are about to let losing Leno add to week.                                                                        consuming, and often irrational a person is either guilty or innocent,
                                                                                                          that good TV shows are made.         feeling of guilt that seems to plague one or the other.
changing again.                     their current financial crisis.        The current NBC 9 to 10pm          Thankfully, several cable         women and                                    I often remind myself of this fact
   For a major network like           You see, television shows lineup is as follows. “My Own networks like FX, TBS, and of
NBC, primetime is made up of are bigger these days. Bigger Worst Enemy” (already been course HBO and Showtime have                             mothers alike. Guilt and I have been on those sleepless nights bogged
three hours of programming, stars, bigger effects, bigger sets, cancelled), “Law and Order: become home to some incredible                     battling all my life, but never as down by guilt, and ask myself factual
from 7 to 10 pm. This is the everything is being done to the SVU,”                                                                             fiercely as now that I have become a questions. Did I do anything wrong?
                                                                                    “Lipstick    Jungle” shows. But this big change at         mother.                                  Do I love my daughter more than
time that scripted television and nth degree as the demand for (cancelled), “ER” (in its final NBC, while it may make Leno
some reality programs are aired high production values and season), and “Life.” The original fans happy, will definitely have                      Now, what I am about to tell you life itself? Did any harm come to my
each and every year. From 10 to quality grows. This means that “Law and Order” is also showing a negative effect on the industry               is bold, and may be quite shocking. precious Parker while I had time to
10:30 p.m. you get the nightly a one-hour television program up in the winter scheduling for some time to come.                                Sometimes, I simply do not feel myself? Was her safety always my first
local news, and then at 10:30 costs way more than it used to. in this hour. With three of                                                      like being around my daughter, and priority? No. Yes. No. Yes.
                                                                                                                                               actually would love to hand her over         Then, there is the most important
the late night shows begin with Add onto this that automobile these shows already gone (two                     Got a question, comment,       to a trusted party. I know it’s awful,   question...Am I a better mother when
Jay Leno being up first. At least, makers, you know the ones that cancelled, one ending), that still criticism, or just want to talk
that’s the way it’s worked up are all about to go bankrupt leaves the two Law and Order’s about Pop Culture or life in                         terrible, and also completely normal I’m not consumed with irrational
                                                                                                                                               and understandable.                      guilt? Am I capable of being a better
until now.                          and further sink the American and Life as shows that will be general? A.C. welcomes any and
   The Tonight Show will still economy? They are the biggest homeless in 2009.                                                                    At these moments when I feel this mother when I have time for myself
                                                                                                  They’ll all email and can be reached at      way, guilt soon follows like clockwork. to be my own woman? Yes. Yes. The
air at 10:30 p.m. with new host television advertiser. Seeing as likely be shuffled into the 7-9
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                                                                    Senior Service Center News
                                                                        The seniors enjoyed the
                                                                    Center’s Christmas Ball featuring
                                                                    “Gary Lee Band”. The sponsors
                                                                    for the evening dance provided
                                                                    delicious refreshments at the
                                                                    intermission. The next dance
                                                                    is scheduled for December 23
                                                                    at 7:00 pm featuring “Open
                                                                    Range”. Entrance fee is only
                                                                                                         this class. Please come by the
                                                                                                         Center for more information.
                                                                                                             The Center’s Christmas Party
                                                                                                         is scheduled for December 18 at
                                                                                                         10:30 am. Come ready to enjoy
                                                                                                         the “Taps and Tunes” Christmas
                                                                                                         Show as the entertainment
                                                                                                         for the party. We will have
                                                                                                         refreshments and door prizes
                                                                    $5.00. Bring a covered dish to       as usual. Bring your camera for
      P.O. Box 151342 Fort Worth, TX 76108                          share.                               some great pictures with Santa!
                                                                        Interested in learning               Bring your favorite Christmas
       (817) 690-6929 / FAX (817) 246-2627                          Conversational Spanish? Come         Dish to Brown Bag Bingo on              The Record Hop led by Rick       spot so visit the Center soon.
           e-mail:                            join the class taught by Santiago    Thursday, December 18 at            Bedwell will be having a special        The Center will be closed on
     Post & Pay online at                     Chavez. There is no charge           5:00 pm. for a” Holiday in the      New Year’s Eve dance on the          December the 25th and 26th for
                                                                    for the class that meets every       Center”. Share a meal with          31st at 9:00 pm. Please bring a      the Christmas Holiday and will
                                                                    Wednesday at 9:00 am.                the seniors and join them on        covered dish that evening and        reopen on Monday the 29th at
         GARAGE SALE                GENE THOMPSON                       An exercise class called         their game night. Bring a non-      $1.00 for the entrance fee. Don’t    8:30 am. Also, the Center will
                                                                    “Qigong for Energy” led by           perishable item for the Bingo       forget your dancing shoes!           be closed on Thursday, January
76108 - 9961 Long Rifle Dr.           & ASSOCIATES                   instructor Rene Black is offered     game.                                   Make plans to join the seniors   1, New Year’s Day and will re-
Furniture, clothes, coats and       HOMES FOR RENT                  on Friday mornings from 9:30-            Bring in the New Year with      on their first trip of the New Year   open on Friday, January 2 at 8:30
bikes. Sat. ONLY 7:00 to 3:00.                 10:00 am at the Center. Qigong       the sounds of saxophonist           to the Ft. Worth Stock Show and      am.
                                                                    (pronounced Chee gong) is a          Bill Samuels at the Center on       Rodeo. You have the option of           If you have questions
                                     (817) 246-4646                 form of self-healing practiced for   December 31st at 10:30 am           the Stock Show for only $6.00 or     concerning any of the Senior
                                        Hablamos Español
                                                                    centuries in China. This gentle      for the New Year’s Party as the     $18.00, which includes both the      Center activities, events or
    GENE THOMPSON                                                   and slow-moving exercise helps       seniors celebrate the entrance of   Rodeo and Stock Show. The trip       services available, call 817-246-
      & ASSOCIATES                      HELP WANTED                 cultivate clear and free – flowing    2009 and say goodbye to 2008!       is scheduled for Friday, January     6619 or come by and visit with
   300 N. Jim Wright Frwy.                                          energy, which is essential to good   Enjoy refreshments, door prizes     30 leaving the Center at 12:30       us at 8211 White Settlement
                                 Home Health Care needed            health. There is no charge for       and more!
        817-246-4646                                                                                                                         pm. You must pay to hold your        Road.
                                 part-time early mornings,             possibly nights
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                                       ITEMS FOR SALE
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                                 Glass counter top approx. 5 foot
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                                  Pet adoption this weekend
       Hablamos Español           at at the White Settlement
                                        Animal Shelter.
                                                                                                                       Photo by Chad Smith                                                   Photo by Leo Norman Jr.

Calendar of Events
 Your guide to what’s going on in West Fort Worth,
 White Settlement and the surrounding areas.

 Wednesday 12-17-08
 WS Board of Adjustments and Appeals meeting 7:00
 p.m. at City Hall
 Fort Worth Area Metropolitan Ambulance Authority
 Board Meeting: 10:00AM; 551 E. Berry St
 Fort Worth Residential Board of Adjustment Meeting:
                                                                                                                     Photo by Hayden Posey                                                   Photo by Keith Robinson
 1:30PM; Council Chamber, City Hall, 1000
 Throckmorton St
 Fort Worth Water Dept. Wholesale Water and
 Wastewater Advisory Committee Meeting: 2:30PM;
 Oak Hall, Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3220
 Botanic Garden Blvd
 Thursday 12-18-08
 Fort Worth Transportation Authority Board Meeting:
 4:00PM; 1600 E. Lancaster Ave
 Friday 12-19-08
 WS Senior Services Council meeting 9:30 a.m. at Senior
 Tuesday 12-23-08
 Fort Worth City Council Meeting: 10:00AM; City Hall,
 1000 Throckmorton St.
 Wednesday 12-24-08                                                                                                    Photo by Mary Smith                                                 Photo by Jimmy Burnett

 Christmas Eve
 Thursday 12-25-08
 Christmas Day
 Saturday 12-27-08
 Winter Birds: Dec 27 2008 1:00PM; Fort Worth Nature                Fort Worth Holiday Closings Fort Worth City Holiday Trash Schedule
 Center & Refuge
                                                                       All non-essential City of Fort Worth offices and all Fort Worth
 Tuesday 12-30-08                                                   Libraries are closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Additionally, all offices will
 Bison Feeding Hayride: 1:00PM; Fort Worth Nature                   close at 5 p.m. Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. This will include libraries,        Christmas Holiday, Thursday,         and all decorations. DO NOT
 Center & Refuge                                                    community centers and Municipal Court, as well as City Hall and its      Dec. 25, 2008                        put tree in a plastic bag. Flocked
                                                                    annexes and other municipal offices.                                      If your regular pickup day is:       trees are accepted—artificial trees
 Wednesday 12-31-08                                                                                                                          Your pickup day changes to:          are not. Trees are mulched along
                                                                       The following city facilities and programs will operate on modified
 New Year’s Eve                                                                                                                              Monday, Dec. 22                      with any brush collected. Pick
                                                                    schedules:                                                               No change                            up free coarse-ground mulch at
 Thursday 1-1-09                                                            • Fort Worth Botanic Garden/Japanese Garden: The garden          Tuesday, Dec. 23                     all Drop-off Stations. Recycling
 New Year’s Day                                                               is open daily from dawn to dusk. The Japanese Garden is        No change                            – DO NOT put these items
 WS Crime Board meeting 7:00 p.m. at City Hall                                closed Dec. 25. The rest of the holiday season, the Japanese   Wednesday, Dec. 24                   in your blue recycle cart: yard
 Tuesday 1-6-09                                                               Garden’s hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Garden Center is         No change                            decorations, wreaths, ribbons,
                                                                              closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. It will be open 10 a.m-2 p.m.       Thursday, Dec. 25                    greeting cards, food, clothes,
 WS Planning and Zoning meeting 7:00 p.m. at City                                                                                            Friday, Dec. 26                      wrapping paper, electronics or
                                                                              Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 26-30 and
 Hall                                                                         Jan. 2. Normal hours will resume Jan. 3.                       Friday, Dec. 26                      Styrofoam™. Bulky Item Pickup
 Monday 1-5-09                                                              • Municipal Golf Courses: Closed Dec. 25; open daylight to       Saturday, Dec. 27                    – There will be no bulky item
                                                                                                                                                                                  pickup the week of Dec. 29,
 Gas Drilling Task Force Meeting: 4:30PM; Pre-Council                         dusk all other days.
                                                                                                                                             Note: Christmas Trees – set real     2008 – Jan. 4, 2009. Questions?
 Chamber, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.                                  • Log Cabin Village: Closed Dec. 25-Jan. 1.
                                                                                                                                             trees curbside on your normal        call Customer Service at 817-
                                                                            • Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge: Closed Dec. 25.
 Thursday 1-8-09                                                                                                                             pickup day only, from Dec. 26,       392-3279 Monday-Friday 7 a.m.
                                                                              Open Jan. 1.                                                   2008 – Jan. 30, 2009. Trees must     – 6 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. – 4
 WS Parks and Recreation board meeting 7:00 p.m. at                         • Fort Worth Herd: Dec. 25 – No Cattle Drives                    be 8 feet in length or less—cut      p.m.
 City Hall                                                                  • Municipal Courts (except the Arraignment Court and             in half if needed. Remove stand
                                                                              Warrant Section): Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 – Closed.

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Lady Bears fall, Bears fight back against Eagles                                                                                                                                              This week
Lady Bears fall to
                                     a switch to a stifling full court
                                     defense. This new scheme began
                                     to cause turnovers and allowed
                                                                          in a 29 – 14 hole.
                                                                           In the second half things stayed
                                                                          mostly the same as Birdville
                                                                                                                                                                                             in Sports
                                     the Lady Hawks to take the lead      controlled the game with their
By A.C. Hall                                                                                                                                                                          Your guide to the week’s Brewer
                                     11 - 10 at the end of the quarter.   defense. In their attempts to
                                                                                                                                                                                      sporting events!
                                       Brewer could find no answer         move the ball up court the Lady
 The Brewer Lady Bears faced off     to the oppressive defense in the     Bears continually threw bad
against the Birdville Lady Hawks                                                                                                                                                      Friday 12-19
                                     second quarter and proceeded         passes as their turnovers piled up.
Tuesday night at Brewer High                                                                                                                                                          Brewer Basketball versus
                                     to turn the ball over multiple       Birdville ended up winning the
School and halfway through the                                                                                                                                                        Southlake Carroll, games start at
                                     times. It took almost four           game 61 to 30.
first quarter things were going                                                                                                                                                        6:00 p.m., at Brewer
                                     minutes before they scored their
well for the Bears. Up 8 - 0                                                                                                                                                          Lady Bears Basketball versus
                                     first basket of the quarter and by
the Lady Bears looked to be in                                                                                                                                                        Boswell, games start at 4:30
                                     halftime they found themselves
control before Birdville made                                                                                                                                                         varsity at 7:30 p.m., at Boswell
                                                                                                                                                       Look for the Lady Bears as
                                                                                                                                                       they play in the Castleberry   Monday 12-22
                                                                                                                                                       Tournament Dec. 29-31.         Lady Bears Basketball versus
                                                                                                                                                                                      Alvarado, games start at 5:00
                                                                                                                                                       The Bears will be playing in   varsity at 8:00 p.m., at Alvarado
                                                                                                                                                       the Coca-Cola Classic Dec.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Veterans Park 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                      Winter Softball
                                                                                                                                                                                          The City of White Settlement
                                                                                                                                                                                      Parks Department is offering
                                                                                                                                                                                      a wide variety of softball
                                                                                                                                                                                      leagues at Veterans Park for the
Bears battle hard                   devastating Riverside three-point     up Bears team emerge from the                                                                               winter season. Teams will play
                                    attack Brewer found themselves        locker room as they began to play                                                                           doubleheaders for four weeks for
to defeat Carter                    down 18 to 6 at the end of the        much more aggressively on the                                                                               an eight game season. Leagues
Riverside                           first quarter.                         defensive side of the ball. They                                                                            will begin play the week of
                                      After tightening up their three     kept the Riverside three point                                                                              January 18th.
By A.C. Hall                        points defense for the first half      shooters in check and created                                                                                   Deadline is Thursday,
                                    of the second quarter, the Bears      enough turnovers to make a big                                                                              January 8th in conjunction with
 The Brewer Bears shooting was      slowly began working off their        come back. They took a three          was a thrilling contest as both     The lead continually changed as the manager’s meeting being
as cold as the weather outside      deficit of points. Unfortunately       point lead near the end of the        teams played well. Terrence         both times fought admirably on    held at Veterans Park at 7pm.
in the first quarter of their game   a 7 - 0 Riverside scoring run kept    quarter, but were down again          Bagsby was able to get hot          the court. With three minutes     Registration will be held at
against Carter Riverside Tuesday    them out in front and at the half     at the third quarter buzzer by a      offensively which helped the        to play Brewer gained a lead that Veterans Park from 2pm until
night as their shots simply         Brewer was down by 13.                score of 41 to 39.                    Bears regain the lead two           they would not relinquish as they 8pm Monday through Friday
refused to fall. Faced with a         The third quarter saw a fired         The final quarter of the game         minutes into the final quarter.      went on to win 58 to 49.          and at the White Settlement
                                                                                                                                                                                      Recreation Center, Monday
                                                                                                                                                                                      through Saturday 10am to 8pm.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Leagues will play in
                                                                                                                                                                                      accordance to U.S.S.S.A. rules
Houston - Air Force Match up for hometown bowl game                                                                                                                                   with sanctioned umpires. The
                                                                                                                                                                                      entry fee for all leagues will
   Two of the nation’s top               Both teams will be seeking       September 13 game was moved                                                attempts the past two seasons.   be $290.00 per team, which
offensive teams with a Bell          their first bowl win at Amon G.       from Houston to SMU’s Ford                                                 With only one missed extra       includes U.S.S.S.A. 2009 team
Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl         Carter Stadium December 31           Stadium due to Hurricane                                                   point in 79 trys, Harrison also  registration.
history will be facing each          as the Bell Helicopter Armed         Ike. The Falcons rushed for                                                made kicks of 29 and 47 yards        For the schedule of leagues
other for the second-time this       Forces Bowl will be aired live       380 yards in jumping to a                                                  at the 2007 Bell Helicopter      offered or any other information
season on a neutral field as the      on ESPN starting at 11 a.m.          31-7 lead in the first-ever                                                 Armed Forces Bowl.               about the upcoming sports
University of Houston will meet      The Bell Helicopter Armed            meeting between the two                                                        Air Force quarterback Tim    leagues, contact the Veterans Park
the United States Air Force          Forces Bowl will match schools       schools. Houston sophomore                                                 Jefferson became just the fourth office at (817) 367-6447.
Academy here on New Year’s Eve       from Conference USA and the          quarterback Case Keenum                                                    freshman starting quarterback
at Amon G. Carter Stadium.           Mountain West Conference for         passed for three touchdowns                                                in Air Force history when he
                                                  the second-time         in the final 20 minutes of the                                              moved into the lineup for
Armed Forces Bowl Event Schedule                  after Utah defeated     contest as the second-year                                                 the San Diego State game in      Veterans Park 2009
                                                  Tulsa 25-13 in the      starter from Abilene, Texas,                                               mid October. In become the       Winter Flag Football
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30 TEAM                         2006 contest.           accounted for all four scores and                                           Mountain West’s freshmanof-
KICKOFF LUNCHEON - PRESENTED                          The 2007 Bell       437 total yards against Air Force      History                              the-year, Jefferson led the         The White Settlement Parks
BY ARMED FORCES INSURANCE &                       Helicopter Armed        (75 rushing and 362 passing).                                               Falcons to a 5-2 record. He     Department is offering a Men’s
OMNI HOTEL FORT WORTH Noon                        Forces Bowl featured        For the second-straight year,      The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces rushed for 373 yards and two        Flag Football League this winter
- 1:15pm                                          Air Force against       the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces       Bowl is entering its sixth year in   touchdowns while completing on Thursday nights at Veterans
• $25 per luncheon seat @ the Fort Worth          Cal where the Bears     Bowl will feature a first year          existence. Current contracts with    37 of 66 passes for 557 yards   Park, beginning January 29th.
Convention Center                                 rallied to post a       mentor as Kevin Sumlin replaced        PAC 10, Conference USA and           with five touchdowns this        Entry fee is $325.00 for an eight
• Lt. Col. Greg Gadson will be the featured       42-36 win over the      Art Briles as the 12th head coach      the Mountain West Conference         season.                         (8) game season.
   speaker. Past speakers have included           Falcons before more     in Houston history and the first        run through 2009.                        With an 8-9-1 bowl mark,        Registration will be held at
   Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and           than 40,000 fans        African-American to lead the                                                the Air Force will be competing Veterans Park, Monday through
   former head coach Barry Switzer, ESPN          last New Year’s Eve.    Cougar program. Sumlin was an          2003: TCU 31 v. Boise St. 34         in their 19th bowl since the    Friday 2pm to 8pm and/or at
   Broadcaster Lee Corso and former US            Houston will be         assistant coach at Texas A&M           2004: Cincinnati 32 v. Marshall      start of their intercollegiate  the Recreation Center, Monday
   Commanding General in Iraq, General            returning to Amon       (2001-2002) and Oklahoma               14                                   football program in 1956.       through Saturday 10am to
   David E. Petraeus.                             G. Carter Stadium       (2003-2007) the previous seven         2005: Houston 13 v Kansas 42         The Falcons first-ever bowl      8pm. The registration deadline
• Call 817-810-0012 for all details and to        for its second bowl     seasons.                               2006: Tulsa 13 v Utah 25             appearance was following the    is January 22nd at 7pm at the
   order tickets                                  appearance as               With a 7-5 record, Houston         2007: Cal 42 v Air Force 36          1958 season when Air Force      coaches meeting. Registration is
                                                  the Cougars were        will be playing in its fifth                                                 and TCU played to a 0-0 tie in limited to the first nine teams.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30 ARMED                        downed 42-13 by         bowl game in the last six                 The Air Force resurgence is       the 1959 Cotton Bowl.           Early registration is recommended
FORCES INSURANCE ARMED                            Kansas in the 2005      seasons. Defeating both teams         led by Coach Troy Calhoun, who          After losing to Cal in the    to ensure a spot.
FORCES ADVENTURE (FREE                            postseason contest      that competed in the 2008             replaced Fisher DeBerry as only     2007 Bell Helicopter Armed            The league will play in
ADMISSION) Location: Amon G. Carter               billed as the Fort      Conference USA title game, the        the sixth coach in the 53-season    Forces Bowl, the Falcons have     accordance to T.A.A.F. playing
Stadium (TCU Campus) Lot 3 3:00pm -               Worth Bowl.             Cougars posted a 6-2 league           history of Air Force football. A    an 8 9-1 post-season record.      rules (8 on 8 with screen blocking
8:00pm                                                “We are excited     mark. Houston opened C-USA            1989 graduate of the Academy,       Three of the Air Force’s 18 bowl only) The City of White
• Military Static Displays                        about our match up      play with a 41-24 win at East         Calhoun has now compiled a 17- games have been played in the          Settlement will provide three
• Helicopters, Tanks, & other hardware            as Houston brings       Carolina as Keenum passed for         8 record at Air Force in one-plus   state of Texas. The Falcons’ 24-  referees and flags for all games.
• Skydiving Demonstration                         the nation’s No.        401 yards and three touchdowns.       seasons as he has now matched       16 win over Texas in the 1965     Teams will be required to provide
• Interactive Military Displays                   2-ranked passing        In a 70-30 victory over Tulsa,        DeBerry in leading the Falcons      New Year’s Eve Bluebonnet Bowl their own same colored jerseys
• Military Band Performing 6:00pm at the          offense to Amon         Keenum passed for 402 yards           to bowl games in their first two     in Houston was sandwiched         with numerals.
             Bud Light Stage                      G. Carter Stadium       and six touchdowns while              seasons.                            between the 1959 appearance           For the schedule of leagues
• Bowl Pep Rally                                  while the Air Force     rushing for one score against the         Air Force currently has the     in Dallas and last year’s game at offered or any other information
• Fireworks Show                                  Academy has ranked      Golden Hurricane.                     sixth-best rushing attack in the    Amon G. Carter Stadium.           about the upcoming sports
                                                  among the country’s         Keenum out-performed Texas        country (268.9) to rank among           Like Air Force, Houston       leagues, contact the Veterans Park
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31 BELL                       best rushing            Tech’s Graham Harrell in 2008         the top 10 in the nation for        will be competing in their 19th   office at (817) 367-6447.
HELICOPTER ARMED FORCES BOWL                      teams the past 22       to lead the nation in passing         the 22nd-straight season. The       bowl since the start of their
GAME Date: December 31, 2008 Stadium:             seasons,” said Tom      yardage as the Cougar connected       Falcons won the national rushing intercollegiate football program
Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus              Starr, the Executive    on 375 of 554 passes for 4,993        title in 2002 (307.8) when Air      in 1946. Despite losing their
of TCU Conferences: Conference USA vs.
Mountain West Conference
                                                  Director of the         yards and 43 touchdowns.              Force played in their last post-    last eight bowl appearances, the   Bring a Toy and
                                                  Bell Helicopter         Harrell completed more passes         season game prior to competing      Cougars have a 7-10-1 bowl
• 8:30-10:30am - Armed Forces Insurance           Armed Forces Bowl.      (406), but had only 4,747             in the 2007 Bell Helicopter         record. Eleven of the Cougar’s     Receive a Free
          Armed Forces Adventure
• 10:30-11:00am - Pregame Ceremonies
                                                  “We expect a lot
                                                  of offense, but it
                                                                          passing yards and 41 touchdown
                                                                          passes. Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford
                                                                                                                Armed Forces Bowl.                  bowl games have been in Texas,
                                                                                                                                                    including a 2007 appearance at
                                                                                                                                                                                       Green Fee
                                                                                                                While Air Force has retooled
• Joint Military Color Guard                      appears the roles       (4,464 yards, 48 TDs) and             its offensive look after losing     the Texas Bowl where Houston
• Military & Team Bands                           are reversed for this   Texas’s Colt McCoy 94,021, 32)                                            dropped a 20-13 decision to        All City of Fort Worth Golf
                                                                                                                quarterback Shaun Carney and                                           Courses will continue to be a
• Skydivers & Flyovers                            game with Houston       trailed Keenum in passing yards       receiver Chad Hall, the Falcons     TCU.
• 11:00am – Kickoff                               a quick-striking        this season.                                                                  Both Air Force (30-10)         drop off spot for toy donations
                                                                                                                still have one of the best place-                                      for Cowboy Santas until
• Each Quarter will Honor a Different             offense while Air           With an 8-4 record, Air Force     kickers in the national in Ryan     and Houston (32-15) schools
          Service Branch                          Force features a        has now posted back-to-back                                               have had success against teams     December 19, 2008. Anyone
                                                                                                                Harrison. A senior from Keller,                                        dropping off a toy valued at $10
• Shout-Outs from Overseas Soldiers on            ground assault. It      winning records for the first-time     Texas, Harrison converted on 22     from Conference USA and the
          Video Board                             should be a high-       since the 2002 and 2003 seasons.                                                                             or more will receive a pass for
                                                                                                                of 25 field goals this season while Mountain West, respectively.        a free green fee. The coupon
• Armed Forces Insurance Great American           scoring game.”          Three of the Falcon losses in         topping the 100-point scoring       In bowl games between the two
          Patriot Award honoring General              Air Force won       2008 were to schools (Utah,                                               conferences, Conference USA        cannot be used the same day
                                                                                                                mark for the second straight                                           and is valid till February 28th,
          David H. Petraeus                       the initial meeting     TCU and BYU) ranked among             season.                             leads 6-5 with the last meeting
• Military Induction Ceremonies                   this season between     the top 25 teams on the Bowl                                                                                 2009. Check with any of our
                                                                                                                    With two game-winning field being the 2007 Houston-TCU              five locations or for further
                                                  the two teams with      Championship Series (BCS)             goals to his credit (TCU 2007       Texas Bowl contest.
After the Game - 4pm Armed Forces                 a 31-28 victory over    standings. The fourth setback                                                 For ticket information, go to  information, contact us at www.
                                                                                                                and UNLV 2008), Harrison has                                 
Insurance Armed Forces Adventure                  the Cougars as the      was to bowl bound Navy.               converted on 41 of 52 field goal

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  Page 8/Wednesday, December 17, 2008                                                         Sports Extra                              The          Detail

Running Bears Club has largest participants in winter run
   Tannahill Intermediate         team in participation. The          Cody Gentry and Connor
                                                                                                    The Tannahill
School’s new club, the            after-school club is for fifth    Moore were the first two
                                                                                                    Running Bears
Running Bears, recently           and sixth graders who like to    Running Bears to cross the
                                                                                                    won the penguin
competed in the Don Zetnich       run long distance. The club      finish line with times of 14:50
                                                                                                    trophy for the
Winter Run in Arlington           usually meets twice a week and   and 14:52.
                                                                                                    largest school
and won the penguin trophy        practices running around the
for having the largest school     school.

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