Haltom City...a place to call home Vol. 25 No. 4 Aug/Sept 2010 City ofﬁces will be closed on New Options for Disposal and Recycling Monday, Sept. 6, in observance of Labor Day C ity residents can now dispose of bulky materials twice a year at the IESI Convenience Center at no charge. Haltom City has extended its contract with Independent Environmental Services Inc. (IESI), and city residents will beneﬁt from the new proposal. Those who take advantage of the two free disposal Web Site Promoting days can also return to use the center for the remainder of the Local Businesses year at a rate of $20 per trip, a reduction from the former $37 charge. There is a limit of four yards of debris per trip; however, there is no limit to the number of trips. In addition, the city will continue to host two free dumpster days per year. These are typically scheduled for April and Octo- ber. Also included in the contract is an option for a 65-gallon rolling recycling Businesses are invited to participate in cart. Residents who a Shop Haltom City website program that have found that features information and printable cou- the green 18-gallon pons. This service encourages residents to recycling bin is too shop locally. Users don’t have to register, small may sign up and there is no charge to the business or for the larger cart at resident. For more information call 817- a small increase to 222-7723 or go to shop.haltomcitytx.com. their water bill of As of press time, listed below is a sample $1.75 per month. of the businesses that are currently regis- To obtain the larger tered: The Eatery, Chuy’s Authentic Mex- cart, call the utility/ BEN (Beautiful Environment Need- ican Food, Paul’s Flower Boutique, Texas billing department ed) the Bear, a mascot for Keep Hal- Plumbing, Alberta Blocker Insurance at 817-222-7717. tom City Beautiful, demonstrates the Agency, Earl’s Deli, Stitches-n-Stuﬀ, Ro- Once a resident is new 65-gallon recycling cart avail- ma’s Pasta N Pizza and Vang’s Construction. enrolled, the cart able through the Haltom City Water Please support local businesses and keep will be delivered to Department. For details, and to sign sales tax dollars within the community. them by IESI. up for a cart, call 817-222-7717. 2 Restaurant Under New Ownership M ochi Kitchen, a restaurant that oﬀers Asian cuisine such as Japanese and Sushi, recently acquired new ownership. Bon Ku, the new owner, previously worked as a Sushi Chef in the Dallas area and is also a former donut shop owner. Ethan Starr, the new Head Chef, has been a Sushi Chef for 5 years. Mochi also features a Master Chef. Mr. Ku says the menu is relatively the same with a few new additions and higher quality ingredients. Recently, the North- east Tarrant Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for the restaurant. Mochi Kitchen is located at 4613 Denton Highway. Art Exhibit: Aqua Aesthetic Affair Have Your Next Event in Haltom City Come preview artwork by local watercolorist Bennie Johnson Wood during the month of September. See the luminosity of watercolor come to life. The public is invited to a Reception & Demonstration T he old Library, located at for Artist Bennie Johnson Wood, scheduled for Thursday, 3201 Friendly Sept. 9, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. An art demonstra- Lane, has tion will take place at 6:30 p.m. been con- Art for Fun verted into a Sign up for the free hands-on art class at the Hal- Civic Cen- tom City Library. It will take place Saturday, Sept. 18, ter. With from10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., for ages 8 – 12 years old. three rooms The medium will be magic markers & pens; supplies available for provided; each child will create a matted art piece to take rental, the Civic Center oﬀers a wonderful space for all home. The class is limited to 12 students. kinds of events. Please contact Christi at the Recreation Sponsors: Haltom City Library, Arts Council North- Center at 817-831-6471 for more information. east and the Texas Commission on the Arts Business of the Quarter O scar’s Mexican Restaurant has been selected as the Haltom City Business of the Quarter for Spring 2010. Oscar’s, a landmark in the community, was selected by Keep Haltom City Beautiful for the way business owner Oscar Calderon has improved the property and for his restaurant’s welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant began almost 20 years ago in a store front along Haltom Road near Belknap Street. Hav- ing outgrown that space, Oscar’s moved his business to a building on Denton Highway that had been a house and then a ﬂower shop. Oscar’s eventually outgrew that space as well. Calderon found a permanent home by building the restaurant’s present location at 3408 Denton Highway. 3 IH 820 Expansion Set to Begin in Late 2010 T he North Tarrant Express consists of a series of major improvements to the IH 820 and SH 121/183 (Airport Freeway) highway corridor in Northeast Tarrant County. With construction beginning in late 2010, this proj- ect will help relieve regional traﬃc, improve safety and pave the way for future growth in one of the country's most congested and fastest-growing regions. The public is invited to visit the North Tarrant Express web site at www.northtarrantexpress.com for updates, as well as to sign up for regular communications about the project. Cruisin’ Haltom City! Classic Car Show a Success Not only about classic cars and hot rods, but about the Haltom City Community O rganizers extend sincere thanks to the more than 50 vehicle owners who turned out on Saturday, June 26, to take part in the ﬁrst annual Haltom City Classic Car Show. Coordinated by the North Texas Street Cars Association, the show was a fundraiser ben- eﬁtting the Haltom City/BISD Back-to-School event set to take place in late July at Haltom High School. Held at the Haltom City Hall Complex, the car show featured a performance by The Jazz Mon- s sters, a 20-piece “swingin” big band. Their perfor- s mance was made possible by a grant from Arts Coun- m cil c Northeast and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Major sponsors of the car show included Sam’s Appli- ances and Furniture, TNT Graﬃti Removal, Little Cae- a sar’s Pizza, Trophy Arts, Big M Autosports, TNT Auto- s motive & Cycle Repair and Keep Haltom City Beautiful. m Next year’s car show has already been scheduled for Sat- urday, April 30. u 4 Annual Water and Sewer Disclosure Haltom City Trinity Trash Bash D uring the 75th session of the Texas Legislature, a bill was passed which requires cities to notify their custom- ers of certain expenditures from water/sewer revenues. In par- Saturday, Sept. 18 BISD Environmen- ticular, the law requires that cities notify customers of any non- tal Study Center water or non-sewer related expenditures paid from these sources. On-site registration: In ﬁscal year 2010-11, a total of $16,933,282 is projected to be 8:30 a.m. spent in the water/sewer fund. Some of the employees paid from Cleanup begins at this fund are engaged in the construction of water and sewer lines 9 a.m. as well as streets. Approximately a third of these employees’ time is Volunteers are encouraged to pre- spent on street or drainage work with the remaining spent on water register by calling 817-222-7767 or and sewer projects. Engineering and administrative personnel who by visiting www.haltomcitytx.com are responsible for the design and maintenance of water and sewer All litter pickup supplies will be improvements also design and oversee construction and maintenance provided. Join us for family fun and of some street projects. Approximately half of their time is spent volunteer picnic to follow. on water and sewer projects and half on street and drainage issues. The portion of salaries of these employees, related to the non-water and sewer functions they perform, is $732,825, or 4.3 percent of total water and sewer expenditures. Senior Activities for August and September • August 20th - 11 a.m. Hawaiian Luau, entertainment provided by Senior Shimmers Dance Group and Jeff “ Elvis” Brett. • September 3rd - 11 a.m. Labor Day Party. • September 16th - Diez Y Seis Celebration. • September 24th - 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Northeast Tarrant County Senior’s First Ever Jamboree. (see article below for more information) • September 30th - 5 p.m. Senior Center annual Spaghetti Dinner, Bake Sale, and Silent Auction. Tickets for dinner are $5.00 in advance or $6.00 at the door. Community neighbors and city em- ployees are invited to buy dinner tickets (meals can be taken out). Northeast Tarrant County Senior’s First Ever Jamboree. Join senior adults from the Northeast Tarrant County area to enjoy a full day of fun, food and games at Capp Smith Park on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The address is 5700 Chapman Road in Watauga. Local senior centers will be hosting a variety of games to be played including horseshoes, bean bag baseball, softball throw, basketball toss, golf putt and bocci ball as well as a ﬁshing derby, walk relay and a jam session. Medals will be awarded to the win- ners of the games following a hot dog cookout lunch. Registration forms to sign up for games are at local senior centers. Pick one up today from the Haltom City Senior Center located at 5000 Bernice Street. For more information regarding the Senior’s Jamboree or to vol- unteer please call Bobbi Arthur, center supervisor at 817-834-8021. 5 Be on the Lookout for Birdville Museum. T he Birdville Historical Society (BHS) will be get- ting space at the Shannon Center for a museum. BHS has been a non-proﬁt corporation for 14 years and mem- bers look forward to having a home for displaying artifacts. The museum will be located in the BISD Shannon Center which is the location of the original Birdville Schools that start- ed in 1858. This is a great location for a museum since it is right in the heart of where the original settlement of Birdville began. To learn more about BHS, review historic pho- Birdville School Students & Faculty tos and other interesting facts about Haltom City’s heri- The Red Brick School Building tage, please visit their website at www.birdvillehistory.org. Birdville, Texas 1932 GED Classes at the Library Registration: Tuesday & Thursday, Fall Sports for Everyone Aug. 31 and Sept. 2, from 5 – 8 p.m. Orientation: Tuesday & Thursday, Haltom City Parks and Recreation will host the second fall Sept. 7 & 9, from 5 – 8 p.m. (must at- season of soccer for boys and girls, ages 3 & 4 (must be age 3 by tend both sessions). Classes begin: Sept. 1). Cost is $30 per player and Sept. 14, from 5 – 8 p.m. includes a uniform shirt. Players will need shin guards and tennis shoes (cleats are not necessary). Coaches CPR/AED class available at the are needed. Library, August 25, 1-5:30 p.m. Registration ends August 16. A Register at coaches/parents meeting will be held http://chisholmtrail.redcross.org on Thursday, August 19 at 7 p.m. at the Recreation Center. The season Babysitter’s Training will start September 11. Thursday, Aug. 12, 8:30 am – 3:30 p.m. Registration for the Adult Fall Softball League is August 2 – Sep- at the library, seating limited (12), for ages tember 11. Cost is $250/team for 8 games. Men’s leagues play on 11 – 15 years. Bring a sack lunch. The cost Wednesday or Friday nights and Co-rec leagues play on Thursday is $67. Students will receive Babysitter’s nights or Sunday afternoons. All games are played at North Park. Training certiﬁcate from the Red Cross First place teams will receive t-shirts. upon completion of Adult Co-Rec Volleyball League returns to the Recreation Cen- class. ter. Registration is September 20 through October 16. Team cost Become a respon- is $150. All games are played on Monday nights at the Haltom sible babysitter: learn Recreation Center. how to keep yourself Save the date! Youth Basketball Registration is November 8 - and children safe, December 13. Cost is $55 per player. All practices and games are how to handle emer- held at the Haltom Recreation Center. Coaches are needed. gencies, make good decisions and how Online registration is now available for Recreation Cen- to write resumes and ter leagues at www.haltomcitytx.com. Click on the interview for jobs. “online services” link. For more information on any Class taught by leagues and programs, please call 817-831-6464 or the American Red Cross, Chisholm Trail visit the Recreation Center at 4839 Broadway Avenue. Chapter. To register call 817-335-9137 or go to: http://chisholmtrail.redcross.org. 6 Deputy Police Chief at HCPD Retiring D eputy Police Chief Pat Bridges retired in July to accept the position of Police Chief in Stephenville, Texas. Bridges retired from the City of Arlington after 21 years in the police department and had been with Haltom City for two and a half years. Stephen- ville received 49 applications, then narrowed the search to four ﬁnalists. Bridges, along with his wife Kari, plan to move to Stephenville after assuming his new position in August. Homes Recognized for Well Kept Yards T he Haltom City Garden Club is again touring the city and giving out certiﬁcates for well kept yards. Citizens are encouraged to drive around and look 6224 Bingham Dr., 2128 Elton Rd., 5413 Bakers Ln., 5909 Bertha Ln., 5904 Bertha Ln., 5913 Nina Ln., 4100 Janada St., 4124 Janada St., 4900 Sa- at the yards listed to get new ideas, or belle Ln., 4700 Roxie St., 5401 Jerri b to just enjoy the scenery. The Garden Ln., 3413 Meadow Oaks Dr., 4512 L Club will be giving out certiﬁcates Sabelle Ln., 4508 Sabelle Ln., 4504 S throughout the summer. The current Sabelle Ln., 4721 Sabelle Ln., 5024 S trend in gardening now is to keep the Ira St., 4928 Sabelle Ln., 5200 Ira I front beautiful, yet concentrate on St., 3232 Fincher Rd., 5059 Gaines S the back yard for family gatherings. Ct., 5063 Gaines Ct., 4500 Nadine C To nominate a yard please call 817- Dr., 4416 Stanley Keller Rd., 5000 D 838-9789. The Garden Club meets Sabelle Ln., 4924 Sabelle Ln., 4817 S on the ﬁrst Tuesday of each month Stanley Keller Rd., 4920 Stanley S at 6:30 p.m. at the Haltom City Li- Keller Rd., 4421 Mink Dr., 4933 K brary. Everyone is welcome to join in. Saucer Dr., 5236 Mirror Lake Dr., S The following properties have been recognized with cer- 4124 Janada St., 5717 Diamond Oaks Dr. North, 4005 tiﬁcates: 2928 Eastridge Dr., 1901 Haltom Rd., 2321 Georgian Dr., 3928 Georgian Dr., 3908 Emerald Oaks Owens St., 1401 Woods Ln., 4208 McComas Rd., 4220 Dr., 5944 Diamond Oaks Dr. South, 5801 Jane Anne Ln., McComas Rd., 6219 Highland Ave., 6228 Highland Ave., 4409 Starlight Dr., 4405 Starlight Dr., 5213 Jane Anne Ln. Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot? Know What 2 DO E xtreme heat not only kills lawns, it can also push your body beyond its limits. Learn how to take protec- tive measures to safeguard yourself. High temperatures, ing and rapid, weak heartbeat. If you suspect heat ex- haustion move the person to a shady area. Lay them down and slightly elevate their legs and feet. Loosen along with high humidity, can cause heat-related illnesses or remove their clothing. Give them cool water or a which range in severity from mild heat cramps, to heat sports drink containing electrolytes to drink. Fan the exhaustion, to potentially life-threatening heatstroke. person and spray or sponge them down with cool water. Heat Cramps are painful, involuntary muscle spasms. Heatstroke is a potentially life-threatening, heat-re- They may occur during heavy exercise and are of- lated problem that often results from heavy work and ten caused by dehydration. Spasms can feel like night- dehydration. The body’s normal mechanisms for deal- time leg cramps, only more severe. They often oc- ing with heat stress, such as sweating and temperature cur in the calves, arms, abdomen and back. If you control, stop working. Signs and symptoms include suspect heat cramps cool down and rest. Drink an body temperature greater than 104 F, changes in men- electrolyte-containing sports drink or clear juice. Call tal status like confusion, rapid and shallow breath- your doctor if your cramps don’t go away in one hour. ing, elevated or lowered blood pressure and fainting. If Heat exhaustion begins suddenly and is sometimes you suspect heatstroke move the person into the shade caused by heavy exercise, sweating and dehydration. or air-conditioned space, dial 9-1-1, wrap the per- Signs and symptoms are low blood pressure, cool, moist son with damp sheets or spray them with cool water. skin, low-grade fever, feeling faint, nausea, heavy sweat- For more info go to www.knowhat2do.com. 7 TEXAS NIGHT OUT SAVE THE DATE Each year one night is designated as Nation- al Night Out where neighborhoods plan a get-to- gether to promote crime deterrence. National Night Haltom City Animal Services Out is the ﬁrst Tuesday evening of every August. Presents... Everyone in Texas knows August is one of the hottest months of the year so Texas is allowed to hold “Barks & Bubbles” their own Texas Night Out in October when Dog Wash and Pet Costume Contest... it is cooler. This year’s celebration will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 7 p.m. until 9 Saturday, p.m. The Block Parties, as they are known, October 23, 2010 do not have to be expensive and may in- 10am til 2pm clude hot dogs, drinks, chips, cookies, punch, etc. It is a day set aside for communities to get behind crime prevention and discuss concerns in their neighborhoods. Logo Contest for the Haltom City Those interested in hosting or co-hosting a block party with neighbors, please contact Sgt. Jean Rowell at (817) Library 50th Birthday 222-7036. Celebration T he library will celebrate its 50th birthday, beginning in February 2011 and continuing with monthly events and activities through December 2011. The library opened in Emergency Supply Kit Haltom Plaza on February 28, 1961. The Haltom City Fire Department recommends Help to celebrate by creating a special logo that will be that citizens be prepared with an emergency sup- used on all event-related materials. ply kit. Pack supplies in a dufﬂe bag, suitcase or Contest rules: storage container and keep it in an easily accessible Logo entries must be from original ideas and be hand place. Items should include water, food, a radio, drawn. batteries, ﬂashlight, ﬁrst aid supplies and important Entries should well represent the Haltom City Library documents. For a complete list of recommended kit and celebrate its achievement of 50 years of service to supplies go to: www.knowhat2do.com/publicdown- the community. loads/buildakit.pdf Contest is open to all ages and may include City of Haltom City staﬀ members. Contestants do not have to be Haltom City residents. Entries must be in color and submitted on an 8 ½ x 11” At-Home Safety Tips for Extreme Heat sheet. Stay out of the sun as much as possible. Use sunscreen Contestants may submit as many entries as they wish. (SPF 15 or higher). Entries will not be returned. They become the property Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of non-alcoholic and caﬀeine- of the Haltom City Library. free ﬂuids. Deadline for entries is October 30, 2010. Winner will be notiﬁed by November 10, 2010. Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate if neces- Judges for the contest are the 50th Birthday Celebra- sary. tion Committee, who are not eligible to enter contest. Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation. Their decision will be ﬁnal. Weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool air in. Prize: gift certiﬁcate to Half Price Books; name or ini- tials on the reproduced logo; and recognition in the City Outdoor Safety Tips for Extreme Heat of Haltom City’s Crossroads newsletter. Winning logo Help prevent drought by watering your lawn only when will appear on all event-related materials. necessary and by adhering to local water restrictions. Entries must to be submitted by the deadline to the Help prevent wildﬁres by respecting “no burn” days. Haltom City Library, 4809 Haltom Road, Haltom City, TX 76117. An entry form must accompany each entry. Avoid roadside ﬁres by disposing of cigarettes responsibly. For more information, contact the library at 817-222- Dispose of hot charcoal in a non-ﬂammable container or 7790 or the committee chairman at 817-503-0394. hose down before dumping. City of Haltom City PRESORT STANDARD P.O. Box 14246 U.S. POSTAGE PAID Haltom City, TX 76117 FORT WORTH, TX 817-222-7700 PERMIT #2114 Annual Haltom Halloween moved to FRIDAY Join us on FRIDAY, Oct. 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Haltom Recreation Center for the annual Haltom Hal- loween Carnival. Bounce houses, obstacle courses, face painting, crafts and more will keep the whole family en- tertained for a safe night of Halloween fun. The Costume Contest for ages 1 to 12 begins at 7 p.m. sharp. Be sure to arrive early to register your child. Prizes will be given to the winners of each age group. CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY Do you know your neighborhood officers? Do you want to make a difference in your community? There are opportunities available to everyone. An active crime watch group protects your neighborhood from crime. The Haltom City Crime Watch Association meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Haltom City Civic Center. Make plans to attend the Haltom City Citizen’s Police Acad- emy. This is a 10 week course taught by Haltom City Police Of- ficers. Classes meet Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the police department. The next Citizen’s Police Academy will begin Sept. 7. Contact Sgt Jean Rowell at (817) 222-7036 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
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