>> January/February 2009 Neighborhood Newsletter November/December Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association is revitalizing the Block Captain/Neighborhood Crime Watch Program and we want you to join us! What is a Block Captain? A Block Captain is someone who lives in our neighborhood and is willing to expend a little energy to keep the program going; a Block Captain is a respected member of the community as they serve to make their street a better place to live for all residents; and a Block Captain is a vital component to the neighborhood association—they are the eyes and ears of their immediate area. This person or family has the opportunity to make a true difference right where they live. Don’t forget to read our feature on the historic Thurber Bricks, committee reports, and more!

>> March/April 2009 Neighborhood Newsletter March/April In January many of you participated in a roundtable discussion where we were able to identify issues most important to Arlington Heights residents. This information is featured in this issue of the newsletter. Additionally, because this information is so important, it has now become part of the AHNA Executive Committee’s mission for 2009.
This issue also includes a historical feature on a water tower that used to occupy space in Chamberlin Arlington Heights. There is an update on the Western Heritage parking garage and public art component. We also have a thoughtful piece on the importance of maintaining the health and well-being of our beloved pets during a struggling economy. Don’t forget to check out neighborhood briefs. We even have a checklist for spring gardening.

>> May/June 2009 Neighborhood Newsletter May/June2009 At the April AHNA membership meeting, we were stunned when Neighborhood Patrol Officer David Miller made the surprise announcement that he was moving to the Traffic Division and would no longer be working with us. He has been a shining light in the neighborhood since he started as our NPO in 2005. Through his infectious, warm spirit, he raised the bar and inspired all of us to take on the challenges of crime in our neighborhood.

As we say goodbye to Officer Miller, AHNA is pleased to announce that Officer Teri Majors will be our new Neighborhood Patrol Officer. Officer Majors has approximately 14 years of experience in neighborhood policing. Majors’ has been recognized as Officer of the Year, presented with the Alan Stout Award, and named Westside Optimist Officer of the Year.Officer Majors is looking forward to working with the Arlington Heights neighborhood. “I really stress crime prevention in meetings and discuss crime trends in the area,” Officer Majors said. “I like to be out on the streets visible in the neighborhood and meeting residents, and I’m always willing to help out on any project the neighborhood may undertake.”

>> July/August 2009 Neighborhood Newsletter July/August On Monday, June 8, 2009, the Fort Worth Art Commission recommended Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association and West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Association for the 2009 Community ID: Public Art in Neighborhoods (CID) Projects.
CID is a new neighborhood-based public art projects initiative, which is being piloted this year in all City Council Districts. Through this initiative FWPA will assist community groups in generating public art projects that are specific and meaningful to each of the selected neighborhoods. The CID initiative is not a grant program – these projects will be managed by Fort Worth Public Art (FWPA).
Arlington Heights will feature the public art project at the Thomas Place Community Center. According to the Fort Worth Art Commission, “This is an ideal location for public art as it is already well developed and lit. This center caters to a large surrounding area of neighborhoods and schools which makes it highly visible.”

>> Sept/Oct 2009 Neighborhood Newsletter Sept/Oct2009 This summer a new piece of public art was installed in the small triangular park on Camp Bowie Blvd. and Byers Ave. It’s titled “Earth Fountain” and is the latest work of Austin artist Philippe Klinefelter who has received a number of public art commissions, including a permanent installation at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. For the Fort Worth commission the 56-year old sculptor explains, “I chose to concentrate on the whole idea of water and how it comes from shapes and returns to the earth in the form of springs, creeks, and rivers”. The water in “Earth Fountain” appears to come from inside the earth and flows out three round openings in the granite sphere. Look closely at the inside surface of the sphere and you’ll discover carvings based on local water topography. Klinefelter designed the sculpture “to reinforce an area of ‘refuge’ or place to relax from the vigors of the day and the noise of vehicular traffic.”

>> November/December 2009 Neighborhood Newsletter July/August When Ella Smith put her mind to something, she didn’t stop until she got it done. Without her, who knows if there would be a new Fort Worth Museum of Science and History unveiling this month. It was Ella Smith who decided in 1937 that Fort Worth needed a museum dedicated to children and thanks to her dogged tenacity and trailblazing vision; she got the fires burning in the right direction. Even though she never married or had children, her commitment to the advocacy of Fort Worth children and their education is unparalleled.