EXTRA SPECIAL AHNA MEMBERSHIP MEETING TO BE HELD AT DICKIES ARENA

July 11, 2024 · Filed Under Events and News · Comment 

Something outstanding for July!  AHNA has accepted the special invitation from the folks at Dickies Arena to hold our July membership meeting in the arena.  Included are free parking, free light refreshments, and a special private insiders guided tour of the building.

TUESDAY JULY 16, 2024
6:30PM – 7:30PM
DICKIES ARENA
1911 MONTGOMERY ST.

They’re rolling out the red carpet for AHNA and its members.  There’s free parking in the Montgomery Lot in front of the arena.  Enter the arena through the NW VIP entrance. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Arena staff will direct you to the Chisholm Room where free light refreshments (non-alcoholic) will be served.  After an abbreviated membership meeting, it’s time for you to ask questions about the arena and share any concerns you might have with arena staff.  Afterwards, we get a special insiders guided tour of the arena! If you’ve never been inside the arena, here’s your golden chance.

RSVP is not required, but appreciated. So don’t worry about deciding at the last minute to come and bring neighbors.  If possible, please reply to president@arlingtonheightsna.com.

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SIDEWALK MURAL PAINTING EVENT AT THOMAS PLACE CENTER THIS SATURDAY

July 11, 2024 · Filed Under Events and News · Comment 

Closet artists, here’s your chance to let ‘er rip.  Thomas Place Community Center at 4237 Lafayette Ave. needs you to show up this Saturday July 13 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. to help paint a mural on the sidewalk leading to the playground.  Bring your own water and wear old clothes you don’t care about.  This is also the perfect time to meet Tina Striggles, the new Supervisor at Thomas Place.

For more information, contact Tina at tina.striggles@fortworthtexas.gov or call the office at 817-392-7394.

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JULY YARD OF THE MONTH

July 11, 2024 · Filed Under Events and News · Comment 

The colorful yard at 4028 Pershing Ave. is the result of
many years of trial and error using perennials, natives, annuals,
with an emphasis on anything that attracts butterflies and bees.

When Mark and his wife bought their home at 4028 Pershing Ave. in 2015, they knew the prior owners had left them with a solid foundation upon which they could add their own flair.  But, there were invasive ground cover plants in the east side bed that “had to go,” according to Mark who is the gardener in the family.   The English ivy, mint and Asiatic jasmine “took many weekends of pulling and digging to clear them out for good.”

The enormous nandina at the west side of the house was spared, even though Mark hacks it back every year.  “I left it because it’s in front of a window and it blocks the west sun.”

New to the landscape is the Gregg’s mistflower in the western side yard, next to lantana and old-timey orange day lilies that were already there.  Mark transplanted from his previous house iris that he bought many years ago at Costco.  “They bloom almost every month–there were four or five blooms in June. I don’t know what kind they are, but they’re purple and white and some are just purple.”

Other recent additions are phlox, echinacea, gaillardia, sweet allysum (that has re-seeded and smells heavenly) and four-nerve daisies that have flowered even in the snow.  Last year’s milkweed returned again this year.  So did the sweet potato vine that was overflowing in pots last year, but has now voluntarily sprouted up in the nearby ground.

The zinnias have also come back from previous years.  “Originally, I planted the bright red Will Rogers variety, but when they’ve come back they’re not as red,” says Mark.  “I don’t have the heart to cut them down.”  Cosmos are sprinkled in for accent color.

This year, the porch pots are filled with marigolds, vinca, four-nerve daisies, blue daze evolvulus, cape plumbago, and gomphrena.  Mark moved from the backyard to the front his Henry Duelberg’s salvia, a Texas Superstar with purple spikes that’s known for its low maintenance, drought tolerance and attracting butterflies.  This popular salvia was discovered at the Texas gravesite of Henry Duelberg and was named after him.

Mark amends his soil with Texas hardwood mulch and cedar mulch, as well as compost once or twice a year.  He fertilizes with Osmocote and Jack’s 20-20-20.

Even though Mark does a lot of research, he admits gardening is probably “in my blood.”  He grew up helping his mom work in her vegetable and rose garden.  His mom got the gardening bug from her grandmother. “I didn’t know I had it in me until we moved here,” admits Mark.  He’s always willing to give things a try.  “Some things have worked that shouldn’t have worked.  And I’ve killed some things that are hard to kill, like marigolds.”

Mark received a $25 gift certificate to Archie’s Gardenland and a year’s membership in Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association, courtesy of AHNA.

If you see an award-worthy yard, even your own, please let us know by sending the address to president@arlingtonheightsna.com.

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WEST NILE VIRUS MOSQUITO SAMPLE FOUND IN ARLINGTON HEIGHTS

July 11, 2024 · Filed Under Events and News · Comment 

Tarrant County Public Health has confirmed a West Nile Virus positive mosquito sample was recently collected from a testing site at 4237 Lafayette Ave. in Arlington Heights.

The City’s Environmental Services Department officers will be monitoring the area looking for standing water, litter and debris that could invite mosquitos to breed and nest.  You can help by removing standing water in empty flowerpots, pet bowls, outdoor toys, keeping your grass mowed, gutters cleaned, trees trimmed and dried leaves raked.  If you’re working outside, wear long sleeved shirts and long pants and apply insect repellent that contains DEET.

If you see standing water at a location that’s not city property, please report it to the City’s Customer Care Center at 817-392-1234.

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JUNE MEMBERSHIP MEETING

June 14, 2024 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off on JUNE MEMBERSHIP MEETING 

Tuesday June 18 at 6:30pm 
Fort Worth Firefighters Hall
3855 Tulsa Way at Crestline Rd.

Please join us for the monthly AHNA Membership Meeting.

Everyone is welcome to attend–bring a friend!

Crime is up in Arlington Heights, so you don’t want to miss Neighborhood Patrol Officer Andy Morquecho’s monthly report about crime in our neighborhood.

 

Tonight’s meeting will be all about what’s happening at historic Stripling Middle School. 

 

 

GUEST SPEAKERS:  Kellie Spencer, Deputy Superintendent of Operations at Fort Worth ISD, will introduce architect Eric Hahnfeld whose firm Hahnheld, Hoffer, Stanford designed the upcoming new addition to Stripling Middle School.  To construct the new 3-story classroom building on the south side of the campus required temporarily digging up the soccer field and track that have been exercise mainstays for Arlington Heights residents for decades.  Not to worry, the field and track will be back once the classroom building is completed.  The $60 million project also includes renovating parts of the original building.

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JUNE YARD OF THE MONTH

June 14, 2024 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off on JUNE YARD OF THE MONTH 

Native plants adorn the yard at 3928 Linden Ave.

Allyson and Noel Chesmer have been tending their yard at 3928 Linden Ave. ever since they moved there in 2007.  It’s gone through several configurations with the latest being native.

After inheriting many native plants from their brother-in-law, a landscape architect who moved to Silver City, the Chesmers headed to Whiz-Q Stone to buy some large decorative rocks.  That was the easy part.  It took them more than a week to decide where to put the rocks.  Then, the diehard do-it-yourselfers started planting.

Allyson made the call to put many of the plants between the sidewalk and the street.  “Most people put the plants up by the house, but I wanted to be able to look out my window and see everything,” she explains.  Plus, the plants provide some privacy.

Rudbeckia gloriosa daisies and black-eyed Susans spill over the front curb, along with stands of spineless prickly pear cactus.  Russian sage, skullcap and yarrow hug the pergola over the front sidewalk.  Three plants of Texas bluebonnets propagated this spring into fifteen plants and almost took over their bed.

On the west side of the yard, the standing cypress with its dramatic tall spires of red flowers doubled in size in less than a year.

By the front porch is a well-established crepe myrtle and 20-year-old honeysuckle. Red yuccas are beneath the front window.  The thick zoysia grass was put in six years ago.  Next to the driveway is a funky orange metal cylinder with “Chesmer Farms” written on it.  Noel explains it’s an irrigation engine radiator, a remnant from his family’s Panhandle wheat farm.

The vitex on the west side of the yard was rescued in 2022 from a construction site near the Purina Mill on E. 1st St. The Chesmers saw it laying on the ground, left for dead, where a building had been demolished.  Noel got permission from the property owner to retrieve it and, farm boy that he is, he rented a front end loader from Taylor’s and brought it home to surprise Allyson.  Obviously, the vitex survived the transplant and is now thriving on Linden Avenue.

The yard is Allyson’s happy place. When she gets home from working at a local bank, she heads out to tend to the yard to de-compress.  As impressive as their front yard is, their backyard is equally stunning with a waterfall, koi pond and an outdoor pizza oven.

The Chesmers received a $25 gift certificate to Archie’s Gardenland and a year’s membership in Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association, courtesy of AHNA.

If you see an award-worthy yard, even your own, please let us know by sending the address to president@arlingtonheightsna.com.

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NEW PLAN FOR SELLING CITY-OWNED HOMES ON WESTERN AND CARLETON AVENUES

June 14, 2024 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off on NEW PLAN FOR SELLING CITY-OWNED HOMES ON WESTERN AND CARLETON AVENUES 

After rejecting the bid to buy the nine city-owned homes on Western and Carleton Avenues, the City Council mandated the City’s Real Estate Division to sell the properties individually through a real estate broker.

A virtual public meeting with the community will be held to discuss next steps and a timeline for the sale of the properties for redevelopment.  Anyone who is interested can attend:

Thursday June 20
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Join from the meeting link: https://fortworthtexas.webex.com/fortworthtexas/j.php?MTID=mbcec86bd44932d02bbe81967664ecca7
Meeting number (access code): 2557 616 0922
Meeting password:  Next-Steps-2024

Join by phone: 1-469-210-7159
Join from a video system or application
Dial 25576160922@fortworthtexas.webex.com

You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.
If you are unable to attend, the meeting will be recorded and posted on the City’s webpage at this link.

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