Category Archives: Government

Articles Business 08-21-14

Red Cross Opens Country’s Largest Supply Center in Arlington

The next time a tornado or hurricane tears through Texas and beyond, the American Red Cross’ newest and largest Field Disaster Supply Center is prepared to send much-needed supplies and assistance. A 174,000-square-foot national center — housing thousands of boxes filled with blankets, cleaning supplies, tarps, personal hygiene products and more — has opened its doors off New York Avenue, south of Interstate 20. Surrounded by boxes of supplies, city leaders, America Red Cross officials and volunteers participated Wednesday morning in a ceremonial ribbon cutting. “This facility gives us enormous readiness and preparedness to respond to disasters both big and Read more…

Articles Police 08-19-14

Helping Students Prepare for the New School Year!

Throughout the community, Arlington police officers and citizen volunteers are helping students get ready for a new year. At a Back-to-School, Stay-in-School Rally at Sam Houston High School on Aug. 16, Crime Prevention Officers spoke with students and parents about safety.  Students played safety games with officers and won prizes. The event also included members of Amigos en Azul and the Arlington Hispanic Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association who served as volunteers.  Amigos en Azul , comprised of Arlington officers and their families, donated back packs. More than 3,000 families attended the event. This Back-to-School event also offered workshops for Read more…

Articles Events 08-13-14

Annual Back to School Rally Set for Saturday

On Saturday, August 16, hundreds of Arlington families who are getting ready for a new school year will receive a wealth of free services compliments of the Arlington Branch of the NAACP and a host of community sponsors and supporters. For a second consecutive year, the Arlington branch of the NAACP has teamed up with District 3 Arlington City Councilmember Robert Rivera to host an event that helps Arlington area families get ready for a new school year. This partnership includes a host of community partners including Walmart, Sam’s Club, South Texas Dental, the Retired NFL Players’ Association, Blue Cross Read more…

Articles Parks 08-13-14

Vandergriff Skatepark Vandalism: $1,000 Reward Offered

The Arlington Police Department is investigating a criminal mischief offense that occurred at Vandergriff Skate Park located at 2800 S. Center Street in Arlington. The park was vandalized with graffiti between Sunday, July 27 at 10:00 a.m. and Monday, July 28 at 7:30 a.m. If you have any information about the vandalism, or can identify the person(s) responsible, you may be eligible for a Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000. A reward may be awarded if the information leads to the arrest of the person(s) committing this crime. Anonymous Tips: APD Sergeant Thedrick Andres at 817-459-5820 or Thedrick.Andres@arlingtontx.gov -or- APD Detective Melissa Heisel at 817-459-5860 Read more…

Articles Bond Election 08-12-14

Arlington City Council Approves 2014 Bond Election

After months of public input, the Arlington City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a package of bond projects that will focus on streets, parks, fire facilities and libraries. The $236 million bond program will go to the voters for their approval in the November 4 municipal election.  Council members have stressed that the projects be paid for without increasing taxes.  The projects  will be accommodated with the current tax rate of 64.8 cents per $100 property valuation. The City Council’s decision was made following a series of meetings, tours, exhaustive document reviews, public forums and extensive study conducted by a Read more…

Articles-Budget-08-12-14

Citizens Invited to Attend 2014 Budget Town Hall Meetings

If you want to get an idea what the City of Arlington’s proposed budget for FY 2015 is all about, there are two opportunities for citizen participation. City Manager Trey Yelverton will present the proposed budget and answer questions from those in attendance.  To learn more about the budget, check out the video at the top of this story. Town Hall Meeting #1 Thursday, August 21 at 6:30 p.m. South Police Station 1030 SW Green Oaks Boulevard Town Hall Meeting #2 Wednesday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m. City Council Chambers 101 W. Abram Street And, if you haven’t checked out Arlington’s 2015 Read more…

Articles Police 08-12-14

Neighborhoods are Getting Ready for National Night Out 2014

Are you ready for law-abiding fun and chaos? The Arlington Police Department is assembling thousands of residents and their communities to host neighborhood gatherings. National Night Out 2014 is Tuesday, Oct 7. The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” began in 1984 to encourage participation in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood fellowship, and to send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are prepared and fighting back. This program peaks annually on the first Tuesday of October in Texas. In the rest of the country, NNO is observed on the first Tuesday in August. National Night Read more…

Articles Traffic 08-11-14

Arlington Has Smooth Traffic Plan for New Charter Schools

The City of Arlington’s Public Works & Transportation Department is working to create a smooth traffic plan around two new charter schools on Bowen Road in southwest Arlington, enabling drivers to get in and out of the area safely. Arlington Classics Academy (ACA) is scheduled to open Tuesday, August 12 with a projected attendance of 800 students. International Leadership of Texas (ILT) middle school is scheduled to open August 21 with 1200 students. Drivers are encouraged to remain patient and attentive when driving through the school zones. So what is being done to help mitigate any potential traffic issues? ACA and ILT are educating Read more…

Articles Police 08-11-14

Officers Shower Holocaust Survivor with Birthday Wishes

Members of the Arlington Police Department joined the community on Friday to celebrate a very special birthday. Rosa Blum, a Holocaust survivor, turned 86 years old today. Surrounded by birthday flowers and balloons, Ms. Blum spent the afternoon talking about her personal account of life in a World War II concentration camp. She was only 15 years old when she and her Jewish-Romanian relatives were captured and forced to live in an Auschwitz concentration camp. She smiled as she remembered her family members and all the good things that have happened to her. She thanked all who gathered to celebrate Read more…