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Haltom City Community Projects, a division of the Parks & Recreation Department, coordinates projects relating to improving the quality of life for its citizens. Their news & events are listed here.
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The August/September 2018 Crossroads City Newsletter is available for download.
Julie Orebaugh, Haltom City Community Projects Coordinator, was recognized for her support of Birdville ISD at the June 28, 2018 Trustee Board meeting. Julie serves on multiple Partners in Education committees, is a member of the Haltom High School CORE Values team, and has served on the Teaming for Excellence in Education (TEE) committee. Julie uses city resources to advertise school district needs and events.
Most recently, her advertisements in the newsletter and electronic billboards lead to a record setting number of attendees at the Birdville Reads event on June 2, 2018. She is also one of the leaders who merged the Haltom City Back to School Health Fair with Refresh BISD, combining resources and funding to help an even greater number of families in the district through this combined effort. She is always willing to help the students and families in Birdville ISD.
pictured L to R: BISD Board of Trustee Kelvin Dilks, Julie Orebaugh, and her family Donagh and Bryce
The City of Haltom City presented three Haltom City graduating seniors with a $500 Fine Arts Student Scholarship at the Northeast Tarrant County Chamber of Commerce’s May, 2018 Scholarship luncheon as well as the Haltom High School Senior Awards Ceremony. This year’s winners are Arisahi Rosas, Giselle Carrillo and Alejandro Saucedo.
These scholarships are a way for the City to support the students of our community while also promoting the importance of the fine arts in education. We recognize how important these young adults are in building a strong community.
Applicants were evaluated by their participation in the BISD Fine Arts programs for at least two years, their leadership in the community, academic performance as well as an in-person interview. Six finalists were interviewed by a panel of Haltom City staff.
Arisahi Rosas is a self-taught visual artist artwork below) who creates the most stunning color pencil drawings. This year, one of her works was chosen for the state VASE competition, which only accepts 10% of the entries from our region. Her piece also won Best Technical and Best of Show in the Haltom High School art show.
Arisahi is in AVID, National Honor Society, is a Biology Tutor, in the Science Club, a Leader in the Link Crew, and the President of the Movie Club. Arisahi has a 96 average and plans to attend the University of Texas at Arlington. This young lady blew us away with her passion for living and her love for her father and her family. Congratulations Arisahi!
Giselle Carrillo has been in band since the 6th grade and served as a section leader in flute for the Pride of Haltom Marching and Concert Bands throughout high school. She is in AVID, is a Biology Tutor, as well as a National Honor Society Officer.
Giselle had two jobs while earning a 97 average and being in the top 10% of her class. She will be attending the University of Texas at Tyler and has plans to become a Nurse Practitioner. Her role model is her hard-working father and she wants to help others and give back to her community. Congratulations Giselle!
Alejandro Saucedo was in theater, choir, and show choir, where he served as the manager. He placed 1st in the Haltom High School Talent Show in 2017 and was named as Best Actor at Haltom High School. Alejandro has directed four of the musicals at Haltom High School, as well as performing in at least 10.
He will be playing Tobi in the upcoming "Sweeney Todd" performance at Casa Manana. Alejandro had a 4.0 GPA. He plans to attend TCU, where he earned a full scholarship, and will study Musical Theater. He plans to perform on Broadway in the not-to-distant future. Congratulations Alejandro!
We produced a short video where we interviewed the three scholarship recipients, highlighting their achievements and their inspirations.
For the past eight years, Haltom City has hosted the Annual Back to School Health Fair every July. This event provided backpacks, school supplies and community resources to Haltom City elementary and middle school students, assisting families as they prepare for the upcoming school year. Over these last eight years our Health Fair has given over $180,000 worth of resources to our local students.
We are thrilled to announce that this year Haltom City will be joining Refresh BISD for their back to school event. Refresh BISD will serve students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch programs in all 25 elementary and middle schools in Haltom City, North Richland Hills and Richland Hills attending the Birdville Independent School District (BISD). Refresh BISD will be Saturday, August 18th, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Wiley G. Coliseum (mapped below). During Refresh BISD, there will be backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, eye exams, hot dogs, helpful resources and plenty of fun. Refresh BISD aims to help get students ready for the school year, connect families with their community and transform our cities.
Refresh BISD began as a one-day back-to-school event in 2015 but has since evolved in to much more than that. The mission of Refresh BISD aims to help get students ready for the school year, connect families with their community and in the process transform our cities. The goal of Refresh BISD is to provide an opportunity to help families physically, relationally and spiritually. Refresh BISD, a program initiated out of the Community Enrichment Center (CEC), supports their vision of breaking the cycle of poverty and family violence in Northeast Tarrant County.
Refresh BISD online registration is now open until July 9, 2018. No school supplies will be delivered to school campuses after Refresh, so you must pre-register and attend to receive them.
Families Must Pre-Register During The Open Registration In Order To Attend Refresh BISD
This Is A New Requirement For Those Of You Who Have Attended Our Previous Health Fairs
It takes a community to impact our community...so if you, your church, your business or your civic group would like to be involved in Refresh BISD, they want to hear from you! Please contact them at RefreshBISD. Be sure to “Like” their Facebook page for the most updated information.
Keep Haltom City Beautiful (KHCB) rated the local school campuses on:
Each school also submitted their current projects, events and activities that support the KHCB mission, along with photos. Some of the programs at Birdville Elementary included 4th and 5th grade students participating in a lesson about all the displaced animals from the 2017 summer hurricanes. Their librarian showed several news videos from Houston about the saving and transporting of displaced animals to other animal shelters, north of Houston, and even to other states. The students then collected old t-shirts and made chew toys to give to the Haltom City Animal Services facility.
The 3rd graders learned about how to be good citizens. They discussed ways they can do their part in caring for our community (recycling; reducing our consumption on resources) as well as helping improve and clean the environment.
The 2nd graders learned ways to save our oceans by not throwing plastics in the trash, choosing to recycle them instead. They made several ocean animals out of recycled plastics (turtles, fish and a jellyfish in a bottle), and they also learned how animals are harmed in the oceans by all the plastics being thrown away.
The 1st graders conducted a recycling project using cardboard, lids, egg cartons, boxes, etc., making anything they wanted out of the items. Their creations were called “Litter Bugs”.
Kindergartners learned all about the ways to keep our planet clean.
Congratulations to Birdville Elementary staff and students for their commitment to protecting our environment and Keeping Haltom City Beautiful!
The 2018 Hometown Heroes Annual Luncheon recently celebrated more than 40 local Hometown Heroes from Northeast Tarrant County at the Bowden Event Center in Keller, Texas on April 19, 2018. Co-hosts, Super Bowl XXX MVP Larry Brown & Channel 8 Meteorologist Colleen Coyle, came out to honor our Hometown Heroes.
David Cummings (back row, 2nd from right) began his career with the City of Haltom City in June of 1992 as a temporary employee in Building Maintenance. Since then he has held many positions in Public Works. Earlier this year, he was promoted to the Assistant Director of Public Works. He has a “can do” attitude and believes he should perform at the highest level on and off the clock. David was dispatched to a residence because of a potential water leak. Upon arriving to the resident’s property, he quickly saw that the problem was on the resident’s side of the meter. Knowing that the repair wasn’t something the resident was capable of doing and the resident’s income was limited, he went to the hardware store after work and picked up the repair parts. He went back to the resident’s house and fixed the leak on his own time and with money from his own pocket. He has often come to work with his lawn mower because he planned to mow the yards of local senior citizens who needed help. Last year, Haltom City built a new Veteran’s Memorial and David led the City’s personnel (both Public Works staff and Parks Department staff) in setting the rotating globe. He constructed the pool that the globe sits in. He also graded the site around the Memorial platform, installed concrete foundations at each corner of the platform and installed the light poles & lighting on these foundations. The work he and city staff did saved the city approximately $100,000 on the project.
In 2013, Suzanne Norris (front row, on left) was appointed to serve on the Haltom City Fire Services Board. She had already become very active with Haltom City C.E.R.T. and she jumped in with both feet! By the end of the first meeting, she was involved in the department and has not stopped since. She assists with the planning of the Annual Awards Banquet, Annual Open House, and the Junior Fire and Police Camp every summer. She works every city event, including Christmas on Broadway, CARFEST and the Haltom Halloween with the rest of the Fire Services Board by popping popcorn and handing out fire prevention materials. She now serves as the Chairperson for the Fire Services Board and she runs the meetings and keeps everyone in line and on their toes! She is at every HCFD event, but before that event takes place, we are assured that everything and everyone will be where they are supposed to be. Suzanne always asks people to help and she asks people to be involved. Her true passions are God, family and Haltom City Fire Rescue.
Bonnie Richards (front row, in middle) has always wanted a fountain to honor her family in Haltom City. She wanted to recognize all of her family members that served our country. When the Veterans Memorial project was initially discussed, she knew Haltom Road Park would be the perfect spot. She and her family donated over $15,000 to purchase the globe fountain (pictured at right) at the Veterans Memorial. It was a tremendous gift to the city that will be here as a reminder of not only her family’s sacrifice to our country, but their dedication and continued support of our community. Bonnie has been on the Haltom City Library Board for 15 years and she donated the first public statue (pictured left) in the City to the Library in honor of her late husband Jake Richards, as well as memorial trees at both the Library and the Recreation Center in his honor. She is a member of the Friends of the Haltom City Public Library and the Haltom City Garden Club. She is an active member of St. Luke Methodist Church, is treasurer of the United Methodist Women, a teacher of VBS and taught at the church’s popular ESL program.
Thank you to David, Suzanne and Bonnie for their continued involvement in our City and their outstanding examples of community engagement and leadership. Haltom City is a much better place to both live in and work for because of them.
Judges have studied the 157 entries in the 2018 Images of Haltom City Photo Contest and have chosen the winners. Best of Show honors (at right) went to Maria Krupa for her photograph outside of The Café here in Haltom City. Ms. Krupa will receive a $300 cash prize for her winning entry.
Photos are separated into nine categories, with those taken in Haltom City (red) eligible for the Best of Show honor. The winning entries can be seen below.
The entries can be viewed below by clicking on any picture and scrolling through the slideshow.
A big thank you to our judges this year, Cos Deleo, Ting Huang, and Gary Blocker. The winners and all of the contest entries will be on display at the Haltom City Public Library (4809 Haltom Rd) during the month of May.
Thank you to all the participants during this year’s photo contest and winners will be contacted individually regarding their entries and cash prize awards. Photographers may pick up their photo entries at the Haltom City Recreation Center (4839 Broadway Ave) beginning Friday, June 15th during their normal business hours. Entries not picked up by Friday, July 13, 2018 will be discarded.
Best of Show
Haltom City Scenes
People & Their Activities
Haltom City Animals
Haltom Has Heart
Landscapes/Nature (On the Road)
Architecture (On the Road)
Documentary (On the Road)
Still-life (On the Road)
Portraits (On the Road)
The 9th annual Haltom City CARFEST, held on Saturday, March 24, 2018, was a great success! A record 137 vehicles registered and approximately 1700 people attended this annual fundraising event. Through 25 business sponsorships, 137 vehicle registrations, t-shirt sales and donations, CARFEST raised approximately $15,000 for the Refresh BISD, Back to School Health Fair, which will be held Saturday, August 18th at the Wiley G. Coliseum.
A Facebook photo album of the event can be viewed here.
We held the annual bike safety kids coloring contest, with all of the Haltom City elementary schools participating. A girl and boy winner from each grade was given a brand new bicycle and helmet at CARFEST. The new bicycles and helmets are paid for from the Red Light Camera Fund. Thanks to the Haltom City Police Department for partnering with us for this.
A special thank you to Dan and Patricia Harris from 2nd Opinion Auto for being our title sponsors, as well as Sam’s Furniture, and Late Model Auto Salvage for their generous sponsorships. All of the sponsors are listed below:
2nd Opinion Auto Center - https://www.2ndopinionautocenter.com/
Late Model Auto Salvage - http://www.latemodelautosalvage.com/
Sam’s Furniture - https://www.samsfurniture.com/
Atlantic Supply - http://www.cheapestrebar.com/
DFW Cast Stone - http://www.dfwcaststone.net/
Texas ReConstruction - http://www.texasreconstruction.com/
Derailed Ink & Tattoo - https://derailedinktattoo.com/
B&S Fence Company – http://www.bandsfence.com/
AA Wrecker Service - http://www.aawreckerservice.com/
FSG Electric - https://www1.fsgi.com/
Component Construction Company - http://www.cccbuilds.com/
Prosperity Bank Haltom City - https://www.prosperitybankusa.com/loc-haltom-city.aspx
Mallory, Lollar, Holt & Assc. P.C. - https://www.traffictx.com/
Donihoo’s Speed Shop - https://donihoostirepros.com/Speed%20Shop
Ms. Sally’s Collectibles - https://www.mssallyscollectibles.com/
Western Exterminating - http://westernext.com/
Ron Sturgeon Real Estate - http://rdsinvestments.com/
Dick’s Sporting Goods - https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/
Toys R’ Us - https://www.toysrus.com/
Bison Coolers - https://www.bisoncoolers.com/
Charles Scoma Properties
Corvette Club of Texas - http://www.corvettecluboftexas.org/
SpeedTek Performance - http://www.speedtek.net/
Steve’s Certified Auto Repair - https://stevescertifiedautorepair.com/
British Auto Specialists - http://britauto.com/
Sam Pack’s 5 Star Ford - https://www.5starford.com/
State Farm Insurance – Veronica Mendoza - https://www.statefarm.com/agent/US/TX/Haltom-City/Veronica-Mendoza-N4KLM255000
Brain Freeze Event/Kona Ice - https://www.brainfreezeevents.com/
Carnival Catering - http://www.carnivalcatering.webs.com/
Ascend Strong - http://www.ascendstrong.com/