- a city employee and two volunteers/Board members honored
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.
Haltom City selected three wonderful people that work tirelessly on behalf of the citizens in Haltom City: David Cummings, Suzanne Norris and Bonnie Richards.
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.
- All Entries Displayed At The Library During The Month of May
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
Winner – Tammy Klepac
Honorable Mention – Maria Krupa
People & Their Activities
Winner – Bob Oatman
Honorable Mention – Bob Oatman
Haltom City Animals
Winner – Jana Kristofek
Honorable Mention – Alexandra Geltmeier
Haltom Has Heart
Winner – Marie Manrique
Honorable Mention – Fran Burns
Landscapes/Nature (On the Road)
Winner – Kelsie Christiana
Honorable Mention – Deborah Geltmeier
Architecture (On the Road)
Winner – Christy Blackwell
Honorable Mention – Debra McDaniel
Documentary (On the Road)
Winner – Zachary Smith
Honorable Mention – Christi Pruitt
Still-life (On the Road)
Winner – Susan Roe
Honorable Mention – Morgan Gillinger
Portraits (On the Road)
Winner – Maria Krupa
Honorable Mention – Zachary Smith
The February/March 2018 Crossroads City Newsletter is available for download.
The April/May 2018 Crossroads City Newsletter is available for download.
- Volunteers Sought to Support Local Schoolchildren in BISD
Birdville Independent School District (BISD) has developed a community engagement office that communicates the specific needs of each school campus and coordinates the efforts from volunteer groups. They also promote programs that benefit students and families by encouraging participation and engagement within the district. One of their main goals is to have every school adopted by a local business, church or civic organization. There are also numerous ways that individuals can support our schools through mentoring, speaking at Career Days, volunteering for campus events and much more.
They have an exciting upcoming event that you can help with...World Read Aloud Day is celebrated by millions of people in more than 100 countries. This event calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. In BISD, this event has been celebrated by several campuses, but in 2018 it will be celebrated by all BISD elementary school campuses! In fact, they are dedicating an entire week to this event! World Read Aloud Week is January 29 to February 2, 2018. It is their goal to have each elementary classroom visited by an adult guest reader from the community. If you’re interested in serving as a guest reader for the event, please visit www.birdvilleschools.net/communityengagement and click the "Events & Opportunities" tab.
They are also proud to work with some of our local laundromats in offering Laundromat Libraries. These crates of children’s books are kept on site at each participating laundromat. Children can choose books to read while they wait for their family to finish their laundry. While they would like for the books to remain onsite, so others may also read them, they understand that some readers just may not be able to put their books down! Each crate will be checked on at least once a month, when they will be refilled with more books or changed out to maintain interest.
Visit www.birdvilleschools.net/communityengagement to see each school’s list of needs, to become a community partner, and to see upcoming programs and events.
The Birdville ISD Council of PTAs operates two programs to help BISD students from low-income homes: Clothes Connection & Supply Depot. These programs serve disadvantaged BISD students with school supplies, one shoe voucher, and two clothing orders per year. Their mission is to help kids feel better about themselves and they offer clothing from sizes 3T and up. Clothes Connection receive clothing donations from Birdville schools, local businesses and the community.
Clothes Connection and Supply Depot are non-profits run entirely by volunteers. They are funded by contributions from BISD employees through payroll deduction, local PTAs, and other donations. Funds donated to the Clothes Connection are used to purchase new socks, new undergarments, clothing items and Payless Shoe vouchers. Funds donated to Supply Depot are used to purchase school supply packs and backpacks.
To donation clothing: They accept clean, gently used, school appropriate clothing of all sizes at their facility during regular hours of operation. Donations may also be dropped off at any BISD campus.
To donate financially: Cash or checks may be sent to:
BISD Council of PTAs
6125 E Belknap St
Haltom City, TX 76117
Please designate donation for Clothes Connection or Supply Depot
Hours of operation are Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and they are closed during school holidays and half days. Additional hours may be available at the beginning of the school year. They may be reached by phone by calling 817-547-3990. See their Facebook page for more information.
Our storefront is located at:
5308 E. Belknap St.
Haltom City, TX 76117
More information can be found online here.
Clothes Connection and Supply Depot are 501(c)3 non-profit and donations may be tax-deductible; please request a receipt for your records, if needed.