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POST BOXES AN ATTRACTIVE TARGET FOR CROOKS
The crooks are on alert as Tax season is here & those returns are
easy money. Unattended & unlocked mail boxes are an attractive
source for information, so be aware. There have been reports
recently of strangers rummaging thru peoples post boxes &
BE ALERT FROM DUSK ON THRU EVENING HOURS THERE
HAVE BEEN REPORTS OF SEVERAL INCIDENTS ENVOLVING
PEOPLE BEING ACAUSTED WALKING DOGS AS WELL AS
COMING& GOING FROMPARKED CARS ETC.
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ON THE MOVE
2021 has been a year of changes for Carter. A
week ago he and his store mate Sally said goodbye
to Kerwin, the feisty little Scottie who had been
Carter Bowden’s Antiques mascot for the past four
and a half years. He was a wonderful little pup,
much loved by everyone and the light of Carter and
Sally’s life. He is sorely missed by everyone who
had the pleasure of playing with him.
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As if this were not enough, Carter Bowden Antiques has lost
their store’s lease. They will be moving out of their Camp Bowie
home of twenty two years at the end of April, an unenviable job
to say the least. The building owner’s sister, Jessica McIntyre
will be the new tenant and as luck would have it Carter will be
moving into her old space at 4003 Camp Bowie Blvd. The new
digs for Carter will open sometime in June so remember to
keep an eye out for the opening.
We wish Sally and Carter much happiness in the new store
and hugs for the loss of Kerwin .
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divine Eggs Benedict with a few mimosas to wash things down.
Mom has been to Wolfie’s restaurants in L A & Vegas & said the
by Lulu Von Poodle
Wow what a month, April
seems to be gone in a flash.
We were just recovering from Gallery Night and
it was Easter. River Crest did a great job on their
annual Easter Egg Hunt. It was mobbed, tons of
kiddos forging for golden eggs and parents etc all
sipping Bloody’s or mimosas added to the fun. Did
I mention they left the brunch buffet unattended,
yummers so much for my girlish figure! Later that
day, we had yet another feast at Susan Irvins. We
had lamb and ham and tons more. For once being
put in the garden paid off, Maxie & I hung out with
Susan’s Aussie Shepherd, Mattie and she showed
us how to slip a few lamb chops off the cooling
platters , oh did I mention unattended wine too,
food is consistently marvelous & the drinks too. The end of May
can’t come quickly enough.
In the mean time TuTuk Thai has opened up for in restaurant
dining. I love their egg rolls & Massaman curry simply the best.
Well I am off to run around the park there is only so much curly
fur can cover up after all.
Stay well, wear those masks & get vaccinated
--- Luv Lulu
Maxie & Sailor
Barely had I recovered from my Easter splurge than the
Drover Hotel opening party sneaked up on us. What a bash
and what a beautiful addition to Ft Worth & the Stock Yards.
It was filled with a ton of heavy hitters, not to mention the
entire Hickman family and a good representation from our
neighborhood too. Betsy Price & Mike Moncrief were spotted
toasting one another & laughing a lot…probably discussing life
after the mayor’s office would love to have been a fly on that
glass don’t you know. Mom, Christy Dunaway Smith, Nancy
Lamb & Doug Blagg went for the grand tour & Maxie & I stayed
in the garden to plunder the buffet. Subtlety is not Max’s forte
he wound up being chased by several waiters who objected to
the mouth full of prime beef he gleefully gobbled up. Oh well all
the more for moi.
Speaking of great food, we are so lucky Café Modern is
reopening & Wolfgang Puck catering is taking the helm. I can
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Spring hath sprungeth!...
Shakespeare never said,
but fresh art is blooming
everywhere, soon dining and gallery hopping will be
all the rage!
It can not happen soon enough, as there is much to view in
the galleries and museums of our fair city this spring. Notable
among them is a fantastic new gallery on the near southside,
called CuffLink Art, modern and contemporary work by
established and new emerging talent, splendidly curated by the
team of Joey Luong, and Doug Gault.
A “Spring 21 Fresh Works”, exhibit run through May 17th,
featuring stunning still life paintings by Linda Shobe, terrific
brashly brushed portraits by Nathan Madrid, comic mock horror
concrete works by Ross Bonfanti, a fabulous show, a beautiful
gallery, well lite, a thoughtfully designed space, if your a new
collector or a veteran art lover, this is a must see gallery.
Cuff Link Art
120 St.Louis Ave. Suite 149 | Ft.Worth | 817-489-5059
Glass art, in the words of Dangerfield “gets no respect !, ” or
at least not as much as its close cousin ceramics, but there is a
terrific glass art gallery and teaching workshop on the southside
called, SiNaCa Studios, a non-profit run by administrator Heidi
Childers, who has kept the lights on and the kilns blazing, for
over 11 years.
Tatara Siegel, with a masters in glass and ceramic art, is one of
the workshop instructors, capable and talented, steeped in the
knowledge of the craft, so if glass blowing seems like a cure for
post pandemic stress, (could be a thing) sign up here.
Tatara Siegel figures in our next gallery adventure, show
casing both glass and ceramic work along with limestone
carver and sculptor Chasity Hernandez, and many other at the
gorgeous, and phenomenal Rebecca Low Sculpture Gallery.
Ms Low has established a stunning studio and gallery on the
far westside, showing, her own monumental and architecturally
significant work. Well worth the trip, so much to see here, and
the sculpture garden is a revelation.
Rebecca Low Sculpture Gallery Inc.
7608 Camp Bowie Blvd West | Ft.Worth | 817-244-1151
Thank God Almighty..! ..and our civic leaders for preserving
and funding, The Community Arts Center of Ft Worth, the old
modern has never looked better.
A new triple show has just opened, Peter Harrington, has
new paintings in the first gallery, spiritual, architectural, packed
with symbolism, a touch of Native American influence, but with
great wit and delicate humor, quietly seductive, and exquisitely
crafted, disarming and full of surprises.
A small but interesting photography show concerning the
history of the Ft.Worth Housing Authority, and the issues of
affordable housing, is really truly fascinating, great history.
Lastly, ..but not least..A very important and timely exhibit by
the L.G.B.T.Q. artist community, is in the large grand galleries.
Beautiful and heartbreaking works, with great humor, heroic,
moving and brave, but vibrantly exciting. Always a continuous
new energy welcomes the viewer to CACofFW.
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Briefly...stop by Artspace 111, Hampton St.downtown, the
talented muralist Emily Ding has won the design competition
for a brand new work, it is in progress and, oh yeah...she is a
The gallery sells the handcrafted wares, gorgeous glass art,
so if your looking for that unique gift, this deserves a visit.
With all that, stay hardy, stay healthy, stay smart, and keep
supporting Ft.Worth Art!
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bridges will be open to traffic by the end of 2021, which will
CENTRAL CITY FLOOD
WITH JD GRANGER
by Sheilah Grant
To the delight of many readers,
and residents of Fort Worth’s
Westside, the White Settlement
Rd. Bridge opened to traffic at the
beginning of this month. Now that
the much-anticipated bridge is
open to traffic, it has many people
asking, what’s next for the project?
I called JD Granger, Executive
Director of the Panther Island /
Central City Flood Project, to find
Q: The White Settlement Bridge
offers a great connection to
downtown for this area but there
are two other bridges still under
construction, what’s the timetable
A: It’s exciting, The White
Settlement Bridge just opened
providing both immediate relief
to the congestion on W. 7th and, an even greater benefit, it
bridges the railroad that has caused headaches for all of us
that drive between downtown and the near Westside. But the
progress doesn’t end there. TxDOT and the City of Fort Worth
have made great strides on the other two bridges, too. The
North Main St. Bridge is expected to open early this summer
and the Henderson St. Bridge is opening this fall. All three
allow the project to move into the next phase of construction.
Q: It’s the end of 2021 and all three bridges are open to
traffic, what does that next phase of construction look like?
A: All three bridges will open this year; however, the contractor
will not be fully complete with all details until early-to-mid next
year. That’s important because the project can’t move into the
next phase of construction until
all three bridges are completed
and TxDOT’s contractor is
completely off the site. Once
that happens then the Corps of
Engineers can move forward with
their part, the bypass channel.
The bypass channel is a 1.5 mile
reroute of the existing Trinity
River that will run under all three
new bridges. The channel is the
Corps’ solution to Fort Worth’s
outdated levee system.
Q: Is flood protection needed on
Fort Worth’s Westside?
A: Yes. Fort Worth’s Westside
has a history of flooding. The most
notable was the flood of 1949
which devastated neighborhoods
along the Trinity River and killed
13 people. The bypass channel
will provide flood relief to almost 2,000 acres of Westside
neighborhoods including parts of Crestwood, West 7th, the
Cultural District, Burton Hill, Linwood, and River Oaks valued at
over $2 billion. However, in addition to the flood protection that
the Corps Central City Flood Project will provide, the separate,
but concurrent, full build out of Panther Island by the private
sector will provide a riverwalk district in the heart of our city that
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will contribute over $3.7 billion in annual economic activity.
Q: Could you expand on the difference between the Corp
bypass channel and the Panther Island Riverwalk?
A: Thank you for asking. There is an important distinction
which has been a point of confusion. The Corps, with federal
funds, is building the bypass channel because it solves flood risks
throughout Fort Worth. That is going to happen with or without
the growth of the Panther Island neighborhood. Panther Island
is a new neighborhood that is going to grow with or without
the bypass channel because of its proximity to downtown.
There is no federal money in the Panther Island neighborhood
revitalization. Both efforts are happening concurrently. Panther
Island is happening as we speak. Encore Panther Island is a
300-unit apartment complex being built by Encore Enterprises
that is scheduled to open late summer. It is a unique multi-family
project in Fort Worth because the very first section of the Panther
Island Riverwalk runs right through the middle of the complex.
The canal provides much needed stormwater infrastructure for
the neighborhood, while at the same time providing a beautiful
new public Riverwalk right along the water’s edge. The Panther
Island Riverwalk is a model public-private venture. It is financed
by the developers in the area yet it saves the City of Fort Worth
upwards of $14 million on infrastructure costs because the canals
serve as the City’s main stormwater arterials. They Panther Island
Riverwalk is not federally funded and doesn’t cost the taxpayers
of Fort Worth a dime. Yet, they will love it and it will make them
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JENNIE ROSE CHICOTSKY
ENJOYING THE LOOT THE
EASTER BUNNY LEFT HER
SUZY WILLIAMS SPORTING
HER EASTER BONNET AT THE
RIVER CREST EGG HUNT
LYLA ARMSTRONG WAITING
FOR THE EASTER BUNNY
THE ARMSTONG/ BLOXOM
CLAN & CELEBRATING OVER
THE CIARDIELLO BOYS
COLORING EGGS FOR THE
THE WOODSON TWINS HAVING
A FUN EASTER OUTING
PHILLIP ABSHIRE HIDING
FROM THE EASTER BUNNY
STEPHANIE & CHARLIE SWIFT
EASTER BRUNCH IN THE
ANN LOUDEN SPORTING
HER EASTER BONNET IN
BARBIE TOWSON WITH
& COOPER ST RIVER CREST
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MIKE SMITH OF PARIS COFFEE
SHOP FAME WAVES GOODBY
LAST WEEK ON HIS FINAL
DAY AT THE RESTAURANT, HE
LEFT TO A STANDING OVATION
FROM CUSTOMERS WHO WILL
JOE & HOLLIE LANCARTE
ENJOYING A ROMANTIC
EASTER IN THE GARDENS
BETSY & MIKE AT THE HOTEL
DROVER OPENING PARTY
SWAPPING MAYOR STORIES
NANCY LAMB WITH HER NEW
BABY AFTON WOODSON ‘S
CHRISTY DUNAWAY SMITH &
FRIEND ENJOYING THE HOTEL
NAP AT THE WOODSONS
THE HICKMAN CLAN
CELEBRATING THE OPENING
OF HOTEL DROVER
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by Brenda Ciardiello
After the madness of 2020, I
know that there are two things
I need to be happy - good
food and good friends. Over
the course of the COVID-19 quarantine, despite
restaurants being closed and the world shut down,
we, like so many others, developed a close-knit
“pod” of people with whom we felt safe. Those initial,
tentative interactions that kept us going through the
winter have, like the flowers, blossomed into fullfledged
Springtime friendships now that we are all
vaccinated. Which is why when our wonderful local
school, North Hi Mount, announced it would be
doing its Hawaiian-themed annual auction virtually,
our group of friends jumped at the chance to have a Hawaiian-inspired pig roast. We hosted on our
new backyard patio (another quarantine takeaway)
and the evening came together thanks to all the
ingredients, in my book, of an unforgettably tasty
1. A whole pig, roasted Kalua-style
2. Authentic Spam Musubi as an appetizer (if you know, you know)
3. Homemade side-dishes such as slaw and coconut rice
4. Desserts to die for: coconut cream pie and pineapple upside
down cake (made with Luxardo cherries, of course)
5. Authentic Tiki Drinks served in real pineapples
6. Great friends
7. A cause we are all passionate about: our children’s education!
We ate, we drank, and we raised money for our school - and it
only felt natural to finish the night with an eipc 90’s sing-and-dancealong.
If you’re feeling like that’s a lot to replicate, fear not; you too
can enjoy the spirit of Aloha and our party in one sweet elixir: an
authentic tiki drink mixed by our dear friend and neighbor Ross
Lynds. This drink is called the “Painkiller.” And while you don’t have
to hollow out a pineapple and get some little paper umbrellas to get
MATTHEW CARDIELLO AT THE GRILL TENDING TO THE PIG
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the full effect, you might want to. After all, as the world finally
begins to open up again - isn’t it time to truly live deliciously?
2 oz Aged Rum - Any rum aged 4+ years will do, but Ross
recommends 5 yr Plantation Grande Reserve Rum.
1.5 oz Pineapple Juice
0.5 oz Orange Juice
0.75 oz Cream of Coconut
Nutmeg (for garnish)
Crushed ice (like Sonic ice)
1. Combine all ingredients in your cocktail shaker with some
2. Shake and strain over fresh ice into a hollowed out pineapple
(or a double old fashioned glass)
3. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg, a maraschino cherry, and
a little paper umbrella
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of lantana planted now has the potential to grow 3 to 4 feet wide
by Dotty Woodson, PhD
Nothing brightens the landscape more colorful
flowers and foliage. Spring and summer is a perfect
time to add color to landscapes. Whether you have
a small or large area or just a container now is the
time to plant. The garden centers are full of so
many choices. Think of color first but also consider
location, plant size, sunlight, blooming period,
annual, perennial, water requirements and soil.
Once you decide on the location and size of the area you
want to plant, determine the number of hours the area receives
sunlight. Some plants thrive in full sun and some require shade.
Garden center personnel will gladly
make suggestions for plants once
you determine the sunlight hours,
size of planting area and color. Also
ask about water requirements.
Group plants together with the same
water requirements. There are so
many plants available this time of
Small planting areas look
good with a mass of one color or
contrasting colors or a potpourri
of color. Large areas allow more
options for color schemes and plant
size. A small area is quickly filled
with a few plants but a large area
takes time for the plants to grow
and fill the area. A small 4 inch pot
by the end of the summer. So be sure to consult with the garden
center or read the label to the height and width potential.
Native, adapted and low water requiring plants are the best
choice for perennial color. These plants will grow and flower
for many years. Annuals or bedding plants are grown for one
season. There are so many plants it is difficult to mention all. A
few annuals that thrive in this area in sun for spring and summer
are fibrous rooted begonia, coreopsis, cosmos, cleomes,
marigolds, phlox, portulaca, many salvias (many salvias are
perennial also), sweet alyssums, sunflowers, and zinnias. This
is a very short list compared to what is available. The perennial
plant list is just as long if not longer. A good source for perennials
with pictures is the Texas SmartScape web site at http://www.
txsmartscape.com. Check the plant search list by color, plant
size and blooming time. Some of my favorite perennials include
lantana, Turk’s cap, Salvia greggii, mealy blue sage, calyophus,
coreopsis, garden phlox, day lily, iris, blackfoot daisy (only for very
dry locations), oxeye daisy, rain lily, Zexmenia and the Chinese
ground orchid. Favorite annual shade plants are impatiens,
begonias, penta, caladium and coleus. Favorite perennial shade
plants are Texas columbine, ruellia, Gerber daisies, Turk’s cap,
hellebore, coral bells, hardy plumbago, horseherb, oakleaf
Hydrangea, Obedient plant, Phlox,
Purple Heart, Purple Oxalis, Rain Lilly,
Cedar sage, lyre Leaf Sage, Wood
Violets and Wood Sorrell.
After matching plants to the
location for sun, size and color, soil
preparation is the next step. The
heavy clay soil in this area requires
an addition of compost for plants
to thrive. Add expanded shale and
compost if planting perennials.
In containers, use potting soil.
Plant your beautiful plants at the
recommended spacing and then
add a layer of mulch. The mulch is
like icing on a cake. The mulch looks
good and holds moisture in the soil.
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May 6 - Aug 1, 2021
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Rose pictures taken at Flower Market on 7th Street
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The vaccine does not affect a
woman’s ability to have a
baby in the future.
THEY RUSHED THE
CREATION, SO IT'S NOT
SAFE OR EFFECTIVE.
Vaccine development started
early in the pandemic and the
vaccine researchers received
lots of support due to the
worldwide impact of Covid-19.
No steps were skipped.
MAKE ME SICK WITH
The current vaccines do not
contain the virus and will
not make you get Covid-19.
GETTING THE COVID-19
VACCINE MEANS I
DON’T HAVE TO WEAR
A MASK OR SOCIALLY
You still need to wear a mask
and socially distance to reduce
exposure risks to yourself and
others as a silent carrier. The
vaccine does not stop the virus
from entering your body, but it
lessens symptoms if you get it.
THE COVID-19 VACCINE
ENTERS YOUR CELLS AND
CHANGES YOUR DNA.
The messenger RNA (mRNA)
vaccine does enter cells, but not the
area that contains DNA. Texas The vaccine
stimulates your immune system.
There is no effect on your DNA.
Your cells break down and get rid of
the mRNA once it has done its job.
THE COVID-19 VACCINE
HAS HARMFUL SIDE
Harmful side effects, such as
anaphylaxis, are rare. Most side
effects include arm soreness,
body aches, headache, or fever
for 1-2 days. If symptoms
continue, call your doctor.
RECEIVE THE COVID
Some versions of the vaccine
currently are suitable for age 16 and
above. However, clinical trials are
currently underway on school-aged
children that look very promising for
the vaccine to be available for
school-aged children soon!
I WILL TEST POSITIVE
FOR COVID-19 ON A
VIRAL TEST IF I GET
The vaccine does not affect viral
test results. If you get the vaccine,
your body develops an immune
response. If you have a Covid-19
antibody test, this may be positive.
This shows some level of
protection against the virus.
I ALREADY HAD
COVID-19, SO I DON’T
NEED THE VACCINE.
You should still get the vaccine.
Having had Covid-19 before
doesn’t mean long-term
can get it again.
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JOAN BLANTON RIP
Joan Blanton, one of Monticello’s most delightful
residents passed this past week. Joan and her
late husband Jim lived across from Monticello
Park for over 50 years and were fixtures in the
neighborhood. Joan walked daily around the park
with friends and she and Jim were always at 4th of
July parties and other neighborhood festivities. I
can still hear her laugh, it was infectious. She loved
a good story and a good party.
Joan grew up a child of the oil business so she had several
different homes until her high school days in Wichita Falls. She
attended TCU for collage years and graduated with a BFA in
speech therapy. She was a member of the Tri Deltas and much
loved cheerleader nicknamed “mouse “. When TCU had a
win they were often heard to be chanting go Mighty Mouse.
Most importantly Joan met Jim at TCU and that resulted
in a marriage of over 50 years, two children Baird Blanton
and Medley Blanton Regan, and two granddaughters Annie
and Kate Regan. Joan was active in Jr League, the Ft Worth
Woman’s Club as well as the St Ann’s Guild at her church, All
Saints. She was a much loved member of our community and
will be missed by everyone who had the good fortune to know
her. Tonight, Monticello Park seems a little emptier and a lot
less welcoming without the sound of her marvelous laughter.
Rest in peace Joanie and give Jim my best, cheers.
HOVEN MCKAY RIP
Carol left us on March 25, she passed peacefully
at her home in Granbury surrounded by her
husband Bill and other family members.
She was a force of nature, heavily involved in the arts. She
held a passion for anything related to music, dance, theatre,
museums, galleries etc. She loved beauty and was the first to
step up and support struggling artists or cultural events that
needed a gentle push in the right direction. At the age of fifty
Carol returned to TCU and earned a Masters of Fine Arts in
Painting. Jim Woodson was her faculty advisor there and the
two became great friends over the next thirty years. Their families
often celebrated together over one of Carol’s wonderful
dinners at the ranch. Carol loved cooking and getting people
together around the table for some fine food, wine and great
fun. She was a strong presence in Monticello too as many
of her lifelong friends live here as well as her God daughter
She was a strong presence in Ft Worth and her passing
leaves a void not easily filled.
I remember the last time I saw Carol, pre Covid, at the Original
with Bill; she swept over on her way out and gave me a
wonderful hug. She was a warm kind person always full of life
and always left me feeling better for having seen her. She is so
missed by many, God Bless, safe journey Carol
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