BRANCH BULLETIN - eNews from Farmers Branch
Memo from the MANAGER

Incredible Stacy


   This week we bid a fond farewell to a 24 year employee from the Planning & Zoning Department. Stacy Henderson has been the "go to" person not only for her department, but for the entire administrative staff of the City. Additionally, she has been invaluable to the management team, Planning & Zoning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment. So much of the success of the City in the last century was accomplished due to Stacy's involvement, guidance and support.
   She started her career with the City in 1991 as a Senior Secretary. She was promoted in 1997 to Office Supervisor and again in 2000 to Office Manager.
   It is not only her outstanding work ethic, but also her professional, kind and convivial personality that make her special. This came from the management team, co-workers and council members. Over the years,

Stacy Henderson

whenever citizens have come in contact with Stacy, they always have positive experiences. I have never heard a better voice on the phone, ever. Everyone seems to proclaim - "She's incredible." She has been a great example of what it means to be a Farmers Branch City Employee.
   We are going to miss her a great deal, but are so proud of her promotion/opportunity with the City of Lucas as City Secretary. She is going to take on her new challenge as she does everything - with class and professionalism.
   Thanks, Stacy for 24 outstanding years. There is no doubt you will continue to be "incredible" as a City Secretary. We are so glad you were part of the Farmers Branch team for so many years. We all wish you the best!


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In case you missed it, please check out these links for the most recent month of 'Memos from the Manager' and complete editions:

January 14 .  "Lessons of 9/11"

January 07 .  "Water is gold"

Upcoming EVENT
Dads & Daughters to make memories Saturday at annual affair


REC CENTER ~ Daddy Daughter Dance With the theme of "Gumdrops, lollipops and candy canes galore," the annual Daddy Daughter Dance is destined to make memories this Saturday night, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center.

   In addition to the aforementioned dancing, there will be a Live DJ, face painting, a keepsake photo, cookies, punch and coffee. Organizers emphasized that this is a special occasion for Dads and Daughters so other family members will not be admitted.

   Advance tickets are available through Friday at the Community Recreation Center for $5 per person for Farmers Branch residents and $8 for non-residents. All tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, call 972.247.4607.

Featured STORIES
Rose Rosette Disease
Landscape Manager ready for battle to keep roses blooming

FARMERS BRANCH ~ Growing a City of roses requires commitment, skill and sometimes information, in order to promote healthy plants that showcase our streets and neighborhoods.

   Farmers Branch Parks Landscape Manager Pam Smith said local rose gardeners should be pruning their roses by the end of February to be ready for the upcoming blooming season.

   "If you found some odd looking growth that was abnormal for your variety of rose, it's time to take action to protect the rest of your roses, your neighbor's roses and your City's roses," she said. "Remove and dispose of that rose plant."

   Ms. Smith said Rose Rosette Disease (RRD) has made its presence known in Farmers Branch and threatens all our rose plants. The abnormal growth can include witches broom, malformed flowers and leaves, excessive thorniness, red discoloration, lateral shoot elongation and flattened or enlarged stems. 

   "If you think your rose might be diseased and would like confirmation, please email me at with contact information and a picture." she explained.

   "I'll be happy to assist you in diagnosing RRD. At the current time, there is no known cure or a way to prevent the disease. The good news is that it does not affect the soil and roses can be replanted." Visit for more information.



Homecoming of the Bell, church anniversary to be celebrated


HISTORICAL PARK ~ To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the relocation of the Old Church from Renner, Texas to the Historical Park and installation of its original bell, there will be a special "Homecoming of the Bell" presentation on Thursday, February 19 at 4 p.m. at the park.

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Vintage Base Ball Spring Training set Saturday, February 21


HISTORICAL PARK ~ Anyone wanting to learn to play the great game by 1860s rules, when it was still two words - base ball, is invited to come out to the Farmers Branch Mustangs Vintage Base Ball team spring training day on Saturday, February 21 from 1 until 4 p.m. at the Farmers Branch Historical Park.

   All equipment is provided and no previous sports experience, or talent, is necessary. Visit for more information.



Crime drops to 15-year low


FARMERS BRANCH ~ Citing community partnerships and advances in technology, Farmers Branch Police Chief Sid Fuller announced this week that overall crime in Farmers Branch dropped to its lowest level in the past 15 years with 997 incidents reported.

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Three veteran officers promoted at FBPD


FARMERS BRANCH ~ Three veteran Farmers Branch Police Officers were promoted up the chain of command before a standing-room-only crowd in ceremonies held recently in the municipal courtroom at the Farmers Branch Justice Center.

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Fire Inspector graduates college at age 70


FARMERS BRANCH ~ Not all college students graduate in the originally intended four years. Some take five, some take six. Don Ross was on the 50-year plan.

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Upcoming DATES
"Sleeping Beauty"
@ Firehouse Theatre at 10 am & 12 Noon 

@ Community Rec Center
6-8 pm
Tix - $5 residents in advance / $10 at the door

FEB 12 - MAR 1
"The Drowsy Chaperone"
@ Firehouse Theatre on
select dates

FEB 17
@ City Hall
4 pm - Study Session
6 pm - Regular Session

FEB 19
@ Historical Park Old Church
4 to 6 pm

All events & meetings are subject to change. Call listed numbers or 972.247.3131 for verification or more information.
Special Gilbert House tours set February 7


FARMERS BRANCH ~ The public is invited to discover one of the most significant historical structures in Dallas County with special tours of the Gilbert House at the Farmers Branch Historical Park, Saturday, February 7 from 1 until 4 p.m. 

   The old rock house, home of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Gilbert and their two daughters, is the oldest structure still on its original foundation in Dallas County. 

   "It is the cornerstone of the Historical Park and an excellent example of an early Texas dogtrot dwelling," said Daneille Brissette, Historical Park Museum Educator. "It will be staffed by one of the Historical Park's most friendly costumed volunteers.

   "Come by for a tour of the home and see what life was like in Farmers Branch in the 1850s."

   For more information, call the Historical Park at 972.406.0184.


"Sleeping Beauty" performed at Firehouse 


FARMERS BRANCH ~ The Firehouse Theatre was pleased to open the 2015 season with the Sparky's Gang performance of "Sleeping Beauty."

   The stage play, adapted from the fairy tale by Helen Cotts Bennett, will be presented Saturday, February 7, at 10 am and 12 noon at the Firehouse Theatre located at 2535 Valley View Lane. Tickets will be $6 at the door. For more info, call 972.620.3747.


Tax Tuesdays set at Library & Senior Center


FARMERS BRANCH ~ Tax preparation assistance from AARP-trained volunteers is now underway on Tuesdays at the Manske Library and Farmers Branch Senior Center and will continue through the season.

   Volunteers are available at the Senior Center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. each Tuesday, but by appointment only. Call 972.919.8740.

   Library-based tax help is on from 1 until 7 p.m. each Tuesday.

   Anyone needing assistance should bring all necessary documents, last year's tax return and printed tax forms.


Camping registration now open


FARMERS BRANCH ~ Registration for the spring edition of the popular 'Camping Under the Stars' event at the Farmers Branch Historical Park begins February 2 at 8 a.m.

   The event is planned for Saturday into Sunday, March 14 & 15. Registration requires a $50, non-refundable fee per campsite that includes the site for one family, a community campfire, s'mores and breakfast. Camping equipment is not provided. Call 972.406.0184 for more information.


'Drowsy Chaperone' to open at Firehouse


FARMERS BRANCH ~ A parody of the American musical comedies of the 1920s, "The Drowsy Chaperone" will be presented by the Firehouse Theatre, 2535 Valley View Lane, on select nights February 12 through March 1.

   Tickets are available now at the Firehouse Theatre box office. For more information, call 972.620.3747 or visit


Rose classes to feature pruning clinic Saturday

REC CENTER ~ Taking a break from their Tuesday schedule, the annual mid-winter Landscaping with Roses class series will convene on Saturday at the Gussie Field Watterworth Park Rose Garden for a hands-on pruning clinic from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
   Parks Landscape Manager Pam Smith said participants should bring their own pruners and leather gloves. No experience is necessary and there will be consulting rosarians on site.
   The class series then continues Tuesday, February 10 with the Dallas Rose Society's Debra Bagley speaking on "Favorite Roses for the Metroplex."
   That class will be at 7 p.m. at the Community Recreation Center.
   Classes are free and open to the public but pre-registration is requested by calling 972.247.4607.
   For more information, call Pam Smith at 972.919.2625.
Grant Smith shows off a handsome handlebar mustache as part of his persona for the Farmers Branch Mustangs Vintage Base Ball team. The Mustangs will hold a Spring Training Day on Saturday, February 21 at the Historical Park. Anyone interested, whether experienced or not, is invited to come out.
Photo by Derrick Birdsall

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An historic community in the geographic center of the DFW Metroplex, Farmers Branch boasts a residential population of 28,800 and a daytime employment population of 66,000. Located on the northwest border of the City of Dallas, the City's 27 parks and lush greenbelts feature nationally-acclaimed, award-winning soccer fields, football facilities as well as baseball and softball complexes. The city's location in the center of the Metroplex and only 15 minutes away from both DFW Airport and Love Field, along with the 2,200 hotel rooms within the city, make Farmers Branch an ideal location for residents and for business. For more information on the City of Farmers Branch, visit or call 972.247.3131.