BRANCH BULLETIN - eNews from Farmers Branch
MEMO from the Manager
Character of a community

   There are no words to describe the horror that visited itself on the City of Dallas last week. Whatever anyone's motivation for being downtown Thursday night, there is nothing that condones the violence and wanton disregard for human life that was witnessed during those heart-wrenching hours.
  Although the reporting of questionable use of force incidents appears to be rising, the statistics tell us that it is really not. Perhaps what is different today is the fever pitch that comes from otherwise anecdotal stories being amplified by the 24-hour news cycle and the fact that everyone carries a video camera.
  This is why that, in the midst of unimaginable tragedy, the professional conduct and demeanor of Dallas Police Chief David Brown and Mayor Mike Rawlings have been so important. Other communities facing hot-button issues can learn from their example.
   Here at home, you need to know how your Police Department and your community are responding to this surreal set of circumstances.
   Farmers Branch Police Chief Sid Fuller said officers started reporting for work as soon as the news began to break Thursday night. While maintaining our standard strength on the streets of Farmers Branch, many of our officers ventured south to help secure the Dallas Police Department's Northwest substation and help Dallas officers answer calls for service.
   In the middle of the night, while activity was still going on downtown, residents began bringing food to the Justice Center since they knew officers would be working long hours and they wanted to show their support. And, it's still coming.
   Then, we found out that the wife of one of the fallen officers, Heidi Smith, is a former employee of our Parks and Recreation Department. Dallas Police Sergeant Michael Smith was 55 and thinking about retirement. Many of our City employees took it upon themselves to join with other members of the community for a massive fundraiser for Sgt. Smith's family Sunday in the parking lot at Westlake Ace Hardware.
   We understand this community effort raised more than $37,000 for Sergeant Smith's family to help cover expenses as well as the future education of his daughters.
   That speaks volumes to the character of this community.
   And, character can make the difference in any conversation.
Flags will remain at half-staff through the week

FARMERS BRANCH ~ Although the City traditionally adheres to White House proclamations when observing periods of lowering flags to half-staff, officials say this event warrants a departure from tradition.
   The original White House proclamation called for flags to return to full staff at sunset Tuesday. However, as the shooting in Dallas is a very local event and as funerals for the officers are ongoing through the week, City Manager Charles Cox made the decision to retain flags at half-staff through Friday.

Show of Support
Blue wristbands, showing support for Farmers Branch officers are available at City Hall and at the Justice Center.
Impromptu event raises funds for Smith family

FARMERS BRANCH ~ More than 3,500 people came out to the parking lot at Westlake Ace Hardware on Sunday to show their support for the family of Dallas Police Sergeant Michael Smith, who was among the five officers killed Thursday in the sniper attack in downtown Dallas.
More than 50 volunteers donated their time and talents to the fundraiser held Sunday for the family of Dallas Police Sergeant Michael Smith.
   Community volunteers, including Farmers Branch City employees, came together to quickly organize the event to benefit the Smith family, who have close ties to Farmers Branch.
   When the final donations were totaled, more than $37,700 had been donated to Heidi Smith and the couple's two daughters.
   One event organizer said the 50 volunteers were "overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the Farmers Branch community with their money, time and prayers."
   They said donations can still be made to Mary Immaculate Church in Farmers Branch, to the Smith Family Fund.
Everyone invited to weigh in on potential bond issues during
July 19 Listening Meetings

FARMERS BRANCH ~ In an effort to get an idea about public preferences, the City Council-appointed Citizen Bond Committee is inviting everyone to attend one of two "Listening Meetings" set for Tuesday, July 19 at 2 p.m. at the Senior Center or at 7 p.m. at the Community Recreation Center.
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  Committee members will present a summary of the process to date, then ask participants to weigh in on potential bond issues by use of real-time polling devices during the meeting. Officials say the exercise is not a binding process, but a way to get some insight into public preferences for issues to go before the voters.
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Real estate blog continues to sing Farmers Branch praises

FARMERS BRANCH ~ After praising Farmers Branch revitalization efforts in a May posting, Dallas area real estate blog is again saying great things about Farmers Branch on its well-respected website - this time about a unique multi-family project.
   "The city has another reason to celebrate," writes CandysDirt reporter Leah Shafer. "Billingsley Company is bringing New York City architectural charm to Farmers Branch with The Brickyard."
   The post continues that the project will ultimately boast 1,200 units 19 different floor plans, ranging from 584 to 1,324 square feet.
   "They have everything you think of when you imagine NYC," Shafer writes. "Romantic industrial architecture, brick detail, metal-framed windows, metal awnings, large arched windows and walk-up style housing."
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Specialized food trucks set for Tastes & Tunes finale

FARMERS BRANCH ~ Sliders, gourmet Cajun, Pan Asian and burritos will be on the menu for the July 21 season finale of the Tastes & Tunes summer music series.
   The popular food trucks Easy Slider, Rockin' Ricks, TX Burrito Company and Mad Grill will be on hand as the Texas sounds of "Lone Star Attitude" will fill The Grove @ Mustang Crossing.
   The event is planned from 6 to 9 p.m. that Thursday evening and admission is free.
   In addition, craft beer and wine will be available for sale. Blankets and lawn chairs are recommended for the lawn seating, but the Friends of the Farmers Branch Historical Park will have chair rentals for $2 per chair.
   In the event of threatening conditions, information will be updated on the weather hotline at 972.919.1433. For more information, visit
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NOW & Upcoming
Musical theatre camp underway, auditions for  'To Kill a Mockingbird' set Sun/Mon

FARMERS BRANCH ~ Continuing a busy summer schedule, The Firehouse Theatre is currently underway with their summer musical theatre camp, through July 23, with performances July 22 & 23.
   The camp is open to students who have completed the 3rd through 12th grades.
   Auditions for The Firehouse Theatre's presentation of Harper Lee's immortal "To Kill a Mockingbird" will be held July 17 & 18 at the theatre, 2535 Valley View Lane.
   Directed by Tyler Jeffrey Adams, "To Kill a Mockingbird" will be staged September 8 through 25.
   In the meantime, The Firehouse Theatre is set to open the regional premiere of "Billy Elliot: The Musical" on July 28 with performances planned for select nights through August 14.
   For tickets or more information, visit or call 972.620.3747.
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Check Out the LIBRARY
'Surf's Up' at the Library, along with Mother Goose and Readers are Leaders

FARMERS BRANCH ~ The family movie, "Surf's Up" will be featured at the Farmers Branch Manske Library on Monday, July 18 at 3 p.m.
   The animated feature stars the voices of Shia Leboeuf, Jeff Bridges, Zooey Deschanel and more.
   Margaret Clauder dresses as Mother Goose  to encourage children to love books and poetry on Wednesday, July 20 at 3 p.m.
   Readers are Leaders will feature Danelle Brisette of the Farmers Branch Historical Park, reading stories to children on Wednesday, July 20 at 4 p.m.
   For more info on Library programs and events, call 972.247.2511.  
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Super Hero Day to feature first responders

AQTX ~ Kids can talk to Police Officers and Firefighters and get a close-up look at engines and squad cars during Super Hero Day at the Frog Pond, at 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 20.
   Patrol officers, SWAT officers, Firefighters, Paramedics, Lifeguards and more will be on hand for conversations, questions and photos.
   For more information, call the Farmers Branch Aquatics Center at 972.919.8720.
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CODE Enforcement Corner 
   There are many reasons for a vehicle to be inoperable. However, please note that keeping an inoperable vehicle where it is visible from a public place, adjoining private property or on public right-of-way is not allowed by City codes.
   A vehicle that doesn't have a valid license registration, valid inspection sticker, is wrecked, dismantled or partially dismantled, has one or more flat tires or any combination of the above is considered to be inoperable.
   Failure to remove an inoperable vehicle from property or to return it to an operable condition may result in a code violation.



Members of the Farmers Branch Historical Park staff were on hand to greet approximately 350 visitors on a warm Friday evening to celebrate the Park's 30th anniversary. Founded in 1986, the outdoor museum hosts thousands of visitors each year for events, tours, picnics and educational sessions.
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Volume 6 | Edition 28 | Number 281 TAMI Awards
Wednesday, July 13, 2016  
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Central residential areas to be sprayed tonight

FARMERS BRANCH ~ Mosquito spraying has been delayed from Tuesday night to Wednesday night in specific residential areas.
   With one mosquito trap in the area positive for West Nile Virus, spraying had originally been scheduled for Tuesday night, but has now been postponed until Wednesday evening, after 9 p.m., weather permitting. 
   Farmers Branch Environmental Health Manager Katy Evans said the area to be sprayed includes areas bounded by I-35E to the west, Webb Chapel to the east, Valley View Lane to the south and the northern City limits. Spraying will begin after 9 p.m., weather permitting and will conclude before dawn. 
   For more information, please call the Mosquito Hotline at 972.919.9868 or visit
Clear the Shelter event set July 23

FBTX ~ Pets will be free for the taking, with waived adoption fees, during the annual Clear the Shelter day, set for Saturday, July 23 at the Farmers Branch Animal Adoption Center and at shelters across the Metroplex.
   With more than 50 facilities participating in 2015, nearly 3,000 pets were adopted across North Texas.
   In last year's event at Farmers Branch, all dogs were adopted and all, but six cats.
   Find out more by calling the Animal Adoption Center at 972.919.8770.

July 2016
JULY 16, 23 & 30
8 am to Noon @ The Grove at Mustang Crossing
JULY 13 & 27
Office hrs with Mayor Bob Phelps
3 to 6 pm @ City Hall

JULY 17 & 18
AUDITIONS FOR "To Kill a Mockingbird"
@ The Firehouse Theatre

6 to 9 pm @ The Grove at Mustang Crossing

"Billy Elliot: The Musical"
Opening night @ The Firehouse Theatre

All events & meetings are subject to change. Call listed numbers or 972.247.3131 for verification or more information.
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The massive flag at Liberty Plaza flies at half-staff in honor of the five police officers killed in the downtown Dallas sniper attack last week.
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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.