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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
BRANCH BULLETIN - eNews from Farmers Branch
History comes alive at this weekend's 'Encounters'
Interactive tours of Keenan Cemetery provide a glimpse into the people of the past

FARMERS BRANCH ~ Participants can 'meet' long-gone Farmers Branch residents and hear stories of how this community came to be at guided tours of historic Keenan Cemetery at the 8th annual 'Encounters from the Past' September 16 - 17, beginning at 7 p.m. each evening.
   More than a dozen citizens of the past will meet and greet visitors as costumed actors take on their personas during the evening of storytelling and history.
  The family-friendly, lamp-lit tour will feature new stories this year, as well as some old favorites, including Dr. Samuel Gilbert, our local doctor in the 1870s, Annie Rainwater, who led the charge to desegregate C-FB ISD schools in the 1960s, and Thomas Marsh, an intrepid young hunter in the Republic of Texas and the namesake of Marsh Lane.
   Tours begin every 15 minutes through 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person with kids 6 and under admitted free.
   Encounters from the Past is presented by the Farmers Branch Historical Park in partnership with the Newman Smith High School theatre department.
   Keenan Cemetery is located at 2570 Valley View Lane, near Farmers Branch City Hall.
   For more information call 972.406.0184 or visit

Recycling carts should be stored out of sight by October 1

FARMERS BRANCH ~ Public Works and Code Enforcement officials are reminding residents that recycling containers should be stored out of sight from the street by October 1.
   As part of the new ordinance that created the curbside recycling program earlier this year, carts are designated for storage away from public view when not placed out for collection.    This could be in the back yard of the home, in the garage or behind a screening fence, if stored beside the house.
   Code Enforcement has provided a helpful video tutorial of how to construct a simple screening fence at
Click the Image for DIY Video on Cart Screening

Click the Image for DIY Video on Cart Screening

   A sample screening fence and recycling container can be seen in the lobby at City Hall. If any resident is unable to construct, or afford to construct, a screening fence, there may be assistance available from local civic agencies (as resources are available).
   For more information on screening requirements, call Code Enforcement at 972.919.1414.
Costume & trivia contest to precede Star Wars screening Saturday at Manske Movies

FARMERS BRANCH ~ Anyone coming early to Saturday's Manske Movies presentation of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" should come equipped with their Jedi robes, Yoda masks, lightsabers and expanse of Star Wars knowledge.
   The 2015 blockbuster will be screened in the Manske Library's outdoor amphitheater beginning at dusk. Prior to that, there will be a Star Wars-themed costume and trivia contest.
   Admission is free.
   Blankets and lawn chairs are recommended for the tiered, grassy levels of the amphitheater. Some snacks will be available but families are invited to bring their own picnics (no alcohol, please).
   For more information call 972.247.2511.

9/11 Stair Climb

Farmers Branch Firefighters participated in the September 11 Memorial Stair Climb held in Dallas last weekend. Each Firefighter climbed 110 floors, in gear, carrying the name of one of the 343 FDNY Firefighters who died in the line of duty on September 11, 2001. Pictured are (top row, from left): FF/Paramedic Kyle Green, Captain/Paramedic Mike Campbell, FF/Paramedic Michael Mania, Captain Bryan Lafleur, FF/Paramedic Josh Turner. Bottom row, from left are: FF/Paramedic Michael Smith, FF/Paramedic Jonathon Dallalio, Lieutenant/Paramedic Jason Shelby, FF/Paramedic Korey Boyer and Captain/Paramedic John Garcia.
Mosquito spraying continues Wednesday night

FARMERS BRANCH ~ A wide swath of residential neighborhoods will be sprayed for mosquitoes Tuesday and Wednesday night, based on West Nile Virus positive traps in the area.
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   Farmers Branch Environmental Health Manager Katy Evans said the areas to be sprayed are generally bordered by Josey Lane to the east, Interstate 35E to the west, and the north and south City limits. 
   Spraying will begin after 9 p.m. each evening, weather permitting and will conclude before dawn.
   Residents are advised, as a precaution, to bring in pet dishes or cover them, cover aquatic ponds, fish ponds and birdbaths and do not go outside during the posted hours.
   For more info, visit

Upcoming Calendar
Thru SEP 25
Presented on select nights by The Firehouse Theatre
972.620.3747 |

SEP 16-17
ENCOUNTERS from the PAST >> Find Out More
Interactive guided tours of historic Keenan Cemetery
972.406.0184 |

SEP 17
Outdoor movies in the Library amphitheater, featuring
"STAR WARS: The Force Awakens"
Showtime is dusk | 972.247.3131 |

SEP 24
DATE NIGHT in the PARK >> Find Out More
Food trucks, live music & an outdoor movie @ Farmers Branch Historical Park | 972.919.2620 |

All events & meetings are subject to change. Call listed numbers or 972.247.3131 for verification or more information.
Branch Briefs
Residents can help service agency vying for $100K donation

FARMERS BRANCH ~ Metrocrest Services, serving residents in the Farmers Branch community and beyond, has the opportunity to receive a $100,000 donation from the "Reliant Gives" campaign.
   CEO Tracy Eubanks said the service organization would use the donation to stock the shelves of their food pantry, which has seen a recent 38 percent increase in visits
   Anyone wishing to help Metrocrest Services attain this donation can vote at through September 16.
FBPD seeks elderly woman in connection with credit card theft

FARMERS BRANCH ~ A motor vehicle burglary has led to Farmers Branch Police searching for an elderly woman who is suspected of charging almost $13,000 on credit cards stolen from the car.
   Several credit cards were stolen in the burglary of a Honda Pilot in the 3300 block of Golfing Green, between 9 and 11 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, September 10.
   Within a few hours, at about midday, the suspect was captured on camera after leaving a store in Highland Park where she reportedly paid $9,363 for a purse with one of the stolen credit cards. That was one of three purchases, totaling nearly $13,000, she is suspected to have made with three stolen credit cards from three high-end Highland Park retailers.
   The suspect is described as an elderly, heavy-set white or Hispanic female. She was last seen to be wearing sunglasses and a straw Fedora-type hat. Anyone with information about the motor vehicle burglary, credit card theft incident or this suspect, should contact Farmers Branch Police at 972.484.3620.

When Do You Need a Permit?

When a homeowner or contractor intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move or demolish any building or structure or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system, that person needs to obtain the appropriate permit(s).
Typically, projects such as painting, wallpapering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and other similar finish work do not require permits. If you have projects coming up and aren't sure if you need a permit, call 972.919.2549

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HHW vouchers available Thursday

FBTX~ One hundred vouchers for resident participation in the upcoming Dallas County Household Hazardous Waste collection event will be available for pickup at Farmers Branch City Hall beginning Thursday, September 15.
   Dallas County will be in Farmers Branch for the collection event on Saturday, October 8 at Oran Good Park, from 10 am to 1 pm.
   Residents will be able to pick up a voucher at City Hall on a first-come, first-served basis, until they are gone. 
   Participation is limited to the first 100 Farmers Branch residents with a voucher (one per household). Call 972.919.2597 for more information.

New Finance Director brings wealth of expertise

FBTX~ With more than 12 years experience in public accounting, most recently as CFO for Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, Sherrelle Evans-Jones has been named as the new Director of Finance for the City of Farmers Branch by City Manager Charles Cox.
Sherrelle Evans-Jones
   "I am excited about joining the team at Farmers Branch," she said. "I believe my background and skill set will help to build upon all the wonderful things already happening within the City."
   A Certified Public Accountant, Ms. Evans-Jones is a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans where she met, and ultimately married, fellow Accounting graduate, Brandon Jones.
   She spent nine years with the firm of Ernst and Young where she served as an Audit Senior Manager of Fortune 500 real estate and financial services clients.
   In addition to her work for Klyde Warren Park, Ms. Evans-Jones has also served as CFO for Feeding Texans, a statewide hunger relief organization.
   Passionate about education causes, she has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Philip's School and Community Center in south Dallas.
   In addition to husband, Brandon, Ms. Evans-Jones' household includes two schnauzers, Baxter and Shelby.

FBPD to participate in Operation Blue Shield, Friday

FBTX ~ In an effort to beat the Texas heat, Chief David Hale and the Farmers Branch Police Department will participate in Operation Blue Shield, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase.
   Hundreds of cases of water and sports drinks will be loaded into police vehicles from Farmers Branch, Lewisville and Dallas for use by officers who need to hydrate but who can also offer a drink to a citizen working out in the heat.
Emergency Management Coordinator to speak on preparedness

FBTX ~ Farmers Branch Emergency Management Coordinator Ashleigh Feryan will be speaking on the preparation of a family emergency plan during a session at the Farmers Branch Manske Library on Tuesday, September 20 at 7 p.m.
   The public is invited to attend and admission is free.
   September is National Preparedness Month, which serves as a reminder that residents must take action to prepare for the types of emergencies that could affect them at any place and time.
   The theme for the month is "Don't Wait - Communicate."
   Ms. Feryan will teach attendees how to formulate their own disaster supply kit and make sure that they are prepared for the unexpected.
   Find out more about National Preparedness Month at

Date Night in the Park coming next weekend

FBTX ~ In what is becoming a semi-annual rite of the passing seasons, Date Night in the Park is set for the second full day of fall, Saturday, September 24 at the Farmers Branch Historical Park. 
   Those attending will be able to take advantage of up to 15 different food trucks along with a bar and snack vendors when the gates open at 5:30 p.m. 
    A concert from Statesboro Revue will follow, before the outdoor movie at dusk, "Me Before You." 
   Everyone is invited and admission is free. Call 972.247.4607 for more information about childcare at the Rec Center for kids, ages 3-12.    
   Visit for more info.
October 11 is deadline to register for presidential vote

FBTX ~ Any Dallas County resident wishing to vote in the November 8 presidential election, and all races on that ballot, should know the deadline to register is Tuesday, October 11.
   Find out more by calling the Dallas County Elections Department at 214.819.6301 or visit
Firehouse Theatre continues Harper Lee's 'Mockingbird'

FBTX ~ Harper Lee's immortal tale of childhood innocence, morality and love, "To Kill a Mockingbird" will be presented by The Firehouse Theatre on select nights through September 25.
   For more information, visit the Firehouse Theatre at 2535 Valley View, call 972.670.3747, or log on at

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FBTX ~ Many residents of Farmers Branch in the past will come to life at Encounters from the Past interactive, guided tours of historic Keenan Cemetery, coming this weekend.

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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.