City Bids Farewell to Officer
Police Officer Jullian Smith Was Living Her Dream 

This week, the City of Arlington pays tribute to a fallen officer. Police Officer Jillian Michelle Smith died on December 28 responding to a call. The 24-year-old was born and raised in Arlington. She was a 2005 graduate of Juan Seguin High School and 2009 honors graduate of UT-Arlington. In August 2010, she graduated from the Arlington Police Department Academy. "Officer Smith was living her dream of being an Arlington Police Officer," said Mayor Robert Cluck. "The City of Arlington mourns the loss and grieves with her family as well as her police family." Officer Smith is the second Arlington Police Officer lost in the line of duty in 2010 and the eighth in the Arlington Police Department's history. Memorial information.


Arlington Celebrates MLK
Four Day Homage Begins Jan. 14 with Banquet

The Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles, the eyewitness to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, is slated to give the keynote address on Jan. 14 at the Arlington "Sharing the Dream" Awards Banquet. The event kicks off four days of celebrations that also include a step competition, multicultural festival, an evening of spoken word and poetry, memorial ecumenical service, a day of service and a youth musical extravaganza. Schedule.

Deputy City Manager Retires

Fiona Allen to End Career in City Government

Deputy City Manager Fiona Allen has announced retirement plans. Her last day with the City of Arlington will be Feb. 28. Over the past 20 years, Allen has led a number of high profile development projects, including Interstate 30 Mobility, the 2008 bond program and construction of Ranger's Ballpark in Arlington and Cowboys Stadium. Arlington City Manager Jim Holgersson said he is "saddened to see her leave, but happy for her as she looks forward to retirement and her new opportunities." Read more.

Understanding Carbon Monoxide 

Fire Department Wants You to Know Danger Signs

Every year in the United States, carbon monoxide (co) poisoning claims over 400 lives and sends another 20,000 people to the hospital.  In an effort to decrease the number of carbon monoxide poisoning incidents in the city, the Arlington Fire Department is asking residents and businesses to know the danger signs associated with carbon monoxide poisoning. Read more about this odorless, colorless and toxic gas.

Let's Tidy Up!

With Super Bowl, Arlington Will be the Focus

See an area of town that needs some attention? With lots of company coming to Arlington in February 2011 for Super Bowl XLV, we need your help to spruce up and make our city look its best! Let's work together to make Arlington better. You can help by going on the City's website and clicking on the "Company is Coming" link. Select "Report an Issue." Want to remain anonymous? No problem. Just make sure you write down and keep the reporting number provided after you submit your request. This number will be needed if you choose to return to the site and check on the status of the issue you reported. Call 817-459-6777 for questions.


On behalf of the City of Arlington, THANKS for your assistance!


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A New Year, A New Airport Terminal!
  Here's a first look at the Arlington Municipal Airport's brand new terminal. The 17,000-square-foot building houses airport administrative offices and provides lease space for aviation-related businesses. The project is also the city's first LEED Silver Certified facility, a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED is an acronym for leadership in energy and environmental design. It opens for business this month! 
(Photo by Bonnie Fielding of Arlington)



 Tom J. Vandergriff enjoyed a successful 26-year career in public service as Mayor of Arlington from 1951 to 1977. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1983, and in 1991, served as Tarrant County Judge until his retirement in 2007. Tom J. Vandergriff died December 30 at the age of 84.


The City of Arlington remembers Tom J. Vandergriff. See video.




The first meeting of the new year for the Arlington City Council is Tuesday, Jan. 4. The Afernoon Meeting will begin at 3 p.m.

Click here for agenda


The Public Visitation for Tom J. Vandergriff is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at the Tarrant County SubCourthouse, 700 E. Abram St. The Memorial Service is 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7 at Texas Hall located on the campus of the University of Texas-Arlington. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Rangers Scholarship Fund or the Alzheimer's Association.


A Call for Entries! The Arlington Animal Essay Contest is now open to students in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6. Entry deadline is Friday, Jan. 14. Details.


 Be ready for summer with swim lessons  offered at Hugh Smith Indoor Pool, 1815 New York Ave. Call 817-275-0513 or visit for times, days and sessions.


Applications are now being accepted for small grants to help fund service-oriented projects for Global Youth Service Day. The deadline to apply is Jan. 10, 2011. More.


Two free drop off locations for Christmas trees are available until Sunday, Jan. 9, at Calloway's Nursery (4940 S. Cooper St.) and Arlington Sanitary Landfill (800 Mosier Valley Rd.) Call 817-459-6777 for details.


 Tickets are on sale for the MLK "Sharing the Dream" Awards Banquet.  Community Awards, dinner, entertainment and more on Friday, Jan. 14. Visit


The Arlington City Council will meet Tuesday, Jan. 18, at City Hall. 


 The Planning and Zoning Commission meets
 Wednesday, Jan. 19, at City Hall.

On Jan. 27, volunteers are needed to help the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition survey and count persons experiencing homelessness. Training provided. Sign up.


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