Keller - Roanoke - Northeast Fort Worth Edition | Nov. 2020

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Voters in Keller, Roanoke and North Fort Worth turned out in record numbers in the Nov. 3 election, joining the more than 64% of Tarrant County voters who cast a total of 768,204 ballots. Based on nal results, voters in Northwest ISD rejected the district’s 2020 bond package and elected multiple school board members. Residents in Roanoke and Keller also cast ballots in each city’s respective City Council races. With neither candidate for mayor receiving more than 50% of the vote, Keller residents will decide the city’s next mayor in a runo election Dec. 8. Early vot- ing for candidates Tag Green and Armin Mizani will take place Nov. 24-Dec. 3. CONTINUED ON 14

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The unforeseen costs of hunger BY SANDRA SADEK COVID19 pandemic creates greater need for food assistance

KELLER MAYORAL RUNOFF

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Armin Mizani 47.09% (10,969 votes)

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“Since March 16, we have fed over 16,000 indi- viduals, and we’ve seen about a 300% increase in our services,” said Megan Stiller, development director of Community Storehouse, a Keller-based nonprot that aims to assist children and families in Keller ISD, Northwest ISD and Carroll ISD with education and nutrition. Across the area, food banks and pan- tries are rethinking procedures to meet their CONTINUED ON 12

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic organiza- tions like Community Storehouse and the Tarrant Area Food Bank have been busy. On Oct. 23 alone, more than 2,600 families visited TAFB. Since March, demand for food assistance has increased to record-high numbers as the pan- demic and its consequences have forced many people to turn to social services for help for the rst time in their life.

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FROMANA: This holiday season, I urge you to think of ways you can help your neighbors. Our lead story this month (see Pages 12-13) addresses food insecurity in our community and the toll it takes on children and adults of all ages. Make sure to pay close attention to the sidebar if you need assistance or if you are looking for ways to serve. I also want to thank you for trusting us to be your local news source and for all the support you give to our advertisers, who make it possible for us to mail the paper to every home for free. Ana Erwin, GENERALMANAGER

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FROM IAN: The Nov. 3 election saw record turnout across the state. For local election results and a look at the Dec. 8 runo election for the Keller mayoral race, read our election lead story (see Page 14) or go to www.communityimpact.com/vote. Ian Pribanic, EDITOR

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6 Valvoline Instant Oil Change is now open at 9313 North Freeway, Fort Worth. The store is well-known for its premium branded lubricants and automotive ser- vices. 817-717-7167. www.valvoline.com 7 Edward Jones financial adviser Brandon Dillman opened an office at 320 S. Oak St., Roanoke in August. Dillman has been a financial adviser with Edward Jones since 2016 and focuses on the appropriate financial strategy for families and businesses, including retirement

sustainable beauty distribution compa- ny located at 1200 Keller Parkway, Ste. 300, Keller. The shop offers a variety of hair products for both men and women. Hours of operation are Mon.-Sat. from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 817-916-8899. www.innovativebeautydistributors.com 4 Home furnishings retailer Living Spaces opened a new showroom at 8640 Tehama Ridge Parkway, Fort Worth, on Oct. 30. The 150,000-square-foot space houses numerous collections in the living room, dining room, bedroom, home of- fice, outdoor, youth and accessories cat- egories. The North Fort Worth location includes a kids’ fun room and a climbing 5 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit , located at 9321 North Freeway, Fort Worth, is now open. The location is part of the new commercial development known as The Citadel. Known for its barbecue, the restaurant offers dine-in, pickup and delivery options to customers. It is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. 682-224-6867. www.dickeys.com. complex. 877-266-7300. www.livingspaces.com

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8 CryoNation , a health and wellness spa that relies on cryotherapy, will open a location at 1627 Keller Parkway, Ste. 300, Keller, in early 2021. CryoNation offers a variety of treatments, including whole-body and localized cryotherapy, cryo-slimming; cryo-lifting for the body and face; and leg compression thera- py. The business already has two other locations: one in Grapevine and one in

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NOWOPEN 1 A Lululemon location opened Nov. 5 at 15853 North Freeway, Fort Worth. Part of the Tanger Outlets shopping center, the Lululemon store features selections of women’s and men’s clothing, including athletic wear, pants, shirts, sweatshirts and more. 877-263-9300. www.lululemon.com

2 Tommy Tamale Market & Cafe recently opened its Keller location at 208 N Main St., Keller. The restaurant offers a variety of tamales and salsas. Other locations include Grapevine and Coppell. 817-398-3500. www.tommytamale.com 3 Innovative Beauty Distributors is a new and advanced professional and

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tunities for benefit-based organizations. 817-509-0004. www.etekhnos.com. 13 Keener Financial Planning has relocated from Rufe Snow Drive to 1692 Keller Parkway, Keller. The financial planning firm offers hourly, as-needed financial planning and investment advice on a commission-free basis for individuals at all financial levels. Initial consultations are free of charge. 817-993-0401. 14 Wicked Wing Pub celebrated one year in business in August at 5636 N. Tarrant Parkway, Ste. 120, Fort Worth. The neighborhood pub offers wings in 18 flavors as well as burgers and a full bar, featuring margaritas and multiple beers on tap. 682-593-0089. www.facebook.com/wickedwingpub 15 CBD American Shaman of Roanoke celebrated one year in business Sept. 18 at 1224 N. Hwy. 377, Ste. 203, Roanoke. The business offers organic CBD prod- ucts, including water-solubles, gummies, pain creams, lotions, bath bombs, pet treats and snacks. 682-237-7502. www.serenityhealthsolutions.com www.keenerfinancial.com. ANNIVERSARIES 16 Formerly Service First Automotive, a Caliber Auto Care center has been in busi- ness for a full year as of Sept. 4 at 8732 Harmon Road, Fort Worth. The business offers express oil change services, auto- motive repair, state inspections and online appointment scheduling. 817-864-1927. www.servicefirstautomotive.com

9 Straight Line Disc Golf is coming soon to 7420 North Beach St., Fort Worth. The disc golf store will sell the necessary equipment to play the sport. No opening date has been set. 817-479-3432. www.straightlinediscgolf.com 10 A new development called Victory Shops is being built at Heritage Trace Parkway. Located at the northwest cor- ner of I-35W & Heritage Trace, the 24.41- acre development will include a Hilton Hotel, a Marriott Hotel and an Outback Steakhouse. Additional businesses and restaurants are expected to include a Tiff’s Treats, a Fast & Furious Japa- nese Grill, a Rio Mamba and a CityVet location. www.segoviaretailgroup.com/ listings/victory-at-heritage 11 Magnolia Oak Street , a mixed-use commercial and residential development under construction at 601 N. Oak St., Roanoke, is expected to be completed in 2021. The three-story complex will feature single-family and multifamily residential options on upper floors and storefronts at ground level.

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November & December events

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OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD MULTIPLE DROPOFF LOCATIONS

Samaritan’s Purse will host its annual, nationwide Operation Christmas Child gift collection drive. Participants can ll a shoe box with medium to large gifts as well as school supplies and drop it o at designated locations. For more information, visit www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child. Drop-o locations include First Baptist Church at 225 Keller Parkway, Keller; and Cornerstone

Guests can watch the AtriumHoliday Light Show for free at the Gaylord Texan Resort from Nov. 13, 2020, through Jan. 3, 2021. (Courtesy Gaylord Texan Resort) WORTH THE TRIP Lone Star Christmas

Baptist Church at 7955 N. Beach St., Fort Worth. 828-262-1980. www.samaritanspurse.org (Courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse)

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Oak Street Food and Brew. 817-491-2411. www.roanoketexas.com 21 KELLER FOLKMUSIC SOCIETY The Keller Folk Music Society meets at the Keller Public Library on the third Saturday of each month. Professional and nonprofessional musicians and their families can share songs, stories and talents with other local musicians. The afternoon event begins at 1 p.m. Free. Keller Public Library, 640 Johnson Road, Keller. 817-743-4370. www.meetup.com/ kellerfolkmusicsociety. 24 KAHOOT TRIVIAAT THE KELLER PUBLIC LIBRARY Jurassic Park fans can test their knowledge with the Keller Public Library’s Kahoot Trivia game. The event is open to children ages 11-17. Participants can register online at bit.ly/ kpljurassictrivia. The library-sponsored event will test the skills of the ultimate “Jurassic Park” movie fans. Free. Keller Public Library, 640 Johnson Road, Keller. 817-743-4800. www.cityoeller.com

ROANOKE FOOD DRIVE Throughout the month of November, the city of Roanoke will be hosting a food drive to benet the Roanoke Food Pantry. Donations can be dropped o at city buildings. This includes canned and jar items, boxed and packaged items, family items and miscellaneous items. 817-491-2411. www.roanoketexas.com 19 EVENINGS ONOAK STREET CONCERT SERIES The Evenings on Oak Street Concert Series in Roanoke presents Blu-Print, a dance band with strong blues, funk, soul, R&B and classic rock inuences. The outdoor event will adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, and patrons can enjoy designated “social squares” that will be spaced 6 feet apart across the Austin Street Plaza at 221 N. Oak St., Roanoke. A maximum of four people per square is recommended. Individually prepared food samples will also be available from

Gaylord Texan Resort is hosting its 17th annual Lone Star Christmas event through Jan. 3, 2021. Christmas activities include a 17,000-square- foot marquee pop-up exhibition called “I Love Christmas Movies,” a 50,000-square-foot outdoor holiday lantern attraction called “Yuletide Bright” and a build-your-own- snowman experience with real snow. Other classic activities include snow tubing, ice skating, gingerbread house decorating and an elf-on-the-shelf character breakfast. Tickets can be purchased online at www.christmasatgaylordtexan.com. Advance online reservations are required for all ticketed events. Holiday room packages are also available for sale on the website. 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine 817-778-1000 www.christmasatgaylordtexan.com

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Keller curbing accidents on LakeviewDrive

Westport Parkway, BeachStreet upgrades The city of Fort Worth allocated an additional $3.1 million in October for improvements to Westport Parkway from Keller-Haslet Road to Alta Vista Road and North Beach Street. The proposed project will extend Westport Parkway to the southwest from an existing roundabout at Alta Vista and will connect with a new scarring in early 2018 to improve friction between the road and tires. The next phase of work at the intersection could begin as early as December, Linan said. In October, Keller City Council approved a total project cost of $121,465 for the intersection improvements. The city will redefine the edge of the roadway at that intersection by removing the existing pavement and constructing an attached curb. Road crews will also install a The city of Keller is installing a number of upgrades to the intersec- tion of Lakeview Drive and North Tarrant Parkway. The intersection has been the site of at least 11 accidents since 2015. The city currently has a number of water-filled barriers in place, Public Works Director Alonzo Linan said. “Over the last several years, we have been made aware of a number of crashes that have happened at that intersection,” Linan said. “We’ve installed advisory speed limit signs, … and [we] installed water barriers for the first time [in 2018].” Past improvements to the intersec- tion have included leveling roadway in 2017 and a reducing to the speed limit from 40 mph to 35 mph in 2018, he said. The roadway also underwent roundabout at North Beach. The result of the project will be a four- lane, divided roadway. The city will also implement drain- age and water line improvements as well as streetlights and shared-use paths in the area.

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75-foot guardrail with reflective tape and impact features on the west section of North Tarrant past Lakev- iew. Additionally, the east section of North Tarrant Parkway will receive landscaping improvements, such as the implementation of native soil, plants and trees. Timeline: December 2020-spring 2021 Cost: $121,465 Funding source: city of Keller

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The city has allocated a total of $7.8 million towards the project since 2018. According to city officials, the estimated cost of the project will be closer to $7 million. Timeline: TBD Cost: $7 million Funding source: city of Fort Worth 2018 bond

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NUMBER TOKNOW Using federal dollars from the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security Act, Tarrant County has distributed more than $200 million to local cities, has spent an additional $150 million on COVID-19 testing and personal protective equipment, and has put $30 million toward small-business grants, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley said in an Oct. 23 address on the state of the county. The county has had to make a number of tough decisions this year, Whitley said, including dealing with the need to balance the safety and health of county residents with the potential effect on local businesses and the county’s economy. Throughout the pandemic, the goal of county officials has been to make sure hospitals stay open, and the county has accomplished that goal, he said. “[COVID-19] has slowed economic development but has not stopped it,” he said. “The super bowl of rodeos [is] coming in December, and the World Series was here.” $200M Fort Worth City Council Meets at 7 p.m. three times each month on Tuesdays. www.fortworthtexas.gov Keller City Council Meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. www.roanoketexas.com Keller ISD Meets monthly; dates, times and locations may vary. www.kellerisd.net Northwest ISD Meets monthly at 6:30 p.m.; dates may vary. www.nisdtx.org www.cityofkeller.com Roanoke City Council MEETINGSWE COVER

Roanoke business stimulus programenters Phase 2

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residents to provide direct support to businesses in Roanoke and ZIP code 76262. Along with more than $20,000 in restaurant vouchers that were awarded to local residents, the Sip, Snack & Shop Gift Tour will tie in with the city’s upcoming holiday tour on Nov. 28. Tickets will allow the bearer to visit different locations to pick up a free gift and enjoy treats and drinks from local restaurants. Tickets cost $25 per person. All event proceeds will benefit Roanoke VFW Post 5074.

Roanoke cancels special election for vacantWard 3 seat ROANOKE The second phase of the city of Roanoke and the Roanoke Eco- nomic and Industrial Development Corp.’s stimulus program is underway as of Oct. 23. Roanoke’s stimulus program aims to reduce the economic strain on local businesses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Phase 1 of the program was completed June 30. The first phase saw a total of $147,000 distributed to 63 qualified Roanoke businesses. Phase 2 of the program will allow

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Denton County officialswarn of coronavirus ‘superspreader’ event on ThanksgivingDay

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various age groups and different households close together in an indoor environment and often around a table, he said. “Thanksgiving has me very worried,” Eads said. “Use caution and common sense and wisdom when you’re entertaining or hosting people.” The number of COVID-19 patients being treated in county hospitals as of Nov. 15 has risen to its highest point since late July. Hospitals in the county have plenty of general beds and ventila- tors, Richardson said, but intensive care units are near capacity due to increased COVID-19 case totals. Hand-washing and mask-wearing remain some of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of spread, Richardson said.

DENTON COUNTY Thanksgiv- ing is drawing nearer just as the number of known active cases of COVID-19 in Denton County has reached its highest mark of the pandemic thus far. More than 3,800 residents were known to have the virus as of Nov. 16, according to the county’s coronavirus dashboard. Matt Richardson, director of Denton County Public Health, said he fears that without proper preparations, holiday gatherings, such as the one his family is planning, could turn Thanksgiving into “a superspreader holiday” in the county and beyond. Denton County Judge Andy Eads said he shares Richardson’s concern. The holiday traditionally brings family members from

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ROANOKE City Council unani- mously voted to cancel the city’s Dec. 8 special election after the only candidate who applied withdrew from the race. The special election is necessary to fill the vacancy for Ward 3 after Council Member Steve Heath passed away in August. According to City Secretary April Hill, the city will wait until municipal elections in May to attempt to fill the vacant seat. Filling for the May 1 election will take place Jan. 13-Feb. 12. A total of five seats on Roanoke City Council will be on the ballot for the May elections, including the mayor’s seat and four City Council positions.

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BUSINESS Tarrant County bars operatewith changing COVID19 restrictions

On Oct. 14, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that bars would be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity and restaurants would be allowed to increase dine-in capacity to 75% if the hospitalization rate in their respective trauma service area was under 15%. TRACKING THE REGION’S COVID19HOSPITALIZATIONS

Tarrant County is in Trauma Service Area E , which includes the areas of Collin, Cooke, Dallas, and Denton counties as well as many other surrounding counties. Hospital capacity data is usually reported at a regional level due to the nature in which hospital trauma systems operate to care for patients.

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online ordering, Maloney said. Despite the statewide closure of alcohol-serving establishments in the summer as a result of COVID-19 cases spiking, several area businesses were able to bypass the restrictions by being reclassied as a restaurant and by meeting the requirement that 51% of their revenue come from non-alco- hol sales. Many businesses, such as Wine Fusion Winery in Grapevine, that previously did not meet require- ments in place to remain open were forced to rethink their business model in order to survive. “It [was] a great opportunity for us to hire a high-end chef and go back to work on our food menu,” said Nicholas Kaufman, owner of Wine Fusion Winery. “We expanded our kitchen and fully remodeled it so that we could oer more of a ne-dining experience on top of all of our

Local bars and wineries in Tarrant County were permitted to reopen at 50% capacity beginning Oct. 14. The change in restrictions followed an order by Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley on Oct. 12 that coincided with restriction rollbacks announced by Gov. Greg Abbott in early October. Mark Maloney, co-owner of 3 Vino Winery in Roanoke, said the winery was forced to shut down for seven months before reopening in October. Customers are beginning to come back, and the winery has added outdoor seating to improve accom- modations, he said. “The hardest part is getting people to see that we can meet or beat the [prices of] big-box stores,” Maloney said. The winery also oers cheese trays and weekly wine specials, and at the onset of the pandemic, it instituted

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wonderful wine options.” According to the latest announce- ment from Abbott, county judges are permitted to ease restrictions in order to allow alcohol-serving

establishments to reopen as long as their respective region’s hospitaliza- tion rate remains under 15%. Ian Pribanic contributed to this report.

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The cycleof food insecurity

A low level of food security can be the product of many factors and can lead to several complications, all of which are interrelated.

The limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways. Food insecurity:

Members of the Texas National Guard help distribute boxes of food at the Tarrant Area Food Bank drive on Oct. 23. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

Coping strategies dietary quality • Poor eating behavior • Higher stress • Lower

Chronic disease • Diabetes • Obesity • Inability

Higher costs • Increased

Lower spending

Students inneed

2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21

• Lower

household income

health care expenditures • Decreased

More than 20% of students in

KISD

24.3%

24.9%

28.3%

28.9%

27.0%

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to cover costs of preventive care

spending tradeos

ability to work due to chronic conditions

Keller ISD and Northwest ISD receive free or reduced-price meals.

NISD

18.2%

18.9%

20.8%

20.6%

20.5%

SOURCES: KELLER ISD, NORTHWEST ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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about the quality, variety, and desir- ability of food, according to the agency. A lack of access to nutritious and healthy food can be caused by several factors. Families could be struggling with low wages, lack of transportation, lack of nearby grocery stores, lack of aordable housing, high medical costs or a conuence of multiple issues. In cities such as Keller, Roanoke, and Fort Worth, the people most aected by food insecurity are “work- ing poor,” Stiller said. “We see a lot of parents that are working two to three jobs and living paycheck to paycheck,” she said. The pandemic has forced many to cope with new challenges, including loss of income, death in the family as a result of the virus, or dealing with the illness itself.

learning that food insecurity is not dened solely by where people live and can be aected by factors out of their control, Butner said. “The frequency [at which people need assistance] is not about whether you live in the city or you live in the country,” she said. “The frequency is about jobs, job loss, crisis or a death in the family. Those kinds of things cre- ate food insecurity.” Dening food insecurity The U.S. Department of Agriculture denes food insecurity as “the lim- ited or uncertain availability of nutri- tionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially accept- able ways.” A low level of food security is less about the quantity of food and more

As people have had their income reduced or lost altogether, many have had to make cuts in their daily lives, Stiller said. For many, food is the rst thing to go. “The last thing that people are going to do is get rid of their house or their car,” she said. “You never know what’s going on behind closed doors.” Child hunger Throughout the COVID-19 pan- demic, the inability of some families to feed their children has become a community issue. To mitigate this impact of the crisis, local school dis- tricts have made changes to provide more students with free and reduced- price lunches. The change is in part due to a USDA program that provides funding to help school districts oer freemeal waivers

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community’s needs while staying safe. The Tarrant Area Food Bank dis- tributed 60millionmeals during scal year 2019-20, which ended Sept. 30, according to the food bank’s website. TAFB President Julie Butner said many families are embarrassed and ashamed when they seek food bank services for the rst time. “It’s heartbreaking,” she said. “People are beginning to understand we have people in our city that are hungry.” The food bank has increased its dis- tribution by 65% through its network of 350 partners, Butner said. It has also added 35 emergency mobile food pantries to serve the increased need. As more people request assis- tance for the rst time, many are also

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Here are some local nonprot organizations for people who need food assistance. Those looking to help can contact their local food bank for ways to get involved. Community Storehouse 12001 Katy Road, Fort Worth 817-431-3340 www.communitystorehouse.org Recent needs: canned mixed vegetables, tuna, canned soups, canned fruit, canned beans, jelly www.cargyle.org/foodbank Recent needs: any canned and dry foods Keller UMC Resource Center 1025 Johnson Road, Keller 817-431-1332 www.kellerumc.org/about-us/ our-facilities/keller-umc- resource-center/ Recent needs: volunteers Argyle Food Bank 414 N. Hwy. 377, Argyle 940-453-1308 ASSISTANCE Get Give

to all students regardless of income. Many districts have expanded free meal programs as a result, including Keller ISD. As of Oct. 29, 27% of KISD students are on free or reduced-price lunch, and as of Nov. 4, all students in KISD have access to free meals through the end of the 2020-21 school year. In Northwest ISD, data shows 5,207 students qualied for free and reduced-price lunch for the 2020-21 academic school year. The district currently oers free breakfast and lunch to all elementary and middle school students. Cassie McQuitty, CEO of Christ’s Haven, a voluntary placement non- prot in Keller, said having the free lunch waiver for all students in the “THIS PROBLEMHAS ALWAYS BEEN HERE. WE’RE JUST DOING A BETTER JOB OF IDENTIFYING IT AND RECOGNIZING HOW PERVASIVE HUNGER AND FOOD INSECURITY REALLY IS WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY.” ERIN KANE, BAYLOR SCOTT & WHITE COMMUNITY CARE

district is “incredible” for families for which food is still a nancial strain but which might not otherwise be eligible for free and reduced-price lunches. “When you take away the stigma associated with [free and reduced- price lunch], and now, everyone is getting a free lunch, it’s one less sign that our kids have to wear. It’s one less thing that dierentiates them from everyone else,” McQuitty said. Dr. Erin Kane, a family physician at Baylor Scott and White Community Care, said issues of food insecurity not only aect the healthy develop- ment of children but also their stress level and their ability to concentrate in school. Children with food insecu- rity often struggle with obesity, she said. “We may nd kids growing up in families that actually struggle with obesity because they’re eat- ing unhealthy choices,” she said. “That’s what the family has access to, and it can lead to long- term health outcomes that relate to obesity, such as diabetes [and] high blood pressure.” Free and reduced-price lunch programs are often a lifeline for some families to feed their children, and

they have become even more crucial during the pandemic, she said. “It’s clear that for most families, this is perhaps [the child’s] healthiest meal of the day and sometimes their most reliable meal,” Kane said. Medical costs According to 2019 data from non- prot organization Feeding America, Texans who suer from food insecu- rity spent over $200 more on health care on an annual basis than those not aected, and certain health care costs can increase even more for those who are uninsured. In addition, a 2019 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Pre- vention ranked Texas among the ve U.S. states with the highest per capita health care costs associated with food insecurity. “This problem has always been here,” Kane said. “We’re just doing a better job of identifying it and rec- ognizing how pervasive hunger and food insecurity really is within our community […] and how much it ties into a person’s overall health.”

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BREAKDOWN Thousands of voters in Northwest ISD, Keller, Roanoke and Tarrant County cast ballots for the Nov. 3 election. RESULTS SOURCE: TARRANT COUNTY ELECTIONSCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER For more election information, visit communityimpact.com .

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The winner of the runo election will replace Mayor Pat McGrail, who decided earlier this year not to run for a fth term. “We’ve been clear about the plan we have for the city moving forward,” Mizani said. “Our goal is to be the most family-friendly city in the state of Texas.” As mayor, Mizani said he would address the issues most aecting Keller residents, such as taxes, high-quality economic development and public safety. City Council will also govern in an open and transparent manor during his administration, he said. Both candidates have conservative backgrounds, but there are dierences, said Green, who is set to vacate his current City Council Place 6 position. “We love our city, schools and neighbors … across all of Keller,” Green said. “Five years ago, I felt led to be an inuence in our community for positive things. That culminated in being elected to Keller City Coun- cil, where I have served the past three years.” In the race for City Council Place 5, Chris Whatley received 54.17% of votes, defeating challenger Ste- phen G. Humenesky. “My job is to represent the people, not make a decision about something I want to see but some- thing the people of Keller want,” Whatley said. “I’m thrilled they’ve given me their condence, and the public trust is sacred.” In the race for the Place 6 seat being vacated by Green, Ross McMullin defeated two other candidates with 58.23% of the more than 20,000 ballots cast. “We worked extremely hard to share our message

Incumbent

KELLER MAYORAL RUNOFF Q&A Armin Mizani Tag Green

KELLER CITY COUNCIL PLACE 5 54.17% (11,526) Chris Whatley 45.83% (9,753) Stephen Humenesky

What is the biggest issue facing Keller?

“Reconciliation. Vision. Trust. To successfully navigate the issues facing Keller, we need a mayor dedicated to reconciliation with a focus on what brings us together … and who has strength of character to do right when right is not necessarily popular.”

“Assuring we have leaders who understand good governance means leading with transparency while having a long-term vision for who we are, where we are going and what Keller will be in the next ve, 10 and 15 years.”

“It was the largest voter turnout … in the history of Keller, and [residents] gave me their condence and support for another term.”

KELLER CITY COUNCIL PLACE 6 58.23% (12,517) Ross McMullin 13.78% Mujeeb Kazi

“Leadership. Discernment. Diligence. Character. My leadership experience spans over 41 years in nance, consulting and business management.” “As councilman, … I introduced the rst increase to the Keller homestead exemption in more than 30 years to provide tax relief to homeowners.” What experience prepares you for mayor?

27.98% David A. Tashman

“It’s absolutely an honor to earn the trust of Keller residents. City Council’s job is to put the needs of all residents rst.”

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NORTHWEST ISD PLACE 6

NORTHWEST ISD PLACE 7

CITY OF ROANOKE WARD 1

25.46% (207) John Dolly

74.54% (606) Holly Gray- Moore

41.18% (19,238) Jennifer Zazula

58.82% (27,477)

38.74% (16,064) Ron Hastings

61.26% (25,407) Jennifer Murphy

Lillian Rauch

“I want to contribute to the commu- nity and educational system by being a responsible steward and taking a reasoned and researched approach to maintain and improve NISD schools.”

“My initial reason for running back in 2002 was a desire to help shape the future of Roanoke. I would say today, in 2020, my desire is still the same.”

“I am most excited about learning and being able to bring a dierent perspec- tive to the board. I feel like my view of some things may be a little more global.”

and articulate a vision for Keller,” McMullin said. “It started with listening rst. It’s City Council’s job to put the needs of all residents rst.” NISDbonds rejected Northwest ISD voters failed to approve a change to the district tax rate, along with four other district bond referendums totaling $986.6 million for capital improvements ranging from technology upgrades to new schools. The largest amount, $937 million, was for facilities improvements. A total of 34,647 votes, or 64.22%, were cast against the proposed rate change to $1.4663 per $100 valuation. The district tax rate will not change from its current rate of $1.3363. “I’m thankful for everyone who went out and voted,” NISD Superintendent Ryder Warren said. “We had a record number of parents who voted and a record number of sta members. We also had 30,000 addi- tional voters who usually don’t vote in NISD elections.” The majority of the district bond package for upgrades to campuses and technology was

postponed fromMay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The district must now decide whether to ask voters again for bond money next May. NISD voters also elected two school board mem- bers. Incumbent Lillian Rauch was re-elected to Place 6 with nearly 60% of the vote, and candidate Jennifer Murphy was elected to Place 7 with 61.26% of the vote; she will replace incumbent Ron Hastings. “People see our area as very desirable and know our schools and educators are great,” Murphy said. “We have to gure out a way to balance the families that are here and families that don’t have any kids in the district with what their needs are in the area.” Roanoke votes Nearly 1,000 voters in Roanoke cast ballots for the Ward 1 City Council race to elect Mayor Pro Tem Holly Gray-Moore to another term. Moore, who has served as a City Council member since 2002, received 74.54% of the vote. ”Comprehensive land-use planning is always the biggest challenge,” Gray-Moore said.

NORTHWEST ISD BOND Northwest ISD 2020 bond measures and a voter-ap- proved change to the district tax rate were split into ve referendums. All ve measures failed. For Against Proposition A School facilities and capital improvements 40.09% 59.91%

Proposition B Other recreational facilities

34.25% 65.75%

Proposition C Renovations to stadiums

28.71% 71.29%

Proposition D Technology devices

44.08% 59.91%

Proposition E Voter-approved change to the district tax rate 35.78% 64.22%

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