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  1. We Are Parks and Rec 2020

    PARKS & REC: Parks Department celebrates National Parks & Rec Month

    FBTX ~ July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and Farmers Branch Parks staff will be joining their counterparts nationwide with the celebratory theme 'We Are Parks and Recreation.' Read on...
  2. Welcome Garbsen signage with Benjamin Irving and Christina Lange

    SISTER CITY: Garbsen, Germany adds Farmers Branch to their new signage

    GARBSEN, GERMANY ~ The Farmers Branch Sister City of Garbsen recently installed new welcome signs at their city limits, with a special addition. Read on...
  3. Dallas County seal

    COVID RELIEF: Dallas County accepting emergency housing assistance applications

    DALLAS ~ Dallas County Health and Human Services has announced the Emergency Housing Assistance Program for short-term, rental, mortgage and utility assistance to residents living outside the City of Dallas facing COVID-19 economic hardship. Read on...
  4. Closeup of solar panel installation

    FUTURE: City Council approves solar installations for three City facilities

    FBTX ~ Taking a giant green step forward, the Farmers Branch City Council has unanimously approved the installation of solar panels on three City facilities, expected to generate more than 850,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. Read on...
  5. Gym renovation rendering

    REC CENTER: Demo work begins to prepare for renovation

    FBTX ~ Demo work for Phase 1 of the Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center renovation has begun. The goal of the demo is to secure the area and to prevent construction dust from migrating upstairs. Read on...
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    GOVERNOR'S ORDERS: Abbott mandates face coverings

    AUSTIN ~ Governor Greg Abbott is mandating use of a face covering in Texas when inside a commercial building or other space open to the public or when in an outdoor public space where social distancing is problematic. Read on...
  7. Chief Parker in full uniform smiling

    JOB WELL DONE: Fire Chief Steve Parker announces retirement

    FBTX ~ After 32 years in the fire service, the past 20 in Farmers Branch with nine years as Fire Chief, Steve Parker has announced his intent to retire from service on August 4. Read on...
  8. Mayor Dye speaking to crowd

    POLICING: Mayor Robert Dye to form Task Force on policing

    FBTX ~ Continuing the effort to expand the scope of the local policing perspective, Farmers Branch Mayor Robert Dye has announced that he will be appointing a diverse Task Force to examine the future of policing and law enforcement outreach. Read on...
  9. Financial Transparency budget pie chart

    INFO ACCESS: Financial Transparency Dashboard makes current information more accessible

    FBTX ~ In a continuing effort to make the business of running the City’s business ever more transparent, the Farmers Branch Finance Department has rolled out a new Financial Transparency Dashboard as a “one stop shop” for information. Read on...
  10. FB Police badge and patch

    POLICING: Farmers Branch Police Chief addresses use-of-force practices

    FBTX ~ In response to the national conversation on law enforcement, Farmers Branch Police Chief David Hale has immediately addressed, included or affirmed a number of practices included in the local department’s use-of-force policies. Read on...
  11. Summer Reading Club Imagine Your Story badge

    LIBRARY: Virtual Summer Reading Club continues through July

    FBTX ~ The Manske Library is excited to announce that they are going virtual with Summer Reading this year with same fun, same challenges but in a different format. Read on...
  12. FB Population growth to 48,000 chart

    PEOPLE: New estimate sends Farmers Branch population near 50,000

    FBTX ~ While the 2020 Census is ongoing, the U.S. Census Bureau has released new population estimates, placing the Farmers Branch population at 48,158 - up 18.8 percent from the previous year's estimate of 40,527. Read on...
  13. The Branch Connection Feel Good Friday drive thru

    FACILITIES: The Branch Connection continues to help older adults

    FBTX ~ The Branch Connection has been serving so many older adults through their variety of drive-thru services. They host monthly birthday drive-thrus and give away birthday boxes. Every week since April, they've hosted twice a week drive-thrus. Read on...
  14. View of Rec Center gym renovations rendering

    REC CENTER: Sketches released for phased renovation

    FBTX ~ A phased renovation of the Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center will begin soon with an overhaul of the first floor, including expanded fitness and childcare areas, new look to walls and surfaces, and relocation of the welcome desk. Read on...
  15. Fire truck bays in new Fire Station 2

    NEW FACILITIES: First Station 2 now open for business

    FBTX ~ Fire Department personnel began moving into the all-new Farmers Branch Fire Station No. 2 on Thursday. The new station occupies a corner of Holiday Park at Valley View and Alpha and replaces the outdated Station No. 2 on Spring Valley. Read on...
  16. AMES Award with Mayor

    EXCELLENCE: City Secretary's Office among 18 of 595 agencies to be recognized

    FBTX ~ As the City's caretaker of records, meetings, elections and more, the Farmers Branch City Secretary's Office has been recognized by the Texas Municipal Clerks Association with their Achievement of Excellence Award. Read on...
  17. New City fleet service center

    NEW FACILITIES: Fleet and warehouse operations take up residence at new service center

    FBTX ~ After years of planning and construction, the City's new Keenan Service Center has quietly begun operations at 13333 Davis Court. Read on...
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    CENSUS: Now is the time to fill out the U.S. Census

    FBTX ~ The City of Farmers Branch is encouraging all residents to step up and be counted in the 2020 U.S. Census. Even though National Census Day has been planned for Wednesday, April 1, there is still plenty of time to take part. Read on...
  19. Jackie Byles new manager of The Branch Connection

    LEADERSHIP: Jackie Byles to lead The Branch Connection

    FBTX ~ The Farmers Branch Parks and Recreation Department has announced that Jackie Byles will become the new manager of The Branch Connection, beginning Monday, April 13. Read on...
  20. Pile of &#34Vote&#34 buttons.

    PUSH: City Election postponed until November

    FBTX ~ Acting on authorization from Austin, the Farmers Branch City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to postpone the 2020 municipal election from May 2 to November 3. Read on...
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    STEMMONS: Residents will be invited to offer input on I-35E corridor vision

    FBTX ~ Residents and businesspeople will play a key role as Farmers Branch City leaders undertake a visioning process in 2020 in order to gain a clearer picture of what the corridor on both sides of Interstate 35E through Farmers Branch will look like. Read on...
  22. City in a Park 430 by 430

    MONEYINC.COM: Online magazine names Farmers Branch third best place to live in Dallas

    FBTX ~ In their annual list of top 20 best places to live in Dallas, MoneyInc.com has proclaimed Farmers Branch to be number three on the list, behind only Frisco and Addison. Read on...
  23. West Side Water Tower calendar image

    ARTWORK: West Side Water Tower officially recognized

    FBTX ~ Since 2006, the Tnemec corporation has celebrated the innovative and creative uses of its coatings on water tanks with the annual Tank of the Year contest. Read on...
  24. Walk.Bike.Hike logo

    TRAILS: West Side Art Trail to connect neighborhoods

    FBTX – City of Farmers Branch residents and visitors will soon have more transportation options for getting around the city with the advent of the “Westside Art Trail,” a $10.4 million project. Read on...
  25. Firehouse Theatre front entrance

    THEATRE: Firehouse leaps into professional ranks

    FBTX ~ Operated as a community theatre since its founding, the Firehouse Theatre in Farmers Branch has joined the Actor's Equity Association, meaning it has graduated to the ranks of professional theatre. Read on...
  26. compost-bin image

    COMPOST: Residents can compost without dealing with a bin

    FBTX ~ Thanks to a new program offered by the Farmers Branch Department of Sustainability & Public Health, residents will now be able to participate in composting without dealing with the challenges of a composting bin at home. Read on...
  27. City Hall front side view of building

    OLDER AMERICANS: Senior homestead exemption savings equals 4-cents on property tax rate

    FBTX ~ The Farmers Branch City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to lower the property tax bills of the over-65 population in Farmers Branch by an equivalent of 4-cents on the property tax rate. Read on...
  28. Ashley Munoz photo

    KUDOS: Aquatics' Ashley Muñoz heralded by national professional organization

    AOAP ~ Farmers Branch Aquatics Supervisor Ashley Muñoz has been named the Competitor Swim Aquatic Professional of the Month by the Association of Aquatic Professionals. Read on...
  29. 2019-2020 OFFICIAL - Cristal Retana

    COUNCIL: Retana tapped for NLC committee assignment

    WASHINGTON ~ Farmers Branch City Council Member Cristal Retana has been appointed to the National League of Cities 2020 Human Development federal advocacy committee. Read on...
  30. patrol car

    SERVICES: Vacation House Watch provides peace of mind

    FBTX ~ The Vacation House Watch program is a program developed by the Farmers Branch Police Department designed to provide peace of mind to Farmers Branch residents while they are away from home for extended periods of time. Read on...
  31. North Texas Emergency Communications Center red blue and silver logo

    PUBLIC SAFETY: New state-of-the-art 911 system delivers better, more accurate information

    CARROLLTON ~ The North Texas Emergency Communications Center, which serves the cities of Carrollton, Coppell, and Farmers Branch, as well as the Town of Addison, recently upgraded its 911 communications infrastructure. Read on...
  32. Fire Department logo

    FIRE: Federal grant to assist in staffing

    FBTX ~ The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded the Farmers Branch Fire Department a Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant. Read on...
  33. City Hall side view entrance squared

    SCHEDULE: City Council sets 2020 meeting dates

    FBTX ~ The Farmers Branch City Council decided dates for their regularly scheduled meetings for the upcoming 2020 calendar year during their work session earlier this week. Read on...
  34. Outdoor warning siren against blue sky

    SEVERE WEATHER: Emergency Management reminds residents that sirens are designed to be heard outdoors

    FBTX ~ In the aftermath of Sunday's weather, the Farmers Branch Emergency Management Office reminds residents that the City’s eight Outdoor Warning Sirens are activated for threats that affect the safety of residents. Read on...
  35. short term rental graphic

    NEW RULES: Council approves regulations for short-term rental operators

    FBTX ~ In the age of online access to everything from private rooms or homes to rent, a new City Council-approved ordinance better defines the nature of how short-term rentals integrate into Farmers Branch neighborhoods in a positive manner. Read on...
  36. ICMA Certificate of Excellence logo

    PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE: Farmers Branch is one of only three Texas cities cited

    WASHINGTON, DC ~ The International City/County Management Association has announced that Farmers Branch, Texas, has been recognized for its data-driven management and reporting efforts with ICMA's highest award. Read on...
  37. International Plaza

    BIG RELOCATION: Farmers Branch welcomes Tenet Healthcare headquarters

    FBTX ~ With a great deal of excitement and anticipation, the City of Farmers Branch has announced that Tenet Healthcare Corporation has signed a long-term lease for their new corporate headquarters, at International Plaza Building I in Farmers Branch. Read on...
  38. Lonely teddy bear

    LANDMARK ACTION: City Council takes huge step towards ending child homelessness in Farmers Branch

    FBTX ~ In line with the priorities of their strategic plan, and motivated by the recent count, that identified 43 homeless students living in Farmers Branch, the City Council has taken a landmark step towards ending child homelessness in the city. Read on...
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    FRAUD: FBPD warns residents to be vigilant for scammers

    FBTX ~ The Farmers Branch Police Department is asking residents to be aware that scams are on the increase, and are being perpetrated on social media, via email, and by telephone. Read on...
  40. eCourt Screen Shot

    E-COURT: Farmers Branch becomes first court in Texas to offer online resolution of some cases

    FBTX ~ Farmers Branch Municipal Court has brought traffic tickets back to the future, keying on a new trend in technology to offer a virtual courtroom, affording the opportunity for most Class C misdemeanor cases to be handled online. Read on...
  41. Bridgeview mixed use project photo

    ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: New mixed use project to replace big box at Inwood and Alpha

    FBTX ~ After a great deal of negotiation, the Farmers Branch Economic Development Office has announced a new mixed use project for the corner of Alpha and Inwood Roads. Read on...
  42. Texting edit

    BRANCH ALERT: New system targets information to specific, geographic areas

    FBTX ~ Employing technology that can notify residents of anything from severe weather to community updates, via voice or text, the City of Farmers Branch is announcing the launch of the Branch Alert system. Read on...
  43. Open Information Request Portal

    NEW: City Secretary's office enhances transparency with online public information request process

    FBTX ~ Streamlining the process of public information requests like never before, Farmers Branch City Secretary Amy Piukana said her office is preparing to launch an online public information request process. Read on...
  44. Text 911 logo

    TEXT TO 911: Option now available in Farmers Branch

    FARMERS BRANCH ~ The Denco Area 9-1-1 District has announced that it has implemented text-to-911 service for all of Denton County and the City of Carrollton, including the North Texas Emergency Communications Center, serving public safety dispatch. Read on...
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    NEW ARCHIVE: City records archive now available to anyone online

    FBTX ~ Ushering in a new degree of transparency like never before, the City of Farmers Branch has launched an online City Records Archive that allows anyone to access packets, minutes of public meetings, ordinances, resolutions and more. Read on...
  46. WestNileWatch.jpg

    BUZZZZZ: Integrated Mosquito Management combatting warm weather pests

    FARMERS BRANCH ~ As the weather continues to warm up, coupled with periodic and uncharacteristic rainfall this summer, Farmers Branch staff is working hard to protect residents from mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika and West Nile Virus. Read on...
  47. Surveillance camera

    SAFE CAM: FBPD asks for the help of extra "eyes" in the community

    FARMERS BRANCH ~ As one of its newest crime prevention and investigation tools, the Farmers Branch Police Department is asking local residents and businesses to register their surveillance cameras for the SafeCam initiative. Read on...
  48. Police Car

    ALARMS: Changes to ordinance designed to reduce false alarm calls

    FARMERS BRANCH ~ With eight valid alarm calls last year, out of 3,059 responded to by the Police Department, the Farmers Branch City Council has approved changes to the alarm ordinance, designed to keep officers on the street and away from false alarms. Read on...
  49. North Texas Emergency Communications Center red blue and silver logo

    LIVE: Four partner cities now live on state-of-the-art dispatch center

    CARROLLTON ~ After years of planning, preparation, testing and checking, the North Texas Emergency Communications Center, or NTECC, is now fully implemented with dispatch for its four member cities - Farmers Branch, Carrollton,Coppell and Addison. Read on...
  50. Rapid Flash Crosswalk Beacons

    RAPID FLASH BEACONS: New flashing crosswalks designed to improve pedestrian safety

    FARMERS BRANCH ~ In a continuing effort to improve pedestrian safety at strategic spots, the Farmers Branch Public Works Department has installed solar-powered rapid flash crosswalk signs at three locations. Read on...
  51. FBPD Exchange Zones

    SAFE ZONES: FBPD sets up exchange location for online business, child custody

    FARMERS BRANCH ~ In an effort to further the safety of the community, the Farmers Branch Police Department has initiated a “Safe Exchange Zone” program for the exchange of items that have been bought, sold or traded or for child custody exchanges. Read on...
  52. MyFBTX App

    APP-SOLUTELY: Farmers Branch launches mobile app for smartphones and tablets

    FARMERS BRANCH ~ Helping to put City of Farmers Branch information and resources at the fingertips of citizens, the Farmers Branch Mobile App for smartphones and tablets has debuted in Apple’s App Store and on the Android Marketplace. Read on...
  53. Drug take back.

    DRUGS: Prescription take back now possible five days a week at FBPD

    FARMERS BRANCH ~ In what was previously a once or twice a year event, dropping off old prescription medications for proper disposal is now a permanent service offered by the Farmers Branch Police Department. Read on...
  54. Original bell from old church

    RING IN THE OLD: Original bell from Old Church finds its way home to the Historical Park

    FARMERS BRANCH ~ On an unusually warm Tuesday in January, a crew of specialized craftsmen carefully helped place a 100-plus-year-old bell back into the belfry where its service began in the 1890s. Read on...
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