Episode 029 – 7/15/20

Welcome to another episode of About Mansfield, I’m Steve Cosio with Coleen Daniell, she is broadcasting from home today, along with the entire About Mansfield news team. Thank you for being here. This is Episode 29 and coming up on this episode, Mansfield news and weather for the upcoming week.

And, as always, we will conclude this episode with the trivia question of the week for a $25 gift card to 360 Brunch House.

Let’s take a look at this week’s headlines:
• The COVID-19 epidemic is still getting worse in Mansfield
• Councilman Casey Lewis recaps Monday’s council meeting
• The coronavirus has forced a lot of people to work from home. But are you doing it properly?
• City releases summer Road Report
• Look to the skies, Mansfield. It’s a comet!

Alexa is here with the 7-day weather forecast and About Mansfield’s Stacey Main interviews Alliance for Children Director of Community Engagement Katia Gonzalez. We are Mansfield’s only source for news, talk and information. This is About Mansfield.


STEVE: Welcome back to About Mansfield. The COVID-19 epidemic continues to get worse in Mansfield. Filing from home, About Mansfield’s roving science reporter Dennis Webb has the story.



COLEEN: A long, busy night on Monday for the city council. With a recap, here’s councilman Casey Lewis.


COLEEN: The coronavirus has forced many companies to have their employees work from home, even in less than ideal situations. Consumer Reports suggests that you take a look around your office space and recognize trouble spots that can cause unnecessary fatigue.
Your office chair, for example, should be at a eight where your feet touch the ground when your back is against the rest while sitting up straight. The top of your computer screen should be just below eye level. Looking down at the screen means your eyes don’t have to be open as wide, reducing the risk for dry eye. Working from bed is the number one culprit for back pain. Try placing a horizontal pillow under your lower back and another one under your thighs for support.
Consumer Reports has a long list of work-from-home tips. To see the full story, log onto our website — AboutMansfield.com — and clicks on the LINKS tab.

STEVE: The City of Mansfield has released its quarterly Road Report this week. About Mansfield’s Robby Terry has the story.

ROBBY: The City’s Road Report is published every quarter to keep residents up to date on road construction and closures. For example, The South Main Street project from Broad to Hunt Street is now complete. Crews are working in the northern part of the city extending a part of Turner Warnell Road, which will become a direct thoroughfare from Highway 287 to 157/Cooper Street. Elsewhere, just over a half-mile of Magnolia Street near Rose Park is in the process of getting a face-lift with the addition of a sidewalk on the east side, storm drain improvements, and water and sanitary sewer line replacements. The paving is complete. Work on storm drain improvements and sidewalk is in progress. The street will be open to traffic in late July. This project is expected to be complete in August. There are several new road projects that are still in the design phase including the expansion of nearly three-quarters of a mile of Day Miar Road from two to four lanes and the addition of sidewalks near Lake Ridge High School. A study was completed to analyze the pedestrian needs and safety around the MISD school sites to determine any additional project safety enhancements. To view the entire road report, log onto our website, AboutMansfield.com, and click on the LINKS tab. Reporting for About Mansfield, I’m Robby Terry.

STEVE: Look to the skies, Mansfield! When’s the last you saw a comet? Your next opportunity may be sooner than you think. About Mansfield’s roving science reporter Dennis Webb filed from home.



STEVE: Sunday is National Ice Cream Day, and because we all scream for ice scream, let’s see if it’s going to be hot enough to visit Helado’s Ice Cream this week! Alexa?


It’s always hot enough to visit Helado’s for a mango-chile pop.


COLEEN: The Tarrant Regional Water District recommends that you irrigate your lawn with three-quarters of an inch of water this week. Without rainfall, Texas lawns in the middle of July need supplemental water to keep growing. Temperatures will be pushing triple digits all week with virtually no chances of rain. For more watering and irrigation tips, log onto WaterIsAwesome.com.

STEVE: That’s a look at news and weather. If you have a news tip that you would like us to follow up on, send us an email to news@aboutmansfield.com. Again, that’s news@aboutmansfield.com.

COLEEN: Just a reminder to follow this podcast so you will be automatically notified when a new episode is released. The easiest way is to log on to our website at About Mansfield dot com and enter your email address under the “Follow Podcast by Email” heading on the home page. And, if you own an Amazon device, listening is as easy as saying, “Alexa, play the About Mansfield podcast.”

STEVE: You can also ask Siri to play the About Mansfield podcast on Apple devices. Coming up after the break, Stacey Main interviews Alliance for Children Director of Community Engagement Katia Gonzalez. Stay with us. I’m Steve Cosio with Coleen Daniell, and the entire news team and this is About Mansfield.




STEVE: We welcome all feedback about the program. Feel free to chime-in by sending an email to comments@aboutmansfield.com or by voicemail at 817-435-2938. That’s 817-435-2938. We’ll read or play back some of the comments in a future episode.


COLEEN: Congratulations to CARMIN MACMILLAN who was the first person to email the correct answer to last week’s trivia question — Which county contains more City of Mansfield real estate, Ellis or Johnson?

According to Google Maps, approximately 12.6 square miles of Mansfield lies within Johnson County. Ellis County claims only two square miles. Department of the Interior data states that Mansfield was wholly contained within Tarrant County until the 1980s when small portions of the city were annexed to Ellis and Johnson counties. CARMIN has won a $25 gift card to 360 Brunch House.

After the break, this week’s trivia question of the week. I’m Coleen Daniell and this is About Mansfield.


STEVE: It’s time for the highly-coveted, wildly popular, Trivia Question of the Week. The first person to email the correct answer to trivia@aboutmansfield.com will receive a $25 gift card to 360 Brunch House, serving “breakfast for the neighborhood!” Located on Broad Street in the shadows of Newsom Stadium, you can find them on the Internet at 360BrunchHouse.com. Let’s get to this week’s question. Coleen?

COLEEN: This week’s question is: how many students are enrolled in the Mansfield Independent School District? Email your answer to trivia@aboutmansfield.com. Again, how many students are enrolled in the Mansfield Independent School District? Good luck and thanks to Nick and Al at 360 Brunch House for the gift card.


STEVE: Coming up next week on About Mansfield: our usual array of news, talk and information including an in-studio interview with guitar luthier and Mansfield resident Chris Jenkins with Lame Horse Instruments. The show will be released on Wednesday July 22nd. Until then, don’t forget to follow to this podcast, if you haven’t already, so you never miss an episode. It’s free and easy. Just enter your email address on our website, About Mansfield.com. We will never send you any spam, we promise. Thanks for listening. For Coleen Daniell, and the entire news team, I’m Steve Cosio and this… is About Mansfield.