Around the Town with Rene

J.R. Fagin one of the newest members of Fort Worth’s finest
Congratulations to J.R. Fagin, 31-year old daughter of Dr. Nancy Faigin and Al Fagin, D,O., and sister of Jennifer Faigin, who was one of 30 dedicated men and women who became Fort Worth’s newest peace officers on Sept. 25.
After many months of rigorous training and testing at the Fort Worth Police Academy, Class 121 was sworn in at a ceremony attended by Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief, Fort Worth Police Chief Patricia J. Kneblick, Arlington Police Chief Dr. Theron Bowman, several other Fort Worth dignitaries as well as police officers from several departments around Fort Worth. Family and friends attending the ceremony were parents, Al and Nancy Faigin, Jennifer Faigin, Sergeant Danny and Officer Blanca Sherwin, with their twins Matt and Seth, Stuart, Rebecca Isgur, Sam Reznikoff, Rabbi Alberto Zeilicovich, Jerry and Sylvia Weiner, Annie Alvarez, Shelly Harmon and Jake Carleson, Officer Sara Stratten, Melissa Weiner, Sheryl Saxton, Lisa Arnold and Amy Williams.
J.R. had aspired toward law enforcement most of her life As an Explorer Scout at age 15, she was in a police Explorer post in Lake Worth, Texas under the direction of Officer Danny Sherwin, now Sergeant Sherwin of the Mansfield Police Department. (He and his wife Officer Blanca Sherwin, are also members of Cong. Ahavath Sholom in Fort Worth with the Faigin family.) After being sidetracked in IT (Information Technology) at Verizon Wireless for several years, J.R. finally realized her dream of attending the Fort Worth Police Academy. Not only attended but excelled.
J.R. and sister Jennifer studied penal codes situations, traffic laws, drug cases, court case law, Spanish, etc., etc., well into the wee hours and most weekends. J.R. and 100 percent of her class passed the TCLOSE (state license exam) on the first try.
J.R. excelled on the gun range, earning “TOP GUN,” as the best of her class. She is the second woman to earn the “TOP GUN” honor in the history of the Academy. She also joins two others of the 53 classes that have passed through the Academy over the years who have shot perfect 100s on their three qualification tests. She is the only one ever to add a fourth perfect 100 score for the nighttime shooting test.
The 30 new graduates and new cops in Fort Worth are to be honored for their commitment and we thank all the police officers for the work they do and the sacrifices they make to keep us safe.
In the words of Mayor Mike Moncrief, please, each and every citizen, take time to stop and thank the officers you see for the job they are doing.
Joan Katz Breast Center
now in operation
The Joan Katz Breast Center is now a functioning important part of the Andrews Women’s Hospital, Baylor All Saints.
Traditions the newsletter of All Saints Health Foundation and Baylor All Saints Medical Center recently said “For many, being diagnosed with cancer is like a voyage through turbulent waters encountering both challenges and uncertainty.
“Joan Katz began this journey 26 years ago when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30. Joan was treated at  a cancer specialty hospital outside of Tarrant County and recently remarked, “I have always been a patient in  a comprehensive center with integrated services where everything from lab work to x-rays to doctor appointments to chemotherapy to genetic counseling and testing were done on the same campus. I have always received reports and results in a  timely manner and benefited from a multidisciplinary team approach. And this is what I want for the women and men of Tarrant County who face breast cancer. Using her experiences to help others, Joan has quietly worked behind-the-scenes to support and encourage many. Now with the Joan Katz Breast Center, her advocacy for breast cancer patients continues on a  much larger scale. The care for breast cancer requires the interaction of multiple specialists with services ranging from screening, diagnosis, surgery, radiation, oncology, plastic surgery, behavioral medicine and nursing. As a patient moves from one service to another, record keeping and navigation can be daunting. The Joan Katz Breast
Center at Baylor All Saints Medical Center will include a multidisciplinary breast tumor board of physicians and surgeons, patient navigation, education wellness, social services, and a resource center complete with prosthesis, wigs, garments and make-up.
“…The Joan Katz Breast Center at Baylor All
Saints Medical Center will be a unique place of hope and healing for patients and their families’ said Sherree Bennett, nurse navigator, who added, “We will exist to educate and empower patients and their loved ones with compassionate expertise.’
“Though reluctant to let the spotlight fall on her Joan Katz is honored to connect her name with such a bold and important vision. ‘I am one hundred ad ten percent behind a patient-centered campus’ she said.
Tried and true community leaders, Arnie and Harriette Gachman, have agreed to serve as chairs for the Joan Katz Breast Center Campaign that has as its goal $2.4 million for construction and operational expenses and an $11 million endowment campaign to invest in the long-term operational and program needs of The Center. Arnie recently completed serving as president of the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. Currently a Trustee for Baylor All Saints Medical Center said that a campaign committee is being organized as ‘this is the most critical aspect. You cannot form something like this without the help of good people.’
“In addition to the fact that Mr. Gachman’s mother is a long-time breast cancer survivor, a motivating factor in the Gachman’s decision to serve is their respect for Joan and Howard Katz According to the Gachmans, ‘Joan and Howard are special people, Joan has exhibited immense strength and strives for positive outcomes. She has always been an inspiration to others and earns instant respect She has also given of herself and is one of the heroes in our community.’
“The Gachmans are both entrepreneurs and enjoy many civic and community roles, as well as spending time with family. Their son Iric and his wife Susan are parents of Lexi and Jordan; their daughter Lesha and her husband John Carlson are parents of Ben and Gabbi.”
The Greatest Gift Catalog Ever ™ launches In Fort Worth
Elliot Goodman and his wife Heather have come up with the perfect gift idea for the person who has “everything.”  Last year during the holidays, Elliot was feeling a little frustrated with the avalanche of gift and toy catalogs coming through the Goldman mailbox.
Goldman said to Heather (“half jokingly”) that there were no catalogs featuring what the Goldmans prefer most: a donation to a good cause. Heather’s response: “Well, why don’t you create one?”
And so, The Greatest Gift Catalog Ever ™ was born. The catalog showcases 30 different programs from 10 Tarrant County organizations, including Meals on Wheels, the Tarrant Area Food Bank, and the Mental Health Association of Tarrant County.
At the launch party, hosted by chef Jon Bonnell at his Fine Texas Cuisine restaurant on Sunday Sept. 28, Goldman explained his organization’s goals.
“We want to convert traditional retail dollars – things people would buy – into contributions for charitable organizations,” he said. “So, you can spend $30 on the Sex and the City Season Two DVD, or you can buy 30 minutes of tutoring at Lena Pope Home for that same $30.”
Instead of shopping for gifts at Lands’ End or the Sharper Image,  Goldman hopes that people who are buying might use the catalog to “purchase” things such as 175 meals for families in need ($35), or a month’s worth of meals for a homebound person ($100). People can either buy a “gift” from the catalog, or buy a “gift card” which would allow the beneficiary to select from among the 30 different programs.
Goldman credits parents Rachel and Mike Goldman for instilling in him both the desire to be generous and the responsibility that Jews fulfill mitzvot.
“It’s mitzvah and tzedakah, and it’s the right thing to do,” Goldman said.
The Goldmans say they are inspired by the “front-line volunteers, staff, social workers and institutions who are providing social service and education programs.” The selection of beneficiaries reflects their family’s personal respect for each organization and the work that they do.
So, whether you buy a gift card or make a contribution online, the charities will send an acknowledgement, along with a tax donation letter, to both donors and recipients.
For more information, visit www.
News ‘n Notes:
The invitation is for the entire  community and guests to attend an Art Exhibition and Auction this Sunday evening, the 26th, at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy Street Host for the event is the Isadore Garsek B’nai B’rith Lodge #269. The exhibition can be viewed at 6:30 p.m. with the auction following at 7:30. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.  Admittance is $10 per person or $15 for two people. The event is a benefit for B’nai B’rith Youth Scholarships. For further information you can call Foster Owen, 817-731-6606 or Dan Sturman, cell-817-996-9424 or office, 817-429-2496.

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