The Advocate - Emily Charrier - 11 May 2017
Let the lobbying begin. With $800 million in city capital bond dollars coming up for grabs, a healthy portion of which will be earmarked for road repairs, it’s no surprise that neighborhoods are looking to secure their piece of the pie.
As was the case this week, when a petition from Old East Dallas neighbor Nathaniel Barrett popped up on Change.org seeking to ensure the Abrams/Columbia throughway gets the “Complete Street” treatment.
“The harmful effects of this dangerous and neighborhood unfriendly road are evident in the number of injuries and lackluster growth along this corridor,” Barrett writes. “Further, hundreds of children must cross this street daily to reach Lipscomb Elementary, Woodrow Wilson High School, and JL Long Middle School, forcing them to risk their safety by walking or take a car to travel even a short distance.”
He’s not wrong, the six-lane stretch can feel more like a highway than a residential road, especially during commute hours. Abrams drops down to four lanes through Lakewood at Gaston, and Barrett would like to see that design expanded through Old East Dallas. The “Complete Streets Design” suggests a four-lane road with room for parking, sidewalks and bike lanes. Barrett’s petition asks Councilmembers Mark Clayton, Philip Kingston and Adam Medrano to prioritize the the area when spending their district’s allocated bond funds.
That’s assuming voters approve the bond, of course. The city council voted to delay putting the measure in front of voters until Nov. 7, when some thought it had a better shot at passing (a decision Advocate columnist and former councilmember Angela Hunt questions).
With the mass number of streets that need attention in our neighborhood, we’re guessing this won’t be the last petition for bond funds.
A Post from Jose Robles on Next Door
Since I'm a retired firefighter living in HSM...neighbors have been asking what can they do for the injured paramedic and the guys at the station on East Grand(19's).
5842 Live Oak,
is holding a fundraiser on Saturday 05-13-17 from 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Proceeds will benefit the An family. Get your car washed by off-duty firefighters or stop by and make a donation . The best gift for the guys at the station would be a large turnout and raising lots of $$ for the An family!
It's Spruce Up
Join Us Saturday May 13th for Our Shoreline Spruce Up!
The Advocate - Emily Charrier - 06 May 2017
East Dallas showed its preference for incumbent councilmen Philip Kingston and Mark Clayton by a healthy majority in an election that drew 7.8 percent of the city’s registered voters.
Despite the influence of a deep-pocketed Super PAC, Kingston captured nearly 55 percent of the vote in district 14 to challenger Matt Wood’s near 42 percent. It’s enough to avoid a runoff and secure the seat for another two years.
In District 9, Clayton sailed to an easy victory with 93 percent of the vote.
Here’s the original post:
While it’s too early to call a winner, incumbent Philip Kingston leads East Dallas challenger with 55 percent of the vote to Wood’s 42 percent in the District 14 council race. Downtown challenger Kim Welch is a distant third with just 3 percent of the vote.
In the District 9 race, incumbent Mark Clayton sits on a healthy lead with 94 percent of the vote to challenger Arthur Adams, Jr.’s 6 percent.
This story will be updated as more results are available.
Hello everyone and Happy Cinco do Mayo!
For those of you who have been growing seeds at home, we thank you and want to plant your sprouts. If you have some seeds that have not yet sprouted, don’t give up! Milkweed seeds take longer to sprout and must be kept moist. You can spread them around your landscape where you’d like them to grow and undoubtedly, later this fall they will sprout.
Last weekend, we planted James Kleitches’ and Matt O’Connor’s sprouts totaling 24 more milkweeds. Do you have some ready to go?
As always, bring your gloves, hand tools, and hat. It’s going to be a beautiful morning to be outside. Everyone is welcome to swing by and see what’s growing; we hope to see you tomorrow. If driving, parking is along East Grand between Tenison Memorial and Blair.
Tenison Park Pollinator Garden
Saturday, May 6
In honor of The Statler’s reawakening, we invite you to join us for Movies in the Park at Main Street Garden. Beginning in the 50s, we will showcase an iconic movie from each decade, making our way back to the future.
April 6: Jailhouse Rock
May 4: Breakfast at Tiffany's
June 1: Superman
July 6: Ferris Bueller's Day off
August 3: Forrest Gump
September 7: Best in Show
October 5: Back to the Future
Main Street Garden
1902 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Native Plants and Prairies Day
May 6, 2017
Join us for a FREE fun day at White Rock Lake!
The North Texas Master Naturalists will host the fifth annual Native Plants and Prairies Day on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10 AM to 3 PM, at the Bath House Cultural Center grounds at White Rock Lake.
Highlights for the day include 15 thirty-minute wildflower and prairie walks guided by local experts, a lecture series by naturalist experts, and 30 demonstrations/information/outreach booths, raptors, and snakes. For the first time we will have local artists displaying their nature-inspired creations for purchase.
Come help us construct our own Climate Ribbon tree during the event. The Climate Ribbon project is an opportunity for us to share what each of us stands to lose to climate change and affirm our solidarity as we unite to fight against it.
Other offerings include a raffle with terrific gifts provided by event sponsors, children’s activities, and food trucks.
This FREE family event has been enthusiastically received by the local community for its focus on Texas plants and animals and the benefits of using native plants in home landscapes as disease and drought-resistant alternatives to non-native species. Our native birds, animals, and insects all depend on these native plants for survival.
Major sponsors for the event include: Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Dallas Zoo, Pariveda Solutions, Texas Discovery Gardens, Whole Earth Provision Co., Wild Birds Unlimited, Arborilogical Services, Inc., Rohde’s Nursery and Nature Store, Earth Day Texas, and the Dallas Sierra Club.
For more information, updates on the latest event developments, and the detailed descriptions of the speakers, walk guides, artists, and exhibitors, go to ntmn.org
Connect with us on social media:
Facebook: Native Plants and Prairies Day
Twitter: @ntmasternatural and Instagram: @ntmasternaturalis
IMPORTANT NEIGHBORHOOD UPDATE
As I am sure you are aware, every year we host a Home Tour. In addition to providing financial support to several area schools, the proceeds from the Tour provide the money we need to run the neighborhood, such as providing services like common landscaping, the newsletter and social events, to include the ones at Christmas, Halloween and Easter. This year the tour weekend will run Saturday April 29th thru Sunday April 30th from noon to 5:00pm.
This year, one of your neighbors will have their home included in the Tour.
Several thousand people will be in the neighborhood, as well as on your block to see the wonderful place we are proud to call home.
As a result, we need your help. Following are things we would like you to take into consideration during tour weekend.
Here are the homes on the Tour this year.
7003 San Mateo
910 Monte Vista
Thank you for your cooperation & support.
Home Tour Committee
Hollywood / Santa Monica Neighborhood Association
P.O. Box 140763 Dallas, TX 75214