July 24, 2014

  • More Diseased Mosquitos in 75230, 75243

    This time, the West Nile-positive creatures were found near the 11400 block of Park Central Drive and the 12100 block of Oberlin Drive. If the weather’s good, the city will spray the area between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. tonight and tomorrow night. Here’s the exact area to be sprayed:

    11400 block of Park Central Drive: Forest Lane on the north, Hillcrest Road on the west, Central Expressway on the east and Royal Lane on the south.

    12100 block of Oberlin Drive: Bunche Drive on the north, Willowdell Drive on the west, TI Boulevard on the east and Forest Lane on the south.

    The insecticide they use is approved by the EPA, but you should still try to stay indoors during the spraying, or roll the windows up if driving. Wash with soap and water if you come in contact with the stuff.

    As always, prevent your contact with mosquitoes by limiting your outdoor hours at night and using bug spray when you must be out of doors. Always eliminate standing water, and call 311 to report any concerns.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 24, 2014 | 3:20 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 14, 2014

  • Mosquito Pool Tests Positive For West Nile in 75230

    UPDATE (7/15):

    Due to last night’s stormy weather conditions, spraying has been delayed until 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. tonight and tomorrow night, weather permitting. Spraying cannot take place during rain or winds greater than 10 MPH.

    Near the 6600 block of Brookshire Drive, a mosquito pool was confirmed positive for West Nile Virus. Therefore, this region is scheduled for mosquito-control spraying between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Monday, July 14 and Tuesday, July 15. Generally, the area is bound by Azalea Lane, Tulane Boulevard, Airline Road, and Walnut Hill Lane.

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    The insecticide is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, but still, avoid contact by staying inside. Keep your windows up if you’re in the car. If you do come in contact with the spray, wash the affected area with soap and water. There are no residual effects.

    As always, you can reduce your contact with mosquitoes by reducing outdoor activities in the evening and nighttime. If you are outside, be sure to grab some mosquito repellant. And don’t forget to eliminate standing water in pools, ponds, birdbaths, and the like.

    If you have any questions, call the city at 311.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 14, 2014 | 4:46 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • June 20, 2014

  • Help Paint a Mural on Forest Tomorrow

    Hey, you — yes, you — do you like to paint? Then come out to Forest Lane and Midway Road tomorrow to help finish off a mural. Paint and supplies will be provided. The fun starts at 9 a.m. before it gets too hot. For full details, check out the Facebook page.

    By Sarah Bennett Jun. 20, 2014 | 12:41 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • June 9, 2014

  • Bluffview Resident Gets Rural With Chicken Coop

    These chickens have some luxe names, such as Grace Kelly and Mary Poppins. (Photo: Courtesy of Margaux Anbouba)

    These chickens have some luxe names, such as Grace Kelly and Mary Poppins. (Photo: Courtesy of Margaux Anbouba)

    Our former writer, Margaux Anbouba, who has since jumped on board at one of our affiliates, D Home, found one Bluffview resident who’s making her urban space a bit more eco-friendly with a chicken coop. Has this homeowner gone coo-coo, or is it a stroke of brilliance? Find out here.

    By Sarah Bennett Jun. 9, 2014 | 10:21 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • May 31, 2014

  • GEM Duo Goes Green With Compost

    The GEM co-owners Mary Kathryn Bass and Leslie Needleman show off their compost contents in the alley behind the Preston Center storefront. The mix of leftover products goes directly to the Texas Worm Ranch in Garland. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    The GEM co-owners Mary Kathryn Bass and Leslie Needleman show off their compost contents in the alley behind the Preston Center storefront. The mix of leftover products goes directly to the Texas Worm Ranch in Garland. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Many organic eateries promote the concept of “going green” inside their establishment. But The GEM puts it into practice outside as well.

    The owners of the organic juice bar at Preston Center are happy to provide the proof in the alley behind their building, home to a typical assortment of dumpsters and recycling bins.

    Glance inside those belonging to The GEM, however, and the organic compost is fresh enough to be literally eaten right out of the trash.

    Not by humans, perhaps, but certainly by the inhabitants of the Texas Worm Ranch in Garland, which is the sole recipient of organic compost from the juice bar.

    “As a conscious capitalist, it’s something I have to do,” said GEM co-owner Mary Kathryn Bass. “It’s an extra expense that we don’t mind taking on because we like sharing what’s left of our juice.”

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    By Todd Jorgenson May. 31, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • April 23, 2014

  • ‘Keep America Beautiful’ Not Just a 1970s’ Thing

    So yesterday was Earth Day, but I figured since Earth Day Texas isn’t until this weekend I’m not late.  Recently I attended an event at Dallas Audubon, just a few minutes from Downtown Dallas and worth the trip by the way.  The center director Ben Jones gave a talk and mentioned that we can all do something every day to improve our environment. He picks up at least one piece of trash a day; That resonated with me and I’m trying to do the same thing.  It made me remember the “Keep America Beautiful” commercial from 1970 (I’m dating myself), which was touching and still relevant.

    By Patricia Martin Apr. 23, 2014 | 3:39 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 17, 2013

  • Uber Ain’t Leavin’

    Think Uber is in trouble with all the recent drama at City Hall? Think again. They’re hiring.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 17, 2013 | 3:09 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • August 14, 2013

  • What’s Your Favorite Dog-Walking Spot?

    A reader of ours proposed this question recently: where do Preston Hollow residents go to walk their dogs?

    When my parents lived in the hollow, we took our family dog to Preston Hollow Park, quietly tucked away at Preston Road and Park Lane. At the park, there’s a playground for kids, a little diamond for kiddie baseball/softball, a tennis court, and a sidewalk trail for people and pooches alike.

    Do you have a favorite park where you take your pup? Let us know.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 14, 2013 | 10:36 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 12, 2013

  • Kleinman Tweets Cupcake Woes

    Y’all know I love to watch all of our fearless local leaders on Twitter. That’s why I was entertained yesterday when our own freshman City Councilman Lee Kleinman tweeted his sorrow when he found the brand-new Sprinkles cupcake ATM out of order.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 12, 2013 | 9:51 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • June 3, 2013

  • Are You Being Buzzed by Love Field Flights?

    A Highland Park resident got in touch with us over the weekend to complain about the noise from Love Field. “We have been pounded with air traffic since the new gates opened on April 16,” he wrote. And he added that any curfew on flights is “a fiction.” “Flights are running through the neighborhoods at all hours.” Has anyone else noticed an increase in noise?

    By Dan Koller Jun. 3, 2013 | 10:03 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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