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Worth the Wait: Construction Begins on Sylvan/Fort Worth Avenue

Construction on Sylvan from Fort Worth Avenue to Singleton begins Tuesday, August 1st. The project will be completed in spring 2019, and will cost $7.5 million. Worth the wait, Sylvan will have four car lanes, bike lanes on both sides, and bricked crosswalks. Other improvements will include water and waste water drainage. More...

Fill in the Cracks: KNU Sidewalk Grant Program

Sidewalks play an important role in community life by providing connection to our neighbors and our great neighborhood parks. They are the conduits for pedestrian movement, enhance connectivity, improve home values and promote exercise. Approximately 40% of the residential sidewalks in Kessler Park need repair or replacement. Not only are these sidewalks unattractive, they are a potential personal liability for the property owner. More...

Have a Heart

August 7th marks the observance of Purple Heart Day. The Purple Heart is a medal awarded to any member of the U.S. armed forces who are either wounded or killed in combat. This day is meant to honor the immeasurable sacrifices these Americans made for our country, and provides a wonderful opportunity to reach out to Purple Heart recipients, their family, friends or loved ones. More...

End of Summer, Back to School, Running on Empty…

Here we are again. It’s hot, hectic and the to-do list just keeps on growing. Family, work and community obligations leave us feeling as though we are running on empty. Here are a few easy-to-do stress busters that you can incorporate into your day and re-fill your tank. Now, get on with it! More...

Trade in the red coat for a more relaxed fit…

On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Conflict between the colonies and England was already in full swing when the colonial representatives (Continental Congress) convened in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776. In a June 7th session in the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall), Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with the famous words: "Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, More...

Christmas in July, What What?

It’s July, so why are we already talking about the December holidays in Kessler Park? Because we are making some changes to how our neighborhood decorates our islands. Instead of focusing our attention on just two islands, we are planning to spread the holiday cheer around the neighborhood with your decorating hands!!! So, enlist your team and sign up for the Holiday Island Contest with cash prizes. We will have two categories, one for triangles with electricity and one for triangles with no electrical power. More...

A Chilling Drama: Who invented ice cream?

The history of ice cream is more like a whodunit play than a historical expose. Many persons and nations claim to have invented it, but the scoop on the real culprit is plausibly a carton of many characters! The origins of ice cream date back to China’s T’ang period (A.D. 618-907), as a delicacy for the country’s rulers. The founder of the dynasty, King T’ang of Shang, kept 94 “ice men” on hand to lug ice to the palace to make a dish made of koumiss (heated, fermented milk), flour, and camphor. From here, recorded history dishes many acts: A.D. 54-68 - For centuries, iced desserts were a luxury. More...

Natural Anecdotes to Fight the Bite

People are usually prone to mosquito bites due to a combination of scent, light, heat, and humidity. Different species of mosquitos like the ones that carry malaria, prefer bacteria and sweat. Others are attracted to carbon dioxide and certain hand odors. If you are a mosquito magnet, it’s time to break out the DEET. Or, not! DEET products have the potential to cause health and environmental problems. Natural repellents might be a better option, especially for children who are more sensitive. But before you delve into essential oils and homemade remedies, make sure you read the potential risks section at the end of this article. More...

A Long Walk to Freedom

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.” ― Nelson Mandela. In conjunction with Nelson Mandela International Day on July 18th, a biographical brief follows. More...

How to Fest

The 2017 Oak Cliff Film Festival kicks off on June 8th with a showcase of the best independent and brave filmmaking from Texas-based, U.S and world filmmakers. The festival runs through June 11th, with a mélange of feature length films and narrative, documentary, late night, Texas student and cinema shorts. Festival headquarters is located at the Texas Theatre, with multiple screening and party venues around the Cliff, and film panel discussions at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. How do you fest? Click here for a film guide. More...
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