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  • 24 May 2016 7:06 PM | Anonymous

    Join the East Dallas Young Professionals for a speaker lunch at 11:30 on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Trinity Hall, located at 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75206.

    Brian and Shelby Helm will be reviewing the basics of financial wellness: budgeting (knowing how much money is coming in vs. out and where your money is going), insurance and retirement planning (explaining these in a more user-friendly way), college funds for children, etc.

    This will be a great refresher for many and a good reminder for any young professional on appropriate money management

    Trinity Hall always has a great menu for us with each meal at $10 after tax.

    We hope to see you all there!

  • 11 May 2016 8:36 AM | Anonymous

    Woodrow Wilson Alumni Fest on Saturday, May 14 will have pizza and beer at The Pour House at 1919  Skillman, raising funds for scholarships for Woodrow Wilson students. 

    $30 in advance $35 at the door - and the O's are playing!

    This will be fun - and supports a good cause.! 

  • 20 Apr 2016 9:59 PM | Anonymous
    Just announced - reception with artist John Henry on April 29 and then 2016 Spirit is Ageless Contest Awards Celebration at C. C. Young on April 30.

  • 20 Apr 2016 12:57 PM | Anonymous

    The Pour House in Lakewood is hosting a benefit for the Woodrow Wilson Alumni Association on May 14 from 12-5 pm. Pizza from My Family's Pizza, beer and music by the O's! $30 in advance / $35 at the door.

  • 19 Apr 2016 6:19 AM | Anonymous

    IH 635 LBJ East From US 75 to IH 30 - Public Meeting
    Tuesday, April 19, 2016
    Public Meeting (Open House Format): 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Highlands Church of Christ - 10805 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, Texas 75238

    The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will hold a Public Meeting regarding the proposed IH 635 LBJ East Ultimate Project from US 75 to IH 30 in the cities of Dallas, Garland, and Mesquite, Dallas County, Texas. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at the Highland Oaks Church of Christ, 10805 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, Texas 75238. The meeting will be held in an open house format from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    The purpose of the public meeting is to present the proposed project to the public and receive comments. The project proposes improvements to IH 635 from east of US 75 to south of IH 30 and to IH 30 from west of Gus Thomasson Road to east of North Galloway Avenue. The proposed project would reconstruct IH 635 to providefive general-purpose lanes, two tolled-managed lanes, and two to three frontage road lanes in each direction from US 75 to near Royal Lane/Miller Road. From near Royal Lane/Miller Road to La Prada Drive, the proposed project would reconstruct IH 635 to provide five general-purpose lanes, two non-tolled express lanes, and two to three frontage road lanes in each direction. From La Prada Drive to south of IH 30, the project would reconstruct IH 635 to provide lane balance transitions between the general purpose lanes, proposed express lanes, and IH 30 interchange. Additionally, two to three frontage road lanes would be constructed in each direction from La Prada to Town East Boulevard. Improvements to IH 30 would include reconstructing the main lanes to provide at least three lanes in each direction through the IH 635 interchange with allowances provided for potential future managed/express lanes. Auxiliary lanes would also be constructed for the IH 635 interchange. The IH 30 improvements would include two to three lane frontage roads in each direction. Additionally, the proposed project includes the construction of multiple noise walls located along the project corridor, where reasonable and feasible.

  • 15 Apr 2016 10:27 AM | Anonymous

    The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce will host Dr. Lori Cook, Ph.D. who will present a program that is very timely: “Brain Health of our Kids: A Candid Discussion about Concussions”. 19-year-old McCann Utu, Jr. from Plano killed his mother, Stacy Fawcett, and his 17-year-old brother, Josiah Utu, last Friday before killing himself. McCann's uncle, Scott Fawcett, says the teen's personality changed after he suffered two head injuries while playing basketball at Plano High School. His brain has been donated to the scientific community for concussion research.

    The program will be Tuesday, April 20 at the Lakewood Country Club, 1912 Abrams Road. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. and program and lunch at 12 p.m. Seats are $30 for Chamber members and $35 for guests. They are available online or by calling 214-649-1773.

    Dr. Lori Cook, Ph.D. is Director of Pediatric Brain Injury Programs at Center for BrainHealth. She is actively engaged in educating the public about concussions and concern which touches many families in and around East Dallas. She will talk about Brain Health with a focus on concussions – research, trends, how to stave off concussions, and how to look out for the symptoms of a concussion.

    Click to pay online

    Thank you to our sponsor

    Whole Foods Market-Lakewood

    Dr. Cook, a certified speech-language pathologist since 2003, specializes in conducting research and clinical cognitive-linguistic evaluations as well as interventions with children with neurologic communication disorders. Currently, Dr. Cook oversees the pediatric brain injury research programs at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas, including coordination of two studies involving specialized evaluation and cognitive intervention for children and adolescents with acquired brain injury.

    Dr. Cook has also served as site research coordinator for a National Institutes of Health-funded study investigating the long-term recovery of higher-level language skills as well as executive function abilities (e.g., self-regulation, planning, problem-solving) after brain injury, contributing to the development of new assessment and intervention tools. Additionally, she has been involved in studies examining working memory function and social cognition abilities during functional brain imaging (fMRI).

    Overall, her research is focused on understanding the rehabilitative effects of long-term follow-up care, with the hope of developing a successful format for identifying, monitoring, and maximizing the potential of children with acquired brain injuries in order to help them be successful in their home, school, and community environments.

    To learn more about Dr. Cook's work, click here.

  • 15 Apr 2016 9:24 AM | Anonymous

    The MEET! East Dallas committee was proud to deliver a check this morning for $1700 to C. C. Young for their Benevolence. Thank you to the many food and business sponsors and the attendees that made this possible!

  • 26 Mar 2016 11:21 AM | Anonymous

    Councilman McGough would like to inform you an important meeting regarding LBJ EAST PROJECT EXPANSION.  TxDOT is holding a Public Meeting regarding the proposed IH 635 LBJ East Ultimate Project from US 75 and IH 30 in the cities of Dallas, Garland, and Mesquite. Please feel free to forward this email to your community.

    DATE: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

    TIME: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

    LOCATION: Highland Oaks Church of Christ

                                    10805 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, Texas 75238

                                    (Map Attached)


    Over the last several months, Councilman McGough has been working with our Transportation champion and Lake Highlands resident Susan Morgan, RTC Chair Mike Morris, Councilmember Kleinman, TxDOT officials, and others, to advocate that our elected officials support the LBJ East expansion project which  has been at a standstill for far too long. The RTC passed a resolution for funding and included this project in their 2040 Mobility Plan. During the January Texas Transportation Commission meeting, Mayor Rawlings submitted a letter, signed by CM McGough, Kleinman, and Clayton, requesting the commission to approve and expedite the LBJ East project.


    TxDOT has finally taken action to consider this project, now it’s time for your voice to be heard and ensure this is priority project and its design truly addresses the mobility needs in our community.


    The purpose of this meeting is to present the proposed project to the public and receive comments. This project proposes improvement to IH 635 from East of US 75 to south of IH 30 and to IH 30 from West of Gus Thomasson Road to east of North Galloway Avenue. T

    This project would reconstruct IH 635 to provide five general-purpose  lanes, two tolled-managed lanes, and two to three frontage road lanes in each direction from US 75 to near Royal Lane/Miller Road.

    Maps showing the proposed project’s location and design will be available for viewing at the public meeting. This information will also be available for public inspection Monday through Friday between 8am05pm at the TxDOT Dallas District Office located at 4777 East Highway 80, Mesquite, Texas 75150.


    Public comments are used to make changes and adjustments to the design and scope of projects. Your comments can make a difference.  We need to speak loudly and with one voice to ensure this project affecting Lake Highlands and District 10 is not only a top priority, but designed to meet the needs of the community.


    Primary Issues/Areas of Support:  Below are positions I have heard most frequently from residents of District 10.  Of course, I encourage you to make your opinion known, and I appreciate your feedback, but if you have not dug deep into these issues, I want to provide you some important points to consider.

    1.      We support the LBJ East Expansion project as presented with 5 free use lanes going each way and 2 tolled lanes going each way (the tolled lanes are only from 75 to Miller road exit and become free east of Miller Road)

    a.      Main Point:  We understand that without the partial tolling of the optional express lanes, the project could  be delayed indefinitely, and this project is essential to our quality of life and mobility

    1. LBJ East Expansion project should be the highest transportation project in the region.

    c.       We need continuous frontage roads to help with access and provide opportunity for economic development to meet restaurant and retail needs

    2.      We support expediting the Sound Walls along all residential areas protecting our neighborhoods from the public nuisance of 635

    a.      Quality of life, property values, and individual peace of mind must be improved with the sound walls that have been promised for years

    b.       With increased congestion and traffic the issues have increased exponentially, and the proper height and length of the sound walls are essential

    3.      We support expediting the Skillman Gateway project

    a.      To increase safety and straighten out the Skillman /LBJ /Audelia crossing

    b.      We support the signature bridge to provide a real gateway into our community and CONNECT north of 635 with south of 635


    Please make plans to attend if possible. If you do, please feel free to speak publically at the meeting.  You can submit comments and questions at the meeting or online. In addition, written comments may be submitted either in person or by mail to Mr. Stephen Endres, P.E. at the TxDOT Dllas District Office, 4777 E. Highway 80, Mesquite, Texas 75150-6643. Written comments must be postmarked by Friday, April 29, 2016 to be included in the Public Meeting Summary. 

    The time to be heard is now!  This project affects the long term vitality of our community!  Please make plans to participate in this discussion and lets Support Lake Highlands and all of District 10. #AllInD10

    If you have additional questions or comments or believe other considerations need to be addressed, please contact our office and let us know. 

    Cristal Retana │ Council Assistant

    Councilman Adam McGough – District 10

    Dallas City Hall

    1500 Marilla Street, 5FS

    Dallas, Texas 75201

    Office: 214-670-4068
  • 23 Mar 2016 6:56 AM | Anonymous

    The Dallas B.R.A.I.N. is a partnership of Dallas' Office of Economic Development and the Dallas Public Library.

    Dallas B.R.A.I.N.


    March Partner Meeting


    Hope Shimabuku, Director of the Texas Regional US Patent and Trademark Office 


    Please join us for an update on the Dallas small business ecosystem, provided by the Dallas B.R.A.I.N.. Hear from Hope Shimabuku on what the USPTO is doing to assist in driving innovation in North Texas. Don't miss out on this opportunity to network with other D/FW area service providers.


    Thursday, March 31, 2016

    11:00 am - 12:00 pm


    J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
    Sammons Small Business Center

    1515 Young St., 5th Floor

    Dallas, Texas 75201


    Question? Please email us at

    Hope Shimabuku
    Director of the Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office


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