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COVID-19 Bulletin (09/24/20)

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported 348 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday with two deaths. Deaths included two men in their 50s and 70s with underlying high-risk health conditions. Keller ISD saw 34 positive COVID-19 cases this week, causing over 300 students to be sent home and asked to quarantine. The large number of cases lead […] The post COVID-19...

At Ro2 Art, Big Tex and the World Are Up in Flames

It’s been nearly eight years since State Fair icon Big Tex burst into flames from an electrical short in his right boot. The larger than life cowboy was quickly replaced, but the image of his Dickies uniform and 75-gallon hat engulfed in fire and smoke is one that will live forever in the minds of […] The post At Ro2 Art, Big Tex and the World Are...

Business Briefs: Dallas YMCA Launches Racial Equity and Innovation Centers

The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas has received a $100,000 grant from Reliant to create Racial Equity and Innovation centers in nine Dallas YMCA locations. The funding will support the centers, as well as the Catalyst Initiative, the Y’s response to COVID-19.   “It is consistent with the Y’s mission that we will lead in conversations about racial […] ...

New Chief Nursing Officers at Medical City Plano and Frisco

Medical City Healthcare has named chief nursing officers at their Plano and Frisco hospitals. Damita Williams will fill the roll at Plano, and Ashley Holmstrom will be in the position in Frisco. Williams had been the chief nursing officer at Medical City Fort Worth since 2017, when the hospital received Magnet re-designation for nursing excellence,...

News Bites: More Hot Chicken and Thunderbird Station Opens in Deep Ellum

Welcome to SideDish’s weekly dispatch of need-to-know News Bites, from quiet closures to opening updates and everything in between, including coronavirus-related intel. Hot Chicken! Hot Chicken Here! I’ve been watching the façade of 4505 Gaston Avenue slowly morph this year. The iconic mid-century stone exterior remains intact, as does its eye-catching...

How the Pandemic Challenged Retail Real Estate

The retail real estate industry “has seen five to 10 years of change in six months” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to one of the most influential voices for retail real estate, Tom McGee. McGee, president and CEO of the International Council of Shopping Centers, recently spoke to the Weitzman team during a statewide […] The post How the Pandemic...

What You Need to Know About Today’s City Council Vote on the Dallas Budget

When the Dallas City Council votes this afternoon on the budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, it will consider giving the police department an additional $8 million over what the department spent this year. The Council will also vote on nearly $30 million of infrastructure improvements, expanded mental health services, housing, and employment programs...

Dallas County is the Least Healthy County in DFW

U.S. News and World Report released its ranking of 3,000 U.S. counties and county-equivalents, and Dallas County didn’t score well. With an overall score of 43.4 out of 100, it ranked below all of its immediate neighbors in DFW.  The report analyzes 84 factors in ten categories to define the health of a community and gave each area […] The post Dallas...

Leading Off (9/23/20)

Dallas City Council Votes on Budget Today. And a proposed $7 million cut in police overtime pay that was originally planned to be used to fund a variety of public services will all be plowed back into public safety measures. In other words, no defunding the police in Dallas, yet. Meanwhile, the police department is […] The post Leading Off (9/23/20)...

Making It an Endless Summer at Windsong Ranch’s Lagoon

Summer has officially ended, but Windsong Ranch’s newest amenity THE LAGOON gives residents the ability to prolong that summery feeling well into the fall. With white sand beaches and crystal-clear water, the five-acre lagoon looks more like the Caribbean than North Texas, and the island vibes extend to the activities residents of Windsong Ranch can...

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