Neighborhood news and notes

A roundup of happenings in our neck of the woods.

Community

The Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts has announced its officers and directors for 2011-12. Scott Chase is the new chairman of the board. Other officers are Diane Sherman, membership; Chris Barker, events; Russ Aikman, treasurer; and Carol Hagler, secretary. New board members are Beverly Palmer, Carolyn Dunnigan, Karen Chappell and Kirk Kirksey. Returning members are Kenda North, Paula Murphy, Linda Holt, Susan Amason and Denis Duncan.

The Oak Cliff Lions Club hosts a meeting noon-1 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Weiss Building at Methodist Hospital, 1441 N. Beckley, with guest speaker Roger Emrich of ESPN Radio. He’s the new in-stadium announcer for the Dallas Cowboys. The meeting is open to the public, and lunch costs $8.50.

The Federal Transit Administration approved the 1.6-mile Oak Cliff Streetcar line, finding it would not adversely affect the environment. The $35 million project is being funded by a $23 million grant from the FTA and $12 million from regional toll revenues. DART, which is managing the streetcar project, is expected to hire a design/build contractor and begin purchasing streetcars. The line could be operational by Dec. 2013.

Dallas Park and Recreation will host “It’s My Park” Day 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 10 in a citywide community service effort to beautify Dallas parks. Individuals, homeowners’ associations and other groups can organize beautification projects or recycling events that day. The department can also register your project with the city by Sept. 3. For information, call 214.670.8400.

People

Dr. Gene Voskuhl is the new medical director of AIDS Arms, an Oak Cliff-based clinic that provides medical care to AIDS patients. Voskuhl previously served as the clinical director at the University of Oklahoma’s College of Medicine in Oklahoma City. AIDS Arms’ former medical director, Dr. Keith Rawlings, relocated to San Francisco for another job opportunity.

Volunteer

The Dallas Police Department offers training for its Volunteers in Patrol (VIP) program during an all-day class 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 10 at Dallas City Hall. The program is designed to reduce crime by training citizens to patrol their own neighborhoods and alert police when they suspect a crime is being committed. Participants must be older than 21, belong to an established crime watch group or HOA, and pass a background check. For more details, visit dallaspolice.net.

 


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