Neighborhood news and notes


The Dallas Zoo accepts volunteers to help care for animal and plant collections and educate visitors about nature and wildlife conservation. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and provide a negative tuberculosis test. No prior experience is necessary. Contact the Volunteer Services Department at 469.554.7450 or

The city reports that it earned $186,450 from the $15 garage sale permit fee residents have been required to pay during the past fiscal year. According to the city briefing, more than 12,430 permits were issued, and the city also dished out 720 violation notices and 17 criminal citations.

Turner House, the storied landmark mansion in Oak Cliff’s historic Winnetka Heights neighborhood, celebrated its 100th birthday with a salon series party featuring Matt Tolentino and his Hot Five Band, which played energetic tunes from all decades of the early 1900s, including a crowd favorite from 1912. Future salon series events will continue the theme of “Turner House: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” with a silent film program and an early 20th century architecture program.

Neighbors are raising funds to create a memorial for firefighters Vince Davis and Todd Krodle of Station 26, who died in the line of duty. Krodle died this past summer after falling through the roof of a burning building at Ridgecrest Terrace Apartments. Davis was killed in February 2002 after a wall fell on him as he was fighting a fire at an apartment complex on Jefferson near Plymouth. Neighbors, including Nola Rae Smith, have established a memorial fund to pay for a memorial that costs about $3,300. To donate, make checks out to the CFA (Christian Firefighters Association) Memorial Fund with account No. 1775790 in the memo line. The address is City Credit Union, 7474 Ferguson Road, Dallas, Texas, 75228.


Councilmember Scott Griggs presented Katherine Homan of Handley Drive a proclamation for having the city’s first comprehensive green home. Homan and her late husband, Richard, envisioned and built the home long before the word “green” became trendy in construction lingo.

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