Neighborhood news & notes

Community

Bryan’s House, a nonprofit providing services to special-needs children and children affected by HIV and AIDS, is moving to Oak Cliff. The nonprofit is taking the former Springhill Montessori School building at 802 S. Beckley. The school is moving to Fort Worth Avenue. Bryan’s House, established in 1988 as a safe haven for babies and children dying of AIDS, previously had one location on Forest Lane. Now they will provide services from the location on Beckley and a second location in West Dallas. The nonprofit has plans to open multiple locations in Dallas in the future.

The city’s Office of Cultural Affairs has $50,000 to spend on murals for four retaining walls at the Oak Cliff end of the Jefferson Viaduct, near the Oak Farms plant. The city is calling for “submission of qualifications from professional artists and/or artist teams to work with the City of Dallas and the community to create a large-scale mural for the concrete retaining walls.” The murals should relate to Oak Cliff, “taking inspiration from the people, landmarks and overall creative spirit” of Oak Cliff. The call for submissions states the city “is particularly interested” in artists who have a connection to Oak Cliff. Email submissions to oakcliffmuralproject@gmail.com. For questions, contact Kendall Ferguson at 214.670.5639 or kendall.ferguson@dallascityhall.com.

People

Attorney Chad A. West of Oak Cliff runs a practice focused on serious injury litigation and criminal defense. He has been recognized with honors by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL), Super Lawyers and the Dallas Voice. The DAYL has announced that West has been recognized by the bar organization as the Outstanding Young Lawyer for 2012. The Awards Committee honors one attorney each year from its 2,500 members who exemplifies professional proficiency, service to the profession and service to the community. Nominees must have been 36 years old or younger.

Politics

Jason Roberts, Domingo Garcia, Carlos Quintanilla and Chrysta Castañeda of Oak Cliff, and Steve Salazar of West Dallas have filed to run for U.S. Congress in the newly created District 33. They will compete with six candidates from Tarrant County and one from North Dallas in the Democratic primary May 29. Two Republicans — Charles King of Cedar Hill and Chuck Bradley of Fort Worth — have filed to run for the seat, which is favored for a Democratic win in the November general election. The new district includes parts of Oak Cliff, Cockrell Hill, Grand Prairie, Fort Worth and Irving, plus a stretch of Dallas east of Interstate 35 to Interstate 635.


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