News and Notes: June 2013

DART broke ground on the Oak Cliff streetcar; pedestrian and bike pathways planned across the Margaret McDermott bridge and Bishop Dunne Catholic School is amid a $6 million renovation


DART broke ground on the Oak Cliff streetcar last month. The streetcar will travel from Union Station and across the Houston Street Viaduct. The rails are going in this summer, and the line to Colorado and Beckley should be running by November 2014. An extension from Colorado to Seventh and Zang should be open by spring 2015.

The North Texas Council of Governments is expected to grant $2 million for the creation of pedestrian and bike pathways across the planned Margaret McDermott bridge.



Bishop Dunne Catholic School is amid a $6 million renovation. Updates to the 51-year-old-school include creating new administrative offices, building a brand-new auditorium and installing new heating and cooling systems, among other projects.

Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center math teacher Joshua Newton won DISD teacher of the year. Newton serves as a department co-chair, and he regularly analyzes data looking for better ways to teach and implement innovative strategies for teachers and students. He often volunteers his Saturdays to take students to competitions. Sunset High School graduate Rose Davidson, who works at Dallas Environmental Science Academy, won teacher assistant of the year. Central Market awarded Newton $5,000 and Davison $1,500.


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