The Dallas County District Attorney’s office is creating an animal abuse unit thanks to a fundraising campaign from Safer Dallas Better Dallas. This year, almost 3,000 cases of animal abuse have been reported, but only the worst cases are investigated. The nonprofit has committed to raising $200,000 to pay for a full-time prosecutor and an investigator in the first year. County Commissioner Elba Garcia made the collaboration with Safer Dallas Better Dallas possible, and County Commissioner Maureen Dickey and her husband, Roland, donated $40,000 to the campaign.
Dallas ISD, the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League and the Texas Historical Commission unveiled a memorial in November to slain Dallas Police officer J.D. Tippit, who was shot to death by Lee Harvey Oswald at Tenth and Patton streets following the JFK assassination.
Kings Highway resident Jenni Stolarski created a nonprofit, ReTree Oak Cliff, with the goal of planting 4,000 trees in our neighborhood by 2016. The Texas Trees Foundation donates the trees and provides a forester to determine where best to plant them. But Stolarski is raising money for the trees to be planted. ReTree Oak Cliff planted 300 trees in Kings Highway last month thanks in part to a $2,500 grant from the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League.
Go Oak Cliff raised $500 for sixth-grade students at Rosemont Elementary through the chili cook-off at Cliff Fest in November. The students are planning a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend President Obama’s inauguration this month.
Jewelry designer Ariel Saldivar, an Oak Cliff native, visited the set of “The Price is Right” last month. Her jewelry line, Olivia K, will be featured as one of the single-bid items in the “come on down” segment of the show on Jan. 30.
FD Luxe named several of our neighbors in its “new creative class” of 13 people to watch in 2013. They included artist Nicole Cullum Horn, artist Kyle Hobratschk, chef Omar Flores of Driftwood and Will Rhoten, aka DJ Sober.