Dallas Love Field Airport recognized for best food and beverage program

Dallas Love Field Airport recognized for best food and beverage program

Dallas Love Field Airport won first place for Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) Concessions Best Food and Beverage Program for Medium sized airports. The award recognizes airports with successful and innovative concession programs.

With over $57 million in annual revenue, Dallas Love Field Airport’s concession program strives to create something for every customer. In the 28,844 square foot T-shaped concourse, there is a blend of sit-down eateries and grab-and-go foods. Those traveling to and from Dallas can enjoy local favorites such as Whataburger, Jason’s Deli and Dickey’s BBQ. National brands like Chick-fil-A and Dunkin’ Donuts are also sprinkled throughout the airport. This concept brings together national brands and the airport’s overall theme of “Distinctively Dallas”.

The winners were announced on June 13 in Portland, Oregon at the 2018 ACI-NA Business of Airports Conference. This year’s contest received more than 140 nominations from airports of all sizes throughout the United States and Canada.

(Left) Love Field Communications Manager, Christopher Perry, accepts award for Best Food and Beverage Program for medium sized airports

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MLK Center to host Juneteenth celebration

MLK Center to host Juneteenth celebration

The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center will host their annual Juneteenth Celebration on Tuesday, June 19 from 3 to 7 p.m. to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States.

Recognized by the House of Representatives in 1996 as the “true day of independence for African-Americans in this country,” Juneteenth is a day that marks the freeing of the last slaves in America. Even though President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, news hadn’t reached many regions far south. So, on June 19, 1865, when U.S. Gen. Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, TX with a regiment of Union Army soldiers, he effectively freed the State’s 200,000 slaves. Former slaves began recognizing the date the very next year.

“Juneteenth serves as a historic milestone reminding us of the past, but it is also an opportunity to show pride in all that we have achieved since that time,” Natashia Cooper, Event Services Specialist for the MLK, Jr. Community Center said.

This year’s festivities will include fun and educational games, arts and crafts, free health and HIV testing, live music, spoken word artists, and food vendors. Though many activities are aimed at having wholesome fun, there is always a special focus on health and self-empowerment through education.

“Vendors are here to provide information about social services available within the community, resources for continuing education,” Cooper said. “We want to create an atmosphere of fun for the entire family.”

The Juneteenth celebrations in Dallas go back to the 1930’s in Fair Park, but the meaning of observing this day has remained the same; to acknowledge a major milestone in American history and to encourage a sense of community. It is a testament to the notion that no-one is free until everyone is free.

“Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom, which is something we can all celebrate,” Cooper said.

For more information about the Juneteenth Celebration, click here.

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Pride Month exhibit on display at Dallas City Hall

Pride Month exhibit on display at Dallas City Hall

City Hall kicked off Pride Month with an unveiling of the Pride flag and the exhibit “Threads of Remembrance,” which tells the history of the LGBT struggle in Dallas through the HIV/AIDS crisis. The exhibit was put together through a partnership between the LGBT Employee Association, Dallas Way, and the LGBT archive from the University of North Texas Libraries’ Special Collections.

“It is a harrowing tale of courage and selflessness, despite the lack of assistance from government entities, especially during the early days,” said Brian Price, LGBT Employee Association President. “HIV and AIDS continues to impact the North Texas region, and this exhibit provides current information on HIV and AIDS issues in Dallas.”

This year’s Pride in City Hall exhibit is only a surface level display of Dallas’ commitment to its LGBT community.

“LGBT individuals face particular challenges of silence and assumptions within workplace and institutional environments,” Price said. “The LGBT Employee Association focuses on breaking this silence and ensuring that employees know that this is a safe environment for them to be themselves.”

Dallas’ efforts in ensuring the safety and inclusion of the LGBT community have even been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). The City earned a score of 100 last fall for the third year in a row in the HRC’s Municipality Equality Index; a score that only 68 out of 506 evaluated cities were awarded.

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Friends of the Dallas Public Library receives $10,000 grant to support adult literacy

Friends of the Dallas Public Library receives $10,000 grant to support adult literacy

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded the Friends of the Dallas Public Library (FoDPL) a $10,000 grant to support adult literacy. The award is part of more than $8.3 million in grants awarded to more than 1,000 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.

“This generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation will enrich our High School Equivalency (HSE) and English language classes and bolster learning outcomes,” said Director of Libraries Jo Giudice. Incorporating digital literacy into Adult Education Literacy classes is key to giving students confidence and proficiency, while they also learn technology skills that can expand their work opportunities.

In Fiscal Year 2017, nearly 2,000 students were served through Adult Education and Literacy classes at the Dallas Public Library with funding assistance from FoDPL. The library offers HSE instruction at eight locations and also operates an official GED Testing Center at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library.

“We are honored to fund literacy and education initiatives, which support our mission of serving others,” said Dollar General CEO Todd Vasos. “We look forward to continuing to partner with organizations dedicated to making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans.”
Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $154 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.
Friends of the Dallas Public Library (FoDPL) was established in 1950 to provide philanthropic support for Dallas Public Library facilities and resources. The Friends’ efforts help millions meet their lifelong learning needs by funding the library’s free education and literacy resources.

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Fight the Bite: Mosquito prevention in Dallas 2018

Fight the Bite: Mosquito prevention in Dallas 2018

June 8 at 3:50 p.m.

A mosquito pool in Dallas has confirmed positive for the West Nile Virus. Weather permitting the area delineated below is scheduled for mosquito control spraying on Friday, June 8, 2018 and Saturday, June 9, 2018 between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night.

Control Area: The area to be sprayed is within an area generally bounded by: 1000 block of Muskogee (75217): MOUNTAIN BEND CIRCLE on the north, MEMORY LANE on the west, FOX RUN DRIVE on the east and ELF STREET on the south.

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Pride Month Events

Pride Month Events

Pride Month is celebrated nationally to honor those lost in the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City as well as highlight the accomplishments of those in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.

Check out the list below to find out about pride event going on in Dallas during the month of June.

 

 

 DATE TIME EVENT LOCATION FEES HOST
6 – 27 6pm-7pm Inclusive Love: The Bible & Homosexuality (Part 1) Congregational Life Center 107 FREE Cathedral of Hope
12 Noon PULSE Memorial Bells Cathedral of Hope

Bell Wall

FREE Cathedral of Hope
13 12pm-1pm City of Dallas “Spirit of Equality Awards” Dallas City Hall Free/Parking

Fees Vary

LGBT Task Force
14 12pm-1pm Roundtable Discussion: Current Issues with HIV/AIDS in Dallas Dallas City Hall Free/Parking

Fees Vary

LGBT Assoc. of Dallas
15 5pm-10pm WNBA Pride Night College Park Center @ UT Arlington $14 per ticket. Dallas Wings
15 6pm- Midnight LGBT Pride Month Cultural Celebration The Dallas Museum of Art District Late Night $10 public, $5 students LGBT & LGBT Allies of North Texas
15 8pm-11pm 50 & Free Kirk Meyers

w/Tweet & Melonie Fiona

Aloft Dallas Downtown Free/Parking

Fees Vary

Southern Pride
16 2:00pm Drag Queen Story Time Oak Lawn

Branch Library

FREE Dallas Public Library
16 TBA Unity Festival Longhorn Ballroom Unknown Southern Pride
16 7pm-9pm QueerBomb Dallas March Deep Ellum Free/Parking

Fees Vary

QueerBomb
17 3pm-7pm Juneteenth Unity BBQ Bachman Lake Park Free/Parking

Fees Vary

Southern Pride
20 7pm Movie Screening:

“Call Me By Your Name”

Latino Cultural Center Free Dallas Rainbow

Council LULAC

27 6pm LGBT Book Club w/Madeline Miller Oak Lawn

Branch Library

FREE Dallas Public Library
27 7pm Collegiate HIV Testing Day Havana Bar & Grill Free Dallas Rainbow

Council LULAC

 

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State-of-the-art stormwater pumps to enhance flood protection in Dallas

State-of-the-art stormwater pumps to enhance flood protection in Dallas

Did someone forget to turn the off faucet?

Drivers may have noticed a giant geyser near downtown on Tuesday. Dallas Trinity Watershed Management was testing its newest water pumps which will help reduce flood risk in the city.

The Able Pump Station, located on 615 S. Riverfront Boulevard, currently has two pumps serving the community: Small Able and Large Able. The combined capacity of these pump stations is 220,000 Gallons Per Minute (gpm). The four new concrete volute pumps have a combined pumping capacity of approximately 880,000 gpm.

“Just one of the new pumps equal the capacity of the two original stations, said Sarah Standifer, director of Trinity Watershed Management, “so this doubles the pumping capacity for Able Pump Station.”

The local pumps are highly reliable because of its sustained efficiency and resistance to corrosion.

The 23,228-square-foot Dallas Able Pump Station is scheduled for completion in Spring 2019.

 

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