Monthly Archives: August 2012

City of Dallas to hold tour of south Dallas historical sites next week

Dallas – Dallas City Councilmember Carolyn R. Davis and historians Donald Payton and Jerry Chambers will again lead the popular Heart and Soul Tour of South Dallas historical sites.  The tour will depart at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24 from the African American Museum in Fair Park, 3536 Grand Ave. The free event is the kickoff for the tenth annual Tulisoma South Dallas Book Fair and Arts Festival Aug. 24-26 at the African-American Museum.   To RSVP, call (214) 671-8521 by Wednesday, Aug. 22. For information on Tulisoma visit    Tulisoma 2012 Heart and Soul tour.pdf

Aerial spraying for West Nile Virus will begin tonight in the City of Dallas (including the Meadows)

Dallas – Due to the spread of the West Nile Virus and high infection rates, aerial spraying will begin tonight in Dallas County. In the City of Dallas aerial spraying will be conducted from 10pm – approximately 1am, and cover the area bounded by Interstate 635 to the north and east, the Dallas North Tollway to the west and Interstate 30 to the south.

The area covers 49,000 acres and includes University Park, Highland Park and all of East Dallas. An additional 20,000 acres may be added later today. When those areas are identified, another public notification will be made. Mayor Mike Rawlings issued an emergency declaration yesterday, activating the City of Dallas Emergency Management Plan, noting that the West Nile Virus “has caused and appears likely to continue to cause widespread and severe illness and loss of life.” Aerial spraying is considered to be an effective and safe way to kill adult mosquitoes in large, densely populated areas. Although the pesticide is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, residents are advised to take the following precautions:

  • Minimize exposure. Avoid being outside, close windows and keep pets inside.
  • If skin or clothes are exposed, wash them with soap and water.
  • Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables with water as a general precautionary measure.
  • Cover small ornamental fish ponds.
  • Because the chemical breaks down quickly in sunlight and water, no special precautions are suggested for outdoor swimming areas.  

Residents are also urged to reduce outdoor activity during evening and nighttime hours. When outside, cover arms and legs and use a mosquito repellant. Standing water should be eliminated promptly, as mosquitoes can grow from egg to adult in as little as seven days. Breeding places for mosquitoes include swimming pools that are not kept clean, stagnant ponds, pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys and clogged rain gutters and French drains.  To report standing water or mosquito problems, call 3-1-1. For more information visit

Arial Mosquito Spraying in Dallas

Information is now posted on the City’s Web site regarding West Nile Virus and Aerial Spraying. There are several documents that can help educate people. As soon as the City has specific information on day/time of aerial spraying (and maps) they will update the special Web site with that information.

Here’s the link:

Additional Mosquito Spraying

The City of Dallas will be spraying various parts of the city including our neighborhood for the next three consecutive nights, starting Monday August 13th and concluding on Wednesday August 15th.  The boundries of the mosquito control area including the Meadows is north of Northwest Highway, east of Preston, south of Royal Lane, and west of Central Expressway.  Spraying will begin at 10 PM each night and will continue until completed. 

While the insecticide is considered safe, residents (including pets) in the area should avoid contact with the spray by staying indoors. Persons inside a vehicle while trucks are actively spraying should remain in their vehicles with the windows up and the air conditioner on until the trucks pass and the spray is no longer visible. Persons out during the scheduled spraying time should be alert for trucks and should not follow them. Residents who come in contact with the spray are advised to wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water. The spray breaks down quickly in the presence of sunlight and has no residual effect. Fish ponds should be protected and pets should be brought inside during the spraying period.

Roofing Materials

Good Evening, Fellow Neighbors!

With all of the houses being repaired in our neighborhood and the surrounding area, the bad guys have decided to redo their own roofs with a unique patchwork pattern.  They are creating the unique pattern by using the roofing tiles that your roofing guys have generously left out for them while work is being done on your roof.  For those of you needing roof repairs or have some in progress, you might want to get your roofing companies to leave the stuff on the roof or in a more secure area than on the driveway.  I would think that any theft would be the roofing company’s responsibility but would still impact you with additional headaches and delays that are not really necessary when you have everything else going on.

Also, as a reminder, there are a lot of strangers in our neighborhood doing various repairs.  Most of them appear to be decent, hard-working individuals (okay, mostly men, but don’t want to get some ladies pissed off at me by saying that they are men); however, there may be and probably is at least one bad guy in the crowd so continue to be on guard with you and your property.

Try to stay cool and make sure that your four-legged friends have plenty of shade and fresh water while they are enjoying the sights and sounds of your backyard.