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DART GoLink Pilot Program for South Dallas/Fair Park Area Begins April 26

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) South Dallas GoLink program, an on-demand, personalized, curb-to-curb service for areas around South Dallas and Fair Park, begins its six-month pilot program on Monday, April 26.

Working with the South Dallas/Fair Park (SDFP) Transportation Initiative group, a survey of 200 residents within ZIP codes 75210 and 75215 was completed that identified concerns that the pilot demonstration hopes to rectify.

Through the survey, the SDFP group noted that the South Dallas-Fair Park neighborhood has extensive bus and rail service, but that bus travel within the neighborhood can be difficult for very short trips, particularly to the recreation center and grocery stores. The area is currently served by four DART rail stations, MLK, Jr. Station, Fair Park Station, Hatcher Station and Cedars Station, as well as 10 bus routes.

Already available in Western Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Southeast Garland, Glenn Heights, Inland Port, South Irving, Kleberg/Rylie, Lake Highlands, Lakewood, North Dallas, Park Cities, Legacy West, Far North Plano, North Central Plano/Chase Oaks and Rowlett, the GoLink pilot for South Dallas and Fair Park will cost $50,000, includes one dedicated accessible taxi supplemented by an Uber Pool and covers an 8.5-sq. mile area.

Additional GoLink information can be found at www.dart.org/golink.

Robber With Replica Gun Shot And Killed By Dallas Police On LBJ Freeway

Three Dallas Police officers fired at and ultimately killed a man who Chief Eddie Garcia said tried to carjack a woman, robbed a CVS at gunpoint and ran across LBJ Freeway Monday evening, April 19. 

Chief Garcia said the officers fired at the man when he pointed what turned out to be a fake gun at them. 

No officers or bystanders were hurt. 

Chief Garcia said officers first responded to a report of an attempted carjacking by an armed man in Far North Dallas around 4 p.m.

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ICYMI: H-E-B expanding into the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Texas favorite H-E-B is moving to conquer another huge market in the state–the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

On Friday, the grocery chain announced plans to bring their stores to the DFW Metroplex in 2022.

The stores will open flagship H-E-B stores in Plano and Frisco in the fall of next year.

The company’s Central Market stores have been in the DFW area since 2001, and H-E-B stores have been built in nearby communities like Burleson, Hudson Oaks, Granbury, and Waxahachie.

But actual H-E-B stores haven’t been available to shoppers in Dallas-Fort Worth.

“This is an exciting day as we share plans to expand our presence in the DFW market with the introduction of H-E-B, our flagship banner, to our growing network of stores,” said Stephen Butt, President – Central Market Division of H-E-B. “For the past 20 years, Central Market has been committed to earning customers’ trust, and H-E-B Partners will work hard to earn the confidence of the many new shoppers we look forward to serving in the Plano and Frisco communities.”

H-E-B will open one store in Frisco at the northeast corner of Legacy Dr. and Main St., and one store in Plano at the southwest corner of Preston Rd. and Spring Creek Parkway.

Additional details about the new stores will be shared at the groundbreakings, which are projected for this summer.

Source: CBS Austin

Provost Jonathan J. Sanford to Assume Office as University of Dallas’ 10th President March 8

Current President Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA ’82 MA ’83, has chosen to return to a full-time faculty position at Baylor University on July 1, where he served prior to UD. He will continue to serve as a professor of philosophy at UD for the remainder of the academic year.

Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Husseini, BS ‘88, said, “We are very excited that Provost Sanford will become our 10th president. Provost Sanford’s vast experience in academic planning and operations, his deep understanding and articulate defense of our mission, and his network of relationships and the trust he has built with internal and external stakeholders of the university, as well as his leadership in developing the new strategic plan over the past year, make him perfectly suited to advance the university’s mission of educational excellence and its commitment to the formation of the whole student. He already has a strong leadership team in place to succeed in leading the university in the long term. We are committed to working with Provost Sanford and his leadership team to see the goals of the new strategic plan realized, and we fully trust that under his leadership, UD’s future is set on a course for growth and success.”

BIOGRAPHY: Jonathan J. Sanford

Incoming President Sanford came to the university as dean of Constantin College in 2015 and was elevated to provost in 2018. As provost, Sanford oversees all academic deans of the university’s four schools (Constantin College of Liberal Arts, Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Satish and Yasmin College of Business, and the Ann and Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry), the dean of the library, the dean of students, the dean of the Rome campus, Athletics and Campus Ministry. He also oversees special outreach projects such as UD’s Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture program, as well as the Office of Personal Career Development.

Sanford managed the development of the university’s new strategic plan, and as Husseini noted, “Dr. Sanford is ideally suited to ensure the implementation of the strategic plan as president. Both as dean and as provost, he has excelled in strengthening the faculty and encouraging our students to excel in their studies and in their post-graduate appointments; developed a greater focus on grants and awards; built new philanthropic opportunities; strengthened UD’s Catholic identity; overseen the development of new programs and initiatives; and elevated the university’s reputation.”

Sanford, who holds the rank of professor and is tenured in the Philosophy Department, graduated summa cum laude from Xavier University in classical languages and philosophy in 1997, received his doctorate from the University of Buffalo, State University of New York in 2001, and received a postdoctoral fellowship from Fordham University in 2001-02. Sanford served at Franciscan University of Steubenville for 13 years before joining the University of Dallas in 2015. In his administrative work at Franciscan University, he held the positions of associate vice president for academic affairs and chair of philosophy, and also served in the role of the principal elected faculty representative.

Sanford has published widely on philosophical figures and topics and has made significant contributions especially in foundational questions in moral philosophy, as evidenced in “Before Virtue: Assessing Contemporary Virtue Ethics” (The Catholic University of America Press 2015, paperback 2019). Sanford is currently writing a book on virtue and education. He lectures widely to both scholarly and popular audiences on a variety of topics. For the past three years, on the third Monday of each month, he has hosted the “Good News at UD” portion of the Good News Show on Guadalupe Radio (KATH 910 AM). Sanford is a trustee of the Hildebrand Project, a member of the executive committee and the executive council of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, a member of the Dallas board of Legatus, a fellow of the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture, and a board member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, and is active in several other professional and academic organizations. His wife, Rebecca, is a registered nurse and founding board member of Mighty Is Her Call, a Catholic mothers’ ministry recognized by the Diocese of Dallas. The Sanfords,  parishioners at St. Rita Catholic Church in Dallas, have nine children and one granddaughter, and live with their younger children in Irving, Texas.

‘The Eagle’ Radio Host Russ Martin Dies at 60

Russ Martin, a radio host on 97.1 The Eagle, was found dead in his home early Saturday morning, February 27, according to Frisco police.

A friend of Martin’s went to check on him at his home in the 6300 block of Douglas Avenue and found him unresponsive, police said.

Police responded at about 12:30 a.m. and Martin, 60, was pronounced dead at the home. His cause of death has not been determined, but police said no foul play is suspected.

During a 1 p.m. broadcast on The Eagle, several members of the show paused the programming to announce Martin’s death and remember their friend.

Through emotional tributes, the group remembered Martin’s life — the good moments and his struggles — and the emotions they went through after they learned of his death. They said they plan to find a way to hold a proper tribute for Martin, who hosted The Russ Martin Show on 97.1.

Following the broadcast, Dan O’Malley said the news was shocking but not unexpected for those who were close with Martin.

“Russ has been dealing with a lot of health issues over the last few years, so it’s sad that it comes to its inevitable end. But at the same time, we’re trying to find solace in knowing that he’s at peace and that he’s no longer in pain,” O’Malley said.

He said in Martin’s prime, there was no one better on the radio.

“It’s interesting too because he’s very polarizing. So whether you loved him, you hated him, you loved his show, you hated his show, you at least knew of him. And you had an opinion on it. And he wasn’t afraid to give his opinions on things either. It’s part of what made him so successful,” O’Malley said.

A post on The Eagle’s Facebook page and website asked for fans to share their favorite memory of Martin.

Martin was taken off the air in 2008 when his old station, Live 105.3, switched to sports talk. He had been with the station since 2000. He returned to radio on KEGL 97.1 in 2010.

The Russ Martin Show Listeners Foundation, which supports the families of Dallas-Fort Worth police officers and firefighters who have died in the line of duty, has been around since 2002 and has given more than $500,000 to the families of fallen DFW first responders. 

O’Malley said both the foundation and show will continue.

For those looking to show their support, O’Malley encourages making a donation to Martin’s foundation.

Anyone with information about Martin’s death may call Frisco police at 972-292-6010. Anonymous tips may be made by texting FRISCOPD and the tip to 847411 or through the Frisco PD app.

Dr. Joe Seabrooks Named to Southern Dallas IPTMA Board of Directors

Dr. Joe Seabrooks, President of Dallas College’s Cedar Valley Campus, was selected as the newest member of the Southern Dallas County Inland Port Transportation Management Association (IPTMA) Board of Directors on Thursday, February 25.

Dallas College (formerly Dallas County Community College District) formally joined the Southern Dallas IPTMA in January. Dallas College serves more than 100,000 students annually in academic, continuing education and adult education programs.

“On behalf of the Board, we are thrilled to welcome Dr. Seabrooks to team,” said Alberta Blair, chairwoman of the IPTMA and public works director for Dallas County. “Joe brings decades of experience as an educator, mentor and community leader to the IPTMA Board. His leadership will be paramount as we continue to expand and develop new and exciting transportation opportunities for the Inland Port area.”

Dr. Seabrooks has been the president of Dallas College’s Cedar Valley Campus since 2016, leading a campus that serves approximately 9,800 students, and growing enrollment nearly 45% over the last four years. He holds a B.A. in Psychology, Masters in Higher Education Administration and a PhD in Interdisciplinary, Urban Leadership and Policy Studies and Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

“Much like our Dallas College campuses, the Southern Dallas IPTMA is focused on opportunity,” explained Seabrooks. “With the tremendous growth of jobs and education opportunities in Southern Dallas, often the largest hindrance is access to safe and reliable transportation. Working together to develop these transportation lifelines will serve the people of North Texas and further the opportunities for our future community leaders.”

The Southern Dallas County Inland Port Transportation Management Association (IPTMA) provides comprehensive transportation solutions to employers and employees in the Southern Dallas County Inland Port area. Funded by its members, the organization helps to coordinate transportation services and improve connectivity within Inland Port’s boundaries. Members include private businesses, nonprofit organizations, city and county governments, and local government agencies.

DART to Provide Transportation for Methodist Vaccine Event

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will provide transportation for the Methodist Hospital COVID-19 vaccination event in Dallas on Thursday and Friday, February 4 and 5, 2021.

Over the course of the 2-day COVID-19 vaccination event at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, a joint effort between the City of Dallas and Methodist Health System, 3,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed to individuals in Group 1B (individuals 65 years and older and individuals with comorbidities) between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

DART will provide 7 staffed buses for the vaccination event, transporting individuals with verified appointments from remote parking lots to the vaccine location and back to their vehicles.

Appointments are mandatory to receive a vaccine and names are being pulled from the Dallas County registration list. Click here to register for the vaccine online. People can also call the county’s new registration hotline that launched Thursday at 1-855-466-8639

Read more from WFAA…

If you don’t live in Dallas County, click HERE to find out where vaccination sites are operating, or to register for the vaccine at a site near you.

Dallas Man Pleads Guilty After Placing Hoax Bomb on Railroad

A Dallas man plead guilty on Oct. 23 to charges in connection with placing a hoax bomb on a Dallas railroad track, announced Erin Nealy Cox, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Mark Ashley Robert, 37, plead guilty to one count of false information and hoaxes before Magistrate Judge Irma Carrillo Ramirez via VTC.

According to court documents, during the early morning hours of December 21, 2018, Mr. Robert admitted to placing a device (as seen in the photo below) on the Kansas City Rail Line railroad tracks in Dallas.

A railroad conductor noted a red and green flashing LED light in the middle of the tracks while operating on the railroad. The conductor observed what appeared to be a box wrapped in electrical tape with a nine-volt battery attached to the side of the device.

The Dallas Police Department Bomb Squad responded to the scene to assess the device. Upon examination, law enforcement authorities determined that the box, placed by Mr. Robert, appeared to resemble an improvised explosive device (IED).  As a result, officers rendered the device safe.

Law enforcement submitted the remaining parts of the device to the FBI for latent print examination.  Through the course of that examination, Mr. Robert’s fingerprints were recovered.

Mr. Robert now faces up to 5 years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has been set for March 5, 2021.

This investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Dallas Field Office and the Dallas Police Department with the assistance of the Kansas City Southern Railway Company. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany Eggers is prosecuting this case.

Fall activities: A 2020 guide to pumpkin patches and haunted houses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area

Photo: Courtesy Town of Little Elm

Fall activities: A 2020 guide to pumpkin patches and haunted houses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area:

Autumn at the Arboretum: Through Nov. 1; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214-369-0874

www.dallasarboretum.org/events-activities/autumn-at-the-arboretum/

Storybook Ranch: Through Nov. 1; Thu.-Sun. 10 a.m.-sundown; 3701 South Custer Road, McKinney; 972-369-0874

;www.storybookranch.org

Read more from Community Impact…

Gun recovered after nearly 30 years reconnects family of slain Dallas police officer

The family of a slain Dallas police officer received an unexpected reminder this month of his service and sacrifice nearly 27 years after his death. 

At a time when policing is under a national microscope, the family hopes it can remind people of the dedicated officers who give their lives in the line of duty.

Badge number 3066 is among the dozens cut into the steel roof of the Dallas Police Memorial next to Dallas City Hall. Streaming sunlight casts the badge numbers onto the pavement below, onto the streets the officers once protected. Badge 3066 was worn by Sr. Cpl. Richard Lawrence. He was 46 years old when he interrupted two car thieves outside an apartment complex and was shot and killed on Nov. 9th, 1993.

Read more from WFAA…