DART Launches Three-Year On-Demand Service for Joppa Community Residents

On Monday, November 15, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) launched the Joppa Rides program, an on-demand transportation service for the neighborhood of Joppa for the next three years.

Funded by the City of Dallas to mitigate the impact of the closure of the current Linfield Road at-grade crossing, the program will serve residents of the Joppa neighborhood, located six miles southeast of Downtown Dallas.

All Joppa area residents are eligible for the program with registration and proof of residency. Once registered, residents will be able to book a ride to one of 15 designated neighborhood locations for drop-off and pickup. Residents can register online at https://www.dart.org/joppa or by mail.

To request a ride, a passenger must be at least 18 years of age. Anyone under that age must be accompanied by an adult. Each Joppa Rides Uber trip can include up to four people. Riders can book a trip online at m.Uber.com or they can make a same-day trip reservation over the phone at (214) 515-7272. They can also schedule trips and request an accessible vehicle at (214) 515-7272.

The Joppa Rides program operates 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week, and riders can book up to two free Uber trips per day.

City of Grand Prairie Acknowledged for Clean Air Efforts in N. Texas

The City of Grand Prairie received the award for outstanding advertising, as well as the Arlo Ambassador Award. Grand Prairie promoted the Air North Texas campaign throughout the year via the official city social media accounts. Posts were tagged with the #AirNTX hashtag, and the content included tips on clean air, high ozone level alerts, and Clean Air Action Day participation. Additionally, Air North Texas messages and advertisements were featured in several city newsletter editions throughout the year

Grand Prairie also earned the Arlo Ambassador Award for its efforts to advance the Air North Texas message through campaign mascot Arlo the Armadillo. For example, the Environmental Quality staff purchased a 2020 Chevy Bolt to reduce emissions and wrapped it with a “Plugged into the Prairie” graphic design that featured Arlo.

Finally, The City of Dallas received the award for the outstanding initiative. Dallas hosted a virtual Clean Air Action Day celebration, which focused on renewable energy and provided opportunities for communities to participate in and benefit from renewable energy strategies. Dallas also participated in a city-wide event called Branch Out Dallas, which distributed over 2,000 free trees to residents.

Air North Texas is a regional public awareness campaign that includes 38 partnerships pursuing environmental awareness in North Texas. It was formed by the North Central Texas Council of Governments with support of the Air North Texas Coalition. Partners support the campaign by encouraging residents to commit to actions that improve air quality, such as working from home, bicycling, or walking to the store and packing a lunch. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered many routines. However, improving air quality remains an important contribution people can make. For more information, visit www.airnorthtexas.org

Ozone season runs from March through November, but North Texans are encouraged to consider how they can contribute to the effort to improve the air throughout the year. Currently, 10 Dallas-Fort Worth area counties do not meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations for ozone pollution, meaning the region has additional environmental responsibilities. Air North Texas is one of many strategies to improve air quality in the region, calling on entities to enact innovative, individual, collective, and creative changes in North Texas to reduce emissions and create cleaner air.

About Air North Texas:

Grand Prairie is one of several organizations involved with Air North Texas, a regional air quality partnership and general public outreach effort. Air North Texas leverages existing resources and program strengths to offer the public a comprehensive resource for air quality information. Collaborative efforts focus on reducing harmful emissions, protecting public health and welfare, motivating residents to make choices that improve air quality, and preserving the economic vitality of the region. Visit www.airnorthtexas.org to learn more.

Happy Birthday, Marines!

Happy 246th Birthday! You’re still looking good!

Irving PD Receives 2021 Law Enforcement of the Year Award

It is with great honor that we will be receiving this year’s 2021 Law Enforcement of the Year Award. Please join us and other fellow honorees listed as we gather on Nov. 13th. These upstanding individuals will be recognized and celebrated for their involvement and service in the community.

Peacemaker Award Honorees:

  • Darius Brown-Community Peacemaker
  • Kenneth Scott-Community Peacemaker
  • Angela Shaw-Community Peacemaker, Alive at Last-Peacemaker Medal of Courage
  • Willie Ford-Community Peacemaker of the Year
  • Cariol Horne-Shield of Honor Award
  • Opal Lee-Soldier Award

Tickets can be purchased at http://blessedarethepeacemakers.us

UPDATE: DAR Veterans’ Day Celebration at Grapevine Cemetery

Come and join the Captain Molly Corbin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Nov. 11 at the Grapevine Cemetery for a placing of flags and the 100th anniversary of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

For more information, contact Martie Cenkci at 210.861.5005 (phone or text) or cenkci@msn.com.

Local resident warns about tire vandals

Pay attention to your vehicle before driving for the first time each day!

From NextDoor:

VetsWhatsNext Holding Turkey Drive for Vets in Need

If you are a veteran and don’t know how you can afford a Thanksgiving turkey, let VetsWhatsNext help out! Register at https://www.vetswhatsnext.org/events/.

Statement regarding arrest of YWLA teacher in Grand Prairie

Matthew Ramos, a former teacher at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy at Arnold, was arrested today for a potentially inappropriate relationship. Central administration received information indicating potential impropriety on Friday, October 22, 2021. Law enforcement was notified that same afternoon and opened an investigation, resulting in today’s arrest.

Mr. Ramos, who has not been on campus since October 22, has since resigned from the District and his situation has been reported to the State Board of Educator Certification as required.

“I want parents to know that we do not tolerate any form of inappropriate communication or contact between a teacher and a student,” said Grand Prairie ISD Superintendent Linda Ellis. “We will always act swiftly to make sure concerns are properly investigated and action is taken to ensure our students’ safety.”

DAR Celebrates Veterans’ Day at Cemetery

For more information, contact Martie Cenkci at 210.861.5005 (phone or text) or email cenkci@msn.com.

It’s That “Time” Again!

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour at 2:00am on Sunday morning. Yes, you MUST stay up until 2am to enjoy the benefits of an extra hour of sleep that got taken away in the Spring. Just kidding, of course, but you don’t want to be late to church or your axe throwing lesson.