Dallas City Council Approves DART D2 Subway Resolution

On Wednesday, March 24, the Dallas City Council unanimously approved a resolution supporting the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) D2 Subway project, a second light rail line through downtown Dallas that will extend from Victory Park to Deep Ellum. The resolution includes a commitment to continue to work towards addressing community concerns on the east end of the alignment.

“The DART D2 Subway project is an important regional project,” explained Paul N. Wageman, chair of the DART Board of Directors. “The second light rail alignment through downtown Dallas is a long-term investment in mass transit to support both the city’s and the region’s goals of a more walkable, transit-oriented and sustainable region. The DART Board appreciates the Dallas City Council’s continued support of this transportation initiative.”

The DFW area continues to experience unprecedented growth, with new businesses and residents moving to the area every day. The primary purpose of the D2 Subway project is to add long-term passenger carrying capacity to the DART light rail system and provide operational flexibility and added reliability – especially important for the thousands of riders that use the DART system every day to get to work, services, and school.

DART began planning for the D2 Subway project in 2007 and the 30% level of preliminary design was completed in October of 2020. DART will continue to work with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to request re-entry into the Capital Investment Grant program engineering phase as a core capacity project.  The first step in this process will be for the FTA to issue the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision along with the 30% design package. Public, agency and stakeholder involvement will continue to be integral to the process.

“The DART D2 Subway project demonstrates a commitment to strengthening the DART system and creating a more transit-oriented and accessible network for the benefit of our riders and the residents of North Texas,” said Wageman. “The next several months will be focused on continuing the collaborative, multi-agency effort among DART, the City of Dallas, the North Central Texas Council of Governments and TxDOT to evaluate any proposed refinements, enhancements, and/or modifications to the east end of the corridor in coordination with stakeholders.”

More information about the DART D2 Subway project can be found at www.dart.org/D2.

Police Obtain Arrest Warrant for Shooting Suspect

Grapevine Police have identified a suspect in a shooting that occurred on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

At approximately 7:40 p.m. a small group of men got into an altercation at the Shamrock gas station at 2713 Mustang Drive. Witnesses say two of the men were shoving each other when one displayed a handgun in his waistband. The suspect fired his weapon multiple times. One of the bullets struck the victim’s foot, while another shattered the glass of a neighboring business. No witnesses were injured.

The suspect got into his car and drove off, while the victim was driven away in another vehicle. On the way to the hospital, the victim spotted an ambulance parked at the 7-Eleven on Mustang and Ira E. Woods and stopped for medical assistance. Medics then transported the victim to the hospital for treatment.

Officers were able to identify the shooter through witness accounts and surveillance video. The 21-year-old suspect faces charges for Deadly Conduct, a third-degree felony. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. His name will not be released prior to booking.

The victim is identified as an 18-year-old man from Grapevine. He has been treated and released from the hospital.

Grapevine Police appreciate the assistance from witnesses in helping to identify the shooter. Investigators do not believe others are in danger.

News Release – Grapevine Police

Grapevine Police have identified a suspect in a shooting that occurred on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

At approximately 7:40 p.m. a small group of men got into an altercation at the Shamrock gas station at 2713 Mustang Drive. Witnesses say two of the men were shoving each other when one displayed a handgun in his waistband. The suspect fired his weapon multiple times. One of the bullets struck the victim’s foot, while another shattered the glass of a neighboring business. No witnesses were injured.

The suspect got into his car and drove off, while the victim was driven away in another vehicle. On the way to the hospital, the victim spotted an ambulance parked at the 7-Eleven on Mustang and Ira E. Woods and stopped for medical assistance. Medics then transported the victim to the hospital for treatment. 

Officers were able to identify the shooter through witness accounts and surveillance video. The 21-year-old suspect faces charges for Deadly Conduct, a third-degree felony. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. His name will not be released prior to booking.

The victim is identified as an 18-year-old man from Grapevine. He has been treated and released from the hospital. 

Grapevine Police appreciate the assistance from witnesses in helping to identify the shooter. Investigators do not believe others are in danger.

DART Applauds Jonathan’s Place for Service During National Safe Place Week

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) would like to thank Jonathan’s Place for their service to the youth of North Texas during National Safe Place Week.

The Safe Place program, operated locally by Jonathan’s Place, partners with businesses and community organizations to provide immediate safety and support for local youth. DART began the collaboration with Safe Place in 2015 as part of its ongoing effort to address human trafficking. Local Safe Place locations include all DART trains and buses and Dallas County QuikTrips. As youth enter a designated Safe Place and ask for help, trained staff members connect them to the appropriate youth shelter for assistance.

The national Safe Place program consists of a network of more than 22,000 partnering businesses and community locations, such as fast-food restaurants, convenience stores, fire stations, public buses and libraries, which display the Safe Place sign in their windows.

In addition to Safe Place sites, youth may also access immediate help via TXT 4 HELP, a text-for-support service for youth in crisis. Teens can text the word “safe” and their current location (address, city, state) to 4HELP (44357) to receive a message with the closest Safe Place location and the number for the local youth shelter. Users also have the option to text interactively with a counselor for more help.

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List Of Sites In Tarrant County To Register For COVID-19 Vaccine

With the State of Texas now mandating that COVID-19 vaccines be open to all adults, Tarrant County is hosting events to help register residents. 

Anyone can also register online here. 

Here’s a list of registration events: 

  • March 25: Tarrant County College South Campus: 5301 Campus Dr., Fort Worth, Tx. 76119 (3-7 p.m.) 
  • March 31: Tarrant County Charles F. Griffin Subcourthouse: 3500 Miller Ave., Fort Worth, Tx. 76119 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) 
  • April 10: Texas Wesleyan University: 1201 Wesleyan St., Fort Worth, Tx. 76105 (11 a.m.- 2 p.m.) 
  • April 12: Samaria Baptist Church: 4000 E. Berry St., Fort Worth, Tx. 76105 (3 -7 p.m.) 
  • April 15, 17: Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus East: 245 E. Belknap St., Fort Worth, Tx. 76102 (3-7 p.m. April 15 and 11 a.m.-3 pm. on April 17.) 
  • April 19: Como First Missionary Baptist Church: 5228 Goodman Ave., Fort Worth, Tx. 76107 (3-7 p.m.) 
  • April 24: Los Pastores Panaderia: 3812 E. Rosedale St., Fort Worth, Tx. 76105 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) 
  • April 26: Great Commission Baptist Church: 7700 McCart Ave., Fort Worth, Tx., 76133 (3-7 p.m.) 
  • May 3: Baker Chapel AME: 1050 E. Humbolt St., Fort Worth, Tx. 76104 (3-7 p.m.) 
  • May 8: Fiesta Supermarket: 4245 E. Berry St., Fort Worth, Tx. 76105 (time pending) 
  • May 10: First St. John Cathedral: 2401 E. Berry St., Fort Worth, Tx. 76105 (3-7 p.m.) 
  • May 15: El Rancho Supermercado: 4812 South Freeway, Fort Worth, Tx. 76115 (time pending)

Source: CBSDFW via News Break

Grapevine Animal Services Announces Opening Date for Animal Shelter

GRAPEVINE, TX – Grapevine Animal Services will officially open its new animal shelter to the public on Monday, April 19, 2021. The new facility is part of a citizen-approved 2017 bond election, and at more than 13,500 square feet, is approximately three times the size of its former building.

The new shelter is designed and built to the highest industry safety standards for animals and people. Each room and living space has its own air system to prevent the potential spread of illness. Solar tubes, windows and natural lighting are set up throughout the shelter, and sound-reducing panels are installed to limit noise between rooms.

Dogs and cats have double-sided housing, which means they can eat and sleep in an area separate from elimination. This also helps with daily cleaning during inclement weather days, or when it is not safe to go outside.

There are separate rooms for adoption, quarantine, medical isolation, and stray or surrendered animals, as well as meet-and-greet rooms for families and a community room for group activities, educational events and birthday parties.

The new animal shelter includes several covered outdoor areas that can be easily cleaned and allow for water play and other enrichment activities. A fenced outdoor courtyard allows families to visit with adoptable pups in a natural setting and bring current dogs to meet.

A veterinary space is also included in the building, so animals can receive onsite medical care. The front lobby of the shelter includes a storefront where families can purchase supplies such as food, bowls and toys.

“We are thrilled to offer a shelter that is safe, loving and humane for the animals in need within our community. Our staff and volunteers have spent countless hours making sure that everything about the shelter, down to the fear-free color palette, was designed with the utmost care. We can’t wait to welcome people and animals into Grapevine Animal Services,” says Kristina Valentine, Grapevine Animal Services Manager.

Grapevine Animal Services shelter hours will be Monday-Friday, 11am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm, and closed on Sundays.

Bird Missing for 170 Years Reappeared in Indonesian Forest

By Rachel Nuwer

What might be Asia’s longest-missing bird just came out of hiding. For the first time in 170 years, researchers reported last week that a black-browed babbler has been found in Indonesia. The discovery of the muted black, gray and chestnut-brown bird solves what an authoritative birding guide describes as “one of the great enigmas of Indonesian ornithology.”

“When we actually got confirmation of the identification, I did a little prayer and bowed down to celebrate,” said Panji Gusti Akbar, an ornithologist and lead author of the paper describing the new species. “I felt excitement, disbelief and a lot of happiness.”

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Every Adult in Texas Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Beginning March 29

The State of Texas is opening up the coronavirus vaccine to all adults before the end of March, officials just announced.

All adults will be eligible to get the vaccine starting next Monday — that’s March 29th.

Some age groups will still be prioritized, however.

“DSHS has directed vaccine providers to prioritize people 80 years old or older when scheduling appointments and accommodate anyone in that age group who presents for vaccination, whether or not they have an appointment, by immediately moving them to the front of the line. “

Get more details in the state’s official release below and check back for updates.

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DSHS directs providers to continue to prioritize older adults

All adults will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas beginning Monday, March 29. The Texas Department of State Health Services expects vaccine supplies to increase next week, and providers in multiple parts of the state have made great strides in vaccinating people in the current priority groups. The state’s Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel recommended opening vaccination to everyone who falls under the current Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorizations to protect as many Texans as possible.

“We are closing in on 10 million doses administered in Texas, and we want to keep up the momentum as the vaccine supply increases,” said Imelda Garcia, DSHS associate commissioner for laboratory and infectious disease services and the chair of the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel. “As eligibility opens up, we are asking providers to continue to prioritize people who are the most at risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death – such as older adults.”

DSHS has directed vaccine providers to prioritize people 80 years old or older when scheduling appointments and accommodate anyone in that age group who presents for vaccination, whether or not they have an appointment, by immediately moving them to the front of the line. That will ensure vaccination of anyone 80 or older with as small a burden on themselves as possible.

Also next week, DSHS will launch a website to allow people to register for a shot through some public health providers. The public will be able to enroll in the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler to identify upcoming vaccine clinics hosted by DSHS or a participating local health department and be notified when new clinics and appointments become available. People can continue to find additional providers though the DSHS Vaccine Information page at dshs.texas.gov/covidvaccine. 

Online registration will be the best option for most people. For those for whom that is not an option, DSHS will launch a toll-free number to provide assistance making an appointment with a participating provider or locating another provider that has vaccine available.

To date, Texas has administered more than 9.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, equating to more than 6 million people with at least one dose and more than 3 million fully vaccinated. Most vaccines are authorized for people 18 years old and older; the FDA has authorized the Pfizer vaccine for use in people 16 and older.

Source: KHOU Houston

Starbucks in Southlake permanently closes after 20 years in business

By Sandra Sadek 

After serving the Southlake community for 20 years, a Starbucks, located at 100 W. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 80, Southlake, permanently closed March 20. The Seattle-based chain is known for its coffee and flavored drinks.

But fear not! There are at least three additional Starbucks locations in Southlake, including a location at 1403 Main St., Southlake. 817-329-9201. www.starbucks.com.

Thanks to Community Impact for this update.