A few sparks flew at the meeting of the City Hall West Rehabilitation steering committee on Monday. The committee has been working on a recommendation regarding the future of the old city hall since last December.
The committee ultimately voted to recommend the city re-purpose the building to be a multi-use community cultural center that will serve performing and visual artists and groups. But two committee members pushed back — Peggy Capps and Pati Haworth told consultant Joanna St. Angelo, the executive director of the Sammons Center in Dallas, they wished a needs assessment survey had been broader, and that the committee had gotten a chance to review it before more than 300 people completed the survey. Committee members Randy Hunt, Rachel Weaver and Jane Piper Lunt held the line, insisting that the recommendation wouldn’t preclude non-arts groups from using a space outfitted for offices, conference rooms, rehearsal, studio and performance spaces. A public presentation of the floor plan will be sometime between Sept. 4-14.
Architexas, the same architectural firm that has done restoration work on the Courthouse on the Square, completed a floor plan for City Hall West that would maximize the historical space for the recommended plan.
It’s worth mentioning that the steering committee, the consultant and City Council member Gerard Hudspeth agreed to consider including a 5,000-square-foot Texas Veterans Hall of Fame in the renovated City Hall West proposed by veteran Gary Steele. This is a generous consideration, given that the proposed Hall of Fame is just now filing paperwork to create a nonprofit that would organize and manage the initiative. Most nonprofits in Denton can’t even apply for grants until they’ve held their 501c3 (or related tax-exempt) status for three years, much less get support to score space in a city facility.
Sometimes, everything isn’t bad and people aren’t always jerks. Ashley Moreno and her family were waiting for a table at the newly opened Torchy’s Tacos. Moreno posted on Facebook that her family and her special needs son was hot, hungry and tired. A couple waved them down and motioned for the Morenos to claim their wheelchair-accessible table. Moreno assumed the couple was leaving, but on their way out, Moreno’s husband saw the couple dining at the busy restaurant’s bar. Moreno said she hoped her social media post might make it to the lovely couple who gave up their table. “You are what’s right with the world,” Moreno wrote. Indeed.
Speaking of goodwill toward men, Denton resident Denise Clyne experienced some at Cloisters Museum & Gardens in New York City on Tuesday. She lost her reading glasses on the grounds, and when she retraced her footsteps, a helpful soul had placed her glasses on the face of a statue in the gardens.
Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale already has a special place in Denton’s heart. Not only did he play football for the university in 1972-73, but back in 2004, he gave $1 million toward the construction of the athletic center at Apogee Stadium. McIngvale has made other grand gestures since then — including opening his Houston business Gallery Furniture for people dislocated by Hurricane Harvey. McIngvale just hosted a prom for people with autism with a group called Success on the Spectrum. He opened the doors to his furniture business once more — but this time with dim lighting, low music and even a “calming spot” for attendees who needed a time-out.
Hey, we’re on a roll here. Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas thanked Denton resident Daisy Rogers for knitting more than 100 hats for brand new babies in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. Rogers, 96, has quietly contributed to Denton in more ways than we can count here. We’re not surprised she would provide something gentle and soft to vulnerable North Texas babies.
Well, bummer. Denton heavy metal band Dieselbeast is bidding farewell to its front man, Chris “Ghost” Morehead. The band sends off its intense lead singer with a 10 p.m. show Friday at the Abbey Underground, 100 W. Walnut St. We don’t know what Ghost’s plans are, but we hope he sticks around to haunt Denton in the way only he can.
We’ve mentioned chiggers, now we need to offer a public service announcement about ticks. Quest Diagnostics reported that Texas has had between 150 and 500 cases of Lyme disease — a grueling chronic illness caused by ticks — between 2010 and 2017. Lyme disease is on the rise across the U.S., the report says. Cover up if you’re hitting the hiking trails, and make sure your pets are getting routine preventive treatment for all manner of parasites.
Health Services of North Texas, Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County and Denton Community Food Center signed long-term lease agreements with Serve Denton this summer. Construction on these three projects will begin in fall 2018 and are projected to be finished by spring 2019. Health Services of North Texas will open its fifth location in Denton County at the Serve Denton Center to provide family medicine, women’s services, case management, behavioral health, laboratory services, senior care, obstetrics, pediatrics, pharmacy and a future dental program on a sliding scale basis. The 7,500-square-foot space will house 12 exam rooms, a laboratory and pharmacy. Sixty-eight percent of the clinic’s patients living in the city of Denton are in zip codes closest to the Serve Denton Center.
“We all have the same 24 hours. Use public transport? Your 24 hours are not the same as those of private jet owners. Do your own cooking, cleaning, child-raising? Your 24 hours are not the same as those with a full-time domestic staff. Stop this nonsense.”
— Shailja Patel, poet & playwright