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Dallas Examiner | 7/15/2013, 9:04 a.m.


Last week, the city introduced its new website to better connect with citizens, business owners and stakeholders.

The new website, http://dallascitynewsroom.com, is the first phase in the city’s plan to integrate its various communication platforms while updating the look and functionality of its online presence.

The website features city news, information and events using social media and multimedia elements. Short video segments, called The Feed, will appear weekly on the site and social media channels.

“As we expand our engagement with residents, we want to be sure we’re communicating with everyone, including those who depend on social media to stay informed,” said Director Frank Librio from the Public Information Office.

The city is also rebuilding and redesigning its homepage, http://www.dallascityhall.com, scheduled to re-launch in March 2014. Until then, the website will still be available with its current design and features.


The Cedar Hill Independent School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously last week to approve a three percent raise for all school district employees. This is the first raise that the CHISD staff has received in five years.

The Board also approved the restoration of two local days with a staff-paid substitute at the minimum rate.

For more information, visit http://www.chisd.com.


The City of Dallas Trinity Watershed Management closed the Continental Avenue Bridge on Monday to begin work on transforming it into a unique outdoor space.

Alternate routes for commuters include the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the Commerce Street Bridge, the Jefferson Viaduct and the Hampton Road Bridge.

The bridge is set to reopen next year and become a new outdoor destination with recreational amenities and non-motorized vehicular access across the Trinity River.

Visit http://www.trinityrivercorridor.org for more information.


Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus were found in the area around 1500 Walmsley in the 75208 zip code – in Southwest Dallas. The area was scheduled for mosquito control spraying Monday night into Tuesday morning.

The area sprayed is bounded generally on the north by Commerce, on the west by Darlen, bounded by I-30 on the south and Sylvan on the east.

Persons who come in contact with the spray should wash thoroughly with soap and water. Dallas residents are urged to take precautions by limiting outdoor activity during evening and nighttime hours and eliminate standing water to prevent mosquito breeding. Standing water should be eliminated promptly, as mosquitoes can grow from egg to adult in as little as seven days.

For more information, visit http://www.dallascityhall.com.


Dallas area residents are invited to nominate deserving family caregivers for the opportunity to win a free, five-day, four-night Caribbean cruise.

The Caregiver Cruise is scheduled to depart Feb. 3, 2014, from Cape Canaveral, Fla., with stops in the Bahamas, Coco Cay and Nassau. In addition, the winning recipient and guest will receive 40 hours of free care from a Home Instead Senior Care professional for their senior loved one while they are away.

Nominations and voting will take place at http://cruise.caregiverstress.com. Deadline is Aug. 24. For more information, go to http://www.homeinstead.com.