2010 OOCCL Fall Home Tour Nets $26,000.00
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While all the numbers are not quite in, it appears OOCCL will net aproximately $26,000.00 on the 2010 Fall Home Tour.  This figure is up around 100% from last year.

Special thank yous to:
Michele Cox - Tour Chair
Judi Glazer - Home Selection Chair
John Stolly - Media Chair
Sherry Peel - Liasion Chair
Phil Perry - Pre-tour party
Lanny Solly - Volunteer Chair
Randy Mills - Treasurer
and Lybo Buchanan, JD Jasso, David Cooper and Phil Leven.  As well as all our volunteers and sponsors.  And a special thanks to all our homeowners who opened their homes to us and all of Oak Cliff.

Vicki would be pleased


And Then There Were Seven...
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The Dallas Independent School Distirct destroyed a piece of Oak Cliff history last week.

Oak Cliff Christian - Destroyed 10/6/10

Seven of the orginal 23 churches of Tenth St. remain.

Calvary Baptist - Not Protected-addition of 50's screen might hamper Landmarking

Tyler St. Methodist - State Historical Marker, National Registry, Not Protected from Demolition

Grace Temple Baptist - Not Protected - Currently used as school lunchroom.  Congregation meets in 1960's chapel next door. 

Christ Church Episcopal - Protected City of Dallas Landmark

Cliff Temple Baptist - State Historical Marker, Natinal Registry, Not Protected From Demolition

Oak Cliff United Methodist - Protected City of Dallas Landmark

El Bethel Baptist - Contributing member of the Tenth St.Historic District
Vicki Fitzgerald 1954 - 2010
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Oak Cliff lost a treasure and tireless advocate on Monday. Our dear friend Vicki Fitzgerald died after a year long courageous fight with oral cancer. We offer our love and prayers to her husband Richard and her sons Brandon and Justin and all of her family whom she loved with all her heart.

There aren't many of us who do not have a stray dog now because of Vicki. Vicki would stop 4 lanes of traffic to chase a stray dog. Many a conversation would begin, "Do you want a dog? I have the cutest one in the backyard.".

Vicki has been involved with the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League for 8 years including running 5 home tours. Vicki was a force in all the lives she touched. She made you rise to the occasion and try harder because she gave so much of herself.

Vicki thought the Home Tour was an ambassador for Oak Cliff and thought it important for it to be the best it could be every year to change minds elsewhere about this place we all call home.

The tour logo of "Oh Oak Cliff" was a play on words she loved. When telling a person you would meet that you lived in Oak Cliff they would say "Oh" with a sense of fear and pity for you but when they actually came here, they would say "Oh" as in "How nice, I didn't expect this". Vicki loved that reaction.

We will all miss her so very much.

We love you Vicki.

Richard, Vicki's husband, mentioned there will be a memorial service at Tyler Street Methodist Church. He is looking at the weekend of October 23rd.  It is not set yet but we will get the information to you as soon as possible.

Here is a link to a map:

From Keri Michel the Advocate
From Roy Appleton at the DMN

Best Picture Ever...

Pam, Darryl and Vicki at City Council Debate

...But What a Difference a Trustee Makes
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That Dallas Observer online version, Unfair Park, reported on on September 16 that the City of Dallas Landmark Commission had moved one step closer to designation for Adamson High School.  DISD sent representatives to the meeting and suggested minor changes but gone were the protests of this time last year which set into motion the chain of events that destroyed Oak Cliff Christian Church.

Much negative attention has been focused on this area and DISD's plans for razing not one but two Oak Cliff landmarks.  With the destruction of the church that attention helped bring about the election of historic district resident Eric Cowan as the District 7 DISD trustee who has a very different viewpoint than his predecessor.  It looks like at least Adamson will be safe and OOCCL is very grateful for that

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