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The plan commission approved zoning changes that would allow the White Rock YMCA to construct a new building at Gaston and Loving. The only hurdle the Y faces now is the Dallas City Council, which has the final say on the zoning change. If that domino falls, the Y will move across the street. All of this should make way for Lincoln Property Co.’s purchase of the Far West nightclub property, and the redevelopment of Gaston and Garland/East Grand.



The Woodrow Community Foundation awarded 12 scholarships totaling $17,000 at a ceremony May 7 at Veritex Community Bank. The foundation this year has doubled the number of scholarships offered and more than quadrupled the money available.

Woodrow Wilson High School valedictorian is Nick Chatham. He is no. 1 in his class, headed to New York University and also is a budding pop star.

Woodrow Wilson senior John Schadegg

Woodrow senior John Schadegg is a National Merit Scholarship finalist. The National Honor Society member already has received scholarships from several colleges, including a full ride from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Dayna Martin, a senior at Woodrow Wilson, is one of 1,000 students nationwide to win the Gates Millennium scholarship this year. The scholarship provides students with money for tuition, fees, books and other expenses. Gates Millennium Scholars also are provided with personal and professional development through a leadership program. Scholars are chosen based on academic performance, leadership potential and volunteerism. Martin was featured in the May Advocate cover story, “Unstoppable Seniors.”



East Dallas’ Bo Anderson, an eighth-grader at St. Bernard school near White Rock Lake who has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, is an artist. His work was selected for a book that raises money for the Children’s Cancer Fund. Bo’s contribution was “two lions overlooking a cliff.” Learn more at

Margaret “Trigger” Butler, a popular teacher at St. John’s Episcopal School, retired in May to spend more time with her family. She is known for her creative approach to teaching literature and speech to junior high students.

The Young Strikers Wii bowling team at C.C. Young Retirement Community were crowned National Senior League Wii Bowling Champions at the Wii national bowling playoffs. The team formed last year with players age 50 and older.

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