It’s official. The Lakewood and East Dallas chambers of commerce are combining to become the Dallas Northeast Chamber after members of both groups recently voted in support of the change.

The new chamber will be headed by Michael Coston, who recently was named president of the East Dallas Chamber.

The East Dallas Chamber includes about 500 business members and the Lakewood Chamber includes about 200 members. The new chamber will begin operations Jan. 1.

“The merger will give us strength in numbers,” Coston says.

Coston says many new businesses are moving into our neighborhood, especially near White Rock Lake.

“All indications are East Dallas is doing better than it ever has,” he says.

Coston has been involved with the Mesquite, Garland and Greater Dallas Chambers of Commerce and has lived in the eastern part of Dallas for 35 years.

He is a former physical education teacher and has held numerous sales management positions. This summer, he worked as an international track and field official for the Atlanta Olympics.

For information about the new chamber, call 321-6446.

New & Notes

HEALTH & FITNESS

Low-Cost Flu Shots: On Oct. 19 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Drug Emporium (on the northeast side of Mockingbird and Abrams) will offer $10 flu shots. No appointments are required. Call 827-8223.

Stopping the Pain: Doctors Hospital, 9440 Poppy Drive, recently opened a pain treatment clinic affiliated with UT Southwestern Medical Center. Later this year, this clinic will start a three-week rehabilitation outpatient program in Doctors Hospital’s Sports and Industry Care Center for patients desiring rapid recovery from injuries. The rehabilitation program will provide on-site physical therapy, stress management counseling and life skills training. Call 324-6100.

HELPING OUT

Save Money By Fighting Domestic Violence: Shoppers can save money at 275 retail stores and help abused women and children Nov. 2-9 by using the Family Place’s Partners Card to pay for purchases. The card costs $50 and is good for a 20 percent discount at participating stores. All proceeds go to the Family Place Shelter for battered women and to Collin County Women’s Shelter. To buy a card, call 443-7754.

Golf for Healthcare: Doctors Hospital is sponsoring a golf tournament at Brookhaven Country Club, 3333 Golfing Green Drive in Farmers Branch, at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 3 to raise money for healthcare scholarships for neighborhood students and for continuing education for hospital employees. Call Barbara Smith at 324-6117.

CLUBS & ASSOCIATIONS

Lakewood Homeowners Association: The owners of the Lakewood Theatre discuss their plans for the historic building at the Lakewood Homeowners Association’s monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Lakewood Country Club, Gaston and Abrams. Call Susan Falvo at 380-7745.

CPA Wives of Dallas: The Certified Public Accountants Wives of Dallas is accepting new members. The group’s president is neighborhood resident Rocky Ford. The group meets for monthly luncheons. Annual dues are $30. Call Kay Anthony at 363-3319 or Mercedes Herman at 369-2701.

ACCOLADES

Neighbor Appointed SMU’s English Head: Dennis A. Foster, a resident of the Junius Heights neighborhood, has been appointed chairman of SMU’s English Department. He has been an SMU faculty member since 1983 and specializes in the history and theory of criticism and British and American modernism.

Leading Public Health Projects: Neighborhood resident Barbara Chapman has been named president of the Texas Medical Association Alliance, a 9,000-member organization that sponsors community service projects aimed at improving public health. Chapman led the founding of Health Check, a community health fair that reaches more than 100,000 people. She works in the antique business and is married to radiologist A. Brooks Chapman.

Outstanding Young Texan: The Texas Junior Chamber of Commerce recently announced its Five Outstanding Young Texans of the Year, and neighborhood resident Judith E. Porter is one of them. Porter is the Texas regional director of the Society of St. Andrew, a nonprofit hunger-relief organization. The award recognizes adults between the ages of 21-39 who demonstrate outstanding community service and leadership. Porter became eligible for the award after she was chosen the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Volunteer of the Year.

CORRECTION

The District 9 Hotline: In recent issues, the Advocate has published City Councilwoman Mary Poss’ District 9 Hotline phone number as 826-0779. This is her home message center, which Poss says can be used for urgent situations. The correct hotline number is 826-5100 and can be used by residents to comment on any issue they need addressed. Poss also can be reached at City Hall at 670-4069.