In this week’s podcast, we lament the departure of Sweet Temptations, and discuss the complications of the Skillman-Audelia intersection and shopping center where it was located (which also lost Burger Spot recently), as well as the possibility of rock cake making a comeback through another venue.

Now that much of the heated discussion about new permanent supportive housing units in our neighborhood has died down, various neighbors and neighborhood groups are welcoming with open arms the formerly homeless families moving into Trinity Palms, and greeting them with housewarming gifts. Neighbors can adopt a family through a program with the Greater Dallas Justice Revival; another effort, in conjunction with Episcopal Church of the Ascension and the Re:Vive Foundation (founded by Moss Haven mom Renee Barfoot), is the collection of clock radios, new kitchen towels and new bath towel sets for the families. Moss Haven mom Ashley Gomez is collecting the items in a basket on her front porch, or neighbors can write a tax-deductible check to the Re:Vive Foundation, with “Trinity Palms” on the memo line. Housing Crisis Center is the service provider for this complex’s permanent supportive housing residents.

Stay tuned until the end for our shameless plugs this week: Wear reflective lights or clothing during the dark mornings that will continue at least until Daylight Saving Time; hit up a neighborhood restaurant or bar to watch the Rangers play the Giants in the World Series (Picasso’s, Mi Cocina and Mariano’s will be featuring the game, as will Stone Elephant, which is offering $8 pitchers, $15 buckets and free jello shots each time the Rangers score); and if Trinity Palms interests you, make sure to read this week’s Back Talk blog series on subsidized housing.

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