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Lakewood People (Newspaper) - October 13, 2006, Dallas, Texas SPORTS Woodrow stays unbeaten WEDDING Another week another I do WEEKEND Its popcorn season IB JT Wrestling Items Go On Sale Von Erichs prepare for Hawaii By Bruce Staff Writer Dallas residents might not recognize the name Doris Adkisson or that of her for mer husband Jack Adkisson Jacks profes name though prob ably would spark memo ries STAFF a collectible at the As Fritz Von Erich Jack became a professional wrestling icon and five of his six sons followed their father into the ring The family reached another level of notoriety through the untimely deaths of five of the sons Jack Jr died at age 7 and David Mike Chris and Kerry passed away after achieving degrees of success on the professional wrestling cir cuit Kevin Von Erich is the only surviving sibling Doris Adkisson now 73 moved to the foot Swiss Avenue house appraised at by the Dallas Central Appraisal District about six years ago She and other family members plan to move to Hawaii early next year and she placed her estate for sale with Janelle Stone a specialist in estate sales and value appraisals The sale took place last weekend at the Swiss Avenue home Kristen Nikolas Adkissons granddaughter and Kevins daughter said the sale was a way to simplify the move not an attempt to distance the family from a turbulent past She didnt want the fam ily memories to be for sale Nikolas said It was never intended to be about the memorabilia There wont be wrestling boots or birth certificates Shes proud of the family Mimi told Janelle she could use the family name if it would See SALE Page 001031 PHOTO JAKE UEAN Homecoming Parade Woodrow Wilson drill team member Courtney Spalding takes the lead during a pep rally held outside the school Facts Temper Coyote Fears may not signal threat By Brace Staff Writer Drought conditions manmade developments encroaching on natural habitats and the change in seasons have caused some species of wild animals to seek food and shelter in neighbor hoods surrounding White Rock Lake Coyotes in particular have have raised alarm among resi dents Donna Mason who lives in the Merriman Terrace community said coy otes attacked and killed neigh cats and other cats went missing in the area roughly bordered by Northwest Highway Skillman Street Abrams Road and the DART White Rock rail station PHOTO JEN MAKI Lorna Woodford holds her cat KOu who was attacked by what a veterinar ian suspected was a coyote Last year it became an issue when people started finding remains of cats she said It was obvious it wasnt a dog that got the cats A month ago a fellow behind me couldnt find his cat and about two weeks ago another cat went missing See FEARS Page Woodrow Reaches Out to Involve Parents District officials say family help is critical to sucess of students schools By Sarah P Henry Staff Writer School officials say that involv ing parents in campus activi ties including their own childs academic progress can be one of the hardest tasks in running a school and one of the most important Mike Ralston director for parent and family involvement in the Dallas Independent School District said if a parent is involved in a childs educa tion a child has a much better chance of succeeding Forty years of very intense research has found that parent involvement is the most critical factor in a childs success Ralston said This in turn boosts a schools overall performance lifts the morale of students and teach ers alike and creates a rich learning environment But getting there can be chal Many parents do not speak English makingit hard for them to help their children study or participate in school activities However Ralston said the greatest stumbling block is that many parents simply arent interested in school affairs Its the most difficult prob lem to overcome Parents take their children to school and leave them there expecting teachers to take over and do everything he said Cindy George has a senior at Woodrow Wilson High School and has been heavily involved in the schools musical production for the past three years Her son is also involved She said participating at the school has created opportuni ties for communication with her son that she may have missed It opens a dialogue when I can understand how hard hes working on productions said George who hasnt missed a rehearsal in three years That gives us something in common to talk about at home She said being involved and talking with kids about whats happening at school is critical I think all my volunteer hours have had a positive effect on my she said I think he can see how important it is for a public school like The district offers nearly 50 different workshops in a variety of languages Woodrow to succeed and it makes him a better student if parents put in the extra time to contribute According to the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education stu dents with involved parents no matter what their income or background are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores enroll in programs be promoted pass their classes earn credits attend school regularly have better social skills show improved behavior adapt well to school graduate and go on to postsecondary For these reasons Dallas school district officials refuse to give up on working to get par ents involved no matter how daunting the task The district offers nearly 50 See DISTRICT Page Blueprint Plan for Dallas On Deck Resistance debate to Forward Dallas Comprehensive Plan expected By Peter Simek Staff Writer The Forward Dallas Comprehensive Plan didnt exactly pass smoothly though the Dallas City Council ear lier this year After months of debate cap ping a drafting process the council juggled various amended versions of the plan before finally adopt ing it At the time opponents said they feared the plan was a tro jan horse that would undo decades of work on the part of some of Dallas more stable neighborhoods by reworking city codes and reordering the future of parts of the city while proponents said it was only a blueprint to guide future planning efforts But even though the adop tion of the comprehensive plan had no immediate impact implementation some codes will likely be rewritten The kickoff of the public process for the area plans will be fairly aggressive Chacko said adding As a city Dallas Although he expects con Chacko believes the three neighborhoods that have been chosen as the first subjects of new area plans exemplify the usefulness of Chacko acknowledged that the publics approach is likely to stir up some controversy on the policies and codes that govern the growth of Dallas neighborhoods as implemen tation of the plan begins changes may soon become apparent Peer Chacko ager for Dallas planning department said that even in the early stages of is impatient the city wants to see results so with the comprehensive plan we committed to have an annual plan Chacko acknowledged that approach is likely to stir up some controversy We think it will generate a bit of debate he said m WEEKEND KI found out INT meant interior EXT meant exterior and wrote a script Someone I never met submitted it to Sundance which picked it and brought me to the labs and then we made a movie Director Dfc on making A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints the comprehensive plan to steer growth away from stable neighborhoods In fact the first targeted neighborhoods the Stemmons District the University of North Texas Dallas Campus in South Dallas and the Westmoreland DART station WEATHER in Oak have suffered sporadic and unmanaged development or are underde but will soon experi ence rapid growth The area plans will address future development by exam ining possible zoning changes revisions to the areas thoroughfare plans and identifying infrastructure needs based on recom mended zoning capacity and potential catalyst projects Development of the area plans will also stress the involvement of community leaders both of the areas being planned and the sur rounding neighborhoods See Page SA Partly Cloudy
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