When Sara Bagheri announced she wouldn't seek another term on Denton City Council, she cited her renewed focus on health, family and work as reasons for leaving the at-large Place 6 seat up for grabs. On New Year's Day, she announced on Facebook that she and her husband, Christobal Robles, are expecting their first child — a girl — in June. Congratulations to the Robles-Bagheri family. Her council term ends in May.
It's been cold in Denton, and for staffers at Denton Community Theatre, one space didn't warm up enough. The PointBank Black Box Theatre heater was on the fritz Wednesday, and Black Box manager Susan Thornton shared a photo of the thermostat display that made our teeth chatter in sympathy. It read 39 degrees. "If there's a contest for whose office is the coldest, I win," Thornton said. We'd give her a medal, but she'd probably prefer a space heater. Fortunately for the staff, the company was closed between Dec. 18 and New Year's Day, so they haven't had to wear parkas inside the smaller theater.
The theater wasn't the only space with weather-related issues. The Classroom and Faculty Office Building at Texas Woman's University had a second-floor pipe burst in an exterior staircase on Wednesday. Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Claire Sahlin posted a photo by TWU staffer Genevieve West on her Facebook page and said she expected the pipe to be fixed and the nearby elevator to be inspected Wednesday.
Someone driving through Denton — and we hope it's someone who lives here — wanted to get a head in the new year. Or, from the look of this picture local business owner Monte Jensen caught on Bell Avenue, the driver was out to win a bizarre head count. Heads up, y'all.
Thousands gathered on the downtown Denton Square the day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the president last year. We wonder if this year's event — the Women's March Reunion — will draw as big of a crowd. More than 300 had marked "going" on the Facebook invitation. The reunion march is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, on the downtown Denton Square.
Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios posted a flashy pair of animated graphics that say "2018" on Facebook. Could this be a teaser campaign about a reopening?
Connections are often essential to goodwill initiatives. The five-year partnership between Target Optical on Loop 288 and the Denton Lions Club is an example. In 2012, Glenn Reeves, current president of Denton Lions Club, got a call from Jane Schumann of the Denton County Health Department. Schumann was in search of eyeglasses for a client. Reeves contacted Target Optical, and the business donated a pair of glasses. Since then, the Lions Club and Target Optical have coordinated the donation of about 450 pairs of eyeglasses to people in need. Not too shabby.
Bet you didn't know that International Skinny Dip Day is July 14. Bet you also didn't know there was such a thing as the American Association for Nude Recreation and that it has been around for 86 naked years. Now you do. You're welcome.
"I think one of the main reasons that geometry is still a required subject is so people can figure out that crossing the street at a right angle puts one in the flow of traffic for the shortest possible distance."
— Tex Bosley, Denton percussionist and observer of pedestrians
Denton Dammit is an old-fashioned gossip column about people, places and things in and around Denton. Send your submissions to Lucinda Breeding at firstname.lastname@example.org.