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We're Denton Dammit: Nov. 9, 2017

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Denton police officers may start looking a little furry this month as they participate in No Shave November. The initiative will promote cancer awareness and encourage those shaggy officers to make a a donation to cancer education, prevention, or treatment organizations. Officers typiclally have to stay relatively clean shaven, but the department relaxed its standards for event.

First there was the hashtag #AmazonHQ2 to promote your city over the 237 others that bid to be home to the company's second location. Then, Denton made it earnest. Our favorites: the tweet that tagged an offer of free hay after Denton's Day of the Dead Festival and a Facebook photo that tagged cows on the loose along Vintage Boulevard. You know you want to be in Denton, Amazon.

The Department of Health and Human Services gave a big shout-out to two Denton residents who are home after working in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. David Bridges, a safety and security manager at Medical City Denton, joined Denton area EMT instructor Kendra Frampton and many others who served on disaster medical assistance team there. The team helped provide care to more than 8,500 people who were affected by the storm. They are part of a local disaster response team that can be mobilized for federal response, too.

When it comes to thanking public servants, poll workers probably aren't in our collective conscience. But on Tuesday, we were cheered by a poll worker staffing the election at Southmont Baptist Church who helped a voter with multiple disabilities cast his ballot. A local resident came to the polling place in a wheelchair, and a worker guided him to the spot where disabled voters can fill out their paper ballots while seated. 

When the same gentleman found the ballot too hard to read, the same poll worker read through each of the ballot propositions for him. She showed she paid attention during training by turning her head so his ballot would truly be secret.

University of North Texas music professor Richard DeRosa will conduct the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9 for the Jazz at Lincoln Center inaugural concert in a year-long celebration of Leonard Bernstein. DeRosa is a Grammy Award-nominated composer and arranger. The concert will be in the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center. The program features familiar and lesser-known Bernstein works arranged by DeRosa and the orchestra's trombonist Vincent Gardner. The concert will be available on a livestream

Local dentist Amanda Reuter gave free oral healthcare to the community with the help of her team at University Drive Dental on Free Dentistry Day last month. Free Dentistry Day is a program to give dental care to people without dental insurance.

The dentist and team members gave more than $29,800 in care, including free cleanings, fillings and extractions to local people throughout the day.

Springtree Roofing and Restoration, a company based in Gainesville and Allen,  was on the hunt for four homeowners in Denton or Cooke counties who need a new roof. Springtree's No Roof Left Behind campaign found a winner: George Salazar of Frisco. Springtree will install his new roof on Nov. 15, the company said. 

George and his late wife, Bertha, were nominated by their daughter Stephanie. Bertha Salazar was in the midst of her third bout with cancer at the time, and George retired to take care of his wife, who required around-the-clock care and monthly trips to Houston for treatment. Their home and automobiles were hit by hail storms in both April and May. Bertha died in August. 

University of North Texas President Neal Smatresk posed for photos with students wearing a do-rag in solidarity with black UNT students on a Nov. 6 event. Using the hashtags #UNTCloutcoming and #WrapItUpDen, students tweeted photos of black students wearing the head wrap and bonnets. Smatresk even danced a little in videos with students. 

People have had crowdfunding campaigns to make albums. Folks have crowd-sourced the design and production of the world's biggest athletic supporter. Now a group of ambitious wine lovers β€” Triumph Wine Group β€” says it is the first Title III winery to be crowdfunded. And in the midst of California wildfires, the company is still recruiting investors at a $1,000 minimum donation

Snarky Puppy, the jazz-R&B fusion band born in Denton, announced that it's going on tour in 2018. The three-time Grammy Award winning band, headed up by UNT alumnus Mike League, will hit South America and a handful of states. So far, no Texas stops are on the tour schedule. The band will play Carnegie Hall on Jan. 25 in New York City in a show billed as "Snarky Puppy with David Crosby and friends." Then the band will host the 2nd annual GroundUP Music Festival in Miami Beach, Florida, Feb. 9-11.

Take note, Denton County military veterans: American Family Care, a national urgent care clinic chain, will give military veterans free flu shots on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11. The sole Denton County location is at 2315 E. Southlake Blvd. in Southlake. Veterans must have a military ID to get their flu shot. 

Look, we don't pretend to know how credible UberFact's information is, but we felt like we should share the Twitter account's announcement on Nov. 2 that a study confirmed that rats prefer silence when they are sober, but really groove to the cool sounds of jazz when they are on cocaine. 

Prestonwood Baptist Church β€” a megachurch in North Texas β€” celebrates its 40th anniversary this weekend. What began with 12 Baptists planting a new church has grown into a 140-acre campus in Plano with two growing locations in Lewisville and Prosper. Over the years, Prestonwood has added services in Spanish; launched Prestonwood Christian Academy (with 1,524 graduates) and baptized 24,263 people. The Prestonwood Pregnancy Center, launched in 1994, has served more than 71,000 clients. The church says that ministry has led more than 59,000 women to have their babies.

Parting Shot

"Pandas and rain forests are never mentioned when it comes to the millions of people taking joyrides in their Range Rovers. Rather, it's the little things we're strong-armed into conserving. At a chain coffee bar in San Francisco, I saw a sign near the cream counter that read NAPKINS COME FROM TREES - CONSERVE! In case you missed the first sign, there was a second one two feet away, reading YOU WASTE NAPKINS - YOU WASTE TREES!!! The cups, of course, are also made of paper, yet there's no mention of the mighty redwood when you order your four-dollar coffee. The guilt applies only to those things that are being given away for free."

β€” David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day

Denton Dammit is an old-fashioned gossip column about people, places and things in and around Denton. Send your submissions to Lucinda Breeding at