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Market Day sales set for July 21 By MADISON MILLER

July in Mountain Brook Village means the shop owners are planning sales for the 11th annual Market Day. The event will be held July 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. “It’s the sale of all sales,” said Suzan Doidge, Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce executive director. “The merchants go the extra mile to make it fun and festive. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate for us.” Many village shops such as Charlotte Wooden Antiques, Constance Longworth Collection and The Shop for Pappagallo will host sales of their merchandise. Some locations, such as Smith’s Variety, will have small sidewalk sales outside of their stores. “It’s a pretty big deal here,” Katherine Sudduth, manager of Smith’s Variety said. “It was great last year, and it’s a good day for us.” The Dande’ Lion will hold a drawing for a lamp, a tradition that has been carried out for several years at the store. They will also offer refreshments and a 50 percent off sale outside the store. There will be more

See MARKET DAY | page 13

July Features Bobbie Jean Bailey Crime report Every Girl Fitness Silent Majority Library calendar Kari Kampakis Ninety-Ten Shoes Restaurant Showcase Village Sports School House Business Spotlight Dale Wisely Calendar of Events

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Shoppers look through discounted items outside Mountain Brook Village stores during last year’s Market Day. This year the sale event, held by the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce, will take place on July 21. Photo by Dan Starnes.

A Southern cultural renaissance New school A conversation with Time Inc.’s Sid Evans grading scale approved By KATEY COURTNEY

You moved here last August. What do you think of Birmingham so far?

Starting this fall, Mountain Brook Schools will replace its 8-point grading scale with a new 10-point grading scale for grades 7-12. The Mountain Brook Board of Education approved the change on June 15. The new scale will consider any grade 90-100 an A, 80-89 a B, 70-79 a C, 65-69 a D and 65 or below an F. According to a report by parents and school staff on the Grading Scale Committee, the new scale will “level the playing field” for students for college admissions, scholarships and honors programs. The previous 8-point system classified 92-100 an A, 80-91 a B, 70-79 a C, and 65-69 a D. “I believe the change in Mountain Brook’s grading scale, now in line with other schools, will result in more undergraduate scholarships being awarded to our students,” said Amy Jackson, the parent of a rising senior, junior and freshman.

See EVANS | page 24

See GRADES | page 11

Mountain Brook resident Sid Evans serves as the group editor of magazines including Southern Living and Cooking Light from their offices off Lakeshore Drive. Photo by Madoline Markham.

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By MADOLINE MARKHAM Sid Evans is the kind of guy you can’t help but feel at-ease to talk with. The group editor of Time Inc.’s lifestyle magazines, including Southern Living and Cooking Light, made his family’s home in Mountain Brook close to a year ago. Curious about the magazines and his experience in

Birmingham, we sat down with Evans to talk publishing, food, Birmingham and the South from his office off Lakeshore Drive.

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Jack Sansbury enjoys the dunk tank at Emmet O’Neal Library’s summer reading kickoff carnival. Photo courtesy of Tamara Sansbury.

Staff & Friends Contributing Writers

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School House Contributors Frances Watts- Cherokee Bend Alyssa Monson- Crestline Bama Hager- Brookwood Forest Sherrie Futch- Mountain Brook High School Hilary Ross- Mountain Brook Elem. & Mountain Brook Jr. High

Editor’s Note to jump-start your routine, this Many of us remember might be for you, or for another summers full of fun spent in approach, read up on Iron Mountain Brook. Attending Tribe (page 23), now located in Vacation Bible Schools, SHIP, Crestline. riding bikes with friends to one We also have the first in of the villages—they are the an installment series we are things children today still have running on Mountain Brook in common with grandparents bands. Remember the bands and parents in our community. made up of classmates that Remember getting ice cream at played our parties and even Baskin Robbins in what is now some of our high school Etc. in Mountain Brook Village? reunions for old times’ sake? Now you can get a cool scoop Jennifer Gray Many of these groups are still in the village at Mountain Brook Creamery (page 23). Maybe it’s little playing. Find out what your favorite acts league baseball that was your summer have been up to and what their “day jobs” passion? Catch up on the league and enjoy are when they aren’t entertaining a crowd. reading up on our local players (page We have several acts to feature so look 16). Or maybe you spent endless hours in upcoming issues for some of the other at Emmet O’Neal library enjoying the groups. Hopefully it will bring back lots of good memories. We would love to hear summer reading program? I remember one summer’s theme of what some of your favorite songs were back “Around the World” where we moved our in high school that these groups would hot air balloon to various bulletin boards play. You may comment online at www. around the library as we racked up the or on Facebook. Don’t forget our Summer Fun Photo number of books we had read. This year’s program is in full swing and isn’t just for Contest is in full swing. You can email your kids. Check out all the programs at the submissions to photos@villagelivingonline. library and details on summer reading for com through August 10. Prizes will be awarded, so get those submissions in. both adults and children. Enjoy your summer and remember What would summer be without being outdoors and getting some exercise? You’ll summer is for relaxing and making also want to read our story on Every Girl memories. Visit our Facebook page to share Fitness boot camps. The dynamic team your favorite Mountain Brook summer of Paula Windle and Leigh Karagas have childhood memories. taken their love of fitness and found a way of helping other women feel at ease exercising, have fun with friends and getting healthy at the same time. If you have been looking for that “something”

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Weather Preparedness Tax Free Holiday set for July 6-8 Mountain Brook City Council approved a Severe Weather Preparedness Tax Free Holiday for July 6-8. The Tornado Recovery Action Council introduced the idea for the holiday to Governor Robert Bentley, and it was approved by state legislature last term. The holiday will waive taxes on items such as weather radios, plastic sheeting,

manual can openers, coolers, duct tape and generators. Taxes will be waived on items that cost less than $60. One exception is generators, which will be capped at $1,000. Next year’s weather preparedness tax holiday has been projected to take place the last weekend in February.

Otey’s Fest fun returns to Crestline July 21 By MADISON MILLER Otey’s Tavern in Crestline Village is preparing for its fourth annual Otey’s Fest on July 21. The gates open at 5 p.m. in Otey’s parking lot in Crestline Village. The event benefits the UAB Comprehensive Care Center. “It began a few years ago with trying to find a way for Otey’s to help a local charity or foundation, to involve the community, and have fun while doing it,” Otey’s Tavern owner Will Haver said. “The reaction to Otey’s Fest the past few years has been fantastic, and we are beyond grateful for that.” Like in years past, the event will

feature live music from local bands. The Hurlers will play at 5 p.m.; Eliot Morris will play at 6:30 p.m.; Secondhand Jive will play at 8:30 p.m.; and Rollin’ in the Hay will play at 10 p.m. They will also have a moon walk, dunking booth and corn hole tournament for family fun. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be grilled outside. A two-dollar beer tent and liquor tent will also be available. Children 13 and under get in for free. For 13 and up, it’s $20 per ticket in advance or $25 on the day of the festival. Tickets can be purchased at Otey’s Tavern or online at

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Emmet O’Neal Library Director Sue DeBrecht and Forsyth Donald in the library’s newly redesigned garden. Photo courtesy of Emmet O’Neal Library.

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On May 3, Emmet O’Neal Library hosted a ceremony to rededicate the recently redesigned garden at its entrance. The new garden design includes permanent seating, extended arbors and new plantings designed by landscape architect Mary Zahl. Gifts given in memory of Mary Moren Crommelin made the renovations possible. As a part of the event, Crommelin’s granddaughter, Mary Virginia Adams, read a poem in honor of her grandmother, and the Reverend Rich Webster of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church blessed the new garden. Also, a beautiful bronze statue by nationally acclaimed artist L’Deane Trueblood entitled Mary, Mary Quite Contrary was unveieled. This new bronze

statue sits alongside an existing statue previously given in memory of Sally Wade Crommelin. Dean Cook, Frances Robinson and Betsy Allison provided flower arrangements for the event. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a reception organized by Beth McMillan with help from Forsyth Donald, Mimi Renneker and several Emmet O’Neal Library staff members. Library Director Sue DeBrecht encourages all residents of the community to visit the Emmet O’Neal Library and to take advantage of the lovely garden at the entrance.

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Adieu, Bike Lady

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By MADISON MILLER For most Mountain Brook residents, it’s hard to imaging getting around without a car, but Bobbie Jean Bailey has managed to live here for 46 years and even raise a family without one. She never even got a driver’s license. “I always liked riding a bike,” Bailey said. “After I saw how other people drive, I didn’t want to be out there with that.” Even people who don’t know Bailey know her as the “Bike Lady” who rides around Mountain Brook. The staff at Piggly Wiggly look forward to her coming in to shop. “The people up at the Pig are having a fit,” Bailey said. “I have two totes on the side of my bike. They get a kick out of helping me load them up.” Bailey moved to Roanoke, Va. at the end of June to be closer to family. However, she lived in Mountain Brook for most of her life. Originally from Virginia, she and her husband, Russell, moved to New York City and then relocated to Birmingham in 1966. Their three children, Laura, Russell and Reid, grew up here and went to Crestline Elementary, MBJH and MBHS. Since her husband passed away seven years ago, Bailey has been adjusting to living on her own. Her home is filled with handmade projects she has crafted over the years. She has always enjoyed crafts and sewing. “I knit, I sew, I made clothes for the children when they were little,” Bailey said. Bailey said that her homemade hobbies are part of why she prefers biking over driving. She likes to stay close to home. “I’m such a stay-at-home kind of person,” she said. Bailey will miss a lot about Mountain Brook and the Birmingham area, including



Bobbie Jean Bailey bikes near her house Peachtree Street before moving to Virginia at the end of last month. Photo by Madison Miller.

living where she is known. When she rides past the Crestline playground, the neighborhood kids come up and hug her. They all know the bike lady. “I won’t have that in Virginia. They’re not used to me yet,” Bailey said. Although she will miss parts of living here, Bailey is ready to move.

“At this age, it makes sense to be closer to family,” she said. One thing she will not, however, miss is riding her bike in Alabama’s heat and humidity: “My gravesite is here, so I’ll have to come back for that. I hope they put a fan in my coffin.”

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Fitness for every woman

Paula Windle and Leigh Karagas lead Boot Camp in various locations in Mountain Brook. Photo by Brittney Harrison.

By MAGGIE CARTER O’CONNOR For two Mountain Brook women, fun and convenient exercise has become a lifestyle they want to share. When Paula Windle, a registered pharmacist, began attending Leigh Karagas’s neighborhood “boot camp,” she developed a passion for personal fitness that led her to become a certified personal trainer. Soon after, these ladies paired their love for fitness with their desire to break down exercise barriers for women by creating Every Girl Fitness Boot Camps for Women. Inclusivity is in their name. No woman should feel “unfit” for this exercise program, according to Karagas and Windle. Based on extensive experience, they believe that women experience greater comfort when exercising with one another. Because of this, Every Girl Fitness has grown from a business into a community outreach program with a mission of giving each woman the opportunity to fall in love with fitness. Every Girl Fitness routines combine a wide variety of workout styles from pilates and aerobics to strength and cross training. Joining a class is as easy as grabbing a water bottle and showing up. Any workout equipment needed is available at each camp session. Along with trainer Kathleen Davis, Karagas and Windle relish each individual and group victory they see daily. The success of just one girl motivates Karagas and Windle to continue spreading the fitness fever. Even though one single week may hold more than 25 boot camps, Windle and Karagas attribute their unending enthusiasm to their campers: “Our job is fun and fulfilling, and we look forward to boot camp each day because of them (boot campers). We are blessed and fortunate to call each and every camper a friend.” Group boot camps spring up around the community on any given weekday

Students achieve Eagle Scout ranking Eight young men from the Mountain Brook High School Band have achieved Eagle Scout status. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America and is based on leadership qualities as well as hours of service. These young men have been awarded this honor because of their character, dedication and spirit. From Troup 320: Ryan Read, Russell Day, Parker Tankersley, Joel Michelson, Dylan Teague, Tyler Gester. From Troup 63: Ben Webster. Not pictured: Jeremiah Mitchell, Troup 320.

beginning as early as 5:25 a.m. Across Vestavia and Mountain Brook, Windle and Karagas have established 11 boot camps in 9 locations. Local churches and schools bring consistent groups of 10 or more; the largest group meets at Mountain Brook Presbyterian Church, where around 20 women attend each camp. “Leigh and Paula come every day with a different workout for us to do,” said Julia Spaht, who attends EGF twice a week at Mountain Brook High School where she teaches English. “While it’s often grueling, I never get bored. Their upbeat, positive attitudes are also so refreshing at the end of a long day.” With three to four camps per day, Every Girl Fitness trainers avoid over-exerting themselves by co-leading each camp. Windle will lead weights while Karagas does cardio, and then they will swap for the next group. Additionally, some camps break into smaller “stations” and rotate throughout the hour. By differentiating the boot camps, Windle and Karagas prove they understand that each group is different and unique in its own way. Windle and Karagas wholeheartedly agree on what is most important for their regimen: “Consistency is the key to being a successful EGF boot camper!” They encourage women to maintain their workout routines even if they will miss a group session. “The more they come, the more exercise becomes a permanent part of who they are,” Windle said. No matter where women go to exercise, Windle enthusiastically maintains that she is happy as long as each woman is exercising— anywhere. Every Girl Fitness can be found online at You can also find them on Facebook (www.facebook. com/EveryGirlFitness) and Twitter @ egirlfitness.

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Broken glass and bar mitzvahs: Remembering Silent Majority By RICK WATSON The memory lane of our high school years isn’t just paved with photographs—it has its own soundtrack, too. The music is not only from the radio, but from the local bands who played together on the unforgettable movie of our lives. At Mountain Brook High School many of those musicians have gone on to start careers, get married and raise families. But others have formed new bands and continue to play throughout the city. This is the first in a series in Village Living profiling the groups who made the music for our memories. Brent Thompson, David Seale, Tommy Terrell and Bart Herring were in tenth grade together at Mountain Brook High School in the fall of 1985 when they decided to start a band. “I realized I’d never be big enough or fast enough to play high school sports,” said Seale, “so being in a band was a great alternative.” Tommy Terrell, on the other hand, actually made the basketball team but spent most of that time warming the bench. “I decided in the fall of ‘85 to see what the whole band thing had to offer,” Terrell said. “Needless to say, girls and beer won out over riding the bench.” The group started learning their favorite cover songs from ‘80s bands like R.E.M., U2 and The Replacements. They called themselves the Side Effects. To add a new dimension to their sound, they asked classmate Beth Sydnor Norris to play keyboards for the group. With the new member, the group expanded their repertoire to include material by The Doors, The Rolling Stones and other popular bands. They also renamed themselves Silent Majority. One of the Side Effects’ early practice sessions, in particular, stands out in Seale’s mind. The drummer’s parents weren’t home, so the band invited a crew of guys (and girls) to come over and serve as audience. Seale was feeling a major rockstar vibe when he was suddenly inspired to jump on the coffee table. Unfortunately, the table was glass and not very sturdy, so Seale found himself standing in a pile of broken shards. When the grownups returned, they were not amused and presented Seale with a bill for the cost of the table. Soon, Silent Majority was playing high school fraternities, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, homecoming parties and other events. Beth Norris recalled one party where the event planner asked them to dress up exotically for one of their sets. The planner provided the guys with Arab garb and Beth with a belly dancer outfit. “The

Mountain Brook High School students formed the band Silent Majority in 1985.

costume was a bit more revealing than I felt comfortable with,” she said. “But...” Norris remembered one particular seven-year-old attendee of the party who carefully staked out a front-row seat to get the full effect of her wardrobe. “I just hope there are no pictures from that night,” she said. Silent Majority continued to play together all through high school. After graduation they didn’t perform often as a group, but many of the musicians went on to form other groups that are still active today. Brent Thompson has a trio with Tommy Terrell (a Silent Majority alumnus) and Chip Dawson; they’re called The Uptown Rulers. The band covers an eclectic mix ranging from Van Morrison, The Eagles and Jimmy Buffett to Little Feat, The Stones and others. They play private parties, corporate events and charity engagements. They say the music they play has evolved over the years as have the audiences. “We used to play only to people our age,” said Thompson. These days the audience might be 20 or 30 years older, so they play some songs the older crowd remembers. Beth Norris teamed up with Frank Cater, Mark Haas, George Carbonie and Jeff Logan to form a group that now plays as The Underhills. David Seale still writes, records and plays music with various groups around town. He and his brother Michael also host an Internet radio show called “Southbound.” The program focuses on local music and airs each Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. on www.bhammountainradio. com. “At 42, I’m still enjoying music,” said Seale. “If I wasn’t doing something with music, there would be a hole in my life.” Even after all these years, the beat goes on.

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New Tech Tuesdays By HOLLEY WESLEY, Emmet O’Neal Library We are very excited to now offer new and expanded technology classes. The explosion in popularity of ebooks and other digital downloads has led to countless new possibilities, but those possibilities also lead to new questions and the need for new skill sets. Emmet O’Neal Library is eager to help you. On the third and fourth Tuesdays of each month, sessions are available on borrowing library ebooks on Kindle, iPad and Nook devices; borrowing and downloading digital audiobooks; learning social media basics; and beginner classes in Microsoft Word and Excel. Registration is required, so call 445-1115 to reserve a spot. For the ebook classes, participants are required to have with them a valid JCLC library card; an email address and password; and a Kindle (with Amazon ID and password), iPad (with Apple ID) or Nook (with its USB cable). For the digital audiobook classes, participants are required to have with them a valid JCLC library card and an email address and password. The social media basics class requires an email address and password only if you would

like to set up a social media account during your appointment. If you just want to come and get an overview, you don’t need an email address. The Microsoft Word and Excel classes require participants to have basic computer experience and working knowledge of a keyboard and mouse. If these requirements are still just a bit out of reach at this point, you may make a 15-, 30- or 45-minute appointment for personalized assistance. Don’t be afraid to ask us for help. We have lots of experience helping people get set up with new technology. We won’t set up your new technology for you, but we can help you learn the skills you need to be successful. Ready to get started? Call 445-1115 to get the jump on your new (or not so new) online life. For information about the Library’s regularly scheduled programs, see the Library’s calendar in this issue of Village Living. Visit us online at and or give us a call at 445-1121.

Emmet O’Neal Library Schedule Adults 7/4- Library closed in observance of Independence Day 7/7- Knit & Knibble, all crafts and skill levels welcome, 2-3:30 p.m. 7/9- Great Books Book Group discussing a selected short story, “Cathedral,” 6:30 p.m. 7/10- The Bookies Book Group discussing “The Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles, 10 a.m. 7/10- Thyme to Read-EOL Book Group discussing “Silence of the Songbirds” by Bridget Stutchbury, 6 p.m. At the Library at the Botanical Gardens 7/10- ADULT SUMMER READING PROGRAM: Birmingham Arts Journal, join your friends at BAJ for the debut of the summer issue, 7 p.m. 7/11- Brown Bag Lunch series, film about early America and the birth of our nation, 12:30 p.m. 7/17- Tech Tuesdays, librarians will be on hand to demo ereaders and other new technologies in the Library lobby, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 7/17- Documentaries After Dark, film about the sport of surfing, 6:30 p.m. 7/18- Brown Bag Lunch series, film about historic landmarks from Japan to China, 12:30 p.m. 7/19- Third Thursdays at Dyron’s Lowcountry, a portion of the restaurant’s proceeds benefit the Library, 4:30-10 p.m. 7/21- ADULT SUMMER READING PROGRAM: Ernest Hemingway Birthday Party, celebrate Papa’s birthday with your friends, 2-3:30 p.m. 7/25- Brown Bag Lunch series, film about ancient Athens, 12:30 p.m. 7/30- Monday Morning Investment Club, 10 a.m. 7/31- Genre Reading Group, Bestsellers (fiction & nonfiction), 6:30 p.m.

Teens 7/2- TAB, a monthly meeting of our Teen Advisory Board, 5-6 p.m. 7/6- Papercraft with Doug Baulos, 1-3 p.m. 7/13- Film-making, we’ll make our own apocalypse movie with zombies, timetravel and explosions! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 7/20- Water Balloon Spectacular, our third annual water balloon throw-down will commence in the field across from the library, 1-3 p.m.

7/27- Final Party: Game On! Lots of games available to play and summer reading prizes will be awarded, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Children’s Summer Schedule (through July 23) Mondays *Toddler Tales Story Time, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays Special programs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. 7/3- Skip Cain, the Magic Guy 7/10- Blazer Animals 7/17- That Puppet Guy Lee Bryan “The Princess and the Pea, Ya’ll” Wednesdays *Mother Goose Story Time, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Chess Club, 3:30 – 5 pm Thursdays *Patty Cake Story Time, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Movies and popcorn for rising second – sixth graders, 10:30 a.m. SNaP for rising third – sixth graders, 3:30 p.m. 7/5- Game On 7/12- Creative Writing Presentation 7/19- Dream Big Olympics Saturdays Family Story Time with Mr. Mac, 10:30 a.m. Special Events 7/3- *Bookmania for third graders, 6 p.m. 7/10 & 7/17- *Bookmania for fourth-sixth graders, 6 p.m. 7/9–7/12 -*Geoffrey Glaub Memorial Camp: Creative Writing, 1 p. m. 7/14- *Chess Tournament, 12:30 p.m. 7/16 – 7/19- *Early Literacy Camp, Session 2 for rising first – second graders, 1 p.m. *Space is limited; please call 879-0497 or visit to register. For more information about any of our programs, you may call us at 445-1121 and find us online at, blogging at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter at @ eolib.

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Life Actually By Kari Kampakis

Can a messy house be progress? Almost every mom I know wishes her home stayed cleaner. And although our definition of “clean” may vary, we all understand the positive effect of having our surroundings in order. One, we know where to find things. Two, it helps us feel in control. Three, it brings a peace of mind. All these things influence our psyche and help us be better moms. When the house is a disaster, we live in a state of unease, easily overacting to additional emergencies. Handling spilled milk on the sofa—or mud on a kitchen floor —is not such a bug when other chores aren’t screaming for attention. But as we all know, the quest for a clean house often conflicts with raising kids. I’ve struggled with this for a long time because disorder jumps out at me. I internalize it, in fact, tensing at the sight of an unmade bed or explosion of toys. These things used to make me fly off the handle, and while I still do sometimes, I’ve learned to bite my tongue. Why? Because after my fourth child was born, I realized I had a choice. Either I could spend my life mad at the kids, constantly cleaning house and resentful they couldn’t live up to my standard, or I could learn to let a few things go. I could let my house look lived in. Let it be loved every once in a while.

In a recent conversation with my friend Rebecca, this topic came up. Rebecca gets my struggle with a clean house because she’s the same way. We use each other as sounding boards and talk about how to walk the fine line of letting our kids enjoy our homes while preventing a pigsty. “You’ll be so proud of me,” she said, “because last week before church, my kids made a fort of blankets, pillows, everything. They had the best time playing in it. I kept wanting to take it down, but I let it stay up for seven days. Seven days!” Rebecca went on to share something her mom always says: “You have to let them be kids. You can have a perfect house when they’re gone.” Pretty wise, huh? What I’m advocating is not a life of squalor, or hoarding, or fraternity-style living, but keeping a home in moderation. Our kids’ rooms in particular should be their personal spaces, shrines to what they love, reflections of their personality. So what if they want Pottery Barn Teen over custom bedding? Does it really matter if every knick-knack and stuffed animal color-coordinates? As much as their taste may irk me, I know deep down that my kids have the right to choose what makes them happy. As a former perfectionist, I’ve grown in my realization that a perfect house is

not a sign of a happy family. Maybe Mom is content, but I’d bet my bottom dollar no one else is. Like many moms, I’ve been on my fair share of crazed-eyed cleaning sprees. One that stands out occurred a few years ago, when I threw out a bag of rocks my daughter Ella had carefully selected to paint. On a mission, I reasoned that rocks are easy to replace, and that she probably wouldn’t notice. Wrong. When Ella came to ask me a few weeks later where her rocks were, she asked if I threw them out. I admitted I did, and instantly her eyes filled with tears. In a tight, restrained, tactful voice that only sweet Ella could maintain, she said, “Sometimes I wish I had a mom who wasn’t so clean.” Ouch. I have to say, that day marked a turning point for me. While I still go on crazed-eyed cleaning sprees and strive to maintain order, I also try to remind myself that kids aren’t meant to live in museums. My home is their home, too, and things like handprints on the windows and 20 dolls on a bed are really worthy of celebration because they’re signs that I’m blessed with kids. One day my house will be in inertia— motionless from morning to night—but for now it’s in action, constantly changing to the rhythm of my family. For people like Rebecca and me, a messy house is a sign of progress because we’ve grown to see our homes not through a woman’s eyes, but through a mother’s eyes. May mothers everywhere learn to cut each other some slack, and remember that impressing other moms with our tidiness is often counterproductive with what our children need. Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis is a Mountain Brook mom of four with a background in PR, writing and photography. Visit her website at, find her on Facebook and Twitter, or contact her at kari@


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“I am relieved that they changed it but do wish it was retroactive for those who are still in school,” said Beth Wilder, the parent of a student in college, one in high school and one in junior high. The change is also aimed at eliminating the difficult grading transition between grades 6 and 7 by making the grading scale uniform for grades 4-12. When grades 7-12 were on the 8-point system, grades 4-6 followed the 10-point scale where 90-100 was an A. Also with the new system, the passing grade in grades 4 through 6 will raise from a 60 to a 65 to be consistent with the 65 “passing point” for grades 7-12. Mountain Brook Schools first considered changing to a 10-point scale in 2003 but decided to keep the existing system at that time. When the Grading Scale Committee reassessed the situation this year, a survey found that the University of Alabama, Auburn, Furman, and Washington and Lee universities all said a 10-point grading scale would help in both the admissions and scholarship processing for Mountain Brook students. In addition, the committee found that most schools in the Birmingham area use the 10-point system, including The Altamont School, Hoover High School, Indian Springs School, Shelby County Schools and Vestavia Hills. Jackson expressed her gratitude to the Mountain Brook Board of Education, Dicky Barlow, the grading scale committee, and all of those who contributed to this study. “I especially appreciate that parents were allowed to weigh in on the discussion,” she said. To read the full report of the 2012 Grading Scale Committee Findings, visit


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Shoes for the greater good By BRITTNEY HARRISON

With a small budget and a big dream, Carrie and Scott Mullins have created a business platform that has bridged the gap between consumer wants and universal needs. Their online shoe boutique, NinetyTen, is a product of the couple’s passion for giving and Carrie’s undying love for shoes. “Ninety-Ten is trying to capture money that is already being spent (online) on shoes and fashion with the goal of redirecting the profits to people and communities in need,” Carrie said. The bold mission behind Ninety-Ten is to give 90 percent of their net profits from purchases and donate them to various philanthropic organizations. The idea behind this profit-for-purpose business began in January 2010 when Scott decided to leave his successful 15-year career as a financial planner to embark on a journey towards fulfilling a greater sense of purpose. Both Carrie and Scott had a personal conviction to give for a greater good. With high hopes and a lot of trust, the couple and their two children, Wager and Carlton, took a leap of faith. Carrie talks about how this experience has been miraculous for her, her family and her faith: “I would never take this process back. This has been a journey of facing my biggest fears…and with my kids in tow.” The couple’s children Wager, 8, and Carlton, 7, students at Crestline Elementary, have gained a deeper sense of what giving looks like through their parents’ vision for Ninety-Ten. Carrie spoke of a time when one of her children noticed a homeless man on the street and immediately shouted, “Mom, your shoes can help that person.” Since before their official launch in

Carrie and Scott Mullins, pictured with their children Carlton and Wager, founded Ninety-Ten, an online shoe boutique that donates 90 percent of their profits to various philanthropic organizations. Photo courtesy of the Mullins family.

January 2012, there has been an outpouring of support from various partners and companies worldwide have given out support out of belief in this “grass roots thing,” as Carrie calls it. From work and athletic shoes to goingout and shopping shoes, Carrie knows women need shoes. “Ninety-Ten offers affordable shoes that are universal in size, shape, color and profession,” Carrie said. Ninety-Ten carries some of Carrie’s favorite shoe brands like Antelope and Bacio 61 that don’t have as big of an online presence as some of the other more wellknown brands. Ninety-Ten strives to carry shoes that have comfort and style and can cross generations so that mothers and daughters can share the shoes and the

Ninety-Ten carries some of Carrie’s favorite shoe brands such as Antelope and Bacio 61. Shoe prices range from $69 to $259. Photo courtesy of Ninety-Ten.

mission. While Carrie does not design the shoes herself, she does hope to one day have designers create some exclusive lines for Ninety-Ten that can be sold to other retailers to increase the reach of giving 90 percent. Since the launch of the website, Ninety-Ten has been able to give away $3,000 in charitable donations.   “We hope to give another $3,000 plus this month and continue doubling our efforts as we grow,” Carrie said. Ninety-Ten sponsored a scholarship for one of the design challenges in this year’s Birmingham Fashion Week. Carrie came on the scene as a volunteer and supporter after meeting the founders and

finding that they shared a common mission to give back. This year’s beneficiaries were Alabama Forever and Camp Smile-A-Mile. Currently, the Mullins are helping raise funds and awareness for 100 for Adama, a local charity that funds safe houses in Ethiopia. Two Mountain Brook High School students, Anna Cate Peeples and Caroline White, started the project after they were motivated to take action against human trafficking worldwide. Carrie and Scott also hope to help their local community by providing jobs through Ninety-Ten as the business continues to grow and prosper. For more information on Ninety-Ten, visit

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Top 10 reasons to Market Day shop at Market Day 1. Sales of up to 75 percent or more 2. Running into old friends and neighbors 3. A chance to find that new lamp, table, bedding or other unique item to change up the look of your home 4. An excuse to drink Gilchrist limeades and eat a treat from Mountain Brook Creamery 5. Evidence of the amazing finds your friends got at Market Day last year 6. Supporting our local merchants


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sales and specials inside the store as well. At The Cook Store, owner Wesley Lassen plans to hold a 30 percent off sale from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. as well as a 20 percent off sale from 10 a.m. to close. “It’s the biggest day of the year,” Lassen said. “It’s very festive. There are lots of people out, lots of great deals and people have already been asking about it.”

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Along with merchandise sales, the restaurants of Mountain Brook Village will be open to feed hungry shoppers. JAMM Entertainment will be also be providing music. For more information on the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce’s Market Day, visit www.welcometomountainbrook. com/events.php.

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Restaurant Showcase

Market Day July 21st

Mountain Brook Creamery

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Monday – Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m-midnight Most people who have spent any time at all in Mountain Brook know that connections run deep and wide around here. Like an old geological survey, one can trace streams to creeks and rivers to the ocean, but still never find a beginning or an end. Jay Connor, owner of Mountain Brook Creamery knows this first hand. Connor and his family grew up in nearby Bluff Park and worked summers as a teenager in the small ice cream shop on Cahaba Road. He spent many a day bending into cold freezers to scoop out mounds of ice cream for customers of all ages. But it took growing up, going off to college (University of Alabama, y’all) and getting married for him to really appreciate this part of his past. Originally opened in 1957, the ice cream shop had once been a Baskin-Robbins. Later, the company decided to close down operations in the Southeast, but the store was renamed and the business of selling ice cream continued. In 2007, Connor and his family moved back to the area, and he bought Mountain Brook Creamery, starting a new chapter in the business. Selling cold confections is not rocket science, but still no one wants to mess up a good thing. Connor has a keen sense of who his customer is and what their tastes are: “Our number one seller is Mint Chocolate Chip. Hands down, year in and year out. I’d say we sell twice as much of that flavor as we do any other.” On one of our recent visits, several customers came in and made a bee-line for that particular flavor, never bothering to even look at the other offerings.

Mountain Brook Creamery owner Jay Connor scoops a colorful cone of C is for Cookie, Black Cherry and Dreamsicle ice cream flavors. Photo by Madoline Markham.

While guests may have their favorites, it’s worth stopping to check out what is new in the freezer. Connor stays abreast of epicurean trends and which flavor profiles are heating up. He knows that not every combination will fly in Mountain Brook – toasted coconut and ground wasabi peas anyone? He is eager to try a few new ones that will pass muster. One that is getting a lot of attention this summer is Mexican Hot Chocolate. This ice cream combines rich chocolate flavor with a little cinnamon and spicy pepper. Swirls of marshmallow

complete the profile. Connor likes his cone with a red raspberry sorbet chaser; that sweet fruit makes a nice foil to the spicy chocolate. Many of the village’s younger customers come in clamoring for Superman ice cream. Like the superhero himself, this is something rather plain and simple, dressed up in flashy clothes, with an uncanny and incredible ability to instill peace. Yes, those neon reds, blues and yellows easily obfuscate the ordinary vanilla ice cream that can calm even the fussiest three-year-


old. Super ice cream indeed. I wondered how this ice cream shop, as charming as it is, stays busy year-round. The secret, Connor said, is in the ice cream cakes. They fly out the door anytime but especially during any holiday. Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day are perennial favorites for these confections. It also doesn’t hurt to be located less than half a mile from the Birmingham Zoo; it seems nothing goes better than a visit with giraffes and elephants with a trip to Mountain Brook Creamery. I couldn’t agree more. The other secret Connor will share is that plenty of his fellow merchants in the village frequent his shop daily. Yes, every single day. Most of them love Mint Chocolate Chip too but several enjoy his special Only 8 frozen yogurt, which is nofat, lo-calorie and all-natural. “This stuff is super popular. People feel like they get the pleasure of ice cream, but without as many calories.” Connor continues to grow his business, having started Edgewood Creamery in Homewood in 2009. He continues to hire young high school and college kids to help him run the place; no doubt one of them will be bitten by the ice cream bug too, maybe even buying the place when they grow up. There is a lot to be said for tradition around here. Want one more secret? Connor’s sister, Elan Morosini, and her husband Marco, own the Silvertron Restaurant in Forest Park. Printed at the bottom of every Silvertron receipt is a coupon good for one Buy-One-Get-One-Scoop-Free at Mountain Brook Creamery. See? I told you those connections run deep and wide in these parts. Christiana Roussel lives in Crestline and enjoys all things food-related. Follow her culinary musings online at ChristianasKitchen. com or on Facebook or Twitter (@Christiana40).

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Most people would agree that time is the most valuable resource we have, but Amy Jackson, Mountain Brook’s newest Chamber of Commerce President, has spent much of her life giving her free time away. “I believe in giving back,” said Jackson. “I’m not a shopper, and I don’t play tennis. I enjoy giving away all my free time.” She’s served as the governance director for the Junior League of Birmingham, she was one of three people who chaired the Birmingham Zoo Gala this past year and she sits on the Mountain Brook City School’s Foundation. The Foundation helps Mountain Brook teachers and students with training, technology and supplies that aren’t included in the school system’s budget, she explained. In 1996, Jackson moved to Mountain Brook with her husband Steve, daughters Tully and Tatum, and son Yates. The main reason they chose Mountain Brook was the school system. She started volunteering at the Emmet O’Neal Library soon after they arrived, and quickly became involved in the Parent-Teacher Organization, later becoming PTO president. “I highly recommend that anyone with children in school get involved with the PTO,” she said. “It’s a great way to play an active role in your child’s education.” One of the most rewarding organizations for which she has volunteered is the Service Guild of Birmingham. The Service Guild provides volunteers for the Bell Center, which focuses on early intervention for children with developmental delays, including Down Syndrome and Spinal Bifida. Service Guild volunteers are the ones who get on the floor with children and help teach them things like how to use a walker, potty training, and other life skills. The goal, according to Jackson, is to help the children get ready to enter the school system. “This work is tremendously rewarding,” said Jackson. “Some of the kids I worked with are now in Mountain Brook High School. “Volunteer work is the most important thing I do,” she said. She came by her passion to volunteer honestly because her mother is a volunteer, too. Her mother runs errands for seniors and has a monthly Meals on Wheels route that

Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce President Amy Jackson. Photo by Rick Watson.

Jackson drives her on. “She is all over Homewood,” Jackson said. Jackson’s father died in February, and she thinks that volunteering will help her mother get through the rough spots. The Birmingham Zoo notified Jackson in March that they’d named a tree in honor of her dad. He was cremated, and she said it’s comforting to know the tree named in his honor will always be there. It was her work as a volunteer that brought her to the attention of Suzan Doidge, the executive director of the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce. A few years ago Jackson ran into Doidge at school. Doidge had since started working for the Chamber and recruited Jackson in 2008. Jackson started out as assistant vice president of community affairs, helping with Chamber events. She became president of the Mountain Brook Chamber in January 2012. In her role as president, she works closely with the city

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and other organizations. The idea is to promote ways of bringing in business to Mountain Brook merchants. “If the city is buying a commodity, we encourage them to look first at local merchants, instead of looking elsewhere.” Buying local is a win/win proposition, according to Jackson. The Chamber sponsors two big events during the year: a Village 2 Village Run that’s held in January, and the annual Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce luncheons, which features high-level speakers. “The most amazing thing to me about volunteering is the people who become your friends,” Jackson said. “I have childhood friends, but my closest friends in the world come from volunteering.” Apparently her passion for volunteering has rubbed off on her family. Her daughter Tatum wrote in a paper recently that when she grows up she wants to do what her mom does: “I want to give away my time.”


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Village Sports

Summer baseball heats up By WILL HIGHTOWER Spring has come to a close, and summer is in full swing. That means one thing for young baseball and softball players: long days spent at the ballpark, matching the best the Brook has to offer against all of metro Birmingham. All star baseball features the best players in their respective age groups from rec league. This year, there are 14 teams, ranging from age 7 to age 12. These teams are coached by dedicated dads, and are playing in tournaments throughout the first half of the summer. Featured below are just some of the many kids enjoying summer ball. Fourth Grade American Team (10U). Back row: Will Grant, Michael Brogan, Walt Andrews, Ben Hill, Walton Redden, Drew Elliott. Front row: Garrett Huddleston, Luke Close, Walker Starling, Sam Graham, Jack Armstrong, Thomas Renneker. Photo courtesy of Douglas Grant.

Third Grade 9U Mountain Brook Gray American Team. Front row: Wade Loveman, Paul McMinn, John Bugg, Michael Hawkins, Leo Bruno, John Fletcher Brown. Second row: James Nichols, Matthew Bottcher, John McKimmon, Grayson Chew, Jack Smith, Andrew Bell. Back row: Coach Michael Hawkins, Coach Brannon Bruno, Coach Grayson Chew, Coach Doug Smith, Coach John Bell. Photo courtesy of Lucy Hawkins.

8U MB American White Team. Front Row: Alex Abele, Jake Thompson, Jack Allison, Mem Webb, Gray Statham, Brant Hawkins. Back Row: Gray Doster, Will McIlvaine, John Abele, Stroud Lowe, Hayes Gibson, Luke Gilbert. Photo courtesy of Michelle Gilbert.

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Mountain Brook girls compete in prestigious horse show During the week of May 24, three Mountain Brook girls competed in the most prestigious horse show in the country. The Devon Horse Show began in 1896 and is held in Devon, Penn. Claudia Styslinger (16), Stella Styslinger (13) and Salter Hydinger (10) were invited to compete at Devon, along with the finest horses and riders in the nation. Only the top 20 horses and riders in the nation qualify. Claudia rode her small junior hunter Eloise, who is currently ranked number one in the nation, to two seconds and a tenth in her division. Stella rode her small junior hunter, Cabana Boy, and Salter was on her small pony, Gayfield’s Magic Me. Claudia, Stella and Salter are trained under the direction of Allison Majerik Black, Mark Tompkins and Timothy Maddrix of Fox Lake Farm located on Valleydale Road. Claudia and Stella are the children of Mark and Jennifer Styslinger, and Salter is the daughter of Steven and Susan Hydinger.

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Birmingham United Soccer Association’s 99 United Girls won the State Cup Soccer Championship on May 13. The team went undefeated in five games and outscored their opponents 22-4. The girls won 3-0 in the finals over Vestavia

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Front row: Maggie Reaves, Maggie Clanton, Lucy Redden, Sarah Kate Sanders, Caroline Savage. Second row: Ellie Hamilton, Ann Carlton Keller, Abby Maziarz, Betsy Lambert. Third row:  Riley Brown, Emily Hart, Jane Ryland Elliott.  Back row: Coaches John Hamilton, Betsy Keller (Head Coach), Carter Brown, Lee Clanton, Jim Maziarz. Photo courtesy of Kathryn Reaves.

By HILARY ROSS At the North Central Area 2nd PreArea 8U Tournament in Leeds, Mountain Brook green defeated Trussville in pool play and then Odenville in tournament play, advancing to the quarter-finals with Vestavia. At the end of regulation with Vestavia, the game was tied 8 to 8, so the teams continued to an extra inning under the international tie breaker rule.  The rule states that the visiting team begins at bat with the last batter positioned as a runner on second base.  Vestavia, as visitor, scored two runs before the Mountain Brook defense secured three outs.  With Jane Ryland Elliott of Mountain Brook first at bat, she singled and advanced Caroline Savage as runner from second base to

third. Then batter Ann Carlton Keller brought home Caroline Savage to score and was secure on base. Riley Brown, third at bat, drove home Jane Ryland Elliott to tie the game and advanced Ann Carlton Keller to third, but was out at first base. Cleanup hitter Emily Hart had a solid hit to the outfield allowing Ann Carlton Keller to score the winning run, and the thrilling victory belonged to Mountain Brook with a score of 11-10. The girls then proceeded to handily defeat Hueytown in the semifinals, 16-5, to advance to the finals. In the finals, the team faced the Hoover Orange and claimed the title at the top of the last inning as the girls were ahead 7-5, which became the final score of the game. 

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Crestline Elementary celebrated the last day of school with a Field Day. Each class competed in silly relay races and games to kick off the start to summer and enjoy a few more laughs with their fellow classmates. Students stacked pizza boxes and ran across the field, they “rolled” a student in toilet tissue and competed in the traditional egg and spoon race. Students dressed from head to toe in their assigned class color while they cheered on their friends. Many parents came to support the students and join in the fun. It has been another great year at Crestline.

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Elementary track meet returns

400 meter dash- Lucy Holman of CES (first), Margaret Dodson of CES (second) and Hannah Bartels of CES (third). 1600 meter run- Caroline Keller of MBE (first), Natalie Womack of CBE (second) and Caroline Dickens of CES (third). Long jump- Caroline Dickens of CES (first), Katie Pharo of MBE (second) and Natalie Womack of CBE (third). Shot put- Avin Niknafs of MBE (first), Annie Rotenstreich of BWF (second) and Katie Pharo of MBE (third).

By HILARY ROSS After a hiatus of several years, the four elementary schools, Brookwood Forest (BWF), Cherokee Bend (CBE), Crestline (CES) and Mountain Brook (MBE) reinstated the spring track/field meet. The meet, greatly anticipated and held at Mountain Brook High School on a weekday after school, returned after a fiveyear absence. The annual contest had been missed by students, physical education teachers and parents. Fourth through sixth grade athletes from each school participated in track and field events, including the 100 and 400 meter dash, 1600 meter (mile) run, long jump, and shot put. The top three finishers in each event are listed below. Fourth grade girls: 100 meter dash- Mae Neil of MBE (first), Courtney Clark of CES (second) and Libba Manley of MBE (third). 400 meter dash- Katherine Kimberlin of CES (first), Mae Neil of MBE (second) and Blaire Clanton of CES (third). 1600 meter run- Courtney Clark of CES (first, with a new record time of 6:36.52 replacing the previous record time from 2000), Chaney Tindle of CES (second) and Lilly Martin of BWF (third). Long jump- Farilie Boyd of CES (first), Anne Carlton Clegg of CES (second) and Mae Neil of MBE (third). Shot put- Anne Carlton Clegg of CES (first), Frances Lyon of CBE (second) and Sara Frances Berte of CBE (third). Fourth grade boys: 100 meter dash- Patrick Neil of MBE (first), Paul Stramaglia of MBE (second) and Will McCowan of CES (third). 400 meter dash- Patrick Neil of MBE (first) Larson Rula of CBE (second) and Will McCowan of CES (third).

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1600 meter run- Paul Stramaglia of MBE (first), Holt Bashinsky of CES (second) and Eric Alexander of BWF (third). Long jump- Patrick Neil of MBE (first), Edward Reed of MBE (second) and Holt Bashinsky of CES (third). Shot put- Beau Hubbard of CES (first), Robert Martin of MBE (second) and Richman Priestley of MBE (third). Fifth grade girls: 100 meter dash- Anne Littleton of CBE (first), Anna Balzli of BWF (second) and Sophie Jane Knott of CES (third). 400 meter dash- Claire Kimberlin of CES (first), Britt Ware of CES (second) and Sophie Jane Knott of CES (third). 1600 meter run- Elly McCullumsmith of CBE (first), Catherine Sims of CES (second) and Claire Kimberlin of CES (third) Long jump- Ella Cobbs of MBE (first), Augusta Yearout of MBE (second) and Lamar Campbell of CBE (third). Shot put- Bess Rosenthal of BWF (first)

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and Augusta Yearout of MBE (second). Fifth grade boys: 100 meter dash- Colton Yeager of BWF (first), Thomas Miller of CES (second) and Baynes Autrey of CES (third). 400 meter dash- Thomas Miller of CES (first), Jay Barze of MBE (second) and Baynes Autrey of CES (third). 1600 meter run- Sam Mcullunsmith of CES (first), Jay Barze of MBE (second) and Tucker Milteer of MBE (third) Long jump- Colton Yeager of BWF (first), Robert Reed of MBE (second) and Wade Robinson of CES (third). Shot put- Colton Yeager of BWF (first), Price Pewitt of MBE (second) and Brett Lewis of BWF (third). Sixth grade girls: 100 meter dash- Meme Everette of CES (first), Lucy Holman of CES (second) and Elle Martin of MBE (third).

Sixth grade boys: 100 meter dash- Tyler Imig of CES (first), Hamp Sisson of MBE (second) and Jim Williams of MBE (third). 400 meter dash- Aubrey Hart of MBE (first), Carter Emack of CES (second) and Hamp Sisson of MBE (third). 1600 meter run- Carter Emack of CES (first), John Galloway of CBE (second) and Brooks Reddy of CES (third). Long jump- Jim Williams of MBE (first), Hamp Sisson of MBE (second) and Walter Morris of CES (third). Shot put- Tyler Imig of CES (first), Lyons Shaffer of BWF (second) and Joe Bird of MBE (third).

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By BAMA HAGER Brookwood Forest Elementary School celebrated graduation for sixth grade students on Friday, May 25. Students received certificates of completion and enjoyed slide shows and memorabilia presentations.  Students, parents, family

and friends enjoyed a reception following the ceremony, and graduates continued their celebration at Pinetree Country Club with lunch, a DJ and pool party. Sixth Grade PTO chairpersons were Laura Cope, Ashley DeGaris and Caroline Bundy.

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By TRISH HAND On Friday, May 4, Crestline Elementary School’s seven kindergarten classes enjoyed an all day field trip to the Birmingham Zoo. The trip was the highlight of a unit of study on animals. Students learned about and got an up close view of several animals, including a tortoise and a bearded

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Two brothers who were working at a construction site in Mountain Brook got into an argument. One of the brothers called to report that his brother had threatened him with a gun. Both of these individuals are from Birmingham. A man on Peacock Lane reported that his John Deere lawnmower was stolen between June 6 and June 9. This mower was taken from his front yard. A woman reported that she was receiving profanity-laced text messages from a former friend. The two women are having a conflict over a male friend. We had a fraudulent use of a credit card case reported where a man in California called a local garment shop and had items shipped to California. The man used a card that was declined and the shop is out $1,800. A woman was stopped for a traffic violation, and she gave the police officer her niece’s information. When the woman didn’t pay the ticket, the niece had her license suspended. The woman will be charged with identity theft. (Be aware that this can happen to you, and you may not discover it for years. If the woman had paid the ticket, the victim wouldn’t have known until the ticket caused her car insurance premiums to increase.) Week ending June 7 This week we experienced two home burglaries and three UBEVs (Unlawful Breaking and Entering Vehicles). The first home burglary occurred on West Montcrest Road sometime during the past two weeks. Entrance was made after the thief broke a window in the front of the home. Cash was taken, and a safe (not a substantial safe) was pried open. Jewelry was taken from the safe. There was no alarm.

The second home burglary occurred on West Montcrest Road between June 1 and June 3. This burglary was likely committed by the same thief that broke into the other West Montcrest home. He entered the home through a window on the rear of the house. The victim hasn’t determined that any property was taken. There was no alarm. The first UBEV occurred on Montevallo Road the night of May 30. The victim’s vehicle was parked in his driveway. A wallet, GPS, cash and other items were taken.  The vehicle was not locked. (Case solved.) The second UBEV occurred on Mountain Lane the night of May 20. This vehicle was parked in the victim’s driveway  A digital camera and charger were taken from this vehicle. It was not locked. (Case solved.) The third UBEV occurred between 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. on May 30. A lady parked her vehicle on Beechwood Road while she went jogging.  When she returned, she discovered that her window had been broken, and her purse, credit card and checkbook had been taken. The vehicle was locked. I would like to make special mention of our detective division and their work this past week.  They have already solved two UBEV cases and recovered much of the property taken.    Miscellaneous incidents: An elderly lady on Hampshire Drive reported that someone had taken some jewelry from a drawer.  We had a report of an unruly teenager. There was no physical violence involved.  On June 2 at approximately 4:41 p.m., we received a call that two white males on dirt bikes were tearing up the grass at the Cherokee Bend School.  Our officer answered the call and encountered the subjects. Both individuals are considered adults as they are 18 and 20 years old. They

were arrested for destroying the school property (grass). We took a report of a “hit and run” on Church Street. According to the victim, her vehicle was parked, and another vehicle backed into her vehicle, which caused damage. The suspect vehicle drove away, but not before a tag number was noted.  A copper theft occurred on Pine Crest Road. The thief took three copper downspouts off of the victim’s home.  This occurred between May 23 and June 5.  Last week, we had an incident where an unstable individual was walking around a neighborhood attempting to enter homes. She did enter a home and was apprehended by the police. I later learned that a lady witnessed her attempting to enter the homes, but she didn’t call us immediately because she wondered whether she should call 911.  I mention this because calling 911 immediately is very important.  Let me reiterate what we have said before, “If in doubt, call.”  It is better to call and everything turn out to be okay than to take the chance that a criminal may hurt someone or take someone’s property.  It is a miserable feeling to know that you could have saved someone from injury if you had called.   Week ending May 31 This week we experienced no home burglaries and one UBEV (Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Vehicle).  The UBEV occurred on Shades Creek Parkway on May 26.  A woman parked her vehicle to go running, and a thief spotted a purse in her vehicle. He broke a window and removed the purse, which contained cash and other items. We receive many calls concerning bicyclists. The complaints usually relate to people traveling on main roads during peak traffic and not abiding by the rules of the road. Most bicyclists are law-abiding riders, but some expect all the privileges of the road without adhering to the traffic

signals. Please abide by the traffic laws and avoid riding during times that interfere with traffic flow. Please be careful and watch out for our citizens on bicycles. Below are crime statistics from Jan. 1 to May 31 for this year and three years preceding it: 2012 home burglaries- 10 2012 UBEVs- 14 2011 home burglaries- 22 2011 UBEVs- 57 2010 home burglaries- 37 2010 UBEVs- 48 2009 home burglaries- 24 2009 UBEVs- 58 Miscellaneous incidents: We received a false burglary report on May 24 when an unstable individual wandered through the neighborhood on Warrington Road, entered a home and destroyed some property. She was apprehended and transferred to a facility for medical assistance. We received a report of an identity theft on May 29. The victim’s checking account was compromised when funds were transferred to another account. We received a report on May 26 of an individual stealing lawn equipment on Briarcliff Road.  We received a report of a “hit and run” in Birmingham Country Club’s parking lot on May 26. The victim said he parked his car and when he returned to it, the right quarter panel had been damaged. No witness was reported. A mother and daughter got into a mild physical altercation.  The daughter decided to go elsewhere until the situation was resolved.  We received a report that a small dog on Hampshire Drive was attacked by a coyote this week.  The dog suffered some puncture wounds but will recover.


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Mountain Brook Iron Tribe participants complete Workout of the Day regimens, which vary daily. Photos by Keith McCoy.

15 Dexter Avenue Crestline 802-1775 Every day is a competition at Iron Tribe Fitness. There are no treadmills or exercise bikes—just free weights, rowing machines, pull-up bars, and most importantly, a coach and team to drive the workouts. “You put forth more effort in five minutes of our workouts than most people do in 45-minute workouts,” owner Forrest Walden said. The gym opened a Crestline location in April. “I always wanted to be in the Mountain Brook area, and when I saw the [former Gravlee Fitness] location come open, I knew it was the place for us,” Walden said. The location is the fastest growing location ever, and Walden said it has really taken off with the community and that spots will be sold out quickly at the pace they have seen. About 25 people transferred from the Homewood gym, and new members came quickly through word of mouth.

The center of each class is a high intensity Workout of the Day (WOD): running, rowing, Olympic lifting, power lifting or some combination of those things. No two WODs are ever the same. The regimen appeals to those who love competition. Everyone’s score from the workout is written on a marker board and is listed online. A male and a female winner are awarded each day. “We talk about performance, not aesthetics,” Walden said. “When you focus on performance, aesthetics come.” Those who come to Iron Tribe, especially the women, gain confidence, according to Walden. A lot of people make career changes because they start facing their fears. Others stop smoking. Everyone has newfound energy. Although the workouts are intense, Iron Tribe does not cater to just young, in-shape athletes. They have more clients over age 45 than under age 45 and welcome businesspeople and the stay-at-home moms and their families. Clients from age 6 to 72 complete exercises scaled to their levels. “It’s rare that someone doesn’t get a family member involved,” Walden said. “We have quite a few families where both spouses and their kids are involved.” Iron Tribe also encourages a Paleo Diet Lifestyle to

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in the April issue. What that does is let a magazine do what it does best, which is to showcase great photography. It makes it more tactile, and it’s a better reflection on the South. Southerners have a distinct voice, and we have been working hard to capture that. Someone like Rick Bragg does a great job of that. You’ll see a number of other new voices in the magazine. The South is a literary culture. We are known for our great writers, so we should have some great writing in Southern Living. I feel very strongly about that. At the same time that we are investing in the print magazine, we are also aggressively expanding our digital footprint. We launched tablet editions at the first of the year for all the Time Inc. magazines. We are on the iPad, the Kindle Fire, the Nook, and we are ready to be on whatever device comes next. I think it’s important to be wherever your readers are. What about Cooking Light and the other titles? We have also improved the paper quality at Cooking Light. The magazine is more nationally focused and in a competitive arena. One of the interesting things about Cooking Light right now is that food has never been a hotter topic. There is a whole new generation of people who are completely obsessed with food and cooking. One of our challenges is how to reach that next generation of cooks. Another big thing about Cooking Light is that this year is their 25th anniversary. I think that’s pretty remarkable. It was founded here in Birmingham. They are gearing up for a big event in New York in the fall and an anniversary dinner at Hot and Hot Fish Club on October 8 (tickets will be available to benefit a charity). They have a cookbook coming out this fall that’s called The New Way to Cook Light. Coastal Living has their 15th anniversary. It is doing extremely well. They have a really loyal readership. It is the must-read for people who live on the coast. Obviously summer is their big time of year.

I am also dealing with Sunset and This Old House. Sunset is out of California. One thing that is not that widely known is that Southern Living modeled itself on Sunset when it launched. Sunset was founded in 1898. It has been a successful regionally focused magazine. Someone had the idea that maybe there was a space for a regionally focused magazine about the South, so they started Southern Living in 1966. This Old House [based in New York] is a terrific magazine and is well positioned because I think people are obsessed with do-it-yourself projects and homemaking; they are an authority on that. The TV show is widely known, but the magazine is its own identity and has its own voice. It has a loyal audience. How are the magazines doing now? I think it’s a very exciting place right now. Southern Living in particular has been doing very well in terms of ad sales and newsstand sales and books and online; it’s been doing very well on every front. I think it has to do with all the exciting things that are happening in the South right now. I feel like Southern culture is going through something of a renaissance. How have you seen Birmingham as a microcosm of that renaissance? It starts with food; there is an appreciation for Southern food that has really gone not just national but international. The South is kind of like the Italy of the United States; it’s this incredibly rich place when it comes to food. [Chris] Hastings just won a James Beard award. Ollie Irene was nominated for best new restaurant. If you look at the winners of the James Beard awards for cookbooks over the past 10 years, I think eight of them have been Southern cookbooks. Southern Living was nominated this year for a James Beard award. Birmingham has always been known for its food, certainly for the past 20 years. I look around and see new restaurants popping up all over the place, and young

chefs and bartenders who are having a ball and doing creative things in the kitchen. The magazine benefitted from that; Cooking Light has benefitted from that. I don’t see it slowing down. I think it’s great that a place like Little Donkey can open up, and you can hardly get a table there. It’s all based on locally sourced food; they make everything right there. I love to see people get excited about a place like that. How has your experience at Garden and Gun and Field and Stream informed what you are doing now? Garden and Gun taught me how passionate people are about Southern culture. Field and Stream is similar to Southern Living because it’s a magazine for people who really like to get out and do things. In the case of Field and Stream, they like to get out and hunt and fish. It was a very service-driven magazine, and we were trying to teach the readers how to be better hunters and fisherman. In the case of Southern Living, you are trying to teach the readers how to be better cooks, how to have more successful gardens, how to take more fulfilling trips, and how to be better at designing their homes. You grew up in Memphis. What has it been like to live in the South again? It’s been the greatest. I love it. It makes you appreciate it even more when you leave the South and then come back. I was gone for 14 years living in New York. I loved New York and had a great time there, but my wife is from Nashville and we wanted to raise our kids in the South. Our kids love the zoo and their school (Highlands Day School). We have been catching lightning bugs every night for the last week; you can’t do that in New York. We have gone down to Moss Rock Preserve in Hoover and done things like that; you are just always accessible to the outdoors. What do your kids think of your job? They like the office. They came and had pancakes in the test kitchen, and they thought that was the coolest thing ever.

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Summer Fun Photo Contest

Capture the fun of summer with your camera, and send us your favorite shots of the backyard, lake,beach, mountain, neighborhood and wherever you and your family are. Our staff will choose the images that most colorfully capture a summer experience. Prizes will be awarded to contest winners. To enter, email your photos in a jpeg format to Please send high quality images and include a caption and photo credit. Only 4 entry photos are allowed per person.

Deadline for entries is August 10, 2012. We will publish the winners in the September issue as well as post them on our Facebook page and our website.

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“I have been hearing about depression in teenagers and am concerned about it. But, we all know that teenagers are often moody and uncommunicative. How can we know whether a teenager is depressed, or just going through a ‘phase’?” Depression is a serious illness in any age group, including teenagers. It can make family life stressful and interfere with the person’s ability to function and to enjoy his or her life. In the most serious cases, it can lead to suicidal thinking, suicide gestures or attempts, and even completed suicide. So, whenever it is difficult to distinguish between clinical depression and the “moodiness” that often affects teenagers, parents ought to err in the direction of caution. It is much better to follow up on concerns that the teen is depressed, even if it turns out not to be a true depression. That’s far better than the opposite: concluding that a teenager’s mood problems are “just a phase” when the teenager is truly depressed. Depression is an illness, and it requires expert evaluation and treatment. It is important to note that it is just not true that all teenagers, even most teenagers, inevitably go through phase of development that looks like depression. Periods of irritability and moodiness aren’t rare in teenagers—or in any of us. But, most teenagers actually get through the teen years without displaying any more than mild and temporary mood symptoms. There is a persistent cultural myth that all teenagers are chronically moody, emotionally disturbed and behaviorally erratic. It’s just not true. The point of this is that if a teenager acts depressed, seems depressed, and certainly if he or she says he is depressed, parents ought to default to the idea that the teenager is suffering from depression and not “going through a phase.” In thinking about depression in teens, a key word is “change.” Depression usually involves a noticeable change in thinking and behavior. A decline in motivation and social withdrawal is sometimes seen. One may see changes in sleep and eating,

but they can go in either direction—too much sleep, too little sleep, or an increase or a decrease in appetite. Teenagers with depression are often prone to have physical complaints such as headaches, stomach aches and fatigue. They may report trouble concentrating and making decisions. Some will report excessive guilt, sometimes guilt about things they clearly aren’t responsible for. They may be preoccupied with death and dying. They may feel sad or anxious. Some feel helpless and hopeless. Hopelessness, in fact, is a particularly worrisome sign of depression and increases the risk of suicidal behavior. Also, with depression, one may see in increase in rebellious behavior, a decline in grades and in increase in the use of alcohol and drugs. Some depressed teenagers engage in selfinjury, such as “cutting.” What should parents do if they are concerned about depression in a teenager? A first step is to try to have a conversation with the young person about the parent’s concerns. A parent might say, “I have noticed some changes in your mood and behavior, and I am worried that you might be depressed.” I also recommend asking teenagers directly about suicidal thoughts. Any level of suicidal thoughts and feelings ought to lead a parent to seek professional help for the teenager. Parents who are concerned that their child may be depressed need to consult with a professional. Start with your pediatrician. If the doctor believes an evaluation is appropriate, he or she can help make a referral to a child and adolescent psychologist, psychiatrist or other professional. Depression is serious, but it is treatable and the sooner it is treated, the better the outcome. Dale Wisely, Ph.D. is Director of Student Services at Mountain Brook Schools and has been a child and adolescent psychologist for nearly 30 years. Dr. Wisely welcomes your questions for future columns; email jennifer@ to submit yours.

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Juvenile Diabetes hosts gala

Living and Giving Honoree Family Andy Hudson, Key Richardson Hudson, Knox Richardson, Diane Richardson, Jim Richardson and Emory Richardson. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lathem, PhotoBama.

The Alabama Chapter for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) hosted its 11th annual Night of Hope Gala on Friday, May 18 at The Club. The event included a cocktail reception, silent and live auction, a seated dinner and tribal dance performers provided by AEG Live. During the evening, special guest speaker Kendall Simmons shared his personal story of being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during his sophomore year in the NFL. Simmons is a former Auburn University offensive lineman and two-time Super Bowl Champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers. JDRF honored Jim Richardson of

Sellers, Richardson, Holman and West with the “Living and Giving” award. The Alabama Chapter also honored Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as the Corporate Honoree. Chairman of the Board and Partner Beau Grenier accepted the award on behalf of the law firm. Ryan Brown of the JOX Roundtable was the emcee for the evening. Flowers and decorations were provided by Event Design Group of Atlanta. Gala Chairs were Lynne Petro and Paget Pizitz.JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes research. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.

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Mountain Brook Events 7/14 – Otey’s Fest. Otey’s Tavern, Crestline Village. 5 p.m. Otey’s Tavern will host fourth annual festival with live music and food. Children under 13 get in free. $20 in advance. $25 day of. Tickets purchased online or at Otey’s. More information/ tickets: 7/11- American Cancer Society CPS-3 Cancer Prevention Study Informational Session. 5:30 p.m. Levite Jewish Community Center. For anyone interested in learning more about the study and who can participate. The LJCC will be enrolling participants August 23, 7-11:30 a.m. and August 38, 3-7:30 p.m. More information: or 7/14 – Brookwood Village Farmer’s Market. Every 2nd Saturday this summer we will have local farmers and Alabama vendors set up on the street for a market. There will be face painitng, live music and family fun. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Brookwood Village. More information: http://www. 7/21 - Market Day. 11th annual merchantcentered event. Discounts up to 75% off. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mountain Brook Village. More information: www. 7/23 – 7/27 – Splash Camp. Kids will learn diving techniques, swimming strokes, water games, pool safety, synchronized swimming stunts and more. Intermediate swim skills required. Grades 1 – 7. $125/ Members, $155/Non-members. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Levite Jewish Community Center. More information: 205-879-0411 or visit

Family Fun Thursdays – Urban Cookhouse Farmer’s Market. 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Summit Shopping Center. More information: www.

Village Living Calendar Saturdays – Urban Cookhouse Farmer’s Market. 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Soho parking lot Downtown Homewood. 2850 19th Street South. More information: www. Saturdays – Pepper Place Saturday Market. 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. 2829 2nd Avenue South. 7/4 – Fourth of July Flag Making and Parade – Oak Mountain State Park, 10 a.m., Cost: general admission ($1 -$3). More information: 205-620-2520 or oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama. gov. 7/4- Independence Day 1776 – The American Village will host an Independence Day set in 1776. Gate opens at 11 a.m. Events start at 12 p.m. $5. Free for veterans and kids under four. More information: 665-3535. 7/4 – Thunder on the Mountain fireworks show. 9 p.m. Vulcan Park and Museum. More information: 7/13 – GeekFest. Geek out at the library with Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and more. 8 – 10 p.m. Hoover Public Library. More information: 444 – 7831. 7/14 – Slippery, Slimy Saturday. Lots of ooey gooey fun as educators conduct slimy experiments and show you how to make your own creations. Included in cost of admission. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. McWane Science Center. More information: http://

Theatre 7/9-7/25 – Acting Workshops for Seniors. The Seasoned Performers acting group will hold an acting workshop for senior adults led by Martha Haarbauer. Monday

and Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m at 571 Bluff Park Avenue in Bluff Park 35226. $150 for all six sessions. For more information or to register contact The Seasoned Performers office at 978-5095 or email at 7/12 -15, 7/19 – 22, 7/26-29- Legally Blonde the Musical. 7:30 p.m.. Presented by Red Mountain Theatre Company. Virginia Samford Theatre. For more information and ticket purchase: www. 7/24 -7/28, 7/31 – Frog Prince. Birmingham Children’s Theatre Production. 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. More information and pricing:

Music and Arts 7/1 – Mamma Mia Sing-a-long. 2 p.m. $8. The Alabama Theatre. More information: events/. 7/8 – Film Series: “Fresh.” “Fresh” celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. 2 p.m. Free. Birmingham Botanical Gardens LynnHenley Lecture Hall in the Garden Center. More information: 7/11 – Big Time Rush Tour with Cody Simpson and Rachel Crow. 7 p.m. Oak Mountain Amphitheatre. Tickets: www. 7/14 – Miranda Lambert: On Fire Tour. 7:30 p.m. Oak Mountain Amphitheatre. Tickets: 7/15 – Dive! Part of Birmingham Botanical Garden’s documentary film series. 2 p.m. Free. Linn-Henley Lecture Hall. More information: filmseries.

bees telling us? Part of Birmingham Botanical Garden’s documentary film series. 2 p.m. Free. Linn-Henley Lecture Hall. More information: www.bbgardens. org/filmseries. 7/26 – Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday Tour. 7:30 p.m. Boutwell Auditorium. Tickets: www. 7/29 – Farmageddon. Part of Birmingham Botanical Garden’s documentary film series. 2 p.m. Free. Linn-Henley Lecture Hall. More information: www.bbgardens. org/filmseries. 7/31 – The Tour 2012: Kiss and Motley Crue. 7 p.m. Oak Mountain Amphitheatre. Tickets:

Sports 7/11, 7/12, 7/13 – Birmingham Barons vs. Tennessee Smokies. 7:05 p.m. Regions Park. More information: http://www. or 988-3200. 7/19, 7/20, 7/21, 7/22 – Birmingham Barons vs. Montgomery Biscuits. 7:05. Regions Park. More information: http://www. or 988-3200. 7/29, 7/30, 7/31 – Birmingham Barons vs. Jackson Generals. 7:05. Regions Park. More information: http://www.milb. com/index.jsp?sid=t247 or 988-3200. 7/30 – 8/3 – All Sports Camp. Campers will play team sports such as lacrosse, soccer, badminton, frisbee, softball, and volleyball, as well as other less competitive sports in a fun, recreational environment. Grades 1 – 7. 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $195/Members. $255/Non-members. Levite Jewish Community Center. More information: 205-879-0411 or visit www.

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