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Contents

November 2015 • Volume 2, Issue 11

Highlights 24 Medical news you can use

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Here’s an update on groundbreaking activities at three local hospitals.

26 Three Thanksgiving stories A trio of local leaders share the way their families celebrate this special holiday.

28 How much turkey do you need? Executive Chef Felix Barrientos offers tips to ensure you are well fed this holiday season.

32 Lullaby, baby ...

How trained night nurses can help put newborn sleep issues to rest.

38 Home SWEET! Home

Bob and Debbie Rick show and tell how their dwelling has evolved into a wonderful home.

On the Cover The staff at Arlington Today wishes all our readers and advertisers a Happy Thanksgiving. We are certainly grateful for you. Photo by E. J. Peiker, Nature Photographer, used with permission

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44 Christkindl Market 2015

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48 The evolution of your library

The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers for this spring fundraising event.

56 Postage paid

How a local club collects stamps – and lasting memories.

58 A family treasure

Jim Chappel’s renovated 1935 Chevy is a classic “before/after” project.

66 Can you say ‘holiday getaway’? Here are two great ways to spend your winter vacation this year (or next).

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The soon-to-be-constructed new city library will feature many special amenities.

54 Relay For Life

Starting Line ... 10 This ‘n Data ... 12 Scene ... 21, 53, 63, 71 Around Town ... 22 Style ... 64 Golf Tip ... 68 Bulletin Board ... 73 Health & Fitness ... 74 Sights/Sounds ... 76 Speaking of Sports ... 78 Itinerary ... 80 Finish Line ... 82

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hile pondering the secrets of the universe as I traversed my favorite walking path the other day, I reached the following conclusions (which, with five bucks will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks):    • Starbucks charges too much for coffee.    • The mirror is not an aging person’s best friend.    • “Discombobulated” and “onomatopoeia” probably don’t get the due they deserve as great words. Throw “zephyr” in there, while you’re at it.    • Statistically speaking, your political rant on Facebook is likely to change zero minds.    • Baseball is The Great Game. Thank goodness, we got to experience A Great Season here in Arlington this year.    • Grandchildren are among God’s greatest creations.    • Gotta give him a “thumbs up” on pistachios, too.    • I sincerely hope that neither of the words “mangled” or “charred” appear in my obituary.    • Youngsters should read more books (and watch Editor fewer movies). Oldsters, too, for that matter. Yale Youngblood    • There’s a reason people aren’t happy with the health insurance industry (he wrote, recalling how he was charged $12 for a 3-ounce tube of lotion during his most recent hospital stay).    • At least 75 percent of the people who drive red sports cars are attractive blondes (albeit sometimes store-bought).    • The ‘70s had much better music than the ‘80s (Paul Anka’s “She’s Having My Baby” not withstanding).    • My wife is prettier than your wife (even when she wakes up in the morning).    • There is something terribly wrong with a culture that lets its newspapers die (as those who never read them will find out sooner or later).    • Those who regularly complain to their friends probably won’t have many friends to whom to complain (not for long, anyway).    • It is an honor to salute a service person in the airport (and to pat him/her on the back and to offer a word of thanks and to say a prayer for him/her).    • Everyone should smile about something today. And tomorrow, for good measure.       I should note that the preceding notions are the exclusive intellectual property of Yale Youngblood and do not reflect the opinions of Arlington Today magazine. But, c’mon – who could argue that my wife isn’t prettier than all the other wives?

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Coogan named COO at MCA BEN COOGAN was recently named chief operating officer (COO) of Medical Center Arlington. Coogan replaces LaSharndra Barbarin, who joined Medical Center Lewisville last summer as chief executive officer.    As COO, Coogan is responsible for the operations of the 342-bed, full-service hospital with more than 1,100 physicians, nurses, podiatrists and dentists. Previously, Coogan led the market leadership efforts for Cigna’s network and contracting functions in Ben Coogan North Texas and Oklahoma. He also has served as assistant vice president of Medical City and Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas.

New Service Pros open for business SERVICE PROS Auto Center recently opened at 5611 S Cooper St, Arlington. The new comprehensive center, owned by Bruce Moore, offers fast, quality auto repair at low prices with free pickup and delivery.    The facility features 7,000 square feet of service area in a dozen bays. Services provided include oil changes, filter changes, brake inspections, transmission service and tuneups, as well as expert preventive auto maintenance on spark plugs, belts and hoses, and generators/alternators. “I’m really excited about opening the center and being a part of the Arlington business landscape,” Moore said.    For more: (817) 465-7767.

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Great Oak Dental to host special day for veterans GREAT OAK DENTAL is hosting “Service Smiles,” a special day just for veterans, on Nov. 7 at the practice (3851 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd., #101).    Dr. Jackilyn Dang and the Great Oak Dental team will offer free dental service for veterans throughout the day.    “We are honored to be able to service those who have served us and have given so much for us,” Dr. Dang said.    For more: (817) 789-4488.

ARLINGTON MAYOR Jeff Williams delivered his first Mayor Jeff Williams State of the City address last delivers his first State of the City month to a sold out crowd address. that stood and applauded his upbeat message of “The American Dream City.” Covering just about every issue from potholes to recent successes in the field of economic development and job creation, his energy and vision was in full focus.    The city has budgeted some $261 million over the next five years for street maintenance as record levels of road repair and new construction are being pursued to enhance motorists’ daily commutes.    The General Motors $1.4 billion in-plant expansion and the relocation of the nation’s largest homebuilder to the city topped the list of good news for the local economy.    Mayor Williams emphasized the collaboration among his fellow city council colleagues and the city management team as being vital to the success of the city’s ambitious plans for the future.      Such plans include major developments downtown and the potential for significant expansion of the city’s nationally acclaimed entertainment district.

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Mansfield Custom Homes featured on national TV show Photos: Mansfield Custom Homes

The “Today’s Builder Television Show” recently featured Mansfield Custom Homes in an episode, chronicling a construction job from start to finish.

MANSFIELD CUSTOM HOMES was the featured builder in a recent episode on the “Today’s Builder Television Show.”    The show spotlights construction companies across the United States and devoted one of its October programs to look at how owner Stoney Short and his team at Mansfield Custom Homes work their construction magic in this area.    “About a year ago, I received a phone call from the producer of the show to see if we’d be interested in being a part of the program,” said Lisa Stewart, client liaison/director of marketing for Mansfield Custom Homes. “I thought it was a joke at first. But Stoney checked out the references, and we called them right back, and they came out and featured our company.”    The filming took place in February and showed the local company’s crew through all parts of a building process, from start to finish. The 30-minute episode originally aired Oct. 10, but is available for viewing on the Today’s Builder Television Show website at todaysbuildertv.com/the-tv-show/featured-episodes.    Stewart said the experience was fun for all involved. “It’s always nice to get to show off your work,” she said. “We are really proud of how the show turned out.”

3 Scoops ... 1. An ‘A’ in physics ... UTA physicist David Nygren,

Your brand new airport DALLAS FORT WORTH International Airport last month revealed its new logo and brand, “Travel. Transformed.,” to capture the welcoming spirit of DFW as a global superhub and to invite customers to experience travel in new ways.    DFW Airport’s previous brand was introduced more than 14 years ago. “DFW is a very different airport than it was [then]. With our dynamic international growth, customers’ expectations are different today than they were in 2001,” said Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW Airport. “We recognized that our brand needed to evolve and match the responsibility we have as a global hub that drives global business and contributes $32 billion annually to the local economy. The new brand signifies our commitment to our customers, positions us for the future and helps communicate our story of transformation.”

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a member of the National Academy of Science, has been honored as one of two recipients of a new American Physical Society’s instrumentation award for his widespread and lifelong contributions in the field of particle physics. Nygren developed the Time Projection Chamber in 1974 to enable accurate and complete capture of results when highenergy particles collide. Such collisions can lead to the production of hundreds or even thousands of new particles.

2. The principal reward ... The Arlington ISD is one of five organizations nationwide – and the only in Texas – to receive part of a nearly $2.5 million Principals Path to Leadership grant from American Express and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The grant program, announced during National Principals Month, is created to expand effective principal preparation programs and share best practices broadly to impact education reform. The AISD will receive $330,000 over three years. The grant will support the AISD’s Emerging Leaders Program that is designed to strengthen the leadership skills of 105 aspiring principals and assistant principals. 3. Service for seniors ... Texas Health Resources and Texas Health Physicians Group (THPG) recently launched a new clinic model called Texas Health Your Health Center that addresses the growing, medically underserved senior population in North Texas. A staff of advanced practice registered nurses will be supervised by THPG physician medical director Eliazar Alvarez, M.D., at the clinic in central Arlington, off Matlock Road near Pioneer Parkway.


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RAISE YOUR HAND if you remember the Fiesta Train at Six Flags over Texas. In various incarnations, the train’s tracks took visitors over a curving path through several themed scenes – including a flaming volcano in which a festive circus featured a variety of animated daredevil performers.

The “No Drop” cataract surgery offered by Kleiman I Evangelista Eye Center represents a breakthrough that helps patients recover more quickly and safely after the procedure. Photo: webmd.com

All in favor, say ‘eye’

Kleiman I Evangelista Eye Center pioneers ‘No-Drop’ cataract surgery KLEIMAN | EVANGELISTA Eye Center, with offices in Arlington, Plano and Dallas, is the first practice in DFW to offer “No Drop” cataract surgery, a procedure that is receiving rave reviews from patients and surgeons alike.    In the standard postoperative care for cataract surgery, patients are required to use both antibiotic and steroid eye drops diligently before and after their procedures to prevent infection and inflammation and to promote healing. For patients who medically qualify for the new “No Drop” cataract surgery, the surgeon administers a mixture that contains the antibiotic and steroid medications into the eye during the surgery. The medication remains in the eye, where it slowly dissolves while the eye is healing. This allows most patients to heal without the need for additional prescription eye drops.    “With the new ‘No Drop’ treatment, we are able to make cataract surgery more convenient, finally bringing the most frustrating aspect of the cataract procedure – the postoperative drop regimen required during the recovery – into the modern age,” said David A. Kleiman, M.D., founder of Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center.    For more: (800) 714-2020. 16

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KNAPP HERITAGE Park, located at 201 W. Front St., provides a glimpse of pioneer life during Arlington’s formative years. The park features a one-room schoolhouse, a one-room cabin, a dog-trot cabin and the Bardin blacksmith barn. There is also a general store located in James Knapp’s law office. The park is open from 1-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. LAST YEAR, graduates of the Grand Prairie Independent School District were offered $12,299,624.70 in college scholarships. SINCE ITS inception in 2000, Symphony Arlington has called the following venues “home”: Tarrant County College’s Roberson Theater, the University of Texas Arlington’s Rosebud Theater, the MetroCenter and its current venue, the newly renovated Arlington Music Hall. THE UNIVERSITY of Texas Arlington campus spans 420 acres and features more than 100 buildings, the oldest dating to 1919.


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Happenings in the AISD

AISD awarded Principals Path to Leadership grant The Arlington ISD is one of five organizations nationwide – and the only in Texas – to receive part of a nearly $2.5 million Principals Path to Leadership grant from American Express and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The grant program, announced during National Principals Month, is created to expand effective principal preparation programs and share best practices broadly to impact education reform. The AISD will receive $330,000 over three years. The grant will support the AISD’s Emerging Leaders Program that is designed to strengthen the leadership skills of 105 aspiring principals and assistant principals. The Emerging Leaders Program, in partnership with national nonprofit New Leaders, includes a summer induction session, monthly in-person meetings, oneon-one coaching and ongoing webinars that help develop these school leaders’

application of learning, which will promote increased student outcomes. “We are honored to be awarded this grant that will help us continue to provide unique opportunities for leadership development, which is in alignment with our goals for effective leadership in the district’s Achieve Today. Excel Tomorrow. strategic plan,” Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos said. The AISD was selected from among a targeted pool of more than 70 applicants. Other grant-winning organizations are: Learning Forward (Oxford, Ohio), Alabama State Department of Education, New York City Leadership Academy and North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development. The combined $2.5 million will increase these programs’ capacity and impact over the next three years with an eye toward long-term sustainability. “Principal leadership is an essential component of any schoolwide improvement

initiative, especially now as schools remodel their internal structures to implement college- and career-ready standards,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “We deeply value the partnership of American Express in our shared goal of providing the best preparation possible for the next wave of principals who will advance student achievement.” “We have built several effective global programs to develop the critical leadership skills of nonprofit and social purpose leaders,” said Timothy J. McClimon, president, American Express Foundation. “We are pleased to partner with NASSP to award grants to these five exemplary organizations that have already made strides in principal leadership training. By giving more principals access to these programs, we hope to help students and schools thrive.”

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Picture-perfect moments

Photos: Bruce Maxwell

Artist Laura Kimpton, Tony Rutigliano, builder Jeff Schomberg, Paige Rutigliano and Chase Rutigliano

Virginia Brown, Christy Underkofler, Jade King and Bennett Wallace

Terry Bertrand, Bob Johnson, John Hall, Dan Dipert, Dr. Vistasp Karbhari and Kelly Curnutt

Beth Owens, Samantha Grace and Heather Simmons

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Snapshots from the unveiling of the new DREAM sculpture and the 360 South groundbreaking ceremony. Aaron Reich, Debra Reich and Teresa Gaines

City Manager Trey Yelverton, Valerie Landry and Chris Landry

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Changing course. Taking responsibility Here’s an Arlington police, AISD partnership to save kids before they need saving • By Kenneth Perkins

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   The first of many workshops had the junior high kids learnarrick McGuire was a patrol officer when he picked up a ing how to introduce themselves with eye contact and a firm 17-year-old carrying marijuana in one pocket, a baby rattle handshake. in the other.    The group talked much about life, sharing intimate details of    Odd, McGuire thought. their families (mentors shared, too), with the evening climaxing    While carting the poor kid off to jail, the officer learned a few with an exercise where when someone shared something personal things. Like how the 17-year-old had dropped out of school, had about himself and someone else who connected no job, had been kicked out of the house by his to it (“I grew up without a father,” “I saw my fafed-up mother and, to top it all off, had a baby ther arrested”) got up and linked arms. Everyon the way. one was linked by the end, in one way or anoth   “I told him he only has one mother and that he er, showing that We Are All Alike. ought to repair that relationship,” McGuire said.    AISD jumped at the chance to get this thing    He also advised the kid to get a job and reengoing. Assistant Superintendent Michael Hill, roll in school ASAP, since “you can’t do anything the district exec that initially met with the officers without an education.” Photo: Kenneth Perkins more than a year ago, said he sees “no downside.”    Before leaving, McGuire wondered if any   Neither does Police Chief Will Johnson, who thing he said resonated with the kid in any Arlington Police during the program’s launch pointed out how in shape or form. “Nope” was the response. Department Officer “investing time in young men who are at a piv   McGuire shook his head and moved on. AnDamien Gary and otal point in their lives and deciding which path other night. Another ride. Another arrest. MAY mentee to take, we have the best opportunity to identify    Several months later while sitting in a parking Emmanuel Bear and influence their talents.” lot at Division and Fielder, McGuire heard a tap    The program includes a visit to UTA to talk on his car window. share stories during college, the Men’s Shop to talk entrepreneurship    It was him. The kid. a recent meeting. and proper dress attire, even a ride-out with a    He was wearing a Popeye’s Chicken uniform. The program unites patrol officer to talk police legitimacy. Smiling. Just wanted to say thanks, he told the officers with at-risk    For the students, having cops sit with them, officer. If it weren’t for McGuire’s tough love youths to help the some in uniform, their guns holstered, their words, he told the officer, he wouldn’t have a job, youngsters improve Tasers in sight, it’s “kinda weird” to seventh be back in school and be providing for his infant their lives. grader and participant Emmanuel Bear. That’s daughter. the idea, too, particularly in this current atmo   That’s when McGuire had one of those “Ahsphere of police versus the community. Ha” moments. “You never know when a few    When asked how many people have had a bad experience with words of encouragement can positively influence someone’s life,” the police, every hand went up. Having police officers joking and said McGuire, now a lieutenant with the Arlington Police Departlaughing and advising in an informal setting is far better than the ment. “Simply by talking to this young man and explaining the alternative, which is what MAY is all about. possibilities available to him, he changed course and took respon   As McGuire put it, “You don’t want to see the other side of us.” sibility for his life.”    No kidding. That side usually comes with handcuffs.    Changing course. Taking responsibility. McGuire uttered this mantra a number of times one afternoon in the library of Workman Junior High School while sitting in a circle of his APD colColumnist Kenneth Perkins has been a contributing writer for leagues, Workman teachers and 10 wide-eyed students. Arlington Today since it debuted. He is a freelance writer, editor    This is the result of the “Ah-Ha” moment: the Mentoring Arlingand photographer. ton Youth (MAY) Program, which strives to be the encourager to kids well before they find themselves headed to a lockup with a baby on the way.    MAY is an 18-month program of weekly meetings, outings and one-on-one mentorship designed to teach things like life skills and leadership.

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Medical news you can use Here’s what’s going on at three local hospitals that can help you lead a healthier life in the future

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ne of the significant benefits to living and working in this region is the priority placed on superior-quality health care at local hospitals and other health care providers serving area patients. This month, we look at bellweather developments at Medical Center Arlington (MCA), Methodist Mansfield Medical Center (MMCA) and Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital (TH/AMH).

MCA Chest Pain Center earns accreditation

Medical Center Arlington’s Chest Pain Center recently received Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).    The Accredited Chest Pain Center’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when

   Borland noted that the Accredited Chest Pain Center at MCA has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SCPC’s accreditation review specialists.

MMCA offers robotic hysterectomy

Methodist Mansfield Medical Center now offers minimally-invasive, single-site robotic hysterectomy. Obstetrician/gynecologist Sara Northrop, DO, performs the complex gynecological surgery through a single tiny incision in the navel. Benefits of the robotic procedure include less pain, nearly zero scars and a shorter hospital stay.    “Two things that are typically important to patients are pain and scarring,” said Dr. Northrop. “The single-site robotic surgery minimizes these concerns as much as possible and helps to ease patient anxiety that accompanies surgery. Single-site gynecologic surgery is a huge evolution in patient care.”   

TH/AMH adds intensive cardiac rehab program

treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.    “People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” said Winston Borland, CEO of Medical Center Arlington. “The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient.” 24

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Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital continues to change lives by preventing coronary heart disease and improving patients’ overall well being. Adding a second program, intensive cardiac rehab, allows physicians and patients the option of a more structured alternative.    Along with the intensive cardiac rehab’s four primary components (fitness, group support, nutrition and stress management), lab work is done at the beginning and end of the nine-week outpatient program. One impressive outcome is evident in the metabolic equivalent of task (MET) results, which is a direct indicator for heart health.    Arlington couple W.C. and Susie Long made their critical decision to join the program in March. “That’s when I retired. And one week later, my husband had a heart attack,” Susie said.    She, likewise, had heart issues (she has had two stents placed in her coronary vessels). The couple became part of the program – and realized almost immediate improvement in their health. Long said she’s amazed at the positive changes the program has made in the lives of others who have completed the intensive cardiac rehab program.    “Now, I see it in my own,” she said. “It’s sad, but people are killing themselves with a knife and fork every day with fast foods.”    According to the Longs, the program is a “revolutionary treatment plan for addressing heart disease, and more people need to know about it.”


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Thanksgiving stories Great company, good food and a heartfelt prayer of thanks ... • By Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams WE BEGIN OUR family celebration on Wednesday night at my mother- and fatherin-law’s home in Arlington. We gather around the dining table, where my mother-in-law has placed a piece of paper with a Thanksgiving scripture on it. We each read out loud and discuss what the scripture means to each of us.    My family celebrates Thanksgiving Day with my parents in my hometown of Sherman. We The Williams family gather at the dining room table and have a large meal at lunch. Also, we have a tradition where each person sitting around the table shares what they are thankful for, and then we pray before we begin the meal. After the meal, we always watch ally play games ranging from charades to “42” dominoes. the Cowboy game on television. We play games like charades on    On Saturday, we are back home – beginning to put out decoraThursday night. tions for Christmas. My wife Karen loves to decorate our home for    On Friday morning, I always go to play golf with my brothers – Christmas, so she goes all out on the decorating. no matter how bad the weather is, and often the weather is very    We also attend church on Sunday to thank God for all of his cold! After the golf, we pick up the ladies and go to the movies to blessings on our family. see the latest release. When we get back from the movies, we usu26

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Celebrating a family holiday, remembering our many blessings ... • By Mansfield Mayor David Cook THANKSGIVING IS A Family Holiday … a time to give “Thanks” and a time to be with “Family.” A Season to slow down from the fast-paced environments that many of us find ourselves in on a daily basis.    Each year my family and I take time off and we go to Tonya’s parent’s home, who live at Lake O’ the Pines in East Texas, and there we are joined by lots of siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.    Let me say: From the time we pull up and until we head home, Granny’s (Tonya’s Mom) No. 1 goal is to ensure that everyone will have plenty of food to eat … mornings start with a BIG country breakfast, and, of course, you go to bed too full to sleep.    BUT ... the highlight of the weekend is Thanksgiving Day, just before the Cowboys game kicks off, which is when we gather together as a family and give thanks. Thanksgiving Day and praise always go together. In my opinion, we cannot adequately praise and worship God without also being thankful. Coming together as a family and expressing appreciation is good for us.    Like any wise father, God wants us to learn to be thankful for all the gifts He has given us (James 1:17). It is in our best interest to be re-

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minded that everything we have is a gift from Him. As human beings, we often fail in giving appreciation and gratefulness, which can lead to arrogance and self-centeredness. We begin to believe that we have achieved everything on our own. Thankfulness keeps our hearts in right relationship to the Giver of all good gifts.    After everyone’s batteries have been re-charged and each of us has acknowledged and received this important reminder of the need for thankfulness, it’s then time to dig in to the feast. Of course, the mood for the rest of the day is heavily impacted by the outcome of the Cowboys game. Happy Thanksgiving, and God bless to all.

An international student, a kind friend and a romance in the making ... • By UTA President Dr. Vistasp Karbhari

Vistasp and Lisa Karbhari (shortly after the Thanksgiving celebration that brought them together)

AMERICAN COLLEGE CAMPUSES are a microcosm of the world with multi-ethnic, multi-national students, much like The University of Texas at Arlington, home to the fifthmost-diverse student population in the nation. Many come from far away and do not have the luxury of traveling home for short holidays. Consequently, they find themselves stranded and alone unless some kind-hearted fellow student extends a hand of inclusion.    University of Delaware student Lisa considered her friend Vistasp, only a friend at the time, not a sweetheart, from India. Would he like to spend Thanksgiving with her family in Delaware? Yes, he would. He had no car, so she drove them up and back.    “My mother was an intelligent and skilled professional nurse at a nearby college, certainly used to interacting with international students,” Lisa recalls. “She was very compassionate and good at her job. So hosting a student from another country should have been routine.”    For some reason, Lisa’s mother was nervous that day. Maybe her women’s intuition hinted at the future seriousness of the relationship, that she might actually be meeting the man who would become her son-in-law.    “When we walked in, my mom greeted him and started speaking very loudly and slowly at him, as if he were hearing impaired or something,” Lisa laughs. “I said ‘MOM – Vistasp speaks better English than we do! Relax!,’ and then we laughed, and it was okay after that.”    The usual feast, football watching and casual conversation ensued, and as the cliché goes, the rest is history. But each year the Karbharis flash back to – just like the pilgrims – that “first Thanksgiving” with a special smile, giving thanks to the tradition that brought them together, and hoping for the same good fortune to people everywhere. arlingtontoday.com • November 2015 • ARLINGTON TODAY

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A guide to help ensure you and your guests are well-fed this holiday season • By Felix Barrientos

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y favorite part of Thanksgiving (aside from spending time with family and friends) is the turkey. You eat it the day of, that night in sandwiches and often for many days after in different dishes.    So, if you’re like me, having too little turkey can be a total disaster. Do you know how to choose the right amount of turkey to feed your Thanksgiving Day guests?    When it comes to feeding a crowd, having too much food is always more welcome than having too little. The general rule of thumb for buying turkey is a half pound per person.    This should be enough to cover dinner and allow for leftovers to snack on throughout the evening. If you really, really like leftovers and are perfectly content to eat turkey sandwiches until your head falls off, then a pound per person is a good measure.    So don’t just walk into the store and pick up the biggest bird they have – or the smallest – because you only have a few people coming. Just remember “a half pound to a pound per person,” and you’ll be set. Felix Barrientos is executive chef at Shady Valley Country Club.


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For these blessings, we give thanks AS WE PAUSE this month for a time of Thanksgiving, one thing for which we certainly can be grateful is the fact that we live in the Arlington/Mansfield/Kennedale/ Grand Prairie area. Indeed, our region affords us opportunity, joy and hope – all built on good people who regularly do good things for one another.    Here are just a few of the local provisions we enjoy every day – each located just a short drive from where we live or where we work.    The staff of Arlington Today wishes a Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers and advertisers, for whom we are grateful.

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Leisure FEATURED IN THE PICTURES ... Work: the General Motors Assembly plant; Home: a living area at the house of Randy Jordan and Debbie Duncan; Protection: The Ott Cribbs Public Safety Center; Leadership: Arlington City Hall; Family: (clockwise from left) Valerie Landry, Dr. Joan Bergstrom, Camille McDonald and Michelle McDonald; Sustenance: An entree at VB Steakhouse; Art: Pianist Danny Wright performing at Levitt Pavilion; Community: The 4th of July Parade; Leisure: Your Texas Rangers. (Photos: Arlington Today magazine, unless otherwise designated)

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Pediatric Care

Lullaby, baby ... How trained night nurses can help put newborn sleep issues to rest • By Sue Lyon-Boggs

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ominique Dyck’s son Thano is five months old and sleeps like a champ. It wasn’t always so. “By eight weeks, we were totally exhausted. And ‘cry it’ out was out the window,” said Dyck, who lives in the Enchanted Lakes area of Arlington. After multiple visits to the pediatrician, along with numerous emails and late night phone calls from Dyck and her husband, Jeffrey, the doctor suggested a sleep consultancy called Newborn Nightingales. Melissa O’Neill, a former neonatal intensive care nurse who worked with preemies for over 12 years, founded the company in 2012.    A baby’s arrival is an exciting and joyful time, but also a stressful one. After the physical and emotional demands of childbirth, nights of broken sleep can lead to exhaustion on a mother’s part. Add to that a lack of family support for young professionals who have made major geographic moves for their careers, increasing numbers of multiple births, and workplaces that demand a swift return for both moms and dads postpartum, and it’s not surprising that parents find themselves overwhelmed during this major life transition.   Increasingly, families are enlisting the support of professionals who have experience with newborns and in particular with developing healthy sleep habits. Photos: Jill Johnson

New mom Melissa Greenhill receives coaching from Melissa O’Neill, a former neonatal intensive care nurse who founded Newborn Nightingales in 2012.

   Newborn Nightingales specializes in helping babies develop regular sleep patterns and also provides night nursing services. The company offers phone and in-person consultations. Clients include first-time parents and those with multiples or who also face the daytime demands of raising older children.    Dyck refers to O’Neill as the family’s saving grace. The consultant came to their home, asking that the parents keep Thano awake until 32

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Melissa O’Neill started Newborn Nightingales to help babies develop regular sleeping patterns.

she arrived. (“Not an easy thing,” said mom. “At that point, his schedule was all over the place.”)    First off, O’Neill looked at the nursery and asked that everything that wasn’t associated with sleep – a mobile, for example – be removed. And she was categorical that the skylight in the baby’s room be covered so the lighting was consistent during naptime and nighttime. “We’d been putting him in the portable crib in our room during the day because of the light, and then in his regular crib at night,” said Dyck. “He was confused. We were confused.” O’Neill also helped the couple with a bedtime ritual, to be used every night, to calm Thano and let him know it was time to sleep.    Services offered by Newborn Nightingales are tailored to a particular family’s needs. There are options for establishing the best nighttime routine for baby, as the Dyck family chose, and support on breastfeeding. For those who need help overnight – this can range from a few nights to regular support for a month or two – the company has a staff of highly-qualified Nightingales who can feed the baby a bottle or wake mom to nurse and then handle diapers, burping and getting the newborn off to sleep, while mom and dad get some rest.    For family and friends who want to help, the company also offers the Sleep Registry, a way to pay online for Newborn Nightingales’ services. This is growing in popularity, with expectant moms requesting it as a gift on their baby shower invitations.    After a few of weeks of diligently following O’Neill’s plan for Thano, the family settled into a healthy routine where everyone feels rested. The baby now sleeps through the night and naps like clockwork. “Melissa is so knowledgeable,” said Dyck. “And she helped us gain skills so we feel capable and confident. We learned effective methods to respect our child’s need for sleep.”    For more: newbornightingales.com.


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Dentistry Today

They’re not treating teeth, they’re treating PATIENTS Dentists from two local practices talk about how technology and relationships are defining their success

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here was a time when a trip to the dentist’s office might have called for a circling of a calendar date – but it wasn’t something the patient did with joy or eager anticipation. Principals at a couple of local practices are doing all they can to change that. Dr. Amy Schoening has been in practice since 1997. Dr. Stephanie Bangs has been in practice since 2009 and recently joined Dr. Schoening on the Pecan Park Dental team. Both local dentists, as well as Dr. Jackilyn Dang at Great Oak Dental, have attempted to transform the perception of patients from negative to positive by making their visits as pleasant as possible.

Pecan Park Dental: Quality care – and then some

Dr. Schoening said her practice’s goal is to give patients quality dental care and the convenience of a wide range of treatments in one location.    “We provide general dentistry, such as (but not limited to) dental cleanings, exams, composite fillings, crowns and digital x-rays,” Dr. Schoening said. “We also provide specialty treatments such as Sleep Apnea treatment, Invisalign, Smile Makeovers, Veneers, Bridges, Tooth Recontouring, Cosmetic Bonding, Teeth Whitening, Dentures and Implant Crowns.”   Dr. Schoening earned her undergrad degree at Baylor University and became a Doctor of Dental Surgery at LSU. She is a member of the Texas Dental Association (TDA) and the American Dental Association (ADA), Dr. Amy Schoening & and she is currently Board President Dr. Stephanie Bangs of Dental Health Arlington and a winner of the Sally Hopper Golden Crown Award.    Dr. Bangs, meanwhile, is a graduate of the Pankey Institute and a Smile Source Administrator for Fort Worth. She, too, did her undergraduate work at Baylor before earning her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Baylor College of Dentistry.    The educational background for both dentists is complemented by community service work. For Dr. Schoening, that includes associations with Dental Health Arlington and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Arlington. Dr. Bangs is on the worship team at Gospel City Church, serves at the Salt and Light Ministries Clinic, and serves patients through Dental Health Arlington.    The sum of all those parts reflects how the two dentists have ded34

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icated their careers and lives to service in general – and to patients in particular. “We go by the golden rule: treat others as you would have them treat you,” Dr. Bangs said. “We make sure we’re up to date with the latest education, equipment, technology and procedures so we can offer the best and most conservative treatment for our patients to achieve optimal oral health.”    Dr. Bangs said the patients are the most important part of her job. “I love meeting new people and enjoy that aspect of my job,” she said. “I like to make patients feel at ease in my office environment and with my recommendations.”    The key to a relationship-oriented practice, Dr. Schoening said, is just what her colleague said: making patients feel comfortable. “We don’t believe in a revolving door, so our patients tend to become like family and friends,” she said. “We offer a calm, friendly, home like environment and you will always be greeted with a smile and friendly conversation. Having care and concern for our patients is extremely important to us.”    Pecan Park Dental is located at 912 N. Fielder Road. You can reach the practice at (817) 275-4355.

Great Oak Dental: A growing practice

Dr. Jackilyn Dang started Great Oak Dental in the spring of 2013 and has enjoyed a fulfilling career.   “The ability to change a person`s life by creating a beautiful, healthy Dr. Jackilyn smile is one of the intangible rewards Dang of being a dentist,” she said. “Whether it is providing preventive care, delivering dental restorative procedures or eliminating pain, often, in a single visit, I can experience the satisfaction, privilege and joy of positively transforming a patient’s life by restoring oral health and confidence.”    Dr. Dang takes pride in her team’s grasp of and ability to implement new technology, including the revolutionary Co2 dental laser, which expedites healing and lessens pain. She uses Fast Braces technology to straighten and align teeth in the most effective way in a short time. “We also use the most advanced equipment and procedures to install implants to many of our patients,” she said.    Dr. Dang recently opened a new facility called Legacy Park Dental. It is located in North Arlington on the corner of N.E. Green Oaks


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Blvd. and N. Collins St. As with Great Oak Dental, the new practice is equipped with advanced equipment and technology. “We go by our philosophy of listening to our patients wants and needs and explaining all of the options available to them,” Dr. Dang said. “We are proud to be able to serve the people and communities of North Arlington now.”    Dr. Dang said everything she and her staff do at both practices is based on the aforementioned practice of listening. “Our patients have commented that they have never had as complete an examination as they have gotten in our office,” she said. “We take the time to gather your information and talk with you about your dental and medical history so that we know where you’ve been and where you would like to go and how you would like to get there. While we believe it’s our responsibility to inform you of our findings, answer your questions and provide you with information and written treatment options – it’s your right to decide what works best for you.”    Both facilities are clean and safe, Dr. Dang said. All of the sterilization equipment is monitored and tested weekly by an independent laboratory. The digital x-rays take images that are of maximum diagnostic quality but with up to 90 percent less exposure to radiation.    Dr. Dang said she uses only the best performing materials for the restorations she makes for her patients. “While amalgam metal restorations are still commonly placed in most dental offices, we have chosen to go metal-free and use only bonded resin or porcelain materials when we remove decay or replace old fillings,” she said. “Our crowns and bridges are custom hand-crafted by master artisans, not mass produced or made in foreign countries. The result is greater quality control, personalization and better, long-lasting results.”   Both Great Oak Dental and Legacy Park Dental accept CareCredit to help make dental treatments more affordable. “On approval of credit we offer a wide range of payment plans, from six months interest-free to monthly budget plans,” Dr. Dang said. “Seniors, 65 and older receive a 5 percent discount on all services. We support our veterans and offer one day of free dental care a year for those who have served and done so much for us. The day of free service is called ‘Service Smiles’ and is on Nov. 7 this year.”    Great Oak Dental is located at 3851 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd., #101. The phone number is (817) 789-4488. Legacy Park Dental is located at 1001 N.E. Green Oaks Blvd., #129. The phone number is (817) 789-4480.


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Local Homes

This aerial view highlights the many exquisite features in the backyard of Bob and Debbie Rick’s home.

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Bob and Debbie Rick have spent the past 25 years living the good life in their North Arlington dwelling

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ou could say the four-decades-plus relationship between Bob and Debbie Rick was a case of “love at first sight” – but you’d have to add an asterisk. In fact, it was Bob’s father and Debbie’s parents who realized early on that this couple needed to become a “couple” – and then acted on their intuition.    “His parents and my dad were involved in the furniture business – my dad was in the wholesale side and sold to his parents.” Debbie recalled. “They thought that we ‘belonged together’ and finagled a way to ‘hook us up’ when we were both in college.”    Some 43 years later, they still are husband and wife, so some kudos are probably in order for the parents’ respective match38

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making skills. The Rick union eventually beget two children and five grandkids: a married daughter Jeana Anderson, her husband Brent and their children Caden (12) Reese (8); a married son Gavin Rick and his wife Alma and their children Gabriella (12), Sofia (11), and Gulianna (3).    OH, AND WE SHOULD probably mention this sooner than later: It also gave birth in 1990 to a home – in fact, a Home SWEET! Home, in every sense of the word.    Statistically speaking, the dwelling that has housed the Ricks for the past 25 years covers 4,200 square feet, has four bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, a large play pool that holds 20 plus people, and a raised hot tub with a waterfall to the pool. It anchors a lot


that extends to a lake with a fountain. Its existence is testimony to professional victories scored by both Bob, the IT Director of USMD Hospital, and Debbie, an independent manufacturer representative who sells to Michaels, Hobby Lobby, The Container Store and Tuesday Morning.    More than anything, though, the North Arlington dwelling is a “home,” with more than a few “home” stories to tell.    When the Ricks found it, they had already been longtime city residents. “We moved to Arlington in 1979, and as we prospered, we decided to look around for a nicer house,” Debbie From the luxurious entryway to all said. “After several years of looking, our real estate agent adthe rooms that cover some 4,200 vised us of the availability of the house, and we very fortunate square feet, Bob and Debbie Rick’s home is a treat to see. to acquire it.”    They purchased the home, just three years old, out of bankruptcy in December 1990, just in time for the first Christmas celebration there. Here’s how that went: “Since we were in that ‘just moved in’ period, all we did for decorations was place a tiny fresh Christmas tree on the dining room table,” Debbie said. “No ornaments or lights. But it was fun!”    The kitchen visitors see today is basically the same one they saw then: French Blue and original to the home. Elsewhere, the Ricks steadily began to put their own imprints on the various nooks and crannies.    “Our best and most unique room is a room with a glass wall that has curved glass over the tall windows that showcase the pool, lake and gorgeous view of the homes on the other side of the lake,” Bob said.    PART OF WHAT comprises that view is captured from an aerial perspective in the photo on the The Ricks can enjoy visiting, dining preceding page. As Debbie noted, the yard is a or just appreciating the sights from treasure – but more on that later. this particular spot in their home.    First, here are some of the particulars about the indoor area:    Debbie already recalled the first Christmas there. Bob had more pleasant yuletide recollections. “One of the sweet memories is a fresh, 15-foot Christmas tree that for 10 or so years every Christmas was tied to the banister in the entry way so it would not fall down,” he said. “One warm December a gecko got into the tree and bit our son, who was holding [the tree] up so we could get it tied down. He has never liked geckos since. It was quite a surprise to him. He nearly dropped the tree.”    The Ricks concede that each room is special when you have lived in one home for 25 years. But, Bob said, there is one room his children remember the most.    “Our formal living room has white carpet – yes, you heard it right, white carpet!” he said. “I do not know what I was thinking. That room is referred to by everyone who knows us – workmen, grandchildren – as the Christmas Room because I only allow

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Left we see the living room with the famous white carpet. Elsewhere, here are other favorite spots in the Rick home.

anyone in there on Christmas Eve. One person calls it the ‘Do Not Enter’ room. Needless to say, after 15 years that carpet is still white. I just had it cleaned for the first time, and the carpet cleaner could not believe how clean it was. It only was entered 25 times. My grandchildren will ‘rat out’ anyone who enters the room when it is not Christmas.”    Elsewhere throughout the house, everyone feels welcome – the Rick’s children, their grandchildren and friends/visitors who drop in. They also might be pardoned for feeling a bit in awe. As the photos accompanying this story show: there is something interesting and elegant to practically every inch of the confines. Bob and Debbie Rick    NOW, BACK to what goes on outside those confines – specifically to a locale that holds a special place in the heart of both of the Ricks ...    “We love the yard,” Debbie said. “The front has a circle driveway, which can accommodate all our friends and family. There are six dogwood trees under the native oaks, three in the front island and three in the back by the lake.“   Debbie said those trees have bloomed every spring at the perfect time, Easter. “I have many many flower pots in my backyard area,” she said. “I know each one of these flowers and how they were chosen for just the light that area gives. We have so much shade that caladium, impatiens, begonias and elephant ears are show stoppers.” >>>>> 40

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Holiday Tradition

The fifth annual Christkindl Market will offer area residents an array of fun activities that capture the spirit of the holidays in a profoundly German fashion.

Christkindl Market 2015 Arlington festival celebrates its fifth anniversary this year with several new features

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olks across the region are marking their calendars for year five of one of the largest open-air holiday markets in the Southwest that will get underway at Globe Life Park in Arlington the day after Thanksgiving.    Texas Christkindl Market is an enchanting Christmas market in the spirit of markets held throughout Germany during the holiday season. You will find Texas-German cuisine, such as brats, goulash, potato pancakes, gingerbread, baked goods, Glühwein and German beers.    And, of course, there will be plenty of live entertainment and shopping in a family-friendly atmosphere, with something Authentic German music is for everyone. a staple at Christkindl Market.    Celebrate the season with unique handmade gifts, artwork and clothing, cuckoo clocks, nutcrackers, steins, ornaments, collectibles, jewelry and more.   A real centerpiece to it all is the Kathe Wohlfahrt store from Rothenburg, Germany, with treasures from internationally famous artisans that require a 40-page catalog to show just some of them. But you can see them up close and in person, then take something home with you direct from the Arlington showcase.    The origin of the market can be traced to Arlington’s 60-plus years relationship with Sister City Bad Konigshofen in Germany. Visits there by city officials and friends over the years provided the opportunity to discover Christkindl markets in Europe that are the highlight of the Christmas season.

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   Led by Arlington Mayor Pro Tem Sheri Capehart, city leaders came up with the notion that such an event would add to Arlington’s legacy as a destination for local, national and international visitors. Once the idea was born, it quickly grew into a must-see annual experience.    The Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau, merchants, and sponsors promise some new features for this year’s event, including a rearranged layout to make the whole experience the best ever for the 100,000 or so visitors who will come from all around the USA and about a dozen other countries.   All the fun can be found right along the Road to Six Flags on the north side of Globe Life Park. You won’t have any problem locating Christkindl Market because it looks like nothing else in the Metroplex – each year, the area is transformed into a European holiday village of wooden huts, twinkling lights and sounds of the season.    Opening day runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and then the hours for the market Photos courtesy of Christkindl Market are from noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays.    It all unfolds from Nov. 27 through Dec. 23. Admission and parking are free.    You can check it all out with a visit to the event website: texaschristkindl.com. You don’t want miss this – it only happens around here once a year and only in Arlington.


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   “UTA is the model urban research university, one focused on excellence and access for all students who are willing to work hard to achieve their dreams,” President Vistasp Karbhari says. “Our growth is fueled by a rising reputation of excellence on the global stage built by faculty and staff and by our ability to meet critical workforce and intellectual capital needs.”    In the past two years, UTA has established and expanded innovative partnerships with schools and community colleges. Efforts include GO Centers in schools and a new STEM Academy at Arlington’s Martin High School, as well as innovative Bound for Success programs with the Arlington, Grand Prairie, and Mansfield school districts that provide motivation and support for the top 25 percent of rising juniors guaranteed admission to UTA.    “All of us who work daily to ensure that Tarrant County and Arlington have a strong and vibrant economy understand the benefit of seeing UTA evolve into the thriving, successful public research university that it is today,” Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen says. “UTA is a magnet for talent, a great source of innovation and new technology, and a world-class university right in our backyard.”

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  The new facility, which will retain the rlington’s new central library will George W. Hawkes name honoring the longbe a real 21st Century library. It time publisher, will replace the demolished will be about as similar to Arling40-year-old building that closed Dec. 23 to ton’s first library, which opened in the 1920s, make way for the tentatively named 101 as a Model T Ford is to a 2015 Tesla. City Center, a roughly $40 million urban    Modern libraries are no longer just musty mixed-use development of high-end apartplaces to store books with librarians shushing ments, restaurants, offices, shops and other anyone who makes a peep. Library offerings retail outlets. have evolved with the digital age to meet the    The project has been delayed a bit because changing needs of their patrons. According the first exterior plans did not gain City to an article in “American Libraries,” more Council approval. The redesign, which comthan 71 percent of the nation’s public libraries bines traditional and modern with primarily provide their community’s only free public masonry construction topped with extensive access to computers and the Internet. Contrellis-like grillwork along the roof edge, hit sequently, modern libraries must be home to a home run, with city leaders proclaiming it the latest technology. “was worth the wait.”    “But books are still important, and we will    Originally, the groundbreaking was set always have a print collection in circulation,” for October in the City Hall parking lot, and Director of Libraries Cary Siegfried said. • By Sue Stevens Durbec work was scheduled to finish in spring or    In addition to the print collection, computsummer 2017. The redesigned library is now ers and study and reading areas, the library scheduled for a February groundbreaking will offer meeting spaces ranging from a and an October 2017 completion. study room for six to eight to a community meeting room that can han   “The interior had already been designed, so now we are ready to dle 200 people. There also will be a children’s program room, group move forward,” said Siegfried. study rooms, teen spaces and adult literacy program areas.    She said the new library will be a bonding place for the community,   Among the other features, based partly on suggestions in surveys explaining that it will provide a “Third Space,” a community area to of Arlington residents, are a Friends of the Arlington Public Library complement home and work. She also stressed that the design emphabookstore and cafe/vending area; digital-arts and tech-learning labs; sized maximum flexibility. a quiet reading area with a fireplace; a genealogy/local history room;    “Library services will continue to change,” she said. “And we will be and two “roof” gardens, which would be on third-floor balconies and able to adapt to those changes.” could be rented for special events.

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VREHA opened in January and offers state-of-the art technology, such as onsite MRI services, to help keep pets healthy.

Pet care done well Two local entities show that high-tech equipment and unwavering compassion can ensure that your animals stay healthy

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o ahead and admit it: Your pets are like family. From Fido to Garfield, our furry friends bring us all measure of joy, so we owe it to them to take the best care of them we can. These days, that’s easy on a number of fronts, notably veterinary care and grooming, where local experts fuse the latest in technological advances with trained, caring staff to produce happy, healthy pets. Here are two local pet care specialists about which you should know.

VREHA

The acronym stands for Veterinary Referral & Emergency Hospital of Arlington, which opened in January – and which provides unprecedented technology for the treatment of animals.    Founder Dr. Jantzen A. Strother said his practice’s focus is to provide family veterinarians an opportunity to incorporate the expertise of exclusively trained doctors, advanced The Dog Wash offers diagnostics not commonly pet- and cost-friendly available, and state-of-the services seven days a week. art equipment as an extension of their general practices. To that end, the facility’s walk-in emergency service provides advanced and urgent medical care to pets 24/7, 365 days a year.    VREHA vets all received Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from accredPhoto: The Dog Wash ited veterinary teaching programs, Dr. Strother said. “Some of our doctors have also completed rotating internship programs, as well as residency programs for specialty training,” he said. “We [also] are members of both the Arlington and City of Mansfield Chamber of Commerce.”    Dr. Strother said his staff is heavily involved with the Arlington Animal Shelter, to which VREHA donates “a lot” of needed materials to help the shelter run to its maximum capabilities. That kind of 50

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altruism extends to the practice proper. “Our professional philosophy is to add a personal touch to the way we practice medicine,” Dr. Strother said. “This is achieved by taking time to educate our clients and referring veterinarian colleagues.”    VREHA uses cutting-edge technology unavailable to many clinics. Plus, there’s the 24/7 factor noted previously that makes the hospital accessible around the clock – and unique.    “Pet owners and family veterinarians choose our practice because we are the only 24-hour veterinary emergency and referral facility that offers services in neurology/neurosurgery, internal medicine, cardiology, oncology, surgery, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, palliative care and pain management all under one roof,” Dr. Strother said.    VREHA is located at 1350 Caplin Drive; (817) 473-8628.

The Dog Wash

Don and Jeannie Praeger created The Dog Wash in 1986 as a complementary business to their Country Acres Kennels to give customers a quality, cost-effective way to keep their animals well groomed.    “We wanted to teach owners to care for their pets and thus not get rid of them,” Jeannie said. “It was win-win for pet owners and pets alike. The first Dog Wash offered do-it-yourself bathing, dipping for fleas, clipping and vaccinations.”    The idea was so popular that the company outgrew the initial location and moved across the street to 5759 SW Green Oaks at I-20 in the Big Lots Shopping Center. With the new facility, space for pet care was tripled to 3,000 square feet.    In addition to the do-it-yourself services, the store now offers professional grooming, day care (which Jeannie said is very popular), hotel boarding and three low-cost well-pet clinics each week.    “We are the only store in the Metroplex to offer all of these services under one roof,” Jeannie said. “We are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m., seven days a week.”    For more: (817) 561-1801.


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Community

Relay For Life The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers for this fundraising event, set for the spring • By Michele Duskin

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n your mark, get set … well you know what comes next. But before participants gather at the starting line for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Southeast Tarrant County next spring, there’s a whole lot of work to be done.    Event organizers met in September with more than a dozen volunteers to begin planning for what they anticipated will be their most successful relay yet.    “This year, we want to make a bigger impact in the Southeast Tarrant County area, so we decided to combine the Arlington and Mansfield relays into one,” said Beth Anne Underwood, ACS Relay For Life community manager for Tarrant and Johnson Counties.    Relay For Life is an overnight, community fundraising walk where teams of people camp out around a track and take turns walking to raise money.    The event made its debut in 1985 and is now the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event across the nation, bringing in almost half of all funds used for patient resources, education, Photos: American Cancer Society and cancer research.    Collectively, the Arlington and Mansfield relays raised an impressive $60,000 To victory – and what it represents! last year. “This year, with stronger volunThe American Cancer Society’s 2016 Relay For Life of Southeast Tarrant County will take teer leadership and combined resources, place in the spring to raise funds for patient resources, education and research. we expect to raise over $100,000,” Underwood said.    Stepping up to the plate as event leader this year is Pamela Ste   Team sign-ups have already begun and typically consist of church phens, executive vice president and chief operations officer for Texas groups, employers, families, and other organizations, to name a few. Trust Credit Union (TTCU). Renee Chappell and her “Got Hope” team plan to raise more than    “I am excited about the 2016 event and the group of people work$10,000 for the third consecutive year. Chappell’s mom is a 15-year, ing on this, and I believe that we will exceed all expectations,” she four-time breast cancer survivor, and her father is a seven-year prossaid. TTCU has also signed on as a major event sponsor. tate cancer survivor.    Monthly planning meetings will continue until the event, which    “We raise this money in hopes that one day we will have a cure will take place on April 23 at Tarrant County College southeast camfor cancer,” said Chappell, broker-owner of RSC Realty Group in pus in Arlington. Until then, help is needed in many areas. Mansfield.    “We have volunteer leadership roles available on every level,” said    For more information on how you can become involved, check out Underwood. “We need help with publicity, logistics, entertainment, the website at relayforlife.org/setarrantcotx or email Underwood at and day-of-event activities,” she said. bethanne.underwood@cancer.org. 54

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Hobbies

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Karen and Ray Cartier started the Mid-Cities Stamp Club in 1973. It is now 112 member strong.

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hen you think of stamp collecting, you probably envision a book in which you adhere the small squares onto pages. And for beginners, that is exactly what it is. But for those who continue the hobby into adulthood, philately (the collection and study of postage stamps) takes over, and these collectors spend a significant amount of time, even years, researching the individual stamps or the subjects related to them.   Philately can take you on a journey through time or on adventures around the world. Just ask Ray and Karen Cartier.    The Cartiers have traveled to 54 countries, and Ray attributes the individual ventures – and the prolonged adventure – to his hobby. “I started collecting stamps at age 8, and I learned about these countries, but I was living in inner city Chicago,” he said.    While the Cartiers love to see the world, they weren’t happy with their travels to a North Dallas stamp club, so they started one closer to home.    The Mid-Cities Stamp Club, founded in 1973, now has 112 members in three clubs located in Arlington, Irving and Granbury.    “We have a lot of closet collectors in the world,” said Ray. “In fact, more people collect them and don’t talk to anybody, and they don’t learn anything about what they are doing and are just collecting. If we get them in here, they start to see all these new things, and it helps them.” Photo: Toni Randle-Cook    Most adult stamp collectors are professionals who enjoy the research. Many collect stamps and covers (envelopes) tied to personal interests.    For example, Ray has an extensive collection on space exploration and travel, something he has followed since listening to the beeping of the Sputnik I satellite on his shortwave radio receiver, as it flew memories • By Toni Randle-Cook over Chicago in 1957.    Karen discovered fairy and folk tales on stamps when she was pregnant with the couple’s first child. She researched the stories and typed them, placing the stamps at the tops of the pages to later read to their family.    She has since written two books featuring these obscure stories. One of them, “Tales by Mail, Book 1,” is a pub-

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Mid-Cities Stamp Club shows have opened new worlds to collectors who can learn about geography, history, and famous people – all while having fun. For example, the two stamps on the preceding page hail from Sweden and South Korea, while the postcards document important history from two of Ray Cartier’s passions: nautical and space adventures. Photo courtesy of Mid-Cities Stamp Club

lished work. She is currently looking for a publisher for the second book.    Ray is also a published author of two books.    The Cartiers agree that there is a huge educational opportunity in philately, as well. “It’s a great hobby to get kids interested in,” Ray said. “They are not going to stay with it, but they’ve got that understanding; they learn something about geography, history, famous people – they get that basic foundation before they grow up. But then, when they come back to it, there’s an immense amount of areas people can get into and do research that no one else has done.”    While the average adult stamp collector is a 64-year-old male, the Cartiers hope that men and women of all ages will check out their club.    The Mid-Cities Stamp Club meets once a month. Highlights generally include speakers, auctions, stamp sales and, of course, social activity.

About the Mid-Cities Stamp Club mid-citiesstampclub.com Circle the date: 2015 Mid-Cities Stamp Expo Nov. 13-14, Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St. Monthly meeting locations Arlington – Every first Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Bob Duncan Community Center, 2800 S. Center St. Irving – Every third Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Garden & Arts Building in Senter Park, 906 S. Senter Lake Granbury – Every fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m., Bentwater Activities Center at Bentwater Marina, 1800 W. Emerald Bent Court

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Jim and Susan Chappel pose near their pristine, remodeled 1935 Chevrolet.

“Where did I ever get the energy to do this?”

Jim Chappel’s renovated ‘35 Chevy is a classic ‘before/after’ project • By Richard Greene

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im Chappel started working on cars when he was 14 years old. He especially liked turning old ones into hot rods. When he was dating Susan, and she showed him her great uncle’s 1935 Chevrolet stored in the family barn, he expressed a courteous interest. But seeing that it was a four-door sedan and not at all suited for transformation into a racer, he thought little more of it at the time.    Besides, the vehicle was pretty well worn out. Uncle Bill Moore had bought it new in Burlington, Kan., and had accumulated just over 30,000 miles on it around the farm, including using it to haul hay in the back seat.    Jim and Susan were married in 1966 and it would be almost 30 years before deciding the old Chevy had an afterlife after all. No, it wouldn’t be as a converted hot rod, but actually restored to its original showroom condition. Chevrolet Motor Division would be really proud of the result, as you can plainly see from the pictures here.    The couple did all the resurrection themselves, except for the paint and upholstery. It was no small task dealing with the old sedan that most

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would have thought was better suited for a trip to the junkyard. Jim explained the process like this: “Over time the car was completely disassembled, every part removed, labeled, bagged and stored. All frame and body components, as well as most other parts, were sandblasted before the restoration work started.”    THEY DECIDED TO make an exception to the original condition objective when it came to the mechanical workings so it could be driven safely and reliably in today’s traffic.    Unlike so many vintage automobiles of the 1930s, the Chappels’ car can be driven pretty much anywhere they would like to go. The engine is a custom-built, 355-cubic-inch, small-block Chevrolet that produces 403 horsepower; the transmission is a Chevy TH350 automatic – but the rear end is a high-performance, eight-inch Ford type.    Okay, so nobody has to know about that little departure from the otherwise-all-Chevrolet purity. >>>>>


The process of getting Jim Chappel’s 1935 Chevrolet from the barn to the road was an arduous undertaking. But, as the photos on these pages and the next show, it was a rewarding one, as well.

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Jim Chappel kept an original tire (seen in this photo). But almost all of the rest of his renovated automobile is new or completely refurbished – and spectacular.

   Even the original clutch pedal remains, and the automatic shift lever is the same size and in the same location as the original shift lever so that it appears the car is still equipped with the original standard transmission. “The body, fenders, doors and grill shell were completely stripped before starting the bodywork process,” Jim said. “And the interior of the body and the doors had sound deadening material and insulation added.    “Interestingly, 1935 was the last year that Chevrolet used wood for internal body supports, and, with the exception of four pieces which we fabricated, all the wood was in excellent condition and was sealed and reused.”   They found almost all the original parts of the car scattered around the barn so the steering column, steering wheel, and dashboard could be rebuilt and recalibrated to use with contemporary engine management systems.    DESCRIBING the beautiful wood graining on the dash insert, Jim gladly credits the faithfully recreated work of “an old gentleman in East Texas that had done this type of work at the GM factories in Detroit in the 1930s.”    Details of the upholstery were made from the original design using exact patterns and mohair just like it first came with. The rear seat assist handle located on the back of the front seat and rear window roll-up shade complete the passenger comfort features.    With all the details so realistically attended to, it’s hard to image a better example of what Chevrolet called their “Master American” passenger vehicles manufactured between 1933 and 1942.    Eighty years later, this one remains in the family of its original owner and that may be the best part of this car’s remarkable story.

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Picture-perfect moments

Photos: Gara Hill Photography

Chairpersons Holly Potter Harvey and Gara Hill, with military escorts, at Party for a Purpose. Photos: Debbie Roach

This “Circus Tent” table decorated by Joanie Pace of Golden Air Conditioning won Best in Show at the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce event.

Dan Mohorc, Kelly Mohorc and Riley Mohorc

Kow Bell by Oliver’s Fine Foods and Camp Bow Wow by Camp Bow Wow

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Snapshots from the Mansfield Chamber Women’s tablescapes luncheon and Party for a Purpose.

A Little Corky by Poured and Shabby Chic by Southwest Bank

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Travel

From the storied holiday markets such as the Weihnachtsmarkt in Hochstadt, Hessen (left), to skiing opportunities of Olympic proportions at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Resort, Germany represents a holiday travel paradise. Photo: gogermany.about.com

Germany is nice at this time of year FOR THE FANS OF our own Christkindl Market, we suggest taking in the magic of the German Christmas markets on which the Arlington festival is based. And here’s the best news: They can be found throughout the country.      At practically every market you’ll find a range of holiday delights, including:    • Traditional Christmas music, often performed by local orchestras and musicians, and Christmas decorations, nutcrackers, crib figurines and toys.    • Mulled wine (Glühwein), hot cider (Äpplewoi) and other hot drinks to keep you warm, along with homemade chocolates, candy floss, candied almonds, roasted chestnuts, Stollen, cookies, gingerbread and, of course, Bratwurst and hearty food.    Meanwhile, if skiing is your passion, there are few better venues in all of Europe than the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ski Resort, which was created for folks for whom skiing is even more than a passion. For the 1936 Winter Olympics, two German ski resorts, Garmisch and Partenkirchen, joined forces and became the most famous ski resort in the country. Located in the foothills of the German Alps, the resort helps skiers enjoy 47 miles of downhill runs and 7 miles of cross-country skiing up to 7,000 feet, including the famous Kandahara and Olympic slopes, which are used for the annual World Cup Ski competitions.    Garmisch-Partenkirchen is one hour south of Munich and one hour away from Innsbruck’s International Airport.    For more: germany-insider-facts.com. 66

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Eastern Caribbean, here we come! The 10 Night Eastern Caribbean trip on Norwegian Cruise Lines can be summed up in these four pictures. Still, there’s something to be said for “doing” and not just “seeing.”

IF A PICTURE IS, indeed, worth a thousand words, here’s a 4,000word testimonial to the Norwegian Cruise Line’s 10 Night Eastern Caribbean adventure, which features departures from New York in November, December, and if you’re interested in a special way to celebrate the new year, January.    Here are some particulars about the cruise:    • Ports of call include San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie; St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Tortola, the British Virgin Islands.    • Prices on the holiday cruises range from $709 ($71 per night) for an Oceanview room in November to $1,549 ($155 per night) for a January excursion that leaves two days after New Year’s Eve, thus ensuring that you can still celebrate amply after celebrating amply.      • On-board options for entertainment that range from evening shows to comedy, pool games, bingo, bowling and dancing.    • The ability to dine when you want from 12 different restaurants.    • A Bodywaves Fitness Center, basketball court and bowling alley.    • The package includes shipboard accommodations, ocean transportation, entertainment and daily activities, on-board meals and some beverages. It does not include shore excursions, personal expenses, gratuities, or alcoholic beverages. Government fees and taxes are not included.    • The proverbial “more.”    For more (including the proverbial): cruisesonly.com.

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3 setup keys to better putting When you practice these with a friend, you should start seeing better results quickly • By Kyle Cloud

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aking short putts is one of the quickest way to drop strokes off your score. These three setup keys will help get your ball started on its intended line and help you find the bottom of the cup more often.    (1) Create a single line from your elbow to the putter head. Unlike the full swing grip, the putter should be held more in the palm of your hand. This will create a connection between arms and putter head, allowing you to make a stroke with your shoulders rather than your wrists. A good drill to make sure you’re gripping the club properly is to choke up about 6 inches on the putter. If you’re gripping the club in your palm, the grip should run straight up the inside of your forearm.    (2) Keep your eyes directly over the ball. Typically the putter head will travel on a path that matches your eye line. Choke up or down on the putter to ensure your eyes are directly over the ball. A test for this is to have a friend drop a ball from your eye line and see where it lands relative to the putter.    (3) Ensure that the putter is flat on the ground. If the putter is too far from your feet, the toe of the putter will rise and throw off the balance of the putter. The opposite is true if the putter is too close to you. Ensure that the putter head is the proper distance from your feet by making sure the sole of the club is flat on the ground.    Head to the putting green with a friend and help each other achieve these setup positions. Sink more putts, and lower your scores. Kyle Cloud is head golf professional at Shady Valley Country Club. You can reach him at kyle.cloud@clubcorp.com.

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Picture-perfect moments

Photos: Dennis Hevia

Cheyenne Coyle, Melanie Braune, Chris Smith and Judith Rodriquez at the Timeless Concerts event

Bill Decker, Suzanne Decker, Suzy Springob and Dave Springob

Photos: Southern Flair Photography

Gene Allen’s Gifts recently celebrated 50 years in Arlington with a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Mayor Jeff Williams congratulates Connie Gaunt on her company’s golden anniversary.

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Snapshots from the recent Timeless Concerts event, Gene Allen’s Gifts’ 50th anniversary celebration and Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital’s Teddy Bear Clinic. Heejung Kang, Lee Anne Chenoweth, Alba Marquez de la Plata, Henry Ghitis and Karen Smith

Photo courtesy of Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital

The concert was at the home of Richard and Delores Pell in Dalworthington Gardens.

Officers Ben St. John, Ruben Hilliard, Kim Fretwell and Janae Powell were part of Arlington Memorial Hospital’s Teddy Bear clinic. arlingtontoday.com • November 2015 • ARLINGTON TODAY

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Honors

Beth Owens

Valery Lofton

Athena Meyer

Heather Salah

Andrea Proctor

Skyler Vasquez

Saran Kaba

Tuyen Nguyen

Inspired Women Luncheon honorees Women’s Alliance pays tribute to eight special people at annual awards ceremony

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eth Owens was presented the Hero Award, and Andrea Proctor was presented the Rising Star Award during last month’s Fifth Annual Inspired Women Luncheon/Awards Ceremony hosted by Women’s Alliance and presented by Wade Funeral Home. Ebby Halliday Realtors co-sponsored the event.    In addition, six students were presented Dr. Judith J. Carrier Scholarships. Here are profiles of the women who were honored:

Hero Award: Beth Owens

Beth Owens is co-founder of BrandEra, a women’s business enterprise offering innovative and cost-effective branding strategies to entrepreneurs, nonprofits, corporations and municipalities. She is one of the founders of the Women’s Alliance and serves as a Community Advisor to the Junior League, the Creative Arts Theatre & School and Arlington Urban Ministries. Beth serves on the DePauw University Board of Visitors, as well as the board of Arlington ISD Education Foundation and the Trinity Sports Foundation. Beth is also a member of Women Inspiring Philanthropy, volunteers on the marketing committee for Downtown Arlington and will chair the AISD “Education Celebration!” in the spring.

Rising Star Award: Andrea Proctor

Andrea Proctor is a sales manager and the community liaison for “Arlington Today” magazine. Her passion for Arlington can be seen as she serves her community in numerous ways. Andrea is on the Board of the Women’s Alliance, Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington and Dance Theatre Arlington. She also serves on the Ladies’ Auxiliary for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington and is a past chair of the Cinderella Charity Ball and a sustainer of the Junior League of Arlington after 13 years 72

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of service. Her work on countless events for Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington, Theatre Arlington, Dance Theatre Arlington, Junior League and Ladies’ Auxiliary has helped raise copious funds for the benefit of the Arlington community.

Dr. Judith J. Carrier Scholarship Recipients Medical Center Arlington Nursing Scholarship: Valery Lofton is actively employed as a CareFlite Emergency medical technician and pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at UTA with the end goal of being both a CareFlite nurse and firefighter. University of Texas Arlington Scholarships: Athena Meyer is pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology at UTA as the first step toward her goal of becoming a certified genetic counselor.   Heather Salah is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at UTA and working part time at American Airlines in the Interiors Engineering Co-op.   Skyler Vasquez is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in psychology at UTA before continuing on to obtain a PhD in psychology with the goal of becoming a research psychologist. Tarrant County College Scholarships: Saran Kaba is beginning her journey toward a Master’s degree in chemical engineering at TCC with the ambition to work in the field of waste and water treatment and recycling.   Tuyen Nguyen is attending TCC to work toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing before going on to obtain her Master’s degree in Nursing in the hopes of becoming a physician’s assistant.


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Tubbers & T-Bone win pet costume contest CONGRATULATIONS GO to Tubbers and T-Bone (pictured left above) for being the Top Dog and first runner-up in Arlington Today’s Halloween Pet Costume Contest.    Tubbers (at the top of the photo) and T-Bone are owned by Catherin Sanders. They might be “Dubble Trubble” and full of tricks away from the camera, but the picture of the winning animals shows how they got

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the treat from our team of judges by being pretty darned cute in front of it. Country Acres Kennels (7817 South Cooper St.) hosted the contest, which, as you can see from the collection of other photos here, featured plenty of spooky and sweet candidates – nearly 50 in all.    Judges for the contest included Aubrey Lane, Manager at Dog Wash® and Melisa Hunt, and Arnulfo Salinas of Country Acres Kennels.

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Book nook: Two writers tell their tales A COUPLE OF LOCAL writers – one who does it professionally and one who shares a gripping personal tale – have books currently available at amazon.com.    Julie Kibler’s “Calling Me Home” first came out in 2013 to enthusiastic reviews and is now available in paperback. The novel focuses on a pair of women, 89-year-old Isabelle McAllister and her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis, who share a ride from Isabelle’s home in Arlington to a funeral in Cincinnati, during which the journey changes both their lives.    The success of the book has made Kibler a popular lecturer, and she will be speaking to the Friends of the UTA Library at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the library, in the sixth floor parlor.    Allison Moore, meanwhile, has collaborated with Dianne Tarpley to write “From No Hope to Know Hope,” a nonfiction story about how her daughter Cassidy underwent a revolutionary medical procedure at age 12 to recover almost fully from a stroke she suffered at birth.

DIVISION BREWING is Arlington’s first locally owned and operated microbrewery. Located at 506 E. Main St., Division Brewing is owned by Wade Wadlington, who said he and his team have a goal at the new business: to provide good beer and ale for good folks.    “In upholding the basic standards of brewing, Division seeks to elevate the beer drinker’s experience by introducing unique flavor combinations on a regular basis, so that patrons enjoy quality, creativity, and variety,” Wadlington said. “Division serves clean, refreshing light ales, including blondes and wheats, as well as hoppy India pale ales. We also brew malty amber beers, dark porters and stouts.”    Brewer Sean Cooley said one of the company’s showcase brews is “Sour Division,” which ferments at warmer temperatures, ages with oak and sometimes fruit to create tart, fruity and “mouth puckering” sour beers.    “With a combined experience of over 20 years of home brewing beer and a strong local and neighborhood following, Division Brewing is extremely excited to share its product with a wider audience,” Wadlington said.    For more: divisionbrewing.com.

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Health & Fitness

A dog can be a patient’s best friend, too How the K-9 Comfort Dogs from Lutheran Church Charities help bring smiles – and healing – to those at a local medical facility

Mike Harrison, a recent patient at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, enjoys his visit with one of the K-9 Comfort Dogs that come to the hospital each month.

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edical care has gone to the dogs – literally. And while Pax and Phoebe might not be able to cure all that ails patients at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, their visits to the facility routinely bring smiles to patients’ faces – which, in turn, help with the healing process.    As part of the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, both pure-bred Golden Retrievers make monthly visits to the hospital and interact with individuals throughout the campus for two and a half hours.    Health care professionals at Arlington Memorial laud the therapy dogs for helping patients relieve stress, lower blood pressure and experience positive emotions – which is the goal program officials at Lutheran Church Charities were aiming for when the program was initiated in the late 1970s.    St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Worth shares Pax and Phoebe with Arlington Memorial’s patients, but they are also available to visit schools, nursing homes, disaster response situations and events. For more: (817) 332-2281. Pax is his name. Making patients feel better is his game.

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Patients aren’t the only people at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital who look forward to visits by the K-9 Comfort Dogs. Here, Jasmine Flores, a patient care technician at the hospital, shares a moment with her new best friend.


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Your resource for stellar entertainment options in and around the city THEATER: “The Outsiders” When: Nov. 1-8 Where: Theatre Arlington (305 W. Main St.) Show times: 7:30 p.m. on Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sunday Notes: This powerful coming of age story follows two rival groups, the Greasers and the Socs, who become a fascinating study in human behavior. For more: theatrearlington.org

MUSIC: Acoustic Sundays on the Patio When: Nov. 8, 15, 22, 29 Where: Fat Daddy’s Sports & Spirits Cafe (781 W. Debbie Lane, Mansfield) Show times: 7 p.m.-midnight Notes: Each Sunday features acoustic music from local favorites Jesse Jennings and Aaron Copeland. For more: fatdaddyslive.com

TRIVIA: Live trivia with the PubGuys When: Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25 Where: World of Beer (5005 S. Cooper St.) Show time: 7 p.m. Notes: Every Wednesday is trivia night. Bring your smart friends for the answers, and your rich friends for the tab. For more: worldofbeer.com/Locations

COMEDY: Last Comic Standing When: Nov. 21 Where: Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie (1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie) Show time: 8 p.m. Notes: Enjoy an evening of great standup comedy with the winner and the finalists from NBC’s popular laughfest “Last Comic Standing.” Performers scheduled to appear include Michael Palascak, Dominique, Clayton English, Andy Erikson and Ian Bagg. For more: verizontheatre.com

MUSIC: Live at The Grease Monkey When: Nov. 6, 7, 13,14, 21, 27, 28 Where: The Grease Monkey (200 N Mesquite) Show time: 8:30 p.m. Notes: This month’s list of performers includes 57 Sauce (Nov. 6), Jessie and the Poor Dogs (Nov. 7), CBC Project (Nov. 13), the Rocky Lott Band (Nov. 14), Kyle Redd (Nov. 21), Big Joe Walker (Nov. 27) and Acoustic Hash (Nov. 28). For more: greasemonkeyburgers.com MUSIC: Timeless Concerts Series: “Evening in Ireland” When: Nov. 7 Where: Botanical Research Institute of Texas (1700 University Drive, Fort Worth) Show time: 8 p.m. Notes: This concert will feature a blend of French impressionism, English pastoral melody and Irish folk tunes/opera singer Jeffrey Snider. There will also be a dessert and fruit buffet and post-concert music for dancing by Steve Stroud. For more: timelessconcerts.com MUSIC: Live at Arlington Music Hall When: Nov. 7, 14, 21 Where: Arlington Music Hall (224 North Center St.) Show times: Check website Notes: This month’s featured acts include Ronnie Millsap with Jon Rutherford (Nov. 7), Burk Collins Country: Generation (Nov. 14) and Don Williams (Nov. 21). For more: arlingtonmusichall.net 76

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mance Place, Grand Prairie) Show time: 8 p.m. Notes: This show features some of the more popular performers from the hit NBC variety competition series, including Season 8 favorite comedian Taylor Williamson, Season 9’s powerhouse performer Emily West, Season 8’s comedic hand-balancing duo, The KriStef Brothers, and the memorable “junk rock” performers, Recycled Percussion, from Season 4. For more: verizontheatre.com

MUSIC: B1A4 When: Nov. 8 Where: Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie (1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie) Show time: 7:30 p.m. Notes: This South Korean idol group debuted in April 23, 2011 with the single “O.K” after their introduction to the public through a webtoon. Now the group has launched a U.S. tour. For more: verizontheatre.com VARIETY: America’s Got Talent Live: The All-Stars Tour When: Nov. 12 Where: Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie (1001 Perfor-

THEATER: “It’s a Wonderful Life” When: Dec. 4-5 Where: Mainstage Classic Theatre (1557 E. Broad St., Suite 103, Mansfield) Show times: 7 p.m. on Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday Notes: This magical play has all the favorite characters of the movie and not only celebrates the season, it also celebrates the American philosophy of life, proving that hard word, fair play and the love and support of a family and community will be rewarded. For more: mainstageclassictheatre.org CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT: Veggie Tales Live: Little Kids Do BIG Things When: Nov. 28 Where: Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie (1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie) Show time: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Notes: Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and all of their Veggie friends are coming to the area in this fresh, funny and unforgettable VeggieTales musical review. This all-new production features live performances of Veggie silly song favorites such as “The Hairbrush Song” and “I Love My Lips,” as well as songs that inspire, such as “Big Things Too.” For more: verizontheatre.com


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Speaking of Sports

A Thanksgiving salute Why I’m grateful for our local teams – and for the people who support them • By John Rhadigan

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When the Texas Rangers started the year 8-16, only the most optimistic fan could expect an end to the season like that which we experienced. Yet, in the end, there they were – American League West Division champions.

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hankful is defined as, “grateful, appreciative, filled with gratitude, relieved.” I pondered this definition as I considered this wonderful time of the year. I sincerely hope that all of you feel those emotions about your family and your life. I know I do, and I also feel that way about our local teams.    When leaving the last Rangers home game, American League Division Series Game Four last month, I drove right past the home of the Dallas Cowboys. The lights of the stadium were on, and I glanced over and got chills. It is a beautiful structure that shined like a beacon. I was “grateful” at that moment that Arlington is home to the Cowboys games.    I wondered, “why am I so thankful for Arlington’s most famous resident?” Let’s start with the obvious: They have won five Super Bowls! I was fortunate enough to attend three of those championship games. Still, I have a 20-year-old daughter who does not remember when the Cowboys were consistently good. There is a generation of young adults for whom that year-in and year-out success is folklore. Still, like so many Cowboys fans, I am “filled with gratitude” for the past success.    I am also eager for the next round of success. This season has served as a reminder to be “appreciative” of what we have – specifically, Tony Romo. If this season has done nothing else, it should quiet the Romo haters. This guy is such a difference maker. While his clavicle healed, we watched the team struggle. He is not only a uniquely talented player, but he is the leader of this team. The team draws its energy from him. Short-term future success depends on him. Let’s be “appreciative” of him this time of year.    Let us be “grateful” for the run that the Rangers made. As the playoffs began last month, the prevailing thought was that any October success would be icing on a cake that we did not expect to get. When the team started the year 8-16, only the most optimistic Rangers fan expected an end to the season like that which we experienced. Still, when they won the first two games in Toronto, we all got greedy. At the start of the playoffs, the Blue Jays were considered

the favorites to win the World Series. Having them on the ropes like the Rangers did is an accomplishment that will pay dividends in the future.    Another thing the ALDS taught me is to be “appreciative” of Rangers fans. The lack of sportsmanship and class on display at Rogers Center in game five was appalling. The actions of the crowd were not only bad form, they endangered so many innocent bystanders. It was bad enough when they peppered the field after the Rangers took the 3-2 on the errant toss of a ball back to the pitcher (the rules clearly state that is a live ball). But, later in the game, after the Blue Jays took the lead, the fans began throwing full beer cans when they were happy. Come on Toronto, you’re better than that. Or are you? Rangers fans are! We can all be appreciative of that fact.    As one who is around the Rangers from February until October, I can’t tell you how “relieved” I am that it did not take them long to get back to relevance. After just one season of historic injury and turnover, the Rangers are back! This is a young team that has enough veteran presence to keep it headed in the right direction. In other words, this team was built masterfully and built to maintain success.    As the end of the year approaches, we can look at our two professional sporting residents and be “grateful” for their presence in our city. We can be “appreciative” of the people who play for these teams and leave their heart on the field for us. We can be “relieved” that our fans have class and dignity. We can be “filled with gratitude” for the joy these teams bring us each year. Happy Thanksgiving!

Sports columnist John Rhadigan is an anchor for the Fox Sport Southwest television network.


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Your official Arlington/Mansfield/Kennedale/SW Grand Prairie guide to fun (and the like) Nov. 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29 What: Planetarium Shows Where: University of Texas Arlington Planetarium (700 Planetarium Place) When: Check website for show times In a nutshell: The November schedule at one of North Texas’ premier planetariums features the following programs: “From Earth to the Universe,” “Astronaut,” “Cosmic Origins Spectograph,” “Apollo’s Flight - Live Music Performance” and “Spacepark 360: Infinity.” For more: uta.edu/planetarium/shows

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Nov. 1, 8, 26 What: Dallas Cowboys football Where: AT&T Stadium When: Check website for game times In a nutshell: This month, the Cowboys host the Seattle Seahawks (Nov. 1), the Philadelphia Eagles (Nov. 8) and the Carolina Panthers (Nov. 26). For more: dallascowboys.com

Nov. 14, 24, 25, 28 What: University of Texas Arlington basketball Where: College Park Center When: See below for tipoff times In a nutshell: The UTA Mavericks’ men’s team opens the 2015-16 season with home games against Fordham (Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.) and Grambling State (Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.). The women will host Seton Hall (Nov. 24 at 7 p.m.) and Missouri Valley College (Nov. 28 at 5 p.m.) For more: utamavs.com

Nov. 6-Dec. 24 What: Adventure to Santa Experience Where: The Parks Mall at Arlington When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. In a nutshell: Join Shrek and his friends on a magical, interactive adventure to find Santa at the North Pole. Visitors can explore Santa’s home, take a thrilling cinematic sleigh ride, and meet Santa and pose for a photo. For more: (817) 467-2757 Nov. 8 What: Community meeting Where: Green Oaks School (500 Houston St.) When: 2 p.m. In a nutshell: The topic of discussion will be “Housing Options for Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities or Social Challenges.” For more: txcpsh.org/nov8 Nov. 10 What: Mavericks Speaker Series: Daymond John Where: University of Texas Arlington’s Texas Hall (701 S. Nedderman Drive) When: 7:30 p.m. In a nutshell: John, a popular staple of the television show “Shark Tank,” is the CEO and founder of FUBU, a global lifestyle brand, and a pioneer in the fashion industry with over $6 billion in product sales. He joined the cast of “Shark Tank” in 2009. John has received more than 35 awards, including the Brandweek 80

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Nov. 14 What: Arlington Brew Mile Where: Globe Life Park When: 3 p.m. In a nutshell: The race starts as you finish the infamous Brew Mile toast and sip that first beer. It ends four beers later with a heart-pounding sprint to beat time thresholds that raise more money for charity partners, including water.org, an organization that provides water to communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America. For more: brewmile.com/event/arlington-brew-mile

Nov. 11 What: Veterans Day celebration Where: Veterans Memorial (Veterans Memorial 925 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie) When: 10 a.m. In a nutshell: During this annual event, you can honor our veterans and enjoy a band, vintage flyover, bagpiper and color guard, along with free trees, American flags and a free lunch of hot dogs and lemonade provided by local Rotary Clubs. For more: (972) 237-8100 Nov. 14 What: Craft Fair and Fall Festival Where: Green Oaks School (500 Houston St.) When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. In a nutshell: This free event will feature vendors, crafters, student-made items, food and outdoor fun. For more: (817) 861-5000

Nov. 21-Feb. 21 What: Modern Masters from the Guild Hall Collection: Warhol, Pollock, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg, de Kooning, Motherwell Where: Arlington Museum of Art (201 W. Main St.) When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday In a nutshell: This exhibition will feature work by 60 artists and explore traditional mediums of art from “outside the box” and show how the art world embraced the work that represents a movement that changed the face of fine art in America. For more: arlingtonmuseum.org Nov. 28-Dec. 20 What: Santa Photos Where: Traders Village (2602 Mayfield Road, Grand Prairie) When: 9 a.m. In a nutshell: Kids and family members of all ages can have their photo taken with Santa for just $5. All proceeds benefit the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce. Kids can play in the Rumpus Room under the Red Expo. For more: (972) 647-2331


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Prevailing against forces of ‘no’ The thriving UTA of today was built on a foundation of vision and persistence • By Richard Greene Editor’s note: This month’s Finish Line is one in an occasional series that former Mayor Greene calls “How our community was shaped by 10 things that didn’t happen.” This commentary is the third of those 10 things.

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ith the announcement last week of a new record enrollment of more than 37,000 on-campus students at the University of Texas Arlington, it seems like a good time to review what didn’t happen to make such an achievement possible.    More than half the states in the country do not have a college with an enrollment as large as ours here in Arlington. The origins of UTA date to the city’s earliest days. Civic leaders recognized the need for an educational facility and raised the money to build a modest four-room school building that opened in 1895 with an enrollment of about 75 students, spanning from the elementary grades to the high school level. It was located on the current site of the university’s student center.    Arlington itself had been in existence for only 11 years, so it would be accurate to say that the city and the university have grown up together. Trying to imagine what Arlington would be like without the university is impossible. But to conclude that the city would be but a fraction of itself without UT Arlington is obvious.    Without the university, the community would be absent its largest single economic engine. Without the university, the city would not count among its residents some of the country’s finest educators, scientists, and engineers, doing major research that may change the world. Without the university, downtown Arlington would be but another revitalization plan collecting dust on a shelf.    The school transitioned from its humble beginnings to its emergence as a military training school by the end of the First World War. Then it became a branch of the predecessor to Texas A&M, with the focus on agricultural, mechanical and industrial trades.    According to the university’s official records, in 1923 the school was renamed North Texas Agricultural College to reflect its transition to a public institution with a liberal arts curriculum. And that’s what it remained, as a two-year junior college, when the modern era of Arlington was launched at the beginning of the 1950s. The photo above is how it looked then.    There had already been unsuccessful efforts by the administration to petition Texas A&M’s board to elevate the Arlington campus to senior college status. The city was growing, its future seemed to some to be unlimited, as local leaders recognized the importance of elevating the school to a degree-granting, four-year institution of higher learning. 82

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   It wasn’t as though nothing else was going on in the life of the city that was to become the shining star of the region. The General Motors plant had started producing automobiles, a new lake was developed to serve the needs of a rapidly expanding population, the Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike had opened, the Great Southwest Industrial Park was underway, and a Disney-like entertainment center was being imagined.    There was even talk of turning the town’s minor league baseball stadium into something more. As quixotic as that notion seemed at the time, it, too, would become a dream that wouldn’t die.    Many would think that was quite enough for the place that was transforming itself from a water stop between the two big cities east and west, but the possibility of having a full-fledged college along with all the rest was a compelling opportunity not to be missed.    The 1959 session of the Texas Legislature marked the third time in six years that a bill was introduced to promote the school to a four-year college. Previous such proposals had met with defeat.    This time would be different. The city’s leaders resolved to spend all the time it would take, returning over and over to Austin, working with supporters and pursuing reluctant lawmakers – an effort that would finally achieve the objective.    The difficulty had always been the opposition from legislators representing areas of the state where colleges and universities already existed, and none of them wanted to see the limited funding that supported them to be divided any further.    When it looked like votes were being lined up behind Arlington’s initiatives, all kinds of political shenanigans and procedural maneuvering were thrown in the path of the bill. Damaging amendments sprang up and had to be dispatched. It was a classic, full-pitched battle to the finish. What happened in the end was that a majority of Texas legislators didn’t follow those working so hard to again block the conversion.    Arlington State College was born from that struggle and set on a path forward that would later lead to the institution being transferred to the University of Texas System and in 1967 becoming the University of Texas at Arlington.    Now the city had another powerful force to propel its future toward a destination that could be reached only by those who didn’t give up when the going got tough. Richard Greene served as Arlington’s mayor from 1987-1997 and currently teaches at UT Arlington’s College of Architecture Planning and Public Affairs.


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