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August 2017 • Volume 4 • Issue 8


30 Back to school

Local districts and organizations have created fun, practical programs to help in-need families prepare for the 2017-18 academic year.

On the Cover

Earlier this year, you, our readers went to to cast your ballots for your choices in more than 100 categories. This month, we reveal how your selections fared. To see who won our 2017 Readers’ Choice All Star awards, please turn to page 32.

32 2017 Readers’ Choice All Stars


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Starting Line ... 16 This ‘n Data ... 18 Around Town ... 24 Scene ... 28, 86, 94 Style ... 88 Tennis Tip ... 102 Dining Guide ... 104 Health/Fitness ... 106 Sights/Sounds ... 108 Speaking of Sports ... 110 Itinerary ... 1112 Finish Line ... 114

Our readers went to the polls in the spring and chose their favorites in more than 100 categories. Here is who you selected.

76 A Triumph, indeed

Dave Pilchar’s car has experienced 65 years of weddings and proms across a pair of continents.


80 Movin’ Mavs

UTA wheelchair basketball teams not only stake claims to titles, but they help change lives, as well.

82 Home SWEET! Home

Anthony and Lori Henegar’s North Arlington house is breathtaking (in case you haven’t noticed already).

90 Charity begins at home

Arlington Charities has spent nearly four decades making lives better for fellow residents in need.


96 Boot scootin’ boogie

There’s a great place ‘to get your dance on,’ just down the road from Mansfield.

100 Still going strong

Former mayor and first lady Elzie and Ruby Odom recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

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iddle me this: What do Adrian Beltre, Adhafera and Adele have in common? I’ll give you a hint: It’s the same shared thread that connects Shakira, Nashira and the recently retired Mark Teixeira.    Are you getting warmer yet? Here’s one more lifeline: Roger Maris, Polaris and Matthew Broderick (the guy who played Ferris) each fits into a certain category, as does everyone on the aforementioned roster of names.    OK, time’s up: They’re all stars.    Get it? This is our All Star edition, and I’m teasing it by enumerating entities that are or were all stars in their respective fields. If you knew the correct answer before you got to line seven, I’ll purchase a hat just to tip it to you. And then I’ll give it to you to wear on your own egg head, because only really smart people would have recognized that Adhafera, Nashira and Polaris are visible predominantly via the Hubble Telescope or at the University of Texas at Arlington Planetarium. Yale Youngblood Editor    I’m not a member of the Really Smart People Club; I just googled “names of stars” and found three that might fit the narrative. I might have to buy a second hat to tip to the person who came up with the idea of search engines. I probably should use one to look up who that is, but there are more pressing matters at hand, notably addressing this All Star thing that had much of the Arlington area all abuzz earlier this year.    I’m not exaggerating. Literally thousands of you who turn to Arlington Today on a monthly basis to quench your thirst for area news and views cast e-ballots at this past spring to help decide who and what would win All Star plaques in 2017.    There were more than 100 categories from which to choose, so that meant you invested some time into the endeavor. The fact that literally thousands of you invested your precious time and effort suggests to us that you’re invested in what we’re doing here at the magazine. Oh, boy. I’ve got to get yet another hat to tip.    Until I do that, let me do this: Please accept my gratitude and the thanks of all of us at the publication who a little over four years ago rolled the dice on the notion that the Arlington area is a special place with a noteworthy story to tell. This month that story focuses on doctors. And lawyers. And sub sandwiches. And construction people. And bankers. And churches. And some 100 other special Arlington-area people, places and things that make your life better just by being in their presence.    Ironically, we didn’t include a category for milliner (maker of hats) this year. Maybe next year, I’ll fix that.

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The Salvation Army’s MOST Amazing Race will help raise money for the organization’s charitable projects WHETHER YOU ARE IN IT TO WIN or just looking for a fun experience, registration is now open for the Salvation Army’s annual The MOST Amazing Race in Arlington.    Money raised by The MOST Amazing Race, set for Sept. 9, funds Salvation Army programs in the Arlington and Mansfield areas. These include providing meals and emergency shelter, after-school care, summer camp and the Angel Tree program.    The competition is similar to the popular television show, “The Amazing Race.” Two-member teams race around Arlington, following clues to reach checkpoints and complete challenges such as running, climbing, performing, eating, and problem solving.

   Competitors Kevin Blair and Rod Nicholas, otherwise known as the Turbos, are returning for a third year.    “After looking up the event’s website, we knew this would be a blast and immediately signed up! Both of us had no idea this event existed and we were proud to see The Salvation Army raising money and awareness that would benefit our hometown, Arlington,” the Turbos said in an email to    This year’s race features a new event – the Emergency Responders Challenge. “This will give DFW police, fire, EMS, and ER personnel an opportunity to compete in a challenge just for them,” says Race Chairman David Sanders. “We encourage

the Arlington Emergency Responders community to come out and have fun for a great cause.”    The Salvation Army is able to serve more than 10,000 people a year in the community thanks in part to fundraising events such as the race.    “We encourage others to be a part of raising money for our city’s needs fulfilled by The Salvation Army in Arlington,” the Turbos said. “This may be the most fun way to show support for a charitable cause. At minimum, this is a great way to spend your Saturday!”    Teams will contend for a team grand prize of $2,500. Registration is open until Sept. 1. For more: – Yazmine Jackson

Arlington named 28th best-run city in the country by WalletHub Photo: City of Mansfield


MANSFIELD ISD kindergartener Maggie Fortner obviously has a way with words. She recently wrote to the city council, “Dear Sirs: Please add swings to our park (Don Barg Park).”    The council read her letter, and she recently got her wish – and even got to cut the ribbon at the ceremony marking the new park swingset. 18

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NOTING QUALITY CITY SERVICES and smart budgeting, ranked Arlington as the 28th out of the 150 most-populated cities in the country on the website’s latest best-run and worst-run cities list. Arlington was the highest ranked city in North Texas and the second highest ranked in Texas.    WalletHub’s analysts compared the cities across six key categories: financial stability, education, health, safety, economy, and infrastructure and pollution. Those factors include the city’s credit ratings, long-term debt per capita, graduation rates, crime rates, quality of roads and job growth rate.    “We think we have something pretty special here in Arlington. Now, groups like WalletHub and Money Magazine, which ranked Arlington the ‘Best Big City’ in the South, are taking notice too,” says Arlington Marketing and Communications Manager Jay Warren. “This outside validation sends a message to our residents that their city government is working hard on their behalf and spending their taxpayer dollars wisely.”


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Mayor Jeff Williams presents Grace McDermott, president of the US Pan Asian Chamber Southwest, with a proclamation honoring Asian Heritage Month. Photo courtesy of Grace McDermott

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City recognizes Asian-American contributions to the Arlington community GRACE MCDERMOTT, the US Pan Asian Chamber Southwest president, recently represented the DFW Asian Citizen Council to receive a proclamation from Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams honoring Asian Heritage Month.    The Asian Citizen Council’s mission is to encourage Asian-Americans to become active in the civic process and in public service. For the past 17 years, the DFW chapter has encouraged North Texas cities to proclaim May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.    The proclamation affirms how Arlington values the traditions of Asian and of Asian-Amer-

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icans in the community and salutes their civic and public participation.    About Asian Heritage Month ... In May 1990, President George H. W. Bush designated May to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and ...    ... to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. Ninety percent of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. (It was recorded that many Chinese workers died from planting explosives while laying the track).

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MORE THAN 20 children in the Arlington community will receive new bicycles for free this summer thanks to the generosity of Republic Services employees.    The company, which collects garbage and recycling in the City of Arlington and operates the city’s landfill, donated 21 colorful youth bicycles to the Arlington Police Department last month as part of a community service project and teambuilding effort.    Republic Services landfill divisions launched the bicycle donation project earlier this year and ordered 50 bikes to assemble and split among the various cities that the company serves, including Lewisville and Arlington.    David Hildreth, Republic Services division manager, says the goal of the project was for the employees to have fun while spreading positivity and kindness.

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RAISE YOUR HAND if you saw Texas Ranger outfielder Rusty Greer make this catch to preserve a perfect game for pitcher Kenny Rogers. It happened on July 28, 1994, some four months after the Rangers made their debut at The Ballpark in Arlington.

THE REPUBLIC of Texas signed its first Indian peace treaty in what is now Arlington in 1843. The signing took place at Bird’s Fort with nine tribes, including representatives of the Cherokee, Delaware, Biloxi, Caddo, Keechie and Waco. AFTER OVERSEEING the city pay off its part of the debt on the building of The Ballpark in Arlington in 2001 – some 10 years ahead of schedule – Mayor Elzie Odom began engaging in talks with Jerry Jones and other city leaders for a new Cowboys Stadium to be built in Arlington. ARLINGTON STATE College, then in the Texas A&M system, was the first school in the system to integrate African-American students, in 1962. Last fall, African-American students comprised 15.1 percent of the enrollment at The University of Texas at Arlington, now in the UT system. THE LAST GROUP to ride the Texas Shootout at Six Flags Over Texas did so on Sept. 3, 2012. 22

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Kirk Franklin’s Fo Yo Soul Entertainment studio features prototype technology that can change how large the space sounds. Photos: City of Arlington

Gospel artist Kirk Franklin’s new recording studio is unlike any in the country MULTI-PLATINUM GOSPEL ARTIST Kirk Franklin recently transformed a vacant furniture warehouse in downtown Arlington into a $2 million, state-of-the-art recording studio unlike any in the country.    Fo Yo Soul Entertainment is located in a two-story stone and glass building at 102 S. Oak St. The 9,000-square-foot structure, originally built in 1968, was extensively remodeled with specialized construction techniques designed to block outside noise and vibrations from downtown traffic and the nearby train tracks.    That’s not all that the makes the building unique. It’s also the first recording studio in America known to feature prototype technology that can change how large the space sounds, making it seem as intimate as a jazz club or as spacious as a cathedral, with a few simple taps on a computer screen. “You can literally change the design of the building on a laptop,” Franklin, a long-time Arlington resident, recently told MyArlingtonTV. “There are speakers and there are microphones in the walls. It can sound like whatever you want it to sound like with the touch of a button.”    For more:

Dr. Robert Cluck honored for his stellar service TEXAS HEALTH ARLINGTON MEMORIAL recently honored Dr. Robert Cluck, its former vice president of Medical Affairs – and the former mayor of Arlington – for his achievements and sincere commitment to North Texas residents.    Dr. Cluck says he earned the mayoral seat for one reason: “People just knew me around town, because I had delivered so many of their babies.”    But, as the hospital noted, what kept Cluck in office for 12 years is his tireless work ethic, attention to explicit details and his strong advocacy for a healthy lifestyle and quality of life for all. That combination of characteristics and philosophies was nurtured during his 23 years in his private obstetrics and gynecology practice – and displayed often through his work at Arlington Memorial.

5 transparency stars for the city ARLINGTON recently received all five transparency stars through the Texas Comptroller’s transparency program.    The program recognizes cities, counties and school districts making strides to greater government transparency by providing easy online access to important financial data. Arlington earned stars for transparency in Traditional Finances, Contracts and Procurement, Economic Development, Public Pensions and Debt Obligations.

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A resourceful principal and some dedicated police officers turned a negative into a positive • By Kenneth Perkins


rather non-descript bridge on Sherry Street in east Arlington was built as a much-needed lifeline, giving students leaving Lynn Hale Elementary a shortcut into their neighborhood of single-family bungalows, townhomes and apartment dwellings.    Things were perfectly fine ... until they weren’t.    That’s when Hale Principal Claudia Morales Herrera began hearing an assortment of complaints from parents displeased with the amount of disgusting graffiti popping up underneath the bridge in full view of their impressionable young children as they trekked to and from school grounds.    Graffiti might be a nice way of putting it, actually. There’s a wide range of perceptions concerning this age-old craft that often hovers somewhere around artistry, cultural value, mindless vandalism and simply outright crudeness. Parents weren’t all that divided with what their children noticed on a daily basis.    Let’s say it wasn’t PG.    So in order to find a solution, neighbors banned together to paint murals over the graffiti, getting help from not only local businesses like Home Depot and a real estate firm, but also the Arlington Police Department.    One problem down ... but there was one more to go.    Turns out a second, more insular situation had been simmering for some time near that bridge and out of sight of school staff. “We were getting these reports of kids being harassed near the bridge and them being quite afraid of walking home,” Herrera told me.    This wasn’t just bullying from classmates. This was kids being shoved and pushed and punched and frightened by older kids and even older adults often seen lurking nearby, or even standing near or on the bridge, as if waiting.    “Conflict was brought into out school” is how Herrera explained it. So she reached out to the partner she knew could help. APD.    Officers assigned to the department’s East District were already a hefty presence in the school, showing up for neighborhood watch meetings, of course, but also events like the Daddy Daughter Dance and Multicultural Night. They even tutored students.    East District Police Lieutenant Becki Brandenburg began assigning patrol officers such as Sergeants Robert Walsh and JaNae Powell


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to the bridge. They’d arrive shortly before the final bell and around 3:30 p.m. were in place to walk with students as they left the school and crossed the bridge.    Herrera was well aware of the potential trouble here. She connected the graffiti situation with the “Broken Windows” concept, which suggests that in places with a multitude of broken windows the assumption is that no one is watching or even attempting to deter bad behavior. So it continues.    “You don’t want to have that perception,” Herrera says.    This longtime principal understands how academic achievement isn’t always an absolute measure of a student’s intelligence. Student behavior plays a major role, and that behavior often changes when the ability to learn is impacted by outside forces, such as being afraid of what awaits you after math class.    “You have to be able to address the emotional behaviors of these kids before you can even begin the learning process,” Herrera says. “It’s important. You don’t want to spend too much classroom time trying to deal with things that are occurring outside of your own walls. It just doesn’t work.”    Police officers were more than happy to stroll along with the students as they left the school and crossed the bridge. Not only did the APD step in to help quiet distressing activity in the area during dismissal but they took ownership by naming this unique partnership “The Bridge Kids.”    Something unexpected happened in the process, as well.    Police officers appeared, well, human. “These were the same kids who referred to officers as ‘The Po-Po,’ people to be afraid of,” Herrera says.    Now these “Bridge Kids” look forward to having patrol officers stroll with them, even running to them “giving them high fives,” says Herrera. “They ask about them when they are not here. What a change.”

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he 2016-17 Mansfield ISD Board of Trustees has been selected as the 2017 Region 11 Outstanding School Board. The recent award is a rare sweep of the region’s executive-level educational awards program. Earlier this month, Superintendent Dr. Jim Vaszauskas was named Region 11 Superintendent of the Year.    In addition, Raul Gonzalez, president of the MISD Board of Directors, recently earned the title of Master Trustee following completion of a year-long leadership program from the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). To top off the good news, Mansfield ISD students exceeded state averages in every subject tested, according to the recently released 2017 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) scores.    The school board award, sponsored by the Texas Association of School Administrators, was created in 1971 to recognize school boards that have demonstrated outstanding dedication and have rendered ethical service to the children of Texas.

   School boards are nominated by their superintendent for the prestigious award. The application process involves creating a booklet of information and documentation that addresses topics such as supporting educational performance and improvements, putting students first and maintaining positive relationships. The regional winner is chosen by a panel of school superintendents.    The Superintendent of the Year Award, sponsored by TASB, honors outstanding Texas administrators for achievement and excellence in public school administration.    After earning his new distinction, Gonzalez said his plan is to help move the district, already one of a select group with the label “District of Innovation,” in an even more positive direction.    In the STAAR report, MISD students in grades 3-8 scored higher than the state average in reading, math, writing, science and social studies. State averages were also surpassed in the STAAR End-ofCourse (EOC) exams, which assesses English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology and U.S. History classes.

REDEFINING EXCELLENCE Preparing educators for tomorrow • 97% of recent College of Education students passed the Texas state licensure exam • 100% of education graduates who seek jobs are employed by a school district • Undergraduate elementary teacher programs ranked in the top 3% nationally; U.S. News & World Report ranks online graduate education programs among best in nation




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Redefining Excellence. UTA. UTA is preparing to welcome its largest and most academically talented freshman class in history when the Maverick Stampede begins in late August. Students including valedictorians, salutatorians, and national honor scholars from around the region and the world will move into residence halls, socialize at fun events, make new friends, acclimate themselves to campus, and plunge in to classes, labs, and study sessions in pursuit of their dreams.

in at least three of the program’s five distinguishing activities: leadership, undergraduate research, global engagement, community engagement, and career preparedness. Students can lay the foundation for their future job searches with resume and interview workshops and job fairs through the Lockheed Martin Career Development Center. The Center engages both undergraduate and graduate students early, by facilitating internships, mentorships with industry leaders and successful UTA alumni, developing e-portfolios that reflect the skills attained while at college, and other key profession-focused activities.

UTA is prepared to give them the highest quality education, unique learning experiences, and a foundation for a prosperous future.

A UNIVERSITY OF STRENGTH With an emphasis on both excellence and access, UTA is a school of first choice for freshmen and transfer students with programs ranked among the nation’s best across all eight schools and colleges. The student body continues to grow at a recordsetting pace, finishing the academic year with a global enrollment of over 58,000 and graduating over 12,500 new degree recipients ready to serve the workforce needs of America.

A UNIVERSITY OF SUCCESS The journey toward success begins on the first day at UTA. The Maverick Advantage provides a competitive edge by connecting students with the University’s experiential learning ecosystem. Students are encouraged to participate

While enrolled at UTA, a student’s well-being is just as important to us as his or her academic accomplishments. UTA is truly a Community That Cares—for its students, its faculty, its staff, and its proud alumni. Mental and physical health services, counseling, late night campus escorts, and campus safety and security tips are just some of the services available to help keep our students healthy and safe. See for a more extensive listing of resources. The University also cares for its community. UTA Volunteers lend a hand at non-profit organizations and host two days of intensive community services: Super Service Saturday on August 26 and The Big Event in April.

Excellence. Access. Affordability. That is the Maverick Advantage and why UTA is redefining excellence, every single day. Join us for a great year, for a great future.

Picture-perfect Moments

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The Arlington Today magazine entry in the 4th of July parade

Mansfield’s Pickle Queens show their American – and Texan – spirit.

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Richard Greene’s vehicle won first place in the “Antique Car” division at the parade.

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A young member of the aRoundJoy hula hoop group shows off her skills.

Snapshots from the annual 4th of July Parade, which featured more than 125 entries, including our own award-winner

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Publisher Judy Rupay waves to the crowd.


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Kids and balloons – an American tradition

Winner 2017 Readers’ Choice

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Local districts and organizations have created fun, practical programs to help in-need families prepare for the 2017-18 academic year


s the summer clock ticks down, and parents and their children start thinking about the upcoming school year, staff members of the area’s public school districts and other local organizations are putting the finishing touches on programs designed to ease the seasonal transition. Here are some details you need to know about those projects ... Arlington ISD – The AISD Back to School Kickoff will be held from 8 a.m.-noon on Aug. 12 on the west outdoor plaza and indoor platform of AT&T Stadium. Pre-registered students will receive a backpack filled with school supplies appropriate to their grade level, as well as the opportunity to visit a variety of resource booths.    Booths will include an immunization station, vision checks, eyeglass fittings, information on after-school care programs and more. Additionally, attendees can expect to see appearances by Dallas Cowboys mascot Rowdy and former Dallas Cowboys players. To be eligible to attend the AISD Back to School Kickoff, students should


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qualify for the free or reduced-price meal program. Parents are required to pre-register their students. Transportation is available for pre-registered attendees and should be requested via the online registration form found at back-to-school-kickoff/.    Arlington community members and supporters may donate to the AISD Back to School Kickoff. A donation of $15 provides one student with a backpack and the supplies he or she needs for a full school year. To donate, go to the website noted previously. Mansfield ISD – Mansfield ISD’s second annual Back-to-School Bash will be held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Aug. 12 at the MISD Center for the Performing Arts.    The event is meant to bring the community together for a day of free family fun to kick off the school year. Food trucks will also be available on site. The event will have several notable features, including:





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• The Stuff the Bus Campaign, an initiative to give away 6,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to MISD students. Backpacks will be given on a first-come, first-served basis, and no registration is required. (Limit four per family.)    • Free services, including immunizations, sports physicals, eye exams and glasses, haircuts and dental sealants. Please bring your child’s shot records to take part in the free immunizations. (Shots are for uninsured patients only.) • Vendor booths that will provide relevant services and information for attendees. For more: Grand Prairie ISD – GPISD’s Back to School Breakfast will take place from 9 a.m.-noon on Aug. at the Dr. Vern Alexander Building (301 W. Warrior Trail).    The event will feature a complimentary pancake breakfast; family friendly fun and entertainment; immunizations; student registration; information about bus schedules, school calendars, district

maps and key contact information; a chance to set up students’ meal accounts and an opportunity to meet the principal of each student’s school. There is a waiting list for those seeking free school supplies, as registration for school supplies is full and has been closed. For more: Viridian – Viridian is gathering the tools Arlington students need to succeed during a school supply drive that will last until Aug. 4.    School supplies can be dropped off at any Viridian model home or at the community’s Lake Club, 1200 Viridian Park Lane. They will be distributed by Mission Arlington to disadvantaged Arlington Independent School District students without the means to purchase their own supplies. “Many families do not have the means to purchase even the most basic school supplies,” says Debra Meers, director of marketing of Viridian. “We are hosting this drive to make sure every child has the means to succeed in school.”    For more: • August 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


Cover Feature DELI / SANDWICHES Winner: Dino’s Subs

2221 S. Collins St. • (817) 274-1140

rlington area residents like the deli sandwich – that’s a given. But, if our annual poll is any indication, what they LOVE is a deli sandwich from Dino’s Subs. This is the second straight year Dino’s has reigned as the readers’ choice. And why not? Dino’s has been an Arlington institution since 1980, serving fresh, delicious sandwiches that one customer recently called “not only the best in town – the best I’ve ever eaten.” Owner Jade Dino, who began operating the restaurant after the passing of its founder, her father Larry Dino, says she simply carries on his tradition. “He said there’s one key to success in the restaurant business: ‘never, ever, go down on quality,” Jade recalls.    As our readers have noted, Jade is a good listener.


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Honorable mention: The Tin Cup 1025 W. Abram St. • (817) 303-5518


Winner: Café Sicilia

7221 Matlock Road • (817) 419-2800 •

EARLIER THIS SUMMER, our readers went to to cast ballots for their choices in more than 100 categories. Here are the selections, your 2017 Arlington Area All Stars ... Photos courtesy of the featured companies/practices

or the second time in as many years, Café Sicilia finds itself standing in the winner’s circle following our readers’ choice poll – this time as the best place for lunch.    Owners Joe Seyedmorteza and Fernando Nogueira actually operate two popular restaurants, Café Sicilia and Pancho’s Mexican Buffet. Their combined experience, teamed with excellent food and a stellar staff that is devoted to providing outstanding service, has quickly made Café Sicilia one of the area’s more popular eateries.    “Café Sicilia is exactly what we set out to accomplish,” says Nogueira. “It’s a place where you can enjoy a well-prepared, homemade Italian meal. That’s what it is all about – around the table with friends and family – our goal precisely.”


Honorable mention: Piccolo Mondo

829 Lamar Boulevard East • (817) 265-9174 •


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Eats / Drinks / Merriment PIZZA

Winner: Mama’s Pizza 1200 N. Fielder Road (817) 795-8700 Honorable mention: Trio Pizza Pasta 1301 E. Debbie Lane, Mansfield (817) 473-1115


Winner: Flying Fish 300 E. Abram St. (817) 303-3335 Honorable mention: Pantego Bay 2233 W. Park Row Drive (817) 303-4853



Honorable mention: Jambo’s Barbequeshack 2502 Little Road (682) 213-2780 1724 W. Division (817) 275-7881

Honorable mention: Piranha Killer Sushi 859 N.E. Green Oaks Blvd. (817) 261-1636 309 Curtis Mathes Way, #149 (817) 465-6455



Winner: David’s Barbecue 2224 W. Park Row Drive, Suite H, Pantego (817) 261-9998

Winner: Orchid City Fusion Cafe 2135 Southeast Pkwy, Suite 101 (817) 468-3777 Honorable mention: P.F. Chang’s 215 E. I-20 Hwy. (817) 375-8690 9829-arlington-tx


Winner: Blue Mesa Southwest Grill 550 Lincoln Square (682) 323-3050 Honorable mention: Mac’s Bar & Grill 6077 W. I-20 (817) 572-0541

Winner: SushiYAA 1827 SW Green Oaks Blvd., #101 (817) 472-8800

Winner: Division Brewing 506 Main St. (682) 276-1276 Honorable mention: Legal Draft 500 E. Division St. (817) 962-2210


Winner: Total Wine & More 981 Interstate 20 W. (817) 472-9727 Honorable mention: Spec’s 3909 S. Cooper St. (682) 375-5982


Winner: Piccolo Mondo

829 Lamar Boulevard East • (817) 265-9174 •

bviously, owner Antonio Capaccioli is doing something right. In the four years Arlington Today magazine has conducted its All Star Readers’ Choice awards, Piccolo Mondo has garnered a top spot in at least one category all four times.    Capaccioli says the popular eatery actually does several things right – most notably the delicious Italian cuisine. “We’re more traditional in style,” he says. “I traveled a lot when I was younger, and when I found something I like to eat, I took note. When we opened here, we offered things I liked to eat myself.”    Add alluring ambience, a popular piano bar and a banquet room that is ideal for big groups, and you wind up with ... well ... an All Star restaurant that customers love.


Honorable mention: Cafe Sicilia

7221 Matlock Road • (817) 419-2800 •


Winner: Mac’s Bar & Grill

6077 W. I-20 • (817) 572-0541 •

his year, Mac’s Bar & Grill owner Mike McMahan and his team are celebrating 30 years of providing great experiences for Arlington area diners. “We’re passionate about each aspect of Mac’s,” he says. “In an easy atmosphere where the food is excellent and the service is warm, our guests find a lively reprieve and are eager to come back. Mac’s will accommodate your every need, whether it is a quick lunch, a casual dinner, special occasion or a gathering with old friends.”    As a locally owned, one-of-a-kind restaurant, Mac’s has also been a consistent community partner, participating in charitable events and working with local suppliers. This month, that community is repaying the commitment – and saying “Happy Anniversary” – with an All Star award.


Honorable mention: Texas Roadhouse

940 N. Hwy 287, Mansfield • (682) 518-6725 • • August 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


Eats / Drinks / Merriment SPORTS BAR

Winner: J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill

400 E. Abram St. • (817) 274–8561 •

Gilligan’s recently celebrated its 38th year as one of Arlington’s culinary treasures. Appropriately, our readers have joined in the celebration by tabbing the popular restaurant as this year’s winner in the Sports Bar category.      While it is a “go to” place for watching sports of all sorts – there’s always a game or several on the televisions scattered about the place – J. Gilligan’s is also party headquarters for renions, birthdays, charity functions, political events, holiday parties, youth sports clubs, wedding events, business lunches and meetings and ... well, pretty much any kind of gathering that calls for a friendly place with good food and service. Oh, and did we mention? It’s a great sports bar.


Honorable mention: BoomerJack’s Grill & Bar 522 Lincoln Square • 4000 Arlington Highlands (817) 275-5400 •


Winner: El Arroyo

5024 S. Cooper St. • (817) 468-2557 •

l Arroyo has spent the past decade and a half satisfying Arlington-area patrons – and the past two earning a top spot in our readers’ choice poll.    That’s no surprise, however. The eatery is a great place to spend time with friends and enjoy unique, delicious Mexican cuisine. Plus, it has a superb patio where customers can beat the hot Texas summers in the “cool zone,” complete with misting fans.    Also, diners and party-goers can enjoy live music from March through October on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and on Sunday afternoons. And they’ll always get a chuckle from the restaurant’s Reader Board, which has been known to say, “Eat here or we’ll both starve.”


Honorable mention: Rio Mambo 6407 S. Cooper St. • (817) 465-3122

2150 E. Lamar Blvd., #120 • (817) 795-4555 •


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Winner: Rio Mambo 6407 S. Cooper St. (817) 465-3122 2150 E. Lamar Blvd., #120 (817) 795-4555


Winner: Twisted Root Burger Co. 310 E. Abram St., Suite 100 (817) 201-9669

Honorable mention: BoomerJack’s Grill & Bar 522 Lincoln Square 4000 Arlington Highland (817) 275-5400


Winner: Sugar Bee Sweets 201 N. East St. (817) 903-8661

Honorable mention: The Grease Monkey

Honorable mention: Cooper Street Bakery 2832 S. Cooper St. (817) 472-9656

he Grease Monkey Burger Shop and Social Club were created by a group that has numerous ties to the city of Arlington. The owners, investors and operators have all lived in Arlington, gone to high school in Arlington, or attended UTA. That’s why they brought their business to Arlington – and, boy, are our readers glad they did.    Members of the management team have extensive experience in restaurant management and construction, the service industry, sales and marketing, music, brand management, and goodold-fashioned hard labor. That collective expertise has helped them craft a great restaurant.    And, as our readers have discovered, it has helped to produce some great burgers, as well.

PLACE FOR LIVE MUSIC Winner: El Arroyo 5024 S. Cooper St. (817) 468-2557

Honorable mention: Levitt Pavilion 100 W. Abram St. (817) 543-4301

PLACE FOR A KID PARTY Winner: Chuck E. Cheese’s 2216 S. Fielder Road (817) 861-1561

Honorable mention: Flight Deck Trampoline Park 1600 W. Interstate 20 (817) 377-0000

200 N. Mesquite St. (817) 665-5454


Thank you! to Arlington Today readers for naming Dr. Thomas E. Eidson, D.O. Board Certified Vein Specialist 2017 Readers’ Choice Winner,

“All Star Vein Doctor” Winner 2017 Readers’ Choice

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Health / Fitness / Recreation COSMETIC SURGEON

Winner: Dr. Mark Bishara

1101 Matlock Road, Mansfield • (817) 473-2120 •

here have been a few constants since we introduced the All Stars four years ago. One is that Dr. Mark Bishara has captured our readers’ fancy as a plastic surgeon – this is the fourth time he has been named their favorite cosmetic surgeon.    Dr. Bishara’s reputation extends beyond our region’s borders, however. He completed a five-year residency in general surgery at Morristown Memorial hospital, which is affiliated with the prestigious Mount Sinai Medical School in Manhattan, N.Y. During this time he founded the American Plastic and Reconstructive Research Association an industrial think-tank for novel concepts and respective clinical applications in plastic surgery.    He then completed a fellowship appointment in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at the world-renowned Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School



Winner: Dr. Joan Bergstrom

1001 N. Waldrop, Suite 505 • (817) 277-9415

5005 S. Cooper St., Suite 275 • (817) 704-1936

r. Joan Bergstrom is a four-time readers’ choice winner in

D the category of Obstetrics and Gynecology, so it’s obvious

that Arlington area patients routinely rely on her and her fellow physicians at her practice, Women’s Health Services.    The WHS team includes Dr. Dawnette Peppler, Dr. Kiran Nangrani, Dr. Sheri Puffer, Dr. Joy Carter and Dr. LaTasha Jarrett. All WHS physicians are Board Certified and skilled in managing all aspects of women’s health care, including normal and high risk pregnancy, gynecologic surgery, incontinence treatment, annual exams, and contraceptive and hormone therapy needs.    They are dedicated to taking care of female patients from adolescence through menopause. Their collective goal is to provide quality care with high patient satisfaction.    To that end, Dr. Bergstrom has crafted two offices that put patient needs and concerns at the forefront of every visit. “Our doctors understand the busy lifestyle of women today,


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affiliate, in Boston, Massachusetts. From his Mansfield office, The Paragon Plastic Surgery & Med Spa, Dr. Bishara provides a wide range of cosmetic procedures to help patients look and feel their best.    “These procedures are designed to improve the appearance of the face and body through minimally invasive techniques that provide highly effective results,” he says. “Many of these procedures can be combined in order to achieve a desired appearance. All of the procedures are performed at Paragon Plastic Surgery Center in the Mansfield office, using the most advanced, state-of-the-art equipment.”    Dr. Bishara and his dedicated staff specialize in breast augmentation, facial cosmetic surgery, body countouring and breast enhancement surgery. He also offers a wide range of hair restoration procedures that are often highly effective. “The best treatment option for each patient depends on the location and extent of hair loss,” he says. “We will take the time to evaluate each patient, discuss his/her individual goals and together develop a personalized treatment plan using one of our many successful hair loss treatment options.”

Honorable mention: Dr. Y. Anthony Nakamura 3030 S. Cooper St. • (817) 417-7200 •

so they have implemented an on-line scheduling system for patients,” Bergstrom says.    This convenient system allows patients to select an appointment date and time and book it online. Women’s Health Services also has a secure patient portal, which allows patients the ability to review and retrieve test results, e-mail questions or request information from the practice.    “We all know that time is precious, and spending hours waiting in a reception room, or on hold on the phone, is wasted,” Dr. Bergstrom says. “Our online scheduling and patient portal provide efficient systems that women can access at all hours of the day or night.”    This kind of forward thinking typifies the devotion the WHS team has for its patients. “Our philosophy is that, as women, we not only have gone through the life experiences, but we also have the enhanced education to help all our patients deal with their physical, situational and emotional problems.”   Honorable mention: Dr. John A. Whitfield

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Health / Fitness / Recreation VEIN DOCTOR

Winner: Atlas Vein Care

2701 Matlock Road, Suite 103 • (817) 795-8346 •

ne of the key factors that sets Atlas Vein Care apart from other health care providers who deal with vein issues as part of their practice is the fact that founder Dr. Thomas E. Eidson and his team are dedicated solely to addressing and healing vein problems.    Our readers obviously were impressed, as they gave the practice the nod in this category, the first time Atlas Vein Care has been an Arlington area All Star.    “We are not dabblers,” says Dr. Eidson. “Our passion and dedication is to the evaluation and treatment of all things related to vein problems in the legs from the purely cosmetic to the medically significant. We also take the time to educate our patients and fellow medical professionals on the negative effects vein problems can have on your quality of life if left untreated.”    Dr. Eidson notes that vein problems can cause a wide range of symptoms and that they are much more than just varicose and spider veins. As a double board-certified physician holding cer-


tifications in Family Medicine and as a Venous Disease Specialist (Phlebologist), Dr. Eidson is both educated about and experienced in correcting vein issues. He is certified through the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians, successfully completing rigorous training and comprehensive testing in each medical specialty. He has performed thousands of successful procedures over the course of his career.    “Our goal is to help improve your quality of life,” he says. “Most patients are surprised to find that treatments are easier than they initially thought. Treatment options now are virtually painless, performed in-office, and typically take between 30-60 minutes. There is little to no down time after treatment, and patients are up and walking immediately after.”    Dr. Eidson says his team offers a promise to each patient who is affected by vein issues: You will always be evaluated and treated by a doctor certified to treat vein disease. Our readers like that.

Honorable mention: Dr. Jon Senkowsky

1001 N. Waldrop Drive, Suite 612 • (817) 861-3000 •



4927 S Collins St., Suite 105, • (817) 532-3110 •

5405 S. Cooper St. • (817) 465-4928 •

Winner: Active Family Wellness Center

nother All Star team has been selected, and – no surprise – Dr. Kenyon Godwin (pictured) and his practice, Active Family Wellness Center, is a member.    This is Godwin’s fourth straight year to earn the voters’ nod at a practice that combines education, training and people-focused service to help families live longer, stronger, healthier lives. The center offers an array of holistic services, including chiropractic care, rehabilitation, spinal decompression, sports medicine, weight loss and treatment of back pain.    “Our catalyzing statement is a holistic and healthy family inside of every home,” Dr. Godwin says. “Arlington is a place where families enjoy professional sports teams, theme parks, rereational sports, traveling and outdoor events. We help the family step up to those physical demands. We help people in the American Dream City live their dream by having the health to do so.”



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Winner: CareNow

Honorable mention: Mansfield Urgent Care & Family Medicine

1811 Hwy. 287 N., #150 • (817) 473-3979 •

first-time All Star, Mansfield Urgent Care & Family Medicine is there to care for patients who need to see a doctor immediately. With a full team of healthcare professionals directed by Dr. Jeffrey James Fisher, Mansfield Urgent Care & Family Medicine can diagnose and treat nearly any condition, including fractures, cuts, cold, ear infections, strep throat, and the flu.    The family medicine team at the practice is focused on and devoted to disease prevention through immunizations, annual physicals, biometric screenings and more. These professionals have dedicated their careers to improving your health and wellness and stopping diseases before they dramatically impact your life.


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Health / Fitness / Recreation AUDIOLOGIST

Winner: Audiology Experts

1261 W. Green Oaks Blvd., Suite 105 • (817) 451-4818

r. Dr. Kristin Robbins and Lisa B. Fell (pictured, left to right) are celebrating the success of Audiology Experts this month. In August 2008, these two clinical audiologists opened their own audiology practice.    Their mission was simple: provide the kind of hearing healthcare that is needed for success with hearing instruments, but do it while being the best mothers and wives they could be to their respective families.    “We wanted to balance career and motherhood. It was a leap of faith, but we have never looked back,” says Dr. Robbins.     Hearing loss is difficult for anyone to experience. Dr. Fell says, “we are committed to the people and families we serve because hearing loss has such negative consequences when it is unmanaged.”    Their dedication to helping others hear better has struck a chord with the readers of Arlington Today. This is the second consecutive year Audiology Experts has been an All Star.



Winner: Medical City Arlington

3301 Matlock Road • (817) 465-3241 •

ven as it reigned as the 2016 readers’ choice for best emergency room in the area, Medical City Arlington recently completed construction on its emergency department, part of a $100 million facility expansion and renovation investment. The recent project includes several initiatives to increase efficiency and care within the ER.    “Medical City Arlington is committed to being the healthcare leader in the Arlington community and surrounding area,” says Keith Zimmerman, the hosptial’s CEO. “This expansion provides for needed capacity and leading-edge technology as we move toward a Level II trauma designation.”    The addition of an onsite computerized tomography (CT) scanner allows radiologists to conduct exams within the department and provide physicians with faster, quality imaging results.    Additionally, the hospital has enhanced services by adding a separate suite for pediatric emergency care, which includes a



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   A grateful Dr. Fell says one of the things about which she and Dr. Robbins are most proud is the fact that their patients have noted that they will go the extra mile to help their patients address hearing issues.    “We use specialized equipment and procedures to accurately test for hearing loss,” she says. “We can advise patients if hearing aids are recommended and provide the necessary hearing aid fitting services. It is important to remember that hearing aids alone are seldom the answer to hearing problems. They are just a part of the treatment process, which should also include fitting verification, individual counseling, instruction and detailed follow-up.”    She says optimum results and healthier living with hearing aids takes time and the expertise of qualified clinical audiologists, such as she and Dr. Robbins, who are eager to help others.    To that, our readers say, “Hear! Hear!”

Honorable mention: Kos/Danchak

101 W. Randol Mill Road • (817) 277-7039 •

separate entrance, waiting area and six private pediatric rooms – designed to be family-friendly and limit exposure to adult patients in the ER.    Currently the only Level III Trauma Center in Arlington, Medical City Arlington is in pursuit of Level II designation, a prestigious and limited qualification with the ability to provide comprehensive emergency care of all essential specialties, personnel and equipment 24 hours a day.    Last year, our readers took special note of the fact that Medical City Arlington – then Medical Center Arlington – placed such a priority on its emergency care that it updated the average ER wait time several times a day on the hospital website, giving prospective patients a virtual up-to-the-hour idea about what they might experience.    Now, with the expansion and renovation complete, Medical City Arlington has taken emergency care to an even higher level. And our readers are obviously grateful for that.

Honorable mention: Texas Health Arlington Memorial 800 W. Randol Mill Road • (817) 960-6100

From all of us, thank you. For voting Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital the best hospital in Arlington and its surrounding areas. As our community grows, so do we. We know you have a choice when it comes to health care, and we’re honored that Arlington Today readers chose us.

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400 W. Arbrook Blvd., Suite 201

Winner: Arlington Family Practice, PA

newcomer to the All Star team, Arlington Family Practice provides comprehensive and preventative health care services to patients of all ages. The practice offers annual physicals, immunizations, x-rays, EKG, pulmonary function tests, DEXA scans and more. Its doctors also treat minor injuries and have family planning services.    The practice was established in 1977 by Dean Peyton, DO, and now has four doctors who continue to carry out his dream of providing quality care in a fun and loving environment.    You receive the best care when you consistently see one doctor who is able to gain a detailed understanding of you and your family’s medical needs. Dr. Sherley Aramath and Dr. Tien Truong specialize in treating new patients.


Honorable mention: Dr. Thomas Barker

811 W. Interstate 20, Suite 120 • (817) 468-3393 •


Winner: Dr. Desiree Harris 3131 S. Center St. (817) 375-1413 Honorable mention: Dr. Earl Hampton 4927 S. Collins St., Suite 107 (817) 467-1300


Winner: Dr. John Martin 811 W. Interstate 20, Suite 120 (817) 468-3393 Honorable mention: Dr. Thomas Barker 811 W. Interstate 20, Suite 120 (817) 468-3393



Winner: Dr. Keith Meister 3533 Matlock Road (817) 419-0303 Honorable mention: Dr. James W. Burnett 800 Orthopedic Way (817) 375-5200


Winner: Dr. Neil Singhania 5421 Matlock Road (817) 460-7447 Honorable mention: Dr. David Hunter 811 W. Interstate 20, Suite 120 (817) 468-3393

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Winner: Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers 1001 Matlock Road, Suite 103, Mansfield • (817) 467-1990

s a testament to the great healing work going on at Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers, the team of Dr. John Landry, Dr. Joe T. Southerland, Dr. R. David Warren, Dr. Linnie V. Rabjohn, and Dr. Ryan Lawrence was the readers’ choice in this category for 2017.     Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers doctors have been committed to providing patients with the most advanced podiatric care in a compassionate and caring environment since 1983. The doctors and staff understand that visiting the doctor can be stressful and make it their goal to make absolutely sure that patients are comfortable, satisfied, and well-informed about their healthcare.    Our readers noticed.



600 W. Mayfield Road • (817) 701-1290 •

his is the first time IVFMD has been named an Arlington area All Star, but that’s probably because this is the first year we’ve had this category. Our readers clearly appreciate the work conducted at the center – and showed their support via their votes.     The IVFMD center in Arlington is a fully equipped IVF center that can provide fertility care from the basic to the most advanced. The clinical office provides consultations, sonogram monitoring and other diagnostic testings such as office hysteroscopy, sonohysterogram, and hysterosalpingogram (HSG).     The new state-of-the-art IVF laboratory brings the Arlington area technologies such as IVF, ICSI, laser hatching, embryo biopsy for PGS/PGS, and egg freezing.


Honorable mention: Dr. Robert Kaufmann

1800 Mistletoe Blvd., Fort Worth • (817) 348-8145 • fwivf.comcom

In an Emergency, trust Methodist.

With, Methodist Mansfield is not only one of the area’s most convenient ERs, it’s also one of the best. Voted Honorable Mention for 2016 and 2017, Methodist Mansfield is proud to be featured in Arlington Today as the “Readers’ Choice All Star Hospital” in the Arlington area. Trust. Methodist.

On E. Broad Street between Highways 360 and 287

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Health / Fitness / Recreation HOSPITAL

Winner: Texas Health Arlington Memorial

800 W. Randol Mill Road • (817) 960-6100 •

or the third straight year, our readers have deemed Texas Health Arlington Memorial their choice as the best hospital in the area.    Texas Health Arlington Memorial serves the communities of Arlington, Kennedale, Pantego, Mansfield and Grand Prairie with advanced medical treatments and an experienced staff that provides compassionate care.    With a mission of improving the health of the people in the communities they serve, the hospital administration and the physicians on the medical staff are committed to each patient’s well-being and the health and wellness of every patient’s family.    Texas Health Arlington Memorial offers an impressive array of healthcare services, including: behavioral health; cancer care; cardiac rehabilitation; diabetes care; digestive health; emergency department; ear, nose and throat care; fitness center; heart and vascular care; hospice care; imaging; neurosciences; nutrition; orthopedics; rehabilitation; respiratory therapy; sports therapy; and women



Honorable mention: Methodist Mansfield Medical Center 2700 E. Broad St., Mansfield • (682) 242-2000

ethodist Mansfield Medical Center is 10 years old! While the 254-bed acute care hospital is celebrating its service in Mansfield and the surrounding areas, it’s looking forward to offering neighbors even more.    Construction of the 82,000-squarefoot Professional Office Building II is nearly complete, making room for more physicians.    A third cardiac catheterization lab is under construction. It will enable specialists to care for more patients undergoing heart procedures.    Patients now have access to 3-D mammography and other advanced imaging, and the first high-field open MRI in the community is available in the new Methodist Center for Diagnostic Imaging. The new portal, Epic MyChart, allows patients easy access to their health information from a personal computer, smartphone, or tablet.



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and infants care. The comprehensive nature of available services, plus the quality of doctors, nurses and support staff, have elevated Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital to a level of distinction that routinely garners the medical center national acclaim.    Texas Health Arlington Memorial is ranked among the best hospitals in Dallas-Fort Worth by U.S. News & World Report, and the hospital has received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Fragility Fracture Certification, the first health care facility in the country to receive Joint Commission certification for a fragility fracture program.    It is also designated as a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, an honor that recognizes hospitals for excellence in nursing, and was the first facility in Arlington to earn the designation.    Texas Health Arlington Memorial is 369-bed, acute-care hospital conveniently located at the corner of Randol Mill Road and Cooper Street in North Arlington.

   But new equipment and technology are only half the story. Methodist Mansfield is part of Mayo Clinic Care Network, which gives patients access to world-class care close to home.    “Our priority is providing exceptional patient care,” says John Phillips, FACHE, president, Methodist Mansfield. “We are proud to be recognized with outstanding safety scores, and we consistently outperform other hospitals in key quality measures. Our neighbors deserve a hospital that is committed to their health and quality of life, and we strive to be that hospital.”     Methodist Mansfield has also received the highest rating possible by Leapfrog, the independent hospital watchdog. The hospital safety score is the gold standard rating for patient care.    And recently, the hospital achieved the Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), given to health care organizations that create work environments in which nurses can flourish and substantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses working at the facility.     An economic engine for the area, Methodist Mansfield generated $123M to the local economy in 2016 and created 2,384 jobs in Tarrant County.


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Health / Fitness / Recreation ONCOLOGIST

Winner: Dr. Alfred DiStefano

906 W. Randol Mill Road • (817) 261-4906 •

hen Dr. Alfred DiStefano founded Arlington Cancer Center 37 years ago, his vision was to craft a medical facility that would be all-inclusive for patients undergoing cancer treatment – the diagnostic and therapeutic modalities would all take place under one roof. It was a revolutionary idea in 1980, and it not only became the norm for the center, but a model for effective cancer treatment.    In the process, Dr. DiStefano became a hero and friend to his patients over the years, many of whom have said thank you the past two years by saluting Dr. DiStefano with a readers’ choice All Star honor.    Dr. DiStefano says he is proud of the direction Arlington Cancer Center took then – and takes today. “Over the years, we have stayed true to that principle,” he says. “Our dedication to providing the broadest range of services, in combination with compassionate patient-oriented care, allows us to give our patients the best chance of assessing the best care available while remaining



Winner: Kleiman I Evangelista

350 E. Interstate 20 • (817) 784-0222 •

hen choosing whom to trust with your vision correction, surgical experience is one of the most important factors in your decision making process. The team at Kleiman | Evangelista Eye Center is among the most experienced in the DFW metroplex, having performed thousands of procedures for satisfied patients around the country.    Founded by Dr. David Kleiman and Dr. Anthony Evangelista, the practice has assembled a friendly, professional staff and expert surgical team that offer exceptional patient care and outstanding surgical results – so much so that our readers who were treated at Kleiman | Evangelista voted them to our 2017 All Star team.    LASIK (or Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) is an extremely popular laser vision correction procedure. LASIK corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. When you have one of these common vision problems, it means that the light coming into your eye cannot be properly reflected onto the retina. The only way to permanently correct



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outpatient and close to home. My 1980 dream of all patient care in one facility is closer to reality today than ever.”    Dr. DiStefano is joined at the center by seven other cancer specialists: Dr. John Adams, Dr. Chad Amosson, Dr. Karel Dicke, Dr. Barry Firstenberg, Dr. Anwar Khurshid, Dr. Neelu Ghandi and Dr. Mandar Joshi. Together, they offer more than 150 years of combined research, teaching and practical experience in treating solid tumors, blood cancers and blood disorders at some of the premier national and international cancer centers and medical schools.    They understand that patients want an innovative partner to help them make the most informed decisions about their care and future. That’s why Arlington Cancer offers a comprehensive outpatient environment and why the doctors take pride in providing diagnosis, treatment, education and support services to adult cancer patients from around the world. “Our goal is to lessen the stress of treatment so you can focus on your recovery,” Dr. DiStefano says. “We make it easier by offering all of our services under one roof.”    Just as he dreamed they would, nearly four decades ago.

Honorable mention: Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders 515 W. Mayfield Road, Suite 102 • (817) 759-7000 •

these vision problems is to reshape the eye, allowing light to be properly focused. That is where LASIK surgery comes in.    When your cornea (the surface of your eye) is not focusing light appropriately onto your retina, you have blurred vision.    The practice’s LASIK surgeons, Drs. Kleiman, Evangelista, Kelly Frasier and Loan Ramsey, use the latest, most advanced laser technology – including the WaveLight EX500 and ViSX CustomVue Star S4 lasers – to correct the focal point of your cornea by reshaping the corneal surface.    Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center has enjoyed phenomenal success since it opened its doors more than 30 years ago. Its reputation as a leader in the world of ophthalmology – specifically LASIK vision correction – is second to none. And this summer, the practice is offering a KE Be Free to See Summer LASIK Package, with LASIK for as low as $3 a day, plus passes to a water park, zoo, laser tag, trampoline park and more. For more, contact the center at the number above.

Honorable mention: Key Whitman

910 N. Davis • (855) 600-7296 •

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We understand every case is unique and are accustomed to dealing with diverse situations. Our knowledge and attention to detail are key in providing excellent customer service to our clients throughout a difficult process. The Jim Ross Law Group, P.C. has been recognized and awarded a multitude of honors in the industry. We are known for providing aggressive representation when fighting to protect our client’s rights and work hard to provide a successful outcome. As a former Marine and Texas police officer, Jim is dedicated to serving both his country and community. His experience as a trial lawyer and life experiences provide him a unique edge in the legal arena. We find it is best to have an open and honest line of communication with our clients. Our clients are our No. 1 priority, and we strive daily to prove that to them. 2221 E. Lamar Blvd., Suite 800 | Arlington, Texas 76006 Office 817.275.4100 | Fax 817.275.4106 |

Health / Fitness / Recreation ORTHODONTIST

Winner: Dr. Moody Alexander

840 W. Mitchell St. • (817) 275-3233 •

rs. Alexander Orthodontics – first with founder Wick Alexander at the forefront and more recently with his son Moody leading the practice – has been a veritable Arlington institution since 1964.    Thousands of patients, then the offspring of many of those patients, have turned to the Alexanders to help them acquire a better smile. Many of both groups are saying thanks this year by helping the practice earn its fourth All Star award.     Moody has definitely made his mark to follow that of his father. He and his team specialize in orthodontics for children, teens, and adults, making them uniquely able to care for patients of all ages. But there’s more to this office than just the matter of straightening crooked teeth.    “Our practice offers a relaxed, friendly, open environment where patients and their parents are encouraged to get involved in their treatment,” Moody says.    The team at Drs. Alexander Orthodontics also will get to know each patient personally to help make visits more comfortable.



Winner: Dr. Stuart N. Thomas

409 Central Park Drive • (817) 261-9191 •

r. Stuart N. Thomas, a first-time All Star, is part of a six-person physician team at Central Park ENT & Surgery Center, which addresses health issues dealing with ears and hearing, nose and sinus, and throat and neck. Dr. Thomas and his fellow physicians also provide allergy and CT services to patients.    Dr. Thomas attended the University of Texas at Austin on a National Merit Scholarship, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1985 before attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas. He completed his MD there in 1989 and then completed a General Surgical Internship and then a residency in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1994.


Honorable mention: Cross Timbers ENT

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“We understand the anxiety that patients may feel before their treatment,” Moody says. “And we make it our top priority to ensure the patient’s comfort before starting any procedure.”    But there’s another facet to this practice that makes it special: its yearning to give back, not just to the community but to the world. Moody takes regular mission trips to impoverished areas such as Ethiopia to provide dental care to the locals. He also developed the wooden nickel program, giving wooden nickels to reward good patients, who save them to earn fun prizes then donate the cash value of their earned nickels to help others in need around the world.    “We realize the incredible blessings that we have in our lives and try to live by the passage from Luke that says ‘to whom much is given, much is required,’” Moody says.    His patients – our readers – clearly appreciate the gesture.

Honorable mention: Dr. John V. Shroyer

2712 Matlock Road • (817) 468-5400 •



Honorable mention: Dr. Mary Z. Adams 801 Road to Six Flags W. (817) 265-1356

Honorable mention: Dr. Edwin Murr 1334 E. Pioneer Pkwy. (817) 461-4453

Winner: Metroplex Dermatology 300 W. Arbrook Blvd., Suite D 707 N. Fielder Road, Suite B (817) 704-4777

BARIATRIC SURGEON Winner: Dr. Todd McCarty 9219 Garland Ave., #2107, Dallas (214) 989-6633 Honorable mention: Dr. Clayton A. Frenzel 1000 N. Davis, Suite B (214) 989-6633

Winner: Dr. Allison Price 827 E. Lamar Blvd. (817) 275-0655 dr-allison-price


Winner: Arlington Family Dentistry 3100 Matlock Road, Suite 103 (817) 468-3590 Honorable mention: Dr. Mark S. Moore 5501 Matlock Road (817) 468-3322

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Health / Fitness / Recreation WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM Winner: Train Caine

2009 Elmurst Drive • (817) 683-7541 •

rain Caine is a premier personal fitness studio gym operated by Caine Cambron, certified fitness trainer. In the center’s cozy confines clients find all they need to get and stay slim, from old school classics such as kettle bells, dumbbells, squat racks and free weights to new school favorites TRX cables, BOSU balls, plyo boxes, aerobic steps, slide boards, tires, sleds, and sledgehammers.    “Our clients also enjoy personal training sessions and weekly group training classes,” says Caine, who offers exciting challenges and special events to keep his clients motivated. As one client says, “Caine is a guy people enjoy being around, and all his clients receive the most of his time, attention and expertise, both in and out of the gym.”


Honorable mention: TexasFitt

1535 S. Bowen Road • (817) 459-3488 •


Winner: Brookdale

3821 Wilson Blvd. • (844) 542-2989 •

he management team and staff at Brookdale Arlington has one goal: to assist each family during their search for senior living — no matter what stage of the process they are in. That team has been so on-the-mark in the quest that our readers voted the assisted living center to our 2017 All Star team.    Life at Brookdale is full of friendships, activities and a way of life created to enrich the lives of others. Residents are welcomed and encouraged to be a part of social activities and live the luxurious life they deserve, without the obligation to keep up with chores or burdensome household tasks.    The center offers a number of unique amenities, including its Optimum Life program that enhances physical, emotional, purposeful, social, spiritual, and intellectual development.


Honorable mention: Heartis

3424 W. I-20 Hwy. • (817) 375-5977 •


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Honorable mention: Dr. John B. Witte 3035 Matlock Road (817) 668-6304

Honorable mention: Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA 2200 S. Davis Drive (817) 274-9622 7120 S. Cooper St. (817) 419-9629 1005 Skyline Drive (817) 548-9622

Winner: Dr. Jennifer P. Ketchel 7410 S. Cooper St. (817) 465-0044


Winner: Dr. Salvador Capuli 2223 W. Park Row, Suite C (817) 460-1131 Honorable mention: Dr. Paul Meyer 5520 S. Cooper St., #111 (817) 468-7246


Winner: Heartis 3424 W. I-20 Hwy. (817) 375-5977 arlington/ Honorable mention: The Waterford at Pantego 2650 W. Park Row Drive (877) 931-3581 thewaterfordatpantego/


Winner: Renew Home Health 1021 Washington Ave., Fort Worth (817) 921-6400 Honorable mention: AccentCare 17855 North Dallas Pkwy., Dallas (800) 834-3059

Winner: 24 Hour Fitness 1131 W. Arbrook Blvd. (817) 465-2600

HEALTH FOOD STORE Winner: Sprouts Farmers Market 5711 W. Interstate 20 Hwy. (682) 587-0086 Honorable mention: Whole Foods Market 801 East Lamar Blvd. (817) 461-9362


Winner: Waugh Jiu-Jitsu 524 Fielder North Plaza (817) 861-2806 Honorable mention: Arlington School of Self Defense 2225-F W. Park Row Drive (817) 795-5353


Winner: ASI Gymnastics 5531 S. Cooper St. (817) 417-9998 Honorable mention: Empire Gymnastics 2001 Reliance Pkwy, Bedford (817) 355-0000

Where caring and compassion meet Our mission is to provide comprehensive treatment of the highest quality for all problems of the ears, nose, throat, head and neck. By incorporating the latest technology, emphasizing thorough patient education and making your individual needs the highest priority, our team of Board Certified ENT specialists and support staff aims to deliver the best patient experience possible. Central Park has 4 locations around the metroplex and offers the full range of ENT services including allergy testing and treatment, on site CT imaging, balloon sinuplasty, management of sleep apnea, and comprehensive management of hearing and balance disorders including hearing aid sales and servicing. We treat all ages and take most insurance plans.

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Personal Pleasures LOCAL GOLF COURSE Winner: Shady Valley Country Club

4001 W. Park Row Drive • (817) 275-3092

Honorable mention: Tierra Verde Golf Club 7005 Golf Club Drive • (817) 548-5050

t’s hard to describe Tierra Verde Golf Club without working the word “beautiful” in to the mix – yet that might not even be its finest quality.     Tierra Verde is the first golf course in Texas and the first municipal course in the world to be certified as an Audubon Signature Sanctuary.     When you walk onto the first tee you enter an environment where golf and nature come together in harmony.    Opened in 1998, and carved from 250 acres of secluded terrain, the course features a breathtaking layout that encompasses a variety of natural settings and offers an outstanding playing experience on every hole.



Winner: Shelton’s Salon & Spa

2122 W. Park Row Drive • (817) 277-6339 •

s an Arlington staple, Shelton’s has been making area residents look and feel better for more than five decades. Now, the folks there can feel pretty good themselves, as their company has claimed back-to-back All Star wins.    The staff of more than a dozen stylists at Shelton’s is chosen for their desire to work as a team in a professional atmosphere and to develop their skills. A stable, long-term staff and continuing education opportunities also contribute to the salon’s run of success.    At Shelton’s, clients have nearly 40 cutting, curling, styling, conditioning and coloring options, from basic cuts to complete transformations. Meanwhile, Shelton’s has another All Star plaque.


Honorable mention: Daired’s

2400 W. I-20 • (817) 465-9797 •



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Winner: River Legacy

Winner: Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts


t is pretty much a given that when the All Stars are named each August, River Legacy Park will be on the roster. This is the fourth time the majestic city treasure has been deemed our readers’ favorite natural retreat.    And who could argue against something that offers the beauty of the wilderness with open spaces for your favorite pastime – pretty much whatever that might be? From botany to bicycling or rollerblading to strolls through the woods, this 1,300-acre public park has something for everyone.    The park’s ecological diversity of bottomland forest, wetlands and prairie provides abundant habitat for countless wildlife and native plants. And then there are amenities, such as trails, picnic areas, river overlooks, canoe launches and more.

rom the moment the idea people conceptualized a summer full of free music under the stars, the Levitt Pavilion earned a spot among Arlington’s best ideas.   Ever.    So it should come as little shock, then, that the city’s crown jewel music venue is earning ink as a 2017 All Star.    From new musicians on the rise to established headliners who are known worldwide, the performers on the Levitt stage have consistently done what concert lovers crave most: deliver compelling music while providing memorable entertainment. Therefore, it’s only appropriate that the management team and staff at the Levitt get to do something they usually see others do: take a bow.

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Personal pleasures SKIN CARE

Winner: Great Skin Spa & Facial Club

3851 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd. • (817) 478-2114 •

renda Cureton Smith, owner of Great Skin Spa & Facial Club, began her career in the skin care and beauty business 12 years ago as the first U.S. franchisee of Canadianbased Faces cosmetics. Taking that experience, she founded Great Skin Spa & Facial Club seven years ago in Arlington, where the company has continued to grow and gain notoriety as an exceptional day spa and skin care provider.    Our readers have certainly taken note – this is the fourth straight year the company has earned All Star distinction.    “I’ve always loved going to spas for professional spa treatments and was intrigued with how one could keep their skin looking more youthful, beautiful and relax in bliss while getting some ‘me time,’ at the same time,” says Cureton Smith (pictured). “As I continued to live with the intrigue and love of skin and makeup, and wanting to keep my own skin looking youthful, and then owning and operating a cosmetic store, and working with thousands of clients looking to increase their beauty and age gracefully, I



Winner: Dr. Mark Bishara 1101 Matlock Road (817) 473-2120 Honorable mention: Accent On You 3030 S. Cooper St. (817) 417-7200


Winner: Flawless Skin Care 110 W. Randol Mill, Suite 240 (682) 200-9292 Honorable mention: Great Skin Spa & Facial Club 3851 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd. (817) 478-2114



Winner: Queen’s Nail Salon 2504 W. Park Row Drive, Suite A2 (817) 548-9771 Honorable mention: Skyline Nails & Spa 5001 S. Cooper St., #121 (817) 466-1555


Winner: Relax BodyWorks 110 W, Randol Mill Road, #240 (817) 223-4784 Honorable mention: The Sanford Spa & Salon 501 N. Center St. (817) 277-0115

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quickly learned that makeup was a temporary fix, and the real foundation to looking and feeling beautiful was to take great care of your skin and manage the signs of aging.”    Cureton Smith developed the concept of Great Skin based on the goals of the thousands of clients – men and women – wanting to have more beautiful skin and manage the signs of aging skin through treatments, knowledge and skin care.    Great Skin is known for highly respecting each client’s goals and working with them to achieve those goals by fully understanding and matching their needs to the perfect skin care treatment plan and home care system. A brief needs assessment is done with each client prior to developing a treatment plan that is fitted to their exact needs. Often, a Great Skin esthetician will ask clients to take a picture of their skin and/or body prior to the treatment and throughout the treatment plan so they can ultimately celebrate the success of achieving their goals.    “It’s about partnership at Great Skin,” Cureton Smith says. “Great Skin’s slogan is “Relax, Rewind, Renew!”

Honorable mention: Flawless Skin Care

110 W. Randol Mill, Suite 240 • (682) 200-9292 •


Winner: Arlington/Mansfield Area YMCA

1148 W. Pioneer Pkwy., Suite H • (817) 299-9629 •

ur readers gave a lot of “lovin’” to the local YMCA organization, and with good reason. Through its three Arlington branches, the “Y” has the presence and partnerships not just to promise, but to deliver positive, personal and social change.   Opportunities are available to coach young people to help them develop self confidence, learn teamwork, participate in games and thoroughly enjoy playing sports. Other volunteer options include working at a YMCA welcome center, being a “KidZone” volunteer helping youngsters in a variety of endeavors, teaching dance and music classes, working at one of the “Y” swimming pools, working with senior citizens and working in the central YMCA office.


Honorable mention: The Salvation Army

712 W. Abram St. • (817) 860-1836 •

Winner 2015-2017

Thank You!

For the third year in a row, Readers’ Choice All Star COMET CLEANERS has been voted “ALL STAR DRY CLEANER” for Arlington and surrounding communities. ARLINGTON Today your community • your magazine

• Professional Pressing

• Clean and Pleasant Environment • Free Personalized Express Bags • Professional Spot Removal

• Check and Replace Buttons

• Convenient Drive-Thru or Drive-Up Valet Service We treat your garments like our own.

We don’t compromise on quality or service. We are committed to saving you time and making your life easier!

COMET CLEANERS has been a close-knit, family-owned business for over 50 years. With 184 locations in 13 states and Mexico, there are 13 Comet locations in the Arlington-Mansfield area to serve you.

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Thank you All Star for your votes! “All Star Real Estate” ARLINGTON Readers’ Choice

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Personal pleasures / Store front WEDDING/EVENT VENUE

Winner: The Sanford House

506 N. Center St. • (817) 861-2129 •

s local couples engage in wedding planning, it is almost a certainty that one venue will make their short list. It’s the same venue that now has a long list of All Star wins as the area’s premier site for a wedding or significant event.     Valerie Landry, general manager of The Sanford House, says she receives calls on a regular basis inquiring about available dates and times, either for the wedding proper or for reception festivities following the event.    “It’s an elegant choice for an outdoor wedding, reception, rehearsal dinner or social gathering for up to 200 people,” Landry says. “The spacious stone courtyard is surrounded by lush gardens, mature trees, a raised wedding pavilion, and an octagonal gazebo.”    And that’s just the facilities. Landry and her team of experts on everything from the way the event looks to the way the food tastes once everyone is seated are poised to make the event special. “The leadership team and staff of The Sanford House Inn and Spa and restaurant506 are committed to providing


unparalleled customer service and an excellent experience for all our guests,” Landry says.    As she noted, The Sanford House has a lot going for it. The scenery is sure to add to the romance and ambience of the event. But The Sanford House also can take care of practically every detail brides have on the checklist under the heading “My Perfect Wedding.”    The Sanford Spa has a variety of treatment packages that will have the bride, her court, and even the groom and his groomsmen looking and feeling their best on the big day. restaurant506 can accommodate pre- and post-wedding gatherings – with chef-prepared cuisine.    Then there’s the luxurious boutique hotel. It features 12 elegant accommodations, including four one-bedroom cottage suites; two two-bedroom, two-bathroom villas; and six spacious manor house rooms, all ideal for honeymoons and wedding nights.

Honorable mention: Howell Farms 4016 W. Division St. •



1000 Ballpark Way, Suite 212 • (817) 461-9919

4720 S. Cooper St. • (817) 649-1112

Winner: Baseball Diamonds

aseball Diamonds is making its debut as an All Star, even if the jeweler is more than casually acquainted with all stars.    You see, this family-owned and operated jewelry store is located at Globe Life Park, with a great view of gameday action from its perch on the second floor in the offices in center field of the Rangers’ ballpark.    Speaking of great views, there are plenty of those inside the old-fashioned custom jewelry and repair shop. Owner David A’quin can show you anything in the way of diamonds, gemstones and pearls, as well as religious jewelry and mounts.    Baseball Diamonds also can take care of your watch when you need a battery changed.    Or, it can help you add some sparkle to a fancy watch.



ARLINGTON TODAY • August 2017 •

Honorable mention: Dixie’s

ou know the saying about the third time being a charm? In the case of Dixie’s, that’s literally the truth, as this is the third consecutive year the local jewelry store has been an All Star thanks to our readers’ votes.    Obviously, one of the reasons it’s so popular is the quality of the jewelry. But owner Kandy King says customers also appreciate the way she and her staff take care of them when they pay a visit.    “Our goal at Dixie’s has always been making your shopping experience with us a great one,” she says. “We strive to provide the best quality at reasonable prices. However, service is our No. 1 priority.”    That philosophy obviously works – Dixie’s celebrated its 36th anniversary this year.


VIP Airport Luxury Limousine Service Thank You Arlington Today readers for voting us Winner 2017

2017 Readers’ All Star Choice Winner! Readers’ Choice


“All Star Pet Boarding” your community • your magazine

Board your dog at the Country Club and reserve FREE PARKING for your car on our property. When you return, our K-9 LIMO will pick you up outside your baggage claim area and return you to Country Acres Kennels where we’ll have your dog ready to go home. Call for additional details.

The Country Club for Dogs & Cats Since 1972!

Country Acres Kennels 7817 South Cooper Street • Arlington, Tx 76001 817-467-2511 •


Foot & Ankle Centers

John R. Landry, DPM, FACFAS R. David Warren, DPM, FACFAS Joe T. Southerland, DPM, FACFAS Linnie V. Rabjohn, DPM, FACFAS Ryan N. Lawrence, DPM, FACFAS

Experience, Technology . . . Patient Satisfaction All Practice Physicans Board Certified, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

• Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus • Shockwave Therapy (EPAT) for Heel Pain • PRP Injection Therapy Winner 2017

Readers’ Readers’ Choice Choice All Star “All Star Podiatrist” ARLINGTON your community • your magazine


• Diagnostic and Injection Guidance Ultrasound • In-Office Digital X-Ray • In-Office CT Scanner

Offering Non-Surgical and Surgical Solutions for Your Feet and Ankles

Call 817-467-1990 to schedule an appointment.

Mansfield: 2800 E. Broad St., #312 • Arlington: 400 W. Arbrook Blvd., # 201 • August 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


Store front / Home life GIFT SHOP

Winner: Gracie Lane

4720 S. Cooper St. • (817) 468-5263 •

racie Lane and All Star have become synonymous terms since we introduced our readers’ choice awards in 2014, just a year after the popular gift shop first opened its doors.    Indeed, as our readers have indicated year after year, Gracie Lane is the “go to” shopping destination for clothing, jewelry, home decor, gifts and more. Throw in great value, along with a rotating stream of products, and you’ve got a one-of-akind shopping experience customers love.    Manager Mary Macken says the real key, though, is the relationships she and the team build: “I believe our philosophy of treating every person that walks through our doors as a family member really resonates with our customers.”


Honorable mention: Anything Goes

2504 W. Park Row, Suite A • (817) 542-0862 •



Honorable mention: Lige Green 5312 Park Springs Blvd., #100 (817) 277-8166

Honorable mention: Antiques at Park Row 1525 S. Bowen Road (817) 275-3552

Winner: Vella Nest 4720 S. Cooper St. (469) 744-1936


Winner: The Man’s Shop by Wally Hardin 100 S. West Street (817) 265-1116 Honorable mention: Jos. A. Bank 4000 Arlington Highlands Blvd., Suite 157 (817) 375-0570


Winner: Jazzy Jems

2218 S. Bowen • (817) 548-5955 •

Honorable mention: Anything Goes

2504 W. Park Row, Suite A • (817) 542-0862 •

here’s a good reason Anything Goes was named as it was. Established in 2010, Anything Goes is an eclectic boutique gift shop that has something for just about everyone – even that hard-to-shop-for person we all know and love.    “Our goal is to provide you with a one-stop unique gift shop with selection opportunities for a wide variety of occasions,” says owner Mary Davis. “Don’t forget to browse through our vast selection of greeting cards, which are sure to put a smile on someone’s face.”    So, for that matter, do most of the items, which range from specialty gifts to school-themed items, with plenty of sports memorabilia thrown in for good measure.    The sum? Well, an All Star award pretty much tells the tale.



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Winner: Mountain Sports 2025 W. Pioneer Pkwy. (817) 461-4503 Honorable mention: Academy 1101 W. Arbrook Blvd (817) 375-3210


Winner: Nu2u Resale - Arlington Urban Ministries 701 Dugan St. (817) 861-8585 Honorable mention: Kid to Kid 3500 S. Cooper St., Suite 110 (817) 468-1995

Winner: Cooper Street Antique Mall 4905 S. Cooper St. (817) 557-6215


Winner: Tom’s Mechanical 735 109th St. (972) 885-2618 Honorable mention: Hightower Service Inc. 606 W. Main St. (817) 274-1854

PLUMBING/ELECTRICAL Winner: James Rowe Plumbing 4717 Turner Warnell Road (817) 422-0788

Honorable mention: KMP 1451 Heritage Pkwy., Mansfield (817) 453-8028


Winner: Bader’s Lawn Care 2501 High Oak Drive (817) 461-1322 Honorable mention: Circle B Lawns (682) 553-5168 Email:

Winner 2017 Readers’ Choice

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Linda Magazzine Accredited Luxury Home Specialist, GRI, CRS, ALHS, DMagazine Award Winner, Five Star Award Winner

Linda Magazzine has been Ebby Halliday’s Top Individual or Group Producer for the Arlington office since 2002.

Michael Cunningham 817-654-8445

Linda Magazzine 817-654-8589

Michael Cunningham Whether buying or selling a home, Michael offers the experience and dedication of an agent you can trust.



Readers’ Choice

2017 Honorable Mention

All Star “All Star Real Estate Equal Housing Opportunity.



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Home life FLOORING


7201 S. Cooper St., Suite 121• (817) 856-2247 •

2800 W. Division St. • (817) 461-5189 •

Winner: All-Pro Floors

Honorable mention: Hilton’s Flooring

first-time All Star, All-Pro Floors is family owned and operated, offering years of product knowledge and experience with quality installation.    Customer satisfaction is the top priority of the All-Pro sales staff, as well as of the company’s expert installation crews. All-Pro Floors services homeowners, realtors, contractors, designers, and builders.    What sets All-Pro Floors apart?    In an effort to continue improving its service, the company sent more than 400 surveys to its customers, and they answered: 1. Professional service. 2. Quality installation. 3. Product knowledge, and 4. Competitive pricing.    That’s what you receive at All-Pro Floors, which endeavors to exceed your expectations, because the team knows that the best outcome is always a satisfied customer.

s the premier floor covering showplace in Arlington, Hilton’s Flooring Abby Carpet & Floor is the ideal onestop showroom for practically any floor-covering need.    Hilton’s, which was voted to the Arlington-area All Star team for the second straight year, is devoted to providing the best and largest selection of carpet, hardwood, laminate vinyl and tile in a friendly, comfortable and helpful atmosphere. “We offer the largest selection of floor covering in the Tarrant County area,” says Kateri Dodson, vice president of sales at Hilton’s Flooring. “We also have design professionals on premise, complimentary in-home design consultation, free in-home measuring and estimates, and installation.”     Hiltons features and installs brand name flooring, including Alexander Smith, American Showcase, Legendary Beauty, Softique®, Infinity Nylon Carpet Fiber®, and others.



Seven area locations •

1122 N. Fielder Road • (817) 274-8729 •


Winner (tie): Comet Cleaners

omet Cleaners has locations both hither and yon – including a yon in another country – but it’s the hither that is the real story behind this consistent All Star.    Indeed, Comet Cleaners got its start in Arlington in 1924. The original business began after R.L. “Jack” Godfrey left home in 1920 to go work in a tailor’s shop and then decided to open his own dry cleaning company four years later.    Now, nine-decades-plus later, Comet Cleaners operates more than 185 locations internationally, including seven Arlington area facilities, all of which continue to live up to the legacy of service and quality Godfrey established during the company’s genesis.


  Honorable mention: Bond Cleaners

1644 W. Randol Mill Road • (817) 277-1049 •


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Winner (tie): Oaks Cleaners

he second winner is this category is also a multiple-time All Star, but its story is vastly different, except for the part about being rooted in Arlington.    Owner Phil Sellars is an Arlington native who has devoted nearly five decades to helping make the community better. One way he does that is through offering quality work and friendly service to all of Oaks Cleaners’ customers. “It is about being your neighbor and friend,” he says. “It’s about being a place where they know your name. It is friends dropping by to catch up or talk about their beloved Rangers. You may be dropping off or picking up your dry cleaning, but this is something more. We are not just another business. We are part of the community.”    On the business side, Oaks Cleaners offers a variety of dry cleaning and laundry services, as well as home and office delivery. The smile is free.




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Wrap up your sumer fun, school’s in session (shhhh) soon! Lots of fun stuff to decorate a locker or dorm room! Campus up with some fun accessories and a large assortment of College Merchandise! “All Star Gift Shop”

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• Flexible treatment approaches for women with low ovarian reserve • Consistently high IVF pregnancy rates year-after-year • One of the most cost-effective IVF programs in the U.S.

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817-542-0862 • 2504 W. Park Row, Ste. A • Arlington/Pantego, TX 76013

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SHOP ONLINE! 4720 S. Cooper St. • Arlington, Tx 76017 • 817.649.1112 Located Inside Gracie Lane on S. Cooper

For more information or to make an appointment:

817.701.1290 • 600 W Mayfield Rd • Arlington (Matlock & Mayfield Intersection) • August 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY




1848 Lone Star Road, #308, Mansfield • (682) 518-1158

1925 W. Pioneer Pkwy. • (817) 756-8327 •

Winner: Mansfield Custom Homes

Winner (tie): Joe Hall Roofing

ansfield Custom Homes builds dreams from the ground up. Apparently, a lot of those dreams are coming true for readers – they selected the construction company as an All Star for the second year in a row.     “Mansfield Custom Homes is truly a custom builder,” says Julie Short, the real estate specialist at the company. “Start with your dream, and the MCH team will make it your address.”    Short says she and her team led by owner Stony Short will work with each customer during every step of the process. The design team helps you choose stylish finishes, the real estate team helps find the ideal location, and the construction team does the rest.

he Hall name has been associated with roofing in North Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth area for nearly 30 years. It also has been associated with Arlington Today readers’ choice awards each of the past two.    Joe Hall, the family and business patriarch, started Joe Hall Roofing in 1989. He eventually sold the company to son Brett, who has continued a tradition of honesty and integrity – and of crafting quality roofs throughout the area.     “Our name and the quality of our work are backed by five generations of Hall family members, all of whom have been builders and contractors,” Brett says. “Our longevity in this industry and continuous growth is the product of our commitment to our customers and our passion for the business.”

Honorable mention: Aspenwood Homes

Winner (tie): RJ Construction


4302 Hidden Creek Drive • (214) 616-7796


Winner: RJ Construction

2912 W. Park Row Drive, Suite A • (817) 412-9899 •

n honorable mention this time last year, RJ Construction has found the winner’s circle in 2017. The company was founded in Pantego by Robert Jordan in 2007, and over the next decade Jordan grew his business from the back of his truck to a North Texas construction empire that can roof and reroof, build and rebuild just about any project.     “Our goal is to provide a wide array of roofing and construction services to meet any need that may arise, and to become your contractor of choice for all of your homeowner needs,” Jordan says. “Our clients become like family, and we work together to create a masterpiece in your home. Our salespeople and crew are all guaranteed to meet RJ’s high standards for quality and efficiency. We attend numerous training seminars and continuing education classes to maintain the most up-to-date knowledge of products on the market.”    Following the recent very-wet spring, which included a number of violent storms, Jordan and the RJ team has been



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2912 W. Park Row Drive, Suite A • (817) 412-9899 •

very busy. He said in an Arlington Today cover story in May that during one particularly threatening evening, he answered 11 calls seeking some form of roof or exterior remodeling due to storm damage. “In any given month this summer, we’ll be working on 75 to 150 jobs,” he says. “It’s been a crazy year.”    While he has invested more on marketing efforts this year than in any previous – you’ve likely seen a billboard or television commercial featuring Clifford the dog – his primary means of connecting remains word of mouth.    While RJ Construction jobs span just beyond the borders of Fort Worth and Dallas and include all the communities in between, it is Arlington that holds the special place in his heart. He went to school here and started his career here – and now he’s watching his business grow by the day. From what began as one employee in a truck, the company now has more than 40 full-time crew members.    And an All Star plaque. Let’s not forget that.

Honorable mention: Medford Remodeling

1281 W. Green Oaks Blvd, #111 • (817) 446-0368 •


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Copyright 2017 All Rights Reserved. The Lending Partners, LLC is a equal housing opportunity lender. Licensed by the Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending. The Lending Partners, LLC NMLS Number 170333. Loan programs available to qualified borrowers through approved credit. Rates and terms subject to change without notice. • August 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY




1201 W. Green Oaks Blvd. • (817) 654-3737

P.O. Box 13587 • (817) 543-0000 •

Winner: Ebby Halliday

1600 Hwy. 287N, Suite 100, Mansfield • (682) 422-0333 •

or more than seven decades, Ebby Halliday, REALTORS® has been selling homes in North Texas and is, today, a household name.    It’s also the winner of our readers’ choice poll in the Real Estate Company category for the second consecutive year.    The Ebby Halliday inventory in 1945 consisted of some 52 houses built on the old Walnut Hill Golf Course in North Dallas. The successful marketing of these hard-to-sell homes provided the springboard for the steady growth of Ebby Halliday as we know it today – one of the more successful privately owned residential real estate firms in the country.    One reason for that is the fact that Ebby agents are knowledgeable on the current market, which enables them to inform the consumer wisely and efficiently – every time.


POOL SERVICE Winner: D&L Pools (817) 917-0729

Honorable mention: Christal Clear Pools 2220 W. Park Row, Suite A (817) 899-3302


Winner: MP Auto Repair 1238 W. Arkansas Lane (817) 548-0680 Honorable mention: McGaw’s Automotive Inc. 2113 Roosevelt Drive (817) 277-8145



Winner: The Oakridge School 5900 W. Pioneer Pkwy. (817) 451-4994 Honorable mention: Pantego Christian Academy 2201 W. Park Row (817) 460-3315


Winner: Sylvan Learning 6501 S. Cooper St., Suite 141 (817) 557-6333 Honorable mention: Kumon 2745 N. Collins St. (972) 345-1904 3851 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd. (817) 454-4000

ARLINGTON TODAY • August 2017 •

Honorable mention: CearnalCo Real Estate


irst-time All Star CearnalCo Real Estate was founded by Spencer and Amy Cearnal in January 2014 to help agents maximize their professional potential and to help clients foster wealth creation through property ownership.    “We’re about improving lives,” Amy says. “Where you live is such a big part of our clients’ lives that really impacts life in general. We want to make sure that transition from home to home is a life improvement. Our team is passionate, trained and ready to work.”    CearnalCo focuses on the local residential market through existing home sales and new construction. Most clients are making in-town moves to accommodate their lifestyle. “We love Arlington and are committed to keeping it great,” Amy says. “Our friends and clients come to us for referrals, information and any local issue that they’re having, since we just might know of someone who could help.”


Winner: Primrose Schools

1900 N.E. Green Oaks Blvd. • (817) 543-2626

4621 W. Sublett Road • (817) 478-6160 •

newcomer to the Arlington area All Stars, Primrose Schools® is a national system of accredited private preschools that provides a premier early education and child care experience for children and families.    There are two Primrose Schools in Arlington, both of which partner with parents to help build the right foundation for future learning and in life. The schools implement a balanced learning approach to preschool education that teams purposeful play and nurturing guidance from teachers. The schools’ focus is on what will best serve the needs of children and families with an eye on innovation and advocacy for quality early education for all children.


Honorable mention: Children’s University

4621 Park Springs Blvd. • (817) 784-6655 •

Health for the Whole Family! Formerly known as Godwin Chiropractic & Wellness Center

Specializing in: • Spinal & Joint Pain • Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation • Sports Physicals • Nutrition & Weight Loss • Family Wellness Plans • Enhanced Athletic Performance • Rock Tape and Myofascial Therapy Winner

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1201 W. Green Oaks Blvd. • (972) 980-6600

1201 W. Green Oaks Blvd. • (972) 980-6600

Winner: Linda Magazzine

Honorable mention: Michael Cunningham

ack-to-back All Star award recipient Linda Magazzine is a broker associate with Ebby Halliday REALTORS®. She has been a real estate professional for 38 years, the past 16 of which have been associated with Ebby Halliday.    The Magazzine Cunningham Group specializes in luxury living. This new enterprise with fellow Ebby pro Michael Cunningham is the latest bullet point on a resume that shows Magazzine as Ebby Halliday’s Top Individual or Group Producer for the Arlington office since 2002. She also ranked in the top five nationwide from 1989 to 2003.    Magazzine is well known for her aggressive marketing techniques and impressive negotiation skills. “My professional philosophy is this: To give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity,” she says.

ike his partner at the Magazzine Cunningham Group, Linda Magazzine, Michael Cunningham has been named a readers’ choice All Star for the past two years. In fact, Cunningham has been so honored three years in a row.       He has more than 20 years experience with Ebby Halliday, using a two-pronged approach to success: know the customer and know the market.    “As a top producer with Ebby Halliday REALTORS®, I have consistently delivered results and achieved client goals while successfully creating, coordinating and implementing strategic marketing and sales programs,” Cunningham says. “My first priority is to ensure the success of your investment. As your real estate partner, I bring experience and keen insight into a transaction to help ensure that you meet your needs and goals.”



500 E. Broad St., Suite 150, Mansfield • (817) 226-9988

7817 S. Cooper St. • (817) 467-2511 •


Winner: Texas Insurance Co.

epeating its 2016 win in the Insurance Agent category, Texas Insurance Agency is known throughout the region for providing quality homeowners, auto, life and commercial insurance. It represents some of the best-known carriers, including Allstate, Hartford, Progressive, Safeco and Travelers.    Owner John Parker says his company operates on a simple principle: providing great service and doing what is best for the client. “These principles have been emphasized from day one and continue to be our focus on a daily basis,” he says. “We truly care about our clients and about their businesses. They see this and really come to trust our services.”


Honorable mention: Classic Family Agency 1001 N.E. Green Oaks Blvd., Suite 171 • (817) 468-3066


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Winner: Country Acres Kennels

or the past 45 years, Country Acres Kennels has been considered among the the premier dog boarding and training facilities in the country.    For the past, two, it has been a readers’ choice All Star, so, obviously, area pet lovers appreciate a place where their animals aren’t only cared for, but pampered.    Country Acres has everything on-site to ensure that pets will feel loved – space, activities, large indoor and outdoor runs for dogs, and private rooms for cats. Country Acres also boards birds and exotic pets, and it is unique in the pet care world in that it provides limousine service to animal lovers who board their pets and need a ride to the airport.


Honorable mention: The Pet Resort in the Gardens

2890-A W. Pioneer Pkwy. • (817) 635-5513 •

Winner Serving2016-2017 Arlington and Serving the Metroplex Arlingtonfor and over the25 Metroplex years for over 25 years 2016-2017 Winner All Star “All Star Roofing” Readers’ Choice


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Winner: Don Davis Auto Group

1901 N. Collins (Dodge, Chryler, Jeep, Ram) • (877) 377-6801 633 N. Hwy. 360 (Ford, Lincoln) • (877) 424-2942 1320 E. I-20 (Nissan) • (877) 379-3670

or the the third year in a row, Don Davis Auto Group has been named the readers’ choice All Star winner in the Auto Dealership category.    There are many reasons for the company’s popularity, not the least of which is the fact that Don Davis Auto Group has been in Arlington for more than 35 years, offering quality cars of many makes and models, including Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram, Ford, Lincoln and Nissan.    The dealership has long been recognized for its commitment to excellent customer service – regardless of the vehicle that buyers drive out of the lot. In addition to selling new cars, Don Davis Auto Group offers an incredible selection of pre-owned vehicles at each location.    To whet the appetite of local would-be car buyers, Don Davis Auto Group holds an annual “Garage Sale” – and has held it each and every year for 28 years in a row. It is the company’s biggest promotional event of the year.


   Additionally, the dealership is active in the community as a long-time supporter of WFAA’s Santa’s Helpers Toy Drive. It holds an annual “Drive-through” each year, which has contributed thousands of toys distributed through Mission Arlington.    To give you another idea why Don Davis Auto Group is the readers’ choice, consider this recent review:    “My sales guy was not only extremely helpful, but he truly seemed to be as excited about my Jeep as I was. Whenever a question came up that he couldn’t answer, there was no shortage of help from any one of the other guys in the showroom. The experience then extended to the parts and service department where they beat the prices for products and service elsewhere, and covered the parts under my Mopar warranty.”

Honorable mention: McAndrews Motors

2880 W. Pioneer Pkwy. • (817) 794-5672 •



700 Highlander Blvd., Suite 635 • (817) 419-6001 •

50 E. Broad St., Mansfield • (817) 226-6100 •

Winner: Derrick Kinney & Associates

Winner: Parker & Richardson

ow that Derrick Kinney is hoisting the winner’s plaque for the third year in a row, it’s safe to assume that our readers trust his expertise regarding financial matters.    Kinney and his team have a proven track record of helping clients understand the complexities of growing and preserving wealth, and developing strategies that can help them thrive.    The key, though, isn’t in the “what” but in the “who,” Kinney says: “The Derrick Kinney & Associates Team cares about people and families and what is important to them – personally and financially. Everything we do is about helping clients reach their unique goals. They’ve worked hard to earn it. We’re here to walk alongside them through all of life’s key moments and help them avoid the financial blind spots that can knock them off track. Our team works hard to provide a great client experience. And yes, we are accepting new clients!”

arker & Richardson is celebrating its third straight All Star win in the Certified Public Accountant category. Founder John Parker (pictured) says the key to that success is his team’s dedication to serving clients.     “Over the years, Parker & Richardson has evolved into a boutique pratice that specializes in catering to the distinct needs of our buiness owners,” he says. “We truly care about our clients and their businesses. They see this and really come to appreciate our services.”     The CPA firm provides tax planning and tax preparation, as well as accounting and consulting. “We have several clients that have us handle all facets of their accounting needs,” says Parker.

Honorable mention: Texas Trust Credit Union

Honorable mention: Mike Fee


Six Arlington branches •


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2401 Calender Road, #107, Mansfield • (817) 649-1272 •


“Thank you for naming the AMA YMCA an All Star Fitness Center” – AMA YMCA

CENTRAL YMCA 2200 S. Davis Dr. (817)274-9622

COOPER ST. YMCA 7120 S. Cooper St. (817)419-9629

NORTH YMCA 1005 Skyline Dr. (817)548-9622

Honorable Mention


Readers’ Choice

All Star ARLINGTON Today your community • your magazine

Financial Assistance Available • August 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


Home life ATTORNEY

Winner (tie): Jim Ross Law, PC

2221 E. Lamar Blvd., Suite 800 • (817) 275-4100

im Ross Law Group, PC., now a back-to-back All Star in the Attorney category, was established by Jim Ross, a former Marine, Texas police officer and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) task force officer who had supervised local offices for some of the country’s most prestigious law firms before opening his own practice in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.    Ross’ professional experience led him to partner with famed environmental activist Erin Brockovich and prosecute various environmental cases throughout the country.     In 2007, he left the big firm life to pursue his own practice. With a focus on litigation, Ross decided not to limit his practice to a partiuclar area but to provide a firm that can handle a variety of his clients’ legal matters. Consequently, Ross’ clients have responded in-kind and have been the driving force behind the significant growth of the firm.     The Jim Ross Law Group is a general practice litigation firm that handles cases involving personal injury, family law, civil



Winner (tie): Harris Cook

709 E. Abram St. • 309 E. Broad St., Mansfield (817) 789-6842 •

arris Cook, LLP, has built a reputation for professionalism and effectiveness in a wide range of legal matters to give clients a wealth of expertise when they have legal issues.     The firm, which has been honored by our readers as an All Star in each of the past two years, has a variety of practice areas to offer clients. Consequently, the office can handle multiple legal issues for the same client.    Areas of concentration for principals David L. Cook and Kimberly Fitzpatrick include divorce and family law, criminal law, business litigation, wills and estates and administrative law.    “We strive to maintain a reputation with clients, attorneys and courts for professionalism and proficiency and seek to aggressively advocate for all of our clients to create individualized, fair and functional solutions,” Cook says.



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and business litigation, criminal defense and probate matters. The firm operates on the philosophy that all people deserve representation. “It’s the Texas way and part of the American spirit,” Ross says. “It’s often said that ‘no man is above the law.’ In America, that’s the truth. At our law firm, we represent people from many situations and walks of life.”    Ross says straight talk is the foundation of his practice. “Sometimes this isn’t easy to do, and the news isn’t always good,” he says. “However, we firmly believe that our clients deserve the truth and to have unyielding support from a tough legal team that delivers on its promises.”    Attorneys at Jim Ross Law know that each case is unique. “We also know that what is right for others may not be right for you,” Ross says. “We will tailor a legal strategy to your needs, combining the legal tools that are right for you. We’ll never force you to settle. That will always be your decision. But we will do everything possible to make settlement a real option — one that is favorable to you.”

Honorable mention: Stephanie A. Foster, PC

4214 Little Road, Suite 1000 • (817) 277-2805 •



Honorable mention: Momentum Dance Studio 6053 Interstate-20 W. (817) 483-9191

Honorable mention: Mansfield Bible Church 2351 Country Club Drive, Mansfield (817) 473-8980

Winner: Miss Persis Studio 222 W. Main St. (817) 261-7921


Honorable mention: Walnut Creek Animal Clinic 911 N. Walnut Creek Drive, Mansfield (817) 473-1168 Honorable mention: Richter Animal Hospital & Pet Resort 4601 W. Sublett Road (817) 478-8000

Winner: North Davis Church of Christ 1601 N. Davis Drive (817) 277-6347


Winner: Old Republic Title Insurance 1241 W. Green Oaks Blvd, #101 (817) 457-3930 Honorable mention: Independence Title 1205 W. Green Oaks Blvd., Suite A (682) 478-0001


Unmatched service. Sound advice. And peace of mind knowing your money is well cared for. Now, how can we help you today? Visit us at the Matlock Financial Center, 3801 Matlock Road or call (817) 420-5578.


2017 Winner

Official Jeweler to Miss Texas Pageant

Baseball Diamonds 1000 Ballpark Way, Suite 212 Arlington Texas 76011


“All Star Jeweler” Winner 2017

Readers’ Choice

All Star ARLINGTON Today your community • your magazine

Offering a complete inventory of jewelry for you to choose from. Specializing in custom jewelry, fine watches and their accessories. Repair and custom work done on premises. • August 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY



Winner: Texas Trust Credit Union

700 W. Bardin Road • 1300 S. Bowen Road • 204 Hollandale Circle 4351 Little Road • 2501 E. Pioneer Pkwy. • 510 S. Center St.

ith offices spaced throughout the area, Texas Trust Credit Union represents a convenient, friendly financial institution that was created for one purpose: To help its customers build brighter futures.    The staff at Texas Trust knows its members as friends, neighbors, and business leaders – and has treated them as such for more than eight decades.     The sense of community that defines every dealing with Texas Trust has spawned many fans in the community. In fact, this is the second straight year the institution has earned an All Star award in our readers’ choice poll.    So, what sets Texas Trust apart?    Consider its focus on local education. In 2011, the credit union launched a program to give back to area students. A Spirit Debit Rewards card comes with any Texas Trust checking account, and with every swipe, Texas Trust donates to the school,


district, or organization depicted on the card. In December 2015, Texas Trust celebrated a milestone when it reached the $1,000,000 mark in donations to Texas schools. (And, yes, you can get a card with your favorite local high school on it).     Because brighter financial futures begin with a little incentive, Texas Trust management believes its members deserve to be rewarded, too. That’s the thinking behind the Checking20 account, initiated in 2015, which enables eligible members to receive up to $20 in bonuses each month by simply doing the things we all do: financing a vehicle, shopping with a credit card, and buying a home. As of March 2017, the credit union had given $924,777 back to its members, and now the countdown is on as Texas Trust gets ready to celebrate another $1,000,000 milestone.    Texas Trust has grown into a network of neighborhood branches with assets worth over one billion dollars. Despite its phenomenal growth, it still maintains the spirit of a member-owned, personal finance cooperative with the same smalltown, friendly service offered to members since the doors first opened in 1936.



120 S. East St. • 1881 Ballpark Way • 3801 Matlock Road

1201 W. Green Oaks Blvd. • 1600 Hwy. 287N, Suite 100, Mansfield

Winner: Frost Bank

Winner: Home Team Mortgage Co.

5500 W. Arkansas Lane •

(817) 654-8501 •


ollowing an honorable mention in last year’s poll, Frost Bank has registered a win as our readers’ choice for favorite bank of 2017.    Here are a couple of pertinent facts about the financial institution that likely explain why Frost continues to garner our readers’ attention:    • The bank was founded to serve Texans’ financial needs in 1838 (yes, that’s 179 years of serving local residents’ needs).     • Frost has four walk-in financial centers in Arlington and more than a dozen ATM machines spaced about the Arlington/Mansfield/Grand Prairie area (yes, that’s banking convenience defined in a practical manner).

ome Team Mortgage Company, a back-to-back All Star award winner, is affiliated with Ebby Halliday, Texas Premier Title and Home Team Insurance.    What that means is that you have the option of having your Realtor, mortgage, title and insurance handled under one roof.   Luke Wroten, residential mortgage loan originator, notes that Home Team has on-site locations in more than 30 Ebby offices located in the area.   “Our knowledgeable and experienced loan officers will guide you through the home buying process, making the entire experience as seamless as possible,” he says.

Honorable mention: Worthington National Bank

Honorable mention: Texas Trust Credit Union

200 W. Main St. • 401 E. Border St. •


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Six Arlington locations •

The Brookdale Senior Living experience features a

“I don’t just come to work every day. I wake up and go see my family.”

special blend of hospitality, service and care you won’t find anywhere else. From independent and assisted living to specialized memory care communities, Brookdale’s local experts and caring teams provide all the support you’ll ever need. Whether you are seeking retirement living locally or across the nation, we are here to help you along life’s journey.

Liz V., Concierge

Brookdale Arlington

Brookdale Pecan Park



Independent Living 1250 W. Pioneer Pkwy Arlington, Texas 76013

“All Star Assisted Living” Winner 2015-2017 Readers’ Choice

All Star ARLINGTON Today

Assisted Living & Dementia Care 915 N. Fielder Rd. Arlington, Texas 76012

Brookdale Lake Arlington

Independent Living & Assisted Living Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 2500 Woodside Dr. Arlington, Texas 76016


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Brookdale Mansfield Assisted Living 1771 Country Club Dr. Mansfield, Texas 76063

817-477-0600 Facility No. 000807

Facility No. 100100

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The Beauty of Hardwoods

Winner 2017 Readers’ Choice

All Star ARLINGTON Today your community • your magazine


2017 WINNER “All Star Flooring Store” - Readers’ Choice

7201 S. Cooper, #121 • Arlington, TX 76001 (across from the YMCA) • 682-367-1740 • August 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY



Winner: Designs by Lisa

(817) 235-7077 • facebook/DesignsbyLisa

esigns by Lisa offers real estate staging and interior design services to residential and commercial clients, realtors and home builders.    “I’m passionate about interior design and helping my clients achieve their custom design look,” says Lisa Fitzgerald, the company’s owner/designer.    Offering discounted prices on furniture, accessories, lighting, carpet, tile, wood granite, quartz and various other textiles, Designs by Lisa provides affordable services, which helps clients save money while maintaining their budget. “My style is transitional; however, when working with my clients, my goal is to meet their design style,” says Fitzgerald, who has a simple philosophy:    “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius.



Winner: Richter Animal Hospital & Pet Resort

4601 W. Sublett Road • (817) 478-8000 •

first-time All Star, Richter Animal Hospital & Pet Resort is a full-service animal hospital that provides friendly, informative, and supportive services for you and your pet, while maintaining a superior working environment for its employees.    The facility, founded by Dr. Lee M. Richter, offers wellness care, vaccines, spaying/neutering, emergency veterinary services, and medical, surgical, and dental veterinary care.    With an in-house pharmacy and diagnostic laboratory and access to specialists, the facility offers a one stop for your pet’s health and medical care. Additionally, there’s a doggie daycare program and professional grooming services.


Honorable mention: The Pet Resort in the Gardens

2890-A W. Pioneer Pkwy. • (817) 635-5513 •



Honorable mention: Classic Property Management 2415 Avenue J, Suite 100 (817) 640-2064

Honorable mention: Texas Trust Credit Union Six Arlington branches

Winner: Kautz Property Management P.O. Box 150107 (817) 419-0088

A little history ...

Arlington Today magazine introduced the Readers’ Choice All Star awards in the August issue of 2014. Some 30 local people, places and things took top honors that first year, paving the way for what would become our most popular annual feature.    This year – the fourth to honor area All Stars – the list of categories expanded to beyond 100, and several thousand votes were cast during balloting this past spring.    The management and staff of Arlington Today would like to say a big “Thank You!” to our readers for supporting the magazine – and the local entities we cover. You’re all the best!

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Winner: Derrick Kinney & Associates 700 Highlander Blvd., Suite 335 (817) 419-6001

*Family Law

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Real Estate Law

Personal Injury

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Kimberly Fitzpatrick Partner

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682-518-1158 • 1848 Lone Star Rd. #308 • Mansfield, Tx 76063 Serving Mansfield and the Metroplex | • August 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


Classic Cars


This car has experienced 65 years of weddings and proms across two continents • By Richard Greene


   A good friend, Duncan Wood, was going to England for an automotive event being staged in close proximity. He was able to thoroughly inspect and drive Rose – the name its owners had used to market its services.    “I received an email from Duncan that read, ‘Drove the car. You’re an idiot if you don’t buy it. If you don’t, then I will!’ That totally sealed the deal for me,” Dave says. “An email and phone call handshake agreement was struck with the British owner, but our arrangement was kept under wraps since folks in the UK would not be happy with such a fine car leaving their country.”    Following some degree of hassling with currency conversion, the next task was to arrange for its journey across the English Channel and beyond with the ultimate destination being the Port of Houston.    “I decided to hire an agent to shepherd her through the process,” Dave explains. “If you’ve never shipped a car into the U.S., there are custom fees, port fees, inspection fees, and imagine this, unpacking fees. So, believe me when I say that the nominal fee for an agent to keep these straight and get the car through the process was well worth it.”    Upon departure aboard the Charleston Express sailing from Thamesport, England, the journey began. “We were able to Photos: Richard Greene follow its progress for the Dave Pilcher stands with his 1952 Triumph Renown Limousine – at the door he dutifully opens for his guests. can’t attend a wedding or a prom without being asked if my 1952 Triumph Renown Limousine is available for someone’s next big event,” Dave Pilcher. says. His experience is entirely understandable, given that the international legacy of his limo is all about providing brides and grooms with memories to last a lifetime.    Before he acquired the rare vehicle on its 60th birthday in 2012, it was already long in its history of chauffeuring newlyweds in its home country of England.    Dave learned of the car’s availability when he got word that its owner, who he had first contacted a couple of years earlier, was planning on getting out of the wedding business.


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A grill with distinction

The 4-cylinder engine can produce speeds advertised at 77.5 mph.

The floral décor came with the car when it was first used for weddings in the UK.

Wood paneling gives the Triumph an air of elegance, and the Grey Poupon mustard provides a touch of whimsy. • August 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


The Triumph radiator badge

The highly prized, very collectible original Lucas King of the Road medallion

almost two weeks it took to get to the first U.S. port in Charleston, South Carolina,” Dave recalls. “Then to Miami and finally through the Galveston Breakwaters and into the Port of Houston.”    Next was to stage a “Welcome Home” ceremony with a 60th birthday party for Rose. Dave proudly sums it up: “Good friends, cake, cards, roses and a stunning car. Who could ask for more?”    The marvelous Triumph fits into the category of “Orphan Cars” – historic automobiles whose parent companies have disappeared from the scene. Along with names like Hudson, Studebaker, Kaiser, Frazer, Packard, Nash and Willys, to name a few, their rarity makes the cars very collectable.    There were only 190 of these cars manufactured – Dave’s was number 17, built and registered in Coventry, England. The engine is a modest 4-cylinder version developing 68 horsepower with a 3-speed transmission producing a top speed advertised at 77.5

The Triumph Torch Hood Ornament riding on the radiator cap

miles per hour. It sold new for just over $4,000 in 1952, which equates to about $36,000 in today’s dollars.    Dave is past president and events coordinator for the Red River Triumph Club. The Renown is the sixth among the classic cars in his collection. “I was looking for something rarer than the others, specifically this limo,” he says. “My wife does the decorations and sets up the atmosphere for the weddings and proms; I become the chauffer.    “One of the most memorable occasions was the one where the bride’s gown was so big that she couldn’t fit it into the front seat with her new husband. So, she rode in the back, and he rode in the front with me.”    Whatever it takes, once anyone arranges this vehicle for such a special occasion, there’s no way any substitute would take its place.

Passengers in the back of this limousine aren’t the only ones who get to experience luxury. The driver is surrounded by an array of high-end features, as well.


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Your personal design team.

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2016-17 Winner “All Star Flooring Store”

Hilton’s Flooring/Wholesale Granite Direct An Abbey Carpet & Floor Showroom • Family owned and operated since 1995.

2800 W. Division • Arlington, Tx 76012 • 817-461-5189 M-F 9-6 • Sat 10-4 • Sun Closed • • August 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY



All Star


To the victor, the spoils ... Among the many noteworthy treasures in Coach Doug Garner’s UTA office is the National Championship trophy his team won earlier this year.



UTA wheelchair basketball teams not only stake claims to titles, but they help change lives, as well • By Sam Thomas

Photo: Sam Thomas


ver the past few years, the city of Arlington has hosted two World Series, a Super Bowl, an NBA All-Star game, a college football national championship and countless other major sporting events. You might say that Arlington has become a “hub” of the sports world, with world-class facilities and three professional teams calling the city home.    Few, however, are familiar with one prominent sports community that has been quietly thriving deep in the heart of the University of Texas at Arlington campus. Doug Garner is the Assistant Director for Adapted Sports and the head coach of UTA’s Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team. In March of this year, the Movin’ Mavs won the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Intercollegiate Championship Tournament, the team’s eighth overall title and first in 11 years.    The Movin’ Mavs team started with humble beginnings in 1976 under head coach Jim Hayes. The program was unable to grant scholarships until the 1989-90 school year.    Garner took over the program after Hayes’s death in 2008 and has seen wheelchair sports grow both in the Arlington community and internationally.    “It’s really an interesting time in the disability sports world,” Garner says. “The awareness of the Special Olympics and the 80

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Paralympics is really booming. The NCAA is having more talks in its Equity and Inclusion division about how they can accommodate students with disabilities in sports. The social awareness of people with disabilities is really growing a lot.”    Garner helped start the Lady Movin’ Mavs team in 2013, which won its first NWBA national championship in 2016 under head coach Jason Nelms. Abby Dunkin, a junior on last year’s championship team, was also a member of Team USA in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.    This summer, Garner and UTA hosted Dunkin’s U.S. teammates for a week-long camp as Team USA prepared for the America’s Cup tournament, which will be played Aug. 2-12 in Cali, Colombia.    “I think it says a lot for the university to give them the opportunity to come here and train, and compete at that level,” Garner says. “The fact that UTA supports something like this says a lot about the university. It also puts the name of UTA out there around the world. UTA players go on to play international ball, or professional wheelchair basketball in Europe, and that’s how we get a lot of our international players. They find out about the program, they see how well our athletes do, and they want to come train at that level.”    Garner estimates that more than 30 former Movin’ Mavs, men and women, have gone on to represent their national teams.

Make your world beautiful • Interior Design Services • Real Estate Staging • Residential & Commercial • New Home Construction • Discounted pricing for furniture, accessories, mattresses, rugs, lighting and textiles for remodeling and new homes.    While many athletes discover UTA through international play, some like Dunkin do so through the military. The sport of wheelchair basketball itself began in Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals where World War II veterans were being treated for various degrees of paralysis. The first game occurred in 1946 in Birmingham, Calif., between a group of veterans and doctors.    “As veterans came home from wars, the NWBA was started as a rehab program,” Garner says. “They come home with different disabilities, and as we helped meet the needs of those veterans, it carried over to the general population of people with spinal cord injuries, or birth defects, or other things that affect people being successful in their environment.”    DUNKIN, WHO DEVELOPED A NERVE DISORDER called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome at the age of 13, visited Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio at 17 to watch their wheelchair basketball team. She was invited to play with the Fort Sam Houston team on the spot. It was the first time she played the sport, and in 2014 Dunkin committed to play with the Lady Movin’ Mavs and study at UTA.    “Lately, more and more people are hearing about our program,” Garner says. “And they are understanding the value of our program for all people with disabilities. They see that we are able to help people with disabilities use sports as a vehicle to get an education, and to get jobs.”    Those who have come through the program have experienced success after graduation, as well. One example of that is PER4MAX Wheelchairs, started by Movin’ Mav alum Willie Hernandez. The company builds new and innovative products for people with disabilities.    Many UTA players use PER4MAX wheelchairs in competition, and the company partners with the NWBA to provide wheelchairs to its athletes.    It is easy to see that the Movin’ Mavs provide a solid foundation of training and motivation for the players that pass through the program. For Garner, that is the driving force of the program that he runs. “To me, I think anything we can do to provide opportunities to people with disabilities to get a college degree, and to be independent, and to be financially successful, that’s what we need to do,” he says.    And the trophies that come along with it?    “Championships are great, and they are definitely a goal of the program,” he says. “But helping people with disabilities get degrees and go on and be successful in a society that presents a lot of roadblocks, I think that is the biggest part.”

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Thank you Arlington Today readers! 2017 Winner “All Star Steak”

2017 Honorable Mention “All Star Happy Hour”

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Local Homes



Anthony and Lori Henegar’s North Arlington house is breathtaking (in case you haven’t noticed already)


hen Anthony and Lori Henegar first moved into their North Arlington dwelling six years ago, they knew they were going to be afforded quite the view – even when they weren’t standing at a window. When your home anchors 2.5 lushly landscaped acres and spans more than 10,000 square feet, pretty much everywhere you look can be awe-inspiring.   “We immediately fell in love with the amazing architecture and the scenic view,” says Lori, a stay-at-home mom, community service Whether from the seat behind the piano (above) or during a romp in the pool, the Henegar dwelling provides some of the more picturesque views around.

Photos courtesy of Linda Magazzine


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The Henegar home anchors 2.5 acres in North Arlington and covers more than 10,000 square feet of living area – rather spectacularly.

volunteer and proud graduate of Texas A&M University. She and Anthony, a local dentist, share the modern mansion full-time with 16-year-old daughter Mason, who attends The Oakridge School, and part-time with 19-year-old daughter Drue, whenever she returns to the nest during breaks at the University of Texas.    As for the architecture Lori noted, it encompasses many noteworthy features, including four bedrooms and six and one half baths spread over two stories, rock/stone and stucco construction, three fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen that is open to two main living areas and living areas galore.    The home showcases an impressive media room, a fitness studio, two built-in refrigerators in the aforementioned kitchen, a Viking gas cooktop, quartz countertops, a climate controlled wine cellar, and a five-car garage.    The master suite is sanctuary-like with expansive custom closets, dual vanities, an oversized walk-in-shower, a sitting area, and a fireplace. The outdoor living area features an outdoor kitchen, fireplace, cascading pool with spa, a lap pool, an outdoor steam shower, and a water pond.    And the vista Lori referenced earlier? Well, the pictures accompanying this story are a several-thousand-word testament to her keen observation skills. Wherever you look, you’ll likely enjoy what you see.    But that’s just the house proper. Lori says she and Anthony are also fortunate to be able to live in a unique, extremely friendly neighborhood. “The area around us is heavily treed, which is beautiful,” she says. “And it has a diverse offering of many different styles of architecture. You are not going to see all Austin stone or any two homes that look alike, which is nice.”    The neighbors, she says, are “fantastic,” the kind of caring people who are very watchful over each other’s properties. “Several of our close friends live nearby,” she says, “and we can easily walk down the street to a party.” >>> • August 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


Here are some of the indoor highlights of the Henegar home, where family and friends find ample space for both entertainment and relaxation.

   The Henegars entertain quite a bit, and Lori says she is grateful for the home’s ability to accommodate visiting groups, small and large. “It has been so convenient to have a well-appointed gourmet kitchen open to the two other main living areas in the house,” she says. “Also, our circle drive is ideal for high-volume attendance at our home because it makes it easy for the valet to move traffic.”    Following an evening of entertaining – or just after a long day (“There’s been a few of those lately!” Lori says) – she likes to retreat to her favorite room in the house: the master bedroom. “It’s nice to pour a glass of wine and crawl in bed and have 84

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such a lovely view of the sunset,” she says. “I get made fun of in my house because I go to bed early, but that is when the sky is streaked with spectacular orange and pink hues. It gets even more beautiful as it gets darker outside.”    While the Henegars were enamored with the house “as it was” when they purchased it, they’ve definitely given it personal family flavor over the past half decade. “We received the house ‘stripped,’ so yes, we did a massive amount of replacement and renovation that took up to a year to complete,” she says. “We had fun picking out all new Viking appliances for our kitchen and added the Viking vent-a-hood. We built a new

outdoor kitchen with a DSC grill and DSC stainless cabinets. We also raised the floor in our theater room and created a step down that we had covered in absolute black granite that created a border around our red theater chairs that looks really cool. Then we did some fun step lighting that really makes it feel like you are in a theater.”    Visitors no doubt appreciate those touches – and there are plenty of visitors to “Henegar Manor.” Lori says she and Anthony welcome any charity organization to their home but have had the most opportunity hosting Boys and Girls Clubs of Arlington special events.    “We had a fun casino party one year when my oldest daughter, Drue, was involved in Cinderella Ball,” she says. “I think we have had a couple of Arlington Today magazine events, as well.”    Lori says she hopes and tries to be a gracious host and is thankful that her home is a place to help her in that endeavor.    “I think what I truly love best is how well this solid, vast, magnificent home has housed and nurtured our family and friends that come to visit,” she says. “I think Contemporary can come across a little cold if not executed properly, but the rich, jewel tones in our glass installation and many colors in our home really play well against all the stainless steel and concrete. People feel welcome and comfortable in our home and know they can go into our wine room, take any bottle out, and jump on the couch if they want to.” This aerial view shows the expanse of the Henegar home. The pictures below capture some of the outdoor elegance. • August 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


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f it’s Saturday night, Charlie Weatherford will likely be found in his regular spot at the Western Kountry Klub, an old white metal dance hall on the outskirts of Mansfield. The Midlothian resident, 73, has been a fixture at the dance hall since 1955 when it opened its doors as a skating rink, drawing kids and adults from the surrounding cities to roll across the oak floor. When the club was converted to a dance hall in 1967, Weatherford didn’t miss a beat.    “I couldn’t roller skate, but I used to come out here,” Weatherford says. “I don’t dance much now, but I still like to come.”    Weatherford is one of the regulars who pull on their cowboy boots every Saturday night and scoot across the 2,000-squarefoot dance floor to live country music. Most weekends the club

draws 200 to 300 people, from teens eager for the line dances to couples who have been dancing together for half a century. Parents lead their youngsters through the two-step, while babies sleep in carriers on the long tables.    The snack bar sells food and soft drinks, but no alcohol. People over age 21 are welcome to BYOB. With a $10 admission fee ($12 on a rare Saturday night) and a no-smoking policy, the club is popular with families, sometimes drawing three and even four generations in one night.    “You come here and everybody just wants to have fun,” says Justin Dunn, 29, of Mansfield. “It’s something very special, very unique. Everybody here, you’re not treated like a stranger. You’re treated like family.”    In the past 50 years, the club has drawn some famous customers, too. George Strait’s “Pure Country” turned the Western Kountry Klub into the Prairie Rose Dance Hall, filming several of the movie scenes inside and one in the parking lot where Strait winds up in the mud after a one-sided bar fight.    People still come looking for the Prairie Rose and Strait, say Barbara and Jerry Cook, who run the club.    “One family drove up from Brownsville on a family vacation,” Jerry Cook says. “They were just going to take pictures outside the building, but we happened to be here.”    Boyd and Linda Williams of Midlothian were already Western Kountry Klub regulars when “Pure Country” set up for filming in 1991, and they appeared as extras in the movie. They’ve seen the club go through a lot of changes in the past three decades.    “The place got air-conditioning,” Boyd Williams says. “We used to open the door for air. It was hotter than hell. Most of the time they had a band. Sometimes they didn’t show up, so we just went home.”    Back in 1955, Roger Easterwood built the roller rink on the mesquite-covered prairie between Mansfield and Midlothian. “After World War II, they were giving away barracks from Carswell Air Force Base (now Naval Air Station Fort Worth) if you

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would come get them,” Jerry Cook says. “They brought two and put them together.”    Easterwood started having dances in the front of the building, while the skaters whizzed by in the back, Weatherford remembers.    Ruel and Wanda “Mom” Hendrick bought the Western Kountry Klub in 1972, and their family still owns the building. Bill and Gerry Garner began helping Mom Hendrick run the dances after Ruel’s death, then took over as she got older.    By 2009, the Garners were ready to retire. That’s when the Cooks stepped in. “We’d been playing music for awhile (as the • August 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


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Mack & Dyan Band), and several of the places we played at had either closed or were only playing music one night a week,” Barbara Cook recalls. “This is a unique place. We really didn’t want it to close.”    The Cooks took over in January 2010 and brought in some new bands, attracting larger crowds that filled the club. But the club wasn’t out of danger. Grand Prairie had annexed the area in 2009 and wanted the club brought up to code, a formidable feat for the old barracks. The club actually closed for two weeks in 2012 before the Cooks were able to resolve issues with the city.    Keeping the 8,000-square-foot building intact is still a battle, they say. Assistance from faithful volunteers and a crew of helpful regulars, among them a plumber, A/C repairman, construction foreman and pest control specialist, make it possible.    Marsha and Miles Hutchinson of Arlington showed up the first weekend the Cooks took over the club, and they’ve been helping since.

   “They had chicken wire with Coca-Cola carton cardboard covering the walls,” Marsha Hutchinson says. “We couldn’t afford to buy posters. Miles said, ‘What if I painted pictures of people that influenced you to cover up all the bad spots in the walls?’”    His 4-foot-square, black-and-white paintings of Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline and other classic country artists line the walls.    As high-dollar subdivisions creep closer to Western Kountry Klub, the Cooks fear that progress will do what rock ‘n’ roll, television and dance clubs couldn’t – close the Western Kountry Klub for good.    “When it’s over, we can’t stay,” Jerry Cook says. “Until then, they can’t run us off.”    The Western Kountry Klub is located at 5728 Lakeview Road, off U.S. 287. For more: call (817) 800-4585 or visit the club’s website,

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Here are some local restaurants you need to check out UPSCALE Chamas do Brazil 4606 S. Cooper St. • (817) 618-2986 Fontana’s Fine Cuisine 6407 S. Cooper St., Suite 101 (682) 323-5704 The Keg Steakhouse • Bar 4001 Arlington Highlands Blvd. (817) 465-3700 Piccolo Mondo 829 Lamar Blvd. E. • (817) 265-9174 restaurant506 at The Sanford House 506 N. Center St. • (817) 801-5541

AMERICAN Candlelite Inn 1202 E. Division St. • (817) 275-9613 Chop House Burgers 2230 W. Park Row Drive • (817) 459-3700

El Arroyo 5024 S. Cooper St. • (817) 468-2557 El Primo’s Mexican Grill & Cantina 2300 Matlock Road, #21, Mansfield (817) 225-4140 Fuzzy’s Taco Shop 510 E. Abram St. (817) 265-8226 4201 W. Green Oaks Blvd. (817) 516-8226 1601 E. Debbie Lane, Mansfield (817) 453-1682 Rio Mambo 2150 E. Lamar Blvd. • (817) 795-4555 6407 S. Cooper St. • (817) 465-3122

ITALIAN/PIZZA Café Sicilia 7221 Matlock Road • (817) 419-2800

Dino’s Subs 2221 S. Collins St. • (817) 274-1140

Fontana’s Fine Cuisine 6407 S. Cooper St., Suite 101 (682) 323 5704

J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill 400 E. Abram St. • (817) 274-8561

Gino’s East 1350 E. Copeland Road • (817) 809-7437

Mac’s Bar & Grill 6077 West-I20 • (817) 572-0541

MEXICAN/TEX-MEX Blue Mesa Grill 550 Lincoln Square (682) 323-3050


SEAFOOD Pantego Bay Gulf Coast Café 2233 West Park Row • (817) 303-4853

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Parmigiano Reggiano: An Italian gastronomic treasure

ITALY IS MANY THINGS to many people. To some, it is the wonderful art and architecture of the renaissance period. The sculptures and artworks of Botticelli, Raphael and, of course, Michelangelo have brought joy and wonder to millions of people around the world. Leonardo da Vinci was another great Italian master who had amazing talents in art, science, mathematics and so much more.    Those who have been fortunate enough to visit Rome can attest to the wonders of the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. The Vatican City with its beautiful Sistine Chapel with the famous ceiling painted by Michelangelo is truly awe-inspiring. Others enjoy the rolling hills of Tuscany with its olive trees and vineyards, or perhaps the romantic city of Venice comes to mind when we think of Italy.    However, the humble parmesan cheese is a true Italian gastronomic treasure. Parmesan cheese is an integral part of Italian food. In Italian cuisine Parmesan cheese helps transform a few simple ingredients into something truly delicious. Think about an Italian-American favorite like Alfredo sauce – fresh cream with a bit of garlic and lots of Parmesan cheese, fettuccini pasta, and you have dinner on the table. It doesn’t get simpler or more delicious than that!    Parmesan has been called the “King of Cheeses.” This hard and granular cheese has been made in and around the province of Parma for more than eight centuries. In 1954 an alliance of cheese makers formed a consortium, the Consorzio del Formaggio Parimigiano-Reggiano. The consortium followed strict production standards and marketed their product as Parmigiano Reggiano. The name paid homage to the area of Parma and Reggio where the cheese originated. The name Parmigiano Reggiano is indicated by pin dots imprinted on each wheel of cheese. In 2008, European courts passed a decree that only Parmigiano Reggiano may be called Parmesan.    Only this Parmesan conforms to the Protected Designation of Origin or PDO standards. When the wheel of cheese has been aged 12 months, the consortium tests and grades each cheese. If the cheese passes the test, the consortiums’ logo is heat-branded onto the rind of the cheese. This ensures that consumers are able to tell which wheels of cheese are top-grade Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. European law can only be enforced in Europe, so that explains why we see Parmesan cheese made in Wisconsin or elsewhere! Parmesan Crisps Ingredients: 8 ounces of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Method: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place a silicon mat or parchment paper in a baking sheet. Pour a heaped tablespoon of Parmesan onto the silicon. Tap down gently to flatten. Place mounds of cheese at least 1/2 inch apart as it will spread as it bakes. Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Cool.    The Parmesan crisps can be used as croutons in salad or just enjoyed as a snack with a glass of wine.   Buon Appetito!


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Advanced technology, such as the Hansen Sensei robot, helps the medical team at Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington ensure better results.

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exas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington is a general acute care hospital located within Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. Founded in 2010 to care for the cardiovascular needs of the Arlington community and its surrounding areas, the medical center was designed to cover all areas of cardiovascular care, including cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, and cardiac electrophysiology.    This month, Dr. William Nesbitt, president of Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington and a cardiac electrophysiologist specializing in electrical disorders of the heart, talks about what the hospital brings to the community. ARLINGTON TODAY: Tell us about the facility itself. Dr. William Nesbitt: The facility has 47 beds with four cardiac catheterization laboratories, two of which are electrophysiology labs. In addition, it also houses a device implantation operating room and four cardiovascular operating rooms. AT: Who are some of the other principals at the hospital? WN: The Chief Operating Officer is Sherri Emerson, who has been instrumental in the success of our facility. She brings her experiences leading hospitals in Austin and Ennis, Texas, and has been an invaluable member of our leadership team. Baron Hamman, MD, is a cardiovascular surgeon from Dallas and serves as the Chief Medical Officer, providing outstanding leadership since the beginning of our organization. In addition, Richard Wray, M.D., serves as Chairman of the Board of Managers and also is a practicing cardiologist. In the beginning, Kirk King, Southwest Zone Leader for Texas Health Resources, identified a need for advanced cardiology services and spearheaded the founding of Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington. Kirk remains an active Board member. Our hospital works hand in hand with the leadership at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, including Blake Kretz, THAM President, and Jim Sammons, M.D., Texas Health Arlington Memorial’s Chief Medical Officer. We have an outstanding group of administrative and physician leaders working together to provide the highest quality cardiovascular care to our patients. AT: The hospital is physician-led. Can you explain how that process works and why it is important? WN: Being physician-led provides many unique advantages and is an important driver of our success. Our President, Chief Medical 106

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Officer and Board Chairman positions are held by physicians who provide daily input to decisions throughout the hospital. Being a physician-led hospital allows for a more focused and directed positive impact on quality of care and the ability to create organizational decisions that lead to improved patient outcomes and overall patient experience. AT: What particular medical needs does the hospital address? WN: Our primary focus is care of patients with cardiac disorders. This includes cardiovascular bypass surgery and valve replacement surgery, acute care of patients having a heart attack, angioplasty and stent placement. Also caring for the patients with electrical disorders of the heart (i.e., pacemakers, defibrillators and ablations of arrhythmias). Our cardiologists specialize in other aspects of cardiovascular care, including the prevention of cardiac disease, as well. Thus, our facility is able to address multiple cardiac needs by incorporating several aspects of cardiac care into one patient visit. AT: The hospital seems to be on the cutting edge, technologically speaking. Can you elaborate on some of the ways this medical center is different from others that treat similar medical conditions? WN: Our unique technology includes the Hansen Sensei robot used to ablate arrhythmias in the heart. It allows the physician to manipulate a catheter in the heart sitting at a computer console via a joystick. We expect to stay on the cutting edge with robotic technology as it evolves. Also, James Norcross, M.D., one of our cardiovascular surgeons, has begun performing minimally invasive valve replacement surgeries that should lead to a better patient experience and outcomes. In addition, we are working on developing a program to provide minimally invasive aortic valve replacement via a catheter system. Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington also has the latest 3D-mapping systems and contact force sensing technology, making electrophysiology procedures safer and more effective. We are excited about our future in providing cutting-edge cardiovascular care. AT: In what other ways is the hospital special? WN: Texas Health Heart & Vascular Arlington is a special place where all providers of patient care have a voice and work together to improve the patient’s experience. Administrators, physicians, nurses, technicians all communicate and cooperate to make our hospital a great place to work and most importantly a great place to be a patient. That is our focus and our mission.


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MUSIC: Chapter:SOUL When: Aug. 5 Where: The LOT Downtown (110 S. Main St., Mansfield) Show times: 7 p.m. Notes: A four-piece modern funk and soul band, Chapter:SOUL is a project from bandleader and tenor saxophonist Calvin Johnson Jr. In October 2016, the New Orleans-based band released its first mixtape, “The Bible: Book I.“ Johnson and the band have toured throughout the Southeast, as well as Colorado and New Mexico, and now head to Texas. For more:

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SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT VIRIDIAN THE INAUGURAL NIGHT of Viridian’s Sizzling Summer Music Series will be held Aug. 4 at Tribute Park (1327 Viridian Park Lane) and will feature electric violinist Zuiel Merek. The concert, which starts at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public.    Merek is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and live looper who specializes in passionate electric violin performances that draw from eclectic influences, utilize modern technology, and incorporate “outside the box” musical innovation.    A second concert is set for 6 p.m. on Aug. 11 and will feature singer Josh Irwin.    For more:

COMEDY: Open Mic Night When: Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Where: Improv Comedy Theater & Restaurant (309 Curtis Mathes Way, #147) Show times: 7 p.m. Notes: If you’ve ever dreamed of being a standup comic, here’s the place to show off your talents. For more: TRIVIA: Trivia Night with the Pub Guys When: Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Where: World of Beer (5005 S. Cooper St.) Show times: 7-9 p.m. Notes: Bring your smart friends for the answers to the questions and your rich 108

friends for the tab. For more: MUSIC: Cody Jinks When: Aug. 4 Where: Verizon Theatre (1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie) Show times: 7 p.m. Notes: One of country music’s fastest-rising stars, North Texas native Cody Jinks will be the headliner of this concert, which also feature performances by Kris Kristofferson and Scott Copeland. Jinks, a Haltom High School graduate, made an impressive television debut earlier this year on “Conan” and continues to fill concert halls all around the country. For more:

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THEATER: Einstein: A Stage Portrait When: Aug. 4-20 Where: Theatre Arlington (305 W. Main St.) Show time: 7:30 p.m. on Thursday; 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sunday Notes: This one-man play presents the private, personal and deeply human side of this great genius, the reluctant celebrity who changed forever the way we look at the universe. The complexities of the high school dropout turned Nobel Prize winner come to life through wit, humor, one-liners and anecdotes. This play has at its heart the terrible anguish Einstein faced when forced to choose between morality and science. For more:

MUSIC: Concerts at Arlington Music Hall When: Aug. 5, 12, 18, 25 Where: Arlington Music Hall (224 N. Center St.) Show times: 7:30 p.m. Notes: This month’s featured performers/performances include Moe Bandy and Norma Jean (Aug. 5), Animaniacs Live! (Aug. 12), Johnny Bush with special guest Marty Haggard (Aug. 18) and Eddy Raven (Aug. 25). For more: MUSIC: Tejas Brothers When: Aug. 12 Where: The LOT Downtown (110 S. Main St., Mansfield) Show times: 7 p.m. Notes: When rock ‘n’ roll meets TexMex in a honky tonk that is home to the blues, you get the Tejas Brothers. This quartet absolutely disregards any notions of staying within a certain “genre.” If it makes people happy, it ought to be a Tejas Brothers song. For more:

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Could this be the year Cowboys fans finally get to see the team return to the Super Bowl? • By John Rhadigan


hen two words can inspire emotion and passion it is special. “Play Ball,” “Happy Birthday” and “Love Ya” are examples of two-word phrases that make me smile and bring me joy.    Now for an example that may not be so obvious or universal: Training Camp.    To me, those two words are rich with subtext and implication. To me, training camp means, “The Dallas Cowboys are set to embark on another season, which, of course, means that they have a chance to capture the affection of football fans everywhere, and they have a chance to win another Super Bowl.”    Those two words don’t have that same meaning every year. In fact, this is the first time since the ‘90s that those two words have made my brain construct a 37-word word run-on sentence.    But that is where we are with this team. The Cowboys are good, they are ready – and they are built to live up to the usually lofty expectations of a fan base that is absolutely spoiled by the success of previous generations of America’s Team.    That is not to say this will be easy. The NFL loves parity and does not like dynasties, so the league is very good at making it very difficult for teams to have back-to-back great seasons.    Last year, the Cowboys played a last-place schedule; recall that Tony Romo was hurt in 2015, and the Cowboys limped to a 4-12 record. That ensured an easier schedule in 2016, and the Cowboys took advantage even though Tony got hurt again.    But after Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott lead them to a 13-3 record last year, the Cowboys will play a first-place schedule this season, and that will make repeating as NFC East Champs a tall


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order. However, it’s not as tough as some years in the past. The strength-of-schedule numbers indicate that the Cowboys have the 10th-toughest schedule in the league, and divisional rivals New York and Washington have what appear to be even tougher rows to hoe than Dallas.    The team from Washington has the seventh-toughest schedule, the Giants are No. 8, and the Philadelphia Eagles are actually tied with the Cowboys at No. 10.    The best news for this team is that Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott it is returning a bunch of players that is a big reason for still don’t even know what they don’t high expectations. know. Dak and Zeke and several others don’t even know that they will be playing a tougher schedule this year. Well, they know it, cognitively, but they don’t know what that will look like, and from the comments they have made in the off-season, they don’t care.    As Dak walked the red carpet of a national sports awards show last month, he was asked who would win the NFC East. He responded quickly and confidently: “We’re the Dallas Cowboys,” he said. “We’re gonna win the NFC East.” It is the kind of bravado that is rare in sports today, yet somehow, after what Dak did last year, I Photo: believe him.    So, maybe this year those two words, “Training Camp,” will be the beginning of a season that ends with four iconic words in Dallas football lore:    “How bout them Cowboys!”

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In a nutshell: The city’s WNBA team will play host to four teams this month: the Seattle Storm (Aug. 4), the Los Angeles Sparks (Aug. 6), the Phoenix Mercury (Aug. 10) and the Atlanta Dream (Aug. 19). For more:

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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? THE DALLAS COWBOYS open their quest to repeat as the National Football League’s East Division champions with two home exhibition games this month.    Led by “super rookies” quarterback Dak Prescott (pictured) and Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys went 13-3 last year. That duo will likely key the team’s 2017 fortunes, the foundation for which will be laid in part during preseason play at AT&T Stadium at 6 p.m. on Aug. 19 against the Indianapolis Colts and at 7 p.m. on Aug. 26 against the Oakland Raiders.    For more:

Aug. 1-2, 11-20 What: Texas Rangers baseball Where: Globe Life Park When: Check website for times In a nutshell: The defending American League West champs will entertain four teams this month: the Seattle Mariners (Aug. 1-2), the Houston Astros (Aug. 1113), the Detroit Tigers (Aug. 14-16) and the Chicago White Sox (Aug. 17-20). For more: Aug. 1-6 What: Milton H. Greene: Women Where: Arlington Museum of Art (201 W. Main St.) When: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on TuesdaySaturday; 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday In a nutshell: The range of Milton Greene’s subjects include Marilyn Mon112

roe, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, Judy Garland, and Catherine Deneuve, as well as many others. The exhibit is organized by diChroma photography and curated by Anne Morin. For more: Aug. 1-31 What: Planetarium Shows Where: The Planetarium at the University of Texas at Arlington (700 Planetarium Place) When: Check website for show times. In a nutshell: This month’s shows will include “Back to the Moon for Good,” “One World One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure,” “Astronaut,” “We are Astronomers,” “Secret of the Cardboard Rocket,” “Phantom of the Universe,”

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Aug. 5 What: Animal Exploration Where: River Legacy Living Science Center (703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd.) When: 2 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. In a nutshell: Youngsters and their parents can discover the habits and adaptations of a native animal during a live animal observation with a River Legacy Naturalist. This “nature-iffic” event is free; RSVP to the number below. For more: (817) 860-6752


“Spacepark 360” and “Pink Floyd.” For more: Aug. 1 - Dec. 31 What: Donray Traveling Exhibits Where: Arlington Museum of Art (201 W. Main St.) When: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on TuesdaySaturday; 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday In a nutshell: Donray’s technique captures the beauty of the natural world while commenting on the silent danger that exists out in the open, secluded space. For more: Aug. 4, 6, 10, 19 What: Dallas Wings basketball Where: College Park Center When: Check website for times.

Aug. 11 What: Asian Business EXPO Where: Arlington Convention Center When: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. In a nutshell: Participants in the 16th annual expo can talk to the decision makers who will buy their services/ products, as well as build business relationships in the community. For more: Aug. 31 What: Artini Hour Where: River Legacy Living Science Center When: 6 - 8 p.m. In a nutshell: Monthly Artini Hours are a fun way for adults to socialize, enjoy some drinks and create a recycled or upcycled art project. Artini Hours include project instruction, supplies, a specialty drink, wine and light appetizers. Cost is $20 per person. Ages 21 and up only; driver’s license required. For more:

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Thanks to a well-meaning initiative, 400,000 acts of kindness are now underway in the city • By Richard Greene


rlington Mayor Jeff William’s kindness initiative has been launched. At the city council meeting before the summer break, he challenged all Arlington residents to commit and report an act of kindness. If they all follow his request, the result would be 400,000 deeds that would benefit someone.    The goal represents the approximate population of the city, which is currently about 390,000. So, some will need to commit more than one act of kindness.    If early results are any indication, that won’t be a problem. Already people are reporting multiple things they are doing for others. It seems unselfish behaviors result in the giver wanting to do more. With full coverage by the local media, including television newscasts, it’s no wonder that the word is spreading and people are joining the program in increasing numbers.    The whole concept of the program goes directly to the notion that the betterment of the community can be enhanced if everyone gets involved in helping others.    Local government is often the first place people turn to when they need something they believe to be in the public domain. But, the reality is that government can’t and, in many cases shouldn’t, be within the realm of the public body.    The best example of this reality is to look at the great many non-profit and community service organizations that work for the benefit of the public. Without them the city would be but a fraction of itself as many needs would go unmet.    When everyone joins in helping others, the result is a higher quality of life, making the community individually and collectively more successful in many ways.    The city has made it really easy to report any kindness, big or small. A free mobile app that will work on any smart phone can be installed in seconds. The app is “Ask Arlington” and includes opportunities to report problems or needs the city should address, to request services and to access the city’s website.    The link you would look for to join the kindness initiative is immediately accessible on the app’s home page. From right there in your hand you can see all the things people have done for others – or others have done for them – that they have reported. Pinpointed


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by location and a short description, you can see how and where someone has helped someone else. Then you can add your act of kindness with a couple of clicks and share it with everyone else.    Here’s the kind of things people are reporting:    • A stranger stopped on South Fielder Road to help us unload a refrigerator.    • After posting a life-threatening cancer suffered by pet, Arlington friends stepped up and provided 95 percent of the cost for a successful treatment.    • Trash collectors picked up small branches that were in my yard.    • Another neighbor gave Gatorade to three municipal workers on a truck.    • Help from friends on the street with chainsaws came and removed a downed tree from my driveway so we could get home.    • Marquise playing the saxophone in Sprouts parking lot made us smile and brightened our day.    • My friend will mow the yards of our neighbors who have difficulty doing so themselves. He’s a great guy.    • Coworkers surprised me with a delicious birthday cake. It’s so rewarding to be part of a team where members truly care about each other.    • Rose just turned 94 and has never been on a fire truck but always wanted to. Today, Engine 13 arrived with flowers for Rose and made her day with a ride in a fire engine.    These are just a few samples from those who have already joined the initiative. Once the 400,000 goal is reached, it, too, will be just the beginning.    It’s all wrapped up as part of the new “Experience the Kindness of Our Dream City” campaign under the guidance of the recently formed Community Relations Commission.    Following the success of other cities with similar kindness programs, Arlington now is making its own.

Richard Greene was Arlington’s mayor from 1987-1997, was appointed by President George W. Bush as Regional Administrator of the EPA, and currently teaches in the University of Texas at Arlington’s graduate program in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs.

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