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Contents February 2017 • Volume 4 • Issue 2

HIGHLIGHTS 24 A Valentine’s Day date

On the Cover

To help you make the most of your 2017 Valentine’s Day weekend, we’ve put together some romantic options.

In our annual Medical Edition, local healthcare providers you need to know share how they have dedicated their lives and careers to serving the needs of the community. The special section that begins on page 35 features hospitals, doctors, dentists, healthcare specialists and more.

32 The sweet sound of music fills the air

The Arlington Youth Symphony features area young people pursuing excellence through musical performance.


35 The Medical Edition

In this special section, we present area healthcare providers you need to know.

50 A special kind of healthcare

Open Arms Health Clinic offers compassionate, high-quality care to those who lack access to affordable health services.

Starting Line ... 10 This ‘n Data ... 12 Around Town ... 20 Style ... 28 Scene ... 34, 56, 66, 74 Tennis Tip ... 70 Dining Guide ... 72 Sights/Sounds ... 76 Speaking of Sports ... 78 Itinerary ... 80 Finish Line ... 82

52 An automobile in a class all its own

The 1956 Corvette was a major turning point in the American sports car’s history. Local resident Clyde Godfrey has one.

58 Home SWEET! Home


This month, we enjoy a tour of the luxurious dwelling of Roger and Del Iker.

62 Q&A: Ron Jensen

The Grand Prairie mayor shares his vision for his burgeoning community.

64 The murals of Mansfield

Local artists Mary Elizabeth and Eddie Phillips teamed with city officials and business people to create a special kind of art scene.


68 Having a ball

This month, one of the area’s more important organizations, Mansfield Cares, will hold its annual fundraiser.

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lose your eyes and take a deep breath. I want you to relax and focus on a notion for a moment. As you inhale thoroughly and release the pure, gathered air, oh, so slowly through your un-pursed lips, set your thoughts on this time next month. On spring break. (Guys, not that spring break.) You are not in Arlington or Mansfield or Kennedale or Grand Prairie any more.    You are on a vacation, maybe far away, maybe not. The point is: You are away – from home, from work, from daily chores and stresses. You are simply away.    Now focus your mind’s eye on the person sitting next to you during this time of respite. He/she looks winsome, even more so than usual. He/she looks relaxed, even more so than usual. He/she should; he/she is on spring break vacation with you, and whatever cares the two of you had this month are gone next month. You are on spring break vacation next month.    Envision your new surroundings. They might be picturesque, they might just be different. Either way, for a week, they are better than the old ones. Because you envision prudently, you have packed everything you need to ensure the best get-away imaginable. Editor Because you are an American, you have also brought your smart Yale Youngblood phone, complete with the Facebook app, so you also have everything you need to ensure that all your “friends” will know that you had the best get-away imaginable.    Now reach into the prudently packed bag sitting on the floor next to you and slowly extract the item at the bottom. Yes, take out your copy of Arlington Today magazine. Open it to your favorite story – I would recommend the Starting Line. Now use that phone to take a “selfie” as you enjoy the publication’s contents.    Now prepare to win a prize.    Consider this paragraph the point where I snap my fingers to bring you to. In reality, it is February. It’s probably cold outside. Spring break and warmer climes might beckon, but they’re not real yet.    This is: The part I mentioned about the prize is as ensconced in reality as is the fact that this month will have 28 days. In another 28, you very well could be taking a spring break vacation, and if you do ... and if you take a “selfie” while reading our magazine wherever it is you are ... and if you submit that picture on our website, ... and if our panel of judges deems you to have experienced the farthest-reaching or most exotic vacation digitally captured in the photograph ... you will win a prize, the announcement of which will be in our May issue.    Details about this contest – the first of several we are planning – will soon be found on our website. Look for the “Contest” link and follow the instructions. We look forward to hearing from – and seeing – you soon.

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Former Texas Ranger Ivan Rodriguez earns spot in the Hall of Fame IVAN “PUDGE” RODRIGUEZ is a Texas Rangers legend, one of the premier candidates for a spot on the club’s “Mount Rushmore” – were that mythical monument to exist. A more important one does – a plaque in baseball’s Hall of Fame – and, thanks to last month’s vote by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), Rodriguez earned his permanent marker and now becomes a part of the most prestigious baseball club of all.    Rodriguez received 76 percent of the votes cast by eligible members of the BBWAA. He was chosen on 336 of 442 ballots cast, making him the second catcher to be elected in his first year of eligibility, joining former Cincinnati Reds hero Johnny Bench.    “Johnny Bench was my favorite player growing up, and I can’t wait until July to see him on the same stage as me when I’m giving my speech,” Rodriguez said after learning he had been elected. “It’s a dream come true, probably my favorite player right there very close to me, and I would love Johnny Bench to be right next to me when I’m standing there on the stage.”    While Rodriguez played with six organizations – and won a world championship with the Florida Marlins – there was no question about which team’s cap will be on his head on the aforementioned plaque. He signed with the Rangers in 1988, made his debut with the team in 1991 at the age of 19 and was a Ranger for 12 years before leaving as a free agent.

on the Right Track ... – words of reflection and encouragement © Terry Ewing, Pinkink, 2016 ONE AUTHOR HAS SAID, “You don’t have to feel like you’re pulling the train.”    We don’t. That’s it.    The world can continue without our hands on the ball. Someone else can “make it work” besides us. We can rest in the wonder of a single moment. We can jump into the waters of creation and growth, rather than jump at those who are immersed and swimming there. We can join in, play along, and receive rather than step back, shut down, and reject.    When we stop believing our “Little Engine That Could” does not need to “chug” through every situation and get everyone and everything to the top of the hill, we will discover rest, calm and peace. Our worries and anxieties can be saved for sharpening and focusing on other tasks.    “You don’t have to pull the train” . . .    I don’t. You don’t. That’s it. Try it.


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   He is the second player, “I HAVE no words. behind Nolan Ryan, to enter Best [phone] call ever. the Hall of Fame wearing a Rangers cap on his plaque. A dream that came true    Rodriguez’s election foltoday. ” lowed a 21-year career during – Ivan “Pudge”Rodriguez, which he was a 14-time Allin a Tweet after hearing Star and winner of 13 Gold Glove Awards as the best deof his induction fensive player at his position. He was the 1999 American League Most Valuable Player Award winner with the Rangers and finished with a career batting average of .296, with 311 home runs.    He helped lead the Rangers to three division titles, in 1996 and 1998-99, and, as noted, was one of the more popular players in franchise history.    When Rodriguez got the phone call telling him of his induction into the hall, he Tweeted: “I have no words, best call ever! A dream that came true today! So thankful! Thank you thank you God bless you all.”    The 2017 Hall of Fame Weekend will be held July 28-31, with the annual Induction Ceremony scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 30 at 1:30 p.m. in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Borland to retire; Zimmerman will become CEO at MCA MEDICAL CITY ARLINGTON CEO Winston Borland will retire March 31 after a 34-year career with Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). He will be succeeded by Keith Zimmerman on April 1.    Borland has been with HCA since 1983 and CEO of Medical City Arlington since January 2010. Under his leadership, Medical City Arlington has seen significant growth over the past seven years, including development of Medical City ER Grand Prairie, the addition of 24 ICU beds, a 16-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit and expanded program development.    Since 2013, Zimmerman has served as CEO at Medical City Children’s Hospital and guided Women and Children’s services for the entire Medical City Healthcare division. He oversaw the development of a $125 million women’s hospital scheduled to open in 2018 and a 156,000-square-foot expansion to the hospital’s Building E tower, which opened in May.

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3 Scoops ... 1. On your marks ... The second annual Warrior Band on the Run 5K will be held

March 5 at Martin High School (4501 West Pleasant Ridge Road). Cost will be between $18 (group) up to $35, depending upon timed running or not. The cost includes 5k race entry, custom event t-shirt, goodie bag and raffle entry. People who cannot attend the race or walk can donate to the event as “virtual” runners. For more:

2. Circle the date ... Love That Smile Casino Night, Dental Health Arlington’s annual fundraising event, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on March 31 at J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill. Activities will include dinner, casino games and musical entertainment. There also will be a silent auction and a cash bar. For more:  3. Help for the homeless ... Arlington residents who are homeless or in imminent danger of

becoming homeless can apply for assistance through the city’s Homeless Housing and Services Program (HHSP). The city will utilize HHSP funding in the amount of $220,509, provided by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, in furtherance of its 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.

This month’s Arlington on Tap takes a look at ‘All the Single Girls’

ARLINGTON ON TAP, the free-wheeling combined happy hour and barstool philosophers downtown lecture series, returns Feb. 15 with a post-Valentine’s tribute to women. Sort of. Political science professor and Arlington Councilwoman Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers will examine the “untethered” woman phenomenon as the focus of her talk: “All the Single Girls.” Farrar-Myers notes that for the first time in U.S. history, more women are unmarried than not and that the average age of first marriage has swiftly – as sociological trends go – increased over the last couple of decades to 28 to 29 years old.    As Farrar-Myers notes, the political, economic and sociological implications of this trend represent a sort of cultural tsunami, with vast and largely unrecognized political, economic and social consequences. The Arlington resident is currently a senior fellow at SMU, but previously had a long and award-winning tenure at UTA.   Place and time: Hooligans Pub (310 E. Abram St.); 6 p.m. on Feb. 15 (a Wednesday, instead of the usual monthly Tuesday meeting). Sponsors: Arlington Proud, the Arlington Historical Society and Arlington Today Magazine.    “Farrar-Myers is a national expert on political messaging, an author and Fulbright Distinguished Chair selection, as well as an author and popular political analyst on a variety of media members from NPR and the Star-Telegram to all the major TV networks,” says O.K. Carter, who with Arlington Proud CEO Mark Joeckel created the downtown “On Tap” series.    Joeckel, who is also the host of the “Mark Joeckel Show” on KFJZ 870 radio, echoed Carter’s observations. “We promise an enlightening and fascinating talk, after which Farrar-Myers will be available for questions, including her take on the first 30 days of the Trump Administration,” Joeckel says.


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RAISE YOUR HAND if you know that the Six Flags over Texas represent Spain, France, Mexico, the Confederacy, Texas and the United States.

ARLINGTON DOWNS, a horse race track (with betting) that was a prominent landmark in the city in the early half of the 20th century, was created as something of a bet itself. It was opened on Nov. 1, 1929 on the hope that the Texas Legislature would soon legalize pari-mutuel wagering. However, that did not happen until 1933, and the law that allowed betting was repealed in 1937. After the repeal of pari-mutuel betting, Arlington Downs was sold to commercial developers. It was used for rodeos and other events until 1958, when the buildings were demolished. ACCORDING TO city data, Arlington has an eclectic ancestry mix. Here’s the breakdown: German (8.8 percent), Irish (7.6 percent), English (5.6 percent), United States (3.7 percent), Subsaharan African (2.4 percent), Italian (1.9 percent). THE 14-ACRE MIXED-USE Champions Park complex, located at the northeast corner of Interstate 30 and Collins St. in the Entertainment District, is reaching its end stages. D.R. Horton, the nation’s largest homebuilder, relocated its 500 employees into a $20 million 150,000 square-foot building, just east of Champions Park. FOR THOSE READING the thermometer at home, the record high temperature in February in Arlington was 96 degrees. The record low temperature was 10. THE TEXAS RANGERS won their Boston marathon on Aug. 27, 2001. Backup catcher Bill Haselman beat out a potential inning-ending double play grounder with the bases loaded in the 18th inning as Chad Curtis crossed the plate to give the Rangers an 8-7 victory over the Boston Red Sox. The game lasted 6 hours, 35 minutes – more than three times longer than it took Lee Bong-ju (2:09.43) to run the Boston Marathon that April.

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Scenes from the 2016 US Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce - SW banquet: (left) Texas Rangers outfielder Shin Soo Choo received the Outstanding Achievement Award from President Grace McDermott. (Right) Choo with Korean Community representatives.

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US Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce - SW to hold annual honors banquet THE US PAN ASIAN Chamber of Commerce – Southwest will hold its 16th Anniversary Asian Lunar New Year Good Fortune Banquet at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 to celebrate “The Year of The Rooster.” The event will take place at the Asian Banquet Center in Arlington (2008 New York Ave.)    For 16 years, the USPAACC-Southwest has brought the Lunar New Year Celebration to North Texas. Award presentations include Outstanding Asian Business Awards and the Diversity & Inclusion Champion Awards.      The recipients for the Outstanding Asian Business Awards include CEGI, Ben Thanh Plaza, Frontera Hotel Group, Li Design Associates Corporation, World Arirang, Dallas Baptist University, Ampcus Inc. and Arlington Medical Center.

   The Diversity & Inclusion Awards are presented to business and individuals for their advocacy effort in championing the Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. Chamber President Grace McDermott says four area companies are being honored with the Diversity & Inclusion Awards during the Year of The Rooster Celebration: Texas Rangers Baseball Club, Murray Media, The Cordish Company and Minority Business News Texas/USA.    Additionally, a special Diversity & Inclusion Legacy Award has been created to recognize Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams for his vision and outreach efforts to encourage minority business and suppliers to participate at the bidding opportunities of the Globe Life Park entertainment district projects.    For more: (682) 323-5869.

SPOT A STRAY DOG, a pothole or litter along the street? The new “Ask Arlington” app makes notifying the city about these problems quick and easy. The City of Arlington launched the app, free for Android and Apple devices last month. Through the Ask Arlington app, users can report common complaints such as overgrown weeds and grass, barking dogs or vehicles parked in a yard. Apartment tenants can also turn to the app to report conditions such as insect infestations, no air conditioning or heat, or lack of hot water, for inspection.    The app allows users, who can remain anonymous, to upload photos and videos to provide city departments more information about the issue they are reporting. Users can also track the real-time progress of how their complaint is handled, including whether a notice of violation was issued.    “We encourage residents to report problems they see, whether it’s a burned out street light, graffiti or a dilapidated fence, to help the city keep our neighborhoods, parks, streets and business areas safer, more attractive and clean,” Marketing Communications Manager Jay Warren says.    For more:

Local resident named to podcaster Hall of Fame ARLINGTON’S Gary Leland was recently inducted into the Academy Of Podcasters Hall Of Fame in Chicago. He is a podcasting pioneer who started in 2004.


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   Leland currently records and produces 10 different podcasts that focus on home decorating/repair, video design, softball and other topics. His collective Internet

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High school students can apply to participate in programs such as the AISD Fire and Police Academies, cosmetology, health care rotations, sports and entertainment marketing, technical dual credit, culinary arts, HVAC, accounting, and many more.

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Corey and Jones Academies of Fine Arts and Dual Language Elementary students have the opportunity to learn Spanish, Mandarin, visual arts, music (choral, strings and piano), dance and theater. Both fine arts instruction and second language acquisition help students increase cognitive abilities, improve thinking and verbal skills, enhance motor skills and problem-solving ability, and improve SAT scores.

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Seguin HS, Bailey JH named finalists for America’s Best Urban Schools Award Two Arlington ISD schools – Seguin High School and Bailey Junior High – are among 35 schools nationwide that have been selected as finalists for the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Award through the National Center for Urban School Transformation. Through an application process with rigorous award criteria, Seguin and Bailey were selected for evidence of high achievement, rigorous curricula, excellent instruction, enthusiastic student engagement and a positive culture that supports the learning of every student. Site visits

are now being scheduled to select the winners. “The Arlington ISD mission to empower and engage all students to be contributing, responsible citizens striving for their maximum potential

Financial Futures Committee applications open Apply through Feb. 10, 2017, to be a member of the Financial Futures Committee to provide findings and recommendations to the Board relating to district budgets and long-range financial planning.

through relevant, innovative and rigorous learning experiences is clearly being displayed at Seguin High School and Bailey Junior High,” AISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos said. “Congratulations to these two campuses – the teachers, students, staff, parents and entire community – for this high honor and recognition.” Finalists that will be recognized as honor roll recipients or as bronze or silver winners will be notified by March 17. Four gold winners will be announced at the American’s Best Urban Schools Symposium May 16-17 in Nashville, Tenn.

AISD Board passes resolution on accountability The Board of Trustees passed a resolution calling on the Texas Legislature to repeal the rating system utilizing A through F grades for schools and districts and develop a communitybased accountability system that empowers school districts to design their own internal systems of assessment and accountability that, while meeting general state standards, allow districts to innovate and customize curriculum and instruction to meet the needs and interests of each student and their communities. Read the full resolution at


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The Presidents & Mr. Saxe From Truman to Trump, UTA’s political scientist has a thing – or two dozen – to say • By Kenneth Perkins


he closest most of us get to a U.S. president is seeing a shadowy image behind the tinted, bulletproof window of a limo hidden within a motorcade. Might be him. Might not. Then there’s Allan Saxe, who has met 12 of them – before office, during office, after office. From Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama.    Met them in quiet, cozy quarters as he did with Lyndon Johnson on a south Texas ranch, and in loud and raucous arena-like settings, as was the case with Obama at the Fort Worth Convention Center. He once rushed Truman on a football field (“which shows how times are different because if you run over to a president today you’d get machined gun down”), hung out with Bill Clinton during the candidate’s bus tour stop in Corsicana, said hello to Ronald Reagan at a small, California eatery. Allan Saxe    Kennedy was “charming.” Dwight D. Eisenhower “classy.” Jimmy Carter “strange.” Richard Nixon, “not the dummy people made him out to be. His problem was his ego.”    A photo in Saxe’s office at the University of Texas Arlington, where he has taught political science since 1965, shows him standing next to George W. Bush. Saxe is the one in the squirrel costume. Don’t ask.    When it comes to politics, ask him anything. Saxe is the proverbial kid in the candy store. Just wind him up and get out the way.    Saxe authored “Politics of Arlington, Texas: An Era of Continuity and Growth” and co-authored “American Government: A Core Approach.” He’s penned countess articles in scholarly journals. He holds a Ph. D in political science from the University of Oklahoma, where he was the school’s football team academic advisor during his time there. “I was the one who got them on the field,” he says proudly – which explains why he was on the field when Truman, along with former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and the chairman of the Democratic Party, stopped by to visit with famed OU coach “Bud” Wilkinson.    Actually, Saxe and Truman had another meeting. Saxe was poking around the Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Mo., when he noticed a gray-haired man working away inside a small office there. It was Truman – the ex-president was toiling away in his own library.    “He was a very interesting man; very modest,” Saxe says of one of his favorite presidents. “He was the only president who left the office poorer than when he came in. When he left, Congress had not appropriated money for secret service protection, but he was one of the first to get it. He was also one of the first to get a presidential pension. Which is nothing like today.” 20

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   Our newest Commander-in-Chief was living well before getting to the Oval Office. Not many presidents see Air Force One as a step down from their usual mode of transportation.    From his office in University Hall, Saxe points out similarities between Trump and Truman. Truman was said to be “ill-equipped” for the office, and often said, publically, what people could do with such a suggestion. When Washington Post Music Critic Paul Hume gave Truman’s daughter, Margaret, a negative review, Truman, much the way Trump quickly discredits his dissenters, called the writer “a frustrated old man who wishes he could have been successful.”    “Some day I hope to meet you,” Truman wrote to Hume. “When that happens, you’ll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!”    Truman threatened, yelled, screamed. Outraged voters saw him as “too coarse.” Others reveled in his “Give ‘Em Hell Harry” approach. Saxe: “He would say, ‘I just tell it how it is, and they think it’s hell.’ Like Trump, he was brutally honest.”    There’s more. In 1948, his party was split three ways. Truman was said to be too conservative by some, too liberal by others. He won the Democratic nomination anyway. Still, he was expected to lose, and Photos: lose big, to popular New York Governor Thomas Dewey in the general election. “And he beats him,” Saxe says of Truman. “There’s the famous picture of Truman holding up the newspaper with the headline, ‘Dewey Beats Truman!’ because they went to press thinking there was no way Dewey would lose.”    Not so famous was the Newsweek cover article titled “Madam President: Hillary Clinton’s historic journey to the White House,” of which 125,000 copies had to be recalled. “He really was the early day Donald Trump,” Saxe says of Truman. “Criticized much the same way. Yet he became one of the greatest American presidents.”

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rom pecan praline craft beer to an intimate, candle-lit dinner for two, sweethearts can create their own fireworks this Valentine’s Day with the Arlington area’s array of romantic dining and entertainment options.

as various species of wildlife. A raccoon, bobcat or turtle might be sighted while walking along the winding paths, which allow ample opportunity for intimate conversation and old-school hand holding right here in the heart of the Metroplex.

mid-morning stroll: An early walk along River Legacy Park’s nature trails can be a romantic way to reconnect and recharge. The park, located at 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd. near the Trinity River, is the gold standard of Arlington’s green spaces with more than 1,000 acres that provide a natural habitat for birds and wildflowers, as well

late-morning latte or craft beer: Situated in downtown Arlington, Potager’s Other Stuff Café is a quiet place to share a cup of organic coffee or tea. The café’s mismatched chairs and tablecloths give the place, located at 208 S. Mesquite St., a down-toearth feel, complete with subtly clinging wind chimes that provide tranquil sound effects.

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   The cozy café, which has more than 50 organic teas to choose from, also stocks a sweet selection of Dr. Sue’s all-natural dark chocolates. And its Zen-like atmosphere makes this in-town getaway a perfect spot for stoking passion.    But for those who would rather savor a cold, craft beer instead, Old School Pizza and Subs, located at 603 W. Abram Street, has a reasonably priced selection of craft beer, including Deep Ellum Praline Porter, an English brown ale brewed with locally gathered pecans.    “The roasted character complements the malty, sweet chocolate flavors,” according to the website And “there are subtle notes of vanilla and caramel in the aroma creating a brew that is reminiscent of a southern-style praline.”   Sweet. lunchtime at Lincoln Square: Located in Lincoln Square Shopping Center, the Social Bakehouse Café provides a casually chic setting for a light lunch, and its bakery showcases a smorgasbord of confections. Lovers can choose from treats like petit fours, Neiman Marcus cookies and strawberry cake, made with fresh strawberries.    A few other lunch options include Blue Mesa Grill, BoomerJacks, Jason’s Deli, TGI Friday’s, and Which Wich.    The shopping center also provides an excellent opportunity to browse the shelves and record bins of Half Price Books or to peek around some other shops for that special Valentine’s Day gift.

mid-afternoon Top O’ Hill Terrace tour: History lovers may also want to drive over to 3001 W. Division Street for a tour of Top O’ Hill Terrace, a former, illegal gambling hall which was once patronized by the rich and famous.    The property, now a Baptist college, features an underground tunnel where gamblers could escape onto the above landscape during raids and be seen sipping tea in an outdoor tea garden by the time police arrived, according to Vickie Bryant, who has also written a book on the subject. The tour, which can be booked online at, is a romantic step back in time to the Great Gatsby-era. late afternoon Romancing the Stars at UTA Planetarium: Later, starry-eyed couples can gather beneath the domed Planetarium at the University of Texas Arlington for a guided tour across the nighttime sky as ancient love stories are told through the constellations.    Learn about Venus, the Goddess of Love, and other timeless tales of the heart during this annual, couples-only, stargazing event.    While the exact times have yet to be announced, UTA Planetarium tells us that their show schedule will include Feb. 14, as well as the weekend before. For more, visit romantic dinner at Candlelite Inn: The cozy, dimly lit booths of this recently remodeled Arlington icon make it a favored dining destination for lovers. Located at


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hen it comes to creating Valentine’s Day magic, few local businesses take care of romantic couples better than The Sanford House. For starters, there’s the bed-andbreakfast inn proper. You can make Valentine’s Day extra special with a romantic overnight stay at The Sanford House Inn.    With its 12 elegant accommodations, a fine dining restaurant, and a full-service spa, The Sanford House is poised to provide a remarkable experience – and offers several special packages to make your weekend a romantic getaway to remember.    If you already have other Valentine’s Day plans, but want to give a meaningful gift, there’s The Sanford House Gift Card that can be enjoyed on a future date at the Inn, the Spa or restaurant506.    For more: (817) 861-2129. ••• LAST MONTH, Great Skin Spa & Skincare (3851 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd.) introduced its “New Year, New You” special offer, a great Valentine’s Day present that features dramatic discounts on a number of soothing treatments, including:    • A customized hydration facial, a fruit enzyme skin peel, non-surgical brow lift, infusion of GoldTox, and microdermabrasion    • A pumpkin and Vitamin C Peel    • A hydration facial and non-surgical eye lift    • Microdermabrasion, skin tightening, facial contouring, skin lightening and LED (White Light) Therapy    • Cellulite reduction and fat-blasting Endermologie™

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hey sound like seasoned musicians. Surprisingly though, the talented members of the Arlington Youth Symphony are only between the ages of 8 and 21. The symphony is in its fifth year of providing education and inspiration to young musicians through the pursuit of excellence in musical performance.    Dr. Clifton Evans, Director of Orchestras and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Texas Arlington, serves as the artistic director for the program. Dr. Evans says the AYS has been a great way to build relationships within the community, while allowing youth to further explore the world of music beyond the excellent teachings provided by school music programs.    The AYS is divided into three ensembles: the Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Junior String Orchestra. Open auditions are held for all instruments each May and August. Placement into the ensembles is based primarily on age and talent level.

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   Students come from a variety of backgrounds. “Some are home schooled, while others come from private schools, community colleges, and local school districts such as Mansfield, Grand Prairie, Lewisville, Fort Worth – but, most prevalently, Arlington,” says Dr. Evans. “One reason we started this back in 2012 is because the Mid-Cities area did not have anything like this for our youth. Fort Worth and Dallas both have a similar program, and we felt like we could build something right here,” he said. Currently, there are more than 100 students involved in the AYS.    “I am very pleased that my son can participate in a top-notch youth orchestra right here in the city of Arlington,” says Adrienne Thomas, mother of 10-year-old Jonathan, a budding violinist who has been in the Junior String Orchestra for over a year. “I encourage all Arlington residents to support the AYS in its mission to equip our students with a rewarding orchestra experience.”    AYS is funded through private contributions, local supporters and businesses, as well as student tuition. Scholarships are available for members who need financial assistance.    “It is a joy and a blessing to have the opportunity to share music with these young students,” says Dr. Evans. The final concert of the year is scheduled for Sunday, May 7, at UTA’s Irons Recital Hall. More information about the Arlington Youth Symphony can be found on their website, arlingtonyouthsymphony. org, or on the AYS Facebook page.

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Surgical techniques helping address abdominal cavity illnesses WHETHER YOU’VE BEEN DIAGNOSED with advanced gastrointestinal (GI) tumors, inoperable liver cancer or even a benign GI condition, such as Crohn’s disease, assessing your surgical treatment options is a necessary discussion to have with your physician. Here are a few items to keep in mind when dealing with abdominal illnesses.    For illnesses involving the colon, such as cancers or inflammatory conditions, some physicians prefer to use a hand-assist technique. According to Dr. Benjamin Bowers, a surgeon on the Texas Health Arlington Memorial medical staff, “it allows the surgeon’s hand to be placed within the abdomen to give some tactile feedback, along with the added benefit of the ‘human touch.’” With the surgeon’s extra hand inside the abdomen during a laparoscopic surgery, the hand-assist technique combines the advantages of open surgery, but with a Texas Health Arlington limited incision. Memorial Hospital is at the forefront in addressing    “Issues that involve resecting bowel, abdominal issues. laparoscopic surgery using hand-assist can be very helpful,” Dr. Bowers said. “Our goal is for a problem-free and speedy recovery.”    When cancer plagues a portion of the abdominal area, which involves several organs, physicians take into consideration additional techniques. Cancer affecting the GI system include cancers of the esophagus, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, stomach, small intestine and anus. GI cancer also happens to be the most common form of cancer, worldwide.    Currently, surgeons tend to utilize less invasive surgical approaches whenever possible – either laparoscopically or robotically to minimize the added stress of recovery after surgery.    “Our challenge is to offer exceptional care, with currently available surgical techniques Photos courtesy of Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital in order to provide an aesthetically pleasing Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital outcome for our patients without sacrificing oncological principles,” said Dr. Suhail Sharif, 800 W. Randol Mill Road • (817) 960-6100 • a surgical oncologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Arlington Memorial.    In certain situations when cancers are inoperable, ablation (a technique that burns and destroys tissue) is used. “Microwave ablation is a newer method currently utilized at Texas Health Arlington Memorial that is faster and better than radiofrequency ablation,” Dr. Sharif said. “Using heat generated by microwave energy, along with ultrasonic guidance, we can now pinpoint inoperable tumors and treat them in certain solid organ tumors of the GI tract.”    “No matter your type of abdominal illness, patient education and understanding is essential,” Dr. Bowers said. “We want you to feel empowered. It is our responsibility to arm you with the necessary knowledge and to let you know you’re not battling the illness by yourself,” added Dr. Sharif.    For more information, call Texas Health Arlington Memorial at (817) 960-6100, or visit


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Plastic Surgery

Dr. Mark Bishara, founder of The Paragon Plastic Surgery & Med-Spa

third anniversary of the Mansfield facility, a beautiful, 8,200 square-foot facility located on two-and-a-half acres. It has two operating rooms, two recovery rooms and two injection rooms.    There Bishara, an M.D. who has practiced cosmetic surgery in North Texas since 2009, heads a group of surgeons, nurses, nurse anesthetists, aestheticians, surgical assistants and a support staff that includes three robots (“junior partners,” he jokingly calls them). Collectively, The Paragon team offers a wide variety of cosmetic and corrective services for both women and men, including:    • Breast augmentation   • Tummy tucks    • Liposuction    • Facelifts and eyelid lifts    • Rhinoplasty    • Robot hair restoration    • Botox   • Fillers Arlington Today photo    To achieve state-of-the-art results for patients The Paragon Plastic Surgery & Med-Spa from around the world Dr. Bishara and the Paragon team stay on top of the latest medical 1101 Matlock Road, Mansfield • (817) 473-2120 • technology. To that end, the practice calls on the robots for the revolutionary ARTAS hair restoration process. Dr. Bishara is one of fewer than 200 Diplomats of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgeons worldwide and was the first doctor in Texas to acquire the ARTAS system. Currently, there only seven ARTAS systems in the state, and Dr. Bishara operates three of those. With five years of robotic experience, he has performed more procedures with them than anyone in the world – almost 1 million grafts transplanted.    In addition to the hair transplant technology, Dr. Bishara and the staff also use new lasers and cutting-edge gel implants for breast augmentation.    Whether patients come to him for enhancement or corrective cosmetic EVER AT THE INNOVATIVE FOREFRONT, The Paragon Plasic Surgery & Medsurgery, Dr. Bishara takes pride in his work. His patients, in turn, take pride Spa offers a wide range of procedures for patients hoping to improve the in how they look and feel after undergoing the various treatments and way they look and feel. Two, in particular, are popular with patients in 2017, procedures. says Dr. Mark Bishara.    “Anytime you can help make a dramatic, positive impact on someone’s    “This year, we’re seeing patients taking advantage of two procedures, life, it is very gratifying,” Dr. Bishara says. specifically: neck lifting and liposuction of the abdomen and flanks,” says    To enhance the experience for his patients, Dr. Bishara often offers Dr. Bishara, founder of the practice, which has locations throughout North friendly perks. “Patients can’t wait for Wrinkle Free Wednesday,” he says. “A Texas, including its “flagship” office in Mansfield. “These are the two most recurrent theme is that we have an amazing and kind front office staff. We popular procedures in our practice. We use a power-assisted liposuction pride ourselves on customer service.” device that provides better results than conventional methods. We also    Not to mention the results his team renders. “It brings me joy,” he says, perform neck lift procedures over about two hours, and the recovery for “watching patients regain their self confidence and walking down the both is about a week.”   pathway with patients side by side as they achieve their goals.”    Earlier this year, The Paragon Plastic Surgery & Med-Spa celebrated the

Always on the cutting edge • February 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


Vein Disease Specialists

Thomas E. Eidson, D.O., heads the team at Atlas Vein Care.

Vein problems: It’s more than vericose veins

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Atlas Vein Care 2705 W. Arkansas Lane • (817) 795-8346 •

DID YOU KNOW… 1 out of 2 women and 1 out of 3 men have vein problems. Vein Disease is more than varicose and spider veins. The medical term for vein disease is called Venous Reflux. Venous Reflux can cause a broad range of problems and greatly impact your health and quality of life.    Veins in the legs are supposed to flow one direction, back to the heart. However, over time the valves in the veins fail and blood starts flowing in the opposite direction. This is like a one-way street becoming a congested two-way street. But the good news is, this condition is treatable and is covered by most insurance companies including Medicare.

IMPROVING YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE! 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 walking immediately after. Stepping into our Atlas Vein Care office is the first step to treating your vein concerns.    Each patient is different and treatment plans will depend on a comprehensive consultation and exam with our certified vein specialist. Our goal is to get you back to doing the things you love and improving your quality of life. WHO IS DR. EIDSON? Thomas E. Eidson, D.O., is a double board certified doctor in Family Medicine and Vein Disease (Phlebology). Dr. Eidson completed his fellowship in Vein Disease in December 2011, and has safely and successfully completed thousands of procedures. He is passionate about providing the safest, most advanced, and most compassionate care for those suffering from both medical and cosmetic issues related to vein disease. He was born and raised in Arlington, Texas and his family has cared for the citizens of Arlington and surrounding communities since 1986. He enjoys continuing his family’s legacy.


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Methodist Mansfield Medical Center celebrated its 10th anniversary of serving the community late last year.

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

Celebrating a decade of service METHODIST MANSFIELD MEDICAL CENTER celebrated 10 years of service to odist Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) with the first high-field open MRI the community on Dec. 27, 2017. The 254-bed hospital offers some of the latest in the community. innovative treatments through dozens of specialties.    The hospital is also a part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, which gives    In the first decade, the hospital has achieved exceptional safety scores, outphysicians at Methodist Mansfield the opportunity to consult with Mayo performed other hospitals in key quality measures to provide excellent patient Clinic physicians. care, and offered some of the latest in medical advancements.    Today Methodist Mansfield is continuing to grow and is designing a third    The hospital recently added four new CATH lab for interventional cardiology proceoperating rooms with a focus on neurosurdures and in January broke ground on a new gery and minimally invasive robotic-assisted 82,000-square-foot, four-story Professional surgery, as well as cranial surgery for the Office Building II that is being constructed on removal of brain tumors and trauma surgery. a 5.5-acre site with ample parking and drive   The hospital opened the Amon G. Carter up access. This will be the first building on the Foundation Heart and Vascular Center and a 23-acre site owned by the hospital. new 208,000-square-foot, 118-bed tower.    Methodist Mansfield received the highest    They’ve also added four gastroenrating possible by Leapfrog, the independent terology procedure rooms, and Jeffrey hospital watchdog. Its Hospital Safety Score is Mayors of Midlothian, Mansfield, Kennedale, Grand Prairie and Arlington Linder, MD, performed the hospital’s first the gold standard rating for patient care. mark the 10th anniversary by immortalizing their hands in wet concrete endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) to obtain    “Methodist Mansfield’s ‘A’ grade is a powerin celebration of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center’s 10th anniversary. high-quality images of organs to evaluate ful reminder of our commitment to saving and masses and abnormalities in the gastrointestinal tract. improving lives,” says Methodist Mansfield president John Phillips, FACHE. “Our    To enhance outpatient care, the hospital added advanced diagnostic families, neighbors, colleagues, and friends deserve a hospital that puts safety equipment, including 3-D mammography, and partnered to open the Methand patient care above all else.” • February 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY



Professional and personal hearing healthcare services SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 2008, Audiology Experts has steadily grown to become one of the premier offices for hearing healthcare in Arlington. Founders Dr. Kristin Robbins and Dr. Lisa Fell were friends and fellow audiology students at Texas Tech University who started working together in 2000 in a medical ENT clinic prior to opening Audiology Experts.    Their shared audiology experience, strong teamwork skills and passion for patients have helped them craft an ideal resource for patients seeking diagnostic and rehabilitative hearing care. Dr. Fell believes the practice continues to grow for a number of reasons – starting with the way she and Dr. Robbins establish relationships with their patients. “Setting realistic expectations at our very first appointment helps our patients be successful,” she says. “We do not grab a pair of hearing instruments off the shelf, put them on ears and send users out the door. We explain to users and caregivers that wearing hearing instruments requires continued care. Patients see us at least two times a year so that we can check ears and their devices to ensure proper function.”    Dr. Fell says she and Dr. Robbins have been “extremely blessed to grow the practice with an abundance of wonderful and diverse patients” over the past eight and a half years.    “We welcome new patients as we grow and help even more people hear better, but we cherish the existing patients. During the journey of better hearing, we have connected and formed Dr. Kristin Robbins and Dr. Lisa B. Fell relationships with the patients we serve. We look forward to being caught up at their six-month clean and check appointment!”    Another key to the practice’s success is that Audiology Experts does not just sell hearing aids – but better hearing. “From the moment you are greeted by our friendly and committed staff, you are guided through the process to Photo courtesy of Audiology Experts better hearing,” Dr. Fell says. “With our access to advanced hearing aid technology and ability to Audiology Experts • 1261 W. Green Oaks Blvd., #105 • (817) 451-4818 • find solutions for easier communication, we are offering hope for a better quality of life.”    There are so many options for where to get hearing aids. It has to be confusing to consumers. Some hearing devices are purchased over the internet. This avenue is the most concerning because wearing hearing aids is a process – it’s not just a product. Success with hearing aids depends on hearing loss, expectations, even ear shape. Hearing aid retail offices and franchises, “Big Box” retailers near the checkout line at Sam’s or Costco, and small spaces that used to be a supply closet in the corner of Walgreen’s are other ways to purchase hearing instruments. There are too many choices, so it’s little wonder that many people in need of hearing care delay getting it sometimes.    Dr. Robbins and Dr. Fell privately own Audiology Experts. Being independent and not tied to any hearing aid manufacturer allows these audiologists to do what is best for the patient, with no strings attached. Audiology Experts is conveniently located and has easy parking. Inside the office patients find a friendly staff, refreshments, comfortable seating, up-to-date equipment, and private rooms for talking with the audiologist. It is a better experience compared to the other options.      “I do not envy the person that has to sort through all the hearing aid junk mail, infomercials and newspaper advertisements that highlight a tiny, cheap device as the solution,” Dr. Fell says. “We attempt to be as informative and straight forward as possible. Hearing through hearing instruments is not perfect, but the benefit of less effort in listening and improved confidence in social interaction make them worth wearing. We understand that people aren’t real excited about getting hearing instruments, but we try to make the experience positive and rewarding, and our patients appreciate that.”


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Baylor Orthopedic and Spine Hospital at Arlington was recently expanded to serve patients better.

typical hospitals can’t,” said Allan Beck, Chief Executive Officer at Baylor Arlington. “Everyone on our staff is focused on spine and orthopedic medicine all day, every day. That, along Photo courtesy of Baylor Arlington with the boutique feel of our facility, means unsurpassed care Baylor Orthopedic and Spine Hospital at Arlington and a pleasant experience for 707 Highlander Blvd. • (817) 583-7100 • our patients and visitors.”   Baylor Arlington’s recent expansion was completed in December 2016, and includes four new operating rooms and nine new post-anesthesia care units (PACUs) for patient recovery after surgery. The hospital also added two new admission areas, a relocated emergency entrance with dedicated admissions area, and increased parking. The expansion also includes a new, dedicated Pain Management Center for patients being treated for chronic spinal pain.    “We’re excited to open our expansion that includes accommodations for surgery and non-surgery patients,” Beck said. “This extends our commitment to providing the best comprehensive outpatient and inpatient treatment of orthopedic and spine disorders in North Texas.”    Baylor Arlington takes pride in making their patients’ visits uniquely pleasant, whether for inpatient or outpatient treatment. Built in 2010, this boutique hospital offers oversized private guest rooms featuring flat BAYLOR ORTHOPEDIC AND SPINE HOSPITAL AT ARLINGTON is a unique screen TVs, phone and wireless Internet access. Baylor Arlington also offers facility specializing in comprehensive outpatient and inpatient treatment the BOSHA Bistro, a full-service restaurant offering a fresh, chef-prepared of orthopedic and spine disorders. The newly expanded hospital boasts 10 daily breakfast, lunch and dinner for patients and guests. Patients staying operating rooms, a full-service ER, complete diagnostic imaging capabilities in the hospital can enjoy exceptional hotel-like room service with preand on-site physical therapy, rehab and a new Pain Management Center. pared-to-order meals that meet physician guidelines and aid in improving    Baylor Arlington is the only hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth that’s focused health and recovery. strictly on providing unsurpassed orthopedic and spine care. Baylor Arling   The hospital offers free valet parking and various online and on-site ton’s 24 staff physicians focus on patient-centered care, actively involving patient education programs to enhance treatment. Patients also can tap into patients and their families in each step and decision of their treatment. a convenient online portal to access their medical records and forms. Because the entire staff is focused strictly on orthopedic and spine care,    Baylor Arlington is centrally located near the Highlands Shopping Center patients receive a level of care and expertise that’s unmatched by any other in Arlington, Texas, making it convenient for patients from across the DFW area hospital. Metroplex and beyond. Visit for more information    “As a specialty hospital, we can provide a level of patient-focused care, and complete list of physicians and services. understanding, diagnosis and treatment of spine and orthopedic issues that

Unsurpassed care in a boutique setting • February 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY



   In addition to Dr. DiStefano, Arlington Cancer Center features medical oncologists John Adams, D.O., Barry Firstenberg, D.O., Karel Dicke, M.D., and Anwar Khurshid, M.D. Radiation oncologist Chad Amosson, M.D., and radiologists Neelu Gandhi, M.D., and Mandar Joshi, M.D., round out the staff, which provides state-of-the-industry treatment in the areas of medical oncology, chemotherapy, Chad Amosson, M.D., Anwar Khurshid, M.D., Alfred an infusion center, immunotheraDiStefano, M.D., Karel Dicke, M.D., Ph.D., John Adams, D.O., F.A.C.O.I., and Barry Firstenburg, D.O., of py, high-dose chemotherapy and Arlington Cancer Center stem cell infusion.    Other services offered at Photo courtesy of Arlington Cancer Center the center include imaging Arlington Cancer Center (including X-ray; CT scan; MRI; Nuclear scans and PET scan, bone 906 W. Randol Mill Road • (817) 261-4906 • density), IMRT Radiation Therapy and Steriotactic Radiosurgery.    Dr. DiStefano says he and his team have devoted their careers to finding the best ways to battle cancer, often calling on the latest technologies to help patients deal with the disease more effectively. For example, the center uses biogenetic mutation analysis and molecular markers to help determine the best treatment for patients with poor prognostic cancers. The treatments also help patients with cancers that have no good therapy known and patients with cancers that have not responded to chemotherapy.    “We also use radiation techniques to limit the dose to normal tissues and take a multimodal approach to therapy,” Dr. DiStefano says, adding that everything the center does is geared to each patient’s personal needs and tastes. “Our care is directed to the individual patient and their circumstance. It’s not a cookie-cutter approach.”    Dr. DiStefano and his fellow oncology professionals at the center understand that patients want and need a partner that will have their best interests at heart. FOR THREE AND HALF DECADES, Arlington Cancer Center has been known “That’s why we offer a comprehensive outpatient environment and take pride in nationally as a pioneer in cancer treatment, offering cutting-edge, individualized providing diagnosis, treatment, education and support services to adult cancer care. The center’s team of physicians and other health care professionals is highly patients from around the world,” he says. trained and committed to the fight against cancer.    The staff faces many daily challenges, but Dr. DiStefano says the rewards are    The center was founded in 1982 by Alfred DiStefano, M.D., along with other many: “The most gratifying aspect of my job is helping patients achieve their forward-thinking physicians who trained and practiced at the renowned MD goal. It may be a cure; extension of life; relief of symptoms. I still follow patients Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Arlington Cancer Center offers more than I treated 30 years ago. For example, I followed an elderly man with widespread 150 years of combined research, teaching and practical experience in treating colon cancer. He did not want chemotherapy. We just managed his symptoms. solid tumors, blood cancers and blood disorders at some of the premier national He had complications we were able to get under control so he could travel with and international cancer centers and medical schools. “We understand you want his wife and family to Boston (the site of his wedding) to celebrate his 60th an innovative partner to help you make the most informed decisions about your anniversary. His wife and kids will have that for their entire life. He passed away care and your future,” Dr. DiStefano says. “We are with you every step of your shortly after. I felt good that we were able to help make that happen.” treatment journey so you can be there for the special moments in your life.”

A pioneer in the battle against cancer


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Women’s Health Services now in two Arlington locations: Women caring for women Dr. Dawnette Peppler

DR. DAWNETTE PEPPLER has been a physician with Women’s Health Services since she moved to Arlington in 2000. She grew up in Kearney, Neb., and attended the University of Nebraska for both college and Medical School. She also completed her OB-GYN residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.    After spending all of her life in Nebraska, sweating through hot summers and shivering through cold winters in the Midwest, she decided to move out of the state to find a practice opportunity. At the time, WHS was interviewing physicians to expand the practice, and while her husband, Donny, inspected all the Arlington attractions, Dr. Peppler attended an interview with Dr. Joan Bergstrom, the founder of WHS. The two of them developed a solid professional rapport that has translated into 15 years of collegial work and personal friendship.    Dr. Peppler is a strong proponent of comprehensive medical practice with a special emphasis on obstetrics and breast feeding. She is particularly interested in high-risk pregnancies and currently performs all the in-house sonograms for the practice. She is skilled in surgical techniques, including in-office hysteroscopy, Nexplanon and ablations, as well as vaginal hysterectomies, bladder repairs, and vaginal reconstruction. With her husband, Donny Sickles, she is raising four daughters that range in age from 5 to 17.    Women’s Health Services now has six female physicians providing health care for women of all ages. The practice has expanded to two different locations in Arlington. The north office is located at 1001 N. Waldrop, Suite 505, and the south office is at 5005 S. Cooper St., Suite 275.    Dr. Peppler primarily sees patients in the WHS north office location adjacent to Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, where the group performs all deliveries and surgical procedures.    The physicians in Women’s Health Services are: Joan Bergstrom, Dawnette Peppler, Kiran Nangrani, Sheri Puffer, Joy Carter, and LaTasha Jarrett.

The Women’s Health Services team: Dr. Sheri Puffer, Dr. LaTasha Jarrett, Dr. Joan Bergstrom, Dr. Joy Carter, Dr. Dawnette Peppler and Dr. Kiran Nangrani

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Women’s Health Services

1001 N. Waldrop, Suite 505 • 5005 S. Cooper St., Suite 275 (817) 277-9415 • • February 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


Vision Care

Kleiman  I  Evangelista Eye Center offers a generous helping of Texas hospitality to patients in Arlington, in the DFW Metroplex – and beyond.

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Kleiman  I  Evangelista Eye Center

Arlington Location: 350 E. Interstate 20; (817) 784-0222 • Plano Location: 3645 Dallas Pkwy, Suite 545; (214) 440-5200 Dallas Location: 4633 N. Central Expressway, Suite 300; (972) 993-2900 •

Three Decades of Vision Care – From Their Family to Yours ARLINGTON, TEXAS HAS BEEN TOUTED “The American Dream City” and rightly so. The city of Arlington, sandwiched perfectly between Dallas and Fort Worth, has experienced steady, impressive growth over the years.    Both the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers bring tremendous notoriety, calling this great city home. Six Flags Over Texas and the University of Texas at Arlington round out the great offerings Arlington affords.    Businesses come and go, but one business in particular has grown and thrived in the last three decades right alongside its home city of Arlington – Kleiman I Evangelista Eye Center. Kleiman I Evangelista Eye Center offers exceptional medical and surgical eye care to residents of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and beyond.    If you’ve ever walked into a medical office that made you feel more like a number (or some type of cattle) than a person, then you recognize and appreciate it when you experience a medical office that truly puts patients first - every patient, every time.    That is the commitment at Kleiman I Evangelista Eye Center. Before revenue. Before technology. Before anything else. Every patient is the top priority and that is what sets this practice apart from others – a generous helping of Texas hospitality.


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   The Kleiman I Evangelista story began 33 years ago when founder Dr. David Kleiman opened his first solo practice in Arlington. He was later joined by partner surgeon Dr. Anthony Evangelista in 1999.    Even though growth of the Kleiman I Evangelista group has been steady and consistent, they have never lost sight of their hometown roots. Today, Arlington is still home to the flagship location, but now it’s a 28,000-square-foot, stateof-the-art facility located off I-20, just west of 360. The practice has expanded to Plano with a location on Dallas Parkway and most recently to Dallas, with an office at Knox-Henderson.    The Kleiman I Evangelista team has grown as well, with two more surgeons, Dr. Kelly Frasier and Dr. Loan Ramsey, joining the family in 2014 and 2016 respectively. The practice also has five board certified doctors of optometry on staff.    The friendly, professional staff and experienced surgical team at Kleiman I Evangelista Eye Center offer exceptional patient care and outstanding surgical results for everything from LASIK and the Corneal Inlay Procedure for reading vision correction to modern cataract surgery, LifeStyle Lens procedures and more.    Arlington, Texas and Kleiman I Evangelista Eye Center – a beautiful partnership with outstanding vision for the future. Learn more at



Innovative Dermatology Providers THE STAFF AT TEXAS DERMATOLOGY ASSOCIATES. P.A., recognizes that your choice of a dermatologist is driven both by the doctor’s competency and reputation. When searching for expert dermatological treatment, you need a dermatologist who is experienced, understanding and supportive. You find this caring attitude at Texas Dermatology Associates.    The team at TDA, with its extension in Mansfield, works together to meet your needs and to keep you informed about your health concerns. The practice was founded by world-renowned Alan Menter, M.D., known for his treatment and research of psoriasis. He has a deep interest in providing excellence in care to Tarrant county community.   Lisa Ostrowski, MPAS, PA-C, is the primary healthcare provider at the Mansfield location. Dr. Menter recognized Lisa’s relationships in the Tarrant county area – Lisa has spent the last 16 years working alongside some of the best Dermatologist in the DFW area, a career she adopted after 20 years as a PA. He opened the Mansfield location in November as an opportunity for Lisa to stay connected to the community she adores. She and her support staff at the office

see dermatology patients experiencing everything from acne and rashes to skin cancers and psoriasis ranging from pediatric to geriatrics. In an effort to meet all of her patient concerns, we provide a wide array of cosmetic procedures such as Botox®, Kybella®, and dermal fillers.   Cynthia Trickett, MPAS, PA-C, rounds out the practice’s leadership with 19 years of medical dermatology experience and more than 15 years in cosmetic procedures. She is an invited guest speaker for many therapeutic resources as well as an adjunct faculty member for P.A. departments. Surprisingly, she finds time to mentor and lecture PA students from the outflow of exposure at TDA.    Dr. Menter along with physician assistants Trickett and Ostrowski specialize in the diagnosis, management and prevention of skin, hair and nail conditions with access to advanced treatments and technologies to offer the best possible care. The Dallas location offers phototherapy, as well as photodynamic therapy.    Practice Director Christina Hernandez says Texas Dermatology Associates is unique in many ways. “Our private practice resides as the primary clinical site for our Dermatology Residency program. Our providers train and produce world-class Dermatologists who are as passionate about research, education, surgery and treating clinical patients to improve the patient’s quality of life. Our three-year residency program is high-ranking internationally.”    Given Dr. Menter’s extensive background and dedication to dermatology, it is no surprise he is the first physician that other providers seek consultation for the most difficult cases locally, nationally and internationally. For years, Dr. Menter has been involved in clinical research trials and is a leader and innovator in psoriasis treatment and by setting the standard protocols of psoriasis treatment. Menter Dermatology Research Institute offers clinical studies in diverse dermatologic disease processes and Menter Cosmetic Institute located in Dallas offers cosmetic, body contouring, laser and a wide variety of aesthetic services.    Hernandez says the practice’s principal care providers help set Texas Dermatology AssociCynthia Trickett, MPAS, PA-C, Dr. Alan Menter and Lisa Ostrowski, MPAS, PA-C, of Texas ates apart as special. “Our experienced phyDermatology Associates, P.A. sicians and physicians assistants understand the full spectrum of dermatological conditions and can effectively diagnose and treat specific Photo: Bruce Maxwell needs by spending the time with each and every patient,” she says. “We counsel our Texas Dermatology Associates, P.A. patients on the best ways to maintain Mansfield location: 1830 E. Broad St., Suite 102 • (682) 518-1515 and improve their health. Plus, they benefit Dallas location: Baylor Medical Pavilion, 3900 Junius St., Suite 145 • (972) 386-7546 from a dedicated team of trained • • professionals who give them the individualized attention they deserve.” • February 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY



Pediatric Dentistry

The team at Drs. Hyde, Bailey, Miller & Associates believes a trip to the dentist should be fun.

Dr. Kenyon Godwin

Photo courtesy of Drs. Hyde, Bailey, Miller & Associates Photo courtesy of Dr. Kenyon Godwin

Active Family Wellness Center 4927 S. Collins St., Suite 150 • (817) 557-2770 •

Taking a holistic approach to wellness ACTIVE FAMILY WELLNESS CENTER is the go-to-place for holistic family health. Founded by Dr. Kenyon Godwin in 2010, the practice has been named Arlington’s top chiropractic practice the past three years in Arlington Today’s Readers’ Choice awards; it also won the Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Veteran-owned Small Business of the Year.    Dr. Godwin says AFWC combines education, training and people-focused service to help families live longer, stronger, healthier lives. Dr. Stephanie Beavers is a new addition to the office. She is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner, and a specialist with athletes, sport injuries and functional rehabilitation.    “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, recreational 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.”    The practice offers specific science-based adjustments, corrective care for scoliosis and weakened spines, spinal decompression and injury prevention for all levels of athletes. On the wellness side, AFWC offers weight loss, prenatal adjustments, pediatric adjustments, health talks, and organic, all-in-one vitamins.    “Patients tell us we are more than chiropractors and can tell a stark difference on the first visit!,” Dr. Godwin says. “They love the feel of our office that adds to the results. We are able to help people where our current healthcare system has failed. In 2016, we helped one of our patients lose 100 pounds! People just need doctors that care about their health more than their wealth.”       Active Family Wellness Center uses cutting-edge technology and now offers advanced motion study X-rays, and the latest software for notes, check-in and appointment reminders. Says Dr. Godwin: “Our two top values are 5-Star Service and adding value – that is what AFWC is all about!”


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Drs. Hyde, Bailey, Miller & Associates

Central office: 3101 S Center St., Suite 101 • (817) 466-7057 South office: 4220 Little Road • (817) 478-2300 North office: 696 N. Fielder Road, Suite 102 • (817) 459-1313 Mansfield office: 2300 Matlock Road, Suite 28 • (817) 539-0500

Where dental visits are actually fun FUNDENTIST.COM, THE WEBSITE ADOPTED by the practice, Drs. Hyde, Bailey, Miller & Associates, is an accurate description of the presentation at three Arlington locations and one in Mansfield.    Since 1981, Dr. James E. Hyde, Dr. Charles W. Miller and the now-retired Dr. Philip M. Bailey have devoted their careers to pediatric dentistry that is fun for the patients.    The lobbies and waiting areas are bright and colorful, with lots of fun things to do and interact with. The treatment areas are spacious and open, so young patients can see what’s going on in the friendly atmosphere.    “Our office caters to children,” says Martha Burkhart, business manager for the practice. “We have a fun group of ladies that make the experience for the children great. Our office has an open-bay concept so that all the children can see each other getting their teeth brushed. Our open-bay concept really helps those children that are nervous. They get to see all the other children getting their teeth brushed, and it, in turn, makes them realize that it is not that hard.”    Burkhart says parents stay in the reception area while their “big girl or boy” gets to experience the visit on their own. “The parents are so proud of their children when they are all done,” she says.    Burkhart notes that a “fun, friendly team” is always ready to make each child’s visit special, whether the patient is making his or her first trip to the dentist or is there for treatment.    “One time,” Burkhart says, “a patient said, ‘Mom, I love this dentist. Can we keep coming here?’’

Emergency Care


PrimeCare Emergency Center provides around-the-clock healthcare.

Drs. Stephanie Bangs and Amy Schoening Photo courtesy of PrimeCare Emergency Center

Photo courtesy of Pecan Park Dental

PrimeCare Emergency Center

Pecan Park Dental

5912 S. Cooper St., Suite 110 • (682) 323-8899 •

912 N. Fielder Road • (817) 275-4355 •

A caring, full-service emergency alternative

A practice that puts patient care first

PRIMECARE EMERGENCY CENTER is one of the leading emergency rooms in Texas, offering 24-hour ER care. The PrimeCare staff strives to provide incomparable customer service in a professional work environment without compromising on quality.       PrimeCare’s facility is licensed by the State of Texas as a certified free-standing emergency room. Regardless of the severity of the illness or injury you’re facing, PrimeCare delivers personalized emergency care in a timely manner, making sure all patients are treated with utmost compassion and respect.    The center’s experienced physicians and highly trained medical staff are individuals who entered the healthcare industry with the core desire to help others; who find an intrinsic satisfaction in helping their Arlington neighbors recover from an illness or bounce back from an injury; and who thrive on patient/caregiver interaction. They handle all types of injuries and illnesses, paying attention to every detail.      PrimeCare caregivers are fellow parents. Whether their “kids” are grown, elementary aged, or still in diapers, they cherish the time they spend with their families. It helps ground them to the community and the needs of their Arlington neighbors. And it offers them a special rapport with their youngest patients.    They’re also as diverse in background as they are in their interests. PrimeCare includes artists who are also radiology technologists, nurses who enjoy the outdoors and running, and military veterans who are now doctors and nurses.       “Nobody plans for an emergency,” says Christopher Litchfield, a principal care provider at the facility. “When one does occur, you want capable professionals with extensive emergency room experience and a compassionate nature to provide immediate care and swift treatment services. PrimeCare is an alternative to the busy, crowded hospital emergency room with shorter wait times and more personalized care, from experienced ER physicians and an expert medical staff. At PrimeCare, patients are usually seen by a physician within 15 minutes, with the average visit no longer than an hour.”   

DR. AMY SCHOENING opened the doors to her beautiful office at 912 N. Fielder Road on Feb.14, 2004, and over the years the Pecan Park Dental practice has fulfilled Dr. Schoening’s original goal to provide a calm, friendly, homelike environment for her patients. It is important to Dr. Schoening, who has been practicing dentistry since 1994 – and in Arlington since 1997 – to know that her patients don’t feel like a number and that they get the treatment and care they deserve.    Over the past 13 years, the practice’s staff has grown to 11 people. In October 2015, Dr. Stephanie Bangs, a dentist since 2009, joined the team to give Pecan Park two veteran dental care providers who love to meet new people and make their patients feel at ease.    “Our professional philosophy is to provide quality care and comprehensive dentistry in a state-of-the-art facility from a caring and skilled team,” Dr. Schoening says. “We always want to treat our patients by the golden rule and to help them feel at ease during treatment and just as they visit with our excellent team.”    In addition to offering routine dental care, the office provides three new cutting edge technologies: digital radiology, sleep apnea screening and oral sleep apnea devices. It also provides a wide range of cosmetic procedures, including veneers, crowns, teeth whitening, Invisalign®, full mouth reconstructions and some laser treatments.    Dr. Schoening serves on the Board of Directors for a non-profit dental care clinic in the Arlington area and volunteers as a clinician to care for patients who might not have another way to get the care they need. She also was a former member of Junior League of Arlington and is a member of Arlington Rotary Club. She says she loves the volunteer opportunities tied to her profession.    “The times that I’ve worked as a volunteer dentist and been able to give patients a beautiful, natural smile back – the hugs and tears of joy from those thankful people is overwhelming,” she says. “As dentists, we have skills to help people that can be life-changing for them. I feel lucky to be able to be a part of helping make someone’s life better and open up so many new opportunities for them.” • February 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY



Dr. Nathan J Flesher, his wife Becca and their dog Hank


IVFMD founder Dr. Se Q. Le Photo courtesy of Dr. Nathan J Flesher

Photo: Bruce Maxwell

Dentistry by Nathan J Flesher, DMD


3310 W. Park Row Drive • (817) 277-1188 •

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

A dental practice with a heart for patients

Providing fertility solutions daily

DENTISTRY BY NATHAN J FLESHER DMD was recently established in a transition involving the 39-year-old practice formerly operated by Dr. David Bridgwater. Dr. Flesher heads a small, personable staff consisting of hygienist Greg Little, two assistants and his wife Becca, a registered nurse.    After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 2014, he then “followed God’s calling to Texas through the Christian Medical and Dental Association placement program,” ultimately winding up in Pantego.    Dr. Flesher is passionate about providing high-quality general dentistry services for the entire family at any age. He has extensive training in both emergency dentistry and comprehensive dentistry (complex cases). “My emergency experience taught me so much about relieving both dental pain and dental fear. People are always so relieved to find that we can take them out of pain in a gentle and caring way,” he says.    Among his proudest accomplishments was commissioning as an officer in the Army National Guard Dental Corp, where his main mission is to promote and restore the dental health of service members.    Despite the demands of private practice and Army responsibilities, Dr. Flesher devotes as much time as possible to giving back to the community and staying active in organized dentistry. Most Fridays he can be found performing charitable dentistry at Beautiful Feet Ministries in Fort Worth, where Becca also volunteers on Wednesdays in the medical clinic.    Greg Little, the team’s hygienist, has been practicing since 1997, and is also active in the community. He is president of the St. Jude Association, a board member of the City of Arlington Ethic Review Board, and Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 6269.    Dr. Flesher says his team is passionate about providing best care possible for its patients. “We are here to educate and support your decisions in a zero-pressure atmosphere,” he says. “New patients notice that we’re different in that we take our time getting to know them and what each individual wants for their oral health.”

IVFMD OFFERS COMPREHENSIVE diagnosis and treatment for male and female infertility, from the basic to the most advanced. But that’s just part of the good news for people hoping to start or grow a family. Dr. Sy Q Le, founder of the practice that started in 1997 and opened in Arlington in 2005, says he and his staff also strive to provide the best treatment in the most affordable manner.    “We are well known as a center where patients find affordable treatment,” Dr. Le says. “We are sensitive to the high cost of treatment and always strive to practice in a most cost-effective manner. We are also known for flexible and innovative treatment protocols to fit individual patients. Every patient has unique characteristics that we take into account in designing the treatment approaches to optimize the outcome and keep the cost affordable.”    Patients consistently praise Dr. Le and his staff staff for being thoughtful, compassionate, encouraging and experts in their field. Quite often, those patients share the enthusiasm over the results of their IVFMD experience with friends addressing fertility issues.    Dr. Le has been in practice for more than 20 years and is board certified in the subspecialty of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, did OBGYN residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and his fellowship at UT Southwest Medical Center.    That collective experience has helped him become one of the nation’s foremost experts on fertility treatment – and made IVFMD a premier resource for people searching for fertility solutions, as noted by its designation as a Center of Excellence for Infertility by United Health Care and Aetna.    IVFMD uses the most up-to-date technologies, such as IVF with pre-implantation genetic screening to optimize the chance of a healthy child, gender balancing, embryo adoption, and egg freezing for women who desire to preserve their fertility. “I love my job,” Dr. Le says. “Helping God’s miracles to come into this world and bringing happiness to our patients are true privileges, and I’m thankful every day for the opportunity.”


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The Firm Cardio Studio takes a unique boutique approach to fitness.

The Great Oak Dental and Legacy Park Dental staff

Photo courtesy of Great Oak Dental

Photo courtesy of The Firm Cardio Studio

Great Oak Dental

The Firm Cardio Studio

3851 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd., #101 • (817) 789-4488 •

5801 Interstate 20 W., #310• (682) 251-8438 •

Legacy Park Dental 1001 N.E. Green Oaks Blvd., #129 • (817) 789-4480 •

Helping patients get their smiles back DR. JACKILYN DANG started Great Oak Dental in spring 2013 and added a second practice, Legacy Park Dental, a year ago. She and her staff provide the utmost care in blending compassion and expertise as part of each patient’s treatment plan.    During a patient’s first visit to either office, the staff always begins with a full and comprehensive exam. They will go over current medical history, existing dental restorations, and the patient’s current periodontal health. From there, they customize a treatment plan that the patient understands and feels comfortable with.    “It’s important for our patients to be fully educated about their dental options, and we never want our patients to feel rushed or to be afraid to ask questions,” Dr. Dang says.    Dr. Dang, who has practiced dentistry for eight years, says she and the entire staff are dedicated to a professional philosophy that puts the patient first. “We take the time to educate and inform our patients about their financial options and procedures so they can make the best decision possible for themselves,” she says.    To that end, Great Oak Dental tries to stay on the cutting edge with regards to technology. The practices recently began offering MTM® Clear•Aligner, which is a virtually undetectable way to align a smile without traditional braces. The surprisingly affordable Clear Aligner uses clear, removable aligners to correct slight misalignments (such as crowding or gaps). Each aligner is custom fabricated, per the treatment plan arranged between the patient and Dr. Dang, to progressively advance teeth into their ideal position, leaving patients with a beautiful smile.    The practices also provide other services, such as implants, braces, veneers and bonding, laser dentistry, crowns and bridges, partials and dentures, and general dentistry.    “We are proud every time someone leaves here and is able to eat again without pain or when he or she can confidently smile again,” she says.

A new approach to better fitness THE FIRM CARDIO STUDIO is a unique concept group fitness studio offering a variety of fun and exciting group fitness classes in a boutique. From the ground up, The Firm Cardio Studio was designed with the member in mind. The fitness center offers flexible purchasing options, no initiation fees, no administrative fees and no contracts. The Firm utilizes the latest technology to keep you on track to achieve your fitness goals. Features include:    • Pay-per-class options, or save with unlimited month to month.    • New Schwinn top-of-the-line bikes with computers and interactive display that lets you monitor your progress.    • Great sound systems.    • Top professional instructors.   • A variety of group exercise classes for all ages and fitness levels.    • Yoga classes offered daily.    • The ability to download workout data directly to Facebook or e-mail for use with many fitness programs.    • A free fitness assessment.    The Firm Cardio Studio’s three signature programs are Spivi® virtual reality indoor cycle classes, Surfset® Fitness and Yoga. Other classes offered include Lebert Training Systems Classes, Piloxing® (Pilates & Boxing), POUND® (drum inspired cardio), Zumba, Insanity, Barbell and Tabata Bootcamp.   Spivi® is a 3D virtual indoor cycling race simulator. Riders can create their own profile in Spivi and receive a detailed performance analysis after each class, using information from the bike computers and heart rate monitors. SURFSET® brings one of the world’s most athletic and fun sports to the group fitness studio for a one-of-a-kind workout, even with no ocean in sight.    “While working as an instructor and Personal Trainer at local big box gyms for a number of years, I realize that their only goal was to sell memberships,” says company president Gretchen Davis. “I want to take the focus off of selling memberships and place it on helping people reach their fitness goals.” • February 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY



A SPECIAL kind of healthcare clinic


pen Arms Health Clinic offers compassionate, high-quality care to those who lack access to affordable health services. The faith-based nonprofit clinic, located at 3921 W. Green Oaks Blvd., is staffed by volunteers and is 100-percent funded by grants and donations.    Since November of 2011, Open Arms Health Clinic has provided more than 9,000 visits to people who struggle to pay for regular care. OAHC patients with chronic diseases receive more than medical care. They learn how to live healthier lives and take an active role as part of their own healthcare team. The clinic’s special programs promote health and wellness through diet, exercise, self-monitoring and education. Photo:    Open Arms Health Clinic was conceived by Christian health professionals to help the many families and individuals in the Arlington area community with limited access to affordable healthcare. The 2,500-square-foot clinic features six exam rooms, a 20-seat lobby, a children’s reading room, a staff lunchroom and a small

conference room. In this compact space, a rotating group of volunteers – doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, med techs, social workers, interpreters and office staff – work hard to meet their patients’ healthcare needs.    Donations and grants from individuals and corporate sponsors in the community go toward the clinic’s medical supply costs, technology and utilities. The clinic’s licensed volunteers can help with: • Management of chronic problems, such as hypertension and diabetes • Acute non-emergency problems, such as sore throats and earaches • Health education and support programs    The clinic does not treat broken bones, offer prenatal care, prescribe pain medications, provide immunizations, or diagnose or treat sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).    A social worker is frequently on hand to help patients discover other community resources available to help in their treatment.    For more:

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Classic Cars

An automobile that is in a class ALL ITS OWN

The 1956 Corvette was a major turning point in the American sports car’s history • Richard Greene

Clyde Godrey stands with his 1956 Corvette, one of the more important models in the sports car’s storied history.

Photos: Richard Greene


M’s Chevrolet Motor Division almost abandoned its 1953 trial entry into the sports car business. When sales of the inventive two-seater were disappointing, the auto manufacturer came close to shutting down production of the vehicle that would one day be declared “America’s Sports Car”: The Corvette.    History records three important events that saved the experiment. First was the introduction of Chevrolet’s 265 small-block V8 engine and dual four-barrel carburetors that turned the Corvette into a cred-


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ible performer. Second was the tenacity of the now-famous Russian engineer, Zora Arkus-Duntov, who was determined not to let the company give up on it. And third was Ford’s introduction of their two-seat Thunderbird.    Then, with the launch of the substantially improved and restyled 1956 model, Chevrolet was in the sports car business for good.    Arlington businessman Clyde Godfrey is the proud owner of this one, which has been perfectly restored to original showroom stan-

Godfrey’s refurbished Vette is in pristine condition, and though he doesn’t take it on the road often, it would surely turn heads with its sleek design and state-of-the-times features, inside and out.

In 2007, Clyde Godfrey visited the renowned Scottsdale auction and watched as similar ’56 Corvettes were bringing 10 times more than he had paid for his. That made him smile. • February 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


From the grill to the stick shift – and on to the wheels – everything about this classic vehicle tells people who see it that they are looking at one of the great American automobiles of all time.


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dards. And that includes the optional “transistorized hybrid” car radio that was available for the ’56 model. So meticulous is the outcome of the work done by two different restoration perfectionists over a span of two years that the car could easily have accumulated a bunch of car show trophies. But Clyde has never entered it into a single one.    In fact, it rarely leaves his garage even for a drive across town.    “I know that as soon as I take it out somewhere, it will get dinged or scratched or worse,” he says. “With what I have invested in getting it to this level of quality, I don’t want to take chances with it.”    While he doesn’t have knowledge of its original owner or its history before he acquired it 20 years ago, his purchase in 1997 occurred via an interesting acquisition process.    “Scanning the newspaper for the car I was looking for, I came across the announcement of an auction to be conducted by the U. S. Marshal Service,” he recalls. “They were selling off assets seized from drug dealers, and this Vette caught my eye.”    He next found himself in a bidding war with a Houston area car dealer/collector, but his competitor pulled out at the $17,500 mark, the auctioneer’s hammer fell, and Clyde became the car’s new owner.    “The car was drivable, but the paint, interior, engine and much more of it as I discovered was in bad shape,” he says. “I worked on it myself off and on for about three years, didn’t really get much done, and realized I needed a professional for what had become a frame-up restoration project.”    Clyde wondered if his investment was safe, so in 2007 he visited the renowned Scottsdale auction “just to look” and watched as similar ’56 Corvettes were bringing 10 times more than he had paid the U. S. Marshal for his.    That made him smile.    The Godfrey family’s history in Arlington is quite a success story. Clyde’s father Emmett brought him to town in 1939 when he was two years old. His dad had accepted a job from Hooker Vandergriff, who put him to work selling Chevrolets.    After achieving the distinction as Hooker’s number one salesman, Emmett began to look around for a way to start his own business.    He acquired a tanker truck, and with a $500 bank loan co-signed by Hooker, he entered into the business of selling propane gas to homeowners who needed the fuel to heat their houses, to power their kitchens and, for some, to run their farms. That 1943 start-up company would in 20 years’ time grow into Texas’ largest independent distributor of propane and butane gas and is still operated today by his sons and grandchildren from their Arlington headquarters.    Clyde’s business interests are currently centered in real estate holdings, mostly warehouses leased to clients doing truck maintenance and storage operations. He’s also thinking of building an enclosed, custom-made, color-matched trailer for his Corvette. Maybe if he does that he can finally take his 61-year-old iconic beauty to some shows and begin to acquire those trophies it is bound to attract.




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Picture-perfect Moments

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Local Homes

Home, SWEET! Home Roger and Del Iker’s house is ideal for entertaining guests – not to mention a great place in which to live


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rom practically any vantage point – inside or outside – Roger and Del Iker’s Interlochen neighborhood home is a work of art. But, then, that’s appropriate, given that Roger does art for a living.    He works primarily in oils on canvas, with mostly Texas subjects. Like the state he paints, the dwelling he shares with his “happy homemaker” wife Del is grand. And spacious. And beautiful on so many levels.    The stats on the property read like this: four bedrooms, four and a half baths. The house consumes 5,921 square feet of a halfacre lot. The lot banks one of the Interlochen canals. For nearly four years, the Ikers have called this spot home.    Visitors likely call it words such as “ideal” and “impressive” and, maybe even “incredible.” They would be correct in all cases – this is Interlochen we’re talking about.    “We were drawn to the house by its location in the Metroplex,” Roger says. “It is near both stadia and centrally located to all of our friends. We entertain a lot, and the house is large and sits well back on the lot with a huge curved driveway that will accommodate at least a dozen cars with added parking along the street because of a green belt across the way.”    There are no children at home, but the Ikers have two grown sons and a granddaughter (16) and a grandson (12). When the lot of the Iker family gathers in the house for special occasions – or any others – there is ample room to do what they want and plenty of unique “nooks” to ensure that they will always be comfortable.    Dell finds special comfort in her favorite place. “One of the best areas in the house is the master suite, which includes a 22-footby-11-foot closet, a small utility room, a large bathroom with two vanity areas, and a sunroom with beautiful views of the canal,” she says. She also likes the large open-concept

Del Iker says her spacious, open-concept kitchen is ideal for entertaining – which is a good thing, because the Ikers do a lot of entertaining.

Comfort and space are hallmarks of the Iker home.

The media room offers lush seating arrangements.

The great room is ideal for entertaining. • February 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


Here are three of the home’s four bedrooms. Del Iker says her favorite place in the house is the Master suite (here), which features a 22-foot-by-11-foot closet, a small utility room, a large bathroom with two vanity areas, and a sunroom with beautiful views of the canal.

kitchen, the great room (“which is great for entertaining”) and the large library with an attached media room. “It is a great retreat area because it is secluded upstairs at the back of the house,” she says. “It also has a unique view of the canal.”    Roger likes that the neighborhood is quiet and secluded with great tall trees and flowering shrubs tucked away with only two ways in and out. “No pass-through traffic,” he says.    The house has the look of a grand estate with a big yard and the aforementioned circular drive. It also has a lovely manicured lawn and shrubs with great trees. There’s a wrought iron gate to the garages and a large steel gate to the porch, which has a huge double custom iron door.    “There is a linear park across the street and a bike/walking trail that goes for miles,” Del says. “The canal at the back of the house is connected to four other canals that provide for a beautiful boat 60

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ride in the morning and evening, and the canals are stocked yearly with tilapia and contain many medium to large fish for a great fishing experience. There is also a dock nestled among some trees where you can sit in the shade and daydream.”    As mentioned, the Ikers love to entertain and regularly have as many as 45 guests in the house. “The large open area and the flow of the house easily facilitates this number,” Del says. “The kitchen has a flow of cooking and serving surfaces that is great for buffet style food, snacks and beverage service. Plus there is the plentiful parking.”    The bottom line: The Iker’s home is, indeed, a work of art. “Our favorite memories,” Del says, “are time spent with our friends in fellowship, time spent together in the home, on the canals and in the pool with many, many hours spent drifting and dreaming.”

From the front or the back, the Iker dwelling offers breathtaking views. It’s little wonder that Roger and Del spend a lot of time outdoors. • February 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY



Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen


on Jensen was elected Mayor of Grand Prairie in 2013 after winning elections as a City Council member representing District 6 in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2009. While serving as a city council member, he was named Mayor Pro Tem three times. This month, he talks about his past with the city, and what the future looks like on his watch. Arlington Today: Mr. Mayor, you have a long history with the city. What, in your mind, makes Grand Prairie special? Ron Jensen: Even though Grand Prairie is the 15th largest city in Texas and the127th largest in the nation, it’s a city with a “small town” feeling. That’s remarkable when you consider our growth and the fact that we’re in the middle of the DFW Metroplex. AT: What drew you to become a public servant in such a special place to you?

criticism. A lot of the credit for this goes to our city manager, Tom Hart.

RJ: As a young man, I went to work for a gentleman named Wayne Hanks who owned a local business. I really looked up to him, so when he told me that a business owner should always get involved, it made an impression. I became active in groups like the YMCA, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotary Club, and eventually this led to me serving on the City Council and as mayor pro tem. When my good friend Mayor Charles England stepped down, I decided it was time to run for mayor.

AT: Where do you see the city going in the next few decades?

AT: What’s your proudest moment associated with the city? RJ: I love that when I’m out and about people tell me how positively they view Grand Prairie. Residents are proud to live here and excited about the many accomplishments we’ve experienced over the past decade. They love our sense of community and our bright future. AT: How has Grand Prairie evolved over the past several decades? RJ: That shift in public attitude I just mentioned is one way we’ve changed. Another is our change in attitude as a city. Back in the day, we weren’t as developer-friendly as we are now, and we lost some opportunities as a result. Today we’re a great place to do business — and that’s something you can thank Mayor England for. Among other things, he appointed me when I was mayor pro tem to serve on committees that helped Grand Prairie become better known, something that I’ve continued as mayor by serving on the Regional Transportation Council.    Another big change is the expansion of the George Bush Turnpike. It opened up hundreds of acres of prime real estate, which will have a huge impact on our city. Now we’re anticipating the opening of Ikea and The Epic. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d be able to say something like that about Grand Prairie!    One last thing: I also think that Grand Prairie has changed when it comes to customer service. Our service departments — water, police, fire, public works, etc. — have a responsive attitude when it comes to citizen input, even when it’s a complaint or a 62

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RJ: General answer: Economic development. There are exciting things going on with the City’s economic development team, led by Marty Wieder.    Specific answer: Grand Prairie is currently underserved in retail. I’d like to see that change, and I think it will with the opening of a “big gorilla” brand like Ikea, which will undoubtedly draw in satellite retailers. AT: What might we not not know about the city? RJ: Did you know that Forbes Magazine named us to their “Best Places To Retire” list? Or that Wallet Hub also named us to their “Best City for Families” list?” AT: What “can’t miss” places should a Grand Prairie travel itinerary include? RJ: Visit Lone Star Park, Traders Village, Joe Pool Lake, Lynn Creek Marina, Verizon Theatre, Uptown Theater, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not and AirHogs Baseball. Go eat at the Crazee Crab & Oyster Bar, Tuscany’s Pasta & Pizza, Theo’s Grill, or The Oasis. Play some golf at Tangle Ridge or Prairie Lakes Golf Course, where you can also enjoy some famous Eddlemon’s Barbecue. Also, go next door and visit Arlington! It’s one of the major entertainment destinations of this region, and we’re lucky to be their neighbor. AT: What’s the nicest thing anyone has said to you during your public service career? RJ: Recently a guy came up to me at a concert and said, “Mayor, I grew up in this area but have only lived in Grand Prairie for seven years. Back in the day, I never thought I’d want to live in Grand Prairie. But what you’re doing makes me want to stay here forever.” Historically, Grand Prairie has been sort of overlooked by people in neighboring communities and even by our own residents. I’m happy to see us finally getting the recognition I believe we deserve.


Here’s to 10 years and many more.


• Ovarian reserve and male testing, HSG • Minimally invasive reproductive surgery • Ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination • IVF, ICSI, PGD, egg cryopreservation • Donor egg and surrogacy cycles

Thank you for making our 10th anniversary possible. Together, we’ve achieved many bests. We’ve been voted Best Medical Facility, Best Maternity Ward, and Best Emergency Department. And with the new Amon G. Carter Foundation Heart and Vascular Center, and other expansions and innovations – our hearts will always be in the right place.


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The MURALS of Mansfield Local artists Mary Elizabeth and Eddie Phillips teamed with city officials and business people to create a special kind of art scene • By Toni Randle-Cook

L Mansfield’s 30 in 30 Project was the brainchild of Eddie and Mary Elizabeth Phillips. Photo: Toni Randle-Cook


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ook up. Look down. Look all around. The sidewalks, brick walls and even some electrical poles throughout downtown Mansfield have become an interactive art gallery! It all started with the Mansfield 30 in 30 Project, specifically with local artist Mary Elizabeth Phillips’ vision. “When I’ve traveled, places that have public art have more life, they are more animated and more interesting to visit,” Phillips says.    She and her husband Eddie, also an artist, had participated in art shows and festivals in Mansfield. They were becoming more connected to the community, and knew they wanted to help bring that level of interest to the historic downtown, already going through a revitalization in its own right.    Simultaneously, Felix Wong, the city’s Director of Planning was also thinking of a similar idea. “I was visiting my mom in California, and I saw a mural on the wall when I was walking by, and I was thinking we need some artwork in downtown Mansfield to turn this into, No. 1, more of an art and culture district, and, No. 2, bring more pedestrians down here like me who are walking by this mural,” he says.    Wong and the Phillipses started talking about the idea while he was still out of town. The Phillipses compiled 30 images

As these photos show, the murals have become quite the tourist attraction.

Piano Project, which displays artfully painted pianos as a public and presented them to Wong for approval. They decided on display of interactive art, in 2012. That project is ongoing. the spaces they wanted to use as their canvases and spoke with    One of the pianos was a collaborative effort, a mosaic, created those building owners to get permission to paint. None of the by many members of the community. And a Facebook group paintings are on the front of historical buildings; they are on the called “Mansfield Rocks,” now nearly 2,500 members strong, is side or back walls. And the Phillipses say none of the work is too painting flat river rocks and hiding them around town. Particiedgy for the area. pants take a photo of each rock as a clue, post it on social media    Once they got the okay, Mary Elizabeth and Eddie painted 30 and then other people go out to find it. The front of each rock murals in 30 days. is painted with a design of some kind. The back says, “Keep or    Some are small. Some are large. hide, you decide.”    They painted one per day and left it up to downtown visitors to    Ann Smith, a Discover Historic Mansfield board member, find their latest artwork. attributes this spillover to the 30 in 30 Project. “It’s gotten people    The city printed 30 in 30 cards for visitors to pick up (at the C.A. thinking,” she says. “It makes [the city] nicer; it makes life nicer.” Smith & Sons building or at the Mansfield Historical Museum,    Wong says the C&S Mini Mart is a both on Main Street) to go on a scavenperfect example of how the artwork ger hunt to find the murals. The cards, To check out more of the has made the city better. Prior to the along with the push of social media, Phillipses coming along, the side of worked – in a big way. “It just became 30 in 30 Project murals, visit the building was plain. But after they this instant sensation and popular area painted it, “The owner was so proud phenomenon,” Mary Elizabeth says. of it that he lit it up,” says Wong. “It’s    Since the Mansfield 30 in 30 Project, art and culture. Beyond that, it’s bringing more visitors. But which happened in the summer of 2013, the Phillipses have been beyond that, it is improving property appearance and property hired to continue works throughout the city. They’ve since paintvalue.” ed at least 12 more spots and are under contract to do more.    “It was such a good response to how it helped people connect    It’s a welcome addition for those who are invested in the histo the downtown area, even discover it,” says Phillips, “There are toric downtown. “I believe the artwork has greatly enhanced the people who live in Mansfield on the other side of 360 who don’t revitalization of downtown,” says Samuel Chambers, a historical even know this is here!” restoration specialist. “It proves that there are people here who are    The Phillipses opened a micro gallery, the Lil’ Blue Goat, along willing to sacrifice their time and labor and love to make it more Main Street. They share a space with an optometrist who has been interesting, and more beautiful at the same time, therefore increasthere for more than 30 years. This is also part of the downtown’s ing more interest in other people wanting to buy or renovate or art initiative, a way for offices to host something more pedestrilease properties here.” an-friendly in the window fronts.    As it turns out, the art influence is just what Mansfield needed,    Mary Elizabeth and Eddie are all in – they bought a house in and the 30 in 30 Project was part of a genesis for other projects. downtown and are proud to call Mansfield, home. Discover Historic Mansfield, Inc., had launched the Mansfield 88 • February 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


Picture-perfect Moments

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Chad Conn and Tessa McCook speaking. Sandy taught both of them in fourth grade at Ditto.

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McNutt Principal Dr. Jackeline Orsini, the campus mascot and Sandy McNutt

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Honoree Sandy McNutt at the school named for her


Snapshots from the recent Sandy McNutt Elementary School Dedication Ceremony and Open House Photo: Robert Spence

AISD School Board President Jamie Sullins speaking on behalf of the board.

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Music teacher Stacie Bates leads the kindergarten, fourth- and sixth-grade students in song. 66

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The Sam Houston Tex-Annes perform as part of the ceremony.

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Having a BALL Mansfield Cares will host its annual fundraiser this month to help support local charitable projects


he 18th annual Mansfield Cares Charity Ball will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18 at Walnut Creek Country Club. That takes care of the “What.” However, where this steadily growing yearly event is concerned, the “Why” is the more important factor.    In a nutshell, Mansfield Cares is the No. 1 supporter of charities seeking to meet the health, wellness and educational needs of the community. Proceeds from this month’s event – like all its predecessors – go toward projects that benefit the city on a number of levels.    For example, because the charity ball has been so successful over the years, Mansfield Cares was able to build and fund the Mansfield Food Bank, now serving as Harvesting International Ministries. Each year, ball proceeds and donations from benevolent local residents and companies help support 12 local food pantries that feed the hungry in the city.    Meanwhile, through the success of the ball, Mansfield Independent School District has been able to establish a scholarship program that has grown from two to 50 annual rewards for worthy seniors in the district.    Then there are the Linda Nix Family Caring Place Clinic and the Wesley Mission Center. Proceeds from the ball help the clinic offer free healthcare to financially challenged families in Mansfield and the center to create programs that empower city residents on a journey to self-sufficiency and wellness.    In all, Mansfield Cares supports more than a dozen local projects that make life better for those they serve – and the annual ball represents the primary fundraiser for the organization.    This year’s event will feature the usual food and fun – music will be provided by the David Whiteman Band, and there will be live and silent auctions to boost proceeds beyond what ticket sales fetch. A VIP ticket


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costs $125 in advance and $150 at the door. VIP sponsors and guests will receive reserved VIP seating in the main ballroom. All sponsor seating reservations will be accepted on a firstcome, first-served basis.    “As always, attendees’ support allows Mansfield Cares to provide assistance for annual school supply drives, food vouchers, angel tree adoptions, emergency financial assistance, reduced-cost childcare programs, free prescription drugs, and monetary contributions to many local charities,” says Lisa Stewart, a board member of Mansfield Cares. “With the ball [coming soon], things have kicked into high gear. We have really got the ‘ball’ rolling, so to speak. Our annual event is the culmination of hard work and countless hours spent by members of our board, and ambassador volunteers. We are so grateful to the many Mansfield businesses and individuals who answer the call year after year to support this worthy cause. Without their help, Mansfield Cares would not be able to serve the needs of our community.”    For more:

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Scenes from last year’s Mansfield Cares Charity Ball: (Top left) Chuck and Joni Wilson share a picture-perfect moment. (Top right) Mansfield Mayor David L. Cook addresses the crowd. (Bottom left) Mansfield Cares board member Lisa Stewart pauses for a photo shoot while at the silent auction. (Bottom right) Some auction items.

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Footwork is key


ne of the first skills you will learn in a tennis class is the mechanics of how to swing the racquet. However, footwork development should be introduced early in your training. A good groundstroke is important, but if your feet cannot get your body in the right position, the stroke has to be altered in a way that is less effective.    Beginning tennis players should focus on two different types of steps: longer strides and shorter, quick steps. The longer strides are easy for most players, as longer steps are meant to cover ground. The shorter, quick steps may be a little more difficult to master, but they are critical in getting your body into the correct position to strike the ball.    Try this exercise: Place a tennis ball a minimum of 10 feet away. Hold the racquet by the head, where you would make contact. Try taking only long strides to line up with and reach the ball. Can you do it? Probably not without having to adjust your swing, and that


Proper footwork helps you get in position to hit better shots more consistently.


ball is not even moving! Now, try it again, taking longer strides with the first step or two (to cover ground), and as you near the ball, adjust the length of your stride, using shorter, quick steps. You will likely have more success getting the ball set up correctly in the strike zone. Without the shorter steps, you most often get too close to the ball, causing you to adjust your swing.    Ideally, our feet would get our bodies in the perfect position every time. However, that goal is just not possible because your opponent has the ability to affect the ball. Good footwork takes time to develop, and there are many simple exercises than can improve it (e.g., ladder drills, jump rope, octagon jump). Consult with your local tennis professional to create a footwork plan specifically for you. Lisa Osborn is a USPTA Elite Professional, Mansfield Legacy High School Assistant Tennis Coach and an Arlington Tennis Center Tennis Professional.

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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

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Rio Mambo 2150 E. Lamar Blvd. (817) 795-4555 6407 S. Cooper St. (817) 465-3122

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Your resource for entertainment in and around Arlington TRIVIA: Live Trivia with the PubGuys When: Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 Where: World of Beer (5005 S. Cooper St.) Show time: 7 p.m. Notes: Here’s a tip to help you make the most of the evening: Bring your smart friends for the answers and your rich friends for the tab. For more:

MUSIC: Acoustic Sundays with Jesse Jennings & Friends on the Patio When: Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 Where: Fat Daddy’s Sports & Spirits Cafe (781 W. Debbie Lane, Mansfield) Show time: 7 p.m. Notes: Jesse Jennings is a singer, songwriter and musician based in Fort Worth. His lyrics are reflections of his personal experiences: love, loss, heartache, small town life, life on the road and more. For more:

MUSIC: The Time Jumpers, featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, “Ranger Doug” Green and Paul Franklin When: Feb. 9 Where: Arlington Music Hall (224 N. Center St.) Show time: 7:30 p.m. Notes: Tap any member of multi-Grammy-nominated The Time Jumpers on the shoulder and the face that turns to greet you will be that of one who’s made major contributions to the richness of country music. For more: 76

MUSIC: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder When: Feb. 10 Where: Arlington Music Hall (224 N. Center St.) Show time: 7:30 p.m. Notes: Skaggs struck his first chords on a mandolin over 50 years ago, and this 14-time Grammy Award winner continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music. He and his band, Kentucky Thunder, have recorded 12 Grammy-nominated classics. For more:

MUSIC: Shoji Tabuchi Road Show When: Feb. 11 Where: Arlington Music Hall (224 N. Center St.) Show time: 7:30 p.m. Notes: This performance mirrors Shoji Tabuchi’s regular shows in Bransom, Mo., and incorporates a wide variety of stage settings, music styles, beautiful costumes and incredible musicianship. For more:

MUSIC: Symphony Arlington with featured bassoonist Leslie Massenburg When: Feb. 16 Where: Arlington Music Hall (224 N. Center St.) Show time: 7:30 p.m. Notes: Massenburg began her musical studies with piano at the age of 5. She started playing the bassoon in 1995 and continued to Baylor University for her undergraduate degree in bassoon performance and piano pedagogy. She furthered her bassoon

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Sting coming to Grand Prairie THE STING “57TH & 9TH” TOUR will come to Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie on Feb. 20. Show time is 8 p.m.; doors will open at 6:30 p.m.    The lead singer for the iconic rock band The Police – and a highly successful solo artist – will perform his classic hits, along with cuts off his latest album, “57th & 9th.” From 1977-1985, he fronted The Police, one of the best-selling bands in history and a 2003 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The group’s “hits” list included chart toppers “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” “Every Breath You Take,” “Roxanne” and “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic.”    As a solo artist, he produced more stellar singles, including “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free,” “Fortress Around Your Heart” and “We’ll Be Together.”    For more:

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all the original songs from the movie plus 14 new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. For more:

THEATER: School of Rock – Youth Musical When: Feb. 17- March 5 Where: Theatre Arlington (305 W. Main St.) Show time: 7:30 p.m. on Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sunday Notes: This new musical based on the movie follows Dewey Finn, a failed, “wannabe” rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Completely disinterested in academic work, Dewey decides to create his own curriculum, turning his class into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This stage musical, featuring

THEATER: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe When: Feb. 18 Where: Willie Pigg Auditorium (1520 N. Walnut Creek Drive, Mansfield) Show time: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Notes: Mainstage Classic Theatre presents this dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic, set in the land of Narnia and faithfully recreating the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion. It chronicles his struggle with the White Witch and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. For more: mainstageclassictheatre. org


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A bright future, indeed

The new Arlington sports complex will be more than a ballpark – it will be an experience • By John Rhadigan


ast month, there was a Twitter link making the rounds that included a shot of yours truly wearing a doublebreasted suit and baggy pants as I walked the first baseline of the brand spanking new Ballpark in Arlington. It was part of a special that aired on NBC5 that celebrated the new home of the Texas Rangers.    My closing line went something like this: “We are taking in the splendor of this majestic new ballpark that will undoubtedly outlast all of us. This is John Rhadigan for ‘Take Me out to the Ballpark.’”    The truth is: The next couple of years are going to be strange as we all watch the construction of the new stadium even as we cling to all of the memories that were made in the “old” one.    It will be a completely different experience from 23 years ago, when very few fans mourned the passing of Arlington Stadium. That was an outdated stadium that was not built to house a major league team. This is a palace that was built right and has been updated beautifully. Globe Life Park in Arlington was – and is – a near-perfect place to watch a game. Image courtesy of The City of Arlington It has just one flaw: no roof!    The new stadium will be better than the old one because it will have a roof – and it will have air conditioning. Of course, it would have been nice if it had been possible to simply slap a roof over Globe Life Park. Former owner Tom Hicks spent millions to study that possibility, and it just was not feasible. For those who are too young to remember, the current stadium does not have a roof because that technology was cost-prohibitive when the ballpark was built in the early ‘90s.    THIS IS THE TIME to build a stadium like this. Modern technology allows for all the things a baseball purist might miss. It allows for natural grass, it allows for blue skies above (weather permitting), it allows for fresh air, it even allows for the roof to be opened and closed during the course of the game. So if the rains move in, you close it. If the temperatures drop, you open it.    Even fans who are against the idea of a new park will come to appreciate that certainty. There are no rain outs. You needn’t bring 78

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a hat or gloves to the the first night game of the season because it could get so cold after nightfall. Seriously, some of the coldest nights I have spent in Texas have been during a three-hour games on on windy night in April.    This is like a getting a new car with all the bells and whistles. This stadium will have power windows, heated seats, a backseat entertainment system, navigation. You get the point – the new ballpark will be the equivalent of a car that is loaded. The new Rangers ballpark    will have many amenities – THERE WILL BE shops, restaurants, while retaining the charm concert venues. Things to do of its predecessor. before and after the ballgame, reasons to come to the ballpark in the off-season. This will be good for Arlington. Like AT&T Stadium, it will attract people to our city.    Once all the amenities are in place, like Texas Live, people will have more of a reason to stay in Arlington and spend some money. It won’t be a drive-by to look at the stadium; rather it will be a stop-over to enjoy some food and fellowship.    So as you come to Globe Life Park this year and for the next couple of years, don’t be angry or annoyed. Be eager.    The future is very bright for the Arlington sports complex. Besides, they are not tearing the old stadium down; they are going to use it in new and creative ways.    Indeed, maybe my words will actually ring true. Maybe, “the majesty and splendor of all three stadiums in Arlington will, in fact, outlast all of us. This is John Rhadigan for Arlington Today.”

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Your official Arlington area guide to fun (and the like) Feb. 1-12 What: Pablo Picasso: Ceramics Where: Arlington Museum of Art (201 W. Main St.) When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. In a nutshell: One of the more iconic artists of the 20th Century, Picasso was introduced to ceramics in his 60s and instantly immersed himself in the medium. Working out of the Madoura Pottery in Southern France, he was given free rein to design as the mood struck him. The Spanish artist spent 25 years near the end of his life developing these ceramic pieces. For more:

Feb. 1 - Dec. 31 What: Donray Traveling Exhibits Where: Arlington Museum of Art (201 W. Main St.) When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. In a nutshell: This exhibit demonstrates the majesty of the Western American landscapes, birds, and performers. 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:

Feb. 4 What: Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance Where: Mansfield Activity Center (106 S. Wisteria, Mansfield) When: 6 p.m. In a nutshell: Enjoy an evening of fun, laughter, dancing and treats at the MAC “beach.” Each couple will go home with a professional picture to remember their night. Refreshments will 80

be provided. This dance is designed for 4-13 year olds, but everyone is welcome. For more: 5632/sweetheart-dance

Feb. 4 What: 2017 Monster Jam® Where: AT&T Stadium When: 7 p.m. In a nutshell: Monster Jam is an action-packed, live event where worldclass drivers compete in front of capacity crowds around the globe. Monster Jam features high-octane spontaneous entertainment and intense competition, featuring the most recognizable trucks in the world. For more:

Feb. 4, 9, 11, 23, 25 What: University of Texas Arlington women’s basketball Where: College Park Center (600 S. Center St.) When: Check below for tipoff times In a nutshell: The UTA Mavericks women’s team will host Texas State at 2 p.m. on Feb. 4, Arkansas-Little Rock at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 9, Arkansas State at 2 p.m. on Feb. 11, Troy at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 and South Alabama at at 2 p.m. on Feb. 25. For more:

Feb. 4, 11, 13, 25, 27 What: University of Texas Arlington men’s basketball Where: College Park Center (600 S. Center St.) When: Check below for tipoff times In a nutshell: The UTA Mavericks, the

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Take a dip in the Shark Tank ... KEVIN O’LEARY, star of the television show “Shark Tank” and one of North America’s leading business moguls, will be featured during the next Maverick Speaker Series event, “Swimming with a Shark – An Evening with Kevin O’Leary,” at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 at College Park Center.    O’Leary’s track record in business success began with The Learning Company, a software development organization that he sold to Mattel for $3.7 billion, making it one of the largest tech deals in Canadian history.  As an “eco-preneur,” O’Leary focuses on investments that make money while being environmentally friendly.    For more:

preseason choice to win the 2016-17 Sun Belt Conference championship, play five home game this month. The Mavs host Texas State at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 4, Arkansas State at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 11, Arkansas-Little Rock at 8 p.m. on Feb. 13, South Alabama at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 and Troy at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27. For more:

Feb. 17 - March 12 What: Kurios - Cabinet of Curiosities Where: Lone Star Park (1000 Lone Star Prkwy., Grand Prairie) When: Check website for show times. In a nutshell: Cirque du Soleil presents Kurios - Cabinet of Curiosities at Lone Star Park’s The Grand Chapiteau (Big Top). The venue seats over 2,600 spectators per performance. For more:

Feb. 19 What: RFD-TV’s The American Where: AT&T Stadium When: 2 p.m.

In a nutshell: When the dust settles at this action-packed rodeo event presented by Polaris RANGER®, the toughest competitors in the world will ride away with the most significant one-day cash payout ever awarded. Every qualifying athlete will be entitled to a share of the $1 million cash payout. For more:

Feb. 25 What: Sweetheart Stroll Where: 1001 Viridian Park Lane When: 8 a.m. In a nutshell: Team up with friends and loved ones to complete a one-mile walk or a 5K run presented by Viridian. The walk/run starts at 1001 Viridian Park Lane and winds through River Legacy Park. The event concludes with a post-race party featuring music, inflatables and games. For more: Do you have an Itinerary item? Email it to

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A present with a past

How I was surprised when I received a fun and informative 93-year-old gift • By Richard Greene


and their wives on their way to a vacation. The country’s surgeon New Hampshire friend sent me a most unusual Christgeneral expressed grim concerns of Coolidge being over-worked mas gift – an original Sunday Boston Herald newspaper and over exercised. He worried that such rigors could lead to serious published on Aug. 19, 1923. I know you are wondering why. health issues. “Too many men of my age (54) have dropped dead So was I when I first unwrapped the carefully packaged while playing golf. Tennis is dangerous for a man after he passes the delivery from FedEx. On page two of the delicate and yellowed age of 40.” broadsheet from long ago, I saw the answer.    The newspaper was also full of advertising. Retailers were offering   Headlines in the Herald, a multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning publicafancy lisle socks reduced to 45 cents, twill ties for 95 cents, flannel tion founded in 1846, read: “Flogging Outbreaks Rouse Texas to Send shirts for $1.35, shoes sold for $4.85, and Out Rangers.” entire suits with two pairs of trousers went    My friend, a big Boston Red Sox fan, wonfor $23.25. dered if these were the same Texas Rangers    Over in women’s wear there was a big who now played baseball in Arlington. sale on fur coats to prepare for the coming    It’s likely the Herald’s editors believed their winter. Seal coats with a large Skunk collar New England readers would be interested and cuffs could be had for $195, the Raccoon in a story about Texas, which many probably variety for $175, and the lowly Muskrat for still saw as part of the unsettled wild West. only $95. Grocers were selling butter for 49    The next question I had about the gift was cents a pound, a dozen eggs for 48 cents, a how my friend was in possession of a newshalf gallon of vinegar for 29 cents, six bars of paper published so long before he was born. ordinary soap for 29 cents – or, if you wanted He discovered it, along with many others, the upscale Lifebuoy brand, the same six lining the insides of the walls of the house bars would set you back 38 cents, and a loaf he was remodeling. It had served and been of fresh baked bread went for 7 cents. preserved as insulation from the rigors of    All models of automobiles were competing Northeastern winters across the years. for your attention, starting with “The Hit of    Since its arrival, I’ve been captivated by the Year” Overland Red Bird for $750 and the stories of what was taking place in the moving up to the most expensive Phaeton political, social and daily lives of people in The daily paper that remained in use for 93 years. Reo that cost twice as much. the 1920s. It’s a history lesson told in terms of    Most of Boston’s many movie houses were offering double feadaily news reports, and much of it is quite fascinating. The lead story tures. The Tremont featured air conditioning for those wanting to see on the front page told of President Calvin Coolidge’s determination George M. Cohan’s Comedians and The Rise of Rosie O’Reilly. Seats to settle a serious labor battle between coal miners and operators of sold from 50 cents to $2.50 for the best location. The Loew’s State thethe country’s major source of energy. ater was showing The Eternal Struggle “A big and powerful drama of    Coolidge, who had become president just 10 days earlier following the great Canadian northwest,” and Hoot Gibson in “Blinky.” the death of Warren Harding, was assured by the chairman of the    A day’s stay at the majestic 800-room Savoy Hotel would cost one U. S. Coal Commission that, “It would be suicidal for either party to guest from $2.00 to $3.00 if you wanted a private bath. Two guests for be responsible for the suspension of the industry,” and that he was those rooms would add 50 cents to the overnight bill. There was even certain that neither side would “commit such egregious folly.” a Hotel Arlington, bragging about its “Largest Hotel Marquee in the    Across the page was news of the growing economic crisis in World” and offering 400 competitively priced rooms. Germany and that country’s opposition to the American proposal to    So, both Arlington and the Texas Rangers appeared (sort of) in this make the Rhineland a separate state. Years would pass before war old Boston newspaper so full of so much more. I’m proud to call it my broke out again, but conditions in Europe were already deteriorating own and promise not to convert it again to any kind of insulation. – so much so that they would inevitably lead to such an outcome.    Another story told of an interview a reporter had with Henry Ford about rumors of his possible interest in running for president. Ford Richard Greene served as Arlington’s mayor from 1987-1997. He teaches in the University of was passing through town with Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone Texas Arlington graduate program in the college of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs. 82

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