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Contents July 2017 • Volume 4 • Issue 7

HIGHLIGHTS 24 Bikes for Tykes

A local organization restores and distributes bicycles to area youth and the homeless.

On the Cover

This month, Arlington-area residents will join their fellow Americans to celebrate Independence Day. Here that means a parade unlike any other, fireworks that light the North Texas sky and music to beat the band – and that’s just on July 4 proper. Check out Itinerary on page 80 to see what else is on the docket for people of this region.

26 Home SWEET! Home

This month, we turn the spotlight on a Mansfield home that encompasses 5,667 square feet over 1.018 acres – quite well, we should add.


32 Healthy living

People, places and programs that are dedicated to crafting a better you.

Photo: Bruce Maxwell

44 Touring adventures

DEPARTMENTS Starting Line ... 10 This ‘n Data ... 12 Around Town ... 18 Scene ... 24, 56, 64, 72 Style ... 58 The Tee Box ... 70 Dining Guide ... 74 Sights/Sounds ... 76 Speaking of Sports ... 78 Itinerary ... 80 Finish Line ... 82

The McDonald collection marks the dawning of the age of the automobile.

48 Small houses – big impact

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52 An EPIC endeavor

This fall, Grand Prairie will welcome a new entertainment facility like no other in the country.

60 A timeless bond

Northstar School enhances the special relationship Arlington has with Bad Königshofen, Germany.

66 Celebrating summer!

Looking for ways to make the most of the Summer of 2017? Here are some ideas you will want to embrace.



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his month, as the magazine celebrates Healthy Living and I celebrate the fact that I have lived a generally healthy life since July 16, 1956, I healthfully propose that the following few lines of prose are the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me, God:    • As cool as it has been over the past 45 years to be a fan of Your Texas Rangers, I have to admit that an air-conditioned ballpark sounds like a pretty nifty idea these days.    • With all due respect to the people I call boss today, the three summers I spent in the employ of Six Flags Over Texas remain my favorite time in the work force. I have no idea how all the other people who engineered The Fiesta Train back when there was a Fiesta Train to engineer feel about that assessment, but I considered that pretty much the perfect job.    • Don’t look now, but Arlington is about to blossom into one of those “destination cities” you read about in the magazines – and not just because of the aforementioned best employer Yale Youngblood ever had. The trendy craft breweries that double as Yale Youngblood Editor gathering spots, the “fine” fine food establishments, an alluring retail scene, burgeoning urban living options ... hey, this isn’t your grandfather’s Arlington any more.    • That noted, I am oh, so, eager for the day when the current downtown development projects look more like the artist’s renderings than the construction sites beget by the artist’s renderings.    • Remember when the University of Texas at Arlington was “that commuter school”? T’ain’t the case any more. Like the city in which it dwells, UTA has evolved into something different and better. (See the transition in basketball watching from Texas Hall to College Park Center and read all about what’s going on in the way of research.) Indeed, our baby is all grown up.    • I’m assuming that my invitation to MENSA International got lost in the mail.    • When have you ventured to River Legacy Park and not seen something special?    • That’s a rhetorical question. You never venture to River Legacy Park and not see something special.    • I have yet to see one of those bobcats everyone talks about, however.    • I’m really glad Arlington has two major sports teams, even if many members of the national media fail to acknowledge that fact.    • Speaking of facts, here’s one more: Arlington is the 50th largest city in the U.S., and there’s not one ahead of it where I’d rather work.

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A HIGH note

Kay Duggan, Yekwon Sunwoo and Mayor Jeff Williams, at the Duggan home Photo: Richard Greene

2017 Van Cliburn winner Yekwon Sunwoo stayed with Arlington’s George and Kay Duggan while in the area


   The bonding process between Yekwon and the Duggans began almost immediast month, when Yekwon Sunwoo was named the Nancy Lee and Perry ately. Along with providing meals and transportation to all of the individual practices, R. Bass Gold Medal winner of the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Kay and George were with Yekwon at Bass Hall when he chose his performance Competition, few hearts swelled with more pride than those of George piano. They also took him to his meetings with conductor Leonard Slatkin, and to and Kay Duggan. The Arlington couple hosted Yekwon throughout his practices with the Brentano String Quartet and the Fort Worth Symphony. stay in the area, which extended from May 21 through June 15, when he flew to    “We knew immediately that he was a highly disciplined individual, and it would New York for his first performance as the Cliburn Gold Medalist. be critical to create a peaceful environment where he could thrive,” she says. “Each    The Duggans – in fact, the Duggan extended family that embraced the 28-yearday was filled with five-plus hours of practicing and shared meals. He enjoyed old native of South Korea – shared every triumphant moment, from the first note to home cooked meals but is also a big fan of Babe’s and Jalapeno Whataburgers.” the exhilarating pronouncement that their new friend had won the most prestigious    When asked what he is like – quiet, intense, outgoing, funny? – Kay says she piano competition in the world. would use all of those words to describe him. “He is a complex individual,” she says.    “Watching and listening to him play was glorious,” Kay Duggan says. “After each “Intense, at times quiet, laughs easily, and he enjoyed all performance I dashed back stage to see him, as I was holdof the people he met. He is fearless on stage, and his pering back the tears. The night of the announcement, my formances are powerful. Off-stage he is more reserved.” husband George, Sharon and Brent Little and I were sitting “IN ADDITION to    At home he became fast friends with the Duggans’ with Yekwon, and it was pure joy when we heard his name. being the greatest dogs and cat. “Our 90-pound golden retriever would not My daughter Lauren wanted to watch on the big screen leave his side and would keep his paw on Yekwon’s foot in Sundance Square with friends, and my other daughter young pianist in as he would play,” she says. “What’s most impressive Jordan was in Barcelona watching it live streamed.” the world, he is one about Yekwon is that, in addition to being the greatest    The Duggans’ role in hosting a Cliburn winner was young pianist in the world, he is one of the most kind, several years in the making. She and George had always of the most kind, thoughtful, generous people I have ever met.” admired the impact Van Cliburn had on the cultural thoughtful,    Throughout the competition, the Duggans would environment in the community and the world. The Cliburn attend social events honoring the Cliburn pianist – the Competition attracts the most talented pianists on the generous people I “Draw Party” at the Worthington where the order of the globe, performing classical music at the highest level. have ever met.” competition was determined, a party hosted by Leslie    “So when Sharon LeMond recommended us to The and John David Moritz at thier home, a gathering at the Cliburn to host a competitor four years ago we were Fort Worth Zoo underwritten by Ramona and Lee Bass. disappointed we were going to be out of town during the The final celebration was in Sundance Square, where Yekwon was introduced and competition,” Kay recalls. “I asked that they keep us on the list knowing it would be then escorted to a party in his honor at Bird Cafe. an experience of a life time. Never thinking that four years later they would remem   “Yekwon has had a lasting effect on our family, friends, and those that saw him perber, we received a call at the beginning of this year.” form live or online,” Kay says. “He will be forever in our lives. This remarkable young    That phone conversation began a process that allowed the Duggans to experience man is a musical genius, but will also be remembered equally for his kind heart. To The Cliburn in a way few others can. First, they attended an event hosted by Steinway quote ‘Van Cliburn may have been just one person, but the influence he where they chose a grand Steinway & Sons piano on which Yekwon would practice had in life through his work, diplomacy and benevolent spirit only grows over time. at their home. Next they attended an orientation during which the last event was Interacting with these extraordinary pianists reminded me of the most vital element the “reveal party” at Neiman Marcus in Fort Worth, where hosts families found out of the very best performers: heart. It is in this way that Yekwon Sunwoo is the purest who would be living with them during the competition. “The committee decides the performer who most closely embodies the competition’s namesake.’” pairing, and it was a complete surprise to us,” Kay says. 12


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Dan Dipert (pictured alone left and with artist Art Fairchild above) helps gild the art work behind the altar at the new Dan Dipert Family Chapel in Arlington Memorial Hospital.

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Dan Dipert helps gild the Arlington Memorial Hospital chapel named for him ARLINGTON BUSINESSMAN and philanthropist Dan Dipert not only was the lead donor for the soon-to-becompleted $500,000 chapel project at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital that is named for him. He’s also lending a hand in the construction of the facility.    Members of Arlington area community organizations recently got a sneak peek at a project underway inside the Dan Dipert Family Chapel via a show-and-tell presentation by Dipert himself.

   An apprentice gilder, Dipert and colleagues from the Society of Gilders, an international organization that practices the preservation of the art of gold and metal leaf application, volunteered to gild a portion of the chapel ceiling and altar as one of two annual community service projects.    The Dan Dipert Family Chapel is scheduled for completion later this summer, culminating a process that began when Dipert pledged the initial gift for the chapel. “During the eight years I served as [a] youth and

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recreation minister, I spent a lot of my time at the hospital, as did other ministers from all over town,” Dipert told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Hospital visitation is a very important function of churches as they minister to families who may be in crisis.”    The project will feature a nearly 600-square-foot chapel adjoined by two chaplains’ offices alongside a waiting area. The new space will be situated off the main lobby of the hospital’s main entrance at 800 W. Randol Mill Road.

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2. Mansfield Lake Ridge High School sophomore Scott Sanders was recently selected by Carnegie Hall as one of the finest French horn players in the country. Sanders is one of 116 young musicians nationwide chosen to play in the 2017 National Youth Orchestra of the United States. The orchestra will spend three weeks in New York this month

3. Circle the date: The third annual AISD Back to School Kickoff – a community effort to help more than 10,000 Arlington ISD students and their families prepare for the upcoming school year – will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 12, at AT&T Stadium. To register for school supplies and more, visit


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UTA, AISD initiate program to benefit Arlington Collegiate High School students TWO LONGTIME EDUCATION PARTNERS, The University completing their associate’s degree can also begin taking of Texas at Arlington and the Arlington Independent School classes toward a bachelor’s degree at UTA. District, recently signed an agreement that provides a seam   The AISD will pay for the students’ UTA tuition at dual less transition to a four-year university credit rates, along with textbooks degree for high school students curand other required fees, until rently enrolled at Arlington Collegiate they obtain their high school High School, located on Tarrant County diplomas. Once students College’s Southeast Campus. graduate from high school, the    ACHS students can already earn an University will review their status Photo: Arlington ISD associate’s degree from TCC Southeast to determine their eligibility for AISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos and that requires, in general, 60 hours of scholarships that could offer up UTA President Dr. Vistasp Karbhari course work taken through dual credit to $10,000 in tuition assistance. offerings while they are in high school. Through a new ACHS    AISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos and UTA PresiLion Scholars program, students who are within six hours of dent Dr. Vistasp Karbhari jointly signed the new agreement.

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Boles students are United Way essay contest winners BOLES JUNIOR HIGH students Jessi Tholen and Lindsey Conn were among the essay contest winners announced during the recent NFL United Way Character Playbook™ program.    Character Playbook recently won a Gold Stevie® Award, which recognizes accomplishments and contributions of companies and business people worldwide. Character Playbook is a digital, interactive, comic book-style curriculum that trains students how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships during their critical middle school years.    Several Dallas Cowboys joined the Arlington United Way in launching Character Playbook at AISD schools. 16


GEORGE A. COKE, born in 1923, enlisted in the U.S. Navy during his senior year at Arlington High School. He was serving on the USS Oklahoma, moored at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese struck there.    The Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, resulting in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Coke. His remains were among those of the unknown deceased crew that were interred in mass graves.    In April 2015, the Department of Defense directed the disinterment of the remaining unknowns associated with the USS Oklahoma. DNA analysis and circumstantial evidence were used in the identification of George Coke’s remains, and a nephew, living in Georgia was notified that his DNA matched with George Coke. On June 24, George Coke was returned to his hometown to receive full Naval honors and burial under the headstone was waiting for him almost 76 years. – The Arlington Historical Society


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especially during the summer months when parents are trying to imothy Lee isn’t walking to mount his bicycle – it’s more find ways to keep their kids occupied. “Yeah, a great way to get them like a waddle, really, since the ankle pad and knee pad out of the house, off the sofa, off those games, do a little running, a and elbow pad and oversized helmet make him move as little cycling,” Parker says. “There’s nothing that builds a family tothough he’s stuffed in one of those bubble soccer suits. getherness better than this. Siblings, aunts, uncles, they were all out    He asks where the starting line is for his first ever Triathlon, where there, too. Just a great opportunity to bring families together.” he’ll have to bike a quarter mile, run 200 yards, climb up a water    Tiny Tots Triathlon is non-competitive but that doesn’t keep slide and zip down the giant inflatable into a big splash of water. some of overly excited parents from clocking their child or staging    From there he’ll dash a few feet to the finish line. Wet. Exhausta rooting section as the kid navigated their way through the events. ed. Exhilarated. Oh, by the way, Timothy is four.    “We know it’s not really competitive, but we’re parents,” says    “I know, I know, he looks like he’s ready for a war of some kind Kevin Coop, whose eightwith all that gear,” says his mothyear-old son, Conner, zipped er, Louise. “I guess I didn’t know through the events as though what to expect.” he’d done this all before.    Few did when Parks and Rec“Our kids are doing a sport. reation came up with the idea of You try not to be that parent, having a Triathlon for kiddos age but it’s weird. Soon as they 3 to 10. Older kids bike and run a start biking or running, bit more and often bristle at the you’re that parent.” thought of a waterslide (“I’m 10,”   City-sponsored sports one complains). But once they get leagues allow children as on the slide they often head back Photos: Kenneth Perkins young as three to participate, just for the fun of it. The race is on at the now annual event, Tiny Tots Triathlon. mostly in baseball, girls’ soft   Last year was the first for what ball and indoor and outdoor soccer. So some of the kids looked like the Parks & Rec folks call “Tiny Tots Triathlon.” It featured about sports veterans. 100 kids running inside Elzie Odom Recreation Center after being    So did the parents. At least one parent was allowed to bike or run rained out twice. Interest went viral, and the administrators dealongside his/her little participant, especially the younger ones, so cided to move the event to River Legacy this time around, which they wouldn’t end up heading off course. made sense seeing that 268 people pre-registered and even more    It was quite a sight. Many parents were seen sprinting across the just showed up in hopes of getting to bike, run, climb and spash. grassy field, smartphone in hand to record every second.    Participants biked along a sidewalk, dropped their bikes, and    “I don’t know who was into it more, the kids or the parents,” says then ran to the water slide. All participants who finished the Parker, who pauses before concluding, “maybe the parents.” race earned a medal – well, actually, even those who didn’t (a few younger ones balked at the giant water slide) earned a medal, anyway. “Nothing worse than a three year old crying because they didn’t get a medal,” says City of Arlington Athletic Director Wendy Parker. “Don’t want that.” Columnist Kenneth Perkins has been a contributing writer    Tiny Tots Triathlon falls squarely in Parks’ leaders’ mission statefor Arlington Today since it debuted. He is a freelance ment of partnering as much as they can with the community, writer, editor and photographer.



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   The new complex will bring as many as 1,250 jobs to Arlington, and that includes about 600 of those jobs now being done outside the United States.    Mayor Jeff Williams described the impact of the development: “This enables us to redevelop a piece of property that was no longer viable, transforming an old mall site into a logistics center that is projected to generate $151 million in taxable sales and purchases over the next decade.”    Together with the $1.4 billion expansion of the main plant now underway, this new development catapults Arlington into the second largest automotive production city in the country outside of the Detroit area.

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Life never slows down at The University of Texas at Arlington, even in the so-called lazy days of summer.

More than 22,000 students enrolled this summer, the highest number in history. What a way to start our summer at UTA.

Come to the UTA campus for some

UTA faculty continue with critical research projects that will make a difference in Arlington. A civil engineering team will inspect 350 of Arlington’s concrete manhole shafts for corrosion and develop a method to prioritize improvements for the city. An electrical engineering professor is developing a smaller, more powerful laser to aid medicine, military, and security.

• Enjoy basketball action when the Dallas Wings play WNBA opponents through Sunday, Sept. 3, at College Park Center. Tickets are at

University leaders are beginning a new program with the Arlington Independent School District to provide a seamless transition to a four-year university degree for traditionally underserved high school students enrolled at Arlington Collegiate High School. Over 3,000 freshmen are attending new Maverick orientation. We’re expecting the largest and most academically talented class in history. Meanwhile, accolades keep pouring in for UTA’s excellence in programs that prepare students for the workplace, such as: • CEO Magazine ranked UTA’s College of Business Executive MBA program No. 1 in Texas, No. 16 in the United States, and No. 21 among Global MBA programs.


• Chill out at The Planetarium at UTA, which has two afternoon shows Tuesday-Friday, afternoon and evening shows Saturdays, and two Sunday matinees. • Explore the Jonathan A. Campbell and Tanya G. Dowdey African Art Collection in Suite 2109 of the Fine Arts Building. Admission is free. • Visit the free exhibit Walking the Line: The Diverse History of Organized Labor in Texas in Special Collections at the Central Library. For more informative and entertaining events coming this fall, visit

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• College Choice ranked the College of Education No. 5 in the nation and No. 2 in Texas for undergraduate teacher preparation programs. James Kumm, a combat veteran and seasoned higher education administrator, settles in to the new position of executive director for veteran programs. UTA is ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 20 in the nation as “Best for Vets” by Military Times magazine.





Picture-perfect Moments

Ron Zentner, Kendra Fisch-Figueroa, Scott Burkhart and Chase Pettigrew

Youth of the Year Kailond Lewis, Miss Cinderella Carmen Regina and Steve Wurm

Cory Chappell, Keith Jensen, Russ Chappell and Todd Chappell


Snapshots from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington Par for the Kids Golf Tournament held at Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield

Mayor Jeff Williams and Nadia DiStefano

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Mark Kundysek, Michael Fong Kutchins, Dawson Kundysek and Troy Grooms



Trent Woody, Gigantor Johnson, Chris Cendrick and Alec Broadus

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Alan Arabian, president of Bikes for Tykes, has been associated with the organization since he retired about six years ago. Today, eight volunteers repair and distribute more than 1,000 bicycles each year, mainly serving the Arlington area and East Fort Worth.

Photos: Karen Gavis


TYKES Local organization restores and distributes bicycles to area youth and the homeless • By Karen Gavis


tiny, pink bicycle stands outside a warehouse door while two adult bikes wait in a nearby bike rack. If it wasn’t a 90-something-degree day in Texas, you’d swear Santa’s elves were hard at work inside.    Bikes for Tykes began in the 1990s when a small group of cyclists were “tricked into finding bikes for Christmas,” says Alan Arabian, president of the organization. They thought they were



competing against another group. There was no competition. But they enjoyed it so much they kept doing it.    Today, Bikes for Tykes’ eight volunteers repair and distribute more than 1,000 bicycles each year.    They closed shop for a while, Arabian says, after the organization’s founder was killed in a bicycle accident. Pete Cox revitalized the group in 2001, and it began using a portion of the Bedroom Shop in Arlington as a workshop. The group now operates out of Richland Hills. “The landlord here is bicycle enthusiast,” Arabian says. “We pay a stipend … probably a quarter of what he could get.”    Bikes for Tykes, which has also been known to assemble dollhouses and other items, is also supported by annual donations from the Arlington Kiwanis Club, Arlington Gold and Silver, and gifts from a few private citizens. Arabian says the money helps buy “things that we need to fix up a bike that we cannot cannibalize off another bike.”    While the organization serves the entire Metroplex, the majority of those served are from Arlington and east Fort Worth. Most of the bikes are distributed through charities like Mission Arlington, Urban Ministries, Catholic Charities, or the Presbyterian Night Shelter, because they have contact with those in need. Arabian estimates about a third of the bikes go to the homeless or those transitioning back into the community.    “When the guys come in here from the halfway house, and they’re just hot, and [we] give them a bottle of water and help get them on a bicycle … they’re thankful,” he says. “And that makes us feel good.”    Jarrett Michel, 78, has been a Bikes for Tykes volunteer for about six years. “The kids are so happy to get a bike to ride with their friends,” he says. And “the adults are very much in

need of them. Many of them have to walk to work or wherever they are going.”    Sometimes, University of Texas at Arlington students will get bikes, Arabian says. Police departments come to the organization when they find people needing transportation, and they also bring bikes that they find. The organizations that are served also supply bicycles in need of repair. And various bicycle shops serve as donation points.    Arabian became involved with Bikes for Tykes about six years ago after he retired. He says a few “very dependable” neighborhood kids also help out during the summer months. “Some of them just know what a bike needs,” he says. However, Bikes for Tykes does have a 10-step checklist covering things like tires, chain, brakes, and cleaning. But the organization members do not paint the bikes.    “Quite frankly, I’m not a painter,” he says with a laugh. “I’m a mechanic. We’re here to get functional transportation out. We have no doubts that [some] people are coming here, getting a bike, and stopping off at the nearest pawn shop. We can’t let that stand in the way of serving the community.”    And that service is constant.    ”We are having trouble keeping up,” Arabian says. “We need bicycle donations. They don’t need to be pretty. They don’t need to work. But we especially need adult-sized bicycles.”    Bikes for Tykes, located at 7163 Latham Drive in Richland Hills, is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more: (817) 446-7878.

From its warehouse/office in North Richland Hills, Bikes for Tykes turns discarded bicycles into viable means of transportation for people throughout the Metroplex. The organization receives annual donations from the Arlington Kiwanis Club and Arlington Gold and Silver, as well as gifts from a few private citizens. • July 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


Local Homes

This month’s featured dwelling spans 5,667 square feet, with much of space devoted to living areas. Its open-concept design and dedication to entertainment options inside and outside make it a veritable “something for everyone” kind of home.



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his month’s featured home is nestled in the central part of Mansfield – well, as nestled as a 5,667 square-foot house anchoring 1.018 acres can be. Located on a cozy cul-de-sac, it is surrounded by mature trees and a picturesque pond, as well as homes owned by a roster of close-knit families whose kids bounce from house to house and whose adults make a habit of playing impromptu card games and cooking out with neighbors.    Oh, and one more thing: It’s for sale. More on that in a bit.    First, here’s an assessment of the dwelling by the current owner, who asked not to be identified but willingly shared her love for the home. “It’s quiet and private, yet convenient to nearby shopping along Broad Street,” she says. “The houses are beautiful, and the people are wonderful.”    This house was constructed in 2012 and has four bedrooms and four and a half baths. If you do the math, plugging in the square footage and the

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areas just noted, you can conclude that indoor living areas are numerous and ample in space. In other words, this is an ideal place to entertain family and friends.    The current owner describes the style as transitional, with a soft contemporary feel – “but very comfortable.” Her family has three children, and she says the house offers everyone plenty of space to unwind and relax. “The kids have a large game room upstairs, and a separate den, and they enjoy their own private bedrooms and baths,” she says. “With two staircases, you barely notice the constant coming and going of all the kids and their friends.”    Downstairs, the open-concept living room and gourmet kitchen are great for day-to-day living, family dinners and all manner of entertaining. The house features three custom-built,

wood-burning fireplaces, which add an elegant flare to any holiday party. The sitting room off the kitchen offers a cozy spot to relax and enjoy a glass of wine from the (approximately) 400-bottle wine room.    “But,” says the owner, “if we had to pick a favorite spot, it would probably be the outdoor living. The entire living area overlooks a fabulous backyard with mature oaks, a heated hot tub and diving pool, a rustic former horse barn (partially renovated) and over 1,000 square feet of covered outdoor living space. The outdoor living area features vaulted ceilings with wood beams, a wood-burning fireplace, a wet bar, and covered dining area.”    When the current owners bought the lot, it contained a horse barn crafted for a previous owner, who used the lot as part • July 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


THE GREAT INDOORS: Glorious views abound in this Mansfield home, whether you’re looking from one area to another, looking for a bottle of wine or simply looking to relax.

of a horse farm. The structure was dilapidated, but against everyone’s recommendations, the new owners didn’t tear it down and, instead, completely renovated the exterior, added doors, windows and garage doors. “The dream was always to convert the old horse barn into a ‘party barn,’” she says. “We didn’t finish the project, but we did a lot of the heavy lifting. At around 1,800 square feet, it’s a great spot for a car collection, a home office, gym, party room, guest house … you name it. The potential is huge.”    Back inside, the home’s clean lines and open-flow design make it perfect for entertaining groups of family members and friends. Those who visit are almost unanimously enamored with the expansive main living room marked by elegant beams and one of the wood-burning fireplaces. The living area opens



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THE GREAT OUTDOORS: From the diving pool to the space devoted to watching the divers (and everything else outside), this house is well suited to provide the perfect retreat.

to the kitchen and breakfast area, which features French Doors and windows that span across the back of the home. Other highlights include a butler’s pantry and the wine room.    When you add what the current owner has noted – and consider the various indoor and outdoor vistas pictured on these four pages, you wind up with one unequivocal testament: This is a very valuable property.    Prospective buys can contact Kathy Lakatta of Ebby Halliday, REALTORS ® , at (817) 654-8418, or they can email her at    “Honestly, the property is unlike anything we’ve seen in Arlington or Mansfield,” the current owner says. “The style, floorpan, lot, neigbhorhood … I know we’re biased, but it really is the whole package. It’s a perfect family home.”






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Lower your blood pressure by raising your credit score THE BOTTOM LINE on one of the great American stress causers is ... well ... just that: the bottom line. And because the bottom line often affects your credit score, it would be healthy in many ways to improve your credit score. Local real estate company CearnalCo offers this advice to help that cause: • Pay all of your bills on time. • Pay off debt where you can. • Keep your credit card balances as low as possible, aiming to use no more than 30 percent of your available credit. • Review your credit report at least annually, and keep an eye out for mistakes and identity theft.




A solution for sleep apnea MANY PEOPLE consider Pecan Park Dental a preferred destination for dental needs, but the practice, opened in Arlington in 2004, also treats sleep apnea.    Drs. Amy Schoening and Stephanie Bangs can craft a dental application known as a Mandibular Advancement Device or the Jaw Advancing Device. Created from a mold of the patient’s mouth, the mouth guard oral appliance works by moving the jaw forward to improve the size of the upper airway. This will reduce the air resistance that causes sleep apnea.    These oral appliances are an alternative to sleep apnea oral surgery. They are also known as anti-snoring devices that work by reducing the turbulence in the airway. For more:

Robotic electrophysiology takes heart care to the next level

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Veni, vidi, vici ... Viridian BRIMMING WITH engaging amenities, Viridian is an open door to fun and relaxation for the entire family. From sunny days at Viridian Lake Club’s four pools to letting your little ones dig for dinosaur “bones” at Fossil Park, there is always something to do for the entire family and even more is on the way with several planned amenities.    With 850 acres of open space and lakes and 150 acre wooded conservation area to explore, interacting with neighbors and nature is simple. Catch-and-release fishing, bird watching, meeting neighbors for bridge or poker, canoeing on Lake Viridian, letting Rover romp at Arrowhead Park, enjoying a girls’ night out at the Women’s Wine Down, or jogging or cycling along miles of pathways that will one day connect with existing River Legacy trails — having fun is easy in Viridian.    For more:

TEXAS HEALTH HEART & VASCULAR HOSPITAL is a joint venture, physician investor-owned company between Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital and cardiologists on the medical staff. The hospital is located in the Tom Vandergriff building on the Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital campus and offers advanced services for the diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular conditions.    The heart hospital features 48 beds, four operating rooms, two cath labs, one electrophysiology (EP) lab and one procedure room.    William Nesbitt, M.D., is president at Texas Health Heart and Vascular Hospital. The cardiologist and clinical cardiac electrophysiologist says the new heart and vascular hospital is steeped in cutting-edge technology, such as the Hansen Robotic system used for Photo: Texas Health Heart and Vascular Hospital electrophysiology.    “Atrial fibrillation is essentially chaotic electrical activity inside the heart. People feel as though their heart is racing, they have chest pains, shortness of breath, and just fatigue,” he says. “So by keeping someone in regular rhythm we can help those symptoms. If we can block or cauterize the inside of the heart around the openings of those veins, we can block those electrical signals from entering the heart and triggering atrial fibrillation.”    Dr. Nesbitt says that by using the robot, he can better quantify tissue contact inside the heart, perform more precise and less invasive procedures, and realize better outcomes for his patients. For more:

New, better 55+ apartment living THIS FALL, Overture Highlands, a new 55+ apartment community, will celebrate and honor active and energetic lifestyles in a way that is not only new to the area but extraordinary to senior living.    Residents can experience carefree and maintenance-free living like never before. The atmosphere at Overture Highlands is like a contemporary boutique hotel where upscale design

and concierge service reign supreme. Overture Highlands’ 55+ apartments offer more than a beautiful home. Residents are surrounded by 13,000-square feet of thoughtfully designed amenity space. Plus, they’ll enjoy a demonstration kitchen, a state-ofthe art fitness center, the resort-style heated pool, a dedicated dog park, and more. For more: • July 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


Have fun swimming, but swim safely AS SUMMER KICKS INTO HIGH GEAR, youngsters throughout the area will be in and around swimming pools. To help parents maintain a safe time for their children during swimming season, Glenn Hardesty, D.O., emergency medicine physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Arlington Memorial, offers the following tips.    “I am hyper-vigilant about a couple of things because we see people getting hurt so often,” he says. “Diving can be so dangerous. I can’t tell you how many people hit their heads on the bottom of the pool and end up a paraplegic or quadriplegic. Also, kids running around the pool or doing flips off the side can hit their Photo: heads really easily.”    Dr. Hardesty also says swimming alone is never a good idea. “Oftentimes when someone drowns, we’ll find out later that they actually had a medical emergency and somehow became unconscious before drowning,” he says. “If you’re swimming by yourself and have some kind of medical event, there’s nobody there to help get you out.”    Hardesty says one of most important things parents can do is protect children who can’t swim. “Use pool alarms if

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possible and put children who can’t swim or aren’t strong swimmers in a U.S. Coast Guard-approved flotation device at all costs,” he recommends. “I’ve never worked a code on a child that had a life jacket on when they arrived in the ER department.”    Hardesty provides several quick tips to remember in practicing pool and lake safety this summer:    •Beware of sun exposure. Wear sunscreen and swimming suits or clothing with UV protection.    • Don’t run around the pool.    • Be mindful of pool chemicals, which can be very harmful to children, so proper storage is important. • Don’t jump off the roof into the pool — ever. “And remember,” he says, “trampolines, roofs and swimming pools do not mix in any combination.” • In lakes, especially, but even in pools, be on the lookout for water moccasins, which can gather in pool filters.    • Know beforehand that lakes are notoriously murky and stumpy, so be careful about diving in.    • Glass is another big concern, as lots of people walk in the water without water shoes and end up cutting their feet.

Fun, fright-free dentistry for kids AMONG THE child-friendly features that make the four local offices of Drs. Hyde, Miller & Associates special, Activity Sheets have proven especially popular with the young patients of the practice known as “The Fun Dentists.” The sheets can be downloaded from the website and printed before the child’s visit. Then the young patients will have an educational and entertaining way to spend time while awaiting their visit with one of the fun dentists.

Treating patients, beating cancer Photo: Raft Recovery

Life coaching for people battling addiction and/or codependency issues RAFT RECOVERY is a non-profit organization for adults that provides experienced services for addictions and disrupted behavioral health related issues. Founded by former major league baseball player Ellis Valentine, Raft Recovery coaches and educates clients regarding addiction issues, addictive behaviors and codependency. It also provides volunteer lawn maintenance help for seniors with limited mobility and resources.    “The motivation and passion for this program is based on the fact that we all are recovering from some form of trauma,” Valentine says. “The problem is that most Americans will not acknowledge or process that part of their life because it may be too painful or too shameful to address. For most of us it is because we just don’t know how to do it. We can coach you on how to do that.”    For more:

THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS at Texas OncologyArlington South understand the importance of being close to your support network when you’re fighting cancer. Its comprehensive cancer center is staffed with knowledgeable and supportive teams to tend to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and other vital services.    Addtionally, diagnostic imaging, laboratory services, and a pharmacy are close-athand to make the process more manageable.    The cancer center offers a robust array of leading-edge treatment options, including:    • Chemotherapy and Infusion   • Immunotherapy    • Medical Oncology    • Radiation Oncology    Texas Oncology-Arlington South physicians and other healthcare team members will be by your side for every step of your cancer treatment. They have years of extensive experience in treating cancer and blood disorders. Texas Oncology-Arlington South treats the whole person, not just the disease, working as a team to customize treatments for each patient’s specific condition, including support services to help you meet the personal challenges you may face as a result of your illness. For more: cancer-centers/arlington/texas-oncology-arlington-south.

Delicious (and healthy) cuisine

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SKILLETS KITCHEN AND SPORTS BAR was founded by Charlie Pham (founder of CORI and BFF Asian Grill and Bar) with the mission to provide the Arlington-area restaurant scene with a fresh take – literally – on how good food should be prepared.    All of the Skillets menu items come from distributors providing top-quality products, 90 percent of which is organic. All the meat comes from naturally raised sources with no hormones or anti-biotics. Healthy is synonymous with delicious at Skillets. For more: • July 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


3 foods you should eat for your best body Photo:

Stress & SELF-care PERSON SAYS TO ME: “Hey! What’s Up?” My response: “My Stress Level … what else?!”    Sound familiar? Reducing stress can be quite the challenge. Between work, relationships, getting that workout in, school, etc., stress can negatively impact work performance, the quality of our work, personal and working relationships, and even our pets. SELF-Care is one of the most important things you can do to lower stress.   Serenity: Add serenity to your day. Even if only for 5 minutes the first week. Increase it 10 minutes in two weeks. Engage in a few minutes of deep breathing. Breathe in slowly through the nose and out the mouth. You breathe throughout the day anyway! Just be more intentional about HOW you breathe for 5 minutes.   Exercise: This doesn’t mean you need to run a 5K. Stand up at your desk, stretch, walk around the building, get up look out the window. Any movement automatically reduces stress.   Love: Rather than pushing people away or isolating, connect. Go to lunch for a change, say hi to your neighbor or cashier ringing up your groceries, call someone, or just hug someone or something. Not only does this help you, you are also putting a little warmth in the receiver’s day.   Food: Be choosy with what you feed stress. Don’t always give in to sugar, salt, alcohol, or starches that you may find comfort in. Opt for foods rich in Vitamin B6 that support brain and adrenal function, calm the nervous system, and are good for metabolism such as a banana, turkey/chicken/ beef, a handful of peanuts/cashews/sunflower seeds, or a yummy sweet potato. – Alison Nicholas, MS



THE WEBSITE has released a list of “Foods You Should Be Eating for Your Best Body – Inside and Out.” Here are three to note ...   1. Green beans – Filling up on green beans, and other high-fiber foods, can help you prevent weight gain or even promote weight loss — without dieting — suggests new research in The Journal of Nutrition.   2. Salmon – The omega-3 fatty acids in oily fish – such as salmon and tuna – can boost your skin’s defenses against UV damage.   3. Blueberries – Eating just under a cup of mixed berries daily for eight weeks is associated with increased levels of “good” HDL cholesterol and lowered blood pressure – two positives when it comes to heart.


It’s time to sign up for adult sports leagues REGISTRATION FOR a number of adult sports programs hosted by the Arlington Parks & Recreation Department will take place this month and next. Here’s the pertinent information about registration and league starting dates. Kickball – Register: July 1-29. Starts: Aug. 6 Basketball – Register: July 1-30. Starts: Aug. 6 Inline Hockey – Register: Aug. 1-31. Starts: Sept. 6 Flag Football – Register: Aug. 1-31. Starts: Sept. 10 For more:

A program tailored to help seniors stay strong Photo: College Hunks Hauling Junk

This company can take care of the hauling and keep you from having to take care of your back SO, YOU’RE PLANNING to do some major cleaning around the house and yard and would just as soon not throw out your back while doing it? There’s a new company in the area, College Hunks Hauling Junk, that specializes in helping you get rid of the items you don’t want.    Ultimately, CHHJ will also help you move, but co-owner Amber Bush says she and fellow co-owner Corey Gaither will tackle hauling first. “We are just focusing now on junk removal and getting that ramped up with a good revenue stream before we tackle the moving,” she says. “Our plan is to order the moving truck in about a month or two and go ahead and roll that out.”    For more: (817) 203-1440.

THE OWN THE BONE PROGRAM at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital promotes a proactive approach to fragility fractures. With more than 2 million taking place each year in the United States, fragility fractures continue to affect older adults at an alarming rate.    That’s why Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital is one of the first health care facilities in North Texas to support the American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone program. It’s a national web-based program, offered to patients 50 and older, that collects and analyzes pertinent information to reduce the incidence of future fragility fractures.    The program includes nutrition counseling, exercise recommendations, lifestyle coaching, medicinal information and bone density testing.    Many seniors suffer from fragility fractures at some point in life, and these types of fractures signify the first sign of poor bone health. For more:

That sound in your ear could be tinnitus MANY PEOPLE EXPERIENCE tinnitus (TIN-a-tus or Tin-EYE-tus) as a ringing in their head or ears. However, tinnitus can take a variety of forms. You might experience it as a buzzing, humming, or whistling sound while another might describe it as the sensation of a roaring ocean.    What’s important to know is that tinnitus is not a condition or disease. Instead, it’s a symptom that is most commonly associated with hearing loss.    Tinnitus and hearing loss are intimately related. Hearing loss may be the main cause of a person’s tinnitus, while

tinnitus can diminish a person’s ability to hear. Since the two go hand in hand, it is important to understand their relationship and how each impacts the management and treatment of the other.    As part of their goal to provide comprehensive and individual hearing health care, Kos/Danchak’s audiolists and support staff members are experts in diagnosing and treating tinnitus.    For more about tinnitus – or any of the hearing health care services at Kos/Danchak: • July 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


Baylor Arlington treats (and mends) sports injuries ONCE A SPORTS INJURY HAS OCCURRED, the medical team at Baylor Orthopedic and Spine Hospital at Arlington offers the latest treatment options. Many conditions can be managed with simple treatment plans, medication, and physical therapy; however, some Photo: injuries may require surgery. nosis and treatment can help athletes return to full function    Baylor Arlington’s primary goal is to get you back on as soon as possible. On the other hand, continuing to train your feet and back in the game. Here are some common through an untreated injury can cause further problems. sports-related injuries for which Baylor Arlington special   Evaluation by an orthopedist experienced in sports medists offer excellent care and results: icine can identify injuries that won’t simply get better with    All knee ligament injuries (ACL/MCL/PCL); broken time. After a sports injury, it may take an X-ray, MRI or other bones/fractures; bruises; dislocations; muscle swelling/ imaging study to determine if the injury is only a strain or injuries; pulled muscles; tendon sprains, strains and tears; sprain, or if it is something more serious, such as a fracture rotator cuff sprains, strains and tears; hand injuries; knee or torn ligament or meniscus that could lead to future probinjuries; shoulder injuries; foot and ankle injuries; running lems if it is not addressed. The Baylor Arlington team crafts injuries; shin splints; shin/calf injuries; and spine injuries. a treatment program to meet each patient’s individual    Athletes ask more of their bodies than the average perneeds. For more: son. So an injury comes with higher stakes. Prompt diag-

Catch & relieve ANGLERS KNOW fishing is good for your health, but now the word is spreading. According to a report in The New York Times, fishing can improve the condition of your heart, body and mind. Some of the health benefits of fishing include improving muscle dexterity through reeling and casting, absorbing fresh air and Vitamin D while you’re outside, and relaxing your mind through unplugging from the high-stress world.



Accidents happen NOBODY PLANS ON HAVING an accident – hence the name, accident. But accidents occur, and you might need help recovering from accidents caused on the road, at work or in places where others’ negligence caused your pain. Regardless of the type of accident you were involved in, or the injuries you have sustained, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Jim Ross Law can help you get on the mend as quickly as possible. The Arlington injury lawyers have gained a reputation for a track record of success and compassionate service. For more:

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Medical City Arlington’s new inpatient rehab unit is state of the art MEDICAL CITY ARLINGTON recently completed construction on its state-of-the art Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, located on an all-new fifth floor addition to the hospital. The $12 million project is part of an ongoing $100 million facility expansion and renovation investment.    “Medical City Arlington is steadfast in our commitment to increase our capacity, capabilities and efficiency in order to serve the healthcare needs of Arlington and surrounding communities,” says Keith Zimmerman, CEO of Medical City Arlington. “Offering patients the opportunity to undergo rehabilitation therapy before leaving the hospital sets us apart from other facilities in the area. Our highly-skilled patient care team is dedicated to designing individualized rehab programs for each patient.”    Medical City Arlington has staffed the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit with a patient care team that includes a physician specialized in physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as certified therapists and nurses. Patients who have had debilitating injuries such as stroke, multi-trauma, hip fracture, amputation or neurologic disorders can be treated before returning home.    Each of the new 16 spacious private patient rooms include flat screen LED TVs, safety monitors and a separate bath. The unit expansion also features a patient and family dining area, an apartment-like room for patients to practice home and self-care skills including cooking, laundry and bathing, and a large rehabilitation gym with the latest equipment and technology and a scenic view overlooking South Arlington.    For more:

KLEIMAN I Evangelista: the cataract solution THERE ARE MANY MISCONCEPTIONS about what a cataract is. A cataract is what happens to the natural crystalline lens of the eye as we age. A normally functioning lens focuses light onto the retina to produce clear images. When cataracts are present, the lens is cloudy, obstructing light from the retina. This is what causes blurred vision. There is no way to prevent this process from happening, and surgery is the only option to reverse it.    Kleiman | Evangelista Eye Center offers the most recent advance in cataract surgery: the No-Drop procedure. It is designed to elimPhoto: inate the need for postoperative eye drops, offering patients added convenience, less risk of complications and reduced cost on prescription drops. The practice’s blade-free, outpatient procedures safely and effectively remove cataracts to restore your vision. For more:


Sanford Spa and Salon can alleve your wedding stress THE SANFORD SPA AND SALON offers an extensive menu of massages, facials, hair and nail services for men and women – including those that are ideal for wedding parties. Master Stylists create beautiful bridal hair designs, and the spa offers a “Goin’ to the Chapel” package, which includes a 60-minute massage, express manicure and pedicure, makeup application and formal hair style. When four or more bridesmaids book the package with the bride, the wedding party will receive a complimentary spa lunch served on the day of service. For more: (817) 277-0115. • July 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


A holistic approach to weight loss HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROFESSIONALS at Active Family Wellness Center have assisted people throughout North Texas in losing weight and successfully keeping it off. The process begins with a thorough consultation, after which the health care team introduces an all-natural homeopathic-based weight loss kit. This kit comes with just three supplements, which are taken for a period of 60 days. In that span, some patients have lost up to 30 pounds.    While being treated, patients are expected to be accountable for their progress, through biweekly weigh-ins and measurements. A specific approach to nutrition is also a central component. This proven program increases energy, metabolism, and fat burning and is safe for diabetics. The program also includes wellness blood panels that focus on nutritional health, metabolic health, heart health, hormone health and inflammation markers, which provides a complete assessment for patients and practitioners. For more:

Urban Alchemy Coffee + Wine Bar will be a great place to relax WHEN TONY RUTIGLIANO first suggested opening a wine bar to his wife Nicole, she loved the idea. Theoretically.    “As an engineer, my whole approach to Photo: Urban Alchemy Wine + Coffee Bar building something is to mitigate risk,” says Nicole, “so starting a business scares me. But through    Tony credits his six-year stint as president and CEO of Tony’s enthusiasm and commitment, I’ve also come to see Downtown Arlington Management Corporation for plantthe many benefits this venture can bring to our family and ing the entrepreneurial seed. During his tenure with DAMC, community.” a community development organization that promotes    While the broader vision began in late 2015 as a wine bar, economic vitality of the city’s center, Tony worked alongit has grown as a result of the couple’s painstaking attention side hundreds of entrepreneurs as they turned their own to detail. Urban Alchemy Coffee + Wine Bar is set to open ideas into completed projects. this fall in downtown Arlington in what was previously Les   “Taking this leap of faith was easy when God sent me ter’s Automotive Repair. Plans for the re-envisioned space so many gifted teachers,” says Rutigliano. “I’ve been include plenty of soft-seating, a patio, chef-driven fare, and blessed to learn from people who have both passion and spaces for special events and live music. know-how.”    While opening the storefront is an important mile   “While they’re all very different people,” Rutigliano stone, it’s only part of the enterprise. Under the Urban continues, “they share one fundamental characteristic. They Alchemy brand, Rutigliano will offer his own line of cofcan see beyond what’s there. They taught me to see Urban fees in partnership with Metro Coffee Grouppe, a Grand Alchemy as a place the community owns as much as we do. Prairie roaster. He has hired a consultant to help develIt’s somewhere comfortable, where you can relax, have fun op the wine list. He has also pledged to support local and create connections. Like your second living room.” non-profits through an annual giving program. – Amy J. Schultz



YMCA offers evidence-based diabetes prevention program


Living with hearing loss is only a problem when we do nothing about it – Talk to an audiologist

THE YMCA’S Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program and is available at the Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA. This evidence-based program has shown that by increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight, a person with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by more than half.    The program goals are to help reduce body weight by 7 percent while participating in 150 minutes of physical activity per week. To qualify for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must be 18 or older, overweight/obese and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. For more:

Q: What is an audiologist? A: An audiologist is a highly educated healthcare professional that is university trained and state licensed to specifically identify, evaluate and manage hearing disorders. The current standard of education is the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree. Audiologists hold state licenses to practice clinical audiology, which is the application of scientific principles, methods and procedures for evaluation and treatment related to disorders of the auditory and balance systems. Audiologists are qualified to assess and treat infants, children and adults. In addition to diagnosis, audiologists also provide appropriate amplification, counseling, education and training so that individuals with hearing impairment can communicate and enjoy life. Q: How does Audiology Experts help with healthy living? A: Dr. Lisa B. Fell and Dr. Kristin Robbins use specialized equipment and procedures to accurately test for hearing loss. They can advise you if hearing aids are recommended and provide the necessary hearing aid fitting services. It is important to remember that hearing aids alone are seldom the instant answer to hearing problems. They are just a part of the treatment process, which should also include fitting verification, individual counseling, instruction and detailed follow-up. Optimum results and healthier living with hearing aids takes time and the expertise of these audiologists. For more:

Patients laud the work of dentist Nathan J Flesher “DR. FLESHER WAS GREAT. He worked on my root canal, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.”    As testimonials for dentists go, the preceding words from patient Keith Brinkerhoff about Dr. Nathan J Flesher might represent the ultimate endorsement.    Patients certainly appreciate that Dr. Flesher and his team take pride in providing complete, lifelong dentistry with excellence and integrity while keeping a focus on the whole person. Photo:    Says Dr. Flesher: “We believe in honoring God first by following the golden rule as stated in Matthew 7:12: ‘So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.’”    Even – especially – during a root canal.    For more: • July 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


Vein care is more than varicose veins


Pedestrian Safety 101 THE HARRIS COOK LLP blog offers some sound advice parents can share with their children to keep them safe on or near the roads. Here are the highlights.    1. Only cross at intersections or crosswalks – Unless there is no intersection or crosswalk available for a significant distance, you should always cross at intersections or crosswalks. Drivers expect to see individuals crossing there and prepare to stop. If there is no place to cross, make sure you cross where you can see for a distance in either direction.    2. Use sidewalks – Sidewalks are there to keep you safe. Although it might be faster to cross an area through a parking lot or by crossing away from the sidewalk, putting yourself in danger is not worth the risk or time saved.   3. Be alert – Sometimes, drivers don’t pay attention. The driver might be texting, eating, dealing with his or her children or distracted in other ways. Always look for traffic before crossing the street and try to make eye contact with drivers when you do decide to cross.   4. Enter and exit vehicles safely – When possible, make sure to get in or out of your vehicle on the side of the vehicle that is against the curb. Drivers in the main traffic lanes aren’t always expecting your door to open into the lane.   5. Look both ways when exiting a bus – Children getting off a bus often assume all traffic stops because the driver puts out the stop sign. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t stop and continue to drive past the bus despite the danger to those wanting to cross. Always cross in front of the bus.    For more:



ATLAS VEIN CARE offers this promise to its patients: You will always be evaluated and treated by a doctor certified to treat vein disease.    Medical team members at Atlas Vein Care are not dabblers. Their focus is on the treatment of spider vein, varicose veins, and other vein related issues. Patients will be able to achieve their goal of healthy and beautiful legs without surgery, downtime, or a hospital visit.    Atlas Vein Care provides compassionate, Photo: Atlas Vein Care personalized care to improve quality of life by serving those suffering with vein disease from the purely cosmetic to the medically significant. For more:


Is it time to get your sports physical? ARLINGTON PHYSICIANS NETWORK offers a comprehensive sports physical evaluation for youths and adults age 16 and older. The goal of the sports physical is to assess the athlete’s fitness level, risk of injury, and overall health and well-being. The physical evaluation will help the physicians to identify any physical conditions that might impact how well you perform, or increase risk of injury during game play. By assessing your physical condition before you begin a sporting season or before beginning a fitness program, you can address and treat preexisting conditions before they cause problems or injuries. For more:

5 important benefits to breastfeeding THE WOMEN’S HEALTH SERVICES blog offers five reasons why breastfeeding has long been lauded by the healthcare community for its many benefits ...   Source of colostrum – Colostrum is the milk produced in the first couple of days, and it will help your child’s digestive system so that it can function properly early on.   Protection from diseases – A great deal of research has been done on the different diseases and other ailments that children are less likely to get if they were breastfed. Among these are: meningitis, ear infections, diarrhea, vomiting, asthma, SIDS, and type 2 diabetes.     Protection from allergies – Allergies seem to be even worse than ever among younger generations. But one way

to prevent food allergies in a child is with breastfeeding.   Protection from obesity – Childhood obesity is reaching epidemic levels. Breastfed babies are more likely to have a healthy diet later on in life and also have more leptin in their system. This is a hormone that helps to regulate diet, appetite and fat.   Benefits for mom – Your child isn’t the only one who will get benefits from being breastfed. Moms who breastfeed are less likely to gain and retain weight after the pregnancy and are also less likely to develop osteoporosis. It can also lower your risk for breast and ovarian cancer and help with postpartum healing.    For more:

The Geneveve treatment: For an ideal look & feel


Connecting the dots between heart & sleep DR. ATIF SOHAIL AND THE HEALTHCARE TEAM at Heart and Sleep Clinics of America are dedicated to improving public awareness of the connection between heart diseases and sleep apnea and their frequent coexistence, acknowleging the profound and irrepairable impact in the form of loss of life and disability if left undiagnosed and untreated.    The practice provides comprehensive care of cardiac patients with a personalized and simplified patient-centered approach utilizing a strong clinical foundation, a dedicated and caring team of workers, and the most optimum, appropriate and sensible utilization of testing and treatment modalities.    For more:

GENEVEVE™ IS A QUICK, comfortable, single-session treatment that boosts collagen, closeness and confidence. The Paragon MedSpa is among the first in the country to offer the Geneveve treatment, which is a 30-minute procedure performed in Dr. Mark Bishara’s Mansfield office.    During the treatment, tissue is alternately cooled at the surface and deeply heated beneath. With Geneveve, the surface layer of tissue is not injured, so you can immediately return to your normal activities.    Your body responds to the Geneveve treatment by generating new, stronger collagen. Typically, women feel the results in about 30 days and the full effect at about 90 days.    The Paragon MedSpa also offers a variety of skin-improving regimens, including facial treatments that recondition and firm, deep poor cleansing, and calming treatments. For more: • July 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


Classic Cars

Mel and Jane McDonald still take their 1911 Cadillac Touring Car on regular drives – that is, after Mel cranks the engine to get it running.

Photos: Richard Greene


The McDonald collection marks the dawning of the age of the automobile • By Richard Greene


mong the vehicles that attracted the most attention from those attending this year’s Concours d’Elegance of Texas was this remarkable 1911 Cadillac Touring Car owned by Mel and Jane McDonald.    “Wow, I’ve never seen a car like this!” was the often-repeated reaction as people approached Mel standing by his car. He confirms that he hears that all the time from folks wherever he takes it.    And he takes it everywhere and anywhere when the opportunity to do so presents itself – something that happens with increasing frequency.    Mel describes the vehicle’s purpose: “Ours is a touring car. While others of the era may be found in museums around the country, you can see ours as it was meant to be experienced – running down the road.”    For the past 29 years, his cars have been a major attraction in the Dallas Holiday Parade. They have also participated in MLK, 44


Cotton Bowl and New Year’s Day parades, as well as appearances in holiday parades in Lancaster, Richardson and even in Little Rock and Malvern, Arkansas.    But it’s not just parades where the McDonalds take their cars. For the past three decades, they’ve joined two- and three-day driving tours, taking in scenic, historic and interesting sites across the country.    “We usually drive 75 to 125 miles each day,” Mel says. “It’s great family fun and it has provided over the years an historic perspective for our children that most kids don’t get.”    The most ambitious of all those experiences came in 2000, when Mel and Jane drove their Cadillac to the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado. “It was cold and sleeting weather,” Mel recalls, “and I was thrilled that it made it up and back down without any problems.”    Mel’s passion for classic cars of the ilk that were on display at the Councours d’Elegance of Texas began early in his life. “I

The 1911 Cadillac was state-of-the-art when it was produced, and it still has plenty of pizzazz, as these photos clearly show. • July 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


Other CLASSIC CARS in the McDonald Collection ... The Cadillac featured on the preceding spread is just one of the vintage beauties in Mel and Jane McDonald’s collection. Their first acquisition was a 1909 Maxwell Roadster (top left), purchased in 1983. A year later, Mel bought the 1914 Buick two-seater that he used to court Jane (bottom left, shown at the Councours d’Elegance of Texas with an older cousin). The fourth automobile in the classic ensemble is a 1915 Packard (above), which features a V-12 engine and which was a Father’s Day surprise gift for Dan from his wife.

was fascinated by these cars as a kid and was building models of them by the time I was eight years old.”    That passion ultimately resulted in his acquisition of his first antique automobile in 1983 when he found his 1909 Maxwell Roadster. The following year, Mel bought the 1914 Buick two-seater that he used in courting Jane. She must have been impressed with both him and his Buick as they have now been married for 30 years.    “It was our primary tour car until daughter Elise and son Lyle came along,” Mel explains. “So when I saw the 1911 Cadillac advertised in 1993, we knew it would provide the space we needed, and it’s been our main touring car since.”    Their children were then along for the ride in all those parades and tours, including the climb up Pikes Peak. Today Elise is pursuing her MBA at Harvard and working as a summer intern in Vice President Mike Pence’s office. Lyle, a 2014 Annapolis graduate, is serving as a Navy officer aboard the submarine USS Boise stationed in Norfolk, Va.    The McDonalds’ fourth car is a six-passenger 1915 Packard with a V-12 engine that was a Father’s Day surprise gift from Jane. Its “twin six” motor, as Packard called it, was the basic design for the World War One Liberty aviation engine. 46


   They drove it 620 miles last year from Texarkana to Odessa with about 40 other cars to commemorate the centennial of the Bankhead Highway. That trip brought them through Arlington with a stop at the infamous Top O’Hill Terrace.    They share their experiences with other owners of these amazing 100-plus-years-old automobiles through their participation in the North Texas Regional chapter of the Horseless Carriage Club of America.    There are many regional groups around the country and scattered around the world representing the dawning of the age of the automobile industry. This unique period of history witnessed the hand-crafted carriage coachwork, gas lights, hand cranking and amazing use of brass that still delivers that unique sparkle of the era.    Mel should return to Arlington for next year’s Concours d’Elegance. If you see him there, he probably will let you sit in the same seat that has been occupied by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Dennis the Menace, Mrs. Claus, Madeline, McGruff the Crime-fighting Dog, Raggedy Ann and Andy, and Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys stars, among others.    It’ll be easy to find him – just look for the car unlike any you may have ever seen before.

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UTA project produces micro houses – and better design/build students • By Toni Randle-Cook


hey’ve already had their final review and received their grades. But this summer, some University of Texas at Arlington students have volunteered to continue work on a project they started last semester. While the project may be small in size (360 square feet and 390 square feet to be exact), it’s a big accomplishment for a group that was learning the tools and processes of construction.    “So, for those who basically didn’t really even have serious power tool experience, to pull off what they did in four months

Brad McCorkle (right), a UTA lecturer, leads a group of students in their design/build project.

is pretty incredible,” says Brad McCorkle, a UTA architecture lecturer and alumni.    So what did they pull off?    Over the past two semesters, a group of 20 students from the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs designed and built a pair of micro houses as their senior project for “Parallel Construction.”    Parallel Construction is a design/build studio. The fall semester focuses on design and planning. The actual construc-

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UTA students did all the design and construction work on the micro houses, which will be auctioned and donated to charity after the finishing touches are applied this summer. 48


“FOR THOSE WHO BASICALLY didn’t really even have serious power tool experience, to pull off what they did in four months is pretty incredible.” tion takes place over the spring Although Brad McCorkle provided ample semester. instruction, the students did all the work on    “It’s kind of interesting. Last fall the micro houses. when we started out, we asked students if they thought they would return in the spring for the construction part, and only about a half of the students in the class thought they would do the whole thing,” says McCorkle. “By the end of the fall, they were already invested enough in the project that everybody returned, except for two students.”    And they’ve decided to return – again – even though school is out.    While the modern units may look complete on the outside, the students simply ran out of time. Some finishing touches, such as drywall and lighting, need to be completed on the interior before the micro houses are moved to their permanent locations.    The university hopes to “find homes” for the homes by the end of summer. One of them will be sold, and that money will be reinvested into the Parallel Construction program. The second house will be donated to an organization such as Habitat for Humanity or Veterans Affairs.    McCorkle says a majority of the funds and supplies needed to build these micro homes were donated. The university only had to buy the actual tools, which, of course, will be used for future projects.    The next project is working with The Housing Network (formerly The Tarrant County Housing Authority) to design and build a 1,500-square-foot family home near AT&T Stadium. That work will take place in the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters.    “The beauty of design/build is that the students not only design down to the last nut, bolt and screw, but then they have to turn around and build it,” says McCorkle.    Jocelyn Valles, a Parallel Construction student, says the hands-on experience translates into a better understanding between architects and general contractors. “The architect can • July 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


Here are the (nearly) finished products. The students are wrapping up some details on the project this summer.

“IT WAS A DAILY occurrence that students were giving tours, and on weekends, they might give five or six tours during the course of the day.” easily draw lines assuming that it can be built because he or she usually has zero background experience in construction. This design/build course allowed students the opportunity to gain construction experience and prepare them for situations that they will face in their professional career.”    The micro houses currently sit on the same lot along Davis Drive where they were constructed. They’ve become a point of interest for North Texans. “It was a daily occurrence that students were giving tours, and on weekends, they might give five or six tours during the course of the day,” says McCorkle. “It’s been amazing the kind of response that they’ve gotten.”    Tiny houses have gained popularity thanks in part to several cable television shows. You can tune into “Tiny House Hunters”, “Tiny House, Big Living” and “Tiny House Builders” on HGTV. And the FYI network airs “Tiny House World” and “Tiny House Nation.”    “People are realizing you don’t have to have a 4,000-square-foot house to be happy,” says McCorkle. “You know, they don’t want to spend all of their time and effort working to pay for a mortgage. I think a lot of it is people are looking to simplify.”    Parallel Construction has existed for four semesters, and the program continues to step up the scale of projects. In the past, students tackled urban farm components and small multi-functional pavilions that could be used for bus stops, information kiosks and business incubators.    But McCorkle, who leads the design/build project, had always wanted to do micro houses. Since there are dozens of design/build programs across the country, he believes the micro house project could set the University of Texas at Arlington apart from its competition.    “I really enjoyed doing the micro houses,” says McCorkle, “And I think it’s something we could probably take to the next level, thinking about ease of moving, how they are constructed, and continuing to evolve spatially how they work.”    But regardless of the materials they use or the blueprints they follow, there’s no doubt these UTA students are building a bright future for themselves – and their clients.

Photos: Toni Randle-Cook



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Coming Attractions


 IN NATURE Here’s an artist rendering of one of the many features that will be part of Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark. Photos courtesy of The City of Grand Prairie


he ground was broken two Octobers ago. The cutting of the ribbon and the opening of the doors will take place not long after next the October comes. And when those two things happen, Grand Prairie will officially segue from a vibrant suburban hub into an official destination spot.    That’s what Epic thinking does for a community.    The city’s much-talked-about, water-park-anchored development, The Epic, will be everything the name implies. In fact, says Rick Herold, director of the Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation Department, one question marked every step in the process that converted the idea into a remarkable reality: “Is this epic?”

Grand Prairie’s ambitious waterpark and entertainment complex will be unlike any other in the world

   “I know it probably drove the people working on this crazy,” Herold recalls. “But that’s what we asked every contractor involved with the project. We felt we can’t use the term ‘Epic Waters’ if we didn’t create something that lived up to the billing. As I look at how everything has come together, I think we hit a home run.”    The man credited with the genesis of the project, which entails both the Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark and the multi-use entertainment complex, agrees.    Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen wanted the city to make a statement once he took office in 2013. It had the land, and he decided a multi-faceted water park and entertainment center would be an

From The Epic recreation/entertainment center to the Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark with a retractable roof (and many attractions beneath it), Grand Prairie’s new complex will be one of a kind. 52


Nominate someone EPIC in your life for a chance to win season passes

ARM executives, and, as ideal way to put it to use. He EPIC WATERS INDOOR WATERPARK is asking residents of North Coleman notes, “We were sold drove the proposal through the Texas and beyond to nominate community members who are making on the first meeting. We met a city council and in 2014 took extraordinary contributions of service to others, or who inspire others city that is forward thinking. We the idea to the Grand Prairie by their ability to overcome adversity on a daily basis. loved the idea of a world-class voters, who gave the OK to a    Using a written document of 500 words or less, OR a one-minute facility built by a municipality.” 1/4-cent-sales-tax-increase to video, contestants will describe someone they know or admire who    In short time, a partnership fund the project. As a result, the is making a true difference in the lives of others, whether through was formed – and plans for city soon will have a state-ofvolunteer work, community service, caregiving, or by overcoming The Epic started taking shape. the-art mega recreation center adversity in a way that inspires others. Dallas-based HKS Inc. was choand water park like no other    “To ‘Live Life Epic’ is to serve and inspire your community,” explains sen as the project designer. Lee community has ever seen. Rick Coleman, the waterpark’s principal and senior vice president of Lewis Construction was made    “In addition to the recreation development and operations. “Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark and the the general contractor. And The amenities offered,” Jensen says, entire Epic complex are only possible thanks to the community, so Epic’s evolution became steadily “we want this to be a place recognizing and showing our appreciation for the exceptional people visible to Grand Prairie residents where teens come to have fun locally and around the nation is our priority.” and visitors traversing the roads and learn, where child and day    The contest will run through Aug. 1, and is open to Grand Prairie surrounding the complex. camps will happen and where residents as well as those outside the Grand Prairie community. Ten    Like Herold, Coleman insistthe community gathers to enjoy Grand Prize winners will be selected by a panel of judges. Five wined on thinking in “epic” terms the arts, get fit and have fun ners will be selected from the Grand Prairie area, and five will come with regards to the project. “We year-round.” from locations all throughout the nation. wanted a true theme park with    The Epic is located in the    Winning contestants, as well as the subjects of their winning a quality water park that is city’s Central Park, west of essays and/or videos, will receive two 4-packs of annual passes, one open every day of the year,” he State Highway 161 and the for Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, and one for The Epic. says. “And that is affordable. A future extension of Water   Winning videos will be posted on the Epic Waters Indoor Waterlot of our so-called competitors wood Drive. When it opens park and The Epic websites, as well as posted and distributed through tend to leave out that last part.” in November, it will feature other venues and platforms. Complete contest details can be found at    Coleman, Herold and coma 70,000-square-foot indoor pany didn’t. They set up a plan water park with a retractable that features year-long passes, roof and 3.5 acres of outdoor summer and fall passes and daily passes – with discounted rates space. The water park will have one of the longest lazy rivers in going to Grand Prairie residents. the United States after completion. The Epic entertainment and rec   They also got to work quickly on creating other partnerships that reation center, set open in January, will feature an amphitheater, a will serve their customers. The American Red Cross was selected as fitness center, a large indoor play area, a cafe, a library, art studios, the authorized training provider for the park’s lifeguarding program. exercise rooms and teen rooms. Herold says the city will add rides The water park will utilize Red Cross’ training, certification, and conand slides in future phases of the project. tinuing education for the estimated 100 lifeguards and lifeguard staff    Besides Herold, another key principal in the development of the managers who will be responsible for guest safety related to the park’s project – not just from the ground up but even before – is Rick multiple water slides, attractions, and pools. Coleman. He is executive vice-president of new product develop   “We want to provide a fun-filled but safe environment for all of ment at American Resort Management, LLC, an award-winning our guests, including children and people with special needs or hospitality management company based in Erie, Pa. limited swimming skills,” says Coleman, who now serves as the    After doing their homework on companies that might be well waterpark’s principal and senior vice-president of development suited to help them pull off “something epic,” Herold and the and operations. “In fact, guest safety is our top priority. That’s why Grand Prairie project planning team met with Coleman and other • July 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


Since its groundbreaking in October 2015, The Epic has steadily taken shape. Here’s an aerial view, along with some photos depicting steady progress on the project.

we chose to partner with American Red Cross, the world’s number one-brand for lifeguarding and water safety.”    The Red Cross will provide the park’s lifeguarding team members with lifeguard and CPR training that equips them to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies and provide lifesaving care for medical emergencies, injuries, or sudden illness.    Additionally, Epic Waters and The Epic have awarded exclusive pouring rights to PepsiCo. Under this agreement, park guests will get the opportunity to taste a variety of some of PepsiCo’s fan-favorite beverage brands, including LEMON LEMON™, Aquafina Sparkling, LifeWTR, IZZE FUSIONS™, 1893, Naked Juice and Lipton Iced Tea. Other beverages, including Diet Pepsi®, MIST TWST®, Mountain Dew®, Dr. Pepper, Big Red and Brisk® ice tea will be available on fountain.    The lifeguard team and beverage vendors will be part of another of the benefits The Epic will bring to Grand Prairie, namely employment opportunities. Coleman says Epic Waters will have 50-75 full-time staff members and a seasonal work crew that will number between 150-250.    Herold says The Epic’s recreational/entertainment workforce will include 25 full-time, pro-level employees and 50 to 75 seasonal employees.    Ultimately, all involved with The Epic will be making history. “Anyone can be lucky in time to have money to build a facility,” Herold says. “But how do you bring that to life? That was our goal. We wanted to create something that would make it a DFW destination, and I think we’ve done it.” 54


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Northstar School enhances the special relationship Arlington has with Bad Königshofen • By Elizabeth Baker ONCE UPON A TIME ... in a land, far, far away, there was a beautiful village, a village with a need. Arlington citizens answered that need – and built an everlasting friendship.


t was the summer of summer of 1951 when Arlington Mayor Tom Vandergriff first learned of Bad Königshofen, a West German village with a population of 4,000, about half the size of his beloved hometown. The town’s City Inspector, Kurt Zühlke, traveled across the Atlantic Ocean with a teacher from Marburg (about six hours away), who was wishing to meet her Arlington pen pal.    Vandergriff discovered during a meeting with Zühlke that refugees fleeing from East Germany had overwhelmed Bad Königshofen, resulting in an urgent shortage of food and

CITY OFFICIALS WELCOMED the Bad Königshofen visitors and host families with a special recognition during the April 4 City Council meeting. Pictured with Mayor Jeff Williams and City Councilwoman Sheri Capehart are Lukas Engelbrecht (BK), Nicholas Kocurek (NS), Jonny Barthelmes (BK), Samira Jäger (BK), Maddie Moyer (NS), Mikayla Moyer (NS), Benjamin Kocurek (NS), Cole Benefield (NS), Tyler Hood (NS), Grace Ekukpe (NS), Makenzie Moyer (NS), Sebastian Birmelin (BK) and Philip Röß (BK).



clothing. In short order, the people of Bad Königshofen were delivered train cars full of supplies – a gift sent to them by the caring citizens of Arlington.    Coming at a time when Americans’ sour feelings of World War II still lingered, Arlingtonites – many of whom were struggling themselves – learned about and sought to relieve the suffering of this town and collected thousands of pounds of supplies for these unknown foreigners. The clothes, medical supplies and food were shipped from the Arlington train depot to Bad Königshofen, where, to this day, it is reverently remembered that people from another nation cared for them.    Soon after this remarkable display of compassion and humanitarianism, Arlington and Bad Königshofen developed one of the first international Sister City partnerships. Many commemorations, dedications and visits between the cities and their officials ensued through the years, and a true friendship was established.    Fast forward 65 years ...    It is now the summer of 2016, when five German high school students from Bad Königshofen express an interest in learning more about Arlington, Texas, the city they have heard about their entire lives. In fact, they want to visit their Sister City.    Once again, Arlington citizens take notice of their Sister City and extend their kindness and generosity. Photo: Bruce Maxwell    Northstar School, an Arlington private school of 55 students, opened its doors and heart to these adventurers this past April.    The German students, seeking to learn about the American way of life, were welcomed with open arms into a world of exploration. Much care and thought was put into ensuring that the best possible experience was endowed upon the teenagers. For 30 days the students experienced an American high school.

In addition to the daily classes, camping trips, statewide Student Council seminars, visits to their first theme park, City Council meetings, barbeque dinners, and Texas Rangers baseball games, even the Senior Prom was part of the experience for these high school students. Northstar didn’t alter its programs, but instead incorporated the students into them.    Six host families of Northstar, all united in wanting the cultural exchange for their families, joined in and provided five curious German teenagers a look into the life of an American teenager. This meant incorporating a new “family member” into the schedule of soccer practice, music lessons and what to eat for dinner – no small endeavor.    As a result, Northstar students Grace Ekukpe; Tyler Hood; Cole Benefield; Brandon Haub; Benjamin and Nicholas Kocurek; and Mikayla, Maddie and Makenzie Moyer all Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Baker have a new brother or sister. As a witness to the day of arrival of the German students, you couldn’t tell the Northstar students and the German visitors apart. There was an immediate connection among the youth, as if they had known each other forever.    This was not the first encounter for Northstar School and Bad Königshofen. Northstar was founded on the principle of offering a global perspective to its educational curriculum. As luck would have it, in 2006, the first operating year of the school, Kay Hunn, President and CEO of Northstar, was presented the opportunity for Northstar’s students to participate in a “pen pal” program with Northstar’s Sister City’s school. Members of Northstar’s board were invited to visit Bad Königshofen as part of the official City of Arlington delegation in 2007. Photo: Bruce Maxwell    Over the past 10 years, in addition to Above: Bad Königshfen students Lukas Engelbrecht, Philip Röß, Samira Jäger, Jonny Barthelmes and Sebastian Birmelin hosting the current group of German stupose for a photo at their new school. Below: Northstar and Bad Königshfen students visit the Friendship Monument near dents, Northstar School has sent students Arlington’s City Hall that commemorates the bond between the Sister Cities. and faculty to Bad Königshofen, hosted Königshofen Family Aquatic Center and learned more about culinary experiences for the 2007 visiting German delegation, the park that was dedicated to their city in 2006. hosted three students with the German delegation of 2012, and    Previously, in 1954, Bad Königshofen had named its city has participated in providing Lebkuchen (traditional German park “Arlington-Park.” Many other forms of appreciation have gingerbread cookies) to the organization, Sister Cities of been extended to Arlington. Indeed, whenever it is learned Arlington Texas, for the annual Texas Christkindl Market. that a citizen of Arlington is in Bad Königshofen, the Arlington    The board members of Sister Cities of Arlington Texas unanflag is raised in his or her honor. This month, it is Arlington’s imously agreed to sponsor the five visiting students by providturn to celebrate dignitaries from its Sister City. Mayor Jeff ing the funds needed for their extracurricular activities while Williams, the City of Arlington, and Sister Cities of Arlington in Arlington. Northstar School presented a check at a Sister Texas will welcome the 2017 Bad Königshofen official delegaCity-hosted barbeque at Stovall Park during the students’ stay. tion, commemorating and celebrating the 65th Anniversary of They and their host families received a private tour of the Bad • July 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


The last visit of an Arlington delegation to our sister city of Bad Königshofen occurred last July to celebrate its 1,275th anniversary. Pictured in the inset photo in front of the town’s ancient Rathaus (city hall) are Burgermeister (Mayor) Thomas Helbling and wife Sabine in traditional German attire. He is being honored in Arlington’s 2017 Fourth of July Parade as the International Grand Marshal. Photos courtesy of Richard Greene

“Friendship Solid as a Rock.” Thomas Helbling, Bürgermeister of Bad Königshofen, will honor Arlington by serving as the International Grand Marshal of the Arlington 4th of July Parade.    A float designed to replicate the first shipment of supplies leaving the Arlington train depot for Bad Königshofen will also be featured in the parade.    The initial contact between Arlington and Bad Königshofen began with a pen pal visit, two people reaching across continents to communicate and learn about each other, not knowing their friend-

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WHAT SAYS SUMMER in Texas better than a juicy piece of meat slowly evolving into the best dinner you’ve had all week? Here’s what: Inviting friends over to watch you masterfully prepare the best dinner they’ve had all week.    Obviously, grilling in Texas is a right of passage. Otherwise you couldn’t e-venture to the Texas Appliance website,, and discover that there are 14 types of charcoal grills, a pair of electrical models, and 97 gas-propelled cooking apparati – all designed with crafting the best meal anyone’s had all week in mind.    This is where you say, “Yum!”

THE WHITE CRAPPIE Lamont Jones is holding in the photo above weighed 2 pounds and measured 15 inches. It was caught with a minnow.    While noteworthy, for sure, that’s not what’s important here.    What’s important here is that Jones was fishing! In Lake Arlington!    Indeed, as any avid angler will tell you, there’s something therapeutic about sitting in a boat or on the shore, casting a line into the gleaming blue water and waiting to see what might happen. If you’re lucky, like Jones was, you’ll haul in the big one. Even if you don’t, you’ll be better for the endeavor.

REMEMBER WHEN YOU didn’t even blink at the prospect of climbing aboard an amusement park ride that went higher and faster than convention suggested high and fast things should go?    If you do, you probably also remembered that most of those hair-raising adventures took place in your veritable backyard, at Six Flags Over Texas.    Here’s the deal: They still do. Sure, the Runaway Mine Train passed the mantle to Judge Roy Scream, who yielded the crown to The Titan, who now is looking over his shoulder at The Joker. There’s always a next great ride. This summer, ride it!





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YOU SCORE 1,000 BONUS POINTS if you recognize whose smiling face is featured in the photograph above.    We’ll give you a hint: He puts that tool belt he is wearing to good use on a regular basis. We’ll supply one more hint: He and his bride are two of the more popular personalities on television. Now, we’ll give you the biggest hint of all: He’s Chip Gaines, and he and wife Joanna, stars of the television show “Fixer Upper,” have created one of the state’s premier vacation destinations in Magnolia Market.    Magnolia Market, located in Waco (601 Webster), is a shopper’s paradise and more. There are home decor items to buy, food to eat and even a Magnolia House in which to stay, should you decide to linger longer than a day.    While you’re in Waco, you’ll also want to check out the Dr Pepper Museum, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

ONE SURE SIGN THAT ARLINGTON has upped the ante on urban development in recent times is the establishment of several local craft breweries.    While your grandfather might have enjoyed sitting on the back porch with a Falstaff in hand, while your Dad likely preferred an Old Milwaukee, modern-day beer fans have considerably more options.    Thanks to venues such as Legal Draft and Division Brewing, brew enthusiasts can choose among the likes of Legal Blonde Lager, Accused Amber Lager, Chief Justice Stout (pictured), Presumed Innocent IPA and Hung Jury Hefeweizen.    Even better, they can choose among the many beers from the taprooms of the respective breweries, which have become coffee-shop-like in their appeal as gathering places.   So ...    We suggest you consider gathering. Oh, and sipping, if that’s your thing.

LEST YOU WONDER, the Allen Bolden Outdoor Pool has the deepest “deep end” among Arlington Parks & Recreation Department swimming facilities – 13 feet from the water surface to the bottom of the pool.    But have no fear – all seven of the city’s pools have ample supplies of water to help entertain swimmers young and old throughout the summer. The city offers six-month and 12-month passes to the various facilities for prices ranging from $40 – which, if you think about it, is just $3.85 for every foot to the bottom of Allen Bolden Outdoor Pool.    This month, the city’s offering a special aquatic bonus: From 8:30 10:30 p.m. on July 14, Randol Mill Pool is hosting “Dive In Movie” Night and showing the movie “Finding Dory” on a big screen that is viewable from in and all around the pool. Admission is free to pass holders, but you need to register here: • July 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY








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IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR a reason to spend time this summer at River Legacy Park, we’ll give you 10:    • There are 8 miles of paved hike and bike trails winding through thick forests and expansive greenbelts.    • There’s a 10-mile mountain bike trail.    • Picnic areas – lots of picnic areas.    • You can reserve a pavilion.    • River overlooks.    • Clean restrooms.    • There’s a custom playground and playscapes. • You can stay fit using the exercise station. • You can launch your canoe at the pedestrian bridge at the Collins Street entrance.    • You will see beautiful flora and fauna during every visit.    We could give you one or 200 more reasons, but that would take time from your time enjoying the park. Now go enjoy it.

WITH A 60-FOOT-DIAMETER dome and state-of-the-art Digistar 5 DLP Projection system, The Planetarium at the University of Texas at Arlington is one of the larger and more sophisticated planetariums in all of Texas.    While that’s impressive in and of itself, just the notion that a venue in town has something as cool-sounding as a Digistar 5 system should generate a measure of summer excitement.    Add the powerful Surround Sound to the stars, planets, galaxies, visual effects and virtually anything else UTA projects onto the dome during your visit, and you have both the ideal date and family outing at your offing – all summer long.    The air-conditioned theater provides comfortable reclining seats for an audience of nearly 150 and is wheelchair-friendly.    Oh – and did we mention? – the UTA Planetarium has the Digistar 5 system?

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LOCAL SINGER/SONGWRITER Robin English will perform at 7 p.m. on July 1 at The LOT Downtown in Mansfield.    The country star’s single, “Girl in Love,” was on GAC’s Top Ten videos and Billboard’s Top Single Sales for eight months. English has opened for such artists as Willie Nelson, Clint Black, Brad Paisley, Joe Diffie, and Mark Chesnutt.    Her most recent album, “Velvet Covered Brick,” received rave reviews and produced three hit singles. Her music is deep with artistry and entertainment – as local fans will discover this month.

MUSIC: Concerts at Arlington Music Hall When: July 1, 8, 22, 28, 29 Where: Arlington Music Hall (224 N. Center St.) Show times: 7:30 p.m. Notes: This month’s featured performers/performances include “An Evening with Mark Lowry” (July 1), Johnny Lee (July 8), The Righteous Brothers (July 22), Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers (July 28) and “Kiss Alike – The Ultimate Tribute to Kiss” (July 29 at 8 p.m.). For more:

MUSIC: Concerts at Levitt Pavilion When: July 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 76

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Where: Levitt Pavilion (100 W. Abram St. Show times: Check website for show times. Notes: Featured performers at the Levitt this month include Ray Wylie Hubbard (July 1), Jaime y Los Chamacos (July 2), Daphne Willis (July 3), Brad Thompson & the Undulating Band (July 3), The Unlikely Candidates (July 7), Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros (July 8), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band (July 9), Jason Eady (July 14), The Suffers (July 15), Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines (July 16), The Drifters (July 21), Junior Brown (July 22) and Shinyribs (July 23). Plus, there will be a “Sing-along Grease” Movie Night on July 6. For more:


THEATER: Pinocchio Commedia When: July 7-16 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: In true commedia fashion, this wild and uninhibited play begins with a troupe of strolling players exploding into the theatre with their noisy props and crude scenery. They mount the stage and prepare to present the classic and beloved Pinocchio tale. The commedia flavor gives the story of Pinocchio additional vigor and excitement without losing the charm and significant message of Carlo Collodi’s famous story. For more:

MUSIC: Concerts at The LOT Downtown When: July 8, 15, 22 and 29 Where: The LOT Downtown (110 S. Main St., Mansfield) Show times: 7 p.m. Notes: In addition to Robin English’s concert (see the main story), four other artists/bands will perform at Mansfield’s showcase music venue this month: Bryan Anthony (July 8), The Hendersons (July 15), Bettysoo (July 22) and Jessie Frye (July 29). For more:

MUSIC: Hans Zimmer Live on Tour When: July 13 Where: Verizon Theatre (1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie) Show times: 8 p.m. Notes: The acclaimed scorer will perform some of his classic movie songs. For more:

THEATER: Oklahoma! When: July 22-23, 29-30 Where: Willie Pigg Auditorium (1520 N. Walnut Creek Drive) Show time: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on July 22; 2 p.m. on July 23; 7 p.m. on July 29; 2 p.m. on July 30 Notes: “Oklahoma!” set the American musical theater standard. Mansfield’s Mainstage Classic Theatre presents this popular musical. For more:


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Speaking of Sports

Decisions, decisions

Rangers GM Jon Daniels and the owners have to make some tough personnel calls soon • By John Rhadigan


o, you think you want to be a GM. That’s GM, as in General Manager, as in the person who gets to make all the personnel decisions for a baseball team. You might want to tap the brakes on that desire when you consider all that Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels is considering now.    Jon has decisions to make about Yu Darvish, Jonathon Lucroy, Mike Napoli and Carlos Gomez, to name a few. As we sit here in July, you may think that Daniels has ample time to make those decisions, given that the off-season doesn’t really begin until November.    Actually, here’s what’s going on in JD’s world as the season reaches its halfway point: He must decide – sooner than later – what he is going Rangers GM Jon Daniels faces some challenging to do to best serve his club. personnel decisions.    Sell or buy.    Trade or stand pat.    Trade for the future or trade for the now.    So many decisions, so little time. For Daniels and his baseball operations staff, the baseball season is not always 162 games. Sometimes, it is more like 105 games. They have until July 31 to decide what the future will look like for the Rangers.    The elephant in the room is Yu Darvish, an ace pitcher who has been a bargain for Texas for the past five years. He won’t be for the next five. Someone is going to pay Darvish between $25 and 30 million per season.    Will it be the Rangers? I hope so! Owner Ray Davis is on the record saying the team will do what it takes to keep Darvish. The golden rule of baseball is that you can never have enough pitching. The Rangers are no different than most teams. They are always in the market for good pitching. Darvish is an ace, and even though he will turn 31 next month, I say you do not sacrifice an ace.    The other side of the argument is simple; it states that Father Time is undefeated. Eventually every player loses the battle of age. So, how long before Darvish succumbs?



   It is hard to say, but early in his career he pitched in Japan and only pitched once a week. Since coming to the U.S., he has missed a season and a half due to injury. So the odometer reading on his arm is low. Who knows when his body will say, “no more pitching.” JD doesn’t, and therein lies the difficulty of the decision.    How would you like to be the one that signs him for five years – then his body quits after two, and you are still on the hook for $150 million, give or take?    The next decision should be easier, but in the case of Lucroy, it is not. He, too, is 31, a catcher who is a free agent at the end of the year.    Catchers endure a lot of wear and tear, so their careers could be counted in dog years. However, because the Rangers have no other catcher available in the farm system, Photo: signing Lucroy becomes a priority. He is a student of the game, a leader in the clubhouse and he would love to finish his career here. I believe the Rangers should sign him, too. After all, Robinson Chirinos can’t catch every game.    Of course, since we have just spent all of that money on Darvish and Lucroy, there is not much left for Gomez or Nap, or any other free agents that may be available.    That is another thing that makes JD’s job so tough. If he is like me and believes that the team should sign these two, then all he has to do is convince the billionaire owners that this is a good business decision.    Just remember, though, that these guys did not get to be billionaires by making bad business decisions. No matter how convincing JD is, they could say, “no!”

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Events, Events, etc. etc.

Itinerary Your official Arlington-area guide to fun (and the like) July 3-5, 7-9, 24-26, 28 - Aug. 2 What: Texas Rangers baseball Where: Globe Life Park When: Check website for times In a nutshell: The defending American League West champs will entertain five teams this month: the Boston Red Sox (July 3-5), the Los Angeles Angels (July 7-9), the Miami Marlins (July 24-26), the Baltimore Orioles (July 28-30) and the Seattle Mariners (July 31-Aug. 2). For more:


BE SURE TO CHECK OUT the following events marking Independence Day 2017:   July 1: Viridian will have music at 6 p.m. at 1001 Viridian Park Lane, followed by fireworks.   July 2-4: July 4th Fest at Six Flags Over Texas.   July 3: Light Up Arlington starts at 6 p.m. with music at Levitt Pavilion, followed by fireworks.   July 4: Arlington’s 4th of July Parade will roll through downtown, starting at 9 a.m.   July 4: Mansfield’s annual Rockin’ 4th of July celebration at Big League Dreams Park starts at 7 p.m. and features music, food and fireworks.

July 1, 5, 16, 25 What: Dallas Wings basketball Where: College Park Center When: Check website for times. In a nutshell: The city’s WNBA team will host four games this month: the Seattle Storm (July 1), the Atlanta Dream (July 5), the Chicago Sky (July 16) and the Indiana Fever (July 25). For more:

July 1-31 What: Planetarium Shows Where: The Planetarium at the University of Texas at Arlington (700 Planetarium Place) When: Check website for show times. In a nutshell: July shows will include “Back to the Moon for Good,” “One 80

World One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure,” “Astronaut,” “We are Astronomers,” “Secret of the Cardboard Rocket,” “Phantom of the Universe,” “Spacepark 360” and “Pink Floyd.” For more:

July 1 - Aug. 6 What: Milton H. Greene: Women Where: Arlington Museum of Art (201 W. Main St.) When: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on TuesdaySaturday; 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday In a nutshell: The range of Milton Greene’s subjects include such notable women as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, Judy Garland, and Catherine Deneuve,


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as well as many others. The exhibit is organized by diChroma photography and curated by Anne Morin. For more:

July 1 - Dec. 31 What: Donray Traveling Exhibits Where: Arlington Museum of Art (201 W. Main St.) When: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on TuesdaySaturday; 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday In a nutshell: 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:

July 11 - Dec. 2 What: Animal Exploration Where: River Legacy Living Science Center (703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd.) When: 2 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. In a nutshell: Youngsters and their parents can discover the habits and adaptations of a native animal during a live animal observation with a River Legacy Naturalist. This “nature-iffic” event is free, but space is limited. RSVP to the number below. For more: (817) 860-6752

July 22 What: CONCACAF Gold Cup 2017 Where: AT&T Stadium When: Noon In a nutshell: AT&T Stadium will be one of the host locations for a semifinal soccer match that is part of the 2017 Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Gold Cup tournament. For more:

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Julia Burgen, Arlington’s First Lady of Conservation, is honored with a city park in her name • By Richard Greene


hen a big crowd gathered last month for the dedication of the Julia Burgen Park, they were standing in a residential area that once consisted of homes that had been repeatedly flooded by the city’s largest creek. Stories abound of people seeking safety by standing on their roofs and, some say, climbing into nearby trees.    The Johnson Creek flood plain traverses the central part of the city from its headwaters near Interstate Highway 20 all the way to the Trinity River. There were two principal reasons for the recurring disaster faced by residents inundated by the raging waterway during big storm events.    First was the fact that the homes built in the path of floodwaters had occurred prior to studies by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that defined floodways.    Second was a rapidly growing city that had developed and paved over so much land area that had previously absorbed storm water. That water began to rapidly run off into the creek – and dramatically spread way beyond its main channel.    By the 1990s, the city had sought the help of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to see what could be done to protect citizens at risk who lived along the creek. The engineering solution was to turn the creek into a concrete-lined drainage way and to offer several millions of dollars in federal funding to make that happen.    That’s when I first encountered the city’s quintessential conservationist, Julia Burgen. Her regular appearances before city council meetings delivered a persistent message. “Think about what would happen if you did that,” she pleaded. “You will be taking the city’s largest natural greenway along with our most important trees and turning it into an unsightly ditch. Such destruction is unthinkable.”    Her admonition brought about a really tough decision for the city’s leaders. On one hand, we had the offer of enough money to protect residents from the certainty of future flooding events.    On the other hand, that solution would significantly and negatively impact a huge swath of the city’s ecological environment.    Resolution of the dilemma ultimately developed in a decision to convince the Corps to let us use their financial support and, together with city funds, to buy out the homes at risk and relocate their owners to remove them from further harm.



   By the end of the decade more than 100 homes had been removed from the floodway.    Julia’s role in that decision is a classic demonstration of how one person can influence a resolution for a problem and produce an enhanced quality of life for all the people of the community.    Arlington’s Park Department describes the importance of the park in context with the whole expanse of Johnson Creek:    “Plans are to eventually create a series of linked linear parks that stretch from Gateway Park near the Parks Mall up to the Richard Greene Linear Park near AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park. The Julia Burgen Park will help eventually close the gap between Vandergriff Park and Meadowbrook Park.”    However, Julia’s role to raise awareness of the importance of protecting Arlington’s natural resources didn’t end with her efforts to save Johnson Creek.    Ultimately the city would take measures to restrict development in the floodways of all seven of Arlington’s creek systems. New ordinances would be adopted to protect the city’s important trees from wholesale clear-cutting practices.    Then new requirements for landscaping in business development would produce something better than vast expanses of concrete around commercial buildings.    She would go on to lead in raising awareness in conserving and protecting the city’s environment after being elected to the city council, where she served for six years.    So, when you experience the hike and bike trails at the new Julia Burgen Park and enjoy the surrounding beauty that now defines the heart of the city, take a minute or two to realize that all you are enjoying didn’t “just happen.”    In fact, it may not have happened at all were it not for the dedication of one special lady who cared enough not to give up on her determination to make a positive difference in the city she loves.

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

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