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Art on the Greene returns this month

Happy Mother’s Day wishes to Mom

A preview of the 2017 Levitt Pavilion season

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Contents May 2017 • Volume 4 • Issue 5

HIGHLIGHTS 22 UTA Today

A $1 million grant will help UTA professor Kytai Nguyen prepare students to battle cardiovascular/pulmonary disease.

On the Cover

In just a decade, Robert Jordan, owner of RJ Construction, has gone from running his company from the back of his truck into overseeing one of the premier commercial operations in the Arlington area. Read all about him, starting on page 26.

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You can use these clever ideas to turn your house into your dream home.

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Photo: Richard Greene Locale: Arlington Music Hall

This month, we take a tour of the home of Frank and Dorothy Gilstap. It’s a one-of-a-kind original design by acclaimed Fort Worth architect Ken Schaumburg.

DEPARTMENTS Starting Line ... 10 This ‘n Data ... 12 Around Town ... 20 Scene ... 24, 30, 56, 62 Style ... 52 The Tee Box ... 68 Dining Guide ... 72 Health/Fitness ... 74 Sights/Sounds ... 76 Speaking of Sports ... 78 Itinerary ... 80 Finish Line ... 82

38 Attorneys you need to know

Here is an up-close and personal look at some of the area’s premier practitioners of law.

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44 Picture-perfect setting

The sixth annual Art on the Greene Art Festival will be held May 26-28 in Richard Greene Linear Park.

48 Listen to the music

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The 2017 Levitt Pavilion season begins this month and promises outstanding talent and variety.

50 To (and from) Mom, with love

To celebrate Mother’s Day, we take a look at the holiday from two perspectives.

58 This car still hits a home run

Arlington’s Arnold Petsche and baseball legend Babe Ruth are connected by a classic automobile: the 1948 Lincoln Continental.

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Now that school is nearly over, we offer eight fun, educational options to help children make the most of summer.


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EDITORIAL Editor Yale Youngblood

My wife is the best mother a family could have, and that’s a fact

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have been blessed with four wonderful children. Of course, because this is May, the month Hallmark chose to honor mothers, instead of June, which has the endorsement of Mr. Cabela and all his guy friends, I probably should have started this paragraph with the words “My lovely bride has been blessed with four wonderful children.” I’ll go ahead and concede now that she did most of the heavy lifting, from the birthing process on.     Susan Carol Richtman Youngblood is a great mother. In fact, three different doctors overseeing the beginnings of four young Youngbloods told her they had never seen anyone more anatomically suited for bringing new lives into the world.    But she really showed her gifts once they got here. She read to them. She sang to them. She played games with them. She made sure they went to church, but not once did she hit them over the head with her favorite book. Lest you wonder, that book is the Bible.    Lest you also wonder, those kiddos are named Matthew, Aaron, Daniel and Hannah, so while she didn’t technically whack them upside the head with the Good Book, she subtly made sure each of them had a name rooted in its content. Editor    I’ve joked that they should be grateful that we didn’t go with Yale Youngblood my first Biblical choices: Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and Don’t Covet Thy Neighbor’s Wife. It’s probably just as well her names became the keepers, because I can picture little Meshy taking something of a pounding in junior high school physed class. If he had, though, Mom would have kissed whatever was hurting and made it better.   The kids are all grown now. Daniel gave us our first two grandchildren, starting with the now-5-year-old Gavin. His name is not found in the Bible. The moniker of his sister, Nevaeh, is – many times, in fact. But you have to read it backward to discover that. Daniel and his wife adopted her after taking her in as her foster parents when she was less than a week old. Her birth mother didn’t make all the right choices, for sure. But she hit the bulls-eye on the name. I see a little bit of heaven every time I share a moment with that angel.    The oldest son, Matt, recently gave us both another glimpse of perfection when his son, Maddox, was born in February. It was a long, difficult birth, and the lot of us not named Susan were sure glad the person named Susan was there to show us how to endure challenges. Figuratively, anyway, she kissed us and made all of us well, especially the baby. Someday, he will hear the story and thank her.    I’m sorry to say that I don’t do that enough, the thanking part. This, after all, is the one person who would put up with me for nearly four decades. Let that sink in. The other day, she asked me what she was going to get for Mother’s Day. I can’t remember how I answered, but I know what I should have said: “Whatever it is, it won’t be enough.”

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Obstetrics/Gynecology

Women’s Health Services now in two Arlington locations: Women caring for women Dr. Joy Carter grew up in the mid-cities and graduated from Trinity High School in Euless,

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Texas. She is a Texas girl, through and through! She went to college at Baylor University and went on to get a Master’s Degree at SMU. She was accepted to medical school at University of Texas in San Antonio and did her Ob-Gyn residency in Galveston. While in Galveston, she met and married her husband, Brian, who is an attorney. They now have 3 small children. After practicing in a solo environment for three years in south Texas, she decided to look for a more family-friendly practice. She interviewed at Women’s Health Services and joined the practice in 2016. Arlington was a natural fit for her family. They love the history, location, and opportunity to raise their children here. Dr. Carter loves the practice of both obstetrics and gynecology. She focuses on promoting the right health care options for each of her patients. She enjoys taking care of women throughout their reproductive years, pregnancy, and menopause. She is skilled at performing gynecological surgery, including minimally invasive and in-office procedures. She performs in-office diagnostic ultrasounds for her pregnant patients. Dr Carter practices out of both the north and south locations for WHS. She is committed to providing the very best health care for all patients and looks forward to meeting you! Women’s Health Services now offers two locations in Arlington: 1001 N. Waldrop, Suite 505 and 5005 S. Cooper, Suite 275. Call 817-277-9415 or book your appointment with us on-line at www.womenshealthservices.com.

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This ‘n Data

Youth Eduction Town offers many area young people and their families a chance to reach their potential.

To the kids!

The Salvation Army’s Youth Education Town continues to improve and alter lives through fun, practical programs SINCE IT OPENED ITS DOORS in October of 2013, The Salvation Army’s Youth Education Town (YET), located at 712 W. Abram St., has continued to expand services that enhance and change lives throughout the Arlington area.    YET was founded on a $1 million donation from NFL Charities, the Dallas Cowboys, and the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee – and on another $1 million donation from the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Arlington Youth Foundation. In its four years, the facility has created teen programs, day camp and after school programs, Taekwondo, Zumba and adult classes. It now also hosts an Arlington ISD pre-K program

and a school of Arlington Today photo performing arts, with all the projects and programs designed to encourage youth and their families to aspire, learn, live, hope, achieve, and dream to their potential. In essence, the YET is a safe place for young people to grow, explore, and be creative.    Children there get help with homework, learn lessons about nutrition, and experience life lessons curriculum in conflict resolution, analytical thinking, and leadership skills. They are encouraged to embrace their creative side in art classes, music lessons, photography, drama, and creative writing.

Through these creative explorations, YET youth gain self-confidence, cultural appreciation, and respect for creative expression, and grow socially and emotionally.    One YET youth, Ryan, knows just how important the YET can be. “The YET is a place where I’m able to get my homework done each day,” he says. “They can help you with a lot of different things – improve at school, understand difficult things, and stay in shape.”     For more: salvationarmyyet.org.

Urban Organizers offers ‘organization for life’ The best medicine ...

A FAVORITE INSTRUCTOR once implored the students in her beginning writing class to go easy on the exclamation point. In fact, the teacher said, you should write as if you have but three exclamation points to use over the course of your entire life.    We pondered this a while and reached the conclusion that we have said or will say three things that are !-worthy. They are, of course:   “I do!”    “Because I said so!”    “What do you mean you forgot where you keep the anti-venom serum?!” 12

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FRIENDS AND BUSINESS partners Kristi Miller and Heather Masterson started Urban Organizers two years ago to design organizational solutions for homes and businesses. What evolved, however is something much more personal. The company not only offers the organizing services, but support for those in life transitions.    For example, a widower of two years moving from his large family home to a more manageable residence was faced with a lifetime of family possessions and unsure how to downsize. His only daughter couldn’t face the process and had no idea as to what items were of value, so Miller and Masterson stepped in to help. They guided this father and daughter while going through memorabilia and supported them through

the emotional process. The china, silver and mother’s personal items were packed for the daughter and stored for safe keeping. Kristi and Heather measured furniture and helped him plan its use in his new home. They arranged all the furniture and even hung art and placed accessories, as well. A difficult situation is now a new beginning.     The story typifies what the business is about. Masterson and Miller face varied organizational situations and craft personal solutions for each.    “No matter what transitional phase of life someone may be in,” Miller says, “Urban Organizers is there to help them through the process. This is not just organizing, this is organizing for life.”     For more: urbanorganizers.com.


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This ‘n Data

Photo courtesy of AISD Education Foundation

The Arlington ISD Education Foundation was recently awarded Nonprofit of the Year by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Here, foundation members present a check to Corey Academy for Mayra Ortega’s project, The Road to Biliteracy, which provides a variety of Spanish books to teach students how to read and write in a second language.

Chamber honors small businesses with awards JIM ROSS LAW GROUP, P.C. has been named Small Business of the Year in the Veteran-owned category by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. The firm will be presented the award at the May 4 “Spirit of America: 2017 Salute to Small Business” luncheon at the Arlington Convention Center.    Jim Ross served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. He also served in law enforcement as a Texas Police Offi-

cer. His law firm has posted significant growth in new client legal matters and has received numerous awards and accolades in his profession.    Other entities that will be honored at the luncheon include pavement marking company Stripe-A-Zone Inc. and tax consultant company Sutton Frost Cary LLP in the For-profit category, and Arlington ISD Education Foundation in the Nonprofit category.

Carmen Regina crowned    2017 Miss Cinderella

  

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   CARMEN REGINA won the honor of Miss Cinderella at the recent Cinderella Ball after raising $44,682.91 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington. In all, the 20 Miss Cinderella candidates brought in $415,749.78 for the charity.    First Runner-up in the event was Channy Cornell; second Runner-up was Peyton Jones; Third Runner-up was Catherine Westerlage; and Fourth Runner-up honor went to Madilyn Snyder.    2017 Scholarship winners included Taryn Cates ($1,500), Lauren Julius ($1,000), and Lauren Worth ($750), and Peyton Jones won the Carol H. Zimmer Award. The 57th annual Cinderella Ball was presented by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington’s Ladies Auxiliary.

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Donna Darovich

Writer and pundit Donna Darovich to wrap up Arlington on Tap season HUMORIST, SATIRIST and author Donna Darovich will close out the 2016-17 Arlington on Tap downtown happy hour and lecture series with a nostalgic and funny recollection: “The Life and Times of the Old-Time Fabulous Arlington Citizen-Journal.”   Save the date: May 9, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Maverick’s Bar and Grill, 601 E. Main St.    “Before the world of social media and before the C-J was essentially blended into what is now the Arlington Star-Telegram, the Citizen-Journal dominated the role of informational gate keeper for what was important – or not – in suburban boomtown Arlington,” says Darovich. “The paper had a terrific run from 1897 until the 1990s.”    Darovich adds, “Along the way the paper spawned a number of local legends with editors and publishers serving as everything from mayor to president of the chamber of commerce – and no they didn’t quite buy into the tradition of impartial journalistic observation. Some were what we’d call homers. They were also fabulous if eccentric story tellers and great stories in themselves.”    “Darovich knows of which she speaks,” says Mark Joeckel, co-founder of Arlington on Tap with O.K. Carter – himself a former C-J editor. “She broke the proverbial glass ceiling by being the first female city editor of the C-J. Along the way she won more than a hundred state and national awards for writing and was recently inducted into the Texas Intercollegiate Press Hall of Fame.”


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Scoops ... 1. The University of Texas at Arlington Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team recently won the school’s eighth national championship title at the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. This is the team’s first championship win in 11 years and the first under Head Coach Doug Garner, named head coach in 2008 after the passing of program founder Jim Hayes.

Trinity Sports Foundation to host Soccer Game Day this month

2. The Arlington Historical Society and the Lucretia Council Cochran Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host “Spring Fling: Arlington Historic Cemeteries” from noon-4 p.m. on May 7 at the cemetery at 509 W. Arkansas Lane. Organization members will rededicate and honor the past with the restoration of historic cemeteries located on Arkansas Lane, between Center Street and Matlock Road. Spring Fling is part of the fundraising effort.

TRINITY SPORTS FOUNDATION is hosting a Soccer Game Day from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 13 at its soccer fields (1200 W. Green Oaks Blvd.).    Six local non-profits (The Salvation Army/YET; Arlington Urban Ministries; Arlington/Mansfield YMCA; SafeHaven; Mission Arlington and the Arlington Police Department) will bring children from their programs who are ages 5-17 for a day of learning soccer skills, playing a few games and enjoying Christian fun and fellowship.    Transportation is provided, and Trinity Sports Foundation will be serving the participants breakfast and lunch. “Early estimates indicate that at least 250 kids will be participating,” says Sharon Bowie, who is helping promote the event for Trinity Sports Foundation. “This means community volunteers from the non-profits, as well as church members, soccer clubs, school districts, etc. It’s truly a community-wide effort focused on kids.”    For more information about Trinity Sports Foundation: trinitysportsfoundation.org.

3. The US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Southwest will host the Regional Women Business Symposium, “The Power of Performance ... The Pathway to Success,” from 9 a.m.-noon on May 24 at Dallas Area Rapid Transit Headquarters (1401 Pacific Ave. Dallas).

A better ER: MCA completes renovations Photo: Medical City Arlington

MEDICAL CITY ARLINGTON has completed construction on its emergency department, part of a $100 million facility expansion and renovation investment. The recent project includes several initiatives to increase efficiency within the ER.    The addition of an onsite computerized tomography (CT) scanner allows radiologists to conduct ex-

ams within the department and provide physicians with faster, quality imaging results.    Additionally, the hospital has enhanced services by adding a separate suite for pediatric emergency care, which includes a separate entrance, waiting area and six private pediatric rooms – designed to be family-friendly.

For the Record ARLINGTON DOWNS racetrack has a rich history, but the only remaining Arlington Downs structure is a decorative watering trough for horses, located near the northeast corner of E. Division St. and Six Flags Drive, on the grounds of Everest College’s Mid-Cities Campus. On April 9, 2016, the City of Arlington dedicated an Arlington Downs 16

Landmark Marker at this site. SPEAKING OF LONG and storied pasts, First United Methodist Church dates to 1878. You can pat yourself on the back if you knew that. You get bonus points if you knew that James Daniel Cooper was a founding member. THE RECORD HIGH temperature

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in Arlington during the month of May is 107. Let’s hope that stays the record high temperature. YOU KNOW that sports teams representing the University of Texas Arlington are known as the Mavericks. Do you know when that became so? In 1971, the university adopted that as the official mascot.

RAISE YOUR HAND if you thought the scoreboard at Arlington Stadium was cool.


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Patrick Elementary named Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School Patrick Elementary has been named a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools award recipient for the 2016-2017 school year from the Flippen Group. When the school opened for the 2015-2016 school year it began an initiative to transform the campus into a Capturing Kids’ Hearts campus that builds a school environment where students and staff feel safe and connected and classrooms where students are excited to enter and learn every day. Teachers and staff learned processes to increase students’ connectedness with both peers and adults on campus. “By implementing the Capturing Kids’ Hearts program from the moment the doors opened at the school, Patrick Elementary staff and administrators ensured that they would develop lifelong learners who are empowered and engaged,” Arlington ISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos said. “Congratulations to the Patrick Elementary community for embracing this program and practicing and living it every day.” Consideration for this award was based on a nomination based on observation, level of implementation by all staff as measured by online surveys and data demonstrating Capturing Kids’ Hearts has made a significant improvement in attendance, discipline, climate/culture or academics. The Flippen Group visited each nominated campus to gather additional data and interview students, teachers, administrators and parents. They also did a campus walk-through and an additional campus survey.

Arlington ISD announces location and architect for districtwide fine arts center The AISD fine arts center, along with a districtwide athletics complex, will be built on property near Division and Collins, the former site of the Eastern Star Home. The property was acquired by the district in December and will place both facilities in the Arlington Entertainment District. “We are excited to locate these two facilities in the heart of the entertainment district,” Board President Jamie Sullins said. “This location allows tremendous potential for partnerships that will benefit our students and provide them a truly outstanding education that will prepare them for the college or career of their choice.”

The fine arts center will include a 2,500-seat performance hall, a 400-seat theater, classroom space, art and dance studios, an instrument repair center, and gallery space. It will serve the entire district, grades pre-K through 12. “The fine arts center is a hallmark of our 2014 bond program and will provide our students with a premier performance venue and exceptional opportunities to take innovative courses, such as UNT dual-credit music, for years to come,” Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos said. “This facility will bring the best design elements of both professional venues and K-12 spaces together to create a world-class facility for our students and staff.”


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Four AISD schools named 2016 Texas Honor Roll Schools Arlington Collegiate High School, Shackelford Junior High, and Duff and Little elementaries were named 2016 Texas Honor Roll Schools for demonstrating consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time and reduction in achievement gaps. Educational Results Partnership and the Institute for Productivity in Education identified these four Arlington ISD schools as part of 727 public schools in Texas to receive this title. The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. For high schools, the Honor Roll also includes measures of college readiness. “This recognition clearly demonstrates that students at Arlington Collegiate High School, Shackelford Junior High, and Duff and Little elementaries are all achieving at an exceptional level,” Arlington ISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos said. “We are proud of them for receiving this significant recognition. Without teachers, staff and administrators who work tirelessly, set high expectations and create a positive culture that promotes continuous improvement, this would not be possible.” Through national research, ERP identified a common set of success factors for higher performing Honor Roll schools and districts, including: aligning clear, specific learning objectives to college and

career readiness along with evidence-based instructional practices; establishing a system-wide mission of college and career readiness for all students; investing in human capital, maintaining data and assessment systems to monitor school and student performance; and deploying resources and guidance to support schools’ efforts to prepare all students for college and career.

Seven Sam Houston High School students named TCU Community Scholars Congratulations to seven outstanding Sam Houston High School students Lorenta Asare Kwarteng, Maranata Dadet Bayenikini, Kaylee Hayes, Kris Le, Rose Le, Doreen Nyambuka and Julie Tran who were recently awarded the TCU Community Scholars scholarship! Each scholarship is worth $260,000, which will finance four years of undergraduate studies at TCU. Sam Houston is one of 11 area schools that participate in the TCU Community Scholars Program, and this year 40 scholarships were awarded to students who must go through the normal application process for admission to TCU, plus complete extra essays and interviews to be accepted into the program.

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It’s party time!

City’s new block party trailer makes neighborhood get-togethers easy • By Kenneth Perkins

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here’s research on pretty much everything these days, so while perusing the Project for Public Spaces website the other day (okay, so I was slightly bored), it wasn’t all that shocking to learn that the more closely knit a neighborhood is, the less exposure to violence or major conflict residents of those ‘hoods tend to experience.    Who knew that communities that spend time together improve communication among their neighbors while forging a trust, cooperation and a genuine fondness for those with whom we share lawn lines and tree leaves?    In other words, these more socially progressive neighborhoods have graduated from the typical neighbor wave most of us toss out from across the way before quickly disappearing behind our dead bolt doors and 10-foot privacy fences.     Sarah Stubblefield admits that her neighborhood is something like that, though it’s improving. She confesses to Sarah Stubblefield being a bit standoffish when it comes to shows off the block what she does for a living – she works party trailer. for the City – because once folks learn that, she’s like the resident doctor in the neighborhood, every City-related ache and illness is brought to her doorstep.    “I often tell them I really, really can’t do anything about potholes,” Sarah says, laughing. “But I’m more than happy to direct them to the appropriate people who can help take care of that.”    But as a planner in the Community Development and Planning Department she is more than thrilled to chat about the Block Party Trailer, the City’s relatively new project that enhances block parties and will undoubtedly help neighbors meet one another in casual, fun settings.    The Block Party Trailer doesn’t gather everyone for you – that’s still the inclination of an industrious neighbor (or neighbors) – but, get this, the trailer comes with picnic tables, folding tables and chairs, water coolers, ice chests, trash and recycling cans, games, cones and street barricades. Everything you need for an old-fashioned block party.     City staffers drop the thing off on the Friday before your block party and return to pick it up the Monday after.    And it’s free. No money, no mayhem, no mess.    The trailer has been making the rounds since May of last year, and even in its inaugural year, seven neighborhoods used it. The projection this year is 10 to 12, with most of them crammed into the spring and early summer. 20

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   “No one wants to have outdoor parties when it’s a zillion degrees outside,” Stubblefield says.     This is her baby. Stubblefield got the idea while attending a Planning Conference. Plano has one and found that it was quite impactful for the community. “We wanted to start this because fellowship with neighbors is a critical ingredient to building up communities,” Stubblefield says. “Unlike some of our other programs, which can be longer-term projects, the Block Party Trailer is mostly about making it easy for neighbors to get out and enjoy each other.”    Indeed, a number of neighborhood programs often require tons of work – from initial grant applications and other paperwork. Applications for the Block Party Trailer must be received seven days prior to the actual gathering. (You have to be a registered neighborhood group, by the way, and you can register at arlington-t.gov/cdp/ neighborhoods.     The first neighborhood to use the trailer last year returned this year. “No matter how much you plan or how long you’ve been having block parties, you always miss something, the little details,” Photo: Kenneth Perkins says LaKeshia Walker, one of the Echols Park neighborhood organizers. “The trailer has a lot of supplies that you don’t even think you need until you need them.”     Stubblefield agrees that we are so Internet-focused that knowing the people who live next to us has become an afterthought, even though it’s been proven that neighborhood closeness is actually a good way to feel more joy for your everyday living.    It’s not that you don’t like your neighbor. You just don’t know all that much about them.    The Block Party Trailer won’t do all that for you – it’s just the device. A means to a pretty nice end. “You still have to get out there and plan it, but this really helps you to want to do that,” Stubblefield says.    Not a bad place to start.

Columnist Kenneth Perkins has been a contributing writer for Arlington Today since it debuted. He is a freelance writer, editor and photographer.


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Kytai Nguyen, UTA professor in the Bioengineering Department, has received a $1 million National Institutes of Health grant that will aid in the training of doctoral students.

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Grant will help Kytai Nguyen prepare students to battle cardiovascular/pulmonary disease • By Jeremy Agor

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anotechnology, including nanomedicine and nanomaterials, is an increasingly important tool in the treatment of many diseases, and a new grant will allow The University of Texas Arlington’s Bioengineering Department to take the lead in training doctoral students to develop and use those tools to battle cardiovascular and pulmonary ailments.    Kytai Nguyen, a UTA bioengineering professor with extensive experience in healthcare applications for nanotechnology, recently was awarded a National Institutes of Health T-32 grant totaling more than $1 million over five years to recruit and train outstanding doctoral students.    “While nanotechnology has been used extensively in cancer research, its use against cardiovascular and pulmonary diseas-

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es is a newer trend,” Nguyen says. “There are no other training grants in North Texas, so this grant will allow us to recruit highly qualified students who will pursue collaborative research in new areas.”     The program will offer collaboration opportunities with UT Southwestern, as well as UTA’s Computer Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Physics Departments, and College of Nursing and Health Innovation.    “Students’ collaborations with other disciplines and their successes in the classroom and the lab will lead to new research partnerships. They will have truly multi-disciplinary training, which will lead to innovative ideas and, ultimately, more research funding and greater discoveries,” Nguyen says. Photo: uta.edu    The program’s goals include providing an integrative nanoengineering program, enhancing students’ expertise and knowledge in broad-based nanoengineering areas, and developing the next generation of leaders in the field.     Current UTA research in medical nanotechnology includes:    • Nguyen’s work to develop a nanoparticle drug delivery system that will help stimulate lung growth and function after partial lung removal or destructive lung disease.    • Physics Professor Wei Chen’s discovery that Cu-Cy nanoparticles, combined with X-ray exposure, significantly slow tumor growth in lab studies. Chen is co-director of UTA’s Center for Security Advances Via Applied Nanotechnology.    • Nguyen’s $1.4 million National Institutes of Health grant to create a nanoparticle system to shore up arterial walls following angioplasty and stenting procedures to treat coronary arterial disease.    • Electrical Engineering Associate Professor Samir Iqbal’s $480,000 National Science Foundation grant that led to a novel cancer cell detection method that will improve early diagnosis through a tool that tracks cellular behavior in real time using nanotextured walls that mimic layers of body tissue.    •Yaowu Hao, a Materials Science and Engineering associate professor, received a $477,000 R15 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop radiotherapeutic nanoseeds that will work from inside inoperable solid tumors and cause less damage to healthy cells.    • Iqbal’s $400,000 National Science Foundation Early Career Development Program award to create a nanoelectronic microfluidic biochip to detect biomarkers.


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ore than 1,300 students, faculty and staff from The University of Texas at Arlington recently helped residents and communities across Dallas and Fort Worth during an annual day of service known as The Big Event.    On Saturday, April 8, volunteers from UTA fanned out to about 70 sites in the Metroplex, helping community-based agencies and nonprofit organizations such as area libraries, Mission Arlington, the American Cancer Society, and The Salvation Army.     “Local residents benefit as well, including those who provide services to children, senior citizens, and low income families, or those who promote quality of life,” says Patrick Kelly, director of university events and advisor to The Big Event.    There were 1,389 volunteer opportunities to serve this year, and

volunteers were required to work a minimum of four hours. After completing their service hours, volunteers were given T-shirts and attended a celebration in recognition of their efforts. The celebration included lunch from Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, music, and entertainment.    The Big Event began at UTA in 2000, and participation has steadily grown from 100 participants in the first year. UTA volunteers have contributed thousands of hours of service to the community.    “Part of the mission is to engage students with both the campus community and the larger community,” says Kelly. “Through The Big Event, we hope that students will build relationships with their fellow classmates, staff, and faculty, while also becoming more connected to the community.”

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Helping Restore Ability Advisory Board members Dahlia Vasquez, Cindi Cooperman and Ann Ballweg prepare for HRA’s May 20 event, “Hurrah!” a dinner and fashion show celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Among those on hand for the dedication of the spectacular Unity Arch were Mayor Jeff Williams, Sculptor Owen Morrel and wife Laurie Jewell, Texas Rangers Executive Vice President Rob Matwick, Park Board Chair Donna Darovich, City Council members Charlie Parker, Sheri Capehart, Lana Wolff, Victoria Farrar-Myers and Kathryn Wilemon, City Manager Trey Yelverton, Engineer Victor Baxter, Parks Department Assistant Director Gary Packan, Parks Planning Manager De’Onna Garner, former Parks Director Pete Jamison and Sue Phillips. 24

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RJ Construction specializes in practically every facet of home renovation, from new roofs to new rooms. Here are some samples of the company’s expertise.

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hen the phone call came at 2 a.m. early last month, Robert Jordan wasn’t surprised to receive it. He had already been awakened moments earlier by a thunder clap – the loud, “jolt you out of bed” kaboom that signals a major storm is long past the brewing stage; it’s here. The thunder was accompanied by deluging rains and huffing, puffing winds that, at the very least, were going to bend some tree branches.    When the tornado sirens sounded, Jordan knew this wasn’t an “at the very least” situation. The desperate voice on the other end

Even with all his business success, Robert Jordan says his family is his top priority. Here the Jordans – Robert, his wife Jaime and sons Kaleb and Walker – enjoy a stroll on the beach during a recent vacation.

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of the phone line exclaimed that a tree had fallen through the roof and into the bedroom and that rain was pouring into the house.    Jordan said not to worry; he was on it. He immediately sent out a group text alert to his team at RJ Construction noting that it was time to go to work, and by the end of that very long day, he and his weather warriors had cut 11 trees out of the homes of some very grateful customers.    And now you know how Robert Jordan became head of one of the more successful and trusted construction companies – not just in Arlington, but in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.    “This is my community – I was born and raised in Arlington – and my clients are like family,” Jordan says as he recalls not just the phone call but a calling in general. “When I started this business I made a promise that I would do whatever it takes to make sure I took care of my customers – even if it’s not easy to do.”      The fruits of that vow are now evident all over town and beyond its borders. A company that was founded in 2007 with one employee, Jordan, working from the back of a truck now has more than 40 fulltime crew members – and lots of trucks.    The boss, who started as a roofer to make ends meet in high school, now not only roofs, but builds and remodels and plumbs – with plenty of the proverbial “more” thrown in the mix, as well. In essence, any part of a home that needs Photos courtesy of Robert Jordan to be created, fixed or enhanced falls in his domain. Kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms ... check. Flooring, gutters, decks or fences ... just say when you need it done. Window replacement, electrical work, painting ... RJ Construction has got you covered.    “Our goal,” says Jordan, “is to provide a wide array of roofing and construction services to meet any need that may arise, and to become your contractor of choice for all of your homeowner needs.”     While you’re unlikely to find someone better suited for – or happier with – the prospect of meeting all manner of construction challenges, Jordan, ironically, didn’t set out in that direction. The summer roofing gigs during his high school years helped pass the time while preparing to go to UNLV, where the affable Jordan


One reason, no doubt, is rooted in instances like the phone studied to be a banker. In fact, he started his professional life docall noted at the start of this story. Robert Jordan’s “extended ing just that, until April of 2007, when the financial industry took family” includes many people who are not blood relatives – all one of the heavier hits from the recession that began that year. of whom know he will be there to help them 24/7.     In response, Jordan began his own one-man roofing business,    One of the 11 houses at which RJ Construction performed resinitially just to supplement his income. He had enjoyed the cue efforts that stormy night belonged to a family standing in the summer job, so the move was a natural step. Further, he knew street as Jordan left the initial caller’s home. He asked what had he was good at making broken things work like new, so with happened to them, learned that they, too, had a tree bisecting a his professional life at a crossroad, the decision to rebuild it, as it portion of their house. He asked if they minded if he took a look. were, wasn’t the challenge it could have been. After three years of “And now,” he says, “I have a new customer, probably for life.” juggling dreams in both fields, he chose full-time construction.    In any given month this summer, RJ Construction will be    “In 2010, I had to make a decision,” he says. “Am I going working on 75 to 150 jobs – some big, some not so. Most of his to straddle this banking hurdle and do the corporate America business comes via word of mouth. He also markets on his thing, or am I going to take the risk? I said, ‘let’s go for it,’ Facebook page (facebook.com/RJConstructionDFW), where his and it was one of the best decisions I ever made.” company’s craftsmanship and artistry is on display in the Pho   Another of those was marrying Jaime. Jordan calls his wife tos section for all the area to see. his “real-life Wendy Peffercorn.” Most    One part of that work – a hailstorm American males recall the lifeguard repair for which he used prestigious from the movie “The Sandlot.” When Ludowici tile (imported in 1924) to Robert and Jaime met, she was a replace a damaged roof – earned him a lifeguard at Woodland West pool. And 2016 Golden Hammer Award for “Outlike the film’s Squints character, Robert standing Residental Roofing Project.” was smitten with his favorite lifeguard    While RJ Construction jobs span from the start. just beyond the borders of Fort Worth    As they got to know each other they Photo:Southern Flair Photography and Dallas and include all the commudiscovered they both had young sons nities in between, it is Arlington that who loved sports. They also shared holds the special place in his heart. a family-first vision for whatever the And he feels called to try to repay the next phase of their lives held. The Established: 2007 city in which he grew up. As soon as two – actually, the four – soon became Address: 2912 W. Park Row, Suite A, Kaleb was big enough to play youth one, and Robert counts that union as Pantego sports, Robert took on the role of his something beyond special. Phone: (817) 412-9899 son’s coach. Once his business was    “My family is insanely important to fully established in 2010 he became a me,” he says. “Nothing means more to Website: rj-construction.com member of the Arlington Chamber of me than my wife and my sons. I will Commerce. He was a member of the also add that our three Labs (Clifford, Leadership Arlington Class of 2013-2014 and has memberships Cleo and T-Bone) don’t rank far behind.” in the Optimist Club of Arlington and the Arlington High School     Like Robert, Jaime has a different, thriving career today. She is Ex-Lettermen’s Club. He routinely provides financial support to a women’s health practitioner at Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and the University of Texas Arlington, the Arlington ISD and youth Gynecology in Fort Worth. The boys, Kaleb and Walker, were in sports organizations. kindergarten and the first grade when their parents met. Now    “I believe it is very important to give something back,” he they are 14 and 15. The collective Jordans spend as much quality says. “My experience growing up in Arlington helped make me time together as they can muster – at home, on the sports field, what I am, so I try to be a huge supporter of Arlington.” on fishing vacations. Like its genesis, the Jordan family dynamic    Even – especially – at 2 in the morning. is movie-esque in the way it flourishes.

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About the House

Home Improvement 101 Here are ideas, courtesy of the real estate pros at CearnalCo, that you can implement in your dwelling

Let there be light

All about paint

How well do you know your interior paint finishes? Here’s some help: Flat or matte: Hide imperfections with flat paints, which absorb light and make the colors seem darker. The downside? This type of paint is the least stain resistant. Eggshell: Not as dull as flat paint but less shiny than semi-gloss, this low-sheen option works well in living rooms and bedrooms. Be aware that the shine can accentuate wall imperfections. Satin: This easy-to-clean finish is often used on windows, doors and trim. Its soft sheen sets it apart from walls painted in eggshell or flat finishes. Though it is highly durable, satin paint has less protection than shinier options. Semi-gloss: Designed to stand up to stains, semi-gloss paints are the easiest to clean, making them ideal choices for kitchens and children’s rooms. Semi-gloss sheen also stands up to moisture (hint: use it in the bathroom). Low VOC: The name says it all. This type of paint contains fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which release toxic gases. Opt for lowVOC paint if you want to go green in your home and deal with fewer paint fumes.

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Use ambient lighting for overall feel: Choose fixtures that provide sufficient brightness for the room’s basic activities (TV watching, eating, relaxing, etc.). Install dimmer switches for more control: Use dimmer switches in rooms that serve multiple purposes to vary the lighting quickly and easily. Add accent lighting to highlight features: Accent lights draw attention to a room’s focal point, such as a fireplace, artwork or feature wall. Options include recessed spotlights, track lights, sconces and uplights.

You have the floor

Hardwood: Hardwood works with any architectural style and can last for more than a century with the right care. Maintenance is a cinch and repairs are simple enough, but a hardware floor can be cold and loud. Carpet: Carpet, whether natural or synthetic, is one of the more versatile flooring options. Wool carpeting is durable and resists moisture and stains better than synthetic fibers like nylon and acrylic. Cork: Looking for a more sustainable flooring option? Cork flooring offers a warm look and spongy comfort underfoot, plus the irregular grain hides imperfections. Laminate: Good quality laminate floors are an economical alternative to hardwood. They resist scratches and discoloration and typically work well in moist environments. Tile: This versatile flooring option not only lasts a long time and is easy to clean, but it also offers serious design flexibility. Tile’s resistance to scratches, stains and moisture is a major plus, but it doesn’t offer any insulation properties, and installation can be difficult.


How does your garden grow?

Beautiful garden inspiration can come from all parts of the world. Here are some international ideas to help you get inspired this year: Traditional English: “Romantic” and “dreamy” are words often used to describe classic English gardens. They typically feature meandering pathways, sculpted shrubs and abundant sweeping flowers, like climbing roses. Recreate the look with plenty of climbing greenery and bright pops of color. Formal French: Indulge your inner neat freak with the clean lines of a formal French garden based on order, symmetry and geometric shapes. Arrange sculpted trees in straight lines, add a small fountain with a round or rectangular pool, or create a mini courtyard with neatly trimmed boxwood hedges for a French-inspired garden. Japanese Zen: Serene Japanese gardens often feature water, rocks, sand and gravel, all of which represent spiritual or philosophical ideas. They’re characteristically minimalist, asymmetrical and elegant. Plant a symbolic cherry blossom tree as the main focal point, or create your own tranquil setting with a stone pathway, bamboo fence, backyard waterfall or koi pond.

Perk up that patio

Old is the new ‘new’

Here are three old things that can give your home a new look: Vintage dressers: Transform an old wooden dresser into a charming bathroom vanity, a television stand for your guest room or a storage bench for the front entryway. All it takes is a little bit of paint and some DIY know-how. Posts and railings: Turn those architectural elements into functional furniture. Used wood stairway posts are useful as legs on a children’s desk. Just add a wooden top and a fresh coat of bright paint, and you have a colorful place for the kids to study. Mason jars: Convert Mason jars into fun, functional home accessories, from wall-mounted bathroom storage to patio lanterns.

Tired of a one-season porch or patio? Consider these versatile options: Build a fire pit: Buy or build a fire pit to take full advantage of cooler nights. This patio or yard accessory provides ambiance for roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories. Don’t forget to leave space for friends and family to pull up a deck chair, as fire pits tend to draw a crowd. Add an outdoor heater: When temperatures start to dip, an outdoor heater can keep a patio area cozy and comfortable. There are many options to choose from, including propane, electric, tabletop and stand-alone models. Install a hot tub: You can turn your backyard or patio into a year-round refuge for family and friends by adding a hot tub. But ... don’t forget to purchase an insulation cover to keep the heat in and leaves and debris out.

2017 kitchen design trends

Hidden appliances: Less obvious appliances keep the eye on the kitchen’s overall flow and design. Personalized pantries: Whether you choose a pocket door and complementary light fixture or a rustic barn door and wallpaper, there’s no shortage of ways to express your personal style. Creative countertops: Quartz and butcher block, both easy to maintain, are quickly replacing traditional marble and granite surfaces. You can dress up your kitchen further with sleek waterfall-edge countertops that extend vertically to the floor. Mixed-up metal accents: Gold, steel and copper accents are emerging as the metallic detail of choice. arlingtontoday.com • May 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY

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Picture-perfect Moments

Judy Johnson, Bob Johnson and Nancy Johnson-Plump

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f, as you pore over the images on this and the three ensuing pages, you find yourself saying, “I’ve never seen a home quite like this,” you are correct. The Interlochen dwelling that belongs to Frank and Dorothy Gilstrap is unique – and has been since its conception.    ‘It’s a one-of-a-kind original design by highly acclaimed Fort Worth architect Ken Schaumburg,” Frank says. “The house spreads across two lots and was built for auto magnate Don

Davis, which explains the two carpeted garages with room for five cars.”    The house sits atop a full acre of land with almost 300 feet of waterfront on the deepest and widest part of the Interlochen canal network. The home is situated on the inside of a cul-de-sac, with the back of the house flaring open to extensive views of water, trees and wildlife. Those picturesque vistas drew the Gilstraps to the house in the first place. Likewise, the areas inside the house

One of the things that drew Frank and Dorothy Gilstrap to their Interlochen home was the picturesque views provided by practically every room in the house. The view inside is impressive, as well.

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The home, designed by Fort Worth architect Ken Schaumburg and updated regularly by the Gilstraps, is spacious and comfortable – and an ideal venue for entertaining guests.

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The Gilstraps’ home is situated on a cul-de-sac at the heart of the Interlochen neighborhood in North Arlington.

that provide the natural theater – and that provide ample space for entertainment, relaxation or simply living.    Frank is a lawyer. Dorothy has a Master’s degree in nutrition – “I mainly counsel the people close to me on what to eat ... whether they want me to or not!” she says. Until son Chuck moved away to attend the University of Texas, the three of them called this house home. And each found the same something special about the dwelling: the fact that it faces south onto a beautiful waterway.    “Southern exposure may seem like a small thing, but it was a new world for me, especially in Texas,” Dorothy says. “You don’t have to battle the summer sun every afternoon because the windows don’t face west. But in winter, when the sun drops to the south all day, there’s plenty of wonderful daytime light pouring into all the south-facing windows in the main living areas.”    Frank notes that the house has two large master bedrooms downstairs, one facing a secluded pool area, the other opening onto canal

By night or by day, the Gilstrap home offers picturesque views and tranquil settings.

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views. “Because of the way Schaumburg designed the house,” he says, “numerous rooms have exquisite views both of the water and the hills rising above the far shore of the lake.”    Chuck loved the canals even before the Gilstraps bought the house and quickly converted “the view” into “the experience,” fishing and boating with a friend who lived next door. “After we moved in, I found out I loved kayaking,” Dorothy says. “Who knew? And it’s delightful to watch neighbors float by on their boats. But no gas engines are allowed, just electric, so there’s never any noise. It’s amazing to live on water that is so private – only you and your neighbors have access to the canals. That’s the other thing about Interlochen – the neighbors are so considerate, and we have a good neighborhood association that keeps things always looking beautiful.”    Inside the home, Dorothy loves her “get away” spots, such as the bright sunroom that is a favorite place for a cup of tea with a friend. “Frank and I also like to escape up to the upstairs deck that overlooks the trees and the central lake,” she says. “The gym is fun, too. We use the two-car garage as a gym because there aren’t five cars in this family anymore! Having a home gym makes it much easier to work some exercise into your daily routine. We also love sitting on the covered loggia and watching it rain. One of the most luxurious parts of the


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Comfortable bedrooms, special “get away” places and a dual rain shower setup in the master bath help to make the Gilstrap home special.

master suite is the simple but beautiful master bath that was remodeled and expanded last year. The dual shower with rain shower is wonderful, too.”    Frank says the family maintains an extensive library, and the home offers plenty of secluded places for reading and writing or contemplation. “At least it can be serene here,” he says, “once you turn off your phone!”    The Gilstraps enjoy entertaining friends, but they also host the occasional big event. “Our son and daughter-in-law, Chuck and Alyse Freeman, even married here!,” Dorothy says. “The walled garden above the canal seated 140 guests very comfortably, all facing the altar and the canals below. After the ceremony the guests wandered down the stone pathway to tables that stretched along the edge of the canal.”

   The home has been extensively remodeled over the years. Nearly everything has been replaced or rejuvenated, from the flagstone around the pool to the kitchen and most parts of the air conditioning systems and pool equipment. All the bathrooms have been remodeled, most notably the aforementioned master bath, which was refurbished in marble and quartz, and the walk-in rain shower was added.    In the kitchen, most appliances have been updated. “We didn’t scrimp – Viking double oven, Miele microwave, Gaggenau refrigerator,” Dorothy says. “And we picked a great KitchenAid dishwasher and downdraft Jenn-Air 5 burner gas cooktop. The cooktop is in the middle of the center island – I didn’t want to ruin the views with a big hood!”    The sum of a unique house design in the heart of a natural paradise plus the Gilstraps’ enhancements is a dream home – in every way imaginable. “For several years,” Dorothy says, “my mom enjoyed the second of the two downstairs master suites. And our granddaughter lived here during the last semester of high school when our daughter was offered an amazing job opportunity in Austin. Other loved ones have shared the joy of living here at different times, too. This house seems to open its arms to all who come. That’s what I love about it the most.”

Here’s one last example of how the inside and outside views team to create a luxurious home setting for Frank and Dorothy Gilstrap.

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A T T O R N E Y S Y O U N E E D T O K N O W David Aguilar, John R. Lively, David F. Farris and John R. Lively Jr.

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he law firm of Lively & Associates, PLLC, is a boutique business and litigation firm located in Fort Worth.    The firm’s primary areas of practice include business law, business litigation, civil appellate law, creditor rights, estate planning and probate, oil and gas, real estate and alternative dispute resolution.    The firm’s attorneys – John R. Lively, John R. Lively Jr., Daniel Aguilar and David F. Farris – are licensed to practice in all courts in Texas at both the state and federal levels and the United States Supreme Court.    Founded in 2008, Lively & Associates focuses on its clients, keeping them informed and involved throughout the legal process. 38

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   “Legal strategies are developed to fit the client’s specific needs, goals and objectives,” says John R. Lively Jr. “We possess a broad knowledge of business that allows us to identify and seize upon critical issues specific to a wide range of business practices.”    The team of attorneys at Lively & Associates has served the community and surrounding areas for more than five decades. As a small firm that has established deep ties to the community, Lively & Associates is uniquely positioned to provide personalized legal counsel throughout North Texas.    “The strengths of the firm lie in the skill and experience provided to our clients by our team of dedicated attorneys,” Lively says. “Rarely found in a firm of this size, the attorneys

and support staff possess the technological capabilities and resources of a large law firm while retaining the personal attention of a small firm. With over 80 years of experience in the courtrooms in Tarrant, Dallas and surrounding counties in both state and federal jurisdictions, we have a vast knowledge of the judicial process as well as Alternative Dispute Resolution.”    Lively says he and his father specialize in business law to protect clients who have family businesses both big and small. That family dynamic helps set the firm apart.    “Working together with my father has allowed us to truly understand the personal side as well as the daily operations of these businesses,” he says. “There is so much that goes into a family business. We are here to help.”


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tephanie Foster Gilbert started her legal firm, The Law Offices of Stephanie A. Foster, P.C., in 1992, and for the past two and a half decades she has been devoted to the practice of family law. The firm has produced a formidable team that also features Associate Attorney Michael Muñoz, Legal Assistant Ashleigh Bell, Paralegal Sandra Patino and Receptionist Melodie Tappe.    Together they concentrate in family legal issues, including divorce, modifications, custody, child support, spousal support, visitation, enforcement of custody/support, paternity and step-parent adoption.    Stephanie Foster Gilbert says her dream of having her own law practice was nurtured as a child. “I always wanted to be an attorney,” she says. “My father, John Foster, is an attorney. When I was a child, I would beg him to take me to work with him at his law firm every summer.”    Her father always sparked a lively dinner conversation by challenging his three young daughters to solve legal dilemmas. The elder Foster and his wife Barbara instilled a love of the law, a passion for learning and a strong work ethic in their girls. As they were growing up, the Foster girls woke up at dawn to tend to horses and other animals on their Arlington farm before they went off to school where they excelled in their studies. All three became lawyers.    From day one, Stephanie Foster Gilbert has focused on family law at her practice. “My professional philosophy is divorce with dignity,” she says, noting that she has taken many special measures to serve her clients in the best manner possible. “I was one of the first attorneys trained in collaborative law, in 2008. Collaborative Law is a way to divorce with dignity with no courts and no war.”

   She believes the collaborative law process is a powerful way to generate creative solutions in family law disputes while minimizing financial and emotional damage to the couple and their children, all the while promoting post-divorce psychological and financial health of the restructured family.    A graduate of Arlington Martin High School, Southern Methodist University in Dallas and St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio, Stephanie Foster Gilbert was named a “Top Attorney” by Fort Worth, Texas magazine in 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.    She works with other attorneys to promote collaborative divorces in Arlington, Fort Worth, Mansfield, Colleyville, Southlake, Hurst, Euless and Bedford.    She is a member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, and the Collaborative Lawyers of Arlington and Mansfield. She is a lifetime member of The Texas Family Law Foundation and is a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow.    Married 21 years to Richard Gilbert, with two children, two stepchildren and a stepgrandaughter, Stephanie Foster Gilbert believes her parenting roles as a mother, stepmother and grandmother have given her insight and sensitivity to understand her clients. She is especially happy to be able to continue a family tradition started by her father in Arlington.    “I take great care and pride in serving families in the community where I grew up,” she says, adding that her best service isn’t marked by a victory in the courtroom.    “My proudest professional moment is when I am able to work my magic and reconcile a marriage instead of terminating it.” arlingtontoday.com • May 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY

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ongtime Arlington lawyers Dan White, Larry Fowler and Paul Johnson lead the Arlington office of Pope, Hardwicke, Christie, Schell, Kelly & Taplett, L.L.P. from offices overlooking centerfield in Globe Life Park.    Founded in 1952, the Firm’s original practice focus was upon oil and gas, water and natural resources law, and today Pope Hardwicke’s 21 lawyers continue to practice in these areas, as well as banking, real estate, local and state governmental relations, land use and zoning, eminent domain, corporate, probate and estate planning, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial litigation. Pope Hardwicke has offices in both Fort Worth and Arlington and a practice that extends across Texas.    Pope Hardwicke lawyers live, work and play in Arlington, not only practicing law here, but also serving on Arlington and other Tarrant County based governmental and charitable organization boards and actively participating in the community. Dan, Larry and Paul have practiced in Arlington for decades, while Keith Ogle and Katie Owens, also in the Arlington office, head up the next wave of Pope Hardwicke lawyers to serve the Arlington community.    Dan and Paul are each board certified in both commercial and residential real estate law. Larry is the Chairman elect of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and current Chairman of the Arlington Planning and Zoning Commission. The lawyers at Pope Hardwicke have a personal stake in Arlington and its success.    Pope Hardwicke’s lawyers understand the needs and issues facing business. They spend time with their clients to get to know their unique concerns and to craft solutions to meet those concerns creatively and efficiently. Whether their clients are seeking governmental approvals, negotiating a complex transaction, planning for the future, or seeking relief in court, Pope Hardwicke’s lawyers proactively and aggressively approach each task focused on the best interests of their clients.    Pope Hardwicke would be honored to serve you.

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he Jim Ross Law Group was established by attorney Jim Ross, a former Marine, Texas police officer and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) task force officer who had supervised local offices for some of the country’s more prestigious law firms before opening his own practice in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.    Having developed a strong tradition of service to his community and country as a Marine and police officer, Ross brought that tradition to the law firm, whose dedication to excellent service is evident in every case it handles, whether that is in the realm of Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, Family Law, Business Litigation or Wills and Probate.    “We believe that our clients deserve the highest-quality representation, and we provide this representation in a wide range of legal matters,” says Ross, who with fellow principal attorney G. Lance Welch and the staff have more than 50 years combined legal experience.    Ross’ list of awards includes:    • Jim Ross Law Group, P.C., won Veteran Owned Business Of The Year 2017, voted by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.    • Named as 2015, 2016 and 2017 “Face of Personal Injury” by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine    • Named one of the “Top Attorneys of North America” by Who’s Who Top Professionals for 2015-2016    • Named as “Family Lawyers Worth Knowing” by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine for 2015-2016    • Named a “Top Attorney” by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine for 2015-2016

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   Ross says that outside the courtroom and office, he and his team are actively involved in the community – in fact, it is one of the qualities that sets the Jim Ross Law Group apart as special.    “We are proud supporters of the Arlington Police Foundation and have participated in the Back the Blue Bash for the past four years,” he says. “Local organizations we are involved in include: the Special Olympics of Texas, The Salvation Army, The American Heart Association, Dallas Derby Devils, Xtreme Knockout, and more.”    Because of its experience and background, the firm is able to offer representation for a wide range of legal matters. “Our philosophy at the Jim Ross Law Group is that all people deserve aggressive, trustworthy legal representation,” Ross says. “We value honesty above all else and believe in having an open line of communication with our clients.”    Ross says he welcomes new clients and promises that he and his team will carefully listen to each during a consultation before crafting the legal solution best suited for the situation.    “A prospective client can expect honesty, straight talk and a commitment to providing the best possible representation,” he says. “At the Jim Ross Law Group, straight talk is the foundation of our practice. Sometimes this isn’t easy to do, and the news isn’t always good. However, we firmly believe that our clients deserve the truth and to have unyielding support from a tough legal team that delivers on its promises.”    Ross says it is a great day, professionally, when “We are able to achieve a successful outcome for our client and they express how grateful they are for our assistance through a difficult time.” arlingtontoday.com • May 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY

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avid L. Cook and Kimberly Fitzpatrick are principals at the oftenhonored law firm, Harris Cook, LLP, which has offices in both Arlington and Mansfield.    The firm has built a reputation for professionalism and effectiveness in a wide range of legal matters to give clients a wealth of expertise when they have legal issues.    Because the firm has a variety of practice areas to offer clients, the office can handle multiple legal isues for the same client. And because each principal is the mayor of his/her hometown – Mansfield and Dalworthington Gardens – Cook and Fitzpatrick also carry the sense of balance depicted by the iconic scales of justice that sit in their office beyond the courtroom and into the farthest reaches of their respective communities.    “As our client, you will get the answers you need and the personalized service you deserve,” Cook says. “We actually get to know the people we represent, returning their phone calls and providing the guidance they need throughout the duration of their legal matter. Our firm is not a high-volume business. Rather, we serve a select number of clients in order to be responsive and accountable to each one of them.”    The level of the firm’s expertise and experience is impressive. Cook’s areas of practice include family law, business litigation/formation, real estate law and public sector law. Fitzpatrick is a skilled litigator with experience in a range of disciplines, including civil and commercial litigation, business formations, personal injury and estate planning.    She says her association with Harris Cook, LLP, brings to fruition a dream she long harbored. “When I was a little girl in Virginia, I wanted to be a lawyer,” she says. “I like setting goals and reaching them, and I was always fascinated by the prospect of helping people who have suffered a loss or who are at a disadvantage to get what they deserve.”  

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Festivals

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The sixth annual Art on the Greene Art Festival will be held May 26-28 in Richard Greene Linear Park

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he sixth annual Art on the Greene Art Festival returns Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28, to Richard Greene Linear Park in the city’s Entertainment District. The event was voted the “Best Outdoor Festival in Arlington” in 2015 and 2016 by Arlington Citizen Journal readers and in Arlington Today magazine’s All Stars Reader Choice poll.    This year’s gathering not only will feature works from more than 100 national, regional and local artists, but will also have noted area authors and performing artists as part of the eclectic mix.    Visitors can stroll through the park and see booth after booth of one-ofa-kind works in ceramic, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood. In addition, they can bring portable chairs or blankets and sit on the lawn to enjoy a weekend of live performances from 10 national, regional and local bands. The 2017 Art on the Greene will feature some of

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the better tribute bands paying homage to bands such as KISS, U-2, Heart, INXS, Fleetwood Mac and Foreigner.    As always, this year’s festival will have a stellar lineup of dining options prepared by local restaurants and regional food vendors. Craft Beer and wine will also be available for purchase. No outside food or drinks will be allowed into the park.    Event organizer Steve Moya says that while Art on the Greene has always been a must-attend event for local art lovers, this year’s festival promises to be the best festival yet. “Richard Greene Linear Park, home of Art on the Greene, could not be in a more perfect place,” he says. “Tree-lined paths, the Caelum Moor sculptures, a lake on the north side, Rangers Ballpark on the east and Cowboys Stadium on the west ... it’s truly a breathtaking site. When you stand inside the park and look around, not only does the beauty of the park amaze you, but the atmosphere is


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... And even more art (Circle the dates)

East Main Street Arts Festival returns this month WHEN LAST YEAR’S inaugural East Main Street Arts Festival drew 10 times the crowd event founder Mark Joeckel had had hoped for, the prospect of a return engagement in 2017 became an easy reality.   So ...    The second East Main Street Arts Festival will take place from noon-8 p.m. on May 6 on East Main Street, specifically along the corridor fronting Division Brewing (506 E. Main St.).    The free event will feature some 60 artist/vendor booths and 20 bands/ musicians. SpyderPop Records will be Title/Main Stage Sponsor. Presenting Sponsor will be McDowell Properties.    Other sponsors of the festival include Jesse’s Roofing Service, TexasLegalDocs. com, Legal Draft Brewing, CBC Advisors DFW, Clarity Creative Group, BizTalkArlington.com, Commercial DFW, Beam Team Design, Arlington Nights, Precision Press, Farrell Animal Hospital and Pet Resort in the Garden.    For more: Call (682) 248-8424; visit eastmainfest.com.

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market coming to Arlington ARLINGTON WILL HOST THE FIRST SISTER MARKET LOCATION of the world-renowned International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe, voted the “Best Art Festival in America” by USA Today.    Taking place June 16-17 at the Green at College Park on The University of Texas Arlington campus, the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market at Arlington will feature 35 master artists selling their handmade artwork, jewelry, textiles, home goods and more from such diverse countries as Italy, Ghana, Uzbekistan, Nigeria, Ukraine, South Sudan, Myanmar, and Peru, among others.    The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market at Arlington will begin on Friday, June 16, with a VIP event at the Green at College Park, where guests will enjoy the ambiance of a Night in Old Havana, and have the first opportunity to shop the market.    On Saturday, June 17, the Market will be open to the public from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and will include internationally inspired food and entertainment and, of course, one-of-a-kind artwork for sale.    The International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe, a program of the International Folk Art Alliance, was created in part to help artists from around the world become successful entrepreneurs, while preserving and promoting art forms and cultures indigenous to their respective communities. The founding of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market at Arlington continues this tradition by providing more opportunities for artists to succeed.    “I am extremely excited to be working with International Folk Art Alliance to bring world-class artists to Arlington,” says Jeff Williams, Arlington mayor and honorary chair of the event. “Combining our central location with being the leader in tourism in the DFW Metroplex, Arlington is looking forward to hosting a multitude of visitors to the International Folk Art Market.”    Jeff Snell, CEO of the International Folk Art Alliance, adds, “IFAA is thrilled to find in Arlington, Texas, the right partners — the Arlington Visitors and Convention Bureau, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington Cultural Tourism Council, civic leaders, and stellar community leaders in Linda Dipert and Tony Pompa — to help create more opportunities for artisan-­entrepreneurs from around the world. The artisan sector is second only to agriculture in creating economies globally, so hats off to our partners in Arlington for their shared vision in building enterprise through excellent folk art that positively transforms communities worldwide.”    For more information and for a list of participating artists, visit folkartalliance.org/arlington.

second to none. On Memorial Day Weekend, the park transforms into an art lover’s paradise, with booth after booth of incredible art in 13 different categories.”    And, as noted, this year’s event will also have something for avid readers, as well. Art on the Greene will feature an “Authors Tent,” where local book writers will be on hand throughout the weekend to sell and sign their published books.    Art on the Greene is family- and dog-friendly, but all dogs must be on a leash and have a calm temperament around other people and dogs.    Event hours are:    • 3-10 p.m. on Friday    • 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday 46

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   • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday    Admission and parking are free, and even with the construction beginning on the new Texas LIVE! complex between AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park, there is ample space for parking. Patrons are urged to use Lot J of Texas Rangers Ballpark, with overflow parking available in lot B.    Moya says he is excited about what this year’s Art on the Greene holds for visitors. “With a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere and serious potential for shoppers, this show is becoming a favorite for art lovers and collectors from Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding cities,” he says. “It’s an incredible setting that has every bit of atmosphere you could want in an outdoor art festival.”    For more: artonthegreene.com.


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Summer Sounds

The 2017 Summer Concert season at Levitt Pavilion will start on May 19 with a performance by Rebirth Brass Band. The season will continue through the summer and fall and feature some 50 free concerts – as well as a ticketed performance by Robert Earl Keen on June 23. Photo: Levitt Pavilion

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2017 Levitt Pavilion season begins this month and promises outstanding talent and variety • By Cathy O’Neal

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ast year, more than 118,000 music lovers lounged on the grass under the big Texas sky in Downtown Arlington for one reason: Free music! This summer, Levitt Pavilion Arlington has another sizzling season of free music in store, from Grammy-winning artists to the hottest up-and-coming Indie singer/songwriters, three fiery Tejano concerts and a new second paid-ticket event with popular Texas artist, Robert Earl Keen.    The Baylor Orthopedic & Spine Hospital 2017 Summer Concert Season gets underway a little earlier this year on May 19 with the Grammy-winning New Orleans sound of Rebirth Brass Band. The Levitt will offer more concert weeks this summer, running May 19 through July 23, with concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. Family Movie Nights are on Thursdays June 8 through July 13 and include animated features, as well as Sing-a-Long Grease, perfect for a summer night of hand-jive!    The summer’s concert highlights include audience favorites, like the ‘70s and ‘80s pop/rock of Ambrosia, rock from Austin’s Uncle Lucius and Dallas’ Somebody’s Darling, Texas master sto-

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ryteller Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band and their bluegrass take on the Fab Four. Artists making their Levitt debut include modern country artist Bleu Edmondson; rock-and-soul artist Patrice Pike; Southern rockers Prophets and Outlaws; hot new Indie artists The Unlikely Candidates; Hall of Fame royalty known for “Under the Boardwalk,” The Drifters; and Shinyribs and his belly-laughin’, song-slingin’ down-home house party.    During summer concert season, the Levitt Pavilion hosts the headliners for the Downtown Arlington Center Stage Music Festival June 9-11. This year’s headliners include Grammy-winning country artists Reckless Kelly; Orleans, known for such ‘70s’ hits as “Still the One,” and the ground-breaking, mind-blowing Black Violin, a duo of classically trained violinists who play classical music with a heart-pounding hip-hop vibe.    During the music festival, more free music will be available before and after the headliners at downtown venues, including J. Gilligan’s, J.R. Bentley’s and Legal Draft Beer Company. The


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Levitt Pavilion fast facts ...

Location: The Levitt Pavilion is located in Founders Plaza at 100 W. Abram St. Description: The pavilion is an outdoor concert venue with open lawn seating. Patrons bring lawn chairs and blankets, coolers, and picnics. No glass containers are allowed.

Sarah Jaffe May 26

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Bleu Edmondson May 21

Capacity: The Levitt Pavilion lawn can hold about 3,500. There is room for people to spill over onto Abram Street and up the steps of City Hall as well as into a vacant lot west of the pavilion where the Dream sculpture is located. Tickets: All Levitt Pavilion concerts are free. Exceptions are an annual benefit concert and one additional ticketed concert. 2017 Concert Season: The Summer Concert Season runs from May 19 through July 23. The Fall Concert Season runs from Sept. 1 through Oct. 22.

Robert Earl Keen June 23

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following weekend, on June 18, the Levitt will present Tejano Lifetime Achievement Award artist, Grammy winner and accordion legend Flaco Jimenez, performing with Los TexManiacs. Additional Tejano concerts include La Tropa F on May 28 and Jaime y Los Chamacos on July 2.    As Robert Earl Keen’s fans all know, the road goes on forever, but the party never ends, and Keen brings his beautiful song imagery and sometimes irreverent writing to the Levitt on June 23 with special guest, Cory Morrow. General admission tickets are $35. All proceeds from Keen’s concert will help the Levitt provide more than 50 free concerts for everyone to enjoy.    In addition to more weeks of free music this summer, the Levitt welcomes back J. Gilligan’s and Bahama Buck’s snow cones, special sponsor give-away nights, and new, air-conditioned bathroom trailers.    For more, visit levittpavilionarlington.org. The free Levitt Arlington app also includes a concert calendar, parking updates, weather notifications and a nightly concert feedback survey.

Showtimes: During the summer, Thursday Family Movie Nights begin at 8 p.m., concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday start at 8 p.m. Concerts and movies after July 3 will begin at 8:30 p.m. In the fall, Friday, Saturday and Sunday concerts begin at 8 p.m. Facilities: There are bathroom trailers available, including handicapped accessible facilities, on South Street. Concessions are available for sale, including snow cones, ice cream, kettle corn and homemade lemonade.    J. Gilligan’s grills burgers, veggie burgers, chicken quesadillas and Irish nachos and sells beer and wine on concert nights (no alcohol sales on Thursdays). Bahama Buck’s sells shaved ice snow cones.

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Mother’s Day 2017

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y Mother is a tremendous encourager, who has always believed her kids can do anything! She worked hard to make sure we had the opportunities to participate in many different activities, so we could find what we were passionate about and where we could excel. She was on the road a lot – taking my two brothers and sister, and myself to our many ball games. All of us played multiple sports, and we lived at the edge of town. We were also in choir, drama, speech, spelling bees and even showed cattle at livestock shows.    After I became a parent of three children, I realized how hard my Mother worked to manage four children. She was amazing!    We had many special times in the car going to various events. She was awesome at providing instruction and encouragement and bolstering our confidence as we traveled. But we also knew she loved us very much. If we did not do well at the event, we knew she would be there to love and sympathize with us on the way home. My Mother is always ready to help her kids, and one of the most unusual things my Mother did was to “rat the tails” on our steers as we prepared them for the livestock shows!    I have been blessed with a great Mom and Dad, who continue to work hard to be there at the important events of our life! And yes, they continue to worry about us and pray for us! – Jeff Williams Arlington mayor

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his year has been a very special year, because I had the honor of becoming a Mom. After looking up to my own mother and all the amazing women in my life who have children, I get to find out what it’s all about.    These first couple months have been a whirlwind. The generosity my family has been shown and the unconditional love we have received is almost overwhelming. The love I feel for this tiny human is incredible. Often, I find myself wondering what life was like before Vivian Rose joined us. How did we not know this piece of our hearts was missing? Our world is brighter now. She comes to work at The Sanford House and gets to meet guests. She sits in on meetings with me – sometimes adding a squeak or two to the conversation, but mainly just providing moral support. She makes it so clear what I am working for – a brighter future for our community means a brighter future for my daughter. I am excited to watch her grow and develop and find her own passion for life. Vivian Rose – you made me a mother. You bring me joy in every way and are a precious daughter who is loved and valued. As E.E. Cummings said: I carry your heart with me(I carry it in my heart)I am never without it(anywhere I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling) I fear no fate(for you are my fate, my sweet)I want no world(for beautiful you are my world, my true) and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you

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n 1948, the Ford Motor Company gave Babe Ruth a regal blue Lincoln Continental in recognition of his remarkable career as the greatest baseball player of all time. He drove across the country in the stylish art deco vehicle, making speeches, signing autographs and offering tips to Little League teams.    The luxury car fit him perfectly. It was big, strong and a major presence on the road and wherever it was parked. If you saw what became known as the New York Yankee navy blue Lincoln, you knew The Babe might be nearby. After his death in August of that same year, his car became a museum piece and then a traveling attraction as it was toured


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around on a trailer in a clear plastic cage, so folks could take a look at it and imagine The Bambino behind the steering wheel.    Except for the color and hardtop, the one now in Arnold Petsche’s remarkable collection of more than 50 automotive masterpieces is just like the Babe’s.    Following the end of the Second World War, America’s automobile plants resumed the business of making cars. Civilian auto manufacturing had come to an end in 1942, when the country’s assembly lines were transformed to build weapons and machines for the war that would ultimately lead to victory in Europe and across the Pacific.    As a result of Edsel Ford’s determination to compete with GM’s Cadillac and the Chrysler Imperial, the Lincoln Continental was introduced in 1939, spawning the personal luxury car segment.    AFTER THE WAR, it received a significant makeover inside and out. Although you could get one with a bolted-on hardtop like the Bambino’s, the standard version of the car was as a cabriolet convertible breezing along thoroughfares like streamlined works of art.    The 1948 model, produced with a 292-cubic inch, L-head motor with hydraulic valve lifters, was the final V-12 engine created by an American automaker.    Recognized as one of the last-built cars to be awarded the status of “Full Classic” by the Classic Car Club of America, this Lincoln model is one of the most collectible of the era.    Charles Eller is the curator (a title he defines as being a fancy word for keeping everything polished and running) of Petsche’s collection spanning a good portion of the 20th century. He explains how the Lincoln came to be among their assortment of pristine-quality vehicles:    “We found this one in a St. Louis car museum in 2013, cast the winning bid and brought it home to Arlington. We pulled the motor that had about 50,000 miles on it, and rebuilt it to original specifications. Engines in those days were pretty well spent after traveling just about that far.    “Even with the flathead V-12, it delivered only about 120 horsepower. Lincoln said it could reach speeds of 75 miles per hour, but it really tops out at about 60 – although, that was just fine for the highway speed limits of the day.”    Maybe it’s just for show that the speedometer goes all the way to a very ambitious 110.    Speaking of the dashboard and instrument panels, the array is a dazzling presentation of a massive speaker grille, a big clock to match the

ALTHOUGH you could get one with a bolted-on hardtop like the Bambino’s, the standard version of the cars was as a cabriolet convertible breezing along thoroughfares like streamlined works of art.

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Arnold Petsche’s car looks every bit the part of a luxury vehicle, and it sounds that way, too, with its Zenith tube radio – even if it takes about 10 minutes to warm it up.

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   Eller is proud of having one of the remaining 1948 models still around today in Petsche’s storehouse.    Its presence there salutes American automotive history enhanced by the legendary Babe Ruth’s enjoyment of showing off its sibling around the country in the last months of his extraordinary life.    Lincoln ceased production of the first-generation Continental convertibles after building only 1,299 of the 1948 models. The brand was revived as a new generation and was introduced in 1956 and continues today as the company’s flagship sedan.


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Kids’ Stuff

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s the final bell rings to end the 2016-2017 school year, thousands of area students will be looking for ways to pass the hours this summer. For many, that means moving from the halls into the great outdoors – or, sometimes to indoor settings that are great, as well – via area camps that offer fun and enriching times for children and youths. Here are eight great options.

River Legacy Living Science Center

About the center: Summer adventures at River Legacy Living Science Center provide students with an exciting hands-on, minds-on opportunity to explore the natural world via interactive environmental exhibits and aquariums/terrariums with native animals. Information about classes: River Legacy Living Science Center offers a variety of weeklong programs in June and July during which children find engaging ways to learn about wildlife, ecology and the environment. They feature age-appropriate curriculums for children in preschool through 8th grade. All classes offer investigations both inside the Living Science Center and outdoors in the rich resources of River Legacy Parks. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 64

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Here are the class schedules: June 12-16; June 19-23; June 26-30; July 10-14; July 17-21; July 24-28. For more: riverlegacy.org.

Camp Thurman

About Camp Thurman: Camp Thurman is a non-profit organization that has provided day camps in the Arlington area since 1969 and that has utilized effective team building adventures for more than 12 years. Located in the heart of the city, Camp Thurman has 14 acres of trees, creeks, gullies and more. Camp information: There are 10 one-week sessions of full day camps for ages 5 to 11, beginning June 5 and ending Aug. 11. In Day Camp, attendees are placed in small groups of 10 to 12 children (all boys or all girls), with a Christian counselor and assistant. They participate as a group in all the various activities throughout the day. Camp Thurman also has slightly shorter, but still action-packed, Afternoon Explosion Camps for ages 7 to 11.    Night camps include Explosion Camp, ETC Camp and Breakout Camp. Explosion Camp is a slightly condensed version of the traditional day camp and is offered for campers age 7-11. Campers


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arrive at 3 p.m. at the Smith Barry entrance and play until pickup at 8:30 p.m. each night. Campers will participate in the same age-appropriate activities they would at the traditional day camp, such as ziplines, rock climbing, archery and BBs, swimming, a daily visit to the Snack Shop, Bible time and more.    ETC is Camp Thurman’s night camp for those campers entering 7th grade. Campers still get to enjoy some of the Camp Thurman classics like Roxburgh’s Ropes, Power Pole and Slap DodgeBall, but they also get to try some evening camp traditions like inflatables objects in The Rock! In the later part of the evening, co-ed challenge groups might face-off against other Mansfield National teams in “Extreme Challenges.” Golf Club    Breakout Camp is for those campers entering 8th or 9th grades. Breakout Camp is a unique CT experience that allows camper groups to choose their own schedules and participate in more challenges and activities such as conquering Roxburgh’s Ropes, Paddle Boarding in the Rock and ziplining. For more: campthurman.org.

Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA summer camps

About the “Y”: The ArlingtonMansfield Area YMCA is a nonprofit organization with the mission of being a community cornerstone that puts Christian principles into practice through programs that help build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Camp information: Day Camp is available for 11 weeks in June-August, from 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except for holidays). It is designed for children age 5 and up. Pre-schoolers may attend Little Learners Day Camp for children 3-5. Check out the website below to find area YMCA locations that offer camps. For more: amaymca.org.

Arlington Tennis Center camps

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Camp information: Arlington Tennis Center will host 120 camps this summer for young players of all ages and experience levels. In addition, the Center also offers classes for more personalized instruction. Camps run from June through August, so check the website listed below for times and dates that suit your needs. For more: ow.ly/5zRl30aVE8b.

Mansfield National Golf Club camps

About the program: Mansfield National Golf Club will play host to Nike Junior Golf Camps for the first time in 2017. Attendees can learn to improve their game under the direction of James Casteel and the club’s dedicated staff of instructors. Camp information: There are Full Day and Half Day Camps that run June 5-9, June 19-13, July 3-7, July 31-Aug. 4 and Aug. 14-18.    In the Full Day Camp, students enjoy three hours of instruction each morning that focuses on all facets of the game. After lunch, it’s off to the first tee for supervised course play. The Full Day Camp is designed to create complete golfers and raise their game to the next level. This program runs from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily and is open to golfers ages 9-17.    The Half Day Camp offers attendees of all abilities the opportunity to work on and improve every part of their game. Half day campers receive three hours of instruction with emphasis on putting, chipping, Photo: ussportscamps.com bunker play and full swing. Half Day Camp runs from 9 a.m.-noon and is open to golfers ages 7-14. For more: ow.ly/qCnk30aVsfg.

Camp Golden Gaits

About the program: Camp Golden Gates at Golden Gaits Stables offers a unique learning experience for campers by combining the art of horsemanship with art. Riders will build their confidence as they realize they can work in partnership with a large animal. All camps are highly supervised with an instructor and assistants.


Camp information: There are openings for the camp that runs June 19-23. Attendees will enjoy learning at all levels of abilities, and camps are planned for the beginner, novice, intermediate and timid adult.    Camp starts at 8 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Each Golden Gaits camper will be assigned his/her own horse for the week and will take care of, ride and learn on that one horse.    In addition to riding, campers will learn about other aspects of working with horses. Plus, art will teach the camper about markings, conformation and the beauty of the horse. On Friday at noon, campers invite parents to attend a special demonstration and graduation presentation where awards are given out.    Each camp offers different levels of learning and is based on age, ability and skills. For more: goldengaits.com.

   Adventures in Theatre Camp (July 10-22) is for students new to performing or those who just love a good theatre camp. It offers a comprehensive overview of the performance and technical aspects of theatre. Utilizing teachers who specialize in their class subject, this camp covers acting, dance, voice, stage combat, costume design, construction, and lighting and sound design. After two weeks of study, students will participate in a Friends and Family performance to showcase their new knowledge.    Play and Pretend Camp (July 24-28) is for the younger performer (ages 5-7). It is all about beloved characters from classic children’s literature this summer at Theatre Arlington. InstrucTheatre tors experienced with younger Arlington students and Creative Dramatics will guide and direct the camp participants in a final performance for friends and family. For more: ow.ly/qCnk30aVsfg.

Theatre Arlington summer camps

About the university: In addition to offering more than 180 degrees and sporting an Photo: theatrearlington.com enrollment that tops 50,000 students during the fall and spring semesters, UTA offers a number of youth-focused summer programs. Program information: Kids and Teens University’s camps are designed to provide campers with well-organized and structured Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) focused curriculum in a safe, fun and educational environment. The university offers summer Photo: uta.edu camps for grades K-12 from June through August.    Additionally, UTA offers Engineering and Computer Science Camps that are designed to be fun and educational experiences for students. These one-week camps were created to provide students with a broad exposure to the variety of engineering disciplines – aerospace, biomedical, civil and environmental, computer science, electrical, industrial, materials science and mechanical – plus related topics in chemistry, physics, and/or math. Field trips to see engineering at area businesses and team projects supplement the classroom activities and hands-on experiences. For more: ow.ly/e62b30aVFKw and ow.ly/8Vr430aVFVB.

About the theatre: Theatre Arlington is dedicated to the cultural enrichment, education and entertainment of the citizenry of Arlington and the North Texas community – including young people via its annual summer theatre camps. Camp information: Theatre Arlington offers four types of summer camps. The full-day Musical Theatre Performance Camp (June 5-23) is for middle and high school students who The University of have previous class and perTexas Arlington forming experience. Students will experience Master classes in acting, voice and movement, taught by professionals from the DFW area. They will also rehearse and perform in “Legally Blonde The Musical JR.” during the last week of camp for area school and camp groups, as well as for the public.    Musical Theatre Kids Camp (June 5-9 and Aug. 7-12) is a weeklong theatre immersion camp, culminating in a performance of a classic children’s musical for friends and family on the Theatre Arlington stage. Participants will learn by doing as they audition and rehearse for a show, guided by professional directors and choreographers.

The University of Texas Arlington summer programs

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The Tee Box

Local courses to offer summer camps for kids

TWO ARLINGTON GOLF COURSES, Tierra Verde and Lake Arlington, will host youth golf camps this summer. The camps are designed to offer a fun and exciting approach to golf instruction. Students will learn the basics in pitching, putting, chipping and full swing, while having a great time and meeting new friends.    Each camp runs for three days, with 90-minute sessions each day, and costs $99 per camp. Campers will be divided into age groups (ages 6-11 and ages 12-17). Camp sizes are limited to provide ample time for individual instruction, so early registration is advised.    The final day of each camp will feature a skills competition, with prizes awarded to the winners.

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Summer camp schedule June 5-7: Lake Arlington Golf Course, 8:30-10 a.m. June 5-7: Tierra Verde Golf Club, 6-7:30 p.m. June 7-9: Lake Arlington Golf Course, 8:30-10 a.m. June 7-9: Tierra Verde Golf Club, 6-7:30 p.m. July 31-Aug. 2: Lake Arlington Golf Course, 8:30-10 a.m. July 31-Aug. 2: Tierra Verde Golf Club, 6-7:30 p.m. For more: arlingtongolf.com

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Children ages 3 to 6 explore the natural world through nature walks, stories, art and song at Nature School. Small classes, nurturing teachers and exciting hands-on learning activities set them on a path to love learning!

Summer at the Science Center

Weeklong summer classes provide children ages 3 to 8th grade with an exciting hands-on, minds-on opportunity to explore our natural world. A variety of programs engage students in explorations of science, ecology, wildlife and more.

Summer Classes • After-School Clubs • Home School Classes • Scout Programs • FREE Saturday Public Programs Online Registration Available: www.riverlegacy.org. Call 817.860.6752, ext. 102 for more info. 703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard • Arlington, TX 76006 • 817.860.6752 • www.riverlegacy.org • reply@riverlegacy.org 68

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Dining Guide

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Health & Fitness

The wetter report Here’s some info to help you enjoy your summer at Arlington swimming pools

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s Arlington Parks and Recreation Department aquatic facilities gear for summer season openings this month and next, May seems the ideal time to dip a toe in the local water, as it were.    The city recently released its “2017 Summer Aquatics Guide,” which contains all you need to know about the best ways (and times and places) to enjoy city facilities over the next few months.    The guide covers special summer events, pool rental procedures, aquatic swim passes,

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pool hours and pricing, a splash pad guide, special instruction classes, swim classes, and registration information – and has a complete schedule for swim lessons at all the city pools.    To help residents get ready for the summer season, the first special summer event is a “Dive In Movie” at Randol Mill Pool, where the family movie “Finding Dory” will be shown at 8:30 p.m. on July 14. Admission is $6 for folks under 48 inches and $6.50 for those 48 inches and up. Pre-registration is required through the website listed at the bottom of this story.    City pools are also offering a number of fun and healthy special promos and special events 74

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throughout the summer. Here are some of the highlights:   • Two for Tuesday: Families can get two members in for the price of one at all city pools (except Helen Wessler Play Pool).    • Throw Back Thursday: Patrons can get $2 off admission prices at Bad Köngshofen and Randol Mill pools every Thursday.   • $1 Hot Dog Fridays: On every Friday during the summer swim season, Arlington residents can get a hot dog for $1 at Allen Bolden, Bad Königshofen and Randol Mill.   • Memorial Day Military Discount: Those serving in United States Armed Forces can present your Military ID to receive half off admission on May 27.   • Father’s Day Celebration: On June 18, Dads will receive free admission at all city pools with purchase of a child’s admission.   • Back to School Splash: From July 31-Aug. 13, local students can bring a new school supply to help disadvantaged students and receive half off admission prices. To find out what supplies are needed, visit Photos: naturallyfun.org missionarlington.org.   • Dive into the Library Reading Club: Each child who earns an Arlington Public Library reading club certificate will get a free swim pass good for one free admission at any City of Arlington Pool. The pass can be used Monday through Thursday between June 5-Aug. 11. Additional family members will receive $1 off the regular admission price as part of this promotion. For more information on the Library Reading Club passes, call (817) 459-6900.    For general information about summer fun and healthy opportunities at Arlington aquatic centers, visit the Parks and Recreation Department website, naturallyfun.org.

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Your resource for entertainment in and around Arlington MUSIC: Salute to Community Bands When: May 6 Where: Irons Recital Hall at UTA Show time: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Notes: Featured bands include East Fort Worth Community Jazz Band, Rockwall Community Band, Greater Fort Worth Community Band, Irving Symphonic Band, Mansfield Wind Symphony, Oak Lawn Band and Arlington Community Band. For more: (817) 467-0158

MUSIC: Live Band Karaoke with Overdrive When: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Where: Fat Daddy’s Sports & Spirits Cafe (781 W. Debbie Lane, Mansfield) Show time: 8 p.m. Notes: Overdrive is a premier cover band that plays top 100 hits. For more: fatdaddyslive.com

MUSIC: May Concerts at Arlington Music Hall When: May 6, 19 Where: Arlington Music Hall (224 N. Center St.) Show time: 7:30 p.m. Notes: This month’s featured performers/performances include Donnie Edwards: Ultimate Tribute to King Elvis! (May 6) and Atlanta Rhythm Section (May 19). For more: arlingtonmusichall.net

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Where: Arlington Music Hall (224 N. Center St.) Show time: 7:30 p.m. Notes: Famed pianist Antonio Di Cristofano completed his studies in 1986 at the Conservatory “L.Cherubini” in Florence and performs regularly either as a piano soloist or in different musical ensembles around the world. For more: symphonyarlington.org

THEATER: Legally Blonde: The Musical When: May 12-June 4 Where: Theatre Arlington (305 W. Main St.) Show time: 7:30 p.m. on Thursday; 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sunday Notes: Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat story of self-discovery. Perky Elle Woods, a fashion-savvy, UCLA sorority girl finds her life turned upside down when she is dumped by her boyfriend. To prove she is more than just some blonde sorority girl, she follows him to Harvard Law, where she ultimately proves the power of pink. For more: theatrearlington.org

MUSIC: Gospel Celebration When: May 13 Where: Traders Village (2602 Mayfield Road, Grand Prairie) Show time: 1 p.m. Notes: Traders Village and contemporary gospel station KHVN 970 AM will present a celebration

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of gospel music in the Big Red Patio. Visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of gospel music entertainers – along with all the other activities that are part of Traders Village. Admission is free, and it’s just $4 to park. For more: tradersvillage.com/ grand-prairie

MUSIC: May concerts at The LOT Downtown When: May 13, 20, 27 Where: The LOT Downtown (110 S. Main St., Mansfield) Show times: 7 p.m. Notes: Once The O’s kick off the 2017 summer season (see story to the right), three other artists will perform at Mansfield’s newest music venue this month: Adler & Hearne (May 13), Josh Weathers (May 20) and Woody Russell (May 27). For more: thelotdowntown.com

MUSIC: John Legend When: May 22 Where: Verizon Theatre (1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie) Show time: 7:30 p.m. Notes: In 2004, John Legend stepped into the solo spotlight as a premier singer-songwriter-pianist-performer with his debut album, “Get Lifted.” Driven in part by the hit singles “Ordinary People” and “Used To Love U,” Get Lifted was a critical and commercial triumph, earning Legend three Grammy Awards. For more: verizontheatre.com

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U2 to bring Joshua Tree Tour to the city THE LEGENDARY rock band U2 will bring the Joshua Tree Tour 2017 to AT&T Stadium on May 26. Show time is 7 p.m.    The concert, which also features special guests, The Lumineers, is part of a tour that marks the 30-year anniversary of the release of the “Joshua Tree” album, which helped stamp the band as one of the genre’s more popular and more important entities. For more: attstadium.com

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The O’s will perform at The LOT Downtown ONE OF DFW’S more beloved bands, The O’s, will kick off the second annual free summer concert series at Mansfield’s The LOT Downtown on May 6. Show time is 7 p.m.    The Dallas-based duo started in 2008 and now has four albums and tours all around the country. The concert will also feature special guest Kody West. For more: thelotdowntown.com


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Speaking of Sports

A family affair

The Rangers’ tough start is not cause for concern, because brothers find a way to pull together • By John Rhadigan

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ven as the Texas Rangers were in the midst of their worst start since before Washington – that is Ron Washington, not George – they were showing signs of being a good team. Good teams become family. This one already is that. In fact, the family gathered on April 11th and delivered a message to their brother.    On April 12th, Jake Diekman was at the Mayo Clinic to endure the second of three major surgeries to correct a condition known as ulcerative colitis. On the 11th Jake’s best friend, Sam Dyson, grabbed the Fox Sports microphone and gathered the entire team around him to send a message to Jake.    Sam and Adrian Beltre spoke messages of encouragement, and the entire team cheered wildly for their brave friend.    We played the message on “Rangers Live” and during the game broadcast on Fox Sports SW, and Jake saw it, too. Seconds after it aired he took to twitter and wrote, “Love this team/family. See ya’ll soon Photo: cbssports.com #nevereverquit.”    He said it: This team is a family, and that will carry them through the tough times like a start to the season that included so much wailing and gnashing of teeth. It is tough to take when you blow five-run leads in back-to-back games like the Rangers did in week two of the season. Or when you have three blown saves in the first two weeks like the Rangers did.    However, the most important thing to remember is that this is a long season.    As recently as two years ago things started even worse. With new manager Jeff Banister, the team got off to a disastrous 8-16 start. They did not get over .500 until the middle of August that year, and, despite all of that, they won the American League West Division title, clinching it on the last day of the season.    That first year under Banny was when “never ever quit” became more than a hashtag. It became a reality on the field. The team refused to quit, and their efforts were rewarded.    In my experience, when a team becomes a family it is an organic thing. The first ingredient is to have good people on the team. Under General Manager Jon Daniels, the Rangers have always stressed character. Still, sometimes the lure of talent is so strong that they 78

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acquire players with dark pasts. Josh Hamilton and Matt Bush come to mind. In each of those cases the Rangers have taken the brilliant step of hiring a “life coach” for the player in question.    Josh had a few of them over the years, and all became a part of the Rangers family. When he signed with the Angels, it was determined that he no longer needed his “life coach.” That is about the same time his career spiraled down. Coincidence? I think not.    Matt is accompanied by a man named Roy Silver on road trips. Roy, too, is part of the family and helps to ensure that Matt stays on the right path.    Perhaps the greatest aspect of this family is that discipline is not just from the “parental units.” In spring training, several players were upset with the way that Keone Kela was conducting himself. Their concerns were brought to the attention of the powers that be, and a stern reminder was delivered. After spending the Texas Rangers manager Jeff first two weeks in the minors Banister has done a great job keeping the team together – Keone was welcomed back by even during trying times. his family/team.    One of the reasons he is back is because of what happened later on April 11th. Sam Dyson faced the cameras twice that day. Once to wish his best bud well in surgery and later to try to explain what happened on the mound as he blew a save. There are no excuses in baseball, but I think the two may be related. Sam’s teammate Jake was hurting, so Sam was hurting.    The good news is that both are recovering. Soon April 11th and 12th will be a distant memory. Jake will be back, Sam will pitch better, and the team will live up to preseason expectations. I really believe these things will happen because I believe in families.

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


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Your official Arlington-area guide to fun (and the like) May 1-28 What: Planetarium Spring Shows Where: The Planetarium at the University of Texas Arlington (700 Planetarium Place) When: See below for show times In a nutshell: Spring shows at one of the region’s premier planetariums will include “Phantom of the Universe” (6 p.m.) and “Pink Floyd” (7 p.m.) on Fridays; “One World One Sky, Big Bird’s Adventure” (1 p.m.), “Secret of the Cardboard Rocket” (2 p.m.), “Phantom of the Universe” (6 p.m.) and “Pink Floyd” (7 p.m.) on Saturdays; and “Astronaut” (1:30 p.m.) and “Spacepark 360” (2:30 p.m.) on Sundays. For more: uta.edu/planetarium

May 1 - Dec. 31 What: Donray Traveling Exhibits Where: Arlington Museum of Art (201 W. Main St.) When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. In a nutshell: This unique and fascinating 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: arlingtonmuseum.org

May 5-7 What: Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games Where: The University of Texas Arlington’s Maverick Stadium 80

When: 5-9:30 p.m. on Friday; 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on Saturday; 9 a.m.5 p.m. on Sunday In a nutshell: This popular, annual Arlington festival celebrates its 31st anniversary this year. It will feature the finest in Scottish music, food, and athletics. In addition, vendors will offer an assortment of Scottish wares and crafts. For more: texasscottishfestival.com

May 7 What: Cheep Thrills Trained Bird Show Where: Traders Village (2602 Mayfield Road, Grand Prairie) When: 1-4 p.m. In a nutshell: Since its debut more than 30 years ago, Cheep Thrills has entertained literally millions of people at festivals and venues all around the world. The show features trained Macaws and Cockatoos performing unusual feats of balance, memory and coordination in an exciting and fast paced 20-minute review. For more: tradersvillage.com/ grand-prairie

May 10-14, 16-18, 29-31 What: Texas Rangers baseball Where: Globe Life Park When: Check website for times In a nutshell: The defending American League West champs will entertain four teams this month: the San Diego Padres (May 10-11), the Oakland A’s (May 12-14), the Philadelphia Phillies (May 16-18), and the Tampa Bay Rays (May 29-31) For more: texasrangers.com

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May 13, 20 What: Family Movie Matinee Where: Kennedale Community Center (316 W Third St., Kennedale) When: 3-5 p.m. In a nutshell: Two movies are on tap this month at the Kennedale Community Center: “The BFG” on May 13 and “Big Hero” on May 20. For more: cityofkennedale.com

May 20 What: “Hurrah!” Fashion Show and Dinner Where: Park Place MotorcarsMercedes Benz (4201 Beltway Place) When: 7 p.m. In a nutshell: Support Texans with disabilities at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Arlington-based non-profit, Helping Restore Ability. Features include a fashion show, dinner, and a silent auction featuring HRA clients. Tickets are $120 for VIP and $100 for general admission. For more: (817) 635-6036 or hratexas.org

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Are you ready to take the plunge? SIX FLAGS HURRICANE HARBOR will open the 2017 season on May 6-7.    This summer season is sure to rock with plenty of activities for the entire family. Cool off with the kiddos at Hook’s Lagoon with four mini slides, water sprayers and shallow water to splash around in. For the thrills seekers in the family, hop onto Tornado and travel down the 132-foot slide in the mouth of a gigantic funnel. For more: sixflags.com/hurricaneharbortexas

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May 20, 30 What: Dallas Wings basketball Where: College Park Center When: 7 p.m. In a nutshell: The Wings’ quest for a WNBA championship begins this month, with two home games on the schedule. The Wings will host the Minnesota Lynx on May 20 and the Indiana Fever on May 30. For more: wings.wnba.com Do you have an Itinerary item? Email yale@arlingtontoday.com.

To market, to market to have us some fun MANSFIELD’S Wisteria Street Market, which will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on May 20, is an annual arts-and-crafts fair held at the Mansfield Activities Center.    Features include shopping with the arts/ crafts vendors, food, free make-and-take crafts, kids activities, and more.   For more: mansfieldtexas.gov/ wisteria-street-market


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• By Richard Greene

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hen Michigan resident Brad Rupay was offered a job in Dallas in 1983 he seized the opportunity, and, with wife Judy at his side, the young couple headed for Texas.    They chose Arlington as the place to make their home – a decision that would impact the lives of thousands in the years to follow.    Now the mother of two daughters, five grandchildren and twin great granddaughters, Judy will be very busy celebrating Mother’s Day across four generations.    Beyond her terrific family, she also can take a moment to stand in an even larger spotlight as one of the city’s exemplary role models of community service.    You would think becoming the owner of an investment advisory firm would keep her busy enough. After all, she was operating in a business field that is made up of mostly men, and that meant she had to work even harder for her success.    After selling her firm a few years ago, she recognized that Arlington was the only city around that didn’t have its own monthly magazine. So, she created Arlington Today, now headed toward its fifth year of operations telling the stories and promoting the activities of the community that no other publication is doing.    Somehow, however, she finds the time to join hands with others in tackling unmet needs being addressed by a plethora of non-profit organizations working for others in Arlington and throughout the region.    I first became better acquainted with Judy when she was elected to the Arlington City Council in 1994. Serving in that capacity for three terms, she became fully engaged in the life of the city during some pivotal years in its history.    Among her first official duties was to participate in the grand opening of The Ballpark in Arlington that marked a new era in the city’s partnership with the Texas Rangers Baseball Team.    Her investment firm offices were located in the ballpark, and that put her in daily contact with the Rangers front office executives and staff that helped to build an even stronger bond between the team and the city.    Her interest in the continued expansion of the city’s entertainment district helped to build progress there as she currently serves on the board of directors of the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau.    Her business background makes her an excellent member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce board of directors helping direct the growth of economic opportunity for big and small firms alike.    With a strong Christian faith, Judy was a founder of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, where she and Brad serve today in the church’s Marriage Prepara82

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tion Program guiding the union of the church’s young adults for lifetime commitments.    Judy’s passion for the youth of the community, however, expands way beyond the church’s boundaries. She is a long-time board member of the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, where she previously served as its chairwoman.    When the Salvation Army’s Youth Education Town was being created, Judy was right there with them and continues as a YET board member.    She served as the PTA president at Martin High School and then as a mentor to seniors in all six of the city’s high schools who are selected annually to receive the Texas Rangers scholarship in leadership along with financial assistance for their college years.    She serves as a member of the River Legacy Foundation’s board of directors, helping lead an organization that is currently involved in a $2.5 million capital campaign to transform the city’s nature center into a first-quality museum experience and significantly enhance the Foundation’s environmental and natural science education programs.    All of the above and many more non-profit organizations where she has served have one other thing in common: They all need money to carry out their missions of service to the community.    Judy is a tireless and fearless fund-raiser. I doubt there is an actual tally to be found, but she’s Christmas 2015 helped produce many millions of dollars that have resulted in a higher quality of life for so many with needs that would have otherwise gone unmet.    Assuming that she pauses for a little while, Judy and Brad will celebrate their 50th anniversary in a couple of years.    But, “retirement” isn’t in her vocabulary, so you can expect to see this Wonder Woman keep on keeping on for the betterment of her fellow citizens.    Daughter Tricia Schwartz sums it all up succinctly, “Yeah, that’s my mom – always engaged in the life of this community and she’s never going to quit.”

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


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