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Contents September 2017 • Volume 4 • Issue 9


26 A natural leader

Debbie Vernon, director of education at the River Legacy Living Science Center, talks about her life’s work.

On the cover

In our cover story on page 24, you’ll learn how the Arlington ISD brings real resources, real conviction and real opportunity to help students and staff be successful on their chosen paths. The Fitzgerald Elementary staff recently celebrated outstanding academic success – the school earned all six distinction designations with its TEA rating.

28 Time to talk

The popular lecture series Arlington on Tap kicks off a new season on Sept. 11.


Join us for a tour of the luxurious dwelling of Dalworthington Gardens Mayor Kimberly Fitzpatrick and her husband Ryan Gruber.

36 All about the home

Photo: Robert Spence

Here are seven things going on that enhance the quality of life for locals.


Starting Line ... 10 This ‘n Data ... 12 Around Town ... 18 Scene ... 22, 58, 66, 70 Style ... 38 The Tee Box ... 68 Dining Guide ... 72 Health/Fitness ... 74 Sights/Sounds ... 76 Speaking of Sports ... 78 Itinerary ... 80 Finish Line ... 82

30 Home SWEET! Home


42 Living life to the fullest

All around the area, businesses and other groups are making life better for seniors.

48 The ageless wonder car

Henry Ford’s Model A lives today in endless configurations. Here’s a great one.

52 Auto motives

Check out two local car dealerships that have a great rapport with customers.


54 The road warrior

Samantha Reich has visited 36 countries so far – and she hasn’t even turned 25 yet.

60 A good deed, indeed

Mansfield’s Feed the Kids program gives local youth better lives.

64 What’s your sign?

Paul Fulks and his design shop, 3Di Sign + Design are turning heads – literally.

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God Cares When We Are Alone

Because Jesus is the Son of God, not only does God care about the times when we are alone, but He also understands them better than anyone. I believe that is why the final word from Christ that we see in the book of Matthew is this: “ ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ “ (Matthew 28:19-20) During the last moments on earth with His disciples, Jesus makes a promise to those who believe in Him. He says, “I am with you always.” That means that no matter how alone the world makes you feel, God has not forsaken you. Even if you know you deserve to be alone, Jesus made a way so that you don’t have to be. He paid the price for our sins and took the abandonment we deserved on the cross. When you ask God to forgive you and believe that Jesus is your Lord and Saviour, God sees you as being covered by the righteousness of Christ. Jesus came and was made alone so that we would never have to be alone -- so that we could live with Him forever. That is worth being thankful for.

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Here’s my take on what the ‘Golden Years’ are all about


read somewhere the other day that 60 is the new 40. Of course, I read that through a pair of glasses that were considerably thicker of lens than the ones I used when I was 40. Read into that what you will. I’ll even lend you my thick glasses.    Speaking of thick, that’s the “kind” word my fellow family members have employed lately to describe my evolving torso, now that I’ve eclipsed New 40. My eldest son went so far to address my “thickness” that he enrolled the both of us in a gym membership and began leading me through a regular workout regimen that I am fairly certain has been ruled inhumane by the Geneva Convention. Some 16 weeks into the program, I have lost four pounds.    Meanwhile, my erstwhile lovely wife of 37 years has declared a moratorium on diet beverages, while also making fried and sweet foods off limits and replacing them with stuff that neither fills my thick torso as well or tastes as good as the items on my previous diet. Again, I should note, I have lost all of four pounds.    I suppose I should be grateful for the family’s concern about my health. But the fact is: I am more grateful for the notion that being New 41 does have some perks. I am called “Sir” considerably more often now than in the past – even by the little whipperYale Youngblood Editor snappers. Young women routinely open doors for me whenever we converge on the entrance of buildings. And who wouldn’t be enthralled by a brilliant marketing concept called “The Senior Discount” that entitles we club members to discounts at most area eateries? Yep, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as saving money on a purchase of broccoli.    But enough shouting at clouds. Despite the fact that I now make “the old man sound” whenever I get up out of a chair, I can still get up out of a chair. I still have most of my hair, even if my stylist routinely ignores my request to trim out “only the gray ones” every time I get a haircut. And I truly am grateful that some New 40-plus years into my life, that life includes a wife, four children and three grandchildren who seem to enjoy my company and who clearly have my best interest at heart.    Truth be told, I consider the fact that I have achieved senior citizen status a victory. Even if I’m slower than I’ve ever been, I’m also wiser than I’ve ever been. I’m considerably more patient than I was when everything had to be done “yesterday.” I rarely waste time worrying over things not worth worrying over, and I actually literally stop and smell the roses, pretty much every time I have that opportunity.    On page 42 of this issue, we’re noting businesses that serve people of my ilk, the seasoned veterans of life who have weathered storms and who are better people for having done the weathering. I hope you’ll make reading that story a priority. I’ll even lend you my thick glasses, if need be.

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Event principals Babe Laufenberg, Preston Pearson, Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly and Deborah Ferguson


The Gatehouse is hosting a luncheon to turn a spotlight on domestic violence THE GATEHOUSE’S third annual “Get in the Game” luncheon will be held at noon on Oct. 23 at AT&T Stadium to bring North Texans together during Domestic Violence Awareness month to help area women and children achieve permanent change, for themselves and for the generations to follow.    The event will feature former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and television personality Babe

Laufenberg interviewing Dallas Cowboys legends Bob Lilly, Roger Staubach, and Drew Pearson, with NBC 5 news anchor Deborah Ferguson serving as the event emcee.    Along with the 166 people The Gatehouse serves currently, the organization is preparing to host 27 more families in 2017. These are women and children who will need every resource possible to become self-support-

ive – this event will help meet those needs as well as shine a spotlight on the issue of domestic violence.    The Gene and Jerry Jones Foundation underwrites this event, so 98 percent of the financial support generated by “Get in the Game” goes directly to The Gatehouse.    For sponsorship and ticket information, visit the website

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Luncheon to address breast and gynecologic cancers set for Sept. 21 at The Sheraton THE FIRST Pink Teal Luncheon, hosted by the Cancer Assistance Fund of North Texas, will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 21 at the Sheraton Hotel in Arlington.    Shannon Miller, Olympic medal-winning gymnast and ovarian cancer survivor (pictured), and Sam Morrow, local high school basketball coach and breast cancer survivor, will have a conversation about trials and triumphs on their journey through cancer. Janet St. James, Medical City assistant VP of Strategic Communications, will emcee the event.    “Our goal is to make this an annual event raising awareness about cancers that most often affect women - breast and gynecologic cancers,” says Laura Hoffman of The Center for Cancer 12

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and Blood Disorders, which has an Arlington office at 515 W. Mayfield Road, Suite 102.    Hoffman says the generosity from sponsors and attendees directly supports the Cancer Assistance Fund of North Texas, a 501(c)(3) organization. Its mission is to provide opportunities to empower patients, their families, caregivers, and health professionals to become partners in cancer care.    For more:


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Jones inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame DALLAS COWBOYS owner Jerry Jones, whose team won three Super Bowls on his watch – and whose marketing prowess and vision helped turn the National Football League into the country’s premier sports organization – was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, last month.    During his acceptance speech, which was a spirited trip down memory lane, Jones thanked many of his players and coaches. He capped off the nearly-37-minutelong address with one more special tribute: to the fans of the Cowboys and of the sport.    “You are here because of your love for the game,” Jones said to the fans in the audience. “You are the heartbeat of the game. I am here because I love it, too.”


Women’s Health Services now in two Arlington locations: Women caring for women Women’s Health Services announces the addition of our newest physician, Dr Jessica Brown. Originally from Houston, she attended Baylor University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Dr. Brown completed both medical school and her OB/Gyn residency training at University of Texas at Southwestern. She and her husband, Paul, have spent the last eight years in Dallas and are excited to become part of the Arlington community.

Dr. Jessica Brown

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Michael Jacobson, president and CEO of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce 1. What have been the commerical highlights of 2017?

The ultimate food truck TASTE OF Arlington, the annual feast fest to benefit Theatre Arlington, will head to Main Street from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Sept. 2.    Delicious dishes and drink concoctions from dozens of local eateries, beverage suppliers and gourmet food stores will be available to hungry patrons, along with live music, raffles and other fun activities.   Featured vendors include Urban Alchemy Coffee + Wine Bar, Blue Mesa Southwest Grill, Nothing Bundt Cakes, The Melting Pot Fondue Restaurant and many more. For more, visit

Fun Arlington fact for September: ALONG THE River Legacy Paddling Trail, you can enjoy a paddling trip of up to 8 miles along the West Fork of the Trinity River. There’s also a paddling trail at Lake Arlington, which is 10.8 miles long and was the first lake paddling trail in the Metroplex. 14

Michael Jacobson: 2017 has been a transformational year for the Chamber of Commerce. Our membership has stabilized and is on the upswing. In September we will have a member-led membership drive with the goal of meeting our 20% growth projections. With a renewed focus on the power of working together to build businesses and strengthen our community, the passion and energy of our members is creating amazing results.    Our member’s support of each other is evident at the many on-going activities we have to support their business and professional growth. More than 100 people meet each month at Business over Breakfast – a super-sized networking event. We have five active leads groups that meet once a week. We have held eight professional development seminars, Chamber after Hours held at key member facilities has been outstanding, and an amazing 24 ribbon cuttings.    In all, over 3,500 attendees have participated this year in our on-going activities. Our signature events have all exceeded attendance and revenue projections and set all-time records with over 4,000 attendees. We had a strong voice on Public Policy, including bringing business leaders to Austin during the legislative session. We worked closely with the City of Arlington on economic development supporting the interest of all businesses in Arlington including advising on permitting, transportation, business retention and recruitment. 2. How is the current commercial climate? MJ: Arlington has experienced an unprecedented economic resurgence over the last 18 months. While the growth is remarkable, the base of that growth relies on fundamentals that have served Arlington well for decades. We have strong leadership with a “can do” attitude. Our community is passionate about Arlington and dreams big. We are at the center of one of the World’s largest economies. We are just south of DFW Airport. We are blessed with an educational infrastructure that is second to none while aligning our community to address the workforce needs of the future.    The entertainment district is under construction with Texas Live! and the new ballpark to follow. Viridian is an amazing success and will eventually build-out to an investment of $2.5B. It is not just a housing development. It is a way of life, a real community that has exceptional housing solutions and soon will include a vibrant retail and commercial component.

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   GM, while completing their $1.4B expansion, announced a supplier campus to include thousands of incremental jobs and $100s of millions in additional development by transforming a blighted mall to a manufacturing envy. With D.R Horton completing their new headquarters and the construction of Arlington Commons, the landscape of North Arlington is changing. Downtown Arlington has had huge developments from Urban Union to the Library to 101 Center to the soon-tofollow Live Oak and Lester’s Backyard, to name a few.    UTA is investing significant dollars in Research and Development with the SEIR (Science and Engineering Innovation and Research Building) under construction and $100s of millions are being spent on new housing to support the growth of the UTA student body with over 50,000 students. In South Arlington, we are seeing amazing growth with Summit Racing, the UPS mega distribution facility and GM Financial growing into one of the largest private employers in Arlington. 3. What has you most excited about the future? MJ: Just like the Chamber has gone through a transformation, so has the City of Arlington. The economic engines or triggers that we are experiencing are beginning to build-off of each other, and I believe the impact will be felt across the City. Downtown Arlington has tremendous leadership, and I would expect we will continue to see further dramatic changes downtown.    Downtown will be a place you will choose to live, work and play. There is an opportunity to double our tourism in Arlington under the leadership of our Convention and Visitors Bureau. The new ballpark and Texas Live! will have a huge impact, but they are not the end state. There will be more to come. Redevelopment will be a driving force across the City and streetscapes that will become vibrant commercial and residential districts. 4. What is the most gratifying part of your job? MJ: Being the President and CEO of the Chamber creates some amazing opportunities. As someone who grew up in the 1970s in Texas loving the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers, I must admit it is gratifying to know my work has had a positive impact that will allow future generations to have the same joy I had as a young man rooting on the teams I loved. At the end of the day, gratification comes from impact.

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Driverless shuttles make their Arlington debut THE CITY OF ARLINGTON last month introduced Milo, a free autonomous shuttle service that will operate on select off-street trails in the Entertainment District before and after major events at AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park in Arlington.    Fans at the Dallas Cowboys pre-season home game on Aug. 26 were among the first to ride a Milo shuttle as part of the City’s innovative transportation pilot program. The City showcased the battery-powered Milo shuttles and the service routes during a media preview on Aug. 11 at Richard Greene Linear Park.    The City is leasing two of these self-driving, electric vehicles from EasyMile, a company based in France, as part of a oneyear pilot program to explore autonomous transportation technology in a real-world setting. While the City of Las Vegas ran a two-week autonomous shuttle pilot program earlier this year, Arlington will become the first municipal government in the United States to offer ongoing autonomous shuttle service to the general public.    “The experts are saying every day there is something new being invented in transportation,” Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams says. “It’s a great opportunity for us to do these pilot projects, for us to actually test them in our community and for our citizens to be able to look at them and see if they work here and what their opinion of it is. We want

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to see how this technology Photos: City of Arlington performs, where it is best utilized and how it can be harnessed to potentially serve the city’s transportation needs in the future.”    The Milo shuttles run approximately one hour before and one hour after major events at AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park in Arlington. The shuttles are programmed to run along select offstreet trails in Richard Greene Linear Park and Robert Cluck Linear Park between the two venues and will pick up and drop off passengers at designated stops.   Last month, Arlington City Council members, Texas Rangers leadership Milo’s debut was a big hit with Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister, city and manager Jeff Banister, council members and city officials. City of Arlington Transportation Advisory Committee one-way trip takes about 13 minutes to commembers, city officials and local journalists plete from pick up to drop off. The trail takes took turns riding the bright red shuttle along passengers past several works of public art, the scenic path bordering Johnson Creek. The including the Caelum Moor granite sculpshuttles, which are wheelchair accessible, can tures, in addition to providing excellent hold up to 12 passengers and will drive at views of the stadiums. speeds averaging 10 to 12 miles per hour. A

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River Legacy will test ride the latest cycling trend: E-Bikes • By Kenneth Perkins ntrepreneur Alex Ryan was on vacation in hilly Seattle when he was hit with one of those ah-ha moments. He’d borrowed a pedal bike from the hotel where he was staying to get in some exercise and a little me-time. Going downhill was great.    Uphill? Not so much.    The next day Ryan was outside his hotel when a biker cruised right by him. Going uphill.    “And with little effort,” Ryan recalls. “I asked: how in the world were you able to do that?”    With help, the rider admitted, from his electric bike, where pedaling actually kick-starts an integrated hub motor thanks to a battery powering the wheels.    He told Ryan where to rent one, which he did.    “It was an eye-opening experience,” Ryan says.    Ryan learned that electric bikes, or E-Bikes, are not some poor man’s Moped propelling you along by itself; the vehicle assists whatever effort you put in.    Climbing those dreaded hills, for example, or fighting serious headwinds wouldn’t leave you huffing and puffing and searching for the nearest Urgent Care.    Impressed by this revelation, Ryan opened Adventure Electric Bicycles near Collins and Green Oaks in North Arlington, figuring that this new U.S. trend (already popular in Europe) would swing through Texas.    “It’s going to take off here, eventually,” Ryan says.    Probably sooner than later. As the weather cools, Adventure Bikes will set up shop in 1,300-acre River Legacy Park beginning on weekends, offering up a variety of E-Bikes for folks to ride an hour, four, or all day.    Arlington Parks and Recreation’s Rental and Lake Services Manager Derek DeBusk had his own ah-ha moment when Ryan popped by his office suggesting E-Bike rentals for the park’s more than 10 miles of trails.    “We thought that was a good starting point for bike rentals, if only to see if it is something we need to be doing long-term,” says DeBusk.    E-Bikes have found an audience among mostly urban com-


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muters wanting to get to work without being too exhausted – or sweaty. What most intrigued DeBusk, though, was allowing everyone the chance to enjoy River Legacy from the vantage point of a bike seat, even those with physical limitations, courtesy of that extra power boost.    When I test rode an E-Bike from Adventure, over level ground, up and down hills, along a busy street and through a quiet neighborhood of cul-de-sacs, I wasn’t going much faster than a conventional bike, although I could, at least 20 mph. As I pushed down on the pedals the bike merely accelerated at a pace that oddly conflicted with my effort.    The two-mile ride at a very brisk pace was effortless, as though I’d covered a lot of ground without feeling it.    Perhaps that’s the rip against E-Bikes from some pedal bikers who see nothing more than a contraption lacking any human effort to propel it. So why ride? Some bike shop owners seem personally offended by the mere existence of a bike equipped with any sort of motor.    One even calls it “cheating.”    Ryan calls it sensible.    “Serious pedal bikers are of a different culture that believes in competing with oneself and others,” Ryan says. “People who ride our bikes don’t want to compete but have the experience of not being tired or having assistance. It’s not cheating.”    DeBusk believes E-Bikes will actually expand the world of cycling.    Ryan knows it will.    “I’d say 95 percent of us, especially over 40, want to enjoy the feeling we had when we were 15. When you just rode for the joy of it,” says Ryan, who is in his early 70s.    As for exercise, “you get as much or as little as you want,” he says. “I call that freedom.”

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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Tim Everidge (center) atop Grand Teton

He literally will go to ANY HEIGHT to help patients


im Everidge, director of radiology services at Medical City Arlington, is an avid mountain climber. He conquered Pikes Peak (14,115 feet) in 2008, Mount Whitney (14,505 feet) in 2009 and Longs Peak (14,259 feet) in 2015. In an effort to raise awareness and funds to support blood cancer research through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – and to add another memento to his “rock collection,” Everidge recently scaled Grand Teton.    Even though Grand Teton is shorter than mountains Everidge has climbed before at 13,770 feet, he found it to have its own unique difficulties, and scaling the Wyoming peak was no easy feat.    Medical City Arlington followed his journey from start to finish and shared videos on social media along the way with the hashtags #TimClimbsGrandTeton, #LLS and #LightTheNightWalk. Everidge began the climb on July 30 and sent a video message saying: “In

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addition to seeing this majestic beauty, I ask you to join our adventure and help raise funds towards a very worthwhile and meaningful cause, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Please join me in showing our commitment to the care and improvement of human life by helping others.”    Everidge summited Grand Teton on the morning of Aug. 3, displaying a Medical City Arlington flag from the top and thanking everyone for their support. The story reached thousands on Facebook.    Medical City Arlington, along with Medical City Healthcare, is a supporter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 2017 Light The Night walk at Trinity Groves Nov. 11 in Dallas. Medical City Healthcare Division President Erol Akdamar is serving as the Light The Night Dallas corporate chair, helping further the hospital’s mission to provide the highest quality cancer care in North Texas.    For more on the Light The Night walk:

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Growth and Excellence at UTA The University of Texas at Arlington is reaching new heights of excellence through its strategic focus on enabling the megacity of the future here in North Texas. As the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex welcomes new corporations and expanded companies attracted by the robust economy, Arlington prepares for the new Texas Live! entertainment venue, a new Texas Rangers ballpark, and the return of DR Horton corporate headquarters to the city. UTA sits at the geographic center of what will become the 4th largest population center in the nation with a population approaching 10 million.


Among UTA’s most impactful research and teaching work is that which supports its home town of Arlington, Texas. As the largest employer in the city, UTA provides a livelihood for thousands of citizens of Arlington and surrounding cities. Many UTA students come from the region and are the accomplished products of the Arlington Independent School District as well as Mansfield, Grand Prairie, and other regional public schools. They join thousands of national and international students from all 50 states and 100 countries drawn to UTA’s increasing excellence as a Research 1 institution, adding to the rich cultural fabric of Arlington. Partnerships such as the new Arlington Collegiate High School Lion Scholars and the STEM and Teaching Academies with Arlington Independent School District are actively nurturing future college students who will become the teachers, engineers, scientists, business owners, and leaders of tomorrow. This year’s incoming freshman class is the largest and most academically talented in UTA history.


UTA’s West Campus expansion with new residence halls, dining and student activities space, and parking garage provided the impetus to partner with Arlington to replace and upgrade below-ground infrastructure that will serve the campus and the neighborhood for many years to come. Planned improvements to the pedestrian crossing on UTA Boulevard north of the Engineering Research Building and coordination of the traffic signal on Cooper Street should improve vehicular flow and safety. UTA and Arlington’s Water Utilities Department are using robotic technology to examine municipal sewer and water pipes for signs of aging and deterioration. Cities across the nation are facing costs to rehabilitate or replace infrastructure. UTA’s College of Engineering’s Department of Civil Engineering has addressed this challenge with new technology that allows detailed examination from inside underground piping so civic leaders can determine how best to allocate resources. Success with Arlington has spread to Ennis and other Texas cities. “The sewer inspections and infrastructure research being done with these multi-sensor robots are just the latest examples of how Arlington and UTA are tapping innovative technology to make a real difference,” said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. UTA is also working with the city to determine the feasibility of an Innovation Depot in the downtown/university district and to address transportation needs for today and tomorrow. To learn more about the many ways UTA and the City of Arlington partner, collaborate, and engage, visit us at

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Where Potential Gets Real

he Arlington ISD is dedicated to realizing the potential of every student. With a highly engaged faculty and an array of learning opportunities that foster each student’s unique interests and talents, the district’s goal is to have 100 percent of AISD students graduate exceptionally prepared for college, career and citizenship.    The district brings real resources, real conviction and real opportunity to help students and staff be successful on their chosen paths. At every stage in a student’s journey, the AISD provides a wealth of opportunities – from fine arts to college prep to technical training – to help them identify their unique dreams and realize their potential. The AISD is where potential gets real.    Students in the AISD have opportunities that have never been available before. The AISD Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center and the AISD Agricultural Science Center open this fall and will allow students to earn college credit and certifications that have not been available in the district before. Corey and Jones fine arts and dual language academies and the AISD STEM Academy are both entering their third year. Arlington Collegiate High School at


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TCC-Southeast will have its first graduating class this year.    It takes everyone in the community to ensure that our children are exceptionally prepared for college, career and citizenship, but it also takes incredible teachers in the AISD.

Bree knows value of education

Students at Barnett Junior High who have any questions about the value of education don’t have to look outside the school to find the perfect example of its importance. All they have to do is head to the math department and speak with pre-AP algebra teacher Nancy Bree.    Bree, who is in her 21st year with the AISD, knows firsthand what an education means for success because she found out the hard way when she decided to drop out of school at 16. She has spent the last 25 years making up for lost time. All the hard work toward her education has paid off, though, as Bree has become a teaching force at Barnett.    “Ms. Bree is the kind of teacher that consistently pulls a rabbit out of the hat,” Barnett Principal Stephanie Hawthorne said. “She builds relationships with her students and parents. She teaches each lesson

with rigor and relevance and ensures her students are successful through scaffolding and daily interventions. Her work ethic and commitment to excellence is impeccable.”    It was Bree’s commitment to education that led her to a teaching career. When she was growing up in Alaska, education wasn’t stressed in the community or by her mother. That’s why, despite the fact she was on the honor roll in high school, she dropped out.    A couple years after quitting school, Bree got her GED. She took odd jobs and then worked for the post office. It wasn’t until she moved to Texas that she decided she wanted to go to school – at 36.    She started tutoring students and knew that her career path was in the classroom, even though she didn’t start in the AISD until she was in her 40s.    That gave her life experience to lean on as she’s spent 20 of her 21 years in the AISD at Barnett.    “One of the reasons I am successful with the kids is because I have struggled myself,” said Bree.    Bree doesn’t hide her unique Nancy Bree educational background from her students. The biography on her classroom door tells the story. One of the reasons she likes working with junior high students is because she feels like that was the time in her life when she started thinking school wasn’t right for her. She thinks that helps her reach students.    “I’ve had students come back, and it’s brought tears to my eyes when they’ve told me when Gloria Resendiz they’ve thought about giving up they thought about my story and if I can do it, being as old as I was, then they needed to do it when they were younger,” Bree said. “I think that’s why I still do what I do. They still need me.”

Resendiz back home in the AISD

Gloria Resendiz wanted to get back to where her education began when she was looking for a school at which to teach in the summer of 2016. She couldn’t have found a better spot than Bowie High School.    Resendiz, who teaches Spanish at Bowie, is a true AISD success story as she came to the district in eighth grade from Mexico not

knowing how to speak English. A year later she was a freshman at Bowie, and after graduating from Bowie in 2009 she went to Tarrant County College and then UT-Arlington before beginning her teaching career.    It took her two years teaching outside the district before coming back. But now she feels like she’s home.    “I wanted to give back a little of what I got,” Resendiz said. “You can really make a difference. I felt like it was the right decision. I needed to give back something and that’s why I came back to Bowie, to try and make a difference with the kids.”    While the teachers at Bowie made an impact on Resendiz, she’s also made one of her own by returning to the school to teach.    “Ms. Resendiz has been a great addition to the Bowie teaching staff,” Bowie Principal Bill Manley said. “Her experience of being a Bowie graduate provides her opportunities to have relevant conversations and create relevant learning experiences for her students. She is a model for students and staff of what the benefits of hard work, determination and focus bring to an individual. Her story is inspiring and should be shared with her students as they strive to reach their goals and ambitions. I am so proud that she chose to come back to Bowie and serve our students.”    Teaching wasn’t always in the cards for Resendiz. She was interested in criminal justice in high school because of a class she took and ended up minoring in criminal justice in college. But for Resendiz, who grew up in Coahuila, Mexico, teaching Spanish was the best option for her. Just because she’s a native Spanish speaker doesn’t mean it’s always easy for her to connect with her students, though.    “It makes it a little harder for us,” she said. “When you learn Spanish by the rules, it’s a little harder to teach it. You know it because that’s the way you learn it. Sometimes I ask them, ‘What do you guys think?’ I want them to help me because this is how I see it and this is how they see it. Sometimes it’s a little hard for me. It takes me a little time to realize how they see things.” • September 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


Q &A


or two decades, Debbie Vernon has devoted her life and career to enhancing the lives of Arlington residents – and others – via educational projects at the River Legacy Science Center. This month, Vernon, now director of education at the center, shares what makes that endeavor special. Arlington Today: What is your history with the River Legacy Living Science Center?

A natural LEADER Debbie Vernon, director of education at the River Legacy Living Science Center, talks about her life’s work

As director of education at the River Legacy Living Science Center, Debbie Vernon oversees curriculum, staffing and scheduling for the center’s education programs. And, make no mistake, there are plenty of those.

Debbie Vernon: I am approaching my 20th anniversary with River Legacy Living Science Center. I came as a volunteer in September 1997, assisting in one of the Nature School classrooms and was hired in February 1998 as a teaching assistant and assistant to the Nature School Director for a few months before becoming a lead teacher the following fall.    I assumed the role of Director of Education in July 2009, but prior to that I spent a few years developing and facilitating the program that is now our AISD Second Grade Field Investigation. AT: In a nutshell, what does the director of education do? DV: I am responsible for all of the education programs that River Legacy offers, and we like to say that we have nature education opportunities for students ages 3 to 93. That means I oversee curriculum, staffing and scheduling for our educational programs: Nature School Preschool, After School and Home School clubs, Summer Classes, and school group Field Investigation programs. I collaborate with other staff members about our Public Program offerings. However, with a very small full-time staff, we are all called upon to work as a team to accomplish many, many things. Thus, I am often involved in marketing and outreach and occasionally even get to facilitate some of our programs. For the past few years, I have been VERY involved in the educational content and design of our current Exhibit Hall TransforPhoto: Southern Flair Photography mation project.    AT: What specific educational programs does the center offer? DV: All of our education programs for children are based on our own unique curriculums, written with a focus on the plant and animal life outside our doors. This allows all of our classes to use the River Legacy Park woodlands as a vast and exciting learning lab.


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• Nature School preschool is a 30-week (Sept - May) part-time program for children ages 3 - 6. Children come once a week normally, though this fall we are expanding to offer a two-times-a-week class for 4 year olds. There are half day (9 a.m.-noon) and extended day (9 a.m.-1:55 p.m.) options available for 3s and 4s. A special curriculum for 5/6 year olds not yet in a traditional kindergarten or first grade program meets on Fridays for an extended day, and combines further nature explorations with age/grade level appropriate academic skills.    • After School and Home School programs for Kindergarten/5 years - 6th grade/11 years meet once a month for a two-hour class. The curriculums are designed so that a child can attend for all seven years and not repeat a lesson.    • Summer Classes offer children ages 3 though entering 8th grade week-long sessions that are either half day (9 a.m.-noon) for preschoolers or full day (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) for those entering kindergarten. Small classes and experienced teachers give every child an amazing experience in the natural world.    • Field Investigations for school groups PreK- 6th grade (which can be adapted for older students) allow teachers to bring their classes to River Legacy for a remarkable field learning experience in the North Texas woodlands.    • Special programs for Mixed Age Groups, including Home School groups, provide a facilitated indoor program with a focus on either mammals or reptiles, after which the group is encouraged to explore our network of trails to look for evidence of what they have just learned.    • A variety of family friendly and adult-focused Public Programs throughout the year, as well as free festivals like our Backyard Bird Count, Earth Day and W.A.T.E.R. events, all on Saturdays, extend our educational reach out into the larger community. AT: Describe how you work with the Arlington ISD – and with any other educational institution or organization. DV: We partner with AISD to bring every fourth grade class to the Living Science Center for a Field Investigation that was written to meet their curriculum’s needs. We also welcome every Title One campus second grade class for a different curriculum that lays the foundation for the fourth grade experience. Both curriculums are correlated to the Texas state-mandated learning standards.    These Field Investigations are also open to other area public and private schools, and we are delighted to include them in our calendar once we have firmed up our AISD calendar and know which dates are available.    Regardless of which school is with us, we are committed to providing those children an first-hand opportunity to experience nature as it exists in their own community, rather than the exotic locales and species that are usually the focus of their media experiences. It is absolutely astonishing to see how many Metroplex children have never been in the woods before, and therefore have no idea what animals are a part of their local ecosystem. Fear is a very common

reaction when they step off of their school bus and into the woods. Our objective is to help them to overcome that fear and to understand concepts like “habitat” and “food chain” on a concrete and local level so that they can more effectively apply those concepts to other remote ecosystems in their future educational experiences.    Through this program, which impacts the greatest number of children each year, as well as our other programs, we are grooming the next generation of environmental stewards in our community and beyond. AT: Can you share news of any educational programs/projects that are in the works at the center for introduction in the near future? DV: Oh, yes!! We have a major and VERY exciting metamorphosis going on in our Exhibit Hall area as I speak. This renovation will not change the physical footprint of the Living Science Center, but will completely transform our exhibits to better reflect the vibrant woodland ecosystem right outside our doors, and provide a much more effective educational experience for our visitors. We are the gateway to River Legacy Park and therefore have a unique opportunity to help our guests get the most out of their time in the woods by giving them an advance peek at what they can expect to see out there and where to find it. A special Stewardship area of the exhibit, developed in collaboration with Arlington Water Utilities and the Trinity River Authority, will encourage visitors to think about how their lifestyles and actions can help to preserve and enhance water quality wherever they live, especially here in Arlington, to the benefit of ALL of our neighbors, whether human or woodland creatures.    The new exhibits will take visitors from the watery world of the Trinity (and neighboring creeks and ponds) to the adjacent riverbank world and into the woodlands. Hands-on, engaging exhibit features and an amazing interactive video wall will provide a truly WOW! experience for anyone who comes through our doors. We plan to unveil the new exhibits to the public by the end of the year.    Funding for this fabulous transformation comes from a $2.5 million Capital Campaign that is almost complete – we have been offered a $100,000 Challenge Grant to stimulate a grass-roots effort and to engage the citizens of Arlington and beyond in raising the final $200,000. Anyone interested in joining us on this journey can contact Becky Nussbaum ( or (817) 8606752, extension 120) to find out how they can become a part of this remarkable metamorphosis. AT: (last one) Please complete this sentence: “It’s a great day at River Legacy Living Science Center when ...” DV: ….a child, who arrived two hours earlier full of fear and trepidation about visiting a forest for the first time, throws their arms around my legs and exclaims, “This is the BEST day of my whole life”! It sends chills down my spine, brings tears to my eyes, and confirms for me that we ARE making a difference. It doesn’t get any better than that! • September 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY



Time to TALK

The popular lecture series Arlington on Tap kicks off a new season on Sept. 11


he popular – and, as usual, free – highly informal downtown lecture, meet-and-greet happy hour series, Arlington on Tap, begins its third season Sept. 11 with an eclectic group of speakers who will address topics ranging from fake news and murder-for-hire plots to the lifetime consequences of being fired by Donald Trump.   James Spaniolo, former UT Arlington president and current North Texas Commission executive director, will kick off the new season. His topic: “Regionalism: Does It Really Float Everybody’s Boat?” He’ll be at Legal Draft, 500 E. Division St. Note that the date is a Monday. “Tap” usually takes place on Tuesdays, begins at 6 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m.    “Spaniolo recognizes that Metroplex cities are highly competitive by nature, both for economic resources and in search of political leverage for various urban ambitions,” notes O.K. Carter, creator of Arlington on Tap with Arlington Proud’s Mark Joeckel. “But he also stresses that often far more can be accomplished regionally when communities and counties pull together. He has a lot of ideas to make that happen.”    The Arlington Historical Society is a founding sponsor of Arlington on Tap, along with Arlington Proud and Arlington Today magazine. Here is the rest of the 2017-2018 slate:   Oct. 10: Kellie Reichert, communication director of the Arlington Life Shelter. Her topic: “The Road to Becoming Homeless and the Way Out.” Division Brewing, 506 E. Main St.   Nov. 14: Bowie Hogg, businessman and AISD Trustee. His topic: “My Life after Being Fired by Donald

Trump.” Hogg was a candidate on one of the first “Apprentice” TV shows hosted by now-president Trump. J. Gilligan’s, 400 E. Abram St. A hint: The Donald did not ruin his life.   Jan. 9: Theron Bowman, former Arlington police chief and current Arlington deputy city manager. His topic: “How Trying to Regulate the City’s Sexual Entertainment Business Evolved into a Contract on My Life.” Both Bowman and former Mayor Robert Cluck were targeted for extinction by an unhappy topless bar owner. Bowman tells the tale. Maverick Bar and Grill, 601 E. Main St.   Feb. 13: Dr. Paul Geisel, demographics and sociology professor and consultant. His topic: “Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington, and Yes, Demographics Really Are Destiny.” Geisel, a UTA legend, is famous as a raconteur, and he’ll mix some of the oddities of this region with some useful predictions about the way this giant conglomeration of cities is headed. Hooligan’s Bar, 310 E. Abram St.   March 13: Bill Coppola, president of the Arlington campus of Tarrant County College. His topic: “Community Colleges: THE Answer to a lot of American Problems.” J.R. Bentley’s, 406 W. Abram St.   April 10: Robert Francis, editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. His topic: “Fake News: Where it Starts and How It Affects Your Life.” Legal Draft, 500 E. Division St.   May 8: Yoko Matsumoto, chief librarian for Arlington. Her topic: “The New American Library,” just in time for the opening of the new downtown library (in June). Division Brewing, 506 E. Main St.

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Here is an aerial view of the home of Ryan Gruber and Kimberly Fitzpatrick. Below is a photo of one of the many custom doors that lend a dinstinctive flair to the house.


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Join us on a tour of the dwelling of Dalworthington Gardens Mayor Kimberly Fitzpatrick and Ryan Gruber


hen Ryan Gruber and Kimberly Fitzpatrick took their first tour of the elegant estate that was on the market in the heart of Dalworthington Gardens, they were enamored with the open concept and the custom doors and windows. The other pertinent features – the two stories, the five and a half baths, the four bedrooms and the 5,779 square feet anchoring just over half an acre – were appealing, as well. So it was that, four years ago, the couple decided that this house would become their home.


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In addition to the aforementioned attributes, this house, built in 2002, also featured a pool, a media room and soaring ceilings highlighting the open floor plan.    It was ideally located on a secluded cul-de-sac populated by friendly neighbors.    It was a showplace with travertine and hand-scraped wood floors, art-textured walls and extensive crown molding.    It was ... well ... just what Gruber and Fitzpatrick were looking for as they were choosing a place to provide respite from busy, productive jobs and to be a comfortable, nurturing environment for their two daughters, Ella Fitzpatrick, now 12, and Claire Gruber, now 5.    Four years later, it is – as the photos suggest – still all that, and more.    The carved doors that so appealed to the couple when they were first considering purchasing the home invite visitors into spacious rooms. Each bedroom is en suite. The home features a first-floor master suite adjacent to a full study, three living areas, plus a craft room worthy of HGTV.    The two full staircases, front and rear, are all wood. The chef’s delight kitchen boasts a professional-grade stove, builtin refrigerator, and a spacious island. The breakfast bar opens the house into Here is a look at the gourmet kitchen, the ideal flow for entertaining. one of the three downstairs living areas    A private backyard oasis accents and the dining room. covered patios, an outdoor service bar, and the diving pool with a splashing water feature.    That, in an extended nutshell, is the home to which Gruber, co-owner of Western Data Systems, and Fitzpatrick, a partner at the law firm Harris Cook. L.L.P., and the Mayor of Dalworthington Gardens, return after busy days (and nights) at the office.    Fitzpatrick likes the fact that their home provides something special for everyone in the family.    “We love to swim with our girls in the pool while my husband barbecues,” she says. “I love to cook in the gourmet kitchen with my daughters, especially on the holidays.”    When they’re not entertaining each other, Gruber and Fitzpatrick are frequently entertaining guests – that goes with the territory when one of your desks is located in the Mayor’s office. Fitzpatrick was elected to the post in her hometown last year, meaning that in addition to heading Harris Cook’s Arlington office by day, she also would be host to many • September 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


Kimberly Fitzpatrick and Ryan Gruber say they were drawn to the doors and windows when they first laid eyes on their home. Here are six examples of rooms that provide exquisite views of the world outside – all while representing impressive architectural statements at the same time.

an evening gathering related to her “other” job by night. “We use the home to host many events,” Fitzpatrick says. “We host a large Christmas party to coincide with DWG’s Santa parade, and we host a Halloween party each year.”    At practically every social event, visitors comment on the same things that drew Gruber and Fitzpatrick to their dwelling in the first place. “They always mention the open concept,” she says. “It’s very open when you walk in the entry because of the vaulted ceilings. And they always comment on the doors.”    A photo at the start of this story shows an aerial view of the home and represents a snapshot of what Gruber and Fitzpatrick consider to be an ideal location. It’s handy to get to roadways that lead 32

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Inside and outside, the home of Ryan Gruber and Kimberly Fitzpatrick features amenities that make the dwelling both comfortable and attractive.

to Gruber’s place of employ (Western Data Systems has its office in Southlake), and Fitzpatrick is just a short drive away from both her main office in Arlington and Harris Cook’s other offices in the Metroplex. Plus, the home is a virtual stone’s throw from the DWG City Hall.    Better yet, Fitzpatrick says, are the people who live nearby. “We have a wonderful neighborhood with very thoughtful neighbors,”

Fitzpatrick says. “Everybody looks out for one another.”    All in all, she says, the choice she and Ryan made four years ago was the right one. “This home is where our youngest daughter learned to swim,” she says. “She’s fearless jumping off the diving board. This home always will be dear to me because this is where I ran for Mayor. My neighbors rallied for me. The gourmet kitchen has hosted so many wonderful get-togethers and parties with friends.”



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Center, is the world’s largest celebration of simplicity. The Jamboree plays host to the latest and greatest in tiny houses, simple living, and sustainability across the nation.    Whether you’re a tiny house owner, enthusiast, or just curious about the movement, the jamboree will give you an opportunity to enjoy hands-on activities, entertainment, workshops, education and more, including a chance to look at some really interesting dwellings.    For more:


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Today magazine, Ebby Halliday in general and Ebby REALTORS ® Linda Magazzine and Michael Cunningham in particular earned the top awards for their outstanding service to clients looking to purchase a home.    Ebby Halliday has served the Metroplex for more than seven decades and is now a household name. Magazzine and Cunningham have a combined 58 years in the industry.    The former was Ebby Halliday’s top individual or group producer for the Arlington office since 2002. The latter has, likewise, been among the company’s more successful producers, using a twopronged approach to success: know the customer and know the market.    All Ebby agents are knowledgeable on the current market, which enables them to inform their clients wisely and efficiently.    For more:

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Sweet sounds and sights (and sighs) food pickups and picnics in the park – aren’t s if living in a 2,000-acre masterplan A community teeming with wildlife, five just for residents, residents don’t have to go major lakes, 500 acres of open space and an additional 500 acres of lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands wasn’t alluring enough, Viridian also features an array of regularly scheduled fun activities for its growing roster of residents.    OK, technically, many of the activities – such as the summer concert series, fresh

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Spotlight on Seniors

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tatistically speaking, more than 17 percent of the Arlington population is 55 years old or older, per data provided by That’s more than 63,000 residents who represent the “senior citizen” niche that local service providers and city organizations will serve this year in some capacity. Here are some of the better ways those needs are being met. Comprehensive hearing health care services A hearing evaluation may be necessary for many reasons: ringing in the ears, identifying or ruling out hearing loss, or learning what new technology is available. Audiologists Dr. Lisa B. Fell and Dr. Kristin Robbins at Audiology Experts will identify your situation and tailor the appointment to address those needs.    Insurance verification is completed prior to your appointment. Spouses, adult children, and/or significant others are encouraged to attend the appointment because hearing loss has an impact on daily communication.    When the test is complete, the audiologist explains the findings and makes appropriate recommendations. Drs. Fell and Robbins make a point to include your physician in the process by forwarding your results and any recommendation made. Upon leaving the office, you are equipped with a better understanding of your hearing 42

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circumstances, and you have a plan for protecting and managing your situation as needed.    Audiology Experts also offers these services: providers for many insurance carriers for diagnostic testing and hearing aids; Cerumen removal (ear wax cleaning); Tinnitus evaluations and consultations; access to hearing aid manufacturers with the latest in technology; competitive pricing and a 30-day adjustment period for hearing aids; financing options; an expert Hearing Care package that is available for care and maintenance for keeping the devices at optimum performance; hearing aid batteries, supplies, and assistive listening devices; custom ear molds and hearing protection; musician’s earplugs; sleep molds; and swim plugs.    For more: Connecting the dots between sleep and heart issues Heart and Sleep Clinics of America is devoted to addressing the connection between sleep disorders and heart disease.    Dr. Atif Sohail is a board-certified cardiologist, providing comprehensive and state-of-the-art services, including testing and treatment of cardiovascular disease and disorders in Arlington and nearby cities for more than 11 years. His research has revealed a potential connection between sleep apnea (and other sleep disorders) and

health issues, including acute heart attack, stroke, unstable blood pressure, irregular heart rhythm, congestive heart failure and sudden death.    For more: Help for that aching back Few things are more disruptive to a person’s normal daily routine than back pain, a common occurrence among senior adults. Dr. Kenyon Godwin and the team at Active Family Wellness Center have the skills, knowledge and training needed to get patients back on their feet and back to their normal lives.    Active Family Wellness Center also offers chiropractic care, rehabilitation, treatment of scoliosis, spinal decompression and weight loss services for senior adults.    For more: No pain, plenty of gain Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital offers a simple-to-complete hip and knee assessment that helps participants quantify how joint pain is affecting their quality of life, assess how well their knee or hip joints are functioning, and receive recommendations for follow-up steps.    The assessment takes into account the patient’s age, size and medical history, determines the state of the two important joints based on a series of health questions and helps the patient address issues that are revealed during the assessment.    For more: On-the-money financial services Texas Trust Credit Union offers unique financial services for seniors and soon-to-be seniors, each designed to help members make the most of their golden years. Services include retirement planning, tax-advantage investing strategies, portfolio analysis, advice on tax-free rollovers, business retirement plans, brokerage services and professional account management.    For more: A thorough check for oral cancer In addition to helping seniors take care of routine dental needs, Dr. Nathan J Flesher DMD, offers, at every dental visit, a thorough check for oral cancer.    He also posts on his Facebook page updates on available dental technology, as well as practical, Bible-based advice to help patients live fuller, healthier lives.    For more: Better hearing = better quality of life The hearing specialists at Kos/Danchak strive to improve the quality of life for those in need of hearing health care. The practice provides comprehensive and individual hearing health care, while building long-term relationships with patients and their families

based upon honesty, integrity, and respect.    Services include complete hearing tests; earwax removal; hearing aid evaluations, selection and fittings, rehabilitation and counseling; a full line of hearing instruments; repair and service for all brands and models of hearing aids; hearing protection and swim molds; and assistive listening devices.    For more: Legal services for seniors The legal team at Harris Cook, L.L.P., can lead you through the creation of your will, durable and medical powers of attorney, physician’s directives and other important documents. For clients with straightforward needs, the firm offers these combined services for an affordable flat fee.    For clients with more involved estates, especially those that may have estate tax implications, it will be necessary to engage a financial planner, and Harris Cook partner Kimberly Fitzpatrick can work with that financial planner or recommend a CPA. This will permit the firm to create a comprehensive Estate Plan that includes wills, trusts and succession agreements.    For more: Methodist Generations – just for seniors Methodist Mansfield Medical Center’s Methodist Generations program is designed to meet the diverse needs of adults 55 and older. The hospital offers health resources, classes, companionship, and programs ranging from tai chi and yoga to the latest information on Medicare. It also offers foreign language classes, health screenings, healthy social activities, and discounts on everything from meals to membership in medical center programs that cater to seniors.    For more: (214) 947-4628. Will and probate specialists Managing your estate, no matter the size, is an important responsibility for individuals of any age. Passing on without a will (in the courtroom this is known as intestacy) can be a headache for your family, and it causes unnecessary challenges and uncertainties as your family attempts to navigate the probate process.    The will and probate attorneys at the Jim Ross Law Group offer legal counsel to secure your estate and protect your interests now and in the event that you may not be capable of doing so yourself.      For more: Effective care for sleep apnea In addition to providing conventional dental services, Pecan Park Dental also offers treatments for sleep apnea. There are several ways to treat sleep apnea. One of the options is the dental application known as Mandibular Advancement Device or the Jaw Advancing Device. These mouthpieces are made by Drs. Amy Schoening and Stephanie Bangs with the use of a mold. Not only • September 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


will the mouth guard oral appliance be used to treat sleep apnea, it is also an effective way to help you stop snoring.     For more: A new approach to apartment living for active adults Overture Highlands is an innovative approach to apartment living for the active adult whose “inner child” is all grown up – and demands the finer things in life.    Every part of Overture Highland is designed to energize and satisfy the mind, body and spirit with an array of unique amenities.    For more: Programs for active adults 55 and older Active Older Adults, SilverSneakers and Silver&Fit are programs offered by the Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA for today’s active adults 55 and older hoping to maintain a healthy lifestyle.    YMCA family centers offer low-impact group exercise classes like Chair Yoga, Senior Cycle, SilverSneakers and Silver&Fit, and water aerobics classes that are easy on the joints and muscles. The Y also provides opportunities for seniors to socialize, as well, via events such as Lunch and Movie, Lunch and Learn, Birthday Lunches, day trips and more.    For more: A wide range of healthy programs for seniors The Arlington Parks & Recreation department offers a number of programs for active senior adults, each suited to meet specific needs

and skill and activity levels. Programs include Advanced Fitness (for particularly active adults 55 and older), Senior Exercise @ SRCE (a relaxing workout designed to reduce stress, rejuvenate and tone muscles), Parkinson’s Support and Exercise, Pilates, Strength Training, Yoga Class, and Tai Chi.    For more: Pulmonary function testing Texas Pulmonary & Critical Care Consultants provides comprehensive pulmonary function testing to help patients make more informed decisions about their health. Complete Pulmonary Function Testing includes spirometry pre/post bronchodilation, lung volumes and diffusion studies. Optional Studies include maximum inspiratory pressures, maximum expiratory pressures, maximum voluntary ventilation, pulse oximetry and ambulation oximetry. For more: Assited living with a heart The management team and staff at Brookdale’s two Arlington facilities have a common goal: to assist each family during their search for senior living – no matter what stage of the process they are in.    As a result, Brookdale residents find an experience full of friendships, activities and a way of life created to enrich the lives of others. The centers offer a number of unique amenities, including the Optimum Life program that enhances physical, emotional, purposeful, social, spiritual and intellectual development. For more: (817) 226-0500 or (817) 457-9710.



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Your hometown attorney A fourth-generation Texan, Karen Schroeder is a hometown girl who grew up in Arlington, graduated from Arlington High School in 1985 and continues to reside here with her family. Karen’s husband Brian just celebrated his 35th work anniversary with Lockheed Martin, her son Alex is a Junior at Texas A&M, and her daughter Jessica is a Junior at Martin High School. Karen enjoys being a member of: St. Barnabas United Methodist Church, the Wimbledon Garden Club, The Tarrant County Aggie Mom’s club and the MHS Orchestra Booster Club. Karen’s passion is educating clients and the public on estate planning options with a goal of equipping them with the legal tools necessary to avoid costly and time-consuming probate. Currently she is the Chair of the Tarrant County Bar Association’s People’s Law School (held April 7, 2018). Since graduating St. Mary’s University School of Law and being licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1994 to practice law, Karen has built a successful reputation as a problemsolver who serves clients’ needs with legal professionalism and a commitment to individualized attention. She believes in long-term partnerships and building relationships in the community she still lives in and loves. Come in and see why Karen is gaining your trust, one case at a time. She brings together homegrown charm and extensive legal experience.

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ost folks know that Henry Ford was the fellow who put America on wheels and ushered in what historians say was the Age of Modernization.    Ford explained it like this: “I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one – and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God’s great open spaces.”    Between 1908 and 1927 he delivered more than 16 million Tin Lizzies, aka The Model T, to middle class Americans. For the first time, they could afford to unhitch their horses and join the elite class driving around in expensive domestic and foreign hand-made vehicles. >>>

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The body of this classic car is original, but over the years the 1931 Model A has undergone a variety of “upgrades,” not the least of which is the addition of a 350-cubic-inch, V-8 chromedout engine producing 325 horsepower. • September 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


Eighteen years later, however, competitors had caught up with Ford’s mass production methods, and his dominance was waning as General Motors and others offered new features on their cars that Henry thought unnecessary.    Although there are various versions of the transformation that resulted in a new Ford model, it was Henry Ford’s son, Edsel, who pressed ahead with plans to deal with the changing market.    By 1928 the modernized Model A was rolling off the assembly lines and into the hands of a new generation of buyers. Offering a price as low as $385, Ford sold a million of the new cars in its first year.    Production of the Model A ended in 1932 after almost 5 million had been made in nine body styles and colors across the spectrum. You could get deluxe, special, sport and standard coupes, a panel truck, deluxe pick-up trucks, and roadsters in standard, deluxe, sport, and pick-up varieties.    Mail trucks and taxi versions opened up the commercial market, and Ford’s legacy was assured for all time.    Today you find these iconic vehicles in styles from those restored to their original, showroom correct versions to all manner of conversions, resto rods, hot rods and racers. The one in this month’s feature, a 1931 Model A, is among the classic car collection belonging to John and Barbara Foster of Arlington and is as nice an example of a well done, stylish transformation as you will find anywhere.    It’s powered with something Henry Ford could never have imagined fitting under the hood – a 350 cubic inch V-8 chromed out engine producing 325 horsepower.    In an obvious understatement, that’s considerably more than its original eight-cylinder motor delivering all of 65 HP.    Now it has an automatic transmission – something else you couldn’t get in 1931 – along with power disk brakes, a tilt steering wheel, turn signals, dual wind wings and pin stripping.    Henry’s cars offered a tilt up windshield so you could get some air flow going to comfort the driver and passengers. This car’s window will tilt open, too, but it is not likely to be used as there is custom, indash air conditioning with vents to direct cool air all around.    And, you can’t miss the American racing wheels along with matching flame-embossed seats, door panels and headliner and vinyl top.    Dan Fernandez, who takes care of the Foster collection, summed it up this way: “The body under the paint is all original, but it’s about the only thing that is. All the rest makes it a one-of-a kind, bringing the 86-year-old into a whole new life span.”    While Henry Ford felt the new features on other models of the early 1930s were unnecessary, even he would have to stand in some degree of amazement at what is being done now with his legendary vehicle.


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ceaseless commitment to client service excellence.” At Park Place Motorcars Arlington, this is more than just a “catch phrase.” It is the company’s pledge. Almost 30 years ago, Park Place started with a mission statement inspired by clients’ satisfaction and driven by the company’s core values. That mission - to provide extraordinary ownership experiences for clients - is Park Place Motorcars’ passion and its purpose.    The team at Park Place strives day-in and day-out to exceed expectations from the moment you walk into any Park Place showroom, throughout the life of your vehicle and beyond.    Park Place Motorcars team members pro-actively take opportunities to WOW clients at a friendly, inviting work and dealership environment by genuinely caring for others.    The people in the showroom and in the service department are bright, talented and passionate. Unique education programs, member appreciation and team building events cultivate an atmosphere of success and positivity that inspires Park Place to continue delivering the client-focused experiences that have earned the dealership a reputation as one of the premier luxury dealer groups in the country.


he team at BMW of Arlington is devoted to a single goal: exceeding customer expectations in every way. From the moment you step foot into the showroom, which has the latest BMW 328i, 528i, X5, X3, and 320i models, the sales staff at BMW of Arlington will assist you in finding a new or pre-owned BMW, or a used car in Arlington, that is a perfect fit for your driving needs.    Once you drive your new car away from the dealership, BMW of Arlington continues to take efforts that will ensure your new or used BMW provides peak performance and that you get as much good use out of it as possible.    That’s why the dealership has an expertly staffed car service and repair center at the Arlington location. If you buy or lease a car from BMW of Arlington, you can expect to get high-quality maintenance with certified BMW parts that you can also purchase to do your own repairs.    You can also expect the same quality and great customer service from the team of BMW lease and loan specialists, who are trained to make – and dedicated to making – the car financing process a pleasurable experience, while working hard to meet your financial needs.

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THE ROAD WARRIOR Samantha Reich has visited 36 countries so far – and she hasn’t even turned 25 yet


ince her graduation from Lamar High School’s IB program less than a half decade ago, Samantha Reich has managed trips to Italy, Germany, France and Switzerland. And the Bahamas, Mexico, Canada, Slovakia and New Zealand. And Spain, Portugal, Vatican City State and Luxumborg.    Oh, yeah, and Australia, Ireland, Scotland and Morocco ...    There’s an ellipses concluding the preceding sentence for a reason. The fact is: Reich, who is currently a student at Richmond, the American International University in London, has been to 36 countries – and counting. Even as she was participating in the interview for this story, she was packing her bags for a journey to Iceland. It’s nice there this time of year, she has been told.    Reich’s name might be familiar, given that she is the daughter of Dr. Aaron Reich, the president of the Arlington ISD board of trustees. Like her father, she is invested in the education process – especially that which affords her the opportunity to see new sites and meet new people. “I travel for the unique experiences, the amazing people that I meet everywhere, the accelerated learning and challenge that comes with being thrust into new and foreign situations,

Here Samantha Reich is pictured hiking/climbing a gorge in Indonesia in August of 2016.

with change, and yes, of course, all of that accompanied with an opportunity to see some of the world’s many wonders (famous and not),” she says. “I appreciate the chance to visit so many famous places, but they are hardly ever the highlights of my journey.”    Those come away from the beaten path, with people not accustomed to the limelight. For example, her travel highlight list includes:    • Turning 21 at a surf camp in the Phillipines. “It was a small island, and I made really good friends with some of the locals,” she says.

Reich takes in the view on a fjord tour aboard a boat in Bergen, Norway. Right, she enjoys the recent Santa Fe International Folk Art Market with her parents.

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• Road tripping with friends in New Zealand to watch the All Blacks, the country’s most prominent team, play rugby – “and perform the traditional Maori Haka!” (for which team is famous).    • Hiking the Sucha Bela canyon in Slovensky Raj, Slovakia, with her mother.    • Scuba diving on a liveaboard boat for several days in the Great Barrier Reef.    • Rock climbing on Railay Beach in Thailand. “Unbelievable natural beauty,” she says. “You can scale limestone cliffs that are jutting out of the water.”    • Celebrating the 5th of November/Guy Fawke’s Day in London each year. “It is actually legal to shoot off fireworks in the city there,” she says, “so you end up having the entire horizon filled with fireworks being set off by millions of people all over the city.” THE LIST IS LONGER than that, but suffice it to say that Reich has experienced her fair share of international adventures. And someday, she’ll reach her 25th birthday.    Not surprisingly, Reich has passions of various sorts that serve as inspirations for her travels.    “I am obsessed with foreign languages,” she says. “I took Spanish in high school and have continued to use that, while I am currently learning Russian (admittedly tricky - it’s very different from English!). I hope to master a variety of other languages, including French.”    She loves talking to strangers, which is good considering that she usually travels alone. She also leaves behind commonly held notions about places and people.    “I have learned that, despite what mainstream media and other socialization might have you believe, most people in the world are ‘good,’” she says. “Most people are very trustworthy and love to feel helpful.”    WHILE SHE DOESN’T necessarily seek traditional vacation spots, she has seen her fair share. Her list of favorites includes:    • Angkor Wat in Cambodia. “It was incredible to see how nature was taking back over the temple complexes,” she says. “Ta Prohm was my favorite temple, as it was the most visibly and dramatically reclaimed.”    • The Holocaust museum and memorial in Berlin. “And Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, where some of my Jewish ancestors were killed,” she says. “It was very moving.”    • Westminster Abbey in London. “The architecture, the history, and all of the famous figures buried there is mind-blowing,” she says. “Kings and queens, scientists, philosophers, artists, poets,

“I HAVE LEARNED that, despite what mainstream media and other socialization might have you believe, most people in the world are ‘good.’ Most people are very trustworthy and love to feel helpful.”

Among Samantha Reich’s many memorable journeys was this one, depicted in this 2016 photo as she stands on the steps of the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. • September 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


inventors and writers – everyone from Charles Darwin to Charles Dickens.”    Reich says that while the famous sites are memorable, they’re not the focus of her ventures. “I don’t travel to check things off of a list or to bolster my reputation,” she says. “I travel for the greater cultural understanding fostered. I want to make a positive contribution to the world, and being exposed to the reality of life in different places allows me great insight into how/where I might be able Here’s one more shot of Samantha Reich making her way though the to do that.” Indonesian gorge.    One journey that could help in the definition process hasn’t occurred yet.    “Next,” she says, “I would love to visit the Pyramids in Egypt or    That is, when she’s not working on various other passion-rooted some of the many significant sites of Abrahamic religions scattered endeavors. “I love the arts and am a filmmaker, composer/performthroughout the [region].“ er of music, and writer,” she says. “I love learning about the world    Until that time, and not long after she returns from the Iceland through traveling and research and would love to make art in some trip, Reich will return to the university, where she is working on a context of activism after I graduate. Installations? Narrative filmBA degree in International Journalism and Media with a minor in making? Underground movements? Who knows?” Sociology.    In any case, Samantha Reich will be well qualified.

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Mayor Jeff Williams addresses the crowd during the dedication ceremony.

The new monument greets east-bound travelers as they enter the city on I-30.

Dignitaries participate in the official ribbon cutting. Photo: MPAC Arlington


Snapshots from the dedication ceremony for the Interstate 30 Gateway Monument, from the recent MPAC Arlington planning meeting and from the August ShowOutDFW presentation

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The board of directors for MPAC Arlington, Inc., the all-women political action committee, met recently to plan programs for the coming year. They are: On left, top to bottom, Donna Reinsch, Judy Northup, Laura Capik and Eliza Hatton. On right, top to bottom, Jane Wright, Linda Black, Cheryl Harris and Donna Darovich.

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Mansfield’s Feed the Kids program gives local youth better lives • By Amanda Rogers

Over the past decade, Mansfield’s Feed the Kids for Summer program has distributed more than 66,000 bags of food to local youngsters.


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ust before 6 p.m., the temperature still hovers in the 90s. Inside the big metal warehouse, the air is even hotter and more stifling after a day of cooking under the Texas sun. A big fan stirs the air as almost 100 teens, retirees, children, moms and dads begin to gather.    They cluster near the roll-up door, talking quietly and greeting friends, while they eye the two rows of long tables piled with cartons of crackers, single-serving cereal boxes, fruit cups, and macaroni and cheese.    Within an hour, the food will be sorted, packed into almost 1,000 plastic bags, piled into the back of minivans and trucks and on its way to seven food pantries. The volunteers will be dripping sweat, laughing and heading to their cars, feeling good about making sure hungry kids in their community have enough to eat for another week.    Since 2007, Mansfield’s Feed the Kids for Summer has distributed more than 66,000 bags of food to local youngsters.    “No one wants to see a child go hungry,” says Suzy Herrmann, the program’s co-chair.    Driving down the wide shady streets of the fast-growing community, visitors see Mansfield’s new schools, neighborhoods full of large homes and growing retail. What people don’t see – and most can’t imagine – are the city’s hungry children.    But they are there, Herrmann says. “Mansfield spans many miles,” she says. “It’s affluent around the country club, but many people live outside that area.”    “Parents are working as hard as they can,” Herrmann says. “You Photo:s: Amanda Rogers never know when circumstances are going to change. The breadwinner gets sick. They don’t have money coming in. They don’t have money for food.”    In the 2016-2017 school year, 41 percent of the 34,402 students in the Mansfield ISD qualified for free or reduced lunches, according to Rita Denton, director of student nutrition. “Being hungry is the saddest thing a kid can experience,” Denton says.    Hungry children struggle in school, according to studies published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Pediatrics, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.    The studies found that hungry children are more likely to repeat a grade, have lower math scores, come to school late and be absent. A decade ago, Mansfield ISD counselors were reporting that students on the

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One of the keys to the success of the Feed the Kids program is the fact that volunteers, of all ages, chip in each year to help fill and deliver bags of foods to children in need.

free and reduced lunch program were coming back to school in the fall hungry after a summer without food. And their studies were suffering.    The counselors approached the Common Ground Network, a group of local churches that joined forces in the 1990s to organize Christmas gifts and back-to-school supplies for kids in need.    Feed the Kids started small, packing 2,000 bags of food in the summer of 2007. As the need and the number of bags grew, so did the number of volunteers.    This summer, 30 to 40 people showed up every Wednesday for 11 weeks to unload the food from trucks in the morning, then up to 200 came in the evening to sort and pack it.    “They lined up out the building, almost out to the street,” says Phil Stover, who co-chairs the program with Herrmann.    The food is kid-friendly, things youngsters will eat and can make without turning on the stove.    “Kids have to be able to prepare them all by themselves,” Denton says. “Most likely they are not with an adult when they are trying to prepare these things (because their parents are at work).”    While the food is free for youngsters, Common Ground has to pay. This summer’s 10,000 bags will cost the non-profit more than $60,000, all of it raised from donations.    Several summers ago, Feed the Kids started nourishing youngsters’ minds as well as their stomachs, thanks to a donation from Half Price Books. Every child who comes to the food pantries can also select a book to keep. This year, the program handed out more than 3,000 volumes, including novels, Spanish-language and picture books.    Feed the Kids wrapped up its 11th summer Aug. 9, but the program isn’t done for the year. In 2016, the project went year-round with the addition of the Backpack Program.    Friends Kay Klenzendorf and Shai Mitchamore began a backpack ministry in 2010, working with counselors at Mansfield schools to get food to students to take home over the weekend. On Fridays, the students would head to the counselor’s office, get the food in their back62

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packs and head to class, with none of their classmates any the wiser.    “We ran it by ourselves out of our cars,” Klenzendorf says. “We rarely met the kids, but one mother told us that without the backpacks through the Christmas holidays her kids wouldn’t have had enough to eat.”    Within a few years, they were delivering backpacks to 19 schools, up to 300 a week.    “We couldn’t really sustain it, just the two of us,” Klenzendorf says. “We needed a 501c3. I felt like God opened a door for this to go on longer than us.”    The Backpack Program runs from September through May, costing Common Ground another $25,000, also raised through donations.    Many of the volunteers who show up to help all summer stay on to help throughout the year.    Ethan Arredondo, 17, and his buddies from the Mansfield High School Key Club show up regularly to stuff packets of oatmeal and cans of tuna into white plastic sacks. He likes seeing his friends, enjoys the camaraderie with the other volunteers and believes in what they are doing.    “I like to see the impact on my community,” he says. “To survive, you need food. You have to give people food.”    Natalie Brigance of Arlington heard about Feed the Kids at her networking group, Business Ladies In Network Group (BLING), and started coming with her husband, Brad, and their 8-year-old daughter Emma.    “For our schedule, it’s a very easy time commitment,” Natalie Brigance sys. “I like doing it.”    Brad Brigance, an airline pilot, agrees.    “In 45 minutes, we load 900 bags,” he says. “It’s not a lot of effort, and it does a lot of good.”    The Backpack Program will begin on Sept. 6. Volunteers are needed to pack bags at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays (except during school holidays) at the Mansfield Cares warehouse, 150 S. 6th Ave. in Mansfield. Contributions can be sent to Common Ground, P.O. Box 1049, Mansfield, Texas, 76063, designated for Feed the Kids.

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Difference Makers

Paul Fulks stands with his creation, the Arlington Gateway Monument, following the recent dedication ceremony for the structure.

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SIGN? Paul Fulks and his design shop, 3Di Sign + Design, help turn eyes toward all manner of endeavors


ravelers routinely driving eastbound on Interstate 30 at the edge of the city over the past few months have likely noticed that there’s a new sign welcoming them to town. What they might not know is the story behind the Arlington Gateway Monument, which was officially dedicated during a ceremony last month.    Paul Fulks, president of 3Di Sign + Design, the custom design shop that crafted the monument, says the beacon creating a lot of buzz is the fruit of a collaboration between his company and the city of Arlington that was born years ago.    “3Di Sign + Design has a long-standing working relationship with the City of Arlington,” Fulks says. “We’ve worked extensively within the boundaries of Arlington making a positive impact on municipal, education, business, non-profit and multifamily projects. As a custom shop, we are known for our creativity and ability to help our clients with numerous aspects of large projects with a high level of design goals. In the case of the Arlington Gateway Monument sign, we were chosen for our expertise in lighting, logos and lettering to maximize the “wow factor” of the sign. We worked closely with all of the organizations involved and walked proudly, side by side, with the Parks and Recreation and City of Arlington teams to the finish line.” 64

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   As the photo above shows, the Gateway Monument combines the city’s newest logo perched on letters that spell out “Arlington” – all atop a solid base that sits just a few feet from the Randol Mill Park pond and fountain.    Fulks was a logical choice to conceive and create the impressive work. He has been in the sign business for 30-plus years and, as president of 3Di Sign + Design for more than two decades, has been a principal in all manner of marketing projects in Arlington. His company’s expertise was already on display all around town, so when time came to create something with the aforementioned “wow factor” on the western edge of the I-30 corridor, 3Di Sign + Design got the call.    “From Conception to Creation is our tag line, and it truly represents our commitment to the life of each project,” Fulks says. “I’ve worked hard to make our company the leader in custom design direction, progressive materials selection, cutting edge lighting solutions and overall sign engineering. I’m blessed that my mind sees images and structures in three dimensions so I can stretch the imagination and redefine what is possible.”    That kind of creativity isn’t confined to Fulks’ office, however. He says he is fortunate to head a team that is always evolving as it continues to search for the right combination of talent, creativ-

Notable projects by 3Di Sign  +  Design (Hither and yon) ity and work ethic. Currently, there are 14 team members in the company’s Design, Sales & Operations departments.    “3Di is special because of our family/team,” Fulks says. “Our morning staff meetings are not only about updates and status reports on our projects, but I use this time to stress to my employees the importance of being an upstanding citizen and a participant in our community, where morals and values are of the utmost importance. We have an open dialogue policy, and my availability to my team is a priority – whether it be work-related or of a personal nature – they know I am there for them. We do work hard, but we also enjoy working together.”    Works by 3Di Sign + Design run the gamut – main ID signs, office signs, office hour signs, building signs, unit number signs, municipal signs, church signs and school signs. In addition to contracting on many local projects (four are on display in the box to the right), the company takes on jobs all across the nation.    “The Cosmopolitan in Corpus Christi (also pictured to the right) is a new favorite,” Fulks says. “The client asked us to make it look like Miami, and I really think we took it over the top. The Arlington Gateway sign is also a favorite, due to my passion for the City of Arlington. It is a great feeling driving past it!”    Fulks admits that he has a special place in his heart for his current hometown. After moving here from the Midwest, he was quickly embraced by the locals, something that wasn’t lost on him as he began the Texas part of his career and quickly became invested in all things Arlington. He is a regular at many local civic and social events, most recently the dedication ceremony of his company’s Gateway Monument.    “Being a transplant from Southern Ohio, the community has embraced me as one of their own, and I will never be able to repay Arlington and its citizens for that great blessing,” he says. “I really enjoy ‘giving back’ to our community, and hope that I can continue to do so for many years to come.”    He and his 3Di Sign + Design teammates will get a chance to do that in the very near future. “Hopefully you will see a few more Gateway signs, and you will see our work on a few of the new awesome businesses that are about to open in Downtown and in the Entertainment District,” he says. “And I am super-excited about the new Multifamily project at UTA.”    Whatever the project, it will express the distinctive 3Di Sign + Design quality. Fulks says that doing what he does requires using a combination of skill sets and is a blend of art and science.    “The most important part of sign design is understanding the target market and the desired outcome,” he says. “We strive to exceed the expectations of our clients. Today’s society demands an ‘experience’ with every endeavor – regardless of how great your product or service may be, people want to leave with a memory. Signs play a very important role in achieving the ‘experience.’”

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Picture-perfect Moments

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Mayor Jeff Williams, former Dallas Cowboy Tony Casillas, AISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos and AISD Board President Dr. Aaron Reich

Thousands of area students received new backpacks – including these three.

Dental Health Arlington volunteers offered their services at the AISD event.


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Snapshots from Arlington ISD’s Back to School Kickoff and from Mansfield ISD’s Back to School Bash

Former Cowboy Tony Casillas addresses the crowd at the AISD Back to School Kickoff.


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Here is Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez’s exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame.


Snapshots from two important ceremonies featuring Texas Rangers legend Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez and from the groundbreaking event for Medical City Arlington Women’s Hospital

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The Texas Rangers ceremony marking the retirement of Pudge Rodriguez’s No. 7


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ITALY IS WELL KNOWN for two great desserts: Tiramisu, a coffee flavored dessert, and cannoli, a Sicilian pastry tube filled with sweetened ricotta.    A version of cannoli was believed to have been brought to Palermo, Sicily, when it was invaded by the Arabs in 831. Cannoli became popular at Carnivale festivities, which is like a Sicilian Mardi Gras. Sicily is known for its candied fruit and Bronte pistachios, both of which are often used in cannoli fillings. This iconic dessert is now a staple of Sicilian cuisine and is enjoyed around the world. Sicilian Cannoli Ingredients – Shells; 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour; 2 tablespoons powdered sugar; 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder; 1/2 teaspoon coffee grounds or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; 1/2 teaspoon fine salt; 1 whole egg plus 1 egg separated (egg white lightly beaten); 2 tablespoons butter or shortening; 2 tablespoons Marsala wine; 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar; 1 to 2 tablespoons water; Canola oil for frying. Method: Shells – In a small bowl, combine the whole egg, egg yolk, vinegar, Marsala wine and the water. Set aside. In a food processor, combine the flour, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, coffee grounds (or cinnamon) and salt. Pulse a few seconds. Add the shortening and mix well. Add the egg mixture and pulse until the dough forms into a ball. If the mixture is too dry add extra water, a teaspoon at a time. Remove the dough ball, flatten into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Heat the oil to 375°F in a deep fat fryer or a heavy pot.    On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into four pieces. Shape each piece into a rectangle to facilitate running through a pasta machine set to the thickest setting. Working with one piece of dough at a time (keep the rest covered in the plastic), roll out the dough, dusting with a little flour if the dough becomes too sticky. Turn down the dial and feed the dough through the machine again. Repeat until the dough is about a 1/16” thick. Place the rolled out dough onto a floured surface. Use a floured 4” cookie cutter to cut out the rounds. Keep the rounds covered with plastic wrap. Wrap dough around a cannoli tube, overlapping the ends. Brush the one side of the overlap with beaten egg white and stick together. Fry the shells, a few at a time, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

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hanks to an innovative new medical center, athletes and weekend warriors across North Texas will have access to orthopedic surgeons, rehabilitation for injuries, and performance training – in one convenient location. Sideline Orthopedics and Sports, Texas Health Sports Medicine, and Athlete Training and Health (ATH) are collaborating on the facility to provide care for athletes from the moment of injury to the moment they return to play and beyond.    The facility will have onsite orthopedic specialists, rehabilitation services and performance training for athletes of all levels.    “Texas Health is continually looking for opportunities to enhance the services we provide to our community,” says Brett McClung, executive vice president and chief of north zone operations. “This model of care allows us to Photo: Texas Health Sports Medicine meet our consumers where they are and be a reliable resource through their journey.”      ATH occupies 15,000 of the 25,000-square-foot facility, located at 4401 Park Springs Blvd., near Interstate 20 Frontage Road and Park Springs. Texas Health Sports Medicine, which is slated to open later this fall, will occupy the remaining 10,000 square feet inside the facility.    “We’re excited about the improved coordination of care this comprehensive sports center allows us to provide for athletes,” says Blake Kretz, president at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. “This collaboration demonstrates our commitment to elevating the level of care for sports related injuries in one convenient package.”    “We are committed to motivating athletes to be the best version of themselves possible,” says Eric Kluft, vice president of Performance Administration at ATH. “Collaborating with Texas Health Sports Medicine gives us an opportunity to help athletes return to a level of performance necessary to play or enhance their abilities.” 74

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   Each year, individuals make more than 2.6 million emergency room visits for sports and recreation-related injuries. As baby boomers and other generations stay more active, the number sports of athletes of all skill levels is expected to continue to rise. As these numbers grow, so does the need for access to highly skilled caregivers and trainers dedicated to returning healthy athletes to play.    Texas Health has been a leader in injury prevention, research and providing high-quality care to North Texas athletes for 15 years.    Operating as a department of Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, Texas Health Sports Medicine rehabilitation team and Dr. Lindsey Dietrich are available to individual athletes of all levels as well as teams, organizations, active adults returning to an optimal playing level.    ATH combines performance training for athletes of all levels – from youth to pro as well as active adults- with advanced wellness and sports medicine. ATH’s elite coaches, combined with the physicians and rehabilitation team at Texas Health Sports Medicine, help athletes achieve their goals using data and science in a fun, athletic environment.    Dr. Dietrich, orthopedic surgeon at Sideline Orthopedics and Sports and a member of the medical staff at Texas Health Arlington Memorial, says the facility will be a boon to the area. “Being located on-site with rehabilitation and performance improvement services reassures me that the athletes I care for have direct access to high-quality services that will help them return to what they love doing most,” says Dr. Dietrich. “It’s about their well-being and seeing them through the entire process.”    For more:


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Your resource for entertainment options in and around Arlington Notes: This month’s featured performers/performances include Who’s Bad: A Tribute to Michael Jackson (Sept. 15), T.G Sheppard (Sept. 16), Charlie Pride (Sept. 22), Johnny Lee (Sept. 23) and The Four Freshmen (Sept. 29) For more:

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ACCLAIMED ORGANIST Christopher Houlihan will perform a rare recital at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 at Arlington’s St. Mark’s Anglican Church (2024 S. Collins St). This special event celebrates the 10th anniversary of St. Mark’s Casavant Frères organ. Admission is free.    Houlihan’s recital will feature the music of J.S. Bach, which Houlihan recorded for his critically acclaimed CD, “Christopher Houlihan plays Bach” (Azica). American Record Guide extolled, “There is no denying Houlihan’s extraordinary achievement in this, his first all-Bach recording.”    For more:

MUSIC: Concerts at Levitt Pavilion When: Sept. 1-3, 8-10, 14-17, 23, 29-30 Where: Levitt Pavilion (100 W. Abram St.) Show times: Check website Notes: Featured performers/performances this month include Brave Combo (Sept. 1), Bob Schneider (Sept. 2), The Hillbenders present Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry (Sept. 3), The Roosevelts (Sept. 8), Deryl Dodd (Sept. 9), Alex Cuba (Sept. 10), Josh Weathers Band (Sept. 14), Blue Water Highway (Sept. 15), The Rankin Twins (Sept. 16), The Tejas Brothers (Sept. 17), Starship featuring Mickey Thomas and headliner Kansas (Sept. 23 in a ticketed concert), Grady Spencer (Sept. 29) and Rob Baird (Sept. 3). For more: 76

COMEDY: Open Mic Night When: Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26 Where: Improv Comedy Theater & Restaurant (309 Curtis Mathes Way, #147) Show times: 7 p.m. Notes: If you’ve ever dreamed of being a standup comic, here’s the place to show off your talents. For more: TRIVIA: Trivia Night with the Pub Guys When: Sept. 6, 13, 20 Where: World of Beer (5005 S. Cooper St.) Show times: 7-9 p.m. Notes: Bring your smart friends for the answers to the questions and your rich friends for the tab. For more:

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MUSIC: Sturgill Simpson When: Sept. 8 Where: Verizon Theatre (1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie) Show times: 8 p.m. Notes: Simpson, a 2017 Grammy Award winner, has emerged as one of music’s more inspired artists. Each of Simpson’s three solo albums explores different elements of American music history (bluegrass, country, rock, R&B, soul) and push his work beyond expectations and musical boundaries. For more: MUSIC: Concerts at Arlington Music Hall When: Sept. 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 Where: Arlington Music Hall (224 N. Center St.) Show times: 7:30 p.m.

THEATER: Bus Stop When: Sept. 22 - Oct. 22 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: In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and it appears the weary travelers are stuck with each other until morning, and it is during this time that the audience is introduced to an array of intriguing characters and situations, both sentimental and charmingly funny. For more: MUSIC: An Evening with Smokey Robinson When: Sept. 29 Where: Verizon Theatre (1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie) Show times: 7 p.m. Notes: Singer/songwriter/producer Smokey Robinson has crafted a virtually unrivaled career that has spanned more than five decades. The Motown legend’s forthcoming ROBSO Records CD, “Time Flies When You’re Having Fun,” is just the latest triumph for this iconic music maker. For more:


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Recalling a special time with a special player: Rangers Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez • By John Rhadigan


he dream began on a tiny island in the Caribbean. It culminated in a tiny town in upstate New York. It was the dream of a boy so tiny that he once hung from a rope, hoping to grow as tall as the other boys. Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez shared that heart wrenching, intimate detail of his childhood as he stood tall on baseball’s biggest stage.    Legend has it that baseball was invented in Cooperstown, N.Y. The truth is that someone wisely built the National Baseball Hall of Fame there My Hall of Fame week with Pudge Rodriguez included a in 1939, during the Great Depression, in round of golf. hopes of rekindling economic prosperity in this once bustling resort town.    So many from Arlington found ourselves in Cooperstown the last week in July to celebrate. We celebrated baseball. We celebrated summer. But, most of all, we celebrated the first player born and raised a Texas Ranger to be enshrined. Pudge is just the second catcher ever to make it in on the first ballot.    If all you saw was the ceremony you may have gotten the sense that this was a very formal affair. Actually, the ceremony is formal, but the week was nothing but fun. And since your favorite reporter was there, let me share with you how much fun.    Everywhere you turn on induction weekend you see a Hall of Famer. This is a town of just 1,800 permanent residents, so there is nowhere to hide. If a Hall of Famer is there you are bound to see him roaming the streets, in a restaurant, or, like I did, at church on Sunday morning. The Priest couldn’t contain his enthusiasm about taking a selfie with Mike Piazza, who attended Mass, and the gifts were presented by the Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred and his wife.    Even Pudge was amazed at how many Hall of Famers he saw. Especially on the golf course. It is called Leatherstocking Golf Course, and it is part of the Otesaga resort in Cooperstown. Pudge played it sev-


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eral times; I played it once. After we finished our interview on Friday morning Pudge said, “John, I would like you to join me for golf.”    I demurred and said that I had to work, but Pudge insisted, so I agreed to play and then heard this sentence from Pudge to one of the caddies: “Get John a set of rental clubs, a glove and some balls and put it on my cart.”    The Caddy asked, “OK, who are you playing with?”    Pudge replied, “Tim Raines.”    So that is two guys being inducted into the Hall of Fame and me?!? How can this be? If my playing partners weren’t enough to make me nervous, this is the first time I have played when there was a gallery. Autograph seekers lined many tee boxes. I know this is a bad swing, but it crossed my mind that I am very capable of slicing one right into the crowd of well wishers. Thankfully, I never did, largely because I teed off last, so by the time I was hitting the crowd was more interested in autographs than in what I was doing.    Pudge and Tim signed hundreds of them. They joked with the fans, and I even saw both of them sign one young fan’s forehead. His mom was nearby and gave the OK. Two months later I wonder if the young man has washed Photo courtesy of John Rhadigan his face.    I know this: It has been hard to get the smile off my face. I am so proud of Pudge, so glad that I got to cover his entire career, so blessed to have been a part of his dream weekend in Cooperstown, New York.

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A night with Lou Diamond Phillips

THE UTA MAVERICK Speaker Series will feature “An Evening with Lou Diamond Phillips” at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 in Texas Hall.    Lou Diamond Phillips, a University of Texas at Arlington alumnus, has enjoyed great success as an actor, director, writer, and producer across platforms including feature films, television, and theater.    Born in the Philippines, he was raised in Texas and graduated from UTA in 1985 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater. His breakout role was as Richie Valens in “La Bamba.”    For more:

SEPT. 1 - DEC. 31 What: Donray Traveling Exhibits Where: Arlington Museum of Art (201 W. Main St.) When: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on TuesdaySaturday; 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday In a nutshell: Donray’s technique captures the beauty of the natural world while commenting on the silent danger that exists out in the open, secluded space. For more: SEPT. 1-3, 8-14, 25-30 What: Texas Rangers baseball Where: Globe Life Park When: Check website for times In a nutshell: The Rangers will close the 2017 regular season by entertaining five teams this month: the Los Angeles Angels (Sept. 1-3), the New York Yankees (Sept. 8-10), the Seattle Mariners (Sept. 80

11-14), the Houston Astros (Sept. 25-27) and the Oakland A’s (Sept. 28-30). For more: SEPT. 2 What: Animal Exploration Where: River Legacy Living Science Center When: 2 - 2:45 p.m. In a nutshell: Visitors can discover the habits and adaptations of a native animal during a live animal observation with a River Legacy Naturalist. This event is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP to (817) 860-6752. For more: SEPT. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30 What: Planetarium Shows Where: The Planetarium at the University of Texas at Arlington (700 Planetarium Place)

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SEPT. 10 What: Dallas Cowboys football Where: AT&T Stadium When: Check website for game time. In a nutshell: The Cowboys will have one home game this month, hosting the New York Giants. For more: Photo:

When: Check website for show times. In a nutshell: Featured shows include “Back to the Moon for Good,” “One World One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure,” “Secret of the Cardboard Rocket,” “Phantom of the Universe,” “Spacepark 360: Infinity” and “Pink Floyd.” For more: SEPT. 2, 23 What: NCAA football Where: AT&T Stadium When: Check website for game times. In a nutshell: National football powers Florida and Michigan will battle in the annual AdvoCare Classic on Sept. 2. Then, on Sept. 23, Southeastern Conference rivals Arkansas and Texas A&M will play in the Southwest Classic. For more:

SEPT. 14-16, 22-23 What: UTA Volleyball Where: College Park Center When: Check website for times. In a nutshell: The UTA women’s volleyball team will host the Maverick Classic on Sept. 14-16. Then, the Mavericks will play Troy on Sept. 22 and South Alabama on Sept. 23. For more: SEPT. 21 What: The Chamber of Stars annual meeting and awards dinner Where: Arlington Convention Center (1200 Ballpark Way) When: 5:30 - 9 p.m. In a nutshell: This event features nationally known speakers, release of the Chamber’s Annual Report, recognition of community leaders, announcement of the “Star” Award recipient, as well as inductees into the Arlington Business Hall of Fame. For more:


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A parting salute to Jamie Sullins, a consummate role model of public service • By Richard Greene


ometimes a city becomes the beneficiary of the selfless service of someone so committed to helping others that the whole community is lifted in ways that otherwise would not have happened.    Such was Arlington’s very good fortune when Jamie Sullins stepped up to the challenge of raising the performance of the city’s public schools to new heights.    Emerging from her role as president of the Lamar High School PTA more than 10 years ago and continuing to the present time as a three-term member of the Arlington School Board, Jamie had one relentless focus: providing the opportunity for the success of every child.    Recognizing the need for new facilities and vital resources to support the mission of preparing students for life after high school, she has been instrumental in designing and promoting two major capital improvement programs putting more than $860 million to work for the 63,000 children in Arlington’s public schools.    Today there are 100 projects taking place across virtually every campus in the city, all with the single focus of educating those students for a promising future.    During Jamie’s leadership as president of the board and with the full support of her fellow board members working with Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, they have made it possible for college-bound students to get a head start through the collegiate high school program.    That innovative initiative brought national recognition – this year, U.S. News and World Report designated AISD among the best school districts in the country.    But, what about those students who are not college bound?    Jamie’s passion to see that jobs were waiting for them, too, led to the development of the new career and technical center that opened at the start of this school year. Already, there are almost 5,000 students enrolled in the 17 new career programs and those of the companion agricultural science center.    All of this is directly supportive of the ambitious goal of having 100 percent of the district’s students exceptionally prepared for college, career and citizenship.    Fellow board member John Hibbs sums up Jamie’s contributions in an appropriate manner. “She was an absolute incredible volunteer before her election,” Hibbs says, “and her resolve to 82

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