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Vol. 6, No. 8: Section One | Neighborhood News | Community Calendar and Food Guide | Local Arts | Opinions

COMMUNITY NEWS Fine arts festival at Reverchon

MCKINNEY AVENUE

Trolley line has been on track for 30 years

By David Mullen david@katytrailweekly.com Phil Cobb had a brainstorm. He wanted to bring heritage trolley cars back to the streets of Dallas, after an initial run had been shuddered decades before and replaced by buses, and later, light rail. And after 30 years, his dream keeps growing and keeps on rolling. An investor and restaurateur, Cobb started the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority (MATA) in 1983. The first trolleys began to serve Oak Lawn (now Uptown) in 1987. MATA is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a yearlong calendar of events. A native of Toledo, Ohio, Cobb went to college at Ohio State University. He set out to be an engineer but eventually turned his field of study to business. He got a degree in marketing and relocated to Dallas in 1966. “I moved down here because when I visited, I had never seen so many pretty women,” Cobb said. “Plus, they had this new football team [The Dallas Cowboys].” With his partner Gene Street, they started Prufrock Restaurants and opened J. Alfred’s (which later became the Wine Press), Dixie House, SRO and a number of other bars and restaurants in Dallas. In 1975, they opened the iconic diner concept Black-eyed Pea, which had grown to 45 locations before they sold the restaurants. “I remember people coming into my restaurant [Crawdaddy’s on McKinney Avenue] measuring the TROLLEY cont'd on page 10

Starting Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Gather Kitchen Preston Center at 6134 Luther Lane is offering a Saturday brunch complete with GATHER KITCHEN brunch staples like salmon Benedict, Waffle BLT, skillet hash, chicken and waffles, homemade granola and almond milk and Gather juevos. By the way, the alcohol is free. Weekly offerings will include a Sheela Tequila mixing station, a Beat Vodka Bloody Mary bar, a sangria bar and other concoctions. – Kimber Westphall

Business breakfast series begins

Phil Cobb is all on board with the M-Line trolley.

DEDIE LEAHY

Three big events surround PCHPS Historic Home Tour

3657 Stratford Ave. is featured in the home tour. AdamsComm1@aol.com The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS) presents the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon on Wednesday, April 10 at Brook Hollow Golf Club featuring

Festivalgoers are invited to enjoy a little fun in the sun at the annual Turtle Creek Spring Fine Arts Festival at Reverchon Park at 3505 Maple Ave. on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free to attend and fun for all ages, the two-day festival features works of art from skilled artisans and craftsmen, live music performances, food trucks, children’s play areas and much more. – Caitlin Kreidler

Free booze at Saturday brunch

PARK CITIES

By Sharon Adams

TURTLE CREEK SPRING FINE ARTS FESTIVAL

PCHPS

Candace “Candy” Evans, the PCHPS Historic Home Tour on Saturday, April 13 and the Classic and Antique Car Show on Saturday, April 27. Luncheon speaker Evans is a journalist, publisher and social media entrepreneur. Widely

read by almost everyone in the industry locally and nationwide, North Texas consumers devour her daily insights on the popular local website CandysDirt.com and in Katy Trail Weekly. Tickets are on sale now and start at $150 each. The Saturday, April 13 Home Tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Home Tour tickets are $20 each if purchased in advance and $25 when purchased at the door of any home. Advance tickets are available online at pchps. org. The Saturday, April 27 Classic and Antique Car Show is free and open to the public. Operation Kindness will host an educational booth and Friends

of the University Park Public Library will host a book sale. Event registration for car owners is 8:30 a.m. Fee for car owners is $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Show opens at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Food and drinks are available. The show takes place at Burleson Park, 3000 University Blvd. Rain date is Saturday, May 4. The PCHPS annual Historic Home Tour, Distinguished Speaker Luncheon and Classic and Antique Car Show celebrate historic preservation and are designed to generate awareness of the role history and preservation play in enhancing the quality of life for everyone who lives and works in the Park Cities communities.

AL BIERNAT'S NORTH

Al Biernat’s North at 5251 Spring Valley Road hosts “Breakfast at Al’s,” a new dining program/speaker series that will take place five to six times a year. On Thursday, April 11 from 7 to 8:30 a.m., David Holl, chairman and chief executive officer for Mary Kay, Inc. will speak. KRLD’s David Johnson will moderate. Tickets are $50 per person. Reserve a spot by calling 972-239-3400 or visiting albiernatsnorth.com. – Jane Rozelle Humphrey

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NOTES FROM THE EDITOR

Just when you thought it was safe By David Mullen david@katytrailweekly.com I know that I have mentioned it before, but watching local news is mind-numbing. They all use the same formula, designed by an absentee TV news consultant no doubt. Weather always takes precedent. Imagine Lester Holt leading the “NBC Nightly News” with “World War III has started in the Middle East, but first, let’s go to Al Roker with the national forecast.” If you want to get on local TV news, make sure that you are a wrong-way driver, a security guard with a gun working for an apartment complex in South Dallas or try to rob an ATM from a convenience store. And make sure that someone is taking a video on a cellphone or that Chopper One is filming from above … Great news from the “Potholes of the Week” department. A portion of Lemmon Avenue west of N. Central Expressway, informally known as

the “Back Roads of Morocco,” has finally been paved over. No reports that the project will conclude by 2028 … The Disney properties will make sweeping changes beginning Wednesday, May 1. Guests will no longer be allowed to bring stroller wagons or double jogging strollers into the parks “to ease guest flow and reduce congestion.” Disney is also saying “No ice.” Specifically, they're taking issue with loose and dry ice, which will no longer be allowed into the parks. The ice ban will “improve guest flow and ease congestion.” What happens if water gets on the paveDavid Mullen ment at Splash Mountain on a freezing cold day? And finally, no smoking will be allowed in the park, although the ban is not instituted to “ease lung congestion.” Designated smoking areas will be no more, although I bet the powers at Disney discussed making the smoking areas an “E-ticket ride.” By the way, Walt Disney smoked three packs of cigarettes a day and

died of lung cancer ... The folks at Thrillist, the website written by Millennials designed to upset those over 40, picked the top 25 places in America to spend the weekend. Texas’s lone star was Austin at number 15. They recommended eating barbeque, drinking on Rainey Street and swimming in one of the many swimming holes, which you cannot do after eating barbeque and consuming gallons of craft beer. Oakland was listed as number 10, ahead of Seattle, Denver, New York City, Washington D.C., Boston and Scottsdale and one spot ahead of Las Vegas. Oakland? I love Oakland, because I was born and raised there. And I can have a great weekend in “The Town.” But with San Francisco, which did not make the list, looming just eight miles away by BART or bridge, it is hard to avoid spending the weekend in “The City.” If you decide to go to Oakland, you had better contact me. I will tell you where to go and, more importantly, where not to go ... My “Get off of my lawn!” moment recently involved parking at Globe Life Park for Opening Day of the Texas Rangers. Despite arriving two and one-half hours before game time, I was shut out of my designated parking. We had to pay $30 for general parking.

OPINION

Numbers behind March Madness

By Joe Ruzicka

odds are about 1 in 2 million of landing just the final 16 teams. joe.c.ruzicka@gmail.com No one has won it yet. The only You probably have torn up safe bet is the Oracle of Omaha’s your March Madness bracket advice on March Madness is no by now. As we roll into the Final better than a random guess. Four weekend, I know I have. But even with these futile I was feeling pretty good chances of landing a perfect Joe Ruzicka bracket, Americans still routineabout my bracket after the first round. A couple of 12 seeds over ly fill out their office pools with five seeds correctly picked and no numconfidence and plop down a $20 bill (or ber one seeds knocked out. But then the two). According to the American Gaming Sweet 16 and the Great Eight happened. Association, the 2017 estimate of total Perennial power and the Midwest Region money wagered on March Madness was number 1 seed North Carolina lost to at $10.4 billion. Only $252 million was Auburn. Auburn then stuns blue blood bet legally at Las Vegas casinos. With the Kentucky to make the Final Four for the average wager being $29, it’s a friendly first time ever. Gonzaga, the number one office game, although some super fans seed in the West, fell to Texas Tech and the brazenly fill out two brackets. Those imRed Raiders were in their first Final Four. possible odds just double their chances of My bracket was instead in its final throes. losing. Who knew Texas Tech or Auburn were On the flip side, the fun of researchthat good? Probably only those folks who ing, examining and struggling with who attended school on the Llano Estacado to pick as your upset team is maybe (and then quickly realized they needed to worth the money spent on your bracket. move somewhere else to find a job). Even Unfortunately, your time not doing actuAuburn’s own Sir Charles Barkley was beal work may make your company a little side himself with the Tigers’ win. upset. But that is the fun of March Madness. Filling out your bracket on compaLast second shots, underdogs, and Red ny time has a fiscal consequence. A 2017 Raiders and Tigers with something to report released by outplacement firm prove. It can make or break your ofChallenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., esfice pool bracket. Mostly, it’s just break timated nearly 50 million workers spent though. enough company time filling out brackAssuming each team has a 50-50 ets to average $1.3 billion per hour in lost chance to win every game, the odds of wages. Yikes! filling out a perfect bracket are 1 in 9 quinSo go ahead America. Keep plugging tillion. That’s a nine followed by 18 zeroes! away at the impossible. Find the underdog Using mathematical models to weight team who can defeat the blue blood numteams, analysts say they can reduce the ber one programs. Win your $200 office chances to 1 in 5.74 billion. I still would pool with a 55 percent correct pick rate not bet the family farm. while tanking the companies EBITDA Billionaire Warren Buffett has taken a with your truancy. But remember that simpler approach to March Madness and even the most prolific picker of all time, one with better odds. He will reward any Buffett, is unlikely to get them all correct. of his employees who predict the Sweet 16 Joe Ruzicka is a retired Naval Aviator and with $1 million per year for the remainF-14 Tomcat RIO. He lives in Lakewood and der of his or her lifetime. Even then, the yearns for the days of Nolan Ryan fastballs. K AT Y TR AIL WEEKLY'S

CRIME WATCH March 29 – 1:56 p.m. 700 Block, McKinney Ave. (75202) Burglary of a Motor Vehicle: An unknown suspect entered the complainant’s vehicle and stole property. March 29 – 3:19 p.m. 2800 Block, Cole Ave. (75204) Theft of Property: The suspect stole the complainant’s property. March 30 – 1:08 a.m. 4500 Block, Afton St. (75219) Deadly Conduct: An unknown suspect opened fire at the complainant’s property. March 30 – 5:53 a.m. 2000 Block, N. Prairie Ave. (75204) Burglary of a Habitation: An unknown suspect entered the

complainant’s residence and stole property.

suspect stole property from a locker.

March 30 – 7:29 a.m. 4300 Block, Congress Ave. (75219) Burglary of a Motor Vehicle: An unknown suspect entered the complainant’s vehicle and stole property.

March 31 – 10:13 p.m. 2900 Block, Oak Lawn Ave. (75219) Criminal Mischief: An unknown suspect used a rock to break the complainant’s window.

March 30 – 7:48 p.m. 3700 Block, Valley Ridge Rd. (75220) Burglary of a Habitation: An unknown suspect used a sledgehammer to gain entry into the complainant’s property. March 31 – 3:12 p.m. 2700 Block, Main St. (75226) Theft of Bicycle: An unknown suspect stole the complainant’s bicycle. March 31 – 6:40 p.m. 11600 Block, Preston Rd. (75230) Theft of Property: An unknown

April 1 – 12:03 a.m. 2800 Block, McKinney Ave. (75204) Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle: The suspect stole the complainant’s vehicle. April 1 – 10:16 a.m. 1200 Block, Turtle Creek Blvd. (75207) Robbery of a Business: The suspect robbed the bank. April 1 – 2:37 p.m. 6000 Block, E. University Blvd. (75206) Aggravated Robbery of an Individual: The suspects pointed a gun at the complainant and stole money.

William "Bubba" Flint — Special Contributor

There were tons of vacant parking spaces but were not allowed to park in them because people were playing “Cornhole” (that annoying bean bag tossing game) and took up four parking spaces. There was no security around to police the activity. It was so inconsiderate and rude. I am surprised that the players took the time to remove the fobs from their ears or weren’t staring down at their iPhones … With all due respect to '80s soul singer Rockwell, “I always feel like somebody’s watching me…” The Atlantic recently published a creepy article about how guests in Airbnb rentals are unknowing subjects of hidden cameras used

by the owners. Needless to say, this practice is highly illegal not to mention immoral. Remember, this filming could involve children and focus on the bedroom or bathroom. And what happens to the videos? No thanks. I will stick to the Hilton Doubletree. (A blatant plug, as they carry our newspapers in town) ... According to homearea.com, Grand Prairie is the most affordable place to live in the metroplex and the 10th most affordable town with more than 60,000 residents to live in Texas. Pharr is the most affordable place to live in the state. From Dallas, Pharr is 500 miles by car, which is pretty far.

The Good Word

Ask them to dance

By The Rev. Dr. Christopher D. Girata Rector, Saint Michael and All Angels A few weeks ago, our U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning all “hateful expressions of intolerance.” So at first glance, I’m glad hateful expressions of intolerance have been clearly condemned. But honestly, I’m left wondering why we need such a broadly sweeping resolution in the first place, and whether a resolution is actually helpful at all. You might guess, based on my line of work, that I would certainly be against all expressions of intolerance (although sometimes my most intolerant colleagues are the ones who make the most noise). You’d be right. Intolerance is absolutely not Christian, nor is it the best of humanity in general. I’m glad that our leaders want to condemn intolerance, but I sure wish we the people would behave better so that resolutions like that wouldn’t be necessary in the first place. Tolerance is better than intolerance. Of course it is. Tolerance does no harm, and as a popular notion that has been intentionally present in public dialogue for decades, it’s an ideal that most people offer lip service to support. Certainly, tolerance is better than intolerance, but I also hope for a lot more than just basic tolerance in the future. Merriam-Webster defines tolerance as “the capacity to endure pain or hardship.” Unfortunately, in my experience, that is the manifestation of tolerance. Most tolerant people fall far short of acceptance, but instead, simply deal politely with people who are different. Not very inspiring. Instead of simply tolerating one another, I wish we could get to a place of inclusion. Inclusion is not just tolerating someone’s differences. Instead, inclusion is inviting someone as they are to be a part of who you are. I once heard the difference articulated like this: Tolerance is inviting someone to the party, but inclusion is asking them to dance. Sure, it’s good to let someone know they are tolerated, but it’s so much better (incomparably better) to honor who they are. We are best when we

seek to include someone else’s uniqueness with our own to make our world more interesting, more joyful and more loving. Let me be quick to say that I am not hoping for a sugary, shallow kind of inclusion. I’m not hoping that “we can all just get along.” In fact, I’m fond of saying that I don’t seek agreement, I seek alignment. When we have to agree on something together, we often find ourselves bickering about specifics. But when we take a step up, seeking to align toward a more common goal, then we find a space in which we can let the best of us shine. I began this column with a big moment — the passing of a Congressional resolution — but I want to end with something closer to home. I want to challenge you to talk with a friend or family member you don’t agree with. Rather than making the topic of Rev. Dr. Girata your conversation a popular issue of the day, I encourage you to ask a better question: What do you hope for? This week, find someone you know disagrees with you, but someone who does not need to be disagreeable, and see if you might find an idea in which you can align. My guess is that, if we can get beyond the dramatic stories of the day, we will find that we share very similar hopes and dreams for the future. Once we reconnect on that higher level, choosing to live with more civility in the day-to-day will become so much easier. And if that conversation doesn’t go well, try to find someone you don’t know, who’s not like you and ask them to dance. The Rev. Dr. Chris Girata was called to be the eighth Rector of Saint Michael and All Angels in Dallas and started his ministry at Saint Michael on Aug. 15, 2016. Chris is a native of Florida, a classically trained musician and an amateur cook. He and his wife, Nicole, have three children.

OUR MISSION Katy Trail Weekly is a community-friendly newspaper designed to inform and entertain the people in many diverse demographics who live and/or work in these neighborhoods. Much like the Katy Trail itself, Katy Trail Weekly is designed to help bring together the neighborhoods of Downtown, Uptown, Cedar Springs/Oak Lawn, the Design District, the Medical District and the Park Cities, as well as others. The newspaper is placed in local businesses, and other locations, for free pick-up by their patrons. We support this publication by providing ad space to local businesses who want an effective and affordable way to reach the Katy Trail area readers we attract and serve. We welcome participation in the paper through story and picture submissions, and we hope that you will join us in making this paper the best it can be. Writers Dr. Jay Burns (cont'd.) Chic DiCiccio Candace Evans Editor in Chief David Mullen Leah Frazier Society Editor Sally Blanton Rev. Dr. Chris Girata Graphic Design Bronwen Roberts Ryann Gordon Advertising Sales Susie Denardo Dotty Griffith Accounts Mgr. Cindi Cox Becky Bridges Dr. Donald Hohman Online Editors Bronwen Roberts Distribution Paul Omar Redic Jo Ann Holt BethLeermakers Naïma Jeannette Brandt Carroll Naima Montacer Chris Maroni Leigh Richardson Juan Najera Copy Editors Michael Tate Joe Ruzicka Jessica Voss Stephan Sardone Writers Ed Bark Shari Stern David Boldt Publisher

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Contact us at info@katytrailweekly.com with your Community Calendar Event. April 5-6

1100 Slocum St. #590 Dallas, 75207 214-631-8901

Dallas Design Center – Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Dwell with Dignity presents its largest annual fundraiser, Thrift Studio. All of the high-end home décor items and original artwork on display will be available for shoppers to purchase at discounted prices, with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting Dwell with Dignity. Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. FREE!

April 6

3505 Maple Ave. Dallas, 75219 214-496-5008

Reverchon Park – Walk For Wishes, the signature 5K walk of Make-A-Wish® North Texas, has raised more than $2.8 million in the past 13 years going toward granting wishes for local children with critical illnesses. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and walk alongside the many Wish kids and families who benefit directly from their support. 8 a.m. $20-$25.

April 6

2403 Flora St. #500 Dallas, 75201 214-880-0202

AT&T Performing Arts Center – The second annual Dallas Yoga and Fitness Festival, presented by Topo Chico, celebrates all forms of activity with a day full of 40 health and fitness classes. Classes are 45 minutes beginning every hour and include Pilates, meditations, dance cardio, deep stretch yoga, flow yoga and more. 9 a.m. $35-$40.

April 6

3225 University Blvd. Dallas, 75205 904-540-6278

Southern Methodist University – Stadium Blitz is a point-based obstacle course race where you can compete against the clock or against other teams. Ages seven and up are welcome to come test their athletic ability on one of three levels of obstacles: Race, Hustle and Blitz. 5 p.m. $75.

April 6

5110 Milam St. Dallas, 75206 361-215-0088

Cochran Heights – The Cochran Heights Neighborhood Association will present the 2019 "Uniquely Urban" Home Tour. The second-ever Cochran Heights home tour will feature five homes showcasing the range of Cochran Heights living. 2 p.m. $20.

April 6

555 S. Lamar St. Dallas, 75202 214-789-3996

Omni Dallas – This year’s Women With Promise “Disco Ball” includes a Disco-themed cocktail reception, ’70s style bites and a giant LED dance floor. Proceeds from the annual gala will fund educational opportunities for adult females emerging from poverty who are not traditional students entering college immediately after high school. 7 p.m. $175.

April 10

8301 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, 75235 214-528-0021

Brook Hollow Golf Club – The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society Distinguished Speaker luncheon features Katy Trail Weekly’s own Candace “Candy” Evans. She is a journalist, publisher and social media entrepreneur. 11:45 a.m. $150.

WALLACE THE BRAVE

PHOTO OF THE WEEK Fine China, the upscale ChineseAmerican restaurant located in The Statler at 1914 Commerce St., has introduced its new threecourse Pre-Theater Menu available daily from 6-8 p.m. Send us a photo on Facebook and it may be featured here!

FINE CHINA

Charity

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4word

A faith-based network of communities that empowers and inspires women in the workplace.

By Sally Blanton sallyblanton455@gmail.com

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Each week, Katy Trail Weekly will feature a charity that is doing remarkable work in Dallas, a city known for philanthropy and generosity.

Q What is your mission or highest

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purpose? To continue building local groups of Christian women and give them support in the workplace. Why? So that we can help them reach their God-given potential with confidence so they can share the love of Christ in their “Work, Love and Pray” (Professionally, relationally and spiritually).

much to you and your members. Seventy-one percent of women with children under 18 years old are working outside the home. Unlike any other generation, the majority of women are now seeking to balance careers with the demands of relationships, families and communities. Of 1,003 families polled by Pew Research, 74 percent reported that women’s increased presence in the workforce has made it harder for parents to raise children. Fifty percent stated that it makes it harder for marriages to be successful and 84 percent of Christians ages 18-29 acknowledged they had no idea how the Bible applies to their field or professional interests.

Q How many people are served each Q What is difficult about your job?

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year? 150,000.

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director, it is exciting but we need more resources to bring on full time staff.

Q What are your critical needs now,

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besides money donations? We need to grow our Mentor Pool and acquire technology resources as we are updating our website. We will be creating an app this year in order to reach women all over the world.

Q How do you connect with women

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all over the country? We connect women three ways: Digital Community via internet/social media/ email/Skype/Zoom and in face-to-face; Local Groups in 22 cities in the U.S. in homes, conference rooms, restaurants and hotels; and we also use our Mentor Program via face-to-face, telephone or Skype/Zoom.

Q Do you need more volunteers?

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sional Christian mentors to inspire others to reach their God-given potential.

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a $20,000 check in the mail today … where would it immediately be put to good use? We would immediately put it to good use to grow our Mentor Program where the outcomes from research study are as follows: Elevate Leadership and Match Calling and Gifts to Work (Professional), Build and Strengthen Relationships (Relational), Integrate Faith into all aspects of Life (Spiritual) and Develop Inner Confidence and Discover Purpose.

Diane Paddison, founder and executive director, answered these questions.

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Crossword Puzzle

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79. At sunup 81. Seedless plant 82. Memory glitch 83. Click “send” 84. Stress causers for students 85. Almost-grads 87. Body of water 88. Marble markings 90. Sports palace 91. Some Iranians 92. North Pole workers 93. Steel plow inventor 95. Run — of the law 97. Sausage 101. Europe-Asia divider 102. Je ne sais — 103. Mr. Spock 105. Narrow inlet 106. Elephant part 107. Explosive letters 109. Diplomat 111. Peaked 112. Least involved 114. Prioritized 115. Tour de — 116. Pursues 117. Furnace fodder 118. Fly the shuttle 119. List of candidates 121. Sealing a deal 122. Greek marketplace 124. Port near Kyoto 125. Lessing or Day 126. Privileged few 127. Individualist 129. Gawk at 131. Union flouter 136. Fictional collie 138. Mae West Broadway role 139. Combining form for “bad”

HISTORY ON THE TRAIL

Off the mark

After all these years, a visit to Jimmy’s Food Store

By Wayne Swearingen

Food Store at 4901 Bryan St. at Fitzhugh Avenue for years, but never realized it also is a restaurant and a great place to shop for Italian wines. Little and I arrived at Jimmy’s on a weekday around the noon hour, and it was packed. I was introduced to Mike DiCarlo, owner, who took time to give me a brief history of the family store, which dates back more than 50 years. From 1944 to 1946 the store was located in South Dallas with three employees. In 1966, this new location was selected and now it has 26 employees. When Mike decided to close on Sundays, his profits actually went up. “God rested on the

seventh day, so that is good enough for me,” DiCarlo said. Basically, it is a very busy food My last story featured a new store with a scattering of tables for restaurant in Fairview. Now, I don’t the diners. We ate sandwiches, but claim to be a food expert, but here next time, I will have the famous are a few more observations from sausages or meatballs and pasta. my years in real estate in North The homemade ice cream is to die Texas. A recent article in a local for. publication featured “10 Old-School Running the catering operRestaurants That Have Survived the ation is my old friend, Alessio Test of Time.” I wasn’t surprised to Franceschetti, a famous Italian chef find most are also my favorites and and restauranteur. I first met him none were the new concepts or fast when he had a restaurant on Lomo food junk. Alto Drive near Lemmon Avenue. One example was S & D Oyster Franceschetti gave us a tour of the Company on McKinney Avenue, entire store, wine stock and kitchen, owned by my good friend and fellow where we watched the making of the ex-military pilot Herb Story. When famous sausages. I crave fresh oysters or shrimp, Behind the kitchen is a hidthat is where I go. I always get den banquet room that seats three things, consistency, fresh up to 57 for special events and fish and good service. When multi-course dinners, when visStory and I became friends, I iting wine makers from Italy was welcomed into his Navy come to town to sell their new pilot fraternity as the token Air vintages. My wife Barbara and I Force member. I assume that plan to attend one of these, aris politically correct. My model riving hungry and taking Uber. B-47 is up there on his shelf Wayne Swearingen, CRE, with all the navy planes. is a principal at Barclay Recently, my good friend, Commercial Group and lives David Little, was telling me adjacent to Katy Trail. Contact about another place on the top WAYNE SWEARINGEN him at wswearingen@barclay10 list. com.com. I have heard of Jimmy’s Jimmy's Food Store on Bryan Street.

Your Stars this Week by Stella Wilder

The coming week is likely to find many individuals sorting through issues that seem, at first, to be hopelessly tangled, eager for some semblance of order that can allow everyone to relax and see their futures stretch out before them in an organized, positive fashion. It’s essential that everyone deal with things directly this week; it’s not enough to get secondhand information, or to deal with things by proxy. Everyone must be willing to face the essential issues headon, with strength and a strong will and confidence that good work will yield good results. Conflicts are best avoided this week, as they are merely distractions from the central issues. Friendships must be highlighted, as the strength that comes from companionship and solidarity can make the difference this week between success and failure.

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What each individual does this week is worthy of careful study; somebody somewhere is going to think that what someone else is doing will be very important – and that will shape all kinds of activities and developments. For some this will be a mistake; the focus on others must not overtake one’s focus on the self. ARIES (March 21-April 4) Much can be gained this week, but if you really want to maximize personal rewards, you must share your gains with those around you. (April 5-April 19) – You are in no mood to engage in the same old tired endeavors this week. You have a plan to make things more

exciting and more rewarding, and now is the time! TAURUS (April 20-May 5) Enjoyment may be tempered this week by the feeling that things are, overall, far more important than they have been in the past. (May 6-May 20) – What happens locally isn’t to be mistaken for the important things that happen on a broader scale. You will want to pay attention to the more universal issues. GEMINI (May 21-June 6) You’re going to want to keep someone at bay this week while you tend to affairs that he or she has no business taking part in. (June 7-June 20) – You will want to get out and about this week, but take care that you don’t make yourself too vulnerable to uncontrollable environmental influences. CANCER (June 21-July 7) There’s no place for dirty tricks this week; you’ll want to keep everything on the up and up as best you can. (July 8-July 22) – You have a journey ahead of you, but you mustn’t be so eager to go that you neglect immediate concerns. Focus on the things that arise and must be addressed this week. LEO (July 23-Aug. 7) You may prove quite a challenge to those who want to do things the right way this week because you’re eager to win at all costs. Is this wise? (Aug. 8-Aug. 22) – You

may have figured out a way to get around the rules this week, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best course to take. Consider possible repercussions. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 7) You may be tempted by someone who promises to lead you directly to what you most want — but he or she represents a very real threat. (Sept. 8-Sept. 22) – Your influence is likely to be felt all week long as you attempt to maneuver around those who are trying to do things in a way that might be considered crooked. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 7) You and a friend may have no choice this week but to communicate from afar. Play your cards right; you can move well ahead of the competition. (Oct. 8-Oct. 22) – You don’t want your reputation to be threatened by anyone’s false perception of one of your recent triumphs. You can prove you won. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 7) You’ll have to work hard to keep your emotions in check; much that happens is likely to push your buttons. Keep reactions proportional. (Nov. 8-Nov. 21) – Others will drift into your orbit all week long — and out again, most likely — because of what you provide that they find so emotionally powerful. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 7) You’ll be interested in

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determining what is “normal” and what is not. At some point, your perception will be put to the test. (Dec. 8-Dec. 21) – A disagreement must not be allowed to come between you and a friend this week. You must both do all you can to keep your passions from taking control. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 6) You may have to be content with working in the shadows this week as someone else takes his or her place in the spotlight. (Jan. 7-Jan. 19) – A war of words is likely to result from a conflict you find yourself engaged in merely because you were standing up for yourself and what you believe in. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 3) Both sides of an argument make sense to you, which means you must take great care to engage in a way that offends no one. (Feb. 4-Feb. 18) – Your participation in something that may or may not be approved by those in positions of authority may bring you a new kind of attention this week. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 5) You can fill a very big role this week, but you must recognize that you are simply doing what someone else may be able to do just as well. (March 6-March 20) – Are you really influencing things in the manner you had hoped, or are you merely attracting a certain kind of attention to questionable activities?


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DOTTY’S TRUE TEXAS CUISINE

Restaurant offers sights and bites

RECIPE OF THE WEEK

Sea and sow assemble

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Shrimp and Grits at Elm Street Cask & Kitchen.

By Dotty Griffith dotty.griffith@yahoo.com

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The interior of Elm Street Cask & Kitchen.

By Dotty Griffith dotty.griffith@yahoo.com There’s a downtown spot made for warm spring days. It’s a place with a patio that floats just above the sidewalk on Elm Street. The vibe during happy hour at Elm Street Cask & Kitchen is so “city.” Outdoor tables were full at the end of happy hour on our recent hosted visit creating an energy that connected to the end of work day hustle and bustle. If you aren’t ready for 5 o’clock before you get there, your inner clock will chime as soon as you arrive. Elm Street Cask & Kitchen self-identifies as a “neighborhood bar and grill.” The comfort food menu is a little bit Southern, a little bit Texas. The whiskey collection focuses on Kentucky bourbon, but there are plenty of other American and global whiskies represented in the 200-bottle collection. The “Whiskey Bible” i.e. menu has back stories and tasting notes for every label. We started our run through the food menu with a couple of starters, hush puppies and wings. Jawbreaker size rounds of fried cornmeal batter came with a pot of honey butter burnished by a touch of roasted chile. More sweet than spicy, the compound butter is a good BFF for the Southern-style fry bread. Fried chicken wings offered three sauces, traditional Buffalo, honey chipotle and “Alabama White.” Serious students of barbecue likely know about

the mayonnaise-based sauce and its well-documented history. Created in 1925 by ‘cue legend Bob Gibson of Decatur’s Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q, the sauce is famous as a partner to smoked or grilled chicken. The idea is to slather it all over the cooked chicken pieces as you would a glaze. Give it a chance to soak into the chicken before serving. Serve some more on the side like gravy. Opt for the Alabama White treatment on wings at Elm Street Cask & Kitchen. The sauce lives up to its reputation. It is as good on fried wings as smoked or grilled yard bird. Texas touches on the menu include Pinto Bean Hummus (not tried) that I bet is a lot like good ol’ bean dip, dressed up with pepitas, mole spice and pita triangles instead of tortilla chips. And there’s a bowl of chili, made with Shiner Bock, if you’re craving a bowl of red. Chili also comes on the happy hour hot dog, a special that looked more appealing than any hot dog I’ve seen in a while. For our main, we sampled a couple of the Southern accented dishes. The meltingly tender braised short rib is glazed with Lakewood Bourbon Barrel Temptress, an English sweet milk stoutstyle beer brewed by local Lakewood Brewing Co. Plenty of pan juice soaked in to the side of smashed potatoes and added bonus flavor to spears of fresh asparagus. Shrimp and Blue Corn

Grits draws on the blue corn of New Mexico as the canvas for a Cajun sauce with shrimp and Andouille sausage (see recipe on this page). There’s nothing traditional about the grits but that doesn’t mean they aren’t good. Smoked gouda gives the creamy, cheesy grits a layer of smoke flavor. The Cajun sauce hews more toward the traditional except for the substitution of poblano for green pepper. The carnival of flavors comes together with the shrimp and sausage to make a beautiful hybrid dish.

Sharing the bread pudding topped with ice cream and caramel sauce brought the meal back to a traditional Southern ending. Elm Street Cask & Kitchen is the hotel restaurant for Hilton Garden Inn so it serves a full day’s worth of menus and weekend brunch. The patio will lure you in. The menu provides incentive to return. ELM STREET CASK & KITCHEN 1525 Elm St. Dallas, 75201 972-232-1728 elmstreetcaskkitchen.com

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An array of drinks at Elm Street Cask & Kitchen.

OPENING

SkinnyFATS expands to Uptown

By Madison Weaver madison@breadandbutterpr.com SkinnyFATS, one of the most beloved restaurants in Las Vegas, has expanded beyond the Nevada border into Dallas. Now open, SkinnyFATS at 3700 McKinney Ave. #140 is noted for its oneof-a-kind, two-sided menu featuring “Happy” indulgences and “Healthy” alternatives. SkinnyFATS make Texas a new home and brings the same crave-worthy recipes from Las Vegas plus never-before-seen dishes to the new location. In addition to a wide selection of bowls, tacos, burgers, all-day breakfast and more, the Dallas location offers a full-service bar featuring must-try local brews, harder-to-find craft beers and premium coffee from Houndstooth. Established in 2013, SkinnyFATS is a restaurant that is well-known for its two-fold American fare menu. With seven locations across Las Vegas and now Dallas, it has quickly become one of the most popular fast-casual eateries on the West Coast, with a brand-new food hall concept also slated to open in Salt Lake City in 2019. For more information, visit the company’s website at skinnyfats.com.

SKINNYFATS

Vegwich mushroom burger SkinnyFATS.

This dish is so full of flavor and fun it begs for a dinner party. Make the sauce ahead. Bake grits cook during appetizers and first cocktail. Just before serving, combine the sauce and seafood and spoon it on the grits. Party on! Enjoy the Elm Street Cask & Kitchen Cajun shrimp and andouille sausage with smoked Gouda grits. Known as the holy trinity of Cajun cooking, celery, onion and bell pepper form the flavor backbone of many Louisiana dishes. This recipe substitutes poblano for green bell pepper for a little bit more spice. Go old school and use green peppers if you like. CAJUN SHRIMP AND ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE 3 tablespoons butter 2 (3- to 4-ounce) andouille sausages, sliced 16 large shrimp, peeled with tails on 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 1 (3- to 4-ounce) andouille sausage, chopped 1/2 cup bacon, chopped 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped 1/2 cup poblano chile, seeded and finely chopped 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning blend 1 clove garlic, finely chopped or grated 1/2 cup white wine 1/2 Roma tomato, chopped 1 green onion, sliced (white part only) 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped 1 sprig thyme 1/2 cup chicken stock 1/4 cup heavy cream In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 3 tablespoons butter. Add sliced andouille and cook until edges begin to brown. Stir in shrimp and cook until no longer translucent, about 3 minutes. Remove sausage and shrimp from skillet and set aside. Reduce heat to medium and stir in olive oil, chopped andouille sausage and bacon. Cook until bacon fat melts. Stir in onion, poblano and celery. Cook until onion begins to brown. Stir in Cajun seasoning and garlic. Cook 1 minute longer. Add white wine, stirring frequently. Cook until white wine is reduced by half. Stir in tomato, green onion, parsley and thyme. Cook until tomato is soft, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add chicken stock and cream. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced by one-fourth. Add sausage and shrimp to sauce. Serve over Smoked Gouda Grits. Makes 4 servings. SMOKED GOUDA GRITS 1 cup (2 sticks) butter 1/2 cup white onion, chopped 3 tablespoons garlic, finely chopped 3 3/4 cups water 1 1/4 cups white or blue corn grits 2/3 pound coarsely grated or cubed smoked gouda 1/2 cup cream Heat oven to 300 F. Place a medium stove-top safe casserole or skillet with tight-fitting lid over medium heat. Remove lid and melt the butter. Stir in onion and garlic. Cook until onion is soft and light golden in color, 3 to 5 minutes. Add water and grits, stirring to combine. Bring liquid to a boil. Cover with lid and place in oven. Bake for 45 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Add cream and cheese, stirring until cheese melts and grits are smooth. Makes 4 servings.


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Hammer and Nails DIY solar panel installation? By Stephan Sardone stephan@sardoneconstruction.com

By Candy Evans candace@candysdirt.com When this incredible Highland Park Texas Modern at 3701 Lexington Ave. popped up on my radar last week, I sat enraptured for some time. Remember, when it comes to beautiful homes, I’m hard to impress. I feverishly texted my fellow CandysDirt.com writers to drop everything and look at this one! When I recovered my composure, I rang up the enormously talented David Stocker, principal and founder of SHM Architects, to get the dirt. Oh, he had so much to say! “A house should tell a story,” Stocker said. “It should draw you in and take you on a journey. It starts at the street. It’s a tease. You want to peek over the top of the wall. When you come through the gates, it says, ‘Hey, something is interesting about me, come and visit.’” It’s apparent when talking to Stocker that he had fun designing this 8,156-square-foot home. But, how do you have fun, fulfill the needs of a young family and create a timeless classic? Well, you enlist the aid of a stellar builder like Stephen Hild. “He is meticulous, and his ability to pull off the details is unsurpassed,” Stocker said. You also select time-honored materials to use, such as Lueders limestone, Douglas fir and Calacatta marble. Then you put a fresh spin on them. “We are good at using a traditional form in a more contemporary way,” Stocker said. Nowhere is this more apparent than the moment you walk in the door of this Highland Park Texas Modern and see the work-of-art staircase. “That is Lueders limestone,” Stocker said. “It’s a bit of an engineering feat. Solid blocks of stone are set one on another. It is a historical way of doing things. There is a way structurally that it holds itself. Of course, we added some steel, because structural engineers don’t trust history anymore. Although it’s a traditional stair, the room comes off more modern and the stone is unexpected.” Clerestory windows lead you up the staircase to a

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This Texas Modern home, located at 3701 Lexington Ave., is listed at $9.95 million. soaring 16-foot, dome-vaulted, Douglas fir plank ceiling. The present owners installed a breathtaking Italian Murano glass and antique silver Nenufar Serip chandelier, designed to fit the slope of the ceiling. A few steps away there is a thoughtful entry seat backed by Texas limestone walls and accented by a series of leaded cast glass windows. It looks like a perfect napping spot to me! The gallery hallway has an impressive Catalan-vaulted ceiling created with wood mould brick and Douglas fir timbers. It’s another nod to historic building, but with that modern spin. You will see a larger version of this in the wine cellar. When you enter the great room, it’s one of those proverbial jaw-drop experiences. I love a good vaulted ceiling and this one — with a height of 21 feet and created out of Douglas fir — is a masterpiece. Light floods this room through a wall of floor-to-ceiling steel windows as well as clerestory windows. Two sets of French doors set into the bank of windows open to a courtyard overlooking the pool. Stocker told me this Highland Park Texas Modern was really built for entertaining. “The great room and dining room flow together, and the dining space has glamour to it,” he said. “When you see it, it makes you think what great fun it would be for a dinner party.” The lighting in this Highland Park Texas Modern is beyond belief. The Glamour series Serip chandelier is dropdead gorgeous. The floor-toceiling French doors open to the front landscaped courtyard. I visualize the kitchen in this home being featured in a television special. Perhaps CandysDirt.com needs to branch out to food porn? It’s one of those kitchens that makes you want to cook, even

if you’ve spent your entire life ordering in or eating out. It has book-matched white Calacatta Gold marble counters and walls. Book-matched means mirror-image marble slabs are set side by side to look like the pages of a book. It is essentially a piece of natural art. There are professional stainless steel appliances, including two Sub-Zero refrigerators, a freezer, two paneled refrigerator drawers, a Wolf six-burner gas range, two double convection ovens, two Miele dishwashers, two Viking warming drawers and a microwave. Four recycle bins and an oversized negative edge sink complete this gorgeous setting. Whew! The private rooms of this Highland Park Texas Modern are on the second floor. It’s the traditional way of building a home, and I like it. Personally, I want my master bedroom far, far away from the public spaces. The master suite in this home has a foyer. You read that right. You have to see it to believe it. Interior designer Sherry Hayslip worked with the present owners to create the luxurious layers you see in this home. Her touch is evident everywhere, especially in the master suite. The master bedroom has a 12-foot cathedral plank ceiling, exquisite Elitis wall coverings and floor-to-ceiling windows, with my essential, elegant custom blackout draperies! To me, one of the best parts of buying a home from a seller with taste and a great designer, is the bonus of flawless fixtures, gorgeous wallpapers and custom draperies! Oh, this house has it! Along with kitchens, the master bathroom can make or break a house. This one is spectacular with a cathedral ceiling in the ladies bath, a Victoria + Albert soaking tub, a towel warming rack and a flat screen television. There is no need to head to the salon for your

up-do. There is a hair shampoo station room, which is la crème de la crème of any master bathroom! Highlighted by a separate double steam shower showcasing a Thermasol rain shower with body sprays, the gentleman of the house can enjoy a private bathroom that features a toilet room and a fully equipped wet bar, which houses a stainless-steel bar sink and Sub-Zero refrigerator. What else could you need? A word about the impressive closet. It’s the size of a room because a fourth bedroom was incorporated into the existing space by the current owners. So, if you need a fourth bedroom, it’s a quick conversion. But if not, you can enjoy perhaps the best closet in town. The custom-finished, vaulted plank ceiling features an oversized Murano chandelier and vintage 1960s Murano sconces. There are mirrored and glass display cabinets, an expansive island and a vanity desk area, all with Calacatta marble counters. Two guest suites are also on the second floor. The elevator will whisk your guests down to the wine cellar, exercise and media rooms. An exceptional outdoor living area in this Highland Park Texas Modern home sets the tone for sophisticated outdoor living. There is so much more to this home. I could write a book. But suffice it to say, so often the list price does not equate to value. In this case, at $9.95 million, you are getting incredible value. To have a timeless, architect-designed home, in one of the best locations in Dallas, well it’s the dream, isn’t it? “We purposely take people on a journey when we design a home,” Stocker said. “It’s like being a writer. You are moving people to the next paragraph, to the end of the book. You don’t give away everything at the beginning. A great house makes a great neighborhood. A great neighborhood makes a great city. It’s definitely with pride when I drive by this home. It tells an interesting story.” And that story continues when you give Allie Beth Allman listing agent Doris Jacobs a call to see this stunning home at 3701 Lexington Ave. and make it your own! CandysDirt.com is the only blog in Dallas for the truly real estate obsessed! Named by National Association of Real Estate Editors as the BEST Real Estate Blog in the country.

The best weather is ahead. Spring has sprung and the sun is about to visit for an extended stay. But despite the improving conditions, an unwanted guest arrives every month. It is your utility bill. Electricity costs peak in the spring and summer months. Given the heightened awareness, improvement in technology and decreases in the cost of goods, you may be considering converting to solar energy. Can you do it yourStephan Sardone self? The answer is yes and no. Most reports are that a professional solar panel installation is typically about 10 percent of total solar system costs. An experienced handyman may be able to do the job. But as always, we would recommend consulting a licensed, professional solar installer to see if it is worth the potential pitfalls. A super handyman can design, size and install a residential solar system. Obviously, you will save money in the long run. But at the least, you will need to hire a professional to do the wiring and metering. There are dangers involved, and legally only a certified installer is allowed to handle the electrical grid. First of all, in most municipalities, you will need certification. Without it, tax credits and other financial incentives are not allowed. Also, some neighborhood associations may not allow solar panels. Check with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners for certification specifics. Some solar companies are introducing plug-in solar panel kits. These solar panels go into power outlets, just like a home appliance, and there's no need for a professional installer. But you will still have to pay for an energy supplier. There are a number of things you must become familiar with before you begin your project. You need to design and size your system based on energy needs. The basic rule is that the average U.S. home uses about 900 kWh each month. You can divide this number by the peak sun hours you receive each day, which is typically five hours a day on average in the Southwest, to determine the size of your system. You must buy your solar panels, inverters and raking. Make sure that you ask a lot of questions from the solar equipment provider. You will need to properly install mounts for the panels. You will need to know how to connect solar panels to your mounts or racking equipment. And you will have to install a solar inverter, which distributes power to your house. There are two kinds of solar panels: crystalline solar modules and thin-film solar panels. Crystalline modules are the large solid panels that you often see. They are more expensive, but more efficient. Thin-film comes in a roll of metal or plastic and can be applied to any flat surface. While easier to install, the contour of your roof plays a major factor. This is a decision you will live with for years. An option is to start small. You can always partially energize your home with solar panels, and then expand once you are confident with the results. Obtaining the proper information will give you the confidence to take on your project. In the long run, you will save money and probably increase the value of your home. But if you want to do-it-yourself, the one question you must ask has to be “Is it worth the energy?” Sardone Design-Build-Remodel is locally owned and operated. Sardone, his wife and two daughters are Lake Highlands residents.


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MULL IT OVER

No power shortage in American League

By David Mullen david@katytrailweekly.com With a tip of the baseball cap to the Isley Brothers, American League pitchers will have to “Fight The Power” this season. The AL had 13 players hit 40 or more home runs and another 37 players hit 20 or more home runs. That’s “50 Shades of Great.” Oakland Athletics DH Khris Davis led all of baseball with 48 homers. Boston Red Sox sluggers J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts, Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Martinez, Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout and New York Yankees hitters Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge can all go deep at anytime. Even Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo hit 40 long balls. He also struck out 207 times and that is where we will begin. The Rangers seem to have already struck out at whatever they are trying to do in 2019. If they are rebuilding, then why do their five starting pitchers average nearly 31 years of age? Globe Life Park isn’t as old as the starters. Outfielders/DHs Shin-Soo Choo and Hunter Pence are 36 and 35 respectively. Pence took the last roster spot from Willie Calhoun, who is 24. Even shortstop Elvis

Andrus will be 31 in August. It seems as though the only one that is young in the dugout is first-year manager Chris Woodward. The Rangers are destined for another last place finish in the AL West. The Houston Astros and the Athletics are too much to handle. Houston, building a dynasty around George Springer, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and mighty-mite Jose Altuve, should easily win the division. The A’s will be hampered by the loss of first baseman Matt Olson for a few months but are still wild card contenders. Trout can help the Angels win games single-handedly, and the Seattle Mariners remain a pesky club that will hover around .500. The surprise teams in the league are in the AL Central. Surprising for what the Minnesota Twins did and for what the Indians did not do. The Twins look like division winners after adding Nelson Cruz, Jonathan Schoop and Marwin Gonzalez. They may have picked a bad time to bring in rookie manager Rocco Baldelli. A veteran skipper could work wonders with this team. The Indians have a veteran manager in Terry Francona, but this roster is depleted of outfield and bullpen stars. What other team

has their outfielders batting so low in the order? The Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals are clearly in rebuilding years and will be competing for the division title in a couple of years. The Detroit Tigers are saddled with the $292 million contact they gave Miguel Cabrera in 2014. He will be nearing 41 at the end of the agreement. Isn’t it funny that owners hand out big contracts and then later complain that a player in his declining years isn’t worth the money? The AL East is always all about the Red Sox and Yankees. Together, they have some of the best players in the game today. But they are not infallible. The Red Sox have a shaky bullpen and the Yankees may be vulnerable in the starting rotation. Still, they can beat up on teams like the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays and rack up the wins. Boston’s Betts is the best player not playing next door to Disneyland. And New York’s Judge is destined for greatness. Both teams have the money to fill in any gaps during the playoff run and should win 100 games or more this season. Quick. Name a player in the Tampa Rays starting line-up? If you can’t, that just means you don’t live in St. Petersburg.

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Joey Gallo of the Texas Rangers. But these no names can play, and Cy Young award winner Blake Snell has nasty stuff. They added Charlie Morton to the rotation, and Tyler Glasnow will have a chance to show off his young arm. Hopefully, they won’t have to go to the “opener” strategy again, where a relief pitcher starts the game only to be relieved by a starter or a long man. It was the worst thing to come to baseball until the Rangers introduced the $27.50 “Fowl Pole,” a two-pound, deep-fried chicken tender. This year’s playoffs will look a lot like last year, except Minnesota wins the Central. The Yankees and

A’s will play in the wild card and the Yankees will win again and face the Astros. The Red Sox will beat the Twins and face the Astros. Houston wins out because their power hitters will clean up in a seven-game series at Minute Maid Park and Fenway Park. That will mean, based on last week’s National League predictions, that the Astros will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. And in 2019, fans will be gaga in “La La Land” as the Dodgers win their first World Series since 1988. In a city searching for energy sources, Los Angeles has too much power.

Infiniti’s QX60 upwardly mobile EarthX sets Corporate Ocean Agenda

djboldt@sbcglobal.net As a lap of last week’s DFW Auto Show would have shown you, the 3-row crossover dominates the SUV segment in much the same way as a certain political figure dominates the INFINITI news cycle. The 3-row The Infiniti QX60. SUV/crossover is everywhere, populating exterior dimension that is at least one the car pool like everybody’s business. And in some of the size down from Infiniti’s own QX80 or typical Tahoe/Suburban, there is Dallas area’s most affluent ZIP codes, no crowding in any of the three rows, Infiniti’s 3-row QX60 is as ubiquitous although (it must be admitted) the as the Uber Corolla. In some days, you third row is better suited to a lunch or begin to think no one drives anything dinner run than the drive from L.A. to else. Denver. The QX60, in its brief history, Its transversely mounted 3.5 has been one of Infiniti’s notable hits. liter DOHC V6 drives either the front Introduced in the 2013 model year as the JX35, it became the QX60 just one wheels or — optionally — all four wheels through Nissan’s reconstituted year later. After all, why would you CVT. And despite the inherent suspiwant to spend a zillion dollars on a cion of CVTs (continuously variable model launch and stay with the same transmissions) by the automotive model branding that you launched press, Infiniti’s building and tuning with? Regardless of what they call it, seems to do what it’s intended to do, the JX/QX is a well-executed rethink i.e., deliver reasonable responsiveness of Nissan’s Pathfinder, which itself with acceptable efficiency. You won’t is a more asphalt-specific rethink of be blown away by its 295 horsepower Nissan’s original go anywhere/do anyand 270 lb.-ft. of torque, but neither thing on-and-off-roader. does it underwhelm. Today’s QX60 is far more of a The QX60’s responsiveness is get-the-groceries crossover than a getenhanced by the ‘Sport’ button on the off-the-road SUV. In the walkaround center console. And while your effiyou’ll be impressed by a quiet expresciency may take a dip, your automotive siveness in its sheet metal, along with self-esteem is reinforced; suddenly, its expansive glass area. On one level the QX60 impresses as something its seventh model year, with but one that will take the cut-and-thrust of cosmetic refresh, might suggest a urban driving with … well, its own dated look and feel, while on my level cut-and-thrust. the older sheet metal doesn’t hit you We’re not sure a Pathfinder-based over the head with the pretension of luxury entry is worth a $66,000 inmore recent designs. I like the way the vestment, but then, you’ll spend well bodywork sits back on its wheelbase, north of $80K on a comparably-apand while this isn’t a small vehicle, its three rows of accommodation are clev- pointed BMW X7 and almost $50,000 erly masked when looking at the QX60 on a Pathfinder with less equipment and — in the service waiting room — from the outside. far worse coffee. Infiniti’s own QX50 is Inside, our QX60 Luxe enjoyed a more agile and responsive, and while host of optional packages, taking the it’s larger QX80, it is more capable at base sticker of just under $45,000 to the cost of being far more awkward. an as-delivered price tag of $65,930. We think a QX60 at or near $50K is That includes $5K worth of Limited the sweet spot, if — of course — your Package, $3,500 of Sensory Package, car pool demands it. $3,400 of Proactive Package and David Boldt brings years of ex$2,900 of Essential Package. Inside, perience in automotive retail sales quilted leather dominates the seat and public relations to his automotive scape, and there’s absolutely everyreporting. More can be found at txGathing right with that, both aesthetirage.com. cally and functionally. And despite an

Our planet’s oceans support all life on Earth and play a key role in the global climate. But, sadly, humans haven’t treated oceans and other large bodies of water with the respect they deserve and need to preserve a sustainable future for flora and fauna both on land and in the water. One chilling statistic is a 2015 report from the World Wildlife Fund found an almost 50 percent drop in marine life populations between 1970 and 2012 based on trends in 5,829 populations of 1,234 mammal, bird, reptile and fish species in the ocean. Let that sink in for a moment. During a mere 42-year period, the oceans lost almost half of their marine life. Among the heavily fished tuna and mackerel populations the decrease was even more dramatic at close to 75 percent. Taking pollution alone into account, a UNESCO fact sheet outlines a list of disturbing facts: • Approximately 80 percent of marine pollution originates from land-based sources such as such as agricultural run-off, discharge of nutrients and pesticides and untreated sewage including plastics. • Agricultural runoff and sewage outfalls contribute to “dead zones,” which are low oxygen areas more formally termed hypoxic where marine life can’t survive. There are around 500 dead zones with the total area covered equivalent to the UK globally. • Discarded plastics continue to be an issue for the world’s oceans and the North Pacific Gyre, also called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where

waste material from coastal areas including North America and Japan is joined in a mostly stationary area twice the size of Texas. There are five gyres in the oceans including the Pacific Garbage Patch. “Our oceans today are under siege,” said Bill Shireman, president and CEO, Future 500. “They are sacred living systems. Their value is intrinsically infinite, but they also are important to human life. They are the source that humanity intends to use for 60 percent of our future protein. We have reasons to protect our oceans.” He described the Corporate Ocean Agenda as a signature achievement of EarthX. The Agenda is comprised of six steps that scientists and environmental leaders identified as the most important for global companies to take via their buying and political power to protect the world’s oceans and drive change across entire markets. Shireman explains the six steps of the Corporate Ocean Agenda: Sustainable fisheries. We need more marine protected areas that can preserve the ocean's fish and livestock for future generations. We need transparent systems so that we know where our fish are coming from and that they're not violating ethical standards. Sustainable agriculture. We need to stop the flow of chemicals from farms and ranches into our rivers and the oceans where they create dead zones and where they destroy our coral reefs that are critical to the ocean web of life. Sustainable cargo. We need to encourage our companies to use cargo ships that meet the same standards for emissions to air and water that cruise ships meet or higher standards, if possible. Meet those standards and we protect the oceans against chemical debris. Sustainable mining. Stop

the destruction of habitat in the oceans through sweeping mining operations that destroy whole ecosystems. There are simpler, basic, sustainable systems of mining that can extract what we need but leave the system intact. Carbon emissions. The same chemical that destroys our climate also makes our oceans acidic. We need to reduce the emission of carbons by all our industrial activities so we can protect the oceans. Plastic. The oceans are increasingly choking on plastic. There are microscopic pieces of plastic throughout the ocean that are becoming part of the ocean ecosystem. Scientists tell us that the volume of plastic in the ocean could equal the volume of fish in the ocean in a generation. We need to do something to reduce that plastic. Companies need to join in global effort to finance prevention of plastic and marine debris in our oceans. As large a threat as plastics might be to the oceans — and most people would likely cite plastics as the number one threat — Shireman sees carbon emissions as the dire issue. One, carbon emission pollution changes the pH balance of the oceans turning them more acidic which is devastating to species we rely on, and emissions contribute to warming the globe and the oceans become the repositories where most of climate warming ends up. “Our oceans are living systems. They support us. We depend on them for our lives. If the oceans go, we go with them,” Shireman said. “But more than that, oceans support life. They are sacred in and of themselves. That's why EarthX is one of the leaders in pursuing ocean protection, encouraging companies to support these six steps that can save oceans and encourage consumers to support the companies that do their work.” EarthX’s mission is to connect a global community to create a sustainable world. Register to attend EarthX2019 to receive free admission. EarthX2019 is Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28 at Fair Park. Register at EarthX.org.


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‘Shazam!’ Finally, a worthwhile hero flick

By Chic DiCiccio @chiccywood The first 20 minutes of “Shazam!” details the lives of two teenage boys. One is ridiculed and mocked by his father and older brother and the other is abandoned and left to become a foster child. With a back-story that dark, it would be OK for you to assume this is another Zack Snyder-directed DC Comics mope fest. Thankfully, Snyder’s gray, murky world is nowhere to be seen in this bright, cheery and big hearted comic book flick that, despite its Philadelphia setting, is actually quite family friendly. Well, as family friendly as a movie can be where the villains are ghoulish, grotesque monsters crafted after the Seven Deadly Sins. The sweetness balances out the scares perfectly and thus makes “Shazam!” the finest addition to the DC Movie world since "Wonder Woman." After being chosen by an ancient wizard (Djimon

Hounsou) to be the Earth’s Champion, foster kiddo Billy Batson (Asher Angel) simply says the word “Shazam!” and he’s transformed into an adult version of himself (Zachary Levi) with nearly every superhero power imaginable. Billy learns to harness those powers with the help of his superhero obsessed and partially disabled foster brother, Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer). As with all comic book origin movies, there’s an obligatory training montage. There have been some good ones in the past, but nothing like this. Set to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” (those guys must really love money), Freddy hilarious puts Billy through his paces in ways best described as straight out of MTV’s “Jackass.” This and Billy’s initial attempts at heroism are a riot and more fun than any of the previous DC Movies combined. Of course, Billy needs his villainous foil and Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong) definitely fits

the bill. He’s powered by the aforementioned Seven Deadly Sins and the only thing in his way from global domination is Earth’s Champion, Shazam. There’s really only a few things not to like about “Shazam!,” with the sometimes rubbery looking special effects being the poorest aspect of it. The final half hour drags through a big CGI fight that could have been snappier with some better editing, but nitpicks like that aren’t going to matter to the general public. Make no mistake, this movie is going to make a fortune. That’s going to up Zachary Levi’s Q rating quite a bit. It’s completely well deserved as Levi’s “big kid discovering his powers act” is perfect from start to finish. He goes from scared kid to arrogant bully to brave hero with ease and childlike glee. His smirks and grins are almost as deadly as the lightning that he fires from his fingertips. While Levi is a huge

Uncle barky's bites ‘The Highwaymen’ drives home Bonnie and Clyde story By Ed Bark unclebarky@verizon.net Trumpeted as “the untold story” of the “legends who took down Bonnie & Clyde,” Netflix’s newly posted “The Highwaymen” in fact isn’t the first film to give famed Texas Ranger Frank Hamer a fair shake. Although ridiculed in Arthur Penn’s classic 1967 “Bonnie and Clyde” feature film, Hamer was treated with all due respect in the far lesser known 2013 “Bonnie & Clyde” miniseries, which received a three-network showcase on A&E, Lifetime and History. William Hurt played Hamer, and he certainly was no joke in his zeal to both de-glamorize and bury his prey. The original “Bonnie and Clyde” movie had a completely invented scene in which Faye Dunaway’s Bonnie Parker stroked her pistol over a captured and sillified Hamer’s (Denver Pyle) mustache. In the “Bonnie & Clyde” miniseries, Hamer is an all-business man hunter without an ounce of ineptitude. What “The Highwaymen” does do, however, is devote far more time and star power to the stories of Hamer and his partner, Maney Gault. They’re played respectively by Kevin Costner (slowly but surely morphing into an amalgam of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood) and the ever-interesting Woody Harrelson. Both are Rangers put out to pasture until High Sheriff Lee Simmons (John Carroll Lynch) persuades dictatorial Texas governor “Ma” Ferguson (Kathy Bates) to try another approach after Bonnie and Clyde have been killing, robbing and running wild for two years. It turns out to be a long pull with “The Highwaymen” devoting two-plus hours to the dogged but at times congealing Hamer/Gault trackdown. Bonnie and Clyde are shown in closeup only at the very end, when their latest roadster famously is riddled with bullets on a rural road in Bienville Parish, La. They’re otherwise fleetingly

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Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner from “The Highwaymen.” seen stick figures, with “The Highwaymen” virtually shouting out that these two already have received more than enough exposure. (For the record, they’re played inconsequentially by Emily Brobst and Edward Bossert.) Hamer is first seen with his pet hog outside the outof-the way home he shares with his understanding wife, Gladys (Kim Dickens). “I’ll come back,” he told her before she dutifully packs him a lunch. A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. Back in 1934, you could still take that to the bank. Meanwhile, Gault is drinking and decaying on a for sale farmhouse he shares with his daughter and grandson. He hooks up with Hamer, whom he calls “Pancho,” after the latter purchases an armory’s worth of weapons at a small town gun shop. Hamer at first doesn’t want him along, but relents in the face of Gault’s pitiful, pleading countenance. “Aw, Judas Priest, get in. But no singin’,” Hamer demands before they ride off. In the next scene, Gault, of course, is singin’. Flinty, grumpy and wizened, Hamer says there’s one sure thing about both outlaws and mustangs. “They always come home.” So that’s where they increasingly concentrate their efforts. Hamer has his opinion about car radios, too. They’re “just an intrusion on a man’s peace and quiet.” Gault occasionally fires back, but mostly defers. As when Hamer beats up a recalcitrant gas station owner who falsely claims he’s never seen Bonnie and Clyde while also

proclaiming himself a fan of both. Both Costner and Harrelson eventually get extended soliloquies in which they emote about their violent pasts. Hamer tells his story to Clyde Barrow’s father while Gault unwinds during a poker game. It all feels a little dated, but perhaps shouldn’t. Straightahead storytelling is becoming a lost art of late, but “The Highwaymen” is dedicated in that respect. It’s going to stay in its lane, swerving only during a car chase in which the two lawmen end up literally left in the dust. Netflix resurrected the A&E network’s “Longmire” from cancellation with the full knowledge that it would continue to draw an older but no less appreciative audience. “The Highwaymen” similarly won’t be breaking ground with many younger viewers on a service that frankly doesn’t and shouldn’t give a damn. Viewers of all ages pay those monthly subscription fees, and Netflix churns out more than enough original programming to cast a wide net over all generations. Landing Costner and Harrelson for the same movie also qualifies as another notch on the Netflix belt in times when a wealth of current and soon to be launched streaming services are all trying to out-shout one another. As a film, “The Highwaymen” has some potholes. But as an eye-catching, promotable and heavily watched attraction, it seems sure to go the extra mile. Ed Bark, who runs the TV website unclebarky. com, is a past member of the national Peabody awards board.

reason that "Shazam!" plays from start to finish, it really works because it's loaded with heart. Sure, Henry Gayden's script is loaded with plot points that simply cannot be hated. How can someone not be emotionally invested in a kid who gets brought into a home filled with nothing but well-adjusted and kind foster kids? Not possible. Director David F. Sandberg milks that for all its worth and "Shazam!" is at its best when all the foster kids are working together.

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Asher Angel and Zachary Levi star in “Shazam!” The glut of comic book movies can be a bit annoying, particularly if you aren't invested in the world-building aspect of

it all. "Shazam!" stands on its own and creates a world that doesn't need superbro team-ups or a cast of thousands.

DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Films from around the world on the big screen By Lauren Witt lwitt@thepointgroup.com Dallas Film announced the full lineup for the 13th annual Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) powered by Capital One. The films include five world premieres, one U.S. premiere, 37 Texas premieres and 15 Dallas premieres. The festival, which is the largest film festival in North Texas, will be held Thursday, April 11 through Thursday, April 18, with screenings at Magnolia Theater in West Village in Uptown, Studio Movie Grill on Royal Lane and the Dallas Museum of Art. For the first time at DIFF, all seats are reserved and tickets are available only through the Atom Tickets app or at atomtickets.com. Tickets are on sale now. “We are excited to offer DIFF supporters an exceptional lineup featuring more than 130 films from more than 35 countries,” said Johnathan Brownlee, CEO and president of Dallas Film and executive director of DIFF. “Each year we strive

to improve the customer experience and we are pleased to announce that we will offer a music stage and live performances seven of the eight days of the festival. In addition to showcasing a diverse range of films, the festival boasts Q&A sessions with filmmakers, nightly red carpets, films produced by area students and veterans, award presentations, live music performances each night and engaging activities. Festivalgoers will have the opportunity to meet filmmakers and actors from both major and independent films. Dallas Film (dallasfilm.org) was established as Dallas Film Society in 2006 to celebrate the past, present and future of film in our community. The organization provides leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television and digital media. Through a variety of screenings, educational programs, and festivals, Dallas Film raises awareness of the world’s most approachable and inclusive art form.


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Comparing Caribbean destinations Autism's biggest challenges By Leigh Richardson

other issue. Parents might consider creating a safe place for moody teenagers to work out their anger, or give them Imagine being trapped inside your a punching bag or small trampoline. body, unable to communicate your feel- There have been instances, where poings. You’re overwhelmed by normal lice have put an autistic child in juvenoises and sometimes, you just want to nile detention for comments they made be alone because social situations are to classmates that were construed as difficult. You can’t stop pacing. This is dangerous. There have also been times what it’s like for those with autism. where an autistic child hit another April is National Autism child. Awareness month. Doctors classify Police departments like the autism on a developmental disorder Tarrant County Sheriff’s department spectrum that includes Asperger’s syn- have been hosting sensitivity traindrome. WebMD said recent research ing events so officers can learn how to shows multiple genetic abnormalities better work with people on the autism can predispose one to autism, and spectrum. Officers are advised to be there can be metabolic or biochemical patient, avoid quick movements and factors. Doctors may prescribe meddon’t touch an autistic person, unless icines that fight depression, anxiety, necessary. seizures and hyperactivity. An autistic child’s brain is wired Most autistic children are in sendifferently to process information. sory overload mode. Communication is Appliedbehavioranalysisrdu.org said one of the biggest challenges and lack of their train of thought is to notice small social cueing. Those with autism have details first, not the big picture. They trouble reading others emotions so have a kind of short circuit in their they don’t know how to respond. More brain connections, and pictures are challenges can arise when they walk their first language. National Autism into school. Right away, it can be loud Resources finds it helps to use flash and overwhelming with bells ringing, cards as a visual schedule for the day. and kids screaming and running in the One on one speech therapy several halls. This produces anxiety for autistic days a week can be very beneficial. If children. Teachers may put them in a a child is fixated on a particular topic, special needs class or make accommoyou can use that topic to motivate their dations based on individual needs, like schoolwork. special pencil grips, a preferred seating The American Academy of location, extra time to take tests, or tak- Pediatrics says early detection of auing tests in different forms, like an oral tism and social withdrawal is key. The test, where someone reads questions Texas Health and Human Services to the student. There are Commission offer some free also specialized schools early intervention programs. they can attend. Support groups can give an Gym classes are esoutlet for parents to express pecially challenging sentheir frustrations. Write in a sory-wise because sports journal to relieve stress and events are noisy. Physical get respite care, so you can get exercise may also be a break. Dealing with autism hard if the child has can be exhausting, but your muscle tone challenges. Leigh Richardson patience can pay off with tenSometimes kids have to der moments you experience change clothes for gym, with your unique child. which can disrupt their routine. Going A Fox News Radio contributor, to the cafeteria can also be difficult Richardson has spent her educationwith so many people eating lunch in al and professional career learning one space. If the child has to go through human behavior. She holds a Master the lunch line, it might be hard to exof Science in Counseling from the plain what they want to eat. They may University of North Texas and is also experience students making fun of working to integrate cognitive bethem. Even changes like a new teacher havioral therapy into the treatment or substitute are difficult because they programs for many clients. In April don’t know what to expect. 2009, Richardson opened The Brain Dealing with puberty is a whole Performance Center. leighrich55@yahoo.com

MICHAEL WALD

Havana's Old Town.

By Michael Wald wald.world@yahoo.com So, you’re interested in a beach vacation in the Caribbean, but you’re not sure where to go. We’ll explore three destinations here with decision points that may be more widely applicable. We’ll compare Panama, Cuba and Puerto Rico, three popular, but very different, experiences. From Dallas, getting to each of these places takes about the same amount of time. To get to Cuba, you must connect in Houston, Miami or Fort Lauderdale. To get to Panama, there are usually no direct flights so connecting in Houston or Mexico City is often required. Although you can get to Puerto Rico directly, there is only one direct flight from Dallas. Otherwise, you would connect through Miami or Charlotte. So, none of these places is a hop, skip and a jump away. Each of these destinations has beaches. The beaches in Panama are on both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The main tourist beaches are on the Pacific Ocean, which is very cold year-round and also subject to rip tides, so little swimming occurs there. The Atlantic beaches are warm because they are in the Caribbean waters, but these beaches lack the large resorts and are adjacent to quaint beach towns. Cuba’s beaches are also in the Caribbean and in warm waters, but you usually get to the beach in Cuba as part of an organized tour that includes a city or two. The beach hotels in Cuba are not up to American high standards, catering mainly to Europeans and Canadians looking for cheap beach destinations. The food is usually

included, but the resorts I visited all had tasteless food. I surmise that this may be the result of food rationing in Cuba. Puerto Rico’s beaches are quite nice, but again, the Atlantic Ocean is cold and the tides are strong, so little serious swimming takes place. In Puerto Rico you have the added advantage of being in the U.S., meaning you don’t have to pass through customs or have a passport or visa to visit. English is spoken and the currency is the dollar. Panama is also a dollarized economy, even though they call the dollar the Balboa. To supplement the beaches, all three of these places have old town areas that look and feel quite similar, but have big differences. In Havana, the old town is being restored by a government that has trouble paying for necessities. Since it is a country where the government owns everything, restoration of old buildings takes a long time and is done so as not to displace residents living in the buildings. Restoration of the main plaza and other discreet areas are finished and are quite nice. In Panama, the old area is known as Casco Viejo. It isn’t as large as the other old towns, but private money is nicely rehabilitating it. Getting to Casco Viejo may take you through a dicey

area known as Chorillo. You’ll want to keep the doors locked in your car or taxi when driving to Casco Viejo, but once you get there, you will be rewarded with elegant restaurants, museums and souvenir shops. Puerto Rico is rebuilding from Hurricane Maria in September 2017, but its old town, known as Old San Juan or OSJ, was the first area to be rebuilt. The largest of the old towns and very pretty, the area is full of nice restaurants and interesting historical sites. One common feature of all these old towns is that they aren’t close to the beaches. The old towns are where you go to get a little sightseeing done, participate in the local culture and dine out. Once you’ve seen one of these old towns, you’ll recognize the architecture of the others, with colorful buildings, elaborate balconies and elegant touches on old buildings. You’ll go for the beaches but be charmed by the old towns. Or if it’s just beaches you want, consider heading to Florida. Michael Wald is a travel specialist with special expertise in Panama adventure travel. He blogs about travel and other musings at www. UntraveledPlaces.com. Follow him @UntraveledPlace and see where he is off to next.

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Our Favorite Restaur ants American — Homestyle Beck’s Prime 5931 Forest Ln. 972-661-8681 Bubba’s Cooks Country 6617 Hillcrest 214-373-6527 Mama’s Daughters’ Diner 2014 Irving Blvd. 214-742-8646 Riverside Grill 940 Riverfront Blvd. 214-748-2700 Asian — Japanese — Sushi Blue Sushi Sake Grill 7859 Walnut Hill, #100 972-677-7887 Sushi House 5619 W. Lovers Ln. 214-350-2100 Sushi Kyoto II 6429 Hillcrest Ave. 214-520-9991 Ten Ramen 1818 Sylvan Ave. 972-803-4400 WaiWai Kitchen — Sushi, Noodles 4315 Lemmon Ave. 214-520-8868 Bakery — Desserts — Ice Cream Celebrity Café & Bakery 10720 Preston Rd,#1016 214-373-0783 Crème de la Cookie 6025 Royal Ln. 214-363-4766 6706 Snider Plaza 214-265-5572 Einstein Bros. Bagels 3827 Lemmon Ave. 214-526-5221 6011 Royal Ln. 214-265-1435 6109 Berkshire Ln, #A 214-691-2445 Gigi’s Cupcakes 5450 W. Lovers, #130 214-352-2253 Highland Park Soda Fountain 3229 Knox St. 214-521-2126 Marble Slab Creamery 3001 Knox St., #103 214-219-0300

6130 Berkshire Ln. 214-369-5566 Mojo Donuts 6522 Lemmon Ave. 214-357-5154 Mustang Donuts 6601 Hillcrest Ave. 214-363-4878 The Original Cupcakery 2222 McKinney, #230 214-855-0003 Paciugo 3699 McKinney Ave. 214-219-2665 Pokey O’s 3034 Mockingbird 214-987-1200 Top Pot Doughnuts 8611 Hillcrest, #195 469-232-9911 Yummy Donuts 4355 Lovers Ln. 214-520-7680 Bar-B-Q

The Ginger Man - Uptown 2718 Boll St. 214-754-8771 The Idle Rich Pub 2614 McKinney Ave. 214-965-9926 Nickel and Rye 2523 McKinney Ave. 214-389-2120 The Quarter Bar 3301 McKinney Ave. 214-754-0106 Time Out Tavern 5101 W. Lovers Ln. 214-956-9522 Uptown Pub & Grill 3605 McKinney 214-522-5100 Windmill Lounge 5320 Maple Ave. 214-443-7818

2525 Inwood Rd., #123 214-350-9445 Original Pancake House 2900 Lemmon Ave. 214-528-7215 4343 W. NW Hwy,#375 214-351-2012 Two Sisters 3111-C Monticello 214-526-1118

4001 Lemmon Ave. 214-521-2070 Hunky’s Old-Fashioned Hamburgers 3930 Cedar Springs 214-522-1212 Jake’s Hamburgers 2702 McKinney, #101 214-754-8001 Jersey Mike’s Subs 3001 Knox St. 214-520-7827 5301 W. Lovers Ln. 214-350-7611 8411 Preston Rd., #118 214-691-7827 Mooyah Burger 6713 W. N.W. Hwy. 214-987-2666 Potbelly Sandwich Shop 5921 Forest Ln., #100 972-392-7771 Smashburger 4235 W. NW Hwy, #100 972-220-1222 Snuffer’s 8411 Preston Rd, #112 214-265-9911 Subway — SMU area 6935 Hillcrest 214-444-9068 Village Burger — West Village 3699 McKinney 214-443-9998

Burgers, Deli & Sandwiches Blues Burgers 1820 W. Mockingbird 214-750-9100 BGR — The Burger Joint 3001 Knox St., #108 469-941-4471 Burger House 6913 Hillcrest 214-361-0370 Chip’s Old-Fashioned Hamburgers 4530 W. Lovers Ln. 214-691-2447 East Hampton Sandwich Co. 6912 Snider Plaza 214-363-2888 Gazeebo Burgers 5950 Royal Ln. 214-368-3344 Goff’s Hamburgers 6401 Hillcrest 214-520-9133 Great American Hero

Wild About Harry’s — Katy Trail Serving up Harry’s mother's recipe of creamy frozen custard in many flavors made daily, award-winning hot dogs & a friendly atmosphere, Harry's has become the place to eat and relax for everyone. Open: 11 a.m. — 10 p.m., 7 days a week. www.wildaboutharrys.com 4527 Travis St. 214-520-3113 Chinese Howard Wang’s China Grill 3223 Lemmon Ave. 214-954-9558 4343 N.W. Hwy, #345 214-366-1606 Royal China 6025 Royal Ln., #201 214-361-1771

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Aloha Hawaiian Barbecue 5601 Lemmon, A-1 214-521-8868 Big Al’s Smokehouse Barbecue 3125 Inwood Rd. 214-350-9445 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit 2324 McKinney Ave. 469-248-3149 Katy Trail Ice House 3127 Routh St. 214-468-0600 Peggy Sue Bar-B-Q 6600 Snider Plaza 214-987-9188 Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que 1820 W. Mockingbird 214-352-2752 Bars, Pubs & Taverns 6th Street Bar / Uptown 3005 Routh St. 214-965-0962 Big Al’s McKinney Ave. Tavern 2907 McKinney Ave. 214-969-1984 British Beverage Co. 2800 Routh St., #115 214-922-8220 The Corner Bar & Grill 4830 McKinney 214-219-8002

This is half of Our Favorite Restaurants. See the full list at our website: KatyTrailWeekly.com Wang’s Chinese Café 6033 Luther Ln. 214-265-1688 Coffee & Specialties Drip Coffee Co. 4343 W. Lovers Ln. 214-599-7800 Oak Lawn Coffee 2720 Oak Lawn 214-219-5511 Sip Stir Cafe 3800 McKinney, #180 214-443-9100 Starbucks 2801 Allen St., #180 214-965-9696 3216 Knox St. 214-520-2273 4343 W. NW Hwy. 214-654-0704 Union Coffee Shop 5622 Dyer St. 214-242-9725 Eclectic Angela’s Cafe 7979 Inwood Rd. 214-904-8122 Bread Winners Café & Bakery 3301 McKinney Ave. 214-754-4940 5560 W. Lovers, #260 214-351-3339 Buzzbrews 4334 Lemmon Ave. 972-521-4334 Café Brazil 3847 Cedar Springs. 214-461-8762 Café Express 5600 W. Lovers, #109 214-352-2211 Denny’s 2030 Market Ctr. Blvd. 214-749-6215 Dick’s Last Resort 2211 N. Lamar, #100 214-747-0001 Eden Rest. & Pastries 4416 W. Lovers Ln. 972-267-3336 Henry’s Majestic 4900 McKinney Ave. 469-893-9400 Lucky’s Cafe

3531 Oak Lawn The Rustic 3656 Howell St. Stoneleigh P 2926 Maple Ave. Street's Fine Chicken 3857 Cedar Springs

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Ethiopian Dallul 2515 Inwood Rd, #117 214-353-0805 French Rise No 1 Salon de Souffle 5360 W. Lovers, #220 214-366-9900 Toulouse Café & Bar 3314 Knox St. 214-520-8999 Whisk Crepes Café 1888 Sylvan Ave. 469-353-9718 German Kuby’s Sausage House 6601 Snider Plaza 214-363-2231 Greek Greek Isles 5934 Royal Ln. 214-234-7662 Little Greek 9665 N. Central Exwy. 214-696-1234 Do you have a favorite area restaurant or bar you want to see listed in this Directory? If so, please call: 214-27-TRAIL (214-278-7245)

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Dr. Sarah E. Laibstain Spring symbolizes a time for growth and fresh beginnings. This season of renewal is a perfect time for self-reflection and re-establishing healthy habits, which include maintaining a nutritious diet in addition to participating in regular physical activity. In a perfectly healthy world, everyone would be well-informed of the plentiful benefits that result from leading a balanced lifestyle. One of the key components of achieving a balanced lifestyle is having the ability to make informed decisions when it comes to food. This pertains not only to nutritional value but also to being mindful of portion sizes and reducing food waste. Eating a variety of foods from each food group is imperative to maintaining a well-balanced diet as it can help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure among other serious conditions. Not only does consciously incorporating varied food groups promote health, it also helps prevent the inevitable boredom that can come from eating the same dishes. Another element of nutritional education is promoting the reduction of food waste. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimated that roughly one third of food produced in the world is wasted each year. Sticking to a grocery list and avoiding impulse purchases can help reduce the amount of food that goes unused and is tossed out. Additionally, researching proper food storage practices can extend the lifetime of fruits TROLLEY cont'd from page 1

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place to see if I had enough parking. So I said ‘Geez, I better join something out of self defense.’” Cobb would eventually become president of a neighborhood restaurant association. “Mainly just restaurant owners and retailers,” Cobb said. “Not many property owners or commercial people were involved at that time. “I had heard about some bond money that had passed about two years before,” Cobb said. “The bond money was to take Routh Street one-way to downtown and Fairmont Street one-way out. And the retailers and homeowners were adamantly against that. So I went to the city councilman at the time [eventual Dallas mayor Steve Bartlett] and we talked about it [returning the trolley line]. So he gave me $1 million, and we raised more from residents and peeled back the asphalt.” What Cobb would find was that the rail tracks were still intact. “They were not visible, but a lot of people told me we would find trolley tracks, and we did. We exposed the trolley tracks.” Cobb was asked by an acquaintance if he wanted to go to his home and see some 8mm film of the final day of the old trolleys running in Dallas. “I saw trolley cars running up and down McKinney Avenue. They were on the tracks that we had just exposed. I was hooked. That was my “Ah-Ha’ moment. I made him run the film eight times.” MATA has a 17,000 sq. ft. trolley barn, complete with security cameras, located at the corner of Cityplace W. Boulevard and Oak Grove Avenue in

and vegetables which often ripen and rot prematurely due to improper storage. Finally, maintaining a clutter-free fridge is a great way to reduce food spoilage. Not only can you clearly see what Dr. Laibstain needs to be used, but a clean fridge also prevents accidental repeat-purchases and lends to eating a varied diet. While it may take time to incorporate these habits into a busy schedule, there are other ways to promote a nutritious lifestyle. Consider hosting a “healthy potluck” or recipe contest among friends or coworkers. Encourage the group to bring their favorite nutritious dish to spark conversation around meal ideas and preparation tips. Other ways to incorporate nutrition into daily life include hosting a workplace “lunch and learn” that promotes healthy eating or organizing a group fitness session at your local exercise studio or gym. However you choose to better your health, let the springtime serve as a reminder of the importance that nutrition plays in our daily lives! Dr. Sarah E. Laibstain is a general family medicine practitioner at Family Medicine Associates of Texas in Carrollton. She thoroughly enjoys improving the health and lives of individuals ranging from young children to adulthood. For more information, call 972-394-8844, or visit texasmedicine.com.

Uptown. Originally a carpet storing facility, they acquired the property 13 years ago, raised the roof eight feet, added skylights, tracks and a repair shop. Their corporate offices are across the street. The fleet consists of seven cars, many of which can be parked inside the facility. The MATA line fleet is closest in design to the St. Charles Line in New Orleans. Everything is vintage, but the cars cannot be historically registered because MATA added air conditioning and heating. “The old motors for the old cars are more than 100-year-old technology. The old motors are not made anymore. Sometimes it is cheaper to buy one than to refurbish one,” Cobb said. One of the cars currently being redone is named Betty. “This one is named after Betty Carpenter. Betty and John Carpenter, the owners of Las Colinas, gave us this car. It was an original Dallas car that his father handpicked from the fleet in 1956 to take out to Las Colinas to the farm for his kids and grandkids to play in it. After the last grandkid played in it, he gave it to me.” MATA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and due to funding partners, provide an entirely free ride service 365 days a year. They survive on advertising revenues, charters and private contributions. And their single biggest partner might come as a surprise. “DART,” Cobb said. “I had heard that this new transit organization had come to town with offices at Love Field.

They had five people, and they called it DART. I met with their first president named Maurice Carter, who had just come from San Diego.” San Diego is noted for a vibrant trolley service that includes the “Tijuana Trolley.” “He said,” Cobb recalled, ‘that if you don’t go from one neighborhood to another, you aren’t going to get any ridership.’” Today, DART remains its leading financial partner. They feel that MATA serves an area, primarily McKinney Avenue, which keeps DART busses off the street and lowers their overhead. MATA has approximately 600,000 riders annually in the downtown, Arts District, Uptown, Turtle Creek and West Village areas. In the coming years, Cobb is optimistic about expansion to Knox-Henderson. Growing up, Cobb never had a love for trains. “As a kid, I never had a train set,” Cobb said. Now he has a fleet of trolley cars that not only provides a functional service, but has become a tourist attraction, for the city of Dallas.

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