Park Cities People July 2018

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Highland Park and University Park residents love to keep their parade “the redder, whiter, and bluer the better.” INSERT








Park Cities builder takes beach-theme approach with ninth building he’s made for annual CASA fundraiser.

Led by chief operating officer Ossa Fisher, the technology-based company serves schools across the nation, including in DISD.

Christian, Jewish, and Muslim women gather to discuss faith and family, while learning from one another.

2 July 2018 |



mails between Sam Dalton and John Tatum provide a glimpse at how personal debate about elementary school reconstruction can become. After the two met for lunch, the newspaper’s May issue arrived with an advertisement presented as an Ethics 101 Quiz. It asks readers to judge the integrity and intelligence of school board members. Dalton, a former trustee who serves on Highland Park ISD’s design and construction committee, complained in his email to Tatum: “You obviously had this ad in the can, yet you didn’t say anything about it. It’s just flat out inappropriate, and very divisive. I’m going to have a really hard time ever trusting you again.” When Tatum responded, he copied trustees’ district email accounts, making the exchange accessible through an open records request. Visit our website for the full email. Tatum denied credit for the ad, but supported its message: “I believe EVERY Aspect of that AD was TRUE/FACTUAL......I believe our school board trustees have NO INTELLIGENCE.......NO INTEGRITY and the ONLY thing that the ‘I”’ stands for in hp’I’sd is ‘Impunity’ as THAT is how they operate.” Regrettably, the ad was mislabeled as being paid for by Nick Farris’s University Park City Council campaign, an error made by Park Cities People near press deadline after newspa-

per staff noticed it didn’t have a “political ad paid for” line. The Ethics 101 ad and a Farris campaign ad were W I L L I A M T AY L O R scheduled adjacent to one another by Tatum’s company, Genesco Sports. Tatum later informed the paper the quiz ad was paid for by Concerned Park Cities Citizens. Visit [no “s” before the dot com] to see what the organization, claiming 150-plus members and an email list of 2,500, finds wrong with plans for Bradfield and Hyer. Alternatively, visit [with an “s”], and see the organization anonymously mocked online with photos of the Pentagon and Mall of America presented as HPISD school designs and statements like, “23 percent of all stats are made up, but we’ve read blogs and know better than professionals.” Disrespect, it seems, goes both ways. On the Fourth of July, I’m told, politics in the Park Cities get put aside for a day. Let’s spend it thankful we’re free to disagree, even so disagreeably. William Taylor Editor

CORRECTIONS An advertisement in the May issue of Park Photographic coverage in the June issue Cities People (page 40) was improperly labeled (Page 38) of A Night To Remember fundas a political advertisement paid for by Univer- raiser for AIDS Services of Dallas missity Park City Council candidate Nick Farris’s takenly included two images from Roncampaign. The ad was paid for by Concerned aldl McDonald House of Dallas’ Under the Park Cities Citizens. Park Cities People regrets Moonlight Gala. Park Cities People regrets the the error. error.


Crime ............................ 4 News .............................. 8 Community ................. 14 Schools ........................ 20 Real Estate .................. 24 Business ....................... 29 Society ......................... 38 Faith ............................ 44 Obituary........................ 45 Living Well................... 46 Wedding ....................... 49 Classifieds .................... 51 4th of July................... Insert



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4 July 2018 |

Crime S KU L D U G G E RY of the MONTH


A $3,225.85 Fendi shoulder bag and wallet was where one shopper drew the line with how much she’d spend at the Highland Park Village storefront. After unsuccessfully trying to get a “Chick Charm” keychain as a free gift during the 3:30 p.m. shopping trip June 10, the 60-something-yearold hid the $630 trinket in her purse and left without paying for it.


CRIME REPORT MAY 7 - JUNE 10 MAY 7 SUV’s continue to be targeted for parts in the Park Cities: A third-row seat, valued at $500, was stolen overnight before 6:45 a.m. from a 2007 silver Chevrolet Suburban parked in the 4400 block of Larchmont Avenue. Another third-row seat was reported stolen during the same time period from a 2012 brown Chevrolet parked in the 4000 block of Glenwick Lane. MAY 8 A Highland Park man dealing Rolex watches from his house in the 3600 block of Harvard Avenue found himself down nearly $70,000 after a truly unique experience. Apparently, he received an inquiry from a friend and frequent business colleague about an “interested buyer.” After receiving a check via UPS, the watchman shipped out two Rolexes to a Washington D.C. address. Turns out his friend’s email was hacked and the check wasn’t real. MAY 10 Stolen before 8:10 a.m.: about $16,000 worth of kitchen appliances from a locked house under construction in the 3500 block of McFarlin Boulevard. MAY 11 W hile sitting inside his home in the 4400 block of Edmondson Avenue, a homeowner watched as a small gray vehicle with Oklahoma plates stop in front of his neighbor’s house, the passenger, a thin man possibly in his 40s, get out of the vehicle and run through his yard to his front porch, and then dash back to the vehicle with a package in hand. The 4:20 p.m. thievery just so happened to get a Mother’s Day present sent to the Highland Park couple from one of their children: a candle with some family photos. MAY 12 A 49-year-old University Park homeowner reported to police around 10:20 a.m. that

sometime within the last month someone shot at her AC unit in the 3300 block of Southwestern Boulevard, rendering it inoperable. The damage was estimated at $2,500. MAY 14 A duffel bag, valued at $150, was stolen sometime between 6:55 and 7:35 a.m. from a 2010 white Lexus Rx350 parked in the 6200 block of Lomo Alto Drive. MAY 15 A whippet named Slick fled from his home in the 4200 block of Versailles Avenue and allegedly bit the dog next door. Slick’s mom said around 7:58 p.m., her 8-year-old son let the dog out without a leash, but that she did not see the altercation between Slick and Chevy, the black Labrador next door. MAY 16 Stolen before 6 a.m.: a thirdrow seat, valued at $1,800, from a 2011 black GMC Yukon parked overnight in the 2800 block of University Boulevard. MAY 17 A car burglar is going to be able to dine in style at Wingstop and Whataburger after stealing gift cards to both locations and Nike – plus $40 in cash – from a 2015 black GMC Denali parked overnight, before 11 a.m., in the 4500 block of Fairway Avenue. A Trek bicycle, valued at $800, was stolen sometime between 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and 6:30 p.m. Thursday from a garage in the 2900 block of Milton Avenue. MAY 18 One shopper must have been browsing with champagne taste on a soda pop budget just before noon at Scout & Mollys at Snider Plaza. According to a police report, the shopper tried on several clothing items in the dressing room, paid for three, and then left the location – taking with them $560-worth of unpaid for merchandise.

A Highland Park Service Center employee knew something was up when he noticed the case to his sunglasses on the ground next to his GMC Acadia parked in the 5000 block of Holland Drive. It turns out he was right. Around 10 a.m., video surveillance shows a “clean cut” man ride into the service area on what appeared to be a Lime rental bike. Later, the employee discovered that nearly $2,000 worth of valuables had been stolen from his car - including his wedding ring and two key FOBs. No word on the identity of the “clean cut” man. MAY 22 Sometime between 9:20 and 10:20 a.m., $2,000 worth of lawn equipment was stolen from a Krause Landscape and Contractors vehicle while employees worked at The Shops of Highland Park in the 4200 block of Oak Lawn Avenue. Another thief on a Lime Bike traded in a rental bike for one that didn’t belong to him or her in the Park Cities. Around 2:25 p.m., a housekeeper videotaped a man, likely in his late teens, stealing a $200 mountain bicycle from the front of the home in the 4300 block of Livingston Avenue. MAY 24 A Highland Park dad reported around 6:50 p.m. that a crew of men working at his home in the 3500 block of Princeton Avenue stole $487 from his daughter’s bedroom. No injuries were reported. MAY 26 A window in the 6800 block of Golf Drive, valued at $500, was shattered around 6:30 p.m. when a juvenile threw a rock at it. No injuries were reported. MAY 29 The chrome center wheel caps were stolen from a 2014 white four-door Chevrolet Silverado, while parked between 5:30 a.m. and 1:07 p.m. at the Highland Park swimming pool in the 3800 block of Lexington Avenue.

Two vehicles, a 2011 black Ford and a 2013 silver Lexus, were burglarized between 2 and 2:33 p.m while parked in the 3200 block of Marquette Street. A laptop, valued at $800, was stolen. MAY 31 A homeowner in the 3900 block of Mockingbird Lane left his garage open for about two hours while working out, and sometime between 3 and 5 p.m. someone stole a 2015 black and neon green Cannondale Catalyst bicycle, valued at $487.11, from inside. No injuries were reported. JUNE 1 A motorist couldn’t catch a break after crashing in the 5100 block of Eton Avenue. After being released from the scene by officers, around 11:40 a.m., the driver backed her 2015 Nissan Versa into a legally parked police car and was issued a citation for illegal backing.No serious injuries were reported. You know it’s getting hot in Dallas when people resort to vandalizing air conditioning units. Management f rom the Tory Burch store in Highland Park Village reported around 5:30 p.m. that the condensers and copper lines had been removed from two of their rooftop units, causing about $10,000 worth of damage.


Stolen before 7:30 a.m.: a 2018 white Lincoln Navigator – with the keys possibly inside – from the 3600 block of Beverly Drive. Another vehicle, a 2016 white Range Rover Sport – this one definitely unlocked with the keys inside – was stolen around the same time from the 3500 block of Harvard Avenue. JUNE 10 Stolen before 10:30 a.m.: a light blue 2010 Yamaha WR250 Enduro-styled motorcycle from a garage in the 5000 block of Holland Avenue.

8 July 2018 |



HPISD proceeding with elementary school demolition, reconstruction By William Taylor

People Newspapers


ome Park Cities residents expect to still be complaining years from now about a “colonnade to nowhere” planned for the front entrance of the new Bradfield Elementary School. “I’ll have to crusade in 10 years to remove it,” Highland Park Town Council member David Dowler said after hearing the school board had decided to keep it in the design. At Dowler’s urging, Russell Windham, a Houston architect with a practice committed to the classical tradition, peer reviewed the design for free with the goal of helping the building fit better into the neighborhood adjacent to Highland Park Village. Highland Park ISD trustees agreed to some of Windham’s recommendations, including revisions to windows, the use of more brick, and the addition of quatrefoils, but rejected others, including removal of


A drawing shows how Bradfield Elementary School will look as now approved with some modifications proposed during a classical architectural peer review. the colonnade. Dowler and others see it as blocking the view of the entrance to the school and serving no purpose since students can’t use it as a walkway to get from one part of the campus to another.

However, trustees view the colonnade as an attractive feature that could provide parents and children shelter from sun and rain during drop off and pick up times. Price estimates showed Windham’s proposals combining to add $754,000 to the

project, $354,000 more than district leaders were willing to spend. Superintendent Tom Trigg had found $200,000 to add to the construction budget, and the Town Council voted to waive 65 percent of building permit costs up to $200,000. Online and in public meetings, interior designer Kristen Woolery and landscape architect Melissa Gerstle have continued to criticize plans for Bradfield and trustees for not spending just a little more to achieve “historically accurate architecture” and “get it right for the next 100 years.” HPISD is proceeding with demolition and reconstruction. The Town Council has approved the site plan and planned development district zoning as well those of Windham’s recommendations trustees chose to adopt. Delaying further would do a disservice to the district, Town Council member Eric Gambrell said. “This was as originally proposed and is now a beautiful building.”

Highland Park Town Council Faces Decision on ‘Big Pecan’ By William Taylor

People Newspapers The more than 150-year-old monarch known as “The Big Pecan Tree” has entered irreversible decline, an arborist says. Micah Pace of Preservation Tree Service expects Highland Park’s 75-foot-tall landmark will continue to develop deadwood, lose canopy, and pose at least some risk to those who pass near it. “It could persist in that state for decades,” Pace said. “The question is: Is that what we want?”


Highland Parks’ “Big Pecan Tree” is showing about 35 percent canopy loss.

The choices facing the Town Council start with whether to remove the tree preemptively or wait and do so in response to some episode such as limb or trunk failure. “I’ve found it depressing, watching it decline,” council member David Dowler said. Council members haven’t set a timetable for deciding the future of the tree, located in the median of Armstrong Parkway near Preston Road. Pace said removal should involve a respectful transition, including a celebration of service for the tree to

help residents cope with its loss. “It’s served the community a longtime,” Pace said. “I’m not trying to sound all green and Californiaish.” An adjacent large tree, about 100 feet away, is believed by some to be related to the landmark pecan. Pace sees that as a viable “successor” that could be the focus of the annual December tree lighting. “The problem with the successor: It’s in the wrong place,” Dowler said. The historic pecan sits at an entrance to the town. “If it does come down, it needs to

be replaced with something comparable or better,” Dowler said. Pace said bringing in an appropriately-sized transplant would cost $200,000. Dowler suggested a fundraising campaign to pay for such a project. It could be a memorial for philanthropist Margaret McDermott, who died in May. Mayor Margo Goodwin suggested an alternative: converting the area where the monarch stands into McDermott Plaza or Park, a place where residents could gather to watch the lighting of the other tree.

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Enrollment Policy Approved by HPISD

Some children of teachers will be allowed to attend By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers New faces will grace Highland Park elementary schools starting in August. The Highland Park ISD school board unanimously approved a revised policy that permits the enrollment of qualified children of non-resident, full-time professional employees.

“It’s such a small thing to give to our teachers the ability to bring their children here.” Lisa Faulkner The new policy will only apply to students in kindergarten through fourth grade for the 2018-19 school year. Brenda West, Human Resource director for HPISD, summarized the changes before recommending the policy update to board members. “HPISD would like to enhance the recruitment and retention methods for teachers,” she said. “This is the way our comparable districts operate. This is a very common practice around the state. As you know, HPISD has limited state funding due to recapture. This is a good way to balance that.” West said the first year of open enrollment would add between 20 and 30 new students, or one to two new students per grade level per campus in 2018-19. Information on how many students have been accepted and who enrolled will be available in September, West said. One of the main factors in driving the new policy was retaining HPISD teachers. Several residents and board members noted that it would be “a shame” to lose teachers simply because their children had to attend another campus.


The new enrollment policy, allowing teachers’ children to attend HPISD, will apply initially to students in kindergarten through fourth grade. “Teacher recruitment is tough enough across the board,” said Jim Hitzelberger, school board president. The drafted policy allows non-resident, full-time professional contracted employees, including teachers, librarians, counselors, and professional staff, to submit applications for their children to transfer into HPISD schools. Acceptance will be dependent upon on the availability of classroom seats, so as to not to interfere with class-size requirements. “Our goal with this policy change is to help our principals attract, recruit, and retain the best-qualified candidates to teach and work with the students of Highland Park ISD,” said Superintendent Tom Trigg at a meeting in May. “There is a lot of competition right now among schools in the area to recruit top talent and we believe our students deserve to have the very best in their classrooms.” “This policy is really about planning for the long-term,” West added. “Most school-age children have already established relationships in their own schools and communities, so we are not expecting a lot of new students as a result of this policy during the first year or two. Our research indicates that this may increase HPISD’s student population by 1-2 percent over time. The long-term benefit, however, of helping recruit and retain quality staff makes this worthy of consideration.” Staff members would need to make an application each year for their student, per officials. The students would also need to meet certain attendance and discipline requirements to continue their enrollment. “I totally support [the new policy],” said Lisa Faulkner, Highland Park resident. “Many teachers give up pay to be here, and they travel a long way to make this place what it is. It’s such a small thing to give to our teachers the ability to bring their children here. And it’s such a small amount of teachers that would do it anyway, I don’t think there would be any overcrowding issues at all.”

After stating that Hyer would be rebuilt no higher than two stories, HPISD presented 2 and 3-story design options for Hyer Elementary at a neighborhood meeting on May 7th, 2018.

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HPDPS Holds Class to Prepare Residents for Active Shootings

Signed letters from HPISD residents who are against a 3-story Hyer. By Tim Glaze • Both 2 and 3-story options increase Hyer’s student capacity from 703 to 770 and meet all design requirements. • We are approaching 1,000 letters from area residents who are against a 3-story Hyer. To request the form letter via email, let us know at Take 2 minutes and go online to watch?v=aTBC3b2HxHM&t=7s to see a bond campaign you tube video in which the district’s architect explicitly states that “Hyer is obviously going from a one story building to a two story building.” He explains why Hyer’s solution should be different than the other two elementary rebuilds due to its residential scale and neighborhood context. It is only reasonable to add one story to Hyer as every other elementary school is either remaining the same in height (2-story Armstrong) or going up one story (University Park and Bradfield). We can accomplish an outstanding design for Hyer without going beyond two stories, as proven by the district’s May 7th presentation. What is the motivation for someone/anyone to impose a 3-story Hyer on our neighborhood when such a large number of residents clearly oppose it?

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People Newspapers Following another school shooting – this time at Santa Fe High School, near Houston – the Highland Park Department of Public Safety decided to directly address residents.

“It’s unfortunate that events like active shootings have forced us to adapt [this] way, but what residents are getting now are an even more prepared officer.” Sgt. Jake Mowrey Senior officers held an active shooter training class at SMU’s Cox School of Business in May, and more than 50 residents turned out for lessons on how to react in a situation that is dreaded across America. Led by Sgt. Jake Mowrey and Lt. Wayne Kilmer, the presentation involved a slide show outlining the steps police officers take when training for what is now called “mass murder” situations – a term that includes school shootings, of which there have been nearly 200 since 2000, according to the officers. Mowrey and Kilmer also answered questions regarding how to help a wounded person before emergency responders arrive. “Police officers in Highland Park are now EMS trained,” Mowrey said. “We carry tourniquets with us at all times. It’s unfortunate that events like active shootings have forced us to adapt that way, but what residents are getting now are an even moreprepared officer.” Other parts of police training have drastically changed since the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 – one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history. Police are now instructed to enter any building with an active shooter inside immediately upon arrival; in 1999, all officers were instructed


Highland Park Police Lt. Wayne Kilmer discussed the Colombine High School shooting, as well as facts pertaining to active shootings in 2018. to wait until SWAT members arrived before entering. “In most cases, the active shooter isn’t looking for a fight - he just wants to create as much chaos as possible before police arrive,” Mowrey said. “So we need to get inside as soon as possible and make sure we take him down. Often times we’ll arrive before SWAT, and we can’t waste precious minutes.” What should residents do in an active shooter situation? Mowrey and Kilmer suggested hiding, barricading any nearby doors and windows, calling 911, assisting anyone that is injured, and stopping the shooter if an opportunity presents itself. While the possibility of apprehending a shooter may seem “scary,” as Mowrey put it, having a mental checklist of the situation beforehand could greatly serve a bystander in that situation. “I like to tell people to have an imagination,” Mowrey said. “Go over the situation in your head today, before this has a chance to happen. What would you do if a shooter came into your building? Where are the exits? How would you respond? If the shooter turns his back, do you have an opportunity to stop him? If you know how you would respond, you’re more likely to be the calm in the midst of the chaos.” The idea of a school shooting – or any mass shooting in a public place – is certainly uncomfortable, Mowrey said. But, it’s not something that residents should worry about every day. “Be aware, and know that it’s a possibility in today’s society, but don’t let it rule your life,” he said. “We just want to help you be as prepared as possible.”

OFFICER TIPS • Hide • Barricade doors • Call 911 • Treat injured • Have a plan

14 July 2018 |



Builder Les Owens goes with beach-themed design

I realized with my skills I could build a playhouse and help CASA help kids in the foster system. Les Owens


LRO Residential founder Les Owens builds his ninth house for the annual Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses

By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers


es Owens, founder of LRO Residential, may have a dozen or more projects on his list at any given time, but that doesn’t mean the Park Cities homebuilder doesn’t make time for playhouses, especially when it’s for a good cause. This year, Owens built his ninth playhouse for the 2018 Parade of Playhouses: a beach-themed house with nautical interiors, cedar siding, and a copper roof. Parade of Playhouses has been a signature community and fundraising event for Dallas CASA since 1996. The playhouses, he said, become a team effort for his family and subcontractors. Ownes sets the house each year on one of his job sites where everyone from the electrician

to the architect touches it. This year’s collection of 14 houses includes a Whataburger drivethrough, a 1950s diner, and a modern home with flexible walls. Each house is unique and represents months of work designing, planning, building, finishing, and transporting to NorthPark Center. While all of the homes are unique in their own right, Rosanne Lewis, Dallas CASA public relations manager, said Owens’ is a quintessential example of a playhouse. His playhouses, she said, are creative and unique, and he aspires to build a quality product families would be proud to have in their backyards. He’s built a ski lodge, a fire station, and a barn. Last year’s Tudor-inspired whimsical cottage featured a curved front door, a copper roof, oak flooring, and full elec-

trical. Owens became involved with Dallas CASA in 2009, after the birth of his first child. “I saw how much love and support he was given by our family and the great support system he was going to have growing up,” he said. “It made me realize what many kids are missing. I realized with my skills I could build a playhouse and help CASA help kids in the foster system.” The playhouses, all custom-designed and built, are donated by local builders, architects, and corporations and are available to win by raffle on the last day of the 17-day event. “Dallas CASA believes all children have the right to be safe and loved and allowed to reach their full potential,” said Kathleen LaValle, Dallas CASA’s executive di-

rector. “For the children we serve, these houses represent our dreams for them – safety, permanency and a place to call their own forever. Every day in Dallas, CASA volunteers are walking hand in hand with children on their journeys to permanent, loving homes. We all dream of a day when no child in need has to wish for a permanent place to grow up, safe and loved.” Dallas CASA recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers to serve as voices in court for children removed from a home due to abuse or neglect. In 2017, more than 1,300 Dallas CASA volunteers helped 3,118 children living in the protective care of the state because it wasn’t safe at home. The 23rd annual Parade of Playhouses will be on display at NorthPark Center from June 29 to July 15.

Museum Brings Moon Day to Dallas Douglas Harry “Wheels” Wheelock, a NASA Astronaut who has completed missions on the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and the Russian Soyuz, will serve as the keynote speaker for the 2018 Moon Day. Moon Day, presented in collaboration with the National Space Society of North Texas and sponsored by Beal Bank, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, located at the southeastern corner of the Dallas Love Field Airport on Lemmon Avenue. The event honors previous space flight accomplishments while also focusing on current and future activities in space exploration.

This year’s day also celebrates the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo VII mission, which paved the way for the eventual moon landing. Moon Day includes space-related displays, robotic demonstrations, meteorite samples, and hands-on activities. Guests can monitor satellite transmissions and build and launch a model rocket ($25 fee and pre-registration required). Moon Day is free to museum members and non-member get in with the cost of normal museum admissions: $10 for adults, $8 for ages 65 and older, $7 for ages 3-17, and free to children younger COURTESY PHOTO than 3. Visitors will learn about space exploration during Moon - Staff report Day at the Frontiers of Flight Museum.

July Fourth Fireworks: 5 Nearby Shows

RED, WHITE, AND BOOM ON THE BRIDGE WHAT: Live music, family activities, food, and more in sight of the downtown Dallas skyline. Food trucks arrive at 6 p.m. Admission is free. WHERE: Continental Bridge WHEN: 6 to 10 p.m., July 3


WHAT: An entire day of activities, culminating with a fireworks show. Admission is $5. WHERE: Fair Park, Dallas WHEN: All day, July 4

TEXAS RANGERS POST GAME FIREWORKS WHAT: The Rangers and the Astros square off on the diamond for a Texas-sized showdown. A free fireworks show follows the games. WHERE: Globe Life Park, Arlington WHEN: Fireworks will immediately follow the conclusion of the baseball games; first pitch is 7:05 p.m. on July 3 and 6:05 p.m. on July 4

ADDISON’S KABOOM TOWN WHAT: Kaboom Town has been a north Texas staple for over 30 years. Admission is free. WHERE: 4970 Addison Circle, Addison WHEN: 4 p.m. to midnight, July 3

ROYAL BLUE GROCERY WHAT: Sit on the store’s patio and watch the Dallas Country Club fireworks. Cost is $40 per adult and $18 per child, which guarantees a seat and unlimited barbecue buffet. WHERE: Royal Blue Grocery, 1 Highland Park Village WHEN: Dinner at 6 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m.

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USA! USA! USA! July means the Fourth and all that it entails: fireworks, parades, barbecues, family reunions, pool and lake parties. Embattled politicians are home in force to wave flags and woo their base. Will we get a LEN BOURLAND brief respite from the news, fake or otherwise? Daily we are barraged with the nuclear option in Russia, Iran, Korean and outbreaks of new diseases like Zika, Ebola, West Nile, or virulent influenzas. The shark-infested seas filled with floating sewage; the ozone-depleted, polluted atmosphere; the daily carnage in the Middle East; the constant threat of terrorists; and the natural disasters galore keep us anxious or angry. There’s sex trafficking, drug trafficking, and just plain traffic. Time to escape into a good mystery or beach book, right? Nope. The world’s getting better and better. In the nick of time Swedish Hans Rosling and his team have proved it in Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things are Better Than You Think, a book endorsed by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. If charts and stats are not your thing, just read chapter headings and glean a few anecdotes “What percent of girls around the world finish primary school, 20, 40 or 60 percent?” Amazingly it’s 60 percent. The crime rate is going down, so are childhood deaths since 80 percent of children are vaccinated. Eighty percent of the world has access to electricity; average life expectancy is now 70. Sixty-five percent of adults have mobile phones, even more are on the Internet. Deaths from natural disasters in the last century have halved – even more so for plane crashes. Nuclear warheads have been drastically reduced. There is no population explosion; the birthrate has remained the same, but adults live longer. Tigers, black rhinos, giant pandas are no longer endangered. Good news is in endless supply in this eye-opening tome. Why does the world seem to be getting worse? The negativity blitz, the fear and blame instinct, as well as generalizations from false premises to name a few of the author’s findings. When Rosling was born, Egypt and Sweden were on par in all their indices. Now everyone wants to migrate to Sweden. Most of the world does not live in extreme poverty, and where it exists is diminishing. So break out the firecrackers and wave a flag, because America has led the way. Columnist and author Len Bourland can be reached at | July 2018  17

Biblical Arts Museum Exhibit Explores Iraqi Jewish Heritage

Documents recovered from f looded intelligence headquarters’ basement By William Legrone

People Newspapers

COURTESY PHOTOS These documents, seen before treatment by archivists, include a 1902 Passover Haggadah (top); a Hebrew Bible from Venice, 1568 (bottom left), and a 1918 letter from the British military office in Baghdad to the chief rabbi regarding the allotment of sheep for Rosh Hashana.

Coming full circle, The Museum of Biblical Arts’ newest exhibit on offer, “Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage,” ends its five-year tour around the country by returning to Texas. Through 24 items, the exhibit tells the story of thousands of Jewish documents and texts that were saved from the flooded basement of Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters, the Mukhabarat. The exhibit starts with the story of the recovery and preservation of the materials and then proceeds to provide a window into the lives of 20th century Iraqi Jews, whose ancestors had called the land home for nearly 3,000 years. “This group of material is an unparalleled evidence about the 20th century experience of the Jewish community and lives of individuals in this region,” said Gabriel Goldstein, independent curator and specialist in Jewish culture, history, and art. “Only by the serendipitous and then intense effort do we have this ongoing access to this research.” The cache was first discovered

in 2003 after a former member of Hussein’s secret police tipped coalition forces about the possible existence of an original Babylonian Talmud, an extraordinary rarity in the modern age. Central to Judaic culture, the Talmud is a compilation of lore, tradition and law. While no such version of the Talmud existed, coalition forces did find thousands of waterlogged documents and texts. What followed was a historic departmental collaboration between the U.S. and Iraqi governments to preserve and document the cache through the National Archives. Hired by the archives, Goldstein’s role was to curate an exhibit for the recovered materials. “I chose the objects based on their import, interest, accessibility to the public,” Goldstein said. “There were objects that were super powerful or visually strong and told a particularly important story. We chose carefully as almost every piece has multiple aspects of story line.” When the contents of the cache were first sent to the U.S., the preservation process started in Texas, where materials were freeze dried to remove moisture and stop mold from destroying the documents.

“In almost every location we’ve gone with this exhibition, I’ve had people come up to me and say, ‘Oh my mother was born there. My aunt attended that school,’” Goldstein said. “It’s attracted diverse audiences. We have veterans who served in Iraq that feel a strong connection to it, and there’s been a strong interest particularly from Jews with Iraqi Jewish backgrounds.”

‘ D I S C OV E RY A N D R E C OV E RY ’ WHAT: The exhibit, sponsored by the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, explores the discovery and recovery of thousands of Jewish documents in Iraq. WHEN: Through Sept. 3 WHERE: The Museum of Biblical Arts, 7500 Park Lane COST: $12 standard admission, $10 for ages 65-plus and students with IDs, $8 for ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger

18 July 2018 |

Park Cities Archives Dedicated Brown Books, annuals, trophies on display

Scots football memorabilla is on display at University Park Library.

By William Legrone

People Newspapers New cabinets at the University Park Library house the Archives of the Park Cities, a collection that includes memorabilia from the five Scots football state championships. “For years our society has been looking for a place to house these archives,” said Taylor Armstrong, Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society advisory board member. “Our goal was to create a repository for all that history.” The society on June 7 dedicated the archives in a celebration that included Scots head coach Randy Allen. Allen spoke about the achievements of the football team, and players from the 2017 championship team shared accounts of the day


that team won state. Afterwards, players ranging from 2017 all the way back to 1945 gathered for group photos and took a moment to view championship memorabilia. The football memorabilia display is a one of several planned rotating exhibits to be featured alongside the archive’s Brown Books and Highland Park High School yearbooks, which will be available for the public year round. The Brown Books are a collection of all homes in the University Park and contain a photo of each home at the time of its construction, the date it was built, its tax rolls and the original cost. “This is just the beginning,” Armstrong said “We want this to be a living thing. We want to continue to add to it.”

Letters to the Editor History Is A Fine Teacher As Yogi Berra might have said, “You can hear a lot by listening.” And in this case, by reading. The May 18 Dallas Morning News had two very instructive stories. “Revival Afoot For Area Dubbed East Quarter.” The east side of the Central Business District is slated for a huge makeover that will save and renovate 18-20 historic buildings to accommodate office and retail space, a park, and likely some residential. Here are a few quotes from the story: “We fell in love with these buildings and the history.”— First tenant. “We want to make sure we do the right things with these buildings.” – Park developer “We are overrun with people and we haven’t even gone to market yet” – Developer See where this is going? “Braniff Site Busy Again.” The old Braniff site at Love Field is being re-envisioned as a business jet center with offices and retail. The fact that the façade had to be saved (It’s eligible for national historic status) caused the developers to become creative. And they did. There is already a first lease inked. The original architects were Pereira and Luckman and a local fellow named Mark Lemon. I repeat Mark Lemon. Here are a couple of quotes.

“It has historical significance. At the time, we didn’t understand the architects’ background and history.”— Developer “The Texas Historical Commission has been a part of the whole process.” – Developer So, in a short drive down Mockingbird, you will see the exact opposite reverence for history and creative thinking when the historic Bradfield and Hyer Elementary Schools will be destroyed and faux history substituted. It is not the architects fault. They design academic factories from the inside out. It’s really the school board that decided to destroy the buildings — without being forthcoming during the bond election — rather than actually work a little extra to save some of the history. It is a consequential mistake and interestingly the opposite of the HP Town Council who, without pressure, brought in an architect skilled in classical historic architecture to rescue the design from an architect who apparently had none. It is very sad that the school board is ambivalent to the value of history even though they teach it. I guess these developers must have taken the class. Perhaps the guys taking the risk have the vision to see the resonance that true historic preservation has to potential tenants and the way it communicates values and continuity. Oh, Mark Lemon. He designed Hyer. David Gravelle Highland Park

20 July 2018 |


GO 2018 SCOTS Highland Park High School Graduation Ceremony Highland Park High School held its Class of 2018 graduation June 1 at SMU’s Moody Coliseum. Valedictorian Karen Chen, who is attending Stanford,

and salutatorian Slade Sinak, who will attend the University of Virginia, both gave speeches. More than 450 students walked the stage.

FROM LEFT: Superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg, Blanket Award Winners Abigail Govett and Michael Xie, and HPHS Principal Walter Kelly.

Valedictorian: Karen Chen

Salutatorian: Slade Sinak | July 2018  21

Lyme Club Promotes Awareness of Misunderstood Disease HPHS student shares story of diagnosis with tick-borne illness By William Legrone

People Newspapers After visiting more than 20 doctors in hopes of figuring out what was happening, Sarah Maxwell had to fly out of Texas to get the diagnosis that her daughter Claire had Lyme disease. For the majority of patients, the tick-carried bacterial infection is successfully treated with oral antibiotics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But many patients report suffering lingering symptoms such as fatigue, pain, and joint and muscle aches.

“She’s never made one negative comment ever.” Alie Lavish “The insurance doesn’t cover it, because nobody quite gets it yet,” Sarah Maxwell said. “So for us, we had to fly to New York every three months for treatment, and you’re also paying the doctor out of pocket. All told, the health care cost us 60 or 70 thousand dollars.” According to, insur-

ance companies view “chronic Lyme disease” with skepticism, associating it with expensive, experimental, unproven treatments, such as long-term antibiotic therapy. After finding and starting treatment for her daughter, Maxwell, an associate professor of public affairs at the University of Texas at Dallas, took to Facebook to raise awareness about Lyme disease in Texas. “Texans & Ticks is a grant funded social media Facebook campaign,” Maxwell said. “Claire and I wrote the grant together. The idea is to let people know that there are ticks in Texas, because [people] don’t seem to realize it.” When students at Highland Park High School heard about Claire and the campaign, they came together to form the Lyme Disease Club. In addition to raising awareness, the student organization focuses on bringing health care professionals to the campus to talk about their experiences in the field and give further insight into the disease. “I moved forward with the Lyme club since I knew that a lot of my friends wanted to go into the medical field,” Claire said. Formerly a part of a nationally ranked triathlon team, Claire was forced to stop competing and missed months of school at


FROM LEFT: Alie Lavish, Victoria Taverna, Claire Maxwell, Sarah Maxwell, John Luck Piepgras, and Benjamin Guffey work to raise awareness of Lyme disease. a time. “I was throwing up every single day,” Claire said. “It’s rough. I got really bad joint pain, so I wasn’t able to run or do anything without being in pain.” Symptoms like nausea, fatigue, and tremors have stayed with her even after initial treatments. Despite this, Claire said she likes to keep a positive mindset and actively participates in the club. “She’s never made one negative comment ever,” club member Alie Lavish said.

“She comes to school with a smile even after being gone for a week.” The Lyme Disease Club has plans to raise funds for organizations like the Lyme Disease Association through fundraising campaigns. Among their ideas are bake sales and charity events with an element of friendly competition. “I think they’ll be better doctors in the end,” Maxwell said. “There’s a saying with Lymes that you don’t get it unless you get it yourself, but it’s so nice that they do get it.”

22 July 2018 |

Highland Park STEAM Program Excels in First Year

Students, teachers explore robotics, science, art, math By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers The Highland Park ISD STEAM program has already inspired upwards of 50 students in only its first year within the district. Imagine then, executive director Geoffrey Orsak said, what participation will look like in future years with more funding. Funding for the program came from the Moody Innovation Institute, with which Orsak is heavily involved.

“Students are getting involved in more than one activity, and they’re all real-world connected. That’s why you see the kids getting so excited. And the teachers love to teach it, too.” Geoffrey Oak

TOP: James Jenkins, left, an art instructor at Highland Park Middle School, began teaching electronic screen printing to his students. BOTTOM: Elementary students Joshua Wade and Benjamin Massman built a biodome for their STEAM project.

The Institute provided $5.8 million to the district in hopes of encouraging interest in the STEAM subjects, and in the next year alone, HPISD will double the number of instructors teaching STEAM. Students involved with the science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics initiative presented projects in the Highland Park High School cafeteria in May. More than 100 students and parents attended.

Creations ranged from robotics to sculptures, photography to voice-command drones, and with all grade levels represented. One project, created by a group led by Highland Park Middle School seventh-grader Greer Schmerbeck, involved a robotic trash can that moves and picks up trash and recyclables on its own. Schmerbeck compared the robot to the popular Roombas that can vacuum homes by themselves. “We’d like, one day, for these


to be cleaning the streets of Dallas,” Schmerbeck said. “We’re also currently designing an app for cell phones that can control [the trash can robots] remotely.” Two elementary students, Joshua Wade and Benjamin Massman, created an “eco-dome” out of plastic bowls. Despite the limited amount of resources used, the duo’s ecosystem was thriving with plants and moisture. “We also added dirt and worms

to start a food chain,” Wade said. Eighth-graders Reese Greenlee and Gracie Handler, with the help of art teacher James Jenkins, created an electronic screen-printing device for T-shirts, a fan-favorite that had students and parents lined up around the cafeteria for free samples. “Everyone wants a free T-shirt, and this is a really creative way to make them,” said Greenlee. “[Creating the screen print] is a really lengthy process. You have to use light-burning. It took us about two weeks to design this, but it was totally worth it.” “It’s amazing that this what we do in art classes now,” added Handler. “We get to make a finished project like this, and it’s really hands-on, creative and fun.” Jenkins agreed, noting that involvement in activities like these are more possible than ever now with the resources at hand. “I signed up for STEAM knowing it would really help my program at the middle school,” he said. “I thought it would be really meaningful knowing we would be doing projects with real-life solutions. It’s been very successful, and I’ve loved every minute of it.” Orsak said the outpouring of support in the first year of STEAM has been “incredible.” “ The main idea behind STEAM is the integration of ideas, from one discipline to another,” he said. “So students are getting involved in more than one activity, and they’re all real-world connected. “That’s why you see the kids getting so excited. And the teachers love to teach it, too.” | July 2018  23

District Denies Conflict of Interest in Hyer Redesign By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers Highland Park ISD officials are refuting a resident’s claim that school board president Jim Hitzelberger’s mother stands to gain from the redesign of Hyer Elementary. Nathan Wood sent an email to the district stating he, as well as several residents in the Hyer school zone, believe that Hitzelberger faces a conflict of interest that should exclude the school board president from participating in decisions about the design of Hyer. Wood claims that the additional green space created by turning Hyer into a three-story building would increase the distance between the school and Hitzelberger’s mother’s home by 30 feet, potentially adding property value. “My opinion is this is a clear-cut clash of personal and public affairs,” Wood wrote. “[Hitzelberger] potentially has a lot to gain by how the new Hyer Elementary is constructed and built.” The district, and Hitzelberger, disagree. For Hitzelberger to be in direct conflict of interest, according to officials, any possible construction of Hyer would have to positively im-

Jim Hitzelberger pact his mother only – not the other families that also surround the elementary school. Hitzelberger’s mother is not the only home on Caruth Drive standing to gain distance from the school building, officials said, and therefore no conflict of interest pertaining to Hitzelberger and his mother is present. There would also be a possibility for a conflict of interest if the district planned on buying Hitzelberger’s mother’s property for district use, but no such plans exist. “From where I stand, there’s no problem, but anytime there’s a direct accusation against me or one of the board members, we have to send it to our attorney,” he said. “I believe this is just a case of someone who wants a two-story [Hyer reconstruction] lashing out. But, we’ll let the attorney handle it.”

24 July 2018 |

Real Estate

HOUSE OF THE MONTH 3237 Greenbrier Drive


his extraordinary 100 percent stone custom designed house by Robbie Fusch sits on a rare 100-by 160foot lot and is an ideal home for a large or growing family seeking plenty of open living space as well as a functional floorplan in the heart of University Park. At the center of the home is a stunning two-story great room with custom tandem mortis beams and exquisite vaulted ceiling. The quality throughout is impeccable with incredible wood work, hand-scraped wood


floors, imported French chateau fireplace, interior leaded glass windows, and an interior sprinkler system as well as fireresistant sheetrock. This home includes a downstairs master suite, six additional bedrooms with en suite baths, fresh white kitchen, large game room, exercise room, gorgeous pool, spa, and a three car garage. Additional amenities include a fourth floor loft connecting bedrooms for additional play space, two separate laundry rooms, formal study, and a storm shelter basement. | July 2018  29



Dallas company has spent 20 years developing education technology By Tim Glaze

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echnology is king in 2018, and that includes in the classroom, where screens and keyboards are business as usual for students and teachers. July marks the 20th year for Dallas-based Istation, a leading provider of educational technology.

“Our goal is to delight the student so that learning is engaging, while simultaneously supporting the teacher by saving time and streamlining the ‘what’s next?’ in the classroom.” Ossa Fisher Operating from its mirrored gold-glass office tower on Central Expressway, the company stresses use of animated, game-like educational technology, small group instruction, and innovative types of reading, math, and Spanish-language activities and boast more than 4 million student subscribers and 8,900-plus campuses served in the United States and other countries. It’s also being used in Dallas ISD. “Our goal is to harness the power of innovation to help our schools and communities achieve their utmost potential,” said new chief operating officer Ossa Fisher. Before Fisher, a Preston Hollow resident, was named to her position in May, she served


Istation is a leading provider of technology and game-based curriculum for schools. as Istation’s deputy COO and chief marketing officer. She has worked for Match Inc. and on the board of directors for Rackspace Hosting, a leading provider of cloud services. But Fisher’s passion is education, as seen in her community work with Uplift Education

– one of the largest non-profit charter school networks in Texas. “While Istation’s mission to support educators, empower kids, and change lives remains steadfast, the environment surrounding us does not,” she said. “My job is to ensure Ista-

tion stays at the forefront of technology, creativity, and impact.” Istation promotes use of “formative assessments” to precisely measure student growth with engaging, computer-adaptive screening programs. “For teachers, the data provided by technology allows them to know instantly how students are doing in particular subject areas,” she said. “Istation takes that data a step further by notifying the teacher where students might need additional support. We then automatically recommend lesson plans that are specifically designed for a particular students’ needs.” Presenting education through a game-like environment presents the ultimate “learning is fun” template, she said. “Our goal is to delight the student so that learning is engaging, while simultaneously supporting the teacher by saving time and streamlining the ‘what’s next?’ in the classroom.”

Perfect Flip-Flop Fit: Hari Mari and Peter Millar

Park Cities couple unveils collaboration with upscale men’s clothier COURTESY PHOTOS

By Bianca R. Montes

Hari and Mari founders Jeremy (far left) and Lila (middle) Stewart pose with Peter Millar executives at press party to celebrate flip flop collaboration.

People Newspapers

When Jeremy and Lila Stewart started their flip-flop brand, Hari Mari, they were looking to do one thing: fill a niche in the market. “When we first started out, we asked people what they thought about flip-flops; what they liked and didn’t like,” Jeremy Stewart said. “What we found out was that whether they loved flip-flops or hated them, they all disliked that little piece that goes in between the first and second toe. “It’s actually why a lot of people won’t wear flip-flops, so I thought if we can build a flip flop that’s colorful, comfortable, and mitigates that break in period by doing something different with that toe piece we might have something different.”

Six years later, the luxuriously comfortable nature behind Hari Mari has landed the north Dallas brand in small independent shops and resorts and in major retail chains including Nordstrom’s,

GAP, REI, and Orvis. A flip-flop collaboration with upscale men’s clothier Peter Millar was recently unveiled. Lila Stewart, who graduated from Highland Park High School

in 1999, said she was filled with “just pinch me” moments when she was first contacted about the partnership. “To be able to partner with these guys is a huge deal for us,” she said. Executives with Peter Millar echoed her sentiment. Whether worn with swim trunks in the Maldives or slacks on casual Friday, the buttery USAmade Horween leather shoes have checked all the boxes for Peter Millar’s “ultimate sandal” goals, said Jason Cater, the brand’s vice president of design and merchandising. “Really, most importantly is, we share a lot of the same values,” Cater

said. “We are both small companies, we care about our customers, and we really love to build exceptional products.” The exclusive collaboration flip-flops feature neoprene-lined, memory foam-filled toe posts and straps to eliminate break-in periods and provide a customized fit; they’re also designed with thin, lightweight, soft-squeeze memory foam-filled midsoles for support, mobility and comfort, as well as an exclusive heel cup design and non-marking, boat-safe, carbon-free rubber outsoles. “It’s softer than any other leather we’ve made,” said St. Marks alum Jeremy Stewart. “And you can tell. The immediate reaction from people when they slip it on is like this is like a cloud on my foot. Or this is super buttery.” | July 2018  31

Comings and Goings NOW OPEN

ed southern food would be a better fit for the area. But don’t worry, the fan-favorite seafood bowl from Mezze is on the new menu.

Nature’s Plate Preston Forest Center Eating healthy just got easier in Preston Hollow. The sisters behind the Lake Highland grab-and-go vegan fare opened a second location late May. Packed full of flavor, but none of the nonsense of refined flours and sugars, offerings include cheesy enchiladas, buffalo chickpea salad, and peanut butter chocolate chip cookie sandwhiches.

Oliver Peoples NorthPark Center The California-based luxury eyeware brand opened the doors to a 592 square-foot boutique this June at NorthPark Center. The boutique carries sunglasses and optical products for men and women, including a summer collection of rich color palettes and custom translucent hues matched from Swarovski crystals.

Pearle on Maple 2927 Maple Ave. Bistro classics with a French twist fill the menu at The Stonleigh Hotel’s new restaurant – imagine


Rodd & Gunn NorthPark Center

Nature’s Plate


duck confit pancakes, Bandera quail wrapped in bacon with white bean cassoulet, and such Parisian classics as Nicoise salad and French onion soup. At its helm is executive chef Wade Burch, formerly of The Plaza Hotel in New York, The Pan Pacific Hotel in San Francisco, and a finalist on the Food Network’s Chopped.

Brined Southern Kitchen Mockingbird Station Deviled eggs, chicken and biscuits, chicken and waffles, and pastrami sandwiches star on the menu of Mockingbird Station’s newest eatery. Taking the place of Medditeranian restaurant Mezze, the team behind both spots decid-

The modern lifestyle-driven menswear brand from New Zealand is opening its first Texas store this summer. The antipodean men’s brand, which envisions itself synonymous with bespoke quality, while taking inspiration from New Zealand’s landscape, will take up residency Aug. 1 in its 2,000 square-foot location.


Goop Highland Park Village Gwenyth Paltrow’s stylish popup shop Goop is staying in Dallas longer than anticipated. The luxury wellness shop returned to Dallas in April with plans to leave June 3. Word is that it will remain open through the end of the year – maybe longer.


Bentley Dallas 5300 Lemmon Ave. Following an eight-month renovation, Park Place Dealerships unveiled its expanded and updated showroom on

Lemmon Avenue. The original 2,900-square-foot space was expanded to 6,800 square feet and reflects the elegance and craftsmanship for which the Bentley brand is so well known. The new interior is a modern, yet warm environment with a palette of marble tones and classic oak elements drawing guests into an inviting atmosphere. The hospitality area is partially enclosed by a curved, open screen of oak fins featuring luxurious leather lounge seating. The client personalization area features a curved, open screen of white lacquer blades that offers clients a comfortable environment to explore Bentley’s array of paint, leather and interior finishes for their vehicle.

GOINGS/CLOSED Mezze Tapas Mockingbird Station

Here today, gone tomorrow, it appears Mediterranean food wasn’t a fan favorite at Mockingbird Station. In it’s place, the owner’s have opened a chicken and waffle joint.

Taco Diner The Plaza at Preston Center After 20 years of serving the Park Cities, Taco Diner shuttered its doors in June. The Lake Highlands location, 7150 Skillman St., is still open.

COURTESY PHOTO FROM LEFT: Don Heditsian of Bentley Motors with Ken Schnitzer, Neil Grossman, and Heath Strayhan, of Park Place Dealerships.

34 July 2018 |


OPINIONS VARY ON NEW NELSON LOCATION Golfers love Trinity Forest, others seek more shade


PGA Tour golfer John Merrick moved his family to University Park from his native Long Beach, California, about four years ago.

Byron Nelson Provides Comforts of Home for Merrick By Todd Jorgenson

People Newspapers


Golf fans braved the heat to see Jordan Spieth, bottom left, at the new Byron Nelson golf course.

By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers


he 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson, in its new location at Trinity Forest Golf Course in south Dallas, fell victim to the extreme weather changes synonymous with North Texas. The tournament moved from Las Colinas’ Four Seasons and Sports Club, where its roots extended back to 1983, to the links-style course off of Highway 175 for its 50th season. And while many big-named golfers competed for the $1.38 million first-place prize, the story of the four-day PGA tournament in May was the course itself, and how the athletes and spectators were adjusting to a new set of greens. As is customary with a linksstyle course, the new Nelson tournament featured a slate of greens free of sand traps and water. This also meant fewer opportunities for shade from the Texas sun, as both spectators and players alike felt the full power of the heat when temperature never dipped below 90

degrees. Then the final day of the tournament was hit with a classic Texas two-step: a 30-degree drop in temperature and thunderstorms. Play was delayed five times for a total of four hours, with golf officially restarting around 1:20 p.m. That pushed the final day’s proceedings past 8 p.m., with eventual champion Aaron Wise lifting his trophy under the night sky.

“A lot of guys said, ‘It’s grown on me day to day, I really enjoyed it as a change of pace, and I had a lot of fun playing this golf course.’” Jordan Spieth Jesuit’s Jordan Spieth fell out of contention early as Wise, Marc Leishman and Branden Grace pulled ahead quickly on Friday and Saturday. Spieth is a draw anytime he plays in his home state, but even his presence couldn’t hold a large

Sunday crowd– normally, the largest of any major tournament. Rain was certainly a reason, but many spectators mentioned disliking the new venue. “It’s just too hot [in Dallas] to not have tree cover,” said Josh Roudlin, a Dallas resident. “The links-style courses are great in Europe, but it’s a stretch to pull it off in the summer in North Texas.” Spieth, however, urged residents to give the new location a chance and mentioning several times postplay how much the other golfers enjoyed Trinity Forest. “This is obviously a change of pace this year over here at Trinity Forest,” Spieth said. “Ahead of time, there was a lot of skepticism from players and caddies from last year regarding this place, but it’s been overwhelmingly positive over the last couple of days since people have gotten here. It’s really cool.” “I asked a lot of guys and I didn’t hear one bad thing said,” he added. “A lot of guys said, ‘It’s grown on me day to day, I really enjoyed it as a change of pace, and I had a lot of fun playing this golf course.’”

On the Monday prior to the AT&T Byron Nelson, John Merrick was able to drop his 6-yearold son off at school before heading to the course for a practice round. Four days later, as Merrick was coming off the course in southern Dallas after finishing his final hole of the tournament, his wife, Jody, and two kids were there to greet him. Such are the perks Merrick is able to enjoy while playing in his new hometown event. The PGA Tour journeyman moved to University Park from his native Long Beach, California, in 2014. “Very rarely do you get to sleep in your own bed and play a tournament,” said Merrick, who narrowly missed the cut at Preston Forest Golf Club after posting a two-round total of 72-69—141. Merrick was a golf standout at UCLA, where Jody was a member of the water polo team. After he turned pro, the couple settled down to raise their young family. After some modest success, Merrick had his breakthrough in 2013, when he won the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club — only about 35 miles from Long Beach. Still, as Merrick increased his schedule to dozens of tournaments around the country per year,

his family needed to relocate to a more central location. “The traveling got too hard, and we knew that [the children] would be in school soon,” Merrick said. “We figured this would be a great spot. It just felt like a good fit.” Since his victory, Merrick has struggled to regain his form and consistency. He has competed sporadically on both the PGA Tour and lower-level Tour. This season, he has played tournaments in the Bahamas, Panama, Colombia, and Mexico, in addition to a handful of domestic PGA Tour tournaments, where his status as a past champion earns him exemptions. But he’s only made one cut on the main tour since July 2017. “It’s been a grind the last few years,” he said. “I feel like I’m close, kind of knocking on the door, but I really haven’t had a string of tournaments to play in a row to kind of get into a rhythm.” Merrick, 36, has remained a fixture at the Byron Nelson, where his best result is a tie for 16th place in 2015. He sees a promising future for the tournament after the new links-style course debuted this spring, and not just because it’s within driving distance from home. “I played here about a year ago, when it was still really new and very firm. It’s nice to see more grass on the ground,” Merrick said. “It’s a great spot and a great event.”

36 July 2018 |

Model Athlete Leaves Softball Behind

She’s done playing, but Reenan leaves a Scots’ legacy By Todd Jorgenson

People Newspapers Just like that, Amanda Reenan went from the young phenom on a playoff squad to the veteran mentor on a rebuilding team. Still, the Highland Park senior looks back fondly on her fouryear career in which she became one of the most decorated players in program history.


Amanda Reenan, the Lady Scots’ top pitcher and hitter this season, graduates with 26 home runs.

“It’s weird not playing, but it’s nice helping other people find their passion.” Amanda Reenan Reenan was the top slugger when the Lady Scots won their first district title and set a program record for wins in 2016, when she was a sophomore on a roster filled with seniors. Then the program was hit

hard by graduation and a brutal realignment cycle, causing her to shoulder the load for some newcomers, including her younger sister, Katie, tasked with leading HP into the future. “It kind of prepared me for the past two years, with all the young players coming in,” Reenan said. “I was ready for that transition.” Reenan admits the past two seasons have been difficult, with the Lady Scots finishing well out of postseason contention in a rigid District 15-5A. But head coach Michael Pullen said her tenacity and work ethic remained strong. “She always kept her composure and tried to lift her teammates up,” Pullen said. “She was trying to set that model for the younger kids. She put so much effort into every single repetition at practice.” Reenan has traditionally been an infielder, but this spring she became the team’s primary pitch-

er due to her experience in the circle for her club team. That extra responsibility didn’t hurt her abilities with the bat, however. Reenan finished this season with a career-high batting average of almost .500, and leaves HP with 26 career home runs. “She’s worn a lot of different hats for us. She’s always pushing people and making them better. We’ve kind of rallied around her for the last four years,” he said. “From her freshman to her senior year, it was like night and day. She’ll be very hard to replace.” Her softball career likely ended with HP’s final game in April, since she doesn’t plan to play in college at Texas A&M. But she hopes her influence on the program will continue even though she’s graduated. “I’d still like to help this program grow,” Reenan said. “It’s weird not playing, but it’s nice helping other people find their passion.”

38 July 2018 |



DaMarcus Beale, Jr. escorted by Monta, Juanika, and Myla Ellis

Liam Moon escorted by Dallas SWAT

Grand finale of the fashion show

Jayla Glenn escorted by Victoria Arlen

Isabella Day escorted by Princess Belle

Josiah Torres escorted by Dallas Cowboy Dak Prescott

Caroline Olaleye escorted by Pink Heals Firefighters

Jeslyn Bautista escorted by Scott Murray

Loryn Ninesling escorted by Big Al Mack and Jenna Owen

Byron Jones, Dak Prescott, Roger Staubach, Marianne Staubach, Troy Aikman, Tony Romo, Candice Romo, Hollie Siglin, and Jennifer Arthur

Kadron Patterson escorted by Batman

Gabriel Pina escorted by Medieval Times Red Knight

Zachary Goldminz escorted by Dallas Cowboy Byron Jones

Candice Romo, Caroline Duncane, and Tony Romo

Elizabeth Flores escorted by Miss Texas Margana Wood

Abe Kelso escorted by FC Dallas Soccer Player Ryan Hollingshead

Kaitlyn Johnson escorted by Troy Aikman

DJ Tony Romo

Jackson Saden escorted by skateboarding legend Mike Crum

Braylon Clark escorted by Garry Brown, producer of “Marvels Agents of Shield,” and Melissa Brown PHOTOS BY THOMAS GARZA AND KRISTINA BOWMAN

Connor Benjamin escorted by Dallas Fire Station No. 19

More than 1,200 guests, including 85 pediatric cancer patients, survivors and their families, celebrities, sponsors, and supporters, filled the first floor of the Hyatt Regency Dallas on April 27 for the Children’s Cancer Fund Gala. The soldout 30th annual fundraising gala raised more than $1.2 million to support pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at Children’s Health and UT Southwestern – surpassing fundraising goals for the second year in a row.

40 July 2018 |


Carole and Scott Murray

Michelle Witten bids on Dancing With The Stars auction package

Janiece Evans and Mark Page

Pat and Emmitt Smith with the TEAM 22 kids

Andre Reed, Mike Adams, Tracy Murray, Dontrelle Inman, and Matthias Farley

Tye and Melissa Rycroft Strickland COURTESY PHOTOS

Mioshi and Chris Johnson

Jon and Dawn Mellon

Dr. Jen Welter

Carmaleta and Otis Felton

Ron Harper, Carin Alves, and Kelly Sheehan

Thurman and Patti Thomas

Robert McCormick, Jason and Michelle Witten, and Pat and Emmitt Smith

The Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational, presented by title sponsor Healthcare Highways, took place May 4, marking its ninth year of fundraising to impact the lives of thousands of North Texas children, families, and their communities. ET’s Nischelle Turner hosted the evening showcasing the Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities’ community work, culminating with the presentation of the 2018 Roger Staubach Award to Jason Witten for his work through his SCORE Foundation. The Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational has raised more than $7.2 million and supported more than 150 charities in North Texas.

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Kathy Sockwell, Alicia Jahant, Jennifer Marvel, and Michelle Fehlman Eloise Meachum, Nancy Monning, Rebecca Beasely, Rebecca Gregory, and Missy Rothwell

Elizabeth Gambrell and Anne Besser

Ashley Merritt and Karis Lucas JAMES FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHY

Cassie McFarland, Meg Thornhill, Debbie Brock, Missy Robinson, and Pam Stegegna

Katie Pedigo, Kelly Walker, and Suzanne Brown

Wendy Kumpf, Natalie Lorio, and Marilyn Spencer

Guests gathered April 18 for the La Fiesta de Las Seis Banderas Preview Luncheon themed “Viva la Vida” at the the Belo Mansion & Pavilion. The annual Preview Luncheon honored the mothers of the 2018 La Fiesta Duchesses and Escorts and was underwritten by Title Sponsor, Highland Park Village.


Jeff Drayer, Caroline the snake charmer, and Penelope Drayer Rangers players compete in Fielder’s Feud


Adrian Beltre with Amber and Stephen James

Grace, Sarah, Michael, and Dean Gallaher

Caden Tipton and Cooper Harris with Alex Claudio

Scott and Courtney Jenry, Morgan Davis, and Jenny and Alfredo Gonzalez

Colette Rushing and Taylor Addy

Keeping with the “Sultan’s Soirée” theme, magic filled The Hilton Anatole ballroom for the Park Place Dealerships Texas Rangers Triple Play Game Show Spectacular event. The Texas Rangers largest fundraising event of the year featured a roaming snake charmer and an opportunity for a photo op with a camel. Nearly $750,000 was raised for the children benefiting from the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.

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Jewish, Christian, Muslim women gather monthly to talk faith By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers


bout a decade ago, while a student at TCU’s divinity school, the now Rev. Dawn Anderson rolled her eyes when a Muslim woman showed up to talk to her class. Oh no, she thought, “This woman is going to tell us about how men are better than women,” recalled Anderson, the newly appointed associate pastor at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church. “I had no idea; I’d never met a Muslim before,” Anderson continued. “But it was quite the opposite. She started telling us about some of the feminist ideas in the Muslim religion, like how women get a lot of protections they don’t necessarily get in other religions.” Anderson said many of her preconceived notions about Muslims stemmed from what she saw on television. “You just assume all Muslims are like that,” she said. Today, Anderson said her ignorance about the culture has been replaced with a kinship, a kinship that has grown through Daughters of Abraham meetings. Daughters of Abraham is an interfaith group that formed follow-


FROM LEFT: Leah Beth Kolni, Noor Saadeh, and Dawn Anderson break Ramadan fast at a Daughters of Abraham meeting. ing the Sep. 11 terrorist attacks. It began with a straightforward question from the creator, Janice Lord: Is it possible to bring together a group of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim women and see them progress from strangers into a close-knit sisterhood of tolerance, genuine respect, and love? The answer was yes. Since 2001 when a few people first met in Arlington, hundreds of women have sought out the group and discovered a treasure in interfaith relationships. And while the conversations tackle pressing issues and beliefs that naturally divide them, Ander-

son said it’s helped her grow more as a Christian. “Somebody asked me once, ‘Does it water down my belief as a Christian when I hear all these disparities,’” she said. “I would say it is quite the opposite. It makes me think about what I do believe. “I have learned from Jewish sisters how important it is to remember our ancestors and traditions — some of the things we’ve lost in the Christian faith. And we learn from Islam sisters how important it is to pray — five times a day. I think everybody here really cares about their faith, and we all respect that in each other.“

Laila Rumsey, who was encouraged to join the Dallas group in 2011 because not enough Muslim women attended, said she walked into her first meeting not knowing what to expect. The topic that day was misconceptions about the different beliefs. The first question was about her hijab. “They asked who forced me to wear it,” Rumsey, a convert, said. Her reply: It’s my constitutional right to wear this. No one forces me. Rumsey said while today women at the group might ask challenging questions about her head covering, no one would ask her if she’s

forced to wear it. “There is more understanding now, and people are more open-minded,” she said. The women, like Rumsey, Anderson, and Leah Beth Kolni, from Temple Emanu-El, said they’d found more similarities than differences among each other. “It is very interesting to me because I didn’t grow up knowing any Muslim people,” Kolni said about her upbringing in southeast Texas. “But it was also interesting that a lot of the Muslim women I met (through Daughters of Abraham) have never known a Jewish woman or been in a synagogue. “I think the beauty of this group is that we meet and get to know each other as individuals. When you know somebody as an individual and eventually a friend it makes a huge difference in how you perceive their whole way of life, their culture, their religion.”

T I M E S T O TA L K The Daughters of Abraham meet at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday at various Dallas churches to talk about a variety of topics. Follow our story online for upcoming dates and topics of discussion. | July 2018  45

Downward Mass Attendance Trend Concerns Pastors Despite U.S. decline, clergy see opportunities as Dallas grows

By Bill Miller

Special Contributor A six-decade drop in Catholic Mass attendance in the United States continued through 2017, a trend which concerns two Dallas pastors, even though their Sunday turnouts have grown slightly. Monsignor Donald Zimmerman and the Rev. Michael Guadagnoli don’t dispute a recent Gallup report that states, from 2013 to 2017, only 39 percent of American Catholics polled said they regularly attended Mass. That’s down from 46 percent in a similar poll for 2005 through 2008. The data starkly contrasts 1955 when 75 percent of Catholics polled said they attended Sunday services. In contrast, the Catholic Diocese of Dallas reported that weekly Sunday attendance at Christ the King Church on Preston Road grew from 1,938 people in 2013 to 2,027 in 2017. But Zimmerman, pastor at CTK, said that’s “marginal” and possibly linked to a population spike in north Dallas that’s spilling into Collin and Denton counties. Therefore, he added, Gallup’s data is “probably accurate” and could reflect actual attendance at his parish. “Almost every family I know has a dear friend and family member who no longer attends Mass, and

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that number is growing,” Zimmerman said. “It’s cause for alarm, and it calls for a conversation among the clergy.” Guadagnoli agrees. He’s the pastor at St. Monica Catholic Church, on Midway Road, which also saw slight growth. The diocese reported that 3,379 people filled St. Monica’s pews in 2017, up from 3,050 in 2013. “We’re happy we have those numbers,” Guadagnoli said, “but we can’t rest on our laurels.” Zimmerman noted how church scandals across the nation have had

“a negative impact.” Also, he and Guadagnoli both described attitude shifts among current generations, from the Baby Boomers to the Millennials. “There used to be an obligation or even a pride to say, ‘Yes, I’m Catholic,’” Guadagnoli said. “But now it’s, ‘Don’t pin me down to a particular church or denomination.’” But, Zimmerman said, when infrequent attendees of Mass do contact the clergy, it’s time for engagement, not judgment. A good example, he said, is when they seek

church weddings. “We have a traditional church,” he said, “with the long aisle and the stain-glass windows, and brides want to get married here, although they may not be traditional in the rest of their lives. But you take them where they are. “We must be user-friendly, and that does wonders. Once that relationship is established, you build on it.” Both pastors noted that, as congregations in Collin and Denton counties grow in step with recent boosts in population, the diocese

desperately needs more parishes and clergy. But that challenge, coupled with dropping Mass attendance, actually brings blessings, Guadagnoli said. “I don’t want to call it job security, but we have more work to do,” he added. “We want to meet people where they are, but to really proclaim the Gospel, that Jesus loves them, and calls them into that relationship. “The sign it’s working is when they are becoming disciples, followers of Christ, which, of course, continues the Great Commission.”



8/13/1934 - 5/29/2018


orothy Bayer Kennington passed away at her home on May 29th, 2018. She was born on August 13, 1934, in Jasper, Texas to Reverend Karl Orrin Bayer and Doris Scheib Bayer. The daughter of a Methodist minister on the Jasper Circuit, Dorothy spent much of her childhood in small towns along what would become Interstate 10 in East Texas, listening to her father’s profound sermons and to her mother, an accomplished pianist, accompanying the choir and congregation on the piano. Dorothy had a high intellect and was gregarious. She was Valedictori-

an of her high school class at Lamar High School in Houston and a member of the Chum Social Club. She graduated from Southern Methodist University where she was President of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, a member of Mortar Board national honor society, and a Homecoming Queen nominee. After graduating from SMU, she briefly taught at Thomas Jefferson High School. She married David Hilton Kennington, who predeceased her, and the two were married for 48 years. In 1960, it was Dorothy’s teacher’s retirement money that helped start Thermalloy, a semiconductor accessory manufacturing company. Dorothy liked to point out that it was a good return on her investment! Dorothy often said that her family was her life. While David grew Thermalloy, Dorothy focused her efforts on growing their family: raising their three sons, Craig, Clark and Clayton. Her license plate read BOYSSS, which said it all. She served on multiple PTA Boards all the years her boys attended Park Cities schools, including serving as president of the McCullough PTA, volunteered in the school cafeterias, was Cub Scout Den Leader, and was faithfully on the sidelines or in the stands of her sons’ many sporting events. Thanksgiving was

her favorite holiday because she was surrounded by her extended family. Dorothy lived by the motto, “Life is an Adventure, Partake!” She traveled the world, visiting all seven continents on her many adventures, including the pyramids in Egypt, the icebergs in Antarctica, and the tulips in Holland. Dorothy also cherished spending time with her many friends through her various associations, such as the “Bradfield Plus One” Lunch Bunch, Fishing Group, Café Pacific “Tennis Group,” Beverly Drive Book Club, Marianne Scruggs Garden Club, Craig Class, Dallas Garden Club, and Dallas Woman’s Club. She was a dedicated community volunteer for many years in numerous charitable, cultural and civic organizations including University Park United Methodist Church, Board member of Senior Source, Women’s Board of the Dallas Symphony, Crystal Charity, Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation, and Communities Foundation. She was an avid bridge player and an accomplished pianist. Dorothy derived much fulfillment from her spirituality, and was devoted to her Christian faith. She and David were founding members of the Wedding Ring Sunday School Class at University Park United Methodist Church. As she grace-

fully moved into the later phase of her life, she became a beloved and involved grandmother to her grandchildren who returned her love and affection as she gave it, unconditionally. Dorothy leaves behind a legacy of elegance, kindness, selfless devotion to others, charity, and faith that will long be treasured by her devoted family, who will miss her greatly. She is survived by her sons Craig and his wife Josey, Clark and his wife Christine, and Clayton; grandchildren Carolina Kennington Cronin and her husband Geoff, Adriana, Hilton, Sam, Grant, Charlie, Virginia, Andrew, and Catherine Kennington; her sister Barbara Singleton and her husband Mitchell, her brother Karl Bayer and his wife Karen, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family welcomed visitors on Sunday June 3rd, 2018, from 5p.m. to 7p.m. at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home. There was a memorial service at University Park United Methodist Church on Monday, June 4th, 2018, at 11:00a.m., preceded by a private, family burial at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be directed to The Senior Source, University Park United Methodist Church, the Wesley-Rankin Center, or the Baylor Hospital Foundation.

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Parent-child classes engage infants’ curiosity

Krisi Johnson and daughter Pearl experiment with a fan and scarf.

By Bianca R Montes

People Newspapers


earl Johnson’s face filled with amazement as she watched pale pink and yellow scarves flutter above a fan. Her excitement grew as air billowed under the scarf, causing it to lift and take flight. What the 8-month-old might not realize, though, is that she was embarking on her first lesson in aerospace engineering. When infants see an object behave surprisingly, they do everything they can to learn more about its mysteries, said David Stanton, program director at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center of Dallas, or better known as The J. That initial surprise, he said, helps them learn.


“Babies are trying to figure out how the world works on their own,” Stanton said. Studies show infants as young as a couple of months old are fascinated by surprises and have a natural curiosity to figure out what causes unexpected reactions. That informaiton inspired The J’s first STEAM-focused class, held in early January. The center is hosting two sessions this summer. While nonverbal babies might not understand the laws of physics, classroom instructor Melissa Goldberg sparks their interest with cars that seem to float in the air (as they roll over plexiglass); by using blocks to show how structures are built; and how the necessary foundation of flight is lift – like in the lesson with the fan and scarf. Goldberg, whose background is in early childhood education, said the point of her class is to

give parents tools for things they can do at home to help their children think differently. “It’s so easy to hand a child technology or sit them in front of a television,” she said. “This makes their brains turn on.” A study published in Science suggested that the element of surprise acts as a learning aid with babies, spurring the infants to test the unusual properties they’ve just seen in an object. This type of learning was seen at The J’s STEAM Baby class when the infants gravitated to the fan during the scarf experiment. Their small hands were eager to touch the scarves – and even the fan – in an attempt to understand what was happening. Goldberg said her STEAM Baby class kind of answers that questions many parents have when dealing with their babies: You’re actually awake, and now what do I do with you? That gave the handful of moms and grandmothers at the class a laugh. Krisi Johnson, Pearl’s mother, said her daughter is “super active and loves exploring new things,” which is why she enrolled for the June classes. “It’s giving her every opportunity to explore,” she said. “It just makes learning fun.”

STEAM BABY WHEN: The next sessions begin July 16. WHERE: Aaron Family Jewish Community Center of Dallas, 7900 Northaven Road COST: $56 members / $70 non members. INFORMATION: Visit earlychildhoodcenter/j-baby/

Ten Simple Tips To Purge and Organize with Balance It’s summer, when days are long and natural light floods into your living space. D I N A T AY L O R Does your living space appreciate the sunshine? Or does it glare with excess clutter and overflowing chaos? If the clutter wins, then summer is the perfect time to get organized. But where do you begin? Here are 10 simple tips to help you proceed in a productive way. And the keyword to remember between clutter and clean is balance. 1. Pinpoint the pain. The first step may be the hardest, so to initiate the process, identify areas that cause the most grief and annoyance. Start there, but don’t get stuck there. 2. It’s not all or nothing. Getting organized and bringing order to your space does not mean everything has to go. Don’t get overwhelmed before you begin. This is where balance lives: in between all and nothing.

3. Lose the guilt. Just because someone special gave it does not mean you have to keep it. Make gentle decisions to clear the cobwebs and cherish the memories instead. 4. Share the joy. Eliminate items you no longer need by giving them to someone in need. You’ll deliver joy, and your special things can live on — just not with you. 5. Do good. If you don’t know someone specific who needs your items, then donate to a charity thrift shop that supports a worthy cause. 6. Just do it. Procrastination doesn’t help; it only delays the clutter-free days ahead. Shine a new light into areas you’ve been too busy to deal with. 7. Pencil it in. No time? Schedule an organizing day on your calendar and then keep your appointment with yourself. You deserve a space you love, so balance your schedule with time for you. 8. Be mindful and present. Organizing can be very therapeutic. Pressing through the process allows you to become more in touch with yourself, with

what you love, and with where you are in life right now.This is balance. 9. Be encouraged. Anything is possible. It’s possible to create order in your living space and your life, and to create a sense of serenity in your surroundings. 10. Be smart. Still stuck? Don’t settle. Get help when you need it. Professional organizers possess the skills, tools, and experience to help

you begin, see you through the process, and cheer you to the finish line. One definition of balance is a condition in which different elements are in the correct proportions. When you bring balance to your living space, you’ll love the results. Dina Taylor, owner of Easily Organized in Dallas (easilyorganized. com), works with clients in Texas and Florida.

Hot Eco Enemy: Plastic Straws You may have caught wind of this, already. Various estabSTEPHANIE CASEY lishments which serve drinks are hopping on board the “no plastic straw” train. This is a good thing, Dallas, and I encourage you to get behind this movement! In February 2018, National Geographic reported that Americans use 500 million straws – every day. That’s just in America, guys. And every one of those straws is still somewhere on this planet. Like take-away plastic cups, utensils, and single-use water bottles, plastic straws are used very briefly then tossed into the garbage. Technically, they are recyclable but are the same type of plastic as disposable plastic water bottle tops and must be turned in to a special recycling center (which approximately no people or businesses take the trouble and expense to do). Instead, they go in the trash or incorrectly into the recycling bin. A city recycling sorting center must remove straws from other plastic items in order to recycle the stuff which is recyclable. Plastic straws are very lightweight so may blow out of trash and end up littering or worse – in marine life stomachs. Common reasons for needing straws are “sensitive teeth” and “lipstick preservation.” So, if you really do need a straw, the alternatives are a reusable or paper. Personally, I keep a cache of reusable plastic cups and straws in my car for when I grab juices or iced coffees. Sometimes, if I forget to bring one of my reusables into the coffee or juice shop and my vehicle isn’t super close, I’ll take the (actually recyclable) plastic cup but NOT pick up a non-recyclable straw – instead, using my reusable straw once back in my car. It seems a little odd to carry your own reusable straw into a restaurant but I suppose that is an option. Perhaps we’ll get to where it’s common practice for restaurants and bars to have reusable metal or plastic straws which are treated like a utensil. Picked up at the end of a customer’s meal with glass glasses, ceramic plates and metal eating utensils then washed. In the meantime, lots of spots are switching to paper or “Straws by request only.” A little thing literally but figuratively huge in the eco-verse. Will you be part of the crowd making a difference? | July 2018  47

We Got the Scoop on Summer Treats Who says ice cream cones get to have all the fun? Venture out of your comfort zone and indulge your sweet tooth this season with something new and fresh. From a cupcake sundae to a frozen cocktail, we took the initiative to scope out the neighborhood for summer delights everyone would enjoy.


Yes, summer treats don’t have to be the typical two scoop ice cream cone, but one exception would be Howdy Homemade Ice Cream. Pictured on the left is the Birthday Cake cone, which contains colorful sprinkles and hints of delicious cake batter in the middle. Howdy Homemade serves a variety of fun and interesting flavors, like its marquee item, the world’s first Dr. Pepper Chocolate Chip ice cream. I bet that caught your attention.


1605 NORTH HASKELL AVENUE Ruby’s Sno-Balls brings a taste of New Orleans to East Dallas with flavors ranging from classics like green apple to more unconventional ones like the Ruby Palmer shown on the right. Smoother and velvetier than a snow cone, the sno-balls at Ruby’s offer an elevated frozen treat experience that promises to be as delicious as it is refreshing.


If you’re the type of person that enjoys the warm yet frosty combination of cake and ice cream, Sprinkles Ice Cream is the place to be. We opted for the Red Velvet Cupcake Sundae, a single scoop of vanilla ice cream between the top and bottom of a red velvet cupcake. They didn’t skimp on the frosting either, so this treat is for those with a major sweet tooth and the appetite to back it up.


Highland Park Soda Fountain has been a Park Cities staple for more than ten decades. Servers know their stuff when it comes to the classic Coke Ice Cream Float. If you want to be a bit more adventurous, they also serve Phosphates soda floats in flavors of strawberry, pineapple, and cherry. A fun atmosphere to share with friends and family, this diner will put you in a nostalgic mood.


This next one is for the adults. Scout at the Statler (a 12,000-square-foot dining, drinking, and gaming hub) makes a cocktail called Frozen Wild Berry Smash that will quench your thirst. The slushie-like texture will bring out the child in you, and the combination of vodka, elderflower, blackberry, thyme, and lemon will please the grown-up. -Compiled by Imani Lytle and Will Legrone C H E C K O U T T H E F U L L L I S T O N PA R KC I T I E S P E O P L E . C O M

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Do You Like Pina Coladas, Chocolate Ice Cream Soda, Other Cool Summer Sippers? For 12 years, I produced and filmed a cooking and lifestyle show in Fort Worth called Just Like Home. I CHRISTY ROST worked with a talented HOME + KITCHEN production crew and a dedicated group of girlfriends from the Park Cities. On film days, I’d stop by my friends’ homes and off we’d go for a full day of cooking, filming, and tasting. I think about Just Like Home each summer, because of all the episodes I produced each year, the most popular was my annual Summer Cocktails show. For 30 minutes, I taught viewers how to create one summer sipper after another, but the fun part for me – and my neighbors - was developing the recipes. As I perfected each one, I would carry a tray of samples to our neighbors to obtain their feedback. I could always tell when I had a winner. I’ve selected three favorites – a creamy, frosty Pina Colada inspired by the original recipe invented by Ramón Marrero in 1954 at the Caribe Hilton Hotel in Puerto Rico, a non-alcoholic Blackcurrant Spritzer that tastes as luscious as it looks, and a Chocolate Ice Cream Soda, which kids will have a blast making all summer long. I learned the secrets to creating an authentic ice cream soda from a soda jerk working in a 104–year-old ice cream parlor called Union Dairy in Freeport, Illinois, but here’s a quick tip: Use chilled seltzer water, not club soda. Enjoy! For more recipes and entertaining tips from PBS chef Christy Rost, visit

well to mix. Add the remaining scoop of ice cream and fill the glass with seltzer water, stirring gently to mix. Garnish with a swirl of whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles and a cherry. Serve with a straw.


Yield: 1 soda


• 1 ½ ounces simple syrup, cooled • 1 small lime wedge • 2 teaspoons granulated or sparkling sugar for rim of glass • ½ cup lemonade, chilled • 3 ounces blackcurrant nectar (I use Ribena brand) • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice • 3 ounces lemon-lime soda, chilled



• ¼ cup chocolate syrup • 2 tablespoons milk • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream, divided • Chilled seltzer water • Whipped heavy cream, for garnish • Chocolate sprinkles, for garnish • Maraschino cherry, for garnish


In a tall glass or mug, combine chocolate syrup, milk, and one scoop of ice cream. Using a large spoon, blend until the ice cream is completely incorporated and the mixture is smooth and thick. Add ¼ cup seltzer water and stir

To make simple syrup, stir together ½ cup water and ½ cup granulated sugar in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring often, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Cool and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Moisten the rim of a martini glass with the lime wedge, pour 2 teaspoons sugar into a saucer, and dip the rim of the glass into

the sugar to coat. Set it aside. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add lemonade, blackcurrant syrup, simple syrup, and lime juice. Cover and shake until the mixture is thoroughly chilled. Add lemon-lime soda to the cocktail shaker and stir gently to mix. Strain the spritzer into the prepared glass and serve.

Yield: 1 cocktail

PINA COLADA Ingredients

• 2 ounces Don Q Coco rum • 1 ounce Coco Lopez cream of coconut • 1 ounce heavy cream • 6 ounces pineapple juice • ½ cup crushed ice • 1 wedge fresh pineapple, for garnish • 1 maraschino cherry, for garnish


Combine rum, cream of coconut, heavy cream, pineapple juice, and ice in the container of a Vitamix or blender. Cover and blend until the mixture is thick and creamy. Pour into a tall cocktail glass. Garnish the cocktail with a slice of fresh pineapple and a cherry threaded onto a cocktail skewer.

Yield: 1 cocktail | July 2018  49




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aroline Louise Burkett and James Benjamin Williams “Ben” Beecherl exchanged wedding vows Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. Reverend Jonathan Hicks officiated the ceremony. Music was provided by The Festival Brass and Lyric Strings. A cocktail reception at the Ritz Carlton and seated dinner and dancing followed. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hart Burkett of Houston. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Hart Burkett of Bartlesville, Okla. and the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shirey of Ardmore, Okla. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Arthur Beecherl III of Highland Park. He is the grandson of Mrs. Julia Tutt Beecherl and the late Mr. Louis Arthur Beecherl Jr. of Highland Park, and the late Mr. and Mrs. James Bowman Williams, also of Highland Park. The bride was presented in marriage by her parents. She was escorted down the

aisle on the arm of her father. Caroline wore a bridal gown designed by Anne Barge, a long-sleeved, Alencon lace V-neck gown with silk mikado pocket a-line skirt. She wore a chapel-length threaded embroidered and scattered crystals veil designed by Homa Bridal. She carried an all white bouquet of hydrangeas, roses, and peonies. Assisting the bride as maids of honor were Jana Munn Briggs and Catherine Cecile McElroy. Her bridesmaids included Paige Michelle Delouche, Lauren Foster Gammage, Alyssa Beth Gross, Caroline McKenzie Hanson, Leanne Tracy Hicks, Alison Hope Harvey, Courtney Lavin Joyner, and Reagan Elliott Power. The flower girl was Helen Elizabeth Bell. Attending the groom as best men were his brothers Louis Arthur Beecherl IV and Bowman Edward Beecherl. Groomsmen included Douglas Edward Boyer, Spencer Lee Davis, Holt Carlos Kostohryz, Thomas Michael Mahoney,

Kyle Austin Massey, John Campbell Stetter, Matthew Aldrich Stroube, and Scott Holland Thomas. Ushers were Chase Thomas Addington, Charles William Clarke, Scott Wilkin Connell, and Landon Ross Hamilton. The ring bearer was Thomas Warren Bell. The bride is a graduate of Stratford High School in Houston. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Texas Christian University where she was also a member of Chi Omega sorority. Caroline is a market risk specialist for Comerica Bank. The groom is a graduate of Highland Park High School. He received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was also a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and a Masters of Business Administration in finance from SMU Cox School of Business. Ben is an associate at ABN AMRO. Following their wedding trip to Hawaii, the couple have made their home in Dallas.

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Pryor + Zellet Group lists 1915 Craftsman in Old HP

This distinctive home at 3816 Miramar Ave. (3816miramar. was redesigned in 2011 by architects Domiteaux + Baggett and renovated by Robert Hopson. The Pryor + Zelley Group of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is now offering the five-bedroom, three-bath home with three halfbaths for $5,200,000. The inviting entry and front door are original to the 6,955-square-foot home (per appraiser), and custom carpentry can be found throughout the formal living/dining rooms, family room and study. The chef’s kitchen features a built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator, stainless-steel Wolf range with double ovens and a custom iron range hood. Countertops are Basaltina lava rock with an Ann Sachs tile backsplash. Upstairs is the master suite with balcony, three large secondary bedrooms, a pajama lounge and laundry room. On the third level is a game room with half bath and reading area. The backyard includes multiple patios, an outdoor kitchen and private cabana with full bath. To schedule a private showing, contact the Pryor + Zelley Group at 469-665-9335 or Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate ( is a division of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., with five locations that specialize in Preston Hollow, Park Cities, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Oak Cliff and Farm & Ranch properties.


HP Condo Residence

A Highland Park address and schools are just the beginning of an exceptional life in this Park Plaza Condominium residence. A sophisticated end unit with dual balconies and tree-top views, the residence offers a gracious yet homey feel with over 2,770 square feet of space accentuated by custom drapes and Plantation shutters. Large entertaining areas include a formal living room with a fireplace, a formal dining room, and library with a wet bar, wine closet and wall of built-ins. The equally spacious kitchen boasts doubles ovens, a casual dining area, abundant counter and storage space, plus a utility room. Three bedrooms and two and one-half baths include the sunny master suite with dual closets and vanities, a separate tub and shower. A Jack and Jill bath serves two bedrooms, one of which could be an office. An added bonus is the 8’ x 14’ temperature-controlled storage unit on the third floor, and property amenities like a guest suite, community room with a kitchen, exercise room, pool and hot tub, and front desk staffed 24/7. 4500 Roland Ave. #501 is Offered at $780,000, Contact John Pritchett, 214-234-0056 or Serving North Texas for nearly two decades, Virginia Cook, Realtors is an independent, locally-owned firm with a global reach through its London, UK office and membership in Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®.


Timeless Tudor Style in University Park

3745 Stanford Avenue

This custom-built property at 3745 Stanford is not in MLS and currently being offered for $2,095,000. 3650 University Boulevard, represented by Faisal Halum and Bill Churchill. In a time when many houses are cut from the same cloth, this Tudor Revival manse stands out. Constructed with the finest materials, it is distinguished by its pitched slate roof, copper gutters, beamed ceilings with heights soaring to 21 feet and floors of marble and hand-scraped oak. The seven-bedroom Tudor, by Lewis-Russel Homes, offers 9,137 square feet of luxurious living, with amenities that include a sweeping staircase, spacious parlor and chandeliered dining room that can accommodate 30. There is a study with a limestone fireplace, plus a refrigerated wine grotto with room for 2,000 bottles of your favorite vintages. The chef’s kitchen offers a Wolf range, four Wolf ovens, a double Sub-Zero refrigerator/ freezer, two dishwashers and a walk-in butler’s pantry. The second floor features an oversized game room and the master suite, complete with exercise room and chandeliered master bath complete with steam shower and wet bar. To see all the homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty — in the Park Cities, all of North Texas and around the world — go to


Ebby App Delivers Results

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Allman Tops in Park Cities and Preston Hollow

Allie Beth Allman & Associates started 2018 just like it finished 2017, as the number one real estate firm in both the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. The affiliate of the Berkshire Hathaway company in the


first quarter captured 31.3 percent of the Preston Hollow market, selling 19 homes valued at $63,046,500, and 26 percent of the Park Cities market selling 20 homes priced in total at $31,433,495. The average price of homes sold by the Allman firm in Preston Hollow was $3,567,818. The average price of the homes the firm sold in Park Cities was $1,558,897. Allie Beth Allman, President and CEO of the firm, said the housing market in Dallas’ premier neighborhoods remains very strong and credited the strong start this year to the great work ethic of her agents. “I am so proud of our associates, how hard and smart they work to help our clients buy their dream home or help them move to their next adventure,” she said. During the first quarter, the firm listed 31 homes in the Park Cities, valued at $47,050,270. It also listed 14 homes in Preston Hollow, priced at $54,691,500. For more on these homes, visit


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Enjoy exquisite European-style living in this French-style home in University Park. The four-bedroom house was designed by Stephen B. Chambers Architects and features exceptional rarities, including 18th-century oak double front doors, a gourmet kitchen with gleaming black-granite flooring from the Dallas Times Herald building and a powder room with a Napoleonic Empire burled-walnut credenza as the vanity. The nearly 7,700-square-foot home offers four bedrooms, five full baths, a two-story living room with a balcony overlook and a formal dining room with a coffered ceiling. The gourmet kitchen is the heart of the home and features rare blue-granite countertops, a six-burner Viking cooktop and double ovens with warming drawers. There is a breakfast room and a nearby wet bar with a sink and icemaker, always ready for cocktail hour. The outside oasis includes a spectacular L-shaped pool with an adjacent spa; a cabana with a pizza oven and a full bath; and a French herb garden. To see all the homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty — in University Park, all of North Texas and around the world — go to



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Created in the spirit of the Greek Revival manses of the Lower Mississippi Valley, this creekside estate home occupies a prominent location in desirable Volk Estates. Designed by famed architect Richard Drummond Davis, the home’s unmistakable façade features six symmetric Doric columns, two floors of porches and an elegant wrought-iron balustrade. Inside, its many features include a floating staircase, multiple living spaces, intricately patterned hardwood flooring, carved moldings, a library/den and six fireplaces. The first floor includes a spacious master suite with dual baths and an office. The gourmet kitchen is designed for large-scale culinary preparations and includes a large pantry and butler’s pantry. A nearby elevator provides access to the upper floor. Upstairs, three en-suite bedrooms offer luxurious spaces for family and friends. An unfinished space is ready to be transformed into an additional bedroom, recreation room or gym. The home also has a three-car garage, with quarters above. To see all the homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty — in Volk Estates, all of North Texas and around the world — go to

Just one easy hour from Dallas, in Celina, Texas, is a ranch estate that makes the ultimate family home, a relaxing weekend getaway or an inspiring corporate retreat. Comprised of 100 pastoral acres, the ranch features a 5,300-square-foot modern home in the Hill Country style, with a grand living room with dramatic wood trusses overhead and an open kitchen with commercial-grade appliances. One of the most unusual features is the third-floor lookout tower, with views of the gently rolling countryside in every direction. The luxurious accommodations include a master suite with sitting room, a second-floor bedroom with bath, a cozy attached casita with bedroom and bath and a remote guesthouse with bedroom, kitchen and bath. The house’s ultra-quiet geothermal HVAC system efficiently uses lake water for heating and cooling. The ranch offers a 7-acre lake stocked for fishing, its own seven-hole golf course and an elegant country barn. To see all the exceptional homes, ranches and land offered by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty — in North Texas and around the world — go to briggsfreeman. com.

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Renowned architect’s home in HPISD listed by Betty Crawford

Opportunities to own the home of an award-winning local architect don’t come along often, making this listing from Betty Crawford of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate hard to pass up. The four-level modern at 4404 Greenbrier Drive (4404greenbrier., designed by Gary M. Cunningham, is listed for $1,825,000.

The walls of the 2000 home were poured on site using a method called tilt-wall concrete construction. The family imprinted local plants from around the property into the concrete for a whimsical touch. In all, there are three interior levels comprising 3,110-squarefeet, with four bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath, a treetop study and rooftop deck. The main house connects to a fourstory tower via a glass bridge. Two additional bedrooms and a bath are in the tower, each on a separate level. While the home is great for entertaining with all the open, versatile spaces, it was built for everyday life. For more information or to schedule a private showing, contact Crawford at 214-770-4268 or Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate ( is a division of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., with five locations that specialize in Preston Hollow, Park Cities, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Oak Cliff and Farm & Ranch properties. | July 2018  51




Allman Honors Decade-Long Agents

“We celebrate you - our agents - whose friendship and commitment has maintained our market leadership and reputation.” Allie Beth Allman, founder of Allie Beth Allman & Associates, was leading a toast in a special reception for over 100 agents who have been with the company over ten years. “As agents came into the room, they would

exclaim ‘I know everyone here - I didn’t dream there were so many of us,’” said Allman. Many have been agents 15+ years, and a few were present at the creation of the original company in the 80s. Agents chatted about change, and how it takes a lot of changing to stay the same. They watched a video featuring agent headshots from years back, ads and clippings. General Manager Keith Conlon observed “There’s over a thousand years of experience here.” Allman noted that the agent team of powerful, motivated people produces vision for the future. “We try to create a culture that helps everyone be everything they aspire to be,” she said. The Allman company culture is built on core values that mirror those of our nation’s founders, Allman noted. “We celebrate freedom that spawns entrepreneurship. We nurture individualism based on integrity that preaches accountability and responsibility.”

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2 July 2018 | Park Cities People | Fourth of July Parade Memories



By William Taylor

People Newspapers


irk Dooley’s earliest Independence Day parade memory comes from the late 1950s, when he was 3 or 4 years old and his dad put him on a firetruck. “I’ll never forget that,” Dooley said. Over the decades, he’s been a bicycle rider, organizer, grand marshal, and chronicler of the Park Cities Fourth of July Parade. “It’s the single best day of the year in the Park Cities,” he said. But that first memory was apparently made during one of the smaller, neighborhood-organized predecessors of the two-municipality parade and picnic known today. One parade went from the Highland Park fire station to Highland Park Village. Another concluded at Caruth Park. There may have been others. “At some point the leaders of Highland Park and University Park said, ‘Let’s do one parade together,’” Dooley said. Decades-old newspaper clippings on file at the Highland Park Library disagree about the year of that first one from the town to Goar Park. They put the beginning somewhere between the early and mid1960s, but 1963 was cited by authors Diane Galloway and Kathy Matthews in The Park Cities: A Walkers Guide and Brief History. That timing fits recollections of University Park resident Mary Katherine Maddox, who, like Dooley, would go from spectator to participant, volunteering in various roles from organizer to float judge. Maddox, Galloway, and Matthews credit Park Cities Jaycees with starting the joint parade, which would later be run by a civ-

ic committee, the Exchange Club, and, since 2003, the Rotary Club of Park Cities. The parade and patriotic picnic have grown from primarily a bicycling affair to include a variety of neighborhood floats, vintage cars, businesses, and dignitaries for an event that University Park Mayor Olin Lane sees as unifying for the Park Cities. “We get 10,000 people there,” he said. “The population of the two is just about 30,000, so a third of our population turns out for this.” Galloway and Matthews describe it as hundreds of residents “on crepepaper-strewn floats and bicycles, trucks and even tanks, in strollers, on skates, and on foot.” Retired Highland Park police chief Darrell Fant remembers Harvey Gough’s tank, which wasn’t equipped with the rubber “tennis shoes” needed to make the treads safe for city streets. “He’d react to the crowd, and they’d cheer, and he would do a little donut and that would tear up all kinds of pavement,” Fant said. The next year Fant told him, “Either refit it or you put up a $10,000 bond for the damage.” Gough “decided to take his tank and go home,” Fant recalled. Fant also had to police Super Soaker water guns, because people getting sprayed on the parade route would flee, sometimes tripping and injuring themselves. But his primary role was as a traffic cop getting the parade started. Afterward, he would go and sit with Margaret McDermott, the Dallas philanthropist who died in May at 106. “She very much treasured that the beginning of that parade started at her driveway,” Fant said.





TOP, FROM LEFT: Harvey Gough’s tank thrills parade goers, and neighbors celebrate love of country and community. MIDDLE, FROM LEFT: Texas Attorney General Waggoner Carr, right, waits with other speakers, and Emily Anderson, who graduated from HPHS in June, enjoyed gathering candy in 2002. BOTTOM, FROM LEFT: Gary Eckeberger, John Eckeberger, Molly Dooley, Laura Luby, Pat Cooney, and Charles Eades are ready to ride in the 1960s.

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Couples form committee after Jaycees end involvement COURTESY TRICIA STEWART


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By William Taylor

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ary Katherine Maddox didn’t set out to become a July Fourth organizer in 1970. She just wanted to know on which day of a three-day weekend the Park Cities Jaycees’ parade would roll, and no one at University Park City Hall seemed to have the answer. “Finally, the operator put me through to the chief of police, and he explained that nobody had taken out a permit,” she recalled. The Jaycees had shifted focus to a University Park Founders’ Day event in the fall, but Maddox felt the parade should continue. It was longer than the one-block parades held elsewhere in the Park Cities and was an important tradition at an important time for the nation.


Bill and Mary Katherine Maddox – 1970-72 Don and Peggy Sumner – 1973-74 Peter and Frances Chantillis – 1975-79 Eugene and Pat Andrews – 1980 Bob and Barbara Hancock – 1981-82

“That was a time flag burning was coming into our culture,” she recalled. With only about 10 days to organize, Maddox and her husband, Bill, and a few friends stepped in to keep the parade and picnic going. “I always thought that Dr. Maddox and I and this other family just put our finger in the dyke until somebody else could take it,” she said. The Jaycees usually spent all year preparing, but a member advised Maddox there were only a few essentials, including letting the Salvation Army know to bring lemonade, contacting the fire departments to get fire engines, and applying for permits. By 1971, a civic committee formed. Couples would take turns leading the parade until Kirk Dooley recruited the Exchange Club to take it on in 1999.

Pat and Phyllis Houston – 1983 Kit and Aileene Collins – 1984-1988 Paul and Iris Gleiser – 1989-93 Kirk and Charlotte Dooley – 1994-98

The committee would meet a few times a year with members taking on different roles, Madddox said. For example, one woman wanted sack races. Speakers and musicians were scheduled for the picnic in Goar Park. A jury system was created for judging decorated bicycles and floats. Diane Galloway and Kathy Matthews in The Park Cities: A Walkers Guide and Brief History, describe how people embraced the parade. “The residents of many blocks get together the night before to decorate a float for the parade – the redder, whiter, and bluer the better.” As the celebration outgrew a flatbed trailer used as a bandstand, former parade chairs Peter and Frances Chantillis led a University Park Foundation fundraising effort. The result: Goar Park’s gazebo, large

enough to hold an orchestra, was dedicated on July 4, 1980, according to the book by Galloway and Matthews. Many couples, including Dooley and his wife, Charlotte, found chairing the parade challenging but fun. “I learned to not let the eight jerks ruin my day when 8,000 other people were having a great time,” he said, recalling an encounter with an overanxious antique car driver. “He kept inching forward and let the car jerk forward and knock me down,” Dooley said. An officer pulled the car over and made the driver wait. “And when the parade was over, (the officer) let him go,” Dooley recalled. “I thought, ‘I wish I could be a police officer and do things like that.’”


CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT: The Park Cities celebrate the U.S. bicentennial in 1976; sisters, from left, Beverly Bell Godbey, Ginger Bell Baden, and Tricia Bell Stewart line up to ride in 1970; siblings, from left, Robert Mundinger, William Mundinger, and Elizabeth Mundinger Malone with their grandmother Nancy Mundinger in 1989; sisters Addison and Harper Hefner in 2017; and Kay, Tom, and Jonathan Neve at the gazebo in 2006.

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8 July 2018 | Park Cities People | Fourth of July Parade Memories

Parade A Natural Fit, Labor of Love for Rotary By William Taylor

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familiar story many new members of the Rotary Club of Park Cities tell involves deciding to join, in part, because of the 4th of July Parade. “We have a myriad of different club activities, but the parade is No. 1,” Roy Washburn explained. “It also gives our club exposure in the community like no other event.” Washburn, a dentist, served as the club’s parade chair through seven July Fourths after convincing Rotarians to take it on beginning with the 2003 celebration. One of his wife’s sorority sisters had approached Washburn about Rotary taking over for the Exchange Club, which organized the 19992002 parades. “Quite frankly, they were having trouble keeping the manpower up to man the parade,” Washburn said. Former parade co-chair Kirk Dooley, who handed off the celebration after 1998, estimated the Exchange Club had fewer than 20 members with five doing most of the work. Manpower wouldn’t be a problem for the Rotarians, who agreed with Washburn: “This is a natural fit

Rotarians wear matching shirts and hats when they volunteer. for our club.” Phillip Bankhead, this year’s parade chairman, expects about 130 or more club members to participate. Volunteers judge entries, coordinate with government; make sure cars, floats, horses, and cyclists line up properly; organize Goar Park booths, and patrol to keep candy-chasing children from getting run over. “It’s a labor of love,” Washburn said. “The sign up list is bigger than

any other event that we do.” Good taste is key, he said, so club members work to limit politicking and commercialism and make sure everything distributed from booths in Goar Park remains free. Paul Gleiser, who co-chaired the parade in the 1990s with his then wife, Iris Bradley, credits real estate professional Ellen Terry with starting the tradition of businesses giving away beverages, food, and trinkets. Terry decided to hand out thou-


sands of cups of lemonade to those arriving in Goar Park. “One of the things that Iris and I had to police was businesses seeing the Park Cities parade as an opportunity to capitalize on the crowd and sell something,” Gleiser said. “Some were quite insistent, but we stood firm: nothing for sale. Either give it out for free in return for the PR and goodwill or don’t come.” The Rotarians have had other matters to police as well.

“Please no water balloons,” Washburn said. “No water guns. We had a grandlady who got shot in the eye with one of those high powered water guns.” No barbecue grills either, he said, recalling a float with riders cooking over live coals. “The fire department just went nuts with that one.” While the celebration has evolved, “it’s still family and kid oriented and block oriented,” Washburn said. Brad Bradley has seen many a parade through the decades, including twice as grand marshal, once in the 1990s and again with the Rotarians last year. “The weather is always good, there’s always a big crowd, there’s plenty to eat and drink,” he said. “It seems like the people, if they had any problems, they just wait until the next day to face them.” PA R A D E C H A I R S 2003-2018

Roy Washburn – 2003-09 Cleve Clinton – 2010-11 Paul Pirok – 2012-2014 Jim Mills – 2015-16 Phillip Bankhead – 2017-18

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Rotary Club Makes Parade a Hunger-Fighting Affair

North Texas Food Bank provided more than 70M meals in 2017 Last year, the Rotary Club of Park Cities and its strategic partners raised more than $22,000, and they’re in a position to raise $25,000 this year.


Brian Kendall

Special Contributor While the annual Fourth of July celebration in the Park Cities will be a red, white, and blue affair — full of food, face paint, and other festivities — the event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Park Cities, carries an objective far beyond a show of patriotism: helping to alleviate hunger in North Texas. For the second year, the North Texas

Food Bank will be the primary beneficiary of the annual parade, which travels two miles from Highland Park Town Hall to Goar Park. “Fighting hunger and addressing the needs of the hungry locally is one of [the club’] priorities,” Phillip Bankhead, parade chair and club past president, said. “It seemed like the perfect group to partner with.” With no entrance fee and free entertainment, the club raises money through

voluntary donations from commercial entries and the goodwill of attendees, as well as large donations from U.S. Trust and the Hal and Diane Brierley Foundation. Last year, the Rotary Club and its strategic partners raised more than $22,000, and they’re in a position to raise $25,000 this year. “What began as a canned food drive has grown into a strategic partnership,” Rotarian John Gilchrist said. “The parade is a celebration of America and the values

we hold near and dear, but we also want to increase awareness, as well as raise money for the North Texas Food Bank.” Three years ago, the Rotary Club of Park Cities took on the challenge of raising enough money to open a new mobile food pantry, which would help take fresh fruits, vegetables, and other staples to designated food deserts — places that are both economically distressed and lacking access to fresh groceries. Within a year, the club raised more than $200,000 to purchase a food truck. “These are communities where, many times, their best option to get food is the corner gas station,” Diana Kao, major gifts officer at the North Texas Food Bank, said. “The mobile food pantry helps deliver fresh produce to these places and raises awareness that North Texas is still very much in a fight against hunger.” A 2015 study conducted by Feeding America found that there’s a “meal gap,” an annual food budget shortfall, of 92 million meals in North Texas. “We were able to provide 70 million meals last year, but there’s still a 22 million meal gap,” Kao said. “[Rotary Club members] are helping us reach our goal by 2025.” To contribute to the North Texas Food Bank, visit

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THIS YEAR’S GRAND MARSHAL: KARL KUBY SR. German-born sausage maker loves U.S.A. By Selby Lopez

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s a young boy growing up in Germany during World War II, Karl Kuby Sr. saw American soldiers for the first time after his first few days returning home from a military school. Kuby admired the Americans because they were easygoing, friendly, and always laughing. They threw candy to some of the German children when they arrived. Now at 85 years old, Kuby looks forward to throwing candy while serving as grand marshal during the Park Cities Fourth of July Parade. “It’s a great honor,” Kuby said. “I love my customers. They are the ones that recommended me to be grand marshal.” Rotary Club of the Park Cities parade chairman Phillip Bankhead said Kuby was nominated by a selection committee and multiple past grand marshals. Bankhead said the club looks for grand marshal candidates from those in the Park Cities who have made a meaningful contribution, who mimic the Rotary ideals of honesty, fairness, and good will to all, and who are well-known and respected in the community. After nearly 60 years in the Dallas area, Kuby has become well-known to his cus-


Karl Kuby Sr., 2018 Grand Marshal

“When I hear the national anthem, sometimes I have tears [in] my eye.” Karl Kuby Sr. tomers. Kuby was 23 when he received sponsorship from one of his relatives living in the United States and traveled by boat to the U.S. in 1956. Three years later, Kuby opened his first sausage house, Carl’s’ European Sausage, in Dallas off McKinney Avenue and Knox Street.

The shop was named after a man Kuby went into business with whose middle name was Carl, but they would tell customers it was named after Kuby. After a couple of years, another man approached Kuby with a deal for a spot at Kuby’s current location on Snider Plaza. Kuby made every payment on time and eventually the landlord sold him the space. Nearly 60 years after Kuby’s current location opened, he isn’t in the shop as much. His son, Karl Kuby Jr., now runs the shop, but Kuby Sr. still drops by a few times a week to pass out gummy bears to children.

Kuby Sr.’s patriotism toward the U.S. has only grown since moving here. Not long after moving to the U.S., Kuby tested for and earned his citizenship. In his front yard, he has an American flag he got from former President Ronald Reagan. The flag once flew over the White House. In his free time, Kuby also crafts wooden walking canes for war veterans. “When I hear the national anthem, sometimes I have tears [in] my eye,” Kuby said. Kuby will help kickoff the parade on July 4 donning his “Let Freedom Ring” shirt near the Highland Park Town Hall.


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Chief Darrell Fant – 2010

UP Mayor Ed Drake – 2003

Dr. R. Gerald Turner – 2011

UP Mayor Barbara

Randy Allen – 2012

Hitzelberger – 2004

Kirk Dooley – 2013

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson – 2005

Dr. Dawson Orr – 2014

State Rep. Dan Branch – 2006

Leslie Melson – 2015

UP Mayor John Roach – 2007

Mike and Marla Boone – 2016

George Patterson – 2008

Brad Bradley – 2017

Dr. Cathy Bryce – 2009

Karl Kuby Sr. – 2018