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JUNE 2018 VOLUME 38 NO. 6
“THE BEST COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER IN TEXAS”
MADAME MAYOR HUMANS. HORSES. HOPE.
Former council member Margo Goodwin is ready for her new role after Highland Park’s historic town election. PAGE 12
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PLANS DRAW MORE DISCUSSION
SPRING FOOTBALL ENDS WITH SCOTS EYEING REPEAT
FOR NORTH DALLAS CHURCH, DOGS WELCOME ON SUNDAYS
Town leaders hear Bradfield peer review update, and district leaders hold meetings on three-story and two-story options for Hyer rebuild project.
With an unretired head coach and a slew of new starters, the Scots wrapped up three-weeks of practice focused on building on recent successes.
Central Christian offers residents opportunity to worship with their pooches in non-traditional, outdoor services.
2 June 2018 | parkcitiespeople.com
WE SHOULD ALL FOLLOW THE GOLDEN RULE
e all remember the Golden Rule, right? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matt. 7:12). In April, the Most Rev. Edward J. Burns, bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, launched a PAT M A R T I N year-long campaign – #BeGolden. Bishop Burns was joined by Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, and several other civic and faith leaders in our community. The initiative encourages citizens to practice the Golden Rule. The idea is to show compassion for all, with the initial focus on immigrants, understanding that immigration is a human issue. People might say, more than ever we need to practice the Golden Rule. I agree, but I see examples of that nearly every single day, and if we recognize those instances and practice it ourselves, we can each make a difference in shifting negative attitudes. In this issue there are a few examples of people in our community living the Golden Rule, and we’re pleased to share them with you. Equest (Page 14) practices it every day offering healing equestrian activities for mentally and physically challenged adults
and children, including military families transitioning into new roles. In our Faith section (Pages 48 and 49) find the story of how out of a desire to provide her daughter a lesson in service to others, Amy McKleroy started dance classes for girls at Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School, where students wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to take dance. Church members from Park Cities Baptist and Highland Park Presbyterian joined in Serve Dallas Day, participating in various volunteer activities such as cleaning out an abandon home to be repurposed for church offices for Cornerstone Baptist Church and planting native trees and collecting trash along the Trinity River. You don’t have to wait for a volunteer opportunity to practice the Golden Rule. Just start with something simple like letting another car merge in traffic, holding an elevator door, opening a door for someone, or just offering a smile. Try it, and it will come back to you in no time at all. For more information on the bishop’s campaign go to begoldenjourney.com. Share on social media your ideas or examples of others being golden with #BeGolden. Pat Martin, Publisher email@example.com
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4 June 2018 | parkcitiespeople.com
Crime S KU L D U G G E RY of the MO NTH
A Highland Park woman got a wacky surprise on April 18 after someone identifying themselves as “Kurtz” phoned to say something had been left in her trash can in the 3600 Block of Mockingbird Lane. A backpack contained plastic baggies full of marijuana, two small bags labeled “GG,” a large baggy labeled “Jet Fuel,” and a large baggy labeled “Wedding Cake.” Other “gifts:” a glass jar with marijuana residue and 10 12-ounce Keystone beers.
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CRIME REPORT APRIL 9 - MAY 6 APRIL 9 We’re not saying this 36-year old Park Cities woman in the 2600 Milton Avenue was taking personality quizzes on Facebook, but someone is now impersonating her online to email her friends and other contacts, she reported around 1 p.m. APRIL 10 Around 10:19 a.m., a woman just walked into a home in the 3500 block of Lexington Avenue – and she wasn’t even invited. The 50-something-year-old in a dress quickly fled in a beige four-door vehicle when confronted by the homeowner. Police advised the residents to keep their front door locked. APRIL 12 A 44-year-old Park Cities man thought his DJI Phantom 3 drone would be safe on the tailgate of his blue 2017 GMC truck parked in the 4000 block of Druid Lane He was wrong. It was stolen around 2:30 p.m. APRIL 13 Stolen before 6 a.m. an unlocked white 2014 Infiniti Qx80, valued at $30,000 with the fob inside while parked overnight in the 3600 block of Wentwood Drive. APRIL 15 Three different vehicles were damaged by a pellet gun sometime before 3 a.m. in the 4500 block of Southern Avenue. Each vehicle, an older model blue Chevrolet Trailblazer; black 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe; and a black 2017 Chevrolet Suburban, all had the front passenger window shot at. Another resident in the 4300 block of Edmondson Avenue reported a similar damage to the driver’s side rear window of his silver 2000 BMW 528. APRIL 16 A motorist, a tow truck driver, and a Highland Park officer got into a verbal tit-for-tat around 6 p.m. in the 5400 block of Preston Road. The motorist had left a 2009 gray Dodge Ram at the intersection of Mockingbird Lane and Preston Road after running out of gas – to note, he went to a nearby station to get more gas.
Obviously, traffic ensued and police had the vehicle towed, which according to an incident report caused the motorist to become “visibly upset.” Long story short, a police officer on scene ended up calling the motorist’s mother – no mention of his actual age – who told the police to let her son walk “so that he could cool off.” The motorist was given money for a train ticket and shown the way to Mockingbird Station. APRIL 18 Hardware for 42 interior doors, 18 sets of plumbing fixtures, and two garage door monitors were stolen from the construction site of a home in the 3300 block of Princeton Avenue. The theft occurred sometime between 10 a.m. April 9 and 4 p.m. April 13. The incident was reported at 1:35 p.m. APRIL 19 Stolen sometime between 6 and 9:30 p.m.: the third-row seat, valued at $1,500, from a 2013 black Chevrolet Suburban parked at the Whole Foods Market in the 4100 block of Lomo Alto Drive. APRIL 21 The driver’s side mirror, valued at $650, was stolen overnight before 9 a.m. from a 2016 black Cadillac Escalade parked in the 2700 block of Hanover Street. During the same time period, another driver’s side mirror, valued at $200, was stolen from a 2013 white Cadillac Escalade parked in the 2900 block of Westminster Avenue. APRIL 23 A construction worker who left a $1,700 drill unattended on the sidewalk about 9:30 a.m. April 23 in the 4300 block of Overhill Drive was surprisingly surprised to find it missing when he checked on it an hour later. The red and silver Husqvarna drill was leased for the day from Sunbelt Rentals. When is it a crime to give up smoking? When nearly $1,000 in Nicorette gum and patches were stolen around 1 p.m. at the CVS in the 6700 block of Preston Road.
APRIL 26 A dispute between two neighbors regarding an overhung tree in the 3600 block of Harvard Avenue led to the mature Pecan being “accidentally” cut down sometime between 7 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. According to a police report, the neighbor who was frustrated with the tree hanging over her property asked her landscaper to trim the branches. There must have been some sort of confusion because the landscaper hired a tree service to cut the tree down, reducing it to a trunk.
Don’t you just hate when someone backs into your vehicle and “forgets” to leave a note? Probably not more than a 24-year-old University Park woman who’s 2015 blue Mercedes GLK 350 was damaged sometime between 10 p.m. April 29 and 7:30 p.m. April 30. The culprit did leave a note with a name and a number on the car, which was parked in the 3500 block of Westminster Avenue. However, it was the wrong number and belonged to someone who lived in Nebraska.
APRIL 27 Two packages containing a $30 Gap dress and $660 Bottega Veneta loafers were stolen between 1:45 and 3:15 p.m. from the front porch of a home in the 3300 block of Milton Avenue
MAY 1 A Louis Vuitton purse and wallet, valued at $5,000, and $600 worth of other property were stolen overnight before 7:15 a.m. from a 2015 black Porshe 911 parked in the 4100 block of Caruth Boulevard.
APRIL 28 A University Park mother reported to police around 10:51 p.m. from her home in the 3400 block of Wentwood Driver that her daughter was being harassed by someone with a FInsta account (that’s Fake Instagram in case you didn’t know). APRIL 30 Multiple vehicles in the area of the 3700 block of Granada Avenue were burglarized for car parts – such as the taillights, valued at $100, from a 2012 white Ford F-150 – overnight before 6:30 a.m. Other thefts included the third-row seat, valued at $1,500, from a 2013 brown Chevrolet Yukon parked in the 3500 block of Rosedale Avenue; the thirdrow seat, valued at $600, from a 2011 white GMC Yukon, parked in the 3600 block of University Boulevard; the taillights, valued at $400, from a 2018 black Ford F-250 parked in the 3500 block of University Boulevard, the covers off chrome wheels, valued at $1,000, from a 2009 blue Cadillac Escalade parked in the 3700 block of Granada Avenue, and the third-row seat, valued at $3,500, from a 2012 black GMC Yukon parked in the 3500 block of Granada Avenue.
MAY 4 Two children’s bicycles, a BMC Teammachine, valued at $2,300, and a Cannondale Faray 3, valued at $500, were stolen sometime overnight before 6 a.m. from a detached garage in the 4100 block of Shenandoah Avenue. MAY 5 A burglar not only stole a $119 leaf blower from a garage in the 3400 block of Milton Avenue but also took a Nest security camera, valued at $200, sometime between 6 and 8 a.m. The black, leather third-row seat, valued at $600, from a 2007 black GMC Yukon was stolen sometime between 5:30 and 8 p.m. in the 4400 block of Westway Avenue. The vehicle’s rear window latch was damaged during the burglary. MAY 6 Stolen around 5:30 p.m.: a brown leather wallet, $1,000 cash, $120 Australian dollars, $500 in traveler’s cash, identification, debit cards, and a checkbook. The items were presumed stolen from the purse of a woman shopping at Whole Foods in the 4100 block of Lomo Alto Drive.
8 June 2018 | parkcitiespeople.com
WHAT’S NEXT FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DESIGNS? Town could help HPISD save for Bradfield changes
Stantec’s Jonathan Aldis presents Hyer plans to residents. PHOTOS BY TIM GLAZE
Hyer Redesign Options Discussed By Tim Glaze
TOP: Existing plans for the new Bradfield Elementary. BOTTOM: Plan with proposed changes.
By William Taylor
esigning a three-story elementary school to feel like a series of buildings won’t make it any smaller, but could help it appear that way. That’s one concept behind suggested changes emerging from a peer review of plans for the new Bradfield Elementary School.
“[District leaders] have a sincere interest in building a building that is as beautiful as it can be.” Joel Williams “The other part is you are removing asymmetries and inserting symmetries,” Highland Park Town Council member David Dowler said. Dowler recruited Russell Windham, a Houston architect with a practice committed to the classical tradition, to conduct the peer review for free. The goal: Find ways to help the building fit better architecturally into the neighborhood adjacent to Highland Park Village. Among Windham’s suggestions:
eliminate the five-arch colonnade shown in recent architectural renderings, thereby providing a clearer view of the courtyard behind it. “The colonnade is an asymmetrical element,” Dowler said. “It kind of jars you.” The decision over which of Windham’s suggestions, if any, to incorporate into the design by Stantec, Highland Park ISD’s architectural firm, belongs to the school board and could depend on costs. But town leaders are optimistic and have ideas for helping the district pay for the changes, if necessary. “I think there is a very constructive collaboration going on,” said Joel Williams, discussing the matter during his final days as mayor. District leaders “have a sincere interest in building a building that is as beautiful as it can be.” Town administrator Bill Lindley said HPISD superintendent Tom Trigg is ready to add $200,000 to the Bradfield project to address aesthetics, and the town could match that through a plan that involves waiving 65 percent of the project permitting costs. “Now you are getting a massing of enough dollars where you can make some headway,” Lindley said. As the architectural collaboration continued into mid-May, officials were awaiting pricing estimates for Windham’s suggested changes.
In addition to the colonnade, some details on a proposed tower could go away, too, while a faux balcony could be added, and the section of the building housing administrative offices could extend 18-inches closer to the street than it does now. Many windows could be simplified, quatrefoils could be included, and the use of brick could increase. Margo Goodwin liked what she saw as she reviewed the ideas a few days before leaving her council seat to replace Williams as mayor. “Building a house by committee isn’t easy to do,” she said. But opinions continue to vary. “I happen to like the colonnade, and I happen to like the tower,” said council member Eric Gambrell, while adding school board members would decide what’s best. “It’s not my decision.” Gambrell didn’t reject Lindley proposal for giving a break on permitting fees, but added he didn’t want to send a message that the town wants the district to spend more money. Kristen Woolery, an interior designer who has been critical of Stantec’s Bradfield design, remains skeptical. “It looks better, but the windows still look bad,” she said. “Russell Windham, he’s going to suggest improvements. Will it be executed [by Stantec] competently?”
The architects working on plans for the rebuild of Hyer Elementary School already have nearly a dozen design options – six possible two-story designs and five three-story ones. Jonathan Aldis, principal architect of Stantec, presented the options in May during question-and-answer session with residents held in Hyer’s auditorium. Highland Park ISD trustees also discussed the plans during a school board meeting the following day.
Some see new schools as too big. “Our goals for the school include larger classrooms, flexible learning spaces, appropriately sized core spaces, and dedicated on-site parking,” Aldis said. “We’ll also look at an increase in green space and an architectural compatibility with the city and neighborhood.” That final point will be crucial when it comes to gaining community support, as keeping the architectural integrity of the school has been a hot topic within Highland Park since January; several meetings were held with residents regarding similar issues with Bradfield Elementary, which will also undergo a rebuild.
Both schools will undergo complete rebuilds as part of a bond package passed in 2015. Notice of the Hyer question-and-answer meeting, which drew more than 100 people, went to residents within a 500-foot radius of the school, said Tom Trigg, Highland Park superintendent. Representatives from the Hyer Elementary Legacy Committee have met with Stantec and offered several design recommendations, including red brick with white trim on the outside, a courtyard with plenty of shade from trees, and traffic flow that will allow students to cross surrounding streets safely. Aldis added that keeping the already ample amount of greenspace is a priority. “Most likely, the large green space will remain on the east side of the building,” he said. “We’d also like to keep the public’s entry on the south side and the delivery zone on the west side. The gym will ideally be adjacent to the greenspace, and the kitchen and dining space will be adjacent to the delivery zone.” Trigg stressed that all design ideas for Hyer were still up for consideration, and that no final decision has been made yet for the school that has been in Highland Park for nearly 100 years. He added that the plans were “not going to please everyone,” but that the final design will be focused on student and educational development. “I think there’s a feeling in the community that decisions [for the school] have already been made, and they haven’t,” Trigg said. “The committee will do the best they can to pick a design that really meets the needs of the entire community, while focusing on the kids. We want to design these schools from the inside out.”
10 June 2018 | parkcitiespeople.com
HP, Dallas ISDs’ Starting Teacher Salaries Above State Average Texas ranks outside top 10 nationwide; New Jersey, Alaska top list By Tim Glaze
People Newspapers Educator salaries have been a topic of intense national scrutiny in 2018, with teachers walking out in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and more recently, Arizona, to demand better pay and benefits. While no such walkouts have occurred in Texas, educator salaries in the country’s third-most populated state often face scrutiny, too. The National Education Association reports an average annual salary of $40,725 for first-time educators in Texas – more than $2,000 above the national average of $38,617. That starting salary of $40,725 puts Texas outside the top 10 in the nation, with the District of Columbia offering the highest starting salary of $51,359. New Jersey ($51,179), Alaska ($46,785), and Hawaii ($45,963) are other states that offer above or near $50,000 as starting salaries. Texas ranks 14th. “Beginning teacher pay in the DFW area is very competitive,” said Todd Williams, finance commissioner with the Texas Education Agency. “Our challenges are that beginning pay is not tied to the quality or rigor of their preparation program, and if you do attend a rigorous program, and are a highly effective teacher in your early years, you are not compensated for the difference that that
program made in your effectiveness. Instead, the vast majority of area districts provide lockstep raises tied to seniority regardless of effectiveness.” Seniority-based raises are in place in Highland Park, which reports a $49,181 annual salary for first-time educators. The district also increases the annual salary of hired teachers based on their years of experience, all the way up to 30 years. A teacher in Highland Park with 25 years of experience, for example, is hired with a starting salary of $60,100. That’s different than in Dallas ISD, where a cap on starting salaries is in place for new hires with 15 years of experience or more. Once teachers reach the 15-year mark, Dallas ISD offers a salary capped at $57,000 for new hires. Dallas ISD does offer higher salaries for teachers that work longer than the set school-year schedule of 187 days, though: A new hire with 30 years of experience could earn up to $68,888 if they work a 226-day school year. “Progressive school districts like Dallas ISD are the exception,” Williams said. “DISD evaluates all of its educators annually and pays based on effectiveness against seniority. It also pays $10,000 to $15,000 stipends on top of performance-based salaries.” The starting salary for teachers in Dal-
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las ISD with zero years of experience is $50,000, according to district officials. Dallas ISD contributes to the state’s “Robin Hood” program, which calls for property-wealthy districts to share funding that ultimately goes back into property-poor districts. Highland Park ISD does as well, and has paid more than $1.2
billion back to the state since 1994 - including $80 million in 2016, according to the district’s website. It’s a flawed system, Williams said, and one he said is not sustainable. “Recapture is not working, and will likely be addressed in the forthcoming school finance bill,” Williams said.
12 June 2018 | parkcitiespeople.com
New HP Mayor Not Focused on Making History
Goodwin ready to tackle challenges with research, listening By William Taylor
“I’m very excited to be mayor, but I’ve always been female, so that’s not an earthshaking revelation for me.” Margo Goodwin
Electing a woman as mayor is not all that unusual in 2018 America, but mayoral portraits on the back wall of the Town Council Chambers serve as a reminder that doing so is a first in Highland Park. Just don’t expect new Mayor Margo
Goodwin to get all excited about making such history. “I have had people ask me if I was excited to be the first female mayor,” she said after getting more than 87 percent of the vote in the race to replace Joel Williams, who was term limited. “I’m very excited to be mayor, but I’ve always been female, so that’s not an earthshaking revelation for me,” Goodwin said. Goodwin got 447 votes in the May 5 election, while her opponent, Sam Tamborello, got 66, according to dallascountyvotes. org. But the new mayor isn’t divining any special meaning to her margin of victory. “I don’t know what that means,” she said. “I just know I’ll do the best job I can for 100 percent of the people in Highland Park.” Goodwin said she isn’t coming into the
job with a particular agenda, but rather a process for addressing issues and town needs as they come. “In everything I’ve ever done, I just like to do as much research and listen to people’s opinions and make up my mind as to what I want to do,” she said. “There will always be another challenge up ahead.” But after serving on the Town Council, she faces at least one significant adjustment as mayor: Unlike their counterparts in many other Texas municipalities, Highland Park mayors don’t get a vote. “I am used to having a vote,” Goodwin said. “It will be different, but I also love talking, so I’m sure I will have my fair share of time to voice my opinion. But it will be up to the council whether they see things the way I do.”
HP Resident Reappointed to Texas Historical Commission
By Tim Glaze
People Newspapers Highland Park resident David Gravelle is no stranger to the Texas Historical Commission. He served as THC commissioner from 2001 to 2013, six years as vice chairman. Now, Gravelle, a vocal opponent of the demolition of nearly 100-year-old school buildings in
the Park Cities, is set to serve another three years. “I am honored to serve Texans on the THC, which plays a vital role preserving and interpreting Texas history,” he said. The THC, established in 1953 as the Texas State Historical Survey Committee, has 15 members appointed by the governor to staggered six-year terms.
“This appointment is particularly poignant given what has happened with the historic elementary schools in the Park Cities,” Gravelle said, referring to the rebuilding of University Park, Bradfield, and Hyer elementaries. “I am incredulous that there was no attempt to preserve the facade of the schools, and I shake my head at those who would destroy this connection to
who we were.” As a child, Gravelle was drawn to history lessons. As an adult, he chose marketing as a career but was asked by a friend to serve on THC during Rick Perry’s transition to the governor’s mansion. “Serving on the commission has deepened my understanding of the importance of history to a local community,” he said.
14 June 2018 | parkcitiespeople.com
Community EQUEST EXPANDS RIDING THERAPY SERVICES
Therapists say riding horses offers physical and emotional benefits for patients.
By Tim Glaze
hat started as a small center with a unique approach to therapy has blossomed into a gigantically popular way to help residents all over the state. The success of equine activities for mental and physical therapy led Equest to consolidate its therapeutic horesemanship programs to Tex-
as Horse Park in Dallas, a 304-acre site in the Great Trinity Forest. At the new park, Equest has 38 stalls, a 6,000-square foot therapy area, and, of course, a bevy of horses making an impact on multiple patients. The agency offers a program designed for veterans and military families transitioning to new roles within their communities and also works with special needs children and others needing physical and
emotional therapy. To highlight the growth of Equest, examine the center’s state more than 30 years ago: Located in Wylie, the center had only two horses, one instructor, and a handful of volunteers. By the time Equest joined Texas Horse Park in 2014, the center had grown to 36 horses, 10 instructors, and more than 400 volunteers. “We’re now able to serve clients that couldn’t reach us in Wylie,” said
Lili Kellogg, Equest chief executive officer. “The number of volunteer groups has increased exponentially as well, and Dallas community leaders are more familiar with us, too.” The center isn’t done expanding, either — another riding arena is planned, thanks to a donation from the Al Hill Jr. Family Foundation. It’s all a backdrop to the horses – the real stars of THP, Kellogg said. Per a survey the center sends out to current and former patients, 100 percent of those that responded reported some sort of improvement after spending time with the horses. “Horses are miracle workers,” Kellogg said. “Interaction with horses strengthens the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional functioning of the individual. And sometimes it’s just the simple things – imagine being in a wheelchair all day and then being lifted onto the back of the horse. And we’ve noticed that the horse-human interaction increases concentration, enhances one’s ability to articulate emotions, and expands esteem and self-discipline.” Kellogg and other THP volunteers recalled several examples of incredible improvement from patients that spent time with the horses, including an adopted girl that didn’t laugh or smile for sev-
Center for BrainHealth Gets New Chairman
en years until riding a horse at the center at age 10. Or, an anxiety-riddled veteran who improved so dramatically from horseback riding that he became a spokesperson for the center. And, a patient who was bedridden after surgery on her skull but began walking again immediately following a few sessions with a horse. “I could write a book about the wonderful things we’ve seen with our clients over the years,” Kellogg said. “The need [for horse therapy] is great. More than 800,000 people in the greater Dallas area have a disability. One in 20 veterans in this country take their own life every day, and one in 62 babies born ends up being diagnosed with an Autism-related disorder. These are all areas that our center helps address.”
HEALING HORSES • Riding improves posture, balance, and muscle control and offers cardivascular benefits. • Interacting with horses teaches empathy and responsibility, as well as increased concentration. • Motor skills increase with extended riding time.
WHAT IS A BRAINHEALTH PHYSICAL?
Cotter aims to get more Dallasites using services By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers
A changing of the guard has taken place at the Center for BrainHealth. Highland Park philanthropist Debbie Francis has stepped down as chairman of the 90-person board to focus on fundraising for the brain research institute. Preston Hollow resident and longtime board member Ka Cotter took over the helm in April. “Debbie’s 15 years of service as our board chair has left us immeasurably grateful,” said Sandra Bond Chapman, center founder and chief director. “Her passion for brain health and thoughtful counsel have been vital to our continued growth and success.” During the past 15 years, Francis has seen the brainchild of Chapman grow from an idea to a small luncheon to a 63,000-square-foot research facility in north Dallas. Also, during her tenure, the center quadrupled its staff and increased fundraising sevenfold. It has more than 70 on-going research projects and, in 2017, unveiled its Brain Performance Institute. Getting Dallasites into that new cen-
COURTESY PHOTO Ka Cotter and Debbie Francis together at The Brain: An Owner’s Guide Lecture series in February ter will be a top priority for Cotter. “We focus on our heart health and all the health neck down,” Cotter said before pointing to her head, “and we really want this to be good too. If we don’t have this [our brain], how much does the rest of it matter?” The Brain Performance Institute is home to programs that help people at all stages of life and those affected by various conditions. Cotter emphasized that the institute
isn’t just for those suffering from dementia or brain injury; it’s also for improving brain performance and health now. The Institute helps young people focus in school, retrain the minds of those affected by military experiences or sports injuries, strengthen mental acuity among corporate leadership, and empower others to take charge of their own brains so they can have healthier, stronger, more energetic brains today and in the future, Dr. Leanne Young, executive director of the Brain Performance Institute, has said. Cotter was part of the leadership that grew The Staubach Company from a local real estate services firm in 1980 to a $500 million multinational firm that merged with Jones Lang LaSalle in July of 2008, according to Texas Wall Street Woman. Her skills include corporate real estate, construction, sales and sales management, growth strategies for service firms, corporate governance, and corporate culture. “We are so fortunate that Ka is stepping into this important role,” Chapman said. “We are thrilled to have someone with such extensive global business experience and commitment to community leadership as our incoming chair.”
• A physical to establish a brain performance benchmark will allow one to observe changes in key cognitive abilities over time. • An experienced clinician will guide one through a series of written and verbal tasks to determine the performance of critical frontal lobe processes, which are responsible for planning, judgment, decision making, problem solving, and other executive functions. • The assessment measures your brain’s strengths as well as areas for improvement. • The clinician offers tailored recommendations to elevate your brain performance. Find out more at brainhealth.utdallas.edu/ programs/brainhealth-physical/
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What’s App’n? What’s on the screen of anybody’s phone or tablet reads like a diary of that person’s life. Having just returned from a girls’ trip with ladies of a certain age, we spent an afterLEN BOURLAND noon figuring out if we had the most up to the minute or “cool” phone apps. Airline, weather, photo, mail, and messenger apps were essential. So were maps. Waze outranked Google maps and MapQuest. Apps for shopping went way beyond Amazon: apps for flowers, takeout from favorite restaurants, clothing store apps. Open Table for restaurant reservations was a must. Health apps abounded with (Pillbox) and heart rate and fitness monitors peppering our screens, as did finance apps (we all check the stock market). Facebook and iPhoto outdid Instagram (we’re old), and meditation and sleep apps to lull us or grandbabies to sleep were prevalent. Whazzup was preferred to Skype or Facetime by those who travel or have kids overseas. We are of the generation who read, so ebook and audiobook apps like iBook and Libby by Overdrive beat music apps like Soundhound, Shazaam, or Pandora. We embarrass our adult daughters by using the calculator app and divvying up the lunch bill with cash or cards instead of transferring funds on Venmo. We have bank apps but are scared to use them for fear of hacking, and nobody had succumbed to Wallet or Apple Pay. We keep apps for all ages for our grandchildren: Cupcakes or Wheels on the Bus for toddlers, Bridal Salon or Nail Salon for little girls, superheros for guys, Crossy Road or Candy Crush for older ones. Our hobbies had apps like All Trails for walkers and hikers, Fandango for movies, crossword puzzles apps, ESPN for sports, but zero dating apps (Not our generation). If the Internet is to be believed, there are over 2 million phone apps and more than 35,000 games. (Bridge, solitaire, and Mah Jong grace my phone but toward the back of the screen). Someone had an app that started her car if it was hot or cold or raining outside, but everybody had a find my cellphone app. A password vault for the umpteen passwords we can’t remember was a must. One of our biggest complaints? Having those thumbnails shift around every time we added an app or accidentally hit the button that makes them all vibrate and hop around…’cause then we can’t locate the App store app. Columnist and author Len Bourland can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
16 June 2018 | parkcitiespeople.com
Letters to the Editor
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Save the Planet From Plastic It was refreshing to read your column “We Can Do Better For Our Planet” (Page 2, April issue). Thank you for bringing the state of the environment in the area to the attention of readers. Your article focused on recycling; I will therefore focus on litter and specifically plastic. Plastic appears everywhere I go these days: It is caught up in branches, bushes, along the highways, streets, on fences, along construction sites, stuck in gutters. You mentioned the repeal of the plastic bag ban in 2015. At
the time it was passed, people made an effort to reduce the amount of plastic bags used, because [the rules] forced them to think about each plastic bag they did or did not use. Once the plastic bag ban was repealed, the single use plastic bag was back with a vengeance. Meanwhile, we continue to choke our environment. You only have to go to White Rock Lake, Bachman Lake, the creeks, and the Trinity River to see how much litter and plastic is accumulating. The area is booming with new construction and, along
with it, an increase in construction plastic and debris that is left to the side as construction work is in progress; all it takes is a bit of wind for all that plastic to become carried to neighboring areas. The issuance of a construction license should include strict regulations for safeguarding plastics and debris and for deposing of them appropriately. We can each be more conscientious of our impact on our environment and take mindful steps to reduce waste. Start by saying no to a plastic bag when it really is not necessary; bring your own bag when you can; ask baggers to use as few bags as possible. Encourage store managers to train their clerks to ask customers if they need a bag instead of robotically placing one tiny item in a bag. Report a litterer to the Texas Department of Transportation; encourage city councils to pass more ordinances to help keep the environment clean and reduce waste; encourage schools to educate students to be advocates for a better environment and get them involved in recycling programs. There is so much to be done on so many levels, but the first step doesn’t have to be a leap; it can be as simple as saying no to a plastic bag. Henrica Vanderaa University Park
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Why Not Listen? I want to thank Wick Allison for his factual article (Page 2, May issue) about the lack of rethinking by the Highland Park Town Council, University Park City Council, and HPISD School Board with regard to the taxpayers’ concern about the overbuilding of the elementary schools and the lack of interest in making sure these schools are within the design of our community. The community does not understand why these elected officials do not listen to the outpouring and factual information that has been researched and submitted to them. Linda Lehman University Park Beauty Is Hard Wick Allison, amen times one thousand on Bradfield’s architecture; “beauty is not expensive but hard.” “Honoring Our History” authors Kristen Woolery and Melissa Gerstle nailed it! It may be too late and you cannot “rock that HP boat” too much. Hopefully that PEER review gets it correct. Bob Forrest Highland Park HPISD Misrepresentation I have lived in the Park Cities for 20 years, and my three children attended Armstrong Elementary. I share Wick Allison’s sentiment for all our historic schools. They are the “very soul of what makes our community the special place it is.” What troubles me is the continued misrepresentation by the district. Start with the ballot: “The issuance of $361,400,000 bonds for the purpose of construction, improvement, renovation and equipment of school buildings in the district and acquiring real property therefor, and the levying of a tax in payment thereof.” Curiously, demolition was left off. HPISD’s spokesman told NBC5 “community concerns about the buildings only began to rise in the last few weeks. The district has held public meetings
in recent months, has mailed out monthly newsletters, and has posted updates about the buildings to the district’s website.” Residents have been voicing and emailing concerns since 2015. The district has not broadly promoted public meetings in recent months, only school board meetings, where communication is limited to one-way public comments. In a recent PCP article, the district spokesman states: “We are not anticipating growth for the next two years, but we believe that enrollment will grow after all of the construction projects are completed. “Anticipated growth is over the next 20-30 years.” What is this projection based on? The flawed 2014 report from PASA, which stated elementary enrollment at “most likely” growth for EE-4th grade would be 2,801 students? Actual EE4th reported to the state this year was 2,572. Elementary grades have had the greatest decline. The district spokesman: “Elementary school numbers specifically have been down . . .Enrollment for grades kindergarten through fifth grade went from 3,250 in 2015 to 3,146 in 2016, down to 3,073 in 2017.” His numbers don’t reflect elementary enrollment. Fifth graders don’t attend our elementary schools. Actual elementary enrollment, as reported to the state, is 500 less than 3,073. Including fifth grade is Fake news! Is it any wonder that a growing number of citizens feel dismayed? Thank you for your stance on the importance of getting it right. I recently visited Hyer during the open house – such a beautiful, well built, historic building with amazing attention to detail. Thinking of it reduced to rubble especially the auditorium, so sad. Future generations will not have memories of gathering in a truly special place. Cafetoriums and “budget” schools just don’t measure up. Traci Schuh University Park
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CAMP WHISPERING CEDARS OPENS STEM CENTER Girl Scouts to explore robotics, coding, chemistry, botany
including physics, digital media, engineering, astronomy, and topography. “We want to increase their confidence, but we also want to change the way we talk about science technology and math with girls, because our research shows that girls are motivated by changing the world,” Bartkowski said. “They can see how a teacher or doctor changes the world, but sometimes it’s hard for them to see how an engineer or a technology person changes the world.”
“I don’t remember anyone ever encouraging me in science or math, and I was in upper, AP-type classes for science and math.” Jennifer Bartkowski
From an observation tower (top left) to science labs and outdoor activities, Girl Scouts will have plenty to explore.
By Cynthia Mendez
n the first weekend in May, Jennifer Bartkowski walked on to the 92 acres of Camp Whispering Cedars south of downtown Dallas and looked at something she could not have imagined in childhood: a center dedicated to teaching science and technology to girls of all ages. The STEM Center of Excellence debuted May 3 as a new Girl Scout camp featuring robotics, computer coding, botany,
chemistry, and other scientific disciplines. STEM is an academic term for science, technology, engineering, and math. “I don’t remember anyone ever encouraging me in science or math, and I was in upper, AP-type classes for science and math,” said Bartkowski, CEO of Girls Scouts of Northeast Texas. “I went on to focus on what I loved, which was English and political science.” It could have been a career in engineering, where she says only 14 percent of the people are women.
The numbers are worse in computer science and physics, she said. Early exposure to technology and science can help. That’s the impetus behind the center, built with help from technology companies Ericsson and Texas Instruments. Universities such as UT Dallas, UT Arlington, SMU, and Texas A&M provide instructional materials and training for troop leaders and volunteers, and in the case of advanced workshops, instructors. Girl Scouts from kindergarten through 12th grade can take advantage of activities
Last fall, a new line of badges was made available for STEM accomplishments and modern-day studies like cyber security, robot design, code writing, and mechanical engineering. But Camp Whispering Cedars continues to embrace traditional Girl Scout activities. Swimming, hiking, and archery are still part of the experience. A new ropes course features a three-person swing, a zip line, ropes bridge, and climbing wall. The geology trail allows girls to explore fossils, learn about rock formations, and participate in soil testing. “We still have an amphitheater because lots of girls tell me the first time they ever speak in public is on a Girl Scout stage,” Bartkowski said. “We still have the fire circle, because girls form a common friendship around a fire circle. And we still have a flagpole, because the traditions and elements of patriotism you learn in putting a flag up every morning and taking it down every night are critical components, even when you’re learning to code and do robotics.” For more information: stemcenter.gsnetx.org
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Alumni Say Goodbye Before the Wrecking Ball
Open houses offer residents parting tours of Bradfield, Hyer
By Tim Glaze
People Newspapers The Hyer Elementary sign in the school’s front yard proved a popular photo spot as residents came to bid farewell during a recent open house. It’s the school’s original sign, and district officials have confirmed that it will be included in some form when the school is rebuilt. Both Hyer and Bradfield Elementary schools are scheduled to be torn down – Bradfield this summer and Hyer the following year. New school buildings will go up in their places with Bradfield to open for the 2019-20 school year, and Hyer 2020-21. The schools recently opened their doors to the public after normal school hours, and residents filled the halls making their informal goodbyes. “The large turnouts at the open houses show how much our community values education, our children, and our traditions,” said Kristen Woolery, a Highland Park resident. “Even with differing opinions on the new contruction, it’s overwhelmingly evident that we all care deeply about our schools.” The future reconstruction is part of Highland Park ISD’s $361.4 million bond package passed in 2015. A new elementary campus opened last year and the reconstruction of University Park Elementary should wrap up this summer.
Residents tour Bradfield and Hyer.
“Even with differing opinions on the new contruction, it’s overwhelmingly evident that we all care deeply about our schools.” Kristen Woolery In recent months, many Highland Park residents have complained to the school board and Highland Park Town Council about plans for Bradfield. University Park residents have been voicing
concerns about the future of Hyer. A growing concern among residents is the likelihood of Bradfield and Hyer schools being rebuilt as three-story campuses. In neighborhoods built in the early 1900s, keeping
the surrounding areas “aesthetically pleasing,” as many put it, is important. Some said a three-story school – or any three-story building in Highland Park – would compromise the history of the neighborhood. “Ask yourself this – would any of us have voted for this [bond package] if we knew a three-story school was going to be the end result?” said resident Nathan Wood. “These are hundred-year decisions that are being made.” The Town Council has already approved a site plan and zoning allowing for Bradfield to be rebuilt as a three-story campus. However, town leaders reached an agreement with district officials to have an architect specializing in classical architecture peer review the design in hopes of making it fit-in better with the architectural character of the community. Decisions on the Hyer rebuild project will come in the months ahead. Highland Park ISD board president Jim Hitzelberger, a Hyer graduate, said the schools are “a big part of what make the community so special.” “Being a Hyer graduate and walking the halls brought back such great memories,” he said. “Bradfield and Hyer hold a special place in the hearts of so many in the Park Cities. We were thrilled with the turnout at both events. When completed, we believe our new schools will also create wonderful memories and be a source of pride for generations to come.”
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Troops 35, 125 Introduce New Eagles Roman Cave
These area Boy Scouts have earned the Eagle Scout rank, Scouting’s highest. Doing so typically takes several years and requires earning a combination of 21 or more badges plus a special project.
TROOP 35 Westminster Presbyterian Church Roman and William Cave, the sons of Nancy Cave, attend Jesuit College Predatory of Dallas, where Roman is a sophomore and William is a senior. Roman’s Eagle project: built four benches and platforms around the Stations of the Cross for St. Joseph’s Residence managed by the Bethlemite Sisters for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. William’s Eagle project: designed and built a meditation labyrinth for West Presbyterian Church. Vincent Frizell, the son of Renae and Robert Frizell, is an eighth-grader at Highland Park Middle School. His Eagle project: a weather station for Armstrong Elementary’s science department and signs for the butterfly garden. Evan Tomás Himes, the son of Michaela Himes, is a senior at Highland Park High School. His Eagle project: a trash/recycling enclosure at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Peter John Paulus IV, the son of Anne and Peter Paulus, is a junior at Highland Park High School. His Eagle project: a box vegetable garden for St. Christopher’s Montessori School.
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Cooper David Emery, son of Chad and Dana Emery, attends Richland Community College’s Dual Credit Program. His Eagle project: designing and building a stage for the youth activity center at Grace Bible Church. Seth Douglas Mackinnon, son of Doug and Jalaine Mackinnon, is a sophomore at The Covenant School of Dallas. His Eagle project: planning, coordinating, and planting two shade trees on the Dallas Theological Seminary campus. Broc Philip O’Brien and Bryce James O’Brien, sons of Jim and Susan O’Brien, are juniors at Trinity Christian Academy-Addison. Broc’s Eagle project: the construction of four bat houses, to address disease-carrying pests in Richardson’s Breckenridge Park. Bryce’s Eagle project: construction of four owl houses at Breckenridge Park in Richardson also to assist in eliminating insects that carry the West Nile and Zika viruses. Storey William Record, son of Dick and Susan Record, is a sophomore at The Covenant School of Dallas. His Eagle project: removing and rebuilding garden boxes used to grow vegetables and flowers at Covenant. Cole Layton Smith, son of Mar and Jeanette Smith, is a senior at Parish Episcopal School of Dallas. His Eagle Scout project: rebuilding the prayer labyrinth at University Park United Methodist Church. – Staff report
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High School Students Walk Out To Speak Up About Gun Violence
Karen Chen (top) speaks during a student protest against gun violence.
Special Contributor Karen Chen, leader of the Young Democrats club at Highland Park High School, considers herself neutral on gun control but a believer in making time to discuss controversial topics. “You can have an opinion,” she said. “It doesn’t matter what it is, but you shouldn’t be afraid to have one.”
“Even though we have different opinions on regulating guns, we both agree school shootings are bad and that we should respect those who died.” Karen Chen Chen, a senior, was at the center of a campus walkout on April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. The day was observed as a national walkout day by students across the country, including at many campuses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It came about a month after March for Our Lives, a nationwide protest of gun violence organized after the Parkland, Florida school shooting in February. Highland Park High students, instead of heading to their third-period classes, put down their backpacks and gathered around the flagpole at the front of the school. Students held signs with messages such as “We Stand For Those Who Can’t – #NeverAgain” and “this is what Democracy looks like.”
After Chen’s short introduction, and a moment of silence, freshman Michael Pagano, who had moved to Highland Park from a Connecticut suburb near the 2012 Sandy Hook School Shooting, spoke strongly in favor of gun control. Chen had talked with principal Walter Kelly in advance of the event to get assurance students would be counted tardy, rather than absent. “He said that he can’t really take a stance on it, and that he had to follow it as if it were a normal event,” Chen said. “There wouldn’t be further punishments for attending the walk out, which was good.” Nevertheless, she was surprised by the support the walkout drew. “I was told there would be 50 people, but there were way more” she said. Some students were there for a respectful counter protest, so Chen worked to include them, introducing one, sophomore Holt Randall, before he spoke. “Even though we have different opinions on regulating guns, we both agree school shootings are bad and that we should respect those who died,” Chen said. “That is not a controversial topic.” Spencer Allan is a junior at Highland Park High School.
POST ABOUT IT A post about the walkout on the Park Cities People Facebook page got more than 60 reactions, including likes, hearts, and frowns and more than two dozen comments. Some commenters were critical, saying students just wanted to get out of class. Others praised the teens for taking a stand. Like us on Facebook and let us know what you think.
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MORRIS, SCOTS CONFIDENT AFTER SPRING PRACTICE
New football starters ready after another historic playoff run By Todd Jorgenson
ince Highland Park can’t technically improve upon its Class 5A state championship finish last season, the Scots will focus on trying to maintain their unprecedented run of success.
“Having been there and experienced the playoffs and the state championship. It gives them an idea of what to expect.” Coach Randy Allen The HP coaching staff didn’t change much about the spring routine, which included nine practices and three scrimmages for the Scots over a three-week span. Longtime head coach Randy Allen, who announced his retirement in late March only to reconsider a couple of weeks later, said he’s pleased with the progress. “Our players have had a great attitude, and we’ve gotten some good leadership,” Allen said. “We’ve got a
Chandler Morris is the new starting quarterback after serving as the primary backup on last season’s Class 5A Division I state championship team. pretty good idea of the depth chart.” As usual, the roster turnover will be high, with graduating seniors giving way to inexperienced newcomers at several positions. That includes at quarterback, where John Stephen
Jones is now at Arkansas after leading HP to back-to-back state titles. The new starter is junior Chandler Morris, the son of Arkansas head coach Chad Morris, who’s now coaching Jones. Chandler Mor-
ris served as the primary backup to Jones a year ago, and completed 10 of 24 passes in limited action. He also rushed for a touchdown. “He’s made a lot of improvement, in terms of being familiar with
our offense,” said Allen, who touted Morris’ dual-threat ability. “He’s been very accurate.” Among the other developments this spring, Allen promoted linebackers coach Cade Melton to defensive coordinator. Melton replaces Don Woods, who left the program to become the defensive coordinator at Jesuit. Allen also said the decision to include six captains on the 2018 squad, rather than the traditional four, was the result of a close vote among players. Even if varsity playing experience will be at a premium on both sides of the ball — with only a handful of starters returning — most of the incoming regulars were at least on the sidelines for HP’s entire playoff run a year ago. “Having been there and experienced the playoffs and the state championship,” Allen said, “it gives them an idea of what to expect.” The Scots will begin fall practice on Aug. 13, will scrimmage against Plano East on Aug. 24, and will start the regular season a week later when they host Rockwall. HP will open the District 6-5A (Division I) schedule on Sept. 21 against Bryan Adams.
HP Senior Is a Doubles King
Quinn leads on the tennis court By Todd Jorgenson
People Newspapers Phillip Quinn has become one of the most decorated male tennis players in the history of the Highland Park program through a combination of serving, volleying, and psychology. That last trait has been essential to Quinn’s unprecedented success in mixed doubles, in which he’s made four appearances at the Class 5A state tournament — each time with a different partner. For Quinn, being a successful doubles partner is about learning what makes people tick. “What makes a good doubles team is what motivates you and what doesn’t motivate you,” he said. Prior to this spring, Quinn was a part of four state championships. Three of those came during team tennis season in the fall, and the other was a year ago, when he teamed with Madison McBride to rally for a three-set win in the title match — following a pair of run-
ner-up finishes in each of the past two years. “It’s just kind of evolved into that,” said HP head coach Dan Holden. Mixed doubles “has got a lot of intricacies and is a different pattern of play. He’s always enjoyed it and excelled at it. He’s very good as a teammate.” As a senior, Quinn was the top singles player for the Scots during the fall before returning to his customary mixed doubles slot in the spring. He and new partner Katherine Petty were undefeated prior to the state tournament, and hadn’t dropped a set. “She’s exactly like me. She doesn’t need motivation,” Quinn said of Petty. “That’s what has changed. I think it’s taken some of the pressure off of me.” Mixed doubles has always been a critical component of HP’s legacy over the years. The Scots won the first state title in that division more than a decade ago, and have emphasized it since. Quinn has led the charge during the past four years. “He has always been that take-charge per-
Highland Park senior Phillip Quinn has become a fixture in the mixed doubles bracket at the Class 5A state tennis tournament. son on his doubles teams,” Holden said. “He cares about the team doing well more than just himself doing well. He’s just a good leader.” Next year, Quinn will play collegiate tennis at The Citadel, a military academy in South Carolina where he plans to enroll in the
ROTC program. He eventually plans to become an Army intelligence officer. “I always wanted to serve my country and give back,” Quinn said. “I love the tennis program and love the campus. It’s exactly what I wanted.”
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No Goal: Remarkable Run Ends for Lady Scots Soccer
Seniors remembered for playoff successes, 53-game winning streak By Todd Jorgenson
People Newspapers It’s difficult to categorize a season that ended in the state quarterfinals, with only one loss in 27 games, as a disappointment. Yet this wasn’t any ordinary team. The Lady Scots were coming off an unbeaten season and a Class 5A state title. Most of the starters were back. Their team motto: “Undefeated Will Be Repeated.”
“They had a lot of expectations on their shoulders for two years, and they handled it with the utmost class.” Stewart Brown
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The Highland Park girls soccer team had plenty to celebrate this season, despite a loss to Frisco Wakeland in the state quarterfinals.
By the time HP was upset by eventual state champion Frisco Wakeland in a shootout in the Region II final in early April, the Lady Scots had gone 53 games without a defeat. Sometimes, that’s soccer — a game often decided on a couple of bounces and breaks. And on that day in Carrollton, those breaks went against HP, and the quest to repeat was over. “I felt like we played well. We had our chances,” said HP head coach Stewart
Brown, whose team reached the state tournament in five of the previous six seasons. “In any other game, those chances would have gone in.” Wakeland won the shootout by a 4-2 margin after the teams played to a 2-2 draw in regulation. It was just the fourth time in the past two years that HP allowed two or more goals in a game. Presley Echols and Penn State signee Rachel Wasserman scored for the Lady Scots. The loss marked the final game for perhaps HP’s best-ever group of seniors, whose 2017 title followed state runner-up finishes in 2015 and 2016. The graduating group includes Wasserman, Frances Ann Matise, Sarah O’Neal, Sierra Jones, and K.K. Callaghan. “I feel for them,” Brown said. “They had a lot of expectations on their shoulders for two years, and they handled it with the utmost class.” The shootout drama against Wakeland was nearly avoided in a thrilling finish to the second overtime period as HP freshman Maja Davison got a sliding shot off under pressure from six yards out with two seconds remaining, but the ball went outside the right post by about a foot. Davison, Echols, and goalkeeper Ginny Hoy will be among the talented returnees as the Lady Scots look to reload next season. Rick Kretzschmar contributed to this report.
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HIGH RISE PLANNED FOR WEIR’S FURNITURE SITE
Rebuilt store to anchor 12-story Knox Street office, retail tower
The Soda Fountain Building [at right] will stay while the rest of the block becomes a new office and retail tower.
By William Taylor
he Knox Street district already has a reputation as one of Texas’ and Dallas’ most walkable neighborhoods. Weir’s Furniture and real estate firm Four Rivers Capital have a $150 million-plus plan that could make it more parkable, too. They intend to build on the Weir’s site a 12-story retail and office tower with 800 spots of underground parking. Most of those spaces would be available to retail and restaurant customers in the district on weekends and afterhours and more than 200 of them would be available all the time.
“I don’t know if there’s 800 parking spots in the district right now,” Four Rivers partner Justin Schoellkopf said. “Everybody likes coming to Knox Street district, but it’s tough to find a parking spot.” Blake Weir, merchandise manager and grandson of Weir’s Furniture founder, J. Ray Weir, said the company has considered redevelopment for years, but wanted a plan that would benefit the neighborhood while continuing the store’s legacy at Knox. “For us, it’s super important,” Blake Weir said. “We’ve been fortunate to be in business on Knox Street since 1948.” Construction of the 297,000-squarefoot Weir’s Plaza tower at Travis and Knox
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streets should begin after the first of the year and take 18 to 24 months to finish, Schoellkopf said. The 2019 groundbreaking date is still to be determined.
“Everybody likes coming to Knox Street district, but it’s tough to find a parking spot.” Justin Schoellkopf The upper floors will hold 250,000-square-feet of offices, while the first floor and part of the second will be
devoted to retail, including a new store for Weir’s Furniture. The historic Highland Park Soda Fountain Building will remain as part of the project. Blake Weir said the company expanded its Farmers Branch location at Inwood and Spring Valley roads in anticipation of having to temporarily close the Knox store. Weir’s also has stores in Plano and Southlake. Schoellkopf and his business partner James Mason Jr., are family friends with long histories in Dallas. They expect the new office tower to prove attractive to tenants with the proximity to U.S. 75, Uptown, and Preston Center as well as access to the Katy Trail, the Park Cities, and Knox Street merchants. It’s a nine-minute walk from Novē at Knox, a 310-unit, 19-story luxury multifamily development Southern Land Company of Nashville is building at Oliver Avenue and U.S. 75. Schoellkopf said Weir’s Plaza will include high-end amenities such as an oversized gym and oversized showers for the convenience of tenants. “In a lot of these office towers, the gym is put in after the fact or as an afterthought,” he said. Project designers also have been particular with parking design, making sure all spaces will be on flat surfaces, not slopes. Weir said hes excited about green spaces included in the design and is hoping the office tower construction can coincide with planned street and sidewalk work. “We are grateful and excited,” Weir said. “We really wanted to be part of a development that would continue the legacy our grandparents and our parents started here.”
Goff’s Serving Up Hamburgers Again Near SMU
Two years after fire, iconic eatery opens on Mockingbird Lane
By Brian Kendall
“The thought of not reopening never crossed our minds.” Jim Francis
Special Correspondent The nearly 80 firefighters onhand could do little to extinguish the stubborn grease fire that claimed the 92-year-old building that housed Goff ’s Hamburgers in August 2016. A demolition crew arrived the following day, and the iconic establishment was suddenly reduced to ash and a blackened foundation. Less than two years later, Goff ’s has proven resilient, opening its doors once again to hungry SMU students and Park Cities residents. Excited locals waited in a line that curled out the door during the soft opening in April to get the familiar taste of a Goff ’s charbroiled hamburger at the burger joint’s new location in the shopping center on the corner of Mockingbird Lane and Bush Avenue.
Jim Francis is serving the Old Fashion, The Deal, Beefeater, and other burgers daily at Goff’s new location, 3032 Mockingbird Lane. “The thought of not reopening never crossed our minds,” said Jim Francis, who bought the then-family-owned restaurant in
2004. “Our immediate thought was how do we rebuild? Where do we rebuild? And how do we move forward?”
Changing locations is nothing new to Goff ’s. Originally opening its doors on Lover’s Lane in 1950, Goff ’s quickly became a fixture in Dallas, eventually opening 12 additional restaurants throughout town. And run-ins with the charismatic and, at times, surly owner, Harvey Gough, became a right of passage for Park Cities residents. “He’s rather infamous around town,” Francis said. “Ask anybody if they have a Harvey story, and they’ll share one.” When Gough decided to retire and shut down the business, Francis bought the name and moved the restaurant’s last remaining location to Hillcrest Avenue in 2005. There, students and residents converged to enjoy charbroiled burgers in a space clad with black-and-white photographs of local icons.
Patrons to the new Mockingbird Lane location will find the same menu items, as well as the same wall décor, with photographs ranging from Doak Walker to President George W. Bush. They’ll also find a lot of the same faces, as many who worked at the Hillcrest location returned. In the months that followed the fire, Francis kept all the employees on his payroll by running catering. “My first thought was how do I take care of my people,” Francis said. “It was the right thing to do. And, sometimes, the right thing to do costs you some money. “Ultimately, Goff ’s is a family. You come in here on a Saturday and you’ll have three or four generations of a family enjoying hamburgers. You’ll have granddad telling their grandkids about when they were kids and burgers cost a nickel.”
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Comings and Goings NOW OPEN
Fachini Highland Park Village No, this is not another fashionable Italian restaurant. It’s an homage to Italian restaurants of 20th-century New England – think of the old swanky joints you saw on The Sopranos or in the Godfather trilogy. Julian Barsotti, the chef that brought Italian staples Nonna, Carbone’s, and Sprezza to Dallas, opened the doors to his newest offering in May at 33A Highland Park Village. The dinner menu includes decadent selections, such as pasta made by hand and a 100-layer lasagna.
Sephora Preston Royal Village Calling all makeup mavens, you can now get your beauty fix while shopping at Preston Royal Village. More than 13,000 beauty products – including lines such as Nars, Drunk Elephant, and Madam C.J. Walker – will be on display at the new store just doors down from Starbucks.
LemonShark Poke Highland Park & Preston Hollow
tainably sourced fish, including line-caught ahi and albacore tuna. Nearly two dozen toppings can be added to the bowls and “poké-ritos” (a seaweed-wrapped burrito) including mango, pineapple, onions, water chestnuts, and more.
Malibu Poke It appears that this fast casual, premium 2355 Olive St.
poke franchise has its sights on north Dallas. While opening dates and locations are still TBD, management has confirmed restaurants in Highland Park and Preston Hollow are part of their expansion. LemonShark offers sus-
FROM LEFT: LemonShark Poke and Malibu Poke are expanding in north Dallas.
The high-quality poke that Oak Lawn and Park Cities diners are lining up for in Oak Lawn is coming to the edge of Uptown. Restaurateur Jon Alexis and partners Ben and Eric Kusin plan to open their second Dallas
location early fall. The menu touts build your own bowls and chef ’s concoctions like wasabi ponzu salmon or coconut curry hamachi.
Audi’s vehicles. Construction is anticipated to finish by the end of the year.
Audi Dallas 5033 Lemmon Ave.
Wild About Harry’s 3113 Knox Street
Local luxury automotive dealer Audi Dallas is expanding to twice its existing capacity, both in square footage and service and repair capacity. It will be branded as Audi Dallas 2.0 with enhanced services, such as online scheduling and Uber reimbursements, as well as a sleek, sporty, and progressive interior, just like
It’s not exactly farewell, but it is goodbye for now. The hot dog and frozen custard shop announced on social media that it had been given the notice to vacate from its Knox Street location by May 15, but was actively looking for a new home in the Highland Park area. The Deep Ellum store remains open.
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onnerly Drive is a very quiet street with little traffic. Listed for $3.499 million, this property offers gorgeous drive-up appeal in the enclave of St. Andrews Place. The elegant 9,272-square-foot home on .354 acres contains five bedrooms, six baths, two half-baths, and a three-car garage. Master plus three bedrooms, a game room and a media room are on second floor. The
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A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
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Avery and Ardan Frye with Jerry and James Weaver
Lynn Bahr, Mark Goodheart, Mary Kay Winchell, and Paul Velez
Diane Sullivan and Nedra Nyquist
No Tie Dinner & Dessert party chair Leslie Frye created A Night to Remember at the 13th annual fundraiser for AIDS Services of Dallas (ASD), presented by The Purple Foundation. On April 7, more than 1,500 guests joined Frye, honorary co-chairs Dr. Steven Pounders and Kameron Westcott, and publicity chair Susan Friedman at the Frontiers of Flight Museum to celebrate ASD, which has been creating and strengthening communities for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS since the 1980s.
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FOURTH ANNUAL BOOTS & BLESSINGS GALA
Mark and Kristie Tillman
Lori and Mike Fickling Holly Reed, Melissa Cary, Missy Phipps, and Heather Reed
Auctioneer Mike Trent with Jack Philips
Pat Conner, Cole, Cade, and Austin Hendrickson with Larry Conner
Jack and Judy Philips
Ginger and Andy Eads PHOTOS BY BOB MANZANO
The Breckenridge Band
Carole and Scott Murray
Amy Vanderoef and Wyatt Stinchfield
Ron and Vicki Putnam with Scott and Karen Grippin
Brett Kelly and Nicole Notagiacomo with Grace and Sam Fannin
The fourth annual Boots & Blessings Gala took place on April 21 at Austin Ranch at Hilton DFW Lakes to benefit Allyâ€™s Wish. The organization grants wishes such as trips to Disney World or helicopter rides over the Grand Canyon to mothers battling terminal illnesses, so they may create lasting memories with their children and loved ones. The evening consisted of an extensive silent auction filled with trips, fashion and accessories, sports memorabilia, restaurant and entertainment packages, and more.
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HUNTSMAN AIRSTREAM MOBILE TAILORING
Scott Murray with the Airstream
David and Jeri Kleiman
Greg Fasullo and Ashley Berger
John Buchanan and Loren Cousin
Pierre Lagrange, Capera Ryan, and Elihu Washburne Bela Cooley, Anne Stodghill, and Stephanie Seay
Anne Davidson and Mark Porter
Michael Anderson and Dario Carnera
Larry Waks, Micheal Zacharia, Erin Waks, and Dr. Sean Paul
Steve Stodghill, Lisa Arpey, and Jerry Smith
Fraser and Rhonda Marcus with Dennis Moon PHOTOS BY JOSEPH BREWSTER
Zach Hess and Greg Haynes Johnson with Jill and Jeff Beaupain
Stubbs and Holly Davis with Carole and Scott Murray
Shonn and Clarence Brown
Morgan Alfia and Karry Brittingham
Huntsman, the famed Savile Row bespoke tailor, presented the Texas premier of its Huntsman Airstream Mobile Tailoring Studio at a Lawn Party hosted by Anne and Steve Stodghill and Liz and Scott Kimple at the Stodghill’s Preston Hollow residence. The party took place April 7 and was attended by Dallas’ most influential patrons. The evening featured Balvenie Scotch tasting, British inspired bites, lawn games, and bagpipe performances throughout the night.
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DIFFA UNVEILS SELECT JACKETS
A few of the selected jackets
DJ Steffi Burns
Patricio Rivera and Krystal Sarna
Reed Robertson, TJ Griffin, and Caitlin Ripp
Colleen Davis and Natasha Chopra
Ronak Assadi, Alissa Dodson, Roshana Atiqzoy, and Arameh Shekarlaban
AJ James and Carol Quist
Amber LaFrance and Davina Goodman
Adam Flores, Dylan Kennemur, and Jesus Ayula
Ken Harden and Francois-Yves Auger-Takada
Clint Bradley, Jack Pettit, and Lance Blann
Brittanie Buchanan and Jason Oleniczak PHOTOS BY JOSEPH BREWSTER AND THOMAS GARZA
Model wearing one of the selected jackets
Amanda Habman, Desere Taylor, and Brandon Smith
Jordan and Natalie Gempel
On April 19, DIFFA/Dallas hosted an exclusive preview party at Traffic LA at The Joule Hotel to reveal select jackets for House of DIFFA: Alter Ego. The fashionable event, presented by Gensler, provided guests with a first-hand look at some of the stunning jackets in this year’s Collection. DJ Steffi Burns set the mood with her popular tunes while the evening’s guests were dazzled by jackets displayed throughout the room and on models.
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CHERISH THE CHILDREN
Susan Rankin, Anthony Trucks, Christie Carter, and Stephen Penrose
Erin Finegold White and Alison Panasik
Tucker and Kristy Hoglund Robinson with Cynt Marshall, Melanie Spiegel, and Hannah May Judge Cheryl Lee Shannon
Caroline Rose Hunt and Kathleen M. LaValle
Erin Jesberger and Aubrey Labanowski
Amie Raney, Kelley Bajec, and Amy Claro
Susan Flanary, Linda Swartz, and Molly Knudsen KRISTINA BOWMAN PHOTOGRAPHY
Heather Dossett, Leslie Wayne, and Alexandra Lovitt
Anthony Trucks, who turned a childhood in foster care into a successful career and life as a family man, told attendees at the April 9 Cherish the Children luncheon at the Omni Dallas that they have the power to change lives right in their hands. Hosted by the Dallas CASA Children’s Council, the event raised funds for the abused and neglected children served by Dallas CASA. More than 350 people attended this year’s luncheon, which honored Judge Cheryl Lee Shannon with the Caroline Rose Hunt Cherish the Children Award.
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THE GOLDEN RULE OF DANCING
Baptist mom teaches children in Vickery Meadows By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers
t’s easy to feel worthless – even in the fifth grade. That’s a lesson Park Cities Baptist Church mom Amy McKleroy is learning. Last year, McKleroy was looking for a way to share a biblical lesson of service with her 8-year-old daughter, Hanna. She found inspiration at a back-to-school event her church hosted at Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School in Vickery Meadows – Dallas’ most ethnically diverse neighborhood, and also its poorest. In the days following, McKleroy said the “there has to be more I can do” message continually played in her brain. With a passion for dance and a pang in her heart over the fact that while her daughter can afford to take dance classes there are many children who can’t, McKleroy’s “what can I do’s” turned into a plan. “The number one thing that’s important to me is to love others and treat others the way you want to be treated,” she said from a window-lined classroom at Jack Lowe. In the background, a handful of fifth grade girls moved their bodies to the slowly building anthem “Space Between” by Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson. Among the girls was Hanna. That message from Luke 6:31, to treat others the way you want to be treated, is important to McKleroy and one she wants to pass on to her daughter. “It’s how I want Hanna to treat others,” she said. “It’s the way I treat others, and that’s really it.” The dance the girls are perfecting is one meant to evoke the emotions one would
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Amy McKleroy helps Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary student Sadana Khadka perfect dance moves.
feel if bullied. In it, Hanna portrays a child being picked on. Through the stories, the other girls go from turning a blind eye to the mistreatment to banning together to
lift Hanna up. McKleroy said she picked the topic because bullying is something all children face. “The hope, though, is to tell the story of all the girls rallying around,” she said. Sandra Barrios, principal at Jack Lowe, said the dance team has given the girls something where they can blossom into young ladies. “The girls are constantly striving to pass classes and do their very best so they can participate in dance,” Barrios said. “We feel this class has transformed their way of thinking, given them a higher sense of
self-esteem and confidence, as well as keeping the girls off the streets and engaged in something positive. We are very grateful for Ms. McKleroy.” The students agree. Sadana Khadka, a student in the class said McKleroy makes her feel important. “Like I’m not invisible,” she said; words that took McKleroy by surprise. “They never said that to me, and it just blows my mind,” she said with tears welling in her eyes. “It’s huge. You don’t know what kind of impact you’re having when you do something like this, but to hear that, it makes it so worthwhile.”
People, Prayer, and Pooches in the Park By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers
There are many excuses one might have for not going to church Sunday morning. Wanting to spend quality time with your dog can no longer be one of them. On a large wooden platform recently at Central Dog Park at Central Christian Church, a Great Dane had taken his place. Around him, other dogs ran back and forth – a squirrely terrier even attempted to join him – as a small group of people gathered for fellowship. They sang worship songs, such as “Surely the presence of the Lord,” and “They’ll know we are Christians,” and read about the clashing relationship between Paul and the Corinthians. Members of the North Dallas church see the dog park service as the perfect opportunity to meet neighbors exactly where they’re at.
“There are lots of people in this neighborhood who are not called to a traditional Sunday morning service.” Tyson Woods Long before the first and third Sunday became designated “church in the dog park” days, those living near the Oak Lawn adjacent house of worship often found themselves congregating at the dog park. To this day, there is still a group that meets every morning at 7:30 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. “We realized there is a lovely community out here that does church,” Tyson Woods, an arborist, and member of Central Christian
A Great Dane mingles with the crowd at Central Dog Park Church. Church said. “It’s not quite your normal church, but they love and support and encourage each other in a really special way, and we wanted to become more of a part of that. That realization spurred the hour-long church service that
draws a range of participants from students at UT Southwestern Medical School to members of the community who didn’t have a home church, Woods said. Susie Summers, who is a regular member of Highland Park United Methodist Church, has also found
a home at the Central Dog Park church. In fact, it was her dog Biscuit that helped identify the space where the park now sits on one of his famous lone walks. “I just think it’s special to be out here in God’s creation with our dogs and be able to have church service too,” Summers said. Woods said that the church’s prayer is that people really live through God’s presence as they come into the park. “I run into people all the time that talk about, ‘Oh, that place is really peaceful,’ That’s what our hope is, that people who come here are lifted up and renewed,” he said. “There are lots of people in this neighborhood, younger people with dogs, who are not called to a traditional Sunday morning service. Our hope is that we might bring them closer to God through this experience.”
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Park Cities Baptist, Highland Park Presbyterian Volunteers Participate in Community Service Days
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TOP: Volunteers clean up along the Trinty. BOTTOM: Churchgoers restore a building. While February is known as the month of amor, churches mobilized their congregations late April to love on communities across Dallas. Park Cities Baptist Church held its Serve Dallas Day on April 21 by providing hands-on help to the church’s ministry partners. “Serve Dallas is an opportunity for us as a church to enter into our city and just love our neighbors,” said the Rev. Jeff Warren, PCBC
pastor. Church members cleared out an abandoned home to make church offices for Cornerstone Baptist Church; exercised with and then fed their neighbors with Brother Bill’s Helping Hand; and helped Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary school with a carnival. Jack Lowe volunteer Terri Heard said, “The only stable infrastructure in Vickery Meadows is the school,
so that’s why we’re here because it gives us an opportunity to be in the community.” In partnership with Dallas Leadership Foundation, churchgoers at Highland Park Presbyterian Church gathered late April to plant native species and clean up trash along the Trinity River — some cleaning up the water from their very own canoes. — Staff report
obie and Sebastian Ahmadi of University Park are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Victoria S. Ahmadi, to Andrew Edward Hunter Smith, son of Vivianne Ousley of Celina, Texas and Scott Smith of Winnsboro, Texas. The bride is the granddaughter of Patsy Ruth Cato of University Park and the late Booker Lee Brown of Greenbrier, Ark. and the late Mariam Ahmadi and Abdul Ahmadi of Simi Valley, Calif. The groom is the grandson of Sandy Hunter Neff of Richardson, Texas; George Albert Smith III of Dallas; the late Leila Gonzalez-Correa of Plano, Texas; and the late Carlos Manuel Alvarado of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The bride is a graduate of Prestonwood Christian Academy. She received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a minor in history from Southern Methodist University. Victoria is director of sales for Studio Sebastian. The groom is a graduate of Frisco High
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School in Frisco, Texas. He received bachelor degrees in economics and finance from Southern Methodist University. He is currently pursuing his CFA charter. Andrew is a research analyst for Lear Investment Management. Victoria and Andrew will exchange sacred wedding vows in late October at Highland Park United Methodist Church with a reception following at the Mansion on Turtle Creek.
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he family of James Anies Anbouba of Highland Park is pleased to announce his engagement to Carly Marie Bowen of Nashville, Tenn. On Saturday, March 30, during a walk along the Trinity River, James surprised Carly, asking for her hand in marriage and presenting her with a newly designed engagement ring incorporating his late mother’s engagement stones. The two first met in kindergarten at The Lamplighter School, but Carly’s family moved to Tenn. shortly after. They later reconnected and began dating their freshman year at Texas Christian University. The bride is a graduate of Franklin Road Academy of Nashville, Tenn. She received a degree in graphic design and business from Texas Christian University and is employed as a graphic designer at ClubCorp. She is the daughter of Jan and Joe Bowen, and the granddaughter of Dallas and Rose Marie Bryan, of Franklin, Tenn. and Anne and Dan Bowen Sr., of Madison, Miss. The groom is a graduate of Highland Park High School.
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He received a degree in applied geoscience and energy management from Texas Christian University. He is employed as an associate analyst with Energy Transfer. He is the son of Imad Anbouba and the late Kimberly Goss Anbouba, and the grandson of the late James and Mertie Goss, of Dallas, and the late Khair Alah and Margaux Anbouba of Homs, Syria. The couple plans to wed in June of 2019 in Nashville. They look forward to continuing to live in Dallas and everything their future holds.
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Living Well NEEDLE-WARY WRITER BRAVES ACUPUNCTURE VISIT
Modern clinic in Preston Center provides relaxing experience
’m terrified of getting shots, so there was no way I would ever be getting acupuncture done – or so I thought. A coworker and I made plans to try Modern Acupuncture for a story about the new business in Preston Center. I had already decided that I would back out last minute for the acupuncture and just have her do it while I watched on the side. But SAHAR JAMAL then she had to cancel. “You have to go and get it done and let me know how it goes,” she said. I went in the day of my appointment scared deep inside. I ended up confessing to the receptionist that I was afraid of needles and super nervous about getting it done. “Oh no, don’t worry at all,’ she said. “It’s honestly not that bad, and it doesn’t hurt.” Acupuncturist Bianca Yturralde told me the needles are hair like, so they bend really easily. She pulled one out to just show me. “See it’s really thin, you won’t even feel a thing when it’s going in.” Past big doors, I entered a room with multiple chairs lined along each side. It was dark and had natural noises like waterfalls playing throughout the room. “The Zen Dens are designed in a mini-
Modern Acupuncture has been expanding into the Dallas market and plans to open more stores here in 2018.
malist fashion, with comfortable chairs, and beautiful images on screens with music. There is nothing to distract from the relaxing experience, which only enhances the acupuncture treatment,” acupuncturist DeeDee Frye said. Just walking into the room had relaxed me already. As Yturralde put the needles in, she would ask if I was ready and explain what she was doing and what I would feel. Afterward, she would make sure I wasn’t in pain or uncomfortable. Once she was done,
I tried shutting my eyes and letting the effects of the atmosphere and the needles take place. I was there for about 20 minutes and then she came over again and took the needles out – all 46 of them. The receptionist had tea waiting for me. Modern Acupuncture offers two treatments, cosmetic and traditional. Cosmetic acupuncture aims to increase circulation and vitality to reduce fine lines and under-eye bags, soften wrinkles, improve complexion, and provide other benefits.
“Men are coming in more for cosmetic treatment and noticing differences,” franchise owner Stephanie McGovern said. Traditional acupuncture targets anxiety, stress, allergies, headaches, migraines, insomnia, depression, injuries, and pain. I had both treatments done. At first, I really didn’t know if it worked or not, but a couple of days later, I was feeling relaxed and at ease, and I wasn’t feeling my back pain as much anymore. I even told people I would go again.
Take Two Sonnets and Call Me in the Morning
Poetic physicians embrace healing potential of verse
By Selby Lopez
Special Contributor Dr. John Stone kept an inchthick stack of notecards in his pocket wherever he went. The late physician used them to record short observations, interactions, and people’s mannerisms – information that could then be used for his second passion: poetry.
“Anything that is beautiful, lyrical works in a part of the brain that is pleasant and pleasing, and I think it does aid healing.” Dr. John Harper Stone shared his love for verse with former student Dr. David Markham, who sees similarities between the work of the
Dr. John Harper
Dr. Larry Hergott
Dr. David Markham
poet and that of the doctor. “A lot of the skills that go into writing poetry, solving problems, putting the words on the page, has a lot to do with the same skill set and the creativity that goes into solving problems and trying to figure out and delve into someone’s illness,” Markham said. “That creativity of solving the problem is a lot the same.” Markham, a heart failure and transplant cardiologist at Emory University Hospital, joined other doctors in speaking April 23 at Suffering and Joy: The Healing Power of Poetry at The Dal-
las Institute of Humanities and Culture. Markham said reading or exchanging poems and other pieces of literature with his patients is a way to connect with them on a personal level. Dr. John Harper, a cardiologist affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, said he believes poetry can play a part in the healing process. “Anything that is beautiful, lyrical works in a part of the brain that is pleasant and pleasing, and I think it does aid healing,” Harper said. “I’m not here to say that you
don’t need medicine if you just listen to poetry, but I think anything that puts you in a more peaceful, thoughtful mindset, it may be helpful in healing.” The healing doesn’t only extend to the patients. Poetry can be therapeutic for doctors by helping them cope with traumatic experiences on the job. “Here’s another reason poetry’s important, and it’s not a pleasant one: Recent studies have shown that between 35 and 50 percent of physicians have burnout, a sense of depersonalization, disillusion, and de-
pression and many look at early retirement,” Harper said. “We believe that poetry has the ability to get rid of some of this disillusion.” Dr. Lawrence Hergott, a medical professor at the University of Colorado, shared how poetry helped him cope with loss. His poem “The Teardrop Approach,” details his experience suffering the loss of his son in a plane crash. He said that it’s important to share the gift of writing for the impact it may have on others. Hergott shared a story of how his poem, “Some Years Having Passed Since I Lost You,” helped a father who lost his daughter feel like he spent another minute with her. “This is why we write,” Hergott said. “Write for yourself and understand for yourself, but if you go beyond that – it’s not to get published, it’s not to be famous, it not for anything like that – it’s for the writer. It’s a gift.”
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Film Fest-ing Is Fun
(And might change your life)
Do you like traveling? Learning new things? Exposure to different cultures and new ideas? Laughing, STEPHANIE CASEY crying and... popcorn? Then film fest-ing is for you. I started my career in Hollywood complete with movie stars, special effects, elaborate sets – the whole shebang. A decade in I got burnt out and stopped watching movies for many years after leaving the industry. Then, six years ago, I had the chance to experience the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF). Over a week, I watched a dozen variant genre films – some domestic, some from other countries. The films took me into worlds I’ve never been and introduced me to ideas I’d never thought of. I was moved. Inspired. And hooked on the medium, anew. This year, I attended the 2018 fest (DIFF’s 11th year) in early May catching a total of 14 screenings over a week at Magnolia Theater in the West Village. Short films, documentaries (two standouts were the Mister Rogers doc Won’t You Be My Neighbor and Lauren Greenfield’s Generation Wealth, and creative narratives (An American in Texas by Victoria, Texas filmmaker Anthony Pedone was a favorite) filled my week. Dallas has a good amount of film festivals. A few notables include the Oak Cliff Film Festival, Dallas VideoFest, Asian Film Festival of Dallas, Jewish Film Festival of Dallas, Lone Star Film Festival and even a Cat Video Festival (yes, really).
But DIFF is the one which brings them all together. Really well programmed with diversity, it showcases every kind of film – worldwide representation of filmmakers, cultures, and storytelling styles. There are also parties, family events (ex: this year they had an outdoor screening of “Coco” at the Dallas Farmers Market) and other special, peripheral events. So, real talk: A thriving international film festival is an offering every significant city in the world has. Though DIFF has good leadership and wonderful programming, Dallas’s festival is not thriving. How do I know? Every year, I take people who have never been and/or never heard of it. People who work in creative and media fields, even. Our film festival should be of note and drawing more attendees and guests from our own city and all over the world. The fest needs more sponsorship. This paper is distributed in some of the wealthiest areas of Dallas. If you see the value of such an event for our city and might have interest in helping DIFF get to the next level, please contact DIFF or contact me (email@example.com), and I’ll be happy to answer any questions I can and/or contact them on your behalf. I have absolutely no association, other than being an attendee, but would love to see this festival attain the reach and notoriety it deserves. It’s good for all of us as individuals, it’s good for humanity at large, it’s GREAT for Dallas. Visit @lovageinc on Instagram for more haps, ideas, and interesting details of life.
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Enjoy Campfire Flavors, Because Food Taste Better Outside My husband, Randy, introduced me to backpacking and camping in the Rocky Mountains, and I loved it. I loved being surrounded by the forest, pitching a tent, building the campfire, CHRISTY ROST cooking our HOME + KITCHEN meals over live fire, breathing in the smells of damp earth mixed with pine, the peace and quiet of it all, and gazing at the night sky filled with more stars than I had ever seen. We introduced our sons to hiking and camping in Colorado at an early age, and as soon as they were old enough, Randy took them on their first backpacking trip. One of my favorite photos of our sons shows them heading off for an overnight trip – tall, lean, middle-schoolaged boys, dwarfed by heavy packs – one wearing his father’s old, sweatstained suede cowboy hat. After each backpacking trip, they’d arrive home dirty, smelly, and eager to share stories of their adventures. Boy Scout camping filled the space between summer backpacking trips. Both sons were active in Scouting, and one became an Eagle Scout, so weekend camping trips became part of the rhythm of our lives.
Summer is the perfect time to introduce your family to camping. For little ones, backyard camping offers an exciting, yet managed scenario, but Randy reminded me that turning off sprinkler systems is essential for a successful night out. Texas has a multitude of state parks with camping areas within an easy drive of Dallas, so whether your favorite night out involves car-camping, pitching a tent, renting a cabin, or RV camping, there are options that fit your family’s idea of fun and level of experience. I’ve always thought cooking outdoors is one of the best parts of camping. Food seems to taste better outside, whether it’s hot off the grill at a park, cooked in a cast iron skillet over a campfire, or prepared on a propane camp stove. The key to success is in selecting hearty, easy-toprepare recipes with ingredients that travel well. My recipe for Cast-Iron Bison Strip Steaks with Western Skillet Potatoes is one such example. Whether you prepare it on your kitchen stove and enjoy it on the patio, on a backyard grill, or while sitting around a campfire, this one-pan meal tastes like the great outdoors. For additional recipes and entertaining tips from cookbook author and public television chef Christy Rost visit christyrost.com.
Cast Iron Bison Strip Steaks with Western Skillet Potatoes Preheat a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat or over a campfire, add the oil, and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the potatoes and onions, and sauté until the potatoes begin to soften – about 10 minutes. Add chopped poblano and bell pepper, and cook 5 minutes more, or until the potatoes are knife tender. Stir in garlic and cook 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat, transfer the potatoes to a medium bowl, and cover to keep warm.
Bison Strip Steaks Ingredients
• 3 tablespoons unsalted butter • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika • 3 8-ounce bison strip steaks, 1-inch thickness
Skillet Potatoes Ingredients
• 1 large poblano pepper, rinsed and dried • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 2 pounds red potatoes, rinsed and cut into wedges (about 8 medium) • ½ cup red onion, peeled and chopped • 1 large yellow bell pepper, rinsed, seeded, and chopped • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven on broil, place the poblano pepper on a small baking sheet, and broil 10 minutes, turning the pepper over as the skin blackens. When the pepper is soft, remove it from the oven, transfer it to a plastic zipper bag, seal, and allow the pepper to steam. When the pepper has cooled, peel the skin, split it open with a sharp knife, and discard the stem and seeds. Chop the pepper and set it aside.
Melt butter in a small saucepan or in the microwave oven at 50 percent power. Spoon off the white solids and discard. Set the remaining clarified butter aside. If camping, substitute canola or olive oil. In a small bowl, stir together salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Season both side of the meat. Wipe out the skillet with paper towels, pour in 2 tablespoons of the clarified butter, and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. lace the meat in the skillet and cook 2-3 minutes until it browns. Add 1 to 2 additional teaspoons of clarified butter, turn the meat over, and cook 2-3 minutes more on each side, for a total of 8 -10 minutes cooking. Bison should be served medium rare for maximum tenderness. During the final minutes of cooking, move the meat to one side of the pan and return the potatoes to the pan to reheat. When the meat is done, transfer it to a cutting board and keep it warm. To serve, slice the meat at an angle and serve with Western potatoes.
Yield: 3 to 6 servings
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Children Suffer When Parents Abuse Alcohol, Drugs We are all profoundly influenced by the people who raise us. These influences include not only the genetic information we DR. MARIA ELIZABETH inherit from our parents, but also WEIDMER-MIKHAIL learned behaviors and habits, morals, and personal values, as well as the ways we relate to others – both physically (through communication) and mentally (through empathy and understanding).
“Even very young children can sense when a parent is impaired in some way.” With approximately 18 million individuals in the United States addicted to alcohol, The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence estimates about 26.8 million children are exposed to alcoholism in their family every year. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) further estimates 12 percent of children in the U.S. live with a parent who has a drug or alcohol dependency or abuses alcohol or drugs. When a parent abuses alcohol or drugs, children suffer. Even if the addicted parent appears not to be neglectful, it doesn’t mean they aren’t causing psychological or emotional abuse.
Many users think that children don’t understand what’s going on, and that’s simply not true. Even very young children can sense when a parent is impaired in some way. Children of all ages experience confusion, stress, fear, sadness, and anger when they notice a change in a parent’s safety and/or ability. These children are also more likely to experience: • Poor performance in school • Emotional and behavioral problems • Low self-esteem • Poor personal hygiene • Mistrust of authority figures or adults in general • A higher risk of physical, verbal, or sexual abuse • Increased likelihood of developing anxiety or depression • Earlier onset of experimentation with drugs or alcohol • A greater chance of becoming addicted once they start using drugs or alcohol Some children develop an excessive need to control their situation to balance out the perceived chaos in their lives. They may seek constant approval to reassure themselves that they have value. Some become aggressive, often as a response to try and take control in a world where they feel they have very little. The secretive and often isolated nature of substance abuse means that these children typically receive little experience seeing people make and interact with friends, which can result in difficulty with intimate relationships later in life. Worst of all, so many of these children believe that their parent’s addiction is somehow their fault. They think that if they were better behaved, did better in school, or took care of all their chores that their parents wouldn’t be so tired or stressed and wouldn’t have to use alcohol drugs to medicate themselves. Once a parent accepts they have a problem, the next step is getting treatment. When a parent is in treatment I recommend family therapy. I believe that getting the entire family involved in a patient’s treatment is important to help them sustain recovery. After all, it impacts the whole family when a loved one goes to treatment. Dr. Maria Elizabeth Weidmer-Mikhail, a psychiatrist trained in child, adolescent, and adult therapy, sees patients at Enterhealth Ranch and the Enterhealth Outpatient Center for Excellence.
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Welcome home to a West Highland Park jewel box located at 4664 Livingston Avenue. Immediately recognizable with its beautiful drive-up and front porch, this American Center Hall home was designed by James E. Duff in 1938 for efficiency and well living. The home has been tastefully renovated by the current owner with distinctive touches. The formal living spaces are elegant and flow perfectly into one another. A light and bright kitchen features vaulted ceilings, reclaimed pine floors, quartzite counters and antiqued brass fixtures. It opens to the breakfast area and family room. The family room has tall ceilings with a travertine fireplace and French doors that lead to the patio and backyard. The central hallway is accentuated by a polished bronze display cabinet with floating shelves and leads to the bedrooms suites. Large windows allow for natural light to flow into the master suite. The master bath has floor-to-ceiling Calcutta gold marble with a curbless shower, dual vanities that feature inlaid antiqued brass drawers, custom mirrors and wall-mounted fixtures. This timeless home is a terrific opportunity to live in a wonderful location with easy access to the best Dallas has to offer. To see all homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty—in West Highland Park, all of North Texas and around the world—go to briggsfreeman.com.
Impeccably renovated by renowned designer Barry Williams. Custom scraped floors and gallery-finished walls throughout this exquisite two-bedroom, 2.1 bath traditional residence. First floor living, and dining rooms feature fully paneled, glazed-finished walls and parquet floor wood borders. Chef’s kitchen is complete with Farrow and Ball lacquer cabinets with custom oval glass doors and white Carrera marble countertops, a SubZero refrigerator, gas Wolf range and Asko dishwasher. Butler’s pantry doubles as utility room, with tall Wood Mode cabinets finished with Crema Marfil stone. Spacious second floor den has abundant windows with custom wood shutters. Light-filled central courtyard features slate pavers and dramatic limestone fountain. Stunning master bedroom is fully paneled and features a tray ceiling. Five-fixture master bathroom finished in patterned Carerra and Grigio Carnico marble. Abundant storage throughout, including a climate-controlled, thirdstory clothes storage space with separate cedar closet. Incredible location provides easy access to Park Cities, Oak Lawn, and Downtown/North Dallas via Dallas North Tollway. Attached two-car garage with custom sealed stencil floors and smooth-wall finishes provides added space for entertaining. For more information please contact Kyle Crews (214538-1310 | firstname.lastname@example.org) or Robin Brock (214543-8963 | email@example.com)
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DAVE PERRY-MILLER REAL ESTATE
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Room for Everyone
The five-bedroom home at 5310 Springmeadow Drive is listed by Lisa Groshek for $1,490,000. Taken to the studs, expanded and remodeled by Ellen Grasso in 2011, the home at 5310 Springmeadow Drive offers high ceilings, scraped hardwood floors, designer tiles, spacious rooms and great flow in living areas ready to host your largest events. Here, the kitchen is the heart of the home, with a generous island and striking built-in hutch, GE Monogram appliances, Trivection double oven and an ice maker. The butler pantry/wet bar includes a sink, leaded glass door fronts and an iron and glass door that leads to a walkin, temperature-controlled wine storage for over 250 bottles. Let the party spill out to the 54-foot long covered patio with wood planked vaulted ceiling, built-in DCS grill and side burner, refrigerator, sink and fireplace. A heated pool completes the year-round entertaining space. Sleep well in one of the five, extra-large bedrooms including a master suite that has a door that leads to a patio. The extra-large split bedroom with ensuite bathroom could be a second master or granny suite. A dream utility room has 10 feet of counter space for a folding area, backpack and storage cabinets, freezer space and a sink. To see all homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty—in Dallas, all of North Texas and around the world—go to briggsfreeman.com.
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Beauty is Timeless in Preston Hollow
EBBY HALLIDAY REALTORS
Grand Vie Showcases Premier Properties
Visit grandviemagazine.com to view the spring/ summer 2018 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living. In addition to featuring some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties, the 25th edition of Grand Vie offers a plethora of interesting editorial content, including “Rosewood Mansion,” profiling the Texas gem on Turtle Creek; “Celebrity Homes,” a peek at the spectacular properties of notable owners like singer Kelly Clarkson; “The Scoop,” highlighting fresh retailers and restaurants budding around town; “Houses of Art,” showcasing some of the area’s top cultural events of the season; a special section for lake and ranch properties; and LuxeTrends, showcasing a collection of the latest luxury lifestyle musthaves. Also in the spring/summer edition: Partner and designer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings, Shay Geyer, shares tips for getting your home in shape this season. “Not only has our magazine’s distribution grown significantly across Dallas-Fort Worth, it also includes some of the very best luxury real estate companies outside of our local market, in such locations as Beverly Hills/LA, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, Palm Beach, Newport Beach, Santa Barbara and Vail,” says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for Ebby Halliday Realtors. To view the digital version of Grand Vie, visit grandviemagazine.com.
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The Art of Living Well
The estate at 10200 Hollow Way Road is listed by Betsy Stern for $3,950,000. The home at 6466 Orchid Lane is listed by Becky Frey for $2,349,000. Allie Beth Allman & Associates finish the first quarter of 2018 leading the Park Cities in Sales and Listings, according to MLS data. The firm’s sales volume totaled over $78 million in sales with an average sales price of $1,538,897. This is the second year in a row that the firm has led sales in the Park Cities in the first quarter. MLS listing data shows the Allman company led the Park Cities in number of new listings, total volume and market share. The firm had 31% of the market place, while the next leading office had 17%. “We’re pleased to see our leadership in sales in the esteemed Preston Hollow neighborhood, as well, for the second year in a row” added Allman. The MLS data shows that Allie Beth Allman & Associates sold nearly three times as much as the nearest competitor, with a total volume of nearly $128 million and average sale price of $2,842,972. Agents credit the company’s integrated marketing adding to the momentum. An aggressive combination of print and digital reach, agent online effectiveness and a multi-platform content-based platforms helps individual agents achieve their full potential. To learn more about this exciting company and their powerhouse team of agents, visit www.alliebeth.com.
This stately, 6,087-square-foot (per tax rolls) traditional home is offered by Julie Boren of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. Priced at $2,599,000, the six-bedroom, five-bath home with two half-baths at 3925 Caruth Blvd. (3925caruth. daveperrymiller.com) is conveniently located across the street from Hyer Elementary and next to Smith Park. The downstairs flows easily from the center hall plan, and while rooms are defined, they have an open-concept feel. The spacious family room leads out to the covered patio and pool/ spa edged with lush greenery for additional privacy. Upstairs is the 21-foot-by-18-foot master suite, featuring a spacious sitting area, a fireplace, built-ins for bibliophiles and a spa-like bath. Four additional bedrooms are on the second level, while on the third is a sizable playroom or workout space. A fifth full bedroom and bath are over the garage and can serve as quarters or a guest room. For more information or to schedule a private showing, contact Boren at 214-402-8778 or email julieboren@dpmre. com. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (daveperrymiller.com) 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.
As you pull up to 6466 Orchid Lane, three words come to mind: striking, luxury and entertainment. Situated on a large lot in the heart of Preston Hollow, the home commands presence with one-of-a-kind curb appeal. Lush landscaping and sleek architectural design set the tone for a luxurious living experience. The home was built in 2013 by Rosewood Custom Homes. A modern iron and glass entry leads inside this contemporary masterpiece where a handsome study has custom built ins and a wall of glass - the perfect room to set up your home office. The family room is complete with walls of glass that frame serene views of the backyard. In the family room, a lovely wet-bar and impressive 200 bottle wine cellar await - talk about easy entertaining. The chef’s kitchen is complete with top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances including a six-burner gas range, dual dishwashers, built-in refrigerator and a sleek center island with ample counter space for meal prep. As if the appliances weren’t enough, the open kitchen allows one to enjoy the company of others in the living room and breakfast room or the ambiance created by the view of the outdoor living space. To see all homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty—in Preston Hollow, all of North Texas and around the world—go to briggsfreeman.com.
Set behind the secluded gates of 10200 Hollow Way Road sits a lushly landscaped 9,017 square foot Tudor boasting elaborate custom millwork, soaring cathedral ceilings, guest quarters, a resort style pool and rooms created to entertain. The expansive foyer opens to a great room with cathedral ceilings and dramatic windows offering pristine views of the romantic pond and fountain. A full bar is located between the great room and den, also boasting a cathedral ceiling and views through leaded glass windows. Situated among a canopy of trees, this masterpiece enchants with copper lanterns, courtyards and pathways, all tucked behind high gates. Spectacular fountains and a private pond fed by Bachman Lake can be seen from nearly every room. A chef’s kitchen offers granite countertops and island, stainless steel appliances, a six-burner Viking range, Thermador double ovens, Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer and a sunlit breakfast nook. A butler’s pantry boasts glass cabinets, silver storage, dual counters and a large pantry. The five oversized guest rooms have full baths and closets. A main floor master suite offers large sitting areas, windows with tranquil views and double doors that open to a terrace. Two separate spa-like baths, each with walk-in closets, complete the master retreat. To see all homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty—in Preston Hollow, all of North Texas and around the world—go to briggsfreeman.com.
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Simone Jeanes Presents Highland Park Gem
Taken to the studs and thoughtfully redesigned in 2012, this Idlewild jewel offers the best of Highland Park living. The delight and charm begin at the curb and continue inside where gorgeous hardwood floors unite a sunny and flowing design showcasing fabulous style and amenities. The living area with a large bay window and fireplace, formal dining area and dazzling kitchen are at the heart of the home and ensures exceptional entertaining. The island kitchen sparkles with stainless steel appliances, glass tile backsplash, a walk-in pantry, and ample granite counter space and a breakfast bar. A generously-sized second living area overlooks the backyard, where a nearly-new covered patio and yard surrounded by a board-on-board fence offer an al fresco gathering space. Central to it all is a well-designed wet bar with an ice maker, wine cooler and decorative overhead cabinetry. A wall of windows floods the large master suite with natural light, and the huge master bath gleams with marble, a glass walk-in shower, garden tub, dual sinks and walk-in closet with built-ins and a practical laundry area. A second bedroom and bath are equally sunny and glamorous. 4308 Hanover St., offered at $1,025,000. Contact Simone Jeanes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-616-9559.
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The Perry-Miller Streiff Group shown from Left to Right: Betsie Sears, Carolyn Vandagriff, Jason Bates, Laura Michelle, Ryan Streiff, Dave PerryMiller, Courtney Jubinksy, Betsy Sorenson, Karen Fry, Charles Gregory, and Kathy Finn. The Perry-Miller Streiff Group closed approximately $56+ million in real estate in the first half of 2018, putting them on pace to produce well over their $105 million production in 2017. This elite group of 11 powerhouse agents and support staff have been moving listings at all price points on the spectrum, even as other agents are seeing stagnation with higher end homes. “This team works hard to create this unparalleled track record where every transaction bears the hallmarks of true professionalism, commitment, and a deft touch,” says Ryan Streiff, co-founder with Dave Perry-Miller of The PerryMiller Streiff Group. A few notable sales for 2018 include Boone Picken’s Home at 9434 Alva Court and brand new construction at 4610 S. Lindhurst. The team, which works out of the flagship Dave PerryMiller Real Estate office in Preston Center, succeeds because of its wealth of market knowledge and unmatched agent collaboration. Their motto implies as much: “Consistently Delivering What Others Promise.” For more information on any of our other listings please visit DPMFineHomes.com.
Super luxury homes offer unique and exclusive features, along with designs and amenities that set them apart. According to the website Trulia.com, Dallas’ super luxury homes, those valued at $5 million and above, are 4 1/2 times larger than other homes. The median luxury home measures 10,801 square feet compared to 2,349 square feet for other homes. High-end buyers trust Allie Beth Allman & Associates to understand what they are looking for. In 2017, Allman was ranked number one in the luxury home market in Dallas County. The Allman firm, an affiliate of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, captured 20.6 percent of the market for homes of $1 million and up, 35 percent of the market for homes valued at $3 million and more and 47 percent of the market share for estates valued at $5 million and higher. At the end of the first quarter of 2018, the Allman firm continued its dominance in estate sales. Out of six transactions at the beginning of the year, the firm had represented five of the sales with over $83 million in total volume. To view the firms estates currently listed on the market, visit www.alliebeth.com/estates.
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This traditional 2012 custom home at 3113 Greenbrier Dr. (3113greenbrier.daveperrymiller.com) in University Park is listed by Carla Hea with the Myers Schultz Group of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. She is offering the 6,400-square-foot home (per appraiser) for $2,599,000. Nestled on a shady, spacious 80-by-160-foot lot, the footprint of this five-bedroom home with three-car garage is scaled accordingly, providing ample living and entertaining space. Double-beaded glass doors open to a center hall plan with a 20-foot entry. In addition to the four living areas, there is a paneled study. Also downstairs are the formal dining room, gourmet kitchen and breakfast room, guest suite and den. A wall of French doors overlooks the backyard, outdoor porch with skylights and a fire pit. Upstairs is the master suite, three additional bedrooms, media room and game room, and on the third floor is a bonus room plumbed for a bath. For more information or to schedule a private showing, contact Hea at 214-499-8626 email@example.com. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (daveperrymiller.com) 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.
Lake Homes Are Great for Families
Carla Hea offers five-bedroom home on family-friendly block
ALLIE BETH ALLMAN
If it is on weekends or year round, living near water offers such an amazing lifestyle. Listening to waves lap at the shore is soothing, almost hypnotic. In colder months, lake home owners can soak in the vistas across the water. During warmer months, a lake is one of the best places on Earth to take a dip. Lake properties are also good investments, often rising faster in value than non-waterfront homes. But the best reason for owning a lake home is it creates a huge motivation for a busy, scattered family to come together. A lake home and all that comes with it affords endless opportunity to connect and reconnect. Here are four lake homes Allie Beth Allman & Associates thinks would be a great investment. On Lake Palestine, there is a five-bedroom home at 15868 Treasure Cove with unobstructed view of the water. One of the best ranch properties in Texas has 1,500 feet of Lake Athens shoreline. 3773 County Road 4805 has a five-bedroom home, guest house, a garage apartment and a floating cabin. In Flower Mound there’s 1900 Seaview Drive, sitting on 1.6 heavily treed acres right next to Grapevine Lake. To see these homes and more, visit www.alliebeth. com.
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