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MARCH 2019 VOLUME 39 NO. 3



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HEART OF A MAN How a five-minute video challenged everything a Park Cities man knew about faith and forgiveness PAGE 42







Country Club eyes new tennis building 14

Sisters create women-focused working space 28

An option for children who invent things 35

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o you ever notice that sometimes a word or thought repeatedly comes up in your mind and you wonder why? For me, recently, it’s two words: virtue and advocacy. I don’t consider myself very political, but when situations of injustices stir me, I might sign a petition or write an email to a city leader, state senator, or U.S. representative. A few months ago, I wrote about my involvement in a small group at my church that is exploring how we as a parish move forward in the aftermath of the priest sexual abuse crisis. The Holy Trinity Parish Leadership Council commissioned the TASC Force — short for Transparency Accountability Solidarity and Commitment. I made an announcement to the congregation about it and invited other parishioners to join. Our charter includes four areas of focus: • parish-wide commitment to proactively protect the vulnerable; • taking a hard look at current protocols and strengthening them; • developing educational tools around the topic of abuse, so it’s more clearly understood and recognized; • and advocacy in our community, the diocese, and Rome. On Page 6 of this issue, there’s a follow up story on the announcement made by Bishop Edward Burns of the list of credibly

accused priests of sexual abuse since 1950. Burns said, “As we look back at the Church’s history, our failure to protect our most PAT M A R T I N vulnerable f rom abuse and hold accountable those who preyed on them, fills me with both sorrow and shame.” I feel that too, but now is the time for action. The leadership of the church has failed us; and we also have failed in the sense that we were asleep and did not recognize, protect, and advocate for the most vulnerable. This is a hard lesson, but one that can be applied to any injustice we see in our community and the world. “We all can make a difference,” is not just a cliché – it’s a truth. Are we teaching our children about virtue? Virtue – (meaning) moral excellence, goodness, righteousness. In the absence of virtue there lies the worst of human acts. I’m striving to live a life of virtue. Many times a day I fail. But as one of my favorite authors Matthew Kelly says, we can become better versions of ourselves in the struggle. Pat Martin, Publisher pat.martin@peoplenewspapers.com


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CRIME REPORT JAN. 16 – FEB. 3 JAN. 16 Stolen from a construction site between 7 a.m. Jan. 7 and 7 a.m. Jan. 16: four sump pumps installed in a French drain at a home construction site in the 8000 block of Lomo Alto Drive. The pumps are valued at $2,600.

Anthony Pintucci, left, was gunned down Jan. 24. Police released a sketch of the man witnesses say pulled the trigger, and arrested Rene Eduardo Montanez, bottom right, on a capital murder charge.

SNAPCHAT DRUGDEAL GONE BAD Former HPHS student shot, killed after arranging drug deal on social media app CRIME TIPS:

Anyone with information about this crime should contact Detective Jeffrey Loeb at 214-671-3702 or Jeffrey.loeb@dallascityhall.com. Reference case No. 016424-2019.

By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers


ew details surrounding a drug deal that left a former Highland Park High School student dead have tempered following the arrest of 23-year-old Rene Eduardo Montanez Jr. on a capital murder charge. What is known is police released a sketch of a second suspect believed to have shot 18-year-old Anthony Pintucci; that two other people were inside the car during the shooting; edited surveillance video released by police show at least three people walking toward Pintucci’s car before he was shot Jan. 24 in the Whole Foods parking garage at the Shops at Park Lane; and the whole thing began on the video messaging app Snapchat. According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Pintucci was communicating with one of the suspects on Snapchap to set up the drug deal. While it may seem odd to

imagine social media being used to facilitate a drug deal, a recent international study found that three-quarters of the 358 respondents used Snapchat to buy drugs. Instagram was the next popular media app, followed by Whatsapp, Kik, and Wickr. The 2019 study #Drugsforsale: An Exploration of the use of the use of social media and encrypted messaging apps found mobile apps are “fast becoming a viable option” for buying drugs because they provide a “quick, convenient method for connecting buyer and seller,” per ScienceDirect. com. Information on the safety of using social media to purchase drugs is anecdotal at best, but a quick Google search will detail a laundry list of news articles around the issue. In January, three Florida teens were sentenced in a very similar case to Pintucci’s where a 20-yearold was fatally shot after arranging a drug deal with the teens on Snapchat. Because of Snapchat’s features a person can send a video or message through the platform, which then deletes said video or message after a few seconds - police departments have long been aware of its popularity in conducting illegal activity. Dallas Police have not spoken

out about how they’re dealing with the issue. Montanez Jr. remains in police custody under a $500,000 bail. He denies having anything to do with the shooting. According to his arrest warrant affidavit, several witnesses identified Montanez Jr. to police as one of the men involved in the shooting after several people sent them photographs of the suspect once news spread. Officials said the drug involved was marijuana. Pintucci, who was no longer attending HPHS and had transferred out of the district in March 2018, was taking online courses before his death, friends said. His obituary said he was passionate about spending time with his friends, driving his new car, which he logged 3,000 miles in the first month, and doing other things teenagers adore like skateboarding, video games, and anything Star Wars. “Joey will be remembered as a kind, gentle, charming soul who always saw the best in people and was loyal to his friends and family,” according to the obituary. “He has touched countless lives with his charisma, his witty humor, and his genuine curiosity of the world.”

JAN. 23 Did burglars sleep in a Highland Park man’s 2016 BMW X3 before fleeing with the red electric guitar and black case from the backseat? That’s what the owner told police he believes happened overnight in the apartment complex parking garage in the 4200 block of Lomo Alto Drive. JAN. 25 Stolen overnight before 6 a.m.: a red Trek mountain bike, and a grey Trek mountain bike from an open garage at a home in the 4000 block of Livingston Avenue. The garage door was left open accidentally, the owner said. Each bike is listed between $500 and $750 dollars. JAN. 26 Taken around 1:51 a.m.: a $600 iPhone, $100 Smith sunglasses, and $100 Martin Logan headphones from a 2004 Land Rover in 3200 block of Hanover Street. JAN. 28 A boat, valued at $300, was stolen sometime between noon Jan. 25 and 7:30 a.m. Jan. 28 off a barge at a bridge-painting job site in the 4400 block of Lakeside Drive. JAN. 29 Two chandeliers, a door knocker, and two tables were stolen from a rental home in the 4400 block of Highland Drive sometime between noon Jan. 19 and noon Jan. 29. The landlord suspects a former tenant. JAN. 30 Laundry day? At 4:40 a.m., a shoplifter took about $150 worth of Gain, Tide, and Dove products from the CVS on Mockingbird Lane. FOR MORE CRIME:

JAN. 31 Surveillance video at a home in the 4500 block of Belfort Place shows the interior lights of a 2016 Porsche Cayenne come on at 2:04 a.m., likely indicating the moment a thief entered the unlocked car and removed a wallet. The wallet was later recovered at an apartment complex in Irving with the credit cards and identification still inside, but $380 in cash and $1,000 diamond earrings missing. A home in the 3500 block of Stanford Avenue was burglarized between 4 and 5 a.m. More than $3,000 worth of items, including an IBM computer, an iPad, a JCrew and Nine West handbag, a Cole Han wallet, eight credit cards, and $1,065 in cash, were reported missing. FEB. 2 Taken between 9 and 9:25 a.m.: a chocolate lab puppy from the 4400 block of Emerson Avenue. Stolen between 3 and 5:30 p.m.: two pairs of prescription sunglasses from a brown 2018 Subaru Forester parked in the 3500 block of McFarland Boulevard. The glasses, valued at a combined $875, were Prada and Rayban brands. FEB. 3 Security cameras at TJ’s Seafood Market and Grill in the 4200 block of Oak Lawn Avenue show three burglars removing a safe at 4:10 a.m. A large chair was thrown through the front door, shattering the glass and allowing entry. Another safe was broken open and left behind. Restaurant personnel reported $1,045 in cash missing. Before 11:35 p.m., someone entered an unlocked 2018 Chevrolet Colorado in the 4600 block of Edmonson Avenue, dumped the contents of the glove box onto the passenger seat, and left on the dome light.


6 March 2019 | parkcitiespeople.com


‘FAILURE TO PROTECT OUR MOST VULNERABLE” Accused priests served at St. Rita, Christ the King, SMU


By Tim Glaze

From Dallas Bishop Edward Burns:


our failure to protect our most vulnerable

People Newspapers everal priests named in a Catholic Diocese of Dallas list of those credibly accused of sexually assaulting children – some as far back as 1950 – served at locations in the People Newspapers coverage area. The diocese released the list on Jan. 31 with a detailed online posting and a press conference at the Diocese office. By releasing the list, Dallas Bishop Edward Burns kept a “commitment made in October to provide...those priests who have been the subject of a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor” within the church., he said. Twenty-four priests with direct ties to the Dallas Diocese are named, as well as another seven who were incardinated in a different diocese or religious order but served in Dallas. Of the 31 priests, 17 are dead, five have been suspended from practicing, and five are laicized. Those who served in the area include Michael Flanagan, William Hoover, Henry McGill, and James Reilly at Christ the King Catholic Church; Michael Barone and Richard Johnson at the SMU Catholic Community Center; and Patrick Koch and Benjamin Smylie at St. Rita Catholic Community. Koch and Smylie also served at Jesuit College Preparatory School, as did Vincent Malatesta, who was named on the diocese list as well as a list of accused Jesuits that was released in December. The Rev. Arthur Unachukwu of the SMU Catholic Community Center released a statement following Burns’ address, noting that Johnson filled in for masses periodically in 1969 and that Barone spent only a few months at the center in 1995. The accusa-

FROM LEFT: St. Rita Catholic Community Church, Christ the King Catholic Church, and the SMU Catholic Community Center.

As we look back at the Church’s history,


from abuse and hold accountable those who preyed on them, fills me with both sorrow and shame. But the painful, yet necessary [investigation] that begin in 2002 in this Diocese has also led to much-needed reforms that we continue to rigorously implement today. Going forward, we must remain vigilant. TIM GLAZE

tions against the two did not occur during their association with the ministry, Unachukwu said. “It saddens me to see and hear these stories of sexual abuse of minors,” he said. “My heart and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones. But, we cannot simply be sad – that is not enough. We must resolve to defend the innocence of the young and to protect them against insidious priests.” The Rev. Joshua Whitfield of St. Rita sent out a four-page letter to the members of the congregation following the release, imploring any victims who have not done so already to reach out to Dallas police. The priests that served at St. Rita, Smylie and Koch, died in 2004 and 2006, respectively. “Hopefully it is darkness giving way to light, and hurt giving way to healing,” Whitfield wrote. “This is bitter medicine. The list is painful to read, yet we know we should not pass on too quickly from the

trauma of it all. We know, for the sake of justice and truth, that we must look at this list soberly – exposed and wounded though we are. Hopefully, [this] belongs to the cleaning and purification of the church.” Officials with Christ the King said the church would not be releasing statements. Burns said an outside group of former state and federal law enforcement officials reviewed the files of some 2,400 priests while identifying data that contained allegations. In Texas, approximately 8.5 million people are practicing Catholics. There are 1,320 parishes, and 4,000 members of the clergy. “This list is not closed,” Burns said. “This list is not closed. We will adjust it to reflect the latest information. I implore any other victims to come forward.” David Clark, the Dallas police detective assigned to investigate such cases, has said victims should call him at 214-671-4301.

Christ the King Catholic Church MICHAEL FLANAGAN • Years at church: not provided • Died: 2008 WILLIAM HOOVER • Years at church: not provided • Convicted: 1996 • Died: date unknown HENRY MCGILL • Years at church: not provided • Died: 1996 JAMES REILLY • Years at church: not provided • Died: 1999 SMU Catholic Community Center MICHAEL BARONE • Years at center: 1995 • Retired: 2017 RICHARD JOHNSON • Years at center: 1969 • Died: 2016 St. Rita Catholic Community Church PATRICK KOCH • Years at church: 1997-2004 • Died: 2006 BENJAMIN SMYLIE • Years at church: 1989-1991 • Died: 2004

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Preston Center Garage Discussions Continue

TOP: Illustrations show what a parking garage topped with a city park might look like in Preston Center. AT LEFT: City Council member Jennifer Gates updates the Rotary Club of Park Cities about a variety of issues.

Consultants weigh in on plans By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers As Dallas City Council member Jennifer Gates runs for a fourth and final term, she’s focused on achieving progress with the Preston Center Parking Garage – a problem that often seems to have no acceptable solutions. There’s plenty of talk about replacing it, but not nearly enough agreement. “Many people want a live-work-play in [Preston Center],” Gates said. “Our ultimate vision is to bury the garage and put a park on top. I’d love it if we can get to the plan we’ve all dreamed about, and if I get re-elected in May, I’ll be spending the next two years of my life trying to improve that area.” Gates is seeking a balance between taking proposals to the council this summer and achieving quality results that meet the needs of as many residents as possible. “We’d rather take longer on everything and get it right than rush just to get something done,” she said. “It’s kind of embarrassing to look across the street and see how

nice University Park looks after all of their development, and then on [the Dallas side] we’ve still got this ugly garage.” The next parking garage task force meeting will be sometime in March. At a meeting in January, Mallory Baker with Walker Consultants talked about options. Replacing the garage with an underground parking structure topped by a park would cost between $37.7 million and $44 million and provide 1,200 parking spaces at three levels, up from 800 spaces in the current garage. That’s the “dream” of Gates: a park resting on top of an underground parking garage – similar to Klyde Warren Park sitting over Woodall Rogers Freeway. The dream could remain out of reach with adjacent property owners, whose support is needed for whatever replacement is eventually built, favoring an alternative that would include 300 luxury apartments and an above ground garage on the site. Gates, speaking recently to the Rotary Club of Park Cities, predicted that proposal wouldn’t qualify for public funding. However, for the underground garage



and park plan, she has already reserved $10 million in bond money and a commitment for matching funds from the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Officials estimate construction of an underground garage with a park at street level would take 23 months – 17 for the garage and six months for the park. After a meeting in September, a survey was sent out asking residents about their feelings on the garage’s current aesthetics. The majority of respondents found the overall appearance “inadequate” - 54 percent of everyone surveyed, specifically. From there, Walker Consultants began studying the technical feasibility of the underground parking structure.

• Three underground parking levels with 1,200 total spaces • A community park on top of the garage (similar to Klyde Warren over Woodall Rogers Freeway) • A performance area, spaces for vendors, and pavilions for shade Source: Walker Consultants Safety and overall functionality are areas of concern, as well.

We’d rather take longer on everything and get it right than rush just to get something done. Jennifer Gates “The current garage has a lot of access and safety problems,” Baker said. “We’re also thinking of what technology we can use in the new garage to help people, with lights and other necessities.”

10 March 2019 | parkcitiespeople.com

Officials Hope Residents Will Help Identify Coyote Patterns

Park Cities leaders react after dog killed in Highland Park family’s backyard

Coyotes will eat nearly anything, including snakes, garbage, and pets.



By William Taylor People Newspapers

Reports of coyotes roaming the Park Cities aren’t new, but the fear Lindsay Ballota’s son has for the bushy-tailed scavengers is. “Our second-grade son is afraid to go in the backyard because he’s afraid a coyote will get him,” she told the Highland Park Town Council a few days after a coyote snatched the family pet. The attack in the 3300 block of Dartmouth Avenue occurred around 9 p.m. Jan 23 while the Ballotas’ 13-pound dog, Nixon, was alone in the backyard. Nixon didn’t survive. Highland Park and University Park officials issued warnings soon after, encouraging residents to take precautions and report coyote sightings, especially attacks or other aggressive behaviors. Both municipalities plan to use the reports from residents to identify coyote territories and travel patterns and intend to work with federal and state agencies to trap and remove animals if that’s deemed appropriate. Lt. Lance Koppa, community relations/ public information officer for the Highland Park Department of Public Safety, said coyotes could roam a large area. “They run Hackberry; they run Turtle Creek; they have been seen west of Preston Road,” he said. “They’ve been here as long as I’ve been working here,” said Koppa, who joined the town nearly 19 years ago. “This is the first time since I‘ve been here, they’ve come into a backyard.” Town leaders met Feb. 5 in closed session to discuss deployment of personnel and devices for wildlife management but took no action when they returned to open session. While a specialist with Texas Wildlife Services, a Division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is working with the town, the agency generally views it as “not good

Use non-emergency numbers to report coyote sightings: • University Park – 214-363-3000 • Highland Park – 214-521-5000 (Or use online form at hptx.org) Take precautions: • Walk pets on a leash; • Supervise small breed dogs while they’re outside; • Secure lids on outdoor trash cans; • Check fencing for void spaces Call 911 if there is an imminent threat. practice to remove wildlife, even from urban areas,” according to the town website, hptx.org. “Wildlife are not domesticated animals and are a vital part of the ecosystem, even in heavily populated areas.” Wildlife Services describes coyotes as looking like small collie dogs with erect pointed ears, slender muzzle, and a bushy tail. Adults weigh between 20 and 45 pounds. Most sightings occur close to sunrise and sunset. “A true scavenger, the coyote will eat just about anything,” the agency reports. That includes “snakes and foxes, doughnuts and sandwiches, rodents and rabbits, fruits and vegetables, birds, frogs, grass and grasshoppers, pet cats and cat food, pet dogs and dog food, carrion, and just plain garbage.” University Park officials warned against leaving out food sources that could attract coyotes: pet food, rotting fruit under trees, bird seed on the ground, and trash left accessible when garbage containers are not properly secured. Up the Dallas North Tollway in Collin and Denton counties, Frisco has made news with coyotes attacking joggers. That type of aggression is considered unusual because coyotes are typically wary of people. “If you see a coyote in your yard, wave your arms, shout and spray it with a water hose,” University Park recommends on its website, uptexas.org. “It is likely to leave the area quickly after any of these actions.”

This is the first time since I‘ve been here, they’ve come into a backyard. Lt. Lance Koppa

14 March 2019 | parkcitiespeople.com

Community PAGEANT WINNER PASSIONATE ABOUT MEDICAL RESEARCH Miss Teen Texas overcame movement disorder to compete By Jordan Kiefer

Special Contributor


ageant participants aim to pursue their crowns with poise, grace, and pithy answers to interview questions, not a neurological movement disorder. However, dystonia, which can make muscles contract uncontrollably, causing involuntarily, abnormal, twisting, or repetitive movements, didn’t give Blaire Messmann much choice.

I am proud to be a part of a system that encourages and empowers women. Blaire Messmann Her symptoms kicked in in 2014, affecting her leg and essentially giving the eventual 2018 Miss Teen Texas what she described as a club foot. “For a solid year, I was unable to walk without a brace, much less

do the things that I love life dancing or pageantry,” she said. “But with the help of the amazing doctors at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, I was able to find a treatment that works for me so I can do things that I truly love.” Messmann, who won the United States of America Teen Texas pageant this past fall in Garland, talked to the newspaper a few weeks before heading to Las Vegas to compete nationally in mid-February. “It is so amazing to me that just a couple of years ago I could not even wear regular shoes, yet today I am on a drill team and, in two weeks, I will be wearing heels and modeling on a national stage.” Since age 11 she has participated in pageants, where she appreciates the comradery with strong, supportive, inspiring women. “I am proud to be a part of a system that encourages and empowers women,” Messman said. Outside of the pageant world, the Highland Park resident stays

involved with the youth group at Preston Road Church of Christ and attends Parish Episcopal School, where she is a sophomore. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, dancing, theater, and listening to country music, especially Blake Shelton. She plans to pursue a career as a pediatric surgeon, focusing on facial malformations.” As Miss Teen Texas she aims to draw attention to causes import to her such as dystonia research and awareness. The disorder can affect one muscle, a muscle group, or the entire body, depending on the individual’s dopamine production in the brain. “Dystonia is the third largest movement disorder in the world, affecting 250,000 people in the United States, although nobody knows about it,” Messmann said. “There are people in this country that have it so much worse than me, and I would like to use my title to spread awareness for the people that may not have the opportunity to share their story.”


Blaire Messmann reacts as she won what she describes as her “dream job” — Miss Teen Texas.

More Dallas Country Club Tennis Courts, Anyone?

Proposed building includes rooftop play, pedestrian bridge over Mockingbird


The new building could sit closer to Mockingbird Lane and have a skybridge.

By William Taylor People Newspapers

A proposed new tennis building could provide Dallas Country Club members more courts to play on and a safer way to cross over Mockingbird Lane on foot. The plan would replace the old tennis building on the north side of Mock-

ingbird with a taller version that would include rooftop courts and a pedestrian bridge to give members easy access to the outside courts on the south side of Mockingbird. “Tennis is really popular right now,” said Mac Wesson, who chairs the club committee working on the new building project. “We’re just trying to get a couple

more courts if we can.” Wesson and club past president Bill Wilshusen have been working with Highland Park town leaders to get the project ready for a membership vote this spring. “We are hopeful that if all the steps needed take place, we can start this summer,” Wesson said. In addition to membership approval, those steps include changes in zoning regulations and approval of the bridge. The Highland Park Town Council in January amended the Country Club Zoning District to allow for a taller building to go up as much as 17-feet closer to the north side of Mockingbird Lane than the one there now. “I’m probably going to recuse myself, because I can’t wait to play there,” council member David Dowler said. The new regulations would allow the building to be nearly 46.9-feet-tall, almost 7-feet taller than what was allowed in the zoning district before and come within 2.5 feet of the property line along Mockingbird Lane. But Wesson predicted the new building wouldn’t be quite as close to Mock-

ingbird as the new zoning rules would allow. Town Council members also have tentatively approved an aerial easement for the bridge, conditioned on a review of final designs for the project. Wesson said the building is still being designed, and he didn’t have a cost estimate for it.

I’m probably going to recuse myself, because I can’t wait to play there. David Dowler What is planned, he said, is for the building to have a similar-sized footprint, but instead of having a pitched roof, it would have a flat one, allowing for four courts on top as well as four inside. The existing building only has four interior courts. The existing tennis building is nearing the end of its useful life, Wilshusen said. “The old one is leaking.”

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Wading Through All the Fake Stuff The bogus email I just deleted was an invoice for $672, ostensibly from a LEN BOURLAND business friend. Who got hacked? We both sighed and changed our passwords. Discerning reality is exhausting these days: fake bills, fake phone calls from “government agencies,” fake news. Especially that. When did fake news become a buzzword? About four or five years ago with the rising tensions in politics, according to the Internet. So how do you know what to believe that’s online? Or in the news? Gone are the days when Howard K. Smith or “Uncle” Walter Cronkite solemnly broadcast to a trusting public. Now it seems anything can be spun, photoshopped, manipulated, scammed, or invented with impunity. I generally trust the Wall Street Journal, although it’s not infallible. Recently I marveled at a full page ad (pricey) that headlined “An open letter to anyone who will listen;” by one Nick Vitale of Milltown, N.J. Ordinary Nick claims to be 36 and has a list of grievances that makes you love the guy. We’re constantly told by everyone from truckers to makers of just about everything to dial some 800 number and “give us your feedback.” Nick then laid out his list of everything from poorly made hamburgers to weird charges on cable bills to the need for hand sanitizer at the gas pumps. “Thanks for listening…. if you wish, please don’t hesitate to reach out.” Wow. He must have a Gofundme page or a blog. Nope. I turned the page in the paper to another full-page letter. Tech CEO’s, Bill McDermott of SAP and Ryan Smith of Qualtrics, (great companies) briefly responded, “Thanks for your feedback, Nick…we’re doing something and will be in touch soon.” Amazing! Two zillionaires who fly their jets to DAVOS are just regular guys and are reaching out to Nick? Except I tried reaching out to Nick. The only Nick Vitale in Milltown is 47 and also goes by Nicola. None of the emails and phone numbers listed on the internet work. The bewildered WSJ kid I finally got on the phone had no information. Good luck trying to get those CEO’s on the phone. Maybe it’s just a slick marketing advertorial. Maybe all ads are fake news. After all, trying to relate to and convince people to consume stuff is what advertising is all about. Still, I was really looking forward to talking to Nick. Email Len Bourland at lenbourland@gmail.com.

18 March 2019 | parkcitiespeople.com

Not Going Away: Eating Disorders

The Elisa Project keeps building awareness By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers

It’s been more than 20 years since Highland Park graduate Elisa McCall penned the following words before taking her own life; “with my death, hopefully, I will touch more lives than I ever could have alive.” Eating disorders affect at least 30 million people in the United States, including many like McCall, who ended her life after a seven-year battle with depression and bulimia. “It hasn’t gone away over the past 20 years,” Kimberly Martinez, executive director of The Elisa Project said. “It has begun to become unveiled, though.” Martinez, who runs the nonprofit created by McCall’s parents in 1999, said while social media has created a community of resources for those suffering from an eating disorder, raising awareness in the community and at a state level remains arduous. Annual events such as the nonprofit’s Life Lessons Luncheon help on a micro level, and she hopes a planned trip to Austin to present a bill to the Legislature will open the doors to more state funding

and research. If acted upon, the bill would create Texas’ first task force to study the prevalence of eating disorders in the state and what sort of access to care residents have – or lack. While statistics do exist on a national level, Texans are in the dark about how the debilitating disease is impacting them, Martinez said. “Eating disorders are a really hard space. The public still feels it’s our fault, that we’re vain or pretentious, and there is still this false myth that it’s a white, rich girl’s disease,” Martinez said. “People really don’t know what an eating disorder is and have no idea what it’s like to step into the shoes.” In recent years, The Elisa Project has narrowed its focus to three things: education, case management, and advocacy. Programs include a student-led awareness project, support and guidance for caregivers, and the Texas Eating Disorders Coalition, a community group dedicated to enhancing awareness of disordered eating and related conditions throughout the state. Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder and yet there are no state or federal resources designated explicitly to the issue, Martinez said. “I believe the problem is becoming bigger, not smaller. We’ve got to do something about it.”

Defining An Eating Disorder: I am your eating disorder. I make you sick; I make you cry. I make you emotional. I make you crazy. I make nothing else matter. I make you feel lonely and scared. I make you feel worthless and sorrowful. I also give you strength and energy. I feed you, and you me. Our relationship has become detrimental in all its complexities. Over the years I’ve pushed you, driven you and comforted you. I’ve always been there for you when it seems no one else cares or knows. And, if you don’t let go, I will make you die. – Elisa McCall



WHAT: Life Lessons Luncheon w/ Grace Byers WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Feb. 26 WHERE: Market Hall, Dallas Market Center COST: Individual tickets start at $175 TICKETS: theelisaproject.org/events/life-lessons/

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EXPERIENCED HITTERS LOOK TO HELP SCOTS BOUNCE BACK Coach expects new approach after graduation of top pitchers By Todd Jorgenson


People Newspapers


baseball program that has typically relied on pitching to win low-scoring games might transform this season into an offensive juggernaut engaged in slugfests. Highland Park’s experienced lineup includes six returning starters and a couple of more players who received significant at-bats a year ago. You might not recognize the Scots while they work to stabilize their young pitching staff. And that could be just fine. “Hopefully we can score a lot of runs,” said HP head coach Travis Yoder. “This year we know what we have coming back on offense. It might be a different approach to how we’re attacking games.” Last season, HP fell to Hallsville in the bi-district round of the playoffs — the first time since 2013 that the Scots haven’t won a postseason series. But they will have plenty of familiar faces back from that squad, especially in the infield. Third baseman Patrick Shearer (who will play collegiately next season at Army), second baseman Benner Page, and

The Scots may rely on their bats while breaking in a new pitching rotation. shortstop James Henry each earned all-district accolades in 2018.

Hopefully we can score a lot of runs. Travis Yoder “We didn’t accomplish all our goals last year,” said Yoder, who is beginning his sixth season at the helm. “We have a lot of experienced players who have worked hard in the offseason.”

The Scots should be solid on defense to accompany the pop in the middle of the lineup that will include Aaron Plotkin, Christian Clarke, Patrick Turner, and Sterling Sutcliffe. Most of the top pitchers from last season graduated — Plotkin, Shearer, and Clarke are among the returnees — so Yoder said HP would rotate several arms during early-season tournaments in Collin County, as well as the annual Scotland Yard Classic in


early March. The Scots received a favorable draw in realignment, which places HP in a new-look District 11-5A among programs that have mostly struggled in recent years. However, Yoder said his team wouldn’t take its league games for granted. “We’re trying to mentally and physically prepare as though we’re playing the No. 1 team in the state every week,” he said. “We just have to play hard every game so we can accomplish our goals.”

February 21 Sachse^ 21 Coppell^ 22 at Prosper 22 Cedar Park Vista Ridge^ 23 Frisco Independence^ 23 at McKinney Boyd^ 26 at Carr. R.L. Turner* 28 at Allen 28 Frisco Heritage^ March 1 The Colony^ 1 at McKinney^ 2 Keller Fossil Ridge^ 7 Sachse 7 Flower Mound 8 Denton Guyer 8 Round Rock 9 Keller 12 at Carr. Newman Smith* 15 Conrad* 19 at Bryan Adams* 22 Carrollton Creekview* 23 Flower Mound Marcus 29 at Thomas Jefferson* 30 Prosper April 2 Woodrow Wilson* 5 Carr. Newman Smith* 6 at Waco Midway 12 at Conrad* 13 Bryan Adams* 16 at Carr. Creekview* 18 Carrollton R.L. Turner* 23 Thomas Jefferson* 26 at Woodrow Wilson*

2:30 p.m. 5 p.m. Noon 2:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Noon 2:30 p.m. 5 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Noon 11 a.m. 6:30 p.m. 11 a.m. 4 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 11 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 11 a.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 11 a.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

* — District 11-5A game ^ — at Collin County Invitational

Former Scots Linebacker Finds Competition After Football At Air Force Academy, Waterman follows family legacy, finds success in Rugby By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers


Nick Waterman

After high school, Nick Waterman was drawn to the Air Force Academy both for the chance to serve his country and the opportunity to keep playing football. When the latter didn’t work out, however, the former Highland Park standout found a new athletic outlet with a special family connection. Waterman has emerged as a key member of the USAFA club team in rugby, a sport his father and uncle played during their college days. “It’s the best decision I ever made,” Waterman said. “I found an incredible team and a really great group of guys.” That wasn’t part of the plan when Waterman graduated from HPHS in 2015. He was supposed

to play outside linebacker for the Falcons and secured a spot on the team’s practice squad as a freshman. Then he had a change of heart. “I kind of realized that maybe it wasn’t for me,” he said. A couple of friends encouraged him to try rugby, and Waterman became a quick study despite having little experience playing the sport. As a sophomore, he joined the prestigious USAFA rugby sevens team on a spring break trip to England. “I definitely gained an appreciation. It took me almost a year to fully grasp the sport,” Waterman said. “I cringe every time I hear people say that they think rugby is just football without pads. There’s so much more to it. There are aspects that carry over, such as the physicality and overall toughness.” As Waterman found a home on the rugby field, he faced more ob-

stacles off of it. A benign tumor in his salivary gland, below his right ear, prompted surgery around a major facial nerve. He missed most of his junior season. “I felt a weird lump behind my ear. I didn’t think much of it at first, but it didn’t go away,” he said. “It was scary, but I was very lucky. The surgery went very well.” Waterman returned to the field last spring in time for the season-ending Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship tournament, which was nationally televised. He also was nominated for the Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award, both for his perseverance and his work within the special needs community. Waterman has been a lifelong volunteer for Special Olympics and other causes — in part to support his older sister, who has Down syndrome.

“She and I were inseparable growing up,” Waterman said. “Her friends became my friends. We never grew apart. Whatever her interests were, I was usually there.”

I cringe every time I hear people say that they think rugby is just football without pads. There’s so much more to it. Nick Waterman After he graduates from the Academy in May, Waterman plans to take some leave before beginning an assignment as a logistics readiness officer at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington.

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Riddle Looks to Bring Winning Football Tradition to Rice

HP athletes also sign letters with Arkansas, Army, Colorado College, UT-Austin By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers

Regan Riddle played three years on the varsity football team at Highland Park and left with three state titles. Now the offensive lineman hopes to bring that championship pedigree to the collegiate level at Rice University, which has had considerably less success in recent seasons.

It’s going to be exciting to build something new. The program is on the upswing. Regan Riddle Riddle recently signed to play for the Owls and was among the HP athletes recognized at a recent ceremony for their college choices in various sports. Other honorees included Riddle’s teammate Hudson Clark (Arkansas), track standout Maddy Stephens (Texas), gymnast Adam Elahmadi (Army), and lacrosse player Makay Hansen (Colorado College).


FROM LEFT: Hudson Clark, Regan Riddle, Maddy Stephens, Adam Elahmadi, and Makay Hansen. At 6-foot-2 and 285 pounds, Riddle anchored the offensive line for the Scots last year, even after switching from right tackle to left tackle before the season. Rice has just six wins combined over the last three seasons but could be gaining momentum

under second-year head coach Mike Bloomgren. Riddle, who has family connections to Houston, committed to Rice last summer for both athletic and academic reasons. “I love the new coaching staff,” he said. “It’s going to be exciting

to build something new. The program is on the upswing.” Clark will head to Arkansas as a preferred walk-on after starting 30 games at cornerback during the past two years, with 77 tackles and a team-high 11 interceptions during that span.

Arkansas head coach Chad Morris is the father of HP quarterback Chandler Morris. Perhaps more importantly for Clark, both of his parents attended school there, too. “They were maybe even more excited than I was,” Clark said. “It was a dream come true.” Stephens was a silver medalist last year in the 800 meters at the Class 5A state meet, which was held on the same track in Austin where Stephens will compete for the Longhorns. She will join a legacy of HP runners at UT that includes Jenna Read, Mary Beth Hamilton, and Gabby Crank. “They know the traditions from Highland Park,” Stephens said. “They’re really good people to be associated with.” Elahmadi said coaches from the U.S. Military Academy first contacted him during last year’s state gymnastics meet, where he won a gold medal on horizontal bar. “I wasn’t really looking at West Point, but he convinced me,” said Elahmadi, who plans to attend military medical school after earning his undergraduate degree. “It’s a nice campus with nice facilities. It was the right place for me.”

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH 3120 Purdue Avenue


his outstanding four-bedroom, four-bath, and two half-bath Gage custom home is situated on a 70by- 144-foot lot framed by mature trees in the heart of University Park near much new construction. Interior features include pristine hardwood floors downstairs, two studies, formal living and dining areas, a butler’s pantry, and an upstairs game room. The gourmet island kitchen has cerused


oak cabinetry, granite countertops, a Viking gas cooktop, double ovens, and a built-in refrigerator. The kitchen and breakfast room are open to a den with a stone fireplace and wall of built-ins. The master suite includes a sitting area and a bath with Emperador marble countertops, shower, jetted tub, and large walk-in closets. The landscaped backyard includes a covered outdoor living center.

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Sisters create venue for working moms, other entrepreneurs By Fallon Lineberger Special Contributor


he Slate, a new Dallas co-working space for small business owners, especially working mothers, is set to open March 1 at 2403 Farrington St. in the Design District. Sisters Shelly and Jodie Slater, a small business owner and a lawyer, want their new venture to serve as a one-stop shop where entrepreneurs can focus on work and grow their businesses while learning from a diverse mix of other users in the space. “One person’s skillset can save you hours of your life,” said Shelly Slater, of Highland Park. “The point of The Slate is to simplify your life. A lot of working moms are running around with their heads cut off and feel like they have to choose one or the other.” The sisters spent nine months searching for the right space and found a nearly 12,000-square-foot building surrounded by a variety of businesses and boasting views of downtown Dallas. With the help of architects at GFF, The Slate takes multi-purpose to the extreme. It can be made to serve as a continuous education site, a commercial studio, a café, a local goods store, and other purposes. The brick-lined building includes 10 private offices, three specific co-working spaces (though the entire building is meant for co-working), a kitchen, a sitting area, a studio, a pod-


Potential clients preview The Slate weeks before its opening. The versatile space is designed to serve a variety of uses. cast room, a boutique, and three learn more things and get more 60-day and one-day passes. The and a trademark lawyer. It also has bathrooms. ideas from people.” sisters also want to make sure that, drawn interest from large national Painted on a wall is despite the focus on work- companies looking for team buildThe Slate’s motto, “Hone ing mothers, men should ing rooms. It. Own It. Slate It.” feel as welcome as anyone. “The space is the heart of the “We are truly trying to There is a third Slater— business,” Shelly Slater said. “The create a community, not their brother. more people you meet in this just trying to make reveThe Slate is already space, the more you learn, and the nue,” said Jodie Slater, of Preston There are multiple member- planned to be a home for a Dry more you grow. It’s all people who Hollow. “The real goal is that when ships types, including flexible, pri- Bar owner, a photographer, a for- have arrived and need something you meet multiple people, you vate, and dedicated options, and mer private equity business owner, to propel them one more step.”

One person’s skillset can save you hours of your life. Shelly Slater

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Comings and Goings Various restaurants

The Hill The sprawling new development at Walnut Hill and Central Expressway is opening the doors to a host of new eateries this year. Sushi De Handroll, a temaki-style sushi house focused on handrolls, is slated to open late January; Sauce, an Arizona-based pizzeria offering fresh salads, pasta, and handmade pizza, is expected to open late February; and Casa Verona, a hybrid of Greek and Italian food, has a TBD date on its opening.

Face Haus

6025 Royal Lane Suite 123 A first-of-its-kind facial bar is bringing affordable, quick facials to Preston Hollow this March.

Starting at $65, primary offerings include signature facials with quirky names like Spotless Reputation, Keep Glowing, and Best Man.

Face Haus

Daphne’s Mediterranean

eatery is taking that motto to heart. The Biscuit Bar, which is slated to open “early 2019,” features scratch-made biscuits crowned with a variety of sweet and savory toppings for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night.


Daphne’s Mediterranean

Spence Diamonds

The Biscuit Bar


6501 Hillcrest Ave. Some say, “everything is greater on a biscuit.” A new University Park

7949 Walnut Hill Lane The fresh and wholesome Greek fast casual that acquired Noon Mediterranean late last year is now open. Offerings range from traditional entrees like a handcarved gyro, grilled seafood, and falafel to more modern offerings like mezze platters and kale quinoa tabbouleh, all made with premium, wholesome, and authentic ingredients.

Spence Diamonds

3699 McKinney Ave. Suite 401 The growing millennial trend toward ethically responsible, environmentally sustainable and more affordable lab-created diamonds has come to North Texas. The Vancouver-based company sells Artisan Created Diamonds that share the same chemical composition as their natural counterparts and are typically 33 percent larger.


Preston Hollow Village Authentic Neapolitan pizzas are made fresh in the open kitchen in a gold-tiled Acunto oven shipped from Naples. The menu also includes burrata, salads, calzones, Italian gelato, and a Nutella calzone.

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Chandler Dykes Award Winner: Dale Petroskey Chamber CEO honored for commitment to education

VIRGINIA CHANDLER DYKE S LE ADERSHIP AWARD The Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award recognizes those committed to improving education and quality of life in the region. The award’s namesake is known internationally for her work in occupational therapy.

By Bill Miller

Special Contributor During icy weather on a recent trip to Washington, D.C., Dale Petroskey’s thoughts turned to warm memories of working for President Ronald Reagan. Petroskey, as an assistant White House press secretary, worked behind the scenes preparing documents for the media and went with Reagan to Geneva, Switzerland, and Reykjavik, Iceland for summits that led to the end of the Cold War. “I was thinking of those days,” Petroskey said. “(They’re) like a dream that happened in my life, another lifetime ago.” These days, as president and chief executive officer for the Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC), Petroskey is usually seen out front, stoking the momentum of explosive economic growth in a region that’s welcomed the relocations of 126 companies and 750,000 new jobs since 2010. For these efforts, Petroskey was named the 2019 recipient of the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award, given by Texas Woman’s University, TWU’s foundation, and the Bank of Texas. Now in its 17th year, the award will be pre-

In 2002, she established The Virginia Chandler Dykes endowed scholarship fund for occupational therapy students at Texas Woman’s University where she completed OT graduate studies in 1954. COURTESY PHOTO

FROM LEFT: Dale Pertroskey with President Ronald Reagan. sented Feb. 27 at the Belo Mansion. Petroskey, a native of the Detroit’s suburbs, has a résumé with marketing and leadership roles at the National Geographic Dale Petroskey Society, the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and the Texas Rangers baseball team. He joined DRC in 2014. TWU’s chancellor and president Carine Feyten praised Petroskey’s ability to marshal diverse stakeholders around a vision of economic prosperity for an entire community. Education, she noted, is key, so Petroskey tirelessly appears at the Texas Legislature, promoting initiatives from prekindergarten on

through the universities. The goal is to build a stable, well-trained, and competitive workforce ready to fill new jobs coming to the region. “Everybody loves Dale,” Feyten said. “Chamber leaders need to be smart, perceptive, and able to bridge all the constituencies — business, education, health care — and he does it so fluidly.” Inclusiveness also permeates Petroskey’s economic development strategy: Don’t just pitch the city of Dallas; pitch the region. “We’re not selfish,” Petroskey said. “We don’t care where they land; we just want them in the region, and that’s the recipe for success.” Sometimes it’s an easy sell, considering North Texas is competitive with affordable living, reasonable regulations, access to transportation, and a good climate. But not every bid is successful.

Chamber leaders need to be smart, perceptive, and able to bridge all the constituencies — business, education, health care — and he does it so fluidly. Carine Feyten Although DRC worked hard to help lure Amazon’s HQ2 project, the mega online retailer went with a split between Queens, N.Y. and Arlington, VA. Still, Petroskey said the Amazon pitch brought beneficial attention to Dallas.

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Society’s donations also fund history chair at Highland Park High School By Bianca R. Montes


People Newspapers

• John Connolly Chair for the Humanities: Becky Adams • La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas Distinguished Chair for STEM: Wenzen Chuang • HP100 Centennial Distinguished Chair for STEM: Dr. Melynda Wright • Park Cities Historical and Preservation Society Distinguished Chair for History: Brad Sanders • La Fiesta Distinguished Chair for Fine Arts in honor of Linda Raya: Christine Hathcock


hen Jenny Adair graduated from Highland Park High School in 2012 and went to pursue a degree in architecture at the University of Virginia, she left with the tools she needed to succeed. Among those tools: a $2,500 scholarship from the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society. “It may sound small, but it’s really important for a student,” she said about being able to purchase a computer and a really nice set of pencils. “It is a confidence booster because when you know you have good tools, you can do anything.” Since 2011, the society has awarded more than $42,000 in scholarships to graduating Highland Park seniors pursuing college degrees in architecture or art history. Bruce Harbour, past society president and one of its directors, was instrumental in creating the scholarship program after Preservation Park Cities and Park Cities Historical Society merged. “We had some extra money in the bank and wanted to do something that would raise awareness in the community – that is when we came up with the idea for the

Jenny Adair studies architecture at the University of Texas in Austin. COURTESY PHOTO scholarship,” he said. are generated from interest revenue. The The money for the scholarships comes Highland Park Educational Foundation is from a $50,000 endowment the society gave designed to raise private funding to enrich the quality of education at HPISD schools. Last year, the society gifted the Highland Park Educational Foundation an additional $30,000 to establish the first endowed history chair at the high school. Lauren Holloway, executive director of the foundation, called the endowed chair to the Highland Park Educational Founda- program, patterned after similar programs tion, meaning the now $4,000 scholarships at universities, unique to Highland Park.

It may sound small, but it’s really important for a student. Jenny Adair

It takes a real animal to wear wool an entire season without cleaning it. Wool’s an exceptional fabric. It’s warm. It’s strong. And It’s resilient. (In fact, fine wool will stretch one third its length.) But wool is also highly absorbent. Which means that even though that gorgeous Merino sweater of yours may not show dirt, it can get really soiled. And dirt damages any fabric by working into the weave, actually tearing the fibers, and eventually causing holes. (We all know how embarrassing that can be. Beastly, you might say.) So what’s a civilized person to do? Come to Avon, of course. And have your fine wool garments cleaned-regularly. They’ll look great. They’ll last longer.

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“The goal is to recruit, retain, and award the highest level of excellence in the profession of teaching,” Holloway said. Adair, who is now a student at the University of Texas where she is working toward a master’s degree in architecture, said the society’s dedication to improving the quality of life in the Park Cities and educating the community about the area’s history is what really makes her proud to be one of their first scholarship recipients. “They respect our roots and where we come from – our history,” she said.

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Financial Tips For The First Year at College Whether enrolled in your first year of college, or on your way to college next fall, there is a lot of planning to be done. Every semester, you have to choose a class schedule, budget for food, books, and extras, and perhaps obtain a part-time job. CONNOR THOMAS At the top of your list should be something you may not have thought about yet: creating a financial plan. Heading into college is a great time to get a jump-start on creating and understanding your financial situation. But with so much information available, it can be overwhelming. Start with the basics, so you can develop good habits early: • Open a checking account at a bank close to campus, especially if you plan on taking cash from an ATM regularly. If you withdraw cash from another bank’s ATM, you will most likely incur a small fee, around $2 to $3. • Open a savings account. Build up a cash buffer that you

can tap into if you have any big expenses coming up, such as a formal or a trip to see friends. Get in the habit of saving a set amount every month. • Once you build up a cash buffer, start putting money into an investment account. The earlier you start, the more advantageous it is for your future. • Create a budget to manage your income and expenses. Fixed expenses include rent, phone bill, utilities, etc. Whatever is left over is what can be spent at your discretion. • Open a credit card to build credit. Do not get carried away with promotions and open multiple cards. Start small with a few expenses, such as gas and groceries. Pay the complete balance every month, because if you only pay the minimum, you will be charged interest on the amount unpaid. • Check your credit score once a year. Your credit score will be checked later on when renting an apartment and buying a car. • Once you turn 18, sign basic estate documents, especially an advanced healthcare directive. This will allow your parents to be informed of your medical condition in case something happens. Financial independence is the result of establishing financial goals early in life, consistently saving and investing, avoiding credit card debt, and planning for a happy retirement one day. Connor Thomas is a certified financial planner with Quest Capital Management Inc. in University Park.

Student Achievements: Two to Celebrate




Henry Zhu was named MVP and won first place in fifth-grade individual Number Sense at the Texas Coaches Association Math & Science contest, where McCulloch Intermediate School/Highland Park Middle School won a variety of team awards. FIFTH-GRADERS: first, Number Sense; second, General Math; third, Sweepstakes. SIXTH-GRADERS: first, General Math; second, Number Sense; third, Sweepstakes. EIGHTH-GRADERS: third, General Math.


The award-winning Highland Belles added 25 new members to the 2019-20 roster of 66 members. FRONT ROW: Neely Womble, Lilly Sealy, Catherine Reynolds, Riley Fainter, Chloe Walsh, Sydney Thomas, Ali Rogers, and Shelby Pettit. MIDDLE ROW: Piper Soetenga, Devoney Duclow, Kate Hamilton, Lola Jahant, Sarah Wilshusen, Lauren Welp, RaeAnne Bradshaw, Ava Tiffany, and Caroline Jernigan. BACK ROW: Faith Harris, Anna Nye, Elizabeth Woodley, Alexandra Thomas, Sydney Chandler, Grace Jackson, Emily Garberding, and Carly Turner.

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Sky Ranch leaders want campers to escape pressures, enjoy activities By Lisa Ferguson

Special Contributor


couple of memories standout for John Morgan about his boyhood experience attending a sleepaway summer camp: The cabin where he bunked lacked air conditioning, and the scheduled activities were few. “I was roughing it,” he recalled. “But the beautiful part of getting away and finding yourself in the wilderness a little bit was still there.” As was a youth pastor whose positive influence “changed my trajectory” in life. “I had somebody investing in me, caring about how I turned out,” Morgan said.

Even though we’re crazy and fun and loud and silly … it’s way more silent than the world. John Morgan The latter, Morgan said, is one of the “underlining principles” of Sky Ranch, a Christian-based camp with locations in Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. Morgan started with the company in 1998 as a camp staffer. He now serves as vice president of its ministry programs and oversees its sleepaway camps and


day-camp programs for schools and churches around Dallas-Fort Worth as well as camps designed to accommodate entire families. Located about 70 miles east of Dallas and situated on a 90acre lake, Sky Ranch’s site in Van boasts modern amenities and facilities for children in grades one through nine. The campus can house up to 700 campers in its wooden-structure cabins, which feature air conditioning and indoor bathrooms, during each of its 11 weeklong sessions scheduled from May 26 through Aug. 10. The Van facility also has three pools, numerous waterslides and inflatables, climbing walls, treehouse-like structures, amphitheaters, an outdoor laser-tag course,

Campers enjoy a range of activities including a ropes course and water sports. a vertical playground with ropes obstacles, and an interactive nature center. Activities traditionally associ-

ated with summer camp are also available. “We still sing. We still have campfires,” Morgan said. An extensive horsemanship

program, led by champion steer wrestler Rope Myers, is offered on an adjacent 240 acres where arenas and horse trails are located. Getting outdoors and away f rom modern-day pressures is important for children, who are not allowed to bring their cell phones to Sky Ranch. In a camp setting, Morgan said, “Even though we’re crazy and fun and loud and silly … it’s way more silent than the world … you get to leave behind, and you get to know your real self a little better.” Although it is not affiliated with any one denomination, Sky Ranch’s curriculum does include religious discussion and activities. Campers “sit down once a day as a cabin and walk through … some pretty basic fundamentals,” Morgan explained. “There are all kinds of campers out here, all different belief structures. We still adhere to what we know is true during those teaching times,” he said. “We love and care for everyone so well that even nonbelievers come back year after year and … feel cared for while they’re here.” Fees at Sky Ranch average upward of $1,000 per camper for each Sky Ranch session. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Additional information can be found at skyranch.org. Morgan said the camp experience often proves “life-changing” for children. “There is some sort of personal development, spiritual development that happens.”


One of the most amazing camps in Texas Camp Olympia is the BEST place for boys and girls ages 6-16 to spend their summer and create life-long memories! A Texas summer camp tradition, Olympia offers three-week, two-week, and one-week camp sessions! For over 50 summers, Camp Olympia has given campers a fun, caring environment, where they can grow in the body, mind 723 Olympia Drive, Trinity, Texas 75862 and spirit. Nestled right on the shores of Lake Livingston, Camp Olympia has the perfect location for outdoor fun. Campers can choose from over 45 different activities, ranging from wakeboarding to golf to horseback riding. The summer camp experience at Camp Olympia is like no other.

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Great Summers Start With Right Questions How will you fill your child’s summer? Does he or she need to develop new interests, get a dose of self-esteem, improve skills in sports or arts? Is your child happier with a variety of activities or a program that focuses on one particular interest? The answers HELENE ABRAMS to such questions will guide you to the type of summer program that fits best. Quality camps offer much more than recreational experiences. They are educational institutions that teach life skills such as developing independence, relating to peers, coping with fears and challenges, and problem-solving. In choosing a summer program, a parent will need to begin with some practical considerations: type, duration, and location. Does your child need a traditional program or one with a particular focus? Coed or not? Is there a religious affiliation? Are you looking for a two-week camp or something longer? Would Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont be too far? Length of stay depends on the maturity of your child, but shorter is not necessarily better. Two weeks is definitely better than one. It takes time to learn new skills and build friendships. Most may feel a little homesick in unfamiliar surroundings, but all good camps have built-in mechanisms


Camps offer opportunities to learn skills such as horseback riding. for dealing with those issues. Has your child outgrown camp or begun looking for a new experience? Community Service is often an exciting option. A teenager can help rebuild communities in need in the U.S., work at a day camp in the Dominican Republic, study sea turtles in Puerto Rico, or volunteer on a Native American reservation in the Southwest. Such programs satisfy school community service requirements and are often used as the basis for college essays. Does your teen need to learn to work with a group, stretch limits, and gain confidence? An adventure program will develop leadership and communication skills through physical activities such as biking, rock climbing, scuba diving, hiking, and kayaking in the US and abroad. These same programs can include a homestay with a family in a foreign country and a chance to learn the native language.

Enrichment programs on college campuses allow high school students to explore the feel of college. Programming can include SAT preparation, college visits, and study in many areas. Course options range from foreign language, psychology, computer science, and journalism to cooking, photography, or how to interpret dreams. If your teen already has a specialized interest, there is most likely a program out there. Summer can be one of the most rewarding, unforgettable experiences in your child’s life. If you want your child to get the maximum benefit from the experience, do your homework now. Helene Abrams, an advisor with Tips on Trips and Camps, a free summer camp and trip advisory service, helps parents of children ages 7-18 find enriching summer overnight experiences. Email her at helene@tipsontripsandcamps.com or 214-484-8141.

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A Camp For Children Who Like To Make Things

Inventors Hall of Fame offers weeklong summer programs around the country By William Taylor People Newspapers

Inventors get the red-carpet treatment from the National Inventors Hall of Fame and then play starring roles in a summer camp curriculum. The hall of fame in North Canton, Ohio, bills itself as more than a museum and every year partners with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to offer Camp Invention to 160,000 children across the nation. “We show (campers) that these inventors are just real people like us, people just being curious about the world around them,” NIHF education team specialist Krissy Hostetler explained. “It’s brand new every year.” The 2019 hall of fame class of 19 inductees includes Chieko Asakawa, whose voice browser helps blind and visually-impaired computer users access the Internet, and Rebecca Richards-Kortum, who has helped develop lost-cost technologies for bringing quality medical care to poor regions. Videos featuring their stories are incorporated into the otherwise mostly hands-on program


Campers become superheroes to learn about intellectual property and the U.S. patent system. designed to build problem-solving skills, encourage entrepreneurship, and promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning. The one-week camp is designed for children entering kindergarten through sixth-grade but includes leadership opportunities for older students. “Since 1990, our education programs have served more than 1.5 million children, and 170,000

teachers and Leaders-In-Training,” public relations coordinator Ken Torisky said. NIHF provides the curriculum and materials but certified educators do the teaching at 2,800 schools and districts, including several in Collin, Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant counties. NIHF provided testimonials from parents who described how their children returned from camp excited about learning.

Laura Cabrera, the parent of a 2018 camper, said in press release f rom NIHF that her daughter “couldn’t stop talking about building robots and how things work. She learned so much, but I don’t think she realized it because she was so busy creating and having fun.” Camp sessions are open to all students, not just those who live in a particular school district. The nearest camp locations to the Park Cities and Preston Hollow will likely be in Irving and Richardson. The camps generally operate weekdays from about 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cost $230, plus a potential facility charge of about $10. Discounts are available with early enrollment. The camp day is divided into four modules. This year: • Innovation Force – Learn about the importance of intellectual

property and the U.S. patent system in this superhero-themed module that pits campers and NIHF inductees against the Plagiarizer, who’s out to steal the world’s greatest ideas. • Deep Sea Mystery – Invent island-survival tools and underwater equipment while researching a fossil discovery. • Farm Tech – Manage a farm, with the assistance of the BotANN-E robot, and learn fundamental coding techniques. Children also are introduced to DNA syntheses and perform a mock experiment to check the health of newly purchased cattle. • DIY Orbot – Explore frequency, circuit boards, motors, and gears while adapting a DIY Orbot to perform increasingly challenging tasks.

We show (campers) that these inventors are just real people like us, people just being curious about the world around them. Krissy Hostetler

FIND A CAMP Visit invent.org/camp to find a camp and get more information.

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Robbyn and Brett Dougherty with Chelsea Livingston

Grant and Alana Matthews

Patricia Blasquez and Miler Houng

More than 750 Dallas Stars fans filled the showrooms at Park Place Lexus Plano on Jan. 13 for the 20th annual Dallas Stars Casino Night. The event raised $403,711 for the Dallas Stars Foundation, shattering last year’s record for the most money ever raised in a single night for the charity.

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Ray and Margie Francis

The Chefs: Jeff Bekavac, Cane Rosso; Omar Flores, Whistle Britches; Michael Youssef, The Hilton Anatole Hotel; Nick Walker, CBD Provisions; Jeramie Robison, City Hall Bistro; Abraham Salum, Salum; Suki Otsuki, Mudhen Meat and Greens; Anastasia Quiñones, José; Janice Provost, Parigi; Danyele McPherson, 8020 Hospitality; Brian C. Luscher, The Grape; and Caroline Perini, Easy Slider

Olivia Cole, Kameron Westcott, and Brittany Stephens

Brenda Ewing Snitzer, Jill Tiernan, Matrice Ellis-Kirk, and Lindsay Billingsley

Ellis Thomas and Jennifer Walters

Elise Riter and Katie Kelton

Lucy Billingley, Regina Calcaterra, and Linda Owen Barnes


The 11th annual Stewpot Alliance Soup’s On! Luncheon and Art Sale took place Jan. 17 in The Chantilly Ballroom at The Hilton Anatole Hotel. Proceeds from the annual luncheon and art sale benefit The Stewpot, which serves Dallas residents who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. The event featured speaker Regina Calcaterra, author of Etched in Sand, and specialty soups were prepared by some of Dallas’ finest chefs just for the occasion.


Marlene Sughrue and Jenny Bania

Kristen Cole, Ezra Petronio, Lana Petrusevych, and Kaleta Blaffer Johnson

Angela and BJ Hall

Jack and Kelly Cornell Stacy Nutkis and Cara Owens P H O T O S B Y TA M Y T H A C A M E R O N

Mirador at Forty Five Ten

Billy Fong, Max Trowbridge, and Rosa Langley

Muffin and John Lemak

An excited crowd attended Forty Five Ten’s chic eatery Mirador as plans were revealed for S/S19 benefiting Dallas Contemporary. The forthcoming gala, presented by Headington Companies is set for April 5 and will be chaired by Kristen Cole and Kaleta Blaffer Johnson.

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CVL Founder Dr. Denise Park Dr. Mick Rugg and Leslie Ann Crozier with Carol and Scott Murray

Jenny Deely and Holley Caldwell


CVL Faculty - Dr. Denise Park, Dr. Michael Rugg, Dr. Karen Rodrigue, Dr. Kristin Kennedy, Dr. Chandramallika Basak, and Dr. Gagan Wig

Carol Hall, Dr. John Stillwell, and Nancy O’Neil

Dr. Lars Nyberg presented “What will memory aging look like for our grandchildren?” at a dinner honoring distinguished guests and internationally recognized scientists attending the Dallas Aging and Cognition Conference. The dinner was hosted by Advisory Council and Director’s Research Circle Members of UT Dallas’ Center for Vital Longevity at the Park City Club on Jan. 27.


Scott Greenberg, Sharon Fancher, Betsy Orton, and Kristen Greenberg James Bias, Mary Spencer, and Bobbi Snyder Don and Cindy Lindsley PHOTOS BY THOMAS GARZA PHOTOGRAPHY

Brian Curtis and Brenda Olvera

Karen Urie and Gwen Echols Chef Abraham Salum and Rachel Reed

Guests and Scooter (SPCA of Texas Mascot Cat) listen to speakers at Paws Cause 2019

Winter, Marley, and Hera play tug-of-war

The adoptions atrium of the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center was jammed to the max for the SPCA of Texas’ Paws Cause event on Jan. 27. SPCA of Texas president and CEO James Bias presented the 2019 Mary Spencer Humanitarian Award to longtime supporter, Bobbi Snyder. SPCA of Texas raised nearly $170,000 at Paws Cause 2019 and received a $100,000 match from the Snyder Foundation, making it a $270,000 evening.

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The Heart of a Man, rated PG-13, is available to stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu. Follow this article online to see the original short documentary that inspired the movie.


Inspired wealth manager, Wayne McCullough, helped raise funding for ‘The Heart of a Man,’ a film addressing sexual exploitation.

By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers


ayne McCullough’s life changed in less than five minutes. A few years ago, McCullough’s sister-in-law invited him to hear a woman speak about being lured to Mexico and captured in the sex trafficking world. He was struck by the topic but admitted interest eventually waned. Then, his sister-in-law, who was interning for pureHOPE, a faith-based foundation that deals with sexual exploitations, sent him a video. Just shy of five minutes, it challenged everything McCullough knew about human trafficking, pornography, and his faith. The film began with a story about a beautiful apple tree that was poisoned and how

people continued to eat from it despite the fruit becoming bitter. The story was used to show that the root of sexual exploitation is demand. “I just watched something that may have changed the direction of my life,” McCullough remembers thinking after watching the clip. “There was this realization to me that this is happening everywhere. It is right here in our own back yard – right here in Dallas.” McCullough, a Park Cities resident who is the president and managing partner of Benchmark Private Wealth Management, said he grew up in the church but had a skewed view of grace and really only understood fire and brimstone. For most of his life, he considered himself a “Christian with quote marks around it.” That all changed when he embarked on a

journey to turn the documentary into a fulllength film. It began with nine simple words he left on the voicemail of pureHOPE founder Noel Bouché: “You don’t know me, but we need to meet.” “He called with such boldness and such willingness to help, and I was like, I need to know more,” Bouché said. From their first meeting at a Starbucks on Knox Street to meeting with Tony Anderson, the director of the documentary, and two filmmakers who’d traveled the world kicking down doors of brothels to expose sex trafficking, the film The Heart of a Man was made. “Wayne basically organized a whirlwind road show getting us into people’s offices and the Dallas Country Club to raise capital for the project,” Bouché said. “It was the

Park Cities that really catalyzed this film.” McCullough’s wife, Lissie, also worked on the film as an executive producer. The Heart of a Man interweaves a cinematic retelling of the parable of the prodigal son juxtaposed with interviews of real people struggling with sexual distractions and the shame that follows. “Getting at the issue of shame that so many of us deal with, that was really the pivot that was made with the film,” Bouché said. “The film connects how all this stuff comes together and how men need to be healed and need the freedom that only a liberated relationship with God can bring.” That message challenged McCullough to change the way he viewed God, he said. “What if your brokenness is a bridge to God and not a barrier?”

Can We Coexist? Leaders discuss importance of interfaith communities

By Fallon Lineberger Special Contributor

Rabbi Nancy Kasten, co-chair of Faith Forward Dallas – a diverse coalition of local religious leaders, sees different mindsets among believers when it comes to the acceptance of other faiths. There are those who build walls around their beliefs to protect themselves and those who believe such partitions cannot be sustained, she said. Her view lies with the latter. The topic arose at a recent interfaith panel hosted by Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. Kasten was joined by the Rev. Chris Girata, rector of Saint Michael’s, and Oman Suleiman, professor of Islamic studies at SMU. “We need to enhance our rela-

tionships with other groups, learn to trust each other, and work together to combat things mutually,” Kasten said to the hundreds of people who showed up for the second annual panel, Islam, Judaism and Christianity – The Conversation Continued. While each member of the panel reviewed questions about laws, conversion, guiding future generations, and the faiths’ futures, the overall tone of the evening focused on the importance of acceptance among each faith and ensuring peace throughout the community. “Demographically speaking, we are going to shift in the next 80 to 100 years (and) by 2100, there will be far more Muslims than Christians in the world,” Girata said. “We really do need to stop pointing at different people

of faith and realize that being a person of faith is going to become less and less common.” According to the Pew Research Center, while the world’s Christian population has grown modestly, Muslims are projected to be the world’s fastest-growing major religious group in decades. Girata said looking at the contrasts and similarities between people of faith and of non-believers, “most of the time, we will seek the same things … peace, charity, kindness, protecting the vulnerable, and love.” Suleiman, who also is the co-chair of Faith Forward Dallas, spoke on how misconceptions have hampered people’s perceptions of different religions throughout history. “One of the biggest cop-outs is that religion is responsible for the


FROM LEFT: The Rev. Chris Girata, Rabbi Nancy Kasten, and Oman Suleiman tout the value of understanding people from other faiths. most tragic acts in history. ISIS is not about religion. The Crusades were not about religion. These are political issues,” he said. “Religion is not the source of evil. The more I believe in Islam, the more I believe in the rights of others, the more I believe in my religion, [and] the more I believe in our humanity. We’re not perfect, but I

think that we are onto something.” The audience erupted into applause. “When you mix religion with political agenda, you become especially combustible,” he said. “The idea that the only way to coexist is for each one of us to relinquish a bit of ourselves is deeply problematic.”

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Patients make one appointment for multi-service maintenance checkup

py, a chiropractic and sports injury section, a focus on weight loss and anti-aging, and other soft tissue therapy. A patient could make one appointment, one stop, and get a full-fledged maintenance check. “In Los Angeles, I had all types of innovative and cutting-edge treatments and therapies at my disposal,” she said. “I first tried soft tissue cupping about 10 years ago

and became addicted after feeling the positive effects and benefits from it. When I was pregnant with my son, I was having horrible pains in my shoulders that were treated with dry needling. I was constantly seeking and researching new advances in the cosmetic and wellness industries.” Opening what she wanted would prove tricky; for an all-in-

one type of stop, she would need multiple types of doctors with different medical qualifications. “I was going to several different places and doctors, and I wanted to open an [all-in-one] clinic for this reason specifically,” she said. She approached Dr. Ed La Cara, a former Army combat medic, and convinced him to join the team as the rehabilitation and body

therapy expert. Dr. Katina Thornton was next on board, bringing with her an expertise in nutrition and weight loss. Together, along with Dallas, they form the team at Body Lounge Park Cities. “Each of us has a passion for people and helping people achieve their top mental and physical wellness,” Dallas said. “It’s work, but it’s worth it.” Among numerous combinations of services, customers can request five “tune-up” chiropractic adjustments or four soft-tissue treatments. Patients can also choose among treatments of five vitamins, and four IV treatments. Through an IV, patients can receive doses of B12, glutathione, BCAA, vitamin D and C, and magnesium. “We felt there was a need in the area and wanted to provide a place that was convenient and easy while maintaining presence in our own personal community,” Dallas said. “There are so many people who think outside of the box in regards to wellness and self-care. There’s a natural and genuine interest and importance in staying healthy.”

the environment. The 1,656-page National Climate Assessment, prepared by top climate scientists every four years, provided a grim reminder late last year that what has been predicted is now a part of our reality. It’s an urgent call to action for change. While carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases play a role in the warming of the planet, the report emphasizes the impact of other atmospheric pollutants such as ozone and smoke. Without substantial and sustained global mitigation and regional adaptation efforts, climate

change is expected to cause growing losses to American infrastructure and property and impede the rate of economic growth. That said, we should not depend on corporations and government for change. Individually, we can be a part of the solution by making simple changes every day. Start by taking the EarthX Pledge to Change by texting EarthX to 70402. 1. Reduce plastic pollution by eliminating plastics. More than 70 percent of marine litter is plastic. 2. Pledge to use a renewable energy source. Last year, Texas generated 18 percent of its ener-

gy from wind and solar. 3. Pledge to protect our waterways. Don’t use chemical fertilizers or don’t use them before it rains. Why? Dead zones begin to form when excess nutrients, primarily nitrogen and phosphorus, enter coastal waters and help fertilize algae. Major nutrient sources include fertilizers, wastewater, and the burning of fossil fuels. 4. Go meatless one to two days a week. Researchers at the University of Oxford found that cutting meat and dairy products could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint by up to 73 percent.

5. Pledge to stop car idling. Every two minutes of idling is equal to one mile of driving. 6. Adopt a Zero Waste Lifestyle. This includes composting, recycling, reducing food waste, and repairing clothing and household items instead of discarding them. Visit earthx.org to learn our EarthxImpact and be an advocate for the Earth – because ultimately, we’re all in this together. Tony Keane joined EarthX as CEO in November 2018. The organization’s 2019 expo, formerly Earth Day Texas, is scheduled April 26-28 at Fair Park.

By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers


n all-in-one “body maintenance” shop in University Park is aiming to tackle individual health from every level – and with a personal touch that doesn’t resemble a hospital waiting room. It took a move from Los Angeles, though, to make Copper Dallas’ dream of opening a health boutique a reality.

There are so many people who think outside of the box in regards to wellness and self-care. Copper Dallas Dallas was vice-president of marketing at Lyons Group Venues in Los Angeles, but her love of health and wellness was always in the back of her mind. Her ideal shop would contain a place for vitamin and IV-thera-

Take the EarthX Pledge EarthX wants to change the world, one person at a time, one idea at a time. We can all make small changes in our lives that will have an impact TONY KEANE on improving



Body Lounge Park Cities offers chiropractic massage, IV vitamin drips, and plans for weight loss.

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Fresh-Baked Scones Help With Celebrating The Irish In Us All March can be unpredictable when it comes to North Texas weather. One day, the sun is shining, it feels like spring has arrived, and my menu features salads of just-picked baby field greens and CHRISTY ROST tender spears HOME + KITCHEN of asparagus. Then a cold front blows in, and all I can think of is how comforting a steaming pot of homemade soup would be. For one who cooks by the seasons, this month can be a challenge in the kitchen. One thing I can predict is the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. This holiday was first celebrated in the 17th century to commemorate Ireland’s patron saint. During the American Revolutionary War, Irish soldiers fighting on American soil held the first St. Patrick’s Day parades. As more Irish immigrants came to America, they embraced and expanded the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day to hold onto the cultural and food traditions of their homeland. I’ve always regarded St. Patrick’s Day as the perfect fun-filled holiday. This sentiment started when


Irish Buttermilk Scones I was about 8 years old when my sister Lynn added food coloring to the mashed potatoes. She and I burst into hysterical laughter when our mom removed the lid from the serving dish and discovered green potatoes. I may be only Irish in my heart, but once I became a mom, I injected that same sense of holiday fun into our mealtimes by decorating our St. Patrick’s Day dinner table with green placemats, napkins, and paper shamrocks. It’s an easy, no-fuss way to transform what could be an ordinary meal into a family celebration. My Irish Buttermilk Scones are a melt-in-the-mouth, tasty addition to this year’s holiday celebration. Scones are one of my favorite quick


breads, so I’ve been making them for years. During an autumn cruise with my mother from Quebec City to New York City on the Queen Mary II last year, I happily sampled every scone I could find. The traditional recipe is a simple mixture of flour, baking powder, salt, a bit of sugar, butter, and cream or buttermilk. The secret to a good scone is cutting icecold butter into the flour mixture, adding the cream, and stirring just until it comes together, so pieces of butter remain in the dough. When baked, the dough puffs and yields a scone that’s crisp on the outside and tender inside. In this month’s recipe, I’ve added freshly squeezed orange juice for a zesty citrus scone that’s scrumptious for breakfast or dessert.

2 cups flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda ¾ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces 2 eggs, divided use 1 orange, rinsed and zested 3 tablespoons squeezed orange juice 3 tablespoons buttermilk 1 tablespoon sparkling or granulated sugar, for garnish 1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar, for glaze 1 ½ tablespoons milk, for glaze

Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and baking powder until they are well blended. Using a hand-held pastry blender, cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until the butter is pea-size. In a small bowl, whip 1 egg with a fork and stir in the orange zest and juice. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture, add the buttermilk, and stir

just until the mixture comes together. Turn the dough out onto a floured pastry cloth or counter and knead it several times until the dough is smooth. Roll out the dough into a 13-inch by 4 ½-inch rectangle with a 5/8-inch thickness, tapping the edges with a metal pastry scraper to keep them even. Cut the dough into triangles with a sharp knife and transfer the scones to a lightly greased cookie sheet. In a small bowl, whip the remaining egg with 1 tablespoon water to form an egg wash. Brush the egg wash over the tops of the scones and sprinkle them with sparkling sugar. Bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. Remove them from the oven and transfer them to a wire rack to cool. When they are cool, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and milk in a medium bowl to form a thick glaze. Drizzle the glaze over the scones in a zigzag pattern and set them aside until the glaze has dried.

Yield: 10 scones

Visit christyrost.com for more recipes and entertaining tips from public television chef Christy Rost, a lifestyle authority and author of three cookbooks, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter @ChristyRost.

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THE ART OF THE BRICK Perot Museum of Nature and Science Through Aug. 18 This traveling exhibit features millions of LEGO® bricks use to recreate artistic masterpieces including Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Michelangelo’s David and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. Included in the experience is a hands-on creative space called The Science of the Brick, where guests can unlock their inner engineers, architects and artists to let their imaginations run free. The exhibition also offers a gallery showcasing an innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO-brick infused photography produced in tandem with award-winning photographer Dean West.

ARTROCKS! NorthPark Center 1 p.m. March 9 This free program in the NorthCourt on Level One between Nordstrom and Macy’s, introduces children to famous artists through imaginative and fun activities. Children can explore the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, an American Punk and Neo-Expressionist artist known for creating graffiti and graffiti-inspired paintings in New York City. There will be art projects, a Bookmarks scavenger hunt, and other activities.

FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL Dallas Arboretum March 21 – 23 Tickets:dallasarboretum.org/events-activities/ food-and-wine-festival/ In its third year, the Food and Wine Festival, held during the arboretum’s Dallas Blooms spring event, is expanding to three days. The festival kicks off March 21 with a Grand Tasting featuring dozens of local chefs, tastings, and a selection of wine and beer. On March 22, the festival features classes taught by chefs, followed by the Vintners’ Dinner that evening. March 24 features an interactive panel hosted by The Chef ’s Garden and farmer Lee Jones.

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Julie Boren markets impeccably renovated unit in The Highland

5656 Central Expressway, No. 805 / Julie Boren

Enjoy unobstructed views of downtown Dallas from this rare three-bedroom, 3½-bath property in The Highland Residences, just across the highway from SMU’s main campus and next to The Highland Dallas hotel. Unit No. 805 at 5656 Central Expressway (5656central805. daveperrymiller.com) is offered by Julie Boren with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $995,000. The floor plan is open and sophisticated with generous room sizes, high ceilings and a neutral color palette. Extensive improvements have been made throughout the 3,211-square-foot interior (per tax rolls) including: updated lighting, repainted walls and trim, new designer soaking tub in the master bath and custom master closet system, new 450-bottle wine closet with cooler and renovated kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances. It also comes with two garage spaces and a storage closet just outside the front door. Its location offers direct access to the Katy Trail, Mockingbird Station and the hike-and-bike trail system via the new pedestrian bridge. To schedule a private showing, contact Boren at 214402-8778 or julieboren@daveperrymiller.com. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (daveperrymiller.com) is a division of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, with four locations that specialize in Preston Hollow, Park Cities, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Oak Cliff and Farm & Ranch properties.


Kim Cocotos and Kristen Scott Excited to Join Allie Beth Allman

Kim Cocotos and Kristen Scott recently joined Allie Beth Allman & Associates. “We are always looking to take our business to the next level and Allie Beth Allman has such a strong market presence to help us do that,” Cocotos said. “We are excited to be surrounded by leaders in the industry and look forward to learning from them.” Cocotos has a background in sales and marketing. Ten years ago, she embarked on a career in real estate and hasn’t looked back. Along the way she met Scott. The two hit it off and three years ago they decided to join forces and the Cocotos-Scott Group was started. “Through our non-profit work together, we learned that our skills and capabilities complimented one another,” Scott said. Scott’s background is in finance. She worked in the corporate world before having children. The skills she learned over the course of her previous career have proven invaluable in real estate. “By having different professional backgrounds, we balance each other with our individual strengths,” Cocotos added. As for this year, Cocotos and Scott are excited to see some big changes. They are eager to utilize all the resources the firm offers and are excited about the company’s vision.




A rendering of 5941 Desco Drive, represented by Jennifer LeLash of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $3,375,000

The Perry-Miller Streiff Group shown from Left to Right: Jamie Kohlmann, Jason Bates, Courtney Jubinksy, Charles Gregory, Karen Fry, Betsy Sorenson, Laura Michelle, and Ryan Streiff

Classic Style, but Brilliantly Modern

3603 S Versailles Avenue 4 Bed | 4 Bath | 3,929 SqFt Offered For $879,500

$150M+ Sold in 2018

Conveniently located near the Medical and Design Districts, Love Field and Dallas North Tollway, this spacious, light-filled contemporary 4-bedroom, 4 bath home has incredible custom features and an open floor-plan, perfect for entertaining. The gourmet kitchen, with granite counter tops and center island is fully-equipped with Bosch stainless steel 5-burner gas cook top, double wall ovens, microwave and dishwasher is open to the spacious dining and living area, which features 12-foot ceilings, wide-plank wood floors, a gas fireplace and large windows with custom shades. Also, on the first floor is a large office, a full bath and laundry room. There are two covered patios as well as an oversized garage with additional covered carport parking, electric gate with board-on-board privacy fence surrounding the back yard. Upstairs are four bedrooms, including the master suite with large walk-in closet, a sitting area and outdoor balcony. The spa-like master bath has dual sinks, a soaking tub and double shower. Built in 2014, this home has been lovingly maintained and is move-in ready with fresh paint inside and out! For more information please contact Robin Brock (214.543.8963) or Kyle Crews (214.538.1310)

Jennifer LeLash knows her city — and what its people love. That is why the fourth-generation Dallasite and top agent for Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is particularly excited about two new listings: new homes in Preston Hollow, both by Barrow Builders Group, that deftly interpret classic architecture for modern Dallas living. 5941 Desco Drive blends French Normandy elegance with contemporary flair. It offers nearly 8,000 square feet of luxuries, including five bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen, a paneled study, a club-like bar and a covered loggia with fireplace. Scheduled for completion in February 2019, it is listed for $3,375,000. 5940 Watson Avenue is a beautiful translation of Spanish Colonial style. At more than 7,200 square feet, it offers six bedrooms, three living areas, a gourmet kitchen and a large master suite with spalike bath. Scheduled for completion in March 2019, it is listed for $3,350,000. Barrow Builders Group specializes in custom homes and commercial construction. Its unique point of view is this: “At home, you’re comfortable. At work, you’re inspired. It’s our mission to capture your passion and vision for both.” To see all the homes, ranches and land represented by the luxury leader in North Texas — since 1960 and counting — go to briggsfreeman.com.




Capping a year as No. 1 in estate sales in Dallas County, Allie Beth Allman & Associates achieved $2 billion in transactions for 2018, a record for the residential real estate boutique. Company leaders attributed the record success to a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship fueled by strategic sales, technology and marketing applications. But the foundation of it all is solid relationships with clients and among colleagues. “This $2 billion record is much more than a dollar value,” said founder and CEO Allie Beth Allman. “It is about the value of relationships, results, market savvy and a culture the helps our agents thrive and best serve their clients. We can list 2 billion reasons we hit $2 billion in sales, and the list starts with people.” For 2018, the firm leads the sale of homes in Dallas County starting at $1 million. The firm’s average sale in the Park Cities was more than $1.7 million; in Preston Hollow, the average was just under $2 million. “Great things happen when you have the strongest team working together to bring success,” said general manager Keith Conlon. “Thank you to our agents and our clients for allowing us to work for you.”

Ebby Halliday Realtors and its sales associates possess a unique understanding of the global real estate market. This understanding is a result of the firm’s affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a network of premier real estate brokers in over 65 countries, and its luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International. When marketing a luxury home, Ebby Halliday Realtors taps the network of Luxury Portfolio International members and utilizes its website, LuxuryPortfolio.com, to expose listings to buyers across the globe. By showcasing high-end listings on LuxuryPortfolio.com, Ebby Halliday Realtors leverages the strength of a website that consistently ranks at the top of Google search results and has more $1 million-plus properties than any other luxury real estate network. Ebby Halliday clients also benefit from LuxeAnalytics, an exclusive reporting system that allows sellers to see how much traffic their listing is receiving and the origin of that traffic. With locations across North Texas, Ebby Halliday is one of the most respected full-service residential real estate firms in the country. To learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and all of the properties available for purchase in North Texas, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

The Spring real estate market has arrived and while many homes may be snapped off the market in days, this tends to motivate the need for more “hip pocket listings.” These off-market sales, otherwise known as hip pockets, are ideal for many reasons and having an agent in the know is the true secret to either selling one or grabbing one for yourself. Off-market listings have an air of exclusivity for both the seller and buyer – sellers are drawn to the private, streamlined process, while buyers enjoy elite access to off-market inventory. Networking is key for these listings to succeed and The Perry-Miller Streiff Group leverages their agent relationships whether they are selling a property or looking for their buyer. In 2018, 20% of The Perry-Miller Streiff Group’s transactions were off-market. Two recent highlights include 5500 Auburndale, which closed in January of 2019, and 4424 Belclaire, in 2018. The Perry-Miller Streiff Group successfully sold over $150 Million in 2018, surpassing their total sales numbers in 2017. They work hard to create the unparalleled track record they have, where every transaction bears the hallmark of true professionalism, commitment, and a deft touch. For more information or help finding your next off-market home, please visit DPMFineHomes.com

Dallas luxury real estate leader sets $2 billion record

Firm Offers Local Expertise, International Reach

The Perry-Miller Streiff Group closed 2018 by selling over $150 million in real estate, surpassing their total sales number in 2017 by 50%. This elite group of 12 powerhouse agents and support staff have been moving listings at all price points on the spectrum, even as other agents are seeing stagnation. “This team works hard to create this unparalleled track record where every home and client gets the high-end level of service and professionalism regardless of price point,” says Ryan Streiff, co-founder with Dave Perry-Miller of The Perry-Miller Streiff Group. A highlighted sale for 2018 includes T. Boone Picken’s home at 9434 Alva Court. The team, which works out of the flagship Dave Perry-Miller 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.

Group sees Success in Off-Market Properties

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Allman Firm Tops Luxury Home Sales – Again Allie Beth Allman & Associates ended 2018 as the top brokerage firm in the Park Cities and in all of Dallas County for the sale of homes valued at more than $1 million, $2 million, $3 million, $4 million and $5 million. In the luxury market of homes over $1 million in Dallas County, the firm captured nearly 24% of the market. The firm drove the estate market by capturing 61.4% of all home sales over $5 million. In the Park Cities, the firm sold 8 of 10 estate homes and 11 of 12 in Preston Hollow. “We are amazed at our record-breaking year,” said Allie Beth Allman, president and CEO. “We could not have had such a successful year without all of our agents putting in hard work.” One of the biggest highlights of the year, though, was ending 2018 with over $2 billion in sales. “We were impressed with our sales in 2017 and knew we needed to keep the momentum,” added Keith Conlon, general manager. “We set a goal for 2018, and not only did we make it – we exceeded it.” Conlon is optimistic 2019 will be another great year. “With the Allie Beth Allman and Berkshire Hathaway brand behind us, our numbers will continue to grow.”


Great Time to Buy A Home Spring Market has come early in 2019. While January and February tend to have fewer homes on the market, this year seems to be an exception with “a lot of excellent homes coming on the market early this year,” said Keith Conlon, general manager of Allie Beth Allman & Associates. Here are two new Park Cities listings. The eight-bedroom French chateau-style home at 3632 Normandy Ave. has a grand entrance and open living space. It has a large backyard and a mammoth underground garage with space for 11 vehicles. Relax in the master suite in front of a fireplace or on a covered balcony. A media room and wine cellar are in the basement. On the third floor is a large game room. A charming home at 3633 Southwestern Blvd. that would be a good candidate for remodeling or to build a whole new home on this popular University Park street. The living room has a wood-burning fireplace, and the den has a vaulted ceiling and a lot, and it has a second wood-burning fireplace and a loft. There is a banquette in the breakfast room. The master suite has dual sinks, and there is a guest quarters and a pool. To find your next home, visit www.alliebeth.com.


Bob Moran Offers Green-Friendly Contemporary in North Dallas Discover the maximum cool factor in this contemporary located in a new green-friendly, planned community of 30 homes in the Northhaven Land addition of North Dallas. From solar roof panels to remote-activated solar shades, this 2017-built home is truly a stand-out property. Aesthetically-pleasing and supremely functional, the home boasts over 2,500 square feet of light and bright space accentuated by high ceilings, wood floors and huge windows. The flowing plan includes a main living area with a towering 20-foot tiled fireplace with a flat screen TV, and an adjoining chef’s kitchen with a dining bar, breakfast area, granite counter tops, tile backsplash and stainless appliances including double ovens and a gas cook-top. Also on the first floor is a study, flex office-laundry room with a sink, and huge master suite with a garden tub, glass walk-in shower and enlarged walk-in closet by California Closets. Two additional bedrooms, another full bath and an exercise room are upstairs. A covered patio and backyard provide additional gathering space, while added amenities include design-district quality chandeliers and lighting. Monthly HOA dues of $100 cover front and backyard mowing. 7758 Verbena Court is offered at $769,000. Contact Bob Moran at 214-642-7802, bmoran@virginiacook.com.



12/9/1946 - 1/21/2019


ancy Kliewer Dunlap, age 72, of Dallas, passed away peacefully in her home on January 21, 2019. She was born in Houston, Texas on December 9, 1946. Nancy graduated from Hillcrest High School in Dallas in 1965 and graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969. After working as a legal secretary for several years, Nancy decided to become a lawyer and graduated from SMU School of Law in 1983. At the time of her death, Nancy was General Counsel and Vice President of Rosewood Property

Company, starting with the company in 1987. During her 32 years with Rosewood, she developed an expertise as a commercial real estate attorney. Over the course of her career she acted as lead in-house counsel for Rosewood Property Company on many multifamily, hotel, office, storage, industrial, and land transactions involving such notable Dallas landmarks as the Mansion on Turtle Creek, The Crescent, and Rosewood Court. Nancy’s dedicated work ethic, attention to detail, and mastery of legal writing were notable to all with whom she worked over her long and successful legal career. Nancy was also involved in many civic organizations, most notably the Junior League of Dallas. Outside of work, Nancy had a passion for travel to Europe, gardening, and cooking. Above all else she was a devoted and fiercely loyal daughter, sister, friend, mother, and grandmother. In recent years, Nancy shared her love of travel and exploring different cultures with her beloved grandchildren, and

she was very excited about an upcoming trip with her son and grandson to Scotland this summer. Nancy was also a devout Catholic with a deep faith. She was preceded in death by her parents Edward Kliewer Jr. and Ozelle Everitt Kliewer, and brother Edward Kliewer III. She is survived by her son, Justin Dunlap and his wife Greta Goldsby of Austin; grandchildren John Miles Dunlap and Lyle Dunlap of Austin; sister-in-law Sara Harlan Kliewer of San Antonio; along with numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Nancy will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and the Dallas legal and commercial real estate communities. Funeral Mass will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 10:00 AM. A private committal service will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Catholic Charities of Dallas, 1421 W. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75247 or https://ccdallas.org.


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