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CORONAVIRUS CREATES QUESTIONS For Many, Kindness Is the Answer By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

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WHEN YOU’RE READY, WE’RE HERE During this time of uncertainty, serving you and our North Texas community remains our priority. The way we serve you may look a bit different, but our commitment to you remains the same. Questions about the North Texas real estate market, your home, or anything home-related? Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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r. Jeri Foshee needed groceries, and like many of us, was stressed when she used her lunch break to grab them. “As a dermatologist, I am not on the frontlines, but my office is staying open to help with rashes and abscesses that might otherwise go to an ER or urgent care,” she said. Foshee ran into a snag, though. “After filling my buggy and the checker began bagging my groceries, I realized I had left my wallet back on my desk at my clinic,” she said of her April 13 visit to the Whole Foods at the Shops at Park Lane. “Under stress, like many of us, I started to cry, but just said I’m sorry, I’m going to have to come back with my wallet.” Then a Good Samaritan stepped in. “The woman behind me bought my groceries - no small task either as I had plenty, and wine, too,” Foshee marveled, adding that the woman would only tell her that her name was Linda, and insisted that she didn’t need to be repaid. The story doesn’t end there. “So I decided to pay it forward,” she said. “After my clinic, I went back to the same Whole Foods and bought three gift cards one for the cashier, one for the bagger, and one for the person that helped me to my car.” But Foshee feels like she isn’t done. “I want to find Linda,” she said. “I want her to know that her kindness had not only an effect on me but also benefited three others.” Linda’s kindness, though, has been duplicated in a myriad of ways in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow during the pandemic. From companies like New York Sub, Mimi’s Pizzeria, Pecan Lodge, Two Sisters Catering, and Savor donating meals, to

Enthusiasm for sidewalk chalk art extends beyond Highland Park. Cameron Fawcett, a Scots cross country standout, shows off her artistic skills in University Park. (PHOTO: PAUL CONNOLLY)

ones like CBD American Shaman providing medical-grade cleansing washes to first-responders, we’ve seen the business community band together to help. But it’s also been in simple, small ways from within the community. Dallas International School students brightened neighborhood walks with displays of rainbows. University Park city staff checked on residents by phone. Highland Park’s introduced a ‘Chalk the Walk’ program to send messages of support. Children made cards for VNA Meals on Wheels homebound senior citizens. Streetwear brand Centre paid for 800 meals at Urban Taco. Alex Perry and Alexis Smith started Kids Save Dallas Restaurants to help businesses and provided meals for children served by Dallas CASA. Foshee said she feels that despite the stress everyone is under, kindness - and grace - have gone a long way in helping everyone get through shelter-in-place orders. “A little kindness can go a long way,” she said. “Pay it forward.” Foshee does want to find Linda, too. “Pandemic or no pandemic, nobody should have to pay for my pinot.”

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Crime

S KU L D U G GE R I E S of the MO NTH

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION A thief drove off in a Ford F150 from a parking area near the University Park Fire Department in the 3800 block of University Boulevard around 5:45 a.m. March 14.

GRINCH? A thief took two toy cars worth $400 that were given as Christmas gifts to children in 2019 and left unattended in Flippen Park in the 4400 block of Versailles Avenue before 11:44 a.m. March 21. The cars were later recovered.

TOO EASY How did a burglar snag a pair of $150 RayBan sunglasses, three other pairs of designer sunglasses worth $50 each, and a bag with $110 worth of makeup inside from a Toyota RAV4 in the 4700 block of Abbott Avenue overnight before noon March 28? The SUV was left unlocked. WANT TO READ MORE CRIMES? SIGN UP FOR OUR WEEKLY E-NEWSLETTER peoplenewspapers.com/ e-newsletters/ peoplenewspapers.com/ category/crime/

‘D MAGAZINE ’ DIGS INTO HIGHLAND PARK DRUG RING

Investigation connects case to slaying of teen Pintucci By William Taylor People Newspapers

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he tragic slaying of teenager Joey Pintucci intersects with “The Highland Park Drug Ring” in the April cover story for D Magazine, a sister publication of Park Cities People. The article by Peter Simek isn’t about the former Highland Park High School student but rather, as one subhead says, about, “How an odd cast of characters – including a mother of 10 and a cop – ran a deadly drug ring out of a Highland Park townhome.” Federal court documents accuse Gary Collin Bussell of leading the operation out of his townhome. Gina Corwin, of University Park, is the mother of 10. Frank Dockery belonged to the Plano Police Department. They were indicted along with eight others from Carrollton, Dallas, Garland, McKinney, and The Colony. “They were a motley crew, from divergent walks of life, but many were users who sold drugs to help fund their habit,” according to D Magazine.

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help with his ADHD. Haag became his guardian after Pintucci’s mother died when he was 7. Bussell’s daughter was in Pintucci’s white 2002 Lincoln sedan the night the 18-year-old was gunned down. They were waiting in front of Dick’s Sporting Goods in an empty parking garage at the Shops at Park Lane, where he planned to sell THC canisters, used for vaping, to students from Evolution. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is a compound in marijuana that gets users high. Pintucci may have been dealing for Bussell, or Bussell’s daughter may have taken the canisters without permission, according to D Magazine. Security video showed three men arriving at the garage on Jan. 24, 2019. They used guns to take the canisters without paying, and then one fired into the car, hitting Pintucci. Rene Eduardo Montanez, Jr., 24, was arrested two days later. Juan Antonio Cardenas, 19, one of Pintucci’s Evolution classmates, was arrested in December. Both face capital murder charges.

CRIME REPORT MARCH 9 - APRIL 12

A scoundrel shattered the passenger side rear window of a GMC vehicle parked in the 4200 block of Arcady Avenue before 5:15 p.m.

MARCH 10

A thief got into an unlocked Ford F150 parked in the 4500 block of Edmondson Avenue and took two iPhones, two phone chargers, and a tray containing about $20 in coins from inside overnight before 10 a.m.

MARCH 12

Thieves swiped bicycles from the 6400 block of Hillcrest Avenue around 4 p.m. and from the 8400 block around 6:16 p.m.

MARCH 13

Most of the defendants, who contained fentanyl, a powerful and were charged with seven counts of deadly opioid often used in coundrug and weapons-related offens- terfeit versions of medicines such as es, were expected to make plea deals oxycodone. with prosecutors, Simek said. Cor“Fentanyl is the drug that killed win pleaded guilty to possessing with Prince, Tom Petty, and Los Angeles intent to manAngels pitcher ufacture and Tyler Skaggs,” distribute 50 the magazine grams or more noted. of a mixture Prosecutors or substance connected fentanyl sold by containing Bussell’s ring to a detectable two area overamount of dose deaths. methamphetamine. P intucci ’s The magaentry into the zine describes story comes a Park Cities through his mom buying f riendship pot brownwith Bussell’s ies, restaurants daughter. The teens trading meals The April issue of D Magazine includes for pills, and photographs of Gina Corwin’s house met in middle an organiza- on Stanford Avenue and the late Joey school and retion that sold Pintucci with his aunt and guardian, mained friends tens of thou- Andrea Haag. (PHOTO: D MAGAZINE) even after his sands of fake aunt Andrea prescription pills. A Highland Park Haag moved him out of Highland woman slept for 24 hours after tak- Park High to Evolution Academy in ing what she thought was Xanex. It Richardson in hopes of getting more

An opportunistic burglar got into a home in the 3300 block of Bryn Mawr Drive via an unlocked back door and took jewelry, among

other items, around 4:33 a.m.

MARCH 14

A thief swiped a firearm from an unlocked vehicle in the 3600 block of Greenbrier Drive around 1:57 p.m.

MARCH 15

An opportunistic thief took purses, cards, checks, $300 in cash, and more from an unlocked Ford Explorer in in the 3800 block of Southwestern Boulevard before 12:05 a.m.

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MARCH 22

A crook swiped a bicycle from a back porch in the 3400 block of McFarlin Boulevard overnight before 9:50 a.m.

MARCH 29

A good neighbor found a jewelry box with two matching wedding rings inside while walking on Willow Wood Circle around 12:41 p.m. and turned it in to authorities.

MARCH 30

A dog bit a man walking nearby near the intersection of Armstrong Avenue and Cowper Avenue around 12:37 p.m.

A scoundrel scratched a Ford pickup parked in the 4600 block of Lakeside Drive while the owners walked in Lakeside Park around 7:30 p.m.

MARCH 19

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A burglar broke a window of the James Pearse store in Highland Park Village and took clothes around 5:52 a.m.

Thief stole your homework? A porch pirate pilfered packages containing about $300 worth of homeschooling supplies from a

home in the 3300 block of Beverly Drive. The incident was reported at 4:29 p.m.

APRIL 5

A thief drove off in a Chevrolet Suburban that was parked in the 4400 block of Westway Avenue between 1 and 4:30 p.m.

APRIL 11

A thief took a ring appraised at $6,800 from a handbag left at the Whole Foods in the 4100 block of Lomo Alto Drive between 4 and 4:30 p.m.

APRIL 12

A thief took two GMC Power Wheels replica electric toy cars, worth about $300 each, and a pedal-powered replica toy four-wheeler, worth about $100, that’d been left outside a home in the 4500 block of Westway Avenue between 1 and 3:30 p.m.


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News

WITH SANCTUARIES EMPTY, CHURCHES ZOOM ALONG Congregations tap technologies, some new, some old, to connect By William Taylor People Newspapers

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or a recent sermon to address the challenges of social distancing, the Rev. Daniel Kanter reached back for a Revolutionary War-era quote from Thomas Paine. “There are the times that try men’s souls,” the pastor of First Unitarian Church of Dallas told his congregation in an online service that better resembled a television studio broadcast than community worship. “We feel like these are times that try all souls and for so many reasons,” he told People Newspapers later. “Not the least of which is we are social creatures who need each other.” The COVID-19 pandemic also has prompted churches in these times to try new things. Sanctuaries sit empty, but congregations are alive and learning as clergy and laity grow accustomed to virtual means for connecting and worshiping. “Virtual church is an echo of the real thing, but we are bearing up and working

through daily online meetings, classes, and weekly worship,” Kanter said. Nationwide, including in the Park Cities, churches are using tools such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Facebook live, and Facetime, to conduct worship, Bible studies, meetings, and even elaborate choral anthems.

There is no rehearsal for this and no class in seminary for responding to a pandemic. So we are making it up as we go along. The Rev. Daniel Kanter “Let’s keep our social distancing because we are going to continue to save lives, but continue to love the Lord and love each other so well,” the Rev. Jeff Warren told his Park Cities Baptist Church congregation in the video sermon for Easter morning.

He also praised the many ways members continued to reach out to each other. At Highland Park United Methodist Church, the Rev. Matt Tuggle, the executive minister, noted how in addition to online tools, church staff and members also had made thousands of telephone calls. “Some staff and church members have noted that (in some ways) they feel more connected than ever,” he said. “Our mission is the same: to help people become deeply devoted followers of Jesus Christ.” Shawn Davis, director of communications for Park Cities Presbyterian Church, said, “Our members have stepped up in checking on each other and doing what they can to help out neighbors.” One member began distributing “Fear Not” yard signs, Davis added. “Our biggest challenge is probably keeping our people ‘at home,’” he said. “So ideas are coming up left and right for helping our community, but we have to be careful in our eagerness to ‘fix things’ that we continue to respect the authorities in our city and county governments.”

HPUMC altered its partnership with Preston Hollow Catering, the company that has used the church’s commercial kitchen for years, to address a variety of needs. Church funding has allowed the caterer to retain and add staff who prepare thousands of meals weekly distributed through 10 community organizations, Tuggle said. “There is no rehearsal for this and no class in seminary for responding to a pandemic,” Kanter said. “So we are making it up as we go along. “These are the times that try our souls, and we are not giving up,” he said. “We are attending to each other one day at a time.”

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University Park’s Consultants Propose New Look For Snider Plaza City in negotiations for Rankin St. property to increase shopping center parking By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers

University Park city officials are working to acquire more land for parking at Snider Plaza and seeking feedback from residents and businesses for a conceptual design plan in the works for the shopping center. The city is in negotiations with RCV Snider Plaza II LLC and its principals David Miller, Kyle Miller, Ben Coats, and John Jarrett, about a possible trade of property the city owns in the 3400 block of Haynie Avenue for a property at 3420 Rankin Street. City officials want to use the Rankin property for more parking. People Newspapers attempted to contact Ben Coats for comment but didn’t receive a response by press time. University Park communications director Steve Mace couldn’t provide additional details about where negotiation stand, but confirmed they’re ongoing. As we previously reported, Snider Plaza, which opened in 1927 at the corner of Hillcrest Avenue and Lovers Lane, has roughly 350 timed spaces, most of which are for two hours, in the plaza and streets

University Park city officials hope to acquire the property at 3420 Rankin Street (PHOTO: RACHEL SNYDER) adjacent to it, as well as about 15 handicapped spaces. Most businesses there also have some designated employee parking in the rear of the stores through the alley. “We believe the employee parking issue can be solved by (using) the (Hilltop Plaza) garage,” said Stacy Baucum, who lives near the Rankin property. “Neighbors are interested in knowing what the plans

are (for the area). There’s a difference between a three-story parking garage and a parking lot properly landscaped.” Neighbors want to see the atmosphere and walkability of the shopping center preserved, Baucum added. The city engaged Paris Rutherford of the Catalyst Group in 2018 to facilitate a series of public meetings to identify improvements and

make follow-up recommendations regarding the shopping center. “This is a topic that’s been discussed by councils for many, many years. More recently, the overdue infrastructure needs have made it necessary to really get this project underway,” Amanda Hartwick, a special projects coordinator with the city, said. “This is really just a first draft of a concept plan.” The city then engaged Pacheco

Koch civil engineers to design water and sewer replacement slated to begin later this year. The city since re-engaged the Catalyst Group to facilitate the detailed design of related landscape and other amenity improvements working with Space Between Landscape Studio. Rutherford said goals for a concept plan, per the 2008 task force recommendations, include providing more shading, clearly identified crosswalks, defined entries, and a pedestrian-friendly design that helps residential and commercial coexist in the area. Parking options include potentially introducing valet during peak times for businesses like restaurants, Rutherford said. “The hope is that through (more spaces) and parking management, working with an operator like Platinum Parking or Parking Systems of America, both of which we’ve talked to, there would become an opportunity to allow more restaurants to come in here.”

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Charities Expect Increased Cooperation to Last

Nonprofits intend to play significant roles in post-COVID-19 recovery By Rachel Snyder

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The COVID-19 crisis has Dallas philanthropic organizations responding to needs together in ways that could likely bring long-lasting changes to how they serve the area. “I think we’re going to learn some things from this process that will make us even better grantors and supporters of this community,” Communities Foundation of Texas CEO David Scullin said. “It’s time to take a fresh look at everything we do, how do we do more with less, how do we deliver the service that’s needed.” United Way of Metropolitan Dallas CEO Jennifer Sampson touted the ongoing collaboration. “Collaboration amongst nonprofits, collaboration with government, the nonprofit sector, with corporations, coordinating and collaborating across all of our sectors is going to be critically important as we move forward,” she said. “We’re going to come out of this on the other side, and our work will be more important than ever before because we’re going to be leaders in rebuilding.” The United Way’s needs assessment identified issues like access to food and basic supplies, access to services like healthcare and childcare, access to alternative sources of income because of job loss, access to the Internet and technology, overcrowding in shelters, and loss of funding for ongoing nonprofit organization operations. “We’re mobilizing, we are ready to address needs, and we are eager to make grants,”

What: An online fundraising campaign that will run on the Communities Foundation of Texas North Texas Giving Day platform. Donors can support targeted relief and recovery funds with a gift of any amount, give directly to organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response, and support the more than 3,000 local nonprofits that participated in North Texas Giving Day 2019. When: Make early gifts at cftexas.org. North Texas Giving Tuesday Now will happen from 6 a.m. to midnight May 5. Money raised for the Get Shift Done for North Texas Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas helps hourly workers, who prepare and deliver meals to ‘at-risk’ populations for nonprofits such as OurCalling. (PHOTO: KLEKAMP GROUP) Sampson said. Dallas Foundation CEO Matthew Randazzo said his organization had made changes to be nimble, flexible, and support nonprofits in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. “Funders historically have loved to fund programmatic things with very specific outcomes, and there is a place and time for that, but we are at a moment where we need to be bold and flexible and responsive to the nonprofit sector,” Randazzo said. “I don’t know what the new normal will look like, but I’m pretty… confident that the

go-forward plan and playbook is going to be dramatically different from how we have operated as individual institutions,” he said. “I think we will see more collaboration; I think we will see a real balance between being responsive and being strategic.” Texas Women’s Foundation CEO Roslyn Dawson Thompson said the traditional grant cycle could return by the spring of 2021, “but for the balance of 2020, I think our calendar is dictated by the community’s reality. “Goodness knows our whole economy in north Texas depends on the health of the North

Who: Communities Foundation of Texas, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and the Dallas Cowboys Texas nonprofit community,” Thompson said. Randazzo also spoke about the importance of local organizations in the recovery process. “I think we need to recognize that the problem solving that’s going to make a difference to the average north Texan is happening at Dallas ISD, it’s happening at Uplift Education, it’s happening at the North Texas Food Bank, it’s happening at city hall,” he said. “It is on-the-ground operators that are really ensuring that folks have the basic things that they need to sustain themselves in a time of crisis.”

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Meet the Greenhill Grad Whose Debut Feature Won the Top Prize at SXSW Austin event, though canceled by COVID-19 concerns, judged film submissions online By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers

As a sophomore at Occidental College, Cooper Raiff didn’t have spring break plans. So why not make a movie? The week he spent filming guerrilla-style around the California campus with his girlfriend and a buddy wound up leading to Shithouse, his semiautobiographical debut feature that earned the 23-year-old Greenhill graduate the top narrative prize from the South by Southwest Film Festival. “I wrote a script in five days, and we stole equipment from the college,” Raiff said. “My friend, who had never held a camera before, shot the whole thing. It ended up being a total piece of crap and looked awful.”

A festival would be awesome, but I don’t know what I’m missing because I’ve never been to one. Cooper Raiff Though rough around the edges, it was also heartfelt — examining the transition for a college freshman from Dallas struggling to adjust to life away from home. Raiff could undoubtedly relate.

Cooper Raiff took the crass name of his film from the location of a party that plays a role in the story. In addition to writing and directing, he stars as Alex alongside Dylan Gelula as Maggie, an older student he meets on campus. (COURTESY PHOTOS) “It was the first time I was without this safety net,” he said. “Am I going to go home or stick it out? That hasn’t been explored a lot. It’s about college through the lens of this very sensitive boy who misses his mom.” Raiff uploaded it to YouTube, then tweeted a link to acclaimed indie filmmaker Jay Duplass (Cyrus), figuring he’d never click on it. However, 12 hours later,

Duplass emailed, and they met for lunch the next week. Despite the sketchy production values, Duplass saw promise, encouraged him to expand and polish his short idea, and agreed to shepherd the project into feature form. So Raiff dropped out of Occidental and filmed last fall. In the coming-of-age drama, Raiff plays Alex, who is more than 1,000 miles away

from his support system for the first time, struggling to make friends, and desperately homesick. He meets an older girl (Dylan Gelula) at a party and connects during an all-night walk around campus, only to have her push him away. “I’m very similar to Alex in that I had an awesome childhood, and I missed home a lot when I got to college,” Raiff said. “Figuring out my second home was hard because my first home was so rock solid.” At Greenhill, Raiff played basketball and got active in the theater program as an actor and a writer. He credits four years at the Dallas Young Actors Studio with nurturing his knowledge of dialogue and character development. Although SXSW was canceled in March due to health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the film still won the feature narrative competition through an online vote. That provides plenty of momentum for the sales and marketing teams as they attempt to find a distributor. And it also boosts Raiff ’s career prospects. “We were very excited and a little surprised that we got into SXSW because we rushed that thing. With SXSW being canceled, it feels super sad,” Raiff said. “Right now, my goal is to sell the movie to someone who can get it seen by as many people as possible. A festival would be awesome, but I don’t know what I’m missing because I’ve never been to one.”


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Not Just Studying From Home

Separated from their college campuses, sisters seek to help Dallas businesses By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers

news and felt the best way to be productive in this time was to help others,” Annie said. “We hope that Dallas Helps can bring a little bit of hope to the community. It has meant so much to the recipients to know that someone out there is thinking of them and wants to help them in some way. It also has been somewhat of a relief to many local restaurant owners to know that community members out there are cheering on their businesses through this time.”

Two Highland Park sisters have been using their time back home from college during the COVID-19 pandemic to help fundraise for small businesses and restaurants. Their efforts came as state and local officials announced increasing restrictions on gatherings, closed non-essential businesses, and limited restaurants to drive-through, How did you guys pickup, or delivery choose your reservice to prevent spective schools? the spread of the Annie: I chose disease caused by (the University of the novel coronavirus. Virginia) because I Annie Dodd, love the history behind the school and 21, a senior at also knew going the University out of state would of Virginia, and challenge both acher sister, Grace, ademically and on 19, a f reshman a personal level. at Texas A&M, Grace chose Texas started  Dallas A&M because our Helps  and created a  GoFunddad attended, and Me page  to raise she loved the community and spirt money that they on campus, while say they distribute to restaurant still being close to workers and small Annie and Grace Dodd home. (COURTESY PHOTO) businesses. Annie What do you guys said they’ve been hand-delivering money and doing Ven- hope to do after university? mo transactions to the workers. They say Annie:  I am graduating in May and they raised a little more than $23,000 working for Capital One’s human resource and helped 11 different restaurants/bars program located in Washington, D.C. amounting to more than 80 employees Grace is in the business honors program as of April 4. Businesses Annie said they at A&M and hopes to do something in fihelped include Bandito’s, Lucky’s Café, nance. Chip’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, and St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin, among others. What’s a fun fact about you? “Our main inspiration behind Dallas Annie: One of the first restaurants we Helps was really the notion of making our helped was Lucky’s Cafe because it is our infinite free time into something meaning- family’s very first stop when Grace and I ful. We were bogged down by so much bad both get home from school.

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Community WHO ARE THESE NEW MASK MAKING HEROES? Turns out, they’re probably your neighbors By Bethany Erickson

what’s the next thing for me?” she said. The next thing turned out to be making masks. After talking with hospitals, she began sourcing fabric, pulling together designs, and finding people to sew. Another friend suggested setting up a GoFundMe to help offset her costs, too - which includes keeping her seamstresses employed during the shutdown.

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arden “Pops” McGlothlin learned how to weld after he joined Dallas Makerspace and took a class “and watched some Youtubes.” That knowledge, and a 14-yearold embroidery machine, gave him nearly everything he needed to become the Melshire Estates COVID-19 mask provider, bagging his masks and then placing them on a metal tree he made from scrap stainless rod he bought at Garland Steel. “Fourteen years ago, we bought a Brother Mickey Mouse - yes, that is the name, not my term - embroidery machine that was drawing plenty of dust, so I broke it out,” he said. “Since hearing of the need for masks I have busted a box of needles and burned through a slew of thread spools but the machine and I are doing just fine.” McGlothlin had made about 300 masks and depleted his supply of old bed sheets and is ready to keep going, if someone can bring him some more sheets, he said. “The flat sheets went pretty fast, but taking apart the fitted sheets has been a beating.” But Pops isn’t the only one making masks for neighbors these days. University Park teenagers Lydia and Caleigh England have been making masks and donating them to first responders, doctors, nurses, and even their mail carrier.

The flat sheets went pretty fast, but taking apart the fitted sheets has been a beating. Darden “Pops” McGlothlin

TOP LEFT: Workers at Preston Center Pediatrics wear masks made by the England sisters. BOTTOM LEFT: Darden “Pops” McGlothlin has a “mask tree” in his front yard. RIGHT: University Park sisters Lydia and Caleigh England sew masks for first responders, medical personnel, and mail carriers. (PHOTOS: SUZANNE ENGLAND, BETHANY ERICKSON) “The materials used in the latest donation that they made were made possible with a financial contribution from Allane O’Neil, owner of Osgood O'Neil Hair Salons,” their mother Suzanne said. “My older daughter, Lydia, has been working 12-hour shifts on her

sewing machine while her younger sister, Caleigh, has been cutting out patterns,” said their mother. Nardos Imam, who owns the couture shop Nardos Design at the Plaza at Preston Center, found herself at loose ends after shelter-in-place orders not only meant that she wouldn’t

be showing her collection anytime soon, but that brides couldn’t come in for fittings, either. “For the first week, what I did was a lot of reassuring - ‘You’re going to have a wedding, it’s OK,’” she said. “And then everything was canceled.” “And I’m in crisis mode -

Mantra, a charitable organization run by local high school students, is using the profits from their jewelry line to help create COVID-19 protection boxes that contain two sewn facemasks and disinfectant wipes. The boxes will be given to first responders, as well as post office workers and grocery store employees. “Our organization is demonstrating a tangible way to help others and showing people a way to make use of their time,” said Highland Park junior Paige Selby.

With students away, SMU innovation gym manufactures face shields By Rachel Snyder

At DIG, he and Phillips are using 3D printers to build the ‘halos’ that go around the wearer’s head, using sewing elastic to hold the Usually, the Deason Innovation Gym in the ‘halos’ in place, cutting the transparent shield Lyle School of Engineering at SMU is full of material to size with a laser cutter, and assemstudents working on projects using 3D print- bling the finished products. The face shields ers, laser cutters, and other tools. then go in bags to be delivered in batches. However, with students Production occurs at about 100 off campus and learning virMy thought was, hey, face shields per week tually to prevent the spread of COVID-19, DIG director our space is open. We and will continue unSeth Orsborn and lab mantil they are no longer have the tools that are ager Alyssa Phillips are using needed, Orsborn said. those resources to make pro- needed to make these A post on SMU’s tective face shields for mediwebsite says news of types of products; let’s cal workers. the efforts inspired “It’s not only a prediction just do it. donations from corporations to support for Dallas, but they currentSeth Orsborn ly don’t have enough healththe manufacturing care PPE (personal protective process. equipment) in places like New York and LA, “UT Southwestern is asking for batches let alone the rest of the world,” Orsborn said. of 100, and we’re going to other clinics like “So to be sort of proactive for Dallas, we’re cre- Watermark Urgent Care...and dropping off ating PPE that we can do.” batches of 10,” Orsborn said. “The nice thing Medical workers often wear a transpar- with delivering (to UT Southwestern) is then ent shield so that no droplets get on their fac- they can distribute out, so we don’t have to es while interacting with patients who may or worry about doing distribution.” may not be infected, Orsborn said. The idea for the project came while

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Watermark Urgent Care clinic director Christy Chermak and Matt Hughes try on face shields manufactured at SMU’s Deason Innovation Gym. (PHOTOS: COURTESY SETH ORSBORN) watching reports about the plight of healthcare workers fighting the pandemic in Europe and Asia in March. “I saw that there was already being an issue with not enough PPE in Europe, in Asia, and recognized that that was going to hit us pretty quickly,” Orsborn said. “My thought was, hey, our space is open. We have the tools that are needed to make these types of products; let’s just do it.”

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Your Newspaper Needs You, Too It feels like a year since we were in production for our April issue; but no, it’s only been a month. As we were readying last month’s issue to go to press, COVI D-19 BETHANY reached Dallas. ERICKSON We had been watching, aware that some of the stories we had scheduled to run could need to hold for newer, more urgent news. As colleague Rachel Snyder and I began keeping online readers abreast of new cases and government declarations, another issue arose. My son, like so many other students, would not be returning to school after spring break. Like you, I was faced with trying to work from home and teach a third-grader math. I’ve been regaling readers with how that is going on our website, peoplenewspapers.com. I’d like to say thank you for supporting us. If you’re an advertiser, thanks for sticking with us, because you’re making sure your neighbors get up-to-date (and often up-to-theminute) information that they need to know. And if you’re a reader, thanks for trusting us. The sheer amount of news coming in keeps us busy, as does working together to figure out where to put it all and when. Every day around 5 or so, when I take a breather and put the laptop down for a bit, it settles in that these hundreds of cases are someone’s dad, sister, child. The dead were loved people who will be missed dearly. That’s when I need a minute to myself. I’m blessed to be staying at home with people who understand that. Know there aren’t many journalists unaware that those numbers we’re reporting are people. It’s why we are practically begging you to stay inside, wash your hands, and listen to authorities. It’s why we try to find stories about people helping make hospital equipment, or who find a way to celebrate milestones like weddings. We know you need the bright spots. Our souls need them, too. It’s why we’ve made online space for restaurants and businesses to share the ways they’ve changed business models overnight. We want them to survive - those are our lunch spots, or date night favorites, and our birthday present saviors. It’s also why it’s so important to support your local journalists by supporting their publications. If you can buy an ad, buy an ad. Share stories on your social media accounts. We are your neighbors, your cheerleaders, and your storytellers - and we need you, too. Bethany Erickson Deputy Editor

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Park Cities’ All-Girls Boy Scout Troop Makes History Eight fifth-graders earn their Arrow of Light badges, shed Cub status By Dalia Faheid

People Newspapers One March evening at Curtis Park, eight fifth-graders in khaki Webelo uniforms received the badges that would make them the first all-girls Boy Scouts troop in the Park Cities. Six months after joining Pack 1899, the first Cub Scout troop in Park Cities to accept girls, Tiggy Tan, Olivia Slaughter, Eisley Mann, Montana Wulff, Zoe Lawyer, Lily Paschall, Penelope Peck, and Maggie Gordon achieved the highest Cub rank, Arrow of Light. The milestone marked their transition into Boy Scouts. Boy Scouts, now called Scouts BSA, began accepting girls in February 2019, news welcomed by assistant scoutmaster Dorothy Krouse.

I have a long line of Eagle Scouts in my family, so I really wanna get Eagle. Olivia Slaughter “If I could have been a Boy Scout, I would have done it in a minute,” she said. In adulthood, she relished camp adventures with Eagle Scout son, David Krouse led Park Cities’ Boy Scout Troop 35 and a co-ed Venturing Scouts troop for ages 14 to 21 before founding Troop 72G with scoutmaster John Shipes and scout leaders Jessica Krouse and Nancy Champion. Though Troop 72G is linked with boys Troop 72, and both operate out of University

TOP: At the Arrow of Light ceremony, the Scouts receive a feathered arrow and badge with seven rays of light atop an arrow, representing the Scouting virtues: wisdom, courage, selfcontrol, justice, faith, hope, and love. BOTTOM: Troop 72’s boys Scoutmaster, Aaron McClendon, welcomed the girls by tying a “woggle” knot on their neckerchiefs. (PHOTOS: CHRIS MCGATHEY)

Park United Methodist Church, most activities, including regular meetings, are held separately, allowing the girls to lead and make decisions, Krouse said. Girls enjoy participation in outdoor activities, including monthly campouts, horseback riding, hiking, and canoeing. They learn how to pitch tents, tie knots, whittle with knives, and light fires. Competing as the only female troop at a Scouting camporee, the girls won several awards for such skills. “I think it really teaches you a lot of the outdoors,” said 10-year-old Olivia. “It really gets you closer to everything.” Many of the girls, like Maggie, wanted to emulate their brothers’ experiences. “She was just crazy about everything her older brother was doing and wouldn’t settle for anything less,” said her mother, Christine Gordon. Liana Wulff is mother to Montana and an older daughter in the Boy Scouts. Their grandmother, Judy Dunlap, has seen them become more responsible and mature. Victoria Paschall noticed her daughter Lily become more disciplined and organized. Catherine Tan-Gillespie, who was a Girl Scout in the UK, said her 11-year-old, Tiggy, is thriving. “She was so excited the other night lighting a fire by herself you could tell she got a massive buzz out of it.” Ultimately, Krouse aims to teach Troop 72G the value of being self-sufficient. “I’m hoping that there’ll be less of a division between men and women and what they can do.” Troop 72G members aspire to reach the highest and most coveted Boy Scout rank. “I have a long line of Eagle Scouts in my family, so I really wanna get Eagle,” said Olivia. Her great grandfather, grandfather, father, and brother were all Boy Scouts. 


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Noteworthy Neighbors Former Highlander Drum Major to Run Across America

Journey from Baltimore to San Francisco meant to support young cancer patients Editor’s note: Rex’s Seafood & Market is sponsoring this monthly feature.

By Dalia Faheid

People Newspapers Keely Brown began running as a college freshman, finding it gave her the solace she sought during a transitional period in her life. Now she’s harnessing its power for a run across the U.S. dedicated to cancer patients. “Running has made an incredible difference in my life,” said Brown, now a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina. “I truly believe in the power of running for coping, for healing.” The cause is close to Brown’s heart. Her mother, Annette, was diagnosed with breast cancer when Brown was only 8. “It’s really scary, and it can be merciless,” Brown said. “Nobody ever wants to hear that diagnosis for themselves or anybody they know.” At the time, Brown knew nothing about cancer, except that it could be fatal. “I just remember sitting at recess afraid by myself, praying that she would be alright,” Brown said. Aspiring to help other families touched by cancer, Brown serendipitously came across an Instagram advertisement for the Ulman Foundation, a Baltimore nonprofit supporting 15-to 39 year-old cancer patients facing such challenges as social isolation, fertility preservation, financial concerns, and survivorship. The runner joined Ulman’s 4k for Cancer program, a 49-day journey beginning June 21 in Baltimore

Keely Brown, of Highland Park, jogs four days a week to prepare for her run across America. She puts on her arms the names of cancer patients she’s aware of from the Ulman Foundation. (COURTESY PHOTOS) and ending Aug. 8 in San Francisco. Brown and 33 teammates in ‘Team Tetons’ will run 6 to 16 miles daily, volunteering at hospitals and cancer centers, and listening to survivors’ stories. She hopes to “give somebody who’s struggling with cancer a wave of love or a spark of hope.” Brown also is eager to explore other states and foster connections with teammates. “The bonds you make in this kind of journey, just kind of stick you together for life,” she said. Brown is dedicating her trek not only to her mother but also to others, including her Uncle Rick, and

Ed Neigh, her late bagpipe instructor and inspirational mentor from North Carolina, making them “honorary teammates.”

I truly believe in the power of running for coping, for healing. Keely Brown She moved to the Park Cities in high school. “You may recognize me as the pipe major of the bagpipe

corps or drum major of the marching band from 5 years ago,” Brown said. Most challenging, Brown said, will be having the perseverance to keep going when the novelty of the experience wears off and physical and mental exhaustion sets in. Brown has been training since January with a routine of running four days a week and three days of cross training and strength exercises. Working towards a $4,500 fundraising goal, Brown has organized virtual races, in which participants run from any location and compete to earn medals. Proceeds fund services including exercise programs, patient navigators, housing, and

scholarships. Now that her mother has been in remission for many years, Brown has learned to be comfortable confronting painful topics and having uncomfortable conversations. “If you keep silent, that usually makes it worse. It makes it a lot harder and you feel so much more alone.” Along her journey, Brown says “I hope that I’ll have the courage to ask tough questions.”

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ONCE, TWICE, THREE TIMES A HIGHLAND PARK TEAM CAPTAIN

Scots first: Drew Scott elected in football, basketball, lacrosse By Kirk Dooley

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ighland Park High School has had a proud tradition of sports team leaders over the years, but Drew Scott stands out as the first Scot in school history to be elected captain of the football, basketball, and lacrosse teams. After graduating this spring, he will take his talents to Ohio State University, where he has accepted a scholarship to play lacrosse.

I try to be the hardest worker and earn the trust of my teammates. When we go into battle together, they trust me, and I trust them. Drew Scott “I will finally get the chance to spend all my time on one sport,” said the 6-foot-2, 185-pound athlete. “I’ve played lacrosse four months out of the year at Highland Park and will be competing with guys at Ohio State who

Wearing No. 7 in football and No. 5 in his other sports, Drew Scott impressed his teammates. (PHOTOS: CHRIS MCGATHEY) have been playing the sport 12 months out of the year. So I’ll come in as an underdog, and that will fuel me. “By playing lacrosse part-time here, I don’t know the limit to my ability, so I can’t wait.” In football this past season, he missed the first five games due to an injury, and when he finally got out on the field, he made up for lost time. He caught 32 passes for 780 yards and nine touchdowns, finishing as HP’s number

two receiver. He averaged 24 yards per catch. Had he been healthy all season, he would have put up Cade Saustad-like numbers. (Saustad, the Scots’ all-time leading receiver, now plays lacrosse at the University of Virginia as a starting defenseman. A freshman all-American and all NCAA-Tournament team member, he helped lead the Cavaliers to the national championship this past fall.)

In basketball this season, Scott averaged eight points per game. He and his fellow football and basketball captain, Prince Dorbah, have a special bond, after playing hoops with each other since their Texas Titans days in middle school. Dorbah has committed to play football at the University of Texas. Scott plays midfield in lacrosse for the Scots. He’s looking forward to next year playing with former HP lacrosse standout

Gabe Galbraith who is a freshman for the Buckeyes. How does an athlete find himself captain of three major sports? “My teammates know that I’m passionate,” said Scott. “I’m fortunate to lead, and I tend to lead by example. I try to be the hardest worker and earn the trust of my teammates. When we go into battle together, they trust me, and I trust them.” The beginning of Scott’s discipline and leadership abilities trace back to his elementary school days when he took karate at Freddie Poole’s Martial Arts on Lovers Lane. He earned his black belt at the age of 10, the youngest ever at that facility. His karate training sparked a discipline that he has maintained. And he is quick to point out how his parents – Brian and Kerri Scott – supported him and guided him in developing leadership skills. “My parents, my coaches, and my teammates have been the best,” said Scott. “Highland Park has a tradition of core values, an unmatched culture, the best coaches in the state, and a community behind us in every sport. “I’ve been blessed.”

For Peyton Dooley, Choosing Tennis Over Football Proved a Winner By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers

When your family legacy involves playing and coaching football at the highest levels, it’s a question any youngster would hesitate to ask. In seventh grade, while struggling on his school’s “C” team, Peyton Dooley mustered up the courage and approached his father: “Can I play tennis instead?” He was relieved to hear the answer, which led him to a decorated four-year career playing tennis at Highland Park. After all, his family’s rule was that you had to play a sport — not necessarily football. “I thought being in a football family meant I had to play football, but it didn’t,” he said. “I’m not a physical person, and I don’t like a lot of contact. I love watching football. I don’t love playing it.” So he chose to carve his own path rather than follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, Vince (legendary ex-coach at the University of Georgia); his father,

and his older brother, J.T. (a former standout receiver at HP). “I was not very good at first, but I was very stubborn,” Peyton said. “I did not like my friends beating me.” As a freshman, Peyton was the last player to make the varsity roster for the Scots, yet won his first of four Class 5A state titles during the fall team season. The next year, he became the top boys singles player at HP, pulled two upsets at regionals, and advanced to the spring state tournament. As a junior, he came one step closer to winning the Scots’ first boys singles title since 2006. He rallied twice in a marathon match in the semifinals before falling to eventual champion Brandon Do of Nederland. “He’s been a very big contributor for us, on and off the court,” said HP head coach Dan Holden. “He’s been very consistent for

the last four years.” Peyton prefers a disciplined, counterpunching style on the court, intended to wear down opponents rather than overpower them. “I’m definitely a lot better at singles,” Peyton said. “I play pretty defensive and pretty passive, and doubles is more about aggression. I’m not really built for that.” He was hoping to get a third shot at a singles title this summer until the suspended season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Along the way, the Dooley family has embraced tennis alongside football. Peyton’s younger sister, Julianna, is on the Scots junior varsity squad. Peyton also has managed to thrive athletically despite being a Type 1 diabetic. “I found my own thing,” said Peyton, who will play at the University of Chicago next season. “I’m so glad I chose tennis.”

I thought being in a football family meant I had to play football, but it didn’t. Peyton Dooley

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How Wrestling Gave MIS Fifth-Grader Much More Than a Gold Medal Primo Pinson found sports, acceptance after journeying from Africa to the Park Cities By Todd Jorgenson

good for them in terms of physical education. Both of them have stuck with it,� Chad said. “The coaches have really invested in him. It really started clicking.�

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For a kid who almost always stands out, wrestling has provided an avenue for Primo Pinson to fit in. The fifth-grader at McCulloch Intermediate School won an open heavyweight title for the Scots Wrestling Club at the Texas State Championships in March, proving that he could beat people his own age. Primo often has to grapple with coaches three times his age in practice. That’s because, at more than 160 pounds, Primo would manhandle most of his teammates. “He’s a natural athlete, and he’s tenacious on the mat,� said Brad Davey, one of a handful of coaches at the club smaller than Primo. “It’s developed his confidence. He has seized the benefits and really grown to like it.� When he was 4, Primo was adopted from Africa by Chad and Crystal Pinson of University Park. He was staying at a child soldier rehabilitation center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the Pinsons had done

Because of his size – 160 pounds – Primo Pinson must practice grappling with adults instead of his teammates. (COURTESY PHOTO) missionary work. Primo was malnourished and had no access to electricity or running water. “Once he was able to get past that weight he needed to be healthy, he really began to grow,� Chad said. “Primo is a survivor. He’s a tough kid.� Adapting to life in the Park Cities was challenging at first.

When he began kindergarten at Armstrong Elementary School, he barely knew any English. Then there was his sheer size, which clashed with his gentle and often bashful nature. “Primo sticks out a lot here, in a good way,� Chad said. “They had never seen a kid whose native language was Swahili, but

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Real Estate Quarterly NOT EASY: SEEKING NEW SHELTER WHILE SHELTERING IN PLACE Reduced inventory should keep prices stable for when activity picks up By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

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he shelter-in-place orders designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 have slowed home selling nationwide, but local experts are sure the market will rebound. A recent National Association of Realtors survey found that 59% of real estate agents surveyed said buyers are delaying home purchases for a couple of months, while 57% said sellers are delaying as well. “Home prices will remain stable because of a pandemic-induced reduction in inventory coupled with less immediate concerns over foreclosures,” said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, who added that the temporary slowdown would be followed by a “strong rebound.” Real estate professionals we spoke to agreed with that assessment.

I see plenty of signs out there that when given the opportunity to get out there again and get in the market, people are going to do it - and I think they’re going to do it with vigor. Steve Collins “People are being cautious - there’s a hyper-awareness about personal health, personal safety, and personal hygiene, and not knowing who lives in the house you’d be viewing, or who is coming into your home,” said Steve

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Collins with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. And while Kay Wood with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s said that fear has put a damper on the market right now, she’s still seeing homes sell. “We are still seeing new listings come on the market and go under contract, especially at more affordable price points,” she said. “Not every real estate transaction is an elective decision,” Chris Kelly, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, pointed out. “We still have people moving to North Texas for work opportunities, people needing more house for an expanding family or a different home for changed circumstances.” Real estate experts agreed that the market will rebound. “I think based on what we are seeing now, there will be some pent-up demand and buyers taking advantage of low-interest rates,” Wood said. “I see plenty of signs out there that when given the opportunity to get out there again and get in the market, people are going to do it - and I think they’re going to do it with vigor,” Collins said. “Interest rates are just incredibly low, and it’s still a wonderful time to buy. “ Kelly said that while he thinks the market is positioned for a rebound “more so than almost every other market in the United States,” how quickly it does so may be subject to how quickly people can get back to work. “We believe home sales will markedly improve as we get further on the backside of the health crisis,” he said. “It will be the longevity of the economic impacts from the health crisis that have the bigger and more unknown effect on how fast the housing market rebounds.” Wood said that the public can do a great deal to get the market back to normal, too. “The more people respect shelter in place and social distancing, the less and the shorter the market disruption and the easier it will be for us to recover quickly,” she said. Read more of our conversations with real estate experts online at peoplenewspapers. com.

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Price per Sold to Active Days on Months’ sq. foot list price listings market supply

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Price per Sold to Active Days on Months’ sq. foot list price listings market supply

Dec. 2018

58

$1,125,000

$396

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258

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56

$1,140,000

$341

94%

277

91

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March 2019

62

$1,357,620

$392

96%

418

60

7.2

March 2019

63

$821,250

$297

96%

393

56

7.2

June 2019

97

$1,492,500

$387

95%

435

71

7.4

June 2019

70

$997,000

$273

96%

446

65

8.2

Sept. 2019

58

$1,007,500

$360

93%

394

89

6.9

Sept. 2019

55

$932,500

$278

95%

435

80

8.1

Dec. 2019

70

$1,389,500

$417

94.9%

222

87

3.7

Dec. 2019

77

$1,080,000

$268

94%

254

96

4.5

March 2020

62

$1,276,000

$376

96%

245

61

3.8

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265

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1930s McFarlin Blvd. Home ‘A Jewel In Our Midst” Instead of Europe, architect took inspiration from Texas history By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers

During an era when European flourishes dotted the residential landscape in the Park Cities, David Williams found his influences closer to home. The renowned architect injected subtle yet unmistakable Texas flair into his design of a home at 3805 McFarlin Blvd. that remains a landmark achievement eight decades later. That’s why the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects is honoring the house, which was built in 1932 for then-University Park mayor Elbert Williams (no relation to the designer), with its first AIA Dallas Historic Building Award. “This is not a house that jumps out to people today,” said Larry Good, a Dallas architect who is writing a book about the Williams home. “The average person wouldn’t know its significance without diving into the details.” In the 1920s, many Park Cities homes featured eccentricities from England, Italy, or France. David Williams bucked that trend by incorporating Texas history and local materials into his designs — looking at vernacular and elemental buildings more befitting the regional climate. For example, the house faces north, with a wing that shades the southern patio overlooking Turtle Creek to minimize sun exposure during the hot Texas summer. The spacious verandas cast the feel of an upscale

ranch house. Williams designed a few private residences in the Park Cities, but the one on McFarlin — which became known as a pinnacle of Texas regionalism — was his last. He subsequently closed his practice to work with the government on affordable housing during the Depression. “This one is easily the most important. It really started a movement,” Good said. “This house changed the spirit of residential architecture in Texas.” Since the 1950s, the 1.2-acre property has been owned by the family of the late Eugene Locke, a prominent attorney and 1968 Texas gubernatorial candidate who was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The Locke family put the two-story house on the market last summer, with almost all of the original design still intact. The floor plan hasn’t changed, and even the bathroom fixtures are original. However, uncertainty accompanies any potential sale. “It’s in jeopardy of being scraped and something else being built on the property,” said Bob Clark, a Park Cities architect and board member for the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society. “We want to find a way to preserve it and give it life going forward. It’s really an architectural museum.” The property hasn’t been granted any architectural or historical designations over the years. Along with the efforts of PCHPS,

Clark hopes Good’s book will help safeguard the legacy of the property before it changes hands. “This is a jewel in our midst,” Clark said. “We’ve not given up on trying to save it, but in this market, that’s a stretch.”

This house changed Texas architecture. (PHOTOS: CHUCK SMITH)

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Mixed-Use Development Still Gets Mixed Reviews

Saint Michael project at Preston Center moving forward with zoning approval By Rachel Snyder

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A mixed-use development planned on the Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church campus has won conditional planned development district status, but, unsurprisingly, still draws mixed reviews from neighbors.

We’re already saying OK to them building apartments, a business office, and restaurant. We’re simply asking that they not, in addition to all that, funnel the traffic through our residential street full of families and kids. Melanie Walz The development on Colgate Avenue between Lomo Alto Drive and Douglas Avenue in the southwest part of Preston Center would include an office building on Douglas Avenue and a residential building on the western side of the site, per 2018 plans. The project would also feature a full-service restaurant with a pa-

Preston Center was crowded with shoppers March 7. (PHOTO: RACHEL SNYDER) tio and other ground-floor retail opening onto public green space along Douglas Avenue. Sarah Evans, with Dallas City Council Member Jennifer Gates’ office, said the council would be reviewing the case again shortly after the newspaper went to press to ensure the site plan matched the agreement with the city. Melanie Walz said she’s concerned about the potential for more traffic to end up flowing through the residential area on Colgate Avenue. The proposed development would generate approximately 4,175 new daily trip ends on weekdays, 300 in the morning peak hour, and 370 in the afternoon peak hour, according to a study. “We’re already saying OK to them building apartments, a business office, and restaurant.

We’re simply asking that they not, in addition to all that, funnel the traffic through our residential street full of families and kids. Funnel it through Weldon Howell Parkway, a business parkway, rather than bringing it through our neighborhood,” Walz said. To help address traffic concerns, the church supports a variety of measures, Rector Chris Girata said. Those include fixing the light at Sherry Lane and Douglas, continuing to stripe Weldon Howell Parkway to Colgate, installing a right-turn lane at the corner of Douglas and Sherry Lane, and installing no-parking signs south of Weldon Howell to Colgate, but doesn’t agree with aligning Weldon Howell and the private drive because of safety concerns.

“We want to make Douglas safer, and our studies confirm the opinion of city staff that keeping the drives offset is the safest… option for us,” he said. Steve Stoner of Pacheco Koch said his office prepared the traffic studies for the project, and the church agreed on improvements, including fixing the traffic signal detectors, making pedestrian improvements at the Douglas and Sherry intersection, and re-striping Douglas between Sherry and Colgate. Gates praised their efforts. “I wish I could have gotten every concern addressed over the last couple of years that we’ve been working on this case, and I know there is this point of contention related to the Weldon Howell intersection,” she said. ”I’ve worked with the applicant; they’ve conceded to a lot of other requests… many of them included making the traffic flow better.” The development would add to a mixedused area that already enjoys high occupancy. Venture Commercial Real Estate managing partner Mike Geisler estimated that Preston Center is at about 98% occupancy. Geisler said Preston Center’s been among the highest occupied retail centers in the area for 30 years.


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HOUSE OF THE MONTH 3517 Centenary Avenue

‘Hers was a life well-lived’ Preservationists remember Virginia Savage McAlester By Bethany Erickson

another former executive director, Katherine Seale. Preziosi agreed. Ask any local preservationist, “She had a tremendous impact real estate writer, or residential ar- on preservation in Dallas,” he said, chitecture enthusiast about the adding that McAlester was part of books on their reference shelves at a group that led the way in showhome, and don’t be surprised when ing the city how to use preservathey all mention Virginia Savage tion to improve neighborhood McAlester’s A Field Guide to Amer- economics. ican Houses as a “They used must-have. preservation as “Way back a tool to revitalize neighwhen I was in borhoods,” he college, I had said. “It attractto purchase A ed investment Field Guide to American Housin those neighes for one of borhoods.” Those early my preservation classes,” efforts included revitalizing said Preservation Dallas exSwiss Avenue, ecutive director 2004 Virginia Award: Veletta Lill which became David Prezio- presents Virginia Savage McAlester the city’s first si. “Little did with the 2004 Preservation Dallas residential hisI know at the Dorothy Savage award, named after toric district, McAlester’s mother. and helping detime that Vir- (PHOTO: PRESERVATION DALLAS) ginia’s book velop revolving would become a bible for me as loans to attract more investment in I surveyed thousands of historic historic neighborhoods. buildings during my career.” McAlester was also one of the McAlester died April 9 at founders of Preservation Dallas, Baylor Hospital at age 76 after a which began in the seventies as lengthy battle with myelofibrosis. the Historic Preservation League. Among her many accomplish- She also had a hand in getting ments was the fact that McAlester Fair Park designated as a nationhelped start two of arguably the al historic landmark, Preziosi said, most essential preservation efforts and raised millions to preserve the in Dallas - Preservation Dallas and buildings there. Catherine Horsey, who was Friends of Fair Park. “Dallas owes a great deal to executive director from 1993 to Virginia and her vision set in an 2000, said that McAlester came up unwavering determination,” said with the name Preservation Dallas, Dwayne Jones, who was Preserva- and even visited her in Atlanta to tion Dallas executive director from convince her to take the job with 2001-2006. “The historic and archi- the newly renamed organization. tectural landscape would be quite “Virginia’s influence on Dallas’ different if she had not risen to the historic buildings and neighborpreservation cause early in her life.” hoods cannot be overstated but “Locally, in Dallas and Texas, no was not limited to her hometown others have made so great an impact - she was known nationally for her on the historic built environment as work,” Horsey said. “Hers was a Virginia Savage McAlester,” said life well-lived.”

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Business

WHO WAS THAT MASKED MAN? ANOTHER ABC BANK CUSTOMER Park Cities branch opens just in time for pandemic mode By William Taylor People Newspapers

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ormally, banks don’t welcome masked men (or women), but Derek Zelazny isn’t enforcing that prohibition so vigorously these days. As North Texas market president, he’s seeing customers at Preston Road and Lovers Lane, site of the 14th office (second in the Dallas area) of American Bank of Commerce. The full-service Park Cities branch opened Jan. 20 at 7001 Preston Road, Suite 100, and packed the lobby with guests during open house celebrations in late February and early March. “As a community bank, we believe our core values and relationship-based banking philosophy meet the personal and business banking needs of this community,” bank president and CEO James Arnold said. Lately, Zelazny and Marcie Waskey, branch manager for ABC Bank affiliate Infinity

Mortgage Holdings, have seen maybe two visitors a day. Customers with business to do in person, even during a pandemic, come by appointment only for entry to the locked lobby. Even without walk-in traffic, the new branch has gotten off to a busy start, tackling hundreds of applications from small businesses seeking loans under the federal Paycheck Protection Program.

In a time like this, people realize we might be a little more nimble and able to help. Derek Zelazny The program incentivizes small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll by making the loans forgivable “if all employees are kept on the payroll

for eight weeks, and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities,” according to sba.gov. Zelazny said the branch, through mid-April, had made 531 such loans, about $9.1 million worth. “We’re helping our customers, but we also helped a handful of noncustomers that just needed help,” he said. “In a time like this, people realize we might be a little more nimble and able to help.” The $900 million community bank has more than 55 years of profitability and operates banking centers in Lubbock, Austin, Dallas, and Colorado. Infinity Mortgage, an affiliate, began offering mortgage lending services in 2016. Even with the strange times, opening a new branch is exciting for the company, Zelazny said. “We believe in investing in communities where our associates live and are connected to personally and professionally.”

American Bank of Commerce directors Todd Moore and Dr. John Moore stand with Ryan Thoveson at one of two open houses earlier this year. BOTTOM: The events featured local musicians including a Highland Park High School string quartet. (PHOTOS: COURTESY SETH ORSBORN)

Unsatisfied with Fireplace Screen Options, She Designed Her Own Sales of new Claire Crowe Collection product will benefit fund for shift workers

Being stuck at home for several weeks has meant, for many, that they’re starting to realize how much they dislike certain features of their house. Maybe it’s the height of the living room windows. Or perhaps it’s the finish on the cabinet doors. Or maybe it’s the fireplace screen. The Claire Crowe Collection of Dallas introduced its latest screen - the Just Be, and it’s just in time for everyone to just be staying at home. The screen, like all of the company’s screens, is available in 14 hand-applied finishes and is customizable for any fireplace opening. Redecorating during a pandemic may seem frivolous, but Crowe, of University Park, assures it’s not. “Never has the importance of home been more evident. We are lucky beyond measure if we can claim a comfortable, functional, and beautiful home,” she said. “When there is only chaos around us, home is where we go to retreat and restore.” The company will also donate 15 percent of each Just Be screen sale to Communities Foundation of Texas, which is

screen, knowing that for many, the home’s fireplace is the backdrop for a lot of important moments - and will continue to be that backdrop even after people are able to move about the city freely.

When there is only chaos around us, home is where we go to retreat and restore. Claire Crowe Claire Crowe designs screens, such as this one, knowing a home’s fireplace often serves as the backdrop for important family moments. (COURTESY PHOTOS) helping furloughed and laid off hourly workers find paid jobs. “Communities Foundation of Texas is working with a group of local entrepreneurs to place hourly shift workers, particularly from the restaurant industry, at local nonprofits that have significant volunteer needs,” Crowe explained. “The fund will allow nonprofits to pay displaced workers to fill their organization’s

volunteer needs during this time of crisis.” Since its launch in 2010, the Claire Crowe Collection has grown into a fully-equipped design studio and manufacturing facility in the Design District. The venture got its start after Crowe, who studied literature at SMU and the University of Dallas, became frustrated looking for accessories for her own home. She designed her own custom fireplace

“Design may not always seem critical, but there are times when understanding how to make yourself and others feel comfortable, safe, and enriched is important and worthy,” Crowe said. “While I cocoon away from the world with my family, I’ll be turning my thoughts to what I can do to strengthen those in my local community who may be suffering as we flatten the curve of coronavirus by sheltering at home.” To learn more about Claire Crowe Collection, visit www.clairecrowecollection.com. – Staff report


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Schools

PASS/FAIL WON’T HAMPER COLLEGE DREAMS, EXPERTS SAY

Students should find creative uses of their study from home time By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

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s school districts all over the country - including Highland Park ISD and Dallas ISD - have moved to remote learning, they’ve also had to tackle how to grade student work. For many schools, that has meant opting for pass/fail grading - looking at the student effort, past performance, and attendance to determine if they get credit for that course. And it’s been a concept that has been the cause of plenty of worries especially for high schoolers looking at college applications.

Flexibility will be the key for institutions, and organization will be the key for students. Sam Suchala Independent guidance counselor Casey Gendason and Parish Episcopal School counselor Sam Suchala said students could breathe - those pass/fail scores will not hamper your

In addition to keeping up with their online studies, students should explore other interests at this time, guidance counselors say. (COURTESY PHOTO) ability to get into college. “Students will definitely be admitted to colleges with pass/fail grades,” Gendason said. “Colleges have been sending email updates to college counselors daily, and the messages are very similar from one college to the next: ‘We are going to be understanding when it comes to second-semester grades, we know that extra-curricular activities are on hold, and we anticipate that this

summer may look very different compared to previous summers.’” And for some students, other test scores and grades will also provide colleges information. “For any students participating in AP classes, taking the AP test for that class provides another measurement of learning,” Suchala said. “Senior year first trimester or semester grades will be significant to the process.”

Scholarships that are based on class rank or grade point averages will not be out of the question, either. “Many colleges are moving to test-optional for one to two years because standardized test scores will be harder to acquire,” said Suchala. “Flexibility will be the key for institutions, and organization will be the key for students.” “Scholarship programs will also

be understanding and are aware that GPA and class rank will likely look different compared to previous years,” Gendason said. “Colleges are in discussion about how they plan to adapt to these changes, especially with pass/fail grades, and will inform high schools and rising seniors when they have finalized their decisions,” he added. “The context surrounding a student’s situation will be even more important when the Class of 2021 applies to colleges.” And how can a student stand out when they’re homebound? Gendason said schools will be looking for creativity - and now is a great time to try to learn another language, learn to cook, pick up a new hobby, or research something. “If you have a genuine interest, go after it - you may be asked in a written format or verbally during an interview, ‘So, how did you spend your quarantine time?’” he said. “One of my students is learning calligraphy,” Suchala said. “Remember the value of service to your family and community, whether that is taking care of siblings or helping a neighbor with yard work.” To see more of our conversation with Suchala and Gendason, go to peoplenewspapers.com.

The Great Texas School Debate — Grades or No Grades? Alongside the global health pandemic affecting millions, a silent education pandemic is brewing. Distance learning has school districts across Texas and the nation divided in their approach to grading. My district, Highland Park ISD, requires students to engage in distance learning without earning a grade. Other districts award grades ELLA GRACE COLLARD and some have a pass/ fail system. Without the opportunity to earn grades, a student’s GPA and academic record are permanently affected. More importantly, it may dampen a student’s will to try in this new online learning environment, as evidence to support this is now being displayed across the country and even locally, too. On March 31, The Los Angeles Times reported that “over 40,000 high schoolers failed to check-in online and experts fear the crisis will widen disparities.” What does this mean? Students are not motivated, and in the midst of this global turmoil students now more than ever need an incentive to study and learn. For decades, the uniform high school grading system has measured students equally, putting college admissions and scholarship eligibility on a level playing field. This present lack of uniformity will result in an unbalanced college review process with an inaccurate representation of students’ true academic performance.

C R E D I T/ N O C R E D I T Highland Park ISD in April introduced a pass/fail model for grading during the remote learning period caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. For graduating seniors, class rank would factor students’ grades through the first semester plus the fourth six weeks. Grades recorded during the spring 2020 semester would also not be calculated into a student’s final GPA, according to district administration. At the high school, course credit would be determined by demonstrating proficiency on the essential semester course objectives as outlined by teaching teams and approved by administration. Highland Park High School principal Walter Kelly said the recommendation

is that high school students in AP classes not be required to take AP exams this spring, although they’ll still be offered, and the requirement that seniors complete 50 hours of community service be suspended for this year’s graduating class. Intermediate and middle school students would receive credit based on work collected each week by their teachers under the district’s plan. At the elementary school level, a modified report to parents would be used that will list standards/objectives for which students have demonstrated proficiency during the emergency remote learning period, according to the plan. The report will indicate whether a student is promoted to the next grade.

Elk Grove Unified School District near Sacramento has a structured distance learning program and “is rewarding students with grades for their work.” If competing districts incorporate grading with effort, then we must follow suit here in Texas. Here at home, it appears some high school students are beginning to echo behaviors of students in LA. On March 31st, one teacher emailed his students, “only 41 out of 120 of you students have completed or started today’s assignment...Need you in a classroom to get you motivated. While batting 0.333 is great in baseball, it’s not so great in the education world.” So for this very reason, I believe we need to immediately reinstate academic reward for performance. We need the balanced grading system to uphold unity and fairness, while providing the missing incentive for students to complete this school year remotely. I have written to the HPISD School Board, The Texas Education Agency, Rep. Morgan Meyer, and Gov. Greg Abbott to immediately create a uniform process for academic grading for the 2020 spring semester during this unprecedented emergency for all high school students statewide. This will return us to the accurate academic playing field. Ella Grace Collard, part of the Highland Park High School Class of 2021, is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Science National Honor Society, and USRowing.


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With Children Living Through History, Have Them Write About It Podcasting Park Cities moms share lessons learned from sudden homeschooling By Rachel Snyder

for both children and adults. “I do have some work online as well, so I can get exhausted at the end of the day prior to homework. And my son can get exhausted, too. We cannot discount the emotional toll that this takes on our kids,” she said.

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At the Jackson house, schooling during social distancing comes with an extra writing/history assignment: keeping a journal. “We are experiencing history, and this time will be talked about for generations,” Martha Jackson said. “It will be nice to keep a record that can be passed down to family members to share their perspective on what it was like. I encourage them to include photos, articles, and their own thoughts and experiences.” Jackson and Nellie Sciutto, co-hosts of the Bubble Lounge podcast for other Park Cities moms, shared their tips for distance learning during the spread of COVID-19. Both favor designated spaces for school work. “I think it’s important to separate school from your personal time, so I prefer they work in the kitchen,” said Jackson, mom to two, ages 15 and 11. “Setting up structure is key to a successful day.” At the Sciutto house, the dining room has become the classroom. “That way, when school is over, or it is lunch break, going to their usual desk to do homework, or going outside for lunch means that you are leaving class, even if you’re only going a few feet away,” she said. Taking breaks and getting exercise are also important, they said. “We start the day with a run, which we call PE,” Jackson said. “Sometimes they jump on the trampoline or walk the dog, but we always work in some type of exercise for at least 30 minutes. Then we come home and log in to see what the day’s lessons are. “The kids work independently on their as-

This time will be talked about for generations. It will be nice to keep a record that can be passed down to family members to share their perspective on what it was like. Martha Jackson

TOP: Alexis Jackson, freshman, and Blake Jackson, fifth grade. BOTTOM: Nellie Sciutto’s son, Charles Reeg, a freshman at The June Shelton School, works at the table. (COURTESY PHOTOS) signments, and my husband and I go to our respective computers located at different ends of the house and work,” Jackson said. “If they are struggling with an assignment, it is im-

portant to let them take a break... That seems to help clear their mind, and then we get back to what they were working on.” Sciutto also has found breaks necessary

Setting realistic expectations also is vital. “At first, I felt the pressure to recreate a seven-hour school day, but quickly realized that was not realistic,” Jackson said. “There is a reason I’m not a teacher.” Sciutto said she’s learning to teach to her son’s needs. “We had to switch to online tutoring, but really, we had to scale it back for two reasons: 1) Online tutoring is not the same as one-onone tutoring. 2) For learning-difference children, the tactile is important. That is why they have smaller classrooms and more one-on-one teaching/tutoring available,” she said. “What I am learning now is how to teach to my son’s learning difference. Naturally, I am no teacher, and I am certainly no learning difference teacher, but now I can see how he learns.”


2020 Family Night at Six Flags Over Texas

Thank You 2020 Sponsors On behalf of the Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center, sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of our generous Family Night at Six Flags sponsors, including DPR Construction, WFAA, Tom Thumb and Six Flags Over Texas, for their unwavering support of Children’s Health. Though we could not come together for our beloved Family Night this year, we are immensely grateful to each of you for standing alongside the patients and families served by Children’s Health during this critical time. Your continued generosity and commitment is vital to our mission of making life better for children and from the bottom of our hearts, we say thank you. Please mark your calendars for next year’s Family Night at Six Flags set for April 9, 2021. Cheryl and Sam Chantilis Brent E. Christopher Cicero Group Mrs. William H. Clark, III Cile Crouch Kathy and Harlan Crow Sally and George Dutter The Meredith and Hohman Finney Family Sharon and Steve Folsom Amanda and Mark Francis Greater Dallas Orthopaedics Dawn and Toby Grove Mollie and Bobby Halpin Hamilton & Squibb, LLP Melissa and Jason Harlow Holly Hassmann Hyatt Family Ellen and Bill Jackson Liz and Honey The David T. Martineau Family Cathy and David Martinez Pleasant and Todd McCulloch Hillary and Aaron Murff OCCMD Aphrodite and Sam Paulos Michal and Loyd Powell The Rosewood Corporation Nancy and Ryan Scripps Mrs. Ben Sparkman The Stinnett Family Elisa and Stephen Summers Kara and Eric Swanson Claire and Tobin Swope Laura Terry The Tolleson Family Melissa D. Tonn Utility Trailer of Dallas, Inc.

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Camps

YOU’RE NOT ALONE WITH YOUR LOSS AT CAMP FAITH

Faith Presbyterian Hospice helps children, families build skills to work through grief T WO OPPORTUNITIE S • Camp Faith one-day sessions take place in August and December. • Faith Kids support group typically meets the second and fourth Thursdays of every month.

At Camp Faith, grieving children use crafts and play to express their feelings and learn that they are not alone in facing loss. (COURTESY PHOTO)

By Maddie Spera

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hildren dealing with grief need to know they are not alone. That’s why Faith Presbyterian Hospice hosts Camp Faith and Faith Kids for children ages 3 to 18 and their families who have experienced a loss of a parent or grandparent. Camp Faith is a one-day grief camp, established in 2012 and occurring twice a year, while Faith Kids is an ongoing support group formed in 2015 and typically taking place twice a month. Valerie Sanchez, director of bereavement and integrated therapy at FPH, said the camps start with families doing activities together. “There’s one where they break a pot and then have to put it back together,” Sanchez said. “The idea is to metaphorically have the experience of that grief and loss and show that even though it can be destructive when you put it

back together, it’s still a pot, even though it might not be the exact same as before.” “We also do things like scrapbooking and making wreaths, and the idea is to honor and remember that person who died,” she said. “And that’s easier for children to do when they’re doing play or crafts because they understand that manipulation and that creativity. Once they do that, then they break up into age-specific groups of littles, middles, and teens, and they talk in circle time about why they came.” In addition to activities and group talks, the camps also offer music therapy sessions, where the children have created a song titled, “You’re Never Alone,” that they sing at the end of every camp. “That’s really our whole mission, our whole purpose, is that we understand that we’re all unique in our grief and that we’re not alone,” Sanchez said. “That’s why that peer group format works

Email snobles@ forefrontliving.org or call 214-406-6296 for more information about these free experiences. so well. Because they know they both lost somebody special, and they know they’re not the only kid this has happened to. Because sometimes, in school they are the only kid this has happened to, and children don’t want to be different. It helps to show them they aren’t the only ones.” Another focus is on arming children and families with knowledge of the grief process, so they know what is normal and how to remember the lost loved one in a healthy way. “We give children and parents tools to be able to work together and talk about their feelings,” Sanchez said. “We decrease the isolation of grief and increase the knowledge of it, so they know they’re not crazy or weird, that they’re grieving and that’s okay. It creates the opportunity to be in a safe place, to answer those very difficult questions and start thinking about what will bring joy. It’s education, information, and support.”

Longing for That Camp Summer is right around the corner and parents are wondering if their children will be able to travel safely to their “summer homes.” Camp or summer overnight experiences provide speHELENE ABRAMS a cial place where children try new things, develop new social skills, face their challenges, build their character, foster newfound independence, and enjoy the time of their lives. I have helped families find wonderful summer programs for many years and thought I’d seen every challenge there possibly could be. I have watched camp directors as they deftly handle the aftermath of 9/11, H1N1 S wine F lu, lice infestations, bedbugs, meningitis scares, Zika, nonstop summers of rain, recessions, and more. COVID-19 is a new kind of challenge for camps and teen trips, advisers, and families like yours and mine. Tips on Trips and Camps Inc. gets daily communication from the camp directors, outlining how they are planning optimistically for summer 2020. Programs may alter their start dates, sessions may be changed, and health screenings ramped up; but, to paraphrase one Adirondacks camp: We are all CAMP PEOPLE. For two

months of the summer, we deal with uncertainty constantly. We are resilient and determined, and we are accustomed to adjusting the plan. That sentiment will surely be put to the test this summer. I believe the camp industry is up to the task. Please hold on to that dream of camp as the special “summer home” for our children. Enjoying the simple pleasures right now with your family can be reminiscent of the camp experience. From ramping up your home responsibility chart to spending more time outdoors, you can get ready for camp life even under the current lockdown circumstances. Soon the fireflies will be out and the moon will shine a little brighter. If you have a safe place to do it, make a campfire, sit around after dinner, and imagine what life could be like this summer. We have all had a chance to reconnect a (COURTESY PHOTO) little more as a family (and watch our kids bounce off the walls, too). Let’s hold hope that summer brings a renewed sense of health to our country and the world and, if the optimistic camp directors are right, a chance to return to our home away from home that is camp. Helene Abrams, of the free advisory service Tips on Trips and Camps, helps parents find enriching summer overnight experiences for their children. Reach her at 214-484-8141 or Helene@TipsonTripsandCamps.com

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Don’t Let Boredom Win; Turn Sheltering in Place to Home Camp Area museums, other organizations offer virtual options for learning, exploring

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Go online to take virtual tours of such places as the Frontiers of Flight Museum or get a behind the scenes look at the Dallas Zoo. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

By Dalia Faheid

People Newspapers If you find your family going stir crazy between Zoom meetings and Netflix marathons, you’re not alone. But don’t succumb to boredom. Virtual field trips, activities, and entertainment abound so that you can turn stuck at home into virtual camp. These are weird times, so why not embrace the weirdness? With Ripley’s Outside the Odditorium, watch jarring true stories, learn bizarre information, or discover strange artifacts. Tune in to live videos premiering every weekday, such as “Reading from Toilet Paper Moby Dick.” Or, print off wacky activities to do as a family. Streaming adorable animals at Dallas

Zoo can put a smile on faces young and old. Virtual exploration allows for an insider look at what elephants, lemurs, lions, and penguins are doing. Zoologists also explain rare facts. Engage children with science through age-appropriate videos and activities with Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s weekly series, “Amaze Your Brain at Home.” Young scientists use everyday household objects to engineer an electrical circuit, design a hovercraft, build a robot, or experiment with gravity. Being stuck at home is the perfect opportunity to learn new skills. Learn to paint anything from baby Yoda to the Eiffel Tower through Painting With a Twist virtual classes. North Texas Performing Arts Center also offers art classes for every niche interest, like “The Art of Super

Smash Bros” or “Disney Heroine Appreciation.” Or, you can learn how to make a new cuisine using ingredients you’ve stocked up on with online cooking classes at Cozymeal, taught by professional chefs. Reconnect with nature through soothing video tours of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, guided by vice president of gardens Dave Forehand. Marvel at the beauty of Japanese maples, tulips, Yoshin cherry trees, and Siberian iris. Family-friendly activities like projecting constellations, drawing kaleidoscope patterns, or testing water quality invoke a deeper understanding of the natural world. Imaginative thinking can seem impossible when you’re feeling confined, but virtual exhibitions like speechless: different by design at the Dallas Museum of Art

spur curiosity through intriguing installations. Become enchanted by a vibrant world of balloon-like sculptures encased in colorful silk bags, a giant purple box completely covered in rolled textile scrolls, or a black sphere that emits crowdsourced ambient sounds. Keep the creative juices flowing with Nasher Sculpture Center activities, including daily prompts, coloring pages, scavenger hunts, and design projects. Indulge your inner wanderlust by journeying through aviation and aerospace history with the Frontiers of Flight Museum online exhibit, gaining a close look at artifacts like the Wright Flyer, the Flying Pancake, and the Apollo 7 command module, accompanied by thousands of notable memorabilia. Discover what Dallas looks like from a new perspective with Reunion Tower’s virtual reality app. By moving your smartphone or tablet in different directions, you’ll get a 360-degree panoramic view from the top of the tower and see miles of skyline and moving streets close-up.


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Society

WE CAN’T GO PARTY, BUT WE CAN STILL GIVE By William Taylor People Newspapers

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ur best suits and dresses still hang there in the closets. We could put them on, but then we’d be all dressed up with nowhere to go. COVID-19 has left Dallas’ spring social calendar 2020 so, so empty. Pandemic precautions prompted cancelations and postponements but didn’t put an end to the needs such charity events strive to address. In fact, in many cases, the needs only grow greater, those in the philanthropic world tell us. So what’s to be done? We reached out to organizers and heard back from many about not only the status of the planned events but what generous residents can do to support the causes even without the galas. As always, check peoplenewspapers.com for more information and updates. See you when party season resumes.

Pot of Gold Luncheon and Silent Auction

Original Plan: April 17 at Omni Dallas Hotel Status: Moved to a virtual format with keynote speaker Darren Woodson, a silent auction, and testimonials from Rainbow Days children. Check rainbowdays.org for details. Cause: Rainbow Days uses support groups, camps, mentoring, and tangible items to help 9,000 at-risk and homeless children and youth build coping skills and resilience to create positive futures. How to Help: In addition to monetary support, visit the nonprofit’s website to find a list of in-kind donations sought.

Cherish the Children Luncheon Original Plan: April 3 at the Omni Dallas Hotel Status: Cancelled

Young Friends House Party, 2019

Cause: Dallas CASA provides court appointed special advocates to represent child victims of abuse and neglect.

2020 Mad Hatter’s Tea, The Art of Chic

How to Help: Visit dallascasa.org to volunteer. Though child abuse reporting is down, experts believe child abuse is actually increasing.

Status: Canceled

More: The nonprofit also had to cancel the Dallas CASA Classic golf tournament scheduled for April 27.

Equest’s 2020 Gala, An Evening in Old Hollywood Original Plan: April 25 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Status: Cancelled Cause: Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship provides equine assisted learning, therapies and counseling to children, adults, and veterans with diverse needs. How to Help: Give at equest.org/support.

It’s times like these that remind us of how vital Equest is to improving the quality of lives for their clients with horses. Horses heal us unlike any other animal and that must continue with or without a gala.

Elizabeth Fischer

Original Plan: April 16 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Cause: The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and A Woman’s Garden How to Help: Visit WomensCouncilDallasArboretum.org.

AWARE Affair Celebrate The Moments Unmask the Myths Gala

Original Plan: March 28 at SMU Status: Postponed, but participants held a preliminary competition online by cooking from their backyards. Cause: The Ashford Rise School of Dallas, which operates at the Moody Family YMCA to provide early education services in an inclusive environment to children with and without disabilities ages 6 months to 6 years.

Original Plan: April 3 at the Star Skyline Hangar at The Braniff Centre

How to Help: Visit RiseDallas.org to make a donation and learn more about the school.

Status: Canceled, but will hold a private online auction from May 15 to 22.

More: The club also had to postpone the Rise Cup Classic Golf Tournament, which would have been April 6 at the Golf Club of Dallas, and the Rise and Shine 5K originally planned for April 26 at Reverchon Park.

Cause: Fighting Alzheimer’s disease in North Texas by fundraising and awarding grants to partner agencies. Of 25 recent grant applications, 22 qualified. How to Help: Visit AWAREdallas.org to donate and learn more.

PCHPS Distinguished Speaker Luncheon, Historic Home Tour, and Classic and Antique Car Show Original Plan: April 15, 18, and April 25

Status: Postponed until they can be safely rescheduled. Cause: Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society works to preserve and promote the history, architecture, aesthetics and cultural traditions of the Park Cities How to Help: Abide by all the sheltering and social distancing set forth, so we can return to normalcy as soon as possible.

House of DIFFA - Extravaganza

Original Plan: May 16 at the Omni Dallas Hotel Status: Postponed

House of DIFFA - Justin Bundick, Clint Bradley, Jim DiMarino, and Tim Garippa. SEATED: Brittanie Oleniczak (Photo: Allie Lesiuk/Strauss Marketing-PR)

Touchdown Club of Dallas Rib and Appetizer Cook-off

Cause: DIFFA/Dallas (Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS) supports North Texas AIDS Service Organizations, which help “men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in a community that is one of the largest impacted in the U.S.” How to Help: Visit DIFFADallas.org and make donations.

Young Friends of the RMHD 2020 House Party Original Plan: April 24 at Hickory Street Annex Status: Cancelled, but there will be a virtual silent auction in May. Cause: Ronald McDonald House Dallas, which provides an affordable place to stay for families who come to the area seeking significant medical care for their children. How to Help: Plans for May’s virtual auction will be posted at facebook.com/rmhyoungfriends/.

I’m looking forward to seeing our innovative efforts succeed with the money we raise from our silent auction, and I can’t wait to share our passion for the Young Friends with Dallas’ young professional community in the future.

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Living Well LOVE IN THE TIME OF SOCIAL DISTANCING Silver Linings Small ceremony draws big audience after makeshift parade

A scaled-down home wedding came with a big surprise for Houston and Jade Holmes as their social distancing friends drove by in a parade of support. (PHOTOS: KISS ME FOR ETERNITY BY THISBE GRACE)

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ewlyweds Houston and Jade Holmes couldn’t have guessed that after scrapping their initial plans for a big wedding at the Dallas Country Club because of the COVID-19 pandemic that a much smaller ceremony and makeshift parade of cars of well-wishers would lead to a nationwide audience viewing their celebration. The couple had a small ceremony in the backyard of the Holmes’ home in the 3800 block of Maplewood Avenue March 21, followed by the surprise parade of an estimated 50 or so well-wishers complete

with confetti and trailers. The story about their celebration was since picked up by the CBS Evening News and People Magazine.  “We were super excited to get married,” Houston said. “We were going to get married (that day). “It was super disappointing that we couldn’t have everyone… at the wedding, so seeing them still be able to come (albeit from their cars was meaningful).” Jade echoed Houston’s sentiments. “We were surprised and thankful…it was a day full of surprises,” she said. “It was nice to (see friends and family).” The wedding came before Dallas

County Judge Clay Jenkins issued a ‘shelter-in-place’ order March 22 requiring residents to remain at home unless they’re engaged in an essential activity or working at an essential business to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, but not before restrictions prohibiting community gatherings of 50 or more and social gatherings of 10 or more. Houston’s mother, Sheila, said the couple, who met while they were attending Trinity University, had planned for a wedding with about 175 people at the Dallas Country Club but learned March 15 that the country club was closing. She said they then called the Hotel Crescent Court March 16 to

inquire about a smaller affair there, but as officials announced further restrictions limiting gatherings, those plans were scrapped, too. But that couldn’t stop the wedding or well-wishers. “Houston and Jade never wavered – they would get married March 21, regardless of world events … so we decided to have Jade and Houston’s immediate family (parents and one sibling each) and grandparents who live locally,” Sheila said. “I am humbled by everyone’s excitement and commitment to sharing in the bride and groom’s happy day.” The couple plans to have a larger celebration next year for their first anniversary.

Keeping Up With Christy and Kersten Hopefully, columns by our food-loving friends Kersten Rettig and Christy Rost will return to our pages soon. In the meantime, you can keep up with these remarkable women online. When Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced a shelter-inplace order, Rost, the cookbook author and public television chef, and her husband decided to cut short a planned three-month stay at their Park Cities condo. Instead, they headed back to their mountain home in Colorado.

Like most Americans, I’m making only the most necessary trips to the grocery store. Christy Rost Go to christyrost.com to check out her blog, “Notes from Swan’s Nest.” It now features a new stay-at-

On her website, Christy Rost continues to blog about food, adding particular emphasis during this time to recipes preparable with items likely already available in the pantry, fridge, or freezer. (COURTESY PHOTOS) home recipe weekly. “Some are recipes I’ve developed over the years - others I’m creating as I go along,” Rost said. “In every case, the recipes feature ingredients most home cooks already have in their pantry, fridge, or freezer.” Many of the recipes allow her to stretch ingredients for multiple meals while others “inject a bit of joy” into dining at home. “Like most Americans, I’m

making only the most necessary trips to the grocery store, and I’m spacing those trips out to once every two weeks, so I’m relying on what I already have available in the house,” she said. .”Did you know you can freeze milk?” Rettig also remains enthusiastic about food writing, even while so many of her favorite Park Cities and Dallas eateries adjust to takeout only.

Visit peoplenewspapers.com and our social media channels to see her ongoing contributions. She’s written recently about “DIY Croissants?” and other goodies from Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie’s Freezer-to-Oven Collection. Rettig also reported on the owners of Pecan Lodge establishing a foundation to help those impacted by COVID-19 and launched a “Social Distancing Dining Guide.”

What a spring! It’s been volatile both in the weather and our lives. Despite the upheaval that a tiny organism has wreaked on the world, optimism abounds. There are some silver linLEN BOURLAND ings. Like? Nature. Have the flowers ever been more luscious with all the rain? It is healing. Humor. I have never laughed so much as the daily jokes, videos, and memes flow to my phone. Now I smile when I still get cruise ship brochures. If they can hope for better days, that’s the least I can do. Even on the rainy days when I felt like a slug staying in my bathrobe until mid-morning before changing into yoga pants, I found ways to feel productive. I turned the oven to self-clean while binge-watching the Worricker Trilogy. And Zoom. In addition to businesses, Bible studies, boards, book clubs, families, and even my pledge class learned how to join a meeting and see one another looking like the old Brady Brunch opening credits. We have shared our Netflix faves, our book titles, our recipes, our stories, and felt accomplished. Besides new technology, there is another benefit this spring. Walking. America is on the move. We have the most exercised canines on the planet. Families are pushing strollers and riding bikes, waving to anyone and all. Appreciation. There’s the weirdness of it all: no end of year turnover meetings, graduations, banquets, picnics, and the rush that is May. Yet the unity of all being in something together makes this crisis bearable. Don’t we appreciate all who serve us now? There’s a new recognition of those who are the glue that keeps society together. The sanitation workers, delivery drivers, grocery store clerks, and pharmacists are my new heroes. When Mother’s Day comes due this May, in addition to appreciating all that moms do, we can add to the list teacher. Homeschooling has enabled moms (and dads) to realize just what their children are learning and how valuable teachers are. Gratitude and kindness. The silver lining of spring has been the incredible acts of service in the grocery stores, sharing by neighbors, and uplift from the faith community. So, while parents are tired, health care providers are exhausted, children cooped up, we keep on keeping on because that’s what an optimistic America does. It’s who we are. Reach Len Bourland at lenbourland@gmail.com.


“I’m worried about Mom falling. The hospital is the last place she should be right now...” Your Parents Need MORE Than Just Social Distancing! 3 Ways to Protect Your Parents During the Pandemic By authority on Fall Prevention, Emilia Bourland, MOT, OTR, ECHM “We have to keep Mom out of the hospital right now, but last week she almost fell!” Sound familiar? If you’re the daughter or son of an aging parent, you’re right to be worried. Older adults are far more vulnerable to the coronavirus. Unfortunately, older adults are also at a higher risk of ending up in the ER after a fall. Exactly where you DON’T want them to be during a pandemic! Need some good news? It is possible to PREVENT falls (NOW). Here are 3 ways to keep your parents from falling, keep them OUT of the hospital, and away from COVID-19! Tip 1: Make sure they are taking medications as prescribed. Problems taking medications are in the top 10 reasons for falls (and other serious medical problems). Medications can be confusing to manage, which can often lead to incorrect use and falls. Fortunately, there are simple ways to help older adults manage their medications correctly. Have an occupational therapist at AIPC assess any issues your parents are having to create customized solutions. Tip 2: Make sure they have the right equipment in the shower. The shower is a terrible (and unfortunately easy!) place to fall. Slippery, hard surfaces make poor bedfellows with any

kind of balance problem! With the right equipment, the risk of falling in the shower drops dramatically. Worried Mom won’t like the way it looks? AIPC has solutions for that. Tip 3: Have their home assessed for fall risks. Some areas where falls are likely to occur are obvious. Areas like stairs, high thresholds, and overcrowded spaces are clear risks. Other factors, such as flooring choice and lighting are often overlooked. Have an occupational therapist check your parent’s home. Apply for a free home fall risk assessment at www.aipctherapy.com/free-consultations IMPORTANT: The COVID-19 Pandemic has made the issue of fall prevention CRUCIAL! I am URGING you, as the child of aging parents myself, do not let your concerns about vulnerable parents wait. TAKE ACTION NOW. What to do? Choose AT LEAST ONE of the following options: • Option 1 (most effective): Call, TEXT, e-mail, or visit the above website to schedule your parent’s FREE home fall risk assessment. There is NO Obligation to purchase ANYTHING. • Option 2: Request my special report on Fall Prevention, with more actionable tips on stopping falls. • CALL or TEXT 24/7 469-998-1245 Author Emilia Bourland, MOT, OTR, ECHM is owner of AIPC Consulting, LLC. Contact her at 469998-1245 or emilia.bourland@aipctherapy.com *Academic references available on request

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Walking distance from Highland Park High School is this traditional home at 4060 Amherst Ave. (4060amherst.dpmre. com), offered by Peggy & Dave Millheiser for $1,655,000. The interior of the four-bedroom, four-bath home with two half-baths is at once both sophisticated and invitingly warm, and is laced with sunlight from the numerous windows. Three living areas plus a sunroom provide myriad spaces to entertain, study and relax within its 4,811 square feet (per tax). The large, updated kitchen, which boasts high-end, chefgrade DCS-Fisher & Paykel gas cooktop, KitchenAid dual ovens, and Bosch and Sub-Zero appliances, is likely to be a popular hangout. All three secondary bedrooms have private baths, while the master bedroom has a fireplace, balcony and dual master baths. Highlights include gorgeous walnut hardwood floors, beautiful ceiling moldings, tremendous storage and a Crestron sound system. A convenient location completes the appeal. To schedule a virtual showing, contact Peggy at peggy@ daveperrymiller.com / 214-616-9720 or Dave at davem@

COVID-19 and North Texas Residential Real Estate

Through wars, recessions, natural disasters and other challenges, our great region has not only survived, it has thrived. North Texas is being tested again, this time by a virus that many of us, only months ago, had never even heard of. At the Ebby Halliday Companies we are concerned first and foremost with the health and well-being of our clients, sales associates and employees. Naturally, we are also concerned with the virus’ impact on the North Texas residential real estate market. What will happen to the local market in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? No one knows the exact answer to this question, but an optimism runs through the veins of North Texans that is infectious in its own way. There is no question that this latest challenge to our region will leave its own indelible mark. Selling a home may take a bit more patience as we all navigate uncharted waters, but keeping your property on the market is vital as buyers have turned more often than ever to online shopping. If you would like to discuss selling or purchasing a North Texas home, please contact an Ebby Halliday Realtors agent today. Get started at ebby.com.

Allman Sells Most Estates

When it comes to buying and selling estates in Dallas County, Allie Beth Allman & Associates remains the leading real estate firm. Last year, the Allman firm represented the seller or the buyer and sometimes both on 15 homes valued at more than $5 million. Here are two estates currently on the market. One of the last great estates on Lakeside Drive has come on the market after 40 years. The Old Highland Park estate at 4712 Lakeside Dr. sits on 1.3 acres. The majestic residence in one of the best neighborhoods includes a five-bedroom main house with a stunning entry, elegant living and dining rooms. There is detached quarters, and a cabana, tennis court and putting green. A five-bedroom estate at 9207 Sunnybrook Lane is a contemporary showplace on three acres. Features include stone and hardwood flooring, a culinary center and a temperature-controlled, walk-in wine room. The master suite has a fireplace, secret garden and a spa-like bath with dual closets including a washer-dryer, as well as access to the backyard. The upper level features four bedrooms, a utility room and game room. Outdoors is a pool and spa. There is also a guesthouse. To find your estate home, visit alliebeth.com/estates.

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Offered for $3,995,000, 3212 Dartmouth is an incredible value for a high-quality modernist design in Highland Park. Contemporary-style homes are so popular, it is hard for Allie Beth Allman & Associates to keep up with buyers’ demand. Designed to balance style with utility, contemporary homes are built to be in sync with the lifestyles of their inhabitants. Their common characteristics include simple, clean lines with open floor plans and large windows devoid of decorative trim. Here are two contemporary-style homes that Allman associates recommend. The two-story penthouse at the Vendome on Turtle Creek offers a rare opportunity to live above the crowd. The modern, four-bedroom home at 3505 Turtle Creek Blvd. #18C has more than 6,600 square feet of luxury urban living space. It was custom designed for flexible living and great entertaining, including a well-equipped kitchen and a 2,200-bottle wine room. Both floors have restricted elevator access A five-bedroom, newly constructed home is found at 4028 Courtshire Dr. It has a second living area downstairs with a guest suite and kitchenette. For beauty and efficiency, there is wood flooring throughout with no carpeting. The downstairs master suite has a huge bath with a tub, large walk-in shower, dual water closets and closet space with connections for a stacked washer and dryer. Upstairs is another living area. Visit www.alliebeth.com to find your contemporary-style home.

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What is the right size home for your life? We all have a sweet spot or two that tends to ebb and flow in our lives. But the central question remains: how much space do we really need? Every year it’s a good idea to take a serious inventory of your life, as well as your home, and ask a few important questions in the process. For example: is your current space benefitting or impeding you? Do you need multiple living areas or will a single one work? If you think your home is too large now, it might be time to explore right-sizing. At Allie Beth Allman & Associates, we have experienced agents who are condominium specialists and know the ropes. From financial ramifications to exactly what type of home might be a better fit for a given lifestyle, our agents are experts in this area. Right-sizing can also be an emotional experience, especially for those who may have lived in a home for many years. But size matters, after all, and an expert with a depth of experience in the area can help clients move beyond emotions to gain a more practical outlook on the options, and contributing factors including health, finances, family, and lifestyle.

3212 Dartmouth is a stunning architecturally significant Texas modernist home designed by renowned architect Frank Welch and purposefully reimagined by AIA award winning architect Max Levy. The property is set on a private and gated double lot with walls of glass allowing natural light and encompassing views of the Texas indigenous gardens and Limestone reflecting pool by acclaimed architect, David Hocker. This exceptional home comprises approximately 4,787 square feet with a flexible, open floor plan designed for lock-and-leave living - hence perfect for executives and empty nesters who desire a low-maintenance, high-quality experience. Many special features can be found throughout the home including gallery-smooth art walls with recessed hanging system, designer quality lighting by Tully Weiss, whole house encapsulation including a concrete lined crawl space, copper roof and gutters, retractable Phantom screens, electric shades, high-end security system, and a 4-car conditioned garage with two additional covered spaces behind a rear sliding gate. This incredible property features the best in location, design, construction and finishes and offers a rare opportunity to own a modernist gem in Highland Park with direct access to the Katy Trail and all that Travis Walk and Knox have to offer! Contact Ryan Streiff (ryan@daveperrymiller.com) or Laura Michelle (laura@daveperrymiller.com) for more information or visit DPMFineHomes.com.

5506 Waneta Drive 3 Bedrooms | 5.1 Bathrooms | 5,753 SqFt Listed At $2,500,000 Elegant executive home meticulously finished. Located on one of the few corners in Greenway Parks. Home has been completely updated, remodeled and expanded. Venetian plastered walls, custom painted finishes throughout, French doors, unique vaulted ceilings with wood beams, slate roof and copper gutters. Master suite has a bedroom, sitting room, his and her bath, dressing rooms, large closets, exercise room and office. 5 zones of high efficiency HVAC, five custom fireplaces, oak hardwood floors, shutters on most windows plus many more amenities. Entire systems of the house have been replaced; plumbing, electrical, lighting, air-conditioning. Residence has 4 bedrooms; owners are using 3rd and 4th as library and study. For more information please contact Kyle Crews (214) 538-1310 kyle.crews@alliebeth.com or Sanders Avrea (214) 458-1964 sanders.avrea@alliebeth.com

ALLIE BETH ALLMAN

Kitchens That Sizzle

Kitchens are the heart of the every home, and wannabe chefs today are looking for a home with a kitchen that is more than just a place to rustle up dinner. Modern kitchens have become artistic studios, showcasing cutting-edge equipment in a beautiful environment where the latest recipes can be plated for family and friends. Here are some homes the experts at Allie Beth Allman & Associates believe will wow any culinary artist. The kitchen in the four-bedroom home at 3504 Mockingbird Ln. features elegant Carrera marble countertops, an island and commercial-grade, stainless-steel appliances. In a large, 20-foot by 16-foot space, the kitchen has two pantries. The home has a wonderful floor plan with elegant living spaces, ideal for entertaining and family living. There is a wet bar with a Sub-Zero wine refrigerator and ice maker near the family room. The four-bedroom estate at 4424 Manning Ln. was built for entertaining and beautiful living. The eat-in kitchen, near a dining room that seats 12, has a custom-built French worktable, two dishwashers and three ovens, including a Lacanche model beneath an inlaid tile backsplash. It has natural stone countertops, an island and a walk-in pantry. The home has a wine cellar and two wet bars. To find your perfect kitchen, visit alliebeth.com.


parkcitiespeople.com | May 2020  43 ENGAGEMENT

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onna and John Watters of Dallas are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Casey Rose Watters, to Jeffrey Edward Black, Jr., son of Sheri and Jeff rey Black of Tucson, Arizona. The bride is a 2011 graduate of The Hockaday School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Middlebury College in 2015 and is currently a Master of Public Health Candidate from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Health Behavior. The groom is a 2013 graduate of the Royal Air Force Alconbury in Huntingdon, England. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sustainability Science from Cornell University in 2017 and a Master of Science degree in Geography from the National University of Ireland at Galway. Jeffrey will begin his doctoral studies this fall in the field of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources. Casey and Jeff rey plan to marry in October 2020 at The Laurel. The bride’s grandmother, Gail Troglio, will officiate the ceremony.

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