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TALKING HEALTH CARE FOR TEXAS’ SAKE

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or years, Texans have known through difficult personal experience that health care in Texas has challenges. Over the last six months, those issues have hit home for millions more. Texas leads the nation in uninsured residents. But this pandemic has shown that an affordable, susMARGARET S P E L L I N G S tainable, effective health care system requires far more than insurance coverage. Current and future Texans need leaders to get to work creating that system. That means setting aside politics, preconceptions, and past battles. It also means creating policy not only for the nearly 30 million people in this state right now but also for the roughly 10 million more who will be here when Texas celebrates its bicentennial in 2036. By creating a healthy population, we also ensure that each Texan can participate fully in the economy and reach their potential. Texas has not fared well on this front. According to America’s Health Rankings, we rank poorly on measures such as the prevalence of diabetes (41st out of 50), cardiovascular deaths (34th), and maternal mortality (43rd). Texans can do better, as we have in reducing COVID cases recently and cancer deaths over time (we rank 11th in the latter). That requires a data-driven, comprehensive approach — focused on prevention, providers, prices, and coverage —that increases access to the care when and where Texans need it. It’s also critical to consider the roughly 80 percent of Texans who have coverage but can’t always access care. Even for insured

Texans, costs have become a significant barrier to health. Texas health care spending jumped 13.8 percent between 2014 and 2018. Soaring costs leave more than a quarter of people with employer-sponsored health insurance “underinsured,” according to the Commonwealth Fund, with out-of-pocket costs and deductibles eating up their income. Further, nearly a quarter of those with insurance say they’ve skipped or delayed care due to cost. A stronger health system also means having enough doctors, nurses, and other providers to serve Texans who need care. This access issue is especially acute in rural communities — more than 100,000 Texans live in a county without a primary care physician. Addressing coverage, cost, and access demands a wide-ranging statewide conversation: everyone must be at the table, and everything must be on it. It means acknowledging government-funded insurance can’t solve everything and insurance doesn’t always equal care — but it also means maximizing the value of available resources, including federal dollars, to help Texans get care when and where they need it. The most important person in this conversation is you. The state cannot create the comprehensive, sustainable system it needs without engaged citizens demanding solutions. Please visit texas2036.org and sign up for email updates about key policy issues shaping Texas’ future. Together, we can create the health care system Texans need today — and will need even more tomorrow. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, of Highland Park, is president and CEO of Texas 2036. The nonprofit, championed by SMU alumnus Tom Luce and others, pursues long-term, data-driven strategies for the state.

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Breonna Taylor’s Killing Remains ‘Hard to Fathom’

Adjunct SMU professor explains how law prevented charges against officers By Maddie Spera

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One Trump sign got taken, then another one, then another one, then after a while you’re like, ‘Really?’ Jim Turner Signs on Beverly Drive in Highland Park address not only the election but also theft. (PHOTOS: PATRICIA MARTIN AND RACHEL SNYDER)

STEALING SIGNS OF THE TIMES Neighbors see political tensions By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers

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t’s presidential election season, and with it can come some neighborhood political tensions. University Park assistant chief of police Jim Savage said incidents of theft of political signs tend to increase slightly in election years. Savage said the department responded to one theft of a political sign in 2015, six in 2016, none in 2017, seven in 2018, none in 2019, and six in 2020 as of Sept. 25. “Theft of political signs is rare in University Park, but does occur,” Savage said. “It tends to go up in election years (2016-20182020) and (be) virtually non-existent in off years.” The Highland Park Department of Public Safety reported

one incidence of theft of a political sign in 2016, three in 2018, and two in September of this year. A Highland Park man who lives in the 3400 block of Beverly Drive made headlines for a large sign in his yard that reads, “Please stop taking our Trump signs — Freedom of Speech Matters.” “One Trump sign got taken, then another one, then another one, then after a while you’re like, ‘Really?’” Jim Turner, the homeowner, told local TV station WFAA. “At one point I just decided, I’m a little bit crazy, so let’s go to Fast Signs; let’s go get us a sign and see what happens.” Another Beverly resident wrote us about three thefts at his home. “Apparently there are some morally indignant, holier-than-thou, self-righteous, arrogant, elitist, individuals who

believe that no one has the right to support Trump,” Karl Ziebarth said. “Join me in denouncing these petty thieves who think they are so pure and holy!” Bandits have also gone for signs advocating for social justice issues, including the Black Lives Matter movement. The Highland Park Department of Public Safety reported a thief taking a “Black Lives Matter” sign from a yard in the 3500 block of Crescent Avenue on June 12. Another sign was taken from a yard in the 3500 block of Euclid Avenue, also on June 12. To contact the Highland Park Department of Public Safety, call 214-521-5000. To get the University Park Police Department’s non-emergency number, call 214-363-3000.

SKULDUGGERY of the MONTH: FALL DECORATING? A trickster broke a window of a clinic in the 4100 block of Lomo Alto Drive using a rock and pushed a pumpkin through the glass. The incident was reported at 7:25 a.m. Sept. 28.

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While the decision to not indict officers for the shooting of Breonna Taylor sparked anger, confusion, and unrest across the nation, the result would likely have remained the same had it been examined under Texas law, says Dallas attorney and SMU adjunct professor Eric Cedillo. Cedillo explained that under laws in Kentucky and Texas and most states across the U.S., officers with the ability to be somewhere legally are justified in returning fire.

She had nothing to do with it, and unfortunately, she fell victim to an incredible tragedy that occurred. Eric Cedillo “Once the officers were fired upon, and there was fear of death or bodily injury, they had the ability to apply deadly force,” Cedillo said. “Of course, context plays a major role in that. But the way it played itself out, everything appeared to be consistent in terms of the immediacy. As soon as (officer Jonathan) Mattingly came in the door, he was shot in the thigh, and with that, fire was returned, and I think it would’ve been justified in most states.” Attorney General Daniel Cameron made it clear that he believed, under Kentucky law, that the officers were justified in shooting back once shot at by Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth

Walker III. Cedillo explained that this belief could have played a significant role in what information the jurors saw and the grand jury’s decision. “The prosecuting authority has an overwhelming amount of power over the grand jury,” Cedillo said. Officer Brett “Hankinson was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment. They maintained that he acted recklessly, and it was one of the reasons why they let him go (f rom the Louisville Metro Police Department). So we kind of see the attorney general’s office having the grand jury do what it itself thought was appropriate.” That the wanton endangerment against Hankinson were only for shots fired into a neighbor’s apartment, outraged and bewildered many. “It’s a situation in terms of ballistics and where the bullets were shot,” Cedillo said. “The actual statute requires that you manifest extreme indifference to the value of human life, so if he was shooting in the wrong direction, then that is, of course, inappropriate. Hankinson shot through the glass door and through another apartment.” While Cedillo does not expect any more charges against the officers, he thinks additional charges could come against the detective who obtained the warrant for Taylor’s apartment. “It’s hard to fathom that Breonna Taylor lost her life in this context,” Cedillo said. “She had nothing to do with it, and unfortunately, she fell victim to an incredible tragedy that occurred. I think there’s some potential conflict with what the detective said to the magistrate, at least according to the attorneys for Breonna Taylor’s family, in that he may not have been quite honest in terms of the information he provided or what he witnessed.”


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Park Cities Parents Unite To Pursue Change

Advocates want HPISD school board to end contact tracing ‘witch hunt’ By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers

A group called Park Cities Parents Unite is championing the libertarian Great Barrington Declaration and urging Highland Park ISD leaders to phase out COVID-19 safety protocols, end the “witch hunt” of contact tracing, and operate instead with a “herd immunity” philosophy.

Obviously, all of us parents expect their children to be safe wherever we send them, but the measures taken in response to COVID-19 have been unambiguously harmful to the health and safety of our children. Spencer Siino In the declaration, named for a small Massachusetts town, three scientists argue for lifting pandemic restrictions and allowing low-risk individuals to get infected and build immunity. “As immunity builds in the population, the risk of infection

Highland Park ISD residents turned out for an Oct. 13 school board meeting to criticize the district’s COVID-19 safety protocols. to all – including the vulnerable – falls,” the scientists from Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford Universities say. Better-known scientists rushed to debunk it. “We just gotta look that square in the eye and say it’s nonsense,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC News. According to gbdeclaration. org, hundreds of thousands - including self-identified scientists - signed a petition supporting the declaration. But it includes fake names such as Dr. I.P. Freely, Dr. Person Fakename, and Dr. Johnny Bananas, news organizations reported. Locally, Park Cities Parents

Unite identifies as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, decries a shift away from conservative values, and aims to empower residents to “control the public policy decisions made within their communities with respect to their children, safety, culture, and freedoms,” according to pcparentsunite.org. The website also cites HPISD curriculum and budget as areas of concern. The website does not identify Park Cities Parents Unite leadership, but a Facebook group linked on the site shows a Spencer Siino and Jon Paul Long as admins and Clifton Dugas as a moderator. One of the speakers at a recent school board meeting didn’t mention the nonprofit but identified himself as Spencer Siino. “Obviously, all of us parents

expect their children to be safe wherever we send them, but the measures taken in response to COVID-19 have been unambiguously harmful to the health and safety of our children,” Siino said. Another speaker, Elka Carroll, objected to contact tracing and used language similar to that of pcparentsunite.org. “If this was about health, our kids would wear masks in PE, while running track or playing tennis or cheerleading or simply playing outside,” Carrol said. “Contact tracing kids and sending them home even if they’re not sick is a sure setup for prejudice, discrimination, a violation of privacy, and some would call it a witch hunt.” In contact tracing, trained per-

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sonnel ask those who test positive about where they’ve been and who they’ve been in contact with so that those contacts can be alerted to their potential exposure and provided information about what to do. Trustee Tom Sharpe has defended the district’s approach and applauded administrators, teachers, and staff for how they have managed constraints, remote instruction, PPEs, and protocols. “I recognize there’s a wide range of opinions on what is the right thing to do here,” Sharpe said, noting the district hears from an equal number of people concerned schools aren’t doing enough to slow the spread. “I still think the decisions we’re making are the right decisions.”

Read Local: How To Get A Neighborhood View Of The Election

Voters are willing to brave long lines to cast their ballots this year, and we’ll be there to provide local coverage on Election Day. (PHOTO: BETHANY ERICKSON)

By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

A big Election Day is coming up, and our small-but-mighty staff has been preparing to cover it. But since our print deadlines and the election don’t jibe, we thought we’d explain how to read local when you follow the election Nov. 3. We plan on heading out that morning to check and see how it’s going at

the polls. We’ll be helping you find the locations with the shortest lines, checking in with candidates as they work the polls, providing updates as needed, passing along information from your neighbors as they go out and vote, and even telling you what lunch spots are closest to the polling places with the shortest lines. How’s that for hyperlocal community journalism? You will be able to follow us on Twitter,

Facebook, and Instagram throughout the day. After you vote, consider taking part in our People-Powered Exit Survey – keep an eye on our social media accounts for the link, or subscribe to our weekly Preston Hollow or Park Cities newsletters to automatically get the link. Once the polls close, we plan on keeping you up-to-date on numbers, as well as what candidates are saying by sharing on

our Twitter accounts, and with a continuously updated story at peoplenewspapers. com. We’ll be sharing the results of our exit survey throughout the night, too. Want to take part? Let us know how your voting experience was. Join in on the conversations on our social media posts, too. It’s a great chance to have a very socially distant watch party with a few hundred neighbors and several overly-caffeinated journalists. Are you attending a watch party? Send us photos and tell us what you’re seeing. But you don’t have to wait until Nov. 3 to start having these conversations. You can find the second half of our candidate questionnaire, our October People-Powered Election Survey, and more in this issue. Online, find our political coverage at peoplenewspapers.com/category/election, and you can also visit our social media accounts to see our stops at polling places during the early voting period.

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Candidates Vow To Continue To Serve, No Matter the Outcome

COLIN ALLRED

K E Y D AT E S Oct. 30 - Last day of early voting Nov. 3 - Election Day

GENEVIEVE COLLINS

MORGAN MEYER

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you their responses to the second. We’re providing excerpts of their answers below.

their democracy ... I will always be honored to serve this community in whatever capacity I can.

If you are not elected, how will you help your community?

Genevieve Collins (R): To be very clear, it is my full intention to be elected on Nov. 3rd. However, my commitment to serving this community does not have an expiration date. In the past, I have helped educate millions of kids and revitalized schools across the nation. Serving others is in my blood … And even if North Texas does not choose me, I will always choose them.

Morgan Meyer (incumbent, R): There is no substitute for the depth of experience I’ll bring to my fourth session, and it’s my goal to put this skill to use for the Dallas region and our state. There are no guarantees in politics, but I’m intent on working hard, campaigning hard, and winning in November so I can keep working hard for our community on these important issues that truly impact our quality of life today ...

Jason Sigmon (I): It depends.

Joanna Cattanach (D): This isn’t

By Bethany Erickson

U.S. House District 32

We’re just days from Election Day, and many are continuing to get to know the candidates. This year, we’ve asked candidates in key races two questions. Last month, we shared the candidates’ responses to the first question. This month, we’ll show

Colin Allred (incumbent, D): My commitment to ensuring everyone gets a fair shot at living their version of the American Dream just like I (did) did not start with my run for Congress, and it won’t end if I leave Congress. As a voting rights lawyer, I will continue to fight for everyone’s right to participate in

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JASON SIGMON

J O A N N A C AT TA N A C H

a what-if question for me. Many of your readers know I lost by 220 votes in a recount to the incumbent, and they should also know I didn’t simply disappear from the district because the issues and the community I sought to represent matter all the time and not just in election season.

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By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

Our first survey had a clear Republican lead. The second was much closer, with many seats narrowly flipping to Democrat. What did our October People-Powered Election Survey reveal? In short, the presidential race is still quite tight, but the Biden-Harris ticket is still holding on to a lead. For our October survey, our essay question was: “If you had the opportunity to try to convince a friend to change one of their votes, what race would it be, and what would your elevator pitch look like?” One thing our readers showed us in their responses is that the presidential race isn’t the only one weighing on them - a significant number discussed down ballot races. Some of those responses are detailed below (if you want to see all of them, head

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Even With Pandemic Challenges, Scottish Rite Fundraiser Finds ‘Incredible Blessings’ By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

If you’ve been involved with fundraising at the same nonprofit for 17 years, it stands to reason that you have seen a lot during that time. But like most fundraising professionals, Scottish Rite Hospital vice president of development Stephanie Brigger found herself navigating the wild world of pandemic-style philanthropy this year especially when the hospital had to move its major fundraiser, Treasure Street, to a virtual format. “We engaged with our friends that have been part of the event for 25 years, but also made some new friends,” she said. “So it is different, but we are adapting and continuing to really stay in touch. And the other thing we found with many people being isolated, that there is more time to talk and they are really excited and

happy to hear from you. There’ve been challenges, but I know that there’ve also been incredible blessings in the work that we do.”

Stephanie Brigger Brigger said her organization has historically enjoyed creating lasting relationships with donors. “We will turn 100 this year, and you look at this long history of taking care of hundreds of thousands of

kids and families, without charge,” she said. “It’s just a unique mission that is very fun and very easy to make friends and raise money for the hospital.” Brigger, who lives in West Highland Park, will be honored as Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals on Nov. 13 at a virtual celebration that coincides with National Philanthropy Day. The event, which will be emceed by longtime “The Stars of Texas” luncheon host Scott Murray. Brigger has been able to parlay her background as a registered nurse to lead at Scottish Rite and manage a development office of 16, overseeing all of the hospital’s “friendraising activities.” She is also on the board of Ronald McDonald House Dallas and Camp John Marc. “Stephanie Brigger is a consummate professional who is well-known

and well-loved not only at Scottish Rite Hospital but also in the community,” said Deborah Montonen of Mary Crowley Cancer Research, who nominated Brigger for the honor. “Devoted to the fundraising profession and committed to all of those she serves, her fundraising and friendraising records are equally impressive.” Honorees at the event include Mary and Carl Ice (Outstanding Philanthropists), David M. Crowley Foundation (Outstanding Foundation), Toyota of North America (Outstanding Corporation), and Natalie Dossett (Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser). Tanya Downing and Benjamin Vann co-chair the Stars of Texas virtual luncheon. “While our 35th-anniversary event will look very different as a virtual event, it is perhaps more important than ever,” said Downing. “The

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New Hope Cottage CEO Helps Children Get ‘Best Possible Start’

Teresa Lenling drawn by nonprofit’s history By Rachel Snyder

“We believe Teresa is the ideal leader to help Hope Cottage continTeresa Lenling brings ue building on its strong, experience designing and 102-year foundation of advancing education proadoption services through grams as vice president of our expanding work in school and community foster care, new parent engagement at the Perot support, and teen education,” Fitzgerald said. “As Museum of Nature and Science to her new role as we embark on a new strategic plan this year, she CEO of Hope Cottage. The nonprofit Hope has the right mix of expertise and community Cottage, which nurtures and builds families connections to increase through education, parthe impact and visibilient support, foster care, ty of our work, ensuring and adoption services, is children grow up in the embarking on a new strabest environments possible.” tegic plan. At the Perot Museum, “Our goals include increasing impact for North Teresa Lenling (COURTESY PHOTO) Lenling crafted the vision Texas families and their and operations for the children, while also looking to work with stra- museum’s education programs when it opened tegic partners who share our focus of giving all its new downtown Dallas location in 2012. children the best possible start within nurtur- She also designed the museum’s new TECH ing, loving families,” Lenling said. (Tinker, Engineer, Create, Hack) Truck mobile maker initiative, launching a comprehensive outreach and engagement strategy that engaged communities that do not typically visit a science museum.

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Hope Cottage has grown its services over the years, but it has always retained a very warm and personal approach to working with families of all backgrounds. Teresa Lenling

She found herself drawn to Hope Cottage’s rich history and century-long legacy of supporting North Texas children and families. “It’s incredible to think about the thousands of families whose lives have been touched by our adoption services over the decades,” Lenling said. “At the same time, Hope Cottage continues to evolve over time, so now our work includes foster care, parenting education, support for parents in crisis, and youth education.” Kerry Fitzgerald, chair of the Hope Cottage board of directors, praised Lenling’s experience.

Was there something in particular that drew you to Hope Cottage? Hope Cottage has grown its services over the years, but it has always retained a very warm and personal approach to working with families of all backgrounds. That is true whether you’re looking to foster or adopt a child, you’re in the midst of a crisis pregnancy, or you’re a parent who loves your children, but needs support and education to provide a stable home. With my experience in youth and community impact programs, this really appealed to me. On a personal level, as a parent, I was drawn to Hope Cottage’s comprehensive approach to ensuring all children have the best start to life. A fun fact about you? I grew up in rural South Dakota, where I spent most of my childhood in the great outdoors skiing, riding snowmobiles, and exploring. I am now proud to call Texas home but still miss the winter snow of the Midwest.


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Community

HOMELESS TEENS NEED HAPPY BIRTHDAYS, TOO

Park Cities NCL moms, daughters use drive-by to collect gifts By Shaye Wattson People Newspapers

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ince 2001, mothers and daughters in the Park Cities have worked together to give back to their communities as members of the National Charity League (NCL). They foster relationships through community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences. However, lately, much of the organization’s philanthropic efforts have been thwarted to follow COVID-19 pandemic social distancing procedures, forcing the Executive Board members to develop creative ways to give back while staying safe.

It gives us hope, as it can seem like a dark time right now, and we all need a little bit of hope no matter where we are. Becky Gould

TOP, FROM LEFT: Sophia Robertson, Judith Wattson, Stephanie Robertson, Becky Gould, and Kate Gould. About 200 mothers and daughters collected more than 400 donated gifts for needy teens. (PHOTOS: SHAYE WATTSON)

The Birthday Party Project – a philanthropy partner of Park Cities NCL that provides homeless children with parties and gifts for

their birthdays –has struggled to serve as efficiently as in previous years without the ability to throw birthday parties.

Park Cities NCL co-vice president of philanthropy Becky Gould, instead, came up with a new way of giving back this year

while still staying safe: a drive-by. President Sherri Owen, along with this year’s executive board members, recently gathered outside

of University Park United Methodist Church (UPUMC), where members could drop off donated birthday gifts for teenagers affiliated with the Birthday Party Project. “We came to realize that most people like to give gifts to the younger aged children,” Gould said. “The teen boys and girls don’t have as many gifts on their shelves, so we really wanted to flood that age group with gifts that our own children would like to receive.” Around 200 mothers and daughters came to the event, donating over 400 gifts, including items such as blankets, books, and sweatshirts. By the end of the drive-by, the number of gifts donated was not only the largest collection of gifts for teen boys and girls ever made to The Birthday Party Project but also the largest donation the nonprofit has ever received from a single event. “Park Cities NCL has a huge generous heart and a huge drive to give back to the community,” Gould said. “I think that celebrating the day of your birth is one of the most important celebrations that we have all year long. It gives us hope, as it can seem like a dark time right now, and we all need a little bit of hope no matter where we are.”

On the Fence About Cartoons? Max Dillard decorates temporary park barrier with characters By Shaye Wattson People Newspapers

Since attending college at the University of Texas, University Park resident Max Dillard has drawn cartoons. After graduating, his collegiate side hustle turned into a consistent pastime with Dillard continuing to draw for his benefit and illustrating various projects. When he became a grandfather, his cartoons found a new purpose, serving as gifts for his grandchildren and entertainment for the entire family. With the recent pandemic confining him to his home alongside Caruth Park, Dillard decided to share his lifetime hobby with the neighborhood by hanging cartoons on the park fence. “University Park put up an eight-foot fence, which ended up blocking our view of

the park, and I wondered what to do with that blank, green wall,” Dillard said. “Memorial Day was coming up, and I wanted to do something to celebrate all of the veterans, so I made my first ‘fence toon.’” For Memorial Day, Dillard carved and drew a depiction of the military graffito “Kilroy,” which was popular with American soldiers during World War II and was often accompanied by the tag “Kilroy Was Here.” Following Memorial Day, Dillard continued to make a ‘fence toon’ each week with subjects ranging from the construction workers seen near his house to cartoon classics like Yosemite Sam and Donald Duck. “With each ‘fence toon,’ we saw more people coming to see them,” Dillard said. “Whenever I put a new one up, my neighbors would come to see what the new cartoon was. Some parents made it a game with their kids to see how many cartoons they could name.”

It’s been fun to see everyone looking at the ‘fence toons’ and to receive requests from my neighbors on what character to draw next. Max Dillard

Max Dillard traces his cartoon drawings to transfer them onto plywood. His great-grandson Bronn Minter poses with ‘Kilroy,’ a character popular with U.S. soldiers during World War II. (PHOTOS COURTESY PAMELA MINTER)

To begin his process, Dillard first draws the cartoon of his choosing either from a reference photo or memory. Then, he transfers that drawing by tracing it onto a sheet of plywood, which will be the base of the ‘fence toon.’ Once done, the plywood is painted and left to dry before it is completed and nailed to the fence. “It’s been fun to see everyone looking at the ‘fence toons’ and to receive requests from my neighbors on what character to draw

next,” Dillard said. “I’m through making them, but I definitely think they have helped to bring the community (together) during this time.” After over three months of ‘fence toons,’ University Park has notified Dillard that the fence he has been using to display his creations will be taken down shortly. Despite their inevitable removal, however, the neighborhood will still remember the 13 ‘fence toons’ and the impressions they left behind.


Thanksgiving and Hozhoji It’s impossible to predict, but with any luck, November will be bookended by a presidential election and the coming together of families and friends at that uniquely American holiday, Thanksgiving. In this weirdest of years, the election may still be ongoing at turkey time if there are contentious recounts. Along with the turkey LEN BOURLAND and stuffing and pies might be a bottle of Maalox for indigestion. Hopefully, there will be glorious fall foliage and crisp weather to distract us. This holiday that celebrates the feast of newly arrived pilgrims with the Native Americans used to come with church hymns, grade school children dressing up and re-enacting the landing of the Mayflower. Along with the anticipation of the all-important meal, there comes football, parades, and the kickoff of Christmas shopping on Black Friday. We are called to be thankful, but to whom? In ages past, that was God, but the G-word is now politically incorrect. Like every other holiday in 2020, this promises to be quite different. People will be masking up for groceries and social distancing at any sporting event and malls. So many of the grade schools aren’t even in session that plays and chorales are off the table. Plus, the story itself may also be a thing of the past given cancel culture. The pilgrims and early settlers will no doubt be excoriated by the revisionists. It is true that in our history that the Native Americans were not well treated with the Westward expansion. It is also true that many participated in man’s inhumanity to man. Woe to the conquered enslaved by the Apache or Comanche, whose torture methods would not be appetizing at the dinner table. Violence comes with tribal wars, world wars, civil wars, gang wars, street brawlers, and knows no color or nationality. It gives us a deep yearning for peace. So while my youngest grandchildren may never be in a Thanksgiving play like their siblings, parents, and grandparents, it is incumbent on family and friends to tell the story of Thanksgivings past, while adapting to the new normal, whatever that turns out to be. Perhaps despite being a divided rather than a united nation, we could all look to this concept of Navajo people: Hozhoji. It’s unpronounceable to my tongue but means to live a life of beauty, balance, and blessing with intention — all the time. What a Thanksgiving benediction that would be. Reach Len Bourland at lenbourland@gmail.com.

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What Goes Into Boxcar Design? Couple Seeks To Help Bridge Ronald McDonald House supporters customize Trains at NorthPark looks Education Disparities By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers

A Preston Hollow couple helped get technology resources for Dallas ISD students in a big way this fall by matching gifts to Teach For America DFW up to $50,000.

The pandemic couldn’t derail Trains at NorthPark but did bring new protocols: daily deep cleaning, cashless transactions, tickets for specific dates only, social distancing and masks requirements, and hand sanitizer dispensed at the entrance. (PHOTO: BETHANY ERICKSON)

By Maddie Spera

People Newspapers Every holiday season for the past 33 years, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas has made model train dreams come true. Texas’s largest miniature train display will run from Nov. 14 to Jan. 3, 2021, fueled as always by its supporters’ generosity and creativity. Supporters can purchase a variety of cars, and proceeds go to RMHD to allow the charity to continue providing a comfortable place to stay for families with seriously ill children in nearby hospitals. “Each individual railcar design is custom requested by the purchaser and hand-painted by RMHD seasonal contract artists,” said Kathlyn McGuill, special events manager for RMHD. “When the railcar is ready, and we’ve checked it twice, it goes to the Trains at NorthPark for display. Purchasers can then hunt for their family’s unique railcar inside the exhibit.” Trains will be displayed both on the tracks and along the wall, and all of the railcars will be rotated throughout the course of the exhibit to make it onto the tracks at least once. They can also be placed on the tracks upon request by the train engineers on site.

The RMHD contract artists paint about 600-700 cars each year, and there have been thousands of designs that have made it through the exhibit over the years. McGuill recalled some of the unique requests received over the years. “The onion domes of the Russian architectural style on a castle were requested my first year,” McGuill said. “And then a baby gender reveal was done by a couple who was expecting last year. They gave us the gender and said to paint a purple railcar if it was a girl or a turquoise railcar if it was a boy, and then they went to the exhibit to hunt for it with their family to find out the gender.” McGuill said that it takes about three weeks from the date of a railcar purchase to make it to the exhibit, and advises participants to order a car by mid-December to see it displayed before the exhibition closes.

WA N T T O H E L P ? Visit thetrainsatnorthpark.com or contact Kathlyn McGuill at kmcguill@rmhdallas.org to support The Trains at NorthPark. For sponsorship information, contact Diane Fullingim at dfullingim@rmhdallas.org.

We are very concerned about the education disparity based on what zip code you’re born into, and we try to get involved in organizations that are working to provide excellent education to students no matter where they live. Chris Popolo “The first 100 days of school is always the most critical to get students the resources they need to succeed,” said Rea Foster, executive director of Teach For America DFW. “This year, that need is even more urgent. We hope that with Teach For America DFW’s new giving campaign and thanks to the generosity of Chris and Joe Popolo, we are able to enable our teachers to continue to guide their students through these unprecedented times.” The Popolos have had a donor-advised fund at Communities Foundation since 2008 with giving focused on faith-based institutions, education, and organizations that promote opportunity regardless of race or socioeconomic class. “We are very concerned about the education disparity based on what zip code you’re born into, and we try to get involved in orga-

Chris and Joe Popolo. (COURTESY PHOTO) nizations that are working to provide excellent education to students no matter where they live,” Chris said. Teach For America finds, develops, and supports a network of people who commit at least two years of teaching in an under-resourced public school. Teach For America DFW has served more than 400,000 students and trained more than 1,700 teachers. The Popolos got involved when it launched here in 2009. Chris Popolo and Teach For America founder Wendy Kopp both graduated from Highland Park High School in 1985. “So we were so excited when they finally were able to break into the Dallas market and open up here in DISD, and I just think it’s the perfect model for serving low and middle-income children,” Chris said. “Even though the Teach for America teachers may only be a small percentage of the total teaching staff at the school, I think their influence permeates throughout the school and just from the way they address the students as scholars and setting an expectation that you can go to college and you can succeed in school.” She also noted that the COVID-19 pandemic had widened existing disparities in education. “The kids in private schools who have access to technology and good Wi-Fi are going to survive this virtual learning environment even though it’s not great even under those circumstances,” Chris said. “But when you have kids who don’t have great access to technology in the home, may not have great internet service, may have a lot of kids at home and distractions, working parents that may not be able to sit with them – those education gaps are just going to continue to widen.”


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Advocating Education In The Philippines

Park Cities Rotarian helps bring computer learning centers to needy children By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers

Bud Naifeh of the Rotary Club of Park Cities couldn’t have known when he started a project to advance computer literacy and education in the Philippines just how vital those skills and resources would be in the time of COVID-19. Naifeh has served as a Peace Corps volunteer and with an organization called The Little Children of the Philippines, which gives sponsorships for children to help provide education and basic needs like food. Naifeh said Little Children of the Philippines sponsors almost 700 children ranging from elementary to high school age and another 100 or so college students. He and his wife, Stella, joined the Peace Corps in 2005 and volunteered with them until the beginning of 2008. “My wife...was assigned to Little Children of the Philippines to help them with their career plans and their English skills, and we got so involved with the children that we ended up sponsoring four ourselves,” Naifeh said. “Our oldest just graduated from university in 2017, and the three girls are going to be seniors next year, and they’ll be going to college after.” The couple also serves on the advisory board of Little Children of the Philippines.

LEFT: Bud Naifeh (center) partners with people in the Philippines to provide computer centers and other educational resources to needy children. (COURTESY PHOTOS) Their project with Rotary put a computer learning center in every public elementary school in the city of Dumaguete in the southern Philippines. “We started when I was a Peace Corps volunteer in 2006, and then all this talk about how could we help children...to find jobs...it came to mind that the key to fighting poverty and allowing people to raise themselves up is education, and so we’ve been advocating education,” Naifeh said. He noted that most public school children in that community didn’t see a computer until they were in high school at the time. In 2010-2012, Naifeh said they were able to work with rural

schools with a small grant from Rotary, and then in 2017, the mayor of Dumaguete got in touch about doing the computer literacy project in the city. He said they raised $107,000, of which $42,000 was provided by Dumaguete, for the project. He said he sought to have what students learn in textbooksreinforced in the computer learning centers. “We specialize in English, math, and science, and we produced software that allows the children studying those subjects in their textbooks to have that information reinforced (during) their day at the computer learning center,” Naifeh said.

“We got everything going and then later, as we got near the end of the project, and we still had

It came to mind that the key to fighting poverty and allowing people to raise themselves up is education, and so we’ve been advocating education. Bud Naifeh

a little money, they asked if we would provide them with an additional 18 large screen TVs so they could teach other subjects... we did that, and that was it,” Naifeh said. “It was just wonderful finishing it up, and we were all excited about doing something else or something more, but then the pandemic came, and there wasn’t any communication between any of us except I talked with my Rotary partners in the Philippines.” He noted that students in the Philippines began school again in June, and the Little Children of the Philippines purchased computers to facilitate remote learning.


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Sports

FROM SCOTS TO SAILORS Ghobriel, Turner will share Naval Academy experience By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers

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he decade-long friendship between a hard-hitting linebacker and a tough-nosed lacrosse midfielder started at a youth tennis tournament. Patrick Turner and Anthony Ghobriel each have other athletic interests these days, but their bond has remained tight, both on and off the field, since they met as first-graders at Hyer Elementary School. “We ended up hanging out a lot, and we’ve always been on the same teams,” Ghobriel said. “It made our friendship a lot easier.” Both of the Highland Park seniors will be competing next season for the U.S. Naval Academy — Turner in football and Ghobriel in lacrosse. “It was a real coincidence,” Turner said. “I had no say in telling him where to go.” The dual commitments weren’t preplanned. Turner pledged to attend the academy over the summer, choosing the Midshipmen over dozens of Division I

scholarship offers. He hadn’t visited the 338-acre campus in Annapolis, Maryland, before making his decision. So he consulted with Ghobriel, who had played multiple lacrosse tournaments in nearby Baltimore and raved about touring the academy. “It kind of helped me make my decision,” said Turner, a three-year starter on defense for the Scots. “I was looking for a school that had the perfect blend of sports and academics.” Shortly after Turner committed, Ghobriel received an offer from the academy’s lacrosse program. His verbal commitment came a few weeks later. “It’s a really great academic institution and would set me up well for my future,” Ghobriel said. “It was the best fit for me. [Turner] going there too was like a bonus.” Ghobriel, a faceoff midfielder for lacrosse and a reserve running back for the HP football team, will be the first person in his family to serve in the military. He’s considering a career in public service. “I’d be happy serving my country,” he

I was looking for a school that had the perfect blend of sports and academics. Patrick Turner

TOP, FROM LEFT: U.S. Naval Academy-bound Scots Patrick Turner and Anthony Ghobriel. BOTTOM, FROM LEFT: Anthony Ghobriel and Patrick Turner became friends as first graders at Hyer Elementary School. (COURTESY PHOTOS) said. “That part of the decision wasn’t difficult. I had never really thought of it.” Turner and Ghobriel cannot be roommates in college because they’re playing different sports. But they definitely won’t be far apart. “It’s one of those lifelong friends that you always have. Our families are friends, too,” Turner said. “It will be fun.”

Despite Injury, Anna Claire Nichol Keeps Leading Lady Scots

Senior acts as student-coach from the bench while anticipating her return to the court By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers

Although her role has changed, Anna Claire Nichol remains as valuable as ever for the Highland Park volleyball team. Nichol is the only four-year starter on the Lady Scots roster, but a shoulder injury suffered this summer has kept her on the sidelines. While she heals, she’s had to transition from outside hitter to more of a student coach. “I’m hoping to get back on the court, but right now, I’m watching to see how I can help people and still be a leader,” Nichol said. “I’ve enjoyed it, but it’s not the situation I want to be in. I’m trying to make the most of it.” HP head coach Michael Dearman noticed Nichol’s vocal presence three years ago when she was the only freshman starter on a senior-laden squad.

Anna Claire Nichol has been a force at the net throughout her time at Highland Park. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY) “There were times she would speak up and say things that not even the seniors were saying, that needed to be said,” Dearman said. “She wasn’t shy about doing it. I knew then that her leadership was

going to be key for us.” Until seventh grade, Nichol was primarily a soccer player who resisted suggestions that she try volleyball because of her height. When she finally took the court,

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at the net. She has been verbally committed to Wake Forest since midway through her sophomore year and can officially sign with the Demon Deacons in November. Meanwhile, Nichol hopes to return to the court this season. Until then, she’s embraced her responsibilities as a captain from the bench. “She’s been a real asset to us in practice and in matches. She sees things more like coaches would see. It shows signs of a very mature player,” Dearman said. “I think it’s going to benefit her and give her a different perspective once she does come back.”

I’m hoping to get back on the court, but right now, I’m watching to see how I can help people and still be a leader. Anna Nichol


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Scottie Scheffler Adds Top Rookie Honors to Breakthrough PGA Season

Former Scots standout navigates odd year but misses U.S. Open after COVID-19 diagnosis

appearance at the PGA Championship, playing in the final group on Sunday. Two weeks later, at a tour playoff event in Boston, Scheffler became just the 11th player in history to record a competitive round of 59. His second-round card featured 12 birdies and no bogeys.

By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers

While most of us are ready for 2020 to end, Scottie Scheffler might want this year to keep going. The former Highland Park golf standout managed a terrific season and was named the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, an award voted upon by his peers. Coincidentally, the recognition came just one day after Scheffler had to withdraw from the U.S. Open because of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. But that registers as a minor setback amid an otherwise stellar campaign. Scheffler, 24, raised his game level to match the best in the world and navigated a year of unprecedented health challenges and schedule shuffling with the savvy of a tour veteran. “I feel like I had a really solid rookie season. If you would have told me that would have been my results going in, I would have been pleased,” Scheffler said. “I would have liked to have had a win, but I feel like that’s coming on the horizon. My game feels like it’s in a good spot for sure.” He posted three top-10 finishes in the first half of the season, then struggled when play resumed after a three-month pandemic-related hiatus. Then in August, he became a household name. Scheffler tied for fourth during his first

I would have liked to have had a win, but I feel like that’s coming on the horizon. Scottie Scheffler

Scottie Scheffler is preparing for his first Masters appearance beginning Nov. 12. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY)

Flash forward another two weeks, and Scheffler came in fifth at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, progressively lowering his score during each of the four rounds in the season finale. “It definitely stunk sitting at home all week and watching the U.S. Open, especially the way I was playing leading into it. I felt I had a chance of winning,” Scheffler said. “It’s the world we live in. I felt OK, and came out on the other side recovered.” Now healthy and still seeking his first tour victory, Scheffler will turn his attention to his first Masters appearance beginning Nov. 12. The event was rescheduled after being postponed in April, and for Scheffler, the timing probably couldn’t be better.

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im Mueller, managing partner for the distinguished law firm Verner Brumley Mueller Parker, said success in the emotionally-charged family law arena comes down to two things: experience and service. “Our diversity and the range of experience that we can provide means there’s going to be very little that is going to be presented that somebody in our firm hasn’t dealt with firsthand over the years,” he said. “We are one of the largest family law firms, yet at the same time, we still give that same mom-and-pop personal attention. I think that’s

extremely important.” Divorce cases can be complicated, especially for high net worth individuals with various properties, businesses and other considerations. Verner Brumley’s expertise in this arena is one important point of differentiation in the market. “What we’ve always done very well is take those highnet-worth individuals with extremely complicated cases and resolve those issues, be it in litigation or in the boardroom,” Mueller said. “We understand the various asset elements

that make these cases so complex—trusts, commercial properties and the like—not just here throughout Texas, but also throughout the world.” “I think that’s something that’s extremely unique. If we need to work with somebody who is in Colorado on a case that we’re handling, it’s not just somebody we looked up online. It’s somebody we know has a high level of expertise, who we’ve worked with and who we have a history with.” At the same time, the firm’s attorneys never lose sight of the human element of divorce, specifically as it involves


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custody issues. Mueller said one hallmark of the practice is to take ownership of all the client’s needs, legal or otherwise. “At the end of the day, a client is not just simply a custody battle, they’re not just simply a divorce or a post-marital agreement,” he said. “There’s a holistic approach that we try to take with our clients, to let them know we can be their point of contact for nearly anything. We’ve put people in touch with counselors, we’ve referred them to wealth advisors, and lots more. That’s the type of service that we strive for.”

Mueller, who graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Rhodes College in Memphis and cum laude from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University, jokes he’s still the “new kid” even after more than 15 years in family law. Such is the nature of the longevity of the firm. “We’re in the personal services industry,” Mueller said. “For everything that has changed over the years, one thing that is as true today around here as it ever was, is that longevity is key. I tell clients all the time, this is not going to

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“Different people complement the firm in different ways and every single one of us has our strengths. In this regard, we’re far and beyond our competitors,” said Francesca Blackard, partner. “We’re diverse in all ways, by language, ethnicity, religion, age. We’ve set the bar and it’s something we’re very proud of. “We are definitely the first family law firm in Dallas to be so diverse and it’s another reason why we’re the premium service in Dallas.” McClure, Blackard and fellow partner Robert Epstein form the nucleus of expertise at the firm, which has seen an uptick in business lately across all age groups. “We’re seeing a trend to ‘gray divorces’ where people who are older are getting divorced,” Blackard said. “We’re also seeing people in their younger years getting divorced. In the past, we hadn’t seen so many long-term marriages ending in divorce, but now we’re seeing those on the rise, too.” Each case brings its own special consideration, which McClure Law Group is more than equipped to handle, McClure said.

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Real Estate Quarterly LEADING LADIES

Woman-owned Construction Company Sets Example for New Generation of Girls By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

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eal estate agent Alex Prins works with a lot of builders, but he insists those with Build TX Solutions, a woman-owned company finishing up his new listing off of Lovers Lane and Inwood Road, are some of the best work he’s seen. “I list a lot of builders’ homes, and these ladies seriously have such an eye for detail, finishing, and the building process,” he wrote in an email to People Newspapers. With that tip, we sat down to talk with two of the three women involved in the project at 7602 Roper St. – Jennifer Murray, the investor, and Yelitza Mora, who owns Build TX Solutions with Daniela Mendoza. (Answers have been edited for brevity, to see our entire conversation with Murray and Mora, go to peoplenewspapers.com.)

It’s not extremely common to see all-women construction companies - what are some of the things you’ve come up against in the field? Mora: It was very difficult because you have those guys that are like, ‘No, I’m used to working with a guy; I’m only going to listen to what the guy has to say.’ But then when they talk to say, Daniella, who is our project manager, they’re like, ‘OK, well, at least they know what they’re talking about.’ They’re the ones that still work with us … they are family. Our customers, they embrace us. I think some people like it, especially girls, and girls are

usually the ones that make the decisions when it comes to a home remodel or a new home. It’s easier for us to connect with them. They feel understood. Do you hope that your example might encourage more girls to take up a construction trade? Mora: Oh, I would hope so. Yeah. A 100%. The more they see that, the more we’re going to make people understand that it’s OK to be a girl and be in an all-male dominated industry. We are as capable and as intelligent and as driven as everybody else. So why not? So what are some things that will stand out about this house? Murray: When we started the project, we said, ‘What do we want to build?’ And we wanted to build something that wasn’t too modern – we saw that a lot of places that were going up in the area were very modern and kind of cold and stark. We wanted to do something that was a little bit traditional, but at the same time modern, and decided on a modern farmhouse look. And basically for, for the whole house, they would give me four different options for each room, each bathroom. I would have four different options to choose from the kitchen I had different options to choose from. And they made it so easy for me who was building this house too, to do the project. I mean, so it’s just been a really good experience from, from my standpoint, they made it easy. I think we have the nicest home.

FROM LEFT: Real estate agent Alex Prins is working to sell a home on Roper Street built by Build TX Solutions’ Yelitza Mora and Daniela Mendoza. (PHOTOS: DESIREE ROBERTS)

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Preston Hollow Perfection 9323 Rockbrook Drive Offered for $2,750,000 5 Bed / 6.1 Bath / 5,627 Sq.Ft. Alex Perry 214.926.0158 alex.perry@alliebeth.com

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Rare Building Opportunity 5222 Walnut Hill Lane Offered for $2,995,000 2.19 Acres Building Site / Creek Lot Clarke Landry 214.316.7416 clarke.landry@alliebeth.com

Classic Park Cities 3008 Rosedale Avenue Offered for $1,625,000 4 Bed / 4.1 Bath / 4,129 Sq.Ft. Susan Bradley 214.674.5518 susan.bradley@alliebeth.com


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Gracious on Gillon 3502 Gillon Avenue Offered for $1,649,000 3 Bed / 3.1 Bath / 2,996 Sq.Ft. Doris Jacobs 214.537.3399 doris.jacobs@alliebeth.com

Prime Highland Park Lot 4301 Armstrong Parkway SOLD, Represented Buyer Offered for $4,395,000 / 0.55 Acres / Corner Lot Marc Ching 214.728.4069 marc.ching@alliebeth.com

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A Curated Ritz Lifestyle 2525 N. Pearl Street #1202 Offered for $5,995,000 2 Bed / 2.2 Bath / 4,257 Sq.Ft. Stephanie Archer 214.673.6933 stephanie.archer@alliebeth.com

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Building Permits, Insurance Claims Slow Post-Tornado Recovery A year later, Preston Hollow homebuilder talks about customer service challenges By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

After the tornado sirens quieted and the rain let up last year, John Hawkins headed out that stormy Oct. 20 night to see how many of the Preston Hollow homes his company built remained standing. He was confident that his Hawkins-Welwood Homes teams had crafted houses that could stand up to a lot - but a massive tornado in an area that took a direct hit? “We had two houses under construction, and I could get to one on Brookshire, but literally physically could not safely get to one we had on Pemberton,” he said. “There were electrical lines down, and a policeman just said, ‘Look, you know, you face a real danger,’ so I called it a night about 10:30. “But then Monday morning with the benefit of light, all of our guys were checking up on all our homeowners that we had most recent experiences with.” The company’s first goal was to get the homes secured from the elements. Then they ordered new shingles. Windows were next because they had the longest wait time. But in between waiting for that, the crews fixed damaged fences, trees, and landscaping and assisted homeowners with filing insurance claims. “We were at those houses as part of what you might call triage, where we were getting tarps and covering roofs,” Hawkins said. “It rained on either Tuesday or Wednesday after the tornado, so we were under a lot of pressure

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because we could see the forecast coming, and we had to get their roof covered before the rain because they were in pretty bad shape.” But as it turns out, the biggest obstacles to getting families back in their homes wasn’t the downed power lines and debris – it was getting insurance claims squared away and obtaining permits to do the work. “It was very difficult for both the homeowners and the insurance companies – the insurance companies want to settle, but they were so overwhelmed by the number of claims in a very small area,” Hawkins said. “And they don’t have enough personnel to really do it and do it well. “In a couple of cases, we have had clients threaten to sue insurance companies, not because the insurance companies don’t want to pay, but they’re just so bogged down,” he added. Hawkins said his company was right there with a client when insurance adjusters arrived, helping document things like what materials used. “We became kind of an advocate for the homeowner,” he said. Hawkins said that builders are consistently coming up against significant delays in getting building permits from the city of Dallas, too. “It is so difficult to get a building permit in the city of Dallas right now - we’re waiting eight weeks to get a building permit on a new home, and it’s unrelated to the tornado,” he said. “It’s not easy to get a permit in normal time, but it’s been considerably worse with the pandemic.”

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Small Spaces, Smart Design Just because you have a small room in your home doesn’t MARGARET m e a n that CHAMBERS you can’t go big on style. Designing a small space can present some unique challenges, but it also encourages you to be more thoughtful about what you bring into the room. If you’re looking to get the most out of your small space, these tips may be helpful. To start with, take time to really think about your needs and your routine. Walk through the space and note any blank walls or corners that aren’t serving a purpose. Whenever possible, take advantage of vertical wall space to add additional storage. If you’ve read other small space decorating guides, you probabl y know that buying multi-purpose furniture is a must. Some examples of multi-purpose furniture include beds with built-in storage, bookcases with built-in desks, hollow ottomans, and sofa beds. It ’s crucial to make sure you’re purchasing the correct scale furniture. A major advantage to hiring an interior designer is that they will carefully measure your space and find pieces that are just the right proportion—or have them custom-made, if need be. As a designer, many times I will use Lucite or glass furniture in a small space. A clear coffee table fades into its surroundings,

making the room feel more expansive. Mirrors are another common solution for small spaces. They add more dimension to an otherwise flat wall and reflect light into the room. Bathrooms and powder rooms don’t have to be spacious to be appealing. To make a small powder room feel more luxurious, splurge on a few nice materials and finishes. If you prefer to take showers over baths, don’t take up too much floor space with a large tub in your bathroom. Patterned wallpaper with bold graphics is a great way to give small bathrooms a big impact. When it comes to paint color, designers approach small spaces in different ways. Some say you should paint the walls white to help the space feel more open. Others say that a dark paint color gives your room a cozy, jewel-box feel. In my opinion, there is no right or wrong answer: Instead, you should decide what kind of feel you want your small space to have, and go from there. W hen a small room is thoughtfully designed, visitors won’t notice its size: instead, they ’ ll admire the beautiful space you’ve created. Margaret Chambers, a registered interior designer and member of the American Society of Interior Designers, leads Chambers Interiors and Associates. Her colleague Caitlin Crowley helped edit this column. Find more design advice at chambersinteriors.com/blog.

TOP: Daybeds are multi-purpose, functioning as places to sleep, lounge, or sit. BOTTOM LEFT: Floor-to-ceiling shelves add plenty of storage space to this small library from a home in Kessler Park. BOTTOM RIGHT: The glass and acrylic game table next to this mirror fades into the background and can also double as an extra dining spot. (PHOTOS: MICHAEL HUNTER, NATHAN SCHRODER)


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ON THE INTERNET signaturephv.com The City Homes condo building will feature 21 residences. (PHOTO: PROVIDENT REALTY ADVISORS)

By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers

New luxury condos coming to The Signature Collection are expected to offer the quality Preston Hollow residents have come to expect from Rosewood Custom Builders, PHV Series, and SHM Architects. City Homes, a single-level condominium offering within The Signature Collection, will be the final phase of The Signature Collection, joining the urban-style Courtyard Homes and the expansive Classic Homes in the gated residential community under construction in Preston Hollow Village. The 42-acre mixeduse development at Walnut Hill and U.S. 75 also includes office, retail, multi-family, and single-family product types. At the intersection of Walnut Hill Lane and Kingsway Avenue, City Homes will feature 21 luxury residences in a community of 75 homes. The residences range from 2,199 to 2,629 square feet and come in six open plans for entertaining and a mix of two and three bedrooms. “Typically, we see a lot of condos in this market in a more urban-feeling environment. This building will be a part of a beautifully landscaped residential community,” said The Signature Collection sales director Nancy Holloway. “You’re going to have urban conveniences, but

it will feel like you’re in a single-family neighborhood.” The Signature Collection is a collaboration between developer Leon J. Backes of Provident Realty Advisors, design by Luc Dauwe of Rosewood Custom Builders, PHV Series, architecture by Enrique Montenegro of SHM Architects, and landscape architecture by studioOutside. “We have seen an overwhelming amount of interest in our homes,” said Holloway. “Our offering is a sought-after change from most homes on the market in Preston Hollow as they offer exceptional design, walkability, and little to no yard maintenance. Our buyers and interested parties are both local and coming from out of state, especially California.” She also noted the Signature Collection community boasts an easy walk to dining options, Trader Joe’s, and even doctors’ offices. “People love the walkability of this neighborhood. Dining, restaurants, Trader Joe’s, fitness centers... I’m seeing a huge trend of people wanting to walk places,” said Holloway. “This community is one of the only ones I know of that’s gated and has such close access to all those shops, restaurants, and services.” She said construction on the single-family homes should start in January. Then the condominium building is expected to kick off in February and take about 18-20 months to complete. City Homes begin at $1.2 million.

MARKET NUMBERS: PARK CITIE S Month

Closed Median sales price

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

June 2019

97

$1,492,500

$387

95%

435

71

7.4

Sept. 2019

58

$1,007,500

$360

93%

394

89

6.9

Dec. 2019

70

$1,389,500

$417

94.9%

222

87

3.7

March 2020

62

$1,276,000

$376

96%

245

61

3.8

June 2020

76

$1,244,500

$411

96%

298

54

5.3

Sept. 2020

89

$1,295,750

$426

95%

242

58

3.7

MARKET NUMBERS: PRE STON HOLLOW Month

Closed Median sales price

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

June 2019

70

$997,000

$273

96%

446

65

8.2

Sept. 2019

55

$932,500

$278

95%

435

80

8.1

Dec. 2019

77

$1,080,000

$268

94%

254

96

4.5

Dec. 2019

77

$1,080,000

$268

94%

254

96

4.5

June 2020

75

$1,144,500

$316

94%

338

116

6.2

Sept. 2020

68

$888,500

$294

95%

291

65

4.9

Source: North Texas Real Estate Information Systems Inc.


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HOUSE OF THE MONTH 4020 Glenwick Lane

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xceptional modern living with the highest quality construction and architectural design combine in this 10,000-plus-square-foot custombuilt Tatum Brown-SHM contemporary masterpiece on more than half an acre in prestigious Volk Estates. The richly designed home comes with luxury appointments, including rare Italian imported horizontal line travertine-unfilled, unhoned, and limestone. Sky Frame phantom doors line the dining and living

areas, seamlessly connecting indoor and outdoor living. The elegant owner’s suite features custom doors, detailed finishes, and a private balcony. The home has five bedrooms. The home has multiple living areas with a sophisticated downstairs library, lounge, and a marble waterfall wet bar. The culinary kitchen features an island, professional appliances, and marble finishes. Three outdoor living spaces overlook the pool, fountain, spa, and turfed yard.

How To Encourage Your Loved One With Dementia To Get Moving Again! - Just A Few Key Things To Know To Get Started, & One Magic Secret That Works VERY WELL! By Leading Balance Expert, Dr. Jeffrey Guild, Physical Therapist Are you frustrated trying to encourage your loved one suffering with dementia to move more? Are you worried about the toll a lack of exercise will take on your loved one with dementia? Are you worried about your loved one with dementia losing strength and balance? Empowering someone to move with dementia is like an iceberg. What you want to do is harness the HUGE amount of movement below the surface. This is the movement the person has done their whole life. Their BODY REMEMBERS how to move the way it did for decades. The key is to bring that out! Tip 1: Stick With What Your Loved One Has Done Recently. If your loved one used a walker or cane the past several years, start using that. If they did not use a walking device, they are not likely to be able to start now. Tip 2: Stay Away From Formal Exercise (Unless exercise was part of the person’s life): Build leg strength and endurance by encouraging your loved one to move from one place to the next. Stick with practical everyday tasks. Tip 3: The Magic Secret Tip! WALK HOLDING THEIR HAND. Hand-holding while walking with your loved one works great for most people! It

provides the balance the person needs, empowers the person to move where they want to go without a cane or walker, and it is a NORMAL thing that people do every day. Want more information & solutions? My new special report provides Actionable Tips that will empower you to take care of your loved one suffering with dementia. And the best thing is, it’s 100% FREE, and you’re under no-obligation to buy anything when you call. IMPORTANT: My offer to send you this report FREE must come with a restriction on the number I can mail out this week… so it’s critical that you call TODAY and request your free report now. What To Do Next? Call: (214) 712-8242 (Leave a Message 24/7) & Choose: • Option 1: Have your FREE Report mailed or emailed to you • Option 2: Free Report + FREE Balance/Fall Screen Or Discovery Visit Author Dr. Jeffrey Guild, Physical Therapist is owner of Optimove Physical Therapy & Wellness. You can contact him at (214) 712-8242 or email at J.Guild@OptimoveDFW.com

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Business

HUSBAND AND WIFE DUO LAUNCH SECOND RUG SHOWROOM Alireza Talebi and Fara Kayone or as some know them, Mr. and Mrs. Abrash

Greenway Parks duo Alireza Talebi and Fara Kayone founded Abrash Rug Gallery in 1999, and this year they launched Abrash Modern as an extension of their brand. (PHOTOS: MARYANNE ZAMORA, VISUAHOLIC, LLC)

By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

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or more than 20 years, Greenway Parks duo Alireza Talebi and Fara Kayone have been feathering the nests of local homes with the rugs they import from all over the globe. Now they’ve opened a second showroom. The couple founded Abrash Rug Gallery in 1999, and this year they launched Abrash Modern as an extension of their brand. The inspiration for the name, they said, came when a friend pointed out that the two loved rugs that contain “abrash” – a term for the color changes or striations running horizontally across the face of a handmade rug.

“Well, there you have it,” their friend Manas said, “of course you should name your showroom Abrash!” The name stuck, and the two are now often known as Mr. and Mrs. Abrash. The new showroom in the Dallas Design Center shows off the company’s extensive collection of new handmade rugs -- all displayed under a custom-made light fixture that spans 400-square-feet. “One day, we just had an ‘aha’ moment and realized – to put it simply – we are in the business of collecting beautiful, handmade objects for our designer clients,” Kayone said. “It was liberating to allow ourselves to graduate from our antique decorative base.” But since rugs are something people typically like to see in person, how

Spending so much time at home really makes people want their homes to be beautiful and become a sanctuary, and we are here to help with that. Alireza Talebi and Fara Kayone

hard was it to do business during the pandemic? “We were luckily able to maintain our steady flow of projects primarily because we are a to-the-trade only showroom and were able to continue working with new changes, as many others have, with email and online web conferencing platforms during the shutdown,” the two said in an email. “Our longstanding history with the Dallas community allowed us to pivot when the pandemic hit, and we were able to provide personal care to each designer given their different comfort levels.” The company sent samples to clients and allowed other clients who felt more comfortable to make appointments to come to the showroom, wearing masks and using social distancing protocols. “We felt it was important to provide easy solutions to previewing product since designers were still running a business during lockdown,” they said. The two said that, like many businesses that offered decorating and design options, the pandemic might have actually increased

interest in sprucing up. “Spending so much time at home really makes people want their homes to be beautiful and become a sanctuary, and we are here to help with that,” they said. “We have seen the nesting period extend as we look into the colder months.” Nonetheless, they are looking forward to a return to normal someday. “What we really, deeply, miss is the more personal aspect of the design business; being able to host designers and their clients at our showrooms,” they said. “We still host daily, by appointment, visits but look forward to getting back to the unmasked and non-social distanced good old days soon. We are, by nature, a very social couple.” See more of our conversation with the couple at PeopleNewspapers.com.

WHERE TO FIND THEM To make appointments or learn more, go to www.abrashrugs.com, or call (214) 573-6262.

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Highland Park Village The store features the brand’s luxury caftans, kimonos, shirts, and turbans and includes one-ofa-kind accessories and styles. “The storefront is inspired by a pink Parisian jewelry box — a wonderland of ornate caftans and kimonos​ ,” co-founder Lindsey McClain said.

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Snider Plaza The pop-up, secondhand shop run by the Friends of the University Park Public Library has leased the location through Nov. 30. “The store started as a quarantine project when the Friends of the University Park Public Library continued to collect donated books,” said Ashley Blanchette, of the Friends of the University Park Public Library. With the library first closed

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during the pandemic and then opened for reduced hours, the Friends needed an outlet to make the books available to the public, she said.

conditioning, sports chiropractic care, and more from movement specialists, including Dr. Blake Wu, Dr. Kayla Keck, Dr. Jessica Novak, and Dr. Austin Hogan.

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Rolls-Royce Celebrates McDonald’s Franchisee’s Success ‘Phantom Phenom’ Lee Bailey leads with her determination, generosity By William Taylor People Newspapers

Judge Highland Park’s Lee Bailey by what she drives or better yet by what she gives. Either way, the repeat RollsRoyce owner impresses people like Heath Strayhan. “Lee is an extraordinary woman, setting the bar each day in her professional and charitable life,” said Strayhan, general manager of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dallas. The dealership recently honored Bailey as the Dallas RollsRoyce Phantom Phenom, an honor doled out as part of a national campaign celebrating how the brand has evolved to include more women owners.

My parents were broke, but I knew their story didn’t have to be my story. Lee Bailey “Rolls-Royce, and especially the Phantom, is often thought of in masculine terms,” said publicist David Alvey, president of Aardvark Communications. “RollsRoyce wanted to show strong women who were Rolls-Royce owners and are also successful entrepreneurs and leading philanthropists.”

FROM LEFT: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dallas general manager Heath Strayhan; Dallas Rolls-Royce Phantom Phenom Lee Bailey; After School All-Stars North Texas interim executive director Justin Hensley. (PHOTO: DAVID ALVEY) Nationwide, the brand honored nine female Roll-Royce owners. “Phantom Phenoms exhibit an aura of presence and power reminiscent of the Rolls-Royce Phantom,” said Martin Fritsches, president and CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Americas. “Lee Bailey defined and achieved her own success, and we are honored that she has chosen a Rolls-Royce motor car to help celebrate that success.”

The Dallas dealership held an intimate dinner for Bailey at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, where she donated $5,000 to the After-School All-Stars North Texas as part of the North Texas Giving Day campaign. The nonprofit agency provides programming to more than 850 students per year at six high-needs schools across Dallas County. Bailey also has supported the

Ronald McDonald House, the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA), Kidney Texas Inc., the Nexus Women’s Auxiliary, Operation Kindness, and Rescue Me DFW. During an After-School AllStars video call from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dallas, she challenged middle school students to aim high. “You can be whatever you choose to be,” she said. “My parents

were broke, but I knew their story didn’t have to be my story.” The Ohio native studied fashion merchandising in Virginia, a college major that didn’t provide immediate career success. “I waited tables at a truck stop in Ohio with a college degree because there were no job opportunities,” she said. “There’s no shame in working any job! As long as it’s honest, good hard work, you can do it.” In 1984, she and her husband moved with their two toddlers to Dallas and opened a McDonald’s franchise, the first of their 63 McDonald’s franchises across North Texas. “We worked so much we really didn’t take vacations,” she told the students. “We spent so much time traveling between our stores, so we poured our passion into cars.” Justin Hensley, interim executive director of After-School AllStars North Texas, said members of the Career Exploration Opportunities club enjoyed learning from Bailey. “Our All-Stars connected with Lee on her story of growth through entrepreneurship, listened to the wisdom she learned on her journey, and relished in the opportunity to explore amazing and unique cars with a true aficionado,” he said. Some more of that Bailey wisdom: “Don’t forget to laugh at yourself. And always be grateful.”


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With Penhole, Use Cell Phone To Tackle Basic Political Questions By William Taylor People Newspapers

Want to get better at participating in representative democracy? A group of young adults has a new app to help with that. “It all began with two simple questions,” James Fletcher said. “Can you name your legislative representatives? If so, do you know how they are representing you day to day by voting? Well, it turns out that the vast majority of people cannot answer the first, and I have only encountered a handful who can speak to the second.’ The friends began working on a solution more than a year ago. “We found that a majority of people are actually interested in knowing the answer to both of these questions,” Fletcher said. “However, it takes too much time

to search for the answers due to a lack of quick accessibility.” Their answer: Penhole. The free app was released in September – in time to help voters before the November election get more familiar with where their federal lawmakers stand. “We believe that this information is vital to our democracy, and so our mission is to provide simple, easily accessible, legislative and representative information straight from the source with no slant or spin,” Fletcher said. Their goal is to provide information on elected officials and legislation at federal, state, and local levels, but, for now, the app only offers federal information, according to penhole.com. After installation, users provide information about where they live so the app can identify their

federal lawmakers, a U.S. representative and two U.S. senators.

The Penhole app helps you identify your lawmakers, see their votes, track issues, and express approval or disapproval of votes as well as pieces of legislation. (SCREENSHOT: WILLIAM TAYLOR)

Users can follow their lawmakers’ votes and select issues to watch. Don’t like a bill or how your lawmaker voted? Give it a thumbs down. Like it? Give it a thumbs up. “We think these ‘user votes’ are incredible indications and data points for elected officials who want to know where their constituents stand on a certain position, bill, or amendment,” Fletcher said. “It is very similar to polling – except there are no tailored questions or targeted demographics. The user input is voluntary and authentic. It is a modern way for people to make their voices heard. If they choose to look at the data we have, politicians can act – in real-time – on what voters in their district want done.” The Penhole executive team

includes Trent Koen as CEO, Tyree Pearson as chief technology officer, Arya Ayati-Ghaffari as chief information officer, and Fletcher as chief operating officer. Still, all of them “wear a lot of different hats,” Fletcher said. “One day, I am speaking with our attorney reviewing a contract, the next meeting with potential investors or clients, and at the end of the week, I’m discussing the technical side with our team,” he said. He and Koen also attend the SMU Dedman School of Law. “We began as a group of students with one goal in mind, provide authentic information straight from the source,” Fletcher said. “We cannot be more excited to bring this product to market during such a crucial time.”

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HYER ELEMENTARY’S NEW FACILITIES COME WITH NODS TO TRADITION

Rebuilt school offers spaces for students to collaborate, spread out, innovate

Students returned to a newly-redone Hyer Elementary when in-person instruction resumed at Highland Park ISD Sept. 8. (PHOTOS: HPISD)

By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers

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hile Hyer Elementary Huskies returned to a newly-rebuilt building in September, some traditions, like parents and children eating together in Balto’s Courtyard, remain. “Balto’s Courtyard has always been a very special place that families would get to (use) when they came for lunch,” principal Debbie Burt said. “They would get to take their kiddo out into the courtyard and have lunch, and so we have a redesigned Balto’s Courtyard.” Balto is the school’s mascot, and a legacy committee helped ensure traditions, like the courtyard, were preserved in the rebuild, Burt said. The rebuild, part of the Highland

Park ISD 2015 bond issue, required Hyer’s temporary relocation to the district’s fifth elementary campus, now home to Boone Elementary, until the Caruth Boulevard campus was ready. “We’re a two-story building right now instead of a one-story building,” Burt said. “We just have incredible, incredible facilities, very new, very fresh.” She said the PTA was ‘instrumental’ in funding upgrades for the building, which boasts two new playgrounds, one still under construction. Burt said the campus is also working on a garden to use as part of the elementary curriculum. The science teacher had a greenhouse on campus before. “I know that she worked with

the kids as part of her curriculum in the greenhouse,” Burt said. “In the past, we’ve had onions and carrots.”

Balto’s Courtyard has always been a very special place that families would get to (use) when they came for lunch. Debbie Burt The new building also has more multi-use space for each grade level. “Sometimes small groups are pulled into that area; sometimes

grade levels or classes partner up to do things in that area,” Burt said. “Having the flexible learning space in each grade level pod has really provided an opportunity for kids and teachers to collaborate more but also (allowed) additional space for kids to spread out.” There’s also a stage in the cafeteria to allow for performances or guest speakers. “Our cafeteria is really big and spacious, and I think it allows a lot of opportunity for flexibility in how we set up student seating in there, but also I think the larger space allows for more efficient processes in the cafeteria,” Burt said. The campus also has an innovation lab where students can do things like work with robotics.

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“Having that space for kids has allowed for a lot of problem-solving, collaboration,” Burt said. “The kids have opportunities to be innovative, and they have opportunities to try things, and then find a better solution, and so it’s a really great opportunity for divergent thinking and kids also learn some persistence and grit in those experiences.”

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2021 NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS: HOW MANY DOES YOUR SCHOOL HAVE? The nonprofit National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), established in 1955, named approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. More than 90 percent of semifinalists attain finalist standing, and more than half of those will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC and approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. Visit nationalmerit.org for more information.

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Student Achievements: Three to Celebrate

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1. A Project for the Birds Want to spend 100-degree weather outside building a structure? A group of boys led by Boy Scout Nicholas Meadows of Highland Parks Troop 82 did just that. The teens completed a 16- by 20- by 12-foot bird enclosure for the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Hutchins. It’s the largest youth-built structure at the center. FROM LEFT: Jack Ryan Berube, 15, Campbell Whann, 16, Jack Wildhalm, 15, Brendan Hall, 14, and Nicholas Meadows, 14. NOT PICTURED:

Conner Whann, 15.

2. Youngest Entrepreneur? Daniel Fuqua knows what children want, and his age has something to do with that. The 6-year-old kindergartener at University Park Elementary began selling toys out of his father’s store in Snider Plaza at age 5. “Girls like unicorns and mermaids and boys like dinosaurs and trucks,” said Daniel, who selects the toy inventory at Plaza Health Foods, where funny animal

hats proved a top seller. The toy venture began after he surprisingly rang up an $80 sale one day after helping a customer pick out children’s vitamins by showing her the ones he takes. Like other merchants, Daniel saw business slow because of COVID-19, but not enough to keep him from achieving nearly $1,000 in sales, his father, Max Fuqua, said. Daniel plans to share profits with the University Park Police Department, who will get a

$100 check. “They are the ones who keep us safe from the bad guys,” the boy said.

3. First Lady Love Bird and Bush lo ving Hyer Elementary School second-grader Maggie Bengtson enjoyed an unforgettable summer, her mother, Kristin Bengtson, tells Park Cities People. Maggie, wanting to give back to the Dallas Audubon and increase her ornithology knowledge, started a summer business,

Texas Birds Treats. She sold 83 birdseed feeders she made in the shape of the state of Texas for $5 and donated half of the $415 in sales to the Dallas Audubon. She also got a handwritten thank you note from Laura Bush after sending the former first lady a gift. “My mom told me how much Mrs. Bush likes nature just like me,” Maggie said. “I wanted to send her a few of my treats for her backyard birds.” – Compiled by William Taylor

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Dallas Academy Internships Dallas Academy and SMU enjoy what academy leaders call as “win-win” arrangement. SMU interns get approximately 1,200 hours of graduation-required on-site training and experience; students of the academy at 950 Tiffany Way get extra therapeutic attention and broader learning. Molly Phillips Grogan, the academy’s director of music therapy and performing arts, said she is delighted “to know that she is making a difference in the shaping of these young professionals, while also being aware of how much skilled help and service Dallas Academy students gain from the SMU interns.” Daniel Tague, SMU assistant professor and chair of music therapy, approached Grogan with the idea three years ago. This year’s intern, Ali Esparza, brings practicum experience in memory care, adult psychiatric care, one-on-developmental intervention, and treatment of young cancer patients. She will observe, co-lead, and lead groups and classes, plus provide individual music therapy interventions via piano, guitar, voice, soprano recorder, ukulele, and a variety of rhythm instruments.

Studying the 19th Amendment SMU is celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Ongoing activities include a virtual library exhibit of items that inspired suffragists during their 72-year fight for the vote and a class that explores the history of balloting for women and its role in U.S. democracy. Visit smu.edu/libraries/degolyer to view “Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes: An Exhibition Marking the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment.” The exhibit includes sheet music for “The Militant Suffrage song,” which opens with the lines, “Tho’ once a little household pet, I’m now a fighting suffragette.” There’s also one of the first treatises on women’s rights, Mary Wollstonecraft’s’ A Vindication of the Rights of Women: With Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects (1792), along with items supporting and opposing women’s suffrage from across the United States. Students in History 1321: Votes for Women! – a course prepared for this year and taught by associate professor Crista DeLuzio – will use materials from the exhibit in their research. “The passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment marked the largest expansion of political democracy in U.S. history. And yet, many women of color were excluded from participating in the political process after 1920,” DeLuzio said. “It is my hope that by studying this history in the context of a pandemic and the renewed efforts of voter suppression in our country, students will realize that the right to vote can never be taken for granted.” – Compiled by William Taylor

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Too Young To Vote, But Not Too Young to Help Others Cast Ballots

Highland Park Young Progressives Club members volunteer as poll workers on Election Day By Shaye Wattson People Newspapers

In the past, Election Day poll workers have traditionally come from an older demographic. According to a Pew Research Center survey, around 58% were ages 61 or older in the 2018 election. This year, however, with the symptoms of COVID-19 posing more significant risks for the immunocompromised, including the elderly, polling stations have seen a shortage of volunteers. While many states require volunteers to be at least 18 years of age, Dallas County has opened up applications for students 16 and older, who have been taking the opportunity to volunteer and be involved.

We may not be able to vote, but we should still work to be involved, learn about candidates, and form our own political opinions. Evelyn Altschuler “I first heard about it from my dad, who was also planning to volunteer,” Highland Park High School senior and co-president of the Young Progressives Club Evelyn Altschuler said. “I realized it was in my best interest to sign up, contacted the Young Progressives Club about the opportunity, and a lot of people signed up.”

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Mira Aravamuthan People lined up outside University Park United Methodist Church for early voting. (PHOTO: RACHEL SNIDER) To volunteer, students had to apply by Sept. 28 with a signed permission slip and take the proper steps with their school principal to obtain an excused absence, if necessary, on Election Day (Many schools, including those HPISD and Dallas ISD scheduled Nov. 3 as a holiday). To be selected, potential volunteers were also required to attend both a virtual and in-person training session where they went over the rules of being a poll worker, the different types of ballots, and the various steps needed to complete their job efficiently.

“Basically, we run the show on Election Day,” senior Mira Aravamuthan said. “It’s also been really interesting to learn about how the election process works through hands-on experience.” Students will be volunteering at various polling stations across Dallas County, performing multiple tasks to ensure the voting process runs smoothly in every aspect. They, along with the other volunteers, are responsible for setting up the booths and taking them down once voting closes. Interacting with voters is another requirement of

the position. Volunteers must verify voter registration and answer any potential questions or confusion voters may have, such as how to mark the ballot. Most importantly, they also directly handle the ballots by passing them out, collecting them, and inserting them into a tabulator. “It’s important to help out because it’s our future,” Altschuler said. “We may not be able to vote, but we should still work to be involved, learn about candidates, and form our own political opinions.”

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Society

NOTHING COMES BETWEEN THEM AND CHRISTMAS MARKET Sisters and their mom take Chi Omega tradition virtual to keep it going By William Taylor People Newspapers

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hen Savannah Eidson Near talks about helping with the Chi Omega Christmas Market her whole life, she’s not exaggerating much. “Does time in-utero count? I have been attending the market since I was a baby,” the 30 year old said. “Growing up, I would go with my mom to her volunteer shift, and then we would shop afterward. I loved sampling all of the treats.” Likewise, her 38-year-old sister made many childhood market memories before becoming a regular volunteer as an adult. For example, she and her brother modeled during a 1985 style show. “My mother loves telling the story of us coming out on stage, in our adorable outfits, and my brother throws all the teddy bear décor off of the stage, and I burst into tears,” Taylor Eidson Wood said. “That was probably the beginning of the end of my modeling career.” This year, the sisters and their mother, Jana Beth Eidson, 64, are the co-chairs for a version of the market that should prove much different than its many predecessors. Instead of filling Centennial Hall at Fair Park, the market, which dates back to 1978, will occur online because of concerns about the pandemic.

It takes thousands of volunteer hours to put together the Chi Omega Christmas Market, and it’s worth every one of them. Taylor Eidson Wood “I am thankful for the technology that allowed us to pivot to a format so we can still support our beneficiaries, as well as give our merchants a revenue stream,” Eidson said. Going virtual opens opportunities for shoppers and merchants far from Dallas, the cochairs said. Expect Zoom calls

MA R KUniversity, E T D E’13; TA I LMS S ’16 School: Baylor SMU, WHAT: 12 Days of Chi Omega Christmas Virtual Market WHEN: Nov. 10-21 WHERE: Online. Visit chiomegaxmas.org and complete the “Contact Us” form to get the 2020 Chi Omega Christmas Virtual Market gift guide or make a donation.

TOP LEFT: 2020 Chi Omega Christmas chairs Savannah Eidson Near, Jana Beth Eidson, and Taylor Eidson Wood. TOP RIGHT: Savannah Near and Taylor Wood volunteering at the 2017 Chi Omega Christmas Market. BOTTOM: Shoppers enjoying the 2017 Chi Omega Christmas Market. (COURTESY PHOTOS) between virtual booth operators and customers. Nevertheless, the women will miss the in-person experiences. Near and Wood had planned to recreate the Sisters duet from the movie White Christmas at the preview night party. “Alas, we will have to save our matching baby blue dresses and feathers for another time,” Near said. “I will miss seeing all of our shoppers, our merchants, and my Chi Omega sisters in person,” Wood said. “I’ll miss all the Christmas trees, booths, and red aprons, as well as the excitement of the shoppers,” Eidson said. One reason for always volunteering with the market is the opportunity to connect with her sorority sisters.

“That gives me a chance to keep up with them in this busy, fast-paced world,” Eidson said. “We don our red aprons at the show and visit with each other as we take up tickets and answer shoppers’ questions.” Another reason, the co-chairs said, is the good accomplished by raising more than $9 million through the years for various nonprofits. Supporting and serving others is a Chi Omega mission. “The Market lives out that charge,” Near said. “From mental health to foster care to fighting breast cancer and breaking cycles of abuse and poverty, our beneficiaries are leading the charge on the frontlines to better the community.” Volunteers spend all year choosing beneficiaries and lining up merchants, entertainment,

food, and décor, Wood said. “It takes thousands of volunteer hours to put together the Chi Omega Christmas Market, and it’s worth every one of them.” FAMILY AFFAIR Jana Beth Eidson Family: husband Jim, children Taylor, Grant, and Savannah Career: Teacher (presently the garden teacher at Armstrong Elementary) School: Stephen F. Austin State University Taylor Eidson Wood Family: husband Ryan, daughter Grace (Chi Omega 2038) Career: Stay at home mom School: Baylor University ‘05 Savannah Eidson Near Family: husband Andrew, dog Luke Career: Counselor at Park Cities Child and Family Counseling

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Power of Prevention Benefits Recovery Resource Council The Power of Prevention, an in-person program presented by K&L Gates and benefiting Recovery Resource Council brought together 75 supporters Sept. 16 at the Hyatt Regency. Former LPGA golfer Laura Baugh shared her experiences as a young mother touring with the LPGA, her struggles with fame and alcoholism, and her recovery journey to today’s 24-years of sobriety. “COVID-19 is not going to hold Recovery Resource Council back f rom raising funds, openly attacking the stigma of substance mis-use and celebrating recovery stories like Laura Baugh’s that emphasize that recovery is possible and sustainable - one day at a time,” Eric Niedermayer, CEO, Recovery Resource Council. From temperature taking to hand sanitizing stations, every precaution was taken to ensure the safety of guests and theater-style seating was utilized to allow attendees to socially distance. Virtual tickets are available for post-show viewing for $100 and can be purchased at recoverycouncil.org.

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Looking Ahead Writer’s Garden Literary Symposium starts at $2,500 and includes lunch delivThe 14th annual A Writer’s Garden ered to the host’s home or business along Literar y Symposium and Luncheon with an autographed book for the host with the theme “Near or Far…There and each guest. Individual Patron TickIs No Place Like Home” will feature ets start at $250 including lunch or $75 Southern lifestyle author and interior without. Visit womenscouncildallasarbodesigner James Farmer and textile de- retum.org. signer Lisa Fine. Fine, who is based in both New York and Dallas, will discuss her new book, Near and Far: Interiors I Love. Farmer, author of such books as A Time to Plant, Wreaths for All Seasons, and A Place to Call Home, will discuss his most recent publication. JAMES FARMER LISA FINE Arriving Home featuring design projects f rom the farmlands of Georgia to the Milestones Luncheon rolling countryside of Connecticut. The Junior League of Dallas will The Nov. 17 symposium, benefiting honor Diane Scovell as the 2021 Susthe Women’s Council of the Dallas Arbo- tainer of the Year. retum and Botanical Garden and the de“She is well known for building velopment and maintenance of A Wom- long-lasting relationships and, most iman’s Garden, will be streamed from the portantly, giving and giving generousDeGolyer House Library to the homes ly,” longtime JLD member Sandy Amand businesses of Women’s Council mem- mons said. “She truly epitomizes much bers, supporters, and participants (maxi- of what makes Dallas great – persevermum 10 people per venue). Underwriting ance, hard work, leadership, innovation,

and generosity.” Scovell, a league member for more than four decades, has served the community in many ways, including as cochair of the Dallas Mayor’s Task Force on Race Relations and board member for the Laura Bush Institute for Women.

DIANE SCOVELL She will be honored during the league’s 10th Milestones Luncheon, scheduled for 11:45 a.m. March 26 in the Chantilly Ballroom at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. Tickets start at $200. Visit jld.net/milestones-luncheon. While the league has historically held the luncheon in November, leadership has wanted to transition it to a spring event and, with pandemic health concerns, decided to do so.

Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show Pandemic precautions prompted the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary to cancel its largest fundraiser on Sept. 15. “This was not a decision made lightly, but it is the right thing to do for the safety and well-being of our donors, supporters, members, and for the people served by The Salvation Army,” said Lisa Singleton, 20202021 auxiliary president. Fortunately, Singleton announced, Kim Hext agreed to remain event chair with the 2021 Fashion Show & Luncheon scheduled for April 6 at the MorLISA SINGLETON ton Meyerson Symphony Center. Carol Seay will receive the Margot Perot Service Award. Visit bidpal.net/sawadfw. “We are grateful for the support of everyone who has donated their gently loved couture clothing and accessories,” Hext said. “Those donations originally tagged for this year’s event will be carefully placed in storage and make their appearance at the 2021 Chic Boutique, Fashion Show, and After Sale.” – Compiled by William Taylor


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The NUMBER ONE MYTH about Falls and Aging… Knowing the TRUTH Could Save Your Life! By authority on Fall Prevention and Independence with Aging, Author and Occupational Therapist Emilia Bourland, OTR, ECHM

“I’m supposed to believe that getting weaker, losing my balance, and falling is just what happens when you get old…. But something about that doesn’t seem right.” This was the beginning of a conversation I recently had with an extremely accomplished and astute woman in her 80s. As I sat with her and talked about her recent struggles with falling and her fear of losing her independence, the theme of having to just “accept” her troubles as part of getting old kept coming up. Fortunately, just “giving up” and “accepting” her trouble with falling was not something she was willing to do… And for good reason! WHY? Because AGE is NOT the cause of falls. Period. Here are 3 reasons why people fall (hint: not one of them is age!) 1. The physical environment isn’t a good fit for the person. That’s right. Things about a person’s home can either lead to falls, OR prevent them! Luckily, most homes can be changed from fall hotspots to safe havens with a few quick and inexpensive solutions. Before you consider a move into senior living, have your home assessed to learn solutions to make it safe and keep you independent. You can call me personally to discuss your

concerns and possible solutions. 2. Weakness and balance problems. Weakness and balance trouble are often caused by a combination of issues (not AGE!). Occupational therapists at AIPC Therapy are highly skilled at finding root causes of weakness and balance issues, then finding effective solutions. 3. Vision. Yes, issues with vision are high on the list of reasons for falling. Some vision issues must be addressed medically, by an ophthalmologist. Others must be rehabilitated or functionally addressed by an occupational therapist. If you’re worried about falling because of vision problems, reach out. We’ll talk about your individual concerns and what to do about them. Want more information & solutions? My new special report provides Actionable Tips that will help you Prevent Falls and Maintain Your Lifestyle. The best thing? It’s 100% FREE, and you’re under no-obligation to buy anything when you call. How to get it? Call: (469)998-1245 (Leave a Message or TEXT 24/7) & Choose: • Choice 1: Have your FREE Report mailed or emailed to you • Choice 2: FREE Report + FREE Fall Prevention Discovery visit Author Emilia Bourland, OTR, ECHM is owner of AIPC Therapy. Contact her at 469-998-1245 or emilia.bourland@aipctherapy.com

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Momentous Work Continues Without One Particular Golf Tournament Mike McKinley proud to lead Salesmanship Club of Dallas into a hopefully much better 2021

the tournament, the greens were repaired sufficiently for play to resume – and only 2 hours late. Four years later, in 2015, torrential rains slammed the golf course overnight after the second round causing flooding on several holes. There was so much water, almost every bunker on the golf course was washed out. Salesmanship Club members joined the golf crew in the wee hours of the morning and helped to pump water (and some fish!) out of the bunkers. After the bunkers were drained, new sand was brought out, and our members helped rebuild the bunkers and replace the sand. Once again, the tournament was saved, and the Saturday round started after only a 3-hour delay.

By William Taylor People Newspapers

Canceling a nationally-known, signature fundraiser doesn’t set the preferred tone for celebrating a century of service. But like so many pandemic-pestered philanthropic organizations, the Salesmanship Club of Dallas didn’t get much choice this spring. Still, even without the AT&T Byron Nelson PGA golf tournament, club members remained determined to see that their beloved Momentous Institute got the support needed to meet the growing demand for mental health services and education support. “We saw and understood the needs in our community were greater than they had ever been,” said Mike McKinley, the club’s 101st president. “Our tournament team immediately pivoted to mitigate costs, adjust our fundraising appeal to convert sponsorships to donations, and rescheduled some of our ancillary events, such as our Operation Appreciation pro-am.” Momentous Institute staff also pivoted, transitioning to online classes for students and teletherapy for clients. “The amount of care and dedication by our staff to ensure the families we partner with get the tools, support, and services they need is unlike any other,” McKinley said. McKinley, founding partner in the law firm of Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP, has 40 years of experience in banking, business, and corporate law and has belonged to the club since 1992.

Give us a fun fact. What’s something about you most people don’t know? I am a huge Parrot Head. This was only the second year in the last 30 that I did not attend a Jimmy Buffett concert. The Momentous School is a nationally-acclaimed laboratory school providing prekindergarten through fifth grade education. During the pandemic, it has shifted to a virtual model. HEADSHOT: Mike McKinley. (COURTESY PHOTOS) What’s your proudest moment as a club member? I have quite a few “proudest moments” as a club member. They all involve the way our club members respond to adversity. I can think of two great examples. The 2011 Nelson suffered a brutal overnight hailstorm after the first round. Most of the greens on the

golf course were heavily damaged by golf-ball to tennis-ball-size hail. No one thought we’d be able to finish the tournament. About 60 of our members joined the Four Season’s golf course crew at 4 o’clock in the morning and used flashlights, lanterns, and divot repair tools to repair the pitch marks and other damage on the greens caused by the hail. Instead of canceling

NEXT NELSON WHAT: AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament WHEN: May 10-16, 2021 WHERE: TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney ONLINE: attbyronnelson.org SIGNIFICANT STATS: Since 1968, the AT&T Byron Nelson has raised more than $160 million and transformed 100,000-plus lives, making it the most successful charity event on the PGA Tour.

Upcoming Events Editor’s Note: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put plans for many events in flux. Check before attending.

NOV. 2 36th annual CARE ( Virtual) Breakfast, benefiting CARE Dallas, 8 a.m., care-dallas.org.

11 The Hiett Prize in the Humanities Award Online Gala, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., dallasinstitute.org/hiett/ 13 Virtual Greater Dallas AFP National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, afpdallas.org.

4 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Fashion Notes Designer Award Luncheon and Style Show benefiting the Dallas Symphony Association 11 a.m., Fairmont Dallas. 5 Happy Hour Virtual Benefit: Dallas On the Move Reimagined, benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 5:30 p.m., e.givesmart.com/events/ ibH. Virtual Fund a Cure Luncheon benefiting JDRF at 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit jdrf. org.

6 Ninth annual Night of Champions Virtual Dinner benefiting Crohn’s & Colitis, 7:30 p.m., crohnscolitisfoundation.org.

the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., womenscouncildallasarboretum.org.

DEC. 2 Crystal Charity Ball, online luxury silent auction and contribution ticket drawing benefiting children’s charities in Dallas County, crystalcharityball.org/ 19 Christmas In the Park, sponsored by the S.M. Wright Foundation, 8:30 a.m., Fair Park. christmasatfairpark.com/

JAN.

Magician Justin Flom will perform during Dallas CASA’s virtual 40th

15 Virtual 40th Anniversary Celebration, benefiting Dallas CASA, from 6-7 p.m., dallascasa.org. 17 A Writer’s Garden Literary Virtual Symposium and Luncheon benefiting the Women’s Council of

21 National Council of Jewish Women Greater Dallas 108th Birthday Luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., The Westin Galleria Dallas, www.ncjwdallas.org 30 Big Climb Dallas benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Bank of America Plaza. lls.org/

FEB. 11 Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon

and Fashion Show benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, lls.org/

15 Mad Hatter’s Tea. More details to come, womenscouncildallasarboretum.org

27 Grow the Grove, benefiting Cristo Rey Dallas, Perot Museum of Nature and Science. More details to come, cristoreydallas.org

17 Nasher Prize Award Gala, 7 p.m., www.nashersculpturecenter.org

MARCH 1 Art In Bloom benefiting the Dallas Museum of Art’s exhibition and education programs and the DMA League’s Floral Endowment Fund, dma.org 4 Legacy Award Dinner, supporting The Cooper Institute’s youth programs, cooperinstitute.org

24 Art for Advocacy benefiting Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, dcac.org

JUNE 12 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Presentation Ball, dallassymphonyleague.com

26 RECESS! Benefiting Dallas Afterschool. View more information online, dallasafterschool.org

APRIL 10 Art Ball benefiting the Dallas Museum of Art. View more information online, dma.org

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Partner’s Card SUPPORT FAMILY PLACE, LOCAL BUSINESSES WITH PARTNERS CARD

Annual fundraiser comes with more online shopping opportunities this year BY THE NUMBERS

$20 MILLION + raised by Partners Card in the last 27 years

500 + locations participating in North Texas (See the list at peoplenewspapers.com)

28TH year of Partners Card fundraising

$75 donation to The Family Place to get a card

20% discount at participating retailers

10% discount at participating restaurants

Chairs Tully Phillips, Lexie Aderhold, and Sally Pretorius Hodge. HEADSHOT: Honorary Chair Tanya Foster. (PHOTO COURTESY THE FAMILY PLACE) By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers

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rom the tornado that hit North Dallas last year to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, Partners Card organizers have learned to adapt to help meet the community’s needs. Last year, the tornado prompted an expansion of Partners Card dates for affected retailers for an additional week, and, this year, Partners Card increased online participants as the pandemic prompted more to shop online. “After 28 years, we are fortunate to have retailers and supporters who are willing and able to grow with us as we continue Partners Card,” said Grace Dewar Fraker, Partners Card development manager. Each year, the Partners Card fundraiser raises money for The Family Place by selling $75 cards that offer buyers discounts at many retailers and restaurants across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Lexie Aderhold, Tully Phillips, and Sally Pretorius Hodge are chairing the 28th annual fundraiser, scheduled for Oct. 30-Nov. 8. Aderhold is a Dallas native who worked in the marketing group at American Airlines for

several years before leading the digital media practice at SparkFarm, a female-owned boutique marketing agency. Phillips and her family also live in Dallas, and for nine years, she owned a gluten-free bakery in both Dallas and New York City. Hodge is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Specialization and is a shareholder at KoonsFuller Family Law in Dallas.

I think that right when we started getting started planning and really ramping up is right when the pandemic hit. Sally Pretorius Hodge Dallas lifestyle blogger Tanya Foster will be this year’s honorary chair. Before blogging, Foster was the president and CEO of the Dallas International Film Festival and a non-profit consultant. “I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with, to be honest,” Pretorius Hodge said. “We’ve had to be super flexible. I think

that right when we started getting started planning and really ramping up is right when the pandemic hit. “One of the things that we’ve been focusing on is really promoting some online shopping. I know that online shopping has been one of the things that we’ve done in the past, and we’ve offered to our stores, but we’ve really been pushing that this year,” she said. Pretorius Hodge added that the pandemic also underscored the importance of The Family Place’s work in stopping family violence. “One good thing that’s come from the pandemic is that everybody really understood that being home and in isolation can lead to a lot of problems that aren’t necessarily addressed when people aren’t out seeing their friends or they don’t have the ability to reach out, so thankfully that has just widened awareness, and I think made people open their hearts a little bit more, and I’m hoping that that’ll really help this year with Partners Card,” she said. Dewar Fraker added that The Family Place stayed open throughout the pandemic and accepted new clients who needed to move into a safe place.

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PARTNERS CARD TIMELINE 1993 The Family Place launched Partners Card with 175 participating stores. Ms. Gene Jones served as the first Honorary Chair. Sally Hoglund and Sally Johnson founded the inaugural event, which raised $90,000.

1998 Partners Card revenue exceeded half a million dollars, with more than 10,000 cards sold.

2000 Partners Card grew to more than 500 participating stores.

2007 Partners Card celebrated 15 years of success, raising $905,000 to help battered women, children, and men.

2010 For the first time, Partners Card raised more than $1 million. The Family Place opens its school facility for K-second grade students at our Safe Campus.

2017 Partners Card celebrated 25 years of shopping with purpose. Partners Card Mobile App and E-Commerce are successfully launched to propel Partners Card into the future of technology. Partners Card raised over $1 million and provided more than 14,000 nights of shelter for family violence victims.


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Supporting The Family Place More Important Than Ever As a longtime Dallas resident, I have agency’s efforts to keep an open door to had the pleasure of volunteering with women and children in trouble throughThe Family Place the past few years. out DFW. I got connected with the Dallas-based Another way to give back to The family violence agency through a f riend Family Place during this time is to parand have been passionate ticipate in their popuabout the organization’s lar 10-day Partners Card mission since the beginshopping fundraiser. For ning. $75, a Partners Card can Many of us, myself insave you 20% off at retailcluded, tend to take for ers and 10% off at restaurants at hundreds of pargranted having a safe ticipants across North place to come home to and live. Texas. The Family Place has The purchase of one opened my eyes to just Partners Card provides how many people are one night of safety for a trapped at home with victim of family violence at The Family Place. their abuser and in dangerous situations. I write out my PartIt ’s beyond rewardners Card shopping list ing and meaningful to be well in advance each year a part of an agency that for holiday gift shopping. By using my Partners helps victims of family Card, I know that I am violence become sur vivors by providing countboth saving money and less resources and sersaving lives. vices free of charge. It’s now more important than ever to give back Elisabeth McHugh to The Family Place. Re- Elisabeth McHugh volunteers at The Famicords show that domestic ly Place. Visit familyplace. violence hotline calls have org/membership/volunteer increased in the midst of COVID-19. to learn more about volunteering there. Volunteers serve an integral role at Partners Card takes place Oct. 30 to Nov. The Family Place. The gifts and tal- 8. Get a card at familyplace.org/partents that each of us brings support the ners-card/buy-a-card.

A B O U T T H E F A M I LY P L A C E The Family Place empowers family violence victims by providing safe housing, counseling, and skills that create independence while building community engagement and advocating for social change to stop family violence. Services and programs offered include emergency shelter, a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, and more. For more information, visit www.familyplace.org.


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Living Well

DON’T WAIT FOR FALL COLORS TO COME TO YOU; HIT THE ROAD

THE PREACHER’S SON RESTAURANT

GROUNDS OF CRYSTAL BRIDGES

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he change from summer to fall progresses slowly in Texas, but always inspires travelers to get outdoors more. Cooler weather makes it an ideal time to fast-forward the leaf-peeping opportunities beyond MARY MEIER-EVANS the Lone Star State by taking a road trip to admire fall foliage. I highly recommend heading to Bentonville, Arkansas. Bentonville is an easy five to sixhour drive from Dallas. And if you detour off the interstate and take the roads less traveled, the drive is beautiful, especially further into the

Ozark Mountains. For me, traveling always includes a visit to a museum, art gallery, or historic site, and Bentonville offers all three. For art lovers and those who appreciate gorgeous architecture, the main attraction is the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Crystal Bridges takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton, daughter to Walmart founder Sam Walton. Its permanent collection spans five

THE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM centuries of American masterworks ranging from the Colonial era to the present. Included are iconic works by Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe, and James Turrell. There’s also lovely grounds and trails to explore, with sculpture to admire throughout, so visitors can take in the abundant fall colors while appreciating an impressive collection of American Art. The museum is free, and timed entrances must be booked in advance online. For those of you who like a little retail therapy, Bentonville’s Downtown Square has been carefully restored with dozens of shops, boutiques, and restaurants to explore and enjoy. Be sure and visit the

(PHOTOS: MARY MEIER-EVANS)

Walmart Museum, housed inside the original location of The Walton’s 5&10 Building, complete with an old-fashioned soda fountain. Part of the lure of a road trip is the opportunity to experience new restaurants, and I can highly recommend two in Bentonville. First is The Preacher’s Son, open for dinner. Using sustainably sourced ingredients from farmers and ranchers in Northwest Arkansas, this unique restaurant is housed in a former church sanctuary, complete with a grid of 288, 5-inch gold bells in the tower to give the church back its ring. Another excellent restaurant is The Hive, located inside the 21c Hotel & Museum, which is where I

recommend laying your weary head after a busy day in Bentonville. The Preacher’s Son and The 21c Hotel & Museum are within a block of Downtown Square, and Crystal Bridges is a short 10-minute drive from this same area. The air is crisp. The leaves are changing. And Bentonville is a close and rewarding destination for Dallasites yearning for an injection of fall. Mary Meier-Evans, of University Park, has a Texas-sized curiosity which keeps her longing to see new sites both near and far – though road trips, rather than international flights, make the most sense to her in 2020. Check out her blog and podcast at thecuriouscowgirl.com.

Telehealth Replaces Many In-Person Appointments By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has prompted more people to use telehealth visits, rather than in-person appointments, for non-emergency medical advice. “Almost anything that you can think of, I have seen over the past couple of years,” said Dr. Anna Schroeder. She has provided care via Texas Health Aetna’s Anytime-MD app, which allows Texas Health Aetna members to text or video chat with a local physician 24-7 since it launched in 2017. As with traditional, in-person appointments, it’s helpful to have medical history and medication information ready before chatting with a doctor using the app, and have specific questions prepared to ask the doctor, Schroeder said.

“We do see kids and adults so we get a full spectrum of complaints from the very minor – like, ‘I have a rash,’ or, ‘I got a splinter,’ ‘does this need stitches?’ – all the way up to, ‘Hey, my kid’s belly is hurting, and I’m worried that they might have appendicitis,’” she said. “We can do everything from resolving it over text by calling in a prescription or direct them to the emergency room if that’s what they need.” Schroeder added that, aside from medical emergencies, it’s usually appropriate to start with a telehealth visit. Doctors can then direct

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We can do everything from resolving it over text by calling in a prescription or direct them to the emergency room if that’s what they need.

Dr. Anna Schroeder

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COVID-19 a Once in a Generation-Type Pandemic

UT Southwestern infectious disease specialist hopeful about vaccine research By William Taylor People Newspapers

To assess health risks while attending a gathering in Dallas County, begin by counting the people in the room. If there are 10 or fewer, the likelihood of one of them having COVID-19 is less than 20%. But if there are 100 or more, that likelihood reaches 80%, according to data Dr. James Cutrell shared recently from a COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool developed by Georgia Tech University. However, that’s not the whole story, the physician said. “Just because there is a COVID-infected person there, doesn’t mean everybody is going to be infected.” Mask wearing and social distancing would still have the potential to prevent transmission, he explained. Cutrell, program director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has talked about the novel coronavirus with journalists and others. During a recent virtual presentation to the Preston Center Rotary Club, he described how the hospital responded when the virus arrived in the spring. Many employees began working remotely, and researchers pivoted to study the virus, focusing on prevention and treatments. With more than 200,000 U.S. deaths so far – 1,000-plus in Dallas – Cutrell views this as a once in a generation-type pandemic. Rotarians asked about risks associated with flying and the potential for a vaccine.

Take your mask, have hand sanitizer, clean your hands frequently, bring your own snacks, and minimize your interaction with others. Dr. James Cutrell Dr. James Cutrell discusses novel coronavirus transmission risks with members of the Preston Center Rotary Club. (SCREENSHOT: WILLIAM TAYLOR) While increasingly data shows the precautions airlines have taken are making it safer to travel by plane, the doctor still sees it as a highly individualized personal decision. Before boarding, travelers should consider whether they are high-risk for adverse outcomes from COVID-19 and whether the trip is necessary, he said. “I think if it is essential travel, you can fly safely,” Cutrell said. “Take your mask, have hand sanitizer, clean your hands frequently, bring your own snacks, and minimize your interaction with others.” As for vaccines, he knows of hundreds in preclinical studies and dozens in clinical trials.

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Of those, nine are in Phase III with thousands of volunteers from a broad spectrum of ages and demographics. UT Southwestern could become a test site when Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine enters Phase III trials this fall, he said. “I think there is some hope that maybe this fall before the end of the year for some of those vaccines in Phase III trials we may have data that would support an emergency authorization,” Cutrell said. With a “normal disease,” the vaccine process could take two to five years to reach the general public. To trim that timeline, some of the top COVID-19 vaccine candidates have

begun mass manufacturing to be ready if approved, he said. But for that to happen, the data must show that one is both safe and effective, Cutrell said. “If we have a really good vaccine, but we have a very low participation, it’s not going to be as effective,” he said. “The public needs to feel confident.”

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Attorney/CPA Keeps It Kosher While Pursuing ‘Deep Flavors’ While Deep Flavors is a kosher-style cookbook, the recipes are eclectic, Tex/Mex to Cajun to Jewish soul food, to French, etc. This recipe is just one example; it is not truly Indian, in the sense that I suspect no Indian chef has actually made anything exactly like this recipe, just as I suspect no Italian nonna ever made my Texas State Fair Blue Ribbon Mushroom-Spinach Lasagna. However, it adheres to my goal of wonderful flavor; the Indian flavors are accessible to the home cook while meeting the laws of kashruth relating to mixing milk and meat. It is a riff of tandoori chicken commonly served in Indian restaurants, but I think better. As with other variants in Deep Flavors (for example, Bouillabaisse a La Juive), this recipe is intended to be includable in a kosher kitchen but equally attractive to the non-Jewish cook. It certainly meets the standard of Deep Flavors. Therefore, unlike a traditional tandoori chicken, which is marinated in regular milk yogurt, this chicken is marinated in a variant delicious coconut- or almond-based non-dairy yogurt. The chicken is delicious even without the yogurt, if that is not available, and can be roasted in a 350°F oven for 30 to 40 minutes. As with most grilled items, this recipe is simple to execute. The tandoori and garam masala—as well as other Indian spice mixtures or masalas— are available for purchase at many Dallas ethnic Indian food stores, Penzeys’s website, and, increasingly, at your local grocery

store or online from American spice companies that are certified kosher. There are many recipes just for garam masala that are regional variants based on the source in India. I have also included in Deep Flavors the recipe I use. Kenneth M. Horwitz, author of “Deep Flavors: A Celebration of Recipes for Foodies in a Kosher Style,” approaches cooking KENNETH M. like he does his day job. As HORWITZ a CPA and attorney with five decades of experience in general tax and transaction practice, he focuses on solving problems. “One of the ‘problems,’ at least in my house, is that since we maintain a kosher house, but eat eclectically, is how to convert recipes so that they are kosher.” Visit deepflavorscookbook.com or follow him at facebook.com/kenneth.horwitz.73.

For dessert with his Indian-style grilled chicken, Kenneth M. Horwitz suggests a lemon-coconut custard cherry pie or chocolate-orange-almondcoconut biscotti (pictured) would be delicious. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

INDIAN-STYLE GRILLED CHICKEN Ingredients: This recipe is easily multiplied 8 chicken thighs (bone-in and skin on — these add flavor and protect the meat during grilling) 1 cup of coconut or almond yogurt (preferably unsweetened and containing no milk products) 1 tablespoon or more tandoori masala (or another masala as desired) 1 tablespoon or more Garam Masala (Chap. 2) 2 tablespoons or more fresh ginger, finely minced or ground 3 or more cloves garlic, finely minced or mashed to a paste 1 teaspoon ground peppercorns salt to taste ½ cup or so cilantro, finely chopped or ground Directions: Using a mortar and pestle (or, if you do not have a mortar and pestle, use a blender or food processor), make a paste of all ingredients except the chicken and yogurt. Use kosher salt to facilitate the grinding. Then add the spice mixture to the yogurt. Spread the yogurt-spice paste liberally over the chicken, and let it sit for up to ½ an hour, covered. When moving to the grill, it is best to have

a section of the grill that you turn off as you start to put the chicken on the grill so that you will have an area where you can cook the chicken over indirect heat to avoid flareups and burning. Start the chicken skin side down, flipping as necessary, and moving to cooler sections until the chicken is thoroughly cooked to at least 165–170°F internal temperature next to the bone. Move to indirect cooking as needed. I find that a Thermapen or similar instant-read thermometer is essential to obtain a perfectly cooked grilled product. I serve this chicken with Lemon Coconut Rice, or if I am serving Indian-Style Lentils, both recipes in the book, I frequently serve with plain white basmati rice. Leftover chicken makes a great snack or lunch. For a vegetable, I suggest Pan-Roasted Cauliflower, also in the book, with the variation that before roasting, when rubbing on olive oil and garlic powder, add a sprinkle of Garam Masala and/or sweet curry powder over the cauliflower. Squeeze on lemon juice about 5 minutes before removing from the oven and serving. (Sweet curry powder is the very yellow curry powder mixture we are all familiar with. I think the mixture sold at Penzeys is superior to what is available in regular groceries, but it is not kosher.)


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One North Texas luxury brokerage has sold some exceptional homes in a year that will stand out in history. One of those is 3509 Euclid Avenue in Highland Park, a meticulously crafted, Mediterranean-style estate that is the work of three of the most esteemed professionals in Texas: architect Robbie Fusch, builder John Sebastian and landscape architect Harold Leidner. Listed for $12,900,000, the home was represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Its many luxuries include three living areas, a wine grotto with tasting area, a safe room, a richly wood-paneled library/office, a virtual golf room, an attached guest casita and a state-of-the-art gym. The owner’s wing includes its own living room, coffee station and loggia with fireplace. An elevator serves the home’s three floors. The superior outdoor luxuries include a sparkling pool that extends under an incredible tile-roofed and columned pergola; a cabana with a living area; an outdoor kitchen; a putting green; and an underground 10-car garage. To see all the homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty — in North Texas and around the world — go to briggsfreeman.com.

Allie Beth Allman & Associates continues during 2020 to be a leader in selling the most luxury estates in Dallas County. The luxury leading firm represented both the sellers and buyers for some of the most sought-after properties in the area. Here are two estates the Allman associates recommend. The historic Neoclassical estate on prestigious Beverly Drive sits on almost an acre lot. The four-bedroom mansion at 3800 Beverly Dr. was built in 1922 by Hal Thompson an updated in 2000 by Cole Smith. This estate features elegant formals with fireplaces, a card room, two offices, a wine room and wet bar. The large kitchen has double islands and a breakfast bar. The adjacent family room has beamed ceilings and French doors that overlook the pool and backyard. On almost 2 acres of gorgeous grounds in Preston Hollow, the six-bedroom estate at 5031 Deloache Ave. features a billiards room, wine cellar, gym, pool, sports court and putting green. The home has been transformed by architect Robert Trown with numerous living spaces, resort-style amenities and great wall finishes. The master suite has a two-story boutique-style closet. The outdoor living space is screened. To find your estate, visit alliebeth.com/estates.

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Allie Beth Allman & $140,000,000+ Sold/ Associates Reports More Pending in 2020 Record-Breaking Sales

8937 Devonshire is being offered for $1,895,000 in Devonshire. The records continue at Allie Beth Allman & Associates. Dallas’ premier luxury real estate firm recently reported its best September ever. Considering it is traditionally one of the quietest months, it was a monumental achievement. The impressive feat capped the brokerage’s best quarter in history. “It was truly remarkable just to see how it all played out and what it took to put together our best quarter ever,” President of Sales Keith Conlon said. A multitude of factors contributed to this success. Chief being still record low interest rates. This unprecedented situation motivated buyers to pull the trigger before it was too late. Uncertainty over the COVID-19 situation played a role as well. When the world came to a halt this spring, many discovered their current homes were inadequate for at-home work and school life. The fear of another business shutdown convinced those living in apartments and multi-unit residences to seek more space. Others looked for at-home recreational amenities, such as pools. According to Conlon, the outlook for the rest of the year looks strong despite the fact that it is an election year. Based on current projections, the Allman team is poised to top $2 billion extremely soon. That would be yet another record.

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5131 Shadywood Lane (5131shadywood.dpmre. com) is an entertainer’s dream with its large rooms and intuitive flow from room to room. Offered by Lynda Villarreal for $5,999,000, the five-bedroom, 8½-bath residence with pool and elevator, is perfectly sited on a 1.16-acre lot. The home totals 13,305 square feet (per tax rolls). On arrival, the foyer with grand central staircase arising from the gorgeous inlaid wood flooring, makes a stunning first impression. Other stately features include a primary living space with private bar and separate wine cellar, three stone fireplaces, your own library, home theatre room, and an upstairs owner’s suite with coffee bar and seating area. For expert entertaining, the gourmet kitchen with Viking, Sub-Zero and Asko appliances, also has a spacious serving pantry. The luxury home was designed to hold your most valued collections throughout, be they displayed in the expansive library or stored in the two-story, 3 car garage. To schedule a showing, contact Villarreal at 214.886.9909 or lyndavillarreal@daveperrymiller.com. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (dpmre.com) is a division of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, with four locations that specialize in Preston Hollow, Park Cities, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Kessler Park and Farm & Ranch properties.

Preston Hollow offers elegant living along wide, tree-lined boulevards, open spaces and lush greenbelts. Its beautiful homes and majestic estates sit on large lots that offer plenty of space to enjoy a rich indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Allie Beth Allman & Associates, the leading firm for estates in Dallas County, recommends these exceptional residences. The four-bedroom home is in one of Dallas’ most desirable locations. The home at 4414 Woodfin Dr. opens through a magnificent entrance to a well-designed floor plan with a grand staircase. The home features an open, contemporary kitchen that is well equipped. Outdoors, relax beside a resort-like pool surrounded by lush greenery across finely manicured grounds. A five-bedroom modern minimalist estate at 4420 Ridge Rd. in Walnut Ridge is also on the market. It features a 14-foot fireplace in the living room. Walls of glass give both the sleek, well-equipped kitchen and the adjoining family room great views of the pool, loggia and outdoor kitchen. The master suite, which also has views of the pool, has a spectacular bath with a wall of marble, floor-to-ceiling windows and a huge closet. For more information, visit alliebeth.com.

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With beautiful homes and superior schools, Highland Park is considered one of the most livable communities in North Texas. If owning a home in this sought-after community, this fall is the perfect time make it a reality. Check out these special Highland Park homes. The four-bedroom home at 4561 Belclaire Ave. is on a popular block in the Bradfield Elementary School attendance zone. The home has a beautiful vaulted ceiling and fireplace. The updated kitchen features soapstone countertops, custom white cabinetry, stainless-steel appliances and built-in breakfast area banquette. The downstairs master suite has custom storage, two closets and a marble bath. It features a large backyard and a two-car garage. Looking for a lock and leave residence in Highland Park? Visit the one-bedroom at 4502 Abbott Ave. #105. The first-floor unit features clean lines, an open floor plan and top-of-the-line amenities. The well-equipped kitchen has stainless-steel appliances, including a Wolf gas range, Sub-zero refrigerator, a wine cooler and Bosch dishwasher. A marble island opens to the family room which has a gas fireplace and a balcony. Enjoy concierge services, a guest suite, a courtyard patio, firepit and putting green. Stop dreaming. Visit alliebeth.com.

Recently ranked as the #2 team in DFW, the #4 team in Texas, and the #54 team in the Country. The Perry-Miller Streiff Group has over $140,000,000 in real estate sales/pendings in 2020. They have already surpassed our 2019 production despite working through a challenging pandemic. While the past year has changed many things about the real estate industry, The Perry-Miller Streiff Group has quickly adapted to ensure their sellers are still receiving the best and safest possible exposure for their homes. This elite 8-agent team has developed a winning formula that is founded on a collaborative and synergistic spirit, offering the best marketing, networking and deal making abilities to serve their exceptional clients. The Perry-Miller Streiff Group delivers what others promise: Results. Highly-experienced associates, a sincere focus on clientele, and collaborative leadership combine to deliver a first-class experience and record setting results. Visit DPMFineHomes.com to learn more or see our current listings. Recently listed, 8937 Devonshire Drive is a picturesque, lakefront setting with verdant landscape on a .67-acre lot in highly coveted Devonshire. Prime for new construction, this is a rare opportunity to own a truly unique property with a terraced lot sloping toward a private lake. Contact Laura (laura@daveperrymiller.com) or Ryan Streiff (ryan@daveperrymiller.com) for more information.

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Five Tips for Aging Well in Body and Brain

Americans are living longer and leading healthier lives than just 20 years ago. Good news, but a reminder that today’s lifestyle will affect our quality of life in later years. Research shows that changes in the brain can begin up to 20 years before symptoms appear in the case of Alzheimer’s disease.

“Fortunately, what’s good for the body is good for the brain,” says Nancy Sanders, Belmont Village executive director. “Our programs and activities are integrated to support a purposeful, healthy lifestyle.”

Belmont Village’s Top Five Tips for Healthy Aging: 1. Eat Right – High-fiber, low-fat foods rich in antioxidants combat diseases like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and cognitive decline. 2. Exercise Every Day – Include cardiovascular and strength training or activities work mind and body together – like dancing. 3. Increase Brain Gain – Build cognitive reserve by learning something new or doing something that’s a mental stretch. 4. Be a Social Butterfly – Social interaction has real benefits for physical, emotional and cognitive health. 5. Maintain Purpose – Setting goals and engaging in meaningful activities are what motivates us each day. For more information about Belmont Village Turtle Creek, call 214-306-7687or visit belmontvillage.com/ turtlecreek.


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EBBY HALLIDAY REALTORS This French Transitional custom home, designed by Richard Drummond Davis, blends traditional Austin stone exterior with timeless contemporary finishes. Museum finished walls, cased openings and exquisite mill and tile work are throughout. Located on a .44 acre lot in Old Preston Hollow, the 7,596 sf light-filled home features an office/ study, mud room, 2 utility rooms and 5 bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms. The spacious first-floor primary suite has a dream closet, fireplace and private patio. Open gourmet kitchen features large island, marble countertops and Ann Sacks tile along with Thermador Professional appliances, 4 convection ovens, steam oven and pot filler. The large game room, a media room with kitchen and guest suites are on second floor and accessible by elevator. A covered patio with fireplace, pool with fountains, pool bath and three car garage complete an amazing lifestyle opportunity. Harold Leidner custom landscaping & pool. For more information please contact Robin Brock Webster (214) 543-8963.

3 Tips for Home Sellers

With a shortage of available inventory, numerous offers for the same property, and some listings shared only by word of mouth — it’s no secret that the North Texas housing market is strong. To help you navigate the home-selling waters, we polled

Ebby Halliday agents and collected their top tips for today’s sellers. Market to everyone near and far You have the best chance of selling your home for the highest price by exposing it to the largest number of potential buyers. When you list your home with Ebby Halliday Realtors, it will enjoy worldwide exposure on ebby.com, the gold standard in residential real estate websites. Respond and keep momentum There is an old adage that time kills deals. A buyer’s interest is at a peak level at the time he or she submits an offer, so keep the momentum going, choose the best offer, and respond promptly in writing. Don’t be greedy If a buyer offers an acceptable price and terms, sign the offer and your Ebby Halliday sales associate will schedule a closing appointment and expertly guide you through the home inspection and closing process. Contact an Ebby Halliday sale associate today. To get started, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

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