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GOING UP-TEMPO Aikman’s stepson musician Val Mooty aims for ‘catchy, bouncy, and breath of fresh air’ with his debut single, ‘Love is Queen.’ Page 37







Mockingbird neighbors feud 8

Meet HP Village’s language-loving chauffeur 29

Finding God after facing miscarriages 58

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SYMBOLS OF FEMALE EMPOWERMENT You’ve come a long way, baby.” That became synonymous with the women’s movement of the 1960s. The origin was a cigarette ad campaign for Virgin Slims. Ads showed a slender, attractive woman in pants holding a more feminine cigarette – a symbol of women’s empowerment. Growing up, I was a bit of a tomboy. I loved hanging out with my dad and brothers watching them tinker with bikes and cars. I was never the tinkerer; I was the assistant handing the necessary tools for the task at hand. It was OK for me to like these things, but not OK for me to do these things, and honestly, I was OK with that. I didn’t know any better. I didn’t participate much in sports. I was a chubby kid and lacked the confidence that I could run fast enough or was coordinated enough, but at the time, I was OK with that. I didn’t want to be portrayed as a tomboy or too masculine. When we raised our kids, times had changed. We encouraged our daughter to play sports, and she did. She loved soccer and worked hard at getting better, and it helped her build her confidence and grow bonds and strong friendships. In my 20s, I started to be physically active to ward off the extra weight that had been my constant companion all my life. I found that exerting myself to the point of exhaus-

tion was exhilarating! I was hooked. I felt confident and competent and marveled at the things my body was capable of and the PAT M A R T I N new shape it was taking. Most of us watched or at least saw replays of the U.S. Women’s Soccer team winning the World Cup. We have televisions at the office, so many coworkers and I stopped working and watched the final minutes of that game. I felt such pride and exuberance. I was emotional to the point of embarrassment in front of my office mates. Reflecting on those intense feelings, it wasn’t just about patriotism; it was about empowerment. These young ladies had done something so awesome, and the whole world was celebrating with them. We have come a long way, but there’s still plenty of turf to tackle. In this issue, we are so pleased to present a special section in tribute to the female athletes at Highland Park High. We couldn’t be more grateful to Comerica Bank for sponsoring this section. Pat Martin, Publisher pat.martin@peoplenewspapers.com

Contents Crime ............................ 4 News .............................. 8 Community ................. 16 Sports .......................... 22 Business ....................... 26 Real Estate .................. 35 Schools ........................ 36 Cattle Baron’s Ball ....... 46 Society ......................... 50 Living Well & Faith..... 57 Obituaries ................61, 63 Classifieds ..................... 63

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



At 11:10 a.m., an employee of a store at Highland Park Village turned in a bracelet she found while walking to work. The bracelet with clear stones was marked “14K” on the underside.

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A motorcyclist rolled up onto a gray 2019 Honda CRV and punched in the rear window ($1,000 of damage) at 10:18 p.m. in the 4100 block of Normandy Avenue.

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At 8:37 a.m. Sept. 1, officers found a white Ford Explorer illegally parked in the 3300 block of Mockingbird Lane between two signs and forcing eastbound motorists to drive over the yellow lines. After a wrecker service loaded it onto a tow truck, the owner, who was attending church, came out and said she didn’t know she was parked illegally.

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Stolen between 3:30 and 5:45 p.m.: a 2018 white GMC Sierra, worth $70,000, while parked at the Plaza at Preston Center.

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Reported at 1:17 p.m.: Between July 30 and Aug. 4, a $3,000 Baume-Mercier watch was stolen from a home in the 3100 block of Hanover Street. Before 9:54 p.m., a burglar smashed the window of a black 2018 Volkswagen Taigun at Hillstone at the Plaza at Preston Center and took a $2,000 Apple MacBook Pro and a $1,300 Apple iPad Pro.

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OnStar to the rescue! The vehicle tracking and communication system stopped a crook who had stolen a Cadillac Escalade from the 3500 block of Lexington Avenue around 4:11 a.m. by shutting the vehicle off. Following OnStar, officers found the SUV in the parking lot of Oak Lawn Heights. No damage was done to the exterior, but it appeared that the thief had attempted to disable OnStar. Someone also took property from the resident’s unlocked 2019 Lincoln Navigator: a garage door opener, an electronic gate opener, both valued at $100, and several blue mercury gift bags containing lip gloss.

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A gray 2011 Lexus RX460 was stolen from an open garage between noon and 3 p.m. in the 3900 block of Marquette Street.

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It was a rough afternoon for a 34-year-old woman in the 3400 block of Binkley Avenue. While picking her child up from daycare, her $100 Kate Spade purse was stolen from inside her parked vehicle, a black 2013 Mercedes. Taken from the bag was an American Express credit card, which was used at Target.

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Between 7 and 10:30 p.m., the window of a white 2015 Mercedes 400 parked in the 8300 block of Preston Road was broken, and items were stolen from inside. Quite a haul was taken: A $1,500 HP computer, a $1,500 Burberry computer bag, a $500 Tiffany bracelet, a $2,000 Louis Vuitton item, and a Navy Federal Platinum credit card.

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Reported at 8:09 a.m.: Between 8 p.m. Aug. 21 and 7:30 a.m. Aug. 22, a padlock was cut, and property was stolen from a construction site in the 3400 block of Beverly Drive. The value of the stolen items totaled approximately $2,200 and included six Red Milwaukee 12volt rechargeable batteries, two Red Milwaukee hand drills, a Red Milwaukee rolling toolbox with tools inside, and a Black Lorex Cirrus Security DVR system.

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Reported at 7:47 a.m.: Between 8 a.m. Aug. 20 and 8 a.m. Aug. 22, a ring was stolen from the 3400 block of Stanford Avenue. The ring’s value? $121,500.

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Reported at 7:33 a.m.: On Aug. 25, a silver 2017 Toyota Highlander – unlocked – was stolen from in front of the 3900 block of Purdue Street. A gun – a 380 KAHR – along with ammo was also inside the vehicle when stolen.

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Reported at 9:50 a.m.: a hitand-run wreck at Mockingbird Lane and Douglas Avenue. The driver of a Lexus SUV asked the driver of the Volvo XC90 she hit

“to show her mercy,” then got in her car and drove away without exchanging information. Reported at 1:31 p.m.: On Aug. 26, a maroon 2015 Lexus parked in the 6000 block of Preston Road was broken into, and items stolen from inside. Those items included $200 worth of computer software and a $300 Damen rolling case. At 7:43 p.m., a gray 2017 Mercedes E300 was burglarized while parked in the Tom Thumb on Villanova Drive. Stolen from inside: A purse ($100), a $1,000 IBM ThinkPad, and personal documents.

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Some strong police work at 1 a.m. led to a discovery of a damaged vehicle at the 4300 block of Livingston Avenue: After hearing of an arrest of an intoxicated 43-year-old man in the 4400 block of Southern Avenue with blood on his shirt, officers were able to find out why he was bloodied – he had run a Range Rover Sport into a parked Lexus SUV.


An expensive dinner: While its driver ate at R&D Kitchen in Preston Center, a black 2017 GMC Denali was stolen from the parking lot between 6 and 7:20 p.m.


Reported at 10:52 a.m.: A woman who moved from the 4500 block of Westway Avenue to Dallas last month said $12,750 in items didn’t make it to the new home: two white gold ring with diamonds, a gold cross necklace, two pairs of earrings, a box of makeup, a wireless hotspot, and an Apple laptop. The items were supposedly packed between Aug. 23 and 25 by her movers but haven’t been found in any of the unpacked boxes. Break window in case of bad breath? At 3:06 p.m. a burglar shattered the window of a white 2015 Cadillac CTS at Highland Park Village and grabbed a bag containing a toothbrush and toothpaste. Security video showed the burglar leaving in a blue 2019 Kia Sportage.

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Stolen at 3:59 p.m. from the Tom Thumb parking lot on Villanova Drive: A gray 2010 Chevy Malibu.

Reported at 8:05 a.m.: A black Mercedes parked in the parking lot of Bank of America in the 5500 block of Preston Road was broken into, but no property appeared to be stolen. The passenger side window was shattered. Another hit-and-run was reported, this time in the 5300 block of North Central Expressway. A black 2016 Acura MDX was parked and struck by another vehicle – a white 2006 Kia – and the driver did not leave any information and fled before officers arrived.


Reported at 12:31 p.m.: The driver’s side mirror of a black 2008 GMC Yukon, parked in the 2700 block of Hanover Street, was struck by an unknown vehicle between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Reported at 8:57 a.m.: On Aug. 29, a package containing $900 worth of clothing was stolen from the front porch of a home in the 4200 block of Greenbriar Drive.

Between 7:30 and 9 p.m., burglars damaged the door panel and broke glass on a black 2018 Lexus LX570 in the parking lot of Preston Center. Stolen: Car parts worth $750, an Apple MacBook Pro, and a $500 briefcase.


The drivers’ side door of a blue 2008 Lexus was forced open in the parking lot of Hillstone in Preston Center, and a $1,200 purse was stolen from inside between 9 and 10 p.m.

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AL HILL JR.’S LEGACY: MORE THERAPEUTIC RIDING AT TEXAS HORSE PARK Expanding nonprofit Equest expects to finish its second arena by early January By William Taylor People Newspapers


day before his death in December 2017, entrepreneur and philanthropist Al G. Hill Jr. enjoyed watching a video sent by a family friend. The friend suspected she had just wagered on one of his horses at the races in New Orleans. She had: Highland Park Hero. Hill’s oldest daughter, Heather Washburne, told that story at the Texas Horse Park, where construction of the Al Hill, Jr. Family Arena recently got underway beside other Equest facilities. Equest works “to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with diverse needs by partnering with horses to bring hope and healing through equine-assisted activities and therapies,” according to equest.org.


Equest provides equine therapy to children and adults. TOP RIGHT, FROM LEFT: Nancy Natinsky with Heather Washburne, All Hill Jr.’s oldest daughter. BOTTOM RIGHT: The completed arena will look similar to this rendering but without the cupola. excited about,” Washburne said. “He just always loved horses.” Her father, the oldest grandson of oilman H.L. Hunt, also felt great compassion for those who had suffered trauma, especially if they didn’t have the resources to seek the kinds of therapy he could afford, she said. In 2003, Hill, then 58, suffered a spinal cord injury that left him wheelchair dependent. He never tried equestrian therapy but did benefit from other treatments, including aquatic, his daughter said. “During therapy, he could walk.” Al Hill Jr. Family Foundation provided

No one has fulfilled the mission at the Texas Horse Park better or more successfully than Equest. Mitch McCrea The nonprofit, supported by many donors in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow, offers equine therapies to address physical and emotional needs, and Hill wanted to help the agency add a second arena. “This is one of the projects he was so

$1.2 million for the $3 million expansion, which includes the arena, a classroom, and storage space. Phase I – construction of the 85-by-200 foot arena – could wrap up by Jan. 3, Equest CEO Lili Kellogg said. Mitch McCrea, president of the Texas Horse Park Foundation, praised Equest not only for its work providing therapy but also for its contributions to the horse park. The park, funded by the 1998 Texas Trinity Corridor bond program, held its grand opening in 2015. With 302 acres in the heart of the Great Trinity Forest, the park “provides a break from city life” and “opens up a world of equestrian adventure and a glimpse into the early days of Texas ranching and farming along the Trinity

River,” according to texashorsepark.com. “No one has fulfilled the mission at the Texas Horse Park better or more successfully than Equest,” McCrea said. He also talked about the cultural and economic importance of horses. Texas leads the nation in horse population with more than 1 million and employs more than 40,000 full-time workers in the state’s $6.25 billion equestrian economy, McCrea said. Equest, which McCrea described as “busting at the seams” on 40 acres and in need of more horses, helps riding enthusiasts by also sharing its facilities. His prediction: “This is the second arena but not the last.”

Mockingbird Lane Neighbors Feud

Town Council meetings become he-said, she-said sessions By William Taylor

As a favor, he let a former neighbor put a late wife’s car with a for sale sign out front. A new concern for the Daniels: Brei securing more time to rehabilitate a home deemed uninhabitable this spring. “There is no escape from my nightmare,” Kristin Daniels said.

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Highland Park voters in 2018 elected Margo Goodwin as their mayor, not their Judge Judy. But discussions on the fate of a rundown home at 4509 Mockingbird Lane have given Town Council meetings a reality television, almost Jerry Springer-like, tone, even when the issue isn’t on the agenda. “Everything she said was a lie,” said property owner Scott Brei, responding to a next-door neighbor who has complained about him at recent council meetings. Kristin Daniels and her husband, Dennis, described Brei’s property as a used car lot and site of frequent garage sales. They’ve told of finding nails, bricks, and rats left in their driveway and of receiving threats.

Everything she said was a lie. Scott Brei


Scott Brei speaks to the Town Council about complaints made by his neighbors. “She said I said I was going to kill her,” Brei responded. “That’s a lie. That’s the biggest one.” He responded to some of

the complaints. Brei leaves his trash cans out front to discourage Mockingbird motorists from making U-turns in his driveway.

The council in June ordered Brei to repair or remove the house. With no building permit in place, that order automatically became a demolition order in July, but the council delayed until August hiring a company to take the house down. Brei filed a lawsuit to save his home and claimed the council’s actions had interfered with its

potential sale. By late August, he had a building permit and contractor in place. Town staff recommended letting him proceed with repairs. “As I start construction, and as I start the work, I don’t want the Daniels to interfere,” Brei said. Brei’s exes also have come to council meetings to complain about delinquent child support payments and his overall poor financial condition. Brie described himself as indigent but said insurance and, if necessary, family would help him complete repairs. “I do have a certain amount of skepticism,” Goodwin told Brei. “We will be watching.” She also had a message for his neighbors. “We are hoping that Mr. Brei can rehabilitate this house and become a much better neighbor,” the mayor said. “My request is that we start over today.”

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Dallas Attorney Fights Pharmaceutical Firms

Simon: Opioid crisis needs federal action Litigation alone will not solve this problem. Jeff Simon


Dallas attorney Jeff Simon talks to Rotarians about the cost of the U.S. opioid epidemic.

H O W C O S T LY I S T H E EPIDEMIC? United States – $500 billion/year Texas – $20 billion/year

By Liliann Albelbaisi People Newspapers

Dallas attorney Jeff Simon, who has spent years litigating toxic tort and pharmaceutical injury cases, views the nation’s problem with opioids differently than other drug battles he’s waged. It is the “largest drug epidemic in my lifetime,” he told members of the Rotary Club of Park Cities. Simon, a founding partner of Simon Greenstone Panatier, presented “The Cost of Living High: America’s Opioid Epidemic” recently at Maggiano’s Little Italy in NorthPark Center. Most cases of heroin addiction are started due to someone being prescribed an opioid for pain, he said, explaining it only takes seven days for someone to become addicted to opioids. “It costs $700,000 per person to treat someone for addiction, but $20 to get another hit of heroin,” he said. What happens in the body that causes addiction? Simon explained that the drug releases dopamine, something bodies make naturally, and carries the synthetic endorphins into pain receptors. So when people become tolerant to the drug, their bodies stop making dopamine. The lack of dopamine is what causes them to go through withdrawal when taken off of the prescribed medication, he said. Simon blames the epidemic on corporate misconduct and governmental complacency. Regulators were slow to act when drug manufacturers began advertising the drugs for use in other than short-term controlled settings immediately following surgery, he said. How widespread is the problem locally? Simon said 460 million pills had been

sold in Dallas county alone. While he, as a lawyer, focuses on holding companies accountable, he said more must be done. “Litigation alone will not solve this problem,” he said. He suggested these measures: • Having better coverage for addiction treatment will make it more accessible. • Making naloxone, an emergency treatment for narcotic overdoses, more accessible to EMTs, police officers, and teachers. If they encounter someone going through withdrawals, they will be able to help them survive it. • Ensuring that opioid prescriptions are limited to three days will decrease the number of people becoming addicted to opioids. • Requiring that practitioners participate in a prescribing monitoring program so they can make sure their patients don’t become dependent on the drug. Only 40% of practitioners in Texas use it. Simon also urges compassion for addicts. Criminalizing people who are victims to addiction will not make it easier for those who are struggling, he said. “This is a public health issue, not a criminal justice issue.”

D I D YO U K N OW ? • 47,600 Americans died of opioid overdose in 2017. • On average, 130 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses. • Painkillers are more widely used than tobacco. • Opioids are not more effective than non-opioid medication.

Sources: American Medical Association, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics Mortality Data, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, and Texas House Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse.

12 October 2019 | parkcitiespeople.com

Can’t Stand The Sound of Roaring Leaf Blowers? Could be time to talk to your lawn care service or your neighbor By William Taylor People Newspapers

Leaf blowers aren’t just noisy; they’re violent. Landscape industry veteran Billy Krause likens their use to hitting your plants with hurricane-force winds once a week. “They bother me,” he said. They also bother Park Cities residents whose concern over the impact to ears, rather than plants, prompted a recent meeting in Highland Park with leaders of Krause Landscape Contractors and other landscape maintenance companies. To mitigate noise and exhaust, Highland Park has gone to battery-powered blowers for its parks. An ordinance approved in the 1990s restricts users to operating at half throttle in the town, but Mayor Margo Goodwin expects town leaders will remain reluctant to adopt more regulations. To make a difference, consumers should ask and pay for quieter lawn services, she said. Until then, blowers, mostly gasoline-powered, will remain a mainstay tool in the yard maintenance arsenal. Just listen for their arrival as the weekend draws near. “Oh my god, from Wednesday to Saturday, the noise,” Goodwin complained. “They can blow dirt under a door,” added Kathleen Stewart, director of town services.


FROM LEFT: Mayor Margo Goodwin, Billy Krause of Krause Landscape Contractors, Chip Clint of Clint Horticulture, and Jason Craven of Southern Botanical. “It’s crazy how powerful they are.” Many blowers produce more than 70 decibels at 50 feet – more than 105 decibels at the user’s ears, according to outdoorideas. net. Every 10 decibels is equivalent to twice as loud. “It’s not ever one,” Stewart said. If there are four workers, there will be four blowers, she said. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the noise generated can hamper

a person’s accuracy and increase aggravation, even hours later. What are the alternatives? “In the ‘70s, when we had just a hoe, rake, and a broom, we got by,” Krause said. He has customers now who require rake and broom clean up. But using a broom can take eight times longer than a blower, according to leafblowernoise.com. Extra time means extra costs to property owners.

Going to battery-powered blowers comes with other challenges. “(Battery-powered) blowers, in particular, haven’t quite cut it as gas-powered replacements,” Clint DeBoer, a founder of Pro Tool Reviews, wrote in a piece published on opereviews.com. “They lack the power of gas and certainly the run-time.” Landscape professionals told town leaders that finishing one house can require five or six batteries. Make that 20-plus for a large estate. Cold weather also presents problems, causing batteries to lose charge faster and recharge slower. Workers tend to dislike quieter blowers because they equate noise with power. But when communities push for quieter options, landscaping companies will respond. “It takes one leader to start a following,” said Jason Craven of Southern Botanical. “Challenges like this will also spark innovation from equipment suppliers.” Town leaders have talked about doing a public information campaign and perhaps creating a list of vendors who offer quieter alternatives to gasoline blowers. “I do think the residents bear responsibility for asking for and paying for it,” Goodwin said. “I say you need to talk to your provider, and if your complaint is with your neighbor’s provider, you need to talk to your neighbor.”

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Columnist celebrates way nonprofit nourishes those in need


etween Pinterest boards filled with edible works of art to “Instagram-worthy” meals to “food porn,” thanks to technology, food has been objectified to the point in which many of us have practically forgotten its value. I get it – my “phone eats first, ” and I can spend 10 minutes trying to get KERSTEN RET TIG the perfect Instapic of shards of Maldon Sea Salt artfully arranged on a juicy red tomato. I have a healthy preoccupation with food and feel lucky to be able to write about it for this paper. This month, instead of writing about a new restaurant, I’m featuring an old one: Meals on Wheels Dallas County is about 40 years old. Meals on Wheels is the original Door Dash with employees and volunteers canvassing the Dallas area Monday through Friday to deliver meals to 4,500 clients for whom their daily delivery of food,

a friendly face, and a kind word is a lifeline. Many MOW clients have health issues, so providing nutritious, balanced meals on such a large scale and tight budget is challenging. If you’re reading this in a newspaper delivered to your home, chances are you live in an affluent area and are unlikely to be food insecure. But have you ever wondered about what kind of food is prepared and delivered on such a large scale five days a week? Maybe not, but I hope you do if just this once.

Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors. It was an eye-opening experience, not because the food was exceptionally good or especially bad, but because it allowed me to appreciate food in a way I haven’t in years. I’m so fortunate, most of us are, to afford high-quality food and spend time and money dining out with our f riends. We can order what we want; throw out what we don’t. We have so many choices, too many sometimes, on what and where to eat. We can celebrate food with photos and hashtags and beautiful creations made from watermelon and a paring knife – and we should. I hope, too, that we will be aware of those who are food insecure, lonely, and rely on that daily delivery of Meals on Wheels as one of their few remaining connections to socialization, sensorial pleasure, and nourishment for their bodies.

It was an eye-opening experience, not because the food was especially good or especially bad, but because it allowed me to appreciate food in a way I haven’t in years. Kersten Rettig With the help of Dr. Ashley Lind, the vice president of Meals on Wheels and population health, I ate four meals to gain insight into the value of


Every route delivered by a volunteer saves VNA enough money to feed a senior for a week. Volunteers also help in other ways such as creating cards for clients, donating and assembling healthy snack bags, and holding collection drives throughout the year. I say I’m not a critic, I’m a storyteller, but I’ll summarize the meals this way: They’re better than airplane food, WAY better than the Frank Crowley Courts Building Cafeteria you’re stuck with for jury duty, and better than starving, which is the alternative





Swiss Steak with Whipped Potatoes and Italian Green Beans

Turkey Tetrazzini with Brussels Sprouts and Vegetable Medley

I approached the first meal as a novelty. The ground beef patty was juicy and flavored well with a hint of sautéed onion. All meals must be low sodium, so the whipped potatoes and green beans tasted like not much until I added salt. Everything had a good texture.

My favorite meal so far, the pasta with chunks of tender turkey meat was full of flavor with a hint of spice. I wondered how they could make 4,500 plates of pasta and have it not become mush. Honestly, I didn’t eat the Brussels Sprouts. I’m sorry, mom, I never liked them.



King Ranch Chicken with Steamed Broccoli and Carrots

Homestyle Meatloaf with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Herbed Green Beans

The King Ranch Chicken was tasty. It was a little spicy, in fact, and had big chunks of white-meat chicken in a cheesy sauce. The broccoli and carrots were cooked but not mushy and needed salt. Without realizing it, I ate the entire meal in four minutes. As I walked out of the VNA Haggarty Center, it occurred to me that I inhaled that meal as if I was checking a box and not feeding my body and soul.

to Meals on Wheels delivery. Kersten Rettig, a Park Cities-based writer with more than 30 years’ experience in food and beverage marketing and PR, is a member of Les Dames d ’Escoff ier and the VNA Board of Trustees. Follow her on Instagram @KickshawPapers.

I found the meatloaf about the same as the Swiss Steak but with more tomato and seasoning. The green beans were just right with a little snap left in them and more flavorful than other vegetable offerings. The mashed potatoes only had a hint of garlic, and when I finished, I realized I hadn’t eaten mashed potatoes since last Thanksgiving, and I’d eaten them twice this week. “How ironic, I thought.”

The nonprofit Visiting Nurse Association of Texas (VNA) offers the Meals on Wheels service in the Dallas area with the help of thousands of volunteers. Individuals, as well as community and corporate groups, help VNA operate half its roughly 300 weekday delivery routes. Drivers rely on a user-friendly mobile app. Go to volunteer.vnatexas.org to complete an online application, online training, and sign up for a route. FROM A CALLER: “I just want to let you know that my mother really enjoyed her meal Friday. It was the honeyglazed turkey with au gratin potatoes and Brussels sprouts, and she told me over and over how delicious it was and to be sure and tell the chef how much she appreciated it. Though we didn’t know it at the time, that was mom’s last Meals on Wheels delivery. She succumbed to cancer two days later. I wanted to be sure to pass along her ‘compliments to the chef’ and to say thanks to Meals on Wheels for being my mom’s lifeline for so long.”

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October Brings The Travel Bug October is many Texans favorite month. It’s an outdoor month finally, with football, hunting, barbecues, and the State Fair. It’s arguably also the best travel month for big trips with the masses of families and students back to school, reduced tourist prices, and most importantly pretty, nice weather the world over. So on a whim, I’m going to see the trifecta on my waterfall list, the Iguazu LEN BOURLAND Falls, having visited the majesty of Niagara and Victoria. This is a self-scheduled solo trip I booked in three days with help on the internet. What could go wrong? Just getting a ticket on American Airlines using miles was the first hurdle. As anybody who flies knows, airline miles are impossible to use unless you go in steerage at odd hours to unpopular destinations. Got reclining exit, best I could do. American has been excoriated with its flight delays due to the conflict with its unions, not only flight attendants and pilots but most notably the mechanics. I gave myself a cushion of two days in Buenos Aires to get over the flight and see the Paris of Latin America. To find a hotel I just looked at where the high-end cruise ships booked. My itinerary involves two different airlines in different airports; three different hotels and then I’ll need transfers to and fro. What are the odds of this trip going seamlessly? Maybe 1%? Will my bag get lost? A flight canceled? Will the hotels be amenable? Alone can I manage to hang on to my phone, passport, money, tickets, meds, and bags? Plus, I don’t speak Spanish. I’m going to try to live for nine days with one carry-on bag and a backpack purse. I may indeed look like the ugly American, but I don’t take selfies so who cares? (Packing lots of scarves.) When I return, I hope to have witnessed one fabulous spot in creation, seen another culture in a different hemisphere where it will be spring, and instead of the Big Dipper, gaze at the Southern Cross. If I wait for a couple of friends or the correct tour, this desire may wane. It happens with age. It will be a little like going through labor. The baby will be the falls, and just like in childbirth, I hope the labor recedes. Maybe next year I’ll just go see the fall foliage in New England. Contact Len Bourland at lenbourland@gmail.com.

18 October 2019 | parkcitiespeople.com

Dog Gone It! Holmes Aquatic Center Closes Season Summer’s not over until a shaggy pooch makes the final splash in the Holmes Aquatic Center pool. Before temperatures drop into a pleasant range, but after children have returned to school for the fall, recent University Park tradition calls for one last pool party – one where the dog paddle proves the most popular way to complete a lap. On a sunny September afternoon, pets and their owners turned out to close out the city’s swimming season with the seventh annual Doggy Splash Day. There was ball chasing, barking, and fun. See you at the pool next year. —Staff Report


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Highland Park Pool Users Will Miss Their Queen Bee

Symposium Helps Women Connect

Reshma Saujani


The right lane was the “Joyce Davis” lane at the Highland Park Pool. Swimming in Highland Park wouldn’t be what it is today without Joyce Davis, the woman affectionately known as “The Queen Bee of the Highland Park Pool.” Davis died in August at age 91. Read her obit on Page 61. Dedie Leahy wrote the paper to remind readers of Davis’ contributions. “I am well aware of the many lives she touched in Highland Park with her bright, humorous, fun and very thoughtful spirit,” Leahy said. Davis wouldn’t stick around the pool

when her daughter, Nancy, was 10, because it “wasn’t cool” for moms to remain on the premises. But after Nancy headed to college, Davis became a regular lap swimmer, doing her “turtle stroke,” which kept her coif from getting wet. When she could no longer do the stroke, she walked her laps, doing so up until six weeks ago. Davis convinced the town to install umbrellas after shade trees had been removed and add footstools. – Staff report

Reshma Saujani, CEO of Girls Who Code and author of Brave, Not Perfect, will serve as the keynote speaker for the third annual Comerica Women’s Business

Symposium. Reshma, of New York City, is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School. Her international nonprofit Girls Who Code “works to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a computer programmer looks like and does,” according to reshmasaujani.com. Comerica Bank bills the symposium as “the power networking event of the year” and an

opportunity to “learn, connect, and grow with some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s most influential businesswomen.” The day-long mid-October event will benefit the Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support. The agency serves women and children fleeing from domestic abuse with a daycare, emergency shelter, therapeutics, and access to legal representation at no cost to the client. Symposium speakers also include work/life fulfillment expert and entrepreneur Samantha Ettus, technology strategist and futurist Crystal Washington, and celebrity chef Jamie Gwen.

I F YO U G O What: Comerica Women’s Business Symposium When: 10:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 Where: The Westin Galleria Dallas, 13340 Dallas Parkway Cost: $85 per person or $800 for a table of 10

Everyone Loves Dirk

Starstruck mayors snapped photos as Dirk and Jessica Nowitzki made a surprise appearance at the 2019 North Texas Giving Day pep rally to gin up support for nonprofits participating this year. The packed house in September included 11-year participating nonprofits, mayors from 10 counties, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Communities Foundation of Texas and North Texas Giving Day funders, and the UNT Mean Green marching band. Kid Links won the random drawing for the $10,000 prize.

Dirk Nowitzki makes a surprise entrance during the 2019 North Texas Giving Day pep rally. The Nowitzkis posed with “Why I Give” signs and various event attendees. Learn more about North Texas Giving Day at northtexasgivingday.org. — Staff report

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For the Love of Books, And Bookstore Owners Logos and its owners mark anniversaries


Rick and Susan Lewis married in September 1974, the same month Chuck and Lois Schechner opened the Logos Bookstore. The Lewises bought the store in 1989. Rick Lewis’ love affair with books began early. As a young man, he would spend his Saturdays hanging out at Logos Bookstore, the Snider Plaza business he now owns with his wife, Susan. Susan, who he met in college at Stephen F. Austin University, loves the work of the late Christian author C.S. Lewis, and while dating Rick, she thought, “I could have a son named, C.S. Lewis.” How right she was. Today they not only have a son so named, but they also have a grandson named for the author. And of course, their store is well-known for its C.S. Lewis section. Both the store and the couple celebrated 45th anniversaries in September. Rick and Susan got married at Highland Park Presbyterian Church after Rick graduated college. He went to work for Logos in 1980. Chuck Schechner, who opened the store in 1974 with his wife, Lois, had noticed Rick’s interest in books and eventually offered him a job. Rick bought the store in 1989. Susan, busy raising three little boys and juggling part-time jobs, initially didn’t have any interest in working at the store. But she became the gift buyer. Their sons, also, have worked at Logos on-and-off over the years. “I love their special gifts, books, and cards that only they have,” long-time customer

Callie McDole said. “Logos is my go-to place for a special remembrance.” Many celebrities have appeared in Logos over the years. President Jimmy Carter signed 2,000 of his Sources of Strength and children’s books in just two hours in 1997. “We don’t think our customers are aware that we have a table in the store autographed by President Carter,” Susan said. “We had to purchase a table especially for him to do the signings because his Secret Service wouldn’t let the president sit with his back exposed inside our check-out center where all our guest authors sit.” Charlton Heston, author of Charlton Heston Presents the Bible, did a book signing of his coffee table book and his assistant told Susan that he considered it the most important work of his life. “Logos is so much more than a bookstore, over so many years of shopping there, my soul has been revived in and through that slice of heaven in Snider Plaza,” said friend and Bible study teacher Becky Bain. Susan and Rick said they are pleased to provide such a place. “We want to be a bridge to the community,” Rick said. “We want to reach out to wherever people are in their spiritual journey to help move them along.” – Staff report

We want to be a bridge to the community. We want to reach out to wherever people are in their spiritual journey to help move them along. Rick Lewis

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FINALLY HEALTHY, WR ANDERSON HAS SOMETHING TO PROVE Another Jerry Jones grandson looks to make a difference for the Scots By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers


axton Anderson might have been born to play football, but lately, his body seems to have had other ideas. Anderson’s emergence as a top receiving target this season for Highland Park comes after two straight years of head-totoe injuries that have prevented him f rom showcasing what he can do. “This year, I can just prove how I can contribute to the team and show what I can do at the next level,” Anderson said. “I’ve been working really hard in the offseason. I’m seeing it pay off a little bit.” During his sophomore season on the HP junior varsity squad, Anderson broke his fibula, and then his collarbone. Last year, he missed seven games with mono, and then pulled a calf muscle in his first game following his return. “I’ve always had injuries,” he said. “I had to grind and try to

get back in shape for my senior year. I’ve just got to play through pain.” As a son of Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Charlotte Jones Anderson, and a grandson of team owner Jerry Jones, Paxton Anderson has grown up around the game at the highest level.

I had to grind and try to get back in shape for my senior year. I’ve just got to play through pain. Paxton Anderson Like many youngsters, he dabbled in several sports. He played lacrosse until his freshman year, and still competes in basketball with the prestigious Texas Titans select team, alongside HP classmate Prince Dorbah. Football remained a constant, but until he got to middle school, Anderson figured he would likely

play defense. Coaches decided his lanky frame would be a better fit as a receiver. He caught his first varsity pass as a sophomore. Last season, he had five more receptions in limited action. It wasn’t until a nondistrict win over Mesquite Horn in early September that he finally reached the end zone. “Paxton may be the most improved player on the team,” said HP head coach Randy Allen. “He and [quarterback Chandler] Morris have a good chemistry. I’m very pleased with what he’s brought to our offense.” Anderson hasn’t totally abandoned the hardwood. The 6-foot3 sharpshooter plans to join the HP basketball team for his senior season after football is done. However, his primary focus remains on football, not only capturing another Class 5A Division I state title this fall, but hopefully also extending his career at the college level. “ I love the game, so it’s hard to get away from that,” he said.


After battling several injuries, senior Paxton Anderson is a healthy contributor to the Scots’ receiving corps this year.

Penelope Peck Finds Her Place in Sport With Three Times the Fun By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers

Penelope Peck felt a little out of place, showing up to her first triathlon sporting her swimsuit and a bicycle with a basket on the handlebars. Once she reached the finish line, however, the 6-year-old sported a big smile after earning a silver medal alongside her competitors in tracksuits with racing bikes. She was hooked. Now at age 10, the Park Cities resident has the equipment befitting an elite youth triathlete, and the talent to match. This summer, the fifth-grader at McCulloch Intermediate School finished fourth among more than 350 athletes in her age group at the USA Triathlon Youth and Junior National Championships in suburban Cincinnati. “We’ve come a long way,” said Amanda Peck, Penelope’s mother. The introduction to triathlon came almost

Penelope Peck excels at a sport that combines swimming, cycling, and running. by accident when the youngster spotted a flyer while the family was bike shopping. “I begged to do the race,” Penelope said.

“It was in two weeks. I didn’t even know what a transition was, but it was a lot of fun.” Her local debut showcased plenty of

natural ability in the sport that combines swimming, cycling, and running at age-appropriate distances. “We thought that it was weird,” Amanda said. “We had never even heard of a kids triathlon.” After a handful of races in that first year, Penelope’s parents agreed to place her on a youth swim team. Two years ago, she joined the triathlon team with professional coaching to help grow her skills. These days, she competes as part of the Junior Elite Team for Southlake-based Tri4Him. Penelope trains in each of the three disciplines at least a couple of times each week. She competes in about 10-12 races from April to October. That includes some local and regional events in addition to nationals. Her competition distances — 100-meter swim, 4-mile bike, and 1-mile run — will increase next spring when she jumps to a higher age classification. However, Penelope’s affinity for the sport won’t change.

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Scots Marquee Championship Seasons Graduates collaborate on ‘Three Peat’ documentary

McGuire and Duke Jimerson, both real estate professionals with Compass, agreed to sponsor the film after Holden approached them months ago. Both were on Scots teams in the 1990s before Allen was the coach. Fo r premier screenings in August, they had a bagpiper outside to alert Highland Park Village shoppers to the special occasion. Just inside, Highland Belles greeted moviegoers, and at the top of the escalator, cheerleaders passed out gift bags. Audience members, as they waited, speculated about what another promising season might bring and recalled fond memories of the ones just passed. “Spoiler alert,” one man told those on the rows behind him. “I know how it ends. We win.” The movie’s title, of course, makes the outcomes evident to even those who may not have paid attention to recent seasons. Still, Holden, by focusing on the challenges each team faced, succeeds in building tension as the stories unfold. The film explores injuries, unexpected losses, and difficult-to-swallow decisions about who gets to start.

The movie also covers the brief retirement of Allen, who was feeling tired after winning back-to-back championships, but almost immediately regretted stepping away. The highlights were well chosen, but my favorite parts were the interviews with the players. Though they trafficked some in clichés we’ve come to expect from athletes after games, the Scots players also brought a youthful frankness to their accounts. They ’re brash, funny, and authentic. I wanted to cheer them on again. Jimerson and McGuire expect a slightly condensed version of the documentary to air on Fox Sports this fall, probably no later than October. There’s no word yet on whether DVDs will be available. If you get a chance, check out this film and hear Allen wax poetic about what it means to coach and play for Highland Park. “I love that quote” about tradition never graduating, Jimerson said. He also offered another favorite from the coach: “When you are an underdog, you want to prove them wrong; when you are a favorite you want to prove them right.”

When you are an underdog you want to prove them wrong; when you are a favorite you want to prove them right. Coach Randy Allen


Above: The Highland Park Three Peat Film shares marquee space with Hollywood movies.

By William Taylor People Newspapers

At Highland Park High School, as Coach Randy Allen says, tradition never graduates. Interest in Scots football never wanes, either. That’s why fans can file into Highland Park Village Theatre to cheer again the big plays that won three consecutive Class 5A Division I state championships.

Dallas-based documentary filmmaker Mickey Holden has made another movie about the school’s gridiron success. The History of Highland Park Football premiered on Fox Sports Southwest in 2014. His Highland Park Three Peat Film explores the challenges overcome by the 2016, 2017, and 2018 teams. “It’s just a story about three different teams and their journey to get there,” said Christopher McGuire.

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FASHION-LOVING TAX MAN OPENS LUXURY STORE Bywaters, partner promote gentlemanly look with custom apparel By Keyuri Parab

People Newspapers


unter Bywaters began his career as a tax consultant but left to pursue his passion for entrepreneurship a dozen years later. “I never thought I would end up using my business and legal background in the fashion industry, you know, but I am happy that I did,” the University Park resident said. His business partner Bashar Alhuneidi who founded the Adam Aleksander brand in Europe in 2015 is a 25-year veteran of the industry. Together they co-founded the brand’s North American luxury showroom last fall in Frisco. From there, the company serves clients from California, North Carolina, South Carolina, and other states as well as Dallas area shoppers. The brand name is presented in lower case on signs, online, and in other marketing materials.


In the corporate world, you get to travel, but typically you’re working all hours. But in the fashion world, business travel comes with a lot of fun. Hunter Bywaters Bywaters found his passion for fashion in the corporate world when he noticed the difference a well-tailored suit or jacket can make socially and professionally. “I always wanted to be in a business that is a ‘lifestyle business,’ where it provides the

FROM LEFT: Bashar Alhuneidi and Hunter and Emily Bywaters.

ability to meet incredibly interesting people (and) an avenue to travel the world,” Bywaters said. Bywaters said he believed in Alhuneidi’s vision of “being a gentleman,” so they opened their showroom at The Star in Frisco, home to shops, restaurants, and the Dallas Cowboys world headquarters. Their showroom offers a private-clublike environment with three private consultation rooms, the oculus lounge, and a complimentary bar serving clients. The initial experience lasts about an hour and a half to two hours,” Bywaters said. “Our stylists get to know each client on a personal level, what they do in professional life and at home. Really knowing our clients allows us to offer the best service, and that’s the beauty of adam aleksander.” Products range from suits and jackets to casual dress pants, jeans, T-shirts, and golf shirts. Clients choose from more than 3,000 exclusive fabrics for their madeto-measure and bespoke offerings. Italian families, from New York, Italy, and other parts of Europe provide the tailoring. Alhuneidi and Bywaters are in talks to expand the brand across the country and worldwide. Bywaters and his wife, Emily, have lived in the Park Cities for four years and stay active in Dallas civic life. She serves as president of the Hyer Elementary Preschool Association. And they have served together on various events and organizations, including co-chairs of the American Heart Association’s Wine Society. He describes the transition from taxes to fashion as fun and exciting. “In the corporate world, you get to travel, but typically you’re working all hours,” Bywaters said. “But in the fashion world, business travel comes with a lot of fun.”

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Comings and Goings





6501 Hillcrest Ave. After closing up shop at Plano’s Legacy Hall in the spring, chef Uno Immanivong is nearly ready to open Red Stix’s new incarnation – this time in the Park Cities. According to the restaurant’s Facebook page, the eatery will open the first week of October. Tasty offerings will include super spicy “Damn Damn” noodles with chiles, Szechuan chili oil, and sambal.

8300 Douglas Ave. Suite 100 Brenda Serafino, one of Dallas’s most recognized title attorneys, has opened a full-service, independent title company to the Park Cities. The long-time resident brings with her 34 years of experience in residential and commercial real estate transactional work, title underwriting, and executive management.

Red Stix

HSTX Title


3888 Oak Lawn Ave. This luxe Atlanta import, known for its streamlined approach to aesthetics, has settled into its new Turtle Creek home. The med spa offers a variety of services, including monthly memberships that come with weekly B12 shots, same-day Botox appointment, and either a facial or chemical peel.

Mi Cocina


5007 W. Lovers Lane A new concept from Vandelay Hospitality, the new restaurant group from East Hampton Sandwich Company and Hudson House’s Hunter Pond, will open this October. The steakhouse takes inspiration from vintage Hollywood favorites. On the menu, expect top-notch steaks, cheeseburgers, French-dip sandwiches, pasta dishes, and more classic American eats.

Highland Park Village After temporarily closing for a summer renovation, the cathedral of queso reopened in August with a fresh, modern design and a new skinny “on the rocks’ margarita on its menu.

CLOSED Flywheel

4252 Oak Lawn Ave. The spin studio announced on social media in early September plans to close its location at the Shops of Highland Park and by the end of the month. Its Plano location also would shutter. -Compiled by Bianca R. Montes



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Say ‘Welcome’ in Any Language to Village’s Chauffeur New courtesy car service connects shoppers to airport, hotels, homes By Jaxx Artz


People Newspapers Giancarlo “GC” Angioni took a while to get to Texas. Though he was born in Belgium, he is 100% Italian. Angioni spent time in the Netherlands, France, the Philippines, Japan, and Mexico before settling in Dallas 15 years ago. Once here, he got started in the limousine industry. Now? Find him in around Highland Park Village as part of the shopping center’s initiative to expand complimentary services to guests and neighbors. Angioni picks up and drops off guests between Highland Park Village and Dallas Love Field and provides transportation to homes and hotels within a 5-mile radius. When asked what he enjoys about the chauffeur business, he was quiet for a few seconds before responding. “I don’t know,” he said. “But I like talking to people.” He isn’t boastful or loud. Instead, he’s the calm, diligent type, taking care to notice if a guest would prefer a quiet ride or a

In partnership with Sewell, Highland Park Village offers courtesy car service between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday on a firstcome, first-serve basis. Giancarlo “GC” Angioni can assist with pick-ups and drop-offs within a five-mile radius. Transportation is also available from Highland Park Village to Dallas Love Field Airport based on availability. Giancarlo “GC” Angioni speaks Italian, English, French, Dutch, Spanish, and Japanese. pleasant conversation. He’s happy to provide either, in whichever language you choose. “Did you know GC speaks six languages?” Hendrika Diehl, who handles public relations for Highland Park Village, asked. Angioni smiled humbly before listing them. Italian, English, French, Dutch, Spanish, and Japanese. “And I’m working

on Chinese,” he added. Having these languages in his pocket helps him connect with the variety of people who visit Highland Park, Angioni said. Imagine exploring a city by yourself, employing English to get around, but then getting to converse in a language you grew up speaking or one you haven’t practiced since in college.


Having returned from studying abroad in Paris, I introduced myself to him in French, a language I already feel slipping away from lack of practice. He immediately responded, and we were able to hold a conversation long enough for me to feel excited there was someone I could practice within Dallas. Though he won’t bring it up

For services, call 469-563-5212.

himself, ask him about living in Italy or his time in Mexico, and he will brighten, sharing stories from an incredible life of travel. By the time he opens your door at the end of a ride, you will feel as if you, too, have tasted the world’s best dishes and experienced the thrilling effect of music.

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A New Kind of Toy Story Arrives in Dallas Camp themed store to open this October at The Hill By Bianca R. Montes


People Newspapers

Camp, a family-focused experience store will open the second week in October at The Hill shopping center on the northeast corner of Walnut Hill Lane and North Central Expressway. For more information, visit camp.com.

It’s hard business luring people away from online shopping and into an actual brick and mortar store – especially with their children in tow. Camp, a toy store that opened in New York City’s Flatiron District last December, is disrupting the retail industry with its outof-the-box retail experience. This October, Dallasites will have a chance to step into the immersive experience.

We call ourselves a family experience store, and Dallas is all about family culture. Nikki Kaufman Founded by Ben Kaufman, chief e-commerce officer at BuzzFeed, and his wife, Nikki, the Instagramable toy store was designed with the notion of blending play and product. “If you’re not going for the experience and can buy online then why (go shopping),” Nikki Kaufman said. The idea stemmed from the realization that it was hard to find a place to bring children that’s also fun for adults, she said. “We wanted to give people a reason to leave the


The theme of the store will change about every three months.

house and go shopping.” Kaufman described Camp as a cross between a science museum with a toy store. While the 13,000 square feet of retail space at The Hill shopping center in North Dallas will remain the same, every three

months its themed experience will rotate. The store will open the second week of October with a kickback to the good old days of camp. Walking through a magic door, guests will transform into an interactive experience that

will set the scene with an old station wagon with suitcases on top, orientation, and a welcome board. Different cabins will be decked out and filled with camp-themed products, from arts and crafts kits and sporting gear to items you might expect at a STEM camp. Other camp themes in the works include science camp and cooking camp. Each Camp location also includes a space for theater and ticketed programming and a canteen. While the founders haven’t disclosed which local eatery they will partner with at the Dallas store, in New York, they teamed up with The Milk Bar. “While Camp is very thoughtful and educational, it is really about play,” Kaufman said, adding that it’s the type of place where children can ride around the store on scooters and “kick a ball against the wall.” As for why they chose Dallas as the first city to expand to, that’s easy, Kaufman said. “We call ourselves a family experience store, and Dallas is all about family culture.”

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH 4330 Hallmark Drive, Dallas



his home is the definition of modern luxury and elegance. Recently rebuilt, this property is now double in size and features five bedrooms, five full and one-half baths, and a three-car garage. Natural light floods the home, and the near two-story fireplace provides a focal point for the main living area. The builder of this modern home transformed a 1962 mid-century down to the foundation but took care to leave the

original elongated bricks for the façade. The result is commanding with its position on the hill with a perfectly placed circular drive and complete with a beautifully landscaped lot with 50-year-old oak trees. The master bedroom is a sanctuary with a freestanding soaker tub, walk-in glass shower, and a closet to rival any home. All the bedrooms are oversized and include ensuites with expansive closets.

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NEW BRADFIELD LEAVES CRAMPED HALLWAYS IN THE PAST Rebuilt school features collaborative-learning, more technology

By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers


indergarten students walking through the doors of Bradfield Elementary bore shirts with “Class of 2032” emblazoned on the front. But, this was no ordinary first day of school in Highland Park ISD. The doors at Bradfield Elementary opened to students for the 2019-20 school year in August after a rebuild, which required students to relocate last year.

There are so many areas for students to learn. We are no longer fighting for spaces to encourage and meet learning styles of all students. Regina Dumar, Bradfield principal The new building sits on its original, historic site, but positioned more to the west on the lot. Due to record rainfalls during construction, the playfields were not ready for day one, but the inside of the building was immaculate. Technology rules the day at Bradfield, highlighted by giant electronic activity boards in most classrooms. Students and instructors both praised the new “learning pods,” which are common learning spaces for each grade level encouraging “student exploration and collaboration,” said Regina Dumar, Bradfield principal. “We also have a new innovation lab


CHECK IT OUT WHAT: Dedication ceremony and open house WHEN: 2-4 p.m. Oct. 20 WHERE: Bradfield Elementary School, 4300 Southern Ave.


The new Bradfield Elementary School sits repositioned on the same lot as the old one and features up-to-date technology and more open spaces.

where students will be able to thrive in a discovery atmosphere,” she said. “Security is also one of my top priorities, and I’ve been impressed with the state-of-the-art system features that will keep our students and staff safe.” Size, too, has already made a difference. The new version of Bradfield is much larger than the old one, and Dumar said there is no longer a “cramped” feeling in the hallways. “The open spaces are truly fantastic,” she said. “There are so many areas for students to learn. We are no longer fighting for spaces to encourage and meet learning styles of all students.” Leslie Kennemer, Bradfield’s campus instructional technologist, made sure that morning announcements were up and running on the first day. Fourth-grade students continued the long-standing tradition of broadcasting them live into classrooms. “I have a small segment on the newscast each day, and I’ve had kindergarten students stop me in the hallway with amazement in their eyes,” Dumar said. “Everyday, our newness becomes even better because we are able to focus on some of the added little details that make our building beautiful.” HPISD rebuilt the school as part of the $361 million bond program. The program also covers the rebuilds of University Park and Hyer Elementary schools, renovations of Armstrong Elementary, McCulloch Intermediate, Highland Park Middle School, and Highland Park High School, and construction of a fifth elementary school, “On the first day of school, I’m not certain who was more excited - the students or the staff,” Dumar said. “I heard comments from students of all ages saying things like, ‘This looks like a beautiful hotel,’ ‘We love our new learning space,’ and ‘We are so happy to be back home.’”

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More Than Just a Student of Music

ESD’s Val Mooty balances classes, sports with singing career By Jordan Kiefer

Special Contributor

Visit valmooty.com to learn more and check out Val Mooty’s music.

When Val Mooty was about 6 or 7, his parents would hit mute during commercial breaks of American Idol, and he would sing like he was on the show. However, it wasn’t until recent years that the Episcopal School of Dallas student began to sing and play the guitar for other people professionally. In April 2016, he sang for the first time in front of a group of people at his dad’s wedding. After that, he started playing local shows and writing songs.

Coming from a football family can be hard in some cases, but my dad always told me he wanted me to do what I love no matter what. Val Mooty “Singing is very therapeutic to me,” said Mooty, now 18 and a senior. “I definitely wouldn’t do music if I didn’t enjoy it, but for me, music has been a level above even enjoyment. It really calms me down and helps me think.” Mooty, the step-son of Troy Aikman and great-nephew of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, plays football and lacrosse at ESD. That doesn’t allow for much free time, but when he does have a few minutes to himself, he en-


Val Mooty goes up-tempo with his debut single, “Love is Queen”. joys playing video games and writing, whether that be lyrics or journal entries. The most important lesson he’s

learned about being a singer? Take risks and stay true to your voice, Mooty said. “The most success comes from


making the songs my own, and singing them to my strengths,” he said. “Success comes from being unique, and if I lose that aspect of

my singing, then I will sound very bland.” Songwriters and singers should write/sing what they feel, be original, and not get distracted with what other people want/think they should become, Mooty said. “Music is all about making people believe what you’re saying in a unique, relatable way. This is a huge work in progress for me (and most other musicians) as well.” While he has a whole group of family and friends who support him, Mooty’s most dedicated supporter has always been his dad. “Coming from a football family can be hard in some cases, but my dad always told me he wanted me to do what I love no matter what. Since starting to do music, he has put in so much effort in his free time trying to get new contacts or book me new shows, and honestly, it makes me feel incredible. I know that no matter what I’ll always have at least one diehard fan, and that’s an amazing feeling.” Mooty had a ton of fun writing and recording his debut single “Love is Queen”. “It was lots of trial and error, but I am so pleased with the end result,” he said. “Once we had finished making the track, I was so excited to write the lyrics, and it was an amazing experience, especially being my first up-tempo track. It’s catchy, bouncy, and a breath of fresh air if I’m ever having a bad day.”

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SMELLS LIKE... Ellen Rourke

Christina, Tobi, and Katelyn Miller

Dale and Kim Greer holding Reid and Rhett

Ben and Max Ramundt

Faith Shap, Emma Rosa, Mia Lee, and Elise Laharia

Chaquowa Bouvier and Eric Lechlitner

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Susan, Kelly, Robert, and Emery Johnson

Alex and Poppy Wilcox

Back: Kathryn Beach, Greg Kemp, and Sydney Williams. Front: Katy, Merry Margaret, and Tommy PHOTOS BY DALIA FAHEID AND LAUREN DANIELS

Chaquowa Bouvier and Eric Lechlitner

Highland Park football fans of all ages showed off their Scots spirit before the first home game of the season. Expectations remain high despite a disappointing loss to Frisco Lone Star.

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Alcuin Building New Facilities To Meet Increased Demand

Phase One to open in 2020 with new science labs, dining spaces, classrooms

fairs, and academic testing. Also in the plans are a new music classroom, design lab, and maker space, which will all provide a thought-provoking space for Alcuin students as they question and discover the world around them.

ABOUT THE SCHOOL The coeducational academic community at 6144 Churchill Way in Dallas serves students from toddler to 12th grade with Montessori and International Baccalaureate program methods to foster critical thinking and a lifelong passion for learning. Visit alcuinschool.org. Alcuin School on Churchill Way is building a new West Campus Building to expand campus capacity and provide modern spaces for science instruction and other coursework. “This fantastic new building is yet another step in Alcuin’s continued growth bringing world-class Montessori and IB educations to the children of Dallas,” head of school Walter Sorensen said. “This building will allow us to significantly expand our capacity starting in 2020 forward, in order to meet the increased demand we are already seeing from current students wanting to stay at Alcuin and new students applying for acceptance,” he said. Past and present members of Alcuin’s Board of Trustees and major donors gathered on campus in late August to celebrate the beginning of Phase One. Work on the first phase will extend through July of next year. “For more than 55 years, Alcuin has been an innovative leader among Dallas schools, and now we enter what may perhaps be the most exciting phase of Alcuin’s history - the modernization and

For more than 55 years, Alcuin has been an innovative leader among Dallas schools, and now we enter what may perhaps be the most exciting phase of Alcuin’s history. Maria Cintron Magennis


When complete, the new West Campus Building will provide a 55,000-square-foot extended learning environment designed to engage students in collaborative and individual growth. expansion of our West Campus facility which will be the first step of updates to buildings and outdoor spaces across our school,” said Maria Cintron Magennis, president of the board of trustees. When complete, the new West Campus Building will provide a 55,000-square-foot extended learning environment designed to engage students in collaborative

and individual growth. Phase One, opening for the 2020-2021 school year, will encompass 22,750 square feet of additional innovative space where students and faculty will work, study, create, and imagine. New facilities in Phase One include three state-of-the-art science labs for biology, chemistry and physics, two dining areas for

students of various levels, dedicated space for digital film, six new classrooms and common areas for collaboration, study, and socializing. Eventually, the full West Campus expansion will include a 450 seat multi-purpose performing arts center, which will enable the school to host a wide variety of events such as art festivals, science

“The Alcuin extended community came together behind our SHINE capital campaign to raise the initial $14 million in funding required to begin this expansion,” Sorenson said. “Throughout its history, Alcuin has grown and thrived due solely to support from forward-thinking members of our community, and this support led us to introduce Alcuin Upper School just a few years ago. “With our first two graduating upper school classes having achieved a very difficult 100% pass rate on the International Baccalaureate Diploma exams, we are thrilled to continue the momentum on campus with these new facilities,” he said. – Staff report

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Kind Campaign Addresses Girl vs. Girl Bullying By Tanika Turner People Newspapers

Bullied in middle school, Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson, now Pepperdine graduates, came together to launch the Kind Campaign in 2009. Their goals: Make people aware of female bullying and help those who have experienced it heal themselves of its effect. The women initially intended to deliver the message through a documentary: Finding Kind, a 76-minute film of interviews about female on female bullying. But word spread quickly, and the campaign became more than just a film; it became a movement – one that branched into schools through Campaign Founders Assemblies. One of those schools is McCulloch Intermediate School, where Bri Crum, as a “kind ambassador,” facilitates a program for fifth-and sixth-grade girls to lead a discussion, find the root of problems, and begin to mend their relationships. Crum heard about the program six years ago while her daughter was a kindergartener. She was excited to partner with McCulloch and get involved in the program in 2019. “I believe I have a gift with kids,”

LEARN MORE The Kind Campaign nonprofit brings awareness and healing to the adverse and lasting effects of girl-against-girl bullying. To learn more, visit

kindcampaign.com. Crum said. “They tend to be open and honest with me.” Crum herself experienced bullying in grade school but said she does not feel it was as bad as some girls are experiencing. Children will find any reason to bully, she said, attributing that to jealousy. Almost every girl she has spoken to has dealt with bullies at one time or another, she said. Kind Ambassadors receive a curriculum for the school year with points to discuss at each meeting. At McCulloch, the hour-long after-school sessions fall on Mondays. Crum hopes to see her girls contribute to a blog where they can tell their stories and possibly conduct interviews with their peers. “I like that the girls are taking ownership, feeling proud, and gaining confidence,” she said. “That is the most important thing.” Crum hopes to expand the program to Highland Park High School eventually. She understands the importance of catching the girls at a younger age and making a change but said she also feels that high schoolers need help as well.


Kind Campaign fifth- and sixth-grade girls meet Mondays after school.

42 October 2019 | parkcitiespeople.com after her complaint against the chairman of Fox News. Since then, she has graced the covers of both Time and Good Housekeeping magazines. Named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and author of bestsellers Be Fierce and Getting Real, Carlson is a successful and recognized news anchor and advocate for equality and empowerment of women. This free lecture series is funded by an endowment from the Rosine Foundation Fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas. Past speakers have included Pulitzer-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer, media lawyer and author Bruce Sanford, and Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Michael Ramirez.

Democrats and Climate Policy


SMU holds a mini pep-rally to celebrate the renaming of the Mockingbird Station to the SMU/ Mockingbird Station.

Call it SMU/Mockingbird Station

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has renamed Mockingbird Station after reaching an agreement with SMU. Calling it SMU/Mockingbird station will make it easy for visitors to find the campus and make DART a significant gateway to the university, DART and university officials said. “Taking DART to SMU/Mockingbird Station is an easy way to get to a wide variety of SMU events – from Division I sporting events, to lectures and artistic performances, as well as to the George W. Bush Presidential Center,” SMU president R. Gerald Turner said. Approximately 2,800 riders travel through the SMU/Mockingbird Station on an average weekday, and DART’s Mustang Express provides service to the campus for

about 500 passengers each weekday. The station is located at Mockingbird Lane and North Central Expressway.

Gretchen Carlson to Lecture

Gretchen Carlson, journalist, author, and advocate, will give the 20th annual. Rosine Smith Sammons Lecture in Media Ethics at SMU at 8 p.m. Oct. 2, in Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. Carlson beGretchen Carlson came the face of sexual harassment in the workplace in 2016

Two faculty experts at SMU offer differing takes on the climate proposals of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. Bonnie Jacobs, professor of paleobotany, favors decisive moves that slow down, if not reverse, the buildup of greenJames Coleman house gases that she feels are at the core of climate change today and going forward. “The physics of the link between greenhouse gases and warming is indisputable, like gravity, and simply choosing to believe that greenhouse gases and climate change are unrelated is choosing the path of wishful thinking,” she said. But associate professor of energy law James Coleman warns that some of the democratic candidates’ plans seem likely to crush U.S. energy and squander the

environmental benefits of the American energy boom. Common democratic plans such as a ban on oil and gas drilling on federal lands, the “Green New Deal,” and a ban on fracking and exports, could cost the American public trillions of dollars. Such approaches could crush the U.S. energy industry, harm the climate, and pollute the air by locking away clean-burning natural gas, he said.

Cultural Intelligence

Best-selling author and podcaster Malcolm Gladwell is set to discuss his new book Talking to Strangers: What We Should K n o w A bo u t People We Don’t Know at 8 p.m. Oct. 7 at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium. His book uses well-known scandals and stories from history to illustrate Malcolm Gladwell why interactions with strangers go wrong and how to make them go right. To help tell his stories, he references high profile cases such as Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff, Amanda Knox, and Sandra Bland. Gladwell’s lecture is part of SMU’s Bridge Builders lecture series, presented by the cultural intelligence initiative, CIQ@ SMU. The series is designed to highlight the work of those who have dedicated their lives to building bridges across a widening cultural divide. Senior adviser to SMU provost on cultural intelligence Maria Dixon Hall said that having the lecture series brings SMU students, faculty, and staff to a bridge over the very troubled water of cultural identity. – Compiled by Tanika Turner

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Hockaday is an all-girls day and boarding school for grades PK – 12. In Lower School, girls are excited to try new things and take risks with the support of their teachers and peers. Girls in Middle School find an inclusive environment with friends, teachers, and advisors who are not only focused on student academic engagement, but also on their social and emotional development. Once in Upper School, girls continue to trust their abilities and enjoy the freedom to share ideas, express opinions, and take on new challenges. Hockaday girls acquire and enhance the skills they need to lead lives of purpose and impact.

THE WEEKDAY SCHOOL AT UPUMC For over 60 years, the WDS has provided faith-based, developmentally appropriate learning environments. We serve children who are 9 months through kindergarten. Our NAEYC accredited program is play-based and provides the time and space needed for a child’s natural curiosity to develop into a practical, on-going knowledge base. Our classrooms support the development of the whole child with significant emphasis on social/emotional readiness. The WDS Kindergarten program effectively prepares children for the next step in their educational journey with small ratios and individualized learning opportunities. We welcome you to come be a part of the WDS family!

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‘Ding Dong, I’m a Belle!’

Making the award-winning drill team takes years of work



Tryouts for the Highland Belles include a three-day clinic to learn jazz, kick, and pom routines.

By Liliann Albelbaisi People Newspapers

Drill team is huge in Texas, especially so in Highland Park ISD. The Highland Belles drill team has a rich history, deep traditions, and a distinguished award-winning history. What does it take to become a Belle? Time, lots of time. “Most girls have been dancing and training from a young age,” said assistant director Emily Sanchez. The directors offer Belle prep classes during the first semester of every year so that girls can prepare for tryouts. As for tryouts, they come during the first week of December and include a three-day clinic to learn jazz, kick, and pom routines. The team holds a mock tryout to “ease their nerves” and then final auditions on the Saturday of that week. The Belles hire third-party judges to give the girls trying out a chance to make good first impressions. That approach also offers directors an opportunity to receive feedback and ensure they are getting girls who have the talent. Practice starts the week after spring break for the new team. That’s how soon the girls will begin working on the routines for the upcoming year’s football season. Much like the boys on the football

team, the Belles spend the final two weeks of summer in “two-a-days.” That’s when they go through the combinations they learned before the summer break. Once football season ends, the team prepares for competition. The Belles go to regional and national contests nearly every year. The Belles have seen traditions come and go, but some have stayed for a majority of the team’s history.

Most girls have been dancing and training from a young age. Emily Sanchez. For example, the Belles have held the same annual fundraiser – their only fundraiser – for 36 years. The Spaghetti Supper, which includes an auction and raffle, takes place before the first home game of every season. “The money goes to props, costumes, and covers the cost to go to nationals,” Sanchez said. It is notably known as a hectic time for the girls who must ensure they sell their tickets to the fundraiser. Once the new team is announced, the new girls stand on a table, introduce themselves by name to the crowd, shouting, “And Ding Dong, I’m a Belle!”




Extra-Large Team Category:

2009: Fourth place

2009: Grand Champion

2010: Eighth place

2010: Grand Champion

2011: 15th place

2011: Grand Champion

2012: Third place

2012: National Champion

2013: 11th place

2013: National Champion

2014: Fifth place

2014: National Champion

2015: 14th place

2015: Second place

2016: Could not compete due to scheduling conflicts

2016: Could not compete due to scheduling conflicts

2017: 12th place

2017: Second place

2018: 12th place

2018: National Grand Champion

2019: Ninth place

2019: National Grand Champion

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Cattle Baron’s Ball CATTLE BARON’S BALL: AN AUTHENTIC TEXAS NIGHT Co-chairs bring a ranch vibe to Dallas for Cancer fundraiser By Bianca R. Montes


People Newspapers

In addition to the work Wendy Messman and Lisa Shirley have done with Cattle Baron’s Ball, the women are generous supporters of several other local nonprofits.


isa Shirley may still be looking for the perfect shoes to match her off-white leather dress with its fun neckline and gold accents and Wendy Messman, an outfit worthy of the brand new gray crocodile boots sitting in her closet. However, the two Dallasites know that come late October they’ll breathe easy in the wake of successfully planning the world’s largest single-night fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Since 1974, when Patti Hunt and Jacque Wayne brought Charley Pride to the Star Brand Ranch, Cattle Baron’s Ball has raised more than $77 million for cancer research ­– money that has gone on to fund 46 Nobel Prize winners and the most widely-used treatment for breast cancer. For the 46th annual event, co-chairs Messman and Shirley plan to transform Gilley’s to a western throwback with their True Grit theme, complete with old saloon doors, marquee signs, and cowhide rugs. “We wanted a real country ranch vibe – an authentic Texas night,” Messman said about the duo’s vision.

Messman serves as the president of the National Charity League, and is a board member for New Friends New Life; CitySquare; Chartered Financial Analyst (FCA); and the Parish Episcopal Endowment. Shirley worked with Make a Wish when she lived in Philadelphia and volunteered with the Family Place when she moved to Dallas. The two will retire this year from Cattle Baron’s Ball and join the executive committee in advisory capacities.


Lisa Shirley and Wendy Messman will chair the 46th annual Cattle Baron’s Ball. high-end wine bar in the VIP room and a commemorative live auction book personally branded with the event’s True Grit logo. For Messman, who has spent the past seven years volunteering for Cattle Baron’s Ball, and Shirley, who has been with the nonprofit for the past five years, the call to co-chair the ball was a natural fit. Still, they joke that it’s never “been something people bombard the door to do.”

When you get there and realize the number of people and the amount of money and amount of fun, you’re kind of amazed this is all done by volunteers. Lisa Shirley In addition to landing entertainer of the year Keith Urban for the party of the year, the co-chairs have also revealed two unique additions to the Oct. 19 event; a Napa Valley

“They throw you in with cement boots, and you have to start swimming up from the bottom,” Shirley said about the experience that’s left her sleepless for the past 18 months. But really, she added that working with Messman is “almost like being a teenage girl again and talking to your best friend every day.” But despite sleepless nights – or waking up at 12:30 a.m. to work on event details – the experience has been worthwhile. For Messman, who has a long history of breast cancer on her father’s side of her family and Shirley, whose father-in-law and

fellow CBB friend both battled sarcoma, seeing the continued commitment and buyin the volunteers and patrons have for the cause has been unforgettable. “When you get there and realize the number of people and the amount of money and amount of fun, you’re kind of amazed this is all done by volunteers – one weekend we come together and throw one of the biggest fundraisers,” Shirley said. But at the end of the day – beyond the glitz and glam, the fun and excitement, Cattle Baron’s Ball is about cancer. “It’s an awesome party, but it’s critical to fundraise,” Messman said. Both ladies hope to see your paddle raised at the live auction.

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Ball Lands Country Sensation Keith Urban as Headliner Act Travis Tritt to take stage for a little ‘T-R-O-U-B-L-E’ during VIP party

Luck of the Draw: Cattle Baron’s 2019 Raffle Items Park Place Luxury Vehicle Value: $58,000* $100 each or six for $500 *The winner will get to choose between a 2019 Volvo XC40, Mercedes-Benz GLC300, Porsche Macan, or Range Rover Velar.

Highland Park Village Shopping Experience Value: $10,000 $25 each or five for $100 Keith Urban

Travis Tritt

By Bianca R. Montes

he collaborated with an army of pop powerhouses like Ed Sheeran, Julia Michaels, Nate Ruess, and Justin Tranter. And for those who haven’t seen him live, there are rumors of soul-oriented dance parties breaking out at his shows. His numerous chart-topping hits include “Blue Ain’t Your Color” and “Somebody Like You.” Urban has long supported multiple charities and is an obvious choice for the 46th annual bash, which since 1974 has raised more than $81 million for the American Cancer Society in North Texas. Georgia-born Travis Tritt will perform on the Live Auction Stage during the VIP party. The seven-time platinum album artist has a long-standing career in the country music scene and has seen monster success with chart-toppers like “Country Club,” “Here’s a Quarter,” and “This One’s Gonna Hurt You (For a Long, Long Time).” He is also a recipient of four awards from the Country Music Association and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

People Newspapers


hen it comes to fashion, Cattle Baron’s Ball is all about the notso-perfect blend of old Dallas formal and Western Chic. This year’s headliner is no novice when it comes to blurring lines in the music industry. CMA Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban is quite possibly the most genre-flexible veteran in the industry today. He’s slated to close out Dallas’ party of the year, themed “True Grit,” this October at Gilley’s Dallas. The award-winning singer, songwriter, and guitarist shot to the top of the country music scene. He scored CMA’s “Top New Male Vocalist” award following his 2000 self-titled debut album and claimed his first Grammy by 2006. The Australian born rocker has also dominated myriad styles on his last two albums including pop, soul, classic rock, and yes, electronic dance music. On his 2016 smash “Ripcord” he teamed up with everyone from Pitbull to Kanye producer Jeff Bhasker. And again on “Graffiti U,”

PlainsCapital Bank Debit Card Value: $10,000 $25 each or five for $100

Eiseman Jewels and Rolex Value: $10,300 $25 each or five for $100

Hawaiian Getaway Value: $12,000 $25 each or five for $100

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To The Highest Bidder - Sampling of This Year’s CBB Auction Items

“Who Wouldn’t Want to The Twelve Hidden Be Me” at Golf Channel: Wonders of Napa:

2020 Indy 500 VIP Experience:

Spin the Globe with One&Only Resorts:

You and three guests visit the Golf Channel Headquarters in Orlando, FL for an exclusive behind the scenes experience. You’ll receive American Airline miles for use towards your trip and stay for two nights at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge.

Business-class round-trip airfare for two to attend the 2020 Indy 500 in Indianapolis from Bachendorf ’s and TAG Heuer. Stay two nights in a premium hotel with two dinners and receive an all-black CARRERA Automatic Chronograph by TAG Heuer.

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, Rwanda for three nights for two people where you can Gorilla trek and three nights at One&Only Nyungwe House, Rwanda. Trip includes four nights for two at One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico and four nights at One&Only Mandarina in Mexico. Receive miles from American Airlines for use towards your trip.

You and five guests are boarding a Tiburon Aviation private jet to Napa for a three-night stay at the beautiful Saint Helena Winery cottages. Enjoy private tours, exclusive dinners, and twelve wineries that capture the essence of the Napa Valley. Return from your trip and invite 19 of your closest friends to join you for a six-course dinner at The Capital Grille Dallas.

Calling All Cowboys “Once in a Lifetime” Elton John Oscar Party: & Cowgirls: Two guests attend the black-tie Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Viewing Party on Feb. 9, 2020, at West Hollywood Park. Join the cocktail reception, dine among the stars as you watch the ceremony, and experience a musical performance by a surprise guest artist. Next up is the after party which is often a first stop on the winners’ circuit!

Stay three nights, Dec. 5-8, at The Signature at the MGM Grand and enjoy two tickets to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas on Dec. 6, and two tickets to see the Reba, Brooks & Dunn Concert with backstage passes on Dec. 7. Includes two custom pairs of Tony Lama Boots and miles from American Airlines for use towards your trip.

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FROM LEFT: Mary Doran and Virginia Cosgrove bring full-jars of coins to help others.

By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers


MU’s Ford Stadium hosted the Change is Good kick-off this summer to benefit neglected children. But the big help comes from generous neighborhoods, homemade lemonade stands, bake sales, and spare quarters found in jean pockets. More than 232 Park Cities and Dallas families have been collecting spare change to help improve the lives of children served by Community Partners of Dallas. Joanna Clarke, vice president of development for Community Partners of Dallas, described the need for resources and

support to caseworkers of Dallas County Child Protective Services as “urgent.” Something seemingly as small as collecting and donating spare change, she said, can go a long way. “Child Protective Services furnishes items such as winter coats, diapers, formula, holiday gifts, school uniforms, personal hygiene products, food, and more, and we send it to abused children in the community,” she said. “It sends the message that someone cares.” The cumulative efforts will be seen on Oct. 27, when the 13th annual event is held at the organization’s new headquarters on Elmbrook Drive in Dallas’ Caring Corridor. At that event, all collections - coins and other essentials - will be turned in. Two families have led the effort – the Haddocks and the McEvoys. “Community Partners of Dallas makes a drastic difference in the lives of children who are abused and neglected,” said Emily

Haddock, co-chair. Haddock’s children – Beatrice, Iris Anne, and Stinson – reached out to neighbors to fill their change jars. “Our 8-year-old daughter wrote a speech about Change is Good and walked door-to-door delivering her message and encouraging neighbors to help children here in Dallas,” Haddock said. “Neighbors were so generous to look for spare change in their homes, and our daughter was proud to learn her voice and efforts could make a difference for other children in need.” Amy McEvoy, co-chair, talked about the importance of family and philanthropy. “Teaching our children to help other children -- it’s wonderful to see,” she said. “It’s wonderful when the community comes together for such an important cause.” McEvoy joined by her husband Nicholas and children Grace, Ford, and Georgia


took the lemonade-stand approach in raising money for Change is Good. “My three children have loved getting our block involved through hosting a lemonade stand and walking our neighbor’s new puppy for spare change,” she said. “Our jars are almost full.”

I F YO U G O WHAT: Change is Good 13th Annual Event and Collection WHERE: 7950 Elmbrook Drive – Dallas’ Caring Corridor WHEN: 3 p.m. Oct 27 COST: Adult - $75; Child - $30 TICKETS: communitypartnersdallas.org

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Nancy Gopez, Chad Collom, Maggie Kipp, Rosser Newton, Melinda Knowles, and Steve Kemble

Meredith Woodworth and Tai Green

Pat and John Harloe

Dwight and Claire Emanuelson

Debbie and Jim Francis with Carol Seay and Elizabeth Saab

Christopher Wood and Lynn McBee

Richard Harper and Jennifer Lake

Dianne and Shannan Pratt

Dan and Betsy Little with Carolyn and George Toledo

David and Janie Condon

Neva Hall and Shelle Sills

Meredith and Jack Woodworth, Jeff Woodworth (son), and Debbie Francis PHOTOS BY DANIEL DRIENSKY

Hattie Newton, Abby Fleischli, and Marguerite Knowles

Jim Lee, Casey Robinson, DeeDee Lee, Tori Freeman, and Michael Lee

Vine & Dine co-chairs Maggie Kipp and Melinda Knowles kicked off the 12th Annual Vine & Dine festivities at the picturesque Highland Park estate of Rosser Newton on Aug. 27. Guests enjoyed a respite from the August heat in the enchanting English-style gardens, enjoying Bubble Tap Dallas and fine wines from Ben E. Keith Company. Plans are underway for the Nov. 14 event, which takes place at the Brook Hollow Golf Club.

Are You Worried About Losing Independence Because of Unsteadiness Or Falls? Additional New Secrets About Balance & 5 Simple Tips To Stay Independent By: Leading Balance Expert, Dr. Jeffrey Guild, Physical Therapist Are you worried about losing independence or simply the ability to get out with friends & family because of falling, unsteadiness, or even dizziness? My name is Dr. Jeffrey Guild, and I am increasingly concerned about the number of people losing their independence because of these problems, and they don’t have to. That is why I am sharing 5 simple tips so you, or someone you know, does not have to lose independence because of falls, unsteadiness, or dizziness. Tip 1: Don’t ignore walking problems. Walking problems are early signs of fall risk in older people1 which can interfere with independence. Talk to your doctor or even go directly to a Physical Therapist to find the root cause of walking problems. Tip 2: Avoid Touching The Furniture Or Walls When Walking. This becomes a downward spiral where balance becomes weakened because the body becomes dependent on touching objects in order to be steady. If you need to touch objects in order to be steady, you may need a walker. A Physical Therapist can test your balance and let you know if you need a walker and make sure it is the right fit for you. Tip 3: Exercise Or Walk Regularly. Simply exercising and walking reduces fall risk, even if you have not exercise regularly before. 2,3

Tip 4: Check Your Bone Health. Scientists are finding that the workings of the inner ear balance system and bone health are very closely connected. 4,5 Scientists even say those who have inner ear balance problems should get their bone health checked and vice versa.5 New research is also finding a connection between vitamin D and vertigo.6,7,8 Tip 5: If you are having problems with dizziness, vertigo, or unsteadiness, ask your doctor if seeing a Vestibular (Inner Ear Balance) specialist is right for you: Problems with vertigo and dizziness are symptoms that put older people at fall risk.1 These symptoms are so common that 1/3rd of people over the age of 70 and 50% of people over the age of 85 are experiencing dizziness and/or vertigo right now!9 1) Epidemiology, 2010 2) Cochrane Database Syst Rev,2012. 3) NSW Public Health Bull, 2011. 4) J Assoc Res Otolaryngol, 2016. 5) Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol, 2018. 6) Acta Oto Laryngologica. 2018. 7) Auris Nasus Larynx, 2016. 8) J Neurol, 2013. 9) J Vestib Res, 2004 Dr. Jeffrey R. Guild, Physical Therapist Optimove Physical Therapy & Wellness (214) 712 – 8242 www.OptimoveDFW.com J.Guild@OptimoveDFW.com

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Patricia Cowlishaw, Founding Member; Kim Brannon, Sharon Ballew, Rose Gault, Cindy Hanson, Kay Weeks, Melissa Lewis, Therese Rourk, Emilynn Wilson, and founding member Nancy Connor

Suzette Derrick and Reneé Winter

Melissa Dalton and Anna Bland Aston PHOTOS BY DANNY CAMPBELL

Lorraine Meenan, Emilynn Wilson, Barbara Bigham, and Patricia Cowlishaw

Nerissa Von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb

Jan Ward and Melissa Lewis

Celebrating its 20th year, KidneyTexas Inc. honored founding members at a brunch hosted by TOOTSIES, the fashion show sponsor for The Runway Report Transforming Lives 2019 Luncheon and Fashion Show. Members of KidneyTexas modeled fashions showcasing fall trends, which were revealed by Nerissa Von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb.


Phillip Cimmerman and Jim Hanophy Jonathan Malmsten, Lydia Hennesay, and Jimmy Hall

Quintin McCaskill and Erika Warren

Brian Boggs

Vera Avery with volunteer

Sonya Carroll and parents


Homecoming Week was at Ability Connection on Aug. 23, where individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities dressed in their very best black and white attire and sparkled as they donned tiaras and medals that were given to them that evening. Highlights of Homecoming Week included Marvel Universe Monday, where they dressed as their favorite Marvel superhero/villain, Wacky Sock Wednesday, as well as Favorite College Day Friday. Ability Connection members also enjoyed mini makeovers by Artistik Edge Hair Studio.

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Build team from Kimely-Horn

Megan Sterquell, Dana Swann, and Michelle Mai

Brian and Leigh Danley

Kathleen M. LaValle

Allison McAfee, Greg Barns, Catherine Leonard, and Alexis McDonald of Coats Homes

Ana Stroud, Dana Compton, and Micah Cunningham

Allie and Kenneth Wherry

Landan Coronado, Oscar Alvarado, Abel Gonzales, Doug Edrington of TDIndustries, and Tyler Ross of KDC

Cori Moran, Jeremy Moran, and Fran Berg

David Ojeda, David Fisk, Zack Lamp, Mike Cluff, and Landan Coronado of Baker Triangle and HKS COURTESY PHOTOS

Ryan Fritz with Erin and Nicholas Roy of Sendero Consulting

Dave Kroencke and Stephen B.L. Penrose

Nicki and Paul Stafford

The Closing Party at Design Within Reach at NorthPark Center was held July 25 to celebrate the final days of Parade of Playhouses and to thank our fabulous playhouse builders, architects, sponsors and friends who make Parade such a great success. The evening included music by DJ Jose Pascuall G, a great wine pull, plus hors d’oeuvres & beverages.

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Big Red® Chicken Bread


Calypso Island Shrimp


avoid reading anything that starts with, “It’s that time of year again . .” because whatever time of year “it” is, it happens every year and should be of no surprise to anyone. But here I am writing that it is, in fact, that time of year again: The State Fair of Texas starts Sept. 27 and runs through Oct. 20. Time to get excited. I grew up in Fort Worth so my big “time of year” was in frigid February for the Fort Worth Fat Stock Show and Rodeo. KERSTEN RET TIG The highlight of that was the ballpark-style nachos served with slightly stale chips drowned in hunter-orange canned liquid cheese from Ben E. Keith. As my palate matured, I added canned pickled jalapeños on the side. Woo, look at me. Food offerings at state fairs have improved every year since fairs first became part of our American vernacular around 1840. Rural celebrations of agriculture and community have always included recipe and product judging and sampling, though butter sculptures and fried butter (a 2009 SFOT Most Creative winner) are decidedly

Ruth’s Stuffed Fried Taco Cone

Fla’Mango Tango modern additions. Many of the 2019 State Fair of Texas food offerings are predictably fried, delicious, and zany. You should try them all, though, because these offerings are the manifestations of hours and hours of research and development, and, in some cases, decades-long family traditions. And while you’ve probably already read about this year’s fair fare, you haven’t seen them paired with a song, which is my schtick. So, here we go. WINNER: BEST TASTE – SAVORY Ruth’s Stuffed Fried Taco Cone Joan Jett - I Hate Myself For Loving You This easy-to-eat-with-one-hand is a coneshaped corn tortilla filled with cilantro-lime rice and tender, flavorful beef barbacoa garnished with fresh pico de gallo, queso fresco and salsa verde. The tortilla is crispy but holds together as you eat it and, like an actual ice cream cone which it resembles, the deliciousness is packed into the very tip of the cone, so every bite has flavor. WINNER: BEST TASTE – SWEET Big Red® Chicken Bread Run DMC - It’s Tricky A wacky take on chicken and waffles, this

dish offers a crispy fried chicken wing that’s moist and well-seasoned sitting atop a Big Red-flavored doughnut that tasted like bubble gum. Like I said, tricky. The creators of this are the Reaves brothers, two-time Big Tex Choice Award Winners and state fair vendors since 1979. In an emotional moment after they were announced as winners, one of the brothers announced that their father, “Smokey John” passed away the previous morning, making this win more special. WINNER – MOST CREATIVE Fla’Mango Tango Jimmy Buffet – Last Mango in Paris If you like mango, you’ll like this. A delicious, flaky pastry filled with mango puree is complemented with a refreshing mango strawberry sorbet that’s sophisticated and cold, like many French things. Start dieting now to try the new Calypso Island Shrimp, Deep Fried Bayou Fruit Bites and the Peanut Butter Cup Snookie as well. All so delicious! Kersten Rettig, a Park Cities-based writer with more than 30 years’ experience in food and beverage marketing and PR, got a second column into this month’s paper. Follow her on Instagram @KickshawPapers.

‘Is This Seat Taken?’ Author Finds Wisdom in Everyday Experiences Let’s face it: not all relationships or experiences – the different aspects and seats of our lives – are happy at their core. KRISTIN KAUFMAN Many are indeed lyrical, effervescent, and beautiful, yet many can also be hurtful and test our resolve. If we are awake, aware and receptive, all the seats in which we choose to sit, and all the seats that are saved for us, present opportunities for us to teach or to learn. When we were little, we often looked to our parents or other adults for answers to our questions. As we mature, as a dear friend of mine shared recently, we have the gift of viewing life from a drone’s perspective. We have the choice of seeing things from a 50,000-foot level and have an appreciation of how the pieces fit together to make a cumulative whole. The questions may remain, yet the adult distinction is that we own the quest for the answers—if we have the courage to dig deep and face the ambiguity and paradoxes of life. As James Hollis aptly states, “Our lives find their purpose—not in the answers, but in living large questions that are worthy of our soul’s magnitude.” Sitting in these various seats (literally and metaphorically), undoubtedly questions will be raised. I believe the questions we ask ourselves and others throughout our lives inform our decisions, our priorities, our contributions, and ultimately how we choose to live our lives. Life is not about any of us having all the answers; it is about asking questions to stimulate the inner genius in each of us, and to help us create an aligned life, which by my definition is to love what we do, be good at it, and, most importantly, have our contributions tied to something greater than ourselves. At the root of it all, we long to matter. We long to be seen and heard. We long to make a difference in the world. The seats in which we sit can serve as catalysts for these questions that are the guideposts along our life’s passage. Our relationships and experiences prompt, provoke, and sometimes persuade us to consider new views, new directions, and the wondrous complexity of life. Our responsibility is to remain present for these encounters, peel back the layers of these questions as they are revealed, and create a life of greater awareness, ongoing evolution, and fulfilling contribution. Highland Park’s Kristin S. Kaufman, an author and business leader, recently finished the third in her “Is This Seat Taken?” series.

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Life After Five Miscarriages

How longing for a child restored a woman’s faith By Bianca R. Montes


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Invisible Sisterhood meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month in Room 378 at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane. Contact Betty Bowman at 214-668-3540 or bettyjeanbowman@me.com.

The first time Catherine McGuire got pregnant, she made it to nine weeks before losing her baby. The next time: just shy of six weeks. “I remember saying, “God, I don’t think I can go through another miscarriage. Do not let me get pregnant again if I’m not going to have this baby,” she said. “And then I would go through it again.”

God taught me so much about gratitude and truly thanking each of those babies; each brought me closer to God and built this story. Catherine McGuire Catherine had five miscarriages. “It taught me a lot about perseverance and strength,” she said, now pregnant with her second child. While miscarriages are common – studies reveal that 10 to 15 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage – for Catherine, a young 28-year-old newlywed, it was an incredibly lonely experience. Catherine grew up Catholic and said she had a strong relationship with God through high school. In college, that connection began to taper off, and by the time she was married, her faith was faint. “After my first miscarriage I did


Catherine McGuire welcomes her first child into the world after having five miscarriages. Catherine worked with endocrinologist Dr. Samuel Marynick to help with her successful pregnancy, which required a series of infusion treatments to help suppress cells in her body that saw a fetus as a foreign object. a complete 180 and came back to my faith,” she said. And while that connection brought instant comfort, Catherine said it was a journey that ebbed and flowed with each loss. After her first two miscarriages, Catherine said she felt tremendous guilt, shame that she somehow

caused the miscarriage by somehow overexerting herself, frustration with her body, and confusion about whether God was trying to teach her a lesson she wasn’t grasping. “It was really hard for me to think, no, you haven’t learned this yet; have another miscarriage,” she

said. “Yes, there were days I didn’t want to pray, and I felt angry, and would question, ‘Why, God?’” Shortly after her first miscarriage, Catherine and her husband, Tommy, began attending Highland Park United Methodist, and Catherine found Invisible Sisterhood. The support group aims to give

voice to the experience of longing for a child while embracing God’s love. Catherine was hesitant to show up on a Thursday night to a group where she knew no one and talk about the hardest thing she’d ever been through. “I cried a lot at that first meeting – it felt so good to talk about it,” she said. “I won’t lie, five miscarriages took a toll on my body, my spirit, and my mental health. “I truly believe that it was only because of my faith that I did not lose all hope, fall into a deep depression, or damage my marriage.” Going to Invisible Sisterhood, she said gave her friendships with people she would never have met and a bond that no one else understands. And in May 2018, after five miscarriages and working with an endocrinologist, Catherine and her husband welcomed their baby daughter Molly into the world. “I can’t believe this is the baby we were waiting for,” she remembers thinking as she stared at her newborn for the first time. “God taught me so much about gratitude and truly thanking each of those babies; each brought me closer to God and built this story.”

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Celebrate Seasonal Color Change by Decorating For Fall Signs of autumn in North Texas greet me everywhere I turn. Temperatures have moderated, nightCHRISTY ROST fall arrives earlier, and HOME + KITCHEN gardens display newly planted yellow and bronze chrysanthemums. After spending the latter part of summer in our Colorado home, and watching a steady progression of color change from pale green to gold in the willows and aspens, I’m thrilled by autumn’s arrival in Texas. While we were still in the mountains, an intimate dinner party in the 1890s cabin located behind our historic home provided all the inspiration I needed for an autumn decorating makeover.

These seasonal touches, plus a lush autumn wreath on the front door and containers of mums on our patios, continue nature’s outdoor seasonal display within our home. Christy Rost

Seasonal touches bring autumn’s outdoor colors inside. Our one-room cabin most likely served as an office for the gold baron who built our home in 1898. Nowadays, it’s outfitted with a rustic set of bookcases from my Fort Worth television studio, a glass and metal buffet table with a large mirror above, and a dining table and chairs we transported from Dallas. Deep snow prevents us from reaching the cabin in the winter, but during summer and early fall, it serves as a magical desti-


nation for cocktail parties and candlelight dinners with friends. I love the instant gratification of transforming a space devoid of décor into a charming room in a matter of hours. For our dinner party in the cabin, I arranged two lengths of silk autumn leaves along the back edge of the buffet table, inserted a large cluster of leaves at each end to add depth and texture, and completed the look with pine cones, small pumpkins, and two

tall candlesticks to reflect light in the mirror. The top of the bookcase became the cabin’s focal point, thanks to several lengths of silk garland, decorative picks, clusters of wheat, pumpkins, a few sprigs of blue spruce from our yard, and a string of tiny white lights. I secured the garland in place by inserting clear pushpins into the top of the bookcase and tying them with pipe cleaners. The dining table featured yellow placemats, moss green napkins secured with yellow and orange napkins rings, seasonal dinnerware adorned with pumpkins and squash, tall candlesticks, bronze votives, and a simple centerpiece of spruce sprigs, fresh pears, and tiny clusters of bright yellow and green mums in glass containers. Now that I’m home in Dallas, similar accents with gold and copper finishes decorate the tops of my china cabinet, buffet, and other surfaces. These seasonal touches, plus a lush autumn wreath on the front door and containers of mums on our patios, continue nature’s outdoor seasonal display within our home. They also set the stage for our next dinner party! Christy Rost is the author of three cookbooks, television chef on PBS stations nationwide, and longtime resident of the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. For additional recipes and entertaining tips, please visit her website at christyrost.com or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @ChristyRost.

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Tom McFaul teaches his neighbors at Edgemere about Mormonism and other world religions.

By Jordan Kiefer

Special Contributor Retirement can’t dull Tom McFaul’s interest in religions nor his passion for teaching. More than 15 years into “official” retirement, McFaul remains a professor emeritus for North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. He teaches part-time at SMU, Collin County Community College in Frisco, and the Edgemere senior living community in Dallas.

I just got fascinated by how different religions conceive the idea of God. Tom McFaul

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Every other month, McFaul draws about 100 of his neighbors in the retirement community at Northwest Highway and Thackery Street for one-hour lectures on the beliefs, history, and teachings of one of the world’s religions. “They’re very open-minded, curious, and want to explore,” he said. “We’re a real senior learning community.” His sessions have covered Eastern and Abrahamic religions. Future talks could examine Buddhism, Confucianism, and Zoroastrianism. “There’s a real interest here at Edgemere in wanting to know more about the world religions,” he said. “The community seems pretty eager to want to continue.” Throughout his career, McFaul has taught at more than 10 campuses including the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He appreciates the enthusiasm of his

neighbors at Edgemere. “I have not been disappointed,” he said. “I have talked to people in the hall who indicate to me that they’re coming. They have questions at the end; they have comments.” McFaul grew up in a small town in northern Illinois, went to a United Methodist Church, and learned all about his faith as a young person. However, he had his “ah-ha” moment while reading about other religions in his late teens. “I just got fascinated by how different religions conceive the idea of God,” he said. “I wanted to learn more.” He earned his doctorate sociology of religion and social ethics from Boston University. “I continue to study in this area and teach at the college level,” he said. “This coming year will mark 50 years of teaching at the college level. I decided to turn it into a profession; to be a scholar and a teacher and a professor.” Want to learn more about other faiths, too? McFaul has suggestions: “They can always go to a community college for those courses that are offered. Or if they’re involved in a religious organization of some kind, most of those religious organizations have some kind of a connection to other faiths. There are also plenty of great books at local bookstores that people can read as well.”

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Wings over Dallas


It’s the Great Pumpkin,Charlie Brown

Wings over Dallas

When: Oct. 25-27 Where: Dallas Executive Airport Cost: $25 adults; $10 child Bring the family out for the nation’s largest World War II-themed event presented by the Commemorative Air Force. See a re-enactment of the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. This fiery show features pyrotechnic effects and replicas of Japanese and American aircrafts in battle. Families can enjoy handson activities, aircraft rides, cockpit tours, and other activities. For more information and discounted rates, visit wingsoverdallas.org

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

When: Through Oct. 31 Where: Dallas Arboretum Cost: Cost varies With more than 150,000 autumn flowers, the gardens at the Dallas Arboretum display the breathtaking colors of fall right. Take in the surrounds of more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash in Pumpkin Village. Look for Linus, Sally, Franklin, Snoopy, and other characters throughout the Charlie Brown-themed pumpkin patch. This festival was named one of “The Best Pumpkin Festivals to Visit This Fall,” by Martha Stewart Living Magazine. Many festival discounts are available. Visit dallasarboretum.org.

Holocaust and Human Right Museum

Holocaust and Human Right Museum

When: Daily Where: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum Cost: $12- 16 The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is now open to the public after its October 2017 groundbreaking. Learn about the history of the Holocaust, the emergence of human rights after the war, and the development of human and civil rights in America. With 55,000 square feet spread out over three floors, there is plenty of room to immerse yourself in culture. Tickets are available for purchase at DHHRM.org.

Chefs for Farmers

When: Nov. 1-3 Where: Various locations Cost: $75- 375 This three-day food and wine festival attracts foodies aged 21+ with mouth-watering, calorie-filled culinary creations. Come enjoy a laid back atmosphere while listening to live music and enjoying some of the best local dishes the city has to offer. Join in celebrating chefs who engage local farms for their businesses. For more information, visit chefsforfarmers.com.




06/27/1928 - 08/14 /2019

orn June 27th, 1928 in Louisville, KY, died August 14, 2019 in Dallas. She was a graduate of the University of Kentucky, married more than 42 years to Robert (Bob) Henry Davis who died in 1993, and survived by daughter, Nancy Davis. Joyce had an ever-happy sparkle in her eye and was much loved. Memorial service was held: Friday, August 23, Cox Chapel, 10:00am, Highland Park United Methodist Church. Memorial donations may be made to Leukemia Texas or the SPCA of Texas.

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The Marvelous Mediterranean


One-Level Residence at The Mondara


Ebby Joins Exclusive Global Real Estate Community


3030 McKinney Avenue #701 2 Bedrooms + Study off Master | 2 Bathrooms | 1,971 SqFt

3601 Lexington Avenue, represented by Patrick Harris for $9,250,000 The sprawling, Mediterranean-style estate home at 3601 Lexington Avenue is beautifully sited along one of Highland Park’s most desirable streets. The corner location allows for an abundance of natural light, which fills the five-bedroom home. Every room exudes a welcoming aura. Using only the highest-quality finishes, Todd James Homes has created an environment that is reminiscent of the iconic houses of Santa Barbara, California, and the romantic villas of the Tuscany region of Italy. At more than 11,000 square feet, the home offers almost limitless luxuries. The gallery-style entry is an exceptional space to showcase fine art. The living areas include a great room, a fireplace-warmed library and a comfortable dining room, which looks out over shade gardens with delicate Japanese maples. The master suite includes a sitting room and a terrace, the latter with a private staircase to the pool and spa below. The courtyard-style outdoor area is complete with an elegantly appointed outdoor living room, highlighted by an oversized limestone fireplace. 3601 Lexington Avenue in Highland Park is represented by Patrick Harris for $9,250,000. 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.

4502 Abbott #214 at The Mondara is being offered for $1,849,000. Luxury awaits you in this premier two-bedroom, study residence located treetop level on the second floor of the luxury mid-rise at The Mondara, a development in Highland Park within the HPISD boundaries with private access to the Katy Trail and on-site concierge services. This light filled transitional one-level property boasts the finest finishes with additional Seller upgrades. The study could be converted back to a third bedroom with access to Jack & Jill bath, if desired. Master suite offers spa like bath with soaking tub, shower and walk-in-closet. Open kitchen features quartz counters, Wolf and Subzero appliances. This unit also features five assigned garage parking spaces, two of which are enclosed and could serve as storage. A covered terrace overlooks the courtyard with water features, putting green, fire pit and grilling area. Walkability Index unmatched with Highland Park, Katy Trail & Travis Knox Corridor. Contact Laura Michelle (laura@daveperrymiller. com) or Ryan Streiff (ryan@daveperrymiller.com) for more information or visit DPMFineHomes.com.


Spaciousness defines HP home on double lot


Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly with Mayfair International Realty’s International Director Annette Reeve and Managing Director Nick Churton. Ebby Halliday Realtors has responded to the growing number of international buyers wanting to live in North Texas by partnering with Mayfair International Realty of London. “Over the past few years we have seen more international buyers than ever coming to the Dallas and Fort Worth area via London,” says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for the Ebby Halliday Companies. “Rather than waiting for buyers to come to us, we are reaching out to buyers,” Graham says. “It’s a positive move that has already brought significant success. Clients love the added coverage and buyers love the easy access they have to the market.” Ebby’s Mayfair office is located in the heart of London’s West End. The Ebby team in London is highly experienced in international real estate and are experts in property marketing and real estate media. The Ebby Halliday London office also acts as a gateway to the world with real estate connections around the globe. The Ebby Halliday Companies is the largest residential real estate company in Texas and ranked 12th in the United States by sales volume, according to the 2018 REAL Trends 500 report. Visit the award-winning ebby.com.


New Construction Homes Make Life Easy for Buyers

Highland Park Real Estate Is Strong When In the Right Hands

For Sale: $659,000 | For Lease: $6,200/month

Fully renovated custom contemporary highrise home in prestigious La Tour in Uptown! 2 bedroom plus study off master. Open kitchen adjoining spacious living and dining area with downtown views makes this an ideal home for entertaining. Lightfilled master bath features dual vanities. Wood floors and custom lighting throughout! 24 hr Concierge and Valet. 2 assigned parking spaces plus climate-controlled storage. Fitness center with sauna adjoins lap pool and Jacuzzi! For more information please contact Robin Brock (214) 543-8963 | robin.brock@alliebeth.com.


New Report Confirms Impact of Home Staging

Homeowners looking to sell may want to pay attention to the way their property is presented. According to a recent report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 83 percent of agents representing buyers said staging a home made it easier for clients to visualize a property as their future home. Additionally, about quarter of those agents reported the way a home was presented increased the amount buyers were willing to spend. Real estate professionals have long preached the value of staging. It is a premarketing activity in which a home is decorated to make it appealing to more potential buyers. The numbers indicate that touches like paint and minor carpentry can have an enormous impact. Research also shows that most today’s homebuyers want a property that is move-in ready. Therefore, despite what they may have seen on TV, sellers should not expect buyers to be in the market for a “fixer-upper.” The Internet has completely changed the way people shop for homes. Today, most buyers have already conducted extensive online research before ever stepping foot in a home. If buyers don’t see what they want online, they are unlikely to give the home a second thought. To find a real estate consultant, visit alliebeth.com


In the beautiful Highland Park neighborhood, there are stately homes as far as the eye can see. The market here is strong and when priced right, these properties are always highly desirable to buyers. Allie Beth Allman & Associates is the trusted luxury leader in selling Highland Park real estate, according to MLS. On a coveted block sits a traditional, brick home with timeless charm. It’s sophisticated front entrance, with columns that gracefully frame the front door, is the timeless setting for the classic and bright spaces inside. Although it was built in 1928, the 4-bedroom, 4.2 bath is filled with modern luxuries. Allie Beth Allman and Erin Mathews have the pristine listing at 4209 Lorraine Avenue. If you’re seeking something with Mediterranean flair, the luxury firm has just the home for you. Palm trees in the front yard make you feel island tranquility as soon as arrive. This 4,179-square-foot house is perfect for those who love to kick back and enjoy their home. As you cook up homemade pizzas in your wood-burning fireplace, guests will be enticed by the luxurious yet laidback feel this home radiates. Shirley Cohn has the lovely listing at 4532 Westway Avenue. To find your next home, visit alliebeth.com.

Beautifully sited on a 140-by-135-foot lot in the French streets is 4524 Rheims Place (4524rheims.daveperrymiller.com), built in 1981. The architect-designed, 4,957-square-foot property, offered by Betty Crawford for $2,995,000, has four bedrooms, three baths and two half-baths. It also features three living areas and a guest suite with private entrance above the three-car garage. Suite includes a wet bar, walk-in closet and full bath. From the entry, you see a stunning glass-walled great room with dramatic fireplace, built-ins, soaring ceilings and panoramic views of the park-like backyard. The rest of the first floor includes a spacious living room with fireplace, sizable dining room to accommodate holiday gatherings, custom kitchen in white marble and stainless steel with breakfast area overlooking the landscaped patio, pool and cabana. The master suite has a sitting area and garden bath. Three secondary bedrooms, a study and an additional utility room are upstairs. For more information or to schedule a showing, contact Crawford at 214-770-4268 or betty@daveperrymiller.com. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (daveperrymiller.com) is a division of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, with four locations specializing in Park Cities, Preston Hollow, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Kessler Park and Farm & Ranch properties.

New construction homes are a no-stress option for buyers since these properties are completely move-in ready and outfitted with the latest appliances. Forget worrying about revamping an older home’s features and enjoy the breezy process of moving into a just-completed residence with nothing to fix. If this sounds like music to your ears, check out these two new construction homes listed with Allie Beth Allman & Associates that are grabbing the market’s attention. A contemporary show-stopper in Devonshire seamlessly mixes classic and modern style. The white brick exterior and modern windows exude a fresh aesthetic right away, which continues to impress inside as you take in light-filled spaces. Alex Rossi Custom Homes created the sleek house with the highest quality materials. From the kitchen with Thermador and SubZero appliances to the spa-like master bathroom covered in pristine marble, this 4-bedroom, 4.2-bathroom home is designed for luxurious modern living. Brenda Sandoz has the 2019-built listing. In Preston Hollow, a transitional new construction home is on the market. Brimming with simple elegance, this 5,568-square-foot house offers designer finishes and palatial spaces for entertaining. Check in on food in the bright kitchen as guests mingle in the open great room with soaring high ceilings. Outside, there’s a lush backyard and expansive patio perfect for play or relaxation, whatever the day calls for. With 5 bedrooms and 6.1 bathrooms, this home listed with Terri Cox is one you don’t want to miss. While a legacy property has its allure, new construction homes allow buyers to move in and start their lives somewhere beautiful immediately.

Allman Leads Park Cities Home Sales

Allie Beth Allman & Associates continues to lead all other brokerage firms in home and estate sales in the Park Cities. According to MLS data for the first three months, Allman had an almost 27 percent share of the market, handling 44 transactions in the premier neighborhoods of Highland Park and University Park. Here are two Park Cities homes you may want to consider: On Highland Park’s most prestigious street is a neoclassical estate at 3800 Beverly Dr. with four bedrooms. This home was built on a large lot in 1922 and updated in 2000. It features formal rooms with fireplaces, a card room, two offices, wine room and wet bar. The spacious, well-equipped kitchen has two islands and a breakfast bar. French doors lead from the family room outdoors to a spectacular backyard with a pool, cabana, covered and open patios. The three-bedroom home at 4538 Arcady Ave., built in 1937, has been updated to add modern amenities. The brick home has a circular drive with landscape lighting. Its kitchen has stainless-steel appliances, including a Thermador double oven, Wolf cooktop and Sub-Zero refrigerator. The eat-in kitchen also has under-cabinet lighting and a large island with USB ports. To find your Park Cities home, visit www.alliebeth.com.

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01/28/1934 - 07/30/2019

arianne S teindorf, 85, of Dallas, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2019 with her extended family by her side. The family matriarch was born in 1934 to Jake Sexton and Lorine Maloy Sexton, also of Dallas. She was raised in Oak Cliff and graduated from Sunset High School in 1951. Just a few years later in 1953, Marianne married the father

of her children, Michael C. Steindorf Jr., also of Dallas. In the early years she worked in the School of Veterinary Anatomy at Texas A&M, helping to pay family expenses and tuition. Between 1956 and 1962, five children came along who were her great joy and her life’s work. Marianne was preceded in death by her father and mother. She is survived by five children inc luding Michael C. Steindorf III and daughter-

in-law, Victoria Martin Steindorf; Suzanne Steindorf; Steve Steindorf and daughter-in law, Donna Jones Steindorf; Anita Turner; and Sheila Steindorf, all of Dallas. She is also survived by four grandchildren including Michael C. Steindorf IV and his wife, Audra Russell Steindorf of Dallas; Caroline Steindorf Kinney and her husband, William Charles Kinney of Columbia, South Carolina; Eleanor B. Steindorf of Dallas; and

Amanda Turner of Mount Vernon, Texas. She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren, whom she adored, including Elizabeth Steindorf, Katherine Steindorf, and Emily Steindorf of Dallas; Charles Kinney, John Kinney, and Isaac Kinney of Columbia, South Carolina; and Aleah Woodard of Mineral Wells. A donation in her memory to Operation Kindness of Carrollton is requested in lieu of flowers.

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Saluting Female Athletes at Highland Park High School





Examining HP’s legacy of female athletic success By Todd Jorgenson

(eight for Candace and five for Jennifer), while the Sacco sisters combined for seven (four for Brittany and three for Natalie). Arnold later won eight events during her four years.

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ighland Park has won at least one UIL state championship in a girls team sport in 23 of the past 38 years. And that doesn’t even count its dominance in the coed sport of team tennis. That’s a remarkable run of consistency at a school best known for its prolific football program. The success has been spread out among four programs — cross country, golf, soccer, and swimming — resulting in countless trophies and memories along the way. Let’s not forget state runner-up finishes for the volleyball team in 2003 and 2008, either. What’s your favorite HP Girl Power moment? Let’s look back and salute some of the top female athletic achievements performances in school history.


With their seventh state championship in April, the HP girls became the most accomplished soccer team of either gender in state history. The first two state titles for the Lady Scots in 1994 and 1996 came before any enrollment classification split. They won the 4A titles in 2000 and 2002. And in 2012, after a 10-year title drought, HP topped Byron Nelson High School on penalty kicks to return to the top. The Lady Scots again emerged victorious in 2017 and 2019, with a runner-up finish sandwiched in between. HP aims to go back-toback for the first time next spring and will do it with two state tournament MVPs — Presley Echols and Maja Davison — still on the roster.

Cross Country

HP female runners have 14 state championships as a team, and four individually, making it the most decorated girls sport at the school. The Lady Scots took home three consecutive Class 4A titles from 1997 to 1999, with Emily Field winning the 1998 race to lead the way. HP accomplished the three-peat again from 2010 to 2012. Other athletes to claim individual titles for the Lady Scots included Crystal McGuire in 1984, Sara Sutherland in 2007, and Natalie Rathjen in 2013. Maybe most impressive is HP’s streak of sending at least one runner to the state meet for the past 44 years and counting.


For the first decade of the 21st century, no team could touch



So many high-achieving teams have made cross country the most decorated girls sport at Highland Park. BOTTOM LEFT: Lady Scots swimmers have enjoyed sustained success this century. RIGHT: With Donna Pierce, known as the “coach who didn’t play golf,” Lady Scots golfers claimed consecutive championships. HP in the pool. The Lady Scots splashed to their first 4A championship in 2001 and didn’t relinquish the top spot for an unprecedented 10 years. That’s a record for any UIL sport that will be difficult to match.

The streak began in the second year after the UIL created separate 5A and 4A classifications for swimming. HP later made it 12 triumphs in 13 years by reclaiming the title in 2012 and 2013. The swimmers who led those

gold-medal hauls remain among the best in school history — Brittany Sacco, Natalie Sacco, Jennifer Blackman, Candace Blackman, and Allison Arnold. The Blackman sisters accounted for 13 individual gold medals

The heyday for the Lady Scots came in the late 1990s when HP won three consecutive 4A team titles between 1998 and 2000. None of those squads included the most decorated individual female golfer in school history — Kelli Kuehne — who earned four straight crowns from 1992 to 1995. After a highly successful amateur career and an extended run on the LPGA Tour, she was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 2017. The Lady Scots added another state title in 2008, which was also the second time (including 2000) that they swept the 4A championships alongside their male counterparts.




‘Playing Like a Girl’ – In Other Words, Awesome!


FROM LEFT: juniors Sophia Oliai and Elle Thompson running at Greenhill School meet.



usan Bailey could tell by the look on Sophia Oliai’s face that the Highland Park sophomore runner was going to have a good day. Oliai finished fifth overall in the Class 5A state cross country meet last November in Round Rock, just seven-hundredths of a second behind the fourth-place finisher — a marked improvement from her 15th place finish as a freshman. “It’s amazing, totally amazing,” said Bailey, the HP head coach. “It’s not easy doing well her freshman year and then trying to repeat. She was a determined young lady throughout the season.” As a team, the Lady Scots finished fourth, yet another improvement following a seventh-place finish in 2017. “I’m never happy unless you get up on the medal stand, but am I proud of them? Of course,” Bailey said. “I want them to be rewarded for all their hard work. We’re very young, and we still have room to grow.” After Oliai’s fifth-place finish in 18 minutes, 20.49 seconds, Alli Grace Ott (19:16.65) came in 34th, Cameron Fawcett (19:19.53) finished 39th, Maddy Stephens (19:46.57) brought home 64th place, Phoebe Spackman (20:00.45) finished 74th, Isabel Blaylock (20:13.18) finished

86th and Gracyn Applegate (20:20.50) came in 95th place. Of HP’s seven runners, Stephens was the only senior, and the Lady Scots’ three fastest runners were underclassmen. So the future is bright for the team that has had at least one runner at the state meet every year since 1975. Bailey said the thing that stood out about this team was its ability to learn and grow on the fly. “Just being young and figuring out how to race at a high level makes a difference,” she said. “We were young last year, and we’re still young this year, and I think they’re learning. That’s different from some of the other teams I’ve been a part of. I’m pleased with what they did.” – Staff report

Just being young and figuring out how to race at a high level make a difference. Coach Susan Bailey

Not all sports experiences are winners, but many offer useful lessons. That’s how Park Cities People staffers see it. “My mom put me in soccer, and when I got hot, I convinced my teammates to have a tea party in the middle of a game,” managing editor Bianca Montes recalled. At least she learned what she likes. “I was a bench-warmer for the C Team for my middle school’s basketball team,” production assistant Imani Chet Lytle recalled. “That should tell you how bad I am at sports. “I never made a point,” she said. “However, participating in basketball taught me how to play well with others and how to follow instructions.” Tanika Turner, a writer, recalled her time as a middle and high school cheerleader. “Some don’t consider it a sport, but I do,” she said. So do we. Read about an inclusive group of cheerleaders on Page 11. “When going to new schools you tend to stick with the people you know,” Turner said. “It forced me to meet new people.” She’s also among staff members with a parent’s eye view. Her 10-year-old plays soccer.

“I do believe it is teaching her discipline and the ability to take direction,” Turner said. Kate Martin, senior marketing consultant, and her daughter have benefited as well. “Playing sports has taught teamwork, how to prepare for the big game, how to be a good sport, the feelings of a victory, the feelings of a loss, and time management,” she said. “All of the elements are still used daily.” Publisher Pat Martin coached pre-K through third-grade co-ed soccer teams. “I found that the girls, even though some of them chose to wear ribbons in their hair, were just as skilled and tough as the boys,” she said. “They seemed to be able to shake off a loss more quickly.” Martin remembers a TV program that asked young girls and boys what it meant when someone says “throw like a girl.” “To me, ‘kick like a girl’ means with skill, finesse, and mental toughness,” Martin said. That’s especially true in Highland Park ISD where girls have established legacies as strong as any. Thank you to our partner Comerica Bank for making it possible to produce this look at some of those athletes.

To me, ‘kick like a girl’ means with skill, finesse, and mental toughness. Pat Martin

COMING UP What: Lady Scots Cross Country UIL Region II Meet When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 Where: Jesse Owens Memorial Athletic Complex, Dallas ISD


Girls sports teams have helped fill the trophy cases at Highland Park High School.





By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers

Head coach: Stewart Brown Pos. Class No. Name Maddie Johnson G Jr. 1 2 Ellen Wolfe M Jr. Bella Mendoza M Fr. 3 4 Megan O’Neal M Jr. Josie Hart M So. 5 Keller Matise D So. 6 7 Carlie Malone D Jr. 8 Ashlyn Meuse D Sr. 9 Kate White D Jr. 10 Presley Echols F Jr. 11 Racquel Pacewicz F Sr. 12 Halley Ray M Sr. 13 Ryan Bozman M Jr. M Sr. 14 Kinsley Corn 15 Amelia Stevens M So. 16 Isabella Yates D Jr. 17 Kathryn Franks F Sr. 18 Sydney Cox M Jr. 19 Grace Wolfe M Jr. 20 Kassity Garret M So. 21 Kiley Eckert M Jr. F Sr. 22 Kendall Williams 23 Maja Davison F So. 24 Michelle Weign G Jr. 25 Kylie Bell M Fr.


s Highland Park players and coaches gathered recently to celebrate the arrival of their Class 5A state championship rings, they commemorated both HP’s victory over Mansfield Legacy in the state title game in April and unprecedented long-term success. HP’s seven championships are the most of any program (boys or girls) in the state. The Lady Scots have also made the most championship games (12) and the most state tournament appearances (13) of any team. “There’s a great history and legacy of success,” HP head coach Stewart Brown said. “The girls know that. In our stadium, we have our state champions on the wall just like football does. These girls love competing for their school and representing their community.” The state title also yielded plenty of team and individual accolades over the summer, including three players garnering All-American recognition. Presley Echols was honored as an All-American by TopDrawerSoccer, United Soccer Coaches, Allstate Insurance, and USA Today. With 52 goals last season, Echols broke a school record previously set by Meredith Florence in 1996. “This program is the most special thing I’ve ever been part of,” Echols said. “There’re so many traditions, and so much that goes into it. That’s why we win because we believe in each other so much and never give up.” Maja Davison followed up her Class 5A state tournament MVP honor with recognition as All-America by United Soccer Coaches, and all-state by TopDrawerSoccer and TASCO. Megan O’Neal also was an All-America selection by United Soccer Coaches and an all-state honoree by TASCO. O’Neal and Halley Ray were all-state choices by TopDrawerSoccer. The Lady Scots finished with a 26-13 record and outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 160-14, with 19 shutouts. The offensive output sets a new school mark for a single season.


For the 2020 season, Highland Park returns nine starters in its quest for the first backto-back girls soccer state championships in program history.

2019 RESULTS Final record: 26-1-3 NONDISTRICT Cedar Park Plano East Mansfield Lake Ridge SB Smithson Valley Round Rock Cedar Ridge Austin Vandegrift Allen Richardson Pearce Rockwall-Heath

W, 3-1 W, 2-1 L, 3-1 W, 2-1 T, 0-0 T, 0-0 T, 0-0 W, 1-0 W, 2-0

DISTRICT 11-5A Carr. Newman Smith Conrad Bryan Adams Carrollton Creekview Carrollton R.L. Turner Thomas Jefferson Woodrow Wilson Carr. Newman Smith Conrad Bryan Adams Carrollton Creekview

W, 9-0 W, 11-1 W, 10-0 W, 2-0 W, 3-0 W, 9-0 W, 6-1 W, 9-0 W, 12-0 W, 12-0 W, 5-0

Carrollton R.L. Turner Thomas Jefferson Woodrow Wilson

W, 4-0 W, 12-0 W, 8-1

PLAYOFFS Kimball Frisco Centennial Frisco Wakeland North Forney Frisco Independence Kingwood Park Mansfield Legacy

W, 12-0 W, 6-3 W, 2-1 W, 8-0 W, 2-1 W, 4-1 W, 2-0




TROPHY HAUL Here’s a look back at HP’s state record seven girls soccer state championships. Year Class Opponent Arlington Martin 1994 All 1996 All Austin Westlake 2000 4A Denton 2002 4A Cedar Park 4A Byron Nelson 2012 2017 5A Aledo Mansfield Legacy 2019 5A

Score 3-0 2-0 4-1 2-0 1-0 (SO) 5-3 2-0

2020 SCHEDULE January 2 Cedar Park 3 Midlothian 4 Mansfield Lake Ridge 9-11 Round Rock tournament 17 at Allen 21 North Mesquite at Richardson Pearce 24 28 Carr. Newman Smith* 31 at Conrad* February 4 Bryan Adams* 7 at Carr. Creekview* 11 Carr. R.L. Turner*

11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 11:30 a.m. TBA 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

14 Thomas Jefferson* 18 at Woodrow Wilson* 21 at Carr. Newman Smith* 25 Conrad* 28 at Bryan Adams* March 3 Carr. Creekview* 7 p.m. 6 at Carr. R.L. Turner* 7 p.m. 13 at Thomas Jefferson* 7:30 p.m. 16 Woodrow Wilson* 7:30 p.m. * — District 11-5A game



Presley Echols Class: Senior


Sophia Oliai Class: Junior

S O C C E R Megan O’Neal Class: Senior

LADY SCOTS STANDOUTS B A S K E T B A L L Ella Patterson Class: Junior

T E N N I S Katherine Petty Class: Senior

V O L L E Y B A L L Kendyl Reaugh Class: Senior




Linda Tran

Class: Sophomore





Uber-talented volleyball team looking to break second-round curse By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers


t was a heartbreaking end to the 2018 season for head coach Michael Dearman and the Highland Park Lady Scots volleyball team. After winning District 11-5A and cruising to a first-round playoff victory over Sunset, the Lady Scots drew perennial powerhouse Frisco Wakeland in the second round. After dropping the first set, the Lady Scots took sets two and three and looked primed to pull off the upset in set four.

They are all very talented, and highly respected by their teammates. Coach Michael Dearman But Wakeland rallied, winning set four and barely holding off Highland Park in the fifth and deciding set, 19-17, to eliminate the Lady Scots from the postseason. It was the third straight year that the Lady Scots lost in the second round of the playoffs. But Dearman, who last year won his 600th game as a head coach, returns a high-


Highland Park hopes to gain momentum from a difficult nondistrict schedule to prepare for this year’s playoffs ly experienced roster in 2019 and has set an early-season goal of merely winning another district title. “Our expectations are very high this season,” Dearman said. “We have a very talented and experienced team this year. We have several players with three or four years of varsity experience and great leadership.”

That squad includes senior captains Avery Hullmuth, Jeanne Tulimieri, and Kendyl Reaugh, along with fellow seniors Kate Nugent and Lauren McMahon. Together, Dearman said, the five seniors have competed on the varsity squad for the majority of their high school careers and are looking for a deep playoff run to cap off their time at

Highland Park. “They are all very talented, and highly respected by their teammates,” Dearman said. The underclassmen are exciting as well, Dearman said, as three freshmen join the team in Sydney Breon, Ceci Gooch, and Grace Braner. Sophomore Bela Alomar joins the varsity squad this season as part of a talented group along with Emily Hellmuth, Kennedy Westendorff, A.C. Nichol, and Carter Ching. An intense pre-season schedule could prove crucial for the Lady Scots going into district play. After an undefeated run last year in 11-5A, Dearman is hoping playing above the 5A level in pre-district will get his team ready for the rigors of November volleyball. In addition to competitive tournaments like the Pearland Tournament, Justin Northwest Invitational, and the Plano Tournament, Highland Park played pre-district games against Allen, Red Oak, Byron Nelson, Keller, Midlothian, Bishop Lynch, and Plano. “We had a very tough pre-season schedule, including matches against six of the top 6A teams in the state, and two top nationally-ranked teams,” Dearman said. “I thought we competed very well and have improved as a result of great competition.” The real test for Highland Park will come in the playoffs, as the Lady Scots look for that elusive second-round victory.

Whether digging the ball or working at the net, four-year starter Kendyl Reaugh is one of the most talented and versatile players for Highland Park.





With majority of team returning, Lady Scots eye deep playoff run By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers


second-round loss to Frisco Centennial in the 2018-19 state playoffs did not sit well with the Highland Park Lady Scots basketball team. With a slew of fresh faces and a strong returning class, the girls are eyeing a further postseason run in 2019-20. After dismissing Adamson in the first round - Highland Park won the bi-district game by 40 points - Centennial clamped the Lady Scots in the second round, holding head coach Nicole Fleming’s team to less than 40 points in a 58-38 loss. Now, the Lady Scots will look to grab yet another top-four slot in district play. “I really expect every girl to continue to develop every day, and contribute however they can and in the best interest of the team,” Fleming said. “There are so many ways to contribute, and every single girl has something to give. It’s not just about scoring the most points. Some of the most important things don’t even revolve around skill level - playing aware defensively, fighting for every rebound, communicating at all times.” Instrumental in the progression of Fleming’s squad in 2019 will be the ironsharpens-iron approach that will be taken in the pre-district portion of the schedule. Fleming has scheduled one of the toughest opening months of any girls’ team in the state. The Lady Scots will play scrimmages against Coppell and Marcus, single games against Rockwall-Heath and Bishop Lynch, and make appearances in prestigious tournaments like the Highland Park Scots Classic, the Garland Independent School District Tournament, and the highly-competitive Sandra Meadows Classic in Duncanville. All of this is to serve the Lady Scots in their quest to win a district that features three Carrollton ISD schools and a few from Dallas ISD. “We have a very tough pre-season schedule on purpose,” Fleming said. “I expect all girls to play as hard as they can for 32 minutes, all while getting better each possession and being each other’s biggest fan.”


It will help having the reigning District Most Valuable Player returning for her junior season. Ella Patterson led the Lady Scots in scoring every night in District 115A play last season, surpassing 500 points for her varsity career by January. Nearly the entire team from last year’s 22-win squad is back, as well, including junior Madison Visinsky, who was second on the team points and was recognized as the top newcomer by district coaches last year. Second-team selection Riley Mae Herrod returns for her sophomore season, as well. “They are veterans that have been there before, and they truly understand what a season looks and feels like,” Fleming said. “I will be looking to my returners for supportive leadership - they have valuable insight they can pull from and give to any new athlete.” BASKETBALL SCHEDULE NOVEMBER 8 12 18 21-23 25

at Arlington Seguin at Rockwall-Heath Bishop Lynch HP Scot Classic Mansfield Legacy

6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. TBA 6:30 p.m.

DECEMBER 2 5-7 10 13 20 26-28 31

McKinney Garland ISD tournament at Carr. Ranchview at Lincoln Carr. Newman Smith* Duncanville tournament at Conrad*

6:30 p.m. TBA 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 3:30 p.m. TBA 1:30 p.m.

JANUARY 3 7 10 14 17 21 24 28 31

Bryan Adams* at Carr. Creekview* Carr. R.L. Turner* Thomas Jefferson* at Woodrow Wilson* at Carr. Newman Smith* Conrad* at Bryan Adams* Carr. Creekview*

1:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.


The Lady Scots enter the season with lofty goals. Though without graduate Caroline Keogh (middle, left), the team returns players like Brianna Doyle and Avery Turner (bottom).

4 7 11

at Carr. R.L. Turner* 6:30 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson* 6:30 p.m. Woodrow Wilson* 7:30 p.m. * — District 11-5A game




SINGLES, DOUBLES, TEAM TENNIS – HP GIRLS WANT IT ALL top-five 6A teams in the state.” Challenges like those – against teams in a higher classification – will get the Scots ready for the state tournaments against the best 5A teams in the state. And, of course, the goal is always the same for Holden in late October. “As always, we have the goal and expectation of winning a team tennis state championship,” he said.

By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers


hen a freshman wins a Class 5A state title in girls singles, it might be easy to rest on laurels heading into a new year. That’s not the case for Bridget Stammel and the Highland Park tennis team. Besides Stammel, the team returns a stellar roster of girls including the duos of Annika Juergens and Lizann Boyer, and Nell Covington and Cambelle Henderson. All told, the Scots return the top six girls players from last year’s state championship run, all with the goal of a fourth straight team tennis state championship in 2019. “We have a very deep team on the girls’ side, and we expect our two senior captains – Annika and Nell – to lead the squad throughout the year,” said Dan Holden, Highland Park tennis coach. Since 2001, Highland Park has captured 15 state titles, including a stretch of seven straight from 2008 through 2014 and a current streak of three straight. Last year’s team run was especially impressive: The Scots finished with

H . P. G I R L S R O S T E R


FROM LEFT: Scots seniors Nell Covington and Ashlee Newton celebrate. a 23-0 record and lost only two individual matches during the playoffs. How dominant is the tennis program at Highland Park? The mixed doubles teams of Cole Burnam and Katherine Petty, and Rhett Bailey and Ashlee Newton faced each other in the state semifinals last year. Burnam and Petty emerged the victors. The girls side also has a group of much-improved athletes that Holden expects will

contribute to the varsity squad this season: juniors Lucy Tilden and Christiane Mandes, along with sophomore Isabella McElfresh, are expected to make a big splash on the squad in 2019. Holden said that, aside from the state tournament, he has his eyes on a couple of 6A opponents that his Scots will face this season. “We’ve always got a challenge with Plano West and Allen,” he said. “They are both

Player Hayden Bethea Lizanne Boyer Nell Covington Cambelle Henderson Annika Juergens Jourdan Krueger Christiane Mandes Isabella McElfresh Ashlee Newton Katherine Petty Eden Rogozinski Bella Roses Bridget Stammel Lucy Tilden

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Momentum Grows for Decade-old Field Hockey Club By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers

With so many elite athletic programs and diverse extracurricular activities from which students can choose, sometimes it’s difficult to find a niche at Highland Park. Yet a decade into its existence, the school’s field hockey club continues to grow — even though it gets a fraction of the support of fellow fall sports football or volleyball, and still doesn’t have a regulation field for home games or even practices. However, that’s fine with HP head coach Nici Bremer, who is happy to teach a game that she played competitively for 13 years in her native Germany. “We’ll just play with what we’ve got,” said Bremer, whose squad works out daily on a grassy space also used for Highlander Band practices, even though the game is played on turf. The Scots have about 40 girls in the

program at the varsity and junior varsity levels. As the only public-school program in the Dallas area, they take on more experienced private-school teams with feeder programs and more robust budgets. Many of HP’s players migrated to field hockey after another sport wasn’t the right fit. Several have never picked up a curved stick when they join. Some don’t know the rules. That doesn’t matter to Bremer. “Most of them don’t have experience. I don’t care,” she said. “Once they play, they kind of stick. Most of the girls want to continue.” Bremer, who has lived in the Park Cities since 1999, was a founding member of the club as a parent before taking over as the coach a few years ago. “I just love the sport and wanted to stay with it,” Bremer said. “It’s fun to see the development of the players. Our level of play is definitely going up.” The highlights of HP’s schedule this season include a road trip to face Austin St. Andrew’s

on Sept. 28, and the annual “Pink Out” game on Oct. 4 at Parish Episcopal.

STICKY SPORT Some basics about field hockey: • Teams consist of 11 players per side, including the goalkeeper. • The ball must be passed or dribbled down the field with the flat side of the stick. • A goal is scored when an attacker hits the ball into the goal from within the striking circle. • Players may not shield the ball using their body or stick. All players must have an equal chance to play the ball. • If an infraction is committed by a defender within the shooting circle, the attacking team is awarded a penalty corner.


Charlotte McCullough makes a play.

SOURCE: MomsTeam.com






very year in February, the application process begins for acceptance to the Sparking Scots cheerleading squad. No one with special needs is turned away. This squad, adopted by Highland Park High School as part of the varsity cheerleaders in 2013, is for special needs students in ninth through 12th grade. The girls cheer at one game a week during football season and one basketball game per week after football season ends. You can also catch them at pep rallies getting students excited about the upcoming game. Each Sparkling Scot is paired with a mentor sister who has gone through an interview process. Mary-Kyle McDonald, a speech pathologist at the high school, volunteers as a sponsor for the squad. After watching the girls perform, she decided to become involved. “I have never witnessed an organization in school that spoke to me in that way,” she said.

FROM LEFT: Margaret Chambless and Mary-Kyle McDonald.


I would love to see programs like this at every high school. Mary-Kyle McDonald The Sparkling Scots are a branch of the Sparkle Effect, a nonprofit created in 2008 to provide those with special needs a way to feel accepted, gain confidence, and be included in things that traditional high schoolers experience. What began with just one school in Bettendorf, Iowa, has now expanded to 220 teams in 31 states according to Sparkle Effect’s website. The squads contain both students with and without disabilities. The three main goals of the Sparkle Effect are inclusivity, intensity, and immersion. All girls involved in the program are treated as equals. There is a weekly practice

TOP: The Sparking Scots program pairs special needs students in grades ninth through 12th with their mentors on a cheerleading squad. BOTTOM, FRONT, FROM LEFT: Andrea Raiff, Lindsey Haag, Sarah Salaiz, and Jordan Ott. BACK ROW: Emily Morrow, Olivia Whann, Hollis Vaughan, Margaret Chambless, Brynnley Beckman, Ellie Bassett, Caroline Beverly, Sydney Cox, and Elizabeth Dalton.

requirement, and they participate in their school’s sports for both fall and winter seasons Margaret Chambless, a senior and the current captain of the Sparkling Scots, discovered her passion for working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities early on. “I like that I can connect on a special level,” Chambless said. “I want to be an advocate for these special people.” In previous years, before the creation of the Sparkle Effect, students with disabilities were often separated from their peers and did activities with others that were like themselves, organizers said. By including mentors who are students themselves, the Sparkle Effect has efficiently created an environment that makes those with disabilities feel included. Not only does the program make those with disabilities feel included by having them perform at highly trafficked events, it allows the girls to dress the part as well. Sparkle Effect provides all the uniforms, so the girls will not only feel good, they look good too. Thanks to a uniform grant, none of the ladies have to pay out of pocket to be properly outfitted in the traditional cheerleading uniform. “I would love to see programs like this at every high school,” McDonald said. “It creates a culture that values diversity and kindness.”

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