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MUCH UNCERTAINTY REMAINS AS WE HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL

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ow quickly does the news about the return to school change? I wrote – and re-wrote – this column six times in a week – three times in less than 24 hours. Our explanation of what is happening takes this form, instead of in a news stor y, bec ause things are changBETHANY ERICKSON ing swiftly. This is no knock against Dallas ISD or Dallas County. The Texas Education Agency didn’t provide guidance until almost mid-July, and revisions kept coming as press deadline approached. So here is what we know: The TEA on July 8 said districts should offer in-person learning as well as distance learning, and any extended delays would put a district’s funding in jeopardy. But as cases of COVID-19 continued to surge, it became clear that stance would need to change. A week later, the TEA said it would let districts offer distance learning through the entire fall semester if local health officials said it was needed. A day later, Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Dr. Philip Huang issued an order banning on-campus instruction through Sept. 7 – including school-sponsored activities like sports – after conferring with local school superintendents. Less than 24 hours later, the TEA issued even newer guidance. School districts can now go a full month of online-only and then apply for

a waiver to continue that if needed. However, students who lack internet access or need reliable access to technology will still be entitled to on-campus instruction. Districts with high levels of community spread are allowed to delay the start of the school year, and once on-campus learning returns, high schools may be able to adopt a hybrid system that is part on-and off-campus instruction. Dallas ISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa was candid as he spoke to MSNBC reporter Garrett Haeke, saying that he was reconsidering the notion of starting on Aug. 17. Parents and teachers were saying they were worried about returning. School board trustee Dustin Marshall, whose district includes Preston Hollow, said he was waiting to hear from district administration on the merits of waiting until after Labor Day to start the year versus beginning the year on Aug. 17 with distance learning. “I am still listening to community input to formulate my opinion,” he added. “I do believe that parents are in the best position to determine what is best for their own families.” The school board was to meet July 23 to discuss a revised calendar. Where’s the best place to look for the latest local and statewide information on the reopening of schools? Fellow Deputy Editor Rachel Snyder and I are keeping our readers abreast of changes at peoplenewspapers.com. Bethany Erickson Deputy Editor bethany.erickson@peoplenewspapers.com

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CRIME REPORT JUNE 7 – JULY 12

JUNE 10 Taken before 12:17 a.m. from a Thackery Street parking lot at the Edgemere retirement community on Northwest Highway: an 87-year-old man’s motorized wheelchair.

a home in the 7200 block of Azalea Lane.

JUNE 23 Before 3:39 p.m., a ruffian punched a 38-year-old woman and threatened her with a knife at NorthPark Center.

JUNE 11 At 6:13 p.m., officers investigated disorderly conduct from a group blocking the roadway in the 12300 block of Preston Road. One member of the group damaged a 36-yearold man’s vehicle, police said. No arrests were made. FROM LEFT: The Revs. Richie Butler of St. Paul United Methodist Church and Paul Rasmussen of Highland Park United Methodist Church conduct a June 17 discussion about racism and racial injustice. (COURTESY PHOTO)

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Time to decide who we want to be as a nation By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers

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he Rev. Paul Rasmussen of Highland Park United Methodist Church describes his reaction to the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis as “emotional” and “visceral.” That response, in part, prompted a candid and, at times, uncomfortable conversation about racial injustice with Rev. Richie Butler of St. Paul United Methodist Church in June. Members of the two congregations have been singing and dining together for nearly two years as part of Project Unity, a St. Paul ministry that pursues opportunities to improve race relations. “For me, this has been my Emmett Till moment,” Rasmussen told Butler. After Till, 14, was lynched in 1955 in Mississippi, his mother famously requested an open-casket funeral, according to the Chicago Tribune. “That was a catalyst, one of the catalysts, for the civil rights movement – that people were exposed in a visceral way to the realities of lynching,” Rasmussen said. “In the White church, we’re pretty good about anesthetizing ourselves from the pain of racism,” he said. “It doesn’t hurt, we’re anesthetized from it, and we just kind of go on about our business – this was like a needle

that cut through the anesthesia. “For me, it became more visceral, more emotional than just intellectual,” Rasmussen said. “And I just thought, ‘OK, we’ve got to jump in the fray somehow.’” When Rasmussen asked what Butler wished his White friends understood, Butler said, “Black people are not looking for revenge. We want to be treated fairly. We want justice.” Butler added that he believes Black people should engage with White people in conversations about race. “I know a lot of Black people – we’re tired of talking, and I would say to my Black brothers and sisters, if our White brothers and sisters are ready to talk, we’ve got to tune in, and we’ve got to start talking,” he said. “If we want to move this thing forward, we have to engage with our White brothers and sisters when they’re ready to talk, and I think this is one of those moments where people are ready.”

For me, this has been my Emmett Till moment. The Rev. Paul Rasmussen Butler added that he believes the country is at a crossroads. “We’re trying to decide who we want to be

as a nation. “Typically, when there has been protesting in the past, it’s been a sprinkling of our White brothers and sisters – this is more salt than there’s pepper in some instances,” he said. “There is continued commitment to this protest... people embrace the notion or recognize that Black people have been treated different and that their lives do matter.” HPUMC urges members to join Project Unity’s Together We Can initiative, which seeks to educate and encourage mindfulness and action regarding racial injustice. “I will say, from the White community, there seems to be more momentum than I’ve ever seen before,” Rasmussen said. “There is a sense of momentum, and there is a sense of commitment from the White church to wrestle with this issue in ways that I have not seen in my ministry ever.”

ABOUT THESE CHURCHES Highland Park United Methodist Church dates back more than 100 years to the founding of SMU, and St. Paul United Methodist Church, which was built by freed slaves, has been at its location in the Arts District for 145 years. It’s the home of Project Unity.

JUNE 26 Before 2:07 p.m., a thief entered a garage and stole from a home in the 12000 block of Shirestone Lane. JULY 1 Reported at 4:50 p.m.: yardwork made more difficult. A thief snatched equipment from a Lambert Landscape Company trailer at a home in the 9300 block of Sunnybrook Lane.

At 8:34 p.m., a 43-year-old woman blamed protesters for damaging her vehicle on Forest Lane near the intersection with Hillcrest Road.

JULY 3 Before 7:26 a.m., a thief struck at a home in the 4700 block of Thunder Road, taking a 38-year-old man’s vehicle.

JUNE 12 Before 1:29 p.m., a ruffian injured and robbed an 84-year-old man at a home in the 6200 block of Park Lane.

JULY 4 Discovered before 8:27 p.m.: Burglaries at an office building in the 6300 block of LBJ Freeway targeted Professional Caretakers Home Care and Sarah Nuche Psychology. Officers returned to the building at 10:06 a.m. the next day after Clayton Equipment discovered a laptop stolen by a burglar who apparently entered through the ceiling.

JUNE 16 Taken before 2:37 a.m.: a 57-year-old man’s vehicle from a home in the 4900 block of Heatherbrook Drive. JUNE 18 Before 9:58 a.m., a ruffian injured two men, ages 24 and 26, at a home in the 7000 block of Royal Lane.

JULY 7 Officers responded at 3:34 a.m. after a vandal set off the alarm at Neiman Marcus Last Call in Inwood Village by damaging the front door with a thrown rock.

JUNE 19 With this ring, the burglar fled. Before 4:20 p.m., a sneaky crook gained entry to a home in the 5900 block of Over Downs Drive, deceived an 82-year-old woman, and took the wedding band from her finger.

JULY 12 Overnight before 11:23 a.m., an opportunistic burglar went shopping in a 40-year-old man’s unlocked vehicle at a home in the 6000 block of Woodland Drive.

JUNE 21 A prowler before 3:01 a.m. entered a 53-year-old man’s vehicle at

S KU L D U G GERY of the M O N TH : R I D D L E M E TH I S How does a 40-year-old man’s motor vehicle remain drivable even after a thief made off with two wheels? The crook removed the bicycle from inside it before 11:03 a.m. June 24 at a home in the 6000 block of Waggoner Drive.

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READER SURVEY SAYS… At the height of the pandemic, we partnered with the polling and data company Polco to create a survey that would take our readers’ temperature. It began in May and ended on July 16. While it’s not scientific, the partnership allowed us to verify our 232 survey-takers and maintain the survey’s integrity. Thank you for participating. We asked how readers felt about

state and local leadership, the reopening of the economy, whether they were wearing masks, and what they saw in their communities as things began to reopen. We also asked them to rank their COVID0-19 concerns. We will share the full survey and results at peoplenewspapers.com. Keep an eye out for additional surveys as the pandemic continues, and Election Day nears.

Who had the safest game plan for reopening? Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, 75% Gov. Greg Abbott, 25% Dallas County’s reports on new COVID-19 cases with comments from County Judge Clay Jenkins appear almost daily at peoplenewspapers.com. (PRESS CONFERENCE SCREEN GRAB: BETHANY ERICKSON)

Good Judge? Bad Judge?

Jenkins’ COVID-19 response draws praise, ire By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers

Clay Jenkins became Texas’ first county judge to implement shelter-in-place orders in March. Since then, opinions about the Dallas county judge’s COVID-19 decisions have ranged from venerating to lambasting. Some admirers sport “Listen to Clay Jenkins” or “Jenkins for President” T-shirts. Other people are critical, even mocking, and accuse him of overreaching. Gov. Greg Abbott claimed Jenkins wanted to put people in jail for not wearing masks and, in an interview on Fox 4, accused the county judge of wanting to “force poverty” on people. Jenkins defended his decisions, saying he sought guidance from experts in epidemiology, infectious disease, and public health, before implementing safer at home, which “led to a lot less infections and a lot less deaths.” “ T h e y ’r e t h e professionals who trained their entire adult lives to advise in this moment,” the judge said. By doing what they recommended, “ We got ahead of the virus early.” “Unfortunately, in late April, the governor stopped us f rom being able to work with local science and business to control the spread and took it over,” Jenkins said. “The virus doesn’t care about anything but finding a host, and when you don’t listen to science, you do it at the peril of public health and the economy.” By the newspaper’s mid-July press run, COVID-19 cases were on the rise, Abbott had issued a statewide mask mandate, and talk of another shutdown intensified.

“We’re seeing some of our highest numbers that we’ve ever seen in terms of number of new cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions — all of these numbers are as bad as we’ve seen it,” said Dr. Philip Huang, Dallas County health and human services director. “This is a different response than I’ve ever been involved in because every other response, the state supports the local leaders and the local leaders make the decisions for their jurisdiction,” said Jenkins, who’s also tussled with Attorney General Ken Paxton over enforcing precautionary measures during the pandemic. But conflicts for Jenkins, a Democrat, haven’t only come with Republicans. Dallas County commissioners voted to limit Jenkins’ emergency powers in April. “I’m getting my butt kicked on decisions you make on the fly,” Commissioner John Wiley Price told Jenkins during a meeting, as reported by the Dallas Morning News. “I get no input at all. I hear about it from other individuals that you made a decision.” Jenkins said communication and transparency with government officials, media, and the public have proved essential. To that end, he’s in contact with Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax daily and many other officials at least weekly. “Since this began back in March... there’s been an open line of communication,” University Park City Manager Robbie Corder said. “It’s just constant communication, everybody working together,” Jenkins said. “I think what we’ve learned is people rarely make good decisions when they feel attacked or yelled at, so as leaders, we try to stay calm and exhibit the sort of grace toward other people that we want them to exhibit towards us.”

This is a different response than I’ve ever been involved in because every other response, the state supports the local leaders, and the local leaders make the decisions for their jurisdiction. Judge Clay Jenkins

Did we reopen too soon? Yes, 61% No, 24% Time will tell, 16% What concerns you the most about the pandemic? Someone I love contracting COVID-19, 23% A second wave shutting everything down again, 22% Contracting COVID-19, 18% Confusing and conflicting messages from state and local officials, 18% Give us your impression (approve, disapprove, undecided/no opinion) on the actions of local and state leaders during the pandemic. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson 43% Approve Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins

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Gov. Greg Abbott 30% Approve Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick 22% Approve Attorney General Ken Paxton 21% Approve

Gov. Greg Abbott has warned that if COVID-19 case counts don’t stop trending upward, the state could face another shelter-at-home order. (PRESS CONFERENCE SCREEN GRAB: BETHANY ERICKSON)


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“I’m home from rehab after my stroke. I can take myself to the restroom and get dressed, but I want to do more with my life than just go to the bathroom.” By authority on independence and rehabilitation, author and occupational therapist, Emilia Bourland, MOT, OTR, ECHM

Have you or a loved one had a stroke? Tell me if this story sounds familiar. Rose was in her early 70s when she had her stroke. She got good care in the hospital, and she really liked her therapists when she went to rehab. Because of her stroke, Rose was still having trouble using her right arm, but the therapists in rehab had taught her how to get dressed, use the restroom, and get in and out of the shower safely without relying on her weak side. But when Rose got home, she had a problem she hadn’t thought about in rehab. After she finished her basic self-care routine, she couldn’t do anything else! She was bored, depressed, and lonely. See, before her stroke, Rose was very active. She loved to golf, go to her grandson’s sporting events, and crochet. She had an active social life and loved to host dinner parties for friends. Now, she wasn’t even sure how to cut a tomato, let alone swing a golf club! On top of all that, her home health visits were running out. She knew she needed more therapy to reach her goals, but it seemed like the system was stacked

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Dr. Rahl Gives Health Guidelines Win medical marathon with preventive care By William Taylor People Newspapers

Dr. Riva Rahl, a physician, author, and marathon runner, takes a preventive approach at Cooper Clinic. “Often, we as a society tend to treat things reactively instead of proactively, and then it is far more difficult to try to manage disease and treat it than to prevent in the first place,” she explained. Recently added to the Cooper Clinic Platinum team, Rahl provides primary care for the concierge medical practice patients while also continuing preventive medicine work pioneered by her mentor and colleague, Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper. “Preventive medicine focuses on preventing disease and disability, diagnosing early on, and maintaining good health,” she said. Some patients fly in from around the nation and world for annual exams. Dr. Riva Rahl “Many things we recommend in preventive medicine can benefit you in a number of ways (example being: strength training, which helps metabolism, maintains muscle mass, improves balance, lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol, strengthens bones, and helps reduce age-related memory loss),” Rahl said. “People benefit from having a physician focused on wellness and prevention because many people aren’t aware of what types of tests and preventive screenings they should have, and what types of behaviors can really benefit your short- and long-term health.” Long-distance running success got Rahl inducted into the Rice Athletics Hall of Fame, but her triumphs continued beyond college. She has won several marathons, include the Dallas White Rock Marathon (2000) and the Cowtown Marathon (2000, 2002, and 2008).

Which is harder: writing a book, running a marathon, or graduating from medical school? They all were like marathons in a way. But writing the book was probably the most challenging for me because writing isn’t my strength or passion (but getting the word out about physical activity and health is), so writing the book required a lot of attention to detail, and probably most importantly because I did it by myself. Having others around for med school and training for a marathon certainly makes hard work easier.

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While physical activity is probably necessary to avoid weight gain – it probably isn’t sufficient: Moderating calorie intake is very important too. Dr. Riva Rahl

I see that your book’s title is Physical Activity and Health Guidelines (Human Kinetics, 2010). What guidelines have you been offering lately for those seeking not to gain COVID-19 pounds during the pandemic? I try to stick with the guidelines that all Americans should follow: Try to get at least 150 minutes a week of physical activity, more if you can. While physical activity is probably necessary to avoid weight gain – it probably isn’t sufficient: moderating calorie intake is very important too. Finding ways to manage stress other than mindless snacking or stress-eating is important to avoid the COVID “19.”

You’ve served on the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas Board of Directors. What’s your experience with singing, and what’s your favorite song? I grew up singing in choir (Piedmont Children’s Choir), joined another one in medical school (San Francisco Choral Society), and sing with my church choir in the summer (Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church). I love so many songs but recently listened to an old recording of Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater,” which was fantastic.


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911, WHAT IS YOUR EMERGENCY? Dallas can celebrate its FM arts station

Dallas Office of Arts and Culture operates WRR to provide arts opportunities to listeners across North Texas. Still, the station originated as an idea of Henry Garrett, a police and fire signal superintendent. A press release from WRR describes how firefighters, after the station was licensed on Aug. 5, 1921, would play music or tell jokes on air when not fighting fires. Residents purchased crystal radio sets and tuned in. To raise money for new equipment, firefighters urged listeners to patronize businesses that donated to the department. Eventually, the station moved to the Adolphus Hotel, then the Jefferson, and then the Hilton before settling in at the State Fairgrounds in the late 1930s. In 1948, WRR added an FM station and broadcast on both frequencies until selling its AM station 30 years later. WRR went all-classical in 1964. Learn more at the exhibit, Oakes said. “There is so much history that exists with this one very special radio station, from its very beginnings.”

By William Taylor People Newspapers

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ust because Texas’ first licensed broadcast station specializes in classical music doesn’t mean WRR always takes itself seriously. Seen the WRR 101.1 FM van adorned with composers’ faces and the words “Get a Handel” on the front and “Ludwig’s van” on the side? Maybe Beethoven wouldn’t need to drink a fifth of something to appreciate the puns. Nearly a century ago, when WRR launched as one of the U.S. five inaugural stations, the vehicles most associated with it proved easily recognizable and valued for their vital community purpose. That’s because the nation’s second licensed station began housed in the Dallas Fire Department. It provided a modern way to help public safety workers stay in touch as they made emergency runs in fire engines and police cars. “WRR was launched as a public service entity, and that commitment carries through to this day,” said WRR general manager and program director Mike Oakes. A yearlong celebration of that legacy of service will begin with “Texas’ First Radio Station: WRR Radio Centennial Celebration.” The exhibit, curated in partnership with Dallas Municipal Archives and NorthPark Center, goes on display Aug 5 at the mall. “This isn’t just a celebration of one radio station,” Oakes said. “This is a commemoration of the launch of an entire industry, which not only survives but thrives, a century on.” Supported by advertising and sponsorships, not taxes, the City of

I F YO U G O WHAT: The exhibit “Texas’ First Radio Station: WRR Radio Centennial Celebration” explores the station’s rise from public safety communications to North Texas premier classical FM station for a 100-mile radius. WHEN: Aug. 5 – Sept. 16

The display will feature a collection of historical images from the past ten decades, plus rare photos of the many local and international luminaries who have served as advocates for the station. (PHOTOS COURTESY

WHERE: NorthPark Center’s SouthCourt between Louis Vuitton and Burberry

Neighbors wait for President Donald Trump’s motorcade. (PHOTO: BETHANY ERICKSON)

Letter to the Editor: Healthy Debate Needed Your article on the president’s visit to Preston Hollow highlights a big issue we as a country are living through. It did not start with President Trump; it started on our college campuses many years ago as they became places not of free speech as they had been created for but as places of indoctrination by liberal professors. We have created generations of people who do not understand civil discussion of different ideas. It has intensified in the past 10 years, and I attribute a big reason is the mainstream media (print and video) have lost their desire for independent objective reporting (journalism) and have become opinion writers. Objective reporting has almost evaporated. This is not good for our democracy. We need an educated public to sustain our country in a healthy and free state. We need to have the environment conducive to debate different ideas and policies without withdrawing to our corners and then come out fighting. The media can make a big contribution to creating this type of environment.

DALLAS MUNICIPAL ARCHIVES)

Bill Baldwin Dallas

Congratulations to Our Preston Hollow Coloring Contest Winners

AGE CATEGORY 2 - 4 WINNER: Corinne Sink (4 years old)

AGE CATEGORY 5 - 7 WINNER: Clement Pappin (6 years old)

AGE CATEGORY 8 - 10 WINNER: Zoey Reese (8 years old)

AGE CATEGORY 11 - 13 WINNER: Christine Park (11 years old)


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Dog Days of August They’re here. Actually, they’ve been here since July: the dog days of summer. The original meaning of that phrase has been largely lost. The dog days refer to late July and LEN BOURLAND August in the northern hemisphere, the hottest days so named for the rising of the “dog” star known as Sirius in Greek and Roman times. They were connected with “heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck,” according to Wikipedia. Today add to that enraged, shrill people. Will we survive August? The presidential conventions? Is there anything left to tear down? Can things get any worse? My friend wondered that aloud and then his 4-year-old labradoodle became lethargic, was diagnosed with cancer, and had to be put down. So yes, things can always get worse. But can they get better? Anytime soon? Where is our hope? How to harness the hot, bright sunshine to our national mood? Civility would help. Kindness. Helpfulness. Laughing with children who seem always to know how to do that. Finding a project, work that has purpose is empowering. Dialing back emotion destresses. I recently talked with my 96-yearold cousin in Louisiana. She had grown up during the Depression, been a nurse in WW2, lived through everything I’ve lived through, but she avowed she had never seen anything like the present. She felt completely overwhelmed. You don’t have to be 96 to feel that way. As schools hopefully set to reopen, I am reminded of my days as a schoolteacher. Having an undergraduate and master’s in American history at prestigious universities, I taught at the college level. Before getting a master’s, it was obligatory to take historiography, the academic discipline of studying how history is written. Original sources were prioritized. I would not want to teach American history today as it is being edited, erased, embellished, and modified to fit political narratives and agendas. Telling your story, in writing, in photographs, and in conversation while learning about others is essential because, without it, we are amnesiacs. We need quiet voices too. The hope in these dog days is the collective memory of all Americans. It is a rich and varied tableau. May we all be inoculated with hope as this American story unfolds. It will be some time before 2020, a watershed year in history as a whole, can be put into perspective. But everyone’s perspective matters. Reach Len Bourland at lenbourland@gmail.com.


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Check Out These Much-Improved Tennis Courts at Netherland Park

Troop 80 Scouts hope to see more play after rehabbing, repainting, restriping surfaces By Morgan Pryor People Newspapers

Preston Hollow residents have another socially-distanced, outdoor activity opportunity, courtesy of two Troop 80 Boy Scouts. Just in time for summer, Dylan Piper, Robert Hamman, and other volunteers finished refurbishing two tennis courts at Netherland Park. The boys chose the location, which also includes a wildflower park and gravel walking trail, for their Eagle project, the keystone requirement for Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.

I felt the need to connect more people in that community with a court that family and friends could actually play on. Dylan Piper Eagle projects require Scouts to demonstrate leadership skills they’ve learned from the program. Piper and Hamman thought improving

FROM LEFT: William Trotman, Robert Hamman, Dylan Piper, Lucas Trotman, and Dasheil Dreiling. (PHOTO: RACHAEL DREILING) the two regulation tennis courts also would be a way to give back to the community. “The community (gained) a repainted and newly lined professional-looking tennis court to enjoy over the next several years,” said Sloan Anderson, of Dallas City Parks. “It shows that something wonderful can happen when you simply care and invest in your park.” Anderson guided Piper and

Hamman throughout the project, beginning with initial planning and preparation. However, shortly after work began in the winter, the COVID-19 pandemic put the project on hold. “I knew the boys had put so much of their hearts and souls into this project, but circumstances were beyond any of our control,” she said. “We kept the lines of communication open during this period and just hoped for the possibility

of getting back to the project.” After months of uncertainty, they saw an opportunity for resuming their work with the added safety measures of mask-wearing and social distancing, Anderson said. Hamman, who recently finished at E.D. Walker Middle School in Dallas, said added precautions didn’t majorly affect operations once the project got back underway.

“The project was already basically going to be social distanced because the courts are so big and spread out, so basically we just made sure that we weren’t sharing anything or coming in contact with each other,” Hamman said. Though sound and level, the courts’ surfaces hadn’t been treated for more than 20 years. To manage the exceptional workload, the project was separated into two phases — first, preparation cleaning and base painting, and then finish painting and striping. With the help of 10 volunteers, nearly 100 gallons of sealant and striping paints, and many days of work, the Scouts completed the refurbishment on May 13 – on time and slightly under budget. They raised nearly $2,000. Piper, a rising junior at J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, credited the idea to his Eagle Scout teacher and Hamman’s father, Dr. Baron Hamman. Dr. Hamman mentioned how eroded the tennis courts were, Piper said. “What drew me towards the idea was the fact that no one truly played at the courts, and, as a Scout, I felt the need to connect more people in that community with a court that family and friends could actually play on.”


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Business

FAILURE TO LAUNCH BRINGS CHANCE TO HELP Comings Sticks touts handmade, long-lasting children’s wear and Goings COMING

Fajita Pete’s

4441 Lovers Lane The Tex-Mex eatery, the first of five planned for Dallas, comes to the Park Cities this fall with a focus on delivery. Location owner Hugh Guill said the restaurant has in-house delivery drivers as well as catering, curbside pickup, and to-go options as well as tables for dine-in.

NOW OPEN

Cerulean Gallery

Amanda Daum’s (TOP RIGHT) journeys have taken her from Preston Hollow to the Park Cities with stops in New York City, China, Laos, India, Thailand, Uganda, and Guatemala in between. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

By William Taylor People Newspapers

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2008 Parish Episcopal School graduate, wanting more from fashion than she found in New York City, packed her bags and headed to the airport – again, and again. The search for handmade, natural-fiber fabrics took Amanda Daum to China, Laos, India, Thailand, Uganda, and Guatemala. By the time she returned to Dallas this February, she had generated momentum for the first fashion line release from her new children’s clothing brand, Sticks. “A year prior, we were funded by Chip and Joanna Gains, and then our collection won the ‘brand to watch’ award in NY,” she said. “We were in a great position to launch.”

Though COVID-19 proved a momentum killer, the pandemic didn’t stifle Daum’s creativity. “When I realized what was happening in the world, my first thought was ‘how can Sticks help right now?” W ith her handwoven fabrics completed, but clothing production unable to move forward for the launch, she pivoted to masks in hopes of taking the scary out of them for children. Daum cited an April 13, New York Times article: “But for some children, even the humblest of masks can be scary — scary in themselves, and scary as reminders of the

threat of infection, and the generally frightening times through which we are living.” Working with indigenous artisans in Latin America, Sticks is turning the colorful, cheerful fabrics that would have gone into its spring line into masks for children and adults with matching bandanas for pets. Find them at madebysticks.com. Daum has pledged 100% of the profits to feed families in developing countries, where the pandemic spreads poverty and hunger. “We’re trying to be nimble and

We’re trying to be nimble and to make a difference with the resources we have on hand. Amanda Daum

to make a difference with the resources we have on hand,” she said. Daum grew up in Preston Hollow and lives in the Park Cities now. Before returning to the area, she spent four years in Guatemala. “So, being a 30-year-old woman, (newly returned) to Dallas during a quarantine, I had to find creative ways to build my community,” she said. “And at Sticks, we are doing the same – finding new ways to connect with people.” Daum’s using social media such as Instagram and TikTok and plans in December to launch a collection of garments made to last and wear year-round. “December will be a huge accomplishment,” she said. “We’ve expanded our line to include knits in Peru, a baby collection, and we have big dreams for our future.”

Family Cord Cutting Project Becomes a Business

6609 Hillcrest Avenue Caroline Crockett Kneese opened the art gallery in 2006 but closed it after moving to Amarillo in 2009, where she reopened in 2015. The gallery returned to its original Snider Plaza location this spring.

CERULEAN GALLERY

TBK Bank

6060 Sherry Lane The new branch location offers an array of consumer and commercial products and services, as well as treasury management solutions and concierge banking services.

GONE

California Pizza Kitchen

8411 Preston Road The chain’s remaining area locations are at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Willow Bend Mall in Plano, and Grapevine.

Tech-savvy St. Mark’s freshmen launch Ben’s Streaming Consulting By Kate Clark

People Newspapers Rising St. Mark’s School of Texas freshmen Ben Adams and Bennett Alger created Ben’s Streaming Consulting to help clients “cut the cord” and switch from cable to cheaper streaming services. Adams’ interest began when his family wanted to save money and were curious about the pros and cons of streaming services.

We find cheaper, faster internet. Ben Adams

“They told me that if I did the work switching, then whatev-

er the profits were, I could have 50% for the first year,” he said. “From there, I started helping other people.” An eight-member sales team works alongside Adams and Alger to spread the word and recruit clients. Although all of them are only rising freshmen, they believe that age is an advantage in the world of technology, for they understand more than the older generations. However, their ages do not come without challenges. “Often, our salesmen come back and say that our clients seemed interested, but they thought it was a joke,” Alger said. “That is the main issue: people thinking that our service is interesting, but they do not

think it is an actual service or that we are going to go through with it.” Disregarding their age, why switch to streaming at all? “Large companies bundle their services, but we can save them money by pushing them toward streaming services such as Hulu or YouTubeTV,” Adams said. “We found out that when you cut cable, the internet prices shoot up. We find cheaper, faster internet.” Ben’s Streaming Consulting prices its services based on the success of the switch. The business charges a 35-50% cut for the first year. So far, clients are from New York and Dallas and have been helping them through email and phone calls.

CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN

GOING Wisteria

5370 W. Lovers Lane The Inwood Village furniture and home goods store is closing after 19 years, as are the brand’s Farmers Branch and Houston locations and e-commerce business. Ben Adams (ABOVE) and Bennett Alger (BELOW). Find out more about Ben’s Streaming Consulting at bensstreamingconsu.wixsite.com/ mysite. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

WISTERIA


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Don’t Invite Mandy Austin to the Karaoke Stage

But newly promoted market president aims to keep Bank of Texas ‘right on track’

to learning accounting and how to read financial statements, then banking just might be the career for you. I would also tell them that the success of your long game is built by the consistency of your short game.

By William Taylor People Newspapers

As the economy hobbles along amidst the pandemic and civil unrest, Bank of Texas has turned to SMU graduate Mandy Austin to lead as Dallas market president. “Every time we turn around right now, it seems that there is a new and unprecedented challenge that we are facing as a country,” she said. “I would say that the most important thing to do in a situation like this is to focus on what each of us can control and to not overlook the good that still exists.” Austin, who earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Cox School of Business, joined the bank’s management training program in 2006 and rapidly rose through the ranks of the Corporate Banking group. “Mandy is a natural leader with impressive banking skills and experience,” Bank of Texas CEO Norm Bagwell said. From the bank’s Sherry Lane office near Preston Center, Austin remains optimistic as she leads operational and business development plus all business lines for parent company, BOK Financial. “We can acknowledge that the road ahead may be hard, and then

Dallas market president Mandy Austin works out of Bank of Texas’ Sherry Lane office. (COURTESY PHOTO, WILLIAM TAYLOR)

I would say that the most important thing to do in a situation like this is to focus on what each of us can control and to not overlook the good that still exists. Mandy Austin

What about banking made it the right career for you? I have always been a service-minded person, and I enjoy helping others. When I interviewed for jobs during my senior year at SMU, I knew that I wanted a career where I could combine my passion for people with my technical background in accounting and finance. Commercial banking fit that bill perfectly. I have learned over the

What’s a fun fact that many people may not know about you? I love country music. I can sing pretty much any country song played on country radio in its entirety. My favorite “stage” is singing in the car with my two boys (Eric, 5, and Charlie, 3). Aaron Watson’s “Freight Train” is one of our favorites right now. And yes, the car is the only stage that I should be allowed to sing on.

we can use the same problem-solving skills that we used to build our careers, businesses, and economy before COVID-19, to help us move forward and move beyond the challenges that we now face in the midst of COVID-19,” she said. “As the saying goes, ‘this too shall pass’ and when we get to the other side, which we will, we will be much better equipped to handle anything like this in the future.”

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Real Estate Quarterly ‘SHE WOULD BE THRILLED’

Ebby Halliday’s company celebrates 75 years in real estate I do not think she would be phased at all with selling property during this pandemic. After all, she was a mere 7-year-old living on a farm during the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918. A few years after that, her family destitute, she as a 12-year-old, sold Cloverine Salve via her pony, Old Deck, to the various neighboring farmers. She was a positive and resilient woman, one that would encourage us all to move forward while staying safe. Kay Weeks

TOP, FROM LEFT: Ebby Halliday; Halliday’s offices move into modern quarters in Preston Center in 1965. BOTTOM: Halliday addresses Pennsylvania Realtors in 1962; and Halliday in her office in 1958. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

Before Ebby Halliday was Ebby Halliday, she was Vera Lucille Koch. And Vera Lucille Koch was, it seemed, a born salesperson. She sold Cloverine Salve from farm to farm in her hometown of Leslie, Arkansas. She then talked herself into a job at J.B. Case Department Store in Abilene, Kansas, to pay her room and board while she completed her last two years of school. She learned there, and then in 1945, she adopted the name Ebby and opened up her hat shop. And if you ever knew Ebby, you realize she sold hats as well as she sold houses – which is to say, exceptionally well. In fact, it was her expertise in convincing Dallas women to purchase her chapeaux that landed her in a new career entirely when a regular customer – Virginia Murchison – came to Halliday with a proposition. “My husband seems to think if you can sell hats, you can sell houses,” Murchison said

after her oilman husband, Clint, asked her to talk to her “friend who sells the crazy hats.” Clint Murchison had built some reasonably-priced houses listed for $7,000 for a two-bedroom and $9,000 for a three-bedroom (or about $100,000 and $125,000 today), just off of Walnut Hill Lane and Marsh Lane. Made of insulated concrete panels, they weren’t fancy – and Murchison was having trouble finding buyers. Ebby took a gander and then told Murchison something that would set her off on a brand new career. “Buyers have no idea what they want until they see it,” she said. “We have to give them a picture.” And with that, Halliday not only embarked on a real estate career, but she also became the first real estate agent to stage homes, adding drapery, carpet, furniture, and even landscaping to Murchison’s homes. She sold all 50 in less than a year. Although Halliday passed away in 2015, the company she founded is still going strong and is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

THE LEG ACY Ebby Halliday Companies in North Texas includes 2,000-plus agents and staff across three real estate brands and affiliated mortgage, insurance, and title companies. HomeServices of America acquired the company in 2018. Visit peoplenewspapers.com to read more about Halliday’s career, the company’s history, and reflections from longtime employees and friends.

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Ebby would offer agents the following advice: In the downtimes, you have to work twice as hard. She’d tell them that her best years were the down years because she doubled her efforts and worked harder. Mary Poss Ebby worked tirelessly; we all wondered if we could have the same stamina she had. She just kept going and never seemed to get tired. And, you can’t forget the cheers she received when she pulled out her ukulele and sang, ‘Happy Days Are Here Again.’ She always lit up a room with her charm. Sylvia Sotelo Kidd


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Overlooking Preston Trails 5403 Preston Fairways Circle Offered for $1,150,000 5 Bed / 4,687 Sq.Ft. / 0.5 Acre Susan Bradley 214.674.5518 susan.bradley@alliebeth.com

Enchanting Elegance 4424 Manning Lane Offered for $2,895,000 4 Bed / 3.2 Bath / 6,530 Sq.Ft. Susan Baldwin 214.763.1591 susan.baldwin@alliebeth.com

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Summer Splender 11020 Tibbs Street Offered for $2,445,000 5 Bed / 5.2 Bath / 6,416 Sq.Ft. Clarke Landry 214.316.7416 clarke.landry@alliebeth.com

Price Adjustment 4403 Bluffview Boulevard Offered for $2,599,000 5 Bed / 5.3 Bath / 6,207 Sq.Ft. Marc Ching 214.728.4069 marc.ching@alliebeth.com


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Wonderful Walkability 3921 Caruth Boulevard Offered for $3,225,000 5 Bed / 5.1 Bath / 6,923 Sq.Ft. Alex Perry 214.926.0158 alex.perry@alliebeth.com

Unrivaled Beauty 3117 Caruth Boulevard Offered for $3,695,000 5 Bed / 7.2 Bath / 6,790 Sq.Ft. Doris Jacobs 214.537.3399 doris.jacobs@alliebeth.com

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Welcome back, Bev Berry Group! “We are thrilled to have Bev back home. She is an exceptional agent and person. Her market knowledge, attention to detail and relationship driven work ethic matches our culture.” – Allie Beth Allman, CEO

Bev Berry

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from right to left : Bev Berry, Allie Beth Allman, CEO, Suzanne Burk

6808 Willow Lane Offered for $799,000 4 Bed / 3.1 Bath / 3,312 Sq.Ft.

4701 Drexel Drive — SOLD Offered for $6,495,000 4 Bed / 5.1 Bath / 6,443 Sq.Ft.

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Want to Help NYC Youths, Dallas Families Facing Homelessness? Visit Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas this September in Preston Hollow

This September, the interior design industry turns its attention on Old Preston Hollow and in the process will raise money to help Dallas families struggling with homelessness and New York City youths pursue better futures. The Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas picked an 11,476-square-foot, two-story, five-bedroom, 5.3-bath mansion in the Historic Woodland Estates neighborhood for its inaugural location. With a pitched slate roof and ivy colored, stone and limestone exterior walls, the estate, built in 2003, transports guests to Provence, France with its charm. It boast 20-foot-plus tall ceilings, lushly landscaped grounds, a dramatic winding staircase, and ideal location near the Dallas North Tollway. “We’re eager to unveil what our top-notch group of designers have in store for the extraordinary space this September,” said James Druckman, board president of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club of New York. For nearly half a century the internationally recognized Kips Bay Decorator Show House has brought together top designers, raised more than $25 million

to support the club’s educational and developmental programs, and sparked trends throughout the world, according to a press release. The event, begun in 1973, attracts celebrated designers annually to transform a luxury Manhattan home into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art, and technology. The program expanded in 2017 to include the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach, and the club this year chose Dallas as its newest outpost, due to the bustling and growing design community in Texas. The North Texas event also will benefit Dwell with Dignity, a Dallas nonprofit dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. Dallas event chairs include Steele Marcoux, Christopher Peacock, and Jan Showers, plus vice chairs Jean Lui and Chad Dorsey. During the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers will take precautions to protect designers and guests. Those include health screenings for all staff as well as increased cleaning and sanitation throughout the House. In addition, the Show House will support social distancing by limiting the number of attendees,

I F YO U G O What: Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25-Oct. 25. Where: 5828 Woodland Drive The Kips Bay Decorator Show House program started in Manhattan, expanded to Palm Beach, and now comes to Dallas. (COURTESY PHOTOS) selling tickets for specific times and dates, and requiring guests and employees to wear masks, said Dan Quintero, the club’s executive director.

Tickets: $40. Visit kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org.

“With the hardships so many have faced in 2020,” he said, “we’re more motivated than ever to host the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas, to continue raising

critical funding for our kids and community, as well as provide an unforgettable opportunity for the Dallas area.” – Staff report


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When House Hunting Is Also School Shopping, Get Personal By Bethany Erickson

– just be prepared to have your temperature taken and wear a mask). You can also look for the school’s PTA website, and email the president for the low-down on the school. Look for PTA and neighborhood groups on Facebook, too.

People Newspapers

I’ve been writing about real estate for years – and I’ve been writing about schools even longer than that. I routinely get the same question: How do you find the right school in a good neighborhood in Dallas? That question has become even trickier in the age of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean the basic tenets don’t still apply: Do your research, ask other parents, and get out and get moving. How do you research? For me, it starts at txschools.org – the state’s accountability site. If you’re looking for across the board comparisons, it’s a good starting point. Other options can deviate wildly from reality, often because part of the algorithm used to determine the score is dependent on reviews. And, as anyone with a public-facing business can tell you, the people most likely to leave a review are the mad ones. There’s also the matter of the age of some of those reviews. A bad review can hang around for years, and in the meantime, the school could have a new principal, a new playground, or even a whole new wing. Take, for instance, Hillcrest High School, which has a 4/10 ranking on

Do your research, ask other parents, and get out and get moving.

Can’t find the house you want near Preston Hollow Elementary School? Consider one near Pershing Elementary, shown here in 2017, or the National Blue Ribbon Walnut Hill Elementary. (COURTESY DALLAS ISD)

GreatSchools, and a high C on TXSchools. gov. If you look at where GreatSchools has sourced its data for its scoring, you’ll find that it was from 2016. State accountability data is sourced more recently and allows you to drill down and see where the struggles and triumphs are. But data isn’t the only thing that makes a

school. In normal times, this is where I’d tell you to make sure you arrange to tour schools in your dream neighborhoods and drop in on PTA meetings. But, of course, that likely won’t happen anytime soon (although most schools will be opening eventually for at least some on-campus instruction, so it never hurts to call and ask if you can have a tour

MARKET NUMBERS: PARK CITIE S

MARKET NUMBERS: PRE STON HOLLOW Month

Closed Median sales price

And of course, if you’re in Dallas, many schools have open enrollment. Just because the school in your neighborhood may not be what you’re looking for, doesn’t mean you need to discount the house. Look at the schools on the drive to work, and don’t be afraid to widen your parameters. If you have your heart set on a house within walking distance to school, but you’re not finding what you want near Preston Hollow Elementary, for instance, maybe look at Pershing Elementary or the National Blue Ribbon Walnut Hill Elementary. Of course, in Highland Park, which is not open enrollment, finding a home zoned for a specific school may prove a little more difficult – but again, having a second or even third choice school in your back pocket is helpful.

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

Month

Closed Median sales price

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

March 2019

63

$821,250

$297

96%

393

56

7.2

March 2019

62

$1,357,620

$392

96%

418

60

7.2

June 2019

70

$997,000

$273

96%

446

65

8.2

June 2019

97

$1,492,500

$387

95%

435

71

7.4

Sept. 2019

55

$932,500

$278

95%

435

80

8.1

Sept. 2019

58

$1,007,500

$360

93%

394

89

6.9

Dec. 2019

77

$1,080,000

$268

94%

254

96

4.5

Dec. 2019

70

$1,389,500

$417

94.9%

222

87

3.7

Dec. 2019

77

$1,080,000

$268

94%

254

96

4.5

March 2020

62

$1,276,000

$376

96%

245

61

3.8

June 2020

75

$1,144,500

$316

94%

338

116

6.2

June 2020

76

$1,244,500

$411

96%

298

54

5.3

Source: North Texas Real Estate Information Systems Inc.

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Trey Rome Tackles Tax Questions of These Times

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About eight years ago, Trey Rome left a vice president position at Amegy Bank and started Home Tax Solutions at his kitchen table. Today, the Preston Hollow resident and SMU graduate oversees five offices throughout Texas. “We are a company founded on the philosophy of caring about all the people with whom we work, a value I learned from one of my professors while at SMU,” he said. Robert Puelz taught, “The most important thing about a business is its people,” Rome said. The property tax loan originator Rome leads as CEO has drawn recognition from business Trey Rome publications and his alma mater for its growth. Last year, Cox School’s Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship honored HTS as one of the top 100 Dallas privately-held entrepreneurial companies. This year, with a pandemic arriving between the appraising of properties and the setting of tax rates, could prove as confusing as any.

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overlooks the picturesque pool. The tranquil master retreat includes a private patio and an elegant master bathroom with Carrera marble, soaking tub, and extensive custom closet. Upstairs is a game room with a beverage center and a dedicated media room. Ambiance abounds in the front and back yards, finished to perfection with masterfully designed landscaping and lighting.

Why are property taxes going up in this pandemic? The market value was set as of Jan. 1 and available in May for each property owner. However, in Jan. 1 of this year, which was pre-COVID-19, property values were still increasing. The second way your property tax bill is calculated is through setting tax rates for each taxing jurisdiction. Now that the economy is struggling, your city and county, along with the local police, fire, hospitals, and schools are short on funds from other tax (sales) revenues from the state. The shortfall needs to be made up by, you guessed it, property taxes.

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Can you explain what the Disaster Declaration by Gov. Abbott means to homeowners? The law was intended for physical disaster from storm damage, not the economic disaster we are currently living. The Texas Municipal League is telling its city members that because Gov. Abbott issued an emergency disaster declaration, these governments could increase their budgets to just under 8% instead of 3.5% to avoid elections. That means your taxes would go up. Is there any general advice you can give homeowners regarding paying property taxes? 1. The first golden rule: make sure that you have your homestead exemption applied for your place of residence. This drastically reduces your tax bill. 2. If you bought your house in the last two years and CAD values are higher than your actual contract price, bring your contract to the appraisal district, and they will almost always honor the price on your contract. 3. Dallas has notoriously been tough budging on land values. If your improvement values have increased (without any new substantial remodeling or improving), you have a great case to lower your values. 4. If you are like most people and don’t have the time to protest your taxes yourself, engage a reputable property tax protest company, and they will automatically protest your taxes each year. Most are contingent-based and only take a percentage of the savings you save on your property tax bill. – Staff report

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Sports

HOCKADAY ROCK STAR REACHES NEW HEIGHTS IN BOULDERING National crown-winning senior Sarah Kate Ashton climbs around the world By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers

It’s less about endurance and more about problem-solving and your physical ability to do the moves. Sarah Kate Ashton

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arah Kate Ashton has been climbing for almost half of her life but still hasn’t reached her peak. The Hockaday senior is one of the top teenagers in the country in sport climbing, with two world championship appearances and a national title already among her accomplishments. The emerging indoor sport includes three disciplines — bouldering, lead climbing, and speed climbing. Ashton’s favorite is bouldering, which involves scaling an artificial rock wall without ropes or harnesses. “It’s a more powerful style of climbing, which I like a lot,” Ashton said. “It’s less about endurance and more about problem-solving and your physical ability to do the moves.” Three years ago, Ashton won a national bouldering crown in her age group, enabling her to represent Team USA at a world championship event in Moscow. The following year, she qualified for worlds again in Italy.

Hockaday senior Sarah Kate Ashton has competed internationally in Russia and Italy. (COURTESY PHOTOS) “It was so cool to meet the competitors f rom all over the world, and also to be part of the U.S. team,” said Ashton, a Preston Hollow resident. “It was an insane experience.” That’s a far cry from fourth grade when her dad — St. Mark’s administrator John Ashton — took her to a climbing gym just for fun. She wound up joining a team almost immediately, and a

year later, qualified for her first national competition. Her resume includes 16 national championship events overall, as well as a training camp in France with members of the French national team during her sophomore year. Ashton insists bouldering isn’t as dangerous as it sounds since all climbers are familiar with falling techniques and typically land on

giant mats when dislodged from the wall. She trains at least five days per week at Canyons Climbing Gym in Frisco with her Lone Star Climbing teammates. Her coach is Kim Puccio, whose daughter Alex is an 11-time bouldering national champion. Those are the heights Ashton aspires to reach, especially now that climbing is an Olympic sport.

The first medals will be awarded next summer in Tokyo, helping to provide legitimacy for climbers worldwide. “Everyone totally supports climbing becoming more mainstream, and gaining more understanding of what we mean when we say we’re competitive rock climbers,” Ashton said. “I would love to compete at the Olympics.”

Ex-NFL QB Banks Looks to Lead Turnaround at Greenhill

New head football coach looks to build team with strong relationships

By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers

He played for a decade in the NFL and earned a Super Bowl ring. Yet this fall, Tony Banks will be a rookie all over again. He will begin his first varsity head coaching job at Greenhill School, bringing high-profile credentials to a struggling program. Banks already is familiar with the school and many of the players after being an assistant on last season’s 1-9 squad. “I had an absolute blast. I really like the Greenhill environment,” Banks said. “The stars were aligned to do this. I’m ready to be a head coach and lead a program.”

I was fortunate to be close to a lot of coaches, so I got to know those guys in more than just a coachplayer relationship. Tony Banks

Tony Banks is the new head coach at Greenhill after serving as an assistant in 2019. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY)

Banks, 47, won a Super Bowl as a backup quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens in 2000. He also played multiple seasons with the St. Louis Rams and Houston Texans, accumulating more than 15,000 passing yards in the NFL and throwing 77 touchdown passes.

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During a brief stint with the Cowboys in 2001, Banks bought a house in the Dallas area and has lived here ever since. After retiring in 2005, he’s worked as a broadcaster, a private trainer, and a youth coach. At Greenhill, Banks will replace Casey Selfridge, who posted a 7-23 record over

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three seasons. The Hornets have just one victory in the past two seasons combined. “He was the next person for the job,” said Greenhill athletic director Jarrett Shine. “He understands the game and teaches kids how to play the game properly. We know he’s going to do great things for the program.” Banks also will have an opportunity to continue coaching his son, Deuce, who will be a freshman at Greenhill this season. “I’ve really enjoyed coaching him,” Banks said. “I was trying to look for opportunities to get to coach him on some level in high school.” Banks hopes to use his experience in building relationships at the highest levels of the sport to nurture Greenhill’s players. For example, he’s still close with legendary coach Dick Vermeil, who mentored Banks as a young pro with the Rams in the late 1990s. “I was fortunate to be close to a lot of coaches, so I got to know those guys in more than just a coach-player relationship,” Banks said. “I know those bonds can be very strong.”


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Schools

YOUTH-RUN ORGANIZATION ADVOCATES WITH PODCAST, ONLINE ARTICLES

Sheena Kwon attended the 2020 Women’s March in Dallas and then launched a youth advocacy group. (COURTESY PHOTO)

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reenhill School junior Sheena Kwon created an organization to raise awareness, educate, and support the fight for women’s rights and encourage teens to speak up for other causes, too. “I created new/gen in order to make sure that every student has the resources and information necessary to become advocates for the causes they believe in,” she explained. “Every student can become an advocate.” Kwon found motivation by attending the 2020 Women’s March in Dallas and purposely lowercased new/gen. “We wanted to convey the simplicity of our organization as well as our connection to younger generations,” she said. “Lower case text is frequently used among teenagers because it signifies a casual, carefree, and relatable message.” Adina Durden, Drewv Desai, and Kaylee

Chien also are leading members. There are about 35 other members with roles such as journalists, editors, photographers, and graphic designers. “We got so many requests to be a part of the team, so we started an application. The first day that we opened it, we got over 10

Every student can become an advocate. Sheena Kwon

responses,” Kwon said. “It was really cool to see that so many people were interested in joining the organization.” The organization launched on the first day of May and after two months has grown to include branches in Turkey, California, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Completely youth-run, new/gen operates with minimal help from adults and includes a website, articles, social media, a podcast,

and design all created by students. “A lot of people shoot us down saying, ‘Oh, you are too young,’ so we want to provide opportunities for young people to be educated to help the movement,” said Durden, who serves as co-director of communication. The team created a podcast on Spotify called GenTalks to expand its audience. “We thought it would enhance new/gen and be a creative new way to educate other people,” said Desai, co-director of communication and podcast co-host. Chien, director of production and podcast co-host, added, “In this society, people tend to believe what they hear, and our organization is trying to advocate to allow teens to find their own voice.”

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Congratulations Class of 2020

THE HOCKADAY SCHOOL: Class of 2020 members pose in their senior blazers (before the pandemic). Hockaday doesn’t name a valedictorian and salutatorian. (PHOTO: SALLY HUDSPETH)

LAKEHILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL - FROM LEFT: Valedictorian: Claire Hannah Howard, Co-Salutatorian: Preston Gregory Bied , Co-Salutatorian: Elizabeth Ashley Blanchard (COURTESY PHOTOS)

THE SHELTON SCHOOL - FROM TOP: Valedictorian: Fiona Dorward, Salutatorian: Josie Hostin (COURTESY PHOTOS)

Can You Picture It? Camp Fun at Home Unable to take their annual camping trip, Trinity Christian Academy sixth graders concluded the school year with outdoor fun anyway. Teachers and staff provided them with “camp in a bag,” a collection of tools aimed at helping the children create camp fun at home. Students photographed or videoed such daily activities as dressing up a pet, building a pillow fort, competing in a Chopped-style chef challenge, and showing off in a talent show.


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Student Achievements: Seven to Celebrate

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5. 1. Boys State Representative Rising senior Spencer Gray is the first Dallas International School student to participate in the American Legion Boys State Program, conducted virtually this year because of the pandemic. “I can only imagine how thrilling it must be in person,” Gray said. The American Legion, founded after World War I by U.S. veterans, has sponsored the program since the 1930s. During the program, he networked with other students, first getting selected as a campaign manager and later elected as a railroad commissioner, one of three from 350 delegates. 2. Learning Hindi Online COVID-19 cancelled Josh Mysore’s seven-week summer trip to Pune, India but not his intensive study of Hindi. The rising St. Mark’s School of Texas senior instead participated in a five weeks of online language and cultural learning connecting virtually with residents of places where Hindi is spoken. The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs awarded

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6. 2020-21 National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarships to about 500 students to study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Russian, or Turkish. 3. Presidential Scholars Sohum Kulkarni, Dallas, and Ryan McCord, of Highland Park, were named 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars, two of 161 outstanding American high school seniors so honored for academic success and other achievements plus community service and leadership. Kulkarni, a Parish Episcopal School co-salutatorian, named as his most influential teacher Jenn Makins for STEM/Engineering. McCord, a 2020 graduate of St. Mark’s School of Texas, identified his as Scott Hunt for photography. 4. Hockaday girl a DART Art winner Amber Li, who just finished the ninth grade at the Hockaday School, won best in show and a $1,000 cash prize in Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) annual student art contest. Her work, based on the theme “PAINT THE

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7. TOWN _______. RIDE DART” and selected from 1,174 entries by students in kindergarten through 12th grade, went on the side of a DART bus. Visit DART.org/artcontest to see other winning entries. The DART Student Art Contest, a 22-year tradition, promotes public transportation use. 5. Troop 80 Scouts with Masks Scout William Trotman and Scoutmaster Doug Trotman present masks made by Troop 80 members and their families to a Dallas VA Medical Center team member. The troop, sponsored by Highland Park Presbyterian Church and supported by St Michael and All Angels Church, made about 100 masks for the staffs at University of Texas Southwestern and Dallas VA medical centers. 6. Troop 815 Scouts at Notre Dame Boy Scout Troop 815, based out of Trinity Christian Academy, spent 14 months tackling Eagle Scout projects at the Notre Dame School of Dallas, which serves 160 students with developmental disabilities. The Scouts

power washed entrances, landscaped, built five-wooden benches for two playgrounds, installed outdoor instruments and a climbing wall, and replaced the sand, fence, and gate for the primary playground. FRONT, FROM LEFT: Samuel Rodriguez, Maddox Murphy, Jad Sewaiseh, and Collin Mayo. BACK: Mayo’s younger brother, Sawyer, helped the Scouts. 7. T.J. Grads Take Fairway to Success Thomas Jefferson High School 2020 graduates Marcela Landin, Marysol Ortega, and Josue Rosa each received $20,000 in Deloitte/NTPGA Fairway to Success scholarships. Landin is headed to Albion College in Michigan, Ortega to The University of North Texas, and Rosa to Texas A&M University. Fairway to Success, established in 2007 and working with three Dallas ISD high school, introduces students to golf and the life lessons of discipline, honor, and integrity. It awards college scholarships based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, community involvement, and financial need.


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Society

POSTPONED FROM APRIL, THRIFT STUDIO RETURNS IN AUGUST

Thrift Studio showcases luxuriously-furnished vignettes plus a curated selection of fine art. (PHOTOS: LANCE SELGO, UNIQUE EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY)

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ans of Thrift Studio, the Dwell with Dignity fundraiser featuring discounted prices for luxury home furnishings and works from area artists, have had to wait a bit longer than usual this year. The pandemic postponed the pop-up shop, initially scheduled for April. Still, organizers are now ready to proceed Aug. 28 to Sept. 26 at The International on Turtle Creek, a 12,000-square foot space that is social distancing-friendly. “We are thrilled to finally open our doors to showcase the incredible work of our interior designers and artists while raising necessary funds,” Dwell with Dignity executive director Ashley Sharp said. “Thrift Studio provides one-third of the operating revenue

that allows Dwell with Dignity to change lives through design by bringing good design to those who can afford it the least.” The nonprofit provides furniture, bedding, kitchen supplies, art, professional interior styling, food in the pantry, and a first night’s meal to low-income families who obtain new permanent housing. Shay Geyer of IBB Design serves as Thrift Studio honorary chair, and ALG Collective’s four artists – Anna Curnes, Melissa Ellis, Annie Griffeth, and Christi Meril – serve as art co-chairs. Other 2020 Thrift Studio artists include Alec DeJesus, Ana Sadeh, Anne Beletic, Brandon Harris, Brenda Bogart, Carolyn Daniel, Charlie French, David L. Hender-

son, M.D., Ginger Ray Walker, Hannah Brown, Janie Stidham, Jenny Grumbles, Laura Goodson, Linda Chidsey, Lindsey Meyer, Marcy Cook, Melissa Auberty, Mione Plant, Rachel Nash, Ross von Rosenberg, and Taelor Fisher. Participating interior designers include Cathy Kincaid of Cathy Kincaid Interiors; Leslie Jenkins of Jenkins Interiors; Mia Brous, Kerri Goldfarb, and Louise Marsh of Madre Dallas; Monica Wilcox of Monica Wilcox Design; Morgan Farrow of Morgan Farrow Interiors; Josh Pickering of Pickering House Interiors; Twelve Twenty, and Lindley Whisenant Arthur of Lindley Arthur Interiors. – Staff report

I F YO U G O WHAT: 2020 Thrift Studio, benefiting Dwell with Dignity WHEN: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday, Aug. 28 to Sept. 26, but closed on Labor Day, Sept. 7. WHERE: The International on Turtle Creek, 150 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 207 ENTRY: Free VIP PREVIEW PARTY: The first night sold out, but tickets may still be available for the second night, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 27; $125 includes drinks, bites, live music, and shopping. Visit thriftstudio.com or call (214) 599-7974. SAFETY MEASURES: Check thriftstudio.com closer to the event date for protocols.

SPORTS CAR TOGETHER DAY WITH PORSCHE DALLAS

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2020 Porsche Taycan 4s (Left) and 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo

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Two years ago, Park Place Porsche Dallas teamed up with the Porsche Club of America – Maverick Region to help clients celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 1948 Porsche 356 “No. 1” Roadster with a “Sportscar Together Day” at the Lemmon Avenue dealership. This year, the celebration looked very different, but Porschephiles turned out on June 8 to catch up and celebrate the 72nd anniversary at Keller’s Drive-In on Northwest Highway in Dallas.


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Living Well

MASKS MAY SLOW COVID-19 SPREAD

But face wear doesn’t cover up personal frustrations, political anger By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers

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ocial media rants and embarrassingly angry outbursts caught on video show how polarizing mask-wearing mandates have become during the COVID-19 pandemic. That politicization of public health guidance has even “somewhat surprised” Matthew Wilson, an associate professor of political science at SMU. “Everybody should essentially want the same things and be on the same page in terms of confronting this pandemic,” he said. “The sooner we get this under control, the sooner that everybody – liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican, Black, White, Latino – can get back to normal.” He blamed political divisions such as those between urban and rural areas in America with contributing to differing views of the urgency for disease mitigation efforts. “When you live in much less densely populated, more rural areas, they seem less pressing,” Wilson said. “And so the masking urgency was more obvious for people who lived in urban areas, which are disproportionately Democratic, was less obvious for people who lived in more rural areas, which are disproportionately Republican, and since everything in our society has become so polarized along that partisan divide, this naturally fell into that pattern.” Differences among states are also a factor, he said. “For some very good reasons, we have prioritized state-level autonomy and decision making – that’s embedded in our Constitution, and our national values, and our political framework – but that does make things more difficult when states have very different political cultures and where the threat or the challenge is something that transcends state boundaries,” Wilson said. He added that having the pandemic arrive during a presidential election year likely didn’t help.

The sooner we get this under control, the sooner that everybody – liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican, Black, White, Latino – can get back to normal. Matthew Wilson “Our whole political discourse in this country has become, from both supporters and opponents, overwhelmingly about the president, and so this kind of just fell into that,” Wilson said. Until a July visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, President Donald Trump had sought to avoid being photographed wearing a mask. Trump’s reluctance to wear masks played

TOP: A YouTube video shows a shopper in Dallas tossing groceries after being asked to put on her mask. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

into public perceptions, Wilson said. “I mean, Trump has never said, ‘Don’t wear a mask,’ but by his own decision not to visibly wear a mask, it at least sends the message that this is not a critical public health measure,” Wilson said. The associate professor added that early guidance from public health authorities against wearing masks added to the confusion.

“This allows people who don’t want to wear a mask to say, ‘Hey look, just a couple of months ago, the CDC was telling people not to wear masks. Now they’ve changed their tune; I don’t trust any of this,’” Wilson said. “So, the shifting guidance about masks from public health authorities allowed for this to become more politicized than it could otherwise have been.”

Preston Hollow Dad Leads Parkland’s Data Collection Efforts for Dallas County By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

When you have a new virus with a new trajectory to map, compiling and analyzing data becomes an essential tool for public health officials. But none of that mattered one Monday afternoon, as Steve Miff ’s daughter waited for him to finish an interview so they could play. Miff, as president and CEO of Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, stays busy overseeing data efforts for the county, but he’s also a Preston Hollow dad tasked with entertaining a child during the age of social distancing. “Are you almost done?” a little voice interjected. It’s a siren call most parents can identify with thanks to a global pandemic.

examine behaviors and other social aspects of various groups and create ways for healthcare providers to treat better and even prevent various illnesses. During the pandemic, his team focused on the data collected related to that - including a vulnerability index that provides information for officials to make short-term and long-term decisions about populations most at risk for contracting the virus or having complications from it. “The analogy that we’ve used to think about COVID right now is forest fires, so to speak,” he explained. “We’re trying to identify what those vulnerabilities are and see what communities are most vulnerable.” Managing fire and managing

We’re going to have to be vigilant and use this information because we’re going to concurrently need to manage COVID and influenza. Steve Miff But when your job is an integral part of the response, that delicate balance of work and home can become even more interesting. Miff and his team use technology, data science, and clinical expertise to

COVID-19 require similar strategies. There are short term concerns like locating and managing outbreaks (or active fires). Long-term strategies include identifying what interventions public health officials could make to mitigate some of these vulnerabilities (or, in the case of managing a fire, ensuring there are enough firehouses in the right places). The team at PCCI keeps an eye on trends and on upticks in cases in vulnerable populations - places with higher concentrations of older adults, certain socio-economic groups, or people with certain complicating conditions like heart ailments or diabetes. “Particularly if they start to see them in areas that are more vulnerable, you better do something quickly, you better deploy those

firemen,” Miff said. “You better put that brush fire out because it’s those areas that you have a much higher risk for it to spread and spread in a way that people will experience symptoms. “We’ve used that to guide the city (and) the county to say, ‘Here are the vulnerable areas, here’s where the active cases are, here’s what testing sites currently exist. Where do we have gaps?’” Long-term, the data compiled might also help the county and city determine how to combat better another looming event – flu season, where the same populations are often vulnerable to complications. “We’re going to have to be vigilant and use this information because we’re going to concurrently need to manage COVID and influenza,” Miff said.


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Constant Search for Children’s Activities Goes Online

Mom turns things-to-do notebook into PlaySource for parents, caregivers By Morgan Pryor People Newspapers

While on maternity leave, Dallas lawyer Erin England filled a notebook with places she could take her now 4-year-old daughter to play. When they drove by a new spot, England added it to the list, which grew to include more than 100 locations over time. However, when she took her search for local, family-friendly pastimes to the web, something was missing. Each search yielded similar results — activities where she had taken her daughter many times before or websites too cluttered with pop-up ads. England decided to turn her notebook into a user-friendly activity database called PlaySource Dallas. “I wanted to make something that was inclusive for all parents and other caregivers and also didn’t want to limit it to just one city,” she said. The free resource lists nearly 1,000 recreation options in North Texas and allows visitors to search through a directory and suggest other activities. “You can filter the directory by location, price, indoor [or] outdoor, and category,” England said, adding that the possibilities range from ax throwing to indoor playgrounds to zip lining. The response has been overwhelmingly positive since the site’s launch on Feb. 1, she said. “I think parents are hungry for information and are frustrated with the lack of resources

Visitors to playsourcedallas.com find and recommend children-friendly activities across North Texas. Erin England is always looking for new places and activities to take her daughter, Alexandra. (COURTESY PHOTO AND FAT BABY PHOTOGRAPHY) available to them,” England said. “Parents with grown children often tell me, ‘Where was this when my kids were young?’” Despite PlaySource’s success, England said that her reach had been limited so far since the website is a passion project, and she doesn’t have an advertising budget. “The growth has been organic so far, starting with my friends and family and online social network,” England said. “My goal is to spread the word to every parent and grandparent in North Texas.” When the coronavirus outbreak hit, England had to put PlaySource on hiatus, since nearly every business in the directory had shut down. She relaunched on June 1. Since businesses have begun reopening, England has featured daily at least one venue

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on PlaySource’s Instagram and Facebook. “Now, more than ever, we need to feature locally-owned places to show our support,” England said.

I think parents are hungry for information and are frustrated with the lack of resources available to them. Erin England England’s day-to-day role includes posting on PlaySource’s social media and connecting with community members.

“I love the community engagement part of the project; I feel so connected with the moms and dads of North Texas,” England said. “And I also add new places to the directory multiple times a week; it’s a quick and easy process.” PlaySource development began last summer. England and University of North Texas graduate Dominique Thomas designed and tested the website for several months. England, an SMU Law School graduate and partner at Katten’s commercial finance practice, hopes to expand to other cities. “It would be a dream come true to create a PlaySource Austin, PlaySource Houston, PlaySource Atlanta, and so on,” England said. “Right now, the focus is on perfecting the model here in Dallas, but expansion is always on my radar.”

Common Unknown REASONS Why People Fall Or Have Balance Problems. It’s Never Because Of Age... There’s Always A REASON! – Now What To Do About It? By Leading Balance Expert, Dr. Jeffrey Guild, Physical Therapist Are you worried about losing independence because of falls? Are you seeing your friends around you falling and losing their independence? Are you becoming increasingly frustrated with your doctors and kids telling you not to fall (Ok… How?). Here are some common unknown reasons why people fall, and a SOLUTION to prevent it from happening. 1: Vertigo/Inner Ear Balance Problems: Problems with vertigo and dizziness are symptoms that put older people at fall risk. 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! These conditions are usually very treatable! 2. The Legs Losing Perception Of Where They Are (Proprioceptive Loss): As a balance specialist I see this problem ALL THE TIME. This is a problem that largely goes unrecognized & people have no idea it’s happening to them. I often see this when people are falling or having balance problems for what seems like NO APPARENT REASON. This is simple to find out and there are ways around the problem. 3. Walking Slowly & Furniture Walking: Walking slower makes older people less balanced,

but this is a common strategy to falls and balance problems. Touching furniture and walls while walking is a sign that something is wrong and immediate action is needed to prevent this from becoming a fall! Want more information & solutions? My new special report provides Actionable Tips that will help you keep or regain your independence. And the best thing is it’s 100% FREE, and you’re under no-obligation to buy anything when you call. IMPORTANT: For obvious reasons, my offer to send you this report FREE must come with a restriction on the number I can mail out… so it’s critical that you call TODAY and request your free report now. What To Do Next? Call: (214) 712-8242 (Leave a Message 24/7) & Choose: • Option 1: Have your FREE Report mailed or emailed to you • Option 2: Free Report + FREE Balance/ Fall Screen Or Discovery Visit Author Dr. Jeffrey Guild, Physical Therapist is owner of Optimove Physical Therapy & Wellness. You can contact him at (214) 712-8242 or email at J.Guild@OptimoveDFW.com

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Defeating COVID-19 Requires Respect and Trust in One Another

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Even before a recent surge of cases, North Texans expressed caution about returning to their pre-coronavirus lives. DAVID IANNELLI And it ’s going to take more than public policy and business-instituted rules for many people to feel comfortable when they’re out in public. If there is one word that characterizes how most people want their fellow Texans to act during these challenging times, that word is “respectful.” According to a recent poll conducted for Texas 2036, a group focused on the state’s economic future, two-thirds of Nor th Texans (66 percent) think the risks of returning to their pre-coronavirus lives are large (37 percent) or moderate (29 percent). What concerns more respondents than anything else? Two things: people who gather in large groups without wearing masks or social distancing (62 percent said they are very concerned about this), and leaders who share mixed or conflicting information about the coronavirus (60 percent are very concerned). Majorities said they would be at least somewhat more likely to go out in public with safety protocols and government requirements in place. However, those protocols do not have the universality of support that suggests they would make a difference in people’s behavior. In other words, while most people say better-defined safety protocols would make them more likely to go out, that sentiment lacks enough intensity to be impactful. Further, at least a third say the changes would have no impact on their desire to go out in public. Why aren’t these proposed changes more effective in raising the public’s comfort level? One issue may be limited

enforcement power. Based on what people are experiencing in public settings, they may lack confidence in businesses or local authorities to enforce safety standards and requirements. North Texans also may have low expectations for compliance: When people see others ignoring existing rules, it erodes confidence that big majorities of the public will follow new, more stringent requirements. So, what’s our next move? According to the poll, the region should work together to foster a renewed sense of community built on mutual respect and trust in one another. An overwhelming majority (84 percent) of North Texans agree that “wearing a mask shows respect for the first responders and health care professionals who put their lives on the line for us,” and 81 percent agree that “wearing a mask is a sign you respect your friends and neighbors.” Masking up and social distancing will help North Texas put the coronavirus on its heels — a first step toward economic recovery. Texans have a reputation for fierce independence, a trait that has been on full display during the pandemic. But we’ve also seen the lengths Texans will go to help neighbors in need. Texans came together from all over the state to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey — they donated money, sent food and clothing, and even organized flotillas to rescue people when local and state governments couldn’t. We need to harness that Texas spirit to beat the pandemic.

Masking up and social distancing will help North Texas put the coronavirus on its heels — a first step toward economic recovery.

David Iannelli is a partner in Hudson Pacif ic, the f irm that conducted the poll for Texas 2036. The nonprof it, championed by SMU alumnus Tom Luce and others, pursues long-term, data-driven strategies for the state. Visit texas2036.org


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Contemporary architecture builds on the modernism that followed the Industrial Revolution. The uniformity and clean linearity of early modernism began to feel impersonal, and Contemporary responded by maintaining modernism’s open spaces but invigorating them with warmth, whimsy, asymmetry and regional flair. Not to be confused with Midcentury Modern architecture, which spans the early 1930s to the late ’60s, Contemporary architecture is very much of the 21st century — and up-to-the-minute. Its design cues are distinctive, including imbalanced façades, geometric shapes, flat roofs, large windows and skylights, open floor plans, sliding doors and movable walls or partitions. 5911 Glendora Avenue is a textbook example of Contemporary style. The sophisticated home was designed by master architect Lionel Morrison. It offers serene spaces and large windows, with views of the gorgeous gardens and pristine grounds, including mature magnolias. The second-story owners’ suite offers dual baths, an office and a terrace, while a second premier suite is on the main level. There are four bedrooms in all, and five full baths. Other luxuries include a gated driveway, a three-car garage, state-of-the-art lighting and a sleek pool and deck. To explore all the homes, ranches and land offered by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty — across North Texas and around the world — go to briggsfreeman.com.

Rachel Norris in partnership with Chris Sandlin Homes is bringing to market 4037 Lively Lane (4037lively.dpmre.com), a two-story new-construction home in Midway Hollow, priced at $1,300,000. Per building plan, the home will be approximately 4,295 square feet on nearly .19 acres. A third-generation builder, Sandlin carries on his family’s 60-plus-year tradition of crafting high-quality homes with a new level of sophistication, design and attention to detail. The overall look and feel draws inspiration from Sandlin’s travels around the world. Museum visits, sleek hotel decor, unique street art - all have provided fodder for the five-bedroom, 5½-bath home. The end product is an amazing amalgam of open-concept interiors, over-sized secondary bedrooms, superior design specifications and innovative home technology. Set to be completed in early 2021, there is plenty of time for the new homeowner to put their personal spin on the final finishes and details. For more information or to schedule a showing, contact Rachel Norris at 214.796.2126 or rachel@daveperrymiller.com. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (dpmre.com) is a division of the Ebby Halliday Companies, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, with four locations that specialize in Preston Hollow, Park Cities, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Kessler Park and Farm & Ranch properties.

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Homes Are Selling in this Hot Market

As things have opened up in Dallas, so has the real estate market. Buyers are back out and circling the properties that are priced well and offer an environment that serves each person’s lifestyle. Allie Beth Allman & Associates’ experts week-after-week are seeing more and more contracts. Here are some recent sales in the premier neighborhoods. In Preston Hollow, Allman agents represented both buyer and seller at 5100 Park Lane. The estate sat on over two acres of lush grounds with over 16,000 sq.ft., a library, billiard room, 40-foot great room, his & her offices, a resort-style pool and garage space for 10 cars. The luxury brokerage also sold another estate in University Park representing both sides, at 6420 Williams Parkway. Located near Williams Park, the estate offers fantastic indoor/outdoor living with walls of windows overlooking the secluded courtyard. In Highland Park, the new construction 4608 Livingston Avenue also sold. The transitional home’s design incorporates classic French charm. The open floor plan offers grand living with generous formals and a great room that opens to the Chef’s kitchen that fits gatherings of all sizes. To search for your new home, visit alliebeth.com.

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Real Estate Icon’s Legacy of Service is Carried Out Daily

Ebby Halliday Throughout 2020, Ebby Halliday Realtors is celebrating 75 years of serving the real estate needs of North Texans and those relocating to the region. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today the No. 1 residential real estate brokerage in Texas. “Long life is a privilege not everyone – or every company – gets to enjoy,” says Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly. “During this anniversary year, we acknowledge this fact with a spirit of gratitude.” The legacy of Ebby Halliday is now amplified by the company’s affiliation with HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s No. 1 residential real estate company.  “Simply put, we offer one ‘door’ to everything you need to buy or sell a home in North Texas,” says Kelly. “Our complete offering of brokerage, mortgage, title and insurance homeownership services ensures you have the easiest and most secure real estate experience. In good times and most importantly, in challenging times, we have stood by North Texans for over 75 years. It would be our honor to put our experience and strength to work for you.” For more information visit ebby.com.

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Strength in Numbers

10877 Crooked Creek is just one of the listings that was Sold during these unprecedented times. Visit DPMFineHomes.com for more information. When you are navigating unprecedented times, you need a team that knows the market not only block by block, but also street by street. While the past few months have changed many things about the real estate industry, The Perry-Miller Streiff Group has quickly adapted to ensure our sellers are still receiving the best and safest possible exposure for their homes. As the #1 Team in Preston Hollow, the #2 team in DFW, the #4 team in Texas, and the #54 team in the Country, this elite group of 11 powerhouse agents and support have successfully transacted over $96,000,000 in real estate sales/ pendings in 2020. A couple of highlighted sales during this time include 4055 Cochran Chapel and 10877 Crooked Creek in Preston Hollow. There is strength in choosing who you want representing your home,” says Streiff. “When you enlist The Perry-Miller Streiff Group you tap into the wealth of experience that the team’s two centuries in real estate brings. Thus, reaping the exponential benefits of eleven individual networks coming together as one to get the results you need.” The Perry-Miller Streiff Group quietly delivers what today’s buyers and sellers desire: Results. Stellar associates, a sincere focus on clientele, and collaborative leadership combine to deliver a first-class experience, achieving real estate outcomes that are unprecedented.

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Allman Tops in Park Cities

So far in 2020, Allie Beth Allman & Associates is leading in sales in both University Park and Highland Park, according to data from the Multiple Listings Services. The luxury brokerage had the most sales in the Park Cities in both 2018 and 2019 as well. Here are a few Park Cities homes you may want to consider: white quartz countertops, an oversized island and topof-the-line appliances. For a piece of history, come tour a Charles Dilbeck cottage at 4144 Shenandoah Street. The three-bedroom home was originally built in 1934 but has been tastefully remodeled with a modern twist. It is perfect for entertaining, offering gathering spaces both indoor and outdoor, which includes a covered patio with heathers, surround music, grill, refrigerator, fire pit and a saltwater cocktail pool. A five-bedroom original Tudor in the Fairway, is also available. Built by William S. Briggs, the home at 4037 Stanford Avenue features all the conveniences of modern day living. The heart of the home is its kitchen with an island, double ovens and designer lighting that opens to a breakfast nook and living area. The master suite has a luxurious and white updated bathroom and a walk-in closet. To find your dream home, visit alliebeth.com.

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Life on the Water Is Better

Its summer in North Texas where living on one of its many lakes offers a robust lifestyle. Especially now, having a place to escape outside of the city any time you like is ideal. Why shelter in place at home, when you can shelter and have fun, too? Here are two exceptional lake homes to view. For luxury lake living, take a peek at 13180 Miller Road on Eagle Mountain Lake, listed with Maureen Frieze. Located on 3.77 acres, the main house includes eight bedrooms and over 6,500 sq.ft. Enjoy a day on the lake with over 200 feet of shoreline, and two boat docks that can accommodate up to five watercrafts. As you settle in at night, enjoy views of lake from the front patio. The Villa Di Crystal Tuscan retreat on Lake Waxahachie was recently listed with Jim Walsh and Jean Bateman. The over 9,000 sq.ft. has a view from every angle and includes five bedrooms. Outdoors is made for adventure, with a pool with a slide, a spa, zip line and play fort. Or take some of the water toys out from the afternoon, which are kept on the double-deck boat dock. To find your dream lake house, visit alliebeth.com.

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Dallas’ luxury real estate leader has surpassed $1 billion in mid-July, only two weeks later than they reached that milestone in 2019, thanks to a team of agents that never stopped working despite the pandemic economy. “This number represents so much more than just dollars. It represents good news for everyone and shows that our Dallas economy is resilient, and the real estate market is strong,” said Allie Beth Allman & Associates founder and CEO, Allie Beth Allman. “We are so grateful for our clients and thank them for trusting us as our world changed so drastically.” With three offices and more than 400 agents serving the Dallas metropolitan area, Allie Beth Allman & Associates, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, is noted for its leading luxury brand in premier neighborhoods in the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Bluffview, Turtle Creek, Uptown, Downtown Lakewood, Southlake and Westlake. “This achievement exemplifies the confidence people have in the housing market in Dallas and the confidence people have in our expert agents to navigate it,” Allman said. “I am so proud of this team. They are such hard workers – smart and entrepreneurial in their approach to today’s real estate business.”

9110 Rockbrook Drive 5 Bedrooms | 6.2 Baths | 7,596 SqFt Offered For $3,695,000 This French Transitional custom home, designed by Richard Drummond Davis, blends traditional Austin stone exterior with timeless contemporary finishes. Museum finished walls, cased openings and exquisite mill and tile work are throughout. Located on a .44 acre lot in Old Preston Hollow, the 7,596 sf light-filled home features an office/study, mud room, 2 utility rooms and 5 bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms. The spacious first-floor primary suite has a dream closet, fireplace and private patio. Open gourmet kitchen features large island, marble countertops and Ann Sacks tile along with Thermador Professional appliances, 4 convection ovens, steam oven and pot filler. The large game room, a media room with kitchen and guest suites are on second floor and accessible by elevator. A covered patio with fireplace, pool with fountains, pool bath and three car garage complete an amazing lifestyle opportunity. Harold Leidner custom landscaping & pool. For more information please contact Robin Brock Webster (214) 543-8963.


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Health Enthusiasts Take Their Seats at the Ozone Bar

Clients may enjoy a favorite television show or movie while soaking up ozone. (COURTESY PHOTO)

By Samantha Ponce People Newspapers

Popular in Europe, ozone treatment has found its way into celebrities’ homes and Dallas residents’ personal-care routines. “We’re all about sweating, detox, building your immune system, building your oxygen level — an overall lifestyle.” said Ozone Bar owner Laura Harbison. Her spa in Inwood Village offers rejuvenating, immune-boosting, detoxing ozone treatments. With today’s pandemic reaching

thousands every day, it is essential to keep your immune system strong and the toxins away, she said. But what is ozone, and what benefits does it have? Ozone is a form of activated oxygen [O(3)] used in gas or liquid form. The spa touts its use for benefiting the immune system, fighting diseases and cancers, purifying skin, obtaining anti-aging results, burning fat, and detoxifying cells. The Ozone Bar offers four services: Hocatt — only found at Ozone Bar in the Dallas area — Infrared Sauna, Dermashape Lymphatic treatment, and Ozone Sauna. The Ozone Sauna has you sit in a case that pumps warm to hot adjustable temperatures of O3 throughout the machine and onto your body. While ensuring you don’t inhale the gas allows your pores to open and the toxins in your body to release. The Infrared Sauna is similar to a traditional sauna, except it uses light wavelengths to heat the sauna and go into the tissues of your body. The Ozone Bar’s infrared sauna has three spectrum options, far, mid, and near, each serving different purposes to your health.

The Dermashape treatment uses heat and cupping therapy to help circulate lymph nodes and release toxins. Another bonus is that it helps with cellulite. The Hocatt Sauna is similar to the Ozone Sauna but contains all the treatments in one application. It contains ozone therapy, light therapy, carbonic acid to boost oxygen levels, infrared, and PEMF – radio frequencies – meant to help with pain, inflammation, and other conditions. While sitting in these treatments and soaking up the ozone, the Ozone Bar provides televisions and iPads in the rooms so you can enjoy your time and relax with your favorite show or movie. Staffers also serve Ozone water and Kombucha tea, a bacterial drink that has various health benefits. “When I first started coming, I was feeling very sluggish, a little bit of brain fog, and I was inflamed,” said regular customer Brooke Williamson. “Since doing this, I have noticed a huge difference in inflammation all over my body. I sleep a lot better. “And even from my friends that have come here too, whatever they’re specifically dealing with, it seems to help them.”

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