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THE PRESIDENT OF PRESTON HOLLOW
’m from Texas and not ashamed of President George W. Bush nor the Dixie Chicks. Regrettably, I never wrote the column I thought about beginning that way when I lived in Louisiana, and right-wing cancel culture mobilized to end one of the more popular acts in country music. I believed then, as I believe now, that I could appreciate, learn from, and even love those with whom I might disagree. Bush has expressed that same idea with words and deeds. The enthusiastic way he embraced and enjoyed the transition to a successor from the other party demonstrated a love for this republic’s democratic processes and traditions from which all would-be patriots should learn. Bush holds a special place for me. Not only does he live, worship, and still work in my People Newspapers markets; he, my dad, and I share a birthday; and he’s the only president I’ve met. I wasn’t expecting to get anywhere near him when I went to Angelo State University in San Angelo to cover the signing of his first budget as governor of Texas. But he came through the same door as everyone else, and a reverse receiving line formed. By the time he was shaking my hand, I had a snarky question prepared. “Hey, I noticed the Texas Rangers started winning when you moved to Austin. Is that just a coincidence?”
His shoulders bounced as he laughed, leaned in, and said, “I was hoping nobody would notice that. But, yeah, they’re doing great!” Bush, a good sport, likes to laugh, even at himself. He also likes to WILLIAM pray. The nation’s T AY L O R 43rd president offered prayers for success and a pledge to “help in any way I can” to each of those who have come after him. Though Bush insists he’s retired from presidential politics, he’s obviously not retired from acting presidential. Here’s what an American patriot sounds like: The challenges that face our country will demand the best of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris – and the best of us all. We must come together for the sake of our families and neighbors, and for our nation and its future. There is no problem that will not yield to the gathered will of a free people. Laura and I pray for our leaders and their families. We ask for God’s continued blessings on our country. And we urge all Americans to join us in wishing our next President and Vice President well as they prepare to take up their important duties. William Taylor Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
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SLAIN 7-ELEVEN CLERK REMEMBERED AS ‘REALLY NICE MAN’ By Bethany Erickson
with expenses. “Samuel was a hard-working employee and a family man who worked full time at 7-Eleven,” organizers Deme Sibere and Teferawork Assefa said. “He leaves behind a wife and a daughter. This is a big loss for his family and our community.”
A Nov. 10 robbery of a 7-Eleven on Forest Lane and Marsh Lane resulted in the shooting deaths of an employee and one of the suspects. Dallas police said that store employee Samuel Tesfaye Choyena, 48, was dead on the floor when officers responded to a shooting call shortly after midnight. Officers also found one of the suspects, Cesar Albert Molina, 22, injured. Molina later died at an area hospital. By that evening, neighbors who frequented the store were taking flowers to set up a makeshift memorial outside for Choyena, who left behind a wife and daughter. Joshua Absolom, a regular at the store, said he remembered Choyena as a “really nice man” who was always there when people went in “for that cup of coffee in the morning or a latenight Slurpee.” “He has always been there for us, and we owe him a debt of gratitude,” he added. Friends of the family have set up a GoFundMe to help his wife, Tigist Degifie,
He has always been there for us, and we owe him a debt of gratitude. Joshua Absolom
Neighbors began leaving flowers on Samuel Choyena’s Toyota Tercel hours after his shooting death at the 7-Eleven, where he worked the graveyard shift. (PHOTO: JOSHUA LEIGH ABSALOM, COURTESY PHOTO)
A second suspect, 17, also was found injured and was taken to a hospital. Police said that once he was released, he would be booked into jail for murder. “We are deeply saddened by the incident that occurred last night, and our hearts are with the store associate’s family,” a 7-Eleven spokesperson said. “We are working with the local franchisee to gather information and provide local law enforcement with any information helpful to their investigation.”
Crime Updates: Doctor Sherman, Hockaday Teacher, ‘Mr. Potato Head’
younger than 14. Among the conditions of his June bond, Sherman (who is allowed to live at his home with an ankle monitor) is not to leave his residence – “even to go to the back yard.” The Texas Medical Board temporarily suspended his medical license in July.
The FBI called John Rutledge ‘Mr. Potato Head’ because of his use of fake beards and mustaches to disguise himself during bank robberies. (PHOTOS: U.S. DEPT. OF JUSTICE, COURTESY PHOTO)
Kenneth Colvin Sherman, 71, was indicted on Oct. 22 on two counts of indecency with a child and one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child, court documents show. Sherman, an internist, was initially arraigned on two counts of indecency with a child on April 18. Then on April 27, court documents indicate, he was arraigned
on a third charge after the Dallas County District Attorney’s office said they found out the day before about an alleged sexual assault of a minor at his Royal Crest home. “A witness to this case has a video recording of the offense and confirmed that she has that recording saved,” said a motion filed on April 27. “The defendant has violated his bond in the above case numbers by committing a
new offense as well as being in contact with minor children.” According to the indictments, on April 14, Sherman exposed himself to a child and then caused a minor girl to expose her genitals and attempted to touch her. But his indictment on the sexual assault charge indicates that the incident occurred in February. According to the court document, he performed oral sex on a girl
A Hockaday teacher accused of purchasing child pornography will go to trial on January 11 after a judge granted a continuance on his case. According to an arrest affidavit, Jason Sherod Baldwin, 28, was arrested July 29 after an FBI investigation traced his alleged purchases of online child pornography to IP addresses that led to his home and to the school that were associated with social media and PayPal accounts he used to obtain and pay for videos and photos of male minors. In an email to parents, students, and alumni, Hockaday said that Baldwin was suspended pending investigation and banned from campus. The school also said
that they are cooperating with authorities but that there have been no allegations of misconduct at the school involving Baldwin, and he had passed background checks.
‘Mr. Potato Head’
John Thomas Rutledge, 55, whose penchant for wearing fake mustaches and beards when he robbed Preston Hollow and Park Cities banks last year earned him the FBI nickname “Mr. Potato Head,” pleaded guilty to three counts associated with those robberies, according to court documents. Rutledge was accused of robbing Oakwood Bank at Preston Center on Sept. 30, 2019, Legacy Bank at Preston and Royal on Oct. 17, 2019, and Bank of America at Preston Center on Oct. 30, 2019. As part of his plea deal, Rutledge agreed that he had robbed the three banks but had not used a weapon to do so. Each count carries a 20year maximum sentence and a $250,000 maximum fine. – Compiled by Bethany Erickson
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WILL THE THIRD TIME CONTINUE TO BE THE CHARM? Marshall faces District 2 runoff (again), this time with Rodriguez
How did a nonpartisan race fare on a very partisan ballot? One expert says there were more voters for the Dallas ISD trustee races - but they may not have known as much about the district. (PHOTO: IMANI CHET LYTLE)
By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers
ncumbent Dustin Marshall has run for the Dallas ISD District 2 trustee seat three times – each race going to a runoff. The Nov. 3 election results showed challenger Nancy Rodriguez as the leader with around 45% of the vote to Marshall’s 40%. In 2017, Marshall upended then-challenger Lori Kirkpatrick in a runoff election 71% to 29% – after she came within 23 votes of the required 50% threshold to beat him in the general election. “While Tuesday’s results were heartening, we still face a runoff, and
the incumbent will be sure to deploy the vast sums he has raised from his millionaire and billionaire friends – many of whom have never seen the inside of a DISD school and never will – while we will continue to rely on you, the parents and neighbors right here in Dallas for whom what happens in DISD is immediate and vital,” Rodriguez told supporters Nov. 5. Marshall said that he’s still confident that his campaign can chalk up another runoff win. “We’ve been in this situation multiple times before, and we’ve run very strong and victorious runoff campaigns,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that the delay of the election due to
Do you want school board elections that have the maximum level of public participation, or do you want school board elections that have a much smaller level of participation though by a much more informed and energized electorate? Matthew Wilson COVID put a school board race on a partisan presidential ballot where most voters have never voted in a school board race.” Marshall said his campaign is confident that the runoff voters
would be different – “the electorate is made up of voters who are incredibly engaged and knowledgeable about the amazing progress underway in DISD” – and so would the outcome. SMU political science professor
Matthew Wilson agreed that the electorate the two will face in December would be quite different from the stridently partisan one they met in November. Typically, municipal and school board elections are held in May and are considered nonpartisan. “There’s a simple trade-off here,” he said. “And the question here is, do you want school board elections that have the maximum level of public participation, or do you want school board elections that have a much smaller level of participation though by a much more informed and energized electorate? And that’s really the trade-off because if you have them in the spring, then you’ll get far fewer people who will participate. But those who do will genuinely be interested in school board issues and school board politics.” Wilson said he’s also unsurprised that there have been so many runoff elections in District 2, which resembles a misshapen doughnut with a Park Cities-sized hole in the middle, and straddles U.S. 75, encompassing parts of North Dallas and East Dallas. “You have two very different sets of voters with very different kinds of priorities and approaches to public education,” he said. “So it’s not surprising then that there were some fairly stark differences of opinion on education issues represented within that district.” See more of our conversation with Wilson about the ins and outs of having a nonpartisan race on a November ballot at peoplenewspapers.com.
Voters Approve Nuts and Bolts, But Not Luxuries, on Dallas ISD Bond Package By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers
On the surface, two out of five might not seem like a big win for Dallas ISD. But when two of the five bond propositions on the November ballot equate to $3.54 billion of a $3.7 billion ask, the win becomes much clearer. Voters were tasked with considering five different measures that addressed everything from the $1.9 billion in facilities upgrades across the entire district plus construction of 10 new facilities and the replacement of 14 campuses for $1.1 billion. Technology needs will account for $270 million, $124 million will go to athletics upgrades, and $41 million will create community service investments in four formerly segregated and redlined neighborhoods. Those measures passed and represented the biggest part. What did voters not approve? The extras. Propositions C, D, and E meant about $53 million in improvements and renovations to athletic stadiums, $66 million for a performing arts facility, and $33.5 million for renovations to the natatoriums. “The passage of this historic bond is such a high note to conclude my service on the Dallas
Voters approved two of five Dallas ISD bond propositions on the November ballot, to the tune of $3.54 billion. (PHOTO: IMANI CHET LYTLE) ISD board of trustees,” said outgoing trustee Miguel Solis. “Investing in our schools to the benefit of our students and educators will pay a significant dividend, and I’m proud of Dallas for continuing to invest in public education.” Dallas Votes 4 Kids – which did the bulk of the campaigning for the bond package – called it a victory.
“This bond will bring critical repairs and improvements to more than 200 campuses, and we are confident that it will positively impact student outcomes,” Drex Owusu, former co-chair of the district’s bond steering committee. “But we know that a well-rounded, equitable investment in our students includes fine arts and other extracurriculars that were included in the propositions that failed.”
“As the co-chair of the Citizens Bond Steering Committee, I’m incredibly thankful that the work of more than 100 Dallas community members over the past year to identify and quantify the need in our schools has received the support of voters in Dallas,” said Owusu, who is also the senior vice president of education and workforce for the Dallas Regional Chamber. “I’m also deeply appreciative of the collective efforts of so many organizations, endorsers, and trustees who tirelessly advocated for the bond’s successful passage.” Even at $3.54 billion, the bond package is the largest in Texas history. The bulk of that was in Proposition A, which accounted for $3.2 billion and will go towards 14 replacement schools and upgrades to other existing schools, including Longfellow Middle School and DeGolyer Elementary. More than $1 billion of that was set aside for new and replacement campuses. Proposition B addressed improving technology in the district, with $270 million in bonds for upgrading student connectivity, classroom technology, communications systems, and cybersecurity. The district’s current debt services property tax rate - also known as its interest and sinking tax rate - is 24.2 cents per $100 valuation.
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Learning Gains Looking Distant As Pandemic Hits Dallas ISD Hard
District leaders encourage parents of struggling students to send their children to campus By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers
School – especially in Dallas ISD, where the students who would qualify for free and reduced lunch hovers somewhere in the 90% range – is often a lot more than a place to learn. It’s sometimes also child care, mental health services, a place to find a mentor, and in some cases – a place to lay your head at night. So what happens when a global pandemic hits your city, and students leave for spring break and just never come back?
We’re trying to let parents know as best as we can as much as we can, that their students have fallen behind. Robyn Harris Turns out, a lot, and all of it makes it doubly difficult for children to learn. Dallas ISD trustees got a glimpse in November of the impact scrambling in the spring to get technology and a cobbled-together curriculum to families had on learning, thanks to data from a district-wide assessment called the Measure of Academic Progress, or MAP. Almost a third of all students experienced reading loss, and half of all students
After the pandemic forced schools to close last Spring, Dallas ISD and other districts are now faced with addressing the inevitable loss in learning. (PHOTOS: DALLAS ISD) lost vital math skills, MAP scores from the beginning of the school year revealed. Nearly every elementary and middle school student in the district came to school in September with fewer math skills than children the year before in the same grades. District staff explained intervention possibilities, including longer school years and summer school options. For about $80 million, 100 schools with some of the worst losses could get additional resources, including creating a smaller student to teacher ratio. Trustee Dustin Marshall suggested
tapping the district’s $661 million rainy day fund could help with interventions. “This is a flood,” he said. “Come back with some major, bold proposals of how we’re going to spend that money and get these kids back to where they need to be.” But in the meantime, the district is also working to improve its messaging and knock back any misconceptions. Many families were still under the impression that the fall approach to learning would be similar to the spring approach, which didn’t require daily attendance even virtually. “There is definitely a misconception that it’s like the spring now at the elementary level,” Robyn Harris, the district’s news and information director, said. The district’s truancy department is also pivoting to help make parents aware when their virtual students aren’t logging in. “Our family demographic is such that many of the parents are essential workers,” Harris said. “And they have to go work, and they’re not able to sit shoulder to shoulder with their students. So they’re relying on their students to say, ‘Hey, look, I’ve got to do this.’” As the first nine weeks ends, Harris said the district is also encouraging parents with children who are struggling to consider coming back to campus. “We can’t force anybody to do that,” she said. “We’re trying to let parents know as best as we can as much as we can, that their students have fallen behind.”
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By all appearances, the United States will have a new president in January since, as states confirm and certify their counts, President-elect Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris obtained the majority of both the popular vote and the Electoral College vote. But how did our readers vote? We’ve been taking snapshots of your opinions since August, with our first People-Powered Election Survey. In the months leading up to the election, about 200 readers each month have weighed in on their picks and answered questions designed to take our audience’s temperature. Granted, Election Day was very busy, so our exit survey response was a little less robust than our previous surveys. But what emerges from a comparison of the final vote on the county and state level compared to our readers’ responses is interesting, we think. We also asked our readers one final question: Why is it important to vote? Many said they voted to make sure their voices were heard and to elect the best leaders. “It’s an amazing privilege others fought and died to give us. This is a luxury we must
take full advantage of,” said one reader. “It’s one of the few rights we have across the board, regardless of socioeconomic level, race, gender, or educational level,” said another. Another said that being able to vote is a blessing. “We are blessed that in this country we are given a say in politics and how our government should work,” that reader responded. Another acknowledged the divide that has become more apparent. “Voting is the surest and best way for our votes to come together – however, the threats to this incredible American right has been threatened this year,” the reader said. “I hope we learn from it and that people do not fear one another’s vote, but rather welcome it so our democracy should work as it should vs. everything being totally politicized. “I hope that after today, America will feel more as one; however, it will take some time to mend the issues that have led us to this furious boil. Those that are angry are hurting in some way, and I hope that there is some way to address that hurt so they can feel that we are all in this together.”
HOW DID OUR READERS VOTE IN THIS ELECTION? PRESIDENT Aug. Survey - Trump/Pence 50% Sept. Survey - Biden/Harris 51.2% Oct. Survey - Biden/Harris 54.8% Nov. 3 Survey - Biden/Harris 56.3% Dallas County Vote - Biden/Harris 65.13% Texas Vote - Trump/Pence 52.20% U.S. SENATE Aug. Survey - John Cornyn 51% Sept. Survey - John Cornyn 48.8% Oct. Survey - John Cornyn 50.3% Nov. 3 Survey - MJ Hegar 48.4% Dallas County Vote - MJ Hegar 61.22% Texas Vote - John Cornyn 53.60% U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 32 Aug. Survey - Genevieve Collins 49.5% Sept. Survey - Colin Allred 49.3% Oct. Survey - Colin Allred 52.3% Nov. 3 Survey - Colin Allred 45.3% Dallas County Vote - Colin Allred 52.82% Texas Vote - Colin Allred 52.00% DALLAS COUNTY SHERIFF Aug. Survey - Chad Prda 46.9% Sept. Survey - Chad Prda 44.9% Oct. Survey - Marian Brown 48.2% Nov. 3 Survey - Marian Brown 53.1% Dallas County Vote - Marian Brown 64.47%
DEMOCRAT, DALLAS COUNTY COMM. PCT 1 Aug. Survey - Patrick Harden 46.4% Sept. Survey - Patrick Harden 40.1% Oct. Survey - Theresa Daniel 43.1% Nov. 3 Survey - Theresa Daniel 48.4% Dallas County Vote - Theresa Daniel 67.54% TEXAS HOUSE 108 Aug. Survey - Morgan Meyer 49% Sept. Survey - Morgan Meyer 47.8% Oct. Survey - Morgan Meyer 51.3% Nov. 3 Survey - Morgan Meyer 45.3% Dallas County Vote - Morgan Meyer 49.66% TEXAS HOUSE 114 Aug. Survey - Luisa Del Rosal 36.6% Sept. Survey - John Turner 39.1% Oct. Survey - Luisa Del Rosal 40.1% Nov. 3 Survey - John Turner 40.6% Dallas County Vote - John Turner 53.61%
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A VERY COVID CHRISTMAS
Santa gives babies new reason to cry: They can’t sit in his lap By William Taylor People Newspapers
eeing Santa this year could look a bit like visiting a jailed relative: Expect a transparent barrier to separate guests from the world’s most beloved home invader. Or perhaps it could feel like Facetiming with an elderly relative at high-risk for the more sinister symptoms of COVID-19. You don’t want the Jolly Old Elf getting severely ill before the big delivery night, after all. While popular holiday destinations such as malls and the Dallas Arboretum, as usual, will offer seasonal decorations and activities, the festivities will come with pandemic-inspired precautions: timed tickets, masking requirements, sanitizer stations, frequent cleanings, and, in some cases, plexiglass to help with social distancing. “Santa is going to be 6 feet away, but still offer a magical experience that families look forward to,” said Kelly Hunter, spokesperson for Galleria Dallas. The Galleria has a new Santa set shaped like a three-tiered sleigh with plexiglass separating families on the bottom level from Kris Kringle on the top. “When you take the photo, it looks like you’re in the sleigh with Santa,” Hunter said. Families will receive all the digital photos taken so they won’t have to spend time selecting them, she said. “We have taken extra steps to make the entire experience as touchless as possible.” To enhance the visit, parents making reservations can provide their child’s name and a few anticipated gifts.
LEFT: Galleria Dallas has a new Santa set that will help with social distancing and allow for photographs of families riding in the big guy’s sleigh. (PHOTO: COURTESY: GALLERIA DALLAS) RIGHT: NorthPark Center’s beloved longtime Santa returns this year, but, for safety reasons, his photo and storytime sessions will happen virtually, instead of in person. (PHOTO: COURTESY NORTHPARK CENTER) “The minute the child steps into the experience, Santa can address the child by name and say, ‘I know you’re looking forward to the new Barbie doll,”’ Hunter said. “The child can have a really cool conversation with Santa.” Encounters and photographs with Santa also will involve a see-through barrier at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Starting Nov. 27, he will occupy his house in The Christmas Village for photos every night as well as Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
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Pandemic precautions won’t prevent NorthPark Center from going overboard with Christmas decorations, though they will require making sessions and storytimes with the mall’s beloved Santa Claus virtual. Still, the Trains at NorthPark, a huge model train exhibit benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, returns with safety measures such as added cleaning
Health research pediatric illnesses, enhance patient care, and improve wellness for children. Santa’s famous tales from the North Pole will occur virtually also at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays beginning Nov. 28 at northparkcenter.com. “I am so excited to visit with all of the children I’ve gotten to know over my many years of being at NorthPark,” Santa said. “Bringing magic and wonder into the lives of children is more important than ever before. These virtual visits and storytimes from the North Pole will make our time together safe and enjoyable while taking special care of our friends at Children’s Health.”
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enough room for new photo ops and social distancing. Photos shot with integrated professional cameras and lighting, and images will be delivered instantly to visitors’ phones and available for print in the gift shop. Camera phones also should come in handy. Visit snowdaydallas.com.
Feel safer outside? Holiday at the Arboretum continues through the end of December at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The classic 12 Days of Christmas depicts the days in its beloved namesake carol with 25-foot tall Victorian-style gazebos. The Pauline and Austin Neuhoff Christmas Village, with 14 old-world European-style shops, opens the day after Thanksgiving. New this year: a 23-foottall German-built Christmas Pyramid with lighted motion on every level, an Edelweiss Haus for food and drinks, a chocolate shop, and a toy shop. Visit dallasarboretum.org. GALLERIA DALLAS
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“We will allow one family unit at a time inside the house,” said Terry Lendecker, vice president of advertising and promotions. “It’s the best COVID plan we have to have a live Santa.” A t N o r t h Pa r k Center, the mall’s renowned storytelling Santa will social distance so much his guests will remain in a separate room. Virtual encounters with Santa from his home at the North Pole begin Nov. 27 and include a shareable commemorative photo and video. All proceeds will help Children’s
Bringing magic and wonder into the lives of children is more important than ever before. NorthPark Santa
and social distancing guidelines. Visit thetrainsatnorthpark.com. The mall also remains a place for the Salvation Army Angel Tree effort to get gifts to those in need (ntxangeltree.org). It will feature the Bark + Build Pet Houses exhibit benefiting the SPCA of Texas, a Dallas Symphony Orchestra Mobile Concert (date to be determined), and other activities. Check northparkcenter.com.
Take a ‘Snowday’ It’s too early to predict a white Christmas (and I wouldn’t dare here, anyway), but Dallas gets SnowDay for the second consecutive year. The interactive experience filled with seasonal and zany photo opportunities drew 5,000 guests last year at the Plaza at Preston Center. This year Scot and Kristi Redman have moved the fun to Galleria Dallas. There they have 5,000-plus square feet, approaching double last year’s space and
Skate around the tree Galleria Dallas, decked in holiday décor, boasts the nation’s tallest indoor Christmas tree – 95 feet tall with 450,000-plus LED lights and more than 10,000 ball ornaments. A light show featuring the tree and holiday music occurs at noon daily and every two hours after until closing. Guests may skate around the tree through Jan. 3. Because of the pandemic, the mall will offer only one figure skating spectacular this year. The show, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, will benefit Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. Visit DCAC. org for tickets. Visit galleriadallas.com for information about pop-up entertainment, pet adoptions, photos with Santa, a cookbook signing with Chef Katie Dixon, Breakfast with Santa at American Girl, and the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Hanukkah Menorah Lighting occurs at 6 p.m. Dec. 10-18. – Compiled by William Taylor
Peacefulness on Earth, USA “And mamma in her’ kerchief, and I in my cap, had just settled down for a long winter’s nap…” – from “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore This December will complete one of the weirdest, longest years with the polarizing election and pandemic. A long winter’s nap sounds incredible, given the mental exhaustion of our LEN BOURLAND country. No doubt, the Yuletide season will be as muted as every other 2020 holiday: no parties, parades, pageants, chorales, and a slim Christmas for many. To keep spirits up, we might turn to Northern Europeans who have long cultivated a lifestyle to get through long, dark periods without much light. The Danes, measurably some of the most contented people, have developed the habit during the winter of hygge. It’s a bit difficult to translate, but it entails cultivating a sense of coziness, alone or with friends or family, while minimizing activity. It often involves snuggling under soft, warm blankets or quilts, sipping hot beverages, and enjoying snugness. In our society, it is probably identified as “cocooning” which may sound dreadful after so much lockdown and the attendant cabin fever. But it doesn’t involve activity. It’s warm nesting. No pressures. The Dutch, renowned for their industriousness and thrift, have found the same settling into contentedness with nikson. It roughly means what parents of teenagers dub laziness and wandering without direction, but maybe adolescents are on to something. Also, a very happy people, the Dutch feel the need to cultivate the art of purposefully doing nothing: restorative idleness. Nikson has no purpose as many do with meditation or centering. It’s about daydreaming, relaxing with no agenda, no pressure, no goals, no activity. No need to attain enlightenment or anything but deep rest. How different from our society needing to be entertained or to work, to produce, or to self-improve. It’s hard to be disappointed with no expectations. There is no “progress” in nikson. Instead of presents, maybe a trip to a country cabin to stare at a fire is what Santa will bring. Or in my case, I’ll be doing hygge by the hearth with my new puppy, Rascal. New life is also what Christmas is about. May everyone have the spirit of peace at the end of 2020. Maybe thus refreshed, we can come together as a people. Reach columnist Len Bourland at email@example.com.
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Meet Griffin Holtby: Your Friendly Neighborhood Rock Star
His latest music combines Greek mythology with themes of loss, love, addiction By Maddie Spera
People Newspapers If someone pulls up next to you at a red light in Preston Hollow — cigarette in hand, windows rolled down and blasting rock and roll — that could be Griffin Holtby. The 20-year-old musician with a blues-influenced power rock style has played at several Dallas venues, including House of Blues, Hard Rock Cafe, Curtain Club, and Trees. From an early age, the young talent developed a love for music.
I want it to help people not feel alone, to speak to people who are feeling down, or just be there for people who just want to rock out and drive fast. Griffin Holtby “We used to live in Mexico, and when we would drive there, my dad would bring his iPod,” Holtby said. “He started playing rock, like Cream, The Who, stuff like that. It was fun, just listening to music and making 16-hour car rides to Mexico.” Holtby’s skill first shined through while banging on pots and pans. A family friend noticed and urged Holtby’s parents to buy a real drum set. From there, Holtby went to music camps and programs and learned guitar, bass, and improved his singing. He attributes much of his success to teachers and artists he met along the way.
Griffin Holtby performs on a Sunday night at Louie Louie’s Piano Bar in Deep Ellum during Lock Johnson Playground, a showcase for artists. Visit griffinholtby.com to learn more about him and his music. (PHOTO: STEVE GLICK)
He attended St. Mark’s School of Texas, transferred to Parish Episcopal School, and credits his high school experiences, some painful, for who he is as an artist. “In high school, I started having problems with depression, anxiety, and addiction, and I had to leave St. Mark’s,” Holtby said. “There have been definite repercussions of that tough time in my life, and part of those repercussions is this closed-offness from the community. There’s a bit of a stuffiness in Dallas where nobody wants anyone to know what really goes on in their lives. The sad thing is that a time in my life where I was really hurting became, in the eyes of the public, just a time when I was being a really bad kid. And I wasn’t. I was just kind of lost.” The pain was not without purpose. Holtby uses his experiences while working on “The Hell Series,” an EP that includes songs about loss, relationships, love, and addiction while incorporating Greek mythology themes. “This EP is a lot about transgressions and morality,” Holtby said. “I also read a lot of Percy Jackson and was intrigued by these ideas about Hades and the underworld and all this mythology. I wanted this epic hero’s journey to be played through in an EP. And some of the songs do reflect the life that I was living at the time I wrote it and dealing with depression and addiction.” Holtby’s goal is for people to hear his music and feel heard and understood. “I play for hope, and that’s really what connects people,” Holtby said. “Hope is what drives this idea that music can change people’s hearts and minds. I want it to help people not feel alone, to speak to people who are feeling down or just be there for people who just want to rock out and drive fast. All of that encapsulates what I do.”
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‘How Am I Going to Feed People?’ Preston Hollow’s Anurag Jain talks about the pandemic-borne Get Shift Done By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers
When restaurants and shops across North Texas closed last spring as the pandemic hit, Preston Hollow’s Anurag Jain had one prevailing thought. “‘How am I going to feed people?’ was my immediate concern,” he said, adding that his involvement with the North Texas Food Bank made him keenly aware of how hard it was about to become for a lot of people.
I’ve met so many wonderful people, so many hardworking employees, generous donors, nonprofit and community leaders during these past months. They all jumped in and created something bigger than themselves. Anurag Jain Jain, who is chairman of Access Healthcare and managing partner of Perot Jain, worked with his business partner, Patrick Brandt of
Shiftsmart, to come up with a solution to twin issues - an increased need for the services many nonprofits like the NTFB provided and a lack of volunteer availability because of COVID-19. The result was Get Shift Done, which provided many suddenly unemployed with an income in exchange for working for those nonprofits. Launched in March, Get Shift Done has expanded to 10 additional cities and has helped serve more than 50 million meals, with 22,000 workers helping 110 nonprofit partners. Brandt’s connections to the restaurant industry, which Jain was well aware of since Perot Jain provided early seed money for Shiftsmart, helped propel the effort. We had a conversation with Jain about his efforts. An excerpt is provided below, and you can see the full discussion at peoplenewspapers.com. The pandemic hits in March, and suddenly a lot of people are out of a job and have no idea if that job will come back. What was your first thought? I knew by my involvement with North Texas Food Bank and other hunger-related organizations that 1 in 6 people in the United States were already requiring hunger relief assistance, and this number would increase due to shelter in place requirements and the unfortunate loss of work for many employees because of COVID. I assessed the concerns of food inventory, food supply, and whether the process of food
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Anurag Jain (right) of Perot Jain and Patrick Brandt of Shiftsmart created Get Shift Done, an effort to match those unemployed by the pandemic (and in need of a paycheck) with nonprofits needing help. (PHOTOS: COURTESY GET SHIFT DONE)
packaging would change because of COVID, but I seriously worried about where I would get the volunteers to help the NTFB distribute the food. Dallas has been known for being a giving town. Was it easy to get people on board with what is an out-of-the-box idea? Yes! Patrick and I have been involved in our community in various ways, so we had created great relationships over the years combined with our solid business reputations to make the ask and have an immediate and willing response of donations.
I’ve never been involved in something so heartfelt like Get Shift Done, and I am grateful for this opportunity to join others with kind and generous hearts and pocketbooks. I’m overwhelmed with emotions at times because of the impact this idea has had and the lives that have been touched. I’ve met so many wonderful people, so many hardworking employees, generous donors, nonprofit and community leaders during these past months. They all jumped in and created something bigger than themselves.
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Trains at NorthPark Mastermind Creates ‘Magical Little Worlds’ Enthusiast turns life-long love for all things railroad into a fun business, career By John Erickson
Special Contributor Growing up, Roger Farkash loved trains a lot – so much that he turned it into a full-time job. His first train was a windup one, but he also loved the trains that would pass his backyard. “When I was about 3 years old, my dad bought me a little windup train,” he said. “It’s got a little spring-loaded motor in it, and it was made by a company called Marx Toys, and it had a circle of track, and I would wind up that train and just run it and run it and run it and run it.”
It’s a job that you come to every day and never know what you’re going to be doing because we have new layouts and new customers, and every layout is different. Roger Farkash When the real-live trains would chug past his house, he would go outside and wave at the engineers. Now, he owns TW Trainworx and is in charge of getting the displays at the Trains at NorthPark ready every year.
Roger Farkash, owner of TW Trainworx, says it took three weeks to install the Trains at NorthPark display this year. (PHOTOS: COURTESY TW TRAINWORX) “We’ve been doing it for 10 years,” Farkash said. “And they’ve been doing the trains for, uh, gosh, I think it’s more than 30 years now” (33, according to thetrainsatnorthpark.com). This year he said six people (including him) worked to get everything set up. “We’ve been working on it for about three weeks this particular year because of the restrictions from COVID,” he said. “We weren’t able to do it all at one time. So it’s actually taken longer in weeks, but it was the same amount of hours. It actually went up pretty quick. And it’s ready to go.” Farkash used to live in New York, and he said that is why one part of the train display at NorthPark is his favorite.
“I think my favorite part is still the big centerpiece, which looks like a freight house, and it has New York City in it that has a Grand Central Terminal and the Brooklyn Bridge,” he said. “And that has been a very consistent show stopper. People always enjoy seeing that one, and I liked that one too, because I lived right near New York City for about 15 years, so I got to see all of those places that are on that layout and all the trains there were near my house.” When he is not at NorthPark setting up the trains there, Farkash works at his train company. He sets up displays for different events and for people who love trains. Some of his displays are very big, and some are small.
“We’ve got some really big layouts here,” he said. “Some are 40 feet long.” “We do it for people all over the United States,” he added. “It’s a lot of fun. It’s a job that you come to every day and never know what you’re going to be doing because we have new layouts and new customers, and every layout is different. So we create these magical little worlds for people all over the country and museums and displays like the NorthPark. “It’s a really fun career to have. I love every minute of it.” John Erickson, the son of deputy editor Bethany Erickson, attends Chapel Hill Preparatory, where he is in the fourth grade.
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LOCAL WOMEN MAKE CLEAN CREED TO SHOP LOCAL
‘Something different’ for shoppers looking to buy responsibly for the holidays By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers
ecessity, they say, is the mother of invention, and it’s certainly the case for a group of women who wanted to shop small and responsibly but were having a hard time pinning down exactly where one can do that. Amy Osteen and her friends weren’t on the front lines, really, but wanted to do something that would impact people affected by the pandemic. They landed on shopping small - doing most of their purchasing of everyday items from U.S.-owned small businesses, who have taken a hit.
We make it easy for our customers to shop U.S.-owned small businesses by categories they believe in – whether that’s woman-owned, minority-owned, family-owned, veteranowned, disabledowned, LGBT-owned, or teen-owned. Amy Osteen
Valerie Dillon, Kathy Fielder, and Amy Osteen have teamed up to form CleanCreed.com, a site devoted to helping consumers shop small businesses. (PHOTO: VICTOR AGUIRRE) “Unfortunately, shopping small wasn’t as easy as we thought,” Osteen said. “We spent hours upon hours researching companies online to find products where the bulk of the money would go back to U.S.-owned small businesses. “We were only limiting ourselves to products where the bulk of the money from the sale goes to a U.S.-owned small business with under 50 employees.” And even with those parameters, it was difficult to shop, Osteen said. “Because small businesses are run by regular people – not by algorithms,” she
said. “Small business products get lost in the big-budget advertisements, complex search algorithms, and worldwide content churned out from the big boys.” So Osteen, her mom Elaine, and her friend Valerie Dillon, who lives in Highland Park, decided to form CleanCreed.com, designed to help consumers intent on being intentional with their shopping dollars. Another friend, Mai Caldwell, a Preston Hollow resident, is an advisor. The Clean Creed the foursome came up with is an acronym: Care about the wellness of small businesses and our communities,
Lean in, Environment and economy are two sides of the same coin, Always honor diversity, and Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; it’s the only thing that ever has (which is a quote from Margaret Mead). “Amazon is here to stay. So is Etsy. So is Walmart. And every small business should take a hard look at selling on those platforms,” said Osteen. “But we have something different than those platforms. We make it easy for our customers to shop U.S.-owned small businesses by categories they believe in – whether that’s woman-owned, minority-owned, family-owned, veteran-owned, disabled-owned, LGBT-owned, or teenowned.” After announcing their plans on Facebook, the fledgling company got another boost - local entrepreneur Kathy Fielder took an interest and offered to work with them to expand. They’re taking Fielder’s advice and are planning to launch the site Dec. 1 - just in time for Christmas shopping. “Kathy saw our Facebook post, loved the idea, and contacted us with her ideas on how to expand what we are doing to include more categories and grow nationally,” Osteen said. “Kathy is one of Dallas’s most respected entrepreneurs, retailers, small business supporters, and a successful women-owned CEO. That made it an easy choice for us to bring her into the Clean Creed fold. No brainer.” The site is in beta until then, “but we welcome visitors and are adding new businesses,” she added.
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La Ligne Highland Park Village The 662-square-foot boutique serves as the second physical touchpoint for the brand’s stripes and classic, everyday essentials, following the opening of their first boutique on Madison Avenue in New York in May 2019. It’s the first stand-alone Dallas boutique for the brand.
Oak’d 5500 Greenville Ave. The new eatery showcases premium Central Texas barbecue with an emphasis on house-made and locally sourced items. Twin
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Young Creative Dabbler Jewels Clark Becomes Her Own CEO By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers
From writing to social media, music, photography, videography, and more, there aren’t many creative fields where Jewels Clark hasn’t dabbled. Influenced by an internship with Dallas Innovates and a year at a marketing agency, the University Park resident founded her creative consultancy at 22 while still studying public relations and journalism at Texas A&M University-Commerce. How To Be Social helps manage content creators, influencers, photographers, videographers, models, and others. “I started How To Be Social in the background,” the 23-year-old CEO said. “At the time, I was very involved in my creative community. One thing I thought we weren’t
Whether working on her laptop or showcasing her musical talents, Jewels Clark embraces her creativity. (PHOTOS: DIMAGGIO ESCOBEDO AND @STUDIOCRVZ). getting enough of is education (about) how to make money.” To help educate her fellow creatives, she’s hosted events, including for lawyers working with creative fields.
“We’ve put out a podcast, e-books, and we still do events,” she said. “Obviously, COVID has taken a hit on that.” Even during the pandemic, Clark said her company’s hosted
events on platforms like YouTube, Twitch, and Zoom, and hosted other creative entrepreneurs on an Instagram live series called Stay Social. Recently, Clark hosted and performed in Social Sounds, a livestreamed event with other musicians seeking to raise $5,000 for the performers. During Social Sounds, Clark performed her new single, “Seasons,” which she released on streaming platforms in October. “We all go through seasons of life. This song resonates with those early years of constantly questioning yourself. Am I doing what’s in line with who I truly am? This question has been an intrusive thought for the majority of my career. I want people to hope that things will get better and that better days will come. Everything you’re going through right now
is exactly as it’s meant to be. Just keep growing. Go with the flow and never question what brings you joy,” she said. She traces her interest in music and other creative pursuits to her family. “I thought growing up everyone was good at music – my uncle was a producer, my mom was a singer,” Clark said. “I thought if everyone else can do it, I can do it. When I got older, I realized this is a pretty non-normal thing.” Her mother’s situation as a single parent also motivates Clark. “She’s my drive today because I want to be able to give back to my mom.” Clark ended up writing music growing up but only started recording music this year, she said. “I just loved creating something out of nothing.”
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HOUSE OF THE MONTH
7785 Verbena Court
The Most Important House In Texas By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers
When building the Elbert Williams residence on McFarlin Boulevard around 1933, architect David R. Williams sought to inject Texas flair into a landscape dotted with European-imported styles. Local architects argue it remains the most important house built in Texas. The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society published a book, A House for Texas, documenting the home’s history with text by Dallas architect Larry Good and photos by Charles Davis Smith to raise awareness and support for the home at 3805 McFarlin Blvd. It was built in 1933 for then University Park Mayor Elbert Williams (no relation to the architect). In 1983, the Texas Society of Architects polled their membership about the 20 most important buildings in the state. They included the Alamo, Highland Park Village, the San Antonio Riverwalk – and the Elbert Williams house, the only private residence selected. “(David Williams) wanted to identify what would make an honest, Texas regional house, one that was not derived from Europe, and other times and places,” Good said. “For his inspiration, he went to the vernacular houses that the pioneers built in central Texas and south Texas in the 1800s... the Elbert Williams house is his masterwork. It’s the purest expression of that search for a modern Texas regionalism.” Good said the Elbert Williams home bears a lot of resemblance to the Carle house and store in Castroville. “In...this beautiful living room and
ituated steps from the Northaven Trail and the JCC, see this modern home full of designer finishes and updates. Custom grasscloth wallpapers, designer lighting, window treatments, and cool concrete flooring give this home the desirability it deserves. The open living area full of natural light lends itself to plenty of entertaining space. The gourmet kitchen features Kitchen-Aid built-in
virtually every other room in this house, David did these fabulous, skillful ways of letting the breezes come in and be vented out,” he continued. “In the era before air conditioning, he did about as much as anybody could do to create a comfortable house.” Smith said the house retains many of its original details. “This house is not only about generous proportions, well-proportioned rooms, but it’s the details, it’s the materials that were used, it’s how the materials meet differing materials, the craftsmanship, the woodwork,” he said. The Elbert Williams home was the last private home the architect designed. David Williams went into public practice working on affordable housing with the government during the Depression soon after. The home’s future is in doubt as it’s up for sale and doesn’t have landmark protections. “The salvation of this house is either going to be an owner savior who comes in and has the intention not to tear it down, or it would be the formation of some sort of Friends of the Elbert Williams house nonprofit of some sort that would raise the money to purchase it and preserve it,” Good said.
WHERE TO FIND ‘A HOUSE FOR TEXAS’ The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s website at www.pchps.org Interabang Books at 5600 W. Lovers Lane
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appliances, brushed gold hardware, and a sleek waterfall island. Find a heated pool with an outdoor shower, synthetic turf, and a private patio making for a low maintenance outdoor living space in the backyard. Tesla solar panels and spray foam insulation keep energy costs down, plus an epoxy garage floor and plenty of storage round out this home’s list of attractive amenities.
A new book, A House For Texas, focuses on the Elbert Williams home at 3805 McFarlin. (PHOTO: CHARLES DAVIS SMITH)
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HOCKAMASKS HELP REFUGEES
Students put traditional pleated, plaid skirt fabrics to new uses for health care workers
TOP, FROM LEFT: Sew Masks Save Doctors co-founders Tia Hsieh and Jade Nguyen. BOTTOM: Volunteers Emma Ortman and Reenu Malhotra. (PHOTOS: COURTESY SEW MASKS SAVE DOCTORS)
By Kelsey Shoemaker People Newspapers
couple of Hockaday School students responded to the pandemic by creating a nonprofit and giving it a four-word name that tells perhaps half its story. To get a fuller picture of Sew Masks Save Doctors (SMSD), you might add something like Support Refugees and Hockaday Style. “When COVID-19 hit, we knew we wanted to provide financial stability to vulnerable communities, especially the refugee community while simultaneously providing the PPE that frontline workers need during the pandemic,” co-founder Tia Hsieh said. She and co-founder Jade Nguyen had helped the refugee community previously through Heart House at Northwest Community Center. In forming SMSD, they partnered with nonprofit Vickery Trading Company, which employs refugee women who sew masks from donated fabrics for healthcare
providers and other frontline workers. Since launching in the spring, SMSD has raised more than $11,000 and donated more than 800 masks. To raise money, the students launched the Hockamask Project. The sustainable effort repurposes fabrics from donated school uniforms to make plaid, pleated masks like the school’s traditional skirt. Campus volunteers help collect and cut the fabric and elastic.
Whether it’s refugee women, refugee children, or frontline workers, we want to unite the Dallas community during the pandemic. Tia Hsieh “We want to keep our business going and keep on selling our Hockamasks to
create enough money for refugee women,” Hockamasks manager Riya Malhotra said. SMSD has also created a podcast to bring awareness to refugee women. “We do refugee podcast interviews over their experiences, individual stories, and what they’ve gone through,” Hsieh said. “It’s not about the money we are trying to raise, but the stories we are trying to spread. Whether it’s refugee women, refugee children, or frontline workers, we want to unite the Dallas community during the pandemic.” Hospital workers have been appreciative, SMSD director of communications Emilia Callahan said. “We send masks, and they send pictures of them wearing them, and it shows what a difference we’re making and how happy they are to be receiving our stuff.”
HOW TO HELP Visit sewmaskssavedoctors.com to donate, volunteer, or make a purchase. Hockamasks are $18. Daisy masks are $12.99.
Three Money Skills All Teens Need When high schoolers head off to college, they are taking a big step towards independence and adulthood. During this transition, they will need to figure out how to live on their own and make their own decisions. One of the life skills they will need to learn is how to manage their finances, even if their parents are footing the full cost of colL I B BY M AG L I O LO lege. For most students, this is a big change from living under their parents’ roof where all the financial activities such as paying the bills and shopping for groceries are made by others. Away at college, students left to make these financial decisions on their own often make poor choices – the consequences of which can stay with them for years. To ensure your student starts early adult life on the right financial foot, make sure they have a good understanding of these topics: • How Debt Works and Student Loans: The average undergraduate leaves college with about $30,000 in student loan debt, and if they repay that debt over a standard 10-year term, they will end up paying about $9,500 in interest. College graduates are often surprised by the amount of interest they end up paying and by how long loan repayment can remain a large part of their post-college budget. Make sure your students understand the total cost of borrowing (principal + interest) and that they are responsible for paying any borrowed money back. • How to Use a Credit Card: Similar to student loans, credit card debt can stick with your student long after the purchases they made with that card. When using their first credit card, many students do not understand that they are essentially taking out a very high-interest loan, and many get into debt that takes them years to pay off. Start your students off with a debit card, limiting their spending to what is in their checking account. It will give them good practice without the possible downsides of debt and overspending. • How to Create a Budget: Learning how to budget is such an essential skill because it introduces the idea of making a plan for your money and keeping track of your spending. Even if they don’t put together a formal budget, encourage your student to download an app like Mint that automatically tracks their spending for them. Budgeting and financial goal-setting are much easier once they have a good idea of where their money is going. These three areas are so important because the effects of loans, debt, and daily spending habits can stay with your student for years or even decades after they graduate college. Ensuring that they understand these skills and the implications of their financial decisions will set them on the right path towards building a solid financial foundation as a young adult. Libby Magliolo, an alumna of the SMU Cox MBA program, leads a Southwest Airlines sales training team. Outside of work, she teaches teens and college students about personal finance fundamentals.
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Boy Scout Troop 125 Introduces New Eagles Eight more Boy Scouts from Troop 125, sponsored by Grace Bible Church, have achieved the rank of Eagle, the highest and most distinguished rank in Scouting: Andrew Scott Charlton, son of Scott and Sharon Charlton, a junior at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. His Eagle Project: He and his team organized hundreds of books by grade level and built five book shelves for the new office of Catch Up and Read, a nonprofit that helps at-risk elementary students read on grade level by third grade. Keaton Charles Cheves, son of Brad and Angela Cheves, a junior at the Shelton School in Dallas. His Eagle Project: He built bookshelves, bought new books, and rearranged the layout to create a better safer waiting area for patients and their families in the Christ’s Family Clinic at Preston Road Church of Christ, where volunteer doctors and nurses help those who do not have medical insurance. Hunter Thomas Holmes, son of Steven and Kacy Holmes of Dallas, is a senior at J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson. His Eagle project: He and his team beautified the playground for the Early Learning Center in Richardson by clearing brush, planting shrubs, and constructing a fence to hide a multi-ton HVAC system from view. Eliot Eppes Kerlin III, son of Corrie and Eliot Kerlin Jr., of Dallas, is a senior at The Covenant School. His Eagle project: He built two picnic tables to support out-
door gatherings and socially distanced classes at For The Nations Refugee Outreach Center in Richardson. John Humann Kilpatrick, son of Jeff and Lisa Kilpatrick, a junior at Highland Park High School. His Eagle project: John raised funds to pay for three sets of benches and outdoor tables with umbrellas and provided game boards so seniors living at Gurley Place could have an outdoor gathering place at the Jubilee Park and Community Center. Ethan Leal, son of Abel and Marcie Leal of Dallas, is a senior at The Covenant School of Dallas. His Eagle project: He built a fence for Casa Del Lago, a faith based organization serving Bachman Lake Families with educational, emotional, and material tools for transforming their community. Jack Gaston McNeill, son of Scott and Erin McNeill, a senior at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison. His Eagle project: Jack chose to help Cornerstone Baptist Church in South Dallas for his Eagle Scout Project. His project was building a storage hutch for Cornerstone’s Homeless Food Kitchen. He led a team in constructing the hutch and installing it in the food kitchen. Gantt Harrison Walton Jr., son of Gantt and Elizabeth Walton, a junior at Highland Park High School. His Eagle Project: Harrison built two replacement worktables in the teachers’ workroom at the David’s Place Head-Start preschool within Jubilee Park and built a wooden bench so teachers could rest outside.
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Dallas Education Foundation Wraps Up Wild Year, Kicks Off Annual Campaign
Work doesn’t end with addressing tornado, pandemic; goals include promoting innovation By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers
It’s been a wild year for the reborn Dallas Education Foundation. When it re-launched after dormancy in 2019, nobody could imagine that just a few weeks later, a tornado would immediately spur the organization into action to help the Dallas ISD schools impacted by it. Then the pandemic hit, schools closed, and inequities in access to everything from learning assistance to even the internet came roaring to the forefront.
We need a strong school system to have a strong city - it’s that simple. And we do. Lynn McBee “As a result of this pandemic, it has exposed that some of our kids don’t have access to the stuff that they need to be able to per-
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A $1 million donation from HEB and Central Market was a great shot in the arm, but the Dallas Education Foundation’s annual campaign is still an important fundraiser. Find out more at FutureofDallas.org. (PHOTO: BETHANY ERICKSON) form and compete academically,” said Dallas ISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa in September. The foundation immediately stepped in, raising money and providing WiFi hot spots to families who did not have adequate internet access. “Since October 2019, the foundation has donated over $1.5 million to Dallas ISD to address the needs of our students, teachers, and schools,”
foundation executive director Mita Havlick said. “We are especially proud of our efficient operating model, which results in nearly 98% of our donor dollars directly going to support our district.” The foundation kicked off its annual campaign in November. Dallas director of cultural affairs Jennifer Scripps chairs a committee that includes Young Women’s Preparatory Network
CEO Lynn McBee, United to Learn CEO Abby Williams, and Mary Kay Global Public Affairs executive Theresa Flores. McBee said that her involvement came because she believes that the district is doing good work. “I think if there’s one thing that I would love for us to start having discussion around is people really need to understand how good this district is,” she
said, adding that in pre-COVID days when cocktail parties were happening, it wasn’t uncommon to hear disparaging remarks about the district. “I want to change that dialogue because we’re doing some really great things at all of our schools of choice, P-Tech, all the strong magnets, all of our schools - there is opportunity for kids to learn. It’s just an old narrative that we need to start changing. It’s just simply not true either.” Although the foundation is working to put out the many metaphorical fires that have cropped up because of the pandemic, McBee said the board is really looking forward to a future where the fundraising also goes to innovation and to helping the district not so much compete with private schools, but to be able to offer the same kind of access to opportunities. “We need a strong school system to have a strong city - it’s that simple,” McBee said. “And we do. We’re growing and getting stronger. And the Dallas Education Foundation is going to be there to support the district when they want to do something that is innovative and new.”
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Overheating about tattoos? Tattoos can sag with age, perpetuate the name of a regrettable ex, or reveal an embarrassing inability to spell. If that’s not enough downsides, there’s this: They may also impair sweating, according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. “Any damage to eccrine (sweat) glands within the skin can impair sweating response and potentially increase the risk of overheating if the damage covers a large enough body surface area,” said research team member Scott L. Davis. Davis, associate professor in applied physiology and wellness at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development, collaborated with researchers from Alma College, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Researchers determined sweating rates in the upper and lower arms of people with tattoos by comparing at least 5.6 square centimeters of tattooed skin with adjacent
LEFT: Scott L. Davis, associate professor in applied physiology and wellness at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development, studies the impact of tattoos on sweating. (PHOTO: COURTESY SMU) RIGHT: The Black Power Naps Park exhibit at Sweet Pass Sculpture Park west of downtown offers hammocks and mounds of grass as places to rest. Check it out, weather permitting, from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through Dec. 10. Email email@example.com for an appointment. (PHOTO: CIARA ELLE BRYANT) non-tattooed skin. Ten people – both men and women – participated in the study. The findings suggest that even though nerve signals to sweat glands weren’t affected in tattooed skin, the sweat glands were likely damaged during tattooing. Applying a tattoo typically requires puncturing the skin with needles 50 to 3,000 times per minute, at a depth of 1-5 millimeters, which could result in sweat gland damage.
Naptime with ‘Healing Pieces’ Three artworks debuted this fall in Dallas as the first iteration of “Healing Pieces: Offerings of Art, Expression, and Nature.” The SMU Meadows School of the Arts’ Ignite/Arts Dallas program is leading the collaborative multi-year arts and engagement initiative with partner organizations and individuals.
Healing Pieces explores how architecture, green space, urban planning, and community development can transform the city and help Dallas enter conversations that encourage understanding and stimulate meaningful change across race, culture, geography, criminal and environmental justice reform, and urbanism. Black Power Naps Park/Parque Siestas Negras offers rest as a form of reparation. The interactive outdoor installation features hammocks and mounds of grass in yonic shapes amid a serene soundscape of wind chimes and a soothing playlist at Sweet Pass Sculpture Park. “It invites visitors to lounge, reclaim idleness and consider the power and energy that has been exhausted from those who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color,” artists Navild Acosta and Fannie Sosa said. Project Witness, a free augmented reality
experience, promotes awareness of the conditions of childhood incarceration. Accessible via smartphone at six locations around West Commerce Street and Riverfront Boulevard near the Dallas County Criminal Court and North Tower Detention Facility, it depicts the extreme forms of punishment imposed on incarcerated children in the U.S. The 2021 Healing Pieces Action Calendar, from publishing initiative RISO BAR, features literary and visual artwork by formerly and currently imprisoned people, images of the Trinity River from the time of the indigenous Caddo people, and new developments taking place around the river. The calendar will be available in December via risobar.net. For details about a Healing Pieces symposium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8, visit healingpieces.art. – Compiled by William Taylor
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Greenhill Senior One of the Heroes for Children
Carter Weinstein honored as Leader of the Year for teen board contributions ago, serving two years as its president then became chair of the board’s Hospital Playroom program with Children’s Medical Center. He continues to serve in an ex-officio capacity. After starting with 50 students, the teen board to about 150 members, and HFC honored Weinstein this fall with its Leader of the Year award. The awards ceremony was held virtually. “It was certainly a different experience,” Weinstein said. “Normally I would be giving an address in a ballroom.” HFC’s financial programs help families with medical bills, and its social programs aim to give families a day away from the stress and worry of cancer care. “We sort of build a sense of normalcy they seldom get, which is the overall message of Heroes in general,” Weinstein said. Teen board volunteers work on such programs as Holiday Heroes, a Valentine’s Dinner, Spring Fling party, and Movie Day. “There’s a playroom at our local children’s hospital here where the kids who are battling cancer (can) go play Xbox and (have) lots of different choices,” Weinstein said. Heroes For Children has raised donations
by partnering with sports teams such as the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Cowboys and conducting an annual auction in cooperation with designer stores. “It’s amazing, and anyone can get involved in the auction, and (it’s) a good way for the organization to get revenue and overall donations,” Weinstein said. “I would say the city of Dallas and Texas at large has been incredibly helpful for growing this organization, and it’s only going to continue to grow even larger.”
We sort of build a sense of normalcy they seldom get, which is the overall message of Heroes in general. Carter Weinstein
FROM LEFT: Heroes for Children leaders Megan Yagelski, North Texas director; Larissa Linton, founder; Carter Weinstein, teen board founder, and David Hancock, executive director. (PHOTO: COURTESY HEROES FOR CHILDREN)
By Kelsey Shoemaker People Newspapers
For Greenhill High School senior Carter Weinstein, thankfulness looks like service – service to families battling childhood cancer. “I’ve lost several friends to cancer, and I know people who had cancer previously
and come out in remission, which has been incredible,” he said. “I kind of wanted to give back in a way to show how thankful I am for those around me that have survived and for those who didn’t.” After a friend was diagnosed with lymphoma, Weinstein got involved with Dallas nonprofit Heroes for Children. Weinstein began the teen board for HFC four years
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heads a lot, and interact in a complex world (Crossing busy streets, bending down and picking up grandchildren, turning our heads quickly to notice something interesting). Hospital stays do not offer much of these, so it is not uncommon for people to suffer from dizziness and balance problems for months and even years afterwards.
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FIRST IMPRESSION: WR DEJON BAKER STARTS FAST FOR LONGHORNS
Former Hillcrest standout enjoying senior year playoff chase with W.T. White By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers
ejon Baker gets to the end zone in a hurry, and not just because of his foot speed. In three of his team’s first four games this season, the W.T. White senior reached the end zone on the Longhorns’ opening play. That included a 60-yard reception against Richardson Berkner, a kickoff return versus Wilmer-Hutchins, and a 62-yard catch to jump-start a win over Sunset. “You want to design ways to get playmakers the ball, and he’s one of our top playmakers,” said WTW head coach Tony Johnson. “He’s in the right offense for his skill set. He’s managed to make that great connection with his quarterbacks.” Baker has become known for making a quick impression on opponents. But the same holds true for his teammates and coaches, who noticed how he fit in immediately after moving into the WTW attendance zone during the offseason.
“This is the most chemistry I’ve had,” Baker said. “The whole team mostly chills with each other.” Last season, Baker led Hillcrest with 715 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. He should surpass those numbers with the Longhorns, who are on pace to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and finish with a winning record for the first time in two decades. “It was kind of tough to leave [Hillcrest], but I really feel locked-in this year,” Baker said. “I feel like we’re going to get better toward the end. We’re making history. For us it would be something special.” While preparing for his senior year at a new school, Baker didn’t allow the COVID-19 pandemic
to slow him down. In addition to informal small-group workouts on the field and in a makeshift garage weight room with his new teammates, he played 7-on-7 football and basketball. For the first time since elementary school, Baker even competed in a summer soccer league after a friend recommended it to improve stamina and footwork. As one of several additions to WTW’s versatile collection of skill players, Baker has pushed his fellow receivers to get better from the moment he arrived, his coach said. “He has a playful, relaxed, go-with-the-flow mindset. He doesn’t let anything faze him,” Johnson said. “His temperament tends to be low-key, but when the lights come on, he’s a gamer.”
This is the most chemistry I’ve had. The whole team mostly chills with each other. Dejon Baker
Hillcrest transfer Dejon Baker caught a touchdown pass on the very first play for W.T. White this season. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY)
Ex-Jesuit Sharpshooter Making Immediate Impact at ORU
Expectations grow with Max Abmas named preseason second-team all-conference By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers
Two years ago, Max Abmas was a senior who rarely left the court for a Jesuit team that nearly reached the Class 6A state tournament. Last season, he was the only freshman on the roster at Oral Roberts University, forced to grind for every minute he got. While many players struggle with that transition at the NCAA Division I level, Abmas found a niche and flourished, becoming one of the top perimeter shooters for the Golden Eagles and earning the trust of his older teammates in the process. “In college, you’re the new guy on campus, so nothing is given to you. I had to work for everything,” Abmas said. “My goal was to get better every day in practice and do whatever I could to help my team win.” Abmas wound up as one of only two players to start all 31 games last season for ORU in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was third on the team in scoring at 14.5 points per game and was named to the Summit League postseason All-Newcomer team. The key was his ability to hit 3-pointers. Abmas canned 87 of them, or the seventh-most of any player in a single season in school history. He accounted for more than one-third of the entire squad’s output from beyond the arc.
In college, you’re the new guy on campus, so nothing is given to you. I had to work for everything. Max Abmas
Ex-Jesuit standout Max Abmas started all 31 games and helped Oral Roberts finish fourth in the Summit League standings last season. (PHOTO: COURTESY ORU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS)
“You have returners who have performed at a high level for years. You’re not going to come in being the No. 1 guy. You have to do little things to separate yourself,” said Abmas, whose major is biomedical chemistry. “My teammates put me in position to take open shots.” After scoring 14 points in front of a hostile crowd during a season-opening loss
to Oklahoma State, his confidence grew. The next game, Abmas made six 3-pointers against Houston Baptist. A week after that, he poured in 25 points on the road against Iowa. But the highlight for Abmas might have come in ORU’s home finale against Purdue Fort Wayne when he threw an alley-oop pass for a dunk by Emmanuel Nzekwesi in the
closing seconds to help seal a thrilling victory. This year, as Abmas shifts from newcomer to leader, expectations are heightened, too. He was named as a Summit League preseason second-team all-conference selection. “Last year, I got some good experience, so I know what to expect,” Abmas said. “The goal ultimately is to win a conference championship.”
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PARTY HOPPING: MANY STILL FIND WAYS TO SERVE
FROM LEFT: Bonnie Clinton, A. Shonn Brown, DJ Poizon Ivy, Cynt Marshall, and Roslyn Dawson Thompson during the Texas Women’s Foundation virtual luncheon. (Photo: Texas Women’s Foundation)
FRONT, FROM LEFT: Kunthear Mam-Douglas, Empress Gilbert, Regina Bruce, and Tammany Stern. BACK ROW: Aaron Daffern, C’Mone Wingo, Christina Szarzynski, Judy Castro, Monica Aguilar, Carla Russo, and Jesus Camposeco at Dallas Magnolias back-to-school drive. (Photo: Danny Campbell Photography)
FROM LEFT: Robert L. Gates, Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Ray L. Hunt at the H. Neil Mallon Award program. (Photo: World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth)
FROM LEFT: Tony Carimi, Pete Hodges, Laura Boelscher, Ellen Hatcher, and Patrick Huston at Park Place Dealerships. (Photo: Rhi Lee) What’s your superpower? Award-winning actress, director, producer, author, and activist America Ferrera sees everyone’s unique identity as a superpower, not an obstacle. She shared that during the Texas Women’s Foundation’s 35th annual Luncheon on Sept. 29. The virtual event raised more than $926,000 for the foundation while bringing together online 2,000+ influential business and philanthropic leaders. Another 11,000 people checked out a recording of it within 24 hours. “The Foundation chose the theme ‘Texas For All’ to reinforce the need to build more inclusive and equitable communities,” explained Roslyn Dawson Thompson, foundation president and CEO. You get a backpack The Dallas Magnolias, a new group of community volunteers and business leaders formed to inspire, motivate, and support
women in the workplace, home, and through philanthropic causes, held an inaugural backto-school drive. “Education does not stop because of COVID-19, and caring and nurturing does not stop, either,” said Regina Bruce, event chair and founding board member. The drive provided the funds to purchase more than 11,000 items and fill more than 300 backpacks to help homeless and underserved pre-kindergarteners through second graders at the David G. Burnet Elementary and Lee A. McShan Elementary school in Dallas. The Magnolias delivered the donations Oct. 2 to the Dallas Police Association. Honoring Hutchinson The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth presented the 37th annual H. Neil Mallon Award to Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison, live streaming it Oct. 9 for underwriters and supporters. The annual award, named for the late chairman of Dresser Industries and founder
FROM LEFT: Caren Lock, Sejal Desai, and Cynthia Yung of the Orchid Giving Circle. (Photo: Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation) of the council in 1951, honors those who have excelled at promoting the international focus of North Texas. Hutchison, elected in 1993 as Texas’ first female U.S. senator, has represented the U.S. to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization since 2017. The Galveston native is a longtime resident of Dallas. The fast and the generous One of the likely quietest Porsche test drives ever raised $2,500 for Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. Park Place Porsche Dallas held the Porsche Taycan test drive on Oct. 10, donating $100 for each participating motorist. When you press the ‘start’ button on the all-electric Porsche Taycan, there’s no rumble – not even a purr – but the stylish sedan effortlessly rockets from 0-to-60 in less than three seconds. A culture of giving The Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women’s
Foundation celebrated its sixth year Oct. 16 with a virtual Grantee Celebration, distributing $202,000 in grants to 13 nonprofits that serve the North Texas Asian community. Orchid members, representing a wide range of Asian cultures, aim to increase awareness of the local Asian population, its needs, and philanthropic opportunities. Visit txwf.org/orchid-giving-circle/ to learn more. “We are honored to serve the North Texas Asian community alongside other women’s giving circles who focus on communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic,” chair Cynthia Yung said. “Now more than ever, our collective efforts to provide grants that directly support our most vulnerable communities is crucial.” – Compiled by William Taylor
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Although 2020 has presented unique challenges, our mission remains unchanged: raising funds to serve vulnerable children in our community. Tucker Enthoven
CRYSTAL CHARITY BALL FUNDRAISING MOVES ONLINE FOR 2020 While the COVID-19 pandemic prompted organizers to cancel the in-person ball for 2020, fundraising will continue online. (2019 CRYSTAL CHARITY BALL PHOTO BY HOLT HAYNSWORTH AND DANA DRIENSK)
By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancelation of many in-person events this year, including the Crystal Charity Ball,
but fundraising for underserved children in Dallas County is continuing online. To participate in an online silent auction from 9 a.m. Dec. 2 until 5 p.m. Dec. 6 register with a credit card via the auction link at
www.crystalcharityball.org. The silent auction will feature more than 130 luxury packages in six categories: travel, fine jewelry, sports and experiences, fashion and wellness, dining, and home and garden. Contribution tickets are available
Contribution tickets offer the chance to win one of four prizes, including A 2021 Lexus LC500 Convertible, a $25,000 pre-paid Visa Card, a $20,000 gift certificate to Stanley Korshak, and an $11,000 jewelry package, compliments of Eiseman Jewels NorthPark Center. Since 1952, Crystal Charity has helped support children’s charities in Dallas County, according to its
Beneficiaries Ability Connection
The Commitment: $1,257,650 Since 1954, Ability Connection has served children and adults with disabilities. Social distancing regulations forced the agency to terminate its adult life and job skills training programs, resulting in a significant income loss.
Catch Up and Read
The Commitment: $951,434 Catch Up and Read equips atrisk elementary school students to read at or above grade level by third grade and does so with free teacher training and direct student tutoring. The agency pivoted during the pandemic to support online learning. Challenges include shared workspaces and teachers juggling work responsibilities with homeschooling of their children. The agency also sent books home with students and hosted peer video-conferencing to share best practices among executive directors, principals, and teachers.
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Center for Vision Health
The Commitment: $964,204 Center for Vision Health provides vision services to low-income children and adults living in North Texas, including comprehensive, dilated eye exams and eyeglasses. The center closed on March 24 because of the virus but reopened May 4. No revenue came in during the closure, although staff remained on the payroll.
Children’s Medical Center Foundation
The Commitment: $1,179,000 Children’s Health is the leading pediatric healthcare system and only academically affiliated healthcare organization dedicated exclusively to the comprehensive care for children in North Texas. The pandemic led to increased demand for
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Center For Vision Health personal protective equipment and supplies, while curtailment of elective procedures reduced revenue.
Foundation for the Callier Center for Communication Disorders The Commitment: $997,996
Since 1963, the UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders has provided leading-edge clinical services to children with communication disorders. Callier turns meaningful and innovative basic and applied research into new treatments and technologies and trains the next generation of caring clinical providers. For the first time since its founding in 1963, Callier closed to in-person appointments due to the pandemic. Most insurance will not reimburse for remote operations,
resulting in a severe shortfall in revenue.
Healing Hands Ministries The Commitment: $650,000
The faith-based Healing Hands Ministries (HHM) serves uninsured and underinsured families with a full suite of care, including family practice, pediatrics, obstetric, dental, behavioral and mental health, and vision care. Supply costs for protective gear and equipment soared. But family practice appointments faced a 76% cancellation rate. In addition to revenue loss, concerns grow about pediatric immunization schedules.
Mommies in Need Inc.
The Commitment: $970,846 Founded in 2014, Mommies In Need provides free in-home child-
website. Members of The Crystal Charity Ball Committee have distributed more than $157 million to 148 worthy beneficiaries over the past 68 years. “Through the years, we have thanked our generous foundations, corporate and individual donors by hosting a black-tie gala held in December. 2020 began with our meticulous, experienced Ball planning team working full steam ahead, but early spring brought an international pandemic to our doorstep,” Ball chair Tucker Enthoven said in a statement. “Although 2020 has presented unique challenges, our mission remains unchanged: raising funds to serve vulnerable children in our community. Our eight Beneficiaries have shown inspiring grit, creativity, and resilience in continuing to provide vital services to children in the areas of health, education, and social services while managing economic challenges caused by the pandemic.” The Crystal Charity Ball Committee committed to raising $7.87 million in 2020, and organizers say they plan to distribute those funds in March of 2021. care to caregivers going through healthcare crises. The in-home nanny service provided by Mommies in Need pivoted to providing childcare to first responders and hospital workers during the pandemic. The agency also is piloting a Mommies in Need Virtual Community that utilizes trained nannies to provide compelling inhome programming that gives parents going through a health crisis a much-needed break.
North Texas Food Bank The Commitment: $898,890
Founded in 1982, North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) provides access to nearly 77 million nutritious meals annually for hungry children, families, and seniors through a network of more than 200 partner agencies across 13 counties. The Food Bank is considered critical infrastructure and thus remains open to staff and volunteers. The agency is working with school districts to ensure continuity of their Food 4 Kids program and their School Pantry Program.
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NEVER FEAR COLOR; CHRISTMAS DECORATING TIME IS NEAR
Dunbar Road Design offers a variety of travel-inspired wreaths and garlands for the holidays. (PHOTOS: COSTA CHRIST MEDIA)
By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers
any will look to holiday decor to provide a bit of cheer and color at home during a time when people are spending more time there amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Carla Fonts Hrncir, owner of Dunbar Road Design, says don’t be afraid of vibrant color in holiday home decor. The Dallas company, founded in 2016, uses designs heavily inspired by the grandeur and vivid colors of Fonts Hrncir’s former family home on Dunbar Road in Palm Beach, Florida. Christmas trees especially present a way to showcase individuality, family ornaments, and creativity. “I don’t think you can ever overdo a tree,” Fonts Hrncir said of Christmas
decorating. “Let the decorations speak for themselves. If you do a garland and a wreath and put one thing on your coffee table, like a small Santa...the garland and the wreath are so exquisite, that’s what shows Christmas right there.” She said wreaths and garlands could be made to suit many different design tastes. “I love wreaths and garlands because they’re so versatile. You can put them on a front door, you can put them behind a chair in the dining room, you can put (the garlands) around the fireplace, you can put them around the doorway, you can put them up the stairway,” Fonts Hrncir said. “It’s such a beautiful way to decorate your home... it’s actually less clutter and more elegance.”
She said scented candles and poinsettias could also elevate holiday home design. “Add real poinsettias around your fireplace or around the house...then you’ve got some nature inside the house. You just kind of feel like you’re inside a Christmas garden,” Fonts Hrncir said. “I also love adding different colors of poinsettias to add shades of Christmas colors. They help transition from one room into another.” She said her mother enjoyed decorating her childhood home for Christmas and that experience also inspires her interior design. “I grew up with my mom going all out for Christmas,” Fonts Hrncir said. “It’s an exquisite dinner, and she puts out her finest
I don’t think you can ever overdo a tree. Carla Fonts Hrncir
china and her crystal. I grew up with that and just thought that that’s what I try to give clients.”
BEST TIPS FOR H O L I D AY D E C O R A T I N G ? • Set the table with all of your Christmas dishes for the whole month of December and not just on the actual day. • Put away little trinkets (coffee table books, etc.) - it will look less cluttered and clean and allows your decorations to speak for themselves. • Change out your pillows to holiday pillows.
Urban Gardener Cultivates Hope, Produce, Community in Your Backyards By Kelsey Shoemaker People Newspapers
Professional vegetable grower Kate Olsen pulled up her Napa Valley roots and moved to Dallas where she’s sharing lessons gleaned while urban gardening for a world-class restaurant. Lessons like: Backyards don’t need to be measured in acres to produce satisfying food and cultivating experiences. “If we can understand what you’re looking for, I can help you curate a small space to hopefully meet your goals and teach you about it along the way,” Olsen said. “I learned about farming by way of talking to farmers and being employed on the team and just doing it and getting my hands in the soil.” Her experiences include working for a California Montessori school, where she taught children basic agriculture and how to provide fresh produce for dinners. Later, Olsen spent five years tasked with the culinary garden and provided fresh herbs, flowers, and
produce to the French Laundry restaurant under chef Thomas Keller. “A lot of my mentors were chefs. Thomas Keller, in particular, was a huge influence and continues to be today on my mindset, my diligence, and my trade,” Olsen said.
The hope is when we plant the seeds, how many days later, we will be able to harvest the fruits of our labor. Kate Olsen Looking for a new adventure, she came to Dallas, where she has a sister, and began helping customers with renewed interest in gardening, “especially in these days where we’re spending so much time at home.” University Park blogger Mary Meier-Evans, a People Newspapers contributor,
Urban farmer Kate Olsen helps homeowners with their vegetable gardens. Reach her at email@example.com. (COURTESY PHOTO) bragged online about the “amazing” results in her backyard. “For Kate, growing vegetables and herbs
is not simply a way to supply a world-class restaurant,” Meier-Evans wrote. “Urban Gardening is an expression of her personal philosophy.” Olsen sees the potential for meals to create community; gardens to cultivate responsibility, mindfulness, and a sense of purpose; and gardening to create curiosity leading to research and discovery. “Farming is important for me because it relays back to the development of community around important parts of culture,” Olsen said. She gets excited about helping people grow together while producing food for their meals. While Olsen plans on helping others reach their personal goals in backyard gardening, she also wants to own a farm one day. “The hope is when we plant the seeds, how many days later, we will be able to harvest the fruits of our labor,” she said. “For me, as a farmer, that’s always been something that’s been like a mediation. What I do today matters – tomorrow it matters, a season it matters – a year from now.”
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Doctor Visits During COVID-19 Mean Increased Safety Protocols
Some make strides with telemedicine, but not much dentistry can happen on the phone By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers
From virtual consultations to increased safety protocols, visits to the dentist or dermatologist, like everything else, are different in the time of COVID-19. Dr. Michael Rainwater said dental work first got delayed because of the prohibition of elective procedures in March and April.
I tell staff, ‘We’ve got to spend extra time, in a sense, smiling with our eyes or using nonverbal communication to make sure we’re providing care in a comfortable way.’ Dr. Michael Rainwater “We have a backlog in a sense of patients for routine cleaning, and then we did have an increase backlog of patients with emergency care,” Rainwater said. “It’s been kind of a unique time of patients that normally would come in quickly to get their work done, but weren’t able to.” He said dentists have noticed an in-
FROM LEFT: Dentists like Dr. Michael Rainwater and dermatologists like Dr. Ramya Kolllipara are taking precautions during the pandemic. (PHOTOS: PIXABAY, COURTESY, AND WESTLAKE DERMATOLOGY) crease in stress-related dental problems. “We’ve had an increased number of patients chipping or breaking teeth, possibly due to grinding and clenching and stress involved,” Rainwater said. “I’ve had an increased number of (patients with) mouth ulcers from changes in diet.” His office has taken such precautions as introducing air purifying and fogging systems, eliminating the use of the waiting room, and pre-screening patients over the phone as they’re making an appointment. Patients and staff also have their
temperature checked as they enter the office, where masks are required at all times. “One of the difficulties is providing comfortable care to patients when we introduce procedures like we lock our front door,” Rainwater said. “We greet patients with protective personal equipment at the initial greeting with a mask and a shield on. I tell staff, ‘We’ve got to spend extra time, in a sense, smiling with our eyes or using nonverbal communication to make sure we’re providing care in a comfortable way.’”
He added that the Centers for Disease Control, the American Dental Association, and the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners have helped by providing guidance. “We can manage how many people come into the office (and) how much increased time (to allow) per procedure so that we have plenty of time to comfortably implement the increased protocols,” Rainwater said. “In a sense, the dental office can be a very controlled environment.” His office is doing an increased amount of “teledentistry,” even though not much dentistry can be done over the phone, he said. In contrast, dermatologists, however, are doing “significantly” more televisits during the pandemic, said Dr. Ramya Kollipara of Westlake Dermatology, which recently opened its first Dallas location in Hilltop Plaza. “(Patients) appreciate the convenience of being able to do (telehealth visits) at any point during the day, and we’re doing both cosmetic consultations that way as well as medical visits,” Kollipara said. “It’s nice because they can take a little break from their work when they get a chance to get their concerns addressed.” She said her office has also implemented safety protocols, including checking patients’ temperatures when they come in the office, having them take a questionnaire for COVID-19 symptoms, and requiring masks for staff and patients.
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‘Not All Superheroes Wear Capes’ Emergency room doctor pens children’s book about incredible moms
with college, medical school, internship, residency, and fellowship. It was only through meeting a lot of really strong women who showed me how they balanced it all – kids, family, career, self-care – that I felt like I was ready to say I could do it too. This was always supposed to be a book to honor them and their authenticity and strength.
By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers
Dr. Amy Ho isn’t a mother herself yet, but she’s a big fan of moms. The emergency room doctor at Baylor Scott & White used her “spare” time to write a children’s book celebrating everything mothers do daily. Her book, Is Mommy a Doctor or a Superhero? has already cracked the Amazon Top 100, the Preston Hollow resident said. “There are so many superwomen moms in Park Cities and Preston Hollow that I work with, who are real like sheroes, balancing it all. It has never been more important to recognize them, between the pandemic, homeschool, furloughs,” she said. “They say not all heroes wear capes... but from my experience, real heroes wear a N95 mask and a breast pump while doing CPR.” We talked to Ho about her book and about balancing family and work during a pandemic.
Dr. Amy Ho wrote Is Mommy a Doctor or a Superhero? in her “spare” time. (PHOTOS: COURTESY AMY HO)
You’re an ER doctor with a family in the middle of a pandemic. What is that like? It’s unlike anything we’ve seen in modern medicine before. The amount of uncertainty and fear at the beginning were really taxing. Protocols on everything were changing hourly in the first few weeks, and the same questions would race through our minds – were we doing the right thing for patients? Were we keeping ourselves safe? Were we risking our
families’ health by our work in the hospital? And most importantly, how did we know for sure? This was one of the first times where our work directly threatened our personal lives and lives of our loved ones. There have been a lot of stories about how much of the load falls on mothers right now during all of this. Why was it important to you to recognize how hard moms are working?
O B I T UA RY
KRISTEN LEE HENDRIX HAYES
11/28/1972 - 10/30/2020
ur national treasure, Kristen Lee Hendrix Hayes, 47, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Friday, October 30, 2020, in Dallas, Texas. Kristen was born to Karolyn and John Hendrix on Tuesday, November 28, 1972, in Midland, Texas, at Midland Memorial Hospital. She attended The Hillander School, San Jacinto Junior High, The Hockaday School, and graduated from Midland High School in 1991. Hayes also attended Southwestern University and graduated, magna cum laude, with an English/Philosophy degree from St. Edwards University in 1997. After spending several years as a postgraduate in Austin, Texas, Kristen returned to Midland, where she met and married Raymond Lee Hayes in 2000. Together they had one amazing son, John Rhett, born in 2002. The family later moved to and maintained homes in both Dallas, Texas and Boulder, Colorado. As a child, Kristen and her two sisters
enjoyed summers at her family’s ranch in Arkansas and several years at Camp Longhorn. Quick-witted with a sly sense of humor, Hayes was a life-long learner, and her curiosities took her on many adventures, including educator, aesthetician, face painter, pizza delivery driver, and store clerk. Her generosity knew no bounds, and she had a natural knack for comforting those in need. She could often be found with a book in her hand, writing in her journals and listening to her favorite songs. She lived life on her terms, and her heart was simply too big for this world. Kristen is survived by her beloved son, John Rhett, mother Karolyn Wilmeth Rogers and step-father Jerry Lynn Rogers, sister Leslie Hendrix Wood and brother-in-law Lee Files Wood, niece Amy, nephew Grant, and sister Karmen Hendrix Bryant and brother-in-law Billy Jay Bryant. Kristen is preceded in death by her father, John Henry Hendrix (2016), her paternal grandparents Ellen Wylie and Smith Henry Hendrix, and maternal grandparents, Martha Wood Lyle and Tom T. Wilmeth and Clifford Lyle. The family had a private service, officiated by Pastor Steve Schorr, on Saturday, November 7, 2020. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to your charity of choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com.
I’d been working on this book actually well before the pandemic. As early as medical school, people would constantly tell me things like, “Why’d you choose to be a doctor? Don’t you want to get married and have a family?” It was almost implied that if you were going to be successful in a demanding career as a female, you’d necessarily have to give up all else. This isn’t a problem just in medicine, but it’s somewhat exacerbated by the long training timeline
They say not all heroes wear capes... but from my experience, real heroes wear a N95 mask and a breast pump while doing CPR. Amy Ho When COVID happened, the urgency to finish the project just went up. People started saying, “not all heroes wear capes” as a way to honor healthcare workers. We were all in the trenches of COVID, but I felt like moms took it to another level. There are heroes... and then there are mom-heroes. Read more of our conversation with Ho at peoplenewspapers.com.
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Crave a Vintage Vibe? Antiquing Opportunities Abound Nearby Want to know what’s on-trend? Old things. Simply M A RY put, 2020 M E I E R- E VA N S has changed just about everything in our lives, including how we live at home. Many people are willing to invest time and dollars into making home feel more like a sanctuary because it’s not only where the heart is – it’s where everything is now. With increased time at home, there’s renewed interest in vintage and antiques. Families are dragging out that old set of china passed down from Grandma – and using it. Lovely linens are coming out of drawers and finding their way to the dining room table. Beautifully etched vintage crystal stemware is more and more the choice for an evening glass of wine. Who cares that it all has to be hand-washed? We’ve got the time these days. My final trip in January 2020 was to experience the esteemed Winter Antique Show in New York City. Dealers from all over the world are hand-selected to participate, and their offerings are nothing short of museum-quality.
TOP, FROM LEFT: Vintage barware from Benny Jack Antiques on Riverfront Boulevard, glassware and china from the Roundtop Antiques Fair, and an antique from the Wallace Hall Antique Show in New York City. (PHOTOS: MARY MEIER-EVANS)
It was my sixth year to attend, and I had planned to make many more 2020 trips centered around antique shows and flea markets from coast to coast. Sadly, the pandemic hit the antiques industry hard, as shows and flea markets canceled across the country. Some valiantly tried to move online, like the Brimfield, Massachusetts Antiques and Flea Market. In late October, my husband and I attended The Round Top
Antiques Fair for the first time. The energy was palpable. Dealers were delighted to showcase the treasures that had been in-waiting since March, and collectors and buyers were snapping up goodies.
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I spoke with one dealer who observed a strong sense of nostalgia going on these days. Something about antiques and vintage items provides a tethering to our past. It’s familiar. It’s about our grandparents or our childhood –
when times didn’t feel so crazy. We are fortunate in Dallas to have so many options. From antique shops to antique malls, there are dozens of places to treasure hunt right in our backyard. If you don’t mind driving a bit, I’d encourage you to visit Waxahachie. It’s a short 30 minutes south of Dallas off I-35 and an adorable town. The Ellis County courthouse is one of Texas’s prettiest, and shops and antique malls fill the surrounding streets. And, for all you die-hard pickers, there’s always First Monday Trade Days in Canton. I’ve been hunting there since the 1980s, and there’s still plenty of treasures to uncover if you are willing to dig. As we enter into the holiday season, I encourage you to open up those cabinets, reach way into the back, and bring out all those family heirlooms. Or start your collection this year. Not only will your home look beautiful, but you’ll have a great excuse to share those old family stories with your kids. Mary Meier-Evans, of University Park, has a Texas-sized curiosity and doesn’t need an excuse to schedule a trip but sees going antiquing as an excellent reason to hit the road. Check out her blog and podcast at thecuriouscowgirl.com.
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Working with Bold Colors: Four Tips for Color-Shy Homeowners Although bold colors have been trending the last few years, many homeowners wonM A RG A R ET der, “How much is CH A M B E R S too much?” In my design work, I have been including more color lately. I thought that readers would appreciate some tips on working with bold colors in a balanced way.
If you’re new to using bold paint or wallpaper colors, try them in a smaller space like a powder room first. Brightly colored accessories such as throw pillows, stools, ottomans, blankets, etc. also can be swapped out easily or repainted if you get tired of them.
Picking the dominant color
The size of your room determines how much color you can comfortably accommodate. In a large room, it would be overwhelming to use a bold paint color on all four walls. In small and medium rooms, however, you can get away with a bold base color. Some colors can function as neutrals, even if they aren’t traditionally thought of as such. For example, navy blue and moss green are soothing to the eye and often used as base colors.
Picking your secondary colors
Before you commit to a bold color, pick out your secondary colors to go with it. One
LEFT, The challenge: Use purple-and-green curtain panels that belonged to the client’s mother. The solution: Design the whole room in green and purple for balance. RIGHT: Artwork, like this floral painting over the sofa, adds a burst of color to a room. (COURTESY PHOTOS) good formula is to have 60% of your room be in a neutral color, 30% in a stronger color, and the last 10% for your boldest colored accessories. You can get away with very vibrant shades of blue by pairing them with white. After all, it’s a color combination that our eyes are used to seeing — think of white clouds in a blue sky. If you want your room to be energizing, decorating with one bold color and lots of black and white will give you the high-contrast look you need.
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For balance and depth, use different, less-intense tones of your boldest color throughout the room.
Coordinate the rest of your home
While not every room in your home needs to have the same color scheme, it’s important that the colors flow naturally. For example, if your sitting room has green walls and white accents, the next room over could be mostly white with bright green accents. Although every year sees new colors
come into fashion, try not to focus exclusively on what’s trending. A room with a well-balanced, aesthetically pleasing color scheme will always look great no matter the year. Margaret Chambers, a registered interior designer and member of the American Society of Interior Designers, leads Chambers Interiors and Associates. Her colleague Caitlin Crowley helped edit this column. Find more design advice at chambersinteriors.com/blog.
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Creekside MCM home listed by Markus Hirschbrich The ranch, fully redefined
Breathtaking grounds surround this four-bedroom, 4½bath, Mid-Century Modern home at 3822 Northview Lane (3822northview.dpmre.com). Set on a quiet cul-de-sac, the property listed by Markus Hirschbrich for $1,599,000, also backs to a creek and park ensuring solitude and serenity. The updated kitchen with granite counters, top-quality appliances, and exquisite lighting, offers an abundance of cabinet space. The dining and breakfast areas feature double sliding doors that lead to your own personal oasis, while the large den/great room with a stone fireplace and a wall of windows overlooks the same. An oversized primary suite with a sitting area and spa-like bath enjoy another fabulous view. All bedrooms have hardwood floors and private baths. The lavish landscape illuminated with warm lighting, plus the swimming pool, cabana, and horizontal fire pit all work in harmony to create the ultimate in outdoor entertaining spaces. Additional highlights include: exercise room, theater, side yard, covered patio and three-car garage. To schedule a showing, contact Hirschbrich at 214.725.7881 or firstname.lastname@example.org Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (dpmre.com) is a division of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, with four locations that specialize in Preston Hollow, Park Cities, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Kessler Park and Farm & Ranch properties.
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5806 Colhurst Street, represented by Darla Chapman Ripley for $949,000. Brilliantly reimagined between 2018 and 2020, this single-story Contemporary home is on a quiet culde-sac in Preston Hollow, complemented by new, lush landscaping, fencing, decks and mature trees. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide natural light everywhere. The expansive, bright, paneled living room includes a gas fireplace and a wet bar with wine storage, and it flows to the separate dining area with its wall of windows and access to the backyard. A special feature of this special home is the open-air atrium in its center, visible from all around, with decking and a cozy firepit. The large primary bedroom enjoys a fully remodeled bath and walk-in closet. The remodeled eat-in kitchen features a stainless-steel Thermador refrigerator, double ovens and a Bosch dishwasher. It opens to a second living area, with access to both the atrium and the backyard. It is flanked by the home’s other three bedrooms, one with a full bath and two that share a Jack-and-Jill. This lovely haven has many updates, including a new roof, HVAC and a striking glass-paned garage door. 5806 Colhurst Street is represented by Darla Chapman Ripley for $949,000. To see all the exceptional homes, high-rises, ranches and land offered by the No. 1 luxury brokerage in North Texas, visit briggsfreeman.com.
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Allie Beth Allman & Associates Hits $2 Billion in 10 Months
Allie Beth Allman & Associates continues during 2020 to be a leader in selling the most luxury estates in Dallas County. The luxury leading firm represented both the sellers and buyers for some of the most sought-after properties in the area. Here are two estates the Allman associates recommend. The historic Neoclassical estate on prestigious Beverly Drive sits on almost an acre lot. The four-bedroom mansion at 3800 Beverly Dr. was built in 1922 by Hal Thompson an updated in 2000 by Cole Smith. This estate features elegant formals with fireplaces, a card room, two offices, a wine room and wet bar. The large kitchen has double islands and a breakfast bar. The adjacent family room has beamed ceilings and French doors that overlook the pool and backyard. On almost 2 acres of gorgeous grounds in Preston Hollow, the six-bedroom estate at 5031 Deloache Ave. features a billiards room, wine cellar, gym, pool, sports court and putting green. The home has been transformed by architect Robert Trown with numerous living spaces, resort-style amenities and great wall finishes. The master suite has a two-story boutique-style closet. The outdoor living space is screened. To find your estate, visit alliebeth.com/estates.
Last year Allie Beth Allman & Associates ended the year with $2 billion in sales. The impressive feat would seem hard to top this, but that’s exactly what the firm has done, accomplishing the goal before Halloween. And they did it during a global pandemic. According to Keith Conlon, president of sales, all agents and staff worked together. When the virus took away tools like in-person meetings and open houses, they switched to new technologies and marketing efforts to better reach clients. When the economy returned this summer, the firm was ready. While others grappled with restarting, the Allman team posted record sales months in the summer and the fall. “Our agents refused to let events out of their control stop them from helping their clients,” President & CEO Allie Beth Allman said. “It’s a testament to our culture, and I’m so impressed with dedication they have shown.” While the $2 billion mark is a tremendous accomplishment, the work doesn’t stop now. The Dallas market continues to boom. People are still flocking to the area for jobs, competitively priced homes and a business-friendly environment. When they do, Allie Beth Allman & Associates will be ready to give them a luxury experience second to none.
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Allie Beth Allman & Associates continues to be the leading luxury residential real estate firm in North Texas. The firm led all area brokerage firms with more than 25 percent of all transactions of homes valued at $3 million or more. “We are very proud of how hard our associates have worked, helping our luxury clients buy and sell exceptional homes,” said Allie Beth Allman, president and CEO of the firm. “We’ve had tremendous sales during this very challenging year.” Here are a few sales during 2020. In Highland Park, 3421 Princeton Avenue closed, which is within walking distance of Armstrong Elementary. The home combines luxury with livability in an open floor plan designed for sophisticated entertaining. It features a unique wine cellar that adjoins a bar with leather ceilings. For fun, there is a golf simulator and a movie theater. In prestigious Preston Hollow, a classic-style home at 6907 Stefani Dr also sold. The fourbedroom, modern home has three living areas in an open floor plan. The large kitchen has stainless-steel appliances, including a double oven. On the first level are the master suite, a study and guest bedroom. The outdoor living space includes a covered patio and new pool. To find your luxury home, visit alliebeth.com.
Contemporary style homes continue to resonate with people. These homes are anything but cookiecutter. The use of steel, concrete and glass in their designs, combined with clean lines throughout, creates unique homes. If a contemporary-style home appeals to you, talk to these agents with Allie Beth Allman & Associates. The French transitional custom home at 9110 Rockbrook Dr. blends traditional Austin stone exterior with timeless contemporary finishes. The five-bedroom home, designed by Richard Drummond Davis, has museum-finished walls and exquisite mill and tile work throughout. The first-floor owners’ suite has a vaulted ceiling with wood beams, a fireplace and private patio. The kitchen features a large island, marble countertops, Ann Sacks tile and Thermador professional appliances. On nearly an acre adjacent to a nature preserve is a contemporary-style home at 6309 Wilderness Ct. The five-bedroom home has an open floor plan and oversized windows. The two-story dining room is perfect for sophisticated dinner parties. The living room has a fireplace and wet bar. The island kitchen features a Viking range, Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, a butler’s pantry, Miele oven, wine cooler and breakfast bar. The downstairs master suite has a luxurious bath and dual closets. To find other homes, visit alliebeth.com.
Allman Firm Leads Luxury Home Sales
Contemporary Homes Are in Demand
11134 Lawnhaven is currently being offered for $1,645,000 in Preston Hollow. This stunning traditional home at 11134 Lawnhaven, is highlighted by a freshly painted lime wash exterior and enhanced by the exquisite lush landscaping and pool designed by David Rolston, features 5,823 square feet (appraisal) of spacious, light and bright living on .40 of an acre. At the heart of the home, the large family room with vaulted beamed ceiling, fireplace, scraped hardwood floors and two stories of windows overlooking the yard enjoys open access to the updated kitchen. Appointed with granite surfaces, stainless appliances, island, and breakfast bar the kitchen adjoins the wine center and wet bar complemented by a beverage center. Overlooking the verdant gardens, yard and pool, the handsome paneled study provides ample storage with walls of built-in bookcases and cabinetry. A spacious first floor primary suite offers a relaxing sitting area with soothing exterior views and a luxurious bath with double vanities and his and her walk-in closets. An additional first floor bedroom (currently serving as an office) rounds out this level. On the second floor are three additional bedrooms, game room, exercise room and media room with kitchenette equipped with a microwave and beverage refrigerator. Year-round living is a at your command on the wonderful screened in porch opening onto the large grassy yard, lush gardens and pool, added in 2018. The outdoor entertaining center is complete with a seated bar, lighting, built-in Jenn-Air grill, sink, beverage center and refrigerator. Contact Karen Fry at 214.288.1391 (email@example.com) for more information.
Ebby Halliday, the largest residential real estate services company in Texas, has expanded into Oklahoma. “We are so excited to announce that the Ebby Halliday Companies are open for business in Oklahoma,” says President & CEO Chris Kelly. “Ebby clients benefit from knowledgeable, respected agents and a team of professionals dedicated to making buying or selling a home or property one convenient experience. While our skilled agents help them navigate the market, our affiliated coreservices companies handle mortgage, insurance and title needs with the utmost care. We are thrilled to offer those looking to buy or sell in Oklahoma the same great service we have long been known for in North Texas.” Kelly says exceptional recreational, farm, ranch and residential opportunities are abundant in Oklahoma and he is excited about introducing clients to all the state has to offer. “We are so excited about assisting North Texans with their real estate needs in Oklahoma, as well as introducing our incredible company to those that already call the Sooner State home,” Kelly says. For more information about Ebby Halliday’s residential real estate services in Oklahoma and to search for your Oklahoma home, visit ebby.com/oklahoma.
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5335 Meaders Lane 6 Bedrooms | 6.2 Baths | 12,612 SqFt Offered For $10,250,000
ALLIE BETH ALLMAN URBAN Designed by architect Elby Martin, a Tuscaninspired stone-clad estate home with Italian barrel tile roof, manicured 1.1-acre site with mature trees and landscape by Harold Leidner. Gourmet kitchen topped by a barrel brick ceiling is open to one of several family rooms. Custom Knotty Alderwood cabinetry with White Castle hardware provides storage. Two full-size SubZeros refrigerators, two Asko dishwashers, two gas Wolf ovens and warming drawer. Outdoor Kitchen equipped with a Wolfe outdoor grille and Subzero undercounter refrigerators, and electric screens. Resort like pool, cabana, turfed back yard, private guest house. Home is equipped with Geothermal HVAC and natural gas generator. For more information please contact Kyle Crews (214) 538-1310.
ome good news from 2020, and our silver lining. Lisa Marais and Eric Steinhoff of Dallas are pleased to announce the arrival of their third son, Matthew Bennett Steinhoff. Matthew was born at 9:19 a.m. on Thursday, October 22, 2020, at Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. He weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces, and measured 20.25 inches in length. Welcoming Matthew are his two proud older brothers Connor and Blake, grandparents Lynn and Charles Marais of Johannesburg, South Africa, and Paul and Joan Steinhoff of Dallas. Excited uncles and aunts Graeme and Jacqui Marais, Jonathan and Erin Faflik, and Mark and Carrie Blankenship, as well as cousins Levi and Ashlee, are all celebrating Matthew’s arrival.
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