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FROM LEFT: Karen Farris, Clark Hunt, Happy Franklin, and Sarita Smithee at an early March 2020 meeting of the Rotary Club of the Park Cities. (PHOTO: WILLIAM TAYLOR)
Dad keeps falling…” The Failure of Healthcare in Fall Prevention By authority on Independence and Rehabilitation, Emilia Bourland, MOT, OTR, ECHM
As an occupational therapist, I’ve treated literally thousands of people who have fallen. I’m going to tell you now, it’s not pretty. It’s also heartbreaking. Why? Well, for one, many falls can be prevented. It’s absolutely heartbreaking knowing that someone has had a LIFE CHANGING event… that DIDN’T need to happen. But, of course, despite the best efforts, knowledge, and advocacy of the many wonderful healthcare providers who work so hard to care for their patients, our healthcare system doesn’t think PROACTIVELY. It addresses problems AFTER they happen. It doesn’t address problems COMPREHENSIVELY. It treats symptoms, one at a time. Our system is complicated and confusing, and it takes too long to reach the people who need it. That’s why I’ve dedicated my life and my practice to approaching healthcare differently. So? What’s different about working with AIPC Therapy? 1. You don’t have to jump through any hoops to receive service. All you need is a problem we can solve, and a desire to do
the work to fix it. If we can’t help you, we’ll do our best to send you to the people who can. 2. We provide custom, comprehensive solutions. That means we look holistically at the person, their situation, and their individual goals. AIPC Therapy does not do cookie cutter therapy, and we do not provide piecemeal solutions. 3. We are laser focused on YOU and YOUR GOALS, not your insurance plan. Whether you or a loved one has already fallen, is afraid of falling, or want a proactive plan for preventing falls in the first place, we are DEDICATED to helping you achieve the OUTCOME you want. Period. If you have a problem with independence or falling, if you’ve been let down by our healthcare system, or if you’re sick of struggling to get the therapy you NEED and DESERVE, then call us at 469998-1245. • Talk about what’s going on with a therapist who cares, and together, come up with a plan. There’s no fee, and no risk. • Get a FREE Report on Fall Prevention. Call 469-998-1245. Leave a voicemail or TEXT 24/7. Author Emilia Bourland, MOT, OTR, ECHM is owner of AIPC Therapy. Contact her at 469-9981245 or email@example.com
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oll: Who’s our best pro sports owner? With another Super Bowl on the schedule, pandemic permitting, in February, and so many pro sports owners connected to our markets, we began wondering: Who’s the best team owner in North Texas? Jerry Jones has three Lombardi trophies but none since 1995, and he also parted with the only three coaches to win one for the Dallas Cowboys. With Mark Cuban, we’ve celebrated Dirk and then Luka, but the Mavericks’ owner did break up the 2011 championship team in hopes of chasing superstar free agents. We’re still waiting. After winning last year’s Super Bowl, Clark Hunt re-signed his star quarterback, but his Kansas City Chiefs haven’t played home games in North Texas since the Dallas Texans franchise changed names and moved to Missouri in 1963. BONUS: The Hunts also own the FC Dallas soccer team. Admirably, MLB owners Ray Davis and Bob Simpson like to stay out of the
team’s spotlight and let baseball people do baseball. There’s a celebrated new ballpark, too. But how often has the word “best” belonged in the same sentence with those Texas Rangers? Now, hockey is chill, and in 2020, the Dallas Stars came up a game short in their bid for a second Stanley Cup (the team’s last championship was 1999.). But should Tom Gaglardi, who lives most of the time in Vancouver, Canada, be included in this survey? Go online and let us know what you think. More to look for online: Police are looking for puppy nappers who hit the Petland at Preston and Forest. We have details in Crime. Prospective candidates for the Dallas City Council May election have until Feb. 12 to file to run. Keep track of who has filed so far - and who has indicated they might - in News. The Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol produced a lot of reaction locally. Click on our News and Life tabs to read what local officials and local faith leaders said.
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Faith Leaders Demand State Leaders Oppose Violence, ‘Evil’ By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers
Street takeovers have become a near-daily occurrence throughout Dallas, despite changes in city ordinances and the creation of a police task force to address the issue. (PHOTO: SELAH ZAFAR)
WILL INCOMING CHIEF BRING NEW APPROACH TO ‘SWINGERS?’
t happens again a n d again. On any BETHANY g i v e n ERICKSON night, my neighbors and I can hear the loud squeals of tires grinding on asphalt and the revving motors of cars as their drivers take over intersections along major thoroughfares in Preston Hollow and the edges of the Park Cities. A quick check of Dallas police active calls will tell you one thing - officers are dispatched nightly and continuously to locations all over the city. Most recently, the takeover drivers – who are called “swingers” – blocked off Northwest Highway and Preston Road, drivers taking turns showing off abilities to swing and slide a car in circles around an intersection. In this case, one driver lost control and crashed into a utility pole at the northeast corner of the intersection, in f ront of The Laurel apartment complex. The crash upended the pole and sent it into Preston
Road, showering the area with sparks and a brief flash of fire. But will that change with a new police chief in Dallas? D uring my research into street racing, I had bookmarked some stories about what San Jose, California, had done to address their street racing and street takeover problem. Then in December, Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax announced the hiring of Eddie Garcia, formerly police chief of San Jose. Let me preface this by saying that I don’t know that Garcia will ask the Dallas City Council to expand its existing ordinances. But what Garcia has said about the San Jose approach could hint at what he might bring to the table in Dallas. “Often times, these individuals are doing these sideshows exactly because people are watching,” then-SJPD Chief Eddie Garcia told San Jose TV station ABC7 News in 2019. “State law provides ample basis to enforce against participants in street racing, but the department currently struggles to enforce against spec-
tators,” he wrote in a memo to the San Jose city council at the time. “Given the important role spectators play in encouraging, popularizing, and facilitating these events, discouraging their participation would be an important step in combating the problem.” In May 2019, San Jose passed an ordinance that fines spectators $1,000 and also tacks on a potential six months of jail time. The ordinance defines a spectator as someone within 200 feet of the takeover or anywhere preparations are being made. Vehicles involved in takeovers can be impounded for up to 30 days, resulting in additional fines. The city also doubled its police task force that addresses the street takeovers and racing, narrowed lanes, and enacted other traffic calming measures. Dallas has passed a similar ordinance, but it levies a $500 fine and no jail time. As of December, the department has issued 600 citations. The department says it has beefed up its street racing task force and regularly talks to other large urban cities dealing with the issue.
After the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, several local faith leaders united to craft messages to state leaders. A letter to Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton took state officials to task for not objecting to a border visit by President Donald Trump on Jan. 12. A letter to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz objected to actions before and after the riot that resulted in five deaths, including Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick, who died from injuries sustained after being hit in the head with a fire extinguisher. Many more were injured, including police officers who responded. “The Jan. 6th events at the Capitol building were a shocking display of violence and sedition,” the letter to Cruz reads. “We, the faith leaders of Dallas, condemn these acts and rightfully regard them as un-American, and we hold you partially responsible for what happened and call you to account.” “There can be no doubt that violent rhetoric leads to violent action and your actions and words offered in such a reckless way clearly stimulated the mobs to gather in protest of a legal election that has been proven, over and over again to have integrity. That kind of evil we will not easily let stand.” The Rev. Robert Jeffress agreed that the riot was evil, but the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas remains a Trump supporter and was not among those signing the letters. “The president has every right
to hold the view that the election was fraudulent and to invite those who share that belief to peacefully protest,” Jeffress said in an e-mail to USA Today. “He neither called for nor condoned the despicable actions of those who invaded our Capitol and assaulted the police.” Those who signed the letter to Cruz include the Revs. Daniel Kanter of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, Victoria Robb Powers of University Park United Methodist Church, Andria Davis of the Cathedral of Hope, Jeff Hall of Cochran Chapel United Methodist Church, Jonathan Grace of Grace United Methodist Church, Holly Bandel of First United Methodist Church Dallas, and Rachel Griffin Baughman of Oak Lawn United Methodist Church, plus Rabbi Daniel Utley and Cantor Vicky Glikin of Temple Emanu-El. The letter to Abbott, Paxton, and Patrick was dated Jan. 11, and also signed by Bandel, Baughman, Kanter, as well as the Revs. Laurie Anderson of Midway Hills Christian Church Mike Gregg of Royal Lane Baptist, Bill “JW” Matthews of University Park United Methodist Church, Tim Gollob of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, and Marti Soper of Northaven United Methodist Church. “The border wall that he is coming to brag about was built with over 10.5 billion dollars, dollars he extracted from the budget of our military,” the group wrote. “We now know that the current President is not a defender of Democracy, he is not a patriot, and he has no regard for the health or wellbeing of Americans.” Read more from both letters at peoplenewspapers.com.
Local faith leaders put pen to paper to take state officials to task after rioters overtook the Capital on Jan. 6. (PHOTO: CONGER DESIGN/PIXABAY)
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Crime Reports Dec. 8 – Jan. 10 Dec. 8
Before 8:10 p.m., two armed robbers struck the AT&T store in the 5500 block of West Lovers Lane and took a 38-year-old Farmer’s Branch man’s vehicle at gunpoint.
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Rehome? There’s only three R’s! There’s not supposed to be a fourth for rehoming without permission. But before 5:04 p.m. Dec. 17, a rapscallion roamed by the Discount Tire store at Inwood Road and Lemmon Avenue and removed property of Liberty Tire Recycling of Midlothian.
Dec. 9 ‘You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!’ Found at 11:49 a.m. Dec. 9: an “abandoned” BB gun at apartments in the 7700 block of West Greenway Boulevard.
Dec. 10 Reported at 6 p.m.: An 80-year-old man visited a home in the 6000 block of Aberdeen Avenue where he was threatened by an acquaintance and struck in the head with a bed remote.
Dec. 11 An early riser dodged a lodging bill by fleeing the Hilton Dallas/Park Cities on Luther Lane before 4:12 a.m. without paying for the hotel room.
Dec. 16 Before 8:50 p.m., a motoring menace made a 19-year-old Bryan woman’s visit to NorthPark Center miserably memorable by making a clean getaway after mashing her vehicle.
burglars set off the alarm at Petland in Preston Forest Square but still got away with several bulldog puppies.
Multiple accounts across Pres- Jan. 6
ton Hollow tell of a jolly old prowler sneaking into homes overnight but hiding requested items inside instead of taking anything.
Fixing it in a flash wasn’t quite fast enough for a Milestone crew to avoid having the window of the service van smashed before 2:53 p.m. outside a home in the 10000 block of Preston Road.
Reported at 2:22 p.m.: a Christmas Day burglar working the parking lot at apartments on LBJ Freeway near Preston Road claimed a massage table and five guns from a 30-year-old Big Spring, Texas woman’s vehicle.
Dec. 22 A 24-year-old woman from the 4900 block of Thunder Road reported at 5:08 a.m. that a pervert recorded himself masturbating next to her while she slept.
Dec. 23 Who needs an ATM? Before 11:04 a.m., an opportunistic thief removed cash left in an unlocked vehicle by a 66-yearold man from the 4200 block of Brookview Drive.
Dec. 24 At 1:59 a.m., one or more
p.m., crooks stole tools f rom a box truck at a Britton & Associates landscaping job site in the 9600 block of Meadowbrook Drive.
Dec. 29 Reported at 4:01 a.m.: A would-be vehicle burglar damaged a 55-year-old man’s property at a home in the 6600 block of Northwood Road.
Jan. 2 Braking Bad? Before 7:50 p.m., a nuisance stole the taillights off a 55-year-old man’s vehicle at a home in the 91000 block of Rockbrook Drive.
Packed and ready to go? Before 9:25 p.m., a porch pirate snatched a 48-year-old man’s suitcase at the f ront door of a home in the 4200 block of Beechwood Lane.
Jan. 8 Before 3:23 p.m., scoundrels
scooped up property from a Poseidon Elite Plumbing vehicle outside a home in the 4500 block of Irvin Simmons Drive.
Jan. 9 Burglarized before 4:17 p.m.: a 60-year-old man’s vehicle at a home in the 8400 block of Midway Road.
Jan. 10 Reported at 12:22 a.m.: a reckless motorist fled after crashing into an Oncor utility pole in the 8500 block of Preston Road.
SKULDUGGERY of the MONTH: SECURITY (SIMPLE) MINDED By 2:12 p.m. Dec. 22, a 50-year-old man from the 9300 block of Hathaway Street had learned that keeping his vehicle behind a gate isn’t enough when he also leaves the keys in it. An athletic auto thief jumped over the gate to claim the four-wheel prize.
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BUILDING SOLUTIONS CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY Birthday marked with campaign to help 30 schools with facility needs By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers
allas-based Building Solutions geared up to celebrate its 30th anniversary by looking at what it knew about schools and what it knew about society and decided that the best way to honor its past and build for the future was to help address the inequities the company saw daily. The company sought nominations for schools that could use help identifying critical facility needs and operating practices. Through its “Building Solutions for Brighter Futures” campaign, the company will donate 3,000 hours to 30 different schools. Building Solutions will also work to create an advocacy committee with fundraising and policy goals to help Dallas-Fort Worth schools make the necessary improvements identified by the assessments long after the campaign ends. “This year, the coronavirus pandemic and the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, among too many others, have highlighted the growing inequities for racial and ethnic communities across the country, underscoring the need for corporate citizens to step up and speak up. We want to do more than talk,” said Bill Keslar, CEO of Building Solutions. As part of the campaign, Building Solu-
What students see around them communicates what we think of them and, in turn, how they feel about themselves. Dennis Palmer
FROM LEFT: Building Solutions CEO Bill Keslar and senior vice president and COO Dennis Palmer are spearheading an effort to make school buildings more equitable. (PHOTO: COURTESY BUILDING SOLUTIONS)
tion will also initiate a mentorship program for education facility leaders and staff to share expertise and tools. We talked to Keslar and COO Dennis Palmer about the company’s efforts. You see a lot of school buildings in your work. Why do you feel that deferred maintenance of these buildings is also a social justice issue?
Comings and Goings NOW OPEN Buff City Soap Snider Plaza The company with four North Texas locations started in Memphis in 2013 and sells bath and shower, body, laundry, and other skincare products made in-store. The local store, which opened in December, offers scents on tap, allowing customers to preview 10 of the available options. Chief Marketing Officer Chad
Brizendine said he hopes to partner with schools to allow students to come and make soap. People can also book the store for private events.
Crisp & Green 6565 Hillcrest Avenue The Minnesota-based fast-casual restaurant opened its first Texas location in the Park Cities in early January. The eatery and wellness concept launched in 2016 and
Keslar: In the 30 years Building Solutions has been in business, we’ve worked on more than 1,150 school projects across the country. We know firsthand that a foundational piece of effective teaching and learning is the quality of a student’s physical environment. Not many people know that the maintenance, cleaning, and proper operation of a building affects the health of those us-
has since opened seven locations in Minnesota’s Twin Cities area, with another 21 in development in South Dakota, Iowa, North Dakota, and Texas. Besides serving up salads, grain bowls, and smoothies, the brand partners with fitness studios and certified trainers to offer free community workouts held outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learning Express Toys and Gifts 4500 Lovers Lane The toy and game store focusing on education and creativity re-
ing them, which is another prerequisite for effective learning. Equitable education lays the groundwork for an equitable society. How important is a good, safe, and even aesthetically pleasing building to teacher and student success? Palmer: Very important. Temperature control, lighting, acoustics, and space design all impact a student’s ability to learn, and the quality of a school facility is an overall predictor of teacher retention and student learning. Research shows that facility conditions may have a stronger effect on student’s performance than family background, socioeconomic status, school attendance, and behavior combined, and students who attend school in more efficient buildings have higher test scores than students in substandard facilities. What students see around them communicates what we think of them and, in turn, how they feel about themselves. It’s also clearly demonstrated that building ventilation and air conditioning systems are linked to the spread of viruses like COVID-19 and student health in general. Those systems are ones that frequently fall below standards recommended by the engineering community, especially in older buildings. To see our full discussion, head to peoplenewspapers.com.
cently announced on its social media pages it was closing its store on Lovers Lane.
ton Center location on Dec. 7, the Dallas Morning News reported. When the store opened in 2016, it was the company’s first in Texas.
Cantina Laredo 6025 Royal Lane According to the restaurant’s social media page, the modern Mexican eatery closed its location on Royal Lane after business on Dec. 20.
Carlo’s Bakery 8319 Preston Road The famed bakery, made famous by chef Buddy Valastro of the show Cake Boss, closed its Pres-
Crisp & Green (COURTESY PHOTO)
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Knox Gets The Village Touch Owners hire shopping center team to lease, market, manage district
Highland Park Village Management Company will provide leasing, marketing, and programming services for the Knox District. (COURTESY PHOTO)
By Rachel Snyder
People Newspapers MSD Capital, L.P., The Retail Connection, and Trammell Crow Company have retained Highland Park Village Management Company to lease, market, and manage their retail holdings in the Knox District. MSD Capital, The Retail Connection, and Trammell Crow Company acquired their 12-acre property of retail, restaurants, and residential properties f rom 2018 through 2020. MSD Capital, Trammel Crow, and The Retail Connection collectively own portions of the property on the north and south side of Knox Street, down McKinney Avenue, along Armstrong, with the Katy Trail serving as the west border on the west side of Travis. “We are thrilled to retain the Highland Park Village Management Company team to join us as we enhance this dynamic neighborhood,” Coburn Packard, a partner at MSD and co-head of MSD’s real estate group, said. “We are excited about our holdings and look forward to bringing to market our vision for Knox, particularly the opportunities that will be created for leading retailers and restaurant brands.” Highland Park Village Management Company, led by Stephen Summers and Ray Washburne, whose families own Highland Park Village, will guide the Knox District property’s overall leasing, merchandising, and programming. Stephen Summers, managing direc-
tor of Highland Park Village, sees in the Knox District the potential to become “the next great neighborhood in Dallas.” “ We think that Knox Street is a world-class destination that stands on its own with access to the Katy Trail. We think it can attract a world-class tenant mix. It’s been a little bit untapped over the last decade. MSD’s got a great vision that we agree with. We just think that we can bring a lot of activity on the tenant side, the restaurant side, the hotel side,” he said. Summers added the Knox District allows for additional higher-density opportunities. “ We see so many opportunities of brands that want in, and we don’t have room (in the Village) that are absolutely worldclass brands that previously might have gone somewhere else that we think we can create a tr ul y amazing experience on Knox,” he said. Becki Snow, Highland Park Village general manager, will lead the property management team. Victoria Snee, Highland Park Village chief marketing officer, will oversee marketing and public relations. MSD Capital, The Retail Connection, and Trammell Crow will remain actively involved in all aspects of the holdings while leading the overall project strategy and its related development plans.
We think that Knox Street is a world-class destination that stands on its own with access to the Katy Trail. We think it can attract a worldclass tenant mix. Stephen Summers
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ART’S BIGGEST CHEERLEADERS
Wilhelm, Self named 2021 TACA Silver Cup recipients
Donna Wilhelm and Sam Self will be honored as TACA’s Silver Cup Award recipients in a luncheon this spring. (COURTESY PHOTO)
By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers
very year, The Arts Community Alliance honors the biggest supporters of Dallas arts, and 2021 is no exception – even though a pandemic has made appreciating art an exercise in creativity over the past year. Donna Wilhelm and Sam Self will be honored as TACA’s Silver Cup Award recipients in
a luncheon this spring, the organization announced. Wilhelm and Self will be the 43rd recipients of the award, which each year spotlights two individuals who have made lasting contributions to arts and culture in the Dallas community. “This year we’re thrilled to honor Donna Wilhelm and Sam Self, two philanthropists who’ve been faithful arts supporters and who are an inspiration to me personally,” said TACA board
chair Tara Lewis. “They’ve made a notable difference in the vibrancy of our city through their gifts of time, talent, and treasure.” Author of A Life of My Own, A Memoir, Wilhelm dedicates her book sale profits to build the capacity of underserved women, girls, and youth education. She is a life trustee of KERA, North Texas Public Broadcasting and regional Dallas Theater Center; board member of TACA, SMU
Data Arts, The Nasher Sculpture Center, and a past trustee of DFW World Affairs Council. Nationally, she serves as a trustee of National Public Radio, and globally, she supports education-based initiatives in developing world countries. After a 34-year career at Texas Instruments, Self retired in 2002 as senior vice president, cor porate controller, and chief accounting officer. Since, he has ser ved in many capacities with Dallas arts organiz ations, including past roles as president and executive director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra during a transition period for the organization, as well as past chair of the DSO Foundation. He serves as a DSO building committee member. We talked to Wilhelm and Self about being arts patrons in a pandemic year. You can see the full conversation at peoplenewspapers.com. Dallas is known for being an arts-loving city, but it’s been a weird year. How do you remain a patron of the arts when
a great deal of it is not as available in the ways you’re used to? Wilhelm: Just as our arts organizations have adapted to the pandemic, I’ve had to change how I attend and support the arts. When arts performances and exhibits switched to virtual online experiences, I faced uphill challenges to improve my IT skills and expand my home office capabilities. My funding refocused to support and sustain ar ts vitalit y and resilience. All my arts board meetings are now via Zoom. However, I yearn for return to in-person convenings. Self: It is very difficult, but some organizations have been creative in making their art available via the internet. For example, the DSO has continued having concerts in the Meyerson for around 150 patrons and has made those concerts available online. In addition, it has taken elements of the orchestra out into the community. The Tate Lectures at SMU and, I believe, the DMA lectures are being presented using Zoom.
They’ve made a notable difference in the vibrancy of our city through their gifts of time, talent, and treasure. Tara Lewis
Letters to the Editors Stop Gerrymandering If this past election has taught us anything, it’s that each of our votes truly matters and must be counted. To make sure that a fair election process happens every time, we must have fair electoral maps and end the practice of gerrymandering. We all need to play an active role in how our political maps are drawn during the upcoming redistricting process. Redistricting is the process of redrawing our districts to reflect the change in our population recorded by the Census, which occurs every 10 years. Gerrymandering happens when politicians manipulate this process in order to draw electoral maps that ensure their party wins more districts which are out of proportion to the actual percentage of the population. Gerrymandering changes the value and weight of every vote. It’s unfair and it’s cheating -- no matter which party tries it. Our political system is broken and politicians are making it worse by using gerrymandering to ensure they get re-elected. Gerrymandering contributes
me and push for fair maps. The future of our nation depends on it. It’s time for us to all stand up, speak up, and speak out. Delano Wilson Dallas
A better Preston Center
A drawing shows the design for the Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church mixeduse project. (ILLUSTRATION: HKS ARCHITECTS) to hyper-partisanship in our politics and allows politicians to pander to special interests, but ignore the people they represent. 2021 is an important year because we
the people can call and lobby our elected officials as they draw maps. We can demand and attend hearings. We can make it known that it’s time to end gerrymandering. I’m asking my neighbors to join
The graphics for the Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church mixeduse project is evidence of the influence the Preston Center Task Force guidelines have on development in the neighborhood. This high quality architecture by HKS architects confirms the greening of Preston Center does influence development, and we thank District 13 city council member Jennifer Staubach Gates for her support of “building toward a better future.” It is interesting that Harwood K. Smith and Associates was the architect for the Sanctuary and Classroom Building on Douglas Ave. in the late1950s. Howard C. Parker, FAIA.E Dallass
Escape from Groundhog Day Fittingly, February kicks off with Groundhog Day when Punxsutawney Phil peeps out of his hole, looks around, and predicts the weather: If it’s cloudy, then comes an early spring. Popular culture recalls that movie where each day, Bill Murray’s alarm goes off, and he must relive the same day over and over. It was an apt metaphor for 2020. It does seem that we all did the same monotonous thing over and over LEN BOURLAND in the last year, masking up, socially distancing, drowning in globs of hand sanitizer, learning to zoom, and cocooning ad nauseam while watching horrible things occurring on the news. The year 2020 was a slog. For me, peeping out of my hole in February means contentious elections are mercifully over, and we have a functioning government. The spectacle of Jan. 6 still rattles, so it’s February 2021 that signals a New Year and the official turning of a new chapter. Now freedom! Sort of. I will have just had my second Moderna vaccine and feel safe. My puppy will have had all his shots and can also socialize. Hugs, kisses, and mobility! As the vaccine rollout continues, the pandemic probably won’t be declared over with a ticker-tape parade, but slowly we will demask and see smiles again. People will start booking vacations, planning parties, having church services with “I do” redo’s for the newlyweds. Graduations will resume. As businesses reopen and the labor market re-coagulates, a sense of optimism might be in the offing. No doubt we will all still be glued to our phones. One caveat that Russian dissident Alexandr Solzhenitsyn gave in a Harvard commencement address endures, “All the glorified technological achievements of Western progress do not redeem the 20th century’s moral poverty.” The year was 1978. The war on that poverty is still being waged. Hopefully, we will remember to keep clean, remain respectfully distant, keep life simple, and be grateful for the daily pleasures. For a pivotal year, we helped each other laugh with memes and jokes, encouraged each other with prayers and texts, created new ways to celebrate holidays and milestones. May these continue to gentle a nation. Finally, the great thing about this short month is that smack dab in the middle is Valentine’s Day. Celebrate love, we must. Reach columnist Len Bourland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Real Estate Quarterly LAKE LIFE
Nearby vacation homes provide escape hatches for Dallasites
Even before the pandemic, many Dallasites were on the hunt for lakeside weekend getaways they could call home - even for a weekend.
By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers
ven before a pandemic made hash of many travel plans and sequestered most to their homes, finding an escape hatch two to four hours away from Dallas was a priority for many. Place that home-away-fromhome on a lake, and it was even better. The 2017 National Association of Realtors Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey found that most vacation home buyers nowadays are getting the most use of homes within 200 miles or less of their home base. That interest also moved Ebby Halliday Companies to add Cedar Creek Lake properties to its roster by acquiring Johnson Monroe Realtors, a staple of the Cedar Creek Lake residential real estate
market for 38 years. “Timing is everything, and the timing of this move meets current market needs and positions our combined companies to better serve current and future residents, as well as second-home buyers and sellers, in the Cedar Creek Lake area,” said Ebby Halliday Companies president and CEO Chris Kelly. Park Cities resident (and People Newspapers contributor) Kersten Rettig said her family opted for a home on Lake Whitney for decompressing. She said having the home has helped considerably during the pandemic, too. “Once the pandemic started, we upgraded our connectivity to be able to work at the lake
and spent five days of every week there,” she said. “Having a place to escape to was a total lifesaver for us.” Jennifer Pankratz and Whitney Wiegand both own Cedar
felt a little like cliff diving, but I am so glad we did.” “When COVID-19 hit, our lake house took on an even more important role,” Weigand said. “It became home base for us during the shutdown.” Both said they waited until it was safe to start renting their properties out and have taken extra precautions that allowed them to leave the homes vacant a few days between visits and do thorough cleanings. Long Cove, which has become a popular Cedar Creek Lake spot for many, has also seen an uptick in interest in the resort-style homes with an ever-increasing slate of amenities. “No two weekends are alike
My husband and I purchased our home nearby last March, the same week as the stock market plummeted. It felt a little like cliff diving, but I am so glad we did. Jennifer Pankratz Creek Lake homes and rent them out for others looking for a bit of an escape. “My husband and I purchased our home nearby last March, the same week as the stock market plummeted,” said Pankratz. “It
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because there are so many options here,” said local custom home builder Robert Elliott, who owns a home there. “The short drive allows us to be here more.” But for Katherine and Ken Bullock – Greenway Parks residents by weekday and Long Cove residents by weekend – lake living allowed their family to be together during the pandemic. “The pandemic has been an opportunity to spend time together as family – listen more, get outside more, and try to teach our kids about nature and basic life skills – like laundry,” they said.
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Real Estate Digest The 2021 outlook estate agents. Based on data from the U.S. Bureau What will the real estate market look like this year? Even the expert econo- of Labor Statistics and U.S. Bureau of mists at the Texas Real Estate Research Economic Analysis, the company’s reCenter said that “unprecedented un- port showed that the median wage for knowns” made forecasting the year dif- Dallas metro real estate agents was ficult. $70,884, almost $30,000 more than the “The economy could look different average median wage for all workers in coming out of the pandemic as some the area. The concentration of real estate changes become permanent,” economist agents in the area is nearly 30%. Luis Torres said in a recent explainer. Consumers losing confidence As the pandemic continues, consum“Because this recession was caused by ers may be losing a health catastrophe, the recover y confidence in the housing market, the path could be different than that of most recent Fannie previous recessions. May Home Purchase Sentiment InConsumer and dex revealed. business safety expectations will play The index an important role in dropped six points the economy’s full between November reopening.” and December – the But the cenlowest level since ter’s outlook does May 2020. The number of call for strong demand, low inventoAmericans who ries, and solid price think it ’s time to growth - so more of buy a home fell by five percent to 52%, the same. Thanks to the Federal Reserve, while the number inflation is expectthinking it’s not a ed to be low, and good idea rose four the economy will Real estate professionals- it’s time to percentage points grow slowly, which introduce yourselves by taking part to 39%. For comwill probably keep in our Real Talk feature. Participating parison’s sake, a year mortgage rates low. ago, nearly 75% of is straightforward - head to “ A c c o r d i n g peoplenewspapers.com and find Americans thought to the Mortgage our questionnaire in the Real Estate it was a good time to buy. Bankers Associ- section. (PHOTO: GERD ALTMANN/PIXABAY) ation, 2.7 million “ In par ticular, homeowners (5.5 percent of all home the sell-side component fell for the first loans) were in forbearance as of Dec. 13, time since April and by 18 points, re2020,” said Torres. “The share of home- versing most of the increases of the past owners who will be able to make their three months and implying to us that, at mortgage payments once forbearance least temporarily, potential home sellends is unknown, but we expect delin- ers might wait to list their homes,” said quencies and foreclosures, which have so Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae senior vice far been kept low by government policy, president and chief economist. “If so, to increase during the year.” this could have the effect of perpetuating already-tight inventory levels and supDallas agents make bank Dallas is a hot real estate market, porting additional (albeit lesser) home but how well does it pay? According to price growth, which could contribute to researchers at the Inspection Support a further moderating of home sales.” Network, out of all large U.S. metros, Dallas is the third-best paying for real -Compiled by Bethany Erickson
Invitation to Real Talk
n the heart of Preston Hollow, but tucked behind gates and tall trees, awaits this magnificent and inviting, 9,929-square-foot beauty designed by Richard Drummond Davis. A world away from the bustle of the city, this fivebedroom, 6.2-bath masterpiece sits among the rolling hills of an old horse farm. Secure and private, grand in size, and effortlessly
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elegant, it’s a Dallas oasis you’ll never want to leave. The scenic patio connects seamlessly to the living room with dramatic vaulted ceilings as well as the kitchen. If you’re having a few friends over, you can impress them further by showing them the charming wine room. They’ll love choosing a bottle to share as you watch the sunset over the trees.
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Enjoy The Water Without The Hassle
Lake Cypress Springs Marina rebranded after purchase by Highland Park couple
ality,” Jason said. “By offering memberships, we can provide year-round stability with programming, entertainment, great food, and more. “We believe this will make the lake a more inviting destination for the local community and lake homeowners, as well as those that want to have the lake life experience, but haven’t had the opportunity.”
Lake Cypress Springs Marina has been rebranded as Cypress Cove and new owners Jason and Jennifer Craven plan to add rental cabins, a lake-front restaurant, and a market. (COURTESY PHOTOS)
By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers
One Highland Park couple’s latest venture might be the ticket for Dallasites who want the access and relaxation of lake life but don’t want the responsibility – or the mortgage. Chances are, you’ve seen Jason Craven’s work as the owner and founder of the landscaping company Southern Botanical if you’ve ever been to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Klyde Warren Park, or SMU, for instance. But more recently, Jason and his wife, Jennifer, have embarked on a new venture they’ve purchased the Lake Cypress Springs
Marina in Mount Vernon and are re-imagining it to be a communal, year-round space with a new name - Cypress Cove. “We want to create a place where families can come and enjoy the lake experience without the hassle, all the hard work is done, you just have to come and enjoy,” the two said. The Cravens have already started Phase One of their plans and have their sights set on beginning construction in early 2021. In addition to a full-service marina, the destination will offer a lodge with 12 rental cabins, The Kitchen - a lake-front restaurant, and The Market for grab-and-go meals. “Over the past 11 years, we’ve seen the marina have two different owners, and we found
ourselves and our friends constantly saying, ‘I wish the marina had this or did that,’” said Jason. “Everyone hoped someone great would buy it, but no one did. “I’ve had about 50 people come up to me since and say I almost bought the marina, too,” he added. “It may be equal parts inspiration, COVID recovery, and mid-life crisis, but someone had to get stuff done out there, and who better qualified than me?” The couple is also introducing The Cypress Club, which will allow visitors to purchase memberships at various levels for the Cove. “Having been a homeowner on the lake for 11 years, I’ve seen firsthand how the marina has struggled over the years due to season-
It may be equal parts inspiration, COVID recovery, and mid-life crisis, but someone had to get stuff done out there, and who better qualified than me? Jason Craven The two said their family had enjoyed their time on the lake and look forward to showcasing it to a new group of visitors. “There’s nothing that compares to our family’s time on Lake Cypress Springs,” said Jennifer. “We’ve made so many memories and friends through the years, and I know our circle will only expand as we embark on this new chapter with Cypress Cove. It’s going to be really special.” Read more about the couple’s plans at peoplenewspapers.com.
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The Preservationists Next Door
Neighbors buy, save historic Elbert Williams House
Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones plan to preserve and maintain the historic Elbert Williams house. (PHOTO: CHARLES DAVIS)
By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers
Allie Beth Allman listed 3805 McFarlin Blvd. in late 2019, seeking buyers to save the “most important house in Texas” – a search that concluded right next door. New owners Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones are still considering options for the 1933 Elbert Williams house, but all of those include preserving the historic home. “I was aware of many (in) the community in University Park who were very interested in not seeing it knocked down,” Trevor Rees-Jones said. “Since I live next door, it’s an adjoining property, it was a natural fit.” The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS) feared the home was a likely candidate for demolition because of its attractive location on a 1.15-acre lot on Turtle Creek.
But with a financial contribution from tion Society published a book, A House for Allman to bridge the gap needed to com- Texas, documenting the home’s history with plete the transaction, the text by Dallas house went under conarchitect Larry It’s in its original tract on Dec. 3. Good and phoThe sellers are the condition, which is just tos by Charles Smith to children of Eugene unheard of, and this will Davis raise awareness Locke and Adele Locke Seybold, who had owned be the first house ever and support for the home since 1955. saved in either Highland theIthouse. “I’m just so thrilled was built that it’s kept,” Allman Park or (University Park) in 1933 for said. “It’s in its original then Uni– to be saved not to live versity Park condition, which is just unheard of, and this will in, but to just own. Mayor Elbert be the first house ever Williams (no Allie Beth Allman saved in either Highrelation to the land Park or (University architect, DaPark) – to be saved not to live in, but to just vid Williams). In 1983, the Texas Society of Architects polled their memberown.” The Park Cities Historic and Preserva- ship about the state’s 20 most important
buildings. They identified landmarks such as the Alamo, Highland Park Village, the San Antonio Riverwalk – and the Elbert Williams house, the only private residence selected. “We’ll maintain it for the future and make sure it’s kept in good shape,” Trevor Rees-Jones said. “There are a number of different options (for use of the home) that we’ll consider, and we’ll be addressing that over the first few months of this next year (2021).”
WHERE TO FIND ‘A H O U S E F O R T E X A S ’ •The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s website pchps.org. •Interabang Books at 5700 West Lovers Lane
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STRAIGHT SHOOTER: HOW A JESUIT DUAL-SPORT STAR KEEPS HIS FOCUS Gavin Perryman surpasses 1,000 career points for Rangers basketball By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers
f it seems like Gavin Perryman was born with a basketball in his hand, he was raised around the three-point line. While his family lineage might contribute to the Jesuit senior’s perimeter prowess, his versatility — both on the court and the baseball diamond — has enabled him to carve out a legacy of his own.
I show that fiery competitiveness, and that really comes from my dad. I take pride in that. Gavin Perryman In addition to being one of the most prolific three-point shooters in program history, the Preston Hollow resident surpassed 1,000 career points for the Rangers in December. Perryman’s grandfather, Dennis, was a successful college coach
Jesuit guard Gavin Perryman averaged more than 20 points per game during the first half of his senior season. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY) and administrator for more than 30 years. His father, Brandy, became one of the top long-range shooters in University of Texas history during the 1990s.
“Just being brought up in that culture, I’ve always been a basketball guy,” Gavin said. “I show that fiery competitiveness, and that really comes from my dad. I take
pride in that.” After winning 29 games during Perryman’s sophomore season, the Rangers stumbled to a 12-19 mark last year. Now he’s
leading Jesuit’s quest to bounce back for another deep playoff run. “My sophomore year was a growing year. I think I played my role well,” he said. “Then I had to step up my scoring and make my teammates better, too, and I don’t think I did the best job of that. That fueled my offseason and what has happened this year.” Perryman isn’t only a force in basketball but also in baseball, where he has been one of the top pitchers and outfielders for the Rangers since his sophomore year. Juggling schedules for the two sports has provided quite a lesson in logistics and time management since he competes for multiple select teams year-round. Perryman recalls taking red-eye flights from coast to coast in the middle of a busy weekend for important games. Such obstacles haven’t diminished his passion for either of his athletic pursuits. He even hopes to continue playing both sports in college if he can find the right fit. “I enjoy them both. They’re competitive in two separate ways,” Perryman said. “I want to be the best at two sports. That’s been a challenge. It just comes down to how hard you’re willing to work.”
Blue Times Two: Parish Again Is Tops in TAPPS
Panthers manage to navigate COVID-19, avoid key injuries during repeat season By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers
In 2019, Daniel Novakov saw how difficult it was for Parish Episcopal to win its first TAPPS 6A football title. The head coach knew it would be even tougher to defend the crown in 2020, and that was before the pandemic threw the entire season into disarray. That made a repeat performance atop the largest private-school classification in the state that much sweeter. The Panthers defeated Fort Worth Nolan on Dec. 12 in Waco. “On top of COVID, we took everybody’s best shot as the returning state champions,” Novakov said. “Mental toughness and discipline were huge requirements in order to make it through the year. I’m proud of the kids for the way they were handling their business.” Unlike many of their counterparts, Parish didn’t have to miss or reschedule any games for health reasons. And the Panthers
also managed to avoid major injuries to their most dynamic contributors on both sides of scrimmage. Preston Stone, who signed with SMU in December, finished with more than 13,000 passing yards in his four seasons, which ranks fourth all-time among Texas high school quarterbacks. As Novakov predicted, however, the Panthers didn’t steamroll their way back to the top. They needed a last-second touchdown to squeak past Midland Christian and required overtime to complete a comeback win over Plano John Paul II. Parish stumbled badly in the second half of a 31-14 loss to Nolan in the regular-season finale. Not only did that defeat dash the Panthers’ hopes of an undefeated season, but it also cost them a district championship and first-round bye in the playoffs. Four weeks later, Parish got its revenge on the Vikings, along with a trophy. “You never want to lose a game, but that kind of got everybody’s attention and got everybody’s focus,” Novakov said. “Going into
Parish Episcopal won its second consecutive TAPPS 6A football title in December. (PHOTO: WILEY WILLIAMS) the championship game, I felt good. With Preston and Christian [Benson] and other guys leading us, with it being their last game, those guys weren’t going to let us lose a second time.” Many of the current seniors were freshmen at Parish during Novakov’s first season at the helm. That adds significance to their four-year
journey together. “A lot of the credit goes to these 2021 seniors for leaving that legacy. They built a pretty solid foundation,” Novakov said. “There were some lean times that first year. We took some lumps, but we all had the same vision. To see it come to fruition is pretty neat.”
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ECSTATIC ABOUT LAMPLIGHTER LAYERS EGGS-SELLING BUSINESS Dozens celebrate 50th anniversary of student-run, chicken-raising corporation
ollecting eggs from your chickens doesn’t come without small risks. Just ask Julie Hyland Ambler, who may never forget a minor mishap from five decades ago. “I was so excited to get to my task, I fell on the sidewalk and got a scar on my knee,” she said. “And to this day, when I see that scar, I smile and think of that day and how excited I was.” Ambler, among the first to raise chickens and sell eggs at The Lamplighter School, joined others in sharing remembrances of the program for third and fourth graders. “I can’t say Lamplighter without smiling.” Lamplighter serves 450 students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade on its 12-acre campus on Inwood Road. In December, the school celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Lamplighter Layers Corporation, with students and dozens of alumni connecting on-campus and virtually. The corporation began in 1970 with an idea from Sandy Swain, who had co-founded the school in 1953. A chicken-raising and egg-selling program would provide opportunities to practice cooperation, communication, respect, and responsibility in an entrepreneurial format. The business has grown with the school’s mission to support and enrich studies in science, math, literacy, and fine arts. Each year, Lamplighter’s third graders research, choose, and help raise chicks from several breeds. The students use research skills to build criteria for a healthy and productive flock and then vote on the results. By the school year’s end, students carry the
now-old-enough chickens to the barn. When third graders graduate to fourth grade, they assume leadership of the Lamplighter Layers Corporation. The corporation, modeled on standard business structure and practices, even incorporates Robert’s Rules of Order to guide monthly meetings. Agenda topics can include egg production, finances, marketing, and philanthropy. Freshly laid eggs are collected and sold on Fridays during carpool pickup. Near the end of the school year, fourth graders choose which charities will share in the proceeds. Recipients have included UNICEF, the World Wildlife Fund, and other nonprofits. This year, the corporation donated nearly $2,000 to Chalk4Change, a charity run by former Lamplighter students to benefit North Texas Food Bank. Lamplighter Layers teaches the importance of working together, being responsible, solving social problems, using math to predict egg production, and above all, giving back to the community, noted former student Kathey Tobey Beddow. The class of 1963 alumna went on to become a math teacher. While the corporation still has officers such as president, secretary, and treasurer, Liz Cullum Helfrich (Class of 1990) recalled there was once a “sergeant-at-arms” to call on others who wished to speak during business meetings. Eric Lombardi (Class of 1973) loved his teachers there so much that he became one and TOP: Stella Deskins, Bela Koganti, and Matthew Fay carrying cartons. BOTTOM LEFT: Bela brought the idea of having students sell eggs to Koganti and Stella Deskins sorting eggs. RIGHT: Class of 2019 students, [top, from left] Fort Worth Country Day Karrington Chiles and Cody Lang [bottom, from left] Jordan Johnson and Alexander Phu. (PHOTOS: COURTESY THE LAMPLIGHTER SCHOOL) – Staff report
Hybrid Dallas ISD Campus Coming to Oak Lawn/Turtle Creek
Stephen J. Hay building will house school offering mix of in-person, virtual instruction By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers
In 1926, Stephen J. Hay Elementary was built after voters approved a $2 million school bond. Ninety-five years later, the school will once again be the site of something new. The Stephen J. Hay Building, located on Herschel Avenue in the Oak Lawn and Turtle Creek area, eventually served as office space for the district and then as the home of the Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School before that moved to a site near Fair Park. Designed by Thomas J. Gailbraith, best known for his work constructing the Hall of State and other Fair Park buildings, the former elementary was built to last - and by 2007, had been recognized as historical by both the city and state. “The ‘new Stephen J. Hay Elementary School in North Dallas’ was a 16-room brick school building costing $97,500, according to a building permit tak-
en out the week before construction,” said the application for the state historical marker. “The Dallas school board purchased the remaining lots 1-10 from L.R. Smith to use as the school’s playground. Today, the entire block is intact and looks much the same as it did in 1926.”
This is part of the district’s larger mission to provide a bestfit school for every student. Angie Gaylord What won’t look the same next year is the concept that will bring students to campus – a hybrid campus. The concept will sound familiar to families in this pandemic-driven climate but has been in the works for more than a year: Students will learn remotely part of the time and on
campus the rest of the time. Last May, Dallas ISD trustees Edwin Flores and Dustin Marshall were enthusiastic about the model, with Marshall pointing out that it might allow the district to attract new families, including those outside the district. “Innovation has become a hallmark of DISD,” Flores said. The Hybrid Future School will open next fall for students in fourth through sixth grade, with additional grades added in the future. “This school year has given us the opportunity to reimagine the school experience,” said Angie Gaylord, deputy chief of the Office of Transformation and Innovation. “While we know many students and families prefer the traditional learning environment, we have seen how some students thrive in a blended learning model. This is part of the district’s larger mission to provide a best-fit school for every student.” Students will be on campus twice a week and learn remotely the rest of the week, with school
Stephen J. Hay Elementary in the Oak Lawn-Turtle Creek area will be the site of a new hybrid campus offering a mix of in-person and distance learning. (PHOTO: COURTESY DALLAS ISD) staff working with families to ensure they have everything they need to embark on the new (yet familiar) venture. “While on campus, scholars will problem solve and create in small groups,” the district said. “Students will design projects based on their own unique interests and needs while developing
and demonstrating competencies. During remote learning, scholars will have pacing flexibility and engage in discussion boards, blogs, and pre-recorded webinars and lectures.” Lenore Kirk Hall Personalized Learning Academy principal Olga Romero will move to the new school as principal.
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Dallas ISD To Seek Zoning Change for Walnut Hill Career Campus
Former elementary would house institute where students learn variety of job skills By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers
It’s been more than a year since an EF3 tornado struck the Walnut Hill Elementary School building, which had been welcoming students since 1946. Since then, it has sat empty, protected by tarps and plywood, waiting for its next life as the unexpected (a pandemic) and the expected (construction delays) left it in stasis as Dallas ISD cemented plans for the three campuses that were hit hardest. Cary Middle School was a complete loss and was razed. In its place, a pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade campus will replace it and Walnut Hill Elementary. Thomas Jefferson High School will get a renovation that will meld new construction with salvageable existing structures. But the historic building that sits at the corner of Midway Road and Killion Drive won’t be demolished. Instead, according to school board meeting discussions and paperwork filed with the city of Dallas, it will be incorporated into new construction that will become one of four career institutes the district has started. Each
Dallas ISD’s Career Institute North is at temporary quarters up the road in Farmers Branch but will move to the old Walnut Hill Elementary campus site when construction is complete. (COURTESY PHOTOS) campus – North, South, East, and West – offers training in various career paths and begins in ninth grade. The North campus will even-
tually be housed at the Walnut Hill site, but for now is in temporary digs at 13400 Midway Road, in Farmers Branch. It offers training in aviation flight
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add automotive technology, culinary arts, health science, and welding. “The DISD plans on saving the portions of the existing school that are salvageable from the tornado and add on a larger addition to repurpose the school into the Walnut Hill Career Institute,” the land use statement provided in the district’s zoning change application said. The district is requesting a zoning change from residential zoning to a planned development for a school. The request will likely be heard by the city plan commission on Feb. 18. Students from Hillcrest, W.T. White, Thomas Jefferson, North Dallas, and Emmett J. Conrad high schools attend the school, which will offer a half-day of career instruction, with the core curriculum courses taught at the students’ home high schools. In a November school board briefing, district officials explained that each campus was situated to be about 20 minutes f rom the high school served. Students are transported by bus to and from the career institute, with no student parking allowed at the career institute campuses.
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FROM LEFT: Mitch Thornton and Duncan MacFarlane. (PHOTO: COURTESY SMU) Jared Burleson, as a Schwarzman Scholar, will spend a year studying in Beijing. (COURTESY PHOTO) Secundino Hernández in his Madrid studio. (PHOTO: ALEJANDRO GARCÍA)
Quantum cooperation Monthly conversations between an entrepreneur and SMU engineering researcher Mitch Thornton created new opportunities for both of them. “One of those monthly conversations resulted in us filling a whiteboard with some pretty radical ideas, and that whiteboard was the genesis of this new company,” said Wil Oxford, CEO of Anametric Inc., of Austin. Now Anametric has given SMU’s Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security more than $1 million for quantum-related research. Institute executive director Thornton and Duncan MacFarlane, executive editor for SMU’s Hart Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, will investigate theoretical approaches to enhancing cybersecurity using quantum information. “The long-term goal is to build quantum computing devices. But we have to take baby steps, and this first grant is fo-
cused on quantum-based cybersecurity devices,” Thornton said. Quantum-related technology exploits quantum physics properties to enable complex tasks that would be impossible with today’s computers, which rely on classical binary digits, either a 0 or 1. In contrast, a quantum computer could use quantum bits that could be both 0 and 1 simultaneously, theoretically enabling them to radically outperform today’s computers.
An American in China While waiting for tea in Jiangsu, China, the summer after his first year at SMU, Jared Burleson overheard two men speaking English, then recognized one as Nobel Prize-winning physicist Michael Kosterlitz. “I was inspired by my conversation with them to continue studying Chinese and someday work with the particle physics research community in China,” Burleson said.
Now a senior, Burleson has been named a Schwarzman Scholar, one of 154 scholars f rom 39 countries chosen f rom 3,600 applicants to study at Tsinghua University in Beijing beginning in August 2021. “The next f rontier in particle physics will be in China,” said Burleson, who is minoring in Chinese. The Institute of High Energy Physics in Beijing hopes to build a particle collider, a significant successor to the Large Hadron Collider located at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland. Science is a global enterprise, said Steve Sekula, SMU associate professor of physics. “It’s magnificent that someone Jared’s age is coming into our field understanding that human relationships are essential going forward.”
Madrid masterworks SMU’s Meadows Museum has added two works by contemporary Spanish artist Secundino Hernández.
The monumental painting Untitled (2019) measures just more than 13 by 9 feet and consist of pieces of canvas—often discarded scraps from other works— stitched together and then washed and dyed repeatedly, creating a mix of hardedged lines with vibrant washes of color. In tandem with the purchase, Hernández donated Orígenes Secretos (Secret Origins) (2020), a much smaller painting that began as a palette on which artists typically mix paint colors. “Untitled (2019) felt at home in the Meadows f rom the moment we hung it in the museum,” said Mark A. Roglán, the Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the museum. “The dialogue it creates with other works in our collection and the enthusiasm it inspires among our visitors encouraged its purchase as we expand our commitment to collecting contemporary Spanish art.” – Compiled by William Taylor
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DSOL DEBUTANTE PHOTO PROVIDES TWICE THE FUN
FROM LEFT: McKinley Lawson, Tory Wicklund, Claire Koonsman, Abigail Brannon, Kaitlin Murray, Rachel Pope, Nora Arnold, Virginia Fielder, Katherine Edwards, Eliza Davis, Story Langston, Annie Saustad, Sophie Hung, Abbey Perry, Ella Varel, Kelsey Wittmann, Madigan Jacoby, Annie Sawers, London Boscamp, Elizabeth Mocek. NOT PICTURED: Audrey Hanna, Ashley Isenberg, Jessica Katzman, Brett Landin, Mary Tarver Reid, Isabella Scott, Abby Stanford. (PHOTO: RICK BETTINGER/GITTINGS)
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ebutantes will get another year to perfect their “Texas Dip.” However, just because the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s annual presentation ball became a casualty of the pandemic didn’t mean that the organization wouldn’t mark the occasion somehow. “The decision was not made lightly. Initially, the date was changed from the historical February date to June 12, 2021, as we hoped the pandemic would be under control, and this memorable event could still be held with a few modifications,” said ball chair Mari Epperson. But as case counts
continued to rise, Epperson said that the organization reached the “difficult conclusion” that the ball should be canceled.
To create the group (shot), we knew we would have to blend the two images together. Rick Bettinger
But the traditional photo, taken by Rick Bettinger with Gittings, was still something the organization wanted to do – if they could do it safely. What resulted is a snapshot
of a pandemic, too, with debutantes dressed in their Sunday best, masked, and spaced just so. Typically, the photo would have happened this summer, during the traditional announcement party at Stanley Korshak. But when it became clear that the DSOL would need to pivot, Epperson called Bettinger. “Mari Epperson, the DSOL 2020 Ball Chair contacted me to see if I had any ideas on how we could accomplish the group shot with the challenges we had,” he said. “I did, and after discussing all of our options, we decided to locate an elegant outdoor option that would provide the necessary social distancing that was needed.” The Gittings team chose the
gazebo at Turtle Creek Park next to Arlington Hall and invited the debutantes to come over two days. “To create the group (shot), we knew we would have to blend the two images together,” Bettinger explained. “The first day, the debutantes would be photographed on camera right, and on the second day, the next group would be photographed on the left. The spacing of the debutantes was preplanned to give the proper distancing. “To make sure the faces were lit properly, wireless studio strobes were set up with precise power settings noted. The placement of the lights was also measured and recorded. The camera was set with tripod height noted, and camera settings recorded. The position of
the camera was carefully marked.” The crew spaced the debutantes carefully, and took pictures with the masks, and then allowed the girls briefly to remove their masks for additional photos. “At the studio, we selected the best images from both days and sent to our Gittings artist to seamlessly join the two together,” Bettinger said, adding that the Gittings team has been able to do similar photos for families and other nonprofits. This year’s debutantes will be invited to join the 2022 slate of participants next year. This year would’ve been the 35th anniversary of the traditional event, which has raised more than $12 million for the symphony’s education and outreach programs.
Watch Out, Devil! Chuck Norris Deemed an ‘Angel’ Now It’s been said, “Chuck Norris’ tears cure cancer. Too bad, he has never cried.” Fortunately, the action star and subject of so many memes and jokes based on his tough-guy reputation has found other ways alongside his wife to bolster the human spirit. Gena and Chuck Norris received the Bonhoeffer “Angel” Award on Oct. 24 during Mercury One’s first Virtual Event: America Goes Back to Work hosted by founders Tania and Glenn Beck. The Dallas-based nonprofit humanitarian aid and education organization focuses on restoring the human spirit. “On this special night, we rejoice in the lives of those impacted by our humanitarian relief efforts, education programs, and preservation of American heritage,” Beck said. – Staff report
LEFT: Chuck and Gena Norris. (PHOTO: DANA DRIENSKY) RIGHT - FROM LEFT: Suzanne Bock Grishman, Dana Harrington, and Glenn Beck. (PHOTO: COURTESY MERCURY ONE)
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A VIRTUAL TRIP TO WRITER’S GARDEN SYMPOSIUM
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The 14th annual A Writer’s Garden Literary Symposium and Luncheon benefiting the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and A Woman’s Garden took a virtual approach Nov. 17 with the theme, “Near or Far … There Is No Place Like Home.” Broadcasting from the garden at his cottage in Perry, Georgia, James Farmer, Southern author and interior designer, discussed his new book, Arriving Home-A Gracious Southern Welcome. Dallas’ own Lisa Fine, founder of Lisa Fine Textiles, which specializes in hand printed linens that are sold in 16 showrooms worldwide, and spoke about her book, Near & Far: Interiors I Love, which features the homes of avid travelers, readers, and passionate gardeners whose homes feature their hobbies. After the presentations, home hostesses and their guests enjoyed luncheons provided by Preston Hollow Catering.
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OH, WE DID
Anniversary prompts look back at bridal fashions from 1981
Any reminiscing about our first year of publication wouldn’t be complete without a look at the weddings of 1981. (FILE PHOTOS) But that doesn’t mean Park Cities brides weren’t the height of 1981 fashion that summer, either.
rincess Diana may have had a great deal to do with the way wedding gowns looked in the summer of 1982, but in 1981, she was anxiously awaiting her wedding, just like the brides that appeared in the first few months of Park Cities People. One of the biggest, most well-known weddings in the world happened in July 1981, just slightly before the very first issue of Park Cities People debuted in September, so you won’t see the big puff sleeves and the riot of silk taffeta that became popular after Charles and Diana’s wedding.
Shoulders emphasized with pads the size of those worn by fullbacks kept us upholstered. Lisa Birnbach In that pre-Diana wedding era, brides were still working in many late-1970s looks, with plenty of lace, Gibson Girl type embellishments, and even wedding hats. There were plenty of prairie-style, Gunne Sax-created gowns. Some brides opted for a more
classic, romantic look with heavier fabrics, machine-made lace, and nods to 1930s and 1940s silhouettes. You saw plenty of Juliet cap veils, too, before tiaras and big hair took over as the 80s continued. It was, by and large, a relatively simple set of looks compared to what would follow through the rest of the decade, which featured considerably more dramatic elements (like Princess Di’s puffed sleeves and long train). Bridesmaid dresses were also more dramatic and featured grander silhouettes in line with the ball gowns most brides chose. “Wedding gowns of the decade frequently had lacy bibs on their bodices and high necklines,” Lisa Birnbach wrote in a feature titled “My Big Fat 80s Wedding Dress” in the New York Times. “Any one would have made a luxurious bedspread for a California king. Shoulders emphasized with pads the size of those worn by fullbacks kept us upholstered.” – Compiled by Bethany Erickson
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No Bohemian Room is Complete Without These 5 Elements Touchable textures
The French word bohémien originally referred to migrants f rom Bohemia, a region in the Czech Republic. Nowadays, we might call someone who M A R G A R E T is nonconC H A M B E R S formist, artistic, and well-traveled a bohemian. Bohemian (“Boho”) interior design style is as f ree-spirited and unconventional as the people who inspired it. If you’ve always wanted to try decorating in a Bohemian style, make sure to include the following elements.
There is no such thing as “too much texture” in a Boho room. Unsurprisingly, organic materials, like rattan, stone, leather, and wood, are especially prevalent here. Try to balance soft fabrics with smooth metals and rough textures. A touch of glamor is not unwelcome in a Bohemian space, so look into adding an ornate sunburst mirror or a beautiful chandelier.
Plants are another key fixture of Boho style. They can be live or faux, tall or short. Cacti, monsteras, and tropical plants are always at home in this setting, but really, almost any green plant will add some color and life to the room.
Bold patterns and colors
Bohemian rooms often combine a neutral base color with jewel tones, earth tones, and metallic accents. Bright colors have been becoming more popular lately, making this style a very current look too. For a truly Boho look, you’ll also want some patterns, especially patterned rugs.
Multicultural art and accessories
Boho is an eclectic, well-traveled look where a variety of items create one storied space. Don’t travel often? Visit your local antique store to find interesting pieces f rom around the world. Many of my clients are requesting Bohemian, so I can guarantee that Boho will be an on-trend style for 2021.
Low-seated, comfortable furniture
Low seating is ideal for Bohemian rooms because it promotes an air of relaxation. As you furniture shop, look for floor pillows, poufs, ottomans, low-backed sofas, and low coffee tables that invite visitors to settle down and unwind. Bohemian style is all about mismatched items that tell a story, so pieces that are distressed and have history to them are ideal.
TOP LEFT: This downtown Dallas high-rise is filled with bold colors and multicultural art, especially African and Indian. (PHOTO: DAN PIASSICK) TOP RIGHT: Although this guest bedroom is not colorful, bold patterns on the bedding and curtains give it a Boho feel. (PHOTO: NATHAN SCHRODER) BOTTOM, FROM LEFT: A Bohemian guest bedroom from an Oak Cliff / Kessler Park project was decorated with a distinct African theme. The many different patterns in this bedroom can coexist because they share the same basic colors (blue and white). (PHOTOS: MICHAEL HUNTER)
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Could 2021 Prove a Turning Point? Yes, 2020 was terrible. But the United States has seen worse. Such particularly challenging years as 1862 and 1941 have given way to turning point years, SMU historian Alexis McCrossen said. Maybe 2021 will prove a turning point too. “A look backward at other New Years in troubled times turns up examples of how Americans optimistically looked to the future when even the worst of years drew to an end,” said McCrossen, whose forthcoming book is Time’s Touchstone: The New Year in American Life. “They were not Pollyannas or fools, but instead of looking backward, they looked forward.”
1862: Bloodshed and Disunion
In September of 1862, President Abraham Lincoln warned the Confederate states that slaves would be freed if they did not return to the Union by Jan. 1, 1863. Few expected the threat would be effective, and in the last three weeks of the year, McCrossen said, seven devastating battles left more than 37,000 men dead. On Jan. 1, 1863, after hosting thousands of well-wishers for
Falling is NOT a part of getting older. There’s ALWAYS a very specific reason people fall. Here’s what to do about it! By Leading Balance Expert, Dr. Jeffrey Guild, Physical Therapist Are you worried about losing independence because of falls? Are you seeing your friends around you falling and losing their independence? Are you becoming frustrated with your doctors and kids telling you not to fall (without telling you HOW). Here are some common unknown reasons why people fall, and a SOLUTION to prevent it from happening. 1: Vertigo/Inner Ear Balance Problems: Vertigo and dizziness are symptoms of problems that put older people at risk of falling. These symptoms are very common. In fact, one-third of people over the age of 70, and one-half of people over the age of 85 are experiencing dizziness and/ or vertigo right now! The good news is that now that you know to look for them, these conditions are usually very treatable! 2. The Legs Not Knowing Where They Are (Proprioceptive Loss): As a balance specialist I see this problem ALL THE TIME. Although this problem is very common, most people don’t realize they have it at all. I often see this when people are falling or having balance problems for what seems like NO APPARENT REASON. It’s simple to find out whether or not you face this problem, and there are many ways around it if you do. 3. Walking Slowly & Furniture Walking: Some people think walking slowly and carefully
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three straight hours at the annual New Year’s Day White House reception, Lincoln retired to his office. There, he signed the Emancipation Proclamation, boldly freeing from slavery four million people and their descendants. (PHOTO: GERALT/PIXABAY)
What has happened in previous years cannot be undone or forgotten, but it can be made to matter. Alexis McCrossen “Rather than mourn the past, abolitionists and f reed people celebrated the future,” McCrossen said. “New Year’s Day was redemptive.”
1941: Mobilizing for an Uncertain Future
Throughout 1941, Americans followed World War II as it played out in Europe, McCrossen said. Then, on Dec. 7, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, plunging the United States into war after a decade of economic hardship and social distress stemming f rom the Great Depression. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington D.C. on New Year’s Day, 1942. Optimism prevailed, she said. Roosevelt, Churchill, and diplomats f rom several countries, including China and the Soviet Union, signed a pact pledging “to defend life, liberty, independence, and religious freedom, and to preserve human rights and justice.” “Their action was audacious, bold, and worthy of the dawn of a New Year and of a new age, “McCrossen said. Terrible years like 1862 and 1941 demonstrate how the changing of the calendar provides opportunities to look forward, McCrossen said. “What has happened in previous years cannot be undone or forgotten, but it can be made to matter.” – Staff report
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