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fear the police, but we do it because we have to. It’s part of our everyday survival. I still believe that there are good officers truly here to protect and serve. I’m truly thankful for your service and sacrifice. I also believe there are a few bad apples that haven’t been held accountable for their actions. Our hen I saw the video of George leaders have to hold them accountable so Floyd’s torture and untimely death, that these bad apples don’t spoil the bunch. I was hurt, in shock, and in disbe- The training and ongoing structure of police lief. I remember thinking, “I know they are forces have to change. not killing this man, right here on live video.” We can’t just point our fingers and blame I couldn’t help the people who raised them because we all but think about my have a choice to walk our own walks in life. son. Every day that Those who are racist choose to be racist. Racmy son leaves the ism is not a gene. It is hate taught by the achouse, I pray. It’s one tions and voices of ignorant people. Proverbs of those deep fervent 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power prayers that a Black of the tongue, and those who love it will eat MELANIE its fruits.” We have the power to speak life or T H O R N T O N mother prays for her Black son. death. I choose life. I’ve taught my son to respect the police. I am still amazed and proud to see the mul“If you get pulled over, do exactly what they titude of people, standing in unity and protesttell you. Don’t be disrespectful and talk back ing for change. The changes that I’m witnessto them in a way that would sound offensive. ing behind all of this are absolutely amazing. Don’t reach for anything! Just keep your hands I never would’ve thought that any of this was where they can possible, at least not in my lifetime. see them at all times.” I once heard When he first someone say, moved here, a lit“When you know tle over a year ago, better, you do bethe wasn’t here ter.” That alone for a week bespeaks volumes. fore he was pulled My mother alover on his way ways told us, “Everything worthto work. My son N. Harwood St. Downtown Dallas. (PHOTO: IMANI CHET LYTLE) while isn’t easy.” called and kept me on the phone throughout the situation. The changes that need to happen may not be The police claimed he was speeding, but my easy, but it’s worth it for everyone, as all lives son said he had his cruise control set to ensure matter. I’m far from perfect, but I strive to be a he wouldn’t go over the speed limit. He kind- better me each day. I challenge you to be a betly asked the officer for proof of him speeding. ter you tomorrow. Before the officer could even respond, I immediately told my son to “just shut up and Melanie Thornton take the ticket!” Art & Production Director We shouldn’t have to teach our children to


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MAY 12 Before 1:32 p.m., one or more rogues snatched property from a Superior Groundskeepers of Prosper vehicle at Jesuit Preparatory School of Dallas on Inwood Road. MAY 13 Stolen before 4:30 p.m.: a vehicle outside Roma Boots & Shoe Repair at Midway Road and Northwest Highway.

Motorists honked horns in support of Black Lives Matter demonstrators June 4 at the intersection of Preston Road and Northwest Highway. (PHOTO: BETHANY ERICKSON)



aura and I are anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice and fear that suffocate our countr y. Yet we have resisted the urge to speak out, because PRESIDENT this is not the GEORGE W. BUSH time for us to lecture. It is time for us to listen. It is time for America to examine our tragic failures – and as we do, we will also see some of our redeeming strengths. It remains a shocking failure that many Af rican Americans, especially young Af rican American men, are harassed and threatened in their own country. It is a strength when protesters, protected by responsible law enforcement, march for a better future. This tragedy — in a long series of similar tragedies — raises a long overdue question: How do we end systemic racism in our society? The only way to see ourselves in a true light is to listen to the voices of so many who are hurting and grieving.

Those who set out to silence those voices do not understand the meaning of America — or how it becomes a better place. America’s greatest challenge has long been to unite people of very different backgrounds into a single nation of justice and opportunity. The doctrine and habits of racial superiority, which once nearly split our country, still threaten our Union. The answers to American problems are found by living up to American ideals — to the fundamental truth that all human beings are created equal and endowed by God with certain rights. We have often underestimated how radical that quest really is, and how our cherished principles challenge systems of intended or assumed injustice. The heroes of America — from Frederick Douglass, to Harriet Tubman, to Abraham Lincoln, to Martin Luther King, Jr. — are heroes of unity. Their calling has never been for the fainthearted. They often revealed the nation’s disturbing bigotry and exploitation — stains on our character sometimes difficult for

We serve our neighbors best when we try to understand their experience.

the American majority to examine. We can only see the reality of America’s need by seeing it through the eyes of the threatened, oppressed, and disenfranchised. That is exactly where we now stand. Many doubt the justice of our country, and with good reason. Black people see the repeated violation of their rights without an urgent and adequate response from American institutions. We know that lasting justice will only come by peaceful means. Looting is not liberation, and destruction is not progress. But we also know that lasting peace in our communities requires truly equal justice. The rule of law ultimately depends on the fairness and legitimacy of the legal system. And achieving justice for all is the duty of all. This will require a consistent, courageous, and creative effort. We serve our neighbors best when we try to understand their experience. We love our neighbors as ourselves when we treat them as equals, in both protection and compassion. There is a better way — the way of empathy, and shared commitment, and bold action, and a peace rooted in justice. I am confident that together, Americans will choose the better way.

MAY 14 A thief hurried off with a 47-year-old man’s bicycle from apartments in the 8600 block of Preston Road. The victim got around to reporting the crime four days later. MAY 15 Reported at 1:26 p.m.: yard care made more difficult. A crook snatched property from a David’s Landscaping of Duncanville vehicle near a home in the 10000 block of Inwood Road. MAY 16 Before 5:50 p.m., an intruder forced entry through the backdoor of a home in the 5900 block of Woodland Drive and attempted to steal.

Steakhouse and Lounge at Lovers and Briarwood Lanes. Police did not provide arrest information.

MAY 24 Before 12:30 a.m., an aggressive motorist intentionally struck a 63-year-old woman’s vehicle near the intersection of Inwood Road and Lovers Lane. MAY 26 Careless motorists didn’t stick around to take responsibility after hitting a guardrail in the 6200 block of LBJ Freeway and a 35-year-old woman’s vehicle before 4:29 p.m. at Preston Center. MAY 27 Before 11:24 a.m., a scoundrel snatched contents from a 22-yearold man’s vehicle near a home in the 5800 block of Azalea Lane. MAY 28 Before 6:45 a.m., a burglar took contents from a 58-year-old man’s vehicle at a home in the 4800 block of Northaven Road. JUNE 2 Before 2:35 a.m., burglars broke a lock and stole from Mi Cocina at Preston Forest Village.

MAY 19 Before 4:14 p.m., a 33-yearold woman left her car running at a home in the 4700 block of Forest Bend Road making it easy for a thief to snatch the keys.

JUNE 3 Before 2:01 a.m., a rascal took a 50-year-old man’s vehicle from the parking lot at Mattito’s Mexican restaurant on Forest Lane and Central Expressway.

MAY 21 Before 10:39 a.m., an opportunistic thief stole from a 29-year-old Allen man’s truck at a home in the 6400 block of Norway Road.

JUNE 6 Before 10:58 a.m., a lewd, crude, disgusting person masturbated in front of a 19-year-old Denton woman at Preston Forest Village.

MAY 22 Before 8:30 p.m., a bully threatened to kill a 52-year-old Wylie man at Drake’s Old Hollywood Style

JUNE 7 Burglarized before 9:46 p.m.: a 54-year-old woman’s home in the 5300 block of Rockcliff Place.

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SMU’s Jordan disappointed by police conduct at Black Lives Matter march By Rachel Snyder

halfway across the bridge. Jordan said officers released smoke bombs and struck him with a rubber bullet. n adjunct SMU faculty member He also described the possible use of might have avoided detention and tear gas, as did Tim Cato in an account a rubber bullet on the Margaret from the bridge published online by our Hunt Hill Bridge if he could have left a sister publication D Magazine. A Dallas Police spokesperson said offidemonstration against police brutality when he planned to do so. cers used smoke to disperse the crowd, but Ray Jordan said he and his children de- Cato wrote that he believed it was tear gas. cided to leave the protest outside the curDallas police didn’t answer a question few zone at the Frank Crowley Courts from People Newspapers about methods Building before nightfall but found the and materials used on the bridge. Protesters, detained with plastic zip public parking garage where they left his car blocked by police. ties, remained on the bridge for about two “We were told that we could not leave hours. Once released, Jordan said, he and until the protest was finhis children walked to a ished,” he said. friend’s home and used So, Jordan said, they a ride-sharing app to get back home. rejoined the march on Riverfront Boulevard and Three days later, Dalended up among the 674 las Police Chief Reneé protesters the Dallas PoHall announced that lice Department detained her department would on the bridge the night of not file at-large charges June 1. against the protesters detained on the bridge but Jordan, who first came to SMU in 2005 as a defended the decision to seminarian attending the intercept marchers with Perkins School of Theolriot police. ogy, has experience with Ray Jordan (COURTESY “I strongly believe peaceful demonstrations. CAMERON LAM) we made the right decisions to deter and disperse As a student, he participated in the second-annuthe large crowd on the al SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage, an event bridge,” Hall said in a statement. “We had to protect the protesters from vehicular he went on to lead for the last 13 years. He didn’t anticipate trouble on the injury on a roadway still open to traffic. Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. It was critically important to process pro“As the march entered the ramp, and testers and then safely reopen the bridge.” the police did not stop us or request that Jordan took issue with Hall’s approach. we not go that direction, I assumed we “Her remarks after the bridge assault were were within our legal right to peacefully not factual in relation to my experience,” assemble and protest,” he said. he said. “And she seemed to show very litBut protesters met officers in riot gear tle remorse.”

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SMU adjunct faculty member Ray Jordan shared photos of the scene the night of June 1 on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. (COURTESY RAY JORDAN)

Black Leaders Seek Fairness in Budgets Jenkins hosts online discussion on race

By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

Even as nationwide protests continue over police violence, concerns in Black communities don’t stop there. Other urgent issues include getting resources to combat COVID-19 and worries over job losses, community organizer Brittany White told Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins during a recent Zoom meeting. “ We need safety nets in place,” she said. “The reason why people are upset is because they’re being criminalized, overpoliced, and underpaid – and they don’t have anywhere safe to live.” Still concerned about faceto-face talks during the pandemic, Jenkins hosted the online discussion on race with faith leaders, community organizers, and other officials. Fairness in

government budgeting was a top concern. Recent city furloughs didn’t hit the police department, Mothers Against Police Brutality co-founder Sara Mokuria said. They hit what she called “alternatives to policing” like arts and recreation programs.

There are other things that we need to be investing in as a city. Sara Mokuria

Police identified as “bad cops” should be furloughed first, she said, referring to the Brady List. A 1963 U.S. Supreme court ruling resulted in prosecutors maintaining names of officers found to be unreliable after internal

affairs investigations. It doesn’t keep an officer f rom testifying in court, but prosecutors are required to divulge that the officer has had a sustained investigation in regards to giving false testimony. The Rev. Frederick Haynes of Friendship-West Baptist Church referred to a story last year about The Plain View Project’s report on racist social media statements by police across the country. The group identified 109 DPD officers thought to be in violation of the department’s social media policy, and 60 more that were no longer with the department. “Are they still working?” Haynes asked. “What policies have been enacted to deal with racist police officers?” Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall wouldn’t term any of the statements as racist but said the department reviewed them and

Judge Clay Jenkins used Zoom to maintain social distancing while meeting with clergy and other community advocates. (COURTESY PHOTO) determined which violated policy. Reportedly 13-15 officers were disciplined and received training. “Some of it is considered to be f ree speech,” she said. “I’m not a lawyer, I’m a cop.” Mokuria asked that the city and county take a long look at budgets and what they’re asking

law enforcement to do. “Police are not the correct responders to all the things they are responding to – mental health, issues around domestic abuse,” Mokuria said. “There are other things that we need to be investing in as a city.” Go to to see more of the discussion. | July 2020  9


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‘She Loved Life’

Friends of Leslie Baker share stories of lifelong bonds cut short By Bethany Erickson People Newspaper

It was almost as if Leslie Baker was still looking out for Brenda Buell even days after Baker was murdered outside her Preston Hollow home. “The days following Leslie’s passing my online orders for my candle business were inexplicably high and particularly for one scent, French Flower Market,” Buell said. “I thought there must be a glitch with my website or some mistake. It was not until a friend pointed out that Leslie had posted on her Facebook and Instagram that this was her new favorite scent. “I just sat down and wept and thought, ‘Well, she’s still helping me from heaven!” Buell said a portion of the sales of that candle, which is sold at her B’s Knees Fragrance Company, will go to the TJ Martell Foundation for cancer research. “Her sister is the CEO for this foundation, and Leslie was so proud of her work there,” Buell explained. Buell and other friends spoke with People Newspapers at the suggestion of the Baker family, in hopes that they could share what made their friend special – stories about her life, if you will, instead of its last five minutes. “My favorite story about Leslie is Leslie’s life. The way she lived it. Every. Single. Day. She had a wonderful, loving marriage to Robert, and they were mutually supportive of one

another. She loved, supported, and raised her children, Robert Jr. and Catherine, who no doubt are both accomplished, confident young adults with full lives ahead of them, with a great foundation from Leslie and Robert,” said Denise Lyman. “We should all take a page from the Leslie Baker playbook!” Baker, a W.T. White High School graduate, was the director of marketing at Texas Health Center for Diagnostic Surgery in Plano. “She was always thinking of others. She truly took an interest in you. She loved life, she was happy, she loved helping others,” said Becky LaCour, who said their families have been friends for more than 20 years. “She was thoughtful, kind, sincere, she was passionate about women’s health issues. Leslie was funny and had a great sense of humor. Leslie was a go-getter – she would find a cause or something she believed in and worked to make a difference.” All three spoke of their friend’s willingness to roll up her sleeves and pitch in – from helping with fundraisers for people she never met, to organizing seminars on women’s health, or just being available for people she loved. “My mother was here for four months to have surgery and rehab,” recalled LaCour. “Leslie would bring me lunch and just sit with me during her lunch break. She would drop off dinner for my family. Leslie knew what I needed and would just make it happen.” “You wanted to get something done? Get Leslie Baker involved,” Lyman agreed. “If

TOP, FROM LEFT: Gwen Parker, Brenda Buell, Leslie Baker, and Becky LaCour celebrate Baker’s most recent birthday, the day before the pandemic closed restaurants. Denise Lyman and Baker introduced then U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions in 2018. (COURTESY PHOTOS) Leslie told you she was going to do something, she did it. No excuses—it got done. The loss is immense to so many people whose

lives she touched.” Find more photos and tributes from her friends and updates on the case at | July 2020  11

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Persistence During Pandemic Community inspired as SMU student pays family’s rent, continues studies By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers

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SMU student Joie Lew may have lost any sense of stability when shelter-in-place orders began, but her persistent pursuit of education has drawn an outpouring of community support. Lew, 19, said campus closures during her f reshman year forced her to move into a motel with her divorced parents. Her mother is a hairstylist, and her father is an Uber driver, so the pandemic greatly impacted their ability to work. “Our motel wasn’t big enough for the three of us, so then we had to move to a different motel, and then my parents couldn’t afford to pay rent, so then I had to start paying rent,” Lew said. She was able to keep her job working remotely for SMU’s college access programs, which assists TOP: Sandy Chan first-generation and is eager to see low-income students. daughter Joie Lew Lew is a first-gener- continue college. ation college student (COURTESY PHOTOS) herself. “There was just a lot of struggle between work, balancing school, balancing my mental health,” she said. “Trying to cover rent, trying to support my family was super hard, and just really pushing through it was a challenge in itself, but we’ve gotten through a lot of things, and this was just another thing that we had to take on.” Lew said paying for her education wasn’t easy before the pandemic. “There were financial troubles basically since the first day that I stepped on campus, and my parents and I knew that was

something we were signing up for,” she said. Despite that, Lew knew she wanted to attend SMU. “I decided to go to SMU because it’s a fantastic university, and there are so many opportunities that are afforded to the students who attend there,” she said. “I know that the stigma around SMU was really big and when I was younger, I do have to admit I kind of bought into it, but then I went on a lot of college tours, my parents kind of pushed me to look into and really just make my own opinion of the school.” L e w ’s m o t h e r, Sandy Chan, was determined her daughter continue her education. “No matter what, she’s not going to stop. She has to go to college,” Chan said. “I never had the thought that, you know, she needed to stop going to college next year. I’m just like, ‘I’ve got to find a way, I’ve got to find a way.’” Things have improved for the family. Lew received a job offer as an assistant at a Dallas law group from an SMU alumnus who heard about her. Another alumnus set up a GoFundMe page that raised $28,150. Lew hopes to work in politics. “I’m super passionate about creating change and making this country better for its people,” she said. “With everything that’s been happening lately, I’ve had a lot of new connections that have been really helpful to helping me move toward my goals, and SMU’s genuinely been the best place for me to really start making these connections that are so important.” | July 2020  13

“My stroke was 2 months ago, I’ve been kicked out of therapy because my insurance wouldn’t pay, and I’m still not functioning like I want to be!” By authority on functional rehabilitation, author and occupational therapist, Emilia Bourland, MOT, OTR, ECHM

Did you know stroke survivors can keep getting better for a WHOLE YEAR (or more!) after having a stroke? HOW LONG WAS YOUR REHAB? Here are 3 facts about stroke recovery YOU SHOULD KNOW. Fact 1: The arm that was affected can still change. If you still have problems using your arm within the first year of your stroke, that arm is likely to keep changing. If you’re not getting the therapy you need, those changes can actually make the situation worse. Call 469-998-1245 to make sure you are getting the therapy you need. Fact 2: Arms affected by stroke get better more slowly than legs. I hear all the time from clients, “My leg is doing fine, but this arm just won’t cooperate!” The fact is, your arm does a vast number of incredibly complicated things! Arm recovery almost always takes longer. If you still have problems using your arm after stroke Call 469-998-1245. Fact 3: The method of therapy matters. Research has shown over and over that just “doing exercise” after a stroke does not

lead to the best results. You need a therapist who is highly skilled in using ACTUAL FUNCTIONAL techniques to get the best performance from your body. Getting the RIGHT THERAPY from the RIGHT THERAPIST can change the way you live the rest of your life. Getting the wrong therapy from the wrong therapist will not. NOT SURE WHO YOU NEED? Call 469998-1245 to make sure you are seeing the RIGHT therapist. If I’m not the right therapist for you, I’ll help you find the person who is. WHAT TO DO NEXT? Choose ONE of the following options: • Option 1: CALL or TEXT 24/7 469-9981245 to request a FREE Report on what you NEED TO KNOW about Stroke Recovery. • Option 2: Schedule a FREE Stroke Recovery Assessment by calling 469-9981245 or by going to www.aipctherapy. com/free-consultations. Tele-rehab options are available. • IMPORTANT: There is NO COST or obligation to purchase anything. Author Emilia Bourland, MOT, OTR, ECHM is owner of AIPC Consulting, LLC. Contact her at 469-998-1245 or emilia.bourland@ - Advertisement -

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Community ‘IT MADE ME FEEL SO UNWELCOME’ Motorists rally in support for Black Preston Hollow teens threatened at Sonic

Cars stretched for blocks to support six Preston Hollow teens. Right, Elle Grinnell and Evan Brown speak to a TV news reporter about being threatened with a police call at a local Sonic. (PHOTOS: BETHANY ERICKSON)

By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers


t 3:30 on a Sunday afternoon, six friends stood in a parking lot across from a Sonic Drive-In where, they said, they had been singled out a week before because of the color of their skin. By 4 p.m., cars began arriving for a driveby rally of support for the teens. Within an hour, a steady, relentless line of cars had snaked up Forest Lane, down Inwood, into the Sonic parking lot, and then the Anderson parking lot at Jesuit Preparatory School of Dallas. There the rising seniors and their families stood in the shade to

wave at their well-wishers. For Evan Brown and five friends, all Black, it served as a balm after feeling so unwelcome the week before at the Sonic where they were regulars and had placed orders before getting out of their cars. “We were away from the middle section, so we wouldn’t be in traffic or anything, and there was an employee who came out, and he told us that if we didn’t get back in our cars that he would be forced to call the cops,” he said. That wording, the teens said, hit particularly hard just days after George Floyd’s death. Four Minneapolis police officers have been arrested and charged in the death.

We didn’t cause a disturbance, and there was no need to bring up police involvement. Evan Brown

“We didn’t cause a disturbance, and there was no need to bring up police involvement,” Evan said. “It made me feel so unwelcome.” Evan’s mother, Kimberly-Clarke deputy general counsel Shonn Brown, sprang into action when she found out. “I went to Sonic. By myself. At night. And to my dismay, there were two groups of all White children who were gathered in the Sonic parking lot. Outside their cars,” she wrote on Facebook, adding that she confronted employees and asked if they planned on reiterating their policy to those teens as well. Brown said that the person at the window confirmed the policy, and agreed, at her request, to tell the White teens as well. She said she waited, watching as one group even stood under an order stall without having a car. An employee finally came out to explain

the store policy, but never once, threatened them with calling police, Brown said. “In our situation, we’re really fortunate that we have parents who can do something like this,” one teen, MJ Ward, said. They met with Sonic corporate staffers to talk about changes they wanted to see from the chain, teen Elle Grinnell said. “Then they wrote out the statement.” Sonic’s statement, available at, says the issue was “handled inappropriately and did not live up to our standards.” The corporation said it would revise its policies regarding who approaches guests and would ensure employees took unconscious bias training. The teens are still on the fence about whether they’ll go back to what was a favorite hangout, Evan said. “I’m willing to go back if I can see there is change.” | July 2020  15

Happy Fourth? Usually, in July, everyone is gearing up for the festivities: parades, cookouts, pool parties, fireworks, and vacations. However, there’s nothing usual about 2020. In these murky times, it is impossible to forecast almost anything. Well, maybe LEN BOURLAND the weather. The summer heat will be blistering. The embers of 5/25/20 will remain hot. For baby boomers who witnessed the Watt riots in ’65, assassinations of President John F. Kennedy in ’63, and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy in ’68, there is a sense of déjà vu. The police brutality in Mayor Richard Daley’s Chicago during the ’68 Democratic convention remains vivid. After Dr. King was slain in Memphis, the National Guard rolled down the boulevards, and tanks surrounded my Nashville campus for a lockdown. Nearby campuses saw buildings torched in rage. The Civil Rights movement, the student revolutions, the antiwar movement lumped together to create the radical ’60s. Then came hippies, dope, bringing the troops out of ‘Nam, and the music of Woodstock. The boomers graduated and started families. The world changed again. The turbulent ’60s did not play out against the backdrop of a paralyzing worldwide pandemic, against a crashed economy, and all in a hightech world. This presidential election looks like one of the most polarizing in history. Has nothing changed? It has. Unheard of in the ’60s, mixed marriages and multi-colored families are now everywhere. Black men and women are at every level of government and business, and some exist at the highest level of wealth in America. Still, that there is great disparity in all of America remains a fact. Now what? Can we plan for school, holidays, travel, sporting events? It’s hard to find terra firma. People feel anxious, depressed, frightened, weird. What can we do? Grieve. For lost childhoods, for Black men with targets on their backs, for unseen viruses. Insist on weeding out filthy cops who soil the vital majority of good ones. We must inoculate ourselves against brutality and racism, and extremism and polarity. We must find an inoculation from COVID-19. Can we find our way back to patriotism this Fourth of July? We must and somehow survive the election of 2020, or we will need to find a national slogan other than E Pluribus Unum. E pluribus unum is Latin for “out of many, one.” Reach Len Bourland at

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16 July 2020 |

Do You Know These ABCs? As Dallas picks up speed, beloved restaurants and stores reopen their doors to the public. Even while some stores and restaurants may restrict occupancy or remain take-out only, we can still appreciate the service of these places that we missed so dearly. To recognize these places as well as to have a little fun, we have created an alphabet of places to challenge our readers. You see only the first letter of a sign that is located in either the Park Cities or Preston Hollow. It is now your turn to dust off your rusty knowledge about places that you may have not been to in months and guess the full name of the stores just by looking at the first letter. How well do you know your favorite stores and restaurants? – Kate Clark



























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As Trump Visits Preston Hollow, Neighbors Disagree on His Presidency By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

Not long after Air Force One landed in Dallas on June 11, word was out – President Donald Trump would be dining in Preston Hollow. Guesses as to where his $580,000-per-couple fundraising dinner would occur had been flying wildly for a week - would it be in Highland Park? Would it be in Preston Hollow? Turns out, the answer was the Preston Hollow home of Energy Transfer CEO Kelcy Warren, whose company built the Dakota Access pipeline. Trump started his visit with a roundtable discussion with faith leaders, law enforcement officials, and small business owners regarding race relations and policing at Gateway Church’s North Dallas campus. Protestors, motorcade-watchers, and supporters lined Hillcrest Road. As the president’s meeting wound down to a close, news media and neighbors began to assemble outside Warren’s home on Park Lane, waiting to catch a glimpse of the motorcade - or in some cases, tell Trump what they thought of him. A group of neighbors held a homemade sign that said “MAGA”

Neighbors wait with signs and flags for President Donald Trump’s motorcade. (PHOTOS BETHANY ERICKSON) and a large flag. They looked askance - but did not engage their neighbor with the sign that said, “Crawl back to your bunker.” Boys on bicycles stood off to the side, waiting for the motorcade. Another clutch of adults stood off to the side of a state trooper’s vehicle being used as a barricade, holding cell phones aloft, ready to take videos. Another neighbor stood to the side, in the shade, holding a campaign sign for Joe Biden. Online, discussion about the President’s visit to Preston Hollow

was just as mixed. “Donald Trump does not represent the values of many great Republicans and many great Christians in this city, he needs to go. I applaud those that continue to turn away from him,” Shawna Brinkley said. But another neighbor disagreed. “Your one opinion does not rule the majority. Go sit in your bunker,” Mimi Wallace said. “Shawna, who (are) you going to vote for then? Rhetorical if you are a Republican, as you say, who

will you vote for?” R.D. Taylor questioned. “It speaks volumes that George W. Bush does not support Trump. George H. W. Bush voted for Hillary, and lovely Barbara Bush was very vocal about not supporting Trump. People before party,” Brinkley replied. “R.D. Taylor the better question is, ‘If you are a Christian, who would you vote for?’ I am assuming before being Republican or Democrat, if faith and Christianity is something important in

their lives, Christian values would go first,” responded Ana Lucia De La Garza Balli.

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18 July 2020 |

Noteworthy Neighbors WHY DOES A RETIRED LAWYER NEED TO LEARN ABOUT LAVA? Dallas CASA volunteer Cliff Hutchinson takes up young client’s interests Editor’s note: Rex’s Seafood & Market is sponsoring this monthly feature.

A Court Appointed Special Advocate’s work doesn’t begin nor end with a legal proceeding. And, as new Dallas CASA volunteer Cliff Hutchinson has seen recently, it could require a crash course in the particulars of the threehorned rhinoceros beetle. A 9-year-old boy assigned to Hutchinson was struggling in school, struggling in foster care placement, and struggling in his other relationships. Therapy didn’t appear to help. The boy remained bored in school, prone to emotional outbursts, and unwilling to follow instructions. Mandatory distance learning, prompted by the precautionary closure of schools in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, made it worse, according to a press release from Dallas CASA. Judges appoint volunteers such as Hutchinson to advocate for the interests of children removed from unsafe homes and forced to live in protective state care. But with an overburdened child welfare system, the role often makes a volunteer a child’s only constant adult presence, said Rosanne Lewis, Dallas CASA public relations manager.

I see now that advocacy is really about the relationship. I’m a constant, and it’s important to him to have someone. Cliff Hutchinson Hutchinson, seeing from his first meeting the boy’s smarts and curiosity, had a hunch the child needed more to do.

“He’s like a sponge,” said Hutchinson, who lives in Preston Hollow. “The schoolwork he was assigned to do at home during the pandemic was taking him only 30 minutes to an hour a day. He had a lot more time to fill.” Hutchinson suggested the two meet via Zoom weekly to discuss topics of interest to the boy. The first suggestion: beetles, particularly the three-horned rhinoceros beetle. After some online research, Hutchinson came prepared for the first virtual meeting with videos and other information. They discussed beetles for an hour. The next Zoom call covered volcanos and lava. They watched Bill Nye the Science Guy videos and explored National Geographic Kids together. The boy is Hutchinson’s first case as a child advocate. As a recently retired attorney, he thought the legal aspect of child advocacy would be a good fit, so he signed up for the 30-hour volunteer training before taking his first case. He does his volunteer work around his schedule as an adjunct professor at SMU’s

Reading materials on science and nature have proven essential as Dallas CASA volunteer Cliff Hutchinson seeks to serve his curious client during weekly Zoom meetings. (PHOTO: ROSANNE LEWIS) Dedman School of Law. “Honestly, my first thought had been to give him more schoolwork,” Hutchinson said. “But I see now that advocacy is really about the relationship. I’m a constant, and it’s important to him to have someone.” They’ve added many more topics to explore: robots, electronics, dinosaurs, birds,

and fish. When the boy recently learned he was moving to a new foster home, his first question was for Hutchinson: “Are you coming with me?” “I’m here,” the volunteer told him. “I’m not going anywhere.” – Staff report | July 2020  19

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20 July 2020 |

Enchanting Elegance 4205/4207 University Boulevard Offered for $1,695,000 4 Bed / 4 Bath / Duplex Susan Bradley 214.674.5518

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Majestic Mediterranean 3608 Beverly Drive Offered for $8,495,000 6 Bed / 7.1 Bath / 9,343 Sq.Ft. Doris Jacobs 214.537.3399

Art + Nature Paradise 9121 David Fort Road Offered for $3,995,000 6 Bed / 7.2 Baths / 13,597 Sq.Ft. Clarke Landry 214.316.7416


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22 July 2020 |

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Comings and Goings NEW OWNERSHIP Aston Martin Dallas

5333 Lemmon Avenue Park Place Dealerships will buy the dealership from John Eagle Auto Group for an undisclosed price. The deal includes the purchase of assets from the Lemmon Avenue store. “Aston Martin is an iconic British brand that fits perfectly into our Park Place Premier Collection,” said Ken Schnitzer, chairman of Park Place Dealerships. “The brand is known as a marque that blends craftsmanship, art, design, and the latest technology to produce some of the world’s most ultra-luxurious vehicles.”

NEW LOCATION Clare Market Investments

4311 W. Lovers Lane “Relocating to a stand-alone building affords us the ability to continue to serve our clients outside of a conventional office tower, in a less crowded environment that we can closely monitor and control,” said Keith Rhodus, founder and managing member of the registered investment advisor and financial planning firm. “West Lovers Lane is an exciting and desirable part of town, surrounded by high-end retail, great restaurants, as well as professional offices, all within convenient proximity to Dallas Love Field Airport.”

NOW OPEN Brenda Schoenfeld E-Commerce Website

3911 Oak Lawn Avenue The boutique launched with four main categories initially: jewelry, home and décor, handbags, and accessories. “This has been in the

works for quite some time, and our entire team has been working hard to ensure our customers have the same one-of-a-kind experience as they find in our boutique. In light of COVID-19, there’s no better time than now to make shopping easier for our customers,” shared Brenda Schoenfeld.

People will eagerly reconnect once they feel more confident and safer

The Conservatory on Two

Highland Park Village A 4,000 square-foot “treehouse” serves as the second local outpost of the concept store and a comprehensive gallery for its website, Categories include women’s and men’s clothing, accessories, jewelry, well-being products, and living products.

Dugg Burger

7949 Walnut Hill Lane The restaurant offers hamburgers, grilled chicken, crispy chicken, and a vegetarian portobello mushroom cap. “Dugg fans have been tremendously supportive of our opening a second location during these trying times, and we look forward to providing a way for people to safely connect over great food and drink,” said owner Scott Spence.

Hughes Family Tribute Center Chapel 9700 Webb Chapel Road The chapel is the first part of a major renovation and expansion of the Hughes’ current facility to open. Upon completion, the multi-million-dollar investment in the Bachman Lake area will offer more than 13,500 square feet of space and capacity of more than 400. SBLM Architects designed the building. “We wanted our chapel to be large enough to serve our families and to also offer a calming, healing space,” said DeWayne Hughes, third-generation funeral director and co-owner and co-manager of the Hughes Family Tribute Center. THE CONSERVATORY ON TWO





The U.S. will face hard moments in the short run but emerge from the pandemic with strength, strategist Robert Moran told the Preston Center Rotary Club. (PHOTO: WILLIAM TAYLOR)

By William Taylor People Newspapers


orry, optimists. Business strategist Robert Moran doesn’t anticipate a smooth V-shaped rebound after the pandemic shuttered the economy this spring. “We are more likely to see a spotty, W-shaped recovery, not because states won’t try to bring their economies back, but because we will have disruptions that occur over time,” he said. He met with the Preston Center Rotary Club via Zoom on May 27, two days after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, but before Black Lives Matter demonstrations – sometimes accompanied by vandalism and looting; tear gas and rubber bullets – spread across the country. Disruption f rom the protesting often extended beyond downtowns to places like Dallas’ Deep Ellum. In the Park Cities and Preston Hollow, Highland Park Village and NorthPark Center voluntarily shuttered after social media chatter suggested trouble might head their way. It didn’t. Moran leads Brunswick Insight, a global public opinion, market research, and analytics company with research teams in New York, London, Washington, Dubai, Beijing, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Munich, and Dallas,

according to brunswickgroup. com. He contributes to the Huffington Post, has appeared on Fox Busin e s s Ne w s , BBC, and CGTN, and is f riends with Rotarian Grant Wood of Dallas. The two men belong to the Knights of Babylon, a Mardi Gras krewe in New Orleans, and participated in a parade there before most public gatherings were canceled. Based on history, he expects the recovery process to include stages, as people address safety and economic resilience, along with issues of fairness. “If people don’t feel safe at work, or they don’t feel safe buying your product, you are nowhere,” he said. “Our challenge is going to be even if (COVID-19) numbers drop, you are still going to have at the margins concerns about safety, which is going to hold us back.” Some people will hold onto their money more closely than before, creating demand-side challenges in the economy, Moran said. To boost economic resiliency, U.S. will move supply chains

closer to home, places like Vietnam, Thailand, and Mexico – which benefits Texas – and bring more production back home, he said. “This was going to happen anyway with 3-D printing, but it is accelerating.” His predictions: companies will employ chief medical officers; the nation will focus on health security and surveillance, and brands like Lysol and Clorox could see opportunities as businesses look to boast, “This building was cleaned with X.” The U.S. also faces a push to address economic fairness, such as how much the pandemic’s “essential workers” are making, Moran said. “We are already expecting some level of comeback of organized labor.” Ideas like Universal Basic Income could get another look. “Most Americans need to go to a location to do their job,” he said, adding industries with those jobs will need to address health and safety. “America doesn’t work if meatpackers don’t go to work, if truckers don’t go to work.” New ideas and ways of operating will emerge. People will emerge, too, as they feel safer, Moran said, predicting a “huge period of reconnection.”

If people don’t feel safe at work, or they don’t feel safe buying your product, you are nowhere. Robert Moran

24 July 2020 |

HOUSE OF THE MONTH 7527 Morton Street

Real Talk: Mary Poss By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

Mary Poss knows North Dallas like the back of her hand. After earning her bachelor’s degree (double major in finance and management) from the University of Texas at Austin, she returned to Dallas and became a banker and later a Dallas City council member. Ebby Halliday convinced her to join the real estate world, and Poss has been with Ebby Halliday Realtors ever since.



rom premium Dallas home builder, R.A. Millennium Properties, this four-bedroom, fivebath, energy-efficient smart home with a two-car garage covers 4,037 square feet (per building plan) in Lovers Lane Heights. Exceptional native landscaping softens the crisp, clean lines. Inside, luxurious qualities such as white oak hardwood flooring, Venetian plaster, Kelly Wearstler lighting, a state-of-the-art kitchen,

Spanish and Italian cabinetry, and more, all combine to create a memorable first impression. The flow is intuitive, and spaces are open yet defined. Beautiful outdoor views are standard from every room through Quaker windows. There is a secluded first-floor master bedroom with patio access, and upstairs, a landing living room/game room with reading nook and three en suite bedrooms.

How long have you been in real estate, and what led you to this career? I was a VP of operations for a Mary Poss major bank for years, where I had responsibility for international operations and processing over $4.5 billion in wire funds each day. I also negotiated major contracts. As mayor pro-tem and mayor in Dallas, I worked on major transportation, arts projects, crime problems, but also helped people solve neighborhood problems all day long. All of these skills are helpful daily in my real estate career. Ebby and I first met in the ‘90s when she was chair of Keep Texas Beautiful, and I was chairing Clean Dallas. Despite the age difference, we became fast friends and remained so until her death. When I was leaving city hall after four terms, she called and said, “Come on over and get started in real estate.” That was 15 years ago. Now that you’ve been a real estate professional for a while, if you could go back in time and give agents just starting out any advice, what would it be?

I would advise all agents building their business to get out and be a part of their neighborhood and community. If you work hard in the community, people will get to know you, and they will have confidence in you. What is the best thing about being a real estate agent? It’s really terrific to see the smile on someone’s face when I bring them the right offer or they walk into just the right home for the first time. It’s also terrific to stay in touch with clients and help them however possible during the ownership of their home. What is your outlook on the Dallas market? We have all of the right resources for the business and job environment to continue growing — available land for building, good water supply, good transportation systems with a strong plan for building thru 2050, strong labor force, good educational systems at all levels, central time zone, and a climate that most people generally like. I find people visiting the Dallas area for the first time are very impressed with the people, the arts, the international flair, and the cultural aspects of the city. Can you give us a fun fact about yourself? Someday I will write a book for young people to try and motivate them to always work hard and do their best each day. I want every child, regardless of where they start in life, to know that they can have three great and meaningful careers — and hopefully, I’ll meet some of them through real estate. | July 2020  25




Valedictorian: Elnor Soloman

Salutatorian: Cynthia Olvera

Valedictorian: Joshua Kennedy Davis

Salutatorian: Sophia Marie Banowsky


Valedictorian: Giovanna Lozano

Salutatorian: Liliana Romero

After graduation ceremonies were moved to online, parents, teachers, and communities in Dallas opted to safely fete seniors in school parking lots, including W.T. White, Hillcrest, and Thomas Jefferson high schools. (COURTESY HEAD SHOTS; CELEBRATION PHOTOS BY BETHANY ERICKSON)


Hillcrest, Thomas Jefferson, W.T. White highs find reason to celebrate By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers


hen seniors at W.T. White, Hillcrest, and Thomas Jefferson high schools started their year last August, there was no way they could imagine how it would turn out. Thanks to a pandemic, none of them had a prom. None were able to participate in time-honored school traditions. All of them had virtual commencement ceremonies. And one - Thomas Jefferson - went from no school, to temporary school, to online school in a year, all due to the onetwo punch of an October EF3 tornado and COVID-19. But the theme of their graduations was the same: Resilience.

“Today is your day, although it looks and feels differently than what you expected and deserve,” said Dallas ISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa. “The entire community shares your disappointment at having to minimize this year’s celebrations.” He joined such local luminaries as Pat and Emmitt Smith, several Dallas Mavericks players, and Mayor Eric Johnson in wishing the graduates well. “So much was taken from you that cannot be taken back, and for that, every adult in your life has felt your anguish,” Hillcrest principal Joseph Sotelo said. For Thomas Jefferson seniors, the absence from the campus where they began the school year stretched the longest. “While the world has caught up with

We worked hard; we deserved a better ending. Liliana Romero

us in tragedy, our life-changing year began well before COVID-19,” Thomas Jefferson principal Sandi Massey said. “When we left school at the end of the day on Friday, October 18, not one of us could have imagined that we would never again walk the halls of TJ high school as we had done that day.” She credited them for working to make their temporary campus the new TJ. “You are incredible, determined students who, when COVID-19 hit, you took it in stride, as if you were already prepared for this new battle,” Massey said. “We worked hard; we deserved a better ending,” salutatorian Liliana Romero acknowledged. Valedictorian Giovanna Lozano agreed and also encouraged classmates to look after their mental health. Similar sentiments echoed in speeches by W.T. White and Hillcrest graduates. “You didn’t get the senior year that you deserved … but please listen: This pandemic will end, that’s a guarantee,”

valedictorian Joshua Kennedy Davis told his W.T. White classmates. “What’s not guaranteed is the survival of your ambition, your motivation, and your fiery dreams.” “Although today may not be what we expected, everything we know and everything we are is about to change – hopefully for the better,” said salutatorian Sophia Marie Banowsky. Hillcrest salutatorian Cynthia Olvera spoke of the resilience of her classmates. “We didn’t get to experience a prom or the graduation we always dreamed of, but instead of talking about how upsetting that was, I want to remind everyone how resilient our class has been,” she said. Valedictorian Elnor Soloman thanked parents, teachers, and the community for banding together. “You worked so hard this past year, and especially this past month, to make our senior year as memorable as possible.”

26 July 2020 |

Standing Proud During a Pandemic

Sports scholarship takes Jesuit grad to Academy, commissioned service By Kate Clark

People Newspapers Pryor Miller’s journey from land-locked Dallas to service aboard a U.S. Coast Guard vessel began with a soccer ball. Born and raised in Preston Hollow, Miller attended Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, and as a high school senior, scored a college recruitment offer from the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. Now, after four years in the Academy, Miller is an ensign, a commissioned officer, stationed in Alameda, California, where he serves aboard Waesche, a national security cutter. “Being from Dallas, I didn’t know a lot about the Coast Guard,” Miller said. “I sent an email to the soccer coach at the Coast Guard Academy. He started recruiting me, and then I went to visit and fell in love with the place.” Although recruited for soccer, he chose the Academy due to his desire to serve. “Ever since I could really remember, I had this interest in wanting to serve,” Miller said. “For the Coast Guard specifically, they have a very humanitarian mission, so it’s different than all the other services. Our main priorities are

guarding the coast but also search and rescue.” In early-June, Miller was stationed in Alameda. He will be living in the Bay Area for the next two years. As an entry-level commission officer, his duties will include driving the ships and law enforcement boarding.

Our main priorities are guarding the coast but also search and rescue. Ensign Pryor Miller He described the school year at the Coast Guard Academy as like any other college. Miller took 1821 hours of credit each semester as well as playing soccer.

Crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche examine a propeller before the ship left drydock in 2018. (U.S. COAST GUARD PHOTO BY PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS AYLA KELLEY)

However, he did have one course each semester called nautical science, which taught necessary skills such as how to drive a cutter and use a chart. “We got exposure to training during the school year, but it wasn’t as heavy as it was during the summer,” Miller said. Summers would entail on the job training as well as leadership skills. His first summer, Miller spent six weeks on the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, a 300-foot sailing vessel, and five weeks on a cutter in Virginia. The following summers included working with incoming classes, as well as more on the job training. “For anyone who doesn’t know what the Coast Guard is or what the Coast Guard does, it’s not a bad thing,” Miller said. “I was one of those people five years ago. The Coast Guard is an awesome service, and they do a lot of things for the safety and well-being of the U.S.”

The coronavirus has taken a lot good days, bad days, hard days, easy from this year’s seniors. As the vi- days, the days you felt like going to rus accelerated from another coun- school, and even the days you did try’s news to shutting down our na- not. The days when you thought you tion in a matter of weeks, we were hated your teachers and the days reminded of how quickly situations when you realized you loved your can change. teachers because of their dedication Thirteen long years: from count- to you. The mindset and perspective ing to calculus, finger painting to we developed through all the highs physics, nap time to National Merit. and lows prove how far we came We spent lots of long hours doing through our education. While the last minute science projparties and ceremonies ects or trying to get that formally mark the endessay written in one day. ing of this chapter, the Then March hit. All daily lessons we experienced truly show how the events we looked forward to – senior prom, far we have grown and matured. graduation, among other long-anticipated tradi- Mason Morland So, class of 2020, your tions – seem stripped from frustration, disappointus unfairly. The rewards for ment, anger, and plethoour dedication seemed nora of other emotions are where to be found. real and valid. We hear But what if the reward you, and we mourn with was not just limos at prom, you. Do not let anyone traditional ceremonies, or invalidate your feelings. However, please rememhangouts with friends at Savannah Sims the end of senior year? ber that this lacklusWe spent so much time ter culmination of your dreaming of things yet to come that grade school career cannot take we forgot what was right in front away any of its meaning. COVID-19 has taken so much. the whole time: our teachers, mentors, parents, and peers guiding us But you have the choice not to let it every step of the way. take away the joy, pride, and growth The relationships we cultivated, that you earned and deserve after the relationships we lost, the times these years of hard work. Remember we jumped for joy, and the times we to be grateful for every person who cried, these memories make the ac- helped you along the way. And stand proud despite the heartbreaking sitademic journey meaningful. It’s not the one-night dance or uation. You earned it. Mason Morland and Savannah the one-time celebration of graduation but the day-to-day. Sims are co-valedictorians for Trinity Our journey culminated in how Christian Academy. Sims was featured we treat each day, not the tem- as a Youth on the Rise in the 20 Under porary events of celebration. The 40 section in April.

Ryan McCord


‘Always Ready for the Call,’ Miller Joins Coast Guard

Parents: Stacey and Nicholas McCord Town: Highland Park High School: St. Mark’s School of Texas Achievements/Honors: 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholar, 2020 Finalist Young Arts Photography, 2019 Under Armour All American Lacrosse, Varsity Lacrosse, 9,10,11,12; Varsity Football 10,11,12; Honor Roll 9; High Honor Roll 10,11,12; National Merit Commended Scholar, Publications Photographer, Entrepreneur, DJ HalcyonDallas College Acceptance: Vanderbilt University

We are so proud of you and look forward to seeing what is in store for your future! Love, Mom and Dad | July 2020  27

Congratulations to the 114 members of our 14th graduating class on their college acceptances. In a year of uncertainty and world-wide disruption, we are very proud of our resilient graduates, who have grown in Wisdom, Honor and Service, as they set out to impact our complex global society. Here’s to the Class of 2020! College Acceptance List from our Class of 2020 Abilene Christian University Agnes Scott College American University Arizona State University Auburn University Austin College Baylor University Belmont University Bowdoin College Bradley University Bucknell University Butler University California Polytechnic State University California College of the Arts Centre College Chapman University Clemson University Colorado State University Columbia College Chicago Concordia University Connecticut College Cornell University Creighton University Dallas Baptist University DePaul University DePauw University Drake University Drexel University Duke University Eckerd College Elon University Emerson College Endicott College Florida Atlantic University Florida State University Fordham University Furman University Georgetown Georgetown University Gonzaga University Graceland University Hampton University Harvard University Hawaii Pacific University Hendrix College High Point University

Hofstra University Houston Baptist University Howard University Illinois Wesleyan University Indiana University Johns Hopkins University Lawrence University Lehigh University LeTourneau University Lipscomb University Louisiana State University Loyola Marymount University Loyola University Chicago Loyola University New Orleans Lynn University Maine College of Art Marietta College Maryland Institute College of Art Massachusetts College of Art and Design Miami University Michigan State University Millsaps College Mississippi State University New York University Oglethorpe University Ohio State University Oklahoma State University Ouachita Baptist University Pace University Pacific Northwest College of Art Pennsylvania State University Pepperdine University Pratt Institute Purdue University Queens University of Charlotte Rhode Island School of Design Rhodes College Rice University Rochester Institute of Technology Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Rutgers University Saint Louis University Saint Mary’s College of California Sam Houston State University

Samford University San Diego State University San Jose State University Santa Clara University Savannah College of Art and Design School of the Art Institute of Chicago Seattle Pacific University Sewanee: The University of the South Southern Methodist University Southwest Baptist University Southwestern University St Lawrence University St. Edward’s University St. John’s University St. Mary’s University, San Antonio St. Thomas Aquinas College Stevens Institute of Technology Stony Brook University, The State University of New York Syracuse University Texas A&M University Texas A&M University, Commerce Texas A&M University, Galveston Texas Christian University Texas State University Texas Tech University The George Washington University The Ohio State University The University of Alabama The University of Arizona The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill The University of Tampa The University of Tennessee The University of Texas at Arlington The University of Texas at Austin The University of Texas at Dallas Trinity University Tulane University United States Air Force Academy University of Arkansas University of California, Santa Barbara University of California, Santa Cruz University of California, San Diego

University of Central Arkansas University of Central Florida University of Central Oklahoma University of Colorado University of Denver University of Florida University of Georgia University of Houston University of Iowa University of Kansas University of Kentucky University of Louisville University of Mary Hardin-Baylor University of Massachusetts at Amherst University of Miami University of Michigan University of Minnesota University of Mississippi University of Missouri University of Nevada, Reno University of North Texas University of North Texas at Dallas University of Notre Dame University of Oklahoma University of Oregon University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh University of Richmond University of San Diego University of San Francisco University of South Carolina University of Southern California University of the Incarnate Word University of Toledo University of Tulsa University of Utah University of Washington Valparaiso University Virginia Tech Wabash College Washington and Lee University Washington University in St. Louis Westminster College Xavier University of Louisiana

28 July 2020 |

The Lesson of the Class of 2020: Appreciate All Those Times Together

Seniors experienced abrupt changes, missed out on traditions, found reasons to hope By Kate Clark

“Sometimes we get bogged down at school, but I will just try to remember how much I appreciate going to those classes and learning the material,” Dockery said. Weathersby added, “Every person in every grade lost something, but especially seniors. “It was our ‘victory lap’ and it got taken away a lot sooner than we thought,” she said. “Going into college, I am going to try to appreciate, the best I can, the next four years because all of this showed us that everything can go away in an instant.”

People Newspapers Most seniors left for Spring Break not realizing they would never walk the halls of their campuses again as students. “It was an abrupt halt, and we didn’t know it would be our last time,” said Ned Dockery, valedictorian at The Episcopal School of Dallas (ESD). “I miss having a definite end of school,” he said. “I will miss that feeling of walking through the halls and seeing all my teachers.” Dockery’s feelings mirror those of other area seniors, including ones from Greenhill School and The Hockaday School. “It was really sad not to go through the same traditions that every Hockaday senior has gotten to do,” said Mia Weathersby, Hockaday’s elected 2020 student graduation speaker. “When the school was nice enough to move our graduation to early August, it really helped everyone’s morale.” Although events such as prom, baccalaureate, and graduation underwent changes or cancellations, educators worked to help seniors feel special in these unusual times. “Our faculty is trying really hard to make us have the best graduation

GRADUATIONS DELAYED Ursuline Academy of Dallas, June 28 Parish Episcopal School, June 28 The Episcopal School of Dallas, July 18

Seniors at the Hockaday School paraded in cars around campus in a celebration of the Class of 2020. (COURTESY PHOTOS) events possible,” Greenhill senior Haley Lieberman said. For example, Greenhill, ESD, and Hockaday had seniors decorate cars and parade through campus parking lots. “[Hockaday] did an amazing drive through graduation that I think a lot of people left with tears in their

eyes just by how much work went into it and how thoughtful it was,” Weathersby said. “I think they did a really good trying to recreate the last three months for us the best they could.” The efforts teachers put in to make distanced learning work, also didn’t go unnoticed.

“I think that it’s great that our teachers made the most of the situation and continued to teach well,” Dockery said. “It is obviously a lot more natural in person, but I am just glad we did what we could.” Dockery, Weathersby, and Lieberman said they head off to college with new outlooks because of 2020.

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Salutatorians: Sohum Kulkarni

Valedictorian: Shivani Kulkarni

Salutatorians: Chase Barclay

Valedictorian: Silvia Vazquez

Salutatorian: Sarah Visokay



Valedictorian: Ned Dockery

Valedictorian: Will Nickols

Salutatorian: Kevin Jin

Salutatorian: Jack Casey

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RANGERS SPUR SPIKE IN BOYS VOLLEYBALL ESD Alum Moor Jesuit success extends legacy helps dig up as MLS veteran support among Texas schools

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nternationally, and on both American coasts, volleyball has a legacy as a coed sport. But here in Texas, it’s traditionally been reserved for girls. That could change, however, thanks in part to the dedication of some recent Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas graduates. The Rangers are one of a dozen schools with teams in the upstart Texas Boys High School Volleyball League. “I’d love to see a lot more schools have it,” said Jesuit’s Ben Rodenbaugh. “I don’t think a lot of people understand how exciting men’s volleyball is. It’s a completely different playing style from women’s volleyball. A lot of people can get into it.”

As the schools see that the guys want to do this, hopefully, we’ll have that shift. Regina Progar The league isn’t meant to supplant the well-established success of girls volleyball, of course, but to provide an opportunity for boys who play year-round on club teams to compete for their school, as well. “Club is great, but there’s something about playing in f ront of fans for the pride of your school,” said Regina Progar, a Jesuit assistant coach and executive director of the TBHSVL. “The interest is there, and it’s definitely growing.” A handful of area private schools have boys volleyball teams in the SPC, but it’s been virtually nonexistent among nonSPC schools in North Texas until recently. A version of the TBHSVL was launched in 2015 by renowned club coach Jim Stewart but was more formally reorganized last year under the current name and a board of directors consisting of school representatives. Despite canceling much of the 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, growth has been steady. The league should have more than a dozen schools represented next year, including Allen, Keller, Lovejoy, Plano, Rockwall, Wylie, Byron Nelson, Flower Mound, and Rockwall-Heath.

Players such as Michael Turner, Mekhi Parker, and Ben Rodenbaugh have grown Jesuit Dallas’ reputation in volleyball. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

Progar said the league is part of a broader effort with USA Volleyball to grow its popularity as a boys sport across the country. Players and league officials have been pitching it to administrators throughout North Texas as a club sport. Still, in many cases, schools require that volunteer coaches be district employees to certify the club. “Boys volleyball is already popular. For some reason, high schools have been resistant to it, although there are boys who want to play,” Progar said. “As the schools see that the guys want to do this, hopefully, we’ll have that shift.” In Jesuit ’s case, the school offered to hire a coaching staff if the volleyball team agreed to a more formal training regimen that included a set schedule of practices and games. The team followed through and began hosting matches on campus for the first time last year.

Rodenbaugh hopes the team’s 2020 graduates — including Cooper Herndon, who earned a scholarship to play collegiately at Grand Canyon University — have established a foundation for continued growth. “We’ve gone f rom trying to find six guys to having enough for a JV team,” Progar said. “The growth has been steady and consistent. It’s been amazing.”

During a professional soccer career spanning almost two decades, Drew Moor has seen a bit of everything. Now that includes a season suspended due to a global pandemic. Before the Major League Soccer season was put on hold in mid-March, Moor scored the final goal for the Colorado Rapids in the final moments of a thrilling 2-1 victory over Orlando. The 36-yearold ESD graduate is playing his 16th season in MLS, making him one of the league’s most exper ienced players. DREW MOOR He’s appeared in 384 games, with 28 goals, and is seventh in league history with more than 32,000 minutes played. “He’s a player who has been a mainstay in the league for so long, and every team he’s been on has been successful,” Rapids head coach Robin Fraser said. “His leadership and championship-winning experience will be extremely important to us moving forward.” The defender was part of consecutive NCAA national championship teams at Indiana in 2003 and 2004, before turning pro as a first-round draft pick of FC Dallas the following year. Following a successful stint with his hometown organization — during which he made five appearances for the U.S. Men’s National Team — Moor was traded in 2009 to Colorado, where he broke the league record for consecutive completed games by a field player with 68. The Rapids won the MLS Cup in 2010, and Moor was named a league all-star in 2015. Moor then joined Toronto FC during the most successful run in franchise history, which included a league crown in 2017. After a couple of injury-plagued seasons, Moor returned to Colorado this season and instantly regained his fan-favorite status. Despite being the oldest player on his team, he’s showing no signs of slowing down. The Rapids recently returned to training ahead of a planned MLS restart its season with a tournament for all 26 teams in Orlando beginning July 8, followed by a reworked schedule of games in home stadiums later this year.

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orthPark Center leaders see works of art when they view the tiny “houses” displayed at the mall each summer to raise money for Dallas CASA. Children, of course, know they are more than that. Whether shaped like hospitals, beach bungalows, or three-dimensional gardens, the professionally designed and built

structures are dream playhouses that could make any backyard more fun and beautiful. For 25 years, the Parade of Playhouses, Dallas CASA’s signature awareness and fundraising event, has drawn the attention of millions of North Texans to the needs of children living in foster care. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. The agency’s trained

volunteers get to know young clients removed from unsafe homes and make recommendations to help judges decide the best outcomes for safe and permanent homes. This year’s parade, scheduled July 10 through July 26, again will take place at NorthPark but with limited-contact safety precautions for staff, volunteers, and guests

Harvest House: Balfour Beatty, Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc., Harmon due to the global COVID-19 outbreak. NorthPark, known for its dramatic art displays, plans to highlight three playhouses on site while showcasing the others with photographs and video. Workers will display the three like the mall’s art installations, said Rosanne Lewis, public relations manager for Dallas CASA. “It will allow the playhouses to be enjoyed - while still out of reach,” she said, calling that “a fun response as everyone is working to follow all CDC guidelines and keep the safety of the community as the top priority.” Houses this year include a “harvest house” that celebrates sustainable farming and renewable energy and a playhouse with a skybox. Tickets for a chance to win one of the houses cost $5 each or five for $20. Visit – Staff report

Titas/Dance Unbound’s Schedule Up in the Air; Gala Moved to August By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

When the venerated Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will take the stage in Dallas has been up in the air - at times, literally. The troupe was due to perform and conduct a master class in Dallas as part of TITAS/Dance Unbound’s 2019-2020 season when shelter-in-place orders came in March. The organization brings dance companies to Dallas for performances and masterclasses. “We had to deal with these things that were happening on a rolling basis - they didn’t all just flip a switch and were gone,” said Charles Santos, executive director of TITAS. “The first one happened when the United States closed the border to China, so that knocked China’s Beijing Dance Company out of being able to come in February. “But then Alvin Ailey canceled

Dancers from the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater (pictured) were in the air on the way to Dallas when their show and master classes were canceled due to COVID-19. (COURTESY PHOTO) while the dancers were in the air to come here,” he continued. “The Koreans were canceled because the border was closed. By the time the Canadians were supposed to come for Rubberband, we were already in shelter-in-place, and everything was shut down.” The organization’s annual Command Performance gala, which showcases artists from

leading companies in an evening dubbed “the pyrotechnics of dance,” was slated for June - and is now set for Aug. 29. “The gala was the final one,” Santos said, adding that to keep afloat, the organization needed to reach out to patrons in hopes they would donate or defer their tickets instead of asking for refunds. “People were very generous,

and we are still waiting to hear from a few of them,” he said. “We have been very fortunate that a lot of our patrons have donated or deferred.” Planning for the future, when it’s not known how or when a second wave of the coronavirus could happen, has been a challenge. “For next year’s season, we have decided not to present any inter-

national companies because we don’t feel secure that they’re going to get visas to come here,” Santos said. “We’re going to have to do a quarantine or potentially a second wave and potentially a border close and whatnot. So we’re going to celebrate American artists next year.” Santos said he is on the phone daily with other theaters working to come up with some best practices for fundraising - and returning to the stage. “Everything is on the table,” he said. “I was talking to a national group of presenters across North America, and I said, ‘Here’s what we’re doing contractually with artists, and we’re doing this, and this and this,’ and one person said, ‘Oh, we’ve never done that.’ “And I said, ‘You know, we all have to stop saying that because we’ve never been in a pandemic situation - most of us in our lifetime. Everything is on the table.’” | July 2020  33

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ALISON SLOAN EXPLORES MENTAL HEALTH IN NEW ALBUM ‘HEADSPACE’ Highland Park musician aims to destigmatize illnesses through her music By Morgan Pryor People Newspapers


hough the pandemic slowed many lives down, the last couple months proved busy for Alison Sloan. While finishing a bachelor’s degree in acting from Oklahoma City University, the singer-songwriter on May 1 released her sophomore concept album HEADSPACE. It features eight multi-genre tracks about relationships with mental illnesses and disorders. Inspiration for the album came from others’ tendency to romanticize mental illness, particularly on social media. The Highland Park High School graduate said, “I decided that I want to actually romanticize them, so each [song] sounds like it’s regarding another person or relationship with another person, but it’s actually dedicated to a specific mental illness.” Though promoting music during the coronavirus pandemic felt odd to her, Sloan is glad to contribute to the discussion about mental health, having received feedback from people that “said that [the album] came to them in a time where they really needed it.” “You have to make sure that

the person that you are is someone that you like, and I think that mental health right now, when that’s the only thing you’re able to face right now, was very important for people to do,” Sloan said. HEADSPACE continues her collaboration with Oklahoma-based studio Skyloft Recordings, producer of her 2019 album, Mindbody.

The new album reflects her multidisciplinary arts background by employing a variety of genres with lyrics similar to dialogue in plays. “I grew up on a lot of hard rock music as well as a lot of music like Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor and all these wonderful female singer-songwriters that wrote these intricate melodies and didn’t really feel like they needed to con-

form to one specific way to write a song,” Sloan said. Sloan said that she wanted the beginning of the album to be something listeners could groove to before shifting to a darker and more serious tone in the latter half. “It was kind of a bit of a metaphor,” Sloan said. “It’s really easy to romanticize something, but at the end of the day, it’s still a mental illness that you have to deal with, and you have to deal with the negative sides of.” Since early on in her life, Sloan has felt comfortable using art as an emotional outlet. Having been introduced to musical theater as a child and participating in choir at church and school, she was able to turn to them in times of need while also developing an appreciation for all art forms. “I was bullied quite a lot, so I did feel very comfortable resorting to music to let out however I was feeling at the time,” Sloan said. After graduating, Sloan plans to move to Chicago. She has several project ideas lined up for the future, including a concept album about Vincent van Gogh. “Same thing with Shakespeare; I already have some songs written for that,” Sloan said. “It’s very interesting to be creating at this time, but it’s really fun.”

With a degree in hand and second concept album released, Alison Sloan says a planned move to Chicago could bring music inspired by Vincent van Gogh and William Shakespeare. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

Getting Too Much Home Time? Parents, children need healthy routines, breaks By Samantha Ponce

For an hour or two, two sitters will come over, bring crafts, and prepare lesson plans to engage with the children for some fun and safe social interactions. With the spread of COVID-19, you would think that the business would take a big hit.

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Even with playgrounds reopening and sports slowly resuming, many are still balancing working at home with keeping children busy and getting them in bed on time. Rachel Logan, who launched Sitter Central Dallas more than a dozen years ago, has solutions for tired parents who need grown-up time and happy children. For parents who have bundles of joy whose energy is building up and keeping them wide awake at night, Logan suggests getting children out after breakfast. Taking them for a walk, jumping on the trampoline, and spending time outdoors will help relieve built-up energy, she said. After dinner, she recommends going on a family walk or bike ride to help burn more energy. “These kids have so much built-up energy because they are not used to being home the whole day,” Logan said. “Consistency is key for children. Everybody’s life has been turned upside down, including theirs.” Sticking with a schedule, limiting screen time, and getting that fresh air is essential to

FROM LEFT: Rachel Logan founded Sitter Central Dallas more than a dozen years ago. (COURTESY PHOTOS) keeping children emotionally stable and active. For parents who are dying for a night out, Logan suggests separating from the children at least one night a week. Whether that is ordering take out, packing a picnic, or taking a walk. Having a sitter come over for a few hours, and having that quality time with your spouse can strengthen relationships. Martha Jackson, co-host of The Bubble

Lounge podcast for Park Cities women, said the babysitting service is known for hiring SMU students, hosting a Parent Lecture series on such topics as picky eating, and participating in such community events as school carnivals and PTA meetings. Recently, the Park Cities company has offered in-home private camps for parents who want their children to stay productive and busy.

Consistency is key for children. Everybody’s life has been turned upside down, including theirs. Rachel Logan Luckily, the online service – – has managed to continue providing services for busy parents while taking careful precautions and mostly pairing sitters with the same families each time to decrease contacts. “We ask sitters to shower immediately before going to a job (and) wash their hands when they get to their job,” Logan said. “We are asking the sitters to help the kids learn to wash their hands and create it as a habit.” | July 2020  35

With Pandemic Preventing Pampering in Person, Spa Goes Virtual Hopemore offers oncology and everyday esthetic services in-person, online By Morgan Pryor

future, Doyle thinks clients still crave the touch and experience a visit to a spa provides.

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Even limited to online interaction, cosmetologist and oncology-trained esthetician Jeanna Doyle conducted a skin consult, taught the client to recreate eyebrows with makeup, and helped her find a wig. Despite working in an industry that’s “licensed to touch,” Doyle’s specialty spa, The Hopemore, has services that are particularly suited to the pandemic circumstances. It also ships products to clients. “What was really fortunate for us in the way we had designed the business all along was that we would be able to communicate with our clients, so we have been able to service them through this time,” Doyle said. The Hopemore provides both oncology-focused and everyday esthetics, offering a variety of skincare treatments, wig consults, regular and corrective makeup for those experiencing injury, illness, or elective procedures. “A lot of times, a woman will feel like going out before she looks like it, so she may still have bruising or telltale signs of surgery, so my kind of wheelhouse is that corrective makeup piece,” Doyle said. She has worked with women who had cancer throughout her

Jeanna Doyle opened Hopemore in November to serve clients with and without cancer. (COURTESY PHOTOS) career and, before opening last November, approached co-founder Gina Betts, a Park Cities attorney, with the concept. “I wanted something that also offered them anonymity,” Doyle added. “So I thought if I could have a place that offered everyday esthetics and the oncology-focused esthetics, then when people come to the spa, they wouldn’t know if it was because someone had cancer or they just wanted our other services.” Doyle knew that a certain amount of their clientele would be

immune-suppressed, so virtual care options would prove crucial. “This is a great service for them to be able to stay at home and still get the care they need through our recommendations and protocols we set up for them,” Doyle said. The Hopemore, with four treatment rooms in a corner of Neiman Marcus’ downtown flagship, reopened June 2, a bit later than some spas. Doyle wanted time to evaluate the situation and what it would look like once in-person services resumed. The spa’s set up and pre-

cautions are similar to how the place operated before. It still uses separate waiting areas and sanitization protocols, and estheticians and clients now wear masks and gloves. In that regard, virtual consults have an added advantage — no masks, Doyle said. “You see the person, you get to connect with them in a way that’s really kind of a cool platform, and it’s amazing that we have the technology and are able to do this.” Even though she expects more spas to offer virtual services in the

I thought if I could have a place that offered everyday esthetics and the oncology-focused esthetics, then when people come to the spa, they wouldn’t know if it was because someone had cancer or they just wanted our other services. Jeanna Doyle “I think people have shown through all their posts and stuff that they miss going in and, you know, having their hair done or having their skincare service done,” Doyle said. “I think that’s never going to go away.”


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Feelings of Loss, Uncertainty, Anxiety Burden Moms, Dads, Children Counselors encourage parents to acknowledge stress, model healthy coping By Morgan Pryor People Newspapers

The disruptive shift to virtual schooling burdened students with feelings of loss and forced parents to search for ways to help. “My teenagers at home and in my practice have all said, ‘You know what, I hated school before, now I miss it more than anything in the world,” said Gillian de La Sayette, a licensed professional counselor and Dallas International School (DIS) parent. De La Sayette served as a panelist for the latest installment in an ongoing DIS webinar series for educators, families, and students in the Dallas area. “Managing Mental Well-Being Through COVID-19” explored ways adults could help students manage pandemic-induced pressures and anxiety.

Right now, there’s just a lot of those [feelings] going around because of how much collective loss we’re experiencing. Dr. Jennifer Hughes If children are showing symptoms, like “not finding joy in activities like funny movies, not wanting to join in family activities,

Jennifer Hughes, a psychologist and professor at UT Southwestern, and other panelists participate in a webinar on Managing Mental Well-Being Through COVID-19. (COURTESY PHOTO) maybe not speaking at mealtime, things that aren’t normal for that child, then maybe there would be some concern,” de La Sayette said. Other May 28 panelists included Dr. Jennifer Hughes, a psychologist and professor at UT Southwestern, and Kelley Loyd and Kym Brinkley, both Dallas International School counselors. Brinkley has had parents reach out to discuss not only their children’s changes in

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When parents feel overwhelmed or f rustrated, de La Sayette recommends taking time for themselves. “All of those things that we tell our kids it’s OK to do when they’re feeling frustrated, it’s OK for us to do that too because if we’re not taking care of our emotional health, it’s going to be hard to take care of their emotional health,” de La Sayette said. Hughes suggested parents can help children focus on things that have stayed the same such as friendships and family. “Some of the things that are important are still around and there,” Hughes said. “Your interactions with those things may be changing, but you do still have that.” Panelists urged parents to use summer to prepare children for the return to school in the fall by taking such steps as wearing masks on short outings so that precautions can become second nature. “There’s an age where you really like structure, you like the rules, you like people to follow the rules, so in ways, this plays into that developmental age very nicely,” Hughes said. It’s OK for children to grieve the loss of missed occasions or routines, and parents should help them process and validate those emotions, panelists said. “It so does start with that ability to notice a feeling and label it,” Hughes said. “Right now, there’s just a lot of those [feelings] going around because of how much collective loss we’re experiencing.”

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6722 Orchid Lane, represented by Ralph Randall for $2,895,000 If a home is a cleaner-lined expression of Traditional architecture, it is called Transitional, as it falls somewhere along an imagined transition between Traditional and Contemporary styles. The elegant home at 6722 Orchid Lane in Dallas is a new benchmark for Transitional style. Crafted by Hawkins-Welwood Homes in 2017, its generous windows and open floor plan afford natural light throughout. At more than 6,400 square feet, it offers space and style, including five bedrooms, five full baths and two half baths. The living is easy here, from the great room with its tall, beamed ceilings and sleek fireplace to the open gourmet kitchen. Luxuries include a handsome library with built-ins and, upstairs, a game/media room. The posh master suite is on the main level, where all the views are of the pool, spa, lawn, fire pit and portico, the latter with retractable screens, fans, heaters and an outdoor living center with grill. Upstairs, there are four family or guest bedrooms, each with its own bath. 6722 Orchid Lane is represented by Ralph Randall for $2,895,000. To explore all the homes, ranches and land offered by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty — across North Texas and around the world — go to

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When it comes to buying and selling estates in Dallas County, Allie Beth Allman & Associates remains the leading real estate firm. Last year, the Allman firm represented the seller or the buyer and sometimes both on 15 homes valued at more than $5 million. “The Allman brand has been synonymous with luxury for a long time,” said Keith Conlon, general manager of the Allman firm. “We have some of the best agents in the city, and they have proven they know how to market luxury properties. Here are two estates currently on the market. One of the last great estates on Lakeside Drive has come on the market after 40 years. The Old Highland Park estate at 4712 Lakeside Dr. sits on 1.3 acres. The majestic residence in one of the best neighborhoods includes a five-bedroom main house with a stunning entry, elegant living and dining rooms. A five-bedroom estate at 9207 Sunnybrook Ln is also available. This Preston Hollow estate on a 3 acre site is a contemporary showplace with stone and hardwood flooring, a culinary center and a temperature-controlled, walk-in wine room. Outdoors is a pool and spa. There is also a guesthouse. To find your estate home, visit estates.

The rise in temperature can only mean one thing… summer has officially arrived to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Indoor/outdoor luxury living in Texas means lounging and entertaining in backyard spaces that include outdoor kitchens, media, dining and bar areas, fountains, fireplaces and fire pits. Fabulous outdoor kitchens are at the center of today’s al fresco living spaces. Built-in grills, cooktops, conventional ovens, pizza ovens, smokers, sinks, refrigerators, dishwashers, ice makers and wine and beer coolers complete the list that will delight any gourmet. Here are two outdoor kitchens on the market: 3401 Drexel Drive in Highland Park comes with an outdoor kitchen. The covered porch in the backyard includes a built-in grill and gas fireplace, perfect for cooking s’mores as a dessert. While dinner is cooking, enjoy the turfed backyard with a three-hole putting green. The five-bedroom home also offers a study, playroom and media room indoors. In Greenway Parks, the five-bedroom 5539 Montrose Drive is also available. The backyard is a paradise, highlighted with the outdoor kitchen that includes a circular EVO grill. Friends and family will also enjoy the spacious deck adjacent to the kitchen, California-style pool and the greenbelt located behind the backyard. To find your perfect backyard for this summer, visit


High Rise Homes Present Exciting Opportunities

High-rise living in Dallas these days offers a wide range of exciting options. Residences feature spectacular views and wonderful amenities that appeal to busy young professionals and Baby Boomers. The buildings are well-located close to some of the city’s best dining and entertainment. Most buildings put a premium on service and security for its residents with a concierge and parking valet, making your high-rise residence a perfect place when you travel. Here are two condos to tour. In the prestigious high-rise, The Residences at the Ritz Carlton, is a spacious one-bedroom unit with over 1,400 square feet of space, 2555 N. Pearl Street #1305. The home includes top-of-the line finishes, such as hardwood floors, high ceilings, a gas fireplace and designer lighting. The chef will enjoy the kitchen space with Wolf and SubZero appliances and a built-in wine cooler. A two-bedroom condominium at The Azure is also available. The residence at 2900 McKinnon Street #401 includes two bedrooms, over 1,700 square feet and an urban design. There are two terraces off of the unit, one off of the master bedroom that overlooks the pool and the other with views of downtown and an outdoor gas fireplace. To find your high-rise dream home, visit www.

Shelter In Place and Working From Home

Working from home has new meaning lately due to COVID-19. The need for quality home office environments beyond cramped kitchen corners has become an important consideration for many homebuyers. Are you looking for the perfect house, with suitable office space? Here is a sampling that Allie Beth Allman & Associates recommend. Move into a beautifully updated four bedroom/4.1 bathroom Highland Park home at 3202 Drexel Drive with an elegant center hall floor plan and wonderful scale in natural light. Hardwoods adorn the downstairs elegant living and dining areas, plus an office/ library with vaulted ceilings. The eat-in kitchen features a new island, counters, and backsplash, plus stainless appliances. The covered patio has a builtin grill and sparkling saltwater pool. The transitional Preston Hollow home’s meticulous attention to detail is stunning. Located at 6418 Woodland Drive, it features hand-scraped floors, an open floor plan with designer finishes, and a gourmet kitchen, all wired with smart technology. The first-floor master suite offers a sitting area, his/her walk-in closets, and a relaxing bathroom. Downstairs is a mudroom, laundry, and a guest bedroom or office. Three-car garage in the luxurious home plus a large courtyard or backyard ready for a pool. Need guidance from an experienced real estate agent? Visit | July 2020  39


California resort-style home offers privacy, luxury


This North Dallas contemporary masterpiece at 6517 Dykes Way ( matches your modern-day lifestyle by offering the highest levels of design, finishes and amenities. The six-bedroom, six bath residence with three half-baths and a three-car garage is offered by Megan Stern for $2,950,000. Innovative siting on the .56-acre interior lot results in an outside environment rarely seen in Dallas. The home evokes the feeling of resort living but also offers excellent privacy and security. High ceilings, endless windows, flowing living/dining spaces – all conspire to create California dreaming right here in Texas. One en suite guest room is on the first floor, while the remaining bedrooms are upstairs. The master suite features a spa bath with soaking tub and a steam shower for the ultimate in relaxation. A study, media and game rooms, and an exercise room ensure everyone has ample room for work and play. To schedule a showing, contact Stern at or 214-9120425. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate ( 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.


6404 Drawbridge Lane, Plano 4 Bedrooms | 4.1 Bathrooms | 5,284 SqFt Listed At $2,100,000 Elegant & beautifully appointed Greg Alford Home in the luxury, gated neighborhood of Normandy Estates. Open floor plan, hand scraped white oak flooring, large windows bring plenty of natural light and timber trusses in the large family room with fireplace. Master bedroom suite and 2 additional bedrooms with full baths downstairs plus Media-TV Room, Study-Den with an office-computer niche. Kitchen includes commercial grade appliances. Bar with built-in Ice Maker & Wine Cooler. Control 4 Home Automation. Hunter Douglas electric blinds and wood shutters. 4th bedroom, full bath & game room upstairs. Outdoor seating area, Grill, Pool and Spa. F5 Tornado-security room. Plano ISD, close to Legacy W., Cowboys STAR, DFW & Love Field Airports. For more information please contact Ani Nosnik (972)896-5432 |

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