Preston Hollow People June 2021

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JUNE 2021 VOLUME 17 NO. 6




ENJOYING KINDERGARTEN Pershing Elementary’s Jose Armendariz celebrated as Teacher of the Year PAGE 32





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Contents News ......................................... 4

Business .................................. 20

Living........................................ 42

Crime ......................................... 8

Camps ..................................... 30

Wedding................................... 42

Community .............................. 14

Schools .................................... 32

Obituary.................................... 45

Sports ...................................... 18

Society .................................... 38

Classifieds ............................... 47

2 June 2021 |


Whether it was straight-line winds or a tornado, it didn’t much matter to those who were impacted by a storm that caused damage around Goar and Caruth parks in University Park, and in the neighborhood near North Haven Gardens recently. (PHOTO: BETHANY ERICKSON)

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e won’t lie - the sound of a tornado siren, even 18 months after the EF3 tornado that struck a vast swath of our readership, fills most of us with a sense of dread. For some of us, it means that we’re also taking cover right along with our readers, who we also call neighbors. So when the tornado sirens sounded on May 16, it was nearly muscle memory to log on to Twitter and Facebook and begin updating our readers. Not quite an hour later, we began hearing reports of damage. We started checking in with our usual sources and driving to check on the damage. By Monday morning, University Park crews were already working to repair damage to fencing and downed trees. But in the neighborhood around North Haven Gardens, it was a bit of a different story. One family saw the home repaired after the ravages of the October 2019 tornado damaged once again, the roof peeled off like a sardine can lid. “Storms hit at Northhaven Gardens and at Goar Park,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said on Twitter. “Unsure if straightline winds or tornado. Doesn’t matter if you’re in it. Particularly sad that the resilient Northhaven neighborhood hit again. Damage limited to a few homes. “The residents of that home are safe, as are their three cats.” North Haven Gardens sustained some damage as well - but nothing like the wallop the company took in 2019.

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“Due to some damage to the outside areas of our property today, we will be closed for a few days,” the garden center announced on its Facebook page. “I know our city has been through a lot in the last few years. And it is unbelievable that these residents in North Dallas are enduring more destruction,” said Mayor Eric Johnson. “Our first responders have been assessing damage from the severe weather today. We don’t know yet whether a tornado or straight-line winds were responsible for the destruction around Northaven.” You can keep abreast of the latest news (and what the National Weather Service determines) at

More to look for: The Texas legislature addressed a lot - but a lot also didn’t make it to a final vote. We kept readers up-to-date through the end, and you can see those stories in our News section. We’re also keeping readers informed on the latest changes regarding COVID-19, including pop-up vaccination efforts, new vaccination efforts as more are becoming eligible for the vaccine, and the most recent CDC guidance. You can follow along in our COVID section of the website. Dallas ISD is working to address learning loss through several initiatives, including new school calendars for some schools, beefed up summer offerings for others, and more. Keep up to date on the district’s efforts in our Schools section.



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4 June 2021 |



Walnut Hill neighbors say concerns are going unheard by district By Bethany Erickson


eighbors of Walnut Hill Elementary, anxious about its fate since a tornado struck it in 2019, are worried that Dallas ISD’s plans for the site are outsized for an area still reckoning with storm destruction and change. The building would become one of four career institutes the district has started, offering training in various career paths for students in ninth through 12th grade. The institute’s temporary digs at 13400 Midway Road in Farmers Branch offers training in aviation flight mechatronics, cybersecurity, construction and carpentry, electrical and solar, HVAC/R technology, interior design, and plumbing and pipefitting. By 2022, it would add automotive technology, culinary arts, health science, and welding.

We just want to have a hand in what it looks like and have a say in what we’re going to be living next to. Marla Hartsell

Neighbors around the tornado-ravaged former Walnut Hill Elementary site say Dallas ISD isn’t listening to their concerns about the size and scope of a proposed career institute. (PHOTO: BETHANY ERICKSON)

“The DISD plans on saving the portions of the existing school that are salvageable from the tornado and add on a larger addition to repurpose the school into the Walnut Hill Career Institute,” according to the land use statement provided in the district’s zoning change application. Students from Hillcrest, W.T. White, Thomas Jefferson, North Dallas, and Emmett J. Conrad high schools attend the school, which will offer a half-day of career instruction with the core curriculum courses

taught at the students’ home high schools. However, the campus’ neighbors object to the increase in building size and traffic plans for the former elementary school could bring. They’re opposing the district’s request for a zoning change from residential zoning to planned development. “We want a school there,” said Marla Hartsell one Thursday evening before a weekly Zoom meeting with Walnut Hill residents. “We just want to have a hand in what it looks like and have a say in what

we’re going to be living next to.” A traffic plan submitted with the zoning request indicates that the school could have up to two groups of 800 students coming and going each day. Hartsell said that many stakeholders, from neighbors to parents, were involved in design charrettes for the new pre-k through eighth-grade Walnut Hill School. “And they have taken ownership of that school,” she said. “They feel like they really had a say and were heard. But they don’t have that same feeling about this school.” Those meetings happened before the pandemic. When planning began for the career institute, Zoom calls replaced face-to-face meetings, and engagement was more difficult. There have been information sessions and community meetings held, but Hartsell and her neighbors say it’s not the same. And they’re left wondering one thing: “What’s the rush?” she said. “Now that things are opening back up, why not slow down and have a design charrette in person and really sell the neighbors on this?” As it stands, the neighbors have been successful in lobbying the plan commission to delay a vote until another community meeting could be held. More than 850 have signed a petition against the rezoning circulated on

Artfully Public

New city map helps neighbors find art wherever they are Thanks to a city effort, finding art doesn’t have to mean a trip to the Arts District downtown — it can be as simple as looking around your neighborhood. The city of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture worked with the Office of Data Analytics to create an interactive map of the public art available throughout the city. “The public can view art installations with new, high-resolution images and detailed information about the installations,” the city announced. “Art is everywhere in Dallas, in libraries, parks, recreation centers, and more. This public-facing map of the OAC Public Art collection allows residents and visitors to explore Dallas for these Public Art pieces easily.” Close to home, three art pieces

appear on the map, two at firehouses and one at a local park. Barrett C. DeBusk’s People at Play features steel figures at play around the park adjacent to Churchill Recreation Center. A red boy strums a guitar for a yellow girl perched on a bench, a yellow woman walks her yellow dog, and two red boys play a card game next to a green tree. Dallas Fire Station 35, located on Walnut Hill Lane between Marsh Lane and Midway Road, is home to Elemental Forces, three limestone sculptures representing wind, water, and other elemental forces, created by Eliseo Garcia. “Clearly visible from Walnut Hill Lane, these works can be enjoyed by those passing by in vehicles,” the city said. Rex Kare’s stained glass work, Beacon, can be found at Fire Station

27 at Preston Road and Northwest Highway. The large piece is “an abstract take on fire and water, (and) includes bright flames and splashes that seem to be pixelated by thousands of square panels,” the city said. City officials said that making art accessible to the public is good for the community and helps preserve public history and culture. “ With this new map, the OAC Public Art Program makes the work of many artists accessible and provides places to encourage arts and culture to thrive and grow citywide,” according to the announcement. “Everyone wants to know where art lives because art enriches our lives. If you look for it, you’ll find art actually is all around Dallas.” – Staff report

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TOP: Elemental Forces, by Eliseo Garcia, sits at Fire Station 35, located at 3839 Walnut Hill Lane. People at Play, by Barrett C. DeBusk, can be found at the Churchill Recreation Center, located off of Churchill Way and Hillcrest Road. (PHOTOS COURTESY CITY OF DALLAS)

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8 June 2021 |

Crime Reports April 12 – May 9 SKULDUGGERY of the MONTH: SCOOTER LOOTER

April 12

April 20

Before 5:26 p.m., a burglar stole from a 66-year-old woman’s home in the 6300 block of Royal Lane.

Reported at 12:47 a.m.: a robber escaped with merchandise from 7-Eleven at Preston Forest Square after a struggle with a 27-year-old man.

April 14 Reported at 12:44 a.m.: the theft of a 52-year-old woman’s vehicle from her home in the 6800 block of Joyce Way. April 15 Before 2:05 p.m., one or more burglars struck three cars and a home in the 6600 block of Greenwich Lane.


Before 10:15 a.m. April 22 at a home in the 10500 block of Pagewood Drive, an incompetent would-be moped thief damaged a 31-year-old man’s property while trying to take the bike.

April 16 Did a dog eat the reporting time? That information wasn’t available for an April 16 theft from PSIvet at an employee’s home in the 4800 block of Harvest Hill Road. April 17 Before 4:13 p.m., a thief took easy loot from the front yard of a 60-year-old woman’s home in the 5400 block of Glenwick Lane. A vehicle from elsewhere on that bock was stolen before 12:34 p.m. April 18 Before 8:24 a.m., a vandal damaged a 62-year-old man’s fence in the 4200 block of Glenaire Drive.

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April 19 Reported at 8:46 p.m. by a 33-year-old Carrolton man: A colleague sent threatening memes to co-workers and the general manager at one of the businesses in the Pavilion on Lovers Lane.


April 21 Reported at 11:55 p.m.: An anonymous caller threatened to beat up a 22-year-old man from the 6200 block of Bandera Avenue. April 24 Stolen before 8:52 a.m.: a pickup from a home in the 12800 block of Montfort Drive. April 25 At 12:16 a.m. in the 4900 LBJ Freeway, officers stopped and arrested one of four drivers racing on the highway along with a spectator. But details about those arrested weren’t available on the Dallas Police Department’s website. April 26 Before 12:32 p.m., a hapless crook tried to take a vehicle from the 6200 block of West Northwest Highway. April 27 Before 5:45 p.m., a rude boor spit on a 46-year-old woman at Preston Center. April 28 Stolen before 9:40 a.m.: a vehicle at a home in the 10500 block of Pagewood Drive. April 29 Before 6:53 p.m. at the Preston of the

Park Cities on Sherry Lane, a ruffian struck a 76-year-old woman who lives there in the face.

April 30 Before 10:08 a.m., a bully pushed the heart surgery wound of a 60-year-old man staying at the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Dallas on Northaven Road. May 1 Reported 5:48 p.m.: An annoying scammer kept messaging a 52-year-old woman from the 9200 block of Sunnybrook Lane about property. May 5 Reported at 12:28 p.m.: a brand new bike was found on the side of Preston Road near Preston Valley Shopping Center. May 6 The early auto thief gets the prize? Maybe not. Reported at 4:52 a.m., a crook tried to take a vehicle from a 61-year-old man’s driveway in the 6400 block of Walnut Hill Lane. May 7 Stolen before 8:01 p.m. at Preston Forest Shopping Center: the catalytic converter off a 70-year-old woman’s vehicle. A catalytic converter also was stolen before 5:04 p.m. May 6 off a 28-year-old man’s vehicle at NorthPark Center. May 9 At 2:25 p.m., a 79-year-old man reported a burglary in progress at his home in the 6800 block of Brookshire Drive. The crook took stuff and fled.

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10 June 2021 |

One Parcel Bought, Four To Go

At 20 acres, Midtown Dallas park to be quadruple the size of Klyde Warren By Bethany Erickson

If it seems like people have been talking about the former site of the Valley View Mall for almost a decade, it’s because they have. The development went before the Dallas City Council in 2013. In 2015, talks began in earnest regarding the demolition of the mall and the ensuing project. But it would be 2017 before ground would break and demolition began. But in May, the Dallas City Council approved the purchase of the Prism at Midtown, located at 5580 Peterson Lane, for use in part as a cultural center for North Dallas and as the first step toward a vast park planned for the Midtown development. “We’ve talked about Valley View for almost a decade, and now it’s coming together,” said District 8 councilmember Tennell Atkins. “I do want to thank chairman Kleinman for his hard work and staying at it.” Assistant City Manager Joey Zapata said city staff anticipated the two-story, multi-tenant office building with about 53,730 square feet of rentable area on

1.6-plus acres would generate enough income to cover maintenance. The net income for the property has been positive for many years, he said. The city is retaining the same property manager “to continue doing the good work to forecast expenses and manage the vacancies, and continue to keep it, so it maintains positive revenue,” he added. “So the long and the short of it is that we’re planning for the future to be able to maintain it without any additional costs to the general fund,” he said. The office building was built in 1983, according to real estate records. Its $5,667,000 purchase price comes from a combination of bond money, Valley V iew-Galleria Open Space Fund, and the Mall Area Redevelopment TIF District Fund. It’s also one of five parcels of land the city will need to acquire to create the 20-acre central park planned for the area, according to a memo from Eric Anthony Johnson, city chief of economic development and neighborhood services. Johnson called the purchase “an important and catalytic first step.”

“In the near-to-medium term (i.e., in the first two-to-four years), it is anticipated that the City will simply manage the property, allowing the existing office tenants to complete their remaining lease terms,” Johnson said. “During that time, the City may also evaluate the feasibility of establishing an International Cultural Center as an interim municipal use of the subject property.

We’ve talked about Valley View for almost a decade, and now it’s coming together. Tennell Atkins “And then as you get towards Montfort, there’s a new park that’s basically situated between our property, a main boulevard, and the Galleria,” Scott Beck, one of Midtown Dallas’ developers, said about the park in 2020. “And that new park is the Midtown Park, which will be four times the size of Klyde Warren.”

In May, the Dallas City Council approved the purchase of the Prism at Midtown, located at 5580 Peterson Lane, as a first step in developing a 20-acre park in Midtown Dallas. (PHOTOS: COURTESY LOOPNET) | June 2021  11

2021 Family Night Superhero Campaign


On behalf of the Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center, sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of our generous Family Night Superhero Campaign donors for their unwavering support of Children’s Health. Though we could not come together for our beloved Family Night at Six Flags this year, we are immensely grateful to each of you for standing alongside the patients and families served by Children’s Health during this critical time. Your continued generosity and commitment is vital to our mission of making life better for children and from the bottom of our hearts, we say thank you. Please mark your calendars for next year’s Family Night at Six Flags, set for Friday, April 1, 2022. SM

Gold Superheroes Philip T. Bee Charitable Trust Ann and John Delatour Grand Homes Anonymous Pearl Superhero Angiel Electrical Construction Corporation Silver Superheroes Bluejack National Randy and Carolyn Garrett Dr. and Mrs. Nathan Gilbert Huckin Family Foundation Fund Caroline L. Hunt Hisashi and Lynn Nikaidoh Mrs. Margot Perot Rocchio Family Foundation Jenny and Adam Saphier Bronze Superheroes Baker Triangle Kathryne S. Bishop Brent E. Christopher Amanda and Mark Francis Judy and Jim Gibbs Natalie and Doug John The Katy and Kyle Miller Family Foundation Liz and Chris Young Patron Superheroes Carol and Steve Aaron Christy and Ben Abbott Berlin Family Foundation Cordelia and Tom Boone Susan E. Brown Cheryl and Sam Chantilis Kathy and Harlan Crow Kathy and Michael Crow Sally and George Dutter Meredith and Hohman Finney Dawn and Toby Grove Susie and T. Hardie Holly Hassmann Inman Family Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Lobner Paulos Foundation Debbie and Alan Raynor Lillian and Adam Richey The Rosewood Corporation Schlegel Family Foundation Debbie and Ric Scripps Ginny and Conner Searcy

Linda Skinner Mrs. Ben Sparkman Utility Trailer of Dallas Inc. Special Friend Superheroes Maryjane and Chris Bonfield The Cejka Family Brandi and Cam Chalmers Joanna Clarke Marybeth Conlon Jessica and Dewey Dalton Christina and Chris Durovich Knoxie Edmonson Stacy and Chris Elliston and Family Sandra Estess Janet and Craig Evans Linda and Randy Golden The Grogan Family Margaret and Brad Hirsch Trish Judson Betty and John H. Martin McArtor Family Shelley and Pete Moore and Dian Moore Anna and Ryan Moss Florence Mullins The Sbaiti Family Sissies Adventure Series Children’s Books Jessica and Dan Slaven Monica Egert Smith Joan L. Stansbury Lauren and Stephen Swann The Tolleson Family Andrea and John Weber White House Group/Brenda White & Melissa White Smolgan Anonymous (2) Special Thanks People Newspapers Special thanks to the Auxiliary Past Presidents* for their Campaign leadership. Nancy M. O’Neil Florence Mullins Joan Stansbury Susan Koons Martha Lou Beaird Kathy Burnett Linda Skinner Pat Prestidge Deanie Kepler Dian Moore Nancy Byrd

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12 June 2021 |

City Districts 11, 13 Go to Runoff Wernick and Schultz, Burk and Willis make June 5 council ballot By Bethany Erickson

search-backed community-based policing strategies that keep us safe and address root causes of crime,” Burk said. While one Dallas City Council race “Crime is a problem, and people want District 6 - was decided outright for in- to feel safe in their homes and neighborcumbent Omar Narvaez on May 1, the hoods,” Donnell Willis said. “We need crowded district 11 and 13 to get the number of police officers back to the recraces – with four and five ommended number, and candidates initially – are headed for a runoff. I know that work is being Barr y Wer nic k and done to get there under new Police Chief Eddie Garcia.” Jaynie Schultz picked up The District 11 race roughly 38% and 36% of quickly picked up more the vote, respectively, in the heat, with former challengDistrict 11 race, while Le- Barry Wernick land Burk and Gay Donnell ers choosing candidates to Willis got 43% and 42% for endorse. Hosanna YemiDistrict 13. To win outright, ru, who garnered 1,564 a candidate needed 50% or votes in May, endorsed more of the vote. Jaynie Schultz, “after much Questionnaires gathered thought and after meeting with her to discuss the by People Newspapers in needs of our communities,” April asked candidates to identify the most significant she said. Jaynie Schultz “If you are part of Team issues in their districts. Schultz mentioned the Hosanna and want to enimpact of the 2019 tornado, sure that working families the pandemic, and the winin our city have a chance at ter storms. representation that will lis“Of course, there is nothten to us and fight to keep ing we can do about the our neighborhoods truly resilient, I urge you to join me weather, but I would make in supporting Jaynie,” she sure our communications told supporters. systems were varied and Leland Burk Candy Evans, who available, including texting, picked up 486 votes, anpersonal contact systems, nounced her support of and social media,” she said. Wernick. “I would have outreach on “If we do not see a resources. Finally, I would change of regime on the see if we can have generators and full support sysDallas City Council, I trutems at our area communily think our city, and our ty/recreation centers.” District 11, is doomed,” she said, calling Schultz “Lee Wernick, Donnell Willis, Gay Donnell Willis and Burk said public safety (COURTESY PHOTOS) Kleinman 2.0.” was the biggest issue. “We can no longer afford to have more REMEMBER TO VOTE of the same, and everything stems from public safety,” Wernick said. “We must Early voting – May 24-June 1 support our law enforcement and provide Election Day – June 5 them with the resources they need to keep our city secure.” For updates on Election Day, follow “I will be a champion of public safe@phollowpeople on Twitter, and ty and advocate to fully fund police and check look for ways to invest in innovative,

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History Lessons: What Railroads Can Teach Us About Texas’ Electric Grid

After almost 70% of ERCOT customers lost power during the February winter storm, lawmakers vowed the power grid would be a priority. (PHOTO: BETHANY ERICKSON) If you are like me, you spent a whole week without electricity in February. It was cold and boring. I couldn’t J O H N E R I C KS O N watch movies, I couldn’t play on my Xbox, and I couldn’t see well enough to read when it got dark. But mostly, it was cold, even with the fireplace. And my inflatable mattress kept deflating, and I looked like I was sleeping in a taco. My mom was grouchy. My dad was grouchy. Even the dog was grouchy. I learned a lot about the electrical grid and how Texas has its own grid. It’s not hooked up with the rest of the country’s grid. That made it tougher during the outage because we couldn’t get help from our neighbors, other than crews to help repair it. Texas is a big state - bigger than some countries. It used to be its own country, in fact. Sometimes I think we still think we are our own country and forget we can get help because we’re part of a large nation. This year I learned about Texas history. One of the things I learned about was the railroad and how it helped the state grow. I realized that our state now has a lot in common with Texas in the 1800s. Back then, we also tried to do things ourselves, and our railroad was only connected to

Texas towns. That wasn’t good for growth. Kansas asked Union Pacific to build a railroad from Fort Riley, Kansas, all the way to the state’s southern boundary. Then in 1866, Congress passed a resolution to make sure that the railroad continued to Texas, and the railroad’s name was changed to the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railway Company, or the M-K-T. Suddenly, Texas could grow even more because it was connected to the rest of the country - and the rest of the world. I think we can learn a lesson from this. We’re stronger together than we are on our own. I may be a fourth-grader, but making sure we all have electricity all the time should be a big goal. We’re a really big state that does really big things, so we can do this, too. My mom said that the people that make the laws have a lot of priorities this year. I know that’s grown up for “maybe.” But I hope that the people who make the laws can see that being cold and not getting to do any school for a week is also not something we should be “maybe” about. I hope that the people who make Texas laws will decide that this is too important for maybe, and make things better before this summer because Texas is too hot to be without air conditioning. John Erickson, the son of deputy editor Bethany Erickson, is a fourth-grader at Chapel Hill Preparatory in Dallas.

14 June 2021 |


U.S. 75 pedestrian bridge will link Northaven into Dallas trail network


little more than two months after the Texas Department of Transportation approved construction, the pedestrian bridge that will span U.S. Highway 75, connecting Northaven Trail to White Rock Creek Trail and beyond, broke ground. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, Dallas Park and Recreation board president Calvert Collins-Bratton, TxDOT Commissioner Robie Vaughn, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, and District 11 Dallas city council member Lee Kleinman were among those in attendance on May 8. The Northaven Trail runs from U.S. Highway 75 to Denton Drive. The plans for it include connecting to the White Rock Creek Trail on the east and Irving’s Campion Trail on the west. The bridge will connect the Northaven Trail to White Rock Creek Trail, Cottonwood Creek Trail, and other trails east of the highway by a bridge over U.S. Highway 75. “The project will also stand as a regional example of the positive benefits of appropriate location and design aesthetics for future bicycle and pedestrian trails and amenities,” a project fact sheet from TxDOT said. “This really opens up our Dallas Parks and Recreation trail network for access between North Dallas and other previously unconnected trails east and south,” Friends of Northaven Trail president Jeff Kitner said when TxDOT announced the project in March. The $9.3 million project will be not quite half a mile long, with an estimated completion date sometime in late 2022. – Staff Report

Runners, walkers, cyclists, and dogs joined such dignitaries as Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, city council members Lee Kleinman and Jennifer Staubach-Gates and others for the ground breaking of the Northaven Trail bridge over U.S. 75. (PHOTOS: CHRIS MCGATHEY)

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Katie Lewis and Bunny are thankful for the barking of Lola. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

By Norishka Pachot

A splash and cries woke up Samantha Camp, 24, before sunrise one morning this spring. Her toy schnauzer, Lola, was barking up to her as if to alert something was wrong. Camp went past a window and recognized splashing across the backyard, coming from her neighbors’ pool. “I hear splashing, and then I realize,

‘Oh my god! That is a dog. That’s Bunny. Bunny is in the pool,” Camp said. There is no way to know how Bunny, a beagle mix, had fallen into the pool, but her owners believe that she ran after a rabbit or squirrel and fell in the water. Camp ran through the backyard, pulled Bunny out of the pool by her neck, and then helped the dog cough up any chlorine water that she may have swallowed before the dog ran inside through the doggy door.

If it weren’t for Lola’s barks, Bunny would not have been saved by Camp. “It took a while to figure out what happened,” said Bunny’s owner, Katie Lewis, 29. “I thought it was raining, and she had gone outside and got wet. Then I turned on the light, and there was blood everywhere.” Bunny had tried to climb out of the pool, and in doing so, had ground down her nails, causing them to bleed. “Along the alley, dogs were barking; all the dogs were worried,” Camp said. Lewis took Bunny to the vet after getting the dog cleaned and dried up. She was fine. Lewis gave her ice cream afterward to make her feel better. The Lewises and the Camps have been neighbors for 27 years. Katie Lewis and Samantha Camp grew up together and are like family. Their dogs, Lola, Luna, Nellie, and Bunny, have also grown up together. “The Camps have always been there for us,” said Kathy Lewis, Katie’s mom. Lola and Samantha Camp proved that again on April 7. They saved the day.

POOL SAFETY FOR DOGS Teach them to swim – Dogs need to know how when there is a pool at home. Ease them into the water and help them paddle at first. Show them how to exit – Teach your dog how to exit from different locations around the pool, so they know what to do in case of an accidental fall. Make your dog comfortable – An anxious or unsure dog is not a good thing to have near a pool. Make sure your dog is comfortable enough being around and in the water. Consider safety products – A pool ramp helps dogs safely enter and exit. Pool cover and fences can also prevent tragedies. | June 2021  15

Stick to What You Know

I admit it, “COVID me” is not amorous, and my husband has noticed. In what I can only imagine was a cry for help, he turned to someone else, or should I say something else, for romantic advice. His source, his Deep Throat The Wall Street Journal. You read that right, the newspaper for buttoned-up boardroom MICHELE types. The daiVALDEZ ly that drips about mutual funds, emerging markets, and ETF’s. The paper that peppers its pages with names like Yellen, Powell, and Bezos more than teen girls prattle about Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe. His flirty affair with the WSJ revealed itself in an article he placed on our kitchen counter last December. The title was unambiguous, “Can we make sex fun again?” The point was simple. The pandemic challenged our immune system and suppressed our sex drive. According to the science, sex relieves stress and, in turn, makes us happy. The column listed ways to improve lockdown love. First on the list of lustful lures was ditching the pandemic sweats and ponytail. The writer also encouraged new tryst toys and varying home locales for ravenous rendezvous. That night I wore makeup for our Door Dash dinner and scoped out new nooky nooks. Then, in late spring, like a cult recruiter, my husband again handed me the WSJ and simultaneously asked if I would consider wearing a corset. What? A corset, like the one Scarlett wore? The story featured photos of the latest trend of designer corsets, full coverage corsets, and comfortable corsets. I wondered if the editors of the WSJ knew about these articles. How can anyone be expected to read about SPAC’s and double-dip financing on Page One and improved sex on Page Two? I told my husband to cancel our subscription. But it nagged at me. Why had my darling turned to the WSJ for love lessons? Why didn’t he watch Outlander or Bridgerton for helpful hints, like I did? Back then, those saucy sorts had managed to keep it real during plagues, wars, and scandals. Then, the revelation came. The women of yesteryear wore corsets! And, if they lived and loved in garments that made the bad parts smaller and the good parts bigger, why couldn’t I? Was the WSJ right? That day, for the sake of my marriage, I ordered a corset on Amazon. Michele Valdez, a slightly compulsive, mildly angry feminist, has been an attorney, volunteer, and The Mad Housewife columnist. She has four demanding adult children and a patient husband.

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The Pandemic’s Missing Piece …

Jigsaw puzzles provided ‘sense of purpose, skill, and conversation’ this past year By Carolyn Tillery

Special Contributor The time spent homebound with our families during the pandemic gave us an unexpected puzzle to solve: a newfound love of jigsaws. And no one was more surprised than owners of toy stores and bookshops. Pam May, owner of Toys Unique in Inwood Village, saw the regular inventory of puzzles, including everything from 1,500-pieces to toddler floor puzzles, evaporate. “As soon as we got shut down, we were getting calls from people saying that they needed something to do,” she said. “Vendors were out of stock, and there were waiting lists. I’ve never ordered so many in my life. We were carrying between 50 and 60 different kinds. People would take what they could get. It was a frenzy.” If you love jigsaws, then you may be a dissectologist – before and during the 19th century, jigsaw puzzles were called “dissected maps.” The most common strategy used by puzzlers is to construct the edges first, then sort the remaining pieces by color. The average 1,000-piece jigsaw takes three people 10 hours to complete.

The most difficult jigsaw puzzle is considered to be the 500-piece, double-sided image of penguins by Royce McClure. The reverse is rotated 90 degrees and die cut from both sides to make front and back indistinguishable. The Guinness World Records rates the biggest jigsaw puzzle as the 40,000-plus pieces Memorable Disney Moments.

I wonder if this might be one of the things that continues to bring people together… It’s better than any computer game. Dr. Sandra Chapman Londoner John Spilsbury is credited with creating the multipiece challenges in 1760 using a marquetry saw. The jigsaw became associated with the puzzle in about 1880 when fretsaws became the tool of choice for cutting shapes. Challenge and fun aside, there

Retailers such as Toys Unique in Inwood Village saw their regular inventories of puzzles, including everything from 1,500-pieces to toddler floor puzzles, evaporate during the pandemic. (PHOTO: CAROLYN TILLERY) are health advantages to the activity. Experts say assembling the puzzles exercises both the left and right sides of the brain. They’re also proven to relieve stress and

decrease anxiety. According to Dr. Sandra Chapman, founder and chief executive of the Center for Brain Health in Dallas, “Jigsaws are good for you …

It’s rare that you have a situation that causes you to concentrate on minute detail but requires reasoning to see how it fits in the big picture.” In addition to puzzles available in every conceivable subject matter, they can also be customized to feature personal photographs, maps, and even newspaper front pages. There are various shapes – oblong, square, round, with pieces in the shapes of states, countries, plants, animals, or clouds. There are clear acrylic, gradient rainbow, and 3-D puzzles. Of course, 1,000 puzzle pieces on the dining room table can prove problematic at dinner. However, there are roll-up mats and puzzle holders that allow for the pieces’ removal without incident. Or a trusty tablecloth draped over your masterpiece will do. The rebirth of the puzzle’s popularity during the pandemic may have been just what the doctor ordered. “The puzzles give us sense of purpose, skill, and conversation,” Dr. Chapman said. “We’ll see if after the pandemic is over if that continues. I wonder if this might be one of the things that continues to bring people together … It’s better than any computer game.”

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18 June 2021 |



Jesuit grad is the top American medal hopeful for debut sport in Tokyo TOM SC OT T ’ S NINE INTERNATIONAL TITLE S HAVE SPANNED THE GLOBE . Year Tournament


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Tom Scott is the top-ranked American athlete in karate, which will debut as an Olympic sport this summer in Tokyo. (PHOTOS: COURTESY TOM SCOTT)

By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers


aving karate as an Olympic sport for the first time this summer in Tokyo gives Tom Scott a golden opportunity. The Jesuit graduate has ranked among the top international athletes in the kumite discipline for years. In June, he will learn whether he has a chance to make history as the top American medal hopeful. “We’ve always pictured ourselves as Olympic-level athletes,” Scott said. “Karate has always been one of the little brother sports out there. It’s just something we’re happy to have a shot at it.” Scott will head to a qualification tournament in Paris June 11-13. He competes in the 75-kilogram weight class, for which 10 athletes will make the Tokyo field. The

top four in the world rankings in each class earn automatic bids. So does the top performer from Japan, the host nation. The top three finishers in the June tournament and two wildcard invites will round out the field. Scott ranks No. 6 in the world, putting him in favorable shape. “You want to make it, but thinking about that isn’t going to help,” he said. “You just have to focus on the basics and execute your fundamentals.” Scott started karate when he was 8. By the time he was 14, he was a member of the U.S. Junior National team and had to miss the first week of his freshman year at Jesuit because of a tournament in Chile. After graduation, Scott earned a degree from TCU, but the demands of college caused him to reduce his travel schedule and contemplate his future.

“You have to do karate because you love it,” Scott said. “A lot of kids we lose because they want to play sports that can get you into college. For me, the choice was clear. I could have been second or third-string on the football team or travel the world to all these different events.”

We’ve always pictured ourselves as Olympic-level athletes. Tom Scott Scott, 31, earned gold at the Pan American Games in 2015 and 2019. In 2019, his schedule included events in France, Dubai, Austria, Panama, Morocco, Turkey, China,

Canada, Japan, Spain, Russia, and Chile. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic, which not only interrupted his training but delayed the Olympics a year. “It was really stressful,” Scott said. “I fell back in love with my sport during the last year by really enjoying it more rather than just grinding because of the Olympics.” Since high school, Scott has taught at the Academy of Classical Karate in Plano, operated by his longtime coach, Brody Burns. Karate won’t be part of the Olympic program in 2024 in Paris, and its status for 2028 in Los Angeles remains undetermined. However, Scott isn’t sweating his first — and possibly last — chance. “The Olympics is not an end for me,” Scott said. “I can make a living doing what I love, and still compete, and enjoy the sport for as long as I’m healthy.”

Dobbs Caps Ursuline Soccer Legacy With Scoring Milestone

By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers


Kylie Dobbs was aware of the milestone when she took the field on March 5, but she had more important accomplishments on which to focus. Nobody in the storied history of the Ursuline soccer program — which includes 28 state titles and numerous Division I college signees — had ever scored 100 goals in a Bears uniform. Heading into this season’s TAPPS 6A championship game against Houston St. Agnes, Dobbs had 99. The senior’s historic first-half goal was the game-winner, and she later added three more for good measure, finishing her career with 103. Ur-1 PCP_June2021-1x10Banne_Final.pdf suline’s state title cemented Dobbs’ status in Bears lore.

“For her to be the first player to score 100 goals, really says something with all of the talent that’s come through the school,” said Ursuline head coach Darrin Hedges. “Our entire team took her getting to 100 as a personal goal. We knew we would succeed as Kylie succeeded.” Dobbs finished her senior season with 49 goals in just 20 games. But the last four will forever be the most memorable. “For my team, I wanted to score. Then I just wanted to push for another, and another. After the first one, they started rolling in,” she said. “As the season went on, [100] started getting within reach. It wouldn’t have happened if the team hadn’t really pushed and helped me get there.” Hedges, 5/6/2021 2:44:39 PMa local coaching veteran who just wrapped up his second season at Ursuline, said Dobbs is one of

Kylie Dobbs scored 103 goals in four seasons for Ursuline, including 49 during her senior year. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY) the most gifted offensive players he’s ever coached. “She can score several different ways,” Hedges said. “She can score

with speed and has got a rocket of a left foot — whatever it takes to put the ball in the back of the net.” After the season, Dobbs signed










late in the recruiting cycle to play collegiate soccer at the University of Missouri, which will enable her to pursue journalism and eventually sports broadcasting. “It all worked out by staying patient,” she said. “I wanted to play somewhere that I would be happy at the school even without soccer. It was meant to happen.” Dobbs’ historic year earned her numerous accolades, including TAPPS first-team all-state recognition, and a nomination for United Soccer Coaches All-American status. “The environment of Ursuline soccer doesn’t compare to anything else. It’s a pride thing. You want to work hard for all the girls ahead of you, or behind you, or next to you,” Dobbs said. “I’m happy that I could leave my mark on something that has meant so much to me.”

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20 June 2021 |



CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT: Ad design for La Cucina. Scott Wilson photographs the newspaper staff at Evelyn Bauer Wolff’s wedding reception. The advertising staff in early 1990s: Shelley Heldenfels, Kim Hurmis, Dorothy Wood, Lynn Timm, and Wolff. Timm, Wolff, and Hurmis, plus Terry, Katie, and Jamie Willson ride in the Park Cities Fourth of July Parade. An illustration for Nails by JoAnn. The Fourth of July Coloring book premiers in 1992. (PHOTOS: COURTESY EVELYN BAUER WOLFF)


was beginning my junior year studying journalism at SMU when the first issue of Park Cities People hit front lawns in Highland Park and University Park. It was a static, black and white world when I first sold classified advertising for the paper in the summer of 1985. There were E V E LY N WO L F F no fax machines, cell phones, or emails to transmit proofs. Color was at a premium, so a prominent headline, a simple layout, and a great graphic were essential. While the ad staff was growing the list of advertisers, our advertisers were building their businesses. Forty years later, many of those original advertisers still turn to People Newspapers to reach existing and new customers in the communities we serve. “The backbone of our first 10 years was retail and real estate advertising,” said senior

account executive Kim Hurmis. She’s worked for People Newspapers for 39 years. “Today, many service businesses such as legal, medical, and senior living look to us to reach the audiences we serve in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow.” When I left to do freelance work in 1994, I boxed up my business cards, calendars, ledger books, and a file folder with my favorite advertisements f rom that decade. I recently scoured through that time capsule of my work history and the evolution of advertising. My classified ads reminded me of the people I worked with over the years: Chuck Green with C-Green Sprinklers, David Biggs with Diamond of Texas, and Dick

Lentz with Lentz Landscape Lighting. Slowly but surely, I added retail clients: Kid’s Kloset in Preston Center, Oak Lawn Mail Services, and Susan Brannian. Downtown Dallas began to redevelop with the building of the Crescent Complex on its northern perimeter. The ad staff began calling on the art galleries and restaurants that leased the second floor – Ron Hall Gallery, Ken Riney Antique Jewelry, Galerie Kornye, and my favorite restaurant, La Cucina. Mike Renshaw and Harry Walker introduced Dallas and me to English Pine. Helen Puckett opened the Everyday Gourmet on Lovers Lane and gave us a taste of Morning Glory Muffins and gourmet takeaway.

When Animal Kingdom opened on Mockingbird Lane, I signed the store up to advertise and bought my first pet, a pale blue parakeet I named Maximillian de Bird.

When Animal Kingdom opened on Mockingbird Lane, I signed the store up to advertise and bought my first pet, a pale blue parakeet I named Maximillian de Bird – Max lived happily with me for 13 years. When I packed my box, I never imagined that almost 25 years later, I would return to People Newspapers. It’s no longer a black and white world. The pages of Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People are alive with colorful advertisements, stories, and of course, people. We reach out daily with compelling stories on our website, through e-newsletters, and on social media. It’s exciting to work with young designers like Melanie Thornton, Imani Lytle, and Mia Carrera. This digital world is second nature to them, and they make what our advertisers imagine come to life! Contact Evelyn Wolff at evelyn.wolff@ for classified advertising, obituaries, and wedding and engagement announcements. | June 2021  21


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Lawns of Dallas Ownership Change Brought Dramatic Growth By Josh Hickman

L AW N A N D G A R D E N T I P S :

Special Contributor “We’re busier than ever,” said Madison Gardner, owner of Lawns of Dallas. The Park Cities-centric business started almost 40 years ago by a young man simply mowing lawns. After venturing into commercial work 15 years ago, the company attracted the attention of entrepreneur and Highland Park native Madison Gardner four years ago. Looking for a business to purchase, Gardner approached then-owner Doug Smellage, who was already thinking of retirement, and six months later, a deal was struck. In the ensuing three and half years, Lawns of Dallas has nearly tripled in size under Gardner’s leadership, expanding from around 50 employees to 135. Now the owner of a full-service lawn and garden design, building, and maintenance company, Gardner observed, “It’s been quite a journey building a great team. It’s been a huge blessing.” Gardner remembers Lawns of Dallas working around the neighborhood from his youthful days attending Bradfield Elementary and Highland Park High, “But I never imagined I would be running the company.” How did COVID-19 affect his business? “On the commercial side, we were absolutely decimated,” Gardner said. “In residential, we were affected, but overall it was pretty steady for us. We were able to keep everyone employed. That was a big goal during COVID.” The pandemic also brought opportunities.

• Think about investing in a smart water controller. They’re a lot better for the environment, and you save a lot of water. Although it’s a little more expensive upfront, it really does pay off. You don’t need to water your turf as much as most people think. • Mulch in June and July. Not as many people do it as should. It keeps your beds and all your plants moist, helps retain water, and keeps the roots systems cool.

Madison Gardner says his Lawns of Dallas, serving the Park Cities and Preston Hollow, aims to provide homeowners a point of contact for seasonal color, mulch, tree trimming, and other landscaping services. (PHOTOS: JOSH HICKMAN, COURTESY MADISON GARDNER) “I think a lot of companies either scaled back or reduced their budgets or headcount,” he said. “I just decided as a company to really double-down. We even hired some great people who were let go from other companies.” With 95% of the residential business in the Park Cities/Preston Hollow areas, Gardner said, “We’re really focused on just this area. “Now we have a better team of experts in their field, whether its landscape design, construction teams, or account managers. For our clients, we try to be the point of contact for anything outside the home, whether its seasonal color, mulch, tree

trimming, or whatever they need,” he said. The lawn care industry has changed plenty in four decades. “People were more willing to mow their own lawn (40 years ago), to be more handson,” Gardner observed. “Today, more and more people just want to pay someone to deal with it. They want their outdoor spaces to be just an extension of their living room or kitchen — simple, easy outdoor living. Everyone is so busy; life is more complicated; they just want to enjoy what they have.” Lawns of Dallas offices at 8400 Ambassador Row in Dallas, (214-357-6522), a

• Be patient on getting plants to replace those killed by the winter storm. It’s been difficult with demand, and prices have gone up a lot because of the scarcity of supply. Be open to new plant ideas, especially ones that are freezetolerant, so the damage will never happen again. Talk to an experienced horticulturist about new ideas.

Source: Madison Gardner handful of miles from the neighborhoods served. “It’s been a great opportunity to be part of a company that grew up in the same area we are now still serving,” Gardner said. “To have Lawns of Dallas serve in my own neighborhood, the Park Cities, has been very rewarding.”


Even if you did not vote on May 1, you can still vote in the Run-Off

The Best Choice in the District 13 Run-Off. Maggie Murchison, Community Leader

Dear Neighbors, per Leland Burk, and we finished We were outspent 6 to 1 by develo in a virtual tie. s h of the District 13 neighborhood We had the heart, soul and strengt p dee r ove t energy and its goodwill in this campaign. And, I’ll take tha pockets any day. borhoods First. I do not have any My focus will continue to be Neigh done. sensus builder who will gets things conflicts of interest and I am a con I hope you will -off and if you didn’t vote for me, run the in e vot r you for ing ask I’m l. YOU and be YOUR voice at City Hal reconsider your vote - I’ll listen to

Gay Donnell Willis

The Dallas Morning News

Our recommendation is for Willis, who is the strongest candidate in the race.

“. . . Burk has serious potential conflicts of interest as it relates to one of the most important areas of District 13 — Preston Center.” April 16, 2021

“After strongly supporting Jennifer Staubach Gates for eight years, I am enthusiastically asking you to join me in supporting Gay Donnell Willis! Gay is a businesswoman and community leader. Her “Neighborhoods First” platform shows she cares about public safety, streets and sidewalks and keeping an eye on the big picture issues such as growing our tax base and to not raise taxes! “

Dustin Marshall, DISD Trustee

“Gay has the relationships around the horseshoe to hit the ground running. The depth of her knowledge on city issues is truly impressive. Jennifer has appointed Gay three times to various city committees and she has also served on the 2020 DISD Bond Committee. As President & CEO of the Turtle Creek Conservancy she regularly works with multiple City departments including Park & Rec, Homeless Solutions, Code, Building Services and more. Please vote for Gay Donnell Willis!”

Suzanne Smith, Community Leader

“I served with her opponent, Leland Burk, on a community commission and many of us got frustrated with his grandstanding. He was not a consensus builder and I cannot imagine anything would change if he was on council. Gay is the real deal - she is smart, savvy, and results-oriented. I cannot think of a better person to serve Dallas.”

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24 June 2021 |

Create Your Contemporary 9646 Douglas Avenue Offered for $7,150,000 6 Bed / 6.2 Bath / 10,893 Sq.Ft. Susan Baldwin 214.763.1591 Co-listed with Simone Jeanes and Marc Ching

Divine in Devonshire 5749 Redwood Lane Offered for $3,195,000 6 Bed / 8,104 Sq.Ft. / 0.482 Acres Clarke Landry 214.316.7416 | June 2021  25

Live Your Best Life 3523 Rosedale Avenue Offered for $1,099,000 3 Bed / 3.1 Bath / 2,500 Sq.Ft. Marc Ching 214.728.4069

Inhale the Beauty 5403 Preston Fairways Circle Offered for $1,150,000 4 Bed / 5 Bath / 4,707 Sq.Ft. Susan Bradley 214.674.5518

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Open to Elegance Vassar Park Offered for $17,000,000 6 Bed / 6.4 Bath / 14,181 Sq.Ft. Allie Beth Allman 214.354.1099

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Comings and Goings GOING

offers children ages 4 to 14 the opportunity to learn to code while building video games.

Royal Blue Grocery

Highland Park Village The neighborhood grocery and specialty food shop is closing its Highland Park Village location after June 27 but hoping to open a new store nearby. (See below for what will fill that location in The Village). Royal Blue's downtown Dallas stores — in Trammel Crow Center and The Mercantile — expect to rebrand to Berkley’s Market on July 1. A Berkley’s Market will open in Oak Cliff at 634 W Davis this summer.

NOW OPEN Caffè Lavazza

NorthPark Center The all-day café, the final piece of the 46,000-square-foot Eataly Dallas to open, serves as the Italian food emporium’s first-floor entrance. Two of the three levels have been open since December 2020. Café visitors can enjoy different menu offerings depending on the time of day.

Lele Sadoughi

Highland Park Village The Dallas native opened the first storefront for her eponymous accessories brand, best known for their signature knotted, jeweled headbands.

Code Ninja

11661 Preston Road The computer coding and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program

Fairgrounds Coffee 4514 Cole Avenue The menu includes craft coffee and tea, as well as breakfast and lunch items.

The RealReal 3120 Knox Street The luxury resale store, the second of its kind in Texas after the opening of one in Austin, features such top designers as Gucci, Brunello Cucinelli, and Burberry and serves as a destination for those looking to sell their designer goods.

Royal Blue Grocery (PHOTO: RACHEL SNYDER)

Caffè Lavazza (COURTESY PHOTO)

RH Dallas 3133 Knox Street The design gallery with three levels and nearly 70,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space includes a glass-encased rooftop restaurant and wine bar that opens onto a park. The retail concept presents artistic installations of luxury home furnishings with spaces devoted to RH Interiors, RH Modern, and RH Outdoor and an interactive interior design firm and atelier.


Fairgrounds Coffee (COURTESY KNOX STREET)



The Plaza at Preston Center The women’s fashion boutique, expected to open in August, already has locations in in Fort Worth and Southlake.

Highland Park Village The brunch restaurant known for "the best bagels in New York City" will open in the space occupied by Royal Blue Grocery later

this year and will feature a cafe for people to grab coffee and bagels or breakfast tacos, and a grab-and-go component. — Compiled by Rachel Snyder



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Gym Owner Finds Success Focusing On Fitness, Athleisure By Rachel Snyder

“Everyone is in a remote setting, so slippers, pajamas – activewear doesn’t have to be worn just in a workout class. Better price A local fitness studio and boutique points – we revamped our entire inventory to has found a recipe for growth during the be more affordable, and it’s actually created COVID-19 pandemic. growth that we could have never expected,” SculptHouse in Inwood Village has seen she said. On the fitness side, the studio launched exponential growth of 231% in e-commerce virtual classes in the activity since March early days of the panof last year. The boutique and website demic. feature a wide variety Mason came up of shoes, athleisure with the idea for wear, and accessories. SculptHouse around The boutique 2013 while working sought to boost its in New York City e-commerce presence shortly after gradueven before the panating from the Unidemic in part by imversity of Georgia. It proving the website. was fitting that the “We had to build former model’s conon some infrastructure cept blended fashion that wasn’t there. We and fitness. “I was in high did redo our website – thank goodness – in school, and I was September of 2019 to looking at SMU to better focus on online Katherine Mason, owner of SculptHouse go to college there, because a huge goal fitness studio and boutique in Inwood Village, and I loved SMU, I for ours in 2020 was to says online sales at made love Dallas,” she said. have an e-commerce a difference for her business during the “I love how fashionable the people are, presence,” founder pandemic. (PHOTO: WHITNEY MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY) but I also love that and CEO Katherine Mason said. they have balance. People here love to eat, Face masks and home workout gear like have a glass of wine or a margarita, work out, wrist and ankle weights and resistance bands shop, and enjoy their life, and I think that’s were strong sellers online in 2020, Mason said. what our brand is about.”

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Real Talk: Jerry Mooty Jr. Jerry Mooty Jr., an entrepreneur and attorney, added real estate to his list of skills when he joined Rogers Healy and The Healy Companies as the director of strategy. In his first full year, he will close more than $25 million in transactions. Jerry was named Rookie of the Year at the Healy Companies and picked up accolades from Top10Dallas Magazine and Dallas Modern Luxury. Jerry Mooty Real Estate Group, the team he leads as part of Rogers Healy and Associates, is a focused group of vibrant professionals making a big wave in the Dallas real estate market. In 1998, Jerry helped found Mc- Jerry Mooty Jr. Cathern | Mooty, LLP and served as the managing partner until 2012. In 2012, he stepped down to pursue other business interests, including founding Blue Star Payments with the Jerry Jones family. That venture rebranded as Blue Star Sports, acquired 18 companies in 20 months, and sold in 2017.

This is a very hot market so the wave we are experiencing makes waking up every day ready to go. I love the fast pace of deals right now. Jerry Mooty Jr. How long have you been in real estate, and what led you to this career? I have been a licensed agent since June 2020, but my legal background

includes real estate transactions, home building, commercial development, and raw land acquisition for 10-plus years. | June 2021  29


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Now that you’ve been a real estate professional for a while, if you could go back in time and give yourself any advice, what would it be? My passion is real estate, so if I could go back 20 years, I would have focused 100% of my time on what I enjoy a lot sooner. The professionals in real estate make each transaction so exciting, which allows me to negotiate, be creative, and bring success to my clients. What is the best thing about being a real estate agent? This is a very hot market, so the wave we are experiencing makes waking up every day ready to go. I love the fast pace of deals right now. What is your outlook on the Dallas market? I think DFW is going to continue to see positive growth for the next 2 to 3 years. The number of people & companies moving to Texas is mind-boggling, and we are one of the few areas in the country that can absorb that growth. New home and multi-family construction is still a little behind, and I don’t see the power players in that sector slowing down development, so I think that will continue to prop up pricing and demand. Can you give us a fun fact about yourself? I have a beautiful wife, Samantha, and two wonderful sons, Val and Luke Mooty. They think I am pretty funny. – Staff Report


ooking for a getaway just outside of Dallas? Perhaps even one with some income-generating potential? Harmony Springs Ranch, near the East Texas town of Winnsboro, is a 215-acre certified tree farm featuring a main residence, workshop, storage shop, and a timber agriculture exemption. The name of the ranch comes from the natural springs feeding into the property via an acre pond and neighboring lake.


The 3,449 square foot home boasts three bedrooms and two baths and is loaded with personality and the modern amenities you‘d need to live more remotely — including a pool and spa. The property also includes multiple water wells, two 1,000-gallon propane tanks, and a backup generator that is capable of powering the entire house. A 1,000-square-foot guest house is also under construction in conjunction with the standing storage structure.

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ARBORETUM PROGRAMMING TAKES NEW APPROACHES THIS SUMMER Plan mixes virtual discussions, at-home learning kits, with garden visits R E G I S T R AT I O N O P E N Dallas Arboretum camps begin June 7 and run through the end of July. Visit other-programs/summer-camps/.

By Maddie Spera

Special Contributor


ive your kids a summer in the soil with camps at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The summer camps for students entering third through sixth grades have operated for 15 years and come in such options as Makers in the Garden, Energy Explorers, Dino World, Chef Camp, and SciQuest. The Arboretum is changing it up a bit this summer to keep things feeling fresh and new. Campers will still physically visit the garden on Mondays and Fridays for onsite activities. Still, for the remainder of the week, students will engage in expert-led Zoom sessions with staff and community partners.

For example, in Dino World, campers will chat with a paleontologist. Makers in the Garden will include a discussion led by the Arboretum’s director of horticulture. In addition to virtual lessons and talks, students will also participate in at-home activities, made possible by the brand new DIY Explorers learning kits. “With the learning kits for those athome activities, they’ll really have things they can use after the fact, too,” said Dustin Miller, senior director of experience and innovation. “So for the Chef Camp, they’ll be doing some experiments with molecular astronomy, and they’re also going to make quick pickles using a syringe. So they’ll be able to use some of these materials again, whereas, with the onsite camps, it’s a onetime activity.” Miller and the rest of the Arboretum staff are excited to hold camps this summer and see this as an opportunity for students to stay connected to the garden and nature while bonding with other family members or friends. Because of the camp format this year, the Arboretum is happy to offer an add-on price, where if a family has two children in

We think that the camps are familyfriendly and can also inspire the kids to think about future projects in a way that our previous camps never have before. Dustin Miller

Dallas Arboretum photo illustrations emphasize the fun planned for summer camps. (PHOTO: DALLAS ARBORETUM AND BOTANICAL GARDEN)

the same age bracket, the second camp is half price. “All the activities really are family-focused this year,” Miller said. “When we’re doing only onsite camps, it’s about the fullday experience at the Arboretum, so there are a lot of things like hikes and projects. But this year it’s really made so that kids

can work with their families at home, like a younger brother or sister, or a cousin or neighbor. In DIY Garden, they’re creating cool gift ideas too, so maybe they can give it away to a friend. We think that the camps are family-friendly and can also inspire the kids to think about future projects in a way that our previous camps never have before.”

YMCA Opportunities: Get Paid To Go to Camp

women make up more than half of the 7 million people considered ‘out of the workforce’ in the report — who aren’t counted as unemployed — but who currently want to work. Overall, nearly 2.4 million women have exited the workforce since last February, compared with less than 1.8 million men.”

The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas touts summer fun with graphics incorporating pre-pandemic images. (PHOTO: COURTESY YMCA) Got time this summer? Work for the Y. The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas is hiring for such part-time positions as lifeguards, swim instructors, and camp counselors and paying retention bonuses to those who work all summer. “We are excited after a difficult year due to COVID that we are once again looking to grow our organization,” said Curt Hazelbaker,

president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. “Summer is traditionally a very busy time for the YMCA as kids are out of school and parents are looking for enriching summer experiences.” Job opportunities are available for teens and adults. “We have positions open not only for teens and college students looking for summer work where they can help and mentor kids but

also for those who may have lost their job or been forced out of the workforce due to COVID,” Hazelbaker said. “Our goal is to also help this group, who are disproportionately women, as we recover from COVID.” According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as reported by NBC News, “275,000 women left the workforce [in January], compared with 71,000 men. And

Summer is traditionally a very busy time for the YMCA as kids are out of school and parents are looking for enriching summer experiences. Curt Hazelbaker Hazelbaker hopes the Y can help. “For women struggling with childcare, those that are hired into childcare roles at the Y are able to have their children enrolled in one

of our programs at a reduced cost,” he said. In addition, the Y is offering retention bonuses for the following positions: • A $300 YMCA Summer Aquatics Retention Bonus for all qualifying Part-Time Swim Instructors and Lifeguards • A $100 Sign-On Bonus for YMCA Summer Camp Staff and a $200 Retention Bonus for all qualifying Part-Time Camp Counselors • A $300 YMCA Summer Day Camp Retention Bonus for all qualifying Part-Time Childcare Summer Day Camp Team Members To qualify, employees must begin on or before June 1, work an average of 30 hours per week through Aug. 6, have perfect attendance the weeks of July 26 and Aug. 2 of Camp, and comply with YMCA training requirements. – Staff report

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Area Churches Consider Summer Activity Options

Some remain uncertain, while others ready to resume in-person VBS, camps

By Riley Farrell

to anyone who wanted to participate. This summer is less certain for PCPC, said communications director Shawn Davis. “We are making plans, but we’re holding all plans very loosely,” said Davis. “We have a team of doctors that are continuing to help us assess the situation on a week-toweek basis.”

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, summer for Dallas churches typically meant hosting thousands of children for programs and vacation Bible schools. Churches often view these programs as ways to reach families, and caregivers see them as safe places for children during the dog days of summer at home. But 2020 forced programs online, and as the end of this school year nears, churches are taking various approaches to their summer programming. Here’s what some are saying:

We’re full of excitement as people are signing up and expressing their joy about being able to offer summer camps and activities in person and have their kids safely gather with friends. Lori Swarner Park Cities Baptist Church Park Cities Baptist Church will use a variety of approaches with its VBS and summer day camps: in-person, virtual, indoor, and outdoor accommodations. Of course, this summer looks starkly different than last year when the member of the Baptist General Convention of Texas

Christ the King Catholic Church Christ the King Catholic Church is not publicly announcing any summer programs. If members of this Catholic Church are interested in this information, executive communications director Aurelia Corbitt said they should check in with their parish for summer plans.

Park Cities Baptist Church is looking forward to offering in-person programs this summer. (PHOTO: PARK CITIES BAPTIST CHURCH)

did not have in-person VBS or day camps. But PCBC did offer “Virtual VBS,” where families could tune in every day for music, teaching, and activities. As this summer in 2021 draws near, PCBC’s Summer Fun Camps are back, and registration is open. PCBC is offering VBS in three ways: in-person during the daytime, virtually June 7-11, and in-person during the evening June 2325. “We’re full of excitement as people are signing up and expressing their joy about being able to offer summer camps and activities in person and have their kids safely gather with f riends,” said PCBC communications director Lori Swarner.

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Grace Bible Church Grace Bible Church, located on Inwood Road, is not presently hosting VBS, said GBC office assistant Olivia Dittrich. However, Dittrich added, Pine Cove Camp is partnering with GBC on June 21-25 for Camp in the City, available for first through sixth graders in the Dallas area. Monday through Friday, the program includes activities and Bible studies. Park Cities Presbyterian Church Last summer, Park Cities Presbyterian Church provided an all-online VBS. PCPC created a seven-year rotation of VBS curriculum, so church employees could take last years’ material and make it available online

Highland Park United Methodist Church HPUMC’s summer calendar is published on the church’s website. From June to August, youth programs include “Crave,” a bible study for middle schoolers that meets at the Tolleson Family Activity Center on Wednesdays, and “Blueprint,” a mission trip for students in seventh through 12th grade. From July 5 to 10, HPUMC’s mission trip will work in restoring homes for elderly, disabled, and low-income residents in San Antonio, and costs $550 per student. MAKE PLANS NOW PCBC’s Summer Fun Camps and VBS Registration: Camp in the City: a collaboration between Grace Bible Church and Pine Cove Camp: grace-bible-dallas/

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Jose Armendariz finds joy in his 17 years at Pershing Elementary By Bethany Erickson


ose Armendariz didn’t start out as a teacher. But 17 years after embarking on a career as an elementary school educator, he’s earned a spot among the teachers considered Dallas ISD’s best. In May, Armendariz became the district’s Elementary Teacher of the Year in a celebration televised on WFAA. Armendariz had a three-year career at the U.S. Consulate before deciding to join the family business – teaching. He began working as a bilingual teacher at Pershing Elementary in 2004 through the district’s alternative certification program.

We transformed our way of teaching – even experienced teachers like me, we felt like we were novice teachers – we were learning everything from scratch. Jose Armendariz

He is still teaching Pershing kindergarteners, doing work that has been showcased on Univision’s Unimás, helping re-establish the Pershing Elementary PTA, and serving as a member of the Bilingual ESL Cadre — which is a part of the district’s ESL department. Pershing principal Lourdes Morales-Figueroa said Armendariz is known for nurturing his students and increasing their self-esteem and interest in learning. “He provides them a nurturing environment and includes parents as crucial team members in their student’s education,” she said. Teaching kindergarten, Armendariz said, is a joyful occupation. “It’s their authenticity, their sense of humor, and their sense of play,” he said of his pupils. “I love to play with them, and explore, and teach them how to use their vocabulary. I love to see their faces when they’re getting the jokes.” Watching them progress, he said, is a happy part of his job – as is fielding excited calls from parents who also see that progress. But Armendariz said that despite a long and happy teaching career, not once did he think that he would experience pandemic teaching, he said. “I don’t think anyone could predict that we would be in a situation like this,” he said.

Pershing Elementary kindergarten teacher Jose Armendariz was named Dallas ISD’s Elementary Teacher of the Year in a televised celebration. (PHOTO: DALLAS ISD) “When it started, it caught us off guard – everyone, in every field. As a teacher, I think that we are one of those professions that really learned while we were working. “We transformed our way of teaching – even experienced teachers like me, we felt like we were novice teachers – we were learning everything from scratch.” He spent the summer getting ready and organized, which also provided him with more opportunities to engage with various fellowships and training with the district. But he felt like he was able to get comfortable with the new pandemic-necessary approaches because “Dallas ISD was prepared and provided different learning platforms … and immediately offered different trainings.”

Armendariz said people who might want to become teachers should be prepared to call upon more than just book smarts. “If you’re interested in becoming a teacher, you need to understand what empathy is, and you need to be able to share mindful lessons with students that could reach to their heart and that they can identify with,” he said.

EXTRA CREDIT See more of our conversation with Jose Armendariz, and meet Principal of the Year nominees Joseph Sotello of Hillcrest High School and Adrian Luna of Nathan Adams Elementary, at

Ready for a Fight: Dallas ISD, Other Districts May Head to Court By Bethany Erickson

In a called meeting in early May, Dallas ISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa explained the issues surrounding House Bill 3979, authored by State Rep. Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands), to trustees. The bill, educators and advocates said, would hamstring social studies instruction by limiting what - and how - current events and history are taught in public schools. “This would gut many of the items that we care so much about in the racial equity policy that the board passed unanimously and a lot of the training that the board has participated in, and we would even be prohibited from hiring external consultants to help do the training,” Dallas ISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa told the board. “I’m concerned that we would have to change some courses, and the master schedules would have to be changed for next year.”

Dallas ISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa (pictured here in a December school board meeting) warned trustees that the district may be headed for litigation over a so-called anti-critical race theory bill passed in the state legislature. (PHOTO: COURTESY DALLAS ISD) Trustees passed a resolution voicing the district’s displeasure with the bill, a companion to Senate Bill 2202, authored by State Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe). Both seek to discourage discussion of current events or controversial public

policy issues in classrooms. “When people ask me if we’re teaching critical race theory in Dallas ISD schools, I tell them ‘No, we’re not – we’re having a healthy discussion about history and about facts and about how our society got to where it is today – and now there

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are institutional barriers to opportunity for Black and brown kids,” said trustee Dustin Marshall before the board’s unanimous vote. “And if we need to have that conversation by teaching African American history in our schools, I think that’s a good thing, not blaming the white man for every bad thing that ever existed, as some on the far right would have you believe.” Texas House passed its version of a bill 79-65, and it is now headed to the state Senate. Two days after the bill passed in the House, trustees got an update from Hinojosa, who warned that the district (along with other districts in the state) might be headed to court regarding the bill. “I don’t like to threaten litigation very often, especially not from behind a microphone, but some of us have been talking,” he told the board, saying they’d have some “huge difficult decisions to make” if Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill. “I don’t have the authority to sue

anybody, only the board can do that, but we’re doing our homework because if this law does pass, the stakes get very high, very quickly,” Hinojosa said, adding that several districts are looking at their options. Legal scholars doubt the constitutionality of the Texas bill, which is one of a flurry of bills introduced regarding critical race theory in various states. “Of the legislative language so far, none of the bills are fully constitutional, and if it isn’t fully constitutional, there’s a word for that: It means it’s unconstitutional,” Joe Cohn, the legislative and policy director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, told The Atlantic.

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Congratulations to the 105 members of our 15th graduating class on their college acceptances. Their resilience and tenacity in a year of extraordinary challenges makes this commencement season ever more rewarding for the Class of 2021! We wish you well as you continue on your journey in Wisdom, Honor and Service to impact our complex global society. College Acceptance List from our Class of 2021 Adelphi University American University Arizona State University Auburn University Austin College Bard College Baylor University Belmont University Benedictine College Bentley University Berklee College of Music Brandeis University California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo Carnegie Mellon University Centenary College of Louisiana Clarkson University Clemson University Colgate University College of Charleston Colorado School of Mines Colorado State University Connecticut College Dartmouth College Davenport University DePaul University DigiPen Institute of Technology Drake University Drexel University East Carolina University Eckerd College Elon University Emerson College Emory University Endicott College Florida Atlantic University Florida Institute of Technology Fordham University Furman University George Mason University George Washington University Georgetown University

Hampton University Hawaii Pacific University Hendrix College High Point University Howard University IDC Herzliya - Raphael Recanati International School Illinois Wesleyan University Indiana University Bloomington Iowa State University James Madison University Kansas State University Langston University Lehigh University Lewis & Clark College Louisiana State University Louisiana Tech University Loyola Marymount University Loyola University Chicago Loyola University Maryland Loyola University New Orleans McDaniel College Miami University Michigan State University Montana State University Morehouse College New Mexico State University New York University Northeastern University Oglethorpe University Oklahoma Baptist University Oklahoma State University Ole Miss: The University of Mississippi Pace University Pennsylvania State University Pepperdine University Purdue University Quinnipac University Randolph-Macon College Reed College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rhodes College

Rice University Richmond, The American International University in London Rose-Hulman Institute Salve Regina University Sam Houston State University Santa Clara University Savannah College of Art and Design Seton Hall University Sewanee - The University of the South Skidmore College Southern Methodist University Stanford University Stephen F. Austin State University Syracuse University Texas A&M University Texas Christian University Texas State University Texas Tech University Texas Wesleyan University The University of Arizona The University of Alabama The University of Chicago The University of Iowa The University of Oklahoma 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 The University of Texas at Tyler The University of Utah Trinity University Tufts University Tulane University University of Arkansas University of California, Davis University of California, Irvine University of California, Riverside University of California, San Diego University of California, Santa Cruz University of Cincinnati

University of Colorado Boulder University of Colorado Denver University of Colorado Colorado Springs University of Florida University of Georgia University of Houston University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Indianpolis University of Kansas University of Louisville University of Maine University of Maryland University of Miami University of Michigan University of Nevada, Reno University of New Hampshire University of North Texas University of Notre Dame University of Oregon University of Pittsburgh University of Portland University of Puget Sound University of Richmond University of San Diego University of San Francisco University of South Carolina University of Wisconsin - Madison Villanova University Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Wake Forest University Washington University in St. Louis West Virginia University Western Illinois University Whitman College Wichita State University Xavier University of Louisiana

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Student Achievements: Five To Celebrate






1. Fly Eagle Scouts, fly Two more Boy Scouts from Troop 125, sponsored by Grace Bible Church, have achieved the rank of Eagle, the highest and most distinguished rank in Scouting: Samuel Crawford Suarez, son of Juan and Michelle Suarez of Dallas, is a junior at the Episcopal School of Dallas. His Eagle project: building hand sanitizer dispense stands for Wesley Rankin Community Center, which provides education, health, and skills development programs to families and seniors. Roman James Fox, 14, son of Travis and Sandra Fox, of Dallas, is completing the eighth grade at Providence Christian School. His Eagle project: installing a flagpole and building a small garden for Juliette

Fowler Communities, a faith-based nonprofit founded in 1892 to serve children, youth, and elders.

2. Heroes make art Collin Chon, a fifth-grader at Greenhill School, won Best of Show in the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) annual Student Art Contest. This year’s theme: Everyday Heroes Ride DART. Collin’s artwork was selected from 688 entries from students in kindergarten through 12th grade. View winning entries at Also, see winning artworks at DART rail stations, on buses, inside trains, and on display at the Dallas Museum of Art and Dallas Love Field Airport.

Congratulations to our 37 seniors in the International Baccalaureate and French Baccalaureate programs!

We are proud of you, Class of 2021!

College Acceptances: Abilene Christian University American University (2) American University in Paris Austin College Babson College Baylor University (6) Boston College

Carleton College Carnegie Mellon University (2) Catholic University CEU Cardenal Herrera University Chapman University (3) Colgate University (2) Colorado School of Mines Culinary Institute of America

3. Masking to save lives At Shelton School & Evaluation Center, some of Kathleen Goree’s seventh-grade art students, including Carter Weinberg and Effie Maguire, created self-portraits of themselves wearing masks. “My mask reflects how COVID impacted the entire world,” Maguire said. Weisberg said, “I wear a mask to save lives.”

4. Great debaters Led by Chuck Walts, director of debate and forensic activities, Hockaday School teammates: Naz Soysal, Mia Xia, and Cassie Liu won $1,500 by advancing to the semifinals of the 20th annual Brewer Foundation/New York University

Dartmouth College (2) DePaul University (2) Duke University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2) Emerson College Florida Institute of Technology Fordham University (5) Franklin University – Switzerland Georgetown University Haverford College High Point University Indiana University (3) - Kelley School of Business Johns Hopkins University Kenyon College L’Université de Montréal - Canada Lewis & Clark University Lipscomb University Loyola University – Maryland Loyola Marymount University Louisiana State University Macalester College MIT Michigan State University Oklahoma State University Oregon State University Pace University Pepperdine University Polytechnique (Canada) Pomona College Purdue University (2) Reed College (2) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rhodes College Rice University Seattle University Skidmore College

International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) debate competition. The competition, held virtually for the first time this year, engages high school students from around the world in written and oral debates on issues of public policy.

5. Pony Pride! The SMU Spirit squad placed first in the Game Day D1 category at the 2021 NCA and NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship in Daytona Beach, Florida. SMU Cheer, Pom, Peruna mascot, and Mustang Band performed a game-day routine together to win the championship. Tiffany Fettinger coaches the team.

Southern Methodist University (6) Southwestern University St. John’s College St. Louis University (Madrid Campus) St. Olaf College Swarthmore College Syracuse University (2) Texas A&M University (3) Texas Christian University Texas Tech University (2) Trinity College – Dublin Trinity University United States Air Force Academy United States Coast Guard (2) United States Military Academy – West Point (2) United States Naval Academy (2) University of Alabama University of Arizona University of Arkansas (2) University of Birmingham -UK University of Bristol -UK University of Calgary - Canada University of California – Berkeley University of California – Irvine (2) University of California – Los Angeles (3) University of California – San Diego (2) University of California – Santa Barbara (2) University of Colorado – Boulder University of Denver (2) University of Edinburgh - UK University of Houston University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign University of Kansas University of Lester University of Manchester University of Miami

– Compiled by William Taylor University of Michigan University of Minnesota University of New Mexico (Honors College) University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill University of North Texas University of Northern Colorado University of Oklahoma (2) University of Richmond University of Rochester (2) University of Southern California (3) University of Surrey University of Texas – Austin (2) University of Texas – Dallas (5) University of Texas – San Antonio University of Toronto (2) University of Tulsa (4) University of Warwick University of Wisconsin Washington University in St. Louis Wesleyan University Westmont College -CA Wheaton College -MA Worcester Polytechnic Institute -MA

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class of 2021 $12,327,870+ earned in merit scholarship offers by the 108-member class

16 college-bound student-athletes


of this school year was on campus, in-person learning for seniors

as self-reported by May 10


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chapel services attended by each member of the class over four years

100% performed community service collectively totaling

21,606+ HOURS

31 active for a year or more in our 100% completed AP exams Spanish Learning Service Program

totaling 720+ from 32 AP courses

460 acceptances to 140 colleges and universities American University Arizona State University Arkansas Tech University Auburn University Aurora University Austin Community College Bates College Baylor University Belmont University Boston College Boston University Butler University Cardiff University Case Western Reserve University Catholic University of America Chapman University Clemson University College of the Holy Cross Colorado School of Mines Colorado State University Cornell University Creighton University Dallas Baptist University DePaul University

Drexel University Duke University Durham University Elon University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach Emory University Exeter College Flagler College Florida Atlantic University Florida State University Fordham University Furman University George Washington University Harvard University High Point University Hofstra University Howard University Indiana University-Bloomington Iowa State University Ithaca College Jackson State University King’s College London Liberty University

Louisiana State University Louisiana Tech University Loyola Marymount University Loyola University Chicago Loyola University New Orleans Miami University-Oxford Mississippi State University Molloy College Montclair State University New York University Northeastern University Northwestern University Occidental College Ohio State University Oklahoma State University Pace University Pennsylvania State University Pepperdine University Princeton University Purdue University Rhodes College Rice University Rollins College Roosevelt University

Saint Edward’s University Santa Clara University Sewanee The University of the South Southern Methodist University Spelman College St John’s University-New York Stanford University Syracuse University Temple University Texas A & M UniversityCollege Station Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi Texas Christian University Texas State University Texas Tech University The University of Alabama The University of Arizona The University of Edinburgh The University of Tampa The University of Tennessee-Knoxville The University of Texas at Austin The University of Texas at Dallas Trinity College Dublin

Trinity University Tulane University of Louisiana United States Naval Academy University College London University of Arkansas University of California-Berkeley University of California-Irvine University of California-Los Angeles University of California-San Diego University of California-Santa Barbara University of Central Florida University of Chicago University of Cincinnati University of Colorado Boulder University of Denver University of Florida University of Georgia University of Kentucky University of Louisiana at Lafayette University of Maryland-College Park University of Massachusetts University of Miami University of Michigan University of Mississippi

University of Missouri University of New Mexico University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of Oklahoma University of Oregon University of Portland University of Richmond University of San Diego University of San Francisco University of South Dakota University of Southern California University of St Andrews University of Tulsa University of Utah University of Virginia University of Washington University of Wisconsin-Madison Villanova University Wake Forest University Washington and Lee University Whittier College Xavier University Yale University Bold indicates where students plan to attend.

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36 June 2021 | Cretaceous discovery: Yamatosaurus

TOP: Anthony R. Fiorillo, senior fellow at SMU’s Institute for the Study of Earth and Man, said the development of Yamatosaurus’ shoulder and forelimbs marks an evolutionary step in the hadrosaurid’s shift from a bipedal to a quadrupedal. (PHOTO: COURTESY SMU) BOTTOM LEFT: Dominique Baker studies how student financial aid, affirmative action, admission, and other policies influences the ability to create an inclusive and equitable campus climate. BOTTOM RIGHT: Rich and Mary Templeton, who met as students at Union College in the late 1970s, support education and research initiatives with their Mary and Rich Templeton Foundation, founded in 2004. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

Far from SMU’s hilltop, paleontologists with deep Mustang connections have identified another new species of duck-billed dinosaur. Yamatosaurus Izanagi, so named by Yoshitsugu Kobayashi of Hokkaido University Museum and Anthony R. Fiorillo of SMU, is the second new Japanese hadrosaurid discovery reported by the longtime colleagues. They have worked together since 1999 when Kobayashi was a Ph.D. student at SMU. “Until now, we had no idea what dinosaurs lived in Japan at the end of the dinosaur age,” Kobayashi said. They took their latest discovery’s name from Yamato, the ancient name for Japan, and Izanagi, a god from Japanese mythology who created the Japanese islands, beginning with Awaji, where Yamatosaurus was found in 2004 by an amateur fossil hunter. The fossilized discovery yields new information about hadrosaur evolution and migration, suggesting that the herbivores used the Bering Land Bridge to migrate from Asia to North America instead of vice versa. “In the far north, where much of our work occurs, hadrosaurs are known as the caribou of the Cretaceous,” Fiorillo said. The hadrosaurs had broad, flattened snouts and lived in the Late Cretaceous period more than 65 million years ago.

An up and coming scholar Dominique Baker, who joined the SMU faculty in 2016, has earned national recognition for her research into how education policy shapes the access and success of


minoritized students in higher education. This spring, the assistant professor of education policy in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development received the 2021 Early Career Award from the Association for Education Finance and Policy. The $1,000 prize recognizes a junior scholar who shows an exemplary early career trajectory and whose research substantially contributes to the field of education finance and policy. “Education policy has the ability to transform lives, but only if thoughtfully constructed based on evidence that includes the experiences of the folks directly impacted,” Baker said. “I look forward to continuing to promote justice by focusing on the ways that policies distribute power and resources.”

Templeton generosity A $5 million gift from longtime SMU supporters Mary and Rich Templeton will bolster student excellence and doctoral research in SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering through endowed scholarships and fellowships. The Templetons’ gift includes $2.5 million to endow four Templeton Ph.D. Fellowships and cover their initial operating funds for the first five years. The other $2.5 million will endow and cover initial operating funds for 10 Templeton undergraduate scholarships. “Building a strong future for our community requires comprehensive education and robust research opportunities,” said Rich Templeton, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Texas Instruments. – Compiled by William Taylor

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SHELTON PRIDE Shelton School and Evaluation Center Established in 1976

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Donna Wilhelm and Sam Self (PHOTOS: GARY DONIHOO/F8STUDIO)

Attendees of The Arts Community Alliance Silver Cup Luncheon May 4 found themselves greeted at first by light sprinkles as they chatted on the lawn of the Annette Strauss Square at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. But the skies parted, and the sun arrived just in time to fete the two honorees, Sam Self and Donna Wilhelm. While enjoying chicken paillard and vanilla-rum caneles de Bordeaux, those gathered at the somewhat smaller outdoor event watched musicians from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra perform a Mozart piece in honor of Self, a dance performance by the Bruce Wood Dancers in honor of Wilhelm, and the debut of a new poem about Dallas by local poet Sherrie Zantea. The event chairs were Mary McDermott Cook and Jennifer Burr Altabef. – Staff report

Andy Smith, Paul Von Wupperfeld, Kim Noltemy, and James Leffler Mary McDermott Cook and Jennifer Altabef

Holly Mayer, Tara Lewis, and Carol March

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Three To Be Honored as Dallas Fathers of the Year Founded in 1976 by the late Sylvan Landau, the Father of the Year Awards celebration doesn’t just recognize Dallas-Fort Worth fathers; it also raises funds for local charities and scholarships for Dallas students - to the tune of $4 million for more than 86 children’s charities since its formation. “Each year, we continue the tradition of annually celebrating the accomplishments of three outstanding dads and what their own style of fatherhood contributes to the growth and encouragement of their children and the children of our community,” the organization explained. This year, Preston Hollow’s Tyrous Ingram will be among the three fathers honored. Ingram, who has been a McDonald’s f ranchisee for 19 years and owns and operates 16 restaurants in the area, employs more than 500 people. He has been married to Vera for 24 years and is dad to three - Middlebury College senior William, St. Mark’s senior Harrison, and Hockaday sophomore Lauren. Joseph DePinto, 7-Eleven CEO and council member of the George W. Bush

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Tyrous Ingram

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Presidential Center Military Service Initiative, and Jack D. Furst, founder and CEO of Oak Stream Investors and adjunct professor at the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Dallas, are also being honored at the June 9

luncheon at Frontiers of Flight Museum. The organization outlines ways a father can be a good dad: • Being a good disciplinarian, • Allowing children to make mistakes, • Being open-minded,

• Teaching gratitude, • Accepting that his children are not exactly like him, • Leading by example, • Spending quality time with his chil dren, • Being supportive and loyal, • Challenging his children, • And showing unconditional love. “Even though he gets upset at his children’s faults and may lament that they did not attain what he hoped for them, a father loves his children no less for it,” the organization said. The 2021 Father of the Year committee was comprised of Jim Krohn, Bruce Newsome, Jack Wetzel, Ardo Fuentes, Chad Lacerte, Justin Lonon, Michael Meadows, Scott Murray, Melanie Ofenloch, Greg Sampson, Natalie Jenkins Sorrell, and Bob Teeter. Past honorees include Kern Wildenthal, Pierce M. Allman, Donnie Nelson, Robert J. Schlegel, Raymond D. Nasher, Kenneth Cooper, William Seay, H. Ross Perot, Trammell Crow, Tom Landry, Charley Pride, and Roger Staubach. – Staff report | June 2021  39

40 June 2021 |

Report Examines Non-Profit Sector

Uno Immanivong, Giuliano Matarese, and Jeramie Robison are serving as honorary chef chairs for a new cookbook benefiting Ronald McDonald House Dallas. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

Chef-inspired ‘Come to the Table’ Will Benefit Ronald McDonald House Dallas Ronald McDonald House Dallas has curated Come to the Table, a cookbook inspired by and for families. The cookbook features family-style and family-inspired recipes from leading chefs from Dallas and beyond. Sales from the book will benefit the families who stay at the House while their child is undergoing medical treatment.

Come to the Table is not just a cookbook, it is a celebration of the true essence of family and the healing power of food. Uno Immanivong The book is divided into three sections: Simply Standard Staples, Family Classics and Baking, and I Helped. The cookbook will also feature inspiring stories and highlight the 40-year history of the House. The cookbook will honor all of the RMHD board chairs whose leadership

has helped make the House one of Dallas’ most loved charities and is led by a team of longtime supporters: Carol Dalton, Nancy Gottsacker, Georgia Gottsacker Gandino, JoAnne Moore, and Melissa Utley. “This cookbook is a chance for us to open the cover on a new way of fundraising since having a gala wasn’t going to happen quite yet. We hope this adventure has delicious and meaningful outcomes,” said Jill Cumnock, CEO of RMHD. “With the pandemic forcing everyone indoors on a much more regular basis, we wanted to provide an alternative way for people to connect with the House. We are thrilled we can offer this book that brings our love of family into people’s homes.” Forty leading chefs and culinary experts are providing a favorite recipe that best exemplifies family time. Participants include award-winning chef and restauranteur Julian Barsotti of Barsotti Restaurants (including Fachini, Nonna, and Sprezza); Empire Baking Co.’s owner Meaders Moore Ozarow; two-time Michelin-starred chef Danny Grant of Monarch; Los Angeles-based Sally Camacho Mueller, consulting pastry chef and partner of Tesse Restaurant; and Nick Walker, chef

and owner of Irreverent Concepts; ZUBI’S at ZUBI FARMS CEO and founder Sarah Zubiate. Red Stix Asian Street Food chef Uno Immanivong, executive chef and restauranteur Giuliano Matarese, and Thompson Dallas chef Jeramie Robison are serving as honorary chef chairs for the effort, lending their culinary expertise to the book’s curation. “Come to the Table is not just a cookbook; it is a celebration of the true essence of family and the healing power of food,” Immanivong said. “It will be a keepsake that will be passed down through the generations. I urge anyone who loves food and family to buy this book.” – Staff Report

ON THE INTERNET Come to the Table, presented by LiquidAgents Healthcare, will be available for $40 per book, with delivery in June 2021. To order, go to rmhdallas. org/events/40th-anniversary

Many nonprofits rely on individual donations to fund their missions, and the pandemic had an outsized effect on the sector. But contrary to what we might expect during a challenging economic period, parts of the nonprofit sector have continued to TINA thrive. WEINFURTHER While nonprofits are still assessing the impact of COVID-19, the 2020 State of the Sector Report for North Texas from CNM (Center for Nonprofit Management), using data collection and analysis taken in the middle of the pandemic, provides a snapshot of how social impact organizations have fared: • The number of public charities is growing: Between 2016-2020, the number in Dallas County grew by nearly 16%, compared to approximately 19% statewide and 14% in the U.S. • But less than 5% are considered sizeable: Public charities with an operating budget of over $1 million make up only about 4.6% of those in North Texas. Over 80% in North Texas have income less than $50,000 per year. • Assets among Dallas County nonprofits saw a marked increase: Dallas nonprofits experienced about a 23% increase in median assets. North Texas saw a rise of almost 16%, while the U.S. and Texas were closer to 5% and 6%, respectively. • Revenues of Dallas County nonprofits outpaced the region: Median revenue of nonprofits in Dallas County was high. It grew faster (over 35%) than other North Texas counties between 2016-2020. North Texas saw an increase of about 27%, while the U.S. and Texas were closer to 16% and 20%, respectively. • Three mission spaces comprise almost 75% of Dallas County nonprofits: Religion-Related, Human Services, and Education: This is consistent with North Texas, Texas, and the U.S. Human Services is the most prevalent mission space in Texas and the U.S. The strong economy combined with the growth in companies moving to North Texas and the rise in the overall population powered the increase in giving. While this funding was needed due to the growing demand for services that public charities provide, even before COVID, having more and bigger nonprofits has not translated into slowing the growth rate of community issues. The ability to serve the right people with the right services in the right way is critical for nonprofits to address social issues in a meaningful way. A few years ago, CNM launched its innovative strategic data and technology services and found many nonprofits were not collecting the right program data if any at all. Of roughly 70 nonprofits, only 20% were gathering the right data. Moreover, many were challenged to interpret and act on it properly. We believe this lack of accurate and appropriate data collection and analysis prevents nonprofits from effectively and efficiently responding to social issues. If more corporations, foundations, and individuals shift social investment strategies to fund nonprofits committed to getting results, those in need will be helped in a much more meaningful and lasting way. Tina Weinfurther, of Highland Park, is president and CEO of CNM (The Center for Nonprofit Management). Learn more at | June 2021  41

42 June 2021 |



Venues, vendors, and couples adjust to social-distancing challenges

Preston Hollow residents Iva and JD Cochran say having the smaller wedding mandated by the pandemic came with some blessings. (PHOTO: RANDALL STEWART)

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he pandemic has tested not only couples wanting to wed but those whose business is making celebrations memorable. “Weddings are happy and emotional in normal times,” said Valerie Bergstrom, the wedding coordinator at Park Cities Baptist

Church. Add canceled wedding showers and parties, rescheduled vendors, and figuring out the safest as well as the best way to get married, and it becomes, as Bergstrom put it, “overwhelming.” Some couples pushed ceremonies back to the fall of 2020, hoping restrictions would lift, only to have to change dates three more times, Bergstrom said.

After canceling days before his wedding when both his parents became ill with COVID-19, one groom opted to marry at home and have a chapel ceremony later, she said. Cain Sargent, owner of John Cain Photography, said although Texas allowed events to resume in 2020, he still had more than 40 weddings postponed. After the lockdown lifted, weddings resumed in June. Park Cities Baptist usually hosts 20 weddings or so a year, but in 2020 had only 14 with those after the lockdown held at limited capacity: only 120 guests in a chapel that seats 300. The church allows 200 in the chapel now and even more in the sanctuary. Bergstrom said it’s heartbreaking when all family and friends cannot attend, but live-streaming ceremonies has been a plus. Iva and JD Cochran considered postponing their wedding last year but went ahead and married at Park Cities Baptist in June 2020, even though the ceremony wasn’t as planned. “Obviously, our guest list was different ... just family and our wedding party,” the couple said in an email. “We never envisioned masks at our ceremony or not having a dance

floor at our reception.” Sargent works closely with brides and their mothers to visualize their big day and captures and preserves the once-in-a-lifetime moments in cherished photographs. Having to change that vision wasn’t always easy. Some clients, however, embraced what a scaled-down wedding offered. “A silver lining of … an intimate wedding was a heightened appreciation between the couple and their families,” Sargent said. With a larger wedding, those little moments can become “all too overshadowed by 28 bridesmaids and 400 guests,” he added. The Cochrans said their smaller ceremony “allowed us to focus on what was most important at the heart of it all.” “One big challenge was how frequently the rules evolved,” Sargent said, noting how the pandemic forced couples to modify guest lists and floor plans. “Thankfully, we’re past this point now.” After more than a year of “athleisurewear,” Sargent sees many clients going all out in formal attire. However, those used to prolonged comfort will pair a gorgeous cocktail dress with fancy sneakers. Either way, he said, “special occasions feel more special again.”

Houston, We Have No Problem Your next getaway should be to Houston. I know, Houston – the thing Dallas folks love to hate, like JR and the Philadelphia Eagles. But KERSTEN R E T T I G H-Town is a fabulous food and cultural city and the perfect destination for a two-to four-day escape for couples, families, or friends. What’s so great about it? For starters, The Houstonian Hotel and Club, a 27-acre retreat in the middle of the city, an urban resort unlike anything in Texas. Situated alongside Buffalo Bayou and less than a mile from the Houston Arboretum and Memorial Park, The Houstonian is sheltered from city noise and traffic. Behind the iconic Gate House that welcomes each guest, it truly feels like an escape.

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Spa in Texas. Literally. It’s the largest at 26,000 square feet, including 6,500 square feet of outdoor space with two swimming pool-sized hot soaking tubs, a cold shower, private cabanas, a meditation space, fire pits, and lounge areas. The inside float pool reminds me of an aquamarine solitaire in a beautifully detailed statement ring. It’s the centerpiece of the downstairs relaxation area, adjacent to the women’s locker room and along the main corridor of the spa. Ok, I’ll say it: it’s very Instagrammable. Treatments are indulgent and state-of-the-art.

PLAY Guests of The Houstonian are welcome to enjoy the otherwise private club, which includes a massive fitness center outfitted with more than 300 pieces of equipment, 160 fitness classes, three pools, and indoor and outdoor tennis and pickleball courts. The resident pickleball pro is Bobbie Phoumy, who played in the U.S. Open Pickleball

Championship days after giving me a complimentary hour-long lesson. If you’d rather run or walk outdoors, The Houstonian grounds include a tree-canopied paved trail that provides access to the Memorial Park trail.

EAT The Houstonian’s “Tex-Lex” cuisine checks all the boxes for foodies and novices alike. Named for the terroir of the three chefs in charge, Texas, Louisiana, and Mexico, Tex-Lex cuisine is represented throughout the property, from upscale dining at The Tribute to elevated spa cuisine at Trellis. The best-selling dish at The Tribute, Snapper Ponchartrain, is served on dirty rice and served with sauteed crawfish. My faves are the Post Oak charred oysters with chorizo butter (which were insane) and the stuffed Bandera quail. This is much more than a “hotel restaurant;” it’s an upscale neighborhood

The Houstonian Hotel and Club, a 27-acre retreat alongside Buffalo Bayou, offers a wide array of luxury services, activities, and dining options. Visit (PHOTO: COURTESY THE HOUSTONIAN) restaurant with all the best regional flavors under one roof.

GO The Houstonian Hotel is a living monument to Houston, surrounded by oaks and magnolias with vibrant flower beds and a verdant lawn that’s inviting, homey, and elegant all at once. Maybe Houston isn’t the first place you think of when considering

a getaway, but it’s a fabulous destination. Getting there is easy: a 3.5hour drive from Dallas on I-45 (so much better than I-35) or take Vonlane or Southwest into Bush Intercontinental. Follow Kersten Rettig, a Park Cities-based writer with more than 30 years’ experience in food and beverage marketing and public relations, On Instagram @KerstenEats.

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44 June 2021 |

Turn Your Home into a Personal Getaway with Travel-Inspired Décor

LEFT: To keep things fresh, the Asian and Indian antiques in this formal living room, including the foo dog statue, incense burner, and India-inspired patterns, are mixed in with midcentury modern and Art Deco furnishings. RIGHT: A soothing color palette helps to soften the rough, organic textures used in this Cape Cod-style bedroom. (PHOTOS: MICHAEL HUNTER) With travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19, many homeowners want to surround themselves with memories of their time abroad. This may be why travel-inspired interiors are one of 2021’s trending looks. Interior designers like myself MARGARET often have CHAMBERS our favorite travel destinations. Over the course of my design career, I’ve been to Europe 12 times.

My business partner, Lea Barfield, and I also own an antique buying trip business called Tour Décor, which helps our clients source European pieces for their residences — anything from midcentury modern to classic English, French, and Swedish antiques. Below, you’ll find some design tips and tricks for highlighting travel mementos in a sophisticated way. One way to begin is by picking out a single piece you acquired abroad and using it as a touchpoint for the rest of the room.

Putting together a collection of art from a place you’ve visited or a gallery wall of travel photos is another great option. Don’t stop there, however. It’s essential to make sure your room looks like a living space and not a museum. The solution is to spread your pieces throughout the space instead of isolating them to one part of the room. If your favorite places in the world have lots of historic buildings, your travel-inspired room should have a sense of history, too. You can browse local antique shops for fine, old antiques. I

recommend using antiques sparingly for most homes, about three to four per room. Decorating with world maps (whether printed and framed or used as a pattern in an unexpected place) is another way to communicate a feeling of wanderlust to guests. On the same note, globes are an excellent accessory for masculine studies and libraries. If you’re not sure what will be complementary with your travel-inspired elements, go with safe bets. Place your colorful textiles against a neutral backdrop of white, tan, cream, or grey.

Natural materials like wood furniture can fit into almost any design setting. There’s no better time than now to learn how to capitalize on the photos and art you’ve collected from your travels and weave a design narrative around them. Margaret Chambers, a registered interior designer (RID) and member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), leads Chambers Interiors and Associates. Her colleague Caitlin Crowley helped edit this column. Find more design advice at

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illiam Patterson Manning was born September 29, 1959, in Dallas, Texas, to Robert L. and Mary Jean Manning. Beloved husband, father, and brother, he died on April 9, 2021. A lifelong resident of the Park Cities, he graduated from Highland Park High School and Southern Methodist University. He was a trainer in the Athletics Departments of both schools. Bill gave his all to saving other people’s lives and building their homes. Since 1980, he served as a reserve firefighter/paramedic for the Highland Park Department of Public Safety. He was a 20-year member of the Box 4 Fire Buff Association, providing support to Dallas area firefighters. He was also a member of the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department in Collin County. He was a master custom homebuilder who enjoyed working with craftsmen to create homes for

his clients and their families. Bill’s life was filled with love for Sharolyn, his children, his extended family, and many friends. He especially enjoyed participating with Cash in Boy Scouts and Caverly in YMCA Princesses. An active member of Highland Park United Methodist Church, he delighted in driving members from their retirement community to Sunday Services on the church’s bus. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert L. and Mary Jean Manning, and his mother-in-law, Carolyn Tomlin Hurst. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sharolyn Hurst Manning, his son Robert Cash Manning, his daughter Caverly Dee Manning, sister Nancy Manning Carter and husband Ron, sister Peggy Manning Meyer, brother Bobby Manning and wife Ann, brother Sam Manning, and twin brother Tom Manning, his father-in-law Dr. Martin ‘Buddy’ Hurst, sister-in-law Wendy Hurst Schmidly and husband Jason, and sister-inlaw Mendy Hurst Martin and many dearly loved cousins, nieces, and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, April 19, at 3:30 pm at Highland Park United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Bill may make a donation to Box 4 Fire Buff Association, P.O. Box 181914, Dallas, TX 75218; the Dallas Firefighters Museum, 3801 Parry Avenue, Dallas, TX 75226; the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 199 Water St., 11th Floor, New York, NY 10038, or the charity of your choice.

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10010 Strait Lane Dallas, Texas, represented Ann Henry for $8,300,000. Buying a home near a greenway – a park, trail or creek – offers a place for you and your family to play, exercise or just relax surrounded by nature. It can also add significant value to your home investment. Research by a Texas A&M University professor suggests that having a greenway within 600 feet increases the value of the home by at least 5 percent. Here are two exceptional homes near beautiful greenways: The tributaries of the Trinity River create greenways throughout Dallas neighborhoods, including in Bluffview, where there is a four-bedroom home overlooking the river’s Bachman Branch. The custom-built home at 4040 Cochran Chapel Road is designed to bring the outdoors in. For the first time, the iconic Harry S. Moss estate, called Moss Haven, is on sale to the public. Near White Rock Creek and Harry Moss Park, the four-bedroom estate was featured in Architectural Digest magazine in 1958. The historic home at 9311 Moss Circle Drive sits on almost an acre in the heart of Lake Highlands. The luxury real estate boutique of Allie Beth Allman & Associates leads DFW in the sale of homes $3 million and above, according to the Multiple Listing Service. For help in finding your dream home, visit


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Live the high life in this one-of-a-kind RitzCarlton custom double unit with four car spaces at 2525 N. Pearl St. #1605 (2555pearl1605. Offered by Sharon Quist for $3,495,000, the two-bedroom, 3.5-bath home measures 3,552 square feet. A library with built-ins overlooks one of two balconies and could be used as a third sleeping area with its full bath. A dramatic entry and a gallery with wood columns, inlaid marble and groin-vaulted ceiling help to visually unite the open living spaces, including a centrally located bar with refrigerated wine wall. The oversized open island kitchen features a breakfast area, Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances plus a service pantry. The owner’s retreat boasts a large sitting area, spa-like marble bath and two closets, while the split en suite guest bedroom has a walk-in closet. 5-Star Hotel Amenities are included: concierge, valet, room service, owner’s lounge, fitness center, full-service spa, reflection park and pet park. To schedule a showing, contact Quist at 214695-9595 or Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate ( is a division of the Ebby Halliday Companies, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, with four locations that specialize in Preston Hollow, Park Cities, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Kessler Park and Farm & Ranch properties.

Available for the first time in 54 years, the rare property at 10010 Strait Lane is in the heart of the prestigious Preston Hollow estate area. It features a pastoral view of the creek and many beautiful, large, mature trees, all in a private, country-like setting. The 4.6 acres of land is comprised of three lots, two of which are separated from the Strait Lane lot by the creek and sit high on a bluff, providing privacy for the Strait Lane parcel. The 2.198-acre parcel along Strait Lane slopes gently to the creek and provides its new owner the opportunity to build the house of their dreams or to remodel the existing Midcentury Modern home, a sprawling house of 5,181 square feet, complete with swimming pool. The two bluff lots — one at 1.389 acres and one at 1.011 acres — could be purchased separately from the Strait Lane lot. 10010 Strait Lane, rich with possibilities, is represented by Amy Henry for $8,300,000 for all three lots. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, founded in the Park Cities in 1960, represents luxury homes, high-rises, ranches, land and commercial properties. Its website is a cutting-edge portal featuring properties, neighborhoods, schools, virtual tours, architecture guides and more.

Many want to live in the Park Cities, but with the market on fire right now, homes are selling lightningfast. That’s why it is so important to be working with the right agent, those who have a pulse of Park Cities real estate. At Allie Beth Allman & Associates, they search, they find and they sell in the Park Cities. According to Multiple Listing Service statistics, the firm’s expert agents sold more in the Park Cities in Q1 2021 than any other brokerage. In Highland Park, a red brick home at 7432 Marquette St. has a refreshed style. Recently remodeled, the property has an elegant covered patio perfect for outdoor living for all weather. Inside, the owner’s suite with a crisp white bathroom shines bright, though there are also light-filled living areas. For those who seek walkability to places like Katy Trail or Highland Park Village, a listing at 3457 Normandy Avenue is not to be missed. As well as boasting a coveted University Park location, the home has been renovated by a top design team. The luxury real estate boutique of Allie Beth Allman & Associates leads DFW and in premier neighborhoods including the Park Cities, according to the Multiple Listing Service. Connect with an expert agent at


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Allie Beth Allman & Associates parent company HomeServices of America again has been named the largest real estate company in the United States, giving DFW homeowners access to the very best in real estate service at every level – locally and globally. The latest REAL TRENDS 500 report named HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, #1 in the country based on transaction sides in 2020. According to MLS data from the same period, the Allman brokerage led sales in the Park Cities vicinity and the Park Cities and Preston Hollow combined. The firms’ agents also sold more homes priced above $3 million, $4 million, $5 million and $6 million than any other brokerage. “Our continued focus on strong relationships leads to the best results for our clients,” said founder and CEO Allie Beth Allman. “Our business model has always been local, but support from HomeServices and Berkshire Hathaway has helped make us #1.” Allie Beth Allman & Associates was founded in 2003. The company, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, has three offices that serve DFW. The majority of the brokerage’s exclusive listings are in higher-end neighborhoods of Dallas, but the firm’s activity covers the entire DallasFort Worth Metroplex.

9110 Rockbrook Drive 5 Bed | 6.2 Bath | 7,596 SqFt. Offered for 3,650,000 Designed by Richard Drummond Davis, this French Transitional custom home blends traditional Austin stone exterior with timeless contemporary finishes. Museum finished walls, cased openings and exquisite mill and tile work are throughout. 1st floor owners’ suite has a vaulted ceiling with wood beams, dream closet, fireplace and a private patio. Open gourmet kitchen features large island, marble countertops, Ann Sacks tile and Thermador Professional Appliances. The adjoining covered patio with outdoor kitchen and fireplace leads to a Harold Leidner designed custom pool and beautifully landscaped yard. Upstairs is a large central game room, a media room with kitchen and 4 bedrooms, all accessible by elevator. 3 car garage completes an amazing lifestyle opportunity. For more information please contact Robin Webster, 214-543-8963.

Ebby Halliday Realtors’ new app means your new home could be just a tap away. “With our new app, MLS listings across North Texas are in the palm of your hand,” says Travis Mathews, vice president of Strategic Growth & Technology for the Ebby Halliday Companies. “Our primary goal for this release was providing consumers with the most intuitive mobile real estate experience possible.” Whether you’re shopping by price, location or aesthetics, as a user of the new Ebby app you’ll find it’s easier than ever to browse homes for sale. “Our new mobile app provides access to real-time property information and smart messaging tools,” Mathews says. “It makes it easy to connect with your agent from any mobile device, as well as create saved searches and add favorites at your convenience. Simply put, our mobile-first home search with built-in chat makes collaboration fast, easy and fun.” The new Ebby Halliday app seamlessly integrates with so your saved searches and favorited properties sync between the app and websites. The Ebby Halliday Realtors app is available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play. Download the app today for free and experience modern home searching with ease.

The latest highlights from the weekly Allmanac, a luxury real estate newsletter produced by Allie Beth Allman & Associates: Sales of million-dollar residences and estates are up 97% from the first quarter of 2020. North Texas home prices rose in March at the fastest rate in more than a decade. The price per square foot of homes sold jumped even faster, up 19%. And the shortage of homes for sale continues, fueled by many factors, including homebuying by people moving in from out of state. And speaking of homes sales, Dallas County had the highest jump in North Texas home sales in March. Real estate agents sold 2,538 single-family homes in March, an increase of 18.4% from last March. Across North Texas, sales were up 5% in March. Home starts in North Texas were up 40% in the first quarter of the year. In just the first three months, builders started 15,063 single-family homes in the area. But for the 12 months ending in March, DFW builders had 52,448 houses under construction. That’s a record, even with February’s freeze across the area and continued problems with shortages of building material, land and labor. To subscribe to The Allmanac, visit registerfornews. | June 2021  47


Residential Realtors Recommend Landscape Lighting To Enhance Marketability of Homes


Dallas, TX— Members of the local residential real estate community consider exterior landscape lighting an important feature to enhance the aesthetics, security and even curb appeal of a property. Madeline Jobst, a Realtor with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, commented, “Professionally-installed outside lighting is very important when showing a residence in the evening. I compare it to putting jewelry on a home—it makes a pretty home even prettier, especially at night!” Jobst added, “I had outdoor lighting installed at my own home years ago with Lentz


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7711 Glen Albens is being offered for $3,495 ,000 in guarded Glen Lakes. Commanding Italian villa sited spectacularly on a beautiful waterfront double lot in guard gated Glen Lakes. Designed by architect Ralph Duesing and masterfully constructed by luxury home builder Tommy Ford, this architecturally significant home is the crown jewel in this park like enclave of zero lot line executive homes. 7711 Glen Albens features over 7,400 square feet of unparalleled quality. 18th century architectural details can be

Landscape Lighting. The owner Richard Lentz helped guide me with his expert, personalized attention. “ Stewart Lee with Dave Perry-Miller and Associates said, “A lot of my clients specifically drive by homes at night so they can see what it looks like when the sun goes down. It’s always a plus to potential homebuyers when the homes are well-lit with tasteful exterior lighting.” Richard Graziano, Executive Vice President of Allie Beth Allman & Associates, said, “Outdoor spaces have become important now more than ever, and expertly-installed landscape lighting is a highly desirable amenity for a home.” Graziano added, “when I am showing homes after dark, a home often shows more beautifully at night and it also signals to buyers an added security feature. “ “What I like to do is to make the exterior space feel like an outdoor room,” said Richard Lentz, President of Lentz Landscape Lighting. It’s important the lighting on the outside of the home is subtle, but strong enough to be able to also see the outdoor features of your home from the inside.” For more information about exterior and security lighting, contact Lentz Landscape Lighting @ 972-241-0622 or found throughout this incredible home as the timeless interiors were created by noted interior designer Ann Schooler. Double front doors open to a break taking foyer where the domed ceiling of this exquisite rotunda rises 30 feet and showcases a Waterford crystal chandelier. The floor is a mosaic of artisan inlaid marble which highlights the graceful curving staircase with its hand forged iron railing. An elevator takes one to a handsome wood paneled study with fireplace and separate office as well as three guest rooms. Of special note is the finished basement, perfect for a home gym, temperature-controlled storage or a future wine cellar. The home has a four-car garage (2 and 2), a paver stone motor court and circular drive. Perfect design symmetry and a flawless attention to detail create a beautiful and impressive drive up. Contact Ryan Streiff (ryan@ or Charles Gregory (charleshgregory@ for more information.

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