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HUMANS. HORSES. HOPE. For patients at Equest, riding horses is more than a hobby - it’s physically and emotionally healing. PAGE 14








Dallas, Highland Park ISD offer competitive starting teacher salaries despite Robin Hood contributions.

Adoette Vaughan takes home four gold medals and leads Daisies to second-place finish at spring championships.

Central Christian offers residents opportunity to worship with their pooches in non-traditional services.

2 June 2018 |



e all remember the Golden Rule, right? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matt. 7:12). In April, the Most Rev. Edward J. Burns, bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, launched a PAT M A R T I N year-long campaign – #BeGolden. Bishop Burns was joined by Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, and several other civic and faith leaders in our community. The initiative encourages citizens to practice the Golden Rule. The idea is to show compassion for all, with the initial focus on immigrants, understanding that immigration is a human issue. People might say, more than ever we need to practice the Golden Rule. I agree, but I see examples of that nearly every single day, and if we recognize those instances and practice it ourselves, we can each make a difference in shifting negative attitudes. In this issue there are a few examples of people in our community living the Golden Rule, and we’re pleased to share them with you. Equest (Page 14) practices it every day offering healing equestrian activities for mentally and physically challenged adults

and children, including military families transitioning into new roles. In our Faith section (Pages 48 and 49) find the story of how out of a desire to provide her daughter a lesson in service to others, Amy McKleroy started dance classes for girls at Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School, where students wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to take dance. Church members from Park Cities Baptist and Highland Park Presbyterian participating in various volunteer activities such as cleaning out an abandon home to be repurposed for church offices for Cornerstone Baptist Church and planting native trees and collecting trash along the Trinity River. You don’t have to wait for a volunteer opportunity to practice the Golden Rule. Just start with something simple like letting another car merge in traffic, holding an elevator door, opening a door for someone, or just offering a smile. Try it, and it will come back to you in no time at all. For more information on the bishop’s campaign go to Share on social media your ideas or examples of others being golden with #BeGolden. Pat Martin, Publisher

Contents Crime ............................ 4 News .............................. 8 Community ................. 14 Schools ........................ 18 Sports .......................... 24 Business ....................... 26 Real Estate .................. 32 Society ......................... 36 Faith............................. 48 Engagements ................ 49 Living Well .................. 50 Classifieds .................... 55

PrestonHollowPeople EDITORIAL



Editor William Taylor

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4 June 2018 |

Crime S KU L D U G G E RY of the MONTH

CRIME REPORT APRIL 9 - MAY 6 APRIL 9 Around 9:03 p.m., a woman reported her wallet was stolen while shopping at the Preston Royal Shopping Center. APRIL 10 Macy’s at NorthPark Center reported to police around 12:10 p.m. that an employee stole cash from a register.

There must be a lot of pressure to have a nice front lawn in some thief’s neighborhood. Around 1 p.m. April 12, the landscape rustler stole an azalea bush from Concord on the Creek at Hillcrest Plaza. CRIME PREVENTION


• Never leave a vehicle unattended with keys in the ignition. • Lock doors and keep windows closed, even when parked in front of home. • Do not leave extra keys in the vehicle. • Park in busy and well-lit areas. • Do not leave valuables in view. • Equip vehicle with an alarm or other anti-theft devices. • Never leave vehicle registration or other personal documents in the vehicle. • Lock the tailgate. Source: Auto Burglary Theft Prevention Authority

Arrested at 1:30 p.m.: A 44-yearold man for shoplifting at Dilliard’s in NorthPark Center. The back door of a home in the 6400 block of Walnut Hill Lane was kicked in around 3:40 p.m. APRIL 11 Arrested at 9:17 p.m.: An 18-year-old man for shoplifting at Dilliard’s in the NorthPark Center. APRIL 13 A 25-year-old woman reported to police around 6 a.m. that someone touched and grabbed her body without consent at her home in the 4700 block of Kelsey Road. The doors of a storage shed at T.J. Seafood Market & Grill in the Preston Royal Shopping Center was forced open around 11:15 a.m. and property from inside was stolen. A 59-year-old man was bitten by an animal – what type wasn’t specified – around 10:20 p.m. while outside a home in the 6400 block of Orchid Lane. APRIL 14 Damaged before 8:45 a.m.: the front window of a vehicle parked overnight in the 4900 block of Harvest Hill Lane. APRIL 16 Sometime before 4:15 a.m., the front door of Hillcrest Nail Spa in

the 8600 block of Hillcrest Road was burglarized. Around 8:55 p.m. a woman was bitten by a dog while at the Plaza at Preston Center. No serious injury was reported. A North Dallas shoplifter must have been looking to tone down his or her wardrobe by stealing some clothes at The Gap at the Preston Oaks Shopping Center. Much like the clothing brand’s failed “Dress Normal” campaign, the thievery wasn’t super successful and police were called in to investigate around 1 p.m. APRIL 17 The sliding glass window of a home in the 4300 block of Northview Lane was damaged around 12:20 p.m. APRIL 18 Smashed around 11:22 a.m.: the passenger window of a vehicle parked in the 7100 block of Lakehurst Avenue. Arrested at 11:43 a.m.: a 19-year-old man accused of shoplifting four iPhone X’s at the Apple Store in NorthPark Center. Merchandise was reported stolen around 3:45 p.m. from Nordstroms at NorthPark Center. APRIL 19 Arrested around noon: an 18-year-old man accused of using stolen credit cards at Neiman Marcus in NorthPark Center.

parked in the 5600 block of Amherst Avenue were stolen before 9:13 p.m. Burglarized around 11:40 p.m.: A home in the 3800 block of West Northwest Highway. APRIL 23 A 53-year-old North Richland Hills woman reported her property was stolen just before 10 p.m. while at Preston Forest Village. APRIL 27 Arrested at 2:02 p.m.: a 30-yearold man accused of criminally trespassing at Cooper Fitness Center in the 12000 block of Preston Road. A home in the 6000 block of Walnut Hill Circle was burglarized around 5:50 p.m. APRIL 28 Smashed before 10 a.m.: the windows of a vehicle parked in the 3700 block of Inwood Road. An unspecified amount of cash was stolen around 2:12 p.m. from an apartment in the 8500 block of Thackery Street. APRIL 29 A 67-year-old man was assaulted outside of a 7-Eleven store around 12:40 p.m. in the 7900 block of Forest Lane when he was pushed, fell and injured his wrist.

Arrested around 7:50 p.m.: a 38-year-old man accused of shoplifting at Dilliard’s in NorthPark Center.

APRIL 30 Maybe they were fed up with all of the junk mail, but someone went a little loco on a mailroom table inside of the Bandera at Preston Hollow apartment complex in the 6800 block of Bandera Avenue. The damage was reported to police just after 10 a.m.

APRIL 22 The hubcaps from a vehicle

MAY 1 Damaged around 5:30 p.m.: a

vehicle parked in the 5300 block of Drane Drive. MAY 2 A bicycle was stolen around 1:30 a.m. from outside a home in the 4600 block of Heatherbrook Drive. A vehicle was damaged around 1:35 p.m. while in a parking lot in the 11600 block of Preston Road. The age-old trick of “let me see it in a different color” was a success for one shoplifter at the Louis Vuitton store at NorthPark Center. Around 7:30 p.m. May 2, the thief fled with a new purse while the sales associate tried to locate an alternative. MAY 3 Property was stolen around 7:45 p.m. from a vehicle parked in the 6400 block of Joyce Way. MAY 4 A home in the 5600 block of Kellers Springs Road was burglarized around 7:50 a.m. after someone broke the back glass door. Property from Eatzi’s Market & Bakery in the 6000 block of Royal Lane was stolen around 4:20 p.m. MAY 5 A 33-year-old Dallas man reported to police around 2 a.m. that he was pushed and threatened with a pistol while at the Time Out Tavern in the 5100 block of Lovers Lane. A 63-year-old man reported to police around 10:51 p.m. that he was punched and kicked at an apartment in the 12800 block of Montfort Drive. MAY 6 An online threat was made around 10 a.m. to burn down a home in the 12000 block of Shirestone Lane.

Tragedy on Hall’s Mind at Swearing in Ceremony



he swearing in of Dallas’ first female police chief in May was an historic occasion, but also a somber one, as described on the department’s blog, U. Reneé Hall, the 29th chief of police in Dallas department’s 136-year history, used the ceremony to pay tribute to Officer Rogelio Santander, who died April 25 from gunshot wounds, the morning after a shoplifting investigation at the Home Depot near U.S. 75 and Forest Lane turned violent. Another officer Crystal Almeida, who was shot in the same incident, remained hospitalized as the newspaper went to press in mid-May,

while Home Depot employee Scott Painter has been released from the hospital, according to media reports. Armando Juarez, 29, is facing felony charges in Santander’s death. “I stand here with you today with the purpose of upholding the legacy of my father, our Dallas fallen officer, and to give the message to the Santander family and all of you that there is triumph after tragedy,” Hall said on May 2. She brought Santander’s academy classmates on stage and presented them with his badge. “Thank you for your resilience,” she said. “You have been remarkable through much transition and much tragedy. You continue to serve this

community with such professionalism and excellence through times of uncertainty. I am honored to be a part of this team.” Hall was joined by friends, family, city officials, former Detroit police colleagues, and sorority sisters as Dallas officers and others gathered to cheer her on and pray for her and the department. Hall talked of her goals for the department and its successes in increasing accountability and responsiveness to needs of the community. “Although I have only served for 8 months, I am confident we are continuing to move in a positive direction,” she said. – Staff report


8 June 2018 |


INSTITUTE AIMS TO MAKE DALLAS MORE WALKABLE Public transit, flat landscape, greenspace encourage less traffic “There’s a real chance to have, in a way, a village-like feel depending on what we do.” Scott Polikov


Downtown Dallas’ redevelopment of the Statler Hotel corridor on Commerce and Harwood streets was awarded the ULI’s Next Big Idea Award.

By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers


he Urban Land Institute has increased its presence in Dallas for the last month, as the nonprofit organization focuses on ways to make the city and its suburbs more walkable. Officials estimate that nearly 98 percent of Dallas and Fort Worth’s incorporated land requires everyday car use to get from

place to place. But by digging a little deeper, it’s possible to find pockets of land within the area that could be walkable urban places, said ULI volunteer Scott Polikov, who also works for Gateway Planning. The use of public transportation in Dallas has skyrocketed in the past five years, leading more people to leave their cars at home and opt for trains – especially DART, which has several lines running through the city and its suburbs. That in turn is encouraging citizens

to seek out walkable places, Polikov said. “[Public transportation] is something that’s so great for this area, and the more people use it, the more of an impact we’ll start to see on our urban areas,” he said. In April and May, ULI gave presentations in Dallas on creating value in real estate development, the future of transit-oriented development, and a signature event focused on wellness, hotel development, multifamily use, and transportation. Pre-

sentations regarding the addition of more buildings all included use of greenspace. One such area, the Statler Hotel at the intersection of Commerce and Harwood, was recently awarded the ULI’s Next Big Idea honor. The renovations will include a more environmentally-friendly building worth more than $200 million, and represents an effort by local architects to continue developing in Dallas while also maintaining environmental health. Polikov pointed to the success some areas have enjoyed in terms of walkability – specifically, the Preston Hollow area and the Park Cities. Highland Park, for example, is a town catered to walking with its’ tight-knit neighborhoods, multiple parks, schools close to homes, and a centrally-located shopping center. The town maintains its walkable attributes despite being in between two major highways and a just a short drive north from downtown. “Dallas has the potential to be a strong walking city,” Polikov said. “There’s a real chance to have, in a way, a village-like feel depending on what we do in terms of greenspace. ULI works all over the country, and Dallas has as much potential as any other city.” In the meantime, walkable developments are springing up all over North Texas, including Uptown, Plano, Richardson, and McKinney. It’s an attractive feature to current and prospective residents, Polikov said. “The overall landscape of [Dallas and the surrounding areas] really allows for more walkable opportunities,” he said.

Women Seek Dollars For New Dog Park

Proposal poo pooed by nuisance-wary neighbors By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers Fundraising is underway for a proposed dog park for Preston Hollow, but the plan has some neighbors concerned about “unpleasant odors” and noise. Meredith Powell and Pam Silvestri launched the campaign in April to raise $300,000. The women said they are working with the city, the Dallas Parks Foundation, Friends of the Northaven Trail, the Trust for Public Land, and the Better Block Foundation to transform about 3-acres of city-owned land once considered a potential library branch site. The city purchased the former Korean Young Nak Presbyterian Church site in 2011 and leveled the property. Two separate areas – one for big dogs, one for small dogs – are proposed, as well as a parking lot.

A proposed rendering of the Preston Hollow dog park, located on Forest. However, the location– on the north side of Forest Lane, between Quincy Lane and Nuestra Drive has upset several of those that live nearby. Neil Fisher, who said he owns a 50-pound Boxer, is in favor of turning the empty area into “any-

thing that will beautify the neighborhood” and “is a huge advocate for dogs.” But having a dog park so close to homes is concerning, he said. “I am absolutely not trying to rabble rouse,” he said. “I am 100-percent supportive of a park

where people can walk their dogs on leash. I just don’t want to live directly on top of a dog park. It is not a pleasant way to live.” Fisher added that there is not another dog park in the city “this close to homeowners.” “Despite the fact that the city is assuring us there will be no noise or odor issues, there is no actual precedent they can draw from,” he said. Janelle Alcantara, a real estate agent, said she moved to the neighborhood specifically to get away from a dog park. “I know that the odor of dog urine and feces will fill our yards in the hot summer months,” she said. “We experienced it firsthand by living in a condo in Griggs Park. We sold our condo and bought a home, because living next to the [dog park] that all the residents used for their dogs’ toilet was grossly unpleasant.” Added Linda Vallala, president

of the Melshire Estates neighborhood: “[A dog park] will directly affect property values that are backing up against it, not to mention the noise factor for the people that are located close to it.” Fisher and Alcantara have reached out to city officials; Fisher said he spoke with Calvert Collins-Bratton, District 13 representative on the Dallas Park and Recreation Board, and Alcantara emailed Mary Jo Giudice, director of the Dallas Public Library. District 13 council member Jennifer Gates said she is scheduling a meeting to discuss the future of the lot with area residents. “The land was purchased in the 2006 bond program, and a dog park proposal was community-driven,” she said. “I’m hearing the concerns regarding the dog park, and I will work with neighborhood leadership to communicate the time and date of a meeting.”

10 June 2018 |

HP, Dallas ISDs’ Starting Teacher Salaries Above State Average Texas ranks outside top 10 nationwide; New Jersey, Alaska top list By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers Educator salaries have been a topic of intense national scrutiny in 2018, with teachers walking out in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and more recently, Arizona, to demand better pay and benefits. While no such walkouts have occurred in Texas, educator salaries in the country’s third-most populated state often face scrutiny, too. The National Education Association reports an average annual salary of $40,725 for first-time educators in Texas – more than $2,000 above the national average of $38,617. That starting salary of $40,725 puts Texas outside the top 10 in the nation, with the District of Columbia offering the highest starting salary of $51,359. New Jersey ($51,179), Alaska ($46,785), and Hawaii ($45,963) are other states that offer above or near $50,000 as starting salaries. Texas ranks 14th. “Beginning teacher pay in the DFW area is very competitive,” said Todd Williams, finance commissioner with the Texas Education Agency. “Our challenges are that beginning pay is not tied to the quality or rigor of their preparation program, and if you do attend a rigorous program, and are a highly effective teacher in your early years, you are not compensated for the difference that

that program made in your effectiveness. Instead, the vast majority of area districts provide lockstep raises tied to seniority regardless of effectiveness.” Seniority-based raises are in place in Highland Park, which reports a $49,181 annual salary for first-time educators. The district also increases the annual salary of hired teachers based on their years of experience, all the way up to 30 years. A teacher in Highland Park with 25 years of experience, for example, is hired with a starting salary of $60,100. That’s different than in Dallas ISD, where a cap on starting salaries is in place for new hires with 15 years of experience or more. Once teachers reach the 15-year mark, Dallas ISD offers a salary capped at $57,000 for new hires. Dallas ISD does offer higher salaries for teachers that work longer than the set school-year schedule of 187 days, though: A new hire with 30 years of experience could earn up to $68,888 if they work a 226-day school year. “Progressive school districts like Dallas ISD are the exception,” Williams said. “DISD evaluates all of its educators annually and pays based on effectiveness against seniority. It also pays $10,000 to $15,000 stipends on top of performance-based salaries.” The starting salary for teachers in Dal-


las ISD with zero years of experience is $50,000, according to district officials. Dallas ISD contributes to the state’s “Robin Hood” program, which calls for property-wealthy districts to share funding that ultimately goes back into property-poor districts. Highland Park ISD does as well, and has paid more than $1.2

billion back to the state since 1994 - including $80 million in 2016, according to the district’s website. It’s a flawed system, Williams said, and one he said is not sustainable. “Recapture is not working, and will likely be addressed in the forthcoming school finance bill,” Williams said.

12 June 2018 |

Cox School Gift

Retired finance professor Andrew Chen and his wife, Elaine Chen, gave $2 million to the SMU Edwin L. Cox School of Business to establish The Andrew H. Chen Endowed Chair in Financial Investments Fund. Andrew Chen, who retired as professor emeritus of finance at SMU in 2012, said he and his wife wanted to ensure that the Cox School will continue to attract out-

standing finance faculty. The gift will include $1.5 million for the endowment of the faculty chair and $500,000 for operational support, which will enable immediate use of the position while the endowment vests.

low the Student Media Company to fold, taking with it a century-long tradition of independent student reporting”

SMU’s The Daily Campus Marks End of an Era

Former SMU basketball player and coach Bob Prewitt died in May. He was 93 years old. He was an assistant coach for 18 seasons, a stretch during which SMU reached the Final Four in 1956 and won eight Southwest Conference titles. He was then head coach of the Mustangs for eight seasons, f rom 1967-75. They won the SWC regular-season title in 1972. After first serving in the Army Air Corps, Prewitt was a three-year varsity letterman at SMU. He was team captain for the 194849 season and was also an All-Conference pick as a senior.

In the heat of the #SaveStudentNewsrooms movement, SMU’s The Daily Campus printed its last independent newspaper in May and moved under the control of the university’s journalism department. The May 9 issue closed 103 years of independent publishing on campus. “The future can be bright. The professors in the journalism school certainly have a dedication to the craft and to helping students reach their potential,” the editorial staff wrote in its final issue. “Our greatest fear is the SMU administration keeping student journalists from doing their jobs.

Former Coach Dies

“Department chairman Tony Pederson has said they will be forming a board to oversee The Daily Campus and would like to declare a free, unimpeded press as its first point of action. Yes, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but there is a chance it’s just a train coming toward us.” The editors said that the statement of support for a free press is “all well and good,” but it counts for nothing until it’s in writing. Board members of the paper’s parent company, Student Media Company, voted in January to dissolve due to lack of funds. A crowdsourcing effort to save the paper and publish through the end of the year fell short by more than $100,000. The campaign raised $16,480 toward its $125,000 goal. A group identifying as Friends of Student Media, made the following statement on the page, “Most of us are alumni of the Daily Campus or Rotunda, and we each have stories to tell of the university’s efforts to quash coverage it did not like or to exercise prior restraint. We refuse to sit by idly and al-

Coach Bob Prewitt


14 June 2018 |



Therapists say riding horses offers physical and emotional benefits for patients.

By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers


hat started as a small center with a unique approach to therapy has blossomed into a gigantically popular way to help residents all over the state. The success of equine activities for mental and physical therapy led Equest to consolidate its therapeutic horesemanship programs to Tex-

as Horse Park in Dallas, a 304-acre site in the Great Trinity Forest. At the new park, Equest has 38 stalls, a 6,000-square foot therapy area, and, of course, a bevy of horses making an impact on multiple patients. The agency offers a program designed for veterans and military families transitioning to new roles within their communities and also works with special needs children and others needing physical and


emotional therapy. To highlight the growth of Equest, examine the center’s state more than 30 years ago: Located in Wylie, the center had only two horses, one instructor, and a handful of volunteers. By the time Equest joined Texas Horse Park in 2014, the center had grown to 36 horses, 10 instructors, and more than 400 volunteers. “We’re now able to serve clients that couldn’t reach us in Wylie,” said

Lili Kellogg, Equest chief executive officer. “The number of volunteer groups has increased exponentially as well, and Dallas community leaders are more familiar with us, too.” The center isn’t done expanding, either — another riding arena is planned, thanks to a donation from the Al Hill Jr. Family Foundation. It’s all a backdrop to the horses – the real stars of THP, Kellogg said. Per a survey the center sends out to current and former patients, 100 percent of those that responded reported some sort of improvement after spending time with the horses. “Horses are miracle workers,” Kellogg said. “Interaction with horses strengthens the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional functioning of the individual. And sometimes it’s just the simple things – imagine being in a wheelchair all day and then being lifted onto the back of the horse. And we’ve noticed that the horse-human interaction increases concentration, enhances one’s ability to articulate emotions, and expands esteem and self-discipline.” Kellogg and other THP volunteers recalled several examples of incredible improvement from patients that spent time with the horses, including an adopted girl that didn’t laugh or smile for sev-

Center for BrainHealth Gets New Chairman

en years until riding a horse at the center at age 10. Or, an anxiety-riddled veteran who improved so dramatically from horseback riding that he became a spokesperson for the center. And, a patient who was bedridden after surgery on her skull but began walking again immediately following a few sessions with a horse. “I could write a book about the wonderful things we’ve seen with our clients over the years,” Kellogg said. “The need [for horse therapy] is great. More than 800,000 people in the greater Dallas area have a disability. One in 20 veterans in this country take their own life every day, and one in 62 babies born ends up being diagnosed with an Autism-related disorder. These are all areas that our center helps address.”

HEALING HORSES • Riding improves posture, balance, and muscle control and offers cardivascular benefits. • Interacting with horses teaches empathy and responsibility, as well as increased concentration. • Motor skills increase with extended riding time.


Cotter aims to get more Dallasites using services By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers

A changing of the guard has taken place at the Center for BrainHealth. Highland Park philanthropist Debbie Francis has stepped down as chairman of the 90-person board to focus on fundraising for the brain research institute. Preston Hollow resident and longtime board member Ka Cotter took over the helm in April. “Debbie’s 15 years of service as our board chair has left us immeasurably grateful,” said Sandra Bond Chapman, center founder and chief director. “Her passion for brain health and thoughtful counsel have been vital to our continued growth and success.” During the past 15 years, Francis has seen the brainchild of Chapman grow from an idea to a small luncheon to a 63,000-square-foot research facility in north Dallas. Also, during her tenure, the center quadrupled its staff and increased fundraising sevenfold. It has more than 70 on-going research projects and, in 2017, unveiled its Brain Performance Institute. Getting Dallasites into that new cen-

COURTESY PHOTO Ka Cotter and Debbie Francis together at The Brain: An Owner’s Guide Lecture series in February ter will be a top priority for Cotter. “We focus on our heart health and all the health neck down,” Cotter said before pointing to her head, “and we really want this to be good too. If we don’t have this [our brain], how much does the rest of it matter?” The Brain Performance Institute is home to programs that help people at all stages of life and those affected by various conditions. Cotter emphasized that the institute

isn’t just for those suffering from dementia or brain injury; it’s also for improving brain performance and health now. The Institute helps young people focus in school, retrain the minds of those affected by military experiences or sports injuries, strengthen mental acuity among corporate leadership, and empower others to take charge of their own brains so they can have healthier, stronger, more energetic brains today and in the future, Dr. Leanne Young, executive director of the Brain Performance Institute, has said. Cotter was part of the leadership that grew The Staubach Company from a local real estate services firm in 1980 to a $500 million multinational firm that merged with Jones Lang LaSalle in July of 2008, according to Texas Wall Street Woman. Her skills include corporate real estate, construction, sales and sales management, growth strategies for service firms, corporate governance, and corporate culture. “We are so fortunate that Ka is stepping into this important role,” Chapman said. “We are thrilled to have someone with such extensive global business experience and commitment to community leadership as our incoming chair.”

• A physical to establish a brain performance benchmark will allow one to observe changes in key cognitive abilities over time. • An experienced clinician will guide one through a series of written and verbal tasks to determine the performance of critical frontal lobe processes, which are responsible for planning, judgment, decision making, problem solving, and other executive functions. • The assessment measures your brain’s strengths as well as areas for improvement. • The clinician offers tailored recommendations to elevate your brain performance. Find out more at programs/brainhealth-physical/

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What’s App’n? What’s on the screen of anybody’s phone or tablet reads like a diary of that person’s life. Having just returned from a girls’ trip with ladies of a certain age, we spent an afterLEN BOURLAND noon figuring out if we had the most up to the minute or “cool” phone apps. Airline, weather, photo, mail, and messenger apps were essential. So were maps. Waze outranked Google maps and MapQuest. Apps for shopping went way beyond Amazon: apps for flowers, takeout from favorite restaurants, clothing store apps. Open Table for restaurant reservations was a must. Health apps abounded with (Pillbox) and heart rate and fitness monitors peppering our screens, as did finance apps (we all check the stock market). Facebook and iPhoto outdid Instagram (we’re old), and meditation and sleep apps to lull us or grandbabies to sleep were prevalent. Whazzup was preferred to Skype or Facetime by those who travel or have kids overseas. We are of the generation who read, so ebook and audiobook apps like iBook and Libby by Overdrive beat music apps like Soundhound, Shazaam, or Pandora. We embarrass our adult daughters by using the calculator app and divvying up the lunch bill with cash or cards instead of transferring funds on Venmo. We have bank apps but are scared to use them for fear of hacking, and nobody had succumbed to Wallet or Apple Pay. We keep apps for all ages for our grandchildren: Cupcakes or Wheels on the Bus for toddlers, Bridal Salon or Nail Salon for little girls, superheros for guys, Crossy Road or Candy Crush for older ones. Our hobbies had apps like All Trails for walkers and hikers, Fandango for movies, crossword puzzles apps, ESPN for sports, but zero dating apps (Not our generation). If the Internet is to be believed, there are over 2 million phone apps and more than 35,000 games. (Bridge, solitaire, and Mah Jong grace my phone but toward the back of the screen). Someone had an app that started her car if it was hot or cold or raining outside, but everybody had a find my cellphone app. A password vault for the umpteen passwords we can’t remember was a must. One of our biggest complaints? Having those thumbnails shift around every time we added an app or accidentally hit the button that makes them all vibrate and hop around…’cause then we can’t locate the App store app. Columnist and author Len Bourland can be reached at

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Letters to the Editor


Save the Planet From Plastic It was refreshing to read your column “We Can Do Better For Our Planet” (Page 2, April issue). Thank you for bringing the state of the environment in the area to the attention of readers. Your article focused on recycling; I will therefore focus on litter and specifically plastic. Plastic appears everywhere I go these days: It is caught up in branches, bushes, along the highways, streets, on fences, along construction sites, stuck in gutters. You mentioned the repeal of the plastic bag ban in 2015. At

the time it was passed, people made an effort to reduce the amount of plastic bags used, because [the rules] forced them to think about each plastic bag they did or did not use. Once the plastic bag ban was repealed, the single use plastic bag was back with a vengeance. Meanwhile, we continue to choke our environment. You only have to go to White Rock Lake, Bachman Lake, the creeks, and the Trinity River to see how much litter and plastic is accumulating. The area is booming with new construction and, along

Three Things To Do in June with it, an increase in construction plastic and debris that is left to the side as construction work is in progress; all it takes is a bit of wind for all that plastic to become carried to neighboring areas. The issuance of a construction license should include strict regulations for safeguarding plastics and debris and for deposing of them appropriately. We can each be more conscientious of our impact on our environment and take mindful steps to reduce waste. Start by saying no to a plastic bag when it really is not necessary; bring your own bag when you can; ask baggers to use as few bags as possible. Encourage store managers to train their clerks to ask customers if they need a bag instead of robotically placing one tiny item in a bag. Report a litterer to the Texas Department of Transportation; encourage city councils to pass more ordinances to help keep the environment clean and reduce waste; encourage schools to educate students to be advocates for a better environment and get them involved in recycling programs. There is so much to be done on so many levels, but the first step doesn’t have to be a leap; it can be as simple as saying no to a plastic bag. Henrica Vanderaa University Park

VOLUNTEERNOW Voly in the Park returns noon to 4 p.m. June 2 at Kylde Warren Park.

By William Taylor

People Newspapers While officially the first day of summer doesn’t come until June 21, the end of May and the closing of another school year puts us in a summer kind of mood. Thoughts turn to pool time, outdoor concerts, and family vacations. Exotic destinations are great when you have the time and money, but cool times can be had here at home, even during a hot Dallas summer. Here are a few opportunities to consider as June gets underway:

1. Volunteer Together Looking for a new way to spend time with family? How about volunteering together? Search for the right opportunities during Voly in the Park from noon to 4 p.m. June 2 at Klyde Warren Park. The free volunteerism festival sponsored by technology-based nonprofit VolunteerNow will feature hands-on volunteer projects, live entertainment, and 75 nonprofits in need of volunteers. Learn more at

2. Party on a Lawn Throw a lawn party and meet the neighbors or, better yet, let someone else throw one. Dallas’ Reunion Lawn Party returns for the fourth year with 10 food trucks, Baldo’s Ice Cream, lawn games, armadillo races, and music from 6:30 to 10 p.m. June 23 at the lawn under Reunion Tower. The Limelight Band will perform and the party will conclude with a light show on “The Ball.” Hyatt Regency Dallas will host an after-party in Monduel’s, the hotel’s

bar. Visit for information about parking, what to bring, and what to leave at home as well as a list of entertainment and food trucks.


Reunnion Lawn Party is June 23.

3. Enjoy Lemonade Whether squeezed at home, picked up at a neighborhood child’s stand, or purchased from a national chicken sandwich chain, something about lemonade just taste like summer. For a variation on that theme and a chance to sip for a good cause, try Urbanade, the lavender lemonade that won students from Behind Every Door the grand prize at the Lemonade Day competition at NorthPark Center. East Hampton Sandwich Co. will be selling the beverage through June 5 with proceeds helping Behind Every Door, a Christian ministry providing educational programs, employment and financial resources, and social services to underserved neighborhoods. Learn more at

BEHIND EVERY DOOR Students from Behind Every Door won with a lavendar lemonade.

18 June 2018 |


CAMP WHISPERING CEDARS OPENS STEM CENTER Girl Scouts to explore robotics, coding, chemistry, botany

including physics, digital media, engineering, astronomy, and topography. “We want to increase their confidence, but we also want to change the way we talk about science technology and math with girls, because our research shows that girls are motivated by changing the world,” Bartkowski said. “They can see how a teacher or doctor changes the world, but sometimes it’s hard for them to see how an engineer or a technology person changes the world.”

“I don’t remember anyone ever encouraging me in science or math, and I was in upper, AP-type classes for science and math.” Jennifer Bartkowski

From an observation tower (top left) to science labs and outdoor activities, Girl Scouts will have plenty to explore.

By Cynthia Mendez

Special Contributor


n the first weekend in May, Jennifer Bartkowski walked on to the 92 acres of Camp Whispering Cedars south of downtown Dallas and looked at something she could not have imagined in childhood: a center dedicated to teaching science and technology to girls of all ages. The STEM Center of Excellence debuted May 3 as a new Girl Scout camp featuring robotics, computer coding, botany,

chemistry, and other scientific disciplines. STEM is an academic term for science, technology, engineering, and math. “I don’t remember anyone ever encouraging me in science or math, and I was in upper, AP-type classes for science and math,” said Bartkowski, CEO of Girls Scouts of Northeast Texas. “I went on to focus on what I loved, which was English and political science.” It could have been a career in engineering, where she says only 14 percent of the people are women.


The numbers are worse in computer science and physics, she said. Early exposure to technology and science can help. That’s the impetus behind the center, built with help from technology companies Ericsson and Texas Instruments. Universities such as UT Dallas, UT Arlington, SMU, and Texas A&M provide instructional materials and training for troop leaders and volunteers, and in the case of advanced workshops, instructors. Girl Scouts from kindergarten through 12th grade can take advantage of activities

Last fall, a new line of badges was made available for STEM accomplishments and modern-day studies like cyber security, robot design, code writing, and mechanical engineering. But Camp Whispering Cedars continues to embrace traditional Girl Scout activities. Swimming, hiking, and archery are still part of the experience. A new ropes course features a three-person swing, a zip line, ropes bridge, and climbing wall. The geology trail allows girls to explore fossils, learn about rock formations, and participate in soil testing. “We still have an amphitheater because lots of girls tell me the first time they ever speak in public is on a Girl Scout stage,” Bartkowski said. “We still have the fire circle, because girls form a common friendship around a fire circle. And we still have a flagpole, because the traditions and elements of patriotism you learn in putting a flag up every morning and taking it down every night are critical components, even when you’re learning to code and do robotics.” For more information:

20 June 2018 |

Parish Episcopal Aims To Foster Healthy Minds

Teachers, parents, students study signs of mental illness By Selby Lopez

Special Contributor The “aha” moment came for New York Times best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims when she was cutting her son’s chicken one night. “We’re cutting our kid’s meat too long,” Lythcott-Haims said. “We’re supposed to raise them to fend for themselves so that when we’re gone, they can fend.”

“Everybody needs to know [warning signs for suicide], just like we know CPR.” Vanita Halliburton Lythcott-Haims’s address to parents about how to let their children live balanced lives came April 12 during the launch luncheon for the CenterED program at Parish Episcopal School. CenterED For Social and Emotional Well Being is a program intended to elevate Parish’s commitment to mental wellness and brain health curriculum and engagement. The program was founded through a partnership between Parish and the Grant Halliburton Foundation to educate students, teachers, and parents on how to recognize


FROM LEFT: Dave Monaco, Julie Lythcott-Haims, and Vanita Halliburton help Parish Episcopal launch a mental health education program. signs of mental illness. The training helps school staff understand what stress looks like for students and identify the biggest stressors for the children, Vanita Halliburton, foundation executive chairman and co-founder, explained. “What does depression look like? What does anxiety look like? What do those

symptoms look like? “And then what do the warning signs look like of a person who may be contemplating ending their life? Everybody needs to know that, just like we know CPR,” she said. Representatives from Grant Halliburton have met with students before. During the

school’s Wellness Week in February, some members of the foundation talked to students about relationships, cyber bullying, and body image. Head of school Dave Monaco said he expects more events like this going into the 2018-19 school year, including programming for students regarding stress and anxiety awareness and management, focus groups for parents, and training opportunities for faculty and staff around mental health. Kristin Twomey, a parent of two Parish students, said she is proud that Parish is in front of the issue of mental health and wellbeing. “I feel like we’re real leaders in Dallas in terms of education, what education really needs to look like for the kids today, how the old model is not really working anymore,” Twomey said. “Grant-Halliburton and Dave Monaco and Parish are, you know, forcing the conversation and getting out in front of it.” Monaco said he plans to continue evaluating the educational process and how Parish can improve upon the CenterED program. “We’ve really set our 50th birthday in 2022 as sort of the aspirant time to say, you know, ‘What do we want Parish to look like when we’re 50?’” Monaco said. “That’ll be the next point to catch our breath before we ascend some more.”

22 June 2018 |

Troops 35, 125 Introduce New Eagles Roman Cave

William Cave

Vincent Frizell

Cooper Emery

Evan Himes

Seth Mackinnon

Broc O’Brien

Bryce O’Brien

Peter Paulus

Storey Record

Cole Smith

These area Boy Scouts have earned the Eagle Scout rank, Scouting’s highest. Doing so typically takes several years and requires earning a combination of 21 or more badges plus a special project.

TROOP 35 Westminster Presbyterian Church Roman and William Cave, the sons of Nancy Cave, attend Jesuit College Predatory of Dallas, where Roman is a sophomore and William is a senior. Roman’s Eagle project: built four benches and platforms around the Stations of the Cross for St. Joseph’s Residence managed by the Bethlemite Sisters for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. William’s Eagle project: designed and built a meditation labyrinth for West Presbyterian Church. Vincent Frizell, the son of Renae and Robert Frizell, is an eighth-grader at Highland Park Middle School. His Eagle project: a weather station for Armstrong Elementary’s science department and signs for the butterfly garden. Evan Tomás Himes, the son of Michaela Himes, is a senior at Highland Park High School. His Eagle project: a trash/recycling enclosure at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Peter John Paulus IV, the son of Anne and Peter Paulus, is a junior at Highland Park High School. His Eagle project: a box vegetable garden for St. Christopher’s Montessori School.

TROOP 125 Grace Bible Church

Cooper David Emery, son of Chad and Dana Emery, attends Richland Community College’s Dual Credit Program. His Eagle project: designing and building a stage for the youth activity center at Grace Bible Church. Seth Douglas Mackinnon, son of Doug and Jalaine Mackinnon, is a sophomore at The Covenant School of Dallas. His Eagle project: planning, coordinating, and planting two shade trees on the Dallas Theological Seminary campus. Broc Philip O’Brien and Bryce James O’Brien, sons of Jim and Susan O’Brien, are juniors at Trinity Christian Academy-Addison. Broc’s Eagle project: the construction of four bat houses, to address disease-carrying pests in Richardson’s Breckenridge Park. Bryce’s Eagle project: construction of four owl houses at Breckenridge Park in Richardson also to assist in eliminating insects that carry the West Nile and Zika viruses. Storey William Record, son of Dick and Susan Record, is a sophomore at The Covenant School of Dallas. His Eagle project: removing and rebuilding garden boxes used to grow vegetables and flowers at Covenant. Cole Layton Smith, son of Mar and Jeanette Smith, is a senior at Parish Episcopal School of Dallas. His Eagle Scout project: rebuilding the prayer labyrinth at University Park United Methodist Church. – Staff report

24 June 2018 |



Former W.T. White Longhorn does it all for UT in a historic game

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Former W.T. White standout Jake McKenzie played all nine positions for the University of Texas during an April 17 game against UT Rio Grande Valley.

ake McKenzie first heard his coaches mention the outrageous idea in the fall. Could he really play all nine positions — one per inning — in a regulation game for the University of Texas? He figured they were joking until April 15, after the team returned to Austin following weekend series against rival Oklahoma. He was called into the office of head coach David Pierce, who wanted to reward McKenzie for his versatility by giving him a rare opportunity. “I never expected it to actually happen,” said McKenzie, a Preston Hollow native. “It was a huge honor.” Two days later, when the Longhorns hosted UT Rio Grande Valley, McKenzie started at catcher, the only position he had never played in college. He rotated around the diamond each inning after that, until the plan hit a snag. Because the Longhorns had built such a big lead, the game would likely be shortened to seven innings instead of the usual nine. So McKenzie took care of all

three outfield spots in the sixth inning, and closed out the game on the pitcher’s mound. He became the first UT player ever to accomplish the feat. “I’ve always kind of been that guy,” said McKenzie, who has been known as a utility infielder and occasional relief pitcher throughout his four years in Austin. He was recruited as a pitcher out of W.T. White, where he once threw a no-hitter in which he tallied 17 strikeouts against Richardson. In high school, McKenzie actually started as a catcher until shortstop became his primary non-pitching position during his junior year in 2013. He has family in the Austin area, which made him a UT fan. So his dream school didn’t even involve changing colors or mascots from WTW. “I’ve wanted to be a Longhorn since I was born,” he said. “I’ve always grown up going to Texas games.” McKenzie graduated in May with a degree in petroleum engineering, and has a job lined up this summer in San Antonio. But before his baseball career ends, he hopes to continue his best season at UT with an appearance in the NCAA tournament. “It’s been a lot of fun with the new guys on the roster,” McKenzie said. “We’d like to finish strong and make a run.”

Hockaday’s Vaughan Claims Four Golds at SPC Championships

Daisies, ESD win lacrosse titles; Greenhill boys fall short of another tennis repeat

By Todd Jorgenson

People Newspapers Adoette Vaughan shared a big weekend with her Hockaday classmates at the SPC spring championships. Vaughan, a junior, won gold medals in all four of her track and field events, claiming individual titles in the 800, 1,600, 3,200, while also anchoring a thrilling victory in the 4x800 relay. She wasn’t the only standout for the Daisies, who finished second behind Kinkaid in the team standings in the meet at St. Mark’s. Sophie Isom won the 400, was second in the 200, placed third in the long jump, and was part of runner-up relay quartets in the 4x100 and 4x400. Justice Coutee-McCullum came in second in the 100 and third in the 200. And Caroline Forbess placed second in the 3,200 and third in the 1,600. Greenhill finished third as a

team, with multiple medal winners including Katherine Goodwin (second in 100 hurdles, second in pole vault, third in high jump), Megan Olomu (second in long jump and third in 400), and Sola Omonije (second in high jump, third in triple jump). In boys track, Greenhill junior Jacob Herrscher won the pole vault and finished second in the 110 hurdles. ESD senior Nick Greenberg was first in the triple jump. Meanwhile, St. Mark’s placed third in the team standings behind a trio of podium finishes including Clay Morris (high jump), Seun Omonije (long jump), and Zach Gilstrap (discus). Daisies claim lacrosse title Hockaday avenged a loss to ESD in last year’s SPC girls lacrosse championship game by winning the rematch 16-8 on ESD’s home field. It marked the first title since 2014 for the Daisies (13-2), who

The Hockaday lacrosse team celebrates its 16-8 state championship game win over ESD. outscored opponents by a combined 55-14 in three games in the tournament. In boys lacrosse, ESD rolled to a 10-2 victory over rival St. Mark’s and earned its fifth consecutive SPC crown — including three

straight wins over the Lions in the title game. Hornets upset in boys tennis Despite playing on its home court, Greenhill saw its five-year run of SPC championships come to an end following a 3-2 loss to


Houston Christian, who was the runner-up a year ago. The Hornets advanced to the final with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over St. Mark’s in the semifinals. The Lions later won the thirdplace match.

26 June 2018 |



Rebuilt store to anchor 12-story Knox Street office, retail tower

The Soda Fountain Building [at right] will stay while the rest of the block becomes a new office and retail tower.

By William Taylor

People Newspapers


he Knox Street district already has a reputation as one of Texas’ and Dallas’ most walkable neighborhoods. Weir’s Furniture and real estate firm Four Rivers Capital have a $150 million-plus plan that could make it more parkable, too. They intend to build on the Weir’s site a 12-story retail and office tower with 800 spots of underground parking. Most of those spaces would be available to retail and restaurant customers in the district on weekends and afterhours and more than 200 of them would be available all the time.

“I don’t know if there’s 800 parking spots in the district right now,” Four Rivers partner Justin Schoellkopf said. “Everybody likes coming to Knox Street district, but it’s tough to find a parking spot.” Blake Weir, merchandise manager and grandson of Weir’s Furniture founder, J. Ray Weir, said the company has considered redevelopment for years, but wanted a plan that would benefit the neighborhood while continuing the store’s legacy at Knox. “For us, it’s super important,” Blake Weir said. “We’ve been fortunate to be in business on Knox Street since 1948.” Construction of the 297,000-squarefoot Weir’s Plaza tower at Travis and Knox


streets should begin after the first of the year and take 18 to 24 months to finish, Schoellkopf said. The 2019 groundbreaking date is still to be determined.

“Everybody likes coming to Knox Street district, but it’s tough to find a parking spot.” Justin Schoellkopf The upper floors will hold 250,000-square-feet of offices, while the first floor and part of the second will be

devoted to retail, including a new store for Weir’s Furniture. The historic Highland Park Soda Fountain Building will remain as part of the project. Blake Weir said the company expanded its Farmers Branch location at Inwood and Spring Valley roads in anticipation of having to temporarily close the Knox store. Weir’s also has stores in Plano and Southlake. Schoellkopf and his business partner James Mason Jr., are family friends with long histories in Dallas. They expect the new office tower to prove attractive to tenants with the proximity to U.S. 75, Uptown, and Preston Center as well as access to the Katy Trail, the Park Cities, and Knox Street merchants. It’s a nine-minute walk from Novē at Knox, a 310-unit, 19-story luxury multifamily development Southern Land Company of Nashville is building at Oliver Avenue and U.S. 75. Schoellkopf said Weir’s Plaza will include high-end amenities such as an oversized gym and oversized showers for the convenience of tenants. “In a lot of these office towers, the gym is put in after the fact or as an afterthought,” he said. Project designers also have been particular with parking design, making sure all spaces will be on flat surfaces, not slopes. Weir said hes excited about green spaces included in the design and is hoping the office tower construction can coincide with planned street and sidewalk work. “We are grateful and excited,” Weir said. “We really wanted to be part of a development that would continue the legacy our grandparents and our parents started here.”

Goff’s Serving Up Hamburgers Again Near SMU

Two years after fire, iconic eatery opens on Mockingbird Lane

By Brian Kendall

“The thought of not reopening never crossed our minds.” Jim Francis

Special Correspondent The nearly 80 firefighters onhand could do little to extinguish the stubborn grease fire that claimed the 92-year-old building that housed Goff ’s Hamburgers in August 2016. A demolition crew arrived the following day, and the iconic establishment was suddenly reduced to ash and a blackened foundation. Less than two years later, Goff ’s has proven resilient, opening its doors once again to hungry SMU students and Park Cities residents. Excited locals waited in a line that curled out the door during the soft opening in April to get the familiar taste of a Goff ’s charbroiled hamburger at the burger joint’s new location in the shopping center on the corner of Mockingbird Lane and Bush Avenue.


Jim Francis is serving the Old Fashion, The Deal, Beefeater, and other burgers daily at Goff’s new location, 3032 Mockingbird Lane. “The thought of not reopening never crossed our minds,” said Jim Francis, who bought the then-family-owned restaurant in

2004. “Our immediate thought was how do we rebuild? Where do we rebuild? And how do we move forward?”

Changing locations is nothing new to Goff ’s. Originally opening its doors on Lover’s Lane in 1950, Goff ’s quickly became a fixture in Dallas, eventually opening 12 additional restaurants throughout town. And run-ins with the charismatic and, at times, surly owner, Harvey Gough, became a right of passage for Park Cities residents. “He’s rather infamous around town,” Francis said. “Ask anybody if they have a Harvey story, and they’ll share one.” When Gough decided to retire and shut down the business, Francis bought the name and moved the restaurant’s last remaining location to Hillcrest Avenue in 2005. There, students and residents converged to enjoy charbroiled burgers in a space clad with black-and-white photographs of local icons.

Patrons to the new Mockingbird Lane location will find the same menu items, as well as the same wall décor, with photographs ranging from Doak Walker to President George W. Bush. They’ll also find a lot of the same faces, as many who worked at the Hillcrest location returned. In the months that followed the fire, Francis kept all the employees on his payroll by running catering. “My first thought was how do I take care of my people,” Francis said. “It was the right thing to do. And, sometimes, the right thing to do costs you some money. “Ultimately, Goff ’s is a family. You come in here on a Saturday and you’ll have three or four generations of a family enjoying hamburgers. You’ll have granddad telling their grandkids about when they were kids and burgers cost a nickel.” | June 2018  31

Comings and Goings NOW OPEN

Fachini Highland Park Village No, this is not another fashionable Italian restaurant. It’s an homage to Italian restaurants of 20th-century New England – think of the old swanky joints you saw on The Sopranos or in the Godfather trilogy. Julian Barsotti, the chef that brought Italian staples Nonna, Carbone’s, and Sprezza to Dallas, opened the doors to his newest offering in May at 33A Highland Park Village. The dinner menu includes decadent selections, such as pasta made by hand and a 100-layer lasagna.

Sephora Preston Royal Village Calling all makeup mavens, you can now get your beauty fix while shopping at Preston Royal Village. More than 13,000 beauty products – including lines such as Nars, Drunk Elephant, and Madam C.J. Walker – will be on display at the new store just doors down from Starbucks.


LemonShark Poke Highland Park & Preston Hollow

FROM LEFT: LemonShark Poke and Malibu Poke are expanding in north Dallas. tainably sourced fish, including line-caught ahi and albacore tuna. Nearly two dozen toppings can be added to the bowls and “poké-ritos” (a seaweed-wrapped burrito) including mango, pineapple, onions, water chestnuts, and more.

Malibu Poke It appears that this fast casual, premium 2355 Olive St.

poke franchise has its sights on north Dallas. While opening dates and locations are still TBD, management has confirmed restaurants in Highland Park and Preston Hollow are part of their expansion. LemonShark offers sus-

The high-quality poke that Oak Lawn and Park Cities diners are lining up for in Oak Lawn is coming to the edge of Uptown. Restaurateur Jon Alexis and partners Ben and Eric Kusin plan to open their second Dallas


location early fall. The menu touts build your own bowls and chef ’s concoctions like wasabi ponzu salmon or coconut curry hamachi.

Audi’s vehicles. Construction is anticipated to finish by the end of the year.

Audi Dallas 5033 Lemmon Ave.

Wild About Harry’s 3113 Knox Street

Local luxury automotive dealer Audi Dallas is expanding to twice its existing capacity, both in square footage and service and repair capacity. It will be branded as Audi Dallas 2.0 with enhanced services, such as online scheduling and Uber reimbursements, as well as a sleek, sporty, and progressive interior, just like


It’s not exactly farewell, but it is goodbye for now. The hot dog and frozen custard shop announced on social media that it had been given the notice to vacate from its Knox Street location by May 15, but was actively looking for a new home in the Highland Park area. The Deep Ellum store remains open.

32 June 2018 |

Real Estate

HOUSE OF THE MONTH 9505 Inwood Road


isted for $3.2 million, this spectacular Gary Webb custom-built home in Old Preston Hollow offers lush grounds and English-style gardens encompassing 1.15 acres. The beautiful grounds include a pool, gazebo, built-in grill, fireplace, reflecting pools, and a sculpture. In the main home are five bedrooms, five baths, a powder room, and five fireplaces. The grand staircase carved of mahogany and a crystal chandelier provide a stunning entrance. The remodeled commercial-grade kitchen has


GE Monogram stainless-steel appliances, including a six-burner range, professional vent hood, and a double-wide built-in refrigerator. The climate-controlled wine cellar holds approximately 400 bottles. The private master retreat has a fireplace and sitting area. The guest cottage/cabana offers approximately 1,100 square feet with a commercially equipped kitchen, living room with a fireplace, gym, sauna, bedroom, and full bath. This beautiful home is the perfect setting for entertaining inside and outside.

36 June 2018 |



Susan Friedman, Brian Nichols, Shannon Brookshire, and Sean Henchey

Chrystyle and Lodeana Jones

Chris Averitte, Dan Rivera, and Randy Wilcox

Karl Chiao and Amy Vanderoef

Dr. Steven Pounders, Kameron Westcott, and Leslie Frye

Tricia Sims, Patricia Schmidt, and Leah Goodwin

John Rieger and LeeAnne Locken

Chandler Rasnake, James Hall, Chris Huffstutler, and Erik Vasquez

Don Neubauer and David Nelson 2ND2NUNN PHOTOGRAPHY

Dennis Kershner and John Moreno

Christina Yielding

Avery and Ardan Frye with Jerry and James Weaver

Lynn Bahr, Mark Goodheart, Mary Kay Winchell, and Paul Velez

Diane Sullivan and Nedra Nyquist

No Tie Dinner & Dessert party chair Leslie Frye created A Night to Remember at the 13th annual fundraiser for AIDS Services of Dallas (ASD), presented by The Purple Foundation. On April 7, more than 1,500 guests joined Frye, honorary co-chairs Dr. Steven Pounders and Kameron Westcott, and publicity chair Susan Friedman at the Frontiers of Flight Museum to celebrate ASD, which has been creating and strengthening communities for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS since the 1980s.

38 June 2018 |


Jeff Waugh and Jessica Waugh

Marilyn Mansfield, Cynthia Mickens Ross, and Dr. Stephen Mansfield

Gail and Dr. Gerald Turner

Brenda L. Jackson, Nina Tassler, Jan Sharry, Effie Dennison, and Roslyn Dawson Thompson


Pat and Pete Schenkel with Caren Prothro


Ashlee Kleinert with Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt

Monica McCray, Jocelyn D. Kidd, and Tracey Nash-Huntley

Brooke López, Stephanie Jeffery, and Vanessa Bouché

Shawn Wills, Regina Montoya, Helen Giddings, and Ann Margolin

Dallas Women’s Foundation held its Leadership Forum & Awards Dinner, presented by AT&T, on April 19 at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The Foundation honored six exceptional women: four received the Maura Women Helping Women Awards, and two received the Young Leader Award, presented by Capital One. The dinner was co-chaired by community and business leaders, Effie Dennison and Jan Sharry. | June 2018  39


Susan Rankin, Anthony Trucks, Christie Carter, and Stephen Penrose

Erin Finegold White and Alison Panasik

Tucker and Kristy Hoglund Robinson with Cynt Marshall, Melanie Spiegel, and Hannah May Judge Cheryl Lee Shannon

Caroline Rose Hunt and Kathleen M. LaValle

Erin Jesberger and Aubrey Labanowski

Amie Raney, Kelley Bajec, and Amy Claro

Susan Flanary, Linda Swartz, and Molly Knudsen KRISTINA BOWMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Heather Dossett, Leslie Wayne, and Alexandra Lovitt

Anthony Trucks, who turned a childhood in foster care into a successful career and life as a family man, told attendees at the April 9 Cherish the Children luncheon at the Omni Dallas that they have the power to change lives right in their hands. Hosted by the Dallas CASA Children’s Council, the event raised funds for the abused and neglected children served by Dallas CASA. More than 350 people attended this year’s luncheon, which honored Judge Cheryl Lee Shannon with the Caroline Rose Hunt Cherish the Children Award.

40 June 2018 |


Scott Murray with the Airstream

David and Jeri Kleiman

Greg Fasullo and Ashley Berger

John Buchanan and Loren Cousin

Pierre Lagrange, Capera Ryan, and Elihu Washburne Bela Cooley, Anne Stodghill, and Stephanie Seay

Anne Davidson and Mark Porter

Michael Anderson and Dario Carnera

Larry Waks, Micheal Zacharia, Erin Waks, and Dr. Sean Paul

Steve Stodghill, Lisa Arpey, and Jerry Smith

Fraser and Rhonda Marcus with Dennis Moon PHOTOS BY JOSEPH BREWSTER

Zach Hess and Greg Haynes Johnson with Jill and Jeff Beaupain

Stubbs and Holly Davis with Carole and Scott Murray

Shonn and Clarence Brown

Morgan Alfia and Karry Brittingham

Huntsman, the famed Savile Row bespoke tailor, presented the Texas premier of its Huntsman Airstream Mobile Tailoring Studio at a Lawn Party hosted by Anne and Steve Stodghill and Liz and Scott Kimple at the Stodghill’s Preston Hollow residence. The party took place on April 7 and was attended by Dallas’ most influential patrons. The evening featured Balvenie Scotch tasting, British inspired bites, lawn games, and bagpipe performances throughout the night.

42 June 2018 |


Mark and Kristie Tillman

Holly Reed, Melissa Cary, Missy Phipps, and Heather Reed

Carole and Scott Murray PHOTOS BY BOB MANZANO

Auctioneer Mike Trent with Jack Philips Pat Conner, Cole, Cade, and Austin Hendrickson with Larry Conner

Ginger and Andy Eads

Jack and Judy Philips

Brett Kelly and Nicole Notagiacomo with Grace and Sam Fannin

Ron and Vicki Putnam with Scott and Karen Grippin

The fourth annual Boots & Blessings Gala took place on April 21 at Austin Ranch at Hilton DFW Lakes to benefit Ally’s Wish. The organization grants wishes such as trips to Disney World or helicopter rides over the Grand Canyon to mothers battling terminal illnesses, so they may create lasting memories with their children and loved ones. The evening consisted of an extensive silent auction filled with trips, fashion and accessories, sports memorabilia, restaurant and entertainment packages, and more.

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A few of the selected jackets

DJ Steffi Burns

Patricio Rivera and Krystal Sarna

Reed Robertson, TJ Griffin, and Caitlin Ripp

Colleen Davis and Natasha Chopra

Ronak Assadi, Alissa Dodson, Roshana Atiqzoy, and Arameh Shekarlaban

AJ James and Carol Quist

Amber LaFrance and Davina Goodman

Adam Flores, Dylan Kennemur, and Jesus Ayula

Ken Harden and Francois-Yves Auger-Takada

Clint Bradley, Jack Pettit, and Lance Blann

Brittanie Buchanan and Jason Oleniczak PHOTOS BY JOSEPH BREWSTER AND THOMAS GARZA

Model wearing one of the selected jackets

Amanda Habman, Desere Taylor, and Brandon Smith

Jordan and Natalie Gempel

On April 19, DIFFA/Dallas hosted an exclusive preview party at Traffic LA at The Joule Hotel to reveal select jackets for House of DIFFA: Alter Ego. The fashionable event, presented by Gensler, provided guests with a first-hand look at some of the stunning jackets in this year’s Collection. DJ Steffi Burns set the mood with her popular tunes while the evening’s guests were dazzled by jackets displayed throughout the room and on models.

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Jill Cumnock, Cecilie Holman, Susan and David Rosenberg, Christine Cook, and Diane Fullingim

Bob and Michelle Rickman

Caroline Gehan, Natalie Dossett, and Heather Cooper

Susan Griffiths, Melinda Emmons, and Becky Mills Ann and Doug Smellage

Plamen and Linda Jordanoff

John and Nicole Rafferty with Christine and Bill Quinn

Brent Christopher with Sally and George Dutter

Stephen and Marina Tyler Ashleigh and Robbie Kinney with Amanda and Matt Chance

Steve and Mimi Skapek, Lisa Bork, and Jeff Vawrinek

Cooper Eddy and Amanda Melser

Sheldon Arora and Morgan Miller

Jim and Kaari Wicklund with Jay and Sue Wagley


Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD) hosted the Under the Moonlight Gala presented by LiquidAgents at The Pavilion at the Belo Mansion on April 7. The honorary chairs for this year’s benefit were Susan and David Rosenberg, while Christine Cook and Cecilie Holman co-chaired. Under the Moonlight has raised more than $2 million for RMHD, which serves families with seriously ill or injured children who are receiving treatment in the Dallas area by providing them with a home-away-from-home.

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Baptist mom teaches children in Vickery Meadows By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers


t’s easy to feel worthless – even in the fifth grade. That’s a lesson Park Cities Baptist Church mom Amy McKleroy is learning. Last year, McKleroy was looking for a way to share a biblical lesson of service with her 8-year-old daughter, Hanna. She found inspiration at a back-to-school event her church hosted at Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School in Vickery Meadows – Dallas’ most ethnically diverse neighborhood, and also its poorest. In the days following, McKleroy said the “there has to be more I can do” message continually played in her brain. With a passion for dance and a pang in her heart over the fact that while her daughter can afford to take dance classes there are many children who can’t, McKleroy’s “what can I do’s” turned into a plan. “The number one thing that’s important to me is to love others and treat others the way you want to be treated,” she said from a window-lined classroom at Jack Lowe. In the background, a handful of fifth grade girls moved their bodies to the slowly building anthem “Space Between” by Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson. Among the girls was Hanna. That message from Luke 6:31, to treat others the way you want to be treated, is important to McKleroy and one she wants to pass on to her daughter. “It’s how I want Hanna to treat others,” she said. “It’s the way I treat others, and that’s really it.” The dance the girls are perfecting is one meant to evoke the emotions one would


Amy McKleroy helps Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary student Sadana Khadka perfect dance moves.

feel if bullied. In it, Hanna portrays a child being picked on. Through the stories, the other girls go from turning a blind eye to the mistreatment to banning together to

lift Hanna up. McKleroy said she picked the topic because bullying is something all children face. “The hope, though, is to tell the story of all the girls rallying around,” she said. Sandra Barrios, principal at Jack Lowe, said the dance team has given the girls something where they can blossom into young ladies. “The girls are constantly striving to pass classes and do their very best so they can participate in dance,” Barrios said. “We feel this class has transformed their way of thinking, given them a higher sense of

self-esteem and confidence, as well as keeping the girls off the streets and engaged in something positive. We are very grateful for Ms. McKleroy.” The students agree. Sadana Khadka, a student in the class said McKleroy makes her feel important. “Like I’m not invisible,” she said; words that took McKleroy by surprise. “They never said that to me, and it just blows my mind,” she said with tears welling in her eyes. “It’s huge. You don’t know what kind of impact you’re having when you do something like this, but to hear that, it makes it so worthwhile.”

People, Prayer, and Pooches in the Park By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers

There are many excuses one might have for not going to church Sunday morning. Wanting to spend quality time with your dog can no longer be one of them. On a large wooden platform recently at Central Dog Park at Central Christian Church, a Great Dane had taken his place. Around him, other dogs ran back and forth – a squirrely terrier even attempted to join him – as a small group of people gathered for fellowship. They sang worship songs, such as “Surely the presence of the Lord,” and “They’ll know we are Christians,” and read about the clashing relationship between Paul and the Corinthians. Members of the North Dallas church see the dog park service as the perfect opportunity to meet neighbors exactly where they’re at.

“There are lots of people in this neighborhood who are not called to a traditional Sunday morning service.” Tyson Woods Long before the first and third Sunday became designated “church in the dog park” days, those living near the Oak Lawn adjacent house of worship often found themselves congregating at the dog park. To this day, there is still a group that meets every morning at 7:30 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. “We realized there is a lovely community out here that does church,” Tyson Woods, an arborist, and member of Central Christian


A Great Dane mingles with the crowd at Central Dog Park Church. Church said. “It’s not quite your normal church, but they love and support and encourage each other in a really special way, and we wanted to become more of a part of that. That realization spurred the hour-long church service that

draws a range of participants from students at UT Southwestern Medical School to members of the community who didn’t have a home church, Woods said. Susie Summers, who is a regular member of Highland Park United Methodist Church, has also found

a home at the Central Dog Park church. In fact, it was her dog Biscuit that helped identify the space where the park now sits on one of his famous lone walks. “I just think it’s special to be out here in God’s creation with our dogs and be able to have church service too,” Summers said. Woods said that the church’s prayer is that people really live through God’s presence as they come into the park. “I run into people all the time that talk about, ‘Oh, that place is really peaceful,’ That’s what our hope is, that people who come here are lifted up and renewed,” he said. “There are lots of people in this neighborhood, younger people with dogs, who are not called to a traditional Sunday morning service. Our hope is that we might bring them closer to God through this experience.” | June 2018  49

Park Cities Baptist, Highland Park Presbyterian Volunteers Participate in Community Service Days

Engagements ENGAGEMENT



TOP: Volunteers clean up along the Trinty. BOTTOM: Churchgoers restore a building. While February is known as the month of amor, churches mobilized their congregations late April to love on communities across Dallas. Park Cities Baptist Church held its Serve Dallas Day on April 21 by providing hands-on help to the church’s ministry partners. “Serve Dallas is an opportunity for us as a church to enter into our city and just love our neighbors,” said the Rev. Jeff Warren, PCBC

pastor. Church members cleared out an abandoned home to make church offices for Cornerstone Baptist Church; exercised with and then fed their neighbors with Brother Bill’s Helping Hand; and helped Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary school with a carnival. Jack Lowe volunteer Terri Heard said, “The only stable infrastructure in Vickery Meadows is the school,


so that’s why we’re here because it gives us an opportunity to be in the community.” In partnership with Dallas Leadership Foundation, churchgoers at Highland Park Presbyterian Church gathered late April to plant native species and clean up trash along the Trinity River — some cleaning up the water from their very own canoes. — Staff report

obie and Sebastian Ahmadi of University Park are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Victoria S. Ahmadi, to Andrew Edward Hunter Smith, son of Vivianne Ousley of Celina, Texas and Scott Smith of Winnsboro, Texas. The bride is the granddaughter of Patsy Ruth Cato of University Park and the late Booker Lee Brown of Greenbrier, Ark. and the late Mariam Ahmadi and Abdul Ahmadi of Simi Valley, Calif. The groom is the grandson of Sandy Hunter Neff of Richardson, Texas; George Albert Smith III of Dallas; the late Leila Gonzalez-Correa of Plano, Texas; and the late Carlos Manuel Alvarado of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The bride is a graduate of Prestonwood Christian Academy. She received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a minor in history from Southern Methodist University. Victoria is director of sales for Studio Sebastian. The groom is a graduate of Frisco High

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School in Frisco, Texas. He received bachelor degrees in economics and finance from Southern Methodist University. He is currently pursuing his CFA charter. Andrew is a research analyst for Lear Investment Management. Victoria and Andrew will exchange sacred wedding vows in late October at Highland Park United Methodist Church with a reception following at the Mansion on Turtle Creek.




he family of James Anies Anbouba of Highland Park is pleased to announce his engagement to Carly Marie Bowen of Nashville, Tenn. On Saturday, March 30, during a walk along the Trinity River, James surprised Carly, asking for her hand in marriage and presenting her with a newly designed engagement ring incorporating his late mother’s engagement stones. The two first met in kindergarten at The Lamplighter School, but Carly’s family moved to Tenn. shortly after. They later reconnected and began dating their freshman year at Texas Christian University. The bride is a graduate of Franklin Road Academy of Nashville, Tenn. She received a degree in graphic design and business from Texas Christian University and is employed as a graphic designer at ClubCorp. She is the daughter of Jan and Joe Bowen, and the granddaughter of Dallas and Rose Marie Bryan, of Franklin, Tenn. and Anne and Dan Bowen Sr., of Madison, Miss. The groom is a graduate of Highland Park High School.


He received a degree in applied geoscience and energy management from Texas Christian University. He is employed as an associate analyst with Energy Transfer. He is the son of Imad Anbouba and the late Kimberly Goss Anbouba, and the grandson of the late James and Mertie Goss, of Dallas, and the late Khair Alah and Margaux Anbouba of Homs, Syria. The couple plans to wed in June of 2019 in Nashville. They look forward to continuing to live in Dallas and everything their future holds.

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Living Well


Modern clinic in Preston Center provides relaxing experience


’m terrified of getting shots, so there was no way I would ever be getting acupuncture done – or so I thought. A coworker and I made plans to try Modern Acupuncture for a story about the new business in Preston Center. I had already decided that I would back out last minute for the acupuncture and just have her do it while I watched on the side. But SAHAR JAMAL then she had to cancel. “You have to go and get it done and let me know how it goes,” she said. I went in the day of my appointment scared deep inside. I ended up confessing to the receptionist that I was afraid of needles and super nervous about getting it done. “Oh no, don’t worry at all,’ she said. “It’s honestly not that bad, and it doesn’t hurt.” Acupuncturist Bianca Yturralde told me the needles are hair like, so they bend really easily. She pulled one out to just show me. “See it’s really thin, you won’t even feel a thing when it’s going in.” Past big doors, I entered a room with multiple chairs lined along each side. It was dark and had natural noises like waterfalls playing throughout the room. “The Zen Dens are designed in a mini-

Modern Acupuncture has been expanding into the Dallas market and plans to open more stores here in 2018.

malist fashion, with comfortable chairs, and beautiful images on screens with music. There is nothing to distract from the relaxing experience, which only enhances the acupuncture treatment,” acupuncturist DeeDee Frye said. Just walking into the room had relaxed me already. As Yturralde put the needles in, she would ask if I was ready and explain what she was doing and what I would feel. Afterward, she would make sure I wasn’t in pain or uncomfortable. Once she was done,

I tried shutting my eyes and letting the effects of the atmosphere and the needles take place. I was there for about 20 minutes and then she came over again and took the needles out – all 46 of them. The receptionist had tea waiting for me. Modern Acupuncture offers two treatments, cosmetic and traditional. Cosmetic acupuncture aims to increase circulation and vitality to reduce fine lines and under-eye bags, soften wrinkles, improve complexion, and provide other benefits.


“Men are coming in more for cosmetic treatment and noticing differences,” franchise owner Stephanie McGovern said. Traditional acupuncture targets anxiety, stress, allergies, headaches, migraines, insomnia, depression, injuries, and pain. I had both treatments done. At first, I really didn’t know if it worked or not, but a couple of days later, I was feeling relaxed and at ease, and I wasn’t feeling my back pain as much anymore. I even told people I would go again.

Take Two Sonnets and Call Me in the Morning

Poetic physicians embrace healing potential of verse

By Selby Lopez

Special Contributor Dr. John Stone kept an inchthick stack of notecards in his pocket wherever he went. The late physician used them to record short observations, interactions, and people’s mannerisms – information that could then be used for his second passion: poetry.

“Anything that is beautiful, lyrical works in a part of the brain that is pleasant and pleasing, and I think it does aid healing.” Dr. John Harper Stone shared his love for verse with former student Dr. David Markham, who sees similarities between the work of the

Dr. John Harper

Dr. Larry Hergott

Dr. David Markham

poet and that of the doctor. “A lot of the skills that go into writing poetry, solving problems, putting the words on the page, has a lot to do with the same skill set and the creativity that goes into solving problems and trying to figure out and delve into someone’s illness,” Markham said. “That creativity of solving the problem is a lot the same.” Markham, a heart failure and transplant cardiologist at Emory University Hospital, joined other doctors in speaking April 23 at Suffering and Joy: The Healing Power of Poetry at The Dal-

las Institute of Humanities and Culture. Markham said reading or exchanging poems and other pieces of literature with his patients is a way to connect with them on a personal level. Dr. John Harper, a cardiologist affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, said he believes poetry can play a part in the healing process. “Anything that is beautiful, lyrical works in a part of the brain that is pleasant and pleasing, and I think it does aid healing,” Harper said. “I’m not here to say that you

don’t need medicine if you just listen to poetry, but I think anything that puts you in a more peaceful, thoughtful mindset, it may be helpful in healing.” The healing doesn’t only extend to the patients. Poetry can be therapeutic for doctors by helping them cope with traumatic experiences on the job. “Here’s another reason poetry’s important, and it’s not a pleasant one: Recent studies have shown that between 35 and 50 percent of physicians have burnout, a sense of depersonalization, disillusion, and de-

pression and many look at early retirement,” Harper said. “We believe that poetry has the ability to get rid of some of this disillusion.” Dr. Lawrence Hergott, a medical professor at the University of Colorado, shared how poetry helped him cope with loss. His poem “The Teardrop Approach,” details his experience suffering the loss of his son in a plane crash. He said that it’s important to share the gift of writing for the impact it may have on others. Hergott shared a story of how his poem, “Some Years Having Passed Since I Lost You,” helped a father who lost his daughter feel like he spent another minute with her. “This is why we write,” Hergott said. “Write for yourself and understand for yourself, but if you go beyond that – it’s not to get published, it’s not to be famous, it not for anything like that – it’s for the writer. It’s a gift.” | June 2018  51

Film Fest-ing Is Fun

(And might change your life)

Do you like traveling? Learning new things? Exposure to different cultures and new ideas? Laughing, STEPHANIE CASEY crying and... popcorn? Then film fest-ing is for you. I started my career in Hollywood complete with movie stars, special effects, elaborate sets – the whole shebang. A decade in I got burnt out and stopped watching movies for many years after leaving the industry. Then, six years ago, I had the chance to experience the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF). Over a week, I watched a dozen variant genre films – some domestic, some from other countries. The films took me into worlds I’ve never been and introduced me to ideas I’d never thought of. I was moved. Inspired. And hooked on the medium, anew. This year, I attended the 2018 fest (DIFF’s 11th year) in early May catching a total of 14 screenings over a week at Magnolia Theater in the West Village. Short films, documentaries (two standouts were the Mister Rogers doc Won’t You Be My Neighbor and Lauren Greenfield’s Generation Wealth, and creative narratives (An American in Texas by Victoria, Texas filmmaker Anthony Pedone was a favorite) filled my week. Dallas has a good amount of film festivals. A few notables include the Oak Cliff Film Festival, Dallas VideoFest, Asian Film Festival of Dallas, Jewish Film Festival of Dallas, Lone Star Film Festival and even a Cat Video Festival (yes, really).

But DIFF is the one which brings them all together. Really well programmed with diversity, it showcases every kind of film – worldwide representation of filmmakers, cultures, and storytelling styles. There are also parties, family events (ex: this year they had an outdoor screening of “Coco” at the Dallas Farmers Market) and other special, peripheral events. So, real talk: A thriving international film festival is an offering every significant city in the world has. Though DIFF has good leadership and wonderful programming, Dallas’s festival is not thriving. How do I know? Every year, I take people who have never been and/or never heard of it. People who work in creative and media fields, even. Our film festival should be of note and drawing more attendees and guests from our own city and all over the world. The fest needs more sponsorship. This paper is distributed in some of the wealthiest areas of Dallas. If you see the value of such an event for our city and might have interest in helping DIFF get to the next level, please contact DIFF or contact me (, and I’ll be happy to answer any questions I can and/or contact them on your behalf. I have absolutely no association, other than being an attendee, but would love to see this festival attain the reach and notoriety it deserves. It’s good for all of us as individuals, it’s good for humanity at large, it’s GREAT for Dallas. Visit @lovageinc on Instagram for more haps, ideas, and interesting details of life.

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Enjoy Campfire Flavors, Because Food Taste Better Outside My husband, Randy, introduced me to backpacking and camping in the Rocky Mountains, and I loved it. I loved being surrounded by the forest, pitching a tent, building the campfire, CHRISTY ROST cooking our HOME + KITCHEN meals over live fire, breathing in the smells of damp earth mixed with pine, the peace and quiet of it all, and gazing at the night sky filled with more stars than I had ever seen. We introduced our sons to hiking and camping in Colorado at an early age, and as soon as they were old enough, Randy took them on their first backpacking trip. One of my favorite photos of our sons shows them heading off for an overnight trip – tall, lean, middle-schoolaged boys, dwarfed by heavy packs – one wearing his father’s old, sweatstained suede cowboy hat. After each backpacking trip, they’d arrive home dirty, smelly, and eager to share stories of their adventures. Boy Scout camping filled the space between summer backpacking trips. Both sons were active in Scouting, and one became an Eagle Scout, so weekend camping trips became part of the rhythm of our lives.

Summer is the perfect time to introduce your family to camping. For little ones, backyard camping offers an exciting, yet managed scenario, but Randy reminded me that turning off sprinkler systems is essential for a successful night out. Texas has a multitude of state parks with camping areas within an easy drive of Dallas, so whether your favorite night out involves car-camping, pitching a tent, renting a cabin, or RV camping, there are options that fit your family’s idea of fun and level of experience. I’ve always thought cooking outdoors is one of the best parts of camping. Food seems to taste better outside, whether it’s hot off the grill at a park, cooked in a cast iron skillet over a campfire, or prepared on a propane camp stove. The key to success is in selecting hearty, easy-to-prepare recipes with ingredients that travel well. My recipe for Cast-Iron Bison Strip Steaks with Western Skillet Potatoes is one such example. Whether you prepare it on your kitchen stove and enjoy it on the patio, on a backyard grill, or while sitting around a campfire, this one-pan meal tastes like the great outdoors. For additional recipes and entertaining tips from cookbook author and public television chef Christy Rost visit

Cast Iron Bison Strip Steaks with Western Skillet Potatoes Preheat a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat or over a campfire, add the oil, and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the potatoes and onions, and sauté until the potatoes begin to soften – about 10 minutes. Add chopped poblano and bell pepper, and cook 5 minutes more, or until the potatoes are knife tender. Stir in garlic and cook 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat, transfer the potatoes to a medium bowl, and cover to keep warm.

Bison Strip Steaks Ingredients

• 3 tablespoons unsalted butter • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika • 3 8-ounce bison strip steaks, 1-inch thickness

Skillet Potatoes Ingredients

• 1 large poblano pepper, rinsed and dried • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 2 pounds red potatoes, rinsed and cut into wedges (about 8 medium) • ½ cup red onion, peeled and chopped • 1 large yellow bell pepper, rinsed, seeded, and chopped • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Preheat the oven on broil, place the poblano pepper on a small baking sheet, and broil 10 minutes, turning the pepper over as the skin blackens. When the pepper is soft, remove it from the oven, transfer it to a plastic zipper bag, seal, and allow the pepper to steam. When the pepper has cooled, peel the skin, split it open with a sharp knife, and discard the stem and seeds. Chop the pepper and set it aside.


Melt butter in a small saucepan or in the microwave oven at 50 percent power. Spoon off the white solids and discard. Set the remaining clarified butter aside. If camping, substitute canola or olive oil. In a small bowl, stir together salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Season both side of the meat. Wipe out the skillet with paper towels, pour in 2 tablespoons of the clarified butter, and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. lace the meat in the skillet and cook 2-3 minutes until it browns. Add 1 to 2 additional teaspoons of clarified butter, turn the meat over, and cook 2-3 minutes more on each side, for a total of 8 -10 minutes cooking. Bison should be served medium rare for maximum tenderness. During the final minutes of cooking, move the meat to one side of the pan and return the potatoes to the pan to reheat. When the meat is done, transfer it to a cutting board and keep it warm. To serve, slice the meat at an angle and serve with Western potatoes.

Yield: 3 to 6 servings | June 2018  53

Children Suffer When Parents Abuse Alcohol, Drugs We are all profoundly influenced by the people who raise us. These influences include not only the genetic information we DR. MARIA ELIZABETH inherit from our parents, but also WEIDMER-MIKHAIL learned behaviors and habits, morals, and personal values, as well as the ways we relate to others – both physically (through communication) and mentally (through empathy and understanding).

“Even very young children can sense when a parent is impaired in some way.” With approximately 18 million individuals in the United States addicted to alcohol, The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence estimates about 26.8 million children are exposed to alcoholism in their family every year. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) further estimates 12 percent of children in the U.S. live with a parent who has a drug or alcohol dependency or abuses alcohol or drugs. When a parent abuses alcohol or drugs, children suffer. Even if the addicted parent appears not to be neglectful, it doesn’t mean they aren’t causing psychological or emotional abuse.


Many users think that children don’t understand what’s going on, and that’s simply not true. Even very young children can sense when a parent is impaired in some way. Children of all ages experience confusion, stress, fear, sadness, and anger when they notice a change in a parent’s safety and/or ability. These children are also more likely to experience: • Poor performance in school • Emotional and behavioral problems • Low self-esteem • Poor personal hygiene • Mistrust of authority figures or adults in general • A higher risk of physical, verbal, or sexual abuse • Increased likelihood of developing anxiety or depression • Earlier onset of experimentation with drugs or alcohol • A greater chance of becoming addicted once they start using drugs or alcohol Some children develop an excessive need to control their situation to balance out the perceived chaos in their lives. They may seek constant approval to reassure themselves that they have value. Some become aggressive, often as a response to try and take control in a world where they feel they have very little. The secretive and often isolated nature of substance abuse means that these children typically receive little experience seeing people make and interact with friends, which can result in difficulty with intimate relationships later in life. Worst of all, so many of these children believe that their parent’s addiction is somehow their fault. They think that if they were better behaved, did better in school, or took care of all their chores that their parents wouldn’t be so tired or stressed and wouldn’t have to use alcohol drugs to medicate themselves. Once a parent accepts they have a problem, the next step is getting treatment. When a parent is in treatment I recommend family therapy. I believe that getting the entire family involved in a patient’s treatment is important to help them sustain recovery. After all, it impacts the whole family when a loved one goes to treatment. Dr. Maria Elizabeth Weidmer-Mikhail, a psychiatrist trained in child, adolescent, and adult therapy, sees patients at Enterhealth Ranch and the Enterhealth Outpatient Center for Excellence.

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Custom Living in Devonshire

The home at 5610 Stonegate Road is listed by Lisa Besserer for $4,350,000. This exquisite custom-built home, located at 5610 Stonegate Road in Devonshire, offers a rare opportunity on an oversized lot. The combination of meticulous design and execution, led by Paul Turney and Rusty Goff, has resulted in a timeless home with every amenity. A Columbian tile roof and stucco exterior with beautiful landscaping leads to the large front porch and entry. Beaumaniere limestone flooring in the foyer reveals a soothing palette. The entry is flanked on one side by a living room with limestone fireplace and tall windows. On the other side is a spacious dining room, complete with a temperature-controlled wine room. Beautiful steel doors and windows bring the outdoors in to a bright open den, with lovely stone fireplace and built-ins. The adjacent breakfast room and kitchen offer granite countertops, top-of-the-line appliances and great cabinet and counter space. The downstairs master is spacious and overlooks the grounds. Its master bath is complete with custom marble and tilework, a jetted tub, separate shower and oversized walk-in closet with safe. A second downstairs bedroom is perfect for family or guests. Upstairs are two additional ensuite bedrooms, exercise room, and an incredible bonus room with generous windows overlooking the grounds. To see all homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty—in Devonshire, all of North Texas and around the world—go to


Firm First Quarter Leader in Sales

Allie Beth Allman & Associates finish the first quarter of 2018 leading the Park Cities in Sales and Listings, according to MLS data. The firm’s sales volume totaled over $78 million in sales with an average sales price of $1,538,897. This is the second year in a row that the firm has led sales in the Park Cities in the first quarter. MLS listing data shows the Allman company led the Park Cities in number of new listings, total volume and market share. The firm had 31% of the market place, while the next leading office had 17%. “We’re pleased to see our leadership in sales in the esteemed Preston Hollow neighborhood, as well, for the second year in a row” added Allman. The MLS data shows that Allie Beth Allman & Associates sold nearly three times as much as the nearest competitor, with a total volume of nearly $128 million and average sale price of $2,842,972. Agents credit the company’s integrated marketing adding to the momentum. An aggressive combination of print and digital reach, agent online effectiveness and a multi-platform content-based platforms helps individual agents achieve their full potential. To learn more about this exciting company and their powerhouse team of agents, visit


The Mews of Highland Park

4350 Westside Drive 2 Bedroom | 2.1 Bath | 2,766 sqft. | 2 Car Garage Offered for $745,000. Impeccably renovated by renowned designer Barry Williams. Custom scraped floors and gallery-finished walls throughout this exquisite two-bedroom, 2.1 bath traditional residence. First floor living, and dining rooms feature fully paneled, glazed-finished walls and parquet floor wood borders. Chef’s kitchen is complete with Farrow and Ball lacquer cabinets with custom oval glass doors and white Carrera marble countertops, a SubZero refrigerator, gas Wolf range and Asko dishwasher. Butler’s pantry doubles as utility room, with tall Wood Mode cabinets finished with Crema Marfil stone. Spacious second floor den has abundant windows with custom wood shutters. Light-filled central courtyard features slate pavers and dramatic limestone fountain. Stunning master bedroom is fully paneled and features a tray ceiling. Five-fixture master bathroom finished in patterned Carerra and Grigio Carnico marble. Abundant storage throughout, including a climatecontrolled, third-story clothes storage space with separate cedar closet. Incredible location provides easy access to Park Cities, Oak Lawn, and Downtown/North Dallas via Dallas North Tollway. Attached two-car garage with custom sealed stencil floors and smooth-wall finishes provides added space for entertaining. For more information please contact Kyle Crews (214-538-1310 | or Robin Brock (214-543-8963 |


Meadows offers French estate-style home with pool

This elegant, transitional French Estate-style home at 6630 Northport Dr. ( is set on a beautifully landscaped corner lot in Preston Hollow. The five-bedroom residence with five baths and two half-baths, encompasses a generous 7,171 square feet (per tax rolls). Lee Anna Meadows of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate has priced the home at $2,345,000. The two-story entryway with hand-scraped hardwoods, Baccarat chandelier and custom ironwork, conveys a message of luxury and attention to detail. The downstairs comprises a library, formal dining room with custom built-in wine storage, chef’s kitchen, second living room and spacious downstairs master suite. Completing this level are a media room, wet bar, mudroom, an en suite guest bedroom and three-car garage with gated motor court. Upstairs are three additional bedroom suites and a living area. The outdoor kitchen with fireplace, heated pool/spa with Leuders limestone coping, travertine decking and whole house state-of-the-art sound system enhance entertaining. To schedule a private showing, contact Lee Anna Meadows at 214-443-5060 or Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate ( is a division of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., with five locations that specialize in Park Cities, Preston Hollow, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Kessler Park and Farm & Ranch properties.



The home at 6123 Norway Road is listed by Tessa Mosteller and Lucinda Buford for $3,099,000.

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Gracious Design in Preston Hollow

Appreciated for its winding streets, multi-acre lots, private lakes and distinct architecture, the estate neighborhood of Preston Hollow is home to many of Dallas’ business, arts and political influencers. The area, which was originally a 56-acre farm, is just six miles from Downtown, and notable neighbors include a past president, CEOs, artists, families and professionals who enjoy life in this tree-lined, pastoral setting. Preston Hollow is known for large lots, landmark mansions and rural feel afforded by winding streets that offer both privacy and a sense of community. Architects Robert Stern, Howard Meyer, Richard Meier and Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes here. Prime lots on Strait Lane, Park Lane, Deloache and Audubon can cost over $2,000,000, and gorgeous estates can bring prices of $20 million and more. Gracious living is defined in the beautiful home at 6123 Norway Road. Designed by Larry Boerder and built by Barry Buford, this Santa Barbara home is convenient to every need. Soaring ceilings in the beautiful entry open to formals with views of the backyard oasis. The oversized kitchen opens to the large family room. Exquisite finish out is found throughout the home, with one guest bedroom downstairs, a master and three bedrooms on the second level, each with en suite baths. The grand home at 6123 Norway Road is listed by Tessa Mosteller and Lucinda Buford for $3,099,000.


Exceptional Style in the Meadows

Grand Vie Showcases Premier Properties

In addition to featuring some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties, the 25th edition of Grand Vie offers a plethora of interesting editorial content, including “Rosewood Mansion,” profiling the Texas gem on Turtle Creek; “Celebrity Homes,” a peek at the spectacular properties of notable owners like singer Kelly Clarkson; “The Scoop,” highlighting fresh retailers and restaurants budding around town; “Houses of Art,” showcasing some of the area’s top cultural events of the season; a special section for lake and ranch properties; and LuxeTrends, showcasing a collection of the latest luxury lifestyle musthaves. Also in the spring/summer edition: Partner and designer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings, Shay Geyer, shares tips for getting your home in shape this season. “Not only has our magazine’s distribution grown significantly across Dallas-Fort Worth, it also includes some of the very best luxury real estate companies outside of our local market, in such locations as Beverly Hills/LA, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, Palm Beach, Newport Beach, Santa Barbara and Vail,” says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for Ebby Halliday Realtors. To view the digital version of Grand Vie, visit


Ready for Entertaining in Preston Hollow

The home at 7350 Mimosa Lane is listed by Susie Swanson for $2,149,000.

The home at 9019 Guernsey Lane is listed by Becky Frey for $1,449,500.

Experience the exceptional style and open layout of this custom new build located at 7350 Mimosa Lane in the Meadows. Located on a .37-acre lot with impressive trees, this transitional contemporary home presents a thoughtful floor plan that includes two master suites and meticulous attention to detail. Steel and glass entry doors welcome you into the impressive two-story foyer with porcelain tiles, a modern pendant light and skylights. Reclaimed white oak plank floors give a light and warmth magnified by the high ceilings and abundant windows offering natural light. The first-floor study/den enjoys a cast stone mantel fireplace flanked by recessed storage. The formal dining area has another fireplace and opens to the expansive great room overlooking the yard and pool and neighboring kitchen. At the top of the wood and steel staircase a second-floor game room features a kitchenette complete with sink, ice maker and beverage refrigerator. The second story master suite incorporates the luxury of porcelain tiles, a large his and her rain shower with floor to ceiling glass enclosure, sinks and vanities. Rounding out the second floor are three additional bedrooms - two with ensuite baths and walk-in closets as well as a convenient utility room. To see all homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty—in Preston Hollow, all of North Texas and around the world—go to

The freshly remodeled home at 9019 Guernsey Lane encompasses a soft contemporary flare and is situated on a fabulous .5-acre lot in Old Preston Hollow. As you enter the home, a brick accent wall with a wood burning fireplace and vaulted, beamed ceilings welcome you to the formal living room. Connecting to the formal living room is the formal dining room with access to the kitchen. Adorned with beautiful marble, stainless steel appliances and soft close drawers, the kitchen will inspire you to cook immediately. The recently remodeled kitchen opens to the backyard with sliding doors bringing the outdoors inside. A breakfast nook is off of the kitchen for casual dining. Continue from the kitchen into the spacious family room with vaulted ceilings, bookshelf and access to a lovely courtyard featuring a gas fireplace, café string lights and a live wall. On the other side of the home are the three guest suites and a master retreat. The master retreat is furnished with handsome hardwoods and an incredible spa-like master bath with a marble vanity, beautiful flooring, a soaking tub and separate shower. The backyard is a blank canvas to create your ultimate outdoor entertaining area. To see all homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty—in Preston Hollow, all of North Texas and around the world—go to | June 2018  55


Greg Pape Offers Preston Hollow Classic

Located a block from Preston Hollow Park, this traditional gem offers over 4,800 square feet of elegant space, accentuated by wood floors and high ceilings. A gorgeous two-story foyer, featuring marble flooring and a wrought iron staircase leads into the center of the home, where the open kitchen, spacious den with a cast stone fireplace and breakfast area are united by huge windows overlooking the outdoor living area with a fireplace and landscaped backyard. The island kitchen boasts granite counters, abundant storage, and must-have stainless appliances like double ovens, a gas range and wine cooler. The formal dining room and butler’s pantry are steps away. A secondary downstairs living area is perfect for a study with its built-ins and wainstcoting, and the upstairs game room and craft room with a sink and built-ins are ready for any age to play and create. A thoughtful design places the master suite upstairs with two additional bedrooms, one of which has a private full bath, and a guest suite downstairs. The master bedroom has a sitting area with bay windows and spa-like bath. An added bonus is the floored attic area above the three-car garage. 6459 Chevy Chase is offered at $1,275,000. Contact Greg Pape, 214-546-4066,


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The Perry-Miller Streiff Group shown from Left to Right: Betsie Sears, Carolyn Vandagriff, Jason Bates, Laura Michelle, Ryan Streiff, Dave PerryMiller, Courtney Jubinksy, Betsy Sorenson, Karen Fry, Charles Gregory, and Kathy Finn. The Perry-Miller Streiff Group closed approximately $56+ million in real estate in the first half of 2018, putting them on pace to produce well over their $105 million production in 2017. This elite group of 11 powerhouse agents and support staff have been moving listings at all price points on the spectrum, even as other agents are seeing stagnation with higher end homes. “This team works hard to create this unparalleled track record where every transaction bears the hallmarks of true professionalism, commitment, and a deft touch,” says Ryan Streiff, co-founder with Dave Perry-Miller of The PerryMiller Streiff Group. A few notable sales for 2018 include Boone Picken’s Home at 9434 Alva Court and brand new construction at 4610 S. Lindhurst. The team, which works out of the flagship Dave PerryMiller Real Estate office in Preston Center, succeeds because of its wealth of market knowledge and unmatched agent collaboration. Their motto implies as much: “Consistently Delivering What Others Promise.” For more information on any of our other listings please visit

Super luxury homes offer unique and exclusive features, along with designs and amenities that set them apart. According to the website, Dallas’ super luxury homes, those valued at $5 million and above, are 4 1/2 times larger than other homes. The median luxury home measures 10,801 square feet compared to 2,349 square feet for other homes. High-end buyers trust Allie Beth Allman & Associates to understand what they are looking for. In 2017, Allman was ranked number one in the luxury home market in Dallas County. The Allman firm, an affiliate of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, captured 20.6 percent of the market for homes of $1 million and up, 35 percent of the market for homes valued at $3 million and more and 47 percent of the market share for estates valued at $5 million and higher. At the end of the first quarter of 2018, the Allman firm continued its dominance in estate sales. Out of six transactions at the beginning of the year, the firm had represented five of the sales with over $83 million in total volume. To view the firms estates currently listed on the market, visit



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Steven Beard of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is marketing this beautiful ranch-style residence set on .69 serene acres overlooking a small lake with fountain. The four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home at 7127 Brookshire Circle ( is listed for $1,395,000. “Brookshire Circle is not a through street, so it gets very little traffic,” says Beard. “That, coupled with the lot size and the fact it backs up to water, makes this such a wonderful opportunity.” The 4,125-square-foot home includes two living areas, a formal dining room, breakfast room and an office. All rooms are spacious and many feature built-in storage along with crown molding and custom millwork. Throughout the home, extensive updates have been made, including the bathrooms and kitchen, wood and marble flooring, built-in cabinets and plantation shutters. The backyard’s expansive, park-like setting can be enjoyed from the patio with built-in grill, the loggia with fireplace or the saltwater pool. For more information or to schedule a private showing, contact Beard at 214-727-3828 or Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate ( is a division of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., with five locations that specialize in Park Cities, Preston Hollow, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Oak Cliff and Farm & Ranch properties.


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If it is on weekends or year round, living near water offers such an amazing lifestyle. Listening to waves lap at the shore is soothing, almost hypnotic. In colder months, lake home owners can soak in the vistas across the water. During warmer months, a lake is one of the best places on Earth to take a dip. Lake properties are also good investments, often rising faster in value than non-waterfront homes. But the best reason for owning a lake home is it creates a huge motivation for a busy, scattered family to come together. A lake home and all that comes with it affords endless opportunity to connect and reconnect. Here are four lake homes Allie Beth Allman & Associates thinks would be a great investment. On Lake Palestine, there is a five-bedroom home at 15868 Treasure Cove with unobstructed view of the water. One of the best ranch properties in Texas has 1,500 feet of Lake Athens shoreline. 3773 County Road 4805 has a five-bedroom home, guest house, a garage apartment and a floating cabin. In Flower Mound there’s 1900 Seaview Drive, sitting on 1.6 heavily treed acres right next to Grapevine Lake. To see these homes and more, visit www.alliebeth. com.



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Approx. 94 acres of rolling terrain. 5 miles south of Hico, Texas, off County Road 207. One large stock tank, never dry, one smaller seasonal tank. Small home with well water, propane heat, window unit AC and electricity. Sleeps 5+. Screened porch and large grassy lawn. Two storage sheds and pump house close to home. Also has old barn, loafing shed, 4 hunting stands and 3 feeders. Abundant deer, turkey, duck, dove. Property wildlife mgt. exempt. Perimeter fenced with cross fencing. Two entrances off county road, both gated.


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