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JUNE 2019 VOLUME 15 NO. 6



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CANCER FIGHTERS Pediatric patients showed off their styles as they walked the runway with costumed characters and Dallas celebrities. PAGE 38







“Yard Man” launches new venture 20

Hockaday honoree celebrates her 70th reunion 28

Pastors talk about children, dads and God 42


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contentious District 13 City Council race — one that seemed so exciting during a campaign that brought barbs on Twitter and lively debate at Jesuit College Preparatory School — turned anticlimactic soon after the polls closed on May 4. The early vote tally showing incumbent Jennifer Staubach Gates up by a nearly 2-to-1 margin ended any potential for election night suspense. Gates and former Dallas mayor Laura Miller deserve thanks for their willingness to run, face criticism from detractors, and ultimately serve after the election. I also am grateful to them both for participating in the debate Preston Hollow People sponsored as early voting got underway. Voters got to compare side by side two strong, smart women who care a great deal about Dallas and its residents, and the newspaper staff was proud to participate in an event of such high interest in the community. Miller, whose re-entry into city politics surprised many, said she now plans to return her focus to The Ladder Project, a pilot program launched by her synagogue, Congregation Shearith Israel. The idea is to attack homelessness by having congregations adopt homeless individuals, one-person at a time, to restore them to self-sufficiency, no matter how long that may take.

“Now that I am able to fully focus on that initiative again, we will now enter the next phase of that program be- W I L L I A M TAY LO R fore rolling out the concept and the manual for its execution to the community at large later this year,” Miller said. “That is the work near and dear to my heart, and the only thing that could have interrupted it was my equally great concern for what is happening to the neighborhoods all around me.” Gates said she wants in her fourth and final term to make progress on the redevelopment of areas at Preston Road and Northwest Highway. Read more about that on Page 6. And for voters, another Election Day is coming. See a story on Page 8 about the June 8 runoff that will decide whether state Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, or former council member Scott Griggs of North Oak Cliff will become the next mayor of Dallas. Early voting by personal appearance starts May 28. William Taylor, Editor william.taylor@peoplenewspapers.com

Contents Crime ............................ 4 News .............................. 6 Community ................. 14 Sports .......................... 18 Business ....................... 20 Schools ........................ 28 Society ......................... 34

Living Well & Faith..... 42 Classifieds .................... 47 Weddings ..................... 47

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S KU L D U G GE R I E S of the MO NTH

BOOK THIEF There are no public libraries in the 5200 block of Caladium Drive, but that didn’t stop a prowler from “checking out” several books from one of the homes at 5:38 p.m. April 22. Doubt this reader plans to return any of them or pay overdue fines.

CRIME REPORT APRIL 9 - MAY 7 APRIL 9 Reported at 2:10 a.m.: Broken glass was left after an attempted break-in at Kindred Spirits on Inwood Road. APRIL 10 Reported at 10:44 a.m.: Property was stolen on April 8 from Victoria’s Secret at NorthPark Center. Reported at 9:18 p.m.: A vehicle was stolen from a home in the 6500 block of Park Lane.


APRIL 11 Reported at 1:04 p.m.: A vehicle was stolen at Embassy Suites Dallas Love Field on Northwest Highway.

Reported at 1 p.m. April 18: Two women shoplifted $7,303 worth of fragrances on April 17 from Ulta Beauty at Preston Forest Village.

APRIL 12 A 72-year-old man reported at 11:18 a.m. having a drink thrown on him at his home in the 5800 block of Grassmere Lane.

CROOKED CAPER What do you get when you leave your handgun in an unlocked car parked on the street with the word “crooked” in its name? A 39-year-old man got to make a police report at 12:12 p.m. April 12 after the theft in the 4600 block of Crooked Lane.

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A resident of the 6100 block of Bandera Avenue complained at 4:32 p.m. about harassment on April 11 that continued on April 12. APRIL 13 Reported at 4:32 p.m.: A rental vehicle belonging to Hertz Vehicles at NorthPark Center had its window broken and property stolen. APRIL 14 Reported at 3:29 p.m.: Property was stolen from the 6500 block of Stefani Drive on April 12. APRIL 15 The approach was the same in three burglary attempts on April 15 at apartments in the 8600 block of Preston Road, but the results were not. Twice property was stolen after doors were forced open, but during a similar attempt at 3:26 p.m., the 70-year-old resident scared off the intruder. The other incidents were reported at 12:14 p.m. April 15 and 10:21 p.m. April 16. Reported at 4:30 p.m.: Property was damaged at Tuesday Morning on Preston Road.

APRIL 16 Reported at 12:58 p.m.: A vandal drilled a hole in a Mesquite woman’s gas tank on April 15 at the Preston Forest Square. Reported at 6:01 p.m.: A window was broken on a vehicle parked at the George Bannerman Montessori Academy on Royal Lane. APRIL 17 Reported at 12:40 p.m.: A vehicle was stolen f rom the 11100 block of Lawn Haven Drive. APRIL 18 Reported at 8:57 a.m.: A vehicle parked at St. Luke’s Episcopal School on Royal Lane was broken into and property stolen. APRIL 19 Reported at 2:26 p.m.: A wallet was stolen out of a purse on April 18 at Tom Thumb in the 7100 block of Inwood Road. Reported at 5:18 p.m.: Four people entered Ulta Beauty in Preston Forest Village and stole property. APRIL 20 At 10:28 a.m., a vehicle that had been reported stolen was located at the 3800 block of Shorecrest Drive. Reported at 1:05 p.m.: A vandal damaged a vehicle at Tom Thumb on Inwood Road with a kick. APRIL 21 A threat was made to kill a person and her dog at 9:11 a.m. at the 8600 block of Turtle Creek Boulevard. A vehicle was stolen at 6:05 p.m. f rom a home in the 4400 block of Woodfin Drive. APRIL 22 A known shoplifter was issued a criminal trespass warning at NorthPark Center at 6:28 p.m. Reported at 7:34 p.m.: A ve-

hicle was stolen f rom a home in the 5900 block of Meaders Lane. APRIL 23 W hat happens when you leave the keys in the car? Reported at 11:29 a.m.: Such a vehicle the 6600 block of Lupton Drive was stolen. W hat happens when you leave the car unlocked? Reported at 12:04 p.m.: Property was taken from such a vehicle in the 5900 block of Forest Lane. APRIL 24 Reported at 8:39 a.m.: A vehicle was stolen from a home in the 6200 block of Royal Crest Lane on April 23. Reported at 1:35 p.m.: An unlocked vehicle, parked in the 11400 block of Lamplighter Lane, was rummaged through. APRIL 25 Reported at 10:10 a.m.: Future Telecom pipes were cut and stolen on April 23 in the 5300 block of Drane Drive. APRIL 26 Reported at 10:41 a.m.: On April 25, property was stolen f rom a room at The Plaza at Edgemere retirement community at Northwest Highway and Edgemere Road. Reported at 5:11 p.m.: A convertible parked at the 3900 block of Inwood Road was burglarized on April 25 by cutting the soft top to gain entry. APRIL 27 Talk about getting decaffeinated: At 8:18 a.m., police issued a criminal trespass warning to an unwelcome person at Starbucks in Preston Forest Square. APRIL 28 Sometime after midnight, a vehicle parked in the 8500 block of Lakemont Drive was broken into, and the steering column was damaged. APRIL 29 Reported at 12:11 p.m.: A

customer in the 5500 block of Mockingbird Lane did not pay for a delivery order f rom Old Hag Pizza and Pasta. APRIL 30 Reported at 3:05 p.m.: Property was stolen from a vehicle at Providence Christian School on Lovers Lane. MAY 1 A 36-year-old woman had a handgun pointed at her and an unknown object thrown on her vehicle at 3:02 p.m. in the 9100 block of Thackery Street. Did the car thief have to hotwire a vehicle stolen f rom the 6300 block of Waggoner Drive? Nope. The keys were still in it, according to a report made at 4 p.m. May 1. MAY 2 Reported at 1:05 p.m.: An unlocked vehicle parked at the 4800 block of Ridgeside Drive was stolen. Reported at 4:46 p.m.: Theft at the McDonald’s restaurant at North Dallas Tollway and Lovers Lane. Then reported at 5:38 p.m.: a vehicle was struck in the parking lot by a vehicle whose operator just drove away. MAY 3 Reported at 5:50 p.m.: A purse was stolen f rom an unlocked vehicle parked at the 6500 block of Royal Lane on April 2. MAY 4 Reported at 9:34 a.m.: A burglar broke a window on a vehicle in the 3800 block of Northwest Highway. Whoever struck a vehicle parked at a home in the 5800 block of Lupton Drive fled without leaving identification at 11:13 p.m. MAY 5 Reported at 8:24 a.m.: A truck was stolen from an apartment parking lot in the 3800 block of Inwood Road on May 4.

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With win over Miller, Gates ready to advance redevelopment By Tim Glaze and William Taylor People Newspapers


n the weeks leading up to the May 4 election, residents chartered buses to Dallas City Hall to rail against the prospect of 24-story-high residential towers “behind the pink wall.” But election results made it clear that objections to proposals for Preston Center and the condominium area known as Planned Development 15 were not nearly great enough to unseat a popular threeterm city council member. If the District 13 race was a referendum on Northwest Highway redevelopment, Jennifer Staubach Gates’s approach – one of hearing from residents, property owners, and developers before making a decision – won soundly. Gates defeated former mayor Laura Miller by an almost 2-to-1 margin. SMU political science professor Matthew Wilson said Gates’ victory indicates that angst over “increasing commercial development” was overblown. “That anger was not as widespread as Miller’s supporters may have thought,” Wilson said. Miller carried only three of 47 precincts, while tying in two others. Jon Anderson, a real estate columnist who has written for Candy’s Dirt, D Magazine, and Preston Hollow People, noted how Miller carried the two precincts around the pink wall and Preston Center by only a 60/40 split.


Hundreds turned out for a debate between Jennifer Staubach Gates and Laura Miller.


Jennifer Staubach Gates won her fourth term by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. “This is a far cry from Miller’s routine assertions that 90 percent of residents opposed Jennifer Gates and the process she’s enabled to bring PD-15 up to date,” he said. Gates made temperament and style an issue in the race, presenting herself as the leader able to work with all stakeholders and willing to withhold judgment until the zoning process has allowed all voices to be heard. “I’m the one who is going to be able to get things done,” Gates told those who attended an April debate Preston Hollow People presented

at the Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.

That anger was not as widespread as Miller’s supporters may have thought. Matthew Wilson More than 500 people made reservations and newspaper staff checked in 343 people before the debate began.

“I am happy that I ran,” Miller said after the election, adding she was “content with the knowledge that I did everything I could to give people a choice for an alternative development vision for the future.” During the debate, Miller held up a copy of that vision, the Northwest Highway and Preston Road Area Plan adopted in 2017. The plan would limit new construction to four floors behind the pink wall in Planned Development 15, a 14-acre area near Preston Road and Northwest Highway, instead of the 24 levels proposed now. The Planning Commission could vote on the zoning in early June. The plan also called for replacing the Preston Center garage with underground parking topped by a street-level park instead of an aboveground garage and apartment tower

being discussed now. Gates has so far not taken a position on either PD-15 or the Preston Center garage. “The authorized hearing process is ongoing regarding PD-15,” she said. “I will continue to evaluate the best development outcome for the community. My hope for the Preston/Northwest Highway area is we work to achieve the vision established in the area plan. I am encouraged the stakeholders can work to achieve a work, live, and play balance. The future of the entire area continues to be important for both the district and the city.”

E L E C T I O N R E S U LT S : Jennifer Staubach Gates — 8,930 Laura Miller — 4,608

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Johnson Has More Money, Support of Former Mayors Griggs gets new endorsement from Dallas Police Association K E Y D AT E S May 28-June 4 – Early voting by personal appearance June 9 – Election Day

By Tim Glaze and William Taylor People Newspapers


tate Rep. Eric Johnson, a surprise late entry in the Dallas mayoral race, finished first in votes on election night and heads toward the June 8 runoff as likely the better-funded candidate. After getting 16,374 votes – a little more than 20 percent – in a bid to replace Mayor Mike Rawlings, Johnson faces Scott Griggs, the city council member from North Oak Cliff, who received 14,901 votes, more than 18 percent. Both of them are lawyers. In the crowded field with nine candidates on the ballot, Lynn McBee and Mike Albon were third and fourth, respectively, with 14 and 13 percent of the vote. The most recent campaign finance reports, filed 30 days before the May 4 election, showed Johnson raising more than twice as much as Griggs and having almost four times as much cash on hand

for the mayoral campaign. Griggs had raised $225,000, spent $97,000, and had $110,000 in cash on hand. Johnson had raised $524,000 and spent $151,000. He had $839,000 in cash, but only $432,000 of that was available for the mayoral campaign. The balance was from his legislative campaign fundraising. The next campaign finance reports are due May 31. Johnson, a Democrat, first won House District 100 in 2010. It includes South and West Dallas, the Cedars and Fair Park, and an eastern swath toward Mesquite. “Johnson seems to be the clear favorite,” said Matthew Wilson, author and SMU associate professor of political science. “He has assembled a coalition of African-American voters and business interests that is in many ways reminiscent of [former mayor Ron] Kirk.” Kirk has endorsed Johnson as have former mayors Tom Leppert, and Steve Bartlett, while Griggs has campaigned on the need for a “new kind of mayor.” “The mayors of the past have not worked,” he said. Griggs has the support of the Dallas Fire Fighters Association,

Dallas Police Retired Officers Association, Retired Dallas Fire Department, and, most recently, the Dallas Police Association. D Magazine described Griggs as a “hawk for details” and a “big fan of the word ‘boondoggle’” who’s “been outspoken against major projects like the Trinity Toll Road and the broken pedestrian bridge along Interstate 30.” Johnson recently received endorsements from five members of the Dallas ISD board: trustees Edwin Flores, Justin Henry, Dustin Marshall, Dan Micciche, and incoming trustee Maxie Johnson. “As a public school parent, Johnson understands the needs and challenges of our students and families,” Flores said. “He has the skills and knowledge to help Dallas ISD educate every student for success.” Johnson attended DISD schools through the first grade before earning Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas scholarship to Greenhill School. “The district has made tremendous strides in recent years, and that’s due in large part to the work of the trustees,” Johnson said. “I have had a strong working relationship with these local education leaders as a state representative, and I will continue collaborating with them.”


Scott Griggs is a former Dallas city council member from North Oak Cliff.

Eric Johnson represents South and West Dallas in the Texas Legislature.

M AY O R A L F O R U M When: Noon-1:30 p.m. May 29 Where: Communities Foundation of Texas, 5500 Caruth Haven Lane Cost: $10 donation requested for those who eat lunch Registration: ndcc.org Moderator: Crayton Webb, CEO, Sunwest Communications Sponsors: North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce, Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, Communities Foundation of Texas, Mayor’s Star Council, and Teach for America. Live stream: richlandstudentmedia.com/live

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Lawsuit Brought Against Jewish Community Center Rape survivor, now an adult, claims failure to protect her at age 14

By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers A second lawsuit has been brought against the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center of Dallas on allegations of failure “to protect a 14-year-old girl from sexual abuse by an employee.”

With respect to this matter, the JCC acted reasonably. We therefore intend to vigorously contest this matter in court. Aaron Family Jewish Community Center officials The plaintiff, now an adult, was molested, raped, and threatened “repeatedly” by fitness center employee Randy Lee Adrian beginning in 2014, according to reports. Adrian was sentenced to two years in prison

in 2016 and required to register as a sex offender for 10 years. The mother of the plaintiff initially sued the center, CEO Artie Allen, and the Jewish Community Center Association in 2017, but withdrew the lawsuit to wait on the outcome of another criminal case involving Adrian. This time, it’s the survivor herself that is suing. The mother said her daughter complained several times to the center’s staff about a trainer “stalking and harassing her.” Dallas police said the trainer in 2014 began harassing, stalking, threatening, and eventually sexually assaulting a girl at the center. Adrian asked for the girl’s phone number so he could “text her diet plans and workouts,” police said. He instead began sending her explicit photos. The sexual assault started shortly after with Adrian telling her to follow him in her car to locations around North Texas. When they both arrived, he would assault her, then threaten to kidnap her and hurt her family if she told anyone. The lawsuit states that the “employee stalked, molested, sexually assaulted, threatened, and raped her at

TIMELINE OF EVENTS 2014 Randy Lee Adrian meets the 14-year-old girl at Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, offers to begin training her, starts sending explicit photos. Adrian begins sexually assaulting the girl over 10 months into 2015, forces her to follow him in her car to locations around North Texas for sexual encounters. The girl, other members, complain to center about Adrian.

Randy Lee Adrian worked as a trainer at Aaron Family JCC. the center and off-site repeatedly.” Other members of the center complained about the employee’s conduct, according to the lawsuit, and nothing was done about his behavior. No investigation was ever launched, according to the lawsuit. “What happened to our client is appalling, and could have been prevented had the Jewish Community Center not turned a blind eye,” said Charla Aldous, attorney for the victim. “Unfortunately, this is yet another case where a respected organization ignored clear warning signs of a problem and failed to protect children in its care and acknowledge its wrongdoing. Ultimately, this creates


an environment that allows predators to thrive.” The plaintiff also stated she approached the CEO, Allen, about the employee’s behavior. According to the lawsuit, he responded, “It takes two to tango.” Aldous said there is no record of the center reprimanding or taking any other employment action against Adrian. “[Adrian] left the JCC’s employ in early 2016,” center officials said in a statement released to the newspaper. “With respect to this matter, the JCC acted reasonably. We, therefore, intend to vigorously contest this matter in court.”

2016 Adrian is arrested, charged with three counts of sexual assault of a child, and bonds out on $50,000. He is sentenced to two years in prison and must register as a sex offender for 10 years.

2017 The child’s mother files a lawsuit against Aaron Family Center. Criminal charges are brought against Adrian in a separate case; mother withdraws lawsuit pending outcome of that case.

2019 The survivor, now an adult, files lawsuit against Aaron Family Center, claims facility “failed to protect a 14-year-old girl from sexual abuse by an employee.”

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CREATIVE PARTNERSHIP SERVES NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN Cochran Chapel, Studio Bella team up to offer programs


C H U RC H H I STO RY Cochran Chapel’s 9-acre wooded campus — with Bachman Branch passing through it — is at the intersection of Northwest Highway and Midway Road. It’s the same property deeded to the church in 1856.


TOP: Cochran Chapel’s 9-acre wooded campus — with Bachman Branch passing through it — was deeded to the church in 1856. BOTTOM: Studio Bella for Kids’ activities blend science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

By Bill Miller

Special Contributor


ochran Chapel, founded in the mid-1800s on the Texas frontier, holds to the missions of the United Methodist Church, mainly to lovingly seek disciples for Christ. Across town, the small business Studio Bella for Kids fosters creativity with activities that blend art, science, and technology.

Hall, aligns with the teachings of the 18th-century leader John Wesley, on which the Methodist Church was founded. “That is because Jesus willingly and lovingly served us, we ought to lovingly serve our neighbors,” Hall said. This summer, the chapel begins offering space for Studio Bella’s five-day summer camps, June 3-Aug. 2, for pre-k and elementary school kids.

The first thing we learn about God is that God creates things. And if we’re created in his image, we are creative. The Rev. Jeff Hall While the chapel is religious, the studio is not; it’s open to children of any denomination— or none at all. Cochran Chapel and Studio Bella have forged a partnership, serving children from the neighborhoods near the chapel at 9027 Midway Road. This strategy, said the Rev. Jeff

Tammy Bardwell founded the studio 11 years ago in her backyard on Bella Vista Drive (hence, its name). Growth spurred the studio to seek other venues, so it moved into space offered by White Rock United Methodist Church. Officials there introduced Bardwell to friends at Cochran Chapel.

Her sons, Michael, 18, and Thomas, 15, have also helped out. Thomas is working on renovating Cochran’s playground as an Eagle Scout project. Her husband, Ed, handles the website. Bardwell, with careers in elementary education and graphic design, developed the studio’s programs with a blend of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (the “STEAM” approach). “It’s a business that blossomed out of a passion for kids and creativity and really having them do some cool stuff,” she said. “They get to make toys they can play with later, but they have to make it work. Like the kids who come to our Lego camp, we get them to figure out how things work without being told what to do.” Another program involves caring for an animal. “They get to adopt a pet worm,” Tammy said. “They probably never touched one, so it’s exciting and scary. But a parent came and told me that they kept

their worm alive for six months.” Cochran Chapel’s community outreach has, at times, not been a priority, Hall said. That changed with ministries to feed the homeless, provide winter coats and school supplies for neighborhood children as well as notes of encouragement for their teachers. “Frankly, we are a small congregation, with less than 120 members and about 60 active on a regular basis,” the pastor said. “But, if we are good at disciple-making, introducing people to the God who loves them, then church growth takes care of itself.” The chapel’s congregation is excited to partner. “Studio Bella wants to teach creativity and inspire children to learn about the world,” Hall said. “Well, as a church, we can fully get behind that. “The first thing we learn about God is that God creates things. And if we’re created in his image, we are creative.”

Some of Dallas’ earliest pioneers are buried in its cemetery, including the settler William Cochran. This mill operator from Tennessee served in the Texas Legislature and was Dallas County’s first elected clerk. His widow, Nancy Jane Cochran, personally surveyed and deeded land for the chapel and its present-day campus. The cost: $1. The Rev. Jeff Hall noted that although many Dallas churches claim to be among the first in the county, historians confirm that Cochran Chapel was the first one built on deeded and dedicated property.

The Rev. Jeff Hall

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Joy in June June is arguably the best month of summer for Dallasites: light and cool enough to sit outside, relaxed enough for the kids to stay up a little later, and paced a little less frenzied Sure, working parents still have to come up with activities and childcare, but LEN BOURLAND it’s easier to find older kids to help with driving and sitting. It’s a great time for everyone to have a little fun and bring a little joy in routines. Vacation plans are revving up. While visiting my 4-year-old grandson, I was reminded of what that looked like. He was rolling sand into balls and using a spatula as a lever to hurl them at his pile of cars while laughing exuberantly. As I pushed him fast and high on the swings, he screamed out with laughter, “This is the BEST day ever!” I asked him later where he got the idea to use a spatula as a catapult, and he chuckled, “It just boinked into my brain!” Wow. Adults see a spatula for flipping pancakes; tots see a world of possibilities. With dead Christmas trees, grownups think “bulk trash,” while children think forts. Oh to recapture the fun, the joy of playing as a child. Author and commentator, David Brooks, in his new book, The Second Mountain: The Quest For A Moral Life, delineates five levels of joy. The obvious first is physical. The second he sees as communal such as dancing or a celebration after a project is completed. Emotional is his third level, which may involve tears: a mother gazing at her newborn, the birth of a new puppy. An even higher level of joy is spiritual. This he calls the enchantment of a mystical force; some call it God, others Nature, whatever connects to the universe. Finally, he comes to moral as the highest level of joy that not everyone ever experiences. Perplexed, I delved on to how Brooks describes this joy: the peace and contentment that comes when an examined life discovers his or her true purpose in life. It always involves a deep and loving commitment and permeates daily living. These people shine. They have a moral elevation. So this summer, turn off social media, look at your life, and seek that shine that involves more than time in the sun. Hopefully, it will start with a “boink” in the brain. Len Bourland can be reached at lenbourland@gmail.com

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Emmy-Winning Patricia Heaton Celebrates Foster Parents ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ actress talks about the power of caring

in caring for our children,” said Samela Macon, Buckner’s senior director for foster care and adoption. “This was just a wonderful opportunity to celebrate them, and to recognize them by making them feel special and having the guest speaker.” Heaton explained how her relationship with faith has changed over the years, through her acting career and service work with World Vision.

By Marissa Alvarado People Newspapers

Tragedy struck Patricia Heaton’s devout Catholic home in Cleveland when she was only 12. Years before the actress would become known for playing TV moms on Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle, she lost her mother and was soon diagnosed with depression. Her father, having little knowledge about depression or mental health, bought her a pair of corduroy, bell bottom, hip-hugger pants on the drive back home from the clinic. “It didn’t make things better, except for the fact that I knew he saw me, I was heard, and that he was trying to do something,” Heaton said. “That was kind of all that mattered, is that you knew somebody was there for you.” Heaton, teary-eyed, shared this story with a room full of women who foster children. Many of these fostered children have also suffered loss in their life. “We think we have to solve all of the problems,” Heaton said, “but I think all that you need to do


Patricia Heaton signs autographs for those attending a National Foster Care Day lunch at Park Cities Baptist Church. is show that you care. The actress was at the luncheon to celebrate National Foster Care Day on May 7 at Park Cities Baptist Church. Best known for her role as Debra Barone on the series Everybody Loves Raymond, Heaton won two Emmy Awards for the role and was nominated seven times. Heaton

portrayed a TV mother while also raising four sons of her own. “I’ve been so blessed that the characters that I played in that time of my life is exactly what was going on in my life. I did zero research,” she said as luncheon attendees laughed. The National Foster Care Month event was hosted by

Buckner North Texas, a faithbased nonprofit ministry. Buckner assists in foster care and adoption, among other programs for vulnerable children, families, and senior adults. “We really always focus as much as we can on our families and the sacrifice and commitment that they make each and every day

We think we have to solve all of the problems, but I think all that you need to do is show that you care. Patricia Heaton “Patricia just did a wonderful job of sharing her own personal experiences as a mother, her faith journey and how that ties into her personal identity,” Macon said. “I think that everything she said is something that all of us could relate to.”

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ll along, Julius Marble knew he belonged in bigtime college basketball. It just took a little while for everyone else to share that vision. Marble’s whirlwind senior season at Jesuit turned into a recruiting frenzy that ended with him signing a scholarship with Michigan State — only weeks after the Spartans played in the Final Four. By the time coaches f rom major college programs began swarming Jesuit practices and games late in the season, most elite prospects from the Class of 2019 already had signed their scholarship offers. But Marble was still playing for a spot, and his suitors were willing to accommodate him. “It was very unusual,” said Jesuit head coach Chris Hill. “Most of those guys are usually finished by then. I thought it took a lot of guts for him to wait. That speaks volumes for his confidence.” The versatile 6-foot-8 forward had been a top recruiting target at the Division I level be-

fore breaking his foot early in his junior season. Eight weeks later, he was cleared to return to action and aggravated the injury.

I had to spend time getting into basketball shape and getting back into form. That was tough for me, but it worked out in the end. Julius Marble After playing in just 14 of the Rangers’ 35 games that year, he missed most of the subsequent summer AAU campaign, too. In total, the injury sidelined him for about six months, and some scholarship offers suddenly disappeared. “That threw me off. I had to spend time getting into basketball shape and getting back into form,” Marble said. “That was tough for me, but it worked out in the end.” As a senior, Marble averaged

16.8 points and 9.7 rebounds per game while shooting 56 percent from the floor. In Jesuit’s three playoff games, those averages jumped to 24.7 points and 14 rebounds. “Once he got his conditioning and his leg strength back, he came back better than he was before,” Hill said. “He didn’t just show off or try to pile up stats.” Reflecting his team-first attitude, Marble insisted on holding off on campus visits until after Jesuit’s season ended with a loss to South Garland in the Class 6A Region II quarterfinals in late February. His trip to East Lansing, Michigan, coincided with the Spartans’ victory over rival Michigan in the regular-season finale on March 9, which clinched a Big 10 conference title. That’s when he knew he wanted to play for Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo. “He was very honest with me about my opportunity,” said Marble, who later marveled as his future teammates reached the national semifinals. “They just got ready and got hot at the right time.”


Julius Marble rebounded from an injury-plagued junior year to average almost 17 points per game as a senior.

Greenhill Senior Finishes Strong at SPC Spring Meet

St. Mark’s boys race to second place; ESD tennis, lacrosse teams reach finals By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers


Greenhill senior Megan Olomu won five medals at the SPC track and field championships, including a gold in the girls 100 meters.

Greenhill senior Megan Olomu capped her high school athletic career by winning five medals at the SPC track and field championships in Houston. Olumu was the 100-meter champion in 12.25 seconds and also claimed a silver medal in the triple jump and bronze in the long jump. She also joined her Hornets teammates on the podium as part of 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. St. Mark’s finished second in the boys team standings, while Greenhill was the runner-up on the girls side. The SPC spring championship meet also crowned top athletes in tennis, golf, baseball, softball, and lacrosse. In boys action, St. Mark’s senior Seth Weprin won the 1,600 meters in a personal-record time of 4:22.91, narrowly

defeating Casady standout Sam Bass at the finish line. Weprin also was part of a runner-up finish in the 4x800 relay. Greenhill senior J.T. Herrscher was a double gold medalist in the 110 hurdles (15.15 seconds) and the pole vault. In the latter event, his meet-record height of 15 feet, 8 inches was more than two feet higher than any of his competitors. St. Mark’s sophomore Kit Colson was second in the 200 and third in the 100. His junior teammate Pablo Arroyo finished second in the 800, while freshman Enoch Ennis took silver in both the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles. After winning five events last year, Hockaday’s Adoette Vaughan capped her prolific high school career with gold in the 3,200 and silver in the 1,600. Greenhill took two podium spots in the girls pole vault with senior Katherine Goodwin in second and freshman Rachel

Wegener in third. Sola Omonije earned bronze in the triple jump. Seeking its first championship since 2005, the ESD boys tennis team rolled through the first two rounds of tournament play. However, the Eagles stumbled against defending champion Houston Christian in the finals by a 3-2 score. St. Mark’s won the third-place match. Hockaday suffered a similar fate in girls tennis, dropping a 3-2 decision to Kinkaid in the title match. In girls lacrosse, ESD was the runner-up for the second consecutive year after suffering a heartbreaking 11-10 loss to Kinkaid in the championship game. Defending champion Hockaday won the third-place game. On the golf course, ESD’s Mary Lou McMillan and Sofia Weinstein finished in the top 10 of the girls individual standings, along with Hockaday’s Julia Haetzel.

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Smellage abandoned law school to study horticulture By Kirk Dooley

Special Contributor


oug Smellage was 12 years old when he started mowing yards in his North Dallas neighborhood. Little did he know at the time that his part-time summer job would blossom into a lifelong career. Smellage mowed yards while a student at Hillcrest High School (when he wasn’t tied up with school work or training and competing as an all-district high jumper and all-district basketball player).

My goal is to create no-pressure, simple, and efficient solutions for landscaping projects – both old and new. Doug Smellage

Doug Smellage’s newest venture is landscape consulting.

Comings and Goings


Preston Hollow Village A growing fitness studio with more than 43 locations nationwide has found a home in North Dallas. The workout is comparable to pilates, but it is more intense – the 50-minute class is a combination of high-intensity, low-impact, and slow controlled movements on a resistance-based Megaformer machine. With a maximum of 15 machines in most studios, each client is promised to receive personalized attention.

NOW OPEN Mulberrys Garment Care 4441 Lovers Lane

After serving the area via its on-demand app since July 2018, the toxin-free laundry and dry cleaning provider has opened its first Dallas location. Mulberrys uses toxin-free detergents and innovative technology that benefits the environment and customers alike. Storefronts feature bright and modern decor, free coffee and snacks, and 24-hour drop boxes.


6025 Royal Lane Owner Mariana Tagle has coupled her background in marketing and interior design with a passion for traveling to curate a sophisticated selection of accessories for the home. The boutique is also home to a modern art gallery.



At SMU he continued mowing yards with the help of his ATO fraternity brothers. After graduating in 1977, he was preparing for law school, but his love of yard work kept calling to him. In a pivotal moment, he left law school behind and headed to Texas Tech to study horticulture. Armed with a graduate degree in horticulture, Smellage returned to Dallas in 1979 to marry his high school sweetheart, Ann, and with a $16,000 loan, he started up Lawns of Dallas in 1980. What started as a mowing service for residents of North Dallas, Preston Hollow, and the Park Cities expanded into providing services to municipalities and other commercial customers. He negotiated contracts with the

city of University Park and the town of Highland Park to mow their city’s green spaces, and the cities quickly discovered working with Lawns of Dallas saved them money while getting them top notch service. Other commercial customers followed including Greenway Parks, the Katy Trail, several large corporations and non-profit organizations. Using his horticulture degree, his business acumen, and his lawn-boy work ethic, Smellage developed Lawns of Dallas into an award-winning maintenance and landscaping company with 100 employees, 35 trucks, and an annual income of more than $6 million. After more than 37 years at the helm of Lawns of Dallas, he sold the company to someone he believed would keep its culture intact and continue to provide exceptional services to Lawns of Dallas’ customers. Smellage hasn’t slowed down much since the sale. He serves on the boards of the Ronald McDonald House, the Salesmanship Club, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, and the SMU Dedman College. He is the chairman of the SMU Alumni Association. Recently, his innate enthusiasm to serve has inspired him to start a new business: landscape consulting. The name of his new venture? Yard Man Landscape Consultation, yardmanconsulting. com. “My friends have always called me ‘Yard Man’,” he said. With his 50-plus years of skills, experience, and wisdom, Smellage is looking forward to providing landscape consultation services to homeowners and businesses. “My goal is to create no-pressure, simple, and efficient solutions for landscaping projects – both old and new. I’m excited about this new adventure in my life.” It’s good to have the Yard Man back.

Zazzazu s


Online app

There is an app for just about everything these days; that’s why Preston Hollow stylist Lisa Williams and longtime friend Diane Izzedin teamed up to create an on-demand beauty app for Dallas women to make life a little easier. The Zazzazu app lets users book some of their favorite hair and makeup artists to their home, hotel, or office.

Flower Child s

Preston Royal Flower Child’s has opened its third Dallas location. The menu offers healthy and balanced dining experience with salads, plates, bowls, wraps, and a healthy children’s menu – design packed with a selection of organic, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan items.


Preston Hollow Village A sibling of Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe, this new concept restaurant with a stronger emphasis on seafood is set to open this Fall. The menu includes gumbo, oysters, oyster shooters, calamari, peel and eat shrimp, sweet Thai wings, blue cheese potato chips, and fried green tomatoes.

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Ursuline Grad’s PopUp Funds Makes Fundraising Easier Online venture designed to keep parents, churches, others organized By Marissa Alvarado People Newspapers

One of the latest trends has been the PopUp, whether a restaurant, art gallery, or shop, these innovative businesses turn up temporarily to provide goods or services. PopUp Funds, created by Ursuline alumnae Lisa Tavares, takes that approach online to offer a simple way to fundraise. Tavares was a stay at home mom for 12 years before her friend was diagnosed with cancer. Wanting to help raise money for her friend, Tavares wrestled with different ideas such as a GoFundMe, selling shirts, and designing bracelets.


I basically created a way for you to create as many temporary store fronts as you’d like. Lisa Tavares Deciding on selling bracelets, Tavares asked, “How are we going to get the word out there?” After receiving payments through CashApp, Venmo, and PayPal, another question concerned how to collect money easily. Tavares created PopUp Funds to make setting up temporary web sales simple.

TOP: Lisa Tavares shows Elizabeth Simpson and Katie Gallagher how PopUp Funds can set up temporary online shops for fundraisers, crafts, and other ventures.

ON THE INTERNET Visit popupfunds.com.

“I basically created a way for you to create as many temporary storefronts as you’d like,” Tavares said, adding it takes 10 minutes to set up an account and five to create a PopUp. Since launching in August, PopUp Funds has become popular among school groups, summer camps, church youth groups, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts. “It’s really meant for the mom that doesn’t want to have to go in and set up an entire website for something that she’s collecting for, for only two weeks,” Tavares said. “It’s really just to make the person who does everything for the community, who collects and does all that stuff. It’s to simplify their lives.” PopUp Funds makes it easier for both the person making a payment and the one needing to track the payments, she said. Instead of parents receiving a piece of paper that eventually gets lost, parents now receive e-mail or Facebook reminders to pay or order items online. PopUp Funds users have seen T-shirt sales double and payments for church activities come in much quicker than usual, she said. PopUp Funds isn’t just for fifth-grade science field trips or band uniforms. It has also been used for whiskey tastings, vendor shows, and other small businesses, Tavares said. “My hope is that it’ll be an easy go-to for families and moms to be able to organize any of their fundraisers or group collections.”

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH 11322 E. Ricks Circle


ustom Built by Travis and Travis with steel and engineered framing, plus prime insulation, the walls of this contemporary home are 6-inches thick, with roughly 50 percent more insulation than most homes, and along with the solar panels on the roof help keep utility costs lower year-round. This one-owner property designed by award-winning architect Greg


Ibanez is spacious with 7,154 square feet sitting on 1.95 acres. Other features include an architecturally-designed diving pool with a 15-yard lap lane, an outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven and grill, four fireplaces in the home, a private balcony off of the master suite, and mature trees that have been selectively placed to create private views of the creek.

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HOCKADAY GRADUATE HONORED AT 70TH CLASS REUNION Hyde received Medal Award for charitable service, impact on school By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers


ary Ann Hyde was the belle of the ball at The Hockaday School reunion – with a caveat attached. This was no ordinary school reunion. Hyde reunited on April 26 with many friends from the class of 1949, and in the middle of her 70th high school reunion, also received The Hockaday Medal Award – the school’s lifetime achievement honor and highest award the Hockaday Alumnae Association can bestow upon a former student.

There are many ways of giving back – of making the world a better place – by serving people and organizations that exist to improve lives. Mary Ann Hyde More than 600 alumnae were in attendance to see Hyde received the award – a testament to her ongoing endeavors for the prestigious Dallas all-girls school. While the world has changed substantially since 1949, Hyde, other than in age, has not. She has made it her life’s mission to give back through involvement with Hockaday girls and numerous charitable contributions. Hyde and her husband moved to Venezuela following their wedding to work with Sun Oil Company, and Hyde immediately became active in the country’s Children’s Service League. When the couple moved back to the United States, Hyde served on

TOP FROM LEFT: Betty Ballard Estep, Darleen White DeLee, Mary Ann Hyde, and Marjorie Reynolds Prichard. LEFT: Hyde with Hockaday classmates in the 1940s.

the boards of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, the Bryn Mawr Hospital, the Phoenix House for abused children, and the Chamounix Mansion youth hospital. Upon returning to Dallas in 1983, she served as president of the Hockaday Alumnae Association. She’s serving on the SMU Executive Board of the Meadows School of Arts and is a resident of Presbyterian Village North senior living community. If she had more time, she might do

more, she said. “I am privileged beyond measure, and cannot express enough how grateful I am for this recognition,” she said. “Hockaday definitely inspired me to become involved in numerous charities after I graduated.” Among other highlights, Hyde chatted with two women at the reunion that shared her first-grade classroom. Their presence at the reunion, she said, shows the impact Hockaday had and still has on its students. “I feel that the school truly prepares

young girls to meet their future with skills and confidence,” Hyde said. “I have always valued the friendships I made and the education I received at Hockaday. I can say without a doubt that [the school] continues to play a vital role in the development of young women. It certainly influenced my life.” Since the award was established in 1977, one recipient has been chosen every year. This year’s choice was easy, school officials said in a press release, explaining that Hyde was “without a doubt” the worthiest candidate. Award in hand, Hyde will continue doing what she loves. “There are many ways of giving back – of making the world a better place – by serving people and organizations that exist to improve lives,” she said.

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Troops 70, 125, 577 Introduce New Eagle Scouts 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 70

University Park Elementary School Jack Tucker Carroll, the son of Kathy and Don Carroll, is a junior at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. His Eagle project: raised $600 for baby supplies and assembled “family packs” of diapers and wipes for distribution by Gateway of Grace’s Refugee Ministry.

Troop 125

Grace Bible Church Jackson Samuel Mechem, the son of Jack and Shirley Mechem, is a senior at the Episcopal School of Dallas and plans to attend Texas A&M University. His Eagle project: building a bicycle repair station along Northaven Trail. Carson Harper Reichert, son of Dave and Darian Reichert, is a sophomore at Highland Park High School. His Eagle project: building two picnic tables and a sandbox for the children’s programs at For the Nations: Refugee Outreach, a ministry in Garland that helps newly arrived families adjust to life in the United States.

Troop 577

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Will Beck, the son of Wally and Ashley Beck, is a senior at the Episcopal School of Dallas. His Eagle project: building two elevated 32-cubic-foot flower beds for the ESD’s fifth-grade middle school science class, Reece Breaux, the son of Ron and Kerry Breaux, is a senior at the Episcopal School of Dallas. His Eagle project: building an animal therapy ramp and a raised, wooden platform for an outdoor storage unit in the physical therapy area for animals at Operation Kindness. Trey Brooks, the son of Phillip and Kim Brooks, is a senior at the Episcopal School of Dallas. His Eagle project: building a 25foot bridge in Harry Moss Park for DORBA (Dallas Off Road Bicycle Association). John Carrie, the son of Chris and Ellen Carrie, is a senior at the Episcopal School of Dallas. His Eagle project: building a secure perimeter for a playground for Cornerstone Crossroads Academy, a south Dallas school for at-risk students. Miles Cavitt, the son of Bill and Christie Cavitt, is a senior at the Episcopal School of Dallas. His Eagle project: building a bridge for pedestrians and small service vehicles


s FROM LEFT: Episcopal School of

Dallas students Christopher Talbot, Scott Neuhoff, Cooper Newsom, Luke Logan, William Greening, Trey Brooks, Reece Breaux, Luke Stanford, Will Beck, John Carrie, Jackson Mecham, and Miles Cavitt.

at the Tulsa Boys Home. William Greening, the son of Robert and Elizabeth Greening, is a senior at the Episcopal School of Dallas. His Eagle project: redesigning and rebuilding the sandbox on the Mi Escuelita playground. Luke Logan, the son of Ben and Stephanie Logan, is a senior at the Episcopal School of Dallas. His Eagle project: helping North Dallas Young Life address an unorganized inventory by building shelves for the regional office. Scott Neuhoff, the son of Byron and Amanda Neuhoff, is a senior at the Episcopal School of Dallas. His

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Jack Carroll Eagle project: constructing 10 cornhole boards used to improve ESD Lower School students’ motor skills. Cooper Newsom, the son of Andrew and Shannon Newsom, is a senior at the Episcopal School of Dallas. His Eagle project: installing environmentally safe, non-toxic garden boxes for The da Vinci School. Luke Stanford, the son of Tim

Carson Reichert and Jill Stanford, is a senior at the Episcopal School of Dallas. His Eagle project: building planter boxes for ESD’s pre-kindergarten classes. Christopher Talbot, the son of Paul and Laura Talbot, is a senior at the Episcopal School of Dallas. His Eagle project: constructing a path adjacent to the ESD quarry to provide easy access to nearby wetlands.

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Student Achievements: Three to Celebrate



Students from Dallas ISD, Plano ISD, and Uplift Academy helped set a Guinness World Records title this spring for the largest Artificial Intelligence programming lesson with 846 participants learning the fundamentals of Python coding language during the Capital One Basic TrAIning: Bot Camp. Students learned to build Markov Chain Bots and use them to simulate conversations with their favorite celebrities. Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, seen here with DISD students, spoke on the importance of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) in their future career paths.




Graduating senior Parker Davis, the seventh consecutive Marksman to be named Texas High School Journalist of the Year, is now the first St. Mark’s School of Texas student to win the national title. The Journalism Educators Associations and National Scholastic Press Association named The ReMarker managing editor as the 2019 National High School Journalist of the Year. FROM LEFT: teacher Ray Westbrook, Davis, and headmaster David W. Dini.





This year’s Deloitte/Northern Texas PGA Fairway to Success scholarship recipients include two students from Thomas Jefferson High School: Hector Diaz will attend Austin College and Miriam Resendez-Ortiz will go to the University of North Texas-Denton. They and four other Dallas ISD students received $20,000 each for college. A seventh student received a four-year scholarship to the UNT-Dallas. The five-week program this year introduced 223 students from Jefferson, Samuell, and Lincoln high schools to golf and the life lessons of discipline, honor, and integrity. Graduating seniors who participated could apply for scholarships. FROM LEFT: Scholarship winners Yobesh Ogari Okero, Aracely Escobar, Resendez-Ortiz, Salma Gonzalez, and Diaz. NOT PICTURED: Gerrick Walker and Naomi Jones.

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United To Learn Sponsors, Volunteers Make Over Campuses Community Campus Day projects improve gardens, lounges, classrooms

Volunteers spent all day March 23 working at elementary schools throughout Dallas ISD, including campuses in Preston Hollow.

By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers With a $135,000 investment from 38 community sponsors, more than 450 volunteers made upgrades this spring to 35 school hallways and finished more than 21 outdoor projects. Work also included 11 renovated classrooms, six teachers’ lounges modernized, 11 student-inspired murals, and $20,000 in technology upgrades. Community Campus Day, sponsored by nonprofit United to Learn, impacted more than 13,500 students and 975 educators in Dallas ISD, explained Meredith Ajello, United to Learn’s volunteer coordinator. Work began on March 23 and continued for weeks as weather allowed until 23 campuses, including nine elementary schools within Preston Hollow, had received updates.

The end result goes far beyond just a physical transformation of the campus. Abigail Williams A “zen room” was created at Adams Elementary; kindles were provided for students at DeGolyer Elementary; 10 iPads were donated to Gooch Elementary; Kramer Elementary received a renewed All In Learning license, as well as a repaired outdoor pond; decals were put in the hallways at Pershing Elementary; new projectors were provided to classrooms in Polk Elementary; the teacher’s lounge received updates at Preston Hollow Elementary;

Walnut Hill received a landscape cleanup; and makerspace items were installed at Withers Elementary. Preston Hollow Elementary’s new teacher’s lounge now includes chairs and tables, a Nespresso machine and coffee bar, a rug, and updated cabinets. “United to Learn is an incredible resource to our school and community, as they consistently and generously support our campus environment,” said Elizabeth Kittleman, Preston Hollow elementary school second-grade teacher. “This year our focus was giving our teachers’ lounge a makeover. A teachers’ lounge is considerably overlooked in schools, yet arguably one of the most important rooms for educators. So, United to Learn approved our grant and partnered us up with some interior designers, who took one look at our teachers’ lounge and knew exactly how to


remodel it.” Community Campus Day was created as a hands-on opportunity for volunteers from businesses to immerse themselves within Dallas ISD for a few hours – and to hopefully form lasting relationships, said Abigail Williams, United to Learn’s founder and executive director. “The end result goes far beyond just a physical transformation of the campus,” Williams said. “All projects are intended to support the social-emotional health of students and faculty, advance literacy efforts on campus, or create a more inspirational school environment that will lead to higher academic performance, reduced teacher turnover, fewer disciplinary programs, and higher attendance.” Kittleman said, “It was a great day for community members to join together in supporting our campus environment.”

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riding; and hippotherapy, a unique form of physical, occupational, and speech therapy using the movement of the horse to accomplish treatment goals. Over the years, Denney said the program has evolved f rom being heavily counseling-centric to more about therapy with the horse. Sometimes the veterans don’t want to talk and share – and that is OK. “One thing that has never changed from the beginning to now is this grooming moment, this 20-minute moment,” she said. “They take a minute, they get connected, stay connected, and they come back out of it. It’s this really beautiful thing to watch. It’s just this moment of true communion between the participant and the horse. “It’s that authentic desire to connect without pretense.”

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he statistics are real. More than 6,000 veterans have committed suicide each year, according to an eight-year analysis by the Veterans Administration. Since 2012, Equest ’s Hooves for Heroes program has looked to combat that statistic by empowering veterans and military families to take charge of their civilian transitions and assume new roles as civic leaders. At the head of the program is Susannah Denney. The 38-year-old nonprofit Equest has traditionally served adults and children with cognitive and emotional disabilities and began talking in 2005 about the potential for developing a veterans’ program. Denney, who grew up with horses, worked with Cirque de Soleil, and has a long lineage of family members who had served in every conflict since the American revolution, said she felt called to work with veterans and their families after losing a loved one in Iraq. “I was at Cirque, and I couldn’t recover. It was a challenge, and so I went, ‘How do I survive this?’ and it was service,” she said. “And it was a real struggle because there weren’t services readily available to help us, the surviving people. I knew this is what I wanted to do.”


What: Boots & Salutes COURTESY PHOTOS

When: 7:30 p.m. July 19

Hooves for Heroes is an Equest program targeting military veterans and their families with the likes of mental-health counseling and therapeutic horsemanship. When Denney was hired in July 2012, she made it her business to learn what was working – or not working. That first year, the Hooves for Heroes program had seven clients. Last year, the nonprofit served 325. “We have been able to evolve the program to meet the needs of veterans in the area,” she said. Always free for the veterans, Hooves for Heroes both connects members to outside agencies that help reconnect them to civilian life and its therapeu-

Where: Texas Horse Park Tickets: $75 for guests or to sponsor a veteran, $600 tables for eight guests. Tickets go on sale May 27. Visit equest.org/ boots or call 972-412-1099.

tic horsemanship program. The program ranges in activities that improve self-awareness to fellowship and camaraderie. Horsemanship 101, for example, allows participants to be a part of the heard by spending an afternoon learning the basics of ground handling and insightful team building activities. Other programs include a partnership with a licensed mental health professional and a horse to help veterans work toward their goals; carriage driving; therapeutic

Did you know? Last year, Boots & Salutes raised more than $93,000 and 392 guests attended, plus staff and volunteers to make it just over 400.


Laura Bush

Barbara Pierce Bush

Alicia Hall and Sally Sharp Harris COURTESY PHOTOS

Connie O’Neill and Lydia Novakov

Guests celebrated the legacy of impact and civic leadership of Lydia Novakov and the Junior League of Dallas on April 24 at the 13th Annual Hearts of Texas Luncheon, benefitting VolunteerNow. Mrs. Novakov received the VolunteerNow Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Junior League of Dallas received the inaugural Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler Award. Alicia Hall accepted the award from Sally Sharp Harris. Keynote speaker Barbara Pierce Bush shared her experience co-founding Global Health Corps and working with young volunteers.

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Megan Bowdon and Joey Wilkinson Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Yelena Yemchuck, and Ezra Petronio

After party

Ben Kweller Kaleta Blaffer Johnson and Kathryn Swain

Erin Wasson, Al Tidwell, and Fred Holston

Francesco Clemente

Jeny Bania

Alex Gillan and Christina Geyer

Richard Phillips, Mario Sorrenti, Yelena Yemchuk, Dennis Freedman, and Peter Doroshenko

Amanda Carter, Kristen Cole, and Chioma Nnadi


Diamond Mahone and Erykah Badu

Karen and Michael Bivins

Jodi Harris and Max Trowbridge

Guests pulled up to 161 Glass Street for Dallas Contemporary’s S/S19 Gala on the evening of April 5. Presented by Headington Companies and Forty Five Ten, the evening was a visual feast. Forty Five Ten president and chief creative officer Kristen Cole, alongside DC board member and art collector Kaleta Blaffer Johnson co-chaired the inaugural and unveiled Dallas Contemporary’s spring exhibits.

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D’Nard and Jennifer Arthur, Roger and Marianne Staubach, Chris Duddy, Joely Fisher, Kimberly Schlegel and Justin Whitman, and Capa and Troy Aikman

Adiela Tobar with the Pink Heals Firefighters

Michael Finley, Jacob Pumphrey, and Monta Ellis

Zoe Bowers and Miss Texas America Madison Fuller

Nycole Ray, Grace Byrd, and Avery Jai Sha’Khia Johnson with Erin Cummings

Joshua Colwick with Spiderman

Yulissa Martinez with Queen Elsa

Kristina Mosley, Bina Palnitkar Patel, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, Millie Whitman, Courtney Sinelli, and Jessica Nowitzski

Reese Lewis with Scott Murray PHOTOS BY KRISTINA BOWMAN

Anthony Cano with the Dallas SWAT

Eli Patterson with Josh Abbott

Emma Danh and Wonder Woman

Over 1,000 guests, including 80 pediatric cancer patients (25 featured models and CCF fashion show alumni), survivors and their families, celebrities, sponsors, and supporters, filled the Hilton Anatole, on April 26, for the most successful Children’s Cancer Fund Gala on record. The 31st annual fundraising gala, “An Evening in the Garden,” raised more than $1.4 million to support pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at Children’s Health and UT Southwestern.

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Gwen Evans and J.C. Clemons

Park Place Premier Collection General Manager Heath Strayhan with April and Tommy Jones

Tammy Gribble, Patti Niles, and Bob Voelker

Stephene and Mark Tolocko P H O T O S B Y T O N Y VA L A D E Z

James and Sherry Green with Troy and Mell Smith

Gwen Evans and Jacque Martin

Brian Bristow and Malcolm Gage

Tamika and Brian Simmons

Wayne Scott and Crystal Rogers

April and Tommy Jones hosted a group of friends at The McKenzie, a 22-story luxury residential tower, for the Cullinan Cask and Cuisine event on April 11. This evening of art and culture featured the RollsRoyce Cullinan; Japanese infused cuisine by Dallas Fish Market; craft cocktails with Suntory Whisky; and a curated collection of modern masters’ artworks from Martin Lawrence Galleries. Guests gathered in the Library, a spacious living area, for canapés and cocktails, serenaded by piano music.

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Jim Brosche, Beck Frey, Tiffany Jackson, Gretchen Brasch, Amy Detwiler, Nataile Hatchett, Michelle Wood, and Gene Schulle Fashion show

Christie Scardino, Gigi Sussman, and Leslie Levy

Cynthia O’Connor and Marquett Brewster

Fashion show Thornwell Parker III, Suzanne Warner, Michael Lee, and Jamie Jo Boulogne


Sean Burden, Taylor Walton, Sara Fisher, Ashley Thurman, and Bryan Whitworth

Dean Fearing

Jamie O’Banion

Exposed raised over $140,000 to help fund the International Melanoma Tissue Bank Consortium, a first-of-itskind critical research initiative. Highlights of the evening March 28 included a runway show featuring spring fashions from Stanley Korshak, Cabana Life, and Katharine Kidd.

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Living Well and Faith ‘FAITH OF OUR FATHERS’

Pastors reflect on experiences with their dads and children By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers


he best advice my father gave me was never to expect someone – specifically men – to do something for me that I could do myself. Ahead of his time, my dad was all about the female empowerment movement and wanted his “baby girl” to be an independent woman; fiercely independent he would later call me. Those words instilled a strength in me that has been the foundation of my faith. Those words and that faith has also given me the fortitude to step out of some of the darkest moments in life, the determination to put myself through college in my 30s, the grit to be my father’s caretaker for more than a decade – years where he lost his ability to do just about anything – and the pertinacity to choose joy over sadness when both of my parents died last year. We reached out to some pastors in our community to find out how faith impacted their relationships with their father and children.

The Rev. Bryan Dunagan Highland Park Presbyterian Church

“Besides confirming my belief in the doctrine of original sin, parenting young children has reminded me again and again that the foundation of faith is grace—a Heavenly Father who loves us and delights in us without condition. Moving back to Dallas a few years ago has meant that my father and I are attending church together for the first time. It has been a great gift to join in Christian community with my dad, and it’s strengthening our relationship in new ways.”

The Rev. Jeff Warren Park Cities Baptist Church

“Rules without relationship breed rebellion in a child. But rules and guidance born out of a loving relationship leading to obedience motivated by love. There is no greater motivation than love. This is gracebased parenting, which is the way my heavenly Father has parented me. The Bible is my handbook as a father, and it teaches me to love God first, to love my wife as He has loved, and then love my children in the context of a loving home built upon Him and His truth for our lives. The greatest thing


TOP: Managing editor Bianca R. Montes as a child with her father; The Rev. Bryan Dunagan, Highland Park Presbyterian Church, with his children; The Rev. Jeff Warren, Park Cities Baptist Church, with his wife and children; BOTTOM: The Rev. Daniel Kanter, First Unitarian Church of Dallas, with his wife and children; and The Rev. Paul Rasmussen, Highland Park United Methodist Church, with his family I can do for my children is to pursue God with all my heart and to love their mom as God loves me. This creates a stable and loving environment for children, within which they are designed to flourish and to learn how to love God by loving others.”

The Rev. Daniel Kanter First Unitarian Church of Dallas

“My father was raised Jewish and left his faith as a teenager. He became a Unitarian and then a Buddhist. He taught me many things, but above all was that being generous was a way to expand your life. His faith was proven in his half tithe to the church and half to organizations he believed in. He showed me that generosity was also not only in philanthropy but an action as he went out of his way to care for patients

who could not pay him in his dental practice and worked to advocate for the poor to receive health coverage no matter what. I try and practice my dad’s half and half tithe and his attention to those who struggle day to day in my volunteer work beyond the church.”

The Rev. Paul Rasmussen Highland Park United Methodist Church

“It sounds like such a cliché, but there

really is nothing I’d rather do than spend time with my wife and children. The privilege of fatherhood is as big a responsibility as you can have. And if you’re blessed with the privilege, there is no higher calling than to try to demonstrate to your children the kind of unconditional love our heavenly father gives all of his children. It’s a difficult but glorious task. I learned more about loving people who are not like me from my father as anyone I’ve ever been around.”

MORE ONLINE • Visit parkcitiespeople.com to read more of what the pastors said. • Share how faith impacted you as a father or your relationship with your father (and a photo) by emailing bianca.montes@peoplenewspapers.com. We will highlight such stories online throughout June.

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‘Listen to the Mockingbird’ Jams The first time I met Stephanie Magilow, she was sampling product at Central Market and wearing a hairnet. The second time I met her there, she was wearing a hairnet. The third time I met her, I didn’t recognize her without her hairKERSTEN net, but I recognized the RETTIG small jars lined up like buttons on a blouse on an upstairs table at Royal Blue Grocery. She’d brought samples from her new food company, Mockingbird Gourmet. The co-creator of Jammit Jam is spreading her wings into a new line of comestibles made with fruit and other ingredients sourced from farms within a 50-mile radius of Dallas and in some cases, even closer – like the herb garden in her Highland Park backyard. The inspiration for the name of this endeavor came from the street on which her grandma lived: Mockingbird Lane, just around the corner from her home. Though she will continue to produce and sell Jammit Jams, Stephanie will expand the Mockingbird Gourmet product line to include gems such as limited edition preserves, jams, caramel sauces, and, eventually, pastry. Local sourcing plus fixed seasonality means each batch of jams will be limited editions, with only 60-80 6-ounce jars per run available for sale. Stephanie’s relationships with local farmers and Market Provisions at the Dallas Farmer’s Market grants her access to straight-from-the-plant produce which she immediately adds to her recipes. Since North Texas is resplendent with fresh blueberries, figs, strawberries, peaches, tomatoes, peppers, pecans, and more, Stephanie has great bounty with which to showcase her affinity for combining flavors and developing recipes. If you’ve tasted her jams,

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Stephanie Magilow has a new product line featuring food produced in the area. you know she can pair surprising flavors to bring out the best of each. Mockingbird Gourmet debuted in May at the Saint Michael’s Farmer’s Market where she sold her Fig Jam, Strawberry Jalapeño Limeade Jam, Moroccan Tomato Jam, and her caramel sauces, which are sublime. The Bourbon Vanilla Bean Sea Salt Caramel is made with raw cane sugar and Madagascar vanilla beans which have been soaked in Dallas’ own Herman Marshall Texas Bourbon Whiskey for a year. She also makes a vegan and paleo version of the sauce sweetened with maple syrup (obviously not from Texas) and includes coconut oil and almond butter. Mockingbird Gourmet can be found at the Saint Michael’s Farmer’s Market all summer, Market Provisions at the downtown Farmer’s Market, and Scardello’s on Oak Lawn.

Pairing notes: Since I met with Stephanie, the song “Listen to the Mockingbird” has been tapping around my brain. I’m partial to the version from the George Lewis Band recorded at Preservation Hall in New Orleans. My roots run deep in Louisiana; why I love food and music so much, I suppose. I grew up listening to jazz and eating my grandmother’s fig jams and kumquat preserves, made right from the trees in her garden. Stephanie’s jams are made much the same way, with an almost maternal love for the fresh fruit ingredients and farmers who grow them. Kersten Rettig, a Park Cities-based writer with more than 30 years’ in food and beverage marketing and PR, is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and has a food Instagram called KickshawPapers.

San Martín Bakery and Restaurant Kersten Rettig recently discovered this charming Guatemalan bakery and restaurant in Uptown. “Beautifully-made cakes, cookies, and cupcakes will draw your eye, but the taste will draw your soul,” she said. “ The light Rosca Vienesa is a San Martín original and is a light, nottoo-sweet almond-kissed bundt cake that I brought to the office and was gone in half an hour.” SkinnyFATS “Opposites attract, don’t they? At least they do at SkinnyFATS, a new fast-casual restaurant in the West Village that rolled in f rom Las Ve g a s last month,” Rettig said. “Have you ever seen someone order a triple cheeseburger, large fries, and a Diet Coke? Makes sense, right? Splurge on some things and go easy on others. SkinnyFATS gives you essentially the same choice – go healthy or go happy but with delicious, innovative options on each side of the menu.” Visit prestonhollowpeople.com to read more about these and other places.

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Gas or Charcoal? Beef, Chicken, or Seafood? It’s Grilling Season One of the things I love about grilling is its simplicity. Preheat, CHRISTY ROST cook, enjoy, HOME + KITCHEN with very little cleanup. And then there’s the fun factor. Folks who say they don’t like to cook often say they love to grill. Is it the live fire, the sizzle as meat or seafood hits the hot grate, the pleasant smoky aromas, standing outdoors with a cold drink in one hand and a set of tongs in the other, or a feeling of freedom that comes with cooking in a place other than the kitchen? It’s probably a bit of each, but one thing is certain – grilling season arrives with the summer. To my Dad, grilling was pretty much a year-round affair. I can still recall watching him stand outside on our back deck in the snow, wearing a heavy coat, fur hat, and leather driving gloves, carefully monitoring a thick, juicy steak on the grill. Like father, like daughter, I’ve done a bit of wintertime grilling in the snow, but it’s in June that Randy and I bring out the grills and set them up for the summer. My first grilling experience was using a tiny hibachi grill on

my apartment deck when I was in nursing school. After a hard week of studies and clinical rotations, grilling a steak or chops over a charcoal fire was relaxing. Years later, I still feel that way each time I light the charcoal in our large Weber grill or preheat one of our gas grills. Outdoor cooking continues to evolve and home cooks have tremendous choice in cooking methods. The invention of the Weber grill in 1952 by George Stephen was only the beginning of what has now become a race-to-the-grill. After portable gas grills were introduced, home cooks could choose quick convenience over charcoal flavor, and for years, gas grills seemed to dominate the market, especially as outdoor kitchens became popular. The Green Egg challenged that trend when cooks once again embraced charcoal grilling, but now the pendulum is swinging back as new brands such as Hestan introduce high-end gas grills with dual fuel gas ranges in stylish colors. But, no matter which cooking method one prefers, summer’s grilling season has arrived. Grill masters rejoice! For a quick dinner after a day of summertime fun or when gathering in the backyard with family and

friends, my savory recipe for Beef Skirt Steak Fajitas will make your mouth water. A simple seasoning mixture heightens the flavor of the meat and vegetables, and the entire meal cooks on the grill, including the tortillas. Public television chef Christy Rost is the author of three cookbooks and a longtime resident of the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. For additional recipes and entertaining tips, please visit christyrost.com or follow her on Facebook and Twitter @ChristyRost.

Ingredients: 1 lb. beef skirt steak, trimmed 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon cumin ¼ teaspoon onion powder ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 large green bell pepper, rinsed 1 large red bell pepper, rinsed 1 large yellow bell pepper, rinsed 1 large sweet onion, peeled and trimmed 1 package flour tortillas 1 lime, rinsed and halved


Preheat the grill. In a small bowl, stir together salt, cumin, onion

Grilled Beef Skirt Steak Fajitas powder, and black pepper. Season the meat on both sides with some of the seasoning mixture, reserving a small amount for the vegetables. Cut the peppers in half, remove core and seeds, and slice them into strips. Cut the onion in half, and slice each half crosswise into ¼-inch thickness. Sprinkle the remaining seasoning mixture over the vegetables and toss gently to mix. Remove the tortillas from the package and wrap them in heavy foil. When the grill is hot, transfer the peppers and onions to a grill basket and cook them over high heat,


stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, about 10 minutes. Place the meat on the grill, cook 4 minutes, and turn it over. Cook 3 to 4 minutes more until it is medium rare. Remove the meat from the grill, squeeze lime juice over the meat, and set it aside to keep warm. Place the foil-wrapped tortillas on the grill to heat, give the vegetables a final stir, and remove them from the grill. To serve, slice the meat into long, thin strips. Spoon meat and vegetables into hot tortillas, fold them in half, and enjoy.

Yield: Eight servings

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Skipping Meat To Save The Planet? In 2019, EarthX is promoting six initiatives that are simple ways we can all help the environment by making minor changes to our lifestyles. One initiative is to go meatless one to two days each week because research shows: TONY KEANE • Livestock production is a significant contributor to global warming. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, livestock production uses 33 percent of the Earth’s entire land surface. • Livestock production creates more greenhouse gases than all of the planes, trains, and automobiles in the world. • Meat production uses as much water in 24 hours as all of New England does in four months.

the consumers, and government policy. The U.S. government food production policies support an outdated, unsustainable system of industrial agriculture, which has damaging impacts on soil, air, water, human health, and rural economies. The late 20th century saw a transformation in U.S. agriculture. Farms grew to enormous sizes, becoming focused on a few commodity crops and increasingly dependent on synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Meat production became dominated by large CAFOs. These methods of producing food create a host of problems. Runoff from chemical inputs and CAFO waste pollutes our water and contributes to global warming; monoculture — planting a single crop over a large area year after year — depletes the soil and reduces biodiversity; overuse of antibiotics in meat production threatens our ability to


EarthX has six initiatives for 2019 including going meatless one to two days a week. • Researchers at the University of Oxford found that cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint from food by up to 73 percent. Going meatless and helping the planet is not an easy issue. Thoughts of how going meatless would impact Texans ran through my head as I drove past the livestock feed yards in Amarillo on a recent trip. Meat producers are not alone; those in the agriculture industry will also need to shift their way of producing food more sustainably. Overall, the solution involves the growers,

fight human disease. Science-based sustainable farming methods can (and do) produce abundant food without the pitfalls of industrial agriculture. Forward-looking policies can help these innovative practices grow and prosper. EarthX’s mission is to present all sides of the issues and bring everyone to the table to discuss solutions for our planet. Please go to EarthX.org for more information. Tony Keane, who joined EarthX as CEO in November 2018, knows environmental solutions matter for Dallas, the nation, and the world, and he has a long history of leadership on sustainable facility management.

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Quality, Character and Comforts



Updated in Preston Hollow Mid-Century modern gem backs to Northaven Trail


4604 Lakeside Drive 4 Bedrooms | 4.1 Baths | 6,950 SqFt Offered For $6,750,000 6834 Mimosa Lane, represented by Shelle Carrig and Leslie Gail Marical for $1,189,000. 6834 Mimosa Lane could be the most substantial house in all of Preston Hollow. Supreme quality is evident everywhere, from the four-inch structural slab on 10-foot piers and the solid brick exterior to the opulent interior materials that include granite, marble, onyx and limestone. The luxuries are almost limitless. On a large corner lot and with more than 4,200 square feet of space, the home offers five bedrooms, three full baths and a two-story entry hall with a spectacular curving staircase. The chef’s kitchen brims with a Viking gas range, built-in refrigerator, dual ovens, dual dishwashers and dual sinks. There is a study with a coffered ceiling and a media room with a large wet bar. The master suite is a private world of its own, with a cast-stone fireplace, sitting area and backyard views. The master bath has it all: separate vanities; a shower with dual shower heads, ceiling rain feature and body sprays; a large air-jet tub with LED lighting; and designer tiles and stonework. Outdoor entertaining will be memorable, thanks to the covered patio and outdoor fireplace. To see all the outstanding homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty — in North Texas and around the world — go to briggsfreeman.com.



6415 Foreshire is being offered for $1,549 ,000 and has been completely updated both inside and out. Stunningly recently updated, both inside and out, this home offers the ultimate in open entertaining spaces, high ceilings, expansive storage, custom detailing and lush mature landscaping. A clean, neutral palette complemented by hardwood floors throughout combines to create a space of sophisticated style and comfort. The entry, graced by a striking curved staircase opens onto the large formal living room anchored by a handsome quartz walled fireplace. A wall of windows and access to the back terrace provide views of the pool and yard. The first floor Master suite provides a peaceful retreat with its own fireplace, separate sitting area and outdoor patio access. Just steps down from the first floor are two additional bedrooms with a shared bath appointed with custom vanities, quartz counters and towel warmer. Located on the mezzanine a bright and sunny office with vaulted ceiling, a wall of built-in book cases and French doors leading to a Juliet balcony. The second-floor media/game room with balcony, overlooks the pool and yard. Custom landscaping by Bonick creates an idyllic back yard oasis with a large pool, splash, pool, large deck and multiple entertaining areas. Contact Karen Fry (kfry@daveperrymiller.com) or Ryan Streiff (ryan@daveperrymiller.com) for more information or visit DPMFineHomes.com

Walk out the back door of 10811 Royal Park Drive (10811royalpark.daveperrymiller.com) and be on the Northaven Trail in less than a minute. A prime location is not all this versatile four-bedroom, 5½-bath Mid-Century modern home has to offer. Priced at $899,500 by Megan Stern and Sharon Redd, there is a long list of amenities sure to attract fans of the architectural genre. The home is on a .49-acre, cul-de-sac lot, sited so that many of the rooms offer pool views. An abundance of mature landscaping makes for a private setting, too. The 5,156-square-foot (per tax rolls), split-level floor plan offers lots of options depending on the needs of the future homeowner. Some of the home’s other highlights include: a central 25-foot-by-26-foot main living area with unique conversation pit in front of the two-story fireplace; large, updated kitchen; lofted game room; and children’s “retreat” upstairs. To schedule a private showing, contact Stern at 214912-0425 / meganstern@daveperrymiller.com or Redd at 469-835-5363 / sharon@daveperrymiller.com. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (daveperrymiller. com) is a division of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, with four locations that specialize in Preston Hollow, Park Cities, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Oak Cliff and Farm & Ranch properties.



Top Producers Choose Allie Beth Allman & Associates

Allie Beth Allman & Associates Reports Strong Market, Increased Activity

This Colonial Federalist designed landmark estate offers the discerning buyer a rare opportunity to own an amazing property. Featuring a private front azalea courtyard canopied by mature trees. Formal foyer with original oak stairwell sets the tone for the breathtaking rooms of the first floor. Two master suites, overlooking Exall Lake & rear gardens with sitting rooms that connect these large bdrms with en-suite baths are an exceptional touch to the second level. The estate’s large double garage has front & rear access, allowing for tandem parking. A porte-cochere connects to a second front entrance to the home. Full guest suite with living room, bedroom, 2 kitchenettes, and 2 full baths. For more information please contact Kyle Crews (214) 538-1310 or Juli Harrison (214) 207-1001.


New Report Confirms Impact of Home Staging

Homeowners looking to sell may want to pay attention to the way their property is presented. According to a recent report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 83 percent of agents representing buyers said staging a home made it easier for clients to visualize a property as their future home. Additionally, about quarter of those agents reported the way a home was presented increased the amount buyers were willing to spend. Real estate professionals have long preached the value of staging. It is a premarketing activity in which a home is decorated to make it appealing to more potential buyers. The numbers indicate that touches like paint and minor carpentry can have an enormous impact. Research also shows that most today’s homebuyers want a property that is move-in ready. Therefore, despite what they may have seen on TV, sellers should not expect buyers to be in the market for a “fixer-upper.” The Internet has completely changed the way people shop for homes. Today, most buyers have already conducted extensive online research before ever stepping foot in a home. If buyers don’t see what they want online, they are unlikely to give the home a second thought. To find a real estate consultant, visit alliebeth.com


Allman Leads Park Cities Home Sales Visit grandviemagazine.com to view the spring/ summer 2019 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine. The spring/summer 2019 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine, the luxury-home publication of Ebby Halliday Realtors, is available to view online at grandviemagazine.com. Featuring a bold new look, the 27th edition of Grand Vie features some of D-FW’s premier luxury properties for sale and a plethora of inspiring editorial content, including “At Home with Cary Deuber,” a Q&A with Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Dallas star; “Weekend Getaways: Austin,” offering tips for a visit to Texas’ most-Instagram-able city; “Houses of Art,” highlighting some of the top cultural events of the season; and special sections for lake, farm, ranch and recreation properties. Also, in the spring/summer edition: Partner and designer at IBB Design Fine Furnishings, Shay Geyer, shares advice for revitalizing your kids’ room this summer. In addition to the exposure received from Grand Vie, Ebby Halliday luxury listings benefit from national and international exposure provided by luxury marketing partner Luxury Portfolio International and its website, luxuryportfolio.com, one of the most-visited luxury home sites in the world. To view the digital version of Grand Vie, visit grandviemagazine.com. To learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and all of the homes available for purchase in North Texas, visit ebby.com.

The closing of Virginia Cook Realtors meant some of Dallas’ best agents were eager for new homes. They wanted a professional home committed to first class service with a proven record of sales success. So far, 13 of them have chosen Allie Beth Allman & Associates in the Spring, joining several others who came prior to the announced closure. “We will miss our business friendship with Virginia Cook,” Allie Beth Allman & Associates General Manager Keith Conlon said. “The Virginia Cook culture matches up really well with our culture and the same boutique feel. The agents we’ve added are professional, knowledgeable, service-oriented, highly trained good people that will fit and grow their business with our brand.” Among others who have recently come over are Teri LaJone, David Short, Kimberly Cocotos, Kristen Scott, Julie Haymann, Lauren Savariego, Simone Jeanes, Bob Spurlock, Carolyn Pearson, Maureen Frieze, Stephanie Davenport, Laura Graves, Greg Pape, Lori Sparks, Mayo Redpath, Jill Noland, Pam Metzger, Rennie Meriwether and Tric Sohosky. According to Conlon, each one is a tremendous asset to the team that will help Allie Beth Allman & Associates continue to be Dallas’s luxury market leader. Learn more about these agents and the Allman firm at alliebeth.com

All signs point to a continued strong real estate market in Dallas and North Texas. Allie Beth Allman & Associates agents report greater numbers of people looking to capitalize on increased housing inventory and favorable mortgage rates. The year began slightly off 2018’s record setting pace. Many consumers were concerned about the government shutdown and stock market volatility. Now that those fears have subsided, the housing market has regained stability, reflected in steadily climbing sales. The Federal Reserve’s decision to leave interest rates low should keep mortgage rates optimal for buyers over the next several months. Millennials appear to be seeking out homes in larger numbers. As their families expand, many say they want more space and a neighborhood setting. Oftentimes they are surprised to discover that they can buy a home and make payments comparable or lower than their apartment rents. While the market is favorable for buyers, sellers can still expect to get what they ask for if their property is priced correctly. Buyers are increasingly unwilling to purchase a home if it needs repairs. Realtors report time and time again that homes with even moderate upgrades move faster and attract higher offers. To find a real estate consultant, visit alliebeth.com

Allie Beth Allman & Associates continues to lead all other brokerage firms in home and estate sales in the Park Cities. According to MLS data for the first three months, Allman had an almost 27 percent share of the market, handling 44 transactions in the premier neighborhoods of Highland Park and University Park. Here are two Park Cities homes you may want to consider: On Highland Park’s most prestigious street is a neoclassical estate at 3800 Beverly Dr. with four bedrooms. This home was built on a large lot in 1922 and updated in 2000. It features formal rooms with fireplaces, a card room, two offices, wine room and wet bar. The spacious, well-equipped kitchen has two islands and a breakfast bar. French doors lead from the family room outdoors to a spectacular backyard with a pool, cabana, covered and open patios. The three-bedroom home at 4538 Arcady Ave., built in 1937, has been updated to add modern amenities. The brick home has a circular drive with landscape lighting. Its kitchen has stainless-steel appliances, including a Thermador double oven, Wolf cooktop and Sub-Zero refrigerator. The eat-in kitchen also has under-cabinet lighting and a large island with USB ports. To find your Park Cities home, visit www.alliebeth.com.

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onna and John Watters of Dallas are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Keegan Watters, to Joshua Bagalay, son of Janice and Fausto Bagalay of Walled Lake, Mich. The br ide is a 2010 graduate of The Hockaday School. She received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Amherst College, where she swam on the Varsity swim team and was a member of the club crew team. She is a contractor development supervisor

at ISN, a contractor and supplier management company headquartered in Uptown. The groom is a graduate of Walled Lake Western High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Wayne State University. Josh is a senior consultant at Capgemini. Keegan and Josh met 4 years ago at their jiu jitsu gym. The couple plan to marry in mid January 2020 at Royal Lane Baptist Church, with a reception following at the Northwood Club.

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