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BE BETTER VERSIONS OF OURSELVES
o you ever notice that sometimes a word or thought repeatedly comes up in your mind and you wonder why? For me, recently, it’s two words: virtue and advocacy. I don’t consider myself very political, but when situations of injustices stir me, I might sign a petition or write an email to a city leader, state senator, or U.S. representative. A few months ago, I wrote about my involvement in a small group at my church that is exploring how we as a parish move forward in the aftermath of the priest sexual abuse crisis. The Holy Trinity Parish Leadership Council commissioned the TASC Force — short for Transparency Accountability Solidarity and Commitment. I made an announcement to the congregation about it and invited other parishioners to join. Our charter includes four areas of focus: • parish-wide commitment to proactively protect the vulnerable; • taking a hard look at current protocols and strengthening them; • developing educational tools around the topic of abuse, so it’s more clearly understood and recognized; • and advocacy in our community, the diocese, and Rome. On Page 6 of this issue, there’s a follow up story on the announcement made by Bishop Edward Burns of the list of credibly
accused priests of sexual abuse since 1950. Burns said, “As we look back at the Church’s history, our failure to protect our most PAT M A R T I N vulnerable f rom abuse and hold accountable those who preyed on them, fills me with both sorrow and shame.” I feel that too, but now is the time for action. The leadership of the church has failed us; and we also have failed in the sense that we were asleep and did not recognize, protect, and advocate for the most vulnerable. This is a hard lesson, but one that can be applied to any injustice we see in our community and the world. “We all can make a difference,” is not just a cliché – it’s a truth. Are we teaching our children about virtue? Virtue – (meaning) moral excellence, goodness, righteousness. In the absence of virtue there lies the worst of human acts. I’m striving to live a life of virtue. Many times a day I fail. But as one of my favorite authors Matthew Kelly says, we can become better versions of ourselves in the struggle. Pat Martin, Publisher firstname.lastname@example.org
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4 March 2019 | prestonhollowpeople.com
Crime S KU L D U G G E RY of the MO NTH
NOT A PURSE SNATCHER
CRIME REPORT JAN. 6 - FEB. 3 JAN. 6 Reported at 12:16 p.m.: an auto thief, using a “cut key,” entered a vehicle in the 12000 block of Montego Plaza and drove away. A man has been banned from the Tom Thumb in Preston Royal after threatening violence in the store around 1:22 p.m. Police safely removed him. JAN. 7 An unknown person discharged a firearm around 5:45 p.m. at the 4000 block of Beechwood Lane. The home in question was occupied at the time, but no injuries were reported.
Thieves are getting smarter. At 11:43 a.m. in the parking lot of Fast Frames on Preston Road, a purse left in a parked vehicle was targeted. It took the owner a while to realize she had been stolen from, however, because the thief left the purse and took only the credit cards. No damage had been done to the vehicle, either.
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JAN. 8 The Arthur Murray Dance Studio at the 6000 block of Lyndon B. Johnson was broken into at 3:30 a.m. No items were reported stolen, but the burglars did make a mess in the studio. A license plate was stolen f rom a vehicle parked at HZ Auto Sales in the 11000 block of Inwood Road sometime before 3:54 p.m. No other damage was done to the vehicle. JAN. 12 A group of burglars – five, to be exact – broke into Dougherty’s Pharmacy on Royal Lane at 4:20 a.m. No identification was made on the burglars. JAN. 13 Sometime before midnight, a burglar broke into Roam Fine Goods at the 6000 block of Royal Lane put stolen items in a bag and left. JAN. 14 A 53-year-old man was verbally threatened at the 7000 block of Greenway Boulevard around 9:09 p.m. We love Chick-Fil-A as much as the next guy, but slow down!
A vehicle in the parking lot of the restaurant in the 3000 block of Northwest Highway damaged restaurant property sometime before 2 p.m. and fled. JAN. 15 A 31-year-old man reported that someone pointed a gun at him at the 12000 block of Preston Road before 6:03 p.m. JAN. 16 An unlocked vehicle parked in front of a home in the 4000 block of Shady Hill Drive was burglarized sometime before 8:50 p.m. JAN. 17 Sometime before midnight, an employee of the Target on Westchester Drive was reported for embezzling money from the company. A burglar y was reported sometime before 8:36 a.m. at the 6000 block of Orchid Lane. Entry to the home was gained by throwing a rock through the back door of the house; the thieves stole an item and left. JAN. 19 Sometime before midnight, a vehicle parked at the 6000 block of Pemberton Drive was entered and paperwork removed. JAN. 20 An attempt to fill a fake prescription at the Walgreens on Northwest Highway was reported sometime before midnight. JAN. 21 Reported at 12:04 a.m.: public intoxication at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Love Field on Northwest Highway. It was a rough afternoon for a 24-year-old woman: While driving, she backed into a parked vehicle at apartments in the 3000 block of Northwest Highway, causing major damage. She then fled the scene.
JAN. 23 Sometime before 8:20 a.m., one or more vandals broke into the mausoleum at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home on Northwest Highway and damaged 13 urns and other property. Arrested at 5:20 p.m.: an 18-year-old woman accused of shoplifting at Macy’s in NorthPark Center. Is somebody hungry? Before 7:18 p.m., a man stole property at Pot Belly Sandwich Shop in Preston Forest Square. A 47-year-old female reported that a package was stolen from her front porch at the 4000 block of Hallmark Drive sometime before 9:06 p.m. JAN. 24 A vehicle parked at the 5000 block of Farquhar Lane was stolen sometime before 9:22 a.m. JAN. 25 Sometime before 5 a.m., a burglar used a tool to pry open the side door at Cedra Pharmacy on North Central Expressway. JAN. 27 Before 5:19 p.m., a male distracted a sales representative at the Microsoft Store at NorthPark Center while a female accomplice stole property and walked out. JAN. 28 Sometime before 2:33 p.m., an armed robber took merchandise from MetroPCS on Forest Lane and the iPhone 7 from a 25-year-old woman. JAN. 29 Sometime after midnight, property was stolen off the front porch of a residence at the 4300 block of Meadowdale Lane. JAN. 30 Sometime after midnight, a
vehicle was stolen from the 5700 block of Southwestern Boulevard. Sometime before 11:49 a.m., one or more burglar used rocks to try to break the glass patio door at a home in the 6000 block of DeLoache Avenue. Shoplifters were busy at Inwood Village, taking merchandise from Ulta before 12:46 p.m. and clothing off a display rack at the Gap before 1:10 p.m. A motor vehicle was stolen sometime before 5:45 p.m. from the 6000 block of Royal Crest Drive. JAN. 31 Reported at 9:53 a.m.: a package was stolen from the porch of a home in the 5000 block of Farquhar Lane. FEB. 1 Stolen before 2:33 p.m.: a vehicle parked at Preston Hollow United Methodist Church on Walnut Hill Lane. FEB. 3 Stolen sometime after midnight: a utility trailer from the 5900 block of Elderwood Drive. Stolen sometime before 8:58 a.m.: a package off the patio of a home in the 6400 block of Lupton Drive. A vehicle parked at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church on Park Lane was burglarized sometime before 12:21 p.m. Reported at 6:37 a.m.: the aggravated assault with a deadly weapon of a 28-year-old man in the 12200 block of Preston Road. Sometime before 8:50 p.m., an apartment at the 5000 block of Harvest Hill Road was broken into, and money was stolen.
6 March 2019 | prestonhollowpeople.com
‘FAILURE TO PROTECT OUR MOST VULNERABLE” Accused priests served at St. Rita, Christ the King, SMU
By Tim Glaze
From Dallas Bishop Edward Burns:
our failure to protect our most vulnerable
People Newspapers everal priests named in a Catholic Diocese of Dallas list of those credibly accused of sexually assaulting children – some as far back as 1950 – served at locations in the People Newspapers coverage area. The diocese released the list on Jan. 31 with a detailed online posting and a press conference at the Diocese office. By releasing the list, Dallas Bishop Edward Burns kept a “commitment made in October to provide...those priests who have been the subject of a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor” within the church., he said. Twenty-four priests with direct ties to the Dallas Diocese are named, as well as another seven who were incardinated in a different diocese or religious order but served in Dallas. Of the 31 priests, 17 are dead, five have been suspended from practicing, and five are laicized. Those who served in the area include Michael Flanagan, William Hoover, Henry McGill, and James Reilly at Christ the King Catholic Church; Michael Barone and Richard Johnson at the SMU Catholic Community Center; and Patrick Koch and Benjamin Smylie at St. Rita Catholic Community. Koch and Smylie also served at Jesuit College Preparatory School, as did Vincent Malatesta, who was named on the diocese list as well as a list of accused Jesuits that was released in December. The Rev. Arthur Unachukwu of the SMU Catholic Community Center released a statement following Burns’ address, noting that Johnson filled in for masses periodically in 1969 and that Barone spent only a few months at the center in 1995. The accusa-
FROM LEFT: St. Rita Catholic Community Church, Christ the King Catholic Church, and the SMU Catholic Community Center.
As we look back at the Church’s history,
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from abuse and hold accountable those who preyed on them, fills me with both sorrow and shame. But the painful, yet necessary [investigation] that begin in 2002 in this Diocese has also led to much-needed reforms that we continue to rigorously implement today. Going forward, we must remain vigilant. TIM GLAZE
tions against the two did not occur during their association with the ministry, Unachukwu said. “It saddens me to see and hear these stories of sexual abuse of minors,” he said. “My heart and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones. But, we cannot simply be sad – that is not enough. We must resolve to defend the innocence of the young and to protect them against insidious priests.” The Rev. Joshua Whitfield of St. Rita sent out a four-page letter to the members of the congregation following the release, imploring any victims who have not done so already to reach out to Dallas police. The priests that served at St. Rita, Smylie and Koch, died in 2004 and 2006, respectively. “Hopefully it is darkness giving way to light, and hurt giving way to healing,” Whitfield wrote. “This is bitter medicine. The list is painful to read, yet we know we should not pass on too quickly from the
trauma of it all. We know, for the sake of justice and truth, that we must look at this list soberly – exposed and wounded though we are. Hopefully, [this] belongs to the cleaning and purification of the church.” Officials with Christ the King said the church would not be releasing statements. Burns said an outside group of former state and federal law enforcement officials reviewed the files of some 2,400 priests while identifying data that contained allegations. In Texas, approximately 8.5 million people are practicing Catholics. There are 1,320 parishes, and 4,000 members of the clergy. “This list is not closed,” Burns said. “This list is not closed. We will adjust it to reflect the latest information. I implore any other victims to come forward.” David Clark, the Dallas police detective assigned to investigate such cases, has said victims should call him at 214-671-4301.
Christ the King Catholic Church MICHAEL FLANAGAN • Years at church: not provided • Died: 2008 WILLIAM HOOVER • Years at church: not provided • Convicted: 1996 • Died: date unknown HENRY MCGILL • Years at church: not provided • Died: 1996 JAMES REILLY • Years at church: not provided • Died: 1999 SMU Catholic Community Center MICHAEL BARONE • Years at center: 1995 • Retired: 2017 RICHARD JOHNSON • Years at center: 1969 • Died: 2016 St. Rita Catholic Community Church PATRICK KOCH • Years at church: 1997-2004 • Died: 2006 BENJAMIN SMYLIE • Years at church: 1989-1991 • Died: 2004
8 March 2019 | prestonhollowpeople.com
Preston Center Garage Discussions Continue
TOP: Illustrations show what a parking garage topped with a city park might look like in Preston Center. AT LEFT: City Council member Jennifer Gates updates the Rotary Club of Park Cities about a variety of issues.
Consultants weigh in on plans By Tim Glaze
People Newspapers As Dallas City Council member Jennifer Gates runs for a fourth and final term, she’s focused on achieving progress with the Preston Center Parking Garage – a problem that often seems to have no acceptable solutions. There’s plenty of talk about replacing it, but not nearly enough agreement. “Many people want a live-work-play in [Preston Center],” Gates said. “Our ultimate vision is to bury the garage and put a park on top. I’d love it if we can get to the plan we’ve all dreamed about, and if I get re-elected in May, I’ll be spending the next two years of my life trying to improve that area.” Gates is seeking a balance between taking proposals to the council this summer and achieving quality results that meet the needs of as many residents as possible. “We’d rather take longer on everything and get it right than rush just to get something done,” she said. “It’s kind of embarrassing to look across the street and see how
nice University Park looks after all of their development, and then on [the Dallas side] we’ve still got this ugly garage.” The next parking garage task force meeting will be sometime in March. At a meeting in January, Mallory Baker with Walker Consultants talked about options. Replacing the garage with an underground parking structure topped by a park would cost between $37.7 million and $44 million and provide 1,200 parking spaces at three levels, up from 800 spaces in the current garage. That’s the “dream” of Gates: a park resting on top of an underground parking garage – similar to Klyde Warren Park sitting over Woodall Rogers Freeway. The dream could remain out of reach with adjacent property owners, whose support is needed for whatever replacement is eventually built, favoring an alternative that would include 300 luxury apartments and an above ground garage on the site. Gates, speaking recently to the Rotary Club of Park Cities, predicted that proposal wouldn’t qualify for public funding. However, for the underground garage
GARAGE WITH PARK PROPOSAL
and park plan, she has already reserved $10 million in bond money and a commitment for matching funds from the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Officials estimate construction of an underground garage with a park at street level would take 23 months – 17 for the garage and six months for the park. After a meeting in September, a survey was sent out asking residents about their feelings on the garage’s current aesthetics. The majority of respondents found the overall appearance “inadequate” - 54 percent of everyone surveyed, specifically. From there, Walker Consultants began studying the technical feasibility of the underground parking structure.
• Three underground parking levels with 1,200 total spaces • A community park on top of the garage (similar to Klyde Warren over Woodall Rogers Freeway) • A performance area, spaces for vendors, and pavilions for shade Source: Walker Consultants Safety and overall functionality are areas of concern, as well.
We’d rather take longer on everything and get it right than rush just to get something done. Jennifer Gates “The current garage has a lot of access and safety problems,” Baker said. “We’re also thinking of what technology we can use in the new garage to help people, with lights and other necessities.”
10 March 2019 | prestonhollowpeople.com
Snapchat Drugdeal Gone Bad Former Highland Park High School student killed after arranging to sell drugs on popular social media app
Anthony Pintucci, above, was shot and killed in a parking garage; a sketch of one suspect has been released by the Dallas police department, and Rene Montanez, far right, has been arrested.
By Tim Glaze
ew details surrounding a drug deal that left a former Highland Park High School student dead have tempered following the arrest of 23-yearold Rene Eduardo Montanez Jr. on a capital murder charge. What we do know is police released a sketch of a second suspect believed to have shot 18-year-old Anthony Pintucci; that two other people were inside the car during the shooting; edited surveillance video released by police show at least three people walking toward Pintucci’s car before he was shot Jan. 24 in the Whole Foods parking garage at the Shops at Park Lane; and the whole thing began on the video messaging app Snapchat. According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Pintucci was communicating with one of the suspects on Snapchap to set up the drug deal. While it may seem odd to imagine social media being used to facilitate such dealings, a recent international study found that three-quarters of the 358 respondents used Snapchat to buy drugs. Instagram was the next popular media app, followed by Whatsapp, Kik, and Wickr. The 2019 study #Drugsforsale: An exploration of the use of social media and encrypted messaging apps found mobile apps are “fast becoming a viable option” for buying drugs because they provide a “quick, convenient method for connecting buyer and seller,” according to ScienceDirect.com. The safety of using social media to purchase drugs is anecdotal at best, but a quick Google search will detail a laundry list of news articles around the issue. In January, three Florida teens were sentenced in a very similar case to Pintucci’s where a 20-yearold was fatally shot after arranging a drug deal with the teens on Snapchat.
Because of Snapchat’s features - a person can send a video or message through the platform, which then deletes said video or message after a few seconds - police departments have long been aware of its popularity in conducting illegal activity. Montanez Jr. remains in police custody under a $500,000 bail. He denies having anything to do with the shooting. The two other suspects are still at large, but Dallas police have released a sketch of at least one, per details provided by witness reports. According to his arrest warrant affidavit, several wittnesses identified Montanez Jr. to police as one of the men involved in the shooting after several people sent them photographs of the suspect once news spead. Pintucci, who was no longer attending HPHS and had transferred out of the district in March 2018, was taking online courses before his death, friends said. His obituary said he was passionate about spending time with his friends, driving his new car, which he logged 3,000 miles in the first month, and doing other things teenagers adore like skateboarding, video games, and anything Star Wars. “Joey will be remembered as a kind, gentle, charming soul who always saw the best in people and was loyal to his friends and family,” according to the obituary. “He has touched countless lives with his charisma, his witty humor, and his genuine curiosity of the world.” CRIME TIPS:
Anyone with information about this crime should contact Detective Jeffrey Loeb at 214-671-3702 or Jeffrey.loeb@dallascityhall. com. Reference case No. 016424-2019.
14 March 2019 | prestonhollowpeople.com
PAGEANT WINNER PASSIONATE ABOUT MEDICAL RESEARCH Miss Teen Texas overcame movement disorder to compete By Jordan Kiefer
ageant participants aim to pursue their crowns with poise, grace, and pithy answers to interview questions, not a neurological movement disorder. However, dystonia, which can make muscles contract uncontrollably, causing involuntarily, abnormal, twisting, or repetitive movements, didn’t give Blaire Messmann much choice.
I am proud to be a part of a system that encourages and empowers women. Blaire Messmann Her symptoms kicked in in 2014, affecting her leg and essentially giving the eventual 2018 Miss Teen Texas what she described as a club foot. “For a solid year, I was unable to walk without a brace, much less
do the things that I love life dancing or pageantry,” she said. “But with the help of the amazing doctors at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, I was able to find a treatment that works for me so I can do things that I truly love.” Messmann, who won the United States of America Teen Texas pageant this past fall in Garland, talked to the newspaper a few weeks before heading to Las Vegas to compete nationally in mid-February. “It is so amazing to me that just a couple of years ago I could not even wear regular shoes, yet today I am on a drill team and, in two weeks, I will be wearing heels and modeling on a national stage.” Since age 11 she has participated in pageants, where she appreciates the comradery with strong, supportive, inspiring women. “I am proud to be a part of a system that encourages and empowers women,” Messman said. Outside of the pageant world, the Highland Park resident stays
involved with the youth group at Preston Road Church of Christ and attends Parish Episcopal School, where she is a sophomore. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, dancing, theater, and listening to country music, especially Blake Shelton. She plans to pursue a career as a pediatric surgeon, focusing on facial malformations.” As Miss Teen Texas she aims to draw attention to causes import to her such as dystonia research and awareness. The disorder can affect one muscle, a muscle group, or the entire body, depending on the individual’s dopamine production in the brain. “Dystonia is the third largest movement disorder in the world, affecting 250,000 people in the United States, although nobody knows about it,” Messmann said. “There are people in this country that have it so much worse than me, and I would like to use my title to spread awareness for the people that may not have the opportunity to share their story.”
Blaire Messmann reacts as she won what she describes as her “dream job” — Miss Teen Texas.
More Dallas Country Club Tennis Courts, Anyone?
Proposed building includes rooftop play, pedestrian bridge over Mockingbird
The new building could sit closer to Mockingbird Lane and have a skybridge.
By William Taylor People Newspapers
A proposed new tennis building could provide Dallas Country Club members more courts to play on and a safer way to cross over Mockingbird Lane on foot. The plan would replace the old tennis building on the north side of Mock-
ingbird with a taller version that would include rooftop courts and a pedestrian bridge to give members easy access to the outside courts on the south side of Mockingbird. “Tennis is really popular right now,” said Mac Wesson, who chairs the club committee working on the new building project. “We’re just trying to get a couple
more courts if we can.” Wesson and club past president Bill Wilshusen have been working with Highland Park town leaders to get the project ready for a membership vote this spring. “We are hopeful that if all the steps needed take place, we can start this summer,” Wesson said. In addition to membership approval, those steps include changes in zoning regulations and approval of the bridge. The Highland Park Town Council in January amended the Country Club Zoning District to allow for a taller building to go up as much as 17-feet closer to the north side of Mockingbird Lane than the one there now. “I’m probably going to recuse myself, because I can’t wait to play there,” council member David Dowler said. The new regulations would allow the building to be nearly 46.9-feet-tall, almost 7-feet taller than what was allowed in the zoning district before and come within 2.5 feet of the property line along Mockingbird Lane. But Wesson predicted the new building wouldn’t be quite as close to Mock-
ingbird as the new zoning rules would allow. Town Council members also have tentatively approved an aerial easement for the bridge, conditioned on a review of final designs for the project. Wesson said the building is still being designed, and he didn’t have a cost estimate for it.
I’m probably going to recuse myself, because I can’t wait to play there. David Dowler What is planned, he said, is for the building to have a similar-sized footprint, but instead of having a pitched roof, it would have a flat one, allowing for four courts on top as well as four inside. The existing building only has four interior courts. The existing tennis building is nearing the end of its useful life, Wilshusen said. “The old one is leaking.”
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Wading Through All the Fake Stuff The bogus email I just deleted was an invoice for $672, ostensibly from a LEN BOURLAND business friend. Who got hacked? We both sighed and changed our passwords. Discerning reality is exhausting these days: fake bills, fake phone calls from “government agencies,” fake news. Especially that. When did fake news become a buzzword? About four or five years ago with the rising tensions in politics, according to the Internet. So how do you know what to believe that’s online? Or in the news? Gone are the days when Howard K. Smith or “Uncle” Walter Cronkite solemnly broadcast to a trusting public. Now it seems anything can be spun, photoshopped, manipulated, scammed, or invented with impunity. I generally trust the Wall Street Journal, although it’s not infallible. Recently I marveled at a full page ad (pricey) that headlined “An open letter to anyone who will listen;” by one Nick Vitale of Milltown, N.J. Ordinary Nick claims to be 36 and has a list of grievances that makes you love the guy. We’re constantly told by everyone from truckers to makers of just about everything to dial some 800 number and “give us your feedback.” Nick then laid out his list of everything from poorly made hamburgers to weird charges on cable bills to the need for hand sanitizer at the gas pumps. “Thanks for listening…. if you wish, please don’t hesitate to reach out.” Wow. He must have a Gofundme page or a blog. Nope. I turned the page in the paper to another full-page letter. Tech CEO’s, Bill McDermott of SAP and Ryan Smith of Qualtrics, (great companies) briefly responded, “Thanks for your feedback, Nick…we’re doing something and will be in touch soon.” Amazing! Two zillionaires who fly their jets to DAVOS are just regular guys and are reaching out to Nick? Except I tried reaching out to Nick. The only Nick Vitale in Milltown is 47 and also goes by Nicola. None of the emails and phone numbers listed on the internet work. The bewildered WSJ kid I finally got on the phone had no information. Good luck trying to get those CEO’s on the phone. Maybe it’s just a slick marketing advertorial. Maybe all ads are fake news. After all, trying to relate to and convince people to consume stuff is what advertising is all about. Still, I was really looking forward to talking to Nick. Email Len Bourland at email@example.com.
18 March 2019 | prestonhollowpeople.com
Not Going Away: Eating Disorders
The Elisa Project keeps building awareness By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers
It’s been more than 20 years since Highland Park graduate Elisa McCall penned the following words before taking her own life; “with my death, hopefully, I will touch more lives than I ever could have alive.” Eating disorders affect at least 30 million people in the United States, including many like McCall, who ended her life after a seven-year battle with depression and bulimia. “It hasn’t gone away over the past 20 years,” Kimberly Martinez, executive director of The Elisa Project said. “It has begun to become unveiled, though.” Martinez, who runs the nonprofit created by McCall’s parents in 1999, said while social media has created a community of resources for those suffering from an eating disorder, raising awareness in the community and at a state level remains arduous. Annual events such as the nonprofit’s Life Lessons Luncheon help on a micro level, and she hopes a planned trip to Austin to present a bill to the Legislature will open the doors to more state funding
and research. If acted upon, the bill would create Texas’ first task force to study the prevalence of eating disorders in the state and what sort of access to care residents have – or lack. While statistics do exist on a national level, Texans are in the dark about how the debilitating disease is impacting them, Martinez said. “Eating disorders are a really hard space. The public still feels it’s our fault, that we’re vain or pretentious, and there is still this false myth that it’s a white, rich girl’s disease,” Martinez said. “People really don’t know what an eating disorder is and have no idea what it’s like to step into the shoes.” In recent years, The Elisa Project has narrowed its focus to three things: education, case management, and advocacy. Programs include a student-led awareness project, support and guidance for caregivers, and the Texas Eating Disorders Coalition, a community group dedicated to enhancing awareness of disordered eating and related conditions throughout the state. Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder and yet there are no state or federal resources designated explicitly to the issue, Martinez said. “I believe the problem is becoming bigger, not smaller. We’ve got to do something about it.”
Defining An Eating Disorder: I am your eating disorder. I make you sick; I make you cry. I make you emotional. I make you crazy. I make nothing else matter. I make you feel lonely and scared. I make you feel worthless and sorrowful. I also give you strength and energy. I feed you, and you me. Our relationship has become detrimental in all its complexities. Over the years I’ve pushed you, driven you and comforted you. I’ve always been there for you when it seems no one else cares or knows. And, if you don’t let go, I will make you die. – Elisa McCall
I F YO U G O WHAT: Life Lessons Luncheon w/ Grace Byers WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Feb. 26 WHERE: Market Hall, Dallas Market Center COST: Individual tickets start at $175 TICKETS: theelisaproject.org/events/life-lessons/ COURTESY PHOTO
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Year of the Pig
PHOTOS BY C H R I S M C G AT H E Y
The Crow Museum of Asian Art celebrated the Year of the Pig with a Chinese New Year Festival Feb. 9 at NorthPark Center. The Earth Pig’s chubby face and big ears are signs of good fortune, organizers said. Participants engaged in familyfriendly activities, including dragon and lion dances, musical and martial-arts demos, art making, calligraphy, specialty booths, wellness activities, and cultural performances.
The J Promotes ‘Wellthy’ Living
Week of activities, programs planned
By Marissa Alvarado
Activities will include the J Baby Brunch and Swim with Lenny Krayzelburg, a four-time Baylor Scott & White Health Olympic Gold Medalist. Krayand the Lieberman Family Well- zelburg is the CEO and founder ness Center will present Wellth of the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Week, March 3 - 8, at the J. Academy, celebrating its fifth That’s not a typo: “Wellth” anniversary in Dallas. The class means wellness and health, or- will teach skills, tips, and techganizers say. niques to give babies a head“We hope that start on wellness for Wellth Week inlife. Wellness spires and emThere will also powers J C C is a lifetime be the Wellness for members and the Life Panel discuscommitment. larger community sion featuring Dr. to take charge of Emily Andes Z ec k Lieberman, their own health namesake for the and wellness,” said Emily An- Lieberman Family Wellness des, marketing manager at Jew- Center. He and other panelists ish Community Center of Dal- will discuss the importance of las (the J). staying active. The entire week is comprised Lieberman will be joined by of events and activities designed special guest, Shahaf Bareni, as an immersive experience so who holds the high jump record that participants can better un- at the University of North Texas derstand all the resources avail- and is vying for the 2020 Olymable to them to live a “wellthy” pics, as well as a sports medilife. Check jccdallas.org for a cine expert from Baylor Scott & schedule. White Health. “We tried to plan a variety of “Participants will be exposed activities that appealed to peo- to cutting edge health treatple in all stages of life and levels ments, experts in their field, of physical activity,” Andes said. balanced nutrition, and evi“Wellness is a lifetime commit- dence-based stress-reduction ment.” techniques,” Andes said.
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SMALL WONDER: FORMER JESUIT GUARD STANDS TALL IN HAWAII Former walk-on earns minutes, scholarship with Rainbow Warriors basketball team By Todd Jorgenson
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Redshirt senior Brocke Stepteau, a former Jesuit standout, is a team captain for Hawaii after earning a full scholarship during the offseason.
rocke Stepteau isn’t any taller now than he was during his senior season at Jesuit when he led the Rangers to a district title while averaging 16 points per game. However, five years later, Stepteau is still playing big-time basketball at the University of Hawaii, the only Division I college program not to overlook the 5-foot-9 point guard in 2014. As a fifth-year senior, Stepteau is averaging almost 10 points per game while preparing to graduate this spring with a political science degree. Both he and the Rainbow Warriors have benefited from his extended, and highly unusual, stay on the islands. “There are players all over the country who are small and overlooked, and might not get the opportunities they think they deserve,” Stepteau said. “I’m happy I can set an example for them.” Like many young basketball
players, Stepteau grew up dreaming of playing Division I basketball, wherever that might take him. Despite putting up big numbers at Jesuit, his diminutive stature dissuaded many top coaches. A couple of connections landed him an offer to be a preferred walk-on at Hawaii, which meant he wouldn’t be on an athletic scholarship. As an only child, it also required Stepteau to convince his parents that it was the right move. “That was never part of the plan,” he said. “But as far as wanting to continue playing basketball, it was an opportunity that presented itself.” His perseverance has paid off. After a redshirt season, Stepteau was part of a squad that advanced to the NCAA tournament and scored a first-round upset against California for the program’s first-ever March Madness victory. He improved his strength and conditioning and gradually earned more minutes despite playing for three different head coaches. Last
season, Stepteau started a handful of games and was rewarded after the season with a full athletic scholarship for his senior year. He’s also a team captain. “I just continued to work my way up. It’s just been a gradual progression every year,” Stepteau said. “The people are really laid back. I really like it out here.” Thus far, his senior season has included some stellar games against major opponents, including a career-high 24 points during a win over Utah. This spring, Stepteau plans to move back to Dallas and sort out options for his future. He might have a chance to play professionally overseas. Maybe he’ll go to law school down the line. Or perhaps he will pursue his passion for hip-hop music after uploading a handful of tracks online, often in collaboration with teammates. “Music has become a passion,” he said. “Right now, it’s just more of a hobby I do during my spare time, but I’d like to see where it takes me.”
Defending Lacrosse Champions Ready To Chase New Goals
Hockaday team chases more titles with mix of young talent, returning leaders By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers
Last year, the Hockaday lacrosse team made history by bringing home both the SPC and state championships in the same season. Now, those accomplishments are just that — history — as the Daisies aim to continue that momentum with a mix of returnees and fresh faces.
Our returning players understand the meaning of mental toughness and how to execute on the field. Molly Ford “It was an amazing feeling because we knew that we were setting a new standard for Hockaday lacrosse,” said senior midfielder JoJo Gum. “It allowed us to be a part of something special that no other Hockaday team had done
before and kept us pushing till the final minutes of the season.” Hockaday capped last season with a thrilling 18-16 upset of top-seeded Houston Kinkaid in the Texas Girls High School Lacrosse Championships, giving the program its first crown since 2012. That came three weeks after the Daisies surged past rival ESD in the SPC title game, claiming that trophy for the first time since 2014. Perhaps more importantly for Gum and several of her teammates, they won both championships after finishing as the runner-up the previous year. “That was a momentum changer for us as a program,” said Hockaday head coach Molly Ford. “Our team will now go into this season with a new, stronger mentality.” Ford said this year’s squad should benefit from the experience of 2018, in which Hockaday suffered some losses early in the season before putting together a lengthy winning streak in April and May. “Our returning players understand the meaning of mental toughness and how to ex-
The 2018 Daisies celebrate their SPC lacrosse championship. ecute on the field,” Ford said. “Last year’s team was not perfect but they grinded it out to the bitter end.” Specifically, Gum recalls a trip to Georgia over spring break, when the Daisies looked overmatched against a pair of Southeastern powers before rallying for an overtime victory in their final game. “I think this really proved to our team what we were capable of and provided a context for many points later in the season when we were
down or could feel the game slipping away,” said Gum, who will play college lacrosse at Yale. Gum said last year’s successes have galvanized the Daisies, who will open their 2019 campaign on Feb. 26 against Frisco. “I know that since almost immediately after that championship, the returning team has been talking about wanting to get to that point again,” she said. “I think it has really pushed us to work harder to get ready for our season.”
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HOUSE OF THE MONTH 10121 Waller
ith its absolutely gorgeous driveup appeal, the Italian Renaissance mansion completed in 2015 at 10121 Waller in Preston Hollow is listed for sale by Mary Poss of Ebby Halliday Realtors. The pristine, like-new 10,751-squarefoot masterpiece on 1 acre contains five bedrooms, five baths, three half-baths, garages for four vehicles, and six living areas including a state-of-the-art media room, game room, study, and family room providing ample living and entertainment
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space. The massive foyer with its magnificent spiral staircase opens to the formal living room with a view of the fabulous pool, spa, summer kitchen and expansive backyard through floor-to-ceiling windows. Also catching the eye from the foyer is the unique barrel-vaulted entry framing the formal dining room and its wine cellar fit for any five-star restaurant. One of the most stunning features of this spectacular home is the spacious, light-filled master bath where granite and marble abound.
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THE SLATE: A COLLABORATIVE SPACE FOR BUSINESS
Sisters create venue for working moms, other entrepreneurs By Fallon Lineberger Special Contributor
he Slate, a new Dallas co-working space for small business owners, especially working mothers, is set to open March 1 at 2403 Farrington St. in the Design District. Sisters Shelly and Jodie Slater, a small business owner and a lawyer, want their new venture to serve as a one-stop shop where entrepreneurs can focus on work and grow their businesses while learning from a diverse mix of other users in the space. “One person’s skillset can save you hours of your life,” said Shelly Slater, of Highland Park. “The point of The Slate is to simplify your life. A lot of working moms are running around with their heads cut off and feel like they have to choose one or the other.” The sisters spent nine months searching for the right space and found a nearly 12,000-square-foot building surrounded by a variety of businesses and boasting views of downtown Dallas. With the help of architects at GFF, The Slate takes multi-purpose to the extreme. It can be made to serve as a continuous education site, a commercial studio, a café, a local goods store, and other purposes. The brick-lined building includes 10 private offices, three specific co-working spaces (though the entire building is meant for co-working), a kitchen, a sitting area, a studio, a pod-
Potential clients preview The Slate weeks before its opening. The versatile space is designed to serve a variety of uses. cast room, a boutique, and three learn more things and get more 60-day and one-day passes. The and a trademark lawyer. It also has bathrooms. ideas from people.” sisters also want to make sure that, drawn interest from large national Painted on a wall is despite the focus on work- companies looking for team buildThe Slate’s motto, “Hone ing mothers, men should ing rooms. It. Own It. Slate It.” feel as welcome as anyone. “The space is the heart of the “We are truly trying to There is a third Slater— business,” Shelly Slater said. “The create a community, not their brother. more people you meet in this just trying to make reveThe Slate is already space, the more you learn, and the nue,” said Jodie Slater, of Preston There are multiple member- planned to be a home for a Dry more you grow. It’s all people who Hollow. “The real goal is that when ships types, including flexible, pri- Bar owner, a photographer, a for- have arrived and need something you meet multiple people, you vate, and dedicated options, and mer private equity business owner, to propel them one more step.”
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Chandler Dykes Award Winner: Dale Petroskey Chamber CEO honored for commitment to education
VIRGINIA CHANDLER DYKE S LE ADERSHIP AWARD The Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award recognizes those committed to improving education and quality of life in the region. The award’s namesake is known internationally for her work in occupational therapy.
By Bill Miller
Special Contributor During icy weather on a recent trip to Washington, D.C., Dale Petroskey’s thoughts turned to warm memories of working for President Ronald Reagan. Petroskey, as an assistant White House press secretary, worked behind the scenes preparing documents for the media and went with Reagan to Geneva, Switzerland, and Reykjavik, Iceland for summits that led to the end of the Cold War. “I was thinking of those days,” Petroskey said. “(They’re) like a dream that happened in my life, another lifetime ago.” These days, as president and chief executive officer for the Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC), Petroskey is usually seen out front, stoking the momentum of explosive economic growth in a region that’s welcomed the relocations of 126 companies and 750,000 new jobs since 2010. For these efforts, Petroskey was named the 2019 recipient of the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award, given by Texas Woman’s University, TWU’s foundation, and the Bank of Texas. Now in its 17th year, the award will be pre-
In 2002, she established The Virginia Chandler Dykes endowed scholarship fund for occupational therapy students at Texas Woman’s University where she completed OT graduate studies in 1954. COURTESY PHOTO
FROM LEFT: Dale Pertroskey with President Ronald Reagan. sented Feb. 27 at the Belo Mansion. Petroskey, a native of the Detroit’s suburbs, has a résumé with marketing and leadership roles at the National Geographic Dale Petroskey Society, the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and the Texas Rangers baseball team. He joined DRC in 2014. TWU’s chancellor and president Carine Feyten praised Petroskey’s ability to marshal diverse stakeholders around a vision of economic prosperity for an entire community. Education, she noted, is key, so Petroskey tirelessly appears at the Texas Legislature, promoting initiatives from prekindergarten on
through the universities. The goal is to build a stable, well-trained, and competitive workforce ready to fill new jobs coming to the region. “Everybody loves Dale,” Feyten said. “Chamber leaders need to be smart, perceptive, and able to bridge all the constituencies — business, education, health care — and he does it so fluidly.” Inclusiveness also permeates Petroskey’s economic development strategy: Don’t just pitch the city of Dallas; pitch the region. “We’re not selfish,” Petroskey said. “We don’t care where they land; we just want them in the region, and that’s the recipe for success.” Sometimes it’s an easy sell, considering North Texas is competitive with affordable living, reasonable regulations, access to transportation, and a good climate. But not every bid is successful.
Chamber leaders need to be smart, perceptive, and able to bridge all the constituencies — business, education, health care — and he does it so fluidly. Carine Feyten Although DRC worked hard to help lure Amazon’s HQ2 project, the mega online retailer went with a split between Queens, N.Y. and Arlington, VA. Still, Petroskey said the Amazon pitch brought beneficial attention to Dallas.
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Comings and Goings Various restaurants
The Hill The sprawling new development at Walnut Hill and Central Expressway is opening the doors to a host of new eateries this year. Sushi De Handroll, a temaki-style sushi house focused on handrolls, is slated to open late January; Sauce, an Arizona-based pizzeria offering fresh salads, pasta, and handmade pizza, is expected to open late February; and Casa Verona, a hybrid of Greek and Italian food, has a TBD date on its opening.
6025 Royal Lane Suite 123 A first-of-its-kind facial bar is bringing affordable, quick facials to Preston Hollow this March.
Starting at $65, primary offerings include signature facials with quirky names like Spotless Reputation, Keep Glowing, and Best Man.
eatery is taking that motto to heart. The Biscuit Bar, which is slated to open “early 2019,” features scratch-made biscuits crowned with a variety of sweet and savory toppings for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night.
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6501 Hillcrest Ave. Some say, “everything is greater on a biscuit.” A new University Park
7949 Walnut Hill Lane The fresh and wholesome Greek fast casual that acquired Noon Mediterranean late last year is now open. Offerings range from traditional entrees like a handcarved gyro, grilled seafood, and falafel to more modern offerings like mezze platters and kale quinoa tabbouleh, all made with premium, wholesome, and authentic ingredients.
3699 McKinney Ave. Suite 401 The growing millennial trend toward ethically responsible, environmentally sustainable and more affordable lab-created diamonds has come to North Texas. The Vancouver-based company sells Artisan Created Diamonds that share the same chemical composition as their natural counterparts and are typically 33 percent larger.
Preston Hollow Village Authentic Neapolitan pizzas are made fresh in the open kitchen in a gold-tiled Acunto oven shipped from Naples. The menu also includes burrata, salads, calzones, Italian gelato, and a Nutella calzone.
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NEW PLANETARIUM GROWS ST. MARK’S BRAND Now open, Winn Science Center expanding students’ horizons By Tim Glaze
People Newspapers St. Mark’s School of Texas has been at the forefront of science, math, and technology instruction dating back to 1961 when a planetarium was first built on the school’s campus. Fast forward to 2019, and a new, stateof-the-art science center and planetarium that cost more than $40 million has students, teachers, and community members awestruck. The McDermott-Green Science Quadrangle has long been a staple at St. Mark’s, but the Steve Winn Family Foundation donated $10 million in 2014 for a larger, more advanced science center. Over the next three years, another $32 million was given by 55 families, and the Board of Trustees approved construction of the center. Now open to students, the combined 75,000-square-foot Winn Science Center and renovated McDermott-Green Science Building feature modern laboratories, a lecture hall, a greenhouse, and spaces for engineering, robotics, DNA science, and computer science. There’s also an expanded Lower School science area. The crown jewel of the new center: the
multipurpose planetarium. “This new system can do more than just astronomy,” said Steven Balog, physics instructor and planetarium director. “A couple of different classes have come through already for earth science, and our ninth-grade classes have even used it for anatomy. “We’re even trying to get World War I maps in the planetarium, so our classes that are studying the war right now can use it. I don’t think a week goes by where my kids don’t ask about going to the planetarium.” Balog wants to open the planetarium’s doors to private and home schooled students at no cost. “That was a goal of mine from the start,” he said. “There are 10 planetariums in Dallas-Fort Worth, and we’re the only one on a private school campus. We wanted to have a place the private school kids could use.” Winn, who the new center’s namesake, was immediately attracted to the school’s science programs and asked his parents to enroll him in 1962. “Our founders wanted a school where we could train future engineers and scientists, and go out and lead the world,” said Jim Bob
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The new planetarium at St. Mark’s Winn Science Center seats up to 80 students. Womack, director of development. “It’s not an accident that STEM-type programs have been a big part of our school’s history. This school has always had a second mission, and that’s to impact the community around us. We knew that when we were designing this. It expands our reach.” And what better way to get students interested in science, Balog said, than to expose them to a state-of-the-art planetarium? “The best way to get a kid involved in science is to show them the stars, and that makes them want to learn more,” Balog said. “So, the planetarium is a huge plus for us and our boys.”
B U I L D I N G F E AT U R E S Open atrium 80-seat theater-style planetarium 230-seat lecture hall Dedicated spaces for Lower School science A lab for space, shop and robotics Labs for biotechnology, chemistry, anatomy, DNA studies An outdoor learning area
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Author Sets Novel During George W. Bush Presidency
Thomas Mallon, an American novelist, essayist, and critic, will talk about his novel Landfall at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at the SMU Fondren Library. The historical fiction novel is based on the political life of George W. Bush, starting in the late 1970s and reaching to the events of Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, and the war in Iraq. The event is free, and a reservation-only reception is $30 and includes a copy of the book. Visit smu.edu/friends for tickets, more information.
Literacy App Tied For Grand Prize
A treasure-hunting smartphone app developed by SMU and Literacy Instruction
for Texas (LIFT) to help low-literate adults learn to read tied for the grand prize in a competition hosted by the BarCOURTESY PHOTO bara Bush Foundation The SMU-LIFT app Adult Literacy XPRIZE. The SMU-LIFT team, PeopleforWords, won $1.5 million as a grand prize winner and an additional $1 million achievement award for the most useful app to help adult English language learners learn to read in the competition presented by the Dollar Literacy Foundation.
‘Supreme Court in Age of Trump’
David A. Kaplan, award-winning legal affairs writer, will deliver the 2019 William J. O’Neil Lecture in Business Journalism, “The Supreme Court in the Age of Trump,” at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at SMU’s Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. The lecture is based on Kaplan’s latest book, The Most Dangerous Branch: Inside the Supreme Court’s Assault on the Constitution, a critique of U.S. judicial power. Kaplan is the former legal affairs editor of Newsweek, where he covered the Supreme Court for a decade. A graduate of Cornell and the NYU School of Law, he teaches courses in journalism and ethics at NYU. Admission is free, and tickets are not required. Visit mcs.smu.edu for more information.
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Financial Tips For The First Year at College Whether enrolled in your first year of college, or on your way to college next fall, there is a lot of planning to be done. Every semester, you have to choose a class schedule, budget for food, books, and extras, and perhaps obtain a part-time job. CONNOR THOMAS At the top of your list should be something you may not have thought about yet: creating a financial plan. Heading into college is a great time to get a jump-start on creating and understanding your financial situation. But with so much information available, it can be overwhelming. Start with the basics, so you can develop good habits early: • Open a checking account at a bank close to campus, especially if you plan on taking cash from an ATM regularly. If you withdraw cash from another bank’s ATM, you will most likely incur a small fee, around $2 to $3. • Open a savings account. Build up a cash buffer that you
can tap into if you have any big expenses coming up, such as a formal or a trip to see friends. Get in the habit of saving a set amount every month. • Once you build up a cash buffer, start putting money into an investment account. The earlier you start, the more advantageous it is for your future. • Create a budget to manage your income and expenses. Fixed expenses include rent, phone bill, utilities, etc. Whatever is left over is what can be spent at your discretion. • Open a credit card to build credit. Do not get carried away with promotions and open multiple cards. Start small with a few expenses, such as gas and groceries. Pay the complete balance every month, because if you only pay the minimum, you will be charged interest on the amount unpaid. • Check your credit score once a year. Your credit score will be checked later on when renting an apartment and buying a car. • Once you turn 18, sign basic estate documents, especially an advanced healthcare directive. This will allow your parents to be informed of your medical condition in case something happens. Financial independence is the result of establishing financial goals early in life, consistently saving and investing, avoiding credit card debt, and planning for a happy retirement one day. Connor Thomas is a certified financial planner with Quest Capital Management Inc. in University Park.
Student Achievements: Two to Celebrate
STUDENT-ATHLETES COMMIT TO COLLEGIATE
The Episcopal School of Dallas has announced eight student-athletes have committed to play their sport at the collegiate level. From left to right: Bryce Miltenberger, Hobert and William Smith College; Danny Kung, Washington and Lee University; Lauren Marks, Yale University; Sriya Dodda, Columbia University; Adam Bland, Hendrix College; Katelin Gildersleeve, Stanford University; Jack Betts, Amherst College; and Elliot Duessel, Colgate University.
MODEL UN TRAVELS TO BOSTON Fourteen members of the St. Mark’s Upper School Model United Nations club participated in the Harvard Model United Nations Conference (HMUN), held at the Prudential Center in Boston. More than 3,300 students from schools all over the world stepped into the role of international decision makers, negotiating crises, and crafting innovative policy solutions. Most of the St. Mark’s students represented the Dominican Republic in various UN General Assembly Committees. Harvard honored members with an “Outstanding Delegation” award for their work addressing the ongoing political and humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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LEAVE THOSE CELL PHONES BEHIND
Sky Ranch leaders want campers to escape pressures, enjoy activities By Lisa Ferguson
couple of memories standout for John Morgan about his boyhood experience attending a sleepaway summer camp: The cabin where he bunked lacked air conditioning, and the scheduled activities were few. “I was roughing it,” he recalled. “But the beautiful part of getting away and finding yourself in the wilderness a little bit was still there.” As was a youth pastor whose positive influence “changed my trajectory” in life. “I had somebody investing in me, caring about how I turned out,” Morgan said.
Even though we’re crazy and fun and loud and silly … it’s way more silent than the world. John Morgan The latter, Morgan said, is one of the “underlining principles” of Sky Ranch, a Christian-based camp with locations in Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. Morgan started with the company in 1998 as a camp staffer. He now serves as vice president of its ministry programs and oversees its sleepaway camps and
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day-camp programs for schools and churches around Dallas-Fort Worth as well as camps designed to accommodate entire families. Located about 70 miles east of Dallas and situated on a 90acre lake, Sky Ranch’s site in Van boasts modern amenities and facilities for children in grades one through nine. The campus can house up to 700 campers in its wooden-structure cabins, which feature air conditioning and indoor bathrooms, during each of its 11 weeklong sessions scheduled from May 26 through Aug. 10. The Van facility also has three pools, numerous waterslides and inflatables, climbing walls, treehouse-like structures, amphitheaters, an outdoor laser-tag course,
Campers enjoy a range of activities including a ropes course and water sports. a vertical playground with ropes obstacles, and an interactive nature center. Activities traditionally associ-
ated with summer camp are also available. “We still sing. We still have campfires,” Morgan said. An extensive horsemanship
program, led by champion steer wrestler Rope Myers, is offered on an adjacent 240 acres where arenas and horse trails are located. Getting outdoors and away f rom modern-day pressures is important for children, who are not allowed to bring their cell phones to Sky Ranch. In a camp setting, Morgan said, “Even though we’re crazy and fun and loud and silly … it’s way more silent than the world … you get to leave behind, and you get to know your real self a little better.” Although it is not affiliated with any one denomination, Sky Ranch’s curriculum does include religious discussion and activities. Campers “sit down once a day as a cabin and walk through … some pretty basic fundamentals,” Morgan explained. “There are all kinds of campers out here, all different belief structures. We still adhere to what we know is true during those teaching times,” he said. “We love and care for everyone so well that even nonbelievers come back year after year and … feel cared for while they’re here.” Fees at Sky Ranch average upward of $1,000 per camper for each Sky Ranch session. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Additional information can be found at skyranch.org. Morgan said the camp experience often proves “life-changing” for children. “There is some sort of personal development, spiritual development that happens.”
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Great Summers Start With Right Questions How will you fill your child’s summer? Does he or she need to develop new interests, get a dose of self-esteem, improve skills in sports or arts? Is your child happier with a variety of activities or a program that focuses on one particular interest? The answers HELENE ABRAMS to such questions will guide you to the type of summer program that fits best. Quality camps offer much more than recreational experiences. They are educational institutions that teach life skills such as developing independence, relating to peers, coping with fears and challenges, and problem-solving. In choosing a summer program, a parent will need to begin with some practical considerations: type, duration, and location. Does your child need a traditional program or one with a particular focus? Coed or not? Is there a religious affiliation? Are you looking for a two-week camp or something longer? Would Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont be too far? Length of stay depends on the maturity of your child, but shorter is not necessarily better. Two weeks is definitely better than one. It takes time to learn new skills and build friendships. Most may feel a little homesick in unfamiliar surroundings, but all good camps have built-in mechanisms
Camps offer opportunities to learn skills such as horseback riding. for dealing with those issues. Has your child outgrown camp or begun looking for a new experience? Community Service is often an exciting option. A teenager can help rebuild communities in need in the U.S., work at a day camp in the Dominican Republic, study sea turtles in Puerto Rico, or volunteer on a Native American reservation in the Southwest. Such programs satisfy school community service requirements and are often used as the basis for college essays. Does your teen need to learn to work with a group, stretch limits, and gain confidence? An adventure program will develop leadership and communication skills through physical activities such as biking, rock climbing, scuba diving, hiking, and kayaking in the US and abroad. These same programs can include a homestay with a family in a foreign country and a chance to learn the native language.
Enrichment programs on college campuses allow high school students to explore the feel of college. Programming can include SAT preparation, college visits, and study in many areas. Course options range from foreign language, psychology, computer science, and journalism to cooking, photography, or how to interpret dreams. If your teen already has a specialized interest, there is most likely a program out there. Summer can be one of the most rewarding, unforgettable experiences in your child’s life. If you want your child to get the maximum benefit from the experience, do your homework now. Helene Abrams, an advisor with Tips on Trips and Camps, a free summer camp and trip advisory service, helps parents of children ages 7-18 find enriching summer overnight experiences. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-484-8141.
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A Camp For Children Who Like To Make Things
Inventors Hall of Fame offers weeklong summer programs around the country By William Taylor People Newspapers
Inventors get the red-carpet treatment from the National Inventors Hall of Fame and then play starring roles in a summer camp curriculum. The hall of fame in North Canton, Ohio, bills itself as more than a museum and every year partners with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to offer Camp Invention to 160,000 children across the nation. “We show (campers) that these inventors are just real people like us, people just being curious about the world around them,” NIHF education team specialist Krissy Hostetler explained. “It’s brand new every year.” The 2019 hall of fame class of 19 inductees includes Chieko Asakawa, whose voice browser helps blind and visually-impaired computer users access the Internet, and Rebecca Richards-Kortum, who has helped develop lost-cost technologies for bringing quality medical care to poor regions. Videos featuring their stories are incorporated into the otherwise mostly hands-on program
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Campers become superheroes to learn about intellectual property and the U.S. patent system. designed to build problem-solving skills, encourage entrepreneurship, and promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning. The one-week camp is designed for children entering kindergarten through sixth-grade but includes leadership opportunities for older students. “Since 1990, our education programs have served more than 1.5 million children, and 170,000
teachers and Leaders-In-Training,” public relations coordinator Ken Torisky said. NIHF provides the curriculum and materials but certified educators do the teaching at 2,800 schools and districts, including several in Collin, Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant counties. NIHF provided testimonials from parents who described how their children returned from camp excited about learning.
Laura Cabrera, the parent of a 2018 camper, said in press release f rom NIHF that her daughter “couldn’t stop talking about building robots and how things work. She learned so much, but I don’t think she realized it because she was so busy creating and having fun.” Camp sessions are open to all students, not just those who live in a particular school district. The nearest camp locations to the Park Cities and Preston Hollow will likely be in Irving and Richardson. The camps generally operate weekdays from about 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cost $230, plus a potential facility charge of about $10. Discounts are available with early enrollment. The camp day is divided into four modules. This year: • Innovation Force – Learn about the importance of intellectual
property and the U.S. patent system in this superhero-themed module that pits campers and NIHF inductees against the Plagiarizer, who’s out to steal the world’s greatest ideas. • Deep Sea Mystery – Invent island-survival tools and underwater equipment while researching a fossil discovery. • Farm Tech – Manage a farm, with the assistance of the BotANN-E robot, and learn fundamental coding techniques. Children also are introduced to DNA syntheses and perform a mock experiment to check the health of newly purchased cattle. • DIY Orbot – Explore frequency, circuit boards, motors, and gears while adapting a DIY Orbot to perform increasingly challenging tasks.
We show (campers) that these inventors are just real people like us, people just being curious about the world around them. Krissy Hostetler
FIND A CAMP Visit invent.org/camp to find a camp and get more information.
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DALLAS STARS CASINO NIGHT SETS RECORD
Dallas Stars goaltending coach Jeff Reese deals blackjack
Ray and Dawn Byrns with Angie and Sonny Owens
Keith Nix, Hillary Seiler, and Antone Vannelli
Todd Kessler, Michael Zanez, and Mike Richards John Klingberg with Loan McDuffie
Miro Heiskanen signs a puck for a fan
Tyler Seguin and Nathan Alvey
Maria Jegurikar and Novie Gupta
Grady Raskin, Jordan Case, Jim Montgomery, Gary Venner, Jamie Benn, and Marty Turco Charlie and Kamryn Berard
Josette Nelson, Julie Barnes, and Kyleigh Nelson P H O T O S B Y D AV I D A LV E Y AND RHI LEE
DJ S.O.U.L Jah
Robbyn and Brett Dougherty with Chelsea Livingston
Grant and Alana Matthews
Patricia Blasquez and Miler Houng
More than 750 Dallas Stars fans filled the showrooms at Park Place Lexus Plano on Jan. 13 for the 20th annual Dallas Stars Casino Night. The event raised $403,711 for the Dallas Stars Foundation, shattering last yearâ€™s record for the most money ever raised in a single night for the charity.
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STEWPOT ALLIANCE SOUP’S ON! LUNCHEON
Ray and Margie Francis
The Chefs: Jeff Bekavac, Cane Rosso; Omar Flores, Whistle Britches; Michael Youssef, The Hilton Anatole Hotel; Nick Walker, CBD Provisions; Jeramie Robison, City Hall Bistro; Abraham Salum, Salum; Suki Otsuki, Mudhen Meat and Greens; Anastasia Quiñones, José; Janice Provost, Parigi; Danyele McPherson, 8020 Hospitality; Brian C. Luscher, The Grape; and Caroline Perini, Easy Slider
Olivia Cole, Kameron Westcott, and Brittany Stephens
Brenda Ewing Snitzer, Jill Tiernan, Matrice Ellis-Kirk, and Lindsay Billingsley
Ellis Thomas and Jennifer Walters
Elise Riter and Katie Kelton
Lucy Billingley, Regina Calcaterra, and Linda Owen Barnes
PHOTOS BY ROB WYTHE
The 11th annual Stewpot Alliance Soup’s On! Luncheon and Art Sale took place Jan. 17 in The Chantilly Ballroom at The Hilton Anatole Hotel. Proceeds from the annual luncheon and art sale benefit The Stewpot, which serves Dallas residents who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. The event featured speaker Regina Calcaterra, author of Etched in Sand, and specialty soups were prepared by some of Dallas’ finest chefs just for the occasion.
DALLAS CONTEMPORARY TOASTS TO SPRING
Marlene Sughrue and Jenny Bania
Kristen Cole, Ezra Petronio, Lana Petrusevych, and Kaleta Blaffer Johnson
Angela and BJ Hall
Jack and Kelly Cornell Stacy Nutkis and Cara Owens P H O T O S B Y TA M Y T H A C A M E R O N
Mirador at Forty Five Ten
Billy Fong, Max Trowbridge, and Rosa Langley
Muffin and John Lemak
An excited crowd attended Forty Five Ten’s chic eatery Mirador as plans were revealed for S/S19 benefiting Dallas Contemporary. The forthcoming gala, presented by Headington Companies is set for April 5 and will be chaired by Kristen Cole and Kaleta Blaffer Johnson.
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CENTER FOR VITAL LONGEVITY HONORS SCIENTISTS
CVL Founder Dr. Denise Park Dr. Mick Rugg and Leslie Ann Crozier with Carol and Scott Murray
Jenny Deely and Holley Caldwell
PHOTOS BY BRUNO
CVL Faculty - Dr. Denise Park, Dr. Michael Rugg, Dr. Karen Rodrigue, Dr. Kristin Kennedy, Dr. Chandramallika Basak, and Dr. Gagan Wig
Carol Hall, Dr. John Stillwell, and Nancy O’Neil
Dr. Lars Nyberg presented “What will memory aging look like for our grandchildren?” at a dinner honoring distinguished guests and internationally recognized scientists attending the Dallas Aging and Cognition Conference. The dinner was hosted by Advisory Council and Director’s Research Circle Members of UT Dallas’ Center for Vital Longevity at the Park City Club on Jan. 27.
SPCA OF TEXAS’ PAWS CAUSE
Scott Greenberg, Sharon Fancher, Betsy Orton, and Kristen Greenberg James Bias, Mary Spencer, and Bobbi Snyder Don and Cindy Lindsley PHOTOS BY THOMAS GARZA PHOTOGRAPHY
Brian Curtis and Brenda Olvera
Karen Urie and Gwen Echols Chef Abraham Salum and Rachel Reed
Guests and Scooter (SPCA of Texas Mascot Cat) listen to speakers at Paws Cause 2019
Winter, Marley, and Hera play tug-of-war
The adoptions atrium of the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center was jammed to the max for the SPCA of Texas’ Paws Cause event on Jan. 27. SPCA of Texas president and CEO James Bias presented the 2019 Mary Spencer Humanitarian Award to longtime supporter, Bobbi Snyder. SPCA of Texas raised nearly $170,000 at Paws Cause 2019 and received a $100,000 match from the Snyder Foundation, making it a $270,000 evening.
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HUMAN TRAFFICKING VIDEO CHANGES BUSINESSMAN’S FAITH WAT C H I T O N L I N E
The Heart of a Man, rated PG-13, is available to stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu. Follow this article online to see the original short documentary that inspired the movie.
Inspired wealth manager, Wayne McCullough, helped raise funding for ‘The Heart of a Man,’ a film addressing sexual exploitation.
By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers
ayne McCullough’s life changed in less than five minutes. A few years ago, McCullough’s sister-in-law invited him to hear a woman speak about being lured to Mexico and captured in the sex trafficking world. He was struck by the topic but admitted interest eventually waned. Then, his sister-in-law, who was interning for pureHOPE, a faith-based foundation that deals with sexual exploitations, sent him a video. Just shy of five minutes, it challenged everything McCullough knew about human trafficking, pornography, and his faith. The film began with a story about a beautiful apple tree that was poisoned and how
people continued to eat from it despite the fruit becoming bitter. The story was used to show that the root of sexual exploitation is demand. “I just watched something that may have changed the direction of my life,” McCullough remembers thinking after watching the clip. “There was this realization to me that this is happening everywhere. It is right here in our own back yard – right here in Dallas.” McCullough, a Park Cities resident who is the president and managing partner of Benchmark Private Wealth Management, said he grew up in the church but had a skewed view of grace and really only understood fire and brimstone. For most of his life, he considered himself a “Christian with quote marks around it.” That all changed when he embarked on a
journey to turn the documentary into a fulllength film. It began with nine simple words he left on the voicemail of pureHOPE founder Noel Bouché: “You don’t know me, but we need to meet.” “He called with such boldness and such willingness to help, and I was like, I need to know more,” Bouché said. From their first meeting at a Starbucks on Knox Street to meeting with Tony Anderson, the director of the documentary, and two filmmakers who’d traveled the world kicking down doors of brothels to expose sex trafficking, the film The Heart of a Man was made. “Wayne basically organized a whirlwind road show getting us into people’s offices and the Dallas Country Club to raise capital for the project,” Bouché said. “It was the
Park Cities that really catalyzed this film.” McCullough’s wife, Lissie, also worked on the film as an executive producer. The Heart of a Man interweaves a cinematic retelling of the parable of the prodigal son juxtaposed with interviews of real people struggling with sexual distractions and the shame that follows. “Getting at the issue of shame that so many of us deal with, that was really the pivot that was made with the film,” Bouché said. “The film connects how all this stuff comes together and how men need to be healed and need the freedom that only a liberated relationship with God can bring.” That message challenged McCullough to change the way he viewed God, he said. “What if your brokenness is a bridge to God and not a barrier?”
Can We Coexist? Leaders discuss importance of interfaith communities
By Fallon Lineberger Special Contributor
Rabbi Nancy Kasten, co-chair of Faith Forward Dallas – a diverse coalition of local religious leaders, sees different mindsets among believers when it comes to the acceptance of other faiths. There are those who build walls around their beliefs to protect themselves and those who believe such partitions cannot be sustained, she said. Her view lies with the latter. The topic arose at a recent interfaith panel hosted by Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. Kasten was joined by the Rev. Chris Girata, rector of Saint Michael’s, and Oman Suleiman, professor of Islamic studies at SMU. “We need to enhance our rela-
tionships with other groups, learn to trust each other, and work together to combat things mutually,” Kasten said to the hundreds of people who showed up for the second annual panel, Islam, Judaism and Christianity – The Conversation Continued. While each member of the panel reviewed questions about laws, conversion, guiding future generations, and the faiths’ futures, the overall tone of the evening focused on the importance of acceptance among each faith and ensuring peace throughout the community. “Demographically speaking, we are going to shift in the next 80 to 100 years (and) by 2100, there will be far more Muslims than Christians in the world,” Girata said. “We really do need to stop pointing at different people
of faith and realize that being a person of faith is going to become less and less common.” According to the Pew Research Center, while the world’s Christian population has grown modestly, Muslims are projected to be the world’s fastest-growing major religious group in decades. Girata said looking at the contrasts and similarities between people of faith and of non-believers, “most of the time, we will seek the same things … peace, charity, kindness, protecting the vulnerable, and love.” Suleiman, who also is the co-chair of Faith Forward Dallas, spoke on how misconceptions have hampered people’s perceptions of different religions throughout history. “One of the biggest cop-outs is that religion is responsible for the
FROM LEFT: The Rev. Chris Girata, Rabbi Nancy Kasten, and Oman Suleiman tout the value of understanding people from other faiths. most tragic acts in history. ISIS is not about religion. The Crusades were not about religion. These are political issues,” he said. “Religion is not the source of evil. The more I believe in Islam, the more I believe in the rights of others, the more I believe in my religion, [and] the more I believe in our humanity. We’re not perfect, but I
think that we are onto something.” The audience erupted into applause. “When you mix religion with political agenda, you become especially combustible,” he said. “The idea that the only way to coexist is for each one of us to relinquish a bit of ourselves is deeply problematic.”
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MOM LAUNCHES ALL-IN-ONE BODY LOUNGE
Patients make one appointment for multi-service maintenance checkup
py, a chiropractic and sports injury section, a focus on weight loss and anti-aging, and other soft tissue therapy. A patient could make one appointment, one stop, and get a full-fledged maintenance check. “In Los Angeles, I had all types of innovative and cutting-edge treatments and therapies at my disposal,” she said. “I first tried soft tissue cupping about 10 years ago
and became addicted after feeling the positive effects and benefits from it. When I was pregnant with my son, I was having horrible pains in my shoulders that were treated with dry needling. I was constantly seeking and researching new advances in the cosmetic and wellness industries.” Opening what she wanted would prove tricky; for an all-in-
one type of stop, she would need multiple types of doctors with different medical qualifications. “I was going to several different places and doctors, and I wanted to open an [all-in-one] clinic for this reason specifically,” she said. She approached Dr. Ed La Cara, a former Army combat medic, and convinced him to join the team as the rehabilitation and body
therapy expert. Dr. Katina Thornton was next on board, bringing with her an expertise in nutrition and weight loss. Together, along with Dallas, they form the team at Body Lounge Park Cities. “Each of us has a passion for people and helping people achieve their top mental and physical wellness,” Dallas said. “It’s work, but it’s worth it.” Among numerous combinations of services, customers can request five “tune-up” chiropractic adjustments or four soft-tissue treatments. Patients can also choose among treatments of five vitamins, and four IV treatments. Through an IV, patients can receive doses of B12, glutathione, BCAA, vitamin D and C, and magnesium. “We felt there was a need in the area and wanted to provide a place that was convenient and easy while maintaining presence in our own personal community,” Dallas said. “There are so many people who think outside of the box in regards to wellness and self-care. There’s a natural and genuine interest and importance in staying healthy.”
the environment. The 1,656-page National Climate Assessment, prepared by top climate scientists every four years, provided a grim reminder late last year that what has been predicted is now a part of our reality. It’s an urgent call to action for change. While carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases play a role in the warming of the planet, the report emphasizes the impact of other atmospheric pollutants such as ozone and smoke. Without substantial and sustained global mitigation and regional adaptation efforts, climate
change is expected to cause growing losses to American infrastructure and property and impede the rate of economic growth. That said, we should not depend on corporations and government for change. Individually, we can be a part of the solution by making simple changes every day. Start by taking the EarthX Pledge to Change by texting EarthX to 70402. 1. Reduce plastic pollution by eliminating plastics. More than 70 percent of marine litter is plastic. 2. Pledge to use a renewable energy source. Last year, Texas generated 18 percent of its ener-
gy from wind and solar. 3. Pledge to protect our waterways. Don’t use chemical fertilizers or don’t use them before it rains. Why? Dead zones begin to form when excess nutrients, primarily nitrogen and phosphorus, enter coastal waters and help fertilize algae. Major nutrient sources include fertilizers, wastewater, and the burning of fossil fuels. 4. Go meatless one to two days a week. Researchers at the University of Oxford found that cutting meat and dairy products could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint by up to 73 percent.
5. Pledge to stop car idling. Every two minutes of idling is equal to one mile of driving. 6. Adopt a Zero Waste Lifestyle. This includes composting, recycling, reducing food waste, and repairing clothing and household items instead of discarding them. Visit earthx.org to learn our EarthxImpact and be an advocate for the Earth – because ultimately, we’re all in this together. Tony Keane joined EarthX as CEO in November 2018. The organization’s 2019 expo, formerly Earth Day Texas, is scheduled April 26-28 at Fair Park.
By Tim Glaze
n all-in-one “body maintenance” shop in University Park is aiming to tackle individual health from every level – and with a personal touch that doesn’t resemble a hospital waiting room. It took a move from Los Angeles, though, to make Copper Dallas’ dream of opening a health boutique a reality.
There are so many people who think outside of the box in regards to wellness and self-care. Copper Dallas Dallas was vice-president of marketing at Lyons Group Venues in Los Angeles, but her love of health and wellness was always in the back of her mind. Her ideal shop would contain a place for vitamin and IV-thera-
Take the EarthX Pledge EarthX wants to change the world, one person at a time, one idea at a time. We can all make small changes in our lives that will have an impact TONY KEANE on improving
Body Lounge Park Cities offers chiropractic massage, IV vitamin drips, and plans for weight loss.
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Fresh-Baked Scones Help With Celebrating The Irish In Us All March can be unpredictable when it comes to North Texas weather. One day, the sun is shining, it feels like spring has arrived, and my menu features salads of just-picked baby field greens and CHRISTY ROST tender spears HOME + KITCHEN of asparagus. Then a cold front blows in, and all I can think of is how comforting a steaming pot of homemade soup would be. For one who cooks by the seasons, this month can be a challenge in the kitchen. One thing I can predict is the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. This holiday was first celebrated in the 17th century to commemorate Ireland’s patron saint. During the American Revolutionary War, Irish soldiers fighting on American soil held the first St. Patrick’s Day parades. As more Irish immigrants came to America, they embraced and expanded the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day to hold onto the cultural and food traditions of their homeland. I’ve always regarded St. Patrick’s Day as the perfect fun-filled holiday. This sentiment started when
Irish Buttermilk Scones I was about 8 years old when my sister Lynn added food coloring to the mashed potatoes. She and I burst into hysterical laughter when our mom removed the lid from the serving dish and discovered green potatoes. I may be only Irish in my heart, but once I became a mom, I injected that same sense of holiday fun into our mealtimes by decorating our St. Patrick’s Day dinner table with green placemats, napkins, and paper shamrocks. It’s an easy, no-fuss way to transform what could be an ordinary meal into a family celebration. My Irish Buttermilk Scones are a melt-in-the-mouth, tasty addition to this year’s holiday celebration. Scones are one of my favorite quick
breads, so I’ve been making them for years. During an autumn cruise with my mother from Quebec City to New York City on the Queen Mary II last year, I happily sampled every scone I could find. The traditional recipe is a simple mixture of flour, baking powder, salt, a bit of sugar, butter, and cream or buttermilk. The secret to a good scone is cutting icecold butter into the flour mixture, adding the cream, and stirring just until it comes together, so pieces of butter remain in the dough. When baked, the dough puffs and yields a scone that’s crisp on the outside and tender inside. In this month’s recipe, I’ve added freshly squeezed orange juice for a zesty citrus scone that’s scrumptious for breakfast or dessert.
2 cups flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda ¾ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces 2 eggs, divided use 1 orange, rinsed and zested 3 tablespoons squeezed orange juice 3 tablespoons buttermilk 1 tablespoon sparkling or granulated sugar, for garnish 1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar, for glaze 1 ½ tablespoons milk, for glaze
Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and baking powder until they are well blended. Using a hand-held pastry blender, cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until the butter is pea-size. In a small bowl, whip 1 egg with a fork and stir in the orange zest and juice. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture, add the buttermilk, and stir
just until the mixture comes together. Turn the dough out onto a floured pastry cloth or counter and knead it several times until the dough is smooth. Roll out the dough into a 13-inch by 4 ½-inch rectangle with a 5/8-inch thickness, tapping the edges with a metal pastry scraper to keep them even. Cut the dough into triangles with a sharp knife and transfer the scones to a lightly greased cookie sheet. In a small bowl, whip the remaining egg with 1 tablespoon water to form an egg wash. Brush the egg wash over the tops of the scones and sprinkle them with sparkling sugar. Bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. Remove them from the oven and transfer them to a wire rack to cool. When they are cool, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and milk in a medium bowl to form a thick glaze. Drizzle the glaze over the scones in a zigzag pattern and set them aside until the glaze has dried.
Yield: 10 scones
Visit christyrost.com for more recipes and entertaining tips from public television chef Christy Rost, a lifestyle authority and author of three cookbooks, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter @ChristyRost.
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THINGS TO DO COURTESY PHOTOS
THE ART OF THE BRICK Perot Museum of Nature and Science Through Aug. 18 This traveling exhibit features millions of LEGO® bricks used to recreate artistic masterpieces including Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Michelangelo’s David and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. Included in the experience is a hands-on creative space called The Science of the Brick, where guests can unlock their inner engineers, architects, and artists to let their imaginations run free. The exhibition also offers a gallery showcasing an innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO-brick infused photography produced in tandem with award-winning photographer Dean West.
ARTROCKS! NorthPark Center 1 p.m. March 9 This free program in the NorthCourt on Level One between Nordstrom and Macy’s introduces children to famous artists through imaginative and fun activities. Children can explore the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, an American Punk and Neo-Expressionist artist known for creating graffiti and graffiti-inspired paintings in New York City. There will be art projects, a Bookmarks scavenger hunt, and other activities.
FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL Dallas Arboretum March 21 – 23 Tickets:dallasarboretum.org/events-activities/ food-and-wine-festival/ In its third year, the Food and Wine Festival, held during the arboretum’s Dallas Blooms spring event, is expanding to three days. The festival kicks off March 21 with a Grand Tasting featuring dozens of local chefs, tastings, and a selection of wine and beer. On March 22, the festival features classes taught by chefs, followed by the Vintners’ Dinner that evening. March 24 features an interactive panel hosted by The Chef ’s Garden and farmer Lee Jones.
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SPECIAL ADVERTISING CONTENT DAVE PERRY-MILLER REAL ESTATE
Updike | Pugh Group offers 1.37-acre creekside home
5635 Yolanda Circle / Jan Folmar
This 2011 custom Hill Country estate, designed and built by Sharif Munir, is set on a cul-de-sac near Netherland Park. Jan Folmar with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Updike | Pugh Group is representing 5635 Yolanda Circle (5635yolanda.daveperrymiller.com). The 9,918 square foot home (per tax rolls) with four bedrooms, five baths, two half-baths and a three-car garage is priced at $3,699,500. “This spacious treasure takes full advantage of the lot and creek that runs through it,” said Folmar. “If the landscaped grounds, koi pond, outdoor kitchen and fire pit don’t hook you, then the winding path, fenced overlook and waterfall will.” Inside, the large living room overlooks the veranda and picturesque grounds through a wall of windows. All bedrooms are on the first floor and include private baths. Upstairs is an 840-square-foot game room and 1,800-square-foot flex space. There is also a secure vault room. To schedule a private showing, contact Folmar at 214-616-7985 or email@example.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.
ALLIE BETH ALLMAN
Kim Cocotos and Kristen Scott Excited to Join Allie Beth Allman
Kim Cocotos and Kristen Scott recently joined Allie Beth Allman & Associates. “We are always looking to take our business to the next level and Allie Beth Allman has such a strong market presence to help us do that,” Cocotos said. “We are excited to be surrounded by leaders in the industry and look forward to learning from them.” Cocotos has a background in sales and marketing. Ten years ago, she embarked on a career in real estate and hasn’t looked back. Along the way she met Scott. The two hit it off and three years ago they decided to join forces and the Cocotos-Scott Group was started. “Through our non-profit work together, we learned that our skills and capabilities complimented one another,” Scott said. Scott’s background is in finance. She worked in the corporate world before having children. The skills she learned over the course of her previous career have proven invaluable in real estate. “By having different professional backgrounds, we balance each other with our individual strengths,” Cocotos added. As for this year, Cocotos and Scott are excited to see some big changes. They are eager to utilize all the resources the firm offers and are excited about the company’s vision.
ALLIE BETH ALLMAN URBAN
BRIGGS FREEMAN SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY
Classic Style, but Brilliantly Modern
3603 S Versailles Avenue 4 Bed | 4 Bath | 3,929 SqFt Offered For $879,500
THE PERRY-MILLER STREIFF GROUP
Updated Preston Hollow Traditional
A rendering of 5940 Watson Avenue, represented by Jennifer LeLash of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $3,350,000
Conveniently located near the Medical and Design Districts, Love Field and Dallas North Tollway, this spacious, light-filled contemporary 4-bedroom, 4 bath home has incredible custom features and an open floor-plan, perfect for entertaining. The gourmet kitchen, with granite counter tops and center island is fully-equipped with Bosch stainless steel 5-burner gas cook top, double wall ovens, microwave and dishwasher is open to the spacious dining and living area, which features 12-foot ceilings, wide-plank wood floors, a gas fireplace and large windows with custom shades. Also, on the first floor is a large office, a full bath and laundry room. There are two covered patios as well as an oversized garage with additional covered carport parking, electric gate with board-on-board privacy fence surrounding the back yard. Upstairs are four bedrooms, including the master suite with large walk-in closet, a sitting area and outdoor balcony. The spa-like master bath has dual sinks, a soaking tub and double shower. Built in 2014, this home has been lovingly maintained and is move-in ready with fresh paint inside and out! For more information please contact Robin Brock (214.543.8963) or Kyle Crews (214.538.1310)
Jennifer LeLash knows her city — and what its people love. That is why the fourth-generation Dallasite and top agent for Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is particularly excited about two new listings: new homes in Preston Hollow, both by Barrow Builders Group, that deftly interpret classic architecture for modern Dallas living. 5941 Desco Drive blends French Normandy elegance with contemporary flair. It offers nearly 8,000 square feet of luxuries, including five bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen, a paneled study, a club-like bar and a covered loggia with fireplace. Scheduled for completion in February 2019, it is listed for $3,375,000. 5940 Watson Avenue is a beautiful translation of Spanish Colonial style. At more than 7,200 square feet, it offers six bedrooms, three living areas, a gourmet kitchen and a large master suite with spalike bath. Scheduled for completion in March 2019, it is listed for $3,350,000. Barrow Builders Group specializes in custom homes and commercial construction. Its unique point of view is this: “At home, you’re comfortable. At work, you’re inspired. It’s our mission to capture your passion and vision for both.” To see all the homes, ranches and land represented by the luxury leader in North Texas — since 1960 and counting — go to briggsfreeman.com.
ALLIE BETH ALLMAN
EBBY HALLIDAY REALTORS
THE PERRY-MILLER STREIFF GROUP
Capping a year as No. 1 in estate sales in Dallas County, Allie Beth Allman & Associates achieved $2 billion in transactions for 2018, a record for the residential real estate boutique. Company leaders attributed the record success to a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship fueled by strategic sales, technology and marketing applications. But the foundation of it all is solid relationships with clients and among colleagues. “This $2 billion record is much more than a dollar value,” said founder and CEO Allie Beth Allman. “It is about the value of relationships, results, market savvy and a culture the helps our agents thrive and best serve their clients. We can list 2 billion reasons we hit $2 billion in sales, and the list starts with people.” For 2018, the firm leads the sale of homes in Dallas County starting at $1 million. The firm’s average sale in the Park Cities was more than $1.7 million; in Preston Hollow, the average was just under $2 million. “Great things happen when you have the strongest team working together to bring success,” said general manager Keith Conlon. “Thank you to our agents and our clients for allowing us to work for you.”
Ebby Halliday Realtors and its sales associates possess a unique understanding of the global real estate market. This understanding is a result of the firm’s affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a network of premier real estate brokers in over 65 countries, and its luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International. When marketing a luxury home, Ebby Halliday Realtors taps the network of Luxury Portfolio International members and utilizes its website, LuxuryPortfolio.com, to expose listings to buyers across the globe. By showcasing high-end listings on LuxuryPortfolio.com, Ebby Halliday Realtors leverages the strength of a website that consistently ranks at the top of Google search results and has more $1 million-plus properties than any other luxury real estate network. Ebby Halliday clients also benefit from LuxeAnalytics, an exclusive reporting system that allows sellers to see how much traffic their listing is receiving and the origin of that traffic. With locations across North Texas, Ebby Halliday is one of the most respected full-service residential real estate firms in the country. To learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and all of the properties available for purchase in North Texas, visit the award-winning ebby.com.
The Spring real estate market has arrived and while many homes may be snapped off the market in days, this tends to motivate the need for more “hip pocket listings.” These off-market sales, otherwise known as hip pockets, are ideal for many reasons and having an agent in the know is the true secret to either selling one or grabbing one for yourself. Off-market listings have an air of exclusivity for both the seller and buyer – sellers are drawn to the private, streamlined process, while buyers enjoy elite access to off-market inventory. Networking is key for these listings to succeed and The Perry-Miller Streiff Group leverages their agent relationships whether they are selling a property or looking for their buyer. In 2018, 20% of The Perry-Miller Streiff Group’s transactions were off-market. Two recent highlights include 5500 Auburndale, which closed in January of 2019, and 4424 Belclaire, in 2018. The Perry-Miller Streiff Group successfully sold over $150 Million in 2018, surpassing their total sales numbers in 2017. They work hard to create the unparalleled track record they have, where every transaction bears the hallmark of true professionalism, commitment, and a deft touch. For more information or help finding your next off-market home, please visit DPMFineHomes.com
Dallas luxury real estate leader sets $2 billion record
Firm Offers Local Expertise, International Reach
This new listing at 6520 Stichter is being offered for $1,395,000.
This striking traditional Preston Hollow home at 6520 Stichter combines a sophisticated elegance with a warm and inviting family living sensibility tailor-made to today’s lifestyle. Clean lines, high ceiling, stunning millwork and hardwood floors complement a light and bright open floorplan. This 4,995 square foot floorplan includes four bedrooms, five full and one-half baths, a study, two living areas, two dining areas, gourmet kitchen, bonus craft room, and two-car garage. The Master bedroom with sitting balcony overlooks the salt water swimming pool and features a luxurious bath (remodeled in 2018) featuring granite surfaces, dual sinks, walk-in shower, free standing tub, and oversized walkin closet with built-in storage. Please contact Karen Fry (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ryan Streiff (email@example.com) for more information or visit DPMFineHomes.com.
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ALLIE BETH ALLMAN
Allman Firm Tops Luxury Home Sales – Again CHARLES J. McGUIRE III Allie Beth Allman & Associates ended 2018 as the top brokerage firm in the Park Cities and in all of Dallas County for the sale of homes valued at more than $1 million, $2 million, $3 million, $4 million and $5 million. In the luxury market of homes over $1 million in Dallas County, the firm captured nearly 24% of the market. The firm drove the estate market by capturing 61.4% of all home sales over $5 million. In the Park Cities, the firm sold 8 of 10 estate homes and 11 of 12 in Preston Hollow. “We are amazed at our record-breaking year,” said Allie Beth Allman, president and CEO. “We could not have had such a successful year without all of our agents putting in hard work.” One of the biggest highlights of the year, though, was ending 2018 with over $2 billion in sales. “We were impressed with our sales in 2017 and knew we needed to keep the momentum,” added Keith Conlon, general manager. “We set a goal for 2018, and not only did we make it – we exceeded it.” Conlon is optimistic 2019 will be another great year. “With the Allie Beth Allman and Berkshire Hathaway brand behind us, our numbers will continue to grow.”
ALLIE BETH ALLMAN
Great Time to Buy A Home Spring Market has come early in 2019. While January and February tend to have fewer homes on the market, this year seems to be an exception with “a lot of excellent homes coming on the market early this year,” said Keith Conlon, general manager of Allie Beth Allman & Associates. Here are two new Park Cities listings. The eight-bedroom French chateau-style home at 3632 Normandy Ave. has a grand entrance and open living space. It has a large backyard and a mammoth underground garage with space for 11 vehicles. Relax in the master suite in front of a fireplace or on a covered balcony. A media room and wine cellar are in the basement. On the third floor is a large game room. A charming home at 3633 Southwestern Blvd. that would be a good candidate for remodeling or to build a whole new home on this popular University Park street. The living room has a wood-burning fireplace, and the den has a vaulted ceiling and a lot, and it has a second wood-burning fireplace and a loft. There is a banquette in the breakfast room. The master suite has dual sinks, and there is a guest quarters and a pool. To find your next home, visit www.alliebeth.com.
VIRGINIA COOK, REALTORS
The Mayo Redpath Team Offers Updated Rockbrook Estates Home “A home for all seasons” perfectly describes this extraordinary home of great beauty and impeccable quality. Gracefully situated among towering trees in Rockbrook Estates, this custom built Traditional blends luxury and comfort with an open one-story floorplan and a stunning pool and garden. The heart of this home is a magnificent chef’s kitchen, open to two luxurious and comfortable living areas, one with fireplace, exceptional wet bar with ice maker and Sub-Zero wine storage. The kitchen is designed to meet the standards of a serious cook with an enormous central butcher block island, Capital Cularian Series SS double ovens and a gas cook-top with six burners and a griddle. Granite counters on facing sides offer counter seating for eight. A charming breakfast room, an astonishing 17’x 5 pantry, a farm sink and vistas to the magnificent pool, terrace and outdoor kitchen easily enhance daily living. A serene study with an elegant fireplace has splendid millwork, abundant cabinetry and library shelving with rolling ladder and rich hardwood floors which are featured throughout. 4216 Lively Lane is Offered at $1,750,000. For more information, contact The Mayo Redpath Team at (469) 231-7592 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2/2/1942 - 2/2/2019
harles J. (Chuck) McGuire III was born on February 2, 1942 in Dallas to Barbara Wilson McGuire and Charles J. McGuire II and passed away peacefully in Dallas on February 2, 2019, his 77th birthday. Chuck was a graduate of Jesuit High School where, in addition to academic excellence,
he excelled in both baseball and basketball. He was a three-year letterman in both sports and was named the school’s Outstanding Athlete in 1960 and was inducted into the Jesuit Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. He attended Texas A&M University on a baseball scholarship where he was a first team All-American 1962-64 and competed in the 1964 College World Series. Forsaking an offer to play professional baseball by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chuck elected to make the law his profession by attending SMU Law School. In 1973 along with two other attorneys he founded the law firm, Winstead, McGuire, Sechrest and Minick, and would go on to establish a second law firm, McGuire, Craddock & Strother, where he specialized in the areas of banking and surety law. Chuck was a member of the State Bar of Texas, 19672019; the Dallas Bar Associa-
tion, 1967-2019; the Texas Association of Bank Counsel and the American Bar Association, 1967-2019. Preceeded in death by his parents, his wife, Kathryn Dillon McGuire, and his son, Charles J. McGuire IV, he is survived by his sister, Susan Urban of Dallas, and his daughter and granddaughter, Kate and Sarah Martin of Dallas. Family, friends and colleagues mourn the loss of Chuck who leaves behind a legacy of professional excellence, athletic proficiency and his trademark wit and good humor. He will be profoundly missed. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Februar y 12, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church, 12521 Inwood Road, Dallas. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Rev. Jack Deeves, S.J. Scholarship Fund, Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, 12345 Inwood Rd., Dallas, TX 75244.
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