Preston Hollow People March 2021

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OPTIMISM ON THE MENU During a year of COVID-19 restrictions, restaurateurs like Julian Barsotti find new ways to serve customers. PAGE 10

SEE ALSO: Lockdown Lookback PAGE 4

More STAAR Guidelines PAGE 31

Athletes Stay Competitive PAGE 34








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Dad keeps falling…” The Failure of Healthcare in Fall Prevention By authority on Independence and Rehabilitation, Emilia Bourland, MOT, OTR, ECHM

As an occupational therapist, I’ve treated literally thousands of people who have fallen. I’m going to tell you now, it’s not pretty. It’s also heartbreaking. Why? Well, for one, many falls can be prevented. It’s absolutely heartbreaking knowing that someone has had a LIFE CHANGING event… that DIDN’T need to happen. But, of course, despite the best efforts, knowledge, and advocacy of the many wonderful healthcare providers who work so hard to care for their patients, our healthcare system doesn’t think PROACTIVELY. It addresses problems AFTER they happen. It doesn’t address problems COMPREHENSIVELY. It treats symptoms, one at a time. Our system is complicated and confusing, and it takes too long to reach the people who need it. That’s why I’ve dedicated my life and my practice to approaching healthcare differently. So? What’s different about working with AIPC Therapy? 1. You don’t have to jump through any hoops to receive service. All you need is a problem we can solve, and a desire to do

the work to fix it. If we can’t help you, we’ll do our best to send you to the people who can. 2. We provide custom, comprehensive solutions. That means we look holistically at the person, their situation, and their individual goals. AIPC Therapy does not do cookie cutter therapy, and we do not provide piecemeal solutions. 3. We are laser focused on YOU and YOUR GOALS, not your insurance plan. Whether you or a loved one has already fallen, is afraid of falling, or want a proactive plan for preventing falls in the first place, we are DEDICATED to helping you achieve the OUTCOME you want. Period. If you have a problem with independence or falling, if you’ve been let down by our healthcare system, or if you’re sick of struggling to get the therapy you NEED and DESERVE, then call us at 469998-1245. • Talk about what’s going on with a therapist who cares, and together, come up with a plan. There’s no fee, and no risk. • Get a FREE Report on Fall Prevention. Call 469-998-1245. Leave a voicemail or TEXT 24/7. Author Emilia Bourland, MOT, OTR, ECHM is owner of AIPC Therapy. Contact her at 469-9981245 or - Advertisement -




ne of Preston Hollow’s more famous denizens is Mark Cuban, who isn’t exactly shy and retiring. And it seems like Dallasites have a love/hate relationship with the businessman and NBA team owner, who often sees himself making headlines for almost anything - sports, business, politics, or even uh, ice cream that one time. But Cuban found himself in the headlines again recently for a couple of things. First, he weighed in on that whole Gamestop/Reddit gambit to stick it to hedge funds holding short positions in companies. You can see his reaction in the News section at And then it came to light that the Mavericks haven’t been playing the national anthem before games this season. In an ESPN interview, Cuban said that he decided not to play the song before home games after talking to community members and consulting with NBA commissioner Adam Silver (the NBA has since mandated the anthem be played before all games). The anthem had not been played before any of their preseason or regular-season home games this season. The resulting furor resulted in Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announcing that his “Star Spangled Banner Protection Act” would become a legislative priority. Our February poll asking readers to pick their favorite pro-sport team owner may have reflected that love/hate relationship - some of our readers seemed to take issue with Cuban’s outspokenness, and others applauded it. “Clark Hunt makes differences from behind the scenes. He doesn’t crave the spotlight like Jerry and Cuban do,” a reader said. “Mark Cuban has made a tremendous impact on North Texas,” one survey taker said. “He is an investor in many social service nonprofits that benefit those in need. He eschews political correctness and is uninterested in


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keeping up with the Joneses – he just dives into an issue, learns about it, and helps improve the situation.” “Mavs have done more for the community,” another reader seconded. “Besides having rabid fans, they have donated to countless charities and causes, boosted women’s issues – this all starts from the top.” Cuban came in second with 26.1% of the vote to winner (and Kansas City Chiefs and FC Dallas owner) Clark Hunt’s 58.7%. You can read more about the poll in our Sports section online. More to look for online: As vaccination efforts ramp up and improve, and COVID-19 infection rates seem to be dropping, we’re providing updates in daily digests. Find them in our coronavirus section. The deadline to file to run for school board and city council seats was Feb. 12, and we will have updates on the final tally of candidates and other election coverage in our news section. Sarah Helen Hancock, an investment adviser turned interior decorator with Highland Park ties, was indicted by a Dallas County grand jury for fraud – and we have more details in our crime section.

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Forest Park Medical Defendants To Be Sentenced in March By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT: Mike Rawlings was honored at the TACA Silver Cup luncheon on March 10, 2020; a masked up Dallas City Council member Jennifer Gates chats with Regina Montoya in September; well-wishers gathered to wish WT White grads well at a drive-through celebration; Get Shift Done hired newly unemployed to work at nonprofits. (PHOTOS: BETHANY ERICKSON AND GET SHIFT DONE)



can’t remember what I ate at last year’s TACA Silver Cup luncheon, and I can’t help but think I might have paid more attention if I had known it would B E T H A N Y be the E R I C KS O N last event I would cover in person for more than a year. The luncheon was on March 10, the same day that Dallas County reported its first two presumptive cases of COVID-19. It would be the last day I’d sit elbow to elbow with strangers at a table - period. I didn’t know that a few days later, I’d walk out of the office and not come back for months. By March 13, Dallas County and the cities of Dallas, University Park, and Highland Park had issued emergency declarations. March 2020, in retrospect, would be a series of grim firsts. Just six days after those first two cases, both Dallas ISD and HPISD had closed their buildings, moving

to hastily cobbled together online lessons. The next day, Dallas County closed bars and restaurants, and further limitations on gathering would follow. On March 19, Dallas County reported its first death. In January 2021, the county surpassed 2,000 deaths. I’ve kept a timeline, curated in an Excel spreadsheet, of the path the pandemic has taken. At night, when I’m looking over the latest county tallies for the morning digest, I look at the timeline and feel so tired. To the friends and families of those who’ve died, 2,000 is not a small number. It’s their everything, more often than not. It’s a significant number for that family missing someone who succumbed to a virus that has set the world on its collective ear. To those who are still – months later – dealing with aftereffects of their bout with the virus, even one is a big number. It has upended their lives. A year later, while we appreciate advances that brought hope in the form of a vaccine and the time we’ve been able to spend with our

families, we also mourn what and whom we’ve lost: Family and friends, we haven’t been able to mourn properly because of the risks associated with gatherings; The children who have lost valuable learning time; The arts community that lost more than $95 million in revenue and more than 1,000 jobs. We’ve lost cherished restaurants and businesses who couldn’t battle back from uncertainty and closures. A few days ago, I was talking with friends about our goals for the next 12 months. It struck me how simple and true they were, how honed to a stark reminder of what we’ve missed. “I’d like to fly somewhere again,” a friend said. “I’d like to not be nagging my kids about paying attention to their Zoom class,” another said. “I’d like …” a friend mused, “a hug from someone I don’t live with, over a glass of wine I drink while we chat in low tones because we’re not sitting six feet apart.” Amen.


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A flurry of defendants who pleaded guilty to various fraud charges related to the now-defunct Forest Park Medical Center will be sentenced in mid-March, court documents show. Included in the slate of sentencing is Michael Rimlawi and Douglas Sung Won, both of Preston Hollow; Wade Barker, formerly of Highland Park; and Alan Beauchamp, who lives in the Turtle Creek neighborhood. The sentencing schedule: • Wilton McPherson “Mac” Burt, Iris Forrest, Shawn Henry, and Jackson Jacob on March 17. • Won, Rimlawi, Barker, and Mrugeshkumar Kumar Shah on March 18. • Frank Gonzales Jr., David Daesung Kim, Israel Ortiz, and Beauchamp on March 19. All told, 21 were accused of various charges stemming from the $200 million fraud case and the accompanying NextHealth scheme. In August, Highland Park anesthesiologist Richard Ferdinand Toussaint Jr. was ordered to pay more than $82.9 million in restitution and sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox said. He was already serving a 41-month federal prison sentence for a separate health care fraud conviction. In March 2018, he pleaded guilty to his involvement in the Forest Park Medical case, admitting to one count of conspiracy to pay health

care bribes and kickbacks and one count of illegal remuneration under the Travel Act. Toussaint admitted to collaborating with co-defendant Barker, a bariatric surgeon, to launch Forest Park Medical Center, a physician-owned hospital for bariatric and spinal surgery patients, in 2008, and then working with hospital manager Beauchamp, Barker, and others to lure patients with high-reimbursing, out-of-network private insurance to the now-defunct hospital by paying surgeons for referrals. Prosecutors said that most of the $40 million in kickbacks were euphemistically called consulting fees or “marketing money,” and was disbursed as a percentage of surgeries each doctor referred to the hospital. “Forest Park allegedly waived co-insurance, assured patients they would pay in-network prices,” federal officials said. “Because they knew insurers wouldn’t tolerate such practices, they concealed the patient discounts and wrote off the difference as uncollected ‘bad debt.’” Barker, Beauchamp, Kelly Wade Loter, Kim, Ortiz, Andrea Kay Smith, Gonzales, Andrew Jonathan Hillman, and Semyon Narosov pleaded guilty before trial. Narasov was sentenced to 76 months in federal prison, and Hillman, also of Preston Hollow, was sentenced to 66 months and ordered to pay $3 million in restitution. Burt, Jacob, Won, Rimlawi, Henry, Shah, and Forrest were convicted after their trials. To follow the case, go to

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Crime Reports Jan. 12 – Feb. 7 Jan. 12 Before 6:27 p.m., a burglar damaged the windows and doors while stealing contents from a 56-year-old man’s vehicle at NorthPark Center. Jan. 13

Jan. 26 Before 1:26 p.m., an opportunistic thief snagged easy loot from an unlocked vehicle outside a home in the 4500 block of Meadowood Road. Jan. 27

Burglarized before 8:40 p.m.: a 43-yearold man’s vehicle at apartments in the 3800 block of West Northwest Highway. Jan. 14

Before 1:01 p.m., a 35-year-old man from the 5100 block of Elsby Avenue took offense to being sprayed with water from a hose. Jan. 28

Before 8:38 a.m., thieves took the wheels off a 35-year-old man’s truck at his home in the 4300 block of Southcrest Road. Jan. 15

Reported at 12:02 p.m.: A burglar broke out a glass door to steal from a home in the 5300 block of Rockcliff Place. Jan. 29

Before 3:13 p.m., a burglar broke the window of a 47-year-old man’s vehicle at Braum’s Ice Cream and Burger Restaurant on Inwood Road near Lemmon Avenue. Jan. 16 Before 1 p.m., a destructive crook broke a display case and stole merchandise from Macy’s at NorthPark Center. Jan. 18 Before 3:53 p.m., a thief took New Leaf Custom Homes property from a home in the 6400 block of Orchid Lane. Jan. 19 Before 8:22 a.m., a burglar pried open a door and stole from Zio Cecio in the 4600 block of West Lovers Lane. Jan. 20 Before 11:55 a.m., with access to the keys, a crook easily took a vehicle from the 5700 block of Del Roy Drive. Jan. 21 Before 3:31 p.m. at a vacant home in the 4600 block of Mill Creek Road, a bully shoved a 31-year-old man but not hard enough to cause pain. Jan. 22 Reported at 10:46 a.m. at a home in the 5900 Walnut Hill Lane: A 27-year-old man from a different neighborhood lost his gun and said he believes someone else has it. Jan. 23 Before 2:40 a.m., an irresponsible and clumsy motorist fled after colliding with a carport at a home in the 6200 block of Bandera Avenue. Jan. 24 Before 5:43 a.m., a burglar forced entry into the Starbucks in the 12200 block of Inwood Road. Jan. 25 Before 8:09 a.m., a clumsy motorist left the roadway in the 7000 block of Park Lane and crashed into a 61-year-old woman’s property.

Stolen before 1:36 p.m.: tools from a 33-year-old Carrollton man’s vehicle at a home in the 4700 block of Hallmark Drive. Jan. 30 Officers found stolen mail during a 4:48 a.m. traffic stop in the 12900 block of Hughes Lane. Jan. 31 At 10:41 p.m., a street racer fled from the intersection of Lemmon Avenue and Inwood Road. Feb. 1 Did it dawn on a 30-year-old Chico, Texas man that added care might be needed when parking in the 4800 block of a street named Crooked Lane? Belongings from his vehicle were taken before 5:29 p.m. Feb. 2 A 39-year-old man left stuff in the bed of his truck while visiting a home in the 4200 block of Lively Lane. A prowler removed the stuff before 2:45 p.m. Feb. 3 Reported at 10:26 a.m.: Overnight a burglar foiled the locks at Primo’s MX Kitchen at Hillcrest Road and Northwest Highway and took the safe. Yes, there was money inside it. Feb. 4 Before 7:32 p.m., a burglar broke a vehicle window to steal a 50-year-old Austin woman’s stuff at NorthPark Center. Feb. 5 We were so curious about what was taken in a theft at a home in the 4300 block of Bobbitt Drive that we didn’t really care that the online record didn’t include a reporting time. Feb. 6 Before 8:01 p.m., a bully at Inwood Village injured a 40-year-old Fort Worth man with strikes to the face and body. Feb. 7 Reported at 12: 53 a.m.: An abuser kept calling and vaguely threatening a woman from the 7500 block of Malabar Lane.

SKULDUGGERY of the MONTH: SO MUCH PANE Before 12:39 p.m. Jan. 26, thieves stole residential windows from a 50-year-old woman’s home in the 6200 block of Yorkshire Drive.

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10 March 2021 |

How It Started, How It’s Going

Restaurateurs Quiñones-Pittman, Barsotti reflect on year of pandemic trials By Kersten Rettig

Special Contributor A year ago, José chef Anastacia Quiñones-Pittman, better known as “AQ”, was prepping to cook for the first time at New York’s prestigious James Beard House, where many guests help select James Beard Award winners. On March 12, AQ received a heartbreaking call. New York City shut down thanks to COVID-19 and the James Beard dinner on March 13 was canceled. That same day, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins made a disaster declaration, followed 11 days later by a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order requiring restaurants to cease dine-in operations. In between, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a waiver allowing permitted restaurants to sell to-go beer, wine, and cocktails — an act that would, along with PPP loans, save the industry from total decimation. Julian Barsotti, the chef/owner of Nonna, Carbone’s, Sprezza, and Fachini, made the tough decision to lay off 80% of his staff. “I didn’t think it was going to last too long,” he said. “Never thought there would be a bail out.” Carbone’s already had a well-developed to-go business, a pantry filled with pasta, tomatoes, olives, and oils, and a refrigerated

LEFT: When the pandemic forced closures, Jose chef Anastacia Quiñones-Pittman fed first responders and pivoted to take out. RIGHT: Julian Barsotti added take out to his restaurant options, and began the meal delivery service Grape Ape. (PHOTOS: COURTESY JOSÉ AND KERSTEN RETTIG) Fachini kitchen. José’s staff largely remained intact, thanks to donations from José’s owners, landlords, and regular guests, so they could provide meals for healthcare workers and first responders. After the first round of PPP loans, José’s staff cooked up Family Meal Kits, cocktail kits, and breakfast burrito pop ups until the restaurant could reopen. A PPP loan allowed Barsotti to rehire his “exceptional staff and management” including two beloved pasta makers, sisters Juanita and Lupe Andrade. Today, José is open to 50% indoor occupancy per the state’s mandate, and 100% patio occupancy per the pent-up demand for AQ’s sublime Aguachiles and Tostadas La Panga which were far too delicate to offer via to-go

section with Barsotti’s Sunday Gravy, meatballs, and filled pastas. Nonna and Sprezza pivoted a little easier with take-out than Fachini, the finer dining establishment in Highland Park Village. Barsotti’s mother Shelley Hudson coowns Food Company Catering. It has fared worse than restaurants., but access to catering space and equipment allowed Barsotti to launch the pick-up or delivery concept Ritas & Queso in early July. Later, Barsotti and business partner Glen Collins created The Grape Ape, a take-away meal kit featuring dishes prepared in the

Has it only been a year? In some ways it feels like 10. Anastacia Quiñones-Pittman

or delivery. Take-out remains a strong sales channel. José is open six days a week and expects to be open again on Mondays by press time. AQ very much wants to realize her dream of cooking at the James Beard House but until the pandemic is under control, it remains closed. “Has it only been a year? In some ways it feels like 10,” she said. Julian Barsotti is optimistic. “There’s no other way to be.” He plans to open a new “joint,” Bacari Tabu, in late summer next to Nonna on Lomo Alto Drive. AQ and Julian are just two of the more than 1.3 million Texans in the restaurant industry. Visit People for more of these stories.

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Calendar Options Could Help Address Student Learning Loss Dallas ISD’s intersession, school day redesign would add weeks of instruction By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

How do you plan to make up for the inevitable learning loss when many students haven’t been in a brick-and-mortar schoolroom in a year? For Dallas ISD, the answer was to take a good hard look at the school calendar. Could some students and schools benefit from a longer school year? Could some benefit from a shift in their school day?

If you’re running a marathon, you don’t wait until the end of the marathon to drink your water - you have water stations all along the route. Derek Little In January, the board of trustees voted to approve a 175-day base calendar, an intersession calendar, and a school-day redesign calen-

Schools may have the option of extending their calendars by as much as five weeks after Dallas ISD trustees adopted two alternate calendar options. (PHOTO: COURTESY DALLAS ISD) dar. The latter two could add days to the school calendar, depending on the interest of teachers and families. The district said that roughly 16,000 teachers and 14,000 families called in to tele-town halls to get more information. Another 11,000 people were contacted. “Essentially, everyone who will participate will opt in to this process – based on feedback from parents, teachers, and staff,” deputy chief of academics Derek

Little explained. An intersession calendar would add 21 days of instruction to the school year with five one-week sessions. Students that need assistance would be invited to participate in those weeks offered in August, September, November, February, and June. Both students and teachers could opt-in or out. The intersession calendar, Little said, is exciting because it allows the district to intercede throughout the school year, looking for

learning gaps and addressing them in near real-time, as opposed to summer school, where a student doesn’t get a chance to catch up or remediate until after the school year ends. “If you’re running a marathon, you don’t wait until the end of the marathon to drink your water you have water stations all along the route,” he said. “And that’s what intersession is.” The school day redesign calendar would add anywhere from 23

to 28 extra days, and those dates would not be optional. Teachers and staff could have more flexibility during the school day. So far, only two schools have indicated interest. If parents find their school has switched to the intersession or school-day redesign calendars and they don’t wish to do that, they could transfer, Little told trustee Dustin Marshall. “They can transfer to any school?” Marshall asked. “They may not be able to transfer to their first-choice school, but they can transfer to a school,” Little said, explaining that the usual district policy on transfers would be in place - meaning that a school that was already full would not be able to take new transfers. “I think this is a very innovative solution,” Marshall said. “I do have some concerns about it. When we make this level of change, it’s going to be very challenging for us to foresee all of the nuances and repercussions of such an overhaul.” Little said that the effort to hear from more parents and teachers would continue. “We are committed to getting as close to 100% of teachers and staff and parents to weigh in on this as possible,” he said.

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Abbott Says He’s Focused on Coming to the Aid of Texas’ Small Businesses By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

On a nationwide basis, small businesses contribute about two-thirds of net job growth and 44% of the country’s economic activity, a recent study from MIT Sloan School of Management found. And when the pandemic hit and closures created stressors for everyone, small business owners bore a large share of it. Now that vaccination efforts are ramping up, and Texas is potentially turning a corner on the infection rate, Gov. Greg Abbott is eyeing relief for the state’s small business owners. He discussed his goals during a recent round table discussion in Dallas with Ruibal’s Plants of Texas and GOLD Landscape owners and employees. In a press conference following the roundtable, Abbott told reporters that they discussed the need for liability protections related to COVID for small businesses, reducing the red tape, and expanding broadband internet access. They also discussed the need for more job training and workforce development. “So much of Texas’ economic success has been built by our small businesses — whether it’s businesses in the green industry like the Ruibal’s or other thriving industries around our state,” he said. “That is why it’s important that Texas continues to foster the growth and success of the small

business community.” Abbott also told reporters that he would likely announce the lifting of some of the COVID-19 restrictions if cases and hospitalizations drop. “We know there are businesses that need to get back to work,” Abbott said. “There are employees that have bills to pay. There are jobs that must be opened. I was visiting with the people around the table today to expect that things economically will be picking up very rapidly.” New rounds of COVID-19 aid from the federal government, potentially bolstered by trends that could lead to fewer restrictions on occupancy and other social-distancing practices that slow business, will come at a welcome time for small businesses that have survived an incredibly uncertain year. The U.S. Federal Reserve’s February 3 report on small businesses found that 88% of the 9,693 businesses surveyed said sales had not returned to pre-pandemic levels. The survey, which focuses on still open firms with fewer than 500 employees, was conducted before the latest round of relief passed in Congress. Sixty-four percent of the businesses said they would apply for another round of government aid if it passed, and of that 64%, 39% said they wouldn’t survive without it. More than 80% had applied for new Paycheck Protection Program loans, but only 77% said they had received them.

Falling is NOT a part of getting older. There’s ALWAYS a very specific reason people fall. Here’s what to do about it. By Leading Balance Expert, Dr. Jeffrey Guild, Physical Therapist Are you worried about losing independence because of falls? Are you seeing your friends around you falling and losing their independence? Are you becoming frustrated with your doctors and kids telling you not to fall (without telling you HOW). Here are some common unknown reasons why people fall, and a SOLUTION to prevent it from happening. 1: Vertigo/Inner Ear Balance Problems: Vertigo and dizziness are symptoms of problems that put older people at risk of falling. These symptoms are very common. In fact, one-third of people over the age of 70, and one-half of people over the age of 85 are experiencing dizziness and/or vertigo right now! The good news is that now that you know to look for them, these conditions are usually very treatable! 2. The Legs Not Knowing Where They Are (Proprioceptive Loss): As a balance specialist I see this problem ALL THE TIME. Although this problem is very common, most people don’t realize they have it at all. I often see this when people are falling or having balance problems for what seems like NO APPARENT REASON. It’s simple to find out whether or not you face this problem, and there are many ways around it if you do. 3. Walking Slowly & Furniture Walking: Some people think walking slowly and carefully reduces the risk of falling. This is NOT the case. Like riding a bicycle, slowing down greatly increases the risk of falling, and is a dangerous

thing to do for somebody with balance problems. Touching furniture and walls while walking is a sign that something is wrong and immediate action is needed to prevent this from becoming a fall! Want more information & solutions? My new special report provides actionable tips that will help you keep or regain your independence. And the best thing is it’s 100% FREE, and you’re under no obligation to buy anything when you call. IMPORTANT: For obvious reasons, my offer to send you this report FREE must come with a restriction on the number I can mail out… so it’s critical that you call TODAY and request your free report now. What To Do Next? Call: (214) 712-8242 (Leave a Message 24/7) & Choose: · Option 1: Have your FREE Report mailed or emailed to you · Option 2: Free Report + FREE Balance/Fall Screen Or Discovery Visit · To learn more about Balance, Falling, Dizziness, Vertigo, and MUCH more, listen to our podcast! Visit, or search for ‘Optimove Podcast’ wherever you listen to your podcasts. Author Dr. Jeffrey Guild, Physical Therapist is owner of Optimove Physical Therapy & Wellness. You can contact him at (214) 712-8242 or email at

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14 March 2021 |



People Newspapers’ 40-year history of snarky crime reports

People Newspapers’ tongue-in-cheek crime reports span decades. (PHOTOS: PEOPLE NEWSPAPERS ARCHIVES)

By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers


here else but in the pages of Park Cities People, Preston Hollow People, and can you read crime reports like this one from September 2019? Happy birthday to you! Bistro 31, we’ll do. Hit and run, leave a present: a damaged Honda for you. The disappointed Dallas woman reported that the anonymous “gift” to her 2018 Accord came between 5 and 10:34 p.m. Sept. 20 at Highland Park Village. “None of the other newspapers where I’ve

worked would approach them like this,” Editor William Taylor said of People Newspapers’ crime reports. “I’d be open to changing them if enough of our readers asked for that. However, the tradition adds to our newspapers’ distinct character.” Company co-founder Kirk Dooley said the signature flippant style started before Park Cities People’s founding in 1981. Dooley said former Park Cities News editor Jon Harrison wrote the crime reports that way when they worked there. “He’s the guy that made it funny,” Dooley said. “It was pretty black and white crime reporting, but because some of the offenses were so outrageous or so boring or funny, he put a spin on it where it’s almost like a comedian writing the police report. He didn’t change the facts, but the way he reported it made it really tongue-in-cheek and funny.” Dooley brought their flair for crime reporting to Park Cities People. Glenda Vosburgh, a former managing editor, noted that the papers approached violent

crimes such as murder with appropriate seriousness. But much of the crime in the early days – as it is now – involved auto break-ins and criminal mischief. “It was boring,” Vosburgh said. “If you wrote it straight up, it would have been dull.” Editor Reid Slaughter, she said, “wanted to make it funny. He wanted us to have a little fun with it, and so we did.” Longtime People Newspapers senior account executive Kim Hurmis said the page became popular with readers, and radio personality Ron Chapman used to read from them on his morning radio show on KVIL. “Over the years, when we would hire marketing firms to compile readership stats to share with potential advertisers and agencies, the Police Report page was always the ‘most read page’ by both men and women,” Hurmis added. The “Skulduggery” feature became a regular feature of the crime report page after Wick Allison bought the newspaper, adding

it to the D Magazine family of publications. But not everyone is amused. Lucy Washburne of Highland Park complained in a Letter to the Editor in the February issues that calling a criminal a “ne’er do well,” “rogue,” “troublemaker,” or “scoundrel,” instead of “what these people really are – thieves and robbers – gives the false impression that the crimes committed aren’t real crimes.” Gwen McKinney of Highland Park responded with a letter saying she agrees with Washburne. “I thought the police log was serious reporting,” McKinney wrote. “Now it appears to be very much ‘tongue-in-cheek.’ I hope you rethink this approach.”

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No Fretting Over The Ides of March Anniversaries by and large bring celebrations: birthdays, wedding dates, milestones. But this year, March brings the anniversary of when our entire county went into lockLEN BOURLAND down from the still raging Covid-19 pandemic. The sometimes deadly virus changed our American way of life. We went from an economic high, on-the-go nation to shuttered businesses, high unemployment, and body counts. The unreality of being sequestered over not weeks but months and months depressed our society. We stayed connected through our electronic devices for news, groceries, facetiming relatives and friends, and Zoom meetings and school. We binge-watched TV. What a difference a year makes! Kinda, sorta. In record time, vaccines have been developed, and we continue to inoculate the population. While some theaters, restaurants, churches, and businesses have had “soft” openings with a fraction of full capacity, we continue to Zoom and post on social media. We still binge watch TV. Spring Break is a muted affair since we’ve been on break for a year now, and our phones are always in our faces. But “beware the Ides of March.” This line from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar was a warning to Caesar of the lethal plots against him. In today’s vernacular, it just means a bad omen. So we fret over virus mutations and national disunity. Vague disorientation and unease persist. Yet with the spring rain comes renewal and hope. For now, we plant our gardens, maybe plan a party or that eventual trip, and try to rekindle our imaginations with something that doesn’t involve technology. Maybe by this time next year, this pandemic will be in the rearview mirror. Hopefully, one day my grandchildren will be sharing their surreal stories of childhood with their incredulous carefree children. What we could use is some national levity. No, not the kids making fortunes on Gamestop and churning the stock market, or not just another TV show, another gaming app, or wittier facemasks. The Bernie mittens and mask meme has made the rounds. Next? Those cleverer than I need something to make us smile and chuckle that doesn’t “dis” anybody. Remember pet rocks, mood rings, Psy’s dancing Gangnam Style, the ice bucket challenge, doing the Wave or Baby Shark at sporting events, and rollerblades? For me, it’s been watching my puppy, Rascal, run around with abandon over just feeling alive. It’s the joy of toddlers. Now, if we could clone it for the grown-ups. Reach columnist Len Bourland at | March 2021  15

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Preston Hollow Women’s Club Matchmakers ‘Make Me a Match’

New-to-the-neighborhood moms seek friendships, fun, then help their children find love

If the interest groups offered by the Preston Hollow Women’s Club included one for “matchmaking,” Daphne Vandegrift Elizalde and Gayle Porter could provide experienced leadership. Daphne and her husband, John, moved to Preston Hollow from California in 2015. Gayle and her husband, Dave, moved f rom the Dallas suburbs the same year. The wives joined the club in 2016 and 2017, looking for friends and activities in their new neighborhood, never dreaming they would also gain a son-in-law or daughter-in-law in the process.

husbands to meet,” Daphne said. The two couples hit it off and started going to dinner and hosting each other on various occasions. In December 2018, the Elizaldes went to a Christmas party at the Porters, where they met Dave and Gayle’s son Payton. “My daughter, Kalee, needs to meet Payton,” Daphne said. But Gayle was skeptical. “Daphne had talked about Kalee, so I knew that she was a few years older than Payton and lived in Southern California,” Gayle said. “I thought, just how is that going to work?” But when the Porters met Kalee, who was in Dallas a week later, they immediately liked her, Gayle said. “We told Payton he needed to figure out some way to meet her.” Initially, the young adults balked, but with some parental prodding, they talked on the phone and set up a dinner date for the day after Christmas. They closed down the restaurant, and the next morning, Payton drove Kalee to the airport. Two years later, after a long-distance relationship that

People can’t believe it. That’s just not how most people start dating these days. Payton Porter and Kalee Vandegrift Gayle and Daphne instantly liked each other and soon agreed to head PHWC’s wine tasting group and serve on the Membership committee together. “We enjoyed working together so much that we wanted our

TOP: Dave Porter, Gayle Porter, Daphne Vandegrift Elizalde, Payton Porter, Kalee Vandegrift, and John Elizalde. BOTTOM: Daphne and Gayle. RIGHT: Payton and Kalee. (PHOTOS: COURTESY GAYLE PORTER) saw Kalee move from Los Angeles to Seattle for a job that she had accepted before meeting Payton, both were working remotely in Dallas. W ith both sets of par-

ents “in on” the planning, Payton surprised Kalee with a sunset proposal on the Porters’ Texas Hill Country ranch, where they intend to wed in the fall. “When people ask how we

met, and we tell them, ‘Our moms,’” Payton and Kalee said. “People can’t believe it. That’s just not how most people start dating these days.” – Staff report




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COVID Changes Galleria’s Girl Scout Cookie Traditions But Not Opportunities Thanks to COVID-19 precautions, Girl Scouts teams won’t get to show off their engineering skills as part of the Galleria Dallas Cookie Box Creations contest this year - but that doesn’t mean that the meaningful partnership won’t continue.

As a past Girl Scout, I know the impact that the Cookie Program had on me as a young leader. Megan Townsend Throughout March, Galleria Dallas shoppers will enjoy a historical retrospective of Girl Scouting from 1912 to the present. The visual timeline will highlight the history of Girl Scouts. Look for it Level I of the mall, near the Apple store beginning March 5. The exhibit celebrates how Girl Scouting

Girl Scouts will be selling cookies curbside throughout March at the Galleria Dallas, which will host a historical exhibit on Girl Scouting. (PHOTO: COURTESY GIRL SCOUTS OF NORTHEAST TEXAS) has been proactive for women and girls across the decades. As a part of the display, guests can use a QR code to donate boxes of Girl Scout cookies to healthcare heroes at Children’s Health.

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On Fridays from 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 12-7 p.m. in March, Girl Scouts will be offering curbside purchase and delivery of cookies from the mall’s circular drive, adjacent to The Blue Fish and facing Dallas North Tollway. “Everyone loves Girl Scout Cookies, but they don’t always know how the Cookie Program builds girls into future leaders,” said Jennifer Bartkowski, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas CEO. “Girl Scouts are running their own businesses, adapting to challenges brought by the pandemic to reach their goals in a safe manner. Each box of Girl Scout Cookies teaches valuable lessons in entrepreneurship and powers possibilities for girls.” “As a past Girl Scout, I know the impact that the Cookie Program had on me as a young leader,” notes Galleria Dallas marketing director Megan Townsend. “We are thrilled to share the impact that Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas has had on decades of women and girls here in the area.” - Staff report

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20 March 2021 |



Move comes after 54 years at Preston Royal Village location By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers


ougherty’s Pharmacy celebrated its 90th birthday in 2019, and by the time it celebrates its 93rd, it will do so from a new location. This spring, the store will move from the corner spot it opened in 1967 at Preston Royal Village West to the Preston Valley shopping center at Interstate 635 and Preston Road. “This pharmacy is a staple at the Preston Royal shopping center, (and it) will be sad to see it go from there, but I wish them the best in their new location,” said customer Jason Swarz. Weitzman communications director Ian Pierce confirmed that the pharmacy would be moving into space formerly occupied by Spring Creek Barbecue, with the lease negotiated by SHOP Companies. Pierce and a Dougherty’s spokesperson said the pharmacy would open sometime in March. “We are looking to incorporate a drivethrough and a new state-of-the-art compounding facility along with an old-fashioned soda fountain — unfortunately, there was no way to retrofit that into our current location,” the spokesperson said, adding that “a number of other reasons” factored into the decision, too, and that it wasn’t an easy decision, “but all positive.” The pandemic has slowed progress, and the store will tentatively open with a small celebration in light of COVID-19 precautions.

Dougherty’s Pharmacy will move from Preston Royal Village to the Preston Valley shopping center in March. (PHOTOS: FILE PHOTO AND TOM ERICKSON)

“We are going to do something fun, but with COVID, we’re tied to a smaller event,” the spokesperson said. In its nearly century of existence, the store has been a neighborhood staple, first in 1929 as an Oak Cliff drug store. That would also be the year owner W.B. Dougherty prevented a robbery attempt by Bonnie and Clyde, according to the store’s website. In 1941 pharmacist George B. Park joined Dougherty, and the business grew. Just two years later, Park and a partner would purchase the drugstore from Dougherty, and eventually, Park’s son, Joe B., would graduate pharmacy school and join the business, too. By 1967, the store had moved to the brand new Preston Royal Village, considered far north Dallas then and nearly the country. With a reputation for finding hard-tolocate medications and one of the area’s few compounding pharmacies, the store has been the go-to for many doctors. During 2009’s H1N1 outbreak that sparked a national shortage of children’s liquid Tamiflu, Dougherty’s compounded more than 1,000 children’s prescriptions for the medication that helps lessen the severity of the flu. The pharmacy has recently stepped into the forefront of the COVID-19 vaccination efforts, being chosen by the Texas Department of State Health Services to receive Moderna vaccine supply from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Two Moms Turn Recycled Beads Into Trendy Jewelry

Former healthcare workers find new career, business success in shared hobby By Rachel Snyder

business despite COVID-19. “When the pandemic hit in the infancy of our business, we knew we had to swiftly adapt our business model to be cohesive to the new, uncharted landscape,” said Callarman. “So we transitioned to a direct-to-consumer model and worked with influencers to lift the visibility of the brand. We credit that initial success to thinking outside of the box and being nimble.”

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With a $100 investment, two friends have turned their shared jewelry making hobby into a $1 million business. Allie + Bess co-founders Allie Wardlaw and Bess Callarman met about 11 years ago while working together in a nursing home, Callarman as a speech therapist, and Wardlaw as an occupational therapist. They started their eponymous jewelry company in 2019. “We were both burned out on the medical setting,” Callarman said on their website. “While therapy does have a creative element, we wanted a different way to express our artistic side.” The pair had enjoyed making jewelry together for fun before they made a new career out of it. While experimenting with jewelry designs and materials, the friends enjoyed working with a vulcanite bead, sourced from Ghana, and made from repurposed vinyl records. Callarman tapped her photography background to go beyond typical product shots. “What we were really wanting to see is how someone styled the piece,” Callarman said. Theirs was another social media-fueled venture. They began making pieces, photographing their favorites, and then sharing the products

Our style is very much influenced by art, bright colors, patterns, but still clean lines and playful. Bess Callarman

Bess Callarman and Allie Wardlaw started their eponymous jewelry brand with stackable bracelets in 2019. (PHOTOS: MORGAN BROOME) on Instagram, she said. “And then our following grew very quickly.” The pair described learning the production process for their pieces as “trial and error.” “We would try something and then see kind of how we wanted it to look,” Callarman said. ‘I think that’s also kind of how we found our voice, and our style is just trial and error. Our style is very much influenced by art, bright

colors, patterns, but still clean lines and playful.” Their brand is best known for bracelets that can be stacked together made with colorful beads sourced worldwide. Each of their bracelets features five black vinyl beads, representing the five children between the two. Like many businesses, the pandemic forced Allie + Bess to pivot the business model they’d planned, but they’ve been able to grow their

As their business grew and they weren’t able to manufacture their bracelets on their own, they hired refugee artisans to help produce their jewelry. “We reached out to the refugee community through one of our churches,” Callarman said. Their products remain manufactured in Dallas, where they live. Callarman attended Ursuline Academy for high school and now lives in the Preston Hollow area, and Wardlaw lives in north Dallas. | March 2021  21

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Comings and Goings NOW OPEN Corndog With No Name


Preston Center The 6030 Luther Lane location is the second for the brand, which opened its first corndog-centric eatery at 10220 Technology Blvd. in January. The self-proclaimed purveyor of fine stick foods offers classic corndogs, an elk corndog, a turkey corndog, a corndog dipped in edible gold, and other varieties. What’s with that name? Co-owners Victoria “Jace” Fletcher Christensen and her mother, Victoria Fletcher, branched out after patriarch Neil “Skip” Fletcher died in 2017. According to the Dallas Morning News, they settled a trademark dispute last year with GG Fletcher, who oversees Fletcher’s Original State Fair Corny Dog.

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5609 SMU Boulevard The eatery coming in March to Twisted Root Burger’s former home will feature chicken tenders, Nashville chicken tacos, the grilled chicken Fit Chick with rice and coleslaw, and The Sandwich, a crispy chicken breast on a brioche bun with sauce, vinegar slaw, and pickles. The beverage menu includes such “boozy slushies” as spiked sweet tea, spiked lemonade, and spiked Big Red. “We prepare the chicken dairy and peanut-free, and our chicken is halal,” said One Entertainment Group principal Sam Sameni. “In addition to the fresh chicken, we make all of our sauces, our pickles, our coleslaw.”

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Highland Park Village The New York-based fashion brand known for its whimsical and feminine designs, prints, and hues expects to open a Village location on March 1. Customers can expect to shop the full collection of flowy dresses, skirts, accessories, jewelry, and even the brand’s newer home

collection of vintage-inspired bedding, table runners, bath towels, and more in the new boutique.


Highland Park Village The Swiss watch manufacturer intends to open a boutique operated by Bachendorf ’s in early spring.

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Preston Forest Village After closing in January for upgrades, the grocery aims to reopen in mid-March with 40% more space, an updated store layout, a new nutrition education center, new single-line queue checkout, and expanded produce, meat, health and body care, and grab-and-go sections.


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Real Talk: Kelley Christian Originally from the Phoenix area, Kelley Christian, now of Rogers Healey and Associates, arrived in Dallas to attend SMU, earning her bachelor’s in 2003. After college, her work took her all over the country and world. Over the years, Dallas began to feel like home. Through her work and travels, Christian has developed a strong work ethic, a love of meeting new people, a keen sense of design, and an eagerness to exceed client expectations. Christian primarily specializes in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. The University Park resident enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters, playing tennis, and singing in her church choir.

sooner. I’ve always loved homes and people, but I didn’t realize how much I would love all the other aspects of the profession. It brings me such satisfaction to help clients buy and sell their homes and to help navigate them through the entire process of negotiating a successful transaction.

Now that you’ve been a real estate professional for a while if you could go back in time and give yourself any advice, what would it be? If I could go back and give myself some advice, it would be to get started

Can you give us a fun fact about yourself? After graduating from SMU, I worked for a while as an actress. One of my first jobs was on an ABC Television show in which I played a … real estate agent, of course. Sometimes life imitates art, I suppose.

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Share Your Tales From Camp I wasn’t a summer camp kid. Vacation Bible School and family vacations with a popup RV camper were as close as I usually got. Instead of spending weeks away staying in cabins with other youths, my summers mostly involved playing with neighborhood children. Still, I do have a couple of summer camp stories. To the surprise of my W I L L I A M TAY LO R parents – and likely myself – as a soon-to-be ninth-grader, I decided a few days out to go to my church’s youth camp one summer, even though none of my close friends were going. Thankfully, a 10th grader I knew welcomed me as a roommate. I didn’t learn until a couple of years ago that he was relieved to see my familiar face, as he also had decided to brave camp without his usual friends. My impromptu decision led to more friendships and greater involvement with the church youth group, though summer marching band obligations would prevent me from returning to that camp for the next few years. Another summer camp experience came a few years later and was also last-minute. An unexpected scholarship suddenly became available to attend band camp at Baylor University. I roomed with other saxophonists from my high school – both better musicians than me – and got a helpful preview of college campus life and perhaps a hint that I shouldn’t major in music. But surely you’ve got some better camp stories than those. I’d love to hear from youths in our markets about some of their camp or other summer program experiences and include some of those accounts in upcoming Camps coverage this spring online and also print. Parents and teachers, please consider encouraging your children and students to write the newspaper and perhaps send a high-resolution photo or two. I’d also like to thank Josh Mysore for contributing a guest column to this month’s Camps section. The St. Mark’s School of Texas senior came to my attention over the summer when the pandemic turned what would have been his trip to India into five weeks of online language learning from home. Fortunately, he had already enjoyed a year abroad in Spain. He’s written a powerfully personal account of a life lesson learned there. Check it out on Page 30.

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s summer camps look toward their 2021 seasons, success stories of last year’s pandemic crash-course are emerging as an essential resource for how to approach an even more ambiguous Covid-19 summer. Although outbreak horror stories arose from overnight camps across the country, many organizations found ways to operate safely, including Camp Balcones Springs, a residential summer camp nestled in a sleepy lake town north of Austin. Camp Balcones Springs, which typically holds four sessions each summer, operated last year for just five weeks. In that time, CBS welcomed 400 campers and 80 staff members to its property and saw only two isolated cases of Covid-19. Although some camps were able to carry

out successful camp seasons by securing testing kits, Balcones Springs’ owner and director, Christine Baskin, attributes her camp’s “test-free” success to its constant and detailed communication with camper families. “At the time, there was a great testing shortage, and we didn’t want to require campers be tested before arrival if they had no travel or exposure,” she said. “We felt it would have been irresponsible of us – from a community perspective – to take away from tests that were much-needed elsewhere. So we spent a lot of time trying to find a way around that.” In addition to modifying traditional programs – employing twice-daily temperature checks, practicing social distancing via cabin “cohorts,” and making significant changes to meal service and cleaning regimens – CBS implemented an aggressive communication schedule. Emails went out two to three times a week and stressed the importance of quarantining before arrival. “There was a huge element of trust with our camp families,” Baskin said. “We were doing everything we could to make camp happen, and we tried to be in touch with them as much as possible to ensure they too would

hold up their end of the bargain. I think our constant communication really helped, both in establishing trust from them and in making sure they knew how serious we were expecting them to be.” CBS is preparing for a full and much more “traditional” camp season this year. However, the vigilant staff remains ready to enact similar Covid-19 safety protocols as 2020, pending the state of the pandemic. Although last year’s summer, while successful, proved a high cost for the camp, with decreased enrollment and additional safety expenses putting a financial strain on the business, Baskin called the joy exhibited by campers well-worth it. “Children last year had a sense of delight I had not seen in previous summers,” she said. “I think the chance to be outside, connect with friends, and have some dose of normalcy – even if it was quite different – was monumental for them. We had our most positive camper reviews of any year – which I was not expecting. Children typically dislike any change we make, and there was obviously so much of it last year.” – Staff report

I think the chance to be outside, connect with friends, and have some dose of normalcy – even if it was quite different – was monumental for them. Christine Baskin

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Camps Ready To Deploy 2020 Lessons, Bring Back The Bubble

Summer 2021 is HAPPENING! Let’s welcome it with open arms and plan for a typical summer for our children. I am filled with the excitement of knowing that our kids will get to experience the joys of summer camp. About a third of the camps in the United States opened last summer. HELENE They creABRAMS ated bubbles, changing the way camp operated while still offering the fun and adventure it brings. They were successful, and the children who went had a normal summer and the time of their lives – unlike many children experiencing an overload of screen time. The camps that choose not to open learned from those directors that did open so that this summer camp season will offer more opportunities than 2020. Directors spent hours and hours learning about best practices as related to COVID-19, and they are enthusiastic and well prepared to welcome campers. Camps went to great lengths to protect campers and staff, with many adjustments to mitigate risk.

of camp. Counselors spent their day off at camp instead of leaving camp. The door to normal is slowly opening, and many families want to go through it.

Directors spent hours and hours learning about best practices as related to COVID-19, and they are enthusiastic and well prepared to welcome campers. Helene Abrams says keeping children busy outside along with other precautions helps camps keep infection risks low. (COURTESY PHOTO) Most of the camp population is healthy and younger than 25, which put camps at low risk. While the world is opening up around us, children at camp live in a “bubble” – putting them in among the safest communities. Being outside significantly reduces COVID risks, and most of camp happens outside.

Our children stay out in nature enjoying all the wonderful activities of camp. Even meals are served outside now at some camps instead of the traditional dining rooms. Camps also are putting fewer children in a cabin with beds farther apart. Campers arrive with a negative

COVID test and, after a few days, get tested again. Until then, they remain with their cabin cohorts. After everyone tests negative, camp gets back to normal, with campers getting to enjoy their summer. No parents were allowed at drop off or pick up, having designated locations right outside

They are ready to “step outside the box” that has been home. Summer Camp is more important than ever right now. Camps are prepared and waiting to welcome your campers inside the safety of the camp bubble. Helene Abrams, of the free advisory service Tips on Trips and Camps, helps parents find enriching summer overnight experiences for their children. Reach her at 214-484-8141 or | March 2021  29

What’s In Your Web-based Computer Curriculum?

Capital One offers cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence training for Bot Camp students

Capital One set a Guinness World Records title for the largest Artificial Intelligence programming lesson on April 17, 2019, with 846 participants. (COURTESY PHOTO) Artificial Intelligence isn’t the exclusive purview of science fiction authors and advanced computer scientists anymore. Through programs such as Capital One’s Basic TrAIning Bot Camp, youths learn to apply AI technology to fun simulations while getting a glimpse of real-world applications. The financial company partnered with Major League Hacking (MLH) to create a free, cutting-edge curriculum so that students can learn the basic

building blocks of the Python coding language. Through the program, students create Markov Chain chatbots that simulate chatting with their favorite celebrities or other public figures. Vedant, a North Texas high school sophomore, found the program a fun learning opportunity that opened the door to possibilities. Capital One withholds the last names of students out of a concern for youth privacy and safety.

“I really enjoyed learning how programming languages like Python work,” Vedant said. “The videos were fun to follow and enabled me to pause and ensure I really understood the curriculum before moving on.” Bot Camp can now be completed virtually through a seven-video series. The videos are divided into three modules and designed to be a “workshop in a box.” “Bot Camp is unleashing opportunities for students to not


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sources and funding. The curriculum has lasting effects. A survey of initial participants shows that 91 percent understood Python when they completed the program, and 91 percent are interested in learning more about AI. “Creating a chatbot is just the start,” Vedant said. “I’m excited to explore more programs that can be created with Python and thankful to Capital One and Bot Camp for opening the door to understanding.” – Staff report

The videos were fun to follow and enabled me to pause and ensure I really understood the curriculum before moving on. Vedant

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Language Learning, For a Year or Summer, Brings Life Lessons

Before leaving for my study-abroad year in Spain, I heard the same line from 10 different friends: “Bro, you should be grateful to get out of junior year in the States.” Every day up until my flight, my dad reveled in the language immersion I’d have. My teachers told me J O S H M YS O R E how amazing my host family would be. And my entire inner circle seemed to have already evaluated my study-abroad experience: My entire life would change. Three months later, I was crying on top of my bed at home in Spain. María, my host mom, walked in to help. “I just miss my home,” I stammered in the heat of the moment. She looked at me absolutely puzzled. “Josh, she doesn’t speak English.” In response, she glanced sympathetically but failed to hide the bewilderment on her face. At that moment, I felt lonelier than ever. I felt confused. I should be having a blast. The next day, I met with my theater director, Oriol, after school in the auditorium. After much deliberation, I told him about my fear of acting for the first time and sadness I’d been dealing with. He chuckled. Laughed. I couldn’t believe it. But Oriol followed up saying that he wasn’t surprised. He’d witnessed hundreds of other American students feel out of place, and he wasn’t surprised that I did too. He wanted to help. What Oriol told me (in Spanish) was simple: There’s nothing that should have happened in my year abroad.

With a trip to India canceled by the pandemic, Josh Mysore studies Hindi through the NSLI-Y VSI program online last summer. Josh Mysore joins friends Luke Monnich and Olivia Hall in Spain for the annual Holi Color. (PHOTOS: COURTESY JOSH MYSORE) Unfortunately, I missed this studyabroad advice before I left for Spain. I went in with expectations — that I’d find closure and clarity with all my interests. But expectations do not define reality. What remains constant are our own values, those definers that make us humans. Two weeks after that conversation, the night of the big theater performance arrived. More than 400 people — both Spanish and American — filled the giant auditorium hasta la bandera. With absolutely no previous acting experience from home, I stepped into our group’s huddle, nervous. The moment seemed too real. I didn’t want to imagine what the audience expected. But then I looked around my theater group and realized something. My Spanish wasn’t fluent, but I’d progressed. I didn’t travel with my host family to exotic places, but our Sunday lunches

ended with hours of laughter. I hadn’t done everything I originally planned to before coming to Spain. But the difference is that, this time, I was OK with that. Suddenly, my anxiety washed away. Adversity would always exist, but I remembered why I wanted to come to Spain: to do what I want to do. When we all held hands and bowed at the end of the play, I didn’t even care about the amount of applause. I couldn’t care less about the masses’ opinions. I could ignore external pressure. Nothing else mattered because I’d found my own answer to study abroad. Those moments of satisfaction are what I should have been chasing. St. Mark’s School of Texas senior Josh Mysore interests in other languages extends beyond Spanish. Even after the pandemic canceled a

trip to Pune, India, last summer, he studied Hindi for f ive weeks online through the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs National Security Language Initiative for Youth.

A FEW OPPORTUNITIES • National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offered by the U.S. Department of State (Josh Mysore studied Hindi) – • School Year Abroad (SYA) (Mysore studied Spanish in Spain) – • Concordia Language Villages near Bemidji, Minnesota (Mysore studied Spanish) –


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Trustees OK Thomas Jefferson costs, see Walnut Hill plans By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers


ore than a year after an EF3 tornado ripped through the campuses at Thomas Jefferson High School, Walnut Hill Elementary, and Cary Middle School, walls may finally go up on the twin construction sites. It’s been a slog. Construction delays, a smaller-than-expected insurance settlement, rejection of the state’s request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and parting of ways for the project’s original construction-manager-at-risk (CMAR) hamstrung efforts to move forward. The pandemic didn’t help, either. At January’s board meeting, district staff asked for an additional $26.3 million. That amount is on top of $132 million approved a year ago to renovate Jefferson and build a brand new pre-k through eighth-grade campus that would replace Walnut Hill Elementary and Cary Middle School. The board was not pleased. The updated price tag wasn’t presented at the board briefing two weeks prior - the usual procedure. Some trustees were also troubled by what they perceived to be “extras” that the Thomas Jefferson campus would get that other high schools had not gotten yet. Superintendent Michael Hinojosa opened the discussion with an apology. “The complexity of Thomas Jefferson was that we had part of the building we kept, part of it we tried to salvage, part of it insurance said we couldn’t salvage, and so that created a much more complex situation to deal with,” he said. Much of the new costs, Dallas ISD chief

Architect renderings show designs for Thomas Jefferson High School and Walnut Hill Elementary School. (IMAGES: COURTESY DALLAS ISD) business officer Dwayne Thompson said, were from unplanned expenditures related to the permitting process and the fact that the high school construction site has been mostly silent for a year. In fact, on several occasions before the hiring of new CMAR, Beck, People Newspapers staff found the construction site unsecured. The additional money will also go for upgrades designed to create “parity based on school capacity” for the school’s career and technical education classrooms, auditorium upgrades, and new visual and performing arts spaces. According to the presentation given to the board, much of the 64-year-old building

Off to a Rough STAAR(t) By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

If a family picked virtual learning this year, do they have to report to campus to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (or STAAR) test this year? Until Feb. 11, language in Texas Education Agency guidance regarding the yearly test seemed to indicate they would. But then Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath seemingly clarified that stance during a Q&A with the Texas Tribune. During the discussion, Morath said that if remote learners want to take the test, they’ll have to come on campus because Texas doesn’t have the “logistical ability to do the STAAR remotely.” In October, 2.7 million students were still learning remotely, according to a state survey. In December, a poll of People Newspapers readers found that almost 85% felt the STAAR should not be given this year, and 54% said they would not send their child to take the test if

they were required to take it in person. Another 27% said it would depend on the infection rate at the time. The TEA released guidance for the school year for students taking the standardized test given to students in third through 12th grades in person. Districts will be given more time to administer the test, the option to have students not scheduled to take the test learn remotely during testing days, and the option to set up alternate testing sites to adequately distance students. But if a family does not want to send their elementary or middle school virtual learner to campus for the test, they don’t have to. “It’s not opting out of the STAAR test — it’s opting for remote instruction,” Morath said. “They will continue to experience remote instruction, but we don’t have the capability to do the test remotely, so they won’t sit for the STAAR exam.” However, he also stressed that the data garnered from the test would yield valuable information about

will remain, with the cafeteria, weight room, dance room, culinary, and ROTC areas facing demolition because of the tornado damage. The rest of the building will be renovated. The board also took a look at the new Walnut Hill campus. The new building will have separate class spaces for elementary and middle school students, with the library, cafeteria, and courtyard spaces shared. Elementary school students will have access to an art room, science room, music room, and small gym. Middle school students will have science labs, a band hall, choir room, drama and dance multipurpose space, art room, and a competition-sized gym and locker room spaces.

To see more of the discussion surrounding the two construction projects, go to

T H E N E W P R I C E TA G Thomas Jefferson: $87,789,784 Will include 171,874 SF renovation plus 131,135 SF in new space for a 303,009 SF structure Walnut Hill: $44,824,861 Will include a brand new, 126,635 SF campus serving grades pre-K through grade 8

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8.5% 6.8% No 84.7% 0.0% Not sure Yes, but only for diagnostic reasons, not for accountability

“If the STAAR requires in-person attendance to take it, will your child participate?”

Yes 13.6% No 54.2%

27.1% 5.1% N/A Depends on what the current rate of COVID-19 infection is

All students - virtual or on-campus - will be required to take the STAAR test in person this year, state officials said. (PHOTO: TAKEN/PIXABAY, ILLUSTRATION: MELANIE THORNTON)

where a student is after a year of pandemic disruptions, and that parents who choose not to send their child to campus for the test would not have all the information. “If we don’t know where they are, how do we know how to support them?” he said. However, this latest clarification is not true for high schoolers, who still need to take the STAAR as part

of their end-of-course graduation requirements. Fifth and eighth graders usually need to pass the STAAR to be promoted to the next grade, but Gov. Greg Abbott announced over the summer that the state would waive that requirement for those grades this year. But that may change. State Rep. Diego Bernal filed a bill in January that would allow seniors to graduate

without taking the STAAR this year. Bernal also wrote a letter in February that was signed by a bipartisan house group that included Morgan Meyer, asking that the TEA cancel the test altogether. State Sen. Jose Menendez filed a similar bill. Read more about what experts are saying about standardized testing during a pandemic year at

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Sky-High Radish Experiment Takes an Unfortunate Squirrely Turn

Gracious Greenhill School sixth-graders share results from balloon experiments By William Taylor People Newspapers

Apparently radish seeds are safer above the stratosphere than potted radish plants on ground level in a science teacher’s yard – at least when squirrels are involved. That unintended lesson came after the conclusion of a science unit in which Green Hill School sixth-graders worked with StratoStar of Noblesville, Indiana, to send batteries, memory cards, markers, a pickle, yeast, and radish seeds for a weather balloon ride. We first wrote about the experiments for the STEAM section in our January issues, but those went to press before the students finished comparing their high-altitude payloads to the control group of items that remained on the ground. Here’s a look at what the students found out: The batteries, memory cards, and markers showed no visible or performance changes despite harsh conditions faced during a trip that took three hours to surpass 100,000 feet and 15 minutes to fall to the ground. During the journey, temperature varied from 60 degrees to minus 25 and humidity readings from 55% to less than 1%. The pickle, on the other hand, had a new texture, possibly from losing some water content, though verifying that would take more tests than the students had time to complete. Yeast survived, but not all of it. Students mixed the yeast with sugar and hot water

YOUNG SCIENTIST S’ NOTE S From Hank – “Our group put yeast into the stratosphere, because it was the only living thing that we could ethically send up there.”

Sixth-grade classes at the Greenhill School monitor the progress of a high-altitude weather balloon carrying test items selected by the students. The students also designed mission patches as part of the project. (PHOTOS: COURTESY GREENHILL SCHOOL) and captured the C02 gas produced in balloons. The balloons filled by gas from the control-group yeast grew larger. Radish seeds also survived, though the plants sprouting from the ones that made the trip hadn’t grown as tall as the control group by Christmas break. “The students doing the radish seed experiment also decided that if the United States or a collaborative of nations build a colony on the moon, that radish seeds might be able to grow in a greenhouse on the moon and not be too affected by the greater solar radiation there,” teacher Susan Eve said. “I

was delighted that they connected this experiment and the results to something beyond the scope of this learning experience.” Less delightful: the fate of the 36 young radish plants Eve took home and successfully transferred to pots over the winter break. “Then on a warm sunny day, just before Christmas I decided to put them out in my yard to enjoy the sun,” she said. “When I returned a couple of hours later, I found three FAT squirrels polishing off the last of the tender radish shoots. Sadly, that was the end of our experiment, but the local squirrel population was pretty happy with my folly.”

From Vikram – “We concluded that the yeast was affected by its trip to the stratosphere because the balloons (filled with C02 it produced) were more deflated which means there was less living yeast in the flight balloons’ beakers.” From Kaitlyn – “My hypothesis was: If the radish seeds were exposed to extreme radiation and freezing temperatures, they will not grow as well.” From Naomi – “Flight seeds had a little more stunted growth than control seeds, but the effect on the seeds wasn’t super drastic.” | March 2021  33

Matthew Wilson

Stephanie Martin

Jared Schroeder

First Takes on History SMU faculty will likely eventually write new textbook entries about the transition from President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden. For now, they get to speculate on the implications of the events surrounding the Capitol riot. Matthew Wilson, associate professor of political science, predicts a significant regrouping for the Republic Party. “Republicans who had been reluctant in the past to break publicly with Trump and his supporters (most notably Mike Pence and Mitch McConnell) spoke out quite clearly ( Jan. 6) in favor of the rule of law and against continued resistance to the electoral outcome,” Wilson said. “There is a palpable sense in the party that it is time to regroup and move on without Donald Trump.” However, that comes with challenges, he said. “Will it be possible to incorporate some Trumpian themes without embracing the personal toxicity of Trump himself? Can the party be ‘Trumpy’ enough to keep his supporters on board, but not so ‘Trumpy’

refused to take responsibility when things get out of hand, even if their votes are partially responsible for the outcomes that are taking place.” Jared Schroeder, an expert in social media and the First Amendment, sees long-lasting implications in the response by social media giants to shutter the accounts of Trump and others accused of inciting violence. “The social media firms’ decisions probably give us a glimpse into the future,” the associate professor of journalism said. “A post-presidency Trump will receive far less protection from bans or blocks. The question is: What will happen next? Will Trump successfully disrupt the social media system, creating a viable, major channel for himself and those who follow him, or will the lack of the presidential mantel and waning access to Twitter and other major tools lead to him fading into history?”

See the ‘Hope Chest’

Hope Chest, on display at The Pollock Gallery, and its contents weave a web of association with the text of Driving Lessons: Thirteen Stories by Tim Coursey. (PHOTOS: COURTESY SMU) that they alienate moderate suburban voters? That’s a fine line to walk, and it got finer yesterday,” Wilson said. Many Trump supporters won’t feel responsible for what happened, said Stephanie Martin, assistant professor of Communication Studies in the Meadows School of the Arts.

“My research suggests that those who are not prone to going out and actively participating in rallies (or mobs) will not see themselves in what happened,” she said. “This is because most of these individuals identify with the policies they like but not necessarily the behaviors they don’t. “They participate as voters, but they

“Driving Lessons: Thirteen Stories,” a solo exhibition by Dallas artist and Meadows School of the Arts alumnus Tim Coursey, runs through March 13 at The Pollock Gallery on SMU’s east campus, Suite 101 in Expressway Tower, 6116 North Central Expressway., Admission during the pandemic is by appointment only. Email assistant curator Everton Melo at Based on his recently released book of the same name, the exhibit features quotations and a new sculpture by Coursey. Hope Chest, a box made of poplar with bronze fittings, looks like an early 19th-century take on a Beowulf-era dowry chest. – Compiled by William Taylor

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Lawlar hopes for lengthy senior season By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers


e’s done just about ever ything a teenage baseball phenom can hope for — won an MVP award at a national all-star game, signed with a perennial powerhouse college program, and emerged as perhaps the best high-school prospect heading into this year’s Major League Baseball draft. Yet, among all of his accolades and accomplishments, Jordan Lawlar has never gotten to experience a full season with his Jesuit teammates. After missing much of his sophomore season with a shoulder injury and seeing his junior year cut short after just 12 games because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lawlar has one more chance this spring. “I’m just really hoping we can get to that full season,” Lawlar said. “Hopefully, I can play in my first playoff game. I’m looking forward to it.” In just 36 games for the Rangers, the elite shortstop has compiled a .434 batting average with 25 extra-base hits and 40 runs

batted in during only 99 at-bats. That’s why Jesuit head coach Brian Jones was fielding calls from recruiters about Lawlar before the youngster even had suited up in a varsity uniform. “From day one, you could tell his athletic ability,” Jones said. “He’s definitely lived up to that. There’s a maturity about him. He’s probably one of the most humble kids, at that talent level, that I’ve ever been around.” Jones describes Lawlar’s versatility as his best asset. He’s able to mix patience and power at the plate, add some speed in the field and on the bases, with the ability to drive the ball to the gaps or over the fence. Lawlar committed to play for Vanderbilt during the Commodores’ national championship season in 2019 and has since signed his scholarship offer. Of course, he will likely be a first-round pick in the MLB draft in June, which

could impact his decision about whether to attend college or turn pro. “He’s been in the spotlight for a couple of summers now, and he’s been on everybody’s radar,” Jones said. “The attention isn’t too overwhelming for him.” Amid the COVID-19 pandemic last summer, Lawlar’s stock continued to rise. He shined at the Perfect Game National Showcase in Alabama. He reached the national quarterfinals with his longtime select team, Dallas Tigers. The biggest highlight might have come at the PG All-American Classic in Oklahoma City, where Lawlar was named the Jackie Robinson Player of the Year for the 2021 class. “It was on my bucket list,” he said. “I kind of got thrown into the fire, but I came out pretty strong and pretty comfortable. I was really happy to get that experience.”

I’m just really hoping we can get to that full season. Hopefully, I can play in my first playoff game. Jordan Lawlar

Jordan Lawlar is a versatile player, able to mix patience and power at the plate with speed in the field and on the bases. (PHOTOS: COURTESY JESUIT DALLAS SPORTS INFORMATION)

During the Pandemic, Athletes, Coaches Find Ways to Stay Competitive By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers

It would have been easy for St. Mark’s School of Texas players and coaches to lament their bad luck or dwell on their missed opportunities. Between an October 2019 tornado that nearly destroyed their school and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Lions have experienced unprecedented interruptions during a two-year stretch when they were supposed to achieve national notoriety. “Sure, there’s some disappointment right now. These guys were on track to do some pretty special things,” said St. Mark’s head basketball coach Greg Guiler. “I’m very proud of the guys and the resilience they’ve shown.” The roster is led by nationally ranked recruits, including Harrison Ingram, a decorated Stanford signee known for his versatility, and 6-foot-8 junior Colin Smith. The Lions were invited to multiple out-of-state tournaments and were set to shine on national television. Instead, through the end of January, St. Mark’s had played just six games. The Lions haven’t had a single practice with the entire

Standout guard Harrison Ingram and St. Mark’s have seen their season assume a lower profile than initially expected due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY) roster together. Recruiting visits from college coaches have turned into Zoom meetings. But again, Guiler emphasizes the positives to his players, who are tested for coronavirus weekly. “It’s been rough on them, but they’ve been tough,” he said. “We’ve been shut down three

times. Our school wants to support athletics while still not wanting the guys to transmit the virus to one another. Our administration has given us every opportunity. I’m grateful.” A handful of St. Mark’s players are summer teammates with the Southern Assault select program, which has formed a make-

shift Southern Assault Prep squad to compete in high-profile tournaments during the season while St. Mark’s is idle. Other SPC schools likewise have cautiously returned to competition. St. Mark’s, ESD, and Greenhill each played a few football games, and spring sports cut short in 2020 are ramping up. Athletic administrators from neighboring campuses have conducted virtual meetings weekly since last summer, discussing protocols, precautions, and plans for enabling students to compete, even if conference championships won’t be contested. “It has been critical for us to focus on the social and emotional aspects that team participation can provide, especially given the mental challenges of the pandemic,” said Hockaday athletic director Deb Surgi. “I am happy that we have been able to continue with our practices and schedules for the most part. I think about our coaches and athletes who had to come back in September and practice in grids as we progressed to team scrimmages and then contests. We have advanced since the fall in how we practice and play, and our players and coaches have been remarkable.”

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ount Lili Kellogg, chief executive officer of the nonprofit Equest therapeutic horsemanship center, among the legions of fans of the wildly popular Netflix series The Crown. Inspired by the storied lives of Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the British royal family, including her daughter Princess Anne, Kellogg said it has “been interesting” to watch the series — especially since she once chatted up The Princess Royal. Speaking with the princess, who visited Equest’s facility two decades ago, “felt like I was talking to my good friend,” Kellogg recalled. Equest opened in Southlake in 1981 as the first center of its kind in Texas. Seven years later, it relocated to Wylie. Today, Equest is located at Texas Horse Park, south of downtown Dallas, where it provides such programs as therapeutic riding and carriage driving, physical and occupational therapy, and equine-facilitated counseling for military veterans as well as hundreds of youth and adult clients with disabilities.

Princess Anne interacts with a horse at Equest during her visit two decades ago to the therapeutic horsemanship center.

Because we had the horses and riding for the disabled in common, we were not lacking for any conversation pieces at all. Lili Kellogg An accomplished equestrian, Princess Anne won a gold medal at the prestigious Burghley Three-Day Event in England in 1971. Five years later, she became the first royal family member to compete in the Olympic Games. She has served as president of the Riding for the Disabled Association, which like Equest, serves clients with physical and learning disabilities. In 2000, while in Dallas to fundraise for another organization, The Princess Royal, who is 14th in the line of succession for the British throne, requested to tour Equest, where she was welcomed by staffers, clients, and four-legged friends. “Because we had the horses and riding for the disabled in common, we were not lacking for any conversation pieces at all,” said Kellogg, who was then Equest’s program director.

FROM LEFT: Former Equest board chair Lisa Maberry, Princess Anne, and Lili Kellogg chat during the princess’ 2000 visit. Also among Kellogg’s memories: Several of Equest’s horses craned their heads from inside their stalls as the princess walked past and attempted to nibble on the sizeable floral bouquet that had been presented to her. Equest clients, including Ryan Wolf, demonstrated various riding techniques. “I remember Princess Anne was very nice and sweet,” Wolf, who now works as a stable hand at Equest, said. “It was an honor the year when she was here, and I was probably one of the best riders.” “He did a beautiful job,” Kellogg recalled of Wolf ’s demonstration of a working-trail

riding pattern. “The Princess Royal looked at me and said, `Well, I’ll bet he’s been doing that (technique) for a number of years,’ and I said, `That particular pattern he rode for the first time yesterday,’ so she was impressed with his skill level.” Equest plans to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a gala on June 5. Kellogg said a request had been sent to Princess Anne to record a video message to share at the event. So far, they have not received a response. “She’s got a lot of places to go and a lot of benevolent work to do,” Kellogg said. “It’d be great if she would.”

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like, ‘Oh, I want to keep doing this.’” Thus, the idea for run2learn was born. Leena and Raja advertised through social media, persuaded their running club to sponsor run2learn, and launched the nonprofit, Leena said. Their operation is comparable to other virtual running organizations: Participants register for a 5K, receive their bib numbers and swag in the mail, run (or walk) the distance on race day, and email their pictures and times to The two agreed that their hard work culminated in a rewarding experience, as Leena and Raja sent their first check to United to Learn. Their mother, Dr. Kim Mehendale, a pediatrician, said she commends her children’s business know-how. “I’m impressed with the work that they’re doing behind the scenes and the research they’ve done to create the corporation, build a website, and collect money,” Kimberly said. Raja said he wanted to use his passion and family’s good fortune to make a positive change. Leena expanded on his point. “Both of our parents always taught us that whenever you have an idea, you go for it,” she said. “There’s nothing stopping you but yourself.”

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n the dog days of May 2020, while many teens were stuck at home without summer jobs or internships, siblings Leena and Raja Mehendale started their nonprofit run2learn. Missing their daily runs with friends and lamenting about finishing online school, the two were inspired to better their community through fitness and philanthropy. Run2learn hosts 5K races to raise money for Dallas public elementary schools through United to Learn, an education management organization that works with 47 Dallas elementary schools and neighboring communities. The brother-sister-duo has organized two virtual 5K races so far, one in July and one in November. Run2learn has served more than 200 runners and raised $3,500. Hockaday School junior Leena and St. Mark’s School of Texas freshman Raja said that the three pressing problems they are focused on solving are: • Illiteracy at the elementary level; • A lack of access to extracurricular activities; • And, a scarcity of school supplies. Leena said her aha moment to start run2learn happened while working with elementary students. “I started tutoring third graders in Dallas ISD during my lunch period,” Leena said. “Those moments stuck with me, and I was

ON THE INTERNET TOP FROM LEFT: Raja Mehendale and Leena Mehendale. BOTTOM: Run2learn participants share a photo of themselves. (PHOTOS: COURTESY KIMBERLY MEHENDALE)

Laugh it Up, Dallas! Comedians Counter Balance Corporate Culture

FROM LEFT: Comics Sri Raj, Peng Dang, and Arun Rama. (COURTESY PHOTOS) At the Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. in Mockingbird Station, I confirmed my suspicions: Dallas doesn’t a p p re c i a t e its comedy scene nearly M A D D I E S P E R A enough. My suspicion had taken me to Hyena’s Comedy Club on a Wednesday open mic night. Often frequented by nervous amateurs, open mics can be

underwhelming. But I believed (or maybe just really hoped) that Dallas comedians would surprise me. And that they did. I wondered why no one ever talks about it, and so had a conversation with comedians Sri Raj, Peng Dang, and Arun Rama over grilled cheese and cocktails. “Dallas is really known for being plastic, uppity, and very corporate,” Raj said. “It’s very much like corporate has always been the man, the power, and comedians are seen as

anti-establishment.” Stone-faced audiences here dare performers to make them laugh, so comedians have no choice but to be undeniably funny, Peng Dang learned that after relocating from Atlanta. “Atlanta is a very artsy city, and the audiences are really good, so it’s hard to bomb over there,” Dang said. “When I came here, the first time I did comedy, it was so brutal that I immediately regretted moving to Dallas.

“But eventually, I wrote material to cater to the audiences here because they want you to get to the funny quick,” Dang said. Dallas boasts a distinguished pool of comics making names for themselves outside the local scene, including Paul Varghese, who has appeared on Last Comic Standing and Showtime’s hit special, Russell Peters Presents. We also get to claim Linda Stogner, owner of Backdoor Comedy Club; Aaron Aryanpur, who appeared on Comedy Central’s Up Next Talent Search and Stand Up for Diversity; Emmy-winning Dean Lewis, who was on Last Comic Standing and The Ellen DeGeneres Show; and many others. Dallas comedy clubs were also some of the first to Lysol their microphones, throw their doors open, and welcome back performers and audiences after the first COVID-19 shutdown. Some places opened back up as early as the beginning of May. “Even when they first opened

back up, the clubs were pretty busy, and people were staying out late to watch shows” Rama said. That’s not all that surprising. We needed each other. We wanted to stop sitting at home and ruminating on our lack of control. And more than ever, we just needed to laugh. I t ’s not hard to find a comedy show more than 10 miles from you on any given weeknight in Dallas. With respected clubs like Hyena’s, Addison Improv, Backdoor Comedy, and more, showcases and open mics are going on all the time. According to my new comic friends, a typical open mic can showcase up to 70 comedians in one night. There is something for everyone with all different nationalities, gender identities, and comedic styles, and you’re likely to let out at least a chuckle. So Dallas, why not give it a chance? In these challenging times, let’s laugh more.

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Know What to Look for When You Go Shopping for Upholstery Fabric To work as a professional interior designer, you need to know your fabric. When I take on a new design job, my client often asks me to M A R G A R E T reupholster C H A M B E R S an heirloom piece with beautiful bones but outdated fabric. If you’re thinking of updating any of your furniture but have never shopped for upholstery fabric before, you might be feeling overwhelmed with your choices. However, once you know what to look for, you can narrow down your options pretty quickly. Before you think about color and pattern, consider durability. Will your furniture get everyday use? Do you have young children or pets? One easy way to check the durability of a fabric is to look at its rub test score. Fabric manufacturers test their products by performing a rub test, using a machine to rub the fabric in a back-in-forth motion until it finally shows signs of wear. Fabric with 15,000 double rubs is suitable for infrequent use, like formal dining chairs. Thirty-thousand or more double rubs is heavy-duty, making it suitable for everyday use. On the other hand, if you’re buying fabric for a decorative piece that won’t be sat on very often, your options are wide open. Silk, Tibetan wool, and Belgian linen are delicate fabrics that should only be used in low-traffic areas. Bed headboards,

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Upholstered mohair chairs provide additional seating in a north Dallas home office. This bedroom features an upholstered headboard and a bench at the foot of the bed in a striped fabric. Upholstery textures play off of each other in this game room. (PHOTOS: MICHAEL HUNTER) decorative pillows, and chairs in formal living rooms are great places to use that delicate fabric that you love. We as designers recommend choosing a neutral color for your sofa upholstery instead of a bold color or pattern. You can always add more color and personality to your sofa with patterned throw pillows.

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secretary for Stanley Marcus for two years before the birth of her daughter, Kristine, at which point she dedicated her time to being a loving mother. Ruth, Mike, and Kris spent their time off vacationing in Vail, Colorado, where lifelong friends were made while skiing and playing tennis. Ruth loved to cook and entertain her and her daughter’s friends, who knew her as the youthful, fun mom. After her daughter graduated f rom high school, Ruth began selling real estate before ending her working career at age 84 as a showroom manager for Old World Christmas at the World Trade Center. Ruth was an active member of her Delta Delta Delta alumni group, as well as Church of the Incarnation. If you were ever driving around town and saw someone with a license plate that read “GOOF US,” that was Ruth. Known by her grandchildren as “Ganny,” Ruth lived her life the way she wanted to, with a classy demeanor, a great sense of humor, exquisite taste in fashion, and immense love for her family. Ruth is survived by her daughter, Kris Graves, her grandchildren, and their families, George Graves (Courtney) and Gretchen Manning (William), and her great-granddaughters, Olivia and Mills Manning and Sawyer Graves. In lieu of flowers, Ruth requested that donations be made to Church of the Incarnation at

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For decades, psychologists have been working to unlock the secret to successful aging and to determine how to define happiness in later life. It turns out that it’s not the sum of individual accomplishments that counts, but rather what one does to successfully maximize lifestyle. “People can mistakenly measure success by their living situation, such as living at home versus in an assisted living community, but it is more about embracing a lifestyle that maximizes your best self,” said Beverly Sanborn, MSW, LCSW, gerontologist for Belmont Village Senior Living. “Being in a social environment and having a sense of purpose is key for successful aging. If daily engagement is limited at home, it could quickly give way to isolation and withdrawal.” The successful aging philosophy is the framework for Belmont Village’s innovative programming, which has been adapted for safety during COVID-19. Activities are therapeutic and incorporate a blend of mental fitness activities, socialization, a healthy diet and an exercise regimen of aerobic and strengthtraining, which research indicates can help to build new neuro-connections in the brain. “Physical changes should not become an obstacle for successful aging,” said Sanborn. “It’s common to have a chronic condition, but one should not face this alone or remain in an environment that is isolated or lacks mental stimulation.” Learn more about Belmont Village Turtle Creek, a Senior Living community, at www.belmontvillage. com/turtlecreek.


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Lake Bob Sandlin Ranch, represented by David Burgher and Harlan Ray for $5,995,000. According to recently released MLS figures, Allie Beth Allman & Associates once again leads North Texas as the luxury leader, selling more homes priced from $3 million to $6 million in 2020 than any other area brokerage. This includes homes in Highland Park, University Park and Preston Hollow, as well as other desirable Dallas neighborhoods. In fact, among the leading luxury real estate firms, the company made quality year-to-year gains in every major category listed. What puts Allie Beth Allman & Associates in the lead is its agents’ understanding of the luxury buyer. The population of high net wealth individuals internationally continues to grow, according to the latest analysis from research firm Wealth-X. So the brokerage has a multifaceted marketing strategy designed to connect with these potential buyers. Allie Beth Allman & Associates is legendary for its incomparable level of service and focus on developing relationships with clients on every level. “This kind of service is the foundation of our company,” says President and CEO Allie Beth Allman. “To sell at such record-breaking levels, you must be able to market and present luxury properties across all platforms to find high-wealth buyers. Doing that is among our greatest strengths.”


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11626 High Forest is being offered for $1,479,000 in Preston Hollow. A stunningly landscaped irregular lot, measuring .659 acres (tax) hallmarks a striking soft contemporary home offering an expansive floor plan with massive rooms providing both space and versatility. Vaulted ceilings, skylights, custom lighting fixtures and a host of other design details merge to create a haven for entertaining as well as family gatherings. 11626 High Forest features 5,414 square feet (tax) of generous space while incorporating four bedrooms with a stunning first floor master suite and additional first floor bedroom, four living areas, an open kitchen with dining, den, wine cellar, two second story bedrooms with landing game loft, pool and attached three car garage. Whether a home cook or gourmet chef, delight in the open kitchen offering the best of stainlesssteel appliances including Verona five burner gas stove, built-in convection oven, microwave and warming drawer, side by side refrigerator and Bosch dishwasher. Granite surfaces adorn the space and a large seating island with stainless sink provides ample space for both prep work and dining. This home, striking in design with an array of flexibility and a contemporary sensibility, enjoys the bonus of a large outdoor oasis dotted with mature trees, landscaping, hardscapes and astroturf grassy areas, at a stellar location convenient to Dallas’ best shopping, dining and schools. Ranked as the #2 team in DFW and the #4 team in Texas, The Perry-Miller Streiff Group has over $42 Million in Sold and Pendings for 2021. Contact Karen Fry (214.288.1391) for more information or visit for more details and images.


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Set on an elevated 3-acre estate lot with trees and landscaping galore, the exceptional David Stockerdesigned residence at 4131 Cochran Chapel Rd. ( offers Santa Barbara or Italian countryside living in the city. Listed by the Perry-Miller Streiff Group’s Ryan Streiff and Charles Gregory for $4,995,000, the fourbedroom, 4.1-bath home encompasses 6,431 sq. ft. (per appraiser). Clean-line architecture, tall ceilings and walls of windows with spectacular views keynote each room. The main house features generously proportioned living areas, including one that is two stories. The primary suite boasts dual baths and a private study. Downstairs are three more bedrooms with two full baths, plus a powder bath. The cabana, with bedroom and bath, has sliding metal doors to extend the living area outside, and a separate studio offers loft space. For more information or to schedule a showing, contact Streiff at 469.371.3008 / ryan@daveperrymiller. com or Gregory at 214.929.4434 / charleshgregory@ Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate ( is a division of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, with four locations that specialize in Preston Hollow, Park Cities, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Kessler Park and Farm & Ranch properties.

Beautiful Bluffview, once a large dairy farm, earned its name from its hilly topography. It lies along the cliffs overlooking Bachman Branch, 50 feet above the water. With its convenient location, Bluffview offers a variety of home styles that have proved popular with celebrities, baby boomers and young families alike. Last year, 132 homes were sold in Bluffview at an average price of $1.3 million. Here are two Bluffview homes recommended by Allie Beth Allman & Associates. The transitional farmhouse at 8302 Midway Rd. in Bluffview Estates is a rare find – complete with a separate artist’s studio-greenhouse, playhouse, game room and open carport in the back. The three-bedroom main house has been re-envisioned by its designerowner with an open floor plan. The well-equipped kitchen, with a large pantry, overlooks the main living spaces. Just down the road, the updated five-bedroom home at 8310 Midway Rd. features light-filled rooms. On the first floor, the great room showcases a wall of French doors, a stone fireplace and vaulted ceiling. The downstairs master suite has a sitting area and a spa-like marble bath with dual vanities and closets. Upstairs is a media room and game room. Outdoors is a pool amid well-landscaped grounds.

5335 Meaders Lane 6 Bedrooms | 6.2 Baths | 12,612 SqFt Offered For $10,250,000 Designed by architect Elby Martin, a Tuscaninspired stone-clad estate home with Italian barrel tile roof, manicured 1.1-acre site with mature trees and landscape by Harold Leidner. Gourmet kitchen topped by a barrel brick ceiling is open to one of several family rooms. Custom Knotty Alderwood cabinetry with White Castle hardware provides storage. Two full-size SubZeros refrigerators, two Asko dishwashers, two gas Wolf ovens and warming drawer. Outdoor Kitchen equipped with a Wolfe outdoor grille and Subzero undercounter refrigerators, and electric screens. Resort like pool, cabana, turfed back yard, private guest house. Home is equipped with Geothermal HVAC and natural gas generator. For more information please contact Kyle Crews (214) 538-1310. | March 2021  43


Picturesque Highland Park and University Park offer some of the most exceptional homes in Texas. Tree-lined streets, manicured lawns and the highest-rated schools in the state make the Park Cities communities very attractive. Covering six square miles in the heart of Dallas, the Park Cities are saw almost 500 homes sell last year. In Highland Park, the average price on 171 homes sold was $2,293,201. In the larger University Park, more than 300

homes were sold at an average price of $1,715,243. Allie Beth Allman & Associates, which again led all firms in selling Park Cities homes last year, recommends the following four spectacular homes. The five-bedroom home at 2936 McFarlin Blvd. is close to the exceptional Armstrong Elementary School and Highland Park Middle School. The kitchen sports marble countertops and opens to the family room. The primary suite has a bath with marble countertop, dual vanities and a balcony that overlooks the pool. The recently updated, four-bedroom home at 4001 Normandy Ave. sits on a half-acre lot in the Park Cities Fairway. Recent upgrades include a new roof and gutters, drainage system, windows, wood flooring and museum-quality finishes. The primary suite has French doors that lead to a patio and sitting area with a fireplace.


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