1. COMMUNITY: Katy Trail Will Get New Entrance and Plaza
Anonymous donations totaling $1 million will allow Friends of the Katy Trail to begin work on a new entry plaza and safety im provements where the trail intersects Har vard Avenue.
2. SCHOOLS: TCA Introduces New Head of School, Opens Middle School Building
Dr. Jeff Williams, who graduated from Trinity Christian Academy in 1988, has re turned to campus as TCA’s leader. The new $16.8 million three-story, 44,600-squarefoot middle school building includes a technology and robotics lab, literacy center, learning lab, and a library for fifth through eighth graders.
3. BUSINESS: Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek Has a New Owner
HSN Capital Partners bought the upscale 143room hotel and restaurant – a favorite of celeb rities and business leaders – and plans to con tinue operating the Mansion with Rosewood Hotels and Resorts.
4. NEWS: What’s on the Ballot?
With the November midterm election ap proaching, visit our site to see what’s on the ballot and to read candidate questionnaires.
5. REAL ESTATE: Dallas City Council
Changes Elm Thicket/Northpark
After years of contentious debate, support ers hope limiting the maximum lot coverage of single and multistory homes to 40% will help preserve the character and history of the neighborhood near Dallas Love Field.
DR. DEBORAH BIRX OFFERS COVID-19 PANDEMIC LESSONS Bush Center program examines reasons for hope and concernBy Rachel Snyder firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Deborah Birx may be best known for her role as the White House coronavi rus response coordinator under former President Donald Trump, her press confer ences in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and her many scarves.
She served in that role for 11 months but said, “It seemed longer.”
Before that, though, Birx had a long back ground in HIV/AIDS research, going back to beginning her career with the Department of Defense as a military-trained clinician in immunology, focusing on HIV/AIDS vac cine research in 1985.
From 2005-2014, she served as the direc tor of CDC’s Division of Global HIV/AIDS (DGHA) and led the implementation of CDC’s U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programs.
Birx, who now counts among her roles one
as a senior fellow at the George W. Bush In stitute, offered a crowd gathered at the George W. Bush Presidential Center on Oct. 4 rea sons for hope and a sobering assessment of the U.S.’s preparedness for future pandemics.
they need in order to act, in order to do the things that they need to do to survive and thrive,” Birx said.
She said issues like lack of access to healthcare in rural communities continued to play out during the COVID-19 pandemic.
and February of 2020 were made with mon keypox in 2022,” Birx said. “That worries me because we didn’t learn our lesson. We’re slow, we’re late, we believe in this mystical thing that things are just going to go away, it’s not going to be bad here.”
“You can control a pandemic without a vaccine, but you have to have data, you have to have political will, and you have to bring solutions down to the level of the commu nity, and you have to make sure that the community understands everything that
“If you look at the gap (in mortality), the rural counties have been in a stall of high fatalities across the board for more than a decade, and it gets worse every year. So, it’s not that COVID brought out a whole new set of issues; it confirmed the issues that we have been writing about domestically for decades,” Birx said. “We don’t need more money, but we need to program the money in an equitable and need-based way so that people in rural areas have the same access as people in urban areas.”
She said the response to the more recent monkeypox outbreak, too, showed contin ued failings.
“We should all be worried right now that the same mistakes that were made in January
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Birx and former education secretary Bet sy DeVos also spoke about visiting schools during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We made several visits to schools and communities that were really figuring out a way to get kids back and to handle it in a way that was comfortable for everyone involved,” DeVos said. “I know anecdotally from every where I went, and everyone I listened to this is an issue that has major ongoing concerns.”
On the good news front, Birx says the pandemic inspired innovation.
“I want us to use what was really unbeliev able evidence of the private sector working in deep partnership with the public sector to get things done,” Birx said.
We’re slow, we’re late, we believe in this mystical thing that things are just going to go away, it’s not going to be bad here.
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Crime Reports Sept. 5 - Oct. 9
Before 12:01 p.m., a thirsty Taco Bue no-goer took a cup and got a drink without paying at 7940 Forest Lane Sept. 6
Shattered before 10:46 p.m.: a woman’s car window before property was stolen from her car at Inwood Village Sept. 7
Before 7:27 p.m., a man was struck in the ear with an open hand causing a bodily inju ry at Jose, located at 4931 W. Lovers Lane Sept. 8
A dangerous dog attacked a woman before 8:06 a.m. in the 6200 block of Willow Lane Sept. 9
How easy was it for a man’s items to get stolen from his car before 4:49 p.m. in the 8800 block of Lakemont Drive? It was left unlocked.
A sneaky snipper cut all the main power lines to a restaurant in Preston Royal before 8:13 a.m. Sept. 10.
A reckless driver hit another car, caused damage, and then left the scene without ex changing information before 11:25 p.m. in the 6600 block of Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway Sept. 14
A trespasser got a criminal trespass warn ing before 5:11 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Elan at Bluffview Apartments office. Just two days later, despite the warning, the unwanted visitor
returned before 12:49 p.m. Sept. 16. Sept. 15
An unknown offender taped anti-Semitic posters at Good Shepherd Episcopal School before 7:29 a.m.
A reckless vandal threw a rock through a man’s car window in the 4700 block of Gulfstream Drive Sept. 17
A persistent messenger continued to contact a woman after being blocked in the 7100 block of Azalea Lane before 4:34 p.m. Sept. 19
Before 2:52 a.m., someone pointed a handgun at a man and woman in the 12900 block of Preston Road
Someone assaulted a woman at the Law Plaza office building at an undisclosed time. Sept. 22
Burglarized at an undisclosed time: a home in the 5400 block of North Dent wood Drive
Before 10:24 a.m., a woman’s patio furni ture was stolen from her home in the 4200 block of Northcrest Road
A previous offender broke parole by parking by the victim’s workplace in the 10200 block of Woodford Drive before 8:28 a.m.
A woman’s license plate was stolen Sept. 29, but it was recovered before 5:19 p.m. Oct. 3 at Riverfalls at Bellmar Apartments. Oct. 1
An unknown burglar entered a man’s ve hicle and stole from it before 11:01 a.m. in the 8200 block of Preston Road Oct. 2
A reckless driver intentionally caused damage to a man’s car before 9:28 a.m. in the 6100 block of Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway Oct. 3
A trespasser (who also had a glass pipe used for drugs on him) entered a woman’s garage without consent in the 10400 block of Shadow Bend Drive before 12:53 p.m. Oct. 5
A scammer refused to pay for a service received before 5:31 p.m. in Preston Royal Southwest Oct. 6
Before 8:42 p.m., a vandal damaged a woman’s front door in the 6400 block of Park Lane
Before 12:05 p.m., a female fraudster tried to cash a check at Inwood National Bank with a fake ID and stolen checkbook.
A man was punched in the face in the parking lot at the southwest corner of West Northwest Highway and Preston Road be fore 8:51 p.m.
Before 5:07 p.m., an unknown burglar entered a woman’s car by force and took things from it at the northeast corner of West Lovers Lane and Inwood Road
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From Corpus Christi to Dallas, Susser Serves Texas Women Governor’s Commission touts female-owned businesses, tackles human traffickingBy Briar Bundy people newspapers
Catherine Susser, now a Preston Hollow resident, was living in Cor pus Christi when first appointed to the Governor’s Commission for Women in 2016.
She already had a variety of ob ligations, including serving as a Corpus Christi ISD trustee and with Go Red for Women in Cor pus Christi. Still, she was “intrigued by the opportunity to become more involved on a state level.”
Susser, who has Bachelor of Busi ness Administration and Master of Public Accounting degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, also
served on the Commission for As sessments and Accountability and is a member of the UT Southwestern President’s Advisory Board.
Her work with the Governor’s Commission for Women has con tinued since she moved a few years ago to North Texas, where her hus band, Sam, is chairman and CEO of Susser Bank.
Gov. Greg Abbott announced her reappointment early this year.
The purpose of the commission, established more than 50 years ago, is to “provide tools and resources to advance the lives of girls and women
in our great state,” Susser said.
Its 14 members fulfill their mis sion through specializations in edu cation and research, as well as their outreach and referral services.
Abbott’s goals for the com mission include promoting wom en-owned businesses and address ing the rising challenge of human trafficking.
People Newspapers’ sister publica tion D CEO reports Texas is home to 3 million businesses — 1.25 million of which are women-owned.
Promoting women-owned busi nesses has involved partnering with
the Governor’s Office of Econom ic Development and Tourism and holding small business forums across the state.
“These forums featured panel ists discussing topics ranging from finance, marketing, personnel, etc. to hundreds of women who were interested in starting their own business,” Susser said. “This year, we have even added a junior pitch competition and are partnering with Lemonade Day to hear from our young women entrepreneurs.”
The commission also part nered with the Texas Department
of Transportation’s “On the Road to End Human Trafficking” cam paign in 2019.
The work focuses on educat ing residents about the issue and how to tell if someone could be a victim.
Every other year, the commis sion hosts the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
“This is a wonderful event rec ognizing and honoring Texas women who have had a significant impact on our state,” Susser said. “Recent inductees include Lauren Anderson of the Houston Ballet, Maj. Gen. Dawn Ferrell, and re nowned businesswoman Kendra Scott to name just a few.”
She finds the gala rewarding because she enjoys “learning about the impact these amazing women have had on our state and lives” and getting to celebrate them. The next one is in 2023.
“Our commission is made up of very dynamic women who have either run businesses or served their communities with com mitment and passion,” she said. “Having the opportunity to know these women and work alongside them on important work for our state has been a true highlight, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve.”
Our commission is made up of very dynamic women who have either run businesses or served their communities with commitment and passion. Catherine SusserThe Governor’s Commission for Women in September hosted the Outstanding Women in Texas Government Awards luncheon in Austin. FRONT ROW, FROM LEFT: Karen Harris, San Marcos; Catherine Susser, Dallas; Nathali Parker, New Braunfels; and Amy Henderson, Amarillo. BACK: Gina Bellinger, San Antonio; Denise Castillo Rhodes, Houston; Patsy Wesson, Fort Worth; Maru De La Paz, Harlingen; Jinous Rouhani, Austin; and Gita Bolt, Houston. NOT PICTURED: Cynthia Conroy, El Paso; Lorena Junco Margain, Austin; Sasha Crane, McAllen; Laura Young, Tyler. (PHOTO: COURTESY CATHERINE SUSSER)
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Tornado-damaged rebuild makes AIA Dallas Tour of Homes
Explore contemporary takes of classic mid-century modern design during the 16th annual AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, which includes a Preston Hollow rebuild with a tornado shelter.
The devastating 2019 tornado prompted the rebuild of the Northaven Road home.
Bernbaum Magadini Architects guided the project, paying attention to its classic mid-century elements while expanding it by 1,000 square feet and updating it with modern amenities and practical spaces, like that shelter.
“The open kitchen and living area, in combination with the timeless material se lections and the gentle natural light, create a calm, Zen-like atmosphere,” said an email from Ashley Absalom, a public relations representative for AIA Dallas, the sixth largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
The AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, sched uled for Nov. 5 and 6, is Dallas’ only city
wide home tour curated exclusively by ar chitects. Andrew Meckfessel of DSGN Associates and Blane Ladymon of Domi Works co-chaired the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes Committee.
A historic home on Maple Springs Boulevard was designed and occupied by architect Harold Prinz and boasts the 1950 AIA Dallas Design Award: Honor for Ex cellence in Residential Architecture.
The tour also includes homes in Col leyville, Southlake, University Park, and such Dallas neighborhoods as Bluffview and Little Forest Hills.
Nearby tour homes of interest:
This remodeled Tudor home fits snug ly in a University Park neighborhood with tight lots and diverse homes. While the ren ovation extended the house by 1,500 square feet, the copper-clad modern addition is not visible from the street — preserving the
Dissonant House in Bluffview is a com position of many parts built around the central core: a 1,400-square-foot mason ry-clad farmhouse built in 1939. Additions from the 1960s and 1980s were peeled away during the revisioning and restoration project, which added a two-story addition to accommodate a young family and create harmony for the entire project. Renovation of “contemporary” addition built in the ear ly 2000s transformed an under-utilized and inefficient studio space into a primary suite for the owners.
This South Bluffview home shows quiet, purposeful design through its shed roofs, windows, and open entry space. The calcu lated placement of natural light heightens the experience of the colors and textures
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Big D Reads: History Lessons
The Rev. Michael Waters drew gasps with the props he brought for a Big D Reads discussion featuring faith leaders.
“I would suggest this (a red MAGA hat) is the reincarnation today of this symbol (a Klansmen’s hood) a cen tury ago,” Abundant Life A.M.E. Church’s pastor said.
His re marks came during a discussion I attended at SMU, where panelists explored the faith community’s role in Dallas’ past and present and issues raised by Big D Reads chosen book for this fall.
Originally published in the ‘80s and recently re-released, The Accom modation explores mid-century Dal las’ response to the bombing of Black residents’ homes and inequities in ac cess to housing and groceries.
One chapter addresses how W.A. Criswell, the late longtime pastor of First Baptist Dallas, staunchly sup ported segregation and quotes him complaining how desegregation ists were, in his view, “stirring up of our people” and “not in sympathy with the great spiritual aims of our churches.”
The church’s current pastor, the Rev. Robert Jeffress, sitting next to Waters, observed, “It’s a fairly accu rate chapter in what it records about First Baptist Dallas.”
“We didn’t have any official dog ma that said people of different races aren’t welcome here,” Jeffress noted. “We didn’t have to because minori ties didn’t feel comfortable.”
Criswell spoke “things that were absolutely wrong and racist,” Jef fress said, before recalling a sermon from 1968.
Jeffress was 12 when Criswell in a sermon titled “Church of the Open Door” walked back his segregation ist beliefs and proclaimed, “from this point on, First Baptist Church Dal las is open to everyone.”
Four decades later, former May or Tom Leppert joined First Baptist, calling it “the most diverse mega church in the city,” Jeffress added.
“I think because of my personal endorsement of the former president, people have felt like, ‘Well, that’s a Republican church,’” he said. “I think we and I have to continue to pro claim our stand is not on the Repub lican National Committee’s platform. Our stand is on the word of God.”
But back to Waters’ props.
“There are churches both near and far who advocate and express a vision of Christianity that is not the vision of the Christ that I serve, that came to liberate the oppressed,” he said. “As long as we’re unable to see the throughline from the chains, to the hood, to the hat, we’ll never be free.”
People Newspapers’ parent company D Magazine Partners supports the Big D Reads community book club initiative.
National Night Out: Mayor,
Ana Katherine Curry, president of the Preston Hollow East Homeowners Asso ciation (PHEHA), greeted neighbors and guests at Preston Hollow Park.
The association’s National Night Out festivities on Oct. 4 included food, visit ing, music, paper shredding, and house hold goods recycling.
Mayor Eric Johnson dropped by, and officers with the Dallas Police Depart ment’s Northwest Division hung out with those gathered outside the KB Polk Rec reation Center.
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Mike was an avid runner, but his severe liver disease kept him away from his beloved races. The specialists at The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas Medical Center diagnosed him with two chronic inflammatory diseases. Mike needed a liver transplant. Luckily, he was in the right place to get one.
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Edgemere Knit Wits Take Up Yarn, Needles for Ukraine Senior women make caps, scarves, teddy bears for orphaned childrenBy Carley Hutchison People Newspapers
The Knit Wits, a group of 20 women at Edgemere Senior Living, meet once a week for tea, a cookie, and, most impor tantly, knitting.
The women have completed many ser vice projects since the group started in 2010 and are working on their largest one yet: a partnership with the Joshua Project to make hand-knitted caps for children orphaned by war in Ukraine.
“As we watched this conflict unfold, we wondered what we could do and wanted to help. This opportunity was one that we simply could not pass up,” said Pat Wessen dorff, who co-founded the Knit Wits with Marianne Mead.
The two have been knitting since high school and wanted to create a place for more residents like them to come together.
The Joshua Project, a Christian-based philanthropy whose goal is to help victims and refugees worldwide by gathering do nations and teaching them God’s word, approached Wessendorff about making the caps. She presented the idea to the rest of the group.
“Beginning this project wasn’t a ques tion for us,” Wessendorff said. “When we found out about a local connection to the Joshua Project that was regularly preparing donations to be sent to Ukraine, it was an immediate yes for us.”
The tragic battles in Ukraine have led to the fastest displacement of children since World War II, according to UNICEF. The 4.3 million children displaced within the country and into neighboring countries need donations and support.
“We are very fortunate to be at this lovely place, so I think we should do something to give back to people that need it,” Mead said.
Initially, the Knit Wits’ goal was to make 100 caps, but now, they have beaten their goal and have even had time to make
knitted teddy bears and scarves to send.
“It is truly an inspiration to watch the Knit Wits work and consistently seek new opportunities to make a difference,” said John Falldine, executive director of Edge mere. “We’re honored to stand alongside these women as they remind all of us of the power behind kindness and generosity.”
Work on the hats began in July, and as October neared, the boxes were almost ready to be shipped to the orphanage.
Mead said that the caps do not take much
time to make because all the Knit Wits are together as they make them, and time flies.
“This group strengthens all of us in a variety of ways, including physically and emotionally,” she said. “When we are here working, we cannot be focused on our own problems. We must concentrate and focus on the task at hand. Something as simple as knitting can have such an impact, not only on the individual but also in the lives of others, and that is why we do it.”
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INGRAM, HOCKADAY LOOK TO DEFEND SPC VOLLEYBALL TITLE Standout hitter back at full strength after severe knee injuryBy Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers
Just as her decorated high school volleyball career hit full swing, an injury forced Lauren Ingram to the sidelines.
Yet, the torn knee ligament that caused Hockaday’s star outside hitter to miss almost all of 2021 also enabled her to grow off the court and return even better for her senior year.
Her 2022 goal: helping the Daisies defend their SPC cham pionship.
“It was a huge setback for me,” Ingram said. “I had never had a big injury like that, so I was really
shocked. It taught me patience.”
The injury in January 2021 caused her to miss the entire club season and clouded her college re cruitment process. It also proved a
character-building process for In gram as she attended every Hock aday practice during rehab, eager to rejoin her teammates.
She worked her way back into
SPC FALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
When: Nov. 3-5
Sports: Football, cross country, volleyball, field hockey
Notable: St. Mark’s is the defending champion in boys cross country and boys volleyball. ESD was the runner-up last year in 4A football.
the lineup late in the regular sea son for the Daisies, first in the back row and as a serving specialist. One match before the SPC tour nament, the 6-foot-1 Ingram re turned to full strength in her cus tomary place at the net.
“Lauren was really committed to getting back and helping the team,” said Hockaday head coach Andy Gass. “She’s the heart and soul of the team in terms of her personality. We can give the ball to her when we really need a kill or need a play. She makes it fun but also makes sure we work hard.”
After the championship match against Arlington Oakridge in Dallas, which gave Hockaday its first title since 2008, Ingram dominated on the club circuit and verbally committed to Duke Uni versity this summer.
With the Blue Devils, she hopes to carve a legacy like her older brother, Harrison, a for mer basketball star at St. Mark’s School of Texas who is now a standout at Stanford.
“I knew I always wanted to play volleyball at the next level. I’m really grateful to the coaches for the opportunity. I really con nected with them,” Ingram said of Duke. “I just want to do the best that I can and play good vol leyball and get better as a person and as a player.”
But first, Ingram is focused on making her fourth varsity season her best on a Hockaday team that includes junior Avery Jackson, a Stanford beach volleyball pledge.
“The goal was to win SPC. Now it’s to repeat,” Gass said. “They can leave their mark and leave a legacy.”
Taking Offense: St. Mark’s Senior Thrives After Position Switch Shoulder injury turned star linebacker Leffel into running back for LionsBy Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers
Keats Leffel was supposed to be one of the top linebackers in the SPC this season, but his shoulder had other ideas.
Faced with the prospect of season-end ing surgery, Leffel and his St. Mark’s coach es came up with a different plan for his se nior year. Instead of being one of the Lions’ leading tacklers, he now stars on offense as the team’s leading rusher.
The issue began toward the end of last season when Leffel dislocated his shoulder but was able to finish the year. Flash forward to halftime of the season opener on Aug. 26, and the same shoulder popped out.
Leffel’s doctors gave the St. Mark’s defen sive captain a choice to avoid risking further injury — end his season or switch positions.
“I ended up moving to running back, and I’ve loved it,” Leffel said. “It was hard news to take, but I wanted to help the team how ever I could.”
Leffel hadn’t played running back con sistently since middle school but showed no signs of rust. In his first three games on of fense, Leffel averaged 106 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns.
“I was definitely surprised — something
in me just kind of clicked. Our offensive line gave me a lot of nice holes to run through,” Leffel said. “It’s been a very nice transition. I’m hitting people in other ways, and I love hard physical football.”
The switch has bolstered the St. Mark’s offense, too. The Lions were primarily ro tating two sophomores at running back to complement the passing game led by quar terback Asher Wilburn.
“He had gotten so few reps heading into that first game,” said St. Mark’s head coach Harry Flaherty. “He’s as tough a guy as we have. I was surprised how quickly he picked up our run schemes.”
Leffel is a three-sport standout for the Lions. His ability to compete in soccer and baseball depends on whether he will have surgery immediately after football season or postpone it further, which might impact
whether he plays college football in 2023.
Coincidentally, fellow St. Mark’s captain Blake Malouf has thrived in a similar move this season, with a broken hand forcing him to move from receiver to defensive back.
“I’m thankful that they’re both able to continue competing during their senior sea sons,” Flaherty said. “They’ve invested so much in this program. It’s certainly been a big boost to our team.”
I wanted to help the team however I could. Keats LeffelInstead of missing the rest of his senior season, Keats Leffel switched from linebacker to running back for St. Mark’s. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY)
Lauren was really committed to getting back and helping the team.
Andy GassHockaday senior Lauren Ingram will play volleyball at Duke University next season. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY)
SWINGLE COLLINS CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY Dallas insurance agency formed to fill unmet needsBy Daniel Lalley Special Contributor
Frank Swingle made the trek to Dallas from his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana, never imagining he’d end up running such a successful insurance bro kerage.
Now, after 40 years, several awards, and countless client wins, he is reflecting on his impact within the business community and anticipates a future filled with success.
Swingle Collins & Associates was formed in 1982 when he decided to leave his post at a national brokerage to pur sue a new model where entrepreneurs and smaller businesses could access the same insurance products and expertise offered
“I realized the needs of the entrepreneur ial business were not being met,” he said. “The larger firms are after the big nation al accounts, and the entrepreneurs are left without the expertise to properly protect
their assets. Our focus for the last 40 years has been on those smaller businesses and building relationships.”
Swingle Collins has enjoyed substantial organic growth by keeping clientele close and filling a niche left by their larger com petitors, Swingle said.
“A lot of the customers we’ve had have been there from the beginning, and we’ve had the opportunity to watch them grow as we grow as well,” he said. “Over the years, our commercial customers have even asked us to handle their personal home and auto coverage, and it’s helped us de velop one of the largest personal insurance businesses in the city.”
With that history and a formula for understanding the nuances of insurance
and customizing care for clients, Swingle sees a “bright future ahead of us.”
“We’re in the consulting business as well as the risk management business, but one of our greatest strengths is making sure our customers know how to translate the insur ance marketplace into what they need,” he said. “There are a lot of changes coming in the insurance business, and a lot of people are saying technology is going to take over, but I don’t believe that at all.”
Instead, he said he believes customers will always need a trusted partner with ex pertise.
“This is a people business and a rela tionship business,” he said. “We never
There are a lot of changes coming in the insurance business, and a lot of people are saying technology is going to take over, but I don’t believe that at all.FROM LEFT: Matt Elmore, Kirk Dreyer, and Houston Harris – a new cohort of shareholders in front of Stone Tower. Throwback photograph: Mike Collins and Frank Swingle, founders of Swingle Collins (PHOTOS: COURTESY SWINGLE COLLINS)
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Jim Mueller, managing partner for the distinguished law firm Verner Brumley Mueller Parker, said suc cess in the emotionally-charged family law arena comes down to two things: experience and service.
“Our diversity and the range of experience that we can provide means there’s going to be very little that is going to be presented that somebody in our firm hasn’t dealt with firsthand over the years,” he said. “We are one of the largest family law firms, yet at the same time, we still give that same mom-and-pop personal attention. I think that’s
Divorce cases can be complicated, especially for high net worth individuals with various properties, businesses and other considerations. Verner Brumley’s expertise in this arena is one important point of differentiation in the market.
“What we’ve always done very well is take those highnet-worth individuals with extremely complicated cases and resolve those issues, be it in litigation or in the boardroom,” Mueller said. “We understand the various asset elements
that make these cases so complex—trusts, commercial prop erties and the like—not just here throughout Texas, but also throughout the world.”
“I think that’s something that’s extremely unique. If we need to work with somebody who is in Colorado on a case that we’re handling, it’s not just somebody we looked up online. It’s somebody we know has a high level of expertise, who we’ve worked with and who we have a history with.”
At the same time, the firm’s attorneys never lose sight of the human element of divorce, specifically as it involves
custody issues. Mueller said one hallmark of the practice is to take ownership of all the client’s needs, legal or oth erwise.
“At the end of the day, a client is not just simply a custo dy battle, they’re not just simply a divorce or a post-marital agreement,” he said. “There’s a holistic approach that we try to take with our clients, to let them know we can be their point of contact for nearly anything. We’ve put people in touch with counselors, we’ve referred them to wealth advisors, and lots more. That’s the type of service that we strive for.”
Mueller, who graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Rhodes College in Memphis and cum laude from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University, jokes he’s still the “new kid” even after more than 15 years in family law. Such is the nature of the lon gevity of the firm.
“We’re in the personal services industry,” Mueller said. “For everything that has changed over the years, one thing that is as true today around here as it ever was, is that lon gevity is key. I tell clients all the time, this is not going to
be an easy process; it’s not always the most pleasant pro cess. You want to have a relationship with a team that can communicate effectively with you, that you can trust and that has the skill and experience to deliver you the best outcome possible. I feel we do that better than anyone.”
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At McClure Law Group, the clients’ goals are of the utmost importance. Founder, managing partner, and CEO Kelly McClure, managing partner Francesca Blackard, and the rest of their talented staff work together to not only achieve these goals, but surpass them.
“I think we’re the gold standard when it comes to the quality of work that comes out of our firm,” said Blackard. “We’re complimented all the time by our clients on being so much more prepared than the other side. We really give our hearts and souls to our clients and their cases.”
Another way McClure Law Group ensures the satisfaction of their clients is their skill and effectiveness in the courtroom.
“We have a unique practice in that we’re able to give a lot of credibility to what could happen at the courthouse, because we go there quite often,” said McClure, who is also managing partner and CEO of the firm. “I think that
really helps clients facilitate a settlement, knowing that the alternative is we go to the courthouse and that’s an arena we’re very comfortable in.”
With a combined experience of over 100 years, McClure Law Group knows Dallas clients want their family law dealings to be as seamless as possible. This is what sets the Firm apart with an in-house CPA and an in-house appellate attorney, which no other Dallas firm has. McClure Law Group also prides itself on seeing clients as human beings, not just income.
“We do damage control in all aspects,” Blackard said. “Financially and emotionally, and I’m really proud that we’re not a firm that sees a high-net-worth client and sees dollar signs. We see the client, their children, their spouse, and think of how to keep this post-divorce family as in-tact as possible.”
In the past year, the team at McClure Law Group has only gotten better. New partners, Kate Mataya and Brandon Joseph, have gone above and beyond in their new roles and augment the knowledge and expertise of the alreadymasterful McClure Law Group team.
“We’re ahead of the curve with the lawyers we have,” McClure said. “They’re very impressive in terms of their writing techniques and complicated drafting on complex issues. A lot of firms don’t have our level of expertise. Our talent pool at our office is just untouchable.”
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Comings and Goings
Casa Costa Snider Plaza
The interior design firm, furni ture, and gift store by Lisa Mayo and Blaze Whites recently opened between Cerulean Gallery and Bubba’s Cooks Country.
Foxtrot 3130 Knox St.
The corner store/coffee shop/ café/gift shop with delivery ser vice recently opened its third lo cation in Dallas, complete with a patio, in the Knox-Henderson area. The brand’s other two area loca tions are in Uptown and in Snider Plaza in University Park.
Various Stores NorthPark Center
The activewear brand Alo Yoga re cently opened on level one between
Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, the clothing brand Buck Mason re cently opened on level one between Nordstrom and Macy’s, Sarah Flint, known for shoes and accessories, re cently opened on level two between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, the independent Australian luxury fashion brand Scanlan Theodore re cently opened on level one between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, and the fashion house St. John recently opened on level one between Nei man Marcus and Dillard’s.
Ann and Sid Mashburn 4615 Cole Ave.
The new 4,200-square-foot store features an open-air tailor shop, a dedicated made-to-measure area, a shoe and accessory parlor, and more.
Highland Park Village
The French luxury brand opened in its new temporary location next to Sadelle’s. It will remain in the new location while expanding its 5,000-square-foot original space into a two-level, 11,500-squarefoot one.
Skibell Fine Jewelry Preston Center
The jewelry store recently moved to a new location at 8411 Preston Road No. 110.– Compiled by Rachel Snyder
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It is a weird sort of calculus, but the time when you most want to decorate for the season dovetails with the busi est time at work and school.
Then you look over at your neighbor’s home, and it seems like overnight, it has bloomed with enough holiday decor to make a Griswold envious. Across the street, a tasteful display of lighting and vin tage decorations has sprouted among the manicured shrubbery.
What gives? How did they find the time?
“My number one suggestion would be to just hire me,” quipped a laughing Keely Vendig, owner of the faux-floral company Navy Blooms.
“I have so many clients that are
working moms and dads,” she explained. “Everyone’s just busy, and we are elves and come in, we put it all up, we clean up, and we’re gone.”
But if you must DIY your decor this Christmas, Vendig suggested focusing on one thing and doing it well.
“Obviously, it would be the Christmas tree because not only is it beautiful and you have the lights, and that kind of stuff is reminiscent of Christ mas, but it’s also a place where a lot of people put like their presents,” Vendig said.
“It’s a center, almost like a cornerstone.”
Second, she said, is focusing on perhaps a mantle display. After that, see what gaps you have and what you’d like to use to fill them. She also suggested setting up calendar remind ers throughout the year to help create
a game plan.
“I’m a little bit more of a planner, and I think if you set reminders, people would feel less overwhelmed,” she said.
Focusing on what is meaningful and what gives you joy during the season is essential, too, said Dallas author Kim berly Schlegel Whitman. Her book A Loving Table explores family traditions.
“It kind of goes back to either start ing or carrying forward a tradition,” she said. “If you really know the meaning behind what you’re doing, you can focus on the things that are more meaningful and get rid of the rest of it. That’s what really will resonate with your family and your guests.”
Whitman said that while she is “not good at keeping things simple,” she also recognizes that it gives her a lot of joy to decorate her home for the holidays.
“It’s really not about comparing your self to your neighbor or others,” she said. “It’s really about finding out what is meaningful for you and for your family and what works for you.”
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Chef’s Advice for Smart Entertaining
Remember the 1997 book Entertaining for Dummies? The book that sold more than 30 million copies promised to transform hopeful hosts and hostesses from dumb to Martha Stewart.
I had a copy, and people consider me entertaining. I give all credit to the books perceptively brand ed with bright yellow and black, conjuring images of caution tape and street signs. The holiday sea son is upon us, so I asked a few friends to give me their tips for making holiday entertaining less stressful and more enjoyable.
Anastacia Quiñones-Pittman, José
“For me, holidays are all about familia — gathering around the table, spending time with loved ones in the kitchen, and cook ing up recipes that have been passed down through the generations.”
One trick AQ uses to liven up her gath erings is using Jose’s Turbo Salt to dress up cocktails with a sweet and salty sparkly rim.
Jim Seversen, Sevy’s Grill
Known to his friends and guests as Sevy, Jim offers timeless, practical advice. “Organi zation is key” to holiday entertaining. “Prepare the spread over different times, don’t try to do it all in one day,” he said. He also loves variety in his menus, with warm foods, cold foods, and choices for everyone. “My wife doesn’t eat fish, so I will always have options for her.”
Corbin See, Duro Hospitality
If you’ve ever been to The Charles, Sis ter, or Café Duro, you know that design and interesting visual elements are everywhere. Corbin See offers his must-haves in a very on-brand way. “Fresh floral. A tablescape always needs a bit of nature. Also, everyone loves a personal touch. Handwritten place cards or, even better, have the kids in the fam ily decorate them.”
Franchesca Nor, Dive Coastal Cuisine
“I’m an old-fashioned chef who’s not into gadgets and gizmos,” said the talented, no-nonsense chef and mother. “I recommend a basic knife, cutting board, Dutch oven, skil let, and sauce pot,” she added, saying that keeping things simple and organized is the key to success.
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It’s really about finding out what is meaningful for you and for your family and what works for you. Kimberly Schlegel WhitmanFlorist/decorator Keely Vendig and Dallas author Kimberly Schlegel Whitman recommend focusing on what is essential to your family when decorating for the holidays. (PHOTOS: COURTESY KEELY VENDIG)
FEAR OF MISSING OUT AT CHRISTMAS? Experts suggest where to focus when decorating time is running short
How to Tastefully Update a Period Home for Contemporary Living
Period homes (generally defined as any home built before WWI) tend to have high ceilings, beautiful detailing, and archi tectural features you don’t often see in new homes.
For many home buyers, the creaks, the cracks, and the repair costs of a period home are well worth it.
You might wonder how an interior de signer like myself would approach a historic property. I think it’s disturbing to obliterate the interior and redecorate in a minimalist style. Of course, there’s no need to turn your house into a museum, either.
Here are some tips for decorating a peri od home in a way that’s sympathetic to the house’s history but still looks current:
Start by doing research on how homes in the period were originally decorated, then pick and choose the elements that look the most timeless. Don’t be afraid to use soft, contemporary paint colors in a Victorian house. If you use saturated wall paint colors, keep the period detailing (such as the cornicing) in more understat ed tones for contrast.
One of the advantages of period homes is the high ceilings. You will probably want a large lighting fixture, such as a chande lier, to take advantage of the extra height. On the other hand, one downside to peri od homes is that they sometimes have dark, narrow hallways. Hang mirrors in hallways to reflect more light into the space.
When it comes to furnishings, I think
juxtaposing modern and traditional ele ments is best. If you’re using traditional art and wallpaper patterns, mix contemporary furniture into the room. The simple lines of the furniture will stand out beautiful ly against the traditional backdrop. Like wise, if you use a lot of antique furniture, you may want to use updated colors for the walls and contemporary art, which adds an element of surprise.
An alternative to buying a period home is to work with a classically trained archi tect (like Larry Boerder, Richard Drum mond Davis, or Robbie Fusch, to name a few), who can build you a new home in a period style.
If you already own a period home and need help deciding which parts should be kept as is, restored, or torn out, it might be time to consult an interior designer. A professional
designer can help ensure your renovation doesn’t go too far and will have connections with lots of restoration experts who can help breathe new life into the home.
Margaret Chambers, a registered interior de signer (RID) and member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), leads Chambers In teriors and Associates. Her colleague Caitlin Crow ley helped edit this column. Visit chambersinteriors. com/blog for more design advice.
A Great Fall Find
University Park-Raised Designer Talks Kips Bay Decorator Show House
Cathey received inspiration from homes, supportive community while growing up
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Ashley Cathey’s University Park upbringing sparked her in terest in design from a young age.
She describes it as an “easy place to think you can realize your dreams” due to the supportive community and creative inspira tion from beautiful homes and in teriors across the city.
“One friend in particular — her father had a really spectacu lar and early American federalist antique furniture collection that was smattered throughout their home, so I was always really in spired through some of the more
beautiful homes that my friends lived in,” Cathey said.
Cathey, founder and principal of Dallas-based interior firm Avrea and Company, has been involved in the design industry for more than 20 years. This year, she was one of 24 designers selected for the Kips Bay Decorator Show House, open in Preston Hollow from Sept. 22 to 25.
She was assigned to one of the upstairs bedrooms, which she opt ed for the theme “Pretty in Plaid.” Inspiration came from a design by Mario Buatta in the Manhat tan show house in 1984, and she
placed the fabric he used in his room on her bed in the reimagined version of the space.
“When we found out we were going to be in Kips Bay and we had a bedroom, we started researching the old Kips Bay books, and that was our inspiration because we loved that fabric and we wanted to do our twist on his iconic room,” Cathey said.
She was urged to apply for the Kips Bay Decorator Show House by one of the Dallas chairs, so she sub mitted a bio and portfolio images to show her chops.
Upon selection, designers had
When a seven-figure Park Cities home sells in an otherwise slow month for real estate, does it still count?
Possibly not in new MLS Summary Reports prepared by the Texas Real Estate Research Center at Texas A&M University using data from the North Texas Real Estate Infor mation System (NTREIS) Multiple Listing Service.
The former report format allowed us to pull breakdowns of single-family sales for the Park Cities combined and the Preston Hollow portion of Dallas.
The new format instead provides data for whole cities but only when specific thresholds are met.
“Cities with fewer than 10 sales in the month will not show up in the summary report,” explained Da vid Blake, chief technology officer for NTREIS Inc.
Neither of the Park Cities met that threshold for September, leaving us to wonder how many homes did sell and for how much.
Should I be surprised that a report prepared at Texas A&M seems as thorough as the Aggie football team’s preparations for Appalachian State?
University Park made the August report with 15 single-family sales, down from 24 the same month in 2021. Median price ($2,805,150) and price per square foot ($567.18) were up from $1,868,013 and $480.94).
Highland Park last appeared in June with 12 sin gle-family sales, down three from June 2021. Me dian price ($2,347,500) and price per square foot ($639.28) were up from $2,171,000 and $542.01.
Months-old numbers tell us something about Park Cities real estate. So does getting left out of reports.
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eight to 10 weeks to pull together their rooms, but two weeks were lost because of permitting issues. Due to this quick turnaround, many design choices were based on available sup plies instead of their top picks.
“With this type of project, you don’t have the same type of lead times that we traditionally have for a ‘real room,’ not a pretend room,” Cathey said.
During her time in the show house, one of her favorite parts was connecting with the other design ers, creating a fun camaraderie.
Avrea and Company has
another designer who assists Cathey and two project manag ers. The team has worked on proj ects across the country, includ ing in Manhattan, Wyoming, and Blackberry Farm in Tennessee. They’re looking forward to finish ing a renovation in Highland Park that is set for completion next year.
“Our goals are to expand and do projects in cities that we would aspire to do projects in,” Cathey said. “We’re really grateful for clients who let us be creative for them and realize their visions and the best version of their vision.”
I was always really inspired through some of the more beautiful homes that my friends lived in.Ashley Cathey was raised in University Park and now resides in Greenway Parks. She wanted to be an architect as a child, but when she got to college, she realized she is more interested in the artistic side of interior design. (PHOTOS: COURTESY STEPHEN KARLISCH AND NATHAN SCHRODER)
Want To Remodel Before a Big Event? Better Plan Ahead
With the hol idays fast ap proaching, many homeowners start thinking about how different the holiday enter taining experi ence would be if they had a newly renovated, updated home to entertain and create new memories with family and friends.
It’s not uncommon for us to start receiving calls as soon as summer vacations end and children return to school about renovations to kitch ens, bathrooms, and com mon areas of the house that are front and center during the holidays.
What most homeown ers don’t realize is how long it takes to plan and execute a re modeling project properly.
We suggest homeowners start the design and planning process six to 12 months before the desired completion date to ensure their remodel is completed in time for a significant event such as a wedding, Thanks giving, or Christmas, especially if you are plan ning a large-scale renovation.
Smaller cosmetic remodels that don’t in volve reconfiguring spaces or moving or open ing walls can be planned and executed in a shorter timeframe. However, you need to have realistic expectations before you engage a pro fessional designer, architect, and builder.
By now, most are aware of the lingering
supply chain issues that have, in many cases, drastically raised the cost and anticipated lead times of building materials, appliances, win dows, insulation, etc.
A shortage of microchips has not only dis rupted the auto industry but has also affect ed the home building industry. Many building products with smart home technology, such as appliances, are taking 10-12 months to receive.
A seasoned builder, along with the design team, can identify these extended lead-time products and pre-purchase them early in the
design process to ensure they are received when it’s time to install.
To minimize lengthy delays during con struction, we educate our clients about the benefits of spending more time in design and project planning before rushing to start a proj ect. This helps alleviate issues, especially if you’re living in the house or temporarily rent ing a place during renovations.
If you are considering renovating or build ing a custom home, there is no better time than now to start planning. Choose a builder
or remodeler with extensive experience with your type of project, who works in your sur rounding neighborhoods, and has solid re lationships with great interior designers, ar chitects, engineers, trades, and vendors to ensure your project is thoughtfully designed, planned, and specified before you ever sign a construction agreement.
Sherry and Paul Zuch are partners with Alair Homes Dallas|Zuch, a building, remodeling, and renovating company. Visit www.alairzuch.com.
OF THE MONTH
6428 Tulip Lane
Windows cover the front elevation of this fully redesigned and reimagined Preston Hollow modern Tudor, pouring natural light into the home at all hours of the day. Upon entry, an arched opening leads to the formal dining room. Through another oversized arch, an art wall provides a backdrop to your formal dining and connects to a wet bar and butlers’ area. Adjacent to the downstairs living room, the open-concept chef’s kitchen sports an agreeable and neutral palette with
GOT TO BE AWAY?
Carol Stine’s tips on what to do before leaving your home for an extended period:
• Do not post on social media that you are going out of town.
• Turn off or turn down your water heater.
• In case of storms and a power surge occurs, unplug appliances such as TVs and microwaves.
• Cancel mail.
• Leave lights on a timer.
• Install outside motion detector lights.
• Make sure windows and doors are locked
• If you don’t have Blue Tulip Home Watch, have someone to call to check on the house.
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Real Talk: Lindley Arthur
quartz counters and a herringbone laid backsplash. Also, downstairs, a private study offers private access to the front porch. The primary bedroom downstairs includes access to the backyard and a terrazzo-wrapped ensuite featuring floating dual vanities and a soaking tub. Upstairs find four secondary bedrooms, an oversized game room, and a media room. Other highlights include the mud and utility rooms off the three-car attached garage and a porte-cochère.
Lindley Arthur launched her namesake interior design business more than a decade ago, seeing it as a natural expansion of her shop on Antique Row on Lovers Lane.
“I originally studied journalism at OU and worked in corporate PR for several years before transitioning back home to be with my two sons,” she said. “In 2008, I opened a booth at Antique Row on Lovers Lane, which slowly evolved into designing my own home and my friends’ homes be fore I launched Lindley Arthur Interiors in 2010.”
She and her team focus on residential projects in Texas and beyond.
If you could go back in time and give yourself any advice, what would it be?
I believe the time I spent in PR was more valuable than studying interior de sign in college. So much of what we do is client communication and handling issues when they arise — my background pre pared me for that. Another piece of ad vice is to stay true to your aesthetic. Read design books and magazines and follow bloggers whose style you admire. Have the confidence to express your own personal look, and don’t be influenced by the cur rent trends that ebb and flow.
What is the best thing about being an interior designer?
Without a doubt, the people I work with. Not only do I have an amazing team of women that I work with at Lindley Ar thur Interiors, but I have had the ability to build relationships with so many of my clients that have become close friends.
What is your outlook on the Dallas market?
I’ve seen clients in Dallas get more specific about what appeals to them per sonally. Several years ago, most of our cli ents wanted very similar looks for their homes, but lately, we are seeing home owners with more diversified tastes who have a better idea of what design style they want to achieve. In addition, I be lieve Dallas is getting more traditional overall. We continue receiving more re quests for a curated, collected look with deeper colors to provide a comfortable space that feels like home.
Can you give us a fun fact about yourself?
In my first job in corporate PR, I de cided to grasscloth my gray cubicle — that should have been my first clue that maybe I was in the wrong profession.
Home Not Alone: Blue Tulip provides travelers peace of mindBy Karen Chaney Special Contributor
Dallas native Carol Stine has her roots planted deep in the heart of Texas.
She graduated from Lake High lands High School in 1975 and earned a degree in finance from Texas A&M University in 1979, followed by a master’s in business administration in 1985 from SMU.
Along the way, she married and started a family, which was a catalyst for a career change from accounting to real estate. She earned her real es tate broker license in 1986.
“What I decided was I would get my real estate license and be a parttime real estate person,” Stine said.
“Real estate is not a part-time thing, and I had three boys in four years, so I was mostly a stay-at-home mom.”
Over the ensuing years, Stine
volleyed between working in real es tate, accounting, finance, and small business ownership.
is in our genes.”
In 2016, while living in Minne sota, Stine purchased a non-medical home healthcare agency. By 2019, due to family obligations, she sold that business and moved back to Dallas, where she resumed working as an accountant. Due to the impact of COVID-19, Stine was working remotely, her hours were dwindling, and she began to ponder additional revenue streams.
She chose the business name be cause she said blue tulips symbolize peace, tranquility, trust, and loyalty.
“I want my clients to get that feeling of they trust me and have peace of mind,” Stine said.
Her first clients came about be cause of pandemic travel restrictions.
“I really wanted to be a business owner,” she said. “My grandparents had a grocery store way back when I was little bitty down in Gonzales, Texas. My dad had his own business for a while; my brother had his own business. Small business ownership
An idea she had been mulling over for some time became her sec ond venture into business owner ship when, in 2020, she launched Blue Tulip Home Watch.
“Our business is not home se curity; it is a home watch service,” she said. “We do visual inspections of the outside and inside of homes and look for issues such as water damage from leaking pipes, van dalism, and storm damage.”
“He had a house in Dallas, and his parents were elderly in En gland,” she said. “He could work re motely, so he left his house in Dal las and went back to live with his parents for a while.”
Another couple had a house in Dallas, but they were in China when the pandemic lockdowns oc curred, so they couldn’t come home.
Stine recently moved from University Park to Colorado to be near her grandson, so hired Kath erine Winford, a Preston Hollow resident, to take care of her Dal las clients.
Our business is not home security; it is a home watch service.(PHOTOS: COMPASS REAL ESTATE/PATRICK FLORES OF REAL PHOTO)
WITHERS ELEMENTARY HAS A NEW PLAYGROUND Project fully funded by the campus’ parents and supportersBy Maria Lawson firstname.lastname@example.org
Withers Elementary celebrat ed the opening of its new playground with a ribbon cutting on the first day of October.
The playground is a project ful ly funded by Withers parents and supporters that became available for students this fall. The mon ey came from family sponsorships, business sponsorships, the student fundraiser known as The Prowl, the fall party, and the spring auction.
“Every year, Withers’ parents work together to ensure that we provide the best academic and ex tracurricular opportunities for all students as well as a sense of be longing for all students and staff,” said Anne Marie Bishop, presi dent of the Withers Elementary PTA. “The playground was iden tified as an investment that would benefit every student on campus for years to come, as well as some thing that we could continue to improve with additions.”
In addition to the playground, funds raised by the PTA benefit students by providing school sup plies and fully-funding field trips.
“The combination of mon ey, time, and talents donated by our families and community have worked together to make Withers such a wonderful school for more than 50 years,” Bishop said.
Students Continue Jesuit Grad’s Homeless Work LifePak expands
campuses, addresses essential needsBy Sabrina Gomez people newspapers
Seven years ago, Will Dobrient took it upon himself to do some thing about a growing social issue.
As a sophomore at Jesuit Col lege Preparatory School of Dal las, he began what would become LifePak, a program designed to give aid to those experiencing homelessness.
More than 580,000 people experience homelessness on any given night, according to the Na tional Low-Income Housing Co alition. In Dallas, the 2022 Pointin-Time (PIT) count found 4,410 experiencing houselessness.
His goal was simple: to pro vide resources by any means nec essary to the homeless. The name emerged when he made life packs – bags that contained essentials
such as food, water, snacks, and even Subway gift cards.
Dobrient, now a sophomore at the University of Dallas, con tinues his advocacy for homeless residents through the Christ in the City ministry.
But students from several schools are continuing the LifePak initiative, including founding members: Victor Acosta (Naaman
Forest High School), Nicholas Archer (Jesuit), Jaimi Coleman (Plano West Senior High), Julian Coleman (Plano West), Ben Fer nandez (Jesuit), Elisa Fernandez (Ursuline Academy), and John Lee (Jesuit).
“Living under a roof is a bless ing that shouldn’t be taken for granted,” said Elisa Fernandez, a sophomore at Ursuline Academy.
“With LifePak, I’m able to put action behind my words and do something I believe in … help ing others.”
On Sept. 19, the group pre sented to the student body at the Barack Obama Male Leader ship Academy and celebrated es tablishing that school’s LifePak Club and donation drive.
Donation drives help provide
socks, hats, coats, and other ne cessities to those in need.
“What I’ve found really sur prising is that the more we do with our donation drives for clothing or just building and distributing LifePaks, the more people want to get involved,” Archer said. “It’s kind of conta gious.”
LifePak also held an annual fall pumpkin patch fundraiser at Preston Hollow United Method ist Church.
John Lee and Ben Fernandez noted that LifePak is about hope.
“With all of the bad things going on in our world, just do ing something gives me hope,” Lee said.
Fernandez called it “an eye-opening experience.”
“I’ve realized that it’s all about connection, connecting with our neighbors, connecting with our friends,” he said. “We’re all a part of this great village, and we need to help one another. We’re all growing and learning together.”
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With all of the bad things going on in our world, just doing something gives me hope.SEATED, FROM LEFT: Jaimi Coleman, Will Dobrient, and Victor Acosta. STANDING: Nicholas Archer, Benjamin Fernandez, Julian Coleman, John Lee, and Elisa Fernandez. (PHOTO: COURTESY LIFEPAK)
People Newspapers here recognizes the dozens of 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists from our markets for achieving a status earned by less than 1% of high school seniors nationwide.
The students entered the 68th annual National Mer it Scholarship Program as juniors by taking the 2021 Pre liminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). The nationwide pool of semifinalists includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
The program honors individual students who show ex ceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigor ous college studies.
The nonprofit National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) named approximately 16,000 semifinalists nation wide. Its leaders expect 95% of those to become finalists and about half of the finalists to win National Merit Scholarships.
Students will learn in early 2023 whether they are finalists, but the NMSC typically doesn’t announce their names to
the media. Some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships – $30 million worth – will be offered in the spring.
To become a finalist, the semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application with information about the student’s academic record, participa tion in school and community activities, demonstrated lead ership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.– Staff report
Student Achievements: Five to Thrive
1. Preston Hollow Pageantry
J-Belle Kimbrell, Miss Texas’ Outstand ing Teen and Miss Southlake’s Outstanding Teen, was named second runner-up to Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2023. The na tional competition was held Aug. 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. Kimbrell, a Pres ton Hollow resident and Booker T. Wash ington School for the Performing and Vi sual Arts senior, competed with her “Street Smarts: Steer Clear of Distractions” social impact project to educate people on the dan gers of distracted driving and how to avoid it.
2. St. Mark’s Scholar
Lone Star Ag Credit awarded six 2022 scholarships, including one to Spencer
Burke, a recent St. Mark’s School of Texas alumnus. He is majoring in engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. The schol arship is worth $2,500, and the rural lending cooperative awarded $500 to each recipient’s home 4-H club or FFA chapter. To qualify, Burke submitted an essay about what agri culture and natural resources meant to him and the role they would play in the future.
Lone Star Ag Credit says winners shared stories of their leadership in agriculture, in novation, and community service.
3. Golfing Champ
Sonia Hao, an Ursuline junior, won her first American Junior Golf Association at the Stewart Jr. Championship in early August.
She’s played golf for nine years and fell in love with the sport after growing up watch ing her dad playing, eventually trying it out for herself. She won the tournament by one stroke, competing in the tour of many players from around the world.
4. Queen Bee Hockaday senior Ayla Summers was named a Honeybee Princess of Collin County. In this role, she gives presentations about bees (often joined by a live beehive) to schools, chamber meetings, and other groups. When she applied for the program two years ago, she didn’t know much about bees, but now she’s an active beekeeper who maintains two hives in her backyard. She
worked through the Institute for Social Im pact to partner with Joppy Momma’s Farms in South Dallas to install hives to add an other food and revenue source for the food desert community.
5. Quiz Bowlers Take Third
Greenhill’s quiz bowl team tied for third place at the Texas Quiz Bowl Alliance Jam boree on Sept. 17. In the semifinals round, the team fell short to Heights A in a close loss but kept a 6-3 record against the com petitive field. The team members were fresh men Maya Jagsi, Aaron Kuang, and Kate Ponnambalam, led by junior and captain Nikky Nandipati.— Compiled by Maria Lawson
1. Distinguished Alumni
SMU in October celebrated A. Shonn Evans Brown, the late C.J. “Don” Donnally Jr., John Cartwright Phelan, and Thear Sy Suzuki with the highest honor bestowed upon its graduates.
The 2022 Distinguished Alumni Awards recipients were honored during homecoming week, as was Emily Graham. Graham received the Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes the outstanding achievements of someone who graduated in the last 15 years.
About the honorees: Brown, chief global litigation counsel for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, advises the For tune 500 company on matters related to public policy, champions social justice and equity in the workplace, and helped establish the first minori ty affiliate of SMU Alumni.
Donnally died in May. The son of SMU graduates was a prominent financial adviser who donated to many projects and programs on campus.
Phelan, co-founder and chairman of Rugger Management LLC, a Palm Beach-based pri vate investment firm, serves on the Investment Committee for the SMU Endowment. Suzuki serves on EY’s Americas Inclusiveness Advisory Council and champions development programs that build inclusive, innovative, and courageous leaders. She supports the university as a scholarship donor and SMU parent.
Emily Graham, chief equity and impact of ficer at Omnicom, has been named the Top Diversity Officer in the U.S. by the National
Diversity Council and had her work profiled by Forbes and Essence
2. Celebrated sculptor
Dallas sculptor Tamara Johnson, co-found er and director of Sweet Pass Sculpture Park, a one-acre outdoor space featuring emerging and mid-career artists, is the Meadow Museum’s 2022 Moss/Chumley Artist.
The annual award with a $2,500 cash prize recognizes distinguished professional artists with proven track records as community advo cates for the visual arts.
“It not only provides a financial boost to my studio practice but feels validating to know my work and service outside of the studio is seen and appreciated in North Texas,” Johnson said.
3. More Spanish art
The Meadows Museum recently added sev en new works, including three paintings do nated to celebrate the leadership of the late Mark A. Roglán, who served as museum di rector for 15 years.
The gifts in honor of Roglán, who died last year, support the museum’s “mission to tell new stories about the history of Spain and its art,” said Amanda W. Dotseth, curator and museum director ad interim.
The museum also expanded its holdings of works by Texas and SMU artists.
4. Improved arts complex
University leaders expect $34 million in new ly completed improvements to the Meadows School of Art to help foster creativity and sus tain better teachings.
Work included an Italian lighting installation, added indoor and outdoor spaces, renovated ed ucational and administrative spaces, and a new entrance on the north side of the wing.
Students, faculty, and others gathered on Sept. 16 to celebrate the grand opening of the improved visual arts facilities in the heart of the campus be tween Bishop Boulevard and Hillcrest Avenue.– Compiled by Sabrina Gomez
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Parish Announces Next Head of School Dr. Matthew J. Rush will start next school yearBy Maria Lawson email@example.com
Parish Episcopal School named Dr. Matthew J. Rush its new head of school, effective July 2023.
The national search began in January 2022, consisting of inter views and community meet and greets over an about 10-month period.
Rush brings more than 25 years of experience in education, most recently having served as the assistant head of school of The Kinkaid School in Houston. He has demonstrated interest in the art of teaching and learning, with a history of creating endow ments and increasing fundrais ing, enhancing professional de velopment for faculty and staff, and developing innovative curric ulum on previous campuses he’s worked at.
“Dr. Rush embodies our mission and values and has a demonstrated ability to unite communities,” said Trey Vel vin, chair of the Parish Board of Trustees. “The board believes his
broad educational perspective along with his deep understand ing of the independent school landscape, specifically in Dallas, will serve Parish well.”
University for his doctorate.
Rush was selected by the Head of School Selection Committee, led by Alyson Jackson, vice chair of the Parish Board of Trustees, which conducted a national search guided by Parish’s mission, com mitment to academic excellence, dedication to the individual learn er, commitment to collaboration and accountability as a leader, and demonstrated success in relation ship building on campuses.
Bestselling Author Visits Good Shepherd Episcopal SchoolBy John Holt Special Contributor
New York Times bestselling au thor/illustrator Nathan Hale drew while he spoke at Good Shepherd Episcopal School and had the sec ond through eighth graders laugh ing hysterically.
Before his work at The Kinkaid School, Rush served as a teacher, coach, and head of school of Allen Academy in Bryan, Texas, having also served in administrative roles at campuses in the National As sociation of Independent Schools in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. He attended Texas A&M University for his bache lor’s degree, Columbia Universi ty for his master’s, and Vanderbilt
“Guided by a shared mission and supported by the Board of Trustees, we look forward to a seamless transition with Dr. Rush as we prepare for [the] 2023-24 school year,” Velvin said.
Rush and his family will re locate to Dallas in time for the 2023-2024 academic year to start his new role.
“It’s really important to see what the kids laugh at,” Hale said. “They’re my audience. I’m writing to them. I’m always sur prised by the things they laugh at, the things they don’t laugh at, and the things they want to know about.”
The author of the Hazardous Tales book series resides in Utah and has been visiting schools the last eight years for author visits, regularly traveling to four schools per month with a booked schedule for the remainder of the current academic year.
“To me, not only is it a helpful side income visiting schools, but it is very helpful to understand your audience better,” he said.
Hale, the author of 18 books, stresses the importance of discov ering a passion and practicing it.
“Say yes to opportunities where you can use your skills and talents and then build from there,” Hale said. “Try and see how much you can do with your skills and talents in your school, in your neighbor hood, everything like that. If no body is offering you jobs, make up your own. I try to draw every day, and I try to write every day. It’s that simple.”
John Holt is the content writer for Good Shepherd Episcopal School.
I try to draw every day, and I try to write every day. It’s that simple. Nathan Hale
‘HAZARDOUS TALES’Visit NathanHaleAuthor.com for more information about Hale or to purchase one of his 18 books. Nathan Hale discusses his series and encourages students to find and embrace their passions. (PHOTOS: COURTESY GOOD SHEPHERD EPISCOPAL SCHOOL) Dave Monaco, the most recent Parish Allen Meyer Family Head of School, resigned shortly before his expected retirement. Michelle Lyons is currently serving as interim head of school.
Dr. Rush embodies our mission and values and has a demonstrated ability to unite communities.Dr. Matthew J. Rush will complete the school year as assistant head of school at The Kinkaid School before moving to Dallas to lead Parish in time for the 2022-2023 academic year. (PHOTOS: COURTESY PARISH EPISCOPAL SCHOOL)
Junior League Awards $111,000 to 51 Dallas ISD Teachers, 6 From PH Maria Lawson firstname.lastname@example.org
The Junior League of Dallas gave 51 Dal las ISD teachers awards of up to $2,500 through the annual Grants for Innovative Teaching program.
Education is one of the league’s six focus areas, so it started the program 12 years ago to empower local schools and students.
“Hopefully, it will inspire students,” said Emily Sommerville, president of the JLD. “You never know where that spark of inspi ration will come from.”Kiki Gao
Sommerville said she hopes the grants will help teachers approach subjects a stu dent might not have been interested in, in new ways that will spark interest.
Six of these educators work in Preston Hollow:
Ward Coats, Thomas Jefferson High School, “Structure and Functions of the Master Regulators of Pancreas Development”
Coats’ grant will directly impact 64 high schoolers by giving them a new research perspective on the structure and function of proteins. Participants will present their research at the American Society for Bio chemistry and Molecular Biology conven tion, with the goal of helping students ac quire full-ride scholarships.
Deborah Tubbs, K.B. Polk Center for Academically Talented & Gifted, “Literacy in Hand”
Tubbs will use her grant to impact 20 el ementary students by offering take-home activities to empower parents of deaf or hardof-hearing children to support their child’s
literacy skills with reading and phonics work.
Efrain Rivera, Benjamin Franklin International Exploratory Academy, “Art and Technology Applications”
Rivera’s funding will introduce 80 to 85 seventh and eighth-grade art students to digital art. His goal is to bring drawing tab lets to class to show students another en deavor available to them.
Kacie Ingram, Thomas J. Rusk Middle School, “Forever Healthy”
Ingram’s project, available to 20 sixth-to eighth-grade students, is designed to help them make healthy choices on a budget. Materials will include workout gear and a visit to SPARK, an indoor industrial play ground for students that provides lessons tied to state standards.
Jeannette Sambucetti, Prestonwood Montessori at E.D. Walker, “Learning with Bots”
Sambucetti’s grant will serve 28 kinder garten through third-grade students by us ing Ozobot (small programmable robots) to teach the basics of programming, using STEAM, and integrating core subjects in the gifted classroom.
Maria Fernandez-Guiterrez, John J. Pershing Elementary, “Break a Leg!”
Fifteen third-through-fifth graders will be impacted by Fernandez-Guiterrez’s grant, which will empower the drama club and allow students to put on a puppet show for lower grades to build on social and commu nication skills while improving self-esteem.
JLD distributed $111,000 this year to en courage excellence in areas such as STEM, arts and culture, reading/literacy, diversity, and special education.
“The Grants for Innovative Teaching Committee is in awe of the level of innova tion, uniqueness, and inclusivity that each of the educators so passionately brought to the table,” said Kiki Gao, 2022-2023 Grants for Innovative Teaching chair. “Due to the in novative projects that are designed by these educators, at least 8,100 Dallas ISD students will be directly impacted this school year.”
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The Grants for Innovative Teaching Committee is in awe of the level of innovation, uniqueness, and inclusivity that each of the educators so passionately brought to the table.
Superintendent Sees Her Role as Lifting Up Dallas ISD W.T. White stakeholders quiz Elizalde about choice schools, COVID consequencesBy Sabrina Gomez People Newspapers
Stephanie Elizalde wore W.T. White orange during a recent meet and greet at the high school and explained how she views her role as Dallas Independent School District superintendent.
“I used to think that the superinten dent was at the top of the organization, and I’ve discovered that an effective super intendent is actually at the bottom — it’s an inverted triangle,” she explained.
Her role, Elizalde said, is to “lift up” the organization.
A few dozen parents, teachers, stu dents, and faculty spread out in the au ditorium to hear the new superintendent, who began her role in June.
Elizalde sat alongside Trustee Edwin Flores, ready to answer questions. Many in quiries centered around school choice and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With multiple choice schools offered in Dallas ISD, some community members said they felt more support was going toward those schools than neighborhood schools like W.T. White and its feeder campuses.
Instead of focusing on the “either-or,” Elizalde responded that she wants to focus
on the “both-and” approach to supporting the schools.
“We want parents to help find where their child fits best by acknowledging that each child has different talents and needs,” she said.
Though back in classrooms, students
still feel the effects of COVID lockdowns, which created learning gaps when teach ers and students scrambled to adjust to new methods.
Additionally, the pandemic increased mental health challenges for students and educators.
“We must ensure that we are taking touchpoints of how our students and team members are feeling because we have to provide support during this period of time,” Elizalde said.
She also acknowledged the uncertainty about whether the pandemic problems will ever end, calling the current climate “endemic.”
For students to thrive during this peri od, it is essential to acknowledge the chal lenges while finding ways to meet educa tional goals, Elizalde said. “It can become a way in which we harm students where we begin to lower our expectations of chil dren, and children of color are more sus ceptible to us doing that.”
Before returning to Dallas ISD, Elizal de served as Austin ISD’s superintendent. She agreed to come back because Dallas has always been home, Elizalde said.
With big shoes to fill as successor to Michael Hinojosa, the new superinten dent said she knows the work ahead and would be counting on her Dallas ISD team to move the district forward.
“At the end of the day, people are the program,” Elizalde said. “People ultimate ly are the ones who implement and exe cute programs.”
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Boundary Lines to Change for Walnut Hill, Withers, Foster District plans to work with trustees and racial equity office for fair movesBy Maria Lawson email@example.com
Dallas ISD is re-evaluating boundary lines for Walnut Hill In ternational Leadership Academy, Foster Elementary, and Withers Elementary.
The changes would include the following:
• Walnut Hill would grow from 401 students to 750 (campus cap is 800).
• Foster would go from 641 stu dents to 671 (campus cap is 857).
• Withers would go from 427 students to 433 (campus cap is 471).
The district’s board of trustees dis cussed the proposed new lines at its Oct. 13 briefing, with multiple mem bers bringing up concerns regarding families living across the street from Foster being zoned to Withers.
“We are perpetuating these lines,” said trustee Joe Carreón. “That’s how you end up with a Foster Elementary that is 98/99% low-income and 98/99% Latino, al though it is situated in a predom inantly White, middle-class com munity. [...] We are concentrating poverty. Here’s the important part: we’re doing it to ourselves.”
Carreón also cited the Equal Ed ucation Opportunities Act, which requires districts to take action to
overcome barriers to students’ equal participation.
“We need to seriously think about how these boundaries help us achieve the student outcome goals that we’ve agreed to,” Car reón said.
Trustee Maxie Johnson said that
redlining and the history surround ing it has been discussed in the Black community for “a long time.”
“This has been a problem in our community, and I’m asking the ad ministration to look at these lines so we can fix these lines,” Johnson said. “It doesn’t make sense for someone
to live across the street but have to catch a bus instead of walking across the street to get to school.”
Trustee Ben Mackey said he shared similar concerns and asked Superintendent Stephanie Elizal de what the racial equity depart ment is doing or planning to look
into how attendance boundaries are impacted.
“I have not made this a priority,” Elizalde said. “The priority has been the academic achievement and the disparities that have occurred, so I want to be very transparent in that the equity office absolutely has been doing a ton of work and that area has been very focused on the aca demic concerns at this point.”
Mackey also said he supports keeping students at the schools they’re already zoned for but thinks it’s valuable to re-evaluate for the future to avoid “segregation of schools.”
Elizalde said moving forward, the team working on boundaries will work with the board of trustees to ensure not to ignore an opportu nity for improvement. They also in tend to loop in the equity office and have it look at boundaries.
We are concentrating poverty. Here’s the important part: we’re doing it to ourselves.Walnut Hill International Leadership Academy (TOP), Foster Elementary (BOTTOM LEFT), and Withers Elementary (BOTTOM RIGHT) have proposed new zoning lines that the Board of Trustees discussed at its October briefing. (PHOTOS: COURTESY DALLAS ISD)
Partners CardBy Rachel Snyder firstname.lastname@example.org
Partners Card is celebrating its 30th year with more perks for shoppers and diners — all while benefiting the Family Place.
Each year, Partners Card raises money for The Family Place by selling $75 cards that offer buyers discounts at many retailers and restaurants across the Dal las-Fort Worth area. For its 30th anniversary, sup porters can buy a limited-edi tion Pearl Card for $500, which offers additional perks from par ticipating retailers and restaurants, including one year of complimentary valet service at NorthPark Center. Additional ly, Neiman Marcus joined the retail lineup this year.
“We love that the program has grown as much as it has in 30 years. It really shows a community coming together, partner ing with us as the largest domestic violence agency in Texas,” Molly Fiden of the Family
Place said about the Partners Card program.
Andrea Cheek, Wynne Cunningham, Hannah Fagadau, and Lisa Hewitt are co-chairing the 30th-anniversary fundrais er, which runs from Oct. 28 until Nov. 6, with Paula Davis serving as honorary chair.
Cheek is a returning co-chair, hav ing chaired the charity event in 2015 and helped with its 25th anniversary. She’s also involved with other organizations, includ ing Junior League of Dallas and Cat tle Baron’s Ball.
“I was intro duced to the Fam ily Place in 2014 and just fell in love with the cause,” Cheek said. Cun ningham heard about the Family Place through her involvement with Junior League of Dallas.
“I first started working with survivors of domestic violence when I was in law school,” Cunningham said. “That’s when I was first exposed to just how many obstacles there are for someone who finds themselves in that sort of situation where they need to get themselves and their family, their children, away from a violent situation. Since then, it’s
been a cause that is near and dear to my heart.”
Fagadau is another longtime supporter of the Family Place, going back to her mother’s involvement with the nonprofit.
“For as long as I can remember, my family always bought Partners Cards,” she said. “My mom, who had been involved in the Family Place a little bit here and there in her philanthropic endeavors, al ways would tell my sister and me the im portance of buying the card – it was more than just a discount to different stores – so the mission of the Family Place has al ways been important to me.”
Hewitt got involved with Partners Card while working as a nurse practitioner at Parkland, researching family violence.
“I really enjoy seeing this side and be ing able to raise money knowing exactly where it’s going to go and who it’s going to help,” she said.
Davis has been involved with Partners Card since she was asked to help sell cards in the ‘90s.
“Here, 26 years later, I’m still selling them,” she said. “When you buy that card, the first thing you’re doing is making sure somebody is safe. To me, anything after that is gravy.”BY THE NUMBERS
$20 MILLION +
raised by Partners Card for The Family Place in the last 29 years
participating locations in Dallas-Fort Worth 30th year of Partners Card fundraising
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days of shopping from Oct. 28 to Nov. 6
night of safety for a victim of family violence provided with the purchase of a Partners Card
PARTNERS CARD TIMELINE
The Family Place launched Partners Card with 175 participating stores. Gene Jones served as the first Honorary Chair. Sally Hoglund and Sally Johnson founded the inaugural event, which raised $90,000.
Partners Card revenue exceeded half a million dollars with more than 10,000 cards sold.
Partners Card grew to more than 500 participating stores.
Partners Card celebrated 15 years, raising $905,000 to help battered women, children, and men.
For the first time, Partners Card raised more than $1 million. The Family Place opened its school facility for K-2nd grade students.
Partners Card celebrated 25 years and launched the Partners Card Mobile App and e-commerce.
Retailers, sponsors, and supporters adapted to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic; Partners Card raised almost $1 million and provided more than 12,000 nights of shelter at The Family Place.
When you buy that card, the first thing you’re doing is making sure somebody is safe. To me, anything after that is gravy.
‘MORE THAN JUST A DISCOUNT’ Partners Card marks three decades of Family Place support
Partners Card at Home at Highland Park Village, NorthPark Center(PHOTOS: COURTESY THE FAMILY PLACE)
Three decades of Partners Card have made The Fami ly Place at home in Dallas’ most prestigious shopping destinations.
The Festive Seller Soiree kicked off the card-selling sea son on Sept. 14 at Tory Burch in Highland Park Village.
Partner’s Card co-chairs Andrea Cheek, Wynne Mc Nabb Cunningham, Hannah Fagadau, Lisa Hewitt, and honorary chair Paula Davis and 50 guests enjoyed the evening shopping event while support ing the cause.
“The mission of ending fam ily violence is something that needs to be talked about, and a mission Bank of Texas is hon ored to support,” said Melissa Keeling of Bank of Texas, Part ners Card’s lead sponsor.
Soon, The Family Place heads to NorthPark Center for an ex clusive luncheon and fashion presentation on the first day of the 10-day Partners Card shop ping event. La Dolce Vita begins at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 28 at Eata ly Dallas, after which Neiman Marcus will host a champagne reception. A limited number of luncheon tickets ($250) are available at familyplace.org.
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U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson Honored at Texas Trailblazer Awards(PHOTOS: TAMYTHA CAMERON AND CELESTE CASS)
The Family Place honored U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson during the annual Texas Trail blazer Awards on Sept. 23 at the Omni Hotel.
“Congresswoman Johnson leads by example, working tireless ly to help others and create change at the local, state, and national lev el,” said Mimi Crume Sterling, CEO of The Family Place. “This year’s Texas Trailblazer goes above and beyond the call of duty to make Texas and our United States a better place.”
The 15-term congresswoman is the first African American wom an to chair the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technol ogy. In 2020, she introduced the National Suicide Hotline Des ignation Act, which became law with bipartisan support.
Jeannie Barsam of Gifting Brands, Stacee Johnson-Williams of Signet Jewelers, and Lisa Sher rod of AT&T co-chaired the event, which drew more than 550 guests.
Keynote speaker and actor Christina Ricci stressed the im portance of organizations like The Family Place in educating and supporting survivors of domestic violence.
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EXPLORE THE ALAMO, OTHER GREAT EXHIBITS AT THE HALL OF STATE Dallas Historical Society celebrates century of preservation, educationBy William Taylor email@example.com
Is it possible to pick a favorite with 3 million items in the archives and artifact collections of the Dallas Historical Society (DHS)?
How about Sam Houston’s handwritten account of the Bat tle of San Jacinto, the only known original Juneteenth document, James Fannin’s watch, or Santa Anna’s spurs?
Society executive director Karl Chiao, who grew up in San Anto nio, has his favorite – one of the newest exhibits at the Hall of State at Fair Park.
The 24-by-14-foot Texas Lib erty Forever: The Battle of the Alamo diorama, depicting events of the morning of March 6, 1836, went on display in March, kicking off DHS’s 100th Anniversary celebration.
“It took three years to get the diorama delivered and set up per manently in the South Texas room at the Hall of State,” he said. “But that’s a drop in the bucket com pared to the 20 years that it took Mr. Thomas Feely and his research team to create it.”
The exhibit, supported by lead sponsors Stanley V. Graff and Reed Graff, features 2,000-plus hand-painted pewter figures plus an interactive mobile app.
“It gives context to the size and scale of the battle that you cannot get anywhere else, including going to the actual Alamo site,” Chiao said.
Established in 1922, DHS uses its collections and exhibits to edu cate and inspire future generations, serving more than 20,000 students
and welcoming 160,000-plus visi tors annually.
“The most surprising collection we have is that of Admiral Ches ter Nimitz,” Chiao said. “With there being a Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas, I would have thought that his WWII items
would have been there. However, when he donated these items to DHS in 1946, there was not yet a museum in Fredericksburg. We are fortunate to have not only his insignia but also his WWII uni form and the admiral’s flag that followed him everywhere he went.”
What: The Dallas Historical Society Centennial Gala
When: Nov. 12 – cocktail reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hall of State at Fair Park, 3939 Grand Ave.
Chairs: Kristen Sanger and Lisa Singleton
Chiao, a former DHS trustee who became executive director in 2018, oversaw the yearlong citybond funded $14.4 million ren ovation of the Hall of State that wrapped up in November 2020, returning the building to its origi nal 1936 glory.
Next came a six-month resto ration project after sprinkler pipes busted during the winter storm of February 2021, causing $3 million in water damage.
“Now that our building has been restored, we will be focusing on educating not only the next gen eration but also all the new trans plants moving into the metroplex about this wonderful city they now call home,” Chiao said. “We want to make sure they understand why Dallas is such an amazing place and the role that North Texas played in the history of Texas.”
Serve Up Fun for Charity
NBA greats, tennis legends, and celeb rities gathered at SMU’s Styslinger/Al tec Tennis Complex on Sept. 25 for some light-hearted competition supporting the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation’s focus on chil dren’s well-being, health, and education.
As Dirk held center court, his invited celebrities, including Luka Dončić, JJ Bar ea, Steve Nash, Ben Stiller, Andy Roddick, and John Isner, rotated through five adjacent courts as fans cheered and laughed from the seats above.
“After a wonderful night with sponsors and friends and raising a lot of money for my charity, we’re thrilled to be out here to have some fun today,” Nowitzki said.
Ben Stiller, making his second appear ance, added, “It’s amazing what Dirk’s doing for this community. He is Dallas.”
It took three years to get the diorama delivered and set up permanently in the South Texas room at the Hall of State. Karl Chiao
Newly-Formed Live to Give Raises $160,000 For Horses, People, Hounds
New Dallas-based nonprofit Live to Give raised $160,000 during its inaugu ral fundraiser and celebrated at the Pres ton Hollow estate home of chair Scott Tenant and husband Keith Yonick, also a board member.
Established in July, the nonprofit advo cates for the betterment of humans, hors es, and hounds and supports three benefi ciaries Believe Ranch and Rescue (horses), Rally Project (veterans), and To the Rescue TV (hounds). Believe Ranch is in Colora do. The other beneficiaries are in Dallas.
During the Welcome to the Family Check Presentation and Reveal on Aug. 29, each nonprofit received a $45,000 check. Rally Project received another $25,000 to fund Medical/PTSD care for veterans.
WORTH A ROAD TRIP: MINERAL WELLS, CISCO, ALBANY
Driving north and west from Dallas, the scenery soon turns to rolling hills and, just a bit further, to a flat frontier dot ted with cacti and scrub brush.
In its oil and transportation hey day, this pictur esque region saw tremendous growth and prosperity.
And in Mineral Wells, Albany, and Cis co, legacies of restorative natural resourc es, elegant architecture, creative arts, and world-famous hospitality can still be en joyed today.
When you arrive in downtown Mineral Wells, keep your eyes open and looking up. The city center has more than 20 vibrant murals scattered throughout. The build ings in the Mineral Wells Central Histor ic District — including the famous Baker Hotel and Spa, currently under renovation — have elegant architectural details that reflect its time as a popular tourist desti nation in the mid-20th century.
Mineral Wells’ reputation for “Crazy Water,” first drawn from a local well in 1881 and infused with rejuvenating min erals, has grown to include the Crazy Wa ter Hotel and adjoining indoor shopping plaza. Inside it, the Crazy Water Coffee and Water Bar offers restorative waters along with standard coffee shop fare. Looking for a souvenir? The Crazy Water Company has handmade soaps, candles, and other gifts you won’t find elsewhere.
Albany Albany is home to the stately Shackel ford County Courthouse, built in 1884.
The National Register of Historic Places recognized the courthouse and surround ing square for the enduring Victorian fron tier architecture.
Built in 1878, Albany’s old county jail is well preserved and has been creatively repurposed as an art and history museum. The Old Jail Art Center is a destination with an impressive classic and contem porary collection and rotating exhibitions that compete with its peers in larger cities.
Fans of retro gas stations will be happy to see beautifully restored 1930s-era Sin clair and Gulf stations along Albany’s main thoroughfare.
Downtown Cisco is compact, with walk able streets, vintage signage, murals, and historic buildings. A bright and mod ern coffee shop, Waverly’s, also sells gifts and books. Red Gap Brewing and tap room is another place to sample Cisco’s local flavor.
Cisco has two fascinating stories. In 1818, it was home to the Mobley Hotel, the first-ever hotel purchased by Conrad Hilton — yes, of those Hiltons. Today, it stands as the Cisco Chamber of Commerce building. Inside are two preserved 1919-era rooms on display and a museum.
Get Inspired by the Power of Movement at the DMA
Chains dangle from lights above, tempting viewers entering the Dal las Museum of Art’s latest exhibition to tug at them.
As an adult walk ing through the sea of lights, it felt like it should be against the rules to touch, but that’s part of what makes “Movement: The Legend of Kineticism” even more exciting.
Go ahead. Pull. I did.
Vaeska Soares’ Vagalume or Fire fly draws inspiration from children’s wonder and natural impulse to switch light fixtures on and off.
The exhibit, which runs through July 16, 2023, features 80 works of various artists from the museum’s collection and uses optical, sound, and mechanical effects to engage viewers directly.
“It’s really about empowerment and letting viewers have ownership over their experiences, starting with
Vaeska Soares’ piece where people can turn the lights on and off,” Dr. Anna Katherine Brodbeck said.
Brodbeck is the Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the DMA and is the orga nizer for “Movement.”
Many of the artists included in the exhibition come from diverse backgrounds, and their work re flects their distinctive approaches to capturing movement in vastly different ways.
In one striking painting, Inte grales II, bold acrylic colors and geometric loops convey artist
Kazuya Sakai’s interest in rhythm and the harmony of the color as it moves through space.
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In Sounding the Air, Tomás Sar aceno utilizes spider silk, carbon rods, fishing lines, and other tools to demonstrate how spiders nav igate space through the process known as “ballooning.”
To see inclusivity at the DMA made the experience that much better.
“As the city’s museum, we recog nize the importance of showcasing artists that reflect our diverse com munities,” said Dr. Agustín Artea ga, the DMA’s Eugene McDer mott director.
Roma Osowo, invited on behalf
of the DMA’s outreach efforts to connect to local artists in the com munity, attended a media preview of the exhibit.
As an abstract artist, it meant a great deal to see the concept of movement expressed in ways dif ferent from her own, Osowo said, adding she felt inspired.
Other museum visitors should find inspiration, too. Each piece ignites a profoundly personal re sponse that will remain with them long after they leave.
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It’s really about empowerment and letting viewers have ownership over their experiences.
Anna Katherine Brodbeck
How Do I Train My Eye? By Going And Seeing Art
Knowing what to do in the pres ence of fine art is daunting.
Knowing what to think about viewing con temporary art without guidance can leave you puzzled and confused.
ing about contemporary art, I hope to shed some light on those curious minds looking for guidance.
We live in a state whose wealth has allowed us to boast of having world-caliber contemporary art ven ues. Dallas has the largest contigu ous urban art district in the nation.
Your first step: visit the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculp ture Center, or the Crow Museum of Asian Art.
Choose one of these venues and walk through it. Stop if something catches your eye. Read the explana tion about it because that will bring you to the first thing you need to know about contemporary art, and any fine art discipline for that mat ter: You must put yourself and the work in context. When was it made? Where was it made? What was hap pening at the time in that location?
Museum labels are your best friends. They will tell you the name of the artist, the year the piece was made, the dimensions, and the me dium (materials) that the artist used to make the work. Museums are the best place to start because their cura tors’ mission is to scout throughout Texas and beyond to find and bring to light art that matters.
Once your visit is over, it is time to ponder. What did you like about
the work? Was it the color? The figure? The materials? The story? What resonated about the visuals with you?
Technology now is an end less source of information that, if channeled properly, will provide you with additional sources to ex plore more about the artist(s) that caught your attention.
The second thing to know is that the human eye can be trained not only to understand contem porary art but to discern good art from bad art.
How do I train my eye? By go ing and seeing art: here in Dallas, when you travel out of state and out of the country. Keep on going; keep on seeing.
While one can have an opinion or preference when facing contem porary art, refrain from judging for now and focus on your honest, vis ceral reactions. Be a student and be observant not only of the art but also of yourself.
So, when it comes to contem porary art:
1. Situate yourself in context; remember who did it, when, how, where, and why.
2. Be humble. Acknowledge what you don’t know and trust the experts. Know that you can im prove over time; practice makes the eye perfect. Start your journey, go and see great art in Dallas, and find your favorite piece.
3. Let me know how it goes and have fun!
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Pumpkin Serving Bowl Makes for Memorable Thanksgiving by Design
As we gather this year with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, for some, this will mark the re sumption of a cherished tra dition after several years on pause. So, join me as we make this celebration one to re member.
You know those beauti ful damask linens hiding out in a cupboard for years? If ever there were a time for them to grace your table, especially if they are a family heirloom, this is it. Just be aware white or ivory linen can yellow over time, so plan an extra couple of days to soak them in a tub full of soapy water, then rinse well and hang them to dry. Those linens will look like new again. (Never dry linen in a dryer.)
Next, consider the tone you wish to create. Grandma’s china, silver, and crystal are always appro priate, often sparking a memorable “remember when” conversation, but mixing in dishwasher-safe sea sonal dishware or even high-end paper plates may be the solution to a manageable but still impressive holiday celebration.
For centerpieces, select from professional floral displays, super market flowers arranged in mul tiple vessels, a traditional cornu copia, a collection of candles, or children’s Thanksgiving artwork.
Although the star of most Thanksgiving gatherings is a golden roasted turkey, consid er beginning dinner with a soup course for a sumptuous, unexpect ed touch.
My recipe for potato leek chowder with sherry yields eight to 10 first-course servings and
may be prepared one day ahead, then reheated just before guests are seated. Looking to add a “wow factor” that will leave a lasting im pression? Then serve this exqui site, creamy chowder tableside from a roasted pie pumpkin.
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5 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, rinsed and peeled
¾ cup sweet onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 large leeks, white part only
4 slices bacon
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock or broth
1 ½ cups heavy cream
2 to 3 tablespoons dry sherry (optional)
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
Dash of white pepper
Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish
Chopped fresh chives, rinsed, for garnish
1 5-pound pie pumpkin (optional)
Slice potatoes into 1-inch cubes and transfer them to a large saucepan with just enough water to cover them. Cover and cook just until they are knife tender, about 5 to 7 minutes; drain.
Slice the root ends and green parts from leeks and discard. Wash them well to remove sandy soil from between layers, chop and set aside.
Slice bacon into ½-inch pieces and sauté in a Dutch oven over medium heat until the fat is rendered, about 3 minutes. Stir in onion and leeks, and sauté several minutes until they are soft. Pour in chicken broth, cover, and bring
to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
Stir in cream and season with salt and white pepper. Gently stir in potatoes and sherry, cook until chowder is hot, but do not boil. Ladle chowder into bowls or cream soup cups and garnish with nutmeg and chives.
Yield: 8 to 10 first-course servings
Chef’s Note: Early in the day, rinse the pumpkin, cut a lid in the stem end, and reserve. Scrape out seeds and stringy pulp. Forty minutes before serving, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place pumpkin cut side up and the lid on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast 20-22 minutes until the top edge is browned, but the pumpkin is firm enough to serve as a container. Transfer pumpkin to a serving platter, pour in the chowder, garnish with nutmeg and chives, and replace the lid. Serve.By Leading Balance Expert, Dr. Jeffrey Guild, Physical Therapist
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Artists Combine Feminine Energy With Masculine Methods ‘Traces’ explores movement with porcelain ceramics, plaster paintingsBy Chloe Ching People Newspapers
Labor-intensive processes produce Zen artwork from two artists exhibited at Laura Rathe Fine Art in the Design District.
Lucrecia Waggoner of Dallas and Au dra Weaser of Los Angeles use contrasting mediums but similarly execute movement in “Traces,” an exhibit showing pleasant tran quility through the synthesis of their pieces.
“The process for both is incredibly intense, with Lucrecia hand throwing the porcelain and Audra sanding (her paintings),” associ ate director at Laura Rathe Carly Malm said. “There is so much strength, so we wanted to feature that by combining two female artists who bring a feminine energy with the mas culinity of their work.”
Waggoner, who grew up in Mexico City but lives just outside of University Park now, has mastered the rare art of working with organic porcelain — a brittle and fragile re fined clay.
Waggoner has worked in ceramics since high school, embellishing what started as a hobby by taking courses in places like Hong Kong, Mexico, France, Germany, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
She made plenty of bowls and plates be fore leaving utilitarian ceramics behind.
“When I worked with my mentor in Santa Fe, that was my breaking point: I de cided I didn’t want to be in utilitarian arts; I want to be in fine arts,” Waggoner said.
With the support of Janice Meyers, gallery
director at Laura Rathe, Waggoner shifted focus to providing beauty for the eye.
“Sometimes you have it in your head, and you just need one person to believe in you,” Waggoner said.
Waggoner began with one to two fine arts pieces on a wall; now, her largest installation has more than 300 vessels.
“All of the pieces are like snowflakes. They
all look alike, but all of them are different,” Waggoner said.
Waggoner’s process is comprehensive. She uses glaze and metal leafing with moon gold leaf to create a metallic effect and to incor porate color. Various tools allow her to de velop specific patterns, shapes, or lines. She has incorporated trees to create organic looks and pre-drilled into walls so her pieces could
IF YOU GO
What: “Traces,” a two-woman exhibition featuring new works by Lucrecia Waggoner and Audra Weaser
When: Through Nov. 12
Where: Laura Rathe Fine Art, 1130 Dragon St., Suite 130 Online: laurarathe.com
“grow out of them” like flowers.
“Traces” showcases her newest design: vessels descending from the ceiling.
Similarly, Weaser illustrates fluidity in her abstract paintings, translating the ocean to the canvas. Her parents exposed her to abstract art at an early age, and she tried to understand it.
Weaser has now been painting in an ab stract style for 25 years, pushing the concept of water’s ever-flowing movement.
“This process is like a treasure hunt; it is like finding a diamond in the rough,” Weaser said.
Her laborious method involves using plas ter paint with a trowel. This allows a smooth ness within each work through the cooler colors she mainly uses. Weaser only incorpo rates warm colors to illustrate light, and she doesn’t use paintbrushes until the end.
Waggoner enjoys seeing the ceramics and paintings in the same exhibit. “I know Audra’s work, and I know the way she works, so I thought that it was going to be spectacular together.”
Sheila Johnston Bauer was gathered to her people and to her Creator on October 3, 2022.
This Dallas girl was born on May 30, 1928, at Baylor Hospital and went home with her parents, Thomas Kilpatrick and Evelyn Smith Johnston, to a big sister, Muriel, andMICHAEL G. FLORIMBI
two brothers, Arnold (Buddy) and David.
Sheila was admitted to the Cradle Roll of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas and confirmed there as a child. In 1976, she reaffirmed her saving faith in Jesus Christ when she was baptized at Rein hardt Bible Church.
Her parents came to Dallas from Dundee, Scotland–first her father in 1913, then after serving as a US soldier in WWI, he returned to Dundee, married Evelyn, and brought her to the US on a troop ship in 1919. The Johnston family’s Scottish heritage, family, and friends would define much of Sheila’s life with high teas every Sunday afternoon at the family’s home on Lakewood Boulevard, pilgrimages back to Dundee, and an appreciation for tar tan, shortbread, and bagpipes. In addition, Sheila held sweet memories of a carefree childhood – bicycle trips for picnics at White Rock Lake, sodas at Harrell’s drug store, a band of neighborhood friends, and summers working at Dallas Medical and Surgical Clinic on Live Oak Street.
Her education began with Kindergarten
at James W. Fannin Elementary School on Ross Avenue, then William Lipscomb Ele mentary School, J. L. Long Middle School, and Woodrow Wilson High School–gradu ating in 1946. In 1950 she received a Bache lor of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University, which she utilized working for Texas Instruments and American Airlines. She met fellow employ ee J Fred Bauer in the ticketing office at Love Field, and they married in 1952.
Two daughters were born to them in Dallas, and a son and daughter after they moved to Houston. During those years, she was a stay-at-home mom–baking cook ies for brownie troops, carpooling, keep ing house and a household budget, hosting bridge luncheons and dinner parties, and reaching out to neighbors and friends.
The family moved back to Dallas in 1967 and built a home in East Dallas. Af ter the couple divorced in 1973, Sheila re turned to business administration work–first at Merchants Greeters Service; then with various garment manufacturers: Creative Image, Herman Marcus Inc.,
Donovan-Galvani of Dallas, and South western Apparel Inc.; and finally for the publisher of Park Cities People
In 1981, she and her daughter, Mary Vera, purchased The Karat Top at the Olla Podrida, and she immersed herself in buy ing and selling antique and vintage jewel ry through the summer of 2022.
As a single mother, she made her chil dren her priority and taught them to follow Jesus and to treat everyone with kindness and respect. Intelligent, proper, courageous, and stalwart describe her well. She was never vain, but she was a striking woman at almost six feet tall.
She is survived by her children, Sheila Lynne Brandon, Mary Alice Vera, John Fred rick Bauer and wife Lisa, and Evelyn Frances Bauer Wolff and husband Win; 11 grand children; and four great-grandchildren.
Her life was celebrated at a private fam ily graveside service at Sparkman/Hillcrest Memorial Park, where her family members are all interred at the Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be sent to Scottish Rite for Children https://scottishriteforchildren.org/.
small suitcases packed with tokens of their aristocratic life. With little money, but with the help of relatives and friends, the family soon settled in Philadelphia in pursuit of the “American Dream.”
Michael’s character and work ethic were strongly shaped by the hard lessons he learned as a young immigrant, mastering a new language, assimilating into a foreign country, and struggling to succeed despite adversity and discrimination.
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Michael Guido Florimbi’s life was both exceptional and interest ing. Born on March 19, 1934, in Tera mo, Abruzzi, Italy, his idyllic early child hood abruptly ended when his family was forced to leave Italy at the beginning of WWII. He and his father arrived at El lis Island on his sixth birthday with two
Michael attended Catholic schools in South Philadelphia and Upper Darby; and graduated from Villanova University, where he majored in Electric Engineer ing. In 1953, IBM hired him to work in their computer design department, one of the most ambitious technology projects of that time. Michael contributed to the design and development of “the internal hard drive” (memory) process for the first solid-state IBM 7070 computer system, which could process five megabytes of data! This achievement launched his ca reer, and he would move on to increas ingly higher positions in a 15-year career at Burroughs, where he led the team for the Pershing Missile Launch Computer
When Michael was 35, he was cho sen as the program manager for the Air Force’s secure, new anti-missile air de fense system, called NORAD. After that, he moved on to a vice president posi tion with Raytheon Technologies over seeing the installation of numerous in ternational air defense / control systems throughout Europe, relocating his family to Spain.
Upon returning to the US, he was pro moted to executive vice president at Ray theon in charge of managing an extensive manufacturing facility in Santa Barbara, California. In 1989, BEI Defense Sys tems offered him the CEO/President position of this small munitions manu facturing company in Dallas, Texas. He led this company to a public offering in just five years.
In 2001, Michael assumed the CEO role of a new healthcare start-up with early artificial intelligence (AI) tech nology developed by researchers at the Mayo Clinic. He and his wife, Rhonda, worked together to launch one of the first
Michael’s career took him around the world, and travel was a significant part of his life’s enjoyment. Fly-fishing, champi onship-level skeet shooting, music, and animals were also great joys. In addi tion, he loved recreating and sharing his mother’s traditional Italian recipes and was passionate about classic cars like his treasured 1957 Corvette.
Michael passed away at the age of 88 from an undetermined illness. His par ents, Guido and Irma Florimbi of Ocean City, New Jersey, preceded him in death. He is survived by his three sons from his first marriage with the late Gloria Florimbi: Michael M., David, and Ste phen Florimbi; his wife and partner for 32 years, Rhonda Thomas-Florimbi, and their daughter, Allegra F. Florim bi; stepson, Brian P. Thomas, and wife, Christy; and many cousins and extend ed family members in Philadelphia and Frescati, Italy.
This wonderfully loving man will be greatly missed by all who had the plea sure to know him.
Inaugural WestEdge Design Fair and Artexpo Showcase Sustainability
Sustainability is the future of home design. If you don’t believe us, ask some of the WestEdge Design Fair and Artexpo Dallas vendors.
We were invited to the media preview for the inaugu ral design fair and art expo in September, and what stood out was the number of eco-friendly businesses. Rows of vendors sold paintings, home furnishings, and knickknacks, making for an excit ing celebration of design.
The first sustainable business to catch my eye was Genus Fur niture Company, a brand focused on making modern furniture sus tainably from cork and bamboo. While cork and bamboo aren’t in every household yet, the piec es make for a unique asset to any space — indoors or out. Tables, chairs, and other pieces can add a taste of natural beauty to a room while “expand[ing] on the possi bilities of abundant, green materi als in the world of design,” Genus’ website says.
As I continued to scan the booths, I found Wescover, a mar ketplace of art and furniture with 100% plant-based polymers on display. The polymers were made
from high-quality, biodegrad able materials that are upcycled from plant and timber waste into polylactic acid pellets, which a 3D printer uses to print furnishings and decor pieces. Technologies like this are essential in keeping waste materials out of landfills and preventing the creation of toxic petroleum-based materials.
My favorite vendor on the scene was Natufia Smart Garden, which sells large, semi-automatic smart gardens to fit in homes or other indoor spaces. The mesmer izing pink lighting secured my at tention up front, and I stayed to learn about how easy this device makes gardening. After explor ing the booth and speaking with the vendor, I learned that it could create fresh food sprouting from “seedlings” that owners purchase to grow in their plant nurseries. Gardening your food reduces the waste that comes from buying it in a store, and with this device, you can do so easily with a unique ambiance.
To keep the Earth intact but stay on trend while doing so, sus tainable home furnishings are the way to go. West Edge Design Fair and Artexpo Dallas proved this to us and showed that more environ mentally friendly options could be aesthetically pleasing, too.
Maria Lawson is a deputy editor at People Newspapers.
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Rosson’s new role comes as part of an announcement that Chief Executive Officer Chris Kelly will have the additional title of Executive Vice President for HomeServices of America, the parent company of the Ebby Halliday Companies.
“Carolyn lives our mission of People First in all that she does,” says Kelly. “I am confident that she, along with our executive leadership team, will continue to innovate and thrive.”
Carolyn Rosson has been named President of Brokerage of the Ebby Halliday Companies. Rosson most recently served as Senior Vice President.
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In addition to his duties at HomeServices, Kelly will continue to be involved in company activities, including a special focus on continuing the expansion of the company’s footprint in new markets across Texas and Oklahoma, in close collaboration with Travis Mathews, the Chief Operating Officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies.
galore, including a wood-paneled library with a fireplace, a tiered movie theater, a climate-controlled wine room, an upstairs living room with a fireplace and a first-floor primary suite with a bath that rivals any spa — think steam shower and jetted tub. The kitchen is magazineworthy with its leathered-marble countertops, marbletopped island and chef-grade appliances.
The fresh-air amenities? An electronically screened porch with a fireplace, a full outdoor kitchen and a gleaming pool and spa. This is an exceptionally elegant — yet amazingly comfortable — home.
6223 Park Lane, represented by Pete Ryan for $3,650,000.
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Discover the ‘Tri-Perfecta’ of 3 Must-See Homes
Allie Beth Allman & Associates agents dominate the market in Highland Park and University Park.
It’s a great time to sell your home in Highland Park and University Park, where home prices continue to rise and time on the market remains at about 30 days.
Trust the sale of your home to the Park Cities sales leader, the expert agents of Allie Beth Allman & Associates. For example, the brokerage handled 35 percent of the deals closed in Highland Park in the first half of 2022 – more than 10 percent more than any other.
This fall, the Allie Beth Allman & Associates experts see tremendous opportunities in the Park Cities for both sellers and buyers. It makes sense to work with an agent that leads in the Park Cities, because the market changes from month to month and street to street.
Here is a taste of what the brokerage is marketing this fall in the Park Cities.
The six-bedroom home at 2815 Amherst Ave. in University Park is move-in ready. It has a study and large master suite on the first floor. One bedroom could serve as a media or game room, and there’s a great backyard retreat.
Allie Beth Allman & Associates sells more in Highland Park and University Park than any other brokerage.STREIFF GROUP
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Backing up to the Katy Trail, 4800 Abbott Ave. offers exquisite living in Highland Park.
Buyers are still lining up for homes in desirable Highland Park, according to the agents with Allie Beth Allman & Associates, despite headlines warning of a market slowdown.
Explore these residences currently available in Highland Park, and trust the leader to deliver the deal, whether you’re buying or selling.
The four-bedroom home at 4800 Abbott Ave. is an exceptional combination of modern design and exquisite finishes. The meticulously maintained home features wood floors throughout, an acrylic modern staircase and a contemporary, black granite fireplace.
In the heart of Highland Park, 3717 Maplewood Ave. sits on a heavily treed lot on one of the most coveted blocks in the neighborhood. The large windows bring the outdoors inside as the house wraps around an interior courtyard.
The charming 1940s four-bedroom home at 4623 S. Versailles Ave. is being offered by John Canterbury. The property is well-maintained, with an updated kitchen and master bath, and is located on a prime avenue in West Highland Park.
Nearby at 4601 Lorraine Ave., a West Highland Park residence combines the charm of the past with today’s style and conveniences. With repainted exterior wood trim and new gutters, the home sits on a beautifully landscaped lot in a desirable location.ALLIE BETH ALLMAN
New Preston Hollow Listings to Fall in Love With
More and more homeowners are finding their fa vorite time to spend summer in their gardens is after sundown. With the addition of strategic outdoor lighting, gardens transform into additional living spaces, moonlit walking paths, and alfresco dining options.
Richard Lentz, president of Lentz Landscape Light ing, shares a few tips on enhancing your gardens with recreated “moonlight” and other outdoor lighting options. “Many of our customers spend quite a bit of money landscaping their properties with beautiful gar dens,” says Lentz. “The problem is that investment liter ally disappears after dark,” he adds. With the placement of strategic outdoor lighting, homeowners can enjoy the beauty of their garden day and night while adding the benefit of increased security to the entire property.
Here are a few tips on night lighting your gardens from Richard Lentz:
• Use soft perimeter lights along the pathways to cre ate ambiance and provide additional safety lighting
• Use a selection of warm accent lights throughout the garden to highlight artistic features like sculptures, birdbaths, fountains, and special groupings of foliage
• Install dimmable down lights from inside the roof of an arbor, a gazebo, or a pavilion to set the mood for any event.
• Hang strings of white lights or a weatherproof chandelier from a low bough of a large tree and set an outdoor dining table under it for entertaining alfres co-style.
• Likewise, use outdoor lighting around settings of garden furniture to create additional “rooms” within your garden
For more information about landscape lighting for your garden, contact Richard Lentz @ 972-241-4259 or visit lentzlighting.com.ALLIE BETH ALLMAN URBAN
10001 Gaywood is currently being offered for $3,595,000. Virtual rendering shown above.
This stately custom-built one level home with high ceilings lives expansively on a 280-ft wide lot in the prestigious Mayflower Estates neighborhood of Old Preston Hollow. No expense was spared during the multi-year construction of 10001 Gaywood from the pier and beam foundation to the quartersawn oak floors replicated to match the Palace of Versailles.
Once inside, one is immediately greeted by a commanding great room with soaring ceilings that measures 31 x 24 ft and is anchored by a marble fireplace. Adjacent to the great room is a large wet bar lounge area, a 19 x 17 ft dining room and handsome study. The kitchen opens to a circular breakfast area that overlooks the rear grounds and pool.
The incredible 26 x 18 ft primary suite features dual bathrooms and large walk-in closets. Three more generously proportioned en-suite bedrooms all have walk-in closets. A second living area has an attached full bath, so it could function as a fifth bedroom or game room. Parking is plentiful with an oversized 3-car garage, large parking area and circle drive.
This is an exceptional opportunity to add one’s desired cosmetic finishes to a rare one-level floor plan with high ceilings and wonderfully proportioned spaces in one of Dallas’ finest neighborhoods.
Contact Ryan Streiff (469.371.3008 or ryan@ daveperrymiller.com) for more information or to set up a private showing. Visit DPMFineHomes.com to learn more or call 214.799.1488.
Sleek design is the hallmark of this new home at 9646 Douglas Ave. in Preston Hollow.
With plenty of big games, cooler temperatures and upcoming holidays to celebrate, there are ample opportunities for hosting at home this autumn.
Available in time for you to make the most of the season, these new Preston Hollow homes from Allie Beth Allman & Associates are great options for discerning buyers.
Indeed, if luxury real estate is your focus, you’re in the right place. Allie Beth Allman & Associates leads in the sale of homes priced at $2 million and higher in Dallas County and $3 million and higher in DFW.
Whether you’re buying or selling, you can rely on the firm’s expert agents.
For architecture lovers, the rare opportunity to acquire an estate designed by Bud Oglesby has presented itself at 10573 Inwood Road. Set on nearly two acres, the contemporary residence backs up to a creek surrounded by peaceful greenery.
A gated, new-construction home at 9646 Douglas Ave. welcomes you with seven bedrooms, a media room, a screened patio, a resort-style pool and rooftop decks.
You can also move into 4447 Willow Lane, an inviting home in the coveted private-school corridor. The home boasts large, sun-filled living areas and a spacious backyard with a pizza oven.
9851 Kingsway Road
Situated in a new gated community in Preston Hollow, this stunning, fully-customized 4414 sf, modern residence offers a rare opportunity for the new owner to choose final cosmetic finishes for this recently completed move-in ready home! The spacious living-dining room features 11 ft ceilings, and floor to ceiling windows. The adjoining dining area boasts a custom wine room, equipped with state-of-the art temperature and lighting controls. The kitchen is equipped with a 48” Wolfe gas cook top – with double wall-ovens in the adjacent prep kitchen. Large covered patio with a wood-burning gas fireplace and electric drop-screens is off the kitchen-dining area, providing the perfect location for outdoor dining or morning coffee. The firstfloor primary suite features a large walk-in closet, custom vanity, abundant storage and custom tiled shower. Three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms provide space for family or guest stays. Don’t miss this stunning new home!
Allie Beth Allman & Associates agents present three beautiful new listings available this fall.
They say good things come in threes. That’s certainly the case with three homes just listed by Allie Beth Allman & Associates. Together, these properties present the “tri-perfecta” of beautiful homes newly available.
All priced above $6 million, each of these estate homes will appeal to the discerning buyer. If you need the right expertise to guide you in this strong luxury market, whether you’re buying or selling, the boutique firm is always a smart pick.
Completed just this year at 9646 Douglas Ave. in Preston Hollow, the open-plan contemporary is a design lover’s dream. The pool sits in the middle of the home for a five-star hotel aesthetic, while further outdoor spaces include a rooftop deck.
Also in Preston Hollow, 10573 Inwood Road was designed by famed architect Bud Oglesby, built in 1985 and impeccably upgraded for 21st-century living. The home sits on nearly two acres backing onto a creek, creating serenity for anyone lucky enough to live here.
A brick beauty at 4201 Arcady Ave. in Highland Park might be the perfect fit. Enchanting grounds and a courtyard welcome all with effortless elegance. Inside, you will appreciate decadent spaces like the marble foyer and two-story library.
DAVE PERRY-MILLER REAL ESTATE Inwood Village-Area Home Checks Every Box
Built by J. Gregory Homes, this soft contemporary at 7531 Kaywood Drive (7531kaywood.dpmre.com) is offered by Alicia Schroeder for $1,425,000.
With four bedrooms and 3.1 baths in 3,851 sq. ft., the 2018 beauty near restaurants, shopping and highway access, complements a variety of lifestyles. Whether entertaining, working from home or hosting out-oftown guests/game day/sleepovers, you’ll find it ideally suited for all of the above.
The bedrooms are split, with a full guest suite on the lower level offering direct access to the backyard and covered patio, which is equipped for year-round enjoyment with a fireplace and mounted TV. The light and bright office is finished with French doors for privacy.
The lower level is complete with fireplace, formals, wet bar, a sizable breakfast room and kitchen, including both a walk-in and a service pantry. In addition to a wellsized media and game room, the primary and remaining bedrooms are upstairs, with the primary overlooking the backyard.
To schedule a showing, contact Schroeder at 214709-0907 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (dpmre.com) is a division of the Ebby Halliday Companies, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, with four locations that specialize in Preston Hollow, Park Cities, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Kessler Park and Farm & Ranch properties.