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Society .......................................... 44

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Real Estate Quarterly ..................... 24

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on,” Jones we raise bar,the kidsbar, usually on,”said. Jones“Ifsaid. “If wethe raise kids usually find a find way to try and meet a way to try andthose meetstandards.” those standards.”

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building nine miles away. The COVID-19 achievements are just as noteworthy. riences, TJ players live through them every day. pandemic hindered efforts to regroup teams For example, it’s challenging to keep stu“There are reasons why people could have For example, it’s challenging to keep stu“There are reasons why people could have pandemic hindered efforts to regroup teams dents coming to a school 20 minutes from left, but we’ve had to talk with parents and ask and rebuild morale. and rebuild morale. dents coming to a school 20 minutes from left, but we’ve had to talk with parents and ask The public-health crisis also caused the their neighborhood. Administrators worked them to give us a chance to grow their kids The public-health crisis also caused the their neighborhood. Administrators worked them to give us a chance to grow their kids school’s football coach to leave over the sumout a bus plan to help, but regular practice at- and support their kids. Many of them have out a bus plan to help, but regular practice at- and support their kids. Many of them have school’s football coach to leave over the summer, with boys basketball coach Kenny Jones tendance can be logistically challenging for stayed,” Jones said. “We just try to focus on the mer, with boys basketball coach Kenny Jones tendance can be logistically challenging for stayed,” Jones said. “We just try to focus on the stepping in as a last-minute replacement to athletes. positives. Eventually, we will be back at the TJ positives. Eventually, we will be back at the TJ stepping in as a last-minute replacement to athletes. lead a downtrodden squad with 27 straight we know. It will be built better and stronger.” “We’ve tried to be really mindful and lead a downtrodden squad with 27 straight “We’ve tried to be really mindful and we know. It will be built better and stronger.”

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ou don’t need a camper to appreciate Texas’ state parks, but having one could motivate you to visit nearly all of them. Since buying our tiny teardrop trailer in 2021, my Young Bride and I have stayed in at least 13 WILLIAM TAYLOR of the parks – some more than once – and dropped by to scout out a few others. We’ve seen prehistoric tracks near Glen Rose (Dinosaur Valley State Park), enjoyed stunning views at Seminole Canyon, and found surprisingly good swimming at Lake Brownwood. My Texas State Parks app lists 89 parks, so we have a bunch to go. The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) recently honored Texas State Parks with the 2023 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. “It is touching and fitting to receive this prestigious award during our centennial year, truly substantiating the progress we have made over the past century to fulfill the vision laid out by Gov. Patt Neff of providing places where the people of Texas could enjoy the beauty of this great state,” Texas State Parks director Rodney Franklin said. As the centennial year nears a close, voters will find Texas State Parks on the Nov. 7 constitutional amendment ballot. Early voting starts Oct. 23, and former People Newspapers Deputy Editor Bethany Erickson hopes to have an online guide

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to all 14 propositions ready for our sister publication D Magazine. Look for it at The Texas Coalition for State Parks explains that Proposition 14, if approved, would create the Centennial Parks Conservation Fund with $1 billion from this year’s budget surplus, potentially earning $50 million a year in interest. State Sen. Tan Parker (R–Flower Mound), whose district stretches from the Park Cities through part of Preston Hollow to the northwest, sponsored legislation to put the matter on the ballot. On Oct. 3, he visited outdoors retailer REI on Northwest Highway to tout this opportunity for expanding a part system that already


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draws more than 9 million visitors annually. It’s not our habit at People Newspapers to tell you how to vote, and I won’t break with that tradition here. But I will give Sen. Parker the final words: “The Centennial Parks Conservation Fund would provide dependable, long-term funding for new park acquisition that will protect the unique natural and cultural treasures of Texas, creating the opportunity to ensure our state parks thrive for generations to come.”

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Crime Reports Sept. 11-Oct. 8 A fraudster used a man’s stolen credit card to make a purchase at a NorthPark Center retail store at an unlisted time.

Sept. 12 A burglar opened a man’s car door and stole property at an unlisted time in the 5000 block of Stanford Avenue.

Sept. 13 A man abandoned his wallet at an office building in the 5900 block of Berkshire Lane, and it was stolen before 5:43 p.m. A man’s f ront and back license plates were stolen off of his car at an unlisted time in the NorthPark Center parking lot.

Sept. 14 A f raudster tried to use a woman’s credit card to make a purchase at a Preston Center retail store around 11:54 a.m. Sept. 15 A driver avoided arrest and fled the scene before 6:02 a.m. in the 5700 block of Royal Lane.

A robber used force to steal from a NorthPark Center retail store around 8:25 p.m. A man’s medication was stolen out of his freezer at an unlisted time at Emerson on Harvest Hill retirement community.

Sept. 16 Stolen before 9:49 p.m.: a woman’s vehicle f rom the NorthPark Center parking lot.

Sept. 17 A vandal used an unknown

item to break the front and rear windows on the driver’s side of a man’s vehicle at an unlisted time in the 4900 block of Thunder Road.

Sept. 18 A man was run over and killed by a vehicle around 2:01 p.m. in the 12800 block of Preston Road. No reporting time was provided for the assault of a woman in the 5800 block of Azalea Lane.

Sept. 19 An out-of-town stolen generator was recovered around 9:18 a.m. in the parking lot of Preston Oaks Shopping Center. Three robbers tried to hold up a man at gunpoint around 12:57 p.m. in the 4200 block of Sexton Lane.

Sept. 20 Reported around 2:51 a.m.: Two burglars stole a woman’s property f rom a home in the 4900 block of Ellensburg Drive. A man’s wallet was also stolen f rom a vehicle at the home. Sept. 21 A burglar broke a window and stole property from a business before 4:39 a.m. at the Pavilion on Lovers Lane. Sept. 22 A drunk driver was caught around 1:50 p.m. in the 4900 block of Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway. Stolen around 2:52 p.m.: a woman’s vehicle from the parking lot of St. Rita Catholic Community.

Sept. 23 A man’s vehicle was reported as damaged around 1:37 a.m. in the 7100 block of Blairview Drive. Sept. 24 An unwelcome guest received a criminal trespass warning at an unlisted time at Preston Tower of Dallas.

A vandal damaged a woman’s property at an unlisted time in the 5800 block of Del Roy Drive.

Sept. 25 A trespasser was caught with an unknown substance and marijuana and resisted arrest around 2:07 a.m. in the 6200 block of West Northwest Highway.

Sept. 26 A reckless driver hit the gate and wall while trying to leave a garage around 2:32 a.m. in the 7700 block of Park Lane. Before 11:58 a.m., a burglar entered a man’s locked truck without damage and stole his firearm in a parking lot in the 6700 block of Hillcrest Plaza Drive.

Sept. 27 Stolen at an unlisted time: a man’s vehicle from the NorthPark Center parking lot. Sept. 28 A thief stole from a man at Tom Thumb at the Market at Preston Forest at an unlisted time. Sept. 29 A theft was reported at an unlisted time in the 5800 block of Elderwood Drive.

Sept. 30 A divorcee was on a woman’s

property without consent around 5:30 p.m. in the 11100 block of Russwood Circle. An out-of-town stolen vehicle was recovered in the NorthPark Center parking lot around 7:02 p.m.

Oct. 1 A trespasser climbed over a woman’s backyard fence before 7:33 a.m. in the 4300 block of Glenaire Drive. Oct. 2 A thief, who received a criminal trespass warning, stole from someone at a NorthPark Center department store around 4:36 p.m.

There was a burglary of an open garage at an unlisted time at Pavilion Townplace Apartments.

Oct. 3 A burglar entered a man’s vehicle before 2:35 p.m. and stole his property in the 6000 block of Mimosa Lane.

Oct. 8 A vehicle vandal keyed a man’s car before 7:27 p.m. in the NorthPark Center parking lot.

A burglar forced entry into a woman’s car and stole her property at an unlisted time in the parking lot of Bluffs at Midway Hollow.

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Oct. 4 A man was pushed to the ground around 2:14 a.m. at Inwood Tavern. The suspects were given criminal trespass warnings. A burglar busted a woman’s car window and stole property before 11:23 a.m. in the parking lot of Preston Forest Square.

Oct. 5 A reckless driver hit a man’s car then fled the scene at an unlisted time in the parking lot of Preston Forest Village.

Oct. 6 Around 10:30 p.m., a man’s vehicle was stolen f rom the NorthPark Center parking lot.


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Forest Forward Aims to Raise $75M+ for a Thriving South Dallas

Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church supports through donations, volunteering By Maria Lawson

A group of Dallasites are working to raise $75.215 million to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty in the 75215 ZIP code of South Dallas. They are doing so through the Forest Forward movement, which has raised more than $50 million so far.

“Those in our community who have had their voices silenced for many years can come to know a full and abundant life that we all deserve.” Matthew Ruffner The nonprofit, started by Elizabeth Wattley in 2017, has a mission to restore the Forest Theater and ignite a healthy and thriving South Dallas through education pathways with Dallas ISD’s Martin Luther King Jr. Arts Academy, employment opportunities, and mixed-income housing developments. “Although the Forest Theater in South Dallas has served as a proud beacon of hope for decades, its history and significance is unknown or often forgotten by many,” Wattley said. “Restoring this historic treasure to its full potential … is a goodnews story for everyone living in Dallas and North Texas.” Matthew Ruffner, senior pastor at Preston

The Forest Theater, which was obtained by Forest Forward in 2017, is located at 1918 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. COURTESY PHOTOS

Hollow Presbyterian Church, has been involved as a board member since 2020. “Forest Forward is a way that allows me to invest in seeking to help in making my life count, so those in our community who have had their voices silenced for many years can come to know a full and abundant life that we all deserve,” Ruffner said. Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church has been involved in the project since its 2017 inception through monetary donations and hands-on engagement with the MLK Arts Academy engineering program. “We certainly support financially, but you know, Bryan Stevenson says, ‘Unless we show up and we are proximate with one another, then nothing changes,’ and so for us, it’s a great privilege to share in this work

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together,” Ruffner said. Ruffner describes breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty as a cocktail with multiple essential components, rather than a single-bullet solution: “It’s so exciting to be part of a project that is proven, replicable, and able to invest in housing, education, and community wellness.” “It’s been a great privilege for Preston Hollow to be on the ground floor of this project because we believe that no one should live in the deadly cycle of intergenerational poverty, that everyone should have access to housing, that everyone should have an education that allows everyone to thrive,” he continued. Forest Forward also had an exhibit in NorthPark Center earlier this fall, which

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1. Pickleball at the park The Dallas Parks Department plans to build four new pickleball courts at Churchill Park, site of the city’s first four pickleball courts. The new courts, meant to address growing community demand, will go on the north end of the existing parking lot, adjacent to the four existing courts.

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2. Temple Emanu-El gathering More than 2,000 hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas gathered in Temple Emanu-El’s Olan Sanctuary Oct. 10 in support of Israel as the country’s war with Hamas escalates. Aya Margalit, a teacher who recently came to Dallas from Israel, where she lived in a kibbutz near the Gaza Strip, described messages she received from loved ones back in Israel, including 11 and 12-year-old students of hers, as Hamas attacked: “They’re coming; I’m scared.” Others in attendance included Consul General of Israel to

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Ruffner hopes educated others about the theater’s history and legacy while inspiring the community to get involved. Ruffner looks forward to a future where an MLK Arts Academy student will be able to perform a song they wrote, on an instrument they learned at the academy, on the stage of the Forest Theater. “What I love about this project is everybody has a place … and this project does reveal that we’re better together and when we live like we belong to one another, the byproduct of that are communities that we are all proud of,” Ruffner said.

the Southwest Livia Link-Raviv, Sen. Ted Cruz, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson (who also spoke during the service), and others.

3. Abdominal transplants Medical City Dallas is expanding its transplant services with a new, $6 million Abdominal Transplant Clinic, which will place pancreas, liver, and kidney patients along with physicians in the same unit. The new clinic – part of a $23 million expansion of the transplant program – and other recent transplant-service expansions include 32,560 square feet, 23 new exam rooms and one procedure room, a new operating room dedicated to liver, kidney, and pancreas transplants, a new ultrasound for advanced imaging, and a 10-bed intensive care unit solely for transplant patients. 4. Leslie Squair Baker killer A jury found Anthony Lewis, 20, of Dallas guilty of capital murder in connection with the May 2020 shooting death of Leslie Squair Baker outside her home near the

Preston Royal shopping center. Lewis, who was 16 at the time of the killing, received an automatic life sentence but will be eligible for parole after 40 years because he was a juvenile at the time of the offense. Baker was found shot in the driveway of her Royalton Drive home in May 2020, and Lewis was arrested two days later, according to Dallas police.

5. TEA rating system lawsuit The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees voted 8-0 to join dozens of Texas districts in a lawsuit filed against the Texas Education Agency over changes that will be made to the state’s school accountability rating system. Those involved in the lawsuit claim the changes and lack of advance notice will cause harm to students, team members, families, and the community. Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde says the A-F refresh will be applied retroactively after standardized testing is complete and a new school year has begun, which will cause the district’s recent improvements to not be reflected. | November 2023

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Godfather’s Deeds, Guidance Inspire Student to Keep Honoring Veterans “We are the land of the free, because of the brave,” my godfather Walter Ehlers told me. As a little girl, I vividly reRABEL MCNUTT m e m b e r visits to see him in Anaheim, California, where he would sit in his big wooden rocking chair, which croaked as it swung front to back.

“Veterans have and will continue to risk their lives for our country and the wellbeing of people they do not even know.” I remember his big, strong hands picking me up, propping me up on his knee, and telling me stories about his time during World War II. He received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his gallantry, fighting the Germans in

CLOCKWISE: Rabel McNutt (center) with Walter and Dorothy Ehlers. Walter Ehlers holds his goddaughter, Rabel McNutt, at her baptism. Rabel McNutt with U.S. Rep. Jake Ellzy, R-Midlothian, who put Rabel’s name into the Congressional Record by speaking about her idea for a State Funeral for the final World War II vet. Rabel McNutt with Chris Cassidy, president and CEO of the new Medal of Honor Museum in Arlington. COURTESY SUSAN MCNUTT

Normandy in June 1944, but most of his stories were not about his experiences, but about the people he met along the way. Godfather Ehlers once told me that people die twice: first when their last breath leaves their body, and second when their name is last uttered on Earth. He preached it was our job to keep alive the stories of those who died in uniform for our freedom, men like his brother, Roland, who

died on Omaha Beach on D-Day, and to honor those veterans still living among us. I was 7 when Godfather Ehlers passed away and had never been to a military funeral. To prepare, my father and I sat down to watch examples on YouTube, including the State Funeral for Gen. Douglas MacArthur. I asked if my godfather’s friends were going to have that same big funeral in Washington, D.C. My father replied, “I do not see

why they should not.” A few years later, we began our nonprofit, State Funeral for World War II Veterans. Our mission: to have a State Funeral for the last Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, not just to honor him, but to honor all the 16 million men and women who fought to save our country. Our family endeavor turned into a nationwide effort with chairmen recruited in all 50 states to advocate with their senators

and representatives. After 5 years, a combination of people from different cultures and political backgrounds came together to have our mission pass through Congress. On July 14, 2022, Hershel “Woody” Williams, MOH Iwo Jima 1945, was laid in honor under the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol – the first time in our nation’s history that an enlisted man received the honor. Godfather Ehlers always said that he never wore the Medal of Honor for himself. He wore it for the soldiers who did not make it back home, for veterans who risked their lives for our country, and for the Gold Star families who lost a child in the War. It is up to us and future generations to keep these memories and stories alive. Veterans have and will continue to risk their lives for our country and the well-being of people they do not even know. This is why I believe in honoring veterans everyday but especially on Veterans Day. Rabel McNutt, a 10th grader at The Hockaday School and resident of University Park, received the Freedom Foundation’s national award: the George Washington Honor Medal. Visit to learn more about State Funeral for World War II Veterans.

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Editor’s note: If you occasionally focus your lenses on Preston Hollow happenings and would like to share, please email your high-resolution images with your name and an explanation of your pictures to editor@ Preston Hollow-area neighborhood groups, such as Briarwood, Elm Thicket/ Northpark, and the Preston Hollow East Homeowners Association, held celebrations across North Dallas Oct. 3 for National Night Out. Briarwood blocked off Elsby Avenue from Briarwood Lane to Menier Street to celebrate with a block party. Festivities included food and drinks, snow cones, balloon animals, and more. Elm Thicket/Northpark celebrated at the K.B. Polk Recreation Center with food, remarks from neighborhood leaders, and tables with promotional items from local groups such as the Dallas Public Library. Neighbors also celebrated the new sidewalk art at the recreation center, which is designed to acknowledge surrounding neighborhoods. The Preston Hollow East Homeowners Association gathered at Preston Hollow Park for neighbors to get to know their local patrol officers.








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‘Preston Hollow People’ Applauds • Ben Davis, who was selected as one of five finalists for the Wahl “Benevolent Beards” Contest. Davis is the founder of Operation COURTESY PHOTO Gentleman, a charity that supports three primary causes: collecting suits and business attire for donation to the Fort Cavazos Soldier Recovery Unit, providing monthly pop-up barbershop services to the homeless population in Dallas, and feeding veterans in need. The winner will be announced after this issue goes to press, but if Davis wins, he will receive a grand prize of $20,000 for himself and $5,000 for his charity. • Kathleen Gibson, who was named by the Junior League of Dallas as the 2024 Sustainer of the Year. Gibson has been involved in the COURTESY PHOTO league as assistant provisional project chair, advertising sales force and assistant arrangements chair for the JLD Ball Committee, an issue researcher for the public affairs committee, and a funding ad hoc committee member. She also previously served as president and CEO of the Southwestern Medical Foundation. • Longtime Hillcrest football public address announcer Peter Irwin, who was the grand marshal of this year’s homecoming parade on Sept. 29. HEIDI DAHLANDER Irwin is a Hillcrest graduate himself and is in his 50th season announcing at Franklin Field. Outside of Hillcrest games, Irwin worked the press box microphone for the Dallas Cowboys from 1993 to 2018. He’s also worked SMU, TCU, and Big 12 games in addition to handling the mic at the Cotton Bowl and moderating men’s and women’s NCAA tournament basketball games. | November 2023



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14 November 2023 |

Preston Hollow Author Releases New Revenge Thriller

J.K. Franko’s sixth book is titled Killing Johnny Miracle

By Maria Lawson

Preston Hollow resident J.K. Franko’s latest novel, Killing Johnny Miracle, debuted in September with a focus on revenge.

“It’s really a very iterative process, and I probably went through 60 revisions of the book before finally coming out with it.” J.K. Franko “It does what all the other J.K. Franko novels do,” Franko said. “Lots of twists, unexpected twists, and a little bit of a legal element as well. I practiced law for years before getting into this.” Killing Johnny Miracle is set in Fredericksburg, a place Franko and his wife frequented while living in Austin. This is Franko’s fifth fiction book and sixth overall. His past work includes a revenge trilogy — Eye for Eye, Tooth for Tooth, and Life for Life — a novella that complements the trilogy, and a guide for first-year lawyers. He got into writing about 20 years ago

J.K. Franko held a launch event Oct. 7 at The Mason where attendees joined for a cocktail hour, a live-action questioning of characters to find out who killed Johnny Miracle, and a question-and-answer session. MEGAN PIOTROWSK J.K. Franko. HOLT HAYNSWORTH

but didn’t have his first published work until 2019. “It’s something I was really always interested in, but I was very bad at,” Franko said. “I wrote and wrote and wrote, and I think I’ve got like six or seven books in various stages of incompletion in my laptop somewhere, and Eye for Eye was the first book that really came together from start to finish as a good book.” When writing, Franko describes himself as a planner, rather than a pantser (someone who flies by the seat of their

pants). He writes the first chapter, then the last one, and alternates until there are five on each side, then fills in the middle. “By having a very clear destination written out, it helps a lot in terms of actually getting to where you’re going,” Franko said. Then comes lots of revision. The first draft of Killing Johnny Miracle was 40,000 words, and the final copy is around 100,000. “It’s really a very iterative process, and I probably went through 60 revisions of

the book before finally coming out with it,” Franko said. His books are self-published in English, but he works with a publishing company to also publish them in Spanish thanks to his mother-in-law, who submitted a translated version of his first novel and obtained interest f rom a Spanish publisher. Franko recommends his books to everyone, but specifically those who like crime thrillers and books with twists. He also notes a female empowerment theme through his novels. “All of my books, the way they’re structured, there are basically two independent story arcs going on that come together at the end,” Franko said. Going forward, Franko’s goal is to keep writing. He plans to continue following the revenge motif for the next at least two or three novels and hopes to see his work made into a show or film. ORDER ONLINE Killing Johnny Miracle Hardcover: $19.99 Paperback: $16.95 Kindle: $4.99 | November 2023




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* Source: Trendgraphix. Location inclusive of 75229, 75230, 75252. As of 9.1.2022 – 8.31.2023. Based on data supplied by the NTreis MLS. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Compass is a licensed real estate broker and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdrawal without notice. This is not intended to solicit property already listed. Photos may be virtually staged or digitally enhanced and may not reflect actual property conditions.


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the Park Cities & Preston Hollow



SOLD - Represented Buyer

3201 Beverly Drive $7,995,000

3637 Maplewood Avenue $9,750,000

3141 Stanford Avenue Private Sale

Alex Perry | 214.926.0158

Susan Bradley | 214.674.5518

Teffy Jacobs | 214.676.3339




4311 Rheims Place $9,895,000

4237 Middleton Road $3,995,000

4015 Wembley Terrace $850,000

Doris Jacobs | 214.537.3399

Susan Baldwin | 214.763.1591

Buff Amis | 214.923.0242




4345 Fairfax Avenue $4,499,000

3417 Dartmouth Avenue $2,995,000

4118 La Place Drive $595,000

Ashley Rupp | 214.727.4992

Shelly Tillery | 214.794.3634

Ashley Rupp | 214.727.4992

SOLD – Represented Buyer



3512 Amherst Avenue $2,150,000

6410 Del Norte Lane $1,595,000

2940 Dyer Street $1,750,000

Catherine Osborne | 214.733.9727

Anne Oliver | 214.957.7689

Joseph Flores | 214.558.3004


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3825 Potomac Avenue $11,500,000

5315 Meaders Lane $8,350,000

4508 W. Amherst Avenue $2,095,000

Christine Mckenny | 214.300.5539

Susan Baldwin | 214.763.1591

Teffy Jacobs | 214.676.3339


3914 Normandy Avenue $12,500,000 Allie Beth Allman | 214.354.1099




6230 Stichter Avenue $2,995,000

4341 Edmondson Avenue $3,995,000

Clarke Landry | 214.316.7416

Jamie Ashby | 646.620.6676



7601 Southwestern Boulevard $1,995,000

Lot 2A Thompson Heights Lake Texoma | $2,000,000

3747 Royal Cove Drive $1,149,000

Lucinda Buford | 214.728.4289

Kim Dale | 214.354.5755

Emily Rogers | 214.868.4405




4529 Mockingbird Lane $1,350,000

6822 Lupton Drive $3,300,000

3603 Harvard Avenue $4,000,000

Catherine Osborne | 214.733.9727

Katherine Ballard | 214.287.9385

Susan Bradley | 214.674.5518

All listing information, either in print or electronic format, is deemed reliable but not guaranteed and listing broker is not responsible for any typographical errors or misinformation. Prospective buyers are instructed to independently verify all information furnished in connection with a listing. This information is current as of the distribution of this material, but is subject to revisions, price changes, or withdrawal without any further notice. Allie Beth Allman & Associates strictly adheres to all Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity laws and regulations.

18 November 2023 |



ive years ago, Mike McCoy was two months into his sobriety, living in his 2013 Volkswagen Passat beK E R ST E N R ET TI G hind his Arizona church. His daily bread consisted of saltine crackers and not much else. Today, Mike provides 1,255 meals each month to adults and adolescents in early sobriety and spends 10 days in April at Augusta National Golf Club, where he is on the culinary team for members-only Berckman’s Place during the Master’s Golf Tournament.

“I cook twice for the same dollar.” Mike McCoy This is a riches to rags to riches story, if ever there was one. McCoy is charming, funny, and energetic, qualities that were instrumental in his successful sales career for organizations like the Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars, and Capital Title, jobs that involved lots of schmoozing, living large, and entertaining. And drinking, which ultimately cost him his family and career. “God gave me an incredible gift,” McCoy said of his sobriety. Back on his feet and back in Texas, Mike rejoined corporate America, “still wearing the lenses God gave me when I was homeless and hungry,” he added. Lenses focused on gratitude, empathy, servanthood, and sobriety. “When I was working, I made money and had the opportunity to give back, and I didn’t. Now, I don’t have the money, but I want to give back.”

Mike McCoy combines his skills with sales and cooking to cater to the needs of paying customers as well as those needing help. COURTESY PHOTOS

For McCoy, giving back means cooking meals “that speak respect and dignity” and serving them at 33 residential treatment facilities, detox centers, shelters, and sober living homes in North Texas. How does a salesman cook more than 1,000 meals a month? Self-taught by studying Culinary Institute of America’s textbooks, Mike is also a process management

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savant. He operates a highly efficient organization that procures, prepares, and provides food for the shelters. Mike McCoy is the “Chef to the Shelters” and the founder of the nonprofit of the same name. Initially funded by his sales job, which he left to focus on Chef to the Shelters full-time, today CTTS is funded by donations and McCoy’s catering business that counts Kathy and Harlan Crow as clients. “I cook twice for the same dollar,” McCoy explained. He charges clients only for the cost of goods for the meal. Clients pay cost plus whatever amount they want to donate to CTTS, which is tax-deductible. He uses that revenue to buy food and hire adults in early sobriety to work the private events.

With the holiday season around the corner, McCoy has set a goal to provide 5,000 meals for residents to enjoy on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year’s Eve. To meet this goal, Chef to the Shelters will need to have quite a few private events booked on his catering schedule. He is also considering a GoFundMe campaign to fund holiday meals. Adults in early sobriety need support every day, but particularly during the holidays, which are typically filled with a mix of celebration and stress. Chef to the Shelters does more than provide wholesome, hearty meals to those in recovery. He provides daily bread: respect, dignity, empathy, and hope for recovery.


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Jonathon’s Forestwood Forestwood Shopping Center The breakfast and brunch spot recently relocated from the original Oak Cliff location, which closed in 2021. NorthPark Center Multiple stores • Clothing and accessories brand J.Crew reopened in a newly redesigned space on level one between Macy’s and Dillard’s. • Contemporary luxury accessories brand Longchamp reopened in a newly redesigned space on level one between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. • Find fashion and accessories brand Marc Jacobs on level one Renny’s Bar and Grill ASHLEY ESTAVE between Neiman Marcus and Dillard’s. Renny’s Bar and Grill Preston Forest Village



The American grill and bar by the team behind Maguire’s Kitchen and Cocktails offers a menu of mussels, blackened shrimp street tacos, meatloaf, and more from the former Slaters, Rockfish, and Main Stream space.


Nikki Greek Bistro and Lounge 5757 Lovers Lane The restaurant by Lisa and Tom Georgalis of The Ivy Tavern is expected to open in Devonshire at the corner of Lovers Lane and the Dallas North Tollway in early 2024. The Shops at Park Lane Multiple stores • Sushi concept Blue Maki is expected to open its second Dallas location next to Vie Nail Bar in the shopping center later this year. • The Japanese-inspired variety store Daiso is expected to open next to Bloomingdale’s in the shopping center later this year. • The Asian street food concept Banh Shop is expected to open next to Spectrum in the shopping center in early 2024.


TJ’s Seafood Market The Shops of Highland Park The Preston-Royal location remains open. — Compiled by Rachel Snyder | November 2023



Selling the Most in the Park Cities & Preston Hollow





6414 Waggoner Drive $3,750,000

6920 Vassar Avenue | Volk Estates $19,500,000

3518 Armstrong Avenue $10,995,000

Susan Baldwin | 214.763.1591

Allie Beth Allman | 214.354.1099

Elizabeth Wisdom | 214.244.0181



SOLD - Represented Buyer

2200 Victory Avenue #2602 $1,750,000

3605 Potomac Avenue $3,250,000

9300 Hathaway Street $6,750,000

Eric Narosov | 214.529.1282

Susie Thompson | 214.354.8866

Ashley Rupp | 214.727.4992

SOLD - Represented Buyer

SOLD - Represented Buyer


6138 Glendora Avenue $2,250,000

5819 Royal Crest Drive $2,700,000

8250 Boedeker Drive $3,400,000

Diana Stewart | 214.215.6516

Beth R. Gilbert | 214.444.4176

Doris Jacobs & Kim Jacobs Calloway 214.537.3399 |



SOLD - Represented Buyer

4549 Fairway Avenue $8,950 per month

4208 Potomac Avenue $3,400,000

7322 Centenary Avenue $3,199,000

Susie Thompson | 214.354.8866

Ashley Rupp | 214.727.4992

Juli Harrison | 214.207.1001

All listing information, either in print or electronic format, is deemed reliable but not guaranteed and listing broker is not responsible for any typographical errors or misinformation. Prospective buyers are instructed to independently verify all information furnished in connection with a listing. This information is current as of the distribution of this material, but is subject to revisions, price changes, or withdrawal without any further notice. Allie Beth Allman & Associates strictly adheres to all Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity laws and regulations.




im Mueller, managing partner for the distinguished law firm Verner Brumley Mueller Parker, said success 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

extremely important.” 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 properties 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 | November 2023



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custody issues. Mueller said one hallmark of the practice is to take ownership of all the client’s needs, legal or otherwise. “At the end of the day, a client is not just simply a custody 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 longevity 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 longevity is key. I tell clients all the time, this is not going to

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22 November 2023 |


FOR LIONS WR BLUMENTHAL, TWO SPORTS ARE BETTER THAN ONE St. Mark’s senior rediscovered his passion; colleges are noticing By Todd Jorgenson

over Coram Deo, he finished with 133 yards and reached the end zone on each of the first two drives for St. Mark’s. “I just wanted to do what I could to help the team,” he said. “Last year I was learning from everyone else. I had people teaching me along the way. It was just like taking an extra class.”

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hen Lucas Blumenthal’s middle-school days were over, so was his football career. At least that was the plan — to leave the gridiron and focus on the hardwood. Three years later, he was the leading receiver for St. Mark’s as a junior. This year, despite battling an ankle injury, he has again been one of the leaders for a high-powered offense and has started being recruited by college football programs — all while still being a standout in basketball for the Lions, too. Blumenthal said he got the itch to return to the field near the end of his sophomore year, and found the interest was mutual from the coaching staff. “In the back of my mind, I always loved playing football in middle school,” Blumenthal said. “Once we started practicing in the spring, it felt like something I was meant to do. It was where I was supposed to be.” It didn’t take him long to shake off the rust. Blumenthal caught eight passes, including a touchdown, in the season opener against Fort Worth Country Day. “It is rare to have a player that gives you confidence in being able to take several deep shots throughout the course of

“In the back of my mind, I always loved playing football.” Lucas Blumenthal

Since returning to football last year, Lucas Blumenthal has been the top receiver for a high-powered offense at St. Mark’s. CADE HAMNER AND ROB GRAHAM

the game and believe most of them will be completed,” said St. Mark’s coach Harry Flaherty. “He has added a great element with his competitiveness, body control,

and concentration.” Blumenthal developed remarkable consistency last year, with seven touchdowns in his first five games. In a win

Blumenthal admits some of his favorite summer memories involve shuttling back and forth between 7-on-7 football tournaments and select basketball events. Rather than becoming worn down by the added exertion, he feels invigorated. “He has made a huge impact, not only catching lots of passes and making lots of critical plays for us, but also just adding a competitive edge to the team,” Flaherty said. “I think his basketball instincts have helped him stand out in football, and I also see him playing basketball with increased aggression and confidence.”

Agarwal Bets on Dallas to Expand Cricket Popularity in U.S.

Entrepreneur chairs new National Cricket League, co-owns upcoming local franchise

By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers

Cricket is the second most watched sport in the world. Dallas is one of the most robust sports markets in the United States. For Arun Agarwal, that sounds like a no-brainer. The Preston Hollow entrepreneur and civic leader is the chairman of the new National Cricket League, which will begin play with a tournament in December. One of the flagship franchises, as well as the league’s headquarters, will be in Dallas.

“I would take Dallas over any other city to do this.” Arun Agarwal “We have been pitching how to win more sports and teams,” said Agarwal, CEO of the Dallas-based textile company Nextt. “A lot of people have traveled to these countries and seen the fans. It’s like a religion.

The new National Cricket League unveiled its trophy in September and announced plans for a Dallas franchise. FLASH BRUSH IMAGES

They talk about this game and come back knowing more about it.” Details on the structure of the new league and the specifics for the Dallas franchise will be announced later. But after the December debut in Florida, league play will begin sometime next year. Agarwal said the goal is to tap into the largest cricket-viewing diaspora of any city in the country, while also expanding the fanbase of a sport with traditional strongholds overseas — particularly in India and

surrounding countries — and in the Caribbean. “It’s one religion that unites all of Southeast Asia,” said Agarwal, who played cricket growing up and in college. “You don’t have to be good at the sport to be passionate about it.” He said economic conditions and the sports climate make the timing ideal for expansion, even on the heels of the launch of Major League Cricket this summer in Grand Prairie. The NCL will use a more abbreviated, fan-friendly format, even

more so than MLC, with games usually lasting around two hours or less. While matches traditionally went on for several days, this pareddown “Sixty Strikes” structure will make its American debut. “We’re making the speed of the game faster and adding entertainment,” Agarwal said. “We need more action. There will be more excitement. This is just taking it to another level.” More eyes are opened to the sport now, thanks to the increase

of cricket broadcasts available in the United States via online platforms, Agarwal said. Awareness will be key for the six-team NCL, which expects to attract top talent from across the globe to fill its rosters. “There’s a craving for live sports all over the world. How do you bring this sport which is so popular around the world to the largest market in the world?” Agarwal said. “I would take Dallas over any other city to do this.” | November 2023

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Real Estate Quarterly

Real Estate Market Snapshots Editor’s note: Find here the latest available (as of press time) real estate market statistics for Dallas, Highland Park, and University Park from the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems Inc. The Texas Real Estate Research Center at Texas A&M University prepares the monthly Multiple Listing Service (MLS) reports but leaves out municipalities when they don’t hit a 10-sale threshold for single-family homes. Highland Park last met that threshold in July. We would prefer more comprehensive and timely data but believe these market snapshots still provide a helpful look at where the industry is heading.


DALLAS 96.3%


sold to list price

month’s supply

August 2022: 97.8%

August 2022: 2.0



closed sales

days on market

August 2022: 788

August 2022: 24



median price

price per square foot

August 2022: $463,750

August 2022: $244.05


active listings

August 2022: 1,580



Cadeaux Christmas Interior Decorating partners with manufacturers in Europe to provide handcrafted décor. COURTESY CADEAUX CHRISTMAS Honey Homes customers use an app to schedule help all year long. COURTESY HONEY HOMES



month’s supply

sold to list price

August 2022: 1.6

August 2022: 97.9%



closed sales

days on market

August 2022: 15

August 2022: 23

Options include decorating and pre-gathering cleanings

$1,914,000 median price

price per square foot

By Heather Aldridge

August 2022: $2,805,150

August 2022: $567.18

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ith the holidays approaching, so comes the stress from thinking about the list of tasks needed to get ready. You don’t have to do it all – or alone. Home concierge and interior decorating services in Dallas can ensure your house is well organized and beautifully decorated for the holiday season, letting you focus instead on spending time with loved ones.

“It makes everything so much easier.” Mary Margaret Neff With Cadeaux Christmas Interior Decorating, homeowners don’t even need to have their own decorations in storage. Their company partners with European manufacturers to secure well-made, handcrafted décor to create beautiful looks during the holiday season.

Customers can pick among featured options or go for customized looks to fit their styles. Depending on the customer’s requirements, Cadeaux Christmas will drop off or install the decorations. “We can do custom shapes,” owner Delia Dahm said. “We have a wide range of products.” One of her most popular featured looks is French Champagne, which she describes as “very chic” with “lots of metal” and a silver, gold, and dark bronze color palette. Dahm takes note of the trends that circle within interior design and uses those trends to curate her designs. Nature has become trendy since the pandemic, she said. “What is unexpected is that we combine natural elements with high tech,” Dahm explained. “They come together in a very nice, soft, and vibrant way. It’s very opposites attract. So we see a lot of violet and yellow and earthy tones.” Dahm also has noticed mental and physical well-being reflected in designs with soft greens combined with white and beige to create a soothing atmosphere. For those who already have decorations but need assistance installing them, concierge services such as Honey Homes

can help customers look festive and tackle all the other work around the house. That can include hanging Christmas lights and decorations or deep cleaning the oven before Thanksgiving dinner. Many Honey Homes customers rely on the concierge services year-round. “Honey Homes’ handymen and handywomen can complete minor electrical and plumbing jobs, as well as standard handyman tasks around the house that can be completed in less than 1.5 hours per job,” said Jeff Gottschall, general manager for Honey Homes. With the company’s app, a customer adds their need to a to-do list, and the handyman will see it and come out to get it done. “It makes everything so much easier,” said Mary Margaret Neff, of University Park. “I’m usually pretty organized … but it’s pretty difficult to remember who to call for any(thing) specific. It’s a onestop shop.”



active listings August 2022: 25

JULY 2023:



month’s supply

sold to list price

July 2022: 2.3

July 2022: 99.5%



closed sales

days on market

July 2022: 8

July 2022: 21



median price

price per square foot

July 2022: $3,032,500

July 2022: $694.00


active listings July 2022: 20

AT A G L A N C E Cadeaux Christmas Interior Decorating, Honey Homes,

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Glamourous Highland Park Sophistication 3637 Maplewood Avenue $9,750,000 5 Bed / 7.1 Bath / 8,256 Sq. Ft.

Susan Bradley | 214.674.5518 |

As We Gather 6414 Waggoner Drive $3,750,000 3 Bed / 3.2 Bath / 7,324 Sq.Ft.

Susan Baldwin | 214.763.1591 |

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A Path to Extraordinary 7322 Centenary Avenue SOLD, Represented Buyer $3,199,000 5 Bed / 5.1 Bath / 4,843 Sq. Ft.

Juli Harrison | 214.207.1001 |

Magazine Design Worthy Transitional 4508 W. Amherst Avenue $2,095,000 4 Bed / 4.1 Bath / 4,064 Sq. Ft.

Teffy Jacobs | 214.676.3339 | | November 2023


New in Highland Park 3201 Beverly Drive $7,995,000 5 Bed / 5.1 Bath / 6,874 Sq.Ft.

Alex Perry | 214.926.0158 |

Relax and Enjoy 7601 Southwestern Boulevard $1,995,000 4 Bed / 3 Bath / 3,477 Sq. Ft.

Lucinda Buford | 214.728.4289 |

All listing information, either in print or electronic format, is deemed reliable but not guaranteed and listing broker is not responsible for any typographical errors or misinformation. Prospective buyers are instructed to independently verify all information furnished in connection with a listing. This information is current as of the distribution of this material, but is subject to revisions, price changes, or withdrawal without any further notice. Allie Beth Allman & Associates strictly adheres to all Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity laws and regulations.

28 November 2023 |

Home in University Park 2925 Southwestern Boulevard SOLD, Represented Buyer Private Sale 4 Bed / 4.1 Bath / 5,166 Sq. Ft.

Jackie Converse | 214.673.7852 |

4408 Arcady Avenue $8,500,000 6 Bed / 10 Bath / 9,671 Sq. Ft. / Pool / 3 car

5122 Purdue Avenue $2,495,000 4 Bed / 4.2 Bath / 5,565 Sq. Ft.

Susan Shannon | 214.796.8744

Tim Schutze | 214.507.6699 | November 2023


New Construction Highland Park 3521 Princeton Avenue $8,499,000 5 Bed / 5.3 Bath / 7,869 Sq. Ft.

Marc Ching | 214.728.4069 |

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Highland Park, Preston Hollow Homes Showcased on Dallas AIA Tour Participants in this year’s version of Dallas’ only citywide home tour curated by architects will find half the stops in People Newspapers’ markets. The 17th annual AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, presented by eggersmann Kitchens & Home Living, returns Oct. 28 and 29 featuring six homes, including one in Highland Park and two in Preston Hollow. The self-guided tour also includes two in East Dallas and one in Far North Dallas. “We are excited as always to share stunning home designs by Dallas-based architects at this tour of homes, but we are especially happy to see some up-andcoming architects’ work on this year’s tour,” co-chair Andrew Meckfessel said. This year’s collection features the latest in contemporary style while showcasing how architects help clients overcome design challenges with beautiful solutions. See how a renovation and expansion of a 1920s Craftsman home in the Junius Heights Historic District fit a family of four and how designers accommodated the dual goals of being able to age in place and entertain grandchildren and guests. “This year’s submissions really stood out to the selection committee as excellent examples of residential architecture that addressed a wide variety of needs, style preferences, scale, and budget,” cochair Andrew Stiglmeier added. AMDG Studio; Janson Luter Architects; Maestri Studio; Malone Maxwell Dennehy Architects; Marc McCollom Architect, and Veux Deux Design. Sponsors are Modern Luxury Interiors Texas, Corradi USA, Bonick Landscaping, Porcelanosa, Hartman Construction, il | granito, Sub Zero Wolf Cove, Malone Maxwell Dennehy Architects, Cerboni, and Origin Bank. – Compiled by Heather Aldridge and William Taylor I F YO U G O What: AIA (American Institute of Architects) Dallas Tour of Homes When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29 Where: Six Dallas homes; address to be provided to tourgoers Tickets: starting at $50 ($60 beginning Oct. 23), $125 includes Premiere Party with live music, passed hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and conversations with the tour architects on Oct. 26,

The narrow lot (50-feet wide) on Grassmere Lane in Highland Park posed creative challenges for Christi Luter of Janson Luter Architects who fulfilled the client’s wishes for a breakfast nook and kitchen island by creating an island with built-in seating. The corner lot allowed opportunities for natural light and expansive second floor views. CHARLES DAVIS SMITH

During the 2008 recession, Malone Maxwell Dennehy Architects worked on a Norway Road home in Preston Hollow for two doctors and their teen daughters. Michael Malone incorporated contemporary spaces to showcase the client’s traditional art and furniture in this white stucco house with a large porch and windows. JUD HAGGARD PHOTOGRAPHY

For a Bobbit Drive home mostly rebuilt on an existing foundation, AMDG Studios focused on providing an active 80-year-old client who entertains often and likes to bake with a light-filled space ready to accommodate a wheelchair when the time comes and dedicated suite for a future caretaker. DAN FINNELL | November 2023

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32 November 2023 | Living rooms are challenging to design because they need to be so many things at once: inviting, comfortable, stylish, but also functional. MARGARET C H A M B E R S Pristine living rooms that are only for entertaining guests are now a thing of the past.

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If there’s one room in your home that you really need to get right, it’s the living room.

CLOCKWISE: The clients kept the original fireplace wall as an accent during the remodel of this 1960s house, which features contemporary furnishing to fit their style and a custom rug all the furniture could sit on. DANIEL MOTTA WITH DESIGN BY MARGARET CHAMBERS Modern furnishings like this contemporary chair mix with antiques such as the bronze incense burner and the foo dog statue in this Kessler Park living room. The octagon side table is from Syria. With young children or pets, choose durable fabrics, such as outdoor fabric lines or Crypton and steer clear of all-white fabrics, which would show stains. MICHAEL HUNTER WITH DESIGN BY MARGARET CHAMBERS

These days, it’s more common to have the living room be both a family and an entertaining space. Regardless of whether you want your living room to be formal or casual, it’s worth your time to plan a space that’s welcoming for family and friends alike. An easy way to balance the major elements of your living room is to follow the rule of thirds. For example, your sofa should generally be two-thirds the width of your area rug, and your coffee table should be twothirds the width of your sofa. Another thing to keep in mind is that simple sofas are easier to style than ones

with ornate details. Most living room rugs will need to be 9-by-12-foot, 10-by-14-foot, or 12-by-15-foot for a large room. If you have a small room and are having trouble finding a rug that’s just the right fit, try a rug with an unusual shape, such as a zebra rug. These kinds of “amorphous” rugs can fit into a variety of spaces. A living room that’s all-white can seem too formal and cold. Meanwhile, an all-dark living room tends to feel cave-like, which is an ambiance you might want for your media room but not for entertaining guests. The safest color scheme is in the middle: a living room with both light and dark elements. To give your living room some character, try mixing both new and old items. I personally always incorporate a few antiques into my designs. Make sure to plan your seating around creating conversation groups, rather than have all the seating facing the TV. In my designs, I like to conceal the TV in a large cabinet. If there’s one room in your home that you really need to get right, it’s the living room. Not only does it shape the way guests see your home, but it’s a room you’ll want to enjoy for yourself, too. Margaret Chambers, a registered interior designer (RID) and American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) member, leads Chambers Interiors and Associates. Her colleague Caitlin Crowley helped edit this column. Visit for more design advice.


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Real Talk: Mike Reddell Mike Reddell of Douglas Elliman Real Estate has worked in Dallas real estate since he sold his piece of his software company in Austin and headed north to Dallas nearly 20 years ago. “Initially, I was drawn to real estate because of my love and appreciation of architecture,” Reddell said. “In addition, by acting as an agent, I recognized an oppor tunit y to leverage my business background and serve others by helping them make better decisions when buying or selling.” Since then, his real estate career has spanned various roles as a manager, trainer, sales agent, consultant, brokerage owner, and investor, and he’s responsible for almost $2 billion in sales across a wide variety of real estate, including single-family homes, condominiums, townhomes, and land and ranch properties.

What is the best thing about being a real estate agent? For me, the best thing about being a real estate agent is the privilege to serve others. My goal is to always do everything I can to help my clients make decisions that not only satisfy their personal desires but also reduce risk and maximize the opportunity for wealth creation.

Now that you’ve been a real estate professional for a while, if you could go back in time and give yourself any advice, what would it be? If could go back in time, I would buy all the real estate I could possibly afford and encourage others to do the same. It astounds me to see the increase in values all over the state in the last 20 years.

Can you give us a fun fact about yourself? Thanks to my wife, I discovered a love of poetry a few years ago. I think the time I have spent reading, analyzing, and memorizing poetry has helped me see the world differently and deepen my relationships. My goal now is to visit Poets Corner at Westminster Abbey and spend a summer studying poetry at Oxford University.

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URSULINE SENIOR BUILDS HOMES IN COSTA RICA EACH THANKSGIVING Entering their sixth visit, the Tinker family now leads a job site By Maria Lawson


rsuline Academy senior Corinne Tinker will wake up on the Saturday before Thanksgiving in Costa Rica, put on job site clothes, and then take a 30-minute bus ride to Pavas, just like she has for the last five years. Once in Pavas, she, her family, and about 150 volunteers will get to work building houses. This is the Tinker family’s sixth year spending the weekend before Thanksgiving building houses with Youth With a Mission: Homes for Hope, which finds families in need of shelter and provides the supplies to build homes. Corinne says the nonprofit typically selects low-income families with children as the recipients of new homes. “It’s definitely an amazing feeling,” Corinne said. “It’s kind of eye-opening, especially the first time, where you don’t know what you’re expecting. You just see people living in poverty.” The Tinkers got involved in these trips after being invited by two families Dad is friends with and learning the impact they could have on an impoverished community. After gaining some experience, the Tinkers were promoted to site leaders, meaning they lead a group of volunteers — about 30 people per house — toward completing a 30-by-30-foot

build. Youth With a Mission lays the concrete down ahead of their arrival to provide ample construction time. Some job duties include building walls, installing a roof, and adding furniture, electricity, a stove, and other essentials. The number of houses built among the group fluctuates depending on the year, but it tends to be around five in two days. Corinne said many families they build homes for have four generations living in one house. “It’s definitely different to see how other people live,” Corinne said. “They’re also just the kindest people; they make so much out of what they have, and (it’s) definitely empowering to show that people make the best out of their situations.” Day two of construction concludes with a key ceremony for the volunteers to give the new homeowners their keys and say a blessing over them. “It’s just a very emotional moment connecting everyone together to the family, and … I love going,” Corinne said. “It’s probably my favorite part of the year.” The trips prompt Corinne to think about how fortunate she is, she said. “They’re sleeping on (the) ground,” Corinne said. “They don’t have a lot of food. They’re just not getting the essentials of basic living, and it’s just really sad to see, and it’s also just a nice experience to know that slowly, we’re just making people’s lives better.”

“(It’s) definitely empowering to show that people make the best out of their situations.” Corinne Tinker


Corinne Tinker spends much of her time in Costa Rica working with her mom as a paint leader. COURTESY PHOTOS

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S O M E H I STO RY When Alcuin incorporated the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme in the early 2000s, the culinary arts program was developed into a project for the design course.

A team of Alcuin middle schoolers prepared teriyaki chicken and fried rice for their peers on Oct. 6. MARIA LAWSON

Alcuin Culinary Arts Students Prepare Meals for 70 People

Using a $200 budget, seventh-grade chefs shop for groceries, plan menu, make lunch By Maria Lawson

Alcuin middle schoolers gather once a week to eat a meal cooked by their seventh-grade peers. Teriyaki chicken, red beans and rice, and a Chick-fil-A mac and cheese replica are just some examples of what culinary arts students have prepared. Each Alcuin seventh grader spends a semester in a culinary arts class where they’re assigned a week to serve as head chef. Duties include picking the menu for that week and leading a team of six to eight to a finished product. “Many of these students don’t have the opportunity to cook at home, or they go out a lot,” culinary arts instructor Susan Samore said. “In some cases, (we’re) helping them realize what it takes to prepare and get that meal out to them at the restaurant and having

them reflect and recognize that they’re capable of doing those things.” The program comes as part of the International Baccalaureate component of Alcuin — specifically, the design category, which encompasses culinary arts. The chefs are tasked with using a $200 budget to feed 60 to 70 people, which includes all seventh and eighth graders and middle school faculty. Meal prep starts at the beginning of the week when students put together their grocery lists. They then visit Tom Thumb with Samore during a study hall period to obtain the ingredients.

Throughout their assigned week, students get to school early — 7 a.m. to be exact — to do their “prep work,” which can include chopping, sauce preparation, sauteing, or table setup. “They have to be committed, and the families have to be committed to bringing the kids here early on those days,” Samore said. Once meal day comes, which is typically Thursday or Friday of each week depending on the class calendar, the students have about 40 minutes to do their final preparation before serving the buffet-style meal. Samore said the program helps open up students to trying new things.

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“A lot of people come in here and say, ‘Oh, I don’t eat those vegetables,’” she said. “And then when they’re prepared in a different way they’ve never seen, they’re certainly welcome to sample it and particularly when their friends are making it.” Seventh-grade pair Lucas Casas and Amaan Mussani led a meal this semester. They opted to make spaghetti tacos, inspired by the show iCarly. Mussani said the experience allowed him to learn in the kitchen, as he doesn’t cook at home often. “The cooking part near the end was really fun because we got to work with our classmates and cooperate together to produce a meal,” Casas said. After the meal is complete, the chefs are tasked with completing a reflection, which Samore says is part of almost all IB subjects, to gather what they’ve learned and what they would have done differently.

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Notre Dame School of Dallas Celebrates 60 Years

O’Brien, named president in 2021, loves knowing students by name By Rachel Snyder

Dr. Caroline O’Brien learned about the Notre Dame School of Dallas through her nephew, Luke, who attended. Now, as president, she’s leading the school, which ser ves students from 6 to 21 with developmental disabilities, as it celebrates its 60th anniversary. “It’s the most joy-filled place. I really call it the happiest place on the planet … but not because it’s easy,” she said. “It transcends ZIP codes, it transcends ethnicity, it transcends faith. Every family or community’s affected by a child with a potential disability, and so to have this wonderful place — how do we help amplify it?” The school, founded in 1963 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, began in a two-classroom building serving 19 students. In 1973, Notre Dame added a vocational component for older students. Today, many of the school’s approximately 170 students travel to partner businesses and nonprofits for vocational training. Those nonprofit job and volunteer sites include the Frontiers of

Flight Museum, Park Cities Presbyterian Church, the Ashford Rise School of Dallas, and more. Businesses partnering with the school include Dream Cafe, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, and Sammy’s BBQ. The school’s been in its Uptown location in the 2000 block of Allen Street since 1989. The academic curriculum for all students emphasizes math, science, reading, social studies, language arts, music, PE, computer, and religion. The upper school also teaches independent living skills, job skills, and career exploration. O’Brien, a Highland Park High School alumna now living in Preston Hollow, joined in 2021 after serving as executive director of reading-focused nonprofit Catch Up and Read and as a campus instructional coach in Dallas ISD. “The root is loving children and knowing that was what I was called to do – what filled my bucket,” she said. O’Brien said her participation in the HiLites community service group in Highland Park was another inspiration. “That exposure to community

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Hockaday Senior Leads Mock Election Voting4Us focuses on civic engagement

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Voting4Us also does voter eligibility workshops to ensure voters know how to be prepared for election day. Hockaday School senior Aarnah Kurella led a “People aren’t really exposed to a broad range mock voting day at T.R. Hoover Community Cen- of ideas because the individuals who usually come door to door only come to endorse one specific ter in South Dallas. This came as part of her work as founder of Votin- candidate, and that kind of really shuts people out g4Us, an organization focused on voter engagement. from exploring anything else,” Kurella said. The organization’s three pillars: civic engagement, Kurella started Voting4Us in March after bevoting education, and ing involved in debate at bridging people together. Hockaday and realized “ T h e o v e r a rc h i n g her passion for learning through discussion. purpose is to teach individuals how to think “In debate, we talk a critically and arrive at lot about how low-income and marginalized informed conc lusions communities are often more independently, but left out of elections, so also with the influence I thought that in order of the ideas of everyone else,” Kurella said. to solve this, we could The mock voting probably encourage civic day was Sept. 20, when engagement and learning through discussions Kurella and other volunteers visited T.R. Hoover in these communities,” and introduced the politKurella said. ical process and took volKurella’s involvement unteers to pretend to run with T.R. Hoover sparked for office. Their peers got as she previously volunto support the campaigns teered at the communiwith false money and ty center and was familcast their vote. iar with its commitment Kurella created postcards to show others how to register “ The primar y purto diversity and elevating and vote. COURTESY AARNAH KURELLA pose was for children to the community. She’s in the process of understand the political process and the importance of civic engagement reaching out to groups such as the League of Womand extend what they’ve learned onto their older en Voters and members of the Hockaday communisiblings or parents,” Kurella said. ty familiar with voter registration in hopes of makVoting4Us also focuses on educating the popu- ing T.R. Hoover a voter registration center. lation on how to vote, who’s on the ballot, and an For now, she plans to keep her focus on the overall background before community members cast South Dallas community, but in the future, she their votes. Kurella created postcards with voter reg- hopes to expand Voting4Us’ work to other comistration information and details to raise awareness. munities that don’t have optimal access to voting.

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Do You Want to Avoid Raising a Narcissist? There is a good chance you have wondered if someone you know is a narcissist. You may also have wondered if the child down the street is a narcissist. Narcissists are judged to be problematic whether MARY ANN LITTLE in the workplace, home, or neighborhood and whether still young and developing, or fully grown. No parent wants to raise one. Why is this? Full grown narcissists are hardwired to believe that they are better, more deserving, smarter, more attractive — whatever it might be — than others. Their superiority and selfishness make them a challenge to deal with. Their lack of empathy and lack of regard for the feelings of others interfere with relationships and make it likely that you, or someone you care about, will suffer hurt or disappointment if engaged with them. Their character flaws make them poor partners, co-workers, or friends.

How do narcissists come to be? Certainly, temperament and trauma may play a part. But narcissistic tendencies and traits are, in large part, taught, adopted, and anchored in childhood and adolescent experience and “education.” Parents can often, unwittingly, encourage narcissism in the child. Parenting styles that support the development of narcissism have become more predominant among all parents. At the same time, cultural influences increasingly promote narcissistic values. Narcissistic messages are ubiquitous and their influence unavoidable: be beautiful, thin, rich, no matter how you get there; use people if it benefits you; take whatever you want because you need it; get ahead regardless of who you hurt in the process — the list is long and growing. Such values are shortsighted and worrisome. Perhaps more importantly, they encourage narcissistic development in the child and, at the same time, undermine healthy parenting practices. By recognizing specific negative influences on the child and

adolescent, informed parents can stop the development of narcissism. The failure of specific abilities, such as empathy, to develop, and the failure for other traits, such as self-centeredness, to lessen may indicate that your child is not maturing in healthy ways.

What can parents do? The key to avoiding narcissism is to build structures that counter unhealthy tendencies. These include helping your child build: a healthy model of the self, a steady ability to regulate emotions, an accurate capacity to take in and process information, and a positive model of love and relationships. Specific strategies can help parents succeed in doing this. Four parent types are thought to promote narcissism in children: hovering/directive, indulgent/permissive, critical/harsh, and inattentive/disengaged. Each produces predictable behaviors ranging from the child becoming entitled to manipulative, superior to disengaged. The healthy alternative involves positively directed parenting that provides neither “too much” nor “too little” of essential elements including affection, valuation, limits, direction, and engagement. “Moderation” parenting proves to be the key concept. Dr. Mary Ann Little, a clinical psychologist with four-plus decades of private practice, grew up in the Park Cities, lives in Preston Hollow, and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Her new book, scheduled for release Nov. 11, explores the development of narcissism in children and adolescents and shares strategies to avoid raising a narcissist. | November 2023



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1. Fighting tuberculosis, leprosy SMU chemistry professor John Buynuck and his team have received a $3.5 million, 5-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to design and synthesize new antibiotics to fight drug-resistant strains of bacteria that cause tuberculosis and leprosy. “If properly developed, these new antibiotics will provide clinicians with a fallback strategy in treatment of patients infected with highly resistant mycobacterial strains,” Buynak said. Buynuck has spent the past 10 years creating a drug to combat these challenging diseases and came out with a promising solution. With the grant, Buynuck wants to improve the molecule he has created and see if patients can take the product orally. 2. More honored alumni Also, on Oct. 27, SMU will present

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SHOES, SOCKS, AND EXAMS FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS Nursing students, Rotarians provide foot care at Austin Street Center


otary isn’t a religious organization, but Holly Hollenbeck found herself referencing faith as she recruited volunteers leading up to a recent foot care clinic for people experiencing homelessness. “Whether you are a Christian or not, think about it from the perspective of Jesus Christ and washing the feet,” she said. “There’s just something humbling and inspiring about serving those who are in most need.”

“The hope is that with the comfort this provided that they will remember every time they tie their new shoelaces that someone cares.” Holly Hollenbeck Hollenbeck brought the idea for the clinic with her when she moved from Omaha, Nebraska, to Dallas a few years ago and joined the Rotary Club of Park Cities, which draws members from Highland Park, University Park, Preston Hollow, and beyond. “The main mode of transportation for the homeless is their feet,” she said. The Park Cities club held its second foot clinic on Sept. 30 in partnership with Austin Street Center, Soles4Souls, Scheels sporting

CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT: Jeff Sheehan of the Park Cities Rotary Club helps a man pick out a new pair of shoes. Avery Holton organizes shoes at the Austin Street Center. Sara Sheehan helps a woman pick out a new pair of shoes. Baylor School of Nursing student Hayley Kilhorn washes and examines feet. CHRIS MCGATHEY

goods, and others. Nursing students from the UT-Arlington and Baylor Schools of Nursing washed feet, conducted basic foot health checks, and provided basic care. Organizers estimate they served more than

130 people. Shelter clients received new shoes, socks, and foot care packets that included nail files, clippers, antibiotic ointment, and lotion. “It was a hopeful offering from Rotarians that simple kindness and a bit of comfort can be the spark that generates change


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for the better in the lives of those that need it the most,” Hollenbeck said. “The hope is that with the comfort this provided, they will remember every time they tie their new shoelaces that someone cares.” – Compiled by William Taylor

photographs. Many of North Texas’ amazing ecosystems are featured, including wetlands, forests, and prairies. The book encourages North Texans to preserve and appreciate our home. Martin, an SMU graduate, will be speaking at noon Nov. 1 at the Highland Public Park Library, where she will provide photo tours of nature, scientific explanations about North Texas geology, her story, and more. “A Real Life Fairy Tale: Grace Kelly” By Emberli Pridham $21.95 Many young girls dream of becoming a princess. Highland Park author Emberli Pridham released another volume in her real princesses series in October. The second installment highlights Grace Kelly, the Princess of Monaco, taking the reader through the biographical journey of the American actress turned prin-

cess. Pridham seeks to captivate fans of the royal figure and children seeking to learn about the historical monarch; 10% of book sales will go toward the Princess Grace Foundation. “FORKFIGHT!: Whisks, Risks, and Conflicts Behind the Restaurant Curtain” By Mark Brezinski $18.99 Mark H. Brezinski has lifted the curtain covering the kitchen. The Dallas author reviews his experiences and opens up about his successes and failures in the restaurant business. Set across the globe, the book shares Brezinski’s journey to create phenomenal restaurants as he works closely with some of the industry’s icons. The book explores what it takes to curate a successful eatery and vividly depicts what goes on behind the scenes. – Compiled by Amelia Taylor

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PARTNERS CARD TIMELINE 1993 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.


2023 Partners Card co-chairs Katy Brooks and Kameron Westcott, the Family Place CEO Mimi Sterling, and 2023 co-chair Sharon Lee Clark. CELESTE CASS

By Rachel Snyder

As Partners Card returns for its 31st year benefiting service agency The Family Place, the need for housing family violence survivors is great. Liz Robinson of the Family Place said a nearby shelter, Brighter Tomorrows, serving Irving and Grapevine, closed this year, and the Family Place has seen increased demand for services as a result. “Year over year, we saw a 24% increase in calls just because we are now who their phone line was diverting to,” Robinson said. Artist, designer, and Krane Home founder Sharon Lee Clark is co-chairing Partners Card this year with Katy Mendelsohn Brooks, who has led strategic communication initiatives for Children’s Health, Motorola, and GM, among others, and Kameron Westcott, a former Real

Housewives of Dallas cast member, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. “This year, the need for space at the Family Place to give shelter to these domestic violence survivors has been extremely great,” Clark said. “I think that really motivated me to fundraise and break records and sell as many Partners Cards as we can this year.” She said she moved to Dallas about three years ago and quickly became involved with supporting the Family Place. Brooks said her mother-in-law has been involved with the Family Place since 2011 and helped lead the ReuNight fundraiser. In addition to the Family Place, Brooks is an active member of the Cattle Baron’s Ball Committee, serves on the Children’s Medical Center Auxiliary Board, and cochairs the Bradfield Elementary Auction. “It’s just been a family tradition and something that our hearts have just really bled for and been something that we believed in for a

“I loved their facility, I loved everything they did, I love their mission, and I just couldn’t wait to get involved.” Kameron Westcott

long, long time,” she said. Westcott said she learned about the Family Place through a Junior League of Dallas community tour years ago. “I loved their facility, I loved everything they did, I love their mission, and I just couldn’t wait to get involved,” she said. Together, “the trifecta,” as Clark calls herself and her co-chairs, have worked to get new retailers involved in Partners Card, including Clark’s Krane Home and designer Ese Azenabor, as well as partners for events leading up to the start of Partners Card. Diamonds Direct at 8127 Preston Road is hosting an event from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 30. The trio also worked with influencers, including Gracie Hunt, the daughter of Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, and Jennifer Houghton, known for her Turtle Creek Lane Instagram page, to spread awareness for Partners Card. “It’s exciting because we’ve also been able to spread more awareness for Partners Card,” Clark said. This year, Partners Card is returning to Terra at Eataly Dallas from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 for a kickoff brunch (rather than a lunch as in the past) and a preview of fashions from Partners Card-participating retailers at NorthPark Center.

Partners Card revenue exceeded half a million dollars with more than 10,000 cards sold.

2000 Partners Card grew to more than 500 participating stores.

2007 Partners Card celebrated 15 years, raising $905,000 to help battered women, children, and men.

2010 For the first time, Partners Card raised more than $1 million. The Family Place opened its school facility for K-2nd grade students.

2017 Partners Card celebrated 25 years and launched the Partners Card Mobile App and e-commerce.

2020 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.

2022 Partners Card raised $1.2 million, which equates to 15,350 nights of shelter and safety for survivors of domestic violence.

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The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center was transformed into a Parisian dream on Sept. 30 as some of Dallas’s most stylish philanthropists supported the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. This year’s theme, “An Evening in Paris,” was brought to life by Todd Events. The evening began with an interactive “champagne wall” that allowed guests to request bubbly with the push of a button. The gala was chaired by Kim and Greg Hext, with Diane and Hal Brierley serving as honorary chairs. Cece Smith is the chair of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Board of Directors. A trio of Young Strings musicians provided a serenade as guests made their way into their seated dinner below the sparkling Eiffel Tower with a picturesque view of the Paris Skyline. After dinner, the DSO’s Ross Perot president and CEO Kim Noltemy welcomed guests into the concert hall, where they were entertained by music director Fabo Luisi, pianist Emanuel Ax, and Isabel Leonard. The after party, themed “Midnight in Paris,” included many Parisian delights, from macarons and crepes to custom cocktails. Guests danced the night away to a set by Q the Band. — Compiled by Amelia Taylor

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Kips Bay Decorator Show House festivities kicked off Oct. 5 with the second-annual Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club President’s Dinner Dallas. The evening brought the nation’s design industry elite to the Brook Hollow Golf Club, where they raised more than $300,000 to fund after-school programs for more than 11,000 children at 10 locations throughout the Bronx. The evening also benefited Dallas nonprofits Crystal Charity Ball and Dwell with Dignity. Chaired by Jan Showers, Shelby Wagner, and Claire Emanuelson, the gala featured cocktails, a seated dinner, and a musical performance by members of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. The event’s honoree was Holly Moore, PaperCity co-owner and editor-in-chief. The Kips Bay Decorator Show House will be open at 9446 Hathaway St. from Nov. 3-15. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit — Compiled by Maria Lawson

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Move Over Roast Turkey – Here Come the Side Dishes ROASTED ACORN SQUASH WITH SPICED APPLE COMPOTE


Each November, as our thoughts turn toward Thanksgiving, magazine covers feature glorious images of tantalizing, golden roasted turkeys on oversized platters garnished with fresh herbs, grapes, juicy oranges, fresh cranberries, and other seasonal fruit. Publishers know these covers evoke feelings of nostalgia CHRISTY ROST and spur magazine sales, but within the covers lie inspiration for cooks in search of recipes that go beyond turkey. For holidays and cozy gatherings with family and friends, the side dishes often make the meal. Experienced cooks know when side dishes include make-ahead components, even a large feast becomes doable. By shifting the focus to luscious side dishes mainly prepared in advance, hosting the Thanksgiving feast or any holiday gathering can flow more smoothly, even when roasting a turkey. Tradition plays a significant role in many holiday meal celebrations. One has only to think about the iconic green bean casserole to comprehend tradition’s importance. Created in 1955 by Dorcas Reilly at the Campbell Soup Company, this vegetable side dish has been a staple of Thanksgiving celebrations for generations. Still, there’s always room for new traditions when tweaks to the menu result in overwhelming approval from guests. A new side dish or two adds freshness to an otherwise anticipated menu and can enhance the celebration. Over the years, I’ve adapted my Thanksgiving menu to reduce the stress of last-minute recipe preparation without sacrificing flavors achieved by hot-from-the-oven serving. My cornbread dressing is a prime example. It’s assembled one day in advance, chilled,

then baked one hour before dinner. Some years, I even make and freeze it weeks in advance – then thaw and bake. Nothing could be easier. This month’s recipe for roasted acorn squash with spiced apple compote turns make-ahead into an art form. Each guest is served a small roasted acorn squash filled with a fragrant, cinnamon-and-spice apple fruit compote. The fruit filling goes together quickly and is prepared one or two days in advance. While the rest of the meal cooks, I hollow out the squash, pop it in the oven, reheat the compote, and fill each squash just before serving. It’s easy, impressive,

and deliciously memorable for guests. The recipe airs this month shortly before Thanksgiving on At Home with Christy Rost, so be sure to check my social media platforms for a link to the “Side Dishes” episode. Happy Thanksgiving! Christy Rost is a cookbook author, host of Celebrating Home cooking videos, and longtime Park Cities and Preston Hollow resident. Her second season of ‘At Home with Christy Rost’ launched September 14 on AmazonFire, AppleTV+, Roku, Samsung TV, and YouTube. Please visit for details and recipes.

Ingredients: 4 small acorn squash, rinsed 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 large crisp apple, rinsed, cored, and chopped (I used Cosmic Crisp) ¼ cup dried cranberries ¼ cup dried Rainier cherries 2 tablespoons dried currants 2 tablespoons golden raisins 1 teaspoon cornstarch ½ cup apple cider or juice 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed 1 teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Slice the stem end from each acorn squash and reserve, scoop out the seeds, and cut a thin slice from the bottom of each squash so they stand upright. Stand squash upright on a baking sheet along with stem ends and roast 40-50 minutes or until the pulp is tender. While the squash is roasting, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add apple and saute 5 minutes until it begins to soften. Stir in cranberries, cherries, currants, and golden raisins. In a small bowl, whisk apple cider into cornstarch to form a smooth slurry. Stir the slurry into the apple mixture, along with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, stirring occasionally until the apples are soft and the compote has thickened. Transfer roasted squash to a serving platter, fill the centers with apple compote, and top with the stem ends. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings

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experts at Allie Beth Allman & Associates can show you. In Old Preston Hollow, the five-bedroom home at 4407 Gloster Road is laid out well, with two bedrooms on the main level along with multiple living areas and offices. The recently updated kitchen is designed for sophisticated dining. Love a French-transitional style home? See the newly constructed, five-bedroom home at 4206 Woodfin Drive. It has more than 9,000 square feet of living space, including a gym, elevator and 12-foot ceilings downstairs. Mid-century modern homes are in great demand. To find an MCM masterpiece like 6941 Brookshire Drive in Preston Hollow is rare. It features walls of glass, vaulted ceilings and whitewashed flooring in its 3,883 square feet of living space. Sante Fe’s architectural style has inspired many Dallas-area homes, including one available at 5555 Preston Haven Drive. The five-bedroom home has the primary suite, a guest room and a mother-in-law suite on the first level. Outdoors, you’ll enjoy the heated saltwater pool and spa. Connect with an agent for a tour. On a corner lot in Preston Hollow, there is a fivebedroom home available that is surrounded by centuryold trees, making it feel you’re living in the country. Bring your remodeling ideas to this charming home at 4327 Enfield Drive to make it a showplace. New construction in a popular neighborhood is always exciting. The six-bedroom home at 6838 Chevy Chase Ave., which is being built by Crutchfield Custom for completion this fall. It’s just a short walk to Preston Hollow Park. At 4237 Middleton Road, the downstairs holds the owner’s suite, plus a laundry room, open kitchen and wine room. Upstairs are four bedroom suites, another laundry room and game room. Live a luxurious, lock-and-leave lifestyle at 9831 Kingsway Ave. in Preston Hollow Village. The fourbedroom, newly constructed home has more than 4,000 square feet of living space. Both an indoor and an outdoor fireplace are perfect for creating memorable evenings with family and friends year-round. and 8740 Canyon Drive ( The land serves as an ideal canvas for a marquis, legacy estate home. With its rolling topography and mature tree canopy, the next owner will enjoy unparalleled privacy and tranquility. Imagine waking up to lush surroundings every day but also enjoying the convenience and energy that comes with being in the heart of Dallas. This is your opportunity to create a home that reflects your style and aspirations and also stands the test of time. Don’t miss out on this chance to blend nature and architecture into your own unique piece of paradise. For questions or to walk the property, contact Holloway at 214-986-9158 | Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate ( 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. The brokerage continues to be the leading seller of homes priced at $2 million and above in DFW, according to the Multiple Listing Service. “Our agents are the best in the business,” brokerage President and CEO Keith Conlon says. “The results are a testament to their dedication and commitment to serving our clients.” Homeowners want a partner who gives them the best chance to maximize their investment, he notes. Allman agents have worked tirelessly to ensure that their clients continue to get the most advantageous deal the market will bear. By staying abreast of everything going on in local real estate and building productive relationships with key players across the industry, they’ve been able to succeed often in situations where others have struggled. “The relationships that our agents have both internally and with agents from other firms definitely gives us an advantage,” Conlon says. “That and our company culture of entrepreneurship and collaboration are what really set us apart.” | November 2023



Premier DFW Neighborhoods Offer Luxury Homes for Sale

Steps away from Highland Park Village, 4300 Fairfax Ave. offers pristine Mediterranean style. Luxury home sales in DFW are not slowing. So far this year, Allie Beth Allman & Associates agents have

found that sales have kept pace with previous years. The brokerage’s experts can show you elegant homes that fit your dreams. If you’re ready to move, they can also help get a great return on your investment. Meet friends for coffee or dinner at Highland Park Village, only steps away from a spectacular, Mediterraneanstyle home that features casual, oldworld elegance at 4300 Fairfax Ave. The five-bedroom home will impress guests with its grand foyer and high-beamed ceilings. The home has a large primary suite downstairs. Or ride the elevator to three additional

bedrooms, an office and a guest suite with a kitchenette. On one of Highland Park’s bestknown streets, a French masterpiece designed in 2008 by celebrated architect Lloyd Lumpkins has six bedrooms in more than 12,200 square feet of living space. The home at 3518 Armstrong Ave. features eight fireplaces. The firstfloor primary suite is a big draw, and includes a sitting area. Allie Beth Allman & Associates agents continue to sell more homes at the luxury level in Dallas County and across DFW, according to Multiple Listing Service Statistics.



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