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A BOY’S TAKE ON MASKS: BE NICE
am a fourth grader, but even fourth So wearing a mask isn’t easy for me. I graders have opinions about things. My understand that it is not easy for a lot of mom says that I should write more and people. It bothers me. But you know what? that I should say my opinions but respect- When I go out, I wear a mask til I can’t fully. stand it, and then I go home. I don’t take So respectfully, it off because I’m tired of it and then you should wear a give everyone my mask. I am learning germs. how to write esThat’s rude. says now, and my But while I mom is an edilearn empathy, I tor, so I get better also understand help than a lot of that when I wear a kids because she mask, I make people feel safe. To wins awards and me, that is importis strict about it. ant. My dad says For instance, she that it’s nice to be told me that I important, but it’s couldn’t say people are dumb if more important to they don’t wear be nice. Wearing a masks, which was John Erickson, the son of deputy editor Bethany mask is hard, but Erickson, is a fourth grader at Chapel Hill it’s important to helpful. You should Preparatory. (PHOTO: BETHANY ERICKSON) be nice to other people, even if you wear a mask because a lot of doctors who are very smart might think that wearing a mask is dumb. say it is a good way to stay safe from coroIt doesn’t cost anything to be nice, and navirus. I learned over the summer, because I think people should do it more often, for my mom is kind of mean, that when the no reason at all, other than it’s good to do governor said everyone had to wear one, it. It’s not really about rights, or whether less people got sick. Or fewer. My mom you believe this science or that science, it’s says fewer. about being nice. I have autism, and sometimes things We should all be nicer because the bother me. I also have to be very careful world is full of mean people. We don’t have and learn about people, because sometimes to be one of them. I don’t understand them, and I have to try Thank you for reading this, I worked to be empathetic. Empathetic is when you hard on it, and my mom made me change care about someone, and you show it. It’s things because I kept using the word hard. dumb.
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Breonna Taylor’s Killing Remains ‘Hard to Fathom’
Adjunct SMU professor explains how law prevented charges against officers By Maddie Spera
Crawling crooks are willing to go low in pursuit of under carriage treasures. (PHOTO: PIXABAY)
PLUNDERERS PILFER PARTICULARLY PRICEY PART W hen a half dozen readers reached out to us about beBETHANY ERICKSON ing unceremoniously divested of their vehicle’s catalytic converter, and we found yet another instance where a NorthPark Center shopper was parted with the part in police reports, we had to ask: Why catalytic converters? If your knowledge of cars extends only to which side the gas tank is on, a quick explanation of what a catalytic converter does: “Your car’s catalytic converter is an essential component for reducing the toxic emissions that cause air pollution and climate change,” the National Automobile Dealers Association explains. It’s what is inside – the stuff that helps reduce the pollutants – that makes a catalytic converter so valuable, explained North Dallas mechanic Bruce Chang, aka “Bruce the Mechanic.” “Catalytic converters contain precious metals – platinum is probably the most common,” he said.
“Regularly, I have people come to my auto repair business to buy old catalytic converters they can sell. I can get anywhere from $20 to $200 for an old catalytic converter, then that guy will sell it to a junkyard for probably 50% more.” Dallas police spokesperson Warren Mitchell said that since April 29, there have been 39 catalytic converter thefts in the North Central patrol division. “These offenses have occurred throughout the division and are not concentrated in just one area,” he said, adding that Hondas seem to be the biggest targets, with 23 cases involving the make, and 11 of those being Honda Accords. Another five Mercedes box trucks were hit at the same time and location, belonging to Sunnyland Pool Company. But where the catalytic converter is located in the car – underneath it – makes stealing one a crime of opportunity that also requires nobody noticing two legs and two feet sticking out from beneath a car. That being said, Chang said it’s not difficult to remove one (note: don’t do this – Preston Hollow People is not doing a how-to guide on catalytic converter thievery).
“It’s relatively easy. You can do it a couple different ways,” Chang said. “If it were me (note: and to be clear, it’s not him), I’d use a cordless Sawzall (reciprocating saw) and it would cut through exhaust pipes (in) under 30 seconds.” “The easiest targets will be trucks as you don’t need to jack them up, you just crawl underneath, saw off the two sides and voila, you’re done,” he continued. “Most trucks would have two, so you’ll get two catalytic converters (in) under five minutes.” Chang said he’s not unfamiliar with the issue, either. “My sister and brother-in-law have a childcare business and the school buses they use to pick up kids from school got the catalytic converters stolen,” he said. “Another customer of mine said they had a bunch of catalytic converters stolen from their company parking lot during the day.” How do you prevent it? “Etching the catalytic converter with the vehicle identification number (VIN) is an effective deterrent and there are after-market security devices available as well,” the National Insurance Crime Bureau recommended.
SKULDUGGERY of the MONTH: FIDDLING ON THE ROOF A creepy, clumsy crook fell from the roof of a 73-yearold woman’s house in 4900 block of Thunder Road, removing the screen door before 4:12 a.m. Sept. 24 while somehow avoiding capture. Visit peoplenewspapers.com/category/crime/
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While the decision to not indict officers for the shooting of Breonna Taylor sparked anger, confusion, and unrest across the nation, the result would likely have remained the same had it been examined under Texas law, says Dallas attorney and SMU adjunct professor Eric Cedillo. Cedillo explained that under laws in Kentucky and Texas and most states across the U.S., officers with the ability to be somewhere legally are justified in returning fire.
She had nothing to do with it, and unfortunately, she fell victim to an incredible tragedy that occurred. Eric Cedillo “Once the officers were fired upon, and there was fear of death or bodily injury, they had the ability to apply deadly force,” Cedillo said. “Of course, context plays a major role in that. But the way it played itself out, everything appeared to be consistent in terms of the immediacy. As soon as (officer Jonathan) Mattingly came in the door, he was shot in the thigh, and with that, fire was returned, and I think it would’ve been justified in most states.” Attorney General Daniel Cameron made it clear that he believed, under Kentucky law, that the officers were justified in shooting back once shot at by Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth
Walker III. Cedillo explained that this belief could have played a significant role in what information the jurors saw and the grand jury’s decision. “The prosecuting authority has an overwhelming amount of power over the grand jury,” Cedillo said. Officer Brett “Hankinson was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment. They maintained that he acted recklessly, and it was one of the reasons why they let him go (f rom the Louisville Metro Police Department). So we kind of see the attorney general’s office having the grand jury do what it itself thought was appropriate.” That the wanton endangerment against Hankinson were only for shots fired into a neighbor’s apartment, outraged and bewildered many. “It’s a situation in terms of ballistics and where the bullets were shot,” Cedillo said. “The actual statute requires that you manifest extreme indifference to the value of human life, so if he was shooting in the wrong direction, then that is, of course, inappropriate. Hankinson shot through the glass door and through another apartment.” While Cedillo does not expect any more charges against the officers, he thinks additional charges could come against the detective who obtained the warrant for Taylor’s apartment. “It’s hard to fathom that Breonna Taylor lost her life in this context,” Cedillo said. “She had nothing to do with it, and unfortunately, she fell victim to an incredible tragedy that occurred. I think there’s some potential conflict with what the detective said to the magistrate, at least according to the attorneys for Breonna Taylor’s family, in that he may not have been quite honest in terms of the information he provided or what he witnessed.”
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TOO FAST AND THE NEIGHBORS ARE FURIOUS
Citywide street takeover, racing problem threatens Preston Hollow roads By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers
lmost nightly in Preston Hollow, you can hear it. You can smell it. And if you’re unlucky enough to get caught in it, you can even see it. Enthusiasts call it a street takeover. Spectators watch as souped-up cars rev their engines and proceed to burnout, spinning in circles in intersections while other cars block entry to other motorists. Christine Cervantes and her neighbors are fed up. She said they have been documenting and sharing the incidents with Dallas police in hopes that something can be done to stop the takeovers.
It was dangerous, terrifying, pure chaos. Jacqueline Brady “I’ve given the police Instagram names and videos that have license plates clearly visible. I’ve been very on top of sending them any information I have,” she said, adding that the activity seems to have increased over the summer.
Go to peoplenewspapers.com for more from Preston Hollow neighbors dealing with street racing and street takeovers, including videos of their experiences. (PHOTO: SALEH ZAFAR) “I would hear the occasional revving of an engine from cars driving by, but nothing like we are experiencing now,” she said. Dorothy Pullen, who lives in the Cochran Heights neighborhood, said it’s an every weekend occurrence. “We wake up to the revving engines and the cars without mufflers on Northwest Highway,” she said. “A neighbor said they meet
at the Chick-Fil-A parking lot.” Jacqueline Brady was one of the unlucky who found herself caught at the Royal and Inwood intersection during a takeover on July 4, after hearing fireworks. “Having chosen to stay in and forego any of our normal fun firework viewing, we realized the fireworks were coming from Strait Lane,” she recalled. “I innocently assumed someone was
throwing a great show, and we piled in the car in hopes of getting a glimpse of some fun.” But as she neared the intersection, she realized it was “total chaos.” “Fireworks weren’t clearing the trees — people standing outside their cars. As we approached Inwood, I could see all streets were blocked, and I then had no way to turn around short of
jumping the curb - which I did. It was dangerous, terrifying, pure chaos.” Dallas City Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates is also concerned and said it’s a citywide problem. “I understand the frustration of the public and join them being alarmed at the behavior,” she said, adding that although the council amended an ordinance related to street racing, “the action hasn’t appeared to decrease the incidents.” “I encourage residents to report the activity when they are witnessing it but not to engage with the racers for their own safety,” she said. “I am hopeful DPD will explore best practices and other methods to eliminate the activity.” Dallas police spokesperson Melinda Gutierrez said that the department’s speed racing task force has “written thousands of citations and made numerous arrests.” “A person can face fines and/ or jail time for participating in street racing,” she said. “It is also now illegal to be a spectator of street racing. Residents can call 911 to report it if it is actively occurring or if it is a known location, it can be reported through 311 or our iWatch Dallas app.”
Read Local: How To Get A Neighborhood View Of The Election
Voters are willing to brave long lines to cast their ballots this year, and we’ll be there to provide local coverage on Election Day. (PHOTO: BETHANY ERICKSON)
By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers
A big Election Day is coming up, and our small-but-mighty staff has been preparing to cover it. But since our print deadlines and the election don’t jibe, we thought we’d explain how to read local when you follow the election Nov. 3. We plan on heading out that morning to check and see how it’s going at
the polls. We’ll be helping you find the locations with the shortest lines, checking in with candidates as they work the polls, providing updates as needed, passing along information from your neighbors as they go out and vote, and even telling you what lunch spots are closest to the polling places with the shortest lines. How’s that for hyperlocal community journalism? You will be able to follow us on Twitter,
Facebook, and Instagram throughout the day. After you vote, consider taking part in our People-Powered Exit Survey – keep an eye on our social media accounts for the link, or subscribe to our weekly Preston Hollow or Park Cities newsletters to automatically get the link. Once the polls close, we plan on keeping you up-to-date on numbers, as well as what candidates are saying by sharing on
our Twitter accounts, and with a continuously updated story at peoplenewspapers. com. We’ll be sharing the results of our exit survey throughout the night, too. Want to take part? Let us know how your voting experience was. Join in on the conversations on our social media posts, too. It’s a great chance to have a very socially distant watch party with a few hundred neighbors and several overly-caffeinated journalists. Are you attending a watch party? Send us photos and tell us what you’re seeing. But you don’t have to wait until Nov. 3 to start having these conversations. You can find the second half of our candidate questionnaire, our October People-Powered Election Survey, and more in this issue. Online, find our political coverage at peoplenewspapers.com/category/election, and you can also visit our social media accounts to see our stops at polling places during the early voting period.
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Candidates Vow To Continue To Serve, No Matter the Outcome
K E Y D AT E S Oct. 30 - Last day of early voting Nov. 3 - Election Day
you their responses to the second. We’re providing excerpts of their answers below. If you are not elected, how will you help your community?
By Bethany Erickson
U.S. House District 32
We’re just days from Election Day, and many are continuing to get to know the candidates. This year, we’ve asked candidates in key races two questions. Last month, we shared the candidates’ responses to the first question. This month, we’ll show
Colin Allred (incumbent, D): My commitment to ensuring everyone gets a fair shot at living their version of the American Dream just like I (did) did not start with my run for Congress, and it won’t end if I leave Congress. As a voting rights lawyer, I will continue to fight
for everyone’s right to participate in their democracy ... I will always be honored to serve this community in whatever capacity I can. Genevieve Collins (R): To be very clear, it is my full intention to be elected on Nov. 3rd. However, my commitment to serving this community does not have an expiration date. In the past, I have helped educate millions of kids and revitalized schools across the nation. Serving others is in my blood … And even if North Texas does not choose me, I will always choose them.
Jason Sigmon (I): It depends. Texas House of Representatives District 114 John Turner (incumbent, D): As a lawyer, I would not only focus on serving my clients but would also look for opportunities to take on worthy pro bono and public interest matters. I have found such work very rewarding in the past ... I would stay involved with education and workforce development, including efforts at the Dallas Regional Chamber and DISD. Luisa del Rosal (R): I am running
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for office because I am drawn to serve the community and state that have provided me with abundant opportunity. If not elected, I will continue to volunteer … I also hope to join the board of a nonprofit that focuses on educational opportunities for underserved students in our community.
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The complete survey is available at peoplenewspapers.com/category/election (ILLSUTRATION: STACEY NAJERA)
By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers
Our first survey had a clear Republican lead. The second was much closer, with many seats narrowly flipping to Democrat. What did our October People-Powered Election Survey reveal? In short, the presidential race is still quite tight, but the Biden-Harris ticket is still holding on to a lead. For our October survey, our essay question was: “If you had the opportunity to try to convince a friend to change one of their votes, what race would it be, and what would your elevator pitch look like?” One thing our readers showed us in their responses is that the presidential race isn’t the only one weighing on them - a significant number discussed down ballot races. Some of those responses are detailed below (if you want to see all of
them, head to peoplenewspapers.com). We will be sharing an exit survey our final survey of the election season, on Election Day. Don’t like what you see here? Think 197 responses isn’t enough? Make sure your voice is counted next time--click the QR code below and sign up for our People Perks newsletter list to get the survey in your email inbox. This isn’t meant to be a scientific poll, but rather a snapshot of how your neighbors feel about the upcoming election. And, as always, if you have something important to say, please consider penning a letter to the editor – we love hearing from our readers.
U.S. SENATE John Cornyn - R, Incumbent 50.3% Mary Jennings Hegar - D 48.2% Undecided 1.5% U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 32 Colin Allred - D, Incumbent 52.3% Genevieve Collins - R 44.2% Undecided 3.6% TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 114 John Turner - D, Incumbent 35.5% Luisa Del Rosal - R 40.1% Undecided 1.5% Does Not Apply to Me 22.8% TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 108 Morgan Meyer - R, Incumbent 51.3% Joanna Cattanach - D 34% Undecided 2% Does Not Apply to Me 12.7%
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S U R V E Y R E S U LT S PRESIDENT Donald Trump - R, Incumbent 40.1% Joe Biden - D 54.8% Jo Jorgenson - L 0.5% Undecided 4.6%
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“We need to work together and build a better country for all.” “I wouldn’t try to change a friend’s beliefs.” “A vote for the presidency is really a vote for the total executive branch and all the thousands of important people who work in it, so your choice is about a lot more than one man.” “President - country over party.”
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Longfellow Middle School Earns Blue Ribbon Status Again For yet another year, Dallas ISD can boast three schools on the National Blue Ribbon School list, including Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy. Longfellow and Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Early College High School were named Exemplary High-Performing Schools, while Edward Titche Elementary was named an Exemplary Achievement-Gap-Closing Schools. The U.S. Department of Education awards the Blue Ribbon to schools where students perform at very high levels or have made significant inroads at closing achievement gaps. This is Longfellow’s second recent Blue Ribbon – the school also earned the award in 2014. “The school is building leaders, not just students who excel at academics,” said Lorena Hernandez,
Staff members at Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy celebrate the school’s status as a National Blue Ribbon Schools award recipient. (PHOTO COURTESY DALLAS ISD) who was principal at Longfellow until she became an executive director. “And this Blue Ribbon recognition lets the students, teachers,
and families know that our commitment to excellence has paid off.” All told, 26 public schools in
Texas were 2020 National Blue Ribbon recipients. Nationally, more than 9,000 schools have received this prestigious designation since the program’s founding in 1982. “Congratulations to the hardworking students, teachers, administrators, and parents of the 28 Texas schools (including non-public ones) recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools this year,” said Gov. Greg Abbott. “This prestigious honor is a testament to the Texas’ educational excellence and our teachers’ dedication to their students. The State of Texas will continue to build a brighter future for every Texas student.” In the Lone Star State, public schools are considered for nomination based on student performance on the first administration of the previous year’s STAAR assessments. Each campus receiving
Blue Ribbon honors this year has an economically disadvantaged population of 39 percent or more. All 26 campuses nominated by the Texas Education Agency in February received the designation. “There are amazing things happening on these campuses each and every day, and this National Blue Ribbon designation further validates that,” said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath. “I’d like to thank the students on these campuses for making learning a top priority and thank the educators and staff members that work tirelessly to mold young minds into the next generation of successful citizens.” The 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony will be held virtually November 12 and 13. – Staff Report
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New Hope Cottage CEO Hopes To Give Children ‘Best Possible Start’ Teresa Lenling drawn by nonprofit’s history By Rachel Snyder
“We believe Teresa is the ideal leader to help Hope Cottage continTeresa Lenling brings ue building on its strong, experience designing and 102-year foundation of advancing education proadoption services through grams as vice president of our expanding work in school and community foster care, new parent engagement at the Perot support, and teen education,” Fitzgerald said. “As Museum of Nature and Science to her new role as we embark on a new strategic plan this year, she CEO of Hope Cottage. The nonprofit Hope has the right mix of expertise and community Cottage, which nurtures and builds families connections to increase through education, parthe impact and visibilient support, foster care, ty of our work, ensuring and adoption services, is children grow up in the embarking on a new strabest environments possible.” tegic plan. At the Perot Museum, “Our goals include increasing impact for North Teresa Lenling (COURTESY PHOTO) Lenling crafted the vision Texas families and their and operations for the children, while also looking to work with stra- museum’s education programs when it opened tegic partners who share our focus of giving all its new downtown Dallas location in 2012. children the best possible start within nurtur- She also designed the museum’s new TECH ing, loving families,” Lenling said. (Tinker, Engineer, Create, Hack) Truck mobile maker initiative, launching a comprehensive outreach and engagement strategy that engaged communities that do not typically visit a science museum.
Hope Cottage has grown its services over the years, but it has always retained a very warm and personal approach to working with families of all backgrounds. Teresa Lenling
She found herself drawn to Hope Cottage’s rich history and century-long legacy of supporting North Texas children and families. “It’s incredible to think about the thousands of families whose lives have been touched by our adoption services over the decades,” Lenling said. “At the same time, Hope Cottage continues to evolve over time, so now our work includes foster care, parenting education, support for parents in crisis, and youth education.” Kerry Fitzgerald, chair of the Hope Cottage board of directors, praised Lenling’s experience.
Was there something in particular that drew you to Hope Cottage? Hope Cottage has grown its services over the years, but it has always retained a very warm and personal approach to working with families of all backgrounds. That is true whether you’re looking to foster or adopt a child, you’re in the midst of a crisis pregnancy, or you’re a parent who loves your children, but needs support and education to provide a stable home. With my experience in youth and community impact programs, this really appealed to me. On a personal level, as a parent, I was drawn to Hope Cottage’s comprehensive approach to ensuring all children have the best start to life. A fun fact about you? I grew up in rural South Dakota, where I spent most of my childhood in the great outdoors skiing, riding snowmobiles, and exploring. I am now proud to call Texas home but still miss the winter snow of the Midwest.
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‘DON’T’ DISMISS GAME SHOWS
Hillcrest High alumnus finds new comedy writing outlet on television how good we are,” Mider said. “We knew we wanted to write movies. We just started writing scripts.” Burrows had an animation background, which led to Gentlemen Lobsters, a series of animated shorts that they pitched to GQ when the magazine was looking to expand its digital content. In 2016, Mider and Burrows wrote Eggplant Emoji, a raunchy teen comedy co-produced by Ben Stiller that Netflix released as The Package two years later.
When you get that call, obviously that’s hysterical. We were so in. It was one of those rare and cool opportunities. Matt Mider
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Don’t, a game show where families compete in absurd physical challenges for big money, awaits renewal after running for eight episodes this summer on ABC. . (COURTESY PHOTO)
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y the time he got the pitch, Matt Mider had co-written an animated online series, an acclaimed feature film, and had multiple high-profile projects in various stages of development. In terms of career trajectory, writing for a game show seems like a step backward. But when the show is Don’t, the unique concept had Mider and writing partner Kevin Burrows enthusiastically signing up. “We didn’t know much about game shows. Now we know way more than we thought we
would,” said Mider, a Hillcrest alum. “When you get that call, obviously that’s hysterical. We were so in. It was one of those rare and cool opportunities.” Mider and Burrows wrote the deadpan voiceover for Ryan Reynolds, who sardonically narrates the show in which families compete in absurd physical challenges for big money. Hosted by actor Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Don’t ran for eight episodes this summer on ABC, and is awaiting renewal for a second season. The show fit the improv and sketch sensibilities Mider developed growing up in Dallas. He even submitted a screenplay he wrote
at Hillcrest to an obscure film festival. “It was terrible. But they were so nice and gave us notes on it,” Mider said. “They were very sweet.” After earning a film degree from the University of Texas, he worked the door at a comedy club in Austin, where he eventually got involved in sketches with some of the cast members. He relocated to Los Angeles in 2010, wrote and acted in a few short films, and met Burrows at an improv class. They’ve been working together for almost a decade. “This was all very fun, but how do you roll it into a career? We had a realization that we couldn’t make a career in improv, no matter
“It put us on the map and pulled us out of debt, which was a great one-two punch,” Mider said. “All of a sudden, we were thrust into the feature world.” The duo later wrote Stoned Alone, an adult riff on Home Alone set to star Reynolds, with Dallas resident Augustine Frizzell (Never Goin’ Back) attached as director. Although the project’s status is unknown, they wanted to collaborate with Reynolds’ production company again. That prompted them to do Don’t. The entire season was filmed in two weeks in Atlanta shortly before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We came up with a lot of stuff on the fly when we were there,” Mider said. “It was a very fascinating experience. There’s not much like it.”
Natalie Dossett: Pandemic Has Changed Philanthropy, ‘For Better or Worse’ By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers
Whether it’s raising funds for Episcopal School of Dallas, Planned Parenthood, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Visiting Nurse Association, or the Ronald McDonald House, Bluffview resident Natalie Dossett said the one constant is that Dallas is a city that loves to give. “The Dallas community is amazingly generous, and I’ve been fortunate to work with organizations that are so good at what they do that their mission and their need is obvious and easily explained,” she said. “I have found that people are so willing to be supportive. I’ve met the most amazing people and the most generous people and supportive people who do so much for Dallas and the surrounding area, and I’ve enjoyed it.” Dossett most recently served as chair for the Ronald McDonald
House Dallas capital campaign, raising more than $12 million to expand the house. But with the pandemic, she said fundraising is different - but not necessarily a bad different. “The word pivot has probably been overused, but you just have to find a new way of doing it,” Dossett said. “And it’s hard to let go of the traditional events because we’re all used to doing them, and there’s sort of a template for it. This takes more imagination and some innovating, but luckily the organizations I’m fortunate enough to be involved with have staff that have just risen to the occasion and gone above and beyond.” “I don’t think things are going to go back to ‘normal,’” she added. “I think this is going to change the way people do things forever, for better or worse.” She will be honored as Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser by
the Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals on Nov. 13 at a virtual celebration that coincides with National Philanthropy Day. The event, which will be emceed by longtime “The Stars of Texas” luncheon host Scott Murray.
Natalie Dossett. “Natalie Dossett has spent thousands of hours leading committees and soliciting donations for very
successful fundraising campaigns at the Ronald McDonald House,” said Jill Cumnock, CEO, RMHD. “She is very much like the Pied Piper as people gravitate to her and want to follow her lead. She’s innovative, committed, engaged, and such an incredible blessing to any organization lucky enough to have her support.” Honorees at the event include Mary and Carl Ice (Outstanding Philanthropists), David M. Crowley Foundation (Outstanding Foundation), Toyota of North America (Outstanding Corporation), and Scottish Rite Hospital vice president of development Stephanie Brigger (Outstanding Fundraising Executive). Tanya Downing and Benjamin Vann co-chair the Stars of Texas virtual luncheon. “As many nonprofits are struggling during the pandemic, community volunteers and supporters are
helping them to survive,” said Vann. “National Philanthropy Day is a day to remember and recognize the impact philanthropy – charitable giving, volunteering, and engagement – has made in our world.” See more of our conversation with Dossett at peoplenewspapers.com.
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Thanksgiving and Hozhoji It’s impossible to predict, but with any luck, November will be bookended by a presidential election and the coming together of families and friends at that uniquely American holiday, Thanksgiving. In this weirdest of years, the election may still be ongoing at turkey time if there are contentious recounts. Along with the turkey LEN BOURLAND and stuffing and pies might be a bottle of Maalox for indigestion. Hopefully, there will be glorious fall foliage and crisp weather to distract us. This holiday that celebrates the feast of newly arrived pilgrims with the Native Americans used to come with church hymns, grade school children dressing up and re-enacting the landing of the Mayflower. Along with the anticipation of the all-important meal, there comes football, parades, and the kickoff of Christmas shopping on Black Friday. We are called to be thankful, but to whom? In ages past, that was God, but the G-word is now politically incorrect. Like every other holiday in 2020, this promises to be quite different. People will be masking up for groceries and social distancing at any sporting event and malls. So many of the grade schools aren’t even in session that plays and chorales are off the table. Plus, the story itself may also be a thing of the past given cancel culture. The pilgrims and early settlers will no doubt be excoriated by the revisionists. It is true that in our history that the Native Americans were not well treated with the Westward expansion. It is also true that many participated in man’s inhumanity to man. Woe to the conquered enslaved by the Apache or Comanche, whose torture methods would not be appetizing at the dinner table. Violence comes with tribal wars, world wars, civil wars, gang wars, street brawlers, and knows no color or nationality. It gives us a deep yearning for peace. So while my youngest grandchildren may never be in a Thanksgiving play like their siblings, parents, and grandparents, it is incumbent on family and friends to tell the story of Thanksgivings past, while adapting to the new normal, whatever that turns out to be. Perhaps despite being a divided rather than a united nation, we could all look to this concept of Navajo people: Hozhoji. It’s unpronounceable to my tongue but means to live a life of beauty, balance, and blessing with intention — all the time. What a Thanksgiving benediction that would be. Reach Len Bourland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What Goes Into Boxcar Design? Couple Seeks To Help Bridge Ronald McDonald House supporters customize Trains at NorthPark looks Education Disparities By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers
A Preston Hollow couple helped get technology resources for Dallas ISD students in a big way this fall by matching gifts to Teach For America DFW up to $50,000.
The pandemic couldn’t derail Trains at NorthPark but did bring new protocols: daily deep cleaning, cashless transactions, tickets for specific dates only, social distancing and masks requirements, and hand sanitizer dispensed at the entrance. (PHOTO: BETHANY ERICKSON)
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People Newspapers Every holiday season for the past 33 years, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas has made model train dreams come true. Texas’s largest miniature train display will run from Nov. 14 to Jan. 3, 2021, fueled as always by its supporters’ generosity and creativity. Supporters can purchase a variety of cars, and proceeds go to RMHD to allow the charity to continue providing a comfortable place to stay for families with seriously ill children in nearby hospitals. “Each individual railcar design is custom requested by the purchaser and hand-painted by RMHD seasonal contract artists,” said Kathlyn McGuill, special events manager for RMHD. “When the railcar is ready, and we’ve checked it twice, it goes to the Trains at NorthPark for display. Purchasers can then hunt for their family’s unique railcar inside the exhibit.” Trains will be displayed both on the tracks and along the wall, and all of the railcars will be rotated throughout the course of the exhibit to make it onto the tracks at least once. They can also be placed on the tracks upon request by the train engineers on site.
The RMHD contract artists paint about 600-700 cars each year, and there have been thousands of designs that have made it through the exhibit over the years. McGuill recalled some of the unique requests received over the years. “The onion domes of the Russian architectural style on a castle were requested my first year,” McGuill said. “And then a baby gender reveal was done by a couple who was expecting last year. They gave us the gender and said to paint a purple railcar if it was a girl or a turquoise railcar if it was a boy, and then they went to the exhibit to hunt for it with their family to find out the gender.” McGuill said that it takes about three weeks from the date of a railcar purchase to make it to the exhibit, and advises participants to order a car by mid-December to see it displayed before the exhibition closes.
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We are very concerned about the education disparity based on what zip code you’re born into, and we try to get involved in organizations that are working to provide excellent education to students no matter where they live. Chris Popolo “The first 100 days of school is always the most critical to get students the resources they need to succeed,” said Rea Foster, executive director of Teach For America DFW. “This year, that need is even more urgent. We hope that with Teach For America DFW’s new giving campaign and thanks to the generosity of Chris and Joe Popolo, we are able to enable our teachers to continue to guide their students through these unprecedented times.” The Popolos have had a donor-advised fund at Communities Foundation since 2008 with giving focused on faith-based institutions, education, and organizations that promote opportunity regardless of race or socioeconomic class. “We are very concerned about the education disparity based on what zip code you’re born into, and we try to get involved in orga-
Chris and Joe Popolo. (COURTESY PHOTO) nizations that are working to provide excellent education to students no matter where they live,” Chris said. Teach For America finds, develops, and supports a network of people who commit at least two years of teaching in an under-resourced public school. Teach For America DFW has served more than 400,000 students and trained more than 1,700 teachers. The Popolos got involved when it launched here in 2009. Chris Popolo and Teach For America founder Wendy Kopp both graduated from Highland Park High School in 1985. “So we were so excited when they finally were able to break into the Dallas market and open up here in DISD, and I just think it’s the perfect model for serving low and middle-income children,” Chris said. “Even though the Teach for America teachers may only be a small percentage of the total teaching staff at the school, I think their influence permeates throughout the school and just from the way they address the students as scholars and setting an expectation that you can go to college and you can succeed in school.” She also noted that the COVID-19 pandemic had widened existing disparities in education. “The kids in private schools who have access to technology and good Wi-Fi are going to survive this virtual learning environment even though it’s not great even under those circumstances,” Chris said. “But when you have kids who don’t have great access to technology in the home, may not have great internet service, may have a lot of kids at home and distractions, working parents that may not be able to sit with them – those education gaps are just going to continue to widen.”
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Advocating Education In The Philippines
Park Cities Rotarian helps bring computer learning centers to needy children By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers
Bud Naifeh of the Rotary Club of Park Cities couldn’t have known when he started a project to advance computer literacy and education in the Philippines just how vital those skills and resources would be in the time of COVID-19. Naifeh has served as a Peace Corps volunteer and with an organization called The Little Children of the Philippines, which gives sponsorships for children to help provide education and basic needs like food. Naifeh said Little Children of the Philippines sponsors almost 700 children ranging from elementary to high school age and another 100 or so college students. He and his wife, Stella, joined the Peace Corps in 2005 and volunteered with them until the beginning of 2008. “My wife...was assigned to Little Children of the Philippines to help them with their career plans and their English skills, and we got so involved with the children that we ended up sponsoring four ourselves,” Naifeh said. “Our oldest just graduated from university in 2017, and the three girls are going to be seniors next year, and they’ll be going to college after.” The couple also serves on the advisory board of Little Children of the Philippines.
LEFT: Bud Naifeh (center) partners with people in the Philippines to provide computer centers and other educational resources to needy children. (COURTESY PHOTOS) Their project with Rotary put a computer learning center in every public elementary school in the city of Dumaguete in the southern Philippines. “We started when I was a Peace Corps volunteer in 2006, and then all this talk about how could we help children...to find jobs...it came to mind that the key to fighting poverty and allowing people to raise themselves up is education, and so we’ve been advocating education,” Naifeh said. He noted that most public school children in that community didn’t see a computer until they were in high school at the time. In 2010-2012, Naifeh said they were able to work with rural
schools with a small grant from Rotary, and then in 2017, the mayor of Dumaguete got in touch about doing the computer literacy project in the city. He said they raised $107,000, of which $42,000 was provided by Dumaguete, for the project. He said he sought to have what students learn in textbooksreinforced in the computer learning centers. “We specialize in English, math, and science, and we produced software that allows the children studying those subjects in their textbooks to have that information reinforced (during) their day at the computer learning center,” Naifeh said.
“We got everything going and then later, as we got near the end of the project, and we still had
It came to mind that the key to fighting poverty and allowing people to raise themselves up is education, and so we’ve been advocating education. Bud Naifeh
a little money, they asked if we would provide them with an additional 18 large screen TVs so they could teach other subjects... we did that, and that was it,” Naifeh said. “It was just wonderful finishing it up, and we were all excited about doing something else or something more, but then the pandemic came, and there wasn’t any communication between any of us except I talked with my Rotary partners in the Philippines.” He noted that students in the Philippines began school again in June, and the Little Children of the Philippines purchased computers to facilitate remote learning.
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PARISH SENIOR MIGHT BE SMALL, BUT HE STANDS OUT ON THE FIELD
Offensive and special teams specialist Christian Benson looks to do it all for the Panthers By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers
hristian Benson likes to think of himself as a Swiss Army Knife for Parish Episcopal. He’s capable of performing dozens of functions, and whenever he’s on the field, he’s never dull. Last season, he scored eight rushing touchdowns and seven receiving touchdowns for the Panthers and was named the district’s top player on special teams. He tallied 187 all-purpose yards and two scores in Parish’s state-title game win over John Paul II. “I think it’s fun being a utility guy. I embrace all of the different roles that I have,” Benson said. “Week by week, I’ve just got to do whatever the team needs me to do.” As a senior this season, those responsibilities now include leadership for a program that has heightened expectations as it looks
to defend its TAPPS state championship. Benson and his fellow returnees try to be role models for younger players on the team. “We have to keep that championship mentality and that championship culture going,” he said. “We know that if we lose, it’s considered an upset, but if we win, it’s expected.” Benson comes from a football family. His grandfather played professionally, and a cousin, Thomas Benson, spent nine years as a linebacker in the NFL with four different teams during the 1980s. “It’s part of us,” Benson said. “I don’t think I’ll ever stop playing sports. I’m just a competitor at heart.” Benson grew up playing basketball, soccer, and baseball before settling on football as his primary sport. He made the varsity squad during his freshman season at Greenhill before
I think it’s fun being a utility guy. I embrace all of the different roles that I have. Christian Benson
Versatile Parish Episcopal football player Christian Benson scored eight rushing touchdowns and seven receiving touchdowns last season. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY) transferring to Parish. Although Benson is just 5-foot-7, Parish head coach Daniel Novakov recognized his versatility, durability, and explosiveness. “He’s listed as a running back, but he’s so much more than that. He’s so dynamic when he gets the
ball in his hands,” Novakov said. “Just lining him up in the backfield every play isn’t taking advantage of the complete skill set that he has. He’s like seven different players in one package.” After his senior year, Benson will head to Lafayette College in
Pennsylvania, where he will be teammates with Parish linebacker Kenneth Borders. Both gave their verbal commitments this summer. “I wanted a school with the right environment both academically and athletically,” he said, “and I think Lafayette embodies that.”
Patriot Pride: TJ Athletes Stay Strong Despite Setbacks
Coach Jones aims to build back tornado-hampered program better and stronger By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers
Wins on the scoreboard are nice, but for coaches and athletes at Thomas Jefferson, it’s a victory these days just to keep playing. After all, you could hardly fault anyone at TJ for making excuses amid all of the obstacles that have befallen the school the past year. A tornado leveled the campus in October 2019, prompting the relocation of classes and athletic programs to an old middle-school building nine miles away. The COVID-19 pandemic hindered efforts to regroup teams and rebuild morale. The public-health crisis also caused the school’s football coach to leave over the summer, with boys basketball coach Kenny Jones stepping in as a last-minute replacement to lead a downtrodden squad with 27 straight losses entering this season. “We certainly have resilient staff and coaches and student-athletes. They have continued to open our eyes to how resilient they are,” said Jones, who has been the athletic coordinator at TJ for eight years. “We have continued to not make any excuses and move our programs forward.” Jones points to a handful of milestones,
There are reasons why people could have left, but we’ve had to talk with parents and ask them to give us a chance to grow their kids and support their kids. Kenny Jones Thomas Jefferson High School athletic coordinator Kenny Jones stepped in to lead the football team after the program’s coach left this summer. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY) such as Lizzet Salazar making the school’s first-ever appearance at the girls wrestling state tournament last winter. But behind-the-scenes achievements are just as noteworthy. For example, it’s challenging to keep students coming to a school 20 minutes from their neighborhood. Administrators worked out a bus plan to help, but regular practice
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attendance can be logistically challenging for athletes. “We’ve tried to be really mindful and thoughtful of what we can do for our kids to maintain hope,” Jones said. “We have an uphill battle with all of these setbacks, but that’s what makes this job so rewarding.” After the storm, assistance came pouring in.
Dallas ISD arranged for facilities and equipment on short notice. The Dallas Cowboys opened their Frisco practice facility to the Patriots free of charge. And the Texas Rangers have pitched in by allowing TJ to use baseball and softball fields at their Mercy Street complex in West Dallas. “We’ve continued to stay calm and coach on,” Jones said. “If we raise the bar, kids usually find a way to try and meet those standards.” And the players have responded. TJ had more than 30 varsity players suited up for the season-opening football game against Pinkston, and despite a 50-2 loss, participation continues to rise. “We would typically be going and knocking on doors just to get kids to come to practice,” Jones said. “Now we’ve had just as many, if not more, students showing up.” Where coaches at other schools might have to manufacture character-building experiences, TJ players live through them every day. “There are reasons why people could have left, but we’ve had to talk with parents and ask them to give us a chance to grow their kids and support their kids. Many of them have stayed,” Jones said. “We just try to focus on the positives. Eventually, we will be back at the TJ we know. It will be built better and stronger.”
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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
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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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Real Estate Quarterly LEADING LADIES
Woman-owned Construction Company Sets Example for New Generation of Girls By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers
eal estate agent Alex Prins works with a lot of builders, but he insists those with Build TX Solutions, a woman-owned company finishing up his new listing off of Lovers Lane and Inwood Road, are some of the best work he’s seen. “I list a lot of builders’ homes, and these ladies seriously have such an eye for detail, finishing, and the building process,” he wrote in an email to People Newspapers. With that tip, we sat down to talk with two of the three women involved in the project at 7602 Roper St. – Jennifer Murray, the investor, and Yelitza Mora, who owns Build TX Solutions with Daniela Mendoza. (Answers have been edited for brevity, to see our entire conversation with Murray and Mora, go to peoplenewspapers.com.)
It’s not extremely common to see all-women construction companies - what are some of the things you’ve come up against in the field? Mora: It was very difficult because you have those guys that are like, ‘No, I’m used to working with a guy; I’m only going to listen to what the guy has to say.’ But then when they talk to say, Daniella, who is our project manager, they’re like, ‘OK, well, at least they know what they’re talking about.’ They’re the ones that still work with us … they are family. Our customers, they embrace us. I think some people like it, especially girls, and girls are
usually the ones that make the decisions when it comes to a home remodel or a new home. It’s easier for us to connect with them. They feel understood. Do you hope that your example might encourage more girls to take up a construction trade? Mora: Oh, I would hope so. Yeah. A 100%. The more they see that, the more we’re going to make people understand that it’s OK to be a girl and be in an all-male dominated industry. We are as capable and as intelligent and as driven as everybody else. So why not? So what are some things that will stand out about this house? Murray: When we started the project, we said, ‘What do we want to build?’ And we wanted to build something that wasn’t too modern – we saw that a lot of places that were going up in the area were very modern and kind of cold and stark. We wanted to do something that was a little bit traditional, but at the same time modern, and decided on a modern farmhouse look. And basically for, for the whole house, they would give me four different options for each room, each bathroom. I would have four different options to choose from the kitchen I had different options to choose from. And they made it so easy for me who was building this house too, to do the project. I mean, so it’s just been a really good experience from, from my standpoint, they made it easy. I think we have the nicest home.
FROM LEFT: Alex Prins, Yelitza Mora, Jennifer Murray, and Daniela Mendoza. (PHOTOS: DESIREE ROBERTS)
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Preston Hollow Perfection 9323 Rockbrook Drive Offered for $2,750,000 5 Bed / 6.1 Bath / 5,627 Sq.Ft. Alex Perry 214.926.0158 email@example.com
Gated Luxury in Preston Hollow 9918 Avalon Creek Court Offered for $4,495,000 5 Bed / 6.2 Bath / 9,929 Sq.Ft. Susan Baldwin 214.763.1591 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rare Building Opportunity 5222 Walnut Hill Lane Offered for $2,995,000 2.19 Acres Building Site / Creek Lot Clarke Landry 214.316.7416 email@example.com
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Gracious on Gillon 3502 Gillon Avenue Offered for $1,649,000 3 Bed / 3.1 Bath / 2,996 Sq.Ft. Doris Jacobs 214.537.3399 email@example.com
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A Curated Ritz Lifestyle 2525 N. Pearl Street #1202 Offered for $5,995,000 2 Bed / 2.2 Bath / 4,257 Sq.Ft. Stephanie Archer 214.673.6933 email@example.com
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Building Permits, Insurance Claims Slow Post-Tornado Recovery A year later, Preston Hollow homebuilder talks about customer service challenges By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers
After the tornado sirens quieted and the rain let up last year, John Hawkins headed out that stormy Oct. 20 night to see how many of the Preston Hollow homes his company built remained standing. He was confident that his Hawkins-Welwood Homes teams had crafted houses that could stand up to a lot - but a massive tornado in an area that took a direct hit? “We had two houses under construction, and I could get to one on Brookshire, but literally physically could not safely get to one we had on Pemberton,” he said. “There were electrical lines down, and a policeman just said, ‘Look, you know, you face a real danger,’ so I called it a night about 10:30. “But then Monday morning with the benefit of light, all of our guys were checking up on all our homeowners that we had most recent experiences with.” The company’s first goal was to get the homes secured from the elements. Then they ordered new shingles. Windows were next because they had the longest wait time. But in between waiting for that, the crews fixed damaged fences, trees, and landscaping and assisted homeowners with filing insurance claims. “We were at those houses as part of what you might call triage, where we were getting tarps and covering roofs,” Hawkins said. “It rained on either Tuesday or Wednesday after the tornado, so we were under a lot of pressure
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Hawkins-Welwood crews were out helping customer homes the day after an EF3 tornado hit Preston Hollow last year. (COURTESY PHOTOS)
because we could see the forecast coming, and we had to get their roof covered before the rain because they were in pretty bad shape.” But as it turns out, the biggest obstacles to getting families back in their homes wasn’t the downed power lines and debris – it was getting insurance claims squared away and obtaining permits to do the work. “It was very difficult for both the homeowners and the insurance companies – the insurance companies want to settle, but they were so overwhelmed by the number of claims in a very small area,” Hawkins said. “And they don’t have enough personnel to really do it and do it well. “In a couple of cases, we have had clients threaten to sue insurance companies, not because the insurance companies don’t want to pay, but they’re just so bogged down,” he added. Hawkins said his company was right there with a client when insurance adjusters arrived, helping document things like what materials used. “We became kind of an advocate for the homeowner,” he said. Hawkins said that builders are consistently coming up against significant delays in getting building permits from the city of Dallas, too. “It is so difficult to get a building permit in the city of Dallas right now - we’re waiting eight weeks to get a building permit on a new home, and it’s unrelated to the tornado,” he said. “It’s not easy to get a permit in normal time, but it’s been considerably worse with the pandemic.”
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Small Spaces, Smart Design Just because you have a small room in your home doesn’t MARGARET m e a n that CHAMBERS you can’t go big on style. Designing a small space can present some unique challenges, but it also encourages you to be more thoughtful about what you bring into the room. If you’re looking to get the most out of your small space, these tips may be helpful. To start with, take time to really think about your needs and your routine. Walk through the space and note any blank walls or corners that aren’t serving a purpose. Whenever possible, take advantage of vertical wall space to add additional storage. If you’ve read other small space decorating guides, you probabl y know that buying multi-purpose furniture is a must. Some examples of multi-purpose furniture include beds with built-in storage, bookcases with built-in desks, hollow ottomans, and sofa beds. It ’s crucial to make sure you’re purchasing the correct scale furniture. A major advantage to hiring an interior designer is that they will carefully measure your space and find pieces that are just the right proportion—or have them custom-made, if need be. As a designer, many times I will use Lucite or glass furniture in a small space. A clear coffee table fades into its surroundings,
making the room feel more expansive. Mirrors are another common solution for small spaces. They add more dimension to an otherwise flat wall and reflect light into the room. Bathrooms and powder rooms don’t have to be spacious to be appealing. To make a small powder room feel more luxurious, splurge on a few nice materials and finishes. If you prefer to take showers over baths, don’t take up too much floor space with a large tub in your bathroom. Patterned wallpaper with bold graphics is a great way to give small bathrooms a big impact. When it comes to paint color, designers approach small spaces in different ways. Some say you should paint the walls white to help the space feel more open. Others say that a dark paint color gives your room a cozy, jewel-box feel. In my opinion, there is no right or wrong answer: Instead, you should decide what kind of feel you want your small space to have, and go from there. W hen a small room is thoughtfully designed, visitors won’t notice its size: instead, they ’ ll admire the beautiful space you’ve created. Margaret Chambers, a registered interior designer and member of the American Society of Interior Designers, leads Chambers Interiors and Associates. Her colleague Caitlin Crowley helped edit this column. Find more design advice at chambersinteriors.com/blog.
TOP: Daybeds are multi-purpose, functioning as places to sleep, lounge, or sit. BOTTOM LEFT: Floor-to-ceiling shelves add plenty of storage space to this small library from a home in Kessler Park. BOTTOM RIGHT: The glass and acrylic game table next to this mirror fades into the background and can also double as an extra dining spot. (PHOTOS: MICHAEL HUNTER, NATHAN SCHRODER)
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The NUMBER ONE MYTH about Falls and Agingâ&#x20AC;Ś Knowing the TRUTH Could Save Your Life!
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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m supposed to believe that getting weaker, losing my balance, and falling is just what happens when you get oldâ&#x20AC;Ś. But something about that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem right.â&#x20AC;? This was the beginning of a conversation I recently had with an extremely accomplished and astute woman in her 80s. As I sat with her and talked about her recent struggles with falling and her fear of losing her independence, the theme of having to just â&#x20AC;&#x153;acceptâ&#x20AC;? her troubles as part of getting old kept coming up. Fortunately, just â&#x20AC;&#x153;giving upâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;acceptingâ&#x20AC;? her trouble with falling was not something she was willing to doâ&#x20AC;Ś And for good reason! WHY? Because AGE is NOT the cause of falls. Period. Here are 3 reasons why people fall (hint: not one of them is age!) 1. The physical environment isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a good fit for the person. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right. Things about a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home can either lead to falls, OR prevent them! Luckily, most homes can be changed from fall hotspots to safe havens with a few quick and inexpensive solutions. Before you consider a move into senior living, have your home assessed to learn solutions to make it safe and keep you independent. You can call me personally to discuss your
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Fall is Here!
Luxury Condos To Boast Walkability More construction begins in January
You’re going to have urban conveniences, but it will feel like you’re in a single-family neighborhood. Nancy Holloway
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ON THE INTERNET signaturephv.com The City Homes condo building will feature 21 residences. (PHOTO: PROVIDENT REALTY ADVISORS)
By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers
New luxury condos coming to The Signature Collection are expected to offer the quality Preston Hollow residents have come to expect from Rosewood Custom Builders, PHV Series, and SHM Architects. City Homes, a single-level condominium offering within The Signature Collection, will be the final phase of The Signature Collection, joining the urban-style Courtyard Homes and the expansive Classic Homes in the gated residential community under construction in Preston Hollow Village. The 42-acre mixeduse development at Walnut Hill and U.S. 75 also includes office, retail, multi-family, and single-family product types. At the intersection of Walnut Hill Lane and Kingsway Avenue, City Homes will feature 21 luxury residences in a community of 75 homes. The residences range from 2,199 to 2,629 square feet and come in six open plans for entertaining and a mix of two and three bedrooms. “Typically, we see a lot of condos in this market in a more urban-feeling environment. This building will be a part of a beautifully landscaped residential community,” said The Signature Collection sales director Nancy Holloway. “You’re going to have urban conveniences, but
it will feel like you’re in a single-family neighborhood.” The Signature Collection is a collaboration between developer Leon J. Backes of Provident Realty Advisors, design by Luc Dauwe of Rosewood Custom Builders, PHV Series, architecture by Enrique Montenegro of SHM Architects, and landscape architecture by studioOutside. “We have seen an overwhelming amount of interest in our homes,” said Holloway. “Our offering is a sought-after change from most homes on the market in Preston Hollow as they offer exceptional design, walkability, and little to no yard maintenance. Our buyers and interested parties are both local and coming from out of state, especially California.” She also noted the Signature Collection community boasts an easy walk to dining options, Trader Joe’s, and even doctors’ offices. “People love the walkability of this neighborhood. Dining, restaurants, Trader Joe’s, fitness centers... I’m seeing a huge trend of people wanting to walk places,” said Holloway. “This community is one of the only ones I know of that’s gated and has such close access to all those shops, restaurants, and services.” She said construction on the single-family homes should start in January. Then the condominium building is expected to kick off in February and take about 18-20 months to complete. City Homes begin at $1.2 million.
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HOUSE OF THE MONTH 4345 Manning Lane
his genuinely inspiring custom home on a .546 acre corner lot in Preston Hollow was built by Phillip Jennings in 2012 and updated in 2016. Enjoy Santa Barbara-style living at its finest with exquisite attention to detail and many authentic finishes. The large gourmet kitchen comes equipped for even the most discerning chef, complete with French doors opening to a charming herb garden.
(PHOTOS: COURTESY COMPASS/STEPHEN REED PHOTOGRAPHY)
The downstairs owners suite has vaulted and beamed ceilings, another private patio with an outdoor fireplace, and views of the beautiful backyard. This unique floorplan features three en-suite bedrooms, a hidden loft, two separate offices with fireplaces, and multiple patio niches. The resort-like backyard has a pool and spa, putting green, back patio with fireplace, kitchen, and a three-car attached garage.
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HUSBAND AND WIFE DUO LAUNCH SECOND RUG SHOWROOM Alireza Talebi and Fara Kayone or as some know them, Mr. and Mrs. Abrash
Greenway Parks duo Alireza Talebi and Fara Kayone founded Abrash Rug Gallery in 1999, and this year they launched Abrash Modern as an extension of their brand. (PHOTOS: MARYANNE ZAMORA, VISUAHOLIC, LLC)
By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers
or more than 20 years, Greenway Parks duo Alireza Talebi and Fara Kayone have been feathering the nests of local homes with the rugs they import from all over the globe. Now they’ve opened a second showroom. The couple founded Abrash Rug Gallery in 1999, and this year they launched Abrash Modern as an extension of their brand. The inspiration for the name, they said, came when a friend pointed out that the two loved rugs that contain “abrash” – a term for the color changes or striations running horizontally across the face of a handmade rug.
“Well, there you have it,” their friend Manas said, “of course you should name your showroom Abrash!” The name stuck, and the two are now often known as Mr. and Mrs. Abrash. The new showroom in the Dallas Design Center shows off the company’s extensive collection of new handmade rugs -- all displayed under a custom-made light fixture that spans 400-square-feet. “One day, we just had an ‘aha’ moment and realized – to put it simply – we are in the business of collecting beautiful, handmade objects for our designer clients,” Kayone said. “It was liberating to allow ourselves to graduate from our antique decorative base.” But since rugs are something people typically like to see in person, how
Spending so much time at home really makes people want their homes to be beautiful and become a sanctuary, and we are here to help with that. Alireza Talebi and Fara Kayone
hard was it to do business during the pandemic? “We were luckily able to maintain our steady flow of projects primarily because we are a to-the-trade only showroom and were able to continue working with new changes, as many others have, with email and online web conferencing platforms during the shutdown,” the two said in an email. “Our longstanding history with the Dallas community allowed us to pivot when the pandemic hit, and we were able to provide personal care to each designer given their different comfort levels.” The company sent samples to clients and allowed other clients who felt more comfortable to make appointments to come to the showroom, wearing masks and using social distancing protocols. “We felt it was important to provide easy solutions to previewing product since designers were still running a business during lockdown,” they said. The two said that, like many businesses that offered decorating and design options, the pandemic might have actually increased
interest in sprucing up. “Spending so much time at home really makes people want their homes to be beautiful and become a sanctuary, and we are here to help with that,” they said. “We have seen the nesting period extend as we look into the colder months.” Nonetheless, they are looking forward to a return to normal someday. “What we really, deeply, miss is the more personal aspect of the design business; being able to host designers and their clients at our showrooms,” they said. “We still host daily, by appointment, visits but look forward to getting back to the unmasked and non-social distanced good old days soon. We are, by nature, a very social couple.” See more of our conversation with the couple at PeopleNewspapers.com.
WHERE TO FIND THEM To make appointments or learn more, go to www.abrashrugs.com, or call (214) 573-6262.
Comings and Goings NOW OPEN iCRYO
7949 Walnut Hill Lane The franchise’s newest location offers whole body cryotherapy, cryo facials, infrared saunas, compression therapy, body sculpting, iV infusions, and localized cryotherapy.
La Vie Style House
Highland Park Village The store features the brand’s luxury caftans, kimonos, shirts, and turbans and includes one-ofa-kind accessories and styles. “The storefront is inspired by a pink Parisian jewelry box — a wonderland of ornate caftans and kimonos ,” co-founder Lindsey McClain said.
Pure Milk & Honey
5321 E. Mockingbird Lane The ice cream shop touts treats made with fresh, local Texas milk and sweetened with honey from a certified and local bee farm.
La VIE STYLE HOUSE
Second Chapter Bookstore
Snider Plaza The pop-up, secondhand shop run by the Friends of the University Park Public Library has leased the location through Nov. 30. “The store started as a quarantine project when the Friends of the University Park Public Library continued to collect donated books,” said Ashley Blanchette, of the Friends of the University Park Public Library. With the library first closed
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during the pandemic and then opened for reduced hours, the Friends needed an outlet to make the books available to the public, she said.
conditioning, sports chiropractic care, and more from movement specialists, including Dr. Blake Wu, Dr. Kayla Keck, Dr. Jessica Novak, and Dr. Austin Hogan.
4302 W. Lovers Lane The clinic operates in a 2,000-square-foot former church building. It offers mobility training, acupuncture, strength and
4305 Maple Avenue The first all-screen virtual reality fitness studio in Texas features two types of boxing robots and flying machines.
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COMING Ritual One
4514 Travis Street The fitness concept will have 4,500 square feet of dedicated space for movement and hospitality-inspired amenities and offer a diverse selection of classes, including infrared-heated yoga, infrared-heated sculpt, and inferno HIIT options.
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With Penhole, Use Cell Phone To Tackle Basic Political Questions By William Taylor People Newspapers
Want to get better at participating in representative democracy? A group of young adults has a new app to help with that. “It all began with two simple questions,” James Fletcher said. “Can you name your legislative representatives? If so, do you know how they are representing you day to day by voting? Well, it turns out that the vast majority of people cannot answer the first, and I have only encountered a handful who can speak to the second.’ The friends began working on a solution more than a year ago. “We found that a majority of people are actually interested in knowing the answer to both of these questions,” Fletcher said. “However, it takes too much time
to search for the answers due to a lack of quick accessibility.” Their answer: Penhole. The free app was released in September – in time to help voters before the November election get more familiar with where their federal lawmakers stand. “We believe that this information is vital to our democracy, and so our mission is to provide simple, easily accessible, legislative and representative information straight from the source with no slant or spin,” Fletcher said. Their goal is to provide information on elected officials and legislation at federal, state, and local levels, but, for now, the app only offers federal information, according to penhole.com. After installation, users provide information about where they live so the app can identify their
federal lawmakers, a U.S. representative and two U.S. senators.
The Penhole app helps you identify your lawmakers, see their votes, track issues, and express approval or disapproval of votes as well as pieces of legislation. (SCREENSHOT: WILLIAM TAYLOR)
Users can follow their lawmakers’ votes and select issues to watch. Don’t like a bill or how your lawmaker voted? Give it a thumbs down. Like it? Give it a thumbs up. “We think these ‘user votes’ are incredible indications and data points for elected officials who want to know where their constituents stand on a certain position, bill, or amendment,” Fletcher said. “It is very similar to polling – except there are no tailored questions or targeted demographics. The user input is voluntary and authentic. It is a modern way for people to make their voices heard. If they choose to look at the data we have, politicians can act – in real-time – on what voters in their district want done.” The Penhole executive team
includes Trent Koen as CEO, Tyree Pearson as chief technology officer, Arya Ayati-Ghaffari as chief information officer, and Fletcher as chief operating officer. Still, all of them “wear a lot of different hats,” Fletcher said. “One day, I am speaking with our attorney reviewing a contract, the next meeting with potential investors or clients, and at the end of the week, I’m discussing the technical side with our team,” he said. He and Koen also attend the SMU Dedman School of Law. “We began as a group of students with one goal in mind, provide authentic information straight from the source,” Fletcher said. “We cannot be more excited to bring this product to market during such a crucial time.”
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Over 50,000 Acres Sold in 2019
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Available for the first time in over a century, this highly improved short grass prairie country is home to a premier income producing working cattle and sporting ranch with turnkey hunting operations. This expansive ranch boasts a 6 bedroom custom built hunting lodge overlooking a well-stocked 20 acre lake, snake proof dog kennels and multiple improvements for the avid sportsman. The blend of open native pasture land, over 130 surface acres of water combined with the lodge and improvements make it perfect for grazing and recreational activities. There are multiple income streams, equipment and wind energy lease will be conveyed.
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Great hunting and cattle ranch with a steady income stream from wind energy, hunting and grazing. This property has new fencing and cattle guards, automatic gates, excellent roads and plenty of water. It is also cross fenced into four large pastures.
Halfway between Olney and Archer City with the West Fork of the Trinity River flowing through, this hunting ranch is ready to go with blinds and feeders in place. Custom cattle pens designed by Dr. Temple Grandin along with excellent fencing and water make this a great combination sporting and cattle ranch.
138.7409 ACRES, GUNTER, TX Excellent investment grade property in Grayson County. 138.7409 acres on Preston Road in the coveted North Texas Tollway and Preston Road corridor with multiple developments nearby.
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GREENHILL TEENS LAUNCH STUDENTS FOR HAPPINESS
Club moves beyond campus to promote mental health, well-being
Students for Happiness founders Kelly Meng, Raag Venkat, and Misha Weiner create awareness of mental health and well-being. (PHOTOS: KELSEY SHOEMAKER)
LEARN MORE Visit studentsforhappiness.org to see blogs and information on how to start new chapters.
By Kelsey Shoemaker People Newspapers
reenhill School student Kelly Meng first founded Happiness Club with her friends to help classmates destress around tests and exams, but the pandemic exposed a need for something more. “I realized the impact Happiness Club could have on other schools because I know other schools through debate, and they were always talking to me, especially during the COVID pandemic, about how stressed
they were and how isolation really impacted their ability to focus and do work,” Kelly Meng said. Happiness Club became Students for Happiness, an organization focused on bringing awareness to teenagers’ mental health and well-being. “Instead of just focusing on destressing activities, now we try to focus on anxiety and how stress and anxiety can impact teenagers,” Meng said. Her co-founders include Raag Venkat and Misha Weiner. To spread its message, Students for Happiness hosts events on mental health and well-being. A recent online summit saw students from the Parkland, Florida, chapter talk about their experiences after the school shooting and how school leaders addressed students’ mental health. “It has a big impact on not only mental health, but physical health, academic life,
and social life,” said Venkat, who serves as Students for Happiness executive director. The organization has also sought ways to serve the community. A GoFundMe fundraiser for the Austin Street Center raised $10,000 for the homeless and provided physical aids such as facemasks, hygienic products, food, and water. “Before I got involved with Students for Happiness, I used to volunteer a lot at Austin Street, so I was very familiar with the organization. When corona hit, I couldn’t volunteer because of social distance,” Students
Instead of just focusing on destressing activities, now we try to focus on anxiety and how stress and anxiety can impact teenagers. Kelly Meng
Possibilities Await You at Parish. Hillcrest Preview PreK (3 years old) – 2nd grade Saturday, October 24, 2020 – On Campus! 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
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for Happiness director of editorial Misha Weiner said. “Social media definitely helped raise $10,000 because we posted on our story for people to see it and donate, and it got momentum.” The friends hope momentum will continue for their organization even beyond the collegiate level. They want to take structures created to address mental health into their careers and beyond, Venkat said. “We can take these structures and implement them in some parts of our society where mental health is lacking.”
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2021 NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS: HOW MANY DOES YOUR SCHOOL HAVE? About The Program The nonprofit National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), established in 1955, named approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. More than 90 percent of semifinalists attain finalist standing, and more than half of those will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC and approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. Visit nationalmerit.org for more information.
Alam Alidina Michael R. Anderson Jacob M. Bell Robert D. Beveridge William Exall Jackson L. Fair Jordan A. Gaines Frederick Q. Hesse Matthew Z. Ho Anish Karthik Mustafa U. Latif James L. Mahowald Rishi Mohan Samuel J. Morgan Cristian T. Pereira Robert L. Pou Antonio D. Quinones Cooper H. Ribman Siddhartha Sinha Edward J. Tagtmeier Saivishnuo Thirunagari Varun R. Trivedi Michael T. Vanesko Vatsal V. Vemuri Benny Wang Mason Westkaemper Charles A. Woodward Maxwell M. Wu David F. Yang Charlie B. Zhang Han A. Zhang Jerry J. Zhao
Kathryn S. Bowers Margaret Bracken Kelsey Chen Faith S. Choi Ann M. Herring Joy G. Hu Inez Johnson Hahrin Jung Jingyi Liu Shinjini Mukherjee Ha Nhu Nguyen Isabella A. Page Angelina Wu Jennifer Xiong Annie Zhao
Clarabel T. Chen Angela Cheng Michelle Cheng Anna K. Gregory Lindsey A. Haag Madeline G. Helton Thomas R. Ibbotson Cameron C. Laurie David S. Lightbourn Joshua G. Martin Tabish Soleman Eleanor P. Steger Kai Tsuei
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Student Achievements: Three to Celebrate
1. Boy Scout Bee Helpers Boy Scouts with the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church-chartered Troop 577, tackled a project to help solitary bees. St. Mark’s School of Texas junior Spencer Burke (left) led the effort. Aided by the Karma for Cara Foundation grant, the team built 100 nesting boxes by drilling various sized holes into wood to create spaces for the pollinators to live and lay eggs. Solitary bees, including the mason bee, leaf-cutter bee, and sweat bee, are tiny, unobtrusive insects that, as the name implies, live alone.
2. Buddy Bench Builders FROM LEFT: Two Troop 5410 Girl Scouts – freshmen Olivia Isbell, of Ursuline Academy of Dallas, and Aidan Hull, of Bishop Lynch High School – built and installed a buddy bench for the preschoolers attending St. Monica Catholic School, which they had attended. The community improvement project was for the Silver Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Cadette can achieve. 3. Heartbeat for China St. Mark’s School of Texas freshman Warner Hartnett
plays the tanggu drum – just one example of how deeply he has embraced his studies of the Chinese language and culture that began in fifth grade. “Today, when I am beating on my Chinese drum, the drumbeat and my heartbeat are one,” he said during the North Texas competition in May. “We succeed together.” His success during this year’s online DFW Chinese Bridge Proficiency Competition has him competing in the Chinese Bridge World Competition this fall. It runs virtually through Nov. 5 and will assess Hartnett’s Chinese language skills, knowledge of China’s national conditions, Chinese cultural skills, and comprehensive learning abilities. “I hope that other Marksmen will feel encouraged by Warner’s achievement and will also try competing in the future,” said Grace Anderson, middle and upper school Chinese teacher. “It is pretty amazing that he was able to place first in the DFW area for the Chinese Bridge Competition after only taking a few years of Chinese.” FROM LEFT: Harnett and teacher CJ Chiang at a competition a few years ago.
– Compiled by William Taylor
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Dallas ISD, TEA Launch Dashboards To Track COVID-19 Cases
District leaders detail procedures for addressing sick individuals and outbreaks By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers
Regardless of whether Dallas ISD parents chose to keep children at home, learning virtually, or felt confident in sending them to school, they were nearly universal in asking for some easy way to track how many cases the district had. The district dashboard is updated by 5 p.m. daily and is easy to use. The default is the district-wide view, but users can easily see how many cases are in each school board trustee district, how many are in each zip code, or how many are in any given school.
The decision to close a school depends on the number of COVID-19 positive cases that can be linked cases. Dallas ISD But what happens when a student or staff member contracts COVID-19?
Dallas ISD rolled out a new dashboard designed to help the public and parents keep an eye on how many COVID-19 cases were active at any given time. (PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: BETHANY ERICKSON) In a memo sent to schools on Sept. 17, Dallas ISD chief of school leadership Jolee Healey outlined what it would look like when students or staffers are diagnosed with COVID-19. In the memo, Healey outlined a seven-step plan for contact tracing that largely hews to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. Those feeling sick go to the school nurse, who evaluates them
using a screening tool developed by Dallas County Health and Human Services. If they do have symptoms, they are sent home, and the school removes the students (or staffers) from the classroom or office and deep cleans the space. The nurse documents the information and notifies the principal and the district’s health services department. If the case is confirmed, a notification is sent to anyone
identified as being within six feet of the sick student or staffer for more than 15 minutes two or more days before symptoms develop, or two days before a positive test – even if everyone was wearing a mask. Those students and teachers will be required to quarantine for 14 days, utilizing distance learning in the meantime. Students and staff who test positive can return as soon as 10
days have passed since the onset of the symptoms or the positive test result, they haven’t had a fever in 24 hours (without fever reducer), and symptoms have improved. The district also says that short-term closures for 24 hours might be required in some cases to engage in adequate contact tracing. The district may also, at times, need to close an entire school for 14 days if there is a widespread outbreak. “The decision to close a school depends on the number of COVID-19 positive cases that can be linked cases,” the district explained. “For example, an individual is confirmed positive for COVID-19, and within 14 days, five of their close contacts also become ill and test positive for COVID-19. This is a total of six linked cases, which on the advice of Dallas County Health department, might trigger the closure of a facility.” In September, the Texas Education Agency revealed its tracker, which charts the student and staff cases in Texas public schools. And Dallas County now also includes school cases, including homeschool and private school.
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Dallas Academy Internships Dallas Academy and SMU enjoy what academy leaders call as “winwin” arrangement. SMU interns get approximately 1,200 hours of graduation-required on-site training and experience; students of the academy at 950 Tiffany Way get extra therapeutic attention and broader learning. Molly Phillips Grogan, the academy’s director of music therapy and performing arts, said she is delighted “to know that she is making a difference in the shaping of these young professionals, while also being aware of how much skilled help and service Dallas Academy students gain from the SMU interns.” Daniel Tague, SMU assistant professor and chair of music therapy, approached Grogan with the idea three years ago. This year’s intern, Ali Esparza, brings practicum experience in memory care, adult psychiatric care, one-on-developmental intervention, and treatment of young cancer patients. She will observe, co-lead, and lead groups and classes, plus provide individual music therapy interventions via piano, guitar, voice, soprano recorder, ukulele, and a variety of rhythm instruments.
Studying the 19th Amendment SMU is celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Ongoing activities include a virtual library exhibit of items that inspired suffragists during their 72-year fight for the vote and a class that explores the history of balloting for women and its role in U.S. democracy. Visit smu.edu/libraries/degolyer to view “Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes: An Exhibition Marking the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment.” The exhibit includes sheet music for “The Militant Suffrage song,” which opens with the lines, “Tho’ once a little household pet, I’m now a fighting suffragette.” There’s also one of the first treatises on women’s rights, Mary Wollstonecraft’s’ A Vindication of the Rights of Women: With Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects (1792), along with items supporting and opposing women’s suffrage from across the United States. Students in History 1321: Votes for Women! – a course prepared for this year and taught by associate professor Crista DeLuzio – will use materials from the exhibit in their research. “The passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment marked the largest expansion of political democracy in U.S. history. And yet, many women of color were excluded from participating in the political process after 1920,” DeLuzio said. “It is my hope that by studying this history in the context of a pandemic and the renewed efforts of voter suppression in our country, students will realize that the right to vote can never be taken for granted.” – Compiled by William Taylor
TOP: Music therapist Molly Phillips Grogan uses instruments to help students at Dallas Academy. (COURTESY PHOTO) BOTTOM: The virtual exhibit “Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes” features some of the books, pamphlets, posters, buttons, and songs used to drive support for women’s right to vote. (COURTESY SMU)
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NOTHING COMES BETWEEN THEM AND CHRISTMAS MARKET Sisters and their mom take Chi Omega tradition virtual to keep it going By William Taylor People Newspapers
hen Savannah Eidson Near talks about helping with the Chi Omega Christmas Market her whole life, she’s not exaggerating much. “Does time in-utero count? I have been attending the market since I was a baby,” the 30 year old said. “Growing up, I would go with my mom to her volunteer shift, and then we would shop afterward. I loved sampling all of the treats.” Likewise, her 38-year-old sister made many childhood market memories before becoming a regular volunteer as an adult. For example, she and her brother modeled during a 1985 style show. “My mother loves telling the story of us coming out on stage, in our adorable outfits, and my brother throws all the teddy bear décor off of the stage, and I burst into tears,” Taylor Eidson Wood said. “That was probably the beginning of the end of my modeling career.” This year, the sisters and their mother, Jana Beth Eidson, 64, are the co-chairs for a version of the market that should prove much different than its many predecessors. Instead of filling Centennial Hall at Fair Park, the market, which dates back to 1978, will occur online because of concerns about the pandemic.
It takes thousands of volunteer hours to put together the Chi Omega Christmas Market, and it’s worth every one of them. Taylor Eidson Wood “I am thankful for the technology that allowed us to pivot to a format so we can still support our beneficiaries, as well as give our merchants a revenue stream,” Eidson said. Going virtual opens opportunities for shoppers and merchants far from Dallas, the cochairs said. Expect Zoom calls between virtual booth operators
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WHAT: 12 Days of Chi Omega Christmas Virtual Market WHEN: Nov. 10-21 WHERE: Online. Visit chiomegaxmas.org and complete the “Contact Us” form to get the 2020 Chi Omega Christmas Virtual Market gift guide or make a donation.
TOP LEFT: 2020 Chi Omega Christmas chairs Savannah Eidson Near, Jana Beth Eidson, and Taylor Eidson Wood. TOP RIGHT: Savannah Near and Taylor Wood volunteering at the 2017 Chi Omega Christmas Market. BOTTOM: Shoppers enjoying the 2017 Chi Omega Christmas Market. (COURTESY PHOTOS) and customers. Nevertheless, the women will miss the in-person experiences. Near and Wood had planned to recreate the Sisters duet from the movie White Christmas at the preview night party. “Alas, we will have to save our matching baby blue dresses and feathers for another time,” Near said. “I will miss seeing all of our shoppers, our merchants, and my Chi Omega sisters in person,” Wood said. “I’ll miss all the Christmas trees, booths, and red aprons, as well as the excitement of the shoppers,” Eidson said. One reason for always volunteering with the market is the opportunity to connect with her sorority sisters. “That gives me a chance to
keep up with them in this busy, fast-paced world,” Eidson said. “We don our red aprons at the show and visit with each other as we take up tickets and answer shoppers’ questions.” Another reason, the co-chairs said, is the good accomplished by raising more than $9 million through the years for various nonprofits. Supporting and serving others is a Chi Omega mission. “The Market lives out that charge,” Near said. “From mental health to foster care to fighting breast cancer and breaking cycles of abuse and poverty, our beneficiaries are leading the charge on the frontlines to better the community.” Volunteers spend all year choosing beneficiaries and lining up merchants, entertainment,
food, and décor, Wood said. “It takes thousands of volunteer hours to put together the Chi Omega Christmas Market, and it’s worth every one of them.” FAMILY AFFAIR Jana Beth Eidson Family: husband Jim, children Taylor, Grant, and Savannah Career: Teacher (presently the garden teacher at Armstrong Elementary) School: Stephen F. Austin State University Taylor Eidson Wood Family: husband Ryan, daughter Grace (Chi Omega 2038) Career: Stay at home mom School: Baylor University ‘05 Savannah Eidson Near Family: husband Andrew, dog Luke Career: Counselor at Park Cities Child and Family Counseling
EXTRA: The First Call for Patrons tradition continues. Those who donate may shop the Market beginning Nov. 9.
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Upcoming Events Editor’s Note: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put plans for many events in flux. Check before attending.
NOV. 2 36th annual CARE ( Virtual) Breakfast, benefiting CARE Dallas, 8 a.m., care-dallas.org.
11 The Hiett Prize in the Humanities Award Online Gala, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., dallasinstitute.org/hiett/ 13 Virtual Greater Dallas AFP National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, afpdallas.org.
4 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Fashion Notes Designer Award Luncheon and Style Show benefiting the Dallas Symphony Association 11 a.m., Fairmont Dallas. 5 Happy Hour Virtual Benefit: Dallas On the Move Reimagined, benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 5:30 p.m., e.givesmart.com/events/ ibH. Virtual Fund a Cure Luncheon benefiting JDRF at 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit jdrf. org.
6 Ninth annual Night of Champions Virtual Dinner benefiting Crohn’s & Colitis, 7:30 p.m., crohnscolitisfoundation.org.
the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., womenscouncildallasarboretum.org.
DEC. 2 Crystal Charity Ball, online luxury silent auction and contribution ticket drawing benefiting children’s charities in Dallas County, crystalcharityball.org/ 19 Christmas In the Park, sponsored by the S.M. Wright Foundation, 8:30 a.m., Fair Park. christmasatfairpark.com/
Magician Justin Flom will perform during Dallas CASA’s virtual 40th
15 Virtual 40th Anniversary Celebration, benefiting Dallas CASA, from 6-7 p.m., dallascasa.org. 17 A Writer’s Garden Literary Virtual Symposium and Luncheon benefiting the Women’s Council of
21 National Council of Jewish Women Greater Dallas 108th Birthday Luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., The Westin Galleria Dallas, www.ncjwdallas.org 30 Big Climb Dallas benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Bank of America Plaza. lls.org/
FEB. 11 Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon
and Fashion Show benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, lls.org/
15 Mad Hatter’s Tea. More details to come, womenscouncildallasarboretum.org
27 Grow the Grove, benefiting Cristo Rey Dallas, Perot Museum of Nature and Science. More details to come, cristoreydallas.org
17 Nasher Prize Award Gala, 7 p.m., www.nashersculpturecenter.org
MARCH 1 Art In Bloom benefiting the Dallas Museum of Art’s exhibition and education programs and the DMA League’s Floral Endowment Fund, dma.org 4 Legacy Award Dinner, supporting The Cooper Institute’s youth programs, cooperinstitute.org
24 Art for Advocacy benefiting Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, dcac.org
JUNE 12 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Presentation Ball, dallassymphonyleague.com
26 RECESS! Benefiting Dallas Afterschool. View more information online, dallasafterschool.org
APRIL 10 Art Ball benefiting the Dallas Museum of Art. View more information online, dma.org
Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Presentation Ball
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Partner’s Card SUPPORT FAMILY PLACE, LOCAL BUSINESSES WITH PARTNERS CARD
Annual fundraiser comes with more online shopping opportunities this year BY THE NUMBERS
$20 MILLION + raised by Partners Card in the last 27 years
500 + locations participating in North Texas (See the list at peoplenewspapers.com)
28TH year of Partners Card fundraising
$75 donation to The Family Place to get a card
20% discount at participating retailers
10% discount at participating restaurants
Chairs Tully Phillips, Lexie Aderhold, and Sally Pretorius Hodge. HEADSHOT: Honorary Chair Tanya Foster. (PHOTO COURTESY THE FAMILY PLACE) By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers
rom the tornado that hit North Dallas last year to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, Partners Card organizers have learned to adapt to help meet the community’s needs. Last year, the tornado prompted an expansion of Partners Card dates for affected retailers for an additional week, and, this year, Partners Card increased online participants as the pandemic prompted more to shop online. “After 28 years, we are fortunate to have retailers and supporters who are willing and able to grow with us as we continue Partners Card,” said Grace Dewar Fraker, Partners Card development manager. Each year, the Partners Card fundraiser raises money for The Family Place by selling $75 cards that offer buyers discounts at many retailers and restaurants across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Lexie Aderhold, Tully Phillips, and Sally Pretorius Hodge are chairing the 28th annual fundraiser, scheduled for Oct. 30-Nov. 8. Aderhold is a Dallas native who worked in the marketing group at American Airlines for
several years before leading the digital media practice at SparkFarm, a female-owned boutique marketing agency. Phillips and her family also live in Dallas, and for nine years, she owned a gluten-free bakery in both Dallas and New York City. Hodge is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Specialization and is a shareholder at KoonsFuller Family Law in Dallas.
I think that right when we started getting started planning and really ramping up is right when the pandemic hit. Sally Pretorius Hodge Dallas lifestyle blogger Tanya Foster will be this year’s honorary chair. Before blogging, Foster was the president and CEO of the Dallas International Film Festival and a non-profit consultant. “I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with, to be honest,” Pretorius Hodge said. “We’ve had to be super flexible. I think
that right when we started getting started planning and really ramping up is right when the pandemic hit. “One of the things that we’ve been focusing on is really promoting some online shopping. I know that online shopping has been one of the things that we’ve done in the past, and we’ve offered to our stores, but we’ve really been pushing that this year,” she said. Pretorius Hodge added that the pandemic also underscored the importance of The Family Place’s work in stopping family violence. “One good thing that’s come from the pandemic is that everybody really understood that being home and in isolation can lead to a lot of problems that aren’t necessarily addressed when people aren’t out seeing their friends or they don’t have the ability to reach out, so thankfully that has just widened awareness, and I think made people open their hearts a little bit more, and I’m hoping that that’ll really help this year with Partners Card,” she said. Dewar Fraker added that The Family Place stayed open throughout the pandemic and accepted new clients who needed to move into a safe place.
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10 days of shopping and dining from Oct. 30-Nov. 8
ONE night of safety for a victim of family violence provided with the purchase of a Partners Card
PARTNERS CARD TIMELINE 1993 The Family Place launched Partners Card with 175 participating stores. Ms. Gene Jones served as the first Honorary Chair. Sally Hoglund and Sally Johnson founded the inaugural event, which raised $90,000.
1998 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 of success, 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 opens its school facility for K-second grade students at our Safe Campus.
2017 Partners Card celebrated 25 years of shopping with purpose. Partners Card Mobile App and E-Commerce are successfully launched to propel Partners Card into the future of technology. Partners Card raised over $1 million and provided more than 14,000 nights of shelter for family violence victims.
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Supporting The Family Place More Important Than Ever As a longtime Dallas resident, I have agency’s efforts to keep an open door to had the pleasure of volunteering with women and children in trouble throughThe Family Place the past few years. out DFW. I got connected with the Dallas-based Another way to give back to The family violence agency through a f riend Family Place during this time is to parand have been passionate ticipate in their popuabout the organization’s lar 10-day Partners Card mission since the beginshopping fundraiser. For ning. $75, a Partners Card can Many of us, myself insave you 20% off at retailcluded, tend to take for ers and 10% off at restaurants at hundreds of pargranted having a safe ticipants across North place to come home to and live. Texas. The Family Place has The purchase of one opened my eyes to just Partners Card provides how many people are one night of safety for a trapped at home with victim of family violence at The Family Place. their abuser and in dangerous situations. I write out my PartIt ’s beyond rewardners Card shopping list ing and meaningful to be well in advance each year a part of an agency that for holiday gift shopping. By using my Partners helps victims of family Card, I know that I am violence become sur vivors by providing countboth saving money and less resources and sersaving lives. vices free of charge. It’s now more important than ever to give back Elisabeth McHugh to The Family Place. Re- Elisabeth McHugh volunteers at The Famicords show that domestic ly Place. Visit familyplace. violence hotline calls have org/membership/volunteer increased in the midst of COVID-19. to learn more about volunteering there. Volunteers serve an integral role at Partners Card takes place Oct. 30 to Nov. The Family Place. The gifts and tal- 8. Get a card at familyplace.org/partents that each of us brings support the ners-card/buy-a-card.
A B O U T T H E F A M I LY P L A C E The Family Place empowers family violence victims by providing safe housing, counseling, and skills that create independence while building community engagement and advocating for social change to stop family violence. Services and programs offered include emergency shelter, a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, and more. For more information, visit www.familyplace.org.
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DON’T WAIT FOR FALL COLORS TO COME TO YOU; HIT THE ROAD
THE PREACHER’S SON RESTAURANT
GROUNDS OF CRYSTAL BRIDGES
he change from summer to fall progresses slowly in Texas, but always inspires travelers to get outdoors more. Cooler weather makes it an ideal time to fast-forward the leaf-peeping opportunities beyond MARY MEIER-EVANS the Lone Star State by taking a road trip to admire fall foliage. I highly recommend heading to Bentonville, Arkansas. Bentonville is an easy five to sixhour drive from Dallas. And if you detour off the interstate and take the roads less traveled, the drive is beautiful, especially further into the
Ozark Mountains. For me, traveling always includes a visit to a museum, art gallery, or historic site, and Bentonville offers all three. For art lovers and those who appreciate gorgeous architecture, the main attraction is the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Crystal Bridges takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton, daughter to Walmart founder Sam Walton. Its permanent collection spans five
THE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM centuries of American masterworks ranging from the Colonial era to the present. Included are iconic works by Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe, and James Turrell. There’s also lovely grounds and trails to explore, with sculpture to admire throughout, so visitors can take in the abundant fall colors while appreciating an impressive collection of American Art. The museum is free, and timed entrances must be booked in advance online. For those of you who like a little retail therapy, Bentonville’s Downtown Square has been carefully restored with dozens of shops, boutiques, and restaurants to explore and enjoy. Be sure and visit the
(PHOTOS: MARY MEIER-EVANS)
Walmart Museum, housed inside the original location of The Walton’s 5&10 Building, complete with an old-fashioned soda fountain. Part of the lure of a road trip is the opportunity to experience new restaurants, and I can highly recommend two in Bentonville. First is The Preacher’s Son, open for dinner. Using sustainably sourced ingredients from farmers and ranchers in Northwest Arkansas, this unique restaurant is housed in a former church sanctuary, complete with a grid of 288, 5-inch gold bells in the tower to give the church back its ring. Another excellent restaurant is The Hive, located inside the 21c Hotel & Museum, which is where I
recommend laying your weary head after a busy day in Bentonville. The Preacher’s Son and The 21c Hotel & Museum are within a block of Downtown Square, and Crystal Bridges is a short 10-minute drive from this same area. The air is crisp. The leaves are changing. And Bentonville is a close and rewarding destination for Dallasites yearning for an injection of fall. Mary Meier-Evans, of University Park, has a Texas-sized curiosity which keeps her longing to see new sites both near and far – though road trips, rather than international flights, make the most sense to her in 2020. Check out her blog and podcast at thecuriouscowgirl.com.
Telehealth Replaces Many In-Person Appointments By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has prompted more people to use telehealth visits, rather than in-person appointments, for non-emergency medical advice. “Almost anything that you can think of, I have seen over the past couple of years,” said Dr. Anna Schroeder. She has provided care via Texas Health Aetna’s Anytime-MD app, which allows Texas Health Aetna members to text or video chat with a local physician 24-7 since it launched in 2017. As with traditional, in-person appointments, it’s helpful to have medical history and medication information ready before chatting with a doctor using the app, and have specific questions prepared to ask the doctor, Schroeder said.
“We do see kids and adults so we get a full spectrum of complaints from the very minor – like, ‘I have a rash,’ or, ‘I got a splinter,’ ‘does this need stitches?’ – all the way up to, ‘Hey, my kid’s belly is hurting, and I’m worried that they might have appendicitis,’” she said. “We can do everything from resolving it over text by calling in a prescription or direct them to the emergency room if that’s what they need.” Schroeder added that, aside from medical emergencies, it’s usually appropriate to start with a telehealth visit. Doctors can then direct
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Attorney/CPA Keeps It Kosher While Pursuing ‘Deep Flavors’ While Deep Flavors is a kosher-style cookbook, the recipes are eclectic, Tex/Mex to Cajun to Jewish soul food, to French, etc. This recipe is just one example; it is not truly Indian, in the sense that I suspect no Indian chef has actually made anything exactly like this recipe, just as I suspect no Italian nonna ever made my Texas State Fair Blue Ribbon Mushroom-Spinach Lasagna. However, it adheres to my goal of wonderful flavor; the Indian flavors are accessible to the home cook while meeting the laws of kashruth relating to mixing milk and meat. It is a riff of tandoori chicken commonly served in Indian restaurants, but I think better. As with other variants in Deep Flavors (for example, Bouillabaisse a La Juive), this recipe is intended to be includable in a kosher kitchen but equally attractive to the non-Jewish cook. It certainly meets the standard of Deep Flavors. Therefore, unlike a traditional tandoori chicken, which is marinated in regular milk yogurt, this chicken is marinated in a variant delicious coconut- or almond-based non-dairy yogurt. The chicken is delicious even without the yogurt, if that is not available, and can be roasted in a 350°F oven for 30 to 40 minutes. As with most grilled items, this recipe is simple to execute. The tandoori and garam masala—as well as other Indian spice mixtures or masalas— are available for purchase at many Dallas ethnic Indian food stores, Penzeys’s website, and, increasingly, at your local grocery
store or online from American spice companies that are certified kosher. There are many recipes just for garam masala that are regional variants based on the source in India. I have also included in Deep Flavors the recipe I use. Kenneth M. Horwitz, author of “Deep Flavors: A Celebration of Recipes for Foodies in a Kosher Style,” approaches cooking KENNETH M. like he does his day job. As HORWITZ a CPA and attorney with five decades of experience in general tax and transaction practice, he focuses on solving problems. “One of the ‘problems,’ at least in my house, is that since we maintain a kosher house, but eat eclectically, is how to convert recipes so that they are kosher.” Visit deepflavorscookbook.com or follow him at facebook.com/kenneth.horwitz.73.
For dessert with his Indian-style grilled chicken, Kenneth M. Horwitz suggests a lemon-coconut custard cherry pie or chocolate-orange-almondcoconut biscotti (pictured) would be delicious. (COURTESY PHOTOS)
INDIAN-STYLE GRILLED CHICKEN Ingredients: This recipe is easily multiplied 8 chicken thighs (bone-in and skin on — these add flavor and protect the meat during grilling) 1 cup of coconut or almond yogurt (preferably unsweetened and containing no milk products) 1 tablespoon or more tandoori masala (or another masala as desired) 1 tablespoon or more Garam Masala (Chap. 2) 2 tablespoons or more fresh ginger, finely minced or ground 3 or more cloves garlic, finely minced or mashed to a paste 1 teaspoon ground peppercorns salt to taste ½ cup or so cilantro, finely chopped or ground Directions: Using a mortar and pestle (or, if you do not have a mortar and pestle, use a blender or food processor), make a paste of all ingredients except the chicken and yogurt. Use kosher salt to facilitate the grinding. Then add the spice mixture to the yogurt. Spread the yogurt-spice paste liberally over the chicken, and let it sit for up to ½ an hour, covered. When moving to the grill, it is best to have
a section of the grill that you turn off as you start to put the chicken on the grill so that you will have an area where you can cook the chicken over indirect heat to avoid flareups and burning. Start the chicken skin side down, flipping as necessary, and moving to cooler sections until the chicken is thoroughly cooked to at least 165–170°F internal temperature next to the bone. Move to indirect cooking as needed. I find that a Thermapen or similar instant-read thermometer is essential to obtain a perfectly cooked grilled product. I serve this chicken with Lemon Coconut Rice, or if I am serving Indian-Style Lentils, both recipes in the book, I frequently serve with plain white basmati rice. Leftover chicken makes a great snack or lunch. For a vegetable, I suggest Pan-Roasted Cauliflower, also in the book, with the variation that before roasting, when rubbing on olive oil and garlic powder, add a sprinkle of Garam Masala and/or sweet curry powder over the cauliflower. Squeeze on lemon juice about 5 minutes before removing from the oven and serving. (Sweet curry powder is the very yellow curry powder mixture we are all familiar with. I think the mixture sold at Penzeys is superior to what is available in regular groceries, but it is not kosher.)
How To Encourage Your Loved One With Dementia To Get Moving Again! - Just A Few Key Things To Know To Get Started, & One Magic Secret That Works VERY WELL! By Leading Balance Expert, Dr. Jeffrey Guild, Physical Therapist Are you frustrated trying to encourage your loved one suffering with dementia to move more? Are you worried about the toll a lack of exercise will take on your loved one with dementia? Are you worried about your loved one with dementia losing strength and balance? Empowering someone to move with dementia is like an iceberg. What you want to do is harness the HUGE amount of movement below the surface. This is the movement the person has done their whole life. Their BODY REMEMBERS how to move the way it did for decades. The key is to bring that out! Tip 1: Stick With What Your Loved One Has Done Recently. If your loved one used a walker or cane the past several years, start using that. If they did not use a walking device, they are not likely to be able to start now. Tip 2: Stay Away From Formal Exercise (Unless exercise was part of the person’s life): Build leg strength and endurance by encouraging your loved one to move from one place to the next. Stick with practical everyday tasks. Tip 3: The Magic Secret Tip! WALK HOLDING THEIR HAND. Hand-holding while walking with your loved one works great for most people! It
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JAMES TONY GOOLSBY
11/09/1933 - 09/04 /2020
ames Tony Goolsby died on September 4, 2020, in Dallas, Texas, surrounded by his family after a courageous battle against cancer. Born on November 9, 1933, Tony was raised by Thelma and Herman Ross in Longview, Texas. Following his service in the United States Army, Tony earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of North Texas, where he was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. Tony met Toppy Tannery at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, where Tony was an usher, and Toppy was always late to church. Even though Toppy wasn’t exactly sure which usher Tony was when he called her, they went on a first date on February 18, 1971. They were married on September 18, 1971, and together raised three daughters and five female dogs. A man of many talents, after working as a teacher, coach, principal, and a pharmaceutical rep, he opened an Independent Insurance Agency in the 1980s. He successfully ran his small business in Dallas for over 20 years. In 1988, Tony was elected to the Texas House of Representatives representing North Dallas and Richardson, where he served 20 years. As a legislator, Tony worked to protect victims of sexual assault, strengthen the reach of Amber Alerts, increase accessibility to higher education, protect consumers from unwanted solicitations, cut taxes for small business, and establish identity theft as a state crime. Tony was a leader in the Texas House of Representatives. He served as Chairman of the Committee on House Administration and as Vice Chairman of the Committee on Higher Education. Tony loved helping Texans and continued to work in Austin as a lobbyist until the time of his death. During his career, he was President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas, on the Board of Directors at Pavillion Bank, and the Head of Political Actions for Independent Insurance Agents of Texas.
Tony received numerous awards, most notably the Longview High School Distinguished Alumni, the North Texas State University Outstanding Greek Alumni, Dallas Police Association Award, Kilgore College Ex-Student of the Year, Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Chamber of Commerce, Texas Realtors Association Award, and Texas Pediatric Society Child Advocacy Award. Although he never officially “retired,” Tony and Toppy spent the last decade traveling with family and friends, driving through the National Parks, spending Thanksgivings in Hawaii, taking riverboat cruises in Europe, and visiting their granddaughters in California. Tony was a member of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church for over 50 years and was generous with his time and resources. In 2001, he and Toppy dedicated the Goolsby Chapel at UNT and created the Toppy and Tony Goolsby Family Trust Rangerette Scholarship at Kilgore College. Tony’s favorite hobby was his friendships. His quick wit and sense of humor always got a laugh, but there was never a more loyal friend than Tony. It didn’t matter if you were on top of the world or down on your luck–you knew you could count on Tony. He made a lasting impact on everyone he called a friend. Tony is survived by his wife, Toppy Goolsby; his children Mellie Mathis & Chris Duncan and Cherrie & Jay Wysong (all of Dallas, TX); Brooke & Sean Welch and his grandchildren, Delaney and Riley Welch (all of Oakland, CA); his sister Marcia Ross of Longview, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother Eddie Goolsby. Tony is also survived by his beloved dog, Prissy. A private burial was held on September 11, 2020, at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas. A celebration of life in Dallas will be planned when all who loved Tony can safely gather. The Goolsby family would like to give a special thanks to Baylor Scott and White Plano, Faith Presbyterian Hospice, Visiting Angels, and Acappella In-Home Care. Tony was blessed to be in their care. In lieu of flowers, the Goolsby family suggests a donation to the following organizations: Texas Oncology Foundation (www.texasoncologyfoundation.org), Twelfth Step Ministry (twelfthstepministry. org), Shih Tzu Rescue (https://tzuzoorescue. com). Tony’s legacy is his devotion to family, friends, and faith and his service to the State of Texas. Tony’s life and impact will not be forgotten if we follow Tony’s words, “Always remember to keep your head screwed on straight.”
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5455 Northbrook Drive in Preston Hollow, sold by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
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Allman Firm Leads in Estate Sales
One North Texas luxury brokerage has sold some exceptional homes in a year that will stand out in history. One of those is 5455 Northbrook Drive in Preston Hollow, a 1958 masterwork by celebrated Texas modernist O’Neil Ford. Jennifer Shindler and J.L. Forke of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty represented the long, low-slung home, listed for $5,600,000. A Sotheby’s International Realty agent in Houston knew of the home and referred the buyer to Shindler and Forke. The home has earned widespread acclaim for its timeless design, quality materials and supreme sense of place. Commissioned by a co-founder of Texas Instruments, the glass-walled home offers nearly 6,800 square feet of crafted sophistication, and includes a sybaritic owner’s suite and artful indoor pool. The thickly treed, 1.77-acre lakeside property includes guest quarters and an art studio. Brilliantly sited on the terraced lot in the Dentwood Addition of Old Preston Hollow, the house is intriguingly not visible from the street. Ford put the home at the bottom of the sloping site, for utmost privacy and for communing closer with nature. To see all the homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty — in North Texas and around the world — go to briggsfreeman.com.
Allie Beth Allman & Associates continues during 2020 to be a leader in selling the most luxury estates in Dallas County. The luxury leading firm represented both the sellers and buyers for some of the most sought-after properties in the area. Here are two estates the Allman associates recommend. The historic Neoclassical estate on prestigious Beverly Drive sits on almost an acre lot. The four-bedroom mansion at 3800 Beverly Dr. was built in 1922 by Hal Thompson an updated in 2000 by Cole Smith. This estate features elegant formals with fireplaces, a card room, two offices, a wine room and wet bar. The large kitchen has double islands and a breakfast bar. The adjacent family room has beamed ceilings and French doors that overlook the pool and backyard. On almost 2 acres of gorgeous grounds in Preston Hollow, the six-bedroom estate at 5031 Deloache Ave. features a billiards room, wine cellar, gym, pool, sports court and putting green. The home has been transformed by architect Robert Trown with numerous living spaces, resort-style amenities and great wall finishes. The master suite has a two-story boutique-style closet. The outdoor living space is screened. To find your estate, visit alliebeth.com/estates.
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6303 Forest is being offered for $1,999,000 in Preston Hollow.
The records continue at Allie Beth Allman & Associates. Dallas’ premier luxury real estate firm recently reported its best September ever. Considering it is traditionally one of the quietest months, it was a monumental achievement. The impressive feat capped the brokerage’s best quarter in history. “It was truly remarkable just to see how it all played out and what it took to put together our best quarter ever,” President of Sales Keith Conlon said. A multitude of factors contributed to this success. Chief being still record low interest rates. This unprecedented situation motivated buyers to pull the trigger before it was too late. Uncertainty over the COVID-19 situation played a role as well. When the world came to a halt this spring, many discovered their current homes were inadequate for at-home work and school life. The fear of another business shutdown convinced those living in apartments and multi-unit residences to seek more space. Others looked for at-home recreational amenities, such as pools. According to Conlon, the outlook for the rest of the year looks strong despite the fact that it is an election year. Based on current projections, the Allman team is poised to top $2 billion extremely soon. That would be yet another record.
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This warm and sophisticated zero lot line home, in the Artists streets of North Dallas, is offered by Sheri Pizitz for $825,000. With four bedrooms and 3½ baths, 12524 Degas Lane (12524degas.dpmre.com) features an open floor plan, and encompasses 3,499 square feet (per tax rolls). A screened-in outdoor living area, accessed through tri-fold doors that recess into the den wall, creates a functional year-round space. Tasteful design details throughout include rich paneling, coffered ceilings, hardwood flooring and three fireplaces. In the gourmet kitchen, the chef’s secret weapons are expansive granite countertops, a six-burner gas range, double wall ovens and built-in refrigerator, plus ample kitchen storage and a huge walk-in pantry. Two living areas, library/fourth bedroom and a wine room complete the downstairs. On the second level, the gracious primary suite has striking herringbone-patterned hardwood flooring, and its luxurious bath features marble surfaces, separate vanities, glass-enclosed shower and an enormous walk-in closet. To schedule a showing, contact Pizitz at 214.837.7950 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (dpmre.com) is a division of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, with four locations that specialize in Preston Hollow, Park Cities, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Kessler Park and Farm & Ranch properties.
Preston Hollow offers elegant living along wide, tree-lined boulevards, open spaces and lush greenbelts. Its beautiful homes and majestic estates sit on large lots that offer plenty of space to enjoy a rich indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Allie Beth Allman & Associates, the leading firm for estates in Dallas County, recommends these exceptional residences. The four-bedroom home is in one of Dallas’ most desirable locations. The home at 4414 Woodfin Dr. opens through a magnificent entrance to a well-designed floor plan with a grand staircase. The home features an open, contemporary kitchen that is well equipped. Outdoors, relax beside a resort-like pool surrounded by lush greenery across finely manicured grounds. A five-bedroom modern minimalist estate at 4420 Ridge Rd. in Walnut Ridge is also on the market. It features a 14-foot fireplace in the living room. Walls of glass give both the sleek, well-equipped kitchen and the adjoining family room great views of the pool, loggia and outdoor kitchen. The master suite, which also has views of the pool, has a spectacular bath with a wall of marble, floor-to-ceiling windows and a huge closet. For more information, visit alliebeth.com.
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With beautiful homes and superior schools, Highland Park is considered one of the most livable communities in North Texas. If owning a home in this sought-after community, this fall is the perfect time make it a reality. Check out these special Highland Park homes. The four-bedroom home at 4561 Belclaire Ave. is on a popular block in the Bradfield Elementary School attendance zone. The home has a beautiful vaulted ceiling and fireplace. The updated kitchen features soapstone countertops, custom white cabinetry, stainless-steel appliances and built-in breakfast area banquette. The downstairs master suite has custom storage, two closets and a marble bath. It features a large backyard and a two-car garage. Looking for a lock and leave residence in Highland Park? Visit the one-bedroom at 4502 Abbott Ave. #105. The first-floor unit features clean lines, an open floor plan and top-of-the-line amenities. The well-equipped kitchen has stainless-steel appliances, including a Wolf gas range, Sub-zero refrigerator, a wine cooler and Bosch dishwasher. A marble island opens to the family room which has a gas fireplace and a balcony. Enjoy concierge services, a guest suite, a courtyard patio, firepit and putting green. Stop dreaming. Visit alliebeth.com.
Recently ranked as the #1 Team in Preston Hollow, the #2 team in DFW, the #4 team in Texas, and the #54 team in the Country. The Perry-Miller Streiff Group has over $140,000,000 in real estate sales/ pendings in 2020. They have already surpassed our 2019 production despite working through a challenging pandemic. While the past year has changed many things about the real estate industry, The Perry-Miller Streiff Group has quickly adapted to ensure their sellers are still receiving the best and safest possible exposure for their homes. This elite 8-agent team has developed a winning formula that is founded on a collaborative and synergistic spirit, offering the best marketing, networking and deal making abilities to serve their exceptional clients. The Perry-Miller Streiff Group delivers what others promise: Results. Highly-experienced associates, a sincere focus on clientele, and collaborative leadership combine to deliver a first-class experience and record setting results. Visit DPMFineHomes.com to learn more or see our current listings. Recently listed, 6303 Forest creates an opportunity to own one of the last remaining new construction homes on a private lake in The Waterfront at Forest. Built by world renowned Crescent Estates, this transitional style home features multifunction spaces showcasing incredible views out to an infinity edge pool overlooking a private lake. Contact Jason Bates (email@example.com) or Ryan Streiff (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
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Five Tips for Aging Well in Body and Brain
Americans are living longer and leading healthier lives than just 20 years ago. Good news, but a reminder that today’s lifestyle will affect our quality of life in later years. Research shows that changes in the brain can begin up to 20 years before symptoms appear in the case of Alzheimer’s disease.
“Fortunately, what’s good for the body is good for the brain,” says Nancy Sanders, Belmont Village executive director. “Our programs and activities are integrated to support a purposeful, healthy lifestyle.”
Belmont Village’s Top Five Tips for Healthy Aging: 1. Eat Right – High-fiber, low-fat foods rich in antioxidants combat diseases like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and cognitive decline. 2. Exercise Every Day – Include cardiovascular and strength training or activities work mind and body together – like dancing. 3. Increase Brain Gain – Build cognitive reserve by learning something new or doing something that’s a mental stretch. 4. Be a Social Butterfly – Social interaction has real benefits for physical, emotional and cognitive health. 5. Maintain Purpose – Setting goals and engaging in meaningful activities are what motivates us each day. For more information about Belmont Village Turtle Creek, call 214-306-7687or visit belmontvillage.com/ turtlecreek.
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9110 Rockbrook Drive 5 Bedrooms | 6.2 Baths | 7,596 SqFt Offered For $3,695,000
EBBY HALLIDAY REALTORS This French Transitional custom home, designed by Richard Drummond Davis, blends traditional Austin stone exterior with timeless contemporary finishes. Museum finished walls, cased openings and exquisite mill and tile work are throughout. Located on a .44 acre lot in Old Preston Hollow, the 7,596 sf light-filled home features an office/ study, mud room, 2 utility rooms and 5 bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms. The spacious first-floor primary suite has a dream closet, fireplace and private patio. Open gourmet kitchen features large island, marble countertops and Ann Sacks tile along with Thermador Professional appliances, 4 convection ovens, steam oven and pot filler. The large game room, a media room with kitchen and guest suites are on second floor and accessible by elevator. A covered patio with fireplace, pool with fountains, pool bath and three car garage complete an amazing lifestyle opportunity. Harold Leidner custom landscaping & pool. For more information please contact Robin Brock Webster (214) 543-8963.
3 Tips for Home Sellers
With a shortage of available inventory, numerous offers for the same property, and some listings shared only by word of mouth — it’s no secret that the North Texas housing market is strong. To help you navigate the home-selling waters, we polled
Ebby Halliday agents and collected their top tips for today’s sellers. Market to everyone near and far You have the best chance of selling your home for the highest price by exposing it to the largest number of potential buyers. When you list your home with Ebby Halliday Realtors, it will enjoy worldwide exposure on ebby.com, the gold standard in residential real estate websites. Respond and keep momentum There is an old adage that time kills deals. A buyer’s interest is at a peak level at the time he or she submits an offer, so keep the momentum going, choose the best offer, and respond promptly in writing. Don’t be greedy If a buyer offers an acceptable price and terms, sign the offer and your Ebby Halliday sales associate will schedule a closing appointment and expertly guide you through the home inspection and closing process. Contact an Ebby Halliday sale associate today. To get started, visit the award-winning ebby.com.
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