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PrestonHollowPeople OCTOBER 2018 VOLUME 14 NO. 10




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BECAUSE CHOCOLATE! State Fair times means food: savory food, sweet food. See our quick takes on the 2018 awards finalists. PAGE 49

Actually, we also have some business people from the Park Cities who will be showing off some alcohol-based jams that pair well with chocolate. PAGE XX








Sainit Michael and All Angels has announced a development that will have eight levels of office space and 12 levels of residential space.

In the first year of the statewide district grading policy, Dallas ISD received an overall grade of ‘B’ from the Texas Education Agency.

Preston Hollow resident Jodie Thompson has been donating to aid Christians in the Middle East for many years, and was honored for it in September.

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y recent visit to the Stewpot left me filled with hope, hope for people that are homeless and hope for families that are struggling to avoid becoming homeless. I started with a walk down a hallway adorned with photography that stopped me in my tracks. Mary Ellen Mark’s photographs document the journey of “Tiny,” a young woman whose life on the streets started at age 13. The exhibit was captivating, powerful, and moving. Note: The photos have been taken down for renovation, but you can see and learn more as they are a part of a bigger exhibit from the Museum of Street Culture. Visit Next, I learned about the extensive services offered at the Stewpot. The agency is the sole meal provider at The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, serving 1,000 to 2,000 meals per day, seven days per week. The Stewpot provides casework assistance and enrichment programs to individuals and families that are experiencing homelessness, as well as programs for at-risk children and their families. My visit ended with a trip to the art studio, passed halls covered with drawings and paintings. Many of them were very good. I was introduced to several artists who were eager to share their work with me. I

was especially impressed with the work by Leon Pollard, whom you’ll read more about on page 14. I also met anPAT M A R T I N other man, who though no longer homeless, returns to the Stewpot to work on his art. This is by design, said Betty Heckman, art program director. The studio gives individuals a familiar place to go, a sense of community, “a beautiful community of artists,” she said. When people are housed, many become isolated and lonely and having them come back fits with the mission of continued services for those experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Also, having the successfully-housed clients come back is an inspiration to others. Creating the art gives participants a sense of pride and self-worth. The writer, theologian, mystic, poet, and monk Thomas Merton wrote, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” I think this applies to those creating art and those experiencing art as well. Pat Martin, Publisher

Contents Crime ............................ 4 News .............................. 8 Community ................. 14 Cattle Baron’s Ball........ 20 Real Estate................... 26 Business ....................... 31 Sports........................... 34 Schools ........................ 36 Society ......................... 44 Living Well................... 49 Faith............................. 52 Obit .............................. 53 Classifieds .................... 54

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Crime S KU L D U G G E RY of the MO NTH


CRIME REPORT AUG. 13 - SEPT. 8 AUG. 13 An unknown suspect fired a weapon at a moving vehicle in the 7200 block of Dallas North Tollway around 6:10 p.m. The shooter was later arrested and the driver was unhurt. Merchandise from the Tom Thumb in the Market at Preston Forest was stolen at 7:32 p.m.

Nothing is safe in a parked car. Thieves have graduated from stealing speakers, jewelry, personal identification, and other belongings to ripping out the actual seats and making off with them. That’s what happened to a vehicle parked at the 8000 block of Douglas around 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 30. The owner reported that not only was his seat stolen, the thief had to use force to enter the vehicle since it was locked. We would continue to recommend removing all personal items from a parked vehicle, or at least hide the items and lock your doors – but is there any stopping a thief intent on stealing a seat? Good luck, drivers.

AUG. 14 A vehicle in the 6800 block of West Northwest Highway had it’s window broken and possessions were stolen at 9:30 a.m. Arrested at 1:53 p.m.: a 26-year-old female suspected of shoplifting from Sephora at NorthPark Center. A home in the 6500 block of Tulip Lane was burglarized at 2:30 p.m. Arrested at 9:01 p.m.: a 48-year-old man in the parking lot in the 11900 block of Inwood Road. He is accused of theft of car keys, theft of a motor vehicle, and possession of a controlled substance. AUG. 15 Stolen before 9 a.m.: property from a locked shed in the 8600 block of Thackery Street. The Preston Center Animal Clinic on Northwest Highway was forcefully entered around 6 a.m. No animals were harmed. AUG. 16 A vehicle in the 6800 block of Northwood Road was stolen at 10 a.m. Lincoln Properties was burglarized at 11:30 a.m. in the 8600 block of Preston Road. Arrested at 8:16 p.m.: A 20-year-old female for shoplifting at Victoria’s Secret at NorthPark Center. AUG. 17 A trespass warning was given around 12:20 p.m. when an officer reported to a violent major disturbance in the 8400 block of Blue Bonnet Road. A vehicle parked in a lot in the 3800 block of West Northwest Highway was burglarized at 6 p.m.

AUG. 18 Arrested at 3:16 a.m.: a 29-year-old man on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in the 4900 block of LBJ Freeway. The left rear panel of a 2017 Mercedes Benz was damaged sometime before 10:24 a.m. at the Preston Hollow Village Apartments. A vehicle was burglarized while parked at a home at 4:30 p.m. in the 10700 block of Bushire Drive. A vehicle was stolen sometime before 6:43 p.m. while parked in the 7100 block of Aberdeen Ave. AUG. 19 The window of a vehicle parked in the 4200 block of West Northwest Highway was broken at 12 a.m. and property from inside the vehicle was stolen. Around 11 a.m, an apartment in the 3800 block of West Northwest Highway was burglarized. AUG. 20 Arrested at 4:12 a.m.: a 31-year-old man in the 4100 block of West Lovers Lane on suspicion of public drunkenness and being a danger to himself. AUG. 22 A package was stolen from the front porch of a home at 12:50 p.m. in the 4200 block of Hockaday Drive. AUG. 23 Stolen around 11:10 a.m.: the license plate off a vehicle parked in the 6900 block of Meadow Road. A vehicle with the keys still in the ignition was stolen at 8 a.m. in the 6800 block of Orchid Lane. The copper gutter spouts were stolen from a home at 1 p.m. in the 4300 block of Brookview Drive. Two parked vehicles in the 4400 block of Lively Lane were struck around 4 p.m. Around 4:40 p.m., a residence in the 12000 block of Tavel Circle was burglarized.

AUG. 24 Around 1 p.m., a thief took a five-finger discount at the GAP in the Preston Oaks shopping center.

AUG. 30 A vehicle parked in the 8500 block of Douglas Ave. was broken into at 10:23 a.m. and its seat stolen.

Two A/C units were stolen from a residence at 12:45 p.m. in the 6700 block of Stichter Ave.

A door lock was “punched” open and property from inside a home at 11:30 a.m. in the 6200 block of West Northwest Highway was stolen.

Around 4:45 p.m., a “customer” attempted to pass a forged check at Inwood National Bank in the 7600 block of Inwood Road. Just before 9 a.m., a man in the 3900 block of West Northwest Highway head-butted another man. AUG. 25 The rear door was pried off of a residence in the 3200 block of Royal Lane in a home burglary around midnight. AUG. 26 A vehicle parked in the 4800 block of Forest Bend Road was stolen around midnight. Another vehicle nearby in the 4900 block of Forest Bend Road also was burglarized during the same time period. At 9:48 p.m. a woman’s wallet was stolen from her purse while in the 12300 block of Marbrook Drive. AUG. 27 A suspicious person was wandering around the 7100 block of Blairview Drive around 10:45 p.m. AUG. 28 At 4:11 p.m., 5:36 p.m., 6:16 p.m., and again at 7:42 p.m the homeowners of four separate residences in the 6800 block of Bandera Ave. reported their homes were burglarized. Items were stolen at 12:08 p.m. from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 5600 block of Caladium Drive. AUG. 29 Property was stolen from a residence in the 4400 block of Lively Lane around 7:40 p.m. A vehicle in the 5300 block of West Lovers Lane was burglarized just before 10 p.m. Three vehicles parked in the 3600 block of Inwood Road had their windows smashed and were burglarized sometime before 9:13 a.m.


A home in the 6400 block of Royalton Drive was burglarized around 4:50 p.m. AUG. 31 Arrested at 7:38 p.m.: a 21-year-old male accused of shoplifting from Macy’s at NorthPark Center. SEPT. 1 A hit and run was reported at the 9000 block of Boedecker Circle at 2:04 a.m. A vehicle and residence in the 6200 block of Walnut Hill Lane were both burglarized at 11 a.m. SEP. 3 A vehicle parked in the 6500 block of Aberdeen Ave. was burglarized sometime before 8:20 a.m. SEPT. 4 A vehicle parked in the 11900 block of Inwood Road was burglarized at 12:20 a.m. The YMCA in the 4300 block of Northaven Road was burglarized around 11:55 a.m. A vehicle parked in the 4200 block of Merrell was burglarized at 8:25 a.m. SEPT. 5 The window of a vehicle parked in the 8000 block of Inwood Road was shattered around 8:04 a.m. SEPT. 6 A woman was threatened by a suspect holding a flashlight in a parking lot in the 3800 block of West Northwest Highway. SEPT. 7 At 10:55 a.m. the back half of a dog was found on the front yard of a home in the 6200 block of Meadow Road. SEPT. 8 A vehicle parked in the 5000 block of West Lovers Lane was burglarized at 9:29 p.m.

8 October 2018 |



District 32 election seen as pivotal for control of U.S. House By Bill Miller

Special Contributor


n a classic ideological showdown over who will represent a swath of the North Dallas area, the race for Texas’ 32nd Congressional District is stirring national attention. The Nov. 6 midterm contest pits incumbent Pete Sessions, a high-ranking House Republican and long-time free-market defender, against Democrat Colin Allred, a civil rights lawyer and former NFL linebacker who wants to bring new leadership to his hometown. District 32 covers a portion of Collin County, but mostly eastern and northern Dallas County. Sessions, 63, chairs the powerful House Rules Committee and has won every contest for the seat since 2004. But some observers say shifting demographics and a surge of energy among Democrats make this race a key battle in their quest to retake the House majority. Therefore, observers say this contest could be the toughest yet for the incumbent (Find more analysis online). Sessions said he fights for the conservative principles that brought the new companies and renewed prosperity to North Texas and the U.S., like cutting taxes and government regulation. “Dallas, Texas is the entrepreneurial capital,” Sessions said. “Many companies have sought refuge in North Texas because of things like tax cuts. “That is why I run as a Ronald Reagan Republican; I stand for a private-public partnership.” The candidates’ views on health care aptly illustrate how they differ. Sessions’ health care plan wouldn’t abolish the Patient Protection and Afford-

able Care Act of 2010 (aka Obamacare), but instead, create an option for people to join group policies and receive tax credits to apply toward health care costs. Sessions claimed Democrats, including Allred, favor larger government and more taxes to pay for it. “The facts of the case are real simple,” he said. “It’s the Party of Nancy Pelosi vs. a free economy. Their agenda is to stop capitalism, and my opponent has sold the same message, and that is how he won the primary.” Allred, 35, said he’s no enemy to capitalism. He applauds prosperity, while also demanding legislation to ensure equal pay for equal work. “I believe our system created a middle class like the world has never seen,” he said. “My story is only possible in a country like that.” Allred, a standout athlete at Hillcrest High School and Baylor University, was a Tennessee Titans linebacker from 20062010. He became a lawyer and worked for the Department of Housing and Urban Administration during the Obama presidency. Allred said he understands economics. “I support infrastructure improvement and job training — all things Donald Trump said he wanted to do,” Allred said. “That’s a pretty bipartisan view.” But he opposes trade wars and Trump’s “tinkering with NAFTA.” “Pete Sessions has done nothing to stop this, and that’s been nothing but bad business for our community,” Allred said. Allred said he’d fight to defend and even expand the ACA. “I think a lot of lives have been saved because of the Affordable Care Act,” he said, “and it’s really a big mistake to repeal it.”

U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions

Colin Allred

On The Issues JOBS Sessions: Secure energy independence; build educational opportunities; foster technological innovation; cut government red tape; expand markets, and eliminate government waste.

Allred: End wage discrimination; enact $15 minimum wage; get paid family leave; more job training; improve infrastructure; and extend tax breaks to small businesses.

IMMIGRATION / BORDER SECURITY Sessions: Create a fair and effective “guest worker program;” encourage citizenship through the current naturalization process, but with no “blanket amnesty;” expand “interior enforcement” and aggressively prosecute and deport criminal aliens; and abolish “sanctuary cities.”

Allred: Protect “Dreamers” by supporting the “Dream Act;” hold employers accountable for “knowingly hiring and exploiting undocumented workers;” pursue a reasonable pathway to citizenship; and provide more training and tools for law enforcement.

GUN VIOLENCE Sessions: Prevent erosion of Second Amendment rights; vigorously enforce current gun laws; and support legal concealed carry of firearms across state lines.

Allred: Expand background checks to all gun purchases; support “Red Flag” laws to help identify potential mass shooters; and restore the “Assault Weapons Ban.”

10 October 2018 |

Episcopal Church Plans Mixed-Use Luxury Project at Preston Center

Saint Michael and All Angels project includes restaurants, retail


By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers

Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church has announced plans for a mixed-use development on its property along Douglas Avenue in the southwest part of Preston Center. The plans include a mid-rise office building on Douglas Avenue and a residential building on the western side of the site. The project will feature a full-service restaurant with a patio and other groundfloor retail that open onto public green space along Douglas Avenue.

Parking for the project will be a mix of self-parking and valet. A key component of this project is expanded off-street parking for the church, said the Rev. Chris Girata, rector of Saint Michael and All Angels. “By reducing our surface parking and investing heavily in underground parking, we not only solve our long-term parking needs, but we can create a more inviting campus with expanded green and open spaces and improve traffic flows for the benefit of the neighborhood and the church,” Girata said. The new plan, he said starts to bring to

life the vision his congregation has had for what their campus can be. Saint Michael and development partner Lincoln Property Company considered a project on the same piece of land in 2015 but put plans on hold pending recommendations of the Northwest Highway and Preston Road Area Task Force led by Dallas city council member Jennifer Gates. “Just like the task force, our parishioners want wide sidewalks, plazas, and green spaces,” Girata said. “Not only was it the right thing to do to wait on the task force recommendations, but we believe that we now have a far better plan than we had in 2015 – better for us and better for the neighbors.” John Walter, executive vice president with Lincoln Property Company, said the goal is to build a development designed to meet both the guidelines of the Preston Center Task Force and needs of the church and its surrounding neighborhood. “It has taken a significant commitment of time and money to accommodate the task force recommendations, but we believe the new result will be worth it,” he said. Peter Kline, a leader of the Northwest Highway and Preston Road Area Taskforce, agreed. “Based on my review of the preliminary plans for the proposed Saint Michael mixed-use development, I believe this

project could be a role model for future developments in the Preston Center area,” he said. “They have gone to great lengths to address the concerns and the priorities of the area plan.”

P R O J E C T D E TA I L S • The plan calls for an office building of eight levels plus the ground lobby and a residential building of 12 levels plus the ground lobby. • Both buildings will be within residential proximity slope limits from the west side of the Tollway and from Colgate Avenue and have been located to be respectful of current neighbors’ view corridors. • The project will be inviting to the neighborhood with wide sidewalks, open areas, and green space. • The plan provides a home for the popular Saint Michael and All Angels Farmers Market. • Project plans meet the guidelines supported by the Preston Center Task Force.

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Health Services Monitoring DISD Tuberculosis Cases

Students, faculty received free testing By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers Dallas ISD students and faculty are moving forward after two cases of tuberculosis were found at W.T. White High School. Dallas County Health and Human Services reported the disease in two brothers who most likely caught it from a relative that used to live with them, and said the patients have been receiving medical treatment for almost three months. But a “lapse due to an unknown computer issue,” according to DCHHS, prevented DISD parents from knowing about the case until Aug. 31. Parents received a voicemail and a letter from the district. The brothers were deemed not contagious, and free screenings were conducted on students and faculty in early September. “We also did skin screenings on the students’ arms,” said Marisa Gonzalez, DCHHS public health educator. “We don’t have a specific statement on the case, but we did have health officials out there [at the school] conducting tests.” Dallas ISD released a statement, calling the safety of its students “a top priority.” “We will continue to work closely with DCHHS and follow their protocol to en-

sure the wellness of our students and staff,” it read. Health officials determined that more than 150 students came in contact with the brothers during the first weeks of school before their diagnosis became known. No additional cases have been reported since the initial discovery. The federal government only recommends tuberculosis vaccinations for persons at high-risk for the disease. According to DCHHS, an infection can lead to tuberculosis if the patient has a compromised immune system (such as from HIV ), came in contact with tuberculosis germs in the past two years, or received improper treatment for tuberculosis in the past. Like the flu, tuberculosis is transmitted from person to person when the infected person coughs, sneezes, or “causes the germs to become airborne,” officials said. Symptoms of tuberculosis are often flulike: A cough that may last longer than three weeks, weakness and fatigue, chills, fever, night sweats, and a lack of appetite. If the infection has spread to the lungs, the patient may cough up blood. DCHHS reports that taking a strong antibiotic for up to nine months can effectively treat tuberculosis.

T U B E R C U L O S I S I N T H E U N I T E D S TAT E S • The number of TB cases in the United States is the lowest it has been since 1953 • Reported number of infections in 2017 was 9,093, a 1.8 percent decrease from 2016

• One case of TB can cost up to $500,000 to treat • Approximately 13 million people in the U.S. have latent tuberculosis, the non-active form of the disease Source: Centers of Disease Control

14 October 2018 |



The Stewpot assists with classes, supplies, trips, and exhibitions By William Legrone

even Zales 5th Avenue showcases. But this program brought me back to my first love, which is art.” Of all that the program has done for him, Pollards said that visiting and learning from museums is his favorite part. “I call it continuing education,” Heckman said. “We go on field trips to museums that are guided. We sit in the stools for 30 minutes in front of one painting and learn about not just the color schemes, but the history of the painting, what the artist is trying to convey, how this makes them feel, and we sketch. It’s really very lovely.” Heckman explained that for those in and around the program, the work done at the Stewpot is about more than just addressing immediate needs. It’s about opening the door for deeper conversations, building relationships, and ultimately creating a space where everyone can feel at home, she said. Pollard describes it as a community. “The caseworkers and the people that work over here are really cool,” Pollard said. “You get to know people. We talk about everything.”

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he Stewpot, established by the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas in 1975, began with a focus on serving food to homeless neighbors. But through the decades, the ministry has expanded to include a range of social services, including art classes. “One of the things I love the most about Stewpot is taking care of all the needs of those who are experiencing homelessness,” Betty Heckman said. “As well as feeding their bellies, we feed the soul here with the art program.”

“The Stewpot gives you a new beginning. A new home, a new life, and a perspective.” Leon Pollard Heckman, the art program’s director, said that providing a safe space for the homeless to create is as important to their recovery as food and shelter. The Stewpot’s art program includes classes throughout the week, art supplies for those in the program, trips to museums, and exhibitions where the artists can display and turn a profit for their work. More than eight years ago, Leon Pollard was with the program when Cynthia Brannum was the art director. In those days, Pollard participated in the Pillar Park homeless project, where he

HOW TO HELP At the Stewpot, Leon Pollard taps into his love for painting. painted the mural of Stevie Ray Vaughan that can be seen near Deep Ellum. “The Stewpot gives you a new beginning,” Pollard said. “A new hope, a new life, and a perspective. I’ll be 65 this year, and I sit and wonder and ponder, but I try to give back to what society has given me.”

Whom Is She Going To Be Next?


Calista Fyfe makes her own constumes, including this one for Tracer from Overwatch. Dallas Fan Days is Oct. 19-21.


Pollard sees his time with the art program as a respite between being on the streets and working a job. “I’ve been doing art since I can remember in high school, but I got away from it and was doing carpentry work,” Pollard said. “I made pool tables, Benihana sushi bars, and

By William Taylor

People Newspapers The next time you see Calista Fyfe, the 2018 Dallas International School graduate might be someone else. Through cosplay (short for costume play), Fyfe has become Hela f rom the movie Thor: Ragnarok, Tracer from the video game Overwatch, and Joff rey Baratheon from the TV show Game of Thrones. “The costumes are extremely fun to make, sometimes infuriating, but I learn something new with each costume,” she said. Gender doesn’t matter. Hero or villain? That doesn’t matter either. What is important with the costumes she can spend up to 40 hours making: the challenge, design inspiration, or emotions they evoke. “Joff rey Baratheon was probably one of my favorite costumes, because of the reactions I get from people as he’s generally looked at as the most hated character of the series,” Fyfe said.

The Stewpot art program needs acrylic paints, stretched canvases, drawing pads, brushes, and jewelry making supplies as well as 16-by20-inch and 18-by-24-inch frames. Email Betty Heckman at bettyh@ or call 214-382-5912 to volunteer.

She grew up in Preston Hollow and is attending Sarah Lawrence College in New York this fall, but hopes to make it back home for Dallas Fan Days, the convention where her love of cosplay was born. Fyfe was going through a difficult time in 2014 when she discovered Eddie McClintock from Warehouse 13, one of her favorite TV shows, was coming to the area. “My mom reluctantly agreed to drive me to go meet him, both of us knowing absolutely nothing about comic conventions,” she said. Inside the Irving Convention Center, among the vendors, panel discussions, and celebrity photo signing areas, they encountered halls filled with superheroes, princesses, and other video game and movie characters, many posing for photo requests. “The beautiful thing about Fan Expo Dallas and Dallas Fan Days is watching the cosplayers interact with our other guests,” Fan Expo vice president Andrew Moyes said. “While not everyone who visits our event is in costume, a

great many spend hours and hours creating elaborate characters.” Fyfe decided to become one of those, and soon learned to sew and craft while making new friends and gaining greater selfacceptance. “I was also always the nerd of my high school, so it felt amazing to have conventions in my life as they helped me branch out and learn to love what I loved despite it maybe not being the ‘popular’ thing to like,” she said. Cosplay combined her love for performance and visual arts and gave her confidence that extended to trying out and making her school’s basketball team, though she hadn’t had much previous experience. She also will play basketball in college. “When people look at cosplay from the outside, they often times only see the costumes, the conventions, but through my four-year journey, I’ve realized it’s all so much more important than that,” she said. “It’s about self-acceptance, community, and coming together to celebrate what you love.”

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Best Month of the Year

Best month of the year? Clearly October. It’s a great month weathLEN BOURLAND er-wise for traveling abroad, to the country, the lake, or for most of us, finally just sitting outside in the backyard. What could be better than fall foliage, sports competitions, and entertainment in all the arts? Dallasites kick off the month with Texas/OU weekend bringing traffic to an even slower crawl while the revelers pour into town. The mostly friendly football fans result in clusters of aging jocks, neighbors’ barbequing, even the oldsters playing bridge arguing, boasting, wagering, and joining in the rivalry. Such rivalries extend to local and pro teams as well. Who doesn’t love good competition? Then the month ends with many kids of all ages’ favorite holiday, Halloween. Dressing up, parading about, playing tricks, giving out candy. Despite the glory that is October, already the fall has been dimmed with the steady drumbeat of that most unsportsmanlike competition: politics. The unending barrage from newscasters, late-night comedians, and social media posts is numbing. This year for the first time (at least for me) text messages from campaigns ping my phone. Is that even legal? Team rivalries survive until another season, but can our country endure another election slugfest? If there was one takeaway from September’s funeral for John McCain, it is that America yearns for a hero, a man who tries to work with all people. The man’s patriotism, dedication to service, and desire to extend hands across the aisle was unassailable. Even though he was a maverick and had political differences with many, he was an honorable opponent, never personally demeaning. No junkets, cash in his freezer, string of affairs, nor conduct unbecoming for this gentleman. He left his first wife brokenhearted, faulted his own immaturity, later became friends, and took care of all his children. He had decency. Courage. Integrity. Gratitude. His tough mother and his distinguished military family tempered his mischievous, roguish nature. So did someone else. Less noticed in the funeral was this hero’s hero, Chuck Larson, McCain’s old roommate and four-star admiral by whom he requested to be buried at the Naval Academy. Google Larson. Every student, teacher, voter, citizen, and particularly, politician should strive to emulate him. John McCain did and was elevated in the process. That would make a great month even better. Len Bourland can be reached at

18 October 2018 |

A Farm to Table Experience

McCallister champions Dallas chefs, locally produced food

Nowitzki, Celebrities Play Tennis Classic at SMU

2018 LINEUP FEARING’S FALL HARVEST BACKYARD FEST WHEN: 7-10 p.m. Nov. 2 WHERE: Fearing’s Restaurant, Ritz-Carlton Dallas COST: $175 STREET FOOD NIGHT MARKET WHEN: 7-10 p.m. Nov. 3 WHERE: Victory Park COST: $75 (general admission), $95 (VIP) THE MAIN EVENT WHEN: 2:30-6 p.m. Nov. 4 WHERE: Dallas Heritage Village COST: $99 (general admission), $150 (VIP) Guests set up picnic stations at Oak Lawn Park for Chefs for Farmers.

By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers

When Park Cities resident Iris McCallister set out to create a long-table dinner where local chefs and farmers would have a chance to network, she never imagined it would grow into anything more. “It was intended to be only one time for the dinner,” she said. However, word quickly spread about the intimate dining experience and soon everyone wanted McCallister and her then-husband and James Beard-nominated chef Matt McCallister to curate for them that same unique experience. A couple of years later, that farm-to-table al fresco dinner morphed into a threeday culinary blowout where chefs, artisans, and foodie influencers meet up to support local and regional farmers. Chefs for Farmers returns this year with


a family-style dinner featuring a series of noted chefs at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, continues the next evening with a celebration of street food, and culminates Nov. 4 with the main event at Oak Lawn Park. We sat down with McCallister to discuss the event. Q: Why is it important for you to highlight local cuisine? A: I feel like we are really an underrated food city. We have so many talented chefs here, Iris McCallister and I don’t think they get recognized enough. We want people to know these chefs care about how you eat, and it is quality food, and it is great restaurants. Q: Do you think events like yours are

changing the way Dallasites view food? A: I think so. I think it is definitely unique, and I think it is important that the chefs are showing off what they do out there and showcasing the farmer’s hard work. Q: Why do you think the event is so popular? A: I think because the chefs are very supportive of it. And, I think excitement can be contagious. When the chefs are excited, people can be excited. It’s also the vibe: A lot of people have referred to our event as “Aspen Food & Wine meets Coachella.” Q: Besides the food, what is unique about the event? A: Our charitable component is Youth With Faces (a program that gives youth in the juvenile justice system a second chance to be more than a faceless statistic), and we are raising money for the greenhouse they are trying to build.

Nowitzki held his tournament at SMU.

By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers By day’s end, it was Dirk Nowitzki’s wife, Jessica, who made it to the final round of the Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic Sept. 15 at SMU. And while Jessica Nowitzki and her partner, tennis pro Mitchell Krueger, lost to former professional Mark Knowles and his partner Camelia Marta, the Nowitzki’s were still the biggest winners of the day. All proceeds from the event went to the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, which awards grants to organizations focusing on children’s wellbeing, health, and education. And with a full house in attendance to watch Nowitzki – as well as tennis stars Knowles, Andy Roddick, Tommy Haas, Boris Kodjoe, and Steel Lafferty plus Nowitzki’s Dallas Maverick teammates Dwight Powell and Devin Harris – the final tally was something the 7-foot German had to smile about. “This is the third time we’ve done it, and obviously last year was extremely special because we decided to [send the proceeds] to Hurricane Harvey victims,” Nowitzki said. “This year was just as fun. A lot of celebrities rolled into town for it, which is awesome. It’s been a great weekend with a lot of support from everyone.” Nowitzki has made his charitable mark in Dallas ever since he arrived to the city in 1998. His Hero’s Baseball Classic, a celebrity baseball game held every year at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, has been a success for several years and raised money for his foundation.

20 October 2018 |

Cattle Baron’s Ball


Co-chairs Nix, Bock bring years of experience to Cattle Baron’s Ball By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers


ince 1974, Dallasites have been dusting off their cowboy boots to help raise more than $77 million for cancer research, and this October the world’s largest single-night fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will celebrate its 45th anniversary with sapphires and spurs. Co-chairs Jonika Nix and Katy Bock said this year’s ball comes after a sharp reminder of the importance of such fundraisers. “Sadly, we just lost a Cattle Baron’s member to cancer a few weeks ago,” Nix said. “Julie Clancy, who was a member for 15 years, died, and we are dedicated to keeping her memory alive as we strive to help the American Cancer Society eradicate cancer.” In addition to raising money for cancer research in North Texas, the Cattle Baron’s Ball also will solicit donations to promote awareness and resources for veterans dealing with cancer and being helped by the American Cancer Society. “I have been very fortunate to not have lost any close family members to cancer, so I see my work on the ball as my way of counting my blessings,” Nix said. Over the years, both Nix and Bock have touched many aspects of the Cattle Baron’s Ball; Nix has served as an underwriting chairman, auction chairman, live auction chairman, and sat on the underwriting com-

mittee; while Bock has chaired the silent auction, membership, Junior Cattle Baron’s, and served as co-chair of the underwriting and production committees. “Having been a member of the organizations since 2009, I have seen so many dedicated women join forces for the causes, and I am honored to serve as chairman,” Bock said. Seeing attendees have a good time and watching a year of hard work and dedication that will result in a memorable evening for donors and the committee – with much money raised for a great cause – are what both ladies say they look forward to the month. This year’s theme, “Sapphires & Spurs” Kickin’ it to Cancer for 45 Years truly sums up the Cattle Baron’s Ball and its mission to end cancer. The event has earned a reputation for bringing in the big bucks with a western-themed night of top-tier entertainment, fantastic auction items, and a growing guest list. Beginning in 1974 with a Johnny Cash performance at the ranch of Toddie Lee Wynne (famed oil investor, real-estate developer, and Dallas Cowboys minority owner), the ball continues to be one of the biggest social fundraisers in Dallas. This year, three-time Grammy-winning artist Zac Brown Band will headline the event with the impressive Hall-of-Famer Charlie Daniels opening the performance.

C AT T L E BARON’S BALL WHEN: Oct. 20 WHERE: Gilley’s Dallas THEME: Sapphires & Spurs Jonika Nix and Katy Bock



- About the American Cancer Society -

• Provided more than 40,000 services to cancer patients in North Texas and

Since its’ inception in 1974, the Cattle Baron’s Ball has raised more than $77 million for the American Cancer Society (ACS). To date, the funds have supported ACS in a variety of ways:

• • • •

connected patients with more than 64,000 different treatment options Gave 10,238 rides to and from treatment

Provided funding to 47 Nobel Prize-winning scientists

Volunteers visited more than 1,000 breast cancer patients Aided in enacting state and local smoke-free laws

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FROM LEFT: The Zac Brown Band and the Charlie Daniels Band will perform at the 45th annual Cattle Baron’s Ball this October at Gilley’s Dallas.


he Zac Brown Band will have Dallasites’ sapphires sparkling and spurs clanking at Gilley’s this October for the 45th annual Cattle Baron’s Ball. The three-time Grammy winners will headline the western-themed night of top-tier entertainment. American multi-instrumentalist Charlie Daniels will warm up the crowds with number-one hits such as “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” With more than 9 million albums sold, Zac Brown Band has been dubbed one

of the most dynamic live acts, marked by strong musicianship that defies genre. The band’s endless stream of hit songs, from “Chicken Fried,” a song that bleeds patriotism and honor, to the hauntingly sad “Cold Weather,” has helped win the hearts of unsuspecting fans. Since 2009, the band has landed accolades such as Rock Song of the Year in 2016 for “Heavy is the Head” at the iHeartRadio music awards, Vocal Group of the Year in 2012 at the ACM awards, and Grammy’s for Best New Artist

(2010), Best Country Collaboration with Vocals (2011), and Best Country Album (2013). With 60-plus years in the music business, Charlie Daniels also has an impressive resume including a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame. While his unique voice and an extensive list of award-winning hits have cemented Daniels’ place in the county music industry with a multi-platinum career, his diverse live shows and discography reflect the artist’s love of multiple genres.


In addition to a range of hits that cross country, jazz, rock, and bluegrass, Daniels has released music in the children’s and Christian categories. His 1994 Christian album, The Door, received a Dove award with the Gospel Music Association and “Two Out of Three” was named the video of the year by the Christian Music Association. However, if you asked him, Daniels would merely call his music American. – Staff report

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24 October 2018 |

To The Highest Bidder: Sampling of This Year’s CBB Auction items NorthPark Center Fashion and Italian Fashion

Napa with Dallas’ Finest Chefs Benefitting for wine drinkers and foodies alike, this exclusive for you and seven guests will take you to the Stelzner Vineyards for a private multi-course dinner and have you dining al fresco in the heard of legendary Stags Leap District. You’ll sleep like a king during the three-night, four-day stay in a six-bedroom, 5.5 baths Blue Oaks Estate sitting on 15 acres. The trip includes 320,000 miles provided by American Airlines and ground transportation to and from DFW Airport.

Step into the world of Italian luxury with Salvatore Ferragamo and gain exclusive access for you and one guest to attend the Autumn/ Winter 2019 ready-to-wear presentation in Italy (trip includes 440,000 miles provided by American Airlines) and a private tour of the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence. Return to Dallas, inspired and ready to shop, with $10,000 in Northpark Gold to be used towards purchases at Salvatore Ferragamo in NorthPark Center.

An Indy 500 Experience

Hold Em’ With the Dallas Cowboys

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime weekend for two at the 2019 running of the Indianapolis 500. The package includes a special edition of Tag Heuer’s most iconic chronograph, The Monaco Gulf Special Edition, as well as business-class round-trip airfare tickets to the event, ground transportation to and from local airports, a twonight stay in a premium hotel, two private dinners, and on race day, a police escort to and from the Indy 500 track with exclusive access to the TAG Heuer VIP lounge.

Join football legends Troy Aikman, Tony Casillas, Charles Haley, Daryl Johnston, Drew Pearson, and Darren Woodson for the ultimate guys’ night. You and 11 of your luckiest friends will enjoy delicious fare and libations followed by a game of No Limit Texas Hold’em. | October 2018  25

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26 October 2018 |

Real Estate

HOUSE OF THE MONTH 4656 Meadowood Road


riginally built by builder Talmadge Tinsley as his personal home, this gated house sits on 3.106 acres in a quiet and serene pocket of Preston Hollow. With more than 13,000 square feet of space, the home includes four bedrooms, five full and two half baths. Features include a


spacious kitchen adjacent to the living room, a private study with views of the grounds, his and her bathrooms and closets in the master suite, a 613-bottle wine cellar, three additional bedrooms upstairs, and lush grounds that include a pool, tennis court, and koi pond. | October 2018  31


FAREWELL HP SODA FOUNTAIN Owner unsure whether business will return after tower construction


At Gather Kitchen, Soraya Spencer offers a bowl-based menu with options for meat eaters and vegans.

Algerian Chef Opens Gather Kitchen in Preston Center By William Legrone

People Newspapers


Residents who attended the Highland Park Soda Fountain’s final hurrah on Sept. 4 were treated to a free grilled cheese sandwich and milkshake. Owner Gretchen Minyard Williams, bottom right, is unsure if the business will return following reconstruction of the Weir’s building.

By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers


long with the smell of freshly made grilled cheese sandwiches and the whirl of homemade milkshakes, nostalgia filled Highland Park Soda Fountain a few days before its closing.

“The only thing that’s constant is constant change.” Gretchen Williams The decades-old establishment held a final farewell hurrah before shutting down in advance of major redevelopment of the block it shares at Travis and Knox streets with Weir’s Furniture. Plans for a 12-story retail and office tower with 800 spots of underground parking show the façade of the historic pharmacy building remaining, but soda foundation owner Gretchen Minyard Williams said she’s “not sure” if she

will reopen when the $150-million-plus project is completed. Demolition and groundbreaking are scheduled for 2019 with construction expected to take 18 to 24 months. Weir’s plans to be back with its new front facing Travis. The soda fountain has been a part of the Weir’s lease for some time now, and while Williams said her business has “been invited back,” she doesn’t want to commit to something that is still at least two years away. “The only thing that’s constant is constant change,” she said. “Who knows what will be going on at that time?” The soda foundation turned 100 in 2012, but the food remained the same – a classic grilled cheese sandwich, served with pickle slices, and a hand-spun milkshake, among other fan favorites. When Williams and her husband, Sonny, bought it in 2006, they made sure the menu remained the same from what it was when they were children. Many residents who visited the soda fountain on the evening

of Sept. 4 were appreciative of the food, among other things, that reminded them of the very same place they visited in their formative years. Jolie and Bart Humphrey said they would bring all three of their children on a regular basis until they were old enough to walk to it themselves. “I’m really upset that it’s closing,” Jolie Humphrey said. “There just aren’t many places like this left. It reminds all of us of a simpler time.” “It’s a shame that places like this keep getting remodeled or torn down,” added Bart Humphrey. “You’ve got places in Europe that have been around for centuries, let alone decades.” Highland Park Soda Fountain will have a booth at the State Fair of Texas, Williams said. Residents will be able to enjoy all the same food at the booth during the fair, which runs through Oct. 21. “Just seeing all of these people here, it reinforces what a great thing this place is to the community,” Williams said.

Soraya Spencer, an Algerian native and restaurateur with years of experience abroad, has opened her second Dallas restaurant in less than a year. She opened her first Gather Kitchen in Thanksgiving Tower nearly 10 months ago and decided Preston Center, with its proximity to SMU, Preston Hollow, and the Park Cities, was the best spot for her second location. Spencer grew up in what she calls a “restaurant family.” Her dad owned restaurants in North Africa and put her to work at an early age. “I was put up on the stepping stool at 9 washing dishes, and by 17 I was running the restaurant for [my dad],” Spencer said. To escape the terrorism still prevalent in Algeria and Northern Africa, Spencer left to study pharmacy abroad but found that she couldn’t shake her love for food. She decided to study at a culinary school in Lyon, France created by renowned French chef Paul Bocuse. After school, Spencer went to Hong Kong where she helped open and operate five fine-dining restaurants and eventually met her husband. When he got a job offer in Texas, Spencer and her husband decided to move to Dallas four years ago. “The first year was so boring to me,” Spencer said. “I went from someone who knows everyone and does everything and is in charge of five restaurants to doing absolutely nothing.”

Disappointed with the “never quick” and “pretty boring” healthy eating options she found in the area, she decided to start a business out of her own kitchen selling paleo baked goods and desserts. “I went from one juice and coffee shop to another, knocking on doors and saying, ‘Please try me out and allow me to sell my baked good in your store,” she said. Soon larger orders for parties and catering came, and Spencer decided to open a restaurant. “I was surprised how people and communities in Dallas just welcomed me,” she said. “Bloggers, magazines, and TV people all helped without me asking them. I really felt like Dallas has this feel of helping the other. Helping your fellow human. I really love that.” Her business philosophy is multi-faceted with an overall goal of empowering people. She builds relationships with farmers that locally source her food; strives to unify meat-eaters, vegans, and everyone else under the roof of Gather Kitchen; and seeks to help those with a history of drug abuse and criminal convictions by providing them jobs and teaching them new skills. “These people are the most loyal people if you give them a second chance,” Spencer said. “They need that. I feel like I would rather spend a little more time with someone that lost all hope in life and give them that hope, shine that light in them again, than just go to someone that is completely entitled and not as hard-working.”

32 October 2018 |

Comings and Goings Giant Preston Hollow 3850 W. Northwest Highway, Suite 1170 If you ever wanted a giant bicycle, there’s now a place for that. Opening late September by Preston Hollow resident Jason Henry, the storefront also services all brand of bikes.

MidiCi Preston Hollow Village

Texas Pride Athletics.



Pearl Cup Coffee Preston Hollow Village and 6715 Hillcrest Avenue

Conveniently located at the corner of Mockingbird and Maple, SMU head cheer coach Tiffany Fettinger said her new cheerleading and tumbling gym will focus on skill and confidence development. A grand opening party is slated for from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5.

The living room-inspired coffee house is returning to Dallas with its mission to serve coffee in a welcoming environment to both Preston Hollow and the Park Cities. Both locations are set to open sometime this fall.

Texas Pride Athletics 6334 Maple Ave., Suite 350

A Los Angeles eatery will soon be slinging Neapolitan pizzas in Preston Hollow. Known for its thin crusts and laid-back atmosphere, the restaurant offers pizzas covered in eggs and bacon; chicken pesto, truffles and prosciutto, and other flavor combinations. Appetizers, or small bites, include house-made meatballs with fresh mozzarella, burrata with melon and prosciutto, and house meat and cheese plates. A signature Nutella calzone is the star of the restaurant’s dessert menu.

chandise tailored to the area, groceries will feature fresh produce and grab-and-go items, snacks, and meal solutions. The store also will stock smaller selections of home décor, beauty, apparel, and accessories.

NOW OPEN The Modern Lady Society Online Dallas Millennial Empowers Elegant Living has launched an online group that covers everything from femininity to daily decorum. The free community provides a sisterhood focused on positivity, teaching the underlying foundation of etiquette principles to live with class and charisma. Visit

Target Preston Center About one-third the size of a Super Target, the small-format version (54,700 square-feet) is expected to have a grand opening Oct. 21 at its location on the west side of Preston Center at Westchester Drive and Berkshire Lane. In addition to mer-

MidiCi Neapolitan pizza.


34 October 2018 |


PARISH EPISCOPAL’S BOND OF BROTHERS Four Overtons share success with Panthers By Todd Jorgenson

People Newspapers


he four Overton brothers took the field together for the first time 12 years ago, when their dad created virtual versions of each of them on the Madden NFL 06 video game.

“They brought a swagger and give us a little bit of an edge.” Coach Daniel Novakov However, it turns out live-action football at Parish Episcopal is more fun than the virtual Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The siblings have reunited on the varsity roster this season for the Panthers, where identical twins Cameron and Kahlil are senior receivers, while A.J., a junior, and Isaiah, a sophomore, primarily play on the defensive line. “We all wanted to play on the same team,” Kahlil said. “Three other people are always cheering you on.” The quartet was able to realize that dream at Parish after transferring over the summer from defending Class 6A state champion Allen, where the roster sizes are much larger at every level. Their unspoken bond is evident in every game. When Kahlil caught a touchdown pass during a season-opening win over TCA-Willow Park, for example, three of his teammates out-sprinted the others to start

FROM LEFT: Cameron, Kahlil, Isaiah, and A.J. Overton have each made an impact this season on the varsity roster at Parish Episcopal the end-zone celebration. “We’re like the Energizer bunnies of the locker room,” Cameron said. “Anytime we’re anywhere together, even at the house cooking food, we’re dancing and acting crazy.” The twins, each standing 6-foot-3, help to stretch the field as deep threats for Parish quarterback Preston Stone, who already has college offers from several of the country’s top programs. In that season opener, the Overtons combined for seven catches, 189 yards, and three touchdowns.

“Anytime either one of them gets it in their hands, they’re a threat to score. They’re tall and fast and rangy. It’s hard to get one player like that, let alone two,” said Parish head coach Daniel Novakov. “They brought a swagger and give us a little bit of an edge.” Their father, Aaron, was a standout receiver at Drake University before a brief professional career in the NFL and Canada. After he finished playing, he coached each of his sons in youth leagues. “We got to see him play. We wanted to


naturally follow him,” Kahlil said. “Football has been our lifestyle. You learn so many things that you can take into your life.” The brothers are committed to remaining close after graduation. One idea: When they’re all grown up, with their own families, they hope to build houses within a mile of each other, connected by a secret underground tunnel. Give them points for dreaming big. “Our family has always been together in football,” Kahlil said. “We want to stay together.”

Bears Dig Their Defense, Rattle Taller Opponents By Todd Jorgenson

People Newspapers Physical intimidation isn’t part of the game plan for Ursuline. In fact, the Bears hope you underestimate them because of their size. They will just keep digging and blocking and finding other ways to rattle taller and more athletic opponents on the volleyball court, winning matches using a strategy that relies more on defense and less on powerful hitters. “It’s historically been our strongest suit,” said Ursuline head coach Jason Sears. “We’re usually not a big team, so we try to frustrate the other teams and their big hitters. It all starts with that defense.” The bulk of that responsibility falls to a pair of junior standouts in the back row — libero Mackenzie

Morris and defensive specialist Isa Lopez. “Defense is a very big part of volleyball,” said Lopez, who’s also one of the team leaders in service aces. “A good dig or a good pass can pick up the whole team.” It might seem like a thankless job sometimes, but that’s not the case at Ursuline, where Sears and his players recognize the value of their defenders and their multifaceted roles. For example, Lopez won the team’s Bear Award as a sophomore recognizing her spirited role in getting her squad fired up. “Sometimes our position is overlooked, but it’s one of the most vital parts of the team,” said Morris, who has verbally committed to play college volleyball at Kansas State. Morris and Lopez combined


The defensive tandem of Isa Lopez and Mackenzie Morris (in red jersey) has helped Ursuline improve this season.

for 91 digs earlier this season against top competition at a tournament in Justin, where Ursuline won the bronze division title. Sears said the Bears emphasize defensive skills for all of their players in practice, ranging from communication and movement on the court to blocking at the net. “It’s the tenacity they have on every single ball,” Sears said. “It’s helped everyone step up their game.” Junior setter Natalia Walls is the court leader for the Bears, and said team chemistry would continue to be critical as the Bears approach the TAPPS playoffs. “It’s not only about skills but also about passion,” Lopez said. “Once they see us working well together as a team, we’re better than we look sometimes.”

36 October 2018 |


Dallas ISD T Earns a ‘B’

Superintendent: We have a lot more work to do Tim Glaze

People Newspapers

he A through F letter system has long been a staple of grading student work. Now, the same format will be applied to individual Texas school districts - and soon, individual Texas schools. In conjunction with the Texas Education Agency, the state recently released a list of letter grades for each school district on the heels of two legislative sessions focused on retooling the education-rating system. By 2017, three rating categories had been decided on: school progress, student achievement, and “closing the gap,” which focuses on the development of students with special needs or where English is a second language. Dallas ISD received an overall grade of B, with a B in school progress and C’s in student achievement and “closing the gap.” The state is expected to release letter grades of individual Texas schools in August 2019. Until then, numeric scores for schools can be found at

Several Dallas schools had listed number grades, including Hillcrest High School’s 81, North Dallas High School’s 71, W.T. White’s 75, and Preston Hollow Elementary’s 92. All scores are out of 100. The TEA listed Dallas ISD as a district with “exemplary postsecondary readiness,” and an “academic growth score” of 82 out of 100. It also noted that almost 87 percent of economically disadvantaged students in the district are performing “at or at a higher level” than similar students in other state districts. State testing results are key in determining grades. The student achievement section, officials said, reflects how the district’s students scored on state standardized tests and whether those students are ready for college and careers following graduation. The school progress assessment focuses on student improvement on state tests from the previous year. According to the TEA, 70 percent of the overall grade is

based on the school progress and student achievement categories. The “closing the gap” category makes up the other 30 percent. Officials said transparency is important to the TEA when discussing the grades, which is why parents and students will be able to access the data online eventually. There will also be data and other notes explaining the grade. Dallas ISD superintendent spoke out against the letter grading system at a press conference during the summer, saying he testified against it during the last rounds of legislation. “I’m not a fan [of the letter grading system],” he said. “A simple answer to a complex issue is not always the way to go. Despite saying that, it would be unfortunate if I didn’t thank our employees and students who helped us earn a grade of ‘B.’ “There’s still much more that we need to do. We haven’t arrived; it’s a 26-mile marathon and we may be on mile 6 right now. We have a lot more work to do.”

MORE DISTRICT GRADES Allen ISD Arlington ISD Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Denton ISD

A (95) C (78) B (87) B (86)

Frisco ISD Garland ISD Highland Park ISD

A (96) B (81) A (96)

Source: Texas Education Agency | October 2018  37

Wesley Prep Celebrates Half-Century of Learning

Ministers’ wives founded school

What began as a preschool has grown to extend through sixth-grade.

By Fallon Lineberger

Special Contributor Dallas’ Wesley Prep, a ministry of the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in October. The school, founded in 1968 by the wives of two ministers, began as Mother’s Day Out, preschool, and kindergarten programs, and under the directorship of Linda Altick, expanded into elementary grades in 1998. It now serves children from 6 months old through sixth-grade.

“Our default is always what is right and best for children.” Linda Altick With a curriculum that incorporates Christian faith, Wesley Prep at 9200 Inwood Road strives to cultivate creative thinking, good character, and intellectual growth, while maintaining an affordable tuition rate. “Our teachers are incredibly knowledgeable about child development and what children need to learn and when do they need to learn it,” said Altick, now executive director. She said small class sizes create a family-oriented environment and allow for a


special focus on each students’ needs. In recent years, the school has garnered media coverage from People Newspapers and WFAA TV for involvement with the Austin Street Center, where students have taken food to the homeless and shared in poetry writing and reading. Wesley Prep touts the “sixth-grade advantage” its oldest students gain by not being in a middle school environment. Instead, Wesley six-graders are not influenced by older teenagers and are encouraged to be the leaders of the school. The school’s website,, cites research showing that elementary school sixth-graders have higher test scores and better behavior than middle school sixth-graders. But expanding again is a possibility with opportunities through the eightgrade in high demand by many families, she said. “Our default is always what is right and best for children,” Altick said. In the past 50 years, pressures for families and students have grown exponentially, and family dynamics vary greatly, she said. However, families have always cared and wanted the best for their children, and Wesley Prep is honored to play a part in the educational journey, she said. “We have strong academics with realistic expectations and exceptional specials for all levels of students, from babies to our sixth-graders.”

38 October 2018 |

Teamwork, Technology, and Astronaut Training Love of robotics leads Hockaday student to Space Academy

By William Taylor

People Newspapers Sydney Slay hasn’t exactly walked where no girl has gone before, but after Space Academy this summer, she’s got a better idea of what a lunar visit might feel like. A one-sixth gravity chair at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama gives participants in various Space Camp programs a taste of being on the moon and a multi-axis trainer simulates a spacecraft going into a tailspin as it enters the atmosphere. “My favorite parts of Space Academy were the mission simulations, because as a team, everyone was assigned a job, and we simulated an actual mission which allowed us to have the experience of what it is like working in space,” Sydney said. The 13-year-old eighth-grader is accostomed to teamwork at The Hockaday School, where she has attended since prekindergarten. This will be her third year competing with the middle school’s team in the FIRST Lego League Robotics competition. Lego and the organization FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) partner in the league to promote interest in science and technology. Sydney, who also likes playing the piano and volunteering with

“I feel I have not only learned lots of information about space, but also about our country’s history with space exploration.” Sydney Slay


1982 First year of Space Camp, an idea advanced by rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, who worked on the Apollo program that took America to the moon

140+ Number of nations to send students to Space Camp

Space Academy is one of several programs offered at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. the National Charity League and the Rotary Club of Dallas-Uptown, said she likes robotics because it allows her to use and hone her engineering, programming, and presentation skills. “When I heard the 20182019 theme for the First Lego League competition was going to be space, I knew it was the perfect time for me to attend Space Camp,” she said. “My coaches Mrs. Laura Baker and

Mrs. Lisa Dwinal have not only been amazing mentors but also a huge influence in my life and my love for robotics, space, and engineering.” Space Academy is one of several camps the center offers, using astronaut training experiences to encourage and provide STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. Students sleep in quarters designed to resemble the Interna-


tional Space Station and train in simulators similar to those used by NASA. “I feel I have not only learned lots of information about space but also about our country’s history with space exploration,” Sydney said.” “It is a great way to learn team building skills, what life is like in space, how people perform jobs pertaining to space, and about the study of space itself.”

61 Percentage of Space Camp graduates who are currently in or studying for careers in aerospace, defense, energy, education, biotech or technology Source:

40 October 2018 |

Nyugen E. Smith creates found object sculpture, installation, writing, video, and performance art. NYUGENSMITH.COM

Lecture Series Brings Diverse Artists

Nyugen E. Smith, a Caribbean-American interdisciplinary artist and educator who lives and works in Jersey City, New Jersey, will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at O’Donnell Hall, Room 2130 in SMU’s Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. His visit is part of the SMU Meadows Division of Art’s 2018-19 Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Lectures are free to attend and do not require reservations. Visit for more information on the lecture series including other artists scheduled.


FROM LEFT: Mary and Rich Templeton with SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

Lyle Engineering Dean Marc P. Christensen said, “This gift can mean the difference between advancing research or watching a good idea die on the vine. It allows us to recruit the most talented students and faculty, and enables them to lead the way in emerging areas of research.”

Top Scientist to Speak Oct. 1

Marcia McNutt, the first woman to lead the National Academy of Sciences – the United States’ most prestigious scientific organization – will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 in SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium, 6405 Boaz Lane. Krys Boyd, host of KERA’s mid-day program, will interview the geophysicist during the free event. McNutt’s visit is one of the activities associated with the 2018 SMU Reads common reading selection, Lab Girl, by paleobiologist Hope Jahren. McNutt’s career includes serving as lead scientist on deep-sea diving explorations, leading the team of scientists charged with containing the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and, as the editor of Science, becoming an outspoken voice in support of evidence-based decision-making. “It’s not the role of the academy to say what the policies should be, but it is the role of science to project the consequences,” McNutt said. “Advice from the academy could be transformational to help the nation—and the world—do the right thing.” – Compiled by staff

Templeton Gift Boosts Research

Rich and Mary Templeton, longtime supporters of SMU, have committed $5 million for research at the Lyle School of Engineering. This gift, which includes $4 million for an endowment and $1 million for operations, creates the Templeton Endowed Research Excellence Fund. “Research is essential to SMU’s ability to make an impact through technology. We’re delighted to help make that happen,” said Rich Templeton, who is chairman, president, and CEO of Texas Instruments and also serves on SMU’s Board of Trustees.

Marcia McNutt




The All-Girls Advantage

Hockaday is an all-girls, day and boarding school for grades PK – 12. The all-girl environment affords our girls a unique advantage allowing them to discover their potential and gain self-confidence in an environment that supports the whole girl. Girls are excited to explore opportunities and take risks with the support of their teachers and peers. Hockaday is an inclusive environment with friends and teachers who are not only focused on student academic engagement, but also on social and emotional development. Hockaday girls find confidence and strength, and they acquire and enhance the skills they need to lead lives of purpose and impact.


Learn. Serve. Lead.

Good Shepherd Episcopal School was founded in 1959 as a PreK through 8th grade co-educational, parish-affiliated school. Good Shepherd inspires children to learn with confidence, serve with compassion, and lead with courage. Our students discover pure joy in how they learn, preparing to master essential skills for high school and beyond. We provide service and leadership opportunities at every grade level to instill respect, strength of character, and acceptance. Our 8th grade advantage fosters the development of our students’ conviction, courage, and leadership without the pressures of high school. Our distinctive programs include Classroom of the Earth, Fine Arts, immersive Spanish, and Learning Technologies (specifically our SPARQ Innovation Lab) which extend the curriculum beyond the classroom to create confident, creative learners.


Educating Leaders

The Ursuline story is one of tradition. It is also a story of great teachers, cutting-edge technology, commitment to service, and confident girls becoming the effective, ethical, and compassionate leaders of tomorrow. The oldest continuously operating school in Dallas, Ursuline Academy is renowned for academic excellence, innovation, and our motto, Serviam (I will serve). We are committed to meeting the individual needs of each student, helping her develop intellectually and spiritually as she discovers her own unique gifts. At Ursuline, educators are role models and mentors who value teaching as both a vocation and a ministry. Students use advanced technology as a tool in a 21st century learning process to gain knowledge, communicate ideas, and investigate the world. They also learn global citizenship through mission trips, global studies programs, and educational and cultural exchanges offered with sister schools in Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, England, France, South Africa, Peru, and Wilmington, Delaware. | October 2018  43

Science Center Taking Shape at St. Marks

Roofers work on the new science building at St. Mark’s. Construction is progressing on the new Winn Science Center and McDermott-Green Science Building on the campus of St. Mark’s School of Texas, with the outside of the building nearing completion and indoor facilities underway. Countertops, sinks, cabinets, lab tables, and more are being installed in the classrooms and science labs as the state-of-theart facility eyes its’ 2019-2020 grand opening. “The new building will put even more of science education in the hands of the students,” said Stephen Seay, St. Mark’s science department chair. “There will be more and better outlets for their creativity and more opportunities to explore their curiosity.” The center will include a planetarium, a science lecture hall, greenhouse, robot lab, biotechnology lab, a classroom for low-


er-school science activities, an atrium, and outdoor learning center. The McDermott-Green Science Quadrangle has long been a staple at St. Mark’s, but the Winn Family Foundation donated $10 million in 2014 for a larger, more advanced science center. Over the next three years, another $32 million was given by 55 families, and the Board of Trustees approved construction of the center. Groundbreaking took place in 2017. “St. Mark’s is an incubator that turns a boy’s dreams into the accomplishments and character of a man,” Steve Winn said. “We want to continue what Eugene McDermott and Cecil Green started nearly 60 years ago.” For continued updates on construction of the science center, visit – Staff report

Pat and Emmitt Smith Give to DISD Students

Fashion show participants gather for a group shot. Helping equip needy students has become an annual back-to-school tradition for Pat and Emmitt Smith, Dallas ISD, and other partners. “Five years ago, two amazing boys wrote to ask Emmitt and I to match the $300 they had earned by doing summer chores to help some classmates who were being teased because their uniforms and shoes were worn and tattered,” Pat Smith said. “We knew we could do better than that, so we partnered with Dallas ISD to aid as many students as we could who were in financial need. That first year, we helped 400 students.” This year Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities gathered 3,000 elementary school student at the Ellis Davis Field House. Students received free uniforms, dental screenings and services, vision screenings


and free glasses, age-appropriate literature to encourage reading at home, school supplies, backpacks, and groceries. “Stay focused and stay around positive people who care for you,” Emmitt Smith told students from Herbert Marcus Elementary, John Q. Adams Elementary, J.N. Ervin Elementary, Umphrey Lee Elementary, James Bowie Elementary, Tom Field Elementary, and Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary Center. “The principals, teachers, volunteers, and sponsors who are here today have shown up because we believe in each and every one of you, we believe that you deserve to start the school year off right, and we want you to know that each one of you is special and has unique talents,” he said. – Staff report

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Leigh Danley, Elizabeth Dacus, Heather Baker, and Melissa Sherrill

Hayley Jenkins and Frances Malik

Karen White and Philip Silvestri

Lauren Lamp and Jane Rozelle Humphrey

Grace Dewar, Margot Aliffi, and Emily Roberts

Anne Stockstill and Maijia Benincasa

Elizabeth Dacus and Tierney Kaufman Hutchins Corey Tate and Alexa Wilder PHOTOS BY GEORGE FIALA

Mary Catherine Benavides and McKenna Gannon

Marjori Schussel, Erica Herbert, Victoria Snee, and Julie Rosener

Eric White and Bob White

Paula Payne and Cheryl Allen

John and Pshyara Thompson

Julian Leaver and Francisco Diaz

The Family Place toasted participating sponsors, sellers, and retailers of the 2018 Partners Card on Sept. 6. The nonprofit, which hit it’s 40th-anniversary milestone this year, celebrated with a sparkling soirée at luxury lifestyle boutique Frontgate at Legacy West. Sipping on craft cocktails and relishing on the scrumptious fare, the crowd buzzed about the showroom, poring through the sumptuous assortment of books, throws, paintings, and fabulous furnishings. Partners Card is a 10-day shopping event that will run from Oct. 26 to Nov. 4.

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Buddy Love and Grayson DiFonzo

Meridith and Jeremy Zidell

Kelley McMahon and Caitlin Hyatt


Anne Reeder and Alanna Sarabia

Melanie Myers, Cindy Weed, and Nancy Montgomery

Lizzy Chesnut with City Boots

Kathy Koons and John Ammons

Buddy Love hosted the KickOff Party for the Friends of Wilkinson Center’s fifth Annual Spirit of Taos. Attendees enjoyed shopping from the delightful selection of western chic wear designed by owner Grayson DiFonzo. Buddy Love donated a portion of the evening’s sales back to Wilkinson Center. The Spirit of Taos takes place Sept. 29 at Scout at The Statler Hotel.


Lee Borchert and Densil Adams PHOTOS BY JOSEPH BREWSTER

Steve Weir speaks to the audience

Lee Borchert, Julie Lloyd, and John Beller

Steve Weir and Tori Hobbs

Patrick Gibson and Robert Lee

Neil Patel, Ken Harden, and Francois-Yves Auger-Takada

On Aug. 16, DIFFA/Dallas celebrated another successful season by hosting a party at Resource Center Borrick Auditorium, where funds raised from the 2017-2018 season were granted to 18 deserving North Texas HIV/AIDS service organizations (ASO’s). DIFFA/ Dallas donated more than $500,000 in the fight against HIV/AIDS, to local AIDs Service Organizations, and the DIFFA national fund. Guests sipped on cocktails and bites, including treats from a popcorn bar, as they listened to remarks by board chairs Steve Weir and Lee Borchert.

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Tyler and Taylor LeBaron with Jonathan Crowder Kyle and Logan Shiels Kristin Johnson, Micah Nunley, Jen West, and LeRoy Poignant

Shelbie Sumter, James Collins III, and Christiana Yebra

Grace Dixon and Kevin Kinsey

David Shiels and Jim Mccray

Joshua Williams and Alex Perry Justin Trewitt and Nicholas Bozich

Hannah Ellisen, Kelley Adams, Krystal Sarna, and Nicole Craven

Sarah McIntosh and McKenzie Merrill

Brooks Johnson, Julio Rivera, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Pasha Heidari


Custom clotheshorse Kyle Shiels finally opened the doors to his first brick and mortar shop in Snider Plaza on Sept 6. Uncommon Man puts a refreshing spin on a well-dressed gentleman, offering modernized touches and a unique tailoring process. Shiels utilizes exclusive fabrics and top-shelf brands like 100 Hands, Ambrosi, Craftsman Co, and Orazio Luciano. Located at 6609 Hillcrest Ave., Suite B, prices start at $200 for shirts and $999 for suits. Open by appointment only on Mondays, the hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. | October 2018  49

Living Well

STATE FAIR BRINGS DEEP-FRIED FLAVORS Have black-eyed peas ever tasted so good?

FROM LEFT: Arroz con Leche, Deep Fried Shepherd’s Pie, Cotton Candy Taco, Deep Fried Skillet Potato Melt in a Boat, and Fernie’s Orange You Glad We Fried It?!

By William Taylor

fair overindulging.


HERE ARE OUR ASSESSMENTS: The Winners Fernie’s Hoppin’ John Cake won for “Best Taste-Savory.” We had to agree, though I’m not usually a fan of black-eyed peas and my wife doesn’t eat them at all. Somehow adding rice, sausage, onions, and secret spices produced a deep-fried “cake” so good, we wish we could serve it for New Year’s. Arroz con Leche (Sweet Crispy Rice) won for “Best TasteSweet.” Rice puddings don’t usually impress me, but this deepfried one, served with ice cream and caramel sauce, scores with rice crispy cereal shell surrounding a creamy sweet interior. Cotton Candy Taco won for “Most Creative” and left us saying, “Wow.” Wow, because it tastes so much like s’mores. And

People Newspapers n the way to the Big Tex Choice Awards, unexpected flavors made it into the celebrated recipes. Peas, carrots, green beans, okra, tomatoes, and black-eyed peas play significant roles in this year’s savory finalists. But don’t fret about so many ingredients from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “vegetables” food group. The State Fair of Texas hasn’t gone on a health food kick. The best tools for impressing Big Tex Choice Award judges remain the deep fryer and a creative mind. After the judges did their work, my young bride and I got to try all of the finalists –an experience that sent us home feeling like we had spent all day at the

wow, because it’s so sweet you have to wonder whether anyone older than 12 could eat more than a bite or two. Other Favorites Deep Fried Skillet Potato Melt In A Boat puts a deep-fried ball of potato, cheese, and sausage on top of a potato skin. My wife suggested it might be too much potato. Too much potato? Is that even possible? Deep Fried Shepherd’s Pie. I like shepherd’s pie with its meat, mashed potatoes, and mixed vegetables. Deep fry it so I can eat it as finger food? Yes, please. State Fair Fun-L Cake Ice Cream comes from Tom Landis and his team of special needs workers at the Howdy Homemade Ice Cream shop on Lovers Lane. He ranks this flavor – a pleasing mix of funnel cake pieces, powdered sugar, and ice cream – as one of the team’s “first

two masterpieces” along with its signature Dr. Pepper Chocolate Chip. Fernie’s Orange You Glad We Fried It?! If you want something sweet, but not nearly as sweet as the other choices, this deep fried orange cake is a super tasty option. Just Skip Them Texas Fried Hill Country. I didn’t hate this version of fried green tomatoes, but I wouldn’t try it again, either. Texas Twang-Kie. This mix of cornbread and chicken white bean chili tasted good but tended to fall apart. Better eat it with a fork. Sweet Bakin’ Bacon should have had us with the word, “bacon!” Instead, this donut-like treat had us turning back to the other sweets. See you at the fair. Look for us in line for a Fletcher’s corn dog.


BIG TEX CHOICE FINALISTS SAVORY Fernie’s Hoppin’ John Cake with Jackpot Sauce Deep Fried Skillet Potato Melt In A Boat Deep Fried Shepherd’s Pie Texas Fried Hill Country Texas Twang-Kie SWEET Arroz con Leche (Sweet Crispy Rice) Cotton Candy Taco Fernie’s Orange You Glad We Fried It?! State Fair Fun-L Cake Ice Cream Sweet Bakin’ Bacon STATE FAIR DATES: Sept. 28-Oct. 21

Park Cities Moms Open Spa, Tout Benefits of Ozone Therapy

New clinic’s treatments aim to aid blood flow, reduce inflammation By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers

When Jennifer Dillon’s now 11-year-old son began kindergarten, it became apparent something was wrong. The boy was riddled with frequent illness paired with hallucinations or delusions, and Dillon and her husband painfully watched their son’s condition worsened over the next two years. After visiting a neurologist and being introduced to ozone steam therapy, the couple saw a complete turnaround in their son’s condition. At that point, Dillon said, “I have to learn everything about it.” Dillon and her long-time friend Laura Harbison, both Park


FROM LEFT: Laura Harbison and Jennifer Dillon sit in the lobby of their new Ozone spa therapy clinic in Highland Park. Cities residents, are now looking to share the numerous benefits of the therapy with Dallasites at their new spa, OhZone Clinics.

Ozone is a colorless gas made up of three oxygen atoms and is used to aid blood flow, increase white blood cell count, and pro-

duce anti-inflammatory effects. Studies have shown ozone therapy, which has been used for more than 150 years, to treat a host of illnesses such as cancerous tumors, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis. With only a few locations for the therapy peppered around Dallas, Dillon and Harbison say they’ve seen growing interest from clients walking into the MacArthur Avenue location for myriad reasons ranging from detoxing to tackling persistent candida and molds. As with many treatments, medical or naturopathic, there have been noted adverse effects of ozone therapy when administering the ozones intravenously, a Medical News Today article reported. With ozone sauna therapy, the activated oxygens are instead in-

troduced into a special steam sauna where it is then absorbed across the skin. Harbison, who for more than 20 years worked in the pharmaceutical and medical industry, said she’d found the holistic approach to treating health issues to be the most effective way to get to the root cause of disease and illness and heal the body. Anna Moss, who’s visited the clinic about three times a week since it opened in April, said she’s specifically seen an improvement in her energy. “I felt like the more I came, the better I was sleeping, the more energy I had,” she said. “It clearly has a list of all the things it helps, and I’m sure it’s doing more for me than I even realize.”

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French Patisseries, A Feast For The Senses Living in France was a life-changing experience. I had CHRISTY ROST started bakHOME + KITCHEN ing when I was 12 years old, and entertaining came naturally after years of kitchen duty with sisters during our parents’ many gatherings, but when Randy and I moved to Paris with our sons, I learned the French have an inspiring flair for entertaining. Gatherings my husband Randy and I attended were imbued with casual elegance. A mix of heirloom china and unpretentious crockery on the same table was common, and I vividly recall a formal dinner in a young couple’s Paris apartment where a basket of bread ended up on a chair because there was no room for it on the table. No one blinked an eye. Patisseries – whether in Paris or in small country villages – were always a feast for the senses. Their windows beckoned with enticing displays of tarts, cookies, cakes, and breads, and the home baker in me studied each one. Stepping inside, the intoxicating aromas of buttery croissants

and pastries, fresh-baked yeast breads, spicy cakes, gorgeous fruit tarts, and the ever-present baguettes assailed me. It was impossible to exit without making a purchase. Last autumn’s trip to France’s Alsace wine region brought back those long-held memories. Our overnight stay in the charming village of Colmar yielded two patisserie visits – one upon our arrival, and again the following morning for fruit-filled breakfast pastries drizzled with icing. I was particularly enthralled with the patisseries in Kaysersberg. Featuring an impressive 13th-century castle, narrow cobble-stone streets, and timber-framed houses, the culinary influence of nearby Germany is evident in the architecture and the pain d’epices and gingerbread found in every patisserie window. But, if I had to choose one dessert common to nearly every French patisserie, it’s the apple tart. Fashioned from thin slices of apple artfully arranged in a buttery crust, this classic autumn tart is easy to make, designed to impress, and leads to appreciative oo’s and ah’s every time. For more tips and recipes from public television chef Christy Rost, Visit

Rinse, peel, core, and thinly slice apples lengthwise. Transfer them to a large bowl, sprinkle with lemon juice, and toss gently to mix. In a small bowl, stir together remaining sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour the mixture over the apples and toss gently until they’re well coated. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and position the rack in the center of the oven. On a floured pastry cloth or counter, roll pastry into a 12-inch circle, fold it in half, and transfer it to the tart pan. Unfold the pastry, fit it into the pan, and trim excess pastry by running a rolling pin over the top of the pan.



1 3/4 cups flour 1 tablespoon sugar 3/4 teaspoon salt 10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter 2 pounds Gala, Fuji or other crisp apple (7 medium) 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons flour 1 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon fresh-grated nutmeg 4-5 tablespoons ice water 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom


Place flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, and salt into the bowl of a food processor and pulse several times to mix. Slice the butter into small cubes, add to processor, and pulse until butter is pea-size. Add 4 tablespoons ice water and process at low speed until the pastry is crumbly. If the mixture appears dry, add the remaining ice water and process just until the pastry begins to form a ball. Remove the pastry, wrap it in plastic wrap, and chill at least 30 minutes or until it is cold.

Arrange half the apple slices in concentric circles, slightly overlapping each slice. Form a second layer with the remaining apples, and drizzle 1 tablespoon of the juices that have collected in the bottom of the bowl over the apples, reserving any remaining juices. Bake 35 minutes, gently brush apples with remaining juices, and bake 10 to 15 minutes more for a total of 45 to 50 minutes, until the pastry is gold-en brown and the apples are tender when pierced with a sharp knife. Cool 2 hours, remove the outer tart pan, and with a large metal spatula, loosen the tart from the base and transfer it to a serving plate.

Yield: 8-10 servings

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Highland Park Presbyterian opens starter church in East Dallas SERIES: Outside Their Walls This is the first in a series of articles we’ll produce that explore how local churches serve outside their communities. Future stories in the series will touch on topics ranging from missionary work to efforts to help refugees.

By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers


t’s been said that life dramatically changes when people stop worrying about what a good Christian would say and start doing what a good Christian would do. For many Park Cities and Preston Hollow congregations, this means stepping out of comfort zones and following where the Lord leads – even into more impoverished areas of Dallas. Most recently, one of the Park Cities oldest churches opened its first starter church in the heart of Old East Dallas, a neighborhood peppered with vacant lots juxtaposed with old, quaint homes and new, modern cube-shaped ones. The Rev. Cameron Beaty said it became apparent to Highland Park Presbyterian Church that the area just shy of downtown is on a path for progress and help.


The Rev. Cameron Beaty welcomes members to HP Presbyterian’s starter church, Peak Street, in Old East Dallas.

“There is the disenfranchised but also the young professionals and culture makers,” Beaty said. “We thought this was a great place to put out a stake and establish an outpost.” Late September, Beaty with a robust HPPC presence opened the doors of Peak Street Church in a loft-like space with dangling lights and floor-to-ceiling windows. Instead of a pipe organ, an acoustic guitar and violin help lead worship. East Dallas and the Park Cities are very different, so what works on University Boulevard doesn’t at the corner of North Peak and Bryan Streets, pastor Beaty said. So why when there is such a difference in culture do such churches as HPPC, Saint Michaels and All Angels Episcopal, Park Cities Baptist, and Lovers Lane United Methodist look to implant themselves in other communities? Their collective answer: There are still many people that don’t know the hope of Christ. Park Cities and Preston Hollow churches have also ventured out to open churches for the homeless and in areas such as Vickery Meadows. One of the more obvious examples of such efforts came

more than 20 years ago when Saint Michael and All Angels celebrated its 50th anniversary, it’s Jubilee, by embedding itself and $50,000 in one of Dallas’ most dangerous neighborhoods. The Jubilee Project, as it came to be called, settled into 62-blocks of Southeast Dallas – bordered by Interstate 30, the East Grand Avenue corridor, and Fair Park – because it seemed like the hardest case in town. At the time, trash collectors would not come to the area in fear of being shot, CEO Ben Leal said. Alleyways turned into landfills, dime bags and syringes littered gutters and sidewalks, and gang members had residents afraid to leave their homes. Through decades of establishing trust with an education-based program, the Jubilee Project has helped instill a sense of pride in the neighborhood, combat gentrification with affordable housing, and bring the crime rate down 74 percent. “When we came into this neighborhood we didn’t want to be a religion all in your face,” Leal said. “We are not playing God here at all, what we are doing is assisting people.”


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Allman Leads HP Sales

The estate at 5038 Brookview Drive is listed by Susan Baldwin for $2,750,000. With lush, 1.4-acre grounds, space for elegant, large-scale entertaining and an unparalleled location near a who’s who of Dallas leaders, the home at 5038 Brookview Drive in Old Preston Hollow offers a rare opportunity to create a spectacular statement dwelling. Built in 1948, the timeless floorplan was designed with open living spaces that flow seamlessly, encouraging easy entertaining and comfortable living. At the center of the home lies a dramatic great room with custom beamed ceiling and large windows that frame views of the lush grounds. The home has four bedrooms, five full baths and one half-bath and five large fireplaces that are the focal point of stylish sitting areas. Two upstairs guest suites are ready to host friends and family in luxurious surroundings. Downstairs, an unparalleled master suite includes a paneled and lacquered dressing room that opens to the lush grounds and has its own, private bar. An enormous master bath is large enough to include a private sitting area with settee and desk. The master bedroom is light-filled and is highlighted by a vaulted ceiling, fireplace and another sitting area—all with large windows that frame beautiful views of the mature trees, rolling landscape and sparkling pool. To see all homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty—in Preston Hollow all of North Texas and around the world—go to

In the premier Highland Park neighborhoods Allie Beth Allman & Associates ranks number one in both sales and listings of homes for 2018, according to the most recent MLS data. Allman commands a 28 percent share of the Highland Park residential market, handling 148 transactions in the first two quarters of the year. The average sale price of those transactions was $2,108,098, the data shows. Here are a few Highland Park homes you may want to consider: In the heart of old Highland Park, near the Dallas Country Club, is a four-bedroom home at 3649 Maplewood Avenue, which is in the sought-after Armstrong school zone. The 1920s traditional-style home has four gathering areas, two dining areas, two fireplaces and a pool. The five-bedroom newly constructed home at 4415 Lorraine Avenue is a threestory, traditional brick home featuring custom finishes throughout. Its well-equipped kitchen has a large island. The five-bedroom estate at 3508 Armstrong Pkwy. sits on almost a half-acre. The main house has five fireplaces, hardwood flooring and a paneled study with a fireplace and a bar. The master suite has a fireplace. There are guest quarters. To find your dream home, visit www. | October 2018  53

Thompson Honored for Donations to Holy Land Charity

Catholic radio stations owner takes 19-member family to Jerusalem By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers Preston Hollow resident Jodie Thompson has been a supporter of Christians in the Middle East his entire life, making numerous financial donations to the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land. The enormity of his charity hit home, though, when he visited Jerusalem many years ago.

“That’s where Jesus was born, where he died, where he walked, and where all of his disciples were.” Jodie Thompson The trip was such a special moment for him, he took his entire family – 19 people – back to the Holy Land in December. “We all went for about 10 days, and it was spectacular,” he said. “It’s not really a vacation. It’s a pilgrimage. It’s serious stuff. But it kind of brings everything home. That’s where Jesus was born, where he died, where he walked, and where all of his disciples were. It’s a very powerful and unique place.” For his donations, and efforts within the Christian community at home and abroad, Thompson was awarded the


FROM LEFT: Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land leaders Susan Stanzel, the Rev. Peter F. Vasko, and Denise M. Scalzo, honor Jodie Thompson Jr. Guardian of the Holy Land Award on Sept. 8 at the Dallas Country Club. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated “extraordinary commitment” to “supporting and preserving the presence of Christians in the Holy Land,” according to the foundation.

The FFHL works to keep Christians financially comfortable in the Middle East through school scholarship grants. Grant recipients can also receive music scholarships and money to attend trade schools. It has also created social programs in

the Middle East like boys’ homes and family centers. Thompson was honored at the event by Archbishop Bernadito Auza, observer to the United Nations, and Dallas Bishop Edward Burns. “It’s a really wonderful award,” Thompson said. “The FFHL is something I have supported for a long time, ever since I went [to Jerusalem] in 1996.” Thompson has lived in Preston Hollow for 30 years, but he was originally from Highland Park. Before returning to Dallas, he lived in New York City, Mexico City, and Puerto Rico. But, he and his wife always considered Dallas home. “We knew we wanted to end up back here someday,” he said. Thompson’s foundation, the Chatham Hill Foundation, runs two Catholic radio stations: an English-speaking station on 910 AM, and a Spanish-speaking station on 850 AM. Both stations have enjoyed huge success, he said. “When we bought those two stations, we bought them as a package and they became the two largest Catholic stations in the nation,” he said. “There are a lot of smaller Catholic stations around the country, but we’ve been very successful. It’s been a real pleasure to own those stations.” For more information on Christians in the Holy Land, or to make a donation, visit




artha Lou Montgomery Howard, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died on Friday August 3, 2018 at home in the parsonage of Park Cities Baptist Church, which she designed and built in 1950. Adored by her four children, ten grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren and literally thousands of Sunday School children from sixty-five years of teaching five-year-olds. Martha leaves a legacy of a life centered on family, home, and giving. At age ninety-nine, she was vibrant, productive, charming and still at home “at the rise of the hill.” Martha was born in Paint Lick, Kentucky, on Easter Sunday, April 21, 1919, in the heart of the Bluegrass. Her parents were Elizabeth Bryant and Dr. Bradley Bennett Montgomery. Maternal grandparents were Martha Welch and John William Bryant, an early pioneer family from Virginia whose ancestors founded Bryantsville, Kentucky. Paternal grandparents were Lucretia Martin and Dr. Woodson Clayton Montgomery, early settlers in Cartersville, Kentucky. Martha married Herbert R. Howard Jr. of Troy, Alabama, at The First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster, Kentucky, on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 1941.

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Dr. Howard served as Senior Minister of Park Cities Baptist Church for twenty-eight years (1948-1976). Martha graduated in 1937 f rom the Lancaster public schools as the “Most Outstanding Senior,” a member of the National Honor Society and the Starmes Literary Society. She entered Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky and graduated in 1941 with honors. Martha was the “Most Outstanding Senior in the School of Education,” founder and President of the Association of Women Students, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Who’s Who, Honor Council by the WCA Board, Pampas Women’s Honorary Society of Scholarship and Leadership, and a loyal member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Martha was crowned “Miss Transylvania” of 1941.

Martha attended graduate school at The University of Kentucky in 1941. She taught twelfth grade at Lancaster High School 1941-1942 and was later employed by the Federal Land Bank of Louisville while her husband completed his doctoral work at Southern Seminary also in Louisville. Martha came to Dallas in 1948 with her husband to serve the original Park City Baptist Church which was meeting in the Highland Park High School Administration Building on Lovers Lane. In 1950 the church moved to an empty city block on Northwest Highway, and a parsonage was built for the Howards. Martha’s active ministry to Park Cities endured for seventy years. She taught Sunday School for over sixty-five years and was a vital, engaged member of everything at Park Cities and beyond. Her hospitality is renowned. Her wit is to be forever appreciated. Her labors of love will always be cherished. Martha thrived as a helpmate and devoted wife of a minister, a dedicated mother who emphasized family and education and home, and she was also active in her world outside of these callings. Martha was President of the Ministers’ Wives of the

Southern Baptist Convention, President of The Mentor Club of Dallas, Board Member of the Dallas Tri-Delta Alumni Charter Group, a member of the Garrard County, Dallas and Texas Historical Societies, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Mary K. Craig Class, and a Kentucky Colonel in good standing! Martha founded the Widows’ Supper Club of Dallas in 1999, one of her favorite ministries. Martha will be forever loved by her children, Laura Bryant Howard Denham (Rev. W. E. Denham III) of Houston, Martha Elizabeth Howard Moore (Dr. Alan T. Moore) of Austin, Herbert Buchanan Howard (1954-2015)(Katharine Glover Howard) of Dallas, and Carolyn Montgomery Howard of Marshall, Texas. Martha will always be remembered by her grandchildren, William E. Denham IV (Elizabeth), Martha Elizabeth Denham Campbell (Whitney), James Howard Denham (LeeAnn), Martha Montgomery Moore Farrell (Scott), Bradley Alan Moore, Elizabeth Reagan Moore, Andrew Wells Howard (Anna), Clark Blakeman Stowe (Megan), William James Stowe (Rebekah), and Katharine Anne Stowe.

Her great-grandchildren will continue to hear her name. These are Russell James Denham, Elizabeth LeeAnn Denham, James Howard Denham Jr., William Whitney Campbell, Bryant Buchanan Campbell, Martha Elizabeth Farrell, Beckett Scott Farrell, Montgomery Louise Farrell, David Andrew Howard, Kate Montgomer y Howard, and Whitney Katharine Stowe. Martha adored the children of her only sister, Carolyn. They are Woodie Gordon Leavell, Betty Carol Leavell Jordan (Galen), and William Joseph Leavell (Lita). Martha is preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Howard, and their only son, Herbert Buchanan Howard, by her brother, Woodson Bryant Montgomery, and her sister, Carolyn Montgomery Leavell. An evening vespers service in celebration of Martha’s life was held at Park Cities Baptist Church on Sunday, August 12, at 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Memorials may be made to The Park Cities Baptist Church Sanctuary Restoration Fund, 3933 W. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX 75225, The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn, Dallas, TX 75219, or the charity of your choice.

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Texas Department of Transportation Dallas District Notice of Public Hearing Department Policies Affecting Bicycle Use on the State Highway System In accordance with Title 43, Texas Administrative Code, §25.55, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) – Dallas District is partnering with the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) to offer a public hearing on district transportation projects, programs, and policies affecting bicycle use on the state highway system. The public hearing will be held at the City of Richardson Civic Center, Grand Ballroom, 411 West Arapaho Road, Richardson, Texas 75080 on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The purpose of the public hearing is to provide information on transportation projects that might affect bicycle use, plans, policies, and programs for the TxDOT Dallas District and NCTCOG and to receive public comments. Displays illustrating existing bike facilities and upcoming projects on the state system within the Dallas District will be available for viewing during an open house beginning at 6:00 p.m. with the formal presentation commencing at 7:00 p.m. All interested persons are invited to attend this public hearing to obtain information about the district transportation projects, programs, and policies affecting bicycle use on the state highway system and to express their views. Persons requiring special communication or accommodation needs should contact the TxDOT Dallas District Public Information Officer at (214) 320-4480 at least five (5) working days prior to the public hearing. Because the public hearing will be conducted in English, any request for language interpreters or other special communication needs should also be made at least five (5) working days prior to the public hearing. Every reasonable effort to accommodate these requests will be made. All interested persons are invited to attend this public hearing. Verbal and written comments from the public regarding the district transportation projects, programs, and policies affecting bicycle use on the state highway system are encouraged and may be presented for a period of 15 calendar days following the hearing. Written comments may be submitted either in person or by mail to the TxDOT Dallas District - Advance Project Development, 4777 East Highway 80, Mesquite, Texas 75150-6643, Attn: Shelley Pridgen. All written comments must be postmarked on or before Thursday, November 8, 2018, to be included in the official public hearing record. For additional information or to be added to the mailing list of interested bicyclists, bicycle organizations, or bicycle shops, please contact Shelley Pridgen, TxDOT Dallas District, via phone at (214) 320-6163 or e-mail at All individuals and groups who request to be added to the mailing list will receive notice of public hearing activities related to environmental and public involvement for state projects that might affect bicycle use. For more information:

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The home at 6480 Royalton Drive is listed by Susie Swanson for $3,585,000.

The Ebby Halliday Realtors app utilizes advanced interactive mapping to make home shopping easier, and more fun, than ever.

Beautiful New Build in PH

The stunning California transitional modern on at 6480 Royalton Drive sits on a generously sized lot and features impeccably conceived new construction by Milan Design & Build. The impressive mahogany entry door opens to a doublestory foyer with sweeping views of the pool and yard. Flanking the foyer is the formal dining room and a handsome study with built-in bookcases and storage. The open great room with soaring, two-story cross beamed vaulted ceiling is anchored by a stunning gas fireplace. An adjacent open kitchen, with quartzite island and backsplash, features top-of-the line stainless steel appliances by Wolf and Sub-Zero. A large walk-in pantry and butlers’ pantry provide plenty of storage. The breakfast area leads to a large den with pocket doors and a wet bar. A first-floor master suite provides an incomparable retreat with a luxurious master bath reminiscent of a spa. The bedroom enjoys a private terrace and its own coffee bar. Gleaming herringbone design quartzite flooring complements the bath with soaking tub which overlooks a private courtyard. The expansive lot is enhanced with majestic trees, a privacy fence, exquisite landscaping, pool and large terraces and entertaining areas. Relax by the glistening pool with spa. To see all homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty—in Preston Hollow all of North Texas and around the world—go to


New energy-efficient two-story home in Devonshire area

This showcase of builder John Young’s exceptional craftsmanship is tucked away on a street near Inwood Village. The five-bedroom, 5½-bath home with two-car garage at 8514 Chadbourne Road (8514chadbourne.daveperrymiller. com) is marketed by Sheryl Peterson with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $2,129,000. The 4,965-square-foot home (per tax rolls) features level-four museum-finish walls, white oak wood flooring and designer lighting. Dual glass pocket doors turn an open living area into a private study, where a “built-in” bookshelf pivots to reveal a hidden closet. The formal dining room connects to the eat-in chef’s kitchen through a butler’s pantry, while the adjacent den with large glass doors opens to a covered patio with built-in grill and fireplace. The downstairs master suite has a vaulted ceiling, attached patio and spa-like bath with calming color palette and garden tub. Upstairs are four en suite bedrooms, game room, study area with built-in desk, workout area and second laundry room. To schedule a private showing, contact Peterson at 214208-2663 or Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate ( is a division of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, with five locations that specialize in Preston Hollow, Park Cities, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Oak Cliff and Farm & Ranch properties.

Ebby App Delivers Results

Are you contemplating a new home? Download the Ebby Halliday Realtors app to start enjoying an exceptional online real estate experience with the latest interactive mapping technology. With the Ebby Halliday Realtors app, you’ll enjoy searching for homes using three innovative options: •Journey Search – Shows available properties as you travel through a neighborhood. As with each of the app’s interactive search functions, you may choose to delve deeper into properties of interest by immediately viewing details and interior photos. •Perimeter Search – Allows you to draw boundaries on the map view with a finger, enabling viewing of available homes within the perimeter – and the selected parameters – of your search. •Scope Search – Aim your device’s camera down a street and this innovative augmented-reality search displays available properties. Select any of the properties for details and photos. In addition to location-based search results, you’ll also enjoy many of the functions of the industry-leading, one of the most-powerful residential real estate websites in the world. To download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, search for Ebby Halliday Realtors. To find just the right Realtor for your residential real estate needs, visit the awardwinning


Impressive PH Estate in quiet Lobello Estates

This new listing at 5431 Ursula is being offered for $5,150,000. A platinum Preston Hollow location highlights this stunning English manor masterfully-sited on 1.1 acres. Designed by Clay Nelson and constructed by Alan Nixon, this property exemplifies quality of materials and construction, while offering the important bonus of a cost-effective geothermal HVAC system operated through 25+ wells. A gourmet kitchen with top-of-the line appliances including Thermador ovens, six burner gas range, two full size SubZeros, two Asko dishwashers and large eating island opens to the breakfast room and the hearth/keeping room. A full-size guest bedroom, game room, utility room, 1,200-bottle wine cellar, entry to the attached 3-car garage as well as a separate entrance to the porte cochere. An elevator is an easy ride to the second floor where there are 4 additional bedrooms including the master suite, full guest quarters with living and kitchenette, a second utility room, exercise room and media room. A fully equipped guest quarters includes a sitting room with kitchenette and bedroom with ensuite bath. Extensive grounds and a sports field sized lawn space with flagstone terraces and walkways to the salt water pool and spa provide a welcoming setting for outdoor entertaining. Please contact Karen Fry ( or Ryan Streiff ( for more information or visit


Ranch Homes Require an Expert



The home at 5930 Boca Raton Drive is listed by Ashley Akin Pearl for $899,000.

The home at 4216 San Gabriel Drive is listed Ashli Clements for $975,000.

A completely reimagined and rebuilt home, with three bedrooms, three baths plus one half- bath and multiple living areas, is perfect for today’s modern buyer. With an open, flexible floor plan and great use of space, this home offers many options for today’s living. Outside is a beautiful pool and outdoor entertaining area with an electronic louvered patio cover and the ability to open the sliding glass doors of the garage to enhance entertaining space. Buyers can choose to relax in three living areas including a comfortable formal living room with a stone fireplace and a nearby additional living area with walls of windows and sliding glass doors overlooking a newly landscaped backyard and gleaming pool with water features. An additional large living area offers more space to unwind. The open floor plan includes a gourmet kitchen that is the centerpiece of this stunning home. This residence is in a perfect location with easy access to the Tollway and within walking distance of nearby Preston Royal and Preston Forest shopping centers and is located on a street with nearly all either newer construction $1,000,000+ and beautifully remodeled homes. Many private schools are also located nearby. To see all homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty—in all of North Texas and around the world—go to

Come home to a backyard oasis in the heart of North Dallas. Experience artful luxury living in this generous four-bedroom, threebath home on a lushly landscaped lot with sparkling pool, pergola and flagstone patio, all built for beautiful entertaining. The spacious design reveals an open floor plan appointed with gorgeous hand-scraped hardwood floors, custom built-ins and rows of plantation shutters and windows revealing lots of natural light. Gracious open-concept living, dining and kitchen spaces afford versatility and ample room to host a crowd. The gourmet kitchen features rich, custom cabinets, granite counters, stainless appliances, a built-in gas stove with range hood and center island. The nearby dining area features walls of glass framing poolside views. An impressive main floor master suite is tucked behind a contemporary sliding barn door and offers access to a private sunroom, a stunning spa-bath with dual sinks, incredible glass shower with designer tiles and shower seat, plus a huge walk-in custom closet. Outside, nothing beats relaxing in a private secluded outdoor oasis. A resort-style pool with water features, built-in grill and wine fridge surrounded by natural stone, exquisite pergola and greenspace with mature trees make for one elegant space to entertain outdoors. To see all homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty—in all of North Texas and around the world—go to

Reimagined and Rebuilt


N. Dallas home on creek offers multiple outdoor living spaces

The Updike | Pugh Group with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate has listed the contemporary 10823 Pagewood Place ( for sale. Nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac along Royal Branch Creek, the four-bedroom, 3½-bath home on a .62-acre lot is priced at $1,170,000. The interior design brings in many elements of the outdoors including wood, stone and natural light. Within its 3,901 square feet (per appraiser) are two large open-concept living/dining spaces under an airy 22-foot ceiling. Step up into the modern eat-in kitchen equipped with the latest in appliances, fixtures and surfaces. Storage space and beautiful views are abundant. The home’s two split master suites have been recently renovated and two additional bedrooms currently serve as a library and workout room. Tiered terraces outside have amphitheater steps leading to multiple entertaining areas including a screened-in wine gazebo, dining area, living space and bocce ball court. To schedule a private showing, contact Updike or Pugh at 214-377-2223 or email / weston@ Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate ( is a division of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, with five locations that specialize in Preston Hollow, Park Cities, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Oak Cliff and Farm & Ranch properties.


Oasis in North Dallas


Simone Jeanes Presents Hill Country Transitional in PH

Situated on a south-facing, .38-acre lot shaded by Heritage live-oak trees, this Preston Hollow transitional captures the essence of the Hill Country. A coveted standing seam metal roof adds to the Texas charm, while the interior is drenched in natural light flowing through walls of windows. The serene glow accentuates crisp museum-finish walls and ceilings, furniture-quality walnut accent built-ins and panels, and smooth, wide plank white oak flooring. Over 5,400 square feet of space includes the living area with a quartz stacked stone wall, fireplace and the walnut built-ins; formal dining area with a fireplace; built-in hallway bar; and culinary kitchen flowing together in an open design. A spectacular floating staircase and two-story wall of windows steal the show. An outdoor living area with cooking space and bar seating is ready to party, while the interior kitchen boasts walnut cabinets, quartz counters and professional-grade stainless appliances. Live like one story, with three downstairs bedrooms including the master with a spa-style bath and glass doors opening to the backyard. Two additional ensuite bedrooms are upstairs with a game room featuring another quartz stacked stone wall. Completed by a 3-car garage with built-ins, 4627 Alta Vista Lane is offered at $1,599,000. Contact Simone Jeanes, 214-616-9559,


Allman Tops in PH Sales

Fall Forecast for Real Estate


4601 Lorraine Ave

3 Bedroom | 3.5 Bath | 2,660sf. Offered for $1,200,000 Desirable West Highland Park location this recently renovated, 3 bedroom, 3.1 bath home combines the charm and quality of the past with today’s style and conveniences, including new LED lighting-electrical, plumbing fixtures, gas water heaters & HVAC. Exterior wood trim has been repainted, new gutters & metal coping on the mansard roof having been recently replaced. Redesigned & updated with open kitchen, new white cabinetry, counter tops & Bosch appliances with breakfast area. 2nd formal dining area is complimented by 2 spacious living areas. Hardwood flooring throughout. Guest apartment above the 2 car garage includes full bath, sink & refrigerator. Pier and beam foundation and sits on a landscaped 80’x129’ lot. For more information please contact Ani Nosnik (972-896-5432 |

Ranch homes aren’t just for ranchers anymore. Today’s rural property buyer is just as likely to be a doctor or executive from the city looking for a weekend getaway or a place to retire. For those with their sights set outside the city limits, it’s important to remember the home buying process differs from the typical urban property deal. Unless you’ve lived in the country, you probably haven’t given much thought to stock pond depths or agricultural exemptions. But understanding these details can make the difference between making a good decision and a regrettable one. Say next March you find a piece of property replete with two stock ponds. It may look like a dream home, but come August, those ponds will run dry unless they are deepened. As for utilities, your budget needs to account an extra $50,000 or more to connect to the grid. Having an agent with experience in rural homes is critical to making a wise investment They know the right questions to ask and where to find the best deals. Having a home away from the masses can be truly rewarding. Just make sure to have an expert on your side that will keep your ranch dream from becoming a nightmare. For more information, visit

DFW now is the fastest growing metro area in the U.S. Around 400 new residents arrive daily. That’s adding a town the size of Waco every year. Texas attracted more new residents in 2017 than any state, he added. The Real Estate Center reports Texas created jobs at an annual rate of 2.5% in 2017, higher than the nation’s rate of 1.4%. And the state is gaining nearly 1,100 people per day DFW is pro-business, pro-growth, supports a diversified economy in a central location with access to the world. Interest rates are still historically low, and our firm of entrepreneurs remains optimistic about the housing market. “There are more homes available now than last year, but inventory is still tight,” Allie Beth Allman, CEO of Allie Beth Allman & Associates, stated. Allman noted that million-dollar home sales in North Texas were up in the first half of 2018, with sellers receiving 94% of asking prices, using NTREIS data. In the Park Cities, the median price was $1,265,000. The fall market is still projected to be hot – and the professionals at Allie Beth Allman & Associates can navigate all your options. To connect with a professional, visit

Preston Hollow is one of Dallas’ most sought-after neighborhoods with some of the city’s best shopping, restaurants and private schools. Allie Beth Allman & Associates ranks number one in both sales and listings of homes in Preston Hollow for 2018, according to the most recent MLS data. Through Q2, Allman has achieved a 23 percent share of the Preston Hollow market with 148 transactions, the data shows. The average sale price for a Preston Hollow home handled by an Allman associate was $2,108,098. Here are Preston Hollow homes you may want to consider: The five-bedroom, custom-built home at 10211 Waller Drive sits on 1 acre in the desirable Mayflower Estates community. Italian archways and French doors add character to the home. Each room has a picturesque view of lush gardens. In the heart of Preston Hollow is a six-bedroom home at 4206 Gloster Road. This estate property has attached quarters with a separate entrance. The downstairs master suite has dual baths, a steam shower, heated floors and fabulous closets. The four-bedroom home at 5843 Meaders Lane was built by Ellen Grasso and has a bright interior. The well-equipped kitchen has an island and a walk-in pantry. The downstairs master suite has a large walk-in closet. For more information, visit

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