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n July, I attended the annual Women’s Leadership Symposium, presented by our sister publication DCEO, and despite it being virtual, it was packed full of inspiration and energy. I took seven pages of notes, but don’t worry; the editors enforce a tight word limit for this column. Anne Chow, CEO of AT&T Business, opened the program with the topic “Leading in a Time of Crisis.” She said that in times of crisis what we need is compassion and empathy, “Women were made for leadership in a crisis.” I encourage you to look her up, she’s insightful, funny and down to earth. Her LinkedIn profile describes her as a transformative executive and servant leader. Another favorite in the lineup of speakers was Cynt Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, Wow! Talk about dynamic high energy? Marshall is the first woman to hold such a position in the NBA. Her topic was “What is your why?” She said, ask yourself “What is my purpose on earth?” Why me, why you, why Dallas, why now? She grew up in the projects, watched her father shoot a man, in self defense, had four miscarriages and a child die at six months, faced cancer challenges, and helped her husband deal with a brain injury. “All things in my life contributed to my purpose,” she said. Her miscarriages led her to adopt her four children. Her why Dallas is to help drive change, she said, quoting a statistic from 2013 when Dallas ranked last (274 out of 274)

in overall inclusion; 272 in economic and 245 in racial. “Diversity is being invited to the party,” she said. PAT M A R T I N “Inclusion is being asked to dance.” In this issue we have additional examples of women in leadership, in our Remarkable Women monthly feature on page 16, Attorney Amy M. Stewart founded her law firm in 2017 and this year helped what described as likely the nation’s first virtual summary jury trial. On Page 48 in ‘All things not equal...” advancing The Texas Women’s Foundation’s annual luncheon on Sept. 29, Foundation president and CEO, Roslyn Dawson Thompson said. “For 35 years, we’ve empowered Texas women and girls to build strong and inclusive communities, and that work is more important today than ever before.” The program will feature a fantastic line up of women including Marshall and actor America Ferrera. In an interview with Ferrera said, “We need 50% women on our boards; we need 50% women in front of and behind the camera.” I’m proud to say that at our small newspaper, two out of our three managers are women. I think I know what I plan to do on Sept. 29: learn from and be inspired by other women. Pat Martin, Publisher

Contents Crime ................................ 4 News ................................. 6 Community .................... 18 Business .......................... 32 Sports .............................. 38

Schools ............................ 40 Society ............................. 46 Living Well and Faith..... 50

Obituaries ........................53 Classifieds ....................... 55




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CRIME REPORTS JULY 14 - AUG 7 JULY 14 The alarm sounded at 4:02 a.m. after a pair of burglars broke a window at Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio in Inwood Village to gain entry and take merchandise.

Lane at 3:44 a.m. resulted in the arrest of a 21-year-old man accused of driving while intoxicated and possession of 1.4 grams of marijuana plus a marijuana grinder with residue.

Arrested at 7:48 p.m.: a 34-yearold woman accused of being intoxicated and a danger to herself and others near Chick-Fil-A in the 3800 block of West Northwest Highway.

JULY 29 At 12:52 p.m., a 48-year-old woman reported that someone damaged her property at the Central Market parking lot. She was hatched off.

JULY 16 Before 11:15 a.m., a dastardly rogue smashed a window to burglarize a 25-year-old man’s vehicle outside apartments in the 3900 block of West Northwest Highway. Someone also entered a 20-year-old woman’s vehicle there before 7:40 a.m. but only moved contents around. SMU law professor Jeffrey Kahn and SMU assistant professor of law Anna Offit spoke about systemic barriers to social change and civic participation during a virtual panel discussion. (SCREEN GRABS: RACHEL SNYDER, COURTESY PHOTO)

THE IMPORTANCE OF JURY DUTY By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers


erving on a jury may not be top of mind to most when they think about powerful ways to participate in the democratic process, but SMU law professors Jeffrey Kahn and Anna Offit say it’s among the most direct and powerful ways citizens participate. “Jury service is a civic duty and one of the few ways that the state’s power is controlled by the direct, unmediated power of the community,” Kahn noted during a recent virtual panel discussion series by the SMU Dedman School of Law and the Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center exploring racial and social justice called “Doing the Work.”

This kind of socioeconomic exclusion during jury service has an impact on jury demographics. Anna Offit Offit is affiliated with the Deason Center, a nonpartisan center

within the Dedman School of Law where scholars research topics related to criminal justice and, consistent with its research, advocate innovative criminal justice reform. She said at some point in their lifetime nearly 40% of American citizens have the opportunity to be impaneled as a juror, and each year about 32 million are summoned for jury service. “Yet, for much of its history and continuing on to the present day, the American jury system has been an instrument of both systemic and functional racism,” Offit explained. In fact, she said legal anthropologists have come to view the jury system as a sort of “miner’s canary’ that can indicate deeper inequities in the criminal justice system. “Dallas is very much written into the legal history of systemic jury exclusion in the United States,” Offit said. Between 1969 and 1980, a jury selection instruction manual written by a top assistant to the Dallas County district attorney at the time directed line attorneys in the office to dismiss otherwise eligible jurors based on race, she said. “This manual stated that citizens of color could not be fair and impartial and, as a group, would only empathize with defendants in criminal cases,” Offit continued.

“For decades, prosecutors in Dallas heeded this advice and did so with the blessing of leaders in their office.” She said while the law changed in 1986 and dismissing jurors based explicitly on race was no longer permissible, the practice of race-based jury exclusion persisted. “Today, jury exclusion has a different face. While my own empirical research suggests that the anti-discrimination law articulated by the Supreme Court in 1986 in the form of the Batson doctrine has, in fact, started to deter certain exclusionary practices during the peremptory challenge phase of jury selection, race-based discrimination is alive and well during earlier and more impactful phases of the jury selection process,” Offit said. She said financial hardship prevents some from serving as jurors. Offit said those reporting to the Frank Crowley Courthouse for their first day of jury service will receive $6 and, if they drove, pay about half that for a parking spot. “This kind of socioeconomic exclusion during jury service has an impact on jury demographics,” Offit said. She added that the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will likely exacerbate these issues.

JULY 30 Dallas police responded to a call in the 10000 block of the Dallas North Tollway from a 24-year-old Baton Rouge man, who complained that someone hit him several times before taking off with his property. JULY 31 Around 12:30 a.m., a flora-hating rapscallion heaved a flower pot at the window of the home of a 24-year-old man in the 5800 block of Grassmere Lane, causing damage.

JULY 17 A rude motorist who caused a wreck in the parking lot at the Semones Family YMCA in the 4300 block of Northaven Road left before 10:16 a.m. without sharing insurance or contact information.

AUG. 1 No times were provided for two separate theft calls, one by a woman in the 10000 block of Les Jardins Drive, and another by a woman in the 6800 block of Greenwich Lane.

JULY 21 Before 3:54 p.m., a shoplifter fled with stolen merchandise from Lowe’s Home Improvement store on Inwood Road near Forest Lane. JULY 23 Reported at 11:26 a.m.: a wouldbe thief on July 21 punched the key ignition of a vehicle at apartments in the 3900 West Northwest Highway.

AUG. 6 At 8 p.m., a 29-year-old man reported that someone tried to steal his car at Northpark Center. A 35-year-old woman in the 5000 block of Park Lane told police around 9:30 p.m. someone touched her “without her permission.” Always ask permission.

JULY 24 A 71-year-old man from the 6200 block of West Northwest Highway complained at 9:06 p.m. of continuing to receive unwanted text messages.

AUG. 7 Details are scarce, but at 8:36 p.m., someone reported that their car was stolen from the Preston Hollow Village shopping center.

JULY 26 An Investigation of a street blockage in the 5700 block of Walnut Hill

SKULDUGGERY of the MONTH: DEARLY DE-PARTED There was no time provided, but a 51-yearold man reported that a tool removed the catalytic converter from his car at NorthPark Center on July 28. No word if the tool chose a wrench or a reciprocating saw to do so.

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COVID CURRICULUM On campus or online, school will be vastly different in 2020-2021

On Aug. 27, the Dallas ISD board of trustees was scheduled to discuss their plan for distance learning this year. We will have a full report at

By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers


hether Dallas ISD families opted for distance learning or on-campus instruction, the COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a whole new and wildly different school year. For starters, school doesn’t begin until after Labor Day, a decision that was arrived at after an hours-long school board meeting in late July. The board ultimately approved a new calendar that will have school starting on Sept. 8 and ending on June 18, with Fair Day holidays eliminated and an Election Day holiday added in. The calendar also changes the grading periods from six weeks to nine weeks.

And virtual learning will not be a repeat of last spring, Chief of School Leadership Stephanie Elizalde said. “Our virtual instruction this year will not be what we did last year,” Elizalde said, saying they took in teacher and parent input, and that the goal this year was to only need parents to help facilitate (such as getting a younger student logged in to their device, or making sure they were paying attention), but not teach. Trustee Dustin Marshall said he had gotten a steady stream of input from constituents who didn’t wish to see the school year extended. He asked Elizalde why the district couldn’t start on August 17 if they’re going all virtual. Elizalde said that it is because

they would like the three weeks to better prepare teachers and principals – who weren’t on contract over the summer, adding that they could do it if the board rejected the calendar, but it would be more difficult. “If we don’t get this right on the instructional delivery virtually, I’m going to frustrate a lot of parents,” she said. District staff said that, by the state rules from the Texas Education Agency, the “clock” starts when school starts on whether a district can take advantage of the eight week option for all-virtual learning if the district is in a COVID-19 hot spot. Starting after Labor Day gives the ability to potentially extend virtual learning – if need be – deeper into the first semester.

“We don’t know if it will get better or worse. We lose control of our own destiny if we start on Aug. 17,” Dallas ISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa said. At press time, there was no clear decision on when on-campus instruction will start. However, the district has outlined the steps it will take to mitigate the spread of the virus, which include taking temperatures when students board a school bus or enter a school building for the day, hand sanitizer stations throughout the school, plexiglass dividers, floor signage, one-way hallway routes, masks throughout the day, and air purifiers in classrooms, as well as special procedures for school nurses when they encounter a sick child.


D O N ’ T B E L AT E School start and end times have changed with the new year to accommodate on-campus transitions that are mindful of health protocols. Elementary Schools and Vanguard Schools: 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Middle Schools, Academies, Dealey Montessori, Solar Prep for Boys and Girls: 8:20 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. Obama High School and Middle School, Ignite Middle School: 8:30 a.m. to 4:35 p.m. High Schools, Magnets, City Lab, and IDEA: 9 a.m. to 4:35 p.m.

Online and On Time: Dallas ISD Hopes Virtual Learning 2.0 Goes the Distance It will take $20 million, but a plan to get iPads and Chromebooks into the hands of Dallas ISD elementary students in time for school to start has been in the works all summer - and the district hopes to have all that technology distributed before school starts on Sept. 8. The district will provide iPads to about 46,000 students in pre-K through second grade, and Chromebooks to 14,000 students in grades 3-5, with the bulk distributed in a phased handout by school and grade throughout the month of August. The district’s technology department hosted drive-up deployment events at each elementary campus, and parents were given a backpack of supplies for each student that included an assigned computing device, charger, earbuds, and basic instructions for logging in. If needed, students can also take home mobile internet hotspots. Middle school and high school students should already have hotspots and computing devices, the district said, but if they don’t, the district will be holding separate events for students that need replacement devices or are new to the district.

Dallas ISD has a plan to put computing devices in the hands of every elementary school student. (PHOTO COURTESY DALLAS ISD)

“We will finally realize our vision of providing one-to-one technology for every Dallas ISD student,” said Dallas ISD Chief Technology Officer Jack Kelanic. “The computer and home Internet access are foundational tools to help ensure every student is successful this school year.” Internet connectivity was found to be a hurdle last spring when the district was

forced to pivot suddenly to online learning. This fall, the district will also provide more hot spots for students without home internet access, with much of the funding for those hotspots coming from the district’s nonprofit philanthropic arm, The Dallas Education Foundation, and the 1Million Project Foundation. “We were already heading in this di-

rection of providing home Internet access, but now our work is urgent,” Kelanic said. “We’ve compressed a year’s work of technology rollout into three weeks. The challenge is ensuring we reach everyone.” Funding for much of the technology initiative came after the state allocated $200 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for the purchase of technology to power distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s reimbursement process could mean that the district gets about $10 million for technology expenses related to the pandemic. “As school districts delay the start of in-person instruction for the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID-19, it is essential that we work to provide Texas students with the devices they need to connect and communicate online for classroom instruction,” said Gov. Greg Abbott. “As we continue to combat COVID-19 in Texas, we are committed to providing reliable and effective solutions that will help students academically succeed while protecting public health.” -Staff reports | September 2020  7

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Letters to the Editor


High Praise For High Rise Plan STAAR Changes for Year

The presentation at the community meeting on June 11 convinced me that the greening of Preston Center will begin with this project. The project defines “building toward a better future,” and it will influence the scope of work for developing the garage block as well as all of Preston Center. I am also convinced that the project is “so right” for Preston Center that the adjacent property owners and the community at large will recognize its value for all of Dallas and will support the project. I’m also confident the property owners and tenants appreciate Rosebriar Holdings and Burk Interest support of the architects (HKS and GFF) working together for the good of Preston Center. As an architect whose passion is planning, I consider this multi-use project for Preston Center a model for future development throughout Dallas. The greening of Preston Center will begin with our support. Howard C. Parker, American Institute of Architects fellow emeritus Dallas

Protect Voters

I am very concerned that our state is forcing people to choose between their health and their right to vote. There are many things up in the air right now, but our democracy shouldn’t be. Experts estimate we need at least $4 billion to make sure states can prepare for elections in the time of coronavirus. Otherwise, millions of voters might be disenfranchised. The first relief bill provided $400 million, which gets the process started but is not enough. The HEROES Act passed by the House allocates $3.6 billion, but the Senate has yet to even bring the bill up for a vote. Congress MUST pass additional funding to make sure our November elections are prepared for this unprecedented threat. Sandi Hebley Dallas

Third grade is the first year of STAAR testing. I have a third and a fourth grader. It was waived last year so my fourth grader hasn’t taken it. It seems silly to only waive for grades that have taken it. I’m happy to skip it so that the teachers and scholars can actually focus on academic content versus teaching to the test. Both my kids are TAG and they got ZERO TAG post spring break. Athena Hinkhouse Dallas, Via Facebook

Remembering Ebby Halliday

Many years ago, around 10 p.m., I was working late at the Little White House. My cubicle was next to a window on the east wing when all of the sudden, I almost jumped out of my shoes (heels of course in those days). EBBY was knocking on the window. She motioned me to the back door. EBBY had on a beautiful dress with a jacket. She couldn’t reach the zipper! So I got it down far enough and we got the jacket back on. “Now dear,” she said. “what are you doing here so late?” “Well Ebby,” I said, “I have three contracts that I need to finish distributing in the a.m. and with four children, a dog, a cat, two rabbits and a New Yorker husband who barely saw grass until I converted him to Texas and had no idea where all these inhabitants got to our home, I needed the peace and quiet of the office.” “Well now it’s time to go home,” she said. “Sort it all out in the morning. You need to take care of yourself now.” So, I gathered it all and walked her to her back door. For a while when I’d see her, she’d wink. Mary Louise Cadigan Dallas

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Routman, Rawlings Named to Hoblitzelle Foundation Board By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

Two Preston Hollow residents have been tapped to help lead a longstanding nonprofit as it navigates the pandemic, the Hoblitzelle Foundation announced. Former Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and community leader Lizzie Horchow Routman were named to a board of directors that also includes the organization’s first female board chair.

Both Mike and Lizzie have such a breadth of knowledge of the needs of the community, they will be able to easily ascertain where a grant from Hoblitzelle Foundation will make a difference. Katie Robbins “On behalf of the Hoblitzelle Foundation and our board, we’re thrilled to welcome Mike Rawlings and Lizzie Horchow Routman as new directors. Their leadership and engagement in our community coupled

with their knowledge of critical needs in our city will be a tremendous benefit to those we serve,” said Katie Robbins, Hoblitzelle Foundation president and CEO. Rawlings served as Dallas mayor from 2011 to 2019 and was CEO of Pizza Hut from 1997 to 2002. He founded private equity firm CIC Partners in 2004 and has been actively engaged in the firm again since leaving office. He has been involved with anti-poverty efforts, initiatives to prevent domestic violence, and the Grow South Initiative. Routman is a member of the Horchow family, and has continued their legacy of community service, having recently chaired the UT Southwestern President’s Advisory Board. She is also a board member at The Dallas Foundation, and has been in leadership positions with The Hockaday School, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, and the Visiting Nurses Association. The foundation was established by Karl and Esther Hoblitzelle in 1942 and has invested more than $240 million in the social service, cultural, educational, and medical organizations in Texas. “Mr. and Mrs. Hoblitzelle wanted Dallas to be a great city and that means having quality and excellence across all areas – medical, social services, education, and the arts,” Robbins said. “Both Mike and Lizzie have such a breadth of knowledge of the needs of the community, they will be able to easily ascertain where a grant from Hoblitzelle

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Foundation will make a difference.” Thanks to the pandemic, though, the nonprofit recently made changes in the types of grants it is making, Robbins said. “We shifted our funding strategy to be intently focused on what the community needs at the moment. When the pandemic initially hit, we made grants to several relief funds,” she explained. “During our May board meeting the Directors made almost 20 emergency grants to medical and social service agencies in North Texas. We felt that unrestricted, operational dollars were needed most versus our typical grants for capital items.” The foundation supported Parkland and UT Southwestern, as well as neighborhood-based clinics like Healing Hands and Los Barrios Unidos as they provided testing, treatment, and research during the pandemic. “We were also happy to provide a grant to Feeding Texas that allowed them to access

USDA funds to bring a significant quantity of shelf-stable food to Texas,” Robbins said. Routman and Rawlings join State Rep. Rafael Anchia, Lydia Novakov, Dr. Daniel Podolsky, and Catherine Rose on the board, as well as new chair Karen Shuford, vicechair Jere Thompson Jr., and treasurer Holland Gary.

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14 September 2020 | S U R V E Y R E S U LT S PRESIDENT Donald Trump - R, Incumbent 50% Joe Biden - D 39.2% Jo Jorgenson - L 9.8% Undecided 1% U.S. SENATE John Cornyn - R, Incumbent 51% Mary Jennings Hegar - D 36.1% Kerry McKennon - L 9.3% Undecided 3.6% U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 32 Colin Allred - D, Incumbent 39.7% Genevieve Collins - R 49.5% Christy Mowrey - L 8.2% Undecided 2.6%

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By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

Presidential election years are always big years, but with a pandemic going on, and a nation divided on politics, it seems as if this one has even more heft to it — even in the down-ballot races. With that in mind, we’re going to be reaching out to our readers once a month to see what they think about the upcoming election by asking you two questions: • Who would you vote for if you had to vote today? • What is the biggest issue driving you to the polls right now? We want to know your thoughts. Our new poll for September will be live on Sept. 1. Don’t like what you see here? Think 194 responses isn’t enough? Make sure your voice is counted next time — click the QR code below and sign up for our People Perks newsletter list

to get the survey in your email inbox, or simply email if you’d like to get the survey each month. We will report each month’s results in the September, October, and November issues of Preston Hollow People and Park Cities People, as well as online at This isn’t meant to be a scientific poll, but rather a snapshot of how your neighbors feel about the upcoming election. And, as always, if you have something important to say, please consider penning a letter to the editor — we love hearing from our readers. August Survey Results Note: At the time of this survey, Joe Biden had not chosen a running mate. Subsequent surveys will reflect the complete ticket for every race we can verify. Candidates with zero responses are not included, and in races that only apply to part of our readership, we provide the “does not apply to me” response choice.

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 114 John Turner - D, Incumbent 30.9% Luisa Del Rosal - R 36.6% Undecided 5.7% Does Not Apply to Me 26.8% TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 114 Morgan Meyer - R, Incumbent 49% Joanna Cattanach - D 30.4% Ed Rankin - L 6.2% Undecided 5.2% Does Not Apply to Me 9.3%

READERS SAID... “Covid 19, Criminal justice reform, immigration, funding for public schools, and the environment.“ “Voter suppression. It’s odd that the national media won’t cover a Presidential candidate who will be on all 50 state’s ballots. After researching her. I determined that it was because she is the best choice. They’re suppressing her because the media knows it.” “The 2 old parties no longer represent me. “ “Covid-19 response and climate change because both issues will deeply impact the quality of life for our children and grandchildren. “ “The democrats creating chaos.“ “A lifelong Republican no longer! Trumps lack of leadership, consistently proven false statements, and apparent disregard for the American people over his self interests have repulsed me. The cast of Republicans who refuse to stand up to this President’s abuse of power is beyond sad and does not warrant my continued support. “ “I will vote for Republicans because I do not agree with liberal agenda. I will vote for border security, supporting the police and lower taxes.” “Defunding the police is not an option. Also President Trump has been promised made and promises kept.”

DALLAS COUNTY SHERIFF Marian Brown - D, Incumbent 37.6% Chad Prda - R 46.9% Undecided 15.5% DALLAS ISD DISTRICT 2 Dustin Marshall, Incumbent 13.9% Alex Enrique 2.1% Nancy Rodriguez 5.2% Undecided 14.4% Does Not Apply to Me 64.4% DALLAS ISD DISTRICT 8 Joe Carreon 3.6% Alicia McClung 7.7% Undecided 15.5% Does Not Apply to Me 73.2%


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Attorney Considers Future of Justice Competitive Amy Stewart plays role in North Texas’ historic Zoom jury trial By William Taylor People Newspapers

With COVID-19 prompting many to consider alternative ways of conducting business, a former college basketball player and coach turned law firm founder sees potential in online jury trials. “As attorneys, we are all looking for innovative ways to move trials through the system that have been delayed due to the pandemic,” Bluffview resident Amy M. Stewart said. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Wake Forest University and her law degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2006. Stewart founded her Dallas law firm in 2017, and in May, helped Collin County conduct what described as likely the nation’s first virtual summary jury trial. The Stewart Law Group represents the defendant in Virtuwave Holdings LLC v. State Farm Lloyds. “Just like in real trial, I loved engaging with the jurors during jury selection,” Stewart said. “Obviously, conducting it over Zoom made it Amy M. Stewart more challenging because you want to feel ‘connected’ with the potential jurors.” In a summary trial, attorneys prepare for mediation by presenting abbreviated versions of their cases to see how jurors in a regular trial might respond.

It is time to take a stand for what is right. Amy M. Stewart “Frankly, I was pleasantly surprised how engaging the potential jurors were throughout the entire summary jury trial process,” she said. “You could tell that not only were

they taking their oath seriously and paying attention, the jurors understood that we together were making history.” Stewart, born to a Black father and White mother in North Carolina, wants to see more history made this fall.

As demonstrators across the country push for a more just nation, what changes do you, as someone who works in the justice system, want to see? I want all Americans, no matter their race, color, creed, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background, to open their hearts and minds to feel and start to understand how racial injustice has been tightly woven into our country’s fabric. It is time to take a stand for what is right. The recent incidents involving George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others have shined a spotlight on the unfortunate and far too frequent injustices happening to Black Americans that must be reckoned at the ballot box. The same demonstrators who have put their health at risk to attend rallies during a pandemic need to show (COURTESY PHOTO) up to vote in November, or all of the pain, tears, and loss of life will be for naught. What do you bring from your experiences on the basketball court to the courtroom? Preparation is the key to being successful in anything in life, including on the court and courtroom. We would practice six days a week to prepare for one game. Similarly, with lawsuits, you can work up a case for years before you get to trial or a substantive hearing on the merits. The work ethic, persistence, and the importance of thorough preparation are engrained in me from years of being a student-athlete and coach. As I tell my associates all the time, we call it the legal “practice” for a reason. | September 2020  17

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18 September 2020 |


‘GIVE THEM A LITTLE BIT OF HOPE’ Signs of encouragement blossom in Preston Hollow neighborhood


t was a warm June afternoon when I first noticed the signs that had bloomed along Tibbs Street in Preston Hollow. In bright, sunny, yellow, messages like, “You are stronger than you think,” “We are in this together,” B E T H A N Y and “New ERICKSON Day. New Thoughts. New Strength. New Possibilities” lined the streets that are frequently populated by neighbors out on walks with friends - or their dogs. I hopped out of my car, threw a

mask on just in case, and snapped a few pictures, which I posted to the People Newspapers Instagram account, asking for help locating the sign makers. Not long after, several neighbors reached out to tell me that they knew exactly who created the signs. “I had posted on Next Door asking who had made the signs and Abby Goldstein of Preston Hollow North said that she and her kids had made them. Very sweet!” said Lisa Nelson. Not long after Abby reached out to me, and not long after, another person noticed the signs-- Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. “Finished work early today and

Teva and Sawyer Goldstein worked with their mother, Abby, to create and place inspirational signs along Tibbs Street and Pemberton. They plan to add more signs to the neighborhood soon. (PHOTOS: BRIAN GOLDSTEIN, BETHANY ERICKSON)

took a bike ride. Saw these signs. Dallas you lift me up. Keep lifting each other,” he tweeted. It was August before I talked to Abby, Brian, Teva, and Sawyer Goldstein, though. “We would drive into Pemberton and see all those homes that were just ravaged, and it was just so sad,” Abby said. “So it started out, ‘Let’s do everybody on Pemberton’--just give them a little bit of hope, you know, that they’re back in this neighborhood and we’re all in this together.” After Pemberton, came Tibbs. “Let’s go down Tibbs - so many people walk up and down Tibbs let’s brighten their days,” she said.

“I feel like a lot of people around our neighborhood take evening walks or something, or ride their bikes, and get to see them,” Sawyer said. Teva said that the process of coming up with the quotes took a while. “We thought of some of them ourselves, and then some of them we found on the internet at other places like that, but it was a really long process to make the signs,” she said. “It’s hard for everybody, and we just wanted something uplifting in our neighborhood that could make people happier,” she said, and added that the process of finding the quotes and making the signs also

helped cheer them up. You see, the family that worked to cheer up a neighborhood is going through a particularly rough summer--Abby’s father is at UT Southwestern, where he was admitted after his daughter brought him from California in July after his diagnosis with stage 4 cancer. “The signs help us get through it, too,” Teva said, “because all the quotes are hopeful. And we see them on our walks, too.” While their mom spends time at the hospital with their grandfather, the two said, they’re making more signs, and plan on hitting a few more streets in their neighborhood soon.

Ready for Her Close-Up

Doctor uses TikTok to decompress, shares laughs at the end of the day By Morgan Pryor People Newspapers

Dr. Tiffany Moon is on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic every day, teaching medical students and working in the operating room. However, the associate professor of anesthesiology and pain management at UT Southwestern has found a creative way to channel her less serious side: TikTok. Shedding her PPE and decontaminating when she gets home serves as a symbolic way of letting go of they day’s stress.

The forced pause, the canceled conferences, the PowerPoint slides that I didn’t have to do — it’s been almost like a reprieve in a way because I’ve gotten to spend so much time with my kids. Tiffany Moon

“The bad things that happened, the traumas that I saw today — let me wash that off of me because when I step into the house, I need to be happy and present and engaged for my kids,” Moon said. The social media platform also helps Moon decompress — and it has even brought her family closer together. Her husband, five-year-old twins, and 16-yearold twin stepchildren often make appearances in her videos. “For 45 minutes, the six of us were sort of in a project together,” Moon said, describing how in one video, her family danced with glow sticks taped to their bodies. “We weren’t thinking about something else; we weren’t just sitting there watching a movie.” Moon’s stepdaughter, who films and edits Moon’s content, introduced her to the platform near the beginning of the pandemic, and also was the one to notice that Moon’s video titled “You know you’re at an Asian house when…” went viral. It has since garnered over 4 million views. “I get that some people don’t want to see that side of a doctor; they think it’s maybe unprofessional or something like that, but I say, ‘I’m at home with my kids, doing this on my own time,’” Moon said. “It’s a stress

TOP, FROM LEFT: Dr. Tiffany Moon’s stepson, Nathan, holding their morkie, Mindy; Daniel; Tiffany; Moon’s stepdaughter, Nicole, holding their yorkipoo, Max; Maddie; their Goldendoodle, Milo; and Chloe. (PHOTOS: ESTHER HUYNH, JONNY NGO) reliever for me just to be able to make them.” Moon was planning to speak about her research at conferences around the world until COVID-19 put her plans on hold. However, Moon said that if it wasn’t for the pandemic, she likely wouldn’t have had the time to even make videos. “The forced pause, the canceled conferences, the PowerPoint slides that I didn’t have to do — it’s been almost like a reprieve in a way because I’ve gotten to spend so much time with my kids,” she added. Now with more than 87,000 followers, Moon said that though she occasionally wishes to inform, her main goal is to make people laugh.

“I have medical students and residents following me around all day and I’m explaining things to them all day, so really the last thing I want to do when I get home — and also be a preschool teacher to my five year old twins — is have to educate more,” she said. Though there’s much uncertainty with the world and in her profession, Moon said that she wants to continue making people smile with her videos. Mentioning the positive comments she receives on her posts, Moon said, “I’m going to keep doing this because I like it, people like it, it makes me happy, and I love making other people laugh.” | September 2020  19

Texas Proud, But So Hot I’m refreshed. Huh? In this heat? I was fortunate to escape to Santa Fe, where the Wi-Fi is spotty and daily hikes a tonic. I turned off the TV for a LEN BOURLAND month. Yet no matter what, the news found me: in blogs, and on phone screens when checking in with friends and family. I got a text from my bridge partner telling me about the Veepstakes. To say we are not molded by the steady drip, drip, drip of news is disingenuous. My friends who were locals in Santa Fe ranged from frightened to terrified over coronavirus. Several had not left home since February, glued to their televisions. They have a government that has fed them a steady diet of COVID perils, yet not one of them personally knew anybody who had been infected. I, on the other hand, know several Dallasites who have had the virus with various degrees of illness. I’m aware I’ve been lucky not to have fatalities in my circle. I entered New Mexico with a photo of a negative COVID test for any authorities. Still, no local friends would dine out. That I did with my Texas friends. Am I an intrepid senior or a fool? I plead not guilty on both counts. As a childhood asthmatic, I qualify as having a “pre-existing condition.” Yet while I take precautions, I do not live afraid. That was easy to feel in the cool air of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, but in returning to scorched Texas, I had seen chatter on the Nextdoor app about crowds at Central Market and patios in Uptown. Sure enough, the social distancing isn’t practiced as much in Dallas. Why? For one thing, faith is an important element in the buckle of the Bible belt that was not a component much evidenced in New Mexico. Dallas has a young vibe, and many youths feel immortal and angry at being cheated out of “their time.” Several seniors are still holing up, yet many adults have COVID fatigue and have relaxed rules with family and friends. Everyone has to find the balance that works for them. However, Texans are rugged individualists who don’t like to take government dictation. So I am grateful to be back to a land of people who know how to navigate through the fearfulness of life with resilience, common sense, and grace. (But jiminy it’s hot.) Reach Len Bourland at

20 September 2020 |

Bluffview Resident Uses Art and Faith to Heal and Help By Kate Clark

Food Bank. With the purchase of one print, 333 meals will be donated to people in need. The goal of the Brenda Bogart is an artist, a project is to raise $100,000. Christian, and a giver. With God by “I have always felt God telling her side, she utilizes her artistic tal- me in my work to send a message ents in order to give back to the Dal- to people,” Bogart said. “Each one las community. of us has the power within us to The Bluffview resident did not harm or to heal.” begin her career as an artist until she Bogart chose to heal. In addition to healing hunger, was 46 years old, but she had always known as a little girl that she had a Bogart also looks to heal the soul, gift for art. At first, she did not fol- working closely with a program low her artistic path. called re|engage, a marriage enWhen she realized the path she richment program, at Park Cities had initially overlooked, she went to Presbyterian Church. “Re|engage is for everyone, SMU and started auditing all of the undergraduate painting and draw- for all marriages. It goes through ing classes. She the gospel and I have always felt what the Bible discovered her has to say about love of collaging God telling me in when she discovmarriage,” Boered her hatred my work to send a gart explained. for cleaning oil is not almessage to people. “It ways what you brushes. Collaging was for her. Each one of us has think it says or “I get mateyou were the power within us what rials from old taught.” The probooks, flea mar- to harm or to heal. kets from all gram consists Brenda Bogart over the world, of reading Biart books, and even my own art- ble verses, individually answering work,” Bogart said. “I am always on thought-provoking questions, then the lookout for paper. I love paper.” discussing the questions as a couIn March, she took her artwork ple, and finally meeting as a large to a deeper level by involving an as- group in the church. pect of community service. “We have seen some really mi“I started making LOVE Col- raculous things happen through lages,” Bogart said. “I knew that just having a format to be able to something big was going to happen talk to each other,” Bogart said. with those.” Both marriage and art are cenThe LOVE Campaign is a col- tral parts of Bogart’s life, and she lection of limited edition prints with believes that God is the connectall proceeds going to North Texas ing link between these two.

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Bluffview’s Brenda Bogart uses her art to show her faith. (COURTESY PHOTOS) | September 2020  21

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22 September 2020 |

Your Perfect Space to Work, Play and Love

SOLD - Represented Buyer 3242 Bryn Mawr Drive | $2,700,000

4332 Avondale Avenue | $1,185,000

10515 Lennox Lane | $4,750,000

Anne Kashata

Carolina Rendon

Karen Luter




5007 Horseshoe Trail | $1,725,000

3906 Shenandoah Street | $5,400,000

4414 Woodfi n Drive | $3,990,000

Jackie Converse

Doris Jacobs

Sue Krider




3925 Greenbrier Drive | $2,950,000

SOLD 6806 Glendora Avenue | $1,799,000

3401 Drexel Drive | $2,999,000

Eve Sullivan

Lori Sparks

Christine McKenny




5862 Azalea Lane | $1,450,000

7308 Wentwood Drive | $1,569,000

2733 Purdue Avenue | $1,599,000

Blair Hudson

Shirley Cohn

Richard Graziano




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3117 Caruth Boulevard | $3,695,000

5031 Deloache Avenue | $9,950,000

4557 Belclaire Avenue | $2,995,000

Doris Jacobs

Terri Cox

Brenda Sandoz




SOLD 3117 Drexel Drive | $2,100,000

4607 Valley Ridge Road | $3,995,000

7643 Lovers Lane | $1,649,000

Jean Bateman

Polly Beckman

Deanne Brock




SOLD 3511 Rankin Street | $1,995,000

4449 Southern Avenue | $2,395,000

2900 McKinnon Street #401 | $850,000

Richard Graziano

Carolina Rendon

Cheryl Carter




3204 Purdue Ave | $1,725,000

4608 Abbott Avenue #105 | $1,098,000

Susan Bradley

Ashley Rasmussen

Nancy Lukken




5403 Preston Fairways Circle | $1,150,000

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24 September 2020 |

Your Perfect Space to Work, Play and Love

4320 Emerson Avenue $1,225,000

4609 Mockingbird Lane $799,000

4529 Livingston Avenue $2,895,000

Anne Oliver

Beth Gilbert Parks

Brenda Sandoz




2912 Dyer Street $985,000

3549 Villanova Street $1,849,000

11881 Inwood Road Multiple Leases Available

Cathleen K. Witte

Ashley Rupp

Marianne Percy




SOLD | 7611 Marquette Street $885,000

6966 Brookshire Drive $995,500

4205/4207 University Boulevard $1,695,000

Mary Lou Mercer

Lori Sparks

Susan Bradley




4425 W. University Boulevard $439,900

SOLD | 4411 Westway Avenue $1,795,000

4052 Hanover Street $2,100,000

Susan Levanas

Richard Graziano

Tim Schutze




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As Rents Come Due, More Will Need Help

Churches partner to help families, homeless during pandemic By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers

With 40% of Texas renters surveyed unsure about their ability to make August rent, more challenges are facing families and the nonprofits and churches that seek to help them. Jennifer Owen, an attorney and owner of Higier Allen & Lautin, P.C, shared the 40% figure during a Social Venture Partners Dallas panel discussion on Aug. 11. In Dallas, almost $14 million in a program for rental and mortgage assistance was closed in 26 hours after receiving more than 25,000 applications, she added. Maryann D’Aniello, an attorney with Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, said the CARES Act initially put a moratorium on evictions from March 27-July 25 on certain landlords covered by the legislation.

We are fully engaged with our nonprofit partners and reaching out to those who need our hope and help the most in Dallas. The Rev. Paul Rasmussen “While that moratorium has expired, there are still some CARES Act protections for tenants,” D’Aniello said. “For the CARES Act covered landlords, they do have to give, under the CARES Act, a 30-day notice to vacate… So there is a longer notice to vacate if it’s for nonpayment of rent.”

LEFT: Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church cooks and serves dinner monthly to clients at The Austin Street Center, and has provided additional meals for their clients because of increased demand. (PHOTO: RACHEL SNYDER) RIGHT: Volunteers with Highland Park United Methodist Church delivered meals to Dallas ISD families. (COURTESY PHOTOS) With the expiration of the CARES Act moratorium on evictions, a ‘significant increase’ in evictions is expected toward the end of August and beginning of September, she said. Since the COVID-19 pandemic struck the area, local churches have been helping to meet the community’s needs and working collaboratively with other organizations in the area. Highland Park UMC Communications Director Sharla Jolly said the church served 26 entities through meal distribution, provided masks, and other PPE, led blood drives, and participated in other initiatives. The church also partnered with Preston Hollow Catering and Sonny Bryan’s Catering to prepare meals for agencies, including Austin Street, Stewpot, Genesis, and Wesley Rankin. By the end of July, she said members at HPUMC had provided more than 250,000 meals to Dallas ISD students and their

families as well as to other agencies and individuals in the community. “We were also able to distribute gift cards to a few church members and individuals through our local partnerships,” Jolly said. In 2020, HPUMC also sponsored the building of three newly-constructed homes in the south Dallas area and increased their support by assisting in the Dallas Habitat for Humanity mortgage relief fund, helping families hardest hit by COVID-19. “Missionally, HPUMC and our church members have been as active as ever. We are fully engaged with our nonprofit partners and reaching out to those who need our hope and help the most in Dallas.” HPUMC senior minister Rev. Paul Rasmussen said. Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church also cooks and serves dinner monthly to clients at The Austin Street Center, and

has provided additional meals for their clients because of increased demand. Parishioners with Saint Michael and All Angels have donated groceries and other gifts for the Jubilee Park and Community Center neighborhood. “Through our efforts, SMAA has provided groceries and essential items to more than 300 families,” the church’s website notes. During August, gifts to Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church Loaves and Fishes campaign were matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000, according to the church website. The church hopes to raise $200,000 during the campaign to support its ministry partners – Cornerstone Baptist Church, the Joy Empowerment Center of Abundant Life AME Church, and Literacy Achieves – as they provide food and housing assistance during the pandemic.

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26 September 2020 |

Better Together: Lovers Lane, Walnut Hill UMC combine forces

Walnut Hill United Methodist Church and Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church merged in June. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

Although the work began almost a year ago, the final vote to merge Lovers Lane United Methodist Church and Walnut Hill United Methodist Church happened in June, and relatively quietly thanks to a pandemic that was still spurring most churches to do their preaching online. Both churches have served as theological anchors for their neighborhoods for years. Lovers Lane, sitting from its perch at Northwest Highway and Inwood Road, is also home to Wesley Prep, a private elementary school, and offers a variety of ministries, including a robust Deaf ministry and a Zimbabwean fellowship. Walnut Hill, which is home to the popular Creative School preschool, has supported its community for years as well. It

took a direct hit from the October tornado, and has been working ever since to repair the damage and renovate. According to both churches, Walnut Hill had been seeing a decline in membership and donations for a few years. A consultant suggested last fall that the church consider an adoption merger with the larger Lovers Lane church, and work began in earnest in January. The merger became final at a June church conference. “These two wonderful congregations have voted nearly unanimously in their respective decision making meetings (Charge/ Church Conferences) for an adoption merger between Walnut Hill UMC and Lovers Lane UMC,” Lovers Lane United Methodist Church senior pastor Stan Copeland announced. “They will now be one congregation meeting on two campus with distinctive, transformative, disciple making

ministry in both places.” Several options were explored, but the adoption merger won out because it allows both congregations to work together, combining not only membership and ministry, but also assets and financial resources. The merger will allow Walnut Hill to adopt the children’s ministry and youth ministry models that Lovers Lane has found successful in attracting families. It will also allow the church to grow its traditional service, while still offering contemporary services through Lovers Lane. “As WHC, we will continue to celebrate with traditional worship and enjoy autonomy with our adult Sunday School Classes,” wrote church membership secretary Cathy Bell in a recent newsletter. “At the same time, we will have access to LLUMC resources for our children and youth, with the opportunity to have new

programming. We’ll also have access to small groups and classes for adults.” And while Lovers Lane will also take over the Creative School, there are no plans to fold it into Wesley Prep, or to close it. Walnut Hill will also have its own board of directors, led by John Ozmun and Don Moulton, and including Russell Alexander, Susan Attel, Judy Smith, Rosie Taylor, Melissa Stallings, Jackie Anglin, Ron Rains, and Mary Larsen Sly, as well as Rev. Scott Luginbill and Rev. Andy Nelms as nonvoting members. “There will be lots of learning ahead and perhaps some growing pains, but I sense a measure of excitement in the air as we come to know one another celebrating and pursuing life, mission and vision together,” Copeland said. “May God bless all of our holy pursuits.” | September 2020  27

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28 September 2020 |

Today’s Estate Living 10203 Hollow Way Road Offered for $8,499,000 5 Bed / 5.2 Bath / 10,382 Sq.Ft. Alex Perry 214.926.0158

Overlooking Preston Trails 5403 Preston Fairways Circle Offered for $1,150,000 4 Bed / 4,687 Sq.Ft. / 0.5 Acre Susan Bradley 214.674.5518 | September 2020  29

Timeless Elegance 3906 Shenandoah Street Offered for $5,400,000 5 Bed / 7.2 Bath / 8,458 Sq.Ft. Doris Jacobs 214.537.3399

Perfect Home, Perfect Street 3832 Greenbrier Drive Offered for $2,920,000 5 Bed / 5.2 Bath / 6,542 Sq.Ft. Susan Baldwin 214.763.1591


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30 September 2020 |

A Classic Welcome 2735 Daniel Avenue Offered for $1,699,000 4 Bed / 3.1 Bath / 4,198 Sq.Ft. Laurie Welch 214.662.4246

6808 Willow Lane Offered for $799,000 4 Bed / 3.1 Bath / 3,312 Sq.Ft.

4523 Arcady Avenue — SOLD - Represented Buyer Offered for $1,600,000 4 Bed / 3.1 Bath / 3,334 Sq.Ft.

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Like so many charities and organizations that were planning the luncheons, galas, and fashion shows that were major fundraisers for the year, Bryan’s House had to cancel its April “Pathways to Inclusion” luncheon after it became very, very clear that the novel coronavirus was not going to skip Dallas, but instead was going to hit the city head-on. The organization, which got its start 30 years ago, serves children with medical or developmental needs, as well as their families, by providing specialized childcare, respite care, and other social services. Obviously, concerns about the often medically-fragile children and families served have been at the forefront for the organization, which is still working to shift the way it helps clients. So through the spring and summer, the organization moved every program to a virtual format and continued to oversee 800 children for a variety of needs, including mental health help, basic necessities, food, medicine for children, baby items, and more. Bryan’s Place

also worked to help suddenly out of work clients find work and has helped others by advocating with employers. The agency also provided educational programming and is training parents on how to suddenly become teachers. “ We’ve provided $78,000 in Emergency Assistance since March 2020 to August 6, thanks to community support to provide rent, utilities, food and groceries,” said Bryan’s House CEO Abigail Erickson. But now as many schools make plans for on-campus instruction, the nonprofit is also gearing up to begin serving children on-site — starting with a back-to-school drive through in early August that provided a contactless way for the organization to provide families with supplies for students ages 2 through 17, including backpacks, laundry items, and transportation vouchers. “ We are getting ready for back to school on site in early September, with all COVID-19 new safety protocols in place,” Erickson said. – Staff report


Bryan’s House Gears Up to Serve Children On-Site

32 September 2020 |



TOP LEFT: The staff at Sevy’s Grill wears masks, and owner Amy Severson said that they will also offer them to guests as well. TOP RIGHT: Heat at home family meals are one of the ways TJ’s Fresh Seafood Market & Grill responded to restaurant closures and reduced capacity during the pandemic. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers


hen Sevy’s Grill — like all other restaurants — had to close in March, it also had to face trying to retain longtime employees (and often favorites of regular diners) and remain afloat. To say the situation was precarious would be an egregious understatement. To say the situation isn’t still precarious would be even more so. At the time, Jim “Sevy” Severson announced the restaurant’s temporary closure on Facebook, and also shared something else — they were going to try to help their now furloughed employees while they waited to return. “While our staff ‘stays at home,’ we will continue to pay them $100 weekly for basic needs and (provide a) food bag of essentials,” he said.

The concern over being able to manage finances and keep employees led many local favorites to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan, which is administered by the Small Business Administration. The SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met and the funds are used for eligible expenses. Severson’s wife, Amy, who coowns the restaurant, said that she is certain almost every restaurant in town is worried about the next few months as restaurants operate at 50% capacity. “I think you’re gonna find when this all washes out, like most things, there’s gonna be a few people who abuse it, but the rest of us just were trying to legitimately stay viable, and our whole mantra in our industry all over this United States right now is, ‘Can I make it through the next payroll cycle?’” she said. “Believe me, the day we got funded, boom, our guys

were back in the kitchen prepping food to reopen.” The restaurant began offering curbside to-go options soon after. DIVE Coastal Cuisine owner Franchesca Nor said that protecting and supporting her staff is among the hardest parts of running a restaurant during a pandemic.

Every day is a new challenge. Franchesca Nor “Making sure your staff is healthy to work, making sure we are following all procedures all of the time to stop the spread. Supporting your staff when and if they do test positive, preventing other staff to test positive, continuing to have strict standards in your policy with your staff. In our case, giving

them job security no matter what,” she listed as she talked about the hard parts, along with changing the concept for their dining, as well as marketing approaches, and sourcing products to stay consistent. “Every day is a new challenge,” she said. For TJ’s Fresh Seafood Market & Grill owner Jon Alexis, the pandemic closures hit just as their Preston Royal location was really hitting its stride again after weeks of closures following the October 2019 tornado. “The Preston Hollow community has been incredible. They have supported TJ’s through not only the tornado, but now this,” he said, but said that didn’t mean it wasn’t hard. “Completely changing our business model every few weeks (was one of the hard parts),” he said. “No sizable restaurant in America was set up to become a to-go commissary!”

Franchesca Nor owns DIVE Coastal Cuisine.

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Stone Boutique Veterans Seek To Innovate With Dallas Showroom

Acostas explore contemporary design, use technology to provide digital renderings of home remodeling jobs

By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers

Longtime Dallas stone business veterans Margarita and Francisco Acosta, who own Stone Boutique in the Dallas Design District, have 30 years of experience in the industry and now offer a new proprietary software system that allows customers to see a rendering of their products in their job. “We invented a proprietary software system that we recently got a patent on where we do the whole process in a digital way, where you are coming to our showroom...and we allow you to sort all of our inventory,” Francisco said. “Every single item, product, that we have is available to be viewed in detail, alongside any other product, in any position that you want to see it. And then, what we do is we do a rendering while you’re there, we can do a rendering of your job, of your house, and overlay the selections that you have made into your particular job.

He added that they enjoy working on Is there a particular stone that you guys contemporary designs of late. like to incorporate in home design that “We really like working with design- people may not think of off the top of their ers that are very creative heads? We have about a and have a different style couple hundred differthat (isn’t) cookie cutter,” ent stones that you can Francisco said. “Right purchase. People somenow, there’s a lot of contemporary looks that we times come here with an idea because they have really enjoy doing. Minimalistic with some very seen something that they like and then, when clean lines and clean designs, and we like to do we start showing them that kind of work.” more products, they start Do you have a favorite opening their eyes. They project in the Park Cities realize that there’s a lot or Preston Hollow neighmore choices out there Francisco and Margarita Acosta borhoods? than what they originally We recently also just finished a big home thought there were. Because we’re able to rein Preston Hollow. It was a big remodel produce or replicate how the area would look home, and we also used about 14 different using a certain stone, the clients are not realtypes of stones in the job...these customers ly having to have this visual capacity to say, that we deal with are looking for something ‘I’m looking at this slab in a horizontal way special. They want to have something that is or a vertical way and I’m going to put it in my unique, that has (an) incredible look. fireplace...I cannot really see that.’ Well, we

are able to show them all that with our system, and that takes away all the uncertainty. Are there trends you guys are seeing in terms of interior design? Well, you know, we have been in a 10 year run, a 15 year run on whites...but we see that some colors are coming into play that were not actively looked for before. There’s an increase, I think, in demand for green...I also see some pink, I also see some gray, and darker colors--black and dark grays are also coming back. Is there something that makes Dallas a particularly good place to be for interior designers? Dallas has a phenomenal community of interior designers with some incredibly talented designers that we love working with. We do some work here in Dallas with architects from New York and San Francisco areas that do some projects here, but, more often, we see architects from Dallas doing projects outside Dallas than architects from other places doing work here. I think Dallas is a very dynamic city. There’s great diversity. | September 2020  33

County, State Stances Differ on Eviction Protection By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

The same day that most Dallas County justices of the peace agreed to hold off on eviction proceedings related to nonpayment of rent during the pandemic, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said counties lack the power to stop evictions, period. Paxton’s nonbinding legal advice was issued on Aug. 7, in the afternoon. That morning, seven out of 10 Dallas County justices of the peace agreed to delay eviction hearings until Aug. 24. In July, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins asked Gov. Greg Abbott to consider an outright ban on evictions until the pandemic was better under control. Abbott did not. “While local officials do possess certain emergency powers...statewide eviction procedures far exceed

the requirement that those powers be exercised ‘on an appropriate local scale,’” Paxton said in a letter. “Government Code does not authorize local governmental entities operating under a declared disaster to independently rewrite state law as it applies to their jurisdiction to prohibit, delay, or restrict the issuance of a notice to vacate.” And while it’s unclear if Paxton’s opinion will mean county justices of the peace will rescind their cooperation, it did impact Austin and Travis County, who enacted eviction moratoriums in July. Many of the counties and cities hardest hit by the pandemic sought to find a way to protect the most vulnerable of their citizens after a federal moratorium on evictions expired July 31. Renters within the city of Dallas, though, still have a reprieve. A

COVID-19 eviction ordinance remains in effect as long as there is a state or city disaster declaration. The city’s ordinance gives tenants 60 days to prove that the pandemic created a hardship situation that prevented them from obtaining rent money. A landlord must issue a notice of possible eviction, and then the tenant has 21 days to reply with proof that the pandemic financially impacted them. After the 21st day, the tenant will need to provide a plan to pay their rent within 39 days. The city also has a rental and mortgage assistance program. According to recent data, more than $1.2 million in assistance has been awarded so far with 89% of the applications being from people seeking rental assistance. Dallas County’s Emergency Housing Assistance Program

The city of Dallas has awarded more than $1.2 million in rental assistance during the pandemic so far. (PHOTO: CITY OF DALLAS) also provided short-term rental, mortgage, and utility assistance to low-income Dallas County

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Texan Finds Love at First Sip

Rose Gold brings South of France home By Samantha Ponce People Newspapers

Casey Barber hopes her Rose Gold Wine brand evokes in others what she felt tasting her first Provence rosé in the South of France. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

“Before his stroke, Dad was so active! Now he spends most of his days just sitting. Seeing him like this is breaking my heart.”

By authority on Independence and Rehabilitation, author and Occupational Therapist, Emilia Bourland, MOT, OTR, ECHM

Watching your parents age can be tough. Growing up, they were like super-heroes. Strong, independent, and always there for you. Just seeing your parents go gray can be startling enough! The sudden changes that can happen following a stroke are often devastating to witness. That was the situation of one family that I was privileged to work with. John had been a strong, but gentle man. He had worked hard to support his family before retiring, and was enjoying a life full of grandchildren, trips to the lake house, and weekly bridge match-ups with friends. When he had a stroke, the family rallied around him, making sure he was getting the best from his doctors, nurses, and therapists. John went to rehab from the hospital, then came home to live with his wife. At first things seemed to be going well, but he then started to lose all of the gains he had made while in therapy. He was able to do less and less for himself. His wife and family were overwhelmed. John’s family heard that I help people to live more independent, safe, meaningful lives. At first, they were hesitant to call.

What difference could one little therapist possibly make? But, despite their uncertainty, they picked up the phone. They shared their story, and asked a simple question: “Can you help?” As it turned out, I could. We started with a No-Cost discovery visit in the comfort of John and his wife’s home. I answered all their questions, and explained all their options. At the end of the visit, we made a plan to get John and his family back to living the lives they deserved. John and I worked hard. He got stronger. We solved problems, and found ways for John to be more independent and do the things he loved. It wasn’t always easy, but most things worth doing aren’t. If you are worried about a loved one after a stroke, HERE IS A WAY TO HELP: Choose ONE of the following options: • Option 1: CALL or TEXT 24/7 469-9981245 to request a FREE Report on Stroke Recovery. It’s full of tips and recommendations-just for stroke. • Option 2: Schedule a NO-COST Stroke Discovery Visit. Just call 469-998-1245 or send an e-mail to Author Emilia Bourland, MOT, OTR, ECHM is the owner of AIPC Therapy. Contact her at 469998-1245 or - Advertisement -

wine. Allowing the grapes’ skin to keep contact with the juice for less than 30 minutes produces the soft salmon pale color that defines the taste and look of the rosé wine. “It’s a wine that wine drinkers and those that are new to the wine category can all really enjoy


60 miles north of Saint Tropez, France. Despite the common belief that rosé mixes white and red grapes, Barber’s uses two red ones – grenache grapes and cinsault grapes. The winemakers can produce a gentle pink color, one unique from your traditional red

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One taste sparked Casey Barber’s passion and a decision to launch Rose Gold Wine in 2018. Her Provence rosé made in the South of France is now found in numerous places around Texas. “I had my very first glass of Provence rosé in the South of France, and it was a beautiful experience,” Barber said. “You’re having this beautiful glass of wine; it’s always a gorgeous setting, pretty French people everywhere enjoying rosé. “It evokes a unique experience that you can only feel in the South of France, except if you open a bottle of Rose Gold. It brings back those happy, warm feelings.” The stay at home mom and former family nurse practitioner decided that the warm memories of rosé in France needed to be shared. “I feel so lucky and blessed and fortunate that people taste it, love it, and want to put it on their wine list,” she said. “I love that they’re getting what I did it for, which is to evoke that feeling of wine in the South of France.” Although this brand is produced and packaged in the South of France, Barber considers Rose Gold Wine a local brand. Catering to local Texas business and restaurants, you can find this wine at Royal Blue Grocery, Pogo’s Wine & Spirits, Goody Goody Liquor, Dallas Fine Wine, and Tom Thumb. The classic dry Provence rosé is made just


and appreciate,” Barber said. “It’s really fun to see how this wine category has become such a neat experience for people, where they have been able to try a new wine that they’ve never had before, and they find themselves going back.”





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Four Trends in Interior Design: Antiques, Brass, Color, Wallpaper Over the course of my interior design career, I have watched many trends come and go. Some looks are timeless and never seem to go out of style. Others fall in and out of favor in decades-long MARGARET CHAMBERS cycles. In this article, I’ll touch upon the four trends I am seeing come back this year: colorful interiors, antiques, brass hardware, and wallpaper.

Now is the perfect time to capitalize on those looks, so reintroduce them into your home to your heart’s content. Color: Starting around the 2010s, designers and homeowners alike gravitated towards neutral interiors with cool grays, dark hardwood floors, and all-white walls. Fast forward to 2020, and I’m starting to see things swinging back in the other direction.

contrast and warmth to those otherwise cool spaces. One popular brass finish for 2020 is “living finish,” which starts out bright and patinas naturally over time.

LEFT: Ignore the name - wallpaper’s not just for walls. See the difference it makes on this ceiling. RIGHT: Put wallpaper in frames to create art pieces. (PHOTOS: NATHAN SCHRODER, MICHAEL HUNTER) Colors, especially rich colors, are finally back. While I have designed many white-and-gray homes at my clients’ request, I’ve always preferred color and am excited to see homeowners favoring it once again. Antiques: Contemporary design has enjoyed precedence for quite a while now;

meanwhile, Old-World styles went out of fashion. Nowadays, however, people are wanting to mix old and new pieces again, rather than buying all-modern furniture. Although antiques are not as valuable as they once were, I predict that buyers will begin to seek them out. Vintage items, such as Italian glass pieces from the midcentury,

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are currently very popular with the younger crowd. Brass Hardware: For many people, brass hardware screams ‘the 80s.’ Interestingly it’s been making a comeback for the last few years. This may be related to last decade’s trend of tonal gray rooms: brass added some much-needed

Wallpaper: Wallpaper has been back for four or five years now and is still going strong. Lately, I see a lot of wallpapered ceilings and bathrooms. The one area of the house where it’s still considered “too dated” for wallpaper is the kitchen. Some of this year’s most trendy patterns include botanicals, geometrics with metallic colors, textured wallpapers, and trompe-l’ œil wallpaper (such as faux bois or faux tiled patterns). Some people also frame wallpaper panels and display them as pieces of artwork. If you’ve been wanting to redecorate but have worried that your love for color, brass, antiques, or wallpaper dates you, fear not. Now is the perfect time to capitalize on those looks, so reintroduce them into your home to your heart’s content. Margaret Chambers, a registered interior designer and member of the American Society of Interior Designers, leads Chambers Interiors and Associates. Her colleague Caitlin Crowley helped edit this column. Find more design advice at | September 2020  37

HOUSE OF THE MONTH 4926 Deloache Avenue

Real Talk: Dan Eckelkamp, AIA By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

Dan Eckelkamp found his passion for modern and contemporary residential design – becoming an architect as his second career 15 years ago. After working at firms in Dallas, including with well-known architect Lionel Morrison, he started his studio, Eckxstudio for Modern Architecture six years ago. His home in Preston Hollow was featured on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Dallas Home Tour last fall. You may see him cycling on the Northaven Trail and around White Rock Lake. He also enjoys designing and building furniture and is involved in the arts community.

and you’ll be far happier. What is the best thing about being an architect? I love working with my clients. I spend a lot of time at the beginning of a project getting to know my clients, so I understand how their wishes, dreams, and needs start to shape the project. Best advice for anyone looking into building a custom home? Allow enough time. Even after interviewing architects and hiring one, there are many moving parts and details to consider to get everything right. Good design is thoughtful, well planned, and thorough, and it is worth investing enough time to achieve a really great outcome.

What led you to this What is a design career in architecture trend you are excited and design? about? Flexibility in where In telecom, I found myself unsatisfied in the master suite is sitmy job, and I recall evuated. There is the ery workday watching standard, old thought the clock until 5:30 of “the master suite pm when I could go always on the ground home and work on my Dan Eckelkamp floor,” and for some of personal home renomy clients, this makes vation. I resigned from the telecom great programmatic sense. However, world so I could focus on my love I’ve designed several houses where of architecture and design and went I’ve placed the master suite upstairs, back to graduate school for a master opening up a whole new set of posof architecture degree. sibilities and views for my clients.



heck out this incredible new Italian Mediterranean estate designed by architect Patrick Ford and Bella Custom Homes and ideally located in Old Preston Hollow. With more than 14,000 square feet, this home features seven bedrooms, eight full baths, and five half baths. Also included: seven living areas – including a media room

with stadium seating, a lounge with a built-in bar, a wood-paneled library, a family room with ceiling timbers, and a basement wine cellar that accommodates approximately 5,000 bottles. An elevator takes you to all three floors. Enjoy outdoor living with multiple open living spaces, a swimming pool with a spa, and a fire pit for year-round enjoyment.

If you could go back in time and give just-starting-out you any advice, what would it be? Follow your passion. Think about what you’re really good at and what types of things brought you joy as a child and now. Growing up, I was always building things with LEGOs and woodworking with my father, building furniture, and helping him with house renovations. If you find yourself doing what you love, the days will fly by,

What is the most-used room in your home? It’s for sure our living room/dining room/kitchen space that’s all open-plan and connected as one large space. My wife especially loves the space because it overlooks our pool and courtyard, which feels resort-like to her. See more of our conversation with Eckelkamp and his architechtural experiences at

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HORSING AROUND: AFTER FOOTBALL, EX-WTW STANDOUT KEEPS ON TRUCKING Shortened NFL career followed by business, team roping success for Jason Smith By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers


ason Smith never was a Dallas Cowboy. He became a successful rodeo cowboy in-

stead. Such is the strange and diverse trajectory of the former W.T. White football standout. While injuries cut short his promising career as a football player, his career as an entrepreneur, rancher, roper, and father is growing stronger by the day. “My whole path and journey in life is hard to explain,” Smith said. “You’d have to see it to believe it.” After starring as an offensive lineman at W.T. White and Baylor University, Smith was selected by the St. Louis Rams with the second overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft — behind only ex-Highland Park quarterback Matthew Stafford.

It allowed me to be a person and not just a product. Team roping is awesome. Jason Smith

Five years, three teams, and several concussions later, Smith was done with football. Yet like all good athletes do, he had a backup plan. And it started with the entrepreneurial instincts he developed while growing up in Dallas. As a product of a working-class family, he developed his work ethic while mowing lawns as a teenager. Meanwhile, one of Smith’s neighbors was a truck driver who became a mentor. “He was always working on his truck, and I would go back and help him,” Smith said. When Smith later received a full athletic scholarship to Baylor, he still took out a student loan to purchase an 18-wheeler with a trailer. He leased it out and profited about $1,000 a month. After he turned pro, Smith paid off the loan and sold the truck. “When I was playing football, I kind of forgot about that,” said Smith, who played his last game for the New York Jets in 2012. “I wound up meeting the right people and starting my own company.” Smith launched the oilfield trucking company Big Boy Ranch Transportation in 2015 near his ranch in Fairfield. He started with

a fleet of seven trucks and grew quickly from there. Smith, 34, also remains active on the rodeo circuit as a horse trainer and competitor in team roping. That was part of his upbringing, too, courtesy of some family connections and a Terrell rancher who taught him horsemanship. In high school and college, he spent much of his non-football time around horses. Then his competitive nature took over. He wound up taking fifth place in 2014 at the World Series of Roping in Las Vegas. “When you get a chance to go do something different, that’s what roping allowed me to do,” said Smith, who now operates rodeo events in an arena on his property. “It allowed me to be a person and not just a product. Team roping is awesome.” He’s not roping as much these days, preferring to spend time at home with his wife, Dacie, and their two young children. He’s also preparing to launch another business venture selling and manufacturing laundry detergent. Smith admits he doesn’t spend much time around football anymore, although he still watches an occasional game on the weekends.

Former W.T. White football standout Jason Smith operates a ranch in Fairfield, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Dacie, and their children, Jate and Drue. (COURTESY PHOTOS) “When you watch the game from an athlete’s perspective, you become a critic. I’ve learned to watch it more and enjoy it,” he said.

“Football was great to me. I still like the game, but now I spend more time playing with my kids and re-evaluating my life.”

Back for Seconds: Hayes Returns to Help Rebuild TCA

Coach expects Trojans to return to competitiveness seen from 2004-14 By Todd Jorgenson

We have some extremely talented kids and competitive kids. I think we’re really going to surprise some people. Steve Hayes

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Steve Hayes’ heart sunk as he watched from afar. Trinity Christian was no longer the football program he knew, the program he coached, the program he lived and breathed. Then came a call from the school’s administration inviting Hayes to return to the school where he had more than a decade of success. Hayes was eager to accept. “TCA has always been a place I’ve loved,” Hayes said. “I’m super-excited to be back.” During his previous tenure from 2004 to 2014, the Trojans were a perennial playoff team in the top TAPPS classification. They had just one losing season in his 11 years, and even then, TCA won a postseason game. His rehiring ends the Mike Singletary experiment. The school made a splash hire with the legendary Hall of Fame linebacker in 2018, but proceeded to win just one game in the past two seasons combined. Singletary parted ways with TCA after a winless 2019 campaign.

Trinity Christian Academy’s once-competitive football program is looking to rebound. (COURTESY PHOTOS) Hayes will try to turn around a program that has dropped 33 of its past 36 games. TCA’s combined record since Hayes was last on the sideline is a dismal 12-45. “It’s distinctly different,” he said. “I feel like they should be a whole lot more successful


than they have been.” After TCA, Hayes coached in Enid, Oklahoma, for four seasons. Last year, he was an assistant coach in Henderson. One of his first staff hires at TCA was defensive coordinator Toby Trotter, a former assistant coach at


Highland Park and in the college ranks. The challenge of rebuilding the TCA program has been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely curtailed the team’s workout schedule. Besides extensive videoconference meetings, Hayes said the coaching staff created a video library of basic offensive and defensive schemes for returning players. There have been limited opportunities for group workouts in-person, too, as allowed by TAPPS with various safety protocols. The team began practicing in pads in late July, and is scheduled to open the season on Sept. 25 against Pittsburg. Despite the inherent obstacles, Hayes is optimistic. Besides his 70-man varsity roster, there are 26 freshmen in the program, and he expects those numbers to continue rising. “We have some extremely talented kids and competitive kids. I think we’re really going to surprise some people,” Hayes said. “The potential and the resources are there to experience the same kind of success.” | September 2020  39






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Teen-run nonprofit aims to help veterans, VA medical workers

FROM LEFT: Nancy Dedman, Celese Gierhart, Catherine Dedman, and Morgan Lutz. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

By Kate Clark

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our women, all younger than 20, all with connections to the Hockaday School, and all with family who served in the military, have created a nonprofit dedicated to caring for veterans and providing meals to doctors, nurses, and staff in Veteran Affairs (VA) hospitals. Celese Gierhart, Morgan Lutz, and sisters Catherine and Nancy Dedman teamed up in March, and since have been running the Serve Our Heroes without any additional help. “Just us girls,” as

Nancy likes to say. “We noticed that as people were donating towards other nonprofits, the VA was not getting as much aid, and we wanted to help the nurses and doctors there,” Nancy said. Nancy still attends Hockaday. Her sister and Lutz graduated in 2019, and Gierhart just graduated. Serve our Heroes started promoting through email, social media, and word of mouth to begin raising funds. From there, the young women partnered with local restaurants to provide meals for Dallas VA Medical Center.

“After funds started rolling in, we were able to do more and more,” Nancy said.

I feel like it’s a great way to contribute to society and to give back to the people who have sacrificed so much for us. Nancy Dedman With these funds, they were able to spread beyond Dallas to

the VA Hospitals in San Antonio. “Being able to move our resources to other medical centers in Texas has been really rewarding,” Nancy said. While the four learn how to run a nonprofit, they juggle food coordination in both cities, balance and deal with fund management, and spread the word through press releases. “It has been both challenging and rewarding to start our nonprofit,” Gierhart said. “I have learned the importance of giving back to communities that others often neglect, the VA. I also learned new things about how

the restaurant and medical worlds work.” As of recently, Serve Our Heroes had served 13,015 meals to VA hospital workers with $112,579 raised. Those numbers would not be possible without donations from people in Dallas, Nancy said. “I feel like it’s a great way to contribute to society and to give back to the people who have sacrificed so much for us.”

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Northeast Texas Girl Scouts Honor Gold Award Winners The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas presented Gold Award pins to 172 girls from the region, including several in Preston Hollow. Girl Scouts’ most prestigious designation recognizes girls in grades nine through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through intensive, multi-year projects that have sustainable impact in the community and beyond.

Year celebration attended by nearly 500 students, faculty, and staff attended.

Harper Hinds Troop 875 Harper and Haven Hinds Harper and Haven Hinds, the daughters of Robert and Suzette Hinds, are 2020 graduates of the Shelton School. Harper ’s project: Working with Genesis Women’s Shelter, she created more than 50 calmdown boxes to help young victims of domestic violence develop successful habits to deal with anxiety and stress. Haven’s project: Also working with Genesis Women’s Shelter, she painted and decorated educational boards and designed exit packets with worksheets for children and helpful information for parents. Troop 2769 Juliana Lu Juliana Lu, the daughter of Joseph Lu and Linda Kao, attends the Hockaday School. Her project: She created for Walnut Hill Elementary an authentic and informative Chinese New

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Alexandra May

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Troop 3218 Alexandra May Alexandra May, the daughter of Kenneth and Tosha May, is a 2019 graduate of the Hockaday School. Her project: She wrote and directed a documentary to educate 14- to 18-year-olds about statistics relating to premature births and preventative actions that can be taken. Troop 8775 Sophie Pearson Sophie Pearson, the daughter of Keith and Stephanie Pearson, is a 2019 graduate of the Hockaday School. Her project: She collaborated with Oak Hill Academy, a school that serves children with learning differences and developmental delays, to redesign and rebuild the Learning Gardens for hands-on learning. Troop 8786 Victoria Barbero Victoria Barbero, the daughter of Pebble Barbero, is a 2020 graduate of Ursuline Academy. Her project: She created a club at her school to educate the community about diabetes and made medical ID bracelets for newly diagnosed patients.

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‘First-Day Jitters’ May Look Different This Year for Children By Morgan Pryor People Newspapers

With the start of the school year edging closer and the coronavirus pandemic showing little sign of slowing down, “firstday jitters” takes on a whole new meaning. As classroom instruction resumes this fall, many parents are looking for ways to help their children cope with the adjusted safety protocols — as well as their anxieties. Trinity Christian Academy lower school counselor and play therapist Emily Bush has seen uneasiness manifest in a number of ways in her students since school closed in March. “Especially with my kiddos that were kind of on the nervous side or had some fears, those I saw exacerbated in the spring,” Bush said, adding that these included increased nightmares and a fear of the dark, among other things. As schools reopen, she expects to see similar occurrences. “Also, there is a fear of getting sick, but really, I didn’t hear students talking about fear of getting sick as much as I heard them talking about these other fears that I knew, as a counselor, were feeding off of this kind of bigger fear of getting sick that

they haven’t necessarily been able to name.” Bush said kids tend to worry about the concrete, such as if they’ll see their friends that are in other classes, though some will worry about getting sick as well. If they aren’t able to voice these fears, Bush suggests drawing the school day or acting it out with dolls, and allowing them to make choices about how the day will unfold.

What tools does the child have to deal with this fear, what tools can I give them to deal with this fear, what tools do I need to equip myself with to deal with this fear because I can only give what I have? Emily Bush “It’s walking through those little steps with a kiddo that helps them visualize what’s going to

happen and can decrease those fears a whole lot,” Bush said. Giving children choices also helps them follow safety guidelines, Bush said. She suggests following the ‘ACT’ limit setting method, which stands for “acknowledge the emotion, communicate the limit, and target the alternative.” When targeting the alternative, a parent can provide several options for the child to choose f rom. For example, if a child wants to give a hug to their teacher, after recognizing that emotion and explaining the six feet apart rule, they can choose between an air high five or a wink. “ They don’t have a choice of whether they follow [the rule] or not, but they do have a choice in how,” Bush said. Bush also recommends a weekly check in as students head back to school. “I suggest a lot of times to have a date on the calendar,” Bush said. “It gives kids something to look forward to and they know it ’s consistent.” However, Bush added, “You don’t want to pester a kid with, ‘How are you doing? Are you scared?’ every day when they get home because then they’ll feel aff ronted.”

Bush said that a lot of what goes into helping kids is parents managing their own anxieties. Quoting a webinar she recently took part in, Bush paraphrased a point she liked: “‘What tools does the child have to deal with this fear, what tools can I give them to deal with this fear, what tools do I need to equip myself with to deal with this fear because I can only give what I have?”


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‘America at Its Best’ The quarterly digital publication The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the George W. Bush Institute honors “America at Its Best,” everyday heroes committed to kindness and courage in crisis. It includes contributions from President George W. Bush, Laura Bush; Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, Major League Baseball pitcher Clayton Kershaw; author Bob Goff; InspireMore CEO Robert Neely, Jr.; and Presidential Leadership Scholar Jay Bhatt. “Empathy and simple kindness are essential, powerful tools of national recovery,” the former president said. “Even at an appropriate social distance, we can find ways to be present in the lives of others –

Blake Hackler

Viano String Quartet

SMU Express Shuttle

Chad Hoopes

to ease their anxiety and share their burdens.” Dance On Ballet Star Dancer and choreographer Silas Farley, who retired from New York City Ballet (NYCB) in May after eight years with the company, will be the Armstrong Visiting Artist-in-Residence in Ballet at Meadows School of the Arts for the 2020-21 school year. While with NYCB from 2012 until 2020, the national dance star performed principal roles in the works of George Balanchine and Christopher Wheeldon and originating roles in ballets by Wheeldon, Lauren Lovette, and Justin Peck. Internationally acclaimed violinists Alexander Sitkovetsky and Chad Hoopes will join the SMU

Meadows School of the Arts faculty this fall. Welcome Renowned Violinists Internationally acclaimed violinists Alexander Sitkovetsky and Chad Hoopes will join the SMU Meadows School of the Arts faculty this fall. Sitkovetsky, a concert and recording artist who has performed as a guest soloist with dozens of major orchestras worldwide, including the Royal Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, and Moscow Symphony, will serve as artist-in-residence. Hoopes, who won first prize at the 2008 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition and has performed with leading ensembles across the globe, will serve as professor of practice.

Know Shakespeare, Will Travel A Fulbright Scholars grant will send actor, director and playwright Blake Hackler, associate professor of theatre, to Romania for four months. Tentatively beginning in the spring of 2021, depending on COVID-19, his project, “Embodying Shakespeare: A 21st Century Approach to Classical Acting,” will include teaching Shakespeare at the University of Craiova and observing and working with actors at the National Theatre-Marin Sorescu. Couldn’t Decide Who’s Better The Los Angeles-based Viano String Quartet and London-based Marmen Quartet, which tied last year as first-place winners of the

renowned Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) in Canada, will serve as the Peak Fellowship Ensembles-in-Residence at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, beginning this fall. Keep on Shuttling Dallas Area Rapid Transit and SMU agreed to continue the SMU Express shuttle service for another year. The shuttle, connecting, the campus with SMU/Mockingbird Station and nearby apartments, operates Monday through Friday, plus Saturday during the school year. SMU Express draws 871 riders a day, making it one of DART’s highest shuttle ridership performers.

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Greenhill Names Toliver, Clark as Distinguished Alumna for 2020

Karen Rupert Toliver

Christopher I. Clark

Greenhill alumn Karen Tolliver won an Oscar last year as an executive producer for the short, “Hair Love.” (COURTESY PHOTOS)

By Kate Clark

and the board members ultimately selected these two outstanding alumni. The awards will be presented in the fall. The 2020 Distinguished Alumna Award is the highest honor one can receive as a graduate. The award honors the character, accomplishments, and service that represent and withhold the spirt of Greenhill’s mission: service and leadership in their diverse global society. Oscar winner Toliver demonstrates prominence in her professional field, working as the executive vice president of creative development for Sony. She is the

People Newspapers One was awarded an Oscar this year. Another has steadily served the school even 24 years after graduation - both were honored by the Greenhill School this year. The Greenhill School Alumni Board awarded Karen Rupert Toliver (who graduated in 1984) the 2020 Distinguished Alumna, and Christopher I. Clark (who graduated in 1989) the Alumni Service Award. The Greenhill community nominated these recipients,

producer of the 2020 Academy Award-winning animated short film Hair Love. Upon graduation, Toliver attended the University of Texas at Austin. She then moved to Los Angeles where she began her work in the film industry as an assistant at Walt Disney Pictures. Now, Toliver has spearheaded the original feature Ferdinand, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. She served as a production executive at Walt Disney Animation Studios on films such as Brother Bear, Chicken Little, and Meet

the Robinsons. Her hard work and dedication to the film industry qualifies her for the 2020 Distinguished Alumna Award. New this year, the Alumni Service Award is dedicated to a graduate for outstanding service and personal commitment to Greenhill. Twenty-four years after graduating, Clark recommitted himself to Greenhill as an alumni board member in 2003. He held a number of positions on the board, one being Alumni Board President. He created the first full alumni bylaws and has assisted in the revisions for the past 10 years.

After graduating from Greenhill, Clark attended Franklin and Marshall College, where he was a varsity letterman in football. He earned his law degree, cum laude, at SMU’s Dedman School of Law. He is a member of the Dallas Bar Association and the Dallas Asian-American Bar Association. From chairing annual campaigns to supporting the Greenhill Fund to speaking at alumni events to attending sporting events, Clark has been a devoted alum to the Greenhill community, precisely qualifying him as the first recipient of the Alumni Service Award.

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Celebrating Student Achievements



1. St. Marks Seniors They were one of the last schools to hold commencement exercises, but on July 31, St. Marks School of Texas feted its departing seniors. Valedictorian Nicholas Tsao and senior class president Colin Campbell had the opportunity to address classmates before they received their diplomas, and Eugene McDermott Headmaster David W. Dini singled several seniors out for special distinctions, including Campbell, who won the Headmaster’s Cup, and Will Mallick, who won 2020 J. B. H. Henderson Citizenship Cup. The School Flag, which is usually awarded by the faculty to a senior showing loyalty, dedication, and distinguished service to the school, was given to the entire senior class this year. “As a Class, you’ve grown together, worked through difficulty, and celebrated success,” Dini told the graduates. “You’ve given your

5. all to sustain the values and ideals that have made St. Mark’s special for generations.” 2. Quiz Bowl Kate Ponnambalam of Greenhill School finished first in the middle school division of the National Quiz Bowl’s Buzzword Food and Drink Special. This isn’t the first accolade for Ponnambalam, though--in fifth grade, she captained her elementary level team all the way to the Texas state championship.

chemists and microbiologists. The end result was a natural hand sanitizer without alcohol that Jain says smells good and keeps the skin moisturized. He presented his scientific data at the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair held in February. He launched online fundraising to raise awareness of the potential harmful side effects of many hand sanitizers, and for continued testing and distribution of his own hand sanitizer.

3. Clean Hands St. Marks student Abhi Jain set out to make a healthier hands sanitizer after he became worried about the ingredients in the hand-sanitizing stations he saw around town. Biology teacher Dr. Bonnie Flint, along with the larger science department at St. Mark’s helped mentor and guide Jain through the project. He also worked with

4. Summer Internship Ursuline rising seniors Alecia Paul and Maci Mitchell spent the summer interning with cardiologist Dale Yoo at Heart Rhythm Specialists, where they learned about the “happy side of medicine as well as the ugly side.” The two spent the summer gaining exposure to care of cardiac patients. This observational experience lets students shadow a


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cardiologist while gaining inspiration for a future career in medicine. 5. Debate The Greenhill School’s World Schools Debate Team (along with rising senior Joshua Timmons) were all crowned national champions at the National Speech & Debate Association’s National Tournament in June. The team — which consisted of rising juniors Caroline Greenstone, Jothi Gupta, Cameron Kettles, Ashley Shan, and Aimee Stachowiak - captured an 8-3 victory in the final round to claim the national title. Timmons won the NDSA National Championship in Poetry Interpretation, outlasting five other students in the final round. The National Speech & Debate Association’s National Tournament is the largest academic competition in the world. This year, the entire national tournament was held online.


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SUPPORT KIDNEYTEXAS BY LETTING LUNCHEON COME TO YOU Runway Report 2020 Fashion Show skips country club, heads to homes

Sharon Ballew

Jolie Humphrey

Sandy Secor KidneyTexas Inc.’s annual fall luncheon will feature again fashions from Tootsies but the show will be broadcast online instead of held as in 2019 at the Brook Hollow Golf Club. (PHOTOS: DANA DRIENSKY AND DANIEL DRIENSKY)

By William Taylor People Newspapers


ranted, COVID-19 monopolizes the headlines, but other diseases threaten, too, and remain targets of nonprofit efforts. So while the pandemic demands precautions, KidneyTexas Inc. decided the annual luncheon must go on – even if that means holding it in places smaller and more private than a country club. “With the onset of Covid-19, we have had to re-think how we can continue with our mission of transforming lives by fighting Kidney Disease – but doing it safely,” event chair Sharon Ballew said. “With this in mind, we hope that you will join us as we try something new, a little outside the box.” Since 1999, KidneyTexas volunteers and underwriters have raised more than $3.7 million to “promote research, enhance treatment, and support quality renal care

in our community,” KidneyTexas president Sandy Secor said. Secor, Ballew, and honorary event chair Jolie Humphrey announced that The Runway Report 2020 Luncheon and Fashion Show | Our Sole Mission: Transformations on Sept. 22 would occur without a mass gathering. Instead, benefactors will host private satellite gatherings at homes or offices. Individuals may also participate alone. For example, a $3,500 contribution brings a fully-catered luncheon, including champagne and a floral centerpiece, to the table host’s home. More substantial contributions include a photographer dropping by to capture images of the fun. Individual tickets begin at $350 and include lunch. At 11 a.m., participants will watch the streaming of The Kidney Texas Show produced by Jan Strimple. The program with Scott Murray, emcee, includes a fashion show sponsored by Tootsies plus awards,

announcements, and surprise guests. Even the nine prizes that guests could win come with pandemic-influenced contents. The nine reusable, cleanable, containers each contain 50 pairs of disposable powder-f ree, latex-f ree, soft industrial gloves; 50 three-ply disposable masks; one Container of “hard to find” Clorox Disinfecting Wipes; one 10-once hand sanitizer with aloe; one bottle of champagne (with which “to celebrate when we have a vaccine”); one bottle each of red and white wine; one small box of “emergency chocolate;” a $50 TOOTSIES gift card; and a $50 gift card for a “favorite curbside restaurant.” “One thing remains the same, Kidney Disease continues to strike all ages and is devastating for our friends and family,” Secor said. “Please join in our efforts to find a cure, improve treatment, and provide better care for our neighbors in need.”

I F YO U ‘ G O ’ WHAT: KidneyTexas Inc. The Runway Report 2020 Luncheon and Fashion Show WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 22, with threecourse meals delivered from 9 to 11 a.m. and the streaming program beginning at 11 a.m. WHERE: At participating homes and businesses TICKETS: Starting at $350 for individuals and $3,500 for table hosts. Visit, email kidneytexas@, or call 214-891-0896. Get them by Sept. 7. MORE: The Sue Goodnight Service Award honorees are Lorraine Meenan and Mary Miller. Beneficiaries are Camp Reynal of the National Kidney Foundation, Texas Health Resources Foundation, and Methodist Health System Foundation. Prize tickets are $25 each or five for $100. | September 2020  47

48 September 2020 |

‘All things are not equal,’ But America Ferrera Wants to Change That

‘Ugly Betty’ star will give keynote address as Texas Women’s Foundation takes ‘luncheon’ online By William Taylor People Newspapers

What does America look like? “Latina, short, chubby, not the picture of perfection” – that’s how the actress known for her title role in Ugly Betty described herself in a 2018 cover story on “I am who I am,” America Ferrera told the online fashion retailer. “I don’t fit in traditional boxes for women on screen. When I became an actress, my mere presence was a revolution because I wasn’t supposed to exist in this industry.” From her breakout roles in the 2002 movie Real Women Have Curves and television comedy Ugly Betty, the daughter of Honduran immigrants has gone on to star and produce the NBC comedy Superstore, edit and contribute to her book American Like Me, and speak out at such events as the 2016 Democratic Convention and the Women’s March in 2017. Soon Ferrera will serve as the keynote speaker for the Texas Women’s Foundation’s annual “luncheon,” which will be held virtually this year at lunchtime on Sept. 29. Foundation president and CEO Roslyn Dawson Thompson announced this year’s theme: Texas For All. “ We are thrilled to assemble this ‘dream team’ – our keynote speaker, America Ferrera, who is passionate about strength in diversity and the importance of creating opportunities for everyone to participate fully in our society and economy, and our co-chairs, Bonnie Clinton and Cynt Marshall, who share the same passion and make it a reality through

America Ferrera

Cynt Marshall

Bonnie Clinton

Laysha Ward

Roslyn Dawson Thompson

A. Shonn Brown

their exemplary leadership,” Dawson Thompson said. Clinton is vice president and chief procurement officer for Toyota North America. Marshall is chief executive officer of The Dallas Mavericks. Other participants include Laysha Ward, Target executive vice president and chief external engagement officer, and A. Shonn Brown, Kimberly-Clark vice president and deputy general counsel, and

Texas Women’s Foundation board chair. “We’re inviting old f riends and new friends from across the state to take their places at our virtual table for exceptional conversation and connection,” Dawson Thompson said. “For 35 years, we’ve empowered Texas women and girls to build strong and inclusive communities, and that work is more important today than ever before.” Ferrera’s book, subtitled Reflections

of Life Between Cultures, is about inclusion. It includes essays by other first-generation American artists and activists working through the challenges of assimilating while remaining connected to where they came from. “I always felt like that made me more American,” Ferrera said in a 2018 interview for Entertainment Weekly. She wants to help other people of color to feel more welcomed to engage with American politics, Ferrera told “If your parents never engaged, why would you?” In that interview, she also discussed the importance of having more women in decision-making roles. “Of course, I wanna see a woman president, but that’s not gonna solve the problem,” she said. “We need 50% women on our boards; we need 50% women in front of and behind the camera. “We cannot accept that as a natural phenomenon; that all things being equal, women are less qualified. No! All things are not equal.”

TEXAS FOR ALL WHAT: The Texas Women’s Foundation 35h annual luncheon WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 WHERE: Virtual, watch during the lunch hour. TICKETS: $35. Visit

Premier Collection Welcomes Aston Martin Dallas By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers

The Premier Collection on Lemmon Avenue recently celebrated the addition of Aston Martin with the debut of the new DBX, Aston Martin’s first luxury SUV, albeit with extensive safety protocols and a limited number of guests to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Guests enjoyed a lavish charcuterie spread, individually packaged boards prepared by Fount Board & Table, and cocktails. “So much has changed this year, but the joy of gathering with friends, enjoying a cocktail and admiring an exquisite new automobile has not diminished. We are thankful our friends were able to join us,” said Heath Strayhan, Premier Collection General Manager. The Premier Collection is located at 5300 Lemmon Avenue, and includes luxury and performance brands Aston-Martin, Bentley, Koenigsegg, Maserati, McLaren, and Rolls-Royce. (PHOTOS: TONY VALADEZ)

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50 September 2020 |

Living Well


But not without some COVID-reality changes


ong considered an ideal way to try a new restaurant, grab a fancy date night, and support local charities, Restaurant Week in Dallas-Fort Worth is something of a fall tradition (even if it won’t feel like fall for another, well, month or three). But this is also a year where the pandemic — and all its attendant restaurant closures and restrictions — has factored into the planning. But that’s not to say that diners won’t have plenty of choices — or that the 23rd anniversary of the event doesn’t have some surprises. Restaurant Week officially kicks off Aug. 31 and lasts through Sept. 6, but many restaurants have extended their run through Sept. 27. This year’s campaign features dine-in and new take-out options for three-course prix fixe dinners for either $39 or $49, and two-course lunches for just $19. Diners can get a free additional course with a FedEx Office-DFW Restaurant Week Fourth Course Certificate. For each meal purchased during the campaign, 10 percent will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank (if the restaurant is in the greater Dallas area) or Lena Pope (if the restaurant is in Tarrant County). In addition to the fourth course offering, Garrison Brothers Distillery is sponsoring DFW Restaurant Week Cocktails, with signature cocktails available at select restaurants. Diners can also enter to win an exclusive dinner for four delivered to their home for a virtual Zoom dining experience with Entercom radio personalities. “DFW Restaurant Week is our largest annual fundraiser, thanks in large part to the restaurants who faithfully participate each year. Now, we are calling on the community to in turn also support these important local businesses,” said NTFB president and CEO Trisha Cunningham. “This year, diners are doubling the good by backing their favorite restaurants along with our mission at a time when we need it most. Every dollar donated to NTFB from your meal provides another three meals for

AL BIERNAT’S hungry North Texans.” Restaurants will adhere to the state and local guidelines, including those restricting occupancy and requiring masking. Not ready to dine-in just yet? Meals are also available for take-out, and cocktails are available as to-go kits. A little more than 90 restaurants across North Texas are participating this year, which means that you can make it an excursion and head over to Fort Worth, or you can stick closer to home and go to places like Al Biernat’s, Seasons 52, The Mansion on Turtle Creek, Adelmo’s, and Nonna. Although NTFB and Lena Pope have been hit with unprecedented demand and financial impacts during the pandemic, the two organizations are giving back by taking a smaller donation — 10% vs. the previous 20% — in order to better help participating restaurants. Diners will be encouraged to make additional donations to these charities if they are able to do so. To make reservations and check out the entire list of restaurants, go to -Staff report


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Still Reeling from COVID-19, Officials Cross Fingers for Mild Flu Season By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

If there’s one potential upside to the masks, hand sanitizing, repeated cleaning, and social distancing that COVID-19 has wrought, it may be that it could also be a protection during the upcoming flu season, officials said. But that doesn’t mean they’re putting all their eggs in one basket--at an August press conference in Dallas, Gov. Greg Abbott joined state and local officials in stressing the importance of getting a flu shot this year. “Let’s stay where we are in terms of the vigilance and the discipline for the measures to prevent COVID-19 and, in doing so, I hope we will have the very mildest flu season in history,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt with the Texas Division of Emergency Management. Abbott, Hellerstedt, and UT Southwestern Medical Center President Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky were among those who gathered for the August roundtable, where everything from how to make the vaccine the most accessible to planning for potential demand for

FROM LEFT: Dr. John Hellerstedt, Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, and Gov. Greg Abbott (SCREENSHOTS: BETHANY ERICKSON)

hospital beds should some have complications from the flu was discussed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 8% of the U.S. population gets the flu every year and, for many, it’s minor. But the fact that the symptoms are quite similar at first to COVID-19, and the fact that any uptick in flu complications that result in hospitalizations could hamstring efforts to keep beds available for COVID patients, does have officials gearing

up for an even more robust approach to the upcoming season. “We know that the flu season is coming up. And if flu season this coming year were as severe as it was last year on top of the pandemic of COVID-19, that could pose substantial challenges for your hospitals, as well as for your PPE supplies,” Abbott said. “For a doctor, the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are very similar,” added Hellerstedt.

Abbott also pointed out that flu complications can be preventable because, unlike COVID-19, there is a vaccine for the flu. “One of the things we wanted to urge everybody today is to first understand the importance of getting ahead of the curve with regard to the flu during this time of COVID-19 and the best way that you can get ahead of the curve is by going up and making sure that you do get a flu vaccine,” Abbott said. Several doctors at the roundtable agreed. “I can’t emphasize that enough,” said Dr. John Zerwas, the UT System executive vice chancellor of health affairs. “We do understand we are facing a challenge of a flu season unlike any other because of the convergence with COVID-19 and I can only emphasize, I can’t emphasize too strongly your message of the importance this year of getting that vaccine early so that we do everything we can to diminish the overall impact of the flu and the potential stress it will place on our ability to provide all the care needed by the people of North Texas,” Podolsky said. | September 2020  51

Nine Tips for Looking After Your Mental Health During the Pandemic Texas Psychological Association offers resources, urges people to stay connected The COVID-19 pandemic comes with plenty of opportunities to get stressed. Texans are self-quarantining, homeschooling, and working from home. Some face job losses, underemployment, or other financial hardships. Maintaining good mental health is as vital and challenging as ever. “Fear, worry, and stress are a normal response to a perceived or real threat or when there is a need for rapid changes in our lives and new ways of coping,” said Texas Psychological Association member Bonny Gardner, Ph.D., M.P.H., a licensed psychologist in Austin. “People may feel a loss of control over their lives, which research has shown can make them more vulnerable to mental health problems.” The association, which represents more than 1,000 practicing psychologists and graduate students in Texas, is offering Texans practical advice and online resources to support their mental health amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Some general recommendations for maintaining good emotional health during the pandemic: Maintain social connections to others and the broader community. Use phone, Zoom, social media, email, or old-fashioned letter writing. Stay informed about the impact of the virus but be sure that your sources of information are credible and legitimate. Limit watching the news about the virus to once

woodworking or gardening, or any other activity you’ve thought might be fun. Research on depression has shown that enjoyable activities reduce depressive symptoms. Don’t rely on alcohol or recreational drugs to cope with stress or regulate your mood. Look for hopeful stories about people helping one another during the pandemic and contribute to volunteer efforts or charities if you can. For ongoing concerns and more complex mental health issues, reach out to primary care physicians as well as psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals. “Now more than ever, we need to focus on ways to stay connected as a community and remain hopeful in the face of the pandemic,” Gardner said. “Even when stress is overwhelming, there is no need to struggle alone.” – Staff report

Bonny Gardner (COURTESY PHOTOS) or twice a day. Too much news coverage can lead to fear-inducing thinking. Establish a regular schedule for yourself, even if you’re not required to be anywhere. Get up, shower, get dressed, and have a plan for your day. Include exercise in every day. Exercise has repeatedly been shown in research to be about as effective as antidepressants in reducing depressive symptoms. Walking

outside is great if you can observe necessary precautions. Get enough sleep every night and have a firm bedtime. Sleep is essential to mental health and helps maintain physical health and the immune system. Engage in self-care. Do things you enjoy. There are endless opportunities for new pursuits: If you’re artistic, paint or draw. Learn a language, read, cook, engage in

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52 September 2020 |

Who Gets the Children When School is Virtual?

New child custody issues emerge during COVID-19 pandemic By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

As cases of COVID-19 began to increase, one thing became clear in family court: A lot of families never prepared for the potential that a worldwide pandemic might create issues that aren’t addressed in most child custody orders.

Their argument was, ‘Well, they’re not going back to school, and all the decrees say to return the kids when spring break is over.’ Jim Mueller Timing, too, was a factor. In Dallas County and other parts of the state, many schools were on spring break when the shelter-inplace orders came. That created a situation where some parents felt they did not have to return their children to the other parent, because spring break didn’t end, said Jim Mueller, a managing partner at Verner Brumley Mueller Parker.

Shelter-in-place orders and school closures created new child custody issues during the pandemic. (PHOTO: PIXABAY) “The Texas Supreme Court didn’t come out and give us any real direction specifically, and people were arguing over returning their kids back over to the other parent after spring break,” he explained. “Their argument was, ‘Well, they’re not going back to school, and all the decrees say to return the kids when spring break is over.’” “So the Supreme Court basically ordered that spring break ended according to the calendar for the school the kids attended.”

Mueller said it’s also been challenging to figure out custody in an age where school is happening virtually in many places. One parent may often find themselves shouldering the load for helping with distance learning while another has far less to do. It creates an imbalance, too, since one parent suddenly sees the children a lot more than the other. “Some judges have come up with a hybrid type schedule that allows both parents to participate in this at-

home schooling, or at least both parents be responsible for the at-home schooling, for the kids throughout the week and kinda split the responsibilities a little bit more,” he said. “That way, you’re not shouldering all of the burden onto one parent.” Family law attorneys Derek Bragg and Teresa Clark Evans with Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser said they’ve seen an uptick in custody cases related to COVID-19, too. “We have multiple clients that

have expressed concerns about sending a child to the other parent’s home, especially if the other parent is in the restaurant business, healthcare industry, or law enforcement where they would have a higher risk of exposure. We have also had to seek temporary restraining orders for COVID-19 positive parents refusing to let the children remain with the other parent until they test negative,” the two told us. But all three attorneys agree – parents can stay out of court by communicating. “Communication is always key. Communicate your concerns to the other parent; attempt to work through your concerns. If the other parent is not receptive, mediation or court intervention may be necessary,” added Bragg and Evans. “Each parent should attempt to outline the precautions they are taking at home, and those precautions should be within the guidelines from the local, state, and federal health agencies.”

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Slouching Won’t Do During a Church Service, Even When One Held Online I don’t have much experience watching a church service from home. Let’s see: I’ve watched (42 years married to an organist x 52 Sundays per year, throw in a few extra for Christmas Eve and Easter): 2,222 services in church vs. 10 online. But, it’s time to make use of the technology. Thirty minutes unERIC SEBO til the service begins, I stare at the clothes in the laundry basket and the pile of papers to the left of the computer but opt for browsing my iPhone. Fifteen minutes out, I make sure I’m logged into the proper website, my coffee within easy reach of my left hand, so my right is free to navigate the mouse. Then I stare at the screen: No one to greet in the pew two rows behind me and no one to ask, “How has your work week been?”

I’m glad my Sunday tradition is attending a church service. Even one from home. Then an image on the screen appears. I sit up (slouching won’t do at a church service) and move my chair closer to the screen. During COVID, the prelude is performed by a small group of singers accompanied by organ or piano. The prelude serves as my transition from the scattered thought brought in from the outside world to the present moment, opening my mind to the message to come.

Words scrolled on the bottom of the screen make it easier to join along with the singing or statement of faith. (SCREENSHOTS: WILLIAM TAYLOR) As the pastor approaches the lectern, it’s human nature to check whether there is a look of concern. Instead, there is an air of



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arry Nix passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones, at age 73 on July 17, 2020, from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Larry was born in Henderson, Texas, on March 7, 1947. He was raised in Seagoville, Texas, and served honorably in the Marine Corps before graduating from the University of Hawaii in 1983 as a Civil Engineer. In his professional life, Larry worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers and TU Electric for many years before striking out on his own as a successful and well-recognized custom home builder in the University Park area of Dallas. Larry knew this would be a place parents would want to raise their families and make memories; he took pride in that and made sure what he was building was more than a house–it was a home. Although he died from a disease that made the last few years difficult, Larry would always joke that it’s okay because he’d already done so much “living” in his previous years. His passion for living life to the fullest led him to go from

confidence in his smile: perhaps, all will be OK. I lift myself from my chair in response to the call to “rise in body or spirit.” Some

SUZANNE FLOTO BROWN one adventure to the next. On vacation to Hawaii with two of his best buddies at age 30, he vowed he would move there one day, which he did in the ’80s. There he completed his engineering degree and made new and dear friends before returning to Texas several years later. His fun and relaxed attitude could reliably turn any stranger into a fast friend. Anyone who knew Larry wouldn’t be surprised to see him pull up in a great car - he had a passion for classic cars and trucks. However, the great joy in Larry’s life did not come from his work or his adventures, but from the time he spent with his family and friends. To know Larry was to feel loved. He was accepting of everybody, and his greatest hope was that his family and friends found happiness in their own lives. This was a good thing as Larry helped raise six children; his easy-going, loving manner made him a wonderful family man. Larry was always there to cheer his loved ones on and lend a helping hand whenever needed. He was the epitome of selflessness and kindness. He did anything and everything for the people he loved. Everyone who knew Larry had a special place for him in their hearts, as he did for them. Larry’s kind and loving spirit is carried on by his wife Coco; his four daughters Christina, Cecilia, Lane, and Rebecca; his two sons James and Tyler; and his six grandchildren; as well as his brother and sister, Tracy and Lana; and his other extended family, Chris, Cody, Cory, Amy, and Tessa. A memorial service will be held later this month at Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX. In lieu of any flowers, please consider sending a donation to Parkinson Voice Project.

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ongtime Dallas resident Suzanne Brown passed away on July 26, in Bryan, Texas, at the end of a full and lovefilled life of over 90 years. Suzanne was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 6, 1930, to Olga and Carl Floto. Her older siblings soon nicknamed her Cookie (her favorite word as a toddler), a term of endearment used by family and friends to this day. Just prior to World War II, the Floto family took up residence in the vicinity of SMU. Suzanne attended Highland Park High School, where she was a cheerleader and formed many of her lifelong friendships. It was also there she met the love of her life, Dick Brown. After her graduation in 1947, she attended Mary Baldwin College and Southern Methodist University, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. Suzanne and Dick tied the knot on September 5, 1950, at the First United Lutheran Church in Dallas, then moved south so that Dick could finish school at UT-Austin. The couple returned to Dallas, where Cookie raised her kids ( Judy Marshall of

traditions are important to follow, whether at church or at home. After a few words on the church schedule, the camera returns to the musical ensemble, ready to sing the morning hymn. I appreciate the words scrolled on the bottom of the screen and join in the singing. The sermon begins with the topic introduced. It’s hard not to be distracted as we watch online. At church, the beauty of the stained-glass windows fends off random thoughts and brings me back to the spoken word. But at home, there are no such windows: Just the basket of laundry and pile of papers. Content at my accomplishment of shuffling a few papers, my attention is drawn back to the screen and the remainder of the sermon. I’m comforted in knowing I can listen to the missing part later on. The benediction concluded; I wait for the organ postlude. These days, the postlude is limited to certain occasions, and today is one of those special days. I wonder how many will remain online to listen, then remind myself it’s not the number that’s important, rather the spirits lifted. The image of the church room comes to an abrupt halt, and the computer screen becomes, well, a computer screen once again. As I grab my coffee and head to the kitchen, I’m glad my Sunday tradition is attending a church service. Even one from home. Eric Sebo, a retired IT technology manager, belongs to Lovers Lane United Methodist, where his wife is the church organist. Visit to read more of his thoughts about online worship. Bryan, TX and Rick Brown of Dallas, TX), supported the family business, and lived a busy, fulfilling life of service and care for others. For decades she was a faithful member of First United Lutheran, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and contributed artistically to many projects. Suzy also served her community through participation in several women’s organizations, volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, worked with Meals on Wheels, and served as an aide at Children’s Medical Center. She and Dick also enjoyed a full social life, including dancing, bridge, tennis, and golf at the Dallas Country Club. Suzanne and Dick eventually retired to Holly Lake Ranch in East Texas, where they continued to enjoy bridge, golf, and fellowship through their spiritual home at Holly Tree Chapel. In 2010, they relocated to Bryan, Texas, to be closer to family and to enjoy the loving attention of dedicated caregivers at St. Joseph Manor. Despite numerous health challenges, they faced them together with courage and determination, inspiring everyone around them with their upbeat attitude, abiding faith, and irrepressible love for both others and each other. Suzanne is loved and survived by her sister, Bettie Randall of Terrell, TX, her daughter Judy Marshall and husband Kent, her son Rick Brown and wife Kay, five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren (plus one in the oven!) Preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother William Floto of Tyler, TX. Cookie will rest peacefully beside her beloved husband at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests honoring her by supporting Hospice Brazos Valley Charities or a charity of your choice. Please visit for online condolences.

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5115 Ursula Lane, represented by Pogir and Lisa Besserer for $3,500,000 Architecture in France can swing from formal in the city to unfussy in the countryside. The more relaxed aura of homes in the provinces — hence the term French Provincial — has made it an extremely popular style in American suburbs. The style is rooted in the manor homes, or chateaux, built by French nobles in the mid-1600s. The home at 5115 Ursula Lane in Preston Hollow was inspired by such architecture. On 1.6 acres in Lobello Estates, it is surrounded by large, beautiful trees and lush landscaping. It offers elegant formal rooms and several living areas, plus a sumptuous owners’ suite on the first floor, complete with an attached study, an exercise room, dual baths and generous closets. Upstairs, there are four en-suite bedrooms, a large game room and an authentic home theater with seating tiers. Outdoors, the luxuries continue, with covered terraces, a tennis court and a resort-style pool. 5115 Ursula Lane is represented by Pogir and Lisa Besserer for $3,500,000. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, founded in the Park Cities in 1960, represents luxury homes, high-rises, ranches, land and commercial properties. Its website is a cutting-edge portal featuring properties, neighborhoods, schools, virtual tours, architecture guides and more.


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Few touched the fabric of Dallas quite like the late Margaret McDermott. Her legacy is associated with many philanthropic causes in the area – from medical institutions to the arts. Mrs. McDermott’s husband, Eugene, was a founder of Texas Instruments. Their 6,443 square-foot home on Drexel Drive in Highland Park was designed by renowned architect Scott Lyons. Mrs. McDermott lived there until her death in 2018. Years earlier, she called her close friend, Allie Beth Allman & Associates real estate agent David Nichols, writing a detailed letter requesting that he handle the sale. The emphasis on building relationships with Allie Beth Allman & Associates clients is a company hallmark. And it played a pivotal role in the sale of the landmark house. Mrs. McDermott had left the house to UTD, part of the University of Texas system. With knowledge of the letter and after a detailed interview process, Nichols was awarded the listing. Once on the market, an offer was quickly made. The entire process, Nichols says, who was joined by Allman agent Brittany Mathews, was only two weeks. Cynthia Beaird, another Allman agent, represented the buyers. “I am grateful to have agents at our firm that worked together on getting the deal done so quickly,” says Ms. Allman.


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4214 Manning is being offered for $3,195,000 in Preston Hollow. Recently ranked as the #1 Team in Preston Hollow, the #2 team in DFW, the #4 team in Texas, and the #54 team in the Country, The Perry-Miller Streiff Group has over $107,000,000 in real estate sales/pendings in 2020. They are on track to surpass their 2019 production despite working through a challenging pandemic. While the past few months have changed many things about the real estate industry, The Perry-Miller Streiff Group has quickly adapted to ensure their sellers are still receiving the best and safest possible exposure for their homes. This elite 8-agent team has developed a winning formula that is founded on a collaborative and synergistic spirit, offering the best marketing, networking and deal making abilities to serve their amazing clients. The Perry-Miller Streiff Group delivers what others promise: Results. Highly-experienced associates, a sincere focus on clientele, and collaborative leadership combine to deliver a first-class experience and record setting results. Visit to learn more or to see their current listings. Just Listed, 4214 Manning is A. Hays Town-inspired architecture bringing the French Quarter to Dallas. Repurposed materials - including 150-year-old beams and salvaged brick floors and light fixtures - ensure you won’t find another home just like it. Enjoy the manicured French garden from the screened-in brick terracec, or sip your coffee by the fountain in the relaxing side courtyard. Contact Jamie Kohlmann (jamie@daveperrymiller. com) or Ryan Streiff ( for more information.

Along Willow Lane, just down from the Cooper Fitness Center, is the quiet community of Excelsior Way, only one block long. Frada Sandler presents 12016 Excelsior Way ( for sale, a rare opportunity to live in this niche neighborhood. The four-bedroom, 3½-bath, two-story home covers 4,058 square feet and is priced at $1,199,000. The two-story entry opens to the living and dining rooms with views of the landscaped courtyard just beyond. In the well-equipped kitchen is a gas range, built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator and island. It opens to the breakfast room with additional storage cabinets and to a den with fireplace. The large first-floor primary suite, which also overlooks the courtyard, has an exquisite bath with free-standing tub and large custom closet. An additional bedroom and full bath are downstairs, while upstairs are two bedrooms and a full bath plus a flex room, half-bath and hobby room. A three-car garage, workshop and grassy area complete this home. To schedule a showing, contact Sandler at 214.616.6476 or Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate ( is a division of the Ebby Halliday Companies, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, with four locations that specialize in Preston Hollow, Park Cities, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Kessler Park and Farm & Ranch properties.

The real estate has seen a significant increase this past summer, shifting from a traditional spring market to a busy summer. The luxury firm Allie Beth Allman & Associates has had a tremendous year so far, already closing over $1 billion in sales and seeing a 2.5% increase in transactions compared to 2009. “I am so proud of all of our agents this year,” stated President & CEO Allie Beth Allman. “While the country shut down, our agents never stopped. They worked tirelessly to prepare homes for the market or to work on finding a perfect home for their clients.” Take a look at some of the homes the Allman associates sold earlier this year. An elegant estate listing in Highland Park. The four-bedroom 4241 Lorraine Avenue was beautifully designed with Provincial French flair. Custom touches that mixed old with new were six stone fireplaces, a Parisian chandelier, an elevator and a state-of-the-art culinary center. The five-bedroom 9 Robledo Drive, located in a private and gated North Dallas neighborhood also sold. Highlights of first level include soaring ceilings, a study, formal living and dining rooms and an open-spaced kitchen. An oversized master suite was also downstairs, with a sitting area next to its own fireplace.


Preston Hollow has Grand Homes

Preston Hollow is synonymous with elegant living along wide, tree-lined boulevards, open spaces and lush greenbelts. It’s beautiful homes and majestic estates attract some of the region’s best-known celebrities, business executives and world leaders. Just north of Dallas, Preston Hollow is also home to world-class shopping and restaurants. Allie Beth Allman & Associates recommends these exceptional residences. In Old Preston Hollow, the estate home at 5445 N. Dentwood Drive is available. The five-bedroom, French-inspired home sits on 1.5 acres of park-like grounds. Highlights of the estate include groin-vaulted ceilings, elegant European chandeliers, and both hardwood and stone floors. Looking for new construction? Visit the spacious six-bedroom 5959 Colhurst Street. Finished earlier this year, the contemporary home boasts over 8,500 sq.ft. of living space. Features include high ceilings, dual staircases, multiple living areas and an elevator. A resort-style pool can be found in the back. Also available is the five-bedroom 6108 Joyce Way. The focal point of this elegant home is the living room that opens to the gourmet kitchen with white marble and top-of-the-living appliances, perfect for everyday living and entertaining. Also includes a family room with coffered ceilings, media room and a game room.


Allman Sells the Most Estates

Allie Beth Allman & Associates continued to be the estate leader in all of Dallas County in 2019. So far in 2020, the firm has seen continued success in the prestigious estate market selling seven estate homes, including three where both sides of the transaction were represented. An estate home is a great investment at this moment. Real estate is a strong alternative asset to have in your portfolio, and estate homes give you plenty of comfort while sheltered at home. Here are two currently available. On a half-acre corner lot in Old Highland Park is 3601 Lexington Avenue. The heart of the five-bedroom Santa Barbara-inspired estate is the open floor kitchen, with dual islands, top-of-the-line appliances and exposed beam. Other highlights are a wine cellar for 1,100 bottles, a back-up generator and gorgeous grounds that include a pool, spa, covered patio and outdoor living area. For an exquisite modern design, tour the five-bedroom estate listing at 9207 Sunnybrook Lane. Sitting on 2.79 of lush landscaping in Preston Hollow, the contemporary design showcases breathtaking views throughout the home. The master suite is your own private retreat, with a fireplace, spa-like bathroom, spacious His & Hers closets, a secret garden and private access to the backyard.


9110 Rockbrook Drive 5 Bedrooms | 6.2 Baths | 7,596 SqFt Offered For $3,695,000 This French Transitional custom home, designed by Richard Drummond Davis, blends traditional Austin stone exterior with timeless contemporary finishes. Museum finished walls, cased openings and exquisite mill and tile work are throughout. Located on a .44 acre lot in Old Preston Hollow, the 7,596 sf light-filled home features an office/ study, mud room, 2 utility rooms and 5 bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms. The spacious first-floor primary suite has a dream closet, fireplace and private patio. Open gourmet kitchen features large island, marble countertops and Ann Sacks tile along with Thermador Professional appliances, 4 convection ovens, steam oven and pot filler. The large game room, a media room with kitchen and guest suites are on second floor and accessible by elevator. A covered patio with fireplace, pool with fountains, pool bath and three car garage complete an amazing lifestyle opportunity. Harold Leidner custom landscaping & pool. For more information please contact Robin Brock Webster (214) 543-8963. | September 2020  55


Real Estate Icon’s Legacy of Service is Carried Out Daily Throughout 2020, Ebby Halliday Realtors is celebrating 75 years of serving the real estate needs of North Texans and those relocating to the region. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today the No. 1 residential real estate brokerage in Texas. “Long life is a privilege not everyone – or every company – gets to enjoy,” says Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly. “During this anniversary year, we acknowledge this fact with a spirit of gratitude.” The legacy of Ebby Halliday is now amplified by the company’s affiliation with HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s No. 1 residential real estate company. “Simply put, we offer one ‘door’ to everything you need to buy or sell a home in North Texas,” says Kelly. “Our complete offering of brokerage, Ebby Halliday looks out over downtown Dallas in 1945. mortgage, title and insurance homeownership services ensures you have the easiest and most secure real estate experience. In good times and most importantly, in challenging times, we have stood by North Texans for over 75 years. It would be our honor to put our experience and strength to work for you.” For more information, visit

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