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CHARITIES Child’s play: Nonprofit invests in gift of giving  22 SPORTS Can ESD boys score another state title in lacrosse?  26 COMMUNITY Author brings bandstand era back to life in new book 31 SOCIETY

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love reading about people doing good works and individuals seeing a need then jumping in to help. And of course the feeling I get when I do something for someone is truly a heartwarming emotion. Along this vein, I’m pleased to announce our new monthly feature called Focus on Philanthropy (page 22). We will spotlight lesser-known organizations that are making a difference in our community but may not have the resources to get the word out about the important work they do. In our way, I’d like for us to assist them in taking their efforts to the next level. Who knows where this will go, but we hope that we can help make something big happen. Thanks to the generosity of our advertising partner Highland Park Village, we were able to bring this to fruition. The first organization that we are featuring shares our desire to elevate and identify agencies and groups. Social Venture Partners is a nonprofit for nonprofits. Its message says it all. “We go beyond philanthropy, we do more than give away money, we amplify the impact of those out to do good in three distinct ways: Connect and engage individuals, helping them make the greatest impact with their philanthropic giving. Fund and strengthen nonprofits, helping them take their vital work for kids and the environment to the next level. Advance social innovation in North Texas so those working for social change can adopt new organizational and impact models.” The organization is part of SVP In-

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CORRECTION: A story in the December 2014 issue of Preston Hollow People should have credited Patrick Kuzmick, a seventh-grader at Dealey Montessori Academy, with creating a duct-tape replica of a jacket from the movie Easy Rider for the Winston Science competition. We regret the error.

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E D U C AT I O N Dual-Language Program Closes Cultural Gap Kids learn more than just words at Withers By Todd Jorgenson

People Newspapers Inside two classrooms at Withers Elementary School, simple words have not only educated children, but transformed a neighborhood. Those words are in both English and Spanish, part of the dual-language program at the Dallas ISD campus in Preston Hollow that has become a model for other public schools to follow. The two-way immersion program, which begins in kindergarten, is split equally between native English-speaking students and native Spanish-speaking students, with the goal of making them all fluent in both languages by the time they reach fifth grade. Starting in second grade, they are taught half of the curriculum in each language. “It’s been proven that their brains develop a lot faster than students who are learning in only one language,” said Withers teacher Irma De La Guardia. “Not only will you acquire another language, but you’ll be bicultural.” That’s what attracted Becky Heller, a parent who remembers choosing Withers over various private and magnet-school options when her oldest son was entering kindergarten. All three of her children have been part of the dual-language program. “We were just really jazzed about this idea that our kids would be bilingual and biliterate,” said Heller, a former Withers PTA president. “You can’t even pay for that kind of education. When our kids participate in the workforce, they will be

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Irma De La Guardia has taught dual-language classes at Withers Elementary School since the program began in 2007. above the fray in terms of language acquisition.” The program began in 2007 with about 12 students, and now includes 44 children, with a waiting list each year for inclusion. Its popularity has led to the implementation of similar programs at other DISD schools, including Walker Middle School, for which Withers is a feeder campus. “There are parents out there who want that experience for their kids,” said DISD trustee Mike Morath. “You just don’t see that in a private-school environment because there aren’t enough native Spanish speakers to pull that off.” De La Guardia said the program has

led to improved scores among its participants in state testing, has diversified the student population to match the makeup of the surrounding neighborhood, and has generated more social interaction among students from different backgrounds. “It’s been proven to reduce the achievement gap between groups,” De La Guardia said. “We’ve definitely seen the benefits.” As word-of-mouth spread, those benefits have extended outside the walls of the school, as well. Volunteerism and PTA participation at Withers has skyrocketed in the past few years, leading to fundraisers such as a fall carnival with a 5K run, and an annual auction that has helped

fund various projects. Yet Heller said the best attribute of the program might be its ability to forge friendships through character development and life lessons with regard to cultural diversity, both among students and parents. “The teachers and administrators were always amazing, but because of the reputation of DISD, the neighborhood chose to go to private,” Heller said. “But this program started catching the attention of parents, and now we’re bringing back the neighborhood. It’s transformed the school and benefited every kid. We have created something really amazing.”

Family Chips in to Help Parish Golfers By Todd Jorgenson

People Newspapers Golfers at Parish Episcopal School don’t have to travel far to work on their games. The school has had a putting green on the western edge of its campus for more than five years, but last spring it was transformed into a full-scale facility to develop skills in everything from driving to chipping to putting. “It’s a very special place for our campus,” said Parish golf coach Kimberly Self. “We’ve

used it a lot.” The 12,000-square-foot putting green was the brainchild of former Parish golfer Logan Klein, a 2009 graduate who designed it for his Eagle Scout project along with a collar for short chipping. Last spring, the facility was reconditioned thanks to a private donation that allowed for new turf, two new putting holes, three tee boxes, and two hitting bays equipped with software for electronic swing analysis. In December, Parish officials dedicated the facility to

Kip and Tiffiny Zimmerman, who provided the funding. Self said golfers in Parish’s successful high school and middle school programs use the facility regularly, along with physical-education students. “My middle school kids have really improved their short game. They really enjoy being out there,” Self said. “The kids can come out during their flex time and work on their swings. It’s really enhancing our program.” Email todd.jorgenson@ peoplenewspapers.com

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Hockaday Moves Toward New Fine Arts Center By Megan Philips

Special Contributor Last summer, boxes stacked along the walls of the portables filled with lab equipment were moved to Hockaday’s new science building, home to the Lyda Hill STEAM Institute. But the portables will soon house a new tenant: the Fine Arts department. Hockaday alumna Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger contributed $6 million toward a new arts building — Phase II of the Centennial Center. So the Fine Arts department will start the packing and moving process into the Nucleus — as the portable village was named — and be fully installed in their temporary housing by the beginning of March. The Nasher-Haemisegger Family Center for the Arts will be home to both the visual and performing arts at Hockaday and will house an art gallery with moveable walls in order to customize exhibitions, an outdoor amphitheater, a new Black Box theater, and new orchestra and choir spaces. According to Hockaday chief financial officer JT Coats, the new auditorium will be unrecognizable. “It’s going to be a lovely theater, and you are not going to even know that it has the bones of Hoblitzelle underneath it,” Coats said. Although the stage will be bigger, the seating will not be compromised, as the interior will extend to enclose the area where the columns in front of Hoblitzelle stand today. When completed, the new auditorium will house 650 seats and a 100 to 120-seat balcony. The seating has been designed to create the best possible line of sight for the whole audience, with wider spaces between rows and wider chairs. There is also the option of having side seating around the perimeter with removable chairs, and without them the sides can serve as ramps leading on and off the stage. The new space will be a theater that will serve as an auditorium. To achieve

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Hockaday students will soon have a new stage to house productions such as Anything Goes.

“IT ’ S G O ING TO B E A LOV E LY T H E AT ER, A ND YOU A RE NOT G O ING TO EV EN KNOW T H AT IT HA S T H E B O NE S OF H O B L ITZE LL E UND E RNE AT H IT.” JT C OATS this, it will have a full stage, wing spaces to the sides, and a full fly, which will be used to raise sets in and out. The control rooms will move downstairs, student-safe catwalks will hover over the audience, and the set shop will have better access to the stage.

In order to begin constructing these spaces, the tenants of the Fine Arts building will need to move to the portables. Along with the sacrifice of classrooms for portables, the auditorium will close its curtains for the last time on Feb. 9. Most of this year’s events will be held in Hoblitzelle Auditorium, but some productions and ceremonies will need to be relocated or rescheduled. Although Coats acknowledges that beginning the construction process in the middle of the year will be difficult, she realizes it is essential for the completion of the project by June 2016. “We have been in the [design] process for years, actually, and we are very blessed that the school acknowledges that the people who use the facilities know best about what should go in them, along with, of course, the professional architects,” said Beth Wortley, Hockaday performing arts chair and dance instructor.

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Hockaday junior Mercer Malakoff, a drama extension student, sees how the remodel, especially the revamping of the Black Box theater, will aid the drama curriculum and entice more people to join. “The Black Box being expanded will help a lot with drama and the people in it,” she said. Wortley also feels that the new facilities will bring new opportunities. “We can involve more students, in more ways,” Wortley said. “The Black Box itself is going to allow us to do some new and innovative productions that we haven’t ever been able to do, and with a theater space that has so many more possibilities.” To meet the deadline, the department has to be fully packed and moved out of the building by Feb. 17. Classes are slated to begin in the Nasher-Haemisegger Family Center for the Arts in fall 2016.

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BUSINESS Preston Hollow Village Plans a Diverse Menu Eateries to debut in February By Todd Jorgenson

People Newspapers As its first retailers prepare to open their doors, the developers of Preston Hollow Village are hoping to transform a previously dormant corner of prime real estate into a bustling mix of office, residential, and retail uses. The complex will likely debut in February with the openings of three eateries — Modmarket, a farm-fresh Colorado chain that just recently began an expansion into the Dallas area; Austin-based gyro specialist VertsKebap; and the second location for Fort Worth-based Blue Sushi Sake Grill. Then anchor tenant Trader Joe’s should be ready to open a few weeks later, according to Jerry Jackson, vice president of development for Provident Realty Advisors, which has been planning the 42-acre development at the northwest corner of North Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane for several years. Company president Leon Backes lives in Preston Hollow. “Interest is obviously building. We’re speaking to a number

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A variety of restaurants in addition to a gym and a bank are some of the first tenants slated to open at Preston Hollow Village.

THE TENANTS Modmarket, Blue Sushi Sake Grill, Trader Joe’s, VertsKebap, Pakpao Thai, Tangerine Salon, 18/8 men’s salon, Orangetheory Fitness, and Frost Bank

of prospective tenants,” Jackson said. “The community is excited for it to open.” Also slated to open within the next few months are Pakpao Thai restaurant, Tangerine Salon, 18/8 men’s salon, Orangetheory Fitness, and Frost Bank. The first phase of development includes about 75,000 square feet of retail space to go with 60,000 square feet of office

space and a four-story parking garage. Jackson said the first office tenant will be Saxton Group, the operator of Pinkberry and McAlister’s Deli, which will move its headquarters from its current location just south of Preston Center. Construction on a second phase of Preston Hollow Village should begin by the end

of March, Jackson said. The northern side of the property eventually will include residential towers with a maximum of seven stories and 1,200 units each. “We’re working to create an environment where you can eat, work, live, and play,” Jackson said. “People can park their cars and not need to leave Preston Hollow Village for a week.”

Young Philanthropists Two-Step to Good Deeds By Paige Skinner

Special Contributor A 2013 Highland Park High School graduate, Ben Siegel understands he is privileged. “We just wanted a way to give back to something we take for granted,” Siegel said about the charity he founded. “Just being able to attend all of these schools and then realizing there are so many kids that are probably just as smart as us, who will never have equal opportunities.” During his winter break last year, Siegel and three of his friends wanted to give back. So they formed a nonprofit and named it Lone Star Charity Two-Step.

Highland Park graduate Ben Siegel recently presented a $30,000 check from Lone Star Charity TwoStep to Vogel Alcove. COURTESY PHOTO

For the charity’s first big gala, titled Lone Star Two-Step, Siegel and his partners decided to raise money for Vogel Alcove, a nonprofit dedicated to providing free child development to children of homeless families

ranging from 6 weeks to 5 years old. The gala raised $30,000. “We raised a lot of money for them,” said Mikey Bryant, secretary of Lone Star and a HPHS grad. “The more important thing was the awareness and

people understanding what Vogel is.” For the 2015 gala, Lone Star will donate its proceeds to Bryan’s House, a nonprofit that serves the needs of children and their families by providing medically managed childcare. Siegel, who is studying business and Spanish at the University of Georgia, has plans to expand the charity to Atlanta. He said he’s received positive feedback about the Lone Star gala because it incorporates parents and their kids. “We all grew up seeing our parents go to these charity parties, but we didn’t really know what they were, so our goal is to integrate the two and have a parents and kids gala,” he said.

Siegel said he formed the charity with help from alumni of the Episcopal School of Dallas, Ursuline, Jesuit, St. Mark’s, and Parish Episcopal. Bryant, a sophomore at the University of Texas, said a lot of college students don’t give back to their community, when they have plenty of time to do so. Siegel said he came up with the idea on his own and while he’s had support from some teachers and his parents, it’s been all his doing. “I want this to be around when I have kids my own age and hopefully they’ll be running it,” he said. “I think that would be cool if we could do that. It will be hard, but I think it will be cool.”


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Alcuin School Launches Business Apprenticeship Alcuin School will soon be able to launch a new business apprenticeship program thanks to a $1 million grant from the Saada Family Foundation. The donation is earmarked to support a business incubator program for International Baccalaureate students in Alcuin’s Upper School. The goal is to encourage students to develop businesses with an emphasis on social good, healthy living, and sustainability. Jean-Claude Saada, chairman and CEO of Cambridge Holdings, is a former Alcuin board member and current advisory board chairman. Students will develop modules that will be judged by an outside committee of industry leaders who can offer guidance to help bring the concepts to fruition.

to detail along with flexibility,” Clark said. “Small and growing businesses deserve the same level of strategy and creative services as the big guys. We strive to give them the clarity they need without taking away their ability to be fluid.”

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Foundation Reaches Goal For Pickens Center Funds The Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation has reached a major goal in fundraising for the future Faith Presbyterian Hospices’ T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center. The foundation hit $38.6 million total. This completes funding for phase one of construction. Dallas’ first stand-alone hospice center is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2016.

Shops at Park Lane to New Website Caters to Welcome New Vendors Small Business Marketing MKT DEPT, a company owned by Kenny Clark of Preston Hollow, recently launched a new website focusing on small business needs in marketing and advertising. “Much like taking a family trip, the key is a healthy mix of attention

The Shops at Park Lane will welcome Starbucks, Zoe’s Kitchen, and Crisp Salad Co. this spring. In addition, Zynn22, Bar Louie, DXL, and Unleashed by Petco will also open, bringing spinning, cocktails, men’s fashion, and pet care, respectively, to the shopping center.

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here are a lot of changes to this year’s tax code — 46 to be exact — as a result of the Affordable Care Act. What’s most important is to be aware if your taxes — and your annual refund — will be affected. Here are some common myths associated with the ACA and how they may impact your taxes: Myth: If you chose not to have health insurance in 2014 and don’t qualify for an exemption, you will have to pay a penalty of $95. Fact: The penalty for 2014 is calculated one of two ways. If you or members of your household don’t have health insurance that qualifies as minimum essential coverage, you’ll pay whichever amount is higher: either $47 per child, $95 per adult, or up to $285 per household; or 1 percent of annual household income less the filing threshold — in many cases this amount is actually higher and likely to be the amount of the fine that you will face. Myth: If you have short-term medical coverage, accident or disability only, or travelers insurance, you don’t have to worry about the ACA. Fact: Under the Affordable Care Act, almost everyone is required to have health insurance that meets the requirement for “minimum essential coverage.” Plans that meet this requirement include a health insurance plan through your job, federal or state Marketplace plan, COBRA or retirement plan, or a government plan like Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE or CHIP. If you don’t have one of these, you may face the ACA tax penalty. Myth: The Advance Tax Credit I receive in 2014 is based on my 2013 income. Fact: Your 2014 tax credit is based on

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PAT SY K E S your estimated income for 2014. If you provided an estimated income at the time of enrollment, you will need to reconcile your taxes. Myth: I have two kids and neither my husband nor I have access to health insurance from our employers. I’m signing up for health insurance on the Marketplace because the government will give me a subsidy to help me pay for my monthly premiums. Fact: Whether or not you receive a tax credit from the government for purchasing insurance on the Marketplace depends solely on your individual situation and your household income. Your income must fall within certain guidelines to qualify for a tax credit. Myth: A tax credit, subsidy, and advance are all different. Fact: A tax credit, subsidy, and advance all mean the same thing — government assistance in paying for health insurance plan premiums. The ACA will have the biggest tax implications for those who received the Advance Premium Tax Credit (also known as a subsidy) or those who did not have health insurance coverage. Pat Sykes is an enrolled agent and ACA specialist for H&R Block Premium. Her office is located in Preston Forest Village.

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AN ESTATE WORTH CROWING ABOUT Mansion holds 100 years of tales

By Sarah Bennett

People Newspapers Many houses in Dallas can boast dignified guests, but not all can claim visitors such as a former queen of Thailand and Margaret Thatcher. Those are just two names on a long list of distinguished callers to the Trammell Crow estate on Preston Road, which is on the market for the first time in more than 50 years. “This house dictates how the world will perceive you,” realtor Allie Beth Allman said. Only three families have owned the opulent estate, which was built in 1912 and encompasses nearly 10,000 square feet on a six-acre plot. The five-bedroom mansion, complete with a guesthouse, is listed for nearly $59.4 million. Of course the house itself is noteworthy, but Allman feels the land on the estate is the true gem. “It’s the deepest of any of those lots on Preston Road,” she said. “It’s just magnificent.” The estate backs up to Turtle Creek, and it is estimated there are 240 trees on the property that are more than 12 inches in diameter. One in particular, which has a canopy of 140 feet across, is marked with a plaque that reads “Dallas Metroplex Champion Live Oak.” Lucy Crow Billingsley remembers playing in it as a child. “It was a great climbing tree, and I’m a tomboy, so I climbed it,” she said. “One day my mom was hollering at me and my dad came out behind her. They had quite a discussion on what her daughter should be doing.” In addition to climbing trees, Billingsley remembers being able to see the Christmas lights on Armstrong Parkway from her bedroom window and peeking in at her parents’ parties for guests from around the globe, such as her mother’s luncheon for the queen of Thailand. “There were just lots of rich experiences,” she said. “I was just lucky to be a child getting to be an observer at the banquet.”

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Dave Perry-Miller Refreshes Brand A new chapter for Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate began in mid-November, when the firm’s new logo, slogan, and name were revealed to agents and staff. Founder Dave Perry-Miller engaged The Richards Group, a Dallas-based independent advertising agency, to help refresh his brand so the company could continue focusing on high-end properties in Dallas neighborhoods. He explained the decision to staff during an annual meeting. “As a young agent just starting out, the very best piece of advice I ever got was from a very successful business owner and friend of my father’s,” Perry-Miller said. “He said, ‘Always keep in mind one thing: When you own your own business, every day that you wake up, you are either going in to business, or you are going out of business. Staying the same, being satisfied with the status quo and what you did yesterday, that is you going out of business.’” A Corinthian capital has long

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Dave Perry-Miller’s firm has a new name and logo. been the symbol of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, but it was time for something new. The new logo designed by The Richards Group includes a streamlined version of the capital that still evokes the Dave Perry-Miller brand. New fonts and a fresh color palette of blue, bronze, and

white completed the redesign. The company’s previous slogan — “marketing properties of quality and character” — has been replaced with “Properties of distinction. Agents for life.” Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s agents focus highly on elements of the industry such as architecture, neighborhoods, and marketing, so referencing them in the slogan was deemed appropriate. Finally, the company also made tweaks to the name itself. “With so many different types of companies placing signs in yards — from builders to decorators to architects — we didn’t want there to be any ambiguity about the services we provide,” Perry-Miller explained. “Dave Perry-Miller is a real estate company, and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is our name from this day forward.” The company formerly known as Dave Perry-Miller & Associates had in excess of $1.7 billion in total sales for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.

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App Looks to Save Time For Agents

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Zoccam aims to streamline title deposits

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The Elliott & Elliott Real Estate Group started out with just its namesakes, Paige and Curt Elliott. But the team has expanded with the additions of Chris Bracken and Janice Parson. “Chris and Janice bring so much enthusiasm and expertise to the table,” the Elliotts said. “They will augment the level of service our

For real-estate agents in Dallas who often drive in rush hour to drop off checks to title companies at the onset of their clients’ home-buying contracts, life just got easier. In early December, local real estate attorney and SMU graduate Ashley Cook launched Zoccam, an app for licensed agents that allows them to deposit those checks with just a tap on their smartphone. “We’re trying to empower agents to have better technology than for-sale by owners and people who aren’t using agents, who have online sites to help them,” Cook said. The app, available on Goo-

clients have come to expect from us and our established associate, Kathryn Warren.” The Elliott & Elliott Real Estate Group is part of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (daveperrymiller. com), an Ebby Halliday Company that specializes in the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Uptown, East Dallas, and Kessler Park.

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gle Play and in the iTunes App Store, offers two features for now, with more in the works. ZoccaPay allows real Ashley Cook estate agents to deposit checks by taking a picture, much like the mobile banking apps available to the average consumer. “Our biggest hurdle, I would say, is both a blessing and a curse,” Cook said. “This is the first expansion of mobile third-party remote deposit capture technology, and we’re having to educate the financial institutions as to how the risks in this business model are extremely low.” Now, with the checks passing through fewer hands, the liability risks for both the real-estate agent and the title company are lower, according to Cook, and prevent the accidental misplacement of checks. Currently, the app is linked with Republic Title, Texas Premier Title, Cap-

ital Title, Elite Title, and Providence Title companies. “Some real-estate agents don’t think they would use it and then all of the sudden people are out of town and you are having to wire money and it just gets crazy,” said Kristine Graves, an agent with Allie Beth Allman & Associates who uses the app. “It’s great because it just makes everything so much easier.” The app also offers ZocTalk, an innovative sharing platform that allows agents to share what their buyer is looking for, before the perfect property is listed on the market. “If you have a buyer who is looking for a piece of property, there is no other platform to put that to see if there are any sellers that aren’t listed yet,” Cook said. An agent with a buyer who is looking for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Lakewood can alert other agents in the zip codes the buyer in

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Boutique Owner Makes It Cool to Be Thrifty By Paige Skinner

Special Contributor Upon walking into Jenny Grumbles’s Preston Hollow home, one sees several rooms neatly organized, all filled with furniture she has collected at estate sales, storage unit auctions, and even through dumpster diving. In the front left of the home is a sortof “man cave” for her husband — filled with old baseball and football collectibles, and a television to view all kinds of sporting events. And in the living room — “the formal room no one goes in” as Grumbles describes it — are two chairs that once belonged to her great-grandmother. In the entry hallway hangs an old framed photograph of the chairs before Grumbles reupholstered them. However, it was her mom who taught her how to turn trash into treasure. It began in college — when Grumbles wanted to decorate her dorm room, apartment, and sorority house on a tight budget — that she began redoing old pieces of furniture to make them look new. And now she has made a business out of it. She closed longtime Snider Plaza boutique, Uptown Country Home, in January because of an increase in rent and her newborn son, Thompson, but continues to run the business from her home. After running the store for several years, Grumbles was presented a unique opportunity when her husband’s friend was asked to participate in “Storage Wars Texas.” Being a professional gambler, Grum-

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Items that Jenny Grumbles acquired on “Storage Wars” are among the decorations in her Preston Hollow home. bles said it just didn’t make sense for that friend to be on the show. So instead, Grumbles joined the cast. The first episode on which she appeared was also her first auction. “I had no idea what I was doing,” Grumbles said with a laugh. But she continued, appearing in 68 episodes total, nabbing some finds she now has in her home or that she sold in

her store. Grumbles’ mom, Fran Holley, said she worked Grumbles’ store while she was busy shooting “Storage Wars.” “I worked there, but it was her name on the door,” Holley said. “People really missed her.” Often it’s Holley who tags along with Grumbles when she goes to estate sales and storage auctions. Holley said

going “junking” is one of her favorite things to do with her daughter. “I love finding something that we can turn into something cool for the least amount of money,” she said. “And then when someone buys it and puts it in their home, that’s the coolest feeling.”

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Highland Park Students Help Set Charity Attendance Record Dallas’ biggest Christmas charity event, the S.M.Wright Foundation’s Christmas in the Park, was again held at the Automobile Building at Fair Park December 20. Records show 14, 131 children received toys, bikes, beds, books, food and clothing, part of the 46, 270 total people attending. Lines began forming as early as 4:00 a.m., despite the cold weather. Fire Marshall rules only allow 5,000 in the building at one time, so serving all the guests took just over eight hours and 1,875 volunteers. The Rev. S.M. Wright was smiling, recalling years of growth: “ This holiday service to the people in our community marks my twentieth anniversary as Pastor and my twenty-fifth anniversary preaching, “ he said. “ One of our great blessings

has been the initial support and commitment of Allie Beth Allman and Associates - they started with us over a decade ago when we first thought about meeting basic needs. “ Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings strolled to every section and was swaying to the gospel choir music. “ We still have a welloff Dallas and a poverty level Dallas, “ he told the crowd. “ This seasonal event is a bridge and reminds all here that we are all one, working to build one city. “ Guests included Emmitt Smith, NFL Hall of Famer, thanking the Wright Foundation for their effectiveness.

Sections of the huge building were marked - toys, bicycles, books, bibles, beds, food, clothing - and a new popular service this year was Coats for Kids, sparked by Madison and Sophie McGuire. Madison organized the S.M. Wright Club at Highland Park High School and collected over 2,000 jackets and coats. Student members were on hand to guide the kids to proper sizes and even help fit them. Purpose of the Foundation is to provide support and stability to inner city children and families through hunger relief, educational support, health and social service assistance and economic empowerment. Goals are to move families from dependency to self-sufficiency, restoring stability to the community. “ This is a way to share our business

Kate Conklin, Sydney Schmidt, Anna Clark, Chloe Hammer, Maddy McGuire, and Sophie McGuire. core values, : said firm founder Allie Beth Allman. “ Since starting our company from ground zero thirty years ago, we have been true to an old-fashioned Texas work ethic and straight talk. We admire this

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Housing Market Tilts Toward Sellers By Todd Jorgenson

PARK CITIE S

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Zoccam launched in December. which the buyer is looking. A notification is sent to agents in the area, who can then choose to contact the buyer’s agent to set up a conversation about properties they are listing soon. “This app allows agents to network and communicate with each other on neutral ground. They can meet based on their mutual needs, without having to market themselves, just their buyer,” said Anita Bouldin, Zoccam chief operating officer. The app, at $9.99 for a monthly subscription, saves time for all parties, allowing agents to cut drive time and title companies to stop waiting for late agents to arrive at closing. “Ashley’s mom is a realtor also, and so she understands the family restriction of having a parent as a real-estate agent and how precious that time is,” Bouldin said. “We’re providing tools to make agents’ lives easier and show that their skills and work is of a specific and special value.”

The real-estate market in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow continues to shift toward benefiting the sellers. With inventory down and prices up, talk of the 2008 slowdown appears to be in the rearview mirror for homeowners who are finding more favorable selling conditions across the board. “It’s a strong sellers’ market. We’ve seen a big uptick in 2014 and we expect it to continue in 2015,” said Lydia Player, an associate with the Preston Center office of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “It’s taken a little longer to bounce back, but it has bounced back.” In December, home sales in the Park Cities were down 5 percent from the same time last year, while the median prices jumped by 19 percent, according to statistics from the North Texas Real Estate Information System. For the year, those numbers are even more pronounced, with sales declining by 17 percent but the median price increasing by 16 percent. Trends are similar in Preston Hollow, where the median price was more than $1 million for almost 700 homes sold in 2014. That’s a 15 percent jump in price over the prior year — with houses selling for $345 per square foot on average — although the number of total sales in Preston Hollow is down by 12 percent during the past 12 months. As far as total volume, home sales brought in more than $787.4 million in the Park Cities in 2014 (up 2 percent), compared with $882.4 million in Preston Hollow (down 7 percent). In December, the number of active listings and months’ worth of inventory de-

Month

Closed sales

Median price

Price per sq. foot

Sold to list price

Active listings

October 2014

50

$1,076,000

December 2014

58

$825,000

Total for year

722

$694,880

$255

Days on market

Months’ supply

$374

95%

244

62

4.1

$263

96%

196

66

3.3

96%

253

71

4.2

PRE STON HOLLOW Month

Closed sales

Median price

Price per sq. foot

Sold to list price

Active listings

Days on market

Months’ supply

October 2014

63

$890,000

$256

96%

254

104

4.2

December 2014

62

$870,000

$317

93%

164

63

2.8

Total for year

695

$1,040,000

$345

96%

236

58

4.1

" W H AT ’ S KEPT A LOT OF P EO P L E F RO M S E LL I N G IS T H AT T H E Y ’RE N OT SURE W H E RE T HE Y ’R E G O ING TO G O B E CAU S E O F T H E L ACK O F INV E NTO RY.” LYDI A PL AYE R clined significantly as sellers pulled their properties off the market for the winter. That’s common for this time of year, Player said, although availability for prospective buyers has been dropping in general. “We still have low inventory. What’s kept a lot of people from selling is that they’re not sure where they’re going to go

because of the lack of inventory,” Player said. “People are still moving to the Dallas area in droves.” Player said that demand remains high despite a seasonal slowdown during the winter months. Meanwhile, prices are ticking upward as interest rates remain low. Speculative home construction is not keeping up with that demand, and lots are scarce. “That’s going to really sustain the momentum of this recovery,” said Greg Pape, an agent with the Park Cities office of Virginia Cook Realtors. “You’ve got inventory dissipating, and not anything significant taking its place.” Pape said he expects those trends to continue into 2015, with the prices still benefiting sellers, especially with regard to higher-end properties. “Prices continue to go up,” he said, “and the demand continues to be there.” Email todd.jorgenson@ peoplenewspapers.com

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Tucked into a quiet enclave overlooking the grounds of the Bush library, this stunning new construction by Barns Development Group is a hidden gem. Offering an open floor plan with wide hallways, generous room sizes, abundant natural light and a fresh, clean-lined finish out, 2813 Dyer (2813dyer.daveperrymiller.com) appeals to what today’s buyers are looking for. Cindy Bruner with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is marketing the four bedroom, 4 ½-bath residence for $1,499,000. An expansive entry is flanked by an elegant formal dining room and a living area featuring a beamed ceiling and a wall of built-in cabinetry. Attractive, rich hardwood floors are carried throughout the first floor, giving the home a fluid feel. The kitchen is appointed with white cabinetry, stainless appliances, a granite island with prep sink and a breakfast bar. Open to the kitchen is a breakfast room and an oversized family room with a fireplace and three sets of French doors overlooking the backyard. Four en suite bedrooms, a utility room and a

The strong economy in North Texas is bringing business to our area, and with that comes opportunity. A recent discussion at a Dallas Regional Chamber meeting focused on how Toyota’s upcoming move is inspiring other corporations seeking relocation options to seriously consider the opportunities available in North Texas. Expansion at DFW Airport and Love Field are making it easier to conduct business and attract visitors throughout the Southwest. Arts, sports and entertainment venues are being built, schools are under construction, and reports tell us that Dallas is on track to be the second busiest homebuilding market in the U.S. in 2015. In 2014 home prices in the area were up 7 percent, partly due to the increase in demand for the $1 million and above market. Buyers who have been sitting on the sidelines have recognized that the market is right for investing in real estate. This renewed interest is putting upward pressure on prices. However, the overall pace of sales has slowed due to inventory levels that are the lowest in decades.

game room are upstairs. The master suite features French doors leading to a private balcony with a panoramic skyline view and a tranquil bath. To the rear are the two-car garage and private backyard. A covered patio with ceiling fans, goodsized grassy yard and board-on-board fencing provide plenty of outdoor enjoyment. For more information, contact Cindy Bruner at 214.675.0834 or cindybruner@daveperrymiller. com. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is an Ebby Halliday Company and a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International, luxuryportfolio.com.

The North Texas residential real estate market remains strong, says Robbie Briggs President and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Despite the slowdown, homes listed for sale in our area are not staying on the market for long. In some neighborhoods homes are selling after just 30-40 days on market. Wherever you look, it’s a great time to live, work and play in DFW. President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. For more information see briggsfreeman.com.


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Bold Colors, Fresh Patterns Are Trends to Watch in 2015 Get creative and refresh your designs

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Pantone recently named its 2015 color of the year, Marsala, which is much more sophisticated and adaptable than the reds seen in the past. A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala has the ability to richen any space in your home. Because of the brown undertone, this color looks incredible with neutrals, greys, and chocolates that were so pop-

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ular in 2014. Marsala is a seductive shade that can complement any design, modern or traditional. This color has not only been seen in interior design but also on the runway.

② BOLD KITCHENS & BATHS

The kitchen is the heart of the home, so understandably you want your kitchen to look

its best. If you aren’t in the market for a total redo, sprucing up the color of your cabinets is a great option. Try going bold with royal blue, jet black or more subtle with French grey or taupe. Either way, break out of your comfort zone and don’t stay safe with white. Be sure to use a high-gloss finish and incredible hardware.

③ PATTERNED FLOORS

A patterned floor is a trend that has been steadily growing over the past couple of years, but this year, this trend is taking center stage. It’s time to ditch the monochromatic, neutral look of a solid floor color and texture and start expressing your colorful side. Whether you choose pat-

④ MORE THAN JUST CROWN MOLDING In 2015, look up! You might think I’m crazy, but a decorative ceiling is the newest trend on the rise, and coupled with a great chandelier, is the perfect eye candy for any room. Ceilings are often forgotten and should be just as important as your floor when you are designing or remodeling your home. Simple features can be added to your ceilings, and you don’t always need to have high ceilings to carry it off. My favorite trends this year are multiple coffers, mirror, high-gloss accent paint, wall covering, tile and murals. Using reflective surfaces such as mirror and metallic paint will make the ceilings appear taller. Park Cities resident Sarah Pickard is the president of Pickard Design Studio in Dallas.

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FOCUS ON PHILANTHROPY Putting Their Money Where Their Hearts Are SVP helps give nonprofits a financial boost By Jacie Scott

Special Contributor There are many people with the heart to give back who are unsure how to convert passion into action. Then there are few with the innovative ideas needed to make a difference, but without means to take action. That’s where Social Venture Partners Dallas comes in. The nonprofit organization works to connect passion with purpose. Its tagline? Do Good Better. “We are an organization of engaged philanthropists with a mission to invest in the philanthropists themselves in terms of their own growth and capacity, and to invest in nonprofits selected by our partners,” CEO Tony Fleo said. Mary Jalonick of The Dallas Foundation introduced the idea of Social Venture Partners in 2000, not long after the first organization of its kind was estabC O U R T E SY P H O T O lished in Seattle. The organization, headSocial Venture Partners Dallas has worked with more than 25 local nonprofits, including Dallas Afterschool. quartered at Preston Road and LBJ Freeway, consists of professionals who want to use their talents for something more U Campuses are located in low-income when you’re so busy with your day-toSPOTLIGHT apartment communities, where children day life.” than just their career. The partners target nonprofits that promote education are often unsupervised for a few hours In its 15-year history, SVP Dallas has With more than 2,700 members after school and juvenile crime is lurking. partnered with several nonprofits, inand serve youth at risk. The partners Minick has also seen professionals with- cluding Texas Association of Infant Menhelp these nonprofits create a revenue from Boston to Bangalore, SVP in SVP move their careers to full-time tal Health, Trinity River Mission and stream. And even better, they offer their is the world’s largest network of time and talent. nonprofit work. She practiced commer- Galaxy Counseling Center. They host a engaged donors. Learn more at: cial real estate for 20 years, but is now Social Innovation Lunch Series once a “They’re trying to do good things, and socialventurepartners.org/dallas. they just need people to help them unthe director of the Real Estate Council month of about 150 leaders in business derstand how to operate their business in Foundation. and public policy to discuss new ideas in an environment where they can’t afford “I didn’t realize how many people solving real world problems. “We bring together folks that are doto pay for services,” board chair Robin with, saw tremendous growth after in my professional circle were involved Minick said. “From lawyers to marketing forming a relationship with SVP Dal- in charitable work in the community,” ing really great work to share ideas across professionals to accountants — you can las. Kids U is committed to promoting Minick said. “Being a partner in SVP re- sectors,” Fleo said. “Business, communibe as heavily involved as you want.” the educational advancement of youth ally helps you to think about that and fo- ty, and nonprofit leaders come together Organizations UniversithroughHollow after school tutoring and sum- cus your passion for community work in for the conversation of what is going on Highlandlike ParkKids Village - ParkCity Preston - February 2015 modified: Janbe 13, 2015 4:51 PM ty, one of the first programs she worked programs, to name what can done next.” Trim: 10”w x 3”h, Bleed: 10.25”wmer x 3.25”h, Safety: .25” a few. The Kids a way that sometimes is hard to assesslast and

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BEARS STILL GET THEIR KICKS Ursuline sets eyes on 25th state title By Todd Jorgenson

People Newspapers As they exit the locker room, Ursuline soccer players touch a sign that reads “Tradition Never Graduates” for good luck. But it’s more than luck that has put the Bears on the brink of a quarter century of TAPPS dominance. Ursuline is aiming for its 25th consecutive TAPPS state title this winter, a streak that dates back to before any of the team’s current players were born and its coach was in elementary school. Such a run has brought expectations for excellence within the program despite abundant turnover among players and coaches since 1991, when the dynasty began. “Whether we win or lose, it’s news either way,” said senior Kate Hajdu. “It gives us motivation because we’re playing for all the teams that came before us, even though each team is different.” This year’s TAPPS state tournament on Feb. 27-28 in Houston, if the Bears qualify, will be the first for new coach Kelly Wilmoth, a former Texas A&M standout who came to Ursuline from a public school in suburban Houston. “You can’t think about it,” Wilmoth said of the state-title string. “I knew I didn’t have to make that many changes. The structure of the program I’ve tried to continue.” Last season, Ursuline extended the streak despite suffering seven losses

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ESD Boys Look For Repeat in Lacrosse By Todd Jorgenson

People Newspapers Their championship rings might offer fond memories of the past, but lacrosse players and coaches at ESD are trying to concentrate squarely on the future. For the Eagles, that means continuing to build on a campaign that finished with ESD claiming its first Texas High School Lacrosse League title since 2007, along with its first SPC crown since 2008.

“We respect the foundation that those guys laid,” said ESD head coach Pat Kennedy, “but we want to focus on 2015.” The Eagles lost a few key players but also return several contributors from a squad that finished 17-1, and avenged their only loss against Jesuit by ousting the Rangers in the state-title game. They also ended a fiveyear SPC championship run for rival St. Mark’s. “It’s something we won’t forget, and we hope to take that momentum into next season,”

said sophomore midfielder Nakeie Montgomery. “We know that feeling and want to have that again.” For the returning players, that starts with chemistry, which senior midfielder Sam Romano said was a key for ESD behind the scenes. “I think the atmosphere last year was about as good as it gets,” said Romano, who has signed to play collegiately with perennial power Syracuse.

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S P ORTS CONTINUED FROM SOCCER ON 26 during regular-season play and not winning its own district. Still, the Bears outlasted rival Bishop Lynch in a shootout following a scoreless tie in the title game. That’s not the only close call for Ursuline, which always seems to have the confidence to turn the tide in clutch situations, especially when it comes to the state tournament. This year’s experienced roster with 10 seniors knows that well. “We’ve been in that space before,” said senior Francesca Genera. “You know the texture of the ground. It makes us feel more comfortable.” In December, Ursuline gained an extra edge with the opening of a new on-campus field, allowing the Bears to host games and practices for the first time. For Wilmoth and her players, it’s a welcome addition to the tradition that predates their arrivals on campus. “It’s a special chemistry,” Wilmoth said. “From the moment you step in as a freshman, they explain all this program means to them from your first practice and your first game. I think that’s what makes the tradition so strong.” Email todd.jorgenson@ peoplenewspapers.com

CONTINUED FROM LACROSSE ON 26 “Each year is different, but we want to keep that culture.” On the field, the Eagles were one of the highest-scoring teams in the state last season with their free-flow offensive system that doesn’t use as many set plays. ESD also won an SPC championship last year in boys soccer, and claimed a football title this season. With several athletes playing multiple sports, that success might be intertwined. “I do think there’s a positive energy that gets created when there’s a good ending to a season,” said Kennedy, who won a national title while playing at Syracuse in 2000. Kennedy knows repeating will be a challenging goal, especially with the number of strong lacrosse programs and elite players in Texas increasing each year. “There’s many more competitive teams,” Kennedy said. “It’s growing very heavily in Texas. That’s a good thing for our sport.”

Leadership, Athleticism Drive Hillcrest QB By Todd Jorgenson

People Newspapers Arico Evans doesn’t want to take all the credit. He wants to share the accolades with his Hillcrest teammates who were part of a 9-2 season that took the Panthers to the playoffs for the first time since 2010. Yet Evans clearly led the way for an offense that scored 30 or more points in nine of its 11 games. The senior quarterback accounted for more than 2,400 total yards and scored more than twice as many touchdowns as anyone else on the team. “He’s got all the tools physically and mentally,” said Hillcrest head coach Andy Todd. “He’s motivated to be the best he can, and pushes himself to get there.” That individual ability positioned Evans as the top recruit at Hillcrest in many years, drawing interest from prominent college programs such as Kansas, Texas Tech, TCU, and Arkansas. Specifically, he ran for 1,358 yards and 17 scores, and threw for another 1,076 yards with 17 touchdowns and just four interceptions. But Evans said it wouldn’t have been possible without a team effort. “I don’t like it to be just about me,” Evans said. “I would do anything to help us win. I wasn’t just looking for my stats.” Still, Evans knew the focus would be on him after he started as a junior and for part of his sophomore season. So he spent last off-season trying to improve the social atmosphere on the team, forming a closer bond on the squad that continues today. “I knew this was going to become my

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has a couple of official visits to other schools remaining prior to National Signing Day on Feb. 4. “He’s kind of the whole package. The only question is where they want to play him,” Todd said. “People have him slotted for a number of different positions.” Wherever he winds up next year, Evans said he will continue to follow the Panthers and reflect on this year’s season with pride. “We put Hillcrest back on the map and we hope they continue to have this success,” he said.


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LIVING WELL Routine Helps Moms Fit in Time For Toning By Meredith Carey

Special Contributor Niccole Maurici is no ordinary personal trainer. The University Park mother of four spends what little down time she has sending texts of encouragement to her clients, busy moms themselves, who have come to know Maurici’s dedication to fitness through her new line of workout videos, StrongestMom. “She understands that by being a mother, your time is very limited, your priorities change, and so does your lifestyle. Therefore, by creating a program that is flexible considering the demands of being a parent, it makes it doable,” said Veronica Diaz, a client and friend of Maurici. The StrongestMom workout, designed specifically formothers looking to get back in shape in, brings a high-intensity series of exercises into the home. By eliminating travel time to the gym, Maurici, along with her business partner Talcott Franklin, gives women a break from their busy schedule to dedicate time to themselves. Maurici gives a free training class each Tuesday in her home and personalizes accountability plans for clients, making StrongestMom more than just a DVD. The exercise program removes the minutes of rest time that are usually taken at the gym, according to Franklin, by allowing one muscle group to rest while another is working, isolating specific areas to compress the workout. The program starts with a three-day commitment, allowing moms to

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Clint Herzog wants to make dentistry fun. It’s not so much the love of dental procedures that led him to the profession, but love of people. “I like servicing patients — it’s the recurring, patient relationships I like,” he said. “People come in and have a problem and you fix it, and it’s done. When they come in with a problem, it’s gratifying if you can solve it. That’s what I was really attracted to.” The south Texas native attended Texas A&M University for his undergraduate degree, followed by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for dental school. Not long after, he was opening Floss, a chain of boutique dental offices intended to be fun. “Most people hate going to the dentist. How can we make it cool and fun and translate that into core values so that from

the time they come in to the time they leave, they love it, love coming in, and get the care they need?” he said. Clint Herzog Today, Floss has 20 locations across Texas in major hubs such as Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. One of his primary Dallas offices sits at Routh Street and Cedar Springs Road in Uptown. “The last seven years have been going like crazy,” he said. “People really wanted highend service and quality, and

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we thought if we could do that, we’d really have something people could be attracted to.” In 2015, Herzog will launch Floss locations out of state — in Miami, Atlanta, Scottsdale, and Las Vegas. But he’s also moving into the med-spa/healthy living industry with a location called Thrive, which will open in the Oak Lawn neighborhood. The office will primarily help patients with hormone replacement and weight loss. “We want people to get the most out of their lives,” he said. Herzog knows part of helping people do that is surrounding himself with capable staff. “Not only does Floss provide one-of-a-kind experience to our patients, but that experience carries over to the employees,” marketing manager Jodi Lewis said. “Not everyone can say they have fun at work and love the people they work with like we can.”

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COMMUNITY Book Brings Back Dallas Bandstand Era By Sarah Bennett

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People Newspapers Bud Buschardt remembers a time when kids could come press their noses against glass windows at WFAA’s NorthPark satellite studio and watch bands of the day play top hits. Students who were old enough could even step inside and twist the afternoon away. It was Dallas’ own version of “American Bandstand,” called “The Sump’n Else Show,” and Buschardt was its unit manager. “The general idea was to capture a moment in time,” he said. Years later, Buschardt would often tell stories from the glory days on the show to Sam Sauls, his fellow media professor at the University of North Texas. Finally, Sauls decided they should write a book. “I’d tell him stories, and [Sauls] would say, ‘you ought to write these down,’” Buschardt said. “So I’d write them down on a legal pad and stick them in his mailbox. I’d come back to school, and there they were typed. And I said, ‘this guy is pretty serious.’” Upon looking into it further, the duo found that not much had been written about local bandstand shows, so they knew they had a niche. Plus, Sauls already had publishing experience from writing a few textbooks. “We put together as much as we could, developing the book into chapters and so forth,” Sauls said. And those chapters tell the

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Bob Bruton (DJ — WFAA) Clint Eastwood (actor) Dick Clark (TV personality) Dick Van Dyke (actor) Don Meredith (Dallas Cowboy) Don Porter (actor) Fabian (singer/actor) Frankie Randall (singer) Herb Alpert (record producer) James Brown (singer) Jerry Lewis (comedian/actor) Johhny Mathis (singer) Ken Dowe (DJ — KLIF) Lee Majors (actor) The Monkees (singers) Paxton Mills (DJ — KVIL) Raquel Welch (actress) Sonny & Cher (singers)

Bud Buschardt shows off a copy of The Sump’n Else Show amid his music and TV memorabilia. story of a bygone era in Dallas. The studio stood where DryBar now stands, and Buschardt remembers school kids that would come by. “Kids from all the different Dallas schools would participate — Thomas Jefferson, Hillcrest, W.T. White, the general group out here,” Buschardt said. “We did have a dress code. Young ladies had to wear school dresses and the guys had to wear a coat and tie. Can you imagine that in this day?”

The show aired live in the afternoons from 1965 to 1968. Kids had to be sophomores in high school in order to come in and participate. In addition to musical guests, the show would also feature other activities such as contests. Some guests were national stars such as The Monkees, and others were of more local celebrity. “The fun thing about the book is now I’m reconnecting with kids who were on the show,” Buschardt said.

With the book — given the same title as its namesake show — released in late November, the pair held a book signing at Josey Records on LBJ Freeway in December. “I was amazed by the number of people that showed up who had been on the show or seen it being taped while it was live on the air,” Sauls said. “People have written comments on Facebook or Amazon or told us personally they had watched the show and would look for-

ward to it so much as it came on the air. They had a personal connection to it.” It’s that kind of memory and connection that the book’s two authors wanted to keep alive in print. “What we wanted to do was to document this piece of local TV history that really hadn’t been done on that level,” Buschardt said. “It was probably the most fun years that I had in TV.” Email sarah.bennett@ peoplenewspapers.com

Cheer Coach Retains Maternal Instincts on ‘Survivor’ By Paige Skinner

Special Contributor As Missy Payne walks in the Biggers Sports & Fitness building at Highland Park United Methodist Church, someone stops her to let her know the gym will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Payne pleads with the woman, insisting her competitive cheer teams need more practice time before competition. Being prepared is something Payne, founder of Cheer 4 Your Life, is both familiar and unfamiliar with. Before competing on the show “Survivor,” her brother advised her to learn some basic survival skills. But

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Baylor Wilson and Missy Payne appeared on “Survivor” last year. Payne didn’t listen. “My brother, an old Navy pilot, said, ‘OK, Missy, you need to

learn how to make a fire and you need to go outside and get wet and uncomfortable. And you

need to start eating. Pack it on.’ I listened to none of his advice.” Even without taking her brother’s advice, the Preston Hollow resident still managed to finish third on the most recent season of the show. Payne’s season of “Survivor” was deemed a “blood-versus-water” scenario: each competitor also had a loved one on the show. Payne described having her 20-year-old daughter, Baylor Wilson, on the show as “really hard.” “I just couldn’t stand it,” Payne said about seeing Wilson, an aspiring musician living in Nashville, compete. “That’s my little girl. I really did pick her up

and carry her, which is so ironic and parallel to our lives.” Both Payne and Wilson said competing against a loved one allowed them to lean on each other, which was a disadvantage in the end. “I would have won the million bucks had I not had a kid [and] had I not gotten hurt,” Payne said. “I really would have. I’m just that strategic. But she threw a wrinkle in my plan.” Payne sprained her ankle during the last week of the competition. She twisted it during a challenge, causing her to be on crutches for the remainder of the show.

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Women’s Council Preps For Tea Time at Arboretum By Sarah Bennett

Women’s Council president and Preston Hollow resident Marena Gault sat down to answer a few questions.

People Newspapers Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all chocolates and grocery-store bouquets. It doesn’t even have to be just for star-crossed couples. That’s what the Women’s Council is out to prove in planning A Writer’s Garden Valentine Tea at the Dallas Arboretum. The event, which takes place at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 10, will feature guest speaker and fabric creator Michael Devine. Marilyn Hailey, a former model for Neiman Marcus, has been named the honorary chair.

What are you looking forward to about the event? We’re excited about it. Dorthea Meltzer, our chair, does such a wonderful job. She chaired last year and knows what she’s doing. Our honorary chair is also going to do a great job.

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Why is this group important to you? The first reason is it’s all about women. We fund 100 percent of the Woman’s Gar-

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United Way Celebrates 90 Years With a Bang By Sarah Bennett

People Newspapers United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has been lending a helping hand in the community for 90 years now, which deserves a round of applause. But the group has been planning a larger celebration than that. On Feb. 6, the organization will host a the Unite Forever Gala featuring Blake Shelton and Usher. Preston Hollow resident and United Way Jennifer Dallas CEO and president Sampson Jennifer Sampson sat down to answer a few questions about the event.

PRESTON ROYAL GOES GREEK By Sarah Bennett

T O P : Angelo Kostas prepares dishes for diners; a Greek salad with green olives and banana peppers is ready to eat. B E L O W : Tilapia filets are seasoned and prepped for customers to enjoy.

People Newspapers A taste of the Greek islands has landed in Preston Royal thanks to one family’s new restaurant. Gus Kostas, founder of Greek Isles Grille in Plano, has opened a second location with a little help from his two sons, John and Chris. But the story of getting the Greek eatery to Preston Road has a little bit more history than that. Preston Royal Chris Kostas Southwest owner Robert Mitchell remembers chatting with George Nikolopoulos, owner of nearby shoe-repair shop The Cobbler, and lamenting the lack of Greek food in the area. “About a year and a half ago, I was bemoaning that we had lost the best Greek restaurant nearby,” Mitchell said. “George suggested getting Gus [Kostas] from Plano to Preston Royal.” At that suggestion, Mitchell started making regular trips to the restaurant to test out the cuisine. “Kay, my wife, is very picky, and she said she loved the food,” he said. “My wife’s favorite and mine are the lamb chops with Greek spices. We didn’t like lamb chops before, but we do now.” Eventually, a deal was reached to secure a restaurant space that has traditionally been filled by a French eatery. Most recently, Le Rendezvous took up

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the location. So the new tenants took up the task of transforming French décor to Greek. “A truck pulled up with four marble statues,” Mitchell said. “It took two guys to get them out. They’re tremendously heavy.” But marble statues aren’t the only things they brought with them. Inside the restaurant, diners will find turquoise blue walls to remind them of the Aegean Sea, and large photos of Kymi, the Kostas family’s hometown in Greece. Though Gus started the original location 21 years ago, his son John is transitioning to run it, while younger son Chris will run the Preston Royal location. “We grew up in the restaurant. It was the first thing we learned,” Chris

Kostas said. “It was always the plan to build on my dad’s.” Chris spent a few years in Greece playing soccer professionally, but made his way back to Dallas to be near family and the restaurant. “When you play soccer overseas, the season is nine months out of the year,” he said. “I found myself working in a restaurant [during the offseason]. I learned the culture and service the way Greek restaurants do it.” The Kostas family offers traditional favorites such as gyros, spanakopita, dolmas, beeftekia, and pastitso at both of their restaurants, and they strive to add personable service along with it. “He sure is handy with this place,” Mitchell said. “I’ve never seen a new tenant in all my 40 years here having as much fun.”

What can attendees expect at the gala? We’re having a private dinner and a public concert with Blake Shelton and Usher. They’re good friends and they want to do the show together. The doors open at 5:30 and there’s a VIP reception thanks to Bank of America. Guests will move down on the fieldat AT&T Stadium and walk a red carpet sponsored by Ernst and Young. There’s a short program from our chairs Charlotte Anderson and Troy Aikman. Global CEOs Tom Greco and David Seaton will talk about their involvement and why their companies are involved. There’s also a component called 9 for 90 — nine Dallas Cowboys who have been involved in United Way for the past 40 years. We’ll highlight their role in the celebration. It’s a Texas-sized celebration equal to the size of our future. What sort of planning went into this? We’ve been planning for about two and a half years. Recruiting a line up of leadership and corporations takes a lot of time. We’ve never done anything like this. This is the first fundraising event at this level that we’ve been a part of. Our peers would agree the size and scale is larger than anything that’s taken place.

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hoo, whooo, whooo.” Flashing red light. That unmistakable sound of the imminent traffic ticket. Was it really half a lifetime ago I wrote my first column for Reid Slaughter’s then-fledgling Park Cities People? It was innocuously dubbed “Carpool Capers” and was a very tonguein-cheek piece about getting a ticket for a rolling stop at a sign while driving my 3-yearold daughter’s carpool home through Greenway Parks. A patrolman had secreted himself in a leading citizen’s driveway. Back then, as many little tykes as you could sandwich sitting Indian style in the back of a station wagon before the age of car seats and seat belts. After expressing annoyance to the officer and failing to get the hopedfor warning, I sweetly told the preschoolers we didn’t need to share everything with mommies. “Oh, my mom already got a ticket,” proclaimed a little voice in the back. At the first stop, my little charge shrieked to his mother at the doorway, “Mom, Mrs. Bourland just got stopped by a policeman!” Busted. I had long forgotten that little incident until, while sporting my carpool number and helping out by ferrying my kindergarten granddaughter across town to her home, I heard that unmistakable “whooo, whooo, whoo” and saw a squad car on Mockingbird motioning me over. Somehow being pulled over is worse when it’s your grandchild. I was crawling in bumperto-bumper traffic and she was

LEN BOURLAND all harnessed in. What? Nonplussed, I looked at what seemed to me to be a blonde teenager with a ponytail in a uniform. How old could she be? She cheerfully noted that she had seen me with my cell phone in hand, a ticketable offense. I had been letting my 5-year-old use my iPad for games as a special treat. “Lolly, it’s not working,” she complained. Knowing I couldn’t fix whatever the problem was, probably poor reception, I just reached in my purse and passed her my iPhone and told her to play with it. I politely introduced my grandchild to the patrolwoman’s surprised face and then explained to her body cam the miscommunication. After looking at my license and insurance we were on our way. I chirped to my progeny that police people were just extra safe, but it was nevertheless an annoying, non-ticketed 15-minute delay. “Nobody’s in trouble, sweetie. No need to worry anybody about this.” No sooner had I dropped her off than my son was on the phone laughing at me. An even more repressed memory came tumbling back when my pregnant daughter, now a mommy of her own two daughters, got the stomach bug when visiting with her family. She couldn’t get on

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Preston Hollow People – February 2015  

Preston Hollow People is a monthly publication produced by People Newspapers, an affiliate of DMagazine, in Dallas, Texas.

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