Crime Reports: Oct. 9 – 15


Sometime after closing on Oct. 14, a fence-jumping thief stole merchandise from the Nicholson-Hardie Nursery in the 5000 block of West Lovers Lane.

2017 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala

Yo-Yo Ma, Jaap Van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. (Photo: Kristina Bowman Photography)

On Sept. 16, Dallas’s most charitable gathered at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center for the 2017 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala. The black-tie evening began with a cocktail reception followed by an extravagant dinner in the beautifully decorated Meyerson lobby. Following the seated dinner, guests moved to the Eugene McDermott Concert Hall to enjoy a performance by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, conducted by Jaap van Zweden, who begins his final season as Music Director of the DSO.

Merit Semifinalists Named


HPHS’S NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS, FRONT ROW, FROM LEFT: Braden Munn, Emily Greaves, Karen Chen, and Derek Wu. SECOND ROW: Albert Zang, Sarah Orsak, Thomas Emerson, and Michael Xie. THIRD ROW: John MacMichael, Matt Hopkins, Aaron Pathak, and Yash Pathak. BACK ROW: Slade Sinak and Luke Grossman. (Courtesy HPISD)

Highland Park High School principal Walter Kelly looks at the 14 seniors named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship competition and sees a cross-section of his campus.

“They are involved in community service, UIL academic teams, athletics, music, theater, and more,” Kelly said. “Not only are they incredibly smart, but they each have their own unique passions and interests, and they pour their heart into those activities.”

Poverty, Trauma Alter Young Brains


Momentous Institute executive director Michelle Kinder. (Courtesy photo)

It’s weird to sit in the Ritz-Carlton ballroom crying into your coffee in front of 320 other guests, unless you’re at a Momentous Institute event, listening to devastating stories of children who walk the bright halls of Momentous and go home, often to darkness and difficulties.

The story of a child’s abuse that Michelle Kinder, the executive director of the institute, told at the Changing the Odds dinner on Sept. 27 was difficult to listen to. The 7-year-old, struggling in school and benefiting from therapy sessions at Momentous, had been systematically traumatized and subsequently abandoned.

It’s not always like that. Many children at the Oak Cliff lab school run by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas have stable lives and loving homes. But 85 percent of Momentous students qualify for free lunches; many grapple with the struggles and smaller traumas of poverty, violence, and hunger.

Helping our Heroes Gala and Golf Tournament

Adam Acosta, Randy Gill, and Xavier Espinoza. (Photo: Tamytha Cameron Smith)

Helping Our Heroes Foundation’s (HOH) seventh annual Gala and Golf Tournament, was held Sept. 9, and Sept. 11, respectively, at Las Colinas Country Club.

The gala welcomed multiple wounded warriors who are all featured in George W. Bush’s Portraits of Courage. Photojournalist MSgt. Jeremy Lock was the guest speaker.

Famous athletes made an appearance at the golf tournament, including MLB Hall of Famer Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, Marty Turco of the Dallas Stars, ESPN’s Brady Tinker, and PGA Pro Joel Edwards.

Junior League Grants Go to 69 DISD Teachers


FROM LEFT: Pamela Lear, DISD chief of staff; Jennifer Tobin, Junior League of Dallas president; Victor Mendoza, Nathan Adams Elementary teacher; and Tracy Steiner, IT director of sales communications and regional digital marketing, attend a Grants for Innovative Teaching presentation. Grant recipient Heny Agredo-Montoya did not attend. (Courtesy photo)

At Nathan Adams Elementary School, a $1,509.90 grant provides a kit of wireless microphones giving Victor Mendoza’s students new tools to use in the creation of videos.

As part of Mendoza’s Using Multimedia to Succeed RELOADED program, students will be narrating their own learning.

At Walnut Hill Elementary School, a $1,989.95 grant will support a project that will help teach students of the dual-language program — particularly those whose second language is English — coding using miniature robots to students attending a dual language program.