December 17, 2014

  • Will Local Mom Win Top Prize on ‘Survivor?’

    Baylor Wilson and Missy Payne. (Photo courtesy CBS)

    Baylor Wilson and Missy Payne. (Courtesy CBS)

    Many folks might roll their eyes when they learn the season finale of “Survivor” airs tonight on CBS, but at least there’s a local rooting interest in the million-dollar prize.

    Missy Payne, 47, is a competitive cheerleading coach who lives in Preston Hollow and appears on the show alongside her daughter, Baylor Wilson, 20, a musician who lives in Nashville. The season was taped earlier this year in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

    Cucina Italian Restaurant in Preston Center will hold a watch party for the two-hour episode, which starts at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a reunion special. The restaurant will serve its full menu along with a buffet, and will donate 5 percent of all proceeds tonight to Payne’s nonprofit gym, Cheer 4 Your Life.

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  • Lamplighter Librarian Honored For Picture Book

    Patricia Vermillion

    Patricia Vermillion

    Patricia Vermillion, the librarian at Lamplighter School, doesn’t just choose books for children to read — she writes them as well.

    Vermillion has been chosen by the San Antonio Conservation Society to receive a 2015 citation for her picture book Texas Chili? Oh My!, which was published in 2013. She will be honored with a framed certificate at a ceremony and book signing on March 20 in San Antonio.

    In a letter from the president of the society, Sue Ann Pemberton, the citation reflects “our sincere appreciation for a work which furthers the purpose of the Conservation Society: to preserve Texas History and to educate the public with knowledge of our inherited values.”

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  • Yes! Luncheon Raises More Than $400,000

    Jane Pauley discusses her career with moderator Amy Jones, (Photo: Lara Bierner)

    Jane Pauley discusses her career with moderator Amy Jones, (Photo: Lara Bierner)

    Legacy Senior Communities hosted their annual Yes! Luncheon on Nov. 19. Journalist and author Jane Pauley acted as the guest speaker, with more than 500 people in attendance.

    In total, the event raised more than $400,000 for the communities, benefiting the residents’ financial-assistance funds for the Legacy Preston Hollow-Dallas Home for the Jewish Aged and The Legacy at Home.

    Molly Bogen, president and CEO of The Senior Source, was presented with the first-ever Carmen Miller Michael Award.

    The event also featured a silent auction, including jewelry, sports packages, and dining specials.

    “My dad died of Alzheimer’s five and a half years ago,”co-chair Elaine Pearlman said. “The elderly are often overlooked, and it’s important that we don’t forget about them.”

    Legacy is unique in its endeavor to provide financial assistance to many of the elderly and aging population.

    “There are always people who need financial aid,” chair Carol Aaron said. “The community is aware and saying ‘yes.'”

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  • Rug From ‘Downton Abbey’ Could Be Yours

    Dean Warden and Gene Kerns pose with the famous rug. (Courtesy photo)

    Dean Warden and Gene Kerns pose with the famous rug. (Courtesy photo)

    Heritage Antiques and Interiors has in its possession a rug from Highclere Castle, setting for hit series Downton Abbey. The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, who live at Highclere, commissioned a replica of the library rug for a World War One charity auction.

    The rug will be on display at the Forestwood Antique Mall through Jan. 31.

    “Antiques enthusiasts appreciate the renewed interest for many of our items that Downton has created,” Kerns said. “Some have even called this ‘The Downton Effect.’ We were fortunate to visit Highclere Castle two years ago and it was amazing. The castle and all of its furnishings are the set for the ‘upstairs’ scenes of Downton Abbey. Nothing is moved out, not even pieces like Napoleon’s desk. What you see on the screen is exactly as it is at Highclere.”

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  • Ursuline Lacrosse Team Gives Holiday Salute to Kids

    Ursuline

    The Ursuline lacrosse team helped spread holiday cheer to military children in Fort Worth.

    By Kelly Morris / Special Contributor

    The Ursuline lacrosse team recently cheered up children at the annual Snowball Express at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

    The event brings hope and happy memories to children who have lost a parent in the military. It was the second year the lacrosse team participated in the event, which began in 2006.

    Forty players spent time with more than 200 children ages 5-10. The Ursuline students made bracelets, played with Legos, and watched movies. They also danced and played ping pong.

    “This is by far my favorite volunteer service,” said senior Lauren Hebig, who first spearheaded the volunteer opportunity for her team last year. “At first the children are really shy, but they get comfortable with you. It’s sad, but it’s really great that they’re still smiling. Every kid deals with loss differently.”

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  • Foodies Still Flock to Preston

    Craving sushi, sandwiches, burgers, Mexican, or pizza? Eateries at Preston Royal and Preston Forest shopping centers have been tantalizing taste buds for decades. Click on the photo to see a gallery of a few restaurants worth looking at. Bon appétit.

    THE MERCURY Cuisine: American Price: $$$ Popular Item: Black cod with blonde Miso, asparagus, bok choy, and pickled ginger

    THE MERCURY – Cuisine: American – Price: $$$ – Popular Item: Black cod with blonde Miso, asparagus, bok choy, and pickled ginger (Click here to view the full gallery.)

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  • December 16, 2014

  • Sixth-Grade Packers Win SVAA Super Bowl

    Team members include, from left, front row: Lorenzo Barbara, Nico Paramo, John Callis, Caleb Ainsworth, and Dwyer O’Brien. Middle row: Tristan Hassell, Austin Graham, Brennan Graham, Colin Bajec, Rex Ah Chu, Michael Norris, Austin Shaunfield, Cameron Clendening, Nick Roberts, and Jack Pratt. Back row: Coach Steve Graham, Jackson Goutcher, coach Chris Bajec, coach Bill Callis, and coach Raul Ah Chu.

    Team members include, from left, front row: Lorenzo Barbara, Nico Paramo, John Callis, Caleb Ainsworth, and Dwyer O’Brien. Middle row: Tristan Hassell, Austin Graham, Brennan Graham, Colin Bajec, Rex Ah Chu, Michael Norris, Austin Shaunfield, Cameron Clendening, Nick Roberts, and Jack Pratt. Back row: Coach Steve Graham, Jackson Goutcher, coach Chris Bajec, coach Bill Callis, and coach Raul Ah Chu.

    Congratulations to the Packers, a team of sixth-grade football players that recently won the Super Bowl in the Spring Valley Athletic Association. The team includes players from Good Shepherd, Parish Episcopal, Trinity Christian, Shelton, and Renner Middle School.

    The Packers were seeded third in the playoffs after finishing 5-3 during the regular season, but they were victorious in all three postseason contests, including a 19-7 upset of the undefeated Colts in the championship game.

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  • ‘12 Days of Christmas’ Hit Arboretum

    The “seven swans a-swimming” feature includes six white swans and one black swan floating in ice. (Photo: Kathy Lawrence)

    The “seven swans a-swimming” feature includes six white swans and one black swan floating in ice. (Photo: Kathy Lawrence)

    Tom and Phyllis McCasland’s dream to provide Dallas with a spectacular Christmas display at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is now a reality.

    The Preston Hollow residents have been supporters of the Arboretum since moving to Dallas 15 years ago. Among the projects they have sponsored is the sunken garden, named for them. That location, with the Chico y Chica de la Playa sculpture and fountain, is a favorite locale for weddings and other celebrations.

    Phyllis began thinking about a Christmas season display the Arboretum could showcase two years ago and said, “the Arb lends itself to big scale things,” such as the Chihuly installation three years ago, so she knew the venue could handle something large and magnificent. Read More…

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  • December 15, 2014

  • Jesuit Cyclists Keep Upstart Program Rolling

    Michael Hamer adjusts the gears on his bicycle prior to a recent practice session with his Jesuit teammates. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Michael Hamer adjusts the gears on his bicycle prior to a recent practice session with his Jesuit teammates. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Andrew Armstrong sees the cycling program at Jesuit as a method of allowing students to compete, but also promoting a lifelong sport.

    That dual purpose was part of what prompted Armstrong to launch the program almost a decade ago. And it’s continued to grow since, both in participation and in competitive success.

    Last spring, the Rangers won the Texas High School Cycling League State Road Championships. That’s a far cry from 2005, when the program began with just a handful of interested students who gathered informally after school. Read More…

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  • December 13, 2014

  • Developers Look to Spur Neighborhood Growth

    The proposed complex will mix retail and residential uses at the intersection of Inwood Road and Forest Lane. (Photo: Dodd Communications)

    The proposed complex will mix retail and residential uses at Inwood and Forest. (Rendering: Dodd Communications)

    A new retail and residential project aims to develop neighborhood harmony along with its shops and town homes.

    The proposed Forestwood complex on the northwest corner of Inwood Road and Forest Lane would replace existing 200-plus townhomes on property that have occupied the land since the early 1970s. The Daniel family has owned the 29-acre site, which once was a farm, for more than 150 years.

    “We’re really excited about the possibility of redeveloping that space and what it would bring to the neighborhood,” said Duke Nelson, a nearby resident and community volunteer. “This will be great if it’s done properly.” Read More…

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