Food Bank Friends

Joyce Goss and Joanne Teichman are the North Texas Food Bank’s Volunteers of the Year. (Photo courtesy Joanne Teichman) 0
Joyce Goss and Joanne Teichman are the North Texas Food Bank’s Volunteers of the Year. (Photo courtesy Joanne Teichman)

Preston Hollow resident Joanne Teichman credits a letter from friends with bringing to her attention the needs of school children with nothing to eat on weekends.

“We just took out our check book and wrote a check, a big check,” Teichman said. “We thought this can’t be happening in Dallas.”

Pam Beckert, Diane Buchanan, and Patsy Fagadau started the Food 4 Kids Letter Writing Campaign in 2006. According to the North Texas Food Bank, $5 provides a child with a backpack of nutritious, ready-to-eat food to take home for the weekend.

Teichman, who with her husband, Charles, owns jewelry retailer Ylang 23, wasn’t satisfied with only writing a check. Wanting to share her marketing and fundraising skills, she volunteered as campaign chairperson in 2007, then added Joyce Goss as co-chair for 2008, 2014, and 2015.


‘Moonshot’ to End Hunger Gap

The legacy of Jan Pruitt, who died Jan. 2, is expected to grow as the North Texas Food Bank pursues her goal of closing the hunger gap in 13 counties. (Photo courtesy NTFB) 0
The legacy of Jan Pruitt, who died Jan. 2, is expected to grow as the North Texas Food Bank pursues her goal of closing the hunger gap in 13 counties. (Photo courtesy NTFB)

North Texas Food Bank leaders know they can’t feed the hungry with food donations alone. Tackling challenges, creating awareness, and helping people takes ideas, too.

Jan Pruitt, who died Jan. 2, led the food bank for 20 years and championed the idea that “it’s everyone’s responsibility to help our food-insecure neighbors achieve what so many of us take for granted.”

Residents of Preston Hollow, the Park Cities, and elsewhere assist with old fashion ideas, such as writing letters; artsy ideas, such as canned-food sculptures; and entrepreneurial ideas such as turning nuisance mistletoe into cash for the cause.

And agency leaders, prompted by Pruitt, are employing their boldest ideas yet in a decade-long effort to remake the food bank and close the hunger gap in North Texas by 2025, NTFB board chairman Tom Black and interim president and CEO Simon Powell said.


Police Reports: Jan. 9-15

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DALLAS

9 MONDAY
At 7:18 p.m., a shoplifter stole property from Neiman Marcus in NorthPark Center. Quadriel Ciymen Forest, 24, was arrested on a charge of theft.

After 10 p.m., a thief entered a vehicle in the 10500 block of Barrywood Drive.

10 TUESDAY
Between 5:30 p.m. Jan. 9 and 7:20 a.m. Jan. 10, a burglar broke into the Bandera Apartments in the 6800 block of Bandera Avenue and stole property.

Between 10:45 and 11:45 a.m., a thief entered an unlocked vehicle in the parking lot of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in the 9800 block of Preston Road and stole property.

11 WEDNESDAY
Between 5 p.m. Jan. 10 and 7:45 a.m. Jan. 11, a thief stole a vehicle in the 12700 block of Preston Road.


Marcia Clark to Headline Planned Parenthood Awards Luncheon

Former prosecutor and bestselling author Marcia Clark will give the keynote address at the Planned Parenthood Annual Awards Luncheon in March. (Courtesy photo) 0
Former prosecutor and bestselling author Marcia Clark will give the keynote address at the Planned Parenthood Annual Awards Luncheon in March. (Courtesy photo)

Marcia Clark, the criminal lawyer famous for prosecuting O.J. Simpson and other high-profile trials during her tenure at the Los Angeles D.A. office, will give the keynote address at the Dallas Planned Parenthood Annual Awards Luncheon.

Clark, who featured in the Oscar-tipped 2016 documentary OJ: Made in America and was portrayed by Sarah Paulson – who won an Emmy for the role – in the FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson, is now being hailed as a “feminist hero” who faced sexism from the media and in the courtroom. She is also a bestselling author.

The luncheon will take place Wednesday March 8 at the Omni Dallas Hotel and will be chaired by Lindsay Billingsley and Laura Wright. 


Newspaper for Sale

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D Magazine Partners Chairman and CEO Wick Allison is actively seeking buyers for this publication. I’ll admit to being a little bummed by the news at first. D is a great company to work for. I think I speak for the whole staff when I say that we love coming to work here every day, or at least most days. However, we are also confident that this change will allow us to better serve you, the people of our community.

Park Cities People has always been a consistent performer, and especially so the last three years. But in a company devoted to the D brand, it has also been a sort of stepchild,” Allison said. “The Park Cities are a very important and tight-knit community, and it rightly expects the very best. We’ve come to believe that a new owner could better serve the community by giving the newspaper the energy and attention it deserves.”


Ex-St. Mark’s Star Now Shines for Packers

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Local fans can be forgiven for rooting against Ty Montgomery on Sunday. (Photo: Kyle Engman)

Local fans can be forgiven for rooting against Ty Montgomery on Sunday. (Photo: Kyle Engman)

Former St. Mark’s standout Ty Montgomery will return to his hometown to play the biggest game of his NFL career on Sunday — against the team he supported growing up.

Montgomery, 23, has emerged this season as a valuable receiver and running back for the Green Bay Packers, and is expected to play a key role in this weekend’s NFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington.

The former four-sport star in high school has shown similar versatility since making his debut with the Packers in 2015. His breakout game was on Oct. 16, during a 30-16 loss to the Cowboys in Green Bay, when he caught 10 passes for 98 yards.


Police Reports: Jan. 2-8

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DALLAS

3 TUESDAY
At 1:22 p.m., a thief entered a vehicle in a parking lot in the 11900 block of Inwood Road and stole property.

Between 10 p.m. Jan. 2 and 3 p.m. Jan. 3, a burglar broke into a vehicle in the 5000 block of Purdue Avenue and stole the back seat.

After 7 p.m., a vandal damaged a window in the 4300 block of Shirley Drive with a screwdriver.

Between 10 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., a burglar broke into a vehicle in the parking lot of Preston Center and stole property.

4 WEDNESDAY
Between 9 a.m. Jan. 3 and 8:30 a.m. Jan. 4, a thief removed the center caps from a locked Cadillac in the parking lot of Preston Valley Shopping Center.


JLD to Host Volunteer Fair at NorthPark

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The Junior League of Dallas (JLD) will host their annual community volunteer fair and grant presentation on Saturday Feb. 4, an opportunity for the public to connect with the nonprofits the JLD supports and sign up for volunteer commitments.

Following a grant presentation (not open to the public) at 8:45 a.m. at Green House Market, the fair will commence at 10 a.m. in NorthCourt at NorthPark Center, where the JLD will present grants to 39 nonprofit agencies supported by its 2016-17 Community Program.

Each agency to receive a grant falls into one of JLD’s six “issue areas”: arts and cultural enrichment, education, family preservation, health, poverty intervention, and violence intervention.

Kids in the Kitchen, a JLD project that educates children and parents about health and nutritition, will keep kids entertained with face painting, balloon artists, a kid’s yoga demo, and personal chef hat decorating.

SAVE THE DATE

Saturday Feb. 4
10 a.m.–4 p.m. Community Volunteer Fair
10:15 a.m. We Yogis Kid Yoga class
11 a.m.–1 p.m. Face Painting and Balloon Twisting
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cooking Demonstration by Green House Market


Dual Dallas Adventures

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Winter officially runs Dec. 21 through March 20. It remains to be seen if we will get winter weather but we Texans generally bundle up when it gets below 70 degrees. So, inclement weather or no, I’d like to share a couple ideas for venturing around Dallas where you only have to park once and don’t have to walk in the elements for more than a block.

Let’s start with dinner and a movie. One of Dallas’s best movie theaters is the Texas Theatre. If you haven’t been, it’s a Dallas must. This cool Oak Cliff theater is where Lee Harvey Oswald was captured. It has been restored with a neat little lobby bar and excellent projection and sound systems.

Screening current releases and revivals on both digital and actual film prints, the place is run by a group of film-fanatic friends. There are often theme nights with live music, DJs, or even craft activities to match whatever film is screening.