October 24, 2014

  • Jesuit Rides High in ‘Battle For the Saddle’

    Matt Miller and Jesuit clinched a playoff spot by defeating W.T. White on Thursday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Matt Miller and Jesuit clinched a playoff spot by defeating W.T. White on Thursday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Jesuit maintained its dominance over neighborhood rival W.T. White on Thursday in the annual “Battle for the Saddle” showdown at Loos Stadium.

    The 58-24 victory also clinched a playoff spot for the Rangers (6-2, 4-1), while knocking the Longhorns (4-4, 2-3) precariously into fifth place in the District 9-6A standings with two weeks left in the season.

    As expected, the matchup featured plenty of big offensive numbers on both sides, including a combined 45 points in the first quarter alone.

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    By Oct. 24, 2014 | 2:19 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Field Trip Gets Lamplighter Students Wet and Wild

    Students got to observe, study, and learn about the wetlands.

    The fourth graders got to observe, study, and learn with the help of wetlands professionals.

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    Students took elevated walkways to explore the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center.

    After completing a unit on ecosystems and the study of birds, fourth-grade Lamplighter students got some firsthand experience. Last week they took an all-day field trip to the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center.

    The wetland center near Seagoville develops environmental education programs that emphasize wetland and river ecosystems, bird migrations, and water conservation as well as ecology, clean water methods, unique plants, and wildlife. While there, the students participated in workshops and games, and took away valuable knowledge of the wetlands and how it’s used to clean water from the Trinity River so it can be used in our communities.

    “The children asked a million questions but amazed me with answers they gave to the group leader’s questions, too,” said Vicki Raney, assistant head for academics at Lamplighter.

    By Oct. 24, 2014 | 12:12 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Frontiers of Flight Celebrates Veterans Day

    rsz_1flight03The Frontiers of Flight Museum will host a D-Day aircraft, the Douglas C-47 Whiskey 7, in honor of Veterans Day. It will be on display for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 25. Attendees are encouraged to show up as early as 9:15 a.m. to get a spot and meet World War II veterans.

    The plane is owned by the National Warplane Museum.

    “We are delighted to have these honored passengers and guests join us to welcome the arrival of this magnificent aircraft as we pay homage to our veterans during the 70th anniversary year of D-Day,” museum CEO Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones said.

    By Oct. 24, 2014 | 12:06 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Providence Dedicates New Playground

    Providence students play on the newly dedicated playground. (Photo: Courtesy of Juliette Coulter)

    Providence students play on the newly dedicated playground. (Photo: Courtesy of Juliette Coulter)

    Providence Christian School dedicated a new playground on Oct. 20 with monkey bars, two slides, a climbing web, and a “Supernova,” or a modernized merry-go-round.

    Students were able to play on the new playground, and afterward, they gathered to sing “This is The Day the Lord Hath Made” with their teachers and closed with prayer.

    Enjoy your new playground, Providence!

    By Oct. 24, 2014 | 11:50 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 23, 2014

  • Edgemere Raises $26,000 For Alzheimer’s

    Edgemere residents did their part to raise funds for a cause that's close to their hearts.

    Edgemere residents did their part to raise funds.

    Residents, staff and family members at Edgemere, a senior living community in Preston Hollow, teamed up to raise funds during the Walk to End Alzheimer’s event, resulting in $26,344 for the Greater Dallas chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

    Edgemere hosted events including a satellite walk, a community garage sale, and donations to allow staff to wear jeans on Fridays.

    Its efforts placed the facility among the top five fundraising companies for the walk for the sixth year in a row.

    By Oct. 23, 2014 | 10:23 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Annual ‘Battle For the Saddle’ Has More at Stake

    W.T. White quarterback Jackson Fults will lead the Longhorns against Jesuit tonight. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    W.T. White quarterback Jackson Fults will lead the Longhorns against Jesuit tonight. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Neighborhood bragging rights will be on the line tonight in the annual “Battle for the Saddle” football game between Jesuit and W.T. White — two campuses just a few blocks apart.

    But more important to both teams in the 7:30 p.m. game at Loos Stadium will be the potential playoff implications of the matchup, with both teams in contention for postseason spots in District 9-6A.

    The Longhorns (4-3, 2-2) are in a more precarious position in the league standings, having dropped to fourth place — with just three games remaining — after a 42-0 loss to powerhouse Skyline last week. White’s game at Irving Nimitz next week will also be critical.

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    By Oct. 23, 2014 | 1:52 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Recycle Your Electronics, Have a Salad

    Snappy Salads will hold a free “recycling roundup” at six of its Dallas-area locations on Saturday, including at Preston Forest from 9 a.m. to noon.

    The event is designed to collect electronic items including computers, televisions, monitors, laptops, cell phones, VCRs, stereos, copiers, printers, video games, fax machines, calculators, as well as small appliances and batteries.

    The chain of salad eateries with an eco-friendly twist held its first such collection day in the spring, and estimated that they disposed of more than seven tons of electronic waste.

    On Saturday, the Snappy Salads location at 5941 Greenville Avenue also will participate from 1 to 4 p.m.

    By Oct. 23, 2014 | 1:36 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 22, 2014

  • Run With Villalba in ‘Fired Up 5K’ This Sunday

    State Rep. Jason Villalba and Town North YMCA are teaming up to bring you the Fired Up 5K this Sunday. Many area businesses such as Dougherty’s Pharmacy are helping out, and even Parish Episcopal School’s band will be there to play along. You still have two days to register.

    The “fun run” starts at 8 a.m. and has a $10 registration fee, while the 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. and has a $30 registration fee. Registration begins at 7 a.m.

    The 5K will begin at the Dallas Fire Department Station #2 with Villalba firing the start. After winding through the neighborhood, it will end at the Town North YMCA athletic field, and award will be given out at 10 a.m.

    All participants will get a short-sleeved T-shirt, while the first 500 5K runners will get a long-sleeved “dry-fit” T-shirt.

    Did we mention the proceeds go toward the Town North YMCA Endowment? Fun and a good cause. What could be better?

    By Oct. 22, 2014 | 2:03 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Alcuin Students Get Expert Business Tips

    Alcuin students collaborated to design mock prosthetic limbs after a recent presentation by LIMBS International president Roger Gonzalez. (Photo: Carla Meadows)

    Alcuin students collaborated to design mock prosthetic limbs after a recent presentation by LIMBS International president Roger Gonzalez. (Photo: Carla Meadows)

    Alcuin School has lined up a pretty cool roster of speakers for its students this year through the Alcuin Innovative and Entrepreneurial Leadership Speaker Series. No word on whether the speakers are as long-winded as the series title.

    At any rate, a recent sampling includes Dr. Roger Gonzalez, founder and president of LIMBS International, a worldwide nonprofit that’s helping to provide mobility to amputees. He led a mini-engineering challenge with Upper School students.

    Steve Wallach is a financial adviser and former U.S. Department of Energy consultant who met with students about innovations and startup companies. And former Alcuin parent Gabriel Goncalves is founder of PeopleAnswers.com and HomeTracker, who offered an inspirational presentation about business aspirations.

     

    By Oct. 22, 2014 | 12:35 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • ESD’s Fitts is Built Like a Truck

    Mike Munden, Director of Sales at Park Cities Ford Lincoln;  Thomas Fitts, Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week; Coach Richard Williams; Greg Tomlin, General Sales Manager at Park Cities Ford Lincoln

    From left, Mike Munden, director of sales at Park Cities Ford Lincoln; ESD quarterback Thomas Fitts; ESD head coach Richard Williams; and Greg Tomlin, general sales manager at Park Cities Ford Lincoln

    ESD quarterback Thomas Fitts was recently presented with a “Built Ford Tough High School Football Player of the Week” award for his efforts in in 48-18 win over Houston Christian on Oct. 2.

    In that game, Fitts completed 31 of 45 passes for 459 yards and four touchdowns. He also plays lacrosse and sports a 3.3 grade-point average, and plans to attend college at USC next year.

    “Thomas is the first to arrive every day, giving him time to watch film with me,” said ESD head coach Richard Williams. “And he’s the last to leave, taking extra time to throw to his receivers. He’s the most dedicated athlete I’ve ever coached. There’s no doubt about his leadership. He’s very vocal, jumping on slackers whenever necessary and holding teammates to the highest level. The players feed off his commitment, which is a big part of our success.”

    By Oct. 22, 2014 | 11:04 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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