October 20, 2014

  • Campisi’s Event to Benefit Camp C.O.P.E.

    Good food and live music will help to benefit a great cause on Thursday at a fundraiser at the Campisi’s location in downtown Dallas.

    David Campisi and Toni Scalise Borowczak are hosting an evening with The Ray Johnston Band to benefit Camp C.O.P.E., which provides therapeutic interventions to help children and their families deal with deployment, injuries, or death of loved ones resulting from military service.

    Tickets are $50 and must be purchased online prior to the event.

    By Oct. 20, 2014 | 10:58 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Partners Card Program is Local Tradition

    2014 Partners Card co-chairs Andrea Cheek, Diana Hamilton, and Lisa Bhattacharya. (Photo: George Fiala)

    2014 Partners Card co-chairs Andrea Cheek, Diana Hamilton, and Lisa Bhattacharya. (Photo: George Fiala)

    In Dallas, the rush of swiping a Partners Card is just as much a symbol of fall as football and cooler weather.

    “Usually the weather’s beautiful, and it’s fun to walk around the stores and see the red and purple balloons,” co-chair Lisa Bhattacharya said.

    That’s because the fundraiser, which runs Oct. 24 to Nov. 2, has been benefiting the anti-domestic violence nonprofit The Family Place for 22 years. One thing that makes the feel-good shopping experience unique is that it focuses on area shops and vendors.

    “The Family Place is very right in that they did it in a grassroots kind of way,” Bhattacharya said. “We have kept true to our belief that this is about local retailers.” Read More…

    By Oct. 20, 2014 | 4:30 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Early Voting Starts Now

    Early voting is upon us! Here’s when the polls are open:

    • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday
    • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday
    • 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday
    • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. next week (M-F)

    Polling locations are listed below, but the most common one for our area is Our Redeemer Lutheran Church across from NorthPark.

    If you just want to vote in the regular election, you can look up your general-election polling place here. Read More…

    By Oct. 20, 2014 | 3:04 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Cambridge Unites Students By Dividing Them

    Cambridge School recently held a school retreat at Sky Ranch where student houses competed against one another to earn points. (Courtesy photos)

    Cambridge School recently held a school retreat at Sky Ranch where student houses competed to earn points.

    At first glance, Cambridge School has implemented a new system that might resemble Hogwarts. Being a Christian school, it has nothing to do with witchcraft or wizardry, but it has divided the students into four different houses.

    Faculty members can give out points to reward good deeds as well as demerits, but they are given collectively to each house rather than the individual student. The point totals are announced each week at an assembly, which is highly anticipated by the students, according to student counselor and house advisor Emily Bush. Read More…

    By Oct. 20, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 18, 2014

  • Hillcrest Rolls Past TJ; Lions Extend Win Streak

    Hillcrest's Spencer Torres runs past a Thomas Jefferson defender during a 63-0 win. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Hillcrest’s Spencer Torres runs past a Thomas Jefferson defender during a 63-0 win. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Now it’s on to bigger and better things for Hillcrest.

    The Panthers didn’t have much time to celebrate following a 63-0 drubbing of Preston Hollow rival Thomas Jefferson on Thursday at Franklin Stadium.

    They must turn their attention to a two-game stretch — including matchups against fellow District 9-6A contenders Woodrow Wilson and Carrollton Newman Smith — that could shape their playoff future.

    If the Panthers (6-1, 3-1) win either of those games, the reward would be the first postseason berth for Hillcrest since 2010 after a series of near misses.

    Read More…

    By Oct. 18, 2014 | 12:15 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 17, 2014

  • Happy Anniversary, Gazeebo Burgers

    Gazeebo Burgers at Preston Royal will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday.

    Gazeebo Burgers at Preston Royal will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday.

    Gazeebo Burgers, Ray Heydari’s flagship eatery at Preston Royal Southwest, will celebrate its 25th anniversary this weekend — fittingly enough, with a party.

    The restaurant will hold a fall festival from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday featuring music from the April 1st Band, consisting entirely of doctors and led by Dr. Bob Schwab, the head of physicians at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen.

    Gazeebo doesn’t sell alcohol, so it’s BYOB. In addition to music and food —including free cake, ice cream, and pie — the event will feature a patriotic theme.

    By Oct. 17, 2014 | 11:21 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Here’s the Dirt on the Nathan Adams Garden

    Green-thumbed students, parents, and neighbors won’t be afraid to get dirty at Nathan Adams Elementary School on Saturday during a clean-up day for the school’s garden.

    The effort, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon, will help prepare the garden for use by the students during the current school year. Just show up with a pair of gloves, and if you have soil or mulch to donate, so much the better.

    By Oct. 17, 2014 | 10:25 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Schools Put Heads Together on Concussion Research

    VARSITY VS. ST. MARKS

    ESD senior Drew Winsauer is among the players contributing to concussion research at UTD. (Photo: Ben Weaver / Gameaction Photo)

    Today more than ever, football players and coaches are using their heads when it comes to concussions.

    Reducing the frequency and severity of head injuries is a hot topic in sports medicine, which is part of what prompted players and coaches at a few area private schools to participate in new cutting-edge research they hope will ultimately improve athlete safety.

    Specifically, the athletic programs at ESD, Parish Episcopal, and Trinity Christian have joined other college and high school programs nationwide in a study by UT-Dallas professors into diagnosing and treating concussion symptoms more quickly and effectively.

    “I got extremely excited and told the team the importance of it,” said ESD football coach Richard Williams. “They understood the benefits of it.”

    This fall, the training room at ESD has added a device called NeuroTriage, which involves athletes having their eyes examined and compared both before and after their daily practice or game. All players who have given parental consent — about 30 so far — are participating. Read More…

    By Oct. 17, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 16, 2014

  • Students Discover Stars at SMU

    Hockaday students Eliza Cope, Allison Aldrich, Sarah Zhou, and Mary Zhong conducted physics research this summer at SMU with teacher Leon de Oliveira.  (Courtesy photo)

    Hockaday students Eliza Cope, Allison Aldrich, Sarah Zhou, and Mary Zhong conducted physics research this summer at SMU with teacher Leon de Oliveira. (Courtesy photo)

    Two Lake Highlands High School students discovered five stars as members of a SMU summer physics research program that enabled them to analyze data gleaned from a high-powered telescope in the New Mexico desert.

    All five stars discovered by Dominik Fritz and Jason Barton are eclipsing contact binary stars — pairs of stars that orbit around each other so closely that their outer atmospheres touch. As the stars eclipse, they dim and then brighten as one emerges from behind the other. These stars are categorized as variable stars, stars that change brightness, which make up half the stars in the universe. Read More…

    By Oct. 16, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Astronaut Lu Lands at Lamplighter

    Lu shared his experiences in space with Lamplighter students.

    Lu shared his experiences in space with Lamplighter students.

    The Lamplighter School recently hosted a visitor from space — former NASA astronaut Edward Tsang Lu.

    Lu gave a short presentation about his two space shuttle missions, as well as his current role as CEO of the Sentinel Mission. It is dedicated to protect Earth from asteroid strikes, a mission he co-founded under the B612 Foundation.

    Lu answered the students’ questions about space and his missions including, “What color is the sky in space?” and “How long have you been in space?” He informed the kids that the sky is black and he was in space three times for a total of 206 days, some of which were spent on the International Space Station.

    By Oct. 16, 2014 | 1:59 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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