Want to Feel Good? Spread The Happy

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This year, I keep coming across the notion of enthusiasm and joy again and again. Mostly how to cultivate it.

Happiness and enjoyment are contagious — so are misery and anger. Every day we make choices as to how and what we communicate. Those little drops of communication filter out into the world via the people around us.

Some in this world are so adept at spreading the happy that it’s impossible not to be affected by their trickle-down. They are the types of people others love being around simply because they make them feel good.


Lamplighter School Celebrates New Barn

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Courtesy The Lamplighter School

The Lamplighter School held a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 17 to officially open its new barn. School faculty, staff, trustees, and 450 students gathered around the new building to welcome a flock of baby chicks to their new home.

“Lamplighter’s ‘ubiquitous barn’ has been a source of learning and joy for more than sixty years,” former teacher Sheila McCartor said. “Despite the varied forms in different locations, it has always been a center of education, excitement, and great enthusiasm.”


St. Mark’s Alum Turns Screenwriting Fantasies to Reality

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Moviemaking friends Philip Schaeffer (left) and Evan Daugherty attend USA Film Festival in Dallas. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Evan Daugherty’s road to becoming a Hollywood screenwriter began more than a decade ago in a NYU dorm room with a fantasy adventure and a fairy tale twist.

But it wasn’t until Snow White and the Huntsman became a box-office hit in 2012 that the St. Mark’s graduate knew his dream career had a legitimate future.

“It sat on my computer for a long time before we finally sold it years later,” Daugherty said of his first feature-length script. “Then it was kind of off to the races, and I’ve had a nice run of movies.”


Rejebian Joins New Coldwell Banker Office

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Dawn Rejebian has joined the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s global luxury office in Preston Center. She will serve as one of the branch office’s founding sales associates.

Rejebian previously worked with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for nearly 20 years, and specializes in luxury residential sales in and around Dallas.


Bush’s Warrior Open to Join AT&T Byron Nelson in Getting a New Home in 2018

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President George W. Bush hits the greens during the Warrior Open. (Photos by Grant Miller for the George W. Bush Presidential Center)

President George W. and Laura Bush joined veterans May 22 on the course at Prestonwood Golf Club in Dallas for a tournament honoring alumni of Team 43 Sports, an initiative that showcases the resilience of wounded warriors and underscores the importance of sports in the rehabilitation of men and women injured on the front lines.

Next year, the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Warrior Open golf tournament will join the Salesmanship Club of Dallas’s AT&T Byron Nelson tournament in moving to the Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas.

The two-day Warrior Open will occur on the Monday and Tuesday following the AT&T Byron Nelson and will include a Pro-Am.

“One way to better serve post-9/11 veterans as they transition from military to civilian life is to address the challenges they face when they come home,” said President Bush.


How Does Sudie L. Williams’ Garden Grow?

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Students are growing lettuce, squash, corn, herbs, and other crops. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

At Sudie L. Williams Elementary School, sounds of chickens clucking compete with those of children romping on the playground.

A sizeable coop tucked beside the school building holds nine-egg laying hens with names such as Curly Toes, Pepper, and Cruella de Vil.

The sturdy structure is part of a large educational garden, complete with several raised planter beds and a covered outdoor classroom. Students and teachers make daily visits to tend to an array of flowering plants, vegetables, and herbs grown there, and to care for the chickens as part of lessons in science, math, reading, and language arts.


CFT Announces First Hughes Award Winner

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Jack Kinnebrew (center) celebrates his award with Monica Egert Smith and Dave Scullin (Courtesy Communities Foundation of Texas)

Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) announced that Jack M. Kinnebrew of Strasburger & Price, LLP has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the first Vester Hughes Award, which was established to honor individuals who most embody the spirit of the late, respected tax lawyer, Vester T. Hughes, Jr.

CFT works with families, companies, and nonprofits to strengthen the community through a variety of charitable funds and strategic grant making initiatives.


Police Reports: May 15-21

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: COULDN’T QUITE GET IT

A failed auto theft attempt before 8:45 a.m. May 16, left a vehicle parked overnight near Inwood Lawn Equipment on Northwest Highway with a broken window and steering column.

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Around 5 a.m., a robber used a handgun to take money from Einstein Bagels on Royal Lane.

Taken between 12:40 and 1 p.m.: property from the back of a mowing company’s vehicle at a home in the 6000 block of Preston Haven Drive.

Taken between 2 and 5 p.m.: a vehicle from the parking lot at NorthPark Center.