Haiti Mural Connects Students

As part of buildOn, Dallas International Students traveled to Haiti in April to help build a new school. (Courtesy Photo) 0
As part of buildOn, Dallas International Students traveled to Haiti in April to help build a new school. (Courtesy Photo)

In April, Dallas International School (DIS) students teamed up with artist Adrian Torres to add a little beauty not only to their school, but to a school in Haiti as well.

For the last four years, DIS upper school students have traveled to Haiti to build schools with the nonprofit organization buildOn, according to student volunteer Elijah Rogers. Founded in 1991, the organization works to eliminate illiteracy and poverty around the world by mobilizing youth to take action.

When Torres heard about DIS’ plans to go back to Haiti, he wanted to get involved. The artist, best known for his Deep Ellum mural “Deep Ellumphants,” teamed up with the students to paint a two-piece mural in Dallas and Haiti.


Jesuit Crew Heads to Henley

Jesuit's crew team is headed to England this summer for the ultimate race: The Henley Royal Regatta. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Jesuit's crew team is headed to England this summer for the ultimate race: The Henley Royal Regatta. (Courtesy Photo)

The Henley Royal Regatta. The River Thames. Such iconic words in the sport of crew remain far-fetched dreams for most teenage rowers around the world.

Yet racing at Henley will become a reality for nine Jesuit students this summer, which is why they’ve been spending their summer vacation – even after graduating, for most of them – heading to White Rock Lake before sunrise to work out almost every day.

“They’ve been pretty dedicated to the process of our training for the past four years,” said Jesuit crew coach John Fife. “They were really relentless in pursuing that goal.”

Henley, which takes place about 40 miles west of London, has been one of the most prestigious events of its kind in the world since it started in 1839. Jesuit will compete in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup, a four-day, single-elimination tournament specifically for high school boys 8 boats, starting June 29.


A Fond Farewell

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This month is a time for celebrations: graduations and the start of summer. We’re featuring our impressive high school standouts with our graduation coverage on page 8. Summer is about fun, creativity, and exploration — just in time for the new creative space SPARK to open to the public (page 31). We’ve all been wondering about the future of Valley View Mall, and we have some answers in our Community section (page 32).

Summer is also a time for change, and we have a big change afoot here at People Newspapers: we’re losing our Editor and Art Director Elizabeth Ygartua. Elizabeth is going to work for an international travel company with a mission; how can we compete with that? She has been the perfect blend of talent, with experience in writing and editing, but also real knack for design. She’s got a great work ethic and a wonderful personality.


Mail Tale: Case of the Missing Results

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I’m PO’d. Once again I’ve been Post Officed. Three times, actually. It does seem unfair to pick on the U.S. Postal Service when our Postmaster General Megan Brennan has given us our first rate reduction in, well, forever.

Those Forever stamps you bought for 49 cents are now worth 47 cents, because that is now the price to send a first class letter. Maybe it’s because so few people are sending letters, what with email and online banking. I have friends who adore their local carriers. The post office has even set up a campaign to reward carriers who get rave reviews for their service, putting a new friendlier face on public institution whose sorry service has been associated with rage, or “going postal.”

When the Inwood/Lover’s Lane post office was closed due to budget cuts, my ZIP code was assigned to a station miles and miles away, in a commercial, non-residential area. It takes me 30 minutes to get there. And there’s a nice station just five minutes away. That’s where I went when I’d had enough.


Diamond Doctor Fights Claims of Over-Grading

Preston Road wholesale jeweler Diamond Doctor faces off against Nashville lawyer Brian Manookian. (Courtesy Photos) 0
Preston Road wholesale jeweler Diamond Doctor faces off against Nashville lawyer Brian Manookian. (Courtesy Photos)

University Park-based wholesale jeweler Diamond Doctor has earned a lot of free press over the past eight months. But ask owner and Preston Hollow resident David Blank, and he’ll tell you “any publicity is good publicity” doesn’t apply here.

In October, Nashville-based lawyer Brian Manookian launched the websites diamonddoctorlawsuit.com and dallasdiamonddoctorclassaction.com in an attempt to solicit former Diamond Doctor customers who believe they were sold over-graded diamonds to sue the jeweler.

And while Diamond Doctor did sell diamonds graded by EGL International — an Israeli diamond-grading laboratory that shut down in 2014 because of claims of inconsistent grading standards — Blank says he has done nothing wrong.

Diamond Doctor sells both jewelry and loose diamonds. According to Blank, when a customer makes a purchase, they receive a certificate from the independent grading laboratory marking the diamond’s grade.


Ghost Town Mall Set for Demolition

Valley View Center during business hours makes one dream of days gone by. (Photo: Imani Lytle) 0
Valley View Center during business hours makes one dream of days gone by. (Photo: Imani Lytle)

UPDATE: On June 22, Dallas City  Council approved the demolition of Valley View Mall, making way for a mixed-use development. Demolition is set to begin by Dec. 31, and developer Beck Ventures expects the tear down to take six months, according to the DMN. For a full look at the project, check out the cover story from the November issue of Preston Hollow People. The following story was published before this announcement.


Police Reports: June 13-19

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Dallas

13 MONDAY
Between 1:15 and 3:30 p.m., a burglar broke into a vehicle in the 5800 block of Park Lane and stole property.

14 TUESDAY
At 2 p.m., a shoplifter stole merchandise from Tom Thumb at The Market at Preston Forest. Grant Molaire Donovan, 20, was arrested on a charge of theft.

15 WEDNESDAY
Between 6:30 p.m. on June 14 and 5 a.m. on June 15, a burglar broke into a house in the 5300 block of Emerson Avenue and stole property.


JLD Kicks Off 95th Year With Big Reveals

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The Junior League of Dallas gathered in the home of Joyce of Larry Lacerte last night to kick off the organizations 95th anniversary year with some big announcements.

The Milestones Luncheon, which will be chaired by Pat Prestidge and Amanda Shufeldt, will honor Caren Prothro as the 95th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient and Linda McFarland as Sustainer of the Year. The event will feature guest speaker, renowned tennis star, and entrepreneur Venus Williams.

The luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16 at the Hilton Anatole. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.