Couple Finds Romance at No Tie Dinner

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Chad Rogers and Stuart Boslow attended the No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party kick-off event earlier this year.

Chad Rogers and Stuart Boslow attended the No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party kick-off event earlier this year.

By Susan Friedman / Special Contributor

No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party, now going on its 10th year, is the largest fundraiser for AIDS Services of Dallas with an estimated 6,000 bites of cakes, pies, cookies, tarts, and other sweets

It has 1,500 attendees, 150 volunteers, more than 100 auction items, and four hours of dancing, live music, and entertainment. Is it also the destination to find your one true love?

Stuart Boslow and Chad Rogers think so.

Boslow, a local television producer, attended the No Tie event for the first time with friends last year. Eyeing the numerous auction items, he realized that eyes were also on him — those of Rogers. Being the “take-charge” type of guy, Rogers, a hospitality interior designer for Duncan Miller and Ullmann, stepped forward and introduced himself.


Ursuline Junior Takes Bard to Big Apple

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Eliza Palter (left) advanced to the English-Speaking Unions National Shakespeare Competition.

Eliza Palter (left) advanced to the English-Speaking Unions National Shakespeare Competition.

By Kelly Morris / Special Contributor

Ursuline junior Eliza Palter didn’t always like classical theater. She does now.

Palter advanced to the English-Speaking Unions National Shakespeare Competition, an elite event on April 25-28 at New York City’s Lincoln Center. Palter won the regional round in February, and is one of 56 students competing in New York.

“I haven’t done a lot of competitive theater work before this,” said Palter, whose previous best finish was in the competition’s regional round last year. “I didn’t realize until I won how awesome this opportunity is.”


W.T. White Street Fair Set For Saturday

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You can have family fun and support a good cause on Saturday during the annual W.T. White Street Fair.

The event, which is hosted by the school’s PTSA, will include vendor booths, refreshments, games, live entertainment, bingo, and a raffle to benefit the W.T. White Scholarship Fund.

It will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the teacher parking lot at the school. Admission is free.


DISD Board Approves Interim Bridge Plan

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In the early hours of Friday morning, the Dallas ISD school board approved its expansion and renovation plan, also known as the interim bridge plan, for the district’s schools. The $129.5 million project will address overcrowding issues, building repairs to older schools, and expanding the pre-K education programs.

Many schools in Preston Hollow are benefiting from this plan: Hillcrest High School, W.T. White High School, Walker Middle School, Nathan Adams Elementary School, as well as a pre-K expansion near Bush Elementary, Ann Frank Elementary, and Junkins Elementary.


Lamplighter Pre-K Students Know Their Chili

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Lamplighter faculty members judge the pre-Kindergarten classes' Texas chili cook-off.

Lamplighter faculty members judge the pre-kindergarten classes’ Texas chili cook-off.

Pre-kindergarten classes at The Lamplighter School celebrated learning about Texas with a chili cook-off on March 26.

Patricia Vermillion, the school’s librarian, was among the judges of administrators and faculty. Vermillion authored a Three Little Pigs-style children’s book told with a Texas twist titled “Texas Chili? Oh My!”. She wrote the book to teach Lamplighter students about Texas’ native scenery, plants, and animals.

Vermillion will also host a Cornbread Cook-Off at East Hampton Sandwich Co. in Fort Worth on April 4.


Auction Attendees Go ‘Back to the Future’

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Libby Smith, Cristy and David McAtee, Jake Smith, and Sahil and Tracy Bakshi

Libby Smith, Cristy and David McAtee, Jake Smith, and Sahil and Tracy Bakshi

On March 21, parents and supporters of the Alcuin School celebrated the school’s anniversary at its annual auction to raise money for its causes and classrooms.

They enjoyed dinner by Bolsa’s Chef Justo Blanco and danced to The Top Band while wearing an outfit from their favorite decade.

“The faculty and staff, parent body, and students are the cumulative glue that makes our community truly special,” said Walter Sorensen, Alcuin Head of School. “The event raises significant funds for the Alcuin Parents’ Club Capital Campaign contribution, thus providing a venue for us to continue to grow and celebrate as a community.”

The proceeds from the auction will also support the Alcuin Parents’ Club commitment to the Alcuin 50th Capital Campaign.


Mooney to Sign Books at Barnes and Noble

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Mike Mooney (Photo: Matt Shelley)

Mike Mooney (Photo: Matt Shelley)

Michael Mooney, a writer for our sister publication D Magazine, will be signing copies of his book, The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle, at the Lincoln Park Barnes and Noble tonight. The story is this: Mooney wrote a story for D on the famous sniper, then an e-book, and now that e-book is being turned into a physical book.

D‘s esteemed editor Tim Rogers gives his two cents on the upcoming appearance here.

The reading will take place at 7 p.m. at the Northwest Highway location in Lincoln Park shopping center.


Don’t Fear The Reaper

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Columnist Len Bourland

Columnist Len Bourland

March is a peculiar month.

It has tornadoes but also the emergence of the first shoots of bulbs and leaves. It’s the solemnity of Lent but also the carnival atmosphere of spring break. It’s spring cleaning, a time when we can no longer avoid that dreaded tax workbook we find under that pile of clutter on the desk.

Glumly we are reminded that nobody escapes death or taxes. For the Baby Boomers, that first part, death, is in the news. At least that is what Harvard physician Dr. Atul Gawande in his best-seller Being Mortal explores in a concise summation of “the medicalization” of death.


Cambridge Senior Is an Award Finalist

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Kira McBride

Kira McBride

Kira McBride, a senior at the Cambridge School of Dallas, has been named a finalist for the Texas Christian Athlete of the Year, an award sponsored by Lay Witnesses for Christ.

Regardless of whether she’s ultimately named the winner, it’s already an accomplishment just getting this far, as they say. McBride, a Preston Hollow resident, is one of 10 finalists out of more than 4,000 students statewide.


Winston Program Aims to Relieve Stress

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Dr. Laura Vogel

Dr. Laura Vogel

The excellent Winston School Speaker Series will continue this week with a visit from Dr. Laura Vogel, director of early childhood therapy at the Momentous Institute.

Vogel’s presentation is entitled “Flipping Your Lid: The Impact of Stress on the Brain and What You Can Do About It,” which is pretty self-explanatory. Vogel is a licensed psychologist who will give an overview of how our brains manage emotions and helping both adults and children manage day-to-day stress.

The free program is slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Winston gymnasium. For registration information, contact Janet Mottram at 214-691-6950 or mottram@winston-school.org.


College Ceremony Honors Hockaday Athletes

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From left, Mackenzie Capetillo, Charlsea Lamb, Samantha Toomey, Mimi Asom, Jessica Savage, and Maura McCrary

From left, Mackenzie Capetillo, Charlsea Lamb, Samantha Toomey, Mimi Asom, Jessica Savage, and Maura McCrary

Congratulations to a handful of Hockaday seniors who will compete in athletics in college, and who were recognized during a ceremony earlier this month at the school.

They include Charlsea Lamb (Rice, track and field), Mimi Asom (Princeton, soccer), Mackenzie Capetillo (Rhodes, volleyball), Samantha Toomey (Carnegie Mellon, volleyball), Jessica Savage (Colorado College, basketball), and Maura McCrary (Sewanee, tennis).


Darrell Baltimore Named GPV Director

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Darrell Baltimore

Darrell Baltimore

Darrell Baltimore has been named the new executive director of Grace Presbyterian Village, under the umbrella of Presbyterian Communities and Services.

“I am touched by the deep connection our community forms with each resident,” Baltimore said.

Baltimore has served for 10 years as executive director at three large senior living companies and holds a master’s degree in gerontology from the University of North Texas. He’s also a licensed Texas Nursing Home Administrator and a certified administrator for residential care homes.

“We are thrilled to welcome Darrell to Grace Presbyterian Village,” said PCS president and CEO Godwin Dixon. “His range of knowledge in gerontology and senior living administration greatly impressed us.”