Sales, Listings Up, But High-End Lull Not Over

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Real estate activity in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow has picked up following a slowdown leading into last November’s election.

Single family closings and listings are looking up to begin the year, but real estate agencies are still hoping transactions for higher end properties will rebound.

The market for homes priced at $2 million or more hasn’t been up for 18 months, according to Allie Beth Allman, president/CEO of Allie Beth Allman & Associates.


Participance at All-Time High for Dallas Summer Musicals

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More than 70 schools to showcase productions.

The Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards (DMS HSMTA) announced that 2017 has broken all records for schools participating in the summer program.

A total of 76 schools, both public and private, representing 40 school districts across North Texas and Oklahoma will be participating this year. This is more than double the first year’s total of 30 participating schools.

Slated for May 18 at the Music Hall at Fair Park, the awards show is a public red carpet affair. Nominees and celebrities walk the red carpet beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the show following at 7:00 p.m.


Police Reports: April 17-23

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: PANTY RAIDS?

Between 2:20 and 2:30 p.m. April 23, shoplifters escaped from Victoria Secret at NorthPark Center with concealed merchandise. A day earlier, a shopper selected clothing around 12:10 p.m., then took it without paying.

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Snatched between 3:30 and 3:55 p.m.: a Plano woman’s wallet from a shopping cart in the Tom Thumb at Market at Preston Forest.

Stolen around 5:40 p.m.: property from USA Cleaners at Preston Forest Square.


Human Resources

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(Photo: Patrick Green)

The secret to a successful tennis program at Greenhill might be more than just serving and volleying. How about scheduling?

The boys program at the school has won four consecutive SPC championships, and is an overwhelming favorite to make it five straight this spring on its home court. That’s due in part to the volume of students at the school who play extensively in junior tournaments throughout the year.

So the on-court performance typically isn’t an issue. Instead, the challenge becomes working around outside travel and tournaments for individual players while finding time for academics, too.


Leadership ‘Without A Rulebook’

From left: Holly Kuzmich moderates a discussion with Laura Bush and Cherie Blair about the roles of first ladies. (Photo: Grant Miller) 0
From left: Holly Kuzmich moderates a discussion with Laura Bush and Cherie Blair about the roles of first ladies. (Photo: Grant Miller)

Laura Bush entered the White House with more preparation than most of her predecessors.

She served as Texas first lady and also watched how her mother-in-law, Barbara Bush, filled the first lady role during the presidency of George H.W. Bush.

“I’d slept in the Lincoln Bedroom, in the Queen’s Bedroom,” Laura Bush said. “I had an advantage that no other American first lady — except for maybe Louisa Adams — had had, in that I knew so much about what I was stepping into.”


Kenneth T. Novice Named Dallas Summer Musicals President

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Kenneth T. Novice

Kenneth T. Novice

Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) named Kenneth T. Novice  its new president. He will begin  May 1.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ken to Dallas as the next President of the Dallas Summer Musicals,” DSM Board Chair Tedd Munselle said. “His experience is the perfect blend of what DSM needs to continue to excel at what we do best, and to build upon our storied history as a leader in the Dallas arts community.” 


New in the Neighborhood

Cinco Taco Bar with a rock 'n' roll vibe aims to capitalize on the U.S. taco obsession. (Courtesy photo Cinco Taco Bar) 0
Cinco Taco Bar with a rock 'n' roll vibe aims to capitalize on the U.S. taco obsession. (Courtesy photo Cinco Taco Bar)

Cinco Taco Bar is the latest restaurant to open in Preston Hollow Village and the newest addition to Cinco Tacos Cocina & Tequila of Addison.

Owned and managed by Mario Letayf, Chef Antonio Marquez, and a group of investors, the fast-casual taco establishment offers tacos, enchiladas, and a couple of salads.

The place has a subtle rock ’n’ roll vibe that is happy and family friendly.


Spacing Out

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I’ve been thinking about spaces lately. We know when we are in a special one and also a not so special one. All of us identify with certain elements which inspire, calm, or excite us. The spaces we inhabit can greatly affect our mood and productivity. It’s spring cleaning time, so … let’s discuss.

You may be the type of person who feels most comfortable surrounded by stuff. Others of us work better with organized openness. Some might function at optimum with a blend of the two. It’s a fun exercise to think about spaces that inspire you and which qualities they have in common and then apply those qualities to the spaces you inhabit the most.


Police ID Two Killed in Monday’s Shooting Near LBJ, Central Expressway

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Dallas police have identified Lana Canada, 48, and Matthew Kempf, 60, as those killed during an active shooter incident Monday morning at a high-rise office building on Schroder Road near the intersection of LBJ and Central Expressway.

“It is believed that the male shot the female and then killed himself,” reports the Dallas Police Department’s blog, dpdbeat.com.

Canada, formerly Lana Claudine McAree, was recently married. Other news outlets reported that Canada, of Sulphur Springs, was the supervisor of Kempf, of Frisco.

Officers responded to the 8300 block of LBJ Freeway Service Road at approximately 10:45 a.m. and determined the possible shooter was in a meeting room.