October 31, 2014

  • Author-Illustrator Visits Lamplighter

    Brian Floca shares his book with Lamplighter and Walnut Hill students.

    Brian Floca shares his book with Lamplighter and Walnut Hill students.

    Children’s book author and illustrator Brian Floca stopped by Lamplighter on Oct. 28 as part of the school’s Dooley Author Series.

    Lamplighter students weren’t the only ones to enjoy the event, though. Children from their partner DISD school, Walnut Hill Elementary, was also in attendance. The students interacted via video chats and pen-pal letters prior to their visit.

    Floca spoke with the students about the artistic process for creating his book Locomotive. He also talked about growing up in Texas and his childhood spent sketching monsters and writing stories, as well as working in a Brooklyn studio with other children’s book authors.

    “Nothing can happen before there is an idea,” Floca said. His goal is for the students “to have a sense that the book is something that comes about through a process.”

    Floca is a Caldecott Award winner and his books have been on the New York Times best-seller list.

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  • October 30, 2014

  • Officials Talk Ebola With Faith Leaders

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    On Wednesday morning, local government officials met with faith leaders from all over town at Park Cities Baptist Church to give updates on Dallas’ Ebola situation and discuss best practices and issues going forward. Mayor Mike Rawlings, City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates, and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins were among the panelists to speak.

    “It has been a challenge for Clay and myself this past month, but we feel blessed,” Rawlings said. He emphasized that with only one fatality, the situation could have been much worse, and pointed to more numerous deaths in the city due to West Nile Virus and domestic violence. Read More…

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  • Longhorns Could Decide Playoff Fate

    W.T. White needs to beat Irving Nimitz on Friday to remain alive in the 9-6A playoff race. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    W.T. White needs to beat Irving Nimitz on Friday to remain alive in the 9-6A playoff race. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    The scenario seems pretty simple this week for W.T. White. A victory over Irving Nimitz could boost the Longhorns into the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

    This much is clear: White will be eliminated from contention if it loses Friday’s game at Irving Schools Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

    The Vikings (4-4, 3-2) currently have a one-game advantage over the Longhorns (4-4, 2-3) for fourth place in the standings. Both teams have lost to Skyline and Jesuit. The Longhorns also have lost to Irving MacArthur, while Nimitz meets the Cardinals in the regular-season finale next week. White finishes next week with Irving, which is out of postseason contention.

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  • Eat Tex-Mex For EARS

    EARS Logo FinalCalling all pet lovers! The Education & Animal Rescue Society is partnering with the Preston Royal Cantina Laredo on Nov. 11 for the organization’s final Spirit Night of the year.

    Cantina Laredo will donate 10 percent of all sales for the evening if at least 100 guests mention EARS when they check in with the hostess. An anonymous donor will also be matching all funds raised during the evening.

    I never need an excuse to eat Tex-Mex, but this is as good a reason as any I’ve ever heard.

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  • Girl Scouts Help Collect Blankets For Charity

    Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas will again be instrumental as Sleep Experts launches its annual Share the Warmth blanket drive in November.

    The project will benefit CitySquare, and will involve collecting new and gently used blankets, sheets, comforters, towels, and pillows for those in need. The drive will last through Nov. 30 and will culminate with a blanket drop-off event at CitySquare in early December.

    As for the scouts, they participate by collecting donations in their respective communities, and earn a community-service patch for their efforts.

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  • PC&S Luncheon to Honor Community Heroes

    David Hudgins

    David Hudgins

    Presbyterian Communities and Services will hold its fifth annual Each Moment Matters luncheon at noon Friday at the Hilton Anatole, raising money for the Faith Presbyterian Hospice Caring Fund.

    The luncheon will honor 44 agents of community change and philanthropic visionaries in Dallas. The keynote speaker will be David Hudgins, a television writer and producer for such shows as “Everwood” and “Friday Night Lights.”

    The event is being chaired by Clare Buie Chaney, with Barbara Lord Watkins as honorary chair. You can purchase tickets or table sponsorships by calling 214-316-4575 or at cpatton@prescs.org.

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  • Fire Station 27 Nears Completion

    Fire Station 27 is scheduled to open later this year. (Photo: Chris McGathey

    Fire Station 27 is scheduled to open later this year. (Photo: Chris McGathey

    Fire Station 27, located on Douglas Avenue and Northwest Highway, will make some history when it opens later this year.

    According to the Bartlett Cocke General Contractors website, Station 27 is the first multi-story fire station in Dallas in more than 100 years.

    The facility will be 27,000 square feet and is tentatively scheduled to open by the end of this year, according to Dallas Fire Department officials. Read More…

    By Oct. 30, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 29, 2014

  • Cardinals Give Sam Acho Bragging Rights

    Sam Acho beat his brother's team on Sunday when the Cardinals held off the Eagles. (Photo: Jeffrey Beall)

    Sam Acho beat his younger brother’s team on Sunday when the Cardinals held off the Eagles. (Photo: Jeffrey Beall)

    Former St. Mark’s standout Sam Acho got the best of his younger brother’s team when the Arizona Cardinals topped the Philadelphia Eagles 24-20 on Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.

    Acho had two tackles as a linebacker for the Cardinals, while his younger brother and fellow St. Mark’s alum Emmanuel didn’t hit the stat sheet for the Eagles.

    The siblings previously played together, of course, at the University of Texas. Sam is playing in his fourth year with the Cardinals, while Emmanuel is in his first full season in the NFL.

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  • Home Tours Showcase More Than Pretty Facades

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    Courtesy photos

    Home tours abound when the holidays come ringing. Luckily, with so many choices comes the chance to see a wide array of architecture and design styles. There are even a few with a cause.

    The New Friends New Life tour — which will feature four homes on Beverly Drive, Windsor Lane, Southwestern Boulevard, and Lakeside Drive — takes place on Nov. 23 and features something more than just good looks: proceeds go to the namesake organization, which helps to empower trafficked girls and sexually-exploited women.

    “The lives of women and children are transformed and families are restored because of the community support,” executive director and honorary chair Katie Pedigo said.

    Corporate and family sponsors include a few notable names, including Allie Beth Allman, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, and Gail and Gerald Turner.

    Homes for the 15th annual tour were announced at a party on Sept. 18. Highlights include a “floating” staircase and an outdoor mural. Read More…

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