Not Everyone Celebrates Freedom

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Len Bourland

Len Bourland

July is our month dedicated to celebrating freedom; it’s when school kids and teachers are on break, when a significant part of the population chooses to take a vacation, often to one of our national parks to see our landmarks.

It’s the Fourth of July, when President John Adams declared that the commemoration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence should be “solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other.”

He forgot the watermelon, barbecue, and beer, but as a renowned quaffer of ale, no doubt he would have approved of our celebrations today. Whatever our faults and differences, and they are hurled at us 24/7 in our age of incessant telecommunications. A whole lot of the planet would still like to pour into our land to experience what we Americans so often take for granted: the freedom to complain, to get furious with our government, to make as much money or seek as much celebrity as we can think up, the freedom to reproduce at will, the freedom to read anything we can lay our hands on, to dress and dance with abandon, and to worship (or not) pretty much as we please. The list goes on and on, despite our increased rules and regulations.


Finding a Suite Solution During Brain Surgery

Two Park Cities doctors were instrumental in starting a new hybrid cerebrovascular operating suite earlier this year at UT Southwestern Medical Center. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Two Park Cities doctors were instrumental in starting a new hybrid cerebrovascular operating suite earlier this year at UT Southwestern Medical Center. (Courtesy Photo)

Brain surgery still isn’t child’s play, but neurosurgeons’ jobs at UT Southwestern Medical Center just got a little easier — or rather, a lot more efficient.

As of January, the center has a hybrid cerebrovascular operating suite, which will allow doctors to adapt to a patient’s needs in high-stakes surgery more easily.

“The suite has two components: one that it’s an operative suite, the second is that it’s an endovascular suite,” Park Cities resident and neurointerventional surgeon Lee Pride said.

What does that mean in layman’s terms? When doctors need to get to a blockage in the brain, say from a stroke, there are two ways to go about it: one is cranially, and the other is endovascular, where doctors follow blood vessels from the groin up to the brain, similar to some cardiac procedures. Traditionally, the endovascular procedure is done in an angiography suite. But now, either procedure can be done in the same suite.


Bush Library Gets a Matching Highway

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George W. Bush

George W. Bush

The stretch of North Central Expressway between downtown Dallas and Walnut Hill Lane is now the George W. Bush Expressway.

Well, presumably U.S. 75 is still North Central Expressway, too, and it’s not President George Bush Expressway. We’ll let Robert Wilonsky explain in The Dallas Morning News, which has more details on the christening of the freeway for the younger Bush, whose library sits along the frontage road at University Boulevard.

After the idea was approved by state lawmakers last year, signs have started appearing to reflect the change in recent days. What do you think? Is it a worthy honor, or just a confusing hassle?


Preston Hollow, Here’s Your July 4th Planner

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kidsA handful of patriotic parades will fill Preston Hollow streets on Saturday, each celebrating all things American with festivities for all ages.

The annual Hillcrest Forest Neighborhood Association event might be the biggest of them all. It gets under way at 10 a.m. at Kramer Elementary School, and will include children on strollers, wagons, bicycles, and scooters; convertibles, vintage cars, and golf carts; and a Dallas fire truck. Other activities will include a “best dressed pet” contest, face painting and balloons, and light refreshments from Whole Foods.

The Preston Hollow North Homeowners Association will start its parade at 9 a.m. on Stichter Avenue behind Preston Hollow Elementary School. The parade route heads north on Tibbs to Mimosa, then east to Edgemere, and south back to Stichter. There will be a picnic afterward.


Learning Can Be Fun Afterschool

Bottom left: Dallas Afterschool works with 120 sites throughout Dallas, collectively serving 9,000 students. Activity boxes contain 45-minute activities to help actively engage the students. (Photos Courtesy of Dallas Afterschool) 0
Bottom left: Dallas Afterschool works with 120 sites throughout Dallas, collectively serving 9,000 students. Activity boxes contain 45-minute activities to help actively engage the students. (Photos Courtesy of Dallas Afterschool)

There was a time when afterschool care was just homework help, apple-juice boxes, and peanut butter sandwiches — not the most appealing situation for today’s youth.

Introducing Dallas Afterschool, where there’s more to programming than just snacks. The staff is in the business of improving the quality of afterschool and summer programs. Since 2007, Dallas Afterschool has collaborated with nonprofit afterschool sites in low-income neighborhoods to suit the needs of the youth in that area.

“There’s something to be said for having kids safe between the hours of three and six,” said Christina Hanger, CEO at Dallas Afterschool.

Today, Dallas Afterschool serves 120 nonprofit afterschool sites, including Trinity River Mission and Family Place shelter, serving nearly 9,000 students.


Get Pop-Cultured at Barnes & Noble

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Three Barnes & Noble locations, including those at Preston Royal and Lincoln Park, will hold second annual Get Pop-Cultured events this week, including a Time Travel Weekend and Throwback Thursdays.

Throwbacks will be held every Thursday in July, beginning with a 1950s event on July 2. Festivities include Deals of the Decade, where books of the decade are priced down; a ’50s-themed display; and a hula-hoop contest at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Park location.

Time Travel Weekend will be held from July 3-5. Attendees may experience trivia, activities, giveaways, author appearances, and more for “Doctor Who,” “Magic Treehouse: Dinosaurs Before Dark,” and “Outlander.”


Burglars Target Beltre’s Bluffview Home

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Adrian Beltre

Adrian Beltre

On Thursday, Adrian Beltre spent the day at Globe Life Park in Arlington, taking his usual spot at third base as the Rangers lost 6-3 during a matinee series finale against the Oakland Athletics.

But while Beltre was at the ballpark, a burglar targeted his $3 million Bluffview home in the 4300 block of Brookview Drive. Someone broke a window to get inside, then stole some jewelry sometime between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The specifics about the stolen items are unclear.

Someone at Beltre’s house called Dallas police to report the incident. Beltre, who recently rejoined the Rangers following a thumb injury, flew with the team on a road trip to Toronto later that day.


Dallas Foundation Aids The Family Place

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The Family Place has received a Dallas Foundation 2015 Field of Interest grant. The foundation will provide more than $1.2 million in financial support to 30 local nonprofits.

The Family Place, based in Preston Hollow, offers services to victims of family violence.


Don’t Shake Over Recent Quakes

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Expert says builders need not be worried

Dozens of earthquakes in the Dallas area this year have some folks a bit, well, shaken up. But should local residents and business owners be concerned, or are they just being paranoid?

Will the temblors become more frequent or more powerful? And how will it affect the real-estate market in Preston Hollow, which is just a few miles from the most concentrated area of seismic instability?

“If this was two years ago, if you were to ask me the last place I would expect to see an earthquake, I would say Texas, and specifically Dallas,” said Joshua Marrow, technical director of structural engineers with Partner Engineering and Science in San Francisco.

Yet in 2013, Texas was sixth in the country in the total number of earthquakes by state, well behind California, according to the United States Geological Survey. And those numbers have risen since. However, while the frequency is increasing, the quakes here aren’t damaging, and the chances for a major earthquake remain extremely remote, Marrow said.


Flores Will Answer Superintendent Questions

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DISD trustee Edwin Flores will meet with constituents and answer questions regarding Mike Miles’ recent resignation from his superintendent post at a meet and greet on June 30. Make sure you’re at Nathan Adams Elementary by 6 p.m. to hear all the details.


CASA Parade of Playhouses is Coming

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Dallas CASA’s 20th annual Parade of Playhouses will take place July 10-26 at NorthPark Center. Various builders and architects have made the houses and donated them to CASA to help raise awareness and funding for the organization’s mission of providing assistance to vulnerable children.

Angela and Jim Thompson are this year’s honorary chairs. Jim Lozier and Christie Carter will also chair the campaign itself, while Fran and Mark Berg are event chairs.

Raffle tickets can be purchased online or at the mall at $5 each or five for $20. Winning tickets will be drawn at the closing ceremony on at NorthPark at 4 p.m. on July 26. Proceeds benefit Dallas CASA. Photos of the houses will go up here.

The closing party will take place at Pirch in NorthPark at 6:30 p.m. on July 23. The event is open to the public, but tickets are $50. Find more info here.