Ursuline Students Take Home Award in Computer Science

Jacqueline Gibson

Jacqueline Gibson

Angela Montemayor

Angela Montemayor

The accomplishments of two computer science standouts at Ursuline Academy are being recognized at local and national levels.

Jacqueline Gibson and Angela Montemayor received the DFW Region NCWIT (National Center for Women and Information Technology) Aspiration in Computing Award for their passion in technology. The girls also received national runner-up level recognition among 350 other students.

Bijoux Will Close; Montlake Cut Will Open


Our colleague Nancy Nichols has the scoop on SideDish about some restaurant comings and goings at both Preston Center and Inwood Village.

For starters, the intimate dinner spot Bijoux will close at the end of February, following one final Valentine’s Day hurrah for local couples. The owners will focus instead on The Second Floor Bistro.

And it didn’t take long for someone to lease the space recently vacated by Spoon at Preston Center, as restaurateur Nick Badovinus plans to open a seafood place called Montlake Cut.

Ursuline Standout Makes a Splash

Ursuline senior Tiffany Futscher has signed a scholarship to swim at Texas A&M. (Photo: Deborah Kellogg) 0
Ursuline senior Tiffany Futscher has signed a scholarship to swim at Texas A&M. (Photo: Deborah Kellogg)

Forget the competition that Tiffany Futscher finds in her swimming meets at Ursuline or for the Dallas Mustangs club team. Her greatest rivalry might be within her own family.

The Ursuline senior had two sisters who swam in college — Stephanie at TCU and Melanie at Savannah College of Art and Design — and a brother, Eric, who swims at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

So as she grew up watching their accomplishments, the youngest of the bunch wanted to surpass them all.

Holy Trinity Principal Receives Honor

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Father Don Ours and Jill Fallon

Holy Trinity Catholic School principal Jill Fallon received the “Work of Heart” award from the Catholic Foundation, which seeks to honor those who “go the extra mile” in their community. The award comes just in the middle of the school’s centennial. Congratulations, Jill!

NAIS President Encourages More Technology in Local Schools

Dr. John Chubb

Dr. John Chubb

Dr. John Chubb, the president of the National Association of Independent Schools, discussed the incorporation of technology into school practices to a crowd of more than 160 educators on Monday at Lamplighter School.

Chubb emphasized that the independent school system is no different than other industries affected by technology. He encouraged the schools to get on board with the digital-age practices to ensure the best overall education for the students.

Composer Elicits Laughs, Builds Suspense

Lisa Bloom-
Cohen composes music and teaches piano at her home in Preston Hollow, where she moved from Los Angeles in 2011.
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Lisa Bloom- Cohen composes music and teaches piano at her home in Preston Hollow, where she moved from Los Angeles in 2011. (Photo: Chris Mcgathey)

Even if you’ve never heard of Lisa Bloom-Cohen, you’ve probably heard something she’s done.

The Preston Hollow resident has spent more than three decades writing music for movies and television shows, which is one of those often unheralded tasks that doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Now she’s ready to raise her profile.

Bloom-Cohen has spent much of her career writing production music, in which case she’s commissioned to write orchestral pieces based on specific themes. That music is added to a library that is available for background use in movies and other media.

Santa Days Raise Cheer, Funds For Food Bank

Lisa Farrow (left) accepted a check for the NTFB from Pam Spadaro, Senior VP at US Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Lisa Farrow (left) accepted a check for the NTFB from Pam Spadaro.

In December, shoppers at The Plaza at Preston Center made the holidays a little bit brighter for the North Texas Food Bank.

During Santa Days (the first three Saturdays of the month) kids, pets, and their families had the opportunity to take a keepsake photo with jolly man himself for a small donation.

The owners of the retail center matched the donations to present a check totaling $9,250 to the North Texas Food Bank. According to the NTFB, this donation will provide more than 27,000 meals to families in north Texas.

Nash Named Hospital’s Development VP

Angela Nash

Angela Nash

Preston Hollow resident Angela Nash has been named the vice president of development for the Methodist Health System Foundation. She will lead capital campaigns to further the system’s mission.

“Angela’s commitment to servant leadership makes her an exceptional fit for Methodist Health System,” said April Box Chamberlain president and CEO of the Methodist Health System Foundation. “She will be an integral part of the Foundation’s future as we continue to ensure Methodist has the resources needed to provide world-class, quality care.”

The Baylor graduate has a background in business and nonprofit work. She will oversee campaign operations for the system’s eight hospitals and 27 health centers in the North Texas area.

Reading Rally Kicks Off at Providence

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Students at Providence Christian School kicked off Operation Reading Rally on Jan. 15. The program lasts for four weeks and raises scholarship money. Students  dressed in military-inspired clothes for the kickoff pep rally and participated in an obstacle course.

Classes Three and Four must read 3,500 minutes to reach “gold level.” They can read by themselves or listen to a parent, but it must be from a work of literature or the Bible. In fact, families are encouraged to read The Chronicles of Narnia series together.

“Reading fine literature is one of our school’s tenets,” headmaster Tony Jeffrey said. “Therefore, we are pleased that students and their families choose to spend time reading excellent books together, thus ensuring a successful fundraiser.”

Author Jonathan Rogers will also hold a session for parents at the campus on why stories are beneficial to a child’s character. The event will take place at 8 a.m. on Feb. 2 and is open to the public.

United Way Celebrates 90 Years With a Bang

Jennifer Sampson

Jennifer Sampson

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has been lending a helping hand in the community for 90 years now, which deserves a round of applause. But the group has been planning a larger celebration than that. On Feb. 6, the organization will host a the Unite Forever Gala featuring Blake Shelton and Usher.

Preston Hollow resident and United Way Dallas CEO and president Jennifer Sampson sat down to answer a few questions about the event.

PHES Presents Donation to UNICEF

UNICEF representative Hannah Wright (right) accepts a check from PHES 4th graders. 0
UNICEF representative Hannah Wright (right) accepts a check from PHES 4th graders.

Students at Preston Hollow Elementary School upped their “trick-or-treating” game this past fall.

The kids of PHES raised $1,000 for UNICEF’s Trick-or-Treat campaign by selling popcorn after school and gathering monetary donations. Roughly 75 percent of the total donation came from selling the 50-cent bags of popcorn.

On Jan. 8, the school celebrated their accomplishment by watching a slideshow of their fundraising efforts and listening to a few students’ personal narratives about what the fundraising process meant to them. Local UNICEF representative Hannah Wright was part of the crowd that day at to accept a donation check from the fourth-grade team.

Olympian to Host Free Youth Track Clinic

Gold medalist Natasha Hastings will visit Hillcrest on Saturday.

Gold medalist Natasha Hastings will visit Hillcrest on Saturday. (Photo: USATF)

Olympic gold medalist Natasha Hastings will visit Hillcrest High School on Saturday to host a free clinic for aspiring track stars.

The Dallas Elite Youth Track and Field Clinic will run from 9 a.m. to noon, and it’s free for athletes ages eight to 18. Hastings also will sign autographs. To register, email qervin_dallaselite@yahoo.com.

Hastings, a New York native, won a gold medal for the United States at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where she was part of the women’s 4×400 relay team. She has also won four world championships, and is hoping to return to the Olympics in 2016 in Brazil.