Fewer Obstacles on Fairway to College For TJ Seniors


Two Thomas Jefferson High School are headed to college this fall with $20,000 Deloitte and the Northern Texas PGA Fairway to Success scholarships.

Renee Moreno and Marco Ramirez, respectively ranked third and seventh in their class, will head to rival schools in the fall. Moreno to Texas A&M to study architecture and Ramirez to the University of Texas to pursue a business degree.

The soon-to-be grads were two of six Dallas ISD students to receive the scholarships this year at a breakfast held on May 2 at Lakewood Country Club.

Established in 2007, the Fairway to Success program offers after-school golf lessons to students from TJ, W.W. Samuell, and Lincoln. The scholarship recipients all participated in the program and were chosen based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, community involvement, and financial need, according to a press release.

You can read more about these remarkable seniors here.

Ursuline Squares Off Against St. Louis Sisters


I am not a hockey person, but I hear the Dallas Stars are really something this year.

The Stars will face the St. Louis Blues in the fourth game of the second round of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight in St. Louis.

Last week, Ursuline Academy in Dallas was challenged by Ursuline Academy in St. Louis, in an epic battle of the plaid skirts, to show off their pride for their team.

Ursuline Dallas answered in a beautiful way. Enjoy.

Police Report: April 26 – May 1



At 1:38 a.m. a shoplifter stole merchandise from Dillard’s at NorthPark. Michael Menife, 19, was arrested on a charge of theft.

Between 6 p.m. on April 25 and 6 a.m. on April 26, a thief stole a vehicle parked at the Winston School in the 5700 block of Royal Lane.

Between 1 and 5 a.m., a thief stole a vehicle in the 8600 block of Thackery Street.

At 10:30 a.m., an assailant attacked a victim in the 4800 block of West Lovers Lane.

Pop-up Open House Provides Luxurious Perks

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Courtesy Photo

Realtors Jonathan Rosen and Christy Berry, founders of the RosenBerry Group and executive vice presidents of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, are constantly looking for new ways to draw attention to luxurious properties on the market.

On Feb. 28, the RosenBerry Group hosted a pop-up open house featuring eight luxury homes throughout Preston Hollow, Highland Park, Bluffview, and other areas of Dallas. The houses vary in both style and price. From a remodeled Tudor to an estate in Preston Hollow, the homes range from around $750,000 to $4.5 million.

In creating a spinoff from the traditional open house, the realtor group partnered with local businesses to provide enticing experiences to enhance the qualities of each home.

For example, Tailwaters Flyfishing and Community Brewing Company were at the home at 3615 Amherst Ave. to highlight the water feature in the back of the property. Other companies set up throughout the different properties included Scardello Wine & Cheese, Audi, and Trunk Club, to name a few.

Breaking vs. Entering: Knowing the Difference


carbreakinSince taking over the Police Reports, I have come to look forward to Monday mornings. It means a new batch of arrest and offense reports in my inbox, and another round of shaking our heads or fits of laughter. A common question we ask here in the office: “How can so many people leave their vehicles/houses unlocked?”

Perhaps it’s time to shed some light on the terminology we use in these reports so you can understand how often people casually leave their property unguarded, and be in on the joke.

If you read about an incident where a burglar “broke into” a house, it should be self-explanatory that force was required to enter the residence or vehicle. However, if a thief “entered” a vehicle or home, that’s code for: house or vehicle were left unlocked. So the key words to look for? “Broke into” or “entered.”

Now go through our reports and count how many thieves there are, and maybe you’ll see why we shake our heads. And perhaps the next time you’re leaving the house, or getting our of your car, you’ll make a conscious effort to lock up your property. We’re just looking out for our readers here.

Pizza Pie-oneers Celebrate 70 Years

Campisi’s CEO, David Campisi, is flanked by his cousins Scott Frey and Kenny Penn, regional manager and president, respectively. (Photo: Konrad Kaltenbach) 0
Campisi’s CEO, David Campisi, is flanked by his cousins Scott Frey and Kenny Penn, regional manager and president, respectively. (Photo: Konrad Kaltenbach)

In a small bar kitchen on Knox street in 1946, “Papa” Carlo Campisi served up the first slices of pizza in Dallas. Seventy years later, his great-grandson, David, is leading the Italian empire into a new era.

Campisi’s now has 10 locations in addition to the flagship Papa opened on Mockingbird Lane in 1950. The newest locale opened April 1 in Plano with a modern interior inspired by the family-style dining patrons have come to know and love about this “red sauce, homemade, handmade company.”

“We want to be an iconic brand that advances in ways that the guests don’t see,” David said. “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Sure we’ve restored this and that, upgraded wine lines, and all of that, but we are about following the palette of the guests, which is why we have had the same recipes for 70 years.”

Bennett Glazer, CEO of Glazer’s, Inc., can attest to Campisi’s consistency. His family has been supplying the restaurants with alcohol since they opened. Glazer remembers David’s grandpa, Joe, who took over for Papa Carlo, treating him like a son when he would come in with his dad to talk business.

“David has taken Campisi’s to another level,” Glazer said. “He doesn’t cut corners and he is always going to deliver a good product.”

David recently started expanding outside North Texas by signing a lease in Lubbock, south of the Texas Tech University campus. David, a 1992 grad, says bringing the brand to a city that treats friends like family was an easy decision.

Give Love to Ronald McDonald House


IMG_3980Want to “Give Love” to the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas? The home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill or injured children is selling T-shirts with its chief cheer officer Shiloh.

T-shirts cost $15 plus tax, which provides a one night stay for a family. Shirts can be ordered online, or at the front desk of Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.

Then, once you have your shirt, be sure to wear it on Friday May 13th, “Give Love” day to show support and awareness of this organization’s mission.

St. Mark’s Splashes to Three-Peat at State

St. Mark's has built a dynasty in the world of Texas high school water polo with three straight state championships.

St. Mark’s has built a dynasty in the world of Texas high school water polo with three straight state championships.

Congratulations to the St. Mark’s water polo team, which won its third consecutive TISCA state title last weekend in College Station.

With a roster that included five freshmen, the Lions defeated Pearland Dawson, Houston Strake Jesuit, Friendswood Clear Brook, and Southlake Carroll at the state tournament.

The win came only a few days after St. Mark’s took the crown at the inaugural Texas Private School Water Polo Championship in suburban Houston.

Leading Lady in Love

Mindy Ginsberg

Mandy Ginsberg

Hockaday alum Mandy Ginsberg is a “fast talker, fast walker,” as she puts it. She has to be as a mother of two, a wife, and the newest CEO of Match Group North America, as of January.

If there was a “least likely to …” vote at Hockaday, Ginsberg probably would have won “least likely to move back to Texas” after she graduated in 1988.

After she left her Preston Hollow roots, Ginsberg lived in California, Philadelphia, New York, and Tel Aviv over the next 18 years. While attending business school as a single mother in Pennsylvania, Ginsberg learned that her mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, giving her a reason to return home.

“It’s one of the best decisions of my life, and one that I never regret,” she said.

Now, it’s almost comical for her to watch her 7- and 17-year-old daughters live her life, attending Lamplighter and Hockaday, respectively, and growing up in Preston Hollow, a mile away from her family.

Ginsberg was introduced to Match.com, media and internet company IAC’s flagship dating company, a decade ago when a friend from her days as a Hockadaisy informed her of an opening with the company.