In this month’s issue, I took a look at the major accomplishments so far in state Rep. Jason Villalba’s freshman term. I also mentioned some upcoming, family-oriented events in the district. Well, here they are:
Sept. 17: Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center will host “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse” to help people to recognize the signs and symptoms of child abuse and help victims. Villalba will be there along with DCAC to help members of our community learn some red flags. Get more info here.
Oct. 4: Villalba will team up with the National Alzheimer’s Foundation’s Community Memory Screenings and Awareness-Raising Education — whew, or CARES for short — to promote early detection for memory loss at Royal Lane Baptist Church.
Those dates are a little ways off, so don’t worry — I’ll remind you here on the blog.
Students from W. T. White High School, Thomas Jefferson High School, Hillcrest High School, and Covenant Christian Academy are camping at Frontier Ranch in Colorado as we speak with their Young Life leaders. Apparently, Young Life has been well-established at W. T. White and Hillcrest for years, but has just recently taken off at Covenant and Thomas Jefferson. Way to go, kiddos!
Josh Bell has re-started his minor-league baseball career quite nicely.
Bell, a former Jesuit standout, was chosen in the second round of the amateur draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011, and generally is regarded as one of the organization’s top outfield prospects.
He is continuing to build on that potential this season while playing for the Bradenton Marauders, the Pirates’ affiliate in the Class-A Florida State League.
Through mid-June, the right fielder led the team in almost every offensive category this season, including batting average, runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, runs batted in. Read More…
We got the news today that legislative candidate Leigh Bailey gave birth to a little boy this morning, named Trey Bailey Carrizales. Trey was born at 5:24 a.m., to be exact, weighing in at 8 lbs., 2 oz. We hear everyone’s doing just fine. Congrats to Leigh and her husband, Vinny!
— Leigh Bailey (@Leigh_Bailey) July 21, 2014
Grant Wiley, a Preston Hollow resident who graduated this spring from Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship as part of the inaugural Horse Sense Essay Contest.
The contest was created by Preston Hollow investor Don Hodges and is centered on his book, Horse Sense, Street Smarts: A Common-Sense Collection of Quotes About Business and Life.
The contest was meant to encourage high school seniors and college students to read, contemplate, and write a short essay on the meaning behind quotes in the book.
Local civic leader and Preston Hollow resident Bobby B. Lyle will be given the Folsom Leadership Award this fall by the Methodist Health System Foundation.
The award, which is named after former Dallas Mayor Robert Folsom, was established in 2005 to recognize those with a demonstrated commitment to community leadership. Past winners include Nancy Ann Hunt, Troy Aikman, Laura Bush, Norman Brinker, Emmitt Smith, Trevor Rees-Jones, Mike Boone, and Rev. Mark Craig.
Lyle will receive his honor at a fundraising dinner on Nov. 19 at the Imperial Ballroom at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The honorary co-chairs include Rex and Renna Tillerson and Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt. Event co-chairs are Mitch and Linda Hart and Highland Park residents David and Carolyn Miller.
Steve Franklin is making a racket as the new head USTA tennis professional at Cooper Fitness Center, where he has started leading tennis programs for both adults and children.
Franklin comes to Cooper from The Village Tennis Center, where he worked for 20 years. He also served as president of the Dallas Professional Tennis Association and vice president of the Dallas Tennis Association.
As part of his playing resume, Franklin has been ranked in the top 10 in Texas in both singles and doubles. He is a member of the USTA officials committee.
Michael Young insists that his family’s involvement in the Knights and Princesses Dream Ball benefit for the Dallas Children’s Theater is a family affair.
That was one caveat insisted upon by the Preston Hollow resident and former Texas Rangers standout — that if he was going to be an honorary chair of the fundraiser, that his wife and children could share in the recognition as well.
So Young is chairing the Sept. 20 benefit — for which proceeds will fund adapted performances for children with special needs — along with his wife, Cristina Barbosa, and their children, Mateo, Emilio, and Antonio.
The restaurant was thought up long before its opening, when owners Jim and Cindy Hughes were young newlyweds in Omaha, Neb. A friend of theirs owned a restaurant that was closing called Bread Winners. Before the couple moved to Dallas, they bought the name for $1, with the intent of someday opening their own location.
The Hughes settled into their apartment in Uptown, before it was known as Uptown, and noticed a restaurant called Verlaine’s on the corner of McKinney and Hall, whose quirky charm and proximity to downtown sparked their interest. Verlaine’s was in the process of closing, so the Hughes purchased it, made some renovations, and opened for business 20 years ago.
Bread Winners started out with 10 employees and a nearly empty bank account. The cafe now boasts four locations, 450 employees, and corporate catering services. All four of the Hughes’ children have worked in the restaurant, along with both sets of their parents. Bread Winners has won several local awards for its menu and bakery items, and has developed SoleMates, organic treats for pets.
The cafe is celebrating this milestone by hosting a cake ball challenge, which will provide four lucky customers with free Bread Winners for a year. For more information about the contest, visit the restaurant’s website.
At just 16 years old, Michael Fowler had a promising future ahead of him, but felt something was missing.
A star tennis player with scholarship offers, the Preston Hollow native was feeling pressure from his parents and wanted a way to relax.
“One day I decided I wanted a break and I wanted to try and go out with the guys,” he said. “I had heard all these stories about parties and things like that, and so I made the decision that I wanted to try something.” Read More…
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