July 29, 2014

  • Summer Heat Cools Down Hectic Housing Market


    As Mother Nature turns up the Texas heat this summer, the local housing market has started to cool down.

    But that doesn’t necessarily reflect a negative trend for buyers or sellers in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. It’s more of a product of the desire of homeowners to escape for the summer.

    “The more affluent areas of town have more people that go out of town for the summer, so they’re not as apt to be searching for property,” said Brady Moore, an agent with Dave Perry-Miller and Associates. “I feel like it’s finally starting to settle down a little bit lately.” Read More…

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  • July 28, 2014

  • Reiser Rows to Semis in World Championships

    Cole Reiser

    Cole Reiser

    Former Jesuit standout Cole Reiser took a bow at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships over the weekend in Varese, Italy.

    Specifically, Reiser was in the bow of a men’s pair boat representing the United States. His partner was Jordan Vanderstoep, his teammate at the University of California.

    The duo finished fourth in their semifinal heat, which was won by a boat from Serbia, and placed eighth overall.

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  • Surgeon Honored For Spine Service

    Dr. Douglas Won

    Dr. Douglas Won

    Dr. Douglas Won, a Preston Hollow resident and founder of Irving-based SpineCARE, has been recognized for his work by Chicago trade publication Becker’s Spine Review.

    Won is one of 17 spine surgeons nationwide, and three in Texas to be honored with the 2014 Leadership Award. In addition to directing the spine center in Irving, Won is the chief medical officer of Star Medical Center, a surgical hospital in Plano.

    The publication accepted nominations of top spine surgeons from readers and industry professionals, and the publication selected winners based on leadership, experience and entrepreneurship.

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  • Rowers Win Big at National Competition

    Members of Jesuit’s crew team perfect their craft. Jesuit sent one boat of eight competitors to the invitational event. (Photo: ​Emily Gossett)

    Members of Jesuit’s crew team perfect their craft. Jesuit sent one boat of eight competitors to the invitational event. (Photo: ​Emily Gossett)

    Just because North Dallas is landlocked doesn’t mean its students can’t dominate in crew. Ask any of the athletes from ESD, Jesuit, St. Mark’s, and Hillcrest High School who participated and placed in the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships this summer.

    “As a team, it was wonderful,” said ESD junior Julius Stener. “We all worked really hard for the last few weeks — and years — of our lives.”

    ESD had three boats compete at the invitational competition in Sacramento, Calif. Stener’s boat placed among the top five race times overall.

    “I didn’t know I would fall in love with it so much,” he said of the sport.

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  • July 27, 2014

  • Toll Lanes Make a Quicker Commute Costly

    What’s true in retail also is becoming fact when it comes to Dallas roads — you get what you pay for.

    And the hope among transportation officials is that many drivers in the area are willing to pay a premium to avoid traffic congestion and aggravation.

    The test of that theory is along LBJ Freeway between Interstate 35E and North Central Expressway, where the second phase of TEXpress Lanes opened in early July.

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  • July 24, 2014

  • More Diseased Mosquitos in 75230, 75243

    This time, the West Nile-positive creatures were found near the 11400 block of Park Central Drive and the 12100 block of Oberlin Drive. If the weather’s good, the city will spray the area between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. tonight and tomorrow night. Here’s the exact area to be sprayed:

    11400 block of Park Central Drive: Forest Lane on the north, Hillcrest Road on the west, Central Expressway on the east and Royal Lane on the south.

    12100 block of Oberlin Drive: Bunche Drive on the north, Willowdell Drive on the west, TI Boulevard on the east and Forest Lane on the south.

    The insecticide they use is approved by the EPA, but you should still try to stay indoors during the spraying, or roll the windows up if driving. Wash with soap and water if you come in contact with the stuff.

    As always, prevent your contact with mosquitoes by limiting your outdoor hours at night and using bug spray when you must be out of doors. Always eliminate standing water, and call 311 to report any concerns.

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  • SVNA to Hold Annual Meeting Tonight

    The Schreiber Volunteer Neighborhood Association will hold its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at the Schreiber Methodist Family Life Center.

    The guest list is slated to include Dallas City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates, Dallas City Plan Commissioner Margot Murphy, W.T. White High School principal Michelle Thompson, and various other representatives from Dallas ISD, Walmart, and Zone Systems Inc.

    Among the featured topics are updates on a proposed Verizon tower, the W.T. White traffic plan, and Walmart construction, and other pertinent items. Registration begins at 6 p.m. You can find out more information about the SVNA here.

    By Jul. 24, 2014 | 10:47 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 23, 2014

  • Villalba to Host Family-Minded Events

    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.

    By Jul. 23, 2014 | 4:28 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Local Students Take in Colorado

    Young Life students from Dallas camp at Frontier Ranch in Colorado. (Photo: Courtesy of Louisa Meyer)

    Young Life students from Dallas camp at Frontier Ranch in Colorado. (Photo: Courtesy of Louisa Meyer)

    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!

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  • July 22, 2014

  • Outfielder Takes Major Leap in Minors

    Josh Bell is enjoying a successful season in the minor leagues. (Photo: Marty Morrow/Bradenton marauders)

    Josh Bell is enjoying a successful season in the minor leagues. (Photo: Marty Morrow/Bradenton Marauders)

    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…

    By Jul. 22, 2014 | 9:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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