April 17, 2014

  • DISD Home-Rule Petition Still Needs Signatures

    If you’ve been wanting to sign the DISD home-rule petition but have never had a Support Our Public Schools person put a clipboard in your hands, today’s your lucky day. I’m told signatures will be gathered from 4 to 6 p.m. today and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Preston Royal Library. That’s right — they’re returning to the scene of this brouhaha.

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  • Your Groceries Can Help a Good Cause Today

    Lisa Loeb is playing the Kessler on Thursday night. (Staff photo; Chris McGathey).

    Lisa Loeb is among the celebrities contributing art to the auction. (Photo: Chris McGathey).

    If you’re going to buy groceries today, I suggest you buy them at the Whole Foods Market in The Shops at Park Lane. The store is going to donate 5 percent of the day’s net sales to Dallas Challenge. Staff and volunteers from the nonprofit will be at Whole Foods from 10 to 7 to display pieces that will be sold April 25 during the fifth annual Art From the Heart Celebrity Art Auction & Benefit. (Among the celebrities contributing art to the cause are Preston Hollow residents Mark Cuban and David Feherty and Hockaday graduate Lisa Loeb.) And if all that weren’t enough, the Easter Bunny will be at the store between 11 and 3 to give out hugs.

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  • April 16, 2014

  • Cambridge Announces Senior Tutorial Winner

    Elena Frattaroli defends her Senior Tutorial paper.

    Elena Frattaroli defends her Senior Tutorial paper.

    Congratulations to Preston Hollow resident Elena Frattaroli, winner of this year’s Cambridge School of Dallas Senior Tutorial competition with her paper, “Victor Hugo’s Waterloo: Focal Point of Les Miserables.”

    Senior Tutorial is the capstone of the curriculum at Cambridge and a requirement for graduation. Its purpose is to provide students with an occasion to study a topic in depth, write a rigorous academic paper on that topic, and present and defend the thesis of that paper publicly before an academic committee. This year’s other finalists were Maddy Chance (“Biological Weapons: Unjust and Morally Wrong”) and Parker Smith (“Law, Morality, and Human Flourishing”).

    The Senior Tutorial begins in the student’s junior year. A student selects an area of research, and faculty recommends books to read. Over the summer, students will read widely and deeply in their selected areas. At the beginning of their senior year, the students turn in annotated bibliographies and begin working individually with a faculty tutor to develop a substantive, defensible thesis statement. After much writing, additional research, rewriting, meetings with their faculty tutors, and some careful thinking along the way, the students turn in 15-page defenses of their theses.

    After the papers are submitted, the questioning process begins. The final drafts of the papers are sent to the semi-finalist judges. The judges read the tutorial papers, develop objections and questions, and give the students a chance to answer questions and objections publicly.

    Three students are chosen to go before a second academic committee in the finalist round, where an outside committee of distinguished judges selects the winner.

    By Apr. 16, 2014 | 11:28 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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  • April 14, 2014

  • Ursuline Needs a New Soccer Coach

    The Ursuline soccer program, which has won 24 straight TAPPS state titles, will have a new home field next season. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    The Ursuline soccer program has won 24 straight TAPPS state titles. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    If you’d like to lead a girls soccer program that has won 24 consecutive state championships and has a new home field set to debut this fall, then you should know that Ursuline Academy is hiring. Allison Daus, a 2005 graduate of Ursuline who took over the program two years ago after three seasons as an assistant coach, has resigned to become the spokeswoman for Bishop Dunne.

    By Apr. 14, 2014 | 8:03 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • History Barely Eludes Spieth at Masters

    Jordan Spieth finished in a tie for second place at the Masters on Sunday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

    Jordan Spieth finished in a tie for second place at the Masters on Sunday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

    If this weekend was any indication, Jordan Spieth will have plenty more opportunities to don the famed Green Jacket.

    Until then, the former Jesuit standout will have to settle for a runner-up finish in his first Masters. In his quest to become the youngest Masters champion, Spieth, 20, shot an even-par round of 72 on Sunday to finish in a tie for second place, three shots behind champion Bubba Watson.

    Spieth and Watson were tied entering Sunday’s final round, with the Preston Hollow native holding a two-shot lead after a birdie on the fourth hole. But shaky putting was costly for Spieth down the stretch as Watson took command to win his second Masters in three years.

    Still, Spieth cemented his place as one of the sport’s rising stars, and a major title is likely not far behind.

    By Apr. 14, 2014 | 7:17 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • April 11, 2014

  • Mastrogiovanni Gets Props From ESPN

    A year after facing opponents such as Sunset and W.T. White, Jordan Mastrogiovanni had his hands full with the Alabama Crimson Tide.

    A year after facing Sunset and W.T. White, Jordan Mastrogiovanni had his hands full with the likes of Alabama.

    Jesuit graduate Jordan Mastrogiovanni was the subject of a glowing profile on ESPN.com this week that detailed how he stepped up to the big time as a freshman with the Texas A&M Aggies.

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  • Laura Miller is Not Pleased With Lee Kleinman

    In case you missed it, Laura Miller has asked Jennifer Staubach Gates to replace Lee Kleinman as her proxy in the Transwestern affair. At one point yesterday afternoon, this little ditty was the lead story on the Dallas Morning News‘ website. Oddly, there’s no mention of it in today’s paper.

    By Apr. 11, 2014 | 10:28 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Spieth Makes Solid Debut at Masters

    Jordan Spieth shot a round of 71 during his Masters debut on Thursday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

    Jordan Spieth shot a round of 71 during his Masters debut on Thursday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

    Jordan Spieth was able to shake off the nerves and the pressure of a featured pairing in his Masters debut on Thursday.

    The Preston Hollow native and former Jesuit standout shot a 1-under-par round of 71, and is three strokes off the lead held by Bill Haas heading into the second round today.

    Spieth, 20, is paired with Rory McIlroy and fellow Masters newcomer Patrick Reed for the first two rounds in Augusta, Ga. The trio will tee off today in the final group at 12:59 p.m., with coverage on ESPN.

    By Apr. 11, 2014 | 9:49 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • April 8, 2014

  • Details on Preston Hollow Village Remain Scant

    Work progresses Tuesday on the northwest corner of Walnut Hill and Central Expressway. (Photo: Dan Koller)

    Work progresses Tuesday on the northwest corner of Walnut Hill and Central Expressway. (Photo: Dan Koller)

    If you’re wondering about the progress of the 42-acre development called Preston Hollow Village on the northwest corner of Walnut Hill and Central, you might have to wait a little longer.

    I spoke to Zachary Porter, a partner with Retail Street Advisors, and he said the Trader Joe’s in the village will open in October. But almost every question I asked couldn’t be answered because of the unknown or the company not wanting to reveal too much information.

    What he did tell me is Preston Hollow Village will be made up of restaurants, two salons, and a barbershop, but the specific names of the businesses are being kept confidential until more leases are signed.

    Phase II of the construction, which will feature three mid-rise apartment buildings, will begin before year’s end, Porter said. The apartments haven’t been named yet, and pre-leasing hasn’t begun either.

    You can click around here to see pictures and sketches of the development.

    By Apr. 8, 2014 | 12:15 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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