November 21, 2014

  • Hobbies Inspire Student’s Poetry Book

    Raman shows off his book, Beyond the Edge, in the library. (Courtesy Photo)

    Raman shows off his book, Beyond the Edge, in the library. (Courtesy Photo)

    Some aspiring writers take decades to get published. That’s not the case for one St. Mark’s sophomore. Gopal Raman has published his first volume of poetry, called Beyond the Edge.

    “I started writing creatively in seventh grade, and I would compile a folder,” Raman said.

    Raman is also a dedicated student of photography, which highly influenced his work.

    “It just started as a side project I was working on in my spare time,” Raman said. “Most of [the poems] are nature-themed. A lot of times, the poem will complement the photo.” Read More…

    By Nov. 21, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Open House Market to Benefit Brookwood

    The Brookwood Community, a nonprofit that serves adults with disabilities, will host its fourth annual Open House Market on Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 4255 Shorecrest Drive.

    The market will feature handcrafted gifts and home décor like dinnerware, ornaments, candles, and more. Free personalization will also be available.

    Brookwood is a living community in the Houston suburb of Brookshire. McCord and Waverly Wilson, who will host the event at their home in Bluffview, have a personal connection to Brookwood. McCord’s aunt had Down syndrome and lived at the home until she died in 2012.

    Through partnerships with the Heart of Dallas chapter of the National Charity League and various volunteers, Dallas dwellers can lend a hand to this out-of-town philanthropy.

    By Nov. 21, 2014 | 6:15 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 20, 2014

  • Meat Alternatives Have Come a Long Way

    Columnist Stephanie Casey

    Columnist Stephanie Casey

    Eating an increasingly plant-based diet again these past few years has been mostly about consuming straight plants for me — fruits and veggies, the more local and organic, the better.

    However, this year I have also been experimenting with meat substitutes. Their quality and technology has greatly advanced since I was a vegetarian teenager (20 years ago … cough … ahem). Recently, I went on “Fox 4 Good Day” and cooked up a totally plant-based protein BBQ sandwich. One of the hosts questioned, “so, it’s not tofu?” It’s a common reaction from folks not familiar with the wide variety of alternative proteins available these days. No! It is not tofu (not that there is anything wrong with tofu).

    When I say the technology has changed, I mean that there are (very wise) companies engineering this stuff to create product with minimal processing and natural ingredients, and which simulates the animal product experience. Bill Gates funds one of these companies. He knows this is the future of food. Read More…

    By Nov. 20, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 19, 2014

  • PHC Invests in San Antonio Golf Resort

    Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson

    Preston Hollow Capital recently completed a $48.9 million financing for the Cibolo Canyons Special Improvement District, a 2,100-acre, mixed-use development near San Antonio.

    The bond funding transaction will reimburse the infrastructure costs for developer Forestar Group Inc. PHC was launched earlier this year by Jim Thompson, a Preston Hollow resident who previously was a longtime executive with Orix USA.

    Cibolo Canyons includes the Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa, as well as two TPC golf courses designed by Pete Dye and Greg Norman.

    By Nov. 19, 2014 | 2:39 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Is It Easy Being ‘Green’ With Real Estate?

    The North Dallas Chamber of Commerce will hold a symposium about investing in green real estate on Thursday at the Collins Executive Education Center at SMU.

    The topics will include return on investment for real-estate companies and consumers when it comes to issues of sustainability, and whether “green” real estate is a profitable long-term option.

    Read More…

    By Nov. 19, 2014 | 11:35 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Alcuin Opens New Innovation Studio

    Alcuin students celebrated the opening of their new, high-tech facility. (Courtesy Photo)

    Alcuin students celebrated the opening of their new, high-tech facility. (Courtesy Photo)

    Alcuin School is encouraging new high-tech student pursuits in its new Innovation Studio, a facility designed to promote an interactive learning environment that stimulates imagination, creativity, innovation, and leadership exploration.

    The contemporary studio, which launched this fall, is equipped with a variety of technological supplies and tools including a 3-D printer, All-In-One Learning boards, a SMART Table, and a presentation theater, among other cutting-edge amenities. Read More…

    By Nov. 19, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Boardroom Supports No-Shave November

    It’s that time of year again, when men of all ages have a legitimate excuse to let their facial hair flourish. Boardroom Salon for Men encourages this behavior with its contribution to the Movember campaign.

    The salon is hosting shave parties on Nov. 29-30. Guests will get 50 percent off an express shave and a $5 donation will be made to the Movember Foundation for men’s health. In addition to this, there is also a “Celebrate Movember” contest in which Facebook fans can win free weekly mustache trims and a Benchmark haircut service. For each entry, Boardroom will donate $10 to the Movember Foundation.

    By Nov. 19, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 18, 2014

  • Hockadaisy Honored For Girl Scout Project

    Meredith Burke replanted native grasses and wildflowers to help preserve the Blackland Prairie ecosystem as part of a Girl Scout project. Burke will be honored at a luncheon on Wednesday. (Photo: Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas)

    Meredith Burke replanted native grasses and wildflowers to help preserve the Blackland Prairie ecosystem as part of a Girl Scout project. Burke will be honored at a luncheon on Wednesday. (Photo: Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas)

    Hockaday senior Meredith Burke is one of two Girl Scouts who will be honored on Wednesday at the Women of Distinction Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole.

    Burke, along with Cameron Wicks of Cedar Hill, were selected by the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas for their community service and leadership skills.

    Burke joined Girl Scouts as a Brownie and has since earned her Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards. She spearheaded a two-year project to restore the near-extinct Blackland Prairie ecosystem by removing invasive grass and replanting grasses and wildflowers at the Connemara Conservancy. She received a grant from Disney for her efforts, was awarded the President’s Environmental Youth Certificate, and was the first youth speaker at the Texas State House Wreaths Across America ceremony in 2013.

    By Nov. 18, 2014 | 5:42 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Pauley to Appear at Legacy Fundraiser

    Jane Pauley

    Jane Pauley

    The Legacy Senior Communities will hold its annual “Yes! Event” fundraiser on Wednesday at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, with former TV personality Jane Pauley as the keynote speaker.

    The event will benefit The Legacy Preston Hollow, a nonprofit Dallas home for Jewish seniors. Co-chairs include Carol Aaron, Candy Brown, Elaine Pearlman, Linda Garner, Ruthy Rosenberg, Amy Korenvaes, and Maddy Unterberg.

    The noon luncheon includes a silent auction. Tickets are $200 each, and can be reserved here.

    By Nov. 18, 2014 | 2:42 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Developer to Speak at CREW Luncheon

    Lucy Billingsley

    Lucy Billingsley

    The Dallas chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women will hold its November luncheon on Wednesday, featuring a keynote address from area developer Lucy Billingsley.

    The Billingsley Company is developing Cypress Waters, a 1,000-acre project mixing residential, retail and office uses near North Lake in northwest Dallas. She started the company in 1978, and has also developed the International Business Park and the Arts Plaza campus.

    The luncheon, which is open to the public, begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Park City Club. Cost is $55 for pre-registered guests and $65 for walk-ins. For more information, contact Kim Hopkins at 214-890-6490 or

    By Nov. 18, 2014 | 6:39 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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