Posts by Sarah Bennett

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    • Sarah Bennett
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    • Sarah grew up in Mansfield and graduated from SMU with a Creative Writing degree. She joined People Newspapers in January 2013 after interning with D Magazine in fall 2012. After a brief freelancing hiatus, she returned to People in May 2014.
  • Pirch Opening to Feature Local Faces

    Remember that time we told you about Pirch opening in NorthPark? Well, their opening is coming up this week, and it’s set for an all-star cast — from the local perspective, that is. Dallas City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates, Pirch CEO Jeffery Sears, NorthPark president Nancy Nasher, and ESD cheerleaders will cut the ribbon at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday.

    Tim Byres will also be doing cooking demos from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Troy Johnson, Food Netowkr host and author, will also be doing performances from 2 to 7 p.m. That should add some spice to your back-to-school shopping.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 21, 2014 | 2:36 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Villalba Calls For Independent Audit of DA’s Office

    State Rep. Jason Villalba announced yesterday that he is calling for an independent audit of the Dallas County District Attorney’s office by the State Auditor’s office due to recent allegations of DA Craig Watkins improperly using public funds and improper operation of a county-owned vehicle.

    Apparently, Watkins rear-ended another vehicle on the Tollway while driving a county-owned vehicle to a speaking engagement at the Park Cities Club on Feb. 5 and then used office funds to settle the arrangement.

    “If Mr. Watkins has violated the law, he should be held responsible, Villalba said in a statement.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 20, 2014 | 4:06 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • This Just in: 75230 Still Full of Mosquitoes

    Sigh. A mosquito pool tested positive for West Nile Virus in the 6600 block of Norway Road. Therefore, the city will spray for mosquitoes between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. tonight and tomorrow. 

    The area is generally bounded by Royal LaneTulane BoulevardAirline Road, and Walnut Hill Lane.

    You know the drill: stay inside, roll up your car windows, keep the pets indoors, and wear mosquito spray when you are outside. And report and problems or standing water to the city at 311.

    If you just can’t get enough mosquito data, go here.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 18, 2014 | 2:47 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Parish Hosts Food Drive This Weekend

    Volunteers get busy on the work to be done. (Photo: Courtesy of Barb Nichol)

    Volunteers get busy on the work to be done. (Photo: Courtesy of Barb Nichol)

    Today through Sunday, Parish Episcopal School will be hosting a food drive in partnership with Turn Hunger Into Hope, Dallas MobilePack, and Feed My Starving Children. Parish expects about 5,000 volunteers, but more hands are always needed. Together, they will pack 1 million meals.

    If you choose to volunteer, bring a non-perishable food item to support the North Texas Food Bank.

    Packing sessions will begin following 15-minute overviews and take place in two-hour shifts, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 15, 2014 | 5:29 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Learn to Prevent Child Abuse at Upcoming Event

    In our print issue this month, we take a look at state Rep. Jason Villalba’s time in office so far. We also gave you a heads up that some district events were coming up. Well, here’s your official reminder that the first of those two, district events is coming up soon:

    Join Villalba and representatives of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center on Sept. 17 for information on preventing child abuse. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Dallas Children’s Theater. Need more info? Go here.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 13, 2014 | 12:11 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Students: Use ‘Golden Rule’ to Express Art, Win

    We all know that the arts frequently receive far too little funding in schools. We also all know that the “golden rule” is something many families value in our community. Why not combine the two and enter The Thanks-Giving Foundation’s Expressions of Gratitude art competition?

    Here’s the deal: teachers/mentors/parents of students K-12 can enter children’s work in the form of visual arts, dance, and written word on the theme “I am grateful for the Golden Rule.” Entries are open Sept. 15 – Dec. 15.

    Judges from various institutions will then award an art/essay winner with prize money from the following groups: kindergarten/first grade; second/third grade; fourth/fifth grade; sixth through eighth grade; ninth/tenth grade; and eleventh/twelfth grade.

    Dance entries will be judged in three groups: kindergarten through fifth grade; sixth through eighth grade; and ninth through twelfth grade.

    Not only do winners receive a cash prize, but their teacher or school receives money for classroom supplies. Click the link here for more information.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 13, 2014 | 10:35 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • W. T. White Snags Academic Distinction From State

    Results for the state’s accountability standards were released by the Texas Education Agency (better known as TEA) today, and many Dallas ISD schools did well. Namely, W. T. White High School received distinction in five out of six categories including reading, math, science, social studies, and post-secondary. All 12 schools in the W. T. White feeder pattern met standards, and many received multiple distinctions as well.

    Hillcrest High School also met three of the six distinctions in science, social studies, and post-secondary.

    “There is a lot of positive information in this report about individual campuses,” DISD superintendent Mike Miles said in a statement. 

    Information for the elementary schools such as Kramer, Preston Hollow, and DeGolyer are included as well.

    If you want to see the full list of categories met for each campus in DISD, be our guest:

    State Accountability Summary

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 12, 2014 | 2:53 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Journalism Teacher Inspires Students in Digital Age

     

    Sandra Hall-Chiles leads a summer workshop for journalism students in Dallas. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Sandra Hall-Chiles leads a summer workshop for journalism students in Dallas. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

     

    Journalism teacher Sandra Hall-Chiles may have just finished her inaugural year at the Episcopal School of Dallas, but she’s no rookie. The veteran teacher has nearly 40 years of experience at various campuses, and a tendency to leave students with inspiration and awards at each one.

    “It was a challenge because anytime you change schools, you try to incorporate that culture into your educational philosophy,” she said of her first year at ESD.

    After all, she was following in some great footsteps. Barbara Meier, who died of breast cancer, had taught there for roughly 30 years and was beloved by students. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 12, 2014 | 11:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Restaurant Brings Back Glamour

    Owner Tom Ruggeri checks on guests after their tableside meals have been served to ensure their dining experience is top-notch. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Owner Tom Ruggeri checks on guests after their tableside meals have been served to ensure their dining experience is top-notch. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Restaurant patrons looking to turn back the clock to a more glamorous era of dining should look no further than Ruggeri’s in Preston Royal Southwest.

    Once a week, the restaurant has started offering classic, fine-dining options on rolling carts such as chateaubriand, rack of lamb, and strawberries flambe.  Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 11, 2014 | 11:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Homeowner to Agents: ‘ … And a New Car!’

    The owner of 5139 Seneca Drive really wants to sell his Bluffview home. He’s offering a custom 2013 Mercedes SL550 to the real-estate agent who brings in a buyer. Not too shabby, eh? Chad Schulin with Dave Perry-Miller has the listing, at a cool $10,988,000. I really just want to know about the “child’s hobbit room” listed in the description.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 8, 2014 | 11:32 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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