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.
  • Officials Talk Ebola With Faith Leaders


    On Wednesday morning, local government officials met with faith leaders from all over town at Park Cities Baptist Church to give updates on Dallas’ Ebola situation and discuss best practices and issues going forward. Mayor Mike Rawlings, City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates, and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins were among the panelists to speak.

    “It has been a challenge for Clay and myself this past month, but we feel blessed,” Rawlings said. He emphasized that with only one fatality, the situation could have been much worse, and pointed to more numerous deaths in the city due to West Nile Virus and domestic violence. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 30, 2014 | 4:40 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Home Tours Showcase More Than Pretty Facades

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    Courtesy photos

    Home tours abound when the holidays come ringing. Luckily, with so many choices comes the chance to see a wide array of architecture and design styles. There are even a few with a cause.

    The New Friends New Life tour — which will feature four homes on Beverly Drive, Windsor Lane, Southwestern Boulevard, and Lakeside Drive — takes place on Nov. 23 and features something more than just good looks: proceeds go to the namesake organization, which helps to empower trafficked girls and sexually-exploited women.

    “The lives of women and children are transformed and families are restored because of the community support,” executive director and honorary chair Katie Pedigo said.

    Corporate and family sponsors include a few notable names, including Allie Beth Allman, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, and Gail and Gerald Turner.

    Homes for the 15th annual tour were announced at a party on Sept. 18. Highlights include a “floating” staircase and an outdoor mural. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 29, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Races to Watch: District Attorney

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    Craig Watkins

    A product of the Dallas public school system, Craig Watkins was first elected in 2006 as the first African-American district attorney in Texas. Watkins has faced criticism after using forfeiture funds to settle a car accident in 2013.


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    Susan Hawk

    Susan Hawk is a former felony prosecutor and criminal court judge, and has tried more than 150 jury trials. She has served as a member of both the Republican and Democratic parties.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 29, 2014 | 1:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Races to Watch: County Judge

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    Ron Natinsky

    Republican and Far North Dallas resident Ron Natinsky faces Democratic incumbent Clay Jenkins in the race for county judge. Natinsky is a Hillcrest High School graduate and a former city councilman, where he served the city for six years.



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    Clay Jenkins

    Jenkins, a Park Cities resident and parent of HPISD students, has been in the spotlight for the past year due to his proposal to house undocumented children within Dallas County as well as his efforts to curtail Ebola in Dallas.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 29, 2014 | 1:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Catholic Charities Gala Features Chicago

    The Catholic Charities of Dallas will host the 17th annual Bishop’s Gala on Jan. 31 at the Hilton Anatole. The gala will start at 6 p.m. and feature Chicago for entertainment. All proceeds benefit the Catholic Charities of Dallas. Buy tickets here.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 29, 2014 | 12:19 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • GOP Challenges Democrat Incumbents

    For the past year, all eyes have been on the race for state Rep. Dan Branch’s soon-to-be-vacated House District 108 seat. Republican candidate Morgan Meyer defeated two other party hopefuls, Court Alley and Chart Westcott, respectively, in the March and May primaries.

    Leigh Bailey, on the other hand, has been the sole Democratic candidate from the start.

    With election day nearing on Nov. 4, candidates have been making their last appeals to donors, supporters, and voters.

    “We’ve got to do well in Dallas County, and it really starts with these core precincts,” Branch said at a Meyer fundraiser. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 29, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Veterans Day Luncheon Honors Ross Perot

    250The Daughters of World War II will host the fifth annual Veterans Day luncheon, honoring H. Ross Perot as well as veterans and their families. Perot will be the first recipient of the group’s Legacy Award for Lifetime Service to the U.S. Military and Veterans.

    The luncheon starts at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the Hilton Anatole. Keynote speakers are author Andy Andrews and retired Col. Anthony A. Wood. Veterans get in free with advanced registration, and may bring a guest for $25. Individual tickets are $175. Here’s my favorite part — attire is “military or fabulous forties.”

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 28, 2014 | 4:58 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Dallas Children’s Preps For Parade

    The 27th annual Dallas Children’s Health Holiday Parade will take place on Dec. 6, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Adolphus Hotel and ending in front of Dallas City Hall at 11:30 a.m.

    Bleacher seating will be available along Commerce Street and at City Hall Plaza. The parade offers its usual marching bands, floats, and inflatable balloons.

    Tickets are on sale now, ranging from $22.50-$65.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 28, 2014 | 12:40 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Ebola Info: PHPC Hosts UT Southwestern Expert

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    Dr. Robert Haley

    Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church will host UT Southwestern’s Dr. Robert Haley, professor of internal medicine and director of epidemiology, at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29.

    Gather in Jubilee Hall to hear an update on the Ebola virus, which has affected thousands in West Africa and a number of Dallasites.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 27, 2014 | 12:07 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • David Dike Hosts Artwork of Jon Fleming

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    “Midland After Midnight”

    Preston Hollow resident David Dike will host the work of artist Jon Fleming in his studio from Nov. 13-Dec. 6. The “Oil on Canvas” series includes a collection that focuses on small-town Texas and the Southwest.

    An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Fairmount Street gallery.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 27, 2014 | 8:13 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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