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.
  • Students Learn Tradition Through Hymn Medley

    Students from five grade levels participated in the recording at the school on Sept. 9. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Students from five grade levels participated in the recording at the school on Sept. 9. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    A sea of children stand in their uniforms, boys in pressed shorts and girls in smocks with Peter-Pan collars, hands folded, eyes gazed with intensity.

    They’re singing their hearts out with purpose — to record a CD of hymn medleys to be sold by their school, Providence Christian.

    “It’s a rare feat, to have that many children sing by memory and learn all those words — words some of them don’t even understand yet,” pianist David Leeman said. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 21, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Partners Card Program is Local Tradition

    2014 Partners Card co-chairs Andrea Cheek, Diana Hamilton, and Lisa Bhattacharya. (Photo: George Fiala)

    2014 Partners Card co-chairs Andrea Cheek, Diana Hamilton, and Lisa Bhattacharya. (Photo: George Fiala)

    In Dallas, the rush of swiping a Partners Card is just as much a symbol of fall as football and cooler weather.

    “Usually the weather’s beautiful, and it’s fun to walk around the stores and see the red and purple balloons,” co-chair Lisa Bhattacharya said.

    That’s because the fundraiser, which runs Oct. 24 to Nov. 2, has been benefiting the anti-domestic violence nonprofit The Family Place for 22 years. One thing that makes the feel-good shopping experience unique is that it focuses on area shops and vendors.

    “The Family Place is very right in that they did it in a grassroots kind of way,” Bhattacharya said. “We have kept true to our belief that this is about local retailers.” Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 20, 2014 | 4:30 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Early Voting Starts Now

    Early voting is upon us! Here’s when the polls are open:

    • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday
    • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday
    • 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday
    • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. next week (M-F)

    Polling locations are listed below, but the most common one for our area is Our Redeemer Lutheran Church across from NorthPark.

    If you just want to vote in the regular election, you can look up your general-election polling place here. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 20, 2014 | 3:04 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Students Discover Stars at SMU

    Hockaday students Eliza Cope, Allison Aldrich, Sarah Zhou, and Mary Zhong conducted physics research this summer at SMU with teacher Leon de Oliveira.  (Courtesy photo)

    Hockaday students Eliza Cope, Allison Aldrich, Sarah Zhou, and Mary Zhong conducted physics research this summer at SMU with teacher Leon de Oliveira. (Courtesy photo)

    Two Lake Highlands High School students discovered five stars as members of a SMU summer physics research program that enabled them to analyze data gleaned from a high-powered telescope in the New Mexico desert.

    All five stars discovered by Dominik Fritz and Jason Barton are eclipsing contact binary stars — pairs of stars that orbit around each other so closely that their outer atmospheres touch. As the stars eclipse, they dim and then brighten as one emerges from behind the other. These stars are categorized as variable stars, stars that change brightness, which make up half the stars in the universe. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 16, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Studio 6 Cuts Ribbon on New Location

    Look how happy they are. (Photo: Courtesy of Juliette Coulter)

    Look how happy they are. (Photo: Courtesy of Juliette Coulter)

    Hollow-dweller Elizabeth Lindberg got to officially open the second location of Studio 6 on Sept. 29. How excited are those faces at the ribbon cutting?

    In honor of the new location, Studio 6 is doing a special rate for new clients that expires at the end of October.

    “Our workouts feature high intensity exercise that is easy on the joints and produces visible results in less than an hour,” Lindberg said in a statement.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 14, 2014 | 2:59 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Mark Your Calendars For Veterans Day Parade

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    Is there a veteran in your family? If so, you’ll want to reserve time for the Veterans Day Parade on your calendar. The Nov. 11 festivities start at 9 a.m. at City Hall with a pre-VIP reception, but the parade begins at 11:20 a.m. and wraps around the streets of downtown.

    Outgoing Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions will take part in the pomp and circumstance, as will Dallas residents Vice Adm. David B. Robinson, Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, and Lt. Col. Bill Solemene.

    Al Biernat’s will also host a VIP reception for participating veterans following the parade.

    For more information, visit the website.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 11, 2014 | 8:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Pure Barre Brings Boutique to Fitness

    Muscle groups are worked to fatigue in Pure Barre classes.

    Muscle groups are worked to fatigue in Pure Barre classes.

    For Britta Lofgren, a “meet me in St. Louis” beginning to her relationship led to a major career change.

    The Minnesota native met her now-fiancé, a Texan, in St. Louis at a wedding and moved south not long after. That gave the corporate executive a chance to hit the reset button on her career and pursue a different passion.

    “It was something I knew I wanted to do,” she said. “I dreamt of having my own studio.”

    That’s why she opened a Pure Barre studio in Preston Royal Village last month. The franchise is based out of South Carolina, but there’s already one location on Greenville Avenue. Lofgren thought Preston Hollow was just the place.

    “Preston Hollow has the clientele we’re looking for,” she said. “They’re avid, fitness enthusiasts and are somewhat underserved when it comes to new, boutique fitness. You have gyms and some yoga studios, but barre doesn’t have a presence.” Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 10, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • W.T. White Grad Revives Forest Lane Mural

    Brent Herling used Facebook to recruit volunteers, who worked during the cooler hours of summer to restore the wall. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Brent Herling used Facebook to recruit volunteers, who worked during the cooler hours of summer to restore the wall. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Forest Lane is now “Memory Lane” for many W.T. White students, and a breath of fresh air for others who pass. That’s because graduate Brent Herling saw to it that the mural running along the street from Rosser Road to Midway Road was revived.

    “I started walking down Forest Lane waving paintbrushes at people, trying to get volunteers to come over. My wife and daughter covered their eyes and faces in shame and left,” he joked. “They came back two hours later to bring drinks, and lo and behold, I had 13 people out there helping to paint.”

    W.T. White students such as Herling first painted the wall in the 1970s, at the height of “Forest Lane cruising,” but over time, the paintings began to fade, and the empty space attracted graffiti. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 8, 2014 | 11:10 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Omission: Society Magazine

    rsz_screen_shot_2014-10-06_at_50758_pmIn the October issue of our Society Magazine, we ran a story on local graduates who are now in the wedding industry.

    Though the lead photo on the page was shot by John Cain Sargent, a subject in the story, we did not mention that the event itself was planned by Katherine Mathes Bullock of Mathes and Co Events.

    We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 7, 2014 | 11:44 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Trains of NorthPark Teams With David Yurman

    Regen and Jeffrey Fearon, Jamie Singer, and Tia Wynne (Photo: Getty Images)

    Regen and Jeffrey Fearon, Jamie Singer, and Tia Wynne (Photo: Getty Images)

    North Dallas residents Dr. Jeffrey and Regen Fearon will act as honorary co-chairs alongside Bluffview resident Tia Wynne for this year’s Trains at NorthPark exhibit.

    As beneficiary of David Yurman’s “Enduring Style” fall campaign, the Trains planners hosted a celebration of the partnership on Sept. 9.

    The exhibit, which benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, will open on Nov. 22 on Level One between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom and run through Jan. 4.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 6, 2014 | 4:06 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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