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.
  • Salon Celebrates 15 Years of Style

     

    Co-owner Bruce Osgood still makes time to work “behind the chair” — or in this case, in front of — and gives a client a quick trim. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Co-owner Bruce Osgood still makes time to work “behind the chair” — or in this case, in front of — and gives a client a quick trim. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

     

    As of this fall, Osgood-O’Neil salons have been coiffing the heads of local residents for 15 years. That kind of sustainability is thanks to the business-minded savvy of Bruce Osgood and Allane O’Neil.

     “Generally what happens is you become a very busy stylist, and you think it’s time to open up a salon,” Osgood said. “Right from the beginning, we saw that you have to put people in the right positions.”

    Not only do you need the right team of owners, stylists, and managers, you need the right locations. First came Snider Plaza in 1998, then Knox Street in 2005, and finally, the Lovers Lane shop in 2007

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    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 31, 2014 | 9:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Temple Renovations Well Underway

    The main entrance to Temple Emanu-El off Hillcrest Avenue is covered in blue tarps. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    The main entrance to Temple Emanu-El off Hillcrest Avenue is covered in blue tarps. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    In May, Todd told you bit about the groundbreaking on renovations at Temple Emanu-El. Well, from the looks of things, those renovations are well underway. Check out the construction zone set up by The Beck Group.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 30, 2014 | 4:42 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Rowers Win Big at National Competition

    Members of Jesuit’s crew team perfect their craft. Jesuit sent one boat of eight competitors to the invitational event. (Photo: ​Emily Gossett)

    Members of Jesuit’s crew team perfect their craft. Jesuit sent one boat of eight competitors to the invitational event. (Photo: ​Emily Gossett)

    Just because North Dallas is landlocked doesn’t mean its students can’t dominate in crew. Ask any of the athletes from ESD, Jesuit, St. Mark’s, and Hillcrest High School who participated and placed in the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships this summer.

    “As a team, it was wonderful,” said ESD junior Julius Stener. “We all worked really hard for the last few weeks — and years — of our lives.”

    ESD had three boats compete at the invitational competition in Sacramento, Calif. Stener’s boat placed among the top five race times overall.

    “I didn’t know I would fall in love with it so much,” he said of the sport.

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    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 28, 2014 | 11:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • More Diseased Mosquitos in 75230, 75243

    This time, the West Nile-positive creatures were found near the 11400 block of Park Central Drive and the 12100 block of Oberlin Drive. If the weather’s good, the city will spray the area between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. tonight and tomorrow night. Here’s the exact area to be sprayed:

    11400 block of Park Central Drive: Forest Lane on the north, Hillcrest Road on the west, Central Expressway on the east and Royal Lane on the south.

    12100 block of Oberlin Drive: Bunche Drive on the north, Willowdell Drive on the west, TI Boulevard on the east and Forest Lane on the south.

    The insecticide they use is approved by the EPA, but you should still try to stay indoors during the spraying, or roll the windows up if driving. Wash with soap and water if you come in contact with the stuff.

    As always, prevent your contact with mosquitoes by limiting your outdoor hours at night and using bug spray when you must be out of doors. Always eliminate standing water, and call 311 to report any concerns.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 24, 2014 | 3:20 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Churches: NDSM Benefits Outweigh Restrictions

    (Source: North Dallas Shared Ministries’ 2013 Annual report)

    (Source: North Dallas Shared Ministries’ 2013 Annual report)

    Since 1983, North Dallas Shared Ministries has helped those in need with food, clothing, medical, and financial assistance. But how those seeking help get approved — or not approved — for services has caused a bit of discussion among the philanthropic crowd.

    By its nature, the center works with clients in specific areas.

    “We do zip-code verification to get financial assistance,” said executive director Judy Rorrie, who has worked with NDSM essentially since its founding. “They have to live in one of the 20 zip codes that we serve.”

    From looking at the organization’s Facebook page, the fruits of their good work is evident: photos from charity events such as food drives with Ursuline Academy and the Episcopal School of Dallas abound.

    But there are also concerns voiced through reviews and posts to the page. One commenter claimed he was turned down due to his “debt-to-income ratio.” But Rorrie says no such “ratio” is used.

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    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 24, 2014 | 9:34 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Villalba to Host Family-Minded Events

    In this month’s issue, I took a look at the major accomplishments so far in state Rep. Jason Villalba’s freshman term. I also mentioned some upcoming, family-oriented events in the district. Well, here they are:

    Sept. 17: Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center will host “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse” to help people to recognize the signs and symptoms of child abuse and help victims. Villalba will be there along with DCAC to help members of our community learn some red flags. Get more info here.

    Oct. 4: Villalba will team up with the National Alzheimer’s Foundation’s Community Memory Screenings and Awareness-Raising Education — whew, or CARES for short — to promote early detection for memory loss at Royal Lane Baptist Church.

    Those dates are a little ways off, so don’t worry — I’ll remind you here on the blog.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 23, 2014 | 4:28 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Local Students Take in Colorado

    Young Life students from Dallas camp at Frontier Ranch in Colorado. (Photo: Courtesy of Louisa Meyer)

    Young Life students from Dallas camp at Frontier Ranch in Colorado. (Photo: Courtesy of Louisa Meyer)

    Students from W. T. White High School, Thomas Jefferson High School, Hillcrest High School, and Covenant Christian Academy are camping at Frontier Ranch in Colorado as we speak with their Young Life leaders. Apparently, Young Life has been well-established at W. T. White and Hillcrest for years, but has just recently taken off at Covenant and Thomas Jefferson. Way to go, kiddos!

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 23, 2014 | 4:08 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Leigh Bailey’s Clan Welcomes Newest Member

    We got the news today that legislative candidate Leigh Bailey gave birth to a little boy this morning, named Trey Bailey Carrizales. Trey was born at 5:24 a.m., to be exact, weighing in at 8 lbs., 2 oz. We hear everyone’s doing just fine. Congrats to Leigh and her husband, Vinny!

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 21, 2014 | 3:22 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Former Bodybuilder Helps Clients Go Beyond

    Instructor Brittany Grignon helps assistant editor Sarah Bennett perfect her form. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Instructor Brittany Grignon helps assistant editor Sarah Bennett perfect her form. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    In the heat of summer, Dallasites prefer to sweat it out indoors for their daily workouts. So when Brandi Marino invited me to check out her Beyond studio in Preston Forest, I readily agreed.

    When I walked in for my 9:15 Beyond Pilates class, music was pumping and the studio was already almost full of eager participants. I had done Pilates classes before through another studio, but each machine is slightly different, so my instructor, Brittany Grignon, gave me a quick-and-friendly rundown.  Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 19, 2014 | 9:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Throwback Your Thursday at Ziziki’s

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    It’s Thursday. You’ve probably seen “#tbt” on your kids’ (or grandkids’) Facebook page. What does that mean? It means “throwback Thursday,” and that’s exactly what Ziziki’s in Preston Forest is doing with their prices. Because the restaurant is celebrating its 20th year in operation, they have decided to “throwback” certain entrees to their original prices on certain days. But, this offer is only good if you like their Facebook page. Check it out:

    July 17: Chicken salad lunch ($8.95) or chicken souvlaki dinner ($10.95)

    July 24: Lamb souvlaki for lunch ($8.95) or dinner ($12.95)

    July 31: Greek gods platter — back for one day only! ($22.95, two-person minimum)

    YUM. OK, now I’m in the mood for Greek food. See ya there.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 17, 2014 | 10:58 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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