Posts by William James Gerlich
The election proved to be a victory for many Democrats in the city, state, and country. But last night, the neighborhood remained red.
Republican Jason Villalba, a Preston Hollow resident, won a seat in the state House of Representatives District 114, beating Democrat Carol Kent, a Lake Highlands resident.
Last night during his victory speech, Villalba said he is excited to serve the people in his neighborhood, and will fight to work on issues that are important to them.
“We couldn’t have done it without the people of Preston Hollow,” he said. “We were strongly ahead in the neighborhood, and I will fight to work on the issues that matter most to them: to have a strong public education system, to make sure we have a robust economic climate, and to grow jobs and grow the economy in Texas.”
Both candidates carried their individual neighborhoods, but Villalba gained more votes east of North Central Expressway. The final vote was 33,865 for Villalba, 28,656 for Kent.
For full coverage of the race and a response from Kent, pick up a copy of Preston Hollow People, on stands Friday.
There’s one more debate, but come on, we all know who we’re voting for.
So, who’s going to win?
Last night around 2:30 a.m., a man identified as Samuel Pereira Mendoza assaulted a state trooper in Preston Hollow after he was pulled over heading south on the Dallas North Tollway. Christina Rosales of the Morning News has the story.
My dog is pretty adorable (click the jump to see a picture of him) but if a cat comes around, he turns into a monster. Which is why I keep him on a tight leash anytime I walk him.
This morning, however, the Northaven Park Neighborhood Association sent out an email which said two dogs that were off their leash attacked and killed someone’s pet cat and a wild raccoon.
The cat’s owners tried unsuccessfully for an hour to chase the dogs away, yelling, clapping, and screaming, but they wouldn’t stop. The dog’s owners were apparently nowhere to be found, but the email says the dogs are most likely not stray animals, since they have been seen around the neighborhood numerous times.
Keep your eyes out for the dogs. They’re both medium size, one a pit bull the other a lab.
Moral of the story: keep your dogs on a leash. Pet cats and their owners will thank you.
Last week, Yevneh Academy basketball players participated in a community service project where they really had to roll up their sleeves. They built sukkahs, which is a seasonal hut used during the celebration of Sukkot, a Jewish holiday. (I had never heard these words before. Wikipedia explains it all here)
“Being able to help participate in this wonderful mitzvah helps build teamwork, it promote Jewish values, and it allows our athletes to make a difference,” said athletic director and David Zimmerman in a press release.
If you haven’t picked up a copy of this week’s Preston Hollow People, I’ll encourage you to do so. & quickly. Because in this week’s edition there is a beautiful Homes & Design section that was a month in the making.
One story takes you into the garden on Preston Hollow resident Karen Meder, whose backyard will be featured in the Dallas County Master Gardener Association Fall Garden Tour tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Here’s a list of the other gardens on tour in the neighborhood. Tickets can be purchased at any of the houses for $20. (& if you go, be sure to bundle up. High of 54 tomorrow!)
- 6607 Desco Drive
- 5433 Falls Road
- 4410 Melissa Lane
- 2815 Reedcroft Drive
- 11626 St. Michaels Drive
- 3256 Whitehall Drive
Lamplighter’s kindergarten, first grade, and their families took part in Science Night Out at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science last week, where kids participated in 18 different activities that explored Newton’s three laws of motion, fossil exploration, and sound waves.
The event focused on STEM activities: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The school formed the partnership with the museum last year, and since then they have collaborated on lesson plans and development programs for Lamplighter teachers.
“Science Night showcased science education for our younger learners in a unique way,” said Lamplighter head of school Joan Hill in a press release. She said the partnership allows Lamplighter to build on the strong science curriculum, and that these activities give students “new opportunities for discovery.”
The neighborhood’s housing market keeps getting better and better.
Steve Brown over at the Morning News (pay wall) is reporting that far fewer homes are facing foreclosure. According to the Foreclosure Listing Service, Dallas County has decreased in home foreclosure listings by 10 percent since last year, which is the second month in a row that foreclosures are on the decline.
Preston Hollow (and its surrounding area) does not account for many of the 41,916 foreclosure filings in the DFW area. According to Foreclosure.com, there are only 28 home being foreclosed in the 75209 zip code, 30 homes in 75230, and 74 homes in 75229.
Lamplighter students, parents, and teachers gathered last week to celebrate reaching a fundraising goal of $12.5 million to pay for land purchased in 2010 from Hockaday. Folk musician Jimmy LaFave stopped by the school to perform at the event. Previously, Lamplighter was leasing the land from Hockaday, which backs up to Hockaday on Inwood Road and Forest Lane.
“By all measure, this represents a “monumental accomplishment during difficult economic times and underscores the School community’s deep and abiding commitment to Lamplighter,” said Joan Hill, Lamplighter head of school in a press release. “Members of the Lamplighter community continue to demonstrate incredible generosity.”
Preston Hollow resident Julie Provenzano of Dave Perry-Miller and Associates will be featured as the real estate expert in the upcoming episode of Real Estate Intervention on HGTV. Filmed in Dallas, the episode will air Sept. 24 at 9:30 a.m.
In the episode, Provenzano works with homeowners to make their house more attractive to sellers. She works with a team of designers to brighten up the interior, and educated the sellers on how to best market their house.
“Working with HGTV was a tremendous opportunity and a true highlight of my career,” Provenzano said in a press release. “Real Estate Intervention centers on real-life issues that I deal with on a daily basis with people trying to sell their homes. I think the show gives viewers great insight into the business of selling and what they need to consider to get top dollar.”