Busy Housing Market Still Favoring Sellers

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Halfway through another year of frantic activity in the local housing market, there are few signs that supply will catch up to demand.

Sellers have seen plenty of happy returns in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow during the spring and early summer months, following a trend that has been ongoing as more buyers look to move into the area.

“It’s a great market,” said Lindy Mahoney, an agent with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “If you’ve got them priced right, and they’re in a great location, they’re selling.”


These Youngsters Unleashed an Ambush

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Team members include, left to right, front row: Pete Humrichouse, Carson Runnels, Ethan Scott, Blake Muschalek, Blair Brennan, and Jay Cox. Second row: Kyle Benefield, Asher Wilburn, J.J. Pennington, Riter White, and Cooper Alford. In the back is coach Don Smith.

Team members include, left to right, front row: Pete Humrichouse, Carson Runnels, Ethan Scott, Blake Muschalek, Blair Brennan, and Jay Cox. Second row: Kyle Benefield, Asher Wilburn, J.J. Pennington, Riter White, and Cooper Alford. In the back is coach Don Smith.

The Dallas Ambush 7-on-7 team was not intimidated by the surroundings at AT&T Stadium.

Instead, the team of fifth-graders, many of them from the Park Cities and Preston Hollow, won their age group in the recent Lone Star Youth Championship tournament with a 35-0 win over the Katy All-Stars in the title game.

Don Smith coached the winning squad, while Asher Wilburn was the quarterback. Congratulations to all.


Preston Center Will Get a New Office Tower

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Here's a rendering of the Terraces

Here’s a rendering of the proposed Terraces at Douglas Center.

New development around Preston Center might be slow, but office space in the area continues to lease as quickly as any spot in Dallas.

That’s why a pair of developers, including Dallas-based PegasusAblon, plan to construct a new 12-story office tower on Berkshire Lane, between Douglas Avenue and the Dallas North Tollway, that could be complete in early 2017.

The 171,583-square-foot structure will be called the Terraces at Douglas Center, named after the balconies on its upper floors. The developers are touting unobstructed views of North Dallas and the Preston Center skyline, as well as modern environmental standards, contemporary design, and security and concierge services.


Reflecting on Changes Going Back to School

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Len Bourland

Len Bourland

As a kid in the 1950s, summer was over and school started right after Labor Day.

Boys and girls would get “fall cottons,” which consisted of plaid dresses and shirts in the heat of Texas along with new saddle oxfords or loafers. When kids got their teacher assignment, moms told you not to whine and go outside and play till dusk while she smoked her Pall Malls or Viceroys and flipped through Ladies Home Journal or made a casserole involving a can of mushroom soup.

The excitement of covering your textbooks with cut-up brown grocery sacks and putting your friends’ names on them was the best. By high school we gals wanted shirtwaist dresses and circle pins, and guys wore madras and Jade East cologne while we went to get our protractors, compasses, and map pencils and picked up a few items for shop or home ec.


News Flash: Spieth is Good at Baseball, Too

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Jordan Spieth has already shown us how awesome he is at golf, after capping one of the most impressive major-tournament campaigns in history with a runner-up finish in the PGA Championship on Sunday in Wisconsin.

So perhaps the only thing left for the Preston Hollow resident and former Jesuit standout to prove, at the age of 22, is that he’s awesome at other sports as well. On Tuesday, he took advantage of the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Rangers-Mariners game in Arlington by making it a perfect left-handed strike. In fairness, he did have some experience, after previously throwing out the first pitch at a Rangers game in April 2013.

We also can declare Spieth the winner of a friendly wager with fellow PGA Tour champion Zach Johnson, who threw out the first pitch at the Chicago Cubs game on Tuesday. The loser had to send a check for $5,000 to the winner’s foundation. Sounds like a home run either way.


Try Cool Spices This Summer

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Columnist Stephanie Casey

Columnist Stephanie Casey

It’s Texas. It’s summer. It’s hot.

For lots of us, that means keeping the heat out of the kitchen with cold salads and grilled meals, which makes it a fun time of year to get creative with your spices and play with flavor in familiar dishes.

With Google at your fingertips, it’s easy to figure out specific spice profiles. Say you want to work an Indian influence into your homemade burger and grilled french fries — searching “common Indian spices” will return the basics. Next thing you know, you are sprinkling cumin and coriander into your burger mix, tossing your fries in cinnamon and red chili, and using brown mustard as the main condiment.


Help Northaven Trail With Baked Goods

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When you grab a bite to eat at Corner Bakery at Preston Forest Shopping Center on Wednesday, you can help maintain a popular segment of the great outdoors.

By presenting this flyer between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., the store will donate 15 percent of your purchase to Friends of the Northaven Trail, a volunteer group that provides support for the city-owned trail.

The trail generally runs through the Oncor power-line easement between Northaven Road and Royal Lane, but its master plan includes expansion to connect with White Rock Creek Trail on the east, and Campion Trails in Irving on the west.


CREW Luncheon to Focus on Partnerships

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Julie Kimble

Julie Kimble

Partnerships between the public and private sectors have become more popular these days when it comes to development, and can be mutually beneficial under the right circumstances. But making sure they’re fair can be tricky.

That’s why the Dallas chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women is presenting a program called “Public/Private Partnerships: Sharing the Load” as part of its monthly luncheon series on Wednesday at the Park City Club.

The panel will include Sue Hounsel from the city of Dallas economic development department, and Jesus Chapa, Fort Worth assistant city manager. The moderator is Julie Kimble, principal of Hickey and Associates LLP.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $55 for those registered in advance or $65 at the door. For more information, call Kim Hopkins at 214-890-6490.


Why Does DISD Keep Shuffling Principals?

New principal Beverly Lusk meets with fellow parents at a Dealey Montessori open-house event. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
New principal Beverly Lusk meets with fellow parents at a Dealey Montessori open-house event. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Once again, there will be a new face in the principal’s office at Dealey Montessori Academy this fall, when Beverly Lusk moves into the top role.

Lusk is hardly alone, however, as Dallas ISD has seen a remarkable turnover in campus leadership this summer, with new principals coming to more than 25 percent of schools in the district.

At Dealey, Lusk will be the third principal in the past three years. She comes from Caillet Elementary School, where she held the top job for two years, and has been in DISD for 20 years overall, working her way up from classroom teacher to administration.


Police Report: August 3 to August 8

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DALLAS

3 MONDAY
Between midnight and 6 a.m., a burglar broke into a vehicle at an apartment complex in the 7400 block of Walnut Hill Lane and stole property.

Between 9 and 10:45 a.m., a thief stole property from an unlocked vehicle at an apartment complex in the 7700 block of Greenway Boulevard.

Between 9:50 and 11 a.m., a burglar broke into a locker inside a business at Preston Forest Shopping Center and stole a wallet.

At 3:30 p.m., an incident at Jimmy John’s in Preston Center led to reports of assault and vandalism.


Parents Honor Cancer Victim With Hospital Teen Center

Preston Hollow native Carson Leslie inspired Carson's Corner, a room for teenage cancer patients at Children's Medical Center. (Courtesy Photos) 1
Preston Hollow native Carson Leslie inspired Carson's Corner, a room for teenage cancer patients at Children's Medical Center. (Courtesy Photos)

As 17-year-old Carson Leslie fought cancer in his brain and spine at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, his parents noticed a void in the hospital: there was no place for teenage cancer patients to hang out.

Almost five years after his death, the Carson Leslie Foundation built Carson’s Corner, a room for teenage cancer patients to connect.

Diagnosed when he was 14, Carson was in and out of Children’s for three years. As the playroom was filled with younger children and friends became busy with school, Carson spent most of his time at the hospital alone in his room.

“Those were very sad and lonely days for him,” said Carson’s mother, Annette. “It would have been good for his heart to have gotten out of his room.”


Donate Your Painting Skills at Walker MS

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What signals a fresh start better than a fresh coat of paint? That’s the idea behind a community painting day on Saturday at Walker Middle School, which aims to give a new look to the campus prior to the start of the school year.

New principal Laura Stout is organizing the event in order to repaint the walls, add new directional signs, and make other improvements. A group of volunteers already got a head start in the school’s new lobby, cafeteria, and adjacent hallways earlier this summer, but they need help finishing the job.

They will be working on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., so stop by and bring some paint or supplies if you can. Snacks also would be helpful. For more information, email Debbie Aquino.