Don’t Shake Over Recent Quakes

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Expert says builders need not be worried

Dozens of earthquakes in the Dallas area this year have some folks a bit, well, shaken up. But should local residents and business owners be concerned, or are they just being paranoid?

Will the temblors become more frequent or more powerful? And how will it affect the real-estate market in Preston Hollow, which is just a few miles from the most concentrated area of seismic instability?

“If this was two years ago, if you were to ask me the last place I would expect to see an earthquake, I would say Texas, and specifically Dallas,” said Joshua Marrow, technical director of structural engineers with Partner Engineering and Science in San Francisco.

Yet in 2013, Texas was sixth in the country in the total number of earthquakes by state, well behind California, according to the United States Geological Survey. And those numbers have risen since. However, while the frequency is increasing, the quakes here aren’t damaging, and the chances for a major earthquake remain extremely remote, Marrow said.


Flores Will Answer Superintendent Questions

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DISD trustee Edwin Flores will meet with constituents and answer questions regarding Mike Miles’ recent resignation from his superintendent post at a meet and greet on June 30. Make sure you’re at Nathan Adams Elementary by 6 p.m. to hear all the details.


CASA Parade of Playhouses is Coming

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Dallas CASA’s 20th annual Parade of Playhouses will take place July 10-26 at NorthPark Center. Various builders and architects have made the houses and donated them to CASA to help raise awareness and funding for the organization’s mission of providing assistance to vulnerable children.

Angela and Jim Thompson are this year’s honorary chairs. Jim Lozier and Christie Carter will also chair the campaign itself, while Fran and Mark Berg are event chairs.

Raffle tickets can be purchased online or at the mall at $5 each or five for $20. Winning tickets will be drawn at the closing ceremony on at NorthPark at 4 p.m. on July 26. Proceeds benefit Dallas CASA. Photos of the houses will go up here.

The closing party will take place at Pirch in NorthPark at 6:30 p.m. on July 23. The event is open to the public, but tickets are $50. Find more info here.


Jesuit Grad Becomes Adamson Baseball Coach

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Matt Putman

Matt Putman

Jesuit graduate Matt Putman has landed his first head coaching job at Adamson High School in Dallas, where he will lead the baseball program.

Putman, who played for the Rangers before graduating in 2001, has spent the past several years as an assistant baseball coach at Wylie, Pflugerville Hendrickson, and Round Rock Westwood.

He takes over a program that is in decent shape. The Leopards won two straight district titles under interim coach Brandon Kendricks, who will remain at Adamson as an assistant, and even won a playoff game in 2014 before falling to Highland Park in the area round.


Fashion Show to Begin Miss Texas Week

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Monique Evans

Monique Evans

The 79th Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant will kick off the contest with a fashion show sponsored by Dillard’s NorthPark Center on June 27.

The 57 Miss Texas titleholders and 43 Texas Outstanding Teens will be introduced wearing summer fashions provided by the store. Other sponsors include Christian Dior of NorthPark Center and Adrianna Papell of Dillard’s.

Last year’s Miss Texas and Outstanding Teen, Monique Evans and Kassidy Brown, will make an appearance.

The fashion show is open to the public. The final crowning of Miss Texas, who competes for a $15,000 scholarship, will take place on July 4 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. Tickets are available online.

 


Miles Announces Resignation

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DISD’s superintendent Mike Miles has announced his resignation this morning. Catch clips of the live stream here.

In the announcement, Miles said that his resignation will go into effect after Thursday’s board meeting and that deputy superintendent Ann Smisko will preside as acting superintendent.

As this story progresses, we’ll be monitoring how it impacts our own PH schools. For starters, you’ll be able to catch a roundup of new principals in the area in our August issue.


Mobility Issues Don’t Need Complications

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Jennifer and Gordon Raney (Courtesy Photo)

Jennifer and Gordon Raney

When Gordon Raney’s father began using a wheelchair, he started a journey many people face when dealing with aging parents.

“It became a situation of all of the bedrooms are upstairs, he has a large spiral staircase, and now he’s in a wheelchair,” Raney said. “Me and Jen and everyone out there asked, ‘What do we do now?’ I knew nothing about stair lifts, just like most people.”

Raney said watching his father sleep on a couch for two months got the ball rolling on a business idea. Now the University Park resident and his wife, Jennifer, own the Dallas-area franchises of North Carolina-based 101 Mobility.


Brewer Renames Law Firm After Split

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William Brewer

William Brewer

After more than 30 years of partnership, Preston Hollow attorney William Brewer will go it alone with his new law firm.

The former Bickel & Brewer, which was started in 1984, will become Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors on June 29. The firm will relocate to the top two floors of the Comerica Bank Tower in downtown Dallas.

According to Brewer, the boutique firm will continue its focus on cases involving business, politics, and public policy. It also will keep its pro bono arm, and plans to expand into more litigation involving crisis management.


Is a Grand Slam Within Reach for Spieth?

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Jordan Spieth is back on top of the golf world. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Jordan Spieth is back on top of the golf world. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

After plenty of twists and turns during the final few holes, Jordan Spieth won his first U.S. Open title on Sunday in suburban Seattle, giving him two major golf titles in a row.

That puts him halfway home in his pursuit of a historic Grand Slam, which is something the Preston Hollow native and former Jesuit standout can achieve if he claims the British Open in July and the PGA Championship in August.

Spieth, 21, appears to be the best player in the world right now, based on his clutch performances this year at the Masters and this weekend at Chambers Bay, with its unique layout and rolling terrain.


PVN Resident, Son Reflect on Father’s Day

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Vern and Paul Muncy

Vern and Paul Muncy

Vern Muncy, a new resident at Presbyterian Village North, feels lucky to get to see his son, Paul, on Father’s Day. After all, they have a lifetime of memories together.

“I had Paul when I was 25 years old, and one of the first things I taught Paul was how to throw a baseball. When I was 45 and he was 20, we played on the same church league fast-pitch softball team,” he said. “I find it important to spend as much time as I can with my family and tell them why they make me proud. Having my children around me is the best Father’s Day I could ask for, and knowing my children are not only my children but close friends as well is the best feeling.”


Don’t Compare Baltimore to 1968

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Len Bourland

Len Bourland

Spring is commencement for many colleges, and no doubt we will have a spate of celebrities and politicians exhorting the graduates in political-correct speak.

The cover of Time magazine showed an aerial view of a black protest movement, probably Baltimore, with the boldened “2015” struck out and with “1968” in its stead. Nope. I was an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., in 1968, which has been dubbed by historians as a turning point in American history — a watershed year.

College harkens back to nostalgic times, usually. When I skipped on to campus in the fall of 1967, I came with a wardrobe of shirtwaist dresses with coordinating hairbows and dainty shoes. To exit the only women’s dorm, coeds had to don a raincoat if wearing shorts or pants. If we missed curfew during the week (10 p.m.), or on weekends (midnight), we were dunned late minutes and could be grounded. Shorthaired males in coats and ties brought a corsage to us for football games.