Warning: Mosquito Spray Cometh

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Hear ye, hear ye! The mosquito-spraying truck is coming to a street near you. Between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. tonight and tomorrow, trucks will spray the 5500 block of Northaven Road, bounded by Preston Haven Drive to the north, Inwood Road to the west, the Tollway to the east, and Springmeadow Drive to the south.

As always, residents should stay indoors during spraying or keep windows rolled up if you are in a vehicle. Wash with soap and water if you come in contact with the spray. Restrict outdoor activity during night and evenings, cover yourself with mosquito repellent, and eliminate any standing water to help avoid bites and mosquito breeding. We’re more than halfway done with summer, guys. We can do this.


Police Report: July 6 to July 12

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Editor’s Note: We’ve Returned

After a hiatus of several months, we’re excited to reactivate the Preston Hollow Police Report. The new public-records system of the Dallas Police Department still prevents us from sharing as much information about neighborhood incidents as we did in the past, but we’ve provided as many details as possible. Hopefully you’ll find it informative and entertaining. We welcome any feedback at editor@peoplenewspapers.com. Thanks for reading.

DALLAS

6 MONDAY
At 12:32 p.m., a thief stole a wallet from a table inside a restaurant at Preston Center.

7 TUESDAY
Between 8:15 and 9:25 a.m., a thief entered an unlocked vehicle in the 11800 block of Doolin Court and stole property.

At 12:50 p.m., a shoplifter stole merchandise from Sunglass Hut at NorthPark Center.

Between 3 and 3:15 p.m., a thief stole property from an open garage in the 5800 block of Caladium Drive.


Stanford Schools Good Shepherd in Teacher Training

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Workshop focuses on innovationStanford’s Institute of Design is leaving California for the first time, heading east to Good Shepherd Episcopal School for a K-12 Educator Design Thinking Workshop on July 28-30.

The d.school, known for its design thinking process, gives teachers skills to promote creativity and innovation across all subjects.

The workshop will host around 40 teachers from around the country for breakout sessions on empathy, mindfulness, and reasoning. Three Good Shepherd teachers made it out to the school’s workshop last year in Palo Alto, Calif.


Truck Rams Into Forest Lane Mural

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From the group's Facebook page

From the group’s Facebook page

Just one year after Brent Herling rounded up his fellow W.T. White grads and Preston Forest residents to restore the mural along Forest Lane, a driver rammed into the wall and caused severe damage.

“The wall took a hard hit today,” Herling wrote in the group’s Facebook page. “For some reason the two wounded occupants took off on foot.”

According to the police report, a 2007 Toyota pickup jumped the median and landed in the wall around 6:40 p.m. on Sunday. The driver and passenger fled before paramedics arrived. There was blood on the scene, so police suspect the pair may have suffered head injuries. There’s no word on whether the truck was stolen, and the owner’s name has not been released. The DMN has more.


Ursuline Alum Interns in Optometry

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Kirby Mateja

Kirby Mateja

Ursuline alumna Kirby Mateja is interning at the Retina Foundation of the Southwest with funding from the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program.

She assists with vision testing and data analysis for research on gaze instability and reading ability in children with amblyopia, or lazy eye.

Mateja is a senior at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where she studies neuroscience and molecular biology. Next, she plans to go to medical school to become a surgeon.


Sports, Grades Fuel Scholarships For Sooner

Hillcrest High School graduate D’Juan Taylor played football, basketball, baseball, and golf. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
Hillcrest High School graduate D’Juan Taylor played football, basketball, baseball, and golf. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Hillcrest High School graduate D’Juan Taylor always liked sports, but they gave him more than fun memories and athletic accolades this year.

His academic achievements and commitment to athletics won him $22,300 in scholarships, which Taylor will use to attend the University of Oklahoma.

Among Taylor’s six awards were the competitive Nancy Lieberman and Dallas Mavericks scholarships.

The Mavericks winners were invited to a game, where Taylor took a selfie with Mark Cuban.


Jeffett is Perfect Match For Tennis Hall of Fame

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Nancy Jeffett

Nancy Jeffett

Nancy Jeffett had lured the best women’s tennis players in the world to Dallas with a promise of unprecedented prize money. The trouble was, she didn’t know if she could pull it off.

“I told them I was going to give them $40,000, and I didn’t have a penny of it,” Jeffett recalled. “It was pretty gutsy when I look back on it. They believed in me. They had no guarantees that I would produce.”

She did produce, thanks to a friend at Dallas Country Club who talked 200 of his friends into donating $250 apiece into the pot for the winner of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Cup in the early 1960s.


Report: Armed Robberies Up Along Marsh

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There’s a new crime trend on the western edge of Preston Hollow that might be a little disconcerting to residents and visitors.

As Robert Wilonsky reports in The Dallas Morning News, armed pickpockets and purse-snatchers have been targeting shoppers at various retailers along Marsh Lane in recent weeks, to the extent that council member Jennifer Gates has reached out to police officials to figure things out.

Stay safe this summer, everyone.


Perot, Kosmos Energy Unveil STEM Program

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On Monday at Hockaday, The Perot Museum of Nature and Science unveiled the Kosmos Energy STEM Teacher Institute, a program designed to improve science instruction for students in grades K-12.

Dallas-based Kosmos Energy is funding teachers’ training workshops in Hockaday’s Lyda Hill STEM Institute wing. The sessions, taking place over four weeks in the summer and on some weekends during the school year, will give teachers tools to excite students about science, technology, engineering, and math, they hope.

“There is a great hunger for STEM education, and we know that these careers can be exciting, well-paying, and even life-changing,” said Perot Museum CEO Colleen Walker. “We know that [teachers] play one of the most crucial roles to inspiring minds to pursue any path, and we want to make sure they are well equipped to inspire our students in STEM subjects.”


Scouts Give Goodies to Homeless

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Scouts smile with chalkboard donations for Vogel Alcove.

Scouts smile with chalkboard donations for Vogel Alcove.

The Lamplighter School’s Girl Scout Troop 4904 finished up its Brownie journey by visiting Vogel Alcove’s child-care center with a few goodies.

Using money from cookie sales, the scouts purchased an iPad, 20 chalkboards, chalk, and more than 40 books for the center’s library. They also gave a presentation about the benefits of gardening and composting.

Vogel Alcove is an organization that provides free child development services for homeless children.


Girl Scouts Prepare for STEM Careers

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Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, partnering with Texas Instruments, are getting hands-on with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) at the High School College Journey program this week at UT Dallas.

The Girl Scout Research Institute shows that 74 percent of teen girls are interested in STEM subjects, while 13 percent of girls interested in STEM say it is their first choice as a career option.

Girl Scouts leaders hope to increase these numbers by giving participants college preparation as well as experience in male-dominated STEM industries. They will explore biomedicine, chemistry, architecture, and more, holding a human heart and making fireworks along the way.

The camp is held from July 12-17.


Police Report: June 29 to July 4

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Editor’s Note: We’ve Returned

After a hiatus of several months, we’re excited to reactivate the Preston Hollow Police Report. The new public-records system of the Dallas Police Department still prevents us from sharing as much information about neighborhood incidents as we did in the past, but we’ve provided as many details as possible. Hopefully you’ll find it informative and entertaining. We welcome any feedback at editor@peoplenewspapers.com. Thanks for reading.

DALLAS

29 MONDAY
Between noon and 4:20 p.m., a thief stole a vehicle from the parking lot at NorthPark Center.

30 TUESDAY
At 8:52 a.m., a vandal damaged a vehicle at an apartment complex in the 3900 block of Sherwood Forest Drive.

Between 9:35 and 11:02 a.m., a thief stole a vehicle from a townhome complex in the 6100 block of Bandera Avenue.

1 WEDNESDAY
At 4:27 a.m., a robber with a ski mask stole $125 and a checkbook at gunpoint from a man preparing to deliver newspapers in the 4400 block of College Park Drive. The gunman and an accomplice fled eastbound on Northaven Road in a blue Nissan Sentra.