Emoji Face: The Dangers of Over-Tweezing

by Elizabeth Ygartua

by E. Ygartua

Recently, I did a very bad thing. I tweezed my eyebrows into something that looked like commas, and realized it made me look kind of like the mad emoji. Not a good look.

I have not touched them in a couple of months, and thankfully they’ve grown back. My mother has always said: “Be careful about plucking, as they may not grow back!”

Years ago, I over-plucked them, and heard you can use castor oil to make them grow faster. I got a disposable mascara wand from Ulta and applied it every night. I’m not sure if it was the castor oil or the fact I didn’t touch them, but they did grow back in!

Eyebrows are so important. Not only do they have a functional use — to block sweat and other debris from getting into our eyes — but they also shape our faces and are a way to communicate.

Close Call: Marshall Wins DISD Seat

Dustin Marshall

Dustin Marshall

After all 62 precincts were tallied on June 17, candidate Dustin Marshall won the runoff election for Dallas ISD District 2 representative by less than one percent of the vote.

Out of the 5,814 who voted, 49.6 percent(2,886) showed support for opponent Mita Havlick, leaving the remaining 50.4 percent(2,928) in favor of Marshall.

Marshall will complete the remainder of Mike Morath’s – who left in December when he was selected to be the Texas Education Agency commissioner – term, which ends May 2017.

Northwest Bible Opens Arms to Refugees

Dallas dignitaries gather to celebrate the opening of the Northwest Community Center in February. (Photo: Amanda Harris) 0
Dallas dignitaries gather to celebrate the opening of the Northwest Community Center in February. (Photo: Amanda Harris)

Northwest Bible Church has sent missionaries all over the world, but their newest ministry is aimed at serving the global audience that lives right down the road. In February, Northwest Community Center opened its doors to the Vickery Meadow community of immigrants and refugees representing 50-plus nationalities.

The center provides English classes, job-readiness training, after-school care, youth activities, a conversational café, and other services to help refugees navigate their new culture and life. A medical clinic, operated by Healing Hands Ministries, is set to open this summer.

The 15,000-square-foot facility on Pineland Drive is about a three-minute walk from an apartment complex densely populated with refugees. The center’s locale is perfect, said the church’s lead outreach minister Brian Newby.

“A lot of them walk everywhere, so proximity mattered, and space mattered to be able to facilitate relationships,” Newby said. “We eventually came across the building, and others [said]: ‘I’d rather not back up to those apartments.’ But that’s what made it the location for us.”

Early Results Point to Marshall for DISD


Early voting results for the Dallas ISD run-off election indicate District 2 candidate Dustin Marshall will fill the seat, which has been empty since Mike Morath left earlier this year.

Out of the 3,055 who cast ballots in the District 2 run-off, 1,623 (about 53 percent) voted for Marshall, while Havlick collected the remaining 1,432 (about 47 percent).

Look back later as the official results are posted throughout the night.

Gym Packs One-Two Punch

MAPLE AVENUE BOXING GYM: Fitness classes are $15 per class. Packages are available. Cross Box classes are $150 per month. Membership is $20 initiation and $80 per month afterward. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
MAPLE AVENUE BOXING GYM: Fitness classes are $15 per class. Packages are available. Cross Box classes are $150 per month. Membership is $20 initiation and $80 per month afterward. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

In a neighborhood bordered by Dallas North Tollway and I-35, Maple Avenue Boxing Gym is churning out class after class of fitness enthusiasts, alongside amateur and professional boxers.

Born from the insatiable passion of a former New York Wall Street investment professional, the small gym was never meant to be a cash-cow business venture. Rather, owner Arnie Verbeek wanted it to be a place for boxers to connect with a community and strive for improvement.

Verbeek started the gym on Maple Avenue in 2008 after his wife forbade him from returning to his old gym, where a shooting had occurred. The native Netherlander has been obsessed with American boxing since he first saw it on TV when he was 10 years old. Although he never boxed professionally, his love of the sport has stuck with him.

“I had always used boxing as a fitness routine,” Verbeek said. “But all the Dallas gyms were in these bad places. There were drug deals going on. I thought, ‘there’s got to be a better gym.’”

St. Michaels Names New Rector

Rev. Christopher Girata

Rev. Christopher Girata

The vestry at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church voted unanimously Wednesday to name Rev. Christopher Girata, 36,  as its eighth rector, according to spokesman Lowell Duncan.

Through this discernment process, it became clear to me that Saint Michael has a unique role in the life of our Church and an inspiring story to tell,” Girata said in a press release. “My family and I are blessed to be joining you on this journey.”

The church has been searching for a permanent leader since former rector Rev. Bob Dannals announced his retirement in March 2015. Rev. Doug Travis has served as the interim rector since Dannals left in September.

Girata comes to Dallas from Memphis, Tenn., where he’s currently the rector of Calvary Episcopal, which serves more than 1,000 parishioners in downtown. He previously led St. Luke’s in Birmingham, Ala. as the associate rector from 2008-12.

Police Reports: June 6-12



At 4:04 p.m., a shoplifter stole merchandise from Nordstrom at NorthPark Center. Beniame Yousef Habte, 32, was arrested on a charge of theft.

Between 5:52 and 6:30 p.m., a shoplifter stole merchandise from Dillard’s at NorthPark Center. Marcus Donte Terry, 38, was arrested on a charge of theft.

 At 6:45 p.m., a shoplifter stole merchandise from Gucci at NorthPark Center. 

At 4:15 p.m., a shoplifter stole merchandise from Neiman Marcus at NorthPark Center. Matthew Stephen Redmond, 22, was arrested on a charge of theft. 

Local “Doctor Who” Fans Go International


Drama teacher Jeff Peck (left) poses with Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi and students at a convention

Students at The Lamplighter School are receiving international attention for their fan club, “Who Is Doctor Who,” dedicated to the British science-fiction television series.

Their involvement in writing episode reviews and raising money for Habitat for Humanity led the London-based Doctor Who Appreciation Society to feature the students on the cover of their magazine, Celestial Toyroom, in May. The 5000-word article includes a Q&A with drama teacher and club founder Jeff Peck and his students.

The club started when one student brought a lunch box decorated with the famous time-travel machine from the show and sparked interest from other students. Lunch conversations slowly turned into a summer camp and then weekly after-school classes during the school year with 16 participants this year. 

Fill Your Yard, Home With Color This Season


Last year, I didn’t think too much about floral in my garden. But between gorgeously-colored strains of basil, an existing hibiscus, and the few flower seeds I did toss in the ground, I had fresh-cut decor all over my home throughout nearly the entire year.

This growing season, I didn’t fool around. Spring bulbs went into the ground last December and alluring floral seeds were ordered; my planting strategy factored in plenty of cuttable color, frill, and scent.

Here’s what’s great about cultivating your own floral decor:

① Your own fresh-cut flowers last much longer than store-bought. Without travel or preservation methods, lifespan is greatly increased.

② Budget! Depending on variety, a pack of 10-800 seeds is just a few dollars.

③ Ease of availability. Arrangement looking a little droopy? No problem, immediate replacement is available from your yard!