October 29, 2014

  • Home Tours Showcase More Than Pretty Facades

    Courtesy photos

    Courtesy photos

    Home tours abound when the holidays come ringing. Luckily, with so many choices comes the chance to see a wide array of architecture and design styles. There are even a few with a cause.

    The New Friends New Life tour — which will feature four homes on Beverly Drive, Windsor Lane, Southwestern Boulevard, and Lakeside Drive — takes place on Nov. 23 and features something more than just good looks: proceeds go to the namesake organization, which helps to empower trafficked girls and sexually-exploited women.

    “The lives of women and children are transformed and families are restored because of the community support,” executive director and honorary chair Katie Pedigo said.

    Corporate and family sponsors include a few notable names, including Allie Beth Allman, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, and Gail and Gerald Turner.

    Homes for the 15th annual tour were announced at a party on Sept. 18. Highlights include a “floating” staircase and an outdoor mural. Read More…

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  • Races to Watch: District Attorney

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    Craig Watkins

    A product of the Dallas public school system, Craig Watkins was first elected in 2006 as the first African-American district attorney in Texas. Watkins has faced criticism after using forfeiture funds to settle a car accident in 2013.


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    Susan Hawk

    Susan Hawk is a former felony prosecutor and criminal court judge, and has tried more than 150 jury trials. She has served as a member of both the Republican and Democratic parties.

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  • Races to Watch: County Judge

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    Ron Natinsky

    Republican and Far North Dallas resident Ron Natinsky faces Democratic incumbent Clay Jenkins in the race for county judge. Natinsky is a Hillcrest High School graduate and a former city councilman, where he served the city for six years.



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    Clay Jenkins

    Jenkins, a Park Cities resident and parent of HPISD students, has been in the spotlight for the past year due to his proposal to house undocumented children within Dallas County as well as his efforts to curtail Ebola in Dallas.

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  • Catholic Charities Gala Features Chicago

    The Catholic Charities of Dallas will host the 17th annual Bishop’s Gala on Jan. 31 at the Hilton Anatole. The gala will start at 6 p.m. and feature Chicago for entertainment. All proceeds benefit the Catholic Charities of Dallas. Buy tickets here.

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  • GOP Challenges Democrat Incumbents

    For the past year, all eyes have been on the race for state Rep. Dan Branch’s soon-to-be-vacated House District 108 seat. Republican candidate Morgan Meyer defeated two other party hopefuls, Court Alley and Chart Westcott, respectively, in the March and May primaries.

    Leigh Bailey, on the other hand, has been the sole Democratic candidate from the start.

    With election day nearing on Nov. 4, candidates have been making their last appeals to donors, supporters, and voters.

    “We’ve got to do well in Dallas County, and it really starts with these core precincts,” Branch said at a Meyer fundraiser. Read More…

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  • Alcuin Freshmen Begin With Northern Exposure

    Saylor Madden and Sterling Hahn paddle their kayak during a trip to British Columbia with other Alcuin students. (Courtesy photo)

    Saylor Madden and Sterling Hahn paddle their kayak during a trip to British Columbia with other Alcuin students.

    Ninth-grade students at Alcuin started the school year with a seven-day sea kayaking adventure and environmental education experience in British Columbia.

    The students, who are among Alcuin School’s first ninth grade class, explored several islands in the Discovery Passage between Vancouver Island and the mainland while paddling through about 50 miles of sea.

    The experience not only offered the students an opportunity to bond, but also hands-on, real-world learning across the International Baccalaureate curriculum. Read More…

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  • World Stroke Day Galvanizes Education

    Today is World Stroke Day. If you don’t know the warning signs and symptoms, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, headquartered here in Dallas, has an easy acronym for you to remember: FAST.

    F: Face drooping

    A: Arm weakness

    S: Speech difficulty

    T: Time to call 911

    As the daughter of a young stroke survivor, my mom had a stroke when she was in her 30s, I’m always interested in spreading awareness about strokes. You can join me in pledging to end strokes here.

    According to the Stroke Association, strokes are the leading cause of long-term disabilities in the U.S. and is the fourth leading cause of death. Worldwide more people die from strokes than from causes attributed to AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined.  If you’d like to learn more about strokes, click here.

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  • October 28, 2014

  • Veterans Day Luncheon Honors Ross Perot

    250The Daughters of World War II will host the fifth annual Veterans Day luncheon, honoring H. Ross Perot as well as veterans and their families. Perot will be the first recipient of the group’s Legacy Award for Lifetime Service to the U.S. Military and Veterans.

    The luncheon starts at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the Hilton Anatole. Keynote speakers are author Andy Andrews and retired Col. Anthony A. Wood. Veterans get in free with advanced registration, and may bring a guest for $25. Individual tickets are $175. Here’s my favorite part — attire is “military or fabulous forties.”

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  • Author Dubbed ‘America’s Worst Mom’ Gives Advice

    Lenore Skenazy at Greenhill school.

    Lenore Skenazy spoke to teachers and parents at Greenhill School.

    Lenore Skenazy — journalist, author, and founder of Free-Range Kids — gave a talk at Greenhill School this morning called “How did we get so afraid for our kids?”

    After receiving backlash in 2008 for allowing her 9-year-old son to navigate the New York City subway system alone, Skenazy started a movement. She said there’s a fear in our society when it comes to raising children. Her talk cited examples of over-protective baby toys and imagined child predators around every street corner.

    Skenazy challenged parents to participate in the Free-Range Kids project. A child will think of something outside of their comfort zone and then write about the experience, all with their parent’s permission. The goal is for the child to experience a newfound independence and ease the fear of the parents.

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  • Good Shepherd Soccer Stars Score TAPS Title

    (Photo courtesy Good Shepherd Episcopal)

    (Photo courtesy Good Shepherd Episcopal)

    Congrats to the team!

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