December 10, 2014

  • Flight Service Wants to Save Time For Executives

    Rise founder Nick Kennedy was tired of flight delays and other hassles. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Rise founder Nick Kennedy was tired of flight delays and other hassles. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Don’t complain to Nick Kennedy about security hassles or flight delays. He’s seen worse while flying more than 2 million miles in the past decade.

    And as frustrating as many of those commercial flights were, the worst part was the time it cost him with his family in Preston Hollow.

    That’s the primary reason that – despite having no experience in the aviation industry – Kennedy decided to launch Rise, an entrepreneurial venture starting in December at Love Field that tailors private flights to frequent business travelers for a monthly fee. Read More…

    By Dec. 10, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 9, 2014

  • Lamplighter Students Sell Mistletoe For Food Bank

    Nine-year-old, Lamplighter students Stella Wrubel and Quinn Graves want to help give back to those in need. That’s why they started selling mistletoe to raise money first for the American Red Cross in 2013, and then for the North Texas Food Bank this year. They hope to raise enough money to feed 30,000 people.

    You can buy bunches from their mistletoe stand at Kidville in Preston Royal from 1-4 p.m. on Dec. 13.

    Bonus: you can also download this image from their website, get a pic of someone kissing you “under the mistletoe,” post it to social media with #kissandtella, and tag friends so more people can help Quinn and Stella reach their goal.

    By Dec. 9, 2014 | 2:53 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Contractor is a Woman Among Men

    Sandy Tabacinic started Dallas-based Homecorp in 2009, making her one of the few female residental contractors in the area. (Photo: Don Johnson)

    Sandy Tabacinic started Dallas-based Homecorp in 2009, making her one of the few female residental contractors in the area. (Photo: Don Johnson)

    In Sandy Tabacinic’s line of work, it’s not an insult to say that a kitchen can use a woman’s touch.

    As a female residential contractor in a business dominated by men, Tabacinic said that sometimes, home construction projects deserve the attention of the person who spends the most time there.

    And in many cases, those people are females.

    “Being a woman that runs a home can give you some insight that maybe a man doesn’t have,” Tabacinic said. “I understand the functioning of a house, and I try to take that into consideration.” Read More…

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  • December 8, 2014

  • Libraries Host Susan Orlean at Temple Emanu-El

    Beverly Bonnheim, Susan Orlean, Freda Gail Stern, and Karen Blumenthal. (Photo: Friends of the Dallas Public Library)

    Beverly Bonnheim, Susan Orlean, Freda Gail Stern, and Karen Blumenthal. (Photo: Friends of the Dallas Public Library)

    The Friends of the Dallas Public Library hosted famed author and journalist Susan Orlean at Temple Emanu-El on Nov. 20 for a fundraiser dinner and reading. Longtime library volunteer Freda Gail Stern was also honored for her work.

    Orlean closed with a book signing for attendees.

    By Dec. 8, 2014 | 1:07 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Preston Hollow Elementary Celebrates Global Fest

    Preston Hollow Elementary students celebrate at their International Festival. (Courtesy photo)

    Preston Hollow Elementary students celebrate at their International Festival. (Courtesy photo)

    Preston Hollow Elementary celebrated its first International Festival on Nov. 21 as part of the International Bacculaureate program. Each grade level completed a project, showcased food from around the world, and took part in a school-wide choir performance.

    “It was truly incredible to see all of the work the staff and children put into this festival,” first-grade parent Marnie Glaser said. “There were penguins in the snow in the Arctic, elephants grazing on the Savannah, and koi swimming in China.”

    By Dec. 8, 2014 | 12:53 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Date Set For Thanksgiving Square’s ‘Festival of Faiths’

    The Interfaith Council of the Thanks-Giving Foundation will host “Festival of Faiths” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 22. Interfaith groups will dance, sing, and celebrate to entertain guests. Food trucks will also be available.

    More than 20 faiths are represented in the council, which holds regular meetings. The event is free, but donations are welcome.

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  • December 7, 2014

  • Panthers Claim Another TAPPS State Title

    Parish Episcopal won the TAPPS Division II state title on Saturday in Corsicana. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Parish Episcopal won the TAPPS Division II state title on Saturday in Corsicana. Click the photo to see a gallery. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    By Michael Finnegan / Special Contributor

    CORSICANA – Parish Episcopal scored six unanswered touchdowns to capture the TAPPS Division II state championship on Saturday, beating rival Dallas Christian 56-14.

    It was seesaw battle initially, as the teams traded two touchdowns apiece. But that ended the scoring for Dallas Christian while Parish (13-1) was just getting started.

    Dominic Williams rushed for 269 yards and four touchdowns, and also caught a late touchdown pass for the Panthers, who racked up 670 yards of total offense and scored on their first five possessions. Xavier Suggs finished with nine receptions for 145 yards, and had two interceptions on defense.

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    By Dec. 7, 2014 | 1:51 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 5, 2014

  • Pershing Student’s Wish Comes True

    Cindy donned a smock made by her art teacher and helped students with their projects.

    Cindy donned a smock made by her art teacher and helped students with their projects. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Pershing Elementary had a new student teacher today. Cindy Gonzales Gomez, a first-grade student at the school, is battling leukemia and lived out her dream thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

    The marquee outside the school read “Welcome Our Newest Student Teacher Cindy!” She and her parents, Jose Gonzales and Angela Gomez, arrived at the school in a limo. Cindy stepped out in a sparkly shirt and tiara, greeted by her peers with posters and balloons as the Hillcrest High School band and cheerleaders rallied her on. She was granted her teaching ability by the American College of Education and given an easel and supplies to start her day.

    “Since she was little she’s always liked teaching kids who were younger than her,” Angela Gomez said. “At the store she’s always grabbing pencils and art supplies.”

    Cindy walked to the art room, high-fiving her classmates along the way. Her first students of the day, a group of pre-kindergarteners, worked on creating a snow globe as she walked around handing them supplies and giving instructions with the help of her teachers.

    The rest of her day consisted of another art class, lunch, and teacher planning time. Cindy got to make copies, laminate pages, and check the mail. She also helped out with a math class and library time.

    Cindy and her parents were overwhelmed at the event. In an emotional time for their family, having the chance to make this dream a reality was special. They looked on with tears and smiles as Cindy taught her students.

    Her experience was exactly as she wished.

    By Dec. 5, 2014 | 12:30 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Giving Mentality Should Last All Year Long

    Columnist Stephanie Casey

    Columnist Stephanie Casey

    Here we are at the holiday season — the time of year we become more conscious about kindness and giving. But rather than another column encouraging donations of toys or tossing the Salvation Army Santa a few bucks (though, those are nice things to do), I want to use this space to encourage an ongoing consciousness of good. An important pillar of health, it’s no easy task, and takes continued awareness and practice.

    As a young adult, I had what, from the outside, looked like great success. Working in the film industry during NYU film school, I went on to continued achievement in Hollywood — something I thought would bring me purpose and happiness. But spending all my time and energy on commercial entertainment made me feel increasingly vacant, unfulfilled, and selfish.

    In an effort to combat that negativity, I sold my house, moved to Portland, and made music largely about my frustration at what I saw in media manipulation versus “real world” realities witnessed while touring. Read More…

    By Dec. 5, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 4, 2014

  • Ursuline Wins Long-Awaited Home Opener

    Ursuline

    Madison Haley (center) scored twice as Ursuline defeated Nolan Catholic 5-1 on Wednesday in its first home game.

    By Kelly Morris / Special Contributor

    Ursuline’s first time playing under the lights sure was a memorable one.

    The Bears topped Fort Worth Nolan Catholic 5-1 on Wednesday night in front of 250 people at Sister Margaret Ann Moser Athletic Field. It was the first home game on the new field, as the JV squad started the night with a 2-1 win. The lively crowd included parents, alumnae, donors, faculty, and staff, and those who helped the long-awaited project through construction.

    Elli Brunts scored the game’s first goal in the fourth minute off a Katie Lund assist, and Madison Haley, Katie McHugh, and Alex Arenas also netted goals in the game. Fans lined the field, and started tailgating before the JV game.

    “The goal fell right to me,” said Brunts, whose team moved to 6-0 on the season. “Seeing everyone was so cool. Everyone was here supporting us.”

    Read More…

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