Nonprofit Turns House Into Home

Dallas Furniture Bank works with partner agencies to help new homeowners get started. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Dallas Furniture Bank works with partner agencies to help new homeowners get started. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Food, clothing, and shelter are considered necessities of living. But imagine enjoying shelter with nothing to sit on or no television nor bed to lie on at night.

This is the reality of those transitioning out of homelessness. With the help of the Dallas Furniture Bank, many are one step closer to finding security.

“There’s an importance of pride in ownership and stability when you have those basics,” said Aliah Henry, CEO of Dallas Furniture Bank. “We sometimes take for granted the items that we can just go and get, like a bed. We don’t think about those families that are just starting over or a family that had to up and leave in the middle of the night.”

DFB was founded in 2003 as a way to bridge the gap in social services that were already present in Dallas County. Founders Sheryl Fields Bogen and Jerry Szor spearheaded the initiative after acknowledging the lack of furniture resources for families trying to secure housing.


Maudee’s Will Close Next Month

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From Facebook

From Facebook

Maudee’s Cafe and Tea Room on Lovers Lane will be closing its doors on Sept. 25. Owner Mack Yarbrough acquired the restaurant in 2005 (according to the website), but the hometown favorite has been open since 1996, when it began as “Friends” in Snider Plaza. Lynn McIlhaney moved it to the Miracle Mile and renamed it for her grandmother, Maudee (afternoon tea was added in 2002).

Anyway, what’s causing the closure? Yarbrough says, “The lease was up, and the landlord decided he wanted more money than I thought I could sell chicken salad for.” So he chose not to renew the lease.

Yarbrough said a number of people have approached him about buying the restaurant, but the high rent — so far — has deferred any potential new owners. He did look into moving, but the best alternative was “too far for our customers to go,” he said. Plus, Yarbrough will be 73 this November, and his wife will be 68. “We didn’t want to take on the added burden,” he said.

They have received a number of emails from customers who want to place catering orders or collect recipes even after the closure. Yarbrough said they will honor both types of requests.

“We have a customer base that goes back generations,” he said. “Some of our customers are bringing their kids in now.”


Laura Bush to Speak at Each Moment Matters

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rsz_bush_laura_promopic_1This year’s speaker for the Each Moment Matters luncheon is none other than former first lady Laura Bush. The luncheon, benefiting the Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation, will be held on Oct. 23 at the Hilton Anatole.

“We are deeply honored to have Mrs. Bush speak at our luncheon,” CEO Godwin Dixon said. “She will be the highlight of this event that honors 38 distinguished leaders and quiet heroes who exemplify through their daily lives the impact that faith and love can have in our community.”

Clarice Tinsley will emcee.


St. Mark’s Grad Bounces From Wharton to NBA Sideline

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Jenkins spent one year as head coach of the Austin Toros. (Courtesy Photo)

Jenkins spent one year as head coach of the Austin Toros. (Courtesy Photo)

Taylor Jenkins didn’t follow the same career path as most of his Wharton classmates. Instead of drawing up investment strategies for financiers, he’s mapping out offensive strategies for superstar athletes.

The 30-year-old St. Mark’s graduate spent the last year on the NBA sidelines as an rookie assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks, who set a franchise record for wins and reached the Eastern Conference finals.

“It was a very special season on a number of different levels,” Jenkins said. “I’ve been fortunate to be around a lot of great players.”

As a youngster, Jenkins’ athletic dreams were focused on baseball. But he later gravitated toward basketball, a sport he had only been playing since middle school. He became a standout forward on an SPC championship team at St. Mark’s and had a couple of opportunities to play in college, but instead chose the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious business school.


Joyce Way: You’ve Got Mosquitoes

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A mosquito pool near th 7100 block of Joyce Way tested positive for West Nile Virus. In response, the city will spray for mosquitoes tonight beginning at 9 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m. tomorrow.

The area sprayed is bounded by Stonetrail Drive, Hillcrest Road, Glen Albens Circle, and Park Lane.

Per usual, roll up vehicle windows and bring pets inside during spraying. Change out any water (such as pet water bowls) that was outside following spraying. Find more tips here.


Mixed-Use Plan Gains Traction Near Jesuit

The Forestwood development would include a mix of residential and retail uses. (Courtesy Dodd Communications) 0
The Forestwood development would include a mix of residential and retail uses. (Courtesy Dodd Communications)

Everyone seems to agree upon the need to replace the outdated townhomes on the northwest corner of the potentially lucrative intersection of Forest Lane and Inwood Road.

The difficulty in reaching a consensus among the landowners, potential investors, and local residents is exactly what should take its place. But the developers of the Forestwood mixed-use plan seem to have reached a compromise with concerned homeowners that could facilitate a new life for the corner.

One complication is that the Daniel family, which has owned the land for 160 years, won’t sell it. The family developed the townhomes just south of Jesuit College Preparatory School about 40 years ago, and has operated them since.

“This land means a lot to us. The apartments that our fathers and grandfathers built are old and outdated,” said Richard Daniel, managing partner of Daniel Brothers LLP. “We need a new plan that’s commercially viable and a new plan that enhances the community and the neighborhood.”


This House Has the Life of Landry

This modest single-story house at 4510 Hallmark Drive was custom built for Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry in 1962, and became his home as he led the team to multiple Super Bowl titles during a Hall of Fame career. (Courtesy Photo) 0
This modest single-story house at 4510 Hallmark Drive was custom built for Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry in 1962, and became his home as he led the team to multiple Super Bowl titles during a Hall of Fame career. (Courtesy Photo)

Hardcore football aficionados will sometimes go to extreme lengths to get their hands on unique pieces of football memorabilia.

So there were no doubt inquiries from a few curious Dallas Cowboys fans when the former Preston Hollow home of legendary coach Tom Landry came on the market this summer.

Like the Hall of Fame coach, the house is modest and unassuming, yet elegant and authoritative. However, it’s unlikely the $795,000 price tag will include any forgotten playbooks in the attic or championship rings in the floorboards.


NPPC Ministry Hosts Brain Health Event

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Dr. Diana Kerwin

Through its Casa de Vida ministry, NorthPark Presbyterian Church will present a free program on Wednesday aimed at families dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dr. Diana Kerwin, chief of geriatrics at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, will discuss the connection between lifestyle and brain health, and will provide tips for maintaining a healthy brain.

Casa de Vida is a weekly day program at the church for people with early to mid-stage dementia, including Alzheimer’s. Wednesday’s event begins at 6 p.m. and will include refreshments. You can register online here or by calling 214-363-5457.


Police Report: July 27 to August 2

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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

27 MONDAY
Between 1 and 2:50 p.m. on July 27, a robber removed front and rear license plates from a vehicle in the 5100 block of Harvest Hill Road.

Between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on July 27, a burglar broke into a vehicle in the NorthPark Center parking lot and stole property.

28 TUESDAY
At 4:05 p.m. on July 28, a thief stole property from a vehicle in the 6800 block of Northwest Highway.

29 WEDNESDAY
Between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. on July 29, a burglar broke into a vehicle in the 4300 block of Northaven Road and stole property.

Between 11:40 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. on July 29, a burglar broke into a vehicle in the Comerica Bank parking lot in the 8800 block of Boedecker Street and stole property.


New Office Tower Slated For Preston Center

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Douglas Center is expected to be completed in early 2017.

Douglas Center is expected to be completed in early 2017.

Dallas developer PegasusAblon, in partnership with Houston-based Lionstone Investments, is planning to expand the companies’ commercial presence at Preston Center with a new 12-story office tower on Douglas Drive.

Our colleague Christine Perez at D Real Estate Daily has some additional details on the project, which will be the third building for PegasusAblon in the 8300 block of Douglas Avenue, just east of the Dallas North Tollway.

When the third tower — known as Douglas Center — opens in early 2017, the complex will become the Terraces at Douglas Center.


Food Fight: Lamplighter Kids Join Effort Against Hunger

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Charmaine Tang

Charmaine Tang

Charmaine Tang and Gunjan Jain wanted to teach their 8-year-olds about philanthropy in a valuable way.

With hungry people living in their own community, they thought, founding the Kids Against Hunger Council with the North Texas Food Bank would be the perfect way to do it.

After recruiting some of their fellow moms from Lamplighter, along with volunteers from St. Mark’s, University Park Elementary School, and Greenhill, Tang and Jain brought more than 50 families to the food bank over the course of three volunteer sessions. There, children and mothers packed Food 4 Kids bags and made greeting cards.


PH Gala to Raise Funds in Range’s Memory

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Ashleigh Range

Ashleigh Range

After she was diagnosed with terminal Stage 4 triple-negative inflammatory breast cancer last summer, Ashleigh Range wanted to do everything she could to raise money for awareness and medical research.

Although Range, a 30-year-old Allen resident, died last month, her wishes live on through a network of friends including Preston Hollow resident Tricia Sims, who will host a gala fundraiser in Range’s memory on Thursday.

Range and her husband, who have two young sons — one of which was born after her diagnosis — inspired others during her battle with a blog (that has more than a million page views) and an effort to bring attention to the IBC Network Foundation, which focuses on the rare form of the disease.

The gala begins at 7 p.m. at 5842 Falls Road. Tickets are $100, with guests asked to dress in shades of turquoise. You can register online here.