October 28, 2014

  • ‘Organic’ Label Isn’t Just Catchy

    Columnist Stephanie Casey

    Columnist Stephanie Casey

    “What does organic even mean?” I’ve had this question sarcastically posed to me. It’s understandable. Fads come and go, trends are trendy, and suddenly something that started in earnest no longer has meaning. “Organic” is not one of those things.

    There is a lot of trickery in food labeling. The world “natural,” for example, means nothing. You find that word on almost every package at the grocery now from loose produce to laundry detergent.

    “Cage-free” is a term that most think indicates healthy chickens laying their eggs in the grass and sun — partly because Big Ag companies deceptively put pictures of chickens in fields on the product. Unfortunately, “cage-free” is still a factory farm — just without battery cages.

    Luckily, “organic,” for the most part, is a label that can be trusted. What it means is that your food was raised without the use of synthetic chemicals or toxic substances. There are no planes dusting crops with pesticide (killing both pests and the good bugs needed to maintain a healthy ecosystem). There is no buildup of these same chemicals in the soil and water the plants feed from. Read More…

    By Oct. 28, 2014 | 9:30 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • October 27, 2014

  • Ebola Info: PHPC Hosts UT Southwestern Expert

    Dr. Robert Haley

    Dr. Robert Haley

    Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church will host UT Southwestern’s Dr. Robert Haley, professor of internal medicine and director of epidemiology, at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29.

    Gather in Jubilee Hall to hear an update on the Ebola virus, which has affected thousands in West Africa and a number of Dallasites.

    By Oct. 27, 2014 | 12:07 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Hersh Celebrates Spanish Book Translation

    Julie Hersh

    Julie Hersh

    Preston Hollow author Julie Hersh will celebrate the release of a Spanish translation of her book Struck by Living with a reception at at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts at Dallas Theater Center.

    The nonfiction book chronicles Hersh’s bout with depression and her recovery beginning with electroconvolusive therapy.

    The release of Decidi Vivir was prompted in part by the family of Jorge Correa, a Spanish teacher and community service director at St. Mark’s, who discovered the book after it was released in English in 2010, and translated the material for his wife when she was receiving treatment.

    Hersh and Correa later collaborated on the translation, which will be available for free to 400 attendees on Tuesday. Click here for more information.

    By Oct. 27, 2014 | 11:38 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • David Dike Hosts Artwork of Jon Fleming

    "Midland After Midnight"

    “Midland After Midnight”

    Preston Hollow resident David Dike will host the work of artist Jon Fleming in his studio from Nov. 13-Dec. 6. The “Oil on Canvas” series includes a collection that focuses on small-town Texas and the Southwest.

    An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Fairmount Street gallery.

    By Oct. 27, 2014 | 8:13 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 24, 2014

  • Jesuit Rides High in ‘Battle For the Saddle’

    Matt Miller and Jesuit clinched a playoff spot by defeating W.T. White on Thursday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Matt Miller and Jesuit clinched a playoff spot by defeating W.T. White on Thursday. Click the photo to see a gallery of the game. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Jesuit maintained its dominance over neighborhood rival W.T. White on Thursday in the annual “Battle for the Saddle” showdown at Loos Stadium.

    The 58-24 victory also clinched a playoff spot for the Rangers (6-2, 4-1), while knocking the Longhorns (4-4, 2-3) precariously into fifth place in the District 9-6A standings with two weeks left in the season.

    As expected, the matchup featured plenty of big offensive numbers on both sides, including a combined 45 points in the first quarter alone.

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    By Oct. 24, 2014 | 2:19 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Field Trip Gets Lamplighter Students Wet and Wild

    Students got to observe, study, and learn about the wetlands.

    The fourth graders got to observe, study, and learn with the help of wetlands professionals.

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    Students took elevated walkways to explore the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center.

    After completing a unit on ecosystems and the study of birds, fourth-grade Lamplighter students got some firsthand experience. Last week they took an all-day field trip to the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center.

    The wetland center near Seagoville develops environmental education programs that emphasize wetland and river ecosystems, bird migrations, and water conservation as well as ecology, clean water methods, unique plants, and wildlife. While there, the students participated in workshops and games, and took away valuable knowledge of the wetlands and how it’s used to clean water from the Trinity River so it can be used in our communities.

    “The children asked a million questions but amazed me with answers they gave to the group leader’s questions, too,” said Vicki Raney, assistant head for academics at Lamplighter.

    By Oct. 24, 2014 | 12:12 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Frontiers of Flight Celebrates Veterans Day

    rsz_1flight03The Frontiers of Flight Museum will host a D-Day aircraft, the Douglas C-47 Whiskey 7, in honor of Veterans Day. It will be on display for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 25. Attendees are encouraged to show up as early as 9:15 a.m. to get a spot and meet World War II veterans.

    The plane is owned by the National Warplane Museum.

    “We are delighted to have these honored passengers and guests join us to welcome the arrival of this magnificent aircraft as we pay homage to our veterans during the 70th anniversary year of D-Day,” museum CEO Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones said.

    By Oct. 24, 2014 | 12:06 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Providence Dedicates New Playground

    Providence students play on the newly dedicated playground. (Photo: Courtesy of Juliette Coulter)

    Providence students play on the newly dedicated playground. (Photo: Courtesy of Juliette Coulter)

    Providence Christian School dedicated a new playground on Oct. 20 with monkey bars, two slides, a climbing web, and a “Supernova,” or a modernized merry-go-round.

    Students were able to play on the new playground, and afterward, they gathered to sing “This is The Day the Lord Hath Made” with their teachers and closed with prayer.

    Enjoy your new playground, Providence!

    By Oct. 24, 2014 | 11:50 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 23, 2014

  • Edgemere Raises $26,000 For Alzheimer’s

    Edgemere residents did their part to raise funds for a cause that's close to their hearts.

    Edgemere residents did their part to raise funds.

    Residents, staff and family members at Edgemere, a senior living community in Preston Hollow, teamed up to raise funds during the Walk to End Alzheimer’s event, resulting in $26,344 for the Greater Dallas chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

    Edgemere hosted events including a satellite walk, a community garage sale, and donations to allow staff to wear jeans on Fridays.

    Its efforts placed the facility among the top five fundraising companies for the walk for the sixth year in a row.

    By Oct. 23, 2014 | 10:23 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Annual ‘Battle For the Saddle’ Has More at Stake

    W.T. White quarterback Jackson Fults will lead the Longhorns against Jesuit tonight. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    W.T. White quarterback Jackson Fults will lead the Longhorns against Jesuit tonight. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Neighborhood bragging rights will be on the line tonight in the annual “Battle for the Saddle” football game between Jesuit and W.T. White — two campuses just a few blocks apart.

    But more important to both teams in the 7:30 p.m. game at Loos Stadium will be the potential playoff implications of the matchup, with both teams in contention for postseason spots in District 9-6A.

    The Longhorns (4-3, 2-2) are in a more precarious position in the league standings, having dropped to fourth place — with just three games remaining — after a 42-0 loss to powerhouse Skyline last week. White’s game at Irving Nimitz next week will also be critical.

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    By Oct. 23, 2014 | 1:52 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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