Police Reports: Sept. 26-Oct. 2




Between 3:10 and 3:30 a.m., a burglar broke into Wolf Camera & Image at Inwood Village and stole merchandise.

Between 9:50 a.m. and 1:20 p.m., a scoundrel stole property from a house in the 7300 block of Meadow Oaks Drive.

Between 1 and 4 p.m., a burglar broke into a vehicle in the 5700 block of West Lovers Lane and stole property.

Lamplighter School Donates 3,000 Shoes

Lamplighter School students celebrate donating almost 3,000 shoes to charity. (Photo courtesy of The Lamplighter School)

Lamplighter School students celebrate donating almost 3,000 shoes to charity. (Photo courtesy of The Lamplighter School)

The Lamplighter School donated almost 3,000 shoes to Soles4Souls, a nonprofit that distributes shoes and clothing to those in need.

“Around the world, children need shoes in order to go to school,” faculty member Debbie Herskovitz said following an assembly celebrating the accomplishment. “The Lamplighter students learned that their donated shoes are helping less fortunate children attend school. I think that had an impact on them.”

The school has donated more than 16,000 shoes to Soles4Souls since 2012. This year, 24-Hour Fitness and Orange Theory Fitness helped the school collect donations by placing drop boxes in their locations.

“Through this wonderful service project. I think the students gained a better understanding of how their donation will really impact the lives of those less fortunate,” head of school Dr. Joan Hill said.

Alumni Artists Come Home to ESD

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Photo by Joshua Baethge

A large crowd converged on the Episcopal School of Dallas Sept. 6 for a celebration of the arts when the school’s first Alumni Art Show featuring works from about 70 former students opened to the public.

“We have this rep of being an athletics school, but we are just as much an art school,” said head of school Meredyth Cole. “I’m very proud of this.”

The show, which runs through Dec. 3, features both amateur and professional artists’ work in a range of different media. It was the brainchild of middle school studio art teacher Vikki Martin, who thought the school’s Susan M. Frank Center for Arts and Humanities would be the perfect setting to showcase alumni work in a professional manner. Martin suggested the idea to the alumni association 18 months ago.

Award Winning Columnist Releases First Book


Preston Hollow People’s own Len Bourland recently released her first book, Normal ‘s Just a Cycle on a Washing Machine. The humorous memoir features excerpts from many of her columns. It recounts her journey through divorce, public scandal, dating again, and becoming a grandmother.

The St. Michaels Women’s Exchange will host a book signing from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 6. Bourland will also read passages and sign copies from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Preston Royal Barnes and Noble.

Bourland has written columns for more than 20 years. She is also a vice president in the real estate industry, and an occasional guest commentator for KERA 90.1 FM.

Shop Like a Hero at St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange


The Exchange is proud to be a part of this year’s Partners Card shopping event, when Dallas shoppers can Shop Like a Hero from Oct. 28 through Nov. 7. St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange has been a prime shopping destination in Highland Park Village since 1958 and features a mix of beautifully curated gifts for women, men, children, and the home. The Exchange is unique among upscale gift shops in that all proceeds from purchases at The Exchange are distributed to those in need in our city, our country, and the world beyond. So during Partners Card week, if you shop here, you really do “Shop Once, Give Twice”.

Partners Card hours at The Exchange are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

Paint the Town Purple in Preston Hollow


purple-ribbonSince October is domestic violence awareness month, the Dallas Domestic Violence Task Force is making it easy for you to show your support to put an end to domestic violence. You can pick up a free purple ribbon to display on a tree or front door at Preston Royal Library, or the Marcus Rec Center throughout October.

According to the task force, other ways to show support include:

  • Painting one fingernail purple to #PutTheNailInIt
  • Wear a purple lapel ribbon or purple clothing items to #PaintBigDPurple
  • Donate or volunteer to domestic violence shelters and agencies
  • Attend a domestic violence awareness event in October

If you have any questions or want more information, you can contact Dallas City Council at (214) 670-3816.

Lions Roar Past Inexperienced Covenant

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Covenant’s Wilson Whitehead tries to haul in a pass as Grace Prep’s Tyler Osborne defends on Saturday. The Lions won 55-13. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

By Michael Finnegan / Special Contributor

In terms of experience, it was like a toddler playing against a grown man.

Calvary, playing just its second season of 11-man football, was overpowered by Arlington Grace Prep 55-13 at Miller Field on Saturday.

Grace Prep’s Brendan Walters scored on runs of 71, 56 and 58 yards on his way to rushing for a game-high 214 yards. Walters scored on the game’s first play, and the Lions jumped ahead 14-0 on Jeremiah Tucker’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Jay Sedwick with just over 9:00 left in the opening quarter.

Covenant (2-3) was forced to punt on its next possession, but Jack Spangler, a sophomore safety, picked off a pass and returned it 45 yards to the Lions 10-yard line. On the next play, Austin Weber found Wes Bender in the end zone to cut the deficit to 14-6.

From Food Cart to Franchise

New York City flavor hits Lemmon Ave. with street corner cult favorite Halal Guys (Photo by Imani Lytle) 0
New York City flavor hits Lemmon Ave. with street corner cult favorite Halal Guys (Photo by Imani Lytle)

The Dallas foodie scene gained New York food cart legend The Halal Guys in July via franchisee Danny Bui. It’s not set in one of the typical up-and-coming neighborhoods often occupied by new restaurants, and Bui said that’s exactly why he and his partners chose the western Lemmon Avenue location.

“One of the directional questions we asked ourselves was, ‘How can we have that cart feel in a brick-and-mortar location,’” Bui said. “We purposefully picked a more urban setting, not in a strip center, to maintain the free-standing aspect of the New York cart environment.”

Bui said he fell in love with the cart from his sporadic trips to New York. Then, when he left his job as a critical care ICU nurse at Baylor University Medical Center in 2015, he learned The Halal Guys was just embarking on becoming a franchise.

Breaking Habits


Writing my column last month about dropping alcohol really got me thinking about habits. We all get into routines which become comforts. In some parts of my life, I like to disrupt comforts for creativity, invigoration, or stimulation. In other areas, routine makes things easier and I relish the familiarity.

There is definitely something comforting about knowing a probable result. And that is valuable. But maybe relying too much on habitual practices can make us bored, stagnant, and unable to share what makes us special with others.

When we are forced off our rails, we always get back on them or build new ones or find someone else’s to hop on for a while. On a movie I was working on in Pennsylvania, our chef had been training to be a Navy Seal when an injury derailed his plans. He struggled through depression, loss, and confusion until he started cooking.