Debut Author Finds Gentle Humor in Caring for Elders


Suzanne Asaff Blankenship’s expertise in elder care came from her own experiences caring for her mother, father-in-law, and mother-in-law. She considers herself an educated consumer of elderly services.

Blankenship’s first book, How To Take Care of Old People Without Losing Your Marbles, will debut the first week of February. The book gives short, detailed information that can lead those caring for the elderly to the right information for each unique situation. The Park Cities native began writing the book in 2013, and it only took her three weeks to complete.

“When you have it in your head, it just comes out,” she said.

Police Report: Jan. 18-24




Between 3 and 3:30 p.m., a miscreant broke the window of a vehicle in the 6100 block of Averill Way. It’s unclear if anything was stolen.

Between 3 and 3:30, a shoplifter stole merchandise from Clotheshorse Anonymous at Preston Forest Village.

Between 3:15 and 4:15 p.m., a burglar broke into a vehicle in the 6300 block of Joyce Way and stole property.

Between 12:05 and 5 a.m., a lawbreaker broke into a vehicle in the 5000 block of Thunder Road and stole property.

Brewer Faces Sanctions, Ethics Training


Bill Brewer

Preston Hollow trial lawyer Bill Brewer faces time in ethics training and $133,000 in sanctions after State District Judge Ruben Reyes declared that Brewer tried to influence potential jurors through a push poll in a wrongful death and products liability case, the Texas Lawbook and Dallas Morning News reports.

The case in question was Teel vs. Titeflex Corp, with Brewer representing Titeflex. In 2014, The Teel family alleged the company’s steel pipelines led to a gas explosion that killed their son, Brennan Teel.

In 2012, the parties settled for an undisclosed amount, according to the DMN.

Crime Report: Shoppers Attacked at NorthPark


Pepper spray is advertised as a means of protection, but in an attack yesterday at NorthPark Center, it became a weapon.

Around 5 p.m. yesterday, a woman was ambushed at her car in the garage near Macy’s at NorthPark. According to a story by the DMN, the woman and her husband were getting ready to leave when a car drove up and three suspects used pepper spray on the woman, trying to steal her purse.

The scoundrels almost pulled the woman into the car before the husband pulled her away. Dallas police are still searching for the attackers.

Blatt is Bringing the Beer


Blatt'sA new culinary spot will join the Preston Hollow Village line-up this spring.

From the same team that brought Blue Sushi Sake Grill, Blatt Beer & Table will feature a wide variety of its namesake–beer (30 handles and 40-50 bottles worth).

With menu items like Bavarian pretzel bites and vegan currywurst, it appears diners will get a taste of Germany while sipping the brew of their choice.

The Preston Hollow Village location will be the first Texas site for the restaurant, which got its start in Omaha.

Write a Letter to Our New Editor

Elizabeth Ygartua

Elizabeth Ygartua

Hi, I don’t know if we’ve met, but my name is Elizabeth Ygartua. I’m the new editor here at Preston Hollow People. I’m a native Dallasite. You may recognize my name from our blog.

I’ve been with People Newspapers for three years as the art director, a blogger, social media manager, and photographer. I’m really excited to get to know all of you better.

I hope that you will let us know what we’re doing right and what we aren’t. We here at People are eager to maintain a forum for you to respond to stories, to discuss what’s happening in our community, and to address the issues that matter to you most.

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NorthPark is Making Scents


Bnews-popup-image copyringing diptyque to NorthPark Center only makes scents, right?

From its start in Paris in 1961, diptyque has evolved from selling furnishings to bringing various fragrances, from candles to perfumes, to satisfy a variety of customers.

The first DFW location will open at NorthPark this spring.

Is He Just a Repair Man or a Renaissance Man?

Alberto Giraldo owns Al Momentum in Preston Royal Southwest. (Photo: Laura Buckman) 0
Alberto Giraldo owns Al Momentum in Preston Royal Southwest. (Photo: Laura Buckman)

At the grand opening of Al Momentum Jewelry and Watch Repair in Preston Royal Southwest, attendees were surprised to learn that the entertainment, a harpist, was also the owner.

Alberto “Al” Giraldo loves to work with his hands. While his job requires him to handle delicate pieces with care and precision, he never intended on entering the jewelry repair game.

Originally from Colombia, Giraldo decided to study medicine, specializing in trauma surgery. In 2006, he came to the United States, when he decided to participate in a medical internship that would allow him to learn English and continue his medical education.

After he finished the program, he still had two years left on his visa. In 2007, after spending nearly a decade in medical schools and residencies, Giraldo was offered an opportunity that would allow him to remain in the U.S.

Alcuin Students Take on Relief Efforts


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Students at Alcuin returned from their winter break with a mission to help those affected by the December tornadoes.

After seeing the destruction the storms left behind, upper school students at Alcuin took initiative by collecting donations during morning drop-off. Between house cleaning products, canned foods, blankets, pillows, and more, students were able to occupy an entire bus with donations.

In another act of good will, the students and teachers then delivered the donated goods to local relief organizations such as Oasis Church and Joseph House.

Along with relief workers, students organized the donated goods in a donation room where victims could collect what they needed.

Alcuin School, founded on Montessori philosophy, aims to push students to achieve their personal and academic goals by becoming involved citizens in their communities and facing everyday challenges with confidence.