Routine Helps Moms Fit in Time For Toning

Niccole Maurici of University Park targets her StrongestMom workout regimen at fellow moms looking to get back into shape. (Courtesy photos) 0
Niccole Maurici of University Park targets her StrongestMom workout regimen at fellow moms looking to get back into shape. (Courtesy photos)

Niccole Maurici is no ordinary personal trainer. The University Park mother of four spends what little down time she has sending texts of encouragement to her clients, busy moms themselves, who have come to know Maurici’s dedication to fitness through her new line of workout videos, StrongestMom.

“She understands that by being a mother, your time is very limited, your priorities change, and so does your lifestyle. Therefore, by creating a program that is flexible considering the demands of being a parent, it makes it doable,” said Veronica Diaz, a client and friend of Maurici.


What You Can Now Read Online

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So the answer to that headline is basically everything. For instance, here’s this month’s issue:

In the past few months we’ve been tweaking and reformatting our website to better reflect changes we made to our print product last year. If you haven’t been trolling the site, read on for a list of a few things you might have missed.


Family Chips in to Help Parish Golfers

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From left: Parish Episcopal head of school Dave Monaco, Parish golf coach Kimberly Self, and Tiffiny and Kip Zimmerman. (Courtesy Photo)

From left: Parish Episcopal head of school Dave Monaco, Parish golf coach Kimberly Self, and Tiffiny and Kip Zimmerman. (Courtesy Photo)

Golfers at Parish Episcopal School don’t have to travel far to work on their games.

The school has had a putting green on the western edge of its campus for more than five years, but last spring it was transformed into a full-scale facility to develop skills in everything from driving to chipping to putting.

“It’s a very special place for our campus,” said Parish golf coach Kimberly Self. “We’ve used it a lot.”

The 12,000-square-foot putting green was the brainchild of former Parish golfer Logan Klein, a 2009 graduate who designed it for his Eagle Scout project along with a collar for short chipping.


Yavneh Academy Marathon Team Raising Funds for Shalva

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Liat Levkovitch

Liat Levkovich

A group of students from Yavneh and Akiba Academy is racing to raise money for a charity halfway around the globe.

These students have a goal of $24,000 for SHALVA, an organization in Israel that helps mentally and physically disabled children. This donation comes as a partnership with the Jerusalem Marathon.

For Yavneh sophomore Liat Levkovich, raising funds for Shalva is much more important than the race itself.

“I love Israel,” she said. “I was born there, I have family and friends there.”


The GEM Juice Bar Expands to Preston Forest

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The GEM opened its first location at Preston Center in 2012. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The GEM opened its first location at Preston Center in 2012. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

A new GEM is opening at Preston Forest on Tuesday, and that’s not necessarily a subjective comment.

Rather, The GEM juice bar will launch its second location to join its flagship storefront at Preston Center that’s been open since early 2012.

The company specializes in organic and vegan juices and smoothies. Some of them will be highlighted during some grand-opening festivities on Tuesday, including the Green Glow, Radiant Glow, Platinum Veggie Love, and Ruby Slipper.

We don’t know exactly what those contain, but they sound both nutritious and adventurous. So do the plans for two disco balls in the new location to set the mood.


Donate to Fight Domestic Violence

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Suzanne Bock Grishman

Suzanne Bock Grishman

In response to the talk Fifty Shades of Grey has sparked surrounding types of abuse, anti-domestic violence nonprofit Hope’s Door has partnered with Newstarter.com on a special fundraising project.

#50KFOR50SHADES asks the public to donate $1 each toward a $50,000 goal. That money will help support families impacted by domestic violence.

Here’s the kicker: donations are not collected until the goal mark is met, so donations are more important than ever.

“Domestic violence has been a hot topic in the media lately. As a result, we’ve seen an upsurge in public awareness and the calls to our crisis hotline have increased dramatically,” said Suzanne Bock, director of development at Hope’s Door. “The campaign is all or nothing. If we don’t hit the goal in 30 days … no money is collected.”

Visit newstarter.com to donate.


Boys and Girls Club Celebrates 50 Years

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The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas will host its 2015 Billiard Ball on April 18 to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The ball will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas and will help raise funds for underprivileged youth.

Co-chairs are Barbara and Steve Durham, Tara and Bill Durham, Julie and Steve Rado, and Kristin and Peter Durham.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by a seated dinner, music, a live auction, and billiards. The Billiard Ball has raised more than $2.4 million in its 11 years.

Tickets start at $500, and sponsorship opportunities start at $5,000. Learn more here.


NCL’s Mockingbird Chapter Senior Presentation

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Seniors of National Charity League-Mockingbird Chapter

Seniors of National Charity League’s Mockingbird Chapter

Congratulations to the 22 senior Ticktockers of the Mockingbird Chapter of National Charity League who were presented by their fathers on Sunday Feb. 8.

The girls, along with their families, enjoyed dinner and a program that included being escorted by their fathers and presenting roses to their mothers.


Preston Royal Goes Greek

Angelo Kostas prepares dishes for diners; a Greek salad with green olives and banana peppers is ready to eat. (Photos: Laura Buckman) 0
Angelo Kostas prepares dishes for diners; a Greek salad with green olives and banana peppers is ready to eat. (Photos: Laura Buckman)

A taste of the Greek islands has landed in Preston Royal thanks to one family’s new restaurant. Gus Kostas, founder of Greek Isles Grille in Plano, has opened a second location with a little help from his two sons, John and Chris.

But the story of getting the Greek eatery to Preston Road has a little bit more history than that. Preston Royal Southwest owner Robert Mitchell remembers chatting with George Nikolopoulos, owner of nearby shoe-repair shop The Cobbler, and lamenting the lack of Greek food in the area.


Quantum Physics: Schools Closed Monday

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I guess this thing about naming winter storms has really caught on, because we’ve got Quantum bearing down on us prior to the Monday morning commute.

In recognition of this probability, Dallas ISD has cancelled classes and activities for tomorrow along with pretty much every other school in the area. So kids, enjoy your day off.


Jesuit’s Feehery Wins State Swimming Title

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Jesuit junior Brendan Feehery won a Class 6A state title in the 200-yard individual medley at the state swimming meet on Saturday in Austin.

Feehery swam a time of 1 minute, 47.6 seconds in the finals to defeat runner-up Mason Tenney of Lake Travis by almost a half-second and become just the second Jesuit swimmer to win a UIL state title, joining former standout Matt Thompson. Feehery also finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke.

Also for Jesuit, Nolan Daniels was seventh in the 50 freestyle. Feehery and Daniels teamed with John Ayres and Aedan Quinn to take third in the 200 free relay. The Rangers were fifth in the team standings.