Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins is scheduled to speak at tonight’s meeting of the Preston Hollow Democrats, which will begin at 6 p.m. at the Preston Royal Library. Jenkins, along with Jeff Dalton of Democracy Toolbox, will discuss voters’ rights issues and how citizens can help boost voter turnout.
Our two newspapers, Preston Hollow People and Park Cities People, serve communities that are undergoing rapid change. The Highland Park school district recently announced that enrollment is now the highest in its history — and that it has doubled over 20 years.
These new residents are younger, more active, and — in many cases — new not only to our communities but also to Dallas.
When our communities change, we change how we publish and deliver news. So we have ditched our old publishing model to embrace an entirely new way of serving this new readership.
Starting in January, our newspapers will go to total market coverage, which will more than double our circulation. We will deliver to all 13,000 households in the Park Cities and all 26,000 households in Preston Hollow, including apartments and condos.
Our main editions will be published monthly, with a weekly bulletin to deliver timely information from advertisers, such as open houses and special offers. We will introduce a new tabloid format for the main editions, which allows for a better presentation of news analysis, infographics, and photographs of neighborhood and school activities.
And we will add a new weekly free email edition of our famous Police Report, which will be available by subscription only. (So subscribe!)
Ursuline’s Holiday & Gift Bazaar is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday in the school’s Haggar Center. A portion of sales will help fund scholarships at Ursuline, where 190 young women (23 percent of the student body) received financial assistance and merit awards this year.
W.T. White Parent University is a five-week series designed to help parents deal with the struggles that they and their teenage children face during high school. The topics will include communication, family dynamics, responsibility, self-esteem, and homework issues.
The classes will be held Wednesdays — starting this week — in the W.T. White High School library, with morning (9 to 10) and evening (6:30 to 7:30) options. Child care will be provided for the evening classes.
For more information, contact Jason Wallace at 972-502-6208 or email@example.com.
The block of Aberdeen Avenue due east of Preston Road will be rebuilt, assuming the City Council approves this item on the consent agenda during Tuesday’s meeting.
On Tuesday morning, Adm. Patrick Walsh, a Jesuit graduate and former commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, will address the barriers and bridges warriors face transitioning from service to civilian life during a public lecture presented by the new Brain Performance Institute at the Center for Brain Health. He will share why warriors are the nation’s best and brightest to help businesses and corporations flourish and what the private sector can do take advantage the qualities service members embody.
“One of the most pressing needs of military veterans is gainful, steady employment,” said Eric Bennett, executive director of the Brain Performance Institute. “How we treat and reintegrate our nation’s greatest national assets both in and out of uniform will directly affect the success of companies and communities across the nation. By capitalizing on the valuable leadership, decision-making, strategic thinking, and problem-solving skills learned in the military, the Brain Performance Institute is dedicated to raising awareness of the challenges warriors face and helping them reach their brain potential and civilian life success.”
In advance of the lecture, Walsh answered a few questions about the barriers and bridges warriors encounter when transitioning from service to civilian life.
After searching far and wide for a successor to headmaster Arnold E. Holtberg, St. Mark’s has decided to promote assistant headmaster David W. Dini.
“It is an immense source of pride to announce that after meeting so many qualified candidates from leading independent schools, the individual ideally suited to build upon the great legacy of this institution is already on campus,” said Randall Fojtasek, a 1981 graduate of St. Mark’s and president of the school’s board of trustees.
Holtberg announced in March that he planned to retire at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Dini, who has worked at St. Mark’s for more than 19 years, will assume his new duties effective July 1.
“I am deeply honored by the decision of the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees, and I am humbled by the prospect of leading this great institution,” Dini said. “St. Mark’s School of Texas was established with a vision to become a beacon of excellence, and I feel an important responsibility to make sure we carry that legacy forward.”
This week’s edition includes a story about the Board of Adjustment granting Preston Hollow United Methodist Church permission to erect an 8-foot fence next to the playground primarily used by students at the Preston Hollow Childhood Development Center.
The church’s senior pastor, the Rev. Michael Nichols, did not return a phone call seeking comment for that story. I also left a voicemail for (and sent an email to) Margaret Hamilton, the chair of the Childhood Development Center’s board of directors, who represented the church before the Board of Adjustment. After the paper went to the press, she emailed me this:
“We will be landscaping the area on the northern side of the playground to serve as a noise buffer and to beautify the area.”
Do you have any extra blankets around the house? Sleep Experts asks that you consider donating them to families in need during the 10th annual Share the Warmth Blanket Drive.
Sleep Experts is accepting donations of new and gently used blankets, sheets, comforters, towels, and pillows at all 44 locations throughout North Texas, through Thanksgiving Day.
The 2013 Share the Warmth Blanket Drive benefits the Family Place and other North Texas domestic violence shelters. Blankets collected during the drive will be delivered in December to these shelters, to keep their families warm this winter season.
Sleep Experts will receive a helping hand from thousands of Girl Scouts representing the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas council (Dallas) and Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains council (Fort Worth). Girl Scout troops participate by collecting blankets in their own communities and will earn special Share the Warmth community service badges.
“November is our favorite time of the year, when we come together as a community to give the gift of warmth and comfort to families in need,” said Christine Cook, president of Sleep Experts. “As we celebrate 10 years of Sharing the Warmth, we hope to collect more blankets than ever before, with the help of the Girl Scouts.”
“When victims come to The Family Place, our primary concern is to make our clients feel safe,” said Paige Flink, executive director of the Family Place. “These blankets not only provide the warmth that these women and children require, but also give them the much-needed security that they desperately need to have a life free from violence.”
Do you know someone who deserves a shopping spree and a makeover? You have a little more than a week to nominate your friend for The Shops at Park Lane’s annual Holiday Makeover.
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