Parish Dominates in District Opener

Dominic Williams scored three touchdowns in Friday's win. (File photo: Rob Graham)

Dominic Williams scored three touchdowns in Friday’s win. (File photo: Rob Graham)

By Michael Finnegan / Special Contributor

Parish Episcopal scored on its first five possessions against TAPPS district foe Coram Deo on the way to a convincing 46-7 win on Friday at Gloria Snyder Stadium.

The Panthers (4-0) were paced by Dominic Williams’ 245 yards of total offense and three touchdowns as they scored early and often against the visiting Lions (2-2).

Williams scored on a 2-yard run with 8:28 left in the first quarter to begin the onslaught. The most electrifying play came with seven seconds left before halftime when he juked and spun on his way to a 93-yard touchdown run to give Parish a commanding 43-0 lead at intermission.

Scholarship Program Rewards Golfers With Drive

Thomas Jefferson High School seniors Mariel Cruz, left, and Jocelyn Rodriguez were among the scholarship recipients this spring from the Northern Texas PGA’s Fairway to Success program. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Thomas Jefferson High School seniors Mariel Cruz, left, and Jocelyn Rodriguez were among the scholarship recipients this spring from the Northern Texas PGA’s Fairway to Success program. (Courtesy Photo)

Teresa Ricado didn’t care much about making putts or perfecting her tee shots. She just needed an outlet for her stress.

Ricado came to the United States from Mexico when she was 12. A few years later, her mother was deported, and she had to start working full-time to support herself and her younger brother. Plus, she was taking a slate of dual-credit courses at Thomas Jefferson High School, where she ranked second academically in her class.

As a junior, Ricado added golf to her extensive list of extracurricular activities. And the following year, she was able to participate in Fairway to Success, an outreach program from the Northern Texas PGA that provides scholarships to economically disadvantged aspiring golfers in Dallas ISD schools.

Parish Opens District Play With Momentum

Dominic Williams has already rushed for nine touchdowns this season. (File photo)

Dominic Williams has already rushed for nine touchdowns this season. (File photo: Rob Graham)

One year after winning a TAPPS state title, Parish Episcopal doesn’t appear to have lost a step in its quest to repeat.

In fact, the Panthers might be gaining steam as they start district play tonight with a blue-turf home game against Coram Deo.

After all, Parish (3-0) already has avenged its only loss from last year when it easily dispatched Glen Rose 41-14 last weekend. The fast-paced Panthers have scored at least 41 points in all three of their games after rolling up historic point totals in 2014.

Proton Therapy Center in Bankruptcy


There’s an interesting story in The Dallas Morning News via Dow Jones today about Kelcy Warren, the Preston Hollow oil-pipeline billionaire who owns a $25 million Park Lane estate and whose son is the namesake for Klyde Warren Park.

At any rate, Warren invested $20 million a few years ago with the developer of a planned cancer center in Dallas, specifically earmarked for a proton therapy facility.

The project remains unfinished, and Warren has filed court documents trying to oust the leaders of the development group, who he accuses of siphoning the loan money for projects in other cities, according to the report. Judges and bankruptcy lawyers will probably sort all of this out, but it doesn’t sound like we’ll see any such cancer center anytime soon.

DISD Building For the Future


For the first time in seven years, Dallas ISD will ask voters for bond money to add some schools and upgrade some others.

The $1.6 billion price tag includes various projects targeted at schools in Preston Hollow, such as a new $65 million campus for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade that would serve the Hillcrest High School feeder pattern.

Perhaps most importantly, the initiative on the Nov. 3 ballot likely would not have an impact on the property tax rate, which means the funds must be used entirely for construction and facilities needs.

Gunman Killed by Cops Near Preston Hollow


A 24-year-old Dallas man died following a police-involved shooting at an apartment complex near the intersection of Royal Lane and North Central Expressway last weekend.

The bizarre incident began at 11:43 p.m. on Sept. 20, when Dallas Police Department officers were called after a traffic accident led to a disturbance of some kind at the Avondale Parc Apartments in the 10800 block of Stone Canyon Road.

Gerardo Ramirez wasn’t involved in the wreck or the disturbance, but he was elsewhere in the complex expressing suicidal thoughts to his girlfriend and saying he wanted to shoot the officers.

So Ramirez went into the parking lot and started firing a handgun into the air, which prompted 911 calls from several neighbors. When the officers approached Ramirez, he hid behind parked cars and opened fire. Witnesses reported seeing him reload the weapon during the shootout.

Carrie Fisher to Speak at Meal for the Minds


Actress and author Carrie Fisher, famous for playing Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, is this year’s keynote speaker for the Meal for the Minds luncheon.

The luncheon will be held at the Hilton Anatole Sept 24. An edible auction will precede the lunch at 11 a.m.

The event will benefit Metrocare Auxiliary, a volunteer group dedicated to helping people with mental illnesses, highlighting their care for those with bipolar disorder.

Charles Haley to Speak at CARE Breakfast


Former Dallas Cowboy Charles Lewis Haley will speak at the 31st annual CARE Breakfast Oct. 5.

Haley will discuss his battle with bipolar disorder and drug abuse with Scott Murray.

CARE, Cheimcal Awareness, Resources & Education, is a non-profit that provides classes for families struggling with substance abuse.

For tickets or more information email

Dallas Arboretum Bulbs on Sale



The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is selling bulbs for fall planting now through Oct. 10.

According to Dave Forehand, the Dallas Arboretum’s president, the ideal planting time for the bulbs is late November-early December.

Place orders for bulbs online here.

The Legacy PH Celebrates Rosh Hashanah

Bruce Feldman leads the residents of The Legacy Preston Hollow in a Rosh Hashanah service.

Bruce Feldman leads the residents of The Legacy Preston Hollow in a Rosh Hashanah service.

The Legacy Preston Hollow hosted an Erev Rosh Hashanah dinner to observe the Jewish new year Sept. 18. Residents, families, and staff members gathered for apples dipped in honey, prayer, and song led by Bruce Feldman.

The Legacy Willow Bend then held a Taslich service on the second day of Rosh Hashanah after which residents tossed bread crumbs into the water fountain to symbolize a release from their sins.

Police Report: Sept. 14-19



At 12:43 a.m., a driver eluded an attempted traffic stop in the 4500 block of Bluffview Boulevard.

Between 3 and 4:40 p.m., a shoplifter stole merchandise from Ilori and Sunglass Hut at NorthPark Center. Jamal Mathem Pierre, 28, was arrested on a theft charge.

At 12:25 a.m., a pickpocket stole property from a man outside Inwood Tavern in the 7700 block of Inwood Road.

Free Outdoor Concert Series at The Park


If you like fall breezes and free music, keep your October Wednesday nights open.

The Shops at Park Lane is launching a free outdoor concert series, Sunset Sessions, Oct. 7. The series will feature concerts every Wednesday in October from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

The concerts are open to the public, and alcoholic beverages will be for sale on restaurant patios.

Here’s the full lineup:

Oct. 7 — The Roomsounds

Oct. 14 — Troy Cartwright

Oct. 21 — Somebody’s Darling

Oct. 28 — Chris Watson Band