The Bombs Return to Dallas


Though often scattered to different cities and campuses, members of The Bombs still find time to get together, make new music, and perform. (Courtesy photo)

It’s Wednesday night at a pub in Brighton, England, and Lakehill Prep alumna Carrie Cohen is still hard at work. While patrons around her live it up over a couple of pints, she fields calls from back home in the U.S. inquiring about her band, The Bombs.

“Now that everyone has gone off to college, it’s a little harder for us to play, but we try to do what we can for now,” Carrie said.

The group’s members are scattered across the globe, but will soon reconvene for an August show at the Curtain Club in Deep Ellum. They plan to preview new material from their upcoming album, tentatively titled E is for Egg Over Easy.

Chocolate Lovers Rejoice


(Courtesy Kate Weiser Chocolate)

With few vices left in my life, I can say with near certainty that you would have to forcibly pull that deep, dark chocolate from my fingers before I voluntarily give the stuff up. As vices go, it’s not the worst, so let’s take a few moments to celebrate this sweet confection.

If you aren’t an aficionado, you may not know that chocolate is serious business. Like coffee, it is cultivated, regional, and taken very, very seriously in certain circles.

I’ve had the chance to attend a few media events for the Dallas Chocolate Festival over the years and have learned a lot. The chocolate scene has its own vocabulary, evaluation procedures, and ratings system. In addition to the obvious qualities of taste and texture, there is origin, color, aroma, and presentation to consider.

Police Reports July 24 – 30


Stolen between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. July 28: a 52-year-old woman’s cell phone from an unlocked home in the 11700 block of Parwen Drive.

CEO: Bryan’s House Focused on Special-Needs Children


CEO Abigail Erickson says Bryan’s House is offering more on-site therapeutic services. (Photo: Imani Chet Lytle)

Named for one of Dallas’ first children to die from AIDS, Bryan’s House has provided a haven since 1988 for families coping with HIV, but many don’t know what it does now.

Since joining the agency as CEO 18 months ago, Abigail Erickson has worked to rebrand the nonprofit and highlight its mission to service special health needs and alleviate poverty.

“I realized that special-needs children in the city are hidden, especially if they’re medically and financially at risk, so that was one thing I thought we should really focus on,” Erickson said.

Special-Needs Students Benefit from Martial Arts


“The brain can be conditioned to do anything we tell it to.”After high school, people with special needs are often left to find their way without the structure of being on campus all day, and sometimes, without a job or other daily routine.

Tony Rios, owner of My Martial Arts in Dallas, is responding to that concern with adaptive classes aimed at teaching physical fitness as a way of life.

“It helps you prolong your life, especially in an environment where kids and adults with special needs … like to sit around and not be active, so they’re the ones who need it the most,” Rios said.

Sports Icons


Maybe it’s something in the water, but some of the best professional athletes have come out of the Park Cities and Preston Hollow communities. It seems other athletes are catching on, because more and more of them are making the move to our area. But it’s not just the athletes – there are quite a few big wigs in the world of sports who just so happen to reside here, as well.

The House Before Doak Built His

(Doak Walker)

In the years following World War II, Dallas’ Cotton Bowl stadium became known as “The House the Doak Built.” It was so named because of the gridiron exploits of Doak Walker, a three-time All-American running back for SMU between 1947-49, and winner of the 1948 Heisman Trophy.

Prior to that, he led the Highland Park Scots to their first football title in 1945.