Panthers Looking for TAPPS Title Repeat

Dominic Williams has been dominant again this season for Parish Episcopal. (File photo: Rob Graham)

Junior running back Dominic Williams has had another dominant season for Parish Episcopal. (File photo: Rob Graham)

Parish Episcopal has won two TAPPS state titles, but has never gone undefeated. In both of its championship seasons, it has lost one game.

As the Panthers try to earn back-to-back titles this season, Parish head coach Scott Nady wouldn’t mind seeing history repeat itself, and that’s not just a trite motivational tactic in this case.

“When you lose, you know exactly why you lost, and you can address some things,” said Nady, whose Panthers fell 53-45 to district rival Fort Worth Christian in the regular-season finale. “From a strategic standpoint, it’s not disappointing to me.”

Adopt an Angel Accepting Donations

Adopt an Angel chairs Anne Lindsey and David Hunt.

Adopt an Angel chairs Anne Lindsey and David Hunt.

Communities in Schools of the Dallas Region is organizing Adopt an Angel for the 2015 holiday season.

Adopt an Angel is a program that supplies students with their basic needs such as coats and shoes while also giving them gifts for the holidays.

Chairs Anne Lindsey and Davin Hunt need all donations by Dec. 14. They accept unwrapped gifts or a donation of $25 per child. Donors can also search through the online wish lists to chose a gift.

Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at the CISDR offices off of Mockingbird Lane. Contact Lisa Loy Laughlin with questions at


Change Makers Visit Lamplighter



The Lamplighter School’s Dolores Evans speaker series kicked off Nov. 9 with three “Change Makers” who discussed coming up with innovative solutions to the world’s problems.

More than 200 people attended the lecture, including Lamplighter’s fourth grade class.

The speakers were Jack Andraka, Stanford University freshman and author of “Breakthrough”; Kavita Shuckla, inventor of spice-infused FreshPaper which keeps food fresh; and William Kamkwamba, who built a solar-powered water pump to supply drinking water to his African village.

“They inspired me to do more at my age,” said Lamplighter student Sydney Phillips after the presentation.

Sharing Special-Needs Stories

My Possibilities will hold its annual Santa Run Texas fundraiser on Dec. 12 in Plano. (Courtesy Photo) 0
My Possibilities will hold its annual Santa Run Texas fundraiser on Dec. 12 in Plano. (Courtesy Photo)

In 2006, three moms had adult children with special needs who were preparing to graduate from high school. They were seeking opportunities for their children to continue to learn, grow, and be active members of the community.

They didn’t find much. There were places they could go, but none with emphasis on continuing education. Adults with disabilities needed more than just babysitting services, and these mothers took the first step towards making that a reality.

“They had a town hall meeting and they expected about a dozen people to show up, and 300 families showed up,” said Lena Carrera, community outreach manager at My Possibilities. “These are families that had infants to adults and everything in between. Everybody had the same concern, and obviously they felt they had to do something about it.”

Winston Bowler Signs With NCA&T

Winston senior Jada Davis signed a bowling letter of intent with North Carolina A&T on Thursday.

Winston senior Jada Davis will bowl next year at North Carolina A&T.

Jada Davis, a senior at the Winston School, signed a national letter of intent on Thursday. She will compete in bowling next year at North Carolina A&T.

Davis is a four-year varsity bowler at Winston who has won city and state titles, and perhaps most impressively, holds a career-best score of 287. She’s also won the U.S. Bowling Congress award for Dallas Youth Bowler of the Year.

“Jada is an outstanding athlete with strong leadership skills, clear motivation, and great enthusiasm,” said Winston bowling coach Shana Cox. “She has been a key part of our team and is a tremendous bowler.”

Monie Named Chair at Austin Seminary

Dr. Blair Monie

Dr. Blair Monie

Blair Monie, a professor at Austin Seminary, has been named the school’s chair of pastoral ministry and leadership.

If the name is familiar, that’s because Monie was a pastor for almost 20 years at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church before joining the Austin faculty in 2014.

Monie holds an English degree from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, and earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, where his 1979 doctoral thesis focused on the supervision of seminarians in field education. For two decades before leading PHPC, he served churches in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Westwood Hooping for Diabetes Awareness


The basketball teams at The Westwood School are playing for a good cause on Friday, when the school is asking all fans to wear blue in support of American Diabetes Month.

Spreading awareness is a cause important to the school, where 3 percent of students have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. American Diabetes Month runs throughout November.

The Westwood games will begin at 4 p.m. at Dallas Christian College. The middle-school team will play Novus Academy of Grapevine, followed by a varsity game against St. Mary’s School from Longview. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for students.

The Real Housewives are Coming


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Well, if you haven’t heard by now, Dallas is being swallowed into the Real Housewives franchise. After a failed attempt with a show that was to be called Ladies of Dallas, Bravo has decided to expand its scope to our neck of the woods. Bravo made the announcement last week:

But there’s even more Housewives to enjoy in 2016! Stay tuned for details on The Real Housewives of Dallas, which will debut later next year. And, yes, the series will certainly confirm that everything — including the drama — is bigger in Texas.

And while we don’t know the identities of these real housewives, that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate, right?

So we want to hear from you, our loyal readers. What are your thoughts on this reality show giving the rest of the country a taste of Dallas? How do you think our city will be depicted by these select women? Describe the type of people you expect to see when the show premieres.

So, until the Real Housewives of Dallas is broadcast later in 2016, share your thoughts with us. Tastefully, please.

Santa Claus is Coming to The Plaza


Santa_2While we still have Thanksgiving to get through, it’s good to get the scoop on where Santa Claus will be popping up before the big day.

The Plaza at Preston Center has scheduled the big guy to stop by for the first three Saturdays in December to benefit the North Texas Food Bank. These Santa Days invite families and friends to meet Santa and take a photo with him. All it costs is a minimum $5 donation.

Last year’s Santa Days raised $9,250. Along with previous Santa Days, this annual event has raised more than $30,000 for the NTFB.

So don’t miss Santa stopping by the Plaza at Preston Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 5, 12, and 19. And make sure to bring your Christmas list.