April 1, 2014

  • Swimmer Finds a Home at Hillcrest

    Rebecca Brandt swims for Hillcrest and plays the violin at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Rebecca Brandt makes music both in the swimming pool and with the violin. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Editor’s note: A version of this story appears in the April edition of Preston Hollow People.

    What do you do if you’re an athlete at a school with no sports? If you’re Rebecca Brandt, you compete for a school you’ve never attended.

    There’s nothing shady about that tactic for the Preston Hollow resident, who is a freshman at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Brandt attends the Dallas ISD arts-magnet school because of her passion for playing the violin. Yet she’s also been a competitive swimmer for many years, and had to find another pool in which to pursue her passion.

    So Brandt began competing with the swimming team at Hillcrest, the school nearest to her house. And she made a splash almost immediately, reaching the finals in both the 100-yard butterfly and 200 individual medley at the UIL Class 4A meet in February in Austin.

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  • March 31, 2014

  • RIP, Ray Hutchison

    Ray Hutchison and Kay Bailey Hutchison attended Dan Branch's Fourth of July picnic last summer with their children, Houston and Bailey. (Photo: Andrew Buckley)

    Ray Hutchison and Kay Bailey Hutchison attended Dan Branch’s Fourth of July picnic last summer with their children, Houston and Bailey. (Photo: Andrew Buckley)

    Bluffview resident Ray Hutchison, who played a large role in shaping this region long before his wife was elected to the U.S. Senate, died Sunday at the age of 81.

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  • Marksmen Nominated For Musical Awards

    St. Mark’s students Cole Gerthoffer and Nabeel Muscatwalla are among the nominees for the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards, which be will be handed out April 30. Cole is up for Best Featured Performer for his performance as Sir Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes, which St. Mark’s staged in conjunction with Hockaday in early February; Nabeel is a finalist for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Moonface in the same show, which was also nominated in the Best Crew & Technical Execution category.

    Nabeel’s name should be familiar because of the “Skippin’” video embedded above. Cole directed that clip, as well as this homecoming video in which Nabeel seemingly murders him.

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  • ‘Schindler’s List’ Returns to Inwood Theater

    Before he became an action hero, Liam Neeson played Oskar Schindler.

    Before he became an action hero, Liam Neeson played Oskar Schindler.

    It’s been a little more than 20 years since Schlinder’s List won a slew of Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. To commemorate the anniversary, the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance will host a screening of a restored print on April 24 at the Inwood Theater. Tickets are $50, but the funds raised will benefit the museum and Steven Spielberg’s USC Shoah Foundation. If you go, remember, no making out.

    By Mar. 31, 2014 | 11:38 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • March 28, 2014

  • Ursuline Will Finally Have Home Field

    The Ursuline girls soccer program, which has won 24 straight TAPPS state titles, will have a new home field next season. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Ursuline, which has won 24 straight TAPPS state girls soccer titles, will have a new home field next season for its soccer, lacrosse and physical education programs. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Editor’s note: A version of this story appears in the April edition of Preston Hollow People.

    Throughout its history, the Ursuline Academy lacrosse program has logged plenty of miles on the road.

    Its practices are at Christ the King Catholic School, almost three miles from the Preston Hollow campus. Its “home” games are at the University of Dallas, almost 10 miles away in Irving.

    That doesn’t count the true road games that have become a staple of Ursuline’s schedule during the past decade, while school officials have lobbied for the right to build an on-campus field of its own.

    Starting next season, however, the Bears will have that home-field advantage for the first time. With the blessing of the city of Dallas and neighboring residents, as well as the necessary funding, Ursuline will begin construction this spring on the Sister Margaret Ann Moser Athletic Field.

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    By Mar. 28, 2014 | 4:39 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Castro to Discuss Book on Leadership and Trust

    b0a06ea9056378fc70205c6acddcb934Preston Hollow resident Ellen Castro is scheduled to discuss and sign copies of her latest book, Spirited Leadership: 52 Ways to Build Trust, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Barnes & Noble in Preston Royal Village.

    The store’s other upcoming events featuring local authors include the peculiarly named E.R. Bills autographing copies of Texas Obscurities: Stories of the Peculiar, Exceptional, and Nefarious at 2 p.m. on April 5, and Chuck Thoele signing Bulls, Bears, & Basketball: Financial Planning for College Hoops Fans at 1 p.m. on April 6.

    By Mar. 28, 2014 | 12:29 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Big-Name Properties Go on Market

    Alan Peppard reports that Lisa Blue Baron is selling her Preston Hollow estate because she’s moving to Washington. This news comes one day after Candy Evans reported that Dallas Stars legend Mike Modano has two Preston Hollow properties on the market.

    By Mar. 28, 2014 | 12:15 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Jesuit Opens Soccer Playoffs Tonight

    The Class 5A soccer playoffs have become an annual tradition for Jesuit since it joined the UIL a decade ago. Tonight, the Rangers will begin their playoff push against Plano West.

    Jesuit (14-3-3) is the third seed from a tightly contested District 9-5A that included strong teams from Lake Highlands and Richardson Pearce. The Wolves (12-4-5) were the runner-up in District 10-5A during the regular season. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Clark Stadium in Plano.

    The Rangers are unbeaten in their last nine games, covering a span of more than six weeks. They have 12 shutouts this season.

    By Mar. 28, 2014 | 7:52 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • March 27, 2014

  • OU Student Gets Props For Purls (and Knits)

    Anastasia Malouf knits under a tree on the OU campus. (Photo: Michael Willmus/The Oklahoma Daily)

    Anastasia Malouf knits under a tree on the OU campus. (Photo: Michael Willmus/The Oklahoma Daily)

    Preston Hollow resident Anastasia Malouf has founded Knit and Purl, an organization that combines knitting and social service, at the University of Oklahoma, where she is a sophomore majoring in religious studies. I was alerted to this story by her proud grandfather.

    By Mar. 27, 2014 | 12:45 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • March 26, 2014

  • Kleinman: Bags Aren’t a Problem in My ’Hood

    The City Council voted 8-6 today to levy a 5-cent fee on each plastic bag distributed at Dallas stores. Two of the six votes against the new ordinance came from Preston Hollow’s representatives on the council, Jennifer Staubach Gates and Lee Kleinman. Their colleagues in the southern side of the city were reportedly taken aback by Kleinman’s reasons for not supporting the ordinance, which he lays out in the video seen here.

    By Mar. 26, 2014 | 12:43 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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