October 13, 2014

  • Historic Depot Restored and Open for Tours

    Bette Miller and daughter Jennifer Hillman attended the grand re-opening in memory of husband and father Bennett Miller.

    Bette Miller and daughter Jennifer Hillman attended the grand re-opening of the historic depot.

    The Dallas Heritage Village’s historic depot has been restored and is now open for tours.

    The Kalman and Ida Wolens Foundation funded the restoration, which included a new roof, air conditioning, siding, and flat-car repairs, and paint by Ronald Sieber, who is known for his historic renovation work.

    In addition, a new interactive exhibit displays the details of the railroads and allows visitors to explore the trunks of travelers, plan the routes, and learn morse code on a functioning telegraph.

    The Dallas Heritage Village’s historic depot was restored in memory of Bennett Miller, who built affordable housing in historic commercial buildings during the 1980s. Bette Miller, his wife, is a board member of The Kalman & Ida Wolens Foundation.

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  • Preschool Owners Find Perfect Fit

    David and Julia Shelton hope to open Primrose School of Preston Hollow by the end of this year. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    David and Julia Shelton hope to open Primrose School of Preston Hollow by the end of this year. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    David and Julia Shelton didn’t set out to become entrepreneurial educators. Rather, they claim it was a convergence of passion, opportunity, and timing.

    The couple is preparing to open Primrose School of Preston Hollow by the end of this year, after renovations are completed to a building in the Preston-Royal Office Park.

    But their ownership of the facility came about almost by accident. David was familiar with the Primrose preschool model through his work with the company for almost 15 years in retail real estate. Read More…

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  • October 11, 2014

  • Mark Your Calendars For Veterans Day Parade

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    Is there a veteran in your family? If so, you’ll want to reserve time for the Veterans Day Parade on your calendar. The Nov. 11 festivities start at 9 a.m. at City Hall with a pre-VIP reception, but the parade begins at 11:20 a.m. and wraps around the streets of downtown.

    Outgoing Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions will take part in the pomp and circumstance, as will Dallas residents Vice Adm. David B. Robinson, Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, and Lt. Col. Bill Solemene.

    Al Biernat’s will also host a VIP reception for participating veterans following the parade.

    For more information, visit the website.

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  • ESD Suffers First Loss of Season

    ESD receiver Winston Guillory looks for room during a 35-14 loss on Friday. (Photo: Ben Weaver/GameAction Photo)

    ESD receiver Winston Guillory looks for room during a 35-14 loss on Friday. (Photo: Ben Weaver/GameAction Photo)

    For most of the season, ESD used fast starts to put its opponents on their heels. But on Friday, the Eagles were the ones playing from behind.

    ESD’s hopes of an unbeaten season ended when Bellaire Episcopal ran to an early advantage and held off the Eagles 35-14 at Jones Family Stadium.

    The win gives the Knights (5-2, 3-0) sole possession of first place in the SPC South Division with two games left in the regular season. Episcopal used three rushing touchdowns from Preston Heard to establish a 21-7 lead at the half, and the Eagles (6-1, 2-1) never caught up.

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  • October 10, 2014

  • Kappa Kappa Gamma Tablescapes 20th

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    It’s the 20th anniversary of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Tablescapes event and this year’s theme is classic Southern cooking with a French twist.

    The Candlelight event will be held the evening of Oct. 20 at the Dallas Country Club. The First Hour Viewing is from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. and the cocktail buffet, with entertainment by DSQ Electric, is from 7:30 – 10 p.m.

    If you’ve never attended this event, it’s truly one of the best examples of elegant, fun and over-the-top creativity. There are still tickets available at Kappa Dallas.

    By Oct. 10, 2014 | 2:48 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Pool Passion Becomes Life’s Work

    Ches Hudel chats with caregiver Maria Farias as Chris Diduck instructs in the pool. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    After 67 years, Ches Hudel still has a passion for helping people with special needs find joy in the pool . (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    She refers to it as her life’s calling, and it’s hard to dispute Ches Hudel’s claim about her work in adapted aquatics when you consider she’s been doing it for 67 years.

    Hudel makes the journey about five days each week from her home near White Rock Lake to the Park Cities YMCA, where she helps teach therapeutic swimming lessons for people with a variety of afflictions, such as autism and Down syndrome.

    And at age 83, she’s still as passionate about her work as ever.

    “I’ve never really thought of it as a job,” Hudel said. “I still love it.” Read More…

    By Oct. 10, 2014 | 12:27 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Pure Barre Brings Boutique to Fitness

    Muscle groups are worked to fatigue in Pure Barre classes.

    Muscle groups are worked to fatigue in Pure Barre classes.

    For Britta Lofgren, a “meet me in St. Louis” beginning to her relationship led to a major career change.

    The Minnesota native met her now-fiancé, a Texan, in St. Louis at a wedding and moved south not long after. That gave the corporate executive a chance to hit the reset button on her career and pursue a different passion.

    “It was something I knew I wanted to do,” she said. “I dreamt of having my own studio.”

    That’s why she opened a Pure Barre studio in Preston Royal Village last month. The franchise is based out of South Carolina, but there’s already one location on Greenville Avenue. Lofgren thought Preston Hollow was just the place.

    “Preston Hollow has the clientele we’re looking for,” she said. “They’re avid, fitness enthusiasts and are somewhat underserved when it comes to new, boutique fitness. You have gyms and some yoga studios, but barre doesn’t have a presence.” Read More…

    By Oct. 10, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 9, 2014

  • Examining the Episcopal Football Showdown

    ESD quarterback Thomas Fitts

    ESD quarterback Thomas Fitts has passed for 1,933 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. (Photo: Ben Weaver/GameAction Photo)

    Nobody has been able to slow down ESD this season, and the Eagles are in the driver’s seat for the SPC South Zone regular-season title.

    But their most important test on the schedule comes this week, when the Eagles host Bellaire Episcopal in a showdown between the only two unbeaten teams in the divisional standings. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Stadium.

    With three games remaining before the start of the SPC playoffs, the game could be the primary obstacle between ESD and an undefeated regular-season campaign.

    The Eagles have surpassed the 40-point barrier in five of six games, led by Thomas Fitts, who has thrown for 1,933 yards and 19 touchdowns, and Jack Johnson, who has rushed for 16 scores. Winston Guillory is approaching the 1,000-yard mark in receiving.

    But the ESD defense has been equally stout, allowing the Eagles (6-0, 2-0) to build big first-half leads in almost every one of its games, including a 41-21 road victory over Houston St. John’s last week.

    Read More…

    By Oct. 9, 2014 | 2:31 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Free Luncheon to Focus on Teen Addiction

    Dr. David Atkinson

    Dr. David Atkinson

    An upcoming luncheon will shine a spotlight on an important topic — the plight of teenage girls who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, or suffering from trauma related to physical or sexual abuse, incarceration, homelessness, or abandonment.

    Nexus Recovery Center will hold its second annual Women’s Forum on Teen Female Addiction at noon Friday at the Communities Foundation of Texas Mabel Peters Caruth Center, near the intersection of North Central Expressway and Caruth Haven Lane.

    This year’s topic is “The Addicted Teen: Brain Disease and Implications for Families,” and the featured speaker will be Dr. David Atkinson, an adolescent addiction specialist who completed his fellowship at the renowned Mayo Clinic.

    The event chairman is Becky Frey, with sponsors including AT&T, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s, and CoHost Catering. The luncheon is free and open to the public. For registration information, email Abi Erickson at aerickson@nexusrecovery.org.

    By Oct. 9, 2014 | 12:29 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 8, 2014

  • W.T. White Grad Revives Forest Lane Mural

    Brent Herling used Facebook to recruit volunteers, who worked during the cooler hours of summer to restore the wall. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Brent Herling used Facebook to recruit volunteers, who worked during the cooler hours of summer to restore the wall. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Forest Lane is now “Memory Lane” for many W.T. White students, and a breath of fresh air for others who pass. That’s because graduate Brent Herling saw to it that the mural running along the street from Rosser Road to Midway Road was revived.

    “I started walking down Forest Lane waving paintbrushes at people, trying to get volunteers to come over. My wife and daughter covered their eyes and faces in shame and left,” he joked. “They came back two hours later to bring drinks, and lo and behold, I had 13 people out there helping to paint.”

    W.T. White students such as Herling first painted the wall in the 1970s, at the height of “Forest Lane cruising,” but over time, the paintings began to fade, and the empty space attracted graffiti. Read More…

    By Oct. 8, 2014 | 11:10 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
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