Wesley Prep Students, Homeless Inspire Each Other


Wesley Prep students and Austin Street Center residents write poems together. (Photo: Amy Good)

Ernestine Slanti’s hands were shaking as nearly 300 people listened to her read a poem on a small coffeehouse stage.

Slanti wasn’t even sure if she could make it to the reading. Nerves and a fear of sharing her work made her want to run away, but a sense of obligation to a wide-eyed group of fourth-graders ultimately convinced her to overcome her fears.

The Common Ground Experiment started as a class project at Wesley Prep to provide sack lunches and Christmas cards to Austin Street Center, a shelter helping the underserved transition out of homelessness.

Jesuit Freshman Earns Eagle Honors


Will Florer

Jesuit freshman Will Florer, 15, recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout. His project for Troop 82 benefited Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.

Florer designed and built 10 custom-painted lapboards to be used by patients in the Nephrology Department. He also donated $1,000 to the Child Life Department.

Police Reports: May 22 – 28



Six women – two from Dallas and one each from Carrollton, Coppell, Irving, and Mansfield – lost more than unwanted hair at Waxing the City on Luther Lane. Stolen between 1:37 and 1:47 p.m. May 26: some of their belongings.


22 Monday
Broken between 3:10 and 3:15 a.m.: glass door to enter Pogo’s Wine and Spirits on Lovers Lane and take merchandise.

Arrested: a 27-year-old man accused of shoplifting from the Apple store at NorthPark Center between 7:45 and 8 p.m.

23 Tuesday
Shoplifted between 10 a.m. and noon: merchandise from Lowe’s Home Improvement on Inwood road.

David Miller to Receive Folsom Leadership Award


David Miller

Methodist Health System Foundation named business and community leader David B. Miller the 2017 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award recipient. The honor will be presented at a dinner October 25 at the Hilton Anatole.

Established in 2005, the award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated commitment and excellence in community leadership that emulate the achievements of the late Dallas Mayor Robert S. Folsom.

“David Miller clearly exemplifies Bob Folsom’s legacy as a revered community leader, serving Dallas with integrity, humility and respect,” Methodist Health System Foundation president James M. Johnston said.

Dallas TreeHouse Store Opens Friday

Rendering of the new TreeHouse store opening this summer. (Courtesy of TreeHouse)

TreeHouse, a green home improvement store, will open its first Dallas location Friday in Cypress Equities’ The Hill redevelopment at Walnut Hill Lane and North Central Expressway.

CEO Jason Ballard said the new store will allow homebuilders to create healthy and sustainable houses. TreeHouse, which also has an Austin location, only sells Earth and human friendly products.

According to company officials, the Dallas store will be the first energy-positive home improvement store in the world, meaning that it will create more energy than it consumes. According to the company website, the store will feature on-site solar energy and battery storage systems; non-toxic paint on the walls; and large windows, to curb electricity use for lighting.

Southwest Airlines Celebrates Construction Milestone


Courtesy McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.,

Southwest Airlines officials marked the topping-off of its new six-story, 425,000 square-foot, Love Field office building last Thursday. More than 750 people attended a celebration, that included company executives and representatives from lead construction company McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., as well as 36 subcontractor teams, project architects, and engineers.

The building is part of a Southwest’s new “Wings” project, which includes new office space and a Leadership Education and Aircraft Development (LEAD) Center with the capacity to house up to 18 flight simulators.

Fire Up The Grill All Summer Long

Go all red, white, and blue for July 4th entertaining. (Photo: Christy Rost)

Summer is here, and there’s no better way to celebrate all season long than by firing up the grill. For casual backyard meals, block parties, dinner with friends, Father’s Day, or Fourth of July celebrations, meals from the grill offer lip-smacking flavors and built-in entertainment.

Have you ever noticed that as soon as the grillmaster takes his or her position in front of a gas or charcoal grill, everyone joins them? Guests will leave a table of hors d’oeuvres and drift over to the grill area with drinks in hand to witness the action, because grilling is culinary theater. Folks are generally fascinated with every aspect of outdoor cooking, and because it’s so popular there are many experts willing to share the information they’ve gleaned through personal experience, research, and flavor preferences. Sauces, marinades, rubs, direct and indirect cooking, cuts of meat, tips for grilling seafood, vegetables, and fruit — the realm of outdoor grilling provides endless possibilities.

Collecting 39 Years Of Animal Tales

Dallas Zoo will lose longtime tour guide and stray rescuer on June 30. (Photo: Courtesy Beth Mayfield)

No one knows when they make the decision to abandon a pet at the gates of the Dallas Zoo what is going to happen to the animal. And it’s not unusual for zoo employees to find strays on their hands.

A disproportionate number of those animals end up in University Park. Beth Mayfield, who has worked at the Dallas Zoo for 39 years and is retiring at the end of June, just can’t say no when it comes to saving animals.

“When I went to do volunteer work I thought ‘I can’t go to the shelter, ‘cause I’ll take them all home,’ not knowing people drop animals off at the zoo,” Beth said.

Houses With Pools

Belclaire Avenue. (Courtesy Aqua Terra Outdoors) Click "Read More" to view the other house pools.

Most North Texans will agree that if leaving town for the summer is not an option, then the best way to beat the brutal heat is in an inviting backyard swimming pool.

These spectacular neighborhood oases offer ample space for quiet reflection, early morning workouts, romantic meals under the stars, or over-the-top parties. No matter how stressful the day, escape for these homeowners is never far away.