Dallas Icons Share Careers at The Stephens College Alumnae Club

Jan Strimple and Tom Addis. (Photo: Dana Driensky)

The Stephens College Alumnae Club of Dallas Annual Texas Fundraising Luncheon featured two Dallas icons, Jan Strimple and Tom Addis, who shared a thoroughly entertaining and insightful retrospective of highlights of their careers as the keynote speakers at this year’s event at the Dallas Country Club on Oct. 21.

The club’s main hall held a special treat – costumes and gowns, from avant-guard to elegant, showcasing a few of Jan’s fashionable productions, were exhibited on mannequins, which we would later learn were created in Jan’s form.

Crime Reports Jan. 15 – 21


With temperatures dipping below 30 degrees the morning of Jan. 16, a University Park resident found himself left out in the cold when his running, unlocked, and unoccupied 2017 gray Toyota 4Runner  – two North Face jackets and several pieces of athletic gear – were stolen outside of his home in the 4200 block of Southwestern Boulevard. 

New Life for Old Homes


The retirement homes operated by Sage Oak are intended to evoke the feel of a single-family home. (Courtesy photo)

Under renovation for the better part of the year, the old house at 7129 Aberdeen Avenue welcomes new occupants in early 2018.

But don’t expect to see children running around the yard.

Public Meeting on Artificial Turf Set for Jan. 29


The 3,000-square-feet of synthetic turf installed at 4321 Overhill Drive costs $32,000. (Photo: Denny Carreker)

Since January 2015, the Highland Park Town Council has been studying options for allowing the use of artificial turf in the front and side yard areas, but wants more public input on the matter.

A meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 29 in the School Auditorium at Bradfield Elementary School Auditorium, 4300 Southern Ave.

Hate January? Then TGIF


Aaah January. The long, dark, post-holiday month is one to be endured. The W-2s are in the mail, the flu sidelines many, and the population is swathed in black and gray, adding to the funereal pall of drab brown yards and leafless trees.

We’ve survived the artic blasts, listening to the endless tales of “bomb” cyclone blizzards, thunder snow, and the misery index of those poor souls who don’t live in Texas.

New Campuses To Blend In Old Elements


Neely Thrash looks through a binder of Hyer Elementary monuments. (Photo: Bianca R. Montes)

Flipping through pages of a thick black binder, Neely Thrash browsed hundreds of photographs representing decades of Hyer Elementary School history.

There’s the pavers honoring families who gave money for a new playground; the memorials that pay homage to former students and teachers; and, of course, the traditional red brick and pitched roof that seamlessly blend the school into its residential neighborhood.

Leading the Conversation on Health

Dr. Carlos Arteaga, Dr. Nisa Kubiliun, and Dr. Theodora Ross. (Photo: Steve Foxall)

On Nov. 16, Southwestern Medical Foundation co-hosted an event with Nancy Wiener Marcus called Leading the Conversation on Health, “What’s Next? Cancer Genes, What Should I Know?” at the Old Parkland campus in Dallas. The evening featured UT Southwestern Medical Center leaders and an expert panel focused on the new Pancreatic Cancer Prevention and Cancer Genetics Programs.

Hackberry Creek Plan Meeting Set for Jan. 25


Town officials hope to address erosion and other problems in Hackberry Creek.

The town of Highland Park is working with consultants this spring to develop a Hackberry Creek Master Plan

The conceptual design document will contain recommendations and identify priorities for guiding the design and development of projects for conserving and restoring Hackberry Creek. Improvements are intended to enhance the natural beauty of the creek and adjacent corridor and meet the needs of future generations, according to hptx.org.

Visit the town's master plan webpage for more information and to participate in a survey. The town also has scheduled a public workshop for 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria at Armstrong Elementary School, 3600 Cornell Ave. (Use the entrance facing St. Johns Drive, next to the outdoor seating area.).

The meeting will begin with an open house including displays and maps to view. A brief overview will follow before participants divide into break-out groups to discuss the project and share ideas.