Oak Lawn United to Hold Retirees Event

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Oak Lawn United Methodist Church will hold a Community Conversations event for future retirees about finances on July 9 at 7 p.m.

Food will be provided, and those interested may contact Rev. Gregg Alan Smith at gregg.smith@olumc.org to RSVP or for more information.

 


Dave Perry-Miller Surpasses Sales Milestone

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Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents sold more than $1 billion worth of property in the first six months of 2015.

This is the fifth consecutive year that the firm’s sales have surpassed the $1 billion mark, and the agents expect the trend to continue. As of late June, they were marketing 136 properties listed for at least $1 million, including 13 homes priced at more than $5 million.


Finding a Suite Solution During Brain Surgery

Two Park Cities doctors were instrumental in starting a new hybrid cerebrovascular operating suite earlier this year at UT Southwestern Medical Center. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Two Park Cities doctors were instrumental in starting a new hybrid cerebrovascular operating suite earlier this year at UT Southwestern Medical Center. (Courtesy Photo)

Brain surgery still isn’t child’s play, but neurosurgeons’ jobs at UT Southwestern Medical Center just got a little easier — or rather, a lot more efficient.

As of January, the center has a hybrid cerebrovascular operating suite, which will allow doctors to adapt to a patient’s needs in high-stakes surgery more easily.

“The suite has two components: one that it’s an operative suite, the second is that it’s an endovascular suite,” Park Cities resident and neurointerventional surgeon Lee Pride said.

What does that mean in layman’s terms? When doctors need to get to a blockage in the brain, say from a stroke, there are two ways to go about it: one is cranially, and the other is endovascular, where doctors follow blood vessels from the groin up to the brain, similar to some cardiac procedures. Traditionally, the endovascular procedure is done in an angiography suite. But now, either procedure can be done in the same suite.


RIP, Lawrence Herkimer

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If you don’t know the story of “Herkie,” who died last week at age 89, you’re missing out, according to our colleague Nancy Nichols, who wrote a nice tribute over on FrontBurner.

He had ties to the Park Cities as an SMU grad and beyond, and basically was a pioneer among male cheerleaders who achieved celebrity status in his heyday. At any rate, the obit is here with information about services, etc.


Scots Have a Ball at West Dallas Camp

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HP players turned into coaches during their time at Hoops for Hope.

HP players turned into coaches during their time at Hoops for Hope.

While they’ve been busy improving on the court, members of the Highland Park boys basketball team also have spent time this summer contributing off the court.

Two dozen players in the HP program volunteered for two weeks at Hoops for Hope, a basketball camp for children at Voice of Hope Ministries, a nonprofit in West Dallas that organizes summer and after-school activities for underprivileged youngsters.

The camp culminated with an informal scrimmage involving the Scots and some boys from the Lakewest Family YMCA.

“I enjoyed teaching and playing the with kids throughout the two weeks at Voice of Hope,” said Ben Reichert, an HP senior and the president of Hoops for Hope. “Just seeing the joy on their faces as we walked in the door was truly its own reward. My teammates and I loved going every day and giving.”


Don’t Forget to Send Coloring Book Entries

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Can a Simple Ping Boost Your Social Life?

Highland Park High School graduate Wes Cole (far left)  is the marketing director for Ping Social, which will launch this fall. 0
Highland Park High School graduate Wes Cole (far left) is the marketing director for Ping Social, which will launch this fall.

For three roommates at the University of Texas, the best parts of college were not always planned events, but more spontaneous ones. To pass these kinds of memories on to other students, they created Ping Social, an app designed to bring friends together in an easier way than Facebook or group messaging.

Co-founders Will Ko and Winston Tri, both seniors with technical backgrounds, are the brains behind the coding for the iOS application, while Highland Park High School graduate Wes Cole serves as Ping’s marketing director.

“Our fondest experiences were the spontaneous road trips or late-night doughnut runs, so those things we wanted to make more accessible to UT students,” Cole said. “We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to spend time with the people they care about.”


Parkies Celebrate Fourth of July

Will Ansoing particpates in a watermelon eating contest on Saturday at Goar Park. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Will Ansoing particpates in a watermelon eating contest on Saturday at Goar Park. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Parkies flocked to watch the annual Park Cities Rotary Club’s Fourth of July Parade, Goar Park festivities, and the University Park Firecracker Fun Run at Curtis Park on Saturday. Click Read More to see more photos.


Not Everyone Celebrates Freedom

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Columnist Len Bourland

Columnist Len Bourland

July is our month dedicated to celebrating freedom; it’s when school kids and teachers are on break, when a significant part of the population chooses to take a vacation, often to one of our national parks to see our landmarks.

It’s the Fourth of July, when President John Adams declared that the commemoration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence should be “solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other.”

He forgot the watermelon, barbecue, and beer, but as a renowned quaffer of ale, no doubt he would have approved of our celebrations today. Whatever our faults and differences, and they are hurled at us 24/7 in our age of incessant telecommunications. A whole lot of the planet would still like to pour into our land to experience what we Americans so often take for granted: the freedom to complain, to get furious with our government, to make as much money or seek as much celebrity as we can think up, the freedom to reproduce at will, the freedom to read anything we can lay our hands on, to dress and dance with abandon, and to worship (or not) pretty much as we please. The list goes on and on, despite our increased rules and regulations.


Dalai Lama Visits Bush Center

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Pretty sure they're best friends. (Photo: Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Center)

Pretty sure they’re best friends. (Photo: Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Center)

Tomorrow is America’s birthday. You know who else has a birthday coming up? The Dalai Lama. So to celebrate, he came to SMU. The George W. Bush Presidential Center hosted “A Conversation with the Dalai Lama” at SMU’s Moody Coliseum on July 1. He spoke on harmony, compassion, and love — just as you would hope the spiritual leader of Tibet and Nobel laureate would.

“We must promote compassion, love and forgiveness,” he said. “Therefore we must extend love to all of creation.”

The event was open to the public but sold out quickly. The World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth and Crow Collection of Asian Art also co-hosted the event.

The Dalai Lama last visited and spoke on SMU’s campus in 2011. His 80th birthday is July 6 (W. also shares this birth date, FYI).

ABC News political correspondent Cokie Roberts moderated the discussion. She also led the audience in singing “Happy Birthday” to His Holiness. We think that sounds like a pretty legit way to celebrate.


Honorees Named For Girl Scout Lunch

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Geraldine "Tincy" Miller

Geraldine “Tincy” Miller

Jan Rees-Jones, Anna Michelle Bobadilla, Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, and Reshma Saujani have been named as the honorees for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas’ 2015 Women of Distinction. The ladies will be honored at a lunch on Oct. 14 at the Hilton Anatole.

Saujani, CEO of Girls Who Code, will act as keynote speaker.

“Jan, Michele and Tincy are local women who are model leaders that have made a huge impact on our community through their passion and commitment to making a difference,” said Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.

To learn more about each of the honorees, click here.


Dive Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

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Doesn't this look delish?

Doesn’t this look delish?

Can you believe Dive is five years old already? They are celebrating by throwing a party, of course.

On Saturday, July 18, join them from 7 to 9 p.m. for complimentary hors-d’oeuvres and 10 percent off all menu items.

Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka will serve two specialty cocktails: blueberry bonnet and lemonade fizz. The first 75 guests will receive a signature Deep Eddy glass to take home.