A Fond Farewell

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This month is a time for celebrations: graduations and the start of summer and fried chicken. We’re featuring our impressive high school standouts with our graduation coverage on page 10. Summer is about fun, creativity, and exploration — just in time for the new creative space SPARK to open to the public (page 39), while culinary hometown favorite Gene Street opens his new “homey” Street’s Fine Chicken (page 17).

Summer is also a time for change, and we have a big change afoot here at People Newspapers: we’re losing our Editor and Art Director Elizabeth Ygartua. Elizabeth is going to work for an international travel company with a mission; how can we compete with that? She has been the perfect blend of talent, with experience in writing and editing, but also real knack for design. She’s got a great work ethic and a wonderful personality.


Mail Tale: Case of the Missing Results

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I’m PO’d. Once again I’ve been Post Officed. Three times, actually. It does seem unfair to pick on the U.S. Postal Service when our Postmaster General Megan Brennan has given us our first rate reduction in, well, forever.

Those Forever stamps you bought for 49 cents are now worth 47 cents, because that is now the price to send a first class letter. Maybe it’s because so few people are sending letters, what with email and online banking. I have friends who adore their local carriers. The post office has even set up a campaign to reward carriers who get rave reviews for their service, putting a new friendlier face on public institution whose sorry service has been associated with rage, or “going postal.”

When the Inwood/Lover’s Lane post office was closed due to budget cuts, my ZIP code was assigned to a station miles and miles away, in a commercial, non-residential area. It takes me 30 minutes to get there. And there’s a nice station just five minutes away. That’s where I went when I’d had enough.


Diamond Doctor Fights Claims of Over-Grading

Preston Road wholesale jeweler Diamond Doctor faces off against Nashville lawyer Brian Manookian. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Preston Road wholesale jeweler Diamond Doctor faces off against Nashville lawyer Brian Manookian. (Courtesy Photo)

University Park-based wholesale jeweler Diamond Doctor has earned a lot of free press over the past eight months. But ask owner and Preston Hollow resident David Blank, and he’ll tell you “any publicity is good publicity” doesn’t apply here.

In October, Nashville-based lawyer Brian Manookian launched the websites diamonddoctorlawsuit.com and dallasdiamonddoctorclassaction.com in an attempt to solicit former Diamond Doctor customers who believe they were sold over-graded diamonds to sue the jeweler.

And while Diamond Doctor did sell diamonds graded by EGL International — an Israeli diamond-grading laboratory that shut down in 2014 because of claims of inconsistent grading standards — Blank says he has done nothing wrong.

Diamond Doctor sells both jewelry and loose diamonds. According to Blank, when a customer makes a purchase, they receive a certificate from the independent grading laboratory marking the diamond’s grade.


JLD Kicks Off 95th Year With Big Reveals

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The Junior League of Dallas gathered in the home of Joyce and Larry Lacerte last night to kick off the organizations 95th anniversary year with some big announcements.

The Milestones Luncheon, which will be chaired by Pat Prestidge and Amanda Shufeldt, will honor Caren Prothro as the 95th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient and Linda McFarland as Sustainer of the Year. The event will feature guest speaker, renowned tennis star, and entrepreneur Venus Williams.

The luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16 at the Hilton Anatole. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.


A Daughter’s Wish to Defeat Eating Disorders

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ragout1“3/2/96 — I think I have made up my mind. I really no longer want to be a part of this world. Hopefully a message will be sent out to society pleading with it to pay attention to depression, alcoholism, food addiction … with my death, hopefully I will touch more lives than I ever could alive.”

Elisa McCall wrote those words in her journal weeks before she would hang herself in her college apartment in Austin. Her death marked the end of her seven-year battle against bulimia nervosa, depression, and alcoholism. She would have been 40 years old this year.

In 1997, her father Rick McCall and stepmother Leslie honored her wish for good to come from her pain and created an endowment at SMU to aid students who were suffering from eating disorders (ED). 


La Fiesta Celebrates Splendors of Mexico

Duchess of Spain Elizabeth Farrow makes her bow flanked by escort William Rogers (left) and her father, Bob. (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua) 0
Duchess of Spain Elizabeth Farrow makes her bow flanked by escort William Rogers (left) and her father, Bob. (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua)

Forty gorgeously gowned Park Cities gals made their Texas dips at the annual gala, themed Viva la Fiesta: Celebrating the Splendors of Mexico, at the Hilton Anatole on Saturday.

After making their graceful bows, the young ladies — all of who have just finished their first year of college — danced with their escorts and then their fathers.

This year’s beneficiaries of the fete included: CARE, Connecting Point of the Park Cities, The Elisa Project, Friends of the Park Public Library, Highland Park Education Foundation, Highland Park Literary Festival, HP Arts, and the HPHS Science Festival.


Police Reports: June 13-19

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Skulduggery of the week: TRIPLE WHAMMY, DOUBLE TROUBLE

Between 2:15 and 2:58 a.m. on June 15, a scoundrel broke into a black 2000 Toyota SUV, a gray 2008 Mazda, and a red 2011 Mini Cooper and stole a $10 glasses case, three wallets valued at $100, a $150 skateboard, a $250 fishing bag, and $1,000 in baseball equipment. At 3:15 a.m., Collin Jared Russell, 21, of Richardson, and a minor were arrested in the 4500 block of Lovers Lane on a charge of burglary of a vehicle.

HIGHLAND PARK

14 TUESDAY
Between 3 p.m. on June 13 and 6 a.m. on June 14, a thief entered a white 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan in the 3300 block of Princeton Avenue and stole $2 in change, a $25 phone charger, and a $130 set of black AfterShokz bluetooth earbuds.

16 THURSDAY
Between noon and 5:10 p.m., a thief entered a garage in the 4600 block of Fairfax Avenue and stole a Triton 840 airless sprayer.


A Classic Take On Summer Concerts

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Transport yourself back to the 18th century with free classical music concerts hosted by the Fine Arts Chamber Players. The 36th annual Basically Beethoven Festival will bring the sounds of Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin and others to the Dallas City Performance Hall every Sunday in July.

All concerts will start at 2:30 p.m. with a Rising Star performance by young and gifted local artists. A feature performance by professional musicians will immediately follow. Doors open at 2 p.m.

Throughout the year FACP hosts other free family programs like the monthly Bancroft Family Concert at the Dallas Museum of Art from October to May. FACP’s educational outreach programs provide music classes and performances in public schools.

For a specific show schedule and more information visit the event page.


Residents Combat Dallas Human Trafficking

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Diana Hamilton, Circle of Friends Membership Chair, Elizabeth Gambrell, Circle of Friends President, Katie Pedigo, New Friends New Life CEO

Diana Hamilton, Circle of Friends Membership Chair, Elizabeth Gambrell, Circle of Friends President, Katie Pedigo, New Friends New Life CEO

Park Cities residents are making strides to end human trafficking in Dallas and support teens and women who have fallen victim to the international crime.

New Friends New Life is a Dallas-based nonprofit that provides support and empowerment to trafficked and commercially exploited individuals and their families.

Their annual membership drive to join their partner group, Circle of Friends, raises money for the organization’s mission. Circle of Friends hosts community awareness, volunteer and fundraising events in the area. Membership dues directly support empowerment and restoration programs.