Junior League of Dallas’ Seventh Annual Milestone Luncheon

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Nikki Webb, Featured Speaker, Octavia Spencer and Jennifer Scripps. (Photo: Celeste Smith)

The Junior League of Dallas held its annual Milestones Luncheon, presented by The Kohl Foundation, on Nov. 17 in the Hilton Anatole Hotel’s Chantilly Ballroom. This year’s event featured a conversation with Academy Award®-Winning actress Octavia Spencer. The JLD also recognized its 2017-2018 Sustainer of the Year, Linda Perryman Evans.


Crime Reports Dec. 4 – 10

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: A NOT SO MERRY CHRISTMAS

A verbal face-off between a woman on her way to the Dry Bar at the Shops of Highland Park and the owner and operator of a horse-drawn carriage company resulted in a clash of opinions about who hit whom. Around 6:36 p.m. Tuesday, the woman drove her 2004 gold Landrover RRV into a coned off section designated for carriage loading and unloading and got into an argument with the owner. The owner, a 57-year-old man, told police the woman began cursing at him when he asked her to reverse out of the area, and then "revved her engine" to scare him and clipped him with the vehicle's side mirror when she drove away. The driver, who had left the scene but was later questioned by police, said the man struck her car when he threw "his left arm in the air" in what she thought was him about to make an "obscene gesture" to her.


IBM VP: Want a Problem Solver? Hire a Veteran

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FROM LEFT: Panelists Nicole Gardner, Jeff Hall, John Courson, and Jeff Cleland and moderator CBSN anchor Stephanie Sy. (Photo: William Taylor)

Joining the military comes with eight or more weeks of basic training followed by weeks or months more training in the skills soldiers, sailors, and marines will employ in their military service.

But when it’s time to get out, the military provides a week of classes to transition soon-to-be veterans to civilian life, said Jeff Hall, national employment director for Disabled American Veterans.


Make Sure the Lost Boys Have a Happy Birthday

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Here are some of the birthday boys who will be celebrating Jan. 6.

You won't want to lose your invitation to the eighth annual Birthday Party for the Lost Boys of Sudan.

Friends of the Lost Boys, a local nonprofit that provides outreach and financial support to the refugees, is collecting new or gently used items between Dec. 30 and Jan. 5 for the celebration, and they need help. 


Dallas CASA Champion of Children Award Dinner

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Junior League of Dallas attendees. (Photo: Kristina Bowman Photography)

On Nov. 16, a record-breaking crowd of 525 guests packed The Fairmont Dallas for Dallas CASA’s 20th anniversary Champion of Children Award Dinner, which raised more than $500,000 for non-profit organization.

The evening honored the Junior League of Dallas with the Judge Barefoot Sanders Champion of Children Award for its commitment and service to children in our community.  The award was presented to League president Jennifer Tobin by Dallas CASA board member Jim Lozier.


Not In My Neighbor’s Front Yard

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

Synthetic turf has come a long way since the Brady Bunch and the Astrodome, but not improved enough to satisfy Highland Park town council member Margo Goodwin.

“I don’t want artificial turf next to me,” she said. “To me plastic is plastic and not natural looking like Highland Park.”


8th Annual Champion Of Human Rights Gala

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Nancy and Tinsley Merrill with Brittany Underwood. (Photo: Bob Manzano)

Co-chairs Ashley Anderson Smith and Nusia Sookarow, with honorary chair Susan Posnick, welcomed more than 350 attendees to the 8th Annual Mosaic Family Services Champion of Human Rights Gala held Oct. 6 at venue sixty five hundred.

The event raised nearly $150,000 in support of survivors of human rights abuses, including domestic violence and human trafficking, who are served by Mosaic.


Avoid Counterfeit Goods

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Counterfeit Gucci purses were seized this year. (U.S. Customs)

With holiday gift-buying gearing up, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations are warning consumers to avoid counterfeit goods.

Last year, Customs seized more than $1.3 billion in counterfeit goods, according to a news release. Earlier this year, the agency seized counterfeit Gucci purses.


Bushes React to Death of Ruth Altshuler

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FROM LEFT: Ruth Altshuler stands with Pi Beta Phi grand president Paula Shepherd in 2015.

Ruth Altshuler, a Dallas icon of leadership and philanthropy, died Friday at age 93.

News of her death drew reaction from the likes of the Bushes, Troy Aikman, and former Dallas Police Chief David Brown, who tweeted, “Our prayers are with her.”

Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush issued a statement on Saturday.

“We are heartbroken by the loss of our dear friend, Ruth Altshuler,” they said. “Dallas has lost an outstanding civic leader in Ruth. Ruth taught us the lessons of philanthropy, service, and friendship. She was charming, humble, talented, generous, and funny. We loved being with her, and we will miss her.”