Dallas Gets Third Blue Star Marker


Tim Mallad, Dana Harkey, Dr. John Gremmels, and Harriet Gibbs. (Courtesy Presbyterian Communities)

The T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 12477 Merit Drive, now has a Blue Star Memorial marker – only the third one in the city.

“This is a living tribute that honors all of the men and women who served, are serving or will serve in the United States armed forces,” said Tim Mallad, CEO of Presbyterian Communities and Services, which owns the center.

During the dedication ceremony in October, Mallad thanked the Designers and Diggers Garden Study Club for raising the funds for the marker and club member Harriet Gibbs for suggesting the hospice as its location.

Crime Reports: Oct. 9 – 15



A 61-year-old man with a Mabank, TX address on his driver’s license found himself at the Highland Park Police Department early Friday the 13th about a missing decal. Apparently the man had damaged the decal that allows him to operate a vehicle for hire at the DFW airport while washing his window, and authorities with the Ground Transportation office wouldn’t replace it unless he filed a lost property report. So he threw the decal away.

Cowboys Courage House at Happy Hill Farm

Josh and Steven Behar with Dak Prescott, Alan Behar, and Frederick Jabber. (Photo: Gail Nogle)

The NFL Alumni Association, DFW Chapter, is hosting the annual Flowserve Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon, as part of their “Caring for Kids” mission. The luncheon will be held August 30th on the field at AT&T Stadium starting with player introductions at 11:30am.

Happy Hill Farm is a fully accredited, Christian boarding and day school. Underprivileged students on scholarship — all with the motivation, determination and ability to pursue higher education and success in life — study within a college-preparatory environment taught from a Christian worldview. Scholarship donations from the private sector are more important than ever. Every gift holds opportunity to allow students to learn, commit, grow and succeed in future endeavors.

Highlander Band Named Grand Champions at Marching Showcase


The Highlander Band claimed its first Grand Champion title after competing against numerous 5A and 6A schools on Oct. 7 at the Midlothian Marching Showcase.

While the program has earned a number of class championships over the last four years, the band has never won a large marching contest until now.

Dallas Summer Musicals Gala Replaces Entertainment


Brian Stokes Mitchell

Brian Stokes Mitchell, two-time Tony Award-winner and Theater Hall of Fame member, was announced as the featured entertainment for the Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) Gala on Nov. 4 in the Music Hall at Fair Park.

Mitchell replaces Broadway star Bernadette Peters, who was originally slated to perform at the gala.

University Park Reschedules National Night Out


While unexpected showers rained out National Night Out festivities in the Park Cities earlier this month, University Park has rescheduled the annual event to coincide with its Fall Movie in the Park night.

Public safety vehicles and equipment will be on display with other activities, including a bounce house, starting at 5 p.m. Oct. 20 at Goar Park, 3806 University Blvd. The movie begins at 7:15 p.m.

Skin Needs a Fall Break


Now that summer’s over and we have tanned our hides — and as cooler, dryer temperatures tease us — thankfully, the fall allows a reprieve from extreme temperatures that can wreak havoc on our largest organ.

What should you be using during the fall to rehydrate skin from summer sun damage and prepare for winter’s crispness? Body lotion.

There are so many on the market now. Lotions drew approximately $3.49 billion in sales in 2016, with Private Label leading the pack with a 7.1 percent share. However, for 2017, Private Label comes in second, according to statista.com.

Say It With Me: Co-Co-Nut

Dr. Bronner’s coconut oil.

Over the summer, I brought up coconut oil in one of my columns, mentioning that it has a teeny amount of SPF (about 4), which makes it a good moisturizer for arms, face, and neck for everyday protection if your sun exposure is mostly driving and walking to and from the car.

At the time, I had to stop myself from elaborating on the many other uses of the stuff, knowing that I could fill a whole column with that info.

Well, hi, hello … that whole column is upon us. Boom — keep reading.