Posts by Sarah Bennett

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    • After graduating from SMU with a creative writing degree, Sarah interned with D Magazine and joined the People Newspapers team in January 2013. She enjoys annoying coworkers with her ceaseless Mustang pride. After a freelancing hiatus, she returned in May 2014.
  • Officials Talk Ebola With Faith Leaders

    Gates speaks to faith leaders on Ebola updates. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    Gates speaks to faith leaders on Ebola updates. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    On Wednesday morning, local government officials met with faith leaders from all over town at Park Cities Baptist Church to give updates on Dallas’ Ebola situation and discuss best practices and issues going forward. Mayor Mike Rawlings, City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates, and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins were among the panelists to speak.

    “It has been a challenge for Clay and myself this past month, but we feel blessed,” Rawlings said. He emphasized that with only one fatality, the situation could have been much worse, and pointed to more numerous deaths in the city due to West Nile Virus and domestic violence. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 30, 2014 | 4:35 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Pilates Barre Moves Into Dallas Met Ballet Digs

    (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    Not long ago, we said goodbye to longtime institution Dallas Metropolitan Ballet and pondered what new tenant could possibly take its place — at least in the physical sense. Well, The Pilates Barre, a three-year-old fitness boutique, will open its second Hillcrest Avenue location in that very spot. The new branch is scheduled to open next month. So trade your ballet slippers for some Pilates socks and get ready.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 30, 2014 | 12:31 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Talking Rockefeller at Authors Live

    rsz_on_his_own_terms_--_coverHPUMC’s next installment of Authors Live will feature Richard Norton Smith’s book, “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller.”

    The book includes more than 200 interviews — including unpublished documents from Rockefeller himself — to delve into the man.

    The usual details: at the church, 7 p.m., Nov. 6.

    Join in at 6 p.m. if you want to pay $30 and get a signed copy.



    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 30, 2014 | 8:25 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Home Tours Showcase More Than Pretty Facades

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    Courtesy photos

    Home tours abound when the holidays come ringing. Luckily, with so many choices comes the chance to see a wide array of architecture and design styles. There are even a few with a cause.

    The New Friends New Life tour — which will feature four homes on Beverly Drive, Windsor Lane, Southwestern Boulevard, and Lakeside Drive — takes place on Nov. 23 and features something more than just good looks: proceeds go to the namesake organization, which helps to empower trafficked girls and sexually-exploited women.

    “The lives of women and children are transformed and families are restored because of the community support,” executive director and honorary chair Katie Pedigo said.

    Corporate and family sponsors include a few notable names, including Allie Beth Allman, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, and Gail and Gerald Turner.

    Homes for the 15th annual tour were announced at a party on Sept. 18. Highlights include a “floating” staircase and an outdoor mural. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 29, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Races to Watch: County Judge

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    Ron Natinsky

    Republican and Far North Dallas resident Ron Natinsky faces Democratic incumbent Clay Jenkins in the race for county judge. Natinsky is a Hillcrest High School graduate and a former city councilman, where he served the city for six years.



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    Clay Jenkins

    Jenkins, a Park Cities resident and parent of HPISD students, has been in the spotlight for the past year due to his proposal to house undocumented children within Dallas County as well as his efforts to curtail Ebola in Dallas.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 29, 2014 | 1:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • End of Road Nears in Election For State Seat

    race-for-108-1Momentum has been growing for a long time for the two remaining candidates after the Texas House District 108 seat, soon to be vacated by Rep. Dan Branch. For Leigh Bailey and Morgan Meyer, only a few days stand between them and election results. But it’s been a long road.

    Republican Morgan Meyer defeated two other party hopefuls in the March and May primaries, first with small business owner Court Alley and then with investment businessman Chart Westcott, both of whom grew up in the Park Cities. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 29, 2014 | 10:05 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Races to Watch: District Attorney

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    Craig Watkins

    A product of the Dallas public school system, Craig Watkins was first elected in 2006 as the first African-American district attorney in Texas. Watkins has faced criticism after using forfeiture funds to settle a car accident in 2013.


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    Susan Hawk

    Susan Hawk is a former felony prosecutor and criminal court judge, and has tried more than 150 jury trials. She has served as a member of both the Republican and Democratic parties.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 29, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • ‘Ebola House’ Resident Adds Charitable Spin

    Remember the guy with the Ebola decorations right next to Highland Park High School? Well, now he’s saying there’s a charitable aspect of it — on Halloween night, he will open up the place for a minimum price of $1 per entrance and donate proceeds to Doctors Without Borders. There’s a Twitter account and an Instagram account (@ebolahouse) and a soon-to-come website (that isn’t live yet, by our count). He apparently reached out to the Dallas Morning News seeking sponsorship.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 27, 2014 | 3:20 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Park Cities YMCA Moves to Interim Location

    On Jan. 2, 2015, the Park Cities YMCA will open its doors at the interim location in Preston Center. The facility, located at 6030 Luther Lane, faces Westchester Drive across from Black Eyed Pea.

    “As we make this move, we will see the pace of the project accelerate along with donations and naming rights,” board of management chair John Palms said in a statement.

    The temporary location is 15,000 square feet and includes locker rooms, meeting space, and children’s area, group exercise rooms, and a 3,500-square-foot fitness area. Officials expect construction of the new facility to take 12 to 16 months. About $16 million of the project’s $28 million price tag has been raised to date.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 27, 2014 | 12:03 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Scardello Plans One Cheesy Halloween

    Scardello Artisan Cheese is turning six, and they have a few events planned to celebrate. First, they will host “Scary Cheese and Wine” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30 (at $35 a person) at their Oak Lawn shop. Then, on Nov. 1, the real birthday celebration takes place with “Cheesemongers Choice” plates and wine for $5 all night. That starts at 6:30 p.m. and requires no upfront cost or reservation.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 24, 2014 | 6:04 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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