Category: Community

Dallas Opera Chair Recognized Nationally for Leadership

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OPERA America, a national service organization for American opera companies and artists, named Dallas Opera Board Chairman Holly Mayer its national opera trustee recognition award winner. She will be honored during a March dinner and reception in New York.

Mayer has served on the Dallas Opera’s board of directors for 27 years. Before assuming the role of chairman in 2014, she spent 13 years as vice president of development. Along with her husband, Tom, and daughter, Maile Shea, Mayer personally contributed significant underwriting support for last season’s world premiere of Mark Adamo’s Becoming Santa Claus. She also worked to secure additional funding in order to simulcast a performance of the opera to four Texas Children’s Hospitals.


Appetite for Destruction

Leveling of historical homes continues with Trammell Crow Estate teardown. (Courtesy photo) 0
Leveling of historical homes continues with Trammell Crow Estate teardown. (Courtesy photo)

Andy Beal, Dallas billionaire, banker, and economic advisor to President Donald Trump, has razed the 1912 C.D. Hill-designed Trammell Crow estate on Preston Road he purchased less than a year ago.

DFW Pre-Demolition and Estate Sales posted the news on Facebook Jan. 16 with details about property that will be sold off piecemeal before the teardown. The house was torn down Feb. 13.

The Park Cities boast a number of historic homes designed by world-famous architects — a number that is rapidly decreasing as a generation of homeowners who share a distaste for “used homes,” a new vernacular for homes that already exist and which other people may have already lived in, move in to the neighborhood with cash to spend on teardowns and custom building.

David Preziosi, executive director of Preservation Dallas, says inflated property values are feeding this mentality.


The Thing About Schools

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This month’s cover story focuses on schools, a topic that affects us all in one way or another.

Public education is difficult to write about because it involves two things that are most dear to our hearts: our kids and our wallets. Passions run high because we all agree that our community’s children deserve the best. We just don’t agree on exactly what that is.

One person’s innovative program is another’s example of wasted spending. Some say we should do less with more, while others contend that we can’t do enough with what we have.


Momentous Institute to Host the ‘Grandfather of Mindfulness’ at SMU

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JKZ2The Salesmanship Club of Dallas’ Momentous Institute has been a trailblazer in incorporating mindfulness and therapy into their schooling.

On March 28, the institute will bring two leading experts in the field, in conjunction with the Lynn Lectures, to SMU for a lecture on “Love and Wisdom in a Time of Stress”.

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn — the “grandfather of mindfulness”, who is known internationally for his work in mind/body medicine — and Dr. Elissa Epel, who recently made the New York Times bestseller list for her book The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer — will share ways to combat stress and enhance well-being.

Tickets start at $25 and are available here


State Considers New Funding Formula for HP Schools

In January, representatives from 60 North Texas school districts held a press conference in Garland to discuss their shared legislative agenda. (Courtesy HPISD) 0
In January, representatives from 60 North Texas school districts held a press conference in Garland to discuss their shared legislative agenda. (Courtesy HPISD)

Highland Park ISD officials fear the 85th Texas Legislature’s approach to education could mean bad news for Park Cities campuses. As the biannual session got under way, school officials were communicating
with state lawmakers and hoping to have their voices heard.

Potential changes on how the controversial Robin Hood law is applied could have a major impact to district funding, district leaders say.

Under the current formula, districts deemed property-rich, such as Highland Park, are forced to divert money to poorer districts. Since 1994, HPISD has paid more than $1.2 billion to the state, including
more than $80 million in 2016. While some of that money eventually flows back into the district, there is little to no local control over it.

The state’s recapture formula is based on a 1999 law that determines the amount wealthier districts owe based on property values. A new interpretation of that law last year concluded that the formula miscalculated how much wealthier districts owed. Under the new interpretation, HPISD would actually keep significantly more money. However, that proposal would create a $100 million shortfall in state funding, motivating some lawmakers to call for a return to the previous formula.


Bench Dedicated in Memory Of SMU Officer

Tiffany McCullers, SMU Chief of Police Richard Shafer and others dedicate a new bench in memory of her husband, Officer Mark McCullers, who died during a flashflood in 2016. (Photo by Hillsman Stuart Jackson, SMU) 0
Tiffany McCullers, SMU Chief of Police Richard Shafer and others dedicate a new bench in memory of her husband, Officer Mark McCullers, who died during a flashflood in 2016. (Photo by Hillsman Stuart Jackson, SMU)

A new bench beneath an oak tree south of Patterson Hall at SMU will serve as a constant reminder of the late Mark McCullers, a campus police officer swept away in floodwaters on July 5, 2016.

Employees of the SMU Police Department, which offices in Patterson Hall, will see the bench every day, campus officials said.


Bethenny Frankel to Speak at 11th Annual Chick Lit Luncheon

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Community Partners of Dallas will be hosting their 11th Annual Chick Lit Luncheon on Friday, April 21st at the Hilton Anatole. Tricia George and Mary Martha Pickens will co-chair the event with Katy Block, Marybeth Conlon, and Lori Anna Dees serving as underwriting chairs.

Taking great pride in restoring life to abused and neglected children, Community Partners of Dallas has provided support and critical resources to caseworkers at Dallas County Child Protective services. Items such as uniforms, food, hygiene products, and diapers have been provided in the past.

Best-selling author, businesswoman, and reality star Bethenny Frankel has been chosen as the featured speaker to discuss her approach to parenting, relationships, and much more.


Daughters of Slain UP Fire Captain File Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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Capt. Robert Poynter

The daughters of slain University Park fire captain Robert Poynter have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his wife and her lover.

Robert Poynter was found dead near a Hunt County road on Sept. 9. Investigators allege that his estranged wife, Chacey Poynter, lured him there so that her boyfriend Michal Garza could kill him.

Attorneys J. Gregory Marks and W. Cullen McMahon filed the petition in a Collin County court on behalf of Nicole and Natalie Poynter.


Homeless Shelter to Host Graduation Ceremony

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Screen Shot 2017-02-14 at 10.45.00 AMThe Dallas LIFE Homeless shelter will honor 25 residents during its semi-annual graduation ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 20. This year’s class includes several military veterans.

Each graduate has successfully completed a 10-month Homeless No More Recovery Program. The curriculum stresses accountability, and includes lessons in drug and alcohol recovery, anger management, relationship restoration, job readiness, resume preparation, interview skills, money management, as well as personal and spiritual growth.