Congrats to Our Coloring Contest Winners

Grand-prize winner Axton Byrd, age 4, poses with his winning drawing. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
Grand-prize winner Axton Byrd, age 4, poses with his winning drawing. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Congratulations to our Fourth of July Coloring Contest grand-prize winner Axton Byrd, age 4, who won from a drawing among the four finalists: Byrd, 7-year-old Bess Prather, 11-year-old Bridget Stammel, and 13-year-old Caroline Conway. Have fun on your vacation to Telluride Resort Byrd family!

Thank you to all our young readers for sending in their entries. Swing by St. Bernard Sports at Inwood Village to see your pages on display through Aug. 10.


Dickey’s Owners Look to Back the Blue With Barbecue

Maurine Dickey smiles with police officers during a Barbecue, Boots & Badges event. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Maurine Dickey smiles with police officers during a Barbecue, Boots & Badges event. (Courtesy Photo)

Maurine Dickey and her husband met and married while they were students at SMU. Before they graduated, they were running her father-in-law’s barbecue company after his unexpected death.

Now, with the company nearing 75 years in the barbecue business, Dickey decided it was time to focus on philanthropic pursuits. That’s why she’s founded Barbecue, Boots & Badges, an organization that gives back to families of fallen law enforcement officers and officers or departments in need.

“There are not a lot of organizations out there that help the police,” she said. “When police or law enforcement have a tragedy or death, the fellow officers pull money out of their own pockets.”


PCYMCA Youngsters Bring ‘Pippin’ to Stage

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Aspiring thespians from the Park Cities YMCA will take their turn with one of Broadway’s biggest hits on Saturday.

The Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts will perform “Pippin” at the Dallas Children’s Theatre, with showtimes at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.

The show will feature performances from students 10 and up who have spent the last three weeks in rehearsals as part of an intensive musical theater workshop.

DSM just concluded a two-week run of “Pippin,” which won multiple Tony Awards in 2013.


Ruth Altshuler Honored by Pi Phi

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Ruth Altshuler with Pi Beta Phi grand president Paula Shepherd

Ruth Altshuler with Pi Beta Phi grand president Paula Shepherd

Ruth Altshuler was honored by the national chapter of her sorority, Pi Beta Phi (woo!), with the Member of Distinction award. She received this recognition at the group’s convention in Chicago.

As many know, Altshuler’s honors are practically too numerous to list. The SMU grad has served on the university’s board for decades and served with The Salvation Army and United Way, just to name a few.

“It is with great pride and joy we honor Ruth for her incredible charitable work,” said Pi Beta Phi president Paula Shepherd. “Ruth has lived an extraordinary life and has given back to her communities every step of the way.

Congrats, Ruth. We think this honor is simply angelic. Pony up.

 


Catch Meadows Exhibit Before Closing

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A photo of a work from the Abelló collection: Juan de Flandes (Flemish, c. 1465-1519), Baptism of Christ, c. 1496-1499. Oil on oak panel. P48 - 6/1986, Archive Abelló Collection (Joaquín Cortés)

Juan de Flandes, Baptism of Christ. (Joaquín Cortés)

The Meadows Museum’s Abelló Collection, the first exhibition of its kind in the U.S., will close on Aug. 2.

The four-month blockbuster exhibition features more than 100 works from the 15th to 20th centuries, including Picasso and Degas, all collected by Juan Abelló and Anna Gamazo, two of the world’s top art collectors.

The Abelló Collection: A Modern Taste for European Masters also celebrates the museum’s 50th anniversary. Information about hours and more may be found on the Meadows Museum website.


Directors of Dunk

Armstrong Simms and his brothers can often be found at a basketball hoop, recording trick shots for their BasketBros channel. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
Armstrong Simms and his brothers can often be found at a basketball hoop, recording trick shots for their BasketBros channel. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Siblings grow viewership for trick-shot vidsArmstrong Simms is getting accustomed to the attention.

“My brother the other day was getting his hair cut and this guy came up to him and said, ‘Hey, I know you, you’re from BasketBros,’” said the Highland Park High School junior.

With hundreds of views on their trick-shot videos, Simms and his three brothers hope to make a name for themselves online through their YouTube channel.


Police Report: July 6 to July 12

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Skulduggery of the week: Late-Night Beer Run

At 2:45 a.m. on July 7, police stopped a blue 1992 Toyota Previa van for a traffic violation in the 4200 block of Mockingbird Lane. Inside were seven passengers 18 and under, along with multiple open cans and bottles of beer. All of the underage occupants — including two 18-year-olds from University Park — were cited and released to their parents, and the remaining beer was poured out.

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Between 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 7 and 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 8, a vandal cut the lock on a fence and a trailer at a construction site near the intersection of Mockingbird Lane and Airline Road, but nothing was stolen.

Between noon on June 29 and 9 a.m. on July 8, a thief entered an unlocked white 2012 Toyota SUV in the 3500 block of St. Johns Drive and stole a leather change purse containing $15 in coins.

At 1:54 p.m., a resident of the 4600 block of Mockingbird Lane reported that between May 15 and June 11, a thief stole two framed documents from a house — a declaration that the home is among the 100 most significant architectural homes in Dallas, and a magazine article about the home. The house recently changed hands, and the new homeowner wasn’t there at the time, but several contractors were around.


Pulitzer, Tony Winner to Work with UNT

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Doug Wright

Doug Wright

Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Doug Wright will serve as the 2015-2016 artist-in-residence for UNT’s Institute for the Advancement of the Arts.

Wright, who grew up in the Park Cities, will visit UNT for three weeks in the fall and spring, where he will work with students and conduct research for upcoming works.

The playwright won the Pulitzer and Tony for his 2003 play, “I Am My Own Wife,” a portrayal of a transgender woman in Nazi Germany. He studied at Yale and NYU and has taught at both schools, as well as The Juilliard School.

 

 


Driven in The Desert

Bryan Garvey is in his fifth season competing in organized rally races in desert locales including Mexico and South America. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Bryan Garvey is in his fifth season competing in organized rally races in desert locales including Mexico and South America. (Courtesy Photo)

Entrepreneur has passion for off-road racingBryan Garvey doesn’t care about driving on pavement or going in circles. He’d rather traverse desert dunes and navigate weather-related obstacles.

The Park Cities entrepreneur has had a lifelong passion for off-road racing that he’s only recently begun to realize as a frequent competitor in international rally races.

“I’ve always had an interest in it,” Garvey said. “It’s not just a pavement event. The terrain changes all the time, and every corner is different.”


Fitness Gurus To Host Free Classes

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Megan Lyons

Megan Lyons

Megan Lyons of The Lyons’ Share Wellness and Brittani Rettig of GRIT Fitness will team up for an evening of fitness, food, and freebies on July 23.

Lyons and Rettig will host two free 30-minute high intensity interval training workouts, the first at 6:30 p.m. and the second at 7:15 p.m., and offer free healthy treats and nutrition tips. The first 35 guests to register and attend will also receive Fabletics swag bags.

The evening will be held at the Katy Trail, Snyder’s Union (entrance on Carlisle Place between Lemmon Avenue and Hall Street). Participants must register online.


Jeffett Heads to Tennis Hall of Fame

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Nancy Jeffett

Nancy Jeffett

Nancy Jeffett had lured the best women’s tennis players in the world to Dallas with a promise of unprecedented prize money. The trouble was, she didn’t know if she could pull it off.

“I told them I was going to give them $40,000, and I didn’t have a penny of it,” Jeffett recalled. “It was pretty gutsy when I look back on it. They believed in me. They had no guarantees that I would produce.”

She did produce, thanks to a friend at Dallas Country Club who talked 200 of his friends into donating $250 apiece into the pot for the winner of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Cup in the early 1960s.


SMU Archaeologist Fred Wendorf Dies

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Fred Wendorf

Fred Wendorf

SMU archaeologist Fred Wendorf died today at age 90 following a long illness, according to SMU spokesperson Kim Cobb. Wendorf worked as an archaeologist for six decades and worked specifically in Africa and the American Southwest. He spent roughly 40 years with SMU and retired as professor emeritus in 2003.

Wendorf studied anthropology at the University of Arizona, earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star in World War II, and got his PhD from Harvard University.

In 1956, he began a project to find the ruins of Cantonment Burgwin just outside of Taos, N.M. as part of his work with the Museum of New Mexico. He oversaw its reconstruction for academic use as the Fort Burgwin Research Center. That same year, he joined the faculty at Texas Tech University.