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January 2015
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New year!
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PLUS: The area theatre scene ... Sketch artist Jim Richards ... Home Design
January 2015
your community • your magazine
New year!
New you!
Serving Arlington, Mansfield, Kennedale and SW Grand Prairie
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Wishing you a Happy and Active New Year.
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30 Trends in home design
What’s in? What’s out? Find out what the home
design experts are projecting as trends for 2015.
32 Home Sweet! Home
Gary and Susan Watkins’ dwelling is a visual
treat, both inside and outside.
38 Conversation
Cynthia Doyle, co-owner of Clarke and Doyle
Living, discusses the latest – and best – ways to
enhance your home.
40 No business like snow business
On the Cover
Looking to take a winter-iffic vacation this year?
Check out what Angel Fire, Breckenridge and
Crested Butte have to offer.
44 Horse power, indeed
Dr. Mike Thomas makes classic smiles and
cars, too – just check out his 1965 Mustang.
As the Arlington/Mansfield/Kennedale/SW Grand
Prairie area rings in a new year, we’re making it
easier to become a new you. In our cover story on
page 24, local experts in the fields of health, leisure
and entertainment offer tips, advice and tried-andtrue measures that could help you make 2015 your
best year yet.
48 Drawing from experience
James Richards uses sketching as a vital way to
see and value culture, and to envision a better
52 Taking a dramatic turn
How theater has managed to, well, take center
stage in Arlington ... and at UTA ... and in
Starting Line ... 10
This ‘n data ... 12
Scene ... 19, 51, 59, 71
Around Town ... 22
Style ... 42
Photo-Synthesis ... 56
Tennis Tip ... 72
Sights/Sounds ... 74
Health/Fitness ... 76
Speaking of Sports ... 78
Itinerary ... 80
Finish Line ... 82
60 Here’s to a $uccessful 2015!
Some sound advice to help you better manage
your money – and your decisions – during the
coming year and beyond.
66 Mansfield Cares
Cindi Walker, one of the co-chairs for this year’s
Mansfield Cares charity ball, explains how the
non-profit organization helps change lives.
Dr. Joan Bergstrom
“Favorite OB/GYN”
Starting Line
You say you want a resolution
The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth ...
TRADITIONALLY, THIS IS a month dedicated to
resolutions, so I’ll go on record as saying I am resolving to be more resolute in 2015.
In that vein, I resolutely hold the following truths
to be self-evident ...
• Arlington has the nicest people of any of the
nation’s 50 bigger burgs (see, for example, Dr. Joan
• The guy who invented one-ply toilet paper
clearly struck a lucrative deal with every fast-food
restaurant in the area. And with Walmart.
• “Cherubim” and “seraphim” probably don’t get
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the due they deserve as great words.
• The book is ALWAYS better than the movie.
• The contracting of customer service reps for
whom English is a second language might not have been as good an idea as it sounded during the corporate thinktank meeting that produced that idea.
• But even that isn’t as bad as the inevitable “on hold” time you endure while
awaiting the opportunity to talk to a customer service rep for whom English is a
second language.
• Working at Six Flags will make you a better person.
• Crickets are basically cockroaches that can jump.
• Dogs should go to heaven, if they don’t.
• There are probably too many theological arguments over whether dogs go to
• Any junior high/high school/college football coach who approaches a teacher/
instructor/professor to ask for grade favors for a star player should be subjected to
watching and writing a 20-page report on “The English Patient.”
• “The Wizard of Oz” should have beaten “Gone with the Wind” for best picture
in 1939.
• The guy who invented Starbucks is genius. Think about it: he took something
addictive, found a way to create a 500-plus percent profit margin for it, convinced
people they should pay that much because something addictive is so much more
enjoyable in the company of friends using WiFi … Repeat.
• If you want to eliminate cheating from college sports, overtime would be settled
this way: The team with the better collective grade point average wins.
• Some time over the next 365 days you will meet a new Arlington-area resident
and be glad for it.
• This is the end of this month’s column.
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Vocativ’s Livability Index ranks Arlington as the 2nd-best city in the country for people 35 and under
VOCATIV’S SECOND ANNUAL Livability Index has
ranked Arlington as the second-most-livable city in the nation
for people 35 years old and younger.
Per its website, Vocativ is a new type of media company that was created “to bring audiences hidden perspectives, unheard voices
and original ideas from around the world via
the Deep Web.”
The index was created specifically for
young people who fit this basic demographic: ethnically diverse, single and saddled with
student loans. It measures what matters most
when picking a place to call home, including
jobs, housing, diversity and fun. Vocativ started with the 100
most-populous cities in America and used open-source Inter-
net data to measure vital stats such as salary and employment
rates, and the cost of rent and utilities, as well as everyday concerns such as public transportation, weather
and crime.
New York City was the idex’s top-ranked
place to live for young people. Arlington’s
second-place ranking, according to Vocativ,
was based on a simple metric: Almost everything is cheap in Arlington.
“You can get a two-bedroom apartment
for under $900 a month,” Vocativ noted.
“Also inexpensive: food and beer. Jobs are
on the rise in Arlington, too ... And a night
out in revamped downtown or at Division Street dives won’t
break the bank.”
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THE CITY OF ARLINGTON has created a website called
“Speak Up Arlington” to give residents a new way to connect
with their city.
The site will allow residents to ask questions, post suggestions and receive feedback from city staff. Plus the city will
be able to get community feedback through discussions and
surveys on its various projects and initiatives.
“Speak Up Arlington is a new platform for residents’ voices
to be heard,” said Arlington Manager of Marketing and Communications Jay Warren. “As a city government, not only do
we get to see what residents are thinking, but it also gives us
a chance to prioritize the feedback, as we work to make Arlington: the American Dream City an even better community.”
To use the site, visit SpeakUpArlington.com and sign up
for an account either with your e-mail or by connecting with
Facebook. Then you can post comments or read feedback
from other citizens.
1. Greatness ... The Arlington Police
Department was awarded fourth place
in the national rankings for 2014 National
Night Out festivities hosted throughout the
city. Arlington’s department was the highest
ranked among North Texas-region entries.
2. Greatness times 2 ... SafeHaven of Tarrant
County recently honored Dr. Joan Bergstrom and Beth
Anderson with the Legacy of Women Award. Bergstrom,
an Arlington OB/GYN, and Anderson, a longtime volunteer
at Arlington Memorial Hospital, earned their Legacy of
Women Awards in the Health & Human Services and Education
categories, respectively. Each year, the awards are presented to
Tarrant County women for their achievements in arts, business,
education, health and human services and volunteerism.
Proceeds from a recent luncheon honoring the 15 award winners
in Tarrant County will benefit SafeHaven’s domestic violence
prevention and intervention programs.
3. Greatness times 3... Stephen L. Mansfield, Methodist
Health System president and CEO; Dr. Darin Charles, family
medicine physician at Methodist Family Health Center –
Mansfield North; and Jeannette McCally, Methodist Mansfield
Medical Center volunteer, were recently honored in D Magazine’s
Excellence in Healthcare Awards for 2014. These representatives
are among the top 18 individuals in North Texas chosen for their
excellence in health care.
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UTA names Kingan
VP for Development
and Alumni Relations
New Rangers manager Jeff Bannister gets quite a greeting
WALLY HARDIN (in the Santa cap) recently hosted a get acquainted
event at the Man’s Shop in downtown Arlington for the Texas Rangers’ new manager Jeff Banister. Along for the occasion were Arlington
Police Chief Will Johnson, Jeff’s daughter Alex, his wife Karen, and
co-hosts for the event, Jamie Adams and Jeff Williams.
MICHAEL K. KINGAN, who has more
than two decades of success in advancement positions, has been named Vice
President for Development and Alumni
Relations at the University of Texas
Kingan will lead the university’s
comprehensive fundraising and alumni
relations efforts to engage UTA’s more
than 190,000 alumni. Kingan will work
with President Vistasp M. Karbhari, faculty, staff, alumni and other stakeholders to
support the university’s strategic vision.
“Michael brings tremendous experience
to the University based on the leadership
roles that he has played at prominent
institutions of higher education, and his
most recent role provides an international
perspective that will help our philanthropic
initiatives soar,” Karbhari said.
A rendering of 100 Center
Coming soon to a
downtown near you ...
books; in with the
nooks. Construction will start this
summer on a new mixed-use commercial development, 100
Center, which will be located where downtown Arlington’s
Central Library has stood for the past 40 years.
The center will have 40,000 square-feet of space at street
level devoted to shops, restaurants and offices, and will also
feature some 240 apartments and a parking garage.
The city is working with Integral Development of Atlanta
and Dallas-based Catalyst Development on 100 Center,
which is expected to open in 2017 as an anchor for downtown redevelopment. Arlington will retain ownership of the library land. Last month, the city council approved a long-term
ground and parking lease with the developers. Revenue from
the leases will help offset a portion of the cost of building a
larger public library, which also is set to open in 2017, north
of City Hall.
Demolition of the Central Library, which closed just before
Christmas, could begin as early as next month. Construction
on 100 Center, which is scheduled to begin in June or July,
will take about 22 months to complete.
The development will feature varying facades mixing brick,
stone and glass and will be architecturally crafted to complement nearby structures, such as College Park Center and the
Levitt Pavilion. Per renderings of the project, the center also
will feature landscaped sidewalk patios and benches as part
of a city plan to lure pedestrians and shoppers on Abram,
Main, Center and Mesquite streets.
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We have the Green Team and its performance-based recognition program for
commercial properties making
sustainable choices to benefit the region.
We love our art and our artists, and we
give them a great place to show their
works: the F6 Gallery.
C’mon ... Who couldn’t like a city whose
residents volunteered 37,594 hours of
service to their parks and recreation
department’s programs last year?
What local burg has Arlington Highlands, again? (Hint: The name kinda
gives away the answer.)
Two words: Caelum Moor
For the record
point in Arlington’s history came in 1957
with the opening of the Dallas Fort Worth
Turnpike, now known as Interstate 30. On the
previously most-navigated route, state Highway
80, travelers between Dallas and Fort Worth
were forced to endure some 80 stoplights. The
turnpike changed that – and convinced a lot
of the drivers who enjoyed the view during the
commute that Arlington was an ideal place to
live because of its easy access to points east
and west.
From the barking up the right tree
department: Tails and Trails Dog Park
(950 S.E. Green Oaks Blvd.) is ranked
No. 6 of 16 Arlington attractions by
the website tripadvisor.com. Photo:
ON MAY 22, 1909,191 Mansfield voters cast
ballots selecting the first board of trustees for
what would ultimately become the Mansfield
Independent School District. Not even the
most keen visionary on the board could have
predicted that 22 elementary schools, six
intermediate schools, six middle schools and
six high schools (and an alternative education
center and career tech academy) would serve
the community’s educational needs a little
over a century later.
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TAYLOR COLE, a 2002 graduate of Lamar
High School and an actress with more than
35 movies/television shows to her credit,
is a gifted athlete, as well. She played Junior
Olympics volleyball while at Lamar.
Don’t miss it ...
THE ARLINGTON Police Department has
two battery-operated helicopters that carry
consumer-grade camera/video equipment to
help officers find missing persons, clear major
traffic collisions more quickly, aid in assessing
damages and losses from natural disasters
such as floods and tornadoes and take forensic
photographs of complex crime scenes. Each
Kennedale event formerly known as Art in the
Park, is set for April 17-19. Event organizers
are looking for committee members to secure
vendors, market, coordinate children’s events
and perform various other tasks. To volunteer,
call Kelly Cooper at (817) 985-2106.
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Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington is honored again
Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington earned a
second consecutive Top Performer on Key Quality Measures
honor. Photo: Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital
TEXAS HEALTH Heart & Vascular
Hospital Arlington has been recognized
for the second consecutive time as a Top
Performer on Key Quality Measures® by
the Joint Commission, the country’s top
accrediting agency for hospitals.
The hospital was recognized for
exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes for heart
attack, heart failure and surgical care.
“As a physician-led hospital, we are
comprised of doctors, nurses and ad-
ministrators – all working together to
advance cardiovascular care through a
culture of quality, service and excellence,” said Dr. Baron Hamman,
cardiothoracic surgeon and president
of Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital. “For the past two years we’ve
earned this prestigious recognition. I
firmly believe our commitment and
successful efforts in addressing the
needs of our community have helped
us achieve such an honor.”
Braces for 2015
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URBANA VARRO, a national commercial real estate investment, development, and management firm,
recently acquired the 311-room Sheraton Arlington Hotel.
The Sheraton is located adjacent
to the Arlington Convention Center and within walking distance of
AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park
in Arlington.
Plus its proximity to business and
leisure venues has made it a popular
destination for guests and conference
attendees, who take advantage of its
21,500 square feet of meeting space.
That combination also made it attractive to Urbana Varro’s management team.
“The Arlington Sheraton will provide us with exposure in the thriving
[DFW Metroplex] market and will
be a great addition to our growing
portfolio,” said Jeremy Soder, Chief
Marketing Officer for Urbana Varro.
Urbana Varro closed on the property in October, and its affiliate, Urbana Varro Hospitality Management
Company, assumed all operations
for the property at that time.
The Sheraton Arlington is a fullservice hotel with guest rooms that
feature granite marble tops, plasma
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Picture-perfect moments
Beau Browne, Teresa Gains, Dianne Browne, Sally Culver and Brian
Dean Johnston, Anna Gant and Randy Ford
Jay Ryan, Julie Ryan, John Dillow and Denise Dillow
Christine Gutierrez, Reggan Martin and Bill Stanley
Snapshots from Levitt Pavilion’s annual holiday party, which
was held at South Street Patio.
Terry Gaines, Patti Diou and Jim Palmer
Kirk King, Luanne King and Bob Kembel
Cathy O’Neal and Karen Temple (Photos: Bruce Maxwell)
Happenings in the AISD
Outstanding Students, September and October 2014
Each month, the Arlington ISD Board of Trustees recognizes one high school student
as AISD High School Student of the Month during its business meeting.
Alexandra Melishkevich - September
Eloisa Perez - October
Arlington High School Senior
Alexandra is a very involved and committed student at
Arlington High School, and her hard work and dedication can
be seen daily at the school.
The list of clubs, organizations and teams that Alexandra is
involved in is rather large: Academic Decathlon, UIL Literary
Criticism, Destination Imagination, Project SOAR, Math Club,
French Club, Quiz League, Key Club, tennis and more. She’s
also taken dual-credit classes and is part of the International
Baccalaureate Programme at Arlington High School.
Alexandra has also been a valuable part of Arlington’s Teen
Court program for the last three years, and she was appointed
by Mayor Robert Cluck to serve as a high school representative
for the Teen Court Advisory Board. Last winter, Alexandra was
named City of Arlington Volunteer of the Month for her work
with Teen Court.
Arlington Collegiate High School at
TCC-Southeast Freshman
Eloisa made a positive impact on the Arlington Collegiate
High School campus in just the first six weeks! She embraced
the rigor and challenges presented in being both a freshman in
high school and a freshman in college at the same time.
Eloisa has plans to complete her bachelor’s degree at either the
University of Texas at Arlington or TCU so that she an become
either a nurse or an FBI agent. The staff at ACHS knows that
Eloisa’s leadership potential is limitless. One of her teachers
said, “Eloisa is very serious about her work. She comes to
school with an awesome attitude everyday.” And another
teacher has commented that she “is very eager to participate
and learn.”
Parent University Coming Soon
The second Parent University of the 2014-2015 school year will be held
from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 at Lamar High School.
Parent University is a districtwide parent-education opportunity that
incorporates multiple sessions on a variety of topics to provide parents
with knowledge and resources to assist their children. Presentations and
exhibits in January will focus on college and career readiness. Find out
more and register online at www.aisd.net/parentu.
Happenings in the AISD
Outstanding Students, November and December 2014
The student makes a positive difference in his/her school, demonstrates positive leadership, takes advantage
of learning opportunities, and is actively involved in extracurricular and co-curricular activities.
Magali Herrera - November
Teresita Ortiz - December
Magali is a very active student on the Bowie High School
campus, and she truly represents what it means to be ready,
responsible and respectful, as the school challenges its students
to be. Magali is a top-notch student who is involved in AVID,
International Baccalaureate classes, pre-AP and Advanced
Placement courses and culinary dual-credit courses at Tarrant
County College. Because of her hard work, she has already
earned 14 college hours of Spanish and six hours of history.
Teresita is a dedicated senior at Lamar High School who is
an aspiring nurse and one of the school’s healthcare rotation
students. She has spent two years as the secretary for Health
Occupation Students of America at Lamar, where she has spent
many hours planning and overseeing HOSA activities. Teresita
has helped with Viking Fest, the Hospice Healthcare Network
food drive, the Heritage Oaks Retirement Center Thanksgiving
dinner and the Carter blood drive.
Bowie High School Senior
Magali is also very involved on the Bowie campus,
participating in Key Club, SAFA, National Spanish Honor
Society and Student Council. She is a student trainer for Bowie
athletics teams, and she is a Class of 2015 representative who
assists class officers. Teachers and students alike recognize
Magali’s dedication, commitment and work ethic.
Lamar High School Senior
Teresita is also an AVID student and a member of Mu Alpha
Theta, and she is an excellent leader and role model at Lamar.
She is a well-spoken, gifted young woman who is a great
example of a passionate, driven student.
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Around Town
Sentimental progress
As Central Library moves, let’s hope George W. Hawkes moves with it • By Kenneth Perkins
George W. Hawkes, for
whom Arlington’s Central
Library was named,
loved Arlington for being
Arlington. As his
daughter, Erin Hawkes
Chaney, put it, “Dad was
sentimental but always
for progress.” In his
book, “To Talk of Many
Things,” Hawkes shared
232 pages of columns
that chronicled that
eorge W. Hawkes was a word guy who
harmonically strung them together
in columns that read like soothing
compositions, creating a literary rhythm that
entices a bob of the head while bouncing
from word to word, sentence to sentence,
paragraph to paragraph. Binge reading
his work late one Saturday night made me
wonder how I could have strolled into the
Central Library for so many years without
having given him much thought.
I knew that the building sitting in the
heart of downtown was named in his honor
and that he was a longtime newspaper
guy and that he covered the famed Mayor
Vandergriff and that his family still resides
in our fair city, but that was about the extent
of it. Until the other day when Erin Hawkes
Chaney came to Central to say goodbye
much the way she arrived to say hello in July,
1994, when Mayor Richard Greene named
the building in honor of her father.
Central is now closed, set to be bulldozed
shortly and resurrected in a couple years as
a bigger, brighter model just north of City
Hall. Chaney was part of a brief ceremony
just outside the building to bid adieu to Central, which has seen its better days – and will
see even better ones at its new locale.
Before his death in 2004 at 87, Hawkes
published “To Talk of Many Things,” 232
pages of columns that, taken as a whole, is
an astonishing anthology of personal prose
that is one of the most historical insights of
Arlington you’ll find anywhere.
It is always fascinating to read dispatches
from those who were right there recording
and documenting as it occurred. Column
after column reveals a city in transformation,
and rightly so, seeing that Hawkes witnessed the place swell from 6,000 residents
to over 300,000. Along the way, Hawkes spun
his brand of conservative fist wrangling and
Bible-based morality.
In a June 1978 column, “How To Raise a
Delinquent,” he slithers down a list of don’ts
that stand up today. Like giving a child “ev-
erything he or she wants” will merely make
them grow up “believing the world owes
them a living.”
Born in 1916 in Weimar, Hawkes is said to
have started writing newspaper articles at
age 12. Chaney said, “Ink was certainly in his
blood” – which explains how at age 18 he was
publisher and editor of the Flatonia Argus
in Flatonia. He attended Baylor University.
World War II put him in the Army Air Corps.
He located to Arlington after the corps,
lured by its locale between Dallas and Fort
Worth. Upon his arrival, he bought a struggling weekly called the Arlington Citizen.
A decade later he snagged the competing
Arlington Journal and merged the two into
the semi-weekly Arlington Citizen-Journal.
Over some 30-plus years, he shaped Arlington journalism as a disciplined, well-respected journalist with the best interest of the
community at heart.
Hawkes loved Arlington for being Arlington. As Chaney put it, “Dad was sentimental
but always for progress.” As Arlington grew
up around him, and became a different kind
of city, Hawkes stayed true to his word.
In the column, “I’ll Still Be Around,” he
said, “I make no apology, as I find myself in
the enviable position of being an independent who can ‘call ‘em as I see ‘em and walk
away tough. I have not grown so set in my
ways that I cannot appreciate progressive
change when the alternative is better than
the status quo.”
There’s no guarantee that the new Central
will carry Hawkes name. That’s up to our
City Council. What a shame if it did not.
Columnist Kenneth Perkins has been a
contributing writer for Arlington Today
since it debuted. He is a freelance writer,
editor and photographer.
Cover Story
New year!
New you!
Dozens of ideas, tips and plans to help you start your 2015 with a
bang – and maintain the momentum over the next 365 days
he New Year brings new goals and expectations – but only if
you earnestly desire to become a new you. For this issue, we’ve
consulted with a variety of local authorities on the subject of
transformation. Over the next four pages they offer an excellent collection of plans, tips, programs and projects to help you keep your resolutions this year – and beyond.
Skin Care 101
Dr. Carolyn Kim, a board-certified dermatologist with DermOne Dermatology Centers who practices at DermOne’s Arlington office, offers
the following skin care resolutions that are easy, practical, and potentially life-saving:
• Make an appointment for a skin cancer check and make this an
annual tradition. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the
U.S., with more than 3.5 million skin cancers diagnosed in more than
two million people annually. When left unchecked, it is also one of the
deadliest. Whether you are 15 years old or 75, add a skin cancer check
with a dermatologist to your annual doctors’ visits.
• Establish a daily skin care routine that includes washing and moisturizing your face nightly. It doesn’t need to be expensive, just effective. Dr. Kim is a fan of drugstore products Neutrogena and Cetaphil.
• Don’t touch your face. Don’t touch your face. Don’t touch your
face. Make this your mantra.
• Drink plenty of water. Water flushes out toxins, carries nutrients to
cells and provides a moist environment for necessary tissue. Although
essential water intake varies per individual, the standard rule is eight
glasses per day.
• Wear sunscreen daily. We all
know that it helps decrease the risk
of skin cancer, which should be
reason enough, but sunscreen also
helps prevent facial brown spots,
skin discoloration and blotchiness and slows down the development of wrinkled, premature
aging skin. Your dermatologist
can suggest a cosmetically elegant product that is easy to wear
every day, even under makeup.
Skin Care 102
Brenda Cureton-Smith also has some solid advice regarding your skin
– but then, as owner of Great Skin Spa-Skincare, she should. Here is
her advice:
• Identify exactly what it is that you desire as it relates to your skin
– fewer wrinkles, fine lines, acne, dark spots, etc.
• When meeting with an esthetician, open up about what you are
looking to achieve and ask that she develop a very specific plan of action to help you reach your goals and establish a treatment plan. Take
a photo before your first treatment, so you can have a “Before” shot to
compare with the “After” picture.
• Commit to meeting your goal, schedule it in your calendar, follow
your home care program and stick to it. Compare your initial photo
with the photo that you started with and evaluate your success. You’ll
be amazed at the results you get when you partner with a professional skin care specialist and complete your program.
Great Skin is offering a “New Year, New You – out with the Old
and in with the New” program that will focus on the four things
clients tell the staff they want to achieve: They want younger looking skin (fewer wrinkles and fine lines and they want to glow); they
want a brighter smile; they want to be slimmer; and they want to
have more energy.
Healthy is as healthy does
Dr. Mark Bishara, cosmetic surgeon at the Paragon Plastic Surgery &
Med-Spa, has devoted a career to helping people feel and live younger.
He suggests several basic concepts that anyone can practice:
• Limit the number of carbohydrates to a minimum and only eat
them at breakfast and occasionally at lunch – never at dinner.
• Exercise to get your heart rate above
110 to 120 for 15 minutes three times per
week. Even if you are on rate-control
medications you can do mild to moderate
exercise with a cardiologist’s approval.
• Pick your favorite 32-ounce cup and
fill it up with water. Drink it before you
eat. This promotes early satiety and prevents overeating, as well as promotes hydration.
• Adopting a healthy lifestyle can be
addictive, so take time to encourage those
in your family to join you in the pathway to a new you.
Remember what’s important
Valerie Landry is manager of of the Sanford House Hotel and Spa. Her
advice to help you transform into a new you is to embrace what’s important. Here are some examples:
• Give more time to someone you love. Spend an hour together taking a walk or just talking about your day before dinner, because every
day is a day to celebrate.
• Make sure to have some time for yourself. Get a massage or a facial
once a month. It’s important to center yourself by easing the tension in
your body.
• Think about your goals and aspirations for the future and make a
plan to implement them. Small steps along the way can quickly add up
to something big. >>>
• Party on. Non-profits have more fun and
throw the best merrymaking festivities. That is
actually in the Bible, John 10:10. Connecting with
good people is crucial, blended with good food
and the right drink. Arlington Urban Ministries
will be part of Boots, Chaps & Cowboy Hats on
April 12 at River Ranch in the Fort Worth Stockyards for a serious fiesta, which will help to
“break the cycle of poverty, one family at a time!”
• Cheerfully spend less. It is not what you
have in your life that gives happiness; it is who
you have. Giving is such an adrenaline rush.
Nu2U Resale at 2220 W. Park Row is Arlington
Urban Ministries’ store, offering trendy styles
and fashionable home goods at bargain prices.
You can share the savings, and proceeds help
families pay electricity bills to keep the kids
warm and “cook the vittles.”
• Keep calm and volunteer. The greatest joy
in life is to love and be loved. Experience that by
giving back – nothing makes you feel better. Arlington Urban Ministries helps feed 600 families
every first Wednesday of each month. You may
think you are helping others, but you are truly
helping yourself.
Unplug and connect
• Eat better. Grab a crisp apple to snack on rather than giving in to
the fast-food temptation. Try a new place for dinner. She recommends
the Inspired American Cuisine at restaurant506.
• Cultivate a new interest and share it with friends. The Sanford
House offers monthly cooking classes and in 2015 will host new social events, including a scotch and cigar experience and wine and food
pairing dinners.
Grow spiritually
Dr. John Gremmels, the new executive director of Arlington Urban
Ministries, said he has been reading things supercentenarians, (those
who live longer than 110 years) do. Blending that with the Dr. Oz info
on “Living to 100,” he suggests the following best practices to ensure
a better new year:
Ryan Hegreness, marketing and enterprise development manager for the Arlington Parks and
Recreation Department, said unplugging from
our work, our devices and our hectic schedules is
crucial to our health and wellness. The Arlington Parks and Recreation
Department provides the following tips to help you “Unplug and Connect in 2015”:
• Make family time count: Don’t spend your evenings in front of a
screen. Instead, plan a family fun night, have a picnic dinner outside,
visit one of Arlington’s 90-plus parks. Looking for a family event? Arlington offers numerous options such as the Daddy-Daughter Dance,
Mother-Son Campout and much more. Turn your hobbies into family
activities by signing the kids up for 10 & Under Tennis Instruction or
SNAG ® Golf lessons.
• Be a part of something bigger. There is more to connecting than
Facebook and LinkedIn. Find a sense of belonging when you make
time to connect with your community. You could plan a block party, or
volunteer at a local charity or civic group.
• Make fitness fit. Less screen time and more activity equals better health. Here are some ideas to get you started: Make the TV and
computer off-limits for certain hours of the day, take advantage of the
50-plus miles of hike and bike trails that Arlington has to offer, try a
new group fitness class, sign up for a sports league or try something
completely new like Bubble Soccer. Check out the amenities and group
fitness classes at one of your local recreation centers and ask about
New Year’s discounts.
• Connect with nature: Treat yourself to a Naturally Fun experience
by isolating yourself from city life in one of Arlington’s nature preserves or natural areas. Whether you bring your boots, fishing rod, bike
or just a blanket, you are sure to discover unexpected peace of mind.
River Legacy Parks in North Arlington boasts over 1,000 acres and 400
species of wildlife. The Southwest Nature Preserve has a fishing pier
and hiking trails that lead to sandstone outcroppings with dramatic
views of downtown Fort Worth.
You owe it to yourself to try to be your best. It is OK to say “no” when
your plate is already full.
Be totally healthy
Communicate – no, really communicate
Local holistic chiropractor Kenyon Godwin said many people set out
with big ambitions and goals for the New Year, but many fall short
each year. He offers three tips that he implements in his own life to help
you succeed this time:
• Make your health a top priority. We are not talking about losing
weight as a resolution; we mean your overall health being No. 1. This
is the one thing that if it declines will affect the rest of your life and
potential. So don’t make excuses; invest in your
health, learn more about health and wellness and
be open-minded to live the life you desire. Money, promotions, relationships will not matter if
you are in poor health.
• Correct your posture. Many health conditions are a result of poor posture. Neck pain,
back pain, sciatica, disc problems, arthritis, fatigue, headaches, sleep apnea, TMJ dysfunction,
digestive difficulties, breathing difficulties, etc.,
can be a result of poor posture in people of all
ages. Dr. Godwin’s office teaches proper posture,
at no charge to the community.
• De-commit. Many of us are stressed out,
overwhelmed and over-committed. If you cannot
give 100 percent in all of the areas you are functioning in, prioritize and let some things go. This
will decrease your stress, increase your quality of
sleep, increase your focus, increase your family
time and improve your health, energy and mood.
Stay active
A little over a year ago Dorie and Jodie Creamer decided retirement
wasn’t their thing, so they bought a Hand & Stone franchise in Lincoln
Square. That move symbolized something they’ve learned through the
years about improving their lives, and it shows in three ways that can
be applicable for anyone:
• Busy people are productive people.
• It really is better to give than receive. Besides running a business,
the Creamers provided jobs, and a majority of the Hand & Stone staff
was either just entering the workforce or starting anew.
• Help others feel better about themselves. Facials, massages or spa
enhancements aren’t just tasks at a workplace. They’re ways to make
people get more out of life.
Dr. David Rasmussen is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who heads
Arlington Cosmetic Surgery Center, so he knows a thing or two dozen
about enhancing the lives of others. Three keys to his success transcend
what goes on just in the office and operating room:
• Learn to listen.
• Communicate in an empathetic manner.
• Appreciate the value of a smile – and share one often.
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The journey
to a better you
How the Y helped one woman
reach her year-end goal
n the winter of 2012, Dana Danzer began
a journey that changed her life forever.
She entered the North Family YMCA in
Arlington knowing that it was finally time for
change in her life. Constantly finding herself
not feeling well, Dana set her 2013 goal – to
lose weight and get back in shape.
In December 2012 she signed up for personal training at the Y, weighing in at 199
pounds. Due to her high blood pressure, the
Y advised her to see a doctor. The next day
Dana began her weight-loss journey; her doctor prescribed her blood pressure medication,
and released her to exercise.
The Y provided Dana with the tools she
needed to support her goal and motivate
her through her journey. She was given
nutrition and exercise plans, and personal
e-mails of encouragement from her personal trainer. Her first weeks of training were a
test of her own strength, but she says the Y
motivated her to keep going. “Faster, stronger, longer,” Dana stated. “I still remember
that e-mail in my mind and that giving up
was not an option.”
After a trying three months Dana began to
feel stronger, not only physically, but spiritually. After a year of being a member of the
Y, Dana lost 71 pounds and the two-minute
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Dana now runs five miles every day and
adds strength training to her routine. She
also received word from her doctor that she
no longer needs to continue taking her blood
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“Because of the Y, I succeeded and reached
my 2013 goal,” she said. “I was so heavy and
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I was doing was actually working. I was so
tired some days, and the Y motivated me to
see that every step counts and every journey
begins one step at a time.”
At the Y, we know that healthy lifestyles
are achieved through nurturing mind, body
and spirit. Well-being and fitness at the Y is
so much more than just exercising. Beyond
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We encourage everyone to set a New Year’s
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Today’s Homes
One growing trend in home design is seen in
the kitchen, which is becoming more open and
navigable than in the past.
Photo: Chip’s Kitchens & Baths
Design trends for the new year
Get out your pens – here is what the experts say will define ‘the great indoors’ in the Arlington area in 2015
ith each new year comes a new set of looks for the home. For
this issue, we asked three local design experts to share trends
they expect will define the Arlington area, both in the new
house market and in re-designs. Here is what they said ...
Then there is what he calls bling. “My favorite bling trend is small and
tasteful chandeliers in bathrooms, laundry rooms and hallways,” Medford said. “They add some fun to the projects.”
Mike Medford, owner, Medford Remodeling
“We’re seeing three trends, especially, moving into 2015,” Dodson said.
“They are: (1) open floor plans; (2) all-white or white/grey kitchens;
and (3) bamboo, reclaimed wood floors and large format tiles.”
“Let’s start with kitchens,” Medford said. “No wall is safe. Integrating
the kitchen with the adjoining living areas is a trend that is still gaining
momentum and will sustain for the foreseeable future.”
Where bathrooms are concerned, Medford said the trend seems to be
going from the spa look to “a more formal look with furniture-style cabinets, framed mirrors with decorative lighting, and free-standing tubs.”
Medford said his staff is also noticing a shift in color schemes. “We
are starting to use bold colors in artistic ways that make the projects
more fun,” he said.
Outdoor living areas became prominent during the past few years.
Medford said he sees no change soon. “The demand for outdoor living areas continues to increase,” he said. “Flat screen TV’s are the No.
1-requested feature.”
Kateri Dodson, vice president of sales, Hiltons Flooring
Chip Hornbeek, owner, Chip’s Kitchens & Baths
Hornbeek said a trend started a few years ago is still gaining steam.
“Opening up the kitchen to the living area is still very popular,” he
said. “Customers are making the kitchen the main gathering place instead of hiding it away.”
Hornbeek said his crew is also doing more distressed finishes and
doing islands different from the rest of the cabinets. “Post or corbels on
islands make them look more like furniture,” he said.
As for bathrooms, Hornbeek said his customers generally lean toward a certain style: “Baths are going for more of a spa feel.”
Mike Medford said he is seeing a shift to a
more formal look in bathroom design, with
furniture-style cabinets, framed mirrors with
decorative lighting, and free-standing tubs.
Photo: Mike Medford
Local Homes
Home Sweet! Home
Gary and Susan Watkins’ dwelling is a visual treat, both inside and outside • By Alison Dellenbaugh
verything about Susan and Gary Watkins’ spacious south
Arlington home and yard says, “Welcome,” thanks to the
tender loving care Susan has poured into every detail of
the beautiful one-acre property.
The five themed gardens, which Susan takes care of herself, are
so inviting they’ve been mistaken for a public park. They’ve also
attracted tourists. The Fort Worth Arboretum has brought visitors
from San Antonio by bus to see the gardens, while Susan has conducted tours with a wireless mic, teaching people about Texas native plants. The property has also received a Mayor’s Award from the City
of Arlington.
“It’s really been a labor of love,” she
said. “It’s important that I share my
gardens. It isn’t worth it if you don’t
share it with other people.”
has been certified as a wildlife habitat
by the National Wildlife Federation,
features a 150-foot man-made creek
with underwater lighting, stone bridges, and a gazebo complete with a mirror ball and spotlight dance floor.
This garden also boasts an “outdoor
living room” with a great view of the
other gardens and the small lake. With
illumination in all the trees, the whole
area is “just as pretty at night as in the
day,” said Susan.
Gary and Susan Watkins, who have
three grown children, recently retired
from their Alphagraphics business,
which had handled printing for the
Texas Rangers. In tribute to that, a Texas Rangers-themed area of the garden
contains the season ticket stadium seats
they sat in when the Rangers were in
the World Series.
The seats provide a great view of a
small lake, which has catfish and bass
for fishing, and a fountain and waterfall that alternate on a timer. “Every view of the garden is different
and so pretty,” said Susan. At a lower level is the Lake Garden, also
known as the “little San Antonio Riverwalk,” with its stone walk-
way next to the water. A fire pit and benches offer scenic relaxation.
A “Lover’s Lane” path leads into the English Garden, where everything is heart-themed, including a patio and redbud trees with
heart-shaped leaves. Susan raises butterflies in the garden, which
last year attracted a migration of hundreds of monarchs.
Not surprisingly, the area has been the site of a marriage proposal, and the gardens, which have outdoor speakers to provide music,
have hosted multiple weddings and garden parties.
Close to the house, the Tropical Garden surrounds a pool, within a privacy fence. This garden contains ferns, elephant ears,
and water garden planters Susan calls “love ponds,” filled
with water lilies and fish. The guest room opens onto this
area, which is festive with an outdoor bar, trees lit at night,
and even changing colors of light in the pool. The adjoining
Secret Garden is in a courtyard area with a koi pond.
A GREENHOUSE that currently serves as a gym, spa and hot
tub room with a massage table and piped-in music will soon
be replaced with a two-story addition, which will continue to
serve those purposes while also offering a storm shelter, another garage, an elevator, and an extra bedroom and bathroom.
Room for guests is a priority in this four-level house, where
no amenity has been overlooked. “I don’t consider my house
fancy; I consider it fun,” said Susan.“Every room has something
fun, so when people come here, they don’t want to leave.”
In the guest room, where Susan made the pillows and a
wall border to match the sheets, she provides special touches
like candy on a tray, and his-and-her guest robes. In the bathroom, which she just re-did herself with textured wallpaper,
vessel sinks, stainless steel, and blue-pearl granite tilework, a
tiny kitchen gives guests their own small fridge, microwave
and coffee maker. In the shower area, guests are greeted each
day with towels in the shapes of different origami animals.
SUSAN DOES MOST decorating and remodeling of the
house herself, sharing occasional projects with her daughter
who runs a commercial interior design business in Kansas. She
also does her own flower arrangements. In line with her creativity, Susan has made a sewing and craft room from a closet.
Elsewhere, a former under-stairs closet has been converted into a wine cellar, and a wet/dry sauna and shower offers
relaxation along with music, towels, drinking water, and other
amenities for guests. Susan did all the work for it, including installing a
cobblestone floor. In the hall bathroom, she’s putting in a stained glass
wall. She also recently textured the walls, and added a creek sink, in a
Photos: Southern Flair Photography
The photo series on the left shows some indoor highlights of
the Watkins home, but that’s just part of the story. There are
five themed gardens outside, a collective portrait of beauty
and elegance like no other. Here, two love birds welcome
visitors into The Woodland Garden. And quite a welcome, it is.
granite counter with lighting underneath. Granite is a
major feature of the house, in which eight rooms were
just remodeled, with granite and marble added to every
room. Even the staircase railing has granite.
In the kitchen, much is motorized, even the spice
rack, and a new kitchen center replaces all small appliances. “I’m a gadget freak,” explained Susan. In a room
known as “The Cave,” Susan did rock work and added
battery-operated sconces at the entryway. This room
features a white-wine bar, desk and couches, massage
chair, and even a 12-string guitar. “It’s a fun, comfortable room with a great view,” Susan said.
“My house is a party house,” she added. This is especially evident in the media room, with its 13-foot TV
on one wall and its concession stand with a popcorn
machine. The Watkinses have had a home theater for
over 25 years, which they upgrade every two to three
years. The current TV will play Blu-Ray 3D movies.
Each seat reclines and has its own area for snacks and
drinks. And, with a subwoofer under every seat, the
spectators move with the movie! Motorized blackout curtains make the theater usable day or night,
and speakers are hidden behind the art so the sound
Peace and tranquility are two
words frequently used to express
the feeling visitors get when they
take a stroll through the grounds.
“Wow!” is another.
Every garden at the Watkins
home has a theme – and an
array of breathtaking accents to
help carry it out.
Photos: Jonas Sees Red
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shoots sideways. Rope lighting along the ceiling goes on and off in
time with the bass.
Susan also puts on laser light shows in the room, as well as projecting them outside of it, onto the trees out back. The room also has
a mini casino, billiards, a mirror ball, and a smoke machine. They
use it for disco, karaoke and piano sing-alongs. “Our family loves
to gather, so we sing all night,” Susan said. “We don’t have to go
anywhere to stay here and have a party.”
There’s also a place to relax and read in the house, with a small
library near the master bedroom. The bedroom features a “tree
house” balcony, one of six decks and patios the house has for viewing the gardens. Beautiful garden views are all around, with topdown drapes to give privacy while still showing the trees.
Susan has made all the curtains, customized the bed with tapestry
and homemade pillows, and added granite to all surfaces. In the
master bath, an alabaster sink lights up. She and her daughter installed fabric and a chandelier over the tub, with mirrors around
the top to give the appearance of chandeliers as far as you can see.
The bathroom wall features granite chiseled by Susan, with lighting
behind it, and she had the glass shower wall chiseled to match.
Clearly, both the home and gardens are not only a labor of love,
but provide an idyllic place for family and visitors alike to gather,
and to settle in and enjoy. “I’ve been here 27 years,” said Susan, “and
I’m never going anywhere.”
“Lovers Lane,” where the Watkins
family has hosted several weddings.
A “bird’s eye view” of
one of the gardens.
A room with a view –
and with a collection
of beautiful accents
to view.
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Cynthia Doyle, co-owner of Clarke and Doyle Living, discusses the latest – and best – ways to enhance your home
ynthia Doyle, along with husband Luke and daughter Whitney, have turned Clarke and Doyle Living into one of the area’s
premier sources for home accents. This month, after consulting
with Whitney, she offers trends to watch for in 2015.
ARLINGTON TODAY: If you could pin it to three trends in home
design today, what are they (colors, styles, lighting, furnishings, room
enhancements, etc.)?
CYNTHIA DOYLE: Right now we’re seeing a move toward casual,
comfortable and livable. People’s notion of beauty is shifting from the
ornate and heavy to light, bright, even rustic. Homes are just not as
formal as they used to be, with people replacing formal dining rooms
with cozy studies and heavy drapes with something brighter and less
structured. In short, we’ve found a way to make comfortable look chic
and we love it.
AT: What item or items are most popular at your store
right now?
CD: Hands down, the items we sell the most now are
sectionals. And these aren’t the giant, puffy sectionals
you know from 10-20 years ago. They’ve got clean lines
and fresh upholstery. They’re also the perfect way to fill
a room with all your friends and family. It goes back to
the idea that comfortable living can be chic. We want to
have a beautiful space and feel cozy with our family at
the same time.
AT: Are today’s consumers more sophisticated about
home design than, say, a decade ago? If so, do you think
that has anything to do with the various forms of media
influencing choices (home TV shows, internet access to
ideas, etc.)? If so, how so?
CD: Consumers are absolutely savvier these days.
They’re just more aware of what they’re looking for. With
the onslaught of Pinterest, Houzz and HGTV, people are
seeing styles from across the country and even the world.
It makes it so much easier to keep up with trends and
branch out from what’s available to you in your immediate area. Of course, the only difficulty then is knowing what you want
and not knowing how to achieve it. That’s why we’re here to help!
AT: Is there “an Arlington,” look to home design, or do design preferences generally run the gamut, with locale having little to do with it?
CD: Trends are definitely regional. It’s true that homes in Arlington
are different from homes in Houston or Austin, especially on the exterior. One thing that we have noticed in Arlington is that the style is
in flux. So many people are in the process of updating their homes in
a big way, opting to stay put in their existing houses. Arlington, along
with the entire Dallas/Fort Woth area, is moving away from a traditional old-world style toward something lighter and brighter, with just
a touch of modern flair.
AT: When a customer comes in with an idea, where do you take it
from there?
CD: We start with taking what the customer loves and then make it
work with their lifestyle and existing pieces in their home. You can
find all kinds of ideas that you love on Pinterest, but in the end, it still
has to work together and make
sense in your own home. Sometimes that takes careful planning
and blending.
AT: What’s the best advice you
can give to someone who is designing a new house or redesigning a home?
CD: Clarke and Doyle is currently working on a renovation
that we’ve named “The Project.”
Essentially, it’s a guide for simple updates that can transform
your home. The idea behind it is
that so many people in Arlington
are making the decision to stay
in their homes, but many of the
houses in the area are in need of
Instead of moving, people are
looking for ways to love their
home again. So we’re here to
help, and, as far as we can tell,
step one is: keep it timeless.
When you start planning your renovations, remember that the name
of the game should be current, not trendy.
Make it fresh, but go with classics that will never go out of style. You
don’t want to put extensive time and money into something that could
very well be dated in a few years.
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The Chile Express chairlift at
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variety of points that provide
excellent skiing and wondrous
views. Photo: Angel Fire Resort
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f your ideal winter vacation plans tend toward wintry fun, consider the recent news from Angel Fire Resort, located in the Southern
Rockies of New Mexico:
Some 50 inches of fresh snow and cold temperatures since October
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the white stuff any time soon, resort staff has spent the past six weeks
making snow on Alpine Mountain – enough that the precipitation
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Breckenridge has lodging for practically everyone. Hotels in Breckenridge include ski-in and ski-out as well as in-town hotels. Breckenridge
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Oh, and as for that skiing – five towering peaks surround Breckenridge, increasing the chances of fresh snow at the ski resort practically
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The Lodge at Angel Fire Resort offers an array of entertainment options and easy access to all manner of fun.
Photos: Angel Fire Resort
Crested Butte’s Mountain Lodge in the heart of the
Crested Butte Mountain Resort base area is steps from
the ski lifts, hiking and biking, as well as shopping, ski
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Dr. Mike Thomas and his lifelong friend Brad Burris
completed work on this “resto-mod” custom Mustang in
November. The car is turning heads on local streets and
attracting lots of attention at car shows.
Horse power, indeed
Dr. Mike Thomas makes classic smiles and cars, too – just check out his 1965 Mustang • By Richard Greene
hen Ford Motor Company was designing the 50th anniversary version of its famous Mustang, CEO. Mark Fields, knowing what was at stake, declared, “You don’t want to screw
up an icon.”
One look at Arlington dentist Mike Thomas’ classic 1965 beauty, and
you know immediately what the Ford boss was talking about.
The company ushered in a whole new era of muscle-car mania with
the debut of what is affectionately known as the “pony car” when it
first appeared in showrooms for less than $2,500.
The Mustang’s inspired long hood and short deck introduced a styling trend that has characterized both the popular sportster and racing
versions since then.
Dr. Thomas and his lifelong friend Brad Burris have been restoring
cars together for a couple of years, and their Mustang project was just
completed in November.
They have produced this “resto-mod” custom Mustang and now
are turning heads on local streets and attracting lots of attention at car
While their car passion is a hobby, they enjoy the financial rewards
that come with reproducing the timeless appearance of the original
along with the performance, comfort and safety features of modern
parts and equipment.
That makes it possible to move on to the next projects, which include
a 1968 Dodge Super Bee and 1965 Shelby Daytona.
The 1965 Ford Mustang was a classic, pretty much from the
moment it left the assembly plant. Its iconic logo and timeless
look give this a popular vehicle “road cred” among drivers and
collectors alike.
“Brad and I started working together several years ago as he was
recovering from stage 4 cancer,” Thomas explained. “I would go over
and lend a hand with projects that he already had going.
“We had so much fun that we decided to team up on our hobby
to produce some great muscle cars. We enjoy buying old cars that are
rather rough and bringing them back to their former glory.
“The problem-solving keeps our brains active, and the creative process fills a deep need. Most of all we get to drive some really cool cars
– then we sell them off and start over again.”
AFTER PURSUING his passion for dentistry for 30 years he is still
excited every day to get to the tasteful Texan-themed office he, his wife
and his five kids designed and built and “see what God has in store
for me.”
“I love to create beautiful smiles, and I tell my patients that if I can
build an entire car, I can rebuild your teeth.”
Mike and Brad’s Mustang features a big, 302-cubic-inch, V8 highoutput engine, along with a five-speed floor mounted shifter between
the adjustable driver, and passenger bucket seats.
Ford’s production of the ’65 model included front seat belts, a light
for the glove box and a padded dashboard. It officially rolled into the
spotlight at the 1964 World’s Fair, where crowds gathered along a circular railing to see it rotating on a giant pedestal in the middle of the
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If you visit Mike’s Facebook page you will find three
movies that he identifies as his favorites. It will come
as no surprise that the first one listed is the 1968 action
thriller Bullitt staring Steve McQueen.
If you know anything about the film, it features what
is regarded as one of the most exciting chase scenes ever
on the big screen.
WHILE DRIVING his Mustang GT, McQueen’s character speedily pursues a couple of hit men in a Dodge
Charger through the famous hilly streets of San Francisco
in a scene that ends with the bad guys crashing into a gas
station, resulting in an explosion that will still take your
breath away.
Mike’s Mustang makes the same throaty roar as McQueen’s.
Fantasies aside, Dr. Thomas has it all in just the right
perspective. “God has blessed me with a great profession, a wonderful wife and family, a terrific hobby, and I
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Hometown Hero
Drawing from experience
James Richards uses sketching as a way to see and value culture, and to envision a better world • By Alison Dellenbaugh
f you’ve driven down I-30 or Center Street in Arlington in the past
few years, you’ve already seen some of James Richards’ design
ideas brought to life. Townscape, Inc., the urban design consultancy Richards founded with Dennis Wilson, provided design concepts
for the I-30 Three Bridges Project, the downtown Center Street gateway
and streetscape, and the Center Street pedestrianway.
However, those projects barely scratch the surface of Richards’ varied and incredibly creative career. An associate professor of Landscape
Architecture at the University of Texas Arlington and Fellow of the
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Richards is an urban designer, landscape architect, artist, educator, entrepreneur, writer,
and all-around visionary on the topics of creativity and design.
RICHARDS TAUGHT design thinking and drawing on an adjunct
basis for 20 years, off and on, at UTA and UT-Austin, while pursuing a
James Richards visits with fans of his work.
Photos: jamesrichardssketchbook.com
career in urban design and landscape architecture – first as a designer
and then a partner in a national firm, then as founder of two urban
design consultancies, including Townscape. He has worked on design
projects in 17 states.
In 2012, he joined UTA’s landscape architecture faculty full-time.
He has also taught design drawing and creativity workshops at universities and firms across the U.S. and abroad. His book, “Freehand
Drawing and Discovery: Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for
Designers,” received a national Honor Award from the ASLA in 2014.
The book grew out of Richards’ passion for sketching, both as part of
his design career and for leisure.
“I sketch everything, especially ideas,” he said. “Learning to capture thoughts with rapid concept drawing is a wonderful tool for exploring and developing ideas, and for sharing them with others for
feedback. It’s a discipline at least as old as Leonardo’s notebooks, and
most serious designers I know keep a visual idea book.”
Though he was formally trained in drawing in design school at Louisiana State University, he has enjoyed sketching urban settings since
childhood, because of their “energy and vitality – people, activity,
ideas, commerce, experiences – and the beauty in the everyday that’s
often overlooked.”
Richards serves on the Advisory Board of Urban Sketchers, an international non-profit with a mission “to promote freehand
on-location sketching across disciplines and around the
globe.” A correspondent for their international blog, he
counts urban sketchers around the world among his dearest friends, and founded Urban Sketchers Texas in 2011.
“We show the world, a drawing at a time,” said Richards. The Texas organization, with active groups in DFW,
Houston, Austin and Lubbock, hosts popular monthly
“sketchcrawls” in DFW.
“We welcome everyone, regardless of background, experience, or ability,” he said. “I often say, ‘Urban sketching isn’t necessarily about art, it’s more about authenticity
– being in the moment, and honestly recording what’s in
front of you in your own way.’”
RICHARDS PREFERS to draw in “places with lots of activity and a sense of authenticity.” Locally, that includes areas
such as downtown and the museums in Fort Worth, Bishop
Arts and Deep Ellum in Dallas, the UTA campus, and the
Center Street gateways he helped to create in Arlington. He
has also sketched around the U.S. and in at least 43 countries.
“Travel is, for me, my greatest single source of continuing education
and inspiration,” he said. ‘To keep productive creatively over the long
term, one has to ‘keep the well filled’ with new imagery and ideas. So
travel for the express purpose of learning is essential.
“I’m always looking for drawing time while traveling, and some
trips, like International Urban Sketching Symposiums or my upcom-
James Richards said on-location sketching requires concentration on your subject. “It forces you to deeply see and understand what you’re looking at,” he noted.
Richards drew this image at Fort Worth’s T&P Station. It is the afternoon train to Dallas, pulling away as he was finishing the sketch.
ing ‘Sketch Cuba’ trip, are centered on urban sketching. On any trip,
I try to find what’s new in terms of urban design, and take time to
explore those.”
His urban sketching informs Richards’ whole career. “On-location
sketching requires concentration on your subject … it forces you to
deeply see and understand what you’re looking at,” he said. “Deeply
seeing and drawing ‘what is,’ over time, becomes a creative springboard
to drawing ‘what might be.’ That’s one way ideas evolve for me.”
Ideas of “what might be” are the fuel for Townscape, which aims “to
provide towns, cities and regions with planning for smart growth that is
rooted in a design vision,” according to Richards.
THE FIRM TACKLES “plans and concept design for older downtown
revitalizations, new town centers, transit-oriented developments,
walkable streetscapes, greenways and other urban design challenges.”
Richards loves every part of the process, “from understanding a town’s
‘DNA,’ to seeking public input, exploring alternative futures, and using communication skills – speaking, writing, drawing – to help build
consensus for a vision.”
Naturally, Richards has more ideas for Arlington. “But ideas are
easy,” he said. “Holding a vision and implementing it are hard. So,
what’s really exciting is to see a critical mass of new projects coming
together for UTA and downtown Arlington that are the long-awaited
fruits of decades of vision and hard work on the part of many dedicated leaders and professionals. At this point, each new project builds
more momentum and synergy for the whole. The central city is experiencing a renaissance – there’s new life and energy – and it’s tremendously exciting to see.”
Richards’ many honors include a Professor of the Year award in
2013. Though he hadn’t planned on teaching as a full-time career, he
believes the career chose him. “It occurred to me that the first third of
my career had been about becoming a professional,” he said. “The second third was about finding my own creative voice. This ‘third third’
is about helping others find their creative voice, and UTA has afforded
me a platform and support for doing that.
“Most of my students are first-semester graduate students with no
background in design,” he said. “What excites me is the privilege of
opening a whole new world of thought and experience – design thinking – to their already rich backgrounds.”
To juggle his various endeavors, Richards often rises at 4:30 am to
write, then spends the day in meetings and preparing for classes before
teaching at night.
Besides writing articles, he is currently under contract for a new
book on creativity and design thinking, which will explore the personal creative processes of some of his “design heroes.”
ON WEEKENDS Richards often travels with his wife Patti to teach
workshops or speak at conferences. Patti, a recently retired electric and
gas utility engineer and executive, is “a Godsend,” he said. “I certainly
couldn’t manage it all without her talent for management and logistics
and her unflappable cheer.”
The couple has two daughters – Jessica is a teacher living in Minnesota with her husband, a resident at the Mayo Clinic, and two sons;
Cassie is a former dolphin trainer in Grand Cayman, now a cheetah
trainer and outreach specialist at the Dallas Zoo.
While his career encompasses many facets, Richards considers them
all part of the same creative endeavor. “At the end of the day,” he said,
“rather than trying to fit into arbitrary divisions between art, design
and professionalism, I claim them all as aspects of a full, creative life. I
encourage my students and others to do the same.”
Picture-perfect moments
Steve Wurm, Al Clark and Shalyn Clark visit during the BGCA holiday
party at the home of Dan and Kelly Mohorc.
U.S. Congressman Joe Barton signs an I beam during the Methodist
Mansfield Medical Center Tower Two Topping Out ceremony.
Suzanne McCabe and Cheryl Illingworth
Snapshots from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington’s
holiday party and the Methodist Mansfield Medical Center’s
Topping Out event.
Riley Mohorc, Kelly Mohorc and Dan Mohorc
Brad Rupay, Michelle Czerwinski, Mark Caffey and Police Chief Will
Johnson (Photos: Kenneth Perkins)
John Phillips, president of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, speaks
during the Topping Out ceremony. (Photos: Bruce Maxwell)
The Arts
Taking a
dramatic turn
How theater has managed to take center stage
in Arlington ... and at UTA ... and in Mansfield
• By Sue Stevens Durbec
o enter a theatre for a performance is to be inducted into a magical space, to be ushered into the sacred arena of the imagination.” – Simon Callow, “Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre
of the World”
Arlington Today readers are blessed with several such “magical
spaces” which have served to edify and entertain, and to make audiences throughout the region laugh and cry and think and applaud.
Theatre Arlington:
Setting the standard
The oldest and best-known local venue is Theatre Arlington, founded
in 1973. Beginning as a troupe of theatrical gypsies, performing anywhere it could find space, the theater moved into its first home in a
former church on Division Street in 1981 and a decade later moved
to its permanent home on Main Street in the heart of Downtown Arlington.
When the theater’s major benefactor, the late Arlington City Councilman Gene Patrick, purchased the old Chamber of Commerce building across the street from the theater, he provided space to expand
the theater’s youth education program and have rehearsal space and
offices. Theatre Arlington, which has a nine-show season, is now the
second largest and second oldest theater in Tarrant County.
Executive Director Norma Ussery said Theatre Arlington is the
fountainhead for renowned writers. The theater has recently produced works by a wide variety of influential voices, including
John Steinbeck, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Horton Foote and Tennessee Williams.
“Without Theatre Arlington, these voices would not be heard here,”
Ussery said. “And even more exciting, we have been chosen as one
January 2015
of seven theaters in the entire nation to showcase a winning script in
a playwriting competition sponsored by the American Association of
Community Theatres to bring new voices to the American theater. It
is slated for early 2016.”
Mainstage Classic Theatre:
The new kid on the block
The newest theater group on the scene is the all-volunteer Mainstage
Classic Theatre of Mansfield, formed in May 2009 by Marty Fredrick
and Scott Ferrell, drama and music directors at Mansfield United
Methodist Church. Fredrick, who has more than 40 years of theatrical experience, said they drew on years of experience and training
and decided the time was right to make their dream of a home town
theater a reality.
Most of their productions are staged in Mansfield church facilities,
but the musicals are performed in the nearby Kennedale Performing
Arts Center, which seats 900 and has a “fly tower,” enabling sets to be
raised and lowered.
“We provide a top quality theatrical experience for the entire family. From Broadway musicals to classic plays, theater-goers can expect
the finest costumes, sets, music and more,” said Fredrick. “And our
shows are all clean; there is no profanity.”
Maverick Theatre Company:
UTA’s acclaimed drama department
Drama aficianados who attend their first Maverick Theatre Company
show at the University of Texas at Arlington often are amazed by
the quality of the production. Theatre Arts Professor Andrew Gaupp
attributes most of that to the faculty.
He said they have all worked professionally in theater and are nationally recognized. They bring their “real world” experience into the
classroom and serve as mentors to the young actors and theatrical
designers. The students are also exceptional, Gaupp said. Admission
into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program is very selective.
“We hold auditions all over the country. Only the top ones are
granted admission,” said Gaupp who is directing this year’s musical,
Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.” Anne Healy, who worked for
many years as a professional actress and musical theater performer,
is the musical director.
Creative Arts Theatre and School (CATS):
Developing young talent right here at home
Creative Arts Theatre and School (CATS), founded in 1979, has been
in the news in the last few years because of its offstage drama. In
2012, the nonprofit was within days of closing a sale on its building,
an albatross that constantly drained scarce resources, when a three-
January 2015
Coming attractions ...
Theatre Arlington
Jan.16- Feb.1 (305 W. Main St.)
This 1960s farce features Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian,
German and American fiancées, each an airline stewardess with
frequent layovers. The fun begins when an unexpected schedule
changes bring all three to Bernard’s apartment at the same time. Buy
tickets at www.theatrearlington.org.
musical where fantasy worlds collide. The story follows a baker and
his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend
the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk.
When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child
because of a witch’s curse, they set off on a journey to break the
curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their
actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. Box office,
Creative Arts Theatre and School
Tomie dePaola’s “Strega Nona”
Feb. 20-March 1 (602 E. South St.)
“Be careful what you wish for,” is the lesson
in this entertaining musical adaptation of
Tomie dePaola’s picture book about StregaNona, or “Grandma Witch.” Buy tickets at
Maverick Theatre Company
Flight 12 Improv
Feb. 6-7 (Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building, UT Arlington)
Flight 12 has a style that’s always outrageous and never stale! Admission is free.
“Into the Woods”
Feb. 25-28, March 2 (Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building, UT Arlington)
Storybook characters are brought together in this award-winning
Mainstage Classical Theatre
“You Can’t Take It with You”
Feb. 27-28 (St. John Lutheran Church, 1218 Debbie Lane,
One of the most popular American comedies, set in New York City
in 1937, is currently on Broadway, starring James Earl Jones. Buy
tickets for the local play at www.mainstageclassictheatre.org.
alarm fire destroyed the building. The sale fell through, and insurance proceeds went to pay down debt, leaving no money to demolish
the useless building.
With help from the theater community and local donors, CATS
moved to 602 E. South St. and, like the little engine that could, kept
right on training young actors and presenting children’s plays in
rented spaces.
“It’s been a struggle,” said producing director Merri Brewer. “We
would so much rather spend our time educating students than dealing
with these issues. But now we see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Late last year, the remains of the building were demolished with
earnest money from a sale that should be completed by the time
this issue is in print. And one of the larger rooms in the South Street
building has been converted into a black box theater, so that the drama at CATS can, once again, be confined to the stage.
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rom time to time, those of us living in Texas get the opportunity to
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For many the exposure will be best determined by the camera, if you
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2015 – and far beyond!
Saving for the long haul has never mattered more • By Kenneth Perkins
“Vision without action is a daydream.
Action without vision is a nightmare.”
– Zachary Scott
Financial advisor
sually, they file into Zachary Scott’s office with troubled looks on their faces,
wondering if they have enough money
to live on for another 20 years, and they’re already hovering around age 65.
As Senior Vice President, Investments
Wealth Management Specialist for Raymond
James, Scott has seen this so many times he
could actually have a set script at the ready,
though he’d never do that.
In just under 30 years of doing this type of
work, Scott has lessons learned popping out
of his ears (he has the quick-wit credos to go
with them), and one thing he’s learned is that
everyone gets to point C from points A and B.
The kicker is that points A and B are always
different for everyone. Still, one thing Scott
has seen in the last few years that he expects
to become even more urgent is the pro and
con of us being products of medical miracles.
“Twenty years ago the average life in this
country was about 71 years old. Now we
have more people turning 82,” said Scott.
“That’s the largest growing segment of the
population. People are worried about outliving their money or wondering what they are
going to do if they have poor health.”
IT WAS A QUESTION few Baby Boomers
took time to ask as they started families, built
careers and businesses, and tried to figure out
how to keep pace with the runaway costs of
college tuition. Now the numbers need to be
right when they hit 80 years of age – or 80
won’t be a whole lot of fun. Trends in personal finance have changed over the past decade.
What hasn’t changed is Scott’s credo when
it comes to plotting a viable future: “Vision
without action is a daydream,” said Scott.
“Action without vision is a nightmare.”
THAT ACTION these days, judging by the
clients who plop down in Scott’s office, is
planning for the long haul. Part of the reason
is that many Baby Boomers are now taking
care of parents and are well aware of how expensive it can be, whether it’s assisted living,
a nursing home or even home-based care.
Some people are opting now for insurance
policies while others are sacking away cash
awaiting the inevitable.
“The thing is, even if we are sick, we live
longer because of medical breakthroughs,”
said Scott. “So the question now is how do
we make the money last longer?”
From Baby Boomers awaiting the inevitable to the Millennial Generation just getting
their financial feet wet, Scott preaches the
basic tenets of All Things Financial this way:
save, save and save. Right now, it’s the Millennials (the demographic cohort following
Gen X born from 1980s to 2000s) who are in
line to take charge, for better or worse. Then
there’s the group after them.
“The biggest problem with kids is we have
done them a disservice in teaching them how
to save, take care of themselves, and how to
plan,” said Scott. “They don’t know how to
balance a checkbook or how to make a car
payment or house payment. They need to be
taught that when you pay all your bills, you
pay them on time, and you pay yourself first.”
THAT’S SAVING. “Start saving any amount
you can,” he said. “The power of compounding is so strong. And make it a habit.”
Another good habit: research. Scott said
finding a financial advisor is key, and while
many of them are talented, it won’t work unless there’s chemistry.
“Do you have a doctor with a good or bad
bed side manner?” Scott asked. “It’s the same
type thing. They could be the smartest guy in
the room, but is he or she a good fit for you?”
Scott said research is vital since the industry has become more of what he calls “commoditized.”
“The industry has created many package
type solutions – kind of one-stop shops,”
Scott said. “There’s this one-size-fits-all approach to financing, but I don’t necessarily
see that as the best thing, because one size
does not fit all.”
SCOTT SAID there’s risk to everything. “You
brush your teeth in the morning, there’s risk
in that,” he said. “But you manage that risk
by keeping your toothbrush clean and using
toothpaste and rinsing off your toothbrush. If
someone is at a cocktail party and they say
they made X amount of money doing whatever, you can’t just say, ‘I want to do that,’
because it may not be right for you. Whenever you start going for the hottest investment
idea, it’s generally a bad idea.”
Money management is in Scott’s blood,
and he’s good at it. Which means he’s constantly being hit up for advice for this or that,
even when he’s off the clock.
Still, Scott has a ready answer. “I tell them,
here’s my number,” he said. “Call me on Monday, and we’ll sit down and talk about it.”
For the record, that number is (817) 6984908. And Scott’s on the clock five days a week
during normal business hours.
So, what will 2015 look like?
Consumer confidence could drive many markets, but the home arena remains solid
f there’s an economic wild card as we
make the turn from 2014 to 2015, it’s consumer confidence, said Mary P. Dietz,
senior loan officer and branch manager at
SWBC Mortgage.
“Depending on which consumer surveys
you believe, the implications can be very different,” Dietz said. “My instinct is that due
to falling energy prices consumers across the
country should have a higher disposable income in 2015, and that should positively impact consumer confidence and spending.”
Additionally, she said, consistently low
home mortgage interest rates and new initiatives by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to help
first-time homebuyers should translate into
higher auto, home and retail sales in 2015.
Dietz said Texas is in good shape relative to
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done a good job creating a pro-business environment and should continue to outperform
the national economy,” she said. “If energy
prices stabilize at or near current levels, 2015
should be better than 2014 both nationally and
locally. On the other hand, if energy prices continue to fall, there may come a point at which
it adversely affects portions of Texas that are
more heavily dependent upon that sector.”
Regardless of speculation, now is an excellent time to purchase a home. “And,” Dietz added, “that’s whether you are a firsttime home buyer or currently own your
home. Arlington and the surrounding real
estate markets are strong, evidenced by increased sales over the past year. Coupled
with the strong real estate market, Texas’
strong economy, and historically low home
mortgage interest rates, this an excellent
time to buy.”
Dietz said people dealing with any
home-buying decision should seek expert
advice. “Make sure you are working with
a knowledgeable real estate agent who can
help you navigate through the contract negotiation processes,” she recommended. “The
value of a skilled real estate agent should
never be underestimated.”
This area is especially fruitful for those in the
home market, due to its many amenities (think
Six Flags Over Texas, Global Life Park, AT&T
Stadium, the University of Texas Arlington
and a plethora of restaurant and shopping
options). “In addition,” Dietz said, “Arlington
homes are still affordable, and buyers in the
Arlington and surrounding local markets can
typically buy more home for their dollar.”
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he Miracle League was founded in Georgia in 1998 on the simplest – and purist – of premises: Every child deserves a chance to
play baseball. Now, thanks to one man’s vision and thousands of
people’s collective efforts to see that vision realized, every child, young
adult and adult with a special need can play baseball in North Texas.
The Miracle League of DFW was started in 2004 after the late Doug
Inman, a successful business entrepreneur in the medical instrument
field, was inspired by a report about the organization that he saw on
a national news program. The piece highlighted the players, all disadvantaged physically or mentally, and all getting to do what baseball
players do – only with a few caveats:
Every player gets to bat once each inning. Every player has a “Buddy” who is there to assist him or her and to cheer him or her on. Every
player is safe on bases. Every player rounds the bases and gets to score
a run each inning. The last player in the line-up gets a home run.
Then Inman stepped up to the plate and hit a home run of his own.
He began a fundraising process that netted $400,000 to build a special
field at Randol Mill Park on land donated by the city of Arlington. He
enlisted the help of friends, who enlisted the help of their friends, until
the collective lot of friends got the league started.
Just over a decade later, the miracle continues. Local participants
now play on a new type of field that features a cushioned, rubberized
surface to help prevent injuries and to facilitate the use of wheelchairs
and walkers. Oh, and fun, too. There’s lots of facilitating of fun.
Briana Sundberg Rishel, daughter of former Texas Rangers catcher
Jim Sundberg, is executive director of the local league. It has a roster
of about 400 players in spring and 350 in fall, sponsors that include the
City of Arlington, the Texas Rangers Foundation and nearly 100 businesses and individuals, and some 200 volunteers.
“The Miracle League is more than just baseball,” Rishel said. “It’s
fufilling a dream. The field is filled with kids playing baseball with
their friends and their favorite coach or ‘Buddy.’ No one is focused on
their differences. They’re just kids doing what they love and playing
Rishel said the “Buddies” – the volunteers who help make each play
and game special – are a key to the league’s success. They are trained
on how to play alongside the game’s particpants, how to help them bat
and run the bases, and how to assist when help is needed in the field.
To find out how to be a “Buddy” or to volunteer to be a part of the
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the league office at (972) 514-9985.
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Mansfield Cares
How the city’s charitable organization has grown
over the years to help thousands in need
he Mansfield Cares Annual Charity Ball will take place from
7 p.m.-midnight on Feb. 28 at Walnut Creek Country Club. In
addition to offering some superb opportunities to visit with
friends old and new – and some perhaps-not-so-superb dancing –the
event is the primary fundraiser for Mansfield Cares. The non-profit organization’s stated goal is to provide assistance for the economically
challenged families of the Mansfield Independent School District area.
Cindi Walker, this year’s co-chair of the event and a co-founding
member of the organization, explained during a recent interview
what Mansfield Cares is all about.
Q: First, how did you get involved with Mansfield Cares?
A: I am one of the founding members of Mansfield Cares and co-chair
of this year’s event. My co-chair, Karen Tecklenburg, is a board member and has been with Mansfield Cares since 2011. We joined forces in
June to begin planning our 2015 charity event - CLUB MC XVI - VIP
Grand Opening Night.
Q: Mansfield Cares seems to be a great idea that just keeps getting
greater. Can you share a little history from your perspective about the
program and how it has evolved/grown since its inception in 1999?
A: Individuals that were very active in the community were asked to
come together with a common goal of raising money to help the financially challenged in Mansfield. We began meeting in 1998, and decided
a formal event with dinner, dancing and auction items would be the
way to go. We hoped to raise $3,000 so that we could provide food
vouchers to those families whose children qualified them to be recipients for the “Angel Tree” program. Unbelievably, our first event raised
over $7,000. From there, we continued to grow – from the monies being
raised to the different ways we gave money to help those in need.
Eventually, a questionnaire was sent out to the community, and it
was determined that a medical clinic for the disadvantaged was a
Circle the calendar: The Mansfield Cares Annual Charity Ball is Feb. 28 at
Walnut Creek Country Club.
primary need. Because our community is filled with benevolent individuals, we received direct monetary donations, and along with
money raised by our charity events and with the help of an amazing
general contractor, we built a medical/dental/optical clinic that provides care six days a week free of charge.
When our community was in jeopardy of losing Mansfield’s food
bank due to a lack of facility, generous individuals’ donations, profits from our charity events and our general contractor allowed for a
beautiful 15,000-square-foot facility with office space, that was open
for business in 2013.
These are the big ticket items that have helped the community, but
there are so many other “gifts” that Mansfield Cares has been a part
of. We continue today providing food vouchers at Christmastime,
money for “Feed the Kids” during the summertime, college scholarships, supplies and shoes for the Back to School Program, donations
to the PTA Clothes Closet, financial assistance to food pantries and
banks, gifts for the Angel Tree program, provide emergency assistance for individuals or families for help with rent/utilities, family
crisis, home repairs, and prescription drugs. We are the safety net for
the community.
Q: How does Mansfield Cares enlist the help of so many volunteers?
Q: What role do corporate and individual sponsors play in the process?
A: Our board meets to determine which programs we want to continue assisting and what new opportunities there are to assist those
going through a hard time. We also have Ambassadors who assist
with our ball. Many times when we are out in the community representing MC or during the Charity Ball, individuals comment that
they would like to work for Mansfield Cares. Also, we recruit friends
and family to help.
A: Corporate and individual sponsors play a very important part in
the success of our events. They make a significant impact on money
raised to help our community. Because every dollar raised goes to our
community, with the exception of party expenses, party goers can feel
great while having a great time.
Q: How has the ball grown or changed over the years, and how much
money do you hope to raise this year for Mansfield Cares?
A: It is ever-changing. In the beginning, it was formal – “black tie optional.” Last year the attire was “funky formal,” and this year it’s “club chic.”
The theme changes so that our event is fresh and exciting. This year we
hope to raise $150,000 to be able to fulfill all the qualified requests we
receive, and we need the help of philanthropic people to attain our goal.
Q: If someone is interested in becoming part of the Mansfield Cares
project, what should he/she do?
A: Contact Karen Tecklenburg or myself by calling (817) 269-1915. We
love new volunteers.
Q: What’s your favorite memory from your association with Mansfield
A: There are so many rewarding memories. Every year once scholarships are awarded, it brings tears to my eyes reading the thank you
notes. Not only are these children from economically challenged households, but some have had very difficult obstacles to overcome. There
have also been situations where we’ve been able to help hard-working
people that are just getting by financially and are suddenly stricken
with health issues, experience a traumatic accident, or their spouse
leaves them and their children in the middle of the night after emptying their bank accounts.
Q: One last question … What kind of dancer is Mayor David Cook?
A: Think John Travolta!
The annual Charity Ball changes from year to year. Last year, “funky formal” was the theme
as attendees such as Mony Slawson, Kaylee Slawson and Kim Slawson donned their disco
duds to celebrate the evening. This year’s theme will be “club chic.” Photo: Arlington Today
Mansfield Cares Board of Directors and Ambassadors: (Back row) Melina Morrison, Larry Ciarkowski, Melinda Ferrar, Byron Schmidt, Cindy Schmidt, Cindi Walker,
Lance Walker, Karen Freeman, Karen Tecklenburg, Chuck Wilson, Christy Silvas and John Pressley. (Front row) Suzy Herrmann, Cindy Pressley, Lisa Stewart,
Debbie Koennecke, Marnee Camp, Marty Frederick and Dee Lemser Photo: mansfieldcares.org
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WHEN BRUCE MOORE left a job at Sears
25 years ago, he had $65 in his pocket and a
rather earnest desire not to let unemployed
and broke be the terms that defined him. So ...
He ventured to Bizmart (that era’s Office
Depot or Office Max), invested almost $10 in
1,000 business cards and another 1,000 flyers,
and promptly began distributing both.
His message to prospective customers: He
not only could fix their cars; he would come
to to their homes to do it. And a new career
was born.
Moore’s car fixing eventually evolved from
mobile- to location-based. In 1994, he opened
B&M Auto Specialists in Haltom City, which
spawned a second location, the nearly twiceas-large B&M Auto Specialists in North Richland Hills. That begat another B&M shop in
Mansfield in 2007. And that shop produced a
significant sum in annual sales.
Fast forward to Dec. 4, 2014, when Moore,
with considerably more than $65 in his pocket, broke ground on his newest shop at 5611
S. Cooper St. (one mile south of I-20). Service Pros will open in May or June, and the
new facility will feature 7,000 square-feet of
service area in 12 bays and will give jobs to
more than a dozen employees who will share
Moore’s zeal for quality work and unparalleled customer service.
In fact, he said, those two qualities have
been the key since the day he walked out of
Sears. “Customer satisfaction is a guarantee,”
he said. “You shake my hand. I shake yours,
and I guarantee you I’ll do a good job. That’s
the way I’ve always done business, and that’s
the way it will be done at Service Pros.”
Moore’s track record suggests he’s a man
of his word. It also underscores the notion
that a good idea promoted well can go a long
way. He has been pitching to both potential
customers and investors since 1989 and has
realized a business growth curve that would
make any financial advisor proud.
Now that curve leads to Arlington. “Cooper
Street is one of the busiest streets in all of the
Metroplex,” he said. “I’m really excited about
opening a business there – and about being a
part of the Arlington business landscape.”
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Resolve to play more tennis this year • By Ernie Abraham
t’s hard to believe we are already at the start of a new year – it
seems like each year gains more speed. And of course, what comes
along with the new year? Resolutions! Let’s have some fun with
this, shall we?
You’ve heard the resolution goals – I‘m going to lose weight, exercise
more, eat healthy, spend more time with the family, or quit (fill in the
blank). They all sound great, but don’t have much shelf life to them –
they’re just easy to say on New Year’s Day. How about adding tennis
to the mix to help these goals come to life?
1. Lose weight and exercise more – Tennis is a very easy way to
reach this goal. Who wants to rely on just willpower (boring and
tough)? The big thing now is how many of us count our steps. I have
seen players in a typical drill or match accomplish up to 8,000 steps
in an hour, maybe more. If you thought about running four miles you
would go, “Ughh.” Do it this way, and don’t even think about how
much you have just ran.
2. Eat healthy – It seems that many tennis players are aware of their
nutritional standards for the most part, eating the right types of foods to
make them feel healthier. This gives you more energy on the court, or
anything else you may do … and working it off becomes easier.
3. Spend more time with family – Do you know how many programs are offered for every level, age and gender? Senior levels, mixed
doubles for husband and wives, parent-child events, beginners ... you
name it. I know some of my best memories have been either traveling
with my daughter when she played tournaments or going with my
wife to a fun tournament with friends. Just getting involved at a local
facility with your wife, kids or grandkids will be quite an experience.
Check out usta.com, a great source for programs in the area.
4. Quit (you fill in the blank) – Tennis creates a great environment in
several areas, such as making more friends, enjoying fun events or taking your mind off that routine or habit you have been trying to get rid of.
Putting time and energy in something active can help that much more.
I know resolutions are a New Year’s tradition, but this year make
them attainable with a tennis twist. See you on the court.
Ernie Abraham is tennis director at Walnut Creek Country Club.
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Thursday, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Friday, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday
and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.
MUSIC: Elvis Birthday Celebration with David Allen &
The Fever Band
When: Jan. 3
Where: Farr Best Theater (109 N. Main St., Mansfield)
Show time: 8 p.m.
Notes: David Allen, the award-winning Elvis tribute artist,
brings the King back to Farr Theater for a celebration of
Elvis Presley’s birthday. David will be playing with The
Fever Band, and they will deliver the full range of the
Elvis music experience.
For more: farrbest.com
MULTI-MEDIA: Holiday Music Magic
When: Jan. 4
Where: The Planetarium at the University of Texas
Arlington (700 Planetarium Place)
Show time: 1:30 p.m.
Notes: This music entertainment show features a variety
of holiday songs from Mannheim Steamroller and Burl
Ives to Brenda Lee and Kurt Bestor – all in the comfy
and exhilarating confines of one of the state’s premier
For more: uta.edu/planetarium
MULTI-MEDIA: Pink Floyd Music
When: Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31
Where: The Planetarium at the University of Texas
Arlington (700 Planetarium Place)
Show time: 7 p.m.
Notes: Show goers will experience the music of the
legendary rock band Pink Floyd like never before “under
the stars” at the planetarium. The album “The Wall” will
be presented on Jan. 10 and Jan. 31, “Dark Side of the
Moon” will be the fare on Jan. 17 and “Wish You Were
Here” will be the featured concert on Jan. 24.
For more: uta.edu/planetarium
MUSIC: Symphony Arlington presents
Antonio di Cristofano
When: Jan. 15
Wayans started doing stand-up comedy in 1982. His earliest film appearance
was a brief cameo in the 1984 Eddie Murphy film “Beverly Hills Cop,” and he was
briefly on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” as
a featured performer.
Where: Arlington Music Hall (224 N. Center St.)
Show time: 7:30 p.m.
Notes: This performance by the accliamed pianist
Antonio di Cristofano will feature Donizetti’s “Overture
to Don Pasquale,” Schumann’s “Piano Concerto in A
Minor,” Britten’s “Soirées Musicales” and Tchaikovsky’s
“Capriccio Italien.” José Ferreira Lobo will be the guest
For more: symphonyarlington.org
MUSIC: The Bellamy Brothers
When: Jan. 16
Where: Arlington Music Hall (224 N. Center St.)
Show time: 7:30 p.m.
Notes: For more than 30 years, the Bellamy Brothers
have been an unassuming picture of consistency in country music, crafting honest, heartfelt songs that connect
with millions of listeners around the world – as well as
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THEATER: “Boeing-Boeing”
When: Jan. 16-Feb. 1
Where: Theatre Arlington (305 W. Main St.)
Show times: 7:30 p.m. on Thursday; 8 p.m. on Friday
and Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sunday
Notes: This popular 1960s farce features self-styled
Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German,
and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline flight
attendant with frequent “layovers.” He keeps “one up,
one down and one pending” until unexpected schedule
changes bring all three to Bernard’s apartment at the
same time.
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MUSIC: Paul Demer
When: Jan. 17, 23
Where: Piranha Killer Sushi (859 N.E. Green Oaks Blvd.)
Show time: 6 p.m.
Notes: Demer blends melodic indie rock with the
He is best-known for his work in the
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sensitive songwriting of the late ‘60s and ‘70s to craft a
thoughtful collection of songs, reminding listeners of both
Death Cab For Cutie and James Taylor. Since releasing
his debut EP, “Barks of Yore,” in late 2011, Demer has
played more than 200 concerts, and his new concept
album, “Canvas of Sky,” has become a hit with both fans
and critics.
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COMEDY: Russell Peters’ Almost Famous Tour
When: Jan. 24
Where: Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie (101 Performance Place, Grand Prairie)
Show time: 8 p.m.
Notes: Peters has appeared on NBC’s hit show “Last
Comic Standing” and in the critically acclaimed movie
“Chef,” as well as in concerts on Netflix. The Canadian
comic’s tour features all-new material featuring Peters’
latest takes on some of his favorite communities, jobs he
can understand, cell phones, dating and his uncle who’s
never been punched in the mouth. Plus show goers will
get to experience his signature lightening-fast improv with
the audience.
For more: verizontheatre.com
MUSIC: Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch
When: Jan. 24
Where: Farr Best Theater (109 N. Main St., Mansfield)
Show time: 8 p.m.
Notes: Returning to the Farr Theater by popular demand,
Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch bring back their trademark
sound and energy to heat up your cold January weekend.
Voted “Best Blues” by the 2012 Dallas Music Awards,
Elmore is a Dallas-based guitarist/singer/songwriter who
has taken the music scene by storm in just a short period
of time.
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January is the ideal month to consider this important topic • By Dr. Sheri Puffer
One of the most
important exams a
woman can have is her
yearly OBGYN exam. At
this visit, a clinical breast
exam, pelvic exam and
Pap smear (if indicated)
are performed.
appy New Year! We are starting the
year off right with January designated
as Cervical Health Awareness Month.
It is a perfect time to discuss issues related
to the cervix.
As an OBGYN, talking to women about
their cervical health is one of my most
important jobs. There are cervical health
considerations among all age groups.
According to the Centers for Disease
Control (CDC), there are approximately 79
million Americans infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV) and 14 million
new infections each year. HPV can cause
cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers in
women. It can also cause penile cancer in
men and anal and oropharyngeal cancers
in both sexes.
There is currently no screening test for
men. It is important to note that although
most infections do not result in cancer,
there is an association with smoking and
progression to cancer if infected with high
risk strains of HPV.
MY PATIENTS who are in their teens or
early 20s are perfect candidates for a discussion about cervical cancer prevention.
As with any visit, safe sexual practice is discussed and disease transmission explained.
Smoking cessation is an important
health topic. HPV is easily spread by sexual
contact, and most women can expect to be
exposed at some point in their lives.
I discuss with them the importance of
the Gardasil vaccine in preventing cervical
cancer and genital warts. The vaccine is
given to girls and boys ages 9-26 and currently protects against the four main strains
(6,11,16,18) that cause cervical cancer and
genital warts.
Even if my patient has a history of HPV
exposure, she is still a candidate for the
vaccine. Vaccinating against HPV is an important step in protecting yourself or your
child from the possibility of cervical cancer
in the future.
One of the most important exams a
woman can have is her yearly OBGYN
exam. At this visit, a clinical breast exam,
pelvic exam and Pap smear (if indicated) are
The Pap smear is a screening test to look
for changes in the cells of the cervix that
could indicate HPV infection or cervical
cancer. Pap smears start at age 21 and end
at age 65. After age 30, the Pap smear is also
done with an HPV DNA or RNA test.
THE SCREENING INTERVALS for a normal result range from 3-5 years, depending
on your age. If you have had a hysterectomy
with removal of your cervix, typically you
do not need a Pap smear. It is essential to
visit your OBGYN yearly to ensure you are
receiving the appropriate screening exams.
It is important to note that an abnormal
Pap smear result does not mean you have
cancer. Most women who have an abnormal
result will clear the virus on their own. Your OBGYN might retest your Pap
smear in a shorter interval or inspect and
possibly biopsy the cervix by doing a colposcopy.
Another point to remember is that
cervical cancer is usually silent. Advanced
cervical cancer can cause pelvic pain and
bleeding but it takes years for abnormal
cells to progress to cervical cancer. Your
best prevention strategy is visiting your
OBGYN yearly and having your screening
Pap smears.
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The eyes of the world will be upon us
The first Championship Football Playoff title game – and much more – are on tap this month • By John Rhadigan
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Arlington’s AT&T
Stadium will be the
site of the first College
Football Championship
title game. Though area
teams TCU and Baylor
just missed out making
the field, there will be
plenty of activities for
the local fans during the
week of the “Big Game.”
he decision to omit TCU and Baylor from
the College Football Playoff has been
aptly described by one word: politics.
Webster defines politics as: “the art or science
of government.” The truth is there was no government, no art and very little science in this
decision. This was just politics. Any time people get involved in decision making, politics is
possible. Nearly a month after the shock of the
decision most have forgiven the process.
Still, as Arlington prepares for its next big
event, so many of us think of what might
have been. TCU and Baylor are two teams
that stood a good shot at winning a national
championship at AT&T Stadium.
The process of selecting the final four might
be flawed or incomplete, but don’t let that
taint your enjoyment of what is about to happen in Arlington. This is going to be another
great showcase of our city.
Ironically, the week of activities will more
closely represent the definition of politics
than the selection process did. There will be
art, science and government officials all over
the city the second week in January.
More importantly there will be fun. The
events of the week will remind you of the
ones that lead up to the Super Bowl (minus
the weather, we hope). The same company
that staged Super Bowl week has been hired
by the Cotton Bowl to help build the excitement of this huge event.
Most of the extra events are designed to
offer people the opportunity to be involved in
the first ever College Football Playoff even if
they don’t have tickets to the game. As such,
the events will be all over the Metroplex.
Playoff Fan Central will allow you and your
kids to experience all things football. There
are lots of interactive games, and it is worth
the trip to the Dallas Convention Center just
to be a part of the event.
It will run from Jan. 9-11 and will include
lots of celebrity appearances. The cost is $17
for adults and $12 for kids, but it is well worth
it because you can spend a whole day there.
One of the great charity events of the Super
Bowl every year is the Taste of the NFL. There
is an equivalent event for the College Football Playoff. Celebrity chefs from all over the
country team up with current or former NFL
players to make this a tasty treat that is big
on star power. This event will be at the Irving
Convention Center on the night before the
championship game. Tickets are pricy, $300,
but the food is exquisite, and the proceeds go
to charity. The beneficiaries are the College
Football Playoff Foundation, Extra Yard for
Teachers and North Texas Food Banks.
There is a 5k road race in Fair Park as football tradition makes an appearance. The race
will be staged at the Cotton Bowl Stadium
and will be a USATF-certified course. It is
called the Extra Yard 5k and there are other
football tie-ins: a 40-yard dash competition
and a kids 100-yard dash fun run, and all contestants get Extra Yard eye black. One lucky
entrant will win two tickets to the championship game. It all takes place on Saturday
morning, Jan. 10.
Finally, there will be music. Two of the
biggest names in entertainment will spend
part of their weekend here. Lenny Kravitz
will play a concert at the American Airlines
Center on Saturday night, Jan. 10. Then on
Sunday, multi-platinum recording artist Sting
takes the AAC stage. Tickets are cheap. You
can go to both shows for as little as $46 for
upper level or $60 in the lower bowl.
So North Texas will be shining brightly in
early 2015, and on Jan. 12 the eyes of the football world will be focused on Arlington for
another worldwide event in our hometown.
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THE 2015 JIGGLE BUTT RUN will be held at 9 a.m. Jan. 10 at the
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This race for women only will cover a 5-kilometer course.
Proceeds from the event will go to SafeHaven, a Tarrant County non-profit organization that provides shelter and education to
Jan. 1
What: Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
Where: AT&T Stadium
When: 11:30 a.m.
In a nutshell: One team that was on the cusp of making
the first national championship playoff, Baylor, and one
team with a rich football history, Michigan State, will
play in what looks to be one of the college football bowl
season’s best matchups.
For more: goodyearcottonbowl.com
Jan. 2, 3, 6
What: Doug Walton Workshop
Where: The Upstairs Gallery (1038 W. Abram St.)
When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
In a nutshell: The Upstairs Gallery is celebrating Walton’s
38th year of bringing his popular workshops to Arlington.
The classes will engage your imagination and fearlessness
to create exciting and expressive work. Bring your acrylics,
brushes, and hot-press watercolor paper. Index paper is for
sale at the Gallery. Beginners are welcome.
For more: upstairsartgallery.com
Jan. 7
What: Historic Mansfield Business Association monthly
Where: Mansfield Chamber of Commerce (114 N. Main
St., Mansfield)
When: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
In a nutshell: The association meets each month to
discuss ways it can encourage, foster and strengthen the
community by promoting a beneficial business climate
and quality of life.
For more: (817) 453-3009
Jan. 3, 8, 10, 19, 29, 31
What: University of Texas Arlington Basketball
Where: College Park Center (600 S. Center St.)
When: Women’s games start at 5 p.m.; men’s games
start at 7:15 p.m.
women who have been victims of domestic violence. SafeHaven
representatives will be at the race to collect donated items runners
and spectators might want to contribute.
Individuals or teams may participate in the run. Awards will be
given to the fastest, most-spirited, best dressed and largest teams.
For more: jigglebuttrun.com.
In a nutshell: The Mavericks play host to six opponents
this month, as the 2014-2015 season heats up: South
Alabama (Jan. 3), Louisiana Monroe (Jan. 8), Arkansas
State (Jan. 10), Texas State (Jan. 19), Georgia State (Jan.
29) and Troy (Jan. 31).
For more: utamavs.com
Jan. 9, 16, 23
What: Mansfield Connects
Where: The event rotates among local restaurants
When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
In a nutshell: This new program from the Mansfield
Chamber of Commerce combines fast-paced networking
opportunities and business-focused education. Attendees
will walk away with new connections and some powerful
take-aways that can be implemented in their respective
For more: mansfieldchamber.org
Jan. 10
What: College Gridiron Showcase
Where: University of Texas Arlington’s Maverick Stadium
When: 11 a.m.
In a nutshell: This all-star football game for all college
football divisions will showcase top college senior
players from around the country who will be selected by
a panel of football experts.
For more: collegegridironshowcase.com
Jan. 10
What: Second Saturday Stitchers
Where: Warmack Branch Library (760 Bardin Road,
Grand Prairie)
When: 9 a.m.-noon
In a nutshell: This event is open to quilters, sewists,
knitters, crocheters, cross-stitchers and other needleworkers. A trained sewing instructor will be present to help
problem-solve. Tables are available for sewing machines
or quilt basting, as space allows.
For more: gptx.org (click on the calendar of events)
Jan. 10-Feb. 15
What: Bruce Wood: A Retrospective
Where: Arlington Museum of Art (201 W. Main St.)
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m.
on Sunday.
In a nutshell: Fort Worth’s Bruce Wood has been a
driving force in the North Texas cultural community for
decades. His latest venture, Bruce Wood Dance Project,
sought to bring innovative, unconventional productions to
North Texas audiences. This exhibit will explore Wood’s
contributions to the world of dance, the cultural arts and
the communities he grew up in.
For more: arlingtonmuseum.org
Jan. 12
What: Experimental Workshop: Drip Painting
Where: The Upstairs Gallery (1038 W. Abram St.)
When: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
In a nutshell: Artist Karen Foster will show you how to use
a vertical surface to encourage dripped paint to make its
way to the bottom and then how to finish your painting with
negative painting.
For more: upstairsartgallery.com
Jan 15
What: Chisholm Trail Jeep Club Meet Up
Where: Fat Daddy’s Sports & Spirits Cafe (781 W.
Debbie Lane, Mansfield)
When: 7 p.m.
In a nutshell: The Chisholm Trail Jeep Club meets the
third Thursday of every month to get to know prospective
members, answer any questions about the club, and
have a little fun. It’s open to the public, so if you love
Jeeps you are invited to be part of the meeting on Fat
Daddy’s patio.
For more: fatdaddyslive.com
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2014 in review
Our community just had quite a year – and even better times are ahead • By Richard Greene
ne of the things I often remarked about during my mayoral service was how many times every year we got to
celebrate life in our great community.
Frequent groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings for new
improvements in the city are part of the legacy of our town,
and they have traditionally occurred far beyond what others
around the country ever get to experience.
Looking back at 2014 confirms that the trend continues and
shows no signs of things slowing down. I’ve assembled the
following list and am sure much is missing. You may have your
own favorite recollections, so forgive me if I’ve not included
them here.
THESE ARE in no particular order, but we have to begin with
the overwhelming approval of record capital improvement
programs sponsored by both the school district and the city.
The school board put before voters a $663 million bond
proposal, and a few months later the city followed with a $236
million package of its own. By margins approaching and exceeding 3:1, Arlington voters said, “yes” to both.
You have to conclude the quintessential “can do” spirit of
our community is alive and thriving. It all seems to confirm the
decision of city leaders to conclude the months-long branding program that now identifies Arlington as “The American
Dream City.”
Over at the University of Texas at Arlington – the city’s largest economic engine – President Vistasp Karbhari rolled out the
school’s new comprehensive development plan that is inspired
by the continued growth of the institution now home to well
over 35,000 students.
Our General Motors plant celebrated its 60th anniversary
of building the world’s finest vehicles and doing so literally
around the clock with three shifts employing somewhere in the
range of 4,500 auto workers.
ARLINGTON VOTERS, again by a huge majority, renewed
the quarter-cent sales tax for the third time in 15 years to
ensure continued funding for street repairs and replacement
projects to keep motorists rolling.
On another transportation stage, Arlington took a seat in the
middle of the region’s efforts to see the development of highspeed rail service that would link Houston to Dallas and then
Dallas to Fort Worth, with an Arlington connection to it all.
The Texas Rangers Baseball Club expanded its land holdings
around The Ballpark, inked a 10-year deal that renamed the
team’s home Globe Life Park in Arlington, brought in Jeff Ban-
ister as the team’s new manager, and set the stage as a contender in the upcoming season.
Former Rangers’ President Tom Schieffer, who represented
the team in the city’s partnership to build The Ballpark that
opened 20 years ago, was inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame.
NEW ATTENDANCE RECORDS were set over at AT&T Stadium as Jerry Jones’ wonderland opened its gates to an ever-increasing number of sporting events and concerts, and ushered
in a winning season for the Cowboys – something that hadn’t
happened in three previous years.
Between the two facilities, Arlington’s direct tax revenues
and overall economic benefits set new records for the year –
which are certain to be eclipsed in the one just ahead.
Six Flags Over Texas introduced us to the new adventure of
the Justice League: Battle for Metropolis, as fans poured in for
the park’s 53rd season.
The city’s ambitious plans for a new central library, a $43
million mixed-use development on its current site, and launch
of the Abram Street Project portend the biggest-ever boost to
downtown revitalization.
BOTH OF THE CITY’S largest hotels – the Sheraton and the
Hilton – announced major upgrades to their properties, bringing them in line with the best accommodations in the area.
The historic, 1950s-era Candlelite Inn reopened after a $1.5
million renovation that restored the popular Mexican restaurant to its former glory.
Under the leadership of the Arlington Historical Society, we
celebrated the 100th anniversary of James and Mattie Fielder’s
Home, and Arlington’s “Leading Lady” Miss Persis marked the
60th year of her dance studio.
Like I said at the beginning, there’s much more we could
include, but now it’s time to anticipate what lies before us as a
new year gets underway – in the Arlington tradition of knowing the best is yet to come!
Richard Greene served as Arlington’s mayor from
1987-1997 and currently teaches in the University
of Texas Arlington’s graduate School of Urban and
Public Affairs.
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