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Contents
January 2016 • Volume 3, Issue 1
Highlights
24 Conversation
Arlington Fire Chief Don Crowson talks about
how his department serves the city.
26 Swingin’ beyond the fences
The Texas Rangers are teaming with Cordish
Companies on the Texas Live! project that will
transform Arlington’s Entertainment District.
32 A fun run – and then some
Jiggle Butt Run celebrates 10 years of helping
our neighbors find a better life.
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34 This car matters
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On the Cover
This month’s featured classic was once owned
by noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
38 Bridge, anyone?
A former Mansfield teacher turns her love of the
card game into a club for fellow enthusiasts.
For many in the area, Colorado is a prime winter destination. In our story on page 28, we look at five “hot”
cold spots that you might want to put on your vacation
planner this year or next.
40 Home Sweet! Home
This month, we tour Britt and Janet Phillips’
exquisite house – that he built for the family.
45 Real estate & financial pros
Meet some of the local people who help you
find homes and take care of your money.
Departments
Starting Line ... 10
This ‘n Data ... 12
Around Town ... 22
Scene ... 21, 57, 67, 71
Style ... 30
Good Eats ... 70
Golf Tip ... 72
Community Notebook ... 72
Health & Fitness ... 74
Sights/Sounds ... 76
Speaking of Sports ... 78
Itinerary ... 80
Finish Line ... 82
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The International Bowl Series will feature
outstanding players from the U.S. and Canada.
62 The UTA art scene
Upgraded facilities and a bigger faculty
translate into the school finding a spot among
the nation’s elite art programs.
66 Karaoke connection
The Music Lovers group brings local people
and songs together on a regular basis.
68 Meet the map family
Dianne Powell has carried on a tradition
started by her parents of preserving historical
cartography.
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58 Are you ready for some football?
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EXECUTIVE BOARD
History in the making?
Artifacts or artifiction? That is the question we ponder this month
D
uring a recent Sunday lunch, as I broke Italian bread with two family
members and two friends, the subject of elementary school field trips came
up. The ensuing conversation ultimately spawned the collective notion that
some of our happier memories were rooted in ventures to the planetarium
or museum – two go-to hot spots for practically anyone who grew up in or around
this part of the state.
I have long been inspired by what I discover at the former. If you haven’t visited
The Planetarium at UT Arlington, you should correct that oversight – this weekend, if possible, and today, if practical.
While I’m casting votes, I would also like to
endorse a visit to any museum that features relics
from ancient cultures that somehow weathered the
years and elements to provide clues about the art
and science of the time.
If, in fact, that’s what they do.
I have to admit, that when it comes to museums,
I sometimes view them from a perch on “the grassy
knoll.” Frankly, I have long wondered if they, indeed, portray what they purport to represent – that
Editor
is, an accurate depiction of life BSC (before smartYale Youngblood
phone cameras).
Here’s my theory:
We see an elongated, colorful mask or a portly clay pot on which a strange face is
painted, and we conclude that an entire civilization used these artifacts to celebrate or dine in certain ways. In fact, volumes of books are written surmising just
what these relics represented and proclaiming how they give us insight into the
mindset of a primitive society.
But what if …
What we’re really seeing is art or dinnerware done by the town dunce or some
four-year-old – or some really sorry artist like me.
And what if ...
These relics were displayed to hysterical laughter by the entirety of the village
and rapidly discarded into the stream that became the glacier that preserved for
posterity what is now considered, by simple dumb luck, the artistic and cultural
archetypes of an entire civilization?
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Talks on tap
Hightower, Pruitt to discuss art’s role in
the community during unique local forum
Makenzie Roper, Maddie
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Scouts’ honor
While you’re taking a bite out of your Girl Scout cookies,
the girls of local Troop 2039 are taking a bite out of life
ARLINGTON’S GIRL SCOUT Troop 2039 is taking the annual cookie
sale to a new level – or at least a new continent. The high schoolers’ goal
this year and the next is to earn enough funds to travel to Europe.
Don’t bet against them. The girls of Troop 2039 have used their prior
cookie sale funds to pay for all of their scouting activities and supplies,
including field trips, resident camp sessions and service project supplies.
“I love these girls,” said Dawn Roper, who is the troop leader and
whose daughter Makenzie is a member of the group. “No two are alike,
but they complement each other. The girls are outgoing and adventurous.
They set goals for things, and most of the time achieve them.”
For example, the youths have sold 10,000 boxes of cookies over the past
two years. “And,” noted Roper, “they have done this and still been active
in high school activities outside of Girl Scouts.”
And now they take aim on their big prize. “This last spring we finally
chose our big trip: spending 17 days in Europe,” Roper said. “This will be
a life experience that they will not forget.”
Roper said this troop isn’t just about cookie sales – they used that as a
means to greater end. “They have learned so many things through cookie sales,” she said. “They’ve learned how to interact with the public,
how to handle money, how to sell a product.”
Then there are the things they got to do because of the money they
earned selling cookies. They went to NASA and spent the night on site
and to Colorado for river rafting together. They have been able to learn
about horses. They took field trips to Dallas to the Sixth Floor Museum
and Holocaust Museum. At the latter, they met Mike Jacobs, a survivor,
and spoke to him for a short time.
“Girl Scouts have allowed them to grow as individuals and as a
group,” Roper said. “They’ve learned skills that they will be able to use
their entire lives and to meet people and make friends from other parts of
our council at camp.” And soon, perhaps, from other parts of the world.
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ARLINGTON ON TAP returns this month
with a unique perspective on public art (or
the lack thereof) in the city – featuring Arlington Museum of Art Executive Director
Chris Hightower, along with arts advocate
and photographer
Bob Pruitt.
Both will share the
stage at 6 p.m. on
Jan. 12 at J. Gilligan’s
Bar and Grill (400
East Abram St.). The
discussion is free (the
Chris Hightower
optional drinks and
food are not).
Pruitt was the driving force behind the
community’s decision
to purchase the giant
“DREAM” sculpture
now in place temBob Pruitt
porarily on Abram
Street immediately
west of the Levitt Pavilion. Pruitt will discuss future plans for the “DREAM” – hint: it
involves downtown. “We don’t call Arlington the dream city for nothing,” Pruitt said.
Hightower has engineered a dramatic
turnaround for the struggling Arlington
Museum of Art. He has witnessed what the
presence of interesting and unique public
art can do for a community’s brand and has
become an authority on the topic. And he’s
got a project in the works with ideas for
more, which he will discuss at the talk.
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For the record
THE BEAUTIFUL flowers at the base
of the Fielder House sign on Abram
Street were planted and are maintained
by the Arlington Organic Garden Club
and Cross Timbers Master Naturalist/
Project Director Josephine Keeney.
RAISE YOUR HAND if you remember eating a meal at
the Seven Seas restaurant. The eatery was part of the
amusement park of the same name, which featured marine
mammals and other animals. The park opened to the
public in 1972.
Alas, both the park and restaurant became historical footnotes when the city council voted to close them in 1976.
AS THE ONLY potential U.S. Olympic
bowling training facility, the International Bowling Hall of Fame in Arlington
features a set of Olympic Rings outside
the facility.
years of service and then stayed as
an engineer – of the train at a fledgling
amusement park, Six Flags Over Texas.
IN 1961, Charlie Patton retired from
the Texas & Pacific Railroad after 53
THE FIRST EVENT at AT&T Stadium (June 2009) had nothing to do with
sports. The stadium kicked off with
a concert featuring country music
superstars George Strait and Reba
McEntire. The opening acts weren’t too
shabby, either – you might have heard of
Blake Shelton and Lee Ann Womack.
Hail the Mansfield
Lake Ridge Eagles:
state runners-up!
Local philanthropists Sam and
Rania Mahrouq recently donated
$550,000 to the Arlington Museum
of Art to pay off its mortgage.
Photo: Arlington Museum of Art
The art of giving
Mahrouq family donates $550,000 to pay off the AMA mortgage
THE ARLINGTON MUSEUM OF ART announced at the opening of its new
exhibit “Modern Masters” that it has secured a $550,000 gift to retire the mortgage
on the building. It is the largest single gift the museum has ever received.
“Local philanthropist Sam Mahrouq and his wife, Rania, very generously
gave this $550,000 gift to retire our mortgage and lay the foundation for future
growth,” said Chris Hightower, the museum’s executive director.
The recent success of the museum, the expanded programming and the collaborative effort with other Arlington arts organizations caught the eye of the
philanthropist. In addition to the gift to retire the mortgage, the Mahrouqs have
pledged an additional $20,000 in challenge funds for facility renovations and
enhancements. The Mahrouqs will match contributions up to $20,000 to allow the
museum to make needed improvements to the facility. For more: (855) 430-1039.
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MANSFIELD Lake Ridge turned
the 2015 high school football season
into something for the record books,
finishing 15-1 and posting the best
season in Mansfield Independent
School District’s history.
The lone blemish came in the state
championship game, when the injury-riddled Eagles fell to Richmond
George Ranch 56-0. Stars Jett Duffey
and Duke Carter – two great names
and two great players – were hurt
before the title game after recording a
collective 88 touchdowns during the
previous 15 weeks.
Nonetheless, what the Eagles accomplished this year was remarkable,
especially in light of the fact that they
went 0-10 in their first varsity season
just four years ago.
The magnitute of the turnaround
wasn’t lost on coach Kirk Thor. “I’m
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can’t use it [injuries] as an excuse
in football. Guys are going to get
injured. We had them for 15 great
games, and we played well.”
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Modern Masters from the Guild Hall Collection • Arlington Museum of Art
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1. Live, from Arlington ... The Arlington ISD has
formed a partnership with Texas Trust Credit Union to
build an outdoor performance area at the Jones Academy of
Fine Arts and Dual Language. The AISD opened two fine arts
and dual language academies this school. The academies
are the first to combine fine arts and language. In the academies,
elementary students have the opportunity to learn Spanish, Mandarin,
visual arts, music (choral, strings and piano), dance and theater. Both
fine arts instruction and second language acquisition help students
increase cognitive abilities, improve thinking and verbal skills, enhance motor
skills and problem-solving ability, and improve SAT scores.
2. To write or not to write ... Local children have until Jan. 15 to submit
entries in the 15th annual Animal Essay Contest. All students residing within the
Arlington city limits in third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades that attend public, private or
home schools are encouraged to submit an original, thoughtful and creative essay
about animals. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in each grade level. Specific
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3. Safer shopping ... As more consumers do their shopping online and use
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criminals capitalizing on the vulnerabilities of doing business with a stranger. To
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banquet at 6:30 p.m. Jan 30 at Maxim’s Restaurant in Richardson. The event will feature “The
Top Ten Asian American Businesses Award,” which
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For more: (682) 323-5869.
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Maren Morris of Arlington
is riding a hot streak in
Nashville with a top-selling
album and a popular
single, “My Church.”
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WHEN WE LAST checked in on Arlington country/western singer Maren Morris about a year ago, she was planting
roots in Nashville. It’s safe to say those roots are producing
a significant career.
Late in 2015, the 25-year-old singer-songwriter’s self-titled
EP reached the No. 1 slot on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums
Chart, which specifically highlights artists on the rise. And a
single off the album, “My Church,” recently earned Morris
distinction as a tasteofcountry.com Critic’s Pick and led to
her signing a recent contract with Sony Records.
Morris also was named one of CMT’s Next Women of
Country. She has performed on tour with several powerhouse names, including Lynn, Chris Stapleton, Sam Hunt
and Little Big Town.
During a recent live performance/interview at station
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Applications now open
for unique AISD programs!
Career and Technical Education Programs
High school students can apply to participate in programs
such as the AISD Fire and Police Academies, cosmetology,
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Happenings in the AISD
Arlington ISD, Texas Trust Credit Union partner for outdoor performance area
The Arlington ISD has formed a
partnership with Texas Trust Credit
Union to build an outdoor performance
area at the Jones Academy of Fine Arts
and Dual Language.
The AISD opened two fine arts and
dual language academies this school
year with kindergarten students. The
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“We are pleased to partner with Texas
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The outdoor performance area, the first
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by Texas Trust. It will provide additional
performance opportunities for students
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program and include the possibility for
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“Partnering with the district to provide
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Arlington to the Amazon
What can West Arlington native Kerri Brown do with anthropology? Everything • By Kenneth Perkins
A
h, The Question. Kerri Brown knows it well. The Martin
High School alum would get it each time she mentioned
her major of anthropology while a University of Texas at
Austin undergrad.
Got it every time she returned to her West Arlington digs, where
she grew up.
Got it every time she got together with old high school pals moving right along into pre-med and engineering and marketing.
What, inquiring minds inquired about anthropology, are you
going to do with that?
Now that Brown is a Ph.D. candidate in Medical Anthropology
at Southern Methodist University, she still gets The Question. The
answer to what she’ll do with it,
though, is quite simple:
Whatever she wants.
In fact, if there’s a quandary for
Brown, who this month heads off
to Brazil on a Fulbright–Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad
Grant – one of only 86 nationwide to
receive such an honor – it is trying
to figure out which of the many options she’ll want to pursue.
Her life over the next 18 months
might bring that into focus as she
continues work on her dissertation
about public policy related to traditional medicinal plants in Brazil. She became interested in medical
anthropology while a UT student studying there and volunteering
at Criola, an organization that empowers Afro-Brazilian girls and
women to seek better life conditions.
Brown was unnerved by some of those conditions, such as little health care, particularly for impoverished women suffering
from domestic violence and other issues. Criola is where Brown
became interested in their access to health care and how medicinal plants growing by the thousand in the world’s rainforests
could benefit them.
That’s what anthropologists do. Ask what, why and how. For the
grant, Brown will spend nine months in Rio de Janeiro and then
head off to Oriximiná, a small town in the Amazon, to continue
her research.
“Sooooo excited,” Brown told me from behind her laptop at the
Starbucks on Little at I-20. “It’s going to give me so much flexibility
and opportunity to just concentrate on this research.”
Martin teachers and classmates might remember Brown as the
by-the-books, play-it-safe student who would go into accounting
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because, well, it was the practical thing to do. Stable job. Good pay.
A CPA for life. Now she’s trekking off to the Amazon and the unknown, literally.
Brown grew up near Lake Arlington, one of two daughters to
parents who gave them enough rope to move around and figure
things out for themselves. No wonder they weren’t freaking out
about the “anthropology thing.”
“My parents were always supportive of what we were doing and
raised us in a let-live kind of way,” said Brown. “They allowed us
to do the things we wanted, where a lot of parents would say, ‘what
are you going to do with anthropology? You’re not going to make
any money with that.’ My parents were always, ‘hey, go do it.’”
Kerri Brown will study
Brown knew the academic
in Rio De Janeiro
during the next nine
drill. She tried sports (track, for a
months.
semester, but no thanks) played
in the Martin Orchestra and
took lots of advanced placement
classes. Then came the big Ah-ha
moment.
“I didn’t want to do the practical thing,” she said. An anthropology book from her mother’s
bookshelf helped her decide on
taking a class in the subject at
UT, which she found intriguing.
“I figured I would take the
Photo courtesy of SMU
practical stuff later in my college
career,” Brown said. “I wanted to take the fun things first.”
Who knew anthropology would be the fun stuff?
Once she returns to Arlington, more work. She’ll take a year to
write her dissertation and then follow that up with another two
years of a post-doctoral fellowship.
After that, the sky really is the limit.
“We’ll see,” Brown said of her future, sounding nothing like
the play-it-safe thinker who roamed the halls at Martin. “We’ll see
what I do next.”
Columnist Kenneth Perkins has been a contributing writer for
Arlington Today since it debuted. He is a freelance writer, editor
and photographer.
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Q&A
D
on Crowson is fire chief/director of emergency management for the city
of Arlington. This month, he discusses how he and his fellow department
members keep the community safe through enhanced communication
efforts, tireless service and devotion to Arlington and its populace.
Arlington Today: How did you get into firefighting, and what were the professional
stops along the way to becoming fire chief in Arlington?
Chief Don Crowson: I was working my way through college
when a friend in the Arlington Fire Department called me. He
thought I would be interested in becoming a firefighter, and he
was right. I joined the department on Jan. 10, 1983. I promoted
up through the ranks and became a chief officer in 1998. As a
battalion chief, I managed medical operations, special operations and the training section of the department. In 2004, I was
promoted to assistant chief until my appointment as fire chief
in 2010. In the near term, I’ll be celebrating my 33rd year as a
firefighter. I still love the job.
AT: What’s the best advice you’ve learned over the years from
fellow firefighters?
DC: Give people opportunity and the authority to improve systems and services – regardless of rank, title or position – and
great things will happen. People with a passion for what they
do will make a difference every time. The enabling of dedicated
professionals has resulted in a number of successful community outcomes. In fact, many of the great success stories of the
Arlington Fire Department can be directly attributed to dedicated team members
stepping forward and making a difference.
Conversation
Arlington Fire Chief Don Crowson talks about how
his department serves the city
AT: What is the best thing about being fire chief here?
DC: I’m charged with protecting my hometown. I was born and raised in Arlington.
I’ve raised my family here, and I love the energy and connectivity of our community. Arlington is in the center of the greater North Texas area and is involved in
all kinds of exciting activities and issues often impacting the entire region. The fire
department plays an important role in keeping our citizens and visitors safe as
they enjoy all Arlington has to offer. This affords us a great opportunity to make
a difference in and outside of Arlington. As you can imagine, there is never a dull
moment in the Arlington Fire Department!
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AT: What are some of the bigger challenges you face in the job?
DC: We’re currently dealing with a challenge of changing realities in healthcare
and homeland security. The AFD is moving toward more agile and adaptive service models to meet the needs and expectations of our community. Another challenge is preparing the next generation of firefighters for a future paradigm more
dynamic and complicated than ever
before. The AFD leadership team of today is focused on preparing tomorrow’s
leaders for the challenges ahead.
AT: Leading a department in a city of
this size likely takes quite a bit of coordination. Can you share some of the
measures the department has in place
to best serve Arlington?
DC: The fire department is supported
by a team of outstanding professionals
focused on positive outcomes for the
community. Many citizens may not be
aware the fire department also manages the Arlington EMS System, provides
special event services, has an explosive
ordnance disposal (EOD) team, conducts large-scale emergency manageChief Don Crowson
ment, directs 911 dispatch for police/
fire/EMS, and manages the public safety radio system. We assess our performance through key indicators as we work
to improve our services through continuous process improvement and innovation.
Our business model focuses on producing services that are relative, effective and efficient. Annual reports are provided for the
community to show the impact of our efforts.
AT: Please share some of the things that have happened during
your tenure with the department about which you are most proud.
DC: A number of interesting incidents and events have occurred
since being appointed fire chief in 2010. In the last five years the
AFD has responded to numerous floods, a tornado damaging
500+ homes, many large-scale fires, a major gas well incident
and various public health emergencies – all this in addition to
our typical fire and EMS response model. We’re a busy department, averaging about 50,000-plus unit responses a year. Since
2010, the AFD has provided public safety services to two World Series, a Super
Bowl and many other major special events in the city. During this time, we’ve
also implemented several innovative service programs, including a partnership
with AISD for a college credit high school fire academy, EMS quick response
squad units, trained and implemented gas well response teams, and, this year,
we’re piloting a community paramedic program to respond to the impacts of the
Affordable Care Act.
I’m fortunate to be associated with a group of great professionals ready to meet
challenges of any kind; my pride comes from their accomplishments. To learn
more about our department, check out arlington-tx.gov/fire/annual-reports.
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Urban Development
Here and on the next page are artist
renderings of how Texas Live! will look
upon completion.
Swingin’ for
x beyond the fences
T
Images courtesy of the City of Arlington
Rangers team with Cordish Companies on Texas Live! project that will transform Arlington’s Entertainment District
he Texas Rangers will partner with the leading developer of
mixed-use entertainment projects throughout the country to create Texas Live! – a $200 million venture that will transform the
city’s Entertainment District in an effort to enhance Arlington’s
image as the state’s premier family destination.
Early this year, construction will begin on the dining and entertainment venue that will be built across the street from the first base entrance
to Globe Life Park.
The project will be completed by The Cordish Companies, an
award-winning development firm with expertise in mixed use, entertainment and sports developments. Blake Cordish, vice president of the
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century-old firm, described the remarkable project as a “generational
opportunity” for the community.
In a city that has always known the potential for capitalizing on one of
the best locations anywhere in the country for the benefit of its citizens,
Cordish will fit right in.
Speaking of shared values in his company’s approach to creating exciting venues in proximity to sports facilities, Cordish echoed the objective
of producing the “gold standard” in experiences for Arlington visitors.
Quoted in the Star-Telegram, he explained the objective. “The Rangers
challenged us to create a game-changing project, not only for the local
community, not only for the region, but one that would set a new stan-
Texas Live!
Ground will break early this year on
dard in the United States for a sports-anchored, mixed-use development,” Cordish
said. “We’re planting our flag, and we’re
planting it in a huge way.”
To give citizens a better idea of what the
project will offer, Cordish pointed to Ballpark Village his company built with the St.
Louis Cardinals.
In addition to the restaurants and watering holes, “The venue features five performance stages, the largest retractable roof
of its kind in the U.S., one of the biggest
indoor TV screens in the Midwest and an
outdoor festival space,” he concluded.
“This project is another significant investment in an Arlington economy that already
has tremendous momentum,” said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. “We greatly appreciate the Texas Rangers’ continued investment in our community and we applaud
their selection of The Cordish Companies,
the premiere mixed-use developer in the
country, as their development partner.”
Arlington’s $50 million investment in
the project comes from money already on
hand from revenues it has accumulated in
the business of supporting natural gas production in the city.
Significantly, this is not about raising
taxes, or even using tax money, nor will the
city incur any debt in the financial arrangements for the project.
There’s also a formula in the deal for the
city to recover its investment and restore the
funds to the Tomorrow Foundation over
time. While doing so, the city will continue to collect annual revenues
equal to what it was getting from investment earnings on the money.
That means a continuation of the same level of support for unbudgeted improvements to public facilities and services, non-profit organizations and community service initiatives by the city’s volunteer entities.
When the city council voted unanimously last month to approve this
project it did so in front of an appreciative audience of citizens that rose
to their feet to express support of the latest achievement growing out of
the long relationship with the Rangers. The rest of the $200 million price
tag for the project comes from the Rangers.
Their focus on constantly improving the experience of fans attending baseball games includes the determination to take that enjoyment
to new levels with the opportunity to come early and stay late as part of
spending a day at the ballpark.
the $200 million Texas Live! Entertainment Complex, which ultimately
will feature a 300-room upscale hotel
with 35,000 square feet of convention
space near Globe Life Park.
Additionally, the complex will have
multiple best-in-class restaurants,
retail and entertainment venues, along
with a signature event space with a
capacity of 5,000 people.
“THE RANGERS challenged us to
create a game-changing project, not
only for the local community, not only
for the region, but one that would set
a new standard in the United States
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development.”
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Cover Story
Winter
WONDERLAND
(Or, if you’d prefer, Colorado)
F
or years, many folks in our area have scoffed at the notion made popular by the
birds and flown north for the winter to Colorado. We believe this month’s cover
gives a hearty testimonial to another notion: people are smarter than birds. The
photo was taken by our team member Richard Greene when he and his family took
a recent vacation. You can read all about it in the Finish Line on page 82. In the meantime,
please read the following reports on five particularly special Colorado destinations, and
see if you agree with us that, maybe, Colorado really is Winter Wonderland.
Vail
VAIL IS NORTH AMERICA’S biggest and most popular ski
resort. It is an alpine village located in the heart of the Rocky
Mountains, drawing serious skiers and celebrities to its challenging slopes.
IF SKIING’S YOUR THING ... With more than 5,289 skiable acres,
Vail Mountain is the country’s largest single mountain resort,
offering some of the best powder, thus making it a haven for
slope experts. Vail is also a favorite destination for families, as the
manifold choices of terrain, premier trail maintenance and family-friendly features cater to kids of all ages and all abilities.
IF SHOPPING’S YOUR THING ... Lionshead Village has many
winter apparel and equipment stores, as well as jewelry and souvenir shops and a general store for basic needs. Vail Village is slightly
larger, offering a variety of art galleries, handcrafted jewelry shops,
specialty gift stores and clothing and shoes shops.
EVERYONE HAS TO EAT ... There are more than 100 restaurants
and dining experiences to choose from, offering American cuisine,
seafood, Asian, contemporary, fusion, farm to table, bistro, steakhouse, deli, diner, Mexican, barbecue and sushi options.
FOR MORE ... vail.net.
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Aspen
ASPEN IS A world-class destination
with outdoor adventures highlighted by
marvelous skiing in the winter. But it
also has a flair for arts and culture, while
maintaining enough small-town charm for
year-round residents to call it home.
IF SKIING’S YOUR THING ... The peak
of Aspen Mountain is 11,212 feet. The
Silver Queen Gondola offers a spectacular view as you make your way up, and
the consistently great snow makes it fun
to make your way down.
IF SHOPPING’S YOUR THING ... Aspen’s pedestrian malls are great for finding fine art, clothing and gear. Speaking
of art, Aspen boasts of nine art galleries
featuring Aspen-riffic works for sale.
EVERYONE HAS TO EAT ... At more
than 100 restaurants, old favorites mesh
with fresh menus and new talent to provide enough culinary options to please
any palate.
FOR MORE ... One of the better A-to-Z
resources on Aspen is the Chamber website, aspenchamber.org.
Breckenridge
PROSPECTORS DISCOVERED GOLD when they founded Breckenridge in 1859. Today, visitors are still
discovering gold — white gold, that is — in the 300 annual inches of pure Colorado powder for which this real
mountain town and ski resort are known around the world.
IF SKIING’S YOUR THING ... Breckenridge Ski Resort boasts some of the best beginner terrain anywhere in
Colorado, plus 58 percent of the trails are designated “difficult” or “expert,” so there’s an option for everyone.
IF SHOPPING’S YOUR THING ... History has made Main Street a colorful place to stroll or shop. There are
more than 200 quaint stores that comprise a retail nirvana.
EVERYONE HAS TO EAT ... As you stroll among the historic buildings of Breckenridge, you will find a variety of restaurants to tantalize your taste buds.
FOR MORE ... gobrec.com.
Purgatory
PURGATORY RESORT is located in the rugged San
Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado, 25 miles north
of historic downtown Durango. IF SKIING’S YOUR
THING ... Purgatory features 1,360 acres of skiable terrain,
88 trails, 10 lifts, five terrain parks and a vertical drop of
2,029 feet. Renowned as a family-friendly resort, it was
named “Best Ski Value” by TripAdvisor from 2012-2014. IF
SHOPPING’S YOUR THING ... There are more than 500
stores in the Durango area, featuring everything from chic
boutiques to jewelry stores, as well as the art galleries that
have helped make Colorado a go-to destination for artists
and aficionados. EVERYONE HAS TO EAT ... El Moro
Spirits & Tavern is the “daddy” in the family of unique,
independently owned eateries in the area, but elsewhere
you’ll find something for every taste, including six local
breweries. FOR MORE ... durango.org.
WINTER IN CRESTED BUTTE means skiing
and other snow adventures, great music and
visitor-focused events for the entire family. IF
SKIING’S YOUR THING ... Explore the 1,547
acres of in-bound terrain accessed by 16 chairlifts. Crested Butte is ideal for families, with 15 percent beginner terrain and 54 percent intermediate terrain. Advanced skiers shouldn’t be dismayed;
the mountain is also host to 542 acres of in-bound, double black diamond and extreme terrain.
IF SHOPPING’S YOUR THING ... Be sure to check out the variety of unique and locally owned
boutiques, ranging from boho-cowgirl fashion stores to Native American jewelry shops. EVERYONE HAS TO EAT ... Crested Butte is a small town with big flavor, with unique restaurants such
as Teocalli Tamale and the Secret Stash (pizza). FOR MORE ... skicb.com.
Crested Butte
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Worthy Causes
Ten years ago, Karen Bondurant, Mary Hibbs
and Dr. Shelley Tardy started the Jiggle Butt Run
for women to help women.
Photo: Southern Flair Photography
A fun run and T
THEN SOME
Jiggle Butt Run celebrates 10 years of helping our
neighbors find a better life • By Michele Duskin
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en years ago, a morning run for three women turned into
the beginning of an Arlington 5k legacy. While jogging
through a Dalworthington Gardens neighborhood, an orthodontist, camp director and stay-at-home mom half-seriously threw around the idea of planning a 5K run exclusively for
women of all ages, abilities and sizes.
The run would be a fun “girl time” to work off the holiday eating and enjoy each other’s company, while doing something good
for someone else. As the three rounded a corner, they discovered
what they thought was a dollar bill lying on the ground. They all
raced over to pick up the treasure, only to find a neatly folded up
$100 bill staring back at them.
“We just stopped in our tracks and said, ‘I think we’re supposed
to do this!,’” said Mary Hibbs, director of Community Outreach
for Camp Thurman.
Race day schedule
7 a.m. – Registration, Indoor Expo and packet pick-up at University Center
8:30 a.m. – Pre-race warmup inside the University Center
9 a.m. – Race starts in front of College Park
Center on Spaniolo Drive
Awards will be handed out in University Center immediately after race.
For more detailed information about the race,
and also how you can upgrade to a VIP participant, visit jigglebuttrun.com.
Photo courtesy of Jiggle Butt Run
It didn’t take long for the women to open up a bank account,
deposit the $100, and begin planning the very first Jiggle Butt Run.
Over the past decade, Hibbs and her co-founders, Dr. Shelley Tardy and domestic engineer Karen Bondurant, have turned the event
into a wildly fun and successful fundraiser benefiting SafeHaven of
Tarrant County. “We are excited to celebrate 10 years of the Jiggle
Butt Run,” said Kathryn Jacob, president and CEO of SafeHaven
of Tarrant County. “The donations received from this annual event
are significant in achieving our mission to end domestic violence
through safety, support, prevention and social change.”
Last year’s run resulted in a record-breaking $30,000 donation
to SafeHaven. “It’s exciting that we can provide so much support
to such a worthy cause,” said Dr. Tardy.
This year’s run will be held on Saturday, Jan. 9 at the E.H. Hereford University Center on the campus of the University of Texas
Arlington. “UTA has been phenomenal in supporting our efforts
by offering their facilities and free parking for event participants,”
said Hibbs. “Having the run at UTA brings recognition to a campus that is growing and changing dramatically.”
Online registration ends at noon on Jan. 6, but anyone wanting
to “celebrate their jiggle” on race day can register at the event.
“This is an event that empowers many women to come out and
do something that they usually never do,” said Bondurant. “It’s
women helping other women. I love it!”
Adding to the fun of the event are the creative team names, such
as “Jolly Jigglers,” “The Jiggle Vixens,” and, oh yes, the team with
the name “We Thought They Said ‘RUM.’” Race day will go on,
even with rain or cold temperatures. Women in their wigs, bells,
pajamas, tutus and crazy hats will still show up and have a great
time, all for a great cause, according to Hibbs.
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This car
MATTERS
Rochelle and David Buice’s British AC Roadster was
once owned by Frank Lloyd Wright • By Richard Greene
I
The Buice’s British AC Roadster once owned by Frank Lloyd Wright
has been fully restored to look like new.
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t’s likely that just about everyone knows that Frank Lloyd Wright
became one of the world’s premier architects – that was evidenced
by his recognition in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects
as “the greatest American architect of all time.”
Few of us, however, knew he had a lifelong passion for automobiles
or that one of his favorites would show up in Arlington one day at a
private classic car show held annually to feature some of the elite vehicles seen anywhere.
But such was the case when David and Rochelle Buice arrived with
this month’s featured vehicle, along with its storied past, to the delight
of the crowd gathered for the event.
There were only 44 of the 1937 two-seater British AC Roadsters ever
built, and, as a testament to its importance and value, 37 of them remain on the road today.
A lengthy review by the Motor Racing Magazine when the car was
introduced to the U.S. that year concluded, “Summing up, this AC has
real sports car performance, yet it impresses as a docile, refined car that
should hold its tune indefinitely and which contributes the minimum
of effort to drive with the maximum of open-car enjoyment.”
THE BUICES ACQUIRED the car in 1973 from its owner in San Antonio, who had purchased it from the Wright estate two years earlier.
The engine was seized, the exterior was pitted and sun-bleached, and
the rest of it was badly in need of total restoration if it was ever to be
returned to its former glory.
The ensuing years would be composed of diligent research into the
car’s origins and history, visits to the UK factory where it was built
and meticulous commitment to learning every detail of its hand-made
construction. The mission was to replicate all that when work began to
bring it back to life – from the ground up.
David and Rochelle did all the labor, including hauling parts back
to their home in carry-on luggage, the likes of which flight attendants
had not seen before.
They convinced the baggage check operators to tag a couple of
wheels they sent along with their suitcases, and slowly but surely the
Classic Cars
Rochelle and David Buice show off their pride and joy,
which features a compelling Cherokee Red finish and
engineering feats that have made it a longtime classic.
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THE CAR’S ORIGINAL color was ivory with fawn
interior. But when Frank Lloyd Wright acquired it in
1948, he had it painted his signature Cherokee Red – a
hue he called “the color of creation.”
The Historic Vehicle Association
confirmed the status of this magnificent
vehicle by recognizing its significance with
the coveted This Car Matters award.
work got underway. It wouldn’t be until the Buices’ retirement that they could devote full time to their labor of love, but
by 2014 the task was done, and what you see here is the result.
David, an R&D engineer by trade, said the cumulative time
it took to complete the project covered more
than five years.
More history on the car: The sport competition roadster was shipped to a dealer in
New York City in June 1937, where it found
its first owner, who purchased it for $3,685.
Because Henry Ford was selling his Model A’s that year for just over $500, you can
get some idea of just how exclusive the imported AC actually was.
THE CAR’S ORIGINAL color was ivory
with fawn interior. But when Frank Lloyd
Wright acquired it in 1948, he had it painted his signature Cherokee Red – a hue he called “the color
of creation.”
Wright explained his purchase of the car – he felt it represented thoughtful design, elegance and performance. He
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incorporated it into his teaching, and his students used it on
cross-country trips throughout the 1950s. The Historic Vehicle
Association confirmed the status of Wright’s car by recognizing its significance with its coveted This Car Matters award.
The Buices have honored the relationship the famous architect had with this special vehicle – as evidenced by their debuting the Roadster at the Arizona Concours
d’Elegance last January.
From there they reprised the photo of
Wright and his wife at the Frank Lloyd
Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin
West, a national historic landmark near
Scottsdale, Ariz. (see the inset photo).
Actually it was Rochelle who first interested her husband-to-be in great cars:
“When we were dating, I told David I
would marry him if he bought me a type
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all the men on campus would want to marry me.”
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BRIDGE, anyone?
Former Mansfield teacher turns her love of the card game into a club for fellow enthusiasts • By Michele Duskin
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hat does retired teacher Lauren Brown have in common
with Bill Gates and Warren Buffett? All three are among
the more than 25 million Americans who play bridge.
A longtime enthusiast of the card game, Brown parlayed her love for bridge into an idea and started a bridge club at
the Mansfield Activities Center (MAC) shortly after retiring from
the Mansfield ISD in 2012. The club started out
with a mere 12 people, and has since grown to
a membership of almost 50.
“We play duplicate bridge, as opposed to
party, or social bridge,” said Brown. Duplicate
bridge is a variety of the game where all players are dealt the same hands, which allows you
to compare your score with others playing the
same hands.
Members at the MAC group include people
from all walks of life: former teachers, housewives,
retired police officers and retired physicians, ranging in age from the mid-30s to early 90s.
The club is sanctioned under the American
Contract Bridge League, and Brown is a certified director and bridge teacher. Having been
an educator most of her life, Brown decided,
“why not teach it?”
“Bridge is a very complex game to learn,”
she said. “I like teaching a program called ‘Easy
Bridge’ because you have a 15-minute lesson,
and then you play for two hours. You learn basic concepts and then sit and play, and have a
Lauren Brown is both
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wonderful time.”
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As with any card game, skills improve with
lots of practice. Generally, the basic course lasts
about 35 weeks. “Bridge is a challenging game that one never
grows tired of,” said Brown. “And you get to spend time with the
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most fun and interesting people, many who become close friends.”
One such friend is Harriet Motter, who helped Brown organize the
Mansfield group.
“Having this club here at the MAC is good for the community, and I’m so excited to see this game grow,” said the retired
piano teacher, adding that people are driving from Duncanville,
Desoto, Midlothian, Fort Worth, and as
far away as Keller to participate in the
Mansfield games.
“It’s become a really big deal, and
Lauren has been a wonderful director
for us,” said Motter.
Aside from its social aspects, bridge
is also a game of concentration, strategy
and tactics. Playing it requires reasoning, logic, math and memory retention,
making it particularly beneficial for the
aging brain.
Studies have shown that playing
bridge has a direct correlation with
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even been linked to higher standardized test scores among children.
While some players are more serious
than others, Brown’s approach is just to
have fun. “It is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of a social group while
learning a game with which you can
always improve,” she said. “It offers
so much to our thinking processes and
that, combined with the social opportunities, gives us all numerous benefits.”
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hen Britt and Janet Phillips set out eight years ago to
craft the perfect dream house ... well ... they literally crafted the perfect dream house. Britt, who builds
homes for a living, was developing a neighborhood in
Pantego at the time. “And I thought, ‘hey, this would be a great
place to build a house for us,’” he said.
As you can see here, he one-upped the great location with a
home of distinction, which proved to be everything he and Janet
had hoped they would find.
For starters, there’s plenty of room for the couple’s two children and four grandchildren when they pay visits, something
Janet especially enjoys. The dwelling covers 4,000 square feet
and has three bedrooms, three and a half baths and more than
enough living area for practically any endeavor.
Then there’s the “wow factor.” As you enter the front gate, you
are greeted by a front-yard swimming pool – yes, a front-yard
swimming pool – which is just outside the living room, making
for a spectacular and unconventional view from the main front
window.
That living room is just a few steps from the pool, Britt said, so
when members of his family or friends decide they want to take a
dip, those who don’t want to join them can watch from the comfort of the house.
Speaking of ...
Britt said he went with Tuscan for the design of the home because it’s a style that fit both the neighborhood and his and Janet’s
tastes. But, again, he embellished the surroundings with personal
touches, most of which have stories behind them.
For example, the wine room you see on page 44 would be
stately in its own right, but its genesis is rooted about 15 miles
Here’s a living room
with a view to a frontyard pool, a kitchen
and dining room that
are the envy of the
neighborhood, and
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closet.
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away, where renovations to Fort
Worth’s Amon Carter Museum
a decade ago left a large supply
of quality bricks available to
any/all takers.
“All the material that went
into building the wine room
came from the Amon Carter Museum,” Britt said. “In fact, I had
that in mind – using that material on a wine room – whenever I got around to building our
house, so that’s what we did.”
The wine room – and the rest of
the house – was part of a design
by Fort Worth architect Ken Schaumburg, who helped the Phillipses tailor the dwelling to fit their
Above: the spacious master bath. Below:
needs – and several desires.
the master bedroom.
The living area pictured on
page 44 fits the latter category
me because it represents something I enjoy doing. It also starts
and is also part of a personal story. “I am fortunate to be able to
conversations when people come over.”
hunt and collect these trophies,” Britt said of the ensemble of prize
It’s good that the home has ample living area because Britt said
game that adorns various walls of the room. “That’s our great
the couple is very much into entertaining. They do it when their
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Britt Phillips said he and his wife Janet like to entertain yearround, and they have the perfect dwelling to do that. From the
wine room inside to the breathtaking yard, the Phillips’ home
offers visitors plenty to talk about and enjoy.
children come over with the grandchildren, and they welcome
friends often. “We enjoy entertaining year-round,” he said. “The
outdoor cooking area and the pool, of course, are great for family
gatherings. Inside, we use the main living area, the study and the
game room for large family gatherings.”
Elsewhere, Britt and Linda, a former flight attendant for American Airlines, have other favorite spots, such as the master bedroom (with the huge closet pictured on page 41 and the elegant
master bathroom pictured on page 42), the kitchen and the dining
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room. And outside ... Well, that’s a haven unto its own. Besides
the aforementioned pool, there’s the spacious patio, which is put
to use when the weather warms up and which is enhanced by a
collection of flora that gives the collection of fauna inside a run
for its money.
“When we built this home we were hoping to come up with
something that was warm and comfortable, and I think we accomplished that,” Britt said. “Every house has a story, and I think the
story our house tells is one that’s fun and welcoming.”
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News & Notes
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In memoriam
Chris Harris, former state senator and founder of Harris Cook law firm
F
ormer state Sen. Chris
Harris died Dec. 21. The
founder of the law firm
Harris Cook LLP was 67.
His funeral was held Dec. 23 at
Crossroads Christian Church in
Grand Prairie.
Harris was an Arlington High
graduate, he attended TCU and
was a graduate from Baylor Law
School who served portions of
Tarrant, Denton, Johnson, Parker
and Dallas counties during a 28year career as a state lawmaker.
When he retired in 2013, he
was the longest-serving Republican in the Texas Senate.
During his tenure as a lawmaker, Harris chaired the Senate
Administration Committee for
five terms, was head of commitChris Harris
tees on jurisprudence and economic development and was the
Senate president pro tempore in 2001.
said. “He was so effective as a leader with
Harris was known as a no-nonsense lawsuperior legislative skills that calling on him
maker and lawyer. A self-described “bulldog”
was sure to produce a good outcome for our
on issues that affect Texas families, children
city. When Chris said he would handle it, you
and businesses, Harris was widely known for
could count on him getting it done.”
his persistence and acumen.
In a Facebook post, Parker County Judge
A large part of Harris’ legislative legacy
Mark Riley wrote, “Senator Harris representwere his contributions to the current version
ed a portion of East Parker County in the late
of the Texas Family Code. Harris led an ex1980s. He was one of the most responsive
tensive overhaul of the Texas Family Code in
state officials I have ever worked with.”
the mid-1990s.
Harris was credited with leading the cause
“I credit Chris with playing the major role
to obtain special funding that served as a catin helping me become the family law advoalyst for the growth of the University of Texas
cate that I am today,” said David L. Cook,
at Arlington School of Nursing into the Colthe firm’s managing partner and a longtime
lege of Nursing and Health Innovation, the
friend. “It’s not too often that a lawyer, and
largest provider of nursing graduates in the
in turn that lawyer’s clients, can have access
state and one of the most respected programs
to the insight and wisdom of someone who
in the world, UTA said in a statement.
literally wrote the book on family law.”
Harris also championed funding for UTA’s
Cook said he admired Harris for his teEngineering Research Building, enabling dranacity, and former Arlington Mayor Richard
matic growth in the UTA College of EngineerGreene agreed. “Chris was a strong and deing, now ranked in the top 100 engineering
pendable advocate for Arlington,” Greene
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Gridiron Glory
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Some of the best young players in the United States will square off against Canadian all-star teams in the International Bowl Series at AT&T Stadium.
Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?
The International Bowl Series will feature outstanding players from the U.S. and Canada – right here in Arlington
T
he 2016 International Bowl Series, featuring games pitting under-19 football stars from the United States against Canadian
counterparts, will take place beginning Jan. 31 at AT&T Stadium.
The first game will kickoff at 3 p.m. that day.
Before the week is over, however, local fans and North American visitors will be treated to eight international matchups – two on Jan. 31 and
three each on Feb. 3 and Feb. 5. In the process, they’ll get to see 800-plus
outstanding young players, from ages 13-18.
“The first International Bowl was played in 2010 on the heels of the
inaugural International Federation of American Football Under-19
World Championship, which took place in June and July 2009 in Canton,
Ohio,” said Steve Allic, an official of USA Football, which is presenting
the Arlington showcase. “What started as an annual international competition between top high school football players in the United States
and throughout the world has evolved into a series of games featuring
the best high school and middle school players in the U.S. and Canada.”
Allic said the event will be a true festival of football, with each team
taking part in a week of practice and jamborees leading up to an opportunity to represent their countries in one of football’s greatest venues.
Allic said fans should get quite a show – and some stellar football.
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“These are not exhibitions,” he said. “These are official international
competitions. There are no playing time rules or modified game rules.
Teams are playing to win.“
Allic said that at the Under-19 level, which will be in the spotlight on
the opening day, many of the athletes are taking part in their last game
before signing the following week with universities such as Alabama,
Baylor, Florida State, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Southern Cal,
Stanford, TCU and dozens of other “Power Five” conference schools.
Some notable North Texas players from past International Bowl
games were Anthony Hines (Plano), Jared and Jalen Mayden (Sachse),
Jack Topping (Parish Episcopal) and Tristen Wallace (DeSoto).
“The International Bowl is football’s largest annual international competition,” Allic said. “Young athletes grow up dreaming of playing for
their country, but many football players don’t realize they have that opportunity. Many arrive in Arlington thinking they are part of an all-star
game. By mid-week, you see the realization dawn on them that this is
something special.”
Along with game day events at AT&T Stadium, all U.S. practices are
open to the public. That schedule will be announced closer to the event
at internationalbowl.com. Tickets may be purchased there, too.
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Schools in the SPOTLIGHT
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Arlington Classics Academy
FOUNDED IN 1979, The Oakridge School serves students and families
from 30 cities and 10 countries. With 850 bright, college-bound students enrolled
in 15 grade levels, Oakridge offers a full menu of curricular and extracurricular
opportunities in a dynamic, student-centered environment.
ARLINGTON CLASSICS ACADEMY is a charter school that provides
a college preparatory, liberal arts curriculum delivered through a classical style of
instruction.
Mission: “To inspire students to seek their full potential in academics, the arts, and
athletics in a challenging and nurturing environment that cultivates social responsibility, mutual respect, and personal integrity.”
Cutting edge features: The campus has wireless access and several 21st century classrooms – where lessons focus on creativity, communication and collaboration. The school recently introduced the first phase of Learn 21, which provides all
fourth through 12th grade students their own computing device.
Fun fact: This year, approximately 20 percent of the senior class has earned the
distinction of Alpha and Omega, having entered Oakridge in first grade or earlier.
Testimonial: “Oakridge is a wonderful school that is small enough to know you,
yet large enough to serve you.”
Mission: “To equip a diverse student body with a comprehensive education,
including a special focus on Western civilization. Students will develop a commanding knowledge of the origins of our liberty and the ability to sustain it through
moral leadership. We aim to accomplish this goal through a high level of academic
instruction and high behavioral expectations.”
Why a charter school?: Charter schools are free public schools that have the
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NOLAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL is a ministry of the Diocese of
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education in faith, formation in hope and perseverance in charity.
ST. MARIA GORETTI CATHOLIC SCHOOL is a community of
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About the school: Nolan Catholic offers amazing academics, an accomplished
fine arts programs and championship-level sports in a school where 100 percent
of its students graduate and more than 99 percent go on to college. What really
sets Nolan apart is that it is not only preparing students for college; it is not only
preparing them to be citizens of the world after college – it is preparing them to live
lives of service and faith.
Mission: “St. Maria Goretti Catholic School is a living testament to our Lord’s
Work in his youngest disciples, exemplified by academic excellence, spiritual
formation and compassionate service to others.”
Testimonial: A senior named Kyle was asked what he liked most about school.
Kyle answered that the best thing about Nolan Catholic was that he felt supported
and challenged by his teachers, and that he felt like Nolan was his second family.
Fun fact: Nolan Catholic is home of the longest-running ecology program of its
kind, featuring field studies in Costa Rica, Big Bend and Port Aransas.
Address/phone number/website: 4501 Bridge Street, Fort Worth, (817) 4572920, nolancatholichs.org
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UTA Today
The rising
value of a UTA ART DEGREE
Upgraded facilities, bigger faculty translate into the school finding a spot among nation’s elite • By Bill Lace
UTA’s top programs are listed, art is entering the conversation along with standbys
such as engineering and nursing.
Numbers tell some of the story. In the 10
years since Department Chair Robert Hower arrived, enrollment has gone from 400
to almost 700 – second only in DFW to the
University of North Texas. The faculty has
grown from the low 20s to between 60 and
70 full- and part-time.
Facilities have been upgraded. The Fine
Arts Building of the early ‘70s was a big
improvement, but the Studio Arts Building
in 2005 provided much-needed workspace.
High on Hower’s wish list is a more accessible display area. The 4,000-square-foot Gallery is a jewel, but, as with most everything
else at UTA, parking is a problem for community members who wish to visit.
IT’S NOT YOUR PARENTS’ art department. Traditional media like drawing, painting, photography and sculpture have been
joined by such relative newcomers as film,
UTA faculty member Sedrick Huckaby stands before a self
video, and art entrepreneurship. Visual comportrait done in the late 1990s, when he was in his early 20s.
munication is the most rapid area of growth,
It hangs in the art department advising office.
encompassing graphic, app and web design;
gaming; illustration; and packaging.
But the catalyst that most fueled the department’s flowering,
ribbon of blue weaves along the ceiling in UTA’s Univerit’s generally agreed, was the acquisition in 2007 of a graduate
sity Club. An aluminum spiral swirls skyward from the
program – the Master of Fine Arts. Under the direction of Nancy
campus research quadrangle. Multicolored terrazzo airPalmeri, the MFA is offered in intermedia, glass, film/video and
planes stretch along the floors of 300-foot walkways in
visual communication. Only 10 students are selected annually
DFW Airport’s Terminal D as if queued for takeoff.
from about 40 applicants.
These are very different works – but with a common thread. All
It’s a point of pride with Hower that the graduate program rewere done by members of UTA’s art faculty – River of Glass by
ceived full accreditation from the National Association of Schools
David Keens, Reach by Darrel Lauster and Wings by Benito Huerof Art and Design on its first application, no easy task. UTA made
ta. These and several others dot the university, city and county
its debut in the 2012 U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of
landscapes as signs of increased visibility for the Art+Art History
graduate art programs, coming in tied for 145th.
Department (the official name), not only among educators and art
Hower is quick to say that rank “is not worth bragging about.”
aficionados, but throughout the community.
But he added that it’s based only on initial material provided for
This increase, not only in visibility but also in size and stature,
accreditation and should go higher in 2016.
has drawn national and international attention. These days, when
A
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UTA faculty member Kenda North is
shown with two of her photographs
that hang in the president’s conference room. Both are from her series
“Submerged.” The one on the left is
called “Contrapposto,” and the one on
the right is “Balance.”
Photos: Southern Flair Photography
He is excited, however, that December’s ranking of graphic arts
programs had UTA 19th among public colleges and seventh in the
Southwest.
“The grad program has been an enormous shift for us,” said
Kenda North, a photographer whose work hangs in the UTA president’s conference room. “It’s taken us to a different level, and I
think it’s been important for the undergraduate students to see
what these people are doing at the next level up.”
Keens, who retired in 2013, agrees: “The fundamental nature of
the entire department changed from a strong, but undistinguished
undergraduate program to a powerful and rigorous graduate program focused on accepting only the best candidates and expecting
their highest level of performance.
It’s a chicken-egg question as to whether the curriculum rampup led to talented new faculty or the other way around. Regardless, Hower said the faculty “are as good as in any program in the
state – and that’s saying a lot. And nationally we are doing very
well in keeping those people and the contributions they are making to the world and to the arts.”
Consider Sedrick Huckaby, known for his large, powerful portraits. Named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2008, he earned the Amon
Carter Museum’s Davidson Family Fellowship in 2014 and is a fi-
nalist for the 2016 Smithsonian’s Boochever Portrait Competition.
Also, Stephen Lapthispohon and Lauster both have won SMU’s
Moss/Chumley Award annually recognizing an outstanding
North Texas artist. Justin Ginsberg, Keens’ successor as glass program coordinator, has had works selected three of the past four
years for the Corning Museum of Glass annual review.
And film teacher Ya’Ke’s Smith’s Wolf, his first feature-length
effort, made a huge splash at the 2012 SXSW festival and continues to generate lots of buzz throughout the indie world. His films
have been shown at more than 80 festivals, including Cannes, and
on HBO, Showtime, BET and PBS.
ALL FIVE OF THE above joined the UTA faculty in the past
decade, but that’s not to say that many veterans such as North,
Huerta and Palmeri haven’t also received recent accolades. It
makes for a smooth blending of experience, talent and collegiality
without the Young Turk-Old Guard infighting that can plague academic departments.
“I imagine there are horror stories out there,” Huckaby said,
“but the people in our department are very helpful to one another.
Some of the other professors have reached out to me, and that’s
made me want to reach out to others.” >>>>>
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Art for our sake
The contibutions of UTA artists span the Metroplex. Here are
(clockwise from left) “Wings” by Benito Huerta, “Reach” by Darrel
Lauster and “River of Glass” by David Keens.
One of those horror stories is closer than Huckaby may know. “I
went through some time here when there were some really rough divisions and a lot of distrust,” North said. “I think that’s moved away.
We’re very fortunate to have faculty who embrace and support each
other, and the students feel that.”
The continued blossoming of the department, Keens said, depends
on the usual ingredients – talented faculty, research support, state-ofthe-art facilities – but only under the hands of a master chef. “The key
is leadership that understands both the diversity of the faculty and can
direct the common goals they share in mentoring student and emerging artist and art historians,” he said. “I believe the department has all
these components in place, so its continued growth and subsequent
increase in stature will be a natural evolution.”
“I think that if you create a community that has an appreciation for
the arts, it tends to build on itself and draw people in,” said Hower,
whose low-key, inclusive leadership draws high marks from faculty.
“We want to be a part of creating an atmosphere in Arlington that people will talk about ... that people are proud of.”
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Karaoke
CONNECTION
Music Lovers group brings local people and songs
together on a regular basis • By Toni Randle-Cook
D
o you love music?
Are you looking for a fun way to meet some new people
in this New Year?
Then you may want to check out the “Music Lovers” of
Arlington.
Music Lovers is a karaoke group that has been in existence
for more than a decade. The organizer, Bradd Beckham, said the
group meets at many places across the Metroplex, including John
B’s Food and Spirit located on West Arkansas Lane in Pantego.
If you are not familiar with it, karaoke is a form of interactive
entertainment in which amateur singers sing along with recorded
music using a microphone and public address system. The lyrics
are displayed on a screen for the performer to follow along.
The karaoke machine was invented in 1971 by a Japanese musician. However, it was a Japanese entertaining group that created
the name “karaoke” after an orchestra went on strike and a machine was used instead to play the music. “Karaoke” translates to
“empty orchestra.”
Karaoke didn’t become popular in the U.S. until the 1990s. It has
now grown into a global market estimated to be worth $1 billion.
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And it’s definitely popular in
North Texas. There are more
than 10,000 DFW Meetup Karaoke members. This includes
the 600-plus in the Music Lovers group.
While many participants in
Music Lovers are good singers,
there is no required skill level.
“Everyone gets applause, and
everyone has their moment,”
Beckham said. “The karaoke
deejays we work with are all
exceptional.”
It sounds as if the deejays are
put to work on karaoke nights. Beckham said the group members
enjoy a broad spectrum of music, including oldies, country, classic
rock and even holiday tunes – anything that is a good dance song
or that works well for a duet or small group to sing.
So, what if you’re not the type to get behind the microphone?
Don’t worry; you do not have to sing to join this group. Dancers,
fans and those who just want to mingle enjoy several different
weekly events. And those events have even broadened a bit to
include contests, poker and trivia nights.
Beckham said people from 21 to 71 years of age belong to the
Music Lovers group and that the best part is “the camaraderie experienced as a group of fun-loving singers.” Members also enjoy
perks such as discounted food and drinks. And, Beckham said,
line dancers and slow dancers are also an expected treat.
“We always have a great time, inexpensively and consistently,”
he said.
If you are interested in joining a local karaoke group, check out
“Music Lovers,” “DFW Friends & Fun” and “New Friends Network” on the meetup.com site. Fill out a short profile and then go
have fun!
Picture-perfect Moments
Photos: Michael Ainsworth & David Alvey
Hesham Elgahil, Ken Schnitzer, Neil Grossman; Mayor Jeff Williams and Andy
Noye at the Park Place grand opening ceremony
Andrea VanDyke, Taylor Fratina, Maddie Wade, Keely Gillham, Lauren
Scott and Stella Scott at the Wade event.
Mike Wade, Santa Claus and Tillie Burgin
The Jennifer Baldwin Combo entertained guests at the Park Place event.
Scene
Snapshots from the the Toy Drive at Wade Funeral Home and
Park Place Motorcars’ grand opening ceremony
Amy Wade, Bonnie Follis and Mary Reimschussel
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Hannah Fitzwater, Ben Fitzwater, Dylan Scott, Owen Gillham and Santa
The UTA drumline performed at the event.
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Hometown Heroes
Meet the MAP FAMILY
Dianne Powell has carried on a tradition started by her parents of preserving historical cartography • By Toni Randle-Cook
W
hen you hear the word “map,” you think of a diagram
highlighting a particular area of the land or water. Maps
are widely used to help navigate from one point to another.
But for those who study or collect maps, these drawings are
about more than the geography. They are a piece of history.
Just ask Dianne Powell.
“Maps are visual history,” she said. “Maps are not separate from history; it’s all part of history – individual history.”
Powell was introduced to maps at a young age. She jokes that her
family vacations were never to places like Disneyland. Instead, she
remembers traveling to cities or towns that had great bookstores so
that her father could search for
manuscripts and first editions of
things related to Texas history
and the Mexican War.
Her mother, who was also on
these vacations, had an interest
in art. So to keep herself occupied, she began looking at the
maps found in these bookstores.
Powell said her mother “started
realizing that they were a necessary component with my father’s collection of books and
Dianne Powell said her mother
manuscripts.”
collected 375 atlases and 900
Her mother started buying
maps, including this one and
those on the next page.
maps of the Gulf Coast area and
over the years collected 375 atlases and 900 maps, dating from
the 1500s until 1900. It’s reported to be the largest collection of its
kind in private hands.
Powell is the daughter of Virginia and Jenkins Garrett. If you’ve ever
stepped foot on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington, these
names are familiar.
From 1990 to 1997 the couple donated their books, manuscripts and
maps to the university. They are now important parts of the Special
Collections Libraries.
According to the university website, “The Virginia Garrett Cartographic History Library is one of a handful of such institutions in the
U.S. with an ongoing mission to collect and preserve materials relating to the history of cartography.” Powell said her mother and father
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wanted to keep the collections intact and altogether. “Dad wanted
everybody to be able to use it,” she said. “He wanted someone who
would distribute duplicates to someone that had or didn’t have a big
collection.”
UT Arlington offered that. And since the Garretts lived in Fort Worth,
the collection was easily accessible to them, and they were able to participate up until their deaths in 2010 (Jenkins) and 2012 (Virginia). “All
during that time they had the joy of being involved on a daily basis
with the library,” Powell said.
The Garretts also founded the Texas Map Society. Powell said it was
her mother’s idea in talking with others from the library “that it would
be fun to get together folks from around the
state who had an interest in maps. Not just
Texas maps. But world maps, antique maps,
digital maps, all kinds of mapping.”
The Texas Map Society meets two times a
year. The spring event takes place in a city
that is home to a significant map collection.
This year’s meeting is being held in April
in Corpus Christi. The fall meeting is always held at UT Arlington. And every other year, part of that meeting includes the
Virginia Garrett Lectures. That series will
take place in October.
While Powell held leadership positions
over the years with the Texas Map Society,
she does not currently sit on the board. But
she is an active member serving as a consultant, advisor and supporter.
She believes the only reason the map society doesn’t have more
members is because people don’t know about it. “We are a secret that
doesn’t want to be a secret,” she said.
Powell said current members include teachers, hobbyists, doctors
and lawyers, to name a few. But she encourages anyone who is interested in history to join the group. You don’t have to have a history
background, just an interest, and she guarantees you will find something to love about the Texas Map Society. “It’s a wonderful, friendly group of people that enjoy being together and exploring history
through maps,” she said.
For more information on The Texas Map Society, visit the website,
texasmapsociety.org.
Images: UTA Magazine
You are here
Maps from Dianne Powell’s family are a prominent part of the Special Collections
Library at the University of Texas Arlington. Powell said her parents wanted to
keep the historic documents intact and all together – thus, the creation of The
Virginia Garrett Cartographic History Library.
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Dining Guide
Piccolo Mondo Italian Restaurant was
established more than 30 years ago
and is one of the more popular upscale
restaurants in the Metroplex.
SWEET Eats!
Here are 17 local restaurants you need to visit this winter
Upscale
Restaurant506 at The Sanford House
restaurant506.com
506 N. Center St.
(817) 801-5541
Piccolo Mondo
piccolomondo.com
829 Lamar Boulevard East
(817) 265-9174
Cacharel Restaurant
cacharel.net
2221 E. Lamar Blvd.
(817) 640-9981
VB Steakhouse
vbsteak.com
2009 E. Copeland Road
(817) 801-1440
J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill
jgilligans.com
400 E. Abram St.
(817) 274-8561
Grease Monkey
greasemonkeyburgers.com
200 N. Mesquite St.
(817) 665-5454
Candlelite Inn
candleliteinnarlington.com
1202 E. Division St.
(817) 275 9613
Barbeque
Spring Creek Barbeque
springcreekbarbeque.com
3608 S. Cooper St.
(817) 465-0553
2340 I-20, Suite 100
(817) 467-0505
J. Gilligan’s will be featured
on The Food Network’s “Top 5
Restaurants!” later this month
and in February.
1724 US-287, Mansfield
(817) 453- 7454
Mexican/Tex-Mex
Rio Mambo
riomambo.com
2150 E. Lamar Blvd.
(817) 795-4555
6407 S. Cooper St.
(817) 465-3122
Photo: J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill
American
Mac’s Bar & Grill
macsteak.com
6077 I-20 Frontage Road
(817) 572-0541
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El Primo’s Mexican Grill & Cantina
elprimos.net
2300 Matlock Road, Suite 21, Mansfield
(817) 225-4140
Lupe’s
lupestxmx.com
770 E. Road to Six Flags
(817)460-6661
Photo: Piccolo Mondo
Blue Mesa Grill
bluemesagrill.com
550 Lincoln Square
(682) 323-3050
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
fuzzystacoshop.com
510 E. Abram St.
(817) 265-8226
4201 W. Green Oaks Blvd.
(817) 516-8226
1601 E. Debbie Lane, #1101, Mansfield
(817) 453-1682
Italian
Prespa’s
prespas.com
4720 W. Sublett Road
(817) 561-7540
Vito’s
vitosvitos.net
2234 W. Park Row Drive, Suite G
Pantego
(817) 276-1800
Fondue
The Melting Pot
meltingpot.com
4000 Five Points Blvd., Ste.119
(817) 472-9988
Picture-perfect Moments
Tom Ware, Suzy Ware, Ryan Williams and Mayor Jeff Williams
Photos: Andrea Proctor
Ellen Landrith and Julia Haddad
Bill Hinds, Coy Garrett, Tanis Garrett, Chad Bates and Joy Bates
Tommy Moore, Audra Moore and Kay King
Scene
Snapshots from the Arlington Rotary Club
Christmas party at Steve Zimmer’s house.
Lois Krueger, Lynn Stavinoha and Linda Gibson
Steve Zimmer, James McCroskey, Charna Blumberg, Dan Blumberg and
Valerie Landry
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Golf Tip
Community Notebook
Community
Notebook
Photo: wikihow.com
Slowing your swing to 70 to 80 percent will help you hit the
ball more squarely, more often.
How to achieve
CONSISTENCY
E
Forget the perfect shot; these three strategies will
help you attain lower scores • By Kevin Herod
very golfer wants to shoot lower scores, and they also are always looking for the perfect swing. Sorry to say there is no
such thing. The only way to achieve any kind of consistency
is to learn to strike the ball in the sweet spot and repeat it time
after time. If you truly want to become a consistent golfer, the next
few proven tips will help you gain more consistency.
Find the right equipment – The first thing I would say is this: Before buying a new set of clubs, get fitted. Next, I would say to find,
learn and use only one method. Once you find your teacher, make
sure to follow his or her instruction without fail until you have
achieved a good golf swing with your fitted clubs. Another thing that
often is overlooked: find the right golf ball for you. There are ball
fitters out there, as well. Not having the right ball for feel and touch
could affect shots and your consistency.
Hone the routine – Creating a golf routine is very important, because it almost puts you in autopilot mode. Developing a routine can
definitely lead to you playing better golf. By routine, I mean when
you arrive at the course, when you get to the first tee, your pre-shot
routine and the pre-putt routine. These things will definitely put you
in a comfort zone that will have you play at your best.
Tap the throttle – The final tip is reducing your golf swing speed to
help you hit the ball solidly. A lot of beginner golfers think the faster
or harder you hit the ball the further it will go. That technically is
not the case for the majority of golfers. All instructors will tell you to
swing at a 70 to 80 percent to achieve a more consistent swing.
Try these tips to create and gain more consistency in your golf
game. You will be surprised at the results you will see. You have to
stick with what you find and are comfortable with and always remember: “Practice, Practice, and Practice.”
Kevin Herod is first assistant golf pro at Shady Valley Country Club.
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The Back the Blue Bash is a great way for local citizens to show their support for
the Arlington Police Department.
Back the Blue Bash
set for March 4
THE THIRD ANNUAL Back the Blue Bash supporting the Arlington Police Department will take place March 4 at the Arlington
Convention Center. Doors open at 7 p.m., the program starts at 7:30
p.m. and the band Chinatown will begin playing at 8 p.m.
The Bash is sponsored and run by the Arlington Police Foundation, a 501 C-3 organization that works to support Arlington’s police
department.
“The Arlington Police Foundation funds essential equipment
and programs for the Arlington Police Department, which are not
included in the city budget,” said attorney Jim Ross, vice-chair of the
foundation’s board of directors. “In addition, the foundation provides
financial assistance to the families of Tarrant County law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.”
While the foundation has held golf tournaments and uses other
means to support the police department cause, the primary fundraiser is the Blue Bash. Ross said more than 1,000 people are expected
to attend this year.
Ross, who is chairman for the committee on the Back the Blue
Bash, became associated with the foundation four years ago, when
then-Police Chief Theron Bowman asked if he would consider getting involved.
”Chief Bowman and I had gone to the police academy together
and both worked for the Arlington Police Department,” he said. “I
spent near 13 years with the PD prior to going to law school in 1996.
My son is also a sergeant with the department, so I have strong ties
to them.”
Now those ties stretch farther than ever. He said money raised at
this year’s event will go toward numerous endeavors the foundation
supports. “The projects have included providing financial support
for life saving kits for patrol officers, K-9 officers and motorcycle
officers,” he said. “We also support the Explorer Program, PALS, and
numerous other kids-at-risk programs within Arlington.
Ross said anyone is welcome to “back the blue.”
“The best way for the community to get involved is to donate and/
or volunteer by contacting us through our website: arlingtonpolice
foundation.org or through Facebook,” he said. “Also, we would love
to have as many from the community as possible join us at the Bash
on March 4, 2016.”
A monthly
Star Tech
convention
• By Bill Lace
SOME PEOPLE ARE keen on robots,
some on concrete and still others on
earthquakes. A group of folks in Arlington,
however, embraces all these topics and
anything else touching – or even coming
close to – technology.
They’re members of the Arlington
Technology Association, meeting at 7 a.m.
on the first Wednesday of each month at
UTA to hear presentations as practical as
18-wheeler design or as esoteric as the
origin of the universe.
It’s an eclectic, gown-town bunch encompassing university faculty, business and
industry professionals, educators and others simply turned on by technology. The 50
or so members include engineers, doctors,
architects and business executives, as well
as educators.
Students, who join free of the $36 annual
dues, come to fulfill course requirements
for out-of-class activities – and doubtless
also for the free breakfast. “Getting up at
that time of morning is difficult for them,”
said longtime member and retired engineer
James Ditto. “But students love free food.”
The organization’s antecedents go back
almost a century to the Technical Club
Dr. Ernest Crosby (right), president of the Arlington Technology
Association, poses with Javier
Salazar, a 2015 graduate of
Arlington High School and one of
the recipients of last year’s ATA
scholarships for $1,000.
Photo: Southern Flair Photography
of Dallas in 1919. A satellite group, the
Mid-Cities Technical Club, was established
in Arlington in 1999, and its members in
2008 chose to stand on their own as a
non-profit as the Arlington Technology
Association.
“We decided to promote UTA and to
provide responses to the community
relating to technical issues around here,”
said Dr. Ernest Crosby, ATA president and
UTA adjunct civil engineering professor.
“It was an attempt to link all the research
issues at UTA with those in Arlington and
the Mid-Cities.”
The diversity of membership and topics
also brings education of a different sort.
“One of our goals is to provide a platform for
faculty, especially younger faculty, to give
and polish presentations,” Crosby said.
Dr. Khosrow Behbehani, UTA engineering
dean, agrees. “Engineers are not trained to
do that (public speaking) very well,” he said,
“and if one becomes a faculty member, presentation skills are going to be important.”
Here again, membership diversity brings
an advantage.
An electrical engineer speaking to
colleagues, Behbehani said, can toss
out technical terms confident they will be
understood. “But this audience is broadbased,” he said. “This gives our faculty –
and students – training in how to present a
technical topic to a non-technical audience.”
The ATA isn’t all talk. The group raises
money to give scholarships to Arlington
high school graduates coming to UTA as
engineering students and helps finance
awards for student accomplishment. Crosby
said increasing the number of scholarships
awarded is high on the organization’s
priority list.
In addition, the ATA wants to make its
base even broader, extending to areas within the university and community not usually
thought of as technical. Expanding the organization’s relationship with the city is also
on the agenda, and Mayor Jeff Williams is
April’s scheduled speaker.
The core function, however, remains the
monthly exchange of ideas. “At first glance,
our organization seems almost narrow in
scope,” Crosby said. “But when you realize
we’ve been around 17 years and given
more than 190 presentations, we must be
doing something right.”
For more: arlingtontech.org.
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Health/Fitness
A worthwhile resolution
The Parks & Rec department can help you motivate yourself to get moving this winter • By Susie Traylor
A
t this time of year, many of us start reminiscing about
2015. Did we meet our goals we set, did we even come
close, and did I accomplish anything? On that list of
goals, taking better care of ourselves was definitely
one. You know exercise is good for you. Doing it, though, is
another thing.
Why are we so good at
thinking of what to do, but
so terrible at actually doing
t hose t hings? You make
goals … but then you procrastinate. You write a todo list … but then you don’t
follow through.
Wit h eac h new yea r,
somet hing magical happens that inspires you to
become motivated all over
again and set new goals for
yourself – but this time it
will be different! You decide
it’s important to find people
– find friends, or find the
right place to work out with
someone to encourage you
to stay on track.
At the Arlington Parks
and Recreation Department,
we have fitness leaders who
will do just that. Our instructors add that FUN factor and connect with you on
a personal level.
At all of our recreation
centers, the fitness leaders
create a sense of community within the classes. People feel connected to one another. They begin to learn each
other’s “spots” in the class and encourage each other. They
start a phone tree or email group, and now, thanks to social
media, they even form a Facebook group to keep one another
motivated and accountable.
Ximena Brock is one of our fitness instructors. She, a motivator and a friend to her students, discovered the love of fitness, re-vamped her eating habits and conquered the negative
thoughts in her head. She shares her journey with everyone
who struggles to stay motivated.
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Through exercise, Ximena has lost 82 pounds and has gained
tremendous perspective on what it takes to maintain a healthy
lifestyle.
“Zumba has changed my life,” said Brock. “It gives me an
opportunity to serve others, relieve stress and lose weight in a
fun-type atmosphere.”
Then there is Robin Capp,
who creates a group fitness
adventure taking her classes
on an imaginary trip through
a beautiful park or on a mountain expedition where you can
envision a run, walk or climb.
This encourages people to exceed their own expectations
and helps participants reach
their goals.
We have many instructors
like these two who can offer
t he mot ivat ion to help you
stay active during the winter
months.
Here’s a snapshot on some
of our offerings: Fit over 50
low i mpac t c la s s, Zu m ba,
JOIN THE TEAM!
yoga, chair yoga, tai chi, piInstructors such as Ximena
lates, boot camp, low impact,
Brock (above) and Robin
Capp can help Arlington
fitness line-dance and fitness
residents get and stay fit
salsa, strength and sculpt and
through an array of innovatrampoline fitness classes. We
tive programs offered by the
department this winter.
accept the Silver Sneakers and
Silver N Fit programs.
Don’t let the winter blues
take control. Let us help you
find the right exercise program
that will make you feel invigorated, alert and ready for the
challenge of the day – and for the days to come.
Call us at (817) 459-5474, and we’ll connect you with the
right class. Good luck and have an energetic winter!
Susie Traylor is recreation facility manager for the City of Arlington.
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May 4th, 2016 • 12pm • AT&T Stadium
Check-in begins 11:30am – Sponsorships & Tickets Available
The Inspiring Hope Luncheon
Charlotte Jones Anderson
Honorary Chairwoman
On May 4, 2016, the Arlington/Mansfield
area Salvation Army will host the 2nd Annual
Inspiring Hope Luncheon.
Supporters, volunteers, and local dignitaries
will come together at AT&T Stadium to learn
more about the work of The Salvation Army
and hear our guest speaker, Roger Staubach.
For more information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please contact
Bridget Lenhardt at 817-860-1836 or [email protected]
Purchase tickets online at inspiringhopeluncheon.eventbrite.com
The Salvation Army Family Life Center and Youth Education Town
712 W. Abram, Arlington, TX 76013 • 817-860-1836
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Nightlife and More
Sights/Sounds
History,
Mansfield-style
Your resource for stellar entertainment options in and around the city
COMEDY: Live at the Arlington Improv
When: Jan. 1-3, 8-10, 14-17, 21-24, 29-31
Where: The Arlington Improv (309 Curtis Mathes Way, #147)
Show times: Check website for show times
Notes: This month’s featured entertainers include Jay Phillips (Jan.
1-3), Clayton English (Jan. 8-10), Donnell Rawlings (Jan. 14-17),
Special K (Jan. 21-24) and Michael Yo (Jan. 29-31)
For more: ow.ly/Uevk1
MUSIC: Acoustic Sundays with Jesse Jennings & Friends
When: Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Where: Fat Daddy’s Sports & Spirits Cafe (781 W. Debbie Lane,
Mansfield)
Show times: 7 p.m.
Notes: Jesse Jennings, originally from Dublin, Texas, is a singer,
songwriter and musician based in Fort Worth. His album, “A Long Way
From Home,” features 13 tracks written and produced by Jennings. The
debut single from the album, “Drink and Fight,” put Jesse on the Texas
music charts for the first time in his career. His lyrics are true reflections
of his personal experiences: love, loss, heartache, small-town life, life
on the road and more.
For more: fatdaddyslive.com
TRIVIA: Live trivia with the PubGuys
When: Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27
Where: World of Beer (5005 S. Cooper St.)
Show time: 7 p.m.
Notes: Every Wednesday is trivia night. Bring your smart friends for the answers,
and your rich friends for the tab.
For more: worldofbeer.com/Locations
THEATER: “Light Up the Sky”
When: Jan. 15-31
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: “Light Up the Sky” was Theatre Arlington’s very first production back in 1973,
and it was reintroduced in 1987. The hilarious action in this backstage comedy takes
place in the hotel room of Miss Livingston prior to the opening of a new play being
produced in Boston. The opening night doesn’t seem to go too well, and all believe
the show to be a flop and turn against each other. The tables are turned, however,
when it turns out the reviews are favorable, and hilarity ensues.
For more: theatrearlington.org
MUSIC: Let’s Hang On!: America’s No. 1 Frankie Valli Tribute Show
When: Jan. 22
Where: Arlington Music Hall (224 North Center St.)
Show times: 7:30 p.m.
Notes: Let’s Hang On! has established itself as the preeminent Frankie Valli and The
Four Seasons tribute group by combining spot-on vocals and crisp choreography with
a genuine ability to entertain an audience. Let’s Hang On! respectfully pays tribute to
all these classic “Seasons” details while also paying tribute to the Broadway show, The
Jersey Boys.
For more: arlingtonmusichall.net
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You might be in
the DFW area if ...
Jeff Foxworthy
and Larry the
Cable Guy
Photo: rfd.com
COUNTRY comedians Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy
will team for a night of fun at 7:30
p.m. Jan. 23 at Verizon Theatre at
Grand Prairie.
The “We’ve Been Thinking
Tour” will feature both comedians delivering a laughter-packed
evening of all new material before
they come together on stage for
an uproarious interactive encore
with the audience.
For more: verizontheatre.com.
MUSIC: “Pirates on the Prairie V”
When: Jan. 23
Where: Uptown Theater (120 E. Main Street, Grand Prairie)
Show time: 6 p.m.
Notes: The pirates are back on the prairie as Grand Prairie’s Official Pirate Band,
the Bilge Pumps, will be returning to the Uptown Theater to put on an evening full of
pirate music, great fun and nautical nonsense for the entire family.
For more: uptowntheatergp.com
MUSIC: Bethel Music
When: Jan. 26
Where: Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie (1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie)
Show times: 7 p.m.
Notes: Bethel Music is a community of worshipers and artists based in Redding, Calif.
Born of the local worship ministry of Bethel Church, Bethel Music produces songs and
albums that are largely written and recorded by members of their Artist Collective. According to its website, “Bethel Music aims to write songs that express who God is and who we
are in Him; capturing fresh expressions of worship in every season and providing music
that will resonate with individuals and worshipping communities around the world.”
For more: verizontheatre.com
MUSIC: Sinatra My Way: Andrew Heller with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
When: Jan. 30
Where: Arlington Music Hall (224 North Center St.)
Show times: 7:30 p.m.
Notes: Andrew Heller beautifully delivers great Sinatra classics “his way.” The result
is a wonderful tribute to Sinatra based on his original arrangements. As a youth, Heller
placed first in the New York Young Artist Metropolitan Opera Auditions and was mentored by Leonard Bernstein.
For more: arlingtonmusichall.net
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and Funding Innovative Ideas in Education
Thursday, February 25, 2016
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Speaking of Sports
How ‘bout those Mavs?!
The UTA basketball team is off to a great start; you should take in a game this month • By John Rhadigan
C
Photo: Ellman Photography
Ten of the 15 players
on the UTA roster are
from Texas. Maybe
that is why they get
along so well. The
truth is, chemistry is
one of the more
elusive things in
sports, and this team
has it.
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all me sappy, but I always feel sorry
for the baseball player who hits his
first home run in a long time (or ever),
and the reaction from his teammates
is non-existent.
He returns to the dugout to silence or a
chorus of “whatever.” Eventually, the hijinx ends, and the player finally gets his
just reward, which is high fives, handshakes and hugs.
I have never known of a scene like this to
play out in basketball until I stumbled onto
video of the UT-Arlington postgame reaction after the Mavs beat Memphis earlier
this season.
In the video, which can be seen on the
website utamavs.com, the camera follows
Mavericks coach Scott Cross into the locker
room. He enters shouting, “It’s awfully quiet in here, it’s awfully quiet in here …” He
then slaps five with each of his players, who
do not leave their seats and wonder in mock
protest why coach is making such a big deal
out of this win.
Finally, after the last player’s hand has
been slapped, they all jump up and gather
in the middle of the visitors locker room for
a raucous celebration.
There is chanting, hugging, hollering
and dancing. The Mavs had beaten mighty
Memphis on their court, and, believe it or
not, this was not the only reason to cheer.
Three days earlier the University of Texas
Arlington had won a game in Columbus,
Ohio.
Yes the Mavs have a win over Ohio State
on their resume, too.
Under Coach Cross, the Mavs play an
in-your-face style of basketball, where they
are not afraid to press on defense or run on
offense.
Consider a game in December against
Bradley – the Mavs’ press forced the Braves
into 24 turnovers. The team scored 36 points
off the turnovers. On the same evening,
UT-Arlington broke the single-game record
for 3-point field goals with 17.
So as the post-holiday blues set in, do
yourself a favor and find your way to the
College Park Center. The Mavs’ beautiful
arena provides a real home court advantage. UT-Arlington has won 84 of its last 117
home games.
The arena, which opened in 2012, is exactly 2.4 miles from AT&T Stadium, and there
will be a lot more action at the home of the
Mavs than there will be at the home of the
Cowboys this January.
Ten of the 15 players on the roster are from
Texas. Maybe that is why they get along so
well. The truth is, chemistry is one of the
more elusive things in sports, and this team
has it. The team took a preseason trip to
Vancouver and spent a week in the Bahamas
together last summer.
Coach Cross noticed something on those
trips: “You could just see that they liked
each other off the court, and I think you’re
seeing that on the court.”
None of this early season success guarantees that they will make it to the “Big
Dance,” but the Mavs have a real shot at
winning the Sun Belt Conference and getting an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament aka “March Madness.”
If they do make it, I can already picture
the celebration; it will look a lot like the one
after they beat Memphis.
Sports columnist John Rhadigan
is an anchor for the Fox Sports
Southwest television network.
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Events, etc.
Itinerary
History,
Mansfield-style
Your official Arlington/Mansfield/Kennedale/SW Grand Prairie guide to fun (and the like)
Jan. 1-16
What: Ringside: Memories of World Class Championship Wrestling
Where: University of Texas Arlington Library (702 Planetarium Place)
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
In a nutshell: The wrestlers. Their extravagant costumes. Overly
exuberant fans yelling for their favorites. The referee who wasn’t
entirely necessary. The old-time arenas that smelled of sweat. It’s the
staple of World Class Championship Wrestling, and the focus of a
new exhibit at The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries Special
Collections.
For more: (817) 272-3393
Jan 1-Feb. 21
What: Modern Masters from the Guild Hall Collection: Warhol, Pollock,
Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg, de Kooning, Motherwell
Where: Arlington Museum of Art (201 W. Main St.)
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday
In a nutshell: This exhibition will feature work by 60 artists and explore
traditional mediums of art from “outside the box” and show how the art
world embraced the work that represents a movement that changed the
face of fine art in America.
For more: arlingtonmuseum.org
Ron Paul to speak
at UTA on Feb. 2
Ron Paul
Jan. 2-31
What: Planetarium Shows
Where: University of Texas Arlington Planetarium (700 Planetarium Place)
When: Check website for show times
In a nutshell: The January schedule at one of North Texas’ premier planetariums
features the following programs: “Season of Light,” “One World, One Sky,” “Cosmic
Color,” “Laser Country,” “Laser Zeppelin,” and “Laser Pink Floyd.”
For more: uta.edu/planetarium/shows
Jan. 2, 21, 23
What: University of Texas Arlington basketball
Where: College Park Center
When: See below for tipoff times
In a nutshell: The UTA Mavericks’ men’s and women’s teams have home games this
month against Georgia Southern (Jan. 2), Arkansas State (Jan. 21) and Little Rock
(Jan. 23). Women’s games begin at 5 p.m., while the men’s games start at 7:15 p.m.
For more: utamavs.com
Jan. 3
What: Dallas Cowboys football
Where: AT&T Stadium
When: Check website for game times
In a nutshell: The Cowboys wrap up the regular season hosting their rivals, the
Washington Redskins.
For more: dallascowboys.com
Jan. 4-29
What: Grand Prairie Library Classes and Activities
Where: Main Library (901 Conover Drive), Shotwell Library (2750 Graham St.) and
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FORMER Congressman Ron Paul
will be the featured guest at the
next University of Texas Arlington
Maverick Speakers Series program
at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Texas Hall.
Paul enjoys a national reputation
as a premier advocate for liberty in
politics today. In addition to hosting
the nationally syndicated podcast
“Ron Paul’s America,” he has
launched an online network, The
Ron Paul Channel.
For more: utatickets.com
Warmack Library (760 Bardin Road)
When: Check website for times and locations
In a nutshell: This month, the Grand Prairie Libraries will host the following classes and activities: Book Babies Storytime; Read, Play, Learn; Toddler Time!; Pre-K
& Kinder Ready Story Time; Crafting Saturday; Movie Showing: Selma, Lord,
Selma; and Parent University: Elementary & Secondary Technology Resources.
For more: gptx.org
Jan. 5-30
What: Mansfield Public Library Classes and Activities
Where: Mansfield Public Library (104 S. Wisteria, Mansfield)
When: Check website for times
In a nutshell: The Mansfield Public Library offers the following classes and activities this month: Basic Computer Class, Creative Colors for Teens, Listener’s Story
Time, Bilingual Story Time, Creative Colors for Adults, MPL 101: Learn How to Use
the Library, Teen Xbox One Gaming, Story Time for Tots, Homeschool Art Club, Get
Crafty @ The Mansfield Public Library, and As the Page Turns Adult Book Club.
For more: mansfieldtexas.gov
Jan. 16
What: Beginner Bird Identification Workshop
Where: Kennedale Municipal Office (405 Municipal Drive, Kennedale)
When: 8-10 a.m.
In a nutshell: If you’re interested in learning more about identifying the birds you see
around your home and community, this workshop is for you.
For more: (817) 985-2105
Do you have something our readers need to add to their Itinerary? Email it to
[email protected]
Presents
Charity ball
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Walnut Creek Country Club
7:00 pm - Midnight
Featuring the KING DAVID BAND
Live & Silent Auctions • Heavy Hors d'oeuvres
Cash Bar • Valet
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THE
• DOORS AT 7:00 PM •
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“Chinatown” performs at 8:00 PM
At the Arlington Convention Center
To get the VIP treatment you deserve,
reserve your tickets or table now at www.mansfieldcares.org
Also, if you have any charitable donations you
would like to make before the end of the year
for tax purposes, please consider donating to Mansfield Cares.
Register or
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Cares, 990 Hwy.
287 N. #106-185, Mansfield, TX 76063
Sponsorships
Available
$125 per person ($150 at the door)
Please RSVP at www.mansfieldcares.org by Feb. 9
or send check/cash to:
Mansfield Cares, 990 Hwy. 287 N. #106-185
Mansfield, TX 76063
(817) 269-1915
“Back the Blue” Bash is sponsored and run by the
Arlington Police Foundation, a 501 C-3 organization that
works to do great things for Arlington’s police department.
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Finish Line
Mountaintop experience!
A winter wonderland – and so much more – awaits in the Rockies • By Richard Greene
O
ur family has made the two-day road trip into the splendor of the Rocky Mountains during Thanksgiving week
for the past couple of years and found it a perfect way to
usher in all the beauty and wonder of winter.
The destination for us is Silverthorne, Colo., which is right in
the middle of all the reasons so many Texans find their way to the
mountains every year.
From that strategic location, places like Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Vail, Beaver Creek and more are just
30 minutes away – depending, of course, on just how much snow
falls on any given day. All those well-known places are where
you will find the countless ski
resorts that are the No. 1 reason
Colorado holds ample opportucrowds gather there.
nity for winter family fun, as the
Greene clan discovered over
While my wife and I are not
the Thanksgiving holiday.
among those who head for
the slopes, some in the family
are, and regardless of the wait
time at the lifts, the thrill of the
downhill run is well worth it.
Beyond skiing, however, there
is so much more to enjoy.
We love hiking. Trails into
the forests on the mountainside
that weave beside lakes, streams
and frozen waterfalls offer an
experience that is quite different
from the summertime version
along the same trek.
In winter, there is the challenge of finding the ones that are open. Without snowshoes you
will find yourself waist deep in the white stuff that covers the
mountains, often for the entire winter.
But there are still plenty that are open and available to adventurous trekkers equipped with layers of winter attire that allow
longer stays in the woods at temperatures below freezing.
We found the trail to Lily Pad Lake that took us into the Eagles
Nest Wilderness. We trudged through thick stands of lodge pole
pine and aspen, crossed some small streams and passed several
beaver ponds.
Upon arrival at the lake, where the picture here was taken, we
found it frozen over and remarked that we needed to return in
the summer when we could sit and watch moose, elk and other
White River Natural Forest creatures come and drink.
While the bears were hibernating, we did come across evidence of the mountain lions known to be active at this time of the
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year. Fresh remains of some kind of furry creature lay adjacent
to the trail. While the carnage was a little off-putting, we were
reminded of nature’s forces at work in the wilderness.
Back in civilization, there is the opportunity for endlessly exploring the shops and stores, ranging from the big outlet mall in
downtown Silverthorne to the quaint storefronts and cafes in the
small towns, where retail activity is the whole economy.
One of our favorites is Idaho Springs where, history records,
the Colorado gold rush began in 1859. Today it is the most populous town in the county, counting just over 1,700 residents. It
is about halfway between Denver and Silverthorne and lies, as
you might expect, in the valley
of Clear Creek Canyon just off
Interstate 70. Even though its
main street is only about five
blocks long, a “quick stop” can
easily turn into a half-day experience.
About 10 minutes from the
neighborhood where we stayed
during the week is Frisco with
perhaps the most picturesque
main street anywhere in the
mountains.
The shops carry the works of
artisans from the area and antiques that take you back to the
days of life in the mountains before the tourism boom that surrounds the town today.
Frisco is also where you can find Adventure Park offering tubing, beginner skiing, Tumble Bubbles, sleigh rides and more fun
for everyone in the family.
Every day, we found the experience of sitting by the fireplace,
playing family games and enjoying the accommodations of a
mountain home where looking out the windows in any direction
was worth the trip all by itself. The cover photo of this month’s
edition is a good example of one of our views.
It’s little wonder that among all the common experiences,
crossing paths with fellow Texans is a certainty no matter where
you go in the mountains of Colorado.
Richard Greene served as Arlington’s mayor from 1987-1997 and currently teaches in UT Arlington’s graduate program in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs.
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