Back in 1911, some interesting firsts took place. Among the historic firsts were:
- International Women’s Day was celebrated.
- Eugene B. Ely landed an aircraft on a ship.
- A “quasi-official” airmail flight between Petaluma and Santa Rosa, California, with the delivery of three letters.
- The first Indianapolis 500 was held with the average speed of 74.59 MPH.
And, on this day an adorable tyke was welcomed into the world that she would change for over 103 years.
Happy birthday, dear Ebby.
Before you check out for spring break or even the weekend, just be advised you’re going to lose something temporarily — an hour. This Sunday the infamous Daylight Saving Time begins. That means setting your clocks ahead one hour.
The good news is that the lost hour will be returned to you on Sunday, November 2.
The even better news is that thanks to loads of schools being out and families away on vacation, Monday’s go-to-work traffic won’t be as fierce.
Hey, there’s a bright side to everything.
Luncheon Co-Chairs Pat McEvoy and Angela Nash along with underwriting Chair Shelle Sills have arranged for the following awards to be presented:
- State Award — Nancy Ann Hunt
- Local Award — Sergeant Byron Fassett
- Federal Award — U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldana
In addition to the awardees, the luncheon will have Lee Ann White and her son, Michael Fowler, as honorary co-chairs and award-winning actress Sally Fields as the keynote speaker.
Event sponsors include
- Monarch Presenting Sponsors — Mary Kay Inc. and Nancy C. and Richard Rogers
- Keynote Speaker Sponsors — Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt and Ashlee and Chris Kleinert
- Empress Sponsors — April and Mark Anthony
- Peacock Sponsors — Lana Andrews and Natalie McGuire, Nancy Best, Lisa and Kenny Troutt, PlainsCapital Bank, Locke Lord LLP, Sue Wayne Strauss and Pat and Pete Schenkel.
New Friends New Life began in 1998 with women helping women. NFNL provides holistic services for sexually exploited girls, women, and their children. Staff and volunteers now provide counseling for women and their children, a program for children of protégés, and a therapeutic prevention program at Letot Girls’ Center and the Dr. Jerome McNeil Detention Center. They also partner with a number of agencies and individuals to provide legal assistance, medical services, budget counseling, job-readiness training, and educational opportunities.
The New Friends New Life’s High Risk and Trafficked Teen Girls Program offers sexual abuse recovery groups for adolescents. This therapy teaches girls, ages 12 to 17, how to define, recognize, and ultimately recover from abuse. The program is an intervention and prevention effort to help girls avoid a lifetime of exploitation as human trafficking victims.
* Photo provided by New Friends New Life
The North Texas Food Bank’s Empty Bowls has grown over the years. In fact, last year there was some speculation that it might have outgrown the Meyerson. But the downtown location was just too perfect for generous restaurants to ladle out soup to the masses and the local artists to display and provide their artistic bowls for the NTFB.
Today just getting to the event caused some to think a move wouldn’t have been such a bad idea.
With a nip in the air, the thought of souping today at the 15th Annual Empty Bowls was tantalizing. Above ground everything was going just peachy. Downtown office workers and residents strolled to the Meyerson and checked in at the Betty Marcus Park.
Alas, underground it wasn’t such a pretty scene. Like sinners suffering through the nine circles of Dante’s Inferno, countless guests were welcomed at the Cathedral entrance by a cheery Charon, who gladly accepted the cash in exchange for a parking ticket. “You’re going to be busy,” one soul said. The attendant smiled and nodded looking at the lineup of vehicles waiting for passage into the vehicular dungeon. Instead of crossing the river Styx, the drivers navigated the maze leading farther and farther down into the narrow guts of the Cathedral and Symphony parking garages.
All they discovered were either empty spots marked “Reserved” or no open spaces. Pity those who made it all the way to the dead end in the garage’s lowest bowels. They ended up testing their ability to turn vehicles 180 degrees between parked cars. As these veterans started their journey back upward, they waved their hands and shook their heads trying to warn new arrivals of what lay before them. Still the innocents continued the trek downward. But what were the newbies’ choices? There was no way to turn around until the very end and they couldn’t back up because cars kept coming and coming.
Over in the symphony area of the parking garage, it was no surprise to see confused and frustrated drivers desperately heading their cars the wrong way. Open spaces, where construction was taking place, looked so tempting, but yellow tape, equipment and hunky workers discouraged even the most desperate driver.
Still, cars kept being admitted.
Finally, one driver after searching for 25 minutes headed to the exit. After being advised that the place was overloaded and they should stop admitting people, the unimpressed garage attendant chomped her gum and said, “Yeah. You should try again.”
While some eventually left the catacombs for more available parking lots, others just called it a day. Were they disappointed? Sure. But even they had to admit that their parking irritation was nothing compared to someone, who is going hungry.
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