Archive for June 2012

Question About Bus Monitor Story

by Joy Donovan on June 25, 2012

The verbal taunts of teenagers who bullied bus monitor Karen Klein clearly are awful, undeserved and insulting. If it were my children involved in this incident, I’d wonder where I went wrong as a parent that my child could find such sick fun in treating a human being that way.

The video of her being insulted time and again by these little jerks has gone viral, prompting a public outcry. Shame on the students. A fundraiser which now totals a half a million dollars will pay for Klein and her family to go on a vacation. Good for them.

We can all agree those mouthy teenagers deserve some firm discipline, and Klein should never, ever have been subjected to such treatment. An additional thought, though, concerns me when I see this video.

But is any parent who has ever put a child on a school bus bothered at all by Klein’s mild-mannered demeanor? When parents leave children in the care of a bus monitor, teacher, principal or coach, there is an assumption the person in charge will possess a certain amount of authority over those students. If her job is to be the bus monitor and we see her looking out the window instead of taking command of the bus she’s supposed to monitor, is she the right person for this job? If it were a student who was being bullied by these juvenile delinquents, would this bus monitor be able to protect that victim?

You would never want me to be your brain surgeon because that’s not in my skill set. So I’m curious about what are the job requirements for a person supervising a group of teenagers. When I see this video, I’m certainly sickened by the verbal assaults hurled at Klein, a 68-year-old grandmother, but I’m also puzzled. It seems someone so reluctant to take charge, stop the bus or call authorities should never have been hired to command a bus full of rowdy teenagers.

The teens were wrong to hurl the insults, but I’m wondering how Klein was selected for this job.


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Our National Holiday

by Joy Donovan on June 19, 2012

Date: 2012-07-04

Location: U.S. of A.

Description: Uncle Sam celebrates his birthday in a most sparkly manner.

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Taste of Dallas

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Start Date: 2012-07-13

Location: Fair Park, Dallas

End Date: 2012-07-15
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Description: Food from popular Dallas restaurants mix with musical entertainment for this three-day fest.

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13th Annual Run in the Dark

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Date: 2012-09-22

Location: Alliance Town Center

Start Time: 6:00 pm
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The Wizard of Oz

by Joy Donovan on June 18, 2012

Start Date: 2012-06-21

Location: Fort Worth Community Arts Center

End Date: 2012-06-24
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Description: Presented by Kids Who Care.

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Food, Wine and Chefs Combine for Dinner Party Benefit

by Joy Donovan on June 17, 2012

Rosie Moncrief, former first lady of Fort Worth, will act as honorary co-chair for the second annual Dinner Party for Life.

FORT WORTH _ Prominent chefs will present an eight-course tasting menu, complete with wine pairings, at the second annual Dinner Party for Life event, set for 5 to 8 p.m. June 24 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St.

Cuisine for Healing ( and Texas Toast Culinary Tours ( are partnering for the event. The seated affair will benefit Cuisine for Healing, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making nutritious, delicious food readily available to cancer patients and others combating disease.

At the fundraiser, each dish will be prepared by one of eight top local chefs. Chefs participating in the charity event will be Jon Bonnell, Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine; Gwin Grimes, Artisan Baking Company; Mary Kha Ho and Jarry Ho, Tokyo Café and Shinjuku Station; Sarah Hooton, Central Market; Jerrett Joslin, The Wild Mushroom; Lanny Lancarte II, Lanny’s Alta Cocina Mexican; Molly McCook, Ellerbe Fine Foods; and Brian Olenjack, Olenjack’s Grille.

“Until last summer, Fort Worth had not experienced a dining event quite like this one, and this year’s Dinner Party for Life promises to be even more impressive,” said June Naylor, food journalist and Texas Toast Culinary Tours partner. “Each special plate will reflect the creativity of its chef, and the bonus is that each course will meet Cuisine for Healing’s healthy certification guidelines.”

Fort Worth’s former first lady, Rosie Moncrief, will return this year to serve as honorary chairperson. Live musical entertainment and the opportunity to visit with the chefs will be among the evening’s festivities.

The limited number of tickets for Dinner Party for Life will cost $125 each. Online registration will be available soon. For more details please visit or

Cuisine for Healing was founded in 2006 by Wendy Wilkie as she battled cancer. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to making nutritious, delicious food readily available to people combating disease, while providing education about the power of healthy food.  Naylor and Cynthia Wahl lead Texas Toast Culinary Tours, offering food and wine adventures in the Lone Star State.

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18th Annual Pajama Party

by Joy Donovan on June 8, 2012

Date: 2012-06-16

Location: Henry\’s Homemade Ice Cream, 3100 Independence Parkway, Plano

Start Time: 7:00 pm
End Time: 8:30 pm

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Description: Free ice cream for every person in pajamas. Donations go to the American Cancer Society.

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Ice Cream Warms Up Annual Party

by Joy Donovan on June 7, 2012

Susan Etheridge, executive director of CASA of Collin County, will serve as honorary scooper at the 18th Annual Pajama Party.

Here’s the scoop:

Wear your pajamas June 16th to Henry’s Homemade Ice Cream ( and get a free quart of ice cream.

From 7 to 8:30 p.m. that night, the store will celebrate it’s 18th Annual Pajama Party. Cancer survivors will be scooping ice cream at the store, located at 3100 Independence Parkway in Plano, and all tips will be donated to the American Cancer Society (

Honorary scooper will be Susan Etheridge, executive director of CASA of Collin County. Members of the Junior League of Collin County will act as judges for the costume contest, and awards will be given for best slippers, best couple PJs, best family PJs, best children’s PJs and best “Pretty in Pink” PJs.

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Nominations Open for Legacy Awards

by Joy Donovan on June 6, 2012

Nominations are being accepted now for the 2012 Legacy of Women Awards, sponsored by SafeHaven of Tarrant County.

Annually the awards recognize women who are outstanding in the fields of  the arts, business, education, health and human services and volunteerism. Nominations are accepted from the community, then judged by committee.  Nomination forms are available through the SafeHaven website,

Winners will be honored at a luncheon scheduled for Oct. 11 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Chairing the event will be Lauri Lawrence, Paige Pate and Brook Whitworth.

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