Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Mont Del HOA Annual Meeting 2018

The Mont Del Annual meeting is coming up, so be sure to come and bring any questions or concerns.  Also bring your $30 annual HOA membership fee.

Where: Benbrook Senior Center
When: September 18, 2018, 7:00pm
Who: All Mont Del residents
What: Annual meeting for elections and dues collection

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Don Shipe's Bench Dedication Ceremony

In recognition for Don Shipe's tireless and dedicated work in the neighborhood.  Don, we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your hard work.  Your tireless dedication to putting flags out will be remembered and continued for many years to come.

Meet Your Neighbor, Don Shipe

Penned by Francey Petty, Mont Del Neighbor

3 Lombardy Terrace, Mont Del

Don Shipe is most likely not our oldest resident of Mont Del, but he can claim the lengthiest residency in Mont Del.   He and his wife, Jo Anna, wife of 58 years, bought the original farmhouse from Dr. Cross in 1965, who owned all of the dairy farm property in what is now Mont Del Estates.  If you happen to drive past their home, you will notice it is more of a ranch-type older home, set back from the road.   It was the first home in Mont Del and two of our streets are named after Dr. Cross (Crosslands Road and Crosslands Court).   Dr. Cross’  son-in-law, Phil Bradbury, lived here in later years and helped develop Mont  Del. 

One of Don’s hobbies for the past many years (if not working on church finances or politics) has been performing his duties as “Flag Man” in Mont Del.   While serving on the Homeowners Association Board, he initiated a flag project which consists of providing 250 yard flags at cost to distribute during the eight flag display days during the year.  Only in May of this year, did he finally turn the job over to other residents to install them in front of each home and take them down, which is no small job.  

He loves his Lord, his family, his nation and its flag and works to try to influence his neighbors to influence their Congressmen and Senators to become statesmen rather than politicians.  He sees the difference between the two:   a politician hates having his voting record exposed because it is not consistent with his message and his philosophy; whereas a statesman is proud of his voting record because of its integrity and its consistency. 

Don is not shy about being a conservative activist who fervently believes in the Reagan Revolution.   These are three websites he recommends for those interested:
            The Heritage Foundation (www.heritage.org)
            The Club for Growth       (www.clubforgrowth.org)
            The Republican Study Committee   (https://rsc-walker.house.gov/)

Don had a very unusual business idea in 1986.   It is one of  the oldest dinner delivery services in America:  Entrees  On-Trays.  He started with 12 restaurants and it grew into well over 100.  It had many advantages for him:  no labor, no materials, no overhead and no competition at that time.  He has perhaps jokingly said he didn’t take lunch deliveries because it interfered with his golf and tennis.  

The beginning of Entrees On-Trays has its roots from an unusual encounter.  With his Industrial Engineering degree from A & M, Don started working at Texas Steel. When the company closed their doors after he had worked there 32 years, he distributed resumes, with few good results.   During this time, a pizza delivery man almost ran over him, which made a light bulb turn on.  What if there was a way of delivering better quality food?   He talked over the idea with Mac McIntosh who at that time owned Carriage House and Mac’s House, two well known and prestigious restaurants.  They discussed the fact that the delivered food had to be kept warm and that he could put them on covered trays, although eventually he went to boxes.   After fourteen years, Don sold the company to neighbors Pam and Sam Kalil, who were long time golfing and church buddies. 

You might wonder what his wife, Jo Anna, is doing all the time Don is busy with the above.  She stood by his side for the 58 years mentioned above, being a homemaker, mother of three daughters and also tending to the two horses in their back yard.  (After all, this used to be a dairy farm, so there was plenty of room.)  She enjoyed reading, sewing clothes for her girls, church work with the Christian Orthodox church they attend and doing the needed cooking although that was not her favorite thing to do.  She was very involved in her husband’s business, doing whatever was necessary at the time including changing tires.   

A long marriage is something to be admired in this day and time.  They are to be congratulated for that.   And we thank them both for their service to Mont Del. 


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Hazardous and E-Waste Collection

Benbrook Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste Collection this Saturday!

When: Saturday, August 25, 2018, 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Where: Dutch Branch Park Complex
Info: Please bring proof of Benbrook residence


Monday, August 13, 2018

Theft in the Neighborhood

Everyone be on the lookout, there are thieves out there patrolling the neighborhood looking for packages to steal.  Our wonderful neighbor, Sonny, recorded this from his doorbell cam.  If you see this man, please call the police.

A good way to reduce your risk of having a package stolen, is to leave delivery instructions to hide the package in the backyard and out of sight.  Stay vigilant!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Meet Your Neighbor Feature Author

Author of Mont Del Meet Your Neighbor articles 
45 Bounty Road West

Francey Petty has lived in Mont Del since February 1976, when she and her young family moved into their new house designed by her.    Having just left Harrington Institute of Interior Design in Chicago, she fulfilled her first major assignment!  Her then husband, James Petty, was the minister of Altamesa Church of Christ for 10 years. 

Francey had a small design business until 1980, when she started Balloons Fantastique (on West Berry Street over 30 years until she closed those doors in 2016 to operate out of her home, with others fulfilling the orders).  It still continues to operate. BF specializes in small and large events, with clients such as TCU, TCC, UTA, hospitals, banks, corporations, and many individuals and other entities.   You will perhaps see creations unlike anything you have seen when you view her Special Events page on the website:  http://balloonsfantastique.com/localservices/arches.htm

During those years, she also helped create and partner in a manufacturing business (Direct Fire Technical) which made Hot Water Generators for commercial and industrial use.  She also assisted her son in starting and operating Loafin Joe’s Hot Subs in City View which was there for 10 years.  Then in more recent years, she realized her varied business background and enjoyment of talking to people, was perfect for being a realtor, so she got her license and went on board with Coldwell Banker Brokerage on Hulen Street.

In recent years, she revived her passion on the piano for classical music.   After a couple of years practicing when she could find time, she realized she had accomplished more than she had thought possible at her age, considering she had not played for several decades.   She started playing for friends in her home, eventually posting her recorded music on YouTube.  She decided to re-learn the Bumble Boogie with which she had won a talent contest in high school and is always a crowd pleaser, mixed in with her classical selections. 

You may wonder where writing fits into all the above?  While she is not a professional writer, she excelled in English and took extra courses in college over the years and eventually joined two writing groups.   Much of her writing was for business needs and editing for others, but she has penned a book about a difficult period of her life which she chose not to publish.  

Monday, July 30, 2018

Meet Your Neighbor: Katherine Sasser

Penned by Francey Petty, Mont Del Neighbor   

Katherine Sasser  - Owner of Hurley House
5512 Bellaire Drive South, FW  76109
Behind the Valero Station on Bryant Irvin 
817-349-8934                                     www.hurley-house.com
  BLOG:     https://www.katherinesasser.com/

I enjoyed visiting with Katherine in her cozy and homey storefront, just two minutes from Mont Del.   It is a restful place to take a friend for lunch, or pick up a take-out order for your family dinner or perhaps having some friends over.   One of the handiest details of Hurley House is the pick-up window which means we don’t even have to get out of the car in this heat!   I had to admit to her that I had never seen the well-designed space at the end of the small strip mall in back of Valero Station, even though I pass Valero Station regularly.   And perhaps many others of you are in that predicament! 

It is a bakery… but more than that, Hurley House offers catering, oven-ready dinners to take home, and small events at the storefront. The business is a vision that started in her Mont Del home on Windward Road  on May 1, 2013 (having moved to Mont Del just the year before). She kept the business in her home three years before deciding to move to a retail space two years ago.    Katherine is not one of those women who loved cooking from early on; she began cooking when she got married to feed her family and for her own pleasure.  This humble beginning morphed into much more.    She came to realize she enjoyed it and that it was a sensory experience which included what we see, feel and smell and that it brought art and science together.  

I can hear the pride in her voice when she relates that she makes everything from scratch, in small batches, keeping everything fresh.  She also continues to fine tune the business, learning to say “no” to certain types of foods and services (such as dietary needs), instead emphasizing the areas of food offerings that are needed by most people. There are two offerings on her take-away-menu per week:  one being an oven-ready main dish with side dish, and the other a main dish salad.   She narrows her offerings to be sure the remaining ones fit her high expectations.   Word of mouth to friends from her TCU days and other sources has been the biggest way of growing her business, along with social media. 

She began by telling friends she could offer foods they needed for almost any occasion:  whether it was cupcakes or other baked goods for a party, snacks, appetizers or a complete dinner.  As the first couple of years passed, she realized it was a profession she had grown to love and was part of her life now.  The first three years she worked out of her home, managing four children (now 15, 14, 10 and almost 9 years old) along with her business.  She mentioned her husband (Timm) being a huge help with the kids from early on because much of his work could be done on the computer in their home.  He works with an international mission organization called Empower One out of Dallas, which teaches locals in various regions of the world how to pastor churches and raise money for churches and schools.  Some of his time is spent in Uganda, fulfilling many aspects of his love and concern for people who need so much.  (See Katherine’s blog for more details). 

Katherine has an inviting motto:  Hurley House creates spaces for other people, either in their homes or at her storefront.  The taste and presentation of food undoubtedly changes the atmosphere of the room it permeates. 

The interior of Hulsey House is inviting, homey, quiet….a home-away- from-home to relax far from the hubbub of noisy restaurants.   It is a place where you might know Katherine as a friend by now, even if you didn’t know her before.  She takes pride in making your visit a personal experience and concentrating only on you when you are the customer being waited on.  You will enjoy browsing through the web site to see information and beautiful photos. 

This is truly a wonderful oasis in the desert of fast food, noisy restaurants and often uncaring servers and managements.