Preston Surgery Center in Frisco Texas Now Offering Transparent Cash Pricing – San Antonio Business Journal

FRISCO, Texas, Jan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Preston Surgery Center is a privately owned outpatient surgical center in Frisco, Texas who now offers transparent cash pricing for self-pay patients and employers with self funded medical plans. Do you or your employee need to have a surgical procedure? How much is it going to cost at a hospital or another surgery center? The answer most likely will be vague; it depends on your insurance benefits, we are unsure on the cost of anesthesia, your surgeon bills separately from the facility. If you need a carpal tunnel release at Preston Surgery Center it will cost $3,000. If an arthroscopic procedure of the knee is needed it will cost $4,760. These prices include the anesthesia, surgeon, and surgery center fees.

According to the 2017 Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Survey, between 2005 and 2015 covered workers’ average out-of-pocket costs grew 66 percent while they spent 229% more toward their deductibles. From 2013 to the first quarter of 2017, health insurance premiums also increased 99% for individuals and over 140% for family coverage according to eHealth, Inc. Preston Surgery Center realized these types of increases are not sustainable for workers, individuals, families, or employers and decided to provide an alternative model in Frisco, Texas.

Preston Surgery Center has posted their prices on PrestonSurgeryCenter.com to allow self-pay patients and self funded employers to gain transparency in surgical care creating the ability to predict surgical costs prior to a procedure. Their decision to work directly with patients and employers has eliminated the middle man allowing them to charge fees at a fraction of the cost most local hospitals charge for the same procedure.

About Preston Surgery Center
Preston Surgery Center is an outpatient surgical center in Frisco, Texas that opened in 2013. Preston Surgery Center is a privately owned physician managed center that works diligently to not only lower cost but improve quality. They are the first center in the greater Dallas, Texas area to post fully transparent bundled pricing through a favorable cash model. Preston Surgery Center is accredited by the American Association for Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) and provides surgical care by board certified physicians in the specialties of: pain management, spine surgery, orthopedics, hand surgery, podiatry, gastroenterology, and electrophysiology. For further information regarding Preston Surgery Center’s self pay or self funded program visit PrestonSurgeryCenter.com or call 214.387.4100.

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Frisco buying big chunk of ranch for ballfields, park, trails, more

Frisco buying big chunk of ranch for ballfields, park, trails, more

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FRISCO — Frisco is plunking down $61 million to buy a big chunk of land along a major corridor where it will add more athletic fields and open space.

The City Council unanimously approved the purchase of about 390 acres from Brinkmann Ranch on Tuesday. The sale is expected close on Feb. 5.

Mayor Jeff Cheney called the deal a bold move that would not only serve the city’s growing population but also draw more visitors for sports tournaments.

"This project is really going to set Frisco’s future up to make sure we have adequate park space for generations," Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney said.

The undeveloped land, which will be split among the city and its development corporations, is at the southwest corner of Preston Road and the future Panther Creek Parkway.

About 240 acres from the purchase is planned for a park that would be more than double the size of some of Frisco’s existing parks with athletic fields. Warren Sports Complex, for example, which is just south of the new park, is 105 acres.

Dallas’ Fair Park, which hosts the State Fair of Texas each year, is 277 acres.

Frisco is expected to build fields and courts for a variety of sports, including baseball, football, tennis, volleyball, lacrosse and cricket. Plans are also likely to include hike and bike trails, a pond and plenty of parking.

"This land purchase gets us significantly closer to meeting our city’s needs for community parks at ‘build-out,’ " Shannon Keleher, the city’s Parks & Recreation director, said in a release. "While the layout of the land has yet to be determined, we’re excited about the opportunity to shape something special."

The city will use general obligation bonds to buy the park land. The Frisco Community Development Corp. will pay $23 million of the total price for 100 acres to use for future development, which could include city facilities. Specific plans have not yet been developed.

The Frisco Economic Development Corp. will consider buying the remaining 50 acres later this month. If the EDC decides against the $9.1 million purchase, that acreage will be split between the city and the CDC, Assistant City Manager Nell Lange said.

This sign beside Preston Road in Frisco identifies the land being purchased by the city for a park.

The involvement of the CDC and EDC allows the city to control the development adjacent to the park land, Cheney said.

The land, which had long been zoned to allow multifamily development, is part of the ranch owned by Dallas businessman Baxter Brinkmann.

Many Frisco residents have been up in arms over the large number of apartment complexes being built across the city in recent years. A 2016 report ranked Frisco as the second-busiest apartment market in the country. Frisco’s purchase of the land means that about 1,100 apartments will be subtracted from the number projected to be built in the city.

Council member Will Sowell said the city seized a great opportunity.

"Being able to secure a large parcel of land now at 2018 dollars is a lot better than having to wait 10 to 15 years to secure that," he said.

The city purchased 390 acres at the southwest corner of Preston Road and the future Panther Creek Parkway.

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Bison in Frisco: The Herd Heads to Texas

Fargo will soon become a ghost town as many Bison football fans travel to Frisco for the FCS Championship

FARGO, ND — We continue our coverage of the NDSU football team’s road to the National Championship game in Frisco, Texas.

Many of the “Bison Faithful” have already made their way down to Texas.

While there’s no green and gold inside Toyota Stadium quite yet, you won’t see that for a few more days.

But, if you go just about anywhere in the city of Frisco, you will see plenty of it.

Bison fans continuing to make the trip down to Frisco, Texas by all different forms of transportation, whether it be through the air or by land, we found fans who were making anywhere from their first trip to their sixth or even seventh.

It doesn’t matter how many times they’ve been here.

They’re all happy to see their fellow Bison fans.

“It is unbelievable,” said Brett Goehner, who is in Frisco for the first time. “I think it says a lot about North Dakota and the Bison as a whole. We wanna travel, come down and have fun. I think it says a lot about the way our players play as well.”

“Hours away and it feels like a home game,” said Adam Bell, who is in Frisco for the third time. “There are so many Bison fans here. It is just a lot of fun with all the people. You go to the bars and it’s full of Bison fans. You go to the game, tailgating, it’s all Bison fans everywhere.”

PARTS OF THE HERD TAKE TO THE SKIES

Fargo will soon become a ghost town as many Bison football fans travel to Frisco for the FCS Championship.

Another charter flight full of fans took off this morning from Hector International Airport in Fargo.

Many fans said it was their first time going to the championship game in Frisco, while others mentioned they have gone in years past.

One fan said there is nothing quite like being a Bison fan.

“It’s something to lift up your spirits and make you feel good about things you know,” said Bison fan Ed Stalheim. “If things aren’t going too well or something, you go to a game and you win. You feel good about everything.”

Fans say they are expecting a good game, but believe the Bison will take the national title.

THE HERD BOARDS BUSES

Three fan buses are being loaded up at the North Dakota Horse Park in north Fargo right now to bring them to Frisco, Texas.

KVRR’s Jessie Cohen talked with Bison fan, Gary Nysveen, from Hillsboro, on his sixth trip to see his favorite team.

On KVRR Local News at 9, hear more from fans and how they’re getting to Frisco.

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Elvis Andrus and Jeff Banister Added to Rangers Winter Caravan Stop in Frisco (January 27)

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ANDRUS AND BANISTER ADDED TO RANGERS WINTER CARAVAN

FRISCO, Texas (Jan. 12, 2018) – Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus and manager Jeff Banister have been added as guests for the Texas Rangers Winter Caravan presented by Kroger on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco.

Andrus and Banister join Rangers players Matt Bush, Keone Kela, Shawn Tolleson and Jose Trevino, and Hall of Fame broadcaster Eric Nadel. Robinson Chirinos, previously scheduled to appear, will not attend. Rangers Winter Caravan guests remain subject to change.

Rangers Winter Caravan FanFest remains free and open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to meet members of the Rangers, collect autographs, and enjoy a day of free, family fun and festivities at Dr Pepper Ballpark as the Frisco RoughRiders celebrate the franchise’s 15th anniversary season.

The RoughRiders Foundation is also partnering with the Keeper of the Game for Baseball Equipment Drive benefiting Puerto Rico. Fans are encouraged to donate new or gently used baseball gear, children’s clothing, baby items and formula. The Keeper of the Game Foundation supports kids and young adults with special needs and disabilities in and around baseball. The organization also promotes servant leadership among players, coaches, teams and organizations.

In addition to the yearly autograph session with the Rangers (noon-1 p.m.), the Caravan continues to be a more family-friendly experience. Fans can enjoy inflatables (weather permitting), airbrush artists, and the Primrose and Riders playgrounds. Of course, Riders mascots and team dog Brooks will be attendance as well!

The "Rangers Caravan VIP Autograph Session & Brunch" portion of the Winter Caravan has officially sold out.

Ballpark concessions will also be available for purchase with select $1 food specials, including $1 beer, hot chocolate, coffee, Dr Pepper Products, hot dogs and more.

Andrus, Bush, Kela and Trevino have played for the RoughRiders.

The Riders Outpost, the RoughRiders team store, will be open during the event, with specials on select merchandise. Additionally, fans who wish to purchase ticket packages for the 2018 season may do so during the FanFest.

WHAT:

Texas Rangers Winter Caravan

WHEN:

10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, January 27

10:30 a.m.: Dr Pepper Ballpark gates open to public

10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.: Rangers Caravan VIP Autograph Session & Brunch (SOLD OUT)

11:45 a.m.: Media availability with the Rangers

Noon-1 p.m.: Public Autograph Session

WHERE:

Dr Pepper Ballpark

7300 RoughRiders Trail

Frisco, Texas 75034

WHO:

Elvis Andrus, Jeff Banister, Matt Bush, Keone Kela, Shawn Tolleson, Jose Trevino and Eric Nadel

All FanFest events are subject to change pending weather. The Rangers Winter Caravan is presented by Kroger.

The RoughRiders open the 2018 season April 5 at Dr Pepper Ballpark. Season tickets and ticket packages are now available at RidersBaseball.com, (972) 731-9200 and the RoughRiders Ticket Office.

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More apartments on the way at Frisco Square

More apartments on the way at Frisco Square

A Dallas-based apartment developer and investor is teaming up with a major U.S. homebuilder to do a new project in Frisco.

B/K Multifamily and Pennsylvania-based builder Toll Brothers will build an apartment community in the Frisco Square development near the Dallas North Tollway.

The 259-unit project is at Page Street and the tollway and will open in 2019.

The Kilby rental community will include a clubroom, commercial-style fitness center, multiple lounges and a resort style pool.

BGO Architects of Dallas designed the 4-story development.

B/K Multifamily is a 25-year-old real estate firm with more than 1,600 apartment units under construction.

"We are thrilled to be working with Toll Brothers," said B/K Multifamily’s Mark Beneke. "They are like-minded partners that truly understand the long-term value of Frisco Square, and the unique walkability of the site."

Started in 2000, Frisco Square is an almost 150-acre mixed-use development that includes office, retail, apartments and medical facilities. Frisco’s city hall is also located in the project.

An affiliate of Kansas City-based Maxus Realty Trust Inc. just paid more than $53 million for several buildings in the project.

The Frisco project is one of a growing number of apartment developments Toll Brothers is working on in North Texas. The developer has other projects in North Dallas, Oak Lawn and West Dallas.

"We are excited about this development as we continue to grow our presence in Texas," Tommy Rhodus, Regional Director, Toll Brothers Apartment Living, said in a statement.

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Frisco is Feeling Like Fargo…Only in Texas

Frisco is Feeling Like Fargo…Only in Texas

No green and gold inside Toyota Stadium quite yet, you won’t see that for a few more days, but if you go just about anywhere in the city, you will see plenty of it

FRISCO, TX — We continue our coverage of the NDSU football team’s road to the national championship game in Frisco, Texas.

Many of the Bison Faithful have already made their way down to Texas.

No green and gold inside Toyota Stadium quite yet, you won’t see that for a few more days, but if you go just about anywhere in the city, you will see plenty of it.

Bison fans continuing to make the trip down to Frisco, Texas by all different forms of transportation, whether it be through the air or by land.

We were able to catch up with a few of them earlier today.

When you walk into a bar or restaurant in Frisco, Texas during the week of the FCS Championship, it’s almost like the Bison have never left. Returning for the 6th time in the last seven years, there’s still even some green and gold faithful that are making the trip down to the big game for the very first time.

“I don’t know what took so long to be honest. It’s been through four years of college and every year we’re kind of like we made it. I wanted to go and finally now that I’m out of college it kind of just worked together. We got a group of guys to go with so I’m excited for it,” said Croy Goehner, who is in Frisco for the first time.

There are plenty more NDSU fans taking over the city of Frisco making it really feel like Fargo…only in Texas.

“You walk into the bar it’s all Bison fans. You kind of walk around and everyone kind of says ‘hey glad you made it down here, you know, good to see you.’ See friends that I haven’t seen since college,” Croy said.

“It’s unbelievable. I think it says a lot about North Dakota and the Bison as a whole. We want to travel, come down, and have fun. I think it says a lot about the way out players play as well,” said Brett Goehner, who is in Frisco for the first time.

“Sixteen hours away and it feels like a home game. There’s so many Bison fans here and it’s just a lot of fun with all the people. You go out to the bars and it’s full of Bison fans. You go to the game, tailgating it’s all Bison fans everywhere,” said Adam Bell, who is in Frisco for the third time.

It’s really something, you step into a bar or restaurant down here and it really looks as if you’re still in Fargo with all the green and gold down here.

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Get Your One-of-a-Kind Frisco Gear Before the Big Game!

Get Your One-of-a-Kind Frisco Gear Before the Big Game!

We’re just days away from the big Bison game in Frisco and the NDSU bookstore has some new items.

FARGO, ND — We’re just days away from the big Bison game in Frisco and the NDSU bookstore has some new items.

We’ll tell you where you can buy some one of a kind Fargo to Frisco gear.

The hype is real and if you’re a bison fan, you know the feeling of finally arriving in Frisco.

“There’s truly nothing like being a part of Bison Nation on that night or on that day, said Kim Anvinson, the NDSU Bookstore Director.

Whether it’s packing up the car or booking flights, Bison fans are getting ready for the trip to Texas.

But what’s a big game without some new merchandise?

“We have just everything you can imagine. Sweatshirts, jackets, things for children. Lots of gold, lots of green,” said Mary Sivertson, the NDSU Bookstore Clothing Buyer.

The NDSU bookstore has some new gear and are excited about their Fargo to Frisco map, printed on many of the items.

And like the map, the bookstore is traveling to Texas with its merchandise.

“We’ve actually been getting orders from all over the country,” Sivertson said.

Aside from the big game, many of the fans say one of the most exciting parts of the trip is the travel down. From here, all the way to Frisco.

“When you’re driving to Frisco and I just got goosebumps every vehicle has got a car flag, or a bumper sticker or a license plate. You don’t worry that your car is going to break down because you know someone else from Bison nation is going to be right there beside you,” Anvinson said.

For a game like this, the entire NDSU campus joins as one.

“We actually have someone from animal sciences driving our 24 foot trailer,” Anvinson said.

That trailer is filled with all things bison.

It’s a unity that makes these fans stand out.

“They lift us up and make sure we can do what we need to do to make sure our fans get everything they need for the game,” Anvinson said.

“It’s truly bison nation. It’s more than the book store. It’s about every fan, it’s about the players, and campus and it’s all the way from Fargo to Frisco,” Sivertson said.

Staff from the NDSU bookstore will be selling merchandise at the Legacy Marriott Hotel in Frisco from 10 am to 10 pm Thursday, 8 am to 5 pm on Friday and at the pep fest on Friday.

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Local football standouts going bowling: Frisco, Prosper well-represented during college bowl slate

Utah freshman Jaylen Dixon, pictured in previous action with Lone Star last season, teamed up with high school teammate Jason Shelley at Utah this season.

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With the holidays comes another round of college football bowl games, and there has been no shortage of local representation on the NCAA gridiron in the bowls that have already taken place.

Several Frisco and Prosper-area football alumni have been featured during bowl season as schools close out their respective 2017 campaigns. Some got the chance to play in the state, some even here locally in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, and many enjoyed their first-ever taste of bowl season.

Here’s a look at the various area athletes rostered by teams that went bowling this season.

Celebration Bowl

North Carolina A&T 21, Grambling State 14

Jordan Jones (Grambling State, Frisco Lone Star, TE, RS-Soph.)

Jones, a versatile 6-foot-2 tight end out of Lone Star, made quite the impact for the Tigers’ offense this season with five touchdown receptions. In the bowl game loss to North Carolina A&T, he hauled in two catches for nine yards and a touchdown.

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Troy 50, North Texas 30

Turner Smiley (North Texas, Frisco Wakeland, WR, Sr.)

Smiley had quite the performance for the Mean Green in the 20-point defeat to the Trojans. The Wakeland alumnus capped off his senior campaign with four catches for 48 yards and a touchdown in the loss, and finished the season with a career-high 623 receiving yards and five scores.

Las Vegas Bowl

Boise State 38, Oregon 28

Robert Mahone (Boise State, Prosper, RB, RS-Fr.)

The Prosper product stepped out on the scene for the Broncos this season, and made a late splash in the team’s bowl victory over Oregon. Against the Ducks, Mahone carried the ball 12 times for 34 yards as Boise State narrowly edged the Ducks in Vegas.

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Middle Tennessee State 35, Arkansas State 30

Bubba Ogbebor (Arkansas State, Frisco Heritage, WR, Soph.)

Ogbebor transferred from Boise State during the offseason and was forced to sit out his sophomore season with Arkansas State due to NCAA rules.

DXL Frisco Bowl

Louisiana Tech 51, SMU 10

Merek Pierce (SMU, John Paul II/Frisco, RB, Soph.), Nick Natour (SMU, Frisco lone Star, OL, Jr.), Jacob Todora (SMU, Frisco Wakeland, OL, RS-Fr.)

It’s only fitting that a trio of former Frisco athletes competed in the first annual DXL Frisco Bowl that was held as Toyota Stadium.

Birmingham Bowl

South Florida 38, Texas Tech 34

Texas Tech freshman Dawson Deaton (73), pictured in previous action with Frisco last season, celebrates a touchdown in a victory over Pleasant Grove.

Jack Anderson (Texas Tech, Frisco, OL, Fr.), Colin Yang (Texas Tech, Frisco Heritage, OL, RS-Fr.), Dawson Deaton (Texas Tech, Frisco, OL, Fr.)

Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury and his staff landed a pair of steals on the offensive line when they snagged Anderson and Deaton, who were two of the more highly recruited offensive linemen in the state a year ago.

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Army 42, San Diego State 35

Jaxon Deaton (Army, Frisco, OL, Soph.)

Deaton and the Black Knights used a 21-7 fourth quarter rally to comeback and defeat the Aztecs in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.

Hawai’i Bowl

Fresno State 33, Houston 27

Kordell Snyder (Houston, Frisco, OL, RS-Fr.)

Snyder is another talented offensive lineman to come out of Frisco High School in the recent years.

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl

Utah 30, West Virginia 14

Jason Shelley (Utah, Frisco Lone Star, QB, Fr.), Jaylen Dixon (Utah, Frisco Lone Star, WR, Fr.)

Two of the more recognizable names on this list based off of their stellar high school careers, Shelley and Dixon look to make a splash on the colligate level in their sophomore campaigns next season.

Valero Alamo Bowl

Stanford vs. TCU

Ranthony Texada (TCU, Frisco Centennial, CB, Sr.), Lucas Reynolds (TCU, Frisco, LB, RS-Fr.)

Texada, who was a standout throughout his high school career with the Titans, looks to finish his senior year strong against Stanford, and has recorded two sacks and an interception this season.

Belk Bowl

Texas A&M vs. Wake Forest, today at 12 p.m.

Cade Prendergast (Texas A&M, Prosper, DB, Fr.)

Prendergast, who was a wide receiver in high school with the Eagles, has made the move to defensive back with the Aggies in his freshmen season.

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Utah State vs. New Mexico State, today at 4:30 p.m.

Austin Shaw (New Mexico State, Frisco, DB, Soph.)

Shaw, who was a two-star recruit out of high school, will look to see more action on the field in his junior campaign in 2018.

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Iowa State vs. Memphis, tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.

Kene Nwangwu (Iowa State, Frisco Heritage, RB, Soph.)

After suffering an Achilles injury last spring, Nwangwu returned to action this fall with the Cyclones. The 6-foot-1 running back out of Heritage has carried the rock 27 times this season for 133 yards, and has seen more action as of late after missing four consecutive games in the middle of the year.

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Frisco author Robin Roe’s tough journey to her triumphant ‘A List of Cages’

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The odds were stacked against her. She had dyslexia and took a decade to earn a college degree while helping raise three young nephews. But Robin Roe became a published author.

The Frisco resident’s first book, the young adult novel A List of Cages (Hyperion, $17.99), was published in January 2017 to stellar reviews; The New York Times deemed it "impressive." The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called it "engaging, personal, heartwarming and tragic."

It has since been sold to 10 countries and has won accolades from the Texas Library Association, The News & Observer in Raleigh, BuzzFeed and more.

Author Robin Roe at The Nest Cafe in Frisco on Dec. 17, 2017.

Roe will present the paperback edition Jan. 6 at Interabang Books in Dallas.

At the heart of the book is the story of Julian, a fearful, withdrawn high school freshman who exasperates his teachers and counselor. Adam, a high school senior, gradually discovers that Julian has a secret and becomes increasingly determined to help.

The story line is searingly personal to Roe, who grew up in Denison amid what she describes as rough circumstances. Then, as a teenager, Roe and her mother took over raising three of her nephews.

The family moved to a house in Celina. Roe says she would get up at 6 a.m. to commute to her 8 a.m. class when she started college at the University of North Texas. She would get home in time to pick up the oldest boy from school before getting the little ones from day care. The youngest sometimes called her "Mom" and other times "Angel."

After two years, she transferred to Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., taking the middle boy with her and homeschooling him while she attended university. When caring for a child while going to school proved too much of a financial challenge, Roe and the child moved with her mother and the other boys to an apartment in Texas, and Roe worked two Montessori school jobs and a nanny job. She returned when she could, intermittently, to Cornell.

It took 10 years to graduate, but she finished at age 28 and went to Harvard University to earn a master’s degree in education that prepared her to counsel kids who had experienced trauma.

So when did she study writing? She didn’t, unless you count one workshop class that she fled from as a graduate student, mortified to share her work.

Robin Roe, author of A List of Cages.

Roe had wanted to be a writer since she was 7. Like her character, Julian, she hid her journals and stories in a chest by the foot of her bed. It took a debilitating illness that made her unable to continue her work mentoring at-risk teens to write A List of Cages.

"My immune system shut down," she says, which resulted in headaches, difficulty walking and trouble with her vision. "I was crazy sick and wasn’t able to work."

At a loss for what to do, she hoped a memoir would prove therapeutic. She wrote about her life. She put it aside. "It felt too intense," she says.

She thought about the way fiction had helped her as a child.

"I remember reading Bridge to Terabithia," she says, talking about Katherine Paterson’s Newbery Medal-winning novel about two children, one of whom has a secret, who create a fantasy world called Terabithia. "I was blown away by the power of words to make me cry."

Soon the stories of Julian and Adam came to her, one voice at a time, so clearly that she always knew which one was talking. She says she wrote furiously as if she were eavesdropping or entering the frequency of their thoughts, going as fast as she could to keep up. A month and more than 300 pages later, she pieced their stories together like a jigsaw puzzle, easing them into first-person chapters, labeling some Julian and others Adam, with occasional shared chapters.

Julian and Adam are their own people, but looking back, she sees how she may have mixed and melded memories. Julian is nervous and shy, just as Roe was growing up, while Adam is a natural caretaker — the other side of Roe’s personality. Julian has dyslexia like Roe and her youngest nephew. Adam has ADHD like her middle nephew.

Remarkably, Roe’s health improved as she spent time with her characters.

"Julian and Adam are both so kind. Being in their heads is a wonderful place to be. I love being in that space because it makes me kinder to myself. I have more hope and faith in the inherent goodness of the world. It gets me through things I couldn’t get through before."

A List of Cages, by Robin Roe

Roe’s nephews, who are now in their 20s, loved the book, she says. The youngest one urged her to find an agent. She took a year to research whom to approach. Not expecting much, she was shocked when she received multiple offers less than a week after sending it out.

She said yes to Peter Steinberg, who sold her book at auction two weeks later for a price that has allowed her to stay home and continue writing. Steinberg writes in an email that the novel "made me cry repeatedly, which rarely happens… I had a feeling that I rarely feel — that I couldn’t handle someone else representing her."

The book’s title came to her in a group therapy session, where she’d been "talking about the things that keep you trapped and become the cages that keep us from being happy."

A List of Cages became a key to unlocking a cage she had unwitting built around herself — a cage of fear that had kept her from sharing her stories. Her wish for her nephews to be hopeful made her want to write a book where people help each other and pursue their dreams, she says.

"You can go through life scared and angry or you can go through life joyous. … I want them to know that there are people who are kind and it’s mind-boggling what we have the power to overcome."

Plan your life

Robin Roe will appear (along with Mayday author Karen Harrington) at 2 p.m. Jan. 6 at Interabang Books, 10720 Preston Road, Dallas.

Robin Roe (Jason Janik/Special Contributor)

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Famed D.C. Mediterranean restaurant hands off hummus to Star Frisco

Famed D.C. Mediterranean restaurant hands off hummus to Star Frisco

The flatbreads, called "pide," are topped with sausage, egg, and cheese. Photo courtesy of Zaytinya

The openings keep coming for The Star in Frisco, and this one’s big: Afer a year in the making, Zaytinya, the Mediterranean restaurant in Washington, D.C. from famed chef José Andrés, will finally open at the Dallas Cowboys facility in early February.

A collaboration between Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup and Turkey-based d.ream (Doğus Restaurant Entertainment and Management), Zaytinya Frisco will be Andrés’ first restaurant in Texas and the second location of Zaytinya, a top D.C. dining destination, known since 2002 for its inventive Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese cuisine.

In a release, Andrés calls The Star "amazing" and "an incredible development" by the Jones family. "I can’t think of a better home for this second location of my mezze restaurant and I can’t wait for the people to Texas to dine with us!!" he says.

Zaytinya’s mezze menu features shared plates, cocktails, and Mediterranean wines. The wine list is unique in that it features only the wines of the Eastern Mediterranean, including Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, and Israel.

The menu includes classics such as hummus, tzatziki, labneh, and a dip called htipiti with red peppers and feta. There are vegetarian dishes such as eggplant stuffed with onion, tomato, and walnuts; crispy Bussels sprouts; seared red lentil patties; mushroom couscous; falafel; and a bulgar wheat dish with chickpeas and feta.

There is lamb shoulder, beef and lamb meatballs, pork belly, seafood, and potato-crusted snails. There are flatbreads, called "pide," topped with sausage, egg, and cheese.

Zaytinya Frisco will be helmed by chef Jonathan Thompson, who opened Samar and Stampede 66 with Stephan Pyles. Before coming to Dallas in 2009, he was chef de cuisine for Gerard Panguad in Washington D.C., and cooked at Bradley Ogden’s in Las Vegas.

Zaytinya will be located in Building 6W of the development at 6655 Winning Drive, and will feature a modern, authentically Mediterranean decor.

José Andrés is a culinary innovator, author, educator, TV personality, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup, whose portfolio of 27 restaurants includes Jaleo at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Fish at MGM National Harbor, J by José Andrés at W Mexico City, Bazaar Meat at the SLS Las Vegas, and The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills and South Beach.

D.ream was founded in 2012 and has become an international player by introducing brand new concepts and offering wide variety of dining experiences worldwide. D.ream will separately debut an Italian restaurant at The Star called Da Mario, which is aiming to open in January.

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