Alford Homes offers new residence in University Park

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The Dallas Builders Association’s Home of the Week is Alford Homes’ newest modern residence with Southern influences at 3700 Bryn Mawr Drive in University Park.

Currently under construction on a 70-by-160-foot lot, this luxury custom home has approximately 6,279 square feet of living space, two stories, five bedrooms, five bathrooms and two half-bathrooms. It will be held open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 11.

Steel front doors, wood flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, modern finishes and a self-contained wine room. The first-floor primary bedroom suite includes dual closets with built-ins.

A steel front door opens to a two-story entry with a wrought-iron staircase. Amenities include wood flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, modern finishes and a self-contained wine room. The spacious family room has a reclaimed wood timber ceiling and a sliding door that opens to the backyard.

The first floor also offers a study with an office nook, a “white and bright” kitchen with an island and commercial-grade appliances and a utility room with access to the primary bedroom closet.

The second floor provides four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a utility room, a loft, a large exercise room, a game room and an attic with storage space. The backyard features a large covered outdoor living area with built-in heaters and motorized retractable screens. There is also a two-car garage.

This residence is priced at $3,925,000 and should be available this fall, said a company spokesperson.

Alford Homes also builds luxury custom designs in Highland Park, Preston Hollow and Old Preston Hollow. A time-honored custom builder with over 39 years of experience, Alford Homes is a Dallas Builders Association ARC award winner and has been named a D Magazine “Best Builder” for 15 years in a row and Living Magazine’s “Best Builder” for the Park Cities. Builder Greg Alford is a member of


College Park marches to victory over Fort Bend Austin

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SUGAR LAND — In its third-straight game outside of Montgomery County, College Park made itself comfortable early in a 46-7 win over host Fort Bend Austin at Mercer Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Cavaliers (2-1) raced out to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter, then marched to victory in the non-district meeting.

“The kids did a great job,” College Park coach Lonnie Madison said. “Every win is a good win. We’re in the third game of the season and we’re still trying to evaluate. We were able to get a lot of kids in the game and we’ll have a lot of kids to evaluate on tape, which is great. Lots of good things. Happy for the kids.”

College Park’s offense was strong all night, particularly through the air. Junior Ty Buckmon completed 11 of 18 passes for 230 yards, two touchdowns and a pick, and senior signal caller Hank Hudson completed 7 of 9 passes for 126 yards and three scores. Six players caught at least a pass, and four scored.

“Ty Buckmon and Hank Hudson were our two main guys last year, and they’re our main guys this year,” Madison said. “It’s nice when they’re firing on all cylinders.”

Defensively, the Cavaliers held Austin (0-2) to 231 yards of offense, much of it coming in the second half when the score was lopsided. Marcus Scott II and Jaeren Taylor picked off passes, and Curt Evangelister recovered a fumble. The lone Bulldog scoring drive was propelled inside the 10-yard line by a hook and ladder on fourth down.

“They did a good job,” Madison said of the defense. “We’re still wanting to get off the field when we have our opportunities on third and fourth down. (Austin) made a play on the trick play, but overall the kids


What we can learn from 36 years of prescribed burns at this Tahoe state park

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I’m standing in a stretch of woods. The trunks of towering trees are charred black and some of the lowest hanging pine needles are singed a burnt orange. Light streams through an open canopy. A sapling of cedar hardly bigger than the palm of my hand has just started to poke its head above a thin layer of pine needles.

This stretch of forest has obviously seen fire recently, but instead of destruction, I see growth and regeneration. The forest just feels healthier, spacious.

“What I see here is a really successful prescribed burn,” says Courtney Rowe, a senior environmental scientist with the California State Parks Sierra District. We are walking through the Edwin L. Z’berg Natural Reserve at Sugar Pine Point State Park on Tahoe’s West Shore with forester Rich Adams and burn boss David Murray. Adams directs the prescribed burn program here, while Murray manages the fire crew.

“I look at this and I get excited because I see us moving back to a system where fire is integrated,” Rowe says. She’s exuberant and speaks quickly, showering me with her knowledge about forest health and fire.

Since 1984, Sugar Pine Point State Park has consistently lit prescribed burns to restore the health of its forest. The park is one of the few places in Tahoe where you can see a landscape that’s seen fire twice or even three times.

As California reckons with a massive backlog of prescribed burns statewide (ProPublica reported recently that the state needs to burn 20 million acres), Sugar Pine Point State Park is an example of what a forest looks like — and how it serves as a robust and functioning ecosystem — when fire is reintroduced.

The sign of Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park on Sept. 24, 2020.

The sign of Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park on Sept. 24, 2020.