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    Little Rock Soiree: Junior League goals, reviving ballpark, good real estate agents

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The July 2013 issue of 'Soiree' is available on newsstands and online at LittleRockSoiree.com. Here are some of the highlights featured in the "home" edition.

    The cover story this month features new Junior League of Little Rock President Mary-Margaret Marks, a native of Little Rock who is passionate about improving her hometown. One of Marks' goals for the year is to reduce the BMI classification of Pulaski County school students and improve the percentage of Pulaski County third graders reading proficiently. To help achieve this, the Junior League is partnering with Reading is Fundamental, First Book, and Macy's to give each of its Stuff the Bus recipients three age-appropriate books to keep for the coming school year. They also have a 10K/5K race in the works for spring 2014 and a Nonprofit Board Institute that will train community members and league members how to be more effective nonprofit board members.

    Longtime local sportswriter and Arkansas Business Publishing Group editor Todd Traub wrote "Heading for Home," our story on Midtown's historic Lamar Porter baseball field. The ball field opened in 1937 and is the oldest functioning ball park in the state. It was the mecca for youth sports in its day, and the goal now is to return it to that. Right now, the field is used by Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) and two high school teams--Catholic and Episcopal. But it has potential to be much more. A group of local business people and civic leaders have joined forces to raise $4.5 million to spruce up the park and the surrounding areas so that the field benefits not only kids who play baseball, but the community as a whole.

    This July issue also debuts the 'Neighbors' section, in which Little Rock residents share what they love about their neighborhoods. Warwick and Jessica Sabin talk about life in Capitol View; Janell and Clark Mason talk about life downtown; and THV 11's Craig O'Neill and Jane Hankins share memories from their 30-plus years living in The Heights.

    Finally, this issue also features our annual Best Real Estate Agents list. We polled local title companies, mortgage companies, real estate agents and new homebuyers to find out who the best agents in Little Rock are based on customer service. We came up with a list of 75 truly reputable agents, which 20 of them can be read about in the new issue.

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