August 1, 2014

  • Siblings Not Whining About Winery

    Tasting room manager Mike Igo at Pedernales Cellars. (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua)

    Tasting room manager Mike Igo at Pedernales Cellars. (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua)

    Once they left, neither David nor Julie Kuhlken suspected they would return to the wine business.

    The siblings, who each graduated from Highland Park High School, subsequently worked at their parents’ vineyard in the Texas Hill Country in the 1990s, but didn’t plan to make wine the family business.

    “They went into it with the expectation that there would never be a winery,” Julie said of her parents. “We started different careers very far away. It just didn’t seem likely.” Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 1, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Teen Skips His Way to National Regatta

    Tyler Killion and Zane Tennell will team up in the U.S. Junior Championships regatta in August in Traverse City, Mich.

    Tyler Killion and Zane Tennell will team up in the U.S. Junior Championships regatta in August in Traverse City, Mich.

    Tyler Killion grew up in the Park Cities, but he learned his craft more than 2,000 miles away.

    It was during visits to his grandparents’ summer house on the coast of Maine that Killion picked up sailing, a sport that has since developed into his passion.

    Killion, who graduated from Highland Park High School in May, will compete in the U.S. Junior Championships regatta beginning Aug. 4 in Traverse City, Mich.

    For Killion, it will be the biggest accomplishment yet in a journey that began when he enrolled in a couple of sailing camps in New England at a young age.

    He entered his first regatta in Fort Worth at age 9, joined a couple of clubs at White Rock Lake, and has been racing ever since. Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 1, 2014 | 9:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 31, 2014

  • Young Swimmers Pool Resources, Break Records

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    The record-breaking relay team included Brooks Kirchen, Bo Clarke, Liam Conner, and Cameron Laurie

    Congratulations to the quartet of 11- and 12-year-old swimmers who comprised two boys relay teams from the Park Cities YMCA. The foursome broke two records at the YMCA Lone Star Swim Meet last weekend in Frisco.

    The team started with a dominating performance in the 200-yard medley relay, including Brooks Kirchen (backstroke), Bo Clarke (breaststroke), Liam Conner (butterfly), and Cameron Laurie (freestyle). Their time of 2 minutes, 4.73 seconds beat the old meet record by three seconds, and was 12 seconds better than the runner-up in the same time.

    Later, the same group crushed the competition again in the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:51.71 that was two seconds lower than the previous record and 10 seconds better than the second-place team. Their efforts also helped the Park Cities Y win the team title at the meet.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 31, 2014 | 1:13 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Salon Celebrates 15 Years of Style

    Co-owner Bruce Osgood still makes time to work “behind the chair” — or in this case, in front of — and gives a client a quick trim. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Co-owner Bruce Osgood still makes time to work “behind the chair” — or in this case, in front of — and gives a client a quick trim. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    As of this fall, Osgood-O’Neil salons have been coiffing the heads of local residents for 15 years. That kind of sustainability is thanks to the business-minded savvy of Bruce Osgood and Allane O’Neil.

    “Generally what happens is you become a very busy stylist, and you think it’s time to open up a salon,” Osgood said. “Right from the beginning, we saw that you have to put people in the right positions.”

    Not only do you need the right team of owners, stylists, and managers, you need the right locations. First came Snider Plaza in 1998, then Knox Street in 2005, and finally, the Lovers Lane shop in 2007 Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 31, 2014 | 9:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 30, 2014

  • HP Authorizes New Water Restrictions

    At Monday’s Highland Park Town Council meeting, council members approved changes to the town’s “drought contingency” plan, mainly because the majority of the state is under extreme drought, and Highland Park is under “Drought Emergency Response Stage 1.” The changes noted below will take effect Sept. 1.

    HP procures its water from the Dallas County Park Cities Municipal Utilities District (or DCPCMUD – whew, still with me?), which is entirely sourced by Grapevine Lake. With conditions as they are now, that means there’s a limited volume.

    So what does this mean for you?

    • Even-numbered houses water on Sundays and Thursdays
    • Odd-numbered houses water on Saturdays and Wednesdays
    • Non-residential customers (apartments, businesses, etc.) water on Tuesdays and Fridays
    • No watering will take place on Mondays

    Additionally, this new ordinance prohibits:

    • Over-seeding with cool-season grasses
    • “Hydro-mulching” (minus new construction or erosion control)
    • Watering that causes runoff away from the lot

    Of course, there are exceptions. Those include circumstances such as public-safety areas, newly-planted trees, irrigation systems, and other properties authorized by the town. Check out all the  exceptions and regulations here.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 30, 2014 | 5:09 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Longtime Judge Leaves HP Bench

    Judge Pat Robertson says goodbye to Highland Park Town Hall after 45 years of service. Robertson was among the top five longest-serving municipal judges in Texas. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Judge Pat Robertson says goodbye to Highland Park Town Hall after 45 years of service. Robertson was among the top five longest-serving municipal judges in Texas. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    On June 9, something happened at Highland Park Town Hall that hasn’t happened in 45 years. Pat Robertson retired from his position to make room for a new town judge.

    Al Hammack, who had served as town attorney for nearly 20 years, stepped into the position, with full knowledge of the shoes he had to fill.

    “He truly acted justly, he loved mercy, and he walked humbly,” Hammack said.  Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 30, 2014 | 2:00 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Developer Focuses on Urban Density in Oak Park

    The Holland Avenue Villas complex is scheduled for completion this fall. (Photo:Courtesy David Weekley Homes)

    The Holland Avenue Villas complex is scheduled for completion this fall.

    While it might be best known for large suburban subdivisions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, David Weekley Homes is thinking smaller with one of its current projects.

    The Houston-based company is nearing completion on Holland Avenue Villas, which includes eight detached townhomes on a property west of Dallas North Tollway, adjacent to the western border of Highland Park.

    It’s the sort of smaller urban project that Weekley has successfully launched in cities such as Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, but hasn’t tried much locally.

    Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 30, 2014 | 11:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Catch Doug Swanson at ‘Authors Live’

    rsz_9780670026036_large_blood_acesDoug Swanson will be speaking about his book, “Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker” on Aug. 13 as part of HPUMC’s “Authors Live” series.

    Apparently, Binion was a powerful, Las Vegas casino owner who learned the game from Bugsy Siegel, Howard Hughes, and Whitey Bulger.

    As always, the free event takes place at the church at 7 p.m. But if you’d like to pay $30 — which includes a copy of the book — and attend a reception at 6 p.m., make your reservations here or call (214) 523-2240.

    You can buy a book and get it signed afterward.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 30, 2014 | 8:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 29, 2014

  • Gators Have Hope For Future

    Highland Park midfielder Hope Hyde has verbally committed to the University of Florida.

    Highland Park midfielder Hope Hyde has verbally committed to the University of Florida.

    Hope Hyde still has two more years of high school remaining, but she already has her college plans all figured out.

    The soccer standout has verbally committed to the University of Florida, which won the Southeastern Conference title last year. Verbal commitments are non-binding, and Hyde cannot sign a letter of intent with the Gators until November 2015.

    Hyde led the Lady Scots in scoring last season as a sophomore and was given honorable mention all-state honors by the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches. The midfielder posted 11 goals in the playoffs, helping HP reach the Class 4A Region II final.

    Since last season, Hyde has been busy with her select team, Dallas Texans 98, which reached the Elite Clubs National League title game earlier this month in Richmond, Va. For the Texans, Hyde posted 10 goals and six assists in 23 games this year.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 29, 2014 | 5:23 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Celebrate HP Summer Reading Club at Park

    Untitled-1The Highland Park Library is celebrating the end of its “Fizz Boom Read!” summer reading club at Prather Park at 10 a.m. Friday with science-themed activities and snacks.

    All summer children have used a reading log to keep track of the number of books they’ve read or read with someone. After logging 10 titles, kids received a certificate and a book was donated in their honor to Readers2Leaders.

    I’ll be at the park presenting “My Homework Ate My Dog” with author Kent Smith. I illustrated the children’s book last fall with Smith, who was one of my journalism teachers at Highland Park High School.

    Hope to see you there!

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Jul. 29, 2014 | 5:14 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS