September 22, 2014

  • Thief Trades Cars Inside UP Garage

    It sounds like the set-up for a hidden-camera sketch. A homeowner wakes up one Sunday morning to realize that their vehicle was stolen from their detached garage — and another vehicle was left in its place.

    Unfortunately for a resident in the 2600 block of Milton Avenue, there wasn’t any punchline to this scenario on Sept. 15, when a silver 2011 Jeep Wrangler was missing. In its place was a Volvo station wagon that had been stolen earlier from a driveway in the 3900 block of Potomac Avenue in Highland Park.

    Stolen items from inside the Jeep included a $1,600 set of Taylor Made golf clubs, a $400 pair of Maui Jim sunglasses, and a $200 Husky compressor.

    The original crime on Potomac happened overnight, when a thief stole the key to the Volvo along with a case of Winchester shotgun shells from a unlocked black Mercedes SUV parked next to it. The perpetrator also rummaged through an unlocked blue Ford Explorer.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 22, 2014 | 4:24 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Committees Will Review Suspended Books

    In June, we brought you a story on parents upset about reading selections within HPISD. As fire continued in the debate, many parents and family members of HPISD students turned up to the school board meeting on Sept. 9 to put in their two cents.

    Following that meeting, emails came pouring in to HPISD school board trustees, district superintendent Dawson Orr, and HPHS principal Walter Kelly requesting the removal of specific titles. As a result, seven books have been temporarily suspended from the classrooms as of last week, pending further review by committees made up of parents, teachers, and students. The books are:

    1. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
    2. The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K. Shipler
    3. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
    4. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
    5. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
    6. The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
    7. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

    All reading selections are reviewed by a committee during the vetting process. However, when titles are challenged, they must go through a more formal “reconsideration committee” review.

    Specifically, three titles were scheduled for use during this school year: The Art of Racing in the Rain, The Glass Castle, and The Working Poor. A separate committee will be formed to review each of those titles.

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    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 22, 2014 | 11:01 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Did You See Reveille Dodge a Football Saturday?

    I was not at the SMU home opener on Saturday due to a wedding — which is unusual for me, a dedicated fan and alum — but ESPN captured this Aggie corps member defending one of his own from a rogue play. Though I am a Mustang, I’m also the daughter of an Aggie, and therefore respect “the spirit of Aggieland.” Better believe I’d stand in front of Peruna if anything got in our mascot’s way.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 22, 2014 | 9:21 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • More Proof That Will Miller is a Good Shooter

    Highland Park High School graduate Will Miller, a sophomore forward at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmittsburg, Md., is pretty good at shooting a basketball.

    He proved that during his senior year at HPHS two years ago, and during his freshman season at MSM, when he averaged 5.6 points and was a three-point specialist for a Mountaineers team that reached the NCAA tournament.

    In this video, he makes 100 3-pointers in five minutes in the practice gym. That’s 20 per minute, or one every three seconds. You hoopers out there know how difficult that is. Anyway, just watch, and take special notice of the awesome janitor cameo.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 22, 2014 | 9:04 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Hyer Students Will “Stay Cool” At The Bike Rodeo

    Jenna Bowen wears the T-shirt bearing her design next to her new bike.

    Jenna Bowen wears the T-shirt bearing her design next to her new bike.

    Hyer Elementary School students will look cool in their new T-shirts designed by student Jenna Bowen. A school-wide drawing competition determined the shirt design for the annual Bike Rodeo held at Hyer.

    This year’s theme was “stay cool,” and Bowen’s winning design won her a new bike donated by Bicycles Plus. Her artwork became the official T-shirt that will be worn by the entire student body at the Bike Rodeo.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Sep. 22, 2014 | 8:09 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Arboretum Officially Kicks Off Fall

    I just really want to see Cinderella's carriage. (Photo: Courtesy of Juliette Coulter)

    I just really want to see Cinderella’s carriage. (Photo: Courtesy of Juliette Coulter)

    Even though Park Cities resident Karen Reardon is no longer at the helm, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Autumn at the Arboretum like always. The exhibit opened on Saturday with the Tour des Fleurs race and runs through Nov. 26.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 22, 2014 | 4:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 20, 2014

  • Kershaw Keeps Demonstrating Greatness

    Clayton Kershaw

    Clayton Kershaw is dominating again.

    It’s easy to take it for granted at this point, but just how good is Clayton Kershaw? I’ll leave a complete analysis to the baseball historians and statistical gurus, but this might be the best season yet for the Highland Park High School graduate.

    The Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander won his 20th game of the season yesterday as the Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 14-5 at Wrigley Field. It wasn’t the best outing for Kershaw by far, as he gave up three runs in the first inning, but it clinched a playoff spot for the Dodgers.

    Still, the 20-win milestone is becoming more rare in this era of expanded rotations and bullpen specialists. In fact, yesterday Kershaw became the first pitcher to reach 20 wins in his first 26 starts in a season since Pedro Martinez of the Red Sox in 1999. He leads the league with a 20-3 record, a 1.80 earned-run average, and six complete games. He’s 17-1 in his last 20 starts, for crying out loud.

    In other words, it’s not a stretch to say that he’s having the best season of his already decorated career — one that already includes two National League Cy Young awards. A third is almost certainly on the way.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 20, 2014 | 10:34 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 19, 2014

  • SMU Plays Texas A&M; Traffic Will Be Bad


    The Scots might be off this weekend, but that doesn’t mean the Park Cities will lack for action on the gridiron. SMU’s home opener is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday against Texas A&M, so consider this a reminder to prepare accordingly.

    The game against the Aggies will likely draw a full house, so whether or not you’re attending said contest, you probably will be affected by the traffic if you live in the Park Cities. Of course, that means gameday parking restrictions around the campus. You can find more specifics here.

    The Mustangs also will host TCU next Saturday at 11 a.m., so the same thing applies.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 19, 2014 | 5:34 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Are the Scots Ready For the 10-6A Gauntlet?

    Highland Park's Hayden Schnieders returned an interception for a touchdown against Prosper. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    HP’s Hayden Schnieders returned an interception for a touchdown against Prosper. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    The Class 6A debut for Highland Park is one week away. And with the Scots taking a bye this week along with the rest of its new District 10-6A foes, it provides a good opportunity to examine how all eight teams have fared so far.

    It was a curious decision by HP to not include any 6A teams (or any road games) in its nondistrict schedule this year. In fact, the Scots’ district opener next Friday at North Mesquite will be their first game against a team from the state’s top classification since facing Coppell in 2009.

    Still, it’s difficult to argue with the results thus far. The Scots (3-0) are the only unbeaten squad in the district, and its two wins against 5A opposition have resulted in shutouts of Frisco Centennial and Prosper. The HP offense is averaging almost 50 points per game.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 19, 2014 | 2:20 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • CrossFit Celebrates a Year of Sweat and 6-Packs

    CrossFit Odyssey at Preston Center has been around for a year, and it’s celebrating with a day of free events on Saturday that won’t require too much physical exertion.

    The festivities include a “Mind of a Champion” workshop by Dr. Julie Bell, a self-defense seminar, an “adult/child throwdown,” a hydrostatic fat test, and a mobility screening.

    You can also congratulate gym owner John Mariotti for his sixth-place finish this summer in the masters division (age 55-59) at the CrossFit Games in Carson, Calif. Mariotti, by the way, is a sixth-degree black belt in taekwondo, so be nice.

    At any rate, the whole thing runs from about 1 to 4 p.m., and you can leave the Spandex at home.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 19, 2014 | 8:10 am | No Comments | Comments RSS