July 4 marks the 246th anniversary of our nation’s Declaration of Independence. For many of us, it is a time to step back, take a breath, and enjoy some downtime with those we love most.

Maybe people still understand that this is actually a historic occasion, but we can talk about that another day. I’m ready to get in the pool. Thanks, founding fathers!

Unfortunately for us in Dallas, there is another somber day that we are obligated to remember: July 7, the day of the downtown mass shooting that left five police officers dead.

Gone In 40 Seconds

What happens to third-row seats and other stolen parts? (Photo courtesy:

While sunglasses, purses, and computers left in often-unlocked vehicles lure opportunistic burglars, pilfering parts instead proves profitable for many thieves working the Park Cities and Preston Hollow.

A review of crime reports from the Highland Park Department of Public Safety and University Park and Dallas police departments finds frequent thefts of parts such as side mirrors, tailgates, wheels, and especially third-row seats.

Most cases involve unlocked vehicles parked in driveways or streets in front of their owners’ homes.

Not Too Hot for Dallas #Adulting


“By the definition of today, I've been adulting since I was about 12.”If you’re reading this column, chances are you’re in the city, fricasseeing your body in the triple-digit heat.

It’s that time of year when the car never cools off, when all errands need to be done by noon or after sundown, and when it stays light until nine at night, but it’s too hot to sit outside and enjoy those long evenings.

Anybody that can is cooling off in the mountains, or catching an ocean breeze, or traveling the planet.

Award-Winning Violinist Named SMU Chamber Music Director


Aaron Boyd

Award-winning violinist Aaron Boyd, a member of the acclaimed Escher String Quartet, has been named director of chamber music and professor of practice in violin in the Division of Music at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, beginning with the fall 2017 semester.

“During the past two years, Aaron has worked with many of our students and faculty as a member of the renowned Escher String Quartet and, this past year, as interim associate director of chamber music,” director of the Meadows Division of Music David Mancini said.

Providence Eighth-grader Completes 140 Books


Elizabeth Thompson

Providence Christian eighth-grader Elizabeth Thompson recently completed her 140th book, becoming the first student to complete every work in the school’s Headmaster’s Reading Society list.

Many years ago, a group of school parents and staff compiled an exhaustive recommended reading list. The general consensus was that there were too many works included, making it overwhelming to students and parents.

To ensure students were reading the very best works, outgoing headmaster Dr. Tony Jeffrey asked librarian Sue Netherland to compile a “Top 35” list for each grade level.

Scheffler Earns Low Amateur at U.S. Open


Scottie Scheffler finished 1-under par at the U.S. Open in Wisconsin and was recognized as the low amateur. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

For the second straight year, Scottie Scheffler played the U.S. Open over the weekend. But unlike his previous appearance on one of golf’s biggest stages, this time he made the cut.

In fact, the former Highland Park standout was the low amateur at Erin Hills in Wisconsin, finishing 1-under par for the tournament and in a tie for 27th place.

The result continued a sensational spring for Scheffler, who will be a senior at the University of Texas in the fall. He finished third individually at the NCAA championships in May, then a couple of weeks later, he earned a U.S. Open berth via a sectional qualifier in Columbus, Ohio.

Police Reports: June 12 – 18


Stolen before 6 p.m. June 14: a 9 mm Beretta PX Storm semi-automatic pistol from the kitchen table of a backhouse in the backyard of a home in the 3700 block of Lexington Drive. Employees for a moving company potentially had access, the gun’s owner said.


17 Saturday
Broken before 4:15 a.m.: side window of an Austin man’s 2004 Volkswagen Jetta at a home in the 4600 block of Abbott Avenue.2004-Volkswagen-Jetta

18 Sunday
Taken before 5 p.m.: $1,300 in stereo equipment, including a speaker, Pioneer AV receiver, Pioneer tuner, and Pioneer 100-disc CD changer, from the entertainment room of a home 4300 block of Westway Avenue. Left behind in the dusty floor at the house, which is undergoing renovation: footprints from some kind of sandals.

HPHS Alum Recognized in National Publication


Tommy McBride

Highland Park High School graduate and former Providence Christian School Board Chair Tommy McBride, a managing director at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, was recently named one of the “Top 400 Financial Advisors” on the annual Financial Times list. He was also honored on Barron’s Magazine’s 2017 "America's Top 1,200 Advisors: State-by-State" list.

Marina Costa-Jackson Wins Opera Award


Marina Costa-Jackson

The Dallas Opera named Italian-American soprano Marina Costa-Jackson its 2017 “Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year” award winner.

This award, named after one of the most renowned opera artists of the 20th century, is given to a single performer each season in recognition of a particularly memorable and outstanding company debut.