HPHS Sample Tests Positive For West Nile

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Fight Bite MosquitoA mosquito sample tested positive for West Nile virus at Highland Park High School this week, meaning the city of University Park will fog the area around the campus starting at 10 p.m. Thursday night.

Highlander Stadium will host two HPHS freshman football games that evening, and the district will provide insect repellent at each stadium gate for fans. But HPISD officials also recommend applying repellent before coming to the games, for precautionary reasons.

None of this will affect the scheduling or playing of athletic events, including the Scots’ home opener in varsity football on Friday night against Pulaski Academy.


Dallas Music Rebrands as Academy

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Dallas Music in Snider Plaza is rebranding itself as the Dallas Academy of Music and Performing Arts after 28 years of business. The new name is meant to reflect its transformed course schedule, which includes programs in music education and professional artist support.

“My vision for DAMPA is to tap into the deep talent pool in Dallas, develop it, and help artists reach their goals — from learning a new instrument to landing a record deal,” said owner Lisa Jenkins.

Classes range from instruction in piano, flute, guitar, and other instruments, to music therapy, songwriting, and classes for babies and toddlers.


Royal Blue Grocery to Finally Open in Village

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Royal Blue owners Cullen Potts, Emily Ray-Porter, and Zac Porter.

Royal Blue owners Cullen Potts, Emily Ray-Porter, and Zac Porter.

Royal Blue Grocery will finally open its doors in Highland Park Village at the end of September/beginning of October. The grocery store stands in the space Tom Thumb filled for decades — even generations.

“In all my years of retail real estate, I’ve never seen a more perfect marriage of a concept and a location. With this specific location, we will be filling a number of roles under one roof — starting with our primary role of a convenient compact grocery featuring gourmet items, everyday staples and in between,” co-owner Zac Porter said.

The grocer first opened in Austin in 2006. The new, 6,000 square-foot Dallas location will be open daily from 7 a.m. to midnight and offer specialty items as well as everyday goods, including produce, deli, beer, wine, and florals.

The two-story market, which will be the largest in Royal Blue’s collection, will include a bakery, butcher shop, catering, and a cafe with a Stumptown coffee bar and patio. The cafe will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and seat more than 70 people.

There will be dedicated parking facing Preston Road. Look for more in our October print issue.


Saint Michael to Host Lecture Series

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Mark your calendars for the Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church distinguished lecture series beginning in November.

The lectures will be held on Sundays at 10 a.m. featuring religious educators from around the nation. The lectures are free and open to the public. At 12:30 p.m., a luncheon discussion will be held for $15 per person. Registration for the luncheons is open.

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, professor of New Testament at Vanderbilt University, will kick off the series Nov. 15, discussing how both Jews and Christians view scripture. Dr. Clifton Black, a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, will discuss “Our Father in our day” on March 13.

Dr. Walter Brueggeman, former professor at Columbia Theological Seminary, will conclude the series on April 10 with lectures “Covenant as an Alternative to Pharaoh” and “Conventional Economics: How God Wants us to Treat the Other.”


How Do HP Students Learn Oxford Commas?

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CBS screenshot this still from the original document.

CBS screenshot this still from the original document.

CBS DFW had an interesting story the other day — a tenth-grade teacher at Highland Park High School used a drawing of President John F. Kennedy, Joseph Stalin, and strippers to illustrate proper use of the Oxford comma.

The image, which comes up immediately in a Google search for “Oxford comma” and originated from Portland illustrator Anne Ferguson, reads: “With the Oxford comma: We invited the strippers, JFK, and Stalin. Without the Oxford comma: We invited the strippers, JFK and Stalin.”

The image first depicts the three individual groups and then Kennedy and Stalin dressed as strippers.

When CBS reporters showed the image to HPISD parents in Snider Plaza, many expressed outrage. HPISD spokesperson Jon Dahlander said the image was not sanctioned by administrators prior to its use and the teacher has apologized to his class.

“This was a disappointing but isolated incident and the teacher involved deeply regrets it,” Dahlander told us. “He has apologized to both students and parents while assuring them that similar materials will not be used in the future.”


HOD Packages Meals For Starving Kids

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Left to right: Alex Pechersky, Julie Pechersky, Beth Mikeska, Anna Mikeska

Left to right: Alex Pechersky, Julie Pechersky, Beth Mikeska, Anna Mikeska

The Heart of Dallas chapter of the National Charity League put together more than 1.2 million meals for the Dallas 2015 Feed My Starving Children Meal Pack during their chapter retreat last month.

The mothers and daughters (know as Patronesses and Ticktockers) measured and packaged ingredients such as rice, soy, vitamins, and vegetables to send to starving children around the world.

“Volunteering with my daughter allows us to experience a variety of outreach organizations,” Marcia Mooch, HOD retreat chair, said. “This has been priceless time together. “

The HOD has a philanthropic retreat every year for the daughters to work together, and this year their mothers joined them.

“I continue to be blown away by our Ticktockers’ active engagement in helping those around them while raising their own awareness of the issues faced by members of our North Texas community,” Amy Genender, president of NCL HOD, said.


Headmistress Takes Familiar Role at Hockaday

Liza Lee was headmistress at Hockaday from 1990 to 2004 before returning this summer. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
Liza Lee was headmistress at Hockaday from 1990 to 2004 before returning this summer. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

You could say that Liza Lee is a professional interim educator. After all, she has helped schools transition to new leadership in Austin, Charleston, S.C., and Columbus, Ohio. Now she’s the interim headmistress at Hockaday, where she previously held the same post full-time from 1990 to 2004.

“When you’re an interim, you generally go to a school that has had very short notice that its head is leaving, so there’s a certain amount of turmoil,” she said. “One of your jobs is to bring a sense of calm to the school. And then another of your jobs is to make the community as strong as possible and as cohesive as possible.”

But with her past experience at Hockaday, she knows the community’s existing strengths well.

“It’s a community that is full of energy, sort of like Dallas,” she said. “It honors its traditions but it’s never afraid to look forward. And that’s a very appealing place to be.”


HP Grad Wants to Fire Up Scots Fans

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William Draper

William Draper

For William Draper, the opportunity to coordinate the music during his years on the varsity baseball team at Highland Park High School was the start of his passion for sports entertainment.

Since graduating from HP, Baylor, and SMU for post-baccalaureate certifications, he founded Draper Media, which helps brand some of the most successful teams in collegiate sports. Now, he wants to bring that game-day experience to Highlander Stadium.

“I wanted to give Scots fans a Friday night lights unlike any other high school, because HP is truly unlike any other high school,” Draper said. “This is a new era of HP sports that any HP fan will be proud to be a part of.”


All Hail To Thee Dear High Park, High

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Get ready to cheer for the blue and the gold! The first Highland Park Scots home football game of the season is this Friday.

Get all the dish about the players and what to expect this season in our football tab. We’ll be handing them out at the gates, but they were also included in this month’s issue. Inside you’ll find an awesome “Go Scots” sign, provided by Allie Beth Allman.

Raise it high and proud Scotties!!


Patient Finds Spiritual Healing in Hospital

Donna Kohler celebrated her transformation with her Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital team. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Donna Kohler celebrated her transformation with her Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital team. (Courtesy Photo)

“It was the best thing that ever happened. It was basically 532 days to a second chance.”
–Donna Kohler

As Donna Kohler makes her way into her new apartment with the help of her walker, she stops to ask a building worker about her newborn baby — an event Kohler can relate to.

“My son just had a baby — my first grandbaby,” Kohler said with a smile. “It’s nice to hear some good news, finally.”

The good news comes after a string of the opposite. Kohler entered Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sept. 27, 2013, because of a duodenal ulcer and wasn’t released until 532 days later in March 2015.


Special Birthday Wishes at Snider Plaza Shop

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Daniel and Max Fuqua enjoy some frozen yogurt outside their Snider Plaza store.

Daniel and Max Fuqua enjoy some frozen yogurt outside their Snider Plaza store.

We could try to re-write this, but we’ll just let Max Fuqua, the owner of Plaza Health Foods in Snider Plaza, tell this story. Thanks to him for sharing:

Daniel Marcellus Fuqua, born Sept. 2, 2014, will celebrate his first birthday after his shift at Plaza Health Foods ends on Wednesday. Festivities will include racing tricycles down the isles of the shop, vitamin jar tossing, hide the telephone, and much more, plus all the organic apple sauce you can eat!

His father, Max Fuqua, built Daniel a nursery at the shop so he could spend the whole day with his son. Miss Lumi the Nanny meets them there everyday to help out when Papa is busy with customers. Daniel’s mother, Alessandra, works as a CPA and comes to the shop every day for a lunch visit.


Landscaping Class Offers Tips on Trees

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If you think the drought conditions are rough on your lawn during the summer, such weather can be equally bad for trees.

That’s why the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas is coming to Highland Park Town Hall on Tuesday. Experts will give you advice on how to protect your trees, which can contribute to energy savings and water savings, and affect property values.

The free landscaping class will focus on selecting and planting trees more suitable to the North Texas climate, as well as provide information on watering, pruning, and disease prevention. It begins at 6:30 p.m., and you can RSVP here.