August 29, 2014

  • Orr: Decision on State Funding Benefits Students

    Dawson Orr

    Dawson Orr

    Count Highland Park ISD superintendent Dawson Orr among those who support yesterday’s ruling of State District Judge John Dietz, which again declared state’s school finance system unconstitutional.

    Attorney general Greg Abbott is expected to appeal the ruling, which is scheduled to take effect next summer, to the Texas Supreme Court. The judgment reaffirms a decision Dietz made in February 2013 before he revisited the issue to examine changed made by the Texas Legislature in 2013.

    “We’ve all known for years that the school finance system is broken. Judge Dietz’s ruling supported that sentiment,” Orr said in a statement. “While we fully expect the ruling to be appealed to the Texas Supreme Court, we hope the Texas Legislature will not wait to provide the resources our students deserve. Despite a likely appeal, this ruling represents an important step for the school children of Texas.”

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    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 29, 2014 | 4:34 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Burleson Park is Closed For Repairs

    Burleson Park will be closed for the rest of this year for renovations.

    Those who park or travel frequently near Burleson Park, take heed. University Park will close the park at the intersection of University Boulevard and Dublin Street beginning tomorrow for a renovation project.

    That means the 60 or so parking spaces adjacent to the park along Dublin and Durham streets won’t be available at least until January, when the work is expected to be complete.

    The city will put up fences and barricades on the sidewalks around the entire park, and cars that aren’t moved by tomorrow could be either towed or fenced in. Not fun either way.

    At any rate, the renovations will include a new rubber surface and shade structures for the playground, new walkways and decorative lighting, an upgraded irrigation system, and new turf and botanical beds.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 29, 2014 | 2:24 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Hyer Got a Slice of Last Night’s Pizza Profits

    The donation from Papa John's to Hyer Elementary does not include this mascot costume.

    The donation from Papa John’s to Hyer Elementary does not include this mascot costume.

    We present this photo of this bizarre-looking mascot not to poke fun at it — well, OK, just a little — but to share that Papa John’s donated 20 percent of its profits in the Park Cities last night to Hyer Elementary School.

    Apparently, the “dollars for dough” event was the first of several between the HPISD school and the pizza chain during the upcoming school year. Papa John’s also plans to sponsor the school’s upcoming carnival and end-of-year parties.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 29, 2014 | 2:08 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Hyperbaric Patients Get a Breath of Fresh Air

    Hyperbaric Patients Get a Breath of Fresh Air

    Hyperbaric chambers such as this one allow patients to breathe in high-pressure oxygen to help with a variety of ailments. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Basketball injuries might not vanish into thin air, but more top-level athletes are giving it a try than ever before.

    That’s why former Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd sometimes visited Texas Sports Hyperbarics after a long road trip. Or why former Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton did the same to ease the aches and pains during a lengthy season.

    They come to spend an hour or two relaxing in a hyperbaric chamber, a high-pressure oxygen tube that’s been proven to aid in everything from the care of bruises and wounds to therapy for stroke victims.

    “The availability of single-chamber, hyperbaric oxygen therapy has revolutionized my sports medicine practice,” said Dr. T.O. Souryal, a Highland Park resident and team physician for the Mavericks. “With professional athletes, we often use hyperbaric oxygen treatments for recovery after strenuous exercise such as back-to-back games, playoffs, and long-distance weekend competitions.” Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 29, 2014 | 1:58 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Pastor Takes Church to the Great Outdoors

    Pastor Takes Church to the Great Outdoors in Caruth Park

    Pastor Grant Myers spends time focusing on the children during a Sunday service. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Blankets and camping chairs may not immediately come to mind when you think of Sunday church service. But that’s the vibe built around Life Dallas, an outdoor church developed by pastor Grant Myers.

    “God opened the door,” he said. And he means that rather literally. “If Jesus walked here on Earth again, the last place he’d enter is a church — church didn’t start in a building.”

    Myers admits his own love of the outdoors. He grew up in Georgia, attended seminary in Tennessee, and worked in ministry in Colorado for a few years. He enjoys taking his dogs, Huckleberry and Sammy, out on hiking trips.

    But the church is about more than just his own passions.

    “I think you’ll see that God’s here,” he said. “What better place to meet than in God’s creation?” Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 29, 2014 | 11:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Documentary Explores HP Gridiron Tradition

    Documentary Explores HP Tradition

    Matthew Stafford is among the interviewees in the documentary. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

    At the professional level, you can just sign a few free agents. At the college level, you can lure a couple of big-name recruits. But how do you keep winning at the high-school level, year after year, essentially on a level playing field with your competition?

    That’s what intrigued Dallas-based documentary filmmaker Mickey Holden, who has worked on projects about big-name athletes for network television but couldn’t shake the concept of a film about the tradition that comes with Highland Park football.

    “I’ve always been intrigued with why Highland Park is always good,” Holden said. “To keep winning I find remarkable. I wanted to find out what the secret sauce is.”

    Holden’s finished project is an hour-long look at the Scots that coincides with the program’s 100th anniversary this fall. It traces the football team’s successes in the early years with Doak Walker and Bobby Layne to its most recent state title behind Matthew Stafford in 2005. Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 29, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 28, 2014

  • Cafeteria’s Name Defies Location

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    Jeff Snoyer reopened the doors of Highland Park Cafeteria as its new owner in 2007, going back to the original name. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    “What’s that doing there?” It’s a question many drivers may ask themselves on their way to White Rock Lake when they see Highland Park Cafeteria sitting in a Casa Linda shopping center.

    The answer dates all the way back to 1925, when Carolyn Goodman first opened the original Highland Park Cafeteria on Knox Street, just across the street from the equally historic Highland Park Pharmacy.

    “There would be a line around the block,” modern-day owner Jeff Snoyer said of the original location.

    The cafeteria eventually grew to eight locations, including Casa Linda. But after the bank failures of the late 1980s, only the original location and Casa Linda were left.

    By the mid-1990s, Goodman had died and the family was no longer involved in the business, so the cafeteria changed hands. Unfortunately, the new owner could not keep the business afloat long.

    “It was a sad day when it closed,” Goodman’s grandson David Yates said. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 28, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Coming Up: Dads Club Golf Tournament

    It’s that time of year again. The Park Cities Dads Club Golf Tournament, or the Teachers Cup, is scheduled for Oct. 13 at the Dallas Country Club. This is the 23rd year the event will take place, and it celebrates more than $2.1 million raised to fund staff development at HPISD. Those funds are not recaptured by “Robin Hood” laws, either. 

    Sign up here.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 28, 2014 | 10:45 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • ‘Godfather’ of Custom Pies Opens Local Pizzaria

    Project Pie will open a number of locations this year, including Preston Center and Asbury Avenue. (Photos courtesy of Project Pie)

    Project Pie will open a number of locations this year, including Preston Center and Asbury Avenue. (Photos courtesy of Project Pie)

    The way pizza-preneur James Markham sees it, food is akin to a romantic relationship — that is, it’s best when kept fresh.

    It’s a sentiment that can be linked directly to Project Pie, the valedictorian of the dough-tossing chains (MOD, Pieology) Markham has founded in recent years. Like its predecessors, the Project Pie concept involves custom-made pizzas bedazzled with premium ingredients. Unlike the stores that have gone before, however, Project Pie will be opening in Dallas — and opening four times over to boot.

    “I’ve got four units I’m doing in Dallas this year. I’m doing Preston Center, Lower Greenville — we just signed a space right at SMU, and we’re doing one in Addison too,” Markham said. Although the storefronts will open back-to-back this fall, thanks to a mix of vintage and industrial furnishings, “all of them are going to look different.” Read More…

    By Karley Kiker Aug. 28, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • TexProtects Anniversary Features Ashley Judd

    The TexProtects’ 10th Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 14 will feature Ashley Judd as the keynote speaker.

    John Castle chairs the board of directors, while Lisa K. Simmons acts as honorary chair. Pat Albritton Harloe also serves as event chair.

    The evening’s events will take place at 7 p.m. at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Make a donation or purchase tickets here.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 28, 2014 | 9:45 am | No Comments | Comments RSS