Mi Cocina Closed After Small Fire

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Highland Park spokesman Lt. Lance Koppa reports that Mi Cocina in Highland Park Village had an isolated fire contained to a vent-a-hood in the kitchen and have temporarily closed the restaurant in order to clean up.

Highland Park police and the University Park Fire Department responded and quickly extinguished the fire. No other businesses were affected.


HPISD Names Assistant Superintendents

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Highland Park ISD named Lisa Wilson its new assistant superintendent for education services on Thursday. She will replace Gena Gardiner, who announced her retirement earlier this year.

Lisa Wilson

Lisa Wilson

“Lisa Wilson is a dedicated educator, and I am excited to welcome her to Highland Park ISD,” superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg said. “She brings a wealth of knowledge to the district, and her passion for taking every student’s academic needs to heart is one of her top qualities.”

Wilson has 27 years of experience as a school administrator and teacher. She most recently served as the director of assessment and research for the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kansas.

“Highland Park ISD is known throughout the nation as an exemplary leader in K-12 education,” Wilson said. “I am so pleased to join this outstanding school district,”


HP to Grapple With Scot Super Six

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If you're a wrestling fan in the Park Cities, you're in luck. The Scots will be at home plenty of times in the coming weeks. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

If you’re a wrestling fan in the Park Cities, you’re in luck. The Scots will be at home plenty of times in the coming weeks. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

As the wrestling season reaches the home stretch, Highland Park will host the annual Scot Super Six duals this weekend.

The Scots will face five teams over two days as part of the event. On Friday, HP will host Arlington Martin and Weatherford. And on Saturday, the Scots will meet Skyline, Wylie, and Frisco Independence.

The schedule will ramp up considerably for the Scots prior to the District 9-5A tournament on Feb. 9. They will host the HP Duals on Jan. 27-28, followed by a dual against Rockwall on Feb. 2 and a quad meet on Feb. 4.


Scots Take Unbeaten Mark to North Forney

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Plenty of folks have stood and admired Highland Park's six-game winning streak in District 15-5A play. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Plenty of folks have stood and admired Highland Park’s six-game winning streak in District 15-5A play. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park is still undefeated in District 15-5A play, after a strong defensive effort led to a 46-37 win over Lovejoy on Tuesday.

Will Enzor scored 17 points to lead the Scots (14-9, 5-0), who won despite their lowest offensive output of the season. Leading the standings, they will conclude the first half of the district slate on Friday at second-place North Forney.

On the girls side, HP continued its unblemished run through 15-5A by surging to a 48-42 win at Lovejoy. The score was almost identical to the 50-42 win by the Lady Scots (17-7, 8-0) in the previous meeting between the teams in December.

SMU signee Morgan Smith paced HP with 17 points, while Emma Hill added 11. The Lady Scots, who have won four of their eight league games by eight points or fewer, will host North Forney on Friday.


Marcia Clark to Headline Planned Parenthood Awards Luncheon

Former prosecutor and bestselling author Marcia Clark will give the keynote address at the Planned Parenthood Annual Awards Luncheon in March. (Courtesy photo) 0
Former prosecutor and bestselling author Marcia Clark will give the keynote address at the Planned Parenthood Annual Awards Luncheon in March. (Courtesy photo)

Marcia Clark, the criminal lawyer famous for prosecuting O.J. Simpson and other high-profile trials during her tenure at the Los Angeles D.A. office, will give the keynote address at the Dallas Planned Parenthood Annual Awards Luncheon.

Clark, who featured in the Oscar-tipped 2016 documentary OJ: Made in America and was portrayed by Sarah Paulson – who won an Emmy for the role – in the FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson, is now being hailed as a “feminist hero” who faced sexism from the media and in the courtroom. She is also a bestselling author.

The luncheon will take place Wednesday March 8 at the Omni Dallas Hotel and will be chaired by Lindsay Billingsley and Laura Wright. 


Optional Season Starts for HP Gymnasts

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Highland Park is hosting the regional gymnastics meet in April, so they have plenty of time to prepare during their optional meets.

Highland Park is hosting the regional gymnastics meet in April, so they have plenty of time to prepare during their optional meets.

Highland Park will head into the most critical part of its schedule with its first optional meet on Thursday at Irving, which also will be the site of the district meet on April 4.

The optional part of the schedule includes six meets for boys and girls, including the HP Invitational on Feb. 23, along with trips to Rockwall, Euless Trinity, Bryan Rudder, and Rockwall-Heath.

The Scots will host the regional meet on April 12-13, with the state meet slated for April 28-29 in Odessa.


Police Reports: Jan. 9-15

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: LOOK AT IT FROM MY ANGLE

At 6:31 a.m. Jan. 13, five side mirrors were reported stolen from a black 2011 GMC Yukon, a black 2014 Toyota Sequioa, and a 2013 Toyota Sequioa in the 4200 block of Colgate Avenue between 10 a.m. Jan. 12 and 6:20 a.m. Jan. 13.

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9 MONDAY
At 2:03 a.m., Krysta Ann Hayslip, 29, of Dallas, was arrested in the 3400 block of Armstrong Avenue on a charge of public intoxication.

At 8:02 a.m., a maroon 2006 Chrysler was reported broken into in the 4500 block of Roland Avenue sometime after 8 p.m. the night before. $300 prescription sunglasses and paper receipts were reported stolen.

10 TUESDAY
A white Mercedes GLS was reported stolen from the 4300 block of Belclaire Avenue some time after 8 p.m. the night before; a Jeep Wrangler was reported burglarized in the 4500 block of Belclaire Avenue between 4 and 4:30 a.m; and a Land Rover was reported burglarized in the 4500 block of Belclaire Avenue.


Newspaper for Sale

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D Magazine Partners Chairman and CEO Wick Allison is actively seeking buyers for this publication. I’ll admit to being a little bummed by the news at first. D is a great company to work for. I think I speak for the whole staff when I say that we love coming to work here every day, or at least most days. However, we are also confident that this change will allow us to better serve you, the people of our community.

Park Cities People has always been a consistent performer, and especially so the last three years. But in a company devoted to the D brand, it has also been a sort of stepchild,” Allison said. “The Park Cities are a very important and tight-knit community, and it rightly expects the very best. We’ve come to believe that a new owner could better serve the community by giving the newspaper the energy and attention it deserves.”


ABPA Donates $130K to Elementary Schools

Armstrong and Bradfield Elementary Principals Dr. Moran and Mrs. Brunner with ABPA home tour chairs Becca Betz, Vanessa Ayoub, Katherine Sbaiti, and Kelley Ledford. 0
Armstrong and Bradfield Elementary Principals Dr. Moran and Mrs. Brunner with ABPA home tour chairs Becca Betz, Vanessa Ayoub, Katherine Sbaiti, and Kelley Ledford.

After wrapping up the ever-popular Home Tour last month, the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association (ABPA) presented Armstrong and Bradfield Elementary principals Dr. Moran and Mrs. Brunner with a check for the $130,000 on Jan. 11 at Bradfield Elementary.

The money was raised during the 18th annual Home for the Holidays tour, ABPA’s main fundraiser, which was led by fundraising chairs Becca Betz, Katherine Sbaiti, and Vanessa Ayoub, along with auction chair Kelley Ledford.

The elementaries use the funds to purchase instructional materials, books, technology, math manipulatives, and teacher workshops.

Next year’s home tour will be chaired by Alisson-Leigh Scott, Lindsey Williamson, and Stephanie Ernst.