July 25, 2014

  • Youngsters Take Love of Gaming to Next Level

    Eli Hoff, 9, right, and Dasch Gorcyca, 6, use their imagination to create video games during a summer class at Armstrong Elementary School. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Eli Hoff, 9, right, and Dasch Gorcyca, 6, use their imagination to create video games during a summer class at Armstrong Elementary School. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    The final day of the Highland Park ISD summer game-design class gives precocious young video-game designers a chance to showcase their creation to their classmates.

    Then comes the best part for just about any kid under age 13. They get to play.

    That combination makes the class one of the most popular in the summer catalog for the HPISD Academy of Lifelong Learning. After all, what video-game aficionado wouldn’t want to combine their favorite classic gaming elements with their own imagination? Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 25, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Park Cities to Get Jiggy With GigaPower

    The name might be a little dorky, but GigaPower is coming to the Park Cities.

    Highland Park and University Park are among the first locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area scheduled to get the latest high-speed Internet innovation from Dallas-based AT&T later this summer. There are no specifics on costs or restrictions yet, of course.

    The connection is part of the company’s fiber-optic U-Verse network, and is supposed to increase Internet speeds to 1 gigabyte per second, which means you can access parkcitiespeople.com that much faster. At least that’s what we assume you’ll be doing.

    The service already has launched in Austin and is slated for more municipalities through the rest of this year, as this map shows. Along with Dallas-Fort Worth, it looks like Raleigh and Winston-Salem, N.C., are up next.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 25, 2014 | 9:22 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Former HP Golfer Leads Web.com Tour Event

    Paul Haley

    Paul Haley

    Former Highland Park High School golf standout Paul Haley took the early lead on Thursday after the first round of the Midwest Classic golf tournament in Overland Park, Kan.

    Haley, 26, who played college golf at Georgia Tech, fired a round of 64 (7-under par) to tie his career-best round on the Web.com Tour. It is the first time he has held the lead after the first round of a tour event.

    Looking over the scorecard, Haley hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation and needed just 26 putts during his round. If he can hold off a host of challengers over the next three days, he can clinch his first victory since the 2012 Chile Classic, and his first title on American soil.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 25, 2014 | 7:56 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 24, 2014

  • Churches: NDSM Benefits Outweigh Restrictions

    (Source: North Dallas Shared Ministries’ 2013 Annual Report)

    (Source: North Dallas Shared Ministries’ 2013 Annual Report)

    Since 1983, North Dallas Shared Ministries has helped those in need with food, clothing, medical, and financial assistance. But how those seeking help get approved — or not approved — for services has caused a bit of discussion among the philanthropic crowd.

    By its nature, the center works with clients in specific areas.

    “We do zip-code verification to get financial assistance,” said executive director Judy Rorrie, who has worked with NDSM essentially since its founding. “They have to live in one of the 20 zip codes that we serve.”

    From looking at the organization’s Facebook page, the fruits of their good work is evident: photos from charity events such as food drives with Ursuline Academy and the Episcopal School of Dallas abound.

    But there are also concerns voiced through reviews and posts to the page. One commenter claimed he was turned down due to his “debt-to-income ratio.” But Rorrie says no such “ratio” is used.

    Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 24, 2014 | 9:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 23, 2014

  • Tool Sheds, Drought Plans, and Budgets, Oh My!

    Here’s what’s up for grabs at the Highland Park public works committee meeting tomorrow morning. Drexel Drive. 8 a.m. You know what to do:

    Public Works Agenda

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 23, 2014 | 4:37 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Patrons Leave Notes on Ballet School Window

    Reflective windows make for shiny pictures, but you can see the sweet messages left where Dallas Metropolitan Ballet once stood. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    Reflective windows make for shiny pictures, but you can see the sweet messages left where Dallas Metropolitan Ballet once stood. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    Hearts across the Park Cities are undoubtedly breaking due to the retirement of Ann Etgen and Bill Atkinson, longtime directors of Dallas Metropolitan Ballet on Hillcrest Avenue. The school sat in its street-facing lot in Snider Plaza for decades. Though the lot is now vacated and the signs are down, patrons have decorated the windows with thank-you notes and pictures. Did you take classes at Metropolitan? Tell us some of your memories.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 23, 2014 | 3:35 pm | 4 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Dangers of Valet Parking Increase by One

    Valet parking is a necessity in and around Dallas, whether you love it or hate it — and in the Park Cities, especially.

    I, personally, have a tendency to distrust handing my keys to a stranger who’s also handling countless other keys.

    But apparently, there are some valet attendants around town who are willing to risk their lives to protect your vehicle. 

    At 4:06 p.m. on July 10, a customer left their vehicle running with the door open to drop off at the valet station at the Hilton Dallas/Park Cities near Preston Center. A thief then jumped in the car in an attempt to drive off.  Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 23, 2014 | 11:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Save Your Teenager’s Wet Phone?

    Once upon a time, an SMU senior was on a spring-break ski trip with her friends. That senior left her cellular device a little too close to the jacuzzi one night during the trip. Upon her return to the Hilltop, she suffered the tragic loss of her cell phone to water damage. Park Cities problems, amirite?

    Now, before you judge me too harshly for my lack of thinking on that trip, I’m willing to bet that many of your teenagers — or perhaps you yourself — have felt the pain of a cell phone that has succumbed to water damage. We’ve all tried the tech-age adage of putting your phone in a bag of rice. Not so helpful.

    That’s why I thought you all would want to know that there’s a kiosk in Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville — I know, north of 635 — that claims to be able to save your phone. DryBox Rescue looks a bit like a RedBox kiosk, but instead of spitting out DVDs, it gives you a dry cell phone instead. Apparently, it takes 30 minutes if you bring your phone in within three days of the water damage.

    Does it work? Is it actually effective? I have no idea. I haven’t tried it myself. But it might be better than that bag of rice if you’re in a jam. Anyone know of any places a little closer to home that can salvage your phone?

     

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 23, 2014 | 10:28 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Learn About Nixon at HPUMC’s ‘Authors Live’

    rsz_the_nixon_defensecover_largeThe next installment of Highland Park United Methodist Church’s “Authors Live” series will feature John W. Dean and his book, “The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It” on Wednesday, Aug. 6.

    Dean was legal counsel to President Nixon during that whole Watergate-scandal thing and testified before the Senate. The release of the book is meant to coincide with the event’s 40th anniversary this year.

    As always, the free event takes place at the church at 7 p.m. But if you’d like to pay $30 — which includes a copy of the book — and attend a reception at 6 p.m., make your reservations here or call (214) 523-2240.  You can buy a book and get it signed afterward.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 23, 2014 | 8:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • UP Girl in the Running at Junior Olympics

    Jordyn Kaplan of University Park will run in two events at the USATF National Junior Olympics this week.

    Jordyn Kaplan of University Park will run in two events at the USATF National Junior Olympics this week.

    University Park resident Jordyn Kaplan is among the area runners in the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships this week in suburban Houston.

    Kaplan, who trains with the SpeedKidz youth team at Germany Park, will run in the 4×800 relay in the girls 13-14 age division today as part of a quartet including fellow UP resident Sophie Hung, along with Elise Welch of Dallas and Eva Wilk of Plano.

    On Thursday, Kaplan will race against the top 40 girls in her age group in the country in the preliminaries for the 1,500 meters. She qualified with a time of 5 minutes, 4 seconds at a regional meet last month in San Marcos. The finals for the event will be on Sunday at Turner Stadium in Humble. You can find a complete list of events and entries here.

    Kaplan will be a freshman at Highland Park High School this fall.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 23, 2014 | 4:28 am | No Comments | Comments RSS