Scotsmen Back the Blue

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Five Highland Park High School football players stopped by the University Park Police Department on July 10 to express their appreciation for what officers do on the school campus and in the community. John Walker, Luke Ford, Quillin McKenney, Andrew White, and Jared Steinhard (not pictured) brought cookies and a note saying that they “back the blue.” The boys plan to continue recognizing officers throughout the upcoming school year.

Meadowbrook School Now Accepting Applications

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*Correction to print ad in August 2016 of Park Cities People. Meadowbrook will hold their open house Sunday, Sept. 25, 3-5 p.m.

For over 40 years, Meadowbrook has been recognized as one of the leading premier preschool and kindergarten programs in Dallas. Meadowbrook is a non-denominational school, teaching children ages 3 1/2 to 4 through Kindergarten, preparing and stimulating young minds. 

Police Reports: July 18-24


Skulduggery of the Week: You’ve Got Mail

At 4:49 p.m. on July 20, a scoundrel attempted to steal a padded envelope from the UPS store in the 4800 block of Lemmon Avenue. An employee of the store followed the rascal, who said he was intending to mail the envelope, and retrieved the shoplifted item. After the rapscallion fled, a police officer found within the envelope a baggie containing around 3.69 grams of methamphetamine.


Between 12:30 and 1 p.m., a person reported she lost a Burberry wallet containing $80 at Royal Blue Grocery in Highland Park Village. 

At 3:15 a.m. July 19, Matthew Aaron Snyder, 28, of Dallas, was arrested in the 4300 block of Prescott Avenue on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Fashion Show to Celebrate Hope Door’s 30th


Hope’s Door will host a fashion show and luncheon to celebrate their 30th Anniversary of providing intervention and prevention services to families affected by domestic violence.

The event will be held September 16 at Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park with the luncheon starting at 11 :30 a.m.

New Beginning Center, an organization providing education, prevention, and intervention services to those affected by domestic violence, will also sponsor the event, which will be the first hosted by Hope’s Door and New Beginning Center after they merge September 1.

The fashion show will feature women’s and children’s clothing designed by Abi Ferrin.

For more information, tickets, and sponsorships visit the event page.

Kid Theater Brings Social Media to Shakespeare This Week

Junior Players will perform Taming of the Shrew at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre from July 26-31. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
Junior Players will perform Taming of the Shrew at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre from July 26-31. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

In 1955, a group of Highland Park moms set the stage for adolescents to produce theater “for children, by children.”

More than 60 years later, Junior Players has evolved into a much bigger project that has fostered the creative aspirations of more than 7,000 children across North Texas. The organization works closely with Dallas ISD and other school districts to get children involved in the arts through free after-school and summer workshops in drama, dance, music, media, and art.

Since the organization’s founding, it has developed more than 100 free programs for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Part of the group’s legacy includes its annual Shakespeare productions, whose renditions always incorporate a twist.

Making Sense of the Senseless


A few streets were still closed when I arrived downtown for my first day as People Newspapers’ editor. The dignitaries and television trucks were long gone, yet sadness and shock still remained.

I now find myself looking out towards Old Red where the scene unfolded, wondering what might happen next.

In the weeks following July 7, there have been endless calls for unity. Our leaders have spoken powerful words. Residents have shown overwhelming support for our police departments.

Yet just beneath the surface, tensions remain. Ideas accepted as truths by some are mocked and ridiculed by others. Divergent perspectives often blind us from seeing the greater picture. Sometimes the divide seems so large, it is hard to imagine us ever coming together.

The only thing we seem to agree on is that things have to get better. Let us hope that can be a starting point.

Correction: Greater Space at HPUMC


An article in the August 2016 print edition of Park Cities People incorrectly reported the University Park City Council approved a plan during its July 5 meeting to raze the Biggers Building at Highland Park United Methodist Church and build a new family activities center.

At press time, Park Cities People confirmed the report with a University Park official. That confirmation was later retracted.

The council held a public hearing on the issue but did not take any action. A subsequent vote scheduled for July 19 was postponed at the request of the applicant so that it could make a slight modification to the proposal.

University Park Community Information Officer Steve Mace said that council has no intention of backing away from project approval, and will likely take up the issue again in August.

We regret the error.

Coloring Book Contest Grand Prize Drawing

Category winners (from left): Ages 1-3 Lila McCollum, age 2; Ages 4-7 Ben Morton, age 7; Ages 8-11 Julia Berlin, age 8; and Ages 12-14 Bridget Stammel, age 12. 0
Category winners (from left): Ages 1-3 Lila McCollum, age 2; Ages 4-7 Ben Morton, age 7; Ages 8-11 Julia Berlin, age 8; and Ages 12-14 Bridget Stammel, age 12.

Did your kiddo work hard on his or her Park Cities People Fourth of July Coloring Book? Well, it’s time to reveal the grand prize winner.

So gather up the kids and head to St. Bernard Sports at 5570 West Lovers Lane for the drawing at 6 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Breaking the Bank Over a Broken Limb

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While critics have complained that freestanding emergency rooms are overpriced and even deceptive, staff boast they provide high-quality and convenient services. But at what cost?

The Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Rooms states that ERs have to charge more than non-emergency clinics in order to cover costs associated with state-of-the-art medical equipment, as well as the costs of having ER-trained physicians available 24/7.

State law requires ERs to clearly note they are an emergency facility. However, the Better Business Bureau reports numerous complaints from families who claim they were unaware of the distinction until receiving the bill.

Allen Warchol, a Dallas native who now lives in Los Angeles, was in town for the holidays last year when his daughter developed a rash around 11 p.m. Erring on the side of caution, he and his wife went to a nearby facility so a doctor could take a look. They had no idea the small building they were in was actually considered a full-service emergency room.