Kershaw Leads HP Playoff Contingent

Former HP standout Clayton Kershaw will open the playoffs on Friday against the New York Mets. (Photo: Arturo Pardavila)

Dodgers lefthander and former HP standout Clayton Kershaw will open the playoffs on Friday against the New York Mets. (Photo: Arturo Pardavila)

While the eyes of most Dallas-area baseball fans are on the Texas Rangers during this week’s MLB playoff action, the other postseason participants might be worth watching for their local ties.

Three former Highland Park pitchers are in the playoffs this year, more than any other high school in the country. And two of them could play a critical role during this weekend’s Division Series action.

The most recognizable name, of course, is Los Angeles Dodgers lefthander Clayton Kershaw, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner who will start the opening game of the Dodgers’ series against the New York Mets on Friday.

The Dallas Zoo Is About To Be Roaring


The animals at the Dallas Zoo won’t be the only creatures going wild on Oct 17. Zoo To Do, presented by Eugene McDermott, presents a trip back in time to the Roaring Twenties.

The evening will include a night of food from Dallas’ finest chefs, raffles, silent actions, cocktails, music, the whole shebang. Snag your hats, spats, and pearls and enjoy an evening supporting the Dallas Zoo. Tickets start at $500 a person. The event starts at 5:30 p.m.

Police Report: Sept. 21-27


Skulduggery of the week: Shopping Spree

At 6:22 p.m. on Sept. 26, a thief bought $3,675 worth of merchandise with a stolen American Express card at Giuseppe at Highland Park Village. The miscreant originally presented a Visa card for the purchase but it was declined, just like an attempted $10,000 purchase earlier at Chanel. The owner of the cards suspects they were stolen from a wallet inside a locker room at Lakewood Country Club earlier that day. They were cancelled after bank inquiries.


At 11:22 a.m., Jonathan Hailu, 22, was arrested in the 3200 block of Mockingbird Lane on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At 10 p.m., Ryan Chea Cole, 40, of Dallas was arrested at Highland Park Village on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

At 12:07 a.m., a good Samaritan turned in $58 in cash that he found in an ATM deposit box in the 4100 block of Mockingbird Lane.

Between 11 and 11:24 a.m., a burglar broke into a white 2001 BMW sedan in the 4400 block of Belfort Place and stole a Coach purse containing $100 in cash.

Between 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 and 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 27, a burglar broke into a blue 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pickup in the 3500 block of Harvard Avenue and stole a $1,600 Dell laptop and a $250 iPad. During the same time frame, a burglar broke into a white 2002 BMW sedan in the 3600 block of Harvard, but didn’t steal anything. That perpetrator also rummaged through the glove box of an unlocked red 1986 Mercedes sedan in the same driveway.


Between 6 p.m. on Sept. 20 and 9 a.m. on Sept. 21, a thief stole a gray 2014 Nissan Altima, valued at $15,000, in the 4000 block of Amherst Street.

Between 5 p.m. on Sept. 20 and noon on Sept. 21, a thief stole a $719 Trek boys bicycle from a driveway in the 6500 block of Turtle Creek Boulevard.

At 10:11 p.m., a resident of the 3700 block of Northwest Parkwayreported the overnight theft of a third-row seat from a blue 2008 Cadillac Escalade on Sept. 16.

Between 1 and 7:40 a.m., a burglar broke into a residential construction site in the 3900 block of Bryn Mawr Drive and stole $9,830 worth of tools, including two Graco paint sprayers and a Ridgid vacuum cleaner.

AWARE Announces Eight Grant Recipients


The fight against Alzheimer’s is stronger than ever, especially with organizations like AWARE around for support. The organization announced the eight grant recipients for the 2015-16 year. Grants were awarded to nonprofit organizations in Dallas and Collin County working to battle Alzheimer’s.

Dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s disease, AWARE provides funding and support to organizations that are front runners that share the same mission.

Congratulations to these eight recipients for their efforts to fight Alzheimer’s:

  • Baylor AT&T Memory Center
  • Center for BrainHealth
  • Center for Vital Longevity
  • Jewish Family Service
  • Juliette Fowler Communities
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation
  • Texas Winds Musical Outreach

And even though April is a long way away, make a note of April 9 for the annual AWARE Affair.

Artist Finds Purpose in Therapeutic Hobby

University Park artist Cindy Johnston greeted visitors at the opening of her gallery show for charity on Sept. 3. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
University Park artist Cindy Johnston greeted visitors at the opening of her gallery show for charity on Sept. 3. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Cindy Johnston didn’t set out to become an artist.

Yet for three days in early September, the University Park resident was being saluted with a show at a gallery in the Dallas Design District. A gala opening saw her in the middle of a whirlwind of attention, as dozens of admirers purchased her work and a letter was read from President George W. Bush with his personal well-wishes.

For Johnston, who has Down syndrome, the occasion meant to celebrate her upcoming 40th birthday turned into so much more, especially since she started coloring for reasons that were more therapeutic than artistic.

Pocket Park Won’t Be on Council Agenda


At a Highland Park Town Council study session this morning, the most debated topic up for agenda consideration was the resident-proposed pocket park at Mockingbird Lane and Airline Road.

At the July 21 study session, the council discussed the resident-proposed pocket park and asked the staff to assess the park proposal’s impact on public safety, review traffic activity before and after completion of the recent Airline Road intersection construction, review the need for a pocket park at the location, and provide a recommendation.

The HP Department of Public Safety provided the following assessment:

  • After a review of police reports, the HPDPS found there would not be a considerable reduction in crime with the development of the park.
  • HPDPS evaluated emergency response and transport times, comparing potential impacts at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on a Tuesday and Thursday. This gave response teams a chance to compare heavy and slow traffic times. As shown in the agenda briefing below, the response times would be slower if access to Airline Road were closed.
  • Looking at the volume of traffic on nearby streets off Mockingbird — Sewanee, Abbott, and Hillcrest — HPDPS found that traffic was drastically increased on each without the access to Airline Road.

PCPHS Adds To Scholarship Fund

PCPHS Presents $50,000 to Highland Park Education Foundation

PCPHS Presents $50,000 to Highland Park Education Foundation

The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society has contributed $50,000 toward an endowed scholarship with the Highland Park Education Foundation, increasing the endowment to $150,000. The Parks Cities Historic and Preservation Society Scholarship is annually awarded to a HP graduating senior who is interested in architecture, history, decorative arts, or other pursuits which reflect the organization’s mission of historic preservation.

Since 2011, PCHPS has expanded its commitment to education by using funds from the Historic Home Tour and the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon  for this scholarship. In 2014, the organizations and its supporters reached their $100,000 initial goal. The organization plans to increase the scholarship, possibly partnering with the school district to create awareness of the importance of preservation of HP’s heritage.

Alum Returns to Providence to Teach Alongside Mom

Former Providence student Hannah Bires now teaches at the school with her mother, Suzann. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Former Providence student Hannah Bires now teaches at the school with her mother, Suzann. (Courtesy Photo)

Hannah Bires was in second grade when she first drew a portrait of herself returning to her school as a teacher.

She would read her homework out loud to her dolls after school. She loved getting to write on the white board — especially to diagram sentences. As she grew up, she would play school with her younger brother, Micah.

Bires, 23, began her first year as a teacher this fall at Providence Christian School — the same school she attended growing up, and the same school where her mother, Suzann Bires, has taught for the last 17 years.

Meadows Museum to Hold Discover Spain Festival


Celebrate Columbus Day by reading Christopher Columbus’ handwritten notes.

The Meadows Museum at SMU is holding a “Discover Spain!” festival Saturday, Oct. 10. People of all ages can explore the museum’s exhibits for free from 2 to 9 p.m.

The festival will include Spanish food and wine tasting, film screenings from the Dallas Film Society, Spanish music and dancing performances, scavenger hunts, and gallery talks every hour to explore the “Treasures from the House of Alba” exhibit, which includes a rare collection of Christopher Columbus’ logbook.

The Meadows Museum is the leading U.S. institution focused on the study and presentation of Spanish art. The House of Alba is one of the most influential noble families in Europe, and at one time was the most illustrious household in Spain.

Passion Fuels Career Choices for Cuellar

Catherine Cuellar helps match businesses and nonprofits as director of Entrepreneurs for North Texas. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Catherine Cuellar helps match businesses and nonprofits as director of Entrepreneurs for North Texas. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

By Haley Rogers
Special Contributor

Catherine Cuellar’s diverse resume has various jobs in the local media and arts scene, having been an editor and columnist at The Dallas Morning News, a reporter at KERA-FM, a board member for various nonprofits, and a Dallas Cultural Affairs commissioner.

Most recently, Cuellar left her post as executive director of the Dallas Arts District this summer to become director of Entrepreneurs for North Texas, a program of Communities Foundation of Texas.

The job finds Cuellar working with companies that are too young or too small to have an in-house corporate affairs department, helping them leverage their employee volunteerism, philanthropy, and sponsorships. Such efforts include organizing service projects, networking opportunities, and fundraisers.

Scots Run Wild Against Beleaguered Pearce

The Richardson Pearce defense spent much of the night chasing Highland Park's Stephen Dieb. He finished with 264 rushing yards and three touchdowns as the Scots won 76-35. (Photo: Don Johnson)

The Pearce defense spent much of the night chasing HP’s Stephen Dieb. He finished with 264 rushing yards and three touchdowns as the Scots won 76-35 on Friday. (Photo: Don Johnson)

RICHARDSON — Just three weeks ago, Randy Allen was concerned about Highland Park’s running game.

On Friday, Stephen Dieb and the HP offense showed that the Scots head coach has nothing to worry about during a 76-35 thrashing of Richardson Pearce at Eagle-Mustang Stadium.

As a team, the Scots rushed for 427 yards and nine touchdowns — let that sink in for a minute — and Dieb accounted for 264 of those yards on just 13 carries.

“We ran the ball better than we have all year. Dieb had a great game, and our offensive line came off the ball well,” Allen said. “It comes at a good time.”