July 23, 2014

  • 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 Lee, 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
  • July 22, 2014

  • Parade of Playhouses To Kick Off at NorthPark

    Dallas CASA’s 19th annual Parade of Playhouse will kick off August 1 at NorthPark Center. The event, presented by the ORIX Foundation, will feature 11 children’s playhouses on display throughout the mall.

    Each playhouse is designed and built by local architects, home designers, corporations, and organizations. Visitors may purchase raffle tickets for $5 each, or five for $20, for a chance to win one of the houses. Proceeds from raffle sales will benefit Dallas CASA, an organization that advocates for the best interest of abused and neglected children living under protective care of the courts.

    The raffle drawing will take place on the final day of the parade, August 17. Visit Dallas CASA’s website for more information.

    By Claire Kelley Jul. 22, 2014 | 3:26 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • All Scots Games Will Be on TV This Year

    If you can’t make it to the Highland Park football games this fall, you will only need a remote or a DVR to watch all the action.

    For the first time, the Scots will have all 10 of their regular-season games broadcast on television thanks to an agreement between HPISD and independent station KTXD-TV (Channel 47). The broadcasts will be produced by Bear Wire Video, which is based in Preston Hollow.

    The games won’t be shown live because of UIL stipulations, but will air on a tape-delayed basis at 11 p.m. on Fridays and noon on Saturdays, with the exception of the season opener against Frisco Centennial as part of the Tom Landry Classic. That game will be played on a Saturday (Aug. 30), so the broadcast times will be pushed back accordingly.

    As they say, check with your cable or satellite provider to find the correct channel number.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 22, 2014 | 1:24 pm | 2 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Don’t Freak Out at HPHS Drill Tomorrow

    From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, a training exercise in an active threat or mass casualty will take place at Highland Park High School. Repeat: this is only a drill. Remain calm.

    But, drivers and residents alike will undoubtedly see police, fire, and emergency vehicles at the scene. Westchester Drive will be closed to traffic from Emerson Avenue to Grassmere Lane for the duration. Yes, there will be traffic barriers and signs.

    The exercise will include the University Park fire and police departments, Highland Park DPS, and SMU police. Stay safe out there, everybody.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 22, 2014 | 12:11 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 21, 2014

  • Richards Lines Up For All-Star Game

    Tony Richards

    Tony Richards

    Tony Richards, who graduated from Highland Park High School in May, will participate in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star game on Tuesday at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

    Richards, an offensive lineman, signed with SMU in February. He is on the North roster for the game, which features some of the top recent graduates from schools around the state. The North team will be coached by Cedar Hill’s Joey McGuire.

    He will follow in the footsteps of his father, Dave Richards, who was a THSCA All-Star while playing at HP before becoming a standout at SMU and later in the NFL.

    By the way, the game, which is being held in conjunction with the annual THSCA convention, will be broadcast online by Fox Sports Southwest.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 21, 2014 | 10:46 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Leigh Bailey’s Clan Welcomes Newest Member

    We got the news today that legislative candidate Leigh Bailey gave birth to a little boy this morning, named Trey Bailey Carrizales. Trey was born at 5:24 a.m., to be exact, weighing in at 8 lbs., 2 oz. We hear everyone’s doing just fine. Congrats to Leigh and her husband, Vinny!

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 21, 2014 | 3:28 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Pirch Heads For NorthPark

    An appliance/plumbing/outdoor showroom called Pirch is heading for NorthPark next month. It will be the store’s first location not only in Texas, but in the whole Southwest region.

    Nancy A. Nasher, president of the NorthPark Development Company, said in a statement that she hopes the store will “revolutionize the home building and remodeling industry.”

    Pirch also greets customers at the door with complimentary “signature beverages” at Bliss Cafe. I have no idea what that means exactly, but they do have a blog called The Blissery, featuring healthy recipes and lifestyle tips.

    The chain already has a number of stores across California and one in Illinois. The NorthPark opening is set for 10 a.m. on Aug. 23.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 21, 2014 | 12:04 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Bread Winners Celebrates 20 Years


    Bread Winners Cafe, whose Uptown location opened July 22, 1994, is celebrating its 20th anniversary tomorrow.

    The restaurant was thought up long before its opening, when owners Jim and Cindy Hughes were young newlyweds in Omaha, Neb. A friend of theirs owned a restaurant that was closing called Bread Winners. Before the couple moved to Dallas, they bought the name for $1, with the intent of someday opening their own location.

    The Hughes settled into their apartment in Uptown, before it was known as Uptown, and noticed a restaurant called Verlaine’s on the corner of McKinney and Hall, whose quirky charm and proximity to downtown sparked their interest. Verlaine’s was in the process of closing, so the Hughes purchased it, made some renovations, and opened for business 20 years ago.

    Bread Winners started out with 10 employees and a nearly empty bank account. The cafe now boasts four locations, 450 employees, and corporate catering services. All four of the Hughes’ children have worked in the restaurant, along with both sets of their parents. Bread Winners has won several local awards for its menu and bakery items, and has developed SoleMates, organic treats for pets.

    The cafe is celebrating the milestone by hosting a cake ball challenge, which will provide four lucky customers with free Bread Winners for a year. For more information about the contest, visit the restaurant’s website.

    By Claire Kelley Jul. 21, 2014 | 11:44 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 20, 2014

  • Martial Arts Studio Touts Anti-Bullying Message

    The Armor Bullying and Predator Prevention Class at Pro Martial Arts is designed to help children. (Photo:  Mary Fields)

    The Armor Bullying and Predator Prevention Class at Pro Martial Arts is designed to help children. (Photo: Mary Fields)

    In the eyes of a child, a bully can mean a multitude of things.

    In Bobby Garcia’s class, the martial arts instructor said students either don’t know what a bully is, have someone specific in mind, or simply think it’s a mean-looking person.

    Garcia is an instructor in the Armor Bullying and Predator Prevention class at Pro Martial Arts in Lakewood. The owner of the martial arts studio is Drew McWay, a Park Cities resident and alumnus of Highland Park High School. Read More…

    By Paige Skinner Jul. 20, 2014 | 11:02 am | No Comments | Comments RSS