July 30, 2014

  • Longtime Judge Leaves HP Bench

     

    Judge Pat Robertson says goodbye to Highland Park Town Hall after 45 years of service. Robertson was among the top five longest-serving municipal judges in Texas. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Judge Pat Robertson says goodbye to Highland Park Town Hall after 45 years of service. Robertson was among the top five longest-serving municipal judges in Texas. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    On June 9, something happened at Highland Park Town Hall that hasn’t happened in 45 years. Pat Robertson retired from his position to make room for a new town judge.

    Al Hammack, who had served as town attorney for nearly 20 years, stepped into the position, with full knowledge of the shoes he had to fill.

    “He truly acted justly, he loved mercy, and he walked humbly,” Hammack said.  Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 30, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Developer Focuses on Urban Density in Oak Park

    The Holland Avenue Villas complex is scheduled for completion this fall. (Photo:Courtesy David Weekley Homes)

    The Holland Avenue Villas complex is scheduled for completion this fall.

    While it might be best known for large suburban subdivisions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, David Weekley Homes is thinking smaller with one of its current projects.

    The Houston-based company is nearing completion on Holland Avenue Villas, which includes eight detached townhomes on a property west of Dallas North Tollway, adjacent to the western border of Highland Park.

    It’s the sort of smaller urban project that Weekley has successfully launched in cities such as Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, but hasn’t tried much locally.

    Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 30, 2014 | 11:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Catch Doug Swanson at ‘Authors Live’

    rsz_9780670026036_large_blood_acesDoug Swanson will be speaking about his book, “Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker” on Aug. 13 as part of HPUMC’s “Authors Live” series.

    Apparently, Binion was a powerful, Las Vegas casino owner who learned the game from Bugsy Siegel, Howard Hughes, and Whitey Bulger.

    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. 30, 2014 | 8:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 29, 2014

  • Gators Have Hope For Future

    Highland Park midfielder Hope Hyde has verbally committed to the University of Florida.

    Highland Park midfielder Hope Hyde has verbally committed to the University of Florida.

    Hope Hyde still has two more years of high school remaining, but she already has her college plans all figured out.

    The soccer standout has verbally committed to the University of Florida, which won the Southeastern Conference title last year. Verbal commitments are non-binding, and Hyde cannot sign a letter of intent with the Gators until November 2015.

    Hyde led the Lady Scots in scoring last season as a sophomore and was given honorable mention all-state honors by the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches. The midfielder posted 11 goals in the playoffs, helping HP reach the Class 4A Region II final.

    Since last season, Hyde has been busy with her select team, Dallas Texans 98, which reached the Elite Clubs National League title game earlier this month in Richmond, Va. For the Texans, Hyde posted 10 goals and six assists in 23 games this year.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 29, 2014 | 5:23 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Celebrate HP Summer Reading Club at Park

    Untitled-1The Highland Park Library is celebrating the end of its “Fizz Boom Read!” summer reading club at Prather Park at 10 a.m. Friday with science-themed activities and snacks.

    All summer children have used a reading log to keep track of the number of books they’ve read or read with someone. After logging 10 titles, kids received a certificate and a book was donated in their honor to Readers2Leaders.

    I’ll be at the park presenting “My Homework Ate My Dog” with author Kent Smith. I illustrated the children’s book last fall with Smith, who was one of my journalism teachers at Highland Park High School.

    Hope to see you there!

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Jul. 29, 2014 | 5:14 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Sundrops Moving Out of Oak Lawn Store

    Here's a rendering of the new Sundrops building that will open this fall on North Central Expressway.

    Here’s a rendering of the new Sundrops Vitamins & Nutrition building that will open this fall on Central Expressway.

    Sundrops Vitamins & Nutrition, which has been a fixture in the 3900 block of Oak Lawn Avenue since 1976, will move this fall to a new location at Fitzhugh Avenue and North Central Expressway.

    The relocation allows the store to almost triple its size to about 5,000 square feet. Sundrops also plans to open a food area in the new location to serve juices, smoothies, and frozen yogurt. It also will offer more weight-loss and health classes.

    The new building, a rendering of which is seen here, was designed by the Dallas-based architectural firm of Good Fulton & Farrell.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 29, 2014 | 4:05 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Summer Heat Cools Down Hectic Housing Market

    As Mother Nature turns up the Texas heat this summer, the local housing market has started to cool down.

    But that doesn’t necessarily reflect a negative trend for buyers or sellers in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. It’s more of a product of the desire of homeowners to escape for the summer.

    “The more affluent areas of town have more people that go out of town for the summer, so they’re not as apt to be searching for property,” said Brady Moore, an agent with Dave Perry-Miller and Associates. “I feel like it’s finally starting to settle down a little bit lately.” Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 29, 2014 | 3:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Help Genesis Shelter Fill Backpacks

    The Genesis Women’s Shelter has a noble goal: they want to fill 500 backpacks for pre-k through 12th-grade students.Therefore, they are looking for back-to-school donations from you, or even a supply drive held with your friends or co-workers. Here’s the kicker: you’ve only got until Friday, Aug. 8 to get your supplies together and dropped off. Here are the instructions on how to do so, or check out their Amazon wish-list page. What’s on the list?

    • Backpacks
    • Wet Wipes
    • Index Cards
    • Ziplock bags (gallon and quart)
    • Kleenex
    • Manilla paper (letter-size)

    Just to name a few. Check out the full list here.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 29, 2014 | 2:32 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Did You Get Another Mailer From Westcott?

    The HD-108 race remains pretty quiet at the moment, now that Morgan Meyer is confirmed as the Republican candidate and Leigh Bailey is confirmed as the Democratic candidate for Dan Branch’s vacated seat. The rest of the action will have to wait until the fall.

    But my colleague over at The Dallas Morning News, Melissa Repko, brought us this little tidbit of information: apparently, a Chart Westcott campaign mailer featuring a letter from supporter and honorary chairman Troy Aikman was sent out by mistake, causing some residents to think the one-time hopeful was planning to run as a write-in. This, apparently, is not the case, either. Just a little something extra for your inbox.

    Update (2:28 P.M.): Westcott has informed me via Facebook message that his team has not sent out anything additional, but suspects the mailers came from an old box left at the post office months ago and just recently distributed. He then went on to express his support of Meyer.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 29, 2014 | 12:08 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Highland Park to Spray For Mosquitoes

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    OK, Highland Park, it’s your turn. The town will be spraying for mosquitoes (mainly in quadrant D) starting tonight through tomorrow morning. None of the mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus, but the total number of mosquitoes found in quadrant D has reached the treatable threshold set by the town. Here’s the official schedule:

    •  Tuesday, July 29th: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM: Highland Park Pool area and unoccupied tennis courts
    •  Tuesday, July 29th: 10:00 PM-5:00 AM: Truck mounted ground spraying in Quadrant D only
    •  Wednesday, July 30th: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM: Highland Park Pool area and unoccupied tennis courts
    •  Wednesday, July 30th: 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM: Truck mounted ground spraying in Quadrant D only 

    If there’s rain or high winds, the spraying will be rescheduled. Stay inside during spraying, and clean out water dishes for pets afterward. Limit outdoor activities in the evening, use mosquito spray when you must be outside, and report any standing water to the town at 214-521-4161. Read more here.

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    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 29, 2014 | 11:07 am | No Comments | Comments RSS