April 17, 2014

  • McCulloch Sixth-Grader Earns Twirling Trophies

    Heather Skidmore and her hardware

    Heather Skidmore and her hardware

    The May edition of Park Cities People, which should be landing in your mailbox any day now, includes a story about sisters Mela and Mallory McMinn, who began twirling batons for the Highlander Band last year because, really, no one else was ready to step into the role after Amber Appel graduated.

    Well, we now know of another twirler who’s waiting in the wings.

    Heather Skidmore, a sixth-grader at McCulloch Intermediate School, recently competed at the NBTA Southwest Regional Baton Twirling Championships in Canyon, Texas. She brought home honors as the Solo and Fancy X-Strut winner in the 10-12 Advanced Division. Heather, who twirls under the direction of Dory O’Neal, is also the 10-12 Beginner 3-Baton champion.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 17, 2014 | 7:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • April 16, 2014

  • Local Business Creates ‘Boston Strong’ Tanks

    Remember folks, it's for a good cause.

    Remember folks, it’s for a good cause.

    This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, and one local business has decided to make a fashion statement for a good cause.

    The PilatesBarre, which has locations in Snider Plaza and Devonshire, has introduced “Boston Strong” tank tops, which it is selling for $35 apiece. All of the proceeds will go to Staches for Boston PD, a nonprofit started by Dallas runners that benefits first responders in Boston.

    The project has special meaning for Randi, one of the Pilates instructors at the club, who will run in this year’s marathon on Monday in Boston.

    The camouflage tanks are available now at both PilatesBarre locations.

    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 16, 2014 | 12:07 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Livingston Ready to Pass the Torch

    Bob Livingston is flanked by Liz Spector, left, and his wife, Linda, at Tuesday's meeting. (Photo: Steve Mace)

    Bob Livingston is flanked by Liz Spector, left, and his wife, Linda, on Tuesday. (Photo: Steve Mace)

    The University Park City Council recognized retiring city manager Bob Livingston at its meeting on Tuesday with a standing ovation and a proclamation honoring his 23 years of service to the city.

    Livingston’s final day at UP will be April 29, meaning Tuesday was his final council meeting. Robbie Corder, who took over as assistant city manager last summer, will assume the city manager post on April 30.

    “It’s been the greatest place to work,” Livingston said. “I really appreciate the opportunity.”

    Livingston also will be honored at a public reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 25 at Highland Park Presbyterian Church.

    The council also recognized outgoing city secretary Liz Spector, who likewise is leaving at the end of the month. She will be replaced by current UP purchasing agent Christine Green.

    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 16, 2014 | 11:52 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Lit Fest Provides Prizes For Prose

    HPHS alumnus Eddie Coker, shown with HP Lit Fest committee members Andrea Hamilton and Cari Meggyesy, was a workshop presenter at this year's festival.

    Highland Park High School alumnus Eddie Coker, shown with HP Lit Fest committee members Andrea Hamilton and Cari Meggyesy, was a workshop presenter at this year’s festival.

    The Highland Park Literary Festival wrapped up with an awards breakfast on April 10 that honored winners of the festival’s “Write Your World” student writing contest. Top prizes went to:

    • Fiction — Sarah Grace Forbes (first place), Keely Brown (second place), Hannah Kubik (honorable mention)
    • Creative nonfiction — George Abuhamad (first place), Kimberly Sun (second place), Yingfan Du (honorable mention)
    • Poetry — Chloe Sarfatis (first place), Christine Ramjee (second place), Lindsey Elliott (honorable mention)

    The bulk of the festival took place in late February, including an appearance by keynote speaker Mark Salzman and more than 20 other poets, playwrights, journalists, and songwriters. More than 50 HPHS students participated in an “open mic night” by performing poetry and music.

    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 16, 2014 | 11:26 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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  • April 15, 2014

  • UP Council to Vote on YMCA Site Plan

    Here's an artist rendering of the proposed new Park Cities YMCA building.

    Here’s a rendering of the proposed new Park Cities YMCA building, which could become a reality by late 2015.

    UPDATE: The site plan was given unanimous approval by the council at the Tuesday meeting after a brief discussion about potential traffic impact. The original post gives the details below.

    Detailed plans for the facelift of the Park Cities YMCA will be up for approval tonight by the University Park City Council.

    The council’s agenda for its 5 p.m. meeting includes consideration of the site plan for the facility at 6000 Preston Road. A year ago, UP officials gave the go-ahead for the YMCA to demolish its existing structure and rebuild with a below-grade parking garage.

    The Y has been at its current location since 1951. Club officials have not said where they plan to relocate operations during construction. However, they expect the project to start this fall and be finished perhaps by late 2015.

    You can find all the details here about the site plan, which was approved by the city’s planning and zoning commission in March. We’ll hit some of the highlights of the proposal after the jump. Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 15, 2014 | 1:58 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Suspects at Large in Dallas Hit-and-Run Crash

    Dallas police are looking for suspects in a fatal hit-and-run accident that happened this morning in the M Streets, killing a teenager and injuring his mother, according to The Dallas Morning News. Apparently the incident began in Highland Park, when police tried to pull over a stolen Chrysler Town & Country for running a stop sign, which led to a chase through residential streets.

    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 15, 2014 | 1:18 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Livingston’s Retirement as City Manager is Nigh

    Bob Livingston

    Bob Livingston

    The University Park City Council this afternoon will officially sign off on Robbie Corder replacing Bob Livingston as city manager at month’s end.

    Livingston, whose last day on the job will be April 29, is retiring after nearly 23 years with the city. A public reception for him is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 25 at Highland Park Presbyterian Church.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 15, 2014 | 12:52 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Highland Park Football Captains Named

    The Highland Park football captains for 2014 are Andrew Frost, Mitchell Kaufman, Clayton Woods, and Brooks Burgin. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

    The Highland Park football captains for 2014 are Andrew Frost, Mitchell Kaufman, Clayton Woods, and Brooks Burgin. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

    There’s a timeless quality to this photo of the Highland Park High School football captains, who were recently named for the 2014 season. After all, these captains’ photos don’t vary much through the years. Yet here we are in a new age, when all four captains are on Twitter:

    By Dan Koller Apr. 15, 2014 | 8:08 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • April 14, 2014

  • Have You Seen This Missing Diamond?

    On Saturday afternoon, a University Park woman and her daughter went to Highland Park Village to eat lunch and shop. When they returned home at 3:30 p.m., the daughter noticed that a 2-carat pear-shaped diamond was missing from her mother’s wedding band.

    The mother last recalls seeing the stone, which is valued somewhere between $15,000 and $20,000, while eating at Patrizio. She called all of the stores they visited, as well as the Highland Park Department of Public Safety, just in case someone finds it and turns it in.

    Now that would be a story.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 14, 2014 | 10:14 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS