Report: Mockingbird Pedestrian Bridge Coming

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For those who frequent both the Katy Trail and Mockingbird Station, talk about a pedestrian bridge linking the two is nothing new.

But apparently that long-awaited project spanning Mockingbird Lane could be closer to reality, according to a story in The Dallas Morning News. Although no firm timeline is established yet, there are renderings and such. What do you think?


Academic Decathlon Team Heads to State

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These state-bound academic decathletes have smarts and attitude to match.

These state-bound academic decathletes have smarts and style to match.

We hear plenty about the success of athletic teams at Highland Park High School, but this weekend, a team headed to a state meet will be using its brains more than its arms and legs.

The HPHS Academic Decathlon team will travel to San Antonio for the UIL state competition beginning on Friday after winning the Region X championship last month. Kelsey Shipman won four individual gold medals at regionals, including the overall gold in the Honors division.

Other standouts for HP at the regional meet included Alex Gerrese, Jack Landen, Rousha Nikbeh, Becky Jenkins, Jacqueline Kolling, David Wiegn, Connie Jehng, and Stephen Chambers.


Scots Optimistic About Return to Diamond

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It might be snowing, but it's time for baseball this weekend. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

It might be snowing, but it’s time for baseball this weekend. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

With a roster containing plenty of talent and experience, it’s not a bad year for Highland Park to make the jump to Class 6A.

The Scots suffered a devastating loss to Prosper in the third round of the 4A playoffs a year ago, but return several key contributors from that squad, including shortstop Jon Skidmore and pitcher Layne Looney, who already have signed with Baylor and Richmond, respectively.

The Scots will open the season today against host Round Rock in the Rock Hardball Classic tournament.


Attitudes and Attire Luncheon is Tomorrow

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In case you’ve been living under a rock, the annual Attitudes and Attire luncheon is tomorrow at the Dallas Trade Mart. The luncheon and fashion show features designer Eileen Fisher and aims to honor a woman who exemplifies empowerment for women. Click here to learn more.


May Named HP Basketball Queen

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Alexa May is crowned by HP boys basketball players prior to their Feb. 13 game. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

Alexa May is crowned by HP boys basketball players. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

The end of each basketball season means it’s time for the Highland Park boys basketball team to name its Basketball Queen, and the Scots did just that when they honored Alexa May prior to their final home game on Feb. 13. She’s a Highland Belle lieutenant. Congrats!


Ft. Worth’s Antique & Art Show Now 3 Days

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Don’t miss the 52nd annual Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art, with 150 exhibitors featuring antiques, art, music, fashion, and great design of all styles and eras.

The show is now three days: March 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.

Admission is $8 and good for all three days. Children 15 and under get in free.


VCM Starts Residential Project Near Polo Club

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The VCM Real Estate Fund, whose president is Vaughn Miller of Highland Park, has acquired a $28 million real-estate portfolio that includes 127 acres of land for future development and a shopping center in DeSoto.

Miller said the company plans to develop 100 acres in Oak Point, near Little Elm, into a residential community, including a 15-acre country club.

Construction already has started on a $22 million development near the Prestonwood Polo Club, with plans for 22 one-acre lots overlooking the polo club operated by Miller’s family.


Pickard Honored For Holiday Inn Design

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Pickard helped to modernize the interior of the Holiday Inn Park Cities. (Photo: Jacque Manaugh)

Sarah Pickard helped to modernize the interior of the Holiday Inn Park Cities. (Photo: Jacque Manaugh)

Park Cities native Sarah Pickard continues to rack up the interior design awards, most recently earning her fourth Renovation of the Year award in the hotel industry.

The honor form Intercontinental Hotels Group came for her design of the $8 million overhaul to the Holiday Inn Park Cities, located just north of Mockingbird Station.

“My team and I were able to completely revitalize the hotel from top to bottom by improving the layout and design scheme,” Pickard said. “Breaking from the traditional design of Holiday Inn properties, we went with a modern and contemporary finish while embracing the space’s need for functionality. We also included local design elements that make the hotel feel right at home in Dallas.”


HP Siblings Win Regional Polo Crown

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The varsity team from Prestonwood Polo Club includes Highland Park residents Vaughn Miller Jr. and Vance Miller III, along with Ronnie Puente of Little Elm.

The varsity team from Prestonwood Polo Club includes Highland Park residents Vaughn Miller Jr., center, and Vance Miller III, right, along with Ronnie Puente of Little Elm.

The high school team at Prestonwood Polo Club, led by Highland Park resident Vaughn Miller Jr., won the title at the recent USPA Central Regional Championship tournament in Houston.

Miller scored 21 goals in the tournament, during which Prestonwood won both of its matches by a combined score of 33-13. Miller was joined on the team by his younger brother, Vance Miller III, and Ronnie Puente of Little Elm.

It marked the third straight regional crown for Prestonwood, which advanced to the finals of the National High School Open tournament on March 13-15 in Houston to play teams from Maryland, California, and Canada.


Thanks For Sending Your Snow Pics!

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Left: Hazel and Savannah Hinze with dog Buster. (Photo: Rod Hinze). Right: Armstrong first-grader Lila Grace Biffle makes a snowball with ice. (Photo: Ashley Biffle)

Left: Hazel and Savannah Hinze with dog Buster. (Photo: Rod Hinze). Right: Armstrong first-grader Lila Grace Biffle makes a snowball with ice. (Photo: Ashley Biffle)

Well, there wasn’t nearly as much snow as we thought — not enough to cancel class for a play day — but a few of you sent us some quick shots before school anyway. My weather app still has a snowflake next to Friday, though …


Routine Helps Moms Fit in Time For Toning

Niccole Maurici of University Park targets her StrongestMom workout regimen at fellow moms looking to get back into shape. (Courtesy photos) 0
Niccole Maurici of University Park targets her StrongestMom workout regimen at fellow moms looking to get back into shape. (Courtesy photos)

Niccole Maurici is no ordinary personal trainer. The University Park mother of four spends what little down time she has sending texts of encouragement to her clients, busy moms themselves, who have come to know Maurici’s dedication to fitness through her new line of workout videos, StrongestMom.

“She understands that by being a mother, your time is very limited, your priorities change, and so does your lifestyle. Therefore, by creating a program that is flexible considering the demands of being a parent, it makes it doable,” said Veronica Diaz, a client and friend of Maurici.


History, Self-Help Hit Authors Live

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rsz_live_right_jacketDave Barry will speak about his book Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster) at HPUMC on March 9.

Just 10 days later, James McPherson will give you a little taste of history with his book, The War that Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters at HPUMC on March 19.

Both are installments of Authors Live. That means you can go to the lecture for free at 7 p.m., or you can pay $30 for a seat at the reception and a copy of the book. Lectures start at 7 p.m. and receptions start at 6 p.m. Happy reading.