September 19, 2014

  • SMU Plays Texas A&M, Traffic Will Be Bad


    The Scots might be off this weekend, but that doesn’t mean the Park Cities will lack for action on the gridiron. SMU’s home opener is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday against Texas A&M, so consider this a reminder to prepare accordingly.

    The game against the Aggies will likely draw a full house, so whether or not you’re attending said contest, you probably will be affected by the traffic if you live in the Park Cities. Of course, that means gameday parking restrictions around the campus. You can find more specifics here.

    The Mustangs also will host TCU next Saturday at 11 a.m., so the same thing applies.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 19, 2014 | 5:34 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Are the Scots Ready For the 10-6A Gauntlet?

    Highland Park's Hayden Schnieders returned an interception for a touchdown against Prosper. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    HP’s Hayden Schnieders returned an interception for a touchdown against Prosper. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    The Class 6A debut for Highland Park is one week away. And with the Scots taking a bye this week along with the rest of its new District 10-6A foes, it provides a good opportunity to examine how all eight teams have fared so far.

    It was a curious decision by HP to not include any 6A teams (or any road games) in its nondistrict schedule this year. In fact, the Scots’ district opener next Friday at North Mesquite will be their first game against a team from the state’s top classification since facing Coppell in 2009.

    Still, it’s difficult to argue with the results thus far. The Scots (3-0) are the only unbeaten squad in the district, and its two wins against 5A opposition have resulted in shutouts of Frisco Centennial and Prosper. The HP offense is averaging almost 50 points per game.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 19, 2014 | 2:20 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • CrossFit Celebrates a Year of Sweat and 6-Packs

    CrossFit Odyssey at Preston Center has been around for a year, and it’s celebrating with a day of free events on Saturday that won’t require too much physical exertion.

    The festivities include a “Mind of a Champion” workshop by Dr. Julie Bell, a self-defense seminar, an “adult/child throwdown,” a hydrostatic fat test, and a mobility screening.

    You can also congratulate gym owner John Mariotti for his sixth-place finish this summer in the masters division (age 55-59) at the CrossFit Games in Carson, Calif. Mariotti, by the way, is a sixth-degree black belt in taekwondo, so be nice.

    At any rate, the whole thing runs from about 1 to 4 p.m., and you can leave the Spandex at home.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 19, 2014 | 8:10 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 18, 2014

  • Fundraiser Hits Close to Home For Welch

    Park Cities resident Ellen Welch plans to walk in honor of her mother.

    Park Cities resident Ellen Welch plans to walk in honor of her mother.

    When the Edgemere senior living community in Preston Hollow hosts its first Satellite Walk fundraiser in conjunction with the Greater Dallas chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the cause will hit close to home for one Park Cities resident.

    Ellen Welch, who plans to participate in the event on Friday, had both of her parents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

    “I’m walking for my parents,” Welch said. “Even though we’ve come a long way in fighting this disease, we still have a long way to go. Awareness is the first step.”

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 18, 2014 | 4:49 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 17, 2014

  • Arrest Made in Sexual Assault Case

    rsz_harris_torey_jamalTorey Jamal Harris, 23, of Dallas was arrested on an alleged aggravated sexual assault by Navarro College Department of Public Safety in Corsicana on Sept. 15.

    After the University Park Police Department released a sketch of the suspect for the Sept. 7 assault at Rosedale Avenue and Willard Drive, Navarro College law enforcement noticed the appearance was similar to that of their own suspect.

    When UPPD detectives interviewed Harris, he confessed to the Sept. 7 assault in such a way that revealed his intimate knowledge of the crime. UPPD then issued arrest warrants.

    “We want to point out that we’re still very early in the investigation,” UP police chief Greg Spradlin said at a press conference on Wednesday.

    Harris is being held in the Navarro County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 17, 2014 | 9:29 pm | 3 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Celebrating 25 Years with 25 Hours of Yoga

    The Dallas Yoga Center, which is located on Lemmon Avenue in Uptown, is celebrating 25 years of service this month with 25 hours of yoga and wellness events.

    The event begins at 5 p.m. Friday and yogis can participate in henna painting, disco yoga, and dream space yoga all night long. Then greet the morning with sunrise yoga and meditation, concerts, and yoga in the park until an anniversary party complete with champagne, gluten-free cupcakes, and raffle prizes ending at 6 p.m. the following day.

    The company also will be accepting donations to benefit the Hanuman Fund, a scholarship program for aspiring yoga instructors to pursue their training.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Sep. 17, 2014 | 3:30 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Spaghetti Supper Sales Winners Announced

    Grace Sloan, Flora Kate Richards and Maddie Basso finished first, second and third in sales for the spaghetti supper.

    Grace Sloan, Flora Kate Richards, and Maddie Basso finished first, second, and third in sales for the supper.

    The Highland Belles spaghetti supper fundraiser on Sept. 5 had another successful year. The spaghetti supper sales winners are Grace Sloane, Flora Kate Richards, and Maddie Basso.

    All 61 members of the award-winning drill team sold tickets, raffle tickets, and accepted donations, which will fund the team’s operations for the year. This year was bigger than ever with the addition of the live auction.

    The team partnered with Amore Italian Restaurant for the 19th year, bringing hungry football fans to the cafeteria before the HPHS football game against Pulaski Academy.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Sep. 17, 2014 | 12:24 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Boosterthon to Boost Funds for Bradfield

    Blaze the Bronco gets students pumped up about Boosterthon.

    Blaze the Bronco gets students pumped up about Boosterthon.

    Does calling it a fun run really make it fun? Well, if it’s anything like the pep rally to kick off Bradfield’s Boosterthon fundraiser, it may not be so bad.

    On Monday, students gathered in the gymnasium and cheered on Blaze the Bronco and Boosterthon representatives as they heard about the plans for the event. Each day of the fundraiser will provide a lesson that encourages kindness, leadership, fitness, and citizenship.

    The event will conclude with the Rock’n Town Live Fun Run, where students will recruit pledges for the number of laps they run. The money raised from Boosterthon will go to the school.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Sep. 17, 2014 | 10:46 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Hubbard Lobbies Congress For Cancer Funding

    Allison Hubbard

    Allison Hubbard

    Park Cities resident Allison Hubbard was in Washington, D.C., yesterday as part of a group of more than 600 cancer patients, survivors, and volunteers from all 50 states trying to raise awareness and spur legislative action regarding cancer research and funding — an event called American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Leadership Summit and Lobby Day.

    As part of her visit, Hubbard is meeting with Rep. Pete Sessions and U.S. senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, hoping to garner support for an increase in federal funding, as well as endorsement of legislation to help reduce costs and increase quality of life for cancer patients.

    “Congress has a critical role to play in the fight to defeat a disease that kills an estimated 500,000 people in America every year. Congress can demonstrate a commitment to the fight against cancer by increasing federal funding for cancer research and prevention, co-sponsoring patient quality of life legislation and eliminating surprise costs for seniors getting colorectal cancer screenings,” said Hubbard, a volunteer for ACS CAN. “Making these lifesaving policies a priority will help to eliminate death and suffering from cancer.”

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 17, 2014 | 5:49 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 16, 2014

  • Torre to Appear at Family Place Luncheon

    Joe Torre

    Joe Torre

    Joe Torre has traded in his baseball uniform for a business suit these days, but the Hall of Fame catcher and manager will share plenty of stories from his career on the diamond during a conversation at the Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon on Wednesday at the Hilton Anatole.

    The sold-out luncheon will benefit The Family Place, which is a cause close to Torre’s heart. He and his wife founded the Safe at Home Foundation, which operates several domestic violence resource centers around New York City.

    The luncheon festivities included a letter-signing ceremony this spring at the Highland Park home of Margaret Hancock. Luncheon chairs are Travis and Stephanie Hollman, Carol Seay, and Stephanie Seay.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 16, 2014 | 7:17 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS