October 2, 2014

  • Meet The New Cost of Living

    Older apartments in the Park Cities are being torn down for a variety of reasons, including rising land values and redevelopment. (Photos: Dorothy Wood and Chris McGathey)

    Older apartments in the Park Cities are being torn down for a variety of reasons, including rising land values and redevelopment. (Photos: Dorothy Wood and Chris McGathey)

    For middle-class newcomers looking to live in the Park Cities, the bubble is getting even harder to burst.

    Bulldozers and wrecking balls are a common sight in local neighborhoods, with older apartment complexes as some of their most frequent targets.

    That means that while draws of Park Cities living are still there — the safety, the public services, and the school district — the options for those at an affordable price point are dwindling. Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 2, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • ‘Authors Live’ Talks Religion

    rsz_map_of_heaven_cover_imageThe next installment of HPUMC’s “Authors Live” series will feature Dr. Eben Alexander and his book, The Map of Heaven: How Science, Religion, and Ordinary People Are Proving That the World Beyond is Real.

    The event takes place at the church, starting at 7 p.m. for free, or 6 p.m. for the $30 reception (featuring a copy of the book).

    Visit the website to reserve.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 2, 2014 | 8:47 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 1, 2014

  • SMU Breaks Ground On New Education Building

    Brad Cheves, vice president for development and external affairs; Miriam Ortiz, Ph.D. student who gave the invocation; R. Gerald Turner, SMU president; Mrs. Simmons, donor; David Chard, Simmons School dean; and Mike Boone, chair of the SMU Board of Trustees.

    From left, Brad Cheves, vice president for development and external affairs; Miriam Ortiz, Ph.D. student who gave the invocation; R. Gerald Turner, SMU president; Annette Caldwell Simmons, donor; David Chard, Simmons School dean; and Mike Boone, chair of the SMU Board of Trustees break ground on Harold Clark Simmons Hall.

    Construction for the second building of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at SMU is underway. The university broke ground on Sept. 12 for Harold Clark Simmons Hall.

    In addition, the Simmons family gave a $25 million gift to fund the building. The three-story, 40,000-square-foot building will house the Budd Center for Involving Communities in Education, the Teacher Development Studio, the Department of Teaching and Learning, as well as classrooms, labs, and conference rooms to accommodate the expanding education program at SMU.

    The Simmonses have made many donations to SMU over the years, making them among the most generous donors in SMU’s history. Harold Clark Simmons Hall is scheduled for completion by late 2015.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Oct. 1, 2014 | 11:27 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Fearing to Sign Books Today at HPV

    Dean Fearing

    Dean Fearing

    Renowned chef Dean Fearing will sign copies of his book The Texas Food Bible from 3-5 p.m. today at the St. Michael Woman’s Exchange in Highland Park Village.

    Fearing, who lives in Bluffview, opened Fearing’s restaurant in Dallas in 2007, and it has since won several national awards. Copies of the book are available at the shop or by calling 214-521-3862.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 1, 2014 | 11:07 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Speedflex to Mix Fitness and Fundraising

    Burn calories and raise money at the same time? What’s not to love, then, about the inaugural “Speedflex-a-thon” slated for Saturday at the new Speedflex location in Preston Center — well, except perhaps the name.

    Here’s the deal: There will be 16 teams with 10 members each, working out for 30-minute sessions over a 12-hour period — from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. — to burn a collective 75,000 calories, as monitored by the Polar Team Pro system and displayed throughout the center.

    For motivational purposes, a handful of local celebrity captains also will be on hand, including former Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco, sportscaster Dale Hansen, health and fitness guru Larry North, former Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers, news reporter Calvert Collins, and football legend Roger Staubach.

    Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 1, 2014 | 10:01 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Happy Texas Wine Month

    In August, we brought you stories about wine in the Texas Hill Country. Now that it’s October, aka Texas wine month, and now that the weather has just the hint of coolness, it’s the perfect time to take that weekend getaway we know you’ve been meaning to take. Click on the map for a full guide to towns and cities that are home to wineries and vineyards ripe for visiting. The map is sorted into three groups from shortest to longest driving distances. We hope it proves useful in planning your trip. Safe travels.

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    Click this map to open a directory of Wineries and Vineyards in Texas. (Map: Curtis Thornton/Google)

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Oct. 1, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 30, 2014

  • Museum of Biblical Art Launches New Exhibit

    rsz_cf016638_bhines_akcropped--muchsmaller_2The Museum of Biblical Art will launch “Mysteries, Signs and Wonders: The Art of Barbara Hines” on Oct. 7, kicking off the new National Center for Jewish Art. The exhibit will be on display until Aug. 30, 2015, so there’s plenty of time to catch it.

    Hines is a Houston-based artist “committed to sharing the beauty of Israel” with the intent of spreading peace. She donates 100 percent of her proceeds from art sales to charitable causes.

    To celebrate, philanthropist and art collector Dr. Carolyn Farb will host an invitation-only reception prior to the exhibit’s opening to the public.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 30, 2014 | 3:54 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Allman to Share Story of Kennedy Assassination

    Pierce Allman

    Pierce Allman

    Pierce Allman will share his tale of a legendary day in history as part of The Sixth Floor Museum’s October Living History Program on Saturday.

    On Nov, 22, 1963, Allman — then a program director for WFAA radio, decided to cover President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Dallas. After shots were fired at the motorcade, Allman asked a man where he could find a phone to alert the radio station. He later learned that man was Lee Harvey Oswald.

    Allman, a Park Cities resident, will share his recollections at 2 p.m. The Living History Series consists of firsthand accounts from historic events of the early 1960s. Tickets are $10 for the program only or $5 with museum admission. Advanced tickets can be purchased here.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Sep. 30, 2014 | 1:09 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Police Report: September 15 to September 21


    SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: A Camry in a Pear Tree

    At 10:21 p.m. on Sept. 17, the driver of a black 2014 Toyota Camry rear-ended a white 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee at the intersection of Knox Avenue and Abbott Avenue. After the collision, the Camry jumped the curb and struck a Bradford pear tree, snapping it in two pieces as the Camry came to rest on top of the tree. Both vehicles were towed from the scene, and no injuries were reported.


    HIGHLAND PARK

    15 MONDAY
    Between 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 6 a.m. on Sept. 15, a thief stole a canvas bag containing a portable DVD player and various children’s DVDs from an unlocked black 2002 Lexus SUV in the3600 block of Potomac Avenue. A homeowner two blocks away found the bag discarded on her property later that morning.

    Between 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 6 a.m. on Sept. 15, a thief stole a Volvo station wagon from a driveway in the 3900 block of Potomac Avenue. The key was stolen along with a case of Winchester shotgun shells from an unlocked black Mercedes SUV parked next to it. The perpetrator also rummaged through an unlocked blue Ford Explorer. Police later found the Volvo backed into a detached garage in the 2600 block of Milton Avenue in University Park, where a silver 2011 Jeep Wrangler, valued at $20,000, had been stolen along with a $1,600 set of Taylor Made golf clubs, a $400 pair of Maui Jim sunglasses, and a $200 Husky compressor.

    Between 9 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 10 a.m. on Sept. 15, a vandal rummaged through a white Volkswagen Jetta in the 3800 block of Potomac Avenue. There were no signs of forced entry, and nothing was reported stolen. Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 30, 2014 | 12:25 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HP Library Teams up With Readers 2 Leaders

    Librarian Kortney Nelson, Readers 2 Leaders program director Norma Nelson, office manager Victoria Ramirez, and HP Library children's assistant Pam Hatcher (Courtesy photo)

    Librarian Kortney Nelson, Readers 2 Leaders program director Norma Nelson, office manager Victoria Ramirez, and HP Library children’s assistant Pam Hatcher (Courtesy photo)

    This year’s book-donation recipient following the Highland Park Library’ Summer Reading program is Readers 2 Leaders. During the summer program, when children turned in their reading logs, each one would pick a book to donate in their name. Then on Sept. 16, HP Library staff delivered the books to Booktown, Readers 2 Leaders’ family-literacy center. Congratulations to all participating readers!

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 30, 2014 | 12:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS