July 29, 2014

  • 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.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 29, 2014 | 12:08 pm | No Comments | 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
  • Glamping for a Cause

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    Mockingbird Station is partnering with fashion blogger Katey McFarlan, founder of Chronicles of Frivolity, to celebrate the great indoors at the People’s Last Stand on August 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    A $5 donation to the Girl Scouts of America gets you into the event, which will feature cocktails, HotPoppin Gourmet S’mores Popcorn, up-dos by Pouf, and various pop-up shops and giveaways.

    Visit the event’s website for more information and to RSVP.

    By Claire Kelley Jul. 29, 2014 | 9:57 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Amy Bloom Comes to ‘Listen UP’

    They say don't judge a book by it's cover, but this one sure is beautiful.

    They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but this one sure is beautiful.

    This one sounds good. Amy Bloom will speak at the next installment of University Park Public Library’s “Listen UP” series about her book, Lucky Us, on Aug. 12.

    The book details two sisters’ journey from small-town Ohio in the 1940s to Hollywood.

    As always, the free event takes place at the library 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. 29, 2014 | 8:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 28, 2014

  • Looney Strikes With More Postseason Awards

    Layne Looney was dominant this season. Everyone seems to agree. (Photo: Kate Simone)

    Layne Looney was dominant this season. Everyone seems to agree. (Photo: Kate Simone)

    The accolades continue to accumulate following the outstanding season for Highland Park pitcher Layne Looney, who has been named as a first-team all-state selection by the Texas Sports Writers Association.

    He also received first-team honors earlier this summer from the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association, and was named to the MaxPreps Underclass All-America team. Looney was named the MVP of District 10-4A for leading HP to a runner-up finish in the league.

    During his junior season, Looney posted a 12-0 record with a 0.53 earned-run average and 119 strikeouts. He also led the Scots with a .370 batting average.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 28, 2014 | 5:38 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HPISD Educators Honored With Scholarships

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    From left, Elyse Griffin, Wanda Spoonmore, and Leesa Cole at the recent DKG luncheon in Dallas

    The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International recently awarded scholarships to Highland Park ISD educators Leesa Cole and Elyse Griffin. The society aims to promote the personal and professional growth of its members, who are all female educators.

    Cole is the library media specialist at McCulloch Intermediate School and a 24-year DKG member. She has received $1,000 scholarships from the DKG Dallas County Coordinating Council in each of the past two years.

    Griffin previously taught third grade at Armstrong Elementary School, and this fall will teach fifth-grade math at McCulloch Intermediate School. She is a four-year DKG member and has received $9,000 worth of scholarships since 2013.

    Both are members of the Delta Omicron chapter of DKG, for which retired HPISD teacher Wanda Spoonmore is president. Spoonmore taught eighth-grade algebra in HPISD for 36 years and has been a DKG member for 50 years.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 28, 2014 | 4:52 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • 4200 Block of Mockingbird Closed Tomorrow

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    Tomorrow, the 4200 block of Mockingbird Lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for repairs. Detour signs will let you know where to go, as the repair area is bounded by Preston Road and Douglas Avenue. Drivers are encouraged to take Douglas Avenue to Beverly Drive, Beverly Drive to Preston road, and Preston Road to Mockingbird Lane to avoid the area. This is only for eastbound drivers — westbound will not be affected.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 28, 2014 | 11:13 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 27, 2014

  • Thwaites to Melt Teen Hearts at NorthPark

    the-giver-posterOK, teenage girls, get your best screams ready. Australian actor Brenton Thwaites, the young star of the upcoming movie The Giver, will make a public appearance at NorthPark Center on Monday.

    Thwaites will appear at something called the “Color Party,” which will include a scavenger hunt, a question-and-answer session, and a VIP autograph signing. The whole thing runs from 4-6 p.m. on the first floor of the mall, between Nordstrom and Macy’s.

    The Giver, which is based on the popular young-adult novel of the same name, also stars Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. It will be in theaters on Aug. 15.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 27, 2014 | 3:25 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 26, 2014

  • Wine Getaway Makes Great Weekend

    A couple relaxes at Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, Texas. (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua)

    A couple relaxes at Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, Texas. (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua)

    As soon as the thermometer in my car started reading 90 degrees, I was ready to flee Dallas — and quickly. After a 4.5-hour drive, and a friend and I were cooling off with local wine in Fredericksburg, where boutiques have been transformed into wine stores and restaurants feature local vintages.

    In the past 20 years, the area has become home to a flourishing wine community, particularly along U.S. Highway 290. Check wineroad290.com to see if your visit corresponds with monthly restaurant-winery pair-up events hosted by a collective of 13 of the wineries along the road. Read More…

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Jul. 26, 2014 | 10:00 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • July 25, 2014

  • Youngsters Take Love of Gaming to Next Level

    Eli Hoff, 9, right, and Dasch Gorcyca, 6, use their imagination to create video games during a summer class at Armstrong Elementary School. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Eli Hoff, 9, right, and Dasch Gorcyca, 6, use their imagination to create video games during a summer class at Armstrong Elementary School. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    The final day of the Highland Park ISD summer game-design class gives precocious young video-game designers a chance to showcase their creation to their classmates.

    Then comes the best part for just about any kid under age 13. They get to play.

    That combination makes the class one of the most popular in the summer catalog for the HPISD Academy of Lifelong Learning. After all, what video-game aficionado wouldn’t want to combine their favorite classic gaming elements with their own imagination? Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 25, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS