August 21, 2014

  • UP Approves Feasibility Study For Aquatic Center

    The existing Holmes Aquatic Center could soon be disappearing in favor of an indoor natatorium. (File photo)

    The existing Holmes Aquatic Center could soon be disappearing in favor of an indoor natatorium. (File photo)

    An indoor aquatic center at Curtis Park could be a long way off, but the idea of such a proposal already has generated some concern among University Park residents.

    The UP City Council found out as much on Tuesday, when it approved spending more than $31,000 on a feasibility study with Colorado-based Ballard-King & Associates to study the viability of building the facility that would be shared by the city and Highland Park ISD.

    The idea comes from a joint meeting this summer between the UP council and the HPISD board of trustees, which might eliminate its existing natatorium as part of a proposed bond election likely slated for next spring.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 21, 2014 | 2:47 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Pirch Opening to Feature Local Faces

    Remember that time we told you about Pirch opening in NorthPark? Well, their opening is coming up this week, and it’s set for an all-star cast — from the local perspective, that is. Dallas City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates, Pirch CEO Jeffery Sears, NorthPark president Nancy Nasher, and ESD cheerleaders will cut the ribbon at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday.

    Tim Byres will also be doing cooking demos from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Troy Johnson, Food Netowkr host and author, will also be doing performances from 2 to 7 p.m. That should add some spice to your back-to-school shopping.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 21, 2014 | 2:15 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Scots Look to Hold Court Again in Tennis

    Highland Park won four Class 4A state titles during the spring season before jumping to 6A this fall.

    Highland Park won four Class 4A state titles during the spring season before jumping to 6A this fall.

    The only reason Highland Park won’t be able to defend its Class 4A state team tennis title is because it’s no longer in 4A. Instead, the Scots will try to keep their legacy intact in the new 6A beginning this fall.

    HP will start the season today with a 4 p.m. match at North Mesquite, and will play District 10-6A matches every Tuesday through September.

    The Scots have won six consecutive 4A team titles and haven’t lost a dual match since 2007. This season, HP will play a full slate of district matches in addition to nondistrict contests against El Paso Coronado (Sept. 19), Southlake Carroll (Sept. 20), McKinney North (Sept. 26), Allen (Sept. 27), Plano West (Oct. 4), and Grapevine (Oct. 14).

    The district tournament is set for Oct. 21-22 at Fair Oaks Tennis Center, with the state tournament on Nov. 5-6 in College Station.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 21, 2014 | 1:37 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Community Tunes In For Band Fundraiser

    The Highlander Band marched through Snider Plaza as part of its "March-a-Thon 5K" fundraiser. (Photo: Greg Sommers)

    The Highlander Band marched through Snider Plaza as part of its Aug. 16 fundraiser. (Photo: Greg Sommers)

    That melodic mix of brass, woodwinds, and percussion that you heard throughout University Park on Saturday morning? It was none other than the Highland Park Highlander Band parading through the streets as part of its inaugural “March-a-Thon 5K” fundraiser.

    The band, along with the flag corps, twirlers, and others, marched from the high school down McFarlin Boulevard to Snider Plaza and back, with well-wishers cheering and donating along the route. Half Shells Oyster Bar & Grill provided water at the halfway point.

    Now the band turns its attention to its fall marching show, for which it has practiced for about seven hours a day in the August heat. The show, entitled “Stained Glass,” is more theatrical and elaborate than in years past, and will be unveiled during a “Sneak Peek” performance at 8 p.m. Friday at Highlander Stadium.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 21, 2014 | 1:29 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Meadows Museum Stays Open Late Tonight

    Check out the "Assumption of the Virgin" by Bartolomé Murillo and other drawings at the Meadows Museum through Sunday. (Photo: Christoph Irrgang)

    Check out the “Assumption of the Virgin” by Bartolomé Murillo and other drawings at the Meadows Museum through Sunday. (Photo: Christoph Irrgang)

    I’m not sure why this is news to me, but the Meadows Museum is open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays and what’s more, admission is complimentary after 5 p.m. Swing by to see “The Spanish Gesture: Drawings From Murillo to Goya in the Hamburger Kunsthalle”  exhibition, which closes Sunday, Aug. 31.

    The exhibition is the first large-scale showing of drawings from the Kupferstichkabinett outside of Germany. It features 86 works created by artists from the 16th to 19th centuries, such as Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Juan de Valdés Leal, and Francisco Goya.

    As an artist and lover of Spanish art, I’m super excited to go see it. If you see someone huddled in the corner geeking out, say hi.

    (Update: It has been confirmed that admission to the exhibition is also free this evening. Parking in the museum’s parking garage is free all the time.)

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Aug. 21, 2014 | 12:10 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Jan Karon Comes to HPUMC

    rsz_jan_karon_c_candace_freelandThe second installment of the fall “Authors Live” series at HPUMC will feature Jan Karon and her book, “Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good” on Sept. 4.

    This book is the next installment of her “Mitford” series, which follows Episcopalian priest in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    As always, the free event takes place at the church 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 Aug. 21, 2014 | 8:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 20, 2014

  • Bank of Texas to Renovate Hillcrest Facility

    Among those turning dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony were, from left, University Park Mayor Olin Lane; Norm Bagwell, Bank of Texas chairman and CEO; Mark Wade, Bank of Texas president and chief operating officer; Frank Marshall, Park Cities vice chairman for Bank of Texas; and Mike Davis, Texas branch delivery manager.

    Among those turning dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony were, from left, University Park Mayor Olin Lane; Norm Bagwell, Bank of Texas chairman and CEO; Mark Wade, Bank of Texas president and chief operating officer; Frank Marshall, Park Cities vice chairman for Bank of Texas; and Mike Davis, Texas branch delivery manager.

    Bank of Texas broke ground this week on renovations to its Hillcrest Avenue location in University Park.

    The exterior design renovations at the two-story facility will include glass, stone, and brick intended to complement the surrounding neighborhood architecture. The interior also will be redesigned with a more open floor plan. Construction is slated for completion in May 2015.

    The project also includes replacing the existing walk-up ATM machine with a covered drive-up ATM, along with two covered drive-through lanes. The office building will feature an extra 8,000 square feet of space that the bank will lease to an outside tenant.

    Also during the groundbreaking ceremony, the bank donated $1,000 to After-School All-Stars North Texas, a Dallas-based nonprofit that provides a variety of after-school programs.

    Bank of Texas plans a similar renovation for its location on Walnut Hill Lane in Preston Hollow later this year.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 20, 2014 | 4:01 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Lady Scots Topple Byron Nelson

    Allegra Munoz (8) and the Lady Scots cruised past Byron Nelson on Tuesday. (Photo: Jeff Kane)

    Allegra Munoz (8) and the Lady Scots cruised past Byron Nelson on Tuesday. (Photo: Jeff Kane)

    Highland Park opened its home volleyball schedule with a four-set win over Trophy Club Byron Nelson on Tuesday, 25-16, 25-19, 26-28, 25-17.

    Statistical leaders for the Lady Scots (7-3) included Caroline Downing (14 kills, three aces, eight digs), Grace Bonnet (nine kills, nine digs, three aces), Elizabeth Gilley (nine kills, 18 digs), Allegra Munoz (eight kills, five digs), Landry Ray (24 assists, 15 digs, three aces), Madeline Bonnet (16 digs, six assists, three aces), and Catherine Johnson (20 assists, 15 digs).

    Last weekend, HP won five of its eight matches at the prestigious Texas Volleyball Invitational tournament in Pearland. We won’t list all the stats here, but the Lady Scots earned wins over Fort Bend Travis, Waller, Byron Nelson, Houston Stratford, and League City Clear Springs. The losses came against The Woodlands John Cooper, Southlake Carroll, and League City Clear Creek.

    HP will continue its busy early-season schedule on Friday with pool play in the Allen tournament. The Lady Scots will travel to Keller for a nondistrict match on Tuesday.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 20, 2014 | 3:30 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Bailey: ‘Shocked’ Patrizio Had to Leave Village

    Ed Bailey, father of political candidate Leigh Bailey, said he was “shocked” when he learned he would have to leave Highland Park Village, according to the DMN.

    Earlier this summer, we reported that Patrizio had not renewed its lease, following a meeting with Village owner Ray Washburne and the Highland Park Town Council.

    But in yesterday’s piece, Bailey claims that Washburne chose not to renew the lease following a discussion on updating the restaurant, and instead, chose to take the space in a new direction.

    Bailey first bought the restaurant in 2006, and estimates that the annual sales for the restaurant reach around $4 million. His lease in the Village is up early next year, and he has yet to find a replacement space for the restaurant.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 20, 2014 | 12:11 pm | 4 Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 19, 2014

  • Waves Roll to Record-Breaking Swims

    The Park Cities YMCA Waves were coached by Heath Mitchell and Sebastian Ober.

    Here are your champion Park Cities YMCA Waves, coached by Heath Mitchell and Sebastian Ober.

    The Park Cities YMCA Waves made quite a splash by earning a team title at the Lone Star State Swim Meet in late July. It was the first time the squad had ever finished higher than third place, and it came with plenty of individual accolades as well, in the form of 11 state records.

    For example, 17-year-old Nick Moore broke seven Lone Star records and won every individual event he swam. And Paul Radke, 14, set new marks in both the 50-yard and 100-yard breaststroke.

    The boys 11-12 relay team of Brooks Kirchen, Liam Conner, Cameron Laurie, and Bo Clarke shattered the record in the 200 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay. Among the other top swimmers at the meet for the Waves were Hannah Jiang, Michael Zhao, and Benjamin Hurst.

    As a team, the Waves surpassed the Duncan Dragons for the title on the final afternoon of the four-day meet.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 19, 2014 | 5:25 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS