October 20, 2014

  • Early Voting Starts Now!

    Early voting is upon us! Here’s when the polls are open:

    • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday
    • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday
    • 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday
    • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. next week (M-F)

    Polling locations are listed below, but the most common one for our area is Our Redeemer Lutheran Church across from NorthPark.

    If you just want to vote in the regular election, you can look up your general-election polling place here. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 20, 2014 | 3:01 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HPMS Takes On Shrek: The Musical

    Fairy-tale characters put their best foot forward at dress rehearsal.

    Fairy-tale characters put their best foot forward at dress rehearsal.

    Some Highland Park Middle School students have been hard at work rehearsing for their upcoming performance of “Shrek: The Musical” on Oct. 23-26.

    The cast of 43 seventh- and eighth-grade students are in a Playbill class taught by Susan McCormick, the HPMS drama director. Megan Kelly Bates of the Preston Center Dance Conservatory has contributed to the show as well.

    The show features Stephen Bates as Shrek, Claire DeJean as Fiona, and Jack Smith as Donkey, accompanied by the whole slew of fairy-tale characters. The musical is based on the 2001 film and William Steig’s book. It hit Broadway in 2008 and was nominated for eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

    Admission is a mere $5 and tickets are available from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 23-24, and 30 minutes prior to the show.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Oct. 20, 2014 | 1:35 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Partners Card Program is Local Tradition

    2014 Partners Card co-chairs Andrea Cheek, Diana Hamilton, and Lisa Bhattacharya. (Photo: George Fiala)

    2014 Partners Card co-chairs Andrea Cheek, Diana Hamilton, and Lisa Bhattacharya. (Photo: George Fiala)

    In Dallas, the rush of swiping a Partners Card is just as much a symbol of fall as football and cooler weather.

    “Usually the weather’s beautiful, and it’s fun to walk around the stores and see the red and purple balloons,” co-chair Lisa Bhattacharya said.

    That’s because the fundraiser, which runs Oct. 24 to Nov. 2, has been benefiting the anti-domestic violence nonprofit The Family Place for 22 years. One thing that makes the feel-good shopping experience unique is that it focuses on area shops and vendors.

    “The Family Place is very right in that they did it in a grassroots kind of way,” Bhattacharya said. “We have kept true to our belief that this is about local retailers.” Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 20, 2014 | 12:27 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Calling All North Texas Artists

    The Meadows Museum at SMU is accepting applications through Nov. 3 for the Moss/Chumley North Texas Artist Award.

    The prize has increased to $2,500 this year and will be given to an outstanding North Texas artist. Eligible artists must be proven community advocates for the visual arts and have exhibited professionally for at least 10 years.

    All genres of art are accepted, ranging from sculpture to performance, but artists must reside in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, or Wise counties to be considered. A distinguished panel of local artists, curators, and directors will judge the submissions.

    The award will be given at a private museum event on Dec. 10.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Oct. 20, 2014 | 12:21 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 19, 2014

  • DAPS to Discuss Neurobics at Annual Meeting

    The Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society will hold its general membership meeting at 1 p.m. Monday at University Park United Methodist Church.

    Silverado Community ambassador Beth Geniewicz will present a program entitled “Neurobics: Awaken Your Senses, Stimulate Your Brain.” You can find more information here.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 19, 2014 | 10:27 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 17, 2014

  • Scots Rally Past Lake Highlands

    Highland Park defenders tackle Eddie Clinton of Lake Highlands during a 34-7 win on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Highland Park defenders tackle Eddie Clinton of Lake Highlands during a 34-7 win. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    While it was business as usual for the Highland Park defense on Friday night, the offense took a slightly different approach to yield the same results.

    The Scots scored 34 unanswered points to rally past Lake Highlands 34-7 at Highlander Stadium for their 83rd consecutive home victory.

    HP bounced back from a tough loss to Mesquite Horn last week, and remained a game behind the Jaguars for the District 10-6A lead with three games remaining.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 17, 2014 | 11:36 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HPISD: It’s Centennial Time!

    We’ve been gearing up for all the excitement surrounding Highland Park High School’s centennial celebrations this weekend.

    Hopefully, you didn’t miss the campus open houses this afternoon. But if you did, the fun doesn’t stop there. Sunday’s block party takes place from 2 – 5 p.m. There will be bounce houses, food trucks, a Scots museum, live performances from all different high-school groups, and a huge array of guest speakers.

    Sounds fun, right? We also took the liberty of posting some very important parking info for you.

    Go Hi-Park High!

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 17, 2014 | 5:10 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HPISD to Deep-Clean Campuses This Weekend

    Highland Park ISD just released a memo on behalf of superintendent Dawson Orr saying that the school district will commence a deep-cleaning of each campus this weekend and into next week. Custodial staff will also “step up” daily cleaning measures.

    “We have checked the CDC guidelines for recommended cleaning products and the commercial grade anti-viral disinfectants currently in use on every campus exceed those recommendations,” Orr said in the memo.

    In the spirit of rumor control, the district wished to emphasize that no member of the Bradfield Elementary community was on the Frontier Airlines flight with Ebola patient Amber Vinson — a parent and student did fly from Cleveland to Dallas on Oct. 13, but on a different plane.

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    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 17, 2014 | 12:27 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Scots Look to Rebound Against Lake Highlands

    Kevin Ken and the Scots will host Lake Highlands tonight. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Kevin Ken and the Scots will host Lake Highlands tonight. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Last week’s loss to Mesquite Horn severely dented Highland Park’s chances of winning a district title in their first season at the Class 6A level. But it didn’t do much to harm the Scots’ playoff chances.

    HP sits in a three-way tie for second place in District 10-6A entering tonight’s matchup against Lake Highlands, another one of the current runners-up (North Mesquite is the other). The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Highlander Stadium.

    It should provide a solid test for the Scots (5-1, 2-1) as they look to bounce back from the 42-27 loss to the Jaguars, who now control their destiny atop the standings.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 17, 2014 | 12:10 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Hyer Carnival Will Be All Fun and Games

    From left, Arden Cryer, Jenna Bowen, and Madison McBee  Middle (l to r):  Lennox Byrd, Principal Jeremy Gilbert, Jack Bowen, Jacob Steele, and Tyler Gravlee   Seated Front (l to r):  Elise Pankratz and Lydia Pankratz

    From left, back row: Arden Cryer, Jenna Bowen, and Madison McBee. Middle row: Lennox Byrd, Hyer principal Jeremy Gilbert, Jack Bowen, Jacob Steele, and Tyler Gravlee. Front row: Elise Pankratz and Lydia Pankratz

    With events that include names such as “water wars,” “cake walk,” and “can smash,” how can this weekend’s annual carnival at Hyer Elementary School not be fun for all ages?

    The carnival has a “Stay Cool” theme this year, and will feature plenty of activities in addition to those listed above. There also will be plenty of rides and refreshments between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and of course, the community is invited.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 17, 2014 | 10:27 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS