Few Speakers at HPISD Facility Meeting

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A moderately-packed crowd attended tonight's meeting. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

A moderately-packed crowd attended tonight’s meeting. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

Something happened tonight that I’ve never seen before. You, the good people of the Park Cities, did not use all of your allotted time for public comments at a meeting.

Are you OK? Did you leave a roast on? Is there a sick child at home? A game on TV you wanted to watch? What’s going on?

In all seriousness, tonight’s meeting regarding the HPISD facilities bond package — which will be up for a vote on Nov. 3 — included about 30 minutes of overview and maybe 10 minutes of speakers. Let’s review.


HP Will Spray For Mosquitoes Wednesday

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Mosquito Management Map 2015Following a positive test for West Nile Virus in the northwest part of Highland Park, the town will spray for mosquitoes west of Preston Road and north of Belclaire Avenue beginning at 10 p.m. through 6 a.m. starting Wednesday. This includes the town’s tennis courts. (However, rain or excessive winds could reschedule the spraying.)

Here’s the full schedule:

  • Wednesday, July 29: Truck-mounted ground spraying west of Preston Road to town limits and north of Belclaire Avenue to the town limits
  • Thursday, July 30: Truck-mounted ground spraying west of Preston Road to town limits and north of Belclaire Avenue to the town limits
  • Friday, July 31: Truck-mounted ground spraying west of Preston Road to town limits and north of Belclaire Avenue to the town limits

For more information, visit the town’s website.


Juicing Boom Fuels Business That Puts Organic on the Menu

Health concerns prompted HPHS grad Davio Ventouras and his wife, Jessica, to launch Boom Juice. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 1
Health concerns prompted HPHS grad Davio Ventouras and his wife, Jessica, to launch Boom Juice. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

When Jessica Ventouras realized she had celiac disease, she had to give up almost all of her favorite foods.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes damage to the lining of the small intestine. The damage comes after digesting gluten, which is a form of protein found in grains.

Between her health issues and her husband’s desire for a new career, Boom Juice was created.


Police Report: July 13 to July 19

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Skulduggery of the week: Sweet Nothing

Between 7 p.m. on July 17 and 9:57 a.m. on July 18, a vandal smashed a cinnamon roll against the front window of a silver 2005 GMC Yukon in the 3600 block of Lindenwood Avenue. The vehicle’s owner suggested the incident was part of a pattern of harassment against a teenager that included a derogatory birthday card left at the house on July 5.

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14 TUESDAY
Between 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., a burglar broke into a gray 2011 GMC Yukon at the Highland Park Swimming Pool and stole a leather gym bag containing a pair of shorts and a set of Bluetooth earphones.

Between 2:30 and 3:25 p.m., a thief stole $2,295 worth of golf and hockey equipment, along with a $300 Razor scooter and a $200 bicycle helmet from an open garage in the 3400 block of Beverly Drive. The perpetrator also took a $325 pair of Oliver Peoples Jacey Mirror sunglasses, a $100 set of Lexus wireless headphones, and a $20 metallic dog collar from a silver 2015 Lexus inside the garage.

19 SUNDAY
At 5 a.m., Joshua Paul Wilson, 26, of Dallas was arrested in the 5200 block of Preston Road on a public intoxication charge.


Meadows Museum to Hold Soloist Concert

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The Meadows Museum will hold a concert featuring soloists of the Orchestra of New Spain on July 30.

Soloists will include Heidi Klein, Katrina Burggraf-Kledgas, and Nicholas Garza.

Klein is a choral artist in residence with the Dallas Arts District Chorale and a voice instructor, Burggraf-Kledas is a member of the Orpheus Chamber Singers, and Garza is a fourth year vocal performance student at UT Arlington who performs with several professional groups in the Dallas area.

The concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Boston Room. Seating is limited, but admission is complimentary. Museum members and Orchestra Patrons and Friends may reserve seats by calling 214-750-1492 or emailing info@orchestraofnewspain.org.


Parents: Learn About Concussions Tonight

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Dr. Lori Cook

Dr. Lori Cook

Safety equipment in sports today is better than it’s ever been, thanks to a convergence of technology and medical knowledge.

Yet athletes are also stronger and faster than before, meaning the danger of head injuries is still very real. That doesn’t mean coaches and parents need to be afraid, necessarily, but they should be educated in prevention and care.

Friends of the UP Public Library will continue the summer lecture series tonight with an appearance by Dr. Lori Cook, director of pediatric brain injury programs at the UT-Dallas Center for BrainHealth.

The free program, entitled “Concussions in Young Athletes: What Every Coach and Parent Should Know,” begins at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s third-floor community room.


Children Take Center Stage at Camp Bravo!

Liliana Henry laughs on stage during a performance with Rainbow Days' Camp Bravo! at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church on Friday, July 24. (Photo: Laura Buckman) 0
Liliana Henry laughs on stage during a performance with Rainbow Days' Camp Bravo! at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church on Friday, July 24. (Photo: Laura Buckman)

Eddie Coker and some 300 children from local homeless and domestic violence shelters put on a good show for Rainbow Days’ Camp Bravo! final performance last Friday at Lovers Lane United Methodist.

Every year, Rainbow Days invites children to express their creativity in a week full of photography, pottery, music, and theater classes.

“Exposing children to the arts and giving them a week filled with creative learning opportunities with caring adults and instructors from our community makes a significant positive impact in children’s lives,” said Cathey Brown, Founder and CEO of Rainbow Days. “It only takes one moment, one mentor, one memorable experience,to expand a child’s world,introducing them to new possibilities.”


HPISD Wants Your Feedback on Bonds

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The plans for a November bond election are chugging along for HPISD trustees, who are now trying to secure community support before the state-mandated deadline for filing the necessary paperwork.

So the school board, as well as its Facilities Advisory Committee of community volunteers, have planned two public forums this week to solicit feedback on their ideas. They will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Highland Park Middle School auditorium, and 7 p.m. Thursday at the Highland Park High School auditorium.

The latest proposal is for a whopping $358.3 million, which is far more ambitious than any such plan in the district’s history. It includes several ideas for accommodating enrollment growth that already has led to overcrowded campuses, with more students projected in the future. There’s talk of a fifth elementary school, as well as the tearing down and rebuilding of three existing elementary campuses, with extensive renovations to other buildings.

We’ve written in great detail about the proposals, and what they might mean to your property tax rate, so you can do your own cost-benefit analysis before attending. You can also comment online here.


Tragedy Prompts Widow to Fill a Need For In-Home Care

Lollie Scheble is pictured with her late husband, Phil, and children. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Lollie Scheble is pictured with her late husband, Phil, and children. (Courtesy Photo)

As Lollie Scheble dealt with her husband’s case of Glioblastoma Multiforme, a malignant tumor affecting the brain, she struggled to find adequate in-home care.

“From the time my second daughter was born until the time he passed away, it was really chaotic in my house,” the Park Cities resident said. “And I couldn’t find an agency. I went through several in Dallas and I couldn’t find anyone to help us — someone that could come in and assimilate into our home.”

Because she couldn’t find help through an agency, Scheble decided to take matters into her own hands. She began recruiting freelance nurses, and that’s who helped her and her family during the last two months of her husband’s life.


Congrats to Our Coloring Contest Winners

Grand-prize winner Axton Byrd, age 4, poses with his winning drawing. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
Grand-prize winner Axton Byrd, age 4, poses with his winning drawing. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Congratulations to our Fourth of July Coloring Contest grand-prize winner Axton Byrd, age 4, who won from a drawing among the four finalists: Byrd, 7-year-old Bess Prather, 11-year-old Bridget Stammel, and 13-year-old Caroline Conway. Have fun on your vacation to Telluride Resort Byrd family!

Thank you to all our young readers for sending in their entries. Swing by St. Bernard Sports at Inwood Village to see your pages on display through Aug. 10.


Dickey’s Owners Look to Back the Blue With Barbecue

Maurine Dickey smiles with police officers during a Barbecue, Boots & Badges event. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Maurine Dickey smiles with police officers during a Barbecue, Boots & Badges event. (Courtesy Photo)

Maurine Dickey and her husband met and married while they were students at SMU. Before they graduated, they were running her father-in-law’s barbecue company after his unexpected death.

Now, with the company nearing 75 years in the barbecue business, Dickey decided it was time to focus on philanthropic pursuits. That’s why she’s founded Barbecue, Boots & Badges, an organization that gives back to families of fallen law enforcement officers and officers or departments in need.

“There are not a lot of organizations out there that help the police,” she said. “When police or law enforcement have a tragedy or death, the fellow officers pull money out of their own pockets.”


PCYMCA Youngsters Bring ‘Pippin’ to Stage

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Aspiring thespians from the Park Cities YMCA will take their turn with one of Broadway’s biggest hits on Saturday.

The Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts will perform “Pippin” at the Dallas Children’s Theatre, with showtimes at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.

The show will feature performances from students 10 and up who have spent the last three weeks in rehearsals as part of an intensive musical theater workshop.

DSM just concluded a two-week run of “Pippin,” which won multiple Tony Awards in 2013.