December 22, 2014

  • HPISD Dads Putt For Dough at Charity Event

    Tournament chairman Michael Lane presented the check to HPISD trustees on Dec. 9.

    Tournament chairman Michael Lane presented the check to HPISD trustees on Dec. 9.

    The recent Park Cities Dads Club golf tournament was about more than just driving accuracy and putting for birdies. The club proved that earlier this month when it presented a check for $113,000 to Highland Park ISD at a board of trustees meeting.

    The annual tournament has donated more than $2.2 million to HPISD in the past 23 years, with the money earmarked for professional development training.

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 22, 2014 | 1:03 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 21, 2014

  • HP Grad Wants to Ensure Insurance Options

    HPHS graduate Jack Hooper started Take Command Health after researching health insurance options for his twins.

    HPHS graduate Jack Hooper started Take Command Health after researching health insurance options for his twins. (Courtesy photo)

    When Jack Hooper and his wife found out they were expecting twins, they found themselves in a bit of a dilemma.

    “We had to figure out how much [health insurance] was going to cost,” said Hooper, a 2002 Highland Park High School graduate. “We were on student loans at the time and I was needing to secure more financial aid, and we just had no idea with twins, was it going to be $5,000, $10,000, $100,000?”

    Hooper was using student loans at the time because he was in graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania.

    After finding out about the twins on the way, he began speaking with doctors, receptionists, and insurance brokers at the university’s hospital. But the graduate student wasn’t having much luck. Read More…

    By Paige Skinner Dec. 21, 2014 | 10:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 19, 2014

  • Davis, Scots Hold Off St. Mark’s

    Pete Davis scored 23 points as Highland Park held off St. Mark's on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Pete Davis scored 23 points as Highland Park held off St. Mark’s 60-57 on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Highland Park was looking to gain some momentum entering the holiday break, while St. Mark’s needed to erase a losing streak.

    The Scots accomplished their goal with a hard-fought 60-57 road win over the Lions on Friday. St. Mark’s snapped its skid, too, but that came later in the evening with an easy victory over Tyler Street Christian in the back half of a rare doubleheader at Hicks Family Athletic Center.

    HP used a game-high 23 points from Pete Davis and some clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch to hold off the Lions, who dropped six of their last seven games before bouncing back in the nightcap.

    Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 19, 2014 | 9:32 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • FORM Debuts Salon This Month

    Remember that time I told you about FORM Hair Education and the classes they teach about styling hair? Well, instructor Whitney Haynes is opening shop in Preston Center on Dec. 30.

    FORM Hair Education is merging with BalayageDallas.com to open the space. Haynes and LeighAnne Shelton will debut the salon eight colorists, eight stylists, and a makeup artist.

    “I have worked with these hairdressers my whole career and am so happy we can all be in the same salon together,” Haynes said.

    Find out more here.

    By Sarah Bennett Dec. 19, 2014 | 3:15 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Allen Honored With Landry Coaching Award

    The Landry Award holds special meaning for Highland Park coach Randy Allen and his wife, Carolyn.

    The Landry Award holds special meaning for Highland Park coach Randy Allen and his wife, Carolyn.

    Highland Park head coach Randy Allen has honored Tom Landry for years by wearing a coat, tie, and fedora on the sidelines. Now the Landry Award committee has honored Allen.

    The legendary HP coach added to the awards in his trophy case this week, when he was honored with the Landry Award Coach of the Year during a ceremony at Communities Foundation of Texas.

    The award is given to a coach that not only wins on the field, but exemplifies Christian values and teaches life skills as well through a commitment to leadership, selflessness, maturity, respect, and kindness. The recipient is chosen in part by the leadership of the DFW chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

    The Landry Award also gave its player award on Monday to Allen quarterback Kyler Murray, who will try to lead the Eagles to consecutive state titles on Saturday.

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 19, 2014 | 7:47 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 18, 2014

  • Scots Hope to Mold Youngsters on the Mat

    Highland Park senior Connor Creek, center, listens to head coach Tim Marzuola during a recent workout. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Highland Park Connor Creek, center, listens to coach Tim Marzuola during a recent workout. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    How can a wrestling team with two returning state champions be in rebuilding mode? Allow Highland Park head coach Tim Marzuola to explain.

    “We’ve got a small core of really good kids, but our numbers are kind of thin right now,” Marzuola said. “We’ve got to build up the younger kids.”

    His statement makes sense. During his prior tenure as HP coach from 1982 to 2007, Marzuola built the Scots into one of the state’s powerhouse programs starting in the late 1990s, including five UIL titles and eight state-dual titles during a 10-year span. Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 18, 2014 | 3:31 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Top Chefs Cater to New Options

    Dee Lincoln's Bubble Bar and Kent Rathbun's The Kitchen at 6130 are both already operating as catering facilities. (Photos: Chris McGathey)

    Dee Lincoln’s Bubble Bar and Kent Rathbun’s The Kitchen at 6130 are both already operating as catering facilities. (Photos: Chris McGathey)

    Chefs across town are carving out new opportunities for themselves by taking their well-known restaurants and turning them into private catering venues.

    Take Kent Rathbun and Dee Lincoln, for example: Rathbun has taken his 5-year-old Preston Center restaurant Blue Plate Kitchen and turned it into The Kitchen at 6130.

    “When we elected to close Blue Plate, it was still in good shape in terms of a restaurant,” Rathbun said. He explained that the Preston Center location was packed for breakfast and lunch, but didn’t attract nighttime traffic. So how does he make that space work for a catering venue? Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Dec. 18, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 17, 2014

  • Hyer Students Donate Toys to Less Fortunate

    Now that's a lot of toys!

    Now that’s a lot of toys!

    Some abused and neglected children in Dallas County will have a merrier Christmas thanks to the thoughtful actions of some Hyer Elementary School students.

    The school’s Kindness and Compassion Club recently sponsored a toy drive, aiming to provide hope and cheer to some children that might have never received a gift before.

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 17, 2014 | 11:05 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Scots Serve Up Canned Goods For Charity

    The Highland Park tennis team took a big swing at hunger with its recent food drive.

    The Highland Park High School tennis team took a big swing at hunger with its recent food drive.

    After capping the fall season with a Class 6A team title, the Highland Park tennis team turned to more charitable endeavors prior to the start of the spring campaign.

    As you can see, the Scots hosted a food drive that ended on Dec. 11, when they delivered more than 2,300 canned goods to the North Texas Food Bank.

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 17, 2014 | 4:33 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Celebrity Bakery Gets ‘Re-Frosted’

    Celebrity Bakery gets some sprucing up. (Photo: Peter A. Calvin)

    Celebrity Bakery gets some sprucing up. (Photo: Peter A. Calvin)

    What does that mean, you ask? We talked to new CEO Brian Livingston, who took over in October, to find out more:

    “It was very clear that the brand was still loved by the community, and people were upset by the shape it was allowed to get into,” he said. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Dec. 17, 2014 | 1:43 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS