October 30, 2014

  • Red Ribbon Week “Kicks Away Drugs”

    Benton Cook showed off his Taekwondo and taught students some skills.

    Benton Cook showed off his Taekwondo and taught students some skills during P.E.

    Benton Cook of the Professional Black Belt Academy at Snider Plaza visited Bradfield Elementary School on Oct. 20 as part of Red Ribbon Week.

    Throughout the week, students spent time learning about the importance of living a drug-free life and taking care of their bodies. That’s where Cook came in. One of the activities was to “Kick Away Drugs.” During P.E. class, students enjoyed learning some Taekwondo skills.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Oct. 30, 2014 | 9:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Talking Rockefeller at Authors Live

    rsz_on_his_own_terms_--_coverHPUMC’s next installment of Authors Live will feature Richard Norton Smith’s book, “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller.”

    The book includes more than 200 interviews — including unpublished documents from Rockefeller himself — to delve into the man.

    The usual details: at the church, 7 p.m., Nov. 6.

    Join in at 6 p.m. if you want to pay $30 and get a signed copy.



    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 30, 2014 | 8:25 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 29, 2014

  • Lady Scots Await 6A Playoff Debut

    After a runner-up finish in District 10-6A play, Highland Park is ready for its first run into the Class 6A volleyball playoffs.

    On Tuesday, the Lady Scots (28-11) fell in four sets to district champion Richardson Pearce (25-22, 25-19, 11-25, 25-23) for the second time this season. That left HP in second place, meaning it will meet the third-place team from District 9-6A.

    The opponent won’t be determined until Irving Nimitz and Irving MacArthur break their tie later this week, with the Lady Scots taking on the lower-seeded of those teams. The bi-district match will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Duncanville.

    In the meantime, HP will play a postseason warm-up match at Waxahachie at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 29, 2014 | 4:28 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Home Tours Showcase More Than Pretty Facades

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    Courtesy photos

    Home tours abound when the holidays come ringing. Luckily, with so many choices comes the chance to see a wide array of architecture and design styles. There are even a few with a cause.

    The New Friends New Life tour — which will feature four homes on Beverly Drive, Windsor Lane, Southwestern Boulevard, and Lakeside Drive — takes place on Nov. 23 and features something more than just good looks: proceeds go to the namesake organization, which helps to empower trafficked girls and sexually-exploited women.

    “The lives of women and children are transformed and families are restored because of the community support,” executive director and honorary chair Katie Pedigo said.

    Corporate and family sponsors include a few notable names, including Allie Beth Allman, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, and Gail and Gerald Turner.

    Homes for the 15th annual tour were announced at a party on Sept. 18. Highlights include a “floating” staircase and an outdoor mural. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 29, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Bradfield Students Enjoy Spooktacular Carnival

    Sisters Julia and Anna Grace Simpton held live snakes at the event.

    Sisters Julia and Anna Grace Simpton took on the scary snakes at Spooktacular.

    Bradfield Elementary School students and friends took part in some Halloween fun on Saturday at the school’s Spooktacular carnival.

    This year there was food, music, and plenty of activities. Students could play at the dunking booth, get scared in the haunted house, and even hold live snakes. The kids may have been spooked, but there seemed to be nothing but smiles at the event.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Oct. 29, 2014 | 1:57 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Races to Watch: County Judge

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    Ron Natinsky

    Republican and Far North Dallas resident Ron Natinsky faces Democratic incumbent Clay Jenkins in the race for county judge. Natinsky is a Hillcrest High School graduate and a former city councilman, where he served the city for six years.



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    Clay Jenkins

    Jenkins, a Park Cities resident and parent of HPISD students, has been in the spotlight for the past year due to his proposal to house undocumented children within Dallas County as well as his efforts to curtail Ebola in Dallas.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 29, 2014 | 1:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Pastor: Ebola Fears Don’t Define Dallas

    With the Ebola situation in Dallas having stabilized for now, and lives having returned mostly to normal, we’re left to reflect on what the past two months have taught us.

    Rev. Brent A. Barry, lead pastor and head of staff at NorthPark Presbyterian Church, chooses to take an optimistic view of how Dallas handled itself during such fearful times, and how elected officials, volunteers, and faith-based leadership came together and showed resolve.

    Anyway, he was kind enough to send us his thoughts in a letter, which we’ve printed in its entirety after the jump. It’s worth reading.

    Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 29, 2014 | 12:02 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Highlander Strings Wow NorthPark Crowd

    A video posted by Park Cities People (@pcpeople) on

    If you missed the Highlander Strings Orchestra last night, you missed a good show. The orchestra wrapped up the night with a much applauded version of the James Bond theme song. Great job kids. Now I feel like I need to go practice my scales.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Oct. 29, 2014 | 10:29 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • End of Road Nears in Election For State Seat

    race-for-108-1Momentum has been growing for a long time for the two remaining candidates after the Texas House District 108 seat, soon to be vacated by Rep. Dan Branch. For Leigh Bailey and Morgan Meyer, only a few days stand between them and election results. But it’s been a long road.

    Republican Morgan Meyer defeated two other party hopefuls in the March and May primaries, first with small business owner Court Alley and then with investment businessman Chart Westcott, both of whom grew up in the Park Cities. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 29, 2014 | 10:05 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Races to Watch: District Attorney

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    Craig Watkins

    A product of the Dallas public school system, Craig Watkins was first elected in 2006 as the first African-American district attorney in Texas. Watkins has faced criticism after using forfeiture funds to settle a car accident in 2013.


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    Susan Hawk

    Susan Hawk is a former felony prosecutor and criminal court judge, and has tried more than 150 jury trials. She has served as a member of both the Republican and Democratic parties.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 29, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS