November 25, 2014

  • ‘Art of Racing in Rain’ Use Upheld in HPISD

    Highland Park ISD’s reconsideration committee has decided to uphold use of Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain following a meeting Monday night.

    The full report includes:

    • What elements the committee voted on (purpose, authenticity, appropriateness, and content)
    • How many members voted “yes” or “no” on those elements. For example, all 12 members said the book accomplished its purpose and exhibited authenticity, but 11 of the 12 voted “yes” on appropriateness. Ten voters said the content of the book was “well presented,” while one voted “no” and one voted “undecided.”
    • Links to two reviews on the book that were used — one negative from The Houston Chronicle and one positive from Booklist.

    The supporting documents include:

    • Committee guidelines
    • Learning objectives
    • More reviews from various sources
    • Emails among committee members
    • Community questionnaires from committee members
    • District book list — including which texts are required reading or in classroom use, and which books are used for what grade level

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    By Sarah Bennett Nov. 25, 2014 | 4:01 pm | 2 Comments | Comments RSS
  • HPDPS Trying to Nab Vehicle Burglary Suspects

    Highland Park police are looking for this man, who is suspected of using stolen credit cards at Walmart. (Photo: HPDPS)

    Highland Park police are looking for this man, who is suspected of using stolen credit cards at Walmart. (Photo: HPDPS)

    The Highland Park Department of Public Safety recently arrested three suspects in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries, and is requesting your help in finding a fourth.

    HPDPS arrested the first suspect on Nov. 13 and two others on Nov. 21, in the process returning some of the stolen property to the victims. But not all of the offenses were connected to these suspects, according to Sgt. Lance Koppa.

    Specifically, police are searching for someone who used stolen credit cards at various Walmart stores in the Dallas area that were taken from vehicles in HP. In most instances, the cards were used shortly after they were taken, and since the burglaries took place in the overnight hours, the cards weren’t reported stolen until after they had been used multiple times. The most popular purchases, perhaps not surprisingly, were gift cards.

    We’ll update with more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, anybody with information is asked to call HPDPS at 214-521-5000.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 25, 2014 | 3:47 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • VNA Raises $25K With Power of Pie

    The second annual installment of the VNA Meals on Wheels Power of Pie fundraiser has raised almost $25,000 for the program, and donors will begin to reap the benefits tomorrow.

    That’s when customers can pick up the pies they ordered from 11 a.m. to noon in the activities room at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church.

    Among those baking the pies were Empire Baking Company, Central Market, Hilton Anatole, Abacus, Kent Rathbun Concepts, Four Seasons Resort and Club, Norma’s Café, Spoon Bar and Kitchen, Knife Modern Steak, Front Room Tavern, Brookhollow Country Club, Lakewood Country Club, Café Momentum, 3015 @ Trinity Groves, Bark Chocolate, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Haute Sweets Patisserie, Parigi, Collin County Community College, Susie’s Cuisine, Uncle Willie’s Pies, Pie Flutin Pastries, Cydonia, Dessert Dreams Inc., and Karen Cassady.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 25, 2014 | 2:48 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Police Report: November 10 to November 16


    At 1:15 p.m. on Nov. 13, a burglar broke into a red 2009 Chrysler 300 at Miracle Mileand stole a Tom Ford purse, a Nancy Gonzalez purse, and two Prada purses with a combined value of $10,950. While trying to flee, the perpetrator ran into a parked black 2009 Cadillac Escalade, causing $1,000 in damage.


    10 MONDAY
    Between 4:15 and 5 p.m., a thief stole a leather wallet containing $125 in cash from a purse inside a shopping cart at Whole Foods Market in the 4100 block of Lomo Alto Drive.

    11 TUESDAY
    At 1:36 a.m., a thief stole $60 in cash from a 2011 GMC Yukon in the 3500 block of Potomac Avenue. The perpetrator was spotted on video jumping a fence from the alley to reach the driveway, where the SUV was parked.

    Between 5 p.m. on Nov. 10 and 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 11, a thief stole a $400 pair of Persol sunglasses and a $150 pair of headphones from an unlocked black 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe in the 3700 block of Potomac Avenue. The miscreant also took a fire extinguisher, a credit-card case, and paperwork from an unlocked black 2010 GMC Yukon in front of the same house.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 25, 2014 | 1:31 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Santa Will be at The Bush Center Friday

    The replica of the 2002 tree stands complete with bird ornaments from all 50 states. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    The replica of the 2002 tree stands complete with bird ornaments from all 50 states. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    Last week, we got the chance to take a sneak peek at the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Christmas display, “All Creatures Great and Small.” The exhibit is a replica of the 2002 theme when President Bush was in office. That year, each governor had an artist from their state design an ornament with a bird that represented that state. You can see those creations on the Bush Center’s tree this year.

    Not only will you catch the bird ornaments, but you will also see papier-mâché replicas of presidential pets through the ages. That doesn’t just mean the Bushes’ famous pups, Barney and Miss Beazley (Miss Beazley wasn’t even born until 2004) — that means Coolidge’s raccoons, Woodrow Wilson’s sheep, and Teddy Roosevelt’s Shetland pony. Seriously.

    Though the display clearly showcases a wide range of animals, there are also mementos from the holidays during the Bush presidency, such as dinner invitations, drafts of speeches, Christmas cards, gifts from the public, and even a brass menorah from a congregation in Philadelphia.

    A good time to catch all of this is Friday, Nov. 28. Forget Black Friday crowds — get off the couch and away from the leftovers and check out the exhibit, and catch a glimpse of Santa Claus. From 5 to 8 p.m., he will be accompanied by live music, as well as arts and crafts for the kids. There’s also a free shuttle from Mockingbird Station until 8 p.m., if you’re in too much of a turkey coma to deal with parking.

    By Sarah Bennett Nov. 25, 2014 | 12:38 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Forty Five Ten to Partner With Swarovski

    This tote is one example of the available pieces. (Courtesy photo)

    This tote is one example of the available pieces. (Courtesy photo)

    Next month, Forty Five Ten will partner with jewelry designer Kelly Wearstler to launch a limited-edition collection with Swarovski. The items — which include 10 home-decor pieces and accessories — will be available exclusively at the shop. Prices start at $150.

    Dec. 11 is the official, unveiling date.

    By Sarah Bennett Nov. 25, 2014 | 11:20 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Sponsored Content

    Dallas Summer Musicals’ Kids Club

    DSM Kids Club

    Dallas Summer Musicals’ A CHRISTMAS STORY-THE MUSICAL Kids Club is Saturday, December 6th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at the Music Hall at Fair Park in the West Lobby. Kids Club membership is free and a fun way for children to learn about the performing arts. Kids attend these pre-show events where they can join in fun activities, dance to favorite show tunes, win prizes, do arts and crafts and learn about Broadway. Not a member of Kids Club? sign up here.

    Show tickets are not required for Kids Club, but if you’d like to attend A CHRISTMAS STORY-THE MUSICAL it begins at 1:30 p.m. – tickets.


    By Patricia Martin Nov. 25, 2014 | 8:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Falcons Fly High With Another PCYMCA Title

    Front Row L to R: Asher Meyer, Dashell Whitaker, Miles Lodewick, Jackson Muncy, Brant Williams 2nd Row: Charlie Schneider, Benton O’Banion, Dylan Holliday, Sam Lembcke Back: Coach Don Schneider

    The undefeated Falcons include, from left, front row: Asher Meyer, Dashell Whitaker, Miles Lodewick, Jackson Muncy, and Brant Williams. Back row: Charlie Schneider, Benton O’Banion, Dylan Holliday, and Sam Lembcke. The team is coached by Don Schneider.

    Congratulations to the Armstrong Falcons third-grade football team, which recently wrapped up another undefeated season by defeating Hyer in the championship game of the Park Cities YMCA league at Curtis Park. It was the fourth straight unbeaten season for the Falcons.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 25, 2014 | 8:14 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 24, 2014

  • Local Ballerinas Performing in ‘Nutcracker’

    Lyida and Caleigh Nutcracker

    Caleigh and Lydia England

    If you stuck around for the program at the end of yesterday’s tree lighting at Snider Plaza, you saw an enchanting performance by members of the Texas Ballet Theater, dancing in excerpts from The Nutcracker.

    Among the performers were Lydia England, a sixth grader at McCulloch Intermediate School, and Caleigh England, a third-grader at University Park Elementary School, who each play roles in the production being directed by Ben Stevenson.

    You can see the full performance at the Winspear Opera House on Nov. 28-30 and Dec. 5-7. Visit here for ticket information.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 24, 2014 | 1:46 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Vieira, Learning Express Help Wishes Come True

    Meredith Vieira

    Meredith Vieira

    Here’s a heartwarming tale to get you in the holiday spirit of giving. It started with talk-show host Meredith Vieira setting up a Wish Booth in Dallas, which attracted the attention of Michelle Brown, owner of Katie’s Little Angels Learning Center, a daycare facility with 67 children mostly from low-income families in west Dallas.

    “My wish is for the children at my daycare,” Brown said in the booth. “I just wish that they have a wonderful Christmas.”

    Enter Hal Cook, owner of Learning Express Toys of Dallas in Snider Plaza. Vieira’s show contacted Cook about helping Brown’s cause, and he offered a $2,500 gift card, which recently was presented to a surprised Brown on the nationally syndicated show. You can see the segment here.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 24, 2014 | 7:51 am | No Comments | Comments RSS