July 29, 2014

  • Summer Heat Cools Down Hectic Housing Market

    As Mother Nature turns up the Texas heat this summer, the local housing market has started to cool down.

    But that doesn’t necessarily reflect a negative trend for buyers or sellers in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. It’s more of a product of the desire of homeowners to escape for the summer.

    “The more affluent areas of town have more people that go out of town for the summer, so they’re not as apt to be searching for property,” said Brady Moore, an agent with Dave Perry-Miller and Associates. “I feel like it’s finally starting to settle down a little bit lately.” Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 29, 2014 | 3:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Help Genesis Shelter Fill Backpacks

    The Genesis Women’s Shelter has a noble goal: they want to fill 500 backpacks for pre-k through 12th-grade students.Therefore, they are looking for back-to-school donations from you, or even a supply drive held with your friends or co-workers. Here’s the kicker: you’ve only got until Friday, Aug. 8 to get your supplies together and dropped off. Here are the instructions on how to do so, or check out their Amazon wish-list page. What’s on the list?

    • Backpacks
    • Wet Wipes
    • Index Cards
    • Ziplock bags (gallon and quart)
    • Kleenex
    • Manilla paper (letter-size)

    Just to name a few. Check out the full list here.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 29, 2014 | 2:32 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Did You Get Another Mailer From Westcott?

    The HD-108 race remains pretty quiet at the moment, now that Morgan Meyer is confirmed as the Republican candidate and Leigh Bailey is confirmed as the Democratic candidate for Dan Branch’s vacated seat. The rest of the action will have to wait until the fall.

    But my colleague over at The Dallas Morning News, Melissa Repko, brought us this little tidbit of information: apparently, a Chart Westcott campaign mailer featuring a letter from supporter and honorary chairman Troy Aikman was sent out by mistake, causing some residents to think the one-time hopeful was planning to run as a write-in. This, apparently, is not the case, either. Just a little something extra for your inbox.

    Update (2:28 P.M.): Westcott has informed me via Facebook message that his team has not sent out anything additional, but suspects the mailers came from an old box left at the post office months ago and just recently distributed. He then went on to express his support of Meyer.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 29, 2014 | 12:08 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Highland Park to Spray For Mosquitoes


    OK, Highland Park, it’s your turn. The town will be spraying for mosquitoes (mainly in quadrant D) starting tonight through tomorrow morning. None of the mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus, but the total number of mosquitoes found in quadrant D has reached the treatable threshold set by the town. Here’s the official schedule:

    •  Tuesday, July 29th: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM: Highland Park Pool area and unoccupied tennis courts
    •  Tuesday, July 29th: 10:00 PM-5:00 AM: Truck mounted ground spraying in Quadrant D only
    •  Wednesday, July 30th: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM: Highland Park Pool area and unoccupied tennis courts
    •  Wednesday, July 30th: 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM: Truck mounted ground spraying in Quadrant D only 

    If there’s rain or high winds, the spraying will be rescheduled. Stay inside during spraying, and clean out water dishes for pets afterward. Limit outdoor activities in the evening, use mosquito spray when you must be outside, and report any standing water to the town at 214-521-4161. Read more here.


    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 29, 2014 | 11:07 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Glamping for a Cause


    Mockingbird Station is partnering with fashion blogger Katey McFarlan, founder of Chronicles of Frivolity, to celebrate the great indoors at the People’s Last Stand on August 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    A $5 donation to the Girl Scouts of America gets you into the event, which will feature cocktails, HotPoppin Gourmet S’mores Popcorn, up-dos by Pouf, and various pop-up shops and giveaways.

    Visit the event’s website for more information and to RSVP.

    By Claire Kelley Jul. 29, 2014 | 9:57 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Amy Bloom Comes to ‘Listen UP’

    They say don't judge a book by it's cover, but this one sure is beautiful.

    They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but this one sure is beautiful.

    This one sounds good. Amy Bloom will speak at the next installment of University Park Public Library’s “Listen UP” series about her book, Lucky Us, on Aug. 12.

    The book details two sisters’ journey from small-town Ohio in the 1940s to Hollywood.

    As always, the free event takes place at the library at 7 p.m. But if you’d like to pay $30 — which includes a copy of the book — and attend a reception at 6 p.m., make your reservations here or call (214) 523-2240.

    You can buy a book and get it signed afterward.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 29, 2014 | 8:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 28, 2014

  • Looney Strikes With More Postseason Awards

    Layne Looney was dominant this season. Everyone seems to agree. (Photo: Kate Simone)

    Layne Looney was dominant this season. Everyone seems to agree. (Photo: Kate Simone)

    The accolades continue to accumulate following the outstanding season for Highland Park pitcher Layne Looney, who has been named as a first-team all-state selection by the Texas Sports Writers Association.

    He also received first-team honors earlier this summer from the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association, and was named to the MaxPreps Underclass All-America team. Looney was named the MVP of District 10-4A for leading HP to a runner-up finish in the league.

    During his junior season, Looney posted a 12-0 record with a 0.53 earned-run average and 119 strikeouts. He also led the Scots with a .370 batting average.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 28, 2014 | 5:38 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HPISD Educators Honored With Scholarships

    From left,

    From left, Elyse Griffin, Wanda Spoonmore, and Leesa Cole at the recent DKG luncheon in Dallas

    The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International recently awarded scholarships to Highland Park ISD educators Leesa Cole and Elyse Griffin. The society aims to promote the personal and professional growth of its members, who are all female educators.

    Cole is the library media specialist at McCulloch Intermediate School and a 24-year DKG member. She has received $1,000 scholarships from the DKG Dallas County Coordinating Council in each of the past two years.

    Griffin previously taught third grade at Armstrong Elementary School, and this fall will teach fifth-grade math at McCulloch Intermediate School. She is a four-year DKG member and has received $9,000 worth of scholarships since 2013.

    Both are members of the Delta Omicron chapter of DKG, for which retired HPISD teacher Wanda Spoonmore is president. Spoonmore taught eighth-grade algebra in HPISD for 36 years and has been a DKG member for 50 years.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 28, 2014 | 4:52 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • 4200 Block of Mockingbird Closed Tomorrow


    Tomorrow, the 4200 block of Mockingbird Lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for repairs. Detour signs will let you know where to go, as the repair area is bounded by Preston Road and Douglas Avenue. Drivers are encouraged to take Douglas Avenue to Beverly Drive, Beverly Drive to Preston road, and Preston Road to Mockingbird Lane to avoid the area. This is only for eastbound drivers — westbound will not be affected.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 28, 2014 | 11:13 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 27, 2014

  • Thwaites to Melt Teen Hearts at NorthPark

    the-giver-posterOK, teenage girls, get your best screams ready. Australian actor Brenton Thwaites, the young star of the upcoming movie The Giver, will make a public appearance at NorthPark Center on Monday.

    Thwaites will appear at something called the “Color Party,” which will include a scavenger hunt, a question-and-answer session, and a VIP autograph signing. The whole thing runs from 4-6 p.m. on the first floor of the mall, between Nordstrom and Macy’s.

    The Giver, which is based on the popular young-adult novel of the same name, also stars Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. It will be in theaters on Aug. 15.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 27, 2014 | 3:25 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS