Task Force Talks Traffic, Creates Congestion



On Monday night, members of the task force charged with steering future development around Preston Center had some fun. In fact, they partied like it’s 1989.

That year is when the city of Dallas adopted recommendations from the Preston Center Area Transition Study, which focused on new zoning regulations in the area in response to new city zoning codes.

As part of that study, recommendations included a comprehensive traffic study for Preston Center every five years. In addition, the second level of the city-owned public parking garage in the aging retail center would be reserved for employees of the surrounding businesses.

But no traffic studies were ever commissioned. And nobody followed through on enforcement of the suggested parking guidelines.

Michaels Assumes Trustee Seat


The Highland Park High School board of trustees will see some changes this coming school year.

On the administrative level, superintendent Dawson Orr is leaving his post for a position with SMU, and communications director Helen Williams is returning to her native Louisiana.

But with regard to the board itself, longtime president Leslie Melson is stepping down from her post, making room for a new trustee at the Place 2 seat.

Enter Lee Michaels, who is unopposed for the seat. Vice president Jim Hitzelberger’s seat is also up, but he is unopposed as well.

As for board officers’ positions, the board will nominate and elect the following officers in May: president, vice president, secretary, and finance officer.

Cherish the Children with Dallas CASA


Help support the advocates of Dallas CASA by joining them at the Cherish the Children luncheon on May 7. The event will be at Dallas Country Club at 11 a.m.

The luncheon will benefit CASA through donations and auctioning off one-of-a-kind children’s furnishings created by local artisans. A piece created on-site by artist Leoma Lovegrove at a previous patrons party will be among the auction items.

Don’t miss the chance to hear guest speaker Ashley Rhodes-Courter as she shares her story turned best-seller Three Little Words. Rhodes-Courter was adopted into a loving home when she was 12 thanks to the work of CASA advocates in Florida.

To purchase an individual ticket ($250) or browse sponsorship opportunities, visit the luncheon’s website.

‘Pete the Cat’ Author Performs For Charity

Erin Litwin, author of the "Pete the Cat" books, entertains the crowd at the ChildCareGroup's Great Big JAM fundraiser on Saturday, April 24. (Photo: Laura Buckman) 0
Erin Litwin, author of the "Pete the Cat" books, entertains the crowd at the ChildCareGroup's Great Big JAM fundraiser on Saturday, April 24. (Photo: Laura Buckman)

New York Times bestselling author of Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes entertained pajama-clad kiddos at the Dallas Country Club on Saturday at the ChildCareGroup’s first Great Big JAM.

Event chairs were Elizabeth Malone with Leigh and Winifred Mundinger. Children were encouraged to bring an extra pair of PJs to donate. (Click ‘Read more…’ to see more photos.)

Moody Family YMCA Construction Updates

Demolition in progress (Photo: Sarah Bennett)

Demolition in progress (Photo: Sarah Bennett)

Quick update on the new YMCA: the construction process at the Moody Family YMCA is moving along as scheduled. Fencing is up around the site and excavation equipment is ready to roll.

The crews at the Y are preparing for next week’s heavy demolition by recovering the Bible scripture on the front of the building, the Hoblitzelle stone, flag pole and plaques. Oncor is beginning their 30 to 40-day infrastructure work, and site excavation will begin approximately a week after the building’s demolition.

More questions about the demolition? Browse the YMCA’s website here.

HPMS 8th Grader Hosting Art Show for TSRH

Abby Law

Abby Law

Abby Law, an 8th grader at HPMS, is using her photography talent to help fellow patients at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital.

Law, who is being treated for scoliosis at Scottish Rite, said she sees kids at the hospital that “have it much harder” than her. The young award-winning shutterbug is hosting an art sale and will donate the proceeds to the hospital to provide care, equipment, research, support services, and more.

Join Law at Christy M Boutique on April 29 at 5:30 to sneak a peek at the 40 to 50 works for sale. “I like to capture everyday items at different angles,” she said. When she’s not snapping photos, the 14-year-old also plays the french horn and enjoys writing, drawing, and being outside.

Firm Will Donate 1914 Plat Map to HP

HP residents: Can you find your property as it was in 1914?

HP residents: Can you find your property as it was drawn in 1914?

Here’s something for you local history buffs. After celebrating its town centennial last year, Highland Park is continuing to add to its archives.

RLG Consulting Engineers will present the town with an original 1914 plat map at its council meeting on Monday. The map displays the original divisions of land within the Highland Park boundaries.

It was originally drawn for Flippen-Prather Realty by the firm of Myers and Noyes, which was founded in the early 1900s by two engineers originally from Kansas. Raymond L. Goodson was a Myers and Noyes engineer who purchased the firm’s files when he started RLG in 1953.

Traffic Nightmare Coming to Mockingbird


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A crowded stretch of Mockingbird Lane will become even more congested starting on Monday.

That’s when Highland Park and SMU will start a joint project to improve the intersection of Mockingbird and Airline Road, including the street, sidewalks, and signal lights. The construction will be done in three phases, and will last until about Aug. 1.

But here’s the bad part: Mockingbird will be reduced to one lane in both directions between North Central Expressway and Abbott Avenue. So the town, and common sense, are advising that you take alternate routes.

DSOL Parties With Jaap van Zweden

Erik Hansen with concertmaster Alexander Kerr and Jean Liu (Photo: Chuck Clark)

Erik Hansen with concertmaster Alexander Kerr and Jean Liu (Photo: Chuck Clark)

Members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League held a “Party of Note” with maestro Jaap van Zweden and concertmaster Alexander Kerr at the Omni’s Bob’s Steak and Chop House on April 20. The steakhouse underwrote the dinners, so money raised could go straight to DSO education and community programming.

Fifty people attended the intimate event, which included a Q&A with van Zweden and a musical performance with two short pieces played by Kerr.

SMU Posts Anniversary Video For Museum


As you may have heard (and should have read in our April issue), SMU’s Meadows Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Check out this awesome video the university put out to say congratulations:

People across the SMU campus — and even a couple of high-profile friends and visitors — extend their best wishes to the Meadows Museum on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

Posted by SMU on Friday, April 24, 2015

Crow’s Earth Day Texas Continues to Grow

Fair Park will host Earth Day Texas this weekend, providing plenty of fun ways to learn about helping the environment.

Fair Park will host Earth Day Texas this weekend, providing plenty of fun ways to learn about helping the environment. It was founded by Park Cities native Trammell S. Crow.

Amid a career of successful business ventures and philanthropic efforts, even Trammell S. Crow has been impressed with the steady growth of the annual Earth Day celebration the Park Cities native founded at Fair Park.

During its first five years, it has evolved from Earth Day Dallas to Earth Day Texas, expanded from 250 booths to almost 1,200, and increased from two days to three for the first time this year.

When the gates open on Friday, the event is looking to build on its distinction as the largest annual public exhibition in the world promoting environmental stewardship and sustainability.

Last year, about 58,000 people attended the free event, and they spent an average of almost five hours, according to visitor survey results. This year, with the addition of a third day catering to civic leaders and school groups, that could surge to 75,000.