October 23, 2014

  • What Do You Think of These Decorations?

    (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    Right at the corner of Emerson Avenue and Westchester Drive, this townhouse stands adorned with some unusual Halloween decorations. The decor, full of caution tape and blue, hazmat trash cans, is clearly meant to indicate — or mock? — all the recent Ebola drama. Just to make sure it’s a joke, a white sign labeled “Happy Halloween” hangs from the balcony. What do you think? Was this in poor taste, or is the resident well within his rights?

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 23, 2014 | 11:55 am | 4 Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 22, 2014

  • HPISD Given Highest Rating For Finances

    Highland Park ISD has its finances in order, at least according to the Texas Education Agency, which gave the district a “superior” rating in the most recent Schools FIRST (which stands for Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas).

    The highest possible rating reflects HPISD’s financial management and reporting system, and it was reached by analyzing staff and student data from the 2012-13 school year, as well as budget and financial data from the fiscal year ending in August 2013.

    The financial accountability system was developed by the TEA in 2001, in response to Senate Bill 218. For you numbers gurus, you can examine the entire HPISD report here.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 22, 2014 | 5:05 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Scots Run Past 10-6A Competition

    The Scots from start to finish at the District 10-6A meet in Frisco. (Photo: John Beitter)

    The Scots led from start to finish at the District 10-6A cross country meet in Frisco. (Photo: John Beitter)

    Highland Park easily won both the boys and girls team titles at the District 10-6A cross country meet on Tuesday at Warren Sports Complex in Frisco. Hope McLaughlin and Rico Lara claimed the individual gold medals.

    In the girls race, HP won its 36th district championship — and its first in the new 6A classification — by placing six of its seven runners in the top eight overall. McLaughlin crossed the finish line in a time of 19 minutes, 38 seconds. Other top finishers for the Lady Scots included Emma Parker (third place, 21:01), Gabby Crank (fourth, 21:03), Anna Beecherl (fifth, 21:10), Becky Ketch (sixth, 21:10), and Olivia Aasheim (eighth, 21:27).

    On the boys side, Lara’s time of 16:11 helped the Scots cruise to the team crown. He was followed by a slew of HP teammates, including Griffin Beitter (second place), Austin Roberts (fifth), Brooks Munn (seventh), Stanton Geyer (eighth), and Andrew Kliewer (ninth).

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    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 22, 2014 | 12:50 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Staubachs to Be Featured at CPPC Luncheon

    Marianne and Roger Staubach will be interviewed at the luncheon.

    The Staubachs will speak at the luncheon.

    Connecting Point of Park Cities, a day program for adults with disabilities, will host its second annual CPPC Luncheon on Jan. 23 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. Marianne and Roger Staubach will be the featured speakers at the fundraiser.

    There will be also be a live auction with signed Staubach memorabilia including a football with his Super Bowl dates, jerseys, and more.

    The program fills a void for adults with disabilities, giving them the opportunity to continue to grow and learn instead of being confined to their homes. CPPC is getting close to capacity and hopes to expand with the support of the community, sponsors, and donors.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Oct. 22, 2014 | 10:48 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • High Schools Team Up For Soles4Souls

    Area high schools are banding together for a cause, launching a drive to collect 25,000 shoes for Soles4Souls.

    Highland Park High School, Ursuline Academy, Hockaday, Episcopal School of Dallas, St. Mark’s, Cistercian, and several other schools have joined the movement by setting up drop off locations. New and used shoes can be donated at the high schools throughout October.

    Soles4Souls has distributed more than 22 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries since its inception in 2007. Noah Conner, a junior at HPHS and one of the student ambassadors for Soles4Souls, said everyone probably has a pair of shoes in their closet that they don’t wear, and they can be used to make the world a better place. 

    By Allyssa Schoonover Oct. 22, 2014 | 10:46 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Unique Opportunity for Lladro Fans

    Bachendorfs LlardroA unique opportunity awaits all of you who are fans of the famous Lladro figurines.

    Bachendorf’s is sponsoring a signing event on Thursday, Oct. 30, with Rosa Lladro, daughter of one of the brand’s founding brothers. At the event, you will discover the newest additions to this fascinating porcelain brand, including the charming limited edition featuring the rhythms of the fifties, Let’s swing. 

    Rosa Lladro will be pleased to sign all your purchases. For more information go here. The event will be held at Bachendorf’s at Preston Center from 3 to 5 p.m. RSVP to 214-692-8400 or events@bachendorf’s.com.

    By Patricia Martin Oct. 22, 2014 | 8:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 21, 2014

  • RIP, Nelson Bunker Hunt

    Nelson Bunker Hunt

    Nelson Bunker Hunt

    Nelson Bunker Hunt, the prominent Texas oilman with longtime ties to the Park Cities, has died at age 88 after a long illness.

    Hunt was known for numerous business dealings and investments, including those in Thoroughbred racing. The Dallas Morning News has an extensive look at his life and accomplishments here.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 21, 2014 | 8:27 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Highland Belles Honor Squads Unveiled

    All Americans (front row L to R) Annie Combs, Fields Dunston, Alexa May, Audrey Gruber, Emma Bailey, Caroline Magee, Lynn Wismer (back row) Maddie Basso, Landry Myers, Elise Wilson, Ellie Gosnell, Elizabeth Cooper, Olivia Gruber, Flora Kate Richards.

    All-Americans, left to right, front row: Annie Combs, Fields Dunston, Alexa May, Audrey Gruber, Emma Bailey, Caroline Magee, and Lynn Wismer. Back row: Maddie Basso, Landry Myers, Elise Wilson, Ellie Gosnell, Elizabeth Cooper, Olivia Gruber, and Flora Kate Richards.

    The director of the award-winning Highland Belles drill team, Shannon Phillips, has announced the 2014-2015 honor squads. These ladies are recognized for their excellence in dance and high kick. In addition to the squads, Maddie James was named Miss High Kick. See the jump for more winners.

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    By Allyssa Schoonover Oct. 21, 2014 | 11:40 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Air Force Thunderbirds at Alliance Air Show

    Lookintbirds1Dhorizontalg for a great family activity? The Fort Worth Alliance Air Show is this weekend, Oct. 25-26.  The headliners are the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. It looks like it will be perfect blue-sky weather. It’s a great reason to be looking up instead of down at our phones! Admission is free, although you’ll have to pay for parking. All the details are at allianceairshow.com.

    By Patricia Martin Oct. 21, 2014 | 11:26 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Providence Releases New CD of Hymns

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    Students from five grade levels participated in the recording at the school on Sept. 9. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    A sea of children stand in their uniforms, boys in pressed shorts and girls in smocks with Peter-Pan collars, hands folded, eyes gazed with intensity.

    They’re singing their hearts out with purpose — to record a CD of hymn medleys to be sold by their school, Providence Christian.

    “It’s a rare feat, to have that many children sing by memory and learn all those words — words some of them don’t even understand yet,” pianist David Leeman said.

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    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 21, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS