Ron Hall and the late Denver Moore captured audiences with their New York Times best-selling memoir Same Kind of Different as Me, in 2006. Before Moore died in March of 2012, the friends collaborated on the children’s book Everybody Can Help Somebody, which is illustrated with some of Moore’s paintings.
Hall will be signing copies of Everybody Can Help Somebody at Stanley Korshak tomorrow from Noon – 3 p.m. Artist Anne Neilson will also be autographing copies of her book, Angels In Our Midst.
So swing by to meet these delightful authors, and take care of a few things on your Christmas shopping list.
Tvardzik has been the city controller since 2002. During his tenure, University Park has earned a Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for 11 consecutive years.
The full news release about his promotion is after the jump.
Eve LaPlante, author of Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother, will speak at the annual Holiday Luncheon hosted by the Friends of the SMU Libraries. The luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Royal Oaks Country Club. Admission is $40, which includes a signed copy of Marmee & Louisa, which Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham, author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, called “an important book about an important relationship. Writing engagingly and with precision, Eve LaPlante sheds new light on the Alcott story, a story that is in some ways is the story of America.”
Highland Park graduate Will Miller was recently on the receiving end of some SportsCenter hype for hitting five first-half 3-pointers during Mount St. Mary’s loss to top-ranked Michigan State.
With cold temperatures and wintry weather possibly in the forecast for later this week, Highland Park and Wylie have agreed to move their Class 4A Division I Region II final from frigid Southlake to balmy Allen.
OK, so perhaps the conditions won’t be very favorable one way or the other, but the game will still be played at 7:30 p.m. Friday, only now it will be at Eagle Stadium in Allen. That slot became available when Ennis and Mesquite Poteet decided to shift their game in Allen from Friday to Thursday.
“This stadium was actually our preferred venue, and it has just become available,” HPISD athletic director Johnny Ringo said. “With the possibility of inclement weather on Friday, Eagle Stadium’s location makes for easier travel, and its design offers better protection from the weather.”
Discounted tickets are available in advance at the Highlander Stadium box office this week. The ticket office will be open from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. All tickets will be $10 at the gate, and parking will be $5.
The stadium might have been the preferred venue, but it has yielded opposite results this season for the two teams. The Scots suffered their only loss of the season there to Aledo by a 44-3 score on Aug. 31, while Wylie had their best offensive output of the season on the same turf in a 64-46 win over South Oak Cliff in the regional semifinals last week.
Highland Park’s boys basketball team remained unbeaten with a 73-70 home win over Richardson last Tuesday. The Scots trailed the Eagles by 2 at halftime, but came out strong in the third quarter with a 23-11 scoring advantage to take the lead, which they never relinquished.
Evan Beucler and Clayton Murtha paced the Scot scoring with 24 and 23 points, respectively. Derek Cahn added an additional 18 points.
Both teams made eight 3-point shots, with the visitors making more regulation baskets. The difference in the game came down to foul shots, with the Scots sinking 17 to the opponents’ 10.
Highland Park will host McKinney at about 8 o’clock this evening as part of a girls-boys doubleheader.
Highland Park senior Laura Rathjen will join a team of 16 of the Dallas area’s top high school distance runners in the fourth annual United Healthcare Elite High School Relay Challenge on Sunday in conjunction with the Dallas Marathon.
The team, comprised of 10 boys and six girls, will compete as a relay along the same course as the marathon. The boys will run 2-mile segments, while the girls will run 1 mile each. Rathjen is competing for the second consecutive year.
Other relay runners will include Matt Brown (St. Mark’s), J.T. Graass (St. Mark’s), Lil Clark (Episcopal School of Dallas), Christian Culpepper (North Crowley), Avery Culpepper (North Crowley), Reese Walters (Shelton School), Erin Wrozek (Bishop Lynch), Trevor Montgomery (Whitney), Abigail Cartwright (Bryan Adams), Zach Polley (Ovilla Christian), Hunter Hawkins (Blooming Grove), Jacob Babbidge (Flower Mound Marcus), Zach Kirkland (Justin Northwest), Emily Allton (Lakehill Prep), and Carson Vickery (Coppell).
If the first-place marathon runner defeats the relay team, they will receive a $1,500 bonus.
Park Cities native Chart Westcott on Tuesday filed to run for the District 108 seat in the Texas House of Representatives.
Westcott submitted more than 5,000 petition signatures to the Dallas County GOP in order to be placed on the ballot for the March 4 Republican primary. He is a partner and general counsel of Commodore Partners, a Dallas private equity firm.
The seat is being vacated by University Park resident Dan Branch, who is running for Texas attorney general.
Westcott’s opponents in the primary are expected to be Morgan Meyer of University Park and Court Alley of Devonshire. As of Tuesday, only Meyer had filed to run. The filing deadline is Dec. 9.
“Our objective is to spread our conservative message, to win in March and then help all Republican candidates win in Dallas County in November,” Westcott said in a statement. “We want to bring common-sense conservative values to all levels of government.”
Highland Park resident Don Huffines has released a video in which he portrays state Sen. John Carona as a 20-year-old computer and “a career politican.” Huffines used the latter label for Carona, a Preston Hollow resident who was first elected to the Legislature in 1990, when I interviewed him a few weeks ago. Carona’s response at the time:
“That, of course, is a rather ridiculous statement for anybody to make, because it is well known that the Texas Legislature is a citizen legislature. Perhaps he doesn’t understand that we only meet every other year, for 140 days.”
Highland Park will play in the state’s largest classification for football and other sports beginning next season.
As part of the UIL’s biennial realignment process, HP will be elevated to the new Class 6A for two years starting in the fall of 2014, based on enrollment estimates and figures released by the UIL.
For the first time on Monday, the UIL released conference cutoff numbers in advance of realignment day, using snapshot enrollment numbers submitted by each public school in the state.
HPISD turned in an unofficial snapshot figure of 2,106 students, which is six students above the 6A cutoff line of 2,100. That will make HP one of the smallest 6A schools in the state for the next two years, if not the smallest outright.
The classification divisions, as well as new district alignments, will be made official on Feb. 3.
“We always thought it could be a possibility, based on previous realignments when we were close,” said HPISD athletic director Johnny Ringo. “With the growth in our enrollment, we knew that eventually we’d be 6A.”
It will be the first time HP has moved up in classification since taking a drop from 5A to 4A in the late 1980s. The school has been one of the largest 4A schools in the state for much of the past 25 years.
“The Scots are always competitive,” HPISD Superintendent Dawson Orr said in a statement. “We look forward to the challenge.”
Now it becomes likely that HP will face much larger schools from the Dallas area in district play. The four largest schools in the state, located in Plano and Allen, have more than 5,000 students.
“We realize the level of competition will obviously pick up,” Ringo said. “We’re fully prepared for it.”
Neighboring schools likely to move to 6A include Jesuit and Dallas ISD schools such as W.T. White, Sunset, and Skyline.
The new classification would also impact other sports such as basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, golf, and track and field.
The changes will not affect tennis, soccer, swimming, and wrestling, each of which is reclassified separately by the UIL because of the smaller number of participating schools.
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