Posts by Andrew Plock

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    • Andrew Plock
    • Staff Writer
    • A Fort Worth native. A Dallas transplant. You can usually find him walking the crime beat in North Oak Cliff, Preston Hollow, and the Park Cities. In his spare time, he tries to play his guitar and read that book that's been sitting on his nightstand.
  • O.J. Mayo Signs Autographs, Needs Thanking

    Dallas Mavericks fans rejoice; Dirk had his first full practice today.

    But before we all high-five each other’s hands off, why don’t you take the time to thank the Mavs’ saving grace in person:

    Meet @juicemayo32 TODAY from 5-6pm! OJ is signing autographs at Albertsons located at McKinney Ave & Lemmon in Uptown

    — Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) December 19, 2012

    So grab an autograph and tell O.J. we all hope Dirk’s return only frees him up on the court.

    By Andrew Plock Dec. 19, 2012 | 4:04 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Front Porch Pot Thieves Nabbed In Dallas

    Here is the spoils of a recent potted-plant bust in Dallas. Photo Credit: DPD's North Central Facebook

    It seems like weird commodities are always stolen from the Park Cities and Preston Hollow — third-row seats, GPS devices, and roofing materials were the norm for awhile. But with a recent bust, I think it’s safe to add potted plants to the list, too.

    Dallas police officers issued a search warrant on Tuesday netting 66 potted plants that had been stolen from front porches in North Dallas and the Park Cities. The variously-sized planters ranged in price from $200 to $5,000, and led to the arrest of four men being held responsible for the thefts.

    The bust began last Friday when an officer pulled over a ’90s white Chevrolet Tracker near Preston Road and Waggoner Drive. According to the DPD’s North Central Facebook page, the small vehicle managed to fit multiple suspects and several pots, urns and postal packages. That bust led to a police issuing a search warrant for a house(not specified where by DPD) in Dallas.

    For those who were victimized during this crime wave, take a moment to let the justice soak in.

    By Andrew Plock Dec. 13, 2012 | 12:08 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • HP Wishes You and Your Kin a Merry Christmas

    Tis’ the season. This year, past and present Highland Park Town Council members and staff went caroling virtually via YouTube, wishing all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I’m still new to the beat so I may have been more tickled by certain singers belting out their parts — my hat’s off to town administrator Bill Lindley.

    Happy Holidays!

    By Andrew Plock Dec. 13, 2012 | 8:50 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Rangers Trade Young, UP Loses Resident

    It was tough hearing the Texas Rangers had traded Michael Young.  Not only had I lost my one of my favorite players, but University Park had potentially lost a great resident. I don’t know if he’s going to sell his house and move fully out to Philadelphia, but even the thought of it brings up all the history I’ve heard about his involvement in the community.

    One story that stands out is how he visited Michael Malone, a seven-year-old UP boy who was diagnosed with a high-risk form of cancer. To me, Young’s actions embodied everything I wanted to be when I was trying to be a baseball player: strong work ethic, great character, and good moral sensibilities.

    It seems Young had his poise all the way to the end of his long career with the Rangers. On Monday, he held his own press conference to wish his fans good bye. But that just seems like Mike. Ending a good tenure, on good terms.

    By Andrew Plock Dec. 12, 2012 | 8:33 am | 2 Comments | Comments RSS
  • HP Awards Town Hall Construction Bid

    With construction bid awarded, Highland Park Town Hall will begin in renovation in early January.

    The council decided Monday to put the Town Hall renovation in the hands of Lee Lewis Construction out of Lubbock, Texas. Town administrator Bill Lindley said the town took seven proposals through a scoring process that weighed price, construction schedule, and several additional factors. Lee Lewis’ bid at $9,424,000 came in under the $10 million expected for construction, Lindely said. He said staff approved their bid not only for price, but reputation, as well.

    “They were the apparent low bidder, but they also were the absolute, qualified low bidder,” Lindley said.

    For more, pick up this week’s Park Cities People.

    By Andrew Plock Dec. 11, 2012 | 6:24 am | 4 Comments | Comments RSS
  • UPPD Hosts Open Meeting For Accreditation

    As a part of their verification from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies(CALEA), the University Park Police Department will be hosting a public information session at 7:00 p.m in City Hall.

    The public information meeting is for residents to have the opportunity to openly comment about the UPPD as the department is seeking its re-accreditation with the program.

    According to a press release, CALEA is in the process of examining the UPPD’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services to see if they meet the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. Chief Gary Adams said their verification is a significant recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. Accreditation lasts three years, and UPPD received their initial accreditation through CALEA in March 2004.

    If you have any comments for the department, be at the City Council Chambers at 7 p.m. Comments are also accepted via phone at 214.987.5606 on Dec. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.

    By Andrew Plock Dec. 10, 2012 | 11:23 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Park Cities YMCA Asks to Cancel Meetings

    Just as our story on the unraveling Park Cities YMCA PD ordinance hits doorsteps, new information shows the Y is asking to cancel upcoming City Council meetings.

    John Bunten, project spearhead for the Y, said they requested that Mayor Davis cancel the special meeting and remove the Y from the Dec. 18 regular City Council meeting. 

    He said via email that “each continued additional requirement by the City Council and City Staff to our proposed building square footage, operational hours and having to ask for permission to use our own playing field on Sundays for any type of family event incluing birthday parties is just too much.”

    He said they’re stepping back from negotiations for the rest of the Holiday season.

    UP spokesman Steve Mace said they are aware of the Y’s message and will notify me once something materializes on the situation.

    Update: Mace said the council has cancelled the meetings and will wait for word from the Park Cities YMCA before placing the item on a Council agenda.  

    By Andrew Plock Dec. 6, 2012 | 10:48 am | 25 Comments | Comments RSS
  • PD Ordinance Sparks Another Special Meeting

    Last night’s University Park City Council meeting ended with a charge to the Park Cities YMCA to bring back new information for the council to decide on at a special meeting next week.

    The discussion over the Y’s PD Ordinance took a turn early as the council vote to allow the Y use indoor measurements to calculate square footage failed. This caused the council to revert back to the Nov. 6 approval which dictates that the space be defined by the outside walls.

    However, the use of the inside outside dimensions cuts down on the space of the Y’s facility by more than 2,000 square feet. The Y had their hand on the self-destruct button as they met twice during the meeting to discuss whether to pull the project. The next 45 minutes of discussion at City Hall came down to the Y being able to add some non-activity space in the garage below, but under strict specifications of amount of space and what they would be limited to.

    Now the council will met at a special meeting sometime next week. The date is tentatively set for Tuesday, Dec. 10. The rest of the ordinance was largely uncontested and will still be drafted with changes made available via email before the Dec. 18 vote.

    Look for more on the council meeting in this Park Cities People.

    By Andrew Plock Dec. 5, 2012 | 8:42 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Park Cities YMCA Ordinance Debate Continues

    At the Nov. 20 University Park City Council meeting, the council decided to postpone talking about the Park Cities YMCA’s PD ordinance. Tonight they plan to give their say on the stipulations for the Y’s redevelopment.

    Michelle was at the Nov. 16 meeting when the council discussed some of the issues surrounding traffic flow and whether the fields could be used on Sundays. Some were wondering if that space should be treated like park space or private property, with Sunday usage requiring prior approval by the council.

    But there are still some debilitating concerns that could keep this project from happening. Even though the council unanimously approved the Y’s proposed 52,000-square-foot plan that would have an additional 10 percent of non-activity space, it seems that there could be an issue with how that square footage will be calculated.

    All this and more, tonight at 5 p.m. in UP City Hall.

    By Andrew Plock Dec. 4, 2012 | 3:10 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • UP Dad Pushes Limits in 155-Mile Race For Charity

    University Park dad Jarrett Kovics pauses during a workout at the CrossFit Katy Trail. Kovics is testing his limits in a 155-footrace all in the name of charity. Staff Photo: Chris McGathey

    Two weeks ago, I met with University Park dad Jarrett Kovics to struggle alongside him at the CrossFit Katy Trail on Travis Street.

    But I didn’t show up to work on my body image. Nor was I there to write a story about ways to blast the soon-to-be-weight gained by Thanksgiving.

    I was there to write about a man taking on an incredible challenge for orphans in Costa Rica.

    Make the jump. Read More…

    By Andrew Plock Nov. 30, 2012 | 1:32 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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