Posts by Rick Lopez

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    • Rick Lopez is art director for Park Cities People and has won several national awards for designing Page One and special sections for the newspaper. Prior to working at People Newspapers, Rick was a blogger for AOL and journalist in New York City.
  • Cowboys Converge Upon HPHS For Practice

    I’m sure there’s a few Highland Park ISD students who are thrilled to be holed up at home after freezing weather cancelled classes today.

    But, if you’re a student at the high school, you’re probably bummed out that tonight’s Scots vs. Wylie regional matchup is postponed, TBA.

    There is one small victory already: The Dallas Cowboys will be practicing at the high school today after their field at Valley Ranch couldn’t be cleared in time. The Cowboys also considered using Coppell High School — which is closer — but the Highland Park facility has a larger indoor space, according to ESPN.

    By Rick Lopez Dec. 6, 2013 | 12:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Sprinkles Ice Cream Debuts Willy Wonka-Style

    The thinkers at Sprinkles are coming up with some pretty clever marketing. A few weeks ago, Sprinkles had Dallas abuzz about its cupcake ATM, from elected officials to TV personalities:

    Tomorrow, the Sprinkles ice cream store opens at the Plaza at Preston Center — and it’s got a surprise up its sleeve:

    Golden tickets will be randomly hidden inside 10 ice cream pints sold! Celebrate opening day with your chance to win one of ten $100 Sprinkles gift cards!

    Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s Tweets proclaiming, “I’ve got a golden ticket!”

    By Rick Lopez Aug. 15, 2013 | 1:00 pm | 4 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Ocho Kitchen Is Out; Mi Piaci Moving In

    There’s a shakeup in the Park Cities culinary scene, according to Side Dish food writer Carol Shih. Ocho Kitchen and Cocktails isn’t coming back from “remodeling,” but Mi Piaci is taking over the site on Preston Road. More details here.

    By Rick Lopez Jul. 16, 2013 | 2:12 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • HP Student Council’s Spring Benefit on Saturday

    Highland Park High School’s annual Spring Benefit takes place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Highlander Stadium. Council member Shannon Shiffer tells us that the carnival, which costs $10, will feature the usual thrills — face-painting, inflatables, games, food, autographs from Scots team captains — and even a free T-shirt. The event will benefit C.O.P.S., or Concerns of Police Survivors, which helps families of slain law-enforcement officers.

    By Rick Lopez Apr. 26, 2013 | 2:34 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Fair Park Taps Highland Park Soda Fountain

    Staff Photo: Chris McGathey

    Looks like Fair Park is getting a taste of the Park Cities this summer.

    The Highland Park Soda Fountain, which turned 100 last year, is among a handful of Dallas restaurants chosen to wow tastebuds at this year’s Summer Adventures in Fair Park, which begins May 4th. Organizers promise three months of rides, games, stage shows, and water attractions for families.

    The restaurant plans to offer as much of its menu as possible without creating a conflict with other vendors, manager Robert Terry said Monday. However, you can count on sandwiches and ice-cream treats making the cut, he said.

    “We’re still putting all the details together,” Terry said, adding that most customers still don’t know about the partnership. “I think we’ll fit in pretty well.”

    Which menu favorites do you hope to see there?

    By Rick Lopez Apr. 8, 2013 | 3:53 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Lucky Dog Books To Host SMU Grad Russell-Ides

    Is he "Lucky" or what ?

    Lucky Dog Books at 633 W. Davis St. is hosting a reading Saturday at 8 p.m. by author Rod Russell-Ides, a Junius Heights resident and SMU graduate who just penned a memoir called “Sparky and the Dip****.” Yes, that last word rhymes with “dipstick.”

    The author, as some of you might know, is a longtime landscape architect, singer, and now a writer.

    Before any dog owners get excited, let me warn you: this doesn’t appear to be a “Marley & Me” story.

    From the news release: “For one summer Rod Russell-Ides and his older brother were a perfect synergy of high jinks and well intentioned mayhem to themselves, their dysfunctional family, and the Great Bend, Kansas population. From medical specimens in the refrigerator to adventures with dynamite, [the book] takes us on a wild ride you won’t want to end. How they survived the summer of 1961 is a darkly funny, harrowing journey recounted by a master storyteller.”

    Read more about the event here.

    By Rick Lopez Apr. 5, 2013 | 1:31 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Take a Peek at The Coolest Bar in University Park

    (Photos: Holt Haynsworth)

    Only the luckiest people in Dallas have enjoyed a cocktail inside the “red room” at Ken and Patti Crews’ 1935 Tudor in University Park, which is among four spectacular sites chosen for this year’s Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s Centennial Home Tour. Read about their home and much more in our premiere issue of “Homes and Design” which you’ll find inside this week’s paper.

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    By Rick Lopez Mar. 22, 2013 | 10:50 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Alice Hurmis

    Alice HurmisAlice Hurmis, 81, went to be with the Lord on March 9, 2013, in Dallas. Born November 5, 1931, to George and Sona Ameer in Yonkers, N.Y., she was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Bob Ameer and Sonny Ameer; and her sister, Sadie Sargis.

    She is survived by her husband of 59 years, David Hurmis; her son, Darrell, and wife Kim, her daughter, Darlene Hurmis Morley, and husband Rob; and her four granddaughters who were her pride and joy and will miss their Nana dearly: Holly Hurmis Langford and husband Chace, Jordan Morley, Callie Hurmis, and Paige Morley.

    Alice was the most loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother one could ask for. She was a longtime member of John Calvin Presbyterian Church and a 38-year breast cancer survivor who looked forward every year to participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Dallas.

    A memorial service honoring Alice will be celebrated Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 11 a.m. at John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 4151 Royal Lane, Dallas. Memorials may be made in her name to John Calvin Presbyterian Church.

    By Rick Lopez Mar. 14, 2013 | 6:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Park Cities People March 15, 2013

    Park Cities People March 15, 2013

    By Rick Lopez Mar. 14, 2013 | 5:12 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Park Cities Girls Among National Title Winners

    Almost 1,000 young dancers descended upon Dallas last weekend for the National Cheerleaders Association’s All-Star National Championship. Four Park Cities girls who study at North Dallas Tumble and Cheer were among an elite cheerleading team that took first place in the Level 2 junior division: McCulloch Intermediate School sixth-graders Madeline Brown, Sidney Stamm, and Alexandra Yeager; Lindsey Bailey, a fourth-grader at Bradfield Elementary School; and Alexandra Barge, a fourth-grader at Hyer Elementary. The team, under the direction of Tom Stec and Julia Whitside, will compete in May at The Summit at Walt Disney World Resort.

    By Rick Lopez Mar. 6, 2013 | 10:00 am | 3 Comments | Comments RSS
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