Posts by Sarah Bennett

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    • Sarah Bennett
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    • After graduating from SMU with a creative writing degree, Sarah interned with D Magazine and joined the People Newspapers team in January 2013. She enjoys annoying coworkers with her ceaseless Mustang pride. After a freelancing hiatus, she returned in May 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 | 7 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.

    Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 21, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Early Voting Starts Now!

    Early voting is upon us! Here’s when the polls are open:

    • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday
    • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday
    • 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday
    • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. next week (M-F)

    Polling locations are listed below, but the most common one for our area is Our Redeemer Lutheran Church across from NorthPark.

    If you just want to vote in the regular election, you can look up your general-election polling place here. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 20, 2014 | 3:01 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Partners Card Program is Local Tradition

    2014 Partners Card co-chairs Andrea Cheek, Diana Hamilton, and Lisa Bhattacharya. (Photo: George Fiala)

    2014 Partners Card co-chairs Andrea Cheek, Diana Hamilton, and Lisa Bhattacharya. (Photo: George Fiala)

    In Dallas, the rush of swiping a Partners Card is just as much a symbol of fall as football and cooler weather.

    “Usually the weather’s beautiful, and it’s fun to walk around the stores and see the red and purple balloons,” co-chair Lisa Bhattacharya said.

    That’s because the fundraiser, which runs Oct. 24 to Nov. 2, has been benefiting the anti-domestic violence nonprofit The Family Place for 22 years. One thing that makes the feel-good shopping experience unique is that it focuses on area shops and vendors.

    “The Family Place is very right in that they did it in a grassroots kind of way,” Bhattacharya said. “We have kept true to our belief that this is about local retailers.” Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 20, 2014 | 12:27 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HPISD: It’s Centennial Time!

    We’ve been gearing up for all the excitement surrounding Highland Park High School’s centennial celebrations this weekend.

    Hopefully, you didn’t miss the campus open houses this afternoon. But if you did, the fun doesn’t stop there. Sunday’s block party takes place from 2 – 5 p.m. There will be bounce houses, food trucks, a Scots museum, live performances from all different high-school groups, and a huge array of guest speakers.

    Sounds fun, right? We also took the liberty of posting some very important parking info for you.

    Go Hi-Park High!

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 17, 2014 | 5:10 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HPISD to Deep-Clean Campuses This Weekend

    Highland Park ISD just released a memo on behalf of superintendent Dawson Orr saying that the school district will commence a deep-cleaning of each campus this weekend and into next week. Custodial staff will also “step up” daily cleaning measures.

    “We have checked the CDC guidelines for recommended cleaning products and the commercial grade anti-viral disinfectants currently in use on every campus exceed those recommendations,” Orr said in the memo.

    In the spirit of rumor control, the district wished to emphasize that no member of the Bradfield Elementary community was on the Frontier Airlines flight with Ebola patient Amber Vinson — a parent and student did fly from Cleveland to Dallas on Oct. 13, but on a different plane.

    Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 17, 2014 | 12:27 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Books Debate Continues With School Board

    Parents and neighbors stood out in the hallway to hear at the HPISD school-board meeting. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    Parents and neighbors stood in the hallway to hear at the HPISD school-board meeting. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    The HPISD Board of Trustees clearly expected a crowd at the Oct. 14 meeting, as it was held at the Armstrong Elementary auditorium instead of the usual McCulloch Intermediate School location.

    (Update: HPISD had long scheduled the meeting to be held at Armstrong in honor of the Centennial celebrations.) But even Armstrong’s auditorium didn’t provide enough seats. Prior to the meeting’s start, parents and neighbors were gathered outside the auditorium, spilling into the hallway and lobby, straining for a chance to hear.

    The first item of note was an “Ebola update” from Dr. LeeAnn Kridelbaugh, who is a member of the medical-education staff at Cook’s Children’s Medical Center. She briefed the board on Ebola health concerns, and then met in the library with school nurses and a handful of parents with additional questions. Sources have reported that absences at Armstrong have gone up since county judge Clay Jenkins (an Armstrong parent) has been at the front of the Ebola fight — though school nurses have confirmed that there is no reason to panic. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 15, 2014 | 5:16 pm | 11 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Picoult Joins list of ‘Live’ Authors

    rsz_leaving_time Jodi Picoult joins the long list of authors to participate in HPUMC’s “Authors Live” series with her book, Leaving Time.

    Yes, that is the same author whose other book, Nineteen Minutes, was opposed by a number of parents at HPHS.

    Those are just two of her 22 works. This book, however, follows Jenna Metcalf, whose mother mysteriously disappeared following a tragic accident.

    Join me on Oct. 27  in attending the 6 p.m. reception for $30, or the free reading at 7 p.m. More info/reservations here.

    UPDATE: The event will now be held in the Hughes-Trigg Center on the SMU campus.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 13, 2014 | 8:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Mark Your Calendars For Veterans Day Parade


    Is there a veteran in your family? If so, you’ll want to reserve time for the Veterans Day Parade on your calendar. The Nov. 11 festivities start at 9 a.m. at City Hall with a pre-VIP reception, but the parade begins at 11:20 a.m. and wraps around the streets of downtown.

    Outgoing Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions will take part in the pomp and circumstance, as will Dallas residents Vice Adm. David B. Robinson, Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, and Lt. Col. Bill Solemene.

    Al Biernat’s will also host a VIP reception for participating veterans following the parade.

    For more information, visit the website.


    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 11, 2014 | 8:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Katy Trail Link to Lee Park Opens Sunday


    Good news: the ramp linking the Katy Trail to Lee Park will open this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend an opening ceremony with music, refreshments, and lawn games.

    The new ramp descends from Snyder Union and down through the park. The ribbon cutting starts at 1:30 p.m., but enjoy the fun until 3 p.m.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 10, 2014 | 12:45 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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