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.
  • Arrest Made in Sexual Assault Case

    Torey Jamal Harris, 23, of Dallas was arrested on alleged aggravated sexual assault by Navarro College Department of Public Safety in Corsicana on Sept. 15.

    After the University Park Police Department released a sketch of the suspect for the Sept. 7 assault at Rosedale Avenue and Willard Drive, Navarro College law enforcement noticed the appearance was similar to that of their own suspect.

    When UPPD detectives interviewed Harris, he confessed to the Sept. 7 assault in such a way that revealed his intimate knowledge of the crime. UPPD then issued arrest warrants.

    “We want to point out that we’re still very early in the investigation,” UP police chief Greg Spradlin said at a press conference on Sept. 17.

    Harris is being held in the Navarro County Jail with a $100,000 bond.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 17, 2014 | 9:29 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Kathy Reichs Visits ‘Authors Live’

    rsz_bones_never_lie_coverDr. Kathy Reichs will speak about her book, “Bones Never Lie,” on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Her visit is part of the HPUMC “Authors Live” series.

    “Bones Never Die” is Reichs’ 17th book, which follows forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan and her run-in with a serial killer.

    Reichs is a producer on the TV show “Bones,” which is based on her books. She’s the chief medical examiner in North Carolina and a professor at UNC.

    As always, the event takes place at the church at 7 p.m., but you are welcome to reserve a space at the 6 p.m. reception for $30 (including a copy of the book). Register here.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 16, 2014 | 8:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • More Middle-School Skeeters Invade

    More mosquitoes have invaded the McCulloch Intermediate School/Highland Park Middle School area, so the campus areas will be sprayed after 9 p.m. on Saturday night.

    Do your part, drain standing water, and report any areas to the city at 311.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 12, 2014 | 5:30 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Meet the 2014 Ten Best Dressed Nominees

    Fashionistas With Heart

    Left to right: Patty Leyendecker, Heather Esping, Lynn McBee, Mary Clare Finney, DeeDee Lee, Hall of Fame honoree Lee Ann White, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Ashley Hunt, Christi Urschel, Margaret Hancock, and Nancy Carlson. (Photo: Dana Driensky)

    Nancy Carlson

    Favorite designer? Marni, Balenciaga, and Dior — Marni makes great dresses, Balenciaga has the best shapes and fit, and anything Dior is always perfect. Favorite outfit in your closet? I’m really comfortable in a jacket, short skirt, black tights, and flat boots. Fashion era you miss? ‘60s and early ‘70s — designers like Pucci and Courregès; models like Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton. Fashion faux pas? I’ve made a million. Favorite charity? Crystal Charity Ball helps so many children in Dallas each year. The arts are also essential — I love TACA and the Dallas Museum of Art.

    Heather Esping

    Favorite designer? Lanvin, Valentino, Celine, Zac Posen, and of course Nina Ricci. Favorite outfit in your closet? My sun-protected tennis top from SK Girl. I know that when I put that on I will get to exercise, have fun with my friends, and ward off any further sun damage. Fashion era you miss? ‘60s — I love how the women dress on Mad Men. It’s so feminine and put-together. Fashion faux pas? Wearing shoulder pads in everything in the ‘80s. Favorite charity? I feel drawn to organizations that give children a chance at a better education. It’s their perseverance and dedication that allows the program to succeed.

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    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 12, 2014 | 10:55 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Parish Students Learn in Worldwide Classrooms

    Parish Students Learn in Worldwide Classrooms

    “Doctors in training” as young as 8 years old get some hands-on experience at Parish. (Courtesy photo)

    This fall, global “doctors in training” will wield their own scalpels and learning about viruses by swabbing their own hands and growing bacteria.

    These doctors-in-training play a humanitarian role as well — every class they take purchases a class for a student in a developing country.

    Together, they share findings and discuss current global issues. Dallas students communicate and Skype with students in Haiti, India, and Pakistan to gain real-world experience. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 11, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • The South Rises Again at Authors Live

    rsz_rebel_yell_by_sc_gwynneAttention southerners: the next installment of HPUMC’s “Authors Live” will feature S.C. Gwynne’s book, Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson on Oct. 2. I’m a Civil War buff, so this one looks really good.

    You know the drill: program starts at 7 p.m. at the church, but you can always attend the 6 p.m reception for $30 (and get a copy of the book).

    Gwynne’s other book, Empire of the Summer Moon, was a New York Times bestseller, Pulitzer Prize finalist, and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. So he’s kind of a big deal.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 11, 2014 | 8:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Adoption Inspires Novel For Teacher

    Something kept nagging at Kay Honeyman while waiting for her adopted son to arrive: immigration; the Chinese zodiac; learning new cultures.

    After all, the child she and her husband were adopting was coming to America from China. So the topic stayed on her mind until she finally had to get it down on paper.

    “I was thinking what this was going to mean for him,” she said. “I just started to think about immigration in a different way.”

    That led to The Fire Horse Girl, the Highland Park Middle School teacher’s debut, young-adult novel. The story follows Jade Moon, a young girl born during the year of the fire horse, which is practically taboo in Chinese culture.

    “The fire horse is kind of legendary because it makes people stubborn and strong-willed, so to be a fire-horse woman is terrible,” Honeyman said. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 10, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Senator Gillibrand Comes to ‘Authors Live’

    rsz_offthesidelinesfinalcoverCatch Senator Gillibrand’s memoir “Off the Sidelines,” inspiring women to get involved in the political system, at HPUMC’s “Authors Live” on Sept. 21.

    As always, the free event takes place at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center at SMU at 7 p.m. But if you’d like to pay $30 — which includes a copy of the book — and attend a reception at 6 p.m., make your reservations here or call (214) 523-2240.

    You can buy a book and get it signed afterward.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 7, 2014 | 8:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Celebrate Reading With The Bush Family

    Dallas/Fort Worth’s 13th annual “Celebration of Reading” benefiting the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy will take place exactly one month from today on Monday, Oct. 6 at the Meyerson Symphony Orchestra. The event, which starts at 7 p.m., features a number of authors such as Emily Giffin. But it’s the chairs you might recognize: Jeb Bush (foundation honorary co-chair), Amanda and George P. Bush (committee chairs), and former first lady Laura Bush (honorary chair).

    The committee also includes a number of recognizable names: Allie Beth and Pierce Allman; Cynthia and Louis Beecherl; Kathy and Harlan Crow; Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt; Gene and Jerry Jones; Gena and Chuck Norris; Jeanne Phillips; Jan and Bob Pickens; Marianne and Roger Staubach and more.

    Buy tickets here.


    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 6, 2014 | 8:00 am | 2 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Families Pass on Scots Traditions

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    All five of Suzy and Tom Rhodes’ children attended Highland Park schools. As of this fall, the Rhodes family has two of its youngest members at Bradfield Elementary — Emory and Ellis. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    It’s no secret that Highland Park ISD is one of the best school districts around — the campuses are bursting at capacity with students ready to learn. For some, their parents have recently moved to the area to give their children a top-notch education.

    “There are a lot of wonderful parents that are very supportive of their children and the school,” graduate Suzy Rhodes said. “Any school where the parents are involved, you have a good system.”

    But for others, going to Highland Park is a time-honored, family tradition. As the district begins to celebrate its centennial — just one year after the town of Highland Park’s same celebration — many families have seen multiple generations don the blue and gold. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 5, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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