Posts by Sarah Bennett
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.
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.
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…
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!
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
The centennial is coming! The centennial is coming!
OK, now that our excitement is expressed, let’s talk logistics. With all the festivities on Sunday, Oct. 19, you’ll probably want to know where to park. SMU is sponsoring a free shuttle for event attendees. Feel free to park at the following locations:
- Daniel Garage at the northeast corner of Hillcrest Avenue and Daniel Avenue
- Dallas Hall parking lot south of Athens Avenue
- Airline Garage at the southeast corner of Daniel Avenue and Airline Road
- University Parking Centers, at the southeast corner of University Boulevard and Airline Road, and the northeast corner of Airline Road and McFarlin Boulevard. (Shuttle will pick-up/drop-off at the corner of University Boulevard and Durham Street)
The shuttles will run every 10 minutes between 1:30 – 5:30 p.m., dropping you off at Westchester Drive and Grassmere Lane.
There will also be free parking in the HPHS garage and in the spaces along Lovers Lane next to the Scotland Yard baseball field, but don’t expect those to last long. Limited handicap spaces will be available along Westchester Drive, next to the Multi-Purpose Activity Center.
But whatever you do, don’t park on Grassmere Lane between Westchester Drive and Douglas Avenue. This area will be closed for the block party. Traffic will also be blocked northbound on Westchester Drive past Druid Lane.