Posts by Todd Jorgenson

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    • Todd Jorgenson
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    • Todd joined People Newspapers in November 2013 after stints with the Terrell Tribune, the Denton Record-Chronicle, and The Dallas Morning News. He grew up in Minnesota and graduated from TCU.
  • HPHS Students Awarded Landry Scholarships

    From left, Sam Malone, Cole Feigl, Reagan Reid and Conner Rambin

    From left, Sam Malone, Cole Feigl, Reagan Reid and Conner Rambin

    Four students from Highland Park High School were among the recipients of the 14th annual Tom Landry Scholarship, which honors representatives of participating schools in the annual Tom Landry Classic football games.

    Awards went to football players Sam Malone (who received a scholarship from Crest Cadillac) and Cole Feigl (Southwest Securities), as well as Highland Belle Reagan Reid (Bank of Texas), and band member Conner Rambin (Ebby Halliday Realtors).

    HP had four of the 15 honorees this year, and has had 54 of the 203 scholarship recipients since the program began 14 years ago. The Scots have opened the season in the showcase for 12 straight years, including a game against Aledo in 2013. They will start the 2014 campaign against Frisco Centennial on Aug. 30.

    The scholarships were presented during a ceremony on Monday night at Maggiano’s at NorthPark Center.

    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 23, 2014 | 12:15 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Local Artists Featured at Zhen Spring Show

    Paper Planes, an abstract painting by 13-year-old Jack Smith

    Paper Planes, an abstract painting by 13-year-old Jack Smith of Highland Park

    Highland Park artists Claudia Coker and Jack Smith will have their paintings displayed as part of the “Scope” spring art show at the Zhen Music and Arts Institute.

    Despite being a student at Highland Park Middle School, Smith, 13, already has his own website and has been painting acrylic canvases for several years. Coker is an award-winning photographer who specializes in landscapes.

    Their works will be on display from Thursday through May 24. The gallery, located at 4901 West Lovers Lane, is open weekdays from 3-6 p.m., with an opening reception scheduled for Thursday night.

    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 23, 2014 | 7:51 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Young Shutterbug Cleans Up in Photo Contest

    Abby Law, a seventh-grader at Highland Park Middle School, won six awards from the city of Dallas for her photography.

    Abby Law, a seventh-grader at Highland Park Middle School, was awarded by the city of Dallas for her photography.

    We media types are supposed to have an eye for good photography, so we can appreciate a young talent who knows how to skillfully operate a camera.

    Abby Law, a seventh-grader at Highland Park Middle School, was honored by the Dallas City Council during its April 16 meeting for winning six awards in four categories in the recent Trinity River Corridor Project Photo Contest.

    Abby won first place in the river and wildlife categories, and second in wildlife and architecture. She took third place and honorable mention in the forest category. Some of her winning pictures can be found here.

    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 22, 2014 | 10:29 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Trustees Agree: HPISD Needs More Space

    Highland Park ISD is bursting at the seams, and the board of trustees is struggling to find one more notch on the belt.

    On Monday, had their latest facilities workshop with SHW Group Inc., a Plano-based architectural firm hired by HPISD to figure out how to accommodate a growing student population in a landlocked district.

    Priorities and potential solutions have been thrown around for months, but in some ways became a little bit clearer on Monday.

    Of course, the path to creating a master plan for the future starts with a bond election, which could happen as soon as May 2015. But how much the bond issue will cost voters, and what will be included, is still very much up for debate.

    We’ll go into some more detailed scenarios later, including cost and construction estimates, but I’ll do my best to summarize a few key points after the jump.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 22, 2014 | 5:35 pm | 3 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Police Report: April 7 to April 13

    SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: You’d Think This Purse Would be More Valuable

    Between 8:55 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. on April 8, a burglar broke into a house in the 4000 block of Bryn Mawr Drive and stole more than $35,000 worth of jewelry, including a $12,700 necklace; three wristwatches with a total value of $5,600; a $500 iPad; and a $40 purse.


    11 FRIDAY
    At 2 a.m., Jeffrey Alexander Gebara, 21, of Dallas was arrested in the 4600 block of Mockingbird Lane on a charge of driving while intoxicated.Between 1:30 and 3 p.m., a thief stole a Cannondale mountain bike, a Denon stereo receiver, a Milwaukee 18-volt battery and charger, and five bottles of wine from a detached garage in the4600 block of Mockingbird Lane. A landscaping crew was on the property at the time of the larceny.

    At noon, an employee of the Christian Louboutin store atHighland Park Village reported the theft of a $1,395 Christian Louboutin Sweet Charity purse sometime between April 4 and April 7. Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 22, 2014 | 4:28 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Cops Bust Tipsy Teens at HP House Party

    A group of teenagers home alone on a Friday night — you know the rest.

    It happened about 11:30 p.m. on April 18, when Highland Park Department of Public Safety officers busted a party featuring several teenagers at a house in the 4500 block of Lorraine Avenue.

    Some fled on foot, but others refused orders to leave, and were escorted out. Police issued citations to four teens, at least three of which are athletes at Highland Park High School, for being minors in possession.

    One of the teens was spotted running in the 4700 block of Lomo Alto Drive, one was found in a nearby backyard, and another was discovered hiding in the attic. All three admitted to beer consumption after police got a whiff of their breath.

    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 22, 2014 | 9:42 am | 4 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Carlisle Visits Kids, Dads at Hyer


    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was a guest of the Dads Club at Hyer Elementary on Tuesday.

    He probably had more pressing things on his mind — such as how in the world the Mavericks can beat the San Antonio Spurs in a first-round playoff series that begins Sunday — but Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle took time out from his busy week to visit the Hyer Dads Club on Tuesday.

    During the breakfast, Carlisle (a University Park resident, by the way) gave students a motivational speech and answered their questions. The Dads Club showed its appreciation by donating $500 to Carlisle’s charity of choice, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 19, 2014 | 2:40 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Age Doesn’t Slow Down Local Athletes

    Paul Ellis, left, and Ken Raggio are both fast enough to put most of us to shame.

    Paul Ellis, left, and Ken Raggio are both fast enough to put most of us to shame.

    Age isn’t slowing down two Park Cities residents who sprinted to gold medals this month at the Texas Senior Olympics in San Antonio.

    University Park attorney Ken Raggio won the 400 meters in the men’s 65-69 age group. He also was the runner-up in the 800 meters and placed third in the 1,500. Hand surgeon Paul Ellis was second in the 200 meters in the men’s 60-64 age group.

    Both men qualified for the 2015 National Senior Olympics in Minneapolis, which will include about 13,000 athletes 50 and over competing in 18 sports.

    It will be Raggio’s fifth appearance at the national meet, having medaled in three different events in the past.

    “All of us need goals to motivate us to exercise and try to stay fit,” he said. “Now we have an incentive stretching into next year.”

    Meanwhile, Ellis has been training with his daughter Becka, who is a former track standout at Highland Park High School.

    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 18, 2014 | 5:26 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Future is Bright For Lady Scots

    Seniors Ginna Klein, Grace Shike, and Virginia Smith will be honored during a pre-game ceremony tonight (Photo: Barry Bowden)

    HP softball seniors Ginna Klein, Grace Shike, and Virginia Smith will be honored tonight (Photo: Barry Bowden)

    At it turns 20 years old, the Highland Park High School softball program is finally growing up.

    Just four years removed from having only 10 players in the program, the Lady Scots have enjoyed the best season in their history this spring.

    And even if it doesn’t end with HP reaching the playoffs following tonight’s season finale against Carrollton Newman Smith, there are signs to suggest that the future is bright for a team that has long been considered an afterthought.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 18, 2014 | 11:39 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Local Business Creates ‘Boston Strong’ Tanks

    Remember folks, it's for a good cause.

    Remember folks, it’s for a good cause.

    This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, and one local business has decided to make a fashion statement for a good cause.

    The PilatesBarre, which has locations in Snider Plaza and Devonshire, has introduced “Boston Strong” tank tops, which it is selling for $35 apiece. All of the proceeds will go to Staches for Boston PD, a nonprofit started by Dallas runners that benefits first responders in Boston.

    The project has special meaning for Randi, one of the Pilates instructors at the club, who will run in this year’s marathon on Monday in Boston.

    The camouflage tanks are available now at both PilatesBarre locations.

    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 16, 2014 | 12:07 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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