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.
  • 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
  • Livingston Ready to Pass the Torch

    Bob Livingston is flanked by Liz Spector, left, and his wife, Linda, at Tuesday's meeting. (Photo: Steve Mace)

    Bob Livingston is flanked by Liz Spector, left, and his wife, Linda, on Tuesday. (Photo: Steve Mace)

    The University Park City Council recognized retiring city manager Bob Livingston at its meeting on Tuesday with a standing ovation and a proclamation honoring his 23 years of service to the city.

    Livingston’s final day at UP will be April 29, meaning Tuesday was his final council meeting. Robbie Corder, who took over as assistant city manager last summer, will assume the city manager post on April 30.

    “It’s been the greatest place to work,” Livingston said. “I really appreciate the opportunity.”

    Livingston also will be honored at a public reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 25 at Highland Park Presbyterian Church.

    The council also recognized outgoing city secretary Liz Spector, who likewise is leaving at the end of the month. She will be replaced by current UP purchasing agent Christine Green.

    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 16, 2014 | 11:52 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Lit Fest Provides Prizes For Prose

    HPHS alumnus Eddie Coker, shown with HP Lit Fest committee members Andrea Hamilton and Cari Meggyesy, was a workshop presenter at this year's festival.

    Highland Park High School alumnus Eddie Coker, shown with HP Lit Fest committee members Andrea Hamilton and Cari Meggyesy, was a workshop presenter at this year’s festival.

    The Highland Park Literary Festival wrapped up with an awards breakfast on April 10 that honored winners of the festival’s “Write Your World” student writing contest. Top prizes went to:

    • Fiction — Sarah Grace Forbes (first place), Keely Brown (second place), Hannah Kubik (honorable mention)
    • Creative nonfiction — George Abuhamad (first place), Kimberly Sun (second place), Yingfan Du (honorable mention)
    • Poetry — Chloe Sarfatis (first place), Christine Ramjee (second place), Lindsey Elliott (honorable mention)

    The bulk of the festival took place in late February, including an appearance by keynote speaker Mark Salzman and more than 20 other poets, playwrights, journalists, and songwriters. More than 50 HPHS students participated in an “open mic night” by performing poetry and music.

    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 16, 2014 | 11:26 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • UP Council to Vote on YMCA Site Plan

    Here's an artist rendering of the proposed new Park Cities YMCA building.

    Here’s a rendering of the proposed new Park Cities YMCA building, which could become a reality by late 2015.

    UPDATE: The site plan was given unanimous approval by the council at the Tuesday meeting after a brief discussion about potential traffic impact. The original post gives the details below.

    Detailed plans for the facelift of the Park Cities YMCA will be up for approval tonight by the University Park City Council.

    The council’s agenda for its 5 p.m. meeting includes consideration of the site plan for the facility at 6000 Preston Road. A year ago, UP officials gave the go-ahead for the YMCA to demolish its existing structure and rebuild with a below-grade parking garage.

    The Y has been at its current location since 1951. Club officials have not said where they plan to relocate operations during construction. However, they expect the project to start this fall and be finished perhaps by late 2015.

    You can find all the details here about the site plan, which was approved by the city’s planning and zoning commission in March. We’ll hit some of the highlights of the proposal after the jump. Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 15, 2014 | 1:58 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Suspects at Large in Dallas Hit-and-Run Crash

    Dallas police are looking for suspects in a fatal hit-and-run accident that happened this morning in the M Streets, killing a teenager and injuring his mother, according to The Dallas Morning News. Apparently the incident began in Highland Park, when police tried to pull over a stolen Chrysler Town & Country for running a stop sign, which led to a chase through residential streets.

    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 15, 2014 | 1:18 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Lady Scots Survive, Advance in OT

    The Lady Scots are keeping track of their playoff victories. They topped Forney in overtime on Tuesday. (Photo: Rob Graham)

    The Lady Scots are keeping track of their playoff victories. They defeated Forney on Tuesday. (Photo: Rob Graham)

    In the playoffs, it’s not about how you win, but only whether you win. So the Highland Park girls won’t complain after a 3-2 overtime victory over Forney on Tuesday in a Class 4A Region II quarterfinal.

    Sara Summers scored the game-winner in the first overtime for the Lady Scots (20-4-1), while Hope Hyde scored both of the regulation goals, giving her eight in four postseason games.

    The win sends HP back to the regional tournament, where it will face Waxahachie, a 1-0 winner over Whitehouse in another regional quarterfinal on Tuesday. That game will start a semifinal doubleheader on Friday at Standridge Stadium in Carrollton.

    It was the second time this season that the Lady Scots knocked off the Lady Jackrabbits, including a 2-1 win during a season-opening tournament in January at Highlander Stadium. It also marked HP’s 12th consecutive victory overall.

    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 9, 2014 | 10:06 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • District Meet is Next Hurdle For Scots

    Gracie Bailey and the rest of the Scots will compete at the District 10-4A meet today and tomorrow (Photo: Don Johnson)

    Gracie Bailey and the rest of the Scots will compete at the District 10-4A meet this week. (Photo: Don Johnson)

    This is the biggest week of the track and field season for dozens of Highland Park athletes attempting to run, jump, and throw themselves one step closer to the state meet.

    Their first postseason opportunity comes at the District 10-4A meet at Standridge Stadium in Carrollton, which is whittling the competition down to eight finalists in each event during today’s preliminaries.

    The top four finishers in each event will advance to the area meet next week, also in Carrollton, which will combine districts 9-4A and 10-4A to determine regional qualifiers.

    The 3,200-meter finals are slated for today, along with the finals in pole vault, shot put, and triple jump. The rest of the events will be tomorrow, with field events (long jump, high jump, and discus) starting at 10 a.m. and running finals getting underway at 3:15 p.m.

    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 8, 2014 | 1:16 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Forney Offers Next Test For Lady Scots

    Highland Park will face Forney on Tuesday in the Class 4A Region II quarterfinals. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Highland Park will face Forney on Tuesday in the Region II quarterfinals. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    As the field continues to dwindle, the games get bigger for the Highland Park girls soccer team during its postseason run.

    The next test for the Lady Scots will come on Tuesday, when HP faces Forney in the Class 4A Region II quarterfinals at 6 p.m. at Lake Highlands. It will be a rematch of a game that HP won 2-1 in January during a season-opening tournament at Highlander Stadium.

    The Lady Scots (19-4-1) advanced to the regional quarterfinals with a 2-1 victory over Frisco on Friday, marking their 10th straight win overall. Hope Hyde and Megan Uhr scored the goals for HP, giving Hyde six goals in three playoff games.

    Forney knocked off Wylie 2-1 in the sectional round on Friday. The Lady Jackrabbits (17-6-3) were the runner-up behind Mesquite Poteet in District 23-4A during the regular season. Forney’s Kayleigh Phillips is one of the top strikers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 7, 2014 | 11:06 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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