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.
  • Developer Focuses on Urban Density in Oak Park

    The Holland Avenue Villas complex is scheduled for completion this fall. (Photo:Courtesy David Weekley Homes)

    The Holland Avenue Villas complex is scheduled for completion this fall.

    While it might be best known for large suburban subdivisions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, David Weekley Homes is thinking smaller with one of its current projects.

    The Houston-based company is nearing completion on Holland Avenue Villas, which includes eight detached townhomes on a property west of Dallas North Tollway, adjacent to the western border of Highland Park.

    It’s the sort of smaller urban project that Weekley has successfully launched in cities such as Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, but hasn’t tried much locally.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 30, 2014 | 11:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Gators Have Hope For Future

    Highland Park midfielder Hope Hyde has verbally committed to the University of Florida.

    Highland Park midfielder Hope Hyde has verbally committed to the University of Florida.

    Hope Hyde still has two more years of high school remaining, but she already has her college plans all figured out.

    The soccer standout has verbally committed to the University of Florida, which won the Southeastern Conference title last year. Verbal commitments are non-binding, and Hyde cannot sign a letter of intent with the Gators until November 2015.

    Hyde led the Lady Scots in scoring last season as a sophomore and was given honorable mention all-state honors by the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches. The midfielder posted 11 goals in the playoffs, helping HP reach the Class 4A Region II final.

    Since last season, Hyde has been busy with her select team, Dallas Texans 98, which reached the Elite Clubs National League title game earlier this month in Richmond, Va. For the Texans, Hyde posted 10 goals and six assists in 23 games this year.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 29, 2014 | 5:23 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Sundrops Moving Out of Oak Lawn Store

    Here's a rendering of the new Sundrops building that will open this fall on North Central Expressway.

    Here’s a rendering of the new Sundrops Vitamins & Nutrition building that will open this fall on Central Expressway.

    Sundrops Vitamins & Nutrition, which has been a fixture in the 3900 block of Oak Lawn Avenue since 1976, will move this fall to a new location at Fitzhugh Avenue and North Central Expressway.

    The relocation allows the store to almost triple its size to about 5,000 square feet. Sundrops also plans to open a food area in the new location to serve juices, smoothies, and frozen yogurt. It also will offer more weight-loss and health classes.

    The new building, a rendering of which is seen here, was designed by the Dallas-based architectural firm of Good Fulton & Farrell.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 29, 2014 | 4:05 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Summer Heat Cools Down Hectic Housing Market

    As Mother Nature turns up the Texas heat this summer, the local housing market has started to cool down.

    But that doesn’t necessarily reflect a negative trend for buyers or sellers in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. It’s more of a product of the desire of homeowners to escape for the summer.

    “The more affluent areas of town have more people that go out of town for the summer, so they’re not as apt to be searching for property,” said Brady Moore, an agent with Dave Perry-Miller and Associates. “I feel like it’s finally starting to settle down a little bit lately.” Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 29, 2014 | 3:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Looney Strikes With More Postseason Awards

    Layne Looney was dominant this season. Everyone seems to agree. (Photo: Kate Simone)

    Layne Looney was dominant this season. Everyone seems to agree. (Photo: Kate Simone)

    The accolades continue to accumulate following the outstanding season for Highland Park pitcher Layne Looney, who has been named as a first-team all-state selection by the Texas Sports Writers Association.

    He also received first-team honors earlier this summer from the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association, and was named to the MaxPreps Underclass All-America team. Looney was named the MVP of District 10-4A for leading HP to a runner-up finish in the league.

    During his junior season, Looney posted a 12-0 record with a 0.53 earned-run average and 119 strikeouts. He also led the Scots with a .370 batting average.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 28, 2014 | 5:38 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HPISD Educators Honored With Scholarships

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    From left, Elyse Griffin, Wanda Spoonmore, and Leesa Cole at the recent DKG luncheon in Dallas

    The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International recently awarded scholarships to Highland Park ISD educators Leesa Cole and Elyse Griffin. The society aims to promote the personal and professional growth of its members, who are all female educators.

    Cole is the library media specialist at McCulloch Intermediate School and a 24-year DKG member. She has received $1,000 scholarships from the DKG Dallas County Coordinating Council in each of the past two years.

    Griffin previously taught third grade at Armstrong Elementary School, and this fall will teach fifth-grade math at McCulloch Intermediate School. She is a four-year DKG member and has received $9,000 worth of scholarships since 2013.

    Both are members of the Delta Omicron chapter of DKG, for which retired HPISD teacher Wanda Spoonmore is president. Spoonmore taught eighth-grade algebra in HPISD for 36 years and has been a DKG member for 50 years.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 28, 2014 | 4:52 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Thwaites to Melt Teen Hearts at NorthPark

    the-giver-posterOK, teenage girls, get your best screams ready. Australian actor Brenton Thwaites, the young star of the upcoming movie The Giver, will make a public appearance at NorthPark Center on Monday.

    Thwaites will appear at something called the “Color Party,” which will include a scavenger hunt, a question-and-answer session, and a VIP autograph signing. The whole thing runs from 4-6 p.m. on the first floor of the mall, between Nordstrom and Macy’s.

    The Giver, which is based on the popular young-adult novel of the same name, also stars Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. It will be in theaters on Aug. 15.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 27, 2014 | 3:25 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Youngsters Take Love of Gaming to Next Level

    Eli Hoff, 9, right, and Dasch Gorcyca, 6, use their imagination to create video games during a summer class at Armstrong Elementary School. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Eli Hoff, 9, right, and Dasch Gorcyca, 6, use their imagination to create video games during a summer class at Armstrong Elementary School. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    The final day of the Highland Park ISD summer game-design class gives precocious young video-game designers a chance to showcase their creation to their classmates.

    Then comes the best part for just about any kid under age 13. They get to play.

    That combination makes the class one of the most popular in the summer catalog for the HPISD Academy of Lifelong Learning. After all, what video-game aficionado wouldn’t want to combine their favorite classic gaming elements with their own imagination? Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 25, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Park Cities to Get Jiggy With GigaPower

    The name might be a little dorky, but GigaPower is coming to the Park Cities.

    Highland Park and University Park are among the first locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area scheduled to get the latest high-speed Internet innovation from Dallas-based AT&T later this summer. There are no specifics on costs or restrictions yet, of course.

    The connection is part of the company’s fiber-optic U-Verse network, and is supposed to increase Internet speeds to 1 gigabyte per second, which means you can access parkcitiespeople.com that much faster. At least that’s what we assume you’ll be doing.

    The service already has launched in Austin and is slated for more municipalities through the rest of this year, as this map shows. Along with Dallas-Fort Worth, it looks like Raleigh and Winston-Salem, N.C., are up next.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 25, 2014 | 9:22 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Former HP Golfer Leads Web.com Tour Event

    Paul Haley

    Paul Haley

    Former Highland Park High School golf standout Paul Haley took the early lead on Thursday after the first round of the Midwest Classic golf tournament in Overland Park, Kan.

    Haley, 26, who played college golf at Georgia Tech, fired a round of 64 (7-under par) to tie his career-best round on the Web.com Tour. It is the first time he has held the lead after the first round of a tour event.

    Looking over the scorecard, Haley hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation and needed just 26 putts during his round. If he can hold off a host of challengers over the next three days, he can clinch his first victory since the 2012 Chile Classic, and his first title on American soil.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 25, 2014 | 7:56 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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