Posts by Todd Jorgenson
Here’s the fundamental question when it comes to planning the long-term future of elementary schools in the Park Cities: How do you plan for the future without tearing down the past?
More to the point, should Highland Park ISD raze and rebuild two of its oldest elementary schools to help accommodate unprecedented enrollment growth?
That’s a dilemma with which HPISD is wrestling as it fine-tunes its priorities for a bond initiative that it plans to put to voters in May, aimed at alleviating student overcrowding at each of its aging campuses as it enters its second century. Read More…
While Highland Park was playing with its full squad for the first time, Jesuit was still shorthanded. That disparity contributed to a lopsided result, as the Scots rolled past the Rangers 63-50 in a nondistrict clash on Tuesday.
HP had the services of varsity returnees Mitchell Kaufman and Campbell Brooks, who were added to the roster after their football season finished over the weekend. Both started and made significant contributions before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
Brooks had nine points and played some tenacious perimeter defense, while Kaufman tallied five points and a game-high six rebounds.
“They’ve been staying in shape. They just needed one day of practice and they were ready,” said HP head coach David Piehler. “Their leadership and experience showed.”
The Highland Park Department of Public Safety recently arrested three suspects in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries, and is requesting your help in finding a fourth.
HPDPS arrested the first suspect on Nov. 13 and two others on Nov. 21, in the process returning some of the stolen property to the victims. But not all of the offenses were connected to these suspects, according to Sgt. Lance Koppa.
Specifically, police are searching for someone who used stolen credit cards at various Walmart stores in the Dallas area that were taken from vehicles in HP. In most instances, the cards were used shortly after they were taken, and since the burglaries took place in the overnight hours, the cards weren’t reported stolen until after they had been used multiple times. The most popular purchases, perhaps not surprisingly, were gift cards.
We’ll update with more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, anybody with information is asked to call HPDPS at 214-521-5000.
The second annual installment of the VNA Meals on Wheels Power of Pie fundraiser has raised almost $25,000 for the program, and donors will begin to reap the benefits tomorrow.
That’s when customers can pick up the pies they ordered from 11 a.m. to noon in the activities room at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church.
Among those baking the pies were Empire Baking Company, Central Market, Hilton Anatole, Abacus, Kent Rathbun Concepts, Four Seasons Resort and Club, Norma’s Café, Spoon Bar and Kitchen, Knife Modern Steak, Front Room Tavern, Brookhollow Country Club, Lakewood Country Club, Café Momentum, 3015 @ Trinity Groves, Bark Chocolate, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Haute Sweets Patisserie, Parigi, Collin County Community College, Susie’s Cuisine, Uncle Willie’s Pies, Pie Flutin Pastries, Cydonia, Dessert Dreams Inc., and Karen Cassady.
SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: Heavy Lifting
At 1:15 p.m. on Nov. 13, a burglar broke into a red 2009 Chrysler 300 at Miracle Mileand stole a Tom Ford purse, a Nancy Gonzalez purse, and two Prada purses with a combined value of $10,950. While trying to flee, the perpetrator ran into a parked black 2009 Cadillac Escalade, causing $1,000 in damage.
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Between 4:15 and 5 p.m., a thief stole a leather wallet containing $125 in cash from a purse inside a shopping cart at Whole Foods Market in the 4100 block of Lomo Alto Drive.
At 1:36 a.m., a thief stole $60 in cash from a 2011 GMC Yukon in the 3500 block of Potomac Avenue. The perpetrator was spotted on video jumping a fence from the alley to reach the driveway, where the SUV was parked.
Between 5 p.m. on Nov. 10 and 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 11, a thief stole a $400 pair of Persol sunglasses and a $150 pair of headphones from an unlocked black 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe in the 3700 block of Potomac Avenue. The miscreant also took a fire extinguisher, a credit-card case, and paperwork from an unlocked black 2010 GMC Yukon in front of the same house.
Congratulations to the Armstrong Falcons third-grade football team, which recently wrapped up another undefeated season by defeating Hyer in the championship game of the Park Cities YMCA league at Curtis Park. It was the fourth straight unbeaten season for the Falcons.
If you stuck around for the program at the end of yesterday’s tree lighting at Snider Plaza, you saw an enchanting performance by members of the Texas Ballet Theater, dancing in excerpts from The Nutcracker.
Among the performers were Lydia England, a sixth grader at McCulloch Intermediate School, and Caleigh England, a third-grader at University Park Elementary School, who each play roles in the production being directed by Ben Stevenson.
You can see the full performance at the Winspear Opera House on Nov. 28-30 and Dec. 5-7. Visit here for ticket information.
Here’s a heartwarming tale to get you in the holiday spirit of giving. It started with talk-show host Meredith Vieira setting up a Wish Booth in Dallas, which attracted the attention of Michelle Brown, owner of Katie’s Little Angels Learning Center, a daycare facility with 67 children mostly from low-income families in west Dallas.
“My wish is for the children at my daycare,” Brown said in the booth. “I just wish that they have a wonderful Christmas.”
Enter Hal Cook, owner of Learning Express Toys of Dallas in Snider Plaza. Vieira’s show contacted Cook about helping Brown’s cause, and he offered a $2,500 gift card, which recently was presented to a surprised Brown on the nationally syndicated show. You can see the segment here.
MIDLOTHIAN – Waco Midway is a former Class 4A powerhouse that in recent years has transferred that dominance to the state’s largest classification. That’s the same path that Highland Park hopes to follow.
On Friday, however, the undefeated Panthers used advantages in size and speed to hold off a late HP rally and eliminate the Scots from the playoffs, 35-28, in a Division II Region II area-round showdown.
Midway scored 28 consecutive points to seize the momentum and the Scots (10-2) couldn’t keep pace. Yet their first 6A season still qualifies as an overall success, with HP barely losing a step against the improved competition.
“We had a great year and I’m very proud of our senior class,” said HP head coach Randy Allen. “They did a tremendous job of leading us into 6A. We had a tremendous football team and got beat by a good football team.”
Here’s a reminder that the 15th annual New Friends New Life home tour will take place on Sunday afternoon, showcasing four lovely Park Cities homes.
The tour includes stops at 3831 Windsor Lane, 3432 Southwestern Blvd., 3721 Beverly Drive, and another home on Lakeside Drive that’s not being disclosed.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door for the three-hour event, which starts at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit New Friends New Life, which provides assistance for women who have been exploited or trafficked, as well as their families.