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.
  • UPPD Releases Sketch of Sexual Assault Suspect

    Sexual Assault 14-00937The University Park Police Department released a sketch today as it continues to look for a suspect in an aggravated sexual assault incident on Sept. 7 near the SMU campus.

    UPPD said the suspect is a black man in his early 20s with a “football player build,” with close-cropped hair and a tattoo on the left side of his neck. The tattoo featured a crown with script writing below it. (Strangely, however, it’s not included in the sketch.)

    The man is suspected of attacking a female jogger from behind at knifepoint in the 6700 block of Willard Drive at about 11:15 p.m. on Sept. 7. Anybody with information about the case should call UPPD at 214-363-3000 or Detective Marshall at 214-987-5359.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 15, 2014 | 1:55 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Scots Blank Prosper to Remain Unbeaten

    Highland Park's Kevin Ken caught three first-half touchdown passes against Prosper. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Highland Park’s Kevin Ken caught three first-half touchdown passes against Prosper. Click on the photo to view a gallery of the game. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Poor field position didn’t faze the Highland Park offense on Friday night. Swirling winds and intermittent rain likewise didn’t rattle the Scots. And neither did the Prosper defense.

    In their final nondistrict test, HP crushed Prosper 54-0 at Highlander Stadium to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2011. The Scots also easily extended their home winning streak to 81 games.

    HP started fast and didn’t slow down until the game was well out of reach. Brooks Burgin completed 19 of 29 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns, all without playing a snap in the second half. His favorite target was Kevin Ken, who tallied 10 receptions for 159 yards and three scores — again, all before halftime.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 12, 2014 | 11:31 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • CPPC to Unveil Expanded Facility on Sunday

    Connecting Point of Park Cities will celebrate the grand opening of its new facility with an event at 3-5 p.m. on Sunday at Central Christian Church.

    CPPC is an all-inclusive day program for adults with disabilities that has the endorsement of Clayton and Ellen Kershaw, who spoke at and donated items for a fundraising luncheon for the center earlier this year.

    The event is open to the public, and will allow visitors to meet CPPC staff members, tour the expanded facility, and learn about various programs. There will be refreshments and a raffle, as well. To RSVP, email info@mycppc.org.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 12, 2014 | 5:17 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Scots Hope to Keep Rolling Against Prosper

    The Highland Park defense will try to slow down Prosper tonight at Highlander Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    The Highland Park defense will try to slow down Prosper tonight at Highlander Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    While the offense has been as advertised, the Highland Park defense might be the primary reason why the Scots are on the verge of a 3-0 start for the first time since 2011.

    HP began the season with a shutout of Frisco Centennial — a perennial playoff team, by the way — then held off Pulaski Academy from Little Rock, Ark., last week in a 48-42 thriller.

    Now the Scots (2-0) turn their attention to Prosper for their final nondistrict test at 7:30 p.m. today at Highlander Stadium.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 12, 2014 | 11:05 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Lady Scots Set to Spike District Foes

    Highland Park fell in four sets to Rockwall-Heath, but hopes for better luck in District 10-6A play. (Photo: Jeff Kane)

    Highland Park fell in four sets to Rockwall-Heath, but hopes for better luck in District 10-6A play. (Photo: Jeff Kane)

    The hope for the Highland Park volleyball team was that a rigid nondistrict schedule would prepare them for the rigors of the Lady Scots’ first season at the 6A classification.

    On Friday, HP can begin to see if that strategy paid off when the Lady Scots host Richardson Berkner in their District 10-6A opener.

    HP (15-10) enters district play without much momentum after consecutive losses to Rockwall-Heath and Southlake Carroll, both in four sets. Heath rallied past the Lady Scots last Friday (24-26, 25-15, 25-21, 25-16), while Carroll proved its status as a state-title contender on Tuesday (25-19, 25-15, 29-31, 25-12).

    However, HP has competed favorably for years against schools with larger enrollments, and its new district isn’t loaded with perennial powerhouses.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 11, 2014 | 3:25 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • The Rotary Club is Out For Blood (Donations)

    RTG6arkTLWhat better way to give of yourself than through a blood donation? The Rotary Club of the Park Cities will sponsor a community blood drive on Friday with the help of Carter BloodCare.

    You can donate either on the third floor of Highland Park Town Hall (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or at the University Park Library (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Appointments are accepted at either location, but they’re not necessary.

    The organizers remind everyone to bring a photo ID, and to drink plenty of fluids during the four hours or so before you give blood.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 11, 2014 | 11:58 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Boardroom Celebrates 10 Years of Grooming

    We're still looking for a way to shoot pool and get a haircut simultaneously. This comes pretty close.

    We’re still looking for a way to shoot pool and get a haircut simultaneously. This comes pretty close.

    The Boardroom Salon is celebrating a decade in business this month, and the company has some contests for freebies on its Facebook page through Sept. 24 as a result.

    The company launched its first location at Southlake Town Square in 2004 and has since grown to include 17 locations throughout Texas, including at Inwood Village. Next year, it will expand outside the state with a location in Nashville.

    As a token of customer appreciation, the company is offering 10 percent off annual memberships purchased in September. Memberships entitle customers to unlimited haircuts and discounts on other services and grooming products.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 10, 2014 | 9:34 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Tootsies Fashion Show Helps Elisa Project

    Tootsies will host a spotlight fashions for a good cause on Saturday, when the boutique at The Plaza at Preston Center opens its doors for The Elisa Project Esteem Fashion Show.

    The event, which begins at 10:30 a.m., will benefit The Elisa Project, a local nonprofit that seeks to promote awareness and prevention of the dangers of eating disorders. The co-chairs for the show are Holly Pellham Davis and her daughter, Landry Davis.

    In addition to the show coordinated by Rhonda Sargent Chambers featuring mother-daughter modeling duos, there will be organic breakfast bites and beverages. Tootsies also will donate 10 percent of its sales during the show to the cause.

    We’re told the show sold out last year, so advanced tickets ($75 for adults and $20 for students or standing room) are recommended. You can get them here or by calling 214-369-5222.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 10, 2014 | 7:36 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Transwestern Abandons Apartment Plans

    Transwestern is hoping to build a six-story luxury apartment complex at the corner of Preston Road and Northwest Highway. (Photo: Transwestern)

    You won’t see this come to fruition at the corner of Northwest Highway and Preston Road. (Photo: Transwestern)

    Real-estate development firm Transwestern has abandoned its plans to build a luxury apartment complex at the northeast corner of Northwest Highway and Preston Road.

    The company had been under contract to purchase about three acres at the site and build a six-story multifamily complex to replace an aging collection of condos and townhomes.

    The decision marks another victory for a group of influential local homeowners, including former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller, who peppered Transwestern with concerns about the proposed height and density of the project on a congested street.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 10, 2014 | 2:15 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • CREW Dallas to Hold Inaugural Awards Dinner

    The Dallas chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women will announce the winner of its Oustanding Achievement Award at its inaugural awards dinner tonight at the Belo Mansion.

    Finalists for this year’s award include Brenda Blake (B&J Financial Services), Brenda Brantley (The LaSalle Group), Julie Brand Lynch (LYNOUS Talent Management), and Leigh Richter (Bradford Commercial Real Estate). The award dates to 1984 and is the highest honor presented by CREW Dallas each year.

    The event also will include a cocktail reception and a keynote address by Brad Montgomery called “Connecting Happiness to Success.”

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 10, 2014 | 11:03 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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