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UP’s Citizen of the Year is …

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Eddy Moore

Eddy Moore

The City of University Park has announced Eddy Moore as the 2016 Citizen of the Year. The chair of the City’s Board of Adjustment, Moore was described in a nomination letter as “… the utmost champion of University Park’s causes.”

Among Moore’s several volunteer and philanthropic endeavors, he is a graduate of the Leadership University Park program and chairs the UP Community League. He was recently named


Roadwork to Close Portion of Preston Road

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Road-Work-Scheduled-300x225The intersection of Versailles Avenue and Preston Road will be closed for roadwork starting June 27.

Drivers will have access to Douglas Avenue for entry and exit along the 4200 block of Versailles Avenue.

Roadwork in that area is expected to last three weeks.


A Fond Farewell

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This month is a time for celebrations: graduations and the start of summer and fried chicken. We’re featuring our impressive high school standouts with our graduation coverage on page 10. Summer is about fun, creativity, and exploration — just in time for the new creative space SPARK to open to the public (page 39), while culinary hometown favorite Gene Street opens his new “homey” Street’s Fine Chicken (page 17).

Summer is also a time for change, and we have a big change afoot here at People Newspapers: we’re losing our Editor and Art Director Elizabeth Ygartua. Elizabeth is going to work for an international travel company with a mission; how can we compete with that? She has been the perfect blend of talent, with experience in writing and editing, but also real knack for design. She’s got a great work ethic and a wonderful personality.


A Classic Take On Summer Concerts

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Transport yourself back to the 18th century with free classical music concerts hosted by the Fine Arts Chamber Players. The 36th annual Basically Beethoven Festival will bring the sounds of Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin and others to the Dallas City Performance Hall every Sunday in July.

All concerts will start at 2:30 p.m. with a Rising Star performance by young and gifted local artists. A feature performance by professional musicians will immediately follow. Doors open at 2 p.m.

Throughout the year FACP hosts other free family programs like the monthly Bancroft Family Concert at the Dallas Museum of Art from October to May. FACP’s educational outreach programs provide music classes and performances in public schools.

For a specific show schedule and more information visit the event page.


Residents Combat Dallas Human Trafficking

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Diana Hamilton, Circle of Friends Membership Chair, Elizabeth Gambrell, Circle of Friends President, Katie Pedigo, New Friends New Life CEO

Diana Hamilton, Circle of Friends Membership Chair, Elizabeth Gambrell, Circle of Friends President, Katie Pedigo, New Friends New Life CEO

Park Cities residents are making strides to end human trafficking in Dallas and support teens and women who have fallen victim to the international crime.

New Friends New Life is a Dallas-based nonprofit that provides support and empowerment to trafficked and commercially exploited individuals and their families.

Their annual membership drive to join their partner group, Circle of Friends, raises money for the organization’s mission. Circle of Friends hosts community awareness, volunteer and fundraising events in the area. Membership dues directly support empowerment and restoration programs. 


HPISD Breaks Ground on Fifth Elementary

HPISD Board of Trustee members and Dallas City Councilwoman Jennifer Staubach Gates break ground on the district's newest elementary school. (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua) 0
HPISD Board of Trustee members and Dallas City Councilwoman Jennifer Staubach Gates break ground on the district's newest elementary school. (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua)

HPISD hosted an official groundbreaking ceremony for the new elementary school in the former Northway Christian Church lot on June 20, with representatives from the board, the city of Dallas, the facilities advisory committee, and the new school’s neighbors in attendance.

Guests were treated to a performance from the UP Elementary Choir, who will be some of the first students to attend the new school when it opens next August.

Renderings of the building’s facade were on display during the ceremony. After the groundbreaking, Jonathan Aldis of Stantec, the architecture firm hired by the board, explained to onlookers certain adjustments that had been made since the hearing at Dallas City Hall in May for the city’s approval to rezone the property – a process that Dallas City Councilwoman Jennifer Staubach Gates, who represents District 13 where the school is located, described as “epic”. 


HP Approves Law Enforcement Mutual Aid

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Highland Park Town Council met at 8 a.m. this morning for an emergency session to discuss deployment of security personnel relating to an event that could attract a large crowd. After a closed session meeting, the council unanimously approved the item and the authorization to coordinate with the City of Dallas for emergency public safety purposes.

An agreement was presented before the Council to allow the Town of Highland Park and the City of Dallas to form the HPDPS/DPD Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Team. According to the agreement, “The purpose of the team is to cooperate in the investigation of criminal activity; enforcement of the laws of this State; and, to protect health, life and property from riot, disaster, threat of concealed explosives, unlawful assembly characterized by force and violence or threatened violence.”


Trump Fundraiser in HP Village Next Week? Nope.

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UPDATE: Nancy Nichols spoke with Ray Washburne today, who confirmed he is not hosting a Trump fundraiser. Check out her updated post for his side of the story.

Nancy Nichols over at D Magazine wrote this morning that Latino activist Carlos Quintanilla of Accion American is calling for a boycott of Ray Washburne’s restaurants Mi Cocina and Taco Diner amid word that during Donald Trump’s visit to Dallas next Thursday, Washburne – who is the national vice chairman of the Trump Victory Fund – might be hosting a Trump fundraiser. Nichols says the fundraiser might take place at Mi Cocina.


UP Country Musician Making the Charts

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UP native Laura Houle plays the Texas fiddle in Flatland Cavalry. (Photo: Landen Luna/New Slang)

UP native Laura Houle plays the Texas fiddle in Flatland Cavalry. (Photo: Landen Luna/New Slang)

University Park native and Texas fiddler Laura Houle was blown away when she discovered that her band Flatland Cavalry’s newest album, “Humble Folks,” was No. 2 on the iTunes country music charts on April 1, the same day it was released.

“I honestly didn’t even know what was happening,” she said.

The Highland Park High School class of 2009 alumna met the lead singer of the band, Cleto Cordero, and guitarist Reid Dillon, four years ago at a house party in Lubbock, where she was studying for her master’s degree in music at Texas Tech.

She happened to bring her fiddle to the party and ended up playing with the guys. A few months later they asked her to play with them again, then invited her to join their group.

While Houle’s father played the guitar and piano, she found herself drawn to the violin. She started taking lessons in second grade at Hyer Elementary, and played in the orchestra in middle and high school.