July 24, 2014

  • Churches: NDSM Benefits Outweigh Restrictions

    (Source: North Dallas Shared Ministries’ 2013 Annual Report)

    (Source: North Dallas Shared Ministries’ 2013 Annual Report)

    Since 1983, North Dallas Shared Ministries has helped those in need with food, clothing, medical, and financial assistance. But how those seeking help get approved — or not approved — for services has caused a bit of discussion among the philanthropic crowd.

    By its nature, the center works with clients in specific areas.

    “We do zip-code verification to get financial assistance,” said executive director Judy Rorrie, who has worked with NDSM essentially since its founding. “They have to live in one of the 20 zip codes that we serve.”

    From looking at the organization’s Facebook page, the fruits of their good work is evident: photos from charity events such as food drives with Ursuline Academy and the Episcopal School of Dallas abound.

    But there are also concerns voiced through reviews and posts to the page. One commenter claimed he was turned down due to his “debt-to-income ratio.” But Rorrie says no such “ratio” is used.

    Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 24, 2014 | 9:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 23, 2014

  • Tool Sheds, Drought Plans, and Budgets, Oh My!

    Here’s what’s up for grabs at the Highland Park public works committee meeting tomorrow morning. Drexel Drive. 8 a.m. You know what to do:

    Public Works Agenda

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 23, 2014 | 4:37 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Patrons Leave Notes on Ballet School Window

    Reflective windows make for shiny pictures, but you can see the sweet messages left where Dallas Metropolitan Ballet once stood. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    Reflective windows make for shiny pictures, but you can see the sweet messages left where Dallas Metropolitan Ballet once stood. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    Hearts across the Park Cities are undoubtedly breaking due to the retirement of Ann Etgen and Bill Atkinson, longtime directors of Dallas Metropolitan Ballet on Hillcrest Avenue. The school sat in its street-facing lot in Snider Plaza for decades. Though the lot is now vacated and the signs are down, patrons have decorated the windows with thank-you notes and pictures. Did you take classes at Metropolitan? Tell us some of your memories.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 23, 2014 | 3:35 pm | 3 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Dangers of Valet Parking Increase by One

    Valet parking is a necessity in and around Dallas, whether you love it or hate it — and in the Park Cities, especially.

    I, personally, have a tendency to distrust handing my keys to a stranger who’s also handling countless other keys.

    But apparently, there are some valet attendants around town who are willing to risk their lives to protect your vehicle. 

    At 4:06 p.m. on July 10, a customer left their vehicle running with the door open to drop off at the valet station at the Hilton Dallas/Park Cities near Preston Center. A thief then jumped in the car in an attempt to drive off.  Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 23, 2014 | 11:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Save Your Teenager’s Wet Phone?

    Once upon a time, an SMU senior was on a spring-break ski trip with her friends. That senior left her cellular device a little too close to the jacuzzi one night during the trip. Upon her return to the Hilltop, she suffered the tragic loss of her cell phone to water damage. Park Cities problems, amirite?

    Now, before you judge me too harshly for my lack of thinking on that trip, I’m willing to bet that many of your teenagers — or perhaps you yourself — have felt the pain of a cell phone that has succumbed to water damage. We’ve all tried the tech-age adage of putting your phone in a bag of rice. Not so helpful.

    That’s why I thought you all would want to know that there’s a kiosk in Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville — I know, north of 635 — that claims to be able to save your phone. DryBox Rescue looks a bit like a RedBox kiosk, but instead of spitting out DVDs, it gives you a dry cell phone instead. Apparently, it takes 30 minutes if you bring your phone in within three days of the water damage.

    Does it work? Is it actually effective? I have no idea. I haven’t tried it myself. But it might be better than that bag of rice if you’re in a jam. Anyone know of any places a little closer to home that can salvage your phone?


    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 23, 2014 | 10:28 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Learn About Nixon at HPUMC’s ‘Authors Live’

    rsz_the_nixon_defensecover_largeThe next installment of Highland Park United Methodist Church’s “Authors Live” series will feature John W. Dean and his book, “The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It” on Wednesday, Aug. 6.

    Dean was legal counsel to President Nixon during that whole Watergate-scandal thing and testified before the Senate. The release of the book is meant to coincide with the event’s 40th anniversary this year.

    As always, the free event takes place at the church at 7 p.m. But if you’d like to pay $30 — which includes a copy of the book — and attend a reception at 6 p.m., make your reservations here or call (214) 523-2240.  You can buy a book and get it signed afterward.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 23, 2014 | 8:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • UP Girl in the Running at Junior Olympics

    Jordyn Kaplan of University Park will run in two events at the USATF National Junior Olympics this week.

    Jordyn Kaplan of University Park will run in two events at the USATF National Junior Olympics this week.

    University Park resident Jordyn Kaplan is among the area runners in the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships this week in suburban Houston.

    Kaplan, who trains with the SpeedKidz youth team at Germany Park, will run in the 4×800 relay in the girls 13-14 age division today as part of a quartet including fellow UP resident Sophie Hung, along with Elise Welch of Dallas and Eva Wilk of Plano.

    On Thursday, Kaplan will race against the top 40 girls in her age group in the country in the preliminaries for the 1,500 meters. She qualified with a time of 5 minutes, 4 seconds at a regional meet last month in San Marcos. The finals for the event will be on Sunday at Turner Stadium in Humble. You can find a complete list of events and entries here.

    Kaplan will be a freshman at Highland Park High School this fall.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 23, 2014 | 4:28 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 22, 2014

  • Parade of Playhouses To Kick Off at NorthPark

    Dallas CASA’s 19th annual Parade of Playhouse will kick off August 1 at NorthPark Center. The event, presented by the ORIX Foundation, will feature 11 children’s playhouses on display throughout the mall.

    Each playhouse is designed and built by local architects, home designers, corporations, and organizations. Visitors may purchase raffle tickets for $5 each, or five for $20, for a chance to win one of the houses. Proceeds from raffle sales will benefit Dallas CASA, an organization that advocates for the best interest of abused and neglected children living under protective care of the courts.

    The raffle drawing will take place on the final day of the parade, August 17. Visit Dallas CASA’s website for more information.

    By Claire Kelley Jul. 22, 2014 | 3:26 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • All Scots Games Will Be on TV This Year

    If you can’t make it to the Highland Park football games this fall, you will only need a remote or a DVR to watch all the action.

    For the first time, the Scots will have all 10 of their regular-season games broadcast on television thanks to an agreement between HPISD and independent station KTXD-TV (Channel 47). The broadcasts will be produced by Bear Wire Video, which is based in Preston Hollow.

    The games won’t be shown live because of UIL stipulations, but will air on a tape-delayed basis at 11 p.m. on Fridays and noon on Saturdays, with the exception of the season opener against Frisco Centennial as part of the Tom Landry Classic. That game will be played on a Saturday (Aug. 30), so the broadcast times will be pushed back accordingly.

    As they say, check with your cable or satellite provider to find the correct channel number.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 22, 2014 | 1:24 pm | 2 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Don’t Freak Out at HPHS Drill Tomorrow

    From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, a training exercise in an active threat or mass casualty will take place at Highland Park High School. Repeat: this is only a drill. Remain calm.

    But, drivers and residents alike will undoubtedly see police, fire, and emergency vehicles at the scene. Westchester Drive will be closed to traffic from Emerson Avenue to Grassmere Lane for the duration. Yes, there will be traffic barriers and signs.

    The exercise will include the University Park fire and police departments, Highland Park DPS, and SMU police. Stay safe out there, everybody.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 22, 2014 | 12:11 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
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