September 2, 2014

  • Reminder: HP’s Water Restrictions in Effect Now

    This is your friendly reminder that Highland Park’s newest water restrictions went into effect yesterday. Here’s a quick recap:

    • No watering on Mondays
    • Even-numbered households can water Sundays and Thursdays
    • Odd-numbered households can water Saturdays and Wednesdays
    • Non-residential customers can water Tuesdays and Fridays

    Highland Park is under “Stage One” restrictions, which prohibits over-seeding with cool-season grasses, hydro-mulching (except for new construction/erosion control), and runoff watering.

    Exceptions include areas the DPS has deemed “associated with public safety,” foundations and new plantings, irrigation repair, and necessary property improvements.

    For more info, check out all the fine print here.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 2, 2014 | 5:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HP Committee to Discuss Borrowing Money

    The Highland Park Town Council, as well as its various committees, has spent plenty of time this summer discussing a strategy to fund capital improvement projects for the next five years. Basically, there’s not enough money to fund everything that needs to be done to the infrastructure and elsewhere, even with an expected increase in property values.

    The latest committee to take its hacks will be the Administrative Committee, which meets at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the executive conference room at Town Hall. They’ll be vetting recommendations from the Finance and Audit Committee, which suggested earlier this month that the town consider issuing debt to fund some projects.

    This would be a significant step, of course, because HP hasn’t borrowed money in 30 years. But the recommendations from the finance committee point out that it’s also a fairly low-risk method of funding given the favorable market for interest rates and the likelihood of the town receiving a high bond rating.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 2, 2014 | 4:16 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • More Mosquito Fogging Headed For UP Tonight

    Tell this guy to buzz off.

    Tell this guy to buzz off.

    Mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile Virus were found next to four HPISD campuses: Hyer Elementary, University Park Elementary, Highland Park Middle School, and Highland Park High School.

    In response, University Park will fog for mosquitoes for three nights in a row, beginning tonight. Here’s a breakdown of the schedule:

    Streets and alleys will be sprayed beginning 11 p.m. tonight through Thursday night.

    All four campuses will be sprayed beginning at 11 p.m. on Friday, and then at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    As always, find more “Fight the Bite” tips here.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 2, 2014 | 12:19 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • He’s the Voice of Reason on ‘Cheaters’

    He’s the Voice of Reason on ‘Cheaters’

    Bob Magruder worked under Dan Rather in radio many years ago before launching a lengthy career as a voice-over actor. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Strangers don’t typically recognize Bob Magruder’s face. His voice is a different story.

    Magruder has made a career out of those deep, distinct intonations that have shaped roles such as the narrator on the television show “Cheaters,” a post he’s held for the past 15 years.

    It’s also allowed him to stay busy with voice parts in movies, commercials, industrial films, audio books, Christian programs, and cartoons. And at age 82, Magruder has no desire to slow down as long as his windpipe allows. Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 2, 2014 | 11:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Burglaries Might Have Led to High-Speed Chase

    A high-speed chase involving a Highland Park Department of Public Safety officer on Saturday night may have been connected to a series of burglaries in the area on the same evening.

    The incident began at 11:49 p.m. in the 4500 block of Abbott Avenue, when a patrol cop spotted a silver 2012 Toyota Camry stopped with its high-beams on. The car began moving slowly, then ran a stop sign at the intersection of Abbott and Knox Street, prompting the officer to turn on his strobe lights and siren.

    The car stopped at the intersection of Knox and North Central Expressway, but didn’t pull over. It then headed northbound on Central, reaching speeds close to 100 mph while weaving erratically through traffic.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 2, 2014 | 11:12 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 1, 2014

  • Dallas Met Ballet Studio Closes After 54 Years

    Dallas Met Ballet Studio Closes After 54 Years

    Patrons have left loving notes on the windows of the ballet studio. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    For years, drivers on Hillcrest Avenue have been able to spot tiny ballerinas shuffling in and out of Dallas Metropolitan Ballet on Hillcrest Avenue. But this summer, many passersby found the doors closed and the signs taken down.

    In their place, parents and young dancers alike have left kind notes in pastel colors all over the windows.

    “Thank you for helping me to become the ballerina that I am today,” one message reads.

    The messages remind all those who stop by that longtime owners Ann Etgen and Bill Atkinson have finally decided to retire.

    “It was a pleasure,” Atkinson said of running the studio.

    He and his partner, Etgen, built their own careers as dancers in New York, Canada, and South America before opening the doors of their studio in 1960. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 1, 2014 | 11:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 30, 2014

  • Burgin, Scots Shut Out Centennial in Opener

    HP receiver Campbell Brooks caught three touchdown passes against Frisco Centennial. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    HP receiver Campbell Brooks caught three touchdown passes against Frisco Centennial. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    With a program built on tradition, Highland Park got back to its traditional season-opening result at the Tom Landry Classic on Saturday.

    The Scots did so in emphatic fashion by crushing Frisco Centennial 47-0 at Ford Stadium, earning their 10th victory in 13 tries in the Landry event.

    HP lost each of the past two openers against Aledo, including 44-3 a year ago, but dominated the Titans from start to finish behind an experienced offense and an aggressive defense.

    Brooks Burgin rushed for three touchdowns but was even more prolific through the air. Burgin completed 17 of 23 passes for 326 yards and three scores before exiting midway through the third quarter with the rest of the starting unit.

    All three of Burgin’s touchdown passes went to Campbell Brooks, who had seven receptions total for 155 yards.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 30, 2014 | 11:06 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Highland House Proposal Withdrawn

    Crosland Group is proposing a 22-story luxury apartment complex, called Highland House, in the 8200 block of Westchester Drive. (Photo: Crosland Group

    This rendering shows Preston Center as it will never be. (Photo: Crosland Group)

    Remember Highland House? Chances are if you live around Preston Center, you do. It was the proposed 23-story apartment building proposed by the Crosland Group that was scaled back a couple of times in response to opposition from community members over its height and density.

    That same opposition led to the Dallas Plan Commission tabling the necessary rezoning case this spring to pave the way for a land-use study for the Preston Center area. Now comes word that Crosland has withdrawn its plans for the Westchester space, and that the land has been sold to former Dallas City Council candidate Leland Burk.

    The Dallas Morning News has more details on the latest development in this ongoing saga.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 30, 2014 | 12:57 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 29, 2014

  • Scots Ready For Centennial Season Opener

    Kevin Ken is one of the top returning receivers this season for Highland Park. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Kevin Ken is one of the top returning receivers this season for Highland Park. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    For the 13th straight year, Highland Park will open its season in the Tom Landry Classic.

    With a 9-3 record in their previous 12 appearances in the annual neutral-site event, the Scots have more wins than any school in its history. They also have more losses.

    HP was probably eager for a retooling of the matchups this season after losing decisively to Aledo in each of the past two openers, including 44-3 last year.

    But the point of the Landry event is strong competition, and so Frisco Centennial won’t offer much of a break for the Scots as they prepare for a historic jump to Class 6A later this season. The game is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at SMU’s Ford Stadium.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 29, 2014 | 7:39 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Orr: Decision on State Funding Benefits Students

    Dawson Orr

    Dawson Orr

    Count Highland Park ISD superintendent Dawson Orr among those who support yesterday’s ruling of State District Judge John Dietz, which again declared state’s school finance system unconstitutional.

    Attorney general Greg Abbott is expected to appeal the ruling, which is scheduled to take effect next summer, to the Texas Supreme Court. The judgment reaffirms a decision Dietz made in February 2013 before he revisited the issue to examine changed made by the Texas Legislature in 2013.

    “We’ve all known for years that the school finance system is broken. Judge Dietz’s ruling supported that sentiment,” Orr said in a statement. “While we fully expect the ruling to be appealed to the Texas Supreme Court, we hope the Texas Legislature will not wait to provide the resources our students deserve. Despite a likely appeal, this ruling represents an important step for the school children of Texas.”

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    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 29, 2014 | 4:34 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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