Category: Community

Katy Trail, Mockingbird Station Connection Bridge Causes Traffic Delays


Photo: Lorelei Day

Construction continues to progress on the pedestrian bridge in the 5300 block of Mockingbird Lane. The bridge will connect the Katy Trail with Mockingbird Station.

Drivers in the area may experience periodic delays as crews put the finishing touches on the mid-section of the cantilever cable bridge.

Construction updates will be provided regularly.

Former Crystal Charity Ball Chairman Joins Young Women’s Preparatory Network


Christie Carter. (Photo: Jeanne Prejean, My Sweet Charity)

Christie Carter, seasoned Dallas philanthropist, has been hired as the director of external affairs at Young Women’s Preparatory Network.

Carter will be in charge of developing key relationships with individuals in the community while strengthening visibility and engagement among constituents. Born and raised in Dallas, she is a graduate of Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Along with her many philanthropic endeavors throughout the Dallas community, she currently serves on many boards, including Dallas CASA, Community Partners Auxiliary, and the Dallas Chamber Symphony.

Photos: Park Cities 4th of July Parade

(Photo: Chris McGathey)

Early morning rains gave way to sunny skies July 4, allowing Park Cities residents to come together and celebrate America. The Rotary Club of Park Cities threw an Independence Day bash featuring decorated floats and plenty of red, white, and blue!

Troop 68 Celebrates Four New Eagle Scouts


Troop 68, which held its Court of Honor at Highland Park United Methodist Church, celebrated four Scouts who recently obtained the Eagle rank, Scoutings' highest.

Kyle Kurtz

Kyle William Kurtz
School: Highland Park High School
Parents: Kevin and Katherine Kurtz
Eagle Project: Kyle, 18, worked with the SPCA of North Texas. His team built two sets of dig boxes and hoola hoop obstacle equipment to enhance the dogs' play time. The goal: helping them build confidence and minimize boredom and thereby improve overall behavior. Kyle's SPCA dog, Heidi, was the inspiration for the project.

Back from the Abyss


Kelly Simone her two boys have a place to live thanks to help from TI and Interfaith Family Services. (Courtesy photo)

A little more than a year ago, “Kelly Simone” (who did not want her real name used) was laid off from her welding job at a Virginia shipyard. At the time, she’d been suffering from complications related to a cesarean section that forced her to miss time from work.

While losing her job was not a good thing, Simone had little reason to think it would be more than a temporary setback. She had seven years of work experience, a committed partner with whom she shared two young boys, and $10,000 in savings.

The family soon decided to relocate to North Texas. Job opportunities looked good in the area, and Simone had family in the state. She never imagined the events that were about to unfold.

HP Footballers Make Young Fan’s Day


Two-year-old Quint Adams was excited to see a group of Highland Park High School football players during the Park Cities Fourth of July parade. When his mother Kara Adams asked one of them to take a picture, the whole group joined in.

"Our son was amazed by these HP football players. (They are) true role models for these little guys," Adams said.

HP Favors Traditional Colors

New 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs will replace three Highland Park patrol vehicles. (Courtesy Pursuit Safety Inc.)

The navy blue on three new patrol cruisers Highland Park purchased looks so dark some town leaders mistook it for black.

“I promise you that’s blue, sir,” Capt. Chuck Gore assured Mayor Joel T. Williams III and the Town Council.

When it comes to public safety vehicles, council members have definite opinions about colors; they don’t want police cars that remind them of the Oakland Raiders, nor fire engines that could belong to Texas Tech.

The town is replacing three 2013 patrol vehicles with 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs.

Nasher Sculpture Center Announces Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony


The Nasher Sculpture Center announced its fall 2017 exhibition, Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony, will be on view from Sept. 16 - January 7, 2018.

Initially organized by the Noguchi Museum in New York, the exhibition centers on an immersive environment representing Sachs’ distinctive reworking of chanoyu, or traditional Japanese tea ceremony—including the myriad elements essential to that intensely ritualistic universe. Sachs has also produced a complete alternative material culture of Tea—from bowls and ladles, scroll paintings and vases, to a motorized tea whisk, a shot clock, and an electronic brazier. During the course of the exhibition, the Nasher will present a series of public demonstrations in which special collaborators trained by the artist will perform tea ceremony for a few guests. The walls of the tea house will be removed for the occasion, enabling visitors to watch the ceremony as it unfolds.

Local Homeless Youths Aspire for Higher Education

Graduates during the 22nd Kids' University ceremony. (Photos: Imani Chet Lytle)

Rainbow Days, Inc. and University of Texas at Dallas hosted the 22nd annual Kids’ University summer camp Graduation Ceremony on June 22 at the UTD campus.

Through diverse classroom experiences such as robotics, geology, engineering and more, Kids’ University teaches participants to aim for higher learning, while improving their academic, social and developmental skills. On the final day of each Kids’ University session, children wore brightly colored caps and gowns and walked the stage to receive their Kids’ University diplomas from UT Dallas Vice President of Diversity and Community Engagement Dr. George W. Fair. Graduates also heard commencement speeches from prominent and inspiring community figures like Tory Gant from Just Say YES and Robert Barkers, an American Airlines First Officer.