Category: Community

Bradfield Elementary Designs Begin to Take Shape


Courtesy: HPISD

After months of meetings to gather input from parent groups and neighbors, designs for the new Bradfield Elementary are beginning to take shape.

The school is on schedule to be rebuilt during the 2018-19 school year.
It will feature larger classrooms, flexible learning spaces, and appropriately-sized core spaces, including the library, cafeteria, and gymnasium.
Additional design objectives:
  • Increasing the amount of active play area
  • Retaining as many existing mature trees as possible
  • Retaining some of the historic elements of the existing building's façade
  • Improving traffic congestion in the surrounding neighborhood as much as possible
  • Creating a front-yard social space for parents, students, and the community
  • Directing all pedestrian traffic to Southern Avenue rather than Mockingbird
  • Having dedicated underground parking for staff

Carillonneurs to Converge in Dallas


Highland Park United Methodist Church’s bourdon, midrange, and treble bells hang in the belfry. (Photo: Chirag Sainju)

Late one afternoon, John Acker unlocked the back door of Highland Park United Methodist Church, walked through the sanctuary, climbed the stairs to the balcony, then mounted a perilously narrow 38-step spiral staircase to reach the carillon keyboard that controls 48 bronze bells in the belfry.

In 1984, when it was installed, the four-octave Porter Memorial Carillon was the largest in Texas. Its lowest bass bell, the bourdon, weighs 2 1/2 tons and highest treble bell, 28 pounds.

Replacement of the instrument cast in the three-centuries-old foundry Fonderie Paccard would cost an estimated three quarters of a million dollars.

National Night Out Canceled


Highland Park police officers meet with residents during National Night Out festivities at Highland Park Village. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Both Highland Park and University Park National Night Out events that were scheduled for tonight are canceled due to projected weather conditions.

It has not been confirmed whether the events will be rescheduled.

Brinker Focused On Cancer Fight


Nancy Brinker describes herself as intense, passionate, and grateful. “I have enormous gratitude to my parents and for being an American.” (Courtesy photo)

As the organization she founded to honor her sister’s memory reaches its 35th anniversary, Nancy Brinker gets asked how close Susan G. Komen is to reducing breast cancer in the United States by half over the next 10 years.

“We’ve taken big steps,” she said. “We need to take more.”

It is an ambitious goal, but Brinker draws inspiration from a more socially connected world and the increased awareness for which Komen is responsible.

“This era where patients are taking more command of their diseases or prevention or treatment is huge,” she said. “I’m very hopeful.”

La Fiesta Presents Donation Check to HP Arts


2017 La Fiesta Co-chair Nancy Monning, former HP Arts President Dana Manley, 2017 La Fiesta Co-chair Rebecca Gregory, and 2017-18 HP Arts President Kelli Miller.

La Fiesta de la Seis Banderas presented HP Arts with a $60,000 donation to fund HPISD arts programs, technology, and new lighting in the MIS/HPMS auditorium.

With the help of La Fiesta's continued partnership, HP Arts will begin its 31st year of service in HPISD.

HPISD PEC Announces Program Featuring Renowned Author


Courtesy HPISD

The Highland Park ISD Parent Education Committee will host Ashley Merryman for a program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 at McCulloch Intermediate School.

Co-author of two New York Times best-sellers, NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children and Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing, she has had an array of critical and commercial acclaim.

DART Rebates to Fund Roadwork


(Illustration: William Bubba Flint)

A three-year conversation about whether Highland Park and University Park would remain in the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system has secured about $33 million for capital improvement projects in the Park Cities.

The funding will come in the form of a rebate from the voter-approved one-cent sales tax shoppers in both cities pay to DART and a match from the Regional Transportation Council.

University Park Mayor Olin Lane Jr. said the deal with DART had become lopsided. “We wanted it to be more equitable for us,” he said.

Lane said when UP became a charter member of DART 30 years ago, the city had 10 to 12 bus routes. Today, the city has two.