Category: Community

Holmes Aquatic Center Goes to the Dogs

Dogs and their owners enjoy Doggie Splash Day at the Holmes Aquatic Center. (Photo by Dorothy Wood)

Patrons of University's Parks' Holmes Aquatic Center enjoyed one last pool day of the season and this one went to the dogs.

Doggie Splash Day brings pet owners and their pooches out each year for some fun in the sun and the water.

HPDPS Monitoring Fire South of Town

Dallas Fire Rescue is working an active structure fire at Glenwood and Fitzhugh avenues. (Photo by Pat Martin)

The Highland Park Department of Public Safety is monitoring a large structure fire south of the town, Lt. Lance Koppa announced.

"Dallas Fire Rescue (DFR) has an active structure fire at Glenwood and Fitzhugh, just southeast of [Highland Park]," Koppa said in an email. "The wind direction is carrying the smoke in a westward direction, which is causing the strong smoke odor in the area. Our officers are in the area and watching for any falling embers."

Lane Finds Joy in Serving Residents


University Park Mayor Olin Lane. (Courtesy photo)

When University Park Mayor Olin Lane moved to a house on Bryn Mawr Drive in 1936, he could watch traffic on Northwest Highway from his back porch.

The home was at the northern edge of development, with prairie stretching endlessly off to the horizon.

"It was a grassland, and I spent a lot of time in that," 84-year-old Lane said.

Perot Museum Names Diaz Chief Advancement Officer


Julie Diaz
(Photo courtesy Greenhill School)

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science has tapped widely respected nonprofit leader Julie Diaz, best known for her work at Greenhill School and SMU, as its new chief advancement officer.

Diaz, who will assume her duties October 16, will guide and oversee the Museum’s development, membership, sales and marketing departments.

“We are delighted to welcome Julie to the Perot Museum, especially as we approach a key milestone – our fifth year of operation,” said Linda Abraham-Silver, the museum’s Eugene McDermott chief executive officer. “I have no doubt that her deep experience and seasoned leadership skills will help us build upon our existing strengths, innovate our business model and amplify our impact in this community.”

Fate of Robert E. Lee Statue on Hold


City workers cease dismantling of the Robert E. Lee statue in Oak Lawn. (Photo: Taylor Crisler)

A temporary restraining order has put the mandated removal of the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Park in Oak Lawn on hold. Hearing with plaintiff Hiram Patterson is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. tomorrow.

HP Presbyterian Plans Open-Concept Renovation

From left, Rev. Bryan Dunagan and Clay Sell. (Photo: Lorelei Day)

On Sunday mornings at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, traffic inside can seem almost as bad as on the roads used to get there.

While church members can’t do much to solve Dallas thoroughfares and expressways, they have plans for improving the flow inside for those headed to worship and Bible study.

The Campus Vision plan calls for adding 35,000 square feet and renovating the 190,000-square-foot site. On the west block, 1.5 acres of open landscape will sit above a 350-spot underground parking lot.

Additions include an open central gathering area, new children and student areas, and more classrooms, offices, and meeting rooms. Renovations will address overall flow with new lighting, windows, and other updates.

Parade Impact: $44,000 to Fight Hunger

From left: Rotarian Daniel Jacob; Bill Goodwin, of U.S. Trust; Simon Powell, of North Texas Food Bank; Charles Pruitt, widower of Jan Pruitt, who led the food bank for years, and Pam Carvey, president of the Rotary Club of Park Cities, celebrate Independence Day in Goar Park. With parade day contributions of $2,000 added to $20,000 in leadership gifts and matching funds from other foundations, $44,000 was provided to the NTFB. (Courtesy photo)

The Fourth of July may have been several weeks ago, but the causes the Rotary Club of Park Cities sought to support with its annual Independence Day parade are important all year long.

“It’s intended to be a family-building event that’s centered around patriotism,” club member Philip Bankhead said. The parade and festivities also provided an opportunity to draw $44,000 in support for a cause the Rotarians have been focused on for several years now: alleviating hunger.