Scots Meet Wolves in Scrimmage Tonight

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Stephen Dieb and the Scots will face Plano West tonight in a scrimmage. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Stephen Dieb and the Scots will face Plano West tonight in a scrimmage. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

With the season opener just a week away, Highland Park players and coaches are ready for their primary dress rehearsal.

That comes tonight, when the Scots scrimmage Plano West at Highlander Stadium. The varsity action likely will begin about 7 p.m.

It will provide a valuable test for an HP roster filled with new faces, including quarterback Henry Allen, who is scheduled to make his first varsity start on Aug. 29 in the Tom Landry Classic against Frisco Centennial.


HPHS Athlete Chairs School Supply Drive

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Jack Kozmetsky

Jack Kozmetsky

Highland Park High School junior Jack Kozmetsky has enough on his plate, with offseason workouts in football and lacrosse and the usual slate of social activities for a teenager.

Yet this summer he’s gone above and beyond by acting as a chairman for School is Cool, a program run by Shared Housing Center that provides school uniforms, shoes, and backpacks with school supplies for homeless children in Dallas.

“Even at this early stage of his life, Jack already exemplifies characteristics of a servant leader,” said Maria Machado, executive director of SHC. “The children at Shared Housing are truly fortunate and blessed to have his guidance, energy and involvement.”

On Saturday, those efforts will culminate with a party for about 300 kids that includes food and games before handing out the goodie bags. You can still donate by stopping by between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at 2625 Floyd St., or by contacting Machado at 214-821-8510 or mmachado@sharedhousing.org.


Scots Youth Clinic to Benefit Gridiron Heroes

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Come to the youth clinic on Saturday and donate to Gridiron Heroes.

Come to the youth clinic on Saturday and donate to Gridiron Heroes.

Highland Park will host its annual youth football clinic on Saturday benefiting Gridiron Heroes, a foundation that provides long-term resources for athletes who have sustained spinal-cord injuries.

Scots players and coaches, including head coach Randy Allen, will oversee drills for boys in grades 1-5 at the school’s indoor practice facility across from Highlander Stadium. After the hourlong event, they will sign autographs.

The event is free, although a donation of $25 is recommended for the foundation. Last year, the clinic raised about $5,000.


SMU Duo Aims to Preserve Pike Park

SMU art history student Nicolas Gonzalez is helping kids with a mural celebrating Pike Park’s legacy. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
SMU art history student Nicolas Gonzalez is helping kids with a mural celebrating Pike Park’s legacy. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Pike Park, nestled amid the Uptown building boom surrounded by the American Airlines Center, Katy Trail, and Harry Hines Boulevard, holds a special place in Mexican-American history.

And Janis Bergman-Carton, along with some elders of the Mexican-American community in Dallas, is working to preserve its legacy.

Bergman-Carton, an associate professor of art history at SMU, became involved with Pike Park when members of the Dallas Mexican American Historical League approached her about sponsoring an exhibition.

MAHL is a grassroots organization that came together in 2008 as a group of 30 people age 50 and up began to realize that the elders of their community were not going to be around much longer.


RIP, Joel Williams Jr.

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Joel Williams Jr.

Joel Williams Jr.

Former University Park mayor Joel Williams Jr., whose son is the current mayor of Highland Park, died this week of pneumonia at age 94.

Williams served as UP mayor for one term beginning in 1982. It was part of a legacy of civic involvement that included a longtime spot on the State Fair of Texas executive board, as well as stints on the Dallas Park Board and boards for the Dallas Arboretum and the Salvation Army. He served on the UP board of commissioners for six years prior to becoming mayor.

Williams also was a founding member of Park Cities Presbyterian Church, where a memorial is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday.


Join SpongeBob in the UP Pool on Friday

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SPONGEBOB-Promo-Art-2The final selection for this summer’s University Park Dive-In Movie series seems appropriate, given its aquatic themes.

The city will host a free screening of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water on Friday at Holmes Aquatic Center. As always, moviegoers are encouraged, but not required, to watch the show from the pool (kids under 13 need to be accompanied by an adult).

You can splash around beginning at 8:30 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. The snack bar will be open.


UP Begins Mosquito Fogging Tonight

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A mosquito sample tested positive for West Nile Virus next to Elena’s Children’s Park, McCulloch Intermediate School/Highland Park Middle School, and Highland Park High School.

In response, UP will fog streets and alleys in the northeast section of the city (near Elena’s Children’s Park) tonight. The city will then fog parks and school campuses on Friday, Aug. 21 and Saturday, Aug. 22. SMU will be fogged on Monday, Aug. 24.

City-wide fogging will then take place on Tuesday, Aug. 25 and Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Fogging on HPISD campuses begins at 9 p.m., while fogging at every other location begins at 11 p.m

The fogging schedule on the website has been updated through the beginning of September, so take a look.


Newsweek Shows Some Love For HPHS

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We’re not the only ones who think Highland Park High School is one of the best high schools in the country. Newsweek thinks so, too.

The magazine listed HPHS among its top 500 high schools in the country in its latest survey, listing it at No. 112. The survey cited the school’s 100 percent graduation rate, the college readiness of its students, test scores, student retention, and student-counselor ratio, among other factors.

You can find the entire list here, which, by the way, includes Highland Park High School in suburban Chicago at No. 263. Take that!


Retiring Smallwood Made Big Impact on UP

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Bud Smallwood, center, was honored on Tuesday with a plaque from University Park Mayor Olin Lane, right, and Mayor Pro Tem Tommy Stewart. (Photo: Steve Mace)

Bud Smallwood, center, was honored on Tuesday with a plaque from University Park Mayor Olin Lane, right, and Mayor Pro Tem Tommy Stewart. (Photo: Steve Mace)

From sewer mains to pump stations, much of Bud Smallwood’s work is done behind the scenes, and not always the target of public accolades.

Still, when the longtime University Park director of public works retires at the end of August after 27 years of spearheading infrastructure projects, city officials say his legacy will leave a mark well beyond his departure.

“He served this city well,” said Bob Livingston, who retired last year after a 23-year stint at UP’s city manager. “He’s always had the best interest of the city at heart. The impact he’s had will be felt for many years.”

Among the accomplishments for the Kansas native are guiding the opening of the Peek Service Center in 1997 and overseeing the reconstruction of Lovers Lane a few years later. He also helped bring in a new booster pump station in 2010. Smallwood also helped start the “mile-per-year plan,” in which UP sets aside money each year for the replacement of about a mile of water and sewer pipes.


The Latest West Nile Case is in 75225

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Fight Bite MosquitoSomeone in the 75225 zip code — which includes most of University Park — has become the fourth human West Nile Virus case in the city of Dallas this year.

As usual with these disclosures, there aren’t many details, other than an initial diagnosis with West Nile Fever. Dallas County Health and Human Services is awaiting confirmation from the state, and won’t supply any more information for now.

The zip code is roughly bordered by Lovers Lane on the south, Walnut Hill Lane on the north, Dallas North Tollway on the west, and North Central Expressway on the east.

As far as spraying for mosquitoes, the city said that existing traps near the human case have not tested positive for WNV, but officials will expand surveillance and place an additional trap near the location for monitoring purposes.


These Youngsters Unleashed an Ambush

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Team members include, left to right, front row: Pete Humrichouse, Carson Runnels, Ethan Scott, Blake Muschalek, Blair Brennan, and Jay Cox. Back row: Kyle Benefield, Asher Wilburn, J.J. Pennington, Riter White, and Cooper Alford. In the back is coach Don Smith.

Team members include, left to right, front row: Pete Humrichouse, Carson Runnels, Ethan Scott, Blake Muschalek, Blair Brennan, and Jay Cox. Second row: Kyle Benefield, Asher Wilburn, J.J. Pennington, Riter White, and Cooper Alford. In the back is coach Don Smith.

The Dallas Ambush 7-on-7 team was not intimidated by the surroundings at AT&T Stadium.

Instead, the team of fifth-graders, many of them from the Park Cities and Preston Hollow, won their age group in the recent Lone Star Youth Championship tournament with a 35-0 win over the Katy All-Stars in the title game.

Don Smith coached the winning squad, while Asher Wilburn was the quarterback. Congratulations to all.


HPISD Officially Calls Bond Election

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Highland Park ISD officially called its November bond election with a unanimous vote at last night’s board meeting. Side note: it was superintendent Tom Trigg and communications director Jon Dahlander’s first official board meeting in their respective roles.