Saturday is Park Cities Recycling Day


It’s a beautiful weekend for fall cleaning, so the annual Park Cities community recycling event is coming along at just the right time.

On Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at Highland Park Middle School, crews will be on hand to dispose of paper products and electronics. You can find a list of some acceptable items here.

There also will be a Goodwill Industries truck on hand accepting used household items (in working condition) and gently used clothes that aren’t torn or stained. And remember, donations are tax-deductible.

Nancy Nasher Is A Texas Trailblazer


Nancy Nasher copyThe Family Place’s 20th Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon recognized a name well-known throughout Dallas and a PH resident: Nancy Nasher. The luncheon was held on Oct. 1, helping kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Award recognizes a local individual who as, as the name implies, blazed a trail for other to follow. The award honors those who create positive change in the community and outstanding leaders. So it was only fitting to add Nasher to the list of recipients.

Co-owner of NorthPark with her husband David J.Haemisegger, Nasher is an avid supporters of Dallas arts and education. She holds many leadership roles with many organizations. Along with hosting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Dallas Race for the Cure since 1995, Nasher’s philanthropical side extends to many organizations.


Lady Scots Face Showdown With Pearce

Falyn Reaugh is one of the kill leaders for HP, which travels to Richardson Pearce tonight.

Falyn Reaugh is one of the kill leaders for HP, which travels to Richardson Pearce tonight.

Highland Park will wrap up the first half of the District 10-6A schedule tonight when it travels to Richardson Pearce. The match could also provide a clear-cut frontrunner for the district title.

The two unbeaten rivals are tied atop the league standings approaching the halfway mark, and although tonight’s meeting won’t be as critical as the regular-season finale on Oct. 27 at HP, it will separate the 10-6A leaders for the first time. Last year, the Mustangs won both matches against the Lady Scots to claim the crown.

HP has swept all but one of its district opponents so far, including North Mesquite on Sept. 25 and Mesquite on Tuesday. Against the Stallions, Falyn Reaugh had 13 kills, Madeline Bonnet added eight digs, Landry Ray posted 20 assists, and Jordan Westendorff tallied four aces. In the Mesquite match, team leaders included Peyton Eisnaugle (14 kills), Ray (20 assists), Bonnet (eight digs), and Greer Gordon (five aces).

Scots Hit the Road to Tackle Pearce

Highland Park will look to remain undefeated in District 10-6A play tonight when the Scots travel to play Richardson Pearce. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Highland Park will look to remain undefeated in District 10-6A play tonight when the Scots travel to play Richardson Pearce. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

After playing two home games and twice at neutral sites so far this season, Highland Park will face its first true road test tonight against Richardson Pearce.

The Scots (3-1, 1-0) will enter the game with some momentum after rallying late for a 28-27 win over previously unbeaten North Mesquite in their District 10-6A opener last week.

HP was far from perfect in that game, struggling on defense early and on offense for most of the second half, but the Scots showed toughness during the comeback, which was capped by a 12-yard pass from Henry Allen to Cy McCullough with 2:12 remaining in the game.

One Month Until Election Day


Election day is just around the proverbial corner. That means one month left before we officially know how this HP Bond Package issue will end. Early voting will take place on October 19-30 at various locations. On Nov. 3, voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the four HPISD elementary schools and HP Middle School.

Just in case you haven’t registered yet, make sure you have it on your immediate to-do list, because registration ends on Oct. 5.

Tollway Ramps Closed This Weekend


Tollway maintenance, 10-3 to 10-4The North Texas Tollway Authority is planning some maintenance work on multiple ramps along the Dallas North Tollway this weekend, including those at Mockingbird Lane, Lemmon Avenue, and Wycliff Avenue.

From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, the northbound entrance ramp from Mockingbird and the southbound entrance ramp from Lemmon will be closed. During the same times on Sunday, the work will shift to the southbound entrance ramp from Mockingbird and the northbound entrance ramp from Wycliff.

The NTTA will continue collecting tolls during the disruption, however.

HPHS Recognizes 54 Students


HPHS Scholars copyHPHS has some smart cookies in those halls. Of course, we already knew that, but some reinforcement never hurts. Congratulations to the 47 seniors named National Merit Commended Students, and the seven students who earned National Hispanic Scholar honors. Keep cracking those books.

The Family Place Announces Campaign

The Ann Moody Place

The Ann Moody Place

The Family Place’s 20th Texas Trailblazers Award Luncheon did more than just honor some noteworthy people today.

The organization has announced plans for a $13 million capital campaign to rebuild a 50,000 square-foot building to become the Central Dallas Counseling Center. This was soon followed by the announcement that the Moody Foundation has already kicked-off the campaign through a $5 million gift.

To be named the Ann Moody Place, the Central Dallas Counseling Center will expand victim counseling services and place administrative offices in a more accessible location. The building will include an emergency shelter with 40 beds, and a centralized hotline/call center for placing clients in shelters and scheduling counseling appointments. The Family Place plans to start renovations by March 2016.

The Family Place works in the Dallas area to empower victims of family violence with housing, counseling and programs to create independence. To learn more about how you can be involved with this organization, or how you can contribute to the new center, click here.


CKS Earns Blue Ribbon Honor

Gloria Cain, former superintendent of the Diocese of Dallas schools office, celebrated the school's Blue Ribbon designation this week. (Photo: Christ the King School)

Gloria Cain, former superintendent of the Diocese of Dallas schools office, celebrated the school’s Blue Ribbon designation this week. (Photo: Christ the King School)

Christ the King Catholic School is one of 50 private schools nationwide to be designated as a Blue Ribbon School of Academic Excellence this year by the U.S. Department of Education.

The school south of Preston Center, which serves kindergarten through eighth grade, earned the honor based on student achievement on standardized tests, as well as an evaluation of curriculums, best practices, innovations, and partnerships.

CKS officials will be honored at a ceremony on Nov. 8 in Washington, D.C., where they will receive a flag and plaque. The school earned its only previous Blue Ribbon designation in 1994.

Meet the Author of Lady Bird and Lyndon


Lady Bird and Lyndon Book Cover Image_212x124_thumb copyBehind every great man there is a great woman, and Betty Boyd Caroli’s book Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage that Made a President delves into the great woman behind President Lyndon B. Johnson.

The next Authors LIVE! event will feature Caroli and her book, which takes a look into the first lady who worked behind the scenes to support her husband. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is free to the public.

An author reception, which includes a signed copy of the book, will be held on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 a person and must be reserved at least 2 days prior to the event. Tickets can be purchased by calling Highland Park United Methodist Church at 214-523-2240, or click here.

Authors LIVE! is co-sponsored by the Friends of Highland Park Library, Highland Park United Methodist Church, and The Friends of the SMU Libraries. The event will take place at Highland Park United Methodist Church.

USAF General to Speak at WAC Breakfast

Gen. Frank Gorenc

Gen. Frank Gorenc

From Ukraine to the Middle East and elsewhere, the United States faces a host of challenges on foreign soil — something with which Gen. Frank Gorenc is quite familiar.

Gorenc, commander of the U.S. Air Force in Europe and Africa, will speak at a breakfast function hosted by the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth on Friday at the Park City Club.

His topics will include geopolitical tensions involving Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe; America’s efforts to help Turkey fight ISIL and, as his office described them, “on-going engagements [in Africa] that tend not to make the news.”

The program begins at 7:45 a.m. Tickets are $30 for WAC members and $45 for non-members. For more information, call 214-965-8400 or visit here.