April 16, 2014

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  • April 15, 2014

  • UP Council to Vote on YMCA Site Plan

    Here's an artist rendering of the proposed new Park Cities YMCA building.

    Here’s a rendering of the proposed new Park Cities YMCA building, which could become a reality by late 2015.

    UPDATE: The site plan was given unanimous approval by the council at the Tuesday meeting after a brief discussion about potential traffic impact. The original post gives the details below.

    Detailed plans for the facelift of the Park Cities YMCA will be up for approval tonight by the University Park City Council.

    The council’s agenda for its 5 p.m. meeting includes consideration of the site plan for the facility at 6000 Preston Road. A year ago, UP officials gave the go-ahead for the YMCA to demolish its existing structure and rebuild with a below-grade parking garage.

    The Y has been at its current location since 1951. Club officials have not said where they plan to relocate operations during construction. However, they expect the project to start this fall and be finished perhaps by late 2015.

    You can find all the details here about the site plan, which was approved by the city’s planning and zoning commission in March. We’ll hit some of the highlights of the proposal after the jump. Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 15, 2014 | 1:58 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Suspects at Large in Dallas Hit-and-Run Crash

    Dallas police are looking for suspects in a fatal hit-and-run accident that happened this morning in the M Streets, killing a teenager and injuring his mother, according to The Dallas Morning News. Apparently the incident began in Highland Park, when police tried to pull over a stolen Chrysler Town & Country for running a stop sign, which led to a chase through residential streets.

    By Todd Jorgenson Apr. 15, 2014 | 1:18 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Livingston’s Retirement as City Manager is Nigh

    Bob Livingston

    Bob Livingston

    The University Park City Council this afternoon will officially sign off on Robbie Corder replacing Bob Livingston as city manager at month’s end.

    Livingston, whose last day on the job will be April 29, is retiring after nearly 23 years with the city. A public reception for him is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 25 at Highland Park Presbyterian Church.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 15, 2014 | 12:52 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Highland Park Football Captains Named

    The Highland Park football captains for 2014 are Andrew Frost, Mitchell Kaufman, Clayton Woods, and Brooks Burgin. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

    The Highland Park football captains for 2014 are Andrew Frost, Mitchell Kaufman, Clayton Woods, and Brooks Burgin. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

    There’s a timeless quality to this photo of the Highland Park High School football captains, who were recently named for the 2014 season. After all, these captains’ photos don’t vary much through the years. Yet here we are in a new age, when all four captains are on Twitter:

    By Dan Koller Apr. 15, 2014 | 8:08 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • April 14, 2014

  • Have You Seen This Missing Diamond?

    On Saturday afternoon, a University Park woman and her daughter went to Highland Park Village to eat lunch and shop. When they returned home at 3:30 p.m., the daughter noticed that a 2-carat pear-shaped diamond was missing from her mother’s wedding band.

    The mother last recalls seeing the stone, which is valued somewhere between $15,000 and $20,000, while eating at Patrizio. She called all of the stores they visited, as well as the Highland Park Department of Public Safety, just in case someone finds it and turns it in.

    Now that would be a story.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 14, 2014 | 10:14 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Goar Park to Become Thor Park on May 2

    Please, hammer, don't hurt 'em.

    Please, hammer, don’t hurt ‘em.

    I never thought I would read the words “cheer on Thor as he battles to save Earth and all Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy” on University Park’s website, but here they are promoting a free screening of Thor: The Dark World in Goar Park on May 2.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 14, 2014 | 7:33 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • April 12, 2014

  • Teen Musicians Will Rock Out All Day Sunday

    David Bowie — a band that includes Highland Park High School student Jack Quigley, W.T. White student Dante Zotto, and McCulloch Intermediate student Max Moundas — will perform twice Sunday as part of the Rockstravaganza. The group, which I presume covers songs by its namesake, will play 30-minute sets at 11:30 a.m. at the Green Room and at 1:30 p.m. at Three Links.

    If Bowie covers aren’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of other kids from the area who will be rocking out:

    • Best Show Ever, featuring St. Mark’s student Wallace White and Winston School student Sean Kraus, will play from 12:30 to 1 at Club Dada and from 5 to 5:30 at the Green Room.
    • North American Songwriters, featuring Shelton School student Jack Fletcher, will play from 12:30 to 1 at Wits End and from 5 to 5:30 at the Curtain Club.
    • Rosalynd, featuring Ursuline student Molly McNulty, will play from 4:30 to 5 at Wits End.

    Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $5 for non-performing kids.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 12, 2014 | 7:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Lady Scots Eliminated on Fluke Goal

    With heavy hearts, the Lady Scots accept their trophy as the regional runner-up. (Photo: Rob Graham)

    With heavy hearts, the Lady Scots accept their trophy as the regional runner-up. (Photo: Rob Graham)

    By Randy Jennings/Special Contributor

    CARROLLTON — Highland Park’s lofty goal of a third straight trip to the UIL girls state soccer tournament was dashed by the narrowest of margins.

    Wylie East defeated the Lady Scots in the Class 4A Region II title game, 1-0, on a windy Saturday afternoon at Standridge Stadium.

    The only goal came in the 58th minute in fluke fashion when a clearance pass by a Highland Park defender ricocheted off a teammate and into the Lady Scots’ net.

    The scoring chance began with a shot by the Lady Raiders’ Asia Revely that Highland Park keeper Mariay Molina came off her line to deflect. The ball scooted to Molina’s right, setting up the chain of events that led to the goal.

    “If we had scored that goal to win one-nil, I’d say it was a great win,” Highland Park coach Stewart Brown said. “It depends on what side of the field you’re standing on. Sometimes a goal like that win games.”

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    By Dan Koller Apr. 12, 2014 | 5:19 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Margaret Crow Dies at 94

    Margaret Crow

    Margaret Crow

    We’ve received word that lifelong Highland Park resident Margaret Crow died Friday evening. Through C. Pharr & Co., her family issued the following obituary:

    Margaret Doggett Crow, wife of Trammell Crow, the Dallas-based commercial real estate developer and the founder of the Trammell Crow Company and Trammell Crow Residential, died April 11, 2014, at approximately 7 p.m. She was 94.

    Born in Dallas on May 17, 1919, Mrs. Crow was the only child of prosperous Dallas merchant E. B. Doggett and his wife, Lillian. She was a proud graduate of the Hockaday School for Girls, class of 1937. Margaret tragically lost her parents at the early age of 19 when they were killed in an automobile accident traveling home to Dallas after a visiting her at the University of Texas.

    After a Hockaday-sponsored tour of Europe, she and her classmates were part of an event that made history at the beginning of World War II. On Sept. 3, 1939, the SS Athena was torpedoed and sunk by the Germans off the British coast, and Margaret and her friends had to be rescued from lifeboats hours later as they drifted in the Atlantic.

    Margaret and her husband, Trammell, a commissioned naval officer, were married on Aug. 15, 1942. Shortly thereafter, Trammell began a career in commercial real estate that would eventually lead to the creation of the Trammell Crow Company, which became the largest diversified commercial real estate company in the United States and the world. Margaret and Trammell had a wonderful family of six children. As Trammell grew the business, Margaret excelled in her many roles as hostess extraordinaire, friend, civic leader, mother, and wife. Together they attended state dinners at the White House as the guests of five different presidents. They welcomed many world leaders, foreign dignitaries, business associates, and close friends into their home throughout the years. Impressively, Margaret had only one phone number for the entire 94 years of life and lived in only two homes three blocks apart in Highland Park.

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    By Dan Koller Apr. 12, 2014 | 3:41 pm | 2 Comments | Comments RSS