Mooney to Sign Books at Barnes and Noble

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Mike Mooney (Photo: Matt Shelley)

Mike Mooney (Photo: Matt Shelley)

Michael Mooney, a writer for our sister publication D Magazine, will be signing copies of his book, The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle, at the Lincoln Park Barnes and Noble tonight. The story is this: Mooney wrote a story for D on the famous sniper, then an e-book, and now that e-book is being turned into a physical book.

D‘s esteemed editor Tim Rogers gives his two cents on the upcoming appearance here.

The reading will take place at 7 p.m. at the Northwest Highway location in Lincoln Park shopping center.


UP, YMCA Release Construction Timeline

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The YMCA's website hosts detailed information on traffic impact. (Map: YMCA Dallas)

The YMCA’s website hosts detailed information on traffic impact. (Map: YMCA Dallas)

University Park held a community meeting with YMCA officials on March 19 to release updates on the Moody Family YMCA’s projected timeline. Basically, construction is slated to take place between April 2015 – August 2016 as follows: 


Communications Director Leaving HPISD

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Helen Williams

Helen Williams

After more than a decade as the versatile communications chief for Highland Park ISD, Helen Williams is moving back to her home state of Louisiana.

Williams will step down on June 5 from her post as director of communications for the school district to begin a new job in New Orleans, a move she said she’s been contemplating for the past few months.

“It has been a tremendous joy to be a part of the team in Highland Park ISD. This is a truly special community, and I thank the students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members I have had the honor to work with for the last 11 years,” Williams said. “Certainly, one highlight was marking the district’s centennial and celebrating its past, present, and future. I thank the HP family for the incredible support and partnership and for the many wonderful friendships that have resulted from our work together.”


Can Economics Mesh With the Environment?

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The latest entry in the SMU Cox Southwest Venture Forum is on tap Thursday, focusing on the finances behind growing sustainable and environmentally friendly companies.

The expert panel includes Phil Arra, managing partner of Terra Verde Partners; Wes McDaniel, founder and CEO of Ideal Impact; and William Huckin of NeoVerde. Entrepreneur presenters include Hugh Carspecken of DartPoints and Bill Donges of MySnapCam. The moderator is John Holzgraefe of Hunton & Williams.

The program will run from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Dallas Country Club, and will be preceded by a 30-minute networking session. Seating is limited, but you can register here. Call 214-768-9050 for more information.


Belles Honor New Social Officers

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The new social officers include, from left, Claire Green, Courtney Yancey, Peyton Schlachter, Shanley Huckabee, and EJ Turner.

The new Highland Belles social officers include, from left, Claire Green, Courtney Yancey, Peyton Schlachter, Shanley Huckabee, and EJ Turner.

The Highland Belles recently held their annual end-of-year banquet, and that means the announcement of new social officers and award winners for the Highland Park High School drill team.

First, the new officers, selected by their peers and directors to organize and implement various social and outreach activities during the upcoming year. They include Claire Green (president), Courtney Yancey (vice president), Peyton Schlachter (secretary), Shanley Huckabee (treasurer), and EJ Turner (chaplain).

There were some other honors presented at the banquet as well, including those for Turner (Most Improved Belle), Avery Mercurio (Best Attitude Sophomore Belle), Green (Best Attitude Junior Belle), Elizabeth Kraft (Best Attitude Senior Belle), and Chandler Ramey (Best Belle).


Don’t Forget: PCHPS Lunch Coming Up

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R. Gerald Turner

R. Gerald Turner

We told you back in February that SMU president R. Gerald Turner would be the keynote speaker Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s annual Historic Luncheon on April 1. The luncheon comes in conjunction with the home tour, set for April 11.

Tickets start at $125 and can be purchased online here. Proceeds go toward scholarships at HPHS for seniors who plan to study architecture, history, preservation, or another major related to the preservation of heritage.


SMU Receives Its Largest Single Gift

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The exterior of the Meadows Museum (Photo: Hillsman Jackson)

The exterior of the Meadows Museum (Photo: Hillsman Jackson)

Oh man, am I a proud Mustang today. The Meadows Foundation has announced its $45 million gift to the Meadows School of the Arts and the Meadows Museum, in conjunction with the museum’s 50th anniversary this year.


Lady Scots Start Playoffs on Thursday

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The Lady Scots have had much to celebrate this season as they enter the playoffs. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The Lady Scots have had much to celebrate this season. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

After finishing an unbeaten regular season over the weekend, the Highland Park girls soccer team will open the Class 6A playoffs this week.

The Lady Scots (19-0-2) will face Skyline in the Region II bi-district round at 6 p.m. Thursday at Lake Highlands. The Lady Raiders (10-6-3) are the fourth seed from District 9-6A, and defeated Sunset 5-1 in their regular-season finale.

HP wrapped up the District 10-6A schedule over the weekend with an 8-1 win over Richardson on Friday followed by a 2-0 shutout of Mesquite Horn on Saturday. The Lady Scots have won 16 straight games.


Former Anorexic Finds Catharsis in Memoir

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Park Cities native Jordan Knape modeled for the cover of her book, which is available on Amazon or on her website, bestbodymemoir.com.

Need help or just need to talk to someone?

Children’s Health Eating Disorder Services: 214-456-8899

National Eating Disorders Association’s helpline: 1-800-931-2237, Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Jordan Knape was just 13 years old when she was admitted to the hospital five days before Christmas. Doctors told her parents she probably wouldn’t survive the night.

Just a few days before that, Knape attended a Christmas party with her mother where everyone raved about how beautiful she looked.

Knape was dangerously thin and suffering from anorexia, a disease common among middle-school and high-school girls.


HPHS Alum Grace Gandy Awarded Fulbright

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Grace Gandy

Grace Gandy

Congratulations to HPHS alum Grace Gandy for receiving a teaching assistantship through the J. William Fulbright Program.

Gandy, a senior at the University of Arkansas, will teach English as a second language to primary school students in Athens, Greece. She is one of 12 graduates from the U.S. awarded this opportunity. Gandy will teach for 10 months and return to the U.S. to pursue a master’s degree in international education and STEM education.

“I am so honored and humbled by this opportunity and I can’t wait to see what I learn from my experience overseas,” Gandy said.

She is graduating in May from Arkansas and will be recognized with the First-Ranked Senior Scholars Award and Outstanding B.S.E. Student Teacher Award. 


Expert to Speak About Oil Sector Volatility

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Jerry Swank

Jerry Swank

The recent volatility in the oil and energy markets affect different folks in different ways, and it takes an expert to sort through all of those varying perspectives.

One said expert is Jerry Swank, president and CEO of The Cushing Group, who will give a presentation called “Oil Volatility: Its Effect on the U.S. Economy and Energy Renaissance” on Tuesday at the Hilton Dallas-Park Cities.

The program also will feature Bill Carter of Carter Finanial Management in Dallas, who is the sponsor. It begins at 7 p.m., and will be followed by a reception. To RSVP, call 214-363-4200 or email rsvp@carterwealth.com.


Here’s a Chance to Buy Some Cool HPHS Art

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The students in the National Art Honor Society chapter at Highland Park High School turn out some pretty creative work, and now you can have some of it for yourself.

For the first time on Monday, the NAHS will host a student-led art auction at the Wall Gallery in the Dallas Design District. Proceeds will benefit the North Texas Food Bank.

As for the basics, the auction runs 6-8 p.m., and buyers will either be able to take their artwork home or pick it up later at HPHS. A series of live auctions will be held every 20 minutes featuring selected pieces.