August 29, 2014

  • Hyperbaric Patients Get a Breath of Fresh Air

    Hyperbaric Patients Get a Breath of Fresh Air

    Hyperbaric chambers such as this one allow patients to breathe in high-pressure oxygen to help with a variety of ailments. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Basketball injuries might not vanish into thin air, but more top-level athletes are giving it a try than ever before.

    That’s why former Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd sometimes visited Texas Sports Hyperbarics after a long road trip. Or why former Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton did the same to ease the aches and pains during a lengthy season.

    They come to spend an hour or two relaxing in a hyperbaric chamber, a high-pressure oxygen tube that’s been proven to aid in everything from the care of bruises and wounds to therapy for stroke victims.

    “The availability of single-chamber, hyperbaric oxygen therapy has revolutionized my sports medicine practice,” said Dr. T.O. Souryal, a Highland Park resident and team physician for the Mavericks. “With professional athletes, we often use hyperbaric oxygen treatments for recovery after strenuous exercise such as back-to-back games, playoffs, and long-distance weekend competitions.” Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 29, 2014 | 1:58 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Pastor Takes Church to the Great Outdoors

    Pastor Takes Church to the Great Outdoors in Caruth Park

    Pastor Grant Myers spends time focusing on the children during a Sunday service. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Blankets and camping chairs may not immediately come to mind when you think of Sunday church service. But that’s the vibe built around Life Dallas, an outdoor church developed by pastor Grant Myers.

    “God opened the door,” he said. And he means that rather literally. “If Jesus walked here on Earth again, the last place he’d enter is a church — church didn’t start in a building.”

    Myers admits his own love of the outdoors. He grew up in Georgia, attended seminary in Tennessee, and worked in ministry in Colorado for a few years. He enjoys taking his dogs, Huckleberry and Sammy, out on hiking trips.

    But the church is about more than just his own passions.

    “I think you’ll see that God’s here,” he said. “What better place to meet than in God’s creation?” Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 29, 2014 | 11:30 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Documentary Explores HP Gridiron Tradition

    Documentary Explores HP Tradition

    Matthew Stafford is among the interviewees in the documentary. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

    At the professional level, you can just sign a few free agents. At the college level, you can lure a couple of big-name recruits. But how do you keep winning at the high-school level, year after year, essentially on a level playing field with your competition?

    That’s what intrigued Dallas-based documentary filmmaker Mickey Holden, who has worked on projects about big-name athletes for network television but couldn’t shake the concept of a film about the tradition that comes with Highland Park football.

    “I’ve always been intrigued with why Highland Park is always good,” Holden said. “To keep winning I find remarkable. I wanted to find out what the secret sauce is.”

    Holden’s finished project is an hour-long look at the Scots that coincides with the program’s 100th anniversary this fall. It traces the football team’s successes in the early years with Doak Walker and Bobby Layne to its most recent state title behind Matthew Stafford in 2005. Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 29, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 28, 2014

  • Cafeteria’s Name Defies Location

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    Jeff Snoyer reopened the doors of Highland Park Cafeteria as its new owner in 2007, going back to the original name. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    “What’s that doing there?” It’s a question many drivers may ask themselves on their way to White Rock Lake when they see Highland Park Cafeteria sitting in a Casa Linda shopping center.

    The answer dates all the way back to 1925, when Carolyn Goodman first opened the original Highland Park Cafeteria on Knox Street, just across the street from the equally historic Highland Park Pharmacy.

    “There would be a line around the block,” modern-day owner Jeff Snoyer said of the original location.

    The cafeteria eventually grew to eight locations, including Casa Linda. But after the bank failures of the late 1980s, only the original location and Casa Linda were left.

    By the mid-1990s, Goodman had died and the family was no longer involved in the business, so the cafeteria changed hands. Unfortunately, the new owner could not keep the business afloat long.

    “It was a sad day when it closed,” Goodman’s grandson David Yates said. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 28, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Coming Up: Dads Club Golf Tournament

    It’s that time of year again. The Park Cities Dads Club Golf Tournament, or the Teachers Cup, is scheduled for Oct. 13 at the Dallas Country Club. This is the 23rd year the event will take place, and it celebrates more than $2.1 million raised to fund staff development at HPISD. Those funds are not recaptured by “Robin Hood” laws, either. 

    Sign up here.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 28, 2014 | 10:45 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • ‘Godfather’ of Custom Pies Opens Local Pizzaria

    Project Pie will open a number of locations this year, including Preston Center and Asbury Avenue. (Photos courtesy of Project Pie)

    Project Pie will open a number of locations this year, including Preston Center and Asbury Avenue. (Photos courtesy of Project Pie)

    The way pizza-preneur James Markham sees it, food is akin to a romantic relationship — that is, it’s best when kept fresh.

    It’s a sentiment that can be linked directly to Project Pie, the valedictorian of the dough-tossing chains (MOD, Pieology) Markham has founded in recent years. Like its predecessors, the Project Pie concept involves custom-made pizzas bedazzled with premium ingredients. Unlike the stores that have gone before, however, Project Pie will be opening in Dallas — and opening four times over to boot.

    “I’ve got four units I’m doing in Dallas this year. I’m doing Preston Center, Lower Greenville — we just signed a space right at SMU, and we’re doing one in Addison too,” Markham said. Although the storefronts will open back-to-back this fall, thanks to a mix of vintage and industrial furnishings, “all of them are going to look different.” Read More…

    By Karley Kiker Aug. 28, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • TexProtects Anniversary Features Ashley Judd

    The TexProtects’ 10th Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 14 will feature Ashley Judd as the keynote speaker.

    John Castle chairs the board of directors, while Lisa K. Simmons acts as honorary chair. Pat Albritton Harloe also serves as event chair.

    The evening’s events will take place at 7 p.m. at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Make a donation or purchase tickets here.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 28, 2014 | 9:45 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Arboretum’s Reardon Hangs Up Her Sneakers

    (Photo: Courtesy of Juliette Coulter)

    (Photo: Courtesy of Juliette Coulter)

    Parkie Karen Reardon is handing over the reins at the Dallas Arboretum, as far as the Tour Des Fleurs event is concerned. She’s been organizing the staff efforts for the 10K and 20K race since its beginning eight years ago. Now, Dana Murrell will resume her duties with staff organization.

    “I’ve been doing this for so long, but it’s now time for me to pass the baton to Dana because with recent stress fractures in my legs, I must be temporarily off my feet,” Reardon said in a statement.

    The 7 a.m. race takes place on Sept. 20 and is presented by Dave Perry-Miller and Associates. It kicks off the opening of”Autumn at the Arboretum,” a.k.a. everyone’s favorite pumpkin village/storybook installment. Roughly 2,800 runners are expected to attend.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 28, 2014 | 8:45 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • SHŌNA Helps Celebrate Meyerson Anniversary

    Earrings from the DisKo collection. (Photo: Courtesy of Cynthia Smoot)

    Earrings from the DisKo collection. (Photo: Courtesy of Cynthia Smoot)

    Local jewelry designer Shona Gilbert is helping the Meyerson Symphony Center celebrate its 25th anniversary by offering her pieces in the DSO boutique during the upcoming season.

    SHŌNA Jewelry will be showcasing two collections: Departed and DisKo. 

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 28, 2014 | 8:11 am | 5 Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 27, 2014

  • Lady Scots Sweep Past Keller

    Highland Park's Madeline Bonnet serves against Amarillo during the Allen tournament on Aug. 23.

    Highland Park’s Madeline Bonnet serves against Amarillo during the Allen tournament on Aug. 23. (Photo: Jeff Kane)

    Highland Park continued its strong showing in early-season volleyball tournament play by winning the bronze division title at the Allen tournament on Saturday. Then, the Lady Scots swept Keller in three tight sets in a nondistrict match on Tuesday, 27-25, 28-26, 25-22.

    At the tournament, HP secured a three-set win over McKinney Boyd to reach the championship bracket. Once in that bracket, the Lady Scots (13-6) fell to Flower Mound before rebounding with victories over Coppell and Amarillo. They finished ninth overall in the tournament.

    Next up, HP will travel to the Plano tournament on Friday and Saturday before returning home on Tuesday to face Midlothian.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 27, 2014 | 5:12 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS