October 28, 2014

  • Church, Government Leaders to Talk Ebola

    Local government and church leaders will gather at Park Cities Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Wednesday to discuss the response to the recent Ebola crisis.

    Those leading said forum include Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, District 13 council member Jennifer Gates, and members of the Vickery Meadow Improvement District. They’ll meet with leaders from Temple Emanu-El, Wilshire Baptist Church, NorthPark Presbyterian Church, Unite Dallas, and Park Cities Baptist, and more than 100 other faith-based communities from the area.

    A few other presenters include schools and nonprofits who helped with Ebola response in various ways during the past six weeks. At any rate, it sounds like a lot of folks will be packed into the Great Hall on the second floor of the Community Life Center.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 28, 2014 | 11:39 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • HPMS Girl Lifts Into Second at National Meet

    Highland Park Middle School student Alexandra Thornton finished second in her age group in the recent International Youth Invitational weightlifting meet at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

    Thornton was second in the snatch (51 kilograms), clean and jerk (66 kg) and overall total (117 kg). I could provide more analysis, but it’s probably just better to let the above video speak for itself.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 28, 2014 | 5:32 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 27, 2014

  • Highlander Strings to Haunt Shoppers

    The Highlander Strings will be in costume when they play at NorthPark Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

    The Highlander Strings will be in costume when they play at NorthPark Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

    The season-opening performance might be a little scary for any orchestra, but that holds true for a different reason for the Highlander Strings on Tuesday.

    The orchestra will perform its annual “Hauntcert” at 7 p.m. at NorthPark Center, in the first-level plaza below the AMC movie theater.

    The musicians will be in costume, and will perform some Halloween-themed selections in their playlist including Thriller, Phantom Tango, In the Hall of the Mountain King, and the James Bond theme.

    The concert is free and open to the public, of course, and also will feature an appearance by the Highland Park Middle School orchestra.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 27, 2014 | 8:44 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • ‘Ebola House’ Resident Adds Charitable Spin

    Remember the guy with the Ebola decorations right next to Highland Park High School? Well, now he’s saying there’s a charitable aspect of it — on Halloween night, he will open up the place for a minimum price of $1 per entrance and donate proceeds to Doctors Without Borders. There’s a Twitter account and an Instagram account (@ebolahouse) and a soon-to-come website (that isn’t live yet, by our count). He apparently reached out to the Dallas Morning News seeking sponsorship.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 27, 2014 | 3:20 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • HPISD Opens ‘Flu Clinic’ on Wednesday

    flu-clipart-22_flu2 copyHighland Park ISD is trying a proactive approach to health during the upcoming flu season. The district will emphasize preventative care during a “flu clinic” from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 7/8 Assembly Room at Highland Park Middle School.

    The Health Matters clinic will offer flu shots for $25 each and the FluMist nasal-spray vaccine for $35 per dose. It’s open to the community, regardless of whether families currently have children in the district, and most insurance plans are accepted.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 27, 2014 | 2:07 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Pickup Driver Killed After SMU Police Chase

    The driver of a 2001 Chevrolet pickup was killed near the intersection of Mockingbird and Greenville avenues late Sunday after he fled a traffic stop by SMU police.

    The Dallas Morning News has some details about the wreck, which came after a brief chase involving Dallas police that ended in a collision with another pickup.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 27, 2014 | 12:31 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Park Cities YMCA Moves to Interim Location

    On Jan. 2, 2015, the Park Cities YMCA will open its doors at the interim location in Preston Center. The facility, located at 6030 Luther Lane, faces Westchester Drive across from Black Eyed Pea.

    “As we make this move, we will see the pace of the project accelerate along with donations and naming rights,” board of management chair John Palms said in a statement.

    The temporary location is 15,000 square feet and includes locker rooms, meeting space, and children’s area, group exercise rooms, and a 3,500-square-foot fitness area. Officials expect construction of the new facility to take 12 to 16 months. About $16 million of the project’s $28 million price tag has been raised to date.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 27, 2014 | 12:03 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Knox Donates Major Gift to SMU Law School

    Jack D. Knox

    Jack D. Knox

    A $1.5 million gift from Highland Park resident Jack D. Knox to his alma mater will establish a new endowed professorship at the SMU Dedman School of Law.

    The Jack Knox Chair in the Rights and Protection of Children will support teaching, researching, and publishing about legal issues related to protecting the welfare and legal rights of children.

    Knox received a bachelor’s degree from SMU in 1960 and a Juris Doctor from the Dedman School in 1963. He was honored with the law school’s Robert G. Storey Award for Distinguished Achievement in 2011.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 27, 2014 | 11:19 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Official: U.S. Must Step Up Ebola Fight

    Katie Taylor

    Katie Taylor

    When Katie Taylor declares the United States must step up on a global scale to reduce the spread of Ebola, she has statistics and expertise to back her up.

    Taylor, a Yale graduate and United States Agency for International Development deputy assistant, spoke at Vision Africa’s annual banquet in October at Highland Park Presbyterian Church.

    “I believe that what gets measured, gets done,” Taylor said about the crisis that lurks across the Atlantic and just recently across North Central Expressway.

    Days prior to the event, Taylor served on the panel for the Bureau of Global Health, which addressed the White House regarding transmission of Ebola internationally, and possible precautions the U.S. must take to limit exposure. In addition to her role in Washington, Taylor works across Africa, establishing clinics with organizations such as Vision Africa.

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    By Sam Stollenwerck Oct. 27, 2014 | 10:29 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 26, 2014

  • Stafford Breaks Layne’s Lions TD Pass Mark

    Matthew Stafford broke fellow HP alum Bobby Layne's record for career touchdown passes with the Detroit Lions on Sunday. (File photo)

    Matthew Stafford broke Bobby Layne’s franchise record for career touchdown passes on Sunday. (File photo)

    Congratulations to former Highland Park standout Matthew Stafford, who broke the record for career touchdown passes by a Detroit Lions quarterback on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons in London.

    Stafford tossed his 119th career scoring pass to Golden Tate in the third quarter of the Lions’ 22-21 victory. The old record of 118 was held by Bobby Layne, a fellow HP alum and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    Stafford, who led the Scots to the Class 4A state title in 2005, is in his sixth season with the Lions, and the fourth as a full-time starter.

    Plus, Sunday’s game offered this amusing bit of creativity involving Stafford from the graphics folks at Fox, which broadcast the game.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 26, 2014 | 9:39 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS