Highland Park Faces Decision on ‘Big Pecan’

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The old pecan, once staked and hand-watered by a Civil War veteran who had plowed over it, needs extra care again. (Photo: Joshua Baethge)

The more than 150-year-old monarch known as “The Big Pecan Tree” has entered irreversible decline, an arborist says.

Micah Pace of Preservation Tree Service expects Highland Park’s 75-foot-tall landmark monarch to continue to develop deadwood, lose canopy, and pose at least some risk to those who pass near it.

“It could persist in that state for decades,” Pace said. “The question is: Is that what we want?”


NorthPark Center presents “Courtside: Photographs by Bill Bamberger”

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Retired couple's garage, Franklin, Maine 2006

NorthPark Center, in partnership with the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and
artist Bill Bamberger, presents "Courtside: Photographs by Bill Bamberger," an exhibition of vibrant color photographs that capture a variety of basketball hoops around the world.

The exhibit will be on view on level one between Burberry and Louis Vuitton from June 25 to January 2019.


SPCA of Texas Announces Susie Swanson As Paws Cause Chair

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FROM LEFT: Susie Swanson and Karen Urie

The SPCA of Texas is thrilled to announce that Susie Swanson will be the Paws Cause 2019 Chair.

Susie Swanson is a Texas native who moved to Dallas in 1975 and is currently a Senior Vice-President with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Susie is an active member of Highland Park United Methodist Church, the Preston Hollow Women's Club, and a huge animal lover. She keeps extra leashes in her car in order to pick up lost pups and help them find their way home. Susie has been an active donor and supporter of the SPCA of Texas and Paws Cause for many years.


Legacy Senior Communities Break Ground for New Retirement Community

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The Legacy Midtown Park Exterior

The Legacy Senior Communities, a not-for-profit charitable organization, officially broke ground on The Legacy Midtown Park rental continuing care retirement community in Dallas.

Construction on the entire community will officially start next month. The community expects to begin opening Fall 2019 with long-term care and short-term rehab, and independent living and other levels of care will open in 2020.


Principals Selected to Lead Hyer, Armstrong

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Two experienced principals have been named to lead Hyer and Armstrong Elementary Schools.

Debbie Burt, the principal at Vaughan Elementary and GATE (Gifted and Talented) Academy in Allen ISD, has been named principal at Hyer. Betsy Cummins, principal at Abbett Elementary School in Garland ISD and a former Armstrong Teacher of the Year, has been selected as the principal at Armstrong.


Equest Expands Riding Therapy Services

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Therapists say riding horses offers physical and emotional benefits for patients. (Courtesy Equest)

What started as a small center with a unique approach to therapy has blossomed into a gigantically popular way to help residents all over the state.

The success of equine activities for mental and physical therapy led Equest to consolidate its therapeutic horsemanship programs to Texas Horse Park in Dallas, a 304-acre site in the Great Trinity Forest.


Crime Reports June 11 – 17

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: DRIVING BAREFOOT

Everyone listen: Do not try to change your shoes while driving. A motorist heading southbound at 30 mph in the 4800 block of Armstrong Parkway learned his lesson the hard way by slamming his 2013 Chrysler 300 into a fire hydrant around 8:43 p.m. June 12.  The driver told police that he took his eyes off the road for just a second. Police issued the driver a citation for not being able to provide proof of insurance and sent him on his way – without his vehicle, of course.