Skeeter Spraying Continues This Weekend

We don't want this guy hanging around.

We don’t want this guy hanging around.

Here’s the good news: All of Highland Park’s mosquito traps have thus far tested negative for West Nile Virus. Yet the total number of mosquitoes in said traps has reached the treatable threshold.

So that means the town will begin its mosquito ground spraying program this weekend as a preventative measure. HP will spray between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. So take the usual precautions.

Over in University Park, fogging will continue this weekend, as well. UP will spray the area from Lovers Lane south of Mockingbird, including the SMU campus. Alleys are slated for Friday night after 11 p.m., with streets on Saturday.

Are Buses Back For Executives?

Park Cities entrepreneur Alex Danza is targeting executives across Texas with his Vonlane luxury coach bus service. (Photo: Don Johnson) 0
Park Cities entrepreneur Alex Danza is targeting executives across Texas with his Vonlane luxury coach bus service. (Photo: Don Johnson)

Bus travel may not be the top form of transportation that comes to mind when local executives shuttle to Austin or Houston.

But one Park Cities resident wants to change that.

Alex Danza, founder of Vonlane luxury coach bus service, started his company after working in high-end ground transport for 10 years.

“Along the way, I came across the motor coach industry and realized that industry didn’t have much exciting going on,” he said. “It was pretty standard, predominately charter operators [such as] Greyhound and Megabus … but nothing at a higher level for more sophisticated travelers.”

Special Olympics Relay Passes Through HP


Park Cities residents can cheer participants in the Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America when it winds through the area on Friday morning.

The relay will enter Highland Park about 7:45 a.m. in the 4400 block of Oak Lawn Avenue, then will pass by HP Town Hall before heading over to Airline Road.

The torch relay eventually will head to Los Angeles for the start of the Special Olympics World Summer Games on July 25. The competition is expected to include 7,000 athletes from around the world.

CASA Parade of Playhouses is Coming


Dallas CASA’s 20th annual Parade of Playhouses will take place July 10-26 at NorthPark Center. Various builders and architects have made the houses and donated them to CASA to help raise awareness and funding for the organization’s mission of providing assistance to vulnerable children.

Angela and Jim Thompson are this year’s honorary chairs. Jim Lozier and Christie Carter will also chair the campaign itself, while Fran and Mark Berg are event chairs.

Raffle tickets can be purchased online or at the mall at $5 each or five for $20. Winning tickets will be drawn at the closing ceremony on at NorthPark at 4 p.m. on July 26. Proceeds benefit Dallas CASA. Photos of the houses will go up here.

The closing party will take place at Pirch in NorthPark at 6:30 p.m. on July 23. The event is open to the public, but tickets are $50. Find more info here.

HPISD Tackles High Cost of Managing Growth

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Regardless of how public sentiment shakes out on Highland Park ISD’s massive bond proposal, everyone can agree on at least two things — it certainly is ambitious, and $358.3 million is a lot of money.

Although a final price tag hasn’t been determined yet, that’s an estimated cost of the unprecedented package that HPISD trustees hope will win voter approval in November, allowing for a complete overhaul of district facilities.

The primary goals are to relieve overcrowding at each campus — including the accommodation of projected future growth for the next 20 years — and to update aging buildings that in some cases have outlived their usefulness.

Police Report: June 8 to June 13


Skulduggery of the week: Red, Red Wine

At 5:46 p.m. on June 10, a male shoplifter stole two bottles of Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon, valued at $380, from Tom Thumb in The Plaza at Preston Center.


Between 8 p.m. on June 7 and 6:25 a.m. on June 8, a burglar broke into a white 2011 Jeep Wrangler inside a garage in the 3600 block of Crescent Avenue and stole the contents of the glove box and center console, including a garage-door opener, a lug-nut key, and a phone charger.

Between 4 p.m. on June 5 and 9:02 a.m. on June 8, a thief stole a $1,100 Hilti concrete saw from an unsecured construction trailer in the 3700 block of Normandy Avenue.

At 6:36 p.m., two 16-year-old Highland Park residents were arrested in the 4400 block of Bordeaux Avenue on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Disease Isn’t Rosy For Local Flowers

Rose Rosette is a virus that gets into roses through mites. (Courtesy Photo)

Rose Rosette is a virus that gets into roses through mites.

When Susan Knape noticed a weird growth on her roses, she knew something was wrong.

Rose Rosette disease had infected two of the Highland Park resident’s roses.

She went to Nicholson-Hardie, a nursery and garden center, and they advised her to uproot the plants so the disease wouldn’t spread.

“I pulled up both of my plants,” Knape said. “That’s really all you can do. There’s no treatment and in order for it to keep from hurting other plants and spreading, you have to pull up the rose. So I lost a rose that’s probably 20 years old.”

Retina Foundation Receives Award

From left to right: Robert Bigley from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation; Dr. Krista Kelly, Post-Doctoral Fellow; and Dr. Eileen Birch, Director of the Crystal Charity Ball Pediatric Vision Evaluation Center, pose with Kelly's award.

From left to right: Robert Bigley from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation; Dr. Krista Kelly, Postdoctoral Fellow; and Dr. Eileen Birch, Director of the Crystal Charity Ball Pediatric Vision Evaluation Center, pose with Kelly’s award.

The Retina Foundation of the Southwest received $55,997 from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation to support a postdoctoral fellowship in the Crystal Charity Ball Pediatric Vision Evaluation Center.

The award, given to fewer than 20 researchers a year, will support Dr. Krista Kelly’s research on gaze instability for children with amblyopia, or lazy eye.

Lazy eye is the most common cause of vision impairment among children, and Dr. Kelly’s study will evaluate how the condition affects reading and motor skills in order to develop academic accommodations for children with eye disorders.

Go La Fiesta ‘Window Shopping’ at Village

Duchess of Highland Park Loring Dalton's dress and portrait (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

Duchess of Highland Park Loring Dalton’s dress and portrait (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

La Fiesta may be over, but you can keep reliving the dream. It’s that time of year again to find the dresses on display at various retailers within Highland Park Village.

We found this one, belonging to the Duchess of Highland Park, in Robert Talbott’s window while shooting our next Society Magazine cover. Which was your favorite dress this year?

Pyle Promoted to HP Police Chief

Rick Pyle

Rick Pyle

The search for Highland Park’s new police chief would up right back where it started.

Rick Pyle was appointed as the town’s new director of public safety on Monday after serving as interim chief since the death of Chris Vinson on June 1. He will begin his new position immediately, and will be sworn in during a ceremony on July 13.

Pyle is a 28-year veteran of the Highland Park Department of Public Safety, having been promoted through the ranks to become assistant chief in 2008. He also serves as the town’s fire marshal.

Vinson died following complications from heart surgery at age 53 after being the police chief for seven years.

Mobility Issues Don’t Need Complications


Jennifer and Gordon Raney

When Gordon Raney’s father began using a wheelchair, he started a journey many people face when dealing with aging parents.

“It became a situation of all of the bedrooms are upstairs, he has a large spiral staircase, and now he’s in a wheelchair,” Raney said. “Me and Jen and everyone out there asked, ‘What do we do now?’ I knew nothing about stair lifts, just like most people.”

Raney said watching his father sleep on a couch for two months got the ball rolling on a business idea. Now the University Park resident and his wife, Jennifer, own the Dallas-area franchises of North Carolina-based 101 Mobility.

Byron Egan Named UP Citizen of the Year

Byron Egan

Byron Egan

Byron Egan has been named University Park’s 2015 Citizen of the Year.

Egan, who graduated from HPHS and then UT Austin, worked with his wife, Nancy Egan, to turn a book bank into the University Park Public Library in 2013.

He is now a partner of Jackson Walker LLP in Dallas and chair of the Executive Council of the M&A Committee of the American Bar Association.

After riding in the Park Cities Fourth of July parade, he will be recognized during a ceremony at the Goar Park gazebo.