Lyda Hill Honored by Junior League

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Lyda Hill

Lyda Hill

Congratulations to Junior League Sustainer Lyda Hill for receiving the 2015 Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award. The Association of Junior League International’s most prestigious award is presented annually to the woman who embodies the social responsibility and volunteerism as Junior League founder Mary Harriman.

Hill joins an esteemed group of past recipients including former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, former Texas Senator Florence Shapiro, and community philanthropist Ruth Altshuler.

Junior League selected Hill for the award due to her generous philanthropic contributions to the medical, educational, and scientific communities.

“I am very appreciative of this honor and want to thank the hundreds of fellow volunteers with whom I worked to make a difference,” said Lyda Hill. “It was the Junior League that taught me skills that  have helped me succeed in business -­‐ and life.”


U.S. Classes Can Learn From Other Countries

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Columnist Len Bourland

Columnist Len Bourland

The children aged 4 and 5 sat quietly at their tables adding basic sums and working on writing their names.

Despite the fact that there were 30 children to the one young teacher, the preschoolers  sat calmly, obediently listening to all verbal instruction. It reminded me of my own public school in the 1950s, when teachers’ complaints were about students chewing gum and not staying in straight lines.

This was a recent experience on a mission trip to a Third World Central American country to build a library and interact with the school. It is a far cry from the well-furbished learning centers in my grandchildren’s preschools with state-of-the-art equipment.

The children in Central America had longer attention spans than American children of that age and were doing work on par with American preschoolers of all socioeconomic levels, although bordering the jungle in very basic living conditions. Was this because without lifestyle distractions they could concentrate on the basics of the three R’s? Was this due to the fact that these children are not plugged into television or computers or technology?


HPHS Students Earn Merit Scholarships

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Two students from Highland Park High School are among the first group of winners in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship program.

The program has awarded scholarships to more than 1,000 high school seniors nationwide financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.

Courtney A. Horn was honored by Alliance Data and plans to pursue a career in biology, while Amy Vania Liu was honored by Texas Instruments and plans to pursue a career in computer science.


Mosquito Fogging Starts Tonight in UP

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We don't like this guy.

We don’t like this guy.

Spring is here, which means mosquitoes can’t be far behind. So University Park will begin its citywide fogging program tonight.

City crews will begin by fogging alleys at 11 p.m. tonight north of Lovers Lane (to the city line at Northwest Parkway) and will finish at 11 p.m. Wednesday south of Lovers Lane (to the city line at Mockingbird Lane).

The fogging is not generally dangerous to humans, but is conducted during the overnight hours to limit exposure for outdoor pets and residents who are sensitive. And of course, there are plenty of steps you can take to help control the pesky insects on your property, as well.


Luxury Condos Coming to Abbott

Highland Park developer Robert Elliott has started construction on Mondara, with 35 condos near the intersection of Abbott and Knox. (Photo: Stillwater Capital) 0
Highland Park developer Robert Elliott has started construction on Mondara, with 35 condos near the intersection of Abbott and Knox. (Photo: Stillwater Capital)

Just because there aren’t many vacant lots available in the Park Cities doesn’t mean there aren’t new homes coming on the market.

From Uptown to Preston Hollow, luxury apartments and condominiums are selling almost faster than they can be built, and Highland Park developer Robert Elliott is the latest to enter the fray.

Elliott has started construction on Mondara, a three-story complex near the intersection of Abbott and Knox avenues that will include 35 condos ranging from 1,900 to 4,300 square feet — at costs between $800,000 and $2.6 million.

“We wanted to lay something out that would hit the target market,” Elliott said. “How does somebody who has been in the Park Cities all their life — maybe they don’t need to be on a big lot anymore, but where do they go? How do we move them into something that works?” 


Holocaust Survivor, Liberator Coming to SMU

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Rosa Blum

Rosa Blum (Courtesy photo)

Bernhard Storch

Bernhard Storch (Courtesy photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps in WWII, SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program is sponsoring “Reflections from Survivors and Liberators of Nazi Death Camps” on Thursday, April 23.

The free public event will feature Holocaust survivor Rosa Blum and liberator Bernhard Storch. Blum was deported to Auschwitz, and later the Dachau camp, from Romania when she was 15. She was liberated by U.S. forces on April 29, 1945. Storch was captured by the Soviet Union, but was later freed and joined the Polish military resistance. He is also the author of “World War II Warriors: My Own Recollections of World War II.”


Abelló’s U.S. Debut at Meadows Museum

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Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, 1884-1920)  Le violoncelliste (The Violoncello Player), 1909. Oil on canvas. Archive Abelló Collection (Joaquín Cortés).

Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, 1884-1920) Le violoncelliste (The Violoncello Player), 1909. Oil on canvas. Archive Abelló Collection (Joaquín Cortés).

The Meadows Museum at SMU is featuring Spanish art collection “The Abelló Collection: A Modern Taste for European Masters” for the first time in the U.S.

The works come from the private collection of Spanish collector Juan Abelló and his wife Anna Gamazo. Abelló‘s collection contains over 500 pieces spanning five centuries, more than 100 of which are on loan to the Meadows Museum until August.

Some of the collection’s highlighted pieces include Modigliani’s “The Cellist,” “Baptism of Christ” by Juan de Flandes, “Nu assis (Seated Nude)” by Pablo Picasso, and a pair of portraits by Francisco Goya.

“Making accessible these works of art—some of the finest and rarest in existence today—to an international audience will foster a broader forum for research, scholarship, and discourse in the field of art history and beyond,” said Almudena Ros de Barbero, curator of the Abelló collection.

The exhibition is part of the Meadows Museum’s 50th anniversary celebration, and is available for viewing until Aug. 2.


MIS Students Receive Da Vinci Award

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(From left to right) Jack Perdue, Mark Van Kirk, Max Law, Maddy Helton, Allison Brown, and Sarah Ho

(From left to right) Jack Perdue, Mark Van Kirk, Max Law, Maddy Helton, Allison Brown, and Sarah Ho

The sixth-grade Destination Imagination team from McCulloch Intermediate School received the coveted Da Vinci Award for Outstanding Creativity at the DI state tournament on April 11. The award honors teams that thought creatively and with “adventurous risk” to achieve their goals.

The assignment was to build a creature that could perform three tasks within an eight minute story. The “Creativity to the Power of 6″ team built a robotic dog from recycled materials that told a story set in a black and white film.

A technical snafu affected their overall score and the team placed seventh, just missing the mark to advance to the global competition. Last year, the team placed seventh in the world for the Science Challenge at the global finals.

The team also took first place in this year’s Instant Challenge.


Moms Put Flavorful Twist on Fruity Jam

Andrea Chatterji and Stephanie Magilow model their T-shirts. (Photo: Jenny Fogel) 0
Andrea Chatterji and Stephanie Magilow model their T-shirts. (Photo: Jenny Fogel)

“Within months, we knew that the demand just exceeded what we could make [with] just the two of us,” Stephanie Magilow said.

Magilow and Andrea Chatterji, the Park Cities tastemakers behind alcohol-infused Jammit Jam, have quickly turned their hobby for the savory jams into a full-blown business in less than a year of sales. Now, their jams are being sold in Dallas’ nine Central Market locations.

How to Enjoy

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  • Use Apple Cinnamon Bourbon as a glaze for pork
  • Place dollops of any flavor in mini pie crusts for fruit-filled pie tarts
  • Brush Strawberry Chili Shiraz over grilled salmon

The jams first came from Chatterji’s vacation home in Sauvie Island, Ore., where she picked berries on her land and made over 200 jars during the summer of 2012, after learning to can jam that year. She invited friends over to taste her infused jams when she arrived home, which is when Magilow stepped in.

“I just kind of wanted to cover the cost of shipping them back to Dallas. I wasn’t really looking for a profit. I didn’t want anyone to pat me on the back and say, ‘Oh, that’s a nice little hobby, I’ll buy a jar,’” Chatterji said. “I opened them up and I was sold out in a week.”

From there, the two moms worked together to solidify the recipes, as Chatterji usually experiments with quantities and ingredients rather than sticking to formal measurements.

“We finally knew they were ready when we wanted to eat them straight out of the jar,” Magilow said.


Authors Live Digs Into US-China Relations

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rsz_bradley_chinamirage_theBest-selling author James Bradley will present his book, The China Mirage, at HPUMC’s Authors Live event on April 23.

Join in for free at 7 p.m. while the author discusses the tale of U.S.-China relations through World War II, or pay $30 to attend the reservation-only reception at 6 p.m. (complete with a copy of the book).

Both events take place at the church. Click here for more information and reservations.


Coppell Stifles Lady Scots in 6A Title Game

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By Sean Shapiro / Special Contributor

GEORGETOWN – Highland Park fell one win short of its sixth state championship on Saturday.

Coppell took advantage of the wind in the first half of a 3-0 victory in the Class 6A title game at Birkelbach Field.

Sarah King and Emma Jett scored a pair of wind-aided goals seven minutes apart in the first half, and Coppell held the ball in Highland Park’s end for the majority of the opening stanza.

King headed home a long pass by Madeline Guderian at the 18-minute mark of the opening half. The long pass traveled 30 yards and hung up in the wind, allowing the Coppell forward to position herself under the ball and give her team a lead.


Hoy Leads Lady Scots to State Title Game

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Highland Park will play Coppell on Saturday for the 6A state title after the Lady Scots beat Katy Cinco Ranch in a shootout on Friday. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

Highland Park will play Coppell on Saturday for the 6A state title after the Lady Scots beat Katy Cinco Ranch in a shootout on Friday. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

By Sean Shapiro / Special Contributor

GEORGETOWN — Highland Park coach Stewart Brown wasn’t too worried about having a freshman goalie in a shootout with a trip to the Class 6A state championship game on the line.

“Freshmen don’t understand how big it is,” Brown said.

As it turns out, Ginny Hoy was even more in the dark than her coach thought on the situation. But that didn’t prevent her from stopping Shaylee Anaya in the sixth shootout round and securing a 1-0 victory.

The Lady Scots (25-0-2) won the shootout 4-3 against Katy Cinco Ranch (23-3) at Birkelbach Field in a state semifinal on Friday.