Kid Theater Brings Social Media to Shakespeare This Week

Junior Players will perform Taming of the Shrew at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre from July 26-31. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
Junior Players will perform Taming of the Shrew at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre from July 26-31. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

In 1955, a group of Highland Park moms set the stage for adolescents to produce theater “for children, by children.”

More than 60 years later, Junior Players has evolved into a much bigger project that has fostered the creative aspirations of more than 7,000 children across North Texas. The organization works closely with Dallas ISD and other school districts to get children involved in the arts through free after-school and summer workshops in drama, dance, music, media, and art.

Since the organization’s founding, it has developed more than 100 free programs for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Part of the group’s legacy includes its annual Shakespeare productions, whose renditions always incorporate a twist.

Making Sense of the Senseless


A few streets were still closed when I arrived downtown for my first day as People Newspapers’ editor. The dignitaries and television trucks were long gone, yet sadness and shock still remained.

I now find myself looking out towards Old Red where the scene unfolded, wondering what might happen next.

In the weeks following July 7, there have been endless calls for unity. Our leaders have spoken powerful words. Residents have shown overwhelming support for our police departments.

Yet just beneath the surface, tensions remain. Ideas accepted as truths by some are mocked and ridiculed by others. Divergent perspectives often blind us from seeing the greater picture. Sometimes the divide seems so large, it is hard to imagine us ever coming together.

The only thing we seem to agree on is that things have to get better. Let us hope that can be a starting point.

Correction: Greater Space at HPUMC


An article in the August 2016 print edition of Park Cities People incorrectly reported the University Park City Council approved a plan during its July 5 meeting to raze the Biggers Building at Highland Park United Methodist Church and build a new family activities center.

At press time, Park Cities People confirmed the report with a University Park official. That confirmation was later retracted.

The council held a public hearing on the issue but did not take any action. A subsequent vote scheduled for July 19 was postponed at the request of the applicant so that it could make a slight modification to the proposal.

University Park Community Information Officer Steve Mace said that council has no intention of backing away from project approval, and will likely take up the issue again in August.

We regret the error.

Coloring Book Contest Grand Prize Drawing

Category winners (from left): Ages 1-3 Lila McCollum, age 2; Ages 4-7 Ben Morton, age 7; Ages 8-11 Julia Berlin, age 8; and Ages 12-14 Bridget Stammel, age 12. 0
Category winners (from left): Ages 1-3 Lila McCollum, age 2; Ages 4-7 Ben Morton, age 7; Ages 8-11 Julia Berlin, age 8; and Ages 12-14 Bridget Stammel, age 12.

Did your kiddo work hard on his or her Park Cities People Fourth of July Coloring Book? Well, it’s time to reveal the grand prize winner.

So gather up the kids and head to St. Bernard Sports at 5570 West Lovers Lane for the drawing at 6 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Breaking the Bank Over a Broken Limb

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While critics have complained that freestanding emergency rooms are overpriced and even deceptive, staff boast they provide high-quality and convenient services. But at what cost?

The Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Rooms states that ERs have to charge more than non-emergency clinics in order to cover costs associated with state-of-the-art medical equipment, as well as the costs of having ER-trained physicians available 24/7.

State law requires ERs to clearly note they are an emergency facility. However, the Better Business Bureau reports numerous complaints from families who claim they were unaware of the distinction until receiving the bill.

Allen Warchol, a Dallas native who now lives in Los Angeles, was in town for the holidays last year when his daughter developed a rash around 11 p.m. Erring on the side of caution, he and his wife went to a nearby facility so a doctor could take a look. They had no idea the small building they were in was actually considered a full-service emergency room.

Dallas Confirms West Nile Case in HP


According to Highland Park, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS)  “has confirmed a positive human case for West Nile Fever for a resident that lives in the Town of Highland Park.”

Spraying started yesterday, and will continue through Friday, July 22. Ground spraying will be performed at public rights-of-way only, taking place between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

So if you haven’t taken the appropriate precautionary steps, maybe now is the time to do so. Remember the four D’s people:

Living Free From Food Guilt


By the time this goes to press I will be on a well-deserved vacation … from being good.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to eat “right.” I’ve got friends who are gluten-free who don’t have celiac disease, but feel less “bloated.” Others are on the paleo diet, which forbids even gluten-free bread or pasta. Others are on the Mediterranean diet: nuts, olives, and tons of steamed or grilled veggies drizzled with olive oil (cold pressed, extra virgin, from a reliable producer).

Nobody my age gives dinner parties anymore because somebody’s dairy free; somebody else can’t eat tomatoes or onions because of irritable bowel; some have developed an allergy to shellfish; others have given up red meat; a handful won’t eat spicy because of reflux; and a bunch are off the sauce or will only drink pinot noir. It’s just easier to just meet for lunch or dinner at a restaurant.

Police Reports: July 11-17


Skulduggery of the Week: This Burglar’s Getting Intimate

Between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. on July 12, a burglar broke into a house in the 4600 block of Livingston Avenue and stole a Louis Vuitton purse, a backpack, and two gallon-sized zip top bags containing underwear, bras, sports bras, and socks.


At 2:32 p.m., a victim reported a thief stole two chainsaws valued at $700 from a vehicle in the 3900 block of Miramar Avenue between noon and 1 p.m. on June 17.

At 7:32 p.m., a victim reported a thief stole a $600 backpack blower from a vehicle in the 4300 block of Belclaire Avenue between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. on June 2.