HP Claims Record 10th Lone Star Cup

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A state football title set the tone for a banner year among Highland Park athletic teams. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Capping a school year filled with championships, Highland Park added another on July 3, when it was announced as the Class 5A winner of the Lone Star Cup trophy.

The annual UIL award recognizes the top schools in each of its six enrollment classifications based on a points system for championships in athletics, as well as other UIL academic and music competitions.

The Scots won state titles in five sports during the 2016-17 year, which was the most of any athletic program in Texas. They included football, team tennis, girls soccer, boys swimming, and boys golf.

That combined to give HP its 10th Lone Star Cup overall — the most of any school statewide (since the rankings began in 1998) — but its first since 2008. Frisco Wakeland and Grapevine tied for second place in 5A.


Police Reports: June 26 to July 2

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houseSKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: AXING WITHOUT PERMISSION

Around 5 p.m. July 2, Sumiko Schroeder learned the large tree she was paying a crew to remove from the parkway in front of her house in the 4600 block of Westside Drive doesn’t belong to her. It belongs to the town.


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Damaged around noon: the clock screen and entertainment console of a 2015 Lexus ES 350 at a home in the 3100 block of Saint Johns Drive during a failed attempt to take the stereo.


Construction in Snider Plaza

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Is it a spaceship? No, it's the Park Plaza Project! (Rendering courtesy Omniplan)

The beleaguered Park Plaza project is underway in Snider Plaza.

It may be the only construction site that threatened the University Park mayor’s seat, but it will not be the only one disrupting the peace and quiet of the Park Cities in the next two years.

At press time, the new Snider Plaza mixed-use development was set to kick off June 19 with the demolition of the long-vacant former Chase building at the corner of Hillcrest and Daniel avenues. Eight weeks have been allotted for the demolition, according to University Park public information officer Steve Mace, with construction set to be completed in fall of 2018.


HP Favors Traditional Colors

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New 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs will replace three Highland Park patrol vehicles. (Courtesy Pursuit Safety Inc.)

The navy blue on three new patrol cruisers Highland Park purchased looks so dark some town leaders mistook it for black.

“I promise you that’s blue, sir,” Capt. Chuck Gore assured Mayor Joel T. Williams III and the Town Council.

When it comes to public safety vehicles, council members have definite opinions about colors; they don’t want police cars that remind them of the Oakland Raiders, nor fire engines that could belong to Texas Tech.

The town is replacing three 2013 patrol vehicles with 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs.


House of the Month – 3601 Greenbrier Drive

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(Courtesy Ebby Halliday Realtors)

This impeccable English home stands on a rare double lot in the University Heights subdivision of University Park. It was built by Bob Cresswell in 2005 with luxurious materials, and has been exceptionally well maintained. It features six bedrooms, 6.2 baths, five living areas, and a three-car garage.

The property contains all the extras that buyers expect in a luxury home: a large gourmet kitchen opening to the great room; state-of-the-art technology and lighting systems; a temperature-controlled wine room; a game room and home theater; a three-story elevator; and elegant grounds designed by Armstrong-Berger.


Nasher Sculpture Center Announces Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony

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The Nasher Sculpture Center announced its fall 2017 exhibition, Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony, will be on view from Sept. 16 - January 7, 2018.

Initially organized by the Noguchi Museum in New York, the exhibition centers on an immersive environment representing Sachs’ distinctive reworking of chanoyu, or traditional Japanese tea ceremony—including the myriad elements essential to that intensely ritualistic universe. Sachs has also produced a complete alternative material culture of Tea—from bowls and ladles, scroll paintings and vases, to a motorized tea whisk, a shot clock, and an electronic brazier. During the course of the exhibition, the Nasher will present a series of public demonstrations in which special collaborators trained by the artist will perform tea ceremony for a few guests. The walls of the tea house will be removed for the occasion, enabling visitors to watch the ceremony as it unfolds.


Local Homeless Youths Aspire for Higher Education

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Graduates during the 22nd Kids' University ceremony. (Photos: Imani Chet Lytle)

Rainbow Days, Inc. and University of Texas at Dallas hosted the 22nd annual Kids’ University summer camp Graduation Ceremony on June 22 at the UTD campus.

Through diverse classroom experiences such as robotics, geology, engineering and more, Kids’ University teaches participants to aim for higher learning, while improving their academic, social and developmental skills. On the final day of each Kids’ University session, children wore brightly colored caps and gowns and walked the stage to receive their Kids’ University diplomas from UT Dallas Vice President of Diversity and Community Engagement Dr. George W. Fair. Graduates also heard commencement speeches from prominent and inspiring community figures like Tory Gant from Just Say YES and Robert Barkers, an American Airlines First Officer.


Belles Earn All-Around Award

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Highland Belles lieutenants (from left): Jillian Ellis, Claire Lake, Talle Olsen, Catherine Magee, and Grace Dodd. (Courtesy Highland Belles)

The Highland Belle lieutenants were recently awarded the All-Around Award at the Encore Creative Officers Camp in Frisco. The girls also earned a superior ribbon for their advanced jazz routine to “Dangerous”.

The camp, which was held at the Frisco Convention Center, is designed for the top officers of drill teams. It focuses on teaching leadership, technique, and custom halftime routines.