Carillonneurs to Converge in Dallas

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Highland Park United Methodist Church’s bourdon, midrange, and treble bells hang in the belfry. (Photo: Chirag Sainju)

Late one afternoon, John Acker unlocked the back door of Highland Park United Methodist Church, walked through the sanctuary, climbed the stairs to the balcony, then mounted a perilously narrow 38-step spiral staircase to reach the carillon keyboard that controls 48 bronze bells in the belfry.

In 1984, when it was installed, the four-octave Porter Memorial Carillon was the largest in Texas. Its lowest bass bell, the bourdon, weighs 2 1/2 tons and highest treble bell, 28 pounds.

Replacement of the instrument cast in the three-centuries-old foundry Fonderie Paccard would cost an estimated three quarters of a million dollars.


National Night Out Canceled

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Highland Park police officers meet with residents during National Night Out festivities at Highland Park Village. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Both Highland Park and University Park National Night Out events that were scheduled for tonight are canceled due to projected weather conditions.

It has not been confirmed whether the events will be rescheduled.


Crime Reports: Sept. 25 – Oct. 1

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: DON’T WASTE YOUR ENERGY

A resident in the 3700 block of Granada Avenue reportedly threatened an Atmos Energy employee at 3 p.m. Sept. 28 for attempting to turn off their gas due to non-payment.


Scots Have Been Stellar Again in Tennis

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Highland Park is unbeaten as the postseason nears, and the Scots haven't been seriously challenged yet. (Photo: Rob Graham)

So far, Highland Park has passed every test in its quest to repeat as Class 5A state team tennis champions.

The Scots (13-0) recent cruised to wins over Class 6A powerhouses Plano West and Allen. And they outscored their previous 11 opponents by a combined 180-10 in terms of head-to-head matches won.

HP will host McKinney North on Friday in its final regular-season match before the opening round of the playoffs on Oct. 6. The state tournament is slated for Nov. 2-3 in College Station.


Park Place Dealerships Luxury & Supercar Showcase

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The Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase.(Photo: David Alvey)

Guests were dressed in resort attire on Sept. 9 for the inaugural Park Place Dealerships Luxury & Supercar Showcase at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas.

The event allowed guests to get up close and personal with the likes of a 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom; a $3 million Bugatti Chiron; a 1938 Bugatti, which narrowly escaped demolition during World War II, and an extensive list of other rare vehicles.


Oliai Paces Lady Scots to Team Title

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After changing course, literally, Highland Park easily won the team title at the Ben Robertson Stallion Stampede cross country meet on Saturday in Rowlett.

The team originally was supposed to travel to a meet in Round Rock that was cancelled because of inclement weather and poor course conditions.

In Rowlett, the Lady Scots had four of the top five finishers in the varsity race, led by freshman Sophia Oliai, who completed the 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 31 seconds — more than a minute faster than any other competitor.


Brinker Focused On Cancer Fight

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Nancy Brinker describes herself as intense, passionate, and grateful. “I have enormous gratitude to my parents and for being an American.” (Courtesy photo)

As the organization she founded to honor her sister’s memory reaches its 35th anniversary, Nancy Brinker gets asked how close Susan G. Komen is to reducing breast cancer in the United States by half over the next 10 years.

“We’ve taken big steps,” she said. “We need to take more.”

It is an ambitious goal, but Brinker draws inspiration from a more socially connected world and the increased awareness for which Komen is responsible.

“This era where patients are taking more command of their diseases or prevention or treatment is huge,” she said. “I’m very hopeful.”


La Fiesta Presents Donation Check to HP Arts

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2017 La Fiesta Co-chair Nancy Monning, former HP Arts President Dana Manley, 2017 La Fiesta Co-chair Rebecca Gregory, and 2017-18 HP Arts President Kelli Miller.

La Fiesta de la Seis Banderas presented HP Arts with a $60,000 donation to fund HPISD arts programs, technology, and new lighting in the MIS/HPMS auditorium.

With the help of La Fiesta's continued partnership, HP Arts will begin its 31st year of service in HPISD.


HPISD PEC Announces Program Featuring Renowned Author

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Courtesy HPISD

The Highland Park ISD Parent Education Committee will host Ashley Merryman for a program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 at McCulloch Intermediate School.

Co-author of two New York Times best-sellers, NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children and Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing, she has had an array of critical and commercial acclaim.