HPHS Varsity Choirs Kick Off Holiday Season

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Front Row (L to R): Luke Sobolevitch, Mary Berryman, Gracie Nunneley, Katie Krasovec, Morgan Gerlach, Jennings Humphries, Brennan Davis. Middle Row (L to R): Sophie Hung, Apsaline Douglas, Skylar Wilson, Cailin Jordan, Ryan Douglass. Top Row: (L to R): Jordan Pierce, Adam Davidson, Matthew McDaniel, Will Geise, Claire DeJean, Jace Tucker, Bryn Klingaman.

The holidays are very busy and merry for the Highland Park High School varsity choirs.

In celebration of the holiday season, the HPHS Lads and Lassies performed at the Snider Plaza Tree Lighting on Nov. 19. Future L&L performances will take place at the Jackopierce Christmas Concert on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the McFarlin Auditorium, and at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Armstrong Tree Lighting.


Crime Reports Nov. 20 – 26

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Thieves may have rolled into Highland Park on two LimeBike rentals Nov. 22 and removed three bicycles from a garage left open during the day in the 3200 block of Beverly Drive. Managing the extra wheels may have been too much of a feat, because officers found one of the stolen bikes, a 1986 silver and blue Mirusmi, in an alley next to the rental bikes. A neighbor said the rental bikes had been in the alley since at least 12:30 p.m. The other stolen bikes, a yellow and blue 2014 Scott Graphite road bike, valued at $1,800, and a red Trek 800 mountain bike, valued at $1,000, were still missing.


Spirit of Generations Award

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John Crawford, Carol Huckin with John and Diane Scovell, and John R. Taylor III. (Photo: Kristina Bowman.)

The Senior Source presented Diane and John Scovell with the 2017 Spirit of Generations Award during its annual luncheon on Oct. 31 at the Landmark Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Dallas. The Spirit of Generations Award is given to an individual or group of individuals who have helped build the foundation that supports our community and the bridges that connect the ages.


Astronaut Lands at SMU

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The 2017 Authors LIVE! season ended on a high note as an overflow crowd of more than 1,200 people packed Highland Park United Methodist Church to hear astronaut Scott Kelly discuss his new book Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery.

“We try to choose what our community is interested in,” Authors LIVE! agent Janet McLeod said.

The partnership between Highland Park UMC, Friends of the SMU Libraries, and Friends of the Highland Park Library hosts approximately 15–20 authors a year. Kelly’s talk attracted one of its largest crowds.


Annual Celebrating Life Luncheon

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Former Covergirl, Jennifer O'Neill at the Council for Life's annual Celebrating Life Luncheon. (Photo: )

Nearly 900 guests attended Council for Life’s annual Celebrating Life Luncheon on Oct. 25th at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. Actress, producer and author, Jennifer O’Neill, moved the audience with her message of hope and healing by sharing her poignant life story about the pain of abortion.


HPDPS To Expand Motorcycle Patrol

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Officer Peter Gardner investigates vehicle collisions for the Highland Park Department of Public Safety. (Photo: Taylor Crisler)

Highland Park is doubling the size of its motorcycle division this December — by hiring one more officer.

Adding a second motor officer will allow for improved response times, as the officers could split their coverage of the town between the east and west sides, said Officer Peter Gardner.


Making it to The Ball

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As December rolls around, everything begins to revolve around the season of giving. But the minds of the Crystal Charity Ball women are fixated on philanthropy all year.

For the past 65 years, Crystal Charity Ball has been an ambitious advocate for children’s welfare. It has raised more than $130 million for upwards of 140 carefully chosen organizations that provide educational, medical, and social services for children in Dallas County.


Recognizing Heroes Awards Dinner and Gala

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Sgt. Byron Fassett, Hero Award Honoree and Rebekah Charleston, Survivor Leader. (Photo: Rex Curry)

Unlikely Heroes, a nonprofit organization that rescues and restores child victims of slavery worldwide, hosted its fifth annual Recognizing Heroes Awards Dinner and Gala on Nov. 4 at Four Seasons Resort in Dallas. presented by RE:defined Coffee House and sponsored by COOLA Suncare at the Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas.

The event was hosted by Anjelah Johnson and Savannah Chrisley and chaired by Katie and Kenyon Coleman. Featured guests included Vanessa Carlton, music headliner, and keynote speaker Mandy Teefey, producer of the TV show 13 Reasons Why.


Make It a Season for Sustainability

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Bells ringing, cookies baking, ribbons tying. The merriment is joyous, but behind it is much excess and waste — which you can be a part of changing. Here are some areas to contribute to sustainability and make your holidays a little greener this year.

Try these ideas for achieving greener celebrations: