August 30, 2014

  • Highland House Proposal Withdrawn

        Crosland Group's Highland House project is now being proposed at 22 stories instead of the original 29.

    This rendering shows how Preston Center might have looked with Highland House. Now, it won’t.

    Remember Highland House? Chances are if you live around Preston Center, you do. It was the proposed 23-story apartment building proposed by the Crosland Group that was scaled back a couple of times in response to opposition from community members over its height and density.

    That same opposition led to the Dallas Plan Commission tabling the necessary rezoning case this spring to pave the way for a land-use study for the Preston Center area. Now comes word that Crosland has withdrawn its plans for the Westchester space, and that the land has been sold to former Dallas City Council candidate Leland Burk.

    The Dallas Morning News has more details on the latest development in this ongoing saga.

    By Aug. 30, 2014 | 11:01 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Hillcrest Crushes W.T. White; Rangers Get Run Over

    Hillcrest's Terrell Haley rushed for 132 yards in a 37-13 win over W.T. White on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Hillcrest’s Terrell Haley rushed for 137 yards during a 37-13 win over W.T. White on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Even if the execution sometimes felt more like first-game jitters than mid-season form, Hillcrest was able to score an easy win to open the season.

    The Panthers rolled past W.T. White 37-13 on Friday at Franklin Stadium, thanks to a balanced offensive output paced by Arico Evans and Terrell Haley.

    Evans ran for one touchdown and threw for another, while Haley had a game-high 137 rushing yards and a touchdown for Hillcrest. Evans found Tim Ismail on a 33-yard scoring pass in the first quarter, then capped a 12-play, 77-yard drive with a 2-yard scoring plunge to open the second half.

    Meanwhile, Haley scored on a 35-yard run and averaged more than 12 yards per carry as the Panthers were efficient but not flashy.

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    By Aug. 30, 2014 | 12:26 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 29, 2014

  • Your Weekly Preview of Area Football Games

    Hillcrest quarterback Arico Evans will lead the Panthers again this season. (File photo: Andrew Buckley)

    Hillcrest quarterback Arico Evans will lead the Panthers again this season. (File photo: Andrew Buckley)

    Since its last playoff appearance in 2010, luck has not been on Hillcrest’s side.

    Last season, the Panthers swept their nondistrict games before stumbling down the stretch and missing the playoffs despite a 6-4 overall record. The prior year, Hillcrest finished 4-3 in district play but still were squeezed out of the postseason on a tiebreaker.

    The Panthers are hoping for a breakthrough this season, starting tonight against W.T. White at Franklin Stadium. And they have reason for optimism with 16 starters returning from a year ago, including nine on offense.

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    By Aug. 29, 2014 | 1:26 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HP ER Opens in Preston Hollow

    HP ER Opens in Preston Hollow

    Highland Park Emergency Room opened a second location in Preston Hollow. (Photo: Sarah Bennett)

    Fans of the Highland Park Emergency Room who live to the north can now rejoice: a Preston Hollow location just opened last month.

    Even those who have no knowledge of the 24-hour care center on Lemmon Avenue can take respite knowing they will have access to help seven days a week near the intersection of Walnut Hill Lane and North Central Expressway.

    “We understand our patients have choices of where they would like to receive care,” marketing director Cortney Rodriguez said. “We also understand that emergencies are unexpected. We wanted to make our services available and convenient to north Dallas.” Read More…

    By Aug. 29, 2014 | 10:45 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Schneider, Rangers Seek New Milestones

    Schneider, Rangers Seek New Milestones

    Bo Schneider returns at quarterback this season after leading Jesuit to two playoff wins during his junior season in 2013. (Photo: Jay Plotkin)

    Don’t expect Jesuit to become complacent after making history during the 2013 football season. If anything, players and coaches agree they’re using that success as motivation to keep that momentum going.

    The Rangers completed their best season in the decade since joining the University Interscholastic League with a 55-30 loss to Lake Travis in the Class 5A Division II regional semifinals.

    The eight straight wins that preceded that defeat included playoff victories over Plano West and Rockwall. And the offense will return seven starters from a unit that scored at least 40 points in six of its last eight games. Read More…

    By Aug. 29, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 28, 2014

  • Preston Hollow Author to Sign Debut Novel

    Dr. Larry Pivnick

    Dr. Larry Pivnick

    Dr. Larry Pivnick, who lives in Preston Hollow, will sign copies of his newly released crime thriller, The Kilgore Curse: A Literary Thriller of Treachery, Murder, and Revenge this weekend at the Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Park shopping center. That’s the one across Northwest Highway from NorthPark Center.

    At any rate, the signing runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. And the book apparently is inspired by some real-life events in and around Dallas, so perhaps Pivnick can dish up some good dirt as well. He’s been practicing family medicine in Dallas for 36 years, and this is his first novel.

    By Aug. 28, 2014 | 2:45 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Hyperbaric Patients Get a Breath of Fresh Air

    Hyperbaric Patients Get a Breath of Fresh Air

    Hyperbaric chambers such as this one allow patients to breathe in high-pressure oxygen to help with a variety of ailments. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Basketball injuries might not vanish into thin air, but more top-level athletes are giving it a try than ever before.

    That’s why former Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd sometimes visited Texas Sports Hyperbarics after a long road trip. Or why former Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton did the same to ease the aches and pains during a lengthy season.

    They come to spend an hour or two relaxing in a hyperbaric chamber, a high-pressure oxygen tube that’s been proven to aid in everything from the care of bruises and wounds to therapy for stroke victims.

    “The availability of single-chamber, hyperbaric oxygen therapy has revolutionized my sports medicine practice,” said Dr. T.O. Souryal, a Highland Park resident and team physician for the Mavericks. “With professional athletes, we often use hyperbaric oxygen treatments for recovery after strenuous exercise such as back-to-back games, playoffs, and long-distance weekend competitions.” Read More…

    By Aug. 28, 2014 | 2:30 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • ‘Godfather’ of Custom Pizza Opens Local Storefronts

    ‘Godfather’ of Custom Pizza Opens Local Storefronts

    Project Pie will open a number of locations this year, including Preston Center and Asbury Avenue. (Photos courtesy of Project Pie)

    The way pizza-preneur James Markham sees it, food is akin to a romantic relationship — that is, it’s best when kept fresh.

    It’s a sentiment that can be linked directly to Project Pie, the valedictorian of the dough-tossing chains (MOD, Pieology) Markham has founded in recent years. Like its predecessors, the Project Pie concept involves custom-made pizzas bedazzled with premium ingredients. Unlike the stores that have gone before, however, Project Pie will be opening in Dallas — and opening four times over to boot.

    “I’ve got four units I’m doing in Dallas this year. I’m doing Preston Center, Lower Greenville — we just signed a space right at SMU, and we’re doing one in Addison too,” Markham said. Although the storefronts will open back-to-back this fall, thanks to a mix of vintage and industrial furnishings, “all of them are going to look different.” Read More…

    By Aug. 28, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 27, 2014

  • Greenhill Dedicates New Field For Alumna

    Greenhill dedicated Jennifer Goodnight Maalouf Field on Tuesday.

    Greenhill School dedicated Jennifer Goodnight Maalouf Field on Tuesday.

    Greenhill students and staff members celebrated the first day of school on Tuesday by dedicating the new Jennifer Goodnight Maalouf Field.

    It was installed during the summer at the corner of Midway and Spring Valley roads, and will house Greenhill’s field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse teams, in addition to middle school baseball and softball.

    Maalouf graduated from Greenhill in 1986. She attended the school for 12 years and was active in many sports and extracurricular activities. Maalouf died in a car accident along with her husband, Nagy, in 1998. She was pregnant at the time.

    To honor Maalouf, many of her classmates donated a leadership gift to the school’s Building Committee Campaign to secure naming rights to the field. Many of her friends and family members attended Tuesday’s dedication.

    At the end of the ceremony, Greenhill’s field hockey team played its first match of the season against Fort Worth Trinity Valley on the newly christened turf.

    By Aug. 27, 2014 | 4:42 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • VA to Hold Mental Health Summit

    A topic making national headlines will the focus of the VA North Texas Healthcare System’s Mental Health Summit on Friday. The summit begins at 9 a.m. at Texas Health Resources University on the campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

    It’s scheduled to include discussions about military culture, employment services, and family issues surrounding the increasing need for mental health services throughout the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    By Aug. 27, 2014 | 4:28 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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