Food Truck Hype Could Help Hungry

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Len Bourland

Len Bourland

Ahh, May. It’s a month when people picnic, eat outdoors, and enjoy the plethora of produce, especially that grown regionally. But there is much grumbling in Highland Park, where banks and boutiques abound, that it’s now inconveniently necessary to go to the periphery to grocery shop since Tom Thumb left the Village.

People, especially women who still do the vast majority of grocery shopping, don’t like to adjust to an unfamiliar store. Imagine, then, what it is like for those working poor and impoverished who live in what have been dubbed “food deserts.”


Rangers Rally to Eliminate Highland Park

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A four-run sixth inning helped Jesuit complete a playoff sweep of Highland Park on Friday at Wright Field. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

A four-run sixth inning helped Jesuit complete a playoff sweep of Highland Park on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

For the second straight game, a home run in the top of the first inning gave the visiting team an early lead. But this time it didn’t hold up.

Jesuit rallied with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat Highland Park 5-3 on Friday, completing a sweep of the Scots in a Class 6A Region II quarterfinal series at Wright Field.

After being chased from the mound in the third inning, Kyle Muller redeemed himself by doubling home the go-ahead run to key the rally for the Rangers (31-2-2), who trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the sixth.

“Sooner or later, he’s going to come through in some way, shape, or form,” said Jesuit head coach Brian Jones. “He’s too good of a player.”


Ursuline Hurdler Signs With Johns Hopkins

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Hannah Miller was backed by plenty of her Ursuline teammates when she signed with Johns Hopkins this month.

Hannah Miller was backed by plenty of her Ursuline teammates when she signed with Johns Hopkins.

By Kelly Morris / Special Contributor

Hannah Miller will continue her track and field career at Johns Hopkins University after signing a National Letter of Intent last week.

Miller started running in fifth grade at Mary Immaculate. She has run varsity track with the Bears since her freshman year and ran a meet record 44.3 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles at the TAPPS state meet in 2014. Hannah finished third in the same event at state this year.

“I am absolutely thrilled about attending Hopkins,” said Miller, who plans on being a pre-med major. “Going for a visit is what sealed the deal for me because it’s a beautiful campus. It’s a family there.”


JLD Program Aims to Get Kids Eating Better

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From left: Junior League of Dallas president Julie Bagley, United Healthcare North Texas CEO Scott Flannery, and JLD president-elect Meredith Mosley. (Photo: Kim Leeson)

From left: Junior League of Dallas president Julie Bagley, United Healthcare North Texas CEO Scott Flannery, and JLD president-elect Meredith Mosley. (Photo: Kim Leeson)

We all know that kids these days, generally speaking, need to have more discipline in their diets. So kudos are due the Kids in the Kitchen program, operated by the Junior League of Dallas in partnership with United Healthcare.

The eight-week health education program aimed to empower more than 600 Dallas children to eat well and stay healthy by promoting preparation of healthy meals and development of lifelong eating habits.

During the program, volunteers engage with kids in kindergarten through fifth grade during three-hour sessions that include age-appropriate recipe preparations, exercising activities, and fun ways to introduce nutrition and fitness to family members.


Lamplighter Kids Help Youngsters in Nepal

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From left: Hannah Wright, Jack Moses, and Selwyn Rayzor

From left: Hannah Wright, Jack Moses, and Selwyn Rayzor

Lamplighter School students recently donated $955 to UNICEF from profits raised through the Lamplighter Layers Corporation, the school’s entrepreneurial program that raises chickens and sells eggs.

The donation will provide 955 children in earthquake-ravaged Nepal with 40 days of water.


Recalls Extend to W.T. White Yearbooks

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From ice cream to airbags, it seems that recalls are all the rage these days. But administrators at W.T. White High School have put a new twist on the concept by recalling yearbooks.

The Dallas Morning News has the details of the effort to take back the books because of insulting remarks that were inserted in place of personal quotes beneath the photos of some students.


Wounded Warriors Take on the NFL

The WWAFT takes on NFL players at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. (Photos: Tanner Garza) 0
The WWAFT takes on NFL players at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. (Photos: Tanner Garza)

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team (WWAFT), led by Quarterback and former US Navy Officer Roger Staubach, took on the NFL Alumni of Texas Thursday, May 21 in a flag-football Game of Honor.

Sponsored by a host of donors including Humana and the Military Benefit Association, the game was held at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas and attended by hundreds of fans, friends, family and even students from several schools in Dallas including the Jesuit and W.T. White High School football teams.

Humana and medical device company Zimmer donated a combined $350,000 to WWAFT at the game.

The WWAFT players are veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and play to demonstrate that the loss of a limb does not mean the end of an athletic career. Proceeds from the Game of Honor benefit the WWAFT, Debbie Lee’s America’s Mighty Warriors, Heroes-on-the-Water and Texas’ Disabled Veterans.


Hill, Folk Lift Jesuit Past HP in Series Opener

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Darius Hill's first-inning homer gave Jesuit a 1-0 lead it never relinquished on Thursday against Highland Park. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Darius Hill’s first-inning homer gave Jesuit a 1-0 lead it never relinquished on Thursday in a playoff series opener against Highland Park. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

By Michael Finnegan / Special Contributor

Darius Hill’s opposite field home run in the top of the first inning gave Jesuit a 1-0 win over neighborhood rival Highland Park in the opening game of a Class 6A Region II quarterfinal series on Thursday at Scotland Yard.

With two outs and nobody on base, Hill drove HP ace Layne Looney’s pitch deep over the left-center field wall.

Hill’s solo shot, along with a shutout on the mound by Harrison Folk, was all the Rangers (30-2-2) needed to take a series advantage back to their home field on Friday.


Author: New Homes Can Have Old Souls

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Brent Hull’s office, built in 1921, houses his extensive book collection on preservation.  (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Brent Hull’s office, built in 1921, houses his extensive book collection on preservation. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Brent Hull grew up with a love of English, history, and working with his hands. As an adult, those passions combined into a love of old homes and woodworking.

“Houses tell stories,” he said. “What we build matters. You’re creating the narrative of the home.”

The St. Mark’s alum got his undergraduate degree from Baylor University, and then moved on to the North Bennet Street School in Boston to hone his craftsmanship skills.

Today, he runs Hull Historical, a general contracting company that specializes in residential and historic preservation, from a 1920s building in downtown Fort Worth. The former Nabisco distributing center provides the perfect venue for millwork and consulting with clients.


Stakes Are High As Rangers, Scots Collide

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Austin Sheahan and Jesuit will face Highland Park this weekend. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Austin Sheahan and Jesuit will face Highland Park this weekend. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

UPDATE: There are free T-shirts commemorating this weekend’s “Tollway Series,” courtesy of Big Frog. They’re customized for each team, so check with them for availability. Plus, all of the games will be streamed live at Sportsgram for your viewing and listening pleasure.

As neighboring rivals, Highland Park and Jesuit have met many times for scrimmages on the baseball diamond over the years. But never have the stakes been as high as they will be this weekend.

The Scots and Rangers — whose campuses are separated by less than six miles on the Dallas North Tollway — will have a showdown this week in the Class 6A Region II quarterfinals.

The best-of-three series will begin at 7 p.m. tonight at Scotland Yard before shifting to Jesuit’s Wright Field at 7 p.m. Friday for Game 2. A third game, if necessary, would return to HP at 10 a.m. Saturday.


TCA Students Honored For Reading Skills

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It's nice to see kids still reading these days.

It’s nice to see kids still reading these days.

Even to a journalist, 1 million words seems like a lot. So it’s noteworthy when 66 students in grades 2-4 at Trinity Christian Academy were recognized during the final week of school for completing more than 1 million words of independent reading.

Their award was a replica $1 million bill with each student’s face printed in the center. The school implemented the program, part of a national project known as the Million Words Campaign, to enhance reading skills in younger students.


Affordable Listings Still Cause Feeding Frenzy

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Sellers can capitalize on market trend

Sellers still had the upper hand in the single-family housing market during the first quarter of the year, and that trend might not change anytime soon.

Available inventory is down and prices are higher in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow, especially among luxury properties, according to statistics from the North Texas Real Estate Information System.

“Inventory is still really low, and that’s driving a lot of prices,” said Blair Hudson, an agent with Allie Beth Allman and Associates. “There’s just nothing to buy. That’s why you can hold out for your price. This is still very much a sellers’ market.”