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Santa Around Town begins December 13!

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COVID-19 Updates and Information.

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The Arbor - December 2021.

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UPPD Community Survey. Tell us how we are doing!

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Tuesday, December 7 at 4 p.m. - Create & Chill with UP Public Library.

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Tuesday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m. - UPPL Friends Event - Meet Me at the Library with Tracy Walder

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Tuesday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m. - Elena's Children's Park Tree Lighting

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Wednesday, December 8 at 10:45 a.m. - Preschool STEAM and Stories.

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Thursday, December 9 at 10:45 a.m. - Toddler Story Time @ UPPL.

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Thursday, December 9 at 6 p.m. - eBooks & More: Digital Collections Class @ UPPL.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - City Council Meeting

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021 - City Council Meeting - CANCELLED

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Tuesday, January 4, 2021 - City Council Meeting

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Former Mayor John Roach remembered

February 24, 2021
Former Mayor John Roach died last week at age 87.  Born in Dallas, he graduated from Highland Park High School in 1951.  While there he lettered in track, basketball and football. John then earned a scholarship to play football at SMU where he played defensive back, punter and quarterback.  At SMU he met and married his wife, Patsy McKenzie.

In 1956, John was drafted into the NFL by the Chicago Cardinals.  After playing for a year he served in the U.S. Air Force for two years before resuming his NFL career as the starting quarterback for the St. Louis Cardinals.   Following a season there, he played for three years with the Green Bay Packers who won two NFL Championships under Vince Lombardi in 1961 and 1962.  After retiring from the league for a year, Coach Tom Landry called, and John played one final year for the Dallas Cowboys.  He remains the only person to have played football for the Highland Park Scots, SMU Mustangs and Dallas Cowboys.

After his playing career, John worked in the mortgage loan industry and started his own successful development company.  His years of service to University Park began in 1978 as a member of the Board of Adjustment.  After serving in that capacity for six years, he was elected to the City Commission in 1984.  After four years in that position, in 1988 John was elected mayor.  After stepping down as mayor, John continued to share his knowledge and expertise as a member of the City’s Capital Projects Review Committee.    

In recognition of his many accomplishments on and off the field, in 2006 he was named a Distinguished Alumni from Highland Park High School.  In 2008, the City named the track at Germany Park in his honor (see family photo from the event).

John was preceded in death by his sister Mary Beth Bradley and he is survived by his wife Patsy, son Doug and wife Randa, and daughter Kaki Roach, his brother-in-law, numerous nieces and nephews, and their spouses, children and grandchildren.