Scouts Look Forward to New Home


Troop 70 is temporarily meeting at the new elementary school while UP Elementary is being rebuilt. (Photo: Sarah Myers)

When the rebuilt University Park Elementary School opens next year, it will include space for a familiar long-time guest.

Highland Park ISD made sure to allocate space in the new facility for Boy Scouts of America Troop 70, continuing a relationship that spans more than 87 years.

“[The district administrators] were very accommodative of us, and we are really appreciative of that,” Charles Moore said.

Home for the Holidays Housewarming Party

William and Teresa Vit. (Photo: Thomas Garza Photography)

Tacky holiday sweaters were on display in all of their glory as designers, architects, socialites, friends of the SPCA of Texas and members of the American Institute of Architects of Dallas and TEXCO, The Construction Association jingled and mingled to kick off Home for the Holidays 2017 at the Bark + Build Housewarming Party at NorthPark Center on Nov.19.

UP Considers Mile-Per-Year Program Change


University Park Public Works Department crews work on a utility line replacement project. (Courtesy University Park)

A not-so-popular joke around the office at University Park City Hall is that the mile-per-year program has shifted to the metric system.

“It’s now a kilometer per year,” said Jacob Speer, the city’s solid waste director, half-heartedly laughing about a dwindling effort to replace one mile of water and sewer lines each year.

Rapid growth across Dallas-Fort Worth has allowed contractors to become less competitive, and smaller programs, like UP’s mile-per-year program, are seeing unprecedented increases in bids for the work, Speer explained.

Junior League of Dallas’ Seventh Annual Milestone Luncheon

Nikki Webb, Featured Speaker, Octavia Spencer and Jennifer Scripps. (Photo: Celeste Smith)

The Junior League of Dallas held its annual Milestones Luncheon, presented by The Kohl Foundation, on Nov. 17 in the Hilton Anatole Hotel’s Chantilly Ballroom. This year’s event featured a conversation with Academy Award®-Winning actress Octavia Spencer. The JLD also recognized its 2017-2018 Sustainer of the Year, Linda Perryman Evans.

Crime Reports Dec. 4 – 10


A verbal face-off between a woman on her way to the Dry Bar at the Shops of Highland Park and the owner and operator of a horse-drawn carriage company resulted in a clash of opinions about who hit whom. Around 6:36 p.m. Tuesday, the woman drove her 2004 gold Landrover RRV into a coned off section designated for carriage loading and unloading and got into an argument with the owner. The owner, a 57-year-old man, told police the woman began cursing at him when he asked her to reverse out of the area, and then "revved her engine" to scare him and clipped him with the vehicle's side mirror when she drove away. The driver, who had left the scene but was later questioned by police, said the man struck her car when he threw "his left arm in the air" in what she thought was him about to make an "obscene gesture" to her.

IBM VP: Want a Problem Solver? Hire a Veteran


FROM LEFT: Panelists Nicole Gardner, Jeff Hall, John Courson, and Jeff Cleland and moderator CBSN anchor Stephanie Sy. (Photo: William Taylor)

Joining the military comes with eight or more weeks of basic training followed by weeks or months more training in the skills soldiers, sailors, and marines will employ in their military service.

But when it’s time to get out, the military provides a week of classes to transition soon-to-be veterans to civilian life, said Jeff Hall, national employment director for Disabled American Veterans.

Scots QB Honored With Landry Award


Highland Park quarterback John Stephen Jones deservedly continues to add to his trophy collection. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

The accolades continue to accumulate for Highland Park quarterback John Stephen Jones, who won the prestigious Tom Landry Award on Monday.

The award honors the top high school football player in North Texas regardless of position or classification, as chosen by a panel of former coaches and players, along with media members.

After leading the Scots to the Class 5A Division I state title last year, Jones has put together one of the most impressive seasons for a Dallas-area quarterback in recent memory, having passed for almost 4,000 yards with 52 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He’s also rushed for nine scores entering Friday’s state semifinal showdown with Denton Ryan.

Make Sure the Lost Boys Have a Happy Birthday


Here are some of the birthday boys who will be celebrating Jan. 6.

You won't want to lose your invitation to the eighth annual Birthday Party for the Lost Boys of Sudan.

Friends of the Lost Boys, a local nonprofit that provides outreach and financial support to the refugees, is collecting new or gently used items between Dec. 30 and Jan. 5 for the celebration, and they need help.