December 19, 2014

  • FORM Debuts Salon This Month

    Remember that time I told you about FORM Hair Education and the classes they teach about styling hair? Well, instructor Whitney Haynes is opening shop in Preston Center on Dec. 30.

    FORM Hair Education is merging with BalayageDallas.com to open the space. Haynes and LeighAnne Shelton will debut the salon eight colorists, eight stylists, and a makeup artist.

    “I have worked with these hairdressers my whole career and am so happy we can all be in the same salon together,” Haynes said.

    Find out more here.

    By Sarah Bennett Dec. 19, 2014 | 3:15 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Allen Honored With Landry Coaching Award

    The Landry Award holds special meaning for Highland Park coach Randy Allen and his wife, Carolyn.

    The Landry Award holds special meaning for Highland Park coach Randy Allen and his wife, Carolyn.

    Highland Park head coach Randy Allen has honored Tom Landry for years by wearing a coat, tie, and fedora on the sidelines. Now the Landry Award committee has honored Allen.

    The legendary HP coach added to the awards in his trophy case this week, when he was honored with the Landry Award Coach of the Year during a ceremony at Communities Foundation of Texas.

    The award is given to a coach that not only wins on the field, but exemplifies Christian values and teaches life skills as well through a commitment to leadership, selflessness, maturity, respect, and kindness. The recipient is chosen in part by the leadership of the DFW chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

    The Landry Award also gave its player award on Monday to Allen quarterback Kyler Murray, who will try to lead the Eagles to consecutive state titles on Saturday.

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 19, 2014 | 7:47 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 18, 2014

  • Scots Hope to Mold Youngsters on the Mat

    Highland Park senior Connor Creek, center, listens to head coach Tim Marzuola during a recent workout. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Highland Park Connor Creek, center, listens to coach Tim Marzuola during a recent workout. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    How can a wrestling team with two returning state champions be in rebuilding mode? Allow Highland Park head coach Tim Marzuola to explain.

    “We’ve got a small core of really good kids, but our numbers are kind of thin right now,” Marzuola said. “We’ve got to build up the younger kids.”

    His statement makes sense. During his prior tenure as HP coach from 1982 to 2007, Marzuola built the Scots into one of the state’s powerhouse programs starting in the late 1990s, including five UIL titles and eight state-dual titles during a 10-year span. Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 18, 2014 | 3:31 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Top Chefs Cater to New Options

    Dee Lincoln's Bubble Bar and Kent Rathbun's The Kitchen at 6130 are both already operating as catering facilities. (Photos: Chris McGathey)

    Dee Lincoln’s Bubble Bar and Kent Rathbun’s The Kitchen at 6130 are both already operating as catering facilities. (Photos: Chris McGathey)

    Chefs across town are carving out new opportunities for themselves by taking their well-known restaurants and turning them into private catering venues.

    Take Kent Rathbun and Dee Lincoln, for example: Rathbun has taken his 5-year-old Preston Center restaurant Blue Plate Kitchen and turned it into The Kitchen at 6130.

    “When we elected to close Blue Plate, it was still in good shape in terms of a restaurant,” Rathbun said. He explained that the Preston Center location was packed for breakfast and lunch, but didn’t attract nighttime traffic. So how does he make that space work for a catering venue? Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Dec. 18, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 17, 2014

  • Hyer Students Donate Toys to Less Fortunate

    Now that's a lot of toys!

    Now that’s a lot of toys!

    Some abused and neglected children in Dallas County will have a merrier Christmas thanks to the thoughtful actions of some Hyer Elementary School students.

    The school’s Kindness and Compassion Club recently sponsored a toy drive, aiming to provide hope and cheer to some children that might have never received a gift before.

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 17, 2014 | 11:05 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Scots Serve Up Canned Goods For Charity

    The Highland Park tennis team took a big swing at hunger with its recent food drive.

    The Highland Park High School tennis team took a big swing at hunger with its recent food drive.

    After capping the fall season with a Class 6A team title, the Highland Park tennis team turned to more charitable endeavors prior to the start of the spring campaign.

    As you can see, the Scots hosted a food drive that ended on Dec. 11, when they delivered more than 2,300 canned goods to the North Texas Food Bank.

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 17, 2014 | 4:33 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Celebrity Bakery Gets ‘Re-Frosted’

    Celebrity Bakery gets some sprucing up. (Photo: Peter A. Calvin)

    Celebrity Bakery gets some sprucing up. (Photo: Peter A. Calvin)

    What does that mean, you ask? We talked to new CEO Brian Livingston, who took over in October, to find out more:

    “It was very clear that the brand was still loved by the community, and people were upset by the shape it was allowed to get into,” he said. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Dec. 17, 2014 | 1:43 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Joint-Use Natatorium Could Have Some Issues

    Can University Park support a joint-use indoor aquatic center in Curtis Park or elsewhere? The better question might be whether the city chooses to support it.

    The City Council heard the results of a feasibility study on Tuesday from a Colorado firm, which suggested that while the community demographics could support such a facility, there would be plenty of questions about logistics and operating costs.

    The study, of course, stems from a proposal between UP and Highland Park ISD to build a natatorium that would house the swimming teams at Highland Park High School. The district hopes to eliminate its existing natatorium at HPHS in favor of additional classroom space as part of an upcoming bond initiative. The only site mentioned thus far has been Curtis Park, adjacent to the existing Holmes Aquatic Center.

    Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 17, 2014 | 11:27 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • UPUMC Celebrates 75 Years

    Left: Members review historical photos; top: Pastor Matt Gaston hugs Mary Helen Alburt; bottom: Matteo Garcia plays ring toss. (Photos: Chris McGathey)

    Left: Members review historical photos; top: Pastor Matt Gaston hugs Mary Helen Alburt; bottom: Matteo Garcia plays ring toss. (Photos: Chris McGathey)

    As Owen Wyatt Hurd was walked around the sanctuary of University Park United Methodist Church after his baptism on Nov. 9, he marked the next generation of members for the now 75-year-old church.

    Three days before the official anniversary, Hurd, along with his parents and five other people, joined the church that sits perched at Preston Road and Caruth Boulevard.

    The church was founded in November 1939 at a meeting at Highland Park High School with 43 charter members. Read More…

    By Meredith Carey Dec. 17, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 16, 2014

  • Tragedy Shapes Hollywood Dreams

    Dallas Sonnier, left, and Jack Heller of Caliber Media talke with actor James Tolkan, right, on the set of Bone Tomahawk. (Photo: Scott Everett White)

    Dallas Sonnier, left, and Jack Heller of Caliber Media talke with actor James Tolkan, right, on the set of Bone Tomahawk. (Photo: Scott Everett White)

    On movie screens, stories of triumph over adversity are commonplace. But few of the stories that Dallas Sonnier tries to bring to the big screen can match the obstacles in his real-life effort to make it in Hollywood.

    The 1998 Highland Park High School graduate spent several years trying to build enough money and connections to launch his own production studio. Along the way he was forced to deal with the death of both of his parents, who were each murdered in separate incidents two years apart.

    Now his professional outlook is brightening as Sonnier recently wrapped production on his studio’s highest profile film thus far. And with a trial underway for his father’s suspected killer, he’s able to bring some closure to his personal tragedies, as well. Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 16, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS