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Hal & Diane Brierley

Hal & Diane Brierley

At the United Way Second Tuesday Tocqueville Luncheon today, two HP residents were honored for making the largest donation for a couple.

On the heels of the 90th year anniversary of United Way on Feb. 6, Hal and Diane Brierley donated $5 million to the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, which was also the largest donation the couple had made to a social service organization.

“Diane and I are proud to be part of the Unite Forever Campaign, and to take this step to perpetuate our support of United Way and its mission to fortify the fabric of this great city for all who live and work here,” Hal, founder of Brierley & Partners, said.

Both Brierley’s have extensive philanthropical backgrounds, including the Dallas Opera, Baylor Health Care System Foundation, and the Dallas Arboretum, to name a few.

Perot Museum: Calling All Collectors


The Perot Museum of Nature and Science wants the public to be a part of its first full-scale, self-curated exhibition: Eye of the Collector.

From now until Feb. 21, the public is invited to submit items from their collections — whether they are quirky, historic, or of value — to a contest to have them be displayed in the exhibit.

The contest will be sorted into three categories: “Best Youth” (17 and under), “Most Unique”, and “Most Visually Stunning.” Five finalists will be chosen from each category. The overall winning collector will become the People’s Choice contest winner and will receive free admission to the VIP opening party, a one-year family-level membership to the museum, and four tickets to the exhibit.

Eye of the Collector will be on display from April 16 to Sept. 5. The exhibit will also include items from a dedicated Dallas Cowboys fan, a world-record setting Star Wars memorabilia collector, and historical pieces from Nancy and Randy Best.

For more information or to enter the contest, click here.

No Arrest for these House Guests


drunkAs you’ll see in our weekly newsletter (hopefully you’re subscribed), there was yet another house party with minors consuming alcohol that ended with no arrests.

At 10:24 p.m. on Feb. 7, University Park police responded to a noise complaint in the 4000 block of Hanover Street, where juveniles were throwing a party.

Officers released the minors to their parents or guardians, and three citations were issued for minor in consumption.

“It is a Class C misdemeanor, so we can write a citation and release them to their parents,” said Officer Lita Snellgrove in an email. “In a serious offense, the juvenile would be detained and taken to the Henry Wade Juvenile Detention Center.”

Poll Question: How Do You Support HPISD?


Whether by volunteering in the lunchroom or supply room, or by lending your professional expertise to a committee, there a lots of ways to support Highland Park ISD.

The district also relies on charitable donations from the community to succeed. How do you give your time or money to helping HPISD? Has that changed post-bond election?

Let us know. Email us at by Friday at 5 p.m.

Police Report: Feb. 1-7



At 10:24 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, police responded to a noise complaint in the 4000 block of Hanover Street, where juveniles were throwing a party. Officers released the minors to their parent or guardian, and three citations were issued for minor in consumption.


At 12:29 a.m., Sebastian De Avila, 24, of Dallas, and Jordan Garcia, 18, of Dallas, were arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana in the 4600 block of Versailles Avenue.

Between 8 and 10:28 a.m., a woman walking her dogs found an Astra A-75 pistol, valued at $500, on the sidewalk in the 4600 block of North Versailles Avenue.

At 3:15 p.m., the owner of a white 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe reported the theft of several items from the vehicle in the 4600 block of Belclaire Avenue. The thief entered the vehicle between 7 and 11 p.m. on Jan. 30, and stole a $180 Orvis coat, a $380 Patagonia jacket, a $600 pair of Orvis sunglasses, and a $600 iPhone 6S.

At 8:42 a.m., the owner of a black 2012 Audi A8 reported the theft of the vehicle in the 4400 block of Beverly Drive. The scoundrel entered the vehicle between 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 and 9:24 a.m. and stole a $195 pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses, a $600 Dell laptop, and a $600 TUMI bag.

HP Lit Fest Celebrates 20 Years With Eggers


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The nonprofit festival will host its annual Flick Fest for Lit Fest fundraiser on Feb. 16 at the Magnolia Theatre. The event will include a screening of the 2013 film Words and Pictures, along with an introduction and Q&A with KXAS-TV film critic Gary Cogill.

For 20 years, the Highland Park Literary Festival has brought authors near and far into the classrooms of Highland Park High School. Promoting creativity and excellence in writing, this year’s two-day festival will host national names like keynote speaker Dave Eggers, as well as Dallas-based journalists, authors, and publishers.

To personalize the student experience, each of the 2,100 students at HPHS will attend the workshop of their choice during their usual English class period on Feb. 26, choosing from the 24 presenters on this year’s lineup.

“The literary scene is changing, blogging is important, diversity is important, so this year we focused on bringing a wide range of individuals from bloggers to slam poets to songwriters into the festival, alongside our more traditional authors,” event co-chair Kathleen Whalen said.

Can’t Get to the Salon? Young Brings It to You

Arlene Young launched Total Image Beauty Services in 1993, and caters to clients with disabilities. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Arlene Young launched Total Image Beauty Services in 1993, and caters to clients with disabilities. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Making people look and feel beautiful is in Arlene Young’s blood.

Growing up, she watched her mother transform the women that sat in her chair for a wash or cut. Young’s aunt was a hairdresser, as well. So cosmetology was a natural career path.

She started with her family, honing her skills and learning the trade from the ones she had watched for so long. But when Young and her husband moved from Chicago to Dallas in 1987, her path came to a fork. She was away from her comfort zone and in search of her next move.

“My husband, who’s a respiratory therapist, works in the medical field, and he saw and heard patients asking for a hairdresser,” said Young, who has more than 25 years of cosmetology experience. “He came home one day and said that there were people who would love to have their hair done just to feel like they’re on the road to recovery. So I started as a volunteer and worked it into a business.”

Help Be a Hero This Valentine’s Day


Celebrating holidays, like Valentine’s Day, may not come easy for parents. Especially parents who devote their time and attention to their children fighting cancer.

Heroes for Children (HFC), a non-profit organization that provides financial and social assistance to families of those fighting cancer, will be hosting its annual Valentine’s Day dinner on Feb. 21 at the Royal Oaks Country Club.

This is a special night set aside for parents to enjoy the holiday while childcare professionals care for their children in the next room.

In order to help the families, HFC is looking for following donations for the event:

  • Special gift packages such as a dinner for two; family outings to the zoo, museums, or other activities; jewelry, etc.
  • 30-35 goodie bags filled with movie certificates, candles, and even food coupons.

For more information on donations or volunteering, visit Heroes for Children.