Belles Annual Spaghetti Supper Set for Sept. 8

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Courtesy Highland Belles

The Highland Belles drill team will kick off the first home game of the 2017 Highland Park High School football season with its annual Spaghetti Supper and auction/raffle fundraiser Sept. 8. This year’s theme is We’re All in Fringe Together.Amore Italian Restaurant will again partner with the Highland Belles for the 22nd year.

The entire community is encouraged to attend the silent auction held in the HPHS Cafetorium during the supper. A fun-filled family night is planned to rally HP spirit before the Highland Park vs. Waxahachie football game.

This is the Belles’ only fundraiser. Proceeds will fund many of the drill team’s essentials including bus transportation to football games, props and equipment for performances, choreography, sound systems and competition expenses.

The Belles are seeking community support through underwriting, a silent auction, and raffle sales. There will be over 500 silent auction items that have been donated by community businesses and friends. Dinner tickets are $10.00 each and raffle chances are $5.00 each or 6 for $25.00.

Tickets go on sale June 15 and can be purchased from any Highland Belle or via email at, [email protected].


Houses With Pools

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Belclaire Avenue. (Courtesy Aqua Terra Outdoors) Click "Read More" to view the other house pools.

Most North Texans will agree that if leaving town for the summer is not an option, then the best way to beat the brutal heat is in an inviting backyard swimming pool.

These spectacular neighborhood oases offer ample space for quiet reflection, early morning workouts, romantic meals under the stars, or over-the-top parties. No matter how stressful the day, escape for these homeowners is never far away.


UP Couple Happy About Judge’s Acquittal

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Dave and Stacy Cary (Photo: Kelsey Kruzich)

Contrary to some recent news reports, University Park residents Dave and Stacy Cary and haven’t relocated from their Lovers Lane home to an adjacent municipality.

Suzanne Wooten

“I see now we are the ‘Highland Park’ couple,” Dave Cary joked, referencing an error in media coverage of the belated acquittal of deposed former Collin County judge Suzanne Wooten. On May 24, she was declared innocent of state bribery and money laundering charges.

“Obviously we don’t know Judge Wooten personally, but we know she is innocent and so are very happy about that,” Dave Cary said.

The Carys became entangled in an investigation of Wooten after her upset of State District Judge Charles Sandoval in the 2008 Republican Primary.


Want to Feel Good? Spread The Happy

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This year, I keep coming across the notion of enthusiasm and joy again and again. Mostly how to cultivate it.

Happiness and enjoyment are contagious — so are misery and anger. Every day we make choices as to how and what we communicate. Those little drops of communication filter out into the world via the people around us.

Some in this world are so adept at spreading the happy that it’s impossible not to be affected by their trickle-down. They are the types of people others love being around simply because they make them feel good.


HP Adjusts Trash Pickup for Memorial Day

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Highland Park Town Hall (by William Taylor)

The Memorial Day holiday will prompt temporary adjustments to sanitation collection in Highland Park, town officials announced.

Here's the garbage/brush collection schedule for May 29-June 2:

  • Monday, May 29 - No pickup on Memorial Holiday
  • Tuesday, May 30 - Monday garbage and brush will be picked up on Tuesday 

HPHS Names Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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HPHS principal Walter Kelly, valedictorian Sandra Kong, salutatorian Sarah Hong, and superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg enjoy a moment during the Senior Honors Day celebration.

Sandra Kong was announced as Highland Park High School's valedictorian during the Senior Honors Day ceremony today at the school's Palmer Auditorium.  Sarah Hong was named salutatorian.

The graduation ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow night inside SMU's Moody Coliseum.


HPHS Girls Track Camp Set for June

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Lady Scots coaches and athletes will be the instructors at the Highland Park youth camp in June for girls entering grades 3-8.

The Highland Park girls track and field program will be on the run on June 12-14 with a youth camp for girls entering grades 3-8.

The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. each day at the indoor practice facility across from Highlander Stadium. It will include instruction in track and field fundamentals, as well as team and individual competitions with awards.

Cost is $110, which includes a participation certificate and T-shirt. A signed registration form is required prior to camp enrollment. For more information, email Highland Park head coach Susan Bailey at [email protected].

HPISD also will host youth sports camps this summer in baseball, basketball (boys and girls), football, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, volleyball, and wrestling. Click here for links to dates and other information.


Girl Hopes for Better Birthdays

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Diyaa Shah, 11, models with Amy Vanderoef at the Children’s Cancer Fund Gala. (Courtesy VGS Marketing)

Diyaa Shah was taken by ambulance to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas on June 2, 2016, where she spent the night in the ICU being poked and prodded while undergoing a battery of emergency tests.

It also happened to be her 11th birthday.

A couple of days later, the University Park girl and her family learned she had acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

“I didn’t look scared, but on the inside I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I have cancer,’ so I was scared,” Diyaa (pronounced Dee-ya) recalled.