Culinary Conmen Hit Local Restaurants


It appears a pair of scammers have targeted restaurants in the Park Cities. A report from D Magazine explains that two women have hit at least four restaurants with claims of dental damage due to glass in their food. Sevy’s Grill, Five Creeks Tavern in Highland Park Village, and Bandito’s in Snider Plaza were among the conned restaurants.

According to the report, someone within Highland Park Police Department was previously investigating the same women for other charges.

Restaurateurs are warned that if a similar situation arises, take a photo of those making the claim and report it to the police.

Put Some Plants Where the Sun Don’t Shine


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will present the second in a series of four local landscaping and water conservation courses on Tuesday.

A free session on shade gardening will focus on ways that people can landscape their yards in areas that don’t get much sun. It starts at 6:30 p.m., and you can RSVP here.

Future courses will talk about native and adaptive plants (March 1) and smart watering during restrictions (June 2). Those two sessions will take place at the University Park Public Library.

DSOL Wines and Dines for Debs

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Paul & Nancy Labadie and Bob and Anne Blomeyer (Photo by Deborah Brown)

The 2016 Dallas Symphony debutantes and honor guard, along with their families, were honored at a cocktail reception and dinner, hosted by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, at the Meyerson Symphony Center on Nov. 25.

43 debutantes, escorted by an honor guard, were formally introduced by emcee Stan Gardner. The event is one of many, leading up to the 30th Presentation Ball, chaired by Nancy Labadie, on Feb. 20. 

The holiday weekend also included a mixer for the debs and honor guards, along with Bow Boot Camp, held specifically for the debutantes.

Traffic at the Root of Preston Center Problems

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Reshaping preston center is all about the traffic. (Photo: Don Johnson)

Do you see Preston Center as a regional shopping destination, or is it more of a collection of neighborhood retailers and restaurants?

As members of a volunteer task force establish recommendations for the future of the aging shopping center during the next several months, the very identity of the mixed-use development is where it starts.

There are fundamental issues with traffic and pedestrian access — that can be agreed upon by everyone from property owners to neighbors to city officials. But the ultimate fix could go in a number of different directions.

“Our traffic is a really big thing,” said Jana Mueller, who lives in the area behind the pink wall. “I’m not sure what the solution is.”

Win Tickets to Jackopierce at McFarlin

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Start your holiday season off right by entering to win two VIP tickets and two general admission tickets for Jackopierce’s first-ever Christmas Show! Jack O’Neill & Cary Pierce are happy to be returning to the place it all began on Dec. 6 at the newly renovated McFarlin Auditorium at SMU.

In addition to the JP hits, Jack & Cary will also be playing a bunch of great Christmas classics. There will be a full band, special guests and surprises.

VIP Tickets get you access to an on-stage “After-Show Cake & Cocoa” party with Jack & Cary and can be bought here.

Groups of 10 or more receive 10 percent off. Click here for more details.

A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit West Dallas Community School & Art House Dallas.

Church Reaches Outside Its Walls to Millennials

Central Christian Church is trying to enage more millennials through its Explore Dallas program, which reaches out to members who don't regularly attend traditional services. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Central Christian Church is trying to enage more millennials through its Explore Dallas program, which reaches out to members who don't regularly attend traditional services. (Courtesy Photo)

Combining religion and social awareness, Central Christian Church provides an outlet for millenials to make a difference.

“This generation is much more concerned with social justice, with action,” said Kristina Fleming, associate minister of Central Christian Church. “Not that our older church generation is not, but this generation I think is unlike any other that we’ve seen.”

Fleming’s observations stem from working as a youth minister for a church in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and now as Central’s new associate minister. She has noted that younger people want to do more than just visit church — they want to get involved.

RIP, Tom Munroe


Many students and teachers who passed through Highland Park ISD are familiar with Tom Munroe, who served the district for 35 years, mostly as an administrator.

Munroe died this week at age 75, and The Dallas Morning News has an obituary detailing his career and accomplishments. A memorial service has been set for Wednesday at Highland Park Presbyterian Church.

His time in HPISD included stints as an algebra teacher at Highland Park High School, the principal at Hyer Elementary School and HPHS, and various other jobs before retiring in 1995. Have any memories you’d like to share? Please do so in the comments.

Letter to The Editor: Ghosts of Schools Past


Dear Editor:

In the mid 1920s, my grandmother and many other residents of Highland Park laid a brick in the front exterior wall of the John S. Bradfield Elementary School.

It was her way of saying that part of our new city will stand here. She served in the cafeteria line as a volunteer. My mother — a Golden Scot — and my uncle both graduated from Bradfield. My wife taught there. One of our children attended Bradfield.

There are many stories like ours and there are many families with much deeper roots than ours.