World Travels Allow Journalist to Be Informed

Stephanie Martin

Stephanie Martin

In an age when multimedia journalism is branching out at break-neck speed, one Highland Park High School alumna is championing the elegant art of public radio. Stephanie Martin Taylor is an award-winning journalist and expert storyteller.

Honored with more than 20 national, regional and local awards, Taylor is has proven herself in a myriad of journalistic endeavors. A 1991 HPHS graduate and a 1995 graduate of Colgate University, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and French.

While studying, Taylor worked as an international corporate communications intern for Lafarge in Paris and as a White House Press Office intern in Washington, D.C.

She went on to pursue a graduate degree from Columbia University, where her professors, veterans of NPR, had a profound impact.

Preparing For Camp Starts Now

A Sky Ranch camper considers a pond-side discovery. (Photo courtesy Sky Ranch) 0
A Sky Ranch camper considers a pond-side discovery. (Photo courtesy Sky Ranch)

Somehow it’s already time to start thinking about summer and that means camps for kiddos. Be sure to flip through our Camps section in the next three issues for lots of great content such as checklists, great duffel ideas, and features about Texas and out-of-state camps to help you and your family prepare.

Interested in advertising in the section? Please call 214-523-5228 or email The deadline for appearing in our March edition is Feb. 2. If you’d like to appear in the April edition, reserve your spot by March 2.


Bridge Builders to Host Annual Breakfast


Bridge Builders Society, a nonprofit organization focused on helping women with breast health issues, will hold its annual breakfast at 8 a.m. Friday at the Park City Club.

The group will celebrate 23 years of providing assistance to those battling breast cancer, and will also salute its donors and providers. Jan Lee of Advanced Imaging will be given the Advocacy Award.

To RSVP, contact Tamara Sanders at 214-821-3820, extension 28, or

HP Village to Celebrate FoundDog Day


In a brilliant play on words, Highland Park Village is celebrating FoundDog Day this year in lieu of Groundhog Day. Join Angie’s Friends and White Rock Dog Rescue on Feb. 7 from noon to 3 p.m. by the clock tower to have the opportunity to adopt a dog.

HPISD Now Targeting November Bond Election


Highland Park ISD won’t have a bond election this spring.

District trustees reached consensus during a work session last week to hold off on sending a massive bond package to voters because of questions about the cost and scope of potential improvement projects.

November is now the target for a bond initiative that could exceed $200 million, and will focus on relieving congestion for a growing student population that already has each HPISD campus bursting at the seams.

NCL Highlander Chapter’s Senior Recognition

Here are the seniors in the National Charity League's Highlander chapter. 0
Here are the seniors in the National Charity League's Highlander chapter.

Congratulations to the 21 Ticktockers who were presented as the National Charity League Highland chapter’s senior class. On Jan. 25, fathers escorted their daughters during Senior Recognition at 7000 Park Lane.

This chapter includes mother and daughter members from Highland Park, University Park, Greenway Parks, West Highland Park, and Bluffview/Devonshire.

Melson to Leave HPISD School Board

Leslie Melson

Leslie Melson

Highland Park ISD school-board president Leslie Melson has announced that she will not seek reelection this spring.

Melson has served as president for three years, and was a trustee for six years before that, bringing her time on the board to nearly a decade.

“It’s great timing for my family,” she said. “It’s time for others to step up and serve.”

During Melson’s tenure, she’s seen many ups and downs. But one of her most memorable moments was being a part of the district’s centennial celebration in 2014.

Winter Dishes Can Still Be Healthy

Columnist Casey Stephanie

Columnist Stephanie Casey

Winter! The season of stews, chilis, casseroles, and quiche. It is possible to keep the nutrition in these dishes so it’s not just meat, pasta, and cheese all season.

Our modern world allows us access to fresh fruit and veggies year-round. They won’t taste as good from far away and out-of-season, but it still counts. This time of year is also when canned or frozen veggies will often taste better and have more nutrients than fresh produce at the grocery.

Here’s what I do: when a recipe calls for veg of any kind, I go big with the portion of veggies. When I make simple pasta, I head to Jimmy’s and buy a ton of fresh basil (possibly the most delicious and affordable basil in town). Rather than just a leaf or two, I fold a handful into my warm pasta.

Bijoux Will Close; Montlake Cut Will Open


Our colleague Nancy Nichols has the scoop on SideDish about some restaurant comings and goings at both Preston Center and Inwood Village.

For starters, the intimate dinner spot Bijoux will close at the end of February, following one final Valentine’s Day hurrah for local couples. The owners will focus instead on The Second Floor Bistro.

And it didn’t take long for someone to lease the space recently vacated by Spoon at Preston Center, as restaurateur Nick Badovinus plans to open a seafood place called Montlake Cut.

Car Burglaries Increased in UP Last Year


University Park shared some its 2014 crime statistics this week, and there’s nothing too alarming, although there was a slight uptick in car burglaries last year within the UP boundaries.

According to UPPD, there were 106 car burglaries in the city in 2014, up from 93 the year before (but significantly lower than the 155 two years ago). It could be argued that if more people locked their cars or used common sense when securing their valuables, that wouldn’t happen. But that’s a discussion for another time.

Anyway, no robberies and 29 residential burglaries were included among the 24,106 calls for service. You can find more info and tips here.

HPISD Launches Page For Literature Updates


HPISD has launched a new webpage specifically for updates on literature selections. The page will house challenges and appeals, proposed changes to EFA (LOCAL) policy, and any changes to protocol for the district or campus. Click here to view the page.

The page is a part of the HPISD website (there’s a link under “announcements”), and went live today.

Cops Spoil Another HP House Party


Another Friday night means another house party in the Park Cities, with teenagers and officers confronting one another, leaving behind a mess of scurrying students, underage-drinking citations, empty alcohol containers, and adults claiming bewilderment or ignorance.

Here’s the latest chapter, which began at 10:36 p.m. on Jan. 23, when police noticed two empty Bud Light cans and a vodka bottle in the front yard of a house in the 3400 block of Drexel Drive.

Highland Park Department of Public Safety officers stopped a tipsy teenager on the sidewalk who said he came from the house, drank a “few beers,” and was trying to catch an Uber ride home. Then an adult houseguest emerged, claiming to have been sleeping and unaware that there were so many rambunctious kids in the house drinking.