Fire Up The Grill All Summer Long

Go all red, white, and blue for July 4th entertaining. (Photo: Christy Rost)

Summer is here, and there’s no better way to celebrate all season long than by firing up the grill. For casual backyard meals, block parties, dinner with friends, Father’s Day, or Fourth of July celebrations, meals from the grill offer lip-smacking flavors and built-in entertainment.

Have you ever noticed that as soon as the grillmaster takes his or her position in front of a gas or charcoal grill, everyone joins them? Guests will leave a table of hors d’oeuvres and drift over to the grill area with drinks in hand to witness the action, because grilling is culinary theater. Folks are generally fascinated with every aspect of outdoor cooking, and because it’s so popular there are many experts willing to share the information they’ve gleaned through personal experience, research, and flavor preferences. Sauces, marinades, rubs, direct and indirect cooking, cuts of meat, tips for grilling seafood, vegetables, and fruit — the realm of outdoor grilling provides endless possibilities.

Collecting 39 Years Of Animal Tales

Dallas Zoo will lose longtime tour guide and stray rescuer on June 30. (Photo: Courtesy Beth Mayfield)

No one knows when they make the decision to abandon a pet at the gates of the Dallas Zoo what is going to happen to the animal. And it’s not unusual for zoo employees to find strays on their hands.

A disproportionate number of those animals end up in University Park. Beth Mayfield, who has worked at the Dallas Zoo for 39 years and is retiring at the end of June, just can’t say no when it comes to saving animals.

“When I went to do volunteer work I thought ‘I can’t go to the shelter, ‘cause I’ll take them all home,’ not knowing people drop animals off at the zoo,” Beth said.

Belles Annual Spaghetti Supper Set for Sept. 8


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

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

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


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

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


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.