Daily Archive: May 18, 2010

Cockatiel on The Lam in Williams Park


University Park spokesman Steve Mace tells me that there's a cockatiel on the loose in Williams Park. Did you recently say "Bye, bye birdie" to your feathered friend? Call UP Animal Control at 214-987-5371 or dial the city’s 3-1-1 information line. Otherwise, Mace says residents should stay clear of the bird, which is skittish. Animal control officers are trying to get it into a cage stuffed with sunflower seeds (at right).

Highland Park Crime Watch Hosts Block Party


A block party is a good opportunity to get to know your neighbors. With the help of Highland Park DPS,  Highland Park Crime Watch area coordinators Pat Snoots and Lori Watkins are hosting one in two vacant lots in the 4500 block of Abbott Avenue tonight. Get out and meet your neighbors from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and learn about wildlife safety, alarm monitoring, and the Highland Park Crime Watch program. The party is free for everyone, and pets are welcome.

Highland Park’s Flag Flies For First Time


Highland Park's town flag flaps in the breeze at Town Hall.

Word came in from Highland Park's spokesperson, Detective Marty Nevil, that the town's first flag was hoisted at Town Hall today. The flag, which was designed with help from Mayor Pro Tem Gail Madden, was approved by the Town Council back in January. No word on whether State Rep. Dan Branch has received a flag for his office yet.

Town Council Says, ‘So Long, Smokey’


Highland Park Mayor William H. Seay Jr. presents a plaque to outgoing Councilman Bruce "Smokey" Swenson. His replacement, Stephen Rogers, can be seen between them. (Photo by Marty Nevil)

There was a small changing of the guard last night at Highland Park Town Hall. Bruce "Smokey" Swenson left the Town Council, and Steve Rogers was officially sworn in as his replacement.

As soon as Rogers finished taking the oath of office, Swenson stood up from his seat on the council, prompting Mayor Bill Seay to say, "Smokey's making room for you." Swenson held up his hands and said, "I'm done," as he took a seat in the audience.

Seay told Swenson that he "truly enjoyed working with you" and presented him with a plaque and his Town Council name plate. Swenson also received a standing ovation from the crowd, which included former mayors Wade Smith and Gifford Touchstone.

Swenson appreciated all the accolades but said he didn't need them. "I should thank you all for letting me serve," he said, before advising everyone to follow in his footsteps: "You ought to get on the Town Council and find out how America works."

Do You Know How To Make The Perfect Summer Cocktail?


Well, I don’t. That’s why I need to head over to La Duni at NorthPark for a mojito class from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. The experts will show you how to whip up three versions of the sugary, Cuban cocktail — one shaken, one muddled, and one fired — in the mall’s beautiful Center Park Garden.

And you know what they say: Give a fashionista a cocktail, and she’s happy for an hour. Teach a fashionista how to make a cocktail, and she’s … well, you can expect a cracking good party! Anyway, bad example. The fun will cost you $18 per guest in advance, or $22 at the door. For more info, call 214-987-2260.

Texas Press Association Loves Park Cities People


It looks like I have a trip to San Antonio in my future. We've received a letter from the Texas Press Association that says Park Cities People "has received at least one first-place plaque and may have earned other awards" in the 2010 Better Newspaper Contest. Winners will be announced at a June 19 brunch in the Alamo City.