Indulge in December, Detox in January


When the holidays are over, it’s time to refocus, renew, and rejuvenate…and detox.

Detoxing isn’t only for our bodies, full from the gluttonous yumminess we didn’t say no to (I mean the holidays are meant for indulging and enjoying, am I right?).

The post-holiday season is also a great time for some beauty detox. While we are laser-focused on ridding our bodies of the libations and treats, we should also concentrate on our largest organ — our skin, which is affected by everything we eat. Here are a few products that can help you retain that healthy glow and start the new year fresh-faced.

Parade of Champions Set for Saturday


screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-12-24-31-pmThe City of University Park and the Town of Highland Park have teamed up to host a parade honoring the Highland Park High School state champion football and tennis teams.

The parade will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday on Douglas Avenue west of the high school. It will proceed east across University Boulevard before concluding at Goar Park. Both teams will be celebrated with a special program following the parade at the park Gazebo.

Players and coaches from both teams will participate along with the Highlander Band, the Highland Belles, cheerleaders and Scotsmen, the Sparkling Scots, and members of the 1945, 1957, and 2005 state championship football teams. 

Zero Headache Storage

Dan Slaven and Kyle Bainter bring personal service to off-site storage. (Photo by Kelsey Kruzich) 0
Dan Slaven and Kyle Bainter bring personal service to off-site storage. (Photo by Kelsey Kruzich)

When Kyle Bainter and his wife were remodeling their home after having their first child, they needed more storage, but didn’t enjoy the experience of renting an off-site unit.

“I’m a young and able guy,” Bainter said. “But this was a difficult, inefficient process, on a hot summer day, which isn’t fun.”

Bainter thought there had to be a better way.

He and his business partner Dan Slaven, a Highland Park High School graduate, came up with a modernized approach to streamline the entire process of moving and make storing hassle-free.

HP Classic Tourney Kicks Off Soccer Season

The soccer season gets underway Thursday, with plenty of action at the HP Classic tournament at Highlander Stadium. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

The soccer season gets underway Thursday, with plenty of action in the HP Classic tournament at Highlander Stadium. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

With the calendar flipped to January and a chill in the air, the start of high school soccer season must be here. And for the Highland Park boys and girls, that means opening a new year with the annual HP Classic tournament.

This year’s event will include six boys teams and six girls teams, playing a round-robin schedule from Thursday through Saturday at Highlander Stadium. Each team will play one game each day.

Besides the host teams, the boys field includes Adamson, Argyle, El Paso Coronado, Sunset, and the International Leadership of Texas charter school. The girls side includes a group of top teams from around the state such as Austin, Cedar Park, Lake Travis, Mansfield Lake Ridge, and Katy Seven Lakes.

A complete schedule follows the jump. Bundle up and enjoy!

Rally Keeps Lady Scots Perfect in 15-5A

Eve Loewe helped to key a Highland Park rally in the second half of Tuesday against Mesquite Poteet. (Photo: Rob Graham)

Eve Loewe helped to key a Highland Park rally in the second half on Tuesday against Mesquite Poteet. Loewe scored 16 points. (Photo: Rob Graham)

Highland Park rebounded after a horrendous second quarter for a 44-38 victory over Mesquite Poteet on Tuesday to remain unbeaten in District 15-5A.

The Lady Scots (13-7, 4-0) were shut out in the second frame to fall behind 19-11 at the break, then trimmed the deficit after halftime. Eve Loewe led HP with 16 points and SMU signee Morgan Smith had 13.

It means the Lady Scots remain tied with Wylie East atop the district standings, two games clear of the field. The two teams won’t meet for the first time until Jan. 13 in Wylie, then again at HP on Feb. 7 in the regular-season finale.

Probity Advisors Wins Fidelity Award


Probity Advisors Inc., on Central Expressway near Walnut Hill Lane, has won industry recognition plus a charitable donation to assist families of seriously ill or injured police officers.

The Dallas wealth management firm received the 2016 Fidelity Be Greater Award, created last year to recognize companies that push boundaries to achieve excellence.

“It was phenomenal. The fact is it really is an award to Probity Advisors — our people, our staff, our clients,” Probity president Porter “Buddy” Ozanne III said.

Ozanne and Probity vice president Chris Sorrows accepted the award Oct. 18 in New York.

Probity Advisors won in the middle of three categories for fiduciaries that hold $250 million-$ 1 billion in assets under management.

Police Reports: Dec. 26-Jan. 2



Between midnight and 1 a.m. Jan. 1, an intoxicated Uber rider in the 3400 block of University Boulevard called the police stating that he left his $1,000 Botega wallet in an Uber vehicle, and that when he called, the Uber driver told him he was keeping it.


At 3:12 a.m., Kara Kristine Brown, 30, of Dallas, was arrested in the 3600 block of Crescent Avenue on a charge of public intoxication.

At 11:17 a.m., a hacker sent an email to an employee of William Noble Rare Jewels in Highland Park Village under a fake identity, convincing the employee to wire $46,570 to a Wells Fargo account.

Good Fit: Benedetti Launches Custom Line

Benedetti Bespoke brings old-world detail to new line. (Photo courtesy of Benedetti Beyond Bespoke)

Benedetti Bespoke brings old-world detail to new line. (Photo courtesy of Benedetti Beyond Bespoke)

Spend five minutes talking to fashion designer Christina Benedetti and you know where her passion lies: making men look good in their shirts.

“When people meet you, before they even speak with you, they’re judging,” Benedetti said. At her company Benedetti Beyond Bespoke, she helps men make an impeccable first impression.

Benedetti, who lives off Turtle Creek Boulevard, offers custom shirts designed to complement a man’s body shape, with old world details such as front yoke seams cut on the fabric’s straight grain and chevroned at the center back to make the shoulders look stronger and wider, or hand-embroidered monograms that can be applied to cuffs or to the left chest.

“Getting dressed and knowing you look good should be easy,” she said. “You shouldn’t have to think about it, because we think about it for you.”

Longtime North Texas Food Bank Leader Jan Pruitt Dies


pruittThe North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) announced Monday that its former president and CEO, Jan Pruitt, died at age 63.  She stepped down from her role Dec. 15 after leading the organization for 20 years.

Pruitt spent more than a year undergoing cancer treatment. She’d recently stopped in order to spend time with family and friends at home.

“Jan was a one-of-a-kind leader whose spirit and passion for feeding our hungry neighbors will continue to live in each of us as we fulfill her extraordinary legacy through the mission of the Food Bank,” NTFB Board Chair Tom Black said. “We will all miss her more than words can say, as we hold her family in our thoughts and prayers.”

Funeral details have yet to be released. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the NTFB.