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See what we captured this week in the Park Cities. Staff photos are available for purchase. Please e-mail or call 214-523-5256.

Scots Roll in District 10-4A Opener

Highland Park recovered from slow start to blast the Forney Jackrabbits 52-17 on Sept. 26 at City Bank Stadium. (Staff photos: Chris McGathey)

Scots Cruise Past Sherman

The Highland Park Scots take a 49-7 win over Sherman that brings them to a 28-game district winning streak. (Staff photos: Andrew Buckley)

Arboretum's Adventure Garden a Site to Behold

Arboretum's Adventure Garden is set to open September 21, at 9 a.m. Named after Rory Meyers, former chairwoman of education and research, the 8 acre garden serves as an oasis in the heart of the urban jungle that is Dallas. (Staff photos: Andrew Buckley)

Starting Offensive and Defensive Players 2013

In this week's football tab you'll find everything you need to prep for this year's football season, including previews of the Scots' opponents, a review of last season, and a complete schedule and roster you can pull out and take to games. Can't wait to get your copy? Meet this year's starters here. (Staff Photos: Chris McGathey)

Nasher XChange Debuts at NorthPark

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Nasher Sculpture Center is creating Dallas' first citywide art exhibition. (Staff Photos: Andrew Buckley)

T-Shirt Tradition Fits Just Right

Highland Park ISD has a unique tradtion. On the first day of the fall semester, some of the district's oldest students fan out to the four elementary schools and distribute T-shirts designed to remind kindergartners that they will one day be in the seniors'shoes some day. (Staff Photos: Andrew Buckley)

Blondes Have More Fun...Again

For the second year in a row the Blondes prevailed in the annual Dallas Blondes vs. Brunettes game, winning 18-15 and surviving a late-game push. Organizers established a record goal of $350,000 raised for The Greater Dallas chapter of the Alzheimer's Association for this year's game. (Staff Photos: Andrew Buckley)

HP Opens Football Practice With Season Nearing

With much cooler turf under their feet at Highlander Stadium, the Highland Park Scots opened football practice on Monday morning. Head coach Randy Allen said he was pleased with the way his players reported with the new Cool Play surface. (Staff Photos: Andrew Buckley)

Volunteers Honor Leader&#39s Legacy

The legacy of the late Joe Mathews continues to inspire those around him. Carpenters for Christ's new project -- which began last week - is known as "The house That Joe Built," Mathew's close friends will be among those who will build the home in West Dallas. (Staff Photos: Andrew Buckley)

Town Council Tours Renovated Chambers

The renovations of Highland Park's Town Hall has been a long time coming, and the light of completion is visible at the end of the tunnel. With progress moving right along, the Town Council was ready for a walk-through as part of their July 25 work session. (Staff photos: Chris McGathey)

Zhen Gallery Hosts Party for Winning Artists

Zhen Music and Arts Institute hosted a July 18 reception hosted a July 18 reception for children who entered Park Cities People's Fourth of July coloring contest. Refreshments included milk and cookies provided by Tiff's Treats.

UP Derby Lures Fishing Fans

Young anglers gathered in Caruth Park last Saturday for the annual University Park Children's Fishing Derby. (Staff photos: Chris McGathey)

HP Centennial: A Couple and Their Yacht Made Waves

Cosette Faust Newton and her husband Dr. Frank Newton are perhaps best remembered for their approximately 20 year battle against with the town over their house on Miramar Avenue. Here a few photos that show their controversial yacht before it went to ruin, their house in the 50s when it had become neglected, their museum, and a few relevant documents that can be found in a large file at the Highland Park Library.

UP Lifeguards Testing the Waters

After a rain-marred preview during the Memorial Day weekend, the Holmes Aquatic Center in University Park will officially open for the season on Saturday. (Staff Photos: Chris McGathey)

Picture Purrfect Pets

Classy canines and critters take a bow-wow in our first Pets section.

Highland Park Concludes Spring Practices

Highland Park wrapped up spring football practice last week with its annual Blue-Gold game, which features big plays on both sides of the ball. (Staff photos: Chris McGathey)

Teenage Actors Get Taste of Big Time

Fair Park's Music Hall was alive with the sound of music Tuesday night for the second annual High School Musical Theatre Awards. The ceremony, hosted by the Dallas Summer Musicals, recognized performers from 49 high schools across North Texas.

Lions Roar Back to Win

St. Mark's triumphed in an 8-7 victory against ESD and secured the Division I Texas High School Lacrosse League state title on Sunday. St. Mark's had been to the title game in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012 without a win. (Staff Photos: Chris McGathey)

Scots Teams Dominate UIL State Championships

Scots tennis players and golfers competed in Austin winning titles and breaking records on April 30. The Scots boys 'Blue' golf team finished first and the 'Gold' team finished eighth. After missing state last year, the Lady Scots golf team finished eighth. In tennis, HP tied a school record for the most victories at state by winning girls singles, boys doubles, girls doubles, and mixed doubles. And two of the finals - girls doubles and mixed doubles - were Scots vs. Scots. (Staff Photos: Chris McGathey)

George W. Bush Presidential Center Opens

With pomp, circumstance, and deference to recent history, former presidents, first ladies, dignitaries, and members of the public gathered to celebrate the opening of the Bush library on Thursday, April 25. Protesters gathered on the other side of Central before and during the ceremony. Press got an inside look at the center on Wednesday. (Staff Photos: Allison Slomowitz and Chris McGathey)

Lady Scots Soccer Defeated In State Finals

The Highland Park girls soccer team captured second in state after falling 2-1 to Denton Guyer in the championship game. (Staff photo: Chris McGathey)

25th Annual Mad Hatter&#39s Tea

Despite unseasonably chilly temperatures, fashion-lovers from near and far donned their finest chapeaus on April 11. The event raised money for A Woman's Garden, the 1.8-acre oasis maintained by the Woman's Council of the Dallas Arboretum. Hats were full to the brim with every prop imaginable, ranging from bejeweled elephants to a Swarovski-encrusted Barbie doll to a moving merry-go-round complete with sparkly teacups. (Staff Photos: Chris McGathey)

Get Ready For Camp With Cool Gear

Kids from all corners of Dallas are prepping for summer camp. That means it's time to address that packing list. You can fill your trunk or duffle bag with plenty of summer duds from local shops such as Tyler's, McCartney's, Cotton Island, and Cozy Cottage. (Staff Photos: Kellie Spano; Outfits compiled by: Sarah Bennet)

Katy Trail Has Been a Lifelong Connection

As boys, Buddy Macatee and Leonard Volk caught trains at the Highland Park Station that took them to schools in New England and the Midwest. The depot served as a meeting point for countless other passengers before trains halted in 1965, and the tracks were removed to create the current Katy Trail. Read Macatee's column at

&#39Arts Park&#39 Draws Crowd to NorthPark

Business Council for the Arts and NorthPark Center hosted the fourth annual 'Arts Park' on Saturday. The free event featured arts and cultural organizations from across North Texas with performances and workshops intended to inspire people to make art a part of their everyday lives. (Staff Photos: Kellie Spano)

Track and Field Teams Make Final Dash Before District Meet

The Flying Scots finished third at the Mesquite Invitational on March 28, while the Lady Scots finished seventh. The teams will compete at the District 10-4A Meet in Carrollton next Tuesday and Wednesday. (Staff Photos: Chris McGathey)

Tour The Parks Of Highland Park

It comes as no surprise that a town with the word “park” in its name would be filled with lush spaces. From the town’s inception, parks were a crucial element of the development, with around 20 percent of the original townsite designated parkland. Here\\\'s a little about the most notable of the parks. (Staff Photos: Elizabeth Ygartua)

Softball Team Breaks Losing Streak

The Lady Scots defeated West Mesquite in a 4-2 victory on Tuesday. The win broke a three-game losing streak and placed the team within a half of a game of fourth-place Creekview, which the Lady Scots host on Saturday. (Staff Photos: Chris McGathey)

Ebby is Living Large at 102

Real-estate doyenne Ebby Halliday celebrated her birthday at Southfork Ranch with all her doting associates on Tuesday. (Staff Photos: Chris McGathey)

Scots Hockey Defeats Southlake Carroll in City Playoffs

The Scots defeated Southlake Carroll on Monday night in the second round of the AT&T Metroplex Hockey League Varsity Gold city playoffs. The team lost to Jesuit 6-4 in the semifinals the next day. (Staff Photos: Chris McGathey)

Scots Swimmers, Wrestlers Sweep State

The Highland Park girls swimming and diving team won its 12th Class 4A state championship in 13 years in Austin last Saturday, while freshman wrestler Nick Reenan capped off a perfect season to become the school's first individual state wrestling champion since 2007, helping the team secure third place. (Staff Photos: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park Powerlifting Team Rolls at Home Meet

The Highland Park powerlifting team hosted a meet last Saturday morning. Senior Gage Shorter won his weight class (220 pounds) by totaling 1,430 pounds, and broke school records in bench press, dead lift, and total combined weight for his class. Jack Ceverha finished second in the 242-pound weight class. He lifted a total of 1,330 pounds. Both Ceverha and Shorter are hoping to qualify for regionals March 2 in Everman. (Staff Photos: Chris McGathey)

Scots Win District 20-4A Opener, 1-0

After an up-and-down run through non-district play, Highland Park defeated Little Elm on Feb. 12 in the District 20-4A opener at Highlander Stadium. (Staff Photos: Chris McGathey)

Lady Scots Basketball Defeats Terrell

Highland Park wrapped up the regular season on Feb. 5 with an emotional 83-27 Senior Night win over Terrell; and point guard Kaitlyn Read broke the school record for the most games played by any athlete at the school. (Staff Photos: Chris McGathey)

Modern Homes

These distinct homes — featuring clean lines, floor-to-ceiling windows, and open space — are emerging in the Dallas market and taking the areas of North Oak Cliff, Preston Hollow, and the Park Cities by storm.

Highland Park vs Poteet Mens Basketball

Staff Photos: Chris McGathey

University Park Public Library

University Park Public Library finally has a permanent location. The facility in The Plaza at Preston Center will officially open its doors on January 26, 2013. Staff Photos: Allison Slomowitz

Peoples Choice Winners 2012

Peoples Choice Winners 2012 of Preston Hollow and Park Cities neighborhoods. Photos by Allison Slomowitz and Chris McGathey.

Workshop Full of Signs and Wonders

University Park began making its own signs based on the idea that the city wouldn’t need to wait for others to act. Staff Photos: Chris McGathey

Jungle Home of A Hunter

Sam Spicer, a member of the Dallas Safari Club board of directors, has a menagerie of taxidermied animals in his Preston Hollow home. (Staff Photos: Chris McGathey)

Beyond the Fringe - A Highland Belles Film

Hundreds of former and current Belles flocked to the Village Theatre for the first screening of "Beyond the Fringe", a documentary film by Reid Slaughter about the Highland Belles. Photos by Andrew Buckley

Letters To Santa

30 kids, 30 letters. Children wrote letters to Santa Claus at the Park Cities People booth in Snider Plaza. You can read their Christmas wishes!

Christmas at Park Cities

From the tree-lighting ceremony in Highland Park Village to the traditional gathering at the "Big Pecan Tree" to "Santa Days" in The Plaza at Preston Center, there have been plenty of events making spirits bright.

Photographic Time Capsule of Park Cities

Have you ever wanted to revive a forgotten family photo from 50 years ago? Holt Haynsworth and Tessa Crabtree, as "the archivers of your memories," offer a rare and notable experience to clients by helping them find their lost moments and faces.

Crystal Charity Ball 2012

The Crystal Charity Ball was held on Dec. 1, 2012. This year, the 100 active members of The Crystal Charity Ball Committee committed to raise $4,420,489. These funds will support seven commendable Dallas organizations and give children hope for a healthier more productive future. (Photos By: Emilia Gaston)

People Watching by Karley Osborn @watchwithus on Twitter

SMU vs Utah Mens Basketball

After opening the season with eight wins in their first nine games, the SMU Mustangs are in the midst of a two-week break between contests. SMU knocked Utah , 62-55, at Moody Coliseum on Nov. 28. The Ponies then got a road win at Hofstra, 73-47, on Saturday. Head coach Larry Brown and the Mustangs will be back on the court to face Rhode Island in a 1 p.m. road game one week from Saturday.

Staff Photos by: Chris McGathey

Prepping for a Desert Footrace

Crossfit athlete Jarrett Kovics challenges himself a 155-mile race through the Atacama Desert of Chile to raise money for orphans.

Highland Park vs Frisco

Frisco Raccoons celebrate its victory over the Highland Scots in a Class 4A Division I bi-district playoff game at Apogee Stadium on Nov. 16, 2012. Photos: Chris McGathey

First Day of Class

Fashions were flexible on the first day of class.

Blondes vs. Brunettes 2012

Blondes vs. Brunettes celebrates milestone. The Dallas BvB was the first in the nation to raise more than $1 million in five years.

North Park Speed Walkers Fill Halls of Mall

Staff Photos: Alana Harrison

Scots Reunion 2012

Highland Park alum Kirk Dooley's vision of a Scots football reunion came to fruition on Sunday night at the Texas Theater in Oak Cliff.

Photos: Andrew Buckley

Leonard Volk's 'Everyday' Images

Leonard Volk's exhibit at Samuel Lynne Galleries.

Hyer Kindergarten Party

The Hyer Preschool Association celebrated the end of the season with a party featuring P.E. teacher Carol Brosseau, librarian Janet Peters, and principal Jeremy Gilbert.