July 8, 2014

  • Dallas Burger Joint to Compete on Reality Show

    Thursday at 11 p.m., Twisted Root Burger Co. will appear on the debut episode of FYI’s “World Food Championships” reality show. The Dallas-based burger joint attended the cooking competition in Las Vegas, along with 300 other professional chefs, restaurants, and home cooks from all over the world, to compete for its share of the $300,000 prize purse.

    To keep tabs on the “World Food Championships”, visit the competition’s websiteFacebook page, and Twitter @worldfoodchamp.

    Think you’ve got the culinary skills to strike it rich on World Food Championships? Enter to compete in this year’s competition.

    By Jul. 8, 2014 | 11:21 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Help Us Find This Pup’s Home!

    Do you know where this pup lives? (Photo: Elizabeth Sartin)

    Do you know where this pup lives? (Photo: Elizabeth Sartin)

    This Pekingese cutie was found at Inwood Road and Lovers Lane in the Greenway Parks area over the weekend.

    She was wearing a black collar with silver dog bones on it, but no tags and no chip.

    Do you know where her family is? Help us find a happy ending for this pup and spread the word.

    Email Elizabeth if you happen to know something.

    By Jul. 8, 2014 | 10:12 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 7, 2014

  • White Powder Leads to Hockaday Evacuation

    If you haven’t heard of acetone peroxide before, you’re probably not alone. But it caused a stir during an otherwise quiet summer day at Hockaday this afternoon.

    The Dallas Fire Rescure Hazardous Material and Explosive Ordinance teams were called to the school about noon to dispose of a “miniscule” amount of the highly explosive white-powder substance that’s frequently used in school chemistry experiments.

    The school was evacuated for almost an hour as a precaution during the incident, and no injuries were reported.

    By Jul. 7, 2014 | 4:15 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 6, 2014

  • Sparkman-Hillcrest Undergoes Renovations

    A new columbarium will expand the facility's ability to provide for cremations. (Photo: chris McGathey)

    A new columbarium will expand the facility’s ability to provide for cremations. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Sparkman-Hillcrest Funeral Home may be more than 100 years old, but that kind of longevity doesn’t come without making some updates. 

    That’s why the operation is going through a seven-phase remodel, which will include a completely renovated chapel and construction of a new columbarium. 

    “We’re really excited about it,” president and general manager Daniel Salter said. “It’s one of a kind for the state of Texas. There are others throughout the country, but very few. It’s very unique, and we feel that our clientele is going to be very receptive to it.”  Read More…

    By Jul. 6, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • LYFE Kitchen Opens in Preston Center

    Lyfe Kitchen will open one of its three Dallas-area locations in Preston Center this summer. (Photo: LYFE Kitchen)

    Lyfe Kitchen will open one of its three Dallas-area locations in Preston Center this summer. (Photo: LYFE Kitchen)

    Pizzadillawich. Art’s Unfried Chicken. Baked Garlic Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries. These are a few of the mouthwatering dishes residents can feast upon at LYFE Kitchen in Preston Center. 

    LYFE, short for Love Your Food Everyday, is a fast-casual restaurant committed to providing affordable, health-conscious food. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu includes gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options. 

    LYFE is also LEED certified and uses low-voltage lighting as well as recycled materials for countertops. 

    Read More…

    By Jul. 6, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 5, 2014

  • Work of Teenage Artist is More Than a Pretty Picture

    Park Cities painter Jack Smith, 13, has several of his paintings on display this summer at Zhen Music and Arts Institute. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Park Cities painter Jack Smith, 13, has several of his paintings on display this summer at Zhen Music and Arts Institute. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Jack Smith was 4 years old when his first painting of a penguin made the cover of his pre-school newsletter. And that was before he gave much consideration to elements such as color, form, and texture.

    Almost a decade later, Jack is a seasoned painter whose works have been commissioned and sold for thousands of dollars. His first gallery exhibition this summer has been well received. And he’s expanding into other media, crafting artwork out of anything from Legos to spare parts in his garage.

    “Anything that I can create out of other things, I like doing that,” said Jack, who will enter eighth grade at Highland Park Middle School in the fall. “I like really dynamic colors and lots of texture in my paintings.” Read More…

    By Jul. 5, 2014 | 4:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 4, 2014

  • Greenhill Student Has His Heart in Swimming

    MJ Ward talks with his Dallas Mustangs coach, Doug Moyse, after a race during a recent meet. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    MJ Ward talks with his Dallas Mustangs coach, Doug Moyse, after a race during a recent meet. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Shortly after birth, MJ Ward’s doctors told his parents that he would never be able to participate in sports.

    Athletic activities would place too much strain on his heart, and any violent contact was too risky for a boy who was born with the inside of his body resembling an unfinished jigsaw puzzle.

    But after two major surgeries, the outlook improved for the Preston Hollow youngster who had many of his internal organs in the wrong positions, including his heart. It’s a congenital condition known as situs inversus.

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    By Jul. 4, 2014 | 9:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 3, 2014

  • Attention Readers: We Need Fall Interns

    Hey you — are you a student? Do you know one? Then consider interning for us this fall. We are looking for editorial, art/production, and advertising/marketing interns.

    Get some more info and fill out your application here.

    By Jul. 3, 2014 | 4:30 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 2, 2014

  • Hillcrest Forest to Host Fourth Festivities

    Get out your red, white, and blue, and bring the whole family.

    Get out your red, white, and blue, and bring the whole family on the Fourth. (Photo: Bill Naifeh)

    You don’t have to travel far to celebrate the stars and stripes on Friday, when the Hillcrest Forest Neighborhood Association will hold its annual July 4th parade and celebration.

    The festivities get underway at 10 a.m. at Kramer Elementary School, and will include patriotic music, a best-dressed pet contest, face painting, refreshments, and other activities for all ages. The parade will feature a fire engine, vintage cars, children and their parents dressed for the occasion, either walking or riding bikes, scooters, skates, or wagons.

    The events are free, of course, and are sponsored by the Neighborhood Volunteers in Patrol and by the Kramer Elementary PTA.

    By Jul. 2, 2014 | 5:09 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Preston Center Developers Want Life of Luxury

    Crosland Group is proposing a 22-story luxury apartment complex, called Highland House, in the 8200 block of Westchester Drive. (Photo: Crosland Group

    Crosland Group is proposing a 22-story luxury apartment complex, called Highland House, in the 8200 block of Westchester Drive. (Photo: Crosland Group)

    What is the future of Preston Center? A better question might be, when is the future of Preston Center?

    That’s the dilemma that has two developers at odds with vocal residents from both the Park Cities and Preston Hollow over a pair of luxury-apartment developments that both sides agree could start a trend in the area surrounding the venerable retail development.

    Crosland Group hopes to secure approval from the city of Dallas this summer for Highland House, a 22-story project on a 0.5-acre site in the 8200 block of Westchester Drive that would replace an aging three-story medical building. Next up is Transwestern, which has submitted plans for a complex on the northeast corner of Preston Road and Northwest Highway that would reach as high as six stories at its peak.

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    By Jul. 2, 2014 | 8:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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