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A few months ago, we suspended our Crime Watch feature due to a technical issue with processing local crime information from the Dallas Police Department. Following a number of reader requests and inquiries into DPD, we're happy to announce that our crime maps are once again live on our Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Oak Cliff, South Dallas, Uptown, and Preston Hollow community news sites. 

You can access the crime maps for your neighborhood by going to the homepage of your BubbleLife news site, then selecting the "Crime Watch" tab on the left-hand side of the page.

Many thanks to the Dallas Police Department for helping us restore this valuable feature.


January 2015 has brought some chilly temperatures to Dallas-Fort Worth so far, and we're looking for the perfect place to escape the cold and warm up with hot beverage. That’s why this week in Best of BubbleLife, we’re looking for the best place to get a cup of coffee in your community.

Where's your go-to coffee shop? Where do you go when you need a pick-me-up? Tell us in this week’s survey!

Go to the homepage of your BubbleLife community and click on the "Best Of" tab to vote.

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From shopping trips to tree lightings, the holiday season is jam-packed with activities straight into the new year. That’s why this week in Best of BubbleLife, we’re looking for the best holiday activities and events in your community.

What's your can't-miss holiday event? Where do you go when you're feeling festive? Tell us in this week’s survey!

Go to the homepage of your BubbleLife community and click on the "Best Of" tab to vote.


Last month, we asked BubbleLife readers to help us build up our reading lists by telling us their favorite children’s books. Whether they’re reading for homework or as part of a bedtime ritual, reading is an important part of any child’s day. Thanks to our readers, we received plenty of responses with the perfect books to inspire young minds, with a few laughs thrown into the mix!

Take a look at our compilation of old classics and new favorites, and be sure to leave a comment telling us about your favorite children’s book! 

  • “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn — Buy
  • “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” by Dr. Seuss — Buy
  • “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein — Buy
  • “Winnie-the-Pooh” by A. A. Milne — Buy
  • “Just Love Him, I Guess” by Beth K. Whittenbury — Buy
  • “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown — Buy
  • “Young Adventurer’s Alphabet” by local author Benjamin Wallace — Buy
  • “The Hedge of Thorns” by Mark Hamby — Buy
  • “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” by Kate Douglas Wiggin — Buy
  • “The Basket of Flowers” by Christoph von Schmid — Buy
  • “Teddy's Button” by Amy LeFeuvre — Buy
  • “A Little Princess” by Frances Hodgson Burnett — Buy
  • “The Time Pirate” by Ted Bell — Buy
  • “You Are (Not) Small” by Anna Kang — Buy
  • “I Survived” Series by Lauren Tarshis — Buy
  • “Heidi” by Johanna Spyri — Buy
  • “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.” By Judy Blume — Buy
  • “Question Boy Meets Little Miss Know-It-All” by Peter Catalanotto — Buy
  • “The Night Pirates” by Peter Harris — Buy
  • “The Berenstain Bears” series by Stan and Jan Berenstain — Buy
  • “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” by Judi Barrett — Buy
  • “Anne of Green Gables” by L.M. Montgomery — Buy
  • “How I Became a Pirate” by Melinda Long — Buy
  • “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble” by William Steig — Buy
  • “Blame It on the Monsters!” by Richard A. Isbell — Buy
  • “The Man with the Purple Eyes” by Charlotte Zolotow — Buy
  • “Little House on the Prairie” series by Laura Ingalls Wilder — Buy
  • “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling — Buy
  • “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by Kate DiCamillo — Buy
  • “Breakfast With the Birds” by Jack G. Hyman — Buy
  • “Farmer Boy” by Laura Ingalls Wilder — Buy
  • “The Secret Drawer Club” by Barbe Turner — Buy
  • “A Porcupine Named Fluffy” by Helen Lester — Buy
  • “Nobunny’s Perfect” by Anna Dewdney — Buy
  • “The Learning Tree” by Gordon Parks — Buy
  • “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch — Buy

Looking to get lost in a new book? Try one of these local titles!

We asked our readers to tell us their favorite books by Dallas-Fort Worth area authors, and they didn’t disappoint. Responders offered up their favorite fiction and non-fiction books, even throwing in a couple of mouthwatering cookbooks.

Take a look at these reader suggestions for Best Book by a Local Author:

  • “Becoming Mrs. Nehemiah: A Woman's Pursuit of Servant Leadership” by Rebecca L. Jordan — Buy
  • “Best Body: Pretty Miserable Perfectness” by Jordan Lee Knape — Buy
  • “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk” by Ben Fountain — Buy
  • “Blood Profit$: The Lithium Conspiracy” by James N. Patrick Sr. and J. Victor Tomaszek — Buy
  • “Blue Suede Shoes” by Deborah Reardon — Buy
  • “D: The Cookbook” by D Magazine
  • “Entree to Judaism” — Buy and “Entree to Judaism for Families” by Tina Wasserman — Buy
  • “Goodnight Cowtown” by Jennifer Gaines Drez — Buy
  • “Strike Price” by L.A. Starks — Buy
  • “Struck by Living” by Julie Hersh — Buy
  • “Success Mapping” by Arlene Johnson — Buy
  • “The 50 Best Books on Texas” by A. C. Greene — Buy
  • “The Person Called You” by Bill Hendricks — Buy
  • “The Texas Holiday Cookbook” by Dotty Griffith — Buy
  • “This Land of Strangers: The Relationship Crisis That Imperils Home, Work, Politics, and Faith” by Robert E. Hall — Buy
  • “Vintage Pies: Classic American Pies for Today's Home Baker” by Anne Haynie Collins — Buy
  • "Wine in my Sippy Cup" by Deborah Dove — Buy