November 2016 Yard of the Month!

November 2016 Yard of the Month!

November 2016 Yard of the Month!

November: Chris Michero & Steven DePuy, 619 Greenleaf

Comments from the homeowners:

Happy Fall Y’all! We are very excited to be awarded YOM for November. We absolutely love getting the truck filled up this time of year with a variety of pumpkins, gourds, crotons, pepper plants and mums. We’ve found placing the groupings on the sidewalk and out of the flower beds and grass help deter the roly poly bugs from digging into the pumpkins from the bottom and sealing a quick fate. If we do place them in beds or lawns we always use an upside down terracotta saucer to keep it dry and not directly in the bugs territory. If you do find some holes or bites all you need to do is squeeze a little super glue (the clear kind) into the crevice and it seals it up nicely. The only thing that would make this win even better would be if it actually felt like autumn outside. We’re ready!!

Thanks Heights Park! We do love our little neighborhood and our patch of green here on Greenleaf.

Chris & Steven

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October 2016 Yard of the Month!

October 2016 Yard of the Month!

October 2016 Yard of the Month!

October: Daniel and Loren Meager, 623 Stardust Ln

Comments from the homeowners:

Happy Fall Y’all!! We are truly blessed to be award the YOM for October. We moved to the neighborhood a little over three years and our number one goal was to have a yard that the neighborhood and our selfs could be proud of. We had to start from scratch with the whole landscape with our house being a complete “fixer upper”. We always said how awesome it would be if we could get our yard up to standards to get a YOM award! With fall being our favorite time of year my wife and I really enjoy putting all the fun decor and plants out that go with it. We love this neighborhood and our neighbors are very special to us and our two young boys. Happy fall and everyone have a blessed holiday season from 623 Stardust.

Thank you so much,

Daniel Meager

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Heights Park Oktoberfest 2016!

HPNA Oktoberfest 2016

HPNA Oktoberfest 2016


HERE COMES OKTOBERFEST!

Our neighborhood’s annual event at Heights Park. Fun for the entire family!

Free hot dogs, snacks, drinks. Crafts for the kiddos, bounce house, face painting, games.

Come to the north end of Heights Park at the pavilion.

We’ll be there from 11:30 – 1:00 on Saturday, Oct 22nd.

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National Night Out is Tuesday October 4th 2016

Remember, National Night Out Tuesday October 4th 2016

Janis Riley NNO 1st Annual Block Party Competition (Sponsored by your HPNA Board)

  1. Blocks must register w/ RPD and follow the RPD guidelines to win.
  2. Blocks must notify HPNA board rep Marsha Mayo to register for competition. Reply to Marsha via NextDoor.com, the HPNA Facebook page, or via our Contact page.
  3. Competition will be judged on attendance, food donation collected, neighborhood or block
    spirit and decorations.
  4. 1st place, runner up and “small but mighty” awards will be given. $25 per award will be
    given to the winning block for their NNO block party 2017.
  5. We encourage multiple block parties and group block parties if you are new to NNO.
    Contact us and we will try to refer you to a NNO mentor or neighboring block representative.

Registering your NNO block parties by pasting this link into your browser:
http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=1327

This year, National Night Out has a new sponsor, Ring Video Doorbell. Ring has provided a
discount code for Richardson residents interested in their video surveillance device. This is a
great way to add a layer of security to your home and join our Video Crime Watch program.
You can learn more about Ring and enter to win a free device at www.ring.com/winaring. To
save $25.00 use the code “7richardsonpd”

Also, Nextdoor continues to be a national sponsor as well. Don’t forget you can use the
event feature to let your neighbors know about your NNO party.

If you have any questions, contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 972-744-4955. We look
forward to another successful Richardson National Night Out!

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September 2016 Yard of the Month!

530 Twilight Trail

530 Twilight Trail

September: Nanci and Henry DuPlant, 530 Twilight Trail

Comments from the homeowners:

We are very happy to be picked as the Yard of the Month for September. My wife, Nanci has lived here many years in Richardson, but as for me it has been 12 years. We love the Richardson area, and Heights Park community. For the past years I have been improving the landscaping, which has been planting new trees, removing and/or trimming the older ones, working in a new lawn, maintaining the home, a vegetable garden out back and just last year a Zinnia flower bed out front. I have not had the luxury of using a landscaping business due to cost and that I enjoy working outside myself. After working outside for AT&T for 35 years, I am use to a lot of activity. I now have been my own boss as a Disc Jockey (My Music Guy) for almost twelve years and Nanci has her own business as well as a Hypnotherapist for 39 years. Our jobs are flexible which allows me to spend a lot of time in the yard.

Last year, we decided to put in the Zinnia flower bed in the front yard. We went to the city with our idea and they affirmed our plan. We wanted to put in a flower bed similar to Nanci’s dad (David Kaplan) did at his house on Hillcrest and Stephanie Road in Dallas. He planted a long raised bed ( longer than mine) full of Zinnias, with a sign “Please pick the Zinnias”. I assume it was a spoof off of the Doris Day movie, “Please Don’t pick the Daises”. The sign would also have scissors hung by string attached, so any one driving by could stop and cut their own Zinnias. We did not get our flower bed in before David passed away at he age of almost 94, but did get it in the next season. I heard the stories of his flower bed and all the cars stopping on Hillcrest while people picked flowers to take to work or to their homes. He even made the Dallas newspaper back then.

So if you happen to stop by our home on 530 Twilight Trail, “PLEASE PICK THE ZINNIAS”. THIS BED IS IN MEMORY OF DAVID AND JEANETTE KAPLAN. It was his idea, not mine. I just designed mine like his. If you are wondering, David Kaplan was the owner and manager of the “Sun Rexall Drug Store” on Central Expressway, which was in Richardson, where the “Party City” is now. The twelve years I have been here I have heard many, many stories of his store in Richardson and his other store in downtown Dallas. We enjoy having everyone be a part of this ongoing tradition. Thanks again for the honor of YOM September

– Nanci and Herb DuPlant

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August 2016 Yard of the Month!

600 WInchester

600 WInchester

August: Melissa and Gabriel Williamson, 600 Winchester

Comments from the homeowners:

Thank you very much for the yard of the month selection for August. The real winners are the two glorious red oaks in the front yard. They are the showstoppers and are a pivotal reason we love this home and neighborhood.

My husband and I have worked very hard to improve and evolve the beautiful existing landscaping and to create visual focal points throughout the front mulch beds. If an area was struggling for grass, we re-purposed it. Most of our accessories (benches, wheelbarrow, etc.) were items we found set out for trash. I love taking discarded items and using them as planters or in other visually pleasing ways. My husband built our front yard deck and the Adirondack chairs provide a great area to relax in the shade. We have built and bordered three separate planting areas in the past year and we are still working to design and fill them.

We both work demanding full time jobs and are very busy with our young children but we take pride in doing all the yard mowing, maintenance, gardening and landscape design ourselves. It’s a work ethic and attitude that we hope to instill in our children. We are very grateful for this little piece of land do not ever take it for granted. Thank you for appreciating our efforts.

Melissa and Gabriel Williamson

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