Remember, National Night Out Tuesday October 4th 2016
Janis Riley NNO 1st Annual Block Party Competition (Sponsored by your HPNA Board)
- Blocks must register w/ RPD and follow the RPD guidelines to win.
- 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.
- Competition will be judged on attendance, food donation collected, neighborhood or block
spirit and decorations.
- 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.
- 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:
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!
September: Nanci and Henry DuPlant, 530 Twilight Trail
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
Our neighborhood association president was on the local NBC news talking about our neighborhood!
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
A Taste of Heights!
…Come Sample What Your
Neighborhood Has to Offer….
SATURDAY, JULY 23; 2:30 – 4:00
HEIGHTS RECREATION CENTER
This will be a General Meeting like you’ve never experienced before. And this is your neighborhood like you’ve never seen, tasted or explored it before. The next HPNA General Meeting will be held on a Saturday, yes, a Saturday in the afternoon at Heights Recreation Center, not at the normal First United Methodist Church location.
Heights Park and its immediate surrounding areas have so much to offer; some you may be familiar with and some you may not. This is your chance to hear all about it, taste some of it, and share the experience with your neighbors in attendance. Several restaurants and retailers will be offering samplings of their food and their services. Where can you go for Hawaiian Shaved Ice? What’s different for dinner? How can I go running when it’s raining outside? Where can my kid learn to be a Mad Scientist? Are Silver Punchers and Zumba Gold hidden treasures? Answers await!
Each attendee will receive “A Taste of Heights” booklet listing the retailers and restaurants right in your own backyard. Imagine having a reference right at your fingertips of all that is right within your reach. It will also contain “Tasty Tidbits”, revealing information that may surprise you about Heights Park. But you can’t get a booklet without attending, so…see you there!
July: Todd and Julie Anders, 811 Lockwood Drive
Comments from the homeowners:
We are honored to be selected as Yard of the Month. Our family moved to Heights Park in 2007 and were quickly embraced by our new neighbors. We have come to love Richardson and especially the great Heights Park community.
Over the years, we have enlarged the front beds, planted various perennials, and improved the soil. We intended to eventually fill the beds ourselves, but life always seemed to get in the way. Sharolyn, from Lone Star Landscaping was great to work with and did a fabulous job. They added stone edging, a variety of shade plants and a beautiful dogwood.
Shout out to our great lawn mowers (my sweet husband and awesome daughter).
– Todd and Julie Anders
Video courtesy of Jeff Davis Photography. Thanks, Jeff!