Happy 2015!

HPNA GENERAL MEETING — THURSDAY, FEB 5TH

7:00 P.M. FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (Custer/Greenleaf)

OGDEN FELLOWSHIP HALL

By now you should have received the HPNA mailing with membership invoice and flyer regarding our first HPNA General Meeting of 2015. Representatives from the City Manager’s office will be in attendance to give us an update on the city as well as our neighborhood! This will be a very important meeting to attend if you want to know what’s going on around us.

And we have A LOT going on…

  • Around our neighborhood
  • Happenings in the Heights Shopping Center
  • Main Street/Central Expressway Corridor Study

Around the city…

  • State Farm progress at City Line
  • Raytheon
  • Spring Creek Nature Area Expansion
  • 2015 Bond Program Preparation (no new taxes)
  • Richardson’s First Dog Park

So, come to the meeting on February 5th, at 7:00 p.m. and hear what the City Manager’s office has to say. Bring your questions and/or concerns. This is the perfect time to get explanations and answers.

Refreshments are always served and we’ll have a couple of give-aways, too.

HPNA MEMBERSHIP

Why should you care?

  • An informative HPNA website
  • Email updates of important events/newsworthy items affecting our neighborhood
  • Active Volunteer Citizen Patrollers to keep our crime down!
  • Assist with the Crimewatch Program through the Police Department
  • Newsletters distributed to all residences
  • Active Block Representative network
  • Flag lease program for members
  • Monthly Yard of the Month Program
  • Participation in City of Richardson Neighborhood Vitality Program and other neighborhood enhancement programs (sign toppers, bridge enhancements, entry features)
  • Maintain partnerships with other Neighborhood Associations and HOAs throughout the city
  • Annual neighborhood events: OctoberFest, 2 General meetings with programs, Volunteer party, etc.
  • Representation at monthly meetings with the City Manager’s office, City Council, and other HOA Presidents.

And probably the most important reason…

  • HPNA serves as a conduit to City Hall and the Chamber of Commerce on issues affecting our neighborhood. We have a strong voice at City Hall.

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  • Membership in our neighborhood association is a bargain at only $20/year.
  • Participation in the Flag Program is $40/year (but you must be an HPNA Member)
  • Total for both = $60
  • Payments via PayPal or check (see below for website info)

We accept checks or payment via PayPal. Cash is accepted at the General Meetings. (see info below regarding website and mailing address)

So please become a member of our association and be a part of the solution. If you know your neighbor isn’t a member, ask them why. Thank you.

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December 2014 Yard of the Month!

December 2014 Yard of the Month
December: Kathy Hammer and Sherry Sanderson, 801 Twilight Circle

Comments from the homeowners:

It was wonderful to get home from our neighborhood cookie exchange and find that we have been voted Decorated Yard of the Month, it is truly an honor. We have been in the neighborhood for 8 years and could not have better neighbors. We have such a unique neighborhood where we get together for a neighborhood Christmas dinner, cookie exchange, and a get together twice a month for wine and appetizers. It is not unusual to look out the window and see a neighbor helping another neighbor. We love being so close where we can walk to Santa’s Village or to the great Octoberfest at the park. Heights Park is such a wonderful place to live. The yard is truly a labor of love for us. It seems to grow larger every year. Thanks so much, HPNA, for the honor and the hard work you do for the neighborhood.

Kathy Hammer and Sherry Sanderson

Find out more about Yard of the Month (and nominate a yard) right here.

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November 2014 Yard of the Month!

November 2014 Yard of the Month
November: Alice and John Hutchings, 403 Thompson

Comments from the homeowners:

Yard of the month – truly an honor. Drought and watering restrictions, total reconstruction of the house, and nursing an ailing red oak tree have hindered our focus on getting the front yard in shape. That focus became clear when we were getting prepared to celebrate my mom’s 90th birthday at our house. My husband wanted it to look nice for the party and chose the orange and yellow chrysanthemums combination to give the yard a pop. He enjoys caring for the landscape himself and has done all the work, including the dry stacked stone surrounding the front beds.

We have lived in our home for over 23 years, but we have been members of the community for most of our lives. Hutch’s parents live a block away and he grew up playing in the creek on the back side of our house. Our two boys continued the tradition along with many nephews and nieces and friends over the years. Our love for this neighborhood and city of Richardson keeps us ever striving for improvement and beautification of our surroundings. Our neighbor down the street, who won yard of the month a few years ago, said “Once you have won, the pressure is on for the whole month to keep the yard perfect!” I think we are up for the challenge.

Thank you, Heights Park Neighborhood Association and committee for this honor.

Alice and John Hutchings

Find out more about Yard of the Month (and nominate a yard) right here.

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Heights Park Octoberfest this Saturday at 11:30 AM!

Octoberfest 2012HEIGHTS PARK
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION’S
8TH ANNUAL OCTOBERFEST
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25
11:30 – 1:30
(at the pavilion at the
north end of the park)

PUMPKIN DECORATING
BOBBING FOR APPLES
BOUNCE HOUSE
FACE PAINTER
BALLOON ARTIST

more details here:
2014 Octoberfest Flier

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October Decorated Yard of the Month!

October 2014 Yard of the Month: 500 ThompsonVincent and Jennifer Verdugo, 500 Thompson

Comments from the homeowners:

Thanks so much for choosing our yard as the Decorated Yard of the Month! It’s such a fun time of year for us, and it’s a treat when others enjoy it too! Anyone who knows the Verdugo family understands that we’re a little obsessed when it comes to Halloween. The annual display has become a family hobby, and we begin gathering ideas long before October. Because we make most items from scratch we usually begin building early in the summer, and we challenge ourselves to come up with something new each year. By far, the best part for us is sharing the fun with neighbors and friends on Halloween night. Even though it’s definitely spooky, we avoid anything too gory so that the little ones can enjoy it too. We love seeing the reactions of kids and chatting with people who stop by and stay a while. For us it’s all about doing something creative and having fun. We also love it when we spot other “haunts” in nearby yards, and we enjoy checking out the great displays in that pop up around the neighborhood this time of year.

Vincent and Jennifer Verdugo

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Heights Park Octoberfest 2014!

HEIGHTS PARK
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION’S
8TH ANNUAL OCTOBERFEST
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25
11:30 – 1:30
(at the pavilion at the
north end of the park)

PUMPKIN DECORATING
BOBBING FOR APPLES
BOUNCE HOUSE
FACE PAINTER
BALLOON ARTIST

more details here:
2014 Octoberfest Flier

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National Night Out Events Tonight

National Night Out, a year-long community building campaign, is designed to: (1) Heighten crime prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Events in our neighborhood tonight from 6:00 to 9:00 PM:

203 Thompson
533 and 531 Northill
631 Lockwood
814 Lockwood
815 Westwood

Know anymore? Please comment here!

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Updated HeightsPark.com

Heights ParkHello,

We’ve just put together a refreshed heightspark.com website. As an experiment, I’m trying out integrating the Facebook commenting system directly into the site, with each post connected to our Facebook page. I’m not really sure if we’ll keep it for good, but I’d like to see how it works and see what y’all think about it.

If you have feedback on this feature and would rather not comment here, just get in touch with us via our Contact Page.

Thanks,

Nathan Beach

Heights Park Neighborhood Association Web Services

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