August 2015 Yard of the Month!

714 NorthillAugust: Bob & Cindy Clatt, 714 Northill Drive

Comments from the homeowners:

Thank you so much for the August YOM honor! What a thrill! Our yard has been a work in process. We take our cues from nature. We put in a flagstone walkway years ago because we had a mini creek that flowed from our house to the sidewalk when we had a heavy rain. The walkway stopped the erosion of our yard. The English ivy and jasmine were used to compensate for thin grass areas. We love our big trees and the shade they provide however finding shade loving plants that lend a splash of color was a trial & error process. We’ve discovered coleus, caladiums, sweet potato vines and begonias work great! We also enjoy using impatiens but August heat can really stress them. We’ve recently been putting in a flagstone patio to cover a grass challenged area. We look forward to visiting with our neighbors on the patio! My husband and I love working on projects together & our yard has provided us with many rewarding projects!

Thanks again for the honor!

Bob & Cindy Clatt

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July 2015 Yard of the Month!

504 Ridgedale Drive

504 Ridgedale Drive

July: Randy and Paula Carroll, 504 Ridgedale

Comments from the homeowners:

Thank you so much for the July YOM honor. We never planned anything like this. Most of our ideas and inspiration came from looking at other homes while out walking. So, thanks to all our neighbors.

We put in an ivy ground cover around our large oak tree because of the difficulty of keeping grass in this area. We then put in a flagstone walkway up to the porch for guest’s and across the front of the house for the mailman. Finally we enlarged the two flower beds and put in low care plants.
The end is a yard with a smaller working footprint so there is lower maintenance and less watering.

Thanks again for recognizing our yard.

Randy and Paula Carroll

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June Yard of the Month!

104 North Gentle

104 North Gentle

June: Keith and Kerry Johnson, 104 North Gentle

Comments from the homeowners:

What an honor! We moved into our home 7 years ago. The builder, Shaddock Homes, installed the basic shrubs and crepe myrtles. They left the existing pecan tree in the front. We decided we needed some more color in the front. We face the west, so it is very hot and sunny in the front. We tried periwinkle (vinca) which is sun tolerant, but last year we planted penta and they were very sun tolerant looked nicer. A couple of years ago we planted day lilies and thy love the sun, too. These need to be split and replanted every couple of years.

A couple of years ago we planted day lilies and thy love the sun, too. These need to be split and replanted every couple of years. The shady part of the yard has some caladiums and Easter lilies. We have also nursed a hydrangea through the last couple of winters.

We’ve had many people ask what we do to keep the yard and flowers so healthy. This lawn has been organic since we moved in. It has made a big difference in yard.

Thank you so much for recognizing our efforts.

Keith and Kerry Johnson

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Heights Park June Announcements!

JUNE/JULY HPNA NEWSLETTER COMING SOON!

Your friendly neighborhood block representative will soon be delivering the June/July issue of the HPNA Newsletter to your porch. The Newsletters should be out around the first weekend of July so please watch for them.

In that issue will be information on our upcoming General Meeting being held on Thursday evening, July 23rd.

We’ll also have information on our Yard of the Month Program, Citizen Patrol, Richardson redevelopment report, and other items.

If you don’t receive your Newsletter after the first weekend of July, please send us an email at contact@heightspark.com
FLAG ETIQUETTE

Ideally, an American flag on your house should hang from a staff that angles out from the front wall, a windowsill, or balcony. Whether the flag hangs from an angled or horizontal staff, be sure the union or canton (the rectangle with the stars) is at the peak. Hanging the flag with the union down signals extreme distress. When our President declares the flag to be flown at half-staff, it is acceptable to hang the flag from a horizontal staff with the union down, though your neighbors may not understand why you’re doing this.

When the flag is displayed either horizontally or vertically, the union should be at the top and to your left. When displayed in a window, the flag should be hung so that the union is on the left when you see it from the street.

The American flag is meant to be a flag; don’t use it for any other purpose — not as drapery, ceiling decoration, or as a bed spread. And never use it as a receptacle for carrying or holding anything.

Though it is customary to fly the flag from sunrise to sunset, the U.S. Code says that “when a patriotic effect is desired”, you can display it around the clock. If you do, you should illuminate it with a light.

When displayed from a car, the flagstaff should be fixed or clamped firmly to the vehicle, ideally on the right side. The flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back. The same holds true for a flag displayed on a float in a parade. Don’t carry the flag flat or horizontally. And because it is not meant to be apparel, do not wear a United States flag. If you wear a lapel flag, pin it on the left side, near your heart.

Appropriate USA flag folding procedure: Fold the flag in half width-wise twice. Fold up a triangle, starting at the striped end, and repeat, until only the end of the union is exposed. Then fold down the square into a triangle and tuck inside the folds.

Why bother with flag etiquette when you’re just excited about flying the Stars and Stripes? Consider this…for more than two hundred years, our country’s military, firemen, police, and other service personnel have practiced these measures faithfully, treating our flag with the highest esteem. This is one way we can show respect and meet the high standard they have set.
FOOD TRUCK PARK — APPROVED

If you haven’t yet heard, the City Council approved a special permit for a food truck park and private club to be located at 522 Bishop Avenue, just north Richardson’s downtown area. Specifically, it’s located in the Interurban sub district on a former residential lot. The Food Truck Park will be similar to the existing Fort Worth Food Truck Park.

The Interurban sub district was recently rezoned to become an eclectic, mixed-use district.

The Park will offer
  • A relaxed, backyard environment with outdoor tables.
  • Four to five food trucks
  • Stationary structures serving as an office and bar, as well as restroom facilities
  • Current plans are to serve lunch and dinner seven days a week
The Park is scheduled to open mid-summer. Watch for additional information as we have it.
CityLine Update
(State Farm complex)

The City Council received an update recently on the CityLine development, the 2.3 million square foot mixed use development located at Plano Road and President George Bush Turnpike.

More than two dozen restaurants have been announced:
  • Full Service Restaurants: Bite City Grill, Coal Vines, Eureka, Edoko Sushi, Fernando’s, Fish City Grill, Jasper’s, Taco Diner.
  • Fast Casual Restaurants: Bastrop BBQ, Fresh to Order, Kin Kin, Luna Grill, Mod Market, Pei Wei, Whole Foods.
  • Quick Serve Restaurants: Eight, Flip, P.O.D. Market, Smashburger, Starbucks, Subway, The Green House, The Kitchen Table, Tom + Chee, Top Pot, Vibe Micro Market.
CityLine Drive is the new road that runs parallel to Renner and through the heart of CityLine.

POLICE DEPARTMENT GRANT — FROM STATE FARM

On Friday, April 17, State Farm presented the Richardson Police Department with a $25,000 grant. The funds will allow the department to purchase video equipment that will be used to film public service announcements, including announcements focused on teen driving. Videos will be posted to YouTube once they are completed.
FOUR BULLETS BREWERY
NOW OPEN!

Saturdays 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
For Tours, Tastings and Pints

640 N. Interurban Street

Richardson, TX  75081

 

REDEVELOPMENT ALONG LOCKWOOD, BELT LINE and
RICHARDSON HEIGHTS SHOPPING CENTER

Have you noticed the redevelopment along Lockwood lately — near Quik Trip?

  • Travel King has completely renovated the old Army/Navy Store into something very attractive!
  • The old post office on Lockwood is being transformed as well into a dental office/software company.
  • Thanks in part to this redevelopment, Lockwood is a much more attractive border to our neighborhood!
The old Chevron station at the southwest corner of Belt Line and Central has come down and will become a drive-through Starbucks.

And have you shopped/dined at the Richardson Heights Shopping Center lately? What a transformation has taken place there! The parking lot is full, people are shopping, dining, and movie-going all over the place!

Half Price Books is busy, Alamo Drafthouse is packed, and several great new restaurants seem to be thriving.

If you haven’t been there lately, you owe it to yourself to walk over there. This renovated shopping center will keep our neighborhood ever more popular.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE
NEXT HPNA GENERAL MEETING

THURSDAY, JULY 23rd
7:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall

Back by popular demand — Stacey Davis, History Librarian

A few years ago, Stacey presented a program to our neighborhood residents on the history of Richardson, with a focus on our Heights area. And since we have so many new residents in our neighborhood, we invited Stacey back to give us another history lesson! Everyone really enjoyed Stacey’s visit the first time.
Discover Local History

If you like older homes…established neighborhoods…history…Richardson…you’re going to like our next Heights Park program! We’re fortunate to have the Local History Librarian from the Richardson Public Library, Stacey Davis, as our featured speaker. She has photos, maps, and historical tidbits from when Richardson began–specifically from the birth of the Heights Park area. This will be a fun ‘walk down memory lane’ for many of you, and a history lesson for our newer residents.

 

If you want to know how the neighborhood got started…Who settled it? Why? Who lived here? What was it like when it was young? Her program will give a brief overview of Richardson’s origins. She’ll tell us about the history of the Heights Park area, which was started because of the huge population growth during the boom.

 

Davis has been a reference librarian at the Richardson Public Library for over 20 years (she started in Richardson in December, 1995). She worked for the Dallas Public Library for six years before that. As the Local History librarian at RPL, Davis is in charge of the collection of historical photographs, books, documents and maps dealing with Richardson history. She’s been organizing this collection for the entire time that she’s been with the library. She has a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas and a bachelor’s degree in business from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. She’s from a small town in East Texas-with a graduating class of 73. She likes to read (big surprise!) – all kinds of books but she has a special interest in pandemics; anything about the “Black Death” in 14th century Europe, the 1918 Flu pandemic, and small pox-all historical!

 

Don’t miss out! Come to learn more about the history of our great city and your neighborhood. If you have some old photos of our neighborhood you’d like to share, feel free to bring them – be sure to put your name and phone number on the back so we can keep track of them.

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May 2015 Yard of the Month!

605 Westwood

605 Westwood

Our first yard of the month for 2015 is 605 Westwood!

It is such an honor to be chosen for yard of the month.  When we purchased our home 19 years ago we would have never thought our yard would ever receive such a reward.  It has taken many years of tender loving care to convert a very poor yard into one that would be considered for this recognition.  With such great neighbors and so many beautiful and well maintained yards in the neighborhood, we have been inspired to try and have the best yard possible.  We are truly humbled by this honor with so many beautiful yards throughout the neighborhood.  Thank you HPNA and committee.

Roy and Traci Price

605 Westwood

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

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Spring Has Sprung in Heights Park!

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HEIGHTS PARK N.A. BOARD MEMBERS

We wanted to let you know that we once again have all seats on the HPNA Board filled. We have been without a Vice President for quite a while, but we’re happy to welcome Jeff Davis as our new VP. Jeff visited our last board meeting and agreed to serve, helping us promote our neighborhood programs. Thanks, Jeff!

Other Announcements:

FIFTH ANNUAL EPIPHANY CRAWFISH BOIL

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 from 1-5 PM
Church of the Epiphany, 421 Custer Road, Richardson, Tx. 75080
  • $25 for all you can eat…
  • Crawfish from Fruge’s with corn and potatoes cooked by the Epiphany Crawfish Team
  • Cajun Sausage cooked on the “Iron Maiden” by The Brotherhood of St. Andrews
  • BBQ Brisket and Pulled Pork from Knight’s BBQ
  • BBQ Ribs from Mama Faye’s
  • Cajun Meatballs & Rice from Lupe Boudreax’s Texicajun Party
  •   $5 for Hot Dogs and Chips for the kids

 

Buy tickets now at  epiphanyrichardson.eventbrite.com

This is an outdoor event, so bring a lawn chair, a pop up tent and stay for a while and enjoy live blues music by Aaron Burton!  Come hungry, bring your friends and family and enjoy a Saturday afternoon on the church lawn.  We’ll have plenty of activities for children, including a bounce house, playground, and if they want, they can be a part of the crawfish sorting fun!

All proceeds from the event benefit Missions and Outreach.

Church of the Epiphany, 421 Custer Road, Richardson, Tx. 75080

Election Information
For the May 9, 2015, Joint Election
If you live in Richardson, DALLAS COUNTY
What’s on my ballot?
Richardson residents in Dallas County will vote for Richardson City Council Places 1-6 and for Mayor (Place 7). All registered voters in the City of Richardson are eligible to vote for candidates in all 7 places.
Note: The Richardson Independent School District’s Board of Trustees Election has been cancelled due to unopposed candidates.
Where do I vote?
EARLY VOTING:  April 27, 2015 – May 5, 2015
During early voting, registered voters in the City of Richardson may vote at any early voting location within Dallas County.
The only early voting location within the City of Richardson is: Richardson Civic Center , 411 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson, TX 75080
Hours for Early Voting and additional Early Voting locations can be located by visiting the Dallas County Elections Department Website at www.DallasCountyVotes.org
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ELECTION DAY VOTING: May 9, 2015, 7am-7pm
On Election Day, registered voters in the City of Richardson must vote in their designated precinct polling place. You may find your precinct number on your Voter Registration Card or visit www.dallascounty.org/voters-information/precinct-lookup.
Most residents of Heights Park would vote on May 9th at Richardson Heights Elementary School, 101 N. Floyd Rd. (Precinct 2507)
For more Dallas County election information, visit the Dallas County Elections website

YARD OF THE MONTH

RULES TO WIN BY!

  1. Residents & Judges may nominate any yard in the neighborhood including their own yard for Yard of the Month.
  2. All entries must be in by the 20th of the month preceding the month of the award. Nominations will then be given to the YOM judges and they will vote by the 25th. The Yard with the most votes will be given YOM award.
  3. Nominations can be submitted online on the HPNA website (HeightsPark.com) or by simply submitting the address of the home you nominate to Lynda Leverett (Environmental Chair) or any HPNA board member.
  4. Yard of the Month winners may win only one time per 12 months (Jan thru Dec).
  5. YOM awards run May through December, with October and December being designated as Decorated YOM (instead YOM). Please see below regarding Decorated YOM.

Decorated YOM

  1. Votes need to be in by Saturday evening the 2nd weekend of October or December. No nominations, only votes. The yard that gets the most votes will have the decorated YOM sign placed in their yard.
  2. Decorated means outside decor to enhance the home for fall or Halloween or December holidays.

Criteria

  1. Nominees must live in Heights Park neighborhood.
  2. Nominees must be in good standing with the city and not be in violation of any city codes.

Factors for Judging YOM

  • Visual Attractiveness – from the public street or sidewalk
  • Creativity – personal touches such as yard art, bird feeders, dry river beds, fountains, pathways, design, etc.
  • Overall maintenance – well-maintained yard

The YOM Judges will award/announce the winner early in the month. They’ll also provide the addresses of the honorable mentions.

A gift card will be awarded to the first place YOM winner each month.

Nomination form and photos of previous winners can be found on our HPNA website:

http://www.heightspark.com/yard-of-the-month   

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.
SIGN UP HERE…
You can learn about all kinds of neighborhood activity on Next Door Heights Park https://heightspark.nextdoor.com as well as our Facebook page and HPNA website. Stay informed about what’s going on around us! There’s a lot happening!And if you know of someone who isn’t on our email list (receiving these periodic updates), or isn’t an HPNA member, tell them to send us a note via contact@heightspark.com or visit our website to sign up.
HPNA 2015 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
(mark your calendars)
  • February 5 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.): General Meeting, Election, Program
  • Late June: Newsletter Delivered
  • July 23 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.): General Meeting, Program
  • September: Date TBD: HPNA Volunteer Party
  • Early October: Newsletter Delivered
  • October 24 (Saturday, 11:30 – 1:30): OctoberFest in Heights Park
ARE YOU A MEMBER?
Visit www.heightspark.com/membership and complete a membership form.
We also accept payments via PayPal. Just $20/year.
Check out the Are You Current? page. The membership list will come up; look for your house address.  See what year you show as your Paid Membership. If you’re current on your dues, you’ll see 2015.

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Heights Park Spring Update!

TRASH BASH – SATURDAY, APRIL 18th
Litter clean up: 9:00 – 10:00
Groups and individuals register online on the Health Department’s Events webpage on www.cor.net, or by calling Amy Vermillion in the Health Department at 972.744.4076.
Trash bags, release forms, and area assignments will be provided to participants at the pre-meeting at City Hall on Thursday, April 16th at 6:00 p.m.
The event also includes…..
  • Electronics Recycling
  • Document Shredding
  • Free Compost
  • Free Recycle Bags
  • Clothing Drive
  • Education Fair
  • Book Drive
  • Door Prizes
  • Refreshments
  • More!
Let us know if you’d like to coordinate a clean-up. HPNA has participated in the past with cleaning the park.
Free Blue Recycle Bags
You should have received a letter from the City of Richardson good for redeeming two rolls of blue recycle bags.
If you don’t already recycle, these bags can be used to combine all recyclable material into one bag and place it out for weekly pickup (for our neighborhood, that’s every Monday).
Pick up your bags at City Hall in the Utilities Department, Heights Rec Center, or the Senior Center.
Richardson’s first dog park — about 40% complete
(Tentatively titled “The Barkway”)  :)
The park is under construction at George Bush Turnpike and Central Expressway — just west of Central. You can see the park as you drive north on Central and travel west on George Bush. It’s located under the Bush Turnpike.
The dog park will open, weather permitting, in June of this year. Crews have finished the parking lot and part of the fencing. Watch for more information on this city amenity as information comes to us.
CRIME WATCH PATROL CLASS 

The next Crime Watch Patrol class date has been set for April 22nd, 2015 from 6pm to 10pm.

We (your neighbors and police department) need the extra eyes and ears out there so please complete your application as soon as possible by going to the following link:

Officer Tommy Davis ID #647
Crime Prevention Unit
Richardson Police Department
140 N. Greenville Avenue
Richardson, Texas 75081
972-744-4773

 

Our HPNA Citizen Patrollers have been very effective in helping to reduce crime in our neighborhood! Please sign up for the next class and join this lively group!

 

Registration for Summer Safety Camps Begins Next Week
Registration begins next week for the Richardson Police Department’s annual summer safety camps, which will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Mondays through Fridays beginning the week of June 8 and ending the week of Aug. 10. Campers will learn about 911, stranger danger, animal safety and a variety of other topics.
The camps are for children who have completed kindergarten but have not yet started fourth grade. Cost is $10 per week. Each session will be held at the Richardson Police and Fire Substation, 2003 E. Renner Rd. Register online atwww.cor.net/parksonline. Learn more by e-mailing summersafetycamp@cor.govor calling 972-744-4949.

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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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