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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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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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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