Attend Heights Park Neighborhood Meeting on Feb. 3

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The City of Richardson is implementing a strategy for redevelopment and revitalization of Main Street and the Central Expressway Corridor — Richardson’s original downtown and the major access route to the community, its business areas and neighborhoods. Hear the latest updates at the Heights Park Neighborhood Association meeting on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Join your neighbors at the first Heights Park Neighborhood Association meeting of the year from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Heights Recreation Center.

The guest speaker will be a representative from the City of Richardson city manager’s office. Learn about the exciting changes in the city, such as downtown development (see rendering above) that includes multifamily residences, retail, the new facility for the police and fire departments, and other juicy details. Hear it straight from the city’s mouth and have the chance to ask questions.

Also, HPNA members will elect new board members at the meeting.

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It’s Time to Renew Your Membership

Your annual membership dues make events like Oktoberfest possible. Thank you for your contribution!

Your annual membership dues make events like Oktoberfest possible. Thank you for your contribution!

Flag Program

Members who choose to pay an additional $40 for the flag program when they renew their membership will have flags placed in front of their homes on five major holidays — Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Sept. 11, and Veterans Day.

The program is operated by Richardson Rotary with the support of local Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts who share in the revenue. Proceeds benefit a scholarship program for RISD high school students.

Being a member of the Heights Park Neighborhood Association has its benefits. Your annual contribution of $20 (or $60 to participate in the optional flag program) makes your neighborhood a better place to live.

If you want flag service, definitely submit your payment by Friday, Feb. 9, so that your house will have a flag on Presidents Day, Feb. 19.

Benefits of Membership

  • Informative, up-to-date professionally designed website.
  • Professionally designed newsletter distributed to all residents twice a year.
  • Email updates of important events/newsworthy items affecting our neighborhood.
  • Fun annual events: Oktoberfest, Holiday Sing and Stroll and The Heights of Summer.
  • Active Block Representation Network
  • Volunteer Citizen Patrollers to keep our crime stats down.
  • Crime Watch Program through Richardson Police Department.
  • Yard of the Month program.
  • Flag Lease Program for members.
  • Participation in City of Richardson Neighborhood Vitality Program and other neighborhood enhancement programs.
  • Conduit to City Hall and Chamber of Commerce on issues directly effecting our neighborhood.
  • Partnerships with other neighborhood associations.
  • Hard-working, all-volunteer association board.

How to Join

HPNA Membership is $20. The the optional flag program is $40, so $60 for both. There are two payment options:

  1. Print out a Membership Form and mail it with your check payable to:

Heights Park Neighborhood Assoc.
P.O. Box 833537
Richardson, TX 75080.

2. Or you can pay with Paypal.

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City of Richardson Alerts Residents About Water Insurance Fraud

Editor’s Note: The following message from the City of Richardson is about a mass mailing that you may receive about water/sewer insurance.

We were notified last month that a company called American Water Resources of Texas planned to do a mass mailing in Richardson to sell insurance for residential water and sewer lines. This company is known for “partnering” with other cities to sell its services and provide revenue back to those cities; however, we wanted to pass the word along that the City of Richardson is NOT associated with this, or any other related, service provider.

While Richardson residents are responsible for the portion of the water/sewer lines that run from the City’s meter to your home, the City of Richardson does not sponsor or endorse any third-party program to obtain a warranty plan or other form of coverage for the service lines. Consideration of such coverage should include:

  1. Determining the probable risk of needing such repairs;
  2. The cost of coverage and whether or not it requires automated payment deductions against your bank account, with an automatic yearly renewal;
  3. The actual terms of the coverage to ensure it does not contain substantial exemptions or limitations; and
  4. The company’s financial viability and longevity to ensure it is able to disburse payments for claims.

Please know the City of Richardson does not solicit services provided by third parties, and no City employee would ever go to your door to ask for in-person payments or personal financial information.

Don Magner,
First Assistant City Manager

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December 2017 Decorated Yard of the Month: 609 Newberry Drive

December 2017 Decorated Yard of the Month: 609 Newberry Drive

December 2017 Decorated Yard of the Month: 609 Newberry Drive

About Yard of the Month

Is your yard a source a pride? A work of art? A labor of love? It’s time to receive some formal recognition for all those hours of hard work.
The HPNA Yard of the Month contest is for all residents of Heights Park neighborhood. View the Contest Rules.

Nominate a Yard

Fill out the form on the Yard of the Month page.

The December 2017 Decorated Yard of the Month belongs to Jan Kassen at 609 Newberry Drive. Here is what she had to say about her yard:

How exciting to learn that I won yard of the month for December! Christmas has always been a favorite holiday for me, and this year my yard has special meaning. The Nativity was handmade and painted by my mother over 40 years ago. Last year they decided it was too much for them to continue to put up each year and I knew it could not leave our family. As a kid, I remember neighbors driving by our house just to see the Nativity. This year, it has been truly heartwarming to see the same happen here along with families stopping by with their little ones while on walks to take a closer look.

I have called Richardson home for over 12 years and could not think of living anywhere else. I live here with my sweet Goldendoodle, Boomer. You can often spot him looking out my front window. When I moved here, it was really about location and charm of the homes. Little did I know that I would fall in love with this community. I am blessed with amazing neighbors that have become lifelong friends.

I hope this little gem brings some holiday spirit to anyone who passes by and puts a smile on your face.

Happy Holidays!
Jan Kassen and Boomer
609 Newberry Drive

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Carolers Spread Cheer at Annual Holiday Sing and Stroll

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Team Two members posed for a picture before performing for neighbors during Holiday Sing and Stroll.

Dozens of Heights Park neighbors spent Sunday, Dec. 3 caroling door to door during Holiday Sing and Stroll. Young and old, these cheerful chorales made their rounds for over an hour before attending a party at the home of Janet DePuy, Heights Park Neighborhood Association president.

It was a sight to be seen and heard as these merrymakers knocked on doors and performed for friends and families. The most heartwarming moments happened when the “carolees” opened their doors to join the carolers in singing timeless tunes.

The event was a success because of the excellent turnout. Your annual membership dues and the hard work and coordination of the Heights Park Neighborhood Association board members make events like this possible.

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Celebrate the Season at Holiday Sing and Stroll on Dec. 3

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Carolers will start at the location most convenient to them. Once they finish their route, they will travel to 633 Parkview for an after-party.

The Heights Park Holiday Sing and Stroll is almost here! Before we gather at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, here are some details about the fun evening of caroling door-to-door.

Carolers will meet at one of four designated locations (see information at the bottom). Carolers must arrive at the location most convenient to them by 5:30. Ideally, each group will have approximately 10 people. Songbooks will be provided. Carolers are encouraged to bring flashlights (it will be dark) and strollers/wagons for little ones. If you want to participate in the Holiday Sing and Stroll, email contact@heightspark.com.

Carolers will stop at homes with porch lights on, and will sing at approximately five to seven homes. For those who aren’t caroling, we look forward to performing for y’all. If you hear singing, please enjoy the music from the comfort of your patio chairs and, if you know the song, feel free to join in!

After caroling, all singers are invited to a festive after-party at the home of HPNA president Janet DePuy, 633 Parkview by 7 p.m. There will be hot chocolate, cookies and other warm beverages. Carolers are encouraged to drop off a treat to share at Janet’s house by 4 p.m. Sunday.

Holiday Sing and Stroll Starting Locations

  1. Floyd and Parkview
  • Proceed east on Parkview.
  • South on Lindale.
  • West on Winchester to Thompson.
  • North on Thompson to Parkview and proceed to 633 Parkview for after-party.
  1. Floyd and Greenleaf
  • Proceed west on Greenleaf to Thompson.
  • South on Thompson.
  • East on Newberry to Lindale.
  • North on Lindale to Greenleaf.
  • West on Greenleaf to Floyd and then to 633 Parkview for after-party.
  1. Floyd and Ridgedale No. 1
  • Proceed west on Ridgedale to Thompson.
  • South on Thompson to Westwood.
  • North on Floyd and then to 633 Parkview for after-party.
  1. Floyd and Ridgedale No. 2
  • Proceed east on Ridgedale to Lindale.
  • South on Lindale to Westwood.
  • West on Westwood to Floyd and then to 633 Parkview for after-party.

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500 Block of Twilight Trail Selected for National Night Out Honor

national-night-outThe City of Richardson recently announced its National Night Out winners. We are pleased to share that one block in Heights Park was recognized.

The 500 block of Twilight Trail received honorable mention. Congratulations to this block for another great NNO event! It’s held at the home of Herb and Nanci DuPlant, 530 Twilight Trail.

Each block that participated in National Night Out on Oct. 3 was judged on attendance, crime prevention message, food, decorations and activities.

Award Winners

Neighborhoods, streets or groups of streets selected as winners are as follows:

West Sector

Overall Winner: 300 bock of High Brook Drive

1st Runner Up: 500 block of Sage Valley Drive

2nd Runner Up: Stagecoach Drive/Dumont Drive/Lamp Post Lane/Cottonwood Drive

3rd Runner Up: Vinecrest Lane 900 block

Honorable Mention: 500 block of Twilight Trail

East Sector

Overall Winner: Woods of Spring Creek

1st Runner Up: Yale Park

2nd Runner Up: Knolls of Breckinridge

3rd Runner Up: Creek Hollow Estates

Honorable Mention: Richland Park and Richland Oaks

Multi-Family
La Mirada Apartments

Higher Caliber Award
The party that went above and beyond to support NNO
North College Park/College Park/Glenville Park/Town North Park

In addition, the Richardson Police Department collected more than 5,200 pounds of canned food during their “Can Do” food drive held in conjunction with NNO, benefitting Network of Community Ministries.

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Apply for Richardson Citizen Police Academy by Dec. 4

Citizens Police Academy

Courtesy of Richardson Police Department

Youth Citizen Police Academy

The popular summer academy for kids is currently not accepting applications. But you can learn more about it on the city’s website.

The deadline to apply for Richardson Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is Dec. 4.

CPA is a 45-hour academic course designed to give Richardson residents a working knowledge of the Richardson Police Department. Classes are designed to be interactive and fun with an emphasis on team building. Students will participate in a mock SWAT raid, test their skills on the department’s driving course and have the opportunity to fire police weapons.

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old
  • The 16-week academy begins Tuesday, Feb. 6
  • Class times are 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays
  • One class — the popular Drive-n-Shoo — is held on Saturday.
  • CPA is free to participants.
  • Academy class size is limited to 20 participants.
  • There is one academy per year.
  • A graduation ceremony is held during the final week.
  • Individuals not selected will need to submit a new application for consideration in a future academy
  • Dinner is provided by the police department and is served from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. each week

The goal of CPA is to strengthen the partnership between the police department and the community. It allows residents a view of the inner workings of the department in an academic environment where ideas are openly exchanged in an effort to increase community solidarity.

CPA also allows the department to be more aware of individual concerns and perceptions so it can be more responsive to future community needs.

For more information, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 972-744-4955.

 

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