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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September 2014 Announcements

September Yard of the Month: Jeanie and Sid Erwin, 503 RidgedaleSeptember Yard of the Month: Jeanie and Sid Erwin, 503 Ridgedale

Comments from the homeowners:

Thanks so much to the Heights Park Neighborhood Association!! While I previously read about the yard of the month and was going to make a go for the honor, it was completely unexpected!

We lived in Richardson previously for 12 years when my boys were in school, great schools by the way! We bought this house two years ago so that my husband Sid would be close to his barber shop in Richardson Heights shopping center, he’d been driving 70 miles per day.

The previous homeowner did quite a bit in the way of landscaping, but the grass was dead when we moved in. We added a sprinkler system, all drip in the beds to conserve water and we planted zoysia grass which grows best in the shade and takes less water. We’re in the process of adding five rain barrels to conserve water further. I’ve never had so much shade, so it’s been a challenge finding plants that will thrive in it, it’s a work in progress. I love working in the yard and get a lot of satisfaction in the results.

Thanks again, we so appreciation the recognition.

Jeanie and Sid Erwin

Neighborhood Crime Watch

The Richardson Police Department is hosting a public safety expo on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 10am – 2pm at the Richardson Civic Center (411 W. Arapaho Rd.).

We will have several vehicle displays that include police, fire, military and a CareFlight helicopter. ADT, Lowes and Home Depot will also be providing home safety information along with the RPD Crime Prevention Unit.

Food trucks will be onsite so you can purchase food and refreshments. Make sure to bring the family, we will have a bounce house and face painting for kids. K-9 and SWAT demos. Meet “Nat” the National Night Out Knight mascot, who will be there to promote the City of Richardson’s NNO block party celebrations coming on October 7th.

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

COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION AWARDS
nominations due September 19th

Because no one knows a neighborhood better than its residents, the City asks for assistance in identifying properties that may be Community Revitalization Award candidates. Nominations may be submitted by anyone, including the property owner, at any time throughout the year. The nomination deadline for the 2014 Awards is September 19, 2014. Nominations received after that date will be held for future consideration.

The award was created to recognize property owners who have enhanced the community by making significant exterior improvements to their properties, which have, in turn, had a positive impact on the surrounding area.

Residential and non-residential recipients are recognized by the City Council with a reception and award presentation ceremony held in January of each year.

When submitting a nomination, the following information should be provided:
The property address;
A brief description of the exterior improvements that have been made;
Any additional information you can provide, such as the property owner’s name and contact information;
Contact information for the person making the nomination (not mandatory);
Before and after photos (digital or prints), if available. While extremely helpful, photos are not required.
A nomination may be submitted by visiting the City of Richardson website: http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=1829, submitting by phone, fax, e-mail, regular mail, or in person. To request additional information or to submit nominations personally, contact:

Israel Roberts
Development Review Manager
972-744-4256 (phone)
972-744-5804 (fax)
israel.roberts@cor.gov (e-mail)

Mailing Address:
PO Box 830309
Richardson, TX 75083-0309
Physical Address:
411 W Arapaho Road, Room 204
Richardson, TX 75080

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014

If you are hosting a National Night Out block party, be sure to register. The online form is now available. If you have questions about hosting a party on your street or in your neighborhood, contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 972-744-4955.

Link to online registration: http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=1327

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

NEW RESTAURANTS…

Taco Joint is now open in the Heights Shopping Center! The taqueria mini-chain was created in 2008, pre-dating the ensuing onslaught of Fuzzy’s, Torchy’s, and Rusty Taco.

Taco Joint is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It has a full bar with 14 taps and offers a banquet room for catering.

Ten50 BBQ at 1050 N. Central Expressway opened on Monday, August 18th for lunch only (for the initial few weeks.).

TRY THESE NEW RESTAURANT SPOTS NEAR US!

NEIGHBORHOOD ACTIVITY

HPNA Newsletters will be coming to your porch at the beginning of October. We’ll have lots of area news for you. If you have an article suggestion or a question, please send your request to contact@heightspark.com.

You can also learn about all kinds of neighborhood activity on Next Door Heights Park as well as our Facebook page and HPNA website. Stay informed about what’s going on around us! There’s a lot happening!

Our next HPNA event is OctoberFest at Heights Park; Saturday, October 25th; 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This is our biggest HPNA event and is growing each and every year! Mark your calendars for this fun for the family event — bounce house, face painter, balloon artist, pumpkin decorating, food, and more!

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August 2014 Yard of the Month!

August: 808 Ridgedale

August: Cindy and Tommy Dodson, 808 Ridgedale

Comments from the homeowners:

OMG how exciting to win Yard of the Month!!!! We returned home from vacation and my husband says what is that sign in our yard??? I screamed OMG we won Yard of the MONTH !!!! We have now lived on Ridgedale for a year and a half and we absolutely love the old Richardson Heights neighborhood. This neighborhood is like Mayberry, everyone is sooo friendly. We feel very blessed to live in such a great neighborhood, thank you for selecting our yard!!!!! We had a landscape architect, Don McKinney from Plano, design our front and backyard. He did a great job with selecting annuals that are drought resistant. During the spring he plants tulips, which is my favorite flower, in the front yard and it so pretty!!! In the summer, he plants caladiums and pentas. In the fall he plants pansies and cabbage. We really do love our yard and hope it continues to mature. Thank you for the honor!!!!

Cindy and Tommy Dodson

See the archive of past winners right here!

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