September 2010 Update

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Congratulations to our summer Yard of the Month Winners!

  • August: Mimi Hathway, 628 Westwood
  • July: Samuel Rice, 307 Thompson
  • August: Teresa Wilmoth, 506 Westwood

Special kudos to these residents for keeping their gardens beautiful even in the extreme temperatures we’ve had. Please take a moment and drive by these lovely properties. You can also see photos of their homes online at www.heightspark.com. Nomination forms are there as well.

HPNA Newsletters coming soon.

Your block representatives will be delivering the HPNA Newsletter beginning the first weekend of September so be watching for it on your porch.

Special Neighborhood Events to mark on your calendar:

1. General Meeting: Thursday, Sept 16th at 7:00 p.m. First United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, (a crime prevention program with the City of Richardson Police Department). You won’t want to miss it!

2. OctoberFest: Saturday, Oct 16th from 11:00 – 1:00 at Heights Park; free food and entertainment: bounce house, face painter, balloon artist — see the flyer in the Newsletter. This is an annual event and fun for the whole family.

More information on these two events is available in the Newsletter.

We’ll also have some material for you regarding the City’s Emergency Management System, Reverse 911, and a “Know What To Do Flyer” in case of community emergencies. You can probably access this information on the city’s website as well. www.cor.gov

CRIME ALERTS FROM THE CITY OF RICHARDSON POLICE DEPARTMENT

CRIME ALERT 1:

Crimefighters:

Please be on the lookout for two black females and a black male driving a black 2004-2006 Chevrolet Suburban, unknown Texas license plate number. These subjects are going to garage sales in the area and paying for items with counterfeit 100 dollar bills. The items they buy are small and usually cheap so they get a lot of change back. They may even purchase a large or bulky, pay for it with the fake bills, then say that they come back with a truck to pick it up. They don’t come back!

So how do you protect yourself from this happening to you?

1. If you have a garage sale, don’t accept $100 bills.
2. If you must violate rule number 1, get a counterfeit bill detector pen from an office supply store.
3. Get a real $100 bill and hold it up to the light. You will see various security features on the bill. You can compare it to the one someone is trying to pass. I still recommend not violating rule #1.

Suspect descriptions;
1. Black male, 5-11, 180 lbs, shaved head 30 years of age.
2. Black female, 5-10, 215 lbs, red and brown hair weave. 35 years of age.
3. Black female, 5-11, 160 lbs 45-50 years of age.

Lee Rhinebarger
Community Liaison Officer
Richardson Police Department
(972) 744-4938

CRIME ALERT 2:

Crimefighters,

It has come to our attention that a company calling itself Grill Master is working door-to-door solicitations in the Richardson area. Apparently, credit card and debit card numbers have been provided by some residents during sales or “investment” transactions, only to find that some card/debit numbers were used to make fraudulent and unauthorized purchases days later. The company also may be soliciting without the required solicitation permits.

So, you know what to do if they come to your door. Call police if they cannot show a valid permit. Don’t let them in. Don’t buy anything. And, certainly, do not provide them with your credit/debit card numbers. Unless you know the person or the company, this advice should be considered for any uninvited door-to-door solicitation.

Please remember to warn your neighbors who do not have Internet capabilities, especially our wiser and more mature residents.
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A personal property inventory can help recover or replace items lost to theft, fire, or other event. Create and store your property inventory at www.knowyourstuff.org

Officer John Corbitt
CCPS/CPTED Certified
(972) 744-4952
john.corbitt@cor.gov
Crime Prevention Unit— West Sector
Richardson Police Department

SPECIAL INVITATION FROM THE TZU CHI FOUNDATION

(534 BELT LINE, FORMERLY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH)

The Tzu Chi Foundation has extended a very gracious invitation to our community to attend their vegetarian weekend luncheon services on Sept 4-5 (Saturday and Sunday). The service will be conducted in English and Mandarin at 12:00 noon. There will be four courses of vegetarian lunch served. The weekend service is intended to encourage a vegetarian way of living as well as promote environmental protection toward a greener world. They’ll also share some of the recent works of the Tzu Chi Foundation around the world on disaster relief.

If you’d like to attend this informative luncheon call 972.680.8869 to reserve your seat(s). Their representative tells me they normally have a large turnout so an early reservation is recommended. (ask for Mike when RSVPing). Let’s support this gracious neighbor.

YL Ling, Director
Jason Yeh, Assistant Director

NEWS FROM THE CITY OF RICHARDSON AND THE RICHARDSON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The City of Richardson is soliciting nominations for Community Revitalization Awards. This award recognizes property owners who have enhanced our community by making significant exterior improvements to their individual properties that have, in turn, had a positive impact on the surrounding area. Since its inception in 1994, 161 properties have been recognized (several in the Heights Park neighborhood!). Recipients are recognized by the City Council with a reception and award presentation ceremony held in January of each year.

The City is asking for your assistance to identify properties that may be candidates. Nominations may be submitted by anyone, including the property owner, and may be submitted anytime through the year. The nomination deadline for the 2010 Awards is September 17th. Nominations received after that date will be held for future consideration. You must provide the property address, a brief description of the improvements that have been made, and any additional information you can provide – property owner’s name and contact information. Before and after photos are very helpful but not required. Please include your contact information as well if nominating someone else.

You can submit a nomination via the city’s website, by phone, fax, email, regular mail or in person. To request additional information, or to submit nominations, visit the website, or contact:

Israel Roberts, Development Review Manager
972.744.4256 (phone)
972.744.5804 (fax)
Israel.roberts@cor.gov

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 830309, Richardson, TX 75083
Physical Address: 411 W. Arapaho, Room 207, Richardson

Here is a link to the city’s description of the Community Revitalization Award program. You’ll find more detailed information here.
http://www.cor.net/DevelopmentServices.aspx?id=1236

Thanks,
David Morgan
Assistant City Manager
(972) 744-4202

TOUR CHINA WITH THE RICHARDSON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE!

The Richardson Chamber of Commerce is offering a unique opportunity to experience China on April 9-17, 2011. The trip is being offered to Richardson chamber members for $1,899 and non-members for $1,999. The tour price includes airfare from Los Angeles LAX (you pay your travel cost to and from LAX), 4/5 star hotel accommodations, bus tours and visits to Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, including sightseeing with English speaking tour guides, 3 full meals per day, all airport taxes and intracity transportation. We have a limit of 100 people for the trip.

For more information, go to Richardson Chamber China Trip

A free orientation on September 15 will be held at the First Community Bank, 429 Belle Grove Drive, Richardson 75080.
Contact Nina Bachmann at the Richardson Chamber if you have any questions. Or call 972-792-2810.

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If you have news of interest to the neighborhood, please let me know. See you on Sept 16th at 7:00 p.m. at the neighborhood General Meeting!

Janet DePuy
President
Heights Park N.A.
www.heightspark.com