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May 2021

May 2021 Highlights

News & Events

Lindsley Park Playground Closure and Construction

Dallas Parks & Recreation will be updating and upgrading our beloved Lindsley Park Playground during Summer 2021. According to the Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association, improvements that total $120,000.00 will include replacing the existing playground with brand new all abilities playground equipment, sidewalk repairs and permanent restroom facilities. Pavilion, perimeter and interior park lighting will be upgraded to state-of-the-art LED fixtures that minimize glare while reducing light trespass and skyglow. The original schedule, which has been delayed due to backordered playground equipment, was as follows:

  • April 19 - Playground area perimeter construction fence installed 
  • April 21 - Playground equipment removed
  • April 28–May 17 - Site grading, drainage, sidewalk and ramps repair/installation
  • June 1–July 16 - New playground equipment and landscaping installed
  • July 19 - New playground area opens
Expect update emails from LHNA as we learn more about the project timeline and progress.
Mens Club – Thursday, May 6

Mens Club has returned! Come by for a drink with the guys on Thursday, May 6 from 7–9 p.m. at David Smythe's house (7002 Coronado). We will gather in the front yard and enjoy a beer or glass of Texas whiskey. Please bring a drink and/or snack to share. Ice, a cooler, and plastic cups will be provided.

During this Mens Club, we will discuss the Mens Club schedule/plan moving forward. One popular idea is monthly themed tastings (e.g., whiskey, mezcal, gin) with a requested Venmo contribution for the host to purchase drinks. We plan to have Mens Club in a host's front/back yard or inside (according to the host's comfort) on the 1st Thursday of the month from 7–9 p.m. If you'd like more information or if you'd like to host Mens Club in June or another month, please email David.

Traffic Improvements Petition Update

After sending the Lakewood Hills Traffic Petition to Councilman Blewett and the full list of specific requests for stop signs, speed bumps, speed reduction as collaborated on by all of us (list on this Google Doc), the traffic study is underway! After we receive the study results, we will email the next steps. 

If you're new to the neighborhood or have missed this project, this Advocate Press article provides a summary. 

Front Yard Social & Social Hot Spots – Saturday, May 15

With the return of Ladies Night and Mens Club, let's revive Front Yard Socials! On Saturday, May 15 from 4–6 p.m., take a wander around the neighborhood or sit in your front yard to socialize with passing neighbors.

Would you like to host neighbors in your front or back yard? Sign up as a Social Hot Spot! As a Social Hot Spot host, you would simply be in your front or back yard, provide a table for neighbors to contribute shared snacks and/or drinks, and expect neighbors to come by to chat! 

This is a family friendly event, so you may indicate as a Social Hot Spot host if you are comfortable hosting neighbors with children. If you visit a Social Hot Spot, please bring a snack or beverage to share.

We plan to have Front Yard Socials on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 4–6 p.m. If you'd like to include your yard as a Social Hot Spot for May or another month, email Rosanne and Marissa. We will include your yard as a Social Hot Spot in a Front Yard Social update email or in the monthly newsletter so that other neighbors will know to stop by!

Be a Good Neighbor Reminders

Please keep in mind these reminders and recall the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!

  • Every homeowner/builder is responsible for the upkeep of the property all the way to the alley. We have a growing number of rear entry driveways and increasing traffic in the alleys. Please make sure you or your yard crew mows behind your back fence and keep it clean and trash free. For the sake of your car and your neighbor's, please keep your alley clean from brush and debris!
  • If you have issues with a neighbor, try talking to them before calling 311 Code Compliance to complain.
  • Download the Dallas Sanitation Services App on the App Store and activate push notifications to receive up-to-date information about bulk trash pick-up and weekly trash pick-up. Or, check the schedule for your address on the Dallas Sanitation website.
Book Club – Monday, May 3

Join the LHNA Book Club!  

We will meet on Monday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Apeirogon by Colum McCann. Plan to meet in person, outside at Betsy Porter’s house (6849 Coronado)
 
Other books considered/recommended:

  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline
  • Hawaii by James Michener
Ladies Night – Thursday, May 20

Our April Ladies Night was a great success! Let’s come together again for an outdoor event on Thursday, May 20 from 7–9 p.m. Kelly Cockrell will be our host at 7239 Coronado. We will enjoy her backyard so plan to enter via the side gate on Tucker. Please bring a drink and/or snack to share. When we share enough snacks, it’s dinner! Hope to see you there.

This is an easy event to host! If you would like to host us in your front or back yard in May or another month, please email Donna Coker. We plan to have Ladies Nights on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 7–9 p.m. Once we have a hostess confirmed we will publicize the location.

Ladies Night
Thursday, April 22, 2021

New Neighbor Welcome Card

Welcome cards are available for block captains to deliver to new neighbors. They have all relevant information including how to sign up for emails, clubs, and crime watch. Please email Molly when you need one!

Crime Watch Program Update & Overview

As a reminder, please report all incidents to DPD as well as crimewatch@lakewoodhills.org so the neighborhood patrol officers can also stay informed.

If you are new to the neighborhood, this program is also known as as Expanded Neighborhood Patrol (ENP), and it allows Neighborhood Associations to hire an off-duty police officer to do extra patrols of the neighborhood. Frequency of the randomized, four-hour patrol periods are decided based on funds. Our ENP program has been in place since December 2018; it helps to keep our neighborhood safe and crime low. 

Benefits for participating households include: 

  • Police presence and yard signs will signal that Lakewood Hills is not a target
  • Crime Watch Board has direct access to ENP police officer to report suspicious behavior or criminal activity
  • Home checks for all participating households when out of town by ENP police officer

By now, yard signs, solar powered lights and tax letters have all been distributed for 2021. If you still need one of these items (solar powered lights are just to the Supporters $400+), please contact CrimeWatch@LakewoodHills.org or reply to this email. If you are not yet a member, please sign up today on www.lakewoodhills.org/crime-watch

Instagram Volunteer Opportunity

Follow us on our new Instagram account @LakewoodHillsDallas. We are looking for an individual to manage the account and post relevant news and activity. So if you love social media and want to get involved, please let us know!

Many thanks to our 2021 Crime Watch Business Sponsors! 

Jim Scott & Sons, Dr. Kyle Stuart of Sports Medicine Clinic of North Texas, and Dr. Terry K Gemas of Lakewood Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.
 

Thank you to our 2021 Crime Watch Individual Supporters ($400+ Donation)!

Anonymous, Benson, Blackburn, Cascella, Cassity, Cockrell, Culpepper, Dilworth Dixson, Dvorocsik, Estee, Golden, Jones, Manley, Mazero, McCaffrey, Metz, Prakash, Ratcliff, Rehberger, Robertson, St. John, Trahan, Warmuth/Rohrbacher

Crime Watch Reminders

Process for Requesting Home Checks While Away

If you are a Crime Watch Member, our ENP officers will check on your home when you're out of town. When you'd like a home check, please email CrimeWatch@LakewoodHills.org with the dates you're going to be away, your address, and any other brief information you deem relevant (e.g., if they should expect anyone there pet sitting). All information provided will of course stay private between our ENP officers and the Crime Watch Board. You may email us as far in advance as you like. Please provide at least 4 days notice as we update the Crime Watch calendar on Sundays and Wednesdays.   

Tips to Prevent Crime

(Based on both feedback from our officers and the Crime Watch Board) 

  • Protect yourself and your loved ones by keeping your doors locked. This includes doors to your house, garage, gates and cars. Most "break-ins" that happen in our neighborhood are because things are left unlocked.
  • Don't leave garage doors open or cars running in the street or driveway, even for a minute. 
  • Don't announce any new purchases by leaving boxes out on the curb during bulk trash week. Break them down and put them in the bins. 
  • Report all security issues to 911 (our patrol officer will be notified immediately if during a shift). After calling 911, e-mail CrimeWatch@LakewoodHills.org. We have a direct line to our ENP officers and will let them know of all incidents, but all incidents (urgent and non, as prioritized by 911) must be reported through a 911 call. You may also report crimes online here.
  • Check your back alleys. Make sure that your alleys are clean from debris and overhanging or overgrown trees and are well-lit. Don't create easy hiding spots. The patrol officers drive through the back alleys to do their checks, so make sure the path is clear for them.

LHNA and Crime Watch Board Volunteers

President: Alex Fergus
NA Vice President: Benjamin Germany
CW Vice President: Jonathan Kopf
NA Treasurer: Jeff Benson
CW Treasurer: Allison Biel
NA Secretary: Rosanne Smythe
CW Secretary: Michelle Eyrich
NA Membership: Donna Coker
CW Membership: Rhoni Golden

Questions, comments?
Email CrimeWatch@LakewoodHills.org or Board@LakewoodHills.org.


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