Book Club, April 2024

Our meeting in April was to discuss The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride. Connie graciously hosted everyone in her home to discuss! Including the below from Julie since I wasn’t able to attend this month:

 

We had a great discussion and Connie and Pat both mentioned how the author’s previous book, The Color of Water, about his mother, showed up in the character of Crona. Connie also had a handout listing of all the characters because we found it hard to keep up with them all.

 

Thanks for everyone who attended and thanks to Connie for hosting!

 

We will be meeting here again at the end of the month to discuss Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson. Hope everyone can join us for that meeting!

 

Neighborhood Porch Crawl

We are introducing our first family friendly North College Park Neighborhood summer kickoff Porch Crawl on Saturday May 11th starting at 5pm. This is a progressive, thematic (decades) party that starts on Serenade, pops over to Rainbow, and ends on Windsong!  We start on the first street, drink, nosh, and socialize for an hour, and then move to the next street and do it all over again. That is 3 full hours of fun!
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Book Club April 2024

Back at it again!

Our meeting in March was to discuss The Lost Bookshop by Evie Woods. April was kind enough to host at her house. While I missed the meeting and the discussion, it seems a great time was had by all who joined!

We will be meeting here again in just a little over a week to discuss The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride. Hope everyone can join us for that meeting!

Book Pick for April:

The book for April will be The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride
Selected by: Connie LaLumia
Book Club Meeting Date and Time: Saturday, April 27 1-3pm
Location: Connie LaLumia’s Home (1106 Horizon Trail)
In 1972, when workers in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, were digging the foundations for a new development, the last thing they expected to find was a skeleton at the bottom of a well. Who the skeleton was and how it got there were two of the long-held secrets kept by the residents of Chicken Hill, the dilapidated neighborhood where immigrant Jews and African Americans lived side by side and shared ambitions and sorrows. Chicken Hill was where Moshe and Chona Ludlow lived when Moshe integrated his theater and where Chona ran the Heaven & Earth Grocery Store. When the state came looking for a deaf boy to institutionalize him, it was Chona and Nate Timblin, the Black janitor at Moshe’s theater and the unofficial leader of the Black community on Chicken Hill, who worked together to keep the boy safe.

As these characters’ stories overlap and deepen, it becomes clear how much the people who live on the margins of white, Christian America struggle and what they must do to survive. When the truth is finally revealed about what happened on Chicken Hill and the part the town’s white establishment played in it, McBride shows us that even in dark times, it is love and community—heaven and earth—that sustain us.

Bringing his masterly storytelling skills and his deep faith in humanity to The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, James McBride has written a novel as compassionate as Deacon King Kong and as inventive as The Good Lord Bird.

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Neighborhood Clean Up – Canceled

Trash Bash Event Canceled Due to Weather Forecast

Due to the forecast of severe weather on Saturday, April 20, all Trash Bash activities are canceled. This includes the electronics recycling and document shredding event hosted by the Richardson Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association at Richardson Square Mall, which will not be rescheduled. While the RCPAAA intends to organize another collection event in the fall, the date and location are yet to be determined.

More information here.

 

March 2024 Newsletter

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Membership

Calling all neighbors! Help us strengthen our neighborhood by joining the North College Park Neighborhood Association. With our current membership standing at 95, we’re getting close to reaching our goal of 125 members! Why join, you ask? Your membership supports 5-6 special events, monthly events, the flag program, and keeps us informed on crime watch and city news. Let’s strengthen our neighborhood together – join us now!

Upcoming Activities

Spring Celebration and Egg Hunt,
Saturday March 23, 10:30am.

Join us for the Spring Celebration and Egg Hunt in Glenville Park! It’s a fun-filled day for the whole family, brought to you in partnership with Town North Park, College Park, and TJ’s Dawg House food truck. Egg-citement awaits:

  • Separate egg hunts for different age groups with prizes hidden in every egg!
  • Get your giggles on with classic games: Hula Hoops, 3-legged races, egg toss, and cornhole.
  • Tantalize your taste buds: TJ’s Dawg House food truck will be serving up delicious treats (available for purchase).

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and baskets for an egg-cellent time!
Spread the word and share the fun!

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Spring Celebration Saturday
March 23, 10:30am

Join us on March 23rd at 10:30am for a Spring Celebration and Egg Hunt in Glenville Park! It’s a fun-filled day for the whole family, brought to you in partnership with Town North Park, College Park, and TJ’s Dawg House food truck. Egg-citement awaits:

  • Separate egg hunts for different age groups with prizes hidden in every egg!
  • Get your giggles on with classic games: Hula Hoops, 3-legged races, egg toss, and cornhole.
  • Tantalize your taste buds: TJ’s Dawg House food truck will be serving up delicious treats (available for purchase).

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and baskets for an egg-cellent time! Spread the word and share the fun!

February 2024 Newsletter

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Membership Update

Your membership dues allow the NCPNA to host our January Annual Meeting Dinner, provide materials to implement and promote our 5-6 special events and other monthly programs, support the flag program and keep the neighborhood informed about all of our activities, especially our crime watch/public safety and other city news and developments.

Our volunteer flag placement team makes it possible for us to offer the combined membership and flag placement for $65 which is a savings of $10 for members. Membership alone is $25.

Book Club

We had a great first meeting of the year! Many members missed due to sickness this month, but we still enjoyed the discussion of the young adult science fiction read, Skyward by Brandon Sanderson, chosen by Julie Cogdill. Newcomers and long-time loyalists to the sci-fi genre had fun. Young adult books may make more of an appearance in our book club as the fun, quick read was a hit!

Looking ahead to February, we have the author of On a Quiet Street, Seraphina Nova Glass, joining us for our meeting thanks to Linda Vaughn! This is a book club you will NOT want to miss! Join us Saturday 2/24 from 1-3pm at Hannah Spate’s home whether you’ve read the book or not.

If you’d like to get on our book club list, please email: spateshannah@gmail.com. Happy Reading!

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Information on the old Sears building

On Feb. 7th the owner/developer, broker, and general contractor for the property at 201 South Plano Road (the old Sears building) had an open house outside in front of the old Sears Building.

Several residents from NCPNA went in addition to residents from the other neighborhoods in East Richardson. There were about 300 people in attendance. 

The developer/broker were not prepared for the size of crowd.  They had only 15 brochures to hand out, no speaker system, and no posters or diagrams other than what was in the brochure.

The plan is to place a Japanese Grocery store, AEON (https://www.welcome-aeon.com/) in the back of the building.  It will be the first of the chain outside of Asia.  According to the developer, the store will not just carry Japanese food, however, they expect people to come a long distance to the store.  They claimed it would be on the level of Sprouts or maybe Whole foods.  The stores in the AEON chain in the Asia are department stores that sell food, household goods, clothing and other items.  Similar to a Super Target.  However, the one in Richardson, they said, will only have groceries. 

They plan to have a few smaller stores and eateries (such as a Panera).  It was not clear whether these places would be in the AEON or under the roof but outside the store.

They do not have all the permits cleared yet.  The city has some improvements to safety and traffic access they need to make first.

They were not able to work out an arrangement with Sprouts, Whole Foods, or HEB.