What a difference a month makes. The virus is having a profound impact on everyone; however, I am confident that will all pull together and get through this.
One of the great benefits of our community is the fact that we can pull together in times like this. It’s important to be aware of your neighbors and be prepared to lend a hand if you are able and if not report a problem. We have elderly residents and some who live alone. Stay in touch with your neighbors and be alert to any possible problems. A quick phone call, text or email can make a world of difference. We all must go to the store and we can pick up an item or two for a neighbor who can’t get out as easily. You can also make up a plate for a neighbor who is not able to cook.
The tendency is to expect the worst possible outcome. This is not good for our health. Here is a resource which might be helpful: https://www.achn.net/about-access/whats-new/health-resources/mental-health-x-coronavirus/
Let’s get a neighborhood window walk together. As we get out of the house to walk, it would be great to see different things in the windows. Be creative. You can do stuffed bears, or if the neighbors on your street want to do different themes, that would be fun also. The neighbors on Rainbow are doing a shamrock theme. You can place them either in the yard or in your windows. You can change them each week. For April’s theme, we can do tulips or different colored flowers. Let’s see how many you can spot while on your walks. Watch the website for ideas and pictures of the windows.
Annual Business Meeting
Our bylaws require that we hold a meeting once each year to elect board members for the association. We normally hold the meeting in May of each year. In addition to the business activity we hope to have a speaker from the city. Details will be published when they are available. If conditions permit, we will hold the meeting in May as planned. We will keep you posted. If you are interested in serving on the board, please let Janice Gromadin at firstname.lastname@example.org know.
The membership drive has been quite successful with several new memberships. It looked great seeing all those flags flying in the neighborhood. Thanks again to everyone who took part. It is not too late to sign up. You can renew your membership or become a new member and join the flag program now! You will get 5 flag placements beginning with Memorial Day. Go to our website NCPNA.org/join/ and sign up today!
Crime Patrol Report
We continue to enjoy a low crime rate. As the weather gets warmer, the crime rate tends to increase. So continued diligence is the watch word. As always, if you see unusual activity which just does not seem right, don’t hesitate to report it to the police. Don’t forget to keep your eyes open as you walk your dogs and be alert for possible problems.
Spring Celebration and Egg Hunt
Unfortunately, the CONVID-19 virus has forced us to postpone this event. Because of the current National Emergency, we don’t know when conditions will permit holding this activity.
Fourth of July Parade and Picnic
We are proceeding on the assumption that conditions will permit the July 4th parade and picnic to take place as scheduled on Saturday July 4th, 2020. We will have a parade for families, kids and pets and then have a picnic in the park! It’s always lots of fun and the children really enjoy the activity. Check out the pictures from last year’s event here: ncpna.org/?p=1205 Volunteers are needed to help. Contact Janice Gromadin at email@example.com if you can help with this event.
NCPNA passed out a baby basket for twins (boy & girl) born to Andrina Arenas & Kim Ray 900 Windsong. And we gave a sympathy plant in memory of Joe Cuevas to his wife Janet at 908 Windsong. Joe was our first NCPNA treasurer. A plant was given to Charlene Williams in memory of her husband Beau. Beau was a long-time resident of the neighborhood and is sorely missed.
Vicki Bean leads a team which assembles and distributes welcome baskets to new residents. Last year 10 baskets were handed out. If you know of new arrivals, please let Vicki know at V.Bean@att.net.
Yard of the Month
The yard of the month will resume in April. Watch for the sign and announcement on the NCPNA.org website. Anyone interested in helping by being a judge should contact Vicki Bean. V.Bean@att.net
If you did not receive this newsletter in your email, you can easily sign-up to receive your very own copy. Our goal this year is to send out newsletters once each month. We will send out special emails when warranted. We promise to not share your email address and we won’t drown you in emails. Go to http://ncpna.org/enews and fill out the form. Be sure and look for the confirmation email and confirm the subscription.
About North College Park Neighborhood Association
NCPNA is a neighborhood association and, unlike a homeowner association, we do not have any authority over anyone’s property. We sponsor activities and projects to help make our neighborhood a more pleasant and safe place to live. Volunteers are always needed, and we look forward to hearing about new ways to achieve our collective goals.
In our next issue we look forward to recognizing those neighbors who will serve as Block Captains this coming year!
Contact Robert Grinsfelder at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help with any of these activities.
NCPNA Newsletter Editor