May Newsletter


While we are not out of the woods yet, things continue to improve. It’s now possible to get a haircut or a perm. You can also go out to a restaurant. The businesses are operating under strict guidelines to minimize the risk of infection. Those who are at greater risk are encouraged to continue to be cautious.

Richardson Strong Yard Signs

You may have noticed these signs in Richardson neighborhoods. The North College Park Neighborhood Association purchased several of these signs and they are $10 each with all proceeds going to The Network of Community Ministries. If you want a sign for your yard, please contact Janice Gromadin at

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Thanks again to everyone who has been so helpful in this very difficult time. I encourage everyone to continue to be aware of your neighbors and be prepared to lend a hand, if you are able, and if not report a problem. Keep checking on your neighbors, particularly the ones who are elderly and live alone. That quick phone call, text or email can make a world of difference.

The longer we operate under these difficult conditions, more and more people are being impacted by the loss of income. The local food bank continues to experience very high demand as a result of this pandemic. When you shop, pick up items for the food bank and drop them off. The Network of Community Ministries is located at 741 S Sherman St, Richardson, TX 75081, Map Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00am-5:30pm Friday 9:00am-11:30am Phone: (972) 234-8880

Yard of the Month for May

The Yard of the Month judges checked out the yards and selected a winner and runner-up. 

The runner up is:
Terry & Gigi Johnson
800 Morningstar

Congratulations! They received a $25 gift certificate from Bruce Miller Nursery.

The winner is: 
Aini and Marz Abdullah
800 Serenade,

Congratulations!  They received a $25 gift certificate from Bruce Miller Nursery. 

Anyone interested in helping by being a judge should contact Vicki Bean.

Window Walk

Thanks to everyone who is participating in the window walk. Lots of fun windows to look at. Let’s keep it up. You can do stuffed bears, or if the neighbors on your street want to do different themes, that would be fun also. With June just a few days away, a spring theme would be fun.

Annual Business Meeting

We might try an online business meeting rather than in-person given the restrictions. We will keep you posted. If you are interested in serving on the board, please let Janice Gromadin at know.

Crime Patrol Report

Crime continues to be very low. We had a report of an item taken from a car. There was no evidence of forced entry, so likely the car was not locked. Please remove items which might tempt a thief or make sure they are not visible and keep the doors locked. 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.

Our crime patrol volunteers continue to be very active and we have seen an increase in the number of patrols. Our crime prevention officer reports that our crime rate continues to below the adjacent neighborhoods.

Fourth of July Parade and Picnic

The city has canceled the normal Fourth of July activities so we are not sure what we will be able to do to celebrate.

A committee is being formed to discuss the issue and hopefully come up with a plan to mark the event in a way which will be safe and enjoyable. Anything can happen in a month and we want to consider our options as conditions warrant. If you are interesting in serving on this committee, please send an email to John Slaughter at

Weather Station

Ever wonder how much rain we had? All weather is local and a report from even a few miles away can be quite different. One of our volunteers has made his personal weather station data available to the neighborhood on our website. Just go to and check out out the conditions right here in the neighborhood. Direct questions about the station to

Spring Storms

While the last tornado occurred in October, the peak tornado season in our area is May and June. The best way to protect you and your family is to be aware of conditions conducive to severe weather and have a plan of action. While we have an outdoor siren nearby, these are really intended to notify people who are out of doors at the time of the emergency. Indoors there are a number of ways to be made aware of a dangerous situation. Check out the City of Richardson Office of Emergency Management website and sign up for the emergency notification system. NOAA Weather radios are inexpensive and a valuable source of information.

Welcome Baskets

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

Membership Drive

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to help support the organization through membership and by volunteering. You can sign up anytime. Renew your membership or become a new member and join the flag program now! You will get 5 flag placements from the time your membership is received. Regular placements will resume as soon as the scouts are able to do so safely. You can request that a flag be placed for the duration of the emergency, but the Rotary would like an additional donation to cover the wear and tear on the flag. Go to our website and sign up today!


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About North College Park Neighborhood Association

NCPNA is a neighborhood association and, unlike a homeowner’s 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.

Contact Robert Grinsfelder at if you can help with any of these activities.

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John Slaughter
NCPNA Newsletter Editor