August 2020 Newsletter

Yard of the Month for August

The Yard of the Month judges checked out the yards and selected a winner

The winner is: 
Debbie and John Wingfield
801 Morningstar

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

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


We are still basking in the glow of our 4th of July activities. If you missed seeing the pictures here they are: pictures from the motorcade and decorating contest.

Social Media Update

We’ve made an INSTAnt upgrade!! If you haven’t found us on social media, we’ve joined Instagram in addition to Facebook, Nextdoor, and our webpage. In a year driving us to connect virtually, we’re posting regularly on all social media platforms. Make sure to follow along with us!
Instagram handle: @northcollegeparkna
Facebook (private group page): North College Park Neighborhood Association
Nextdoor: North College Park Neighborhood

NCPNA Book Club

We’ve selected, The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre, as our first NCPNA book club book. We’ve adjusted to an every other month frequency to start, so we’ll read this book for August/September, meet virtually on Zoom, and pick our next book by October 1st. If you didn’t have a chance to join, there is still time! Email April Anderson at if you’d like to join us.

September Virtual Event – Photo Challenge

When you’re a part of living history, what better gift than to document it. Join us throughout August for the Covid Kodak Chronicles! Share your perfect pet portraits, your funniest kid moments, your secret toilet paper stash, any hobbies/skills you’ve gained, or the home projects that would put other years to shame. Submit photos on our Facebook or Instagram pages directly (see the top of the newsletter for our user handles) or email pictures to Vicki Bean at with a short write-up about the story behind the picture. We’d love to know how our neighborhood is handling the wild and wacky quarantine days behind closed doors. Each week a winner will be chosen from the submissions for free food and treats from local stores! Must be a resident of North College Park to participate.

Richardson Strong Yard Signs

We still have a few signs left. The signs 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

We can’t thank everyone enough for pulling together during this crisis. Please 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 food banks are still experiencing high demand and need to replenish their shelves. 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

Window Walk

Thanks to everyone who is participating in the window walk. It won’t be long until fall, so a fall or late summer theme would be great. However, let your imagination lead the way and have some fun.

Crime Patrol Report

Your Richardson Crime Watch Patrol for North College Park recorded a record high number of patrols in July. Twenty one volunteers patrolled our area for a total of 318 hours. The following graph shows a comparison of patrol hours in 2020 (violet) versus 2019 (yellow). We are having a record year.

Our patrols are active during the daylight hours with the primary focus being crimes around our homes. To that end we have had zero daytime burglaries this month and only one in the last six months. Even one is too many but we are pleased to only report one.

Our objective is to observe and to be observed by potential bad guys. We never interact with the bad guys. We report and record what we see on our patrols. Recently, a storm blew open the front door of a home. A patroller, while on patrol observed the open door, called Richardson Police who came within 5 minutes to secure the home and make sure it was not being burglarized.

We would love to have you join us on patrol in your car, as you walk or as you walk your dog. Contact Doug Freeman at

National Night Out 2020

COVID-19 has impacted this event as well and we are following the plan suggested by the city. We won’t hold an event or a party, but rather each family can hold front yard event. Each street which registers by 9/20/2020 will be visited by a police officer or a representative from the city. Read more

Welcome Baskets

We’ve had a number of new families move into the neighorhood and Vicki Bean and team have been busy delivering welcome baskets. Please welcome:

Leslie (pictured) and Mike Kennemer,
1008 Morningstar
Joseph Palacios (pictured) and Roy Enriquez,
807 Rainbow

If you know of someone new, let Vicki know and be sure they are aware of the association, newsletter and website. Vicki can be reached at


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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