November Newsletter


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Holidays are Coming

The holidays are coming and this is always a busy time and a chance to reflect on the past year. While we had hoped to bid COVID a farewell this year, we aren’t quite there yet. Hopefully by this time next year we will be able to welcome a more normal time. While the holidays are a fun time they can also be stressful. Take a deep breath and be kind to yourself and your neighbors.

Halloween Decorating Contest Results

The Halloween decorations were great this year with some very impressive displays. It was really tough picking the winners this year.

The second place winners were Boyd Clark & Kasey Withers, 2 Spring Valley. 
The first place winners were Michael Villard & Ailun Qian 505 Palomar Ln. 

Thanks to everyone who participated and we look forward to seeing the holiday decorations in December.

We did not have a Yard-of-the-Month for November, but again this year we are going to have a holiday decorating contest with cash prizes for the best decorated yard. First prize will be $100 dollars and second prize will be $50. Judging will occur on December 11th, so be sure and have your decorations in place with lights on.

The Yard-of-the-Month committee is always looking for new members, if you are interested in volunteering for this or any other committee, please Contact Robert Grinsfelder at rmgrins@aol.com.

North College Park Neighborhood Facebook Group

NCPNA has an active private Facebook group. One of the administrators will quickly approve your admission to the group. Click here to go to the group page: facebook.com/groups/ncpna

Crime Watch Report

As we come to the close of a year, it is always nice to see where we are and what has been accomplished. The astonishing volunteer participation in North College Park when compared to other Richardson Neighborhood/Homeowner Associations is awesome. Out of 25 City of Richardson Neighborhood/Homeowner Associations, we are almost the smallest association serving 396 homes. In fact, we rank 21st out of 25. There are only three associations with fewer homes served that North College Park.

Now the good part, we rank first in volunteer participation per home in the city. Our participation level per home is well above, by a factor of 3 to 4, the largest associations like Canyon Creek, Duck Creek and Richland Park. Thanks to our volunteers in North College Park Crime Watch Patrol.

Week after week the crime incidents show no criminal activity in North College Park. Yes, we have had a few but far below all other associations. Largely due to the 2,000 hours of Crime Watch Patrols by 22 volunteers in 2021 despite COVID.

We can always use more help. To volunteer contact Doug Freeman at d1004free@aol.com or go to the City of Richardson Police web page and sign-up to patrol at https://www.richardsonpolice.net/i-want-to/sign-up-for/crime-watch-patrol.

If you want to get further insight into what our police department is doing, then this is for you. The Richardson Police Department Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is now taking applications for the upcoming class that will begin February 1, 2022. CPA is an annual 16-week program that meets weekly on Tuesday evenings. This is one of the best opportunities to learn about the Department while getting to know the men and woman that serve Richardson. You will participate in SWAT scenarios, experience the police driving course, meet our K9’s and more. Visit our CPA webpage to apply (must live or work in the City of Richardson), or call 972-744-4955 if you have questions.

Book Club Update

The book club is taking a hiatus over the holidays and will meet again in January. Be thinking about books you might want to suggest to the club in the new year. Questions to April Anderson adawn0105@gmail.com

Small Business Spotlight

If you have a small business you want to highlight, please email April Anderson at adawn0105@gmail.com for consideration. We want to support you!

Welcome Baskets

Please welcome new neighbor, Nazaneena Abdul 1006 Windsong

The Welcome Basket Committee is made up of Linda Brown 214-693-1612, Ioana Bates 469-396-5480 and Vicki Bean 214-949-7805 V.Bean@att.net. We put baskets with home items and food together for our new neighbors and invite them to join the North College Neighborhood Association. Please contact us if you know of a new neighbor on your block! The baskets are sponsored by the NCPNA.

Booster Signs

If you want a “booster” sign, please let Vicki Bean V.Bean@att.net know and we will get you a sign.

Newsletter

This newsletter is the collaboration of several of your neighbors. It would not be possible without their support, thank you!

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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 rmgrins@aol.com if you can help with any of these activities.

John Slaughter
NCPNA Newsletter Editor