December Newsletter

Holiday Greetings

It has been a challenging few years, but things are looking up.

The North College Park Neighborhood Association wishes all residents a Joyous Holiday and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Holiday Decorating Contest Results

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

The December Yard of the Month Runner Up Winners are Rosa and Mark Simpkins at 810 Windsong.

The First Place Winner Letecia Ramos at 1101 Kenshire.

Special Recognition goes to the 1100 Block of Morningstar for the street with the Most Decorated Homes!

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

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:

January Walk Planned

Mark your calendars for a Neighborhood Walk on Saturday afternoon, January 22, 2022 We will gather at Glenville Park for the walk and end the walk there with hot chocolate and cookies! The following Saturday (the 29th) will be our bad weather alternate date. Time to get our exercise back on track after the holidays! More details coming in the next newsletter and on Facebook.

City Wins Second Place Nationally for 2021 National Night Out

The National Association of Town Watch has awarded Richardson second place in the nation for its 2021 National Night Out (NNO) celebration. Richardson was awarded in the category for areas with populations of 100,000-300,000. The Richardson celebration took place Oct. 5 at local parks and featured neighborhood group picnics and visits by costumed characters, first responders and local dignitaries.

NNO is held annually and promotes camaraderie between neighbors and between neighborhoods and local police, helping foster a sense of community and prevent crime.

Crime Watch Report

We sound like a broken record, but theft from vehicles continues to be a problem. Be sure and remove your keys, a fancy key fob will can let a thief into your car if left in the vehicle even if locked! Catalytic converters are being stolen in parking lots. It only takes a few seconds to remove with power tools. Be aware of where you park.

We can always use more help. To volunteer contact Doug Freeman at or go to the City of Richardson Police web page and sign-up to patrol at

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.

Time to Renew

It’s membership renewal time. Again this year we are partnering with Richardson Rotary Club to offer flags to members at a discount. Memberships are $25 per year and for an additional $30 you will be enrolled in the flag program. More details and payment options on the website:

Book Club Update

Due to some unforeseen issues, the book club is taking a hiatus until further notice.

Small Business Spotlight

The Freeman's have a small business in our neighborhood. Cheryl makes dog clothing, bows, bandannas and dresses. She has a Facebook page C's Canine Classics.

Freeman’s Woodworking makes custom, made to order, outdoor furniture and yard art.


Seasonal yard art is currently on display at 1004 Rainbow Drive.

Contact the Freeman's at

If you have a small business you want to highlight, please email the newsletter editor John Slaughter at for consideration. We want to support you!

Welcome Baskets

The Welcome Basket Committee is made up of Linda Brown 214-693-1612, Ioana Bates 469-396-5480 and Vicki Bean 214-949-7805 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 know and we will get you a sign.


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 if you can help with any of these activities.

John Slaughter
NCPNA Newsletter Editor