February 2022 Newsletter

Membership Drive Report

If you renew or join this month, and choose the Flag Program option, it will help ensure a flag will be posted for the President’s Day holiday. 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: http://ncpna.org/join. Memberships are needed to fund operations, activities and beautification projects.

Hot Chocolate in the Park February 5th 2:00-4:00 p.m.

When we think of February, we think of African American History Month, President’s Day and, of course, Valentine’s Day. But did you know that during the month of February there are five days dedicated to chocolate celebration? On the 1st we have National Dark Chocolate Day, World Nutella Day on the 5th, National Chocolate Mint Day on the 19th, National Chocolate Covered Nut Day on the 25th and finally National Chocolate Souffle Day on the 28th. And honestly, we could add Valentine’s Day to the list since a box of chocolates is a common gift for Valentine’s Day.

If you are like us, you don’t need a reason to celebrate chocolate, but it sure is sweet to have one! So, for the love of chocolate, come have hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies with your neighbors on Saturday, February 5th, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm at the Glenville Park Pavilion. Free of charge!

Yard of the Month

Yard of the Month will resume in March when we welcome the arrival of spring!

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

Operation ID

Operation Identification (Operation ID) is a citizen’s burglary prevention program for use in homes and businesses. The Operation ID program involves marking property with an identifying number as a means of discouraging burglary and theft. It also provides police with a way to identify property should it be stolen and recovered. In communities where it has been properly implemented, Operation ID has shown dramatic results in burglary reduction.

We have an engraving tool which can be borrowed to mark items of value with your drivers license number. Contact our Crime Watch coordinator, Doug Freeman to arrange to pick up the tool. Doug can be reached at d1004free@aol.com

Crime Watch Events

National Night Out Planned:

In 2020, the City of Richardson won 1st place in the nation among cities competing in Category 2. North College Park had one of the highest participation rates in the city with the special addition of the Dog Haus Food Truck and performances by the Berkner Drum line and Jazz Band!

National celebration coordinated locally by the Richardson Police Department’s Community Relations Unit, held on October 4th. National Night Out, a year-long community building campaign, is designed to: (1) Heighten crime prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, most cities and towns celebrate National Night Out with a variety of special citywide and neighborhood events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, visits from local officials and law enforcement, safety fairs, and youth events.

Crime Watch Patrol Hours 2021:

Since 2009, North College Park neighbors have volunteered their time to monitor criminal activity in our area so that we can all live here as safely as possible. In 2021 that work continued. Nearly 18 volunteers each month take to our streets to observe and be seen by those who may decide to assault our safety. In total your neighbors have been on patrol for 2,366 hours. We thank all those who have actively served this community. If you would like to join this wonderful team, you will need to apply by going to this site richardsonpolice.net/i-want-to/sign-up-for/crime-watch-patrol/cwp-application. After you complete the application process, you will be trained by the police and then taken on a ride-along with one of our volunteer patrollers. Please join us. Contact Doug Freeman at d1004free@aol.com.

Book Club Update

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

Small Business Spotlight

If you have a small business you want to highlight, please email the newsletter editor John Slaughter at john.e.slaughter@gmail.com 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 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.


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.