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  • Saturday, December 03, 2022 12:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A Helpful Reminder About Garbage, Recycling, and Bulk Collection From Eastwood Neighborhood Association


    Our NEW collection day is Thursday.

    Set-out time: Your roll cart must be placed in the alley or at the curb by 7am the morning of your collection day.

    Set-out requirements: Please place your roll cart facing the point of collection and allow for 3 feet of space on each side of the roll cart for collection equipment to maneuver. Bagged garbage should be contained in the roll cart, there should be no bags on top of the roll cart or on the side of the roll cart. The roll cart should not be blocked by vehicles, objects, or overhanging tree limbs.


    Our collection week remains 2nd Monday. Put out to curb begins the Thursday prior. Materials must be placed at the curb by 7:00 A.M. the Monday of the pickup week. The size limit for bulk set out is 10 cubic yards (imagine 10 washing machines).

    Details and requests for once annual oversize collection at this webpage.

    Brush and bulky items must be placed just behind the curb line in front of your home.

    Do not place on the side of your home, in an alleyway, or on property across from or adjacent to your home.

    Do not place in the street, on the sidewalk, or in any manner that will interfere with vehicular or pedestrian traffic or with solid waste collection service

    Do not place within 5 feet of a roll cart, mailbox, fence or wall, water meter, telephone connection box, parked cars, fire hydrant, utility pole, or traffic sign

    Do not place under low hanging tree limbs or power lines, in an alley, or in front of a vacant lot or business


    NO BAGS IN RECYCLING BIN! Even if they are recyclable plastic bags. Once bagged, it will be collected in regular trash. Even in paper sacks. 

    For more information check out of Sanitation App or City of Dallas recycling webpage.

  • Friday, November 11, 2022 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Gather Nov. 17 with neighbors for a state of the neighborhood meeting. Learn what ENA is working on with traffic, crime, Vinemont Channel, Dixon Branch Greenbelt, and the closed pedestrian bridge. 

    It’s also our annual election of ENA officers. The slate of officers so far is: 

    President: Scooter Smith
    Vice-president: David Cossum
    Secretary: Terri Hebert
    Treasurer: Hadley Hempel

    Elections are open to ENA members. You can renew dues at the meeting or beforehand at our website https://EastwoodDallas.org/

    Our speaker will be Emory Blackburn of City of Dallas Code Enforcement. Come with questions. He’ll be bringing free literature for your perusal. 

    Hope to see you there! 

    Thursday Nov. 17, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Central Lutheran Church, 1000 Easton Rd between Lake Gardens and Easton  Place

  • Friday, November 11, 2022 11:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bundle up, pack your blankets, grab your camp chairs and join us at the park to watch Encanto!

    • Date: Friday, November 18th
    • Time: 6:00 PM
    • Place: Dixon Branch/ Playground Park
  • Sunday, July 03, 2022 3:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We love our neighborhood... and our Independence Day parade and cookout, held on the Saturday closest to July 4th. Neighbors, kids included, dress up in patriotic and summer wear and gather at Playground Park. Then with police and sometimes fire vehicles leading the way, we saunter down Sylvania to Vinemont and on to Creekmere. To conclude, we party at the park with grilled hot dogs, snow cones, and more, plus a water bounce house and splash pad for the kids.

    See ALL the photos of the event here. Videos below.

    These festivities were made possible by your annual voluntary dues to Eastwood Neighborhood Association. Please join or renew your dues here. If you’ve any questions or issues with membership, please contact us.

    Many thanks to our fabulous volunteers

    • Lauren Yates — ENA social chair and organizer extraordinaire
    • Darrell Wood — traffic manager and police liaison
    • Volunteers in Patrol — traffic assistants
    • David Cunningham — grillmaster
    • Karen Cott — prize and munchie obtainer
    • Andie Cossum — temporary tattoos
    • Carolyn Jones — snow cone machine

    Much gratitude to these officers from the Northeast Dallas substation of the Dallas Police Department: Neighborhood Police Officers Senior Corporal Irene Galvan, Officer Ortiz, and Officer Spence. Love their new UTV! 

    See ALL the photos of the event here. Videos below.

     Costume Prize Winners

    Each winner received a fabulous gift bag courtesy of local merchants. Thanks to El Porton Coffee, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Happy Tails

    Best Costume: 

    • Big Dog — Emmo (Stewart)
    • Little Dog — Mia (Doyle)
    • Kid — Cormac Murphy
    • Kid Cart — Sullivan Yates
    • Adult — Sally Cunningham

    See ALL the photos of the winners here.  


  • Saturday, June 18, 2022 12:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dress in your most patriotic outfit and join us for Eastwood's annual 4th of July Parade and Picnic!

    This year's event will be Saturday, July 2nd. Meet at Playground Park (Lippitt/Sylvania at Sinclair) at 9:00 am to join in the parade. Then be sure to stick around for a neighborhood block party from 10 am to noon, complete with a water slide bounce house, snow cones, face painting, and more. Plus a cookout with hot dogs (regular and tofu) and cold watermelon. 

    Or lend your support by cheering from your porch! The parade departs from Playground Park, goes up Sylvania, then west on Vinemont, and east on Creekmere back to the park. 

    Your dues to Eastwood Neighborhood Association make this and other events possible. Please give generously: https://eastwooddallas.org/

    YOU are needed to pitch in to this community-made event:

    • Be the parade leader! Decorate a vehicle to lead. Provide minions to help wrangle the parade participants.
    • Provide cold bliss on a hot day by operating the snow cone maker. 
    • Make children happy by applying temporary tattoos. (Where are the two moms from last year? Y'all were great!) 
    • Crowd control at the bounce house. 
    • Come early to help set up. Stay afterward to help clean up. 

    Please contact ENA Social Chair Lauren Yates to help: 803.414.6857.

  • Saturday, June 11, 2022 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A few years ago, a large chinkapin oak fell in Playground Park (Lippit at Sinclair) in the DIxon Branch Greenbelt. Dallas Park Department policy is to allow most fallen trees to decompose, which provides great shelter for wildlife and wood-boring insects that feed birds. During that process, Eastwood Riparian seeded the area with acorns, pecans, and wildflower seeds, letting the fallen tree provide shelter for the young emerging plants. But an Eastwood resident complained and pushed the park department mightily. The tree was cut up and taken away. All the saplings and plants were leveled in the process. 

    Starting last fall, and working with the park department, Eastwood Riparian began reconstructing our work. A thick layer of mulch was laid down and we waited to see what would emerge. Now it's time to cull what's not desired and encourage what is. Step one this spring was removing  the hedge parsley, giant ragweed, and other undesirables. Amy Martin and Kathleen Trotter took on the task, made urgent by the need to spiff up the park for Eastwood's July 4th parade and picnic. 

    The scene: A little cluttered with saplings in need of thinning and unwanted aggressive plants.  

    Hedge parsley, whose nasty burs get caught in everything. 

    Prickly lettuce is a monster! 

    The carnage: Two large piles of pulled hedge parsley, giant ragweed, and prickly lettuce. You can see them along Lippit. 

    Here are a few things we liberated

    Hog peanut. A volunteer. 

    Inland sea oats. Seeded by Amy with seeds from her and Michael Parkey's yards. 

    Elderflower shrub, grown and planted by Sam Hudson. 

    White avens. A volunteer. 

    Eve's necklace tree — lots of these! Seeded by Amy from ones in the greenbelt. 

    Rosinweed. Stop by and touch the wildly rough leaves. Seeded by Amy with seeds from the entry garden. 

    Young frostweed. Will get as tall as the rosinweed. Seeded by Amy with seeds from the greenbelt. 

    Collateral damage. Amy's pants coated with hedge parsley burrs. 

    Join us at 8 am on Saturday June 18 to finish the task. Michael will direct us on which saplings stay or go. Need some strong folks to dig up the prickly lettuce we were unable to pull. Amy will treat the few poison ivy plants. Still some hedge parsley to pull in the main park area. 

  • Tuesday, May 17, 2022 2:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Carmen Comes to Eastwood + ENA general meeting

    Thursday, May 19, 7:00 PM

    Central Lutheran Church  - 1000 Easton Rd, between Lake Gardens and Easton Place

    Due to the toasty weather forecasted for Thursday evening, our May gathering has been moved from the park to Central Lutheran Church. Join us this Thursday, May 19, for a brief general meeting followed by Carmen, the famous opera by Georges Bizet. 

    Carmen is an intense tale of passion and intrigue set in exotic Spain. This adaptation is the wonderful 2010 Metropolitan Opera production starring Elina Garanca and Roberto Alagna. The video has English subtitles so we follow the plot while listening to French, the "language of love".

    Grab a picnic blanket, pack some snacks and enjoy the "fiery" Carmen in a nice, cool setting!

  • Wednesday, April 06, 2022 5:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Grab your basket and join the fun at the Spring Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 9, from 11 am to 2 pm at the Dixon Branch Greenbelt Park (Lippitt/ Sylvania at Sinclair). 

    Come for the egg hunt, face-painting and games! Watch the cotton candy spin and enjoy some tasty treats! Come get to know your Eastwood neighbors!

    Sure to be a great time for kids of all ages! Dogs on leashes welcome!

    Brought to you by Eastwood Neighborhood Association — made possible by your dues. Join here!  

  • Wednesday, March 30, 2022 5:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    March 30, 2022

    Councilwoman Paula Blackmon

    1500 Marilla Street, Dallas Texas 75201

    Re:Shoreline Church development proposal

    Dear Councilwoman Blackmon:

    As President of the Eastwood Neighborhood Association (“ENA”) I am addressing several local/neighborhood concerns with respect to the developer’s plan to convert the Shoreline Church on Garland Road into a residential community.  To this end we are supporting the Lochwood Neighborhood Association (“LNA”), the Eastlake Medical Building (“EMB”), and Modern Tot’s.

    First and foremost, of course, is the Eastwood neighborhood’s vital concern with respect to flooding. For the ENA flooding is an overwhelmingly paramount issue.  Nineteen homes in Eastwood flood regularly due to increased development upstream with no floodwater mitigation. That is 19 too many, and we will not stand by as more of our residents’ homes are threatened.

    For the Eastwood neighborhood to even consider this to be an acceptable project it will have to incorporate complete stormwater management ON SITE. Otherwise, storm water from this development will go directly into the Dixon Branch and immediately cause an increase in the already untenable flooding situation in our neighborhood.

    The ENA’s specific objective is to do everything in its power to protect our residents, even if it means laboring mightily to deny all rezoning efforts at this site.  We are aware that the City of Dallas is probably about fifty (50) years behind best stormwater practices, so the time is ripe to accomplish that in any new development.

    If the floodwater mitigation issue is met, then we suggest these various ways to reduce the negative impact of this development upon its immediate neighbors:

    A step-down design such that the tallest structures would be closest to Garland Road and/or the center of the site, stepping down to single story where the development is adjacent to single family residences.

    A generous landscape buffer adjacent to the single-family homes in addition to development standards requiring the largest buffer to be on the front of the property. 

    Storm water detention could be accomplished in the landscape buffers, providing a nice amenity AND flood control.

    We all think that it is very important to stress the “Garland Road Vision” which included three (3) story heights for new construction, not four (4).  Further, the EMB should not be forced to build a wall to protect its property, a wall that will, certainly, become a blemish on the overall landscape and will, obviously, because of the dark corners that will form, create hidden places for crime, especially opportunities to steal catalytic convertors, as one glaring example. 

    ENA generally supports Lochwood Neighborhood Association, our sister association directly across Easton Road, with respect to its position and opposition to the proposed apartment development on the Shoreline Church property. The concerns they have expressed are of great importance to the immediate neighbors of this proposed development. 

    None of the neighborhoods actually oppose development along the Garland Avenue corridor. As you are probably aware, we conditionally supported the proposed residential development on the other side of Garland Road, on the corner with Peavy Road, where the Garland Thrift Store is no longer located, and so far we are pleased at its progress.

    Thank you for your time,

    Scooter Smith, President


    • Kyle Bickman (The Modern Tot)
    • Neil Felder ( Eastlake Medical Building)
    • Scott Robson (President of Lochwood Neighborhood Association)
    • Eastwood Neighborhood Association Board of Directors

  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022 4:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Minutes of the Board of Directors Meeting of the Eastwood Neighborhood Association, held as a virtual meeting via Zoom, at 7:00 p.m. on January 20, 2022.

          I.          Call to Order

    Scooter Smith called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.

        II.          Roll Call of Officers


    Scooter Smith, President

    David Cossum, Vice President

    Terri Hebert, Secretary

    Brian Cade, Membership Chair

    Karen Cott, New Neighbors Chair

    Amy Martin, Communications Chair

    Darrell Wood, VIP and Signs Chair

    Michael Parkey, Riparian/Streets & Creeks Chair

    Lauren Yates, Social Committee Chair

    Greg Jacobs, General Counsel/Emergency Response Liaison


     Karen Babb, Treasurer

    Cori Robarge, Playground Chair

    Also present:

    John Walls, Former President

      III.          Approval of the Minutes of the Regular Meeting

    Minutes from November meeting were not approved as they were not prepared following the meeting.  Terri Hebert will prepare for next meeting in February.  Both the November and January meeting minutes will then be submitted for approval.

      IV.          Financial Report

    Karen Babb was unable to attend the meeting, no financial report was given.

        V.          Committee Reports

    Each committee chair gave their reports.

    Membership Committee – Brian Cade reported.

    A.    Brian will be ordering door hangers again with a target to start distributing the first week of February.  John Walls volunteered to coordinate the placement of the door hangers with the block captains.  Brian also volunteered the services of his daughter who is looking for some service credits.  John to coordinate everyone.
    B.    Emails for some renewals, went out on January 1, 2022 with the rest to follow in March.
    C.    Neighborhood signs encouraging membership will be placed in various locations starting on March 1, 2022 and will remain up for approximately one month.  Amy Martin will include an item in the next newsletter.
    D.    5 new homeowners joined since the General Meeting in May.

    VIP/Signs – Darrell Wood Reported

    A.    The next class for VIP training is 9:00 a.m. on February 19 at the Northeast police station. 

    Riparian Committee – Michael Parkey Reported

    A.    Notification was posted to Nextdoor requesting volunteers to assist with cleaning up and cutting back dead vegetation on Sunday, January 23rd. 
    B.    Next project will be winter prairie mowing which still needs to be scheduled.
    C.    There has been no response from the Dallas Parks dept. on our discussions to formalize an agreement with ENA over projects and work in the greenbelt and park.  Repeated requests have been made for progress or updates.  All requested information was submitted in April of 2021.   

    Streets & Creeks Committee – Michael Parkey Reported

    A.    Nothing new to report.

    Social Committee – Lauren Yates Reported

    A.    Easter Egg Hunt in the Park – The group discussed dates and times that would be appropriate given the weather and daylight at that time of year.  Saturday, April 9th (one week before Easter) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. was decided as the ideal time.  Everyone agreed that the event was contingent on the status of COVID at that time. 

    The group also discussed the potential to purchase pre-stuffed Easter eggs to avoid the significant amount of time required to stuff them with volunteer help. It was estimated that approximately 1000 eggs would be required.  Brian reported that these types of eggs can be purchased on Amazon. Lauren agreed to research so that a potential request for approval can happen at the February meeting.

    The group discussed the need to break the Easter egg hunt out by age groups similar to what was done when the last hunt in the park was held.  The groups were 1-5 years and 6 and older.  Everyone agreed this would be the best approach.

    Finally, the group discussed whether to provide beverages (juice boxes) and snacks (popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones) including whether each of the board and committee members could bring something.  Everyone agreed that we should at least provide beverages.  Lauren agreed to coordinate this.

    B.    Night at the Opera in the Park –The group discussed a potential event in the park centered around Opera music.  Michael Parkey reported that a neighborhood homeowner has a huge opera cd collection that can be used.  The group agreed to discuss further.

    Playground Committee – Cori Robarge

    A.    As Cori was unable to attend the meeting, no new information was reported

    New Neighbor Committee – Karen Cott Reported

    A.    Delivered three welcoming baskets in the last two weeks and one in December.
    B.    Secured 2 new businesses to provide gift certificates/cards for the welcoming baskets: Lovers Pizza and El Porton. 
    C.    Reported that El Porton expressed a desire to provide gift packages/baskets for future neighborhood events such as our general meeting or Neighborhood Night out.  Karen noted that we will take them up on this offer.
    D.    Continue to pursue potential new gift certificate/card from other businesses including Yogi’s Sushi shop. Owner has agreed but manager has not followed through yet.   

    Communications Committee – Amy Martin Reported

    A.    Karen Cott reported that there might be a problem with the membership system, Amy to put out inquiry in the next newsletter to see if others have experienced this problem.
      VI.          Unfinished Business

    Scooter Smith gave the report as follows:

    Scooter sent email to Larkspur Capital who is the developer of the residential project planned for the Garland Road Thrift Store site requesting consideration of Eastlake as a name for the planned neighborhood.  Developer responded that the name seemed appropriate and that the recommendation would be passed along.
    VII.          New Business

    No new business was discussed by the Board

    VIII.          Next Meeting Date

    The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for February 17, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

    The meeting adjourned at 8:01 p.m.

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