Neighborhood News

  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022 3:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Minutes of the Board of Directors Meeting of the Eastwood Neighborhood Association, held at the Neighborhood Park, in Dallas, TX at 5:30 p.m. on  Thursday, November 18, 2021.

          I.          Call to Order

    John Walls called the meeting to order

        II.          Roll Call of Officers


    John Walls, President

    Scooter Smith, Vice President

    Karen Babb, Treasurer

    Brian Cade, Membership Committee Chair

    Karen Cott, New Neighbors Committee Chair

    Amy Martin, Communications Committee Chair

    Darrell Wood, VIP and Signs Committee Chair

    Michael Parkey, Riparian Committee Chair

    Cori Robarge, Playground Committee Chair

    Lauren Yates, Social Committee Committee

    Greg Jacobs, General Counsel/Emergency Response Liaison

      III.          Approval of the Minutes of the Regular Meeting

    No meeting minutes were approved.

      IV.          Financial Report

    No financial report was given

        V.          Presentation of Reports

    Due to the meeting being held in conjunction with Movie Night, a limited set of committee reports were given.

    A.    Social Committee – John reported.

    Due to COVID concerns, social events were dialed back in 2021.  However, the board and social committees did bring back the July 4th parade and National Night Out.  More is planned in the coming year.

    B.    Membership Committee – John reported.

    The voluntary annual donation of $20 to join the Association means that the group has the funds to arrange various events such as, Movie Night, making improvements to the park and taking care of the greenbelt and entrances to the neighborhood.  Everyone was encouraged to consider joining and contributing.

      VI.          Election of Officers

    John first thanked all the current board members and committee chairs.  The following were unanimously elected to officer positions with no nominations made from the floor:

    A.    President:  Scooter Smith
    B.    Vice President:  David Cossum
    C.    Treasurer:  Karen Babb
    D.    Secretary:  Terri Hebert

    All committee chairs were officially appointed by the President

    VII.          New Business

    No new business was introduced at the meeting.

    VIII.          Next Meeting Date

    The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for January, 20, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Friday, January 28, 2022 12:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Scooter Smith has been doing our website and newsletter for over 15 years. Now that he’s president, and also an active member of Eastwood Riparian and VIP, he’s way too overloaded! 

    ENA needs someone take over the newsletter, website and generally modernize our communications for this era of social media and texting. It can be a team with a techno person, a writer to craft copy for the website and newsletters, and an artistic type to handle photographs and layout. Contact Scooter here. 

    Do you have an artistic flair? Are you great at making fliers? We need you to help us make our communications more visual. Starting with materials for our membership drive which begins in March and then the Easter Egg Hunt in April. A social media person would also be grand. Contact Amy Martin here

  • Friday, January 28, 2022 12:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The next Northeast Dallas Police Department Volunteers in Patrol class is Saturday, February 19 from 9 am to 1 pm at Highland Oaks Church of Christ, 10805 Walnut Hill at LBJ in northeast Dallas. Northeast has over 1000 VIPs and is growing strong. 

    The applications must be submitted no later than Wednesday February 16. Download your application here. 

    To submit your application, scan and email it to Senior Corporal Amber Oliver #10113 here or mail to or drop it off at the Northeast Dallas Police Department station at 9915 East Northwest Highway, Dallas TX 75238. 

    Please email Senior Corporal Oliver or call 214-670-7772 with questions. An email will be sent out with complete information after your background check has been completed.

  • Friday, January 28, 2022 12:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you noticed the wide array of colorful pumpkins along Lippitt? That’s the work of Joe Piccola. Take a closer look. Squirrels and other wildlife are happily snacking on them! 

  • Sunday, January 23, 2022 4:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Eastwood Riparian met on Sunday and gave the entry garden at Peavy and Creekmere a good spiffing up. It had a great year and robust growth, so there was a lot to clean up. But now you can see the beautiful red berries on the possumhaw. Today's gang included Declan Devine, a newly minted landscape architect who got some great native plant tips from our fearless leader Michael Parkey. Master gardener Janet Smith of Old Lake Highlands, whose front yard on Peavy just past Lake Highlands is a spectacular native plant oasis, joined us. Jeff Irish brought his two wonderful young daughters. Rounding out the crew was Amy Martin, who harvested Eve's necklace berries and inland sea oats and Indiangrass seeds for scattering in the greenbelt. 

    Cutting down the spent switchgrass. 

    Jeff getting his daughter excited about her next task.

    Beautiful possumhaw berries. They're tasty to birds once softened after a few freezes

    Janet Smith rakes the garden

    The gang hard at work as the spent foliage pile slowly grows. 

    The foliage that had hollow stems were gathered and placed in the woods so that any pollinators overwintering inside will survive to emerge in the spring.  

    Amy collected Indiangrass seed from the plot by the entry garden and scattered it where native grasses would benefit the greenbelt. 

    The final result, ready for spring growth ahead. 

    Michael and Declan cleared the fallen limbs blocking the woods path by the big pecan. 

    Next up: The big meadow mow. Native plants emerge in late winter, staying very close to the ground and slowly growing in preparation for bursting out strong in the spring. Mowing the dried meadow foliages enables the low-growing plants to get the sunlight and rain they need—something wildfires and grazing animals used to accomplish. We'll need volunteers to go ahead of the mega-mower (like a lawnmower on steroids) and pick up trash and sticks that jam the blades. 

    Send an email to Michael Parkey to join the Eastwood Riparian fun.

    Many thanks volunteers from all of Eastwood! 

  • Sunday, November 21, 2021 2:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Eastwood gathered on Thursday, November 18th at Playground Park (Lippitt and Sinclair), instead of our usual indoor location, for our fall meeting. Our new social chair, Lauren Yates, suggested we combine it with a family movie night and what a grand idea it was! 

    Over 40 people laid out picnic blankets and bundled up on a chilly night! We enjoyed a generous donation of delicious tiny bundt cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes (thanks to the manager Lauren!) and home-baked cookies from Karen Babb. Hot chocolate from White Rock Coffee kept everyone warm. 

    So heartwarming to see the community come together! Especially at Playground Park, whose creation was a labor of love—plus lots of labor!—by ENA and Dallas Parks & Recreation. (Playground Committee chair Cori Robarge seeks members who like to take the playground to the next level with more for those under the age of 5.) 

    Outgoing present John Walls offered a board-selected slate of candidates and opened nominations from the floor. The following officers were voted in by attendees: 

    • President — Scooter Smith 
    • Vice-president — David Cossum
    • Secretary — Terri Hebert
    • Treasurer — Karen Babb

    Scooter has been doing our website and newsletter for over 15 years. With him becoming president, he needs someone else to step in and generally modernize our communications for this social media and texting era. Contact him here. 

    Then we settled in for the movie Toy Story projected on a marvelous inflatable screen provided by Brian Cade. It looked amazingly good! We had so much fun, we’ll be doing it again in the spring, just for fun. 

    An event brought to you by the Eastwood Neighborhood Association. Become a member today!

  • Friday, November 05, 2021 10:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thursday November 18th

    In Playground Park at Lippett/Sylvania and Sinclair

    Something new this year! We’ll be meeting in Playground Park. 

    Bring your kids, socialize with your neighbors, and help create a fabulous neighborhood.

    Then enjoy homemade cookies, hot chocolate from White Rock Coffee, bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cakes, and other sweet treats. Finish a fine night with a family movie under the stars! Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a flashlight. 

    Business: 5:30 to 5:50 pm

    • Announcements and volunteer opportunities. 
    • Election of board officers. (As standard, a board-selected slate is offered, and then we take nominations from the floor.)

    Movie: 6 to 7:30 pm

    • Toy Story follows the meeting!
    • Sweet treats for everyone! 

    Nominations are open! Check out our committee openings (newsletter/website, Nextdoor moderator, streets, etc). Join our Volunteers In Patrol and increase neighborhood security! Be part of Eastwood Riparian!  

    An event brought to you by the Eastwood Neighborhood Association. Become a member today! 

  • Monday, October 18, 2021 4:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Been noticing the construction signs in the area? Certainly Peavy’s been fun. Now underground utility work is coming to Eastwood’s residential streets. Estimated to be finished by January. If you feel like digging, more information is here: https://gis.dallascityhall.com/rowms/index.html
  • Monday, September 27, 2021 2:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Community connection is proven to fight crime!

    October 5, 2021 – 5 to 7 pm

    On the first Tuesday in October neighbors all over the southern strata of the U.S. volunteer to host get-togethers in their front yards. 

    Learn security tips from Eastwood Volunteers in Patrol https://eastwooddallas.org/VIP — Find out how you can become a VIP — Enjoy snacks and conversation! 

    Dogs on leashes and children are welcome. Visit any or as many of the gatherings as you wish. 

    1. 10433 Coleridge – Michelle Boozer
    2. 10407 Silverock – David & Ann Cossum
    3. 10421 Vinemont – Mark & Karen Babb
    4. 969 Forestgrove – Andy & Rebecca Wilson
    5. 988 Sylvania – Greg Jacobs
    6. 10123 Gateway – Mike & Michelle Grimes
    7. 820 Overglen – Andre & Nicole Batky

    Click to see photos from past past years.

  • Wednesday, July 07, 2021 3:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Saturday, July 17 at 10 AM

    With Michael Parkey at Playground Park 

    Generations of Eastwood children have explored our creek, but it is not just for kids anymore.  If you didn’t grow up here, you may have no idea what Dixon Branch is really like.  Did you know that Dixon Branch is a permanent stream that flows all year?  Water quality tests show that Dixon Branch has some of the cleanest water you will ever find in an urban stream, but you won’t need the tests when you see perfectly clear water flowing over a gravel bottom.  The gravel comes from the same white limestone that gives White Rock Creek its name.  In places, the limestone comes to the surface, creating waterfalls and outcrops that will remind you of the Hill Country.

    Did you know that sunfish dig pits in the white gravel in which they lay their eggs?  The sunfish are easy to see in the clear water, and we can also expect to see other species of fish, turtles, herons, and wood ducks.  In July the sun will be warm but the water will be cool and waist-deep in many places. Dress appropriately.

    The Creek Crawl will start at the playground near the intersection of Lippitt and Sinclair.  Children are very welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult guardian.  In case of bad weather, both events will be postponed for one week.

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