Neighborhood News

  • Thursday, March 04, 2021 1:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We hear this from visitors often: “What a beautiful neighborhood!” Eastwood Neighborhood Association is proud to be a part of that.

    Our entry garden at Peavy and Creekmere, the sign toppers around the neighborhood, the wildflowers and native grasses in the greenbelt — all made possible by Eastwood Neighborhood Association. 

    From serious efforts with the city on flooding and street issues, to fun social events like our Easter Egg Hunt and July 4th Parade, day in and day out Eastwood Neighborhood Association is at work for you.

    We depend on brisk communications to stay abreast of our busy world. If something impacts Eastwood, we want to know about it fast. Eastwood Neighborhood Association stays on top of city issues and shares important news with its members through its newsletter and website EastwoodDallas.org.

    Won’t you become a voluntary ENA member or renew your dues today?

    With our new modernized system, it’s easier to do. An account page will keep you up to date. Plus you’ll get annual reminders to renew. Join here. https://eastwooddallas.org

    Or send a $20 check and your email address to: 9540 Garland Road, suite 381-169 Dallas, TX 75218

  • Friday, February 19, 2021 4:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Plus, we need  supporters to help the Social Chair above, and the Riparian Committee.

  • Friday, February 19, 2021 3:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    District 9 News from Paula Blackmon

    To get on Blackmon’s email list, send an email request to: District9@DallasCityHall.com.

    White Rock Lake Dam Update

    Updates regarding the White Rock Lake Dam project can be found HERE.

    The WRL Dam Maintenance Project is part of on-going maintenance that includes dam and spillway concrete repairs, slope stabilization improvements, and vegetation management within the footprint of the dam. As safety is a top priority, there will be no public access allowed in construction areas including the old fish hatchery. White Rock Lake patrons are advised not to enter the construction zone and follow all signage. A photo of the project is attached. If you have any questions please contact Estela Ornelas, Sr. Public Affairs Officer at 214-671-9554 or estela.ornelas@dallascityhall.com.

    (More on the dam controversy: https://lakewood.advocatemag.com/2020/12/04/white-rock-lake-dam-maintenance/ ) 

    Skillman Street Racing

    Neighbors in Merriman Park reached out to the District 9 office to discuss the ongoing problems they are having with street racing along Skillman and Abrams. In an effort to address the issue, the D9 and D10 office (DMPT McGough) are hosting a virtual meeting for neighbors to talk with the Dallas Police Department and Transportation Department. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss the street racing specifically along Skillman, Abrams, and the Merriman Park neighborhood. However, if you have additional street racing concerns please email district9@dallascityhall.com so our office can assist you. Our office is aware that this is a citywide issue and we are committing to ending it. Zoom details are included below.

    Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for upcoming events, updates, and news about District 9 at https://www.facebook.com/DallasDistrict9

    Feel free to share this information with your mailing lists or Next Door. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach our office at district9@dallascityhall.com or by calling 214-671-8916.

    Thank you!

  • Friday, February 19, 2021 3:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Upcoming Dallas Police VIP Training

    Saturday, March 6th online from 9:00am-1:00pmThe applications must be submitted no later than Wednesday, March 3rd

    Northeast Dallas Police Department has over 1000 Volunteers in Patrol and is growing strong! 

    To request or send your application you can scan and email it to Senior Corporal Kelley or mail/drop it off at the Northeast Dallas Police Department station located at 9915 East Northwest Highway, Dallas TX 75238. 

    Please reach out to Senior Corporal Kelley at Kevin.Kelley@Dallascityhall.com or 214-670-7772 for more information. 

    Please email for your application and it will be sent. An email will be sent to you with the instructions for the class after your background check has been completed.

    VIP for Dallas Parks and Trails

    Dallas Park and Recreation Department 

    is teaming up with the Dallas Police Department to create a new “Volunteers in Patrol” (VIP) program for our Parks and Trails. You can still get involved in your neighborhood VIP program but now we're asking all Park and Trail lovers, to get involved and become a VIP for our Parks and Trails.

  • Wednesday, February 03, 2021 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Saturday, March 6th online from 9:00am-1:00pm

    The applications must be submitted no later than Wednesday, March 3rd

    Northeast Dallas Police Department has over 1000 Volunteers in Patrol and is growing strong! 

    To request or send your application you can scan and email it to Senior Corporal Kelley or mail/drop it off at the Northeast Dallas Police Department station located at 9915 East Northwest Highway, Dallas TX 75238. 

    Please reach out to Senior Corporal Kelley at Kevin.Kelley@Dallascityhall.com or 214-670-7772 for more information. 

    Please email for your application and it will be sent. An email will be sent to you with the instructions for the class after your background check has been completed.

  • Tuesday, December 08, 2020 3:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Online shopping has made life easy for all of us, including package thieves, better known as porch pirates. As everyone is getting ready for the holiday season and doing their shopping, the Dallas Police Department would like to give some safety tips for package delivery. We hope that these tips will help keep your packages out of the hands of those pesky porch pirates.

    1. Don’t let your packages sit. Monitor when your packages are expected to arrive. Leaving your packages on your porch or in your mailbox overnight is an open invitation to thieves.
    2. Ship to an alternate address. Depending on where you work, your company may allow you to ship your packages directly to your place of business. Check with management to see if this is acceptable. In addition, consider shipping your packages to a friend or relative’s home.
    3. Signature on delivery. Consider having your packages delivered only when someone is available to sign for them.
    4. Ship to your local pack and ship store. If you have a UPS, FedEx, or other locally-owned packing and shipping store nearby, consider sending your packages there.
    5. Talk to your neighbors. If you have neighbors who are home during the day, consider asking them to collect your packages on the delivery date. More than likely, they’ll be willing to help which can eliminate some holiday stress for you.
    6. Ensure your holiday packages. Because package theft increases around the holiday season, it may be wise to place insurance on your packages. This way, if your package is stolen, you can be reimbursed for your loss.
    7. Use a wireless home monitoring system. Use a wireless monitor that allows you to see your porch. You’ll know when packages are being delivered and see visitors, even when you are not at home.  Some devices will allow you to set off alarms for snoopers, as well as ask questions to those approaching.
    8. Ship to the store. Some retailers allow you to ship to a store near you. While this isn’t as convenient, it does provide security and helps avoid long lines at the register. Some stores even offer special parking near the entrance.
    9. Install a package lock-box. If you have deliveries showing up daily, you may want to consider installing a lock-box. These boxes can be bolted to your front porch. Once installed, share your code with your delivery service and you should be good to go.
    10. Use a temporary P.O. Box. Many delivery services such as UPS or FedEx will not deliver to a traditional P.O. Box address but will deliver to a street address that just happens to be in a Postal Delivery Service Office. Many of those offices will even call you when you have a package arrives and take a photo of it for you to see ahead of time. The UPS Store has this service, as well as many privately-owned companies. Check your local listings to find a location near you and perhaps rent the P.O. Box through the season. Be mindful of contract terms and fees.
    11. Use Smart Package Lockers or Convenience Store. To avoid your Amazon package being stolen from your front porch, use an Amazon Locker. Amazon allows you to pick up your delivery in an Amazon Locker at selected locations across the country. Amazon provides a unique code that you can punch into the machine to retrieve your package.
    12. Reroute or Reschedule Deliveries to Prevent Package Theft. If you are not sure whether or not you will be home for the holidays to receive your package(s) when it arrives at your front door, you can track your shipment either on a package tracking app or by requesting the tracking information in advance. As a reminder, make a phone call to the delivery man or call your neighbors or friends to help receive the package when it arrives.

    Please be vigilant not only during the holiday season but all year round. If you see something suspicious,  call 9-1-1.

    The men and women of the Dallas Police Department would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday!

  • Wednesday, November 25, 2020 1:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Eastwood Neighborhood Association, Inc.
    Zoom General Meeting Minutes

    November 19, 2020

    John Walls called the meeting to order at 7:08 pm.

    In attendance: 28 members (including board members) John Walls, Greg Jacobs, Karen Babb, Karen Cott, Darrell Wood, Amy Martin, Scooter Smith, Brian Cade and Annie O’Kelly.

    John Walls reported that many of our regular neighborhood activities have been cancelled for this last year, such as NNO, meetings, and Fourth of July parade, and Easter Egg hunt. However, because so many have been at home, we have all become more familiar with our neighbors and neighborhood. He restated our policy this year that membership in the ENA did not require dues and that any voluntary dues received would be applied to next year. John explained what some of the $20 membership fee is used for such as Welcome Baskets, website fees, social events, greenbelt and playground improvements, post office box, and VIP equipment.

    A membership drive for 2021 will begin in February.

    Darrell Wood submitted a report on VIP matters. We are reminded to be especially vigilant in keeping our property secure and watching out for deliveries. There will be a virtual VIP training on December 5 from 9:00 – 1:00. Darrell met with Paula Blackman at a Personal Protection Drive and invited her to participate in the VIP program. She will be attending the next training.

    John Walls shared the ballot for the election of the board members: John Walls, president; Scooter Smith, vice-president; Karen Babb, treasurer; Annie O’Kelly, secretary. Scooter said that the polling survey was not working and would be sent out later. All members could vote up until Saturday night, at which time the results would be shared. John invited others to volunteer for board and committee positions.

    John Walls introduced our speaker for the evening, Brett Johnson, an urban biologist for the city of Dallas. He shared information about coyotes and bobcats, their habits, physical appearance and how they have adapted to living in cities, in particular the metroplex. He suggested ways that we can co-exist safely.

    After the presentation, John reported that two more members had volunteered to run for the elected board positions: Ashley Reichel for secretary and Erik Ramirez for vice-president. Their names were added to the ballot.

    Kathryn Bozan reported that measures had been taken to control speeding on Easton between Northwest Highway and Lake Highlands Drive. She also requested that the board support an effort to address the excessive speeding on Easton from Lake Highlands Drive to Garland Road. Board members were in agreement. John will talk to Darrell Wood about bringing up the issue at the next VIP training.

    The meeting was adjourned at 8:19.

    -- Annie O’Kelly, secretary

    Results of the Eastwood Neighborhood Association 2020 election

    26 ballots returned from the 325 sent out

    For President - 24 votes
    John Walls - 24

    For Vice President - 25 votes
    Scooter Smith - 13
    Erik Ramirez - 12

    For Treasurer - 24 votes
    Karen Babb - 24 votes

    For Secretary - 25 votes
    Annie O’Kelley - 17
    Ashley Reichel - 8 

    Note: Section 10.6 of the Association’s Bylaws states that “No person shall remain on the Board as an Officer for more than five (5) consecutive years or serve in the same elected position for more than two (2) consecutive years.” Annie O’Kelley having served for two (2) consecutive years became ineligible to run for re-election so the Board chose to either not count votes for Ms. O’Kelley or to count them as cast for Ashley Reichel. No argument being heard the election for Ms. Reichel stands approved.

  • Sunday, November 08, 2020 2:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Time to Elect Board of Directors for 2021

    The general meeting will be on November 19th at 7pm. You have to be a member to vote. 

    We will meet online via Zoom. If you have joined as a member, you will receive emails with more information about this meeting. On the day of the meeting, you will receive an email with a link that will let you attend the online meeting. 

    If you don't already have it, download the Zoom app here.

  • Saturday, November 07, 2020 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Next class: December 5, 2020, 9 am to 1pm — via Zoom

    Send a message to criminals that we are watchful. Become a Volunteer In Patrol and serve as the eyes and ears for our local police force. 

    Applications should be in to Sergeant Corporal Kevin Kelley by November 27.

    Even if you took your class long ago, you can jump right back into VIP patrols. Contact VIP captain Darrell Wood for details.

  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020 5:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Falls in Texas brings a "second spring" of wildflowers. Here's what's blooming in the Dixon Branch Greenbelt between Peavy and Sylvania, thanks to the efforts of Eastwood Riparian volunteers. Join the fun by contacting Michael Parkey.

    prairie broomweed 

    indiangrass in front of Maximilian sunflowers. 

    goldenrod in Playground Park. 

    fall aster 

    little bluestem

    heath aster

    heath aster

    Maximilian sunflowers

    Maximilian sunflower close-up

    Children's fort in the greenbelt woods. 

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