EASTWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

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  • Thursday, August 13, 2020 6:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Saturday August 22, 9 to 11 am

    Scofield Church, 7730 Abrams Rd

    The Northeast Division of the Dallas Police Department along with The Lake Highlands PID will be hosting a “FREE Shredding Event” on Sat August 22, 2020 at Scofield Church 7730 Abrams Road from 9:00am to 11:00am. 

    There will be a limit of 2 boxes per vehicle that can be shredded (10”H x 12”W x 15”D) NO EXCEPTIONS. 

    Can Shred: Paper, Paper Clips, Manilla Folders, Hanging Files, Notebooks

    Cannot Shred: 3 Ring Binders, Plastic, X-Rays, Electronics, Batteries/Key Fobs/Remote Controls 

    We will also offer free bottles of Deet (mosquito Spray) and sanitizer to the 1st 50 cars.


  • Thursday, August 13, 2020 6:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Applications must be in by August 26

    Northeast Dallas Police Department next Volunteers In Patrol class will be held August 29 Saturday online from 9 am to 1 pm. The applications must be submitted no later than August 26. Northeast has over 1000 Volunteers in Patrol and is growing strong.

    More info and applications here.

    Class: Saturday, August 29, 9 am to 1pm

    To submit your application, scan and email it to Senior Corporal Steve Akin 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 Akin at Steve.Akin@dpd.ci.dallas.tx.us or 214-670-7772 for more information.


  • Monday, June 08, 2020 3:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings Eastwood neighbors!

    The entire Eastwood Neighborhood Association (ENA) Board and I hope that this note finds you and your families safe and staying healthy. While the past few months have made many of us feel isolated and locked down in our homes, I have also seen many folks enjoying our neighborhood more than usual.

    Artwork that once hung on refrigerators now hangs in front-facing windows or is drawn on sidewalks using colorful chalk, walks with families or pets have become a nightly routine, and neighbors have gotten together in small groups on each other’s lawns for catch-ups. Even though we all cannot be together, it makes me feel like we are in this together.

    Since many of us are still observing social distancing recommendations, we decided that the safest thing to do instead of holding our May general meeting would be to share a “State of the Neighborhood” email update.


    Membership

    You may have noticed that we postponed our annual membership drive this year. Annual dues of $20 per household go to supporting our neighborhood through several projects:

    • Seasonal signage
    • Welcome baskets for new residents
    • Neighborhood social events and meetings
    • Greenbelt maintenance and improvement projects
    • Hosting for the website, software for membership database
    • Donations to Lutheran Church to host ENA Board, General, and VIP meetings

    As an ENA Board, we have decided to waive membership dues for all Eastwood families for the remainder of 2020. If you would still like to give back to the neighborhood association, we invite you to donate online or send a check to the following address:

    www.eastwooddallas.org

    Eastwood Neighborhood Association
    9540 Garland Road, Suite 381-169
    Dallas, TX 75218

    Volunteers in Patrol

    We are proud to report that Eastwood has lower rates of crime than other nearby neighborhoods. A big reason for this is the “Volunteers In Patrol” (VIP) program. Members of VIP drive every street and alley in our community multiple times a day, looking for suspicious activity and keeping our neighborhood safe. Our volunteers go above and beyond to look out for all neighbors, even reporting opened garage doors and packages left on doorsteps. Donations to VIP, in addition to your ENA dues, help pay for the supplies and equipment needed to coordinate these neighborhood patrols.

    If you are interested in becoming a VIP, please reach out to Darrell Wood. The Dallas Police Department trained new volunteers via a Zoom meeting in May, three of which were ENA residents. VIP members patrol the neighborhood in pairs, so we encourage spouses, partners, or residents who can volunteer together to sign up for the program.

    Streets & Creeks

    Over the past six months, efforts by the ENA Board and the Streets & Creeks Committee, headed up by Joe Piccola, have led to the rapid removal of two large illegal dumping sites in alleys.

    The ENA Board has worked closely with Dallas city employees from many offices to address neighborhood flooding concerns. While city-hired engineers continue to conduct a 100-year flood study of the neighborhood, our ENA Board’s efforts have resulted in the following:

    • Removal of downed trees along the length of Dixon Branch
    • A major clean-out of drains in the flood-prone area of Peavy
    • Repair of flood-caused erosion on the Sinclair branch culvert
    Riparian

    We hear this from visitors often: “What a beautiful neighborhood!” Our Riparian Committee regularly maintains our entry garden at Peavy and Creekmere, the sign toppers around the neighborhood, and the wildflowers and native grasses in the greenbelt. This year, we have recorded 111 volunteer hours spent by our neighbors on beautifying our community. Working with the Dallas Parks Department, ENA invests considerable funds and hundreds of volunteer hours into beautification every year.

    Finally, our Riparian Chair Michael Parkey recently transplanted a beautiful maple tree from the late Rona Dahlgren's property. The tree was planted on Lippitt Ave. near the concrete sidewalk going to the playground. The ENA Board has decided to create a naming plaque for the tree with the inscription, “In memory of Rona Dahlgren.”

    Social

    Earlier this year, the ENA Board began to work on a fantastic event plan for an Easter Egg Hunt, to be held in the Playground Park at Creekmere and Lippitt in April, including hundreds of eggs and, hop-fully, a surprise appearance by the Easter Bunny. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic and, as a safety precaution, we decided to cancel those plans. However, since July 4th is right around the corner, the ENA Board is discussing how we can still celebrate the holiday and potentially arrange the feeling of a parade, if not the real thing. We’re working on it, and you’ll hear more in June.

    In the meantime, we need help! Our prior Social Chair, unfortunately, resigned as she excitedly became pregnant…with her second set of twins (we miss you, Sara). If you are interested in chairing or working on any committee or otherwise volunteering, we could use the help. Feel free to email me.

    Playground

    As many of you have seen, the playground was roped off by the Dallas Parks & Recreation department for safety concerns due to the ongoing pandemic. We will be discussing ways to make the playground safer to use in the future. A survey will be sent to all neighbors in the next few weeks asking for feedback on how we can maintain and improve the playground.

    Signs

    As a Board, we decided to show our neighborhood’s support of the many workers who continued to take care of our communities through the creation of thank you signage. Darrell Wood helped coordinate the production of an “Honor Our Heroes” sign placed at the neighborhood entrance at Creekmere and Peavy that calls out the courageous efforts of healthcare workers, first responders, and the many frontline workers that have supported our community through the pandemic.

    New Neighbor

    Karen Cott started earlier this year as the Chair of our Welcoming Committee. If you recently moved into Eastwood, welcome! Please note that Karen has been eager to drop off a basket with goodies and discounts to a few of our favorite local restaurants and stores. For safety reasons, we’ve temporarily postponed delivering these baskets, but we look forward to dropping them off in the next month. If you are new to Eastwood, please let us know. The ENA Board would love to introduce ourselves properly.

    Block Captains

    We are revitalizing the Block Captain program. Block captain duties are reporting to the Welcoming chair when someone new moves on to the block, distributing event and news flyers to homes when appropriate, acting as the eyes and ears on the street, and flagging any issues, improvements, or code violations to the board. We have many Block Captains already in place, but please let me know if you interest in volunteering.

    Communications

    We know that in times of uncertainty, communication is more critical than ever. Our Communications Committee, led by Amy Martin, has continued to keep the neighborhood updated throughout our www.eastwooddallas.org website, Nextdoor postings, and email newsletters. If there is a topic that you would like to see more regularly discussed or an idea you have on neighborhood communications, please reach out to Amy here. 

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    Thank you all for your commitment to keeping Eastwood one of the best neighborhoods in Dallas. If you would like to get more involved, volunteer your time to help one of our committees, or have a suggestion for the ENA Board, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are all here to do our part to make this neighborhood a great place to live. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any additional questions.

    Thanks again and please stay safe,

    John Walls

    President, Eastwood Neighborhood Association
    johncwalls@gmail.com
    512-221-8434


  • Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings, Neighbors!

    This is the our new website. It is part of a complete neighborhood association management system that collects all of our communications operations in one easy to navigate site. 

    Keep in mind this site is brand new, and we are still refining it. Part of that process is your participation.

    Here you can:

    • change and control your membership information and settings
    • renew your membership
    • learn about our contacts with the city on your behalf
    • get the real info about upcoming events
    • shape the member-only forums to your immediate needs
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