December 21, 2007

Lake Highlands Freshman Center Holiday Door Contest


LHFC students show off their entry into the holiday door decorating contest.

LHFC is really in the Holiday spirit! During their “Wildcat Den” (Advisory Period), they had a holiday door decorating contest.

Principals and Counselors did the judging, and selected a first, second, and third place winner and three Honorable Mentions.

The first through third place winners won a pizza and cold drink party. The the three Honorable Mention winners won doughnuts and hot chocolate.

December 12, 2007

City Council Vote


We wanted to take this opportunity to announce the rezoning application proposed by Churchill Residential was approved today, December 12th, by the Dallas City Council with a 15-0 unanimous vote.

We would like to thank everyone who has invested their time and energy into this important project. And a special thanks to all who made their voices heard throughout this process.

We will continue to communicate with Churchill Residential as they move forward with this project. Updates will be made on our website with any developments and timelines as they are made available to us.

L Streets Board of Directors

tis' the season

The holiday concert season is almost over for Richardson ISD. A few of this week's performances include the following:


Lake Highlands High School Band Holiday Concert
Lake Highlands High School Auditorium
9449 Church Road, Dallas, 75238 - 7:00 p.m.

Lake Highlands Junior High School Choir Holiday Concert
Lake Highlands Junior High School Auditorium
10301 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, 75238 - 7:30 p.m.

Berkner High School Symphonic I Band
performs with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Eisemann Center for Performing Arts
2351 Performance Dr, Richardson, 75082 - 3:00 p.m.

All District Elementary Choir (ADEC) Winter Concert
Meyerson Symphony Center
2301 Flora St, Dallas, 75201 - 7:30 p.m.

Texas Monthly's Top-Ranked Schools

For the fourth consecutive year, Texas Monthly Magazine has published a list of the top public schools in Texas, and for the second consecutive year, they've presented the higher-performing schools ranked according to the number of subjects (such as reading, writing, math, science, and social studies) in which they excel.

The following L Streets/RISD schools that made this year's list:

Lake Highlands Elementary in Science

Wallace Elementary in Reading, Math, Science

Lake Highlands Freshman Center in Reading/Language Arts, Math

December 8, 2007

Home Chemical Waste Disposal

Did you know the City of Dallas has a chemical waste disposal site close to the L Streets? Check this out:

Sanitation Services
Home Chemical Waste Disposal

Dallas residents have two options for home chemical waste disposal: drop-off service at the Home Chemical Collection Center (HC3) or any Home Chemical Collection event provided by the Dallas Area Household Hazardous Waste Network.

Both services are free to Dallas residents.

Please bring a driver's license and a recent utility bill stub to prove residency.

Home Chemical Collection Center (HC3)
11234 Plano Road
Dallas, Texas 75243
Mapsco 28-A
(214) 553-1765

The HC3 is located at 11234 Plano Road, one mile north of IH-635 (LBJ Freeway). The facility is the first building past the railroad tracks (heading north on Plano Road) on the east side of Plano Road. The building is easily identifiable by its white color and bright turquoise trim.

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Second Saturday of each month: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Effective June 1, 2002, the HC3 will also be open the fourth Saturday of every month: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Home Chemical Collection Events
For information about collections events, call (214) 553-1765.

Items Accepted at HC# and Collection Events Include:

Pool and yard chemicals
Craft/hobby supplies
Batteries of all kinds
Automotive fluids, oil filters, used motor oil
Paint and home repair products
Household cleaners and chemicals
Fluorescent light tubes
Home computers
Cell phones
DO NOT Bring these Items:

Business or medical waste
Containers larger than 5 gallons
Explosive or shock-sensitive materials
Common recyclables (aluminum, plastic, glass)
Smoke detectors or other radioactive materials
The Dallas County Home Chemical Collection Center (HC3) now accepts personal computers and cellular phones from City of Dallas residents (the City is one of the HHW Network participating cities).

Acceptable Items:

Personal computers & laptops
Circuit boards
Cables and wiring
Battery backup systems
Cellular phones with batteries
Prohibited Items:
Dumb terminals
Fax machines
Analog phones
Any other electronics or appliances
Questions about this new service may be referred to (214) 553-1765.

Other Participating Cities
In addition to Dallas, other Dallas County cities participate in the program. Non-Dallas residents should call their own cities to confirm program participation or call (214) 553-1765. Do not call the City of Dallas if you are a resident of another city.

This program is paid for by cities participating in the Dallas Area Household Hazardous Waste Network, County of Dallas and the North Central Texas Council of Governments. The program receives additional support by donations from Exide Batteries and L&S Productions.

Calloway's Timely Tips for January

Calloway’s Checklist for January

Colder weather is finally here but there is still plenty which can be done in your gardens. Take advantage of nice days and get a jump start on Spring!

1. Plant trees and shrubs at any time

2. Finish planting all Tulip and Hyacinth bulbs (which have been pre- chilled) and Daffodils (which do not need chilling)

3. Cold tolerant annual color, such as Pansies, Alyssum, and Dianthus can also be planted

4. Existing color in beds or containers can be fertilized using a water soluble complete fertilizer

5. Prune fruit trees and grapes

6. Prune evergreen shrubs, both evergreen and conifers

7. Do not top Crape Myrtles; the only pruning is to remove damaged branches

8. Prune summer blooming shrubs and vines

9. Mulch all flowerbeds or new plantings

10. Divide and transplant fall and summer blooming perennials, such as Garden Mums, Cannas, Coneflowers, Salvias

11. Start preparing your vegetable garden by adding compost-also beginning the planning stages of your garden

12. Have your soil tested by Calloway’s

December 4, 2007

Calloway's Timely Tips for December

Checklist for December

This month we are going to talk about a list of things that can be done during the approaching winter months.

1. It is still a good time to plant trees and shrubs.

2. Plant any cool weather color, such as Pansies, Snapdragons, Flowering Cabbage and Kale.

3. Fertilize cool season grasses, such as Fescue. Water thoroughly afterwards.

4. Prune summer flowering shrubs and vines now. They will bloom on new growth. Remember-do not top your Crape Myrtles! Simply prune to remove seed heads and shape.

5. Buy frost cloth to have on hand to protect cold tender plants.

6. Mulch well to help protect roots and eliminate winter weeds.

7. Don’t forget to water your landscape during the winter months!

This is also a great time to start planning changes or additions to your landscape. Bring a sketch or photo and let our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals assist you!

October 22, 2007

Calloway's "Timely Tip" for November Gardners

Brighten up your fall and winter landscape
with annual flowers. Go ahead
and add those tired, bloomed out
summer flowers to your compost piles
and replace them with fresh, colorful

Pansies are by far the most popular
winter color. Big blooms, a wide selection
of colors and good cold tolerance
make them a favorite in the winter garden.
Dianthus, Snapdragons, Cyclamen,
Violas and the fragrant Alyssum
are also good choices for cold tolerant
annuals. Ornamental Cabbage and Kale
provide striking foliage forms for the
landscape as well as color. For best effect,
limit your planting to two or three
colors per bed.

The key to growing beautiful annual
flowers is soil preparation. Select a
well drained flowerbed and add lots of
organic matter such as Calloway’s Organic
Compost or Bedding Plant Mix.
Add either Calloway’s Flower Food or
Blood and Bone Meal to the soil at
planting to provide the extra nutrients
for growth and blooms. Mulch well to
reduce moisture loss and to insulate
the soil.

These same annuals can be used in
patio containers. Fill your containers
with fresh potting soil and plant food.
Keep them watered as necessary.
Pinching off faded blooms will encourage
repeat blooming. Now sit back and enjoy this instant
transformation to your landscape!

September 26, 2007

Cool Thursday Encore Concerts at the Dallas Arboretum

September 20 - October 25, 7:30pm
Located at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage

Starts this Thursday!

Season Passes and Individual Tickets on Sale Now!
Seating is limited!

We're bringing back this summer's most popular bands on Thursday evenings for another round of awesome music.

Line Up
(some changes are possible and will be posted on the web site)

September 20 - A Hard Night's Day
Performing for more than 10 years, this Beatles tribute band takes you back
to the '60s

September 27 - Emerald City
This 10-piece band mixes the last 50 years of popular music with the current songs on the radio.

October 4 - Key West the Band
Calling all Parrot-heads, this Houston-based group is in town for the evening, paying tribute to Jimmy Buffet and playing a sound they call "Caribbean

October 11 - Vince Vance & the Valiants
Known for his wacky costumes and hair, Vince sing to the tunes of great oldies
as the Valiants dance and sing along.

October 18 - Tuxedo Junction
This 20 piece band makes its debut to the Cool Thursdays line-up with a refreshing recreating of the "Big Band Swing Era."

October 25 - Fast Lane
This group pays tribute to the Eagles during one of the most popular performances of the year.

Click here to purchase your season passes or individual tickets.

eatZi's will also be at the concert with tasty treats available for purchase! Enjoy their selections at the concert or call 214-526-1515 to pre-order a picnic basket.

Don't miss all the fun activities and events taking place this fall
during Autumn at the Arboretum, including WFAA Family First Day, taking place Saturday, September 22.

Click here for more information about these great autumn events.

Autumn in the Arboretum presents:

with entertainment provided by Texas Instruments
September 22 - October 31

Don't miss WFAA Family First Day, Saturday, September 22

There really is a Great Pumpkin... at the Dallas Arboretum.
This fall the Arboretum will celebrate all things "pumpkin," making this the biggest festival of its kind in the Southwest!

Perennial favorites return including the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch, Kimberly-Clark's Mommy & Me Mondays, Children's Medical Center's Tiny Tots Tuesdays, and James French Photos ($15). Bring the whole family and watch memories grow this fall at the Dallas Arboretum.

Click here for more information and a complete list of events and times.
Discount tickets are available at area Tom Thumb stores.

8525 Garland Road . Open daily, 9am - 5pm . 214-515-6500

Click here for Calloway's Garden Club Specials (Good Through Oct. 2nd)

Calloway's Fall Festival - Saturday, October 6th

Fall Harvest

Visit Calloway’s Great Pumpkin Patch, today!

(For the printable/original version of this flyer - please see

You’ll find a vast pumpkin patch filled with
surprises and scarecrows...all surrounded by
mums, pansies, snapdragons and more!

There’s fun for all during Calloway’s Fall
Harvest celebration! Come, see a miniature
“Farmer’s Market,” the “Picture Takin’ Place,”
a fun “Scarecrow Village” and much more!
“Kid’s Day” is coming.

A full day, Saturday October 6, 2007.

Within the Fall Harvest Spectacular:
♦ Shop the old fashioned Farmer’s Market
♦ Choose the perfect scarecrow from Scarecrow Village
♦ Visit the Pumpkin Patch -- mounds of carving pumpkins,
plus rare and unique gourds, squash and pumpkins
♦ Capture a photo of your child, in the Picture Takin’ Place
♦ Select from dozens of Color Creations -- our beautiful
pre-made container gardens

Join us, Saturday, October 6, 2007 -- Kid’s Day!
This special day we set aside for family activities. Let your
children take part in bounce house shenanigans and gleeful pumpkin decorating. We’ll give each child one free pie pumpkin to decorate.
♦ View the incredible Mad Science show
♦ Watch your children perform in the Bounce House
♦ See the artwork emblazoned in the Chalk Garden
♦ Enjoy the harmless (but slimy) sculptures of Slime Station
♦ Attend the free Clinics, see listing, at right.
♦ Gain the extra protection of Ident-A-Kid, for your children

Full schedules are posted at your Calloway’s and on line: Click
“Specials” and scroll to “Events...”

At every store on Saturday, October 6
• 10:15 am
Colorful Fall Flowers
-best performers.
• 11:15 am
Pumpkin Centerpiece
Decorating, Workshop
-pre-registration recom -
mended. Fee 19.99 for
• 1:15 pm
Color Creations
-inspired container
Join our Garden Club.

Visit any of Calloway's Locations listed below:
Addison: Marsh Lane (972) 484-0784
Arlington: S. Cooper (817) 465-2838
Arlington: N. Center St. (817) 861-1195
Dallas: Greenville Avenue (214) 363-0525
Denton: Dallas Drive (940) 591-8865
Duncanville: Cockrell Hill Rd. (972) 283-8021
Fort Worth: S. Hulen (817) 923-9979
Grapevine: Hwy 121 South (817) 421-6667
Hurst: Grapevine Hwy (817) 581-6361
Lewisville: E. FM 3040 (972) 315-3133
McKinney: W. Eldorado Pkwy (972) 540-0707
Mesquite: N. Galloway Rd. (972) 686-0048
Plano: Custer Rd. (972) 596-5211
Plano: Preston Rd. (972) 964-3084
Richardson: N. Plano Rd. (972) 644-0144

Trinity River Corridor Project Discussion - Monday, October 1st 7 P.M. @ Lake Highlands Freshman Center

Councilmember Jerry Allen invites you to attend a discussion on the Trinity River Corridor Project...

Monday, October 1, 2007
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm

Lake Highlands Freshman Center
10200 White Rock Trail
Dallas, Texas


Presents the Trinity River Project . . . . . . . Rebecca Dugger
Vote “Yes” Presentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Angela Hunt
Vote “No” Presentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Donna Halstead

Q & A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bill Blaydes
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sandy Greyson
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Angela Hunt
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alan Walne

City Council Office . . . . . . . . . . (214) 670-4068
Report Code Violations . . . . . . . . 311
Councilmember Allen’s email . . . . . .

September 16, 2007

First Annual Taste of Lake Highlands Next Saturday, September 23rd

Get Ready!
for something new and exciting in Lake Highlands…

Saturday, September 22, 2007
Lake Highlands High School Senior Parking Lot
11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Fun for the Entire Family…Free Parking!
Tickets may be purchased the day of the event
for food, beverages & activities

Fundraiser for the Lake Highlands Area Band Club
Booster Club for the LHHS Band

Please copy and paste the link below into a new browser for more specifics on this event.

Calloway's Timely Tip for October Gardeners

Timely Tip for October Gardeners:

Heirloom Bulbs

Have you been in to check out Calloway’s selection of rare and heirloom bulbs? These bulbs are rescued from abandoned homesteads and farms. They have been cultivated and are available now. They have proven themselves to be survivors of our Texas weather. The Oxblood Lily resembles an amaryllis flower and the Spider Lily erupts into bright red spider-like blooms after the first fall showers. Both lilies are fall bloomers and will come back each fall.

Remember too, as September gives way to the cooler days of October, this is a good time to evaluate your landscape. Did you know that fall is one of the best times to plant trees, shrubs and perennials? Nursery stock planted now will have an opportunity for roots to settle in and become established. When spring arrives, this root system can support and take full advantage of the surge of new growth. Fresh nursery stock is arriving daily so, stop by and take advantage of the selection available and this wonderful time of the year to work outdoors!

August 27, 2007

Calloway's Dawn to Dusk Sale - Saturday Sept. 1st

One special sale on one very special day!

Calloway's/Cornelius Nurseries will host a Dawn to Dusk sale on Saturday, September 1st. Everything in the store will be discounted 30% or more.

Select from fresh shipments of new merchandise and full, lush greenhouses of healthy, premium quality plants and flowers.

Stores open at 7:04 am closes at 7:54 pm

Come early and get first pick of some of the finest garden goods in Texas.

Calloway's Timely Tips for August Gardners

Timely Tips for August Gardeners:

Conserve Moisture with Mulching!

Mulching is one of the keys to success that many homeowners use in their gardening and landscaping efforts. Add a three inch layer of mulch to your plantings and you will reduce evaporation of soil moisture and help insulate the soil from the drying wind and hot sun. Mulching also prevents weeds from sprouting and reduces the spread of soil borne diseases.

Calloway's offers premium aromatic cedar mulch with a pleasant aroma and golden look. The hardwood mulch is long lasting and mats together to prevent washing away. Decorative bark is available in three sizes to present a different look.

Whatever your choice of mulch, the final result gives a nice finished look to your flower or shrub beds!

August 25, 2007

RISD's Academic Year Begins Monday 8/27

RISD's 2007-08 academic year begins Monday, August 27. Parents are encouraged to enroll students in advance at their home campus. Summer hours vary, so contact your school before you go.

For more information about the new school year or to just read the latest copy of the "RISD School Times Now" newsletter please paste the link below into your web browser for your reading enjoyment. Enjoy your weekend before school begins!

- L Streets Neighborhood Association

Taste of Lake Highlands on Saturday, September 22nd

Get ready for something new and exciting in LH!

Taste of
Lake Highlands

Saturday, September 22, 2007
Lake Highlands High School Senior Parking Lot
11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Come and…

Taste the Food…
Highlands Café
Hog Wild
Waffle House

Enjoy the Entertainment…
LHHS Wildcat Band
Wes Niles & The Texas Skeeters
Southern Drive
LH Wildcat Wranglers
Theta Chi Mu Male Steppers
The Highlandettes
LHHS Cheerleaders

Browse the Vendors…
Tate’s Barbecue Sauce
Pampered Chef
Premier Jewelry
Creative Memories
The Clawset
BB Depot
Homemade Gourmet

Experience the Neighborhood of Lake Highlands…
Antique and Muscle Car Show
Bounce Houses for Kids
Carter Bloodcare
East Lake Veterinary Hospital
Pet Adoption
Dallas Fire Department Station 57
“The Pride of Lake Highlands”
Dallas Police Department

Fun for the entire family, free parking, no admission fee!!!!
Food and Drink Available for Purchase
Small Charge for Bounce Houses

Visit for more information

August 4, 2007

RISD School Ratings Finally Released for '06-'07 Year

According to the "School Times" News presented by the Richardson Independent School District.

The Texas Education Agency has confirmed that Richardson Independent School District has again earned the distinction of being a "Recognized" school district, based on 2006-07 student performance. It marks the second consecutive year RISD has earned the distinction, the largest urban district in Texas to do so.
"Congratulations are in order for our talented and dedicated teachers, support staff, PTA, community partners and students," said RISD Superintendent Dr. David Simmons. "While we will continue to address our challenges, this news is further recognition of something our community has known for a long time - RISD is an excellent place to receive an enriching, well-rounded education."

In addition to maintaining its Recognized rating, RISD increased its number of "Exemplary" rated campuses by 50 percent. Overall, 81 percent of rated campuses are either Exemplary or Recognized, compared with 79 percent a year ago.

Individual campus ratings for the last three years include:

Please see the web address listed below for a complete list of school ratings in the Richardson Independent School District (The list would not format for this blog).

Coyotes and what is being done about them...

The Lake Highland NHOA is working with the City of Dallas to catch and remove problem coyotes from the LHN Park and the neighborhood. The number number runs from 1-3 coyotes, but there could be more if the female has pups.

The City has set up barricades in an area of the LHN park behind the Estate Lane alley. The City has also posted signs "City of Dallas
Coyote Trapping Program" and a warning for people to "KEEP OUT." The neighbors whose houses back up to alley are very supportive of the
trapping program (they are the ones most affected) and keep their animals out of the area. Unfortunately, some people who are not affected by the coyote problem have been observed walking their dogs within the posted area. LHNHOA is endeavoring to determine the identify of the dog-walking trespassers and will solicit their cooperation.

The trapper has documented the coyote's route and confirmed that he/she responds to the trappers territorial lures. However, the trapper has not put out snares because of neighbors and their dogs wandering into the posted areas. No captures have been made to date.

Residents of the LStreets should keep cats and dogs indoors and remove cat or dog food and water from outside feeding stations. Be attentive to your surroundings if walking/jogging/picnicking or visiting the playground in and around the LHN Park, especially in early morning and after sunset.

For coyote problems, contact Adrian Vela, City of Dallas Animal Control Department, at 214-670-8380. Please contact the LStreets NA if you have any questions or comments.

July 27, 2007

DMN Published a Great Article About Our Own Resident, Stephanie Ownens...

Please see the link below to read the article published in the Dallas Morning News about our own L-streets resident, Stephanie Owens.

"After bicycle accident injures girl, neighbors come to family's aid"

National Night Out - Tuesday, August 7th, 2007 on Lanarkshire

Tuesday August 7, 2007
Event on Lanarkshire
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to:
• Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
• Generate support for, and participation in, neighborhood associations and local anticrime programs;
• Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
• Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

A personal invitation with all the details and list of events will be delivered to each house. Be on the lookout for yours!

Timely Tips for July Gardeners

Timely Tips for July Gardeners:

Watering Your Landscape

Water requirements vary from one area of your landscape to the next. If you own a sprinkler system, each zone should be programmed differently depending on the needs and you should always operate it manually.

Established lawns should be watered once every five to seven days, applying about one inch of water. This soaking encourages deeper rooting which leads to stronger, healthier plants.

Shrubs and flowerbeds may require more watering depending on the age of the plant material. A good test is to dig down 4 to 6 inches and feel the soil. If the soil is dry, a good deep watering is in order. Plants in full sun will require more moisture as well as those growing in containers. Please remember, any newly planted tree or shrub requires hand watering for that first year.

The best time of day to water is early morning before the temperatures begin to rise. Also, early mornings tends to be a time of lower winds and thus reduced evaporation.

Mulching is an excellent way to retain moisture. It will also insulate the soil surface from the direct rays of the sun.

Educating yourself on the needs and wants of watering a landscape will save you time and money. Stay cool!

June 1, 2007

Reminder: Safety Fair Tomorrow 6/2/07 at the DPD NE Station

Free Hot Dogs, Pizza and Drinks Provided at the event as well.

In addition to being invited to the Dallas Police Department's Safety Fair, the DPD is also looking for volunteers to help with the festivities. If you would like to help please contact Bervin Smith, #6550, Police Officer, Northeast ICP Unit, 214-670-7747.

Thank you.
L-Streets Neighborhood Association

June Gardening Tips from Calloway's

Timely Tip for June Gardeners:

Enjoy Summer Color

Add instant color to your summer gardens with a trip to Calloway’s Nursery. From annuals to perennials to shrubs to trees, color is found in blooms, foliage and even in the plumes of ornamental grasses.

The distinct patterns of Caladium leaves or textured foliage of Coleus adds interest to shady gardens. The dazzling Daylily or drought-tolerant Lantana provides splashes of blooms for full sun. Crape Myrtles are sending forth sprays of blossoms and the Esperanza displays clusters of bell-shaped flowers. Color abounds even in the heat of summer!

Remember to use Calloway’s premium soils at the time of planting and water well with a Root Stimulator mixture. Also, add plenty of mulch to insure the best results from your summer color plantings!

Changes In Store for the Casa Linda Plaza

A message regarding the restoration of the Casa Linda Plaza Center, located to our south at Buckner and Garland Rd. You can visit the website below and give feedback on what you would like to see at the center and see renderings of the restoration project.

L Streets Neighborhood Association


Dear Casa Linda Neighbors:

AmReit is approaching a new chapter at Casa Linda Plaza and we would like to give you a first look at our renderings thus far for the restoration of the center. Please be aware that our vision may change somewhat between now and the time we actually begin renovations; however, we hope that you like what we are trying to accomplish. We have had very positive response from the select few targeted tenants thus far and hope that you feel the same way.

As promised back in December 2006, we have maintained the Spanish-revival style that the center has enjoyed for over 60 years and have tried bring back some of the charm, authenticity and historical aspects that were in place before the 1980's remodel. Other restoration aspects will follow shortly as well. Our online survey (and identical survey passed out at the "welcome" meeting in December) has given us some great insight. We have had almost 300 responses thus far – so thank you!

Please take a look at the designs that can be found on our website at

Again, thanks for all your support. We hope you like what the future will hold for the shopping center.

Christina Thomas
5910 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1765
Dallas, TX 75206
214-691-2300 (direct)
214-691-2301 (fax)

May 24, 2007

“BAKE & BID” - Help a Family in Need


We can make an impact on our world, but it starts in our own backyard. Our own L Streets resident Stephanie Owens (fourteen year old daughter of Mia and Jim Owens), is in need of your prayers and support. Stephanie has suffered brain trauma from being struck by a vehicle while riding her bike. Her prognosis is undetermined, yet optimistic.

Along with the emotional strain comes the reality of medical expenses. We are asking for you or anyone you know to come together and help the Owens Family. Although a long road lies ahead for Stephanie and her family your support can help ease the journey. If you would like to show your support, you can do so by donating baked goods, merchandise/services for silent auction or make a monetary donation. Tell your family and friends to come by and shop! There will be lots of goodies and wonderful items at our silent auction!

Date: Saturday, July 14th
Time: 9am-3:00pm
Place: Knights of Columbus (10110 Shoreview Rd, Dallas 75238)
-just inside the corner of Northwest Highway and Ferndale Road

Baked item donations:
* disposable containers
* colored cellophane or tins for decorative purposes
* label the item and list any ingredients that might cause allergic reactions (such as nuts, coconut, berries, etc.)
* (optional) a nice index card to share your special recipe
* cookies to be in packages of a dozen or less

Silent auction items/services:
* provide a gift card for services
* if you have merchandise not available, a picture of the item(s) and a business card

Monetary contributions:
* can be made at any Washington Mutual Bank branch under: “benevolent account for Stephanie Owens” or Maria B. Owens (aka Mia Owens fbo for Stephanie Owens)

** The deadline for donation pledges is June 18th
Please contact Kimberly Cotter at: or (214) 673-9279

May 7, 2007

Reminder: Quarterly Neighborhood Meeting Tomorrow, May 8th @ LHUMC

The L Streets Board of Directors encourages everyone to attend the upcoming L Streets General Meeting this Tuesday, May 8th. We will be discussing several key issues that are of interest to our neighborhood, including the Northwest Terrace Apartment situation. We have several guest speakers (Bill Blaydes, Steve Wakefield, Jerry Allen, Sherry Harrison) and a full agenda, so we ask that you arrive on time as we will be beginning at 7:00PM sharp.

Please see meeting location, time and agenda below.

Thanks and we hope to see you there!

L Streets 2nd Quarter General Meeting

Tuesday, May 8th 2007

7:00PM – 8:30PM


Lake Highlands United Methodist Church

9015 Plano Rd.

Dallas, TX 75238

Park on the McCree side of the church and enter the doors that face McCree Road. The doors are marked Family Life Center and is the meeting is located in the Fellowship Hall.


7:00PM – Welcome from former President, Jorge Chavez
7:05PM – Announcement regarding Board of Director changes
*Welcome New Members
*Newsletter Thanks
*Spring Promotion Horticulture Thanks
*Yard of the Month Kickoff
*Curb Numbering Initiative
*Membership Dues Reminder
7:15PM – Introduction of Guest Speaker / Presentation
Shery Harrison - VP Operations of Elizabeth Newman Custom Homes

7:35PM – Questions and Answers
7:45PM – Update & Discussion Regarding NW Terrace Apartments
*Bill Blaydes – District 10 Councilman, City of Dallas
*Steve Wakefield – President, Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association
*Jerry Allen – Candidate District 10 Councilman
8:30PM – Adjourned

May 5, 2007

City of Dallas Sanitation Services Offers Free Storm Debris Collection

City of Dallas Sanitation Services offers free storm debris collection

Dallas residents can call 311 or take debris to transfer stations or

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The City of Dallas will provide free storm collection debris for
Dallas residents who were affected by thunderstorms and winds that
hit North Texas on Wednesday. Residents who need to clear their
property must place cut and stacked tree limbs at the curb and call
311 to request collection. Citations for "out of cycle" brush waste
will not be issued if citizens call 311 for collection. Only tree
limbs can be accepted.

Dallas residents may also take storm debris to City transfer stations
and the landfill from

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from May 3 through May 27, but must show proof of
residency with a driver's license or current water bill. This
special service is being provided in addition to normal sanitation
operations. Please call 311 for any additional information.

The transfer stations and landfill locations and contact information
is listed below

The Fair Oaks Transfer station is located in the Lake Highlands area.

Fair Oaks Transfer Station

7677 Fair Oaks Avenue


You're Invited to the Dallas Police Department's Safety Fair on 6/2/07

Free Hot Dogs, Pizza and Drinks Provided at the event as well.

In addition to being invited to the Dallas Police Department's Safety Fair, the DPD is also looking for volunteers to help with the festivities. If you would like to help please contact Bervin Smith, #6550, Police Officer, Northeast ICP Unit, 214-670-7747.

Thank you.
L-Streets Neighborhood Association

Calloway's May Newsletter

In This Issue:
• Coming Soon -
Calloway's Spring
• Savings Coupon
• Attend Upcoming
• See What's
Fresh from the Garden
• Callie's Tidbit:
Heirloom Bulbs Saved!

Success in the garden is as close as your nearest Calloway’s Nursery! Truckloads of landscaping plants and color are arriving daily. Bags of mulch, compost and potting soil are ready and waiting to be added to your soil and containers. And last but not least, we have the knowledge and experience in every store to answer and advise you in all your gardening questions. Thumbs up to you and your garden this season! Follow this link for a look at this week's specials.

Spring Fling 2007
Join us Saturday, May 5, for a fun-filled family celebration! Stop by and enjoy activities for the children, clinics for adults, hourly drawings and savings for all! Check out our themed gardens and one-of-a-kind containers filled with blooming plants. Come celebrate spring with Calloway’s Nursery!

Fresh From The Garden

1. Daylilies
Exclusive at Calloway’s, this unique collection of Daylilies is available in Texas only at Calloway’s Nursery. The Trophytaker® collection offers twice the length of bloom time than regular daylilies, larger blooms in an array of colors and attractive foliage through fall. These are also more disease and insect resistant than most daylilies. In essence, this collection is so good that in a contest, these would take the “trophies!”

Another exclusive daylily collection is the Happy Ever Appster® series. This selection contains multiple repeat bloomers. These varieties will bloom, rest, bloom again, rest, bloom and so on. You will be amazed at the length of their season!

2. Sun Parasol™ Crimson Mandevilla
This new series of mandevilla features glossy, dark-green foliage accenting dark red flowers. The rich, velvety-textured blooms hold their color well and will not fade. Sun Parasol™ Crimson is excellent for staked planters or growing on trellises and fences. Hummingbirds are attracted to the trumpet-shaped flowers and the deep-red blooms. Enjoy color from May through October with this exciting tropical-looking vine!

Upcoming Clinics:
All clinics take place at every store Saturday at 10:15 a.m.

Saturday, April 28:

Butterfly and Hummingbird Gardens
Create a habitat for hummingbirds and butterflies. Learn about the lore, habits and benefits of attracting these delicate and beautiful creatures to your garden.

Saturday, May 5:

Tropical Gardens
Many of our well-adapted plants have tropical roots. Come learn how these exotic plants fit into your landscaping plans.

Saturday, May 12:

Pottery Gardens
Use ceramic pots to add color and form to your gardens. Add colorful blooms and foliage for an instant impact! Find the perfect gift for that special mother.

3. Endless Summer® Hydrangea
Since its introduction in 2003, Endless Summer® has become a garden favorite! This variety is the first repeat-flowering big-leaf hydrangea, and with the ability to bloom on old and new growth, you’ll have a never-ending blooming season. Big, showy flowers range in color from fresh blue to a lively pink, depending on the pH level of your soil. Deep-green, disease-resistant foliage provides the large mophead blossoms a beautiful backdrop. Endless Summer® provides endless enjoyment all season long!

4. Organic Gardening
Calloway’s Organic Fertilizer provides a well-balanced 3-1-2 ratio. It also contains seven food-grade meals. This lawn and flowerbed fertilizer provides necessary nutrients the natural way! Our complete line of Espoma® products offer natural solutions to disease, insect and weed controls. This selection of fertilizer is a result of 77 years of gardening success. These products contain no sludge or hazardous or toxic materials. Come shop these options available to organic-gardener customers.

Shop today for all your gardening needs because…
life should be beautiful.

Callie’s Tidbit: Heirloom Bulbs Saved!
On April 3, Dallas/Fort Worth-area gardeners banded together to rescue rare flower bulbs from a future construction site. Thousands of Campernelle bulbs (Narcissus x odorus) have thrived in this empty lot in Fort Worth for more than 50 years, emerging once a year to reveal their rare beauty. These bulbs were relocated to the Crow Lake area along Trinity River in Dallas. They will become part of the newest landscape addition of the Trinity River Project. Calloway’s Nursery is proud to be part of this endeavor in preserving Texas’ heirloom flower bulbs.

Remember Calloway’s Nursery for any gardening questions. We have Texas Certified Nursery Professionals in every store to assist you in any way. Visit us today!

New Spring Store Hours: 9am-7pm Daily

To view an html version of this newsletter click on the link below.


April 28, 2007

Update (as of 4/27): NW Terrace Apartments

The L Streets Board of directors have been in contact with local leadership including Bill Blaydes, Jerry Allen and the LHAIA regarding recent developments at the NW Terrace property. We have reached out to other bordering neighbors including Highland Meadows Neighborhood Association to our east and the Elks Club whose facility is bordered by NW Terrace. Obviously, we have many organizations that have an interest in the future of this property, so we are centralizing our energy and communication to ensure our voices are heard effectively.

We have confirmed that the NW Terrace property is under contract; however, we are unsure of the closing date at this time. The potential buyer also owns several other apartment complexes in the Lake Highlands area and owns a local shopping center, so they have experience in both residential and commercial investments and management. We believe everyone has been looking forward to the NW Terrace apartments being sold and now that we have a buyer, we are optimistic they will do the right thing and redevelop this property.

With that being said, as concerned neighbors, we are making sure your voice is heard in these conversations. Since the potential buyer has not officially taken ownership of this property, it is premature to assume this will return to Section 8 Housing at this time. We have not confirmed that as a fact and we need to be clear we are working only with facts.

We understand we are not in complete control of what any owner decides to do with their property, but we also understand as neighbors and voters we have some influence on the process. Along with our City Council, LHAIA, Code Compliance and other partners in the area, we will leverage our knowledge, relationships and voices to influence this situation in a positive direction. At this point, we know that Bill Blaydes has a call into the potential buyer to have a face-to-face meeting with them to discuss more details and gather facts.

We ask our residents to stay positive about this situation and if they gather additional information, please send it to the L Streets Board of Directors designated Email to ensure we continue to work with facts and speak with one voice.

Our goal is to centralize our communication efforts to have the greatest impact.

We will continue to update everyone as we receive quality information. This will also be a topic of discussion at our May 8th meeting, which we encourage everyone to attend. Please visit our website,, and Upcoming Events on the Home Page for meeting time and location.

Kind Regards,

L Streets Board of Directors

April 16, 2007

Conserve Water and Still Maintain a Beautiful Yard With These Tips

Water Wise Gardening

Even with the City of Dallas current water Restrictions, you can still create an attractive garden without using large amounts of water.

The trick is soil preparation and mulch. These are essential in a water wise garden. You need to develop a nutritious drained soil to support plants during drought. A good mulch will:

• Add nutrients and humus to the soil as it breaks down,
• Keeps the soil temperature level,
• Allows for deep and infrequent watering,
• Encourages earthworm activity which creates channels for the passage of water,
• Suppress weed growth.

Soaker hoses and line drippers are low pressure watering systems that are designed for placing under the mulch. The hoses deliver water directly to the plant’s roots over a period of several hours. Inline drippers may also be used for lawns.

Group plants with similar water and light requirements. This way the plants will not be over or under watered.

Yard of the Month - We All Take Pride in Our Homes and Yards - Let's Show It!!!

Know of a great yard? Maybe it’s your neighbor! Maybe it’s your best friend! The YOM committee needs your help to find the best yard to recognize!

Nominate a yard for yard of the month, every month from April to October. The YOM committee honors one resident who takes pride in the their yard and landscaping. Winners receive a $50.00 gift certificate from Calloway’s nursery, Yard of the Month sign placed in his or her yard and the winning yard will be pictured on the L streets website.

Show someone you have noticed his or her hard work and nominate a yard today! Simply email the yard of the month chair at Nominations must be received by the 27th of each month.

Dean Terry Creator of the Film "Subdivided: Isolation and Community in America" is Playing This Sunday 4/22nd...

Dean Terry is a confirmed speaker at our May 8th L-Streets Neighborhood Association Meeting. If you get a chance to view his film this Sunday, please do so. He will be speaking on the subject of his film and evolving neighborhood dynamics at our upcoming meeting. For more information about Dean Terry or his film please see the links listed below. Thanks. - The L Streets Neighborhood Association.

Subdivided: Isolation and Community In America
a film by Dean Terry

Featuring Andres Duany, Robert Putnam, James Howard Kunstler, Dolores Hayden, Bill Gietema, and the East Dallas Neighborhood of Little Forest Hills.

USA Film Festival
Sunday April 22nd at 3pm
Angelika Theatre in Dallas.

For more info on Subdivided, clips, and reviews see:

About the USA Film Festival

About the Angelika

April 12, 2007

Update: The City of Dallas, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Dates and Additional Info.

The City of Dallas, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program is an all-hazard grassroots initiative that trains local community members the bare basics of emergency response. This valuable course is designed to protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, and your neighborhood in an emergency situation. In a post-disaster situation, citizens may be on their own for 24, 48 or even 72 hours. While people will generally respond to others in need, having CERT training assists people in responding effectively, without placing themselves in unnecessary danger. The dates, times, and locations have been established for the next training and they are as follows:

Tuesday, April 24, 2007- 6p-9p- 4800 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75235 (American Red Cross Building, Dallas Chapter)

Tuesday, May 1, 2007- 6p-9p-4800 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75235 (American Red Cross Building, Dallas Chapter)

Saturday, May 5, 2007-9a-5p- 4800 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75235 (American Red Cross Building, Dallas Chapter)

Tuesday, May 8, 2007- 6p-8p- 4800 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75235 (American Red Cross Building, Dallas Chapter)

Thursday, May 10, 2007-6p-9p- 4800 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75235 (American Red Cross Building, Dallas Chapter)

Saturday, May 12, 2007-9a-12p- 5000 Dolphin Road, Dallas, TX 75223 (Dallas Fire/Rescue Training Academy)

If you are unable to make some of the training classes you are allowed to make up missed classes during the next training sessions. If you are interested in attending this training, please reply to this email with your name, email address and respective organization. Thank you for your time, and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Have a great day!

Tahira N. Ali
Emergency Management Specialist
City of Dallas
Office of Emergency Management
1500 Marilla, L2AN
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 670-4279 - office
(469) 744-2243-cell
(214) 670-4677 - fax

April 10, 2007

Dallas Police Department Looking for Applicants for Citizens Police Academy.

Citizens Police Academy Looking for Applicants. The Dallas Police Department is planning to have a Citizens Police Academy in August 07. If you receive inquiries please have them call Rachel Jones at the Academy 214 670-7448. They should also be directed to the DPD internet site at where there will be more detailed information and an application. All applicants must complete an application and undergo a background check. The whole process takes 4-6 weeks. If you have questions about this posting please call Sgt. Garza at 214-670 -6885.

For more information see

April 9, 2007

LHAIA to Present a Mayoral Candidate Forum on April 16th

The Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association will present a Mayoral Candidate Forum, with all 10 candidates participating. Stephanie Lucero will moderate. The forum will be held Monday, April 16th, 8:00pm at the Lake Highlands Freshman Center, 10200 Church Rd. Dallas, 75238. Please contact Samuel Stiles, LHAIA Executive Vice President for further information,, or by phone, 214-740-5877.

The Dallas P.D. Northeast Division's Quarterly Crime Summit

The Dallas Police Department's Northeast Division cordially invites you to attend the Quarterly Crime Summit on Tuesday, April 24th, 2007. The Crime Summit will be held at the Episcopal Church of Ascension located at 8787 Greenville Avenue at 7:00 P.M. For more information call the ICP Unit at 214-670-7768 or Sgt. Steven Armon at 214-670-4762 or via email at

For more information please access the website below that is created and maintained by the Dallas Police Department.

Community Emergency Response Team Training

The Office of Emergency Management, with the assistance of the Dallas Fire-Rescue and Dallas Police Departments, recently began sponsoring Community Emergency Response Team Training (CERT) to the citizens of the City of Dallas. CERT is a very popular program sponsored nationally by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. It teaches citizens how to do basic first aid, fire safety and fire extinguisher use, simple rescue techniques, and other safety skills so that a group of citizens can help themselves until the City’s First Responders arrive following a tornado, explosion, or other disaster in their neighborhood, workplace, church, or other area.

CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens may initially be on their own and their actions can make a difference. While people will respond to others in need without the training, one goal of the CERT program is to help them do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.

CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the Citizens of Dallas. Community Emergency Response Team Training Sessions Cover:

-Disaster Preparedness
-Fire Safety
-Disaster Medical Operations-Triage and Treating Life Threatening Injuries
-Light Search and Rescue
-Team Organization
-Disaster Psychology
-Terrorism and CERT
-Final CERT Exercise

CERT training is free of charge and requires completion of 24 interactive and hands on training sessions which are offered mornings, afternoons, evenings, and Saturdays. We are flexible in scheduling training for your organization or will be able to accommodate you by placing you in an ongoing training class. We are available to come to meetings and social gatherings to discuss our program and its benefits more in depth. I have attached the brochure for your perusal and please do not hesitate to contact me if you should have any questions. Thank you and have a great day!


Tahira N. Ali
Emergency Management Specialist
City of Dallas
Office of Emergency Management
1500 Marilla, L2AN
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 670-4279 - office
(469) 744-2243-cell
(214) 670-4677 - fax

April 5, 2007

Easter Egg Hunt Specials from Calloway's Nursery

Upcoming Announcements from Calloway's Nursey:

Please join Calloway’s Nursery in your own “Easter Egg Hunt”! Our stores will open at 12 Noon on Easter Sunday, April 8th, for your spring shopping. The first 100 customers will receive an “Easter Egg” with a special savings certificate inside. Open this treat at the check-out and receive a savings of 10%, 20%, 30%, 40% or even a 50% discount off your total purchase. We will even have a small treat for the “little ones”!

Attached is also a Clinic Calendar for our upcoming clinics.
Check out the fun and informative topics and visit our theme gardens which change weekly.

Success and savings in the garden can be found this weekend at your closest Calloway’s Nursery. Let us help you make it fun and easy!

April 4, 2007

Another Great Lawn Tip Compliments of Calloway's

Calloway's Timely Tip for May Gardeners:

Your lawngrass is the foundation to your landscape plus the envy of your neighbors! Apply a well-balanced turf food such as Calloway's Premium Lawn Food at least four times a year for all the necessary nutrients. This new and improved fertilizer provides immediate greening plus slow release from moisture, heat and microbial action. Water deeply to encourage deep root development. Texas lawns are sometimes bothered by insects, diseases and weeds but the key is to identify these problems early and apply the correct control. Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals in every store are trained to provide the answers to your landscaping questions. We look forward in assisting you in creating the perfect lawn!

Timely Tips for April Gardners Compliments of Calloway's

Timely Tip for April Gardeners:

Creating Pots of Color

You can create your own masterpieces for the patio, porch or as an accent in the flowerbed. Just follow these easy steps and have fun!

First select a container appropriately sized for the job. Make sure it has drainage holes and is large enough for making an impact. Second, choose a well blended potting soil that drains well. Calloway's Patio Mix contains water-retaining crystals that release water over extended periods of time. Thirdly, choose plants that require the same lighting needs. Will the container be in full sun, shade or a mixture? In selecting the grouping of plants, mix different textures and colors of foliage. Vary the growing heights and trailing habits for interest. Choose bloom colors that have contrast or harmony. The fourth step is to start planting. Fill the container half way with soil, position the plants and start filling in with the rest of the potting soil. You can also add a fertilizer such as Calloway's Professional Flower Food into the soil. This slow release fertilize will provide continuous feeding over the season. Lastly, I add a top dressing of decorative bark or mulch. This adds the finishing touch, plus it will keep the soil cooler and prevent it from drying out as quickly.

After you have completed your masterpiece, sit back and watch it grow! Now you are ready to start planning your next one! Enjoy!

April 3, 2007

Updated bulk trash info and water restrictions

Please note the changes below to water restrictions, as well as bulk trash for the month of April.

The graphic above details that bulk trash will not be collected during the week of the fifth Monday. If ever in doubt, you can always check the city website to clarify when the L streets neighborhood is scheduled for bulk trash pick up. Please see for more information or dial 311.


City of Dallas - Water restrictions:

Customers are reminded to adhere to the following guidelines:
• Don’t water your yard between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from April 1 through October 31.
• Don’t water during any form of precipitation.
• Don’t allow your sprinkler system to water driveways, sidewalks or streets.
• Don’t waste water by allowing runoff onto a street or other drainage area when you’re watering.
• Do hand water or use a soaker hose. Both are permitted at any time.
• Do maintain your sprinkler system. Repair broken, missing or misdirected sprinkler heads.
• Do remember that automatic sprinkler system owners are required to have rain and freeze sensors installed.
• Do remember to monitor your total water usage. If you use more than 15,000 gallons a month, you must pay a surcharge on the amount above 15,000.

Violations can result in fines of $250 to $2,000 per incident. First offenders will be issued a warning. For water saving tips, go to or call 214-670-3155.

Jerry Allen Speaks on the Upcoming LH Developments

Please take a moment to watch Jerry Allen (our soon-to-be city councilman) speak about the upcoming developments, most importantly the Lake Highlands Town Center and development in the Skillman/Walnut Hill area. This segment is compliments of our neighborhood Advocate magazine.

March 27, 2007

Thank you Tony's Pizza & Pasta

Thank you to Tony's restaurant at 10233 E. Northwest Highway in the Albertson's Shopping Center for hosting our L Streets Volunteer Party. Save yourself a night of cooking and stop by Tony's for dinner tonight. Be sure to thank them for supporting the L Streets Neighborhood Association.

March 20, 2007

D Magazine Article Response

D Magazine Article Response

Dmagazine on Teardowns/McMansions

Starting at the bottom of this article, the graphic on the older homes’ increase in value is impressive. Two things, though: first, how do we know these weren’t selectively illustrated simply to support the article’s premise—that teardowns are a plus?

Secondly, it must be remembered that the real estate bubble (which has begun to burst, at least in a number of key cities nationally) played a big role in the mushrooming prices. A more widespread study that compares the established homes amidst teardowns/McMansions to established intact (non-poor) neighborhoods would be interesting to see.

The article states, "The city needs your money, and getting taxed on the true market value of your house is a good thing, so long as I’m not the one paying it." But that’s just it; assuming the gist of this article is true, and older homes’ values do actually go up significantly, then not everyone is going to want to have their taxes increased. I know that mine continually go up already, and my home has roughly doubled in value over the last decade. If this article is so concerned about the already-established residents, then maybe its writer should realize their means are more limited to deal with these increases, contrary to their new-blood, big-money counterparts.

The piece additionally notes, "What about people who can’t afford big homes and higher taxes on their current homes? Don’t worry. Following Rosenthal’s cycle, the poor will start moving into your McMansion when its value plummets in 50 years." –not exactly comforting to those who’ve worked to maintain and improve their homes in this area for many years.

Again, even presuming this premise is correct (that the values will increase), doesn’t that simply exacerbate the decision to move out of the neighborhood to capture that increase? If you’re already a homeowner in the area and have somewhat finite means, your increase in taxes might cause you to consider moving before you’re otherwise ready to.

But that’s all in the event the article’s assumption is on target. What if it’s not? As another resident cited on this blog, an ABC nightline special some nights back indicated the so-called "boon" to the area may well be a big bust for those current and sometimes longstanding homeowners. In many cases, their homes they’ve lived in and deservedly seen appreciate in value can become solely viewed as teardowns and considered no better than their lot value. Perhaps that lot suddenly becomes so much more valuable as to make the homeowner better off anyway, but that’s a high-risk proposition for all the responsible homeowners like myself who have proudly seen their homes already rise significantly in value. That really applies to anyone here who already owns a home.

The D-Mag article also talks about how good these new, higher-end homeowners are for the neighborhood; that they’ll increase quality of living for everyone. To some degree, that may be true. But do you really see these folks integrating well with those who have already been here a considerable number of years? They’re already coming in and vanquishing the prior property in order to dwarf their surroundings. And if, as we can surmise, this redevelopment becomes a trend, you can be assured they’re much more likely to "take arms" with like-minded and like-financed newcomers in their area than they are the "old guard." Inevitably, they’re at least as likely to ensure the process of neighborhood overhaul is accelerated.

I may be "old school," but I’ve always been taught a decent neighbor—especially someone new—does his or her part to at least somewhat fit in out of courtesy. Why, if these individuals crave such larger and newer homes, don’t they attempt to rebuild in areas with other larger homes, where such a new development will integrate more easily with its surroundings?
One neighbor who supports the McMansions notes how much of an upgrade these will be from their rundown, neglected, and crime-attractive predecessor. Perhaps it would be a welcome change in such a case. But it’s hard to believe the only homes affected will be ones some of us wouldn’t mind seeing greatly overhauled already. Inevitably, a progressive teardown process will destroy a lot of those well-preserved longstanding homes that help give this area the special character it still holds. Folks who have helped provide stability and a sense of tradition will likely be among those whose homes are eliminated.

I wonder if that neighbor will feel differently when the area he confesses to loving starts looking more and more like some generic newer development in Allen or Frisco?
- BH

March 15, 2007

2007 Lake Highlands Junior Women’s League

The Lake Highlands Junior Women's League, in collaboration with the City of Dallas and the Parks and Recreation Department, is excited to announce the future construction of a loop trail on the grounds of the Lake Highlands North Recreation Center Park, located on Church Road, between White Rock Trail and Fieldcrest Drive. The proceeds from the LHJWL's Fun Run, to be held on April 28, 2007, will be combined with approved bond money to fund this project. The Loop Trail will complement the LHJWL's popular 2006 Spray Ground project, also located on the grounds of the Lake Highlands North Recreation Center. The trail will run along the southern portion of the recreation center grounds, and will connect the playground area on the eastern side of the park at Fieldcrest Drive to the Spray Ground and playground on the western side of the park at White Rock Trail. The trail will be approximately one mile long, and will offer a recreation opportunity to community members of all ages, including family groups and walkers looking for a scenic place to exercise in the Lake Highlands area. Other amenities and improvements for the park are also planned, including a Frank Welch pavilion, funded by the Lake Highlands Women's League and the Lake Highlands Exchange Club in collaboration with the City of Dallas and the Parks and Recreation Department, which will be constructed close to the recreation center building. Improved and increased parking on the White Rock Trail side, as well as additional concrete surrounding the spray ground will also add to the improvements of the park. Construction on the Loop Trail and Pavilion is scheduled to begin in Fall 2007.

March 14, 2007



Date: February 22, 2007
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Wallace Cafeteria

Craig Wheeler, LHENA president, called the meeting to order. Minutes from last general meeting were APPROVED.

Treasurer’s report was posted. Report was approved.

Alan Walne, past president of LHENA, was recognized and thanked for serving as LHENA president for the last two years. Past board members recognized were Derek and Becky Reidling, Erin Anderson, Susan Arends, Don Longfellow, Lisetta Layer, Michele and John Parkin, and Lisa English.

Current board members were introduced.

The Volunteers in Protection (VIP) program was discussed. Craig announced the dates of training for VIP program. He encouraged those interested in participating to see Jim Young.

Kevin presented information regarding the Easter Egg Hunt to be held March 31, 2 pm., on the Wallace Elementary playground. He encouraged everyone to be there by 2 pm.

The LHENA Newsletter was mailed to entire membership and a mass distribution to all residents was completed for the first quarter. After that, newsletters are sent to LHENA members only.

Craig showed the “Newcomer Pail” containing items we give to people who move into our neighborhood.

Craig reported LHENA collected and donated $6,000.00 to the families who were impacted by the fire on Mapleridge last spring.

Speakers were introduced:
Jeremy Gilbert – Principal at Wallace
Glenda Howell – Principal at Northlake (since 2005).
Bill Blaydes – District 10 City Council Representative

Glenda Howell talked about “what is happening at Northlake”. One of their goals is to make a stronger connection with their students at Northlake. Northlake has 525 students and is a “Recognized Campus”. The Student Council President, Wayne Taylor, spoke about his job. He shared information regarding the Recycling Project at Northlake. They also recognize “positive” students by referring them to the office, for something good. Vice-president, Keshanda Carraby, helps the president recognize students. She reported on the Food Drive held at Northlake in December. They collected 477 pounds of food. Secretary, Itzell Araujo, reported the Student Council is raising money to purchase chess sets for each classroom through selling raffle tickets.

Ms. Howell also reported they have been site visit from two other school districts due to the success they have achieved. The schools who visit have matching demographics. Northlake is serving as a great example of elementary schools to other districts in the state. Northlake Science scores increased 21/% in one year.

Jeremy Gilbert reported it is important for Wallace to be “your neighborhood school”. When he first started at Wallace, neighborhood students were 20% of the student body. Now, neighborhood students comprise 45% of the student body. Wallace was recognized in Texas Monthly as one of the top schools in Texas. They also received the Superintendent’s Medallion given to reward schools for academic excellence. Wallace was very close to Exemplary level this last year. He supplied a sheet with data regarding Wallace, including his direct phone line and email. He encouraged everyone to contact him with concerns as well as compliments.

Bill Blaydes, our City Council Representative, spoke to the group. He will host a Town Hall Meeting the third week in March at LHHS. This will be a “show and tell” for the town center development at Skillman and Walnut Hill. The proposal is “fantastic”! It includes all 3 apartment complexes on the southeast quadrant of Walnut Hill and Skillman as well as some apartments north of Walnut Hill. The DART station is designed to be on north side of Walnut Hill behind the private school. Some of the housing around the DART station will be designated “senior” only. The development will consist of housing, retail development, a lake and park. He encouraged everyone to come to the meeting to see the details.

Additionally, a group is looking at a total redevelopment at Forest and Central. There is a group that is trying to buy all the houses in Hamilton Park. They have purchased approximately 42% of the homes. They hope to block the entire area. He does not anticipate those who have lived in Hamilton Park for 20+ years to sell.

Forest and Greenville: Apartment complex at NW corner has gone back to lenders. It is in terrible shape and has high crime. The lender is trying to sell. The company who bought the office building across the street for a private high school is attempting to purchase it as well as library site and shopping center site.

Wal-mart is under construction on Forest Lane. Completion date is Fall, 2007.

Royal and Skillman: Two groups are involved in discussing the purchase of apartments on SW corner. This is a location where height of a building may be feasible, possibly up to ten stories. Other developers are looking at other sites in this area.

Plaza Rios Shopping Center: (Audelia and Skillman) This center has three parts with three different owners. The part with Tom Thumb has been purchased and they want to completely remodel the shopping center in a southwest style. They are hoping to get Tom Thumb to spend $1,000,000.00 to remodel the store. JAH Realty has closed on the deal and plan to make changes soon.

Another group is looking at Country Squire area (Royal Lane just prior to LBJ) to build town homes for purchase in $180,000 to $200,000 range.

Skillman and Walnut Hill – Developers will be presenting information at Town Hall Meeting

Audelia and Walnut Hill – environmental work is being done on NE corner at the Mobil station and old Ebby Halliday building. This area is under contract for “major retail development”.

Highland Crest apartments are back on the market. These apartments are in TIF, so that will widen opportunities for a developer. It is multi-family. Bill has been contacted by developers regarding these apartments.

Some developers have purchased in “L” streets for teardown and rebuilding of “McMansions”. Bill discussed the concerns some homeowners may have regarding this type of development. He anticipates we will see much more of this in the “L” streets and south of Walnut Hill.

NW Highway and Plano Road: DART purchased SE corner several years ago. They also purchased part of the NE and NW corners. This will become a major transit turnaround for their buses.

Apartments behind and next to Kroger at NW Highway and Plano are in limbo. Three different developers have put them under contract and not followed through. They are leasing to Dallas Police Department to use for training on how to deal with multi family housing problems. You may drive by and see multiple police cars there, so don’t panic. If buyer is not found soon, they may go on market as apartments instead of town homes.

Park department is still “most favored: for getting Armory, thanks to all the letters and emails from neighbors. Nothing should be happening before the next 18 months.

Skillman and NW Highway – Crow project is in limbo. LULAC has filed concerns regarding environment concerns. More public hearings will be held to determine if creek can be moved. Core of Engineers say there is no problem with movement of creek. Crow has presented a very “green” retail project but cannot move forward due to these concerns. Bill stated it may be difficult for Crow to hold on to this project.

North of LBJ: “Friends, we got troubles there and I don’t know how to solve it.” The environment is not on an urban corridor so it is difficult to get retail. The area is 40% declining multifamily housing. Bond money was approved for park land north of LBJ ($4,000,000). This money is to be used to buy an apartment complex and “rejuvenate” with a park. Possibly may move Forest Greenville Library to that area since current location has been purchased. Bonds for these projects will be sold November, 2010. Park monies for the south side (Town Center) are approved for sale November 2007.

Town Creek at Walnut Hill and Skillman: It will take 11 months to complete the environmental for the Town Creek development. Developers plan to begin environmental in May, 2007. Building period will take 2 years.


What is going on with Beer and Wine election? Beer and wine sales were previously eliminated by election in 1882. In order to change, you have to go back to same precinct boundaries and authorities cannot find out where the boundaries were. The “pros” have all the signatures required. This is only for beer and wine sales in grocery stores.

What is going on at corner of Church and Skillman? (SW corner) The people who bought Town Center purchased both lots. They are attempting to purchase church there also. Previous attempts to purchase have failed. This property is owned by a central body. The title says land must be used for a church, otherwise ownership reverts to original owner. This is zoned single family. The families who owned the land were descendants of slaves who worked this land – Jefferson and Ford families. These families had covenants not to sell unless other family sold. The land on the northwest corner is owned by another individual.

Bill reported on development off Stults Road to White Rock Creek. He invited everyone to visit the development. It is being built as a “green” area.

What is happening at the High School with the chain link fence? Construction is getting ready to begin. The front door and office area is being re-located. They are adding another building at the back and developing a “tower” at the front of the building. Restrooms are being added to baseball area.

How many apartments on Skillman, going south from Walnut Hill, will go away? All of them. Developers are still trying to buy Everwood.

Planned lease rate for lofts in Town Center are highest in Northeast Dallas. Housing (town home or zero lot line) will be at the high end.

Bill reported there are 22 people in mayor’s race. He thinks 3 candidates will stand out. It is important the person truly believes Dallas is moving forward. He encouraged everyone to listen carefully to the candidates and make an informed choice.

Late announcement: The LHHS Wranglers will have a “dance off” fundraiser with Berkner High on Saturday, March 24.

The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Becky Yates
Secretary to LHENA

March 11, 2007

Another Resident's Opinion on McMansions

The lettter below is from a neighbor in support of McMansions.

The initial reaction of many people to tear-downs/rebuilds in our L-Streets neighborhood is negative. Fears of declining home values and increase property taxes seem to be the most common negative concerns. However, not all residents of our area feel this way. I for one feel that this negative reaction is shortsighted and selfish. Yes, we all love our neighborhood for its quaintness and charm. However, change is inevitable and things do get old. The fact is, there are many homes in the L-Streets that have fallen into disrepair, are vacant, or are not maintained by their owners. That may be hard for some people to accept, but it is a fact. I wish all of the residents in the L-Streets took pride in their homes, but unfortunately many do not. These homes hurt the aesthetic value of the neighborhood – they make the area look run-down and attract a certain element that none of us want. As a result, values of homes in our area have not kept up with the overall housing market in Dallas. I would much rather have these unkempt homes torn down and replaced by a new home as opposed to allowing these trends to continue.

New home construction stimulates economic development. Increasing home values attract higher incomes and more retail expansion. This means more stores, more restaurants, and more amenities that will improve the quality of life for our area. It’s very simple – just follow the money. It’s called progress.

As for property taxes, I would prefer to pay my taxes in a growing, thriving, improving neighborhood versus one that is declining in value. Local governments will continue to raise property taxes as much as allowed by law whether rebuilds occur or not.

In closing, I love the L-Streets for its location, its people, and its charm. However, I also believe it can be made even better by replacing certain homes with newer ones and attracting new business to the area. In the end, it will increase the value of properly maintained, updated homes and make the neighborhood a nicer, safer place to live.

Bill Blaydes Town Hall Meeting

Tuesday, March 20, 2007
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Lake Highlands Freshman Center Auditorium
10200 White Rock Trail

Agenda includes:

Introduce the developer of the Lake Highlands Town Center (Skillman & Walnut Hill)
· View Renderings of the Center
· Q & A Session

City Council Office: 214-670-4068
Report Code Violations: 311

March 2, 2007

Local Redevelopment Authority - Deciding on Armory

The Local Redevelopment Authority will be making it's recommendation to the city council soon. They will recommend what will be done with the Army Reserve Center on NW Highway.

Two homeless shelters and the Parks Department are in the running for taking over this facility.

The L Streets supports the Parks Department proposal.

Contact information for the Local Redevelopment Authority chair is below if you would like to write a letter.

Robert Wright, Real Estate Manager
Development Services Department
Office of Real Estate Management
320 E. Jefferson Blvd. Room 203
Dallas, TX 75203

Calloway's Garden Tip

Timely Tip for March Gardeners:

Enjoy a Weed-Free Lawn

What do you do when the only green going on in your lawn is of the weedy version? First, prevention is the best policy. Apply a preemergent now to prevent the summer broadleaf and grassy weeds. Green Light Crabgrass Preventer can be applied using your fertilizer spreader. Its purpose is to prevent grassy weeds from appearing during the summer months. Green Light Portrait can also be applied the same way and will prevent broadleaf weeds from sprouting. Follow these products up with Calloway’s Premium Lawn Food to add that extra punch to green up and enrich the existing turf. Water these products in well. You will need to apply the preemergents again in September to prevent the winter grassy and broadleaf weeds.

Now to take care of the existing problem, spray with a broadleaf weed killer to eliminate those pesky weeds which made it through the winter. A product such as Wipe-Out can be applied with a hose-end sprayer. Follow directions carefully for the best results.

The best method for a lush, green lawn is to develop a routine fertilization and watering program. A thick lawn will squeeze out and prevent weeds from growing. A little discipline now will reap the rewards later!
Calloway's Nursery provides L Streets Neighborhood Association members with a discount. See

February 26, 2007


The March issue of D Magazine reviews some positive effects of McMansions. Also, pick up a copy to see the next hot properties in Dallas.

D Magazine

February 16, 2007


On the 9100 block of Larchwood there are two properties side by side that have been bought by Elizabeth Newman Custom Homes. Both lots have signs that say Build to Suit. I went to the website and all they build are McMansions most of which are in the M Streets. We can not let this happen to our neighborhood. Some might think that it will increase the property values of the area... NOT TRUE! The property values will actually decrease for most of us because the properties become tear downs and are appraised at lot value instead of house value. There was a story on just this very topic on Nightline just a couple of weeks ago( ). House value is just one part of the picture though... What about those of us who want to stay here awhile? I know I don’t want one of those monster houses that has none of the same styling or architecture on my street, I like our quaint little houses, that is why I moved here. I have spent a lot of money to upgrade and clean up my house but kept the integrity of what the neighborhood is about. If I wanted to live in Plano, I would have bought a house in Plano. I have contacted the office of Bill Blaydes and am waiting to hear back. Does anyone know of anything we can do to stop this? Please, PLEASE forward this message on as it affects all of us. Once this trend starts, it will be near impossible to stop. -- Dean Minney

January 19, 2007

L Streets General Meeting

Tuesday, February 13th - L Streets 1st Quarter General Meeting - 7:00PM - 8:30PM - at the Elks Lodge #71 on the corner of Lullwater Dr. and Ryker Dr. 8550 Lullwater Dr., Dallas, Texas 75238

Good to Great DPD

If by chance you participated in the Crime Watch Summit this past Tuesday (Jan 16th), Chief Kunkle spoke about the book “Good to Great”, and the show that will feature the Dallas Police Department. The airing of "Good to Great" will be on Ch. 13, KERA, on the Wednesday, January 24th at 8:00 p.m. This segment will profile the Dallas Police Department and Southwest Airlines. I hope you enjoy the show and see how we are working to make the Dallas Police Department a better organization so that we can better serve you the citizens of Dallas.


Lt. Herbert Ashford
NE Division ICP

3rd Annual Run the Highlands 5K/ 1 Mile Family Walk

Saturday, April 28, 2007
3rd Annual Run the Highlands 5K/ 1 Mile Family Walk

Benefiting Lake Highlands North Recreation Center’s
future trail system and continued spray ground amenities

Registration will begin March 1, online at and
Brochures will be available by mid-March at area businesses.

Race will begin and end near
Lake Highlands High School
with a Community Carnival following
at Lake Highlands North Recreation Center’s park

7:00 a.m. Registration and Packet pick up
8:00 a.m. 1 Mile Family Walk
8:45 a.m. 5K
8:30 a.m. Community Carnival begins
9:45 a.m. Race Awards & Raffle

Registration fees:
$15 before April 15
$20 after April 15, $25 day of race
$10 for children 3 to 12 (no deadline)
Family Package (2 adults and kids under 12) $45 before April 28
$50 day of race

Want to be a sponsor?
Visit for info. Or call
Julie Johnson at 214-415-9701

Calloway's Nursery February Tip

Timely Tip for February Gardeners:

Pruning Your Landscape

Pruning is both an art and a necessary maintenance function. Most trees and shrubs can be lightly pruned at any time, however, mid-winter is generally the best time for major pruning.

Plants that flower in the spring produce their flower buds the previous growing season. They should be pruned immediately after flowering. Examples of these plants are Azalea, Carolina Jessamine and Wisteria.

Summer flowering plants generally bloom on new growth so they can be pruned in mid-winter to early spring. Examples are Crape Myrtle, Butterfly Bush, Spiraea and Honeysuckle. Never top a Crape Myrtle. Prune to remove seed heads, to thin out or to remove damaged branches or ones which are rubbing together.

Shade trees, evergreen shrubs and groundcovers should be pruned in mid-winter. The flush of new growth in spring will cover where cuts were made. Pruning paint is not necessary unless you are pruning Oak trees during the growing season.

February is the best time for pruning most Roses. Remove any old and diseased canes then cut remaining canes back by 50 percent. Make your cuts above a bud that faces away from the center of the plant. Remove spent blooms on bush roses and you will get more flowers later in the season. Prune climbing roses after they finish blooming in the spring.

Trim back perennials and ornamental grasses before the new growth appears in spring. Clean up around the plants and mulch well to protect them.

Prune your plants wisely. If you have any questions, please stop by and ask any of our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals!

January 8, 2007

Rumors of Homeless Housing in Lake Highlands



January 2007

To: The Lake Highlands Community

Re: Rumors of Homeless Housing in Lake Highlands



It is my opinion the Council will recommend a final sale back to the original owner of the property - the Dallas Parks Department. I fully support the petition circulating through out Lake Highlands endorsing a sale back to the Parks Department. THAT WILL BE MY RECOMMENDATION.

I promise everyone in the district that I will let you know when the Land Department is ready to make their recommendation to the council. District 10 residents will have ample opportunity to express their opinions to the full council. In a PUBLIC meeting the full council will make the final recommendation to the Federal Government regarding the divestiture of the armory property.

I hope if anyone living in District 10 has any questions about where I stand on this issue, they will call me at city hall or email me. I welcome the opportunity to speak to you about this or any other issue concerning our community.

You sent me downtown to represent the will of District 10 and I have done that for almost four years. I hope you will trust me to continue doing so.


Councilman Bill Blaydes

(214) 670-4068

January 4, 2007


214-670-1350 or


January 4…Thursday…11:30…Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group
“Office Hours” afterward with Program Coordinator, Belinda Glenn, and the Dallas County KinCare Network. These meetings supplement our Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Resource Collection at the Branch.
January 6…Saturday…Computer Classes for Adults…Learn about computers and
Internet basics. Space is limited. Call 214-670-1350 or stop by the
Information desk to reserve your spot.
January 13...Saturday…11:00 to 12:00…Evergreen Garden Club presents Charlotte
Winters. Learn about tracing family history and making a community
historical archive.
January 16...Tuesday…noon to 7:00 p.m…Audelia Road Blood Drive
January 25…Thursday…6:30 p.m.…Audelia Road Book Club
This is a discussion group, not a book review. New members are always
welcome. RSVP 214-670-1350.
January 25th book…”Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette” by
Sena Jeter Naslund
February 22nd book…”The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setterfield


Attention Young Adults!! Take our teen survey! Pick up one at the library or email: to have one mailed to you…Don’t forget to check the Audelia Road Young Adult Blog.
If you missed your chance to sign up for the Teen Volunteer Program, be sure to stop in the library to pick up your application during our regular business hours. Whether you have NHS hours to fulfill or you just want to help out, we look forward to having you join our volunteer team. We have great fun projects just for teens.


January 7, Sunday, 2:00..Science Fairs Dos and Don’t’s…Veteran science teacher, Michael Murray will share with parents and students, grades 1-8, ideas and strategies for developing fun and effective Science Fair Projects.
January 16,Tuesday, 3:30…BUGS with entomologist, Kim Schoenfield from Texas A&M.
January 21, Sunday, 2:00.. Multicultural puppet show for children. Road to Uwungelema
January 22, Monday, 4:00 .Computer Class for Kids on DPL’s homework help site.
LIBRARY LIVE will take place at Audelia Road on the First Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m. Chase presents Library Live! Big Thoughts FREE monthly program that offers interactive, culturally diverse performances and workshops for students and families. The program brings literary traditions to live through dance, visual art and music.
Story Time, Tues. & Weds. 10:30 Stories and activities for children and their caregivers.


January 3, 2007

Parks Department Support

If you would like to add you name to the growing list of Lake Highlands residents who join with the Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association’s recommendation that the Parks Department reclaim the Northwest Highway Armory you may do so by visiting one of the following neighborhood establishments. Petitions are located at EAT THE WORLD, HIGHLANDS CAFÉ, RESELL IT!, and WHITE ROCK COFFEE.

Thanks in advance for making your voice heard!


Robin Moss Norcross
Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association
Vice President, Communications