June 7, 2008

YOM Program--Nominate a Yard Today!

The L Streets, N. A. Yard of the Month (YOM) program provides incentives to homeowners who create and maintain attractive landscaping and/or yard d├ęcor.

Each month, April through October, the Beautification Committee will review nominations. Residents may recommend a yard by completing the nomination form on the website at www.lstreets.org/yom.html or by emailing the YOM Chair, Pamela Lehr, at yom@lstreets.org.

Nominations must be received by the 23rd of each month, except for June and July. Nominations for June and July must be received by the 17th for these months.

Winners will be notified by the Committee and will be featured on the L-Streets website and in the quarterly newsletter. Two yards will receive "honorable mention" awards.

The YOM winner will receive a $50 Calloway's gift certificate. The Yard of the Month sign will be displayed in the winner's yard for one month. Thanks to Calloway's Nursery, located at Greenville Avenue and Walnut Hill Lane, for sponsoring the L Streets Yard of the Month program and for helping to improve the landscape of our neighborhood.

Print an online coupon good for $5.00 off for every $25.00 purchase at Calloway's Nursery.

New LHHS Principal

June 4, 2008

To the Lake Highlands Students, Faculty, Staff and Community:

Greetings! It is with great enthusiasm that I look forward to serving Lake Highlands High School as Principal. As a Richardson I.S.D. resident and principal, I am aware and impressed with the Lake Highlands legacy as a “School of Champions.” As a Blue Ribbon School and one of Newsweek’s “Best,” Lake Highlands’ history and accomplishments are a great foundation as we continue to grow our school’s legacy.

We will further realize the Lake Highlands’ promise as a high performing urban school that models mutual care for all stakeholders. My first priority is to maintain and forward the substantial community support that Dr. Iden, Dr. Simmons and the Richardson I.S.D. Board of Trustees have established. Through celebration of students and outreach to community organizations, we will focus our community resources to meet the needs of all Lake Highlands students.

As I meet our faculty and staff, I am impressed with their knowledge and commitment. With nationally known academics, sports and fine arts, I look forward to learning about the talents of our students and becoming acquainted with our families. Our school will continue its outstanding service to students and community by leading the district in college-ready students. We will continue to build a school with students that are truly together and are vested in Lake Highlands’ success.

During the course of the summer I am meeting with our administrative team, counseling team, teachers, students, PTA, and community organizations, so that I begin to fully understand the traditions and happenings in Lake Highlands. I welcome you to call the school or e-mail me at walter.kelly@risd.org. I look forward to hearing from you.

Walter Kelly

June 6, 2008

Calloway's Timely Tips for Gardeners

Timely Tip for July Gardeners From Calloway’s
Summer Hibiscus Blooms

The heat of summer can be lessened with the bright, vibrant flowers of the Hibiscus. This popular bloomer can be confusing if you don’t know which type you are planting. We’ll briefly discuss the different ones and their uses.

Tropical Hibiscus is great for containers on the patio or poolside. The glossy green foliage and bright colorful blooms provide a touch of the “tropics”! They are not cold hardy in the northern part of Texas and need some winter protection in Houston . Full sun and regular feedings will keep them happy and blooming throughout the summer season.

Hardy Hibiscus, or sometimes known as Perennial Hibiscus, will freeze back in the winter. Cut the stalks to ground level, mulch well and it will return in the spring. The foliage is not as shiny as the Tropical Hibiscus but the blooms are much larger (8-9 inches in diameter). Hardy Hibiscus grows 2 to 5 feet tall depending on variety and grows well in full sun in perennial gardens.

Lastly, the Rose of Sharon or Althea is also a member of the Hibiscus family. This deciduous shrub or small tree is an upright grower to 10 feet tall. Single or double blooms appear in summer in an array of colors. Plant in full sun in well drained soil. The Althea is a good background plant or small specimen tree.

As you can tell, we have a Hibiscus for any location. For more information on these colorful summer bloomers, visit your nearest Calloway’s/Cornelius store and ask for a Texas Certified Nursery Professional!