The Northwood Hills Homeowners Association Annual Meeting took place on Tuesday, February 11th at Fretz Park Recreation Center (the building next door to Fretz Library). Guests arrived at 6:30 to sign in, enjoy some light refreshments, and mingle with neighbors. The business meeting started at 7pm with a legislative update from Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos, followed by a local update from Dallas City Plan Commissioner Jaynie Schultz. Details were then provided on the Association's activities including Security, Beautification, Membership, and Special Projects. New Board Members were elected and the 2020 Budget was approved. Questions and comments were welcomed at the conclusion of the business meeting. If you couldn't make it to the meeting, please feel free to review the annual report for a recap of 2019 and a snapshot of what we hope to achieve in 2020.
One of the main benefits provided by Northwood Hills Homeowners Association is the armed security officers who patrol the neighborhood to provide security, improve safety, perform out of town home checks, and deter criminal activity. Our previous provider, United American Security, has now joined GardaWorld Security Services. GardaWorld is the largest privately-owned security services and business solutions company in the world. You may have noticed the new patrol cars over the past month, but that’s not the only change. The NHHA Board approved an increase in weekly patrol hours to give our neighborhood coverage for 2 shifts a day, 7 days a week, for a total of 112 hours (from the previous 88). We now have 3 full-time officers on patrol throughout the week. In addition, officers will carry tablets in their cars, so they have quicker access to email and member contact information. If you’re a current member, take note of the updated Out of Town Home Check form on the Security page of our website and make sure to use that going forward. The email address for form submission has changed, but the security patrol phone number remains the same. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t [...]
There’s a popular Chinese proverb that says, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Northwood Hills’ trees took some big hits this year, which is devastating for many reasons including visual appeal, shade, and property value, just to name a few. NHHA member Amy Schellhorn reached out to WW Tree Farms to secure a 20% discount for those homeowners looking to replace trees that were destroyed. Since fall and winter are a great time to plant trees, and NWH residents can get 20% off, this could be your chance to fill a void left by our recent storms. Some of the trees recommended are Live Oaks, Bur Oaks, Red Oaks, Cedar Elms, Chinese Pistache, Bald Cypress and Maples. To learn more about types, sizes, and pricing, visit the Tree Farm at 11641 Newberry, Dallas, TX 75229 or call William Young at (214) 226-2076. They have many more trees available than the ones in stock and can work with you to find the right tree for your property. All of WW Tree Farm prices include delivery, planting, and a one year warranty. Possible additional costs include a daily rental fee of [...]
In the past, NHHA has celebrated Good Neighbor Day with thank you notes and balloons, fire station donations, children's hospital toy collections, and a blood drive. This year, we'd like to honor and celebrate our immediate good neighbors by encouraging block parties on Saturday, September 28. We saw a lot of helping hands after the big storm in early June, and we think this is a great way to show appreciation for the wonderful folks around us and build more camaraderie in case a severe weather event befalls us again in the future. Start reaching out to your neighbors to see who is interested in hosting and helping. You can make it a lawn party or a progressive party where you visit a few different houses for different courses - whatever works best for you. Just make it fun! NHHA can help with coordination in the next couple weeks if you are having trouble getting traction. We can also donate some drinks and name tags to your event once you have confirmation it's happening! After your plans are underway, let us know, and we can help get the word out so neighbors know where to gather.
Because it seemed many Northwood Hills residents lost entire trees or major sections of trees, NHHA member Amy Schellhorn spearheaded a project to gather data about the losses experienced. She wanted to find out if some species of trees were more likely to uproot or lose large branches and which ones fared the best. NHHA members were invited to participate in a survey to share details about the damage they experienced and the trees that stayed strong. Seventy-five households were represented in the survey and of those, twenty-two reported uprooted trees. Oaks (unspecified) made up the majority of trees lost, with crepe myrtles coming in second. Almost 80% of respondents reported the loss of large limbs (greater than 1 foot in diameter). Red Oaks, Live Oaks, and Cedar Elms were the biggest offenders in this category. Some households reported minimal to no damage on some of their trees, with most mentioning Live Oaks and Crepe Myrtles in their responses. Respondents attributed regular pruning and the specific location of the tree (i.e. if it was shielded from high winds by a house or other tree) as the reason for minimized damage. The full data, along with recommendations, is shown below: 1) [...]
State Representative Ana-Maria Ramos stopped by the 26th Annual NHHA Independence Day Parade and presented a resolution. It states: Whereas, the Northwood Hills Homeowners Association is hosting its 26th Annual Independence Day Parade, and this event offers a welcome occasion to recognize the organization for its civic engagement; and Whereas, an affiliate of the North Dallas Neighborhood Alliance, NHHA serves to support and represent members of the Northwood Hills community; the association is further committed to preserving and protecting the Northwood Hills neighborhood, and it helps to maintain the local environment by planting flowers, sponsoring group cleanups, and encouraging residents to comply with city regulations; and Whereas, Led by president Janet Marcum, NHHA is governed by a board of directors consisting of seven members, Mitra Shamsa, Hunter McGrath, Sharon Venable, Cristi Sliter, Heather Catelotti, Kristen Holden, and Dru Landrum; the organization also receives guidance from advisory committee members Judy Switzer and Glynn Newman; and Whereas, The Northwood Hills Homeowners Association is dedicated to providing its members with a safe and friendly place to live, and the Fourth of July parade is an exciting opportunity for area residents to celebrate their nation's founding in the company of their neighbors; now, [...]
The City will only be collecting storm debris in July. Storm debris includes tree limbs, brush, and property damage. Try to separate the tree limbs and green debris from other items. DO NOT put out large debris, such as furniture, appliances, or other bulky items. Normal bulk and brush pick-up will resume in August.
Once again this year, NHHA Members Brad and Holly Richardson and their staff at Office Furniture Team are opening their parking lot for a spectacular, up-close view of the Addison KaboomTown Fireworks Show on July 3rd. You literally cannot get closer to the fireworks AND you can bring your own beverages, chairs, food, friends, etc. There are 3 requirements: Print off and bring with you the flyer/ticket (see below) Bring $25 CASH per car, for admission Arrive between 6 and 7pm before the nearby streets are closed off All admission proceeds benefit The American Fallen Soldiers Project (www.americanfallensoldiers.com) and are MATCHED dollar for dollar by Office Furniture Team. So, for a fantastic view of a great event, benefiting a wonderful cause, bring your chairs, food, drinks, friends, the attached flyer, and $25 cash to 4204 Lindbergh Dr, Addison, TX 75001 between 6 and 7pm on July 3. Thank you to the Richardsons and Office Furniture Team. Print the OFT KaboomTown Flyer/Ticket
It takes a village to pull off NHHA's signature event - the 26th Annual Independence Day Parade and Celebration. We need tons of volunteers, and if we all pitch in a little, you won't miss out on any of the fun. Any time you are able to spare will be a big help in ensuring the success of the festivities. Please review the opportunities here and sign up for one or more spots! More instructions will be provided to volunteers as we approach the big day. We want to thank the sponsors who underwrite this event and ultimately make it possible! If the need arises, please consider using these service providers, as they have shown their support for Northwood Hills: Spring Valley United Methodist Church Judy Switzer & Associates Melinda Spence (Compass Real Estate) Ready Roofing & Renovation Mitra Shamsa, The Shamsa Group (Ebby Halliday, Realtors) Big Texas Ranches Traver Construction Sunnyland Outdoor Living Here's the schedule of events for Thursday, July 4th: 7:30am -- Parade registration opens 8:30am -- Parade entries assemble 8:45am -- National Anthem; Pledge of Allegiance 9:00am -- Parade steps off! 9:45am -- Post-parade games/activities begin 10:15am -- Announcement of Trophy Winners 11:30am -- Games/activities begin [...]
The first weekend of April was our Annual Alley Clean-Up. Since Bulk Trash pickup for Northwood Hills began the second week of April, this was the perfect opportunity to tend to your alley and dispose of any brush or debris you cleared out. Each homeowner is responsible for maintaining the area from their back property line to the center of the alley. That includes trimming bushes so they don't scrape cars or obstruct the alley. Trees that overhang the alley are required to be trimmed up 15 feet to allow clearance for garbage collection trucks. If trucks have to maneuver to avoid your branches, chances are they will cause damage to your alley in the process! If you missed the alley clean-up, try to get to it in May. You'll see the bulk trash signs throughout the neighborhood when it's safe to begin work!