Need an activity? We've put together a scavenger hunt inside the neighborhood. Print the list or save it to your phone and head out on a walk or drive to see if you can spot all the items. While you're at it, snap a photo of you or your kids on your excursion, or while doing anything else outside to keep yourselves occupied during this unusual time, and submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to include your photos in an upcoming newsletter article about what our residents did to keep themselves occupied, happy, and engaged during the shelter in place orders.
This weekend is the Annual April Alley Clean-Up. Since Bulk Trash pickup for Northwood Hills begins Monday, April 13, this is the perfect opportunity to tend to your alley and dispose of any brush or debris you clear 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, trash, or other debris, chances are they will cause damage to your alley in the process! Let's keep it clean. You can start placing items at your curb this Thursday, April 9.
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The NHHA Board of Directors, along with dedicated volunteers, want to ensure our neighbors are safe and that you have what you need during the COVID-19 pandemic. We don't want any of our residents to forego essential items because they don't feel they can safely obtain them due to personally being immuno-compromised or having an at-risk household member. If you are unable to obtain necessary items during this time because of health reasons, please review the following list and contact your Board representative with your needs: Urgent Food Needs Paper Towels Toilet Paper Bottled Water Toiletries Medicine Pick-Up Other Essential Items We will do our best to accommodate you. We are also calling and dropping off letters to potentially at-risk residents who may not see our online posts. If you know of any of your neighbors in need, please forward their name and address to us so we can reach out. We know this is a difficult time for many of us, so let's work together to get through it. On behalf of the NHHA Board of Directors, Janet Marcum President
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, [...]