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  • 05 Mar 2018 9:32 AM | Chris Ball (Administrator)

    Easter Eggs Needed!


    HSMNA's Annual Easter Parade and Easter Egg Hunt is just around the corner.  We're seeking plastic Easter Egg donations for hunt after the parade.  Candy or toy filled eggs for the kiddos.  Please no chocolate it melts!!  Egg donations may be dropped of @ 1025 Valencia.  Thank you!

  • 05 Mar 2018 7:22 AM | Chris Ball (Administrator)

    Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association

    Block Captain Newsletter

    February 2018

    Neighborhood news from the board:

    At each board meeting, we generally discuss construction in the neighborhood with regard to conservation rules, crime news, membership updates, Expanded Neighborhood Patrol updates, association funds, Welcome Basket distribution and anything new that’s going on.

    FEBRUARY

    The board elected new officers for 2018. They are: President Norman Alston, Vice President Chris Ball, Treasurer Travis Mayberry and Secretary John Fancher.

    We welcomed several new board members: David Abbondanzio, Charles Margiotta, Sara Ramos, Linda Robles and Liz Simmons, returning to the board after a few years’ absence. Also returning are myself (Jamie Johnson), Ed Zahra and Hooman Shamsa.

    The board has established several new committees to coordinate the various works needed to be done in the neighborhood. Board members are on each committee, but we are soliciting for new members to join from the neighborhood. I hope block captains and others throughout the neighborhood might be interested in the following topics and choose to join one or more of the following committees:

    • Communications (involves printing, soliciting and/or writing content for our quarterly newsletter, organizing each quarterly meeting, maintaining and developing our website and communicating regularly with the neighborhood via email, blog, website and other means.)
    • Membership (involves tracking membership numbers, maintaining information on the website, welcoming new members with letters and membership cards, maintaining and organizing membership name badges, signing up new members and answering questions at each quarterly meeting and brainstorming and putting into place ideas for increasing membership in HSMNA.)
    • Landscaping (involves maintaining the three triangles and monument areas in the neighborhood, picking the “Yard of the Month” and communicating with the newsletter regarding landscape issues.)
    • Budget (involves anticipating and tracking funding needs for all of our committees and monitoring expenditures throughout the year.)
    • Bylaws (involves reviewing the association bylaws and introducing changes to be voted on by the membership.)
    • Social (involves planning and putting on all the neighborhood parties and social gatherings, including the Easter parade and party, Halloween chili cook-off and party and the Christmas party.)
    • Expanded Neighborhood Patrol (involves meeting with the officers assigned to our neighborhood, answering questions about ENP, presenting information regarding ENP at meetings and preparing crime statistics regularly, as well as tracking ENP membership.)
    • Code/Zoning/Conservation District (involves ensuring that all neighborhood construction meets requirements in our conservation code, following up with city code enforcement, and keeping abreast of any changes that might be needed in the code itself.)
    • Home Tour (includes planning and putting on the annual Home Tour and Auction Party.)

    Please consider being a part of any of these committees and let your neighbors know we are looking for volunteers who have an interest or talent in any of the above areas. You can contact me directly or info@hsmna.org

    Welcome basket update:

    We ended 2017 delivering 62 welcome baskets throughout the neighborhood.

    In January and February, we delivered 8 welcome baskets. I am holding on to 7 additional welcome baskets that still need to be delivered to homes that have sold on Cordova (my street), Vivian (Kate’s), Hammond (Mary’s), Shadyside (Justin’s), Valencia (Barbara’s) and one on Santa Fe that I’ll deliver.

    Block Captain news:

     We are welcoming Stacy Jo Moore as the new block captain on Hammond. Thanks for volunteering, Stacy Jo!

    We had 11 of our 38 block captains volunteer to help deliver 2018 HSMNA Membership Cards. That was a huge help and much appreciated. Thanks to Nancy Bouthilet, Elisabeth Mayberry, John Ozmun, David Leeson, Justin Henry, Barbara Mandle, Brooke Hebert, Lucy McCauley, Stacy Jo Moore, Melanie Cathey and Latifa Amdur.

    The new membership cards added about seven new businesses that agree to provide a 10 percent discount to HSMNA members, bringing to 24 the number of businesses participating. Members get a discount at On Rotation Brewery, Kelli Slate Dentistry, Craft Beer Cellar, Orangetheory Fitness, I Love Juice Bar, studio6 Fitness and the T Shop, in addition to returning sponsors 2-shea, Blow Salon, Buzzbrews Kitchen, Chips Hamburgers, Curiosities, Digg’s Tacos, Hand & Stone Spa, Lakewood Ace Hardware, Redenta’s Garden, Sherwin-Williams White Rock, Talulah and HESS, the Libertine, the LOT, Times Ten Cellars, Turquoise & Lavender, Unleavened Fresh Kitchen and Yumilicious.

    If you’re not yet a member, please consider joining at $30 individual or $60 family.

    Upcoming events:

    Next quarterly meeting is April 17.

    The 2018 Hollywood Santa Monica Home Tour, Auction Party and Art in the Park will be April 20-22. These events are the association’s only fund-raiser for the year, and some of the proceeds are donated to area schools. The remainder goes to fund the HSMNA budget for the rest of the year.

    The following homes were selected to be featured this year: 6942 Lindsley, 427 Monte Vista, 904 Clermont, 6915 Santa Monica and 602 Monte Vista.

    The Home Tour is always looking for volunteers. They need volunteers in each of the five featured homes Friday night, Saturday and Sunday to guide people through the home. There are multiple shifts each day and multiple volunteers in each home. This is a really fun task; you get to meet lots of people as well as get in free to all five of the homes, not just the one you’re volunteering in.

    Another big need is for donations of items for the Auction Party. If you have any ideas, please visit the HSMNA web page and email the Home Tour committee. 

    A full listing of upcoming events in the neighborhood, around the neighborhood and of interest in the city has been posted on out website.

  • 18 Feb 2018 12:57 PM | Chris Ball (Administrator)

    It’s time to rent your Easter Bunny!!  Hop over to Liz Simmons (714 Newell) and pick out your Bunny from her front yard.  Rental fee is $50 for the season which helps pay for the awesome Easter Parade on April 1st.  Get yours before they’re all gone!


  • 24 Jan 2018 1:21 PM | Chris Ball (Administrator)

    Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association

    Block Captain Newsletter

    Winter Edition

    December 2017/January 2018

    Neighborhood news from the board:

    At each board meeting, we generally discuss construction in the neighborhood with regard to conservation rules, crime news, membership updates, Expanded Neighborhood Patrol updates, association funds, Welcome Basket distribution and anything new that’s going on. 

    DECEMBER

    We discussed the agenda for the January quarterly meeting, which will include a presentation from the Dallas Parks Board representative, Paul Sims. We also discussed nominations for next year’s board, which are being reviewed by Norman Alston, current vice president and representing the “Nomination Committee.” For the first time, the potential candidates have been sent a questionnaire asking about their background and interests, with hopes that skill sets will match the needs we have on the board. 

    The parliamentarian has been reviewing the bylaws but has been unable to provide an update after months of review. That review is expected in 2018 and will be the work of the new board.

    ENP subscribers will be given new signs for 2018. 

    Code compliance rules have changed that allow follow-up information to be provided only to the person who actually called in a 311 complaint. Others desiring information need to submit a Freedom of Information Request.

    JANUARY

    Our guest speaker was from the Zip Code change group, which is not actually a committee but a group of neighbors formed who want to change to 75214 from 75223. They’d submitted their request and had already been notified by the Postal Service that things are in motion. The neighborhood should receive a survey, and the group is asking for letters from the board and elected representatives supporting the proposal. Great debate followed his departure, with one board member stating that the concerns about representation on the DISD school board that are ours are also shared by the Mt. Auburn neighborhood and that we should be helping our neighbors understand these concerns and letting them know how we are proceeding, giving them an opportunity to do the same. Eventually, the board approved a motion supporting the Zip Code change. The board also supported allowing a non-returning board member to reach out to Mt. Auburn leaders to educate them about the process, in case they decide that the same change might be in their best interests as well. 

    We also had a lengthy discussion about the board slate that will be presented at the quarterly meeting the next Tuesday. While the bylaws allow for 17 board members, only 12 individuals have been identified and vetted by the Nominations Committee (7 are returning members and 5 are new members, although one of these 5 is a former member). The bylaws seem to provide contradictory guidance: while they state that nominations must be submitted to the committee within five business days of the quarterly meeting to allow for proper vetting, they also state that nominations can be entertained from the floor the day of the meeting, with no vetting whatsoever. 

    There was also considerable debate, during the meeting and to follow via email, regarding another section of the bylaws with ambiguous wording. It states that only those who are “current” with membership in HSMNA 30 days prior to the January quarterly are eligible to vote for the new board. Many years ago, this was interpreted to mean that members had to renew their memberships by mid-December in order to be eligible to vote in January. However, in the most recent past, this bylaw has been interpreted to mean that anyone who was “current” in membership in mid-December (meaning for that year only) could vote in January. It was eventually decided that we would ask the membership at the January quarterly to suspend that particular bylaw so any members present at the moment would be allowed to vote, regardless of when they renewed. The board plans to eliminate that specific bylaw as soon as possible. 

    The board is welcoming some new members who have fantastic skills and perspectives:

    • -David Abbondanzio, who lives on Hammond and has skills in social/media advertising and is already extremely active with the Home Tour.
    • -Charles Margiotta, new to the neighborhood on Tenison who has newsletter skills and familiarity with city of Dallas personnel.
    • -Sara Ramos, a long-time Hammond resident whose energy and skills outpace everyone else; she’s already chairing the Auction Party this year.
    • -Linda Robles, a Cordovian who has been involved in the Home Tour in the past and is interesting in fund raising. And gardening. And decorating. And a lot of other things.
    • -Liz Simmons, a Newellian who is not new to the board but is returning after a few years respite. Liz is responsible for all the fantastic social events that make this neighborhood what it is.

    Welcome basket update:

    Due to the cold, I’ve been holding welcome baskets so the wine doesn’t deteriorate or explode. I’ll be contacting several Block Captains in the coming days about home sales to determine if we need to catch up on distribution.

    Block Captain news:

    We are still searching for replacement Block captains on Santa Monica and upper Hammond. 

    And here’s BIG NEWS! According to a yard sign I spotted this week, our own Shadyside Block Captain Justin Henry is running for District 9 School Board member! We wish Justin all the best in this campaign and know he’d make an awesome board member.

    Upcoming events:

    Next quarterly meeting is April 17. 

    The 2018 Hollywood Santa Monica Home Tour, Auction Party and Art in the Park will be April 20-22. These events are the association’s only fund-raiser for the year, and some of the proceeds are donated to area schools. The remainder goes to fund the HSMNA budget for the rest of the year. 

    The Home Tour is always looking for volunteers. They need volunteers in each of the five featured homes Friday night, Saturday and Sunday to guide people through the home. There are multiple shifts each day and multiple volunteers in each home. This is a really fun task; you get to meet lots of people as well as get in free to all five of the homes, not just the one you’re volunteering in. 

    Another big need is for donations of items for the Auction Party. If you have any ideas, please visit the HSMNA web page and email the Home Tour committee.  

    A full listing of upcoming events in the neighborhood, around the neighborhood and of interest in the city has been posted on out website. 


  • 16 Jan 2018 2:16 PM | Chris Ball (Administrator)


    DALLAS COUNTY – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), in conjunction with the city of Dallas, will conduct a public meeting to solicit comments on the proposed intersection improvement of State Highway (SH) 78 (Garland Road/East Grand Avenue) at the intersection with Gaston Avenue in the city of Dallas. The meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 18 at the Dallas Arboretum – Rosine Hall, 8525 Garland Road in Dallas. The informal meeting will be in an open house format.

    The proposed project would consist of reconfiguring the SH 78/Gaston intersection to improve traffic operations and mobility. The improvements would include the addition of bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. The proposed project would require additional right of way to accommodate the proposed improvements. 

     TxDOT staff and consultants will be on hand to discuss the schematic with interested citizens. Maps showing the proposed project’s location and geometric design will be available for viewing and the public is encouraged to provide written comments. 

    The construction cost of the project is approximately $4.3 million and is anticipated to start in 2021 with completion within one year. 

    TxDOT Public Meeting Web Site


  • 30 Nov 2017 7:56 AM | Anonymous

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    This Sunday, December 3rd, at 2pm, we'll be hanging up Christmas Lights at the Monument. That's at Monte Vista and Sante Fe. Come on up and lend a hand for the neighborhood. 

  • 30 Nov 2017 7:52 AM | Anonymous

    No, it's not Woodrow Wilson Stadium in Randall Park, but why couldn't it be? And why would anyone try to hide something that big in his pocket?

    No, it's not Woodrow Wilson Stadium in Randall Park, but why couldn't it be? And why would anyone try to hide something that big in his pocket?


    On December 7, 2017, beginning at 8:30am, the Dallas Park and Recreation Board will meet on several issues, one of which will have some impact on our neighborhood: DISD's proposal to pave over a portion of Randall Park, located at the Santa Fe Trail and Glasgow, across from Woodrow Wilson High School.  There are varying opinions on the reasons behind this proposal, as recently reported in the Dallas Observer: http://www.dallasobserver.com/news/behind-a-park-dispute-in-east-dallas-lurks-a-football-stadium-for-woodrow-10115354   And, in the Lakewood Advocate:  https://lakewood.advocatemag.com/2017/11/21/battle-parking-lot-randall-park-pits-city-dallas-vs-dallas-isd/  


    Regardless of the reasons behind the proposed change, it may have an impact on traffic and parking in our neighborhood, particularly along Santa Fe.  For this reason, we encourage you to educate yourself about the potential impact of the proposed change, and whether to attend the Board meeting.  The Park & Rec Board meets at Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla Street, Room 6FN.


    The language of the Board's agenda item is:


    DISD is planning to expand its athletic fields and parking facilities at Woodrow Wilson

    High School located across from Randall Park on South Glasgow Drive. Construction of

    this renovation project is expected to take approximately two years. During construction

    DISD parking will be insufficient to meet staff needs. DISD has requested that it be

    permitted to expand the Randall Park parking lot across the street from the school by

    approximately twenty-eight spaces. During construction of the improvements to Woodrow

    Wilson High School DISD staff will have exclusive use of the additional parking spaces

    constructed in the park. Once DISD's renovation project is completed the parking lot will

    remain for use by park patrons and DISD staff will use its own parking as defined in the

    lnterlocal Agreement.


    Currently the lnterlocal Agreement prohibits DISD from using Randall Park parking except

    in conjunction with its activities in the park; parking at the park is not allowed for general

    school parking. Park patrons are permitted to use Woodrow Wilson High School parking

    lots when parking spaces are not needed by DISD or being used for school or schoolrelated

    activities.


    DISD staff will have exclusive use of the additional parking spaces constructed

    during the entire length of the DISD renovation project. Upon completion of the

    DISD renovation project, DISD staff will not be permitted to use parking at

    Randall Park, except as permitted in the lnterlocal Agreement, namely, only in

    connection with DISD's activities and use of the park on a first-come-firstparked

    basis.


    The full text of the agenda item begins on page 33 at: http://dallascityhall.com/government/meetings/DCH%20Documents/park-board/November%202%202017.pdf 


  • 27 Nov 2017 10:50 AM | Anonymous


    Bestest Neighborhood Christmas Party Ever!!!


    Saturday, December 16th
    6:00pm to 10:00pm


    800 Block of Newell

    Santa arrives on the fire truck at 6:00 pm

    Selfies with Santa
    6:30 to 8:30
    Yummy food and drinks

    Live Music by Sylvan Shine

    For more info contact Adam at adams.squared@gmaiml.com


  • 26 Nov 2017 10:39 AM | Anonymous

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    Add that Hollywood pop to your yard and rent a lighty uppey snowman or Christmas tree. Handmade electrified goodness from our own Ms. Liz. Slide by 714 Newell to rent yours for the season. Rental is only a measly $50 and proceeds help fund the Neighborhood Christmas party!

    Cash or checks made out to Liz Simmons should be placed into the mail slot.

  • 26 Nov 2017 10:35 AM | Anonymous


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    SUNDAY  Dec 10


    Local Honey’s Holiday Mix

    Freddie Jones, Reggie Rueffer, Mack Price, Kimberly Cain, Ryan Berg

    For the 11th year, East-Dallas based vocalist Kelly Brown tunes her creative ringmaster talents to serve up a wildly eclectic night of holiday music. Brown brings together a Mix of Dallas’ all-star musicians to perform original holiday arrangements in a set that includes everything from big-band swing and bluegrass to alt-pop and rocked up classical pieces. A party on and off the stage, audience members have made the "Holiday Mix," a Christmas tradition – dressing for the occasion in holiday attire or even elf costumes. While the annual show took a 1-year hiatus for the neighborhood to “mourn the loss,” of its original home at the Lakewood Theatre it is time to resurrect the show with new life at The Granada on Greenville Avenue. “The show has always been a holiday celebration for me with and for family, friends and our neighborhood,” said Brown, “it’s a unique, holiday energy when all these musicians make the time to collaborate their wide-range of musical talents for a community celebration and we are grateful we have another equally historic venue to now call home to our show.” Brown hopes her loyal audience is as anxious to see the show return to stage all ready to dance and sing along! Expect to see favorites like Freddie Jones, Reggie Rueffer, Mack Price along with guest appearances.

    $28 - $42
    Doors 7:00 pm
    Show 8:00 pm

    http://www.granadatheater.com/event/61338-local-honeys-holiday-mix-dallas/

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