Richardson, Texas               June 2019                    Vol. 4 No. 25

Summer is finally here!  The gratifying sounds of kids playing, lawn mowers running, and family vacations have arrived.  I thought it would be fun to put together a summer reading list for the neighborhood to kick off summer.  Rahim has gathered a list of recommended summer reading for all ages from our library.  The Library staff has curated this list specifically for our neighborhood association.

Here are a few of the books our board members are currently reading! 

"All The Light We Cannot See" Novel by Anthony Doerr                      The Whistler "The Whistler"  Novel By John Grisham  
"Storm Cursed" By Patricia Briggs (may not be appropriate for some)
"Be The Dad She Needs You To Be" By Kevin Leman

Summer Reading Recommendations from Richardson Public Library
We Have listed half the list in June and we will post the other half in the July Newsletter, enjoy!

ADULTS Book List
  1. The British are Coming by Rick Atkinson:  “The first volume in a new series on the American Revolution that draws on perspectives from both sides to chronicle the first 21 months of America's violent war for independence.”
  2. The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow: "The seemingly disparate lives of a DEA agent, a drug lord, a call girl, a hit man, and a priest intertwine around a nexus of the drug trade involving the Latin American drug cartels, the American underworld, and the U.S. government, from the rise of the Mexican drug Federacion in the 1970s to the present day.”
  3. The Mother-in-Law: A Novel by Sally Hepworth:  “A twisty, compelling new novel about one woman's complicated relationship with her mother-in-law that ends in death.”
  4. Unmarriageable: A Novel by Soniah Kamal:  “A retelling of Pride and Prejudice, set in modern-day Pakistan, finds a practical-minded teacher from a family of sisters evaluating her resolve never to marry after encountering a brusque but compelling man during a series of lavish wedding parties.”
  5. Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke: “When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules--a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home.”  The 2019 Richardson Reads One Book selection.
TWEENS Book List
  1. The Handbook by Jim Benton:  “There's nothing Jake likes more than some good trash-picking, so when his elderly neighbors move out and leave a … pile of household refuse on the curb, he goes right for it … [and finds] the Secret Parent's Handbook and with it all the means to subvert the irrational rules and petty tyranny of [his and his friends’] home lives.”
  2. The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes: “ To prevent the Mayan gods from battling each other and destroying the world, Zane must unravel an ancient prophecy, stop an evil god, and discover how the physical disability that makes him reliant on a cane also connects him to his father and his ancestry.”
  3. The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor:  “An oversized youth with challenging learning disabilities is wrongly suspected of having a hand in his best friend's death, a situation that compels him to create an underground haven for himself and a bullied new friend.”
  4. Left Out by Tim Green:  “Struggling to overcome his hearing impairment and the way others see him because of it, Landon uses his height and strength to prove himself on the football team without initial success before befriending a star player who understands how Landon feels about being different.”
  5. Restart by Gordon Korman:  “A standalone novel … follows the experiences of a former bully who gets a chance at redemption after a memory-impairing accident tests whether he can change or will revert to his previous ways.”
  6. Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee:  “Longing for adventure in the Thousand Worlds, away from the strict rules that force her to hide her descendancy from fox spirits, 13-year-old Min embarks on a quest to find her brother, who has been accused of abandoning his post to search for a mystical object of power.”
TEENS Book List 
  1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black:  “A decade after her parents are murdered by the fey who have kidnapped her and her sisters, Jude harbors a seething hatred for a wicked faerie prince and becomes embroiled in court politics as part of her plan to exact revenge.”
  2. Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau:  “Trapped in their school after a bomb goes off, six students fight to survive and when they discover that someone inside is the bomber, they are also looking for who among them is the culprit.”
  3. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal:  “In a world inspired by ancient Arabia, seventeen-year-old huntress Zafira must disguise herself as a man to seek a lost artifact that could return magic to her cursed world.”
  4. Game Changer by Tommy Greenwald:  “While thirteen-year-old Teddy fights for his life after a football injury at training camp, his friends and family gather to support him and discuss events leading to his coma.”
  5. The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry:  “When new evidence about her parents' murders surfaces and police reopen the case, Olivia must uncover the truth before the killer, still at large, tracks her down.”
  6. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson:  “When Stevie Bell, an amateur detective, begins her first year at a famous private school in Vermont, she sets a plan to solve the cold case involving the kidnapping of the founder's wife and daughter shortly after the school opened.”
  7. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman:  “Relegated by a misguided act of heroism to a squad comprised of his school's hopeless misfits, a graduating cadet in a 24th-century space academy rescues a centuries-hibernating girl from interdimensional space only to be swept up in an interstellar war millions of years in the making.”

We hope you have fun reading this summer and enjoy this list.  Be on the look out next month for the second half of the reading list.
By Clinton Ball, Vice President HTNA
Important Dates
Splash Day is TODAY ONLY, with free admission at all five City pools.
Rescheduled Recycling Event June 1st 9a.m.-1p.m. Richardson Square Mall
Election DayLocations
7 a.m. - 7 p.m
Don't forget Father's Day
June 16th, 2019! 
4th of July Parade
Thursday, July 4th 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
@ Terrace Park
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Membership Spotlight

My name is Gurli Hastings.  I was born and raised in Bergen Norway.  My husband Don and I have lived in the neighborhood for about 47 years. We first bought a little house on Pittman. My husband was working on his master’s degree and we didn’t have a lot of money. We moved to Highland Blvd a couple of years later. We liked the neighborhood so much, that we decided to stay in the area as we needed a little bit more room. 

I met my husband in my hometown Bergen while he was working for Texas Instrument in oceanagrophic. They were doing something in the North Sea and came into my hometown. We didn’t get to know it each very long before we decided to get married. We married in a beautiful red church on top of the hill looking over Bergen. Our ceremony was in Norwegian and the priest told my husband when he nodded his head, he should answer yes. My husband at times teases me that we are not legally married, since he didn’t understand anything the priest said.
We spent 6 months apart since he had a contract with TI and had to go to Portugal and Lebanon. I had to work on getting my Visa that also took a long time. When he came back to Norway, he spent 1 month to get to know my family. He couldn’t talk to them but had lots of translations thru family members.

After that we came to Dallas. Landed at Love Field and was surprised to see a policeman with a gun. First gun I ever saw.  It was quite a challenge, language and shopping. Had my first hamburger at Kips. Didn’t know how to eat it, since I was told to never use my hands, only knife and fork. So, I sat there eating my burger with knife and fork. Shopping was another challenge. If it wasn’t for the nice American friend I got to know, we would have eaten Gainesburger from the grill.  I had never heard of burgers for dogs.  Don had to get use to a lot of strange things I would do. Later we would have a good laugh.  I couldn’t possibly write down all the mistakes I made in the early days of our marriage.
About the neighborhood. When we moved in, we were the younger ones. Across the street on Grove there were no houses. We would walk across the street and fly kites. We could see the train go by from our kitchen window. Grove was a dead-end street at the time. It was a quiet and a great neighborhood to raise our 2 daughters in. They attended Terrace and Berkner schools.  We are still a few left in the neighborhood. Some of us just didn’t want to move, because we were happy here.

A little history about our house.  Some of you maybe remember Dr Jeffrey here in Richardson. He grew up in our house and his parents had it built. We bought the house from them. Their friends built the house next door. They had no fence, so that they could walk across to each other and visit. Their friends still lived next door to us for a few more years. The Jeffrey’s still had fond memories of this house and came back several times to see what we had done to the house. They moved because they needed more space but told us that sometimes they wish they had stayed.

We still enjoy the neighborhood, and thanks to our great homeowner president Rahim and his officers doing a fantastic job trying to keep the neighborhood still safe for us all.

2019 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL @ First presbyterian church!



At Vacation Bible School (VBS) children will “learn to love like Jesus” through Bible stories focused on God’s care and compassion for neighbors close at hand and around the world… Activities each day include Bible study, crafts, games, music, drama, and more, concluding with lunch and fellowship with “neighbors.”

For Age 4 (by May 1, 2019) – completed grade 5

VBS: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., including lunch    $35 per child ($60 max per family)
Extended Care: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.            $35 per child

Register from April 5 to May 31 by visiting or emailing

Permit 18-254 will only affect Trail Lake Drive, Crystal Court, and Frances Way. 

As you may know a major project is underway by AT&T to install updated fiber
optic lines in parts of our community. The work taking place here is part of
a much larger project taking place in the Dallas/Fort Worth area along with
other parts of the state. The work involves the use of contractors that are
burying new communication lines that run along the utility easements or
right-of-way located either in the street or in the alley way of
neighborhood homes. In many cases they will be placing these new lines
underground, but in some cases they may also be working on overhead lines.

AT&T has informed us that it will restore any areas disturbed during the
construction process, and that its goal is to minimize the disruption in
your neighborhood while work is underway.

AT&T utility activities are scheduled to take place within the next couple
of weeks (see attached map), and should last at most three months in the
neighborhoods where they are working. If you have any questions, please call
or email AT&T customer service representatives at the number and/or e-mail
provided to us below. They inform us that they will try to respond to all
questions within 24 to 48 business hours.

Phone #: 972-390-8478
Network of Community Ministries is looking for committed and passionate volunteers to assist us for 3 hours a week with feeding your neighbors in our Food Pantry, clothing your community in our Clothing Closet, or serve as a Client Intake Specialist by interviewing and qualifying our clients.


We would love for you to come volunteer with us! We have an orientation every Thursday at 4:00 PM that includes a tour so you can see what area you would like to help with and complete the necessary paperwork. No appointment needed, just come on in! Orientation usually last about 30 minutes. Please note our hours of operation and volunteer time frames are Monday- Thursday 9-6 and Friday 9-12. Our location is 741 S. Sherman Street, Richardson TX  75082


For more information about Network visit



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Wendy Rivera Volunteer & Programs Manager

741 S.Sherman Street, Richardson, TX 75081

972-234-888‌0 ext. 126







Your HTNA Board has been trying to help with mosquitos.  If you are interested in getting a quote call either of these companies and mention that you live in Highland Terrace. 

North Dallas - Richardson, Texas

Contact your local Mosquito JOE

Logo for HomeTeam Pest Defense - A Pest Exterminator Service Provider

Please contact Brian at 972-802-1609 you are welcome to call or text for your pest or mosquito needs. 

Please mention that you live in Highland Terrace and you saw this in the newsletter!

 Council Election News

Early Voting Dates for the runoff:

May 28 – May 31 (Tuesday – Friday) 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
June 1 (Saturday) 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
June 2 (Sunday) 1-6 p.m.
June 3 and June 4 (Monday & Tuesday) 7 a.m.–7 p.m. 

The City of Richardson will conduct a Runoff Election on June 8, 2019 for City Council Place 3 with the following names appearing on the ballot:
  • City Council Place 3
    Dan Barrios
    Janet DePuy
For more information about the election please click the link below:
Election Information

RPL's 60th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration!

All ages welcome! Today June 1st!


May Yard of the Month goes to 520 HIGHLAND …..CLAUSEN FAMILY
Our April Yard of the Month is 458 Highland. Here is a message from the Munshi Family!
My name is Martha Elena Munshi. My husband is Munshi Shams. We moved to Highland Terrace neighborhood in 2008.
We are a proud parents of 6 children, although the three older ones are already merry and moved out of the house. Our three young children are Hamzahs 15 attending RHS Uthman 13 attending Westwood Jr .High school Kareema 10 attending Terrace elementary.
My husband is a full time professor at Richland college. He teaches IT technology.
We also own a small electronics business located in Richardson. Buy SellElectronics.
The address is 777 S Central Expway Suite 5- Richardson TX, 75080. As per my self 🤔the type of work I do doesn’t have a tile. I take care everything and everyone!
Attached are a couple pictures of the house.
I was in shock when I found the sign “Yard of the month” on my front door.
Best Regards,
Martha Munshi.
Want to nominate someone for yard of the month?  Email our Beautification Chair Yasmin below via email.
Thanks, - HTNA Board
Nominate YOM
Our next Crime Watch Patrol class will be held on:
Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 starting at 10 am.

Please submit your application today!! Read below for more information or take a look at our Crime Watch Patrol recruitment video at the following link
As Coordinator of the Highland Terrace Crime Watch Patrol, I would like to encourage you to click the link below and fill out the application to attend the next Crime Watch Patrol class which should take place in a couple of months.  If you will fill out the application now, it will give RPD the needed to time run the required background check and they will notify you when you next class is set.
Below is a recap prepared by Officer Raul Reyes, our east side Crime Watch Patrol Officer, of activities in our neighborhood over the last three months.  If you would like to receive this information weekly via email, you can sign up on the website.  
Please consider joining our CWP Team - we would love to have you!
Mareta Glover - Coordinator
Highland Terrace Crime Watch Patrol
Crime Watch Application
The latest problem in our neighborhood has been the theft of Amazon packages and deliveries from porches.  Try to bring the package in as quickly as possible.  Another solution to the problem could be to have things delivered to a remote location such as amazon boxes.  There is a situation of people coming into unlocked houses so please keep all doors locked even when everyone is in the house.
Unlocked Cars are still the biggest problem in the area.
Please let Richardson police know if there is a break in.  They keep information of other issues around town. 
Any tip can help! 
If you see something, say something and call 9-1-1.
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If you need any help selling or buying a home Sandy is a part of the Highland Terrace Community give her a call.
Sandy Ray Website
Everyone should check out our new neighbors on Main St!
Lone Chimney Mercantile
2018 Board Members
Rahim Shaikh, President
Mareta Glover, Crime Watch
Yasmin Shaikh, Beautification
Clinton Ball, Vice President
Cristy Keener, Treasurer
Gay Sinz, Secretary
Cherie Dunn, Social Affairs
Lauren LaRocca, Membership
Open, Civic Affairs
Open, Webmaster

If you would like to join our board or come by and visit a meeting we will be happy to have you. There are still positions available please send inquiries to:

If you'd like to become a member or join the association you can visit us at 
Or you may fill out the information below and submit payment by mail with this form and check to:

606 E. Spring Valley Richardson, TX 75081.

If you have any questions regarding membership or dues, please contact us at

Renew or Join Now!
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