October 2018 Newsletter
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That first breath of crisp fall air, leaves beginning to change, pumpkin spice everything, and fun evening nights with neighbors in Highland Terrace.  This is the welcome change that Autumn brings us from those not so long ago dog days of summer.  I love my neighbors and our neighborhood who welcomed us with loving and open arms 5 years ago this October.  Oh, how time flies!  
     This summer while reading an article by Tim Mannin, inspiration struck. The article I believe was a blend of two of his books "Doing Things That Matter" and "Love Recklessly."  Mannin wrote about Mr. Rogers Neighborhood where he alludes that "he began every show by singing the same song; ... and for Fred Rogers, this was not just good for the show, instead this was something he believed!  His faith led him to believe in this simple, yet huge idea that we [all] ought to love our neighbors!"  In the same article Mannin mentions an astonishing statistic, "that the vast majority of people know 0-2 of their neighbors' names and only 5% of people know 8 or more names of their neighbors (8 households.)"
This statistic was shocking.  It brought about an idea that in order to make sure this wasn't the case for our neighborhood, we need to love our neighbors! My hope is that we can join together in a common mission to get out and love our neighbors 
     In a time when social media, blogs, and news is dividing us, I want our community to tell a different story.  I am sure we all reminisce about the "good ole' days" when we grew up riding our bikes in the streets and playing with our friends' next door. Honestly, that is what I want my girls to experience.  We are fortunate that we have those neighbors on our streets and can all do our part to keep it that way in our neighborhood!  It starts with each one of us.  We can begin by just saying hi, learning names, inviting our neighbors to the next HTNA neighborhood events. This Tuesday is National Night Out, and October 13th is the Fall BBQ. The hardest part may be getting started.  My goal for our neighbors over the next year is to continue a story about being neighborly.  I hope for this page to become a place to share your stories of the nice things neighbors have done to be friendly to each of you so we can pass it forward.  If you feel compelled to share, please send an email to Feel free to forward this to a neighbor that is not a member yet, and invite them to the next event! See you out there neighbor.  
By: Clinton Ball, Vice President of HTNA 

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Neighborhood News

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.
Congratulations to the

Yard Of The Month!

TRE 2018

The Richardson ISD Board of Trustees reached consensus on RISD’s 2018-19 operating budget and formally called a tax ratification election for November 6 to ask voters to raise the district’s operating tax rate.

Public Meetings

RISD is holding a series of public meetings about the TRE with parents, staff and community members. Each session will begin promptly with a presentation of information about the TRE by school district personnel. During the presentation, community members will have the opportunity to submit questions. Those questions will be answered at the end of the presentation. (information originates from

The remaining meetings are as follows:

  • Oct. 3, 7 p.m. - Berkner HS - Lecture Hall
  • Oct. 13, 9 a.m. - RISD Administration Building


Heating and cooling account for 50 to 70% of the energy used in the average American home. Inadequate insulation and air leakage are leading causes of energy waste in most homes. Insulation:

* saves money and our nation's limited energy resources

* makes your house more comfortable by helping to maintain a uniform temperature throughout the house, and

* makes walls, ceilings, and floors warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

* Check the insulation in your attic, most homes in our neighborhood have fiberglass insulation. A rough way to determine the R value of your existing insulation is to multiply the depth of your insulation by 2.5. The recommended insulation for our Zip code is R49 or about 15 inches. Consult a professional if you need to add more Insulation. Look at the ductwork of the heating and air- conditioning system in your attic. They should not have any air leaks and should be well insulated.

* Check for air leaks around your walls, ceilings, windows, doors, light and plumbing fixtures, switches, and electrical outlets.

* Check for open fireplace dampers.

* Make sure your appliances and heating and cooling systems are properly maintained. Check your owner's manuals for the recommended maintenance.

* Study your family's lighting needs, consider using the new LED lamps, dimmers and timers to reduce lighting use.

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2018 Board Members
Rahim Shaikh, President
Mareta Glover, Crime Watch
Yasmin Shaikh, Beautification
Clinton Ball, Vice President
Cristy Keener, Treasurer
Gay Sinz, Secretary/Membership
Cherie Dunn, Social Affairs
Don Simmons, Civic Affairs
Lauren Bell, Webmaster/Communications

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