Richardson, Texas               July 2019                    Vol. 4 No. 26

4th of July Parade
Thursday, July 4th 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
@ Terrace Park
** In the event storms occur the parade will be canceled **

The Johnston’s Tree

My good neighbors Kevin and Erin Johnston have a fascinating yard piece I wanted to highlight for the neighborhood newsletter this month. Here is the question and answer session we had about their tree sculpture. 
  • What events lead you to decide to create the tree sculpture?
    • We had a giant beautiful Live Oak that had been in decline for several years. After trying to save it with an arborist, we decided it was best to remove the entire tree because a large section was over the house.
  • Where did the idea come from?
    • We had decided to remove the entire tree, but our neighbor, Brian Arthur, jokingly remarked I should use my chainsaw to carve something in it and the idea was born.
  • Who did you contact to create the sculpture?
    • I spent a month looking all over DFW and the southwest for someone to carve our beautiful oak. I am not that artistic and you only have one shot to get this right. During my search I stumbled upon a guy out in West Texas, Cam Dockery of Bearly Making It Chainsaw Carvings (  His workmanship and level of detail were exceptional. We sent Cam an email with our ideas and a few pictures of other carvings for inspiration, he sent back a sketch and we immediately knew this was the right person to commission for our tree carving.
  • What made you choose a Fox?
    • We had debated either making it a Little Free Library for neighbors to exchange books or an animal of some kind. Our daughter, June, two-years-old at the time has always loved foxes so we decided to lean towards a fox design.
  • Any advice you would give others that would like to do a similar project?
    • Make sure to get it done in a timely manner as we received a warning from the city in the week between chopping the top and the trunk being carved.  Also if you have a large trunked tree, the cost of getting it carved is not much more than the cost of removing the entire tree and grinding the stump.
  • What is the process to care for the sculpture now that it is finished?
    • Every 6-12 months you should seal it again which is really simple.  Our artist will also stop by if he is in town doing another carving to check on it and seal it if needed.
  • What kinds of things have people said to you about it? Funny comments?
    • Becoming “the fox house” has given us the chance to meet more of our neighbors and when we are outside, we receive compliments from people walking or driving by, some even ask to stop and take a picture with it. Once a guy stopped by and asked “What type of dog is that?  I’ve never seen Dog like that.” That comment really made me laugh.
Drive by and check it out on 536 Pittman! But remember to drive slowly through our neighborhood streets.
By Clinton Ball, Vice President HTNA
The Library staff has curated this list specifically for our neighborhood association.
The 2019 Richardson Reads One Book selection.
Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

ADULTS Book List
  1. The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali:  “A young couple who meet and fall in love at a neighborhood stationery shop in 1953 Tehran are separated by a violent coup d'âetat on the eve of their marriage and reunite by chance after more than half a century.”
  2. Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations by William H. McRaven:  ”An unforgettable look back on one man's incredible life, from childhood days sneaking into high-security military sites to a day job of hunting terrorists and rescuing hostages.”
  3. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides:  “A therapist becomes dangerously obsessed with uncovering the truth about what prompted his client, an artist who refuses to speak, to murder her husband in a way that triggers mass public speculation.”
  4. In West Mills by De'Shawn Charles Winslow:  ”A woman in mid-20th-century rural North Carolina, determined to live on her own terms in spite of community gossip, finds unexpected support from a veteran fixer who struggles with an inability to correct his own troubled past.”
  5. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren:  “When her twin sister and new brother-in-law get food poisoning at their wedding, maid of honor Olive, accompanied by her nemesis, the best man Ethan, assumes the role of a newlywed on a Hawaii honeymoon before unexpectedly falling for her companion.”
TWEENS Book List
  1. The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine:  “In 1958 Little Rock, Arkansas, painfully shy twelve-year-old Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration, but her friendship with Liz, a new student, helps her find her voice and fight against racism.”
  2. Breakout by Kate Messner:  “From multiple perspectives, tells of a time capsule project and the middle schoolers who contribute, including future journalist Nora Tucker and newcomer Elidee Jones, whose brother is in the local prison.”
  3. Lily’s Mountain by Hannah Moderow:  “Refusing to believe that her expert mountaineer father has died, Lily, a girl who has grown up hiking in the Alaskan wilderness, organizes a daring rescue mission on North America's Denali mountain.”
  4. Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull:  “Because Dragonwatch, an ancient group of wizards, enchantresses, and dragon slayers, is crumbling, an uprising of dragons threatens to destroy the magical preserves as well as overrun the nonmagical world.”
  5. Katt vs. Dogg by James Patterson:  “A Dogg family and a Katt family are spending their vacations at Western Frontier Park fighting with each other when a youngster from each family becomes lost in the dangerous forest.”
  6. As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds:  “Leaving Brooklyn for the first time to visit their grandparents in the Virginia countryside, Genie and his big brother, Ernie, discover that their grandfather is blind and ask countless questions about how he copes before realizing that he never leaves the house.”
  7. Operation Frog Effect by Sarah Scheerger:  “Determined to correct a mistake, a complex group of students follows their teacher's advice about choosing the kind of people they want to be and creating ripple effects with positive choices.”
TEENS Book List
  1. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart:  “A novel of psychological suspense [that] follows the experiences of a diabolically intelligent girl who repeatedly reinvents herself in an effort to secure a charmed existence.”
  2. WarCross by Marie Lu:  “After hacking into the Warcross Championships' opening game to track illegal betting, bounty hunter Emika Chen is asked by the game's creator to go undercover to investigate a security problem, and she uncovers a sinister plot.”
  3. One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus:  “When one of five students in detention is found dead, his classmates--including an intellectual, a popular beauty, a drug dealer, and an athlete--are investigated and revealed to be the subjects of the victim's latest gossip postings.”
  4. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds:  “Driven by the secrets and vengeance that mark his street culture, 15-year-old Will contemplates over the course of 60 psychologically suspenseful seconds whether or not he is going to murder the person who killed his brother.”
  5. A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck:  “Secretly falling in love with his longtime best friend, Matt struggles with a series of mishaps and debates with his English teacher while watching the girl he adores date a popular school athlete, until a tragic accident places everything he cares about at risk.”
  6. Dry by Neal Shusterman:  “A lengthy California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, turning Alyssa's quiet suburban street into a warzone, and she is forced to make impossible choices if she and her brother are to survive.”
We hope you have fun reading this summer and enjoy this list.
Important Dates
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City Pools Close at 5 p.m. July 4th
Terrace Pool Operating Hours
10 a.m- 5 p.m. Mon-Wed & Fri.
1-8 p.m. Sat & Sun.
COR Family 4th Celebration
Recycling Drop-off Center
Open 7 days a week 
7 a.m. 9 p.m.

Since parking at the park is limited, free round-trip shuttle service will be offered from two different offsite parking locations this year beginning at 6 p.m., with the last shuttle departing at 9 p.m. Shuttles will make return trips at the end of the fireworks show.

  • Lot A - 3300 Renner Rd. (Collins Aerospace)
  • Lot B - 2791 Telecom Pkwy. (Fujitsu Network) and 3521 Breckinridge Blvd.

Due to limited space, please bring only items that you can carry and place on your lap while riding the shuttle. Pets are not allowed on the shuttles, only service dogs.

If thunderstorms develop prior to the event, call the event hotline at 972-744-4581 for the status of the fireworks display. For more information, visit

I have attached additional information on the city’s mosquito control program that you may find helpful in your communications.  Several answers to questions asked this morning can be found on the Health Department’s webpage here:

Health Director Bill says, COR spraying at night …does not hurt bees.

Wish you a nice day.

-Rahim Shaikh
President HTNA

COR Mesquito Slideshow
Click on an image to open and print out for summer fun! 
HTNA Spotify Summer Playlist
You can listen to our Spotify playlist in its entirety at our website below: 
HTNA Website Playlist


May Yard of the Month goes to 530 Melody Lane …..Lockridge Family
Want to nominate someone for yard of the month?  Email our Beautification Chair Yasmin below via email.
Thanks, - HTNA Board
Nominate YOM
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
You can click on the pictures to open a new page to read it better:
School is out and kids are about.  Please remember to slow down when driving through the neighborhood.  I biggest offense are on Polk, Grove, Frances Way, and Abrams.  Although everyone who receives this newsletter are aware and it is normally people that do not live here.  If you see an unsafe vehicle please call 911 immediately and do your best to get car color and plates if you have time.  Always be safe! 


Westbound Spring Valley Road Closure Possible

06-27-2019-Spring-ValleyWestbound Spring Valley between Bowser Road and College Park Boulevard could be closed at all times through late July for pavement repairs. The project is part of the City’s 2019 annual street repair program.

If you would like to donate to the RCPAAA fund raising for the memorial highway signs click the picture above.
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.
The 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 lasts 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


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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
Cherie Dunn, Social Affairs
Lauren LaRocca, Membership

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