December 2018 Newsletter
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Winter 2018 Vol. 3 No. 20 
"One kind word can warm three winter months. "
--Japanese Proverb
We asked for stories in our last newsletter about ways to encourage our neighbors  and be more friendly and welcoming.  We received this story that we wanted to share:
"We had a lovely young lady who was not content to just savor her flowers as a reward for her hard work.  She would often leave a cleaned out pickle jar or corn can filled with her simple but lovely flowers for her neighbors to find on their front porch.  We dubbed her the flower fairy. She fostered happy, kind feelings to her neighbors.  We really miss her cheer."
      - Connie Heise (To Amy Plante Banks) 

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By: Clinton Ball, Vice President of HTNA 

                            Warmest Wishes for a safe & happy Holiday Season                                                                Sharing the joy of family and friends, and good food!

     It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your President. We have been blessed with an excellent team of board members who are always very willing to devote their time to keep our neighborhood a great place to call home.

     This year our Fourth of July and National Night Out turn outs were a huge success with our favorite clown and food trucks……a great opportunity to mingle with neighbors.  Sadly our Fall Members Meeting (BBQ Potluck) was not a big success. It was not well attended due to all the rain or being on a Saturday. Guest speakers were from the City Library and Code Enforcement.  The library offers so much for the entire age group.

     We meet with the city officials on a regular basis to communicate and prioritize issues that are important to our neighborhood and to learn about new City plans that impact our area.  Our social events were a great success, the beautification program is much appreciated and our crime watch / crime prevention team is very active. These are just some of the benefits we as an all-volunteer team accomplish for our neighborhood.

     Our membership is way down and this is concerning. Please consider what our association does and please support us in our mission….. we want to ensure that our City officials provide enhanced police presence, frequent traffic patrols, comply with our agreement on traffic counts, allocate more funds for street, alley and park improvements. Please join and do attend our social events during the year. Thanks to the dedicated hard work by our association, we make every effort to keep our neighborhood a safe, peaceful, beautiful and a friendly place to call home ! With your support, we can accomplish more. The City does pay more attention to larger associations. A larger membership does help.

     This holiday season, we have so much to be thankful for, Yasmin and I wish you a memorable and a wonderful holiday season.

Rahim Shaikh
HTNA President

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606 E. Spring Valley Richardson, TX 75081
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The Highland Terrace Neighborhood Association would like to encourage each family to help a family in need this Christmas Season.

Toyland Express opened Monday and is in full swing! Over 400 toys were selected by our families on the first day. We could use more toys to keep our shelves full! You can drop off new, unwrapped toys at our office until December 21 (741 S. Sherman, Richardson). Here are some of our most requested items! 
TODAY Saturday Dec. 1st 9 a.m.

The 46th annual Richardson Christmas Parade, benefiting Network of Community Ministries, begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and includes costumed characters, floats, decorated vehicles, area marching bands, Santa and Mrs. Claus. This year’s theme is “A Seussical Christmas” and Grand Marshals will be the family of David Sherrard, Richardson’s fallen officer. The parade will travel north on Coit Road, beginning at Cherrywood Drive and ending at Melrose Drive. The Parade’s Award Ceremony will be held the same day at 5 p.m. at the City Hall/Civic Center plaza, just prior to the City’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and the opening of Santa’s Village.

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Santa's Village Opens Dec. 1; Hometown Thursdays Begin Dec. 6


Santa’s Village, Richardson’s holiday “city within a city,” will officially open Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. with the lighting of the giant pecan tree and the arrival of Santa. Visiting Santa’s Village has been a holiday tradition for area families for 30 years.

Admission and parking are free. Each of the colorful buildings features a treat and/or fun activity for children, including a visit with Santa at Santa’s House and Workshop. Attendees can also enjoy live performances and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and other treats sold at the Castle Café.

Dates and hours of operation are:

  • Dec. 1-2 from 6-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 6-9 from 6-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 13-16 from 6-9 p.m.

Hometown Thursdays Logo
The Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 nights are designated as “Hometown Thursdays,” reserved for Richardson residents (with a free ticket required for entry). Tickets to “Hometown Thursdays” are available at the following locations during normal business hours:

  • Richardson City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.
  • Heights Recreation Center, 711 W. Arapaho Rd.
  • Huffhines Recreation Center, 200 N. Plano Rd.

Richardson residents must show proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or water bill, to receive up to eight tickets per night. A limited number of tickets are available.

Santa’s Village is located on the City Hall/Civic Center Plaza at 411 W. Arapaho Rd. behind the Richardson Public Library. For more information, visit

"Letter From Santa" DEADLINE Dec. 7

There's still a few more days left to sign up for the City’s annual “Letter from Santa” program. For a fee of $5, Santa will mail a letter to children ages one month and older. Each letter is written on special stationery and addressed specifically to the individual child. The order form is located on page 9 of the December Richardson Today and page 2 of the Winter Recreation Guide (located online here). Please use a separate request form for each child. Simply print, fill out and mail, and include check, money order or credit card information.

To ensure delivery of the letter before Christmas Eve, order forms must be postmarked by Dec. 7.

  • Mail the forms to:
    Letter from Santa
    200 N. Plano Rd.
    Richardson, TX 75081

Update: 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.

For 53% Against 47%

HTNA Holiday Season Yard Decoration Award

Your neighborhood association committee selects two of the best decorated yards in our neighborhood during the third week of December. Nominations from residents are very welcome. Each winner can place a HTNA Yard Of The Month sign in their yard for a month, receive a very pretty 8X10 certificate, a $25 gift card or certificate from a local nursery or store. Winners are encouraged to permit HTNA to publish a picture of their yard in our next newsletter and on our website with a brief detail of their experience in our neighborhood.

The next Crime Watch Patrol class will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - time and place to be announced.   You will need to complete the online application at and pass a background check before attending the Crime Watch Patrol training class.  Your commitment as a volunteer can be as little as two hours per month and you simply drive around our neighborhood reporting anything suspicious.  Magnetic Crime Watch Patrol signs are provided for use on your vehicle when patrolling as a visible reminder to would be criminals their presence will be reported immediately.
Please consider this opportunity - help keep our neighborhood safe!!
Mareta Glover - Coordinator
Highland Terrace Crime Watch Patrol
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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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

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:

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