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  • 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. 


    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.


    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 | Adam Adams (Administrator)

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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 | Adam Adams (Administrator)

    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


    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


    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 | Adam Adams (Administrator)

    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 | Adam Adams (Administrator)

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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 | Adam Adams (Administrator)

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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


  • 06 Nov 2017 11:00 AM | Adam Adams (Administrator)


    Please join us for an evening of cocktails, food and music to celebrate the unveiling of the new Blow Salon.  Paparazzi will be onsite so dress to impress! RSVP HERE.

    In case you didn't know, the owners of Blow are our neighbors and support our neighborhood, so support them.

  • 20 Oct 2017 11:42 AM | Adam Adams (Administrator)

    Spanish House

    Spanish Immersion School

    Fall Fiesta

    Saturday October 21 2:30-5:30pm

    7159 E Grand Ave, 75223

    All proceeds from the fiesta will go to families impacted by Hurricanes Maria and Harvey and the earthquakes in Mexico.

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