As you probably know, Sunday, May 12 is Mother’s Day. A celebration
honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of
mothers in society, moms all around will be honored with gifts, flowers,
breakfasts-in-bed and Sunday Brunches.
Former VPNA President and current Vickery Place resident Shelia Huffman sat down with three East Dallas women who shared their views on
being a mother and what they hope to accomplish for their daughters.
Click here for the full article
Vickery Place residents Deborah Adams, with Isabelle, Katherine and Trinity
Vickery Place Residents Heather Gream with Isabella and Banyan
Vickery Place is located in two council districts: District 2 and District 14. Neither of our current council members - Pauline Medrano in District 2 and Angela Hunt in District 14 - can run for office again due to term limits. Therefore, in a very important election on Saturday, May 11th, we will go to the polls and vote for our neighborhood's next representatives.
Which Council District do you reside?
Are you registered to vote?
If not, you can register the night of the District 14 (April 11th) candidate forum
and you will be eligible to vote in the May 11th election. The deadline for registration is April 11th, so this will be your last chance to register
Once again, the weather for the annual St. Patrick’s Day
parade and Greenville Avenue street party event was perfect and the crowds were
as large and green as ever. The “Block
Party” that adjoins our neighborhood’s section of Greenville Avenue seemed to
be steady and a little calmer this year, which continued the trend of yearly
However, while the “Terilli’s Strip” block party was under
control, such was not the case a few streets to the north on Greenville all the
way to Mockingbird. Even though
Greenville was not barricaded, operation of a car was impossible because the
street was packed with people fully enjoying the no-admission-fee BYOB opportunity. Along with this gridlock also came the
resulting trash, which was still being cleaned up by crews into the afternoon
But why would the streets
surrounding the block party be clean while some of the neighborhood streets
further out were not? The Greenville Commerce Association (the
group of Greenville Avenue business between Vanderbilt and Vickery that host
the block party) must get a permit from the city.
In order to get that permit, in addition to paying for onsite security
and extra police both in and outside of the block party, they also have to pay
for trash pickup that extends well outside of the official block party
area. Thus, those streets are
clean. Outside of that area, where
there is no dedicated money – or where unplanned BYOB block parties occur - you see the trash.
This trash issue has been brought up many times in the past
and it is something that we will address with our sister neighborhood
associations yet again in 2014. The question
is always about who should pay. The
Greenville Commerce Association (GCA) argues that businesses to our north
(Snuffers, Granada, etc.) and to our south (the “Lowest Greenville Avenue”
businesses south of Belmont) also profit from this event and that they attract
patrons who don’t attend the block party. Yet they do not have to participate
in the cleanup and why should GCA pay for them too? Those outside businesses of course are not
going to volunteer to pay for something that they currently get for free. One solution might be to require them to get
a permit from the city too, but then of course they’d want their own block
party... which the neighborhoods would
object too… but we don’t like the trash
either and this event is not going away anytime soon...
So the controversy will
continue. It wouldn't be St Pats on
Lowest Greenville Avenue without it.
And for those of you who like numbers, here are the final crime numbers reported by Lieutenant Kimberly Owens for all incidents south of Mockingbird, from St Pat’s Saturday morning through the end of St Pat’s night (note: this is not just the Block Party between Vanderbilt and Vickery)::
- Calls – 55 (47 in 2012)
- Public Intoxication – 36 (29 in 2012)
- DWI - 1
- Investigative Arrest – 2 (8 in 2012)
- Misdemeanor Warrants - 1
- Citations – 7
- Parking Citations – 243 (361 in 2012)
- Vehicles Towed – 19 (17 in 2012)
Mark Rieves, VPNA President
It’s that time of year when we look back on 2012 and look
forward to 2013. But before I go any
further, I want to do a big shout out to the VPNA board members, neighborhood
volunteers, and Vickery Place residents who make our neighborhood events a huge
success. THANK YOU!
2012 began on a sad note. Before last Christmas, the Flores family’s house burned to the
ground. No one was injured,
but they lost everything. Vickery Place residents
rallied behind the Flores family and gathered
gifts from our neighborhood, sister neighborhoods, former VP residents and
North Dallas High. These gifts totaled almost $5200, plus clothing and home
A top objective for 2012 was to achieve IRS tax-exempt “charitable
organization” status and become an IRS 501(c)(3) corporation. After over a year of hard work, VPNA was
finally awarded this elite status on June 22, 2012. As a result, your contributions to VPNA
are tax-deductible under section 170 of the IRS code
In March of course was the annual St. Patty’s Day Block
Party, hosted by our adjacent businesses on Greenville Avenue. This annual event draws 20,000-25,000 people
into our neighborhood and remains controversial among neighborhood residents. VPNA has worked every year with city
authorities and businesses to make this event as safe and as orderly as
Throughout 2012, VPNA continued to expand our partnerships
with other nearby neighborhood associations and residents along Greenville and
On Greenville Avenue,
a major success was changing the former Belmont Post Office property’s zoning
from Commercial Retail to Residential to ensure that a late-night establishment
could not be operated at the location.
Henderson Avenue, the City of Dallas kicked off their “Complete Streets”
initiative and VPNA has participated in multiple neighborhood/city meetings
discussing ways that Henderson Avenue can be improved to “calm” traffic and
make it a more walkable environment.
Residents who know each other also look out for each other. And knowing your neighbor is the best crime
fighting activity of all! In addition to
our monthly educational meetings, VPNA hosted our 2nd
Walk in June and our annual “National Night Out Against Crime” (NNO) block
party. Just over 100 residents
participated in the Wine Walk (it was a sellout) and enjoyed a progressive
march to four beautiful porches on Vickery and Miller to enjoy wine and paired
appetizers. The NNO Block Party featured
Vickery Place resident Salim Nourallah and his band, food trucks, a beer
garden, and great raffle items donated by local merchants.
I’ve had the privilege to live in Vickery Place for 20 years
and in 2012 I’ve reconfirmed what I’ve known all along – IT’S ALL ABOUT
COMMUNITY! THANKS to everyone who makes
our neighborhood the best place to live in Dallas.
2012 and 2013 VPNA President
Polls are open from 7am to 7pm.
Where to vote:
Precincts 1120 & 1017 - All of Vickery Place except North side of Goodwin:
EMERITUS AT VICKERY TOWERS
DALLAS, TX 75206
Precinct 2038 - North Side of Goodwin:
RIDGECREST BAPT CHURCH
5470 ELLSWORTH AVE
DALLAS, TX 75206
precincts vote at Vickery Towers, so it will expedite matters if the
voter has their voting card so that election workers can quickly
determine the proper precinct and associated ballot.
To view a sample ballot or to verify your voting location, go to: http://www.dallascountyvotes.org/
Local businesses have generously donated raffle prizes for NNO. Raffle tickets are only a $1 each - you purchase the tickets and place as many as you want towards specific raffle items. Items include:
- The Grape -- Sunday Brunch for 2 includes food, drink and tax, gratuity not included -- Value $80
- Glitz Salon -- Beauty Bucks -- $200 (yes, this is NOT a typo!)
- Dirty Dawgz -- 2 self-serve baths includes shampoo, conditioner, grooming brushes, after bath spray, nail clippers, ear wash, blow dry. Value $40
- Kindred Spirits -- $35 gift card
- Metro Paws -- Feline or Canine Annual Package (physical exam, annual vaccinations, CET chews) -- value $100
- Vickery Place Candle -- Craftsman scent -- value $22
- Vickery Place Glasses, quantity 2 -- value $10
VPNA will also have an information table where you can purchase Vickery Place t-shirts and glasses and sign up for our crime watch e-newsletter and get your car sticker.
Born and raised in East Dallas, conquering the DFW microbrew scene, and now “on tap” at NNO – our very own Lakewood Brewing Company!
Join us and the Lakewood Brewery at VPNA’s National Night Out (NNO) Against Crime 2012 Block Party this Tuesday, October 2nd from 6pm - 8pm; 2600 block of Glencoe, between Miller & Willis.
To see the beers Lakewood Brewing offers and the local establishments that serve them, click here.
Check back here later on www.VickeryPlace.com to see the beers that Lakewood Brewing will have available at NNO.
YUM! Rockstar Bakeshop and their new sweats treats food truck "Layla" will be at our NNO Block
Party this coming Tuesday night, Oct 2nd, from 6pm-8pm. They will be serving assorted (and yummy)
whoopie pies and ice cream! To read about the love showered on Rockstar Bakeshop in the local media, click here (Warning: this will make you hungry).
You gotta love how Ruthie's Rolling Café signs their emails with "In Cheese We Trust." Even better is having one of their
melt-in-your-mouth, Classic Grilled Cheese sandwiches at VPNA’s NNO Block Party. So come out on Tuesday (Oct 2nd)
from 6pm-8pm and experience one of Dallas' most popular food
trucks for yourself! Click here to see their menu or open the file posted below.