June Neighborhood Newsletter

🌧️ Hey, Neighbors! We hope you're all staying dry and safe as the summer storms roll through! The June Newsletter should've just hit your inboxes!

🌧️ Hey, Neighbors! We hope you're all staying dry and safe as the summer storms roll through! We've seen some damage around the neighborhood, but we've got great news: the City of Dallas Waste is doubling the bulk trash limits for June! That's right, you can now get rid of up to 20 cubic feet of bulk trash this month without needing a permit. This is a one-time exception, so make sure to get all your debris to the designated pickup spots on time!

And don't forget, we've got a survey halfway down this newsletter. We want to hear from you as we reach the halfway point of the year! Please take a moment to let us know how we're doing. Your feedback is super important to us!

June Pet of the Month - Fletcher

This month's VPNA Pet of the Month is Milly & Snuggle Bunny! Milly & Snuggle Bunny will be receiving a generous gift basket custom curated just for them from our neighbor Dr. Benjamin Wright & his team at Lakewood Vet Center.

Introducing June's dynamic duo of adorable pets: Milly the mischievous basset hound and Snuggle Bunny, the calm therapy rabbit with a dash of chinchilla charm! Milly, known for her daring escapades down Belmont Ave, keeps the neighborhood on its toes with her boundless energy and infectious enthusiasm. Whether she's chasing squirrels or sniffing out treats, Milly's antics always bring a smile to everyone's face. Meanwhile, Snuggle Bunny, with his fluffy fur and soothing presence, is the neighborhood's very own therapy guru. With a blend of Flemish giant rabbit poise and chinchilla serenity, Snuggle Bunny brings comfort and joy wherever he hops. Together, this dynamic duo embodies the spirit of friendship, fun, and furry adventures in our neighborhood. Here's to Milly and Snuggle Bunny, our June pets of the month! 🐾

Yard of the Month - 5225 Richard Ave

June 2024 YOTM Winner – 5225 Richard Ave

Molly and Nick DiLeo moved into their brand-new Farmhouse Prairie style two story at 5223 Richard Ave back in 2017 before they started growing their family. Seven years later, they have made this house a home inside and out. Now with a dog, a sweet 2-year-old daughter named Camille, and another little one on the way, they are enjoying the fruits of their labor.  

After trying out more colorful plants in the front and back, they opted for a simpler palette of greens and whites that complement the white brick of their home. Gorgeous, oversized flowerpotsflank the front door while the Mexican Sycamore’s silvery-green leaves, neatly trimmed boxwoods and rows of white geraniumsall add such a distinctive touch that our committee was thrilled to award them the winners of Vickery Place’s June Yard of the Month. And that was before we even saw the gorgeous backyard. 

With the help of landscape company, Platinum Scapes by Gabriel, the DiLeos created a private haven full of water features, custom lattice work and a relaxing pool to cool off in on summer evenings with their energetic toddler.

We are appreciative of Northaven Gardens for their continued support and awarding the DiLeos a $50 gift card. Congratulations to Nick, Molly, and Camille on winning this month and on their upcoming bundle of joy, due this summer!  

More pictures can be found at:

June Yard of the Month - 5225 Richard Ave
Molly and Nick DiLeo moved into their brand-new Farmhouse Prairie style two story at 5223 Richard Ave back in 2017 before they started growing their family. Seven years later, they have made this house a home inside and out. Read more online!

Monthly Book Club

Interested in joining the VPNA book club? We are a once-a-month group that meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month.

Book Club

We LOVE to have new members, so if you've never been there are always new people. And you can still come, even if you don't finish the book.

Book for June 13 - Shadow of the Wind by Zafon Carlos Ruiz

Book for July 11 - Mastering the Art of French Murder (a lighter summer read) by  Colleen Cambridge

Book for August 8 - Fates and the Furies a Novel by Lauren Groff (not to be confused with Fate and Furies and epic romantic novel)

If you have book suggestions to add to the list or otherwise want to get in contact, please reach out to [email protected] or visit the page below for more information

Book Club
Welcome to the VPNA book club. We are a once-a-month group that meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Our next meeting is January 11. January’s book is The School For Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan. February’s book is Collective Regrets of Clover by Mikki Brammer. The meeting will

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Neighborhood Feedback

As we reach the halfway mark on this year's VPNA Board, please take a moment to let us know how we are doing and leave any feedback you may have for us!

Survey closed

City of Dallas Storm Debris Disposal Information 

Residents with storm-related debris may utilize the City of Dallas' monthly brush and bulky item collection service, or residents may self-haul waste to the landfill or a transfer station at no cost. Residents may also elect to utilize debris removal services of a private company.  

For brush and bulky items placed at the curb for Sanitation collection, please continue to follow the city's rules for bulk trash pickup (found here). Customers may claim a once annual 20-cubic yard, oversize pick up by calling 311 the week in advance of their normal bulk trash collection week. For non-compliant collections, a collection fee will be charged to the resident's utility account. Residents electing to self-haul waste to the landfill or a transfer station should review rules, limits, and facility hours of operation (found here).  

Sanitation is in communication with the Office of Emergency Management and other partner departments to identify areas severely impacted by recent storms and will provide assistance as needed. 

Kroger Community Rewards

During the Q4 period of 2023 we only had 23 households signed up for our Kroger Community Rewards. With nearly 1200 homes in Vickery Place, we can fund events like this month's donations to local Pantries with no effort every time you get groceries! If you shop at Kroger, please take the time to sign up below and a portion of your purchases go to supporting local schools, charity drives, and neighborhood events.

When you do your grocery shopping at Kroger, don’t forget there is an easy way to also support Vickery Place Neighborhood Association. VPNA is a registered charity with the Kroger Community Rewards Program. A few simple steps will help raise funds to support more neighborhood activities. https://www.kroger.com/account/communityrewards/

To Connect With Kroger Community Rewards:

• Sign into your Kroger Rewards digital account (or easily set one up if you do not already have an account).

• Select “My Account”.

• Scroll down to the ‘Community Rewards’ section of your account page.

• Select ‘Enroll Now’ or ‘Edit’.

• Enter the name of the organization you wish to support.

• Select ‘Vickery Place Neighborhood Association’ and click on ‘Save’.

Any transactions moving forward using the card number associated with your Kroger digital account will be applied to the Community Rewards program. It takes about 10 days for the Community Rewards totals to begin displaying on your receipt. Vickery Place NA gets quarterly rewards payments—last quarter we received $44.22. The more neighbors who shop with Kroger and connect their digital account with Vickery Place, the more funds our organization will earn! Thank You!

Forward Dallas Update - Meet and Greet with CPC Melissa Kingston

On May 15, a joint neighborhood association meeting was held with VPNA, Greenland Hills, LGNA and Cochran Heights to meet our City Plan Commission (CPC) person, Melissa Kingston, and discuss the Forward Dallas initiative.  There was good attendance from all neighborhoods, and Commissioner Kingston gave a great overview of the Forward Dallas initiative, the basis for it, and how people can get more involved. 

The next Forward Dallas meetings are on the following dates:

·       CPC Briefing and Public Hearing – Thursday, June 6

·       CPC Briefing and Public Hearing – Monday, June 17 

·       CPC Briefing and Public Hearing – Thursday, June 20

The link to these events is as follows, and if you would like to speak then you will have to register https://dallascityhall.com/departments/pnv/Forward-Dallas/Pages/events.aspx

You can familiarize yourself with answers to frequently asked questions and obtain general information by visiting the Forward Dallas website and then share your feedback on the draft plan. https://dallascityhall.com/departments/pnv/Forward-Dallas/Pages/default.aspx

Community Corner

Did you know our municipal animal shelter, Dallas Animal Services, is consistently over capacity? This unfortunately means perfectly adoptable animals are euthanized almost daily. If you love animals and want to help those in need please consider fostering for a wonderful local rescue, Dallas Pets Alive! (DPA). Founded in 2012, we are a foster-based rescue organization run primarily by volunteers. We have built our reputation as a leading animal welfare organization in the North Texas rescue community. The number of animals we can save depends entirely on the number of people who open their homes and hearts to foster them. Foster families provide shelter, food, care, and love for pets until they are adopted. Need supplies, help with grooming, dog training, or transportation? We’ve got you covered! Not able to foster? Volunteer with us! Volunteers can work with animals at partner shelters or DPA's Adoption Container, or support the program by coordinating data, assisting foster families, maintaining medical records, marketing, and more. Visit our website at www.dallaspetsalive.org to get started! 

(Submitted by VP Neighbor - Monica Scicolone)