Category Archives: Alert

Urgent-rescheduled block party

Due to the predicted stormy weather, The Meadows Board made the difficult decision to postpone the Spring Block Party until April 27th. With Texas weather it is a hard choice to make, but the best decision for the safety of all our neighbors- if indeed we have sudden hail, storms or high winds. We hope everyone will have enjoyable celebrations for the Passover and Easter Holidays and join us on APRIL 27th from 4:00-6:00! Should this change your RSVP, please update your response at http://www.evite.com/l/7EsB2Mn4gm Thanks!!!

Dallas Code Compliance to provide free mosquito dunks to residents

To control mosquito populations and combat West Nile Virus, Code Compliance will begin providing free mosquito dunks to Dallas residents from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27.

The mosquito dunks will be distributed at 3112 Canton Ave, Suite 100. The City will provide one package of dunks per household to Dallas residents. Citizens must provide proof of residence (driver’s license or utility bill) and can only apply the dunks on their property. The product is not for resale and residents should follow the product label. There is a limited supply and the program will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Crimewatch- roofing materials

Good morning, Fellow Neighbors!

While the roofing re-dos are winding down, we are still seeing several homes getting their new roofing tiles removed from the property in the wee hours of the night.

Apparently, the bad guys have not finished their patch work pattern yet or have decided to help Mama with hers.  With the size of the homes in our neighborhood, I also suspect this may be part of a scam on the insurance companies for folks needing roofs on smaller houses, so the bad guys can get the money and run.  Oy!

Word of advice for folks still needing roof repairs, get your roofing guys to deliver the tiles as they need them and put them directly on the roof.

Also, with the plethera of roofing signs still in the neighborhood, we are giving the bad guys targets to watch and pounce when Mama tells them to help out the cousin.

Tim

Bobcat sighting

There was a bobcat sighted on the 7100 block of Lakehurst Ave. Monday afternoon.
Be aware that these animals can prey on cats and small dogs.

Aerial spraying for West Nile Virus will begin tonight in the City of Dallas (including the Meadows)

Dallas – Due to the spread of the West Nile Virus and high infection rates, aerial spraying will begin tonight in Dallas County. In the City of Dallas aerial spraying will be conducted from 10pm – approximately 1am, and cover the area bounded by Interstate 635 to the north and east, the Dallas North Tollway to the west and Interstate 30 to the south.

The area covers 49,000 acres and includes University Park, Highland Park and all of East Dallas. An additional 20,000 acres may be added later today. When those areas are identified, another public notification will be made. Mayor Mike Rawlings issued an emergency declaration yesterday, activating the City of Dallas Emergency Management Plan, noting that the West Nile Virus “has caused and appears likely to continue to cause widespread and severe illness and loss of life.” Aerial spraying is considered to be an effective and safe way to kill adult mosquitoes in large, densely populated areas. Although the pesticide is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, residents are advised to take the following precautions:

  • Minimize exposure. Avoid being outside, close windows and keep pets inside.
  • If skin or clothes are exposed, wash them with soap and water.
  • Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables with water as a general precautionary measure.
  • Cover small ornamental fish ponds.
  • Because the chemical breaks down quickly in sunlight and water, no special precautions are suggested for outdoor swimming areas.  

Residents are also urged to reduce outdoor activity during evening and nighttime hours. When outside, cover arms and legs and use a mosquito repellant. Standing water should be eliminated promptly, as mosquitoes can grow from egg to adult in as little as seven days. Breeding places for mosquitoes include swimming pools that are not kept clean, stagnant ponds, pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys and clogged rain gutters and French drains.  To report standing water or mosquito problems, call 3-1-1. For more information visit www.dallascityhall.com.

Arial Mosquito Spraying in Dallas

Information is now posted on the City’s Web site regarding West Nile Virus and Aerial Spraying. There are several documents that can help educate people. As soon as the City has specific information on day/time of aerial spraying (and maps) they will update the special Web site with that information.

Here’s the link: http://www.dallascityhall.com/westNile_aerial-spraying.html

Additional Mosquito Spraying

The City of Dallas will be spraying various parts of the city including our neighborhood for the next three consecutive nights, starting Monday August 13th and concluding on Wednesday August 15th.  The boundries of the mosquito control area including the Meadows is north of Northwest Highway, east of Preston, south of Royal Lane, and west of Central Expressway.  Spraying will begin at 10 PM each night and will continue until completed. 

While the insecticide is considered safe, residents (including pets) in the area should avoid contact with the spray by staying indoors. Persons inside a vehicle while trucks are actively spraying should remain in their vehicles with the windows up and the air conditioner on until the trucks pass and the spray is no longer visible. Persons out during the scheduled spraying time should be alert for trucks and should not follow them. Residents who come in contact with the spray are advised to wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water. The spray breaks down quickly in the presence of sunlight and has no residual effect. Fish ponds should be protected and pets should be brought inside during the spraying period.

Roofing Materials

Good Evening, Fellow Neighbors!

With all of the houses being repaired in our neighborhood and the surrounding area, the bad guys have decided to redo their own roofs with a unique patchwork pattern.  They are creating the unique pattern by using the roofing tiles that your roofing guys have generously left out for them while work is being done on your roof.  For those of you needing roof repairs or have some in progress, you might want to get your roofing companies to leave the stuff on the roof or in a more secure area than on the driveway.  I would think that any theft would be the roofing company’s responsibility but would still impact you with additional headaches and delays that are not really necessary when you have everything else going on.

Also, as a reminder, there are a lot of strangers in our neighborhood doing various repairs.  Most of them appear to be decent, hard-working individuals (okay, mostly men, but don’t want to get some ladies pissed off at me by saying that they are men); however, there may be and probably is at least one bad guy in the crowd so continue to be on guard with you and your property.

Try to stay cool and make sure that your four-legged friends have plenty of shade and fresh water while they are enjoying the sights and sounds of your backyard.

Tim

Mosquito Spraying- Wednesday Night 8/1

WFAA reported yesterday that Dallas County had confirmed two more West Nile-related deaths. They did not release their names but revealed they both lived in the 75225 zip code, putting the county on high alert.  Both victims were elderly men with underlying health conditions. So far, 194 West Nile cases have been reported in Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and Collin counties, and 94 of them have been in Dallas County. 

There will be more mosquito sprayings  in our area between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. Wednesday night into Thursday morning, and neighbors are cautioned to keep themselves and their pets indoors.  Sprayings will occur in two areas. One is bound on the north by Walnut Hill, on the west by Hillcrest, on the south by East Northwest Highway, and on the east by Central Expressway. The second is bound by Royal on the north, Hillcrest on the west, Walnut Hill on the south and on the east by Central Expressway (that is, Meadows neighbors..).

Other ways you can protect yourself: try to avoid staying outside during dawn and dusk; clean up any standing water; spray clothes with mosquito repellant

Word of Caution (okay I’m jumping up/down)

Good afternoon, Fellow Neighbors!

The repairs have begun in our neighborhood bringing many strangers into our midst.

It is imperative that you keep your doors/windows safely secured with the alarms set when you are not present.

This includes, but is not limited to, vehicles, houses, garage apartments, back yard gates, side yard gates, children’s play houses, the dog house, the cat’s preferred spot of the day, the shelter holding your lawn equipment or heavily used exercise equipment, and anything else that holds anything that you value.

All items of value should be removed from your car on a nightly basis especially if the car must be parked on the street, in your driveway, or in your neighbor’s driveway.  This is especially vehicles parked without occupants for any longer than about 5 seconds.

This includes, but is not limited to, garage door openers, all of your lap tops, check books, liquid refreshments, credit cards, makeup, half-eaten food, cologne, science experiments (maybe not the McDonald’s french fry under the seat), luggage with dirty clothes, shopping bags full of bargains from Macy’s, Kindle’s, IPads, insurance papers, pets, children, spouses, babysitters, car seats and anything else that looks enticing enough to have a window broken in your car.

The car glass folks are backlogged (probably through the rest of the year) with the recent storm so quick repairs due to broken windows will probably not happen.  If the bad guys find an unlocked car, the valuable possessions in your car are gone.

Also, if you are talking on the phone when you get out of your car, then you are not focused on what you are doing and can be easily distracted leaving your vehicle, your home, AND you at risk.

The bad guys are watching and waiting, and you don’t know what they look like nor what they are looking for.

Be safe!

Tim