The News in
Whispering Hills Neighborhood Association whnadallas.com March/April 2010
President’s Message Pay Pal is Ready to Accept
Watch For Things to Come B y D ick Bu b e l WHNA Membership Dues
Whispering Hills, “where all the ladies are beauti- Now it’s easier to become a WHNA member with
ful, the men handsome and the children are all Pay Pal up and running. Just go to the WHNA web-
above average.” What a wonderful face lift you are site at whnadallas.com and click on “Join.” You
about to receive. will be led through the process of filling out the in-
formation usually requested on the membership
Pride in our community is about to receive a fine
form and then using your credit card or Pay Pal ac-
jump start. Your newly elected board members, as
count to pay the membership fee.
well as committee heads, street captains and dedi-
cated neighbors have been working hard. Member- If you don’t have access to a computer, or would
ship in the WHNA is on the rise due to the efforts of like to present your membership in the usual way,
Ron Hendry, Paulette Standefer and Donna Mibus membership forms are available from the Member-
along with their diligent crew of volunteers. ship Coordinators, Ron Hendry and Paulette Stande-
fer. Their contact information is on the back page.
Our ambitious neighborhood beautification program
is moving ahead full steam. Greg Holliday, Donna Forms can also be downloaded from the website:
Mibus and Jason Woelfel, are turning visions of our whnadallas.com.
neighborhood into reality.
In the weeks to months to come, I will be reporting
the results of all these efforts as they progress. I am Membership Update
excited about each and every improvement.
Keep your eyes open, you will be impressed. Currently 193 memberships have been turned in.
The goal is to get 200.
Pride in our community, for and by members is very
important. Diligence in the upkeep of our personal Surely there are seven more of you out there that
property is key. We all want to live in a safe and have just not gotten around to joining, or a member-
beautiful area. This can only be achieved when eve- ship form is on a stack somewhere waiting to be
ryone does their part. tackled.
Just a note: If you have replaced a worn out fence,
be sure to also replace your alley house numbers. Want to help with social events?
These numbers are important, especially in the case
of an emergency. Numbers are available at Lowe’s Have ideas for Dine Out locations?
or Home Depot. They are not very expensive. Even Contact Paulette Standefer at:
if you haven’t replaced your fence, please check s ta nde fer 1@a tt. ne t or 972 -793 -0890
your old numbers to be sure they are in good shape.
Dog Walker’s Observations Re c y c l i n g I d e a s
By Paula Collard B y Ca ro l To b ia s
I walk my dog daily around our neighborhood. I • Take packing peanuts and bubble wrap to a mail
have noticed papers, drink cans, candy wrappers, store.
drink cups, and even beer cans or beer bottles on the • If you don't have a compost bin, you can spade
sidewalks, yards or street. vegetable and fruit peelings into your flower
beds. They will decompose without a problem.
This should not be acceptable. It seems to be getting
• Take your own bags to the store with
worse. I pick up something each time I walk Muf-
you. Some grocery stores will credit you .05 per
fin. If we do not clean up our own surroundings, it
bag when you bring your own.
will bring the value of our homes down.
• Use plastic grocery bags to line small trash cans.
Please, help us keep our neighborhood clean. If all • Newspaper plastic bags are perfect for using
the people that walk in the neighborhood picked up when you walk your dog.
even one piece of trash, think how tidy we’d be. • Fill bottles with water and freeze for use in cool-
Take a bag with you whenever you walk. ers or lunch boxes to keep items cool. Don't for-
get to leave some room in the bottle for the wa-
Kids Safety Fair ter to expand when it freezes.
• Dallas is now taking plastic #1 through #7. Look
A Free Family Event for the number in the small triangle on the un-
derside of containers to see if an item is recycla-
DISPLAYS BY DALLAS POLICE, DALLAS ble. No number? Don’t put in the recycle bin.
FIRE, DART & OTHERS • Call me if you have questions. 972-365-3382-
HOT DOGS, CHIPS, DRINKS cell---Carol
DALLAS POLICE NORTHEAST DIVISION
SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010 Reminders and Tips for Spring
10 A.M. TO 2 P.M.
Fire Safety, Immunizations, Health Screenings,
Bike Safety, Dental Care, Stranger/Danger, Under- Dallas City Code Article IX, "Storm Water Drain-
age Drinking, Children’s Insurance, Child Obesity, age System," of chapter 19, Sec. 19-118.2(f)(5)
Drug Awareness, Internet Safety, states that "A person commits an offense if he dis-
Animal Safety, Bounce Houses, Face Painting, charges or allows or permits the discharge of gar-
Bike Helmets and much more bage, rubbish or yard waste into the storm water
Volunteers Needed! drainage system."
The Kid’s Safety Fair is a yearly event hosted by Dumping yard waste into the storm drains could re-
the DP Northeast Division and volunteers. sult in a fine and/or the possibility of jail time. As
Volunteers are needed to help at various events you do landscape maintenance, please keep the fol-
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org lowing in mind:
Choose your time to help:
9:30 a.m. to noon, • Don't sweep or blow yard waste into the street or
11:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. sidewalk where it can be washed into the storm
9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. drain.
As a volunteer you might wrap hot dogs and de- • Leave grass clippings on the lawn as fertilizer.
liver them to the food line, or man that very busy No bagged grass clippings on the curb after April.
line as they give out hot dogs, drinks and chips,
help with the bike rodeo, apply tattoos or face • Take leftover pesticides to the Hazardous Mate-
paint, keep lines under control, demonstrate intoxi- rial Center on Plano Road (see back page for more
cation goggles or help keep the volunteer food information). Don't pour them on the pavement, or
area neat and tidy. into the storm drain.
Confessions of a Collector
Everybody collects something – right???? But this my husband I travelled to England and visited most
Whispering Hills neighbor couldn’t quite decide of the places pictured in her little books.”
what to collect.
Because she was a school librarian, Cathy collected
“I used to collect glass-blown animals as a child; in plush animals characterized in children’s’ literature.
college I collected owls.” shares But two years ago when her father
Cathy Roach. “Now my house re- Cathy Roach is offering a passed away, she packed up the en-
volves around my collections: tea tire collection–ten big boxes worth-
pots in the dining room; a vintage Tea and and donated it to the Children’s De-
apron collection, refrigerator mag-
net collection and 1940-50’s
Treasure Tour partment of the Ruidoso Public Li-
brary. Her mom and dad had vaca-
Americana aluminum in the for WHNA members tioned there every summer for 30
kitchen. I have hats, beaded purses, Sunday, May 2 3-5 p.m. years!
and my Little House on the Prairie RSVPs required for location
email@example.com By far the largest collections in the
collections in the master bedroom.”
972-234-6512 house are the dolls. There are more
A special room has been dedicated than 1000! When Cathy and her
to everything Beatrix Potter. Cathy husband, Gary, moved into the
has most of the Wedgewood China Peter Rabbit house about twelve years ago, they had a room built
pieces and has had many Peter Rabbit tea parties. over the garage just for the dolls. Gary and her dad
Her newest item is a 1901 Edward VII Commemo- built all the shelves. Then Cathy had a “room warm-
rative Teapot just like the one Beatrix Potter owned ing party” and invited friends over to help move the
and cherished. dolls upstairs. Her favorites are the Gene dolls (a
newer fashion doll) and the American Girl dolls.
“I don’t consider myself an ‘expert’ on Beatrix Pot-
She has all of the latter and they each have a room
ter,” Cathy says, “but I am so fascinated by her that
in their very own house with all of their accessories.
January and February
1/4 Burglary Lawler Rd
1/7 Auto Theft/UUMV Deer Run February
1/8 Theft Jasoncrest Brenda Eikner-Jones
1/8 Crim Mis/Vandalism Panther Ridge 12902 Jasoncrest
1/11 Burglary Rita Rd
1/12 Robbery Jasoncrest Richard and Sandra Pruitt
1/13 Theft Deer Run 10236 Cimmaron
1/17 Assault Daystrom March
1/23 Theft Brentridge Ct. Shawna and Jason Anderson
13234 Deer Run
2/4 Theft Whispering Hills
2/10 Burglary Berttywood Taryn and Tres Holder
2/10 Theft Lawler 10138 Panther Ridge
2.15 Burglary Cimmaron Trl Yard of the Month Judging occurs every month
2/26 Burglary Whispering Hills usually during the week after the Bulky Trash
pick-up or about the first of the month.
2/27 Theft Deermont
2/27 Theft Cimmaron All residents are eligible to be nominated for ei-
ther Yard of the Month or Honorable Mention.
2/27 Theft Laingtree
Meet the Neighbors
By Donna Mibus
What is four plus one? Eight if you’re the Tschirgi So how does Niki Tschirgi spend her spare time, in
family. When Matt and Niki Tschirgi (pronounced between caring for a home, husband and six kids?
“SURE gee” with a hard “G”) moved here in 2008, She’s training with Team in Training to raise funds
they were a family of four, having already adopted for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Niki lost
Alex, 6, and Car-losse, 9. They then set out to adopt her father to leukemia in 1996 and she will be run-
Zack who’s 3. But Zack was not alone. He had a ning a half marathon in Dallas on May 16th in his
brother Tommy, 5. Immediately Niki and Matt honor .
wanted him, too.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the
world's largest voluntary health organization dedi-
cated to funding blood cancer research, education
and patient services. LLS's mission: Cure leukemia,
lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and im-
prove the quality of life of patients and their families.
Since the first funding in 1954, LLS has awarded
more than $680 million in research funding.
Team In Training is The Leukemia & Lymphoma
Society's ground-breaking charity sports training
program. It has reached a remarkable milestone of
raising $1 billion to support blood cancer research
But wait – there’s more! Zack and Tommy had a and patient services. Please consider going online to
teenage brother and sister, Luis, 13 and Liza, 16. Niki’s Team in Training page and donating to this
Without hesitating, the Tschirgi’s opened their hearts worthy cause.
to them as well. “I feel it's very important to keep
those kids together," Matt said. What was to be a
family of five quickly turned into a family of eight.
Every 4 minutes someone in Amer-
The Tschirgis are from Washington State. Matt is a
ica is diagnosed with a blood can-
genetic counselor and Niki is a stay-at-home mom.
cer. Every 10 minutes someone
Their house on Brentridge Ct. was exactly what they
dies from it. Every dollar donated
were looking for to accommodate their large brood.
can help reduce these tragic num-
The family enjoys having fun outdoors, traveling, bers.
visiting museums and the zoo. Asked if they were —————————————
into anything in particular Niki replied, “We are into Editor’s Note: You can also access
adopting kids!” Niki’s Team in Training website at whnadallas.com.
By clicking on the link in her post.
CBS 11 news recently interviewed the Tschirgis con-
cerning their adopted family. You can watch the
video online at: http://cbs11tv.com/local/
Hope.Cottage.social.2.1450630.html Hopefully this will be a regular
column. Donna Mibus has volun-
Niki says, “It has been our greatest challenge and our
greatest joy to build our family through adoption and teered to interview neighbors.
that is what we are… a family. We may have gotten If you have a story or know of some-
our kids in a little different way and even different one who does, send an email to
times in life, but God has been so faithful to place us Donna: firstname.lastname@example.org.
or to email@example.com
I hope you get to meet this special family!
The February snow brought a once-in-
a-childhood experience to some of
our neighborhood kids
(Unfortunately SOMEONE spoiled the fun by knocking
most of the handiwork down)
F amilies an d n o n - memb er n eig h b o rs alw ays w elco me. T h is is a g reat o p p o rt u n it y t o n et -
w o rk w it h n eig h b o rs an d t o f in d o u t w h at ’s g o in g o n in t h e n ei g h b o rh o o d .
Thursday, March 18 Thursday, April 22
6:30 pm 6:30 pm
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WHNA Board of Directors and C u r b ( B u l k y ) Tr a s h P i c k - u p D a t e s
March 22 and April 26
EMAIL ADDRESS Our pick-up week begins the 4th (not always last) Monday of the
WHNA@sbcglobal.net month. Place trash on the curb beginning at 7 am the previous
WEBSIT E: whnadallas.com Thursday until 7 am on Monday. To avoid missing pick-up, put trash
out by Sunday evening. Trucks are often in the area early on Monday.
B oar d
President Dallas Code Enforcement is not required to give warning before
Dick Bubel 972-690-3703 issuing a possible $250-$2000 fine for trash on the curb before or
email@example.com after the above window of days. Call 311 to arrange for Cost Plus
Vice President pick-ups at other times.
Jack Davis 972-699-0629
firstname.lastname@example.org Only place out large limbs, shrubbery, bagged leaves (in sealed 50
Secretary gallon or smaller bags), furniture, appliances, mattresses and box
Greg Holliday 972-783-4473 springs. Separate yard waste from other trash.
Do not place grass clippings, bricks, concrete, rocks, dirt or
Rich Harms 972-690-8670
construction/remodeling materials on the curb for pick-up during
rsharms(at)isualum(dot)com collection. Call Cost Plus for the latter materials.
Larry Standefer 972-783-0890
R e c y c l i n g — E v e r y Tu e s d a y
Committees Place the blue recycling container out along with your regular trash.
Carol Tobias 972-238-7600
To order a Big Blue recycling cart, call 311 or go to
email@example.com dallascityhall.com. The cart will be delivered to your home.
Greg Holliday 972-783-4473
firstname.lastname@example.org The entire year’s dates for the Bulky Trash Collection, and FAQs on
Neighborhood Security what to recycle can be found at:
Dick Bubel 972-690-3703 whnadallas.com Click on the “City of Dallas” tab.
Ron Hendry 972-680-2416 Hazardous Materials Center
Paulette Standefer 972-783-0890 If you have oil or batteries from your car, left over paint, outdated in-
secticides or other chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, old computers or
batteries from the children's toys and games (batteries and fluorescent
Sonia Harms 972-690-8670 light bulbs should not be thrown in the trash)...
Webmaster ...take them to the Dallas County Hazardous Material Center on Plano
Jason Woelfel 214-563-9617 Road. It is located on the east (left, going south) side of Plano Road,
email@example.com south of Forest Lane, just before the DART tracks. You may have to
Caring Neighbor Network show proof of residence in Dallas County. The workers there will
Betty Bubel 972-690-3703 unload your items and dispose of them or turn them over to recyclers.
Social and Dine Out Coordinators
Here are the hours of operation:
Paulette Standefer 972-783-0890 Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesdays: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Ancanetta Wright 972-497-9904
Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Second and Fourth Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Greg Holliday 972-783-4473 Closed on Mondays and Fridays
email@example.com You can call 214-553-1765 to find out if they will take what you want
Recycling to bring or to make sure they are open.
Carol Tobias 972-238-7600
firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.dcfr.org/hhw/Collection_Center.pdf