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  • 08 Apr 2019 1:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Win and woo your next-door friends with a little neighborly know-how.

    If you want good neighbors, you’ll first have to become one yourself. Master these seven techniques, and even you (yes, you!) can win the approval of your entire neighborhood.

    1. Good neighbors bring cookies

    Whether you’re new in town or haven’t kept in touch, a delivery of freshly baked goods is a perfect way to break the ice and let neighbors know that you’re thinking of them.

    If cookies can keep Santa returning year after year with a bag full of loot, then surely they can train your neighbors to do your bidding. Consider the following scenario.

    “Honey, somebody’s robbing the neighbor’s house again.”
    “Wait, Janet. The ones who brought cookies yesterday?”
    “Exactly. This time I’ll call the cops.”

    2. Good neighbors rarely gossip

    If your neighbor seems to know the dirt on everyone within a two-block radius, you can count on them to keep tabs on your personal life as well.

    The next time Nosy Nellie gleefully describes the contents of the Rickenbacker’s trash again, move the conversation along by refocusing the conversation on her. “So, what are you growing in your garden this year?”

    You aren’t in high school anymore, so preserve relationships with your neighbors and avoid the gratuitous gab fests.

    3. Good neighbors share phone numbers

    For such a connected age, you should really question why you don’t have your neighbors’ phone numbers. After all, what if they receive your package by mistake? What if the house floods while you’re on vacation? Worse yet, what if you need a babysitter?

    If you feel uncomfortable bringing it up, ask during one of your cookie deliveries (you are following rule number one, right?) or right before a trip. Jot down your name, number and email address on a piece of paper and ask if your neighbor is comfortable sharing theirs.

    4. Good neighbors help before they’re asked

    The neighbor who says, “Let me know if you need anything,” probably isn’t going to help whenever you actually need something. You, on the other hand, are a good neighbor and genuinely want to help out.

    To get ahead of the meaningless small talk, anticipate their needs. If they have kids and you’re comfortable babysitting, tell them up front. If they’re clearly struggling to mow the lawn during a heat wave, ask for the best time to stop by with your lawnmower.

    5. Good neighbors are tidy

    Even if you lack self-respect, respect the sensitive tastes of others and clean up your act.

    Keep the ironic lawn ornaments to a minimum. Keep trash receptacles hidden in the side yard, or better yet, the garage.

    Whenever you’ve finished gardening or landscaping for the day, put away your tools and bags of unused mulch. Rake the leaves and clean up grass clippings and all the other stuff your dad used to bug you about.

    And if it’s not too much trouble, pressure wash and paint your house periodically.

    6. Good neighbors mow the lawn

    An unkempt and weedy lawn is embarrassing for your neighbors, so it should be embarrassing for you as well. Keeping it mowed every week or two is a good start, but it will take more than that to win the approval of the locals.

    Trim the edge of your lawn regularly, fertilize on schedule and keep weeds to a minimum. Keep your foundation plantings simple, neatly trimmed and topped off with mulch.

    If your neighborhood allows it, go the no-lawn method by planting swaths of low-maintenance, drought-tolerant ground covers. Crucially, don’t overdo it on the sprinklers — especially when it’s raining.

    7. Good neighbors communicate

    That old “good fences make good neighbors” quote had to come up at some point, right? A good neighbor must respect boundaries. That said, they should also be crossed when the fences themselves start losing pickets and falling over in a storm.

    Even if it’s technically their fence, you might not be happy with the shoddy workmanship and resentment that you’ll have to live with when they get around to fixing it themselves.

    Address shared interests like fences, drainage ditches and troublesome trees ahead of time so that you can work out a plan that both parties can agree to.

    Oh, and don’t forget to bring cookies.

  • 02 Apr 2019 3:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You can now access the Winter 2019 Newsletter here.

  • 02 Apr 2019 2:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You may have noticed some minor changes to our neighborhood website recently. The purpose of these changes are to make it usable on both traditional workstations as well as smart phones and iPads. This is a multi-part process. The first part involves standardizing all the font sizes and headings on each page. Once that is complete, we will select a new template and start porting content over to the dual-use format.

    Other Changes Coming Too

    Additionally, as part of the process, we are improving some usability issues. For example, similar content is being re-organized into specific menus and formal landing pages are being created. An prototype example of a new landing page can be found under the menu option "About Wynnewood North". Example shown to the right.

    One area where you may notice immediate change is the 'Membership Resources' menu. This menu was formally called 'Login' and held content that was restricted to neighbors only--specifically that included only the neighborhood directory and the association bylaws.

    The new menu option has both restricted access content and non-restricted content. New restricted access pages include the following:

    New non-restricted access pages include the following:

    Several pages were moved from the home menu into the non-restricted access area. These include:

    The changes you are seeing now may not be permanent. Pages may shift back and forth as we delve deeper into the project. The board has a committee and process outlined for updating the site, and the activities you see are 'testing out the waters' to see some options available during this project.

    Stay tuned to our blog for more information regarding updates.

  • 01 Apr 2019 9:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is with great pleasure that the WNNA board announces a name change to Wynnewood North. As of April 1, 2019, Wynnewood will now be called Far South University Park.

    The board has been working over the last several months with University Park officials in an effort to secede from Dallas to become one of Dallas County's premiere cities. 

    While details still need to be worked out with the City of Dallas, the name change will take effect immediately. Sign toppers, street signs, and the neighborhood signs at Mayrant, South Manus, and Monssen will be updated in the coming weeks. 

    Other changes you can expect are:

    • The George W Bush Presidential Library will take ownership of Gannon Park and Wynnewood Parkway, establishing a nature preserve and brush cutting area. 
    • The Woolsey triangle will become part of the SMU south campus.
    • The Mayrant triangle will become a police substation and approval of an underground fire station has been granted. Neighbors should brace themselves for some heavy explosions as the infamous Oak Cliff Shale is dynamited out to accommodate a full size fire engine. 
    • A new Dart train will run along the same tracks as the the current red line, directly from Tyler Station to Knox/Henderson/SMU station called the Park Cities South Connector. Residents of Wynnewood North will be allowed free travel.

    It is expected that the Wynnewood Shopping center will also be annexed, and new landscaping will restore the original creek that ran through the property. If annexed, Far South University Park hopes to build a concert hall designed by Guggenheim to host the Park Cities Orchestra and Chorale. Tyler Station and the Mormon Church also are petitioning to join the newly designated municipality.

    When asked why the move, WNNA Board President Denise Redquart noted the following:

    "The shenanigans that the city of Dallas played on Oak Cliff residents back during the annexation vote of 1903 has never sat well with our residents. We are making our voice known that we are a strong and independent people, proud of or heritage and ready to return to our roots. Now is time for our homecoming."

    Stay tuned for further details.

  • 10 Mar 2019 1:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congrats to 531 Monssen for being selected March 2019 Yard of the Month!

  • 08 Feb 2019 3:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congrats to 1811 Shelmire for being selected February's Yard of the Month!

  • 14 Jan 2019 2:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to 530 Mayrant for being selected as January 2019 Yard of the Month

  • 10 Dec 2018 12:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to 520 Woolsey Dr. for being selected December Yard of the Month!

  • 05 Nov 2018 5:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to 715 S Manus for being selected November Yard of the Month!

  • 03 Oct 2018 4:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congrats to 416 Monssen Drive for being selected as the October Yard of the Month!

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