Thursday, December 16, 2010

Police Tips for the Holidays

Little Rock Police tips for times when you leave home during the holidays:
  • -Make sure that all windows and doors are secured and locked.
  • -Leave a light and radio on.


If you are traveling out of town:
  • Call the Police non-emergency number, 371-4829 or 4830. To make a report over the phone 501-371-4617. and ask for a "vacation home report."  The police will patrol your home on every shift.
  • Tell your neighbors when you are leaving and expect to be home.
  •  Stop your mail and newspaper or have a neighbor collect them daily.


In your car:
  • Park in a well lighted area.
  • Do not leave valuables in sight.
  • Have your keys ready as you approach your car.
  • Ask for an escort from the store if you have a number of packages or feel unsafe.


Lookout for your neighbors:
  • Talk to them and understand their coming and going.
  • Be watchful for unknown vehicles at their home.
  •  Report ALL suspicious behavior by calling 911, every time you see it.


When driving:
  • Lock your car doors.
  • Be mindful of the weather, watch for ice.

Tree Streets Plants Street Trees Downtown

This Saturday morning, Tree Streets will continue its 2010-2011 tree planting project along historic Louisiana Street from I-630 to Roosevelt Road.  For years, this beautiful neighborhood has seen significant restoration and in-fill activity, and Tree Streets will do its part to help ensure that its streets have the sort of tree canopy that all neighborhood streets deserve. 

We will meet this Saturday morning at Community Bakery (I-630 & Main St.) at 9:00 a.m., and we should be finished by 11:00 a.m.  Our work this weekend will be in the 1700-1800 blocks of Louisiana Street.  Once finished we will prune nearby young trees planted in earlier years.  Please remember that if it is raining (or snowing) steadily at 8:00 a.m., the day's work will be cancelled.  Tree Streets will provide all of the necessary tools.  Children, grand-children, and pets are all welcome to join in the work. 

Our future planting dates are as follows:

Saturday, January 8
Saturday, January 22
Saturday, February 5
Saturday, February 19
Saturday, March 5

Please consider volunteering with us as we get our hands dirty for a better and leafier Little Rock.  Thank you for your support. 

Please also consider joining Tree Streets on Facebook.  Just type Tree Streets Little Rock . 

        www.treestreets.org   

New Fence on Broadmoor Dam

If you've driven by and looked across the dam, you have seen the
brand-new, shiny new fencing.  It looks great!


Thanks to the hard work of board members Karen Walls and Liz MacKenzie, the 50-year-old fence has been replaced. 


Karen and Liz also spearheaded the effort to have the concrete drainage pipe walls on the walking path on the north side of the lake repaired. It looks very nice and will prevent further erosion of that part of the walking trail.  


The concrete contractor is going to provide s a bid to repair the swimming pool deck, too..

Solid Waste Update from Fair Park Residents Association

The City of Little Rock collects household garbage weekly in a City-provided cart. It is picked up by a garbage truck with a hydraulic arm. Since this is a fully automated system, it is necessary to place the cart with the handle facing away from the street, and no more than 5 feet from the curb, so that the arm will be able to reach it. Also insure that the cart has at least a 3 foot clearance on either side of it.

Please be sure your garbage cart is placed at your collection point by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day, and removed from the street the same day following pick up.

To request a City-provided garbage cart, repair or replacement to an existing cart, call 311.

To request an additional cart at a cost of $7.00 per month with a three month minimum usage period, call 311.

To report a missed garbage pick up, call 311. If you are unable to reach a 311 representative you can call their direct line at 371-4437.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Promise Neighborhoods Institute Will Tour Neighborhood This Thursday!

Promise Neighborhoods Institute Will Tour Neighborhood This Thursday!

Two members of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute and a staff member from the Harlem Children's Zone will be in town this week to learn more about our "promise neighborhood" and ways they may be able to assist and support our efforts over the next year.

The more complete a picture of our neighborhood, schools, and challenges we can give them, the more effective their help and assistance will be so we invite anyone interested in sharing their knowledge of the neighborhood or in just learning a little more about the Harlem Children's Zone approach to come out and meet and talk to this team. We will be holding informal, drop-in receptions in both the morning and evening on Thursday, with the hopes that all interested would be able to attend one or the other.

Morning Meet-and-Greet
Thursday, October 28
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Stephens Elementary School Library (3700 W. 18th St.)

Evening Meet-and-Greet
Thursday, October 28
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
UALR Bailey Alumni and Friends Center (on the corner of 28th Street and Campus Drive)

We hope you will join us in welcoming this team to Little Rock and pass this invitation along to anyone else who may be interested! If you have questions or need further directions to either location, please just let me know.

As always, thanks so much for your interest in and support of the CLRPN. I hope to see you on Thursday!

Sincerely,

Julie Hall, Director
University District Educational Network
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
501.569.3187

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Argenta CDC News

The Argenta Community Development Corporation in North Little Rock is really busy. Check out their electronic news here.

Two Broadmoor board members serve on the University District Development Corporation. We are just at the point of selling our first house, but, someday, we hope to be as busy as Argenta.

Monday, October 18, 2010

City Adopts University District Land Use Plan

The Little Rock City Board of Directors recently adopted land use changes recommended by the University District Revitalization Plan.

The Planning Commission adopted the recommendations in July and forwarded them to the city board for consideration. The land use plan is a visionary document that sets the overall direction for real estate development in the area. The most significant amendment was to change the land use plan in the Colonel Glenn corridor from commercial to mixed use, encouraging developers to consider incorporating office, institutional, and residential uses along with commercial development. A map illustrating the changes is available.

UDDC House for Sale!

Several Broadmoor residents have devoted years of volunteer effort to the University District Partnership. One very tangible result is the rehabilitation and offering for sale of the University District Development Corporation's first house.


UDDC House for Sale


The University District Corporation offers its first single-family house for sale to qualified first-time homebuyers. 


The house, located at 1516 South Harrison Street, has had a complete makeover with all new: roof, HVAC, wall insulation, ceiling, floors, energy-efficient windows and doors, wiring and plumbing, kitchen cabinets and appliances, bathroom fixtures, ceramic tile, parking pad, and landscaped yard. 


The sales price is $105,000. 


A qualified first-time homebuyer must meet income and credit requirements with income not exceeding 80 percent of area median family income and not owning a home for the past three years. 


Eligible homebuyers may receive up to a $20,000 subsidy to assist with down payment and closing costs and/or sales price reduction of the home. 


Persons interested should contact Barrett Allen at 501.683.7361. 

Northwest Patrol Division Quarterly Meeting October 21

The Northwest Patrol Division 4th quarter meeting is Thursday, October 21, 6:30pm at the Northwest Substation 10,001 Kanis Road. This meeting is for Districts 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 70, 71, and 72.

Broadmoor is in the Northwest Patrol Division.

These very informative meetings provide a forum for concerned Citizens to hear crime statistics and crime trends in their respective patrol division areas; Discussion on progress of arrests and investigations; To share success stories, accomplishments and to commend officers for outstanding performance; And, an opportunity for Citizens to express concerns.

Operation Identification II

The Little Rock Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch Program is introducing “Operation Identification II” during October (Crime Prevention Month) and for the upcoming holiday season. 

Citizens can check out an Ultra Violet Marking Pen from any Little Rock branch of the Central Arkansas Library Systems or Neighborhood Alert Center. 

This system comes with two markers, (a fine and a medium point) and a keychain ultra violet light. The ink is not clearly visible in normal light, but is visible with the UV key chain-light and highly visible with the UV light the Burglary Detectives use. 

Mark valuables with name, address and phone number NO SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS!

Suggestions for use: car stereos, purses, billfolds, GPS, satellite radios, I-pods, X-box, play station, firearms, cell phones, I-phones, cameras, computers, etc. 

This system can also be purchased for $13.00. Money collected goes to purchase more at that reduced price.

Regulating Green Monsters

In case you've wondered when to put out and bring in your "green monster" trash can, here's what Little Rock Ordnances state:

Section 28-18 "…containers shall be stored between collections soas not to i mpede pedestrian or vehicular traffic along sidewalks, alleys, streets, and other right-of-ways."

Section 28-21 "…containers should not be placed out for collection prior to 4:00 p.m. the day preceding the normal collection day. The containers should be removed by midnight the day of completion of solid
waste collection."

Little Rock Solid Waste has a program in place for the elderly and handicapped to help deal with the each person's specific needs.
 
If you know of someone that needs help, all they have to do is call 311, state their problem  and that will begin the process..



Bulky items and garbage that does not fit in the can should not be placed on the curb unless special arrangements are made for pickup by calling 311. If you see large piles of trash, furniture, etc. on the curb, be a good neighbor and call 311 for pickup. The cit will not pick up tires, chemicals, old paint, and certain other items. For more detail, go to the Little Rock Solid Waste website.

Now, the challenge is to get your kids to roll the can out and back in!

Candidates for Little Rock Municipal Offices on TV

Candidates for Little Rock municipal offices can be seen on the following government access channels and at the following times:

COMCAST CABLE SUBSCRIBERS / CABLE CHANNEL 11 (LRTV)

The several contested Ward Director candidate questions and answers will be broadcast
each morning beginning at 9 am, lasting through 12 noon. The Mayoral candidates are the final candidates in this morning schedule.

The Ward / Mayoral Candidate questions and answers will be repeated beginning at 8 pm each night.
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AT&T (U-VERSE) CABLE SUBSCRIBERS / CABLE CHANNEL 99 (LRTV)

The several contested Ward Director candidate questions and answers will be broadcast
each morning beginning at 9 am, lasting through 12 noon. The Mayoral candidates are the
final candidates in this morning schedule.

The Ward / Mayoral Candidate questions and answers will be repeated beginning at 8 pm each night.

UALR Blog Entry on Coleman Creek Improvements

UALR's "Sights and Sounds Blog" has a great feature on the park at the south end of the campus. There are lots of pictures of the site before and after. See the post here.

Friday, September 24, 2010

List of Good News from our Partners in Fair Park

From Joe Busby, president of the Fair Park Residents Association. The FPRA covers a vast area east of UALR. They are active partners, along with Broadmoor, in all the great efforts going on in the University District:

I wanted to share and remind everyone of the good things that are developing in our neighborhood and area.

Police Sub-Station--Demolition has begun to remove the existing building to make way for the new Police Sub-Station at 12th St. and Pine St.

Coleman Creek Greenway--Partners met to move forward with the plans for the restoration of Coleman Creek. The plans include a bike trail/walking path alongside the creek which will extend from War Memorial Park to the Fourche Creek.

Promise Neighborhoods Planning Grant -- U.S. Education Department announced that the University District Educational Network has been awarded a $430,000 grant to build our own Promise Neighborhood, a pipeline of social, educational, and health supports that enable all children to learn, grow, and succeed from birth through college.

Central Arkansas Technology Park -- The city signed a memorandum of understanding that will create in partnership with UALR and UAMS a technology park. The consultant study identified three possible locations; all are in the FPRA neighborhood.

All of this was announced this week and it is only Wednesday! Now add it to the; University District, the 12th St. Corridor project, the commercial development at I-630 and Fair Park Blvd., all of St. Marks wonderful new construction, the makeover of War Memorial Park, the new Children’s Library on Jonesboro St. being built, the Target Super Store opening in Oct., the new dorms being built at UALR, the Black Community Developers Empowerment Zone beginning their construction and the first home being ready for sale by the University District Development Corp.

What other neighborhood in the city has this much going for it?

Share with you family, neighbors, friends and co-workers what a great neighborhood that you live in !!!

Working for a better neighborhood,
Joe Busby

Great Arkansas Cleanup Opportunity in Broadmoor's Watershed

This Saturday is the date for the next Keep Little Rock Beautiful Commission Fourche Creek cleanup. Volunteers will meet at Benny Craig Park. Work will be limited to the shore so you don’t have to have a boat to participate.

Of course…it hasn’t rained in forever but the forecast is calling for a 40% chance for Saturday…what is it about planning a Fourche cleanup that makes Mother Nature want to participate? Either way, here are the basics:

FOURCHE CLEANUP
Saturday, September 25
9:00 am – 12 noon
Meet at Benny Craig Park

Remember to dress appropriately: long pants & closed-toe shoes or boots.

The organizers will have trash bags, gloves, OFF spray and drinks.

Bonus info:
FREE E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENT
October 19 & 20, 8-3, Verizon Arena parking lot

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

University District one of 20 areas selected as a Promise Neighborhood

BIG news for Broadmoor and the University district!

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced the winners of $10 million in Promise Neighborhoods federal planning grants for 2010.

Little Rock was selected as one of 21 grantees nationwide to receive a Promise Neighborhoods planning grant. The Promise Neighborhoods area includes Broadmoor, the University District and the census tracts between the University District and Martin Luther King drive, and I-630 and Asher/Roosevelt Ave. See detailed information on the grantees here.

This is a highly competitive program modeled after the Harlem Children's Zone program. The grants will help 21 communities plan to build their own Promise Neighborhood – a pipeline of social, educational, and health supports that enable all children to learn, grow, and succeed from birth through college.

The grant will focus on students who attend Bale, Franklin, and Stephens elementary schools; Forest Heights Middle School; and Hall High School.

UALR led the Little Rock initiative which also includes the LRSD, City of Little Rock, Arkansas Children's Hospital, New Futures, Little Rock Housing Authority and others. Julie Hall, Director of the University District Educational Network, led the effort for UALR

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Coleman Creek Greenway Improvement Meeting September 21 9 AM UALR

Come join the University District staff and others working to make the Coleman Creek corridor through the UALR Campus a great asset for our area. The meeting will be at the UALR Bailey Center on 28th Street. Here's the tentative agenda:
  • Convene (9:00 AM)
  • Introductions and Opening Comments
  • Coleman Creek Greenway Overview (maps of creek and watershed) (Copeland)
  • Development Projects Underway
  • War Memorial Park Improvements (Tolefree/Webre: City of Little Rock)
  • Trail of Tears Park Improvements (Millay: UALR)
  • Water Quality and Habitat Restoration
  • Corps of Engineers (Laura Cameron)
  • Audubon Arkansas (invited)
  • Projects/Concepts Planned
  • Coleman Creek Greenway through the UALR Campus (Millay)
  • Coleman Creek Greenway through the University District (north and south of campus)(Copeland)
  • Discussion
  • Adjourn (10:30 AM)

 

Friday, September 10, 2010

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

UAR/KLRE Offers Fun, Fellowship September 16

The Friends of KLRE/KUAR, the nonprofit organization that helps fund the stations of UALR Public Radio, invites listeners and fans of public radio to its annual meeting and reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Jack Stephens Center, 28th Street and University Avenue.

Highlighting the reception will be a performance by the Boondogs, a Little Rock indie-folk-rock hybrid.

Catered by Red Door and O'Looney's, the annual gathering will be an opportunity for listeners to visit with the staff members and independent producers who contribute to UALR Public Radio. The business agenda of the meeting will include a station update by General Manager Ben Fry, election of Friends of KLRE/KUAR board members, and the presentation of the Beverly Ann Lacefield Award for Outstanding Service.

Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call 501-569-8485 or email reservations@kuar.org.

City Manager Addresses Neighborhoods September 11


 The coalition meets from 10 a.m. to noon. For details, call 375-6987.

Pool work day Saturday September 11

Join friends and neighbors on Saturday, September 11, at 9 a.m. to ready the pool for the off season. There will be a job for all ages and skill levels. We look forward to seeing you then!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monthly meeting agenda for Thursday September 2

All are welcome, these are public meetings.

Broadmoor Property Owners Association/Broadmoor Recreational Improvement District Board of Directors
Thursday, September 2, 2010

I. Introductions

II. August minutes

III. Treasurer’s report

IV. Public relations
      1. Consider expenditure for fall newsletter ($300)

V. Pool report

VI. Neighborhood Watch report

VII. Clubhouse, Park, Lake, and Dam issues
       1. Maintenance person
       2. Improving fish habitat in Broadmoor Lake
           A. Coleman Creek improvements meeting
       3. Bids for fence along centerline of dam
       4. Other items

VIII. Quality of life issues
        1. Yard of the Week winners
        2. Code/Landlord issues
        3. Speeding-Ask police to assign speed enforcement?
        4. Consider joining Arkansas Preservation Alliance ($25)
        5. Other items

IX. New, old, other business and announcements

X. Adjourn

Helpful information
Broadmoor website: www.broadmoorlr.com
Broadmoor Blog: www.broadmoorlr.blogspot.com
UALR University District: www.ualr.edu/universitydistrict
Police non-emergency number 371-4829
Online 311: www.lr311.org
Alert Center: Carla Nichols: 666-0916

University District and real estate agent Jackie Twillie featured in the Daily Record

University District and real estate agent Jackie Twillie featured in the Daily Record.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Better Landlord Relations

An old post, still relevant today:


Two Broadmoor residents recently contacted the board  about problems with neighbors. One resident was a long-time Broadmoor homeowner. The other leases a house in the neighborhood and has not been with us very long.

Both were having problems with the residents of neighborhing houses. The problems were typical: overoccupancy with associated noise and parking problems (several automobiles parked in the yard and blocking other people's parking areas), and scary barking dogs. Directly approaching the residents did not solve the problems.

In each case, good property management would have prevented the problems. It is bad business to rent a house without following up and checking on the house occasionally. Overoccupancy damages the property and costs the owner money. Requiring residents to control their pets so they do not bark all day and night and annoy neighbors is the owners responsibility as well.

In Broadmoor, we consider the owner of the home to be our neighbor as much as the people leasing the property. We expect the owner to be as concerned about the maintenance, appearance, and safety of their Broadmoor house as they are about the house they live in on North Jackson, Bella Rosa, or River Estates Cove.

We have convened a small working group to discuss what we can do to work with landlords to improve their property management--and their profits. We have addressed the Little Rock Landlords Association and discussed our expectations with them. 

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

UDDC to complete work on first house

The University District Development Corporation (UDDC) will complete its first single family substantial rehab project in August. The house, located at 1516 S. Harrison St., has been completely renovated with all new HVAC and mechanical systems, kitchen and bathroom fixtures and cabinets, roof, doors, and windows as well as is fully insulated. Funded by the City of Little Rock HOME Program and Arvest Bank, the house will be placed on the market in late August for sale to a qualified first-time homebuyer.

UDDC will conduct a first-time homebuyer education workshop at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at the Bailey Center on the UALR campus. The initial workshop will be presented by representatives of Bank of the Ozarks and will emphasize participation by UALR employees.

Also, earlier this summer the UDDC completed its participation in the Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP) funded through member banks by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. The FHLB member banks filing applications on behalf of the UDDC included Centennial Bank and Bank of the Ozarks. The program provides up to $5,000 per house for minor repairs needed by homeowners who meet income and special needs conditions. The UDDC received $53,000 to replace roofs on 10 houses and install new HVAC systems for two houses.

Study Circles to Support Youth Learning Beyond School Day

The University District Educational Network, a UALR initiative that supports efforts to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for children growing up in neighborhoods surrounding the UALR campus, has received a technical assistance grant from the Arkansas Out of School Network (AOSN) Community Innovations Project. This project grant will help promote dialogue among community members on how to create the kind of community where all young people have a chance to learn - in and beyond the school day.

The first public meeting to bring interested community members together to learn more about the Study Circles project will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, at the Willie Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center at 12th and Pine Streets. For more information about participating in the study circles, contact Julie Hall, director of the University District Educational Network, at 501-569-3187 or jchall2@ualr.edu.

Little Rock Emergency Preparedness Fair

4th Annual Little Rock Emergency Preparedness Fair

September 11, 2010

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

13901 Quail Run in Otter Creek

Hosted by: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Contact: Harold Lewis at haroldlewismail@gmail.com

First time homebuyer classes to start at UALR

The University District Development Corporation (UDDC) will host a First-Time Home Buyers Information Session from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, at the UALR Bailey Alumni and Friends Center. Parking will be available across the street from the Bailey Center in UALR Lot 13.


The UDDC First-Time Homebuyer Program offers home price reduction, down payment assistance, and closing costs assistance for persons interested in purchasing new or renovated homes within the University District. A first-time homebuyer is an individual (spouse included) who has had no ownership in a principal residence during the three-year period ending on the date of the purchase of a UDDC property. The UDDC property located at 1516 S. Harrison is a substantial rehabilitation and is near completion. The UDDC has plans to complete five additional homes over the next year.

The information session will cover topics related to income requirements, conventional and FHA mortgage financing, prequalification, credit scores, housing costs ratio, debt to income ratio, loan to value ratio and more.

Individuals must meet income guidelines, which are adjusted for household size. To qualify for the UDDC program, buyers must (1) be a first-time homebuyer, (2) have an income at or below 80 percent of the area median income, and (3) purchase a home constructed or renovated by the UDDC within the University District.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to sxedwards@ualr.edu or 501-683-7356. To find out more about the UDDC program guidelines and the process for applying, contact Barrett Allen at blallen@ualr.edu or 501-683-7361.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Message from the Mayor

Park Improvements

You may be noticing some changes to our city’s parks. Thanks to a refinancing of existing parks bonds, these improvements amounting to $6.75 million have come with no increase in taxes and no increase to our yearly payment on these bonds and can only be spent on capital improvements to our parks. Highlighted below are the details of these projects and their estimated completion dates. These are important quality of life improvements. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I hope you’ll watch these developments with interest and enjoy our improved parks as these projects are completed.

In Riverfront Park, a new plaza was opened in May to highlight our city’s namesake, La Petite Roche Project, near the Junction Bridge. The plaza includes a series of plaques that detail the history of our city and provide information and identification of the “Little Rock” and explorer Bernard de la Harpe.

We will be adding playgrounds at Otter Creek Park and at the Southwest Community Center with an estimated completion of October 29. The Animal Village near S. University Ave. will be adding a new dog park, which will be a welcomed addition to our existing dog park in Murray Park.

The City’s sports facilities are undergoing numerous improvements, including a major renovation of the Rebsamen Tennis Center near 12th Street. The Center will have resurfaced courts, including the rehabilitation of the Center Court to be named for Robert Walker, a great tennis patron of the city. Many other repairs to the courts and buildings are estimated to be completed by the middle of August. To meet our need for more soccer fields, we are developing the Natural Steps Park and Playing Fields on Highway 300 about five minutes north of Highway 10. This project will add several new soccer fields, which we estimate will be open in February, 2011.

At War Memorial Park, we have renovated two golf holes and increased open space for recreational and leisure activities. We will be adding two new tennis courts next to the Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatics Center, which we estimate will be completed in September. Enhanced archway entrances to the park at Markham and Fair Park and also on 12th Street are estimated to be completed in September. A spray-and-play area, estimated to be completed in May of next year, will be constructed and should provide hours of entertainment for children similar to the spray-and-play area in Riverfront Park. Other War Memorial Park improvements include the closure of Club Road, the construction of a roundabout at Fair Park and Zoo Drive, the construction of a cancer survivor park and a walking trail along Coleman Creek.

The Little Rock Zoo will receive $1.65 million in improvements for many projects, including the Over-the-Jumps Carousel and the Laura P. Nichols Penguin Pointe exhibit in addition to renovations to the lion, lemur and giraffe exhibits.

MacArthur Park, the original “City Park,” will receive an improved front lawn plaza and more lighting. This project is estimated to be completed in October.

The City purchased 127 acres of land for future development near S. University Ave. that was the former Western Hills Golf Course and also purchased additional property to expand the West Central Ball Complex on Barrow Road and Colonel Glenn Road.

Several of our neighborhood parks will also be receiving facelifts. The following 16 parks will be receiving improved amenities such as new playground additions at Hanger Hill Park, a new basketball court at Southside Park, new bleachers at Meriweather Park, new restrooms at Crump Park and new picnic tables at Pankey Park. Improvements are also planned for Richland Park, Ninth Street Park, Oak Forest Park, Wakefield Park, Prospect Terrace Park, Conner Park, Birchwood Park, Union Park, Butler Park, Thom Park and Pinedale Cove Park.

We hope you will enjoy the progress we are making our parks. These improvements will improve not only our parks but our neighborhoods and our quality of life. As summer turns to fall, we hope you and your family will find more time to experience the wonderful amenities our parks provide.

Please forward this email to the people in your address book who may also want to know this information. They may sign up to receive future Messages from the Mayor by following the link below. If you wish to have your address deleted from future emails please follow the link below and click the “unsubscribe” button.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Mark Stodola
Mayor

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Center for Problem-Oriented Policing

The Center for Problem-Oriented Policing has a very informative series of publications available for free on its website.
The mission of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing is to advance the concept and practice of problem-oriented policing in open and democratic societies. It does so by making readily accessible information about ways in which police can more effectively address specific crime and disorder problems.

The Center for Problem-Oriented Policing is a non-profit organization comprising affiliated police practitioners, researchers, and universities dedicated to the advancement of problem-oriented policing.

If you live in a single-family home, you will be interested in the Center's guide to patterns that are seen over and over again with home burglaries.

Read the guide and you will get a much clearer understanding of what you can do to reduce the likelihood of being burglarized.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Volunteers Needed for UALR Children International' s Back to School Jamboree

The Back To School Jamboree helps kindergarten through high school students and parents enrolled in UALR Children International receive school supplies, health screenings and collect benefits.

30 Volunteers are needed each day to help us with this fun activity!

Volunteers will help with greeting and directing families, assisting with door prizes, helping children write letters, distributing books and school supplies, etc.

Dates: Friday July 23 10:30 am – 6:00 pm, Lunch provided

Saturday July 24 8:30 am – 2:00 pm, Lunch provided

Volunteers can sign up to work 2 hour shifts on Friday.

Thank you for your support!

Contact:

501-663-5541.


Jolie Busby, CVM
Volunteer Coordinator
UALR Children International
2510 Fair Park Blvd.
Little Rock, AR 72204

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Target Opening Approaches - Now Hiring

We are just months away from having a brand-new Target store 1.5 miles from Broadmoor. The new store is on the site of the former University Mall, right across from St. Vincent. The new development is called Park Avenue.


Update: Target is now hiring.

To Apply:

* Visit Target.com/careers and apply online

Or

* Attend their Mini Hire on Thursday, July 15 or Friday, July 16 at their West Little Rock Target, 12700 Chenal Parkway (next to Home Depot), from 9 am to 7 pm both days.


The new store looks finished on the outside. Work is still going on inside the store, and, of course, it will have to be stocked before it opens.

Most "big box" retailers are moving to the urban fringe, but Target is coming back to the heart of Little Rock. Broadmoor residents will be able to add Target to their list of nearby shopping options.

Sears, Park Plaza Mall, and Midtowne Mall are all less than two miles from our wonderful neighborhood. In October, we will be able to zip into Target, too!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Updating School Bus Stop Information

If you need to update your address, please contact the Student Registration Office prior to July 16th at 447-2950. Any address changes made after July 16th will not receive transportation information until after school begins.

If you have not had a change of address, you can expect to receive your child's bus stop assignment after August 12th.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Congratulations and Thank You to Recent Yards of the Week!






Broadmoor volunteer Keith Gillen places our sign on a different well maintained landscape in our neighborhood each week. With 552 houses, that's a lot of looking.




Recently, the neighborhood association has awarded this honor to 7 Barbara Drive, 42 Lakeshore Drive, 67 Broadmoor Drive, 1 AND 3 Belmont, and 18 Woodcliff Circle.





These residents' high standards are reflected by the work they do to keep Broadmoor looking great. Thank you!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Keep Little Rock Beautiful Commission Litter Assessment

The Keep Little Rock Beautiful Commission will conduct its annual survey of litter problems on Saturday, August 7, 2010, from 8 until noon. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact the Commission through its web site.

Volunteers drive around designated routes in Little Rock and rate the amount of litter. Afterward, they try to get the most littered street adoped in the Adopt-a-Street Program or organize a cleanup of the some areas.

You can find out more about this event at http://keeplittlerockbeautiful.com/events/

The Commission is on Facebook, too.

Next Police Quarterly Meeting July 22

The Northwest Patrol Division Quarterly Meeting is Thursday, July 22nd, 6:30pm at the Northwest Substation, 10,001 Kanis Road.

This meeting is for Districts 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 70, 71, and 72. Or in general, those that reside west of University Avenue and north of Colonel Glenn Rd. Broadmoor is in District 61.

Quarterly Neighborhood meetings provide a forum for concerned citizens to hear crime statistics and crime trends in their respective patrol division areas, discuss progress of arrests and investigations, share success stories and accomplishments, and to commend officers for outstanding performance. They provide an opportunity for Citizens to express concerns.

Several Broadmoor residents attended the last quarterly meeting and spoke with police about some concerns. These conversations led neighborhood residents to take action to assist the police in removing several problems from the area.

For more information call the Northwest Patrol Division at 918-3500 or 918-5358.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Call 311 for Fireworks Complaints, not 911

From the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Little Rock will expand 311 operator hours to include 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on July 3 and July 4 and from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m. on July 5 to take fireworks complaints.

Fireworks are banned in Little Rock.

Outside the hours that 311 will be open, please call the police non-emergency number,  371-4829.

The police ask that we not call 911 for fireworks, because hundreds of people calling the emergency number tie it up in case of more vital emergencies.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Two Meetings this Week

Our regular monthly board meeting is this Thursday at 7 p.m. in the clubhouse.

We have a lot of clubhouse and park issues to sort through, so we'll have an informal meeting Monday night at 6 p.m. at the clubhouse. All are welcome.

The clubhouse is at 19 1/2 Belmont Drive.

Pool News-Potluck Sunday June 26

>> Fourth Sunday Potluck
Join friends and neighbors on Sunday, June 26, for a potluck, from 6 to 8 p.m. for a pool potluck. Bring what you like, there's always plenty for everyone!
>> Open July 5
On Monday, July 5, the pool will be OPEN from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
>> Adult Swim 
Starting Tuesday, June 29, the pool will be available from 7:30 to 9 p.m. for adults only (no children).
>> Weather Policy
If the life guard hears thunder at the pool, swimmers must get out until at least 10 minutes pass without thunder. You can always call the pool phone at 562-0089 to see if the pool is open.
>> Concession Stand
If you are available to pick up a brief shift at the concession stand, 
especially on Saturday or Sunday, please check the volunteer schedule in the concession stand. Thanks so much to all of you who volunteer!
>> Please Don't Feed the Ducks
You may have noticed ducks from the Broadmoor lake hanging around the pool entrance. Please ask your children not to feed them, for the ducks' healthy and safety. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Volunteer at Franklin Elementary School

Franklin Elementary School, east of UALR, has opportunities  for
volunteers. Please contact:

LaShanna Bruce
Director of After School Services
Franklin Elementary
1701 South Harrison Street
Little Rock, AR 72204
501-224-7171: office
501-256-7208 : cell
501-447-4600 : voice
lbruce@fellowshipon line.com

Little Rock Housing Authority Meetings

Little Rock Housing Authority is pleased to host Little Rock Housing Authority Forums will be held:

July 7, 2010 @ 9:00 a.m.

July 14, 2010 @ 6:00 p.m.

July 21, 2010 @ 12:00 p.m.

July 28, 2010 @ 6:00 p.m.

All forums will be held at the Willie L. Hinton Neighborhoods Resource Center, 3805 West 12th Street, Little Rock, AR 72204.

This is an open forum to communicate with LRHA about affordable housing in Little Rock. Come and hear the latest updates on several ongoing revitalization efforts and provide your expertise on what the future
should include.

City Hall for a Day June 25

City Hall For A Day

WHEN?-Friday June 25, 2010

WHERE?-4200 John Barrow Rd.

TIME?-9:00 to 11:00

Here is YOUR opportunity to meet and talk with your city officials.

Please join us with any concerns you may have.

* LRPD
* LRFD
* Public Works
* Housing and Neighborhood Programs
* Zoning (Parking in yard ordinance)

ALL businesses, churches, neighborhood residents and associations are welcome.

If you have questions please contact West  Central Alert Center (501-565-4807).

Refreshments will be served.

Report on Recent Neighborhoods USA Conference in Little Rock

Recently, the 35th Annual Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) Conference was held in Little Rock, Arkansas. This year’s conference attracted attendees from throughout the United States, Canada and Japan.   
  
The highlight of this year’s conference was former President Bill Clinton keynoting the Neighborhood of the Year Awards luncheon. 
  
President Clinton commented that each community possesses the “seeds of its own regeneration, and it depends on the actions taken by community leaders.  As the nation seethes with renewed political partisanship, there’s not enough talk about what’s happening at the neighborhood level, and that we have to get back to American and build up from the grassroots.”  In closing, President Clinton told the group, “Every time a neighborhood activist takes on a project to improve his or her community, they are giving other residents a solid place to stand.” 
  
Each year, Neighborhoods, USA recognizes the commitment of neighborhoods, municipalities and neighborhood friendly organizations in awarding the Neighborhood of the Year and Best Neighborhood Program Awards during the annual conference.  This year three neighborhood associations and two cities were recognized for demonstrating exemplary efforts to improve the quality of life for their neighborhoods, residents, and municipalities.   
  
Taking home the Neighborhood of the Year Grand Prize Award was the Old Southwest Inc from Roanoke, VA for their project, Old Southwest Holiday Parlor Tour.  A rebirth took place in 1979 for the premier historic neighborhood of Old Southwest, located in Roanoke, VA when the first annual holiday parlor tour of homes was created. Known as a “past with a future” Old Southwest volunteers continue to give back to their community by working together.  In addition, Old Southwest took first place in the Social Revitalization/Single Neighborhood category. 
  
First place in the Physical Revitalization category was awarded to Willmore City Heritage Association of Long Beach, California.  As a way to remove blighted vacant lots while preserving the historic character of the neighborhood, Willmore City Heritage Assoc. formed various partnerships to save a two-story Victorian from demolition and then move, refurbish and sell the turn-of-the-century home to local residents 
  
  
The 2010 Multi-Neighborhood Partnerships category top prize was presented to the Idaho Crime Prevention Association, for their Treasure Valley Neighborhood Watch Summit which was a collaborated effort by Idaho Crime Prevention Association and 5 law enforcement agencies.  With shrinking economies, foreclosures and unemployment it was time to infuse the communities especially Neighborhood Watch and leaders with hope, inspiration and tools to keep their neighborhoods healthy and livable 
  
These are the only national awards given on an on-going basis to neighborhood organizations for their self-help initiatives.  2010 marks the 27th consecutive year that the Neighborhood of the Year Awards have been presented. 
  
2010 marked the fourth year that Neighborhoods, USA has recognized municipalities and businesses with the Best Neighborhood Program Award.  This award is presented in two categories Social Revitalization and Physical Revitalization. 
 

The City of Topeka (KS) took the top prize in the Social Revitalization category with the City’s Stages of Resource Targeting (SORT) program. The “Stages of Resource Targeting” (SORT) is a strategy for public/private investment into LMI neighborhoods that increases property values – even in this economy.  It sets the stage for self-help so neighborhoods can determine their own destiny while minimizing their reliance on government grants and handouts.
 
The City of Chesapeake (VA) was awarded first place in the Physical Revitalization category for their Serve the City Chesapeake program. Serve the City Chesapeake is a collective effort of the City of Chesapeake, its police department, the faith-based Community, civic leagues, schools and local businesses, working together in public-private partnerships in order to build healthy communities and trusting relationships for the purpose of instilling hope
 
Neighborhoods, USA, the sponsoring organization for these award programs, is a national non-profit organization committed to building and strengthening neighborhood organizations.  NUSA was created in 1975 to share information and experiences to build strong communities and currently is the largest grassroots organization of its kind in the nation. NUSA also encourages networking and information sharing as a way to facilitate the development of partnerships between neighborhood organizations, government, and the private sector.
 
         For more information about the NUSA Awards Program, contact:

Robert Gibbons, Awards Program Chair
1950 E Washington Ave #1
Madison, WI  53704
608/244-0582
Email:  robert.gibbons1@charter.net

Monday, June 21, 2010

FREE Home Security Inspection by LRPD

From the Fair Park Residents Association, one of Broadmoor's University District partners:

Is your home safe from burglars? How do you know?

Making your home safer doesn't always mean having to install expensive alarms — contact Officer Michelle Hill by e-mailing her at mhill@littlerock.org or by calling her at 371-4634 for a free security inspection. Take advantage of this free service offered by the LRPD to help improve the safety of your home and neighborhood!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Broadmoor Pool News

Broadmoor Pool is a great place to meet and greet your neighbors. From time to time, to pool hosts potlucks and other special events. This month's Fourth Sunday Family Potluck is Sunday June 27th from 6 to 8 p.m.


To join the pool, call Pool Manager Pat Mitchell at 565-5613 or Treasurer Ann Wasson at 562-7776 or click here. Broadmoor residents can swim all summer for just $115 per household! That's a bargain for a whole season of fun.


Beginning Tuesday June 29 an ADULT SWIM time will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Come enjoy the swim and time to visit and relax with friends and neighbors.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

UALR Helps Finance Broadmoor Home Improvement Projects


Here was the scene this week just before a downpour as roofers on Woodcliff Circle worked to beat the rain. Money to re-roof the house came from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas’ Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP) grant through the efforts of the UALR University District Development Corporation staff.
The University District Development Corporation (UDDC) is a newly formed not-for-profit organization and was awarded a 501c3 tax designation in 2008. 

The UDDC has roofed several houses in the UALR area, including some in Broadmoor. 
The UDDC was established as a free standing agent to implement many of the housing and economic development goals identified in the University District Revitalization Plan and University Strategic Plan. Governed by a 15 member Board of Directors made up of local residents, financial institutions, faith-based organizations, real estate professionals, small business owners and UALR personnel, the UDDC is taking a lead role in the development or redevelopment of housing for first-time home buyers in the University District.
Broadmoor thanks the University District Staff!