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

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.

* 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

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 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!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Monthly Meeting this Thursday

We'll see you this Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Clubhouse for the monthly Broadmoor board meeting. The clubhouse is at 19 1/2 Belmont Drive.