Saturday, April 28, 2012

Technology Park Opinion Piece

From the Arkansas Times Blog:

The Technology Park: Closed government and the heavy hand of the Chamber

http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2012/04/28/another-call-for-open-government-in-technology-park

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The LRPD Northwest Division quarterly meeting is Thursday, April 26, 6:30pm

The LRPD Northwest Division quarterly meeting is Thursday, April 26, 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 Road.

The purpose and objective of Patrol Division Quarterly Neighborhood 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.

For more information call:
918-3500

Take 25 on May 25th
Take 25, a nationwide initiative of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, is encouraging parents, guardians and educators to take 25 minutes on May 25th to talk to children about ways to be safer. Plans are under way in Little Rock for you to participate in Take 25 to educate children about personal safety. On May 1st the 25 ways to make children safer will be available at the Little Rock Police Department, LRPD Substations, any Central Arkansas Library Systems Branch, Central Arkansas Water main office and Neighborhood Alert Centers.

Legitimate Real-estate Agents
Legitimate Real-estate Agents are licensed by the Arkansas Real Estate Commission. They should have a Pocket Card / License from (AREC) to show. The license has to be renewed every year. Anyone can search for a licensed agent at www.arec.arkansas.gov The Arkansas Real Estate Commission phone number is 683-8010.

Dwight Davis
Public Affairs Coordinator
Neighborhood Watch Program Coordinator
Crime Prevention Specialist
Little Rock Police Department
(501) 918-5358



Sunday, April 15, 2012

April Yard of the Month

Lovely roses and irises are prominent features in this month's Broadmoor Yard of the Month at 42 Lakeshore Drive.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

It's almost pool time!


Broadmoor Pool Opening – Saturday, May 26

A lot of improvements have been done to the pool over the winter…a completely new deck (see image above) and new tile around the edge of the kiddie pool and the main pool.

For the last several years, the deck has been in need of major repair and the volunteer pool managers and neighborhood volunteers have spent countless hours patching the deck and replacing tiles. We are so pleased that this issue has now been resolved with the new deck and tile.

The Broadmoor Neighborhood Association and Broadmoor Pool have invested a great deal of money on these improvements.

Pool operating costs have increased every year. For this reason, it has become necessary to slightly raise the membership fee, after several years of being able to keep it the same. We still believe it’s the best bargain in town and when you see the improvements, you’ll be amazed at what a difference they’ve made!

In-area Summer Swim Fee:             $125
Out-of-area Summer Swim Fee:      $185

Join by May 10 and SAVE!!!!
To boost the pool’s initial operating budget, previous pool members can join at last year’s rate before May 10.

By May 10 In-area Summer Swim Fee:                  $115
By May 10 Out-of-area Summer Swim Fee:           $175

The first pool work day will be Saturday, May 5, at 9 a.m. Please put this date on your calendar and join other volunteers help us get ready for the grand opening.

Concession stand volunteer shifts are available. This is a great way to help the community and make new friends. Please consider signing up for a weekly shift.

If you have any questions, please call Pool Manager Pat Mitchell at 565-5613.

Friday, April 6, 2012

AARP Focus on University District Seniors

AARP Arkansas has chosen the University District for a Community Presence project in Arkansas. The Community Presence project involves the State AARP office in assessing and responding to the needs of seniors within a local community. The Community Presence project is focused on improving walkability/fitness, reducing isolation by encouraging social connections, and improving the public safety and security of seniors.

The AARP Team has begun meeting regularly with a representative group of seniors who reside in the University District to shape what we're calling the University District Seniors Network. The AARP/UDP advisory team will begin soon sending regular communications to seniors to gain a broader base of input in the formation of the UD Seniors Network. Persons interested in participating on the advisory group can contact the University District office to join the group.

In the meantime, the advisory group wants to encourage seniors to participate in activities and events within the University District and on the UALR Campus.

The first event being sponsored by AARP Arkansas is a reception and attendance at the opera, "Into the Woods" on April 22. Please read the invitation below for details.

Registration is required because seating is limited. AARP membership is not required.

If you want to participate, Please call 1-877-926-8300 to RSVP for Reception and Opera by April 16, 2012.

Reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

News from the University District

UDDC Renovating 2 Cottages on Harrison

The University District Development Corp. is substantially rehabilitating two brick cottages on Harrison Street. The houses will be for sale to first-time home buyers. Applicants must be at or below 80 percent of Median Family Income and not have owned a home in three years. Qualified applicants are eligible for subsidies to assist in making the houses affordable. The UDDC will be showing both houses to prospective purchasers within a few weeks. Contact the UDDC for more information.

Homes Improving Through SNAP Program

With funding from the Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP) of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board in Dallas, the UDDC has improved (11) houses for elderly and disadvantaged homeowners this year. Local banks (partnering with the UDDC) include (Bank of the Ozarks and Centennial Bank). Grants are made on a first come, first served competitive basis. The UDDC has repaired (34) houses through the program over the past three years.

Seniors’ Network Begins

AARP Arkansas and the University District Partnership are organizing a seniors’ network. AARP chose the University District for its community presence program. The project emphasizes walkability/improving fitness, reducing isolation, and improving public safety and security for seniors. A steering committee with AARP team members and University District residents is meeting monthly to shape the initiative and plan events and activities. The first AARP-sponsored event for UD seniors will be a reception and the UALR opera, “Into the Woods,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22, in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall. Ticket reservations are required. Contact the UDP for more information.

University District Partnership
2801 S. University - Bailey Center
Little Rock, AR 72204
501.683.7356

UALR Decides to Purchase Coleman Place

On Friday, the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees approved UALR’s purchase of Coleman Place apartments located on Asher Avenue.

Finalization of the $14.68 million sale depends upon UALR securing bond financing. Coleman Place has 420 beds with approximately 170 UALR students currently living there. It will be used for UALR student housing beginning in fall 2012.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April Board Meeting

The Broadmoor POA Board will meet on Thursday, April 5. at 7:00pm in the clubhouse at 19 1/2 Belmont.

All are welcome to attend.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Gardening Workshop April 5

Growing a Healthy Community

Attention University District Residents

If you are interested in growing a healthier community, attend a free garden training and informational seminar.

Thursday, April 5
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
UALR Bailey Alumni and Friends Center

The first 30 residents to sign up who didn’t receive a garden last year may receive a free raised bed garden if funding is received.  If you would like to bring a soil sample from your lawn or landscape beds, label samples  with your name, address, phone number, and what you are growing. Place between a pint and quart of dry soil in a waterproof container (plastic bag or jar). You will receive a report with a liming and fertilization recommendation in a couple of weeks.

Register by April 4 at ualr.edu/universitydistrict

For questions, email udresidents@gmail.com