Saturday, September 29, 2012

LRPD Northwest Division quarterly meeting is Thursday, October 25

The next LRPD Northwest Division quarterly meeting is Thursday, October 25, 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:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

University District National Night Out will to Honor Police and Firefighters

University District Neighborhoods at National Night Out will be recognizing the LRPD Officer, UALR PD Officer and LRFD Fire Fighter of the year.

Make Plans NOW to be part of THANKING those who protect us.  This our opportunity to show our neighborhood's commitment to fight crime.

Unite with your neighbors on Tuesday, Oct. 2 for National Night Out at 6 pm at the UALR Welcome Center in the University Plaza, which is the Northeast Corner of University & Asher Av. (just past Big Lots).

We will be joined by the Mayor, City Directors, City Manager and staff.  As well as, ULAR Chancellor Anderson and Vice Chancellors.

University District Neighborhoods is also expecting a large media coverage.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Article on the "Research Triangle," the Most Famous Technology Park

From Ron Copeland, Director of the University District Partnership,
comes this link to an article in the current issue of Governing
Magazine. The article describes the Centennial Campus at North
Carolina State as a model for today's business/technology parks in
comparison to the Research Triangle Park developed west of Raleigh,
NC, in the 1950s and 1960s.

Hopefully, we will have an opportunity to present the University
District Development Corporation concept for the Little Rock
Technology Park at the Asher/University Avenue site. We will be
researching Centennial and other more recent tech park developments to
prepare for that eventuality.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

University District Wellness Fair

University District Wellness Fair

October 13, 2012


All residents of the University District are invited to the
University District Wellness Fair.

The Wellness Fair will be held in the UALR Donaghey Student Center
from 9 am till 2 pm.

If you are participate in the Wellness Fair you will receive a 1 Year
FREE Membership to the UALR Donaghey Fitness Center.

If you are a past participate in the Wellness Fair you will receive a
Discounted Membership to the UALR Donaghey Fitness Center.

The University District Wellness Fair consists of basic health
measurements (height, weight, blood pressure, etc.) in order to help
University District neighbors to improve their health.

Watch for more information on how to Pre-Register to this great
benefit to living in the University District.

Pre-Register to the University District Wellness Fair will be
available at the UD National Night Out on Oct. 2.

Friday, September 21, 2012

National Night Out Tuesday, October 2

National Night Out Tuesday, October 2

Join other neighborhoods in the University District in this city wide
event promoting neighborhood spirit and public safety.

Come out and join with your neighbors "America's Night Out Against Crime"!

What: National Night Out
When: Tuesday, October 2
Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Where: UALR Welcome Center University Plaza – Northeast Corner of
University & Asher Av. (just past Big Lots)

There will be Fun, Food and Fellowship for all!

The UD Neighborhoods will be awarding Three Awards to our Public Servants:
-University District UALR Police Officer of the Year
-University District LR Police Officer of the Year
-University District Firefighter of the Year

There will be a tribute and remembrance for Code Enforcement Officer
Kobe Tworivers.

Information Tables that include:
-Department of Health Mobile Unit
-Cooperative Extension
-Voter Registration
-LR Park Ranger Program
… and much more!!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Walk Broadmoor!

Take a stroll around the lake, park, or just your street.

The Easiest Way To Live Longer

by Lisa Collier Cool

Did you know that every minute you walk can extend your life by 1.5 to 2 minutes? In addition, many studies show that people who walk regularly live longer, weigh less, have lower blood pressure, and enjoy better overall health than non-walkers.

Ready to lace on your shoes? If you want to add to the amount of walking you do, just clip on a pedometer. That simple action actually increases your physical activity by over 2100 steps per day, a review that pooled data from 26 studies found.

Here's a look at ten benefits of walking.

Walking Increases Your Lifespan

Walking more than an hour a day improves life expectancy significantly, a 2011 study showed. The researchers looked at 27,738 participants between the ages of 40 and 79 over a 13-year period. Surprisingly, their lifetime medical costs did not increase-even though they lived longer.

"An increase in walking time at the population level would bring about a tremendous change in people's health and medical cost," the study authors wrote.

Walking Wards Off Diabetes

Just thirty minutes of walking a day can prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes, a 2002 study looking at both overweight and average weight men and women in a population at high risk for the disease showed.

If you already have diabetes, walking is helpful for you, too. A mile or more daily cuts your risk of death from all causes in half, according to a 2007 study.

Walking Keeps Your Mind Sharp

Walking 72 blocks a week (around six to nine miles) helps increase grey matter, which in turn lowers the risk of suffering from cognitive impairment-or trouble with concentration, memory and thought, according to a study which looked at 299 seniors over a nine-year period.

Furthermore, walking five miles per week can provide some protection to the memory and learning areas of the brains of those already suffering from Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairment, and lead to a slower decline in memory loss.

Common Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease

Walking Helps Lower Blood Pressure

Walking just 30 minutes a day, three to five days a week-even when the 30 minutes are broken into three ten-minute increments-has been found to significantly lower blood pressure.

Walking is Great for Bone Health

Putting one foot in front of the other for about a mile a day led to improved bone density in post-menopausal women, and slowed the rate of bone loss from the legs, according to a 1994 study. "It takes walkers four to seven years longer to reach the point of very low bone density, study leader Dr. Krall told the New York Times.

Walking Cuts the Risk of Stroke

Walking about 12.5 miles a week or more cut the risk of stroke in half, according to a study looking at over 11,000 Harvard University alumni with an average age of 58.

Walking Improves Your Mood

If you're feeling down in the dumps, walking is a quick and easy solution. Just thirty minutes on a treadmill reduces feelings of tension and depression, according to research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. In fact, the study found that walking lifted moods more quickly than anti-depressants did (and with fewer side effects).

And the more people walk, the better their mood and energy, says California State University Long Beach professor Robert Thayer, based on a study looking at 37 study participants over a 20-day period.

Walking Torches Calories

Just 20 minutes of walking a day will burn 7 pounds a year. The effects are even more dramatic when you add in some dietary changes as well.

23 Diet Plans Reviewed: Do They Work?

Walking Improves Insomnia

Having trouble sleeping at night? Try taking a brisk 45-minute walk in the morning five days a week, and your sleep may improve significantly, according to research from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, which looked at women from the age of 50-74. (Walking in the evening, however, sometimes has the opposite effect-so keep an eye on when you're exercising and what your sleep patterns are.)

Walking is Good for the Heart

Women who took brisk walks for three or more hours per week reduced their risk of heart disease by 30-40 percent, according to an analysis of over 72,000 women aged 40-65, who were enrolled in the prospective Nurses' Health Study. As I reported recently, heart attacks kill more US women than men annually. However, the benefits of walking aren't limited to one gender. A different study showed that walking can cut the risk of coronary heart disease in half for men between the ages of 71 and 93.

Carla N. Nichols, Alert Center Facilitator
City of Little Rock
Oak Forest Neighborhood Alert Center
Little Rock, Arkansas 72204
Phone: 501-666-0916

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

West Nile Virus Information

West Nile Virus is transmitted by mosquito bites.

Incubation period in humans (i.e., time from infection/bite to onset of
disease symptoms) for West Nile disease is usually 2 to 15 days.

Most people (about 4 out of 5) who are infected with West Nile virus
will not develop any type of illness.

About 20% of people who become infected with WNV will develop West Nile

Symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, and body aches,
occasionally with a skin rash (on the trunk of the body) and swollen
lymph glands.

It is estimated that approximately 1 in 150 persons infected with the
West Nile virus will develop a more severe form of disease.

People may develop a brief, WNF-like illness (early symptoms) before
they develop more severe disease.

The symptoms of severe disease (also called neuroinvasive disease, such
as West Nile encephalitis or meningitis or West Nile poliomyelitis)
include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation,
coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and paralysis.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Little Rock Technology Park Authority Meeting

Wednesday September 12, 2012

Meeting location has been moved to:

Baptist Health-Little Rock Campus - Gilbreath Conference Center, Conference Rooms 10 & 12 (map)

When you enter the campus from I-630, Exit 7 the free parking deck is straight ahead. The Gilbreath Conference Center may be entered at the ground level adjacent to the parking deck.

The monthly meeting of the Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board
of Directors.

The public is invited to attend.

This is your opportunity to learn more about the Little Rock
Technology Park Authority's activities.

Become informed, have a voice, attend the meeting!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Pool Workday Saturday Sep. 8 9 a.m.

Join your neighbors this Saturday, September 8, at 9 a.m. We have to put away the furniture and, most importantly, put the cover on the pool.

Univ. District Development Corp. Proposes New Tech. Park Site--WITHOUT RESIDENTIAL DISPLACEMENT

Proposal to the Little Rock Technology Park Authority to Locate the Little Rock Technology Park at Asher/University Avenue

A joint proposal from the University District Development Corporation and Flake & Kelley Commercial

The University District Development Corporation (UDDC) and property owners  represented by Flake and Kelley Commercial propose a site for the Little Rock Technology Park located generally at the southeast corner of Asher Avenue and University Avenue, immediately south of the University of Little Rock campus.

The site includes the Village Shopping Center, the Rush property immediately south of the Village, the Coleman Dairy property, and Good Old Days Foods, Inc. property onS. Polk Street. Also, additional owners of properties generally in the southeast corner of Asher and Mabelvale Pike have been contacted and some will agree to be included. These properties abut the Coleman Dairy property and the Good Old Days Food, Inc. Property.

The following information summarizes the attributes of the Asher/University site for the Little Rock Technology Park and this package includes the site submission criteria materials requested by the Little Rock Technology Park Authority on July 10, 2012.

Park Location Criteria (Angle Technology Group)
This Asher/University location meets both the business park criteria and the research park criteria set forth by the Angle Technology Group in its 2009 report, “Study and Recommendations for a Research Park in Little Rock, Arkansas”.

•The site is bounded on two sides by arterial streets, Asher Avenue and South University Avenue, providing visibility from well-traveled roads and easy access to main thoroughfares.
•The site has easy access to restaurants, hotels, retail services and housing, and it has room for expansion.
•This site is immediately adjacent to the UALR Campus and within a short drive to UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
•The site has access to high-speed broadband communication facilities.

21st Century Research Park Opportunities (Battelle Report)
Moreover, the Asher/University location reflects the characteristics of university research parks described in “Characteristics and Trends in North American Research Parks: 21st Century Directions” prepared by Battelle Technology Partnership Practice in cooperation with the Association of University Research Parks in October, 2007.

“Urban Community Revitalization. Recently, a number of universities located in urban settings have begun to apply the research park concept not only to provide needed R&D space for academics and their industry collaborators, but also to stimulate the redevelopment of neighborhoods. Research parks may have a role to plan in cities seeking to grow their technology industry base.”

The site anchors the University District, a 3.5 square mile area around the UALR campus with approximately 9,740 people living in 3,850 households. The University District’s mission is to create a dynamic urban place, improving the quality of life for all those who live, learn, work, and play in the area.

Located in the heart of Little Rock, the Asher/University Avenue Technology Park Site totals 84.37 acres with 14 acres of existing grading and infrastructure available for immediate development.

Anchored by the existing Village Shopping Center at Asher/University
Avenue, the site:
•Sets immediately adjacent to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus and within 3 miles and 7 minutes driving time of the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences campus.
•Anchors the University District, a 3.5 square mile revitalization area surrounding the UALR campus.
•Is located within 12 miles of the Little Rock Regional Airport and the Little Rock Port Authority by way of State Highway 5/U. S. Highway 67.
•Is located within 1.7 miles of I-630 and 5 miles of I-30.
•Wraps around the newly acquired University Village UALR Student Housing and the newly constructed UALR Track and Field and Intermural Athletic Facility.
•Connects to the light industrial area at the southwest corner of Asher Avenue and Mabelvale Pike, where several owners are interested in their properties being included.

Existing Site Improvements
The Asher/University Site has existing parking lots, buildings, and drainage/utility infrastructure on 14 acres in acceptable condition for immediate development. It includes:
•Approximately 150,000 square feet of retail office space that can be used for interim or temporary facilities until permanent technology park facilities are planned, designed and constructed;
•Approximately 520 surface parking spaces on existing parking lots;
•An outparcel building, formerly occupied by a branch bank, that could be used immediately as an on-site office facility for the Technology Park Authority and its development staff and consultants.

No Residential Displacement
The site includes no residential neighborhoods, single family or multi-family housing. There will be no residential displacement.

Community & Business Support
The University District includes several single-family residential neighborhoods, several of which are represented by neighborhood, residents or property owners associations. The leaders of these groups make up the University District Neighborhoods Association, which endorsed the Asher/University location for the Technology Park. The Meadowcliff/Brookwood Neighborhood Association represents neighborhoods in the Hindman Park area, south of the Asher/University intersection. They also support the location for the Technology Park site. Also, several owners of businesses and properties within the Four Corners (Asher/University Intersection) meet frequently to address development issues in the area. They also voiced strong support for the location.

University District Development Corporation Role Incorporated in 2008 as a 501 (c) 3 private nonprofit community development corporation, the UDDC was formed to develop affordable housing, encourage business development, and make neighborhood improvements within the University District.

Four major goals drive the UDDC’s current plan to improve the quality
of life within the University District:
•Increase property values and improve affordable housing conditions
•Improve neighborhood infrastructure especially sidewalks, trails, and safe streets
•Increase levels of personal safety and outdoor activity creating an active, healthy neighborhood
•Increase the number of middle-income residents living in the area

The UDDC is available to assist the Little Rock Technology ParkAuthority with building community relations and integrating the technology park development with the surrounding area.

The UDDC Board of Directors was appointed in 2008. Board members and fficers have served continuously since that time. One-fourth of the Board members are UALR faculty and staff and one-half of the Board members live within the University District.

Paula Casey, Chair
Joe Busby, Vice Chair
Hillis Schild, Treasurer
Marsha Vault, Secretary
Kim Evans
Mike Gerfen
Marq Golden
Liz MacKenzie
Sedrick Mays
Paula Rogers
Raymond Scott
Edward Swaim
Debra-Simpson Webster

The Angle Technology Group Report states that, “in a knowledge economy, knowledge creation, innovation and networking are key drivers for economic development and growth.” With immediate access to UALR and close proximity to UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the Asher/University Avenue Technology Park site provides the best location for knowledge creation, innovation and networking. The Asher/University Avenue site provides the best setting for the Board to fulfill its mission to further the knowledge-based economy of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Conversation about Child Health in Arkansas

You are invited

Conversation about Child Health in Arkansas

Are you interested in participating in a focus group about children’s health in Arkansas?

Participants will receive snacks and $40 for their time.

Please RSVP by calling (501) 371-9678 (x 117)

Who: Parents, Educators and Community Leaders

When: Thursday, September 6th, 5:00-7:00pm

Where: Franklin Elementary School (1701 S. Harrison)

Why: To help improve child health care in Arkansas

What: You will be asked questions about issues such as

Health concerns for children in your community
Access to health and wellness care for children in your community
Resources available to keep children in your community healthy and safe

Purpose of the focus groups

The purpose of the study is to evaluate children’s health in Arkansas for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Information gathered will be used by the hospital to develop strategies to improve child health in Arkansas through its Community Benefit work.

How the focus groups will work

Questions will be discussed within groups of 10-15 people. The group conversation will be videotaped, and notes will be taken. The facilitator will speak in English, but Spanish translators will be made available as needed to allow the facilitator to speak with Spanish-speaking participants. There will not be right or wrong answers, and we encourage you to freely discuss with your group. All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential and will only be used to improve child health care in Arkansas. The interview data and personal information you provide will be kept strictly confidential and will be kept on file at the study team’s office. Access to personal information will be restricted to the researchers only and will be secured electronically and physically in a locked office away from public access. The data will be compiled in a report, but no personal information will be included in the report.

Carla N. Nichols, Alert Center Facilitator
City of Little Rock
Oak Forest Neighborhood Alert Center
Little Rock, Arkansas 72204
Phone: 501-666-0916

September Meeting Agenda

Board Agenda – September 7, 2012

Call to Order


Last Month’s Minutes

Treasurer’s Report

Special Guest – City Director Joan Adcock

Clubhouse, Park, Lake and Dam
• Pool – Pat
• Antje – Recognition of the Mitchells

Neighborhood Watch

Yard of the Month Winners – India
• September – Yard of the Month - 7 Belmont -Glenn & Debbie Hershey

New, Old, Other Business and Announcements
• Committee’s Meeting resumes on October 18 Thursday at 7:00 pm at Clubhouse
• AARP – Seniors Network
• UD Neighborhood Leaders Association meeting – BPOA Clubhouse –

Tuesday, September 25th - 6:30 pm with dinner provided – please RSVP-562-6877

VOTE September 11 – verify that you are a registered voter at

Call City Services – dial 311 - for pick up of furniture and large
items to be discarded-this includes your neighbors discards that are
sitting at the curb. This number is also used to report addresses
that have not mowed their grass and/or have vehicles parked in the

Website -
Blog –
Broadmoor Clubhouse Rental - 562-6877

UALR University District –

Police NON-emergency – 371-4829

Anonymous Vice Squad Tip Line 918-3800

Alert Center – Kevin Dawford – 565-4807