4 Ways You Can Help Keep Estates West Safe!

Criminals probably won’t be inclined to follow the shelter-in-place guidelines set forth by the City of Dallas from 3/24/20 – 4/4/20. The following tips can help keep our neighborhood safe, especially during the next few weeks as you are around the house!

  1. Keep garage doors closed – this can be a little daunting, especially if you’re working outside or your children are out playing. Just remember that individuals looking to steal love to cruise down alleyways to see what’s easily accessible.
  2. Stay alert while walking – many of us are outside right now, getting some much needed fresh air! Let your walk/jog be even more beneficial by staying aware and reporting any suspicious activity to 911.  Remember to walk down alleyways and side streets too – staying vigilant deters crime and helps the police to catch suspects faster! 
  3. Keep 6ft away from neighbors – Obviously this is just during the next few weeks as we try to flatten the curve. Keep in mind that seniors and those with compromised immune systems also need to get out and walk. If you see someone coming your way, move 6ft + away from them. Hopefully they will understand and not take offense! 
  4. Get or give assistance – Sign-up online at www.Estateswest.org if you are homebound and need assistance or if you would like to volunteer to help those in need during this time. If you know a neighbor not online who may need support, please call them or drop a note in their mailbox to see if there is anything they need.

Easter Celebration – CANCELLED

Dear Neighbors of Estates West,

In light of recent recommendations for social distancing and mandatory limits on social gatherings due to the Covid-19 virus, the Estates West Neighborhood Association (in partnership with our neighbors, Prestonwood East) will be canceling the annual Easter Egg Hunt/Potluck party at Bowie Elementary scheduled for Sunday, April 5th. It is our sincere hope that, after this has passed us by, we can create a new event for us to gather and celebrate the season together before summertime. Otherwise, we will soon be gearing up to work towards the 4th of July parade!

Just a reminder that if you are homebound and need assistance, or would like to volunteer to help those in need during this time, please visit our website www.EstatesWest.org to find out more and sign-up.

Sincerely,

Lily Spencer / President Estates West Neighborhood Association

Coronavirus Assistance

Dear Neighbors of Estates West,

We hope this note finds you in good spirits, enjoying this lovely, rainy day!

As you are all WELL aware, we are currently experiencing a major event, the Covid-19 virus. Information is pouring in via every media source and Dallas is on high alert as schools extend their Spring Break and other large events cancel. The temptation to horde supplies such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer is rampant and we are all being encouraged to practice “social distancing.” 

Let’s take a moment to consider those at the highest risk for complications due to this virus – senior citizens and those with immune deficiencies.

I know there are many loving hearts in Estates West, eager to do what they can to help a neighbor in need, whether that means picking up prescriptions, going to the grocery store or offering some extra toilet paper! So let’s show our love by stepping up and doing what communities (should!) do best – BE THERE for one another! 

If you are either in need of some assistance or would like to volunteer to help a neighbor, please complete this form and we will connect with you soon.

If you know of a neighbor in need that may not receive these emails, please send us their address or speak with them directly to see if they would like help. 

I pray that while keeping smart, any fears you may have about this situation begin to subside knowing that together we will come out of this stronger and more connected as a neighborhood…and the world!

For additional information and assistance from the City of Dallas please, visit: https://dallascityhall.com/Pages/Corona-Virus.aspx

Sincerely,
Lily Spencer / President
Estates West Neighborhood Association

We want to hear from you!

Calling all Estates West residents – we need to hear from you! Please complete this quick 9 question survey about our neighborhood. We will use this data as we continue to revitalize the neighborhood’s Association and plan for a 2020 Membership Drive! 

Need a little motivation? Each email associated with a survey will be entered into a drawing for  1 of 10 gift cards! Click here: https://bit.ly/2QLnydQ

Holiday Decorating Contest!

Estates West Homeowners Board is introducing our first-ever Holiday decorating contest! Decorate your home to be the most festive in the neighborhood. Winning entries will be listed in the Estates West Newsletter, on the website and Facebook Page. Prizes from Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and Ace Hardware to the top three decorated homes in the neighborhood.

2020 Board Positions and Volunteers Needed

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
                                                                                           – Winston Churchill

Calling all Estates West Neighbors – are you looking for a way to volunteer in our community? Here are 3 positions and their descriptions we currently have available. If you are interested, please send an email to [email protected] and we will connect with you soon! 

Sign Master(s)– this position needs a detailed oriented person(s)  to store,  place and pick-up the Estates West metal signs we use for events like bulk trash pickup (once a month), Easter Party, 4th of July Parade, General Meeting &  Membership Drive. It takes about 45 minutes to place all 6 signs. Time commitments each month vary but are generally 2 – 4hrs. This is a great opportunity for a family who wants to get outside and support the neighborhood! 

Chair of Beautification – We are looking for the next board member to join our team in January! As we are in the middle of revitalizing the Association, the job description is still in flux but generally will be asked to oversee:  the Arapaho Strip beautification volunteers, the holiday decoration volunteers, and the entrance sign decoration volunteers. Opportunities to join other revitalization committees will be available! This is a leadership/voting position that meets at monthly board meetings (currently the 3rd Thursday from 7:00-8:00 pm). Time commitments vary but are generally 3-5 hours each month including the meeting. Not sure if this is a good fit for you? Come try it out for 3 months before our General Election in March! 

Secretary – We are looking for our next Secretary to serve on the Association’s board starting in January! Job description includes being able to take detailed notes during each month’s board meeting (currently the 3rdThursday from 7:00-8:00 pm) and uploading them to our Google Drive. The secretary will also be responsible for checking a P.O. box twice monthly, recording and distributing mail as necessary. Opportunities to join other revitalization committees will be available. Time commitments vary but are generally 2 – 4 hours each month including the meeting.  Not sure if this is a good fit for you? Come try it out for 3 months before our General Election in March!

Holiday Decorators Needed!

It’s EASY! Grab your kids, neighbor or significant other and head on out to help decorate STOP SIGN POLES as explained below!!!!

Many of our longtime resident volunteers have made a tradition of decorating our STOP SIGN POLES for 20+ years and are ready to pass the baton to the next generation.

Let’s show them we are READY to step-up and continue the neighborhood traditions they worked hard to create! Each pole takes about 5-10 minutes to decorate and you will be given all the necessary supplies – simple and easy!

Current needs: – 2 or more volunteers to help a longtime resident (of 42 yrs!) decorate La Sobrina/Spring Creek (2 poles) and La Manga/Meandering Way (2 poles). She wants to do it one last year (and needs help getting supplies out of her attic!) and can show you how to do it! Then next year you will get to develop your own tradition!

– 2 or more volunteers to help longtime resident decorate El Pastel/Spring Creek (2 poles), La Risa/Spring Creek (1 pole) & La Avenida/Spring Creek (1 pole). He’ll show you how it’s done and you can continue with these 4 poles next year!

– 2 or more volunteers to decorate (with instructions) La Sobrina/Meandering Way (1 pole) & Alto Caro/Meandering Way (1 pole)

More volunteers will likely be needed as I hear back from people after Thanksgiving. FYI our Chair of Events (Patti) and Chair of Beautification (Kanette) have volunteered to decorate the entrance signs at Arapaho/Spring Creek and La Manga/Meandering Way – THANK YOU BOTH!

Contact me today… call/text, or email and join the community fun!

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde

Sincerely, Lily Spencer, President Estates West Association [email protected] 972-239-0922