Keep up to date with the EKPNA Calendar
Mark your calendars for Saturday December 1, 2018 for the EKPNA Holiday Party. It will be a great time to share cheer with your neighbors. Additional details will be available in the coming weeks.
Update on November 1 - New Methodist Folsom Center
We should all take enormous pride for weighing in on this discussion - from turning out for the community meeting at the Folsom Fitness Center on October 10, to e-mailing our Plan Commissioner Chad West and then attending the City Plan Commission (CPC) hearing on Thursday, November 1. East Kessler neighbors demonstrated how much they care about their neighborhood and kudos to all who showed up for this marathon city plan hearing.
Our four former EKPNA presidents - Luke Mallinson, Peter Kavanagh, Tim Herfel and Will Pinkerton - and our EKPNA Oak Cliff Gateway Rezoning Chair, Christian Chernock – spoke compellingly at the CPC hearing in opposition to granting zoning rights for Methodist to build their Wellness Center in the Pecan Grove. Despite this and overwhelming neighborhood support, we came up short of a majority vote to deny such approval to Methodist Hospital's request. The CPC recommendation now goes to City Council.
The final decision will be made at City Council on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, so we still have a chance to get the Wellness Center built outside the Pecan Grove location. Our new president, Rob Castro, and the EKPNA Community Affairs Committee will be working closely together to prepare for our final attempt to change the location of the Wellness Center. Stay tuned for further updates!
Pat Melly, Director EKPNA Community Affairs Committee
Holiday safety is an issue that burns brightest from late November to mid-January, when families gather, parties are scheduled and travel spikes. Take some basic precautions to ensure your family remains safe and injury-free throughout the season
Traveling for the Holidays
Many people choose to travel during the holidays by automobile, with the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation. In 2015, 355 people died on New Year's Day, 386 on Thanksgiving Day and 273 on Christmas Day, according to Injury Facts 2017. Alcohol-impaired fatalities represent about one-third of the totals.
Use a designated driver to ensure guests make it home safely after a holiday party; alcohol, over-the-counter or illegal drugs all cause impairment
Make sure every person in the vehicle is properly buckled up no matter how long or short the distance traveled
Put that cell phone away; many distractions can occur while driving, but cell phones are the main culprit
Properly maintain the vehicle and keep an emergency kit with you
Be prepared for heavy traffic, and possibly heavy snow
Watch Out for Those Fire-Starters
Candles and Fireplaces
Thousands of deaths are caused by fires, burns and other fire-related injuries every year, and 12% of home candle fires occur in December, the National Fire Protection Association reports. Increased use of candles and fireplaces, combined with an increase in the amount of combustible, seasonal decorations present in many homes means more risk for fire.
Never leave burning candles unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle
Keep candles out of reach of children
Make sure candles are on stable surfaces
Don't burn candles near trees, curtains or any other flammable items
Don't burn trees, wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace
Check and clean the chimney and fireplace area at least once a year
Partnering with Grand Bank, new members interested in joining North Oak Cliff United Police Patrol (NOCUPP) are eligible for a $100 discount through the end of November. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Branch Out Dallas is a City program to reduce air pollution, cool neighborhoods and combat Climate Change through planting trees.
This neighborhood program will provide you with a free 5-gallon tree for your front or backyard. For the best locations to plant a tree, please Click Here.
The available Texas trees are drought-tolerant and hardy. Registration is from November 1, 2018 – January 11, 2019 and trees will be available for pick up on March 9, 2019.