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VOL XXX, ISSUE 12

Officers David Allen, President 214-887-8708 a_davidallen@hotmail.com Dan Warren, Vice Pres. 214-616-7677 danwarren@nowsolutions.com Judy Jacobs, Secretary 241-821-8899 jj02@airmail.net Sharon Smith, Webmaster 214-828-9140 srs@pcmomma.com Toni Threadgill, Social 214-707-1831 tonithreadgill@msn.com Roberto Nogueira, Landscaping 214-682-4619 roberto.dallas@hotmail.com Bill Kurtze, Treasurer 972-358-7902 Bill.kurtze@gmail.com Chris Craig, Security 214-826-5656 christof96@sbcglobal.net

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PUBLIC ART PROJECT DEDICATION IN EXALL PARK The Friends of Exall Park would like to extend an invitation to the entire neighborhood of Bryan Place to come out and be a part of a Public Art Project dedication ceremony on Saturday, December 17th, at 10:00 AM. This piece of art work is being donated to Exall Park by a longtime, wonderful resident of Bryan Place. You may have noticed lots of activity around the "rock garden" near the corner of Bryan and Skiles. The park is getting some renovations and upgrades to the "rock garden". This is where the placement of the new art work is going to be installed. WHO IS THIS WONDERFUL DONOR OF ART TO EXALL PARK? You will just need to join us December the 17th at 10:00 to thank her and let her know how much you appreciate this wonderful addition to our park. Exall Park is the place to be as bright lights and events take over this holiday season. You may have noticed the Christmas tree near the ballpark decorated and lit up each evening as it was last year. Our thanks to the Friends Of Exall Park for delighting us again this year with the tree.

Gloria Whitehead, Membership 214-868-5881 gloria.whitehead@sbcglobal.net Eric Williamson, Zoning 214-821-8894 wilme2@yahoo.com Ruben Ramirez, BP Pool Assn 214-477-5100 rubenjramirez@aol.com

Bulk Trash Pick Up Starts: Monday, DECEMBER 19 Please place bulk trash out no sooner than 7 a.m. Thursday prior to bulk pickup week through 7 a.m. Monday of bulk pickup week. Thank you for helping to keep Bryan Place beautiful! For more information dial 311 or visit www.dallascityhall.com. Next Pick Up Week Starts: Monday, January 16

The recreation center has a coat drive going on through December 21. In January there will also be free Creative Writing and Dance programs for children. Contact the Recreation Center at 214-670-7812 for more details.

Revisiting Ross Avenue Now that the Icon At Ross Avenue is near completion, changes are also occurring across the streets from the new apartment complex to the east and south. According to Jerry Moreno, of Downtown Auto Upholstery at 1623 Hall Street, he sold the garage to a developer this month. The taco stand on the northeast corner of Ross and Hall has been demolished and plans are unknown for what is slated on the properties. The public art project for the Gateway To The Arts District (the Ross Avenue underpass at Central) has not gone to city council yet. This was supposed to happen in October, however we were told there are still issues that need to be resolved between the city and TxDOT on providing the power source for the lighting. The next cleanup project was also delayed due to the weather and holidays. We will keep you informed.


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YARD OF THE MONTH

December's yard of the month is located at 3203 Lakenheath. Gary and Linda Collins have been proud Bryan Place residents since 2002, and have created a lovely garden at the corner of Marseille and Lakenheath. A collection of seasonal flowering plants, manicured shrubs, Japanese maples and trees with benched seating areas and a stone border creates a beautiful corner yard for the whole neighborhood to enjoy. Other recent improvements include new exterior siding and new wood flooring on the interior. We appreciate the time and effort that neighbors like Gary and Linda put into making their yard and home beautiful. Thank you for making Bryan Place such a wonderful neighborhood to live.


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City Hall Contacted About Liberty Court Street Repair The city repaired a water main break last month on Liberty Court, but did a bad job returning the street back to the original state, not replacing it with the brick pavers which are popular on many streets within Bryan Place. They simply patched the repair with asphalt. Our council member, Angela Hunt, has been contacted and calls to 311 were made. Hopefully there will be a resolution to this soon.

Haskell Avenue Post Office Closure The Eastside Finance Station, the post office closest to Bryan Place, is slated to close as part of the United States Post Office cost cutting plan. Though the deadline has passed to submit your comments directly to the station, there still may be time to participate in the appeal process. If you are interested, please contact Allison Rizan, District Discontinuance Coordinator at 972-393-6485.

Bryan Place Book Club Below is a list of books we have scheduled to begin the new year: January - Kim by Rudyard Kipling February - Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende March - Guernica by Dave Boling April - Maloaka'i by Alan Brennart For more information about the book club, please contact Gaye Maris at 214-826-7777 or gayemaris@hotmail.com.

BRYAN PLACE WELL REPRESENTED AT COMPLETE STREETS SESSION We would like to thank the Bryan Place residents who were able to attend the Complete Streets meeting held last month at the Nasher to discuss ideas for making Ross Avenue more pedestrian friendly. Several ideas were mentioned, but lighting, wider sidewalks, and cross walks seemed to be the recurring theme. There was concern that the new Icon At Ross Avenue apartments are too close to the street with narrow sidewalks. However, at eight feet wide, it is actually wider than some newer sidewalks in the area along with much needed landscaping and lighting. The focus of the meeting was on setting design standards for the future, not zoning changes. Some ideas could be implemented over the next several months. We will keep you informed of follow up meetings.


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Celebrate The Season Great Time At Holiday Party The Dallas Cowboys nor the cold weather could keep neighbors from attending the annual holiday party at the pool clubhouse on December 4th. It was estimated that the turnout was more than in previous years with folks coming from every street and HOA in our area and beyond. This joint effort between the neighborhood association and the swimming pool association is one of the biggest events held in Bryan Place each year. In addition to catered meals from Celebrations, there was a plethora of homemade and store bought goodies provided by residents and their guests. After everyone had a bit to eat, a short meeting was called to vote on next year’s neighborhood board members, then an announcement from Wayne Smith about the upcoming public art dedication in Exall Park and encouraging participation on the swimming pool association board. Cotton Mendenhall was also acknowledged for his hard work on the swimming pool board. The clubhouse was decorated for Christmas and some of the dÊcor was given away as door prizes. Congratulations to Gary and Joy Mitchell, Lexa Gurmendi, Carol Guthrie, Margaret Rogers, Carol Myers and Sergio, Mark Ingram, Patrick Holdrieth, and Natalie and Michael Harris for winning the beautiful poinsettias.

RECYCLE YOUR LIVE TREE Plan now what to do with your live Christmas tree after December 25. Recycle it! Remove the decorations and drop your live Christmas tree off at any Home Depot store in Dallas between December 26 and January 2, and the City of Dallas will turn it into mulch. For details, call 311. If you have any announcements or news of interest for your neighbors, please contact David Allen at a_davidallen@hottmail.com or call 214-887-8708.


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Celebrate The Season Stepping out Near Bryan Place Enjoy the holiday season close to home. Stroll around our area with these suggestions: Wilson House 2922 Swiss Avenue Wilson House Holiday Tours Create a new family tradition this year with a free holiday tour of the historic Wilson House. For appointments, please call 214-821-3290 Also see the life sized nativity scene at the Meadows Foundation headquarters at 3003 Swiss Avenue (see left).

Best Bryan Place Block Of Lights It may be too early to call the holiday lights adorning the townhomes at Bryan and Adair Streets as the best lit block of the season. But it certainly stands out, giving everyone a wonderful view from Exall Park and beyond. Congratulations to the owners of the townhomes for doing such a great job displaying their dazzling light show for us all to enjoy. We appreciate it. It isn’t too late to brighten your block. Dig out those decorations and let’s make Bryan Place the winter wonderland of East Dallas.

AT&T Performing Arts Center 2403 Flora (corner of Flora and Leonard Streets) Holiday Tours Of The Winspear Free guided tour Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday at 1PM through January 5. Meet in the lobby of the Winspear. For more information go to http://www.attpac.org/ Latino Cultural Center 2600 Live Oak Street 214-671-0045 Posada Dallas Free event including performance by matachines, live mariachi music, arts & crafts, storytelling and more. Sunday, December 18 at 4PM Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center 2301 Flora Free Organ Recital and Tour A series of organ recitals featuring Mary Preston on the Lay Family Concert Organ. A one hour tour of the center follows. Friday, December 16 at 12:30 PM, and more through May 2012 For more information go to http://MeyersonSymphonyCenter.com Thanks-Giving Square 1627 Pacific Avenue A Tuba Christmas 2011 FREE! Since 1974, tuba, sousaphone, euphonium and baritone horn players from across the nation play Christmas carols, first with instruments only and the with everyone singing along. Friday, December 23 at Noon For more information, please call 214-969-1977


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Lower Crime Reported The Dallas Police department was happy to report that Bryan Place only had two offenses reported last month. Much better than the previous month which showed an increase in area crime. However, they stress using common sense, especially during the holiday season as crime typically picks up. Be sure and hide your gifts while out shopping and destroy cartons being discarded from Christmas gifts like TVs and computers which tells a would be criminal about your new acquisitions. Help keep Bryan Place safe by reporting any suspicious person or activity.

Notify Your Neighbors Of Holiday Vacations Since so many of us are away from home during the holidays, we recommend that you inform your neighbors of your vacation plans; including a contact number, picking up packages, mail, and newspapers while you’re away. Have a safe and happy holiday!

BPNA Board Monthly Meeting! Due to the New Year’s holiday, the next meeting will be held Monday, January 9 at 7pm. Meetings are held at the BP Pool Clubhouse, 3030 Adolph Street. Anyone is welcome to attend. As many of you will be entertaining friends and family during the holidays, please be considerate to your neighbors by parking with courtesy. Respect your park, yards, neighbors, and the Bryan Place community! ALWAYS REMEMBER:

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YOUR AD HERE! NEWSLETTER ACCEPTING ADS FOR FIRST HALF OF 2012 To place commercial advertising (an ad generally designed to generate revenue and not solely to benefit the neighborhood, BPNA pool association, or Exall Park) in the BPNA newsletter, please submit your request to the treasurer*. Upon acceptance, you will be informed where and how to submit your payment and advertisement. The BPNA board reserves the right to accept or decline your request. Ads are sold on sixth month basis* at the total rate of $150* and should be paid for with your request and prior to being published. Requests are accepted up to the first of November to be published the first six months of the following year and up to June to be published the final six months of the current year*. Ads are limited to the size of a business card*. Content and graphics of the ad remains static (unchanged) for six months unless a request is submitted to editor before the due date of the next publication**. Ads are published in black and white*; however the issue appearing on the BPNA website will be in color. Placement of ads in the newsletter is subject to seniority and available space. Seniority is established when payment is received with your request and uninterrupted, consecutive months advertising in the newsletter. Please make your preference known when submitting your request. If you prefer your ad to be placed on the back page of the newsletter, please understand that this is based on seniority. Floating ads (ads placed within available space in the newsletter) will be placed in the most strategic location the editor finds each month. The editor will attempt to place a floating ad in the location you request, however please understand it is the editor’s discretion to place it in the most aesthetic location each issue. Tenured ads will always have first consideration*. Every attempt will be made to prevent ads for competitive businesses from being placed next to one another or on the same page, but this type of placement is not implied or guaranteed. *Subject to changes accepted by the BPNA board. ** Subject to discretion of the current newsletter editor.


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Dallas Water Restrictions In Effect AGAIN Watering restrictions are now in effect as Stage 1 of the Dallas Contingency plan was initiated this month. Addresses with even numbers may water only on Sundays and Thursdays, while odd numbered addresses water on Saturdays and Wednesday. Please do not water your yard between 10 am and 6 pm during your particular watering days. For more information, visit Dallas Water Utilities’ website at www.SaveDallasWater.com.

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Thank You From The BPNA President And Board As the year comes to a close, I’d like to personally thank all of you who continue to make Bryan Place a wonderful neighborhood and a great place to live. I’d especially like to thank those that I have served with on our neighborhood board, the Friends Of Exall Park, and the countless residents who have volunteered their time and effort, participating in projects to clean up or modify our area. We had more involvement from the homeowners associations within the area, which was one of my primary goals during my terms. Crime remains relatively low because we are vigilant, keeping a eye out for our neighbors, making Bryan Place one of the safest areas in Dallas. Of course everything did not go as smoothly as planned. We had a few controversies. But the spirit of compromise and respect for one another helps to make us all better neighbors and I am sure we all appreciate that. The work isn’t over yet, as we hope to continue getting everyone involved in 2012. I plan on doing so and I hope you will too. I hope you have a safe holiday. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! David Allen

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO DELIVER NEWSLETTERS If you would like to assist with distributing the newsletter in your area, please let us know! Volunteers are especially needed in gated condominiums like Bryan Place V and across Washington. Please let our volunteers know how much we appreciate their hard work by thanking Wayne & Sharon Smith, Lynn Sparrow, Gary & Joy Mitchell, Toni Threadgill, Todd & Sandy Knauer, Cobbie Ransom, Gaye Maris, Richard Marvin, Michelle Murphy, Ron & Kathleen Burton, David Allen, Don Hendrickson, Dan Warren and Ann Decker.

PLEASE PAY BPNA MEMBERSHIP DUES Remember, your dues help maintain the common landscaped areas, pay for neighborhood events, distribute our monthly newsletter and more. Even if you belong to a homeowners association within Bryan Place, you are also encouraged to join the neighborhood association. Also, for those who need a current neighborhood directory, there are still some available. Please fill out the form below and return it as soon as possible. For your convenience, PayPal is also accepted. Dues are being accepted for 2012. Dues are $50.00 per household or $100 for multiple property owners. Please fill this out and mail it along with your check to: BPNA 919 Liberty Court Dallas, Texas 75204. Checks should be made payable to Bryan Place Neighborhood Association. Last Name: ______________________________________________________________________________________________ First Name: ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Additional Household Members: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address__________________________________________________________________________________________________ Home Phone __________________________________________ E-mail______________________________________________ Company Name: (1) ____________________________________ Work /Cell Phone ____________________________________ Company Name: (2) ____________________________________ Work/Cell Phone _____________________________________ Include this information in the directory?: Yes □ No □ We also accept Are you a new member?: Yes □ No □ NB: Multiple property owners- please attach a list of the additional addresses to this form.


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