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members. Just send a business card or text along
with a check made out to EWHA to Ken Sewell,
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Next issue is in April 2016.
Page Estates West Homeowners Association
www.es ta t e swes t . o rg Janua ry 2016
Estates West Homeowners Association
THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2015 - 7:30 PM
JAMES BOWIE ELEMENTARY CAFETERIA
Election of 2016 Officers
Collection of 2016 Dues
Bottoms Up! (From our President, Steve Crossman)
Shhhhh! Don’t tell anyone. I arrived 40 minutes late to the December EWHA board meeting, and then
only because my fellow board member, Sara Sharkey, called to remind me. I do have a fairly good excuse
about forgetting our meeting: propofol. Yes, you got it right, the Michael Jackson drug.
In October 2015, I received a friendly reminder from my doctor that it was time for another colonoscopy.
It was a very personal invitation and I was tempted to RSVP, “No, sorry, I can’t make it this time.” In-
stead, I called the cheerful receptionist who booked my appointment.
For those unfamiliar with this wonderful procedure, the preparation is the worst part. Two days prior to the
big event, you eat lightly. One day before, you don’t eat, but instead drink lots of clear liquids. The after-
noon before, you guzzle a delicious beverage within a one hour time span. Then six hours later, to ensure
you get the maximum experience, you guzzle another round of this beverage.
Seven years ago my beverage prescription was for a product called Go Lightly. Someone with a good
sense of humor named this product. If I recall correctly, I had to drink a five gallon bucket’s worth,
TWICE, six hours apart. This year, my doctor’s prescription of choice was for a beverage called SuPrep.
The effects are the same. The product is not called MyPrep for a reason. Instead, it is SUprep (YOUR
prep). It is a lot of money, literally, down the toilet, in short order. For those of you looking to drop a few
pounds, I guarantee this will work. (Continued on P. 3)
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Next Board Meetings
Feb. 11, 2016
SOUND OFF (from
Our streets and neighbor
were beautiful during the
Christmas and New Year
holidays? Thanks to all who decorated the street
signs and their homes.
Hurray for our volunteers, without them our
dues would be greatly higher. They serve us all
with a smile. If you see one working, pause to
Election of 2016 Officers
At the Annual Meeting, you will
be able to vote for and meet your
new Officers for 2016. The cur-
rent board is pleased to present the
following slate of officers for your
..President – Steve Crossman
Secretary – Sara Sharkey
VP Code and Zoning – OPEN
VP Beautification – OPEN
VP Membership – Kristi Sunstrom
Treasurer – David Hanna
VP Crime Watch/VIP –Jackie Long
If you would like to serve, call Steve.
EWHA runs on the energy supplied by volun-
teers. If you want to help keep our neighbor-
hood safer from crime by serving as a Crime
Watch/VIP member contact Jackie Long at
Duties of the VP Code Compliance
The VP for Beautification shall promote the
beautification of the area which includes
scheduling maintenance for the Arapaho
Strip (landscaped area that borders Estates
West along Arapaho Rd between Spring
Creek Rd & La Avenida Dr) and organizing
the monthly volunteer schedule to service
this area (trash pickup, etc). The VP of Beau-
tification would also oversee any other
neighborhood beautification projects that are
approved by the board and attend board
Thanks to Norine Wingate and Pam
Davis for their excellent service as
2015 EWHA Officers
Duties of VP Code and Zoning
The Vice-President for Code Compliance and
Zoning shall monitor and take such action as
may be necessary to ensure compliance with
existing zoning and City of Dallas regulations
in the area. He shall monitor infrastructure of
the neighborhood and notify the City of Dallas
of any required repairs. The VP of Code and
Zoning will also attend board meetings.
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Esttates West Crime Watch
Welcome to 2016! The Christmas decorations
certainly were enjoyed by all VIPers as we pa-
trolled in December. Alas, they are gone, but not
The crime this past year has been greatly re-
duced in Estates West. This was probably the
result of VIP patrols and the increased number of
Dallas Police drive-throughs. We owe a great
thanks to our officers at the North Central Sta-
tion on McCallum and Hillcrest. A gift of cook-
ies would be appreciated by the officers there.
I will again be sending yellow postcard requests
for telephone numbers for our Patrol Jour-
nal. This information is strictly used during our
patrols to alert you to an open garage door or
fence ajar. We will also let you know of any
problems encountered in your alley.
Our VIP membership is grow-
ing. We had four new mem-
bers added this Fall: David
Cox, Dewey Dethrow, Karen
and Randy Hogan. There will be a training class
held at the Station in January or February. We
would appreciate any new members from our
neighborhood. Let me know if you would be
interested and I will pass your name on to Of-
ficer Mark Lutz. Participation only involves two
or three hours a month. You will become friends
with some truly devoted neighbors.
Feel free to call me if you have any concerns
about the safety in our neighborhood. I am still
receiving calls about the coyote roaming in our
Area. Please be mindful of this danger and pro-
tect your animals.
Crime Watch and
By Bob Hettler & Calloway’s Nursery
Ways to Prevent Rats and Other Animals
from Entering Structures This Winter Several methods can be
used to keep rodents out of
attics and other entry points
around the house:
Steel mesh can be sta-
pled or nailed around
wind turbines and other
openings. Rats and
mice can fit through
holes as small as 1/4 inch in diameter.
Steel wool can be stuffed into weep holes and
cracks or areas where sunlight can be seen.
Trim trees away from the house to take away
jumping on points.
Take proper sanitation steps to keep animals
away from garbage or recycle containers and
store bird seed and other food items in sealed
containers. Raccoons and opossums have re-
cently been spotted in the neighborhood going
through garbage containers looking for food.
Store clothes, blankets, and fleece to prevent
rats and other animals from nesting in these
materials during cold weather.
Catch mice and rats using sticky or snap traps. Place
in areas where you see droppings, gnawing, urine
stains, or scratch marks. I have successfully used
packets of rat killer available from Home Depot.
You simply place the packets in suspected traffic
areas such as the attic and the rats or mice chew into
the packets and eat the poison granules. A word of
caution: The rats usually find their way out of attics
to a water source. Once they do they will die. If they
do not make it out, you will be left with a smell in
the attic or house for several days. Call 311 or the
City Wildlife Department if larger animals are be-
lieved to be living in homes or other structures. They
will provide traps to try and catch these pests.
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2016 Dues—$40 Annually or
$30 If Paid Before April 1, 2016
Last Name: ______