Thursday, April 7, 2011

Neighborhood News letter 4-2011

Hi, Neighbors!

This is the inaugural issue of a newsletter I will be sending out to our block members periodically, or as I get information. It’s taken me a bit to gather enough news to make it readable. I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to pass it along to anyone who might get a benefit out of it. If you know someone who might be interested in starting or joining a neighborhood watch program, have them contact me at the email listed at the bottom of the letter.

 Timberbrook Crime Watch Newsletter

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PARTY I am thinking about having a neighborhood meeting on May 5th, 7:00pm about our “NCW Block Party” that I’m planning on May21st, 2011 at the open lot on the corner of Holy Oak Dr. & Live Oak Dr. to get the details of the block party. At a recent meeting for the NCW Block Captains we had discussed a few options we can do but I would LOVE to have y’alls input. This year I could really use some help so we can out do the last Block Party!

I will be bringing a container for donations of a can of food for the Food Pantry, which we do at every NCW event including meetings. FYI –the food pantry’s demand has gone up 65% in the last year.

LEWISVILLE PD GIVING FREE SAFETY ASSESSMENTS The officers that came to our meeting in November can come give you a FREE SAFETY ASSESSMENT of your home. The officers will go around your home and assess your safety level and recommend ways to improve the safety of your property. They will provide a form detailing what they found, corrective actions to take and I am told this form can be used to get a 15% reduction in homeowners insurance for 2 years. Contact your homeowner’s insurance company for more details on the insurance

CRIMEREPORTS.COM The City of Lewisville Police Department has joined forces with The purpose is to share information on crimes in our city with other cities and to share information with the communities about crime.

ANIMAL SERVICES ALERT It’s spring and there are signs of wildlife everywhere. The city’s Animal Services department is reporting an upswing in coyotes and bobcats in the area as well as copperheads and water moccasin snakes. In the case of the furry animals, rabies is a concern. Denton County had the most cases of rabies in the entire state of Texas last year. The disease is fatal in both animals and humans. In the last 18 months, the Lewisville animal services department has had positive rabies cases in two skunks and a bat. Since we live near a wooded greenbelt, it may not be unusual to see these animals. The City offers these recommendations for coyotes (and bobcats):

Do's                   Do keep small dogs and cats inside at night.

                            Do keep the covers secured on your trash receptacles.

                             Do keep your dog and cat on a leash (as required by City ordinance).

                              Do contact Animal Services if you spot a coyote in your neighborhood.

Don’ts               Do not feed your pets on the back porch.

                          Do not walk your small dog in wooded areas.

                           Do not approach, chase, or otherwise taunt a wandering coyote.

                             Do not approach a coyote if it appears trapped, injured, or sick. Contact Animal Services immediately at 972-219-3478.

                               Do not ever try to touch a coyote.

These animals are urbanized, and as such they are very difficult to catch. If caught, the animal will be euthanized.

In the case of copperheads and water moccasins, these snakes are venomous and will strike if they are stepped on or near. As the weather is warming up and since we live near a creek it is possible you may encounter one. The city will only remove a snake if it comes into your house or garage, so if you see one in your yard or in a park, it is recommended to give it a wide berth. If you are bitten by ANY of the animals mentioned it is urgent you get to a hospital for proper treatment.

POLICE STATION OPEN HOUSE The Lewisville Police Department has just finished remodeling their police station. Captain Deaver, Lewisville Police Captain has said that the LPD will have an Open House, offering hot dogs and free tours of the new remodeled police station. This may be the only chance you get to see the inside of the station as they have also increased security in the building and do not offer general tours to the public. Word I’m getting is that the date will be the first week of May, possibly May 3rd from 5-7pm. I will have firm confirmation on that date and time this week, hopefully and will pass this information along when I get it.

Feel free to contact me at for more details on any of the items you see on this letter. If you have information you would like to share with the neighbors regarding crime or just general information, please pass it along to me and I can put it in our next bulletin. Know a neighbor’s email address that you don’t see on this list? Please feel free to forward this information to them, so it can be a benefit to everyone.

Non-emergency Police # 972-219-3640, everyone should know this #. Program it into every members cell phones

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