Flags Flying Throughout Ridgeview

September 17, 2012

Did you happen to notice the American Flags flying at our entrances and homes throughout the neighborhood beginning Labor Day through September 11th?  The Holiday Flag program is offered through the Plano Metro Rotary Club and is available for an annual subscription price of $40.00 or $7.00/day if part of the year.  For this subscription, the rotary will place a 3-foot x 5-foot American Flag on a 10-foot pole between the curb and sidewalk near your front door. Proceeds from the program benefit a variety of charitable programs including City House, Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center, CASA, PISD Head Start Program, CPS ‘s Adoption Picnic, Boy and Girls Club of Plano and Polio Plus, College Scholarships.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Shelley Strickland, President-Elect Plano Metro Rotary Club (and Ridgeview Ranch resident) at shelleys@catmarketing.com.

October Community Events

September 17, 2012

October is one of my favorite months of the year.  It typically signals the begining of fall type weather here in Texas which means people feel more like leaving the comfort of their air-conditioned homes to mix, mingle, and celebrate the cooler weather outdoors…well at least slightly cooler!  Ridgeview Ranch is no exception and there are a number of events and activities for you to participate in or even help to organize if you are so inclined.

National Night Out Against Crime – Although the rest of the country celebrates this event in August, Texas residents get a reprieve because of the typically brutal temperatures during that month.   So, our chance to meet each other, learn about crime watch programs and how to safeguard our families and homes is Tuesday, October 2, 2012.  Crime Watch Coordinator John McGraw would like to get homeowners together to organize one or more block parties in the neighborhood.  If you would like to help him make this dream a reality, please contact him at johnmcgrawtexas@gmail.com or give him a call at 972-727-3582.

Fall Garage Sale – This semi-annual event is scheduled for the first Saturday in October (October 6) and takes place from 8am to 2pm.  Any resident participating in the sale must register and get a permit with the City of Plano.  You can find all of the city information at the link below.

http://www.plano.gov/DEPARTMENTS/BUILDING%20INSPECTIONS/GARAGE%20SALES/Pages/default.aspx

Event Coordinator Lori Ward is also looking for someoone to help execute the details of the event including finding charity pickup/delivery service, creating participant lists or maps, organizing a balloon pickup for participants and more.  If you can help, please contact Lori at loriwardrealtor@yahoo.com

Fall Golf Scramble – The 2012 Fall RVR HOA Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday, October 6th with a 1:30 pm shotgun start. The registration fee for RVR residents is ONLY $40. One guest per RVR resident will be allowed to play with each guest paying the full fee of $60. Registration is limited to the first 72 players. Register now…before the tournament is sold-out.

Tournament details:
  • Date: Saturday, October 6th
  • Event Day Registration – 12:00 pm, shotgun start – 1:30 pm
  • Price: $40 for RVR residents; $60 for RVR resident’s guests (limited to 1 per resident)
  • Price includes: greens & cart fee, practice balls, 2 drink tickets PLUS a $5 Golf Shop Gift Card and a free green fee pass to both Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club and Riverchase Golf Club
  • Registration & payment due by Friday, September 28th
  • Make checks payable to Ray Strickland and mail/drop off at 2721 Royal Troon Drive
  • Trophies will be awarded for closest to the pin & longest drive for BOTH men & women as well as winning foursomes
  • After the tournament enjoy beverage & hot dog specials in the banquet room
For more information, please contact Ray Strickland at strickland4some@yahoo.com, or by phone at 972-978-6895.

Halloween Decorating Contest – This just-for-fun contest hosted by the Ridgeview Ranch Beautification Committee pitts neighbor against neighbor to see who can dress their house in the best Halloween “costume”.  More details including contest awards and judging dates to come.

We are always looking for additional volunteers and sponsors for these events.  If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering an event in our neighborhood, please contact Board President Lisa Coppinger at lisa_coppinger@yahoo.com.

August Yard-of-the-Month Winners

September 13, 2012

Ridgeview Ranch homeowners continue to do a fantastic job keeping their yards beautiful during the warm Texas summer months.  The Beautification Committee selected the following homeowners as our August winners!

  • 2604 Geiberger
  • 2804 Oak Tree
  • 3309 Paradise Valley
  • 2724 Zoeller

Be sure to congratulate these homeowners for the great job they do keeping Ridgeview ranch a beautiful place to live!

Ridgeview Ranch from the Air

September 7, 2012

I had the opportunity to do a Cessna Discovery Flight out of Addison Airport today. After lifting off, we turned to the north along the North Dallas Tollway.

Since we were in the area, I was able to pilot the Cessna 172 over Ridgeview Ranch and took some cool photos as we circled the area. This is a shot of Ridgeview Ranch Estates with Moody Court in the center.

Monarch Air is one of the local Cessna Training Centers and they offer Discovery Flights at a very reasonable cost. Discovery flights allow you to experience piloting a modern small aircraft. Contact Clayton Lynch at 940-391-9650 for more information.

Photo Copyright 2012 – Tom Branch 

 

It Is Membership Drive Time For Your Local PTA

September 5, 2012

It is membership drive time for your local PTA (Parent Teacher Association).

The PTA and its members support the education of our children by volunteering at schools, providing educational programs and raising needed funds for our schools.  Joining your local PTA brings you even closer to the action by giving you the opportunity to take a bigger part in the education of our children and fostering a closer relationship between educators and the community.

Click here to sign up online for the Anderson Elementary PTA.

Source: Shannon Bayon | Photo Licensed by Author from iStockPhoto

Coyotes in Ridgeview Ranch

September 5, 2012

Coyote

Sightings of coyotes and bobcats are quite common in Ridgeview Ranch. A sighting of a healthy coyote/bobcat does not constitute a threat to people and as long as their behavior is apparently normal, there is no reason for an Animal Services Officer to respond. Contrary to what many believe, these animals do not live only in rural environments. Many have adapted to survive in urban settings and there are coyotes in nearly every major city across the United States. In fact, there is a coyote pack that has been extensively studied for years that live in downtown Chicago.

These small predators may appear to be a threat but in reality they pose very little danger to people. In recorded history, there has never been a reported attack on a person by a bobcat or coyote in Plano. Throughout the entire state of Texas, there has never been an instance of a coyote or bobcat killing a person. By comparison, domesticated dogs and cats injure more than 600 people each year in Plano alone, and dogs are responsible for an average of over one death per year in Texas.

If you have a coyote sighting in your neighborhood:

Do:
• 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 report the coyote/bobcat sighting to the DFW Wildlife Coalition (972-234-9453).
• Do try to consider that they were here first.

Don’t:
• Do not feed your pets on the back porch.
• Do not walk your small dog in wooded areas.
• Do not approach, chase, make noises at, chunk rocks or otherwise taunt a wandering coyote.
• Do not approach a coyote if it appears trapped, injured, or sick. Contact Animal Services immediately at (972) 769-4360.
• Do not ever try to touch a coyote.

Homeowners actually benefit from the presence of coyotes and bobcats because their predation keeps the populations of rabbit, rats, and mice under control and prevents infestations that occur in homes and businesses when vermin reproduce unchecked.

Source: City of Plano | Photo: Licensed from iStockPhoto

Originally posted at BranchTeamBlog.com