Wednesday, December 31, 2008

City Council Meeting today

1North Little Rock City Council

Special Call Agenda

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

5:00 p.m. City Hall Council Chambers


O-08-96 Mayor Hays

Modifying the boundaries of Redevelopment District #5 (“Maple Redevelopment District”) of the City of NLR; and prescribing other matters relating thereto

Read 2 times and held Exhibit “A” attached 12-22-08

O-08-97 Mayor Hays

Combining certain Redevelopment Districts of the City of NLR, as the combined Downtown Redevelopment District No. 8 of the City of NLR; establishing a Special Fund for the Revenue and expenditures generated on account of combined redevelopment district; and other matters pertaining thereto

Read 2 times and held Exhibit “A” attached 12-22-08

O-08-98 Mayor Hays

Adopting a Project Plan for the combined Downtown Redevelopment District No. 8 of the City of NLR; and prescribing other matters pertaining thereto

Note: revised Project Plan delivered to members 12-30-08 by NLRPD

Read 2 times and held Exhibit “A” attached 12-22-08

Respectfully submitted,

Diane Whitbey, CMC / CAMC

City Clerk and Collector

Monday, December 22, 2008

Santa on Tuesday

The North Little Rock Supervisors Association has received information that on Tuesday, December 23rd beginning at 11:00 am Santa Claus and several of his helpers dressed in Elf outfits will be at JFK and C Street just North of the Metropolitan Bank. Santa and his helpers will be handing out candy canes, hot cocoa and cookies.
Please let your friends and family know of this information. We are unsure at this time exactly how long he will get to stay, but it may be for several hours. We all know how busy he is right now!
We will also examine any car seats and have some on site for those who do not have one.
For more information, contact Captain Mike Davis at 771-7109.

Newly Elected City Officials

On behalf of the newly elected officials of the City of North Little Rock

You are cordially invited to attend their swearing-in ceremony

Thursday, January 1, 2009

10:00 o’clock in the morning

At City Hall

North Little Rock, Arkansas

Patrick Henry Hays, Mayor

Diane Whitbey, City Clerk and Collector

Jason Carter, City Attorney

Jim Hamilton, District Judge

Randy Morley, District Judge

Beth White, First Ward Alderman

Maurice Taylor, Second Ward Alderman

Sam Baggett, Third Ward Alderman

Charlie Hight, Fourth Ward Alderman

Diane Whitbey, CMC/CAMC

City Clerk and Collector


TIME: 6:00 - 8:00.
FOR MORE INFO CALL (501)753-0081.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Red Cross

Blood inventory levels are dropping due to the
impact of recent weather and holiday activities.
Around the clock, blood is needed to help
accident victims, surgery patients and many
others who need blood every day.
During the cold weather months we typically
see fewer blood donors. Many area hospitals
count on the Red Cross to keep supplies at
the ready and we can’t do it alone. Please help
us ensure that blood is available by visting a
blood drive today! It is safe and usually requires
less than an hour of your time.
Call a few people, remind a few friends and
family to make a donation and help save lives.
Each donation can help up to three patients in
need. It is a gift you know will be appreciated.
Thank you from everyone who will benefit
from your generous gift of blood; a gift which
may provide someone an opportunity for
another holiday season with loved ones.
For information call 1-800 Give Life or visit for drive locations.
This Holiday Season...
...the need remains.
1-800-GIVE-LIFE |


5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Historic Downtown North Little Rock
During the cold winter months, the Argenta 3rd Friday ArtWalk will take
place in warm indoor places. Over 20 local artists will display and sell their
work at the First Presbyterian Building on 4th and Maple, “Inside unexpected
places” on Main Street and in galleries and working art studios. Warm
refreshments will be served to help take the chill off. Bundle up and stroll
down the historic streets of Downtown North Little Rock. Meet some
of Arkansas’ finest local artists. Visit Argenta’s businesses, restaurants,
galleries and studios. Shop and dine. For further information log on to or call (501) 340-5305. Artists interested in
participating can email for more information.
Argenta 3rd Friday ArtWalk Moves Indoors!
The Argenta
3rd Friday Art Walk
is a project of
City ARK
Sponsored by North Little Rock Visitors Bureau and Main Street Argenta

Friday, December 12, 2008

Invitation from the Levy Improvement Movement

You are cordially invited to a

Coffee and Dessert Social

Hosted by

Levy Improvement Movement

A sweet event to share the excitement

Of the holiday season and the upcoming year.

Date: Thursday, December 18, 2008

Time: 6pm-8pm

Place: NLR Community Center

2400 Willow Street

(across from the Hays Senior Citizens Center)

Dress: Festive Attire

Come as casual, elegant or creative as you want

Door Prizes will be awarded to our unsuspecting guests

Contact: Carrie Frederick 753-5299

Monday, December 08, 2008

10th Annual Polar Bear Plunge


December is finally here and it's time for the 10th Annual Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics. On Saturday December 13th several hundred crazy folks will take the plunge into the icy cold waters of Lakewood Lake #3, all to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Arkansas.

As most of you know, three years ago myself along with several other of my Law Enforcement friends decided to plunge not just once but 24 times; once an hour beginning at noon on Friday and ending at noon on Saturday. We have committed once again to plunging all night in a Super Plunge. This plunge has been called "Freezing for a Reason" in year's past; I like to call it "Crazy for a Reason"!

I know many of you want to help in the cause and it's easy to do. You can go to my on line fundraising page at

and donate or just see me if you would like to give in person.

Thanks, and by the way if you want to plunge with us on Saturday at noon let me know, I'll save a place for you!

Please pass this email along to your friends, family and me reach my goal!!

Captain D

and by the way......I have been ordered to wear a shirt at all times this year so relax but I will have my NLR Swim cap on!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

New NLR News Web Site

I have reworked Dogtown Wire as NLR Daily News and relaunched it as an open source news web site. The new web site address is

Spread the word, tell your friends. We now have a place where we can post our own news and share it with the entire City.

We look at NLR Daily News as an "open source" news site much like Linux was developed with thousands of contributors in a free and open environment, we hope dozens and hundreds of you will become involved in the development and publication of news at North Little Rock Daily News. Much like the travel industry was radically altered by the development of software sites like Travelocity and Orbitz, we hope this site empowers citizens to get involved in sharing their news

Scott Miller

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Family Holiday Concert

in North Little Rock
with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
Musical Director, Geoffrey Robson
Saturday, December 13, 2008
at 7:30pm
North Little Rock High School
East Campus Auditorium
6:30 p.m. Children’s Holiday Fair
Bring the kids to make holiday crafts and have their
picture made with Santa! Free photos by Bedford Camera & Video
Sponsored by the Mayor’s Youth Council
Songs of the Holiday
Soprano Susan Belcher &
The Shamrock Strings of Little Rock
General Admission: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors (65 & over),
$5 Children (18 & under) – Visa and MasterCard Accepted
Get your tickets today! Call 666-8816
Presenting Sponsor – Union Pacific Railroad
Major Sponsors
Argenta City Club, Bank of America, Twin City Bank, and Twin City Printing
In Partnership With The City of North Little Rock, North Little Rock Visitors Bureau,
and North Little Rock School District

Tickets may also be purchased at BANK of the OZARKS, Twin City Bank,
National Bank of Arkansas and the N.L.R. Jim Wetherington Boys and Girls Club
ALL proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas

No December Meeting!

Please remember there will not be a December meeting for the Lakewood Neighborhood Group.
There are exciting changes coming up and possibly a new meeting night.
Please check back for updates.

Tis the Season!...

December 1—30: Holiday Lights Display in Burns Park 6
pm—10 pm nightly. Admission $5 per car, $10 for multipassenger
vans, $20 for buses. Call 501-791-8543 for info.
December 4—7: Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey
Circus at Alltel Arena. 501-975-7575.
December 5: Christmas Party at the Hays Center 6:30 pm—10
pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 at the door. 501-
December 7: North Little Rock Christmas Parade
“Peace on Earth” beginning at 2 pm. 501-758-0737.
December 13: Annual Family Holiday Concert featuring
the AR Symphony Orchestra, North Little
Rock High School East Campus Auditorium.
December 13: 5th Annual Dashin’ Thru the Lights in
Burns Park from 5:15 pm—6:15pm (dash, run, walk,
or stroll). 501-791-8543.
December 17, 18: Radio City Christmas Spectacular
at Alltel Arena. 501-975-7575.
December 24, 25 and 26: City Offices closed.
Garbage trash and recycling routes will be delayed
one day.
December 26: Trans-Siberian Orchestra LIVE
at Alltel Arena. 501-975-7575.
January 1, 2009: City Offices closed. Garbage
trash and recycling routes will be delayed one
January 1, 2009: 10:00 am North Little Rock Elected City Officials
Swearing In Ceremony, City Hall. For more information call 501-340-
From all of us to all of you, have a happy, safe and festive holiday season! The gang from City Hall…

North Little Rock Speech, Drama and Dance Department

A Holiday Dance Concert featuring performances by
Dance Troupe and Theater Dance I-IV Classes.

Thursday December 4th, 2008
7:00 pm
East Campus Large auditorium
2400 Lakeview Road.
Adults $6.00 Senior and students $5.00

For more information please call 771-8220

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

NLRPD Shop with a Cop Program

There will be two NLRPD Shop with a Cop dates this year. This is the 3rd annual Shopwith a Cop. The dates will be Sunday, December 7th & 14th. A total of 50 pre-selected children will be shopping this year, 25 on each Sunday. Each child will receive a Walmart gift card valued at $150.00.

Immaculate Conception Catholic Schools Student Government ( 7th & 8th graders ) and also St. Lukes Missionary Baptist Church have already committed to volunteer their time for the Shop with a Cop event. There have been many donations already, including $5,000.00 from Walmart. Funds are still needed. Anyone wishing to donate can stop by any Twin City Bank branch to make a deposit to the Shop with a Cop account. Additional gift wrappers are still needed.

Officer Tommy Norman can be reached at 366-4330 or

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Argenta Community Development Corporation

The Board of Directors of
Argenta Community Development Corporation
cordially invites you to

The Argenta Community
Development Corporation
Annual Meeting and
Community Holiday Celebration

6 - 8 p.m.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
THEA Foundation
401 Main Street
North Little Rock, Arkansas


Monday, November 17, 2008

Holiday Mail for Heroes

Thanks for the comment from "Mason" this is the correct mailing address for holiday mail. Click on the title to go to the link for more information. Do not send mail to Walter Reed, it will not be deliverd.

From the front lines to the home front, the American Red Cross provides service members, their families and veterans with the care and assistance they need.

The Red Cross is partnering with Pitney Bowes this holiday season for the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. For the second year in a row, we’re collecting holiday cards to distribute to American service members, veterans and their families in the United States and around the world. Pitney Bowes is generously donating technology, resources and postage to make this holiday card program possible.

Our goal is to collect and distribute one million holiday cards to spread holiday cheer and facilitate thanks to these brave individuals and families.

Please send cards to this address, following the guidelines listed below:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Card Guidelines

Please follow these guidelines when mailing a card to ensure that your card will quickly reach service members, veterans and their families. Every card received will first be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working in one of 16 sorting stations around the country.

* All cards must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, December 10, 2008. Cards sent after this date will be returned to sender.
* Participants are encouraged to limit the number of cards they submit to 25 from any one person or 50 from any one class or group. If you are mailing a larger quantity, please bundle the cards and place them in large mailing envelopes. Each card does not need its own envelope or postage.
* Please ensure that all cards are signed.
* Please use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.
* Please send cards as opposed to long letters which delay a quick review process.
* Please do not include email or home addresses on the cards, as the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
* Please do not include inserts of any kind, including photos, as these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
* All cards received may be used in program publicity efforts, including appearing in broadcast, print or online mediums.

Where to Send Phone Cards, Gift Cards and Care Packages:

* Phone cards or gift cards will not be accepted with the holiday cards. Those wishing to send calling cards or gift cards/certificates should go to, scroll down to "AAFES Community Connection" and click on "Help Our Troops Call Home" or "Gift Cards/Certificates for Our Troops" in order to send such items.
* No 'Care Packages' will be accepted at this address. Those wishing to send care packages should go to and click under "Homefront Groups" to find out how to send care packages.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

North Little Rock News

Welcome to North Little Rock News.
Click on title to go to the web site.
It can also be found in the links to the right.



* A North Little Rock Mayor’s Youth Council

“Start Something Project” needs your “pre-loved” prom/ball/bridesmaids/sweet sixteen/debutante/ quinceanera dresses, shoes, and handbags!

* Clean out your closets so that a deserving high school “princess” can enjoy a “night at the ball!”

* Free pick-up!

Contact: Karla Cruz, Student Project Manager or

Claire Haun, Butterfly Project Advisor ~ 812-4781 or

Jan Scholl, Director North Little Rock Mayor’s Youth Council ~ 951-0866

* Outfits may be selected at a Mother& Daughter Prom Boutique event coordinated by the Butterfly Community Ministries of the First United Methodist Church, North Little Rock, Junior League of NLR, and the NLRMYC!

* Donations are tax deductible!


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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hot Line for City-Wide Leaf Pick-up

North Little Rock
The leaf crews are currently working east of JFK, north of I 40, west of Warden Road, and south of Sherwood City Limits. The next area to work will be south of Sherwood City limits, west of JFK, north of I-40 and east of Camp Robinson Road. For additional information you may call the Public Works hotline 501-371-8355 and choose option #3.

October 2008 burglaries NLR

To enlarge picture, click on the map. Thank you to Paul Myrick for this information.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Herbert Goss

Our neighbor, Herbert Goss, on Glenmere will be 100 years old on November the 17th. Please consider sending him a card. You can send them to me and I will forward them to him since I am not sure he would want his address on the internet. You can also read the article written about him in the Log Cabin Democrat by clicking on his name in the title to go to that link.

Liz Lejman
3900 Glenmere Rd
North Little Rock, AR 72116

Monday, November 10, 2008

Special announcement--Lakewood Neighborhoood Group

This group has been serving for Lakewood for over 3 years and now needs new leadership. Please come to help us find the best way to continue informing your community of important news and safety information.

Sunday, November 09, 2008


Tuesday November 11th, 2008

6:30 PM - Lakewood Elementary School Cafeteria

Come out and hear what is happening in your neighborhood - meet your neighbors!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Ladies (and boys, too)…

If you don’t feel like cooking tonight or are just too busy to come up with something, then think about this…

The North Little Rock Friends of Animals Group is hosting a Chili Supper Fund Raiser from 5 – 7 p.m. tonight at the Park Hill Christian Church (4400 JFK). For more information call 501-791-8577 or show up with a little cash! There will also be a silent auction! Fun and food! What more could you ask for?

Tomorrow night, members of the North Little Rock Woman’s Club will host their annual Fall Follies at the Patrick Henry Hays Senior Citizens Center. Doors open at 5:30 and dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are only $25.00 This gets you some delicious Corky’s BBQ, homemade desserts and much more! There will also be a country store…it’s not too early to do a little Christmas shopping and help out the citizens of North Little Rock!

Both of the above are non-profit organizations. All proceeds will benefit our community.

Both are casual events.

Diane Whitbey, CMC/CAMC

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

RockInPeace Halloween Party and Costume Contest OCT. 31

Celebrate your Halloween at Argenta CDC's RockInPeace fundraiser featuring the awesome sounds of the legendary band First Impressions. RockInPeacewill begin at 7 p.m. Friday, October 31, at Cornerstone Pub and Grill, 314 Main Street in North Little Rock. Think you have what it takes to win our costume contest? We have a total of $1,000 that we are giving out in three categories-"BEST," "FUNNIEST," and "SCARIEST" with $500 going to the "BEST." Make sure you bring your ID because you have to be at least 21 to enter. Prices are $10 for general admission and $25 for VIP admission, which gives you access to the lounge with food and two drink coupons. Contest entry is $10 per person or $25 for groups of 3 or more. Admission and contest fees will be taken at the door. For more information call 501-374-0622. Sponsored by Bank of the Ozarks

, Regions Bank

, CFO Network

, Next Generation of Young Professionals

, Sheri and Harry Hamlin and Kelly Conley.

NLR Mayor's Youth Council

The following are some projects that the nlr mayor's youth council are working on for november. if you would like to help, please share our spirit and join us in making our world a better place for everyone.
we're collecting
1. gently used backpacks for the homeless project
2. items for the homeless backpacks - scarf, gloves, cap, socks,
toothpaste, toothbrush, package of razors for the guys, lotion,
3. gently used evening dresses, short or long, for the p.r.o.m. project - dresses will be made available to high school girls who would not be able to have dresses to wear to dances/parties otherwise
4. daley johnston is collecting personal care items - or caregiver kits - to answer the emergency plea from the arkansas children's hospital. these are kits in large ziplock bags that can be handed to parents/caregivers who come with their children unexpectedly to the hospital and have no hygiene items with them. these kits might include soap, a wash cloth, comb, deodorant, tooth past, tooth brush, razors, lotion.
2. the our house homeless shelter for the working homeless is requesting bedding for twin beds. their shelter is full and they are in very short supply on sheets and blankets for twin beds. do you have any gently used bedding that you can give? they also need standard size pillows, but would like the pillows to be new due to health concerns. (you can buy blankets and pillows very cheaply at wal mart.) please make sure the bedding is clean.
if you have questions, call jan scholl at 834-3784.

NLR Christmas Parade

The North Little Rock Christmas parade is scheduled for Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. The theme for the parade this year is “Peace on Earth.”

All clubs, organizations, schools, churches and businesses are encouraged to participate in the parade. An entry form may be obtained by calling the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce at 501-372-5959 or by stopping by the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce at 100 Main Street. All entries must have entertainment appeal by being in costume or decorated. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. at Pershing and Main and will continue down Main Street to Washington Avenue. There will be only one Santa Claus in the parade. The entry deadline is November 30.

The North Little Rock Christmas Parade is sponsored by the North Little Rock Sertoma Club and the City of North Little Rock. For more information or a parade entry form, contact the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce at 372-5959.


Join NLR Parks & Recreation at Funland for the first ever
Haunted Festival in Burns Park
from 5:30 p.m. til 8:00 p.m. on October 30, 2008 (weather permitting) and take a ride on the Haunted Funland Express or the haunted carousel. We will also have games and activities for the kids. Concessions will be available. Bring your camera and come in your costume. Admission is $5 for unlimited train and carousel rides and games and activities.

For more information, view the poster or contact Funland at 501-753-7307 or contact the Recration Programming Unit at 501-791-8545.

Haunted Hospital

October 24, 2008 to November 01, 2008
The NLR Haunted Hospital is open for haunting again this year!

The old Memorial Hospital in NLR is completely abandoned and HAUNTED!!!!!!!!! Each year it opens the doors to raise money for youth sports in North Little Rock. This year the money will go toward completing the 4,000 square foot North Heights Rec Center.

Here is the schedule:
October 20 - 25
October 27 - November 1

Cost: $10 per person
Good Luck!

October 24, 2008 to November 01, 2008
Old Memorial Hospital
#1 Pershing Circle
North Little Rock, Arkansas -

Friday, October 24, 2008

Lakewood is invited

Mark your calendars, Argenitals, for the social event of the neighborhood: The annual Argenta Neighborhood Boosters Block Party will be held on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. on the lot behind First Presbyterian Church! There are NO acceptible excuses for not attending.

We will have food, live music, games, and lots of opportunities to meet and greet your neighbors -- both the ones you already know and the ones you don't know yet. Remember, we've had several folks buy houses and move into Argenta since last year's party, and we need to show them we know how to have a good time!

As it so happens, I have been delegated the mostrous responsibility of organizing the block party. If you're interested in becoming one of my minions ... uh, I mean, volunteering to help make sure everything goes off without a hitch, contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it No experience is necessary!

Also, if you or your employer have something you'd like to contribute -- food, drinks, ice, door prizes, or what-not -- drop me an e-mail about that, too. Or if you just have questions, let me hear from you.

Monday, October 20, 2008

To view the ballot for your area go to this web site and follow the directions.

Monday, October 13, 2008


Tuesday October 14, 2008

6:30 PM - Lakewood Elementary School Cafeteria

Come out and hear what is happening in your neighborhood - meet your neighbors!

Friday, October 10, 2008

New Amboy Neighborhood Association

We at the New Amboy Neighborhood Association would like to extend a formal invitation to you and your representatives. We will be having a Block party on Saturday October 18th, at 260 Military Road. That is the Parking lot of the Bookkeeping Plus on Military road.
The Party will start at 1:00 pm. We would love to have representatives from every Neighborhood group and whomever you represent. Bring some literature about your particular organization to hand out.
We are really expecting a large crowd. People in the area are really excited about our new association and the response is getting a little overwhelming.
Candidates have been invited and all have confirmed. They will be allowed to speak after 2:00 pm. We hope you all can find time to attend, if not for the full thing, drop by and show some support for our efforts. We want to meet you all, and hope that we can all work together for a better NLR.
Paul Myrick
Amboy Neighborhood Association

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Questions for candidates

The League of Women Voters will be conducting their candidate question and answer session for North Little Rock mayoral and alderperson candidates next week. The session will not be open to the public; however it will be taped and rebroadcast several times on the Comcast community access channels. A representative from the North Little Rock business community, League of Women Voters and a representative from the North Little Rock neighborhoods will each be allowed to ask questions of the candidates from Ward 1, Ward 2 & Ward 3 as well as the mayoral candidates.

I have been asked to participate as the representative of the neighborhoods. I believe there are many very intelligent and dedicated people in our neighborhoods and I am asking for your help in finding the right questions to ask of the candidates. Please e-mail me at with the question you would like asked in each of the three alderperson races and mayoral race. Please keep in mind, given the time restraints, I will probably only get to ask at most 2 or 3 questions of each alderperson candidate and maybe 4 or 5 of each mayoral candidate. The questions must be succinct and to the point. The questions should also address neighborhood specific issues. I would appreciate citizen’s questions that are serious and I look forward to finding the best questions to ask our candidates.

Scott Miller

Vice President

Unified Neighborhood Coalition

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Welcome to a new Blog

The Amboy Watch.
Please check it out.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Cpt Warren Mobbs

One of your Firemen died last Friday.

Cpt Warren Mobbs, who skippered Engine 7 on C Shift operating out of Station 7 in your neighborhood, died Friday afternoon after finishing up with yardwork at his home. It is believed that he suffered a sudden fatal heart attack.

Cpt Mobbs will be sorely missed. We hope that all of the Lakewood folks will join us in mourning his passing.

Funeral is 10:00 AM Tuesday. This is truly a sad day for the NLRFD, especially for the guys at Station 7.

Alan D Tetkoskie, IAFF Local #35

Monday, September 08, 2008

Lakewood Neighborhood Group Meeting

Tuesday September 9th, 2008


Lakewood Elementary School Cafeteria

Come out and hear what is happening in your neighborhood -meet your neighbors!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Due to unforeseen circumstances, a decision was made to postpone the Community Emergency Response Team classes until after the first of the year. We are still working on gathering the information, training materials and everything we will need to make this happen. Rick Ezell and Virginia Raum as well as Bud Gray as all so gracious and still willing to be our teachers. Applications are still available. We will be posting the new dates in the near future. LIM feels very strongly about this program and we will be pushing forward in hosting this event.

Saturday, August 16, 2008


Marilyn had bought Angel a special new outfit for the NNO dog show but she was unable to participate that night. She was given an honorable late entry category of "MOST LOVED." Angel hopes to continue her budding career in dog pageants in the future.

PHOTO by Beth White

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Celebrating 75 years of The Old Mill

August 6th Celebration

photos by Stan Lejman


No meeting for August.
Next meeting September 9th.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Great Night Out

Lakewood Neighborhood Group Great Night Out was a success!

Thanks to Target


The Broadway Stars

The North Little Rock Police and Fire Departments

Dog Show

pictures by Stan Lejman

Thursday, July 31, 2008

National Night Out – 2008

WHERE: Glenmere Road
(low side 4004, 4006 and 4020)

WHEN: Tuesday, August 5th
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

WHO: You and your family!
We’re celebrating National Night Out, with an evening of neighborly fun (eat, walk, and talk!) for residents.

Do you want to participate by hosting a “snack” to share with your neighbors? If you are interested please call 758-2738 for more information. We are having all food on the lower level in the driveways of several houses.

Target will be sponsoring our event and we will have food, prizes and gifts to give away this year.

Some of the Specialty Foods will include: Daisy’s Popcorn stand, Maxine’s Watermelon Wheel barrow, Betsy’s Best Brownies, Leann’s Pastry Shoppe, Dilday’s Home Made Ice cream, Sonja’s Crisp Cookies. More entries to be announced!!!!!!

6:45pm-The “Broadway Stars” will again come for a dance and musical presentation! Their studio is located at 8000 Hwy. 107, Sherwood Arkansas 72120.

7:30 pm -Our first ever LNG Dog Show will be held during this event. Please bring your leashed dog for the fun. And more! Prizes will be awarded.
Judges are:
• Joy Stevens-Friends of Animals
• Chad Niemeir-Target
• Diane Whitby-NLR City Clerk

Categories are:
1. Best Kisser
2. Best Tail Wager
3. Best Barker
4. Owner/Dog Look Alike
5. Best Trick
6. Smallest Dog
7. Largest Dog
8. Best Smile
9. Best Coat
10. Miss or Mr. Congeniality

Our Police, Fireman, NLR City Government and Departments are invited.

Bring a chair!

The purpose of National Night out is to heighten community awareness and to strengthen participation in local anticrime efforts. We on Glenmere support this goal, and also want to encourage neighbors to get together.

Everyone, please turn your front porch lights on between 7:00 and 10:00!

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tom and Beth White
4021 Glenmere

Lakewood Neighborhood Group meeting July 8, 2008

Pictures taken by John Jones at the July meeting.

There will not be an August meeting. We will participate in the National Night Out on Glenmere Road. The next meeting will be September 9, 2008

Monday, July 07, 2008

Lakewood Neighborhood Group

Lakewood Neighborhood Group Meeting

Tuesday July 8, 2008


Old Mill Amphitheater

Our July special guest speaker is:

Becky Hight - Pulaski County Master Gardener

Becky will talk to us about the work done by Master Gardeners at the Old Mill. The Old Mill Project won the 2008 Master Gardener Project of the Year Award for the State of Arkansas. It will be an interesting and informative time to hear from and talk to an expert.

See you Tuesday night!!!!!

Come out and hear what is happening in your neighborhood -meet your neighbors.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Lakewood Neighborhood Group

Lakewood Neighborhood Group
June 10, 2008

Pledge of allegiance
Opening prayer

Neil Bryant
Debi Ross: Discussed flooding in the Redwood tunnel

Sorrells: There will be a Police and Fire Department competition in North Little Rock and Little Rock to see which one can give the most blood. This will be June 27th at the Hays Center.
: This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Old Mill August 6th 1933 dedicated by the Pugh and Matthews families. It will probably be at 10:00 in the morning. More information will be released as we know more. $200,000 was spent from the city, grant monies, and donations. The lights have been installed. Tomorrow is a major work day starting at 7:00.
White: National Night Out will be Tuesday August the 5th. Glenmere Rd will have their activities.

Sorrells: Several houses were broken into last month in our area.
Car break ins have increased. Lock everything up or put in storage. Do not leave lawnmowers and equipment out in yard.
Shoplifting, Breaking and Enterings have also increased.
Gas theft, you can purchase a $10 lock for gas cap.

Singleton: History of the Old Mill was presented.

Concerns brought up were increased traffic, speeding and litter around the Old Mill by residents.
The ordinance regarding litter is narrowly defined by the city.

There are 200 wedding a year scheduled through the city. There has been one divorce that is known.

Next meeting will be Tuesday July 8th at the Old Mill.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Lakewood Neighborhood Group

May 13, 2008

Pledge of allegiance
Opening prayer
Minutes of last meeting

State Rep
Barry Hyde: House currently working on the proposed budget. The lottery amendment needs 75,000 signatures to be voted on. The Attorney General’s Office has to check to make sure all signatures are registered voters. All of the money will go to scholarships.
Call or email Barry with any issues.

Debi Ross: 1) Sales tax pulled. There was a law change, can’t have 2 different end dates.
2) Code-a lot of condemnations coming up. All last night were condemned.
3) RV Park passed.

Sorrells: The man stealing catalytic converters was caught.
Closed down a daycare being run out of a house, DHS is investigating.
Lawn care people showing up. Call police if the do not have a license. Lock up lawn mowers, several stolen recently.
Increase in copper stolen from window air conditioning units.
Robberies are down in this area.

Beth White: NLR Police will have a ceremony May 13th to honor officers lost in the line of duty.
NLR Clean Up May the 17th.
Shiners’ are selling Vidalia onions.
National Night Out will be Tuesday August the 5th. Residents on Glenmere have done something for the past 3 years.
We have a new mail carrier. He has voiced a concern regarding dogs running loose.

Next meeting will be Tuesday May June 10th at the Old Mill and a quick tour.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Volunteers needed

Margaret Powell, (Community Relations/Administration) is looking for volunteers who can rope a steer (well, not a real steer, but a steer mannequin for entertainment during Market: Arkansas in September. She is also looking for someone who can sing (for real) Country and Western songs. If you are interested, please contact Margaret at 501-340-5305.

Cowboy (or girl) attire is a must!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Old Mill 4-7-08

Lakewood Neighborhood Meeting

Lakewood Neighborhood Group
April 8, 2008

Pledge of allegiance
Opening prayer
Minutes of last meeting

Beth White: The Old Mill reopening has been delayed due to the weather.

State Rep
Barry Hyde: Special Session, Legislation for legal expenses for school expenses.

Debi Ross: 1) Shopping carts-ordinance passed. Call Code Department if you see a cart on public property.
2) Dumpster hours-Ordinance pulled due to three companies stated they will take care of it. Any problems with dumpsters call your alderman.
3) Hydro plant-revenue down due to height of water.
4) Mayor will present tax proposal to the City Council next week.

Calloway: States she is running for NLR District Judge civil/criminal court.

Sorrells: Burglaries slowed down some. There was an increase in stolen window air conditioning units and catalytic converters from cars.
Vagrants around McCain Mall have become more of a problem.
Any one going door-to-door selling anything has to have a placard issued by the city to show they have bought a license. If they do not, call the police.
Beth White
Debi Ross: The Great North Little Rock Clean-Up is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2008. Team Check-in at 8:30a.m. Volunteer Lunch provided at Noon. Trash bags, safety vest and gloves provided. You could win prizes, T-shirts or Funland tickets! Contact Margaret Powell at 501-340-5305 to register, deadline May 7th.

Beth White: North Shore Animal League Tour for Live will be April 16th.
Neighborhood Coalition will be June 7th at the Riverfront Park.
Ozark Project Mission will be in our area again. They fix up houses for those in need. They are looking for homes in our area that are in need of refurbishing.

Next meeting will be Tuesday May 13th at 6:30 pm at Lakewood Elementary.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Great NLR Clean Up

Saturday, May 17, 2008, is the date of the annual Great North Little Rock Clean Up will be here before you know it!

We are looking for teams of volunteers who will hit the streets on May 17 and help to Keep North Little Rock Beautiful!

Check in will be at 8:30 a.m. at City Hall (corner of Main and Broadway, North Little Rock).

At 12:00 noon, volunteers will be asked to meet at Burns Park, Pavilion #10 for food, prizes, t-shirts and Funland tickets!

For more information, or to sign up a team, contact Margaret Powell, Director of Community Relations / Administration at 501-340-5305 or email her at

The deadline to register in advance is Wednesday, May 7, 2008.

So what are you waiting for? Get your coworkers, your church members, neighborhood and civic organizations, scouts and families and form your team. Heck, you could even design a t-shirt for your team or maybe wear a funny hat with your teams name on it!

Don't delay, call Margaret TODAY!!!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Shopping carts

Please call the North Little Rock Code Department @ 791-8581 if you see an abandoned shopping cart on public property. The exact location will be needed for Code to pick up the cart. We need your help to keep the carts out of the city storm drains and clean up NLR. Companies will be charged a $25 fee to reclaim their property. This fee will cover the cost of removing and storing the carts.

Debi Ross

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Lakewood Neighborhood Group March 11th meeting

Lakewood Neighborhood Group
March 11, 2008

Pledge of allegiance
Opening prayer
Minutes of last meeting

Beth White: There wasn’t a meeting in February; everyone was invited to the town-hall meeting in Levy. There will be more town-hall meetings and everyone is encouraged to attend.
State Representative Barry Hyde will not be able to attend this evening but you may email him at if you have any questions.
Debi Ross: 1) Shopping carts-there will be a meeting next week to finalize plans.
2) Parking cars in the front yard-Council will not be able to do a city wide law. It will have to be by areas. We may have a vote in each area to decide, the city attorneys are checking into legalities. Ward wide would probably not work.
3) Dumpsters-Council is looking at regulating hours they can be emptied due to complaints of noise at 4 in the morning.
4) City web site is up and running. Firefox works to view site. The search engine is working.
5) Hydroplant-We are above in the money brought in.
6) May 17th is the city wide cleanup, Keep North Little Rock Beautiful. We will probably meet at Burns Park this year.
Sorrells: Burglaries in the area are on the increase. Police caught 3 people responsible for several break-ins. Daytime has the highest number of break-ins, when it is rainy and when people are away on vacation. Call 758-1234 if you see something suspicious or 911.

If you see someone using a coat hanger or Jimmie to get in a car in a parking lot at the mall or shopping center, call the police. More than likely they are breaking in to the car.

This is the time of year people will be going door to door asking to do yard work or paint your house number on the curb in front of your house. Be aware they may be casing the neighborhood. They have to have a permit placard on them. Call police to report anyone in your neighborhood soliciting without a permit.

Beth White: North Little Rock Friends of Animals fund raiser (chili supper) was rescheduled to Friday, March 28, 2008 at 7 pm.

Open Practice Day for the NCAA at Alltel will be Thursday March the 20th 1200 noon to 2:55 pm and 4:25 to 7:20 pm. This is a free event to watch the top teams practice. More info is available at

The 18th Annual North Little Rock Woman’s Club Carousel Ball, will be April 5, 2008, at the Hays Center. Proceeds benefit the Heritage – Bowker – and Willow Houses, the Senior Center, and other community service projects. This year, the club will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in Community Service. $50 per person ($25 is tax deductible). Table reservations are required, RSVP by March 31, 2008 at 501-7537246 or 501-835-5019.

Old Mill-The restroom facility is nearing completion. The inside work will be done when the outside doors are installed and can be locked. The Amphitheater will be completed in the phase. The handicapped accessible areas are completed. A grand opening will possibly be in May. Bert Turner has been the driving force behind the renovation of the Old Mill. A luminary event is in the planning stages for Christmas.

Beth announced she will be running for Alderman of Ward One.

Next meeting will be Tuesday April 15th at 6:30 pm at Lakewood Elementary.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Change of location for meeting

Change of location for February Lakewood Neighborhood Meeting**A Levy Town Hall Meeting sponsored by Alderman Cary Gaines will be heldat /Levy Baptist Church on Tuesday February 12, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at3501 Pike Ave./
*This meeting is open to all NLR citizens and Levy is encouraging allneighborhoods to attend. We will not be having our regular LNG Meetingfor February 2008 but will instead attend the Town Hall Meeting.
/*Attendees include Mayor Hayes, Police Chief Bradley, City AttorneyJason Carter, Code Enforcement Director Tom Wadley./
*Lakewood Neighborhood Residents are encouraged to attend this meeting-we will *not* be meeting in the Lakewood Elementary Cafeteria againuntil /March 11, 2008. /* This is a good opportunity for direct communication with citygovernment. I hope each of you will come to Levy for this night. Comewith your questions!! This is your city and everyone has to takeresponsibility to be informed.
For more information please call Beth White758-2738

Monday, January 07, 2008

Meeting for 1-8-2008

Lakewood Neighborhood Group
January 8, 2008

Pledge of allegiance
Opening prayer
Minutes of last meeting

Beth White: Luminaries on Glenmere were a success. The city did a wonderful job cleaning the street and removing leaves.

Barry Hyde:
(State Rep.) There will be a change in the sales tax effective 1-1-2008 and in 2009 a change in sales tax laws, how they are enforced and areas they encompass.
(1)-AR streamlined sales tax. There is a federal guideline to get sales tax similar in the 44 participating states. The 2007 law states that sales tax is to be collected at the point of delivery.
(2)-$2500 cap on sales tax has been lifted; exceptions are cars, boats and airplanes. There is a group challenging this law. Internet sales tax may possibly be a reality within 3 years.

Abandoned houses—A Land Bank allows for take over of properties for back taxes, rehabilitate and resell.

Debi Ross: 1) Cross walks will be built and JFK and McCain and North Hills and McCain.
2) City web site is close to completion.
3) Fire on Waterside last night, house may be a total loss.
4) There is a need for stuffed animals for the police to carry in their cars to help with children. Please take donations to substation.
5) Fire Department is collecting DVD’s and CD’s to send to soldiers. Please call Peggy Morel at 340-5377
6) Run away shopping carts are an issue. In many cities it is against the law to take the cart off the lot. The city will pick them up and store them now. Stores can pick them up for a fee or city may sell for scrap.
7) The city budget is 130 pages. Debi has a copy for anyone who is interested in looking at it.
8) The Baring Cross TIF is being utilized by Rockwater Village. You can visit their web site
Sorrells: There was an increase in break-ins at Christmas time. Remember to be vigilant, lock doors, and leave lights on front and back yards. Violent crimes are down. Please call 911 if you see any questionable person in your neighborhood.

Beth White: Project Green at the school asking for ground cover. Loriope or monkey grass, mondo grass, Asiatic jasmine.

The Neighborhood services newsletter can me mailed to you. Call 340-5394.
A new group is forming Lakewood Northeast. They will have a meeting on January the 24th at the LPOA club house on lake #3 at 7-pm. This group was started due to issues in our neighborhood.

Rita Gruber: Announced she will be running for Judge for Arkansas Court of Appeals

Beth White: Our next meeting is Tuesday Feb. 12th.