Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Latest "nixle" post

The blog is back:

here is the latest "nixle" alert:

"Increase in residential burglaries in the Parkhill/Lakewood Area please report any suspicious activity to NLRPD@ 501-758-1234."

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Citywide Cleanup

All (city employees, neighborhood groups, residents, (et al):

The annual Citywide Cleanup will be Saturday, May 2, 2009.

If you haven't signed up a team, yet...what are you waiting for?

The deadline for advance registration is Monday, April 20, 2009. To ensure that enough materials are available (i.e. trash bags, safety vests, etc.), advance registration is encouraged.

If you have any questions or want to sign up yourself or a team, call Margaret Powell at 501-340-5305 or email her at Mpowell@northlittlerock.ar.gov.

Lakewood Neighborhood Group

Be Your Neighbor’s Keeper!

Thursday night at 7:00 – Lakewood Neighborhood Group

Lakewood Methodist Church, Room W2

Upper Breezeway

Lakewood = Neighborhood Blight

Never thought you’d see those two together, did you?

Did you know the choices your neighbors make could be taking $5000 to $15,000 (maybe more) off the value of your home and

seriously compromising the safety of our community?

What’s a “storage house” and what can be done about it?

Is there specific legislation about upkeep and expectations for rental properties?

This month’s meeting will feature NLR Code talking to us about what constitutes a violation and how to handle it so that your friendly neighbor stays your friendly neighbor.

Officer Sorrells will also explain the urban planning and enforcement idea called Broken Windows – unfortunately, it applies to Lakewood! We have work to do.

Shawn and Celeste (with lots of help from Council folks) will update you on the new parking code – where Lakewood is in the process and how it will impact our neighborhood. Lakewood Recreation Improvement Commission took an important first step last night.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Please pass this on to your neighbors – and to all those interested in keeping

Lakewood as a neighborhood built on high expectations and community pride.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Argenta News-Magazine salesman

Magazine Salesman in the Neighborhood (UPDATE) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Scott Miller (Argenta News)
Thursday, April 02 2009

Just got the following e-mail from an Argenta resident about a door to door magazine saleman working Willow Street in Argenta.

Just had a young man who identified himself as Antonio come to the door claiming to be taking part in some kind of "communications contest." Supposedly it's to help him become a better communicator and earn money to start a business. Bottom line: It's the old magazine subscription sales push to earn "points" toward some reward (trip to Cancun, he said). Can't speak to this kid's legitimacy, but last time someone I know bought a magazine through one of these deals the subscription never arrived. You might want to post something on the blog; he was a young guy, Asian descent, well-dressed and well-spoken, pushy in a trying-to-be-humorous way ("I was just at the neighbor's house and they sent me over here to have breakfast"). Had cards in plastic protectors but the only ID he offered was what he'd written in the blanks on the cards.

These guys are REQUIRED to have a NLR Peddlers License and it should look like this. If they don't have a peddlers license call the police. Often these door to door "salesmen" use the opportunity to get a peek inside your house and see of it is worth coming back and robbing. A legitimate magazine salesman will get a peddlers license and must show it to you upon request.

(UPDATE) Alderwoman Ross reports a different person with the same sales pitch was working Sherwood recently and her checks with the City revealed this group does NOT have a NLR peddlers license. She has notified NLRPD to be on lookout for them, but if you see them, call NLRPD immediately and make sure you give a good description.

Thanks for the info Scott.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Update on LNG meeting

First and foremost, our friend Bill at NLR Code is undergoing unexpected heart surgery - let's all keep him in our thoughts and prayers.

So, we are postponing Bill's presentation until he is recovered. Instead, the person presenting a program we had planned for later in the Spring has agreed to come this week. Nechi Fullerton from Heifer International had asked to be able to speak to our group about programs and opportunities at Heifer. If any of you have never been to their facility out on Hwy. 10, I understand it's amazing! We're going to get a first hand picture.

Look forward to seeing you on Thursday at 7:00 at Lakewood Methodist in W2.
There will be a Taize service going on too - don't worry that there won't be any seats left in our meeting! :)

Celeste & Shawn

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Lakewood Neighborhood Group meeting

We look forward to seeing everyone at the regular monthly meeting of The Lakewood Neighborhood Group.
It will be on Thursday at 7:00 - Lakewood Methodist Church in Room W2 (Upper breezeway).

The topic of this month's meeting is:

"Being Your Brother's Keeper: The Importance of Being Vigilante in Maintaining Your Neighborhood's Value."

NLR Code Enforcement will be talking to us about what to do and how to deal with "unsightly" problems in our neighborhoods that can cause all of our property values to decrease and that are the beginning of neighborhood blight.
You'd be suprised how much of a problem this really is - even in Lakewood!

We'll continue this conversation in the coming months - talking with a Lakewood real estate agent about property values (maintaining them and how our neighbors can affect them) and about theories such as Broken Windows that addresses these topics.

Hope to see you Thursday!
Shawn and Celeste

Saturday, February 21, 2009

NLR City Council Agenda for February 23rd

This is the link for Monday nights agenda

Lakewood Neighborhood Group February 19th 2009

Shawn &
Meeting brought to order.

Fire Dept
Station #5 responded to 9,549 incidents in 2008. In January of 2009 there were 120 incidents. There have been 3 chimney fires recently. This is caused by creosol build up in the chimney. Chimneys should be cleaned every 1-2 years by a chimney sweep or kits can be bought had your local hardware store to do it yourself.

Several suspects have been arrested for breaking into residences. Breaking and entering in cars is still a problem. Most car doors have been left unlocked. Please remember to lock car doors and take valuables inside your house or lock in trunk.

This is the time of year we will see and increase in people going door-to-door offering to do yard work. If the do not have a city license with a placard call the police (911), if they do have a placard you do not have to answer you door.

Most magazine sales door-to-door are not legitimate. Be aware around malls and shopping centers for people looking for a handout.

Shawn: Bert Turner reports that work to restore the Old Mill has started.

Celeste: City leaf pick-up will continue to March the 6th. You have to call and schedule a pick up.

THEA will have a student art show. Lakewood Elem. will be on display May 1st, NLR West May 4th-15th, and NLR school district NLR Elem school art show will be May 18th-29th. THEA is located at 401 Main street North Little Rock.

NLR Clean Up day will be in May.

Mayor Hays is in Washington regarding the stimulus package and money that will be available for North Little Rock.

Bedford Camera:
A presentation was given for making a photo inventory of belongings and personal items that have value to the homeowner.

Next meeting will be Thursday March 19th at the Lakewood Methodist Church at 7pm.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Leaf Pickup

Received from Debi Ross:
Please spread the word that the city leaf pickup is on an on call basis only now. If you need leaves picked up please call Public Works @ 371-8345 by March 6th. The equipment will be stored for the season after March 6th. Any remaining leaves will have to be bagged after March 6th.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

North Little Rock Woman’s Club 19th Annual Gala Carousel Ball

The North Little Rock Woman’s Club 19th Annual Gala Carousel Ball will be Saturday, April 4, 2009 at the Patrick Henry Hays Senior Citizens Center. Tickets are $50.00 which includes dinner, dancing, entertainment and live and silent auctions.

So put April 4, 2009 on your calendar! It’s never too early to order your tickets! Call any member of the club today or 753-7246 or 753-8766.

RSVP by March 31, 2009.

Proceeds benefit the North Little Rock Heritage-Bowker-Willow Houses, projects at the Hays Center and other community service projects sponsored by the club.


Diane Whitbey, CMC/CAMC

City Clerk and Collector <\__~

City of North Little Rock .// \\.

Help control the pet population, please spay and neuter.

Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

On February 12, 2009, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants to hear from Little Rock area residents. You and members of your organization are invited to attend the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) Community Town Hall Meeting. We hope you will encourage your members to participate in this unique opportunity to share feedback on IRS customer service practices with local TAP members and the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS).

TAP is a federal advisory committee created to listen to taxpayers, identify taxpayer issues and propose suggestions for change to the IRS.

What: TAP Community Town Hall Meeting

Event highlights include:

· One-hour dialogue with taxpayers to solicit taxpayer concerns about IRS customer service.

· Opportunity for taxpayers to meet TAP members from their area who will listen to their comments and drive change in IRS service practices.

· Attendance by TAP members, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson, and Local Taxpayer Advocates to speak with taxpayers about their concerns.

· Focus group session to further explore the IRS customer services taxpayers would like to receive.

· Free and open to the public.

When: Thursday, February 12, 2009

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: University of Arkansas at Little Rock

School of Law

Friday Courtroom

1201 McMath Ave.

Little Rock, AR 72202

Please join us at the University of Arkansas as we answer the question, "How can the IRS better serve you?"

For additional information or questions, feel free to contact me at sarah.chavez@irs.gov or 954-423-7979.

Sallie Chavez
TAP Program Analyst
888-912-1227 (toll-free)
954-423-7975 (fax)

"Citizen Volunteers valued for improving IRS services"

Monday, February 09, 2009

Lakewood Neighborhood Group meeting

Just a reminder that we will be meeting in Room W-2 at the Lakewood United Methodist Church on Thursday February 19th, 2009 @ 7pm. We will be covering our normal police and fire reports. Also we will have Bedford Camera attending and presenting 'how to' on home inventory. This is another tool you can use to protect your property against theft and damage.

We look forward to seeing you there.

thank you,

Shawn & Celeste Archer"

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Restaurant Week in Argenta

Restaurant Week in Argenta is coming January 26-31. It is a promotion of the Argenta Downtown Council and the Argenta restaurants. Restaurant Week in Argenta encourages existing patrons to enjoy their favorite restaurants at special promotional prices while encouraging new diners to the diverse Argenta restaurant scene by offering a full week of promotions at participating restaurants.

The participating restaurants offering a two course, eight-dollar lunch are: Café La Pace, Cornerstone Pub & Grill, Cregeen's Irish Pub, Margo's Catfish Diner & Deli, Reno's Argenta Café and Starving Artist Café. The restaurants offering a three course, twenty five dollar dinner are: Benihana Japanese Steakhouse, Ristorante Capeo, Riverfront Steakhouse, Starving Artist Café and Valentine's Italian Restaurant.

Restaurant Week is sponsored by the Argenta Downtown Council, North Little Rock Visitors Bureau, Ben E. Keith and Miller Lite. Argenta Downtown Council is a 501 (c) 6, committed to effectively serving its members, the City and the region. The organization is recognized as a leader, an advocate, and a resource in assuring that downtown is a safe, clean, attractive and vital place.

For more information on Argenta Restaurant Week visit: www.argentadc.org

.Argenta Downtown Council, (501) 786-2324


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Lakewood Neighborhood Group meeting

The next Lakewood Neighborhood Group Meeting will be held at the Lakewood Methodist Church (next door to Lakewood Elementary) on Thursday February 19th, 2009 @ 7pm.

thank you,

Celeste & Shawn Archer

Speed Humps on Lakeshore

Signs have been posted on Lakeshore Dr. to solicit comments about installing speed humps. As a consistent jogger I think the speed humps would improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclist. Thank you to the community for taking the initiative on this.

Shawn Archer

Sunday, January 11, 2009

New Parking Ordinance

To view the new parking ordinance, click on the title

Lakewood Neighborhood Group

Apologies to all. I forgot to put in the location.

This month's meeting will be at Lakewood Elementary in the library.

Thank you,

Shawn Archer

Friday, January 09, 2009

Hello Lakewood Neighborhood Group

Happy New Year!

We are having our January meeting next Tuesday (1.13.2009) @ 7pm. With Beth White's election to the North Little Rock City Council my wife and I will begin our journey with the Lakewood Neighborhood Group.

Please come to the LNG meeting so we can meet you and get your perspective on what direction you would like to see the Group take.

Thank you,

Celeste and Shawn Archer

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Oath of Office

Newly elected city officials were sworn in on January 1st. See the slideshow at right.
all photos by Stan Lejman