WPHA’s 2020 Easter Egg Quest – Family Fun and Prizes

i Mar 28th No Comments by

In lieu of our originally-planned Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn of Ward Parkway Presbyterian, we’re hosting an Easter Egg Quest.

Here’s how the WPHA 2020 Easter Egg Quest works.

1)  Follow the link at the bottom to download coloring pages.
2)  Print and color as many of the pages as you would like.  We have included images for older participants to color as well.

  • Don’t have a home printer? No problem! Email the WPHA, and we will drop a packet of all 5 pages in your mail box.)

3)  Tape the colored pages to your windows or doors that face your front yard before Friday, April 3, 2020.
4)  Between April 3rd and 5th, walk the neighborhood. As you do, find as many “eggs” as you can find, and keep count.

  • Note: Sheets containing multiple eggs should count as one.

5) By NOON, on Monday, April 6, submit an email using this link.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE – Incomplete submissions are NOT eligible to win.  Please make sure all the information  in the submission email link above is complete and accurate.
  • We would love it if you took pictures and either email those with your submission for use in our May newsletter or posted them on our Facebook Page or Nextdoor.

6)  On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, the WPHA will randomly draw 5 names from the submissions sent in.  Each of the 5 names drawn will win a $25 Gift Card to Brookside Toy and Science!
7)  Prizes will be distributed by April 10, 2020.

A big thank you to WPHA volunteer and member, Becky Schubkegel, for bringing us this idea.  She is a special needs educator and a new WPHA resident.

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How WPHA can help Harvesters help our neighbors

i Mar 27th No Comments by

For more than a decade, residents of WPHA have held a food drive to benefit Harvesters. Collectively, we have donated many tons of food to help our neighbors throughout the 26 counties, including Jackson, that Harvesters serves.

Sadly, pursuant to local orders and guidelines, WPHA finds it necessary to postpone our food drive, originally scheduled for April 25.

We hope that you will consider making a donation to help Harvesters help our neighbors.

1) Due to Covid-19, the Coronavirus, it is expected that food insecurity will increase exponentially among residents of Harvesters service area.

2) Many of our WPHA neighbors might find themselves unable to find or buy groceries and could themselves rely on Harvesters.

How can you help?

Make a donation. Every dollar donated to Harvesters helps ensure they have the food and resources on hand to meet any additional demand. It also helps provide means to get the food out more effectively and efficiently.

Harvesters still needs volunteers, though they have to limit the number and timeframe. In Kansas City, they can have 30 volunteers per shift who will work in three different areas.

You can still donate food to Harvesters; in fact, there are blue donation barrels at area Price Chopper stores.

What if you need help?

Many homes will find themselves missing meals or without enough food for the entire family at any one meal.  You can find out how to use Harvesters services here.

Neighbors can help neighbors.

If you are not in a high risk group but have neighbors who are, maybe you can help shop for them?

WPHA is a community of neighbors with a long history of helping one another and others. During this most challenging of times, WPHA thanks everyone for all you are doing to ensure that you, and others, stay healthy.

Covid-19 WPHA Event Cancellations and Postponements

i Mar 21st No Comments by

The situation regarding COVID-19, the coronavirus, has changed dramatically over the last few weeks and is likely to impact all of us for weeks to come. Pursuant to federal, state, and local orders and guidelines calling for the cancellation or postponement of gatherings and events greater than 10 people, WPHA finds it necessary to cancel and postpone a number events.  To read more, click here.

2020 Mid-Year Membership Discount

i Mar 7th No Comments by

Don’t miss out on upcoming Member Only Events, including Dumpster Day and the Hawaiian Ice Truck!   Until March 31, save more than 30% on a Platinum Membership for 2020 Membership Year. For only $75, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of membership and know that you help keep our neighborhood among the safest in Kansas City. To join, click here.

Congrats to 2019 Holiday Homes Decorating Contest Winners!

i Jan 16th No Comments by

Here are the homes and blocks that shone brightest during the 2019 WPHA Holiday Homes Decorating Contest.

Individual home winners:

  • 7324 Terrace St.
  • 7240 Madison Ave.
  • 7201 Ward Parkway

Each winning home receives a $50 gift card to Sutherlands. (Homeowners must have paid FY2020 membership dues by Dec. 1 to be eligible.)

Best block winners:

7300 block of Terrace Street.

Winning block wins $100 toward expenses for a block party. (Submit receipts for reimbursement. Expires 12/31/2020.)

Individual home honorable mentions:

  • 1216 71st Terrace
  • 519 74th Street
  • 7209 Belleview
  • 7229 Belleview
  • 1291 Gregory
  • 7216 Pennsylvania
  • 7433 Terrace
  • 7207 Ward Parkway
  • 7232 Ward Parkway
  • 7410 Wyoming

Congrats to all and thanks to our judges (winners of the 2019 contest). You brightened up our season!

Won’t you meet our neighbor: Trisha Pitts

i Nov 15th No Comments by

Trisha Pitts has called Washington Street home for the last 21 years. In fact, she is now the longest-tenured resident on the block! This bridge-playing seasoned traveler is keeping plenty busy during retirement.

Why did you choose to live in this neighborhood? When I came back to this area 21 years ago, I thought I would rent first, but a realtor showed me this property after showing me a number of rentals. I realized I would pay more in rent than in a mortgage payment. I decided to buy this house and then sell it after I decided where I really wanted to live. I have never moved. I just love the area.

Occupation (past or present)? I am a CPA by training, and my last position was Director of International Finances for Unbound,a nonprofit headquartered here in Kansas City. I have been retired for four years.

How do you like to spend your free time? I do volunteer work, and am a competitive duplicate bridge fanatic.

What is at the top of your bucket list? Maybe visiting Ireland and Scotland.

What is something most people don’t know about you? I was part of the first group of Peace Corps volunteers to go into Armenia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. I have lived, worked or traveled in 42 countries.

What’s the most interesting feature of, or story about, your house? It is an aggravating feature — the dip in my driveway. When the house was built in 1924, the garage was in the basement. Later, a freestanding garage was put in the back, and the driveway extended. It should have been filled in and leveled, but no.

What is your favorite event or memory of the neighborhood? Shortly after I moved in, the neighbors had a block party. I got to meet most of my neighbors, which was such a wonderful thing. We did another block party this past summer for our new neighbors.

What is your favorite area business/restaurant/meal/drink/service? Waldo Pizza.

Is there anything you would change about the neighborhood? It might be a good idea to revisit parking on the streets. The corner of 73rd and Washington Street is pretty dangerous because cars park so close to the corner, making it difficult to see if cars are coming down 73rd.

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Trisha Pitts flanked by her daughter and grandson

Help us grow the WPHA and fully fund security patrol service

i Nov 11th No Comments by

The 2020 membership drive is off to a successful start! We had 200 homes renew or join the Ward Parkway Homes Association during the first month of the drive in October. Of those, a record number of residents signed up for the KCPD security patrol this early in the fiscal year. Several residents became members at Neighborhood Night Out held at The District in late September. It was the first time we offered a convenient online payment station at that event. The WPHA Board is excited about the momentum and enthusiasm shown by our neighbors. Thank you to all who have paid dues for the 2020 fiscal year so far!

We live in one of the safest neighborhoods in Kansas City, and we know that deterring property crime ranks high among our residents’ feedback about what they want to see from WPHA. That’s why we need you to join WPHA as a Platinum member, to ensure we are able to maintain the KCPD security patrol for our neighborhood. We only need 100 more homes to sign up for the KCPD security patrol to guarantee WPHA can continue to provide this valuable service for our entire neighborhood. Should we have to cancel it in the future, the WPHA would go to the bottom of the waiting list KCPD maintain of other neighborhoods that want to provide this service to their residents. The waiting list is long and we would likely wait many years to get the service back. You can ensure that doesn’t happen. You can ensure KCPD security patrol continues to be part of our vibrant neighborhood.

In addition to the KCPD security patrol benefit, there are also other benefits included in your membership:

  • Maintenance and beautification of public green spaces.
  • Community events: Easter Egg Hunt, Neighborhood Night Out, 4th of July Picnic, Holiday Homes Decorating Contest and more. There are three new events in 2020 that will be for members only events: a Polar Bear Pub Crawl in March, Dumpster Day in May, and Hawaiian Shaved Ice Truck in June.
  • Ability to serve on the WPHA Board of Directors.
  • Reimbursement of block party expenses.
  • Eligibility to win best decorated home in Holiday Homes Decorating Contest.
  • Neighborhood news through website, Facebook, Nextdoor, and e-newsletters.

New for 2020

  • Refer three, and you’re free. Refer three brand-new or former members to join the WPHA, and your 2021 membership will be free! (New members must list your name and address on the membership form or via PayPal form field.)
  • Extended payment option. When you pay via PayPal, you can choose to split your Platinum Membership payments over a period of 12 months for $12 per month. Payments begin the month you join and recur monthly for a total of 12 consecutive months.

Renew your membership or become a first-time member today!

Won’t you meet our neighbor: Cindy Latimer

i Oct 2nd No Comments by

Cindy Latimer has lived on the west side of the Ward Parkway Homes Association for eight years. Here’s how she answered our resident profile questions:

What street do you live on? Mercier Street

Do any family members or pets live with you? One cat, one dog, and rotating foster pets (currently have 3 kittens).

Occupation (past or present)? IT manager covering multiple sites across North America.

How do you like to spend your free time? Sleeping! Otherwise, I am a big live theater fan, and also can be found working on the house/yard while listening to an audiobook.

What is at the top of your bucket list? Working on it now — in classes to foster children.

What is something most people don’t know about you? I have a degree in computer science with minors in math and theater.

What’s the most interesting feature of, or story about, your house? The house has been remodeled so many times that there are about five layers of wall, and I think all the rooms have been moved throughout the years.

What is your favorite event or memory of the neighborhood? Living in a very close block of neighbors. Neighborhood progressive dinners, wine tastings, pool parties, etc.

What is your favorite area business/restaurant/meal/drink/service? Summit Grill! Great happy hour menu.

Is there anything you would change about the neighborhood? I wish the sidewalks were repaired, it can get rough and kids can’t bike/skateboard on sidewalk — which puts them in the street.

Cindy Latimer

Watch your mailbox: It’s time to renew your WPHA membership!

i Sep 8th No Comments by

September is the time of year when the Ward Parkway Homes Association sends out our yearly membership mailing. The mailing includes lots of important information about the coming year. This year is no exception. You should receive your mailing by mid-September. Check your mail for this important information.

While the WPHA sends the membership mailing information every year, this year we are taking a little different approach. First, we are formalizing all new and renewing membership activities into a more organized 2020 WPHA Membership Drive!

The Membership Drive kicks off with the mailing. Here’s what you’ll find inside:

  • Letter from the President – WPHA Board President Nancy Bader Nancy outlines several reasons why membership in the homes association is so important.
  • Membership Form – We outline the specifics of the new membership levels, unveil our brand-new referral program, and provide several convenient ways to pay for your membership —  including the introduction of a new monthly extended payment option. The WPHA is also offering an 18% discount on Platinum Memberships to all residents that sign up by Nov. 1!
  • KCPD Security Patrol – As has always been the case, our neighborhood is provided extra patrolling by Kansas City Police Department officers as a result of security patrol dues paid by our residents. Without your membership, we are at risk of losing this extremely important benefit. Review this part of the mailing to see what benefits the KCPD provides specifically to our neighborhood as a result of your paid membership.
  • Beautification Committee Event – On the back of the KCPD Security Patrol flyer is information about the upcoming Mums Sale coordinated by our Beautification Committee on Sept. 28. Make sure to check that out!

The second part of the 2020 WPHA Membership Drive is our involvement in the Waldo Fall Festival on  Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. Members of the WPHA Board of Directors as well as volunteers will staff a booth all day. We will be there to any questions you may have about the Ward Parkway Homes Association. Stop by and say hi!

Finally, the Membership Drive culminates at our fall WPHA Neighborhood Night Out on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at District. Pour House + Kitchen. As always, beverages and nibbles will be provided, along with door prizes. Watch for a flyer delivered to your door with all the details.

The WPHA hopes to continue to provide the level of interaction and community engagement requested by our residents. A survey was conducted in 2018 and we took your feedback to heart. The WPHA strives to provide the right level of family-friendly activities alongside activities for grownups only. We can’t wait to show you what we have in store for 2020!

Ways our KCPD security patrol is making the neighborhood safer

i Sep 8th No Comments by

Due to the increase of suspicious activity in our area in late August, our KCPD security patrol added a few extra shifts to offer more coverage.

The security patrol has also begun a month-long traffic enforcement effort several times a week at different locations where we have complaints. During the first day, the officer stopped seven cars and issued 10 tickets and one warning.

Also during August, a KCPD security patrol officer observed the back door ajar on a house where the resident had requested our vacation house watch service. Two officers checked the house to make sure everything was normal. Upon being contacted afterwards by the security patrol, here’s what the homeowner had to say:

“Thank you! The alarm company called me because the alarm went off when the door was opened. After the door was closed, I remotely locked it and re-secured the alarm system. I appreciate the heads up!”