Women’s Safety Program

Shepherd Park Plaza is a supporter of the Precinct 1 constable program. One of the benefits of being a participant is that SPP female residents can participation in a free Rape Aggression Defense (“RAD”) program. The RAD approach to personal safety begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, and progresses to hands-on physical defense techniques designed especially for women.

Participants in the program will learn a wide range of tactics to protect themselves if attacked. The practical techniques are designed to maximize the strengths of a woman’s body and build upon existing instinctive responses to provide women with effective self-defense options.

This is a 12-hour program that will be taught over four consecutive nights from Monday – Thursday evening, August 10th – August 13th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at St. Stephens United Methodist Church at 2003 W. 43rd, Houston, TX. Participants are encouraged to attend all four sessions.

This program is open to women who are residents of Shepherd Park Plaza and Candelight Plaza that are 14 and over. Teenagers ages 14-17 must be accompanied by a female adult. The class is designed for 8 to 25 participants. To sign up, please go to: http://pct1constable.net/2015/07/02/81015-81315-shepherd-park-candlelight-plaza/

A special THANKS to St. Stephens for hosting this program.

How to report flooding

In anticipation of heavy rains forecast this week, we hope that all residents, their families, pets and homes don’t experience any flooding. But in the unfortunate event this happens, please report any flooding to the City of Houston, whether or not you are filing an insurance claim or requesting FEMA assistance. You can report flooding to the City of Houston by contacting 311 – either by calling the number or by using the 311 App on your Smart phone. An insurance claim or FEMA assistance request will still need to be handled separately.

SPP Christmas in July – Save The Date!

July 15th 7-9pm, Berryhill @ Palapa Area

The Holiday Season in Shepard Park Plaza is a magical time of year! Many of our residents light up their homes with incredible decorations that rival Rockfeller Center. To all of you in that category, we truly appreciate the work you put into your Holiday decorations. You make SPP a wonderful place to call home.

We would like to keep the traditions of SPP strong by starting the planning process early to avoid the last minute rush before the holidays. Are you a decorating super star? We want to hear your tips and tricks! Are you looking for help getting started with your decorations or want to coordinate with your neighbors? We will be brainstorming ideas! Are you looking to outsource your decorations? We will have vendors available to help out! Our veteran Christmas Arch decorators will also be available to share info on how to build, store and budget for the arches.

SPP Christmas in July will be on July 15th from 7-9pm in the Palapa area at Berryhill. Please come out to start the planning process and meet your neighbors. No pre-work required, but ‘eager’ decorators can start coordinating themes with their streets or cul-de-sacs in advance of the meeting to get the creative juices flowing! Hope to see you there! All attendees will be entered into a drawing to win an early Christmas gift!

For questions contact Tom Dornak, Elizabeth Cardner or Courtney Selindis.

2015 SPP Crawfish boil

7th Annual Crawfish Boil Set for Saturday, May 9th

This event is just 1 week away.  It’s a great opportunity for some good eats along with socializing.  Bring your friends.  RSVP will be taken until we reach 100 guests or till May 4th.
When              Saturday, May 9th, 6PM till ?

Where             New Cul-de-sac for 2015.  1053 Candlelight Ln, in the cul-de-sac (west cul-de-sac, in the vacant lot)

How Much      $30 per Person; $10 per child 5-12 yrs old


Sign Me Up!!  RSVP to Patricia Dornak

713-683-6502 or pdornak@gmail.com


What does your ticket buy? 

Boiled Crawfish with all the fixin’s which includes Andouille sausage, corn on the cob, red potatoes, mushrooms, and spices galore will be the main course.  Appetizers, desserts, soda’s, beer and margarita’s are also included for the donation or $30 per person, Children, 5-12 years in age are $10 each.


2015 SPP Neighborhood Garage Sale

Neighbors, our SPP Neighborhood Garage sale is this Saturday morning, April 25th, 8 AM till Noon.  Please be mindful when driving and walking in the neighborhood as more traffic will occur during this event.


Happy Shopping!

– SPP Civic  Club

Sidewalk and Curb Maintenance

The subject of sidewalk maintenance has been mentioned before but is worth repeating. We have many locations in our neighborhood where tree roots, subsidence, vehicles or contractors have caused the sidewalks or curbs to be broken, sunken, elevated or missing. With so many of our neighbors out and about walking—especially with children often in strollers or on push toys—our sidewalks are of great importance, and often a contributing factor to individuals purchasing homes in SPP.

In the past we were able to contact the City and get these sidewalk issues repaired. This is no longer an option. For several years now the City Legal Department has ruled that the maintenance and repair of the curbs and sidewalks in front of our homes is our responsibility as the homeowner. Even though the sidewalks and curbs are located on the City right‐of‐way, the City will not take a report and will not repair them except in very special and limited circumstances, those being ‐ damage caused by a City hired contractor, damage caused by a garbage truck or City owned vehicle, ADA compliance for a disabled person living in the home or nearby using the sidewalk.

Along with the responsibility for maintenance comes the legal liability for anyone injured in an accident caused by the homeowner not keeping the curb or sidewalk in a safe condition. Each of us wants to keep the property in front of our homes safe for our families, friends, and neighbors.
If your home has a problem sidewalk that needs repairs, be aware that the City has fairly strict rules on who can do the work and how they can be repaired. The use of gravel or other fill materials is not an acceptable permanent substitute for reinforced concrete poured to City code.

The Good News!

On October 14, 2014, the Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committee received a report on a new program that allows private homeowners to use the city to hire a contractor to fix the sidewalks on their properties. In an attempt to gain economies of scale, the Public Works and Engineering Department has drafted a plan where citizens may apply online for a section of sidewalk to be built or repaired and pay for it themselves.

For reference, the estimated cost for 15 feet (three panels) of sidewalk is $800. The estimated cost for 60
feet (the length of a standard lot) is $5,200.

More information can be found here and http://www.publicworks.houstontx.gov/.