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Scouting For Cans

Andrew Petruzzelli, a resident of Swiss Avenue and member of Boy Scout Troop 42 is teaming up with his fellow scouts to serve those less fortunate. On Saturday, February 6th and 13th, between 9:00 AM and Noon, Troop 42 will be Scouting For Cans, door to door, within The District. They will be collecting both canned and dry goods as well as any financial contributions you care to make.

Coyote Sightings In The District

There have been multiple sightings recently of coyotes in and around The Swiss Avenue Historic District. They've been spotted on lawns, in bushes, and roaming the streets. As welcoming as we all are to new neighbors, there are limits to our open-hearted nature.

The following is a list of tips for residents:

- Urban coyotes are located throughout the City.

- There is much more visibility of coyotes right now due to the moderate temperatures which is also making them active during the daytime.

- The best way to discourage coyotes in our area is a water hose with a spray nozzle, or a Super

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SAHD Recognized At 2015 Preservation Achievement Award Ceremony

In a ceremony at the Scottish Rite Cathedral on April 8, 2015, the Swiss Avenue Historic District received a special tribute for its pioneering role as the first historic district in the City of Dallas. At the ceremony, David Preziosi, Executive Director of Preservation Dallas said "before the Swiss Avenue Historic District was established in 1973 it was almost destroyed by high-rise development and disinvestment.

Support Your Local Scout!

SAHD resident and Eagle Scout candidate extraordinaire, Vance Holub, has approached our friends at The Friends of the Santa Fe Trail with his proposal to install a rest area under the East Grand Bridge as his official Eagle Scout Project. He is requesting donations to fund a slab, benches, a picnic table, a trashcan, and a water fountain. He is on his way to raising $10,000 for the project. But he needs our help to reach his goal. If you could donate to this worthwhile endeavor, Vance, the Trail and the entire community woul appreciate any amount you can share.

Citizen Input Opportunity

For all Swiss Aveue Historic District residents who are interested in providing input to the city, there is a new online public forum, just launched, that allows you to provide your views and opinions on planned community projects and initiatives. For details, see the announcement below from Dallas City Manager, A.C. Gonzalez.

The address to connect is TALKDALLAS.com

Occasional November 2014

SAHD Elects New Officers and Approves 2014-2015 Budget

At the annual meeting of residents in September, new officers were elected for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Newly elected officers are:

President: Joanna Hampton; Vice President: Bob Ruckman; Secretary: Michelle Manners; Treasurer: Peter Loh; Parliamentarian: Cameron Kinvig

Directors at Large: Bob Bracken, Jeff Bryan, Roger Carroll, Linda Solomon

Committee chairs for the coming year are: Planning and Zoning: Tom Bonifield, Beautification: Marilyn Waisanen, Children's Committee: Kim McCrea, Social Committee: Natalie Bodak, Community

Provide Us Your Input

Share Your Thoughts On The City Of Dallas' Renaissance Plan

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department is currently updating its comprehensive plan, known as the Renaissance Plan, as well as conducting its first recreation master plan.  A large component of both planning efforts is citizen input.  Input is needed to assist the department in determining priorities as it moves forward.  The survey link below will allow you to share valuable input into the ongoing devleopment of the Renaissance Plan. Your contribution is very much appreciated.

Thank you for  your assistance. The link is below.

The Sanborn Maps of The SAHD

Planning A Remodel? You Might Want To Check The Sanborn Maps 

We recently received an email from a Swiss Avenue neighbor who discovered a helpful resource that might come in handy if you are planning to restore a property in our district that includes a guest house. Due to zoning rules, if you are restoring a guest house that includes a bath and kitchen, you might need to provide documentation that your home's address originally included a second dwelling. One resource for providing this documentation are The Sanborn Insurance Maps, drafted in the early 1920s.

The Sanborn Maps are located

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Saturday, February 6th & 13th, 9 AM - Noon
Andrew Petruzzelli, a resident of Swiss Avenue and member of Boy Scout Troop 42 is teaming up with his fellow scouts to serve those less fortunate. On Saturday, February 6th and 13th, between 9:00 AM and Noon, Troop 42 will be Scouting For Cans, door to door, within The District. They will be collecting both canned and dry goods as well as any financial contributions you care to make. Proceeds from the event will be donated to White Rock Center of Hope which, since its founding in 1988, has supplied sustenance to over 100,000 needy families who cannot afford to feed themselves and their families on their own. The Center, located on Garland Road in East Dallas, depends on our local scouts to help stock their pantry. And with your generous assistance, this worthy initiative will be a great success.

Let's do all we can to show these proud Scouts that The Swiss Avenue Historic District supports their good works!

January 27, 2016

There have been multiple sightings recently of coyotes in and around The Swiss Avenue Historic District. They've been spotted on lawns, in bushes, and roaming the streets. As welcoming as we all are to new neighbors, there are limits to our open-hearted nature.

The following is a list of tips for residents:

- Urban coyotes are located throughout the City.

- There is much more visibility of coyotes right now due to the moderate temperatures which is also making them active during the daytime.

- The best way to discourage coyotes in our area is a water hose with a spray nozzle, or a Super Soaker water gun which can also be good for dog walkers. It is OK to step toward them, acting aggressive will re-instill their flight response. The theory behind this is that if you can touch them, they feel more threatened and will move on.  It may take more than one encounter so each time you see an animal spray them to reinforce their natural fear of people.

- Use loud noises.  Yelling is not typically enough as they are used to loud urban environment.  A whistle or small air horn can be effective.

- The screeching noises we hear from coyotes is typically associated with mating, not killing of animals.  We are going into mating season.

- Keep all food inside including outdoor pet food, trash cans sealed and small pets indoors or supervised.  Bird feeders also attract coyotes due to the squirrels and rats attracted to excess food.

- Coyotes will not typically go into backyards with human activity.

- Relocating or killing them does not typically work as new animals simply move in to the territory. 

Below are links to some additional information you might find helpful:

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/white-rock-east-dallas/headlines/20141127-learn-to-live-with-coyotes-say-experts.ece

http://www.dfwwildlife.org/coyote.html

http://www.911wildlife.com/

For more about the situation, check out these news stories by clicking on the links under the image below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAHt9ceDEDw

October 22, 2015

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