Monday, August 13, 2018

Theft in the Neighborhood

Everyone be on the lookout, there are thieves out there patrolling the neighborhood looking for packages to steal.  Our wonderful neighbor, Sonny, recorded this from his doorbell cam.  If you see this man, please call the police.

A good way to reduce your risk of having a package stolen, is to leave delivery instructions to hide the package in the backyard and out of sight.  Stay vigilant!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Meet Your Neighbor Feature Author

Author of Mont Del Meet Your Neighbor articles 
45 Bounty Road West

Francey Petty has lived in Mont Del since February 1976, when she and her young family moved into their new house designed by her.    Having just left Harrington Institute of Interior Design in Chicago, she fulfilled her first major assignment!  Her then husband, James Petty, was the minister of Altamesa Church of Christ for 10 years. 

Francey had a small design business until 1980, when she started Balloons Fantastique (on West Berry Street over 30 years until she closed those doors in 2016 to operate out of her home, with others fulfilling the orders).  It still continues to operate. BF specializes in small and large events, with clients such as TCU, TCC, UTA, hospitals, banks, corporations, and many individuals and other entities.   You will perhaps see creations unlike anything you have seen when you view her Special Events page on the website:

During those years, she also helped create and partner in a manufacturing business (Direct Fire Technical) which made Hot Water Generators for commercial and industrial use.  She also assisted her son in starting and operating Loafin Joe’s Hot Subs in City View which was there for 10 years.  Then in more recent years, she realized her varied business background and enjoyment of talking to people, was perfect for being a realtor, so she got her license and went on board with Coldwell Banker Brokerage on Hulen Street.

In recent years, she revived her passion on the piano for classical music.   After a couple of years practicing when she could find time, she realized she had accomplished more than she had thought possible at her age, considering she had not played for several decades.   She started playing for friends in her home, eventually posting her recorded music on YouTube.  She decided to re-learn the Bumble Boogie with which she had won a talent contest in high school and is always a crowd pleaser, mixed in with her classical selections. 

You may wonder where writing fits into all the above?  While she is not a professional writer, she excelled in English and took extra courses in college over the years and eventually joined two writing groups.   Much of her writing was for business needs and editing for others, but she has penned a book about a difficult period of her life which she chose not to publish.  

Monday, July 30, 2018

Meet Your Neighbor: Katherine Sasser

Penned by Francey Petty, Mont Del Neighbor   

Katherine Sasser  - Owner of Hurley House
5512 Bellaire Drive South, FW  76109
Behind the Valero Station on Bryant Irvin 

I enjoyed visiting with Katherine in her cozy and homey storefront, just two minutes from Mont Del.   It is a restful place to take a friend for lunch, or pick up a take-out order for your family dinner or perhaps having some friends over.   One of the handiest details of Hurley House is the pick-up window which means we don’t even have to get out of the car in this heat!   I had to admit to her that I had never seen the well-designed space at the end of the small strip mall in back of Valero Station, even though I pass Valero Station regularly.   And perhaps many others of you are in that predicament! 

It is a bakery… but more than that, Hurley House offers catering, oven-ready dinners to take home, and small events at the storefront. The business is a vision that started in her Mont Del home on Windward Road  on May 1, 2013 (having moved to Mont Del just the year before). She kept the business in her home three years before deciding to move to a retail space two years ago.    Katherine is not one of those women who loved cooking from early on; she began cooking when she got married to feed her family and for her own pleasure.  This humble beginning morphed into much more.    She came to realize she enjoyed it and that it was a sensory experience which included what we see, feel and smell and that it brought art and science together.  

I can hear the pride in her voice when she relates that she makes everything from scratch, in small batches, keeping everything fresh.  She also continues to fine tune the business, learning to say “no” to certain types of foods and services (such as dietary needs), instead emphasizing the areas of food offerings that are needed by most people. There are two offerings on her take-away-menu per week:  one being an oven-ready main dish with side dish, and the other a main dish salad.   She narrows her offerings to be sure the remaining ones fit her high expectations.   Word of mouth to friends from her TCU days and other sources has been the biggest way of growing her business, along with social media. 

She began by telling friends she could offer foods they needed for almost any occasion:  whether it was cupcakes or other baked goods for a party, snacks, appetizers or a complete dinner.  As the first couple of years passed, she realized it was a profession she had grown to love and was part of her life now.  The first three years she worked out of her home, managing four children (now 15, 14, 10 and almost 9 years old) along with her business.  She mentioned her husband (Timm) being a huge help with the kids from early on because much of his work could be done on the computer in their home.  He works with an international mission organization called Empower One out of Dallas, which teaches locals in various regions of the world how to pastor churches and raise money for churches and schools.  Some of his time is spent in Uganda, fulfilling many aspects of his love and concern for people who need so much.  (See Katherine’s blog for more details). 

Katherine has an inviting motto:  Hurley House creates spaces for other people, either in their homes or at her storefront.  The taste and presentation of food undoubtedly changes the atmosphere of the room it permeates. 

The interior of Hulsey House is inviting, homey, quiet….a home-away- from-home to relax far from the hubbub of noisy restaurants.   It is a place where you might know Katherine as a friend by now, even if you didn’t know her before.  She takes pride in making your visit a personal experience and concentrating only on you when you are the customer being waited on.  You will enjoy browsing through the web site to see information and beautiful photos. 

This is truly a wonderful oasis in the desert of fast food, noisy restaurants and often uncaring servers and managements.  

Friday, July 27, 2018

Yard of the Month June 2018

June's yard of the month goes to Steve and Janice Hawkins at 9 Thornhill Rd.  I know this is late, but I wanted to get this out there before we get to August.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Yard of the Month July 2018

July's yard of the month goes to Natalie and Michael Griffith at 6 Bounty Rd E.  Natalie has been hard at work ensuring that her yard great year round.  This is even more impressive given recent temperatures.  Congratulations Natalie and Michael!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Mont Del HOA Board Meeting June 2018 Proposed Minutes

Mont Del HOA Board Meeting
Proposed Minutes
Tuesday, June 07, 2018

  1. Call to order at 7:03 pm
    1. Alice Miller called to order the regular meeting of the HOA at 7:03 pm on Tuesday, June 07, 2018 at Alice Miller’s house
  2. Prior minutes
    1. Approved
  3. Treasurer's report
    1. Approved
  4. Welcome wagon
    1. 4 new neighbors welcomed
    2. Chad thanked for welcoming new neighbors
  5. Entrance area
    1. Thanks to everyone who came out to help clean up
    2. Estradas lost a tree to oak wilt
    3. Need a gardener for the front entrance
      1. Prefer eco-safe weed killer
  6. Directory database
    1. Will ask Fares again
    2. Make sure to send up-to-date information to Alice Miller
  7. Yoga by the pond
    1. Successful
    2. Will seek to do it again
  8. Bridge
    1. Interlocal agreement signed between Benbrook and Fort Worth as submitted
    2. Freese and Nichols may take up to a year for plans
  9. Dues
    1. New paypal account and card reader
    3. Cheyne Hadley will seek to set up a paypal link on the website
    4. HOW will begin Sending a dues invoice through email as discussed
    5. Cheyne Hadley create a post on the website to remind people to pay their dues
  10. Ducks and pond
    1. There has been another fatality
    2. No new ducks will be moved to the pond (3 remaining)
  11. Water tower
    1. The BWA (Benbrook Water Authority) is separate from the city council
    2. BWA is comprised of elected officials
    3. The HOA is aware that people are unhappy with the “BWA” text on our water tower
  12. Cookie exchange
    1. Planned for December 1, 2018 2:00-4:00 pm
    2. Alice Miller need tables
  13. Yard of the month
    1. June: Hawkins house at 9 Thornhill
    2. Cheyne Hadley will share via the website post
  14. Possible future events
    1. Movie by the pond
      1. TBD at a later date
    2. Trunk-or-treat/fall festival and movie by the pond
      1. October 27, 2018
    3. Potluck
      1. First choice 22 September
      2. Second choice 8 September
    4. Neighborhood walks
      1. Anyone can post to the facebook group to start a neighborhood walk at anytime
    5. Old business
      1. No old business
    6. New business
      1. Will test paypal dues turnout. If the turnout is low the HOA will bring up a motion to raise dues
      2. Don Shipe will no longer be able to put put flags
        1. Alice Miller will seek permission from the city to put up a flag pole or plaque in the duck pond
        2. David Corley will get an estimate for a flag pole and a plaque
  15. Annual neighborhood meeting
    1. September 18, 2018
    2. Benbrook senior center
  16. Meeting adjourned
    1. Alice Miller adjourned the meeting at 8:26 pm