April 22, 2018

Elections and Raffles! ONA Meeting this Thursday!

Neighbors, it's that time of year!  Please join us this Thursday for ONA's spring general membership meeting.


We will be electing Oakhurst Neighborhood Association officers for 2018-'19 on Thursday.  This year's nominating committee has put forth the following slate of candidates for election:
  • President:  Jan Buck
  • Vice President:  Freda Calabrese
  • Treasurer:  Jan Bass
  • Secretary:  Burney Dickinson
We will also be electing street representatives and alternates.  If we happen to have a contested race, per the bylaws, each nominee will be given the opportunity to address the membership regarding their qualifications for up to 3 minutes.


Our membership year commences with the spring meeting, so this is a perfect opportunity to pay annual dues and/or make optional donations.  For more information on ONA membership, see the Join ONA section of our website and/or Contact Us with any questions.  Thanks in advance for your support!


New this year is a fundraising raffle hosted by the ONA Beautification Committee.  The following great prizes (and possibly more!) are up for grabs:
  • A George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill
  • A bottle of 18-year single-malt scotch
  • A golf pass for four at the Texas Star
Proceeds will assist ONA with certain special projects:  completing the landscaping at Audine's Circle, purchasing flag holders for the light poles around Oakhurst Park, and completing the hardscaping project honoring Fred and Phyllis Anglin at the West Lotus cul-de-sac.  This last project is planned such that additional names can be added at future dates to continually honor those who have contributed to our neighborhood.

Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10 and may be purchased at Thursday's meeting.  If you don't expect to make the meeting, please contact Fran Burns at frances-burns@att.net or 817.715.7066.  The Committee's goal is to sell at least 100 tickets.  Please consider supporting this effort to win great prizes and benefit all Oakhurst residents.  Thank you!

April 9, 2018

April's Oak Leaflet and Upcoming Events

Check out this month's issue of The Oak Leaflet online!  In this edition, Elizabeth pens her final column as ONA's president.  Libby shares information from Texas A&M on Oak Wilt and includes a couple of photos (by Doyle) of the ONA Easter Egg Hunt.  Phyllis recaps the recent "Welcome New Neighbors" dinner.  And Fran makes several announcements on behalf of the Beautification Committee—a raffle to raise improvement funds, Oakhurst's first Yard of the Month of 2018, and an upcoming recognition project.
Of special note are two upcoming events:

The ONA Spring General Membership Meeting will take place on Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 pm at Calvary Christian Academy.

And it's not too early to start thinking about the 14th annual Oakhurst Neighborhood Association Garage Sale, to be held May 25-27!

As always, you may visit our newsletter archive to view or download past issues.

March 8, 2018

Get Your March Oak Leaflet!

Check out this month's issue of The Oak Leaflet online!  Details on ONA's upcoming Shamrock Porch Crawl and other events are provided.  You'll find Elizabeth's President's Column, of course, along with some helpful tips on bicycle safety for your children.  Those curious about all of the nearby development projects will want to check out the update on page 6, too!
As always, you may visit our newsletter archive to view or download past issues.

February 28, 2018

Let the March Madness Begin!

A message from ONA president Elizabeth Neumann:

What happened to the month of February, WOW it flew by?  March is here and it is going to be “crazy busy”.  Consider attending GROWing in the Garden Day which is a free event at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden campus from 1-4 pm on Saturday, March 3rd.  This event is designed for families to explore the outdoors together.  ONA’s annual Shamrock Porch Crawl* is scheduled for March 17th.  This fun event was well attended and enjoyed by all last year.  Good Neighbors, Great Neighborhoods will be held March 21st, 6-8 pm, at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth to discuss how to design and plan sustainable community developments that serves all.  ONA’s Beautification Committee is spearheading a group of volunteers to participate in the Keep Fort Worth Beautiful Cowtown Great American Cleanup on March 24th from 9-11 am.  The ONA Newcomers' Dinner is scheduled for March 26th.  March 31st is designated for the famous ONA Easter Egg Hunt* in Oakhurst Park.  Children and adults enjoy this event.

ONA will have their annual Spring General Membership Meeting on April 26th at the Calvary Christian Academy.  The agenda will include election of officers, an update from a Six Points Urban Village Developer, and the results of the ONA survey**.  Please complete the ONA survey by April 12th so that your opinions will be known and addressed.

I hope to see you at one or more of the upcoming ONA events.  Try to attend The ONA General Meeting, as it determines who will guide ONA for the next year.  Know that together we are stronger than apart, yet it takes each of you to contribute some of your time for ONA to be a great neighborhood.  I know that each of you are very busy, yet I challenge you to consider becoming more active with ONA.  Studies suggest that involved/social individuals live longer.  Improve your longevity by calling or emailing me on how you would like to volunteer with ONA!

Elizabeth Neumann
President, Oakhurst Neighborhood Association

*You will find additional information on these events throughout the Oak Leaflet, oakhurstfw.org, and/or Nextdoor.
**Also found on Nextdoor and oakhurstfw.org

NOTE: The March ONA social scheduled for the 8th has been replaced by the Shamrock Porch Crawl.

February 26, 2018

ONA 2018-'19 Survey Now Open!

Oakhurst residents...we need your input!

The Oakhurst Neighborhood Association is required to periodically review its bylaws and operating procedures.  With many new residents moving into the neighborhood, now is a great time to request your feedback on how things are currently handled in ONA.  We want to remain a valued, relevant organization for residents.

Complete the 2018-'19 survey by clicking on this link or the image below.  Thank you in advance for your participation!


February 7, 2018

Check Out February's Oak Leaflet!

February's issue of The Oak Leaflet is now online!  Read about ONA's parade float for the upcoming "River East Mardis Gras" on Race Street (2/10), as well as Libby's article on the Riverside legacy left by Mildred Lucas.  You'll also find Elizabeth's President's report, Debby Adams' patrol report, info on upcoming neighborhood events, and more!
As always, you may visit our newsletter archive to view or download past issues.

February 3, 2018

It is February!

A message from ONA president Elizabeth Neumann:

I am hopeful that February will be a slower month for me.   My job duties doubled in January along with every weekend filled with work, family or volunteering events.  I am looking forward to ONA’s Monthly Meeting scheduled for February 8th as we have not met as a neighborhood in a while.  We will review upcoming events, discuss the current status of ONA goals, and the April General Meeting.  Please let me know if you would like to add any items to the agenda by February 6th, 2018.

I recently had an experience which reinforces the importance of knowing your neighbors.  I had just returned from Abilene, after a two-day trip, walked into the back door, and heard water gushing out from my kitchen sink.  I tried to turn off the kitchen sink’s water valve without success and couldn’t identify how to stop the water.  I threw some towels down and ran across the street to Charles Witt’s house for help.  He quickly grabbed his customized water main turnkey and shut my water off.  He then help me determine the source of the water leak, which was a compression valve that had popped off.  He called our other neighbor, Scott Redfield, verified the solution and corrected the problem.  Scott came over the next night and evaluated the rest of my plumbing.  Without these lovely men, my house would have had sustained significant damage, and my pocket book would have been hurting.

Please take the time and effort to get to know your neighbors, as you might need them someday.  I hope to see you at the February meeting, or consider participating in the Neighborhood float on February 10th (details in Glenda’s article in the Oak Leaflet).  If you were not able to attend Fred & Phyllis’s Celebration Tea, you can still show your gratitude for their years of services by contributing to a tree fund in their honor.  You can donate at the monthly meeting or via PayPal on our ONA website.

Wishing you a delightful month,
Elizabeth Neumann
President, ONA

January 16, 2018

Oakhurst Mural at Cook Children's Hospital!

Credit to our neighbors Jason and Felicia Gehrig for sharing the info and photos below:

Cook Children's Hospital has a new mural featuring houses from Marigold Ave in Oakhurst!  The mural is located in the hallway leading to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), and its purpose is to display images of joy and playfulness as the child patients are being wheeled into surgery.  Check out the photos below!

According to the Gehrigs, the hospital photographer—Gordon Trice—chose Oakhurst because he grew up in this area and always loved the neighborhood.  In fact, his first 'car date' was with a girl who lived in the Gehrigs' house (the cedar shake siding house pictured in the mural).  Mr. Trice also graduated from Amon Carter-Riverside High School.

January 13, 2018

January's Oak Leaflet

Oakhurst neighbors, check out this month's issue of The Oak Leaflet online!  Inside are details on Glenda Hartsell-Shelton's nomination for the 2017 "Neighbor of the Year" award, as well as info on ONA's upcoming tribute to Phyllis and Fred Anglin for all of their contributions to the neighborhood over the years.  Of course, you'll also find Elizabeth's President's Column, a calendar of upcoming events, Fred's (final?) COPS report, a recap of ONA's holiday decorating contest (see all the pics here), and more!
As always, you may visit our newsletter archive to view or download past issues.

January 3, 2018

Happy New Year!

A message from ONA president Elizabeth Neumann:

Can you believe we are about to start a new year, 2018?  As a kid, I always felt time stood still, yet as an adult I feel it is rushing by me and I cannot seem to catch up J  This past year, ONA had several fun events, focusing on the young ones and a few for the older folks.  The year ended with a wonderful Santa in Park event followed by the delightful ONA Christmas Party.  I am impressed by the quality of the ONA events and how everyone seems to have a good time.  A big thank you to all who have support these ONA events with their time and/or donation!

Throughout the year, I have witnessed a new spirit of unity and an appreciation of the volunteering efforts of several of our members.  ONA has an amazing core group of individuals with impressive talents and a passion for preserving the neighborhood’s unique ambiance.  I am hopeful that this year, 2018, you will consider participating in one or more of the ONA-sponsored events.

I am thankful for being part of this neighborhood and for the opportunity to meet each of you.  Please mark your calendar today for our upcoming ONA events.  This is our neighborhood and let’s continue to make it special.

Wishing you a successful 2018!

Looking forward to seeing you in 2018,

Elizabeth Neumann
President, ONA