James Carnal

  • Book Club forming

    Book Club forming

    The Park Stockdale Book Club is now forming. Do you prefer nonfiction? Or fiction?
    We are hoping to form two different clubs that fit your preference.
    Due to the coronavirus, we will use Zoom to meet safely. As the weather warms, we will bring chairs and meet at the park.
    Meetings will be at 7 p.m. on the first Mondays (fiction) and third Mondays (nonfiction) of the month.
    Contact: Kay Bell at kaybell75@gmail.com or Alta Walker at altawalker13@gmail.com.

     

     

  • Ten top Christmas homes

    Ten top Christmas homes

    The Park Stockdale Civic Association board of directors announced the winners of its Christmas homes contest. Homes were not ranked and are shown in no particular order. Winners received a voucher for a dozen Foster’s donuts. Homes in arrears were not considered.

  • Reporting vandals

    Reporting vandals

    Vandalism has increased recently. Authorities need proof to take action. The Board of Directors is working to identify the vandals.  Besides contacting the police, please also inform the board of any vandalism in the neighborhood. Take a photo, note the day, time and address and send it to: parkstockdale@bak.rr.com. Stay safe. Do not
    confront anyone in a dangerous way. Together we can tackle this issue and keep our neighborhood friendly and safe.
  • A Review of 2020 Park Stockdale improvements

    A Review of 2020 Park Stockdale improvements

    By JIM CARNAL

    PSCA president

    The Park Stockdale Board of Directors voted to increase homeowners’ dues from $18 a month to $21 a month effective back on Jan. 1, 2020. The board was considering raising dues again in 2021 but then the Covid pandemic hit with its resulting economic devastation. The directors deferred any more increases until the economy improves.

    Here is a list of some of the bigger items that the dues increase helped fund.

    –Trimmed all park trees of dangerous branches. Some trees had broken limbs just waiting to fall.

    –Repaired and repainted the exterior of all buildings, including the wrought iron fencing. The exterior had not been painted for at least 15 years.

    –Ground down level all concrete in the pool area (tripping hazard).

    –Puttied and repainted cracks and lines on all four tennis courts.

    –Created the ParkCourse designed for children.

    –Replaced the newsletter with our new website, parkstockdale.org, to save money and go paperless.

    –Reseeded and fertilized the lawn.

    –Repaired the roof and a bathroom wall after a leak caused water damage.

    –Replaced a broken pool skimmer.

    –Planted replacement seedless liquid amber and raywood ash trees.

    –Added office security screen door.

    There is still much to do, according to the 2019  reserve study commissioned by the board.

    –Replace the Harrington Park sign.

    –Repair or replace the two park barbecues.

    –Update the playground equipment.

    –Replace the roof.

    –Install rooftop solar to save energy expenses.

    –Repave the parking lot.

    –Resurface the tennis courts.

    –Refurbish the hall.

    –Replenish the reserve account.

  • Board opening

    Board opening

    The 11-member Park Stockdale Civic Association board of directors is down one member after a recent resignation.
    Any Park Stockdale homeowner in good standing may apply for the vacancy by contacting the office, 205 Rio Bravo Drive, 323-4302, parkstockdale@bak.rr.com, or by attending a meeting held there at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month.

  • Sign builder sought

    Sign builder sought

    The Park Stockdale Civic Association board of directors is seeking someone to build a replacement park sign. Interested? Contact the office: parkstockdale@bak.rr.com; (661) 323-4302.

  • Exterior painting finished. Kern General Construction has completed the structural repair and painting of the clubhouse. It had not been painted for at least 15 years.

    Exterior painting finished. Kern General Construction has completed the structural repair and painting of the clubhouse. It had not been painted for at least 15 years.

  • Newsletter goes online

    Newsletter goes online

    The Park Stockdale Civic Association has joined the 21st century, or at least the 20th century, by unveiling its own home page: parkstockdale.org.

    This home page replaces the newsletter, which is being discontinued with the final August 2020 issue.

    The move from print to digital will allow us to get information out quicker and without space limitations and will save an estimated $3,500 annually in printing and postage, according to PSCA President Jim Carnal.

  • Swim season extended

    Swim season extended

    The Park Stockdale pool traditionally closes on Labor Day but this year the swim season has been extended. Swimming will be offered from 4-8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 27.

  • New sanitation engineer

    New sanitation engineer

    Our new sanitation engineer Giovanny said Park Stockdale is a really nice neighborhood and wants to thank residents for all the friendly waves. Gio replaces Lorenzo Castilleja, who was featured in the July 2020 newsletter, who has been moved to lighter duty due to health issues.

    Gio was observed climbing out of the truck to move a can closer to the big forklift arm. When vehicles are parked on curves, it’s a tough reach. Please place cans apart but close to the street. And keep waving at those who serve our neighborhood.