Saturday, August 30, 2008

Wiffle Pitches

OK, this is a very rudimentary illustration, but having never thrown a wiffle ball in my life, or at least in my accessible memory, I needed some idea of where to get started. A little practice and voila! I am no longer chucking the ball into the dirt two feet in front of me. My next goal is to learn how to throw the dang thing more than 20 feet. I am not ready to pitch at the next wiffle ball game, but I don't think I'll embarrass myself too much if I have to throw the ball to someone in the infield, that is, if I should manage to catch a fly wiffle.

Here are a couple of Internet sites with advice on pitching a wiffle ball:

Tom's Wiffle Ball Page

New Jersey WiffleBall Association

See ya on Sunday!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Break In at the Lawndale Swim & Tennis Club

Last night, the Lawndale Swim & Tennis Clubhouse was broken into...again. According to Joan (Normandy), the perpetrators gained entry by pulling a heavy concrete table under the girl's bathroom window and crawling in. They attempted to break into the snack bar and the Guard Shack, but they were unsuccessful. Unfortunately, the door will have to be replaced...again. The area appeared to be OK around 11:30pm when Rich (Shamrock) was walking his dog there.

Also of concern was a report at the neighborhood watch meeting that people may be trespassing in the swimming pool after hours.

Rich suggests that if you are driving home late at night and are near the entrance to the Club, drive through the parking lot and have a look around. Traffic may act as a deterrent, though be careful not to put yourself in harm's way.

If you hear someone in the pool after hours, call the police. Remember, keep your eyes and your ears open. And if you are hesitant to call police, call a neighbor or a block captain and let them know you think something suspicious is happening so that they can check it out and call the police.


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

It's Official: We're Official!

65 people signed in at tonight's meeting which was enough to make us an official neighborhood watch organization. Thanks to all those who have come to the meetings, our neighborhood will be receiving some official community watch signs in the near future. 

Sunday, August 10, 2008

National Night Out 2008 Pictures

Check out some of the pictures that I took at the National Night Out 2008 event at Joyner school yard.

Click on the link below and then
Click on View Pictures and then click on Slide Show

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Wiffle Ball Fun!

No experience needed! No equipment needed! And more importantly, no base running! Just pitching, hitting, and a little fielding. If you’re interested, just show up at the Joyner softball, er wiffle ball field on any given Sunday at 5pm for some non-serious fun! 

The DDLP wiffle ball games are being organized by Ryan
(Normandy) & Nick (Canterbury) who supply the equipment and give newcomers a rundown of the rules of the game. At this time the game is restricted to adults, who can probably appreciate the more relaxed play of a wiffle ball game.

Wiffle ball can be played with anywhere from two to ten players. With two players, the game is played with a pitcher and a batter - one player per side. There is no real fielding. The field is drawn into sections and those sections indicate whether a batted ball is a single, double, etc. 

If a full team is playing, each side will have a catcher, pitcher, double area fielder, triple area fielder and home run area fielder. Fielders cannot move from one area to another when a full team is playing, which keeps the exertion level to a minimum.

 There is a bench by the Joyner field, but you might want to bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket, and some water or other beverage. The batter’s box and most of the infield is in the shade at 5pm, and the shade spreads into the outfield as the game progresses. I didn't notice mosquitoes, but there were some gnats hanging around.

Last week’s game was a slugfest for the visiting team which scored over 30. And that was just a team of two!
The home team, represented by Normandy & Canterbury residents, trailed most of the game, and couldn't 
quite catch up even with a valiant final inning effort. Although it was pretty darn hot last Sunday, the players and fans that attended weren’t too uncomfortable because the game, while exciting, does not require the same physical exertion as softball. The weather for this week’s game should be cooler.

For more information about the game, go to:

Next game is this Sunday, August 10, at 5pm.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Another Break In at the Lawndale Swim & Tennis Club

There is no incident report on P2C yet, but these are the details passed along to me:

The door to the guard shack was kicked in. There are some keys missing, but that was all that was noticed at a quick glance, besides having to get the door fixed. Police report will be filed.

Let's keep our eyes and ears open.

Here's one easy contribution to a safer neighborhood that I make most every night...I have to get up at least once a night to let one of the cats in or out. While I'm waiting for her to decide whether she REALLY wants to go out, I step out onto the porch and listen to the night sounds for a few minutes. My own little neighborhood watch at 3:00 in the morning.

July Crime Summary

In July, two incident reports were posted on the Police to Citizen (P2C) website. Both incidents were burglaries involving forcible entry. On July 9, the Lawndale Swim & Tennis Clubhouse was broken into and property was stolen from the snack bar. On July 19, a burglary occurred at a residence on Dublin Drive. That incident was cleared by an arrest.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

National Night Out 2008 in The DDLP

A quick post about our National Night Out 2008 event.

OK, so, here's a couple of pics from the event. ...more to follow.

Of course, Hester will have a detailed Post about the event but I just wanted to share a few pieces of info and some pictures.

As far as I know now, about 200 neighbors came to the event.

*WFMY News 2's Weatherman, Eric Chilton did a Live remote broadcast from our event.

*8 Target store employees were present to represent this civic minded company. They provided National Night Out SWAG (stuff we all get) safety lights and whistles.
They also provided a raffle event for Target gift cards.

*Our neighbor, "The ice cream truck man" showed up and sold cool goodies. Thanks! Hey y'all, how cool is that? Our own "ice cream man"...

*Community Resource Office Cayton was present and spoke to the group. We are so glad to have him as our contact with the Greensboro Police Department.

*Greensboro Fire Department truck #40 crew was present. An impromptu touch-football game developed on the grounds with the GFD. Thanks guys! ...and, Thanks for taking the challenge and wailing away on the engine's sirens at the end of the event. That was really cool!

*Greensboro Police department detectives from the All Terrain Vehicle Safety and Education Program came out and spoke to us about the use of ATVs. ..Great presentation.

***Greensboro Police Chief Tim Bellamy and Greensboro City Manager Mitch Johnson came by and offered encouragement for our efforts to develop our Community Watch. ...Very cool!!!

A hearty Thank You! to all the neigbhors that have put in the time to participate in the National Night Out 2008.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Another Incident at Lawndale Swim & Tennis Club

Friday night, just before 9:00 pm, a Tan late model Dodge Durango with 4 teens in it came from behind Joyner School and through the parking lot at Lawndale. They got hung on the telephone pole on the ground between Joyner and Lawndale. When they tried to get off the log, they damaged the fence at Lawndale and did some other damages. It appears that they have body damage and may have punctured a hole in the oil pan of their car.

If anyone knows who this vehicle belongs to or saw it, please contact the Greensboro Police Department 373-2222 or Lawndale Swim & Tennis Club 288-7611.