29th Mar2010

Handy Hint: Ceiling Fans

by dhna

Ceiling fans are fixtures that can impact the look and coolness of a room. A ceiling fan can keep you cool and provide most of the lighting in a room. To replace an existing light fixture with a fan is a simple task, since the wiring is already in place. But you can’t just hang the fan from the existing electrical box because it is not strong enough to support the added weight and vibration of a fan. Ceiling fan blade spans range from 29 to 54 inches – the most popular being the 52-inch model. To determine which size you need, I found a chart to help you choose the right fan for your space.

Room Dimensions Suggested Fan Size
Up to 75 ft. sq. 29 – 36 in.
76-144 ft. sq. 36 – 42 in.
144-225 ft. sq. 44 – 50 in.
225-400 ft. sq. 52 – 54 in.

* American Lighting Association

If you don’t have access to the ceiling fan from above, you must either use a rated hanger and box to mount the fan between joists, or screw a “pancake” box directly to a ceiling joist. If the joist is not located in the center of the room, a special ceiling fan mounting bracket with spiked ends should be installed between joists. Remember that ceiling fans can weigh as much as 50 pounds!

If you’re not in the room, turn ceiling fans off. Ceiling fans cool people, not rooms. Turn off the ceiling fan to save energy. Also, remember to adjust your thermostat when using your ceiling fan. This can save a considerable amount of money per year on utility bills.

Jaime Peña, bcCORPS Coordinator & Contributing Writer

28th Mar2010


by dhna

photo by Luis Gonzalez

April 3,2010 Saturday9:00 am to 2:00pm


26th Mar2010

Mr. C.J. “SONNY” Brown

by dhna

If anyone would like to leave a comment /memorial to Mr. Brown please go to www.evergreenfuneralhome.com

you will be able to leave a comment on his obituary. Make sure you select 2010 Obituaries and look for his name then you may leave encouragement/memories to the family.

Anna Hill, DHNA President

24th Mar2010

DHNA Awarded KaBOOM Playground!

by dhna

it starts with a playground

The Dolphin Heights Neighborhood Association is excited to partner with KaBOOM! to build the very first playground in our community. KaBOOM! is a national non-profit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America through the  participation and leadership of communities. Last year DHNA applied for this playground grant so that all children in our neighborhood will have a safe place to play and engage in an active, healthy lifestyle.

The new playground will be located right next to the Belay House on Silver Ave. and we are thankful to all the organizations that are helping us make this possible: our funding partner, Home Depot, and generous donations from East Dallas Community Organization, Central Dallas Ministries, Dallas Leadership Foundation,  and Foundation for Community Empowerment. We would not have been able to do this without your help!

How It Works: KaBOOM is a national nonprofit organization that works with communities and funding partners to build playgrounds. The funding partner covers more than 70% of the project costs. The community is involved in all aspects of this playground, from design to the construction on our Build Day.

To get involved:

Step 1: Design Day – Tuesday March 30th – From 4:30-6:30pm, we invite kids and parents to help us choose the pieces of our playground! Our After-School Program kids are already excited for this day and have gotten to work drawing pictures of their dream playgrounds. We invite any interested families to join us and we hope to have as many kids and parents there as possible.

Step 2: Build Day – May 20th Mark your calendars! We need as many volunteers from the community as possible to help us build our playground! This will be a one day construction project, so at the end of the day we will have our first playground in Dolphin Heights– come be part of this momentous occasion!

Please contact us to get involved!

Anisha Steephen, Dolphin Heights Community Coordinator

18th Mar2010

In Memory of C. J. Brown

by dhna

On March 17,2010 Mr and Mrs C. J. and Adrian Brown attended their church Bible Study class as usual.

As they were leaving church Mr. Brown collapsed and has began his journey to be with Jesus, shouting praises forever.

Mr. Brown was one of the first people to join and assist in organizing a badly needed crime watch group in the community.He is and was a proud supportive member and Vice President of Dolphin Heights Neighborhood Association,Inc. he was an instrumental Volunteer In Patrol and a C E R T team member and assisted with planning  revitalization for our community. Mr Brown was a friend to each and everyone of us and would give the shirt off his back to help and assist all! All a person had to do was ask, he has volunteered countless hours to his church, neighborhood  friends and family and especially to his beloved wife, Adrian.  Ask him where he was going the third Saturday of the month?, his answer was”I am going to the meeting”

“Mr Brown you will be truly and dearly missed doing your patrols and turning in violations” along with volunteering for what ever was going on in Dolphin Heights Community.  Thank you for your loyal support and advice. I will miss you’


Ms Hill

Anna Hill, DHNA President

12th Mar2010

Community Clean Up- April 3rd!

by dhna

Anna Hill and Terrell St. children. Photo by Noe Medrano

Join us April 3, 2010 for Community Clean Up Day!!

Now that the weather is beautiful again, we will renewing our efforts to pick up the trash that pollutes our streets in Dolphin Heights!  It has been a long-standing tradition to have a monthly clean up project for the vacant area at the end of Terrell St cul-de-sac. This initiative has been spearheaded by the residents on the street who are tired of the empty bottles and ever-present trash dumped near their homes and are working together in an effort to eventually convert this lot into a play area for the neighborhood children.

We hope to expand these efforts to all streets in Dolphin Heights so we are calling all residents to help clean up our neighborhood! On April 3rd we will be trying to clean up as much of Dolphin Heights as possible and we will be working with the City of Dallas Department of Sanitation and DPD to help pick up trash and beautify our streets. Help us keep our community beautiful and healthy and show the volunteers from other areas that we are proud of where we live!

For more information about this service day, please contact us.

Anisha Steephen, Dolphin Heights Community Coordinator

05th Mar2010

In Our Garden…

by dhna

The Dolphin Heights Community Garden was founded about 1 year ago on a vacant lot on Silver Ave by community residents. It is a place that all residents can gather to grow fruits and vegetables and enjoy beautiful open space in Dolphin Heights.

The garden is also being used as a learning tool for the kids in the Dolphin Heights After School Program (ASP). Right now we are learning about plant growth and deciding which types of fruits and vegetables we can grow this summer.

As always, we need your help! Ready to grow your own berries for breakfast? Tomatoes for the best salsa in town? We welcome you to join us! For more information please contact us.

Anisha Steephen, Dolphin Heights Community Coordinator

03rd Mar2010

Handy Hint: A Bright Idea

by dhna

CFL bulbs were recently installed in The Belay House in Dolphin Heights. Photo by Luis Gonzalez

More than a hundred years ago man invented the light bulb, lighting up the world. More recently, an energy efficient light bulb, known as a CFL (compact fluorescent light bulb) was invented to replace the original. You have probably seen them—the swirly light bulbs? These integrated, spiral CFL bulbs have slightly reduced efficiency compared to tubular fluorescent lamps (due to the excessively thick layer of phosphor on the lower side of the twist), but although they are popular, I prefer the tubular ones.

Here’s the skinny: the average rated life of a CFL is between 8 and 15 times longer than that of an incandescent bulb. CFLs typically have a rated lifespan ranging from 6,000 to 15,000 hours, whereas incandescent bulbs usually have a mere lifespan of 750 to 1,000 hours. Regarding functionality, incandescent lamps give the same amount of visible light, but CFLs use less power and have a longer rated life. In the United States, a CFL has a higher purchase price than an incandescent lamp, but it can save over twenty-two dollars in electricity costs. Compare this to the amount spent intermittently changing regular light bulbs, and it becomes clear that investing in CFLs pays for itself. It’s a good idea to wait some time—at least after winter—to change these bulbs. Compared to incandescent lamps, CFLs also reduce the load on the cooling system, resulting in two concurrent savings in electrical power. However, overall energy savings depend on the climate since increased heating demand offsets some of the lighting.

Worried about color or lighting irregularities inside your home? CFLs are available in a wide variety of shades of white light, ranging from yellow to blue, which allow you to customize the mood of your space. Many CFLs come in “warm” colors to match the yellow light of incandescent bulbs, but you can also choose “cooler” colors with whiter hues.

Jaime Peña, bcCORPS Coordinator & Contributing Writer

03rd Mar2010

Handy Hint: Faucet Aerator

by dhna

An aerator is often found at the tip of most indoor water faucets, and it’s also a simple way of saving on your water bill. Without an aerator, water usually flows out of a faucet as one big, wasteful stream. An aerator spreads this stream into many little droplets, which helps reduce your water and heating bills. It also prevents water from splashing around which saves you time. Aerators are also available for bathroom shower heads and bathroom faucets. Stop throwing your hard earned dollars down the sink. Save that money to load up on fajitas or steaks. No need to search for specialty plumbing shops. To get aerators go down to your local hardware store. Aerators are inexpensive, with some costing under $5, and they are easy to install. Unscrew the current faucet aerator and screw the new one on.

Jaime Peña, bcCORPS Coordinator & Contributing Writer

01st Mar2010

Happy Birthday Nazli!

by dhna

Happy Birthday to After School Program (ASP) student Nazli who turned 6 years old last week!

To celebrate this special day, Ms. Hill surprised Nazli with a delicious homemade confetti cake and a card signed by all the other students in ASP. Nazli is a regular attendee of the After School Program and Dolphin Heights Cub Scouts and we are so lucky to see her every afternoon. She is a fantastic artist and reader who loves to pick books from our library to read to her mom.

Thanks for being part of our community and sharing this milestone with us Nazli!

Anisha Steephen, Dolphin Heights Community Coordinator