March 22, 2019

New Board elected at WHO annual meeting

The Woodland Heights Organization (WHO) held its annual meeting during its March monthly meeting, held at Scottish Rite Park.

State Senator Claire Celsi (D-Sen. Dist. 21)
addresses the WHO meeting attendees March 19, 2019
The meeting began with brief remarks from State Senator Claire Celsi (who represents Woodland Heights and other parts of the West side of Des Moines and parts of West Des Moines).  Senator Celsi noted that she is available for constituent questions and requests for assistance with state-level issues. 

NBSD Officer, Sgt. Scarlett reviews the monthly incident
report with attendees at the March 19, 2019 WHO meeting
As usual, Neighborhood-Based-Service-Delivery (NBSD) officer with the DMPD, Sergeant Scarlett reported on incidents and crime reports in the neighborhood.  She also followed up on traffic concerns around Ingersoll, High, 23rd, and 24th.

WHO Board of Directors, elected at the annual meeting March 19, 2019
The main item of business at the meeting was elections to the Board of Directors.  The following candidates were elected to serve for a term of 1 year:
President - Phil Kreznor
Vice President - William Strong
Secretary - Jeanne Astor
Treasurer - Ben Berger
(3) At-Large - Lyla Dozier, Ryan Francois, and Carol Lewis

After the election, the new leaders took time to listen to neighbors in attendance and hear what they had to say.  Attendees shared their thoughts, ideas, hopes, and concerns about the neighborhood. Here’s some of what they said:

1. Some like the educational opportunities provided at the monthly meetings.
2. Many want a safe community, and want the organization to help ensure safety.
3. An attendee who has been with the organization a long time, thinks it's great to see younger people get involved. Neighbors should call or otherwise contact leaders of the organization to let people know what’s going on. And also be encouraged to call city leaders like Councilman Josh Mandelbaum.
4. Some newer folks are looking forward to getting to know more about the neighborhood… both the good and the bad.
5. Some people are still here after all these years.
6. Some attendees enjoyed observing the proceedings.
7. Many were ready to be done with this tough Winter.
8. Several brought up communication, maybe focusing on door-to-door neighbor engagement to spread the word about the Woodland Heights Organization.
9. One neighbor will soon be celebrating 50 years or living in the neighborhood.
10. Some folks also work in the neighborhood. They want people feel welcome and safe. And want home values to stay strong. And have good architecture for new construction and rehabs. They want to see continued investment in the neighborhood and connections strengthened with commercial, business, and Ingersoll. Have more dialogue between residents and business.
11. Organization leaders are excited to help out and want to be accessible to membership.
12. Some think the neighborhood is great it’s interesting to see how the organization works.




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The Woodland Heights Organization (WHO) is the neighborhood association recognized by the city of Des Moines representing Woodland Heights.  Its purpose is is to stabilize, preserve, and revitalize area homes, enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood, and to promote community within our neighborhood amongst all residents and businesses.  WHO is a volunteer organization.
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January 17, 2019

Neighborhood kicks off 2019 with cookies, social

The Woodland Heights Organization held a social event Tuesday, January 15, 2019 to kick off the new year.  The New Year Cookie (& Dessert) Kickoff was held at Scottish Rite Park.  Neighbors brought desserts to share potluck-style and Scottish Rite Park generously donated coffee.

Woodland Heights neighbors enjoy treats and socializing during the WHO 2019 New Year Cookie Kickoff Jan. 15, 2019
In addition to catching up with neighbors and friends, attendees were invited to participate in a Bingo game to help introduce themselves and get to know others.  Neighbors completing a Bingo not only learned about each other, but also won prizes donated by WHO Board members.


The only business conducted during the meeting was the selection of 3 people to serve on the temporary Nominating Committee, tasked with presenting the slate of candidates for the WHO Board of Directors election at the March 19, 2019 WHO Annual Meeting.

Toward the end of the evening, Des Moines City Council member, Josh Mandelbaum addressed the gathering.

Ward 3 Des Moines City Council Member, Josh Mandelbaum, encourages neighbors to support the LOSST during the January 2019 Woodland Heights social event
Mandelbaum spoke about recent developments with the city including presenting Des Moines voters the opportunity to pass or fail a 1% Local Option Sales and Service Tax (LOSST).  Mandelbaum spoke in favor of this tax on purchases that will both provide property tax relief and provide Des Moines and new revenue stream to fund city services.  The election will be held Tuesday, March 5. 


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This post typed by Phil.
The Woodland Heights Organization (WHO) is the neighborhood association recognized by the city of Des Moines representing Woodland Heights.  Its purpose is is to stabilize, preserve, and revitalize area homes, enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood, and to promote community within our neighborhood amongst all residents and businesses.  WHO is a volunteer organization.
for more information email who50312@gmail.com; view past issues of the email newsletter and subscribe at bit.ly/whoemail; like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whodesmoines

December 19, 2018

Joppa speaks at December 2018 WHO meeting

The Woodland Heights Organization held its December monthly meeting 12/18/2018.  The meeting's largest draw was guest speaker, Joppa Co-founder and Chairman, Joe Stevens. 

Joe Stevens, Joppa Co-founder & Chairman presents at the Woodland Heights Organization monthly meeting December 18, 2018

According to their website, Joppa, "helps homeless people survive, find housing and rebuild their lives. Our mission is to create communities of unconditional love, support and hope for the homeless, as we work together to prevent and ultimately end homelessness.”

Stevens shared information about why people in Des Moines become homeless, his experience working with the homeless population for decades, and how Joppa, a privately-funded 501(c)3 helps these people cope and work to improve their situations.

Much of the Q&A with neighbors was about Joppa's development projects including plans for a tiny home village and cottage homes.

Other items of interest from the December meeting include, plans for the Jan. 15, 2019 social event, the regular NBSD report, questions and concerns expressed about Public Works and snow removal, and an update on the neighborhood sign.


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This post typed by Phil.
The Woodland Heights Organization (WHO) is the neighborhood association recognized by the city of Des Moines representing Woodland Heights.  Its purpose is is to stabilize, preserve, and revitalize area homes, enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood, and to promote community within our neighborhood amongst all residents and businesses.  WHO is a volunteer organization.
for more information email who50312@gmail.com; view past issues of the email newsletter and subscribe at bit.ly/whoemail; like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whodesmoines

October 20, 2018

Woodland Cemetery Update at October meeting

The October monthly Woodland Heights Organization meeting was held Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

John Woolson, Cemetery Operations Supervisor with Des Moines Parks & Recreation addresses the WHO monthly meeting Oct. 16, 2018
Des Moines Parks & Rec's John Woolson was the 2nd of two guests to speak at the meeting.  He highlighted restoration of monuments/grave markers happening at Woodland Cemetery.  Woolson reminded neighbors to contact him or Mid-American Energy directly if lights are burned out, because we want everything to be adequately visible at night.  Woolson received comments from neighbors about the poor condition of some of the roads in the cemetery as well as parking concerns (lack of) around Chamberlain Park. 

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This post typed by Phil.
The Woodland Heights Organization (WHO) is the neighborhood association recognized by the city of Des Moines representing Woodland Heights.  Its purpose is is to stabilize, preserve, and revitalize area homes, enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood, and to promote community within our neighborhood amongst all residents and businesses.  WHO is a volunteer organization.
for more information email who50312@gmail.com; view past issues of the email newsletter and subscribe at bit.ly/whoemail; like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whodesmoines

September 19, 2018

Neighbors speak at Woodland Heights town hall

The Woodland Heights Organization held a 'town hall' styled meeting September, 18, 2018.  Neighbors took turns sharing ideas, concerns, and asking questions.

Neighborhood Based Service Delivery (NBSD) Unit Officer, Sgt. Yanira Scarlett answers Woodland Heights Neighbors' questions at the town hall neighborhood meeting at Scottish Rite Park Sept. 18, 2018

Approximately 20 neighbors attended the meeting.  The following came directly from the town hall:
Questions, comments, concerns, goals, and ideas from neighbors:
1. Idea: Collaboration with North of Grand neighborhood
2. Concern: Gentrification of Woodland Heights neighborhood
3. Goal: Increase Scottish Rite Park resident engagement with WHO
4. Question: How do we differentiate WHO and our neighborhood from other neighborhoods and associations (specifically North of Grand)
5. Comment: WHO provides a good way to find out what's going on in the neighborhood
6. Idea: Working on housing issues in Des Moines (Bridging the Gap)
7. Question: Does Airbnb work in neighborhood?
8. Concern: Rents are going sky high
9. Concern: Make sure landlords keep rental housing stock in fair condition
10. Concern/Question: Is someone sleeping in Chamberlain Park and causing disturbance?
11. Question: What is the best thing for neighbors to do if homeless are in Chamberlain Park after-hours?
12. Idea: Joppa is a group that helps with homelessness in Des Moines
13. Comment: Can use neighborhood meetings to learn what's happening in Woodland Heights
14. Comment: Welcome to new neighbors!
15. Question: Aren't we happy that home values are increasing?
16. Concern: 8 reported auto accidents on Woodland in 2018 year-to-date
17. Idea: Increase amount of 'no parking' space near 24th and Woodland
18. Idea: Investigate making 24th Street 1-way between Woodland and Center

Sergeant Scarlett recommended neighbors review the CrimeMapping.com website to keep aware of incidents in Des Moines.  And as neighbors see anything suspicious or troubling, please call it in to the non-emergency police number:  515-283-4811  (you can report anonymously).  If you see something, say something.

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This post typed by Phil.
The Woodland Heights Organization (WHO) is the neighborhood association recognized by the city of Des Moines representing Woodland Heights.  Its purpose is is to stabilize, preserve, and revitalize area homes, enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood, and to promote community within our neighborhood amongst all residents and businesses.  WHO is a volunteer organization.
for more information email who50312@gmail.com; view past issues of the email newsletter and subscribe at bit.ly/whoemail; like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whodesmoines


July 25, 2018

Woodland Heights 2018 National Night Out

Woodland Heights Neighborhood Event
as part of the National Night Out
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 @ Chamberlain Park, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


On Tuesday, August 7,2018, the Woodland Heights Organization will once again host a National Night Out event at Chamberlain Park, located at 2150 Woodland Ave. 

This nationwide annual event is a great social evening that strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. 
The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m. This is a FREE event and is Family Friendly. Food and Drinks are provided. 

FREE PARKING: Freedom Financial Bank @ Woodland & MLK (parking lot entrance on Woodland) is generously inviting NNO attendees to park in the bank's parking lot after 5 pm. 


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March 20, 2017

Don't forget - Meeting on 3/21/17

Join us for our neighborhood meeting on Tuesday, March 21st and 7:00 p.m.  We're in a new location!! The Scottish Rite Park at 2909 Woodland Avenue.  Enter from Woodland and park where you can.  When you enter the building, please sign-in at the reception desk before taking the elevator to the Penthouse floor.


We'll have several guests tomorrow - be sure to attend and get the latest information on the neighborhood!


Hope to see you there.