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June 12, 2014 Volume 19, No. 12 Southwest Austin’s Community Newspaper Since 1995

Neighbors start petition to save last green space Residents in Circle C North are rallying to preserve the only remaining green space in their neighborhood, and have gathered over 800 signatures so far in a petition they plan to present to City Council. Circle C neighbors want a parcel of land, located at Barstow Avenue

and Davis Lane, to be used as a neighborhood park. But current city of Austin planning has the land slated to become a street extending Barstow to Deer Lane. Circle C HOA member Ed Scruggs said the city’s decision came as a surprise to Circle C residents. “All along the thought was we would

have a park there,” Scruggs said. Scruggs said when Circle C North was originally developed, there was a discussion as to whether to extend Barstow to Deer Lane, but traffic didn’t warrant the construction of the new road. Scruggs said the Circle C HOA has been trying to address the lack

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Banner year for Crockett and Principal honor for Principal of the Year. Shapiro has served at Crockett since 2008. Over the past five years, graduation rates at Crockett have increased by fourteen percent, TAKS scores in math and science increased by more than 20 percent, and attendance has increased by over

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Crockett Principal Craig Shapiro was honored as Principal of the Year by the Austin Independent School District. He is standing in the school’s courtyard, with banners displayed all around proudly showing the many accomplishments made by Crockett students.

by Joanne Foote On May 29, the Austin Independent School District honored outstanding educators during the district’s annual Salute 2014 event at the Long Center. Craig Shapiro, Principal at David Crockett High School, received the district’s top

of amenities in Circle C North for years. “One of our major initiatives was to bring amenities to the neighborhood. We were able to do it in most parts of Circle C except for Circle C North, because there was no available open land to build on,” Scruggs said. “There were a few parcels that were vacant at the time that were still owned by the developer. They had expressed a desire at the time to deed that over to the Homeowners Association so we could put amenities on it.” The land was eventually sold in a bankruptcy case before it could be deeded to the HOA, Scruggs said. Part of the land was used for additional neighborhood homes and the stretch between Barstow and Deer See NEIGHBORS on page 25

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six percent. About his role in bringing about these improvements, Shapiro says: “The accolade I most treasure is not the improvement in the data, but the climate at Crockett. Crockett is a place See BANNER on page 13

by Bobbie Jean Sawyer The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) has whittled down the alternatives for the Oak Hill Parkway Project—dropping the “parkway” option favored by Fix290—and is ready to present its latest concepts to the public. The CTRMA and TxDOT will host an open house on the Oak Hill Parkway Project on June 17 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Covington Middle School. Representatives from TxDOT and the CTRMA will be present to address questions and gather feedback See CTRMA on page 17

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Civic Agenda This space is reserved for information on civic happenings that occur in, or relate to the Southwest Austin area. To be included in the Civic Agenda, a meeting or event must relate to public policy. For other community events please see our community calendar on page 10. If you would like to be included, please e-mail editorial@oakhillgazette.com with the subject “Civic Agenda” and include details of your meeting or happening, along with any relevant agenda items. World Refugee Day June 14th 11:00am-3pm Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue For the sixth consecutive year, a citizenship ceremony for refugees eligible for US citizenship will take place in the Spirit Theater on the second floor of the museum. The ceremony starts promptly at 12 and space is limited, so to attend please make sure you are there by 11:45 am. This event is free to the public and family-friendly. Educational activities for all ages will include the refugee journey as well as arts and crafts, face painting, a photo booth, entertainment, food and international music. Oak Hill Parkway Open House Tuesday, June 17, 2014  from 4pm-7pm Covington Middle School, 3700 Convict Hill Rd The Oak Hill Parkway Project is an environmental study being conducted jointly by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (Mobility Authority) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to determine the best options for addressing traffic congestion and increasing long-term mobility at the intersection of US 290 and SH 71 West through Oak Hill. Over the last several months, mobility improvement concepts for the Oak Hill Parkway have been refined and narrowed using the Purpose and Need for the project, as well as other criteria, and public input. Attendees will have the opportunity to review the concepts, speak with representatives from TxDOT, the Mobility Authority and the rest of the project team, and submit comments If you are unable to attend in-per-

son, a Virtual Open House online at www.oakhillparkway.com will provide another opportunity to view the same information available during the Open House, as well as submit comments. The Virtual Open House will be available from June 18 – June 27. Comments can be submitted during the Open House in writing, or given verbally to a court reporter. Comments may also be submitted electronically at www.oakhillparkway.com. Written comments can be mailed to TxDOT Austin District Environmental Coordinator, Texas Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 15426, Austin, Texas, 787615426 or faxed to 512-832-7157. Comments must be received by June 27, 2014 to be included as part of the official Open House record.

ing will be a key part of the process of drafting a proposal for a special events fund and fee waiver process to achieve some of the following goals as directed by Austin City Council on May 1, 2014: support small and moderately-sized community events; offer a more sustainable, consistent, analytical method of evaluating and providing financial support for large-scale special events; minimize impact on individual city departments; and, create a process for City Council review of fee waiver requests for large-scale events. Proposed recommendations for a special events fund and fee waiver review process are expected to be presented to City Council in August for consideration in the city’s FY 2015 budget process.

City hosts special events funding public meeting Tues. June 17, 2014 from 5 – 8 p.m. One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Road, Room 325. The Austin Center for Events (ACE) will host a public meeting to discuss alternate funding options for special events, The meeting offers the public an opportunity to share feedback, ideas and best practices for funding festivals, road races, and other events that significantly impact Austin’s economy and cultural identity. Information gathered at the meet-

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Mayor Leffingwell addresses a question asked by Tanya Phillips, left, at the monthly meeting of the Oak Hill Business and Professional Association (OHBPA) held last Thursday. by Bobbie Jean Sawyer Mayor Lee Leffingwell spoke in Oak Hill about Austin’s population growth, economic success, traffic congestion, the popular and “jamfull” MetroRail Red Line, and water supply—an issue he said was “overhyped”. Leffingwell addressed the Oak Hill Business and Professional Association on June 5 during the association’s monthly meeting at Mandola’s Market. Leffingwell said Austin, which is approaching 2 million people, is fortunate to have economic growth alongside a population boom. “Growth is one thing; success is another. We have been very successful in economic development. Sometimes people confuse population growth and economic growth, but they’re not the same thing. You can have one without the other. In fact, if you have one without the other that’s a really bad thing,” Leffingwell said. “I tell people all the time ‘let’s not argue about whether or not our city wants to grow because it is going to grow.’” Leffingwell said he credits Austin’s

friendly business climate for its steady growth. “We’re recognized across the nation—around the world even—for that economic success,” Leffingwell said. Leffingwell said Austin’s business surge helped drop the unemployment rate to 3.8 percent. “We’re getting a huge influx of businesses who are either moving to Texas, and particularly the Austin area, or they’re expanding into Austin. That’s a good thing,” Leffingwell said. “With economic growth, that means we have jobs for the people who live here.” Leffingwell also credited nationally-recognized events, such as the X-Games, for stimulating the city’s economy. “They’re pumping a huge amount of money into the economy when they stay in those hotel rooms and eat our barbecue and Tex-Mex, and go watch live music shows.” Leffingwell also addressed the less positive result of a rapidly growing metropolitan area: traffic. “Our biggest challenge is traffic Continued on page 22

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The Word from Oak Hill Mike Jasper The word from Oak Hill is... scoop. Former Constable Richard McCain says he plans to run for County Judge of the Travis County Commissioner’s Court as an independent this November. “County Judge sets the agenda for the Commissioner’s Court,” Richard said. “I’d like to get our (Oak Hill’s) issues on the agenda.” McCain is looking to fill the seat currently occupied by County Judge Sam Biscoe, who announced his retirement last year. McCain will have his work cut out for him. The leading candidate is the Democrat, Sarah Eckhardt, who defeated former Democratic Party chairman Andy Brown. Eckhardt is a former Travis County commissioner who once represented the second precinct. Rick Perkins, an OHAN officer, is also running for the position, as a Libertarian; and the Republican candidate is Mike McNamara, former Texas Republican Assembly President. Five members sit on the Commissioners Court representing four precincts. Oak Hill is in the third precinct and is represented by Gerald Daugherty, who defeated Karen Huber in the 2012 election. County Judge—along with setting the agenda for the meetings—presides over Commissioner’s Court and the four precinct representatives. McCain says he would like to make sure Oak Hill issues are addressed by the county court. He would especially like to make sure highway construction at the ‘Y’ benefits Oak Hill, as opposed to being nothing more than a springboard for a new toll road. To that end, McCain will busy himself the next two weekends collecting the 500 signatures needed to get on the ballot. In 2012, McCain lost his third bid as constable to Sally Hernandez in the Democratic primaries. McCain and some political pundits believe he would have won easily if he had run as an independent, as Republican supporters never got a chance to vote for him in the general election. If McCain wins, Southwest Austin would have two representatives on

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City of Austin news Filmmaker Robert Ro d r i g u e z n a m e s Austin as home to his new network El Rey Network executives announced Tuesday that Austin, Texas will be home to the production and corporate headquarters for the new English-language cable network founded by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.  This signifies the first time a general entertainment network will have a formal production home in the state and signifies a major milestone in the history of Texas television and film production.   In addition to establishing its primary production and corporate headquarters in Austin, El Rey Network will film a wide range of scripted and unscripted content in the state, including the network’s first scripted original,  “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” which celebrated its premiere at Austin’s SXSW and debuted on the cable channel on March 11, 2014. The series was recently renewed for a second season and will begin shooting in Austin later this year.   Rodriguez joined forces with FactoryMade Ventures co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa and, with Univision Networks & Studios, Inc., launched El Rey Network which unites the most culturally diverse generation in the history of television. With a primary target

of men 18-49, El Rey Network’s mission is to fully represent and be inclusive of a growing and important American and Texan demographic: second and third generation Latinos who live in English-speaking households.  Over the next 10 years, El Rey Network projects investing approximately $1.5 billion and is currently available to over 40 million homes in the U.S. In addition, the network’s content will be seen globally in more than 100 territories. El Rey’s choice of Texas highlights and accentuates Texas’ identity as a beacon state for American Latino culture and entertainment.   “I want to be among the first to thank El Rey for joining a long list of businesses to call Texas home,” Gov. Perry said. “El Rey is an important part of our burgeoning television production community, helping build our long-term industry infrastructure and making Texas even more competitive for jobs in movies and television.”   “Austin is home to creative, talented people who do pioneering, game-changing work, and Robert Rodriguez exemplifies our creative base of talent. We’re pleased that the network has chosen Austin, which speaks volumes about our filmmaking environment,” said Mayor Lee Leffingwell. “The City of Austin works every day to support Austin’s creative economy sector, which has a $4.35 billion local economic impact, and having the El Rey Network headquartered in

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Officials hope to train half a million citizens in lifesaving CPR The City of Austin celebrated cardiac arrest survivors Wednesday at the 12th annual Take Heart Austin Cardiac Arrest Survivor Celebration. Survivors, family, friends, bystanders, hospital care providers and rescuers were all present to celebrate life and the CPR received.  In many of these cases, the survivor was saved by a bystander who administered CPR until a first responder was on scene.  Public safety groups, including the Office of the Medical Director, Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services, the Austin Fire Department, some Travis County Emergency Services Districts, and some area Hospitals provide opportunities and tools to all members of the community to both learn and teach CPR. “It’s our vision to have 500,000 or more in our community trained in CPR,” Austin/Travis County Medical Director Paul Hinchey said.  “With our community working together, I’m optimistic that we can reach our community vision. When bystanders perform CPR, survival rates can double or even

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Lonestar Soccer Club

Serving North, South and Central Austin 512.336.5425 www.lonestar-sc.com U5-U12, $150 - $275 Lonestar Premier Soccer Camps are designed around developing a player’s individual technique and love for the “beautiful” game in a fun, safe and challenging environment. Each day includes individual foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, small-sided games, coached scrimmages, speed and agility training and a daily World Cup tournament!

Mu Sool Won of South Austin Martial Art 1901 W. William Cannon Dr. #121, Austin, TX 78745 (512) 299-1873 www.mswsouthaustin.com

subsequent weeks; we offer family discounts as well MSWSA Camps are half day camps from 9am to 1pm. They include martial arts training, fun unique team games, and oneon-one instruction. Uniform, shirt and Picture CD included.

ONE Academy of Dance

8313 Highway 71 West, Suite 100 Austin, TX 78735 (512) 537-5694 www.oneartsaustin.com Ages 4 and up. Priced from $80-$325 June 9-August 8 - Fun, themed summer DANCE camps that spark creativity, provide great exercise, increase technique & develop artistry! Frozen! Ballerina Princesses! Musical Theater! Break Dancing! And more! July 7-11 - Full week Dance Intensive

Susie’s Piano Studio

6405 Clairmont Dr. (512) 301-4939 susiespianostudio@att.net susiespianostudio.musicteachershelper.com Age 5 and up! 6-30 min. lessons $180.00<><>6-45 min. lessons $270.00 Six-week Piano Summer Course! Beginning to intermediate levels. Great way to continue lessons, or to try piano

KidsActing Studio

14 Locations! 512-836-KIDS (5437) www.kidsactingstudio.com Ages 4-19, price varies FUN! Award-winning camps in 14 locations across Central Texas. One and two week camps! Full-Scale Productions, Musicals, Plays, Star Wars, ZOMBIES, Peter Pan, Annie, Sound of Music and More!

YMCA of Austin

22 locations in Travis, Hays & Bastrop Counties 512-236-9622 www.austinymca.org $155-$210 per week Weekly sessions June 3 – Aug. 23. Locations include Oak Hill UMC, Baranoff and Kocurek Elementary Schools. building activities.


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Keep your pet healthy and safe this summer We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger, ASPCA experts warn.   “Most people love to spend the warmer days enjoying the outdoors with friends and family, but it is important to remember that some activities can be dangerous for our pets,” said Dr. Camille DeClementi, Senior Toxicologist at the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center. “By following a few simple rules, it is easy to keep your pet safe while still having fun in the sun.” Take these simple precautions to help prevent your pet from overheating. And if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, get help from your veterinarian immediately.  Visit the Vet  A visit to the veterinarian for a spring or early summer check-up is a must. Make sure your pets get tested for heartworm if they aren’t on year-round preventive medication. Do parasites bug your animal companions? Ask your doctor to recommend a safe flea and tick control program. 

sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful to not  over-exercise  them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.  Know the Warning Signs  Symptoms of   overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse.

They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool

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Kittens are ready to adopt The Austin Animal Center has more than 250 kittens, between the ages of 8 weeks and 6 months, either at the shelter or in fostercare that are ready for adoption. The summer adoption special is $25 and includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip, collar

Made in the Shade  Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot outdoors. Make

and ID tag. The special will run through Sept. 1, 2014. “If you’ve been thinking about adding a cat to your family now is a great time to adopt as we have a great selection of kittens, ”said Chief Animal Services Officer Abigail Smith. “Summer is also a good time to adopt a new pet as kids are home and families have more time to spend with the pet.” The Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop is open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit the website to view all pets available for adoption at www.austinanimalcenter.org or check www.facebook.com/ austinanimalservices for daily animal updates.

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Faith needs a home! This is Faith, she is very beautiful, she was found crawling away on the side of the highway with two broken front legs. She was in the hospital for over two months, but she recovered fully and is doing very well. Her one leg is a little bit crooked but is healed completely, and she runs and functions on it 100%. She is very sweet with people and kids, and she welcomes everyone. She will get along with a submissive male dog only— she has been with an abuse case sent from animal control and she protected him and was very good to him, and they even slept in the same Igloo. Faith is ready for her own family and home. She is well behaved in the house, and well behaved in general as she is about 4 or 5 years old. She would do well in a home with adults and very little commotion as she has probably had a life full of turmoil. She is current on her vaccines, HW negative, spayed and microchipped. She is an American Staffordshire Terrier, which means she is larger in size than the typical Staffordshire Terrier, which is typically about 40 to 55 pounds. She is a beautiful dog that needs a really good stable home. Serious inquiries only.

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Arts & Entertainment Ongoing Events

in a round robin, open mic atmosphere following the featured preSundays sentation. On the third Thursday of every month. Free. Food pantry doLive Jazz Brunch- 10am-2pm. nations are welcomed. 7pm at New Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 Hwy. 290 Life Lutheran Church, 120 Frog W., 78737. 301-4648. www.nuttyPond Lane in Dripping Springs. For brown.com. more info call 858-2024. Tessy Lou Williams & The Shotgun Stars- 3pm at Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. No cover.

Mondays Charles Thibodeaux and the Austin Cajun Aces- 6:30pm at Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane. 282-2586. Texas Songwriters Showcase - 6:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. No cover.

Third Thursday at The Blantonfree evening of art and activities. 5-9pm at Blanton Museum, Brazos and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org/.

Fridays Friday night Dance Club- w/ Western bands and a Pot Luck break. 7:30pm-10pm at South Austin Activity Center, 3911 Manchaca RD, Austin. $4.50.

Saturdays

Tuesdays

New Events

Kem Watts - 4pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-03183

May 28 - August 6

Brennen Leigh - 7pm at Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane. 282-2586.

Wednesdays No Bad Days Open Mic - 7pm at Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 50+ Singles Dance- 7:30-9:45 Live Music. Senior Activity Center 29th & Lamar. 2874 Shoal Crest. www.fiftyplusdanceaustin.com Trivia Night - Wednesdays at Waterloo Ice House, Southpark Meadows, 9600 South I-35 Service Rd. SB, Suite D-100. 512-301-1007. waterlooicehouse.com.

Blues on the Green - Every other Wednesday, Zilker Park will be filled with thousands of people, blankets, lawnchairs, families and music lovers. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd. www.kgsr.com/ botg/

Monday, June 16 The Wine Down - 5pm - 7pm a music series presented by Thorny Rose Wines along with fellow new collaborators Hail a Cab and the Austin Music Foundation, as well as returning supporter 2ND Street District. Free and open to the public and will take place at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd (512) 225-7999 Wednesdays, June 18 - Aug 20 Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse present Austin Sound & Cinema: Music & Movies on the Lawn - 6pm Bands will perform a tribute to the movie, followed by the film screening on The Alamo’s giant inflatable outdoor screen. The Long Center 701 W. Riverside Drive thelongcenter.org June 21 - June 29

May 28 - June 22

Sunday, June 15

Tony Harrisson / Dance Lessons / Jesse Dayton- 6pm - 9:15pm / 9:15pm at the Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar. 442-6189. Open Mic with your host, Garett Endres. Starts at 9pm every Thursday 290 West Club 12013 W Hwy 290 Jones Family Singers: A Gospel

Ongoing Events South Austin Mystery Book Club - 7:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, at the Sunset Valley Barnes & Noble on Brodie Ln. Our April 16th book is Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. If you have questions please email dschieck@yahoo.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting - Bannockburn Baptist Church room 103 Every Wednesday, 7pm - 8:30pm Anne Slater 512-215-9719 for more info Free Conversation Cafe - Drop in for open, public dialogue on a variety of topics. Every third Saturday from 10:30am-11:30am at the Hampton Branch of the Austin Public Library at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Rd.. Free and open to the public. 512974-9900 / cityofaustin.org/library. Classes and meditation - with Western Buddhist nun, Gen Kelsang Ingchug. Every Sunday at 9:30am at Chittamani Buddhist Center, 1918 Bissel Lane, 78745. Everyone welcome. Spiritual counselling by appointment. Call for free brochure. 916-4444. meditationinaustin.org. Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter - Meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2pm at the Recycled Reads (part of the Austin Library system) at 5335 Burnet Road www.hotxsinc. org.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for ‘Best Play.’ Topfer Theatre at Zach 202 South Lamar call 512476-0541, x1 zachtheatre.org

Father’s Day Concert In The Park - 7:30pm - 9pm The Austin Symphonic Band celebrates your Dad with this annual concert at the The Peacemakers- 10pm at Evan- Zilker Hillside Theatre. Marches, geline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane. patriotic melodies, and other famil282-2586. iar works are the order of the day. Bring a picnic basket and spread Open Mic Night- at Nutty Brown out a blanket at the Zilker Park HillCafe, 12225 W Highway 290, Free. side Theatre Thursdays Groundwork Music Project presKGSR Unplugged At The Grove ents Summer FUNraiser - 6pm -every Thursday evening through - 9pm performances by Jitterbug Sept 6th. Join KGSR every Thurs- Vipers, Elizabeth McQueen, and day for 23 consecutive weeks at blues band, Mrs. Glass. A silent Shady Grove on Barton Springs auction at the event will include Road for one of Austin’s longest wine and weekend getaways, and running free concert series. food will be available. Holy Mountain (617 East 7th St. ). Admission: Karaoke- at Boomerz Nightclub, $7. Please visit groundworkmusic. 6148 Hwy 290 W.. 892-3373. org.

“Thirsty Thursday” gatheringPoems and songs will be shared

Brunch - 11am first ever Gospel Brunch served on the Meredith Family Stage in Dell Hall. The Long Center 701 W. Riverside Drive thelongcenter.org

Community Clubs & Events

Sky Candy presents an aerial theatre production of COSMICOMICS, - adapted from Italo Calvino’s beloved collection of short stories of the same name. The Long Center 701 W. Riverside Drive thelongcenter.org

VFW Post 4443 meeting - Meets on first Tues. of month from 7-8:30pm at 7614 Thomas Springs Road in Oak Hill. Members and potential members are encouraged to be there around 6pm to gather for dinner. There is no cost.

Saturday, June 21

The Oak Hill Rotary Club - Meets at noon on the first three Mondays of the month at Mandola’s Italian Market, 4301 W. Wm. Cannon. More info at 288-8487 See www. oakhillrotary.org for other activities and events.

Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklórico de Texas - doors @7pm ent includes dances from several Mexican regions: Jalisco, Veracruz, Aguascalientes, Michoacan, Yucatan, Baja California, Zacatecas and the Huasteca. The Paramount Theatre 512.472.5470 info@austintheatre.org or www.balletfolkloricodetexas.com Sunday, June 22 Texas Songwriters’ Association 2014 Hall of Fame Awards Show - doors @5pm show @ 7pm inductees are Waylon Jennings, K.T. Oslin, and Buck Owens. Performers at Sunday night’s ceremony include K.T. Oslin, Lee Roy Parnell, Bonnie Bishop, Shooter Jennings, Jessi Colter, and Kris Kristofferson. ACL Live at The Moody Theater. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd (512) 2257999

Circle C Area Democrats 6:30-8:30pm at Santa Rita in the Escarpment Village. Meets on second Mondays of month. For in formation:circlecareademocrats. org. Toastmasters Groups - Build leadership and communication skills in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Visitors welcome. Tejas Toastmasters: 288-7808/ tejastoastmasters.org. Meets every Mon. at 6 pm at IHOP, 1101 S. Mopac. South Austin Toastmasters: meets first and third Tuesday at noon at ACC South Austin Campus, 1820 W. Stassney Lane. Phone 443-7110 or 288-7808. Oak Hill Toastmasters: meet every

Thursday from 6:45-8pm at Western Hills Church of Christ, 6211 Parkwood Drive. Open to ages 18 & up. 956-494-4809 / oakhill.freetoasthost.biz for more info. Alzheimer’s Caregiver SupporGroup - 2nd Wednesday of the month at noon at Arveda Alzheimer’s Family Care, 11013 Signal Hill Drive, 78737. Anyone caring for a loved-one with dementia and needing support is invited. RSVP to 512-637-5400 and feel free to bring your own lunch. www.arvedacare.com. Senior Luncheon Program - Seniors (over 60) meet at 8656 Hwy. 71 W, Bldg A, next to JP bldg every Tues, Wed and Thurs from 10am2pm. Transportation available. Call 512-854-2138 for more info. Oak Hill Neighborhood Planning Contact Team - Meets fourth Wednesday of the month at the ACC Pinnacle Campus, 10th Floor Board Room. www.ohnpct.org. MOMS Club of Austin - Southwest Oaks - Social and support group for stay-at-home moms and their children. Meet new friends, and enjoy a guest speaker. Monthly meeting at Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 7815 W Hwy 290. 10am on the first Thursday of every month. For more info, email momsclubswoaks@gmail.com. Southwest Networking Group (SWING) - meets for breakfast at Waterloo Ice House, Slaughter Ln. & Escarpment Blvd., 9600 Escarpment Blvd.. 8-9:30am. Bring business cards. For more info call 482-9026 or 921-4901. Thursdays. South Austin AARP Chapter 2426 - Tom Bauer will talk about leadership styles and best practices, 1pm - 4pm at South Austin Senior Activity Center, 3911 Manchaca Rd. Free. Meets on third Wednesday of the month. For more info call Mary at 280-8661. www.southaustinaarp.org. OHBPA Meeting - (Oak Hill Business Professionals Association). Meets every first Thursday of the month from 11:30am-1pm at Mandola’s Italian Market, 4301 W. Wm. Cannon $15. ohbpa.org. Retired Austin Travelers - a group for people who love to travel. Regular meetings are held the second Wednesday of odd-numbered months, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM,in the Oak Hill Library at 5124 Convict Hill Road.. ratsonline.org. Creative Arts Society - Meets on first Wed. of month (except Jan.,July, Aug.) at ACC Pinnacle, 10th floor, faculty lounge. 6pm networking. 7pm program. All artists and art enthusiasts are welcome. creativeartssociety.org 288-0574.

South Austin Lions Club -Meets every second and fourth Thursday 6pm – 7pm Premier High School at Travis 1211 E. Oltorf On the campus of Travis High School, follow Premier sign as you enter driveway, veer right. http://www.eclubhouse.org/sites/austin_south/

New Events June 11 - June 15 Tapestry Dance Company’s 14th Annual Soul to Sole Festival - Over 75 master classes, courses, tap jams, panel discussions and two exciting concerts. Tapestry Dance Company 2302 WesternTrails Blvd. 512.4.Rhythm online @tapestry.org Thursday, June 12 Wine Walk - 5pm - 9pm Start at Twin Liquors to pick up a map to guide you on the Wine Walk. Keep your map with you as your ticket for each wine walk stop. Hill Country Galleria Shopping Bags filled with exclusive offers will also be available to Wine Walk participants. Hill Country Galleria 12700 Hill Country Blvd. 512-263-0001 FREE Saturday, June 14 World Refugee Day - 11:30am - 3pm a naturalization ceremony for new American citizens to- be and continues with live music, children’s games, food, face painting, and more. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Sunday, June 15 She Blinded Me With Science at The Library! - 2pm - 5pm We will conduct science experiments that you can easily replicate at home to impress friends and family. Come out and enjoy a bit of electronics, chemistry and other scientific tidbits. Austin Public Library 5500 Manchaca Rd., 512-974-8700 Thursday, June 19 Osteoporosis Presentation 7:30pm - 9pm What you need to know accross all age groups. Free drinks, snacks and door prizes. Bethany Luthern Church 3701 W. Slaughter Ln. 512.292.8778 Saturday, June 21 Composting for the Home Garden - 10am - noon Learn methods of constructing different composting systems to turn kitchen ‘trash’ into garden treasure. Zilker Botanical Garden 2220 Barton SpringsRd.tcmastergardeners. org. (512)477-8672. Native Landscape Maintenance 101 - 9am The Natural Gardener 8648 Old Bee Caves Road


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Outdoors & Fitness Ongoing Events Farmer’s Market at Sunset Valley - Locally grown fresh produce at Tony Burger Center, 3200 Jones Rd. Saturdays from 9am-1pm. www.sfcfarmersmarket.org. Free Introduction to Dance Class - for adults and teens. Every Saturday at 11am at Tapestry Dance Company & Academy, Western Trails Blvd., Austin. www. tapestry.org. Docent Tours of AMOA - Each Saturday and Sunday 1pm Docent-led tours of the recently restored 1916 Driscoll Villa, the intimate art exhibition Laguna Gloria Grounded and the historic gardens overlooking Lake Austin. at Austin Museum of Art, 823 Congress Ave. 512-495-9224 www.amoa.org. Texas Outdoor Women’s Network - Open to women of all ages interested in outdoor activities. fishing, kayaking, camping, hiking and more! No experience required. Free monthly meetings on fourth Tuesday of each month at 6pm at the LCRA Red Bud Complex, 3601 Lake Austin Blvd. . www.townaustin.org. Hill Country Outdoors- “Austin’s Most Active Outdoor, Sport an Social Club” Specializing in adven-

ture with outdoor events such as hiking, camping, biking, road trips and rafting. www.hillcountryoutdoors.com. Westcave Preserve public weekend tours- Sats. and Sundays, 10am., noon, 2pm & 4, $5 adult/$2 child/$15 family. One mile hike into the canyon & back. Kids welcome w/ adult. No pets. For more info call (830)825-3442 westcave.org . Thursday, Novemver 28Guided Hike - Second Saturday & second Sunday of each month at 9am at Bright Leaf Natural Area, 4400 Crestway Dr., Austin. Hikes are usually 4 miles long and last about 2 hours. Wear sturdy shoes and bring your own water. www.brightleaf.org Boot Camp Workout - At 9am every Saturday, our expert coaches will lead you through a muscle toning, fat burning, FREE 45 minute boot camp class! Bring your ten closest friends and jump start your weekend. Mills Elementary School 1-877-801-8171, extension 710 Nature Hike at McKinney State Falls - Free interpretive hikes to discover the diverse range of flora and fauna that can be seen at McKinney Falls. Hikes are offered the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each

month starting at 10am from the Smith Visitors Center. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and bring water. Hikes last approximately 1.5 hours. Info contact: jeanneffia@ gmail.com

New Events

Saturday, June 14

Splashfest - 11am - 11pm celebrate summer at the Lake with our HUGE inflatable water slides, all day music, food trucks, live concert with Josh Murley and our outdoor movie grand finale! Windy Point Park located at the end of Commanche Tr. about 2 miles past The Oasis restaurant. splashfest.net

Kids Calendar Ongoing Events

cluded with regular Zoo admission. 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin 78736. For additional information, call 512288-1490 or visit www.austinzoo. org.

Second Saturdays are for Families - $7 per family; $5 Member families. Noon-4pm at Austin Museum of Art, 823 Congress Ave. New Events Please RSVP to akichorowsky@ amoa.org to give an idea of materi- Through June 25 als needed. 512-495-9224 / www. amoa.org. Community Night at The Thinkery - 5pm - 8pm Every WednesAt Austin Children’s Museum: day the Museum stays open late for Community Night - Come out and families to discover new ideas and play EVERY Wednesday night at learn together. The Thinkery, 1830 5pm and enjoy exhibits, storytime Simond Ave thinkeryaustin.org and a variety of hands-on activities. Themed stories, songs,d activities. June 6 - July 5 Tuesday - Saturday: 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Baby Bloomers- Every Mon.. For kids 3 & under & their caregivers. Storytimes 9:30 & 11am; Singa-long 10:30am at Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado St.. 4722499 / ausinkids.org. Storytime - Tuesdays & Wednesdays at the Hampton Library, 5125 Convict Hill Rd. Toddlers Fridays at 11am, . 892-6680. wiredforyouth.co Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary - Join us in making Animal Enrichment (toys for animals) every Monday and Wednesday at 11:30am in the Picnic Grove and Story Time on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:15am and 1:15pm in the Peacock Barn. Both activities are in-

- 10am - 1pm Come out and try your hand at tennis, meet the mascot, and enjoy family friendly events!Prizes and Giveaways. Hill Country Galleria 12700 Hill Country Blvd. 512-263-0001 FREE www.austinacestennis.com

Saturday, June 14 Austin Aces Family Fun Event

New Events Thursday, June 12 Jesse Harris - 9pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar, (512) 442-6189 brokenspokeaustintx.

James Byron - 6:30pm Johnson - 8:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 poodies.net Rollfast Ramblers - 7:30pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln 512-288-9994 satellitebistroandbar.com

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo LIVE - You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. The Long Center 701 W. Riverside Drive thelongcenter.org

Sunday, June 15 Sunday Gospel Brunch with the Purgatory Players - 11am - 1pm at Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512-828-7636 strangebrewloungeside.com

Monday, June 16 Andrea Marie - 6pm Gumbo’s Steak and Seafood 12823 Shops at the Galleria Parkway (512) 2632711

Ginger Leigh - 10pm Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512828-7636 strangebrewloungeside. com Tim Angsten - 8pm Senor Buddy’s 8600 Hwy 290 W (512) 2880437 senorbuddys.com Charlie Pierce - 4pm Andy Barham - 9:30pm Jay Statham Band - 11pm $7 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 poodies. net

Cornell Hurd - 9:30pm Broken Spoke 3201 S Lamar, (512) 4426189 brokenspokeaustintx.com Jackie & Andrew Venson Trio - 8pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 512-288-9994 satellitebistroandbar.com

Texas Music Showcase: George Ensle Hosts in the Round Special Guests Doug Gill, Lynn Langham, Danny Griego Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 poodies.net

Duck Soup - 8pm Senor Buddy’s

Matt the Electrician w/ Gary Graves- 8pm Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512-828-7636 strangebrewloungeside.com Friday, June 20 The Vu/doddes - 7pm Senor Buddy’s 8600 Hwy 290 W (512) 288-0437 senorbuddys.com Charlie Pierce - 4pm Tessy Lou & The Shotgun Stars 8:30pm Gary P Nunn - 10pm Poodies Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W. 2640318 poodies.net

Bee Gee’s Songbook Tim Boss -guitar/vocal - 8pm Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512828-7636 strangebrewloungeside. com $12 Saturday, June 21

Tuesday, June 17 Armadillo Road - 6pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar, (512) 442-6189 brokenspokeaustintx. Kem Watts - 6pm Tommy Elskes - 8:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 poodies.net Wednesday, June 18 Jack Ingram w/ The Washers - 6pm part of the KOKE FM TxConcert Series. Admission is FREE Nutty Brown Cafe 12225 Highway 290 West 512-301-4648 nuttybrown.com No Bad Days - Open Mic hosted by Andrea Marie of Magnolia 8pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 poodies.net

Ty Grubb - 7pm $10 WC Clark - 9pm $10 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 Dez Desormeux on the Saxaphone - 6pm Gumbo’s Steak and Seafood 12823 Shops at the Galleria Parkway (512) 263-2711

James Byron - 6:30pm Johnson 8:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 poodies.net

Two Tons of Steel - 9:30pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar, (512) 442-6189 brokenspokeaustintx.

Friday, June 13 Gary P. Nunn - 9:30pm Broken Spoke 3201 S Lamar, (512) 4426189 brokenspokeaustintx.com

Thursday, June 19

Matt and the Herdsmen - 7:30 Nutty BrownCafe 12225 Highway 290 West 512-301-4648 nuttybrown.com FREE

Giulia Millanta Trio - 6:30pm Central Market Austin Westgate 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-8994300 centralmarket.com FREE

Saturday, June 14 Bubblepalooza - 8am - 3pm Music, chalk art, water fun and, most importantly, BUBBLES! a special appearance by ERTH’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo’s T-Rex! Long Center City Terrace FREE

8600 Hwy 290 W (512) 288-0437 senorbuddys.com

Johann Wagner CD Release - 2pm Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512-828-7636 strangebrewloungeside.com

Will Taylor and Strings Attached - 6:30pm Central Market Austin Westgate 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-899-4300 centralmarket.com FREE

June 17 - June 22 Disney’s Beauty and the Beast - 8:15 on Fridays and Saturdays. Performed on the Patti S. Harrison outdoor main stage. The Emily Ann Theater and Gardens 1101 FM 2325 Wimberley 512-847-6969

Arts & Entertainment cont.

Starting Thursday, June 12 Nature Nights free family fun at Wildflower Center - The Center’s six free nights of nature fun start up Thursday, June 12 out in our new Luci and Ian Family Garden. This popular series involves hands-on learning, expert talks, hikes and more, and includes free admission. LBJ Wildflower Center 4801 La Crosse Ave. 512-232-0105 wildflower.org

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The Derailers - 9:30pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar, (512) 442-6189 brokenspokeaustintx. Tony Airoldi & the Lucky 7 8pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln 512-288-9994 satellitebistroandbar.com

Him & Her - 5pm Ricky Stein 7pm The Love Sprockets - 9pm Poodies Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W. 264-0318 poodies.net Dez Desormeux on the Saxaphone - 6pm Gumbo’s Steak and Seafood 12823 Shops at the Galleria Parkway (512) 263-2711

Sunset Valley Boys - 6pm Chaparrel w/ Jeff Hughes - 9pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar, (512) 442-6189 brokenspokeaustintx.

Sunday, June 22 4th Sunday Brunches with Hot Club Soda - 8pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln 512-2889994 satellitebistroandbar.com


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City of Austin news continued from p. 7 triple.  In 2013, within Austin and Travis County, approximately 650 people experienced cardiac arrest and were treated by the Austin/ Travis County Emergency Medical Services System. About 13 percent left the hospital alive compared to the national average of 10 percent.  This success is the result of a community- based approach that begins with the bystander and includes the public safety responders and healthcare system.  The Austin Fire Department has a CPR AnyWhere program for individual homes and groups of four or less. Firefighters will come to community members within the City of Austin and teach compression-only CPR in a 10-minute session. To schedule training for four persons or less call (512) 974-0296 or email FireCPRAnyWhere@ austintexas.gov. For more than four persons, contact Take Heart Austin (512) 978-0022 or take10cpr@

gmail.com. Another 10-minute CPR training opportunity is offered by the Office of the Medical Director and the Take Heart Austin initiative. The award winning TAKE10 program is an innovative compression-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation training program offered to community leaders with the goal for those to take this training to larger groups such as neighborhood associations, church groups, and Boy and Girl Scout troops.  Community members are taught how to teach the 10-minute CPR program so that they may then take the training out into the community.  In April 2014 the City of Austin received the prestigious Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation award from the Alliance for Innovation for its communitycentered approach to CPR training. To learn more about the TAKE10 CPR training program and how you can bring the program to your community or organization by becoming a trainer, contact Take

Heart Austin at (512) 978-0022; email take10cpr@gmail.com; or visit www.takeheartaustin.org. Since its inception in 2008 more than 20,000 people have been trained in TAKE10 compression-only CPR throughout Austin and Travis County.   Austin/Travis County EMS also offers certification in CPR. The certification classes are for those individuals that need certification for their profession such as a healthcare provider, lifeguard or daycare provider.  To learn more about CPR certification training visit http://austintexas.gov/page/ regional-training-center. “The most definitive thing we can do as a community to improve survival is to have more citizens willing and able to provide bystander CPR,” Hinchey said. “We will take this opportunity to carry our message out to the community and let everyone know:  You need to act. You can do no harm. You can save a life.  It is simple and can take as little as 10 minutes.”

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It’s a banner year for Crockett High and its Principal

More than 30 banners surround the courtyard, celebrating student accomplishments, from academics and theater to sports and music.”We want the students to know that their achievements are noticed,” stated Shapiro.

Continued from p. 1 where students can be who they are without fear of judgment. There is no metric or test that can truly measure a moment like this one. Creating a culture where students feel this comfortable is a testament to the entire community.” Two days before graduation, Shapiro was in the Crockett library, listening to the graduation speeches prepared by Valedictorian Erin White and Salutatorian Megan Sweeney. The investment in his students is evident, as he offered suggestions to the young adults about to give the biggest speech of their lives. He gave tips for giving a speech in a big venue like the Erwin Center, including what to do when there is applause, the value of making eye contact, making microphone adjustments, and watching posture and body movement. He would do this again the following day. Shapiro has been the principal at Crockett since the fall of 2008, but before arriving here, his teaching roots began in his hometown of the Bronx, New York. “I began my career in education in 1993, teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). My original plans, after obtaining my bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Pace University, was to work in that field, but it became quickly evident that I really wanted to teach. I contacted one of my former teachers at Christopher Columbus High School and inquired about a teaching opportunity, and the door was opened to begin my career in education. “I don’t remember waking up one

day and deciding to be a principal. I think the opportunities just aligned. There were a great number of people who helped me out tremendously along the way.” During this time, Shapiro went back to school to earn his Masters degree for teaching English as a Second Language. “During my time as a teacher, one of my mentors, Dr. Norman Wechsler, who was the principal at DeWitt Clinton High School, took me under his wing and began developing me for an administration position, even though I didn’t really realize it at the time. While in school I earned dual master degrees, one to teach and also a second in School Administration and Supervision. After approximately ten years of teaching, Dr. Wechsler said it was time for me to move on and at that point, I applied and was offered an assistant principal position, followed by a position as a Principal. “I think of my title more as ‘Principal Teacher.’ I haven’t stopped teaching; my classroom now is the teachers in the building and helping them be the best,” said Shapiro. The decision to leave New York came via a cousin who had retired from the Marines and was living in Plano, Texas. “During a phone conversation, my cousin, who was becoming an assistant school principal, told me Texas was a wonderful place. After living all over the world with the military, he could have lived anywhere, but he chose Texas. So he encouraged me to check into Central Texas, since he thought I would like Continued on next page

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it. He said ‘Put your name in, but it may take a while.’ So, my wife, Loira and I came down for a visit. Within our two-week stay, I received a call from AISD, who was in the process of doing a national principal search, so I extended my stay a few days, drove to Austin and went for an interview,” Shapiro explained. “When we returned to New York, my wife stated very clearly: ‘I don’t think they will want a guy from the Bronx, but if they ask you to come, I will go.’ And they asked me to come and here we are. In general, school operations are

“My experiences in New York shaped me for coming to Austin. I was in the Bronx during 9-11, and understand how traumatic events can shape students and their families. - Principal Craig Shapiro very similar across the board. The biggest initial adjustment was for my family, transitioning to a new state, and especially my daughter,

who was entering seventh grade at the time. But we have all adjusted very nicely, and my daughter just graduated from Bowie High School.

She thought it would be too weird to go to the same school where her dad is the principal,” he joked. Shapiro’s wife, Loira Ortiz, is a teacher in the Eanes district. “My experiences in New York shaped me for coming to Austin. I was in the Bronx during 9-11, and understand how traumatic events can shape students and their families. On the day of September 11, 2001, I was working with my superintendent and was called to go upstairs to the tower in Morris High School. These old schools had incredible architecture and Morris had a tower. From the southern tip

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of Bronx I could see the World Trade Towers on fire. My superintendent said, ‘We have to go.’ My wife, daughter and I made it home safely, but things were so strange. “The next day the superintendent, Dr. Wechsler, had us all come into work. Sitting in the room with my colleagues, we just sat staring at each other, stunned by the overwhelming tragedy. Norman knew that we just needed to sit there. Over 100 of our families were affected in the Bronx High Schools, and the stories of both death, and heroism, played out through our students. “That whole situation, maybe that’s what also led me here—the fact that in the back of my mind, you always wonder if it will happen again. Things go on, the Yankees still won and the Mets still lost. The lessons I learned in New York helped me a lot when Crockett went through a rough year in 2010. We had three students die in various accidents within the same week at the beginning of the school year. I think I went into auto-pilot to help the students and families through those tragedies,” reflected Shapiro. “As a principal, you are going to have these things. It’s how you rally yourself and everyone around you. I believe it helped with the turn around in the school. Those tragedies brought the Crockett Community closer together.” Upon arriving at Crockett, Shapiro did not come in with preconceived ideas about what needed to be changed, instead he spent the first three months looking around the school and observing. “What I wanted to do was look around. I asked the teachers, staff and administrators to answer one question for me? ‘When I walk into a classroom, what should I see?’ They came up with a list. Then I walked around and observed, to see if what was on that list existed. If it didn’t, I asked what did they need to make it happen—such as professional development to redefine expectations—and ultimately, together, we created a five-year plan for Crockett, which is available online. We set out to change the school in a variety of ways: structurally, grading systems, behaviors; and with very clear goals Continued on next page


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A banner year for Crockett Continued from p. 14 and outcomes, and data to support that things were getting better. I had a very senior member of the staff tell me in 30 years at the school, that she had never been asked these types of questions, and that was telling to me. How do you not include your staff, who have so much expertise, in the decision-making, and finding solutions together? “In a safe environment, where people feel secure in their jobs, they begin to feel unleashed from the ‘we always do it this way’ mindset, so they could be freed to try new things. People must be passionate to create good change. When you know you aren’t going to be fired, then you are no longer scared to speak out for change and then contribute to that change. It’s great to watch as the principal. I think that there is a sense of pride and community among our staff.” When asked about the culture of Crockett, Shapiro feels like what is going on here is fairly unique among high schools. “What I am about to say, you have to see it to believe it, but we do not have cliques on the campus. So many students are in multiple activities, so they interact across disciplines. That’s the way it works here. You might see students from the football team, band, and debate all sitting together in the lunchroom. There has always been a feeling of family atmosphere here, but for a time in Crockett’s history, the number of incidents happening within the school was clouding the view. We have very few now. We work very hard with Social Emotional Learning (the SEL program is now on most campuses in the district) and the acceptance of others. Walking the halls, there is a very nice buzz that runs the building,” commented Shapiro. “When I arrived, many on staff were concerned about the hallway environment between classes, with lots of student tardy’s, and the overall feeling when you walk onto campus, but everyone has reported that the environment has changed. The school is orderly, and when issues do arise, as they always will at any school, we are very proactive, instead of reactive. And students are asking

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instill a sense of pride. There is a reason banks look the way they do, to instill confidence and a sense of accomplishment. There were good things going on here, but no evidence of it anywhere.” It became Shapiro’s mission to change that. “I started hanging banners and displaying the trophies in the courtyard every time a team won. It works. For every accomplishment our students achieved, banners went up. Our football team won District championships in 2008 for the first time in possibly our school’s history. When they win, they can see their banner. And it’s not just for sports: Continued on next page

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UIL academics, Theater, Arts, and Band—there’s a banner; Teacher of the Year: banner. Chances are, as a student at Crockett, you are represented in one of those banners. Students see their achievements everywhere. It takes time, but is fun to watch as both the school and our students start believing in themselves and this school. Interim District Superintendent Dr. Cruz says I’m the cheerleader for the school. If the community inside the school doesn’t know about all the positive things going on, how do you expect the outside larger community to know?” Shapiro said. As far as getting the community at large to understand the change going on within the school, Shapiro says it’s sometimes frustrating that the sea change is slower that he would like. “I’m not entirely sure what happened here in the many years or decades before my time, but some in the outside community still see Crockett frozen in a tumultuous time. “The day I signed my contract, I drove over to the school. The ink wasn’t even dry on my contract when I was approached by a gentleman who said to me, ‘You’re the new principal from the Bronx right?’ And he said ‘Glad you’re here, you know about discipline, coming from a place with metal detectors. I remember there was a big fight in 1985.’ I knew from that point that we had some work to do, including repairing the reputation of the school.” Shapiro continued: “There is a sense that schools can be frozen in time and don’t evolve. Whatever memory an individual might have is where their perception of the school becomes stuck, but schools evolve. We’re coming out of that now, but I still have a number of people who say, ‘I’ve heard such and such about this school.’ But we do a very good job of serving our community. The students are wondering now how do we get over that hump of what Crockett used to be? To use a marketing phrase, it’s a ‘branding issue,’ and it takes the community time to trust that what they are hearing about the school’s evolution is true.

“I’m not entirely sure what happened here in the many years or decades before my time, but some in the outside community still see Crockett frozen in a tumultuous time.” - Principal Shapiro There has to be a critical mass for people to believe it is true. And everything I’ve read says it can take 5-7 years for that to happen, for what is currently going on inside our walls to get out there, whether it’s uphill or downhill. Schools do go in waves as communities change, but I will say I’m not getting that look anymore that says, ‘Oh, you work there.’ It’s a slow process and there will be some people that will never acknowledge the change. My question to the broader community is this: “Have you been in Crockett lately?” Coming from New York, one thing that is decidedly different in Texas is Friday Night Football. “It’s nothing like this where I come from. But Friday Night Football is now one of my favorite things. I’m a big sports guy. I love it all, baseball, basketball, etc., and wrestling is my favorite spectator sport. But something special happens on Friday night—we get together as a community during football season. All combined— the kids in the band, the football team, the cheerleaders and the Tex-Anns dance team—we have 300 plus kids involved in the spectacle, plus the friends in the stands with their families. The TexAnns are dancing, the team is on the field, the band is playing, parents are in the stands and the community gets together for nine or more weeks, and we become one. What a great way to spend a Friday night. I make all the football games. Win or lose, the kids are supportive. We didn’t have that in the Bronx. Now I get it. It’s not just about football. Sometimes the game itself is not the most important event. “My first year here, in 2008, we had a game against Travis High School, our rival. Now, I don’t hold anything

against Travis, but this turned out to be a night really about Crockett. We were down by a lot, but had begun to catch up, but then near the end of the game, it was fourth down with 22-yards to go. Our quarterback was about to be sacked, but he threw the ball, it was caught and we scored at the end of the game. From that moment on, I think it was the realization of the community that we can take a punch and get up again. We are resilient. We have grit, and without that, it’s hard to maneuver the rest of your life. I really feel that was the first turning point for the school, even though we had been rated Academically Unacceptable that same year by the state. We came back. We deserved to win. That mental model is now in all our programs. That change has propelled the school in the classroom as well. It was a Crockett moment, in front of all those people, and it was one of the most exciting sporting events I have ever witnessed,” said Shapiro. The student perception of Crockett is one of a close-knit family. “Our students look out for each other and are very accepting of each other. We are a diverse population, but not just in the traditional sense of the word, but truly of thought and personality. When students walk down the hall, and one might see a guitar player, skateboarder and honor student together, and their differences would mean nothing to them. They just see friends,” Shapiro explained. In addition to the general academic classes offered to all high school students, Crockett also has programs in Auto Body and Auto Tech, Construction Technology, and Cosmetology. In the last few years, Crockett added the Einstein Continued on next page


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Program. “We added the Einstein program for those students who are working ahead of the general curriculum. Sometimes these students are forgotten, but it is just as important to address their needs, to help propel them forward. It is not a separate school, but their core classes are accelerated to meet their academic goals. The goal is to still be one school,” said Shapiro. Other changes include double-blocking some classes, so that students are in them every day, instead of the every other day block schedule. Support programs that have been

added or grown are: AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination—which aims to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary work), Communities in Schools (CIS), and Lonestar Circle of Care. “We have students and families who need extra support, working through all kinds of issues, some are the basic teenager issues, but for some, they need further assistance. We have a tiered system of support in place. With all these things, it helps students stay in school with not only the ultimate goal of graduation, but also success in life,” he said. For those looking for hard data,

Shapiro offers the following statistics: • Graduation rates have increased 14% since 2008. • 100% of the senior class applied to college, and approximately 60% completed the FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid for both federally and college-sponsored student financial aid). • Attendance went from 87% in 2008 to 92.1% in 2013, predicted at 93% this year. • Crockett has not the missed the state accountability since 2008. As far as the award goes, Shapiro is very grateful. “I have a lot of support from the district administration and

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from the community. Melissa Hurst, the Mobility Authority’s Community Outreach Manager, said attendees would have the opportunity to review project alternatives, which have been reviewed and vetted by the project team. “Since the last Open House, we’ve been refining and narrowing the concepts, and we’re ready to show the public our work and get their

feedback,” Hurst said. One alternative not included in the short list of possible solutions is Alternative F, a concept developed with Fix290, a grassroots community coalition proposing an environmentally responsible alternative with a minimal concrete footprint. Bruce Melton, engineer and member of Fix290, said he’s still not counting the concept out. “There seems to have been a lot of unintended inequity in the decision

matrix and I am optimistic that after an evaluation of the items we brought up at our little committee meeting yesterday with TxDOT and (the Mobility Authority), that (Alternative F) will be added back in,” Melton said. Alternative F focused on a nontolled parkway with minimized construction. A virtual open house will be available on oakhillparkway.com from June 18 through June 27.

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the staff here at Crockett. I can’t say that enough. But instead of Principal of the Year, I wish it said School of the Year. To do this type of work, you need a lot of people to make it happen, our teachers, staff and students. It is an affirmation of the work we have done here the last few years. It is fun to watch the school make strides and I think the kids feel it. It’s a public statement by the district and the school board, which

sent a message loud and clear to the larger community. My job is to serve this community.” When asked if he will hang a banner in the courtyard for his own award, he deferred to the staff and replied, “For me, it’s kind of embarrassing. I won’t order my own. It really is an award for the school. The students wanted a place that they could call home and be proud of. Crockett is definitely something to be proud of.”

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CATHOLIC St. Catherine of Siena 4800 Convict Hill Rd. 78749 892-2420 Pastor Rev. Patrick Coakley Weekend Masses: Sat. 5pm, Sun 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:15pm, 5pm Weekday Masses: Mon-Fri. 12noon, Sat. 9am, Tues & 1st Fri 7pm

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Western Hills Church of Christ 6211 Parkwood Drive 892-3532 www.westernhillscoc.com whcc@westernhillscoc.com Sunday Services:9am Bible Classes (all ages),10am Worship (with Children’s Church) Evening - groups & worship alternating weeks Wednesday: 7pm Worship, classes for all ages, 6pm Meal together We have an inspiring and Biblically rich worship service, a very active Youth Ministry and a growing Children’s Ministry! “We are... a place to believe, a place to belong, a place to call home”

BAPTIST Bee Cave Baptist Church 13222 Hwy. 71W (at Hwy. 620) (512) 263-5058 Pastor: Rev. Jim Roquemore Services: Sun. 10:45am & 6:30pm, Sunday School 9:30am Children’s church available Sun. am Wed. Prayer & Bible Study 7 pm First Baptist Church of Oak Hill 6907 Convict Hill Rd 78749 512) 288-7570 Pastor: Rob Satterfield Services: Sun. 10:50am & 6:00pm Bible Study Sun. 9:30am Wednesday Prayer 6:45pm www.fbcoakhill.org Oak Hill Primitive Baptist Church 11408 Camp Ben McCulloch Rd. Pastor: Elder Richard Halbgewachs Church: 288-4994 Pastor: 791-0678 Services: Every Sun. 10:30am

BUDDHIST Chittamani Buddhist Center Without Inner Peace, Outer Peace is Impossible. Classes and meditation currently on the 4 Noble Truths. Every Sunday 9:30am -11 am www.MeditationInAustin.org 1918 Bissel Lane, 78745 (off Manchaca) 512-916-4444 Sitagu Buddha Vihara 9001 Honeycomb Dr. 78737 (4 miles west of the “Y”). We are a monastery, meditation center, community center, education center and home of a beautiful Burmese pagoda. Daily activities. sitagu.org/austin/, (512)301-3968 sitaguvihara@yahoo.com.

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EPISCOPALIAN St. Alban’s Episcopal Church 11819 So. IH-35 (exit #223, FM 1327; take north access road 1.1 mile) 282-5631 www.stalbansaustin.org Seeking the transformation of lives through sharing God’s love and grace Rector: The Rev. Margaret Waters Services: 9 a.m. Come & See! (Blended worship w/ sermon & Holy Eucharist) 10:00 a.m. Coffee Hour 10:15 a.m. Christian Formation for All Ages (Please go to the website for more details) 11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II 12:45 p.m. Coffee Hour Children’s Chapel at both services, and professional nursery from 8:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Youth Group, Sundays 4-6 p.m. Bible Study, Thursdays 9:30-11 a.m. St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church 8724 Travis Hills Dr. 78735 (between SW Parkway & Old Bee Caves) (512) 288-0128 www.stchristopher.net Rector: The Rev. Bo Townsend Services: Holy Communion at 10am Sundays; Children’s Chapel at 10 am

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HINDU TEMPLE Shree Raseshwari Radha Rani Temple Radha Madhav Dham, 400 Barsana Road, Austin, Texas 78737 (FM 1826, 7 miles from 290 W) 288-7180 Sunday Services: 11:00am- 12:30pm; 7:30-9:30pm Visiting hours: 8:1510am & 3-5pm daily

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LUTHERAN Abiding Love Lutheran Church “Sharing God’s Love” 7210 Brush Country, 78749 (512)892-4040 Sr. Pastor:Lynnae Sorensen Assoc. Pastor: Brad Highum Sunday Services: 8:30am and 11am Education Hour: 9:45 am (for all ages) Evensong–acontemplativeworshipgathering Sundays at 5 pm. Evensong blends chant music, scripture, silence, prayer and communion in candlelit peace. Children’s Center 892-2777 Director: Debbie Tonne Full & PT programs M-F, 7am-6pm Food Pantry- Mondays 1:30-3:30pm info@abidinglove.org www.abidinglove.org Bethany Lutheran Church “Where Jesus Meets His Friends” 3701 West Slaughter Lane (next to Bowie High School) 292-8778 email: info@blcms.org Pastor: Rev. William B. Knippa Assoc. Pastor: Rev. Kevin D. Lentz Sun. Worship Services: 8am (Trad.) 9:30 & 11:00 am (Blended Traditional & Contemporary Music) 6:00 p.m. (Contemporary Praise) Sunday School & Bible Study: 9:30am Nursery During Services Bethany Preschool, Mon & Wed program, Tues & Thur program www.blcms.org Holy Cross Lutheran Church 4622 S. Lamar 892-0516 Rev. Magdalene Holm-Roesler, Pastor Services: 10:00 am Sunday Study Hour: 9:00 am Sunday Fellowship & Coffee after services Adult and Children’s Sun. School www.hclcaustin.org You’re always welcome here.

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church 10408 Hwy 290 West (4 miles from the “Y” in Oak Hill) 512-288-2370 info@ConnectwithJesus.org www.Mt.OliveAustin.org Pastors: Paul Meyer and Ben Braun Services: 8 am traditional and 10:30 am contemporary. Education Hour: 9:15-10:15 am Preschool: 18 months to Pre-K, Preschool Phone: 512-288-2330 Full and part-time hours. Risen Savior Lutheran Church-WELS 2811 Aftonshire Way 78748 280-8282 Rev. Paul Kuehn, pastor Services: Sunday Worship— 9:30am Sunday School/Bible Classes for all ages, Sunday— 11:00am; Thursday Night Worship— 7:00 pm www.risensavioraustin.net

METHODIST Oak Hill United Methodist Church 7815 Hwy. 290 W. 78736 288-3836 Rev. Jim Roberts, Rev. Pam Sheffield, and Rev. Katy Fitzhugh Services: Sunday 8:45, 10 & 11:15am (Interpreted for the deaf at the 10 and 11:15am services) Wednesday ReCharge service 6:15pm Sunday School: 10 & 11:15am Children’s Sunday School: 8:45, 10 & 11:15am Youth group: 5pm www.oakhillumc.org open hearts, open minds, open doors! Manchaca United Methodist Church Open hearts, Open minds, Open doors! 1011 FM 1626 (SE corner of FM 1626 & Manchaca Rd) www.ManchacaUMC.org; office@ ManchacaUMC.org; 512.282.7274 Pastors: Rev. Laura Adam, Rev. Tracey Beadle Sunday Schedule: 8:30 am – Traditional Worship with Communion in the Sanctuary. 9:45 am - Sunday School; adult, youth and children. 11:00 am - Traditional Worship and Hymns in the Sanctuary. 11 am - Life on the Road - Casual Praise Service in the Family Life Center 5 pm - High School & Middle School youth programs Wednesday Worship: 6:00 am Individual Prayer and Meditation with Communion

Hope in the City 4407 Monterey Oaks Blvd, 78749 Phone; 512-892-4673 Senior Pastor: Britt Tucker Sun. Service 10:15 am www.hopeinthecity.org We value loving God, loving one another and loving Austin and the Nations. LifeAustin 8901 W Hwy 71 78735 Phone: 512-220-6383 Lead Pastor: Randy Phillips Sun. Services: 9:30 am, Celebration Service, 11:15 am Wed Services: 7 pm Life University, 7 pm Student Life LifeAustin is a Bible Church - a cosmopolitan community of healing and hope. We are all about connecting people to Christ and to each other. Unity Church of Austin 5501Hwy 290 West, 78735 (512) 892-3000 unity@unitychurchaustin.org Minister: Rev. Anna Shouse Service 11:00 pm “Our God is love,our race is human and our religion is oneness.” www.unitychurchaustin.org

ORTHODOX St. Sophia Orthodox Church 225 Rose Dr. in Dripping Springs Fr. Peter Smith, Pastor 512) 638-0721 / pcmsmith@hotmail. com (Fr. Peter’s email) www.stsophiachurch.us Services: Sundays- 8:45 a.m. Orthros (Matins) & 10:00 a.m. Divine LiturgyWednesdays- 7:00 p.m. Daily Vespers or other special services according to the season Saturdays- 5:45 pm. Ninth Hour & 6:00 pm Great Vespers and Confession Special feast day services as announced All services are in English and visitors are always welcome. The Orthodox Church is the original, historic, pre-denominational Church of the New Testament. Please join us for worship soon!

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Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church 5226 W William Cannon 78749 Pastor Larry W. Coulter; Assoc. Pastors Michael Killeen, Britta Dukes Worship Schedule: 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Austin Ridge Southwest 7416 Hwy 71 W, 78735 512-288-8000 Worship services: 9:15 and 11:00 Children’s Ministry: 9:15 and 11:00 Middle/High School 6 pm www.austinridge.org

Shepherd of the Hills Brodie Campus at the corner of Brodie Ln. & Hewitt Ln. 12420 Hewitt Lane 78748 Ted Thulin, Campus Pastor Worship Schedule: 11:00 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Web site: www.shpc.org


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Civic Agenda continued from p. 2 At the annual meeting, PEC members will be able to participate in informative and engaging activities, meet with Co-op staff, make statements to the Board and attendees, and receive reports regarding the Cooperative’s activities and initiatives. Members also will have an opportunity to cast their ballots in the 2014 PEC election and to hear election results. Doors open for member registration and election voting at 8 a.m. A variety of family-friendly activities and informational booths are scheduled to open at 8:30 a.m, with the official annual business meeting beginning at 10:30 a.m. PEC election results will be announced during the business meeting. In this year’s election, PEC members will vote on their preference of a voting system for future director elections, and also to elect directors from Board districts 2 and 3. The election system referendum was called for by the Co-op’s Board to provide PEC members the option to vote on their preference between the Co-op’s current at-large system of voting and a single-member district voting system.

Members registering at the meeting prior to 10:30 a.m. and remaining for the duration of the business meeting will have a chance to win door prizes, including: a retired PEC pickup truck; an iPad and Apple TV (combo prize), an energy-efficient smart TV; and a laptop computer and Nest thermostat (combo prize) Meeting registration and member voting close at 10:30 a.m. Complete PEC election and annual meeting information is available at www. pec.coop. Volunteer Deputy Registrar training Tues., July 1, One-hour sessions at 10:30 am, 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Travis County Tax Office, 5501 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78751. Help citizens register to vote by becoming a Volunteer Deputy Registrar. Volunteer Deputy Registrars promote voter registration most commonly at community events and within their own social networks. They distribute voter registration applications and confirm that all of the applications they provide are completed correctly. They also provide a receipt to show proof of registration and deliver applications to the Voter Registrar within 5 days

of completion. To volunteer, you must be age 18 or older and must attend a one-hour training session. During training, you will review the qualifications to become a VDR, learn how to register voters correctly and be officially sworn-in. For more information, visit www. traviscountytax.org or call (512) 854-9473. New City ordinance resource now available online A complete list of the City of Austin’s Code of Ordinances can now be found at a new, easier to remember link: austintexas.gov/citycode. In addition to ordinance information, users will also find a wide range of criteria manuals from building to transportation. Printed copies of the Austin Code and manuals are also available for purchase on the site. City launches zoning information web search tool The City of Austin Planning and Development Review Department, in collaboration with Communications and Technology Management, has launched a web search tool, the “Zoning Profile Report,” that pro-

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Austin Mayor speaks Summertime pet safety tips from ASPCA Continued from p. 3

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Leffingwell said. “Right now we have Red Line from Leander to downtown Austin. It’s very successful,” Leffingwell said. “We have 65,000 boarders a month now and the trains are jam-full. All the transits are jam-full.” Leffingwell also addressed concerns over water, saying that the city’s water shortage has been “overhyped.” Leffingwell said Austin has plenty of water reserved, due to a 1999 agreement with the Lower Colorado River Authority. “We wrote a check to the Lower Colorado River Authority for $100 million dollars and that was to reserve in the Highland Lakes a quantity of water for use by the city of Austin for fifty years,” Leffingwell said. “That amount we have reserved is for 325,000 acre feet per year. That’s about double what we have now. Right now we’re using about 150,000 acre feet per year.”

“We wrote a check to the Lower Colorado River Authority for $100 million dollars and that was to reserve in the Highland Lakes a quantity of water for use by the city of Austin for fifty years,” - Mayor Lee Leffingwell

in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.  No Parking!  Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. “On a hot day, a parked car can become a furnace in no time-even with the windows open-which could lead to fatal heat stroke,” says Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of the ASPCA Animal Hospital. Also, leaving pets unattended in cars in extreme weather is illegal in several states.  Make a Safe Splash  Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool-not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear  flotation devices  when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that could cause stomach upset.  Screen Test  “During warmer months, the ASPCA sees an increase in injured animals as a result of  High-Rise Syndrome, which occurs when pets-mostly cats-fall out of windows or doors and are seriously or

fatally injured,” says Dr. Murray. “Pet owners need to know that this is completely preventable if they take simple precautions.” Keep all unscreened windows or doors in your home closed and make sure adjustable screens are tightly secured .  Summer Style  Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog: The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals. Street Smarts  When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close the ground, your pooch’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.  Avoid Chemicals  Commonly used flea and tick products, rodenticides (mouse and rat baits), and lawn and garden insecticides can be harmful to cats and dogs if ingested, so keep them out of reach. When walking your dog, steer clear of areas that you suspect

have been sprayed with insecticides or other chemicals. Keep citronella candles, oil products and insect coils out of pets’ reach as well. Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 4264435 if you suspect your animal has ingested a poisonous substance.  Party Animals  Taking Fido to a backyard barbeque or party? Remember that the food and drink offered to guests may be poisonous to pets. Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets, as they can cause intoxication, depression and comas. Similarly, remember that the snacks enjoyed by your human friends should not be a treat for your pet; any change of diet, even for one meal, may give your dog or cat severe digestive ailments. Avoid raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and products with the sweetener xylitol. Fireworks Aren’t Very Pet-riotic  Please leave pets at home when you head out to Fourth of July celebrations, and never use fireworks around pets. Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns or trauma to curious pets, and even unused fireworks can be hazardous. Many types of fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as potassium nitrate, copper, chlorates, arsenic and other heavy metals.

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Neighbors start petition to save last green space Continued from p. 1 Lane remained unused. “There was a desire expressed for families, joggers, families with young children in strollers and dog walkers to have a place to walk without having to cross Slaughter Lane,” Scruggs said. Scruggs said the high traffic on Slaughter Lane makes pedestrian travel in the area difficult. “This is the only opportunity that neighborhood has for getting any kind of amenity. If Slaughter wasn’t as busy as it is it might not be as pressing,” Scruggs said. “But really and truly, crossing it and then walking down to the metro park—it’s just too far.” Scruggs said he believes building a new road through the neighborhood

will increase through traffic. “I feel that if you put the road in there it will encourage more people to take Slaughter to bypass the ‘Y’. We’ve had a big problem with that—so much so that Slaughter is becoming congested,” Scruggs said. “Knowing how people are, in the search to bypass the ‘Y’ to get to Mopac, they’re going to cut up that road through Circle C North to get to Deer Lane to cut all the way across to try to hit Mopac. I just don’t see any point in that.” Scruggs said the park’s design would be simple and inexpensive. “It’s designed with the environment in mind. It’s basically a trail with a few basic elements, with lots of xeriscaping plant-wise,” Scruggs said. “I don’t believe it’s going to require

a watering system at all.” Claudia Corum, a resident of Circle C North, said the neighborhood is made up of several young families who would benefit from an easily-accessible park, which would include a walking trail. “They would have this incredible park to walk to,” Corum said. “There are no other facilities at all. We have no amenities in Circle C that we can get to without a car.” Corum said the park’s trail would also provide a safer walk to school for Gorzycki students living in the Heights of Loma Vista. Corum said Circle C North residents are circulating an online petition for the park at ipetitions. com, and have racked up hundreds of comments in favor of the park

“Knowing how people are, in the search to bypass the ‘Y’ to get to Mopac, they’re going to cut up that road through Circle C North to get to Deer Lane to cut all the way across to try to hit Mopac. I just don’t see any point in that.” - Ed Scruggs, Circle C HOA member on the Circle C Facebook Page. As of press time, the petition has 803 signatures. The petition will be presented to City Council at an upcoming council meeting. “I’ve been really happy with the support we’ve gotten from the HOA,” Corum said. “They’re really behind those of us in Circle C North, and other people in Circle C are signing the petition.” Karen Hibpshman, the community manager for Circle C, said building a road would do nothing to improve traffic congestion in the area. “The HOA actually had a traffic study done and it shows that if the road was built, it doesn’t have a positive or negative impact on

the traffic,” Hibpshman said. “You would be funneling traffic down a narrower road that would end up diverting traffic through residential streets rather than going down the main arteries.” Hibpshman said the park would provide an interactive educational experience for neighborhood families. “The park that we’re proposing is very low maintenance. It’s designed a lot along the guidelines of what (Ladybird Johnson) Wildflower Center is,” Hibpshman said. “We want it to be a learning area for kids and even adults to have a better idea of the local types of plants that are in Texas, but on a much smaller scale.”

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City issues call for groups wishing to participate in annual charity campaign The City of Austin is accepting applications from qualifying federations and organizations wishing to participate in the 2014 City of Austin Combined Charities Campaign. The deadline for applying is Monday, July 14 at 5 p.m. The purpose of the City of Austin Combined Charities Campaign (COACCC) is to solicit charitable contributions from City of Austin employees. COACCC’s goal is to provide City employees the ability to have the greatest possible impact with their charitable contributions, whether supporting local, statewide, or international charities. Each year City of Austin employees pledge approximately $500,000 to charitable organizations. Key objectives of the campaign are to provide equal access to all charitable organizations that meet eligibility requirements and follow application procedures, and to give

each City employee the freedom to choose which eligible charitable organization(s) will receive his or her donation. To participate in the campaign, an organization must be one of the following: A Federation A member organization of a participating federation An organization that funds or supports a City-run or City-sponsored entity in the Austin area A City of Austin internally managed program that supplements funding for core City services, such as water and electricity, for low income customers. Services provided must consist of one of the following: Human care. Research, education, or environmental protection in the fields of human health, social adjustment,

or rehabilitation. Relief for victims of natural disasters and other emergencies. Assistance to those who are impoverished and in need of food, shelter, clothing, and other basic human welfare services. This is the first year of a threeyear application cycle for the years 20014-2016. In general, participating federations and organizations will be approved for a three-year period. On an annual basis, each participating federation or organization will be required to recertify some information. At the end of the three-year period, participating federations or organizations that are interested in participating in the 2017 campaign will be required to submit a full application. COACCC Guidelines require that an organization’s administrative percentage, as reported to the IRS, be 25 percent or less. Organizations with

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an administrative percentage greater than 25 percent are not eligible to participate in the campaign. Campaign guidelines are reviewed annually by the City and are subject to change. Organizations must comply with the guidelines in place for each year in which they participate in the campaign. The Human Resources Department will review applications for eligibility. Applicants must meet all requirements established in the guidelines. Incomplete applications will be not accepted. Applicants will

receive written notice of the status of their application no later than Thursday, July 31, 2014. Applications must be postmarked by Monday, July 14, 2014, and mailed to: Clemmie Cummins. Human Resource Department, City of Austin, P.O. Box 1088, Austin, TX 78767 Questions may be directed to Clemmie Cummins at 512-9743282 or visit www.austintexas. gov/hr.

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Fit-150 Health and Wellness Studio opens in Oak Hill Opening on June 14 near the “Y” in Oak Hill, a new health and wellness studio, Fit-150 offers a unique program designed to help individuals to lose weight and help correct metabolic imbalances. Fit-150 taps into the mind-body connection, utilizing meditation and visualization in addition to low impact exercises to help stimulate circulation, improve bone density, and reduce stress. The studio will host an open house to celebrate on Saturday, June 14. Founder Dr. Zhang will be speaking about the program from 10:30 – 11:30 am while instructors and current clients will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss the benefits. Developed by Dr. Zhang, based on his background and knowledge of modern medical science and ancient knowledge, and with on-going classes already open in Boulder, Phoenix, and Iowa City, the Austin location is the first for Texas, bringing a new approach to wellness to a city that continues to be health and fitness focused. A world class Chinese medicine doctor, Qi Gong and Tai Chi Master, Dr. Zhang has won numerous awards for his clinical and medical research work, and holds

a degree of Doctor of Acupuncture Fit-150 classes will be held Monday exercises designed to decrease To learn more about Fit-150 and and Oriental Medicine from the Or- through Saturday, with additional stress while alternately addressing see the full schedule of classes, visit: egon College of Oriental Medicine. times to be added shortly after. Each the various systems including the www.Fit-150.com. By addressing the triggers of 75-minute class will take clients lymphatic, endocrine, and circulacommon health issues like diabetes, through a series of visualization tory systems. high cholesterol and blood pressure, Fit-150 is specifically designed for individuals who have difficulty losing weight, aren’t able to take part in traditional exercise or are seeking an alternative or complimentary approach for preventative care. “Many people spend so much of their time stressed, worried and distracted, that they don’t intentionally focus their minds on improving their health,” says founder, Dr. Zhang. “The Fit-150 program aims to help find a solution to this Small: 4 x 3.625— $180 problem, encouraging preventative Deadline to schedule photos is June 17th. All photos must 4 x 5.56 $230 measures to address metabolic be taken by June 20. Issue will be published on June 26.Small: Medium: 4 x 3.625— $180 imbalances.” Deadline to schedule photos is June 17th. All photos must Medium: Large: 6 x$230 5.5— $310 4 x 5.56 Also opening in the same facility, be taken by June 20. Issue will be published on June 26. Large: 6 x 5.5— $310 1/210.25 page: 10.25 x 5.5— $460 1/2 page: x 5.5— $460 a second location of the Austin NatFull page: 10.25 x 11.5— $790 ural Healing Center will offer natural Full page: 10.25 x 11.5— $790 10% off for April/May photo shoots! healing using all-natural products and non-intrusive methods for Catch the attention of our avid readers in an up-close and personal way. Catch the attention of our avid readers in an up-close and personal way. working with chronic ailments, 7500 copies will home delivered stands. Sample ad below. 7500 copies will home deliveredand and sold sold ininstands. Sample Large Large ad below. allergies and more. The center’s first location on Bee Caves Road has been Buy Local Buy A-Tex serving patients for almost 20 years and offers an array of treatments including acupuncture, acupressure, massage, and dietary therapy.

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The Word from Oak Hill Continued from p. 5 Florida, Diane Leider, and she gave me the backstory. First, her name is Linda Carol Seres. She was 52 when she died on Jan. 7. Some people, including me, remember her being pregnant—but her sister had no knowledge of her pregnancy or any resulting baby. But she did have a family, in Texas as well as Florida. With her permission, I’ll print some of an email her sister Diane sent me. “Upon hearing of Linda’s passing our family arranged for her to be brought back to Florida to be buried with our mother,” Diane said. “It has only been in the months following her funeral that we have learned of how she lived in Austin. I was fortunate to be able to meet Linda’s friend Laura Choy and talk to her about Linda. We are so thankful to Laura for being a friend to Linda.”

Diane continued, “It has been a rough six months for my family. We also lost our oldest brother Ronny Seres and sister-in-law Vickie Seres, who died in a car accident in Pflugerville December 14, 2013. “Ronny was the only family left in Texas—since our brother Danny Seres passed in 2008—that knew how to find Linda. My nephews there weren’t exactly sure where to find her. “I just wanted you to know that Linda did have a family that loved her.” I believe you, Diane. I definitely believe you. ••• (Want your neighborhood association highlighted? Have a story you need to tell? Would you like to rat out a neighbor? If so, be sure to email me at mail@mikejasper.com and get the word out.)

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Attack of the juniper budworm by Wizzie Brown People may have noticed their Ashe juniper trees, commonly called cedar, turning brown. This most likely is being caused by juniper budworms. There was an outbreak of juniper budworm in 2002 and there was no longer term damage caused to the Ashe juniper trees. It is unknown what will happen to the trees from the current outbreak. Juniper budworms are a yellowish-green to green caterpillar with a brown head capsule. The caterpillars feed on Ashe juniper foliage and build silken tubes on the branches of the trees. The silken tubes are typically on the tips of branches and are where the insect pupates. Adult moths are a mottled brown color and blend well with the dead Ashe juniper foliage. Adults rest on the host plant during the day and do

not move unless disturbed. In rural areas, it may not be feasible to manage the juniper budworms, especially on large parcel of land. Individual landowners may choose to treat prized trees on their property. Infested branch tips can be removed by hand. Do not drop the branch tips on the ground, but instead, place them into a bag and dispose of them. If a pesticide treatment is desired, look for active ingredients such as Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki, azadirachtin (neem) or spinosad. Products will work best on smaller caterpillars. When using pesticides, read and follow all label instructions. For more information or help with identification, contact Wizzie Brown, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Program Specialist at 512.854.9600.

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