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Cherry Creek View

December 2011 Volume 7, Number 12

We had a FANGtastic time during Halloween in our Cherry Creek neighborhood! There were lots of little boys and ghouls going from house to spooky house looking for devil’s food! There were hoards of wonderfully decorated haunted houses in our neighborhood, and many of our neighbors voted for their favorite scary yard! The winner of this year’s “Most Spooktacular Yard Award” goes to 3303 Silkgrass Bend—their frightening graveyard with skeletons, zombies and creepy-crawlies made many young goblins run to their mummies! The names on the tombstones were especially clever and creepy. The lucky winners will receive a gift card from the Texenza coffee house. They will be able to drink loads of caffeinated beverages which will help them stay up all night haunting their supernatural and super-creative graveyard! Honorable mention goes to 3217 Silk Oak Drive with another bone-chilling graveyard and lots of ghostly lights. Also, 9309 Lightwood Loop put up a terrifically terrifying inflatable skeleton playing the organ and accompanied by hoards of ghosts in their haunted woods. I would love to hear the eerie cacophonous music that band of spooks would play! We really appreciate all of the frightening and fantastic Halloween decorations which make our neighborhood fun and inviting – we see that people really got into the spirit of things. Fangs so much to all the voters who showed their appreciation for the devilish decorations to die for! Keep your eyes peeled (mummies, keep the rest of your bodies wrapped!) for the ballot for the Winter Holiday decoration contest.

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Merry Christmas to our Neighbors

We hope everyone has enjoyed the arrival of fall with the cooler weather and recently, even some rain! Our thanks to everyone who participated in the Halloween Spooktacular for making the effort to join in with their neighbors and create some fun for the little folks who like to trick or treat. I know I certainly enjoyed hearing “The Monster Mash” on Halloween night in Silk Oak Cove! It is also excellent to see so many folks starting to string up their lights and getting ready to decorate for Christmas ! It adds a special sparkle to our enjoyment of the season and really shows off Cherry Creek on Brodie in a wonderful way. Be sure to check further along in the newsletter for a ballot so you and your families can vote for your favorites. Make sure your ballots are in the mailbox on the marquee in the front park by 5 o’clock pm on December 20th. Also, please keep watch when checking your mail around the middle of the month for a flyer and information on our 2012 Membership Drive. As most folks are aware, our $60 annual dues enable the board to maintain the landscaping, sprinkler system, monuments and marquee at the entrance to the subdivision and in the front park, as well as to underwrite family social events during each year. We always appreciate your willingness to join us in our efforts to keep CCoBL a well maintained, safe and welcoming environment for our families and friends. 2011 will be remembered as The Year of the First Annual Halloween Spooktacular ! Our thanks to some of the newest members of our board of directors, including Valerie Learman and Beth Bernstein, and others who are spend most of their volunteer time working on our ever popular Yard of the Month program. Our thanks also to Bonny Edwards who is managing the www. cherrycreekonbrodie.org website. Everyone please check it out on the web and get yourself a login, so you can participate on-line. This should be a good tool to help keep neighbors informed about upcoming events and ongoing activities in the neighborhood. Merry Christmas to All. Sincerely, Barbara Statum for the Board Cherry Creek on Brodie Lane Association Newsletter - December 2011 1


Cherry Creek View Association Info Cherry Creek on Brodie Lane Neighborhood Association Barbara Statum, President Carmen Martin, Secretary Carla Trautwein, Vice-President Ed Neuhaus, Treasurer http://www.cherrycreekonbrodie.org board@cherrycreekonbrodie.org

We invite you to join our neighborhood association. Annual dues are $60. (See application form: CCoBLNA- it's your neighborhood.) Please mail your dues to: Barbara Statum, President CCoBLNA PO Box 150127 Austin, Texas 78715-0127 Our address for other correspondence: CCoBLNA PO Box 150127 Austin, Texas 78715-0127 We also have a drop-box attached to our entrance marquee. This is not a US Mail box, so please don’t put your utility bill, checks, etc in it. The drop-box is intended to promote feedback to the neighborhood association, and board members check it regularly. Be sure to raise the red flag.

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Cherry Creek View Neighborhood School News Be a part in knowing about and supporting your neighborhood schools. Even if you don’t have a student you can be a PTA community member. By joining the PTA you are helping support the school, teachers, and students. PTA membership is $8.00 at Cowan and Covington, $15.50 at Bowie. Other easy ways of supporting you neighborhood schools is shopping. • Office Depot - ask the cashier to donate 5% of you purchases. • Randalls - sign up to have 1% of your purchases donated. • Target - with your Target card 1% of your purchases is donated. Cowan Elementary 2817 Kentish Drive, Austin, TX 78748 • Cowan School Day / 7:45-2:45 • November 23-25 - Student Holiday / Thanksgiving • December 21-January 4 - Student Holiday / Christmas Break

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Cherry Creek View Neighborhood School News - (Continued from Page 4) Congratulations to the James Bowie Outdoor Performing Ensemble for it’s first place finish in 4A competition along with Best in Music, Best General Effect and Best Visual in prelims performance at Bands of America Super Regional in Atlanta.  Bowie also earned 2nd place in finals and the Music caption, finishing just behind Tarpon Springs.  Congratulations to the James Bowie Outdoor Performing Ensemble for earning a division 1 title at the Region 18 UIL Marching Contest. Congratulations to the James Bowie Outdoor Performing Ensemble for it’s first place win at the 35th Annual Westlake Marching Festival. Bowie earned best Auxillary, Marching and Music captions at the Westlake Marching Festival. This was Bowie’s 17th year of attending the festival. Congratulations to the James Bowie Outdoor Performing Ensemble for it’s first place finish in Prelims and Finals at Bands of America Regional in Arlington, TX Oct 1st. Bowie earned best Music and best General Effect in Prelims and in Finals earned best Music and tied with L.D. Bell for General Effect.

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CCoBLNA 2011 Christmas Lights & Decorations Contest Let’s get ready to celebrate Christmas in the neighborhood! Please have your decorations up and running so your neighbors can enjoy your lights throughout the season and then select their favorites. Complete your ballots and place them in the mail box by the Marquee in the front park by December 20th at 5:00 o’clock p.m. The ballots will then be tallied and the winners’ addresses posted on the marquee and on the www. cherrycreekonbrodie.org website. Thank you to everyone for their participation in this annual event!

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CCoBLNA – 2012 CCoBLNA – it’s your DRIVE neighborhood MEMBERSHIP Make your check payable to CCoBLNA – $60 for the 2012 calendar year – & mail to:

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Cherry Creek View “It’s A Grand Old Flag” Did you notice the Flags flanking either side of the front entrance and all around the neighborhood? These were provided by the Bowie High School Band. The Bowie Band fundraiser drive is in July for flag subscriptions however you still can sign up for this great service. For a $40 donation to the band a flag is planted in your front yard at dawn and harvested at dusk. The band booster committee members will put a flag holder in your front yard then post and remove the flag on 7 holidays during the year. Although they are not officially offering subscriptions right now you can contact a band member in the neighborhood or any band member you know that you would like to receive credit for this wonderful service. If you do not know a band member just drop a note at the front entrance and we will send you the information you need.

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Cherry Creek View Watering Your Foundation

Watering your foundation in dry months is something you should do no matter where in the country you live. In the City of Austin we find that to be very true. The pockets of clay found around the city really do a number on foundations. Keep that clay moist will help keep your foundation exactly where it was built. Many people don’t realize that soil expands when it gets wet. Some soils more than others, but adding water to any soil makes it expand. When the weather is dry like it is in Austin the soil tends to deflate. Allowing for homes and building to drop in elevation. This is why watering your foundation is so important. Things to remember about watering your foundation More is not always better. Too much water on one side of the house could cause problems. Watering your foundation is all about equal amounts all around the house. I typically start on the side of the house that has my AC condenser. Most people don’t realize that the AC unit puts out about 5 gallons of water a day. This area is going to be well watered. That is why I start with that side. Matching the moisture level all the way around the house keeps me on the level.

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Austin Stage 2 Water Restrictions Yikes.. Austin is in Stage 2 Water Restrictions. Today, Oct 6, 2011, the Austin360 posted all the particulars. In case you missed the article, here you go. First off, these restrictions are in effect NOW. One day Watering only! • Automatic irrigation systems before 10:00a.m. • Hose end sprinklers and soakers before 10a.m. and after 7:00p.m. • One day Watering Schedule • R e s i d e n t i a l – o d d A u s t i n a d d r e s s e s – S a t u r d a y Residential – even Austin addresses – Sunday • Commercial, Multi-Family – odd addresses – Tuesday Commercial, Multi-Family – even addresses – Friday The city of Austin is asking us to self police by reporting violations to 3-1-1. The following restrictions are also included in the Stage 2 Water restrictions: • Residential car washing only on your designated day and time according to your address. • NO charity washes. • No washing driveways, sidewalks, parking areas.. or other paved areas unless to alleviate health or safety hazards. • Golf fairways are limited to designated days/times. • Water is not to be served at our local restaurants unless requested. • No outdoor fountains except to provide for aeration for aquatic life. • No automatic fill valves for ponds and pools. You can get more info at WaterWiseAustin.org. In fact we strongly suggest you go to their website and read the regulations in case we reported any inaccuracies.. And by the way.. violating the Austin Water Restrictions is a class C misdemeanor that carries a fine of $475. But, hey.. how about we adhere to the rules just because we want to be good stewards of the land?

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Cherry Creek View Keeping Children Safe on Holiday Road Trips As millions of families prepare for their annual holiday road trips, Texans In Motion at Scott & White Healthcare would like to encourage parents and caregivers to keep safety in mind as they travel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that three out of four car seats are improperly installed. FOLLOWING ARE SOME TIPS TO ENSURE THAT YOUR CHILD IS RIDING SAFE:

• ALWAYS Buckle Up no matter if the trip is long or just a quick ride into town. • Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12. • The best car seat is the one that fits your child, vehicle and budget. • Read car seat and vehicle instruction manuals to ensure proper installation.

• Safety seats should move no more than 1” from the car seat’s belt path. • Harnesses should be snug with the retainer clip at chest level. • Booster seats are highly recommended for fourth to seventh graders who are under 4’9 tall and may not fit the adult seat belt. Keeping these simple tips in mind may not reduce backseat sibling squabbles, but will help increase peace of mind when it comes to your child’s safety. Texans In Motion is an injury prevention program sponsored by the Trauma Center at Scott & White Healthcare, in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation.  The program serves 11 Central Texas counties and focuses on child passenger safety.  Our mission is to increase child passenger safety restraint

use and reduce the number of deaths and injuries to children in motor vehicle crashes through educational programs, activities and check-up events. Staff is certified under part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Standardized Child Passenger Safety Training Program. All services provided by Texans In Motion at Scott & White Healthcare are FREE.  For more information about car seats or to find a car seat inspection event in your area, please contact Texans In Motion at Scott & White Healthcare at 512-336-3423 or 512509-0200 or visit sw.org.  

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