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Pemberton Heights Neighborhood Newcomers Lunch

Welcome to all the new neighbors in the Pemberton Heights area! The neighborhood lunch is quite a success! Won't you please join us? On April 11th, among other topics, Laura Bennet and Sabrina Brown will be there to discuss improvements to the neighborhood triangles. WHERE AND WHEN: The date will be the second Wednesday of each month. At 11:45 at Russell’s at Kerby Lane. COST: Each attendee will pay for their own meal by separate check. CONTACT: Betty Trent at betty@austinarchplus.com if you would be interested in attending or just look for us at the table with a sign.

Permanent Financial Endowment Established for Pease Park The Pease Park Conservancy has been hard at work now for four years trying to bring this special place in our neighborhood back from the brink. It has achieved a lot in that time, including 462 new shade trees, an automated irrigation system, a repaired Tudor cottage and restored retaining walls, entrance arches and picnic tables. But, it recently reached perhaps its most significant and long lasting milestone with the establishment of a permanent financial endowment for the park with the Austin Community Foundation. Austin philanthropist Bill Dickson made the endowment a reality with a generous $50,000 donation payable over the next five years. No funds can be withdrawn from the endowment until it reaches $100,000 and then five percent of the funds on hand will be available to the Conservancy for park maintenance and improvements that the Austin Parks and Recreation Department cannot afford. This special valentine to Austin was kicked off in a press conference at Pease on February 14, 2012 featuring special heart shaped cupcakes from "Hey Cupcake," balloons and attended by a large crowd of neighbors, friends and well wishers. Jill Nokes, past president of the Austin Parks Foundation, made the announcement of the endowment and City Councilpersons Chris (Continued on Page 6)

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EVENTS CALENDAR APRIL 12: Movies in the Park sponsored by the Austin Parks Foundation returns with “Midnight in Paris “, at Republic Park downtown. This is a terrific movie that blends art, history, romance and differing views on life. More info about this and other showings at http://austinparks.org/ moviesinthepark.html. Dogs, picnics, and lawn chairs are welcome. Alcoholic beverages, glass and styrofoam are not permitted in the park. APRIL 14: The Senior Center at Lamar and 29th offers a variety of activities over the year. The Acoustical Café , a live music venue in a smoke free environment. April will feature Matt Harlan and Stephanie Fix. Tickets are $12 on line or $15 at the door. The center also provides health fairs ( Save the Date – May 16) and other activities including bridge groups, dances, classes trips, access to discounts and tax assistance thru April. http://malford.ci.austin.tx.us/sites/default/files/ files/Parks/Senior_Activity_Centers/sac_newsletter.pdf or call 474 5921 for more information. APRIL 22: Camp Mabry Open House and Air Show including Muster Day. FREE! Activities will include a helicopter demo, WWII battle reenactment, 5K run, weapons displays, a living history camp, and food vendors. All Austinites are invited. Visitors may walk or drive onto the grounds. Drivers will need to provide a driver’s license and walkers will need a photo ID to enter the base. Children must be accompanied by an adult, but do not need an ID. APRIL 13-15 Burnet Bluebonnet Festival APRIL 14-15 Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival APRIL 26 Umlauf Garden Party www.umlaufsculpture.org APRIL 28-29 Georgetown Red Poppy Festival JUNE 3: Save the Date for the Austin Cool Home Tour.

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Traffic & Utilities, MoPAC Improvements, Zoning and Permits, Governmental Liaison

President Fred Robinson...........................pres@pembertonheights.org

SECURITY COMMITTEE

Security Issues and Reporting, Patrol Officers, Fund Raising, Block Captains

Vice President Jeff Minch......................................... jminch@littlefield.com

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE Web Site, Neighborhood Alerts, Pemberton Journal

Vice President Jeff Minch......................................... jminch@littlefield.com

NEXTDOOR Website set up for PHNA Just a reminder that Bob Wesson and Carla Hatler invite everyone in the neighborhood to join Nextdoor Pemberton Heights, a private website for Pemberton Heights residents that helps neighbors connect with each other to build a stronger neighborhood. Over 85 neighbors have joined so far. The website provides a social network to exchange referrals and information on neighborhood activities. https://phna.nextdoor.com/choose_ address/?i=fe634ff1f26bbdda2585 Once you put in your address to confirm you are a neighbor, the site will ask for any information you wish to share. After that, you can exchange information, post requests for referrals, post an item for sale or schedule an event.

ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE

Bylaws, Meeting Agenda and Minutes, Membership, Insurance, Elections

Secretary Laura Sharp.........................................laura@sharpfirm.com

FINANCE COMMITTEE

Accounting, Financial Statements, Cash Management, Dues

Treasurer Polly Swain..................................... bapswain@sbcglobal.net

SOCIAL COMMITTEE

Neighborhood Social Events, Triangle Fundraising and Improvements

At-Large Carl Williams................................. carl.reunion@yahoo.com

NEWSLETTER INFO NEWSLETTER EDITOR

Editor, Betty Trent............... betty@austinarchplus.com Fax...................................................................... 478-0920

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The Pemberton Journal BEST OF AUSTIN Most of us in Pemberton know that Austin is a great place to live. Whenever I travel and identify myself as from Austin, people invariably say that they visited and thought it was a great place or have heard great things about Austin. Last month some smart folks at Austin Monthly Magazine compiled the extensive list below to show us how the rest of America sees Austin. #1 Boomtown in America - Forbes #1 City for Starting Over - thedailybeast.com #1 Place to Live in the US - relocateamerica.com #1 City for Young Adults Starting Careers - American City Business Journal #1 Best Golf City in America - golf.com #1 Funniest City - thedailybeast.com #1 City in the US for Job Growth - gracytitle.com #2 Best City for Families - Parenting #2 Market to Watch in 2012 - Urban Land Institute #2 Best Place for Dating in US - vavoom.com #2 City for Young Latino Americans to Live, Work, Play - Mun2 #2 IT Startup Hotspot - PayScale Inc. #3 Best Airport in America - Airports Council International #4 Best City for Single Women - CBS MoneyWatch #4 Best Job Market - Forbes #4 Best City for College Grads - thedailybeast.com #5 US City with the Healthiest Employment Outlook - Manpower Employment Outlook Survey #5 Place with Good Jobs and Cheap Housing - investopedia.com #5 America City for iPad Hotspots - Men's Health #5 Most Moved to City in US - U-Haul #7 Best Place for Business - Forbes #8 Most Socially Networked City - Men's Health #8 Best Beer City - Travel + Leisure #10 Greenest US City - Mother Nature Network #10 Social Media College: University of Texas - studentadvisor.com

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The Pemberton Journal PHNA 2012 Balance Sheet

As of 2/29/2012 (Cash Basis) ASSETS________________________________________

NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE

Cash and Bank Accounts

PHNA OPERATIONS ACCOUNT_____________________ Bank Charges................................................................ $ Carriage Rides........................................................ 80.00 Dues Expense......................................................... 35.00 Election 2011...................................................... -145.99 Gail’s Triangle.................................................... 8,925.00 Insurance............................................................ -709.00 Membership Dues................................................. -50.00 Miscellaneous........................................................ -24.00 Postal Expenses..................................................... -31.00 Transfer............................................................. 1,847.00 Balance Forward............................................... 13,586.89

TOTAL PHNA OPERATIONS ACCOUNT... $23,283.90

PHNA PAYPAL ACCOUNT___________________________ Bank Charges..................................................... $ -69.34 Dues Paid Thru 2012 Election............................. 260.00 Transfer.............................................................. 5,822.00 Balance Forward................................................ 6,153.84

TOTAL PHNA PAYPAL ACCOUNT.................. $522.50

PHNA SAVINGS ACCOUNT Interest Income..................................................... $ 0.33 Withholding Tax..................................................... -0.08 Balance Forward................................................ 2,003.07

TOTAL PHNA SAVINGS ACCOUNT........... $ 2,003.20

PHNA SECURITY ACCOUNT________________________ Bank Charges.........................................................$-3.00 Security Donation.............................................. 1,250.00 Security Patrol.................................................. -4,567.50 Transfer............................................................. 3,975.00 Balance Forward............................................... 29,057.59

TOTAL PHNA SECURITY ACCOUNT........ $29,712.09

PHNA TRIANGLES FUND @ KAB____________________ Balance Forward............................................... 19,943.50 TOTAL PHNA TRIANGLES FUND @ KAB.$19,943.50 TOTAL Cash and Bank Accounts.................. $75,465.31 TOTAL ASSETS.............................................. 75,465.31 LIABILITIES & EQUITY_________________________ LIABILITIES EQUITY........................................................ $75,465.31 TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY................ $75465.31

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Progress at Pease Park! - (Continued from cover) Riley and Laura Morrison symbolically accepted the gift on behalf of the City. Ms. Nokes emphasized that the "sustainability" of park improvements is the key to the long-term health of Pease Park. As the endowment grows, it will act as a "safety net" under the park to insulate it from the City budget problems and economic downturns. This will help Pease avoid the typical pattern of renewal, slow decline and subsequent renewal seen in so many public spaces over time. In this regard the endowment follows the example of the Central Park Conservancy in New York City in trying to ensure that all of its hard won progress in beautification, amenities and improvements last. You too can be a part of the endowment! Plant the seeds of your legacy in Pease Park by including the endowment in your annual giving and including it in your estate planning. Governor and Mrs. Pease had remarkable foresight and vision to create a great park in the center of Austin in 1875. You can exhibit similar foresight today and ensure that Pease's beauty is enjoyed by future generations of Austinites. Just send your check payable to "Pease Park Endowment" to the Austin Community Foundation, 4315 Guadalupe Street, Austin, Texas, 78751. If you have questions, you can contact the Austin Community Foundation at 472-4483 or the Pease Park Conservancy at 925-5306. You can also donate to the Peace Park Endowment online at www.austincf.org. Donations for the ongoing operations of the Conservancy can be mailed to Pease Park Conservancy, P.O. Box 50065, Austin, Texas, 78763 or made online at www.peasepark.org.

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The Pemberton Journal IT’S SPRING!

COYOTES, FAWNS, BIRDS AND BABIES ARE IN THE NEWS

Betty Trent, AIA Coyotes have been seen in Pemberton in recent years and are no Explain to your children that the fawns and baby birds are not longer a rare sight. Deer have become more numerous in Austin abandoned. Teach them that they should stay away from the babies and have even been seen in Tarrytown and on because the mother is nearby, she will take MOPAC. With the Shoal Creek hike and bike care of the baby, and the baby’s best chance trail providing cover, it is possible deer could of survival depends on its being left alone. begin to migrate into the Pemberton area, Unless the baby is obviously cold, injured this year or next. Neighbors should know that or in an unsafe area, it should be left alone. spring brings several concerns with the local If you think the baby is in danger, call Austin wildlife population. Wildlife Rescue at 472-9453 (472-WILD). Most coyote pups and deer fawns are born in AWR rehabilitates and releases orphaned, May and June in central Texas, but they start to sick or injured animals. appear as soon as late April. This is also the time Walk your dogs on a leash. Coyotes have for birds to be nesting and eggs to be hatching. been known to attack small dogs when they Coyotes will be hunting for prey for their new are off-leash. Fawns also draw the attention pups and the neighborhood cats and small dogs are a likely target. of curious dogs. Walk your dogs on a leash. Standard leashes are Dog owners may believe a fence will protect their pets, and cat owners better than retractable leashes at this time of year. Off-leash and may believe their cats can scamper up a tree to get away from the unrestrained dogs are a primary cause of fawns being separated danger, but coyotes have been known to jump a 6 foot fence and from their mothers. Consider carrying a rock, a whistle or other attack a cat right in front of the owner. Studies have shown that over noise device when walking to scare off a coyote if you see one. Call 40% of the diet of urban coyotes can be made up of neighborhood 311 about any coyote sighting. pets and feral cats. To avoid encouraging coyotes, do not leave pet food outside. Spring also brings the possibility of finding “an orphan fawn”. Consider keeping your cats and small dogs inside unless you are For the first three to four weeks of their lives, fawns are too small with them. Also: Secure garbage cans and compost piles, Keep a to follow their mothers, and it is normal for a doe to leave a fawn clean yard. Clean your grill after use and don’t allow bird seed to alone for several hours at a time. If you find a fawn, leave it alone, fall on the ground, eliminate cover for coyotes by trimming lower do not move it, or try to rescue it. Most fawns are not orphaned limbs from shrubs and trees. Check your yard for hidden, sheltered or abandoned. areas that would make a protected den, board up any holes larger Baby animals naturally draw the attention of curious children. than 4” in diameter.

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The Pemberton Journal Pemberton Heights Neighborhood Association Minutes from Board of Directors Meeting March 6, 2012, 2:00 pm

The meeting was held at 2501 North Lamar, Austin, Texas. In attendance were the following board members: • Laura Sharp • Polly Swain • Jeff Minch • Carl Williams • Fred Robinson PHNA members present were as follows: • Sabrina Brown • Laura Bennett A copy of the agenda is attached as Ex. A. (Available from Laura Sharp laura@sharpfirm.com) The meeting was called to order by Fred Robinson. Laura Bennett updated the board on the progress of the Gail Morris Triangle. The project is ready, there is a plan for the landscaping, there are funds for the plan and a 2 ½ year maintenance agreement has been negotiated. The remaining item to be done is the water pipe and tap that the City will be providing when the work begins on the water pipes in 2013. The project will have to wait for that so that there is water to the triangle. Sabrina Brown updated the board on the other proposed triangle projects and the new coordinator with the Keep Austin Beautiful (KAB) program and the City of Austin. The board requested additional information regarding status of future contributions to the KAB and approval from the city for the additional triangles. Once all of the information has been obtained the board will propose prioritizing the triangles for funding and planning. The board discussed plans to create policies to provide guidance to the board, committees and volunteers. There was a unanimous sense that the association should proceed with the development of policies to efficiently and consistently run the organization. Laura Sharp and her administrative committee will prepare proposed policies for funds management, records review process, payment of dues and the elections process. The proposed policies will be placed on the agenda for the next board meeting. The board discussed that the dues structure is for a calendar year, no matter when paid, therefore the board will be posting on the website and on the Listserv a notice for payment of 2012 dues. Jeff Minch will be working on the communication committee’s policy for the Listserv based on the responses to the survey. The board then discussed insurance. Laura Sharp reported that she had reviewed the current policies and discussed them with the current agent/firm and a different agent/firm with experience in homeowner associations and with security issues. Larua reported that it appears that the current policies are adequate and both agents suggested that no changes need to be currently made. At the renewal time, the board will consider obtaining other quotes. Laura additionally reported that she investigated and found that there was no known insurance

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that would insure the association, its members or any participants if there was a passive neighborhood watch instituted. Polly Swain will investigate tax reporting issues for 2012, what the association is responsible for filing and will report back to the board. Fred Robinson reported on the Governmental Affairs Committee meeting. There was a discussion about what role the association should have in zoning and variance requests. It was the feeling of the committee and the board that the association should generally take no position on either of these unless there appeared to be broad application to the neighborhood as a whole, such as zoning from residential to business. Fred Robinson proposed that the board consider making one officer the official spokesperson and representative with authority to speak for the PHNA in all matters where a liaison has not otherwise been appointed by the board to represent PHNA. Jeff Minch nominated Fred Robinson to be that authoritative spokesperson. Polly Swain seconded and the vote was unanimous. Any persons that attend meetings to speak for or against an issue will need to do that as an individual unless the board authorizes Fred Robinson to take a position. Laura Sharp reported on the WANG board meeting that she attended as liaison from PHNA. Camp Mabry sent a representative, David Madden, to discuss the upcoming American Heroes Celebration that will be held April 21-22. It is expected to draw 20,000 people and will include reenactments, helicopter maneuvers, some loud booms and a fun run. Mr. Madden also wanted the public to know that Camp Mabry is open to the public to use the track, explore its hiking trails, bring dogs on leashes (new), and picnic. There is fishing allowed with a $5 fee on a catch-and-release basis. Camp Mabry has taken measures recently to reduce the possibility of fire by clearing out the brush and dead wood. People need a drivers license to drive through the 35th Street entrance. They discourage bicycles as the roads are narrow and not bike friendly. WANG remains committed to weighing in on variance and zoning change requests, being proactive with the neighborhood planning that is underway and saving Muny. Jeff Minch reported that the security program is doing well, and although there have been some car break-ins and difficult sales persons, otherwise things are fairly calm. He will be preparing to request funds for the security program starting in the next month to keep the program financially on track. There being no further business, a motion to adjourn by Jeff Minch was seconded by Polly Swain and all members agreed. Meeting was adjourned. Submitted, Laura Sharp, Secretary to the PHNA Board of Directors

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