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Hunter's Chase Gazette

HUNTER'S CHASE The Official Newsletter of the Hunter's Chase HOA

August 2012 Volume 2, Issue 8

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Hunters Chase Neighborhood Watch is a community volunteer organization committed to preventing and reducing crime through active participation of residents in cooperation with local law enforcement. Hunters Chase Neighborhood Watch is about safety, crime prevention education, and the implementation of important home and personal security strategies. Hunters Chase Neighborhood Watch is about knowing our neighbors and looking out for one another. A connected community is a protected community. Basic participation is simple. First, "Do the Five": I know the neighbors who live in the houses to either side of me and in the three houses across the street. I know how to contact them in an emergency. Second, be ALERT! Alert – I know my neighbors, who their kids are, and the cars that belong on my street. Knowing who belongs in my neighborhood is the first step in knowing who doesn’t. I am aware of my surroundings when in public. Lights – I use motion detectors and lights to keep my house lit at night. Emergency – I am ready for a crisis and keep neighbor’s phone numbers handy, just in case. I am able to take care of myself, my family, and help my neighbors. Their kids know they can come to my house for help. Responsible – I call 911 or 311 as applicable for smoke, suspicious persons or vehicles. (911 for immediate danger or crime in progress, 311 after an incident but no criminal activity is present for personnel to immediately respond to. I report all crime to Austin Police.) Ask for an incident number so it can be reported to the Watch and recorded. Tidy – I keep my street and home neat. I help keep the park tidy, too. I pick up trash. Trim trees and bushes to keep a clear view of possible hiding places. Neat streets are the mark of a community Copyright © 2012 Peel, Inc.

that takes care of itself. If you see something or someone suspicious, call the police immediately at 911. You are not bothering them! Most arrests are made because someone saw something out of place and called the police. You are their eyes and ears. You know when something on our streets isn’t right. For your safety, do not confront suspicious persons yourself, but note descriptions of persons or vehicles (distinctive features and license plate numbers) and concentrate on providing police the best information you can. “Suspicious activity” can refer to events, individuals, or circumstances that seem unusual or out of place. Suspicious activity is the absence of the normal and the presence of the abnormal. Trust your instincts. Examples of suspicious activity: •Vehicles passing by numerous times, aimlessly cruising, or parked suspiciously. •“Couriers” or “delivery men” who try to open doors of homes. •Someone peering into cars or windows •Someone loitering around buildings, parks, or secluded areas •Strange odors coming from a residence or building •A high volume of traffic at a residential location on a daily basis. •Strangers in the neighborhood, especially if they are loitering with cellphones and/or backpacks. •People with flyers or handouts. They may be casing the neighborhood looking for targets. •Strangers removing license plates or loading valuables into vehicles from a residence, even if the truck looks legitimate. •A person taking a “short-cut” through a yard. •Teenagers hanging out in the neighborhood while school is in session. •Sounds of breaking glass, gunshots, screaming, or fighting. (Continued on Page 3) Hunter's Chase Gazette - August 2012


Hunter's Chase Gazette CONTACT NUMBERS & IMPORTANT INFO Hunter’s Chase Yahoo Newsgroup Hunter’s chase POA website - UTILITIES Electricity City of Austin...................................................... 494-9400 Gas Atmos Energy............................................1-888-286-6700 Emergency.................................................... 866-322-8667 Water/Wastewater (City of Austin) Emergency........................................................... 912-6000 Trash/Recycling Texas Disposal Systems ....................................... 421-1340 PROPERTY MANAGEMENT HC HOA Goodwin Management Inc. 512-502-7503 Estates of HC POA CA Managers: 512-288-2376 ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL COMMITTEE Applications are found on the intranet site at DEED ENFORCEMENT To report violations contact Sage Management sage. - Deed Documents, Download the file HCA.GOV.xx.19840530.CCRS.pdf SCHOOLS Pond Springs Elementary................................. 512-464-4200 ..................... Deerpark Middle School.................................. 512-464-6600 ........................... McNeil High School........................................ 512-464-6300 .............................. OTHER Crime Stoppers........................................... 1-800-253-STOP County Commissioner Lisa Birkman, Pct. 1 .....................733-5384 fax; 733-5380 Animal Control....................................................... 943-1389 Spicewood Springs Branch Public Library ........................ 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd 512-974-3800

HOA BOARD Darin Siefkes ( President Brian James ......................................................Vice President Michael Kuykendall..................................................Treasurer Rebekah Sheppard ....................................................Secretary Calandra Bradford .................................................... At Large To reach any one of the board members please contact Carmen Glassinger at HUNTERS CHASE POA COMMITTEES Residents interested in joining a committee should contact Darin Siefkes at 1. Neighborhood Watch - will assist with implementing a neighborhood watch program 2. Amenities (Pool, Park & Tennis) - will be responsible for maintenance and improvement suggestions to the Board 3. Events - responsible for determining which neighborhood events to plan and carrying out the planning and execution of the events (Neighborhood garage sale, Christmas caroling, potlucks, etc)

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ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS Interested in submitting an article? You can do so by emailing or by going to http://www. All news must be received by the 9th of the month prior to the issue. So if you are involved with a school group, scouts, sports etc – please submit your articles for The Subdivision Name. Personal news for the Stork Report, Teenage Job Seekers, special celebrations and military service are also welcome.


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Hunter's Chase Gazette Neighborhood Watch... - (Continued from Cover Page) IMPORTANT DETAILS WHEN REPORTING SUSPICIOUS:

Persons • Sex - (Male, Female) • Race - (White, Black, Asian, Hispanic, etc.) • Age • Height and Weight • Hair Color and Style • Complexion - Skin tone, imperfections • Distinguishing marks - scars, tatoos, facial hair, glasses • General appearance - Dirty, well-groomed • Clothing - Color, style, shoes, jewelry Vehicles • Make - (Ford, Chevrolet, Honda) • Model - (Escort, Impala, Pickup) • Color • Year (newer, older) • License plate number and state • Bumper Stickers, damage, lettering • Direction of Travel • Occupants ("one male and one female about high school age”) One reliable method to consistently make good suspect descriptions is to start at the head and work down. Ex: “He was a white male with blond hair and a goatee, wearing a brown shirt, blue jeans, and sneakers.” When reporting the location of suspicious activity, provide the exact address if possible, cross streets or closest major intersection. Provide landmarks that can be recognized by law enforcement or first responders. LOCK YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS!

36% of Region II residential burglaries in the first quarter of 2012 were committed without forced entry. Austin Police Region II District Representatives can provide onsite security surveys of your home to help make it less attractive to criminals and harder to get into. Give them a call at (512) 974-5598.

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Hunter's Chase Gazette Architectural Control Committee (ACC) Applications and the Covenants and Restrictions (CCRS) documents are found on the intranet site at http://hca. The ACC application must be approved before project work begins. The ACC has up to 30 days to respond to applications. So plan ahead and get those applications in early. In some cases, you will also need a building permit from the City of Austin. If you have questions, we suggest that you contact Goodwin Management via http:// In addition to the covenants and restrictions there may also be City of Austin Regulations from City Ordinances that apply, a handy link listing the ordinances most likely to impact residents of newly annexed areas can be found here. annexation/city_regs.htm

IRS Letters or Notices & Eight Facts to Know Submitted by Tim Hald CPA The IRS sends millions of letters and notices to taxpayers for a variety of reasons. Many of these letters and notices can be dealt with simply, without having to call or visit an IRS office. Before you panic consider these eight things to know and then call me Tim Hald CPA 512-363-5738. Here are eight things to know about IRS notices & letters • 1. There are a number of reasons why the IRS might send you a notice. Notices may request payment, notify you of account changes, or request additional information. A notice normally covers a very specific issue about your account or tax return. • 2. Each letter and notice offers specific instructions on what action you need to take. • 3. If you receive a correction notice, you should review the correspondence and compare it with the information on your return. • 4. If you agree with the correction to your account, then usually no reply is necessary unless a payment is due or the notice directs otherwise. • 5. If you do not agree with the correction the IRS made, it is important to respond as requested. If you need help then you must call me immediately because these letters and notices are time sensitive. Together we can send a written explanation of why you disagree and include any documents and information you want the IRS to consider along with the bottom tear-off portion of the notice. Mail the information to the IRS address shown in the upper left of the notice. Allow at least 30 days for a response. The IRS prepares the TAXES WITH THE WORST OUTCOME - CONFIRM THE TAX CALCULATIONS! You might be overpaying… • 6. Most correspondence can be handled without calling or visiting an IRS office. However, if you have questions, call the telephone number in the upper right of the notice. Have a copy of your tax return and the correspondence available when you call to help the IRS respond to your inquiry. If the letter totally confuses you let me help you. • 7. It’s important to keep copies of any correspondence with your records. • 8. IRS notices and letters are sent by mail. The IRS does not correspond by email about taxpayer accounts or tax returns. We work with the IRS throughout the year. If you have any questions or concerns let us help you. This is what we do. MAXIMIZE PROFITS, minimize taxes…

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The challenge is to fill every row across, every column down, and every 3x3 box with the digits 1 through 9. Each 1 through 9 digit must appear only once in each row across, each column down, and each 3x3 box.


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Hunter's Chase Gazette Immunizations: Not Just for Kids By: Concentra Urgent Care

Although most toddlers in the United States have received all recommended vaccines, many adults and adolescents have not. These missed vaccinations increase their risk for infection, hospitalization, death, and disease spread, and they contribute to the estimated $10 billion that is spent annually on vaccine preventable diseases in the United States. Evidence shows that currently approved vaccines are safe and effective. However, coverage rates for persons of all ages vary nationwide. Reasons cited include lack of health insurance, unfamiliarity with vaccine recommendations, limited access at physicians’ offices, or the perceived cost of vaccines. What you need to know is that obtaining recommended vaccines in a timely manner can prevent disease. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends the immunization schedule to the right for generally healthy adults and adolescents. For more information about immunizations and where to get them, contact your health care provider, your Concentra health specialist, or visit the CDC’s Web Site at: *Specific recommendations for individuals may vary depending on age, prior immunization history and the presence of other existing conditions; please see the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Web site at: http://www.


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Influenza: Yearly, especially if at risk Meningococcal: One dose, age 11-12 or 13-18 if not previously immunized Tetanus-Diphtheria/Tetanus One dose, age 11-12, then booster Diphtheria-Pertussis: every 10 years Human Papilloma Virus Three doses, age 11-26 (females only): Measles - Mumps - Rubella: If born after 1956, one or two doses if never immunized up to age 65 Pneumococcal: One dose, at or after age 65 Varicella (chicken pox): Two doses if no prior infection orimmunization received Zoster (shingles): One dose, at or after age 60

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Gratitude is the key Unlocking The Doors To Treasures In Our Children By Sugandha Jain

Gratitude is an instant mood converter. Gratefulness is the knife that melds impatience to patience, fear to love and anxiety to peace. Enveloped by the clouds of thankfulness, we can soar high in the air of optimism. Our aura is immediately cleansed when we fill our thoughts with praise. Relationships glow under the varnish of a positive expression in mutual affection. We only have to look around us to realize how blessed we are. Being mindful of the generosity of people, beauty in our surroundings and the uniqueness of our own spirits can help us appreciate our fortunate existence. Opening ourselves to receiving divine grace that is already a part of our lives makes us acknowledge our own sacredness. We appreciate our oneness with the universe and what we feel as a result, is gratitude on being a part of the whole. We feel love, we feel complete.

Modeling gratefulness with our families can help children open their hearts to the love and light in everything they do. Daily writing in their Gratitude Journal can gradually shift children's consciousness to a higher dimension. Constantly reminding children to see the lessons presented by events instead of sulking on challenges can be an exercise in life-long learning. When we encourage children to make choices, evaluate them and re-choose options that help them feel grateful, we show them how to be free. Together, we find that our interactions with each other have always been complete; the missing link in the puzzle in seeking out and seeding in the Om of smile- the symbol of thankfulness. Sugandha Jain is a Master Registered Texas Trainer and Director of Accreditation at a local preschool.

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