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The Pemberton Journal

The Pemberton Journal O fficial Publication

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Pemberton Heights Neighborhood Association

March 2014, Vol V, I ssue III

PEMBERTON PROFILE: DAVID KIRK

Criminologist Offers Safety Tips

By Jane Hayman David Kirk and his family moved to Westover Road in 2009 after he accepted a faculty position in the Sociology department at UT. A specialist in the impact of neighborhood conditions on crime, education, and other behaviors, he says he looked for three main qualities in choosing an area to raise his family: Good schools, proximity to work, and a community park. “Ally and I moved to Austin just two months after our twin sons were born. We knew we wanted to raise our children in proximity to family, and Austin offered that proximity along with a great professional opportunity (Dave’s mother lives in Austin, and Ally is originally from New Orleans). For a few months we rented a furnished house on Westover, followed by another short-term rental just north of the University. We knew then we wanted to buy in Pemberton and when the right house came on the market we settled in. We love it here and once the Hartford triangle playground is developed, all three of my criteria will be met.” Although he was raised in Dallas and Austin, Dave spent most of his adult life outside of Texas. Upon graduation from Lake Travis High he headed to college at Vanderbilt. From there he went on to work as a management consultant focusing on both the private as well as the public sectors. He left consulting for the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. It was in Washington where Dave met Ally, who, coincidently, had also attended Vanderbilt. (They were only a year apart at college, but their paths had not crossed.) At the time, Ally was working as an International Security Specialist at the U.S. State Department. As Dave’s interest in urban policy and social problems deepened, he decided to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. “Studying in Chicago was like being in a social laboratory. The urban environment was changing drastically, and innovative school reforms were being tried, with many succeeding. My dissertation examined the effects of neighborhood and school conditions on youth behavior, so Chicago was a perfect place to be.” The couple married in 2005. They have twin sons, age 4 (Colin and Finley), and another son, Gavin, who is 21 months old. “We spend our weekends hiking at Mayfield Preserve and playing baseball. We also recently began going over to the driving range at Lions, though finding four hours for a full round of golf is hard to do,” Dave added with a laugh. When asked to suggest crime reduction steps for Pemberton Heights, Dave pointed out that because Pemberton Heights sits between two major thoroughfares, it offers easy access for would-be offenders. “We can’t close off MoPac or the exits that lead into our neighborhood. We can’t block drivers from cutting through our streets to get to UT, the Capitol or downtown. But there are many little things we can do to reduce criminal opportunities in the neighborhood.” “Signs of unoccupied houses can be visible to anyone who passes through. For example, newspapers left on lawns over the weekend, UPS or FedEx packages left on porches overnight, and empty trash cans at the curb all weekend all signal that the occupant isn’t home.” Dave suggests keeping an eye out for your neighbors. If you notice any of these things lingering on your neighbors’ property, take the steps to get them out of sight: pick up the newspaper and the packages, move the garbage cans back, etc. Additionally, he says, “Keep areas around homes well lit. Burglars don’t want to be seen. And let your neighbors know if they forget to close their garage.” “The scholarly name for these sorts of processes is ‘informal social control.’ Studies have shown that knowing and looking out for our neighbors is essential to insuring a safe neighborhood. Neighborliness is one reason why Ally and I so enjoy Pemberton.” Copyright © 2014 Peel, Inc.

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PHNA BOARD MEETING REMINDER

The next Board Meeting is scheduled for: March 19 at 6:00 at Howson Library The agenda will include a discussion of the proposed improvements at Hartford Triangle

ANNUAL PEMBERTON EASTER EGG HUNT

The Pemberton Easter Egg Hunt is traditionally held on the Friday morning before Easter. This year, that’s Friday, March 28. So hop on over to 1510 Wooldridge Drive  at 10 am (sharp!). Please arrive 10 minutes early…we’ve got some professional egg-hunters ‘round here, and we don’t want you to miss the fun. Egg Drop:  Please drop off 20 filled eggs per child between Monday, March 24 - Thursday, March 27. There will be boxes, grouped by age group, on the Harris side of 1510 Wooldridge Drive (to the left of the garage). Special thanks to the participating neighbors on the 1500 block of Wooldridge! Donations:    If you’re interested in donating snacks or drinks, please email Lauren Fornes (laurenfornes@gmail.com) on/before March 24. The Pemberton Journal - March 2014

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The Pemberton Journal PHNA CONTACT LIST Security, Traffic, MoPAC, Zoning and Permits, Governmental Liason, Neighborhood Social Events, Triangle Fundraising and Improvements

President Carla Hatler.......................president@pembertonheights.org Vice President Frank Hartmann..........vicepresident@pembertonheights.org Secretary Ally Kirk............................ secretary@pembertonheights.org Treasurer Jane Hayman......................treasurer@pembertonheights.org Treasurer Elect Kimberly Comstock...............atlarge@pembertonheights.org COMMITTEE CHAIRS:

Traffic & Safety (includes Security) Craig Duewall....................................................................... Triangles Frank Hartmann................................................................... Social Kimberly Comstock.............................................................. Webmaster Eric Venditti ........................................................................ Bylaws Beverly Sutton...................................................................... Policies & Procedures Jane Hayman........................................................................ Government Affairs Betty Trent............................................................................

NEWSLETTER INFO

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The Pemberton Journal UPDATE ON THE HARTFORD PARK IMPROVEMENTS

including Community Outreach and Input Schedule/Timeline Dalton Young has been heading up a committee to look into the neighborhood providing a play scape and other improvements at the Hartford Triangle. She will be discussing the status at the March 19th PHNA Board Meeting, along with attendance from PARD staff. So far the community outreach and proposed schedule is as follows. June 2013 - Neighborhood Survey sent including a question, “How interested are you in having a playground in the neighborhood for kids?” Out of 97 responses, 61 neighbors responded that they would support a playground and 30 neighbors said they would support the majority vote. October 21, 3013 - An information table at the Pemberton Heights neighborhood picnic was set up with a proposed rendering of the possible improvements for Hartford Park and support/comments were solicited from neighbors. Neighbors interested in helping or contributing were recorded on a sign-up sheet at the picnic. Comments on the proposed plan were generally positive. October-November 2013 - Communication about the plans was sent via the online portal Nextdoor.com to all neighbors facing Hartford Park. Dalton provided a forum for neighbors facing the park to express concerns, as well as provided an initiative to coordinate personal contact information for any private communications. The proposed park rendering was shared and garnered general support. A letter was sent to all directly facing neighbors not on the Nextdoor. com website. Dalton included a letter of explanation, personal contact information on how to express thoughts/concerns, a proposed park rendering, and a return letter to express support. March 19, 2014 - An opportunity for the neighborhood to meet with PARD staff is proposed at the PHNA Board Meeting on March 19, 2014. Neighbors are encouraged to attend to discuss neighbor comments/ concerns related to the proposed park. The Board meeting will be held at Howson Library Branch at 6:30pm on March 19, 2014. Dalton will provide a Listserv notice for the Pemberton Heights neighbors and mailbox flyers for all neighbors immediately facing the park notifying them of the meeting. Mid-April 2014 - The Date proposed to close the neighborhood survey and feedback period. A follow-up meeting would be scheduled in Hartford Park with neighbors for comments/concerns related to the proposed park development. Continued on Page 7

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The Pemberton Journal Pemberton Heights Neighborhood Association

PROFIT & LOSS January 2014

Membership Dues.......................................................$120.00 Security Donations...................................................$8,620.00 Total Income........................................................ $8,740.00 Bank and PayPal Service Fees......................................$201.91 Carriage Ride Expense...................................................$58.79 Carriage Ride Refund....................................................$85.00 Contract Labor - Patrol............................................$2,300.31 Donation to Shoal Creek Conserv............................$1,000.00 Picnic Expenses...........................................................$259.91 Office Expenses (Business)............................................$17.31 Room Rental for Board Meeting...................................$36.87 Triangles - Water...........................................................$29.15 Total Expense....................................................... $3,989.25 Net Income.......................................................... $4,750.75

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The Pemberton Journal Another Reason for All Neighbors to be a Part of NextDoor

The Austin Police Department will be utilizing the NextDoor websites to communicate with neighbors about crime and crime prevention. APD has found NextDoor to be an effective tool for them to effectively share crime prevention and safety information, such as alerts of property crimes in the area or suspicious activity. APD announced this past January, that the Austin Police Department Region 1 District Representatives will be utilizing NextDoor in an effort to facilitate a virtual Neighborhood Watch program and help foster neighbor-to-neighbor communications. If you are on NextDoor, you can expect to receive hyper-local crime and safety updates from APD on immediate activity occurring in the neighborhood. Our PHNA NextDoor website will still be kept private to only those who live in the neighborhood and who have a verified address. Our neighborhood is in APD Baker Sector 2. Sgt. Alfred Trejo, supervisor for the Austin Police Department Region1 District Representative Unit is responsible for our neighborhood’s Baker sector District Representative officers. APD cautions neighbors that NextDoor is not the appropriate way to request emergency services, police services, report criminal or suspicious activity, file a report, etc. If you require emergency services you are advised to call 911.

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Memorial To Janet Fish Selected The association had previously voted to sponsor a bench along Shoal Creek in honor of neighbor Janet Fish’s foundation and commitment to the trail. At the last Board Meeting, the wording for the memorial plaque for the bench was selected. The wording will be: In Memory of Janet Fish Pemberton Heights Neighborhood Association 2013

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Can Pemberton Help the Monarch Butterfly Survive?

Betty Trent, AIA LEED AP The answer is a resounding yes! Austin is located on the direct migratory path for the Monarch butterfly to Mexico. And what we plant or eradicate in our yards can have a profound effect on the numbers of butterflies that survive the flight through Austin and Texas down to Mexico. This year, for the first time in memory, the monarch butterflies didn’t arrive en masse as usual for the annual Mexican celebration on November 1st, the Day of the Dead. According to observers, they began to drift in later than usual, in record-low numbers. After previous troubling lows of 60 million, the fewer than three million that showed up last year have scientists worried. Some experts fear there may be a massive reduction in the near future for butterfly and insect populations. That’s because of three major factors that are only now being widely recognized: the precipitous loss of native vegetation across the United States due to industrial farming, the suburb’s love for a sterile, empty green lawn and the use of herbicides like Roundup that kill virtually all plants it is applied to, especially the butterfly’s favorite plants like milkweed. As a result, millions of acres of native plants, important sources of nectar for many species, and vital for monarch butterfly larvae, have been wiped out. This spring, many nurseries and farmer’s markets around town will be selling native plants suitable for butterfly and wildlife habitat. Lone Star Nursery in East Austin is promoting “Bring Back the Monarch” and will be selling milkweed and other plants specifically to aid the Monarchs on their journey to and from Mexico. By planting native plants, you can help the Monarchs and other important insects to continue to thrive and avert the worsening crisis in biodiversity. It’s a cause anyone with a garden or yard can serve, by reversing our love of chemically sterile green lawns and providing important species with the food and shelter they need to flourish. If you create a wildflower meadow or border on your property, you will provide a vital service to dozens of species of bees, butterflies and Monarchs.

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PROPOSED PARK IMPROVEMENTS Casis Playscape Example

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PHNA NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

Balances as of 01/31/14 Updated 02/09/14 Operating Acct $16,497.21 Security Program $12,176.76 Gail's Triangle $3,739.27 KAB Triangle Fund $14,943.00 Triangle Donations $350.00 Total $47,706.24 Copyright Š 2014 Peel, Inc.

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