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Stark After Dark PEMBERTONIANS PROVE THEY LIKE TO GROOVE

Pembertonians, representing many vintages and all parts of the neighborhood came together on May 17 for a chance to socialize to the music from glory days gone by. The PHNA Social Committee, headed up by Kimberly Comstock, transformed sleepy Stark Place into the nightclub it may have always been meant to be. Fairy lights, café tables, and terrific dance music (played by a talented DJ on retainer from Penguin Entertainment) set the stage. The open bar and ample availability of “adult beverages” helped provide the motivation for several young folks (and a sizable number of not-so-young folks) to get out on the dance floor and strut their stuff. Several guests enjoyed the chance to gather together and get acquainted with people they’d not known before. Others took advantage of the great music. Lorrie and Frank DeAngelis, Martyn Hitchcock and Mariette and Billy Wroe were among the early ones onto the dance floor. Matt and Rita Kreisle along with the Bryants and the Kresses walked over from around the corner on Hardouin. Teddy Kinney and her family were spotted carrying on lively conversations with some of their neighbors from over on Gaston. We also spotted Diane Umstead and her husband, Rex VanMiddlesworth, from Claire, as well as a large contingent of folks from Preston, including Brooke and Joel Howard. In all there were more than 80 tickets purchased.

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Multiple Sightings of Coyotes Spur Concern Betty Trent, AIA, LEED AP Several sightings of coyotes over the past two months have raised concerns that, with the Shoal Creek hike and bike trail providing cover, coyotes might become a regular sight in the Pemberton area. Most coyote pups are born in May and June in Central Texas. Coyotes will be hunting for prey for their new pups and the neighborhood cats and small dogs are a likely target. Dog owners may believe a fence will protect their pets, and cat owners may believe their cats can scamper up a tree to get away from the danger, but coyotes have been known to jump a 6 foot fence and attack a cat right in front of the owner. Studies have shown that over 40% of the diet of urban coyotes can be made up of neighborhood pets and feral cats. The majority of sightings occur during the hours close to sunrise and sunset. DO’S AND DON’TS FOR RESIDENTS Do not feed coyotes or other wildlife. The abundance of food regulates coyote numbers, reproduction, survival, dispersal, and territories. Position bird feeders so that coyotes can’t get the feed. Feed pets indoors whenever possible. Pick up any leftovers if feeding outdoors. Store pet food where it is inaccessible to wildlife. Eliminate sources of water. Do not discard edible garbage where coyotes can get to it. Secure garbage containers and eliminate garbage odors. Trim and clean, near ground level, any shrubbery that provides hiding cover for coyotes or prey. Check your yard for hidden, sheltered areas that would make a protected den, and board up any holes larger than 4” in diameter around your house. Don’t leave children unattended. Explain to them that coyotes are not pets, and teach them to stay away from brushy areas where coyotes may be hiding. Walk your dogs on a leash. Coyotes have been known to attack small dogs when they are off-leash. Consider carrying a rock, a whistle or other noise device when walking to scare off a coyote if you see one. Clean your grill after use and don’t allow bird seed to fall on the ground. Call 311 about any coyote sighting. The Pemberton Journal - July 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.....treasurerelect@pembertonheights.org COMMITTEE CHAIRS:

Traffic & Safety & Security Craig Duewall........................ cduewall@shannongracey.com Triangles Frank Hartmann........ vicepresident@pembertonheights.com Social Kimberly Comstock.....treasurerelect@pembertonheights.org Webmaster Eric Venditti .........................atlarge@pembertonheights.org Bylaws Beverly Sutton....................................... bjsm57@gmail.com Policies & Procedures Jane Hayman.................... treasurer@pembertoneheights.org

PEMBERTON HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH UPDATE

Light Up—Not Out! Proper Outdoor Lighting Improves Safety, Protects Environment

Outdoor lighting provides safety, security, aesthetics, and economic development opportunities. However, it is important to understand how much outdoor lighting is enough and how to balance the need for light while minimizing light pollution and increasing energy efficiency. Light pollution, also known as photopollution or luminous pollution, is the excessive, misdirected or invasive use of artificial outdoor lighting. Mismanaged lighting alters the color and contrast of the nighttime sky, eclipses natural starlight, and disrupts circadian rhythms (the 24-hour processes of most organisms), which affects the environment, energy resources, wildlife, humans and astronomy research. The threat of light pollution continues to grow as the demand for artificial lights increases each year. Photopollution is not a new phenomenon. Over the last 50 years, as countries became affluent and urbanized, demand for outdoor lighting increased and light pollution sprawled beyond the city limits and into suburban and rural areas. Light trespass, also known as spill light, occurs when a light fixture cast illumination beyond the property lines, unintentionally illuminating other homes, businesses, or areas. Spill light is the most subjective form light pollution because there are no guidelines to determine when, where, or how much light is unwanted. A common example of spill light is light from a streetlight coming through a window and illuminating a bedroom, or light from a neighbor’s floodlight shining over the fence and illuminating your property. Pemberton Heights Neighborhood Watch is a free crime-prevention program that brings neighbors together to reduce property crime and build cohesive communities. It’s all-volunteer, non-confrontational, and is a proven way to increase security without weapons or hefty costs. Join us, get to know your neighbors, and help make Pemberton Heights safer! We look out for each other!

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Pemberton Profile: Jeanne Rosen Wooldridge Mom Teaches Tennis and Life Skills

By Sam Rosen In what activity might you use a ladder, a hula hoop, a hammer, and a towel? If your coach is Jeanne Rosen, the answer is tennis. A Pemberton Heights resident since 1996, Jeanne teaches tennis at Caswell tennis center with a dynamic and innovative approach. “I started playing tennis when I was thirteen,” Jeanne reports. “I grew up playing at the city tennis center, Rose Park, in my hometown Abilene, Texas. I like the idea of a community tennis center as a place where people from all walks of life come together.” Caswell is the oldest municipal tennis center in Texas. Jeanne teaches students of all levels and ages, from 18 months to active seniors. Jeanne explains, “I find teaching beginners to be the easiest because if you show them the proper technique they are more likely to develop good habits. Changes in equipment have brought about changes in technique. It is an ever evolving sport. Tennis challenges you to be constantly improving. I love tennis and I am just as passionate about teaching tennis. It is a challenge to find the most effective ways to communicate the changes that I am trying to help my students make.” Jeanne finds that teaching children offers a different set of challenges. “First and foremost if a child is not having fun they will not want to continue tennis lessons. I introduce skills through play. I encourage cooperative play and avoid setting up competitive situations with children under 8. They will become competitive soon enough.” Jeanne specializes in teaching children who learn differently or struggle with athletics. “Sports are really important for children. It helps them to fit in amongst their peers and is good for their self confidence and esteem. Vigorous exercise releases endorphins, a natural hormone which elevates mood and helps fight depression, which can be a problem for children and adolescents as well as adults. With modifications to fit the student almost any child can learn to play tennis. When a child learns to play tennis, he or she can play any sport. I often have private and group lessons with a parent and a child together on the court. The focus is on the child but the parent is an active participant and learns to be a practice partner. I tell people who want to get into shape to ‘play tennis and you’ll have so much fun you won’t notice you are exercising.’” Jeanne and her husband, Eric, live at 2424 Wooldridge Dr. You can contact Jeanne at 512 799-5222 or rosenjeanne@yahoo.com. Copyright © 2014 Peel, Inc.

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The Pemberton Journal Pemberton Heights Neighborhood Association Treasurers Report May 31, 2014 submitted by Jane Hayman PHNA Treasurer

May Revenue:...........................................................$2,920.00 Membership Dues:.....................................................$180.00 Security Donations:.................................................$1,350.00 Stark After Dark.......................................................$1,390.00 May Expenses:............................................................$5,028.68 Security Patrol:........................................................$2,029.69 Bookkeeping:.......................................................................$0 Paypal Fees:.................................................................$114.55 Stark after Dark........................................................$2,859.47 Water for Gails Triangle:.............................................. $24.97 Balances at 5/31/14 Operating Fund:......................................................$9,273.44 Security Fund:......................................................$12,355.43 Triangles Fund:....................................................$21,506.76*

*Triangle funds include Keep Austin Beautiful..........................................$14,943.00 Gail’s Triangle........................................................$4,183.79 Other Triangles......................................................$2,355.00

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM WEST NILE VIRUS Betty Trent, AIA LEED AP

It’s summertime and all Austinites should be on alert for the mosquito-borne West Nile virus. While some people may show no symptoms and recover without any treatment, some cases of West Nile virus have resulted in serious illness or death. Residents over 50 and those in poor health are at greater risk of developing serious complications.  There are a few precautions people can take to protect their families from West Nile virus: • Stay indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. • Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. • Dress in long sleeves and long pants when you are outside, preferably lighter colors. • Avoid having any standing water where mosquitoes breed.  Common breeding sites include flat roofs, low stops in pavement, flowerpots and clogged rain gutters. Clean up any trash or tires which can collect water. • Add mosquito pellets to all rain water collection tanks • Aerial spraying  may be conducted in the Austin area if the situation becomes critical.  If spraying occurs: • Minimize exposure: avoid being outside, close windows and consider keeping pets inside while spraying occurs.  • If skin or clothes are exposed, wash them with soap and water. • Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables with water as a general precautionary measure. • Cover small ornamental fish ponds and portable kiddie pools. Because the chemical breaks down quickly in sunlight and water, no special precautions are suggested for outdoor swimming areas. You can visit the websites of the  Texas Department of State Health Services  and the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  for more information on West Nile virus. A useful fact sheet on prevention and detection of the virus can be found on the websites.

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FIT AND FUN Health Tips for You and Your Children

By: Concentra Urgent Care Getting fit and staying fit can be a fun process. That’s true for individuals, and it’s especially true for families. Fitness is an important topic, especially when your daily routine involves a lot of sitting, whether at work, at school, or at home in front of a computer or TV screen. The habits that we learn as children are often the habits we carry into adulthood. As parents, we can help our children build healthy habits and find new, fun ways to motivate ourselves and our children to get active. Below are some ideas for getting off the couch and having some fun while getting fit: • Take an active vacation: It’s tempting every day to think of your vacation as a time to sit and relax. But isn’t that what your body does everyday? Instead, you can plan a trip that includes hiking, biking, skiing, and other activities that the whole family can do together. • Visit a local park: It doesn’t have to take a whole day, but you could spend a few hours playing at a park. Take a ball (football or soccer), a Frisbee, or a hacky sack, and play. You can invite some friends to join you, too. And remember: It’s not just about the kids moving around – it’s your time, too! • Hold a block party: Call your neighbors, and block off the closest cul-de-sac for a get together that includes fun and active games. From freeze tag and relay races to hide-and-seek and kickball, there are hundreds of activities to choose from that are fun for everyone. • Go for a hike: Find a local area where you and your family can go and hike for a few miles. Spend time outdoors, and enjoy what nature has to offer while you all get fit! For more ideas about fun activities, visit the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance’s Web site at: www.aahperd.com. The Goal: Be instrumental in encouraging children to develop the good habit of moving through space, nurturing their physical power, and getting fit. For more information about healthy activities, contact your health care provider or your Concentra health specialist. For more information on the importance of fitness for children, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Web site at: http:// www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/physicalactivity/ Copyright © 2014 Peel, Inc.


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