Febuary 2013

2/12 E.T. Culture Day (NM)

7:00 p.m. Monday, February 18th
Southwest Church of Christ
8900 Manchaca Rd.
(Rear Entrance)


The holiday party was a great success. It was well attended and several important decisions were made. The choices for a gate for the city access road off Toulouse for the detention pond behind houses on Comburg Drive were presented. The members present voted to adopt the simplest design, a metal, tubular gate. Since that time, another attractive design has been offered by the city, consisting of the mental framework covered by horizontal wooden slats with spaces between. If a quorum is met (15 or more member households represented), a vote will be taken to keep the tubular gate or choose the newly presented design. Pictures below.

Also at the party, Ron and Karen Mattison, long-time residents of the neighborhood, stepped up to fill the positions of vice president and ANC representative.

Please attend the meeting to visit with Ron and Karen and voice your opinion on the gate design we will be seeing for many years on Toulouse.

2/28 - Nat'l Tooth Fairy Day


According to the by-laws, dues shall be payable at or before the February
meeting of each calendar year. Click Here for a membership form.

It’s always a good time to show your support
for the Castlewood-Oak Valley
Neighborhood Association.


Jennifer Rizkalla
Ron Mattison
Mark Tilley
Hal Ferguson
Doug Tabony
Karen Mattison
Mark Tilley

President (358-1610)
Vice President (282-2174)
Secretary (280-2572)
Treasurer (282-0601)
Newsletter (280-4080)
ANC Delegate (282-2174)
Past President (280-2572)

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February 18th
Spring Fling - April-date TBA
Neighborhood Picnic-date TBA
September 16th
November 18th
Holiday Party - December 16th

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My name is Ron Mattison and I have “volunteered” to serve as Vice President of COVNA. My wife, Karen, our new Austin Neighborhood Council representative, and I have lived on Queenswood for over twenty years and before that lived on Comburg Castleway from 1975 thru 1985.

The news this week about the postal service got us thinking about Ruth. As many of you may remember, Ruth was Castlewood’s mail carrier for many years. Ruth knew Castlewood. Bless her heart; she could keep all the comings and goings of our family straight! No “cheat notes” were written on the inside of our mail boxes during her time. You see, there have been 4 generations of our family receiving mail at 4 Castlewood addresses over 37 years. I know Ruth didn’t deliver to Castlewood for 37 years but she still knew all our life changes and moves. Sadly, she was reassigned a while back so she did not get the chance to deliver our new baby grandson’s birth certificate and bills for his birth last fall.

Ruth meant business when she stopped the mail truck to write a note about tree branches hanging too low or cars and stuff in her way. She could be a little “crusty” but she never was too busy to smile and chat for a few minutes. We frequently had to update her on changes to who was living where. Ruth knew a bunch just by looking at the names on those envelopes. She knew when Karen’s dad died in 2000. She knew what was happening when Karen’s name was added to her mom’s mail. Addresses were changed when our girls went to college and again when they came home. Weddings, births, deaths, retirements and graduations all showed themselves in those mailboxes. Oh well, bureaucracy won and Ruth got transferred and no mail carrier has known us so well. We can’t help but laugh a bit while observing a new mail carrier trying to figure out how to tell the difference between mail for my parents and mail for Karen and me (next door neighbors with the same name). Castlewood and Oak Valley—A GOOD PLACE TO BE A FAMILY and we do miss Ruth.

From many e-mail postings, it seems that crime is a primary concern for our neighborhood. We have Neighborhood Watch signs posted as you drive into the neighborhood, but signs are just a passive deterrent. Please help keep the COVNA neighborhood safe and family-friendly by joining COVNA ($10), by joining the discussions at our COVNA meetings and e-mails, and by getting to know your neighbors. COVNA is the active problem-solving organization for our neighborhood. We’re pretty good at being a social connection as well!

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Abandoned Vehicle
Aggravated Robbery/Deadly Weapon
Assault by Threat
Assist Complainant
Burglary non-Residence
Burglary of Residence
Burglary of Vehicle
Credit Card Abuse - Other
Criminal Mischief
Criminal Trespass Notice
Custody Arrest Traffic Warrent
Dating Disturbance
Disturbance - Other
Documented Unreasonable Noise
Driving while License Invalid
Family Disturbance/Parental
Found Property
Injury to Elderly - Fam/Date Violence
Junked/Nuisance Vehicle
Leaving the Scene Crash/Accident
Poss Controlled Substance/Narcotic
Possession Marijuana
Public Intoxication
Suspicious Activity
Theft of Bicycle
Theft of License Plate
Warrant Arrest non-Traffic

Don't let this happen to you!
Lock your car & don't leave valuables in your vehicle.

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Kent S. Butler Memorial Groundwater Stewardship Scholarship Essay Contest

High school juniors and seniors.

The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) is now soliciting applications and essays for the 2013 Stewardship Scholarship Essay Contest through March 25, 2013.

One essay will be selected as the winning entry by an independent evaluation panel and the author will receive a $2,500 scholarship to the college, community college, or training institution of his or her choice.

Essays must generally discuss groundwater issues, which may include but are not limited to non-point source pollution, water conservation, pollution prevention, and

Applicants do not have to be planning a career path in a water-related field.

Deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm on Monday, March 25, 2013.

Application form and rules are available at www.bseacd.org/education/scholarships/#College

Aquatic Science Adventure Camp Scholarships

Students ages 9 through 15 years old.

The District is now soliciting applications and essays for its 2013 Camp Scholarship program for the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center Aquatic Science Adventure Camp through Monday, March 25, 2013. We estimate this year’s program will provide:

•Two $600 scholarships to the week-long Aquatic Science Adventure Camp (Note: Parent will be responsible for providing $150 camp deposit fee, which will be needed to hold the student's spot.)

•Two $150 scholarships to the 2-Day Aquatic Science Adventure Camp. (Note: All $150 will be paid for by BSEACD.)

Interested students must submit an application and a one-page essay/artwork entitled “Why I want to attend the Aquatic Science Adventure Camp.” Scholarship winners will be chosen in a random drawing; only completed applications with essays-artwork will be eligible.

Deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm on Monday, March 25, 2013.

Application packets are available at www.bseacd.org/education/scholarships/#Camp

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