5 pm, Saturday, June 20th
The Anderson’s back yard
9100 Heatherwood
(Heatherwood & Vassal)

Rain date: June 27th

June - Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Month

7/26-31 - National Salad Week

Neighbors assemble to eat and enjoy each other’s company
Everyone welcome/Food provided
Bring chairs/Children welcome
Short business meeting at 6:00 if needed


COVNA still has no President or Vice-President. If willing to serve, contact any officer listed above. Only a relatively few members have been doing the work to keep COVNA the neighborhood we know and cherish.

Maybe it is your time to step up and serve. Could this be you?


Floyd Clark (temporary)
Dan Anderson
Hal Ferguson
Doug Tabony
Doug DuBois
Floyd Clark
Vice President (282-8245)
Secretary (282-1932)
Treasurer (282-0601)
Newsletter (280-4080)
ANC Delegate (292-9323)
Past President (282-8245)

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send an email with your name(s) to Doug at
Now 100+ households strong!

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Neighborhood Alert

Someone in our neighborhood had mail stolen from their mailbox. This became apparent as the consequences unfolded. First, a check mailed to make a payment was not received. Next, over Memorial Day weekend two checks that were fraudulent cleared the bank. The checks had been passed at two retail establishments that run the check through a scanner that debits the account, and give it back to the customer. Perhaps this method makes it easier to pass a fraudulent check, or perhaps these were just the fastest to clear the bank. The checks had higher numbers than any that had been used. Our neighbor was able to alert the bank, show them the unused checks with those numbers, get his account closed, and have the money refunded. It is always a good idea to monitor your bank account for any suspicious activity and consider mailing payments from a public mailbox.


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Roaming Chickens Longtime Problem

Flowers Versus Chickens -- Which?
The Austin Statesman, 1912

And now the front fences are to migrate to the country! The lattice work and ornamental lawn fence that has been the pride of the Austin resident is to be transplanted, and henceforth will adorn cornfields and keep cows in the pasture!

Yesterday Mrs. Dr. Julia Bass, president of the Woman's Auxiliary of the Business League, received the following over the telephone from one of her country acquaintances:

"I read by The Statesman that you women are waging a crusade against the front fence, and that the residents are taking down these fences. Now, I want to put in a bid for all condemned fences, and hope I may be able to contract for enough to build a string of fence around my orchard and melon patch -- to keep the rabbits out."

Aside from the drollery of this request, there are hundreds of front fences being taken down in front and put up in the back, as chicken pens. No chickens and no fences go together, say the women of the auxiliary. The movement for penning chickens is citywide. Women of all the clubs and societies are arranging for the penning of chickens, and are digging flowerbeds with a sense of security. Other women, who have stubborn neighbors, have an occasional cry because some frisky "dominec" hen or brisk Leghorn rooster scratched up the seeds or bulbs before these dormant forms of vegetation had an opportunity of sprouting.

"Keep up the agitation; we want the chickens penned; if no other way, by an ordinance," several thousand flower-loving women of Austin are saying. And they are working toward this end. They talk to the neighbor lady over the back fence o' mornings about the importance of the situation. And in this way the movement is gaining adherents every day.

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KRIMELABB is a website that allows users to view detailed crime data several different ways. Unlike the information directly from the city’s police page, Krimelab lists address and date. It also plots the incidents on a Google map. Clicking on each pushpin to get detailed information. For some reason when I enter our zip the map centers on 290 near McDade (pretty far northeast). Here’s some info from the website.

--Krimelabb gets police reports from APD Crime Incidence Report on a daily basis.
--It typically takes about 2 days for a report to show up in the Krimelabb system.
--Not all crimes are reported.
--Some crimes are reported days or weeks after they occur.
--Police reports are often taken in the heat of the moment and it may be challenging to accurately capture all the data.
--Report records may contain more than one crime so a given report ID (e.g. 2008-1234567) may have multiple crimes attached to it.
--APD does not always release info on crimes.
--APD will withhold information on a crime that involves an arrestee who is a minor.
--The Krimelabb system data starts in 2007. Data from early in 2007 is a bit sketchy: From March 2007, it is much more complete.

--Currently, definitions of the offenses are not available.
--The offense classification system is very specific and dispatchers or officers must use their best judgment in classifying an offense.

--Sometimes APD uses a generic address e.g. 1200 Elm instead of 1212 Elm in order to maintain victim confidentiality.

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