Castlewood-Oak Valley
Neighborhood Association


7:00 p.m. Monday, September 17th
Southwest Church of Christ
8900 Manchaca Rd. (Rear Entrance)

Program Notes

The Austin City Council approved a resolution directing city staff how to spend the final installment of transportation improvement bonds from 2000. The resolution included authorizing spending on the following projects impacting our neighborhood: Davis Lane from Leo to Huebinger Pass; Davis Lane from Brodie Lane to Corran Ferry Drive; and Westgate Boulevard from Cameron Loop to Cohoba Drive. The resolution included a directive to city staff to work with local neighborhoods, landowners, and Cowan Elementary on a corridor study for the area prior to spending money. This would take into consideration neighborhood input on our priorities and the design of the projects.

In addition to the transportation planning for our area, much of the undeveloped area along Davis Lane is poised for significant development in the next year. COVNA will have to work closely with surrounding neighborhoods to assure our voice is heard during this process, particularly how this development will impact Cowan Elementary and the existing traffic issues along Davis. Supposedly, the open areas to northwest of our neighborhood offer the largest undeveloped tracts of land within the city limits. Therefore, there is a lot of development interest. At our next meeting COVNA Vice-President, Dominic Chavez, will brief us on the Davis Lane/Westgate Blvd. corridor planning as well as the future development planned for the area.

9/17 - Constitution Day

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9 /26 - Johnny Appleseed Day

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(Sorry, I got sidetracked and forgot this promised article. Barring an important newsletter item like yard parking, I will include more details in an article next month.) Austin consistently ranks in the top US cities. In 2006, Money Magazine ranked Austin the 2nd best big city. But statistics point out several disturbing aspects in comparing Austin to the 10 best. We rated twice the average in personal and property crime risks and crime incidents. Another area of concern is education.


Floyd Clark
Dominic Chavez
Vacant (please volunteer)
Hal Ferguson
Doug Tabony
Doug DuBois
Doug DuBois
President (282-8245)
Vice President (695-5457)
Treasurer (282-0601)
Newsletter (280-4080)
ANC Delegate (292-9323)
Past President (292-9323)

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Monthly meetings are held on the
third Monday of the month.
January 15th
February 19th
March 19th
April 16th
May 21st
June Picnic TBA
September 17th
October 15th
November 19th
Dec Party TBA


Planning for Tense Situations

Recently there were three major named hurricanes; one was a possible threat to our area, and two provided us some rain. There were floods and flash floods in our general area. Are you prepared for possible emergency situations?

Some people had to evacuate their homes. Some people on the highways faced serious decisions about their own safety.

Emergencies, whether natural or man-made can change our lives in an instant. Every year, hundreds of emergency situations wreak havoc on families and entire communities across the nation. In the Austin area, we’ve seen flash-flooding, tornados and ice storms. We also were impacted by the devastating results of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that struck New Orleans and the Texas coast two years ago.

Additionally, we must contend with the possibility of a pandemic flu as well as the threat of terrorist attacks.

September is National Preparedness Month. We should prepare ourselves and our families for emergencies. Currently, there is no real reason to be alarmed. However, it is a good time to calmly plan for contingencies.

For information and advice from the federal level, go to and follow the links to Get a Kit, Make a Plan, and Be Informed.

For local information on Hazards in Austin and what to do Before, During, and After a Disaster follow the links at


Dylan Brooke’s Salon

2110 Slaughter Ln, Suite 174
(Between Tuesday Morning & Sally)


Highlight/Lowlight & Haircut
$99 Special
Ask for Heather

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Only $10.00/month. Reaches over 400 homes & Online at
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We Still Need Help!!!

We need a volunteer to act as secretary.

The job only takes about two or three hours a month but is vital to the association.


CFLs are made of glass and can break if dropped or roughly handled. Be careful when removing the bulb from its packaging, installing it, or replacing it. Always screw and unscrew the lamp by its base (not the glass), and never forcefully twist the CFL into a light socket. If a CFL breaks in your home, follow the clean-up recommendations below. Used CFLs should be disposed of properly.

What should I do with a CFL when it burns out?

The City of Austin suggests disposing of used CFLs, along with batteries, aerosol cans, cleaners, paint, and other common household items, at the City of Austin's Hazardous Waste Facility at 2514 Business Center Drive (a block south of Ben White just east of I-35), open every Tuesday and Wednesday, 12 p.m.–7 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month, 7 a.m. - noon. ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs have a warranty. If the bulb has failed within the warranty period, return it to your retailer.

How should I clean up a broken fluorescent bulb?

1. Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more.

2. Carefully scoop up the fragments and powder with stiff paper or cardboard and place them in a sealed plastic bag.

Use disposable rubber gloves, if available (i.e., do not use bare hands). Wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes and place them in the plastic bag. Do not use a vacuum or broom to clean up the broken bulb on hard surfaces

3. Place all cleanup materials in a second sealed plastic bag.

Place the first bag in a second sealed plastic bag and put it in the outdoor trash container or in another outdoor protected area for the next normal trash disposal. Some states prohibit such trash disposal and require that broken and unbroken lamps be taken to a local recycling center or Hazardous Waste Facility. (I’m not sure about Texas.)

Wash your hands after disposing of the bag.

4. If a fluorescent bulb breaks on a rug or carpet:

First, remove all materials you can without using a vacuum cleaner, following the steps above. Sticky tape (such as duct tape) can be used to pick up small pieces and powder. If vacuuming is needed after all visible materials are removed, vacuum the area where the bulb was broken, remove the vacuum bag (or empty and wipe the canister) and put the bag or vacuum debris in two sealed plastic bags in the outdoor trash or protected outdoor location for normal disposal.


Johnny G’s Butcher Block


Specializing in
Fresh Choice Beef, Pork, Sausage, Jerky
Wild Game Processing

Tanglewood Business Park
11600 Manchaca Rd. Ste H
Austin, TX 78748

Grover Swift
Jill Peevy Swift


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River City Pest Control

Barkley Garner
8704 Oak Ledge Dr, Austin TX 78748

Insect Control
Nuisance Animal Control


A Golden-Fronted Woodpecker has been enjoying the mostly dead mesquite in our backyard. It looks like the more common Red-bellied Woodpecker which has red on its head but is named for the nearly invisible red wash on its belly. The Golden-fronted has a large golden patch on the back of its head and a smaller patch by its bill. Our younger son pointed out the woodpecker as well as a House Finch and several hummingbirds visiting our feeders. It has been a pleasure, for the most part, to see our two sons growing up and learning to enjoy many of the things my wife and I appreciate. This neighborhood is a good place to raise kids because it gives them something parents appreciate—an environment that promotes respect for and friendship with neighbors, pride in the appearance of home and yard, and a concern for safety in the area.

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