5:30 p.m. Thursday, September 16th
Cowan Elementary School
2817 Kentish Drive
Meet in Library


For anyone who wants information on the West Gate/Davis Lane construction projects, Cowan Elementary School is hosting a public meeting at the Cowan library Thursday, Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m. Those in attendance will hear plans from city engineers and AISD officials and will have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Engineers from both the Davis/Deer/Brodie and West Gate/Davis projects will be in attendance. We have agreed to participate in this public meeting instead of having the engineer come speak at our September COVNA meeting. The September 20th meeting has been canceled. We will have a short meeting after the construction update to discuss neighborhood business including plans for the upcoming National Night Out on October 5 and an update on the Bike Rodeo from last weekend.

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Secretary (282-1932)
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Newsletter (280-4080)
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Many of you are aware that back in May a young boy on his bicycle was sent to the hospital with serious injuries when he was hit by a speeding car on Monarch Dr. Traffic through the neighborhood is always a topic that stirs people's passions, and this horrible incident brought the topic back to everyone's attention.
Neighbor Jessica Deleon was inspired by the incident to organize a Bike Rodeo to teach neighborhood children basic bicycle safety skills. Labor Day weekend, Jessica, her family, Amanda Hartley and her husband, Al the Handyman, and many other neighbors spent their Saturday morning at the Kocurek Elementary School parking lot performing safety checks on children's bikes, giving out free helmets to kids that needed them, and providing hands-on instruction. Over 30 children went through the different stations of the Bike Rodeo (some kids went through multiple times) and learned skills that will hopefully help prevent another terrible accident.

Thank you to Jessica for organizing and to Amanda and Al for volunteering and sponsoring the event. Thanks to the other sponsors: Yours Mine and Our Kids Child Care Center, Asian Auto Works, Austin's Yellow Bike Project, and the Austin Cycling Association.

I enjoyed the opportunity to volunteer for such an important event, but I also enjoyed meeting lots of neighbors. My wife and I are expecting our first child in October. We were drawn to COVNA by the old trees and wide streets, but also because we desire to raise our family in a neighborhood like the ones we grew up in, a neighborhood where neighbors knew one another and took care of one another and where it was safe for kids to play outside. Whether you are the original owner of your house or just moved here, we can all contribute to make our neighborhood a great place to live.

The next opportunity to meet your neighbors is National Night Out on Tuesday, October 5. National Night Out is a nationwide program meant to strengthen neighborhoods and police-community partnerships. Neighbors are encouraged to have block parties, cook-outs and flashlight walks around the neighborhood after sunset. Our neighbors on Mosswood Circle have graciously offered to host a cul-de-sac gathering that night where first responders from the City of Austin will come for a visit. I hope to see you there. Stay tuned to the COVNA e-mail list for more details. If you are not on the e-mail list, send a request to: tabonyproductions@austin.rr.com.

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Here are a few reasons to call:

· Info on trash & recycling collection
· To report malfunctioning traffic lights
· To report potholes
· Information about City holidays & events
· To report malfunctioning street lights
· Information about street closures
· Non-emergency police matters
· To report animal issues
· To report graffiti
· To report Code Enforcement concerns

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Austin 3-1-1 History

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established the 3-1-1 number in the early 1990s for cities to use to alleviate non-emergency calls to local 9-1-1 centers. The Austin Police Department successfully launched 3-1-1 in 2001. In 2004, the Citywide Information Center started taking calls for several divisions in Public Works, Animal Control and Drainage Field Operations. Other departments were added and eventually the APD 3-1-1 and Citywide Information merged to form Austin 3-1-1.

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Crime #
Abandoned Vehicle 1
AGG Assault Family/Date Violence 2
ASLT by Contact Family/Dating Violence 1
Assault w/Injury-Family/Date Violence 5
Breach of Computer Security 1
Burglary of Residents 2
Burglary of Vehicle 8
Credit Card Abuse by Forgery 2
Credit Card Abuse/Other 1
Criminal Mischief 5
Curfew Violation 1
Deceased Person 1
Disturbance/Other 1
Driving while License Invalid 1
Evading/Foot 1
Fail to Stop and Render Aid 1
Family Disturbance 6
Harassment 4
Junked/Nuisance Vehicle 1
Leaving the Scene Crash/Accident 1
Lost Property 1
Murder 1
Possession Marijuana 1
Possessions of Prohibited Weapon 1
Terroristic Threat 2
Theft 4
Theft of Auto Parts 1
Warrant Arrest Non-Traffic 1
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We’re talking compost here. My son, Alan has been toiling daily in his garden. This year he got a late start due to construction of an added room to our house. He has fabricated raised beds using soil removed for the new room’s foundation. He has crafted an inexpensive drip irrigation system and is developing a 2-staged compost system, the first using Black Soldier Fly larvae and the secong using Red Wriggler worms. I hope he will share some of the knowledge he has gained by talking to nurserymen and using the internet to look up text and video descriptions in future newsletters.

Another unusual bird sightig. Not an unusual bird for the area but one that, like the opposite of the proverbial child, is heard but not seen. A Yellow-billed Cuckoo (sometimes called a rain crow) lighted in plain view on a large sunflower in the middle of our back yard and sat for quite a while. Unfortunately, it kept it's back to us and we had no chance to see the dramatic, spotted underside of it's tail.