10 /15 - Sweetest Day

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Monthly COVNA Meeting


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

10 /24 - UN Day

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Matt Christianson from the City of Austin Solid Waste Services will provide information on code enforcement and regulations. Areas that can be discussed are housing, zoning, and property abatement including fire damaged structures, vacant structures, substandard properties, enforcement of the housing codes, home occupations, recreational vehicles, building setbacks, signs in the right-of-way, enforcement of zoning regulations, high grass and weeds, accumulations of trash and debris, illegal dumping, and pick up and removal of solid waste items. Mr. Christianson has worked for the City of Austin for 10 years in the field of code enforcement and is currently the supervisor of all code enforcement activities for South Austin.

Discussion and possible action concerning the number of COVNA meetings per year will take place.


Monthly meetings are held on the
third Monday of the month.

2005 Meetings:

January 17th
February 21st
March 21st
April 18th
May 16th

June 11th - Picnic
September 19th
October 17th
November 21st
December 19th -
Holiday Party

Doug DuBois
Barbara Klein
Helen Lightfoot
Marjorie Smith
Doug Tabony
Doug DuBois
Claudia Anderson
President (292-9323)
Vice President (292-9313)
Secretary (282-2256)
Treasurer (282-1065)
Newsletter (280-4080)
ANC Delegate (292-9323)
Past President (282-1932)
To join the COVNA Email List, send an email with your name(s) to Doug at tabonyproductions@austin.rr.com


Let the Lights Shine

Trail Of Lights Volunteers Needed

The City of Austin needs volunteers to help host the 40th annual Trail of Lights Festival in Zilker Park the nights of December 11-23, 2005. Volunteers add holiday spirit to the Trail of Lights by greeting visitors and answering basic questions, as well as monitoring displays and other important trail duties.

This is a great group project! Neighbors in Castlewood-Oak Valley can be a part of the largest community block party in the city. It is also a time to welcome visitors from all over the state to our city's holiday celebration. Here is volunteer information:

A minimum of 10 and a maximum of 80 volunteers per organization can serve as trail monitors and hosts for an evening. Volunteers are hosts for the evening and their organization's name will be displayed at the Trail of Lights from 5:45 to 10:15 p.m. Organizations will provide one liaison to work with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department to assist with communications between Parks & Rec and their organization.

For more information or to volunteer, contact:
Victor L. Davis, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 512-974-7859

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Email Etiquette

There has been a request to repost the COVNA Email List guidelines. These have been and remain general on purpose because I believe that, with a bit of fine tuning now and then, the email group will continue to operate smoothly to the benefit of our neighborhood without a bunch of specific rules.

“This forum can be used to alert people or express concerns about neighborhood, area, or city-wide issues. Subscribers will also be able to share experiences, recipes, pictures, etc. Posting excessively will be discouraged and this will not be a forum for discussing political viewpoints or supporting candidates. Questions? Call me at 280-4080.”


Tree Trimming
Leaf Raking
Hedge Trimming
Light Hauling, Etc.


This month’s installment will cover what to do if you’ve had your credit cards stolen or you have become a victim of identity theft. Before we go there, a way to ease the pain of a lost pocketbook or wallet is to know what important documents you’ve lost when it’s gone. Use a copy machine or create a list of the cards and documents you carry, recording the bank, card number, expiration date, and, for convenience, the contact numbers of the institutions for credit and debit cards, to make reporting the loss easier.

If you lose credit or debit cards, contact the issuing institutions immediately (using those numbers you conveniently copied). They will issue new cards for those accounts. If you suspect you are a victim of identity theft, the Federal Trade Commission suggests taking four steps as soon as possible.

1. Contact any of the three consumer reporting companies–Equifax: 1-800-525-6285, Experian: 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742), or TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289 to place a fraud alert on your credit report. The company you call is required to contact the other two, which will place an alert on their versions of your report, too. Review your credit reports.

2. Close accounts you know, or believe, have been tampered with or opened fraudulently. Call someone in the security or fraud department of each company. Follow up in writing, and include copies (NOT originals) of supporting documents.

3. File a report with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft took place and get a copy of the police report. It can help you deal with creditors who need proof of the crime.

4. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. By sharing your identity theft complaint with the FTC, you will provide important information that can help law enforcement officials across the nation track down identity thieves and stop them. You can file a complaint online at www.consumer.gov/idtheft or call the FTC’s Identity Theft Hotline, toll-free: 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338).

For much more detail about responding to identity theft, visit www.usdoj.gov/criminal/fraud/idtheft.html
and www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/credit/idtheftmini.htm


Crime Corner
Starting this month, crime statistics will be posted periodically.
Officer Rodriguez, our area representative at the APD Southwest Command, has emphasized that we have to be watchful of our property.

Here are crime statistics for January through August 2005. These are gross numbers from the SW Command area and many come from commercial areas and high density apartment complexes. As for Castlewood-Oak Valley, during the same period, the crime statistics were as follows:
Aggravated Assault
Motor Vehicle Theft
Aslt By Contact Fam/Dating Vio
Assault By Contact
Assault W/Injury-Fam/Date Viol
Assault With Injury
Auto Theft
Burglary Non Residence
Burglary Of Residence
Burglary Of Veh
Criminal Mischief
Family Disturbance
Poss Marijuana

To lessen your chance of losing your valuables consider the following. Too many home burglaries happen when doors are unlocked and/or the garage door is open. This includes outbuildings and storage sheds. The thieves just walk in. Many people are leaving attractive objects in the seats of their automobiles, such as purses, cell phones, shopping bags, lap top computers, etc. This invites trouble.