7:00 p.m. Monday, October 15th
Southwest Church of Christ
8900 Manchaca Rd. (Rear Entrance)

Program Notes

Our guest for the October meeting will be Scott Harris from Tree Folks, an organization that works to expand and improve the urban forest of Central Texas through tree planting, education and community partnerships. In addition to coordinating public tree planting and environmental education duties at TreeFolks, Scott lectures extensively and is a frequent contributor of articles on forestry and food security to local, regional and national publications. He is also an ISA Certified Arborist. Because of a recent spat of storm damage and a growing infestation of tree worms, we have invited Scott to come tell us how to better manage the trees that make our neighborhood so great.

TreeFolks grows the urban forest of Central Texas through tree planting, education and community partnerships. We invite businesses, schools, government, community groups and individuals to join us in creating a healthier environment and enhancing the quality of urban life. Since its inception in 1989, TreeFolks has planted tens of thousands of trees in Austin and Central Texas. More at treefolks.org

6.02 x 1023/Avogadro’s #

10/23 - National Mole Day

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10/28 - Mother-in-law's Day
(Here's mine - Lucy)


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


Be informed and vote!

Between now and COVNA’s November meeting there will be an election. As of now there are 16 Texas constitutional amendments to be considered.

Some of these proposals directly affect home owners. Others propose to limit or expand cities’ authority over private property. Sometimes the language of the proposal is confusing and does not clearly state the intent. So, we must do our homework on the substance and how we wish to cast our vote.

You can check out the League of Women Voters analysis of the issues. You can access www.lwvaustin.org/votersguide on the internet or can get a copy of their printed flyer at most libraries.

Early voting will be from October 22nd through November 2nd. Election Day will be November 6th.

“The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt


32nd Annual MUMC Craft Show
Saturday, 11/10/07 – 9 am - 4 pm
Sunday, 11/11/07– 9 am - 1 pm

All crafts handmade
Seasonal and non-seasonal gifts
Thanksgiving crafts/Star Afghan by sealed bid
Drawing for Christmas Afghan
Venison Chili, Sandwiches, Drinks &
Home Baked Goods - Saturday only
Manchaca United Methodist Church
In Family Life Center
FM 1626 @ Manchaca Rd
No Admission Fee/Indoors

Advertise in the COVNA Newsletter
Only $10.00/month. Reaches over 400 homes & Online at COVNA.org
Email Doug Tabony at: tabonyproductions@austin.rr.com

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.


Austin, population 690,300 and 15th largest city in the US, was voted 2nd best big city by Money Magazine. Austin may be the “Music Capital” (though, from personal experience, it’s hard to make a living playing music - ed.) and have many great qualities but it does not compare well to the other highly rated cities in the areas of K-12 education or crime. Here are some comparisons between Austin and the average of the top 10 best big cities. The other cities are: 1. Colorado Springs, CO, 3. Mesa, AZ, 4. Raleigh, NC, 5. San Diego, CA, 6. Virginia Beach, VA, 7. Omaha, NE, 8. Columbus, OH, 9. Wichita, KS, and 10. New York City, NY.

Austin Stats Top              Ten Average


Median family income (per year)
$60,875               $76,893
Family purchasing power
(cost-of-living adjusted)
$67,191              $68,109
Sales tax
8.25%              6.55%
State income tax rate
        n/a              2.74%-6.46%
Auto insurance premiums
$2,490              $2,207
Job growth % (2000-2005)
2.77%               10.97%


Median home price
$197,871              $259,566
Home price gain (2004-2005)
8.60%              9.26%


Colleges, universities and
professional schools
9              8
Junior colleges and technical institutes
5               0
Test scores reading (% +/- state average)
-2.3%              13.3%
Test scores math (% +/- state average)
-4.0%              16.9%
% students attending public/private schools
92.6/7.0              88.4/11.6

Quality of life

Air quality index
(% of days AQI ranked as good)
78.6%               71.9%
Personal crime risk
(100 is nat'l average; lower is better)
119              45
Property crime risk
(100 is nat'l average; lower is better)
159              74
Personal crime incidents (per 100,000)
525              228
Property crime incidents (per 100,000)
6,056              3,105
Median commute time (in minutes)
19.7              20.8
% population with commute 45+ minutes.
8.7%              13.4%

Dylan Brooke’s Salon

2110 Slaughter Ln, Suite 174
(Near east end of HEB)


Highlight/Lowlight & Haircut
$99 Special
Ask for Heather


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


Incidents in COVNA 4/1/07-10/1/07

Abandoned Vehicle - 1
Aggravated Robbery by Assault - 1
Assault by Contact - 1
Assault with Injury - 1
Burglary of Residence - 2
Burglary of Vehicle - 4
Check Welfare - 1
Credit Card Abuse/Other - 1
Criminal Mischief - 8
Family Disturbance - 2
Family Disturbance/Parental - 1
Found Firearms - 1
Fraud/Other - 2
Leaving the Scene Crash/Accident - 1
Public Intoxication - 1
Reckless Driving - 1
Theft from Auto - 2


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