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sitebannerNeighbors, this is YOUR website! News, features and  announcements are submitted by you. DNO provides a representative picture and voice for the neighborhood in return. We’ve been bringing all our neighbors together, censorship-free since we launched on January 16, 2014!

This website provides all kinds of local civic information and occasional Dawson-specific news. Our more frequent posts on Facebook, G+, Twitter and other social networks have a wider scope – anything that might be of interest to our neighbors. Follow ’em all! Explore the menu bar at the top. Make a post in the Forum to discuss anything (it’s also a mailing list), and the Chat Room is for live group conversations. Click for more info about us: (more…)

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SRCC Opposes St. Ed’s Operations Building

Letter to St. Ed’s University by David Swann of Travis Heights:

Dear Mr. Burnotes: (pdf)

I received a mailed copy of your August 9 letter yesterday. The message is disturbing, and I wish to respond. In general, I believe the administration has lost its focus as an educational institution.  …

Editoral by Tina Buck, SRCC Communications:

We are asking for St. Edward’s to consider the long term effects on the tax supported infrastructure they depend on in our neighborhood. We oppose commercializing Sherwood Oaks by building a shipping and receiving dock fronting our street. This might be good for St. Edward’s business but it is not good for our neighborhood or our city.

In Austin (zip 78704), the median household income is $50,248. In Sherwood Oaks, the average property tax bill is $9000. Average rent in South Congress/Sherwood Oaks is $2000 a month. This is because property tax has shot up tremendously and that is passed on to renter. Sherwood Oaks neighbors pay a large part of their income in taxes in support of streets, water and drainage infrastructure that are being “repurposed” to support the profits of St. Edward’s, tax exempt business.St. Edward’s made a 26,000,000 profit last year but is tax exempt.

You can find pictures and links to news reports about the St. Ed’s construction project and our protest at this public facebook page: NO 2 St. Ed’s

Below is a summary of our interaction with St. Ed’s up until our meeting August 5th, at which time they merely reiterated their claim that this building will not create undue stress and traffic in the neighborhood. This is by Gretchen Otto, SRCC president: (more…)

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South Austin Neighborhood Center Sep 2016

What’s New at the South Austin Neighborhood Center?

Hello all,

Here is the South Austin Neighborhood Center events information and Dove Springs Recreation Central Texas Food Bank events, please share with the community. Please call if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Judy Alvarado, RN [click to email]
South Austin Neighborhood Center
2508 Durwood Street [click for map]
Austin, Texas 78704
512-972-6854

Download the SANC Newsletter (English & Spanish combined).

September 2016
South Austin Neighborhood Center
2508 Durwood Street
Austin, TX 78704,
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am – 6 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 12 noon,
Closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:30 pm
512-972-6840

 

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Durwood Senior Center Sep 2016

(click the calendar to enlarge it, or download the .pdf HERE)

The Durwood Senior Center program includes the “SO60+ Social Group”. It is in the South Austin Neighborhood Center behind Gillis Park, 2508 Durwood Street. Click HERE for a Google Map.

Regular Events:

  • Mon-Fri 9:30 Daily Walk ‘n Talk around Gillis Park
  • Mon-Fri 11:45 Free Lunch is served!
  • Wednesdays 10:30: Loteria
  • Fridays 10:30: Bingo

Download the flyer to see Special Events This Month!

Closures This Month:

  • None!

Eligibility:

  • Anyone 60 and over can take part in the activities and free lunch. Reservations are not necessary, but the first day you attend, we have you fill out a form to register with us. The Manager will ensure that everyone gets a meal!

Contact:

  • 512-972-6891

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month

Read more about it on the flyer!

 

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Buzz Mill Pulls Out of Pickle Road

Despite construction being practically complete, Buzz Mill will not be opening it’s second 24-hour coffee and dining spot at 111 Pickle Road. This 15,000 square-foot space overlooks Dawson Neighborhood’s Alpine Pond, just West of South Congress Avenue. It would have joined Infinite Monkey Theorem urban winery and Crux Climbing Center on the same 2-acre lot.

Owner Jason Sabala told Culturemap news site that an unsatisfactory relationship with the landlord resulted in further obstacles with the City in getting the cafe opened.

Buzz Mill continues to operate it’s original location, and is bringing a coffee shop to San Marcos, and another in Louisiana. Their management are behind the conversion of Midway Field House into popular music venue, Grizzly Hall.

Jason Sabala and associates continue to search for a new South Austin location to open Austin Buzz Mill #2.

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Neighborhood Newsletter Aug 2016

Image: Newsletter (click to download)

Click the image to download the latest Newsletter. Visit the download page for our Archives of over a hundred old Neighborhood Newsletters, Minutes, Meeting Summaries, Agendas, By-Laws and more.

This is literally the tract sheet put out by the legacy Dawson Neighborhood Association (DNA) 6x or less a year. It is the only published record of the activities and decisions they and the Dawson Neighborhood Plan Contact Team (DNPCT) made SEVEN to EIGHT WEEKS AGO. On the front side you will find the sparse Draft Agenda, and on the reverse side, you will find the heavily-abridged Draft Minutes. There are no alternate sources for this information, other than attending meetings and taking your own notes.

It will be delivered door-to-door later, probably the day before the upcoming meeting. If you think about the problems with this timing, you’re probably not cool with it either.

We’ve been working hard to cast sunlight into this reluctant and exclusive pair of organizations, so we reproduce the newsletter to those who have little hope of receiving a copy directly. Check out previous month’s newsletter posts for more points and unresolved issues regarding the DNA Newsletter, and how they’ve fought to prevent improvements requested by our neighbors.

For a fuller picture of what is going on in Dawson Neighborhood, keep your eye on DawsonNeighborhood.org, subscribe to the email list, and follow our many social media accounts! And of course, this is YOUR neighborhood website, friends! Send us your news tips, announcements and editorials any time for instant publication!

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South Austin Neighborhood Center Aug 2016

What’s New at the South Austin Neighborhood Center?

Hello all,

Here is the South Austin Neighborhood Center events information and Dove Springs Recreation Central Texas Food Bank events, please share with the community. Please call if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Judy Alvarado, RN [click to email]
South Austin Neighborhood Center
2508 Durwood Street [click for map]
Austin, Texas 78704
512-972-6854

Download the SANC Newsletter (English & Spanish combined).

August 2016
South Austin Neighborhood Center
2508 Durwood Street
Austin, TX 78704,
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am – 6 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 12 noon,
Closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:30 pm
512-972-6840

Central Texas Food Bank Fresh Foods for Families Event: Tuesday, Aug 16th, fruits and vegetables for the community. Please sign up at 9:00 a.m., please bring your grocery bags. Fresh Foods for Families event is every third Tuesday of the month.

Central Texas Food Bank Healthy Options Program for the Elderly (HOPE): Thursday, Aug 11th, at 9:00 a.m. Packaged food for individuals 55 years of age and up. To register for HOPE program please call 512-972-6840 for appointment. Please bring your grocery bags.
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Torchy’s Tacos Burglarized

Pic: Joey Rangel Ramirez

Officers responding to a burglar alarm observed broken glass, movement inside, and then saw a man run from the scene and jump over a fence. Shortly afterward, APD apprehended Joey Rangel Ramirez, 32, who had been released from prison only days before – serving time for a burglary charge.

Update: As initially reported, the suspect was seen in the “office area” and the Torchy’s address wasn’t specified. Further news clarifies that the break-in was actually at Torchy’s trailer location, 1311 S. 1st St, and not the larger restaurant & office at 2809 S. 1st & El Paso.

Ramirez was cut and bleeding, and wearing a torn shirt which matched material caught on the fence. He also matched the suspect clearly seen on Torchy’s security video. Ramirez denied burglarizing the restaurant, saying he ran because he simply wanted to avoid the police.

Charges filed against Ramirez on July 14 were later dropped due to “insufficient arrest affidavit”, but new charges were filed on Friday, July 29. He was not in custody as of Friday afternoon.

We hope APD have the situation straightened out in due time, and the burglar is brought to justice. Torchy’s mascot Hot Stuff had no comment, but we think it’s pretty clear that one should never cross a little devil, even if he is wearing a diaper!

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Durwood Senior Center Aug 2016

(click the calendar to enlarge it, or download the .pdf HERE)

The Durwood Senior Center program includes the “SO60+ Social Group”. It is in the South Austin Neighborhood Center behind Gillis Park, 2508 Durwood Street. Click HERE for a Google Map.

Regular Events:

  • Mon-Fri 9:30 Daily Walk ‘n Talk around Gillis Park
  • Mon-Fri 11:45 Free Lunch is served!
  • Wednesdays 10:30: Loteria
  • Fridays 10:30: Bingo

Special Events This Month:

  • Tue 16th: So60+ Boutique!
  • Thu 18th: UHC Bingo
  • Fri 19th: Beach Party
  • Fri 26th: Birthday Bingo
  • Tue 30th: UT Nursing Students

Closures This Month:

  • None!

Eligibility:

  • Anyone 60 and over can take part in the activities and free lunch. Reservations are not necessary, but the first day you attend, we have you fill out a form to register with us. The Manager will ensure that everyone gets a meal!

Contact:

  • 512-972-6891

Amazing Americans with August Birthdays

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Dawson Neighborhood Should Adopt East Bouldin Creek

Calling For Volunteers!

East Bouldin Creek runs the full length of Dawson Neighborhood from Ben White Blvd to Oltorf, and beyond. While it creates obstacles for commuting and development, having this long band of greenspace is a blessing of wildlife habitat and tranquil, private spaces. Unfortunately, storm drains all along the way empty directly into it. Bouldin Creek needs constant care to keep it free of trash and blockage. Dawson Neighborhood is very proud of it’s lengthy portion of East Bouldin Creek, joining an annual Clean Sweep effort in selected sections of it.

Austin’s Keep Austin Beautiful organization, in partnership with the City of Austin Watershed Protection department, promotes healthy waterways by engaging citizens in the care of area creeks. They organize the annual Clean Sweep, and also promote a more comprehensive plan through the Adopt-a-Creek program.

Looking at Adopt-a-Creek’s map of adopted waterways, there is seen an enormous opportunity to step up our game and make a difference. About 10% of the length of E.Bouldin Creek which is within the ‘hood has been claimed – by nearby Bouldin Creek Neighborhood and the Colorado River Alliance. At this time, there appears to be no sponsorship by our own community!

Let’s stand together as a community and make a commitment NOW! By working together we can all make Dawson Neighborhood a better place to live.

We’ll form a team or teams to identify the most needed areas, and sign up to become their neighborhood custodians. KAB/Adopt-a-Creek will provide guidance, supplies, monitoring kits, and citywide recognition for our good deeds! See their website for full details.

Interested? Send your contact info to AdoptTheCreek@nullDawsonNeighborhood.Org, or comment on the neighborhood FB page: https://www.facebook.com/dawsonneighborhood

 

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Grey Fox And Two Kits on Wadford

Click the pic for photo gallery.

July 11, 2016

Dawson Neighborhood may be sandwiched between 4 major streets, but it has a long creek, pond and a lot of green space to spare. This provides for a lot of wildlife like hawks, opossum, raccoons, and more.

This week, we’ve seen our gray fox momma bringing her kits out for sun and fun every afternoon. They’re out at night too, with their shining eyes reflecting light in the dark. We sometimes see a second adult, but he wasn’t around today.

Click the picture to see a gallery of the momma and one of the two kits (the other was out of sight behind the compost pile) scampering around just feet away from our door!

Keep Your Pets Indoors At Night!

There’s been a lot of sightings of “coyotes” lately, and cats are going missing. Nature favors the survival of the fittest, and our pampered pussycats (and small dogs) aren’t prepared to face the test. Bring them indoors before dusk, and if you have pet doors, bolt or block them off from inside. Wildlife can get indoors through them, as you know.

Wild animals thrive in the ‘hood because they’re finding plenty of food. They DO NOT need our help, so don’t leave pet food outside where they can get at it, and especially don’t deliberately feed them! They can easily become dependent on handouts, and they will be vulnerable to starvation if they get cut off. They will have lost the hunting skills they need to survive on their own!

Click here for the hawk gallery. Another wonderful wildlife sighting right in our backyard!

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