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3/17/10 Statesman - letter to the editor from Trey Bueché, Owner of Bat City Awards & Apparel
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Looking for a Tile Setter
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Immigration documentary and panel, July 26
posted by queeneliz1 on July 8th, 2014 10:01 PM
Hi neighbors. If you are interested in learning about the current border humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied children, Servant Church (38 1/2 & Cherrywood) invites you to a documentary screening and immigration attorney panel on Saturday, July 26 at 7pm. Please RSVP at the link: julie/unaccompanied_minor_crisis_documentary_screening_and_expert_panel?recruiter_id=9994" rel="nofollow">http://whichwayhome.bullfrogcommunities.com/jfonjulie/unaccompanied_minor_crisis_documentary_screening_and_expert_panel?recruiter_id=9994
in search of home for holidays & tutor available
posted by Lorene Wallace on October 30th, 2013 10:28 AM
Hi everyone, My very good friend Julie, her husband, children and grandchildren (seven people) in all, would like to rent a four bedroom home in the Mueller Community for about a week starting on December 24th. Dates are flexible. Would you please send me a pm if you are interested, and I will put you in touch with her? Also, my son, Aaron, a junior, will be home on winter break from Dartmouth College from November 27th through December 30th and would love to tutor in any subject and/or SAT prep. Again, if you send a pm, I'll put you in touch with him. Thanks so much!
Bose Acoustimass 5 Home Theatre System
posted by Carlo Savino on October 1st, 2013 6:24 AM
Joseph, sent you a PM with my details. Comes with wires but no remote.Julie, did you have a remote for this?
Bose Acoustimass 5 Home Theatre System
posted by Carlo Savino on September 30th, 2013 8:02 PM
I ended up getting these from Julie and they work fine (hooked up to a receiver), only problem is that I am a dummy and forgot that I was planning on hooking up to a desktop, and these require a receiver. [:confused:]Therefore, if someone else in the neighborhood is interested in a great speaker set for the same $200 please private message me!
Indecent Exposure Incident on 9/10/13
posted by Curtis LaFaitte on September 26th, 2013 10:44 AM
Hello Julie. Officer Tarver is our District Police Officer, who manages our community for the police department. I have met with Officer Tarver several times and he is an excellent source to ask any questions or concerns you may have and this is definitely a concern that would greatly benefit by our reaching out to him, regarding how to best address this issue.
New Neighbors with an African Barkless Dog Who Like Golf and Yoga
posted by Julie Schell on September 9th, 2013 7:02 PM
Hi everyone - we are Julie, Laura, and Rusty and we live at 2024 Simond. We are recent transplants from New York City, where we lived for 12 years. I just started a new group on the Groups tab for Amateur Golfers - if anyone is interested in casual golf outings - to the driving range, putting around, or fun/casual rounds of golf, join the group or please let me know! We have a beautiful course 45 seconds from Mueller with very reasonable prices. (To play a round of golf on the course you should be able to hit the ball at least 100 yards).
Donations for family
posted by Kathy Sokolic on November 19th, 2012 12:52 PM
Neighbors - A coworker of mine in San Antonio was in Ohio caring for her ailing parents when her house was destroyed by a fire. Her family is safe, but they have lost everything. In our Austin office, we are taking up a collection for the family, and I thought I'd see if anyone had some items to donate. For clothes, my co-worker, Julie, is about my size, so, women's clothes size 2-4. Not sure how old the kids are, but Bella is a size 10-12 girls, and Max is size 8-10 boys. They can use anything you were thinking of getting rid of... Also, if you were thinking about getting rid of some furniture or appliances (or anything) in the near future, especially staples like beds, please let me know. We can provide transportation and logistics. If you are feeling generous, gift cards and monetary donations will also be welcome. I can come pick up anything you have to donate, or you can leave donations on our porch - 4104 Lawless. Contact me for pick up - ksokolic@gmail.com or 512-809-3497 Thank you! Kathy
Bone Marrow Registry Drive Next Sunday, July 29th
posted by annjerome on July 22nd, 2012 8:36 PM
HELP SAVE KIDS LIKE KETHAN! “Get Swabbed“ Help us spread the word about a Bone Marrow Donor Drive to help one of our Mueller Neighborhood boys. Kethan is a 10 year-old who lives on Tom Miller and is battling Leukemia. Please come get registered to be a potential bone marrow donor if you are between the ages and 18 and 55! (Check out the Batmobile too...from the 1989 movie!) Sunday, July 29th, 2012 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM Ronald McDonald House right here in Mueller 1315 Barbara Jordan Blvd. (next to the Dell Children's Medical Center-free parking) Also - We are still needing volunteers to help out. If you would like to volunteer next Sunday please click on this link to sign up for a shift: http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/532345632235676085 Questions? Contact Julie Witt at juliewitt@earthlink.net">juliewitt@earthlink.net
Special kid-friendly improv show/fundraiser for Austin Children's Shelter
posted by Christopher Lucas on November 28th, 2011 12:01 PM
Hello all - One Week from Today! For any of you who did not get the chance to see Gnap! Theater Project's Improvised Nancy Drew Mysteries, you have one more chance: Monday, December 5th at 7:30 pm. Salvage Vanguard Theater on Manor Road $10 All proceeds go to the Austin Children's Shelter. This show is great for kids. Features actors that live in Maplewood/Mueller/Windsor Park area! Email me at clucas7@gmail.com to RSVP. Please RSVP as seats are limited. best, Chris and Julie Lucas
Need a Venue for a Mueller Neighborhood Event? Mosaic at Mueller....
posted by N. Shelly on October 26th, 2010 11:44 AM
Mosaic at Mueller...is a spectacular venue and fun too! Please contact Julie or Ambra at Mosaic at Mueller to discuss your options! The Club House books up pretty quickly! Julie's email: mosaicmgr@greystar.com and Ambra's email is mosaiclm@greystar.com
VOTE TODAY!
posted by Zekesmom on June 12th, 2010 9:35 AM
Don't forget to vote today in the AISD school board runoff. The polls are open from 7-7 today. Mueller residents vote at the following location:MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH5701 CAMERON ROADAUSTIN, TX 78723-0000GET OUT THE VOTE!!!Here's a little blurb on how the candidates feel about Magnet Programs like the one at Kealing:One AISD parent of a Magnet student writes the following:"The Chronicle and the Statesman agreed that Cowan and Barksdale are both qualified for the job. There was no question there. Both papers also chose Barksdale. The differences between Cowan and Barksdale are clearest when it comes to three important issues: teacher support, kindergarten readiness, and magnet education.""Cowan also does not support the magnet schools (including LASA) because they draw committed parents away from the neighborhood schools. LASA is fast approaching a crossroads because the LBJ campus is overcrowded and Reagan is underutilized. LASA will either grow in the coming years or shrink, and Julie Cowan has already made her position on that clear. (This despite the fact that LASA has the lowest per-student cost of every high school in the district.) Cowan is also in favor of ending the Spanish-speaking pre-school program across AISD because of the cost. Sending those kids directly into kindergarten unprepared will impact kindergarten students and teachers across AISD.""The district is facing a lot of difficulties right now, but choosing between Cowan and Barksdale really comes down to those three issues of teacher support, kindergarten readiness, and magnet education. I side with Tamala Barksdale on all three, and I encourage everyone to cast their vote on Saturday based on their own personal best-of-three on these issues."If you support and believe in magnet education the choice is clear and I urge you to vote for Tamala Barksdale and to ask other magnet parents and supporters to also vote.
If you missed early voting, it's not too late. Election day -- June 12
posted by Zekesmom on June 10th, 2010 4:46 PM
Don't worry if you didn't get around to voting early in the school board election, the polls will open again from 7 AM - 7 PM on June 12. PLEASE go vote. It's a very close run-off between Julie Cowan and Tamala Barksdale. Do some research on the candidates yourself, or come ask one of the Mueller Education Action Team members. We had a chance to meet with both of them. The MEAT has officially endorsed Tamala Barksdale. If you would like more details, please send me or any MEAT member a PM.Thanks, and don't forget to VOTE! Meghan
Get out the Vote--Last day of Early Voting Tomorrow
posted by Zekesmom on June 7th, 2010 9:42 PM
Get out the vote. The school board run off between Tamala Barksdale and Julie Cowen is going on right now. Please go out and vote. The Mueller Education Action Team is endorsing Tamala Barksdale if you're not sure who to vote for. We feel she encompasses our needs as a neighborhood, is forward thinking, and considers all the possibilities before making a decision.Early voting is from June 1st-8th, election day is June 12th. Please help us to vote for someone we trust on the school board!
Vote for AISD school board--TODAY! (Or tomorrow, or the next day)
posted by Zekesmom on June 6th, 2010 6:33 PM
Get out the vote. The school board run off between Tamala Barksdale and Julie Cowen is going on right now. Please go out and vote. The Mueller Education Action Team is endorsing Tamala Barksdale if you're not sure who to vote for. We feel she encompasses our needs as a neighborhood, is forward thinking, and considers all the possibilities before making a decision. Early voting is from June 1st-8th, election day is June 12th. Please help us to vote for someone we trust on the school board!
not sure who to vote for?
posted by mrs aaron on June 1st, 2010 5:21 PM
MEAT has endorsed Tamala Barksdale, but if you want to hear more...Wed., June 2nd, 12noon-1pm, 91.7FM KOOP Radio's "A Neighborly Conversation" is hosting an AISD Candidate Runoff Debate. Candidates Tamala Barksdale and Julie Cowan will join us in-studio. Also streaming live at http://www.koop.org. Tune-in! (The actual Runoff Election Day is Sat., June 12).
The most qualified daycare provider.... IN THE WORLD
posted by Alma Irizarry on June 1st, 2010 1:11 PM
Hi Ben,I would be interested in talking with Julieta about an opportunity during July and early August (2010) for my 11 year-old daughter. How can I reach her? Many thanks,Alma
The most qualified daycare provider.... IN THE WORLD
posted by bpkramer on June 1st, 2010 10:40 AM
Hi, All, My good friend Julieta Garibay has recently experienced a downsize at her place of work in Dallas. She has moved back home in order to limit expenses before her wedding in the fall. She is completely bilingual (Spanish), has her RN degree and Master's in Nursing from UT, and comes from a family of caregivers and teachers. She's absolutely delightful and I vouch for her completely. If you're interested in her availability for daycare both short- and long-term, please PM me. Thanks, Ben
City can provide free leadership training
posted by manijeh Huereca on May 18th, 2010 7:53 PM
Championship Hearts Foundation FREE HEART SCREENING Looking at your summer calendar? Scheduling those sports physicals for the kids? Take the extra step of having their heart screened - for free! Upcoming Free Heart Screenings: SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010 Scott & White Heart & Vascular Institute 2401 S. 31st St. Temple, Texas 76508 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (call for info: 877/629-4525) * SATURDAY, JULY 31, 2010 Heart Hospital of Austin 3801 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin, Texas 78756 8:00 am to 12:00 noon * SATURDAY, AUGUST 28, 2010 Heart Hospital of Austin 3801 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin, Texas 78756 8:00 am to 12:00 noon Championship Hearts Foundation screens young athletes, ages 14-18, for a genetic heart disorder called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). This condition causes a thickening of the heart wall, typically does not present any symptoms and can lead to obstruction of blood flow and an erratic heartbeat. It is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young people and effects roughly 1 in 500 of the general population. Screenings typically take approximtely five minutes per student and are offered on a "first come, first served" basis, no appointment is necessary. The waiting time varies and is dependent upon how many participants show up. Parental waivers must be signed in order for the student to be screened. Waivers can be found at http://www.championshipheartsfoundation.org Want to help? We always need volunteers for our screening events. Go to website and click on "Volunteer". Need more information about our Foundation? Visit our website, or call Michelle Garcia @ 512/340-7313. Julie Greenberg Championship Hearts Foundation
Austin ISD School Board Endorsement
posted by mrs aaron on May 11th, 2010 4:18 PM
The Mueller Education Action Team is proud to endorse Tamala Barksdale for the At-Large position on the Austin ISD School Board. She is in a runoff with Julie Cowen on June 12. Both candidates met individually with the MEAT committee last week.
MEAT - Meet the AISD School Board Place 9 Candidates
posted by langhugh on May 5th, 2010 1:33 PM
I hope you will consider joining us tonight as we converse with Julie Cowen and Tamala Barksdale, two candidates for the AISD Position 9 School Board election. (at-large meaning they represent us too). This would be great to take this opportunity to show our numbers and interest in their race while these folks are still candidates. Maybe folks at Wedge Wednesday could convene at the Wedge and then head over to 4113 Scales at 7:00pm? Here are the details: Hope to see you tonight, Dusty
MEAT - Meet the AISD School Board Place 9 Candidates
posted by langhugh on May 4th, 2010 12:15 AM
MEAT - Meet the AISD School Board Place 9 Candidates Date: Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm Location: 4113 Scales Description: Several AISD Place 9 candidates have been invited to meet with the Mueller residents and Julie Cowan agreed to meet on May 5th from 7:00 - 8:00 at 4113 Scales. If other(s) accept our invitation, we will try to schedule them on the same night (different time slot). Please stop by if you are able.
Early Voting - Go Vote!!
posted by mrs aaron on April 27th, 2010 3:52 PM
Position 9 (At-Large): Five-Way Fight- Austin Chronicle April 23In a blow to the board, highly respected at-large trustee Karen Dulaney Smith is stepping down after only one term. Her empty seat has attracted five contenders, two of whom originally filed for different races. Apple Inc. technician Mike Reed originally filed against Torres, while AT&T legislative affairs manager Cassandra Enoch Brown challenged Bradley. However, both had to switch seats when the district found they did not meet residency qualifications for those particular seats. Brown said that doesn't change her candidacy, which centers on emphasizing teaching the fundamentals. AISD students, she said, "are the future leaders of America, and if they don't get a good education, woe to us." However, switching races has left both her and Reed in a race crowded with opponents with heavy political support.The first major name to declare for Position 9 was Dianne T. Mendoza, Capital Metro's vice president of business and community development. A resident in District 2 (the seat currently held by Sam Guzman), she's been with the transit agency since 1999. However, she's running on a combination of a history of community involvement, her position as a former chair of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and her doctorate in curriculum and instructional development. As "a Hispanic woman who has had some measure of success," she describes herself as an example of and an advocate for the benefits of diversity. "For me it's about coming in to the governing body with a very holistic approach," she said. "It's not just about a particular area; it's about the district as a whole."Soon after declaring her candidacy, Men­doza faced a strong challenge from Tamala Barksdale. Director of marketing for public relations firm EnviroMedia Social Marketing, Barksdale and her husband have recently sent their daughter to New York University, where she is now a presidential scholar. "AISD did a great job for her," Barksdale said, "but it doesn't do it for all students yet." She's seen the best and worst schools in the district and has been, she admitted, "The mad mom in pajamas, charging into school with something to say." But it's less her passion and more her professional experience that has attracted major support, including that of teacher and staff union Education Austin and the Austin Central Labor Council. They see her as the ideal candidate to bridge the often troubling gap between district, city, and county, especially with an increased policy emphasis on collaborative projects like the Promise Neighborhoods Initiative. Currently, Barksdale said, "The district is the 800-pound gorilla that doesn't really put its weight around." She described the at-large seat as particularly important in creating a unified voice, saying "the Place 9 person should be a mediator."The dark horse in this race is arguably the one with the greatest amount of district experience, and that's Julie Cowan. Her résumé includes terms as PTA president at Doss Elemen­tary, Murchison Middle School, and Anderson High. Districtwide, in 2008 she served on both the bond advisory committee and the budget task force, and she currently sits on the English-Language Arts Textbook Adoption Committee. "What I think the board is lacking at the moment is someone who has the time to be out there and be the face of the district, showing its positive side," she said. That includes tackling the Legislature on the paucity of state funding. "The one thing that [former Superintendent Pat] Forgione chose not to pursue, or it was not his forte, was his relationship with our legislative delegation," she said. While she expects current Superin­tendent Meria Carstarphen will do a better job, she argued that the board must make the case for changing the Robin Hood school finance recapture laws. "Our school district needs that $170 million. Our demographics have changed too much in the last decade to give that money away."
Troublemaker Studios Problem
posted by connie on April 22nd, 2010 7:44 AM
Below is an email I got from a friend who I trust not to be a "trouble maker". It is very concerning. Does anyone have connections over there to help check this out? If this is true, then we may have some things going on in our backyard that could be dangerous for young vulnerable women. Thanks to anyone who has more information than she has been able to get. Connie Hi Connie, I think there might be something illegitimate going on at Troublemaker Studios and wondered if you know any contact people over there since it is in your neck of the woods. An 18 year old friend of my niece is staying with me and she responded to an ad placed on Craig's list April 5th, under "Gigs" then "Talent" that said the following: Life Drawing Model needed for local film studio. male or female - all shapes and sizes. 2 hour evening sessions. email for more info. Location: central Austin it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests Compensation: 25-35 per hour PostingID: 1677508102 Here is what happened: She was told to show up at 4900 Old Manor Road on Wed night at 8 pm and ask for Chris Olivia at the gate. She did that and was let into a building by two men in their late 20's or 30's who told her that this was an "Art Class" they then asked her what she would be comfortable with in the way of modeling for them (just these two men) while they drew her - including asking her if she would be interested in disrobing altogether. She went down to her underwear!!! She struck different poses for 1 - 5 min while this Chris guy and one other guy did charcoal drawings. There were no other people in this "class." They did NOT ask her how old she was, to show them ID NOR to sign any type of disclaimer. At the end of the session they told her that they would have to go to an ATM machine to get money to pay her. THANKFULLY at this point, I was out in the parking lot and she DID NOT get in a car with them and drive off. The guy took off fast in his car, but I followed him and he pulled into a gas station and did pull out money to pay her - giving her $60 for 1 1/2 hours!!! I have since done some investigation on my own - that is NOT the going rate for legitimate art class modeling ($12 - $15/hour is), and this is the location of Troublemaker studios, and this guy, Chris Olivia actually works there. I asked the young lady I'm talking about why she thought this seemed safe to her and she said "because it was a business location!!!!" Connie, It was dark, it was remote, there was no one else out there- she was completely vulnerable. After this happened, I responded to that same craig's list ad as an interested young girl and got this follow up email from Chris Olivia: Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 11:14:54 -0700 From: maximusolivia@me.com To: prima0816@hotmail.com Subject: Re: Life Drawing Model needed hi julie! here is some more info... we are a local film studio (off 51st street) with a team of artists that do concept art and visual effects. the life drawing sessions are usually wednesday and friday from 8pm to 10pm and consist of anywhere from 3-8 artists attending with really cool lighting and a small stage. poses are anywhere from 30 sec. to 5 min. We try to vary the subject matter every week. sometimes costumes, sometimes nude, sometimes with props... so whatever you are comfortable with. you would just have to sign a non-disclosure agreement once you arrive at the studio. i can pay you $20 per hour for a total of $40 the first time and if you return for a second time then it can go up from there. If u are interested please send current pic. Thaanks! Chris I'm worried that this guy is using his work place to create an air of legitimacy that will fool young girls. I did call the police to tell them. They didn't seem very excited about it all since the young lady involved was actually 18. Have you heard any rumors about this kind of thing going on over there? Linda
East Side House Concert this Sunday, 3/28, 5:00PM
posted by danx111 on March 23rd, 2010 8:31 AM
Jonathan Byrd is playing at Lydia House this Sunday. It's the second time. We're honored, because he so represents the essence of the house concert movement; he sings of characters that are so real, so human. We hope you'll join us. Julie and Francois Sunday, March 28, 2010 5 -7 pm $10 donation Lydia Street House Concerts - PLEASE CALL FOR DIRECTIONS 293-8537; julie@toast.net">julie@toast.net Jonathan Byrd has North Carolina roots that go back to 1795, though he’s got a whole lot of heart here in Texas. He won the Kerrville New Folk competition in 2003, and you can expect to find him there all 18 days. Here’s what he says about his recent release: "Texas is still an incredible place to me. It just knocks me out and has really influenced my writing. The Law and the Lonesome, my latest release ... (is) the culmination of Texas' influence on my writing and my musical heritage from growing up in North Carolina. "
Citywide Effort Maps Austin's Trees!
posted by Katherine V. on February 9th, 2010 8:58 AM
Citywide Effort Maps Austin's Trees Originally Posted on Maplewood Elementary's Forum by: "Wendy Morgan" wendylmorgan@gmail.com marcommamma Mon Feb 8, 2010 8:20 am (PST) Saw this cool story on Statesman.com today about how Treefolks in partnership with Lady Bird Johnson Wild Flower Center have created a tree inventory/Google Map. So far there are no trees mapped in Cherrywood, Wilshire or Mueller, so check out the links below and have fun mapping! *Statesman* *Citywide effort to map urban forest gets off the ground* (story below) http://www.statesma n.com/life/ gardening/ citywide- effort-to- map-urban- forest-gets- off-216831. html *The Great Austin Tree Roundup* http://www.treeroundup. org Best, Wendy Citywide effort to map urban forest gets off the ground By Julie Bonnin FOR THE AMERICAN-STATESMAN Some of us have a sentimental attachment to trees. Adults marvel at their elegant architecture. Children peer in the open crevices of especially gnarled old live oaks looking for fairies, or climb the limbs like jungle gyms. But for those who require more concrete evidence of the contributions trees make, an innovative citizen-driven effort to map Austin-area trees can help you calculate how their presence affects a home or business site. The Great Austin Tree Roundup, launched in 2009, provides an easy online tool that anyone and everyone is encouraged to utilize. Once inventoried, a specific tree can be evaluated, based on its species and size. The mapping site gives you a calculation of the impact on storm water runoff, electricity savings and other environmental and economic factors. The Roundup is a joint effort between the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and TreeFolks, an Austin nonprofit dedicated to planting more trees and educating people about their value. It grew out of an awareness of the need to document Austin-area trees, says TreeFolks executive director Scott Harris. "The overall value is getting people really thinking about trees as infrastructure with amazing benefits," Harris says. Some of those benefits include shading buildings to reduce energy consumption; capturing large quantities of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, to prevent it from being released into the atmosphere; and mitigating storm water runoff by filtering pollutants and slowing down the rush of water with their massive root systems. "All of the stuff you know trees do, there is a calculator that attaches a dollar amount to them," Harris says. While not every tree in Austin will be counted, the mapping will provide biologists with a better idea of the cross section of tree species that exist here. For example, urban foresters have projected "a wave of deforestation in the next few years," Harris said, due to mass plantings of the short-lived Arizona ash in new home developments. Tree mapping could help anticipate future urban forest needs and overall trends. There are other benefits: Unabashed tree huggers now have a way to document mature trees that might fall victim to a construction project, Harris said. And the Tree Roundup organizers hope the citizen interaction model will encourage non-foresters to become involved as "citizen scientists, furthering knowledge of the diversity of species, structure, health and functions of trees in their communities, " according to promotional materials. That's already happening, Harris says. "People just flip out, everywhere we present this. There are some folks in the Barton Hills neighborhood who are mapping trees as fast or faster than we can get the trees up." And organizers have barely started enlisting help with the project. Scout troops, schools and a broad range of conservation- minded groups will eventually be enlisted to help collect data. Previous tree inventories done by the City of Austin, the Wildflower Center and the University of Texas account for nearly 20,000 of the 22,634 trees already mapped. For more information about participating in the Roundup, go to http://www.treeroundup. org.
Tree Roundup
posted by danx111 on February 8th, 2010 10:40 AM
Citywide effort to map urban forest gets off the ground By Julie Bonnin FOR THE AMERICAN-STATESMAN Some of us have a sentimental attachment to trees. Adults marvel at their elegant architecture. Children peer in the open crevices of especially gnarled old live oaks looking for fairies, or climb the limbs like jungle gyms. But for those who require more concrete evidence of the contributions trees make, an innovative citizen-driven effort to map Austin-area trees can help you calculate how their presence affects a home or business site. The Great Austin Tree Roundup, launched in 2009, provides an easy online tool that anyone and everyone is encouraged to utilize. Once inventoried, a specific tree can be evaluated, based on its species and size. The mapping site gives you a calculation of the impact on storm water runoff, electricity savings and other environmental and economic factors. The Roundup is a joint effort between the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and TreeFolks, an Austin nonprofit dedicated to planting more trees and educating people about their value. It grew out of an awareness of the need to document Austin-area trees, says TreeFolks executive director Scott Harris. "The overall value is getting people really thinking about trees as infrastructure with amazing benefits," Harris says. Some of those benefits include shading buildings to reduce energy consumption; capturing large quantities of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, to prevent it from being released into the atmosphere; and mitigating storm water runoff by filtering pollutants and slowing down the rush of water with their massive root systems. "All of the stuff you know trees do, there is a calculator that attaches a dollar amount to them," Harris says. While not every tree in Austin will be counted, the mapping will provide biologists with a better idea of the cross section of tree species that exist here. For example, urban foresters have projected "a wave of deforestation in the next few years," Harris said, due to mass plantings of the short-lived Arizona ash in new home developments. Tree mapping could help anticipate future urban forest needs and overall trends. There are other benefits: Unabashed tree huggers now have a way to document mature trees that might fall victim to a construction project, Harris said. And the Tree Roundup organizers hope the citizen interaction model will encourage non-foresters to become involved as "citizen scientists, furthering knowledge of the diversity of species, structure, health and functions of trees in their communities," according to promotional materials. That's already happening, Harris says. "People just flip out, everywhere we present this. There are some folks in the Barton Hills neighborhood who are mapping trees as fast or faster than we can get the trees up." And organizers have barely started enlisting help with the project. Scout troops, schools and a broad range of conservation-minded groups will eventually be enlisted to help collect data. Previous tree inventories done by the City of Austin, the Wildflower Center and the University of Texas account for nearly 20,000 of the 22,634 trees already mapped. For more information about participating in the Roundup, go to http://www.treeroundup.org.
Girls Night Potluck/Julie & Julia Movie Night
posted by queeneliz1 on February 6th, 2010 3:42 PM
Time for another Mueller girls night! I posted an event for Friday, Feb. 26 at my house - a potluck of Julie & Julia-inspired dishes and movie night to watch Julie & Julia. However, Julia Child recipes are **not** required!! If you're interested, please send me a PM with your email address and I'll send you the evite with details! Current and future "Muellerettes" are welcome! Melanie
East Side House Concert TONIGHT at Lydia House
posted by danx111 on January 9th, 2010 12:32 PM
Julie & Francois Levy hold occasional concerts in their home. Tonight they are hosting Jon Dee Graham, an Austin musician: http://www.jondeegraham.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Dee_Graham Lydia House is located at 1001 Lydia St, corner of Lysia & 1o0th Streets. rancoislevy.com/concerts/concerts.html Music starts at 7:00PM, admission, $10.00 There are approx 40-50 seats and some are still available at 12:30 "Show starts at 7. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early. BYOB I will have a few light snacks. If you would like to contribute a light snack, you are welcome to do so, but it is fine if you don't. We always have plenty."
Hello from Berkman!
posted by Kathleen Malcom on November 19th, 2009 10:49 AM
Welcome, Sam & Jimmy (I work at Dell too!) and Ross Houston. You are in a rocking area of the hood up by the Camacho Compadres! You have two awesome Block Captains for Berkman in Julie Witt on the DW end and Ashley Leitch on the Streetman end. They'll be reaching out to ya'll to add you to the Berkman distribution list which will keep ya'll in the loop on all thing Mueller.
Julie Wahl-Mosaic Manager
posted by Kevin Ludlow on October 20th, 2009 1:02 PM
Hey Julie,I'll send you a private message with some of the info you're looking for.
Julie Wahl-Mosaic Manager
posted by N. Shelly on October 19th, 2009 7:28 PM
Hi Kevin!Noelle is no longer working at Mosaic. I have 2 questions: one is that I need to post 2 huge events coming to Mosaic in November. Can you let me know the best way I can get the word out? I have all the information in an e-blast ready to go. Also is there a way to have Noelle Shellys name taken off?let me know Thanks! Julie
Friends of Wooldridge Square Kickoff Meeting Notes (8/3/09)
posted by Kevin Ludlow on August 13th, 2009 2:59 AM
Hello all,Here are the meeting notes. Stay tuned for announcements for further meetings. Our next steps are to follow-up withParks Staff on next steps that we can tackle.Thank you,CharlieCharlie McCabeExecutive DirectorAustin Parks Foundatione - cmccabe@austinparks.orgp - 512.477.1566, ext 2816 Congress Ave, Ste 1680Austin TX 78701Attendees: Charlie McCabe (APF), Julie Fitch (DAA), Michael McGill (APF, DANA), Marshall Jones (DANA), Margery Anderson (resident), Charles Peveto (resident), Marty Stump (PARD), Bunny Bennett (PARD), Belinda Powell (Travis Co.), Leslie Sticklan (Travis Co.), Mike Miller (History Center), Chris Riley (City Council member)Michael started the meeting and asked the attendees to introduce themselves.* Michael asked Charlie to give an update and background on the model that we are trying to base the Friends of Wooldridge Square on.* Charlie gave an overview of the meetings, work and challenges for the Republic Square Partners group and the Friends of Brush Square group. * Charlie also talked about proposals generated to date - further work to help a number of the trees through cabling, airspading and mulching, but this effort requires water/irrigation on site, Charlie also mentioned the proposed replacement tree planting plan from PARD Forestry. * Charlie also mentioned the APD has stepped up patrols in the area and the result has been reduced loitering, litter and left items. * Julie showed the ROMA design group's ideas for Wooldridge Square from the last Downtown Austin Plan Parks and Open Space meeting. A number of attendees weighed in on the pros and cons of the idea.* Julie mentioned that the ideas were there to stimulate discussion, not serve as an idea or final product.* Chris Riley talked about the volunteer efforts of giant chess as an effort for the past 6 years to pull people into the park. He also expressed interest in expanding hours, adding lighting in the pergola, etc.* Michael asked folks for their input on possible ways to improve the square.1) A number of the attendees talked about the square and it providing quiet, shade, peaceful green oasis. At least when we get rain. A number asked specifically about restoring the green space through irrigation, grass and tree cover. Chris Riley asked about the possibility of diverting rainfall from adjacent parking lots as one way to supplement watering.2) Several residents and County Staff talked about the challenge of the homeless and having mobile loaves and fishes continue to feed there and what can be done. County staff mentioned that there is no plan to bring back or restore additional social services there. A number of folks agreed that prior efforts to locate feeding where there are other social services (Caritas, ARCH, etc.) be a priority once again. Mike Miller mentioned that Wooldridge is a popular spot since homeless folks can use the library for internet communication and restroom facilities close by.3) Marshall mentioned that the challenge for reinvesting in the downtown squares is a chicken and egg issue. You want to get more activity into a square that will drive investment in improvements to the square and programming which brings people to the square. It's an endless cycle.4) Several residents mentioned that the Roma concept is not to their liking. They wish to see the square restored to its former glory and that the design in place has worked for over 100 years. They don't want to see the Pergola moved, terracing put in place or other proposed items. They instead want to see restoration of existing features and a consistent approach to tables (more) benches, lighting and trash cans be applied.5) Several mentioned that the park isn't ADA accessible, not are portions of the sidewalks. Charlie mentioned that portions of the sidewalks along 10 and 10th sts were rebuilt a few years ago, but the portion along Guadalupe and the ADA ramps were not touched. Marty mentioned that making the park ADA accessible would be a big project, given the challenges of the site and would require some extensive design and funds to implement.6) Folks liked the smaller events - lunchtime concerts, the old hartman symphony concerts in the park, giant chess, the art works and projects there. Several residents expressed the desire not to have the space as a big loud concert venue late into the night. Julie Fitch noted the curfew begins at 10 pm.7) Country Staff talked about the re-do / master planning effort for the county complex and the need for a child friendly space. It doesn't necessarily need to have a playscape, but a green friendly place that kids could use to deal with the factt hat family may be at the courthouse. Chris asked about the possibility of making the courthouse more accessible to the public - example of getting to the snack bar without going through security. Belinda and Leslie (Travis County) mentioned that this is a possible solution.8) Discussion of food vendors either at or near the park was discussed. In general, everyone liked the idea of at least a mobile/temporary location that would help draw folks to the park. Several folks mentioned that there is a lack of options near by and the county employs nearly 2000 people in the immediate area. Folks who like to go to a park go to the capitol grounds vs. wooldridge.9) Alcohol Ban at Wooldridge - Chris asked if there was a alcohol ban in Wooldridge, Charlie didn't think so, but he was wrong per city website:http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/alcoholprohibetparks.htm - This is surprising as neither Brush nor Republic have an alcohol ban. We may to consider a change for this.10) Several folks expressed interest in bring other resources to bear for improvements to Wooldridge - Heritage Society, Texas Historical Commission, Mike mentioned the possible historic district - four blocks - Bremond, History Ctr, Wooldridge and Courthouse. Mike also mentioned Leaf for Leaf reading program with the library and pard forestry for planting trees. Folks expressed interest in fundraising for trees and improvements as well as for volunteer opportunities. Meeting adjorned at about 7:10 pmOn Jul 29, 2009, at 1:12 PM, McGill Michael wrote:> PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE>>> All,> This is a reminder that we will be meeting up on Monday at 5:30pm. Because the Austin Parks Foundationconference room would be a little tight for the number of interested parties, we are changing location to the conferenceroom at the nearby DAA offices. Details below.>> When: Monday, August 3rd at 5:30pm.> Where: 8th Floor, Suite 818, DAA Offices/Conference Room at 211 East 7th Street, Austin, TX 78701> Parking: DAA Garage at 211 E 7th Street (between Brazos and San Jacinto) or Plan your trip using CapMetro's TripPlanner: http://www.capmetro.org/planner/> I look forward to meeting with everyone on Monday.>> All the best,> Michael> 512-801-8757>>> On Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 2:47 AM, McGill Michael wrote:> All,> Building on the success of the recent Wooldridge Square Park Centennial events and the lessons that we have learned from having regular stakeholder group meetings focused on Brush Square and Republic Square - the Austin Parks Foundation (APF), Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA) and Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association (DANA) would like to take the lead in kicking off a focus group for Wooldridge Square.>> I am proposing a first meeting:>> When: Monday, August 3rd at 5:30pm.> Where: Austin Parks Foundation offices at 816 Congress Ave., Suite 1680>> Yes - it's a little ways away because of vacations, etc... - so please do mark your calendars now. Between now andthen there are a few things to watch for:> Austin History Center Exhibit: If you missed it during the centennial weekend, try and stop by to see the photo exhibit from the past 100 years at the Austin history center: http://malford.ci.austin.tx.us/library/news/nr20090602a.htm>> Preliminary Tree Work: The APF, using part of a grant from the Stillwater Foundation and also a portion of the donation from the Austin City Limits Festival, will be investing ~$20k in some general soil management, root invigoration and also cabling of one of the trees. There should be some future volunteer opportunities (tree planting/mulching) and some added investment that we can discuss (irrigation/grass). For a report on the current state of the trees in Wooldridge, please see the attached summary.>> Programming in the Park: Organized by the DAA and sponsored by DANA, the Wooldridge Centennial is more than just one or two events surrounding the 100th birthday of the park - it is an ongoing focus to bring in sustained programming that attracts new constituents and uses. It was one of the key recommendations from the 2007 UT study of the park that you can read more about here: http://www.downtownaustin.com/downloads/Wooldridge_Report.pdf>> The next planned event is a July 4th Free Concert at 1pm featuring the 1812 Overture performed by the Invincible Czars. It will also have the Yellow Bike Project providing free bikes for anyone who wishes to ride down the hill to see the fireworks from the waterfront after the concert. >> Lastly - a bit of housekeeping - you are being contacted because you have expressed interest in Wooldridge Square Park in the past. If you wish to be removed from this list for future communication or would like to designate someone else from your organization in your place, please let me know.>> I look forward to seeing everyone on August 3rd!>> All the best,> Michael McGill>> P.S. : Speaking of friends! Be Wooldridge Square's friend on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/wooldridgesquarepark?ref=ts>>>>
Another Theft
posted by John Guest on August 5th, 2009 5:07 PM
NOW WE'RE TALIN" Why couldn't I have thought of that? Certainly the fly paper would need to be massively stronger than normal fly paper, but with a certain nano-technologist in the neighborhood, I think he could help us develop this into an even better idea. The main advantage of what I now like to call . . . The Garage-O-Matic ("it slices, it dices, it turns your average intruder into julienned potatoes") is that you can remove the remains of the perp in manageable chunks. I haven't figured out how to get the perp carcass off the "fly" paper and into either a recycle bin or a regular trash container, but some other mental giant can probably help us out with that small technicality. While we're thinking "outside-the-box", let's keep in mind that we still need to find a way to put a MAGLITE ST3D016 3-D Cell LED Flashlight to good use. I don't know about you, but I'd hate to see that fine piece of technology go to waste! Maybe we could design the Super Fly Paper so that it is only visible to the light from a MAGLITE ST3D016 . . . in this way, the good guys would know how to step over the fly paper and only mal-intended intruders would stick to the floor. One other problem - how do we deal with the noise given off by the Super Flyed Perp?
Mueller Women’s 30min bootcamp and 30 minute sunset yoga at the Spore!
posted by JennaMartin on July 6th, 2009 2:12 AM
Julie,I am very interested but don't return from summer vacation until the first part of August. Please keep posting to let us late comers know if there is room. Thanks for doing this- it sounds great. best-Jenna
Recommendations for a Deck Builder
posted by wittfamily on June 18th, 2009 1:48 PM
We used Steve Dowell at our old house in Travis Heights and he was great. He was very dependable, trustworthy and did great work!Steve DowellThe Deck Doctor632-3325Good Luck,Julie Witt
Upgrades from Base Price/home on a Weekley
posted by wittfamily on February 18th, 2009 11:52 AM
Hello Murmur, Do you remember which fan you upgraded to in the bathrooms with showers or the approximate price you spent on the upgrade? Was is just one level up or did you get the one that senses humidity and then turns on itself? After I read you post, I decided we should consider upgrading the vents. I would have never thought about it, so thanks for the head's up! Cheers, Julie Witt
Row Home Noise
posted by wittfamily on January 14th, 2009 9:31 AM
Hello, Our family is about to break ground on a Waterloo row home on the corner of Berkman and Camacho and I was curious if there are any complaints about "neighbor noise" with any current row home occupants. I am just wanting to find out if the walls dividing the units provide sufficient insulation and noise reduction. Thanks for any response and we look forward to becoming part of the Mueller Community. Cheers, Julie Witt
Found Max!!!
posted by Julie on December 28th, 2008 5:49 PM
He was on the other side of Airport off of Maplewood. Someone contacted us (mueller_redevelopment forum) and said that he had fed Max a couple of nights ago, but had not seen him since. So I spent the whole day on my bike searching for him on the west side of Airport, but I had no luck. So around 1am Yazan could not sleep and drove around the west side of Airport for about 2hrs. Then he saw him off of Maplewood, he parked the car and started after him. Max's 1st respones was to run, but once he realized that it was his daddy he started crying and running toward Yazan. He purred all night while we snuggled.Julie
Found Max!!!
posted by Julie on December 28th, 2008 11:31 AM
Hello Mueller Community, We were reunited with Max last night!!! Thank you all for looking for him. Thanks, Max, Julie, and Yazan
Found Cat ( Max look alike)
posted by Julie on December 27th, 2008 3:03 AM
Hello Community, A Max look alike was found tonight. A young female Siamese mix cat was found on Mattie. Let us know if this is your cat, we are keeping her well fed and warm. We will take some pictures and post them later. Max is still missing so if you see a Siamese whitish/gray adult male cat please contact us. Thank you all for continuing the search for Max!!!! Julie 512-923-7794
Lost Cat Max
posted by Julie on December 23rd, 2008 3:08 PM
Hello Community, We just moved in to the Mueller Community of the 14th and our cat escaped and has been missing since the 16th. He is a whitish gray Siamese mix cat with no collar. Refer to the photo section to see pictures of Max. Thanks, Julie 512-923-7794 juowen@hotmail.com
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